|Josephine L. Green
Josephine L. Green, 64 of Kimball Township, passed away
Wednesday, December 13, 2000 in Cleveland, OH. She was born
February 19, 1936 in Port Huron to Robert and Velma (Hall) Fleming,
and she married Irving Green on August 20, 1955. She was a retired
Josephine is survived by her husband of 45 years, Irving Green,
Kimball Twp.; her children, Sheree (Dave) Borntrager, Vicky
(Charlie) Lonidier, Barry (Kim) Green, and Julie (Kavin)
Green-Hernandez; 11 grandchildren; her mother, Velma Fleming; her
sister, Gloria (Jim) Fretenborough; her brothers, Floyd (Emma)
Fleming, Lloyd (Lucy) Fleming, and Jerry (Erlene) Fleming; her sisters
in law, Irene Fleming and Annabell Gossman; and several nieces &
nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert S.
Fleming and her brother, Robert S. Fleming Jr. She was a very loving
wife, mother, and grandmother, and will be greatly missed by all.
The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 19,
2000 in Smith Family Funeral Home-North, 1525 Hancock Street.
Josephine’s nephew, the Rev. Darwin Fretenborough, will officiate.
Burial will follow in Caswell Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday
from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the funeral home.
John J. Guenther
John J. Guenther, 85, of Port Huron, passed away Friday, December 15,
2000 in Mercy Hospital.
He was born March 1, 1915 in Winnipeg, Canada to John and Harriet
Guenther, and on August 16, 1969 he married Eva Wilkins.
He retired from Prestolite Corp. in 1982 after 47 years of service.
in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean
Conflict. John was a member of the Charles Hammond Post #8 American
Legion, Charles Schoor Post #796 VFW, and was a 50 year member of the
Port Huron Lodge #158 L.O.O.M. lie was also a member of Grace
Episcopal Church. He enjoyed organic gardening, loved to go boating,
always owned a boat.
John is survived by his wife, Eva A. Guenther of Fort Huron;
four step-chil dren Bonnie Marshall of Port Huron, Susan Lacock of
Jose, Calilf., Nancy Metcalfe and Richard Wilkins, both of Smiths Creek,
nine step-grandchil.dren; and six step-great-grandchildren; his sister,
Paterson of Port Huron; one niece, Pamela (Richard) Cawthron; and one
nephew, Rick (Susan) Meyers, both of Bonita, CA.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Winifred Meyers.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 16, 2001 in the Moose Lodge on Military Street.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the American Heart
Association or the, American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are by Smith Family Funeral Home, South, 1230 Seventh St.
Norbert William Glyshaw
Norbert William Glyshaw, 64, of Fort Gratiot Township died Sunday,
He was born August 7, 1936, in Port Huron to the late Frank arid
Hazel Specht Glyshaw He married Marlene M. Wagner on June
24,1961, in Port Huron.
Mr. Glyshaw was a police Officer for the city of Port Huron He
served with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of St. Martin
Lutheran Church and was a certified range Officer for the state Of
Michigan. Mr. Glyshaw enjoyed bowling, woodworking, fishing and
working in his yard.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Mr. and Mrs. Bill (Kelly)
Glyshaw of North Street and Jim Glyshaw of Fort Gratiot Township;
two grandsons, and Kyle and Paul Glyshaw; a brother, Bob Glyshaw
and friend Becky, of Port Huron township; sisters , Mr. and Mrs.
Dick )Margaret) Klaus of Fort Gratiot and Lorraine Payne of
Warren; his mother-in-law, Margaret Wagner of Port Huron; and
several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers.
Visitation will be from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. today and 2:00 to 4:00 and
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 21, 2000, in
St. Martin Lutheran Church, Port Huron. The Rev. Phyllis Hormann
will officiate. Burial will be in Ruby Cemetery, Clyde Township.
Pallbearers will be Richard Klaus, Jeff Cornwell, Scott Ferriby, Matt
Wagner, Bud Glyshaw, Mike Glyshaw and David Zakrzewski.
Memorials may be made to St. Martin Lutheran Church or the
American Cancer Society.
Graveside military honors will be done under the auspices of the St.
Clair County Allied Veterans Council.
Frances Gertrude Fields
Mrs. Frances Gertrude Fields, 82, of Port Huron, died Friday,
December 15, 2000 in Port Huron Hospital.
She was born September 24, 1918 in Midland to the late
Francis & Mary Michalski. She married Joseph Bouley October 22,
1942 in Port Huron. He died December 8, 1972. She married
George E. Fields, December 30, 1974 in Port Huron. He died
September 21, 1975.
She is survived by three nephews, Daniel Walsh, Richard
Walsh and Albert Walsh, all of Port Huron.
Mary E. "Widge" Osborne
Mary E. "Widge" Osborne, 84, of Port Richey, Fla., passed away
Monday, Dec. 18,2000.
She was born Nov. 30,1916, to Arthur L. and Julia Mae McWilliams.
She and her first husband, Ivan Hall, owned and operated the I &
Hamburger Restaurant on Pine Grove Avenue in Port Huron many
years ago. He passed away in 1979. In 1986, she married Shirley
She is survived by her husband, Shirley Osborne of Port Richey, FL;
her stepdaughter Vicky Thrower of Marysville; two
step-grandchildren; her sister Vernice "Bunny" (Walter) Cerulla of
Wyandotte; her brother, John T McWilliams, of Durham, N.C.; and
several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers: Arthur L.
Jr., Delbert, Roy, Bill, and the Rev. Archie McWilliams; and three
sisters, Mabel Sparr, Anna Sheffer, and Ruth Woodward.
The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22, 2000, in Smith
Family Funeral Home-North, 1525 Hancock St., Port Huron. The
Rev. Cletus Snellenberger and the Rev. James Willetts will officiate.
Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, December 21,
2000, in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Calvary
Assembly of God Church or Healing Word Ministry.
Jeanet L. Biessel
Jeanet L. Biessel, 68, of Kimball Township died Thursday, December
21, 2000, in her home after a long illness.
She was born February 1, 1932, in Tecumseh, Mich., to the late Ted
and Donna (Hazzard) Ehinger.
Mrs. Biessel was most recently a volunteer with Goodwill Industries
and prior to that was an employee with Mary Maxim.
She is survived by two sons, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth (Charlene)
Biessel of Ruby and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne (Kathleen Eagle) Biessel
of Alaska; a daughter, Patti Armstrong and fiance' Larry Dupuis of
Lakeport; 10 grandchildren, Zachary, Jay and Cydney Biessel, April,
Angela and Charles Armstrong and Shawn, Wyatt, Birch and Rowan
Biessel; a great-grandson, Alexander Armstrong; and dear friend and
longtime companion, William Easton.
Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until the service at 4:00 p.m. today
the Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. The Rev. Margie L. Osborn of
First Presbyterian Church will officiate.
Cremation has taken place.
Delores M. Imhoff
Delores M. Imhoff, 68 of Marysville, went to be with the Lord on
Tuesday, December 26, 2000. She was born to Leslie and Lula
Janis on February 15, 1932 in Omaha, Nebraska, married the Rev.
Ralph Imhoff on July 5, 1957, and moved to the Port Huron area in
1986. She first lived in Goodells, then St. Clair, and Marysville
since 1997. For 17 years, Delores and Ralph were missionaries
with the Hiawatha (now Continental) Baptist Missions. She taught
Sunday School, classes for children, and was involved with youth
programs. She was a member of Court Street Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Rev. Ralph Imhoff, Marysville;
two children, Dennis (Karla) Imhoff, Escondido, CA and Robert
(Glenda) Imhoff, Kansas City, MO; nine grandchildren; her brother,
Clifford (Joyce) Janis, Chandler, AZ; her twin brother, Donald
(Carol) Janis, Noblesville, IN, her sister, Ruby Bursick, Bellingham,
WA; and several nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by
her parents, and a brother, Marvin Janis.
The funeral service is at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2000
in Court Street Baptist Church. The Rev. Harry Holcomb, Pastor of
Court Street Baptist Church, will officiate. Cremation will follow.
After the service, there will be a reception at the Church. Visitation
will be Friday in Smith Family Funeral Home-North, 1525 Hancock
Street from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and
Saturday at the Church from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of the service.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Court
Street Baptist Church or the wishes of the family.
Kenneth W. Ripkey
Kenneth W Ripkey, 75, of Port Huron died Tuesday, Dec. 26,
2000, in his home.
He was born Aug. 25, 1925, in Port Huron to the late Frank and
Elsie Radatz Ripkey. He married Shirley Crawford in 1947 in Port
Mr. Ripkcy retired from Grand Trunk Western Railroad. He served
in the U.S. Army during World War 11. He was a member of the
Wadhams Lions Club, 131LIC Water League of the Blind and
VFW Charles Schoor Post 796
Mr. Ripkey is survived by his wife, Shirley three sons, Robert
Ripkey, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas (Marilyn) Ripkey and Richard
Ripkey a daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen (Carol) Bachman; five
grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Mr. and Mrs.
James (Carla) Ripkey; a sister, Mabel McLean; and several nieces
He was preceded in death by his sister, Frances Rickett.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today in the Pollock-Randall Funeral
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the PollockRandall
Funeral Home, Port Huron. The Rev. Max W Amstutz, chaplain of
Marwood Manor will officiate.
Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery' Port Huron Township.
Palbearers will be Christopher mid Kenneth Ripkey, Aaron
Bachman, Tony Struthers, Don Warner and Bob Groh.
Military honors will be under (lie auspices of the St. Clair County
Allied Veterans Council.
Lucille A. Love
Lucille A. Love of Port Huron died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000, in
Port Huron Hospital after a long illness.
She was born in Harbor Beach and had lived here most of her life.
She married James C. Love on Dec. 26,1942, in Neosho, Mo.
She was employed at the Detroit Edison Co. for several years until
her retirement in 1971. Previously she was employed at Moore &
Wright Insurance Co.
She enjoyed hunting and fishing with her husband.
She is survived by her husband, James C. Love of Port Huron; her
sisters, Ethelyn Duncanson of Port Huron and Ruby Ray of Port
Huron; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday in the Karrer-Simpson
Funeral Home. The Rev. Rene L. Desmarais, pastor of St. Joseph
Catholic Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope
Visiting hours are 7 to 9 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
Patricia H. Morgan
Patricia H. "Trish" Morgan, 61, of Port Huron died Saturday, Dec. 23,
2000, in Port Huron Hospital after a short illness.
She was born may 23, 1939, in London, Ontario, and had lived in the
Port Huron area for 30 years.
She was employed for many years at Port Huron Hospital and was
very active in many community organizations.
She is survived by her brother, Frank (Debbie) Morgan of Mount
Elgin, Ontario; her sister, Elaine (Robert) Sharp of Picton, Ontario;
and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Trish's life will be from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, December
26, 2000, at the Port Huron Museum of Arts and History, 1115 Sixth
St. Inurnment will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 28, 2000, in
Woodland Cemetery, London, Ontario.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Port Huron
Museum, The "Jetty Cats" or the American Cancer Society.
Funeral arrangements are by Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home.
Frank L. Galat
Frank L. Galat, 78, of Port Huron passed away Saturday, Dec. 23,
2000, in Port Huron Hospital.
He was born to Frank and Catherine Galat on Feb. 13,1922, in
He graduated from Port Huron High School in 1940. He married
Albena Cymbalski on Sept. 9, 1944, in the Ruby Methodist Church.
During World War 11 he served in the U.S. Navy as an officer and
pilot. He retired from Michigan Bell Telephone Co. after more than
years of service.
He enjoyed his cottage at St. Joseph, Ontario, and spending time with
his family. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren. He liked to play
golf and he was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Frank was a loving husband, father, grandfather and
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Albena Galat of Port Huron;
his three children, Dawn M. Buechel of Kimball Township, Cathy J.
(Greg) Busdicker of Fort Gratiot Township and Thomas J. (Emily)
Galat of Oakton, Va.; five grandchildren, Kimberley (John) Drako of
North Branch, Jennifer and Carrie Buechel, both of Kimball Township
and Tyler and Libby Busdicker, both of Fort Gratiot Township; three
great-grandchildren, Ashley, Kaitlynn and Tristen Drako; his brother,
Theodore (Lillian) Galat of Detroit; his two sisters, Margurite Krol
Port Huron and Helen (Edmond) Rydelek of Warren; and many
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Rose Skowron, Genevieve
Dazer and Sophie Dombrowski; and a brother, Fred Galat.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 2000, in
Smith Family Funeral Home North, 1525 Hancock St. The Rev. Ralph
H. Pieper, senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church, will
officiate. Burial will follow in Ruby Cemetery under direction of the
St. Clair County Allied Veterans Council.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. Tuesday, December 26,
2000, in the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Galat, Greg Busdicker, Tyler Busdicker,
John Drako, Eric Roskey and Matthew Kelly. Honorary pallbearers
will be Theodore Galat and John Paul Lepien.
Memorial contributions may be made in Frank's memory to First
United Methodist Church or the Port Huron Hospital Foundation.
Thomas H. Ferris
Thomas H. Ferris, 94, of Marysville, went home to be with the Lord
on Sunday, December 24, 2000, after a long illness.
He was born October 11, 1906, in LaCrosse, Wis., to the late John
and Fannie Ferris.
After his boyhood, Tom worked a variety of jobs, including railroad
track layer, boxer and vaudeville partner of Danny Thomas. His civic
activism began after he moved to Marysville in the mid 1930s. As an
hourly worker at the local Chrysler plant, he was an organizer of
UAW Local 375 where he served as president in 1943. For his work
as plant war bond chairman during WWII, he received a citation from
the U.S. Department of Treasury. In 1948, he left Chrysler to go into
the grocery business (Marysville Market) with his brother-in-law,
Meanwhile he began a lifelong affiliation that would shape his life
impact many others by becoming a charter member of the Marysville
Lions Club and subsequently serving as its president. Tom embraced
Lionism and particularly its help-the blind programs, becoming a
champion for blind-aiding-causes, including leadership at local and
state levels in the Welcome Home for the Blind program. He attended
Lions conventions across the country and around the world, putting
together a 45 year perfect attendance record. For his many years of
service to the blind and to Lionism, he received the International
Master Key Membership and the Melvin Jones Award, the service
club's highest honor.
Mr. Ferris was a charter member of St. Christopher Catholic Church
and has been an active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society for
more than 50 years.
His early affiliation with Danny Thomas resulted in his later-years
service as local, and then state chairman for Thomas's St. Jude
Hospital campaigns. He is a past president of the Port Huron Cedar
Club and in 1969 was awarded the "Civic Leader of the Year" award
from the American Syrian-Lebanese Clubs of Michigan, an
organization in which he was a past state governor.
He also found time to be active in many other causes including
Community Chest/United Way, Port Huron District Foundation
(charter trustee), American Red Cross, Catholic Social Services
(charter member and Father Hogan Humanitarian Award winner),
Port Huron Catholic High School building campaign, Aiding Leukemia
Stricken American Children (charter member, state ALSAC director),
Family Service Agency, Port Huron Hospital board of Trustees, Boy
Scouts (Troop 16 finance chairman, council member, Silver Beaver),
and the Marysville Historical Commission.
Mr. Ferris was the 1979 recipient of the Port Huron Community
Relations Board annual award, holds an outstanding citizen citation
from the Marysville City Council and is an honorary citizen of Boys
Despite a busy public life, he found time to visit the sick and made
thousands of visits to people in hospitals and nursing homes. Several
years ago, he began bringing bananas to his shut-ins and became
known to hundreds as the "Banana Man."
He is survived by three sisters, Helen, Mary and Veronica "Dolly"
Ferris; sister-in-law, Florence Ferris, all of Marysville; nephews,
Francis Ramia Jr., Leo (Dolly) Ramia, Larry Ramia and John (Gayle)
Ferris; nieces, Barbara (Daniel) Champion, Gloria (Mark) Hudson and
Anita (Salim) Nammo; and many great and great-great- nieces and
He was preceded in death by two brothers, John and George Ferris
and a sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Frank Rarnia.
Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Wednesday in the Marysville Funeral Home. A Rosary will be recited
at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
Mr. Ferris will lie in state at St. Christopher Catholic Church on
Thursday from 10 a.m. until the Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m.
The Rev. Arthur Baranowski will officiate.
The Rite of Committal will follow in Riverlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers
will be Leo and Larry Ramia, John Ferris, Sam Nammo, Mark
Hudson, Dan Champion and Geoffrey Ferris. Honorary pallbearers
will be Ralph White and Frank Karrer.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Research Hospital, Habitat for
Humanity or St. Christopher Catholic Church.