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From the Vassar Pioneer Times, July 2001

ROBERT J. PRATT SR. 

Mr. Robert J. Pratt of Fairgrove died on Monday, July 16, 2001 at the Cartwright Center in Saginaw. He was 79 years of age.
Born on December 29, 1931 in Detroit he was the son of Charles E. and Elsie (Ball) Pratt. He resided in the Fairgrove area for the past 30 years. On April 20, 1974 he married Cora Well. Together they celebrated 27 years of marriage.
Mr. Pratt retired from DuLaur Products in Vassar in February of 1980. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was a member of the Vassar Nazarene Church.
Mr. Pratt is survived by his wife Cora and children, Diane Brooks, Darlene France, Viola Ostrander, Robert J. Pratt Jr., Steve Pratt, Sheila Pratt, Charles Pratt, as well as 20 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, three sisters, two brothers and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Friday, July 20, 2001 at the Hanlin Chapel for Funerals in Vassar with Pastor Richard Miller officiating. Interment was in Brookside Cemetery, Fairgrove.
Funeral services were in care of Hanlin Funeral Home, Vassar. 

NANCY ANN FENT 

Mrs. Nancy Ann Fent of Cass City died on suddenly on Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at Hills and Dales General Hospital in Cass City. She was 39 years of age.
Born on November 7, 1961 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, she was the daughter of James A. and Rosa M (Wood) Piske. She came to Michigan as an infant with her parents and has resided here since.
On June 11, 1983 she married Paul E. Fent at the Watrousville United Methodist Church where she was a member and a Sunday School teacher for many years. She worked for several years as a childcare provider in daycare centers and then became a lead teacher with NEMCSA Headstart in Bad Axe and Cass City for the last 13 years. Mrs. Fent enjoyed going out with her family on the Great Lakes in their boat and collecting lighthouses and bears.
She is survived by her husband Paul and their son Aaron, her parents, James and Rosa Piske of Hersey, Michigan; one sister, three brothers and their spouses, Darlene and Durk Brown of Kirksville, Missouri, Keith and Kristy Piske of Westland, Michigan, Dean and April Piske of Reese and Dale Piske of Traverse City; and two nephews.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 21, 2001 at the Caro United Methodist Church with Rev. John Becker of the Vassar First Presbyterian Church officiating.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Fent Family Discretionary Fund.
Funeral services were in care of the Ransford Funeral Home, Caro. 

ERNEST C. AUERNHAMER 

Ernest C. Auernhamer died at his home following a brief illness on Monday, July 9, 2001. He was 73 years of age.
Mr. Auernhamer was born the son of Carl J. and Alma E. (Hecht) Auernhamer on October 8, 1927 in Denmark Township.
Mr. Auernhamer was confirmed and an active member of St. Michael's Lutheran Church and school in Richville having served in various capacities. He was drafted in 1950 and served two years in the United States Army during the Korean War. Mr. Auernhamer retired from Consumers Power (Power Company) Energy in Saginaw after 36 years of service. He voluntarily served with the Richville Fire Department, was a member of the Richville Conservation Club and the Richville Lion's Club where he participated in numerous fundraising campaigns and was the last remaining charter member of the club. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, wildlife, wine and sausage making, farming, gardening and spending time with his family and friends.
Surviving are his children and their spouses and grandchildren, Roger E. and Patty Auernhamer and their children, Katlyn and Kyler of Longmont, Colorado, Audrey and Arlis VanDeVeer and their children, Robin and Sally of Vassar, Ann E. Basnight and her children, Neeah and Harry of Sterling, Virginia, Phyllis G. and Greg Squanda and their children, Megan and Aaron of Saginaw, Bradley W. and Ann Auernhamer and their children Kara and Kyle of Vassar. Also surviving is one sister and three brothers and their spouses, Lorna M. Kern of Vassar, Ruben R. and Mildred Auernhamer of Frankenmuth, Howard E. and Edith Auernhamer of Vassar and Glenn N. and Nancy Auernhamer of Reese. Also Janet Wilson Auernhamer, the mother of his children, his dear and close friend Beverly Wolinski, of Prudenville and extended family and many good friends.
Funeral services were held on Friday, July 13, 2001 at St. MichaelÕs Lutheran Church in Richville with Rev. David E. Hakes and Rev. Wesley L. Gillaspie officiating. Interment was in St. Michael's Cemetery.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Leader Dog for the Blind, Michigan Eye Bank, or St. Michael's Lutheran Church of Richville.
Funeral services were in care of Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, Reese.

HELEN C. PETZOLD 

Mrs. Helen C. Petzold of Millington, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at the Frankenmuth Lutheran Home. She was 88 years of age.
Mrs. Petzold was born on August 23, 1912 in Birch Run, the daughter of John and Anna (Meyer) Woelzlein. She married Gustav Petzold on October 4, 1931 in Millington. He preceded her in death in 1995. Mrs. Petzold helped run the family farm. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Millington and a charter member of its Dorcas Society.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter, Rudy Petzold of Caro, Chester and Shirley Petzold of Vassar, Milly List of Frankenmuth; five grandchildren, Geoffrey and Teresa List of Williamston, Laurie and Rick O'Connor of Millington, Carmen and Randy Bauer of Loveland, Ohio, Jeremy and Melissa Petzold, John and Heather Petzold, all of Vassar; seven great-grandchildren, Sean O'Connor, Rachel and Zachary List, Eric and Jonathan Bauer, Landon and Serena Petzold; a sister, Norma Hegenauer of Frankenmuth; a sister-in-law, Leona Woelzlein of Birch Run; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Winfried Woelzlein, a son-in-law, Gilbert List, seven brothers-in-law and six sisters-in-law.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 13, 2001 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Millington with burial following at the Millington Township Cemetery. Pastor Timothy Bickel officiated. 
Memorials may be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Frankenmuth Lutheran Home or the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements were in the care of Hanlin Funeral Home, Millington.

BETTY L. SLATER 

Mrs. Betty L. Slater of Vassar, died Thursday, June 28, 2001 at St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw. She was 73 years of age.
Mrs. Slater was born September 21, 1927 in Vassar, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton and Gladys (Wagner) Grainger. She and Zenis Slater were united in marriage May 8, 1948. He preceded her in death January 13, 1996.
Surviving are three children, Charles and wife Debra Slater of Vassar, Kristine and husband Randy Vincent of Vassar, Douglas Slater of Bradenton, Florida; five grandchildren, Danielle Slater, Corey Slater, Jeff McCrandall, Jason Vincent, Kylie Vincent; sister, Bonnie and husband Gene Seney of Vassar; and special friend, Delores Oprea.
A grave side committal service was held Saturday, June 30, 2001 at Tuscola Township Cemetery. Reverend Cyril Haines officiated.
Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association, Emphysema Association of the donor's choice.
Arrangements were in the care of Martin Funeral Home, Clark Chapel, Vassar.

LILLIAN M. (GERMAIN) CYR 

Mrs. Lillian M. (Germain) Cyr of Vassar, died Saturday, June 23, 2001 while at the Saginaw Health Source. She was 96 years of age.
Mrs. Cyr was born April 25, 1905, the daughter of Elmer and Mary (Beers) Ennest, and was a Vassar resident her entire life. She was also an active member of the First Baptist Church of Vassar. 
On March 24, 1924 she married Harry Germain. He preceded her in death in January of 1974. She later married Cecil Cyr on November 18, 1977. He also preceded her in death in January of 1984.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Harry and Maxine Germain Jr., Clinton and Onalee Germain, all of Vassar; stepdaughter, Betty Cyr of St. Helen; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 13 great great-grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family. 
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Violet, two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at the Chapel Hill Assembly of God in Vassar with burial following at the Millington Township Cemetery in Millington. Pastor Wally Reames officiated. 
Memorials may be directed to the Saginaw Health Source or to the Chapel Hill Assembly of God. 
Arrangements were in the care of Hanlin Chapel for Funerals, Vassar.

From the Vassar Pioneer Times, October 2001

ANTOINETTE C. WEINZIERL 

Mrs. Antoinette C. Weinzierl of Millington, formerly of Houghton Lake area, died Sunday, October 7, 2001 at the Lapeer County Medical Care Facility. She was 92 years of age.
Mrs. Weinzierl was born on May 23, 1909 in Ville Marie Quebec, Canada, the daughter of Peter and Georgianna (DuCharme) Preville. She lived most of her adult life in Millington until moving to Houghton Lake in 1970.
On February 15, 1927 she married Richard Weinzierl. He preceded her in death on July 31, 1992. Mrs. Weinzierl was a member of St. Frances X Cabrini Catholic Church of Vassar, formerly a member of St. Bernards Catholic Church of Millington and of the Lapeer American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #16.
Surviving is her family, three sons and three daughters and their spouses, Robert (Bob) and Lois Weinzierl, Dale and Sue Weinzierl, all of Millington, Leo and Beverly Weinzierl of Mayville, Betty Kreis of Lapeer, Dorothy Alexander of Flint, Delores and Marvin Cranick of Fairgrove; one sister, Bernadette Hamper of Flint; 15 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by two sisters, one brother and a granddaughter.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, October 11, 2001 at the Hanlin Funeral Home of Millington with burial following at the Watertown Township Cemetery in Fostoria. Father John Ederer officiated. 
Memorials may be directed to the Suncrest Nursing Home or to the Lions Club. 

NORMAN EDWARD PETZOLD 

Mr. Norman Edward Petzold of Millington, died Tuesday, October 9, 2001 while at the Covenant Medical Center-Harrison campus. He was 81 years of age.
Mr. Petzold was the son of William and Anna (Goetz) Petzold and was born in Arbela Township March 15, 1920. He was a lifelong resident of Millington. On June 6, 1943 he was united in marriage to Anita Keinath and together they have shared 58 years of marriage. He has been a lifelong and at one time a very active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. He was employed at the V-8 engine plant of GM and was a UAW member Local #659. He was also a lifelong farmer, farming all his life in the Millington area. He loved to bowl and belonged to many various bowling leagues. He also loved camping and at one time was an active member of the Airstream Camping club.
Surviving is his family, wife, Anita Petzold of Millington; five children, Norman W. and Vera Petzold of Vassar, Bernadine Petzold of Southfield, Carol and Stephen Smith of Empire, Ruth and Ernst Zwack of Frankenmuth, Marlene and Alex Herrera of Florida; his grandchildren, William and Carl Petzold of Vassar, Jace, Blake, Cale and Amanda Herrera of Florida, Tammy Lanham and family; two sisters, Eunice Hoeppner of Saginaw, Leona Griffith of Harrison.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Otto, Walter and Martin.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 13, 2001 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Millington, with the interment following at the Millington Township Cemetery. Pastor Tim Bickel officiated. 
Memorials may be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Arrangements were in the care of Hanlin Funeral Home, Millington. 

MYRTLE SENEY-BUSH 

Mrs. Myrtle Seney-Bush of Vassar died at her residence on Monday, October 8, 2001. She was 77 years of age.
Mrs. Seney-Bush was born on April 1, 1924 in Vassar and was a life-long resident. She was the daughter of Albert and Edna (Best) Houghtaling. On November 12, 1942 she married Lloyd Seney and he preceded her in death in May of 1992. She later remarried Raymond Bush on September 10, 2001.
Surviving is her family, husband, Raymond; two children and their spouses, Gary and Sally Seney, Faith Jeanette and Bob Heinlein, all of Vassar; four grandchildren, Kendra and Paul Knox, Wendy Seney, Sarah and Tom Reid, Hannah Denniston; five great-grandchildren, Kalin and Mitchell Knox, Jenna and Bradley Guile, and Zachary Denniston. 
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Roy Houghtaling.
Funeral services were held Thursday, October 11, 2001 at the Hanlin Chapel for Funerals of Vassar with burial following at the Riverside Cemetery in Vassar. Pastor Tim Bender officiated. 

KATHERINE ANN HEBERT 

Mrs. Katherine Ann Hebert (Irvine) of Vassar, died Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at Covenant Health Care-Harrison in Saginaw. She was 41 years of age.
Mrs. Hebert was born on May 23, 1960 in Wayne County, the daughter of John and Bessie (White) Irvine. On June 27, 1997 she married Todd R. Hebert and together they celebrated four years of marriage. Mrs. Hebert had been employed at McDonald's Restaurant in Vassar for six years. She loved gardening, doing cross stitch, loved being a mother and enjoyed being with friends and family.
Surviving is her family, husband, Todd; three children, Jessica, Adam, Justin, all at home; father and stepmother, John and Lorena Irvine of Fairfield Glade, Tennessee; three brothers, Randy Irvine of El Dorado Hills, California, Tim Irvine of Saginaw, Greg Irvine of California; two sisters, Julie Maurer of Ann Arbor, Jill and husband, Darrell Gumm of Lebanon, Ohio; mother and father-in-law, Leo and Carrie Hebert of Vassar; several nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law; as well as extended family and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Bessie in May of 1972.
A Memorial Service was held Wednesday, October 3, 2001 at the Hanlin Chapel for Funerals of Vassar Pastor John Becker officiated. 
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Hope, St. Mary's Oncology Unit or Covenant Oncology Unit. 

DONALD S. MORAN 

Mr. Donald (Donny) S. Moran of Vassar, died Friday, September 21, 2001 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Saginaw. He was 35 years of age.
Mr. Moran was born on December 8, 1965 in Port Huron, the son of Edward D. and Helen M. (Wilks) Moran.
Surviving are his parents, Edward and Helen Moran of Vassar; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Cheryl and Mark DeMar of Port Huron, Susan and Larry Kurtz of Vassar; four nephews, Ryan, Andrew, Joshua and Alexander.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at the Hanlin Chapel for Funerals in Vassar with burial following at Riverside Cemetery in Vassar. Pastor Douglas Stockwell officiated. 
Memorials may be directed to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or charity of one's choice.

DONNA BAKER 

Mrs. Donna R. Baker of Vassar, died Thursday, September 20, 2001 at St. Mary's Medical Center. She was 75 years of age.
Mrs. Baker was born on October 19, 1925 in East Dayton Township, the daughter of Ray C. and Cora (Hodges) Smith. On December 1, 1943 she married Orren Baker and together they celebrated 57 years of marriage. 
Mrs. Baker was a cook for the Vassar Public Schools for 28 years, retiring in 1987. She loved to do needlepoint, quilting and crafting.
Surviving is her family, husband, Orren; two children and their spouses, Robert (Bob) and Janet of Vassar, David and Linda of Plainwell; four grandchildren, Kim and husband Brad Jenks of Vassar, Scott and Beth Baker of Ypsilanti, Stacey and Wally Krantz of New York City, Michael and Kara Baker of Reese; three great-grandchildren, Brandon, Dylan, Luke; four sisters, Nettie Curvin, June Terbush, Isabelle Hecht, Leora (Dic) York; one brother, Hugh Smith; and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service was held on Monday, September 24, 2001 at the Hanlin Chapel for Funerals in Vassar with Pastor Rick Sheppard officiating.
Memorials may be directed to the Red Cross Disaster Fund.

From the Vassar Pioneer Times, December 2002

ALBERT WILLIAM LEGUE 

Mr. Albert William Legue of Vassar died on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at the Heartland Health Care Center in Saginaw. He was 80 years of age. Mr. Legue was born on April 28, 1922 in Bad Axe the son of Michael and Josephine (Carbou) Legue. He lived in the Vassar area most of his adult life. On August 22, 1941 he married Shirley Jean Barnefiske. She preceded him in death on July 17, 1989.
Mr. Legue was employed at Millington Screw Products for 13 years. He serviced in the U. S. Army.
Surviving is his family, five daughters, Patricia Kula, Margaret (Fred) Deming, Linda (Theron) Skinner, Rosan (Cork) Deming, all of Vassar, and Rita (Larry) Jewell of Harbor Beach; one son, Albert M (Barb) Legue of Lake Butler, Florida; 30 grandchildren; 74 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 7, 2002 at the Hanlin Chapel for Funerals with internment at Riverside Cemetery, Vassar. Pastor James Fader officiated.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the American Heart Association or the American Cancer society.
Funeral arrangements were in care of Hanlin Chapel for Funerals, Vassar. 

DONALD E. CASTEEL 

Mr. Donald (Don) Casteel of Millington died on Sunday, December 8, 2002 at Lapeer Medical Center at the age of 61.
Mr. Casteel was born on January 31, 1941 in Newburg, West Virginia the son of Fred W. and Hester (Haskiell) Casteel. On August 20, 1966 he married Lila Gleason and together they shared 36 years of marriage. Mr. Casteel was employed as a fork truck driver for Steering Gear (Delphi) for 22 years before retiring in 1989. He was a member of the Millington Baptist Church. Mr. Casteel was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Germany.
He is survived by his family including his wife, Lila; his children, Donald Casteel, II of Belleville, Michigan, Steven J. Casteel and fiancee, Cristina, of Midland, Robert J. Casteel, Duane Metro and friend Michelle all of Millington; one brother, Fred T. Casteel and wife Sandy of Elizabethton, Tennessee; one brother-in-law, Don Peaslee of Kingwood, West Virginia; 16 nieces and nephews; 27 great nieces and nephews; four great-great nieces and nephews; and extended family.
Mr. Casteel was preceded in death by a sister, Francis Peaslee; one brother, Arnold Casteel; and one son, Aaron T. Casteel in 1976.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 12, 2002 at the Millington Baptist Church with Pastor James Sheldrake officiating.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Millington Baptist Church Funeral arrangements were in care of Hanlin Funeral Homes, Millington. 

BARBARA L. ISHAM 

Mrs. Barbara L. Isham of Vassar, died suddenly Monday, December 9, 2002 at the Michigan Cardiovascular Clinic in Saginaw. She was 62 years of age.
Barbara Lou Black was the daughter of Ken and Melba (Cousins) Black and was born in Unionville on February 11, 1940. She grew up in the Unionville area and graduated from Unionville High. On April 21, 1971 she married David Isham and together they celebrated 31 years of marriage.
Mrs. Isham worked for the Tuscola County Advertiser for 15 years, and when she left the Advertiser she became the secretary for the Vassar United Methodist Church, of which she had served the past 21 years. She also served as the church organist as well as the organist for Hanlin Chapel for Funerals and she also played from time to time for funerals at the Clark Funeral Home. She assisted in the community crop walk and cooked chili for the annual pumpkin roll. She was a member of the United Methodist Women's Club, the Monday Nighters and sang in the church choir.
Surviving is her family, husband, David Isham of Vassar; children, Gayanne and Steve Owens of Vassar, Dean and Sue Johnson of Caro, Scott and Brenda Isham of Clifford, Christine and Pat Trisch of Caro, Stephanie and Mike Holway of Prattville, Alabama; 15 grandchildren; mother, Melba Black of Bay City; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Pat Black of Brown City, Keith and Janet Black of Bay City; two nephews; and other extended family and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ken Black.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 13, 2002 at the Vassar United Methodist Church, with burial at the Riverside Cemetery in Vassar. Pastor Steve Woodford officiated the services. 
Memorials may be directed to the Vassar United Methodist Church or the American Heart Association.
Arrangements were in the care of Hanlin Chapel for Funerals, Vassar. 

SHAUN M. DAY 

Shaun Michael Day of Goodrich, formerly of Caro, died Tuesday, December 3, 2002 while at the Goodrich Hospice Center of Goodrich. He was 23 years of age.
Shaun, the son of Connie and Bill McAdams and Bruce and Beckie Day, was born March 1, 1979 in Buford, South Carolina. He had resided in the Caro area before moving to the Goodrich area.
Surviving are his parents, mother, Connie and stepfather, Bill McAdams of Lapeer, father, Bruce and stepmother, Beckie Day of Caro; brother, Joseph Day and stepsister, Jessica Day, both of Caro; two stepbrothers, Dustin and Cody McAdams-Marcicki; grandparents, Bev and Al Provoast and great-grandmother, Edith Provoast, all of Whitemore, Bill and Eula Day of Davison; aunt, Sedwyn Day, also of Davison; aunt and uncle, Reva and Mike Kidd of Otisville; two nephews, Tyler and Christian Day; as well as several cousins, extended family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by an uncle, Terry Provoast; grandparents, Ralph and Cathern Alt and a grandfather, Garfield Provoast.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 6, 2002 at the Hanlin Funeral Home in Millington with the burial following at the Smith Hill Cemetery in Otisville. Pastor Robert Cholette officiated the services. 
Memorials may be directed to the Goodrich Hospice Center, the Hemophiliac Foundation or the Aids Foundation. 

LEOTA E. MATHEWS 

Mrs. Leota E. (Elliston) Mathews of Vassar, died Friday, November 22, 2002 at the Frankenmuth Care Center of natural causes. She was 94 years of age.
Mrs. Mathews was born on February 2, 1908 in Vassar where she was a long time resident. She was the daughter of Oscar Alonzo and Lucy Ann (Currie) Elliston. In September of 1928 she married Wesley F. Mathews. He preceded her in death in 1970. 
Mrs. Mathews retired from the Vassar School System with over 40 years of teaching behind her. She was a 60 year plus member of The Order of Eastern Star, Millington Chapter #390, the First Presbyterian Church of Vassar, and the Michigan Retired School Personnel Association. After retirement, she became a world traveler with visits to such areas as Japan, Australia, New Zealand, England, Egypt and Greece to name but a few. For over 12 years, she spent the winter in Hilo, Hawaii with her friend Elsie Rosselit. 
Surviving is her son, Dale W. Mathews and wife, Joyce of Holt; one grandson, Roy Musgrove and wife, Kay Keating; one granddaughter, Amber Musgrove; 14 nieces and nephews, Robert Elliston (Charlene), Mary Jane Cuthberson (Wright), Rex Elliston (Genevieve), John Elliston (Ruth), Douglas (Ernestine) Matthews, Sharon Matthews Bennett, Gloria (Fain) Blevins, Phillip (Delores) Matthews, Sandra (Tom) Mikulski, Kay Matthews, Vivian (Dale) Pebley, William Marzoff, Dorothy McNally, Cecil Marzoff; her very special friend, Alma Swanson; and many other close friends who helped during her illness.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 7, 2002 at the Vassar Presbyterian Church with Pastor John Becker officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association or the First Presbyterian Church of Vassar.
Arrangements were in the care of Hanlin Chapel for Funerals, Vassar. 

WAYNE J. EVANS 

Mr. Wayne J. Evans of Vassar, died Saturday, November 23, 2002 at Tendercare in Cass City. He was 86 years of age.
Mr. Evans was born May 30, 1916 in Caro, the son of Edward Albert and Matilda Elizabeth (Chambers) Evans. He married Maxine L. Hendrick May 11, 1935 in Pontiac. She preceded him in death December 16, 1996. 
Mr. Evans was a member of the American Legion Post #229 and the Millington Church of the Nazarene. He was employed at Pontiac Fisher Body. He then owned and operated a general store in Wilmot for a short time before going into the military where he served in the U.S. Army in 1945. He retired in 1978 from Oakland County Department of Public Works with 10 years of service.
Surviving are five children, Eldonna and husband Lee Schrader of Houghton Lake, Edward and wife Karen Evans of Vassar, Lawrence and wife Donna Evans of Chesaning, Sharon Lee and husband Joe McIntyre of Brownsville, Texas, Rebecca Evans at home; 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, sister, Maxine Winifred Thorpe; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and sister, Mildred.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at the Millington Church of the Nazarene. Reverend Edward A. Kile officiated with entombment in Oakwood Mausoleum. 
Memorials may be directed to the Millington Church of the Nazarene or the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were in the care of Martin Funeral Home, Clark Chapel, Vassar. 

DOROTHY R. BLACKMER 

Mrs. Dorothy Ruth Blackmer of Millington, died Sunday, November 24, 2002 at home. She was 83 years of age.
Mrs. Blackmer was born on March 5, 1919 in Millington where she resided her entire life. She was the daughter of Clare and Reva (Wippert) Bishop. She attended Michigan State University. In October of 1939 she married William Blackmer. He preceded her in death in October of 1979. She was a member of the Millington United Methodist Church. She loved sports, gardening, and harness horse racing. She worked as a secretary for the Millington School system, received her teaching degree and taught school the last 10 years before her retirement. 
Surviving is her family, three sons and their spouses, Mike and Alice Blackmer of Grand Blanc, Bob and Ethel Blackmer, Dick and Nolavay Blackmer, all of Millington; daughter-in-law and husband, Trina and John Stewart of Gilbert, Arizona; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Esther Link of Cape Coral, Florida; two sisters-in-law, Beverly Eno of Millington, Theo McParland of Grand Rapids; two brothers-in-law, William McGowan of Florida, Bernie Rohrer of Millington; dear friend and colleague, Jewel Lockwood; and several nieces and nephews. 
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Joel; a grandson, Frank; sister, Betty; sisters-in-law, Marlea and Carolyn; brothers-in-law, Ralph, Duane, Art and Bill.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at the Millington United Methodist Church. Pastor Drew Hart officiated. 
Memorials may be directed to the Millington-Arbela Historical Society.
Arrangements were in the care of Hanlin Funeral Home, Millington. 

LEEROY CLARK

Mr. LeeRoy Clark of Millington, died at his home on Saturday, November 23, 2002 at the age of 80. 
Mr. Clark was born to George and Mary (Jackson) Clark on August 29, 1922 in Flint and was a lifelong resident of Millington. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He attended Michigan State University and graduated from General Motors Institute and the FDR Labor Center. On January 26, 1951 he married Eartha Mae (Billie) Kyles and together they celebrated 51 years of marriage. He retired from Chevrolet V-8 Engine in Flint in 1991 after 42 years of service. He was a board member of Chevrolet UAW Local 659 and served as secretary- treasurer of the UAW Greater Flint Community Action Council for several years prior to his retirement. Mr. Clark belonged to the Human Development Commission (HDC) and Community Action movement since 1965 and served as Board Chairman of HDC for 30 years. He served as board member of the Michigan Community Action Agency Association and served more than 42 years as a trustee of Arbela Township. In 1948, Mr. Clark along with his cherished friend, Lois Murray was instrumental in the formation of the Democratic Party in Arbela Township. He remained an active political leader at the local, state, and national level until his life ended. Mr. Clark was active in countless civic, educational, and labor organizations. Some of his past accomplishments included President of the Millington PTA, Chairman of the Red Feather Campaign, board member of Genesee County Medical Health and Genesee County United Way. He served as Chairman of the Service Center for the Visually Impaired, Director of the Genesee County Fair, board member and Executive Vice-President of the NAACP Credit Union, member of Arbela Township Parks and Recreation Committee, the Urban League, American Legion, Veteran of Foreign Wars and former candidate for the Michigan House of Representatives. Mr. Clark was recognized as a civic leader and humanitarian by the Michigan State Legislature, the National Caucus and Center of Black Aged, and Tuscola County. He was recognized as one of Millington's Most Honored Citizen and in 2000 the Human Development Commission dedicated a Caro area adult care center as "The LeeRoy Clark Center" in his honor. His life was dedicated to those less fortunate and his tireless energy was a moving force in numerous other organizations whose goals were to improve the quality of life for everyone, especially those with special needs. 
Surviving are his devoted wife, Eartha Mae (Billie) Clark; sister, Esther L. Ross of Flint; three daughters, Linda F. (Clyde) Childress of Millington, Charlotte A. Clark of Flint, Dr. Mary K. Clark of Ypsilanti; two grandsons, Lamont and Marvin Richardson of Flint; granddaughter, Nicole Roberson of Flint; great-grandson, Dequan McClendon of Flint; eight nieces, Barbara J. (John) McCraney, Janice Womack, Denice (Henry) Royster, Margene (David) Burkett, Brenda (Ron) Pirtle, Doloris (Major) Grays, Angela Ross, Marsha Clark, Dorothy Jean Seay and Lee Crystal Hutchinson; one cousin, Ruth Brown; two nephews, Fred Peeler III, George Clark; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, William Lee Clark; sister, Ethel Moore; four brothers, Elliot, Roscoe, Kermit, Marshall Clark; and nephew Robert Seay.
Funeral service was held Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at the Millington United Methodist Church. Burial followed at the Pinegrove Cemetery in Arbela Township. Pastor Herb Wheelock officiated. Military graveside honors were conducted by the Conrad-Wager-Keene American Legion, Post #164 of Millington. 
Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association.
Arrangements were in the care of Hanlin Funeral Home, Millington. 

HERBERT C. HEIDGER SR. 

Mr. Herbert C. Heidger Sr. of Vassar died on Monday, November 25, 2002.
Mr. Heidger was born on April 23, 1933 in Saginaw. He moved to Vassar in his early teens where he resided for the rest of his life. He was employed by United Plastic where he retired with a disability. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and his computer, as well as his grandchildren, nieces, nephews, step-children and many cousins.
Mr. Heidger is survived by his two sons, David A. of Mayville and Herbert C. and his wife Michelle of Saginaw; one brother, Richard E. and his wife Carol Ann of Saginaw; half-brothers and sister, Tim Campbell of Bay City, Gregory Heidger and wife Josephine of St. Charles and Constance Woodruff and husband James, of Pulaski, Virginia; adopted brother Randy Gerber of Vassar; step-mother, Alberta Heidger of Midland; step-father Elmer Gerber of Vassar; two sisters-in-law, Louanne Campbell of Vassar and Cheryl Campbell of Flint.
Mr. Heidger was preceded in death by a sister Joyce A. Hood and her husband James of Sebewaing, a half-brother, Clayton Campbell of Flint, and stepbrother and sister Thomas Campbell of Vassar and Ruth Ann Vincent.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 30, 2002 at the Vassar First Baptist Church with Pastor Brett Boomsma officiating. Interment was in Eastlawn Cemetery in Saginaw.
Friends may share a memory with the family online at www.martinfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements were in care of Martin Funeral Home, Vassar. 


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