|CADILLAC -- Dollie L. Johansen of Cadillac, died Wednesday, Jan. 5,
2000 at Lakeview Lutheran Manor in Cadillac. She was 78. Mrs. Johansen
was born April 13, 1921 in Detroit, the daughter of Vernon and Alice (Speese)
Decker. She married Leo Johansen in September 1956 in Ohio. He preceded
her in death. Mrs. Johansen moved to Cadillac in 1990 from Paris, Mich.
She was a homemaker and was active in church groups. She was an accomplished
oil painter and also loved to do crafts. She attended Living Word Ministries
in Manton and the Women's Aglow. Survivors include her son, Charles Johansen
of Cadillac; daughters, Carmen "Vicki" (Dennis "Mike") Berro of Carlton,
Camellia "Cammy" (Joe) Smith of Hillsdale; six grandchildren; a sister,
Dorothy (Walter) Laster of Arlington Heights, Ohio. She was preceded in
death by her parents and her husband. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Peterson
Funeral Home in Cadillac, Pastor David Graham officiating. Visitation is
Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Ferry Cemetery
MARION -- Francis (Frank) Lee Johnson of Marion died Thursday, Dec.
30, 1999. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Fosnaught Funeral Home
REED CITY -- Lillian B. Jacobs of Hersey died Sunday, March 12, 2000,
at Spectrum Health's Reed City campus. She was 92. Mrs. Jacobs was born
Jan. 13, 1908 in Chicago and attended school there. She married Bion R.
Jacobs May 10, 1930 in Harvey, Ill., and he survives. Mrs. Jacobs and her
husband lived in Hersey since 1932. She was a member of the local VFW ladies
auxiliary. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting afghans. Other survivors
include sons, Bion A. (Ruth) Jacobs and Robert Jacobs, both of Hersey;
and daughters, Patsy Langworthy of Hersey and Barbara (Jack) Ward of Reed
City; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters. Visitation is from
2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at McDowell Funeral Home in Reed City. There
are no other services planned at this time. Memorial contributions may
be made to the Hersey United Methodist Church or the Hersey Congregational
CADILLAC -- Robert C. Jones of Cadillac died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000
at his home. He was 79. Mr. Jones was born March 20, 1921 in Detroit to
Joseph and Florence (McLaughlin) Jones. He married Violet M. Jeannette
June 22, 1946 in River Rouge. He graduated from River Rouge High School
in 1939. Mr. Jones was employed by Whitehead and Kales in River Rouge for
32 years. He later worked for Kysor in Cadillac for 10 years, retiring
in 1981. Mr. Jones served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army.
He was a member of American Legion Post 94 of Cadillac and St. Ann Catholic
Church in Cadillac. He enjoyed bowling. Survivors include his wife, Violet
Jones of Cadillac; sons, Robert (Suzanne) Jones of Trenton, Michael (Jill)
Jones of Wyandotte, and Richard Jones of Cadillac; daughter, Christine
(Bruce) Venema of Cadillac; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, William, and John
Jones. Services are 3 p.m. Saturday at Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac,
Sister Hilda Sucher, RSM, officiating. Visitation is 2-5 p.m. Saturday
at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Amicare
Hospice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
REED CITY -- Mary A. Johnson of Reed City died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000
at Spectrum Hospital, Reed City. She was 79. Mrs. Johnson was born Sept.
12, 1921 in Jackson, Miss. She married Whitey Johnson on Dec. 25, 1940.
He preceded her in death Jan. 21, 1990. She was a resident of Detroit before
moving to the Reed City area in 1958. Mrs. Johnson was employed for 17
years at the Ben Franklin Store in Reed City, retiring in 1988. Survivors
include her sons, David of Portland, Ore., and Raymond (Judy) of Mann's
Harbor, N.C.; daughters, Jane, and Judy, both of Reed City; two grandchildren;
four great-grandchildren; and sisters, Methuel Lawson, and Jackie Haynes,
both of Centerville. She was preceded in death by two brothers. Services
are 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City.
Burial will be at the Ashton Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the
services Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be to
Spectrum Hospital Skilled Nursing. Envelopes are available at the funeral
MARION -- George H. Johnson of Marion died Monday, Oct. 30, 2000 at
Mercy Hospital in Cadillac. He was 64. Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at
the Fosnaught Funeral Home in Marion, Pastor Jeff Schrock officiating.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Marion. Visitation is 11 a.m. until
the time of services Thursday.
MARION -- Opal Johnson of Tustin died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000 at Mercy
Hospital in Cadillac. She was 86. Mrs. Johnson was born July 5, 1914 in
Middle Branch Township to Ernest and Mary (Williams) McCrimmon. She married
Robert O. Johnson May 25, 1940 at the Methodist parsonage in Sylvan Township.
Mrs. Johnson was a teacher for many years in Highland Township Schools
Numbers Seven and Eight. She was also a mother and homemaker. She was a
member of South Community United Methodist Church and the United Methodist
Women. She enjoyed volunteering at Lakeview Lutheran Manor and she also
liked working on election boards for her township and school district.
Mrs. Johnson especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. Survivors
include her husband, Robert of Tustin; children, Larry (Jeanie Olah) Johnson
of Cadillac, Tim (Teryn) Johnson of LeRoy, Sue (Daniel) Teare of Chelsea,
Kathie Johnson of Otsego, Deborah Johnson of Lansing and Jill (Craig) Haney
of Manton; grandchildren, David Teare (Anna Camilla Larsson) of St. Louis,
Mo., Sarah Teare of Ann Arbor, Jennifer (Scott) Peterson of Bay City, Cheyenne
Johnson of Cadillac, and Nathan and Neil Haney of Manton; brothers and
sisters, Rex McCrimmon of Lake, and Elma Willsey, Ralph (Imogene) McCrimmon,
and Elson McCrimmon, all of Marion. She was preceded in death by her brothers,
Ernest, Fay, Fen, and Robert McCrimmon; and sister, Mabel Joy. Services
are 1 p.m. Saturday at South Community United Methodist Church in Cadillac
with Pastor Jeff Schrock officiating. Burial will be in Highland Township
Cemetery. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the
Fosnaught Funeral Home in Marion. Memorial contributions may be made to
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) through South Community United
HOLLAND -- Esther M. Jantz of Holland, formerly of Cadillac, died Thursday,
Dec. 7, 2000 at Freedom Village Nursing Home in Holland following a brief
illness. She was 94. Mrs. Jantz was born Nov. 24, 1906 in Alpena to Christian
and Sophia Marie (Jellum) Bernson. She married Emil Jantz in 1930. He preceded
her in death Feb. 5, 1988. Mrs. Jantz was the fourth child in a family
of 12. She and her husband moved to Cadillac in 1946, where he was one
of the founders of Western Concrete Products Company. Mrs. Jantz was active
for many years in church work, first with Grace Lutheran Church in Alpena,
and then at Zion Lutheran Church in Cadillac. She and her husband traveled
often in the United States and abroad, including several trips to Norway.
Proud of her Norwegian heritage, she began corresponding in Norwegian with
relatives in Norway after World War II. In addition to her hobbies of sewing,
needlework and baking, she wrote her memories and corresponded extensively
with her large family. In 1991 she moved to Freedom Village in Holland.
Survivors include her son, Alan (Mona Lee) Jantz of Grand Haven; daughter,
Doreen (Christian) Bulleman of Hawthorne, Fla.; seven grandchildren; eight
great-grandchildren; five sisters and brothers; and numerous nieces and
nephews. Services are 3 p.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church in Cadillac
with the Rev. Thomas Reinertson officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill
Cemetery in Cadillac. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today
at the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac. Memorial contributions may be
made to Hospice of Holland. Envelopes are available at the funeral home
or the church.
HARRIETTA -- Anthony "Tony" Kerzich Sr. of Harrietta died Wednesday,
Jan. 12, 2000, at Lakeview Lutheran Manor in Cadillac. He was 90. A funeral
mass is noon Saturday at St. Ann Catholic Church in Cadillac, with Fr.
Francis J. Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery
in Cadillac. Visitation is from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Peterson
Funeral Home in Cadillac. A prayer service is at 7:30 p.m.
MANTON -- Evelyn I. Kissinger of Manton, formerly of Alto, died Wednesday,
March 8, 2000. She was 73. Survivors include her husband, James R. Kissinger;
children James R. Kissinger II, Jan (Paul) Brower, Dennis Kissinger, Diana
(Rick) Victory, Mike (Shari) Kissinger, Kathi (Scott) McIntyre, Gary (Vicky)
Christian; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister Ilene (Ramon)
Mervau; and brother Ernest (Thelma) Urbane. She was preceded in death by
her son, Joseph. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Catholic
Church in Caledonia, with the Rev. David E. LeBlanc officiating. Burial
will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Grand Rapids. Visitation is 2-4 and
7-9 p.m. today at the Roth Gerst Funeral Home in Lowell and 10 to 11 a.m.
Saturday at the church. Memorial tributes may be made to Mercy Americare
Hospice in Cadillac.
REED CITY -- Virginia M. Kenney of Reed City died Tuesday, March 14,
2000 at Spectrum Health's Reed City campus. She was 68. Mrs. Kenney was
born Jan. 21, 1932 in Reed City to Brice and Elsie (Fitch) Wing. She married
Douglas Kenney Oct. 18, 1952 in Reed City. Mrs. Kenney attended Reed City
schools, graduating from Reed City High School in 1948. She was a lifetime
resident of Reed City and a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she
often sang solos. She enjoyed traveling and fishing. Survivors include
her husband, Douglas Kenney; three sons, Douglas S. (Arlene) Kenney of
Howard City, Tim (Jamie) Kenney of Eagle River, Ark. and Daryl (Denise)
Kenney of Eaton Rapids; four daughters, Laurie A. (Larry) Porter of Manistee,
Shelly (Bud) Gerring of Reed City, Della (Mark) Smithey of Chattanooga,
Tenn. and Karen (Jim) Brett of Battle Creek; two sisters, Lorraine (Lester)
Rice of Columbiana, Ohio and Elaine Childers of Canton; and 17 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two grandsons. Services
are 2 p.m. Thursday at McDowell Funeral Home with the Rev. John Herrick
officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation is 2 to 4
p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions
may be made to "Feed the Children".
FIFE LAKE -- Isabelle E. Kendall of Fife Lake, formerly of Port Charlotte,
Fla., died Friday, Sept. 8, 2000 at Mercy Hospital-Cadillac. She was 93.
Arrangements are being made by the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac.
MCBAIN -- Edna Elaine King of McBain died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000,
at Cadillac Mercy Hospital. She was 80. Mrs. King was born Dec. 10, 1919,
in Cadillac to Guy and Lola (Gullekson) Thalman. She married Vern Jay King
on April 13, 1939, in Napoleon, Ohio. He preceded her in death April 14,
1994. When she was able, she enjoyed her summers at the cottage on Crooked
Lake, working in her flowers, and shoveling snow. She enjoyed her family
and was always happy to have company. She worked at B.F. Goodrich before
she married and afterwards she helped her husband at their Texaco gas station
in McBain. She had attended the McBain Presbyterian Church when she was
able and was a member of the Larkin's Club. Survivors include her children,
Patricia (John) Sawmiller of McBain and David King of McBain; grandchildren
Holly (Kevin) VanderVlucht, Sheryl Sawmiller, Mike (Tammy) King, Mark (Tina)
King, Susan Sawmiller (Jerry) Eling and Melissa (Eric) Lehman, all of the
McBain area; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers Bob Thalman and Keith Thalman,
both of Cadillac; sister Janet (Lloyd) Mercer of Kalamazoo; brother-in-law
Jay (Betty) King of Newago; and sister-in-law Maggie King of Lake City.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Helen (Thalman) Norman.
Services are 2 p.m. Friday at the Burkholder Funeral Home in McBain, Rev.
Richard A. Budden officiating. Burial will be at Mount View Cemetery in
McBain. Visitation is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial
contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
MANTON -- Lyle Kibbe of Manton died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000 at his
home. Arrangements are pending at the Hall Funeral Chapel in Manton
GRAND RAPIDS -- Shana C. Knarr of Grand Rapids died as the result of
an automobile accident on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000. She was 52. She enjoyed
snowmobiling and cross country skiing. She was a member of the Youth for
Understanding, Forest Hills Northern Graduation Committee, and local collection
chairman for the American Cancer Society. Survivors include her husband,
George; son, Ryan; stepchildren, Karen, George, Dan, and Rob; mother, Phyllis
Kren of Saginaw; brothers, Thomas (June) Kren of Bridgeport, Thomas (Mary)
Nelson of Cheboygan and Jonathan (Kathy) Kren of Grand Rapids; and many
aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her stepfather,
Nelson A. Kren. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at the Thornapple Community
Church. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday
at Metcalf and Jonkhoff Funeral Service, 4291 Cascade Road SE at Kenmoor,
east of I-96 in Grand Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to the
college education for Ryan Knarr in care of the Shana Knarr Memorial Fund,
United Bank of Michigan, 4590 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI. 49546.
CADILLAC -- Marcel G. Kasprzak of Grawn died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000
at Cherry Hill Haven in Grawn. He was 81. Mr. Kasprzak was born Aug. 11,
1919 in Chicago, Ill., to Frank and Estelle Kasprzak. He married Lillian
B. Hickey Feb. 17, 1942 in Chicago. Mr. Kasprzak was employed as a heat
treater at Borg & Beck, Inc in Clearing, Ill. He was an A.U.A.W. retiree.
He lived in Illinois until his retirement in 1975, when he moved to Harrietta
and resided there until July of 1997. He enjoyed fishing. Survivors include
his son, Thomas (Ginny) Kasprzak of Lockport, Ill.; daughters, Patricia
ReKart of Mesick, JoAnn (Richard) Simons of Carey, Ill., Marie (John) Mann
of Valparaiso, Ind., Deborah (Dennis) Schavey of Grawn, and Denise (Arthur)
Eckert of Harrietta; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and
sister, Julie of Illinois. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian.
Burial will be in Sixteen Cemetery in Slagle Township. Visitation is 7-9
p.m. Wednesday at Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac.
MARION -- George W. Kinch of Marion died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000 at
Mercy Hospital in Cadillac. He was 50. Services are 1 p.m. Tuesday at the
Fosnaught Funeral Home in Marion with Pastor Pam Lockhart officiating.
Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation is 11 a.m. until the time
of services Tuesday.
MCBAIN -- Ben Kuipers of McBain died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000 at his home.
He was 88. Mr. Kuipers was born Dec. 14, 1911 in Richland Township at the
Kuipers family home to Nanko and Grace (Mulder) Kuipers. He married Hattie
Scholten on Nov. 22, 1938 at the Scholten family home. Mr. Kuipers had
farmed most of his working years and had worked at Cadillac Equipment for
11 years. He retired in 1975. He was a member of the Lucas Christian Reformed
Church where he had served as an elder and deacon. He also served on the
Northern Michigan Christian School board of education. Mr. Kuipers enjoyed
hunting, bowling, fishing, traveling and working in his garden. Survivors
include his wife of McBain; children Carl (Emilie) Kuipers of McBain, Hazel
(Bob) Baker of Cadillac and Bonna (John) Baas of McBain; grandchildren
Scott, Steven, Sharon, and Sandra Kuipers and Abby Baas, all of McBain,
Shelly (Matt) Majors, and Amy (Ricky) Williams, both of Texas; great-grandchildren
Rylie Williams and Peyton Majors, both of Texas; sisters Alice Sikkema
and Minnie DeYoung, both of Grand Rapids; stepbrothers Elmer Bouwma, Bill
(Eldyne) Bouwma and Jake Bouwma, all of the Grand Rapids area; and many
other relatives. He was preceded in death by his sister, Tena Mulder; brothers,
John and his wife, Anna, Matt, and Pete Kuipers; and brother-in-law and
sister-in-law, Walt and Sena Scholten. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at
Lucas Christian Reformed Church, Rev. Thomas DeDoes officiating. Burial
will be in Lucas Cemetery. Visitation is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the
Burkholder Funeral Home in McBain. Memorial contributions may be made to
Mercy Amicare Hospice.
MANTON -- William Kibbe of Manton died Monday, Dec. 4, 2000 at his home
following a long illness. He was 54. Mr. Kibbe was born Aug. 31, 1946 in
Cadillac to Lyle and Ruth (Coleman) Kibbe. He married Mary Falconer on
Oct. 14, 1967 in Scottville. Mr. Kibbe had been a lifelong Manton resident.
He graduated from Manton High School in 1964 and attended Ferris University.
He owned and operated Kibbe's Body Shop with his brother for 20 years.
He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and trapper. Mr. Kibbe served in the
Army Reserve from 1967 to 1973.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; daughter, Lisa (Tim) Bredahl of Kalamazoo;
son, Kevin (Amy) Kibbe of Bay City; mother, Ruth Kibbe of Manton; brother,
Dennis (Lucy) Kibbe of Manton; sister, Doris (Jeff) Ayers of Richland,
Wash.; five grandchildren; and four nephews. He was preceded in death by
his father, Lyle Kibbe, in September. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at
the Manton United Methodist Church, Rev. Linda Carlson officiating. Burial
will be in Fairview Cemetery in Manton. Visitation is 2 to 4 and 7 to 9
p.m. Wednesday at the Hall Funeral Chapel in Manton. Memorial contributions
may be made to Hospice of Michigan or to the family.
LAKE CITY -- Eugene T. Kearbey of Lake City died Dec. 31, 2000, at his
home. He was 74. Mr. Kearbey was born May 21, 1926 in Detroit to Thomas
L. and Elvy L. (Greer) Kearbey. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy
during World War II. He owned and operated Modern Thread Gauge in Detroit
and later moved to the lake City area. He is survived by his wife, Florence;
children Christine (Ronald) Holm of Westland, Karen Kearbey of Westland,
Kathleen Kearbey of Westland and Kenneth (Therri) Kearbey of Howell; sister,
Barbara Ann Fields of New Port Richey, Fla., and a grandson, Ronald Holm.
Funeral services will take place Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 5 p.m. at Young Funeral
Home in Lake City with the Rev. Donald VanDyke officiating. Visitation
will be on Wednesday from 2-5 p.m. Memorial tributes may be made to the
American Lung Association.
TUSTIN -- Joshua Dale Keller of Tustin died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001 in
Tustin. He was 19. Mr. Keller was born May 29, 1981 in Cadillac to
Dale Alan and Juniene "Sue" (Holmes) Keller. He graduated from Pine River
High School in 1999 where he played football and was on the wrestling team.
He was a sophomore at Michigan Tech University in Houghton and worked for
Keith Holmes Builders in the summertime. He will be deeply missed by all.
Mr. Keller attended the First Baptist Church in Tustin regularly and while
at school in Houghton, he attended the Bethany Baptist Church in Dollar
Bay. He liked football, wrestling, snowmobiling, motorcycle riding, fishing,
helping people and inventing things. He also liked to read. He is survived
by his parents; sisters, Angela Keller and Rachel Keller, both of Tustin;
grandmother, LaVerne Holmes of Reed City; grandparents, Mary and Merle
DeCant of Tustin and Alan C. Keller and Lillie Brooks of Indiana; and many
aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Cadillac
with the Rev. Andy Husmann officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery,
LeRoy. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Peterson Funeral Home
EAST LANSING -- John Kelley died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000. He was 66. Mr.
Kelley was born Aug. 28, 1934 in Buchanan, Ga. Mr. Kelley was a veteran
of the Korean Conflict, having served in the U.S. Army with the 141st Tank
Command. He was employed with Alro Steel, retiring in 1991.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene Mae Kelley; daughter, Kathleen
Kay (Thomas) Thompson of Cadillac; son, John P. Kelley of East Lansing;
grandchildren, Mike (Annette), Tamara, Kelly, Cody, Ashley, and Brooklynn;
mother, Mildred Eskridge; and sisters, Velta Tate of Williamston, and Mildred
(Harry) Schafer of Lakeland, Fla. He was preceded in death by his father,
Hoke; sister, Hilda; and brother, Milton. Services are noon Thursday at
the Gorsline-Runciman Co. East Chapel, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing,
phone 517-337-9745, with the Rev. Stephen F. Ezop of Wheatfield United
Methodist Church, Williamston, officiating. Interment will be in East Lawn
Memory Gardens Chapel, Okemos. Visitation is one hour prior to services
Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to Kids Camp Towar Hart Baptist
Church, c/o Leslie VanAtta, 6157 Towar Ave., East Lansing, 48823.
POTTERVILLE -- John T. (Jack) Lenon of Potterville, formerly of Cadillac,
died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999. He was 76. Mr. Lenon was born Jan. 13, 1923
in Saginaw. He was the former owner and operator of Ursula's and Hillcrest
Restaurant in Cadillac and the 1993 DAR Citizen of the Year for his work
at the Shepherd's Table. He was an avid fisherman in Canada. Survivors
include daughters, Jackie (Clarence) Gates of Potterville, June (Roger)
Oosterhouse of Alto, Chris (Gary) Jacobs of Lake City, Trish (Tom) Roche
of Ludington, Marj (Lew) Cornell of Mississippi and Pam McCarthy of Mississippi;
sons, Kevin McCarthy of Cadillac and Brian (Nancy) McCarthy of Mississippi;
15 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and brother, Jim (Ruth) McGuirk
of Flint. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Lenon, and one brother.
Memorial services are 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Cadillac,
125 Stimson St., the Rev. David McMahon officiating. Lunch will be served
at the Shepherd's Table following the service. Memorial tributes may be
made to the Shepherd's Table c/o First Baptist Church, 125 Stimson St.,
Cadillac, or St. Jude Children's Research in memory of Mr. Lenon.
DOTHAN, Ala. --Lloyd Ervin Lakeof Dothan, Ala., died Sunday, Jan. 9,
2000 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center. He was 78. Mr. Lake was born
Dec. 16, 1921, in Lake City, the son of the late Louis and Florence Gere
Lake. He was a resident of Dothan for the past eight years, moving there
from Columbia, Md., where he and his wife had lived for 25 years. Mr. Lake
was retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years of service, then retired
from the Bendix Field Engineering, where he worked for 25 years. He was
a member of the Fleet Reserve and the Dothan American Legion Post No. 12,
where he served as adjutant. He formerly was a member of the American Legion
Post in Columbia, where he also served as adjutant. Mr. Lake was a member
of the Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Dothan. Survivors include his wife,
Sarah Appleby Lake; daughter, Patricia Nielsen of Dothan; son, Dr. Michael
H. (Sherry) Lake Sr. of Phenix City, Ala.; sisters, Dorothy Rathburn of
Shepard and Mary Bier of Flint; brother, Robert Lake of China Lake; grandchildren,
Michael H. (Kendra) Lake Jr. of Columbus, Ga., Elsa Beth Lake of Columbus,
Megan Jane Nielsen of Dothan, and Robert Hayden Lloyd Lake, Jeffrey Logan
Lake and Noah Sawyer Lake, all of Phenix City; and great-grandson, Addison
Graham Lake of Columbus. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ward-Wilson
Funeral Home Chapel in Dothan with Dr. Jerry Spencer and the Rev. Oren
Barrett officiating. Burial will be in the Memory Hill Cemetery. Visitation
is from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CADILLAC -- Lydia LeClair of Cadillac died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000,
at her home. She was 93. Mrs. LeClair was born Feb. 25, 1906 in Pigeon
to Jacob and Elizabeth (Eurich) Brotzman. She married Noaie A. LeClair
Nov. 25, 1927 in Flint. He preceded her in death Dec. 8, 1964. Mrs. LeClair
worked at Chevrolet Motor Co. in Flint during World War II. She taught
school in a one-room country school and the past several years was a homemaker.
She loved gardening, cooking and spending time with her family. Survivors
include children, Patricia (David) Boyer of Cadillac and Allene LeClair
of Cadillac; daughter-in-law, Jeanie LeClair of Doylestown, Pa.; 10 grandchildren;
20 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brother, Jake (Matilda)
Brotzman of San Bernadino, Calif.; and sister, Emma Thomas of Chesaning.
She was also preceded in death by two sons, Thomas J. and Richard L. LeClair;
brothers, John and Jonathan Brotzman; and sisters, Amelia Beach, Kaye Wells
and Marie Reidsema. Services are 7 p.m. today at the Peterson Funeral Home
in Cadillac, the Rev. Thomas W. Reinertson officiating. Burial will be
in Sunset Hills Cemetery in Flint. Visitation is 6 p.m. today until time
of services at the funeral home. Memorials can be dedicated to Love INC.
Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
TRAVERSE CITY -- Millicent E. "Millie" (Hockey) Libbers of Traverse
City, formerly of Burton, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Munson Medical
Center in Traverse City. She was 87. Mrs. Libbers was born Aug. 14, 1912
in Wexford County to Walter Isaac and Grace (White) Hudson. On April 7,
1933 she married Charles Hockey. Mrs. Libbers worked as dietary supervisor
of Flint Osteopathic Hospital. She was a life member and past Worthy Matron
of the Sherman Chapter of the Eastern Star. She was also a member of Rebecca
Lodge-Flint chapter. She loved cooking, crochet and doting on her children.
Survivors include children, Jean (Robert) Calhoun of Youngstown, Ohio,
Dick (Judy) Hockey of Howell and Linda "Lee" Hockey of Traverse City; sister,
Pearl Jeanette Wiltse of Leslie; brother, Ned (Frances) Hudson of Carson
City, Nev.; grandsons, Scott (Colleen) Calhoun, Brad (Sue) Calhoun and
Charles (Lisa) Hockey; four great-grandsons and three step-great-grandchildren;
and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband
in 1960; sisters, Vera Sels, Cleta Jewett, Cleo Bates and Zylphia Cooley;
and brother, Carson Hudson. Services are 1 p.m. today at Hill Funeral Home
in Grand Blanc, with the Rev. Lloyd Jewett officiating. Burial will be
in Crestwood Memorial Gardens. A special service was held by the Eastern
Star Sunday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lucille Hockey Educational
Fund of Mesick Schools. Arrangements were by Traverse City Chapel of Covell
DAVISON -- Gordon A. Lamphere of Flint died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000,
at Hurley Hospital in Flint. He was 59. Mr. Lamphere was born March 16,
1940 in Cadillac to Alfred and Mary (Lanning) Lamphere. He was one of 10
children. He married Kathy Sink Dec. 16, 1961 in Cadillac. Mr. Lamphere
graduated from Cadillac High School in 1958 and Flint Junior College in
1962. He was a tool maker for General Motors for 40 years. He was a member
of UAW No. 659 and a member of Welfare Masonic Temple No. 517. He was a
member of the Genessee United Methodist Church. Mr. Lamphere loved camping,
fishing and spending time with his family and great-grandchildren. Survivors
include his wife; four daughters and 10 grandchildren, Kim (Chris) Schemp
and Stephanie, Brandon and Stacie of Flint, Debbie (Chris) Bourne and Alexander
of Pontiac, Tricia (Tom) Ellis and Kristen, Morgan and Allyson of Mt. Morris;
Julie (Greg) Golish and Aaron, Zachary and Samantha of Tucson, Ariz.; brother,
Don (Hilma) Lamphere of Cadillac; sisters, Marge (Roy) LaRoche of Mesick,
Beverly (Bill) Thomsen of Cadillac and Vonnie (Jay) Thiebaut of Cadillac;
three brothers-in-law, Dick Geeseman of McBain, Marshall McIntyre of Kentwood
and Dick Mackey of Grand Rapids; sister-in-law, Jeanne Lamphere of Cadillac;
aunt, Doris Kollmeyer of East Lansing; and many nieces and nephews. He
was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert Lamphere and an
infant brother; sisters, Judy Geeseman, Edna McIntyre and Janet Mackey;
and brother-in-law, Louis Taylor. Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Allen
Funeral Home in Davison. Visitation is noon-4 and 6-9 p.m. today at the
funeral home. Burial is in Flint Memorial Cemetery.
CADILLAC -- Gerald T. Laurent of Cadillac died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000,
at his home following a six-month illness. He was 70. Mr. Laurent was born
Jan. 7, 1930 in Cadillac to Fred and Jennie (La Marr) Laurent. He married
Joyce Butler Feb. 27, 1954 in Dundee. Mr. Laurent attended St. Ann School
and graduated from Cadillac High School in 1948. He was a veteran of the
U.S. Navy and served in the reserves following active duty from 1952-54.
He returned home to work in the family business, Cadillac Cleaner's and
Dyers. Eventually in partnership with three brothers, they opened Laurent's
Norge Village. Mr. Laurent retired in 1988. Mr. Laurent was a member of
St. Ann Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was an active volunteer
in Cadillac and enjoyed his position on the Wexford Community Credit Union
Board of Directors. Survivors include his wife, Joyce; children, Debra
(David) Andrews, Pattie (Tim) Schneider, Tim (Sarah) Laurent and Jennifer
Laurent; grandchildren, Jada and Amy Andrews, Jeremy McClure, Zachary,
Monica and Katie Schneider, Jacob, Griffin and Addison Laurent; brothers,
John and Richard (Toot); sister, Mary Ziska; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Leland, Kenneth,
Howard (Bus), Jim, Doug and Max. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Ann
Catholic Church, with Father Greg McCallum officiating. Burial will be
in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Cadillac. Visitation is 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Wednesday
at Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac. A wake service is at 7:30 p.m. Memorials
can be directed to St. Ann Catholic Church, Hospice of Michigan or charity
of one's choice.
CADILLAC -- Marie I. Larson of Cadillac died Saturday, July 1, 2000,
at Lakeview Lutheran Manor in Cadillac. She was 84. Marie Larson was born
June 13, 1916 in Cadillac to Charlie and Mamie (Watson) Larson. She was
a life member of United Methodist Church for 45 years. She also kept busy
with several other Cadillac area groups including Cadillac Women's Groups,
Girl Scouts (as assistant leader), Cadillac Business and Professional Secretaries,
Cadillac Philharmonic, Cadillac Scandinavian Society, Dem-Nat. Committee,
Michigan Sheriff's Association and Wexford County Historical Society (life
member). Marie Larson was employed for 30 years with the Wexford-Missaukee
Intermediate School District, working in the administration office. She
retired June 30, 1978. She also worked at B.F. Goodrich in the office.
Her hobbies included music, English literature and flower gardens. James
Webb was her friend and care provider for the past four and one-half years.
She was also fond of Jim's dog. Survivors include her first cousin, Daniel
(Sherry) Stafford of Cadillac; second cousins, Albert (Anna) Burkholder
and families of Lake City and Donald (Mary) Burkholder and families of
Lake City; third cousin, Ruth Peterson of Cadillac; and caregiver, James
Webb of Cadillac. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister,
Mildred. Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Peterson Funeral Home in
Cadillac, with the Rev. Dale Oatema officiating. Burial will be in Maple
Hill Cemetery in Cadillac. Visitation is from 7-9 p.m. today and from 10-11
a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
TUSTIN -- Betty L. Lawton died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at the Shelby
Nursing Center in Shelby Township after fighting a battle with brain cancer.
She was 79. Mrs. Lawton was born July 10, 1920, in Tustin to Orvin and
Blanch Chamberlin. She was a graduate of Tustin High School and graduate
of beauty school. She owned her own beauty shop in Cadillac for more than
50 years. Survivors include her sister, Jean Ochs of Clio; daughter, Willo
(Hunter) Brooks of Rochester; sons, David (Corazon) Lawton of Farmington
Hills, Anthony (Barbara) Lawton of Springville, Tenn. and Nathan Lawton
of Midland; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A private service
for the family was held in Tustin June 29.
MANTON -- Lester Larr of Manton, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000 at his
home. He was 71. Mr. Larr was born Feb. 12, 1929, in Caldwell Township,
Missaukee County, the son of Leo and Inez (Rhoby) Larr. He married Bernice
Smith Dec. 7, 1953, in Pontiac. She preceded him in death Nov. 29, 1999.
Mr. Larr grew up in the Manton area and served in the U.S. Air Force. He
lived in Pontiac for many years where he was employed at GM Truck and Coach.
He retired and moved back to the Manton area in 1977. He enjoyed hunting,
fishing and his family. Survivors include his sons, Michael (Debbie) of
Holly, Rickie (Lynn Ann) of Mesick and Brian (Ruth) of Waterford; daughters
Dolly (Robert) Smith of Manton, Patty (Doug) Buchanan of Fenton and Laurie
Ann Larr of Waterford; sister Clara (Robert) Switzenberg of Hadley; 13
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death
by his parents and a brother, Charles. Services are 1 p.m. Monday at the
Hall Funeral Chapel in Manton, Rev. Robert Lanning officiating. Visitation
is from 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel.
Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Manton. Memorial tributes may be made
to the Munson Health Care Foundation. Envelopes are available at the funeral
REED CITY -- Lois A. Little of Kingsville, Md., formerly of Reed City,
died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000 at Fallston General Hospital in Fallston,
Md. She was 79. Mrs. Little was born Nov. 27, 1920 in Marion to Aurbrey
and Vera Brooks. She married Paul C. Little. She and her husband lived
in Reed City for several years before moving to Maryland. Survivors include
her son, Mark V. Little of Fork, Md.; and sisters, Doris, Ailene, and Ester.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1984; and son, Paul C. Little
in 1981. Services are noon Wednesday at McDowell Funeral Home, Rev. Rick
Blunt officiating. Burial will be in Pinora Township Cemetery. Visitation
is 10 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday.
MANTON -- Vera Little of Manton died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000 at her
home. She was 60. Mrs. Little was born May 25, 1940 in Cadillac to Clarence
and Helen (Billings) Hower. She married James Little March 2, 1962 in Nebraska.
She grew up in Cadillac. Mrs. Little was a military wife and lived in many
places in the United States and Germany before moving to the Manton area
five years ago. She always found a job wherever she lived. Mrs. Little
enjoyed crafts and working with the Special Olympics. She loved her family
and grandchildren. She was a member of the Greenwood Bible Church. Survivors
include her husband, James; daughter, Roberta (Johnny) Taylor of Cadillac;
sons, Robert Little of Manton and Dale (Sue) Little of Spiro, Okla.; brother,
Bert (Mary) Hower of Sparta; sisters, Alice (Gene) Mosher of McBain and
Mary Helen (Al) Volpe of Florida; 18 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at the Greenwood Bible Church in Manton with
the Rev. James Mosse officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Township Cemetery
in Manton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenwood Bible
Church. Arrangements were made by Hall Funeral Chapel in Manton.
CADILLAC -- Carl W. Lung, Jr. of Cadillac died Monday, Dec. 4, 2000
at his home. He was 76. Mr. Lung was born July 21, 1924 in Beulah to Carl
W. and Emma (Jones) Lung. He married Grace C. Peltier on Jan. 10, 1953
in Grand Rapids. Mr. Lung had lived in Cadillac since 1969. He was vice
president of Ray Reed Truck Sales in Grand Rapids for 10 years. For 31
years he worked as a Michigan Star Route Mail Carrier with his son, and
with C & G Trucking of Cadillac. Mr. Lung served in the U.S. Navy from
1941 to 1949 during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was a member
of the American Legion and the Moose Lodge, and was a lifetime member of
Elks No. 680, AmVets No. 110, and V.F.W. Post 4249 of Newaygo. Survivors
include his wife, Grace C. Lung of Cadillac; son, Gary (Rhonda) Lung of
Cadillac; daughters, Connie (Rusty) Piltz of Cadillac, and Helaine (Jerry)
Atwell of Lapeer; grandchildren, Christopher, Kimberly, and Corey Lung,
Dennis (Shelly) Atwell, and Shelly (Paul) Gill; five great-grandchildren;
half brother, Tom Baldwin of Thompsonville; and sister, Ardith (Cyrus)
Hughes of Frankfort. He was preceded in death by his parents; half brother,
Leon "Ed" Baldwin; and sister-in-law, Beth Baldwin. Services are at noon
Wednesday at St. Ann Catholic Church in Cadillac, Father Francis J. Murphy
officiating. There will be a Prayer Service with Sister Hilda Sucher, RSM,
at 7:30 p.m. today at the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac. Burial will
be in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Cadillac. Visitation is 2 to 4 and 6 to
8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to
the Elks Lodge No. 680 special projects, or St. Ann Catholic Church Building
Fund. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.