Miscellaneous St. Clair County, Michigan Obituaries



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ERMA C. FORDT 
Age 88, of Algonac died Feb. 20, 2000. Mrs. Fordt was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Casco, where she was also active in the ladies aid and a member of the Casco Township Senior Citizens. She is survived by her sons, Donald of East China, Delbert of Casco and Dennis of Marine City; daughters, Anna Furtah of Marine City and Susan Mekel of Algonac; 15 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Lavern Lipke of China and Russell Lipke of Casco; and sisters, Alviera Beier of St. Clair and Violet Osterland of China. Mrs. Fordt was predeceased by her husband, Arthur; a son, Arnold; and grandchildren, Teri Fordt and Darrin Fordt. Services were held in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Jonathan Bomgren officiating. Arrangements were made by Young Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, China. Burial was in St. Paul's Cemetery. Memorials can be made to St. John Health System Home Services, St. John Hospice or St. Paul's Lutheran Church. 

ELIE THOMAS SIMS 
Age 69, of New Haven died Feb. 19, 2000. Mr. Sims was retired from the New Haven Foundry as a core assembler; and was a member of UAW Local 429. He is survived by his sons, Willie of Detroit, Eli Jr., Edward, Donald, Kenneth and Nathan, all of New Haven; daughters, Brenda Martin, Linda and Ruth, all of New Haven, and Mahalia Miller of Chesterfield; 31 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. Mr. Sims was predeceased by his wife Iola. Services were held in the Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, New Haven, with the Rev. John Mack officiating. Arrangements were made by Duncan-Olszewski Funeral Home, New Haven. Burial was in Centennial Cemetery, New Haven. 

VIVIAN M. KOLLMORGAN 
Age 76, of Ira died Feb. 23, 2000. Mrs. Kollmorgan was a retired pastor of Emmenuel Lighthouse in Marine City and a former member of FOE Auxiliary 2784. She is survived by her husband, Robert; daughters, Kathleen Cyrulewski of Holly, Debra Zanger of New York, and Cindy Frank of Marine City; sons, Michael of Fair Haven, Robert of Algonac and Scott of Texas; sisters, Lillian Koetter of Fair Haven and Evelyn Hill of Avoca; 19 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by a son, Teddy. Services were held in Gendernalik Funeral Home, New Baltimore, with the Rev. Charles King of Church of God, Port Huron, officiating. Memorials can be made to Teen Challenge, Detroit. 

EMILY VERONICA HAYNES 
Age 78, of Chesterfield, formerly of Ira, died Feb. 22, 2000. Mrs. Haynes was a homemaker and a member of AMVETS Auxiliary Post 52, New Baltimore. She is survived by daughters, Loretta Wiesniewski of Dearborn Heights, Patricia Allor of St. Clair, Deborah Grivas and April Gruner, both of Chesterfield; sons, Brian of Algonac and Michael of Ira; sisters, Amelia Burgess and Irene Mepham, both of Ontario. She was predeceased by her husband, Albert. Services were held in Gendernalik Funeral Home, New Baltimore, with the Rev. Patrick Casey officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in New Baltimore. Memorials can be made to American Heart Association of Michigan, P.O. Box 160, Lathrup Village, MI 48076. 

CHESTER B. SHARON 
Age 85, of New Baltimore died Feb. 9, 2000. Mr. Sharon was a retired truck driver for Gulf Oil and a member of St. Mary Queen of Creation church, New Baltimore. He is survived by his wife, Wanda of New Baltimore; daughters, Barbara Sharon of Casco and Sharon Pupin of New Baltimore; sons, Charles of New York and Michael of Harper Woods; brother, Leonard of Pennsylvania; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was predeceased by his daughter, Pauline. Services were held at St. Mary Queen of Creation Church, New Baltimore, with the Rev. Charles Sharon, officiating. Arrangements were made by Gendernalik Funeral Home, New Baltimore. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, New Baltimore.

MYRTLE T. CHASE 
Age 83, of Chesterfield, formerly of Algonac, died Feb. 24, 2000. Mrs. Chase was a homemaker and a member of FOE Aerie 2784 Auxiliary, Fair Haven and the Rebecca Lodge. She is survived by daughters, Marilyn Miller of California and Theresa of Fair Haven; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sylvia Siegler of Utica. Mrs. Chase was predeceased by her husband John. Services were held in Presbyterian Village East, Chesterfield, with the Rev. Robert O. Brown officiating. Arrangements were made by Gendernalik Funeral Home, New Baltimore. Memorials can be made to Presbyterian Vilage East. 

FLOYD G. STRAUCH 
Age 86, of New Baltimore died Feb. 25, 2000. Mr. Strauch was owner of New Baltimore Fuel Supply and a member of the Civic Club. He is survived by his wife, Gene; daughters, Nancy Moreno of New Baltimore and Judy Klein of Ira; and four grandchildren. Services were held in St. Mary Queen of Creation Church, New Baltimore. Arrangements were made by Gendernalik Funeral Home, New Baltimore. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, New Baltimore. Memorials cna be made to St. Mary's Pantry Fund.  

NESTOR P. KUPS 
Age 61, of China died Feb. 22, 2000. Mr. Kups served in the U.S. Army and was employed at TRW-Sterling plant. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; son, Daniel of Grand Rapids; and brother, Norman of China. Arrangements were made by Rudy Funeral Home, Center Line. Memorials can be made to St. John Hospice, 18303 Ten Mile Rd., Suite 300, Roseville, MI 48066. 

STEPHEN F. FOGARTY 
Age 74, formerly of Algonac, died Feb. 24, 2000. Mr. Fogarty is survived by his sons, James, Steven and Dennis Barney; daughters, Judy Wesley, Patricia Zemke and Debra Mendoza; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services were held in St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Algonac, with the Rev. Douglas Bignall, officiating. Arrangements were made by Gilbert Funeral Home, Algonac.

PAULLA M. GAFFNEY 
Age 76, formerly of Marine City, died Feb. 24, 2000. Mrs. Gaffney was retired from Womens Benefit Association. She was a past board member of St. Clair County American Red Cross, did volunteer work in many organizations and was a member of First United Methodist Church, Chapter #170 O.E.S., Marine City VFW Auxiliary #3129, and Blue Water Data Processing Group. She is survived by a son, Thomas of Port Huron; one grandchild; brothers, Nathan Brewer of Missouri and James Brewer of Maine. Services were held in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home, Port Huron, with the Rev. Amy Lee Brun Terhune, First United Methodist Church, officiating. Memorials can be made to Main Street Memorial Fund, American Cancer Society or Scottish Terrier Rescue League. 

JOHN "JACK" EDWARD MULLIN JR. 
Age 54, of Yale, formerly of Berville and Armada, died Feb. 13, 2000. Mr. Mullin was a truck driver for MLS Construction and a former member of the Teamsters. He is survived by his wife, Christine; daughters, Lisa of Port Huron, Shellie Gilbert of Tennessee and Shannon of Romeo; son, John III of Port Huron; four grandchildren; sister, Carol McInerney of Bay City; and brothers, Patrick of Lexington, Alan Delahaye of Brighton and Dwayne Delahaye of Clinton Township. Services were held in Tiffany-Young and Hauss Funeral Home, Armada. Memorials can be made to the family wishes.  

KATHARINE U. REX 
Age 97, of St. Clair, formerly of Algonac, died Feb. 20, 2000. Mrs. Rex was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. She is survived by her sons, Thomas and Richard; 13 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Rex was predeceased by her husband Howard, and a daughter Katharine Christy. Services were held in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, St. Clair, with the Rev. Susan Clark officiating. Arrangements were made by L.C. Friederichs Funeral Home, St. Clair. Memorials can be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 

MARGARET ELLEN INCH 
Age 94, of Kimball died Feb. 21, 2000. Mrs. Inch is survived by a daughter, Frances Wahl of Kimball Township; son, Charles of Florida; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 15-great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Charles. Services were held in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home, Port Huron. Burial was in Springhill Cemetery, Greenwood Township. 

BERNARD "BEN" ZAREMBA 
Age 76, of St. Clair died Feb. 21, 2000. Mr. Zaremba owned Ace Septic Tank with his wife Betty. He was a member of St. Mary's Church, K of C #2251 and a veteran of World War II. Mr. Zaremba is survived by his wife, Betty; sons, Bernie, Dennis and Hank; daughters, Barbara Northrop and Denise Rapp; ten grandchildren; step-children, Jane Smith, Jacquelyn Arnold, Daniel Johnson, Peter Johnson and Mary Salem; and seven step-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Eleanore; daughter, Marie Langlois; and a son, Joseph. Services were held in St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Clair. Arrangements were made by L.C. Friederichs and Son Funeral Home, St. Clair. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Autoimmune Disorder Foundation. 

CLINTON U. COOPER 
Age 95, of Marysville died Feb. 22, 2000. Mr. Cooper was a carpenter, builder and realtor prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Carpenters Union Local 687, Marysville Lions Club, Boy Scouts and Marysville United Methodist Church. Mr. Cooper is survived by a daughter, Anne Welch of Marysville; four grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Zella Hall of Pittsburgh and Loretta Schneider of Pennsylvania; and a half-sister, Mary McCombs of Pittsburgh. Services were held in Marysville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. James M. Thompson officiating. Arrangements were made by Marysville Funeral Home, Marysville. Burial was in Riverlawn Cemetery, Marysville. Memorials can be made to Marysville United Methodist Church. 

HELEN KATHERINE CLINK 
Age 66, of St. Clair died Feb. 24, 2000. Mrs. Clink was an LPN and was involved in the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and band boosters. She is survived by husband, David; daughters, Patricia Clink of Marysville, Jayne Clink of St. Clair, Susan Mikel of Chesaning and Lynn Marsland of Virgin Islands; a son, Gregg of St. Clair; six grandchildren; sisters, Marjorie Jarvis of Florida, Golda Williams of Peck and Carol Blair of Tennessee. Mrs Clink was predeceased by a sister Bernitta Badley. Services were held in Marysville Funeral Home, Marysville. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. 

MARIAN E. MCDONALD 
Age 78, of St. Clair died Feb. 23, 2000. Mrs. McDonald was deacon of Ward Presbyterian Church and was a volunteer for the English as a Second Language Program for Livonia Public Schools. She is survived by daughters, Karen Hopp of St. Clair and Kay Ortman of Washington; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Mrs. McDonald was predeceased by her husband, O.H. McDonald, a son, Kenneth Wardlaw, and a stepson, Terry McDonald. Services were held in Ward Presbyterian Church in Northville, with the Rev. David Brown officiating. Arrangements were made by Friederichs and Son Funeral Home, St. Clair. Burial was in Glenn Eden Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Girl Scouts, Michigan Waterways Council, or the Humane Society. 

DAVID L. PRIESKORN 
Age 63, of Macomb died March 5, 2000. Mr. Prieskorn retired from Custom Drywall in Utica and was previously employed at Northbrook Golf Course in Ray. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in New Haven. Mr. Prieskorn is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, David and Dana, both of Macomb; daughters, Denine McFadden of New Baltimore and Brenda Lonergan of Algonac; six grandchildren; brothers, Bill Mayer of St. Clair Shores, Jack of Chesterfield, Glenn of Ray; and sisters, Mickey Sawitzsky of Washington Township and Carolyn Kuchenmeister of Ray. Services were held in St. Peter Lutheran Church in New Haven, with the Rev. William Otten officiating. Arrangements were made by Murphy and Hauss Funeral Directors, Macomb. Burial was in Meade Cemetery, Macomb. Memorials can be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church for to the family wishes. 

GEORGE J. FERGUSON 
Age 79, of Kimball died March 2, 2000. Mr. Ferguson was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a press operator for Eugene Welding before retiring. Mr. Ferguson is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Robert of Marysville; daughter, Mary Baur of North Street; three grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; step-daughters, Gladys Walker of Port Huron, Judy Bullis of New Haven and Diana Hegler of Port Huron; step-son, Randy Jackson of Lewiston; seven step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Agnes Mercurio of Florida. He was predeceased by his first wife Mary. Services were held in Riverlawn Cemetery Chapel, Marysville, with the Rev. Bill Bendert of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, officiating. Arrangements were made by Pollock-Randall Funeral Home, Port Huron. Memorials can be made to the Leukemia Foundation. 

DELINA THERESA SCHATZBERG 
Age 98, of Anchorville died March 2, 2000. Mrs. Schatzberg had been employed by Park Davis Pharmaceutical Company in Detroit. She is survived by a son, Charles of Houghton Lake; a daughter, Betty Betzing of Maryland; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Ted and a son Theodore Jr. Services were held in Oakwood Cemetery, New Baltimore, with the Rev. William Pacey officiating. Arrangements were made by Christie-Olszewski Funeral Home, New Baltimore. 

MELVIN HUBERT JANKE 
Age 57, of Chesterfield died March 7, 2000. Mr. Janke was retired from Detroit Edison and was the owner of Anchor Bay Computers. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, Rory Hiram of Georgia and James Anderson of Chesterfield; daughters, Kathryn Cameron of Montana and Carrie Whitfield of Fair Haven; and eight grandchildren. Services were held in Gendernalik Funeral Home, New Baltimore, with the Rev. Melvin Hiler officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, New Baltimore. Memorials can be made to American Diabetes Association, 30600 Telegraph Rd., Suite 2255, Bingham Farms, MI 48025-4532. 

IRENE M. AVERS 
Age 93, of Algonac died March 6, 2000. Mrs. Avers was a homemaker and raised dogs. She is survived by sons, David Forton of Fair Haven and Paul Avers of Marysville; daughters, Elizabeth Avers of China Township, Gail Morrison of Arizona and Linda Miller of East China; ten grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Mrs. Avers was predeceased by her husband, Raymond, a daughter, Virginia Sinon, and two grandsons. Services were held in Gilbert Funeral Home, Algonac, the Rev. Gary Aupperle of Colonial Woods Missionary Church, officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Blue Water Hospice or Cherry Beach Council on Aging. 

EVELYN PAULINE VAN PAEMEL 
Age 75, of Armada died March 8, 2000. Evelyn was a member of St. Mary Mystical Rose Catholic Church and was a volunteer at Mount Clemens General Hospital. She is survived by her sons, Charles of California, James and Jerome of Harrison Township, and Robert of Armada; daughter, Frances of California; eight grandchildren; brother, Joseph Malburg of Ray; sisters, Grace DeBruyn of Armada, Alice Sabbe and Eileen D'Hondt, both of Washington, Georgina Campbell of Armada and Frances Pewinski of Almont. Services were held in St. Mary Mystical Rose Catholic Church, Armada, the Rev. Bradley Forintos, officiating. Arrangements were made by Tiffany-Young and Hauss Funeral Home, Armada. Burial was in West Berlin Cemetery, Berlin Township. Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor's choice.  

JODIE LYNN WHISNANT 
Age 27, of Texas, formerly of Armada, died Feb. 22, 2000. Ms. Whisnant was a co-founder of Total Roll-Offs L.L.C., and a member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the National Waste Management Association and the National Cutting Horse Association. She is survived by parents, John and Betty Whisnant; daughter, Alexandria Whisnant; fiance, Ray Lauter; sister, Loree Whisnant, all of Texas. Services were held in St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Texas, the Rev. Virgil Pecht, officiating. Arrangements were made by Memorial Oaks Chapel, Texas. Burial was in St. Peter's Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Alexandria Education Fund. 

AGNES CURZYDLO 
Age 94, of Goodells died March 4, 2000. Mrs. Curzydlo is survived by her daughters, Elgia Wessel and Grace Sulkowski, both of Goodells and Dolores Slaski of Warren; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Walter. Services were held in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Emmett, with the Rev. Jasper Sirianni and the Rev. Anthony Sulkowski co-officiating. Arrangements were made by Rewalt Funeral Home, Richmond. Burial was in St. Philip Neri Cemetery, Columbus. 

DAISY G. LYNCH 
Age 82, of Florida, formerly of Richmond, died Feb. 24, 2000. Mrs. Lynch is survived by her daughters, Ruby Austin of Richmond, Wanetta Lamoureux, Alberta Norton, and Roberta Cook, all of Florida; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Vada Wansedel of Kimball. She is predeceased by her husband, Marvin; parents, Geraldine and Emil Verbeke; twin grandsons, Edward and James Cook; brothers, Charles, Albert, and George; sisters, Amy, Donna, Mae, Sylvia, Lorenia, Helen, Dorothy and Irene. Services were held in Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Florida, the Rev. W.M. Arp, officiating. Buriel was in St. Luke's Cemetery in Florida. 

DUANE JOHNSON 
Age 65, of St. Clair died March 7, 2000. Mr. Johnson raised many animals. He is survived by his wife, Constance; sons, Michael, Martin and Duane; daughters, Susan Garity and Patricia Johnson; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters, Carol Garcia, Patricia Damman and Sandy Bockenstette. Services were held in St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Clair, the Rev. Edward Ritter, officiating. Arrangements were made by Young Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, St. Clair. Buriel was in Hillside Cemetery, St. Clair. Memorials can be made to the Arthritis Foundation.   

CATHERINE C. SCHNEIDER 
Age 61, of Algonac died March 8, 2000. Mrs. Schneider is survived by her husband, Joseph; daughters, Suzanne of Farmington Hills and Julie McLachlan, both of Farmington Hills; son, Donald of California; one grandchild; brothers, Richard Johnson of North Carolina and Francis Johnson of Avoca. She was predeceased by her brother, Joseph Johnson. Services were held in St. Catherine Church, Algonac, the Rev. Douglas Bignall, officiating. Arrangements were made by Bower-Rose Funeral Home, Marine City. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association. 

JOEL W. EDIE 
Age 70, of Algonac died March 9, 2000. Mr. Edie was a member of the Algonac-Clay Township Historical Society. He is survived by his wife, Wanda; daughter, Debby Young, son, Frank Cona; five grandchildren, brother, Thomas; and sister, Elizabeth Gamble. Services were held in St. Catherines Catholic Church, Algonac, the Rev. Douglas Bignall, officiating. Arrangements were made by Gilbert Funeral Home, Algonac. Memorials can be made to St. Catherines Church or the Algonac-Clay Township Historical Society.


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