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From the Vassar Pioneer Times, October 1999

Herbert A. Reinert 

Mr. Herbert A. Reinert, a lifelong resident of Millington, died on Thursday, September 23, 1999 at the Aleda E. Lutz V.A. Medical Center in Saginaw. He was 73 years of age. 
Mr. Reinert was born on November 13, 1925 in Arbela Township. He was the son of William and Clara (Daenzer) Reinert. On February 11, 1967 he married Ruth Ann Olvey. Together they celebrated 32 years of marriage. Mr. Reinert was a carpenter and had been employed by Bierlein Construction, retiring in 1987. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, 1952-1954. As a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Millington Mr. Reinert acted as an usher and was active in the Stewardship Program. He also was a member of the Conrad-Wager-Keene American Legion Post #164. Mr. Reinert worked part-time for the Millington Police Department and the Tuscola County Sheriff's Department.
Surviving is his wife, Ruth; sisters, Florence Keinath and Elsie Diamond; a twin brother, Norbert Reinert; many brothers and sister-in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Clarence, and a sister, Lorna.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 28, 1999 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Millington with Pastor Tim Bickel officiating. Interment was in Millington Township Cemetery. 
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Stephen Ministry, or to the general fund.
Funeral arrangements were in care of Hanlin Funeral Home, Millington.

From the Vassar Pioneer Times, May 2000

DAVID LEROY FREELAND SR. 

Mr. David Leroy Freeland Sr. of Live Oak, Florida, died on Saturday, April 22, 2000 at the Houston Medical Center. He was 63 years of age.
Mr. Freeland graduated from Vassar High School with the class of 1956. He was employed by Vassar Schools for 10 years. He married Nancy Eikelberg on June 22, 1974. Mr. Freeland was a veteran of the Army National Guard. He retired as a mechanic for the City of Treasure Island, Florida. He was a member of the Wildwood United Methodist Church in Wildwood, Florida.
Surviving is his wife of 25 years Nancy of Live Oak, Florida; three sons, James D. of Live Oak, Michael D. of Clearwater, Florida, and David Leroy of Bushnell, Florida; two daughters, Dawn Jescke of Sumterville, Florida, and Joan Morbidelli of Bonaire, Georgia; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, JoAnn R. Freeland of Caro and Dorothy J. Hoover of Fairgrove; and one brother Wright "Bud" Freeland of Barrington, Illinois.
Preceding Mr. Freeland in death were his parents Fred and Leola Freeland.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the American Diabetes Association or the American Kidney Fund.
Funeral services were in care McCullough Funeral Home, Warner Robins, Georgia. 

GARY D. WILSON 

Mr. Gary D. Wilson of Millington died suddenly on Saturday, April 22, 2000 in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. He was 55 years of age. Born in Bay City on March 24, 1945 he was the son of Donald and Maxine (Osentowski) Wilson. He was a resident of Millington since 1972 when he moved from Fairgrove. Mr. Wilson graduated from Akron-Fairgrove High School and attended Mott College in Flint for two years. He was employed with Buick Motor Division where he was a Journeyman-Skilled Trades for over 30 years. He also enjoyed farming and loved flying as a hobby.
On November 26, 1978 he married Marcia Ward. Together they celebrated 21 years of marriage.
Mr. Wilson is survived by three children and their spouses, Kim and Darren Williams of Waterford, Michael Gary and Jacqueline Wilson of Fenton, Steven Brian Wilson of Shelby Township; two granddaughters, Madison Maria and MacKenzie Meika; his parents Donald and Maxine Wilson of Fairgrove; brothers and sisters Kenny and Kathy Wilson of Fairgrove, Janice Anklam of Reese, Randy and Nancy Wilson of Hartland, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Friday, April 28, 2000 at the Millington United Methodist Church with Pastor Tom Keef officiating. Interment was in Millington Township Cemetery.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Youth for Christ.
Funeral services were in care of Hanlin Funeral Home, Millington. 

MARCIA KAY WILSON 

Mrs. Marcia Kay Wilson of Millington died suddenly on Saturday, April 22, 2000 in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. She was 53 years of age. Born in Flint on November 25, 1946 she was the daughter of Lyle and Lilly Ward. On November 26, 1978 she married Gary D. Wilson. Together they shared 21 years of marriage.
Mrs. Wilson had over 25 years experience with General Motors in Flint and Saginaw.
Surviving is her family; father, Kyle Ward of Clio; a half-sister and husband, Diane and Jerry LeMay, two nieces, Teresa Spicer of Savannah, Georgia, Julia Harding of Newport News, Virginia, a great-nephew, Justin Spicer; step-children and their spouses, Kim and Darren Williams of Waterford, Michael Gary and Jacqueline Wilson of Fenton, Steven Brian Wilson of Shelby Township, two step-granddaughters, Madison Marie and MacKenzie Meike.
Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by a daughter Melissa, and a son Michael Rabb, and her mother, Lilly.
Funeral services were held on Friday, April 26, 2000 at the Millington United Methodist Church with Pastor Tom Keef officiating. Interment was in Millington Township Cemetery.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Youth for Christ.
Funeral services were in care of Hanlin Funeral Home, Millington. 

From the Vassar Pioneer Times, August 2000

VINCENT J. DUBOIS 

Vincent J. DuBois of Millington, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000 at the Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was 18 years of age.
Vincent, the son of Keith and Catherine (Hascall) DuBois, was born September 4, 1981 in Jacksonville, Florida. 
He had lived in Millington the past two years, moving from New Baltimore. 
Vincent was a member of Millington Church of God and attended Millington High School. Vincent was an aspiring guitar star.
Surviving are his parents, Keith and Cathy; brothers, Timothy, Joshua and Dakota, all at home; grandparents, Joseph and Martha Hascall; great-grandmother, Marian Hascall of Vassar; several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 29, 2000 at the Hanlin Funeral Home in Millington with Pastor Mike Cottrell officiating. Burial followed at the Pineview Mennonite Cemetery in Vassar. 
Memorials may be directed to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Pediatric Cancer Department.
Funeral arrangements were in the care of Hanlin Funeral Home, Millington.

JOHN C. HARRISON 

John C. Harrison of East Tawas died Tuesday, August 1, 2000 at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital. He was 83 years of age. 
Mr. Harrison was born August 7, 1916 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He married Jenetta Cobb. He owned and operated Johnny's Food Shop grocery store in Vassar for 33 years until his retirement in 1976. They then moved to Tawas Lake in East Tawas.
Mr. Harrison served in the United States Army during World War II and was a member of the American Legion and V.F.W. Posts in Richville. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Tawas City and was an avid gardener, hunter and fisherman.
Surviving are his wife, Jenetta; two daughters, Fern (Gale) Wojahn of East Tawas and Sandra (Harry) Birk of Vassar; six grandchildren, Jennifer (Vern) Long, Greg Birk, Jeff (Lori) Wojahn, Rob (Tyra) Birk, Becky (Rich) Storrow and Chris (Beth) Wojahn; eleven great-grandchildren, Sarah, Ben, Shane, Tyler, Abbey, Courtney, Caitlin, Luke, Carley, Kelsey and Sammy; one sister-in-law, Agnes Harrison of Paris, Ontario.
He was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters, Oswald, Mark, Thelma, David, Leatha and B.C. 
Funeral services were held Friday, August 4, 2000 from the Jacques & Kobs Funeral Home in Tawas with interment at Greenwood Cemetery, East Tawas. Pastor Arie Van Brenk officiated. 
Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church Building Fund.
Funeral arrangements were in the care of Jacques & Kobs Funeral Home, Tawas.

From the Vassar Pioneer Times, October 2000

RAYMOND VODDEN 

Mr. Raymond Vodden of Vassar, died Sunday, October 8, 2000 at Tendercare Nursing Home in Saginaw. He was 86 years of age.
Mr. Vodden was born January 2, 1914 in Detroit and was the son of Evelyn Vodden. He lived most of his life in Vassar.
On October 10, 1954 he married Esther Goodman. She preceded him in death in September of 1987. Mr. Vodden was a member of the Vassar Nazarene Church for 71 years. With his wife, he owned and operated the "Little Record Shop," a music store in downtown Vassar and also Reichle's Clothing Store. He was also employed as a janitor for various businesses and worked for a short time at Eaton Foundry (Grede's) in Vassar. He loved to talk on his C.B. and his handle was "Sneaky Pete."
Surviving are many cousins, extended family and friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 11, 2000 at the Vassar Nazarene Church with burial at Riverside Cemetery in Vassar. Reverend Dave Wermuth officiated. 
Memorials may be directed to the Vassar Nazarene Church.
Funeral arrangements were in the care of Hanlin Chapel for Funerals, Vassar. 

LAVERNE HAROLD DONNELLY 

Mr. Laverne Harold Donnelly of Vassar, died Wednesday, October 11, 2000 at his home. He was 61 years of age.
Mr. Donnelly was born April 9, 1939 in Saginaw and was the son of William Donnelly and Elviria Berlin McCreedy. He had been employed as a welder at Peter's Manufacturing in Vassar. Mr. Donnelly enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and spending time with his family and his many nieces and nephews. He had been a resident of Vassar since 1958 and was a member of Vassar F.O.E. #2380.
Surviving is his loving wife of 44 years, Nancy; one son, Patrick; three granddaughters, Amy, Jenny, Tricia; one great-granddaughter, Kayla; his mother, Elviria McCreedy; and one brother, Midge Donnelly.
He was preceded in death by his father, William and one brother, Duane.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 14, 2000 at the Hanlin Chapel for Funerals in Vassar with burial at the Millington Township Cemetery. Pastor Cyril Haines officiated.
Memorials may be directed to the charity of one's choice.
Funeral arrangements were in the care of Hanlin Chapel for Funerals, Vassar. 

ALFRED L. ANDERSON

Mr. Alfred L. Anderson of the Vassar and Millington areas, died Thursday, October 5, 2000 at Bay Medical Center in Bay City. He was 87 years of age.
Mr. Anderson was born February 21, 1913 in Sandwich, Illinois and was the son of Nathaniel and Ethel (West) Anderson. He grew up in Whittemore, Michigan and graduated from East Tawas High School in 1934. Mr. Anderson served in the United States Army during World War II. On December 27, 1941 he married Margaret Bradd and together they celebrated 58 years of marriage. She survives him. 
Mr. Anderson retired in 1972 after 30 years with Malleable Iron in Saginaw. He was a member of Local UAW #455, Masonic Lodge of Otisville #401, Eastern Star #282 and a 32nd degree Mason with Bay City Consistory. He was also a member of Arbela United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret; four children, Jan and Richard Myers of Vassar, Barbara Anderson of Gainesville, Florida, Ken and Colleen Anderson, Don and Tanya Anderson, all of Saginaw; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Evelyn Roberts of Whittemore, Genevieve Jacobs of Florida; one brother, Lloyd Anderson of Birch Run; several nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by one grandson, Nathan and one brother, Vernon.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 8, 2000 at the Hanlin Funeral Home in Millington with Pastor Herb Wheelock officiating.
Memorials may be directed to the Arbela United Methodist Church.
Funeral arrangements were in the care of Hanlin Funeral Home, Millington. 

RICHARD G. GRAVES SR. 

Richard "Rick" G. Graves Sr. of Vassar, died Monday, October 2, 2000 at Caro Community Hospital. He was 49 years of age.
Mr. Graves was born March 14, 1951 in Flint, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Oral and Helen (Coats) Graves. He married Diane Ruperd September 14, 1968. Mr. Graves was employed at Means Industry of Vassar with over 24 years of service and was an assistant Scout Master for five years for Vassar Boy Scout Troop #201. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed motorcycle trips, especially to the Upper Peninsula.
Surviving is his wife of 32 years, Diane of Vassar; and his family, two sons, Richard Jr. and wife Stacy Graves of Mayville, James and wife Lisa Graves of Reese; three grandchildren, Destinee, Caressa, Dylan; one brother, William Graves of Vassar; two sisters, Valerie Graves of Mt. Morris, Melissa and husband Mark Bellisle of North Dakota; six nephews and nieces, Cameron, Chris, Brandi, Teala, Joshua, Jessica; parents, Oral and Gaye Ann Graves of Mayville, Helen and Paul Shaw of Hale; grandmother, Edith Montle of Clio; and numerous other relatives from both sides of the family.
Funeral services were held Thursday, October 5, 2000 from the Martin Funeral Home Clark Chapel, Vassar. Pastor Stebbins officiated with burial at Tuscola Township Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the Lake Huron Area Council Boy Scouts.
Arrangements were in the care of Martin Funeral Home Clark Chapel, Vassar.

EDWARD W. KORTHALS 

Mr. Edward W. Korthals of Oxford died on Monday, September 25, 2000. He was 85 years of age.
Mr. Korthals was a member of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church. He retired from Pontiac Motors after 38 years of service and formerly owned the Korland Machine Shop in Rochester Hills and the Pennywick Christmas Tree Plantation in Vassar.
Mr. Korthals is survived by his wife Lucille; children, Virginia Lividotto of Waterford and Dean (Thelma) Korthals of Rochester Hills; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild; brothers, Earhardt and Aldolph Korthals; and sister Helen Gretzinger.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, September 28, 2000 at the Lake Orion Chapel, Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Schultz officiating.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Holy Cross Lutheran Church or Cranbrook Hospice.

LINDA ANN MUELLER 

Linda Ann Mueller of Richville died Thursday, September 21, 2000 at Covenant Medical Center-Cooper. She was 50 years of age.
Mrs. Mueller was born February 14, 1950 in Saginaw, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willis and Beverly (Allen) Miller.
She married William Mueller July 20, 1970 in Flint. She loved her family, which was her whole life.
Surviving are her husband William; four children, Richard Thomas Mueller, Christina Lynn Mueller, Melissa Ann Mueller all of Vassar, Lynnette Andrea Mueller of Richville; four grandchildren, Ryan, Draven, Magdeline, Brock; her parents, Willis and Beverly Miller of Vassar; three brothers, Dave and Cheryl Miller of Lake George, Fred and Barb Miller of Flint, Jim and Jill Miller of Kingston; one sister Joan Kern of Frankenmuth.
Funeral services were held Monday, September 25, 2000 at the Millington Church of the Nazarene with Reverend Edward A. Kile officiating. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery. 
Memorials may be directed to the Millington Church of the Nazarene or the Red Cross.
Arrangements were in the care of Martin Funeral Home, Clark Chapel, Vassar. 

MERLE SCHOTT 

Mrs. Merle Schott of Vassar died Saturday, September 23, 2000 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Saginaw. She was 86 years of age.
Mrs. Schott was born in Detroit on July 10, 1914 the daughter of Ernest and Marvel Engle. On July 10, 1936 she married Arthur Schott. Together they shared 64 years of marriage. She has been a Vassar resident for the past 55 years and a member of the Vassar First Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband, Art Schott of Vassar; one son, Robert Schott of Caro; two granddaughters, Jamie and Susan; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Fern Mussnig of Mayville and June Griffon of Caro; as well as her extended family.
The family has honored her wishes and cremation has taken place at Mrs. Schott's request.
Memorials may be directed to the Vassar First Baptist Church.
Arrangements were in the care of Hanlin Chapels for Funerals, Vassar. 

TONYA J. MCWILLIAMS 

Miss Tonya J. McWilliams of Millington, died Monday, September 25, 2000 at Hurley Medical Center in Flint. She was 19 years of age.
Miss McWilliams was born October 9, 1980 in Flint, the daughter of Francis and Mary Kathleen (Florida) McWilliams. She lived in Millington her entire life.
Surviving are her parents, Francis and Mary Kathleen McWilliams; one sister, Theresa McWilliams, at home; aunts and uncles, Ray and Carol McWilliams of Otisville, Roger and Donna McWilliams of Vassar, Mike and Jan McWilliams of Pueblo, Colorado, David McWilliams of Idaho, Gail and Fred Starnes of Millington, Chuck and Linda Florida of Jacksonville, Florida, Willis and Shirley Ware of Sterling, Gert and Gailin Morse of Burton, Don and Tom Florida of Houghton Lake, Connie and Max Rutherford of Gwinn, Sonja and Don Saylor of Royal Oak, Barb and Don Smith of Ohio, Loretta and Larry Henderson of Burton; and many cousins.
Funeral services were held Friday, September 29, 2000 at the Hanlin Funeral Home in Millington with burial following at the Millington Township Cemetery. Pastor Max McCloud officiated. 
Memorials may be directed to the National Down's Syndrome Congress.
Funeral arrangements were in the care of Hanlin Funeral Home, Millington. 

JUNE E. ROGERS 

Mrs. June E. Rogers of Vassar died Friday, September 22, 2000 at her residence. She was 81 years of age.
Mrs. Rogers was born in Bad Axe, Michigan May 27, 1919 the daughter of Peter and Natalie Sinclair. On April 25, 1943 she married Paul J. Rogers. He preceded her in death in 1985. Together they shared 42 years of marriage.
She was a graduate of Bad Axe High, class of 1936 and a graduate of Baker Business University, class of 1938. She was a member of Vassar First United Methodist Church and also volunteered for many area organizations such as Saginaw General Hospital, Vassar Community Education, Vassar Petunia Drive, Vassar Food Pantry and the Crop Walk. She enjoyed numerous outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, cross country skiing, swimming and golf.
Surviving are her children, David Paul and Paris Rogers, Ann Elizabeth Oprea and Robert Reynolds, all of Vassar, Lori Sue Rogers and Scott Bellinger of Mt. Pleasant, Lisa Marie Rogers of Marquette, Michigan; three grandchildren, Christopher, Heather, and Paul Rogers; brother-in-law, Richard Rogers and sister-in-law, Veronica Rogers, both of Bad Axe; as well as her many special friends.
Mrs. Rogers was preceded in death also by a grandson, Anthony Vincent Oprea in 1995, a son, Daniel Peter Rogers and her parents, Peter and Natalie Sinclair.
A memorial service was held Sunday, September 24, 2000 at the First United Methodist Church of Vassar with Pastor Richard Sheppard officiating.
Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church, 139 N. Main St., Vassar, Michigan 48768 or to Hospice-Partners in Caring, Division of Visiting Nurses Association, 500 S. Hamilton St., Saginaw, Michigan 48602.
Arrangements were in the care of Hanlin Chapel for Funerals, Vassar. 


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