Miscellaneous Chippewa County, Michigan Obituaries


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Rachel A. Mills, 16, of Eckerman, Mich. passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2000. 
On October 10, 1983, she was born the daughter of David and Rebecca (Rohrssen) Mills in Newberry, Mich.
Rachel enjoyed sports, music, and singing.
She is survived by her parents, David and Rebecca Mills; two brothers, Jason Michael Mills and David Owen Mills at home; great-grandparents, Bernice (the late Melvin) Mills of Newberry, Mich., Clifford (Iona) Clarke of Eckerman, Mich., Ethel (the late Neil) Histed of Strongs, Mich.; grandparents, David D. (the late Virginia) Mills of Strongs, Mich., Inez (Richard) Anderson of Ladysmith, Wisc., and Robert (Anita) Rohrssen of Cadott, Wisc.; aunts and uncles, Joyce Yoder of Ladysmith, Wisc., Robert (Wanda) Rohrssen of Chippewa Falls, Wisc., Jean (Roger) Olson of Jim Falls, Wisc., Ruth Histed of Ladysmith, Wisc., Roberta (Randy) Freagon of Chippewa Falls, Wisc., Debra (William) Connolly of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Tami (Steve) Beseau of Strongs, Mich., Lisa (Jeff) Wilcox of Brimley, Mich., and Daniel (Carey) Mills of Brimley, Mich. Twenty-seven cousins and several great-aunts and -uncles also survive.
She was also preceded in death by a great-grandmother, Georgia Newell.
Visitation for Rachel will be held on Sunday, May 21 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Hovie Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 22 at Coburn Cemetery with Pastor Gary VanSickle officiating.
Memorials may be directed to the Whitefish Township School Scholarship Fund or the March of Dimes.

Maurice X. LeBlanc, Sr. of W. Lakeshore Dr., Brimley, Mich. died Saturday, May 20, 2000 at War Memorial Hospital. He was born September 7, 1932 in Bay Mills, Mich.
Mr. LeBlanc was a member of the 1950 Brimley Bays State Champions in Basketball and inducted into the Brimley Area Schools Hall of Fame in 1999. He was an avid gardener and bird watcher. He also enjoyed hunting.
He is survived by three sons, Darrell LeBlanc of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Gerald LeBlanc of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., and Kevin LeBlanc of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; three daughters, Rochelle Menominee of Brimley, Mich., Annette Olsen of Janesville, Wisc., and Charlene LeBlanc of Brimley, Mich.; two brothers, Elmer LeBlanc of Brimley, Mich., and Richard LeBlanc of Detroit, Mich.; three sisters, Donna Lyons of Brimley, Mich., Yvonne Ogston of Brimley, Mich., and Linda Teeple of East Jordan, Mich.; 19 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
He was predeceased by his parents, Francis X. and Gladys LeBlanc; a son, Maurice X. LeBlanc Jr.; and two brothers, Emery Waishkey LeBlanc, and Frances X. LeBlanc, Jr.
Private services for the family will be held. Final resting place will be in Mission Hill Cemetery.

Jack D. Kiernan Jr., 46, of Traverse City, went to be with his Lord and Savior July 29, 2000 after years of struggling with Hepatitis C. He passed away at the University of Michigan Health Systems in Ann Arbor.
Jack was born May 25, 1954, in Pigeon, the son of Jack D. and Margaret Ann Nash Kiernan.
A salesman for Fasteners Inc., he enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing Christian music on his guitar. A "Jack of all trades," he was known for his ability to fix anything.
Survivors include his wife, Teresa C. (Marshall) Kiernan of Traverse City; five children, Shaun Bergsma, Claire Marshall, Ian Marshall, Sarah Kiernan, and Ian Kiernan; two brothers, Dan Kiernan of Florida and Tim Maskus of Michigan; two sisters, Kathy Maskus of Michigan and Michelle Curtis of Florida; and three grandchildren.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Debbie Castor.
Friends may call at the time of memorial services which will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth St. in Traverse City; the Rev. Del Kinney will officiate.

WILLIS, CLYDE JR., 84, of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. passed away July 31, 2000 at War Memorial Hospital. He was born August 9, 1915 at Neebish Island. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Hovie Funeral Home.

Edwin Spuehler, 93, beloved husband of the late Harriet Spuehler, passed away August 28, 2000 in Milwaukee, Wisc.
He was the dear father of James Spuehler and Margaret Duprey of Milwaukee, Wisc.; Marie Olver of Lords Valley, Pa.; Paula Blaine of White Mills, Pa.; David and William Spuehler of Des Moines, Iowa; Patricia Craycraft of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; and John Spuehler of La Mesa, Calif.
He had 17 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Edwin was a concrete technician working on the Poe Lock for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1964 -1968.
He was buried in St. Louis, Mo. at Calvary Cemetery. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sault Ste. Marie.

Gladys E. Miller, a resident of the Burcham Hills Retirement Center in East Lansing, died on Friday, Sept. 15, 2000 at age 97. She was born in the Upper Peninsula in DeTour Village on Jan. 3, 1903.
She graduated from Eastern Michigan University and taught first grade in the Lansing Public School System for over 40 years, retiring about 1962. She taught at Logan Street, Willow, Verlinden (13 years) and Elmhurst (17 years). She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lansing for more than 70 years and was active in Women's' groups. 
She enjoyed traveling, reading and doing crafts, donating handmade items to the local church and to the DeTour Union Presbyterian Church Bazaars for many years. She was a volunteer at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing for more than 25 years.
Survivors include a sister, Edith Fegan of Dafter and a brother, James (Joyce) Miller of Silver Spring, Md., 19 nieces and nephews and a large number of great nieces and nephews.
Chapel service an interment will be at 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, 2000 with Rev. David Stellman officiating at Oaklawn Chapel Gardens on M-129 in Pickford. Visitation is today from 2-4 p.m. at Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw in Lansing.
Those who wish to honor her memory may contribute to First Presbyterian Church, 211 N. Chestnut Street, Lansing, 48911 or the Hospice of Lansing, 6035 Executive Drive, suite 103, Lansing, 48911.

Robert "Bud" Schimmelpenny, 78 of Moran died suddenly Friday afternoon at Mackinac Straits Hospital emergency room. He was born at Fibre, Aug. 16, 1922 to William and Emma (Winters) Schimmelpenny. He retired from the U.S. Forest Service after many years of service in 1985. He was also a self-employed carpenter for several years.
He was a veteran of World War II with three years overseas and was a longtime fireman with the Brevort Township Fire Department.
He married Rachel LaDuke on Aug. 16, 1948 in St. Ignace and she survives him. Also surviving are two daughters: Pam (Ernie) Demmon of Gladstone and Janice Schimmelpenny, also of Gladstone; two sisters: Grace McCarthy of Waukesha, Wisc. and Verna Townsend of Ishpeming, along with three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Richard in 1966 and also 14 siblings, as he was one of 17 Schimmelpenny children.
Friends may call at Dodson Funeral Home on Monday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Moran Catholic Cemetery.

Evelyn R. Brink, age 70 of Sault Ste. Marie passed away Friday morning, Sept. 15, 2000 at War Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Brink was born on June 12, 1930 in Spar, Mich. She moved to Sault Ste. Marie in 1968. She and her husband were co-owners of Brinks Care Center, an adult care facility that was awarded as the number one care center in the state of Michigan.
She enjoyed going to the casino, working with the elderly and handicapped, but most of all she enjoyed her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Gerald Brink, who she married on Feb. 13, 1975, three children: Collynn (Cordie) DeWitt of Stevensville, Mich.; Jerry (Pam) Brink of Glendora, Calif. and Lynn (Sharon) Brink of Willard, Mo., nine grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three brothers: Roy Dunbar of Sault Ste. Marie and Larry and Loyde Dunbar, both of Wolverine, Mich. and three sisters: Lois McCauley and Elaine Floeter, both of Wolverine and Ester Harger of Sand Springs, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ruth (Kittle) Dunbar and a brother, Clayton Dunbar.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, 2000 at Hovie Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000 at Hovie Funeral; Home with Pastor Ester Harger officiating.
Burial will be at Oaklawn Chapel Gardens.
Memorials may be left to the American Cancer Society.

Wilhelmina C. Bond-Fetty, 89, of the Hiawatha Sportsman Club, Engadine, died at her home on Saturday, December 30, 2000 following a short illness.
Wilhelmina was born on August 14, 1911 in Decatur, Mich. to Neilsen N. and Maude (Vroegendewey) Jensen. During World War II she was a "Rosie Riviter" working for the Devoe Shipyards near Bay City. During this time she received training and then her license as an LPN and was employed in a First Aid Station in the Defense Plants of Detroit. Following this, she moved to the Kalamazoo area and was employed in Verdries Nursing Home for over 18 years. She then became a private duty nurse and was employed by the founder of the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Center until her retirement. During this employment she traveled extensively throughout the world. She was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Kalamazoo, the Eastern Star #469 of Detroit, and the Hiawatha Sportsman's Club since the middle 1980s. She was also a member of several Nursing organizations during her employment. Wilhelmina married Lester Fetty in Munising who preceded her in death on June 17, 1994. Also preceding her in death were one son, Neal in 1964, her first husband, Paul Bond, two sisters, and one brother. Wilhelmina enjoyed cooking, gardening and was an avid outdoors person.
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Bond of Bonita Springs, Fla.; one step-brother, Clair Lockwood of Charlotte, Mich.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren with twin great-great-granddaughters expected in March; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held at the Engadine United Methodist Church on Wednesday, January 3, 2001 at 12 noon with Pastor Ronald Piette officiating. Friends may call at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of services. Interment will be held in Engadine Cemetery at a later date.
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family with arrangements.

GROSS, EVA J., 94, of Orlando, Florida passed away December 29, 2000 at home. She was born April 1, 1906. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Hovie Funeral Home.

FRAZIER, ISABEL, 86, of Epoufette died January 23, 2001 at Mackinac Straits Hospital Long Term Care. Arrangements are incomplete, and handled by Dodson Funeral Home, St. Ignace.

Robert E. Stephens of DeTour Village passed away Thursday, March 22, 2001 at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
Robert "Bob" and Ann Hudecek were married in Owosso in 1950. He lived in Owosso for 37 years, moving to DeTour for the last 14 years.
Born on December 15, 1926 in Onaway to Frank and Laura Stephens. Bob worked at Fisher Body 1 in Flint as a master craftsman for 33 years, retiring in 1980.
Bob served in the Army and was past commander of V.F.W. 4005 in Corunna. He was an avid hunter and loved to fish.
He is greatly missed by his wife of 51 years, Ann; and sons, Robert (Patricia) Stephens of Owosso, David L. Stephens of Owosso and Robin Stephens of Owosso. Bob also leaves behind five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Vera Bailey of St. Johns, Margaret Bobier of Ovid, Gloria (Bill) Tyson of St. Cloud, Fla.; brother, Glen Ackles of Holt ; and many close nieces and nephews.
Bob was predeceased by his mother and father; and brothers, Gerald and Ronald Ackles.
Cremation has taken place with a memorial service to be held on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. at the Corunna V.F.W.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Chippewa County or the American Lung Association.
Arrangements by Ross Memorial of Kinross.

Garth W. (Bompa) Hillier, 77, of Sault Ste. Marie passed away Friday, May 25, 2001 at the U of M Hospital, Ann Arbor. He was born March 17, 1924 in Flint, Michigan. HE was retired from Brass Forgings Co., Ferndale after 25 years and the former owner of Lookout Point Resort, Sugar Island. He loved to fish, hunt and garden.
He was the beloved husband of Joyce; dear father of Cheryl Clark of Hazel Park, Robert (Terri) of Hazel Park, Richard (Denise) of Ortonville; loving grandfather of Lori, Jimmy, Andrea, Heather and Eric; and six great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by father, Harold; mother, Hazel; and brother, Harold.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Sugar Island Ambulance Service c/o Dan Cairns.

John Jollineau, 76, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan passed away on Tuesday afternoon, May 29, 2001 at War Memorial Hospital.
John was born on April 16, 1925 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, as well as the Victory Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with four Bronze Battle Stars, and the Good Conduct Medal.
John and his brother, Willard, opened the Jollineau Brother's Grocery in 1946 which remained open until 1959. After that, he worked in various retail stores. He always enjoyed meeting the public. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW Post #3676.
He is survived by a brother, Willard (Dorothy) Jollineau of Rose City, Mich.; a sister, June LeBlanc of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; four nephews, Robert (Jeanne) Ellis and Richard (Becky) Ellis both of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Steven (Nancy) Jollineau of Battle Creek, Mich., and Paul (Luann) Jollineau of California; and one niece, Pat (Howard) Benoit of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. He is also survived by five very special children, Kristen and Traci Belair of Marquette, Mich. and Danielle Demitropoulos, Jessica Doud, and James Demitropoulos Doud all of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Marion Jollineau; two brothers, James "Bud", and Robert; and three sisters, Nina Jollineau, Opal Ellis and Marian Jollineau.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 1 at Hovie Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be left to the First Presbyterian Church Rebuilding Fund.

CROFTS, THERESA A., of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan passed away May 30, 2001 at Marquette General Hospital. She was born February 13, 1938. Arrangements will be announced by Hovie Funeral Home.

There will be a graveside burial ceremony for Leona Somes Specht at Drummond Island Cemetery 4 p.m. on August 4, 2001. All are welcome who wish to join her family celebrating her life of spirited adventure.
Among Leona's happiest years were those she spent on Drummond Island, where she swam at the sand beach, danced at the Grange Hall, picked the berries of summer, drove on winter ice and roamed the meadows and woods with her brothers, Howard Jr. (June), and Lloyd "Bud", and friends: the Baileys, the Beldens, the Seamans and many others.
Leona met Tom Specht while she was working at Consolidated Edison in Detroit and he was a mechanical Engineer for Fisher Body. They were married in August, 1939, in front of the fireplace at the Somes home and had Tom Jr. in 1941, and Laura in 1944, while living near Detroit.
After World War II the young couple moved to Meredosia, Illinois, where Tom designed a power plant, then they boldly bought a farm near Versailles, Illinois. Leona and Tom, who were used to the convenience of city life and had danced to the Victrola, lit their home with "new fangled" electric power and became the envy of neighbors with their indoor plumbing and gas heaters. Leona's adventuresome life new included planting, harvesting and canning the orchard's and garden's bounty, racing to the fruit cellar with her young family in the dark of night during tornado season, birthing lambs and calves, and taking the cow's milk to the neighbors a half mile away.
Leona made more friends in Bluffs, Illinois, from 1960-67, where Tom helped start a road construction company. Then the cherishing couple embarked on a new pioneer-style life of organic gardening in the fishing paradise of Chidester, Arkansas, on the shores of White Oak Lake, enjoying each other and visits from their grandchildren. Now their lives included marauding armadillos (delicious slow roasted), occasional copperheads and cottonmouth moccasins, which always lost their battles with Leona's lawn mower, stringers of succulent fish, and fruits and vegetables of astonishing size and flavor.
Tom died in 1976 of SLE, and Leona moved to Metuchen, N.J., where her East Coast grandchildren adored her sense of humor, her marvelous healthy cooking and the fun of improvised ping-pong games on the dining room table. Always a devout Christian, Leona found soul mates in a local church, where she spent many enjoyable hours in spiritual adventure, exploring the Bible.
Two days after becoming a great-grandmother, after repeated bouts of pneumonia, Leona died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 86. Now Leona is coming home to Drummond, to rest near her original family. All wishing to commemorate her life are invited to do so, either with the family on August 4, or by smiling in remembrance as you read these words.
Reamer Funeral Home of Pickford, Michigan is handling the arrangements.

Mr. Hugh E. Anderson, 40, of Gaylord died Monday, July 30, 2001 at his home. Mr. Anderson was born in St. Ignace on December 20, 1960 and moved to Gaylord in February of 1984 from Livonia. He had been employed at Whyte Tool & Die in Gaylord for several years and in the fall of 1990 he opened his own business, The Cabinet Tree, along with his dear friend Carey Charboneau. He loved his work and enjoyed fishing.
Hugh is survived by his wife, Beth; two children, Sharalynn and Sarahanne; his parents, Hugh and Julie Anderson of Rudyard; brother, Karl (Rita) Anderson of Wisconsin; step-sister, Alyssa Anderson of Rudyard; father and mother-in-law, Fred (Barbara) Klaty of Waterford; and three sisters-in-law, Beverly (Ashley) Barnett of New Zealand, Bonnie (Larry) Krisher of Wisconsin, and Belinda (Steve) Keeney of South Lyon. Also surviving are several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Anderson in December of 1983.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 2 at 1:30 p.m. from the Nelson Funeral Home, Jerome Frandle, Shane Brown and Peter Mosseau officiating. Burial will be in Cottell Cemetery in Rudyard. Visitation will be on Wednesday at the Anderson home, 1197 Big Lake Rd., Gaylord, from 2 to 9 p.m. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan or to the family of Hugh Anderson, through the Nelson Funeral Home, 135 N. Center St., Gaylord, MI 49735.

Wallace Newton Field, formerly of Ashtabula, Ohio passed away on July 18, 2001 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
He was born on July 16, 1928 in Sault Ste. Marie, the son of Newton Y. and Susan (Stevenson) Field. He graduated from Ashtabula High School in 1946. After three and a half years in the Air Force, he attended and graduated from Ohio State University and Indiana University. He retired from the University of Michigan.
He married Hilda Maury in 1977 and she survives, along with sons, Mark (Linda) Maury, Tom (Samantha) Maury and daughter, Bobbie Abend. Also surviving are four grandchildren; his sister, Peggy (Richard) Mosier; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter and his sister, Kathleen A. Rinto.
Cremation took place in Ann Arbor.

Gib Norden, 69, a longtime Newberry resident but formerly of Manistique, died at Marquette General Hospital, Marquette on Thursday, September 27, 2001.
Gib was born the son of John and Ruth (Thorson) Norden on December 10, 1931 in Escanaba. He attended Escanaba Area Schools. He also attended Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Newberry. Gib married Arlett (Brunette) on August 4, 1973 in Newberry. She preceded him in death on August 11, 2001. Gib owned and managed Norden Foodland Groceries in Manistique and Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. until his retirement in 1997. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and especially enjoyed gardening and was a fond "packer backer." Gib is preceded in death by a step-son, Brian and his father.
Gib is survived by his mother, Ruth (Joe) Miller of Escanaba; and sons, David (Wendy) Norden of Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., Dale and Darryl Norden of Manistique; daughters, Debra (Robert) Gierke of Manistique, and Diane (Terry) Deloria of Gladstone; step-children, William (Isabelle) Bennett of Albequerque, N.M., Lucille Dale of Hazen, Ark., Michael (Della) Bennett of Radcliff, Ky., Darlene (Gary) Pelkey of Big Manistique Lake, Mich., and Joanna (Darrell) Nantell of Newberry; 24 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty (Ted) Erickson of Escanaba.
Friends may call at the Beaulieu Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 2 from 1 p.m. until the time of services. Services will be held at the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry on Tuesday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ingmar Levin officiating. Private interment will take place in Forest Home Cemetery in Newberry.
Those who wish may make donations to the Helen Newberry Joy Hospital Kidney Dialysis Unit c/o Robert Bergh, 502 W. Harrie St., Newberry, MI 49868.
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family with arrangements.

MacDONALD, JAMES M., 66, passed away September 15, 2001. Arrangements were handled by Henney-Sundquist Funeral Home, 23720 Farmington Rd.

KOIVUNIEMI, Reuben W., 89 of St. Ignace died early Saturday morning, Jan. 26, 2002 at Mackinac Straits Hospital Long Term Care Unit. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Dodson Funeral Home. 

LEACH, Elvie, age 85 of Sault Ste. Marie died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002 at Tendercare Nursing Home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hovie Funeral Home.

Lenore Bertram
Lenore Joyce Bertram, 75, of Cedar Springs went to be with her heavenly father on Friday, May 24, 2002.
She is survived by her husband, Dale E. Bertram; eight children, Randall (Sharon) and Gene (Susan) Bertram of Marquette, Lee (Linda) Bertram of Walker, Sheri (Mark) Le Barre of Belding, Kim Bertram of Ishpeming, Michelle (Jon) Slagter of Loveland, Colo., Valerie (Scott) Willardson of El Cajon, Calif., and Leanne (Rick) Weihl of Muskegon; 22 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Diane and Carol; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Ricky Weihl II and Julie Ann Bertram. 
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and again from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Bliss-Witters Cedar Chapel Funeral Home in Cedar Springs.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints, 2780 Leonard, N.E.
Interment will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Sault Ste. Marie.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Graveside services
There will be a graveside service for Donelda "Dee" Maria Dundas, 87, of Sault Ste. Marie, whom passed away Nov. 11, 2001. Services will be at Riverside Cemetery at 11 a.m. Tuesday with Father Ted Brodeur officiating.

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