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Jann Leverenz

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14th August

Jann Lyn Peacock Leverenz, age 54, died Monday, November 5, 2012, at the Ohio Northwestern Hospice Center.

She is survived by her husband, John Leverenz of Toledo, her father, Norman (Bud) Peacock, step mother, Edna Peacock of Blissfield; a son Richard of Toledo; her brother, Jeffery, his wife, Tracy and their sons Cody, CJ Peacock of Elyria, Ohio; and John’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Leverenz.

Both Jann and her brother, Jeffery, were adopted from the Methodist Children’s Home.  The first twenty years of their life was parented by Joann Russell (1931-1981) of Kalamazoo, and Norman Peacock.  Both the Russell and the Peacock families were ecstatic over the addition and the children brought the utmost love to their families.

One of Jann’s favorite pastimes when she was young was fishing, always outdoing her father and brother and she loved talking about it.  One … Read More »


Emeline Good

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13th August

TECUMSEH — Emeline ‘Em’ A. Good, 83, of Tecumseh, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2013, at her home under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Lenawee. Born April 17, 1930, in Blissfield, Michigan, she was the only child of Joseph and Helen (Demusky) Dvorsky.

She graduated from Blissfield High School with the Class of 1947. On June 25, 1949, Emeline married Donald Good, at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Blissfield, and recently celebrated their 63rd anniversary.

Em was a member of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Tecumseh.

In her younger years, she worked at Blissfield Manufacturing, Tecumseh Products, and Applewood Orchards. Her most treasured positions were that of wife, mother, and grandmother.

Em will be dearly missed and in the hearts forever of those surviving including her husband, Donald; their three daughters, Arlene Hambrook of Tecumseh; Karen (Rick) Diesing … Read More »


Kenneth Street

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6th August

ADRIAN — Kenneth D. Street, age 74, of Adrian, died Saturday, August 3, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Dec. 25, 1938, in Richmond, Ind., to Kenneth D. and Josephine (Smith) Street. He was married to Janet S. Wigginton on March 11, 1959, in Richmond, Ind., and she preceded him in death on May 28, 2007. On Jan. 30, 2009, he married Dona J. Douglas in Blissfield and she survives. Kenneth was the Owner of K & J Absorbent Products. He was a member of Turning Point Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, gardening, and collecting Old World Globes. He also loved to travel, spend his winters in Florida and spend time with his children and grandchildren. He felt it was very important to keep family together. In addition to his wife, Dona, he … Read More »


Linda File

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2nd August

Linda J. File, 65, of Blissfield passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania, Ohio.

 Born May 10, 1948, in Russellville, Alabama, she was the daughter of James and Susie (Vickery) Lay.  Linda graduated from Blissfield High School with the Class of 1966.

On December 14, 1968, she married Gary L. File in Adrian, and he survives.

Linda worked at Blissfield Co-op and later, Ottawa Lake Co-op.  She was a member of the Blissfield Baptist Church.  Linda enjoyed playing bunco and flower gardening.  She and Gary were long-time members of the Irish Hills Antique Car Club.  They enjoyed attending car shows, camping, and wintering in Casa Grande, Arizona.

In addition to Gary, her husband of almost 45 years, she is survived by their daughters, Kristin File and Melissa (Jim) Fredenburg, both of Blissfield; former son-in-law, Eric Rogers also of Blissfield; … Read More »


Eric LaVoy

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31st July

Eric T. LaVoy, age 65 of Blissfield passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.    He was born on September 11, 1947 in Adrian, Michigan to Bernard G. and Florence R. (Roberts) LaVoy.  Upon graduating high school, Eric served his country in the United States Army from 1969 to 1973.  He was a deputy with the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department where he proudly served as Captain of the Lenawee County Mounted Division right up until his untimely death.  Eric was a very active member of the Annis-Fint V.F.W. Post #1584 in Adrian.

Surviving are two sons, Nicholos (Cathy) LaVoy of Blissfield and Nathan LaVoy of Pueblo, CO; his grand pup, Skippy and five sisters, Karen (Mel) Buchelt of Petersburg, MI, Rose (Keith) Proulx of Waters, MI, Paula (Tom) Marsh of Cedar Springs, MI, Christine (Ron) Reed of Morenci, … Read More »


Elaine Foley

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30th July

DEERFIELD — Elaine (Hodge) Foley joined the company of her heavenly family on July 28, 2013, after a brief illness and stay at the Ebeid Hospice Center in Sylvania, Ohio.

Elaine was born and raised in New London, Conn., on February 4, 1940, and was an active participant in the Girl Scouts of America, both as a child then as a Team Leader. In 1961, Elaine married the love of her life, Captain Jerome “Jerry” P. Foley. They recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary. Elaine was a proud Coast Guard wife and more importantly, a mother of 5 children. She always dedicated her life to her faith and her family and as such has an extensive list of those that she loved and cared for and those that loved her, many considering her as a second mother.

Elaine received a degree in … Read More »


Helia DeRousie

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30th July

Helia Irene DeRousie, age 89, of Tecumseh, formerly of Blissfield, died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Cambrian Assisted Living.

She was born on November 22, 1923 in Baltic, Michigan to Kaarlo and Fannie (Hirvasniemi) Juntunen. Helia married Stuart J. DeRousie on April 6, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan.  Helia grew up in the Upper Peninsula and worked as a secretary in Detroit, at Adrian College and at Tecumseh Products. Her joys were summers in the Keweenaw Peninsula, many friends, reading, long walks,and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband Stuart J. DeRousie, she is survived by her three sons, Charles (Patt) of Columbus, OH, Roy (Donna) of Washougal, WA and Richard (Norma) of Brooklyn, MI; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Aaron) Monnig, Jason (Rebecca), Kim, Martine (Justin) Horigan, and Kai; six great-grandchildren and nieces Christine (George) Richmond and Lisa Dieckmann. Preceding her in … Read More »


Louise Shields

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30th July

Louise D. Shields, age 88, of Blissfield, passed away Monday, July 15, 2013, at Blissfield Place, with her family present, under the loving care of the Blissfield Place staff, who were like family, and Hospice of Lenawee.

She was born November 5, 1924, in Grandville County, NC to Louie (Davis) and Charles R. Davis. Louise married William (Bill) Henry Shields, Jr. on October 19, 1946 in Newport News, VA. Louise lived life to the fullest, going with her husband, Sergeant Major Shields to all his military assignments while raising her family. Growing up during the Depression, Louise and Bill enjoyed the down-to-earth things in life, as well as their family, rather than material goods. She enjoyed flower and plant gardening, loved music and dancing, was an avid reader, an NC Tar Heel, volunteered for the Red Cross and was a member … Read More »


Carl Gubbe

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30th July

DEERFIELD — Carl Earnest Gubbe, 89, of Deerfield, formerly of Britton, died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility. He was born April 28, 1924, to Paul and Clara (Nash) Gubbe in Blissfield Township. Carl graduated from Blissfield High School in 1941 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1944-46. Last year he was privileged to participate in the Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio to Washington, DC with other World War II veterans.

On August 29, 1953, he was married to Ruth Stewlow at Immanuel Lutheran Church by the Rev. William Weinlander.

Carl retired from Tecumseh Products and was engaged in farming throughout his life. After retirement he and Ruth traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada and spent the past 23 winters at their Florida residence in Leesburg. Carl was a life-long member of Immanuel … Read More »


Frances Zilke

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17th July

        DEERFIELD — Frances Zilke, age 90, of Deerfield, passed away Sunday,
July 14, 2013, at Fieldstone AFL, in Tecumseh. She was born May 6,
1923, in Jasper, to Joseph and Mary (Valasek) Ricica. She married
Rollin R. (Pete) Zilke on March 2, 1946 and he preceded her in death
on October 3, 1980.
        She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law:  Joseph (Judy)
Zilke of Brooklyn, Mich., Peter (Denise) Zilke of Riga, and Richard
(Robin) Zilke of Adrian. Also surviving are grandchildren Michael
Zilke and fiancée Melissa Preston, Matthew (Jessica) Zilke, Christina
(Matthew) Karpinski,  Jeffrey (Christi) Zilke, Nicholas (Melissa)
Zilke, Jonathon (Kristin) Zilke, Justin (Maggie) Zilke, and Bradley
Zilke and fiancee  Shae Biers, and Christopher Matthias.  Also
surviving are great-grandchildren Paige and Madison Zilke, Tyler and
Trevor Karpinski, Brody and Kendall Zilke, Adam and Hadley Zilke,
step-great-grandchildren Julia, Roger and Brian Preston and Kara and
Kaitlin Burns. Also surviving is her sister Vi … Read More »