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GAYLORD -- Gene Marie Martinof Gaylord, formerly of Cadillac, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Tender Care Gaylord. She was 74. Mrs. Martin was born June 2, 1925 in Cadillac, the daughter of Fred and Vera (Coulson) Alt. She married William Martin May 3, 1947 in Cadillac. He preceded her in death Aug. 24, 1989. Mrs. Martin attended St. Ann's Elementary, Cadillac Senior High School and Mount Mercy Academy in Grand Rapids. She had a day care center in her home for several years and had also worked at the Cadillac Elk's Lodge several years ago. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and St. Ann Catholic Church in Cadillac. She was a member of Cadillac's Sweet Adelines. Survivors include her daughters, Janet A. (James) Flint of Gaylord, Mary Jo (Rodney) Robbins of Longmont, Colo.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1989 and a sister, Leona Harvey. Services are 11 a.m. Friday at St. Ann Catholic Church in Cadillac with Father Greg McCallum officiating. Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Peterson Funeral Home, Cadillac. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Cadillac. Memorial tributes may be made to the Cadillac Humane Society or any charity for children. 
 
EVART -- Agnes McLachlanof Evart died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000 at Spectrum Health-Reed City Campus. She was 92. Mrs. McLachlan was born June 16, 1907 in Colfax Township, Mecosta County, the daughter of Fred and Augusta Louise (Blaumann) Bush. She married George A. McLachlan June 25, 1928 in Big Rapids. He preceded her in death in 1991. Mrs. McLachlan graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1925 and attended County Normal. She was a member of Farm Bureau for many years and a member of the Emerald Lake Birthday Club. She was an exceptional housekeeper and cook. Survivors include daughters Lila (Laurence) Rosenberger of St. Louis, Mich. and Marilyn (Harold) Meads of Cadillac; son, George (Gail) McLachlan of Evart; daughter-in-law Carolyn (Joe) Curtin of Evart; sister Louise Johnson of Big Rapids; 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son James F.; three sisters and two brothers. Services are 11 a.m. Monday at the Corey Funeral Home in Evart, Rev. David Turley officiating. Visitation is from noon-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Evart. 
 
CADILLAC -- Maud K. Moon of Cadillac died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999 at Lakeview Lutheran Manor in Cadillac. She was 96. Mrs. Moon was born April 27, 1903 in Jennings to Bert and Leona (Clark) Curtis. She married Lloyd E. Moon Sept. 16, 1922 in Cadillac. He preceded her in death April 20, 1961. Mrs. Moon had lived all her life in this area. She had attended the First Congregational Church of Cadillac and had worked at Cochranes Clothing in Cadillac for 20 years and retired at the age of 80. She was a member of the Metropolitan Club and was an avid bingo player. Survivors include her children, William (Rose) Moon of Cadillac, Shirley (Leroy) Cooper of Cadillac, Larry (Sharon) Moon of Gwinn, Kay (Marvin) Curell of Maryville, Tenn.; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd, in 1961; two brothers, Harry and Fred Curtis; and two sisters, Betty Miles and Neva LaBar. Private family services will be held at the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac, Rev. Christine Barton officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Cadillac. Arrangements were made by the Peterson Funeral Home. 
 
REED CITY -- Stanley F. Myk of Oceanside, Calif., formerly of Luther, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, in California. He was 75. Mr. Myk was born Oct. 7, 1924 in Luther and was a 1941 graduate of Luther High School. He married Nancy Foreman in April 1957. He served with the U.S. Navy during the Pacific campaign in World War II. After the war, he graduated from Michigan State University. He taught school in the East Lansing area until his retirement in 1985. He then lived in Luther and San Diego until moving to California permanently in 1986. Mr. Myk was a member of the Luther Lodge No. 370 F&AM. He was an avid bicyclist and active in bicycle clubs and tours in California. He had been employed with Seaworld in San Diego since 1990 as a tour guide. Survivors include his wife, of Oceanside; and sister, Eleanor (Floyd) Overton of ElCajon, Calif. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City, under the auspices of Luther Lodge F&AM, Robert Flynn officiating. Burial will be at North Park Cemetery in Luther. Visitation is at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. today. 
 
FIFE LAKE -- Nora Jean Medley of Fife Lake died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000 at Tender Care in Traverse City after a 10-month illness. She was 69. Mrs. Medley was born July 10, 1930 in Huntsville, Ala. to Eddie and Bessie (Locke) Collins. She married Marvin Medley in Highland Park on Dec. 31, 1949. He preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 1980. Mrs. Medley grew up in Alabama before coming to Highland Park as a young woman. She lived there and in Royal Oak for many years. She was employed at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak until retiring and moving to the Fife Lake area in 1977. She was a member of Fife Lake Baptist Church, the Berkley Order of the Eastern Star and the Fife Lake Rebekah Lodge. She enjoyed her lodge memberships, needlecraft, reading and volunteering at the Fife Lake Library. Mrs. Medley is survived by her daughter, Donna (Genaro) Montano of Troy, and her grandson, Michael Jones of East Lansing. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Thelma Badrak. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Fife Lake Baptist Church, Pastor Bruce VanDussen officiating. There will be a spring burial in Walton Cemetery, Fife Lake. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Hall Funeral Chapel in Manton. Memorial tributes may be made to Fife Lake Baptist Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. 
 
CADILLAC -- Helen E. Moynihan of Cadillac, formerly of Lake City, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000 at Lakeview Lutheran Manor in Cadillac. She was 85. Mrs. Moynihan was born July 19, 1914 in Strathroy, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of George and Ethel (Phillips) Ballantyne. She married Joseph Moynihan Feb. 25, 1950 in Flint. He preceded her in death January 1977. Mrs. Moynihan moved from the Flint area to Lake City in 1966. She also had lived in Falmouth for a time. She always enjoyed the area and the people who lived there. She was a member of the St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Cadillac. Survivors include one son, Donald MacKay of Millington; one daughter, Joyce Davis of Wichita, Kan.; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Louis Ballantyne of Mount Bridges, Ontario, Canada; two sisters, Marion McCracken and Elva Blair, both of Mount Bridges; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, William MacKay in 1957; one sister, Frieda; and two brothers, Maxwell Ballantyne and George Ballantyne. Services are 1 p.m. Friday at Burkholder Funeral Home in McBain with the Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Lake City Cemetery. Visitation is from noon Friday until time of service. Memorial tributes may be made to Lakeview Lutheran Manor Chapel Fund. 
 
TOLEDO -- John Richard Meyer Sr. of Holland, Ohio, formerly of Cadillac and Reed City, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. He was 61. Mr. Meyer was born Oct. 30, 1938 in Toledo to Paul J. and Betty (Stewart) Meyer. In 1960, he married Susan Bowers, who died in 1977. In 1978, he married Donna Harbaugh, who died in 1994. For over 16 years, Mr. Meyer was purchasing manager in electronics for Nartron in Reed City. He retired in 1999. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Cadillac and Sylvania, Ohio. Survivors include his son, John R. (Laurie) Meyer Jr. of Toledo; daughter, Linda A. (Victor) Fullerton of Tustin; father, Paul J. Meyer Sr. of Perrysburg; special friend, Marianne Reissig; step-son, Brad (Dorina) Rahman of Washington, D.C.; step-daughter, Dana (John) Bebeau of Toledo; and six grandchildren. Services are at 1 p.m. Thursday at Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, 222 E.S. Boundary, Perrysburg, Ohio, with Pastor Dennis Hartman officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. 
 
CADILLAC -- Marguerite Maitland of LeRoy died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at Mercy Hospital-Cadillac. She was 87. Mrs. Maitland was born May 23, 1912 in Sarasota, Fla. to Arthur and Trena Jensen. She married Harold A. Maitland Nov. 20, 1930 in LeRoy; he preceded her in death Jan. 31, 1976. Mrs. Maitland spent all her life in the LeRoy area. For most of her life, she worked in dairy and berry farming. In her later years, she made more than 200 quilts. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of the Rose Lake Free Methodist Church. Survivors include son, Arvin Maitland of LeRoy; daughters, Lorraine Horton of Burton, Ada Tupis of LeRoy, Leitha Sawyer of Norwalk, Calif., and Radene Knoop of Reed City; 28 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Arthur Maitland; and two brothers, Homer and Raymond Jensen. Services are 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac, with the Rev. Martin Borton officiating. Burial will be in Rose Lake Township Cemetery in Osceola County. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials can be directed to Rose Lake Free Methodist Church. 
 
EVART -- John F. Morgan of Evart died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at his home. He was 88. Mr. Morgan was born Feb. 6, 1912 in Orient Township, Osceola County, to Frank L. and Mary (Perry) Morgan. He married Gena L. Cass Nov. 3, 1933 in Orient Township. Mr. Morgan graduated from Evart High School in 1930. He was a lifelong resident of the Evart area. Mr. Morgan farmed until 1966, then worked for the state Plant Industry Division for 10 years, retiring in 1976. He attended Brooks Corner United Methodist Church. He was active in 4-H and Farm Bureau and was Orient Township clerk for 13 years. Mr. Morgan was also the first president of the Osceola County Fair Board. He loved hunting and going to high school football and basketball games. Survivors include his wife, Gena of Evart; sons, Edward (Judy), Dale (Reenie), Arlo (Lupe) and Richard, all of Evart, Arthur (Karen) of Lowell and David (Audrey) and James (Sharon), all of Sears; sister, Eva Ramey of Evart; 22 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one brother. Services are 1 p.m. today at the Corey Funeral Home in Evart, with the Revs. James Morgan and Brian Bunch officiating. Burial will be in the Orient Township Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to Home Hospice, 400 Perry Ave., Big Rapids, MI 49307-2446. 

CADILLAC -- Donald George Mishler Sr. of Cadillac died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at home. He was 75. Mr. Mishler was born Sept. 25, 1924 in Cadillac to George and Edith (Little) Mishler. He married Mary E. Coffel in Sherman Township Dec. 31, 1965. Mr. Mishler served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion and worked as a pulp wood cutter in the area. He enjoyed fishing, motorcycling, woodworking and camping. As a young man he farmed in Wexford County. He loved his family and grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Mary of Cadillac; daughters, Donnalu (William) Aldrich and Pamela Todd, of Cadillac; sons, Donald Jr. (Sharon) Mishler of Louisville, Ky. and Thomas Mishler of Cadillac; 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Elmer and sister Lucille Cooley. Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Hitesman Funeral Home, with the Rev. Bob Keeler officiating. Burial will be at Haring Township Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today. 

LUTHER -- Carol Jean Maiville of Luther died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000. She was 66. Mrs. Maiville was born Dec. 21, 1934 in Mercedes, Texas to parents Meinrad and Alvina Torline, who both preceded her in death. She grew up in Alamo, Texas, taught in Leslie for 25 years, then retired to Luther and Ajo, Ariz. in 1988. Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Nelson James; two daughters, Kateri (Wes) Blankenship of Springboro, Ohio and Karen (James) Mikola of Northville; five sons, Michael (Kelley) of Fenwick, Stephen (Marcia) of Lansing, Andrew (Susan) of Jackson, Christopher (Eileen) of Rives Junction, and Randolph (Jean) of Onondaga; 13 grandchildren; and four brothers, Kevin Torline of San Antonio, Texas, Karl (Carol) Torline of Fredricksburg, Va., Robert Torline of Houston, Texas and James (Linda) Torline of McAllen, Texas. 
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Luther with Fr. Joe Fix presiding. Burial will be at North Park Cemetery in Luther. A prayer service will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at St. Ignatius Church in Luther. Memorials may be made to the Lake County Food Bank, Baldwin, MI 49304, The Lake County Habitat for Humanity, Baldwin, MI 49304 or the MidMichigan Hospice House, 1210 W. Saginaw St., Lansing, MI 48915. Arrangements were made by the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City. 
 
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Donovan D. McConville of Vancouver, British Columbia, formerly of Cadillac, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000 at Eagle Ridge Hospital in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. He was 89. Mr. McConville was born March 27, 1910 in Cadillac. He married his wife, Gladys, Jan. 22, 1941. She preceded him in death in January 1987. Mr. McConville spent most of his life in Cadillac. His high school years were spent in Sault Ste. Marie, where he played football and served as captain of the team. His family returned to Cadillac for his senior year and graduation. Mr. McConville served his country as a corporal in the U.S. Army. While a member of the 3790th Quartermaster Truck Company of San Francisco, he was selected "Number 1 Soldier." While living in Cadillac, he was employed at the Torbeson Drug Co., B.F. Goodrich and Kysor Industrial until his retirement. Mr. McConville was very involved in the community, serving terms as city commissioner; serving 15 years as a housing commissioner including seven years as a president of the commission; and was member of the library board. He also was an active member of the Masonic Lodge and an elder in the First Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed people, home and family, golf, bowling, gardening and dogs. The last three years and previous seven winters, Mr. McConville lived in Vancouver, British Columbia. He will be missed by his family and many friends. Survivors include his daughter, Marcia Hamacher; and grandson, Clayten Hamacher. A memorial service will be held in Cadillac in the spring. 
 
MCBAIN -- Mildred G. Mowrey of McBain died Thursday, March 9, 2000 at Autumnwood of McBain. She was 94. Mrs. Mowrey was born on Dec. 30, 1905 in Niagra Falls, N.Y. She married James S. Mowrey, who died in 1982. Mrs. Mowry was an educator and taught school in Ohio and New York, and was a substitute teacher in the Mesick Consolodated Schools. Cremation has taken place. Burial will take place in Maple Hill Cemetery and graveside services will be announced later.Donations may be made in her name to the First Christian Church of Cadillac. Arrangements are by Hitesman Funeral Home. 
 
CADILLAC -- Helen Elizabeth Mitchell of Cadillac died Monday, March 13, 2000, at Mercy Hospital-Cadillac. She was 79. Mrs. Mitchell was born March 23, 1920 in Toledo, Ohio to John and Julia (Douglass) Kostoff. She married James H. Mitchell. Mrs. Mitchell owned and operated her own store in Cadillac for many years. She loved animals and was a foster mother to many animals. She also enjoyed gardening. Survivors included her husband; five children; and 18 grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements were made by Hitesman Funeral Home in Cadillac. 
 
CADILLAC -- June H. Miehlke of Cadillac died Monday, April 24, 2000 at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac. She was 69. Mrs. Miehlke was born June 22, 1930 in Cadillac to Carson and Teckla (Anderson) Henderson. She married Arthur H. Miehlke April 12, 1952 in Cadillac. Mrs. Miehlke graduated from Cadillac High School in 1949. She then went to Henry Ford School of Nursing, graduating in 1952. She was employed at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac for 20 years, retiring from there. Mrs. Miehlke also worked as a nurse while her husband was in the U.S. Air Force, and had served in several states including Alaska. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cadillac, and was past president and life member of the Auxiliary Unit of American Legion Post No. 94 of Cadillac. Mrs. Miehlke enjoyed reading, crocheting and crossword puzzles. Survivors include her husband, Arthur H. Miehlke of Cadillac; daughters, Teckla Fontenot of Pine Prairie, La. and Susan (Doug) Yonker of Canyon Country, Calif.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Fannie Key of Hesperia, Calif., Jane Irwin of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Virginia Kelley of Grand Rapids; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Mary Brown and Faye Weed. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac, with Pastor Cathleen Medina officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Cadillac. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 

LAKE CITY -- William Edward McCallum of Lake City died Friday, March 31, 2000. He was 42. Mr. McCallum was born Dec. 23, 1957 in Dade County, Fla. to Malcolm and Janet (Decker) McCallum. He was a drywall finisher and a resident of the Lake City area for more than six years. He loved golf, hunting and boating, and especially the outdoors. He belonged to the Sons of the American Legion. Survivors include his wife, Jodi; children, Tara, Jennifer, Traci and Bill, all of Lake City, and Jessica of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; grandchildren, Dylan Satchell and Haley Satchell of Lake City and Joseph Michael Lovens of Fort Lauderdale; parents, Mac and Janet McCallum of Lake City and Ardi Banks of Cadillac; and sister, Suzanne Henry of Marathon, Fla. Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Young Funeral Home in Lake City, the Rev. Andrew Dado officiating. 
Visitation is noon-2 p.m. Monday. 

CADILLAC -- Lloyd David Maddox died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2000 at Lakeview Lutheran Manor. He was 79. Mr. Maddox was born Aug. 3, 1921 in Mancelona to David and Goldie Maddox. He married Henrietta "Cupie" Iverson Sept. 23, 1950 in Cadillac. She preceded him in death Dec. 26, 1997. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and mushrooming. He retired from Rex Air. Survivors include his son, Tony (Frances) Maddox of Marion; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was also preceded in death by his parents and son, Peter D. Maddox in 1967. Private family services were held. Burial took place in Maple Hill Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Hitesman Funeral Home. 
 
CADILLAC -- Gordon L. Martin of Cadillac died Sept. 27, 2000 at Lakeview Lutheran Manor in Cadillac. He was 73. Mr. Martin was born July 22, 1927 in Grosse Pointe to Irwin and Stella (Griffin) Martin. He married Elaine I. (Carl-DeGrave) on May 15, 1974 in Cadillac. Mr. Martin had lived in Cadillac since 1970. He graduated from Denver University with a degree in business administration. He was a sales manager in Cadillac for Arvco Containers and retired in 1997 after 15 years of service. Prior to that, Mr. Martin worked for Cadillac Corrugated Containers and Grand Rapids Packaging. He was affiliated with Temple Hill Baptist Church in Cadillac and was a past member of the Cadillac Manufacturing Association. He also served in the U.S. Navy. Survivors include his wife, Elaine Martin of Cadillac; sons, Mark Martin of Grand Rapids, Scott Martin of Ionia and Todd Martin of Grand Rapids; daughter, Carol Martin of Lansing; stepson, Richard (Teresa) DeGrave of Deer Creek, Ill.; stepdaughter, Diana (Dan) Hodgson of Cadillac; 12 grandchildren; and stepmother, Edna Martin of Tuscon, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his parents. Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac with Pastor Robert F. "Bob" Carl officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Cadillac. Visitation is from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Hill Baptist Church or Mercy Amicare Hospice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. 
 
CADILLAC -- Nellie Lorraine Morris of Cadillac died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000 at her home. She was 83. Mrs. Morris was born Feb. 24, 1917 in Traverse City to Lynes Hathway and Edith Ann (Jacobs) Ward. She married Elwood Floyd Morris Feb. 22, 1936 in Cadillac. He preceded her in death in 1993. She retired from Lakeview Lutheran Manor after 20 years as a nurse's aide. She was a member of Bethel Chapel, where she served on the board. Her whole life centered around church and family. Her hobbies included needlework, houseplants, crocheting, and quilting. Survivors include her daughters, Lorraine Platz, Bonnie Hubbard, Birdena (Ronald) Phillips, and Edith (Stephan) Birdwell, all of Cadillac; sons, Cecil (Sandra) Morris of California, and Elwood Morris, Jr. of Cadillac; and sister, Pauline Tilley. She was preceded in death by her son, Christopher Morris; daughters, Mary King, and Jenny Ostrander; grandson, Ronald Phillips, Jr.; and granddaughter, Dani Jo Trinkle. Services are 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Hitesman Funeral Home with Pastors John and Marilyn Weed officiating. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wexford County Council on Aging. Envelopes are available at the funeral. 
 
MANTON -- James F. Muche of Cadillac died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000 after a five year illness at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac. He was 57. Mr. Muche was born Dec. 25, 1942 in Cadillac to Robert and Myrtie (Sprague) Muche. He graduated from Manton High School in 1960 and earned a bachelor's degree from Ferris State University and a master's degree from Central Michigan University. Mr. Muche served in the U.S. Navy and was employed by Burroughs Corporation for many years as a computer salesman and programmer, living in Grand Rapids and later Petoskey. He had been a resident of the Fife Lake and Manton area since 1987. While living in Petoskey he was active in the Jaycees and their chicken barbecue. He enjoyed playing pool, fishing and his family. Survivors include his sons, Dr. Todd (Kerri) Muche of New Berlin, Wis., and Brian Muche of Petoskey; daughters, Jamie (Scottland) Kennard of Harbor Springs and Sally Longstreet of Cadillac; grandchildren, Hanna, Halle, and Keegan Muche and Cameron Kennard; brother, John (Roseann) Muche of Avalon, N.J.; and sisters, Mary (Neal) Bennett of Manton, Lois (Don) Crouse of Spring Lake and Ruth (Melvin) Powell of Manton. Services are 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Hall Funeral Chapel in Manton with the Rev. Linda Carlson of the Manton United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Manton. Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan. 
 
CADILLAC -- Myrtle Jeanette (Hoffman) (Odette) Morford of Cadillac died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2000 at her home. She was 75. Mrs. Morford was born Sept. 11, 1925 in Cadillac to Carl O. and Dora (Cassey) Hoffman. Mrs. Morford was a homemaker all her life. She was a kind and loving person who will be greatly missed. She was a member of the Evergreen Baptist Church of Cadillac, where she enjoyed attending church services. At the age of 68 she received her driver's license and that gave her a sense of independence. Survivors include her son, Philip Odette of Cadillac; daughters Janice (John) Chopard, Carolyn Brown and Katheryn (James) Merrit, all of Cadillac; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; brothers Delos Hoffman of Cadillac and Kenneth Hoffman and Paul Hoffman, both of Flint; sister Madeline (Norman) Wessinger of Grand Blanc; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Christopher Brown; sister Joyce Kohn; and brothers James and Lawrence Hoffman. Services are 1 p.m. Friday at the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac, Rev. David Cummings officiating. Burial will be in Cherry Grove Township Cemetery in Wexford County. Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Evergreen Baptist Church or OASIS. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. 
 
EVART -- Ralph L. Machleit of Avon Park, Fla., died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2000 at Royal Care of Avon Park. He was 70. Services are Saturday at the Corey Funeral Home in Evart, Rev. Robert Bleeke officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 
 
CADILLAC -- Helen Mattison of Cadillac died Monday, Dec. 4, 2000 at her home. She was 81. Mrs. Mattison was born Feb. 13, 1919 in Cadillac to A. Oscar and Lillie Marie (Raulin) Peterson. She married Leonard E. Mattison on June 26, 1939 in Cadillac. He preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 2000. Mrs. Mattison had lived all her life in the Cadillac area. She had done child care in her home for many years. She was a member of South Community United Methodist Church, where she played the organ and piano for over 50 years. She also taught Sunday School for over 50 years and was involved in several church activities. She was involved in the Bit-O-Sweden Club and was an active volunteer in several community organizations. Mrs. Mattison was honored as the Volunteer of the Year. Survivors include her children, Christine Altieri of Triangle, Va., Alice Jean (Jerry) Mabry of Lenior City, Tenn., Sally (Tim) Williams of Spanaway, Wash., Janet (Paul) Matero of Negaunee, Jerry (Ann) of Cadillac, Shelly (Jim) Gregory of Traverse City, Kelly Mattison Alspaugh of Bellefontaine, Ohio, and Merri-Susan Mattison of Mount Pleasant; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers Devere (Irene) Peterson of Cadillac and Russell (Betty) Peterson of Cadillac; sister Sharon (Richard) Beckett of Mishawaka, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter Frances Kay Mattison; three brothers; and three sisters. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at the South Community United Methodist Church, Rev. Jeff Schrock officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Manton. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac. Memorial contributions may be made to the South Community United Methodist Church or OASIS Family Resource Center. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. 

EVART -- Iva G. Nichols of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of Evart, died Monday, June 26, 2000 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility. She was 64. Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Corey Funeral Home in Evart, Rev. Brian Bunch officiating. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Evart. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. 
 
GRAND RAPIDS -- Eldon G. Nicholas of Wyoming died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001 at his home. He was 79. Mr. Nicholas was a medic in the European Theater during World War II, serving under Gen. Patton. He retired from Constructive Sheet Metal after 20 years of service. He enjoyed making maple syrup in the north woods. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Lois; sons, Donald (Robin) and Gregory (Jan); grandchildren, Chad, Nicole (Jason) Haywood, Luke and Paul; great-grandson, Kale Haywood; brother, Vincent "Bob" (Kay) Nicholas; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, LaVerne. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services are noon Saturday at the Meauwataka Free Methodist Church in Cadillac. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland Home. 

TRAVERSE CITY -- Raymond Ivan Nelson of Traverse City, formerly of Mancelona and Kalkaska, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000. He was 75.
Mr. Nelson was born on Feb. 12, 1925 in Manton to Charles R. and Alma (John) Nelson. He married Helen C. Sours on July 29, 1950; she died Jan. 13, 1991. On Aug. 21, 1995, he married Patricia M. Berens, who survives. Mr. Nelson graduated from Mancelona High School in 1943, then served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelors of science degree in 1949. Mr. Nelson was president of First of America Bank in Mancelona, retiring in 1990. He also served on the board of directors at the Antrim County State Bank, and was a life member of the VFW Post in Manton, a member of the Central Michigan University Alumni Association, a member of the Michigan Bankers Association, a member of Rotary International in Kalkaska, and was an avid reader. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; three daughters, Victoria (Robert) McLean of Kalkaska, Marcia (William) McGiness of Lake City, and Carol (Patrick) Dolan of Cadillac; four step-children, Steven Berens of Lansing, Susan (Mark) Swinford of Dayton, Ohio, Scott (Melissa) Berens of Traverse City, and Mark Berens of Seattle, Wash.; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Traverse City, Reverends C. Jay Koehler and Ted Turanski officiating. Visitation will be during the services. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church of Traverse City, St. Paul Lutheran Church of Kalkaska, or to Munson Hospice. Arrangements are being handled by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home of Traverse City. 


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