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CADILLAC -- Raymond Rossell Sr. of Cadillac died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000 at his home. He was 85. Mr. Rossell was born May 10, 1914 in Hoxeyville to Wilmarth and Elizabeth (Olson) Rossell. He married Ernestine Lindeman June 1, 1934 in Ludington; she preceded him in death July 18, 1996. Mr. Rossell lived most of his life in this area, working as a dairy farmer. He also worked in various capacities for South Branch Township and served on the Cherry Grove Township Zoning Board and the Wexford Soil Conservation District Board. Mr. Rossell loved people and animals and loved and enjoyed his family. He will be missed by his dog, Buffy. Survivors include sons, Ray Jr. (Charlotte), Bob (Audrey), Terry, Bill and David (Cindy) Rossell, all of Cadillac; daughters, Patricia (Arden) Otberg of Tustin, Donna (Jack) Mitchell of Cadillac, Nancy (Wayne) Root of Cadillac, Mary (Gary) Clough of Boon, Sally (Bill) Junites of Boon, Betty Roth of Cadillac, Diana (Dick) Heydenberk of Cadillac and Karla (Chuck) Wright of Cadillac; 42 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and sister, Mary Spierling of Cadillac. He was preceded in death by his wife; four brothers, Walter, Ora, Neal and Howard; sister, Celia Rossell; and daughter-in-law, Connie Rossell in 1994. Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac, with the Rev. Milton Hoose officiating. Burial will be in Bankers Cemetery in Hoxeyville. Visitation is from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. 
 
LUTHER -- Ewald Roethig of Luther died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at Lakeview Lutheran Manor in Cadillac. He was 93. Mr. Roethig was born Dec. 2, 1907 in Chicago to Bruno Ewald and Marie Sophie (Saxie) Roethig. He married Elizabeth Enderle in 1937. She preceded him in death March 31, 1989. Mr. Roethig moved to Lake County at the age of 6. He farmed in Lake County most of his life. He loved to hunt, fish and trap. Survivors include his brother, Herb (Ruth) Rothig of Luther; sister, Margaret "Peg" Dagen of Luther; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, Elsie Maiville; one brother, Clarence Rothig; and his wife in 1989. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac, the Rev. Russell Brandt officiating. Visitation is just prior to the service at the funeral home. 
 
Edward "Ed" Rasmussen 87, died 12-10-1998. He was born 9-26-1911. The son of Christian & Ane K. (Hansen). On 6-11-1960 he married Marjorie Cuson. Survivors are, his wife of 38 years, Marjorie; daughter, Jan (Elmer) Upton; sons, Jim, and Don (Kathy); step-sons, Mike (Sherry) Scofield, and Douglas (Karen) Scofield. (Cadillac, Mi.) 
 
MARION -- Timothy G. Richter of Marion died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Harper Hospital in Detroit after an extended illness. He was 39. Mr. Richter was born Sept. 12, 1960 in Midland to Robert and Anna (Turner) Richter. Mr. Richter graduated from Marion High School. He was employed at Four Winns in Cadillac, then worked as a snowmobile and watercraft mechanic at Farwell Motor Sports. He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints in Marion. Mr. Richter was a snowmobile enthusiast and a sports fan. He enjoyed watching NASCAR racing and Marion High School sports. He especially loved to spend time with his children and family. Survivors include his children, Samantha and Caleb Richter, both of Marion; fiancee, Linda Yauch; parents, Anna and Bernard Prielipp of Marion and Robert and Joy Richter of Gulf Shores, Ala.; grandmother, Lucille Prielipp of Marion; sister, Jody Richter of Marion; brother, Kelly Richter of Marion; and nephews, Josh and Jordan Richter of Marion. Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Fosnaught Funeral Home in Marion, with Elders Sandy Merrifield and Bob Keeler officiating. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to the family. 
 
CADILLAC -- Merlin Robinson of Cadillac died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at Autumnwood of McBain. He was 86. Mr. Robinson was born June 14, 1914, in Jennings to James and Violet (Orcutt) Robinson. He farmed and worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, retiring in 1975. Survivors include his children, Patricia (Jay) Bierens and Violet Robinson, both of Lake City, Richard Robinson of Port Richey, Fla. and Evelyn (Terry) Huber-Hovey of Rose Bush; sisters Margaret Stephan of Hudson, Fla. and Fern Coon of Lake City; sisters-in-law Tress Robinson and Betty (Pete) Crouch, both of Grand Rapids and Lula VandenBoss of Merritt; brother-in-law Mutt Perrigo of Moorestown; and nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Madelyn; brother Russell; and granddaughter Annette Huber. Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Young Funeral Home. Burial will be at Lake City Cemetery.  Visitation is noon-2 p.m. Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan. 
 
CADILLAC -- Thomas E. Robinson of Cadillac died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000 at his home. He was 53. Services are 11 a.m. Oct. 14 at the Boon Baptist Church. Arrangements were made by the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac. 
 
EVART -- Eilene Belle Reedy of Evart died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000 at the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing. She was 67. Services are 1 p.m. Friday at the Corey Funeral Home in Evart with the Rev. Don Buege officiating. Burial will be in Sylvan Township Cemetery, Osceola County. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, Lansing. 
 
CADILLAC -- Tony S. Richardson of Cadillac died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000 at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac. He was 39. Mr. Richardson was born Dec. 11, 1960 in Flint to Ray Edward and Sharon L. (Nelson) Richardson. Mr. Richardson had lived in Cadillac since 1973. He was employed at Body County Thermal Processing in Cadillac for the past couple of months and prior to that he was employed with different oil companies for many years. He enjoyed watching football and baseball, playing horseshoes, camping, hunting, traveling, and spending time with his daughters and family. Survivors include his daughters, Nichole Richardson and Daniele Richardson, both of Manton; mother and step-father, Sharon and John Moomey of Cadillac; brothers, Alan Richardson of Cadillac, Kerry Richardson of Coleman, Ala., Richie (Cindy) Richardson of Coleman, Ala. and Tim Richardson of Cadillac; sisters, Janet Richardson of Cadillac, Kim (Ron) Vandewater of Cadillac, Merry Richardson of Memphis, Tenn., Connie Richardson of McBain, Patti Reed of Cadillac and Jenny Richardson of Spencer, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Edward Richardson on Nov. 16, 1973; grandparents on both sides; and niece, Samantha Howe. Services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac, with the Revs. Robert and Donna Chambers officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. 
 
EVART -- W. Dean Richardson of Sears died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000 at his home. He was 88. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at the Corey Funeral Home in Evart with the Rev. Brian Bunch officiating. Burial will be in Orient Township Cemetery in Sears. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

MARION -- Clyde Arthur Ryder, Sr. of Marion died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000 at West Branch Regional Medical Center in West Branch. He was 63.  Mr. Ryder was born Feb. 23, 1937 in Saginaw to Charles and Ruth Ryder.  He had been living in the Marion area with his companion, Geraldine Patton, since 1994, and had resided in the Manton area many years previous. Mr. Ryder had been retired for the last four years and had been involved with the Michigan Masonic Lodge, where he was a dual member of Manton Lodge No. 347 and Centerline-Palmer Lodge No. 450. He was Past Master of Manton Lodge in 1999, served as District Deputy Instructor for District 28B and was recently honored as Manton Lodge's "Mason of the Year" in 2000. Survivors include his companion of 12 years, Geraldine Patton; daughters, Chere (Jack) Heasty, and Tamara (David) Jessee; sons, C.J. (Kathy) Ryder, Chuck (Jan) Ryder, and Cliff Ryder; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother, John (Carole) Ryder; sisters, Georgia Nichols, Judy Edwards, and Marilyn Sanders; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Richard Ryder. There will be a Masonic Memorial Service at 5 p.m. Monday at the Manton Masonic Lodge on 14-1/4 Road in Manton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Clyde Ryder, Sr. Memorial Fund, care of Manton Masonic Lodge at 9290 14-1/4 Road, Manton, MI, 49663. Envelopes are available at the Manton Masonic Lodge. 

CADILLAC -- Edwin M. Socall of Cadillac, formerly of Redford Township, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at his home. He was 83. Survivors include his wife, Joan; children, Ronnie (Bonnie), Pamela, Gerald and Edwin Jr.; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Stacy, and grandson, Wayne. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Michigan. Arrangements were by Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac. 
 
EVART -- Lilah Stein of Evart died at a friend's home in Isabella County Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000. She was 96. Mrs. Stein was born to Walter and Julia (Provost) Wilcox June 17, 1903 in South Haven. She married Stanley Stein Aug. 30, 1930 on Orchid Hill Farm near Evart. He preceded her in death in 1992. Mrs. Stein moved to the area in 1920. She graduated from Evart High School in 1922 and from Western Teachers College in 1924. She taught school in Richmond, Gladwin, Kalamazoo Central High School and was a substitute in Evart. Mrs. Stein had been a member of the Evart Free Methodist Church since 1942 where she was also treasurer. She was a treasurer and member of the Women's Missionary Society, member of the library board and taught Sunday school. She served in the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Survivors include her daughter, Shirley (Roland) Ream of Big Rapids; son, Jerry (Eva) Stein of Evart; grandchildren, Jerilynn (Bruce) Rhodes of Kalamazoo, Julie (Loren) Cole of Clare and Jeffrey Stein of Reed City; eight great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Irene Wilcox of Florida. She was also preceded in death by her parents; sister, Helen Wilcox; brother, Lester (Bob) Wilcox; and sister, Esther Rueffer. Services are 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Evart Free Methodist Church, with the Revs. Russ Atherton and Bruce Rhodes officiating. Burial will take place at Forest Hills Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the Corey Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Manton Christian Camp. 
 
CADILLAC -- Ruth Marie Stauffer of Cadillac died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000 at her home. She was 78. Mrs. Stauffer was born in Boon on Aug. 1, 1921 to Carl and Olivia (Bloomquist) McClure. She married Norman Stauffer on Nov. 29, 1944. Mrs. Stauffer enjoyed being with her grandchildren, great-grandchild, family and friends. She was an active member of the First Covenant Church. Mrs. Stauffer is survived by her son, Randy (Linda) Stauffer of Midland; daughters Sally (Dwight) Reid of Cadillac and Sue (David) Gaynor of Evart; grandchildren Matt (Christine) Stauffer of Traverse City, Kimberly Stauffer of Portland, Ore., Shelby Stauffer and Holly Stauffer of Evart, Mark Nebo at the Norfolk, Va. U.S. Naval base, Martha, Anna, Leah and Abbey Reid, all of Cadillac; and great-grandchild J.J. Stauffer of Traverse City. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman; brothers Morris, Glen and Ken McClure; and sister, Helen Panks. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at First Covenant Church, Rev. Carl Elwood officiating. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Hitesman Funeral Home. Memorial tributes may be made to Hospice of Michigan. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. 
 
COPEMISH -- Marilyn Maxine "Ruby" Saul of Mesick died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. She was 54. Mrs. Saul was born July 2, 1945 in Louisiana to Louis and Lucille (Russett) Theodore, who preceded her in death. She married Robert F. Saul Sept. 2, 1978. He survives. Mrs. Saul graduated from Traverse City High School in 1963. She had been employed at Cone Drive Textron in Traverse City. She was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Copemish, the Little River Band of Manistee and the Gold Wing Road Riders Chapter P2 of Cadillac. Survivors include her children, Raymond J. Aprill of Lake Ann, Robert W. Saul of Mesick, Brian A. Aprill of Traverse City, Thomas A. Saul of Northfolk, Va., Jennifer L. Aprill of Kewadin, Theresa A. (Dennis) Young of Cedar, Leta M. Porter of Lake Leelanau and Jessica L. (Frank) DeNoyer of Mancelona; eight grandchildren; brothers, Frank (Barbara) Pearo of Hesperia, Isaac Pearo of Twin Lakes, Charles Wilson of Gaylord; sisters, Alyce (David) Fink of Interlochen, Martha Chippewa of Manistee and Patricia (Clare) Putney of Traverse City; and several nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles. Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Copemish, with the Rev. Fr. Richard Kosterman officiating. Burial will be in the Leelanau Township Cemetery. Visitation will be just prior to the memorial mass at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. 
 
CADILLAC -- Doris Spangler of Cadillac died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000 at Lakeview Lutheran Manor in Cadillac. She was 71. Mrs. Spangler was born July 16, 1928 in Lyons. She married Ralph Spangler, Sr. He preceded her in death. After leaving Lyons, she also lived in Flint and Marion. Before her health failed, she worked for Osceola County by driving patients to their medical appointments. She was a past member of the Elks, Moose and the American Legion. Survivors include one son, Ralph Spangler Jr.; one granddaughter, Tina Marie; and two aunts, Thelma Duval and Eleonore Horrocks of Lyons. She was preceded in death by her husband and one son. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Assembly of God Church in Cadillac with the Rev. Robert Thomas officiating. Burial will take place in the spring in Lyons Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the Hull Memorial Chapel of Muir, Mich. 
 
TRAVERSE CITY -- Howard D. Smith of Traverse City died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000 at his home. He was 70. Mr. Smith was born June 7, 1929 in Dover Township, Lake County, to Samuel and Vietta (Fralick) Smith.  He attended Reed City schools, graduating in 1948, and served in the U.S. Army for two years. Mr. Smith worked as a telephone repairman 37 years for Michigan Bell, and also lived in Frankfort before moving to Traverse City 18 years ago. He enjoyed camping and hunting. Mr. Smith is survived by former wife Nancy Williams; children Hope (Don) Saladin of Reed City, Robin Jensen of Anderson, Ind., Lance (Sue) of Frankfort, Scott (Sheila) of Beulah and Craig (Brenda) of Mancelona; his loving companion, Rena Cole, and her children, Kristina Withers, Jeannie (Brian) Cole and Jamie (Jenna) Cole, all of Traverse City; brother Robert (Helen) of Reed City; and 17 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers Byron and Ralph. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at McDowell Funeral Home, Rev. Scott Kreh officiating. Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Third Level Crisis Center in Traverse City. 
 
CADILLAC -- Ned H. Sorensen of Cadillac died Friday, Mar. 3, 2000 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He was 75. Mr. Sorensen was born Oct. 28, 1924 in Cadillac to Neil and Helga (Andersen) Sorensen. He married Maxine R. Demerest Jun. 6, 1954 in Mulliken. Mr. Sorensen had worked for 34 years for the City of Cadillac as a fireman and had various part-time jobs. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, where he served as a Deacon. He enjoyed fishing, photography, magic, C.B. radio, and driving for Godfrey Chevrolet. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army. Survivors include his wife, Maxine of Cadillac; daughters Jill (Douglas) Brown of Cadillac, Julie (Terry) Allen of Fenton, Janis (Art) Abbott of Logan, Ill. and Jerri Ann (Curt) Rolland of Lake; son Tim (Laurie) Sorensen of Cadillac; brother Rev. Jack (Marieta) Sorensen of New Port Richey, Fla.; sister Ann (John) Cerva of Battle Creek; and seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father in 1956 and his mother in 1988. Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac, Pastor Quentin Purvis officiating. Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Cadillac. The family requests that memorial tributes be made to the Seventh Day Adventist Church Memorial Fund.  Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Home. 
 
LAKE CITY -- Florence Shaw of Lake City, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Autumnwood of McBain Nursing Home. She was 76. Visitation will be at Young Funeral Home in Lake City today from 2 to 4 and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with a wake service at 8 p.m. Services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Lake City. Burial will be at the Lake City Cemetery. Arrangements are by Young Funeral Home in Lake City. 
 
LUTHER -- Devera Ann Stevenson of Cadillac died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at her winter home in Sanibel, Fla., after an eight-year battle with cancer. She was 67. Mrs. Stevenson was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a registered dietitian with a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame College of Ohio and a master's degree from Michigan State University. Her faith and strength and gift for reaching out to others in their time of need will be remembered by many. Survivors include her husband, John, of 44 years; father, Garrett Moore of Sandusky, Ohio; sister, Jeanne Aust of Toledo, Ohio; brother, Pete Moore of Strongsville, Ohio; children, Gerianne (Mark) Stohlquist of Chicago, Linda Stevenson of Elkhart, Ind., John Stevenson of Lansing, Julie (Dave) DiMatteo of Hamburg, N.Y., Nancy (Mike) Barrett of Coldwater, Kathleen (Rick) Bryan of Norton, Mass., Laura (Tom) O'Brien of Lombard, Ill., David (Michelle) Stevenson of Elmhurst, Ill., Dan (Dede) Stevenson of Cincinnati and Jeffrey (Christy) Stevenson of Omaha, Neb.; and 31 grandchildren with another on the way. A memorial mass is 11 a.m. Monday at St. Ignatius Church in Luther. Visitation is 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac. Memorial contributions can be made to either the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, c/o J. DiMatteo, 114 Maple Ave., Hamburg, N.Y. 14075; or NORD (National Organization for Rare Diseases), ACC Fund c/o John Stevenson, 201 Petrie Rd., Cadillac, MI 49601. 
 
HARRIETTA -- Anna Belle Sova of Harrietta died Monday, March 6, 2000 at Sanilac Medical Care Facility in Sandusky. She was 76. Mrs. Sova was born Aug. 7, 1923 in Pittsburg, Kan. to Engelbert and Anna (Yaitner) Vanluyck. She married Charles H. Sova Feb. 3, 1944 in Lake Orion. He preceded her in death July 27, 1999. Mrs. Sova graduated from high school in Pittsburg, Kan. She lived in the Detroit area and moved to Harrietta from Troy in 1972. She had worked for the A.N.A. Woodworth Company in Ferndale and for the U.S. Tank Arsenal at Warren before moving to Harrietta. Mrs. Sova worked for Mesick Bottle Gas, Caberfae Ski Lodge and Michigan Northern Railroad in Cadillac. She was a member of the Sherman Chapter 197 of the O.E.S. of Mesick and a past member of the Rebekah Lodge of Mesick. She was a past president of the P.T.A. of Mesick and was a Cub Scout den mother and a Girl Scout leader. She attended the Harrietta United Methodist Church. Survivors include her son, Clarence "Bud" (Ruth) Sova, Jr. of Port Washington, Wis.; her daughter, Carolyn (William) MacDonald of Decker; four grandchildren, Nicole (David) Garacci of Madison, Wis., Kurt (Erin) Sova of Delafield, Wis., Staff Sgt. Carl (Jennie) MacDonald of San Antonio, Texas and Sgt. Craig (Michelle) MacDonald of Indianapolis, Ind.; three great-grandchildren; her sister, Delores McCants of Cherokee, Kan.; her brothers-in-law, Marvin P. (Albertine) Sova of Troy, Robert E. Sova of Hazel Park, Leonard D. (Jeannine) Sova of Topeka, Kan. and Arthur B. (Shirley) Corriveau of Lady Lakes, Fla.; and her sisters-in-law, Vera (Fred) Samuel of Utica and Jean (Arthur) Ollila of Lady Lakes, Fla. She was preceded in death by her son, Carl H. Sova in 1952; her brother, Engelbert Vanluyck, Jr.; her brother-in-law, Francis R. Sova; and her parents. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Harrietta with the Rev. David Thompson officiating. Eastern Star Service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial tributes may be made to the family or to the Michigan Masonic Home. Envelopes are available at the church or at the funeral home. 
 
CADILLAC -- Frank J. Solomon of Cadillac died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac. He was 92. Mr. Solomon was born Oct. 6, 1907 in Vienna, Austria to Frank and Anna (Duisck) Solomon. He married Lucille Lindeman on July 17, 1937 in Grand Rapids. Mr. Solomon was a supervisor in the maintenance department for Michigan Bell in Grand Rapids for 29 years, retiring in 1970. He and his wife moved to Cadillac in 1971. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and the Telephone Pioneers. He enjoyed golf, fishing, and hunting. He loved his family and grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Lucille Solomon of Cadillac; son Michael (Martha) Solomon of Cadillac; daughter Patricia Lou (Don) McBryant of Boulder, Colo.; grandchildren Shanna (David) Dillao, Mark (Karen) McBryant, Steven McBryant, Natalie (Tony Santos) Solomon, Julie (Mark Holland) Solomon; Daniel (Michelle) Solomon, and Angela Solomon; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and son Richard Alan Solomon in 1953. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Thomas W. Reinertson officiating. Burial will be at Hobart Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Hitesman Funeral Home. Memorial tributes may be made to Zion Lutheran Church. 
 
MESICK -- Dalton Sherburne of Mesick died March 13, 2000, at his home. He was 78. Mr. Sherburne was born Jan. 7, 1922 in Mesick to Vernon and Ismay (Collier) Sherburne. He married Doris Ford Aug. 2, 1945 in Antioch Township. Mr. Sherburne grew up in Antioch Township and graduated from Mesick High School in 1939. He worked in many occupations but his passion was his farm where he raised crops and many different types of animals. His joy on the farm was in raising and breeding horses, Belgians were his favorite. He was a member of the Antioch Bible Church and the Western Pleasure Saddle Club. He served 16 years on the Mesick School Board of Education and 30 years on the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District Board. He served as a Wexford County commissioner and as a 4-H leader. Survivors include his wife, Doris; children, Daun L. McKnight of Flint, Wade (Brenda) Sherburne of Mesick, Marcia (Ray) Sherburne-Monahan of Muskego, Wis., Colleen (Ed) Sherburne Miner of Elmhurst, Ill., Allen (Lynda) Sherburne of Mesick, and Wendy (Tim) Waite of Portage; brother, Hollis (Barbara) Sherburne of Littleton, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Zillah Jensen. Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at the Antioch Bible Church, with the Revs. Russell and Gerald Beach officiating. Burial will be at the Antioch Township Cemetery. Visitation is 7-9 p.m. today and from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Hall Funeral Chapel in Manton. Memorial tributes may be made to Munson Hospice, Mesick Rescue Squad or the Antioch Bible Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. 
 
LAKE CITY -- Jean A. Shibler of Lake City died Wednesday, June 28, 2000 at her home following a 14-year battle with breast cancer. She was 55. Mrs. Shibler was born Jan. 13, 1945 in Cadillac to parents Otto and Mary Mattison. She was a 1963 graduate of Cadillac High School. Mrs. Shibler worked for 25 years in the banking industry, lastly working for NBD Bank in Cadillac until 1990. She also owned and operated the Hollywood Bar in Lake City for 20 years until 1999. Survivors include her husband, Donald E. Shibler; two daughters, Lisa (Jay) Finn of Farwell and Susan (William) Alderden of Lake City; two step-daughters, Kimberly (Kendall) Smith of Devils Lake and Tanya Shibler and friend Mike Hamann of Adrian; her mother, Mary Mattison of Cadillac; brothers, Devere (Marian) Mattison, Robert (Gloria) Mattison and James (Nancy) Mattison, all of Cadillac, and Roger Mattison of Lake City; sister, Joyce Norman of Manton; granddaughters, Brandi Root and Stephani Root of Lake City and Kelli Anderson of Whitehall; step-grandchildren, C.J., Courtney, Cassie, Kyle and Isaac, and Jason and Michelle Finn; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Otto Mattison in 1979. Services are 1 p.m. Friday at the Lake City Christian Reformed Church with the Rev. Merlin Buwalda officiating. Burial will be in the Lake City Cemetery. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Young Funeral Home in Lake City. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Michigan or the Lake City Christian Reformed Church. 
 
CADILLAC -- Charles Saunders of Cadillac died Sunday, June 25, 2000 at Mercy Hospital-Cadillac. He was 85. Mr. Saunders was born Oct. 9, 1914 in McBain to William and Sarah (Ward) Saunders. He married Freda Cook June 2, 1962. Mr. Saunders served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked at the Cadillac Metal Casters, retiring in 1976. He was a crossing guard for the city of Cadillac and a farmer. He did electrical work and worked as a pickle and bean inspector at a co-op and at Beatrice Creamery. He was a past member of the American Legion. Mr. Saunders was a dreamer. He was very inventive and was writing a book. He enjoyed creative writing. Mr. Saunders was a quiet, kind man who loved his wife and children. Survivors include his wife, Freda of Cadillac; stepdaughter, Morreece Elaine Cook of Redford; stepson, Morris "Butch" (Peggy) Cook of Traverse City; son, Mark (Connie) Saunders of Clarksville, Tenn.; brothers, Jack (Fay) Saunders and Harry (Jean) Saunders, both of Cadillac; sister, Helen Vanderveen of Wyoming; grandchildren, Stephanie Saunders of Clarksville, Tenn., Howard (Jane) Cook, Timothy (Holly) Cook and Sara Saunders, all of Cadillac; and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Albert, William and Harold; and sister, Esther Bever. Services are at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Hitesman Funeral Home, Rev. Wayne Simmons officiating. Burial will be in Cherry Grove Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-8 p.m. today. Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to CASA. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. 
 
KINGSLEY -- Bette "Jill" Smith, of Cadillac, died Friday, March 24, 2000 at Lakeview Lutheran Manor Nursing Center in Cadillac. She was 66. Mrs. Smith was born Nov. 6, 1933 in Traverse City to Gerald and Esther Louise (Keene) Ferguson. She married Leo "Bud" Smith in 1956 in Elk Rapids. He preceded her in death in 1983. Mrs. Smith was a homemaker who had lived in Cadillac since 1990. She had also been a resident of Traverse City from 1985-90, prior to that she lived in Elk Rapids. Survivors include daughters, Susan Louise (Leslie) Selch of Elk Rapids, and Sharon Rose (James) Olds of Kingsley; sons, Bradley Rex Smith of Wintersprings, Fla., and Ford Smith of Elk Rapids; granddaughter, Kayla Marie Olds of Kingsley; grandson, Brandon Smith of Vermont; mother, Esther Louise of Winterhaven, Fla.; and sister, Shirley (Herb) Podehl of Spring Lake. She was also preceded in death by her father. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Covell-Smith Funeral Home in Kingsley, with the Rev. Richard Anderson officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Lakeview Lutheran Manor in Cadillac. 
 
REED CITY -- Markk D. Seath of Chase died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000 in Paradise. He was 55. Mr. Seath was born Feb. 20, 1945. He married Judy Bol on April 15, 1983. He was a resident of the Reed City area most of his life. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps during Vietnam and attained the rank of sergeant. Survivors include his son, Mark of Sparta; father Edward "Ned" of Reed City; stepson Charles (Sharyn) Quinn of Reed City; stepdaughters Michelle Quinn and Jody (Bill) Lutjens, both of Reed City and Leslie (Charles) Davy of Morley; nine grandchildren; brothers Ned (Susan) of Chase, and Phillip (Nancy) of Reed City; and sister Ann (Sergio) Avila of Elkhart, Ind. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Heidi; and his mother, Phyllis. Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Reed City, with Rev. Fr. Daniel Aerts officiating. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery. Visitation is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City. 
 
TRAVERSE CITY -- Anna S. Sollie of Cadillac, formerly of Traverse City, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000 at Mercy Hospital-Cadillac. Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth St. in Traverse City. Visitation is at 1 p.m. 
 
CADILLAC -- Helen Mary Sundstrom of Cadillac died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000 at her home. She was 87. Mrs. Sundstrom was born April 2, 1913 in Kingsley to John and Margaret (Shoan) Schoandorf. She married Floyd E. Sundstrom Sept. 7, 1936 at St. Mary's of Hannah. She graduated from St. Mary's Nursing College in 1933 and worked as a registered nurse. Mrs. Sundstrom served with the Red Cross all her life and was an active member of St. Ann Catholic Church and the Parish Nurses Organization. She was an avid bridge player, and was both local president and northern district president of the Philharmonic Club. She worked with her husband in managing the Johnson Hardware Company. Survivors include her husband, Floyd Sundstrom of Cadillac; sons, John (Sally) Sundstrom of Grand Haven and William (Cheryl) Sundstrom of Tallahassee, Fla.; daughters, Dr. Ann M. Salisbury of Toledo, Ohio, and Catherine (Barton) Hellmuth of Howell; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Margaret Koeple of Dunedin, Fla., Juanita (William) Commons of Traverse City, and Eve Mayer of Grapevine, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents. Services are noon Monday at St. Ann Catholic Church in Cadillac with the Revs. John Tamulis, Francis J. Murphy, and Dan Gallagher officiating. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Cadillac. Visitation is from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac, with a Prayer Service by Sister Hilda Sucher, RSM, at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cadillac Philharmonic Scholarship Fund. Envelopes are available at the funeral home or the church. 
 
DETROIT -- Ward Raymond Shankwiler of Wayne County and formerly of Ypsilanti died Jan. 23, 2000 in Detroit. He was 46. Mr. Shankwiler was born Feb. 21, 1953 in Dearborn, the son of Donald and Beverly (Reed) Shankwiler. Survivors include his parents, Donald and Beverly Shankwiler of Falmouth; brother Craig Shankwiler of Ypsilanti; and sisters, Rebecca (Shankwiler) Brown of Holland and Donna (Shankwiler) Williams of Plymouth. Mr. Shankwiler will be buried at a later date in the Mount View Cemetery in McBain. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army. Arrangements are being handled by the Burkholder Funeral Home in McBain. 
 
CADILLAC -- Evelyn Eleanor Swanson of Cadillac died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000 at Autumnwood of McBain. She was 87. Mrs. Swanson was born on July 3, 1913 to Daniel and Edith (Lindberg) Nystrom. She married Walter C. Swanson on Dec. 22, 1934 at her family's home. She grew up in Cadillac and graduated in 1930 from Cadillac High School. She attended Davenport Business College in Grand Rapids. She was a homemaker and retired from Cadillac Mercy Hospital after 18 years of service. Mrs. Swanson loved spending time with her family, cooking and having family get-togethers. She was a lifetime member of the First Covenant Church in Cadillac, and was a member of Covenant Women and Friendship Circle at First Methodist Church. She attended Senior Citizen Center activities and she and her friends formed a sewing club that met regularly. Survivors include her daughters, Shirley Gunnett of Scottville, Gayle Miller of La Porte, Ind., Karen (John) Springberg of Cadillac, and Lorraine Swanson of Ludington; grandchildren, Michelle Gunnett Cook of North Carolina, Todd Gunnett of Wisconsin, Tracy Buchanen of Indiana, Steven Miller of Illinois, Chad (Tami) Campbell of Rochester, Kim (Dewey) VanderVlucht of McBain, Julie (John) Snider, and Brad (Velerie) Campbell, all of Cadillac; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Doyle (Millie) Nystrom of California; sister, Joyce (Frank) Randolph of Illinois; sisters-in-law, Edna K. Nystrom of Holland, Edna D. Nystrom, and Margaret Veeder, both of Cadillac; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; parents; son-in-law, L.D. Gunnett; brothers, Harry, Gail, and Gordon Nystrom; and sister-in-law, Barbara Nystrom. Services are 1 p.m. Tuesday at the First Covenant Church in Cadillac, Pastor Carl Elwood officiating. Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the Peterson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Covenant Church of Cadillac or Amicare/Hospice of Cadillac. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. 
 
REED CITY -- Frances Spears of Chase died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000 at her home. She was 93. Mrs. Spears was born Aug. 6, 1907 in Rodney. She married George Armstrong, who preceded her in death in 1954. She married George Spears in 1972. He preceded her in death in 1979. She attended Chippewa Lake Schools and had lived most of her life in the Chase area. Mrs. Spears had been employed as a cook at the Brown bungalow and later at Reed City hospital as a dietitian. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and crocheting. Survivors include her stepdaughter, Margaret Munsell of Birch Run; daughter-in-law, Lorene Armstrong of Grand Rapids; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sons, Jack Armstrong, and Ivan "Junior" Armstrong; three brothers; and four sisters. Services are 1 p.m. Saturday at McDowell Funeral Home in Reed City with the Rev. Wayne McKenney officiating. Burial will be in Chase Township Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 to 9 p.m. today, and one hour prior to services on Saturday. 
 
LAKE CITY -- Rev. James L. Shriver of Lake City died Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, at Lakeview Lutheran Manor in Cadillac. He was 79. Services are at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Young Funeral Home in Lake City, Rev. Mark Gerdes officiating. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan. 
 
GRAND RAPIDS -- Shirley M. Sturdavant of Clarksville died Monday, Oct. 30, 2000 at her home. She was 55. Mrs. Sturdavant had many hobbies and a great love of the outdoors. Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Darrell; children, Darrell Ford (Karen), Ken (fiancee, Jeanne), Cindy (Ralf) Sherrill, and Rick; grandchildren, Arron, Jessica, Samantha, Austin, Tyler, and Cierra; and sister, Jacklyn White. Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Reyers North Valley Chapel, 2815 Fuller Avenue, N.E. at 3 Mile Road, in Grand Rapids, Rev. Robert Holmes of Christian Life Center of Lowell officiating. Interment will be in Kent Memorial Gardens. Visitation is 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the chapel.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 
 
CADILLAC -- Wadie Spencer, formerly of LeRoy, died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000 at Tucker Adult Foster Care in Cadillac. She was 81. Mrs. Spencer was born Jan. 25, 1919 in Castor, La., to Mangren and Molly (Rowl) Matthews. She married Kenneth S. Spencer, who preceded her in death in 1972. She graduated from high school in Castor. After marrying she moved to Macomb, Ill. They moved four years later to Grosse Isle, where they lived for 30 years. Mrs. Spencer moved to Sunrise Lake in LeRoy in 1975, where she lived until recently. She enjoyed painting, stain glass, sewing, quilting and arts and crafts. She is survived by her son, Charles (Hilda) Spencer of LeRoy; two brothers; four sisters; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter, Suzanne Ross; a sister and two brothers. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Arrangements by Oak Grove Cremation Center of Manistee. 
 
REED CITY -- Albert E. "Bud" Sutton of Reed City died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000 at Metron Nursing Home in Big Rapids. He was 74. Mr. Sutton was born July 16, 1926 in Bristol to Frank and Millie (Sayer) Sutton. He married Arthea Irwin in 1955. Mr. Sutton was employed with Tubelite, retiring in 1988. Survivors include his wife, Arthea; daughters, Debbie (Elmer) Ashbaugh of Lakeview, Beverly (Darwin) Thorpe of Big Rapids, and Carol Sutton of Evart; son, Willie (Theresa) Sutton of Big Rapids; grandchildren, Brian, and Amelia Sutton of Big Rapids; brother, James Sutton of Twin Lakes; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Evelyn Livingston, Audrey Nash, and Fannie Giddings; and brother, Marvis Sutton. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home. Visitation is 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
 
CADILLAC -- Floyd Elmer Sundstrom of Cadillac, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at Mercy Hospital-Cadillac. He was 88. Mr. Sundstrom was born May 29, 1912 in Cadillac, the son of C. Elmer and Tekla Pauline (Westman) Sundstrom. He married Helen Schoandorf Sept. 7, 1936 at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Hannah. She preceded him in death by three weeks. Mr. Sundstrom was prominent in Cadillac-area business throughout his career, having owned and operated the Johnson Hardware for some 50 years. He was also a founder, president and chairman of the board of Lakeview Manor Nursing Home. He was a real estate broker and developer and, after retiring from the hardware store, he opened his real estate office and adjoining antique store in 1972.  The antique store is a museum for Mr. Sundstrom's private collection and includes items as a 300 year old cannon. He served on several local boards, including the chamber of commerce and the downtown merchants association. He was widely known for his private generosity and philanthropic activities.  In his youth, Mr. Sundstrom was athletic. He was renown for swimming Lake Mitchell from the school camp at Big Cove to the Canal and also Lake Cadillac from the canal to the city dock and vice versa. Survivors include his sons, John (Sally) of Grand Haven and William (Cheryl) of Tallahassee, Fla; daughters Dr. Ann M. Salisbury of Toledo, Ohio and Catherine Barton (Hellmuth) of Howell; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by Helen, his wife of 64 years; his parents; and his sister, Marian Sundstrom Marshall, of Cadillac. Services are at noon Friday at St. Ann Catholic Church, Cadillac, with Revs. John Tamulis and Francis Murphy officiating. Visitation is from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac. A prayer service will be at 7:30 p.m.; a rosary will follow. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Cadillac. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cadillac Philharmonic Scholarship Fund. Envelopes are available at the funeral home or the church. 
 
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Charles L. Spencer of Cheyenne, Wyo., died Nov. 10, 2000 at his home. He was 60. Mr. Spencer was born May 19, 1940 in Mesick, the son of Milan and Marguerite Spencer, both deceased. He graduated from Owosso High School in 1958. He served in the United States Navy. He retired from the General Telephone Corp. five years ago. Survivors include his wife, Elaine, of Cheyenne; sons Allan of Cheyenne and Michael of Whitehall; daughter Judy Heezenk of Tennessee; brothers Ronald (Thelma) of Bancroft, William and wife of Corunna and Timothy O'Connor of Owosso; and sisters Linda of Brancroft and Nissa of Lake Odessa. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Calvin. Funeral services and burial are Thursday in Chipley, Fla. at the Brown Funeral Home. Memorial tributes may be made to VA Hospice in Cheyenne. 
 
LAKE CITY -- Geraldine E. "Nana" Schaeffer of Lake City died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000 at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac. She was 91. Mrs. Schaeffer was born March 13, 1909 in Hancock to Edward and Nellie (Grandchamp) O' Rourke. She married Clyde Schaeffer on Feb. 6, 1930 in Lucas County, Ohio. He preceded her in death in June of 1957. She attended Hancock Schools. She moved to the Pontiac area in the late 1920's. She and her husband continued to reside in the Pontiac area until he preceded her in death. Mrs. Schaeffer moved to Lake City in 1964, where she had resided since. She was an avid reader and card-player, enjoyed knitting and crocheting, and her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Survivors include her daughters, Sally (George) Gill of Lake City, and Mary Ziegler of Manton; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Lake City, Father Roy Zebrowski officiating. Spring interment services will be at Bloomfield Township Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Morey Community Church, 7015 Morey Rd. Memorial contributions may be made to the Missaukee County Library. 
 
LAKE CITY -- Robert Francis Siler of Lake City died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001 at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac. He was 67. Mr. Siler was born June 5, 1933 in Saginaw to William and Helen (Limmer) Siler. He married Marjorie McCormick on Aug. 7, 1954 in Hemlock. Mr. Siler was an automobile dealer for 33 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the American Legion Post 300 in Lake City, the Knights of Columbus, and Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; children, Joellen Marie (Barry) Schiesswohl-Siler, Gregory Robert Siler, Robert Harold (Kelly) Siler, and James Hugh (Laurie) Siler; brother, John (Evelyn) Siler; sisters, Geraldine (Chuck), Rose (John), Janet (Ron) and Noreen (Les); eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Richard; and sisters, Peggy and Mary. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Stephen Catholic Church with the Revs. Edwin Thome, Bob Zuchowski and Roy Zebrowski officiating. Burial will be in Lake City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Young Funeral Home in Lake City, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.  Memorial tributes may be made to the Diocese of Gaylord.

CADILLAC -- Victor Edwin Schneider of Cadillac, formerly of Farwell, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000 at his home. He was 83. Mr. Schneider was born in Shiawassee County, Sept. 9, 1917, the son of Henry and Mina (Shepherd) Schneider. He married Margaret R. Mazo April 19, 1937 at Corunna. She preceded him in death April 18, 1990. Mr. Schneider had worked for General Motors from 1957 to 1977 as a maintenance welder. He had also driven truck over a million miles for the Douglas Freight Company in Owosso. He had done mechanic work and carpenter work. He had moved from the Farwell area to Cadillac area three years ago. He enjoyed traveling and camping. Survivors include his daughter, Maxine (Keith) Kelley of Cadillac; grandchildren, Vikki (Jerry) Herweyer of McBain, Tom (Doris) Kelley of Grand Rapids, Tim Kelley of Cadillac; great-grandchildren, Matthew and Jessica Herweyer of McBain, Ashley Kelly and Jonathon Kelley, both of Grand Rapids; sisters, Erma Knoop of Reed City, Mary (Frank) Petras of Clear Water, Fla.; and many other relatives. He was also preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Charles Edwin Schneider; three brothers, John, Howard and Clarence Schneider; and two sisters, Marie Hanes and Bethel Holford. Services are Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Burkholder Funeral Home in McBain, with Keith Burkholder officiating. Visitation is today 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery at Carland.


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