|Isadore August 'Izzy' Fasel
Died November 29, 1999
TRAVERSE CITY - Isadore August "Izzy" Fasel, 74, of Traverse City,
died Monday at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Born July 19, 1925,
in Hannah, he was the son of Edward and Mary (Rahe) Fasel. On Oct. 12,
1949, at Hannah St. Mary's, he married Marian Kratochvil. Born and raised
in Hannah, Izzy lived in the Traverse City area his whole adult life. He
graduated from Hannah St. Mary's in 1943. Izzy served in the 82nd Airborne
Division as a paratrooper and was stationed at Fort Knox, Ky. He was employed
by Traverse City Iron Works in maintenance and was a member of Knights
of Columbus, Eagles Aerie FOE No. 383 and the American Military League.
Izzy was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the outdoors. He is survived
by his wife, Marian, of Traverse City; four children, Anita Fasel of Traverse
City, Bruce (Kim) Fasel of Gaylord, Dennis (Nikki) Fasel of Traverse City
and Connie Fasel; special friend, Skip, of Traverse City; sister, Bernadine
(Ray) Weber of Kingsley; brother, Albert (Ginny) Fasel of Traverse City;
seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death
by his parents; and a brother, Ivan. Visitation will be from 2 to
4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral
Homes, where a Rosary with the K of C will be recited at 7 p.m. Visitation
will continue from 10 a.m. Thursday until the time of service at St. Patrick
Catholic Church where a funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. The
Rev. Gerald Micketti will serve as celebrant. Burial with military honors
will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may
be directed to American Cancer Society.
LUCILLE E. FOWLER, 94, of Traverse City, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000,
at her home. Arrangements are pending at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral
Home in Traverse City.
Bertha K. (Hoyt) Fairbairn
Died January 3, 2000
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Bertha K. (Hoyt) Fairbairn, 89, of Phoenix, Ariz.
and formerly of Grand Rapids, Mich., died Monday at her home. Bertha was
born Sept. 4, 1911, in Grand Rapids. She was married to Barton Lee Fairbairn
for 46 years. Barton preceded her in death in 1973. Bertha did adult
foster care in her home for 38 years in Michigan and Arizona. She was a
member of the Assembly of God Church in Michigan and then in Arizona. Bertha
was well loved by family and friends. She is survived by her children,
Donna Kaman and Virgil Zane (Ruth) Fairbairn of Grand Rapids, Lucille (Gene)
Riggins of Kalamazoo, Lynette Moose, Leroy (Bonnie) Fairbairn and Darlene
(Robert) Woodard - all of Phoenix, Ariz., and Ruth (Norman) Graves of Traverse
City; 36 grandchildren; more than 90 great-grandchildren; and several
great-great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death
by four grandchildren. Graveside memorial services will be held at noon
Saturday, Jan. 8, at Restlawn Cemetery in Grand Rapids. A memorial service
will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God, 44th Street,
Grand Rapids. Memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of one's
choice. The family is being served by the Camelback Sunset Chapel
Funeral Home in Phoenix, Ariz.
Lois J. Fisher
Died January 3, 2000
TRAVERSE CITY - Lois J. Fisher, 76, of Traverse City, died Monday at
her home. Born Sept. 12, 1923, in Muskegon, she was the daughter of Merle
and Nortinca Gladys (Chalfant) Dinger. On Nov. 7, 1942, in Muskegon, she
married Lawrence J. Fisher. Lois ran her cosmetology business for
12 years. She was an enthusiastic baseball fan, especially College Terrace
Wesleyan Church teams, where she was also an attendant at the church. She
is survived by her husband, Lawrence J. Fisher, of Traverse City; daughter,
Karen (Dennis) Ax of Allegan; two sons, Garry (Brenda) Fisher and Michael
(Sally) Fisher - both of Traverse City; two sisters, Jean (Harold) Micham
of Frankfort and Joellen (Gerald) Cermak of Arizona; 13 grandchildren;
five great-grandchildren; and many special nieces and nephews. She was
preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Elton Dinger; and a sister,
Dorothy O'Connor. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the
College Terrace Wesleyan Church with Dr. Donald K. Smith officiating. Memorial
contributions may be directed to College Terrace Wesleyan Church.
The family was served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse
Rev. Edwin J. Frederick "Father Fred"
Died January 4, 2000
TRAVERSE CITY - The Reverend Edwin J. Frederick, 74, died Tuesday at
the home of a dear family friend. Born in Grand Rapids on April 17, 1925,
he was the son of Joseph J. Frederick of Saginaw, Michigan and Anna Szczepanski
of Grand Rapids, Michigan who have predeceased him. Family members include:
Sister Dorothy of the Carmelite Monastery, St. Agatha, Canada, who preceded
him in death; Sister Agnes Theresa of the Carmelite Monastery, Jefferson
City, Missouri; brother Joseph Frederick and sister-in-law Colette Frederick
of Eaton Rapids, Michigan; nephews Paul (Barbara) Frederick of Louisville,
Kentucky and John (Marcia) Frederick of Grand Rapids, Michigan; a niece
Mary Ann Frederick (Derek) Schraft of Lansing, Michigan; a nephew James
Frederick of Eaton Rapids, Michigan; and eight grandnieces and nephews.
He attended St. Joseph Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan for high school
and part of college, finishing up his college at Sacred Heart Seminary,
Detroit, Michigan. His theology training took place in Montreal, Canada
at Grand Seminaire de Montreal. He was ordained in Grand Rapids by Bishop
Haas on June 3, 1950. His assignments included Sacred Heart Parish, Mt.
Pleasant, Michigan, St. Joseph's Parish, Manistee, Michigan, and St. Michael's
Parish, Muskegon, Michigan. He was then assigned to the Traverse City State
Hospital as Chaplin for 31 years, during which time he played a leading
role in establishing the All Faiths Chapel. Following the closing of the
State Hospital, he accepted an assignment as pastor of St. Joseph's Parish,
Mapleton, Michigan until his retirement in 1996. Continuing his mission
of assisting the poor and needy, which started at the Traverse City State
Hospital, he again assumed a leading role in establishing the Father Fred
Foundation in late 1989. The community of Northern Michigan will immensely
miss the loving, powerful figure of Father Fred. He was best known for
his work with the Foundation, which provided basic needs to those who are
unable to receive assistance elsewhere. The Foundation has provided food,
clothing, and other items to thousands of families. The motto he created
for the Foundation, "Listen, Care and Share" underscored the importance
he, and his many followers, have demonstrated at the Foundation. He enriched
not only the lives of the needy, providing their families with care, but
also the lives of those who shared the abundant resources of Northern Michigan.
The logo, a blue broken heart, symbolizes the real heart that he believed
many people carry within. His Foundation's mission has and will continue
to smooth out those broken hearts and lift up the individual's life again.
Father Fred himself would interview each and every person who came for
help. He not only tended to their physical needs, but made sure that they
were doing everything possible to better their situation. Father Fred is
survived not only by his family, but also by the many volunteers and countless
people who helped with fund-raisers, donations, and other gifts. He is
also survived by all those whose needs continue. The Foundation will carry
on his mission. To assist in the continuance of his mission, donations
may be made to the Father Fred Foundation, 826 Hastings, Traverse City,
Ml 49686. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today with a Rosary and Tribute
at 7 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Traverse City. Visitation will
continue from 2 to 8 p.m. at the church Thursday with a Wake service at
7 p.m. at the church. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Friday
at St. Francis Catholic Church with a luncheon to follow in the St. Francis
High School gym. A private family burial is planned at St. Joseph Cemetery
in Mapleton. Arrangements are being handled by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral
Home in Traverse City.
ARLIN 'BUD' FOSTER, 76, of Traverse City, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000,
at his home. A full obituary will appear in a later edition of the Record-Eagle.
Arrangements are pending at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse
Catherine 'Ronnie' Flechsig
Died December 29, 1999
TRAVERSE CITY - Catherine "Ronnie" Flechsig, 78, of Traverse City and
formerly of Royal Oak, died Wednesday at Munson Medical Center in Traverse
City. Born Oct. 7, 1922, in Sudbury, Ontario, she was the daughter of Burton
and Kit Menzies. Ronnie was a retired secretary, having been employed by
the G.M. Tech Center in Warren. She enjoyed traveling and driving and had
a wonderful sense of humor. She is survived by a daughter, Linda Flechsig
of Troy; son-in-law, Bill Carlson of Traverse City; grandchildren, Heather
Marone of Seattle, Wash., Shannon Hagerty of Traverse City and Amber Carlson
of Lansing; great-granddaughter, Olivia Hagerty of Traverse City; sister,
Margaret Menzies of Royal Oak; and a brother, Donald Menzies of Florida.
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Cathy Flechsig and Donna Carlson;
and her parents. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Troy.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are being handled by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse
Catherine Adeline Rogers Feeman, 94, died Tues., Jan. 11, 2000, in
her home. She was born Aug. 7, 1905, in Newark, Ohio, the daughter of Homer
Ray and Martha May (Joyce) Rogers. Feeman was a resident of Chelsea since
July 25, 1996. She was formerly a very active member at Main Street Methodist
Church, Michigan Avenue Methodist (where she was the Sunday School superintendent
and a member of the official board), Asbery United Methodist in Lansing,
and an active member of Grayling Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church.
She helped start and was very active in the Bear Lake Christian Church.
Feeman was a school teacher, past president of United Methodist Women,
and past member of the Unity Literary Club of Lansing. She was very active
in the Women's Clubhouse Association and president of the Literary Society,
as well as being a member of the board of directors of Sylvan Glades Association.
She married Hyrtl Cairns Feeman in Russell, Ky., on Dec. 29, 1928. He survives.
Other survivors include daughter MarthaAnne Riley of Howell; son Harlan
Roger Feeman of St. Johns; brothers William Homer Rogers of North Carolina,
and Edwin Joyce Rogers of Ohio; nephew Dr. Hobart Rogers of North Carolina.;
granddaughters Lark Lee Riley Samouelian, Ann Riley Papas, Julie Feeman
Winsor and Catherine Feeman Fick; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral
services were Jan. 13 at Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel; Rev. Tat-Khean
Foo officiated. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery in Adrian. Memorial
contributions may be made to Adrian College, Chelsea Retirement Community
or Bear Lake Christian Church. Arrangements were made by Cole Funeral Chapel,
Harrison B. Frutig
Died December 30, 1998 TRAVERSE CITY - Harrison B. Frutig, 81, of Traverse
City, died Wednesday at Grand Traverse Pavilions in Traverse City. Born
Sept. 11, 1917, in Coeur D' Alene, Idaho, he was the son of Albert and
Mary (Winans) Frutig. On April 9, 1949, in Ypsilanti, he married Luella
Liimakka. Harrison lived in Lansing for most of his life. Employed by Oldsmobile
for 37 years, he retired in 1987. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps
in World War II and later attended radio and television school in Chicago.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lansing and participated
with the Lansing Civic Players Guild. He enjoyed acting, dancing, singing,
reading, and redesigning and remodeling his house. Harrison was a life
member of the Lansing Veterans of Foreign Wars Olds-Higgins Post No. 3727.
Survivors include his wife, Luella Frutig of Traverse City; a daughter,
Sarah Frutig, and her husband, Edward Kazmierski of Arleta, Calif.; a sister,
Rosalie Crosbie of Suttons Bay; a niece, Corinne (Leo) Kohler of Suttons
Bay; and a nephew, Cary Crosbie of Traverse City. Visitation will be held
from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Traverse City Chapel of
Covell Funeral Homes. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at
the funeral home; the Rev. Donald Sunman will officiate. Burial will be
in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing with a chapel committal service
at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Memorial contributions may be directed to the charity
of one's choice.
Died January 3, 1999
TRAVERSE CITY - Alfred J. Ford, 89, of Traverse City, died Sunday at
Birchwood Nursing Center in Traverse City. Born on Nov. 5, 1909,
in Anadarko, Okla., he was the son of Paul and Caroline (Fugita) Ford.
On June 16, 1939, in Detroit, he married Mary Ward. Alfred had retired
from the McCord Corp. in Detroit after 30 years of service. He enjoyed
collecting stamps, golfing and building bird houses. Survivors include
two daughters, Marjorie Marshall of Traverse City and Mary Ann (Roger)
Herring of Western Springs, Ill.; a brother, Henry Goebel of Texas; and
four grandchildren. Alfred was preceded in death by his wife, on Jan. 26,
1993; his parents; three brothers, Paul, Jim, and George Goebel; and a
sister, Frances Woodman. Private family services will be held at Reynolds-Jonkhoff
Funeral Home in Traverse City. Inurnment will be in Grand Traverse Memorial
Gardens in Traverse City. Memorials may be directed to The Foundation
Fighting Blindness, EP 1, Suite 800, 11350 McCormick Road, Hunt Valley,
Siree M. Friend
Died January 20, 1999
BELLAIRE - Siree M. Friend, 90, of Bellaire, died Wednesday at Meadow
Brook Medical Care Facility in Bellaire. She was born June 18, 1908, in
Mancelona, the daughter of William and Helen (Lilleberg) Mattson. She was
the executive director for the Antrim County Agriculture Stabilization
Conservation Service for 30 years, retiring in 1972. Siree was a 1926 graduate
of Cadillac High School, and was a member or the Bellaire Community United
Methodist Church and the Women's Fellowship. Surviving are two daughters,
Marilyn Patterson Proctor of Bellaire and Jeanne E. (Ward) Cary of Central
Lake; four grandchildren, William (Dawn) Cary, Scott and Jill Cary and
Kathleen (Charles) James; four great-grandchildren, Morgan and Emily Cary
and Michael and Molly James; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded
in death by her husband, Charles in 1964; three brothers, Justus, William
and Ellis Mattson; and one sister, Winnefred Worden. Funeral services will
be held Sunday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Bellaire Community United Methodist
Church. The Rev. Mary Brown will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview
Cemetery in Bellaire. The family will receive friends Saturday from 2 to
4 p.m. at the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Memorial contributions
may be made to the church or to Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility.
Mildred May Fewins
Died January 20, 1999
TRAVERSE CITY - Mildred May Fewins, 90, of Traverse City, died Wednesday
at Birchwood Nursing Center. Born Feb. 3, 1908, in Benzie County, she was
the daughter of William John and Clara (Clark) Fewins. Mildred was a school
teacher. She very much enjoyed the years she taught, and was constantly
teaching her family at home. She was a very outgoing, fun individual. Survivors
include many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by
her parents; her sisters, Daisey Deemer, Lena Jones, Jesse Shutt and Mary
Reno; and her brother, Arthur Fewins. A memorial service will be scheduled
later in the spring. Memorials may be directed to the Cancer Foundation.
Arrangements were handled by The Bennett-Jonkhoff Funeral Home of Beulah,
Bernice G. Fry
Died November 25, 1998
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. - Bernice G. Fry of San Clemente and formerly
of Empire, Mich., died Wednesday at San Clemente Hospital and Medical Center
in San Clemente. She was born June 4, 1913, the daughter of George R. and
Candace (Purdy) Gates. Prior to moving California, she resided in Empire
with her former husband, Alfred Fry, who survives. Alfred and Bernice owned
and operated Fry's General Grocery Store in Empire. In March of 1949, Bernice
was employed by the Veterans Administration Hospital at Sepulveda, Calif.,
in dietetics. On June 8, 1962, she was awarded a certificate of superior
performance. During her faithful service at the Veterans Hospital - until
the time of her retirement on June 3, 1974 - she received five letters
of commendation in addition to the certificate of superior performance
Survivors include her cousins, Warren R. Aylsworth of Empire; Helen Aylsworth
Scully of Deltona, Fla., and Glenn Aylsworth of Traverse City, Mich. She
was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charles Gates. Bernice
was the niece of Alonzo G. Aylsworth and Gladys (Purdy) Aylworth who also
preceded her in death. She will be interred in Forest Lawn Memorial-Park
in Glendale, Calif., in the family lot.
Edmund C. Flees
Died November 27, 1998
TRAVERSE CITY - Edmund C. Flees, 78, died Friday morning at his home
in Traverse City. Born in Cedar, he was the son of Daniel and Anastasia
(Popa) Flees. On June 24, 1946, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Isadore,
he married the former Mary E. Winowiecki. Edmund was a veteran of World
War II, serving in the U.S. Army where he received numerous decorations.
A retired meat cutter, he was also the former owner and operator of Flees
Saw Sharpening Service. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church
in Traverse City and a former basketball coach for St. Mary's of Hannah
school in Kingsley. He was a very active member of the Veterans of Foreign
Wars Cherryland Post No. 2780. He served twice as a commander of the VFW,
was a captain of the honor guard, former chaplain, and a coordinator of
the local post bulletin. He also served as the 13th District adjutant.
Edmund served as bingo treasurer and operated concessions for Thursday
bingo to benefit the Trojan booster club. Survivors include four sons,
Edmund C. (Judy) Flees II of Grand Rapids, Daniel J. Flees of Traverse
City, David F. (Denise) Flees of Traverse City, and Jerome A. Flees of
St. Petersburg, Fla.; two daughters, Judith A. (George) Rokos of Traverse
City and Janice M. (John Jr.) Lage of Rochester, Minn.; two sisters, Dorothy
Bussey and Elizabeth Bullis - both of Northport; two brothers, Sylvester
Flees of St. Louis, Mo., and Lawrence Flees of Northport; 14 grandchildren;
three great-grandchildren; a mother-in-law, Bertha Winowiecki of Traverse
City; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded
in death by his wife, Mary, on March 5, 1993; his parents; and his brothers,
Raymond, Alex, and Daniel Jr. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.
and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse
City; a Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held
at noon Friday at St. Francis Catholic Church; the Rev. Father William
Lipscomb will officiate. Burial will be in the Grand Traverse Memorial
Gardens in Traverse City with full military honors under the auspices of
the VFW Cherryland Post No. 2780. Memorials may be directed to Mass Intentions
or the VFW Cherryland Post No. 2780 Building Fund.
Genevieve W. Fudge
Died December 5, 1998
TRAVERSE CITY - Genevieve W. Fudge, 80, a homemaker, died Saturday
at Tendercare of Kalamazoo. Born Feb. 8, 1918, in Pontiac, she was the
daughter of Lloyd and Gertrude (Newell) Walters. On July 25, 1943, in Traverse
City, she married Walter Fudge. Genevieve lived in Traverse City for most
of her life. She served her country in the Women's Army Corps and was a
member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Traverse City. Genevieve
had been employed as a bookkeeper for Montgomery Wards, Traverse City Osteopathic
Hospital and Zimmerman Construction. Survivors include two sons,
Robert (Eloina) Fudge of South Padre Island, Texas, and Lewis (Mary) Fudge
of Mattawan; two brothers, LeRoy (Anita) Walters of Chico, Calif., and
Lewis Walters of Sun City West, Ariz.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Genevieve was preceded in death by her husband, Walter. Friends may
visit from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Hibbard-Ruggles Funeral Home in Traverse
City. Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Excelsior
Township Cemetery in Kalkaska County where burial will also take place.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Emmanuel United Methodist Church.
Died December 10, 1998 ADRIAN - Noel Lawrence Francoeur, 61,
died at his home in Adrian on Thursday, with his family at his side. He
faced his battle with brain cancer courageously, viewing his illness not
as an obstacle, but as a stepping stone to life. Larry was born October
7, 1937, the second of five children, to Noel L. and Ruth M. (McKie) Francoeur
in Adrian. He attended the Riverside School No. 15 and graduated from Adrian
Catholic Central High School in 1954. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce
degree from Assumption University in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, in 1959.
On August 27, 1960, Larry married Judith C. Kirkwood at St. Mary's Catholic
Church in Adrian; who survives. Their marriage was blessed with four daughters
and their families, all of whom survive - Mary Susan Duerksen, husband
Robert, and Kelsey Roberta, Kathleen Susan and Matthew Joseph of Ann Arbor;
Anne Margaret Wilson, husband Leo, and Evan Leo and Connor Noel of Annapolis,
Md.; Patricia Kay Judd, husband Paul, and Karen Eileen, Emily Margaret
and Eric William of Alto; Joan Elizabeth Rymsza, husband Guy, and Mark
Lawrence and Peter Joseph of South Bend, Ind. Larry is also survived by
his mother, Ruth M. Francoeur of Adrian; sisters, Sr. Marilyn P. Francoeur,
O.P., of Westchester, Ill., and Herline E. (Ray) Harm of Columbia, Calif.;
brothers, Douglas W. (Mary) and John Q. (Jan) - both of Adrian; and his
nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father in 1983.
Larry began a long and faithful career at Citizens Gas and Fuel Company
in 1959. At his retirement in 1997, he was vice president of operations.
During his many years in the Adrian community, Larry was a member of the
Adrian Kiwanis Club, serving as president in 1981. He was named Kiwanian
of the Year in 1985. He served on the Adrian Downtown Development Authority
for six years, as chairman from 1993 to 1995. During his six years on the
board of the Lenawee County Chamber of Commerce, he served as treasurer
and chairman. Larry was involved with Lenawee Communities in Schools, Lenawee
United Way and Lenawee County Personnel Directors Association, serving
as president in 1976. A lifelong member of St. Mary's Catholic Church,
Larry was an active participant in numerous committees and programs. The
Chamber of Commerce recently honored Larry with the 1998 Maple Leaf Award
which reads - "For the significant contributions you have made to the professional
and private lives of so many; and to express our appreciation for your
integrity, dependability, and balanced leadership." A talented, competitive
athlete, Larry captained the Assumption University basketball team during
his senior year, leading it to win the Ontario University Athletic Association
Championship. In the 1960's he played baseball for Merillat Woodworking
of Adrian in the Toledo Federation Baseball Association. He was recognized
by the Michigan High School Athletic Association after twenty years as
a basketball official. Larry was a skilled golfer and was a member of the
lenawee Country Club for many years.Visitation will be held from 6 to 8
p.m. today and 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Anderson Funeral
Home in Adrian. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m.
Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church; the Rev. Frs. Thomas Helfrich and
Louis Komorowski and Deacon Richard Bayes presiding. Interment will take
place a St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. A Vigil Prayer Service will be
held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday by Deacon Richard Bayes. Memorial contributions
may be sent to St. Mary's Catholic Church, 305 Division Street, Adrian,
MI 49221, or to Hospice of Lenawee, 415 Mill Road, Adrian, MI 49221. Envelopes
are available at the Anderson Funeral Home.
Rosa M. Faist
Died December 16, 1998
TRAVERSE CITY - Rosa M. Faist, 100, of Traverse City, died Wednesday
at Tendercare of Traverse City. Born Nov. 10, 1898, on the family farm
in Cedar Township in Osceola County, she was the daughter of Daniel and
Matilda (Faist) Faist. Rosa, a housekeeper, moved in 1951 to Traverse City
from Reed City. She was a member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church
in Traverse City. She enjoyed crocheting, embroidery and tatting. Survivors
include a sister, Cora Faist of Reed City; two cousins, Ruth L. Brakel
and Pearl Faist - both of Traverse City; and many other relatives. She
was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Emma. Friends may call
from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral
Home in Traverse City. Visitation will also be held one hour before the
11 a.m. funeral service Saturday at the McDowell Funeral Home in Reed City
where the Rev. Robert Mayo will officiate. Burial will be in the Hersey
Village Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Emmanuel
United Methodist Church in Traverse City.
GRAND RAPIDS - Rose J. Folkersma, 83, of Grand Rapids, passed away
Saturday, in Traverse City. Survivors include her daughters, Patricia
(James, deceased) Alpers of Traverse City, and Nancy (Roger) Pilmore of
Round Rock; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother, Joseph
(Helen) Polonowski; four sisters, Leone (Sigfred) Willman, Ruth Roelofs,
Clara Rogalski, Mary (Jerry) Rauwerda; a sister-in-law, Katherine Polonowski;
and many nieces and nephews. Rose was preceded in death by her husband,
George; her son, Peter George Folkersma; a brother, Charles Polonowski;
and two sisters, Stella Bialik and Rita Sief. She was also a member of
the Basilica of St. Adalbert and was an active participant at St. Patrick
Church on Silver Lake Road in Traverse City. The family will receive visitors
from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Arsulowicz Brothers Mortuary
West, 585 Stocking Ave., where a vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. A
Mass of Christian Burial and committal service will be celebrated at 11
a.m. Tuesday at the Basilica of St. Adalbert, 654 Davis NW where Rose will
lie in state from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Interment will
be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial contributions directed to the Basilica
of St. Adalbert will appreciated.
Dorothy L. Fox
Died December 25, 1998
TRAVERSE CITY - Dorothy L. Fox, 86, died Friday at Munson Medical Center
in Traverse City. She was born Aug. 10, 1912, in Chicago, Ill. Dorothy
married Kenneth Fox on June 30, 1934. He was a partner in the Comber and
Fox Supermarket in Fenton for 25 years. They resided in the Fenton area
for many years and moved to Traverse City in 1965. Dorothy was a great
hostess who loved parties. She enjoyed music, dancing, old movies, football
and the color pink. Survivors include several nieces and nephews
and her special, good friends, Bob and Annette Kindt of Traverse City.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, on March 30, 1989.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today from the Reigle Funeral
Home, Sunset Chapel, 5501 W. Pierson Road, Flushing. Burial will follow
in Sunset Hills Cemetery in Flint.Memorial gifts in her name may be made
to the American Cancer Society.
Donald A. Ferguson
Died April 26, 1999
TRAVERSE CITY - Donald A. "Don" Ferguson, 66, of Traverse City, died
Monday, April 26, at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Born Feb.
26, 1933, in Detroit, he was the son of Eldon and Bernice (Bodine) Ferguson.
Don was raised in Fowlerville and graduated from high school there in 1950.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. Don attended Michigan State
University and graduated in 1957 with a bachelor of science degree in geology.
He married Donna Jean Hemstreet, who survives, in 1957 and they had two
sons, Jeffrey - who lives in Washington D.C. with his wife, Carol, and
their two sons, Alexander and Andrew - and Gregory, who lives in Traverse
City. Don was well known and respected in the oil and gas industry for
his work which was primarily in oil and gas drilling and exploration. His
professional career included positions with the Michigan State Highway
Department from 1958 to 1962, Consumers Power Co. from 1962 to 1980 and
Total Petroleum, Inc. from 1980 to 1989. He started Donald A. Ferguson
Consulting in 1989. Don retired in December 1998 and was able to spend
time in Washington D.C. and North Carolina with his family. He was a member
of the American Petroleum Institute, the Michigan Oil and Gas Association
and Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City. Memorial services
will be held at noon Saturday at Central United Methodist Church; the Rev.
Dean Bailey will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart
Association, 1211 E. Front St., Suite 139, Traverse City, MI 49686, or
to The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, P.O. Box 931517, Cleveland, OH 44101-8713.
Arrangements are by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
Helen Baird Fowler
Died May 6, 1999
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Helen Baird Fowler, 83, passed away Thursday,
May 6, at Manor Care Nursing Home in Jacksonville. Helen was a member of
the Federal Reserve Association and was also a former musician. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Archie Clifford Fowler, but is survived
by many cousins. Interment will be in Marietta National Cemetery in Marietta,
Ga. Arrangements are by Hardage Giddens Funeral Home of Jacksonville.
GOLDIE E. FITZHUGH, 88, of Elberta, died Tuesday evening, April 20,
1999, at her home. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Frankfort
Chapel, McElduff Funeral Homes, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Herring
Baptist Church. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the church.
Ardith Marie Fritch
Died April 2, 1999
FRANKFORT- Ardith Marie Fritch, a lifelong resident of Benzie County,
died Good Friday afternoon at The Maples Medical Care Facility in Frankfort
at the age of 69 years. Ardith was born July 16, 1929, in Frankfort, the
daughter of Martin Christopher and Abbie Almina (Davidson) Lentz. She was
united in marriage to Clinton Addison Fritch at the Blaine Christian Church
in Arcadia, on Aug. 23, 1947. Clinton passed away Dec. 8, 1991. Ardith
was a homemaker and cherry farmer. She was a member of the Blaine Christian
Church and the church's Christian Womens Fellowship Group. She was also
a member of the Benzie Area Farm Bureau. Ardith enjoyed square dancing,
farming, flowers, sewing, shopping, cooking and traveling, but what gave
her the most enjoyment was her family. Ardith is survived by one son, Duane
(Cheryl) Fritch of Lake Belton, Texas; and two daughters, Dawn (Michael)
Waning of Maple City and Diana (Edwin) Alkire of Benzonia. Also surviving
are a sister, Reatha (William) Rayle of Lake Ann; grandchildren, Joseph
Demerly of Bear Lake, Christopher Demerly of Honor, and Thomas Waning of
Maple City, seven stepgrandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and 15 stepgreat-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 p.m. and
7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Perry Chapel, McElduff Funeral Homes in Benzonia.
Visitation will also be held one hour prior to services which will take
place at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Blaine Christian Church; the former pastor
of the church, Rick Branaman, will officiate. Burial will take place in
Joyfield Township cemetery where Ardith will be buried next to her husband,
Clinton. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider
the Epilepsy Foundation or the Blaine Christian Church.
PIETRO G. FERRARESE, 80, of Mancelona, died Saturday, March 4, 2000,
at Meadow Brook Care Facility in Bellaire. He was born July 7, 1919.
Services will be held at a later date in Midland. Arrangements are by the
Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.
Died March 25, 2000 TRAVERSE CITY - Claraa Isabel Ferrell, of Traverse
City, died Saturday. Born April 6, 1908, in Traverse City, she was the
daughter of John N. and Belle (Girard) Foote. On Aug. 7, 1931, in Traverse
City, she was married to Clarence W. Ferrell, the son of C.E. and Jane
Ferrell of Detroit. He preceded her in death on Dec. 28, 1991. A graduate
of Traverse City High School and teacher's college of Wayne State University,
she taught in Detroit for several years. Upon her husband's retirement
from General Motors in 1970, they moved to Traverse City to live in the
home where she was born. Clara became a member of the First Congregational
Church while in high school. A member of Daughters of the American Revolution,
she served as state recording secretary from 1955 to 1958. She was a member
of Michigan Society of Mayflower Descendants for many years. Clara and
her husband were also members of Traverse City Golf and Country Club and
charter members of Munson Medical Center Centurian Club. As an auxiliary
member, she worked on gift shop displays. She was always interested in
music as well as gardening and flower arranging. She and her husband traveled
extensively in many areas of the world. They enjoyed several months each
winter in Naples, Fla. or Scottsdale, Ariz. She has several cousins and
many friends in this area. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death
by her parents. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today
at Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes. A Celebration of Life
service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Internment
will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Munson Medical Center,
First Congregational Church or a charity of one's choice.
WILLIAM G. FLOOD, 60, of Buckley, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at
his home. A full obituary will appear in the Wednesday paper. Arrangements
are by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
BERNICE ALVINA FORBERG, 87, of Wellston, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000,
at the Manistee Heights Care Center. She was born May 6, 1913, in Chicago,
Ill. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Terwilliger
Funeral Home in Kaleva; funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. Interment
will be in Wellston Cemetery.
Died September 16, 2000 TRAVERSE CITY - Rosalia Marjorie "Rosie"
Ferguson, 73, of Traverse City, died Saturday at her home following a courageous
battle with cancer. She was born April 21, 1927, in Northport, the daughter
of Clarence and Ethel (Calhoun) Blacken. She married James E. Ferguson
on Jan. 8, 1945, at Garfield Park Methodist Church in Chicago.
Rosie had been employed by Ameritech for 22 years, having been an operator
and had worked in building services. She was a member of the Telephone
Pioneers of America and the Sons of Norway and enjoyed volunteering for
various charities. Rosie was admired by everyone she met and to paraphrase
Will Rogers, she never met a person who didn't like her. Rosie especially
enjoyed working in and admiring her flower garden. Her love of life and
her humor will be remembered by all who knew her.
Rosie is survived by her husband, James; by their children, Carl R. Ferguson,
Robert L. Ferguson and Patricia J. Ferguson - all of Traverse City; a grandson,
Neil C. Ferguson of Traverse City; and by two sisters, Careman Strickland
and Carol Chance - both of Traverse City. She was preceded in death by
her parents; her brothers, Dennis, Glenwood, Grant, Eugene, John, Donald
and Dean; and by a sister, Marion Davis. Services remembering Rosie will
be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, from the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral
Home. There will be no visitation. The Ferguson's family friend, Bob Byerly,
will offer the eulogy and serve as facilitator for the service. Memorial
contributions may be directed to the Grand Traverse Children's Garden at
the Traverse Area District Library or to the charity of one's choice.
Winston Judge Fisher, 87, of Bellaire, passed away Thurs., Sept. 21,
2000, in Traverse City. He was born Dec. 4, 1912, in Scottville, the son
of Charles M. and Sarah Fisher. He grew up in Scottville and attended school
at Scottville, graduating from Ludington High School. Winston went on to
attend Yale University in New Haven, Conn. On Jan. 11, 1946, he married
Carmen Law in Detroit. Winston was a first lieutenant in World War II,
completing 35 bombing missions as a B-29 flight engineer. He retired in
1975 as the head of manufacturing at Modern Materials Corp. in Detroit,
a subsidiary of Bendix Corp. that pioneer the production of aluminum siding.
He was a recreational pilot out of the Antrim County Airport, and also
enjoyed skiing and hunting. He is survived by wife Carmen of Bellaire,
daughter Cheryl (Joseph) Ramotowski of San Antonio, Texas; son Lance K.
Fisher of Victoria, Minn.; and grandchildren Kaitlyn Fisher and Brendan
Topolewski. He was preceded in death by brothers Russell, Loyal and Harold,
and grandson Jason. Funeral services were Sept. 25 at the Alexander-Rye
Funeral Home; the Rev. Douglas Niemi of Bethany Lutheran officiated. Burial
was in Lakeview Cemetery, Ludington. Memorials may be directed to Alzheimer's
Disease Research, 15825 Shady Grove Road, Suite 140, Rockville, MD 20850,
or the 58th Bomb Wing Fund, New England Air Museum, Bradley International
Airport, Windsor Locks, CT 06096.
9/15/2000 Grosse Pointe Farms and Northport resident Dexter
Ferry died Sept. 15. He was 92. Mr. Ferry was the grandson of the founder
of the Ferry-Morse Seed Co., and his family had been active in Detroit
and Grosse Pointe civic affairs since the mid 19th century. He served as
trustee and past president of the Detroit Science Center, University Liggett
School and the Michigan Children’s Aid Society. Surviving are his wife
of 67 years, Marian D. (Kelly) Ferry; a son, Mason Ferry of Grosse Pointe;
daughters Marian F. Williams of Chappaqua, N.Y. and Julie F. Hale of Portland,
Maine; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made
to the Detroit Science Center Endowment Fund, c/o Community Foundation
for Southeastern Michigan, 333 West Fort St., Suite 2010, Detroit 48226.
9/16/2000 Funeral services were held Tuesday for Traverse City
resident Rosalie Marjorie “Rosie” Ferguson, who died Sept. 16. She was
73. Mrs. Ferguson was born on April 21, 1927, in Northport, the daughter
of Clarence and Ethel (Calhoun) Blacken. On Jan. 8, 1945, at Garfield Park
Methodist Church in Chicago, she married James E. Ferguson, who survives.
Mrs. Ferguson was employed by Ameritech for 22 years as an operator and
in building services. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America
and the Sons of Norway, and enjoyed volunteering for charities and working
in her flower garden. Her love of life and humor will be remembered by
all who knew her. Also surviving are her children, Carl R. Ferguson, Robert
L. Ferguson and Patricia J. Ferguson—all of Traverse City; and two sisters,
Careman Strickland and Carol Chanee—both of Traverse City. She was preceded
in death by brothers Dennis, Glenwood, Grant, Eugene, John, Donald and
Dean; and by a sister, Marion Davis. Memorials may be directed to the Grand
Traverse Children’s Garden at the Traverse Area District Library or to
a charity of one’s choice.
Died October 9, 2000 TRAVERSE CITY - Genevvieve Marie "Babe" Flower,
88, died Monday at her home. Born Dec. 11, 1911, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.,
she was the daughter of Roger and Viola (Tallion) Campbell. Babe moved
to Traverse City from Detroit in 1985. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening
and taking care of her family. Survivors include a daughter, Suzanne (Michael)
Meyer of Traverse City; five sisters, Adeline Erickson of Catherdral City,
Calif., Grace (Jimmy) James of Stone Mountain, Ga., Viola Thie of Boyton
Beach, Fla., June (Hugh) Buescher of Wellton, Ohio, and Betts (Jeff) Takacs
of Lake City, Mich.; a brother, Donald (Marg) Campbell of Escanaba; and
a granddaughter, Anne-Michelle Meyer of Riverside, Calif. Babe was preceded
in death by her parents; two sisters, Peggy Touzel and Dorothy "Sis" Lee;
and three brothers, Albert, Bud, and Bill. Graveside services will be held
at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens; the Rev. Bradley
Will will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Munson
Hospice of the Traverse City Area Agency on Aging. Arrangements have been
entrusted to the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
WILLIAM E. FOBEAR, 71, of Traverse City, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000,
at Grand Traverse Pavilions. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday,
Oct. 14, from Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1776 High Lake
Road, Traverse City. The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral
Home in Traverse City.
PATRICK IVAN FRAIN, 46, of Brethren, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, in
Maple Grove Township. He was born June 17, 1954, in Grand Rapids. Visitation
will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Terwilliger Funeral
Home in Kaleva. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday
at the funeral home. Interment will be in Bear Lake Township Ceme- tery.
JOSEPH FRATCZAK, 72, of Traverse City, passed away Friday, Oct.
20, 2000, at Grand Traverse Pavilions Nursing Home in Traverse City. Arrangements
are pending at Hitesman Funeral Home in Cadillac.
HENRY 'HANK' PHILLIP FILLACY, 73, of Brethren, died Friday, Oct. 27,
2000, at West Shore Medical Center in Manistee. He was born Sept. 21, 1927,
in Brethren. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Terwilliger
Funeral Home in Kaleva. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday
at the funeral home.
Died October 3, 2000
"The life given us by nature is short, but the memory of a well
spent life is eternal." - CICERO
PETOSKEY - Peter Albert Flum was born on Feb. 18, 1921, in Lake City
to Peter and Ina Flum. He married Lois Jane Carter on May 31, 1947, in
Bryant, Ohio. They spent most of their 53 years of marriage in Michigan
where they raised their eight daughters. They are Rosemary (Bill) Knapp
of Petoskey, LaVerne (Dick) Buffenbarger of Traverse City, Linda A. Gardner
of Petoskey, Judy (Jerry) Krussell of Petoskey, Pat (Bud) Bowen of Traverse
City, Micki (Al) Williams of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Tammy Sue Flum and
Connie (John) Cannon of Petoskey. They in turn were blessed with 18 grandchildren
and 16 great-grandchildren. During his lifetime, Peter was a crew chief
in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war, he became a heavy
equipment operating engineer. He worked on road construction for 41 years
with Johnson and Green Co., and then H&D Inc. of Petoskey, retiring
in 1987. Peter was a bowler on the Jolly League for a number of years.
He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus, and a 4th degree Knight,
a life member of the American Legion and the VFW, as well as a member of
St. Francis Xavier Church. Besides his immediate family, he is survived
by his brother, Carl (Elva) Flum; two sisters, Lota (Glen) Soper and Libby
Pratt; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his
parents; a brother, Chalmea; a sister, Rachel Durgan; a grandson, Jeffery
Hankins; and a son-in-law, Daniel Gardner. On Oct. 3, 2000, he went home
to his Lord. Peacefully, sleep comes to a dear, beloved heart. Quietly,
we understand the time has come to part. Tenderly, the love shines on -
a never ending light. Gratefully, we feel its warmth. I say, "Sweet dreams,
goodnight." Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Stone Funeral
Home in Petoskey. Funeral services will be held at noon Friday at St. Francis
Xavier Church with Father James Suchocki and Father John Tupper serving
as celebrants. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Together
in Faith (Church Restoration), Sacramentine Sisters, or Emmet County ACS
Relay for Life-Team Gardner.
JOSEPH FRATCZAK, 72, of Traverse City, formerly of Buckley, died Friday,
Oct. 20, 2000, at Grand Traverse Pavilions in Traverse City. Graveside
services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cornell Cemetery in Buckley.
Arrangements are by Hitesman Funeral Home in Cadillac.
Died October 29, 2000 LELAND - Patricia A. Frank, 74, of Leland, died
Sunday at home. Born March 13, 1926, in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter
of Judge Clarence and Mary (Buddeke) Spraul. She married Dr. Donald J.
Frank in Cincinnati. Patricia was very active in a variety of civic and
charitable endeavors including serving on the Board of Directors for her
alma mater, the College of Mount Saint Joseph, and as committee member
for the Leland County Club and the Leland Community Center Old Art Building.
"She considered her children and grandchildren to be her most important
life's work and all of us feel extremely fortunate to have been blessed
with her unwavering love and devotion, " said son Tom. "Mom touched many
lives with her generosity of spirit and wonderful sense of humor," added
daughters Mimi and Shelley. Survivors include two daughters, Madeleine
P. (Stephen F.) Deters of Cincinnati and Mary Michelle (John B. Jr.) Watkins
of Leland; a son, Thomas F. (Patricia M.) Frank of Mercer Island, Wash.;
six sisters, Rosemary (William) Reyering, Marian Smith, Jean (Al) Masset,
Elaine Brown, Mary Carol Spraul, and Annette Klear - all of Cincinnati;
a brother, Richard Spraul of Cincinnati; a daughter-in-law, Sarah C. Frank
of Cincinatti; and eight grandchildren, Joshua E. Deters, Catherine A.
Deters, Jamieson F. Deters, Jennifer H. Watkins, Caitlin P. Watkins, Claire
P. Frank, Donald J. "Tripp" Frank III, and Alexander M. Frank. Patricia
was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Dr. Donald J.
Frank Jr.; and two brothers, Dr. James Spraul and Thomas Spraul. Friends
may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home
in Traverse City. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday
at Lake Leelanau St. Mary's; the Rev. Chad Zielinski will officiate.
Burial will be in Beechwood Cemetery
in Leland. Memorials may be directed to the Great Lakes Childrens Museum,
1211 S. Front St., PO Box 177, Traverse City, MI 49686, or to the Munson
Health Center Foundation, 1105 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
Died October 4, 2000 TRAVERSE CITY - Gwenddolyn "Midge" (Gray) Ferguson,
99, of Traverse City, died Wednesday. Born Nov. 27, 1900, she was the daughter
of Jeremiah and Louisa (Wolcott) Gray. On July 10, 1924, she married Lester
Ray Ferguson, who preceded her in death on Oct. 30, 1977. Midge was employed
as a credit authorizer at Sears Roebuck & Company in Indianapolis,
Ind. for 17 years. Midge lived in Southport, Ind. for 66 years, retired
to Venice, Fla. where she lived for 31 years, and moved to Traverse City
in August 1997. She was a member of The Presbyterian Church in Traverse
City and Southport Chapter No. 442, Eastern Star. Survivors include a daughter,
Betty (Doug) Wallace of Traverse City; a grandson, James D. (Linda) Wallace
of Wheaton, Ill.; granddaughter, Janet S. (Michael) Toscano of Holland;
great-grandchildren, Dan, James and Angela Wallace of Wheaton, Ill. and
Jennifer Toscano of Holland; five nieces; and five nephews. She was preceded
in death by her husband, Ray; three brothers; two sisters; and two nephews.
Services will be held at Singleton and Herr Mortuary in Indianapolis, Ind.
Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood, Ind. Memorial
contributions may be directed to Munson Hospice. Local arrangements have
been entrusted to the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
Died October 5, 2000 MIDDLEVILLE - Josepph S. Fleese, 74, of Middleville,
formerly of Traverse City, died Thursday in Hastings. Born Nov. 11, 1925,
in Cedar, he was the son of Henry and Anna (Radofski) Fleese. A former
member of St. Francis Catholic Church, Joseph served with the U.S. Army
in the Philippines during World War II and was a life member of the Old
Kent Post VFW in Grand Rapids. For many years he worked for the Grand Rapids
Furniture Company as a woodworker. In later years he established his own
company, High Ace Cleaning, in Grand Rapids. Survivors include a son, Joseph
Fleese Jr. of Grand Rapids; a brother, Lloyd Micham of Traverse City; five
sisters, Mary (Arthur) Jones of Traverse City, Maxine (Jim) Pekkala of
Traverse City, Martha Allen of Waterford, Alice Harig of Traverse City,
and Celia Fleese of Traverse City; and many nieces and nephews. Joseph
was preceded in death by his wife, Doris in 1995; his parents, Henry and
Anna Fleese and Robert Micham; two brothers, Lawrence and Albert; and three
sisters, Barbara Micham, Robin Micham, and Pauline Champagne. Friends may
call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tueday at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in
Traverse City where services will be held at 1 p.m. Graveside services
will follow at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens under the direction of VFW
Post No 2780. A memorial fund is being established to benefit his son,
Joseph Jr. in care of Mary Jones of Traverse City.
TRAVERSE CITY - Jacob William Fisher, 73, of Traverse City, died on
Friday, Dec. 15, 2000, at Munson Medical Center. Born on Aug. 3,
1927, in Stockbridge, Mich., he was the son of Pearl Lester and Verda Lucille
(Mericle) Fisher. On Jan. 23, 1948, in Traverse City, he married the former
Barbara J. Edenburn. He was a retired engineer and had been employed
by Michigan Bell Telephone for 35 years. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he
served during World War II as a Carpenter's Mate 3rd Class-CB. He was a
member of VFW Cherryland Post No. 2780, the Traverse City Eagles, and the
Mesick AMVETS. He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Traverse City;
three sons, William W. Fisher of Fontana, Calif., Craig A. (Jacklyn) Fisher
of Van Buren, Ark., and Jeffrey K. (Candice) Fisher of Traverse City; five
grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Patty A. (Kenneth)
Mann of Lakeland, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents; two
brothers, Harold and Donald; and one sister, Mary Schavey. A memorial
service, with full military honors under the auspices of VFW Cherryland
Post No. 2780, will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral
Home. The Rev. Donald T. Sunman will officiate. Friends may call at the
time of the service. Memorial contributions may be directed to the
American Cancer Society.
TRAVERSE CITY - Rose I. Flees, 86, of Traverse City, died Tuesday evening,
December 5, 2000 at Birchwood Nursing Center in Traverse City.
Born Sept. 4, 1914, in Isadore, she was the daughter of Martin and Victoria
(Kava) Flees. On Sept. 7, 1935, in Traverse City, she married Joseph Flees.
A homemaker, Rose was also formerly employed by Potter's Fine Pastries
West Bay branch for a number of years. She enjoyed reminiscing about her
younger years when she worked with the Boughey Family on Union Street.
It was there she learned proper etiquette. She also enjoyed planning family
dinners, working in her flower gardens and the time she spent with her
family. Rose was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and
its Altar Society and a former member of Catholic Daughter's of America.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara J. (Kenneth) King of Traverse City;
two granddaughters, Gyneth King of Traverse City and Connie (John) Kobberstad
of Port Huron; twin great-grandsons, Matthew Joseph and Kenneth John Kobberstad;
one brother, Martin (Alice) Flees of Maple City; sisters-in-law, Irene
Kadrovach and Mabel Flees - both of Traverse City; and several nieces and
nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; her parents,
Martin and Victoria Flees; a sister, Lucille Witkowski; and a half-brother,
Florian Flees. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday
at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City, where a rosary will
be held at 7:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday
at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Rev. James Hayden serving
as celebrant. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be held at a later date at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be directed to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Mary C. Foley, 76, of Torch Lake, Central Lake Township, formerly of
Plymouth, died Sun., Dec. 31, 2000, at home. Mrs. Foley was born Dec. 30,
1924, in Detroit, the daughter of George L. and Evelyn (McDonald) Glueckert.
She was a member of St. Luke Catlic Church in Bellaire and moved to Torch
Lake with her husband in 1990 from Plymouth. On Jan. 25, 1946, in Detroit,
she married Thomas J. Foley who survives. Also surviving are son Thomas
J. (Virginia) Foley of Northville; granddaughter Kaitlin S. Foley of Northville;
brother Donald (Peterdine) Glueckert of Simi Valley, Calif.; and sisters
Helen O'Neill of Birmingham, and Lillian (Gerald Durkin of Garden City.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Evelyn Hayes. A Mass
from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated Thurs., Jan. 4
at St. Luke Catholic Church in Bellaire with Fr. Dale Magoon as celebrant.
A Wake service was held Wednesday at the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral
Homes with Sr. Celine Goessl officiating. Graveside services will be in
the spring at Lakeview Cemetery, Torch Lake Township. Memorial contributions
may be made to St. Luke Catholic Church, P.O. Box 799, Bellaire, MI 49615,
or to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1760 Mount
Died January 2, 2001
LUDINGTON - Ethell Rose Furst, 82, formerly of Jagger Road in Ludington,
died Tuesday at the home of her daughter in Muskegon. Ethel Rose Noonan
was born on March 23, 1918 in Maple City, the daughter of Charles S. and
Lula F. (Ashmore) Noonan. She was married on February 24, 1936, in Traverse
City to Glenn C. Furst, who preceded her in death on December 12, 1995.
The couple had resided in Ludington since 1959, spending winters in Zephyrhills,
Fla. Ethel was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Ludington and
the Faith Baptist Church in Florida. She was also a member of the Michigan
Botanical Club, Ludington Child Study Club, the Great Lakes Lighthouse
Keepers Association, the South Manitou Memorial Society and the Mycophile
Club. Mrs. Furst also taught the "Precious Moments" Sunday School class
in Florida and had worked as a nurses aide at Oakview Medical Care Facility
for 10 years, retiring in 1978. In her free time, she very much enjoyed
playing shuffleboard, swimming, walking in the woods, gardening, her church
activities and special times shared with her family and friends. Surviving
are two daughters, Glenda Schillizzi of Bay Village, Ohio and Sherry (William)
Shoup of Muskegon; two sons, Charles (Sharon) Furst of Grandville and Gene
(Patricia) Furst of Allegan; three sisters, Muriel Baetz of Little Traverse
Lake, Lucy Petelle of Springfield, Mass., Cynthia Monroe of Traverse City;
one brother, Glen (Ella) Noonan of Empire; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren,
and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law
and brother-in-law, Ethel Stormer of Benzonia, George Hutzler of Petoskey
and Dale (Ann) Hutzler of Boyne City. In addition to her parents and husband,
she was preceded in death by two sister, Erma and Doris; three brothers,
Charles, Franklin and Carl; and one great-granddaughter, Sarah Welch. The
family will receive friends on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
at the Dorrell Funeral Home in Ludington. Funeral services will be conducted
at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Dorrell Funeral Home, with Pastor Tim Yankee
and Pastor Joe Hilyard officiating. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the
Calvary Baptist Church or the Muskegon County Hospice. Envelopes are available
at the funeral home.