Building a firm community news foundation ... one story at a time

Obituaries

Ida Adams
Ballston Lake, NY — Ida M. Adams, 79, of Meridian Lane, died on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, New York, following a long illness.
She was born on February 1, 1935 in Adrian, Mich., and was the daughter of the late Sherman O. and Nellie E. (Stevens) Clough. Mrs. Adams had lived in Ballson Lake since 1971 and was formerly of Adrian.
She taught in the Schenectady School District for many years. Mrs. Adams had attended the Ballson Lake Baptist Church since the late 1970s and formerly served as one of the church’s instrumentalists.  She also enjoyed traveling.
She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur Adams; step-mother of Amey Louise Adams, Andrienne Jean Hall, Arthur David Adams and the late Andrea Joan Adams; sister of the late Ralph D. Clough, Robert Clough, Eleanor (Paul) Brigham and Venus (Roy) Etter. Ida is also survived by several caring friends form her church and community.
Private burial will be at  Pleasant View Cemetery in Blissfield. Memorial contributions may be made in Ida’s memory to the Ballston Lake Baptist Church.
Location arrangements were handled by Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.WagleyFuneralHome.com


Philip Forche

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

23rd July

DEERFIELD — Phillip W. Forche, age 96, passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Herrick Hospital in Tecumseh. He was born November 28, 1917, in Deerfield Twp., Michigan to Leo A. and Elizabeth (Tiede) Forche, Sr. He served overseas in the U.S. Army for 5 years, where he earned the Purple Heart Award.

On June 25, 1949, he married Lucille Ann Montry at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Deerfield and she survives.

Phillip had been a farmer all of his life. He was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Parish (St. Alphonsus), the Knights of Columbus and the Men’s Club, the American Legion in Deerfield Post #392 and the National Farmer’s Organization. Phillip served on the School Board for Deerfield Public Schools and served in the capacity of Trustee and on the Board of Review for Deerfield Township. He enjoyed … Read More »


Lois “Kathleen” Sheldon

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

23rd July

Lois “Kathleen” Sheldon, age 94 of Blissfield, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility. She was born November 6, 1919, in Blissfield, Michigan, the daughter of Edward and Madge (Smith) Brown. Kathleen was a graduate of Blissfield High School. She was married to Arnold Hasenpflug, and he preceded her in death. She later married Seth “Paul” Sheldon, and he also preceded her in death. Kathleen worked at the canning factory for several years and also Carroll’s Eggery. Mostly she enjoyed life on the family farm. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She is survived by step-sons, Doug Hasenpflug, Donald Sheldon, and Barry Sheldon as well as many nieces and nephews including a special niece, Deborah (Robert) Pooley of Blissfield. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by sisters, Gladys Goetz and … Read More »


Eileen Eisenmann

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

23rd July

Eileen Jeanette Hazard Eisenmann has transitioned to her heavenly home on July 16, 2014 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 25, 1925, in Blissfield to Earl and Bessie Reed Hazard. As a child growing up she claimed to be her dad’s hired hand on their farm, learning an excellent work ethic at a very early age. She started dating the love of her life for their junior-senior prom, and graduated in 1942 from Blissfield High School.

Because she was too young to enter nurse’s training, Eileen worked for a year at Blissfield’s sugar beet factory, earning enough money to pay for her future education at Flower Hospital School of Nursing in Toledo, Ohio, where she graduated in 1946. After passing her state boards for Registered Nursing, she began her 60-year-long career in Nursing at Emma L. Bixby Hospital. On … Read More »


Deanna L. Ruple

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

23rd July

Deanna L. Ruple, age 74, of Palmyra, passed away, July 5, 2014, at home. She was born April 7, 1940, in Wauseon, Ohio, the daughter of Virgil & Josephine (Barrett) Trigg. On September 15, 1957, she married James Ruple, he survives. In addition to her husband James, she is survived by her children; Jobie (Mary) Ruple, Robin (Sandy) Ruple, Jaymie Capetillo, Timothy (Renee) Ruple, Laurie Ruple, Kimberly Ruple, James Ruple, Jr. and Troy (Lynnette) Ruple, 33 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and her sisters; Beverly (Jerry) Pfund, Kay Beesway, Jeanine Koch and Bonnie Weaver. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Leroy Trigg and Tommy Trigg and granddaughter, Tonya Ruple Parker. Funeral services was held noon Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, 2959 N. Adrian Hwy (M-52) Adrian, with Pastor Terry Stoddard officiating. Visitation was … Read More »


Jack Bates Jr.

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

23rd July

Jack Leroy Bates, Jr., age 65, of Blissfield, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014, at his home. He was born June 11, 1949, in Adrian. On November 30, 1968, he married Jackie Pieh in Adrian and she survives. Jack was employed by PPI in Tecumseh and then later retired from Saxmayer in Blissfield. He was a member of the NRA, the North American Hunt Club and the River Raisin Sportsman Club. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and taking rides in the woods on his “fun mobile” with his grandkids. In addition to his wife, Jackie, he is survived by one son, David Bates of Blissfield; daughter, Jennifer (Brian Anderson) Bates of Blissfield; brother, Mike (Chris) Bates of Onekama, Mich.; two step-sisters, Chris (Jim) Davis of Iowa and Pam Andrews of Samaria; five grandchildren, Jordan, Austin, Jacob, Megan, and Jack Henry; … Read More »


Dean Porter

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

22nd July

OGDEN — Dean R. Porter, 90, of Ogden went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at his home under the care of Hospice of Lenawee with his family by his side. Dean was born on February 11, 1924 in their family home in Ogden to William A. and Margaret E. (Bruce) Porter. He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1941. Dean married Donna J. Stucker on April 27, 1946; she preceded him in death in 2001. Dean farmed for many years in Ogden Township on his family’s farm. Dean enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, hunting, and fishing. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking. Dean could often be seen driving his gator around the farm or his golf cart in Florida. He cherished time with his family, his grandchildren and great grandchildren, especially making cider with … Read More »


Alice Bauer

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

22nd July

PALMYRA — Alice A. Bauer, age 84 of Palmyra, passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Lenawee Medical Care Facility. She was born August 20, 1929, to Edwin and Edith (Hillman) Clingaman at home in Blissfield Township. After graduating from Adrian High School in 1947, she completed her schooling in nursing at Flower Hospital. On September 9, 1950, Alice married Rollan Seeburger, and he preceded her in death in 1996. Alice was married to Wesley “Keith” Bauer on August 19, 2005, in Palmyra, and he survives. Alice worked as a registered nurse at Stubnitz Greene, Bixby Hospital, Maria Healthcare, and Parkview Hospital in Toledo, retiring in 1991. She was a member of the Palmyra Community Presbyterian Church where she was active in the Friendship Class. Alice enjoyed rock collecting, jewelry making and quilting. She was a former member of the … Read More »


Carol McCarty

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

22nd July

Carol Ann McCarty, age 67 of Blissfield passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 16, 2014 at her home. She was born on September 21, 1946 in Adrian, Michigan to Thomas A. and Ruth M. (Forche) McCarty. Carol was a Madison High School graduate and had lived in Atlanta, Georgia, for the past 20 years, before returning to Blissfield in 2013. She enjoyed taking in Mexican cuisine and shopping for bargains at thrift stores, but most of all hanging with her best friend “Lucky,” her German shepherd. Surviving is her mother, Ruth M. McCarty of Saginaw; two daughters, Christine Marie Mackey of Kansas and Carisa Ann Ehlert of Cartersville, Ga.; one brother, Thomas (Kathy) McCarty of Rockford, and her former husband and dear friend, Leland Ehlert of Palmyra. She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas A. McCarty. Cremation has … Read More »


Karen Amstutz

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

22nd July

Karen E. A. Amstutz, age 65 of Blissfield passed away suddenly on Monday, June 16, 2014 at ProMedica Bixby Hospital in Adrian.  She was born on February 27, 1949 in Pensacola, Florida to Richard and Mary (Ford) Graham.  On November 11, 1972 she married Donald “Butch” Amstutz in Blissfield.  He preceded her in death on July 5, 1996.  Karen retired from Blissfield Community Schools.  She loved to scrapbook and enjoyed gardening and shopping online.  Karen’s greatest love was for her grandchildren and her time spent with them.   Karen is survived by one son, Ryan Amstutz of Temperance; two daughters, Malisa (Andy) Fetzer and Molly (Gerald “Levert”) Jackson both of Blissfield; two brothers, Steven Graham and David Graham both of Blissfield; two sisters, Melinda Pagel of Blissfield and Jennifer (Mark) McCauley of Brighton; six grandchildren, Harley Warner, Bailey Warner, Aleigha … Read More »


Harley Sharrock

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

22nd July

DEERFIELD — Harley G. Sharrock, age 75, of Deerfield died Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at home surrounded by his family. He was born December 21, 1938 in Ypsilanti to Lester and Helena (Perry) Sharrock. On October 18, 1961, in Monroe he married Gaynell Witt and she survives. Harley was a graduate of Deerfield High School. He worked in management with Seaway Food Town from 1960-2000. Harley was a former School Board President and served on the Parish Counsel at Light of Christ Catholic Parish (St. Alphonsus). His favorite pastimes included playing cards, bowling and watching his beloved Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions. Harley had a love for gardening, animals and flowers and he enjoyed playing softball and held the position of coach for the Iott Insurance softball team. Harley truly embraced life and was at his happiest surrounded by family … Read More »


Richard Delzeith

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

22nd July

Richard Delzeith Richard Theodore Delzeith, Jr, 59, passed away June 6, 2014. Rick was born to Richard “Ted” Delzeith, Sr., and Mildred Delzeith July 21, 1954. After graduation from Blissfield High School in 1972, he attended Grand Valley State College. Rick spent much of his life as a tradesman, making his living in the vinyl siding installation business in Southeastern Michigan and Northwestern Ohio. He was a very creative person, adding his touches to many residential properties and making many a vinyl starburst which graced the front roofline of many area homes. He loved fishing, collecting and tinkering. His survivors are children William (Mollie Monroe) Delzeith, Toledo; his daughter Lauren Delzeith, Adrian; his father Ted, Punta Gorda, Florida; sisters Becky (Brian) Tejkl, Liberty Center, Ohio; Sarah (Ron) Rudland, Jackson, Michigan; Lisa (Mike) Jordan, Clarklake, Michigan; Anne (Rick) Ryan, Sylvania, Ohio; … Read More »


Townsend Porter Sr.

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

22nd July

Townsend Porter Sr. Townsend Henry Porter, Sr., known to his family and friends as Tom, he was born in Blissfield, on September 26,1918, the son of Stanley Porter and Ethel Loar Porter. He had three siblings, Merland “Mike” Porter, Carroll “Ike” Porter, and Faith Porter Bohs. He passed away at age 95, on June 5, 2014, in Sarasota, Florida, which was his home with Betty for the last 12 years. He is survived by his wife Betty Jane Girard Porter, his son Townsend “Tom” Porter, and his son David Porter. He was also blessed with a large and caring extended family. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carol Ann Porter McCullough. Tom’s career as a chemist spanned 55 years, and included research, production, and sales of polyurethanes and fine chemicals. The majority of his career was spent with … Read More »


Cecil Marsh

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

22nd July

RIGA — Cecil Eldene Marsh was born the 1st of March, 1933, in Adrian, and was relieved of his fight with cancer the 11th of June, 2014 at Provincial House in the care of Hospice of Lenawee and surrounded by his family and the caring staff. He proudly served his country as Private First Class in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict where he earned the National Defense, Korean Service and the United Nations Service medals. He was always proud of his service and spoke highly of anyone who had served. On Christmas Day in 1958 he wed the love of his life, Jacqueline Faust, in Toledo, Ohio. They were married for 51 wonderful years, and she preceded him in death on the 14th of March, 2010. He was also preceded in death by an infant son … Read More »


Byron Cluckey Jr.

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

22nd July

Byron A. Cluckey, Jr., passed away on June 7, 2014, in Prescott, Arizona. Byron was born in Petersburg, Michigan, on May 8, 1930, to Byron A. Cluckey, Sr., and Marie (Barry) Cluckey. His family moved from Petersburg, Michigan in 1940. Byron graduated from W.K. Kellogg High School in Nashville, Michigan, and joined the U.S. Navy in 1949. Byron proudly served on the USS Sicily CVE 118 during the Korean War, earning the Korean Medal, UN Medal three Bronze Stars and the Navy Unit Citation. After discharge from the navy, Byron attended El Camino College in Torrence, California from 1953 to 1955 earning an Associate Degree in Engineering. After college Byron was employed at Northrup Air Craft in California. In 1956 Byron returned to Michigan and joined the Michigan State Police in May 1957. He served at posts in Battle Creek, … Read More »


Ida Adams

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

22nd July

Ballston Lake, NY — Ida M. Adams, 79, of Meridian Lane, died on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, New York, following a long illness. She was born on February 1, 1935 in Adrian, Mich., and was the daughter of the late Sherman O. and Nellie E. (Stevens) Clough. Mrs. Adams had lived in Ballson Lake since 1971 and was formerly of Adrian. She taught in the Schenectady School District for many years. Mrs. Adams had attended the Ballson Lake Baptist Church since the late 1970s and formerly served as one of the church’s instrumentalists. She also enjoyed traveling. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur Adams; step-mother of Amey Louise Adams, Andrienne Jean Hall, Arthur David Adams and the late Andrea Joan Adams; sister of the late Ralph D. Clough, Robert Clough, Eleanor (Paul) … Read More »


Loretta Burch

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

28th May

CLAYTON – Loretta F. Burch, age 92, of Clayton, died Friday, May 23, 2014 at Hospice of Lenawee, Hospice Home.  She was born February 16, 1922 in William Co., OH to John and Clara (Thiel) Stark.  She married Lawrence Burch on May 17, 1941.  He preceded her in death on July 7, 1992.  Loretta was a member of St. Mary’s on the Lake, the Irish Hills Region Antique Auto Car Club; the Antique Farmers Tractor Club of Adrian and the Heritage Farmer Tractor Club of Adrian.  She was a music teacher in her home and in the Onsted Public Schools.

Loretta is survived by her children, Jerry Burch of Manitou Beach, Karen (Ron) Coopshaw of Blissfield, Kenneth (Pat) Burch of Onsted, Olis (Lois) Burch of Manitou Beach and Olen Burch of Brooklyn; one brother, Vincent Stark, of Bryan, OH; one sister, … Read More »


Henry “Hank” Wiesmann

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

28th May

Henry J. “Hank” Wiesmann, age 79 of Adrian, MI died peacefully at home surrounded by his family May 26, 2014.  He was born Dec. 1, 1934 on the family farm in Clayton, MI, to Anton & Rose (Mueller) Wiesmann.

He graduated in 1952 from St. Mary’s High School in Adrian and attended Michigan State University.  He served in the United States Army from 1956-1958 and was honorably discharged from the Army Chemical Center in Edgewood, MD. On Sept. 17, 1960, he married Joyce Calhoun, and they enjoyed a marriage of 53 years.

Hank joined The Raisin Presbyterian Church of Holloway, Britton, MI in 1972 where he served as a Ruling Elder and Sunday School Teacher for many years.  He was a member of Gorman Grange, leader of several Lenawee County 4-H Clubs, and member of Palmyra/Blissfield Order of the Eastern Star.  He … Read More »


Peter Poluka

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

6th May

Peter Poluka, age 93 of Blissfield, passed away at his home Saturday, May 3, 2014. He was born June 22, 1920, in Bell Valley, Ohio, to Steven and Theresa Poluka. While working in a defense plant in New Jersey, Peter met Margaret Michalko whom he married on November 23, 1944 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and she survives. Peter retired in 1982 from Johnson Controls where he had worked as an engineer for many years. In his younger years, he enjoyed bowling and pitching for softball teams. Peter was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Parish in Blissfield. In addition to Margaret, his wife of almost 70 years, he is survived by their children, Donna (Virgil) Diver of Blissfield and Peter (Dianna) Poluka of Deerfield; and a grandson, Alan Langmeyer. He was preceded in death by his siblings: Helen, Rosie, Eva, … Read More »


Jacqueline Sliker

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

29th April

Jacqueline Margaret Sliker passed from this world to eternal life with the Lord Jesus Christ on April 27, 2014. She was born to Milton and Evelyn Heise, on April 11, 1932 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Lorne Heise, and sister Donna Holmquist. She is survived by her four children Janis (Bill) Helminiak of Westcliffe, Col., Kevin (Gail) Van Ert of Adrian, Donna (Frank) Glyda of Maumee, Ohio, and Bonnie (Mark) Johnson of Toledo, Ohio. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Jackie married John Van Ert in 1949 in Canada. Following the birth of their first child they move to Toledo, Ohio, where they resided and raised their family. Jackie and John divorced in 1968. She remarried Howard Sliker of Blissfield and began a successful real estate career. They divided … Read More »


Keith Diver

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

29th April

DEERFIELD — Keith T. Diver, age 65, of Deerfield passed away April 22, 2014. He was born March 7, 1949 in Tecumseh, the son of Beaumont and Lillian (LaVoy) Diver. He married Joan R. Klippel on June 12, 1970, in Richfield Center, Ohio, and she survives. Keith proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 -1972. He owned and operated Meyers – Diver’s Airport in Tecumseh for over 40 years. Keith graduated from Deerfield High School and had worked in skilled trades as a Machine Repairman at Ford Motor Company in Saline for 30 years, retiring in 1997. He was a member of the Deerfield American Legion. Keith loved aircraft and fixing them. He was honored to host the annual fly-in for the Meyer Aircraft Association in July of 2013. In his free time, Keith enjoyed working … Read More »


Paul Laslo

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

29th April

BRITTON — Paul Peter Laslo, age 97 of Britton, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 15, 1917, in Canada, to Joseph and Anna Laslo.  Paul served in the US Army and was a WWII veteran. On November 26, 1949, he married Carolyn Martin and she preceded him in death in 1987. On October 10, 1987, he married Mary Pieplow in Adrian.  She also preceded him in death. Paul was a lifetime member of the Blissfield American Legion. He enjoyed going to his cabin in Reed City. Paul is survived by his children, Janet Strong of Adrian, Stephen (Cheryl) Laslo of Whittaker, John Laslo of Morenci and Jeff Laslo of Bellefountaine, Ohio; step-daughter, Janet Blaker of Adrian; one brother, Joseph (Kathryn) Laslo, Jr. of Waters; three sisters, Rose Dumith of Carsonville, MI, Leone … Read More »


Arthur Vandenbusche

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

29th April

Arthur Robert Vandenbusche, 81 of Blissfield passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 25, 2014, at home.  He was born on May 12, 1932 in Ogden Township to Robert and Lucille (Lazoen) Vandenbusche. Arthur was united in marriage in 1956 to Rose Marie Loar, in Angola, Indiana. He was a self employed farmer retiring in 1997. Arthur served in the U.S. Army from September 18, 1952, to September 17, 1960.  He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Blissfield, Blissfield American Legion, the Gleaners Society.  Arthur was a past member of Ogden IOOF, NFO, Blissfield Kiwanis Club, Wauseon Elks Club, and the Ogden Township Board of Review. Arthur’s many hobbies included softball, bowling, fishing, golf, bike riding, walking, yard/gardening, hunting, car cruises, going to the coffee shop daily, spending many hours in his art studio, social sessions, and dancing. Arthur and … Read More »


Jeanette Ogden

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

27th March

Jeanette Ogden, age 96 of Blissfield, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility with her family by her side. She was born May 2, 1917, in Blissfield, Michigan, to the late Edward and Madge (Smith) Brown. Jeanette was a member of the graduating Class of 1935 from Blissfield High School. On August 21, 1947, she was married to Richard Ogden, and they celebrated almost 62 years of marriage before his death in 2009. Jeanette worked at Tibbs Brothers IGA and the Gambles store. She was a lifetime member of the Blissfield American Legion Auxilliary. She is survived by her children: James (Laura) Marsh of Toledo; Jacqueline O’Neill of Bradenton, FL; Robert (Cindy) Ogden of Adrian; and Deborah (Robert) Pooley of Blissfield; three grandchildren, several great grandchildren and a sister, Lois “Kathleen” Sheldon of Blissfield. In addition … Read More »


Margaret Miller

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

10th March

ADRIAN—Margaret Pearl (Lipp) Miller passed away peacefully at Magnum Care Nursing Home in Adrian, Michigan on February 28th in the early evening.  She was born on February 26th, 1922 to the late Martin and Edith (Johnson) Lipp in Riga, Michigan.  She was well attended to by the staff at Magnum Care over the last few years and made many friends of the staff and residents at the home.

Margaret was raised on a farm in the Riga area until age 7 when her father died leaving her mother and four sisters, Ruth, Alice, Helen and Gladys to continue on.  It was a bit of a struggle but they worked together and all became very close as a result of the loss.  They moved to Blissfield where Margaret graduated from high school.  After high school, she worked at Sprunk Brothers Grocery Store.  … Read More »


Yvonne Diedrich

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

4th February

Yvonne S. Diedrich, age 57 of Blissfield, passed away unexpectedly at her home Wednesday, January 29, 2014. She was born August 17, 1956, in Toledo, Ohio to Raymond and Barbara (Barker) Hugill Sr. Yvonne graduated from Eastwood High School in Pemberville, Ohio, and attended both the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University.

On July 23, 2002, Yvonne married Alfred Diedrich in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and he survives.

Yvonne retired in 2011 from Toledo Public Schools where she was a sign language interpreter for 23 years, most recently at Waite High School. She enjoyed the students and served as an advisor for several school clubs. Yvonne collected cut glass and was a member of the American Cut Glass Association.

In addition to her mother, Barbara (Leonard) Jones of Canal Fulton, Ohio; she is survived by her husband, Alfred and their children: Angela Conley … Read More »


Earl Gafner

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

4th February

Earl R. Gafner, 76 of Las Vegas, passed away on Wednesday January 29, 2014. Earl was born on December 29, 1937, Britton, Michigan. He was the son of Charles and Florence (Pickford) Gafner.

He is survived by his loving wife Galina Rudko of Las Vegas and former wife Lynne (Jacobs) Gafner of Blissfield and their children; a son Mark (Teresa) Gafner of Delta,Ohio, and daughter Valerie (Mike) Gunn of Ida, five grandchildren; Courtney, Jeff, and Kyle Gunn of Ida and Emily and Elizabeth Gafner of Delta, Ohio. Also surviving is a brother, Elwyn “Buzz” Gafner of Blissfield and a sister, Arlene McVay of Morenci. He was preceded in death by a sister, Madeline Lietzke of Blissfield.

After graduating from Blissfield High School, Earl served his country in the United States Marine Corps at 29 Palms, California and was released from active duty … Read More »


Anna Mae Crots

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

4th February

A cherished mother, grandmother and friend to many, Anna Mae Crots went home to be with her precious Lord on January 30, 2014. She was 89.

Anna Mae was born December 24, 1924 in Blissfield, Michigan to Fred and Hazel (Caswell) Brieschke. She graduated from Blissfield High School and attended Huntington College. She married Edwin Crots on April 6, 1946. They were together 53 years and supported each other as life-long partners, raising five children, before his death in 1999.

Anna Mae loved God with every ounce of her being and lived each day striving to serve him and love her family and friends. She had a sweet spirit and took pride in the accomplishments of each of her four daughters, one son and many grandchildren. Visits to her home always included a few cookies or a bowl full of homemade popcorn, … Read More »


Jack Law

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

4th February

Jack E. Law, 80, passed away Sun. Jan. 26, 2014 at the Ebeid Hospice residence in Sylvania, Ohio.

He was born Dec. 29, 1933 to Chester and Dorothy Law in Fostoria, Ohio.

On August 5, 1952 he joined the Air Force and married Peggy Fox in 1953, she preceded him in death on August 16, 1982. Jack was also preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, one grandson and three greatgrandchildren, one sister and five brothers.

He is survived by his second wife Juliette Slomski whom he married on August 12, 1988, two daughters, Debra (Gary) Hernandez and Judy Law, two sons John (Lee) and Daniel Law, one sister Dorothy (Mick) Veres, two brothers, Chester and Donald Law, 7 step-children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.

A memorial service will take place at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 15 at the Riga Township Fire Hall. There will be no visitation. Arrangements entrusted to J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian. Condolences may be offered … Read More »


Paul Griffith

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

4th February

PALMYRA — Paul C. Griffith, 58, died January 28, 2014, at his home after a valiant three-year battle with multiple myeloma. He found peace surrounded by the love of his family. Paul was an intelligent, creative and talented man who pursued his many interests with a passion.

Whether it was building and playing hammered dulcimers, learning to play golf with modern clubs and attacking the course with his “hickory sticks” or locating and restoring an Oliver of Adrian machine for his “shop,” he thrived on the challenges each endeavor brought.

Paul’s talent really emerged in his success in the world of muzzle loading rifles. He not only was a skilled shooter but also a master gun builder, building approximately 150 guns over the years.  Paul holds various national shooting records at the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association matches in Friendship, Ind.  Additionally, he won … Read More »


Ronald Cannon

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

29th January

ADRIAN – Ronald D. Cannon, age 67, of Adrian, passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at Bixby Medical Center.

He was born August 26, 1946, in Adrian, Michigan, to Albert and Frances (Bieber) Cannon.  Ron graduated in 1964 from Deerfield High School where he was recognized as an All State Quarterback.

On July 3, 1976, Ron married Janet Mackey in Gaylord, Michigan, and she survives.

Ron worked at Peerless Gear and the Bud Company in Clinton.  For the past 30 years he has owned and operated Chem-Dry of Lenawee.  Ron enjoyed hunting, bowling, playing golf and the time he spent coaching football at Deerfield High School. He looked forward to monthly poker games with his friends.  Ron treasured his family and dearly loved his grandchildren.

In addition to Jan, his wife of over 37 years, he is survived by their children: Greg Cannon of … Read More »


Mary DeNudt

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

29th January

PALMYRA – Mary Ann DeNudt, 70, of Palmyra passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Lynwood Manor in Adrian, under the care of Great Lakes Hospice.
She was born April 27, 1943 to Myron and Myrtle (Brubaker) Iffland. On April 23, 1960, she married Raymond R. DeNudt at St. Peters Church in Blissfield, and he survives.
Mary worked as a supervisor at Blissfield Elementary and also as a cashier at Family Dollar. Her most important role however, was that of wife, mother and grandmother.
In addition to Raymond, her husband of over 53 years, she is survived by their children: Stephanie Viers of Deland, FL; James DeNudt of Coldwater, MI; Paul DeNudt of Toledo, OH; and Donny (Tammy) DeNudt of Wauseon, OH; a brother, Phil Iffland of Morenci; ten grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren: Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by … Read More »


Elda Griewahn

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

28th January

RIGA — Elda C. Griewahn, 94, of Riga, passed away peacefully Friday, January 24th, 2014 with her family by her side.  Elda was born May 8th, 1919 in Whiteford Township, Michigan.  She was the daughter of Frederick J.  and Anna (Kibler) Kopp.  She married the love of her life Guernon (Abe) Griewahn on October 27th, 1945 in Riga, Michigan.  They were married 62 years before Guernon preceded her in death in 2009.  Elda was a charter member of the Standard Extension Club.  She loved to read, do her “fancy work” (embroidery), and travel.  She and Guernon visited many wonderful places.  Their favorites were Africa, Switzerland, and Alaska. She most of all enjoyed spending time with her family. Elda and Guernon  resided  at the family Centennial Farm, the birth place of Guernon,  all their married life. She will be deeply missed … Read More »


Mary Ellen Goetz

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

28th January

Mary Ellen Goetz, 84, of Blissfield, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at the Life Care Center in Sarasota, Fla. She was born Dec. 4, 1929, in Adrian, to Theodore and Mildred Kleindienst. She married William E. Goetz on Nov. 19, 1948, in Blissfield and he survives. Mary lived in Blissfield her whole life, wintering in Bradenton, Fla., which she loved dearly. Surviving besides her husband are her sons, David (Michelle), Larry (Marilyn), Robert (Joan) and Theodore (Jean) Goetz; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Elaine. A private ceremony will be held at a later date in Blissfield.


Brian Domanski

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

21st January

TOLEDO, Ohio — Brian J. “Shaggy” Domanski, 39 of Toledo, formerly of Deerfield passed away unexpectedly. He was born on December 2, 1974 in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Daniel and Petrica “Pat” (Spannagel) Domanski. Brian graduated in 1993 from Deerfield High School. He was working at PPI (Production Products Inc.), in Columbus Grove, Ohio. Brian lived life to the fullest riding his Harley, shooting pool and being out on the water. Brian’s pool shooting abilities sent him twice to Las Vegas for tournaments. He was a very social person and loved spending time with family and friends. Brian is survived by his parents, Dan and Pat Domanski of Deerfield; three brothers, Danny Ray (Debbie) Domanski of Deerfield, Chris (Jen) Domanski of Brighton and Chad (Ashley Hartman) Domanski of Walbridge, Ohio; maternal grandmother, Arleta Spannagel of Boerne, Texas; his nieces … Read More »


Linda Klump

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

21st January

Linda J. Klump, 55, of Arlington Heights, Ill., passed away Thursday, January 16, 2014, from influenza at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Born November 19, 1958, in Adrian, Linda was the oldest child of Arnold and Barbara (Bailor) Klump. She graduated from Blissfield High School and attended Calvin College before graduating from Michigan State University. Linda passed the CPA exam a few years after college and worked in the insurance industry her whole career. She is survived by her life partner, Tom Mullaly, father Arnold Klump of Blissfield, brothers Bruce Klump of Los Angeles, Calif., and Bryan (Laura) Klump and nieces Elaina and Alexa Klump of Toledo, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her mother Barbara Klump. Visitation will be held at the Elem3nt Church in Blissfield today (Wednesday, Jan. 22)from 5-6 p.m. followed by a memorial service … Read More »


Wayne VanNieuwenhze

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

21st January

Wayne VanNieuwenhze, 70, of Blissfield passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at the Toledo Hospital. He was born on January 17, 1943 in Adrian, Michigan to Henry and Irene (Staup) VanNieuwenhze. In his youth he played basketball and was an accomplished baseball player. On March 17, 1962, Wayne was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Sallie Griewahn in Palmyra. Wayne worked as a Master Bricklayer for Krieghoff for 18 years and was also employed by General Motors for 30 years before retiring. He was a little league coach for many years and belonged to numerous golf and bowling leagues in Blissfield and Adrian. Wayne was a talented stained glass artisan. He was a proverbial jokester and teaser and enjoyed woodworking.   Surviving is his wife, Sallie VanNieuwenhze of Blissfield, two children, Michael (Carrie) VanNieuwenhze of Bloomington, … Read More »


Geneva Leonard

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

14th January

Geneva M. Leonard, 84 years, a lifelong resident of Monroe County, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Born July 11, 1929 in Monroe, Geneva was the daughter of the late Perry R. and Bernice L. (Logan) Luse. Geneva was a 1946 graduate of Blissfield High School and attended Davis Business College in Toledo, Ohio. On August 19, 1955, Geneva married her beloved husband Robert G. Leonard at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Blissfield. Sadly, Robert preceded her in death on August 30, 2008, after 53 years of marriage. Geneva was employed as a secretary for Monroe Auto Equipment Company for 37 years from which she retired in 1991. She also enjoyed being a homemaker. Geneva was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Monroe where she served on various committees and boards. … Read More »


Emerson Bliesner

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

14th January

Emerson L. Bliesner, 84 of Blissfield, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at Winter Haven Hospital, in Winter Haven, Florida, where he and his wife, Barbara had wintered for the last 13 years. Emerson was born to Lawrence and Dorothy (Gaubitz) Bliesner, July 7, 1929 in Blissfield. On December 31, 1952, he married Barbara Billington. They just celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. He worked at Tecumseh Products Co. for 44 years, retiring in 1991. He was a life time member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Riga. Emerson served 8 years in the Adrian National Guards Company B Infantry Division. Survivors include his wife, Barbara, his daughter Diane (Ray) Bihn of Sylvania, Ohio, his son Thomas (Colleen) Bliesner of Kalamazoo; two brothers, Lawrence (Bette) Bliesner of Tecumseh, and James (Lucille) Bliesner of Adrian; four grandchildren, Mackenzie and Sydney Bihn and … Read More »


Keith Williams

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

14th January

PALMYRA — Keith Williams, 57, of Palmyra, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at Toledo Hospital. Keith was born November 3, 1956 in Monroe, MI to Jack and June (Schadewald) Williams. He graduated from Deerfield High School with the class of 1975. Keith worked at Ford Motor Company and Libby Owens Ford. Keith was an exceptional man, always helping others who needed him. He enjoyed spending time with his family and was looking forward to his first grandchild, Thatcher Elliott (Tad), in March. Having a great sense of humor, he loved to joke and razz people. He was a member of the NRA, a big supporter of Relay for Life and also a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Palmyra. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Surviving Keith is his daughter, Elizabeth (Scott … Read More »


Joseph Hall

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

7th January

Joseph L. Hall, 67, Bradenton, died January 3, 2014. Born in Toledo, Ohio, he moved to Bradenton as a seasonal resident in 1973 and became a permanent resident in 1993 from Blissfield, and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Bradenton. His biggest thrill was selling you a bottle of By-Pas, a cleaning product business his dad helped him set up many years ago, which kept him motivated for most of his adult life. He was named after his two grandfathers, Joseph and Lawrence and remembered them both fondly. His paternal grandfather, Lawrence Hall was the owner of the HOME Canning factory in Blissfield, Michigan, for many years. He was also proud of his maternal grandfather, Detective Joseph Fruchey, for being the chief of detectives of the city of Toledo, Ohio. Survived by mother, Eleanor Hall of Bradenton, Fla.; … Read More »


Nicholas Johnson

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

7th January

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. — Nicholas S. Johnson, age 26 of St. Petersburg, Fla, passed away December 29, 2013. Nicholas was born October 5, 1987, in Norfolk, Virginia, to John “Scott” and Mary “Kathy” (Knadler) Johnson. He graduated from Wilmot Union High School in Wisconsin with the Class of 2006 and went on to earn an associate’s degree in auto mechanics. While in high school Nick participated in wrestling and soccer. He enjoyed drawing, paintball and was an avid reader. As a youth Nick was a proud Life Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. Nick joined the United States Coast Guard and was currently serving in St. Petersburg. In addition to his parents, Scott and Kathy Johnson of Campton Hills, Ill., he is survived by his sister, Caitlin Johnson of Burlington, Wis.; paternal grandparents, Ronald and Dorothy Johnson of Terre … Read More »


Robert Semple

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

7th January

Robert Semple Word has been received of the death of former Blissfield area resident Robert Semple, age 86 of Zeeland, who passed away Monday, December 9, 2013, at Oak Crest Manor. Arrangements were handled by Lakeshore Memorial Services, Inc., Holland.


Daniel Hacker Jr.

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

23rd December

Daniel Boone Hacker, Jr., aged 83, passed away on Monday, December 16, 2013 at Lynwood Manor in Adrian after a long bout with esophageal cancer. He was born August 30, 1930 in Oneida, Kentucky to school teacher and mountaineer Daniel B. and Alabama (Davidson) Hacker. His mother passed away shortly after giving birth and his father was advanced in his years, so he was raised by his half-brother Roy and Oda (Britton) Hacker in the Hamilton, Ohio, area. Dan attended Reily High school where he played basketball and baseball. He planned on playing basketball for Xavier University but was drafted shortly after enrollment and served in Korea as a member of the United States Army. Upon returning to civilian life he moved to the Monroe, Michigan area to find work in the auto industry. At the urging of his brother-in-law, … Read More »


Maxine Eastman

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

13th December

Maxine A. Eastman, age 85 of Blissfield, formerly of Westland, Michigan, passed away Saturday, November 30, 2013, at Blissfield Place where she happily lived the past six years surrounded by wonderful care givers and residents she considered dear friends. She was born at home in Palmyra, Michigan on May 17, 1928, to Charles and Mary (Humphrey) Bartholomew, and graduated from Adrian High School. Maxine worked as a dental assistant for several dentists and was also an assistant professor at Ferris State University. While teaching at Ferris State she met her husband, Donald Eastman whom she married August 30, 1969. They celebrated 39 years together prior to his death in 2008. Maxine attended Blissfield Baptist Church. In her younger years she played the musical saw with her sister traveling to play for veteran’s groups during the war. She was a fabulous … Read More »


Helen Vergote

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

13th December

Helen Ruth Vergote, age 94, of Blissfield, died Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at her home.  She was born April 3, 1919, in Sturgis, Michigan to Fred H. and Lillian (Betz) Iffland.  On February 19, 1942, she married Paul Vergote in Plaqueman, LA.  He preceded her in death on October 23, 2008.  Helen had been employed by the Blissfield Telephone Company.  She enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Belgium and Europe.  She also enjoyed making baby quilts and ceramics and was involved in Busy Beaver of North Blissfield 4-H Club.  Helen was also involved in funeral dinners and many committees at church.  She was a member of Farm Bureau. Helen is survived by two sons, Paul (Diane) Vergote of Blissfield and Bruce (Vicki) Vergote of Stanwood, MI; grandchildren, Lori (Leo) Goll of Blissfield, Tim (Tabitha) Vergote of Blissfield, and Aaron Vergote of Stanwood, … Read More »


Frederick Brieschke Jr.

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

13th December

Frederick Brieschke Jr., age 83 of Blissfield, passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Flower Hospital.

Born December 24, 1929 in Blissfield, Michigan, he was the youngest child of Frederick and Hazel (Caswell) Brieschke Sr.  Fred graduated from Blissfield High School in 1947 and attended Michigan State University.  During the Korean Conflict Fred served in the United States Navy.

On August 28, 1954 he was married to Loraine Vanneste, and she survives.

Fred lived all his life in Blissfield.  He worked at Teledyn in Toledo, retiring in 1988 with 32 years of service.  He was a member of the American Legion.

In addition to Loraine, his wife of 59 years, he is survived by their children: Donald (Bonnie) of Sylvania; Gary (Linda) of Temperance; Thomas of Blissfield; and Karen (Sanford) Wexler of Novi; eight grandchildren: Andrew, Anthony, Blake, Kyle, and Cody Brieschke and Brendan, … Read More »


Dennis Bierman

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

26th November

RIGA — Dennis H. Bierman, 69, lost his long battle with cancer on Oct. 30, 2013, at his home in Makakilo, Hawaii.

Denny retired from civilian service with the US Navy@Naval Undersea Warfare Center Detachment Pacific with 41 years of honorable federal service.

Denny is survived by his loving wife, Briana Anderson Bierman, his mother Arlene Bierman, his sisters Lynette Million and Lynda Yinger, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place with a memorial service held in Hawaii on Nov. 9, 2013,. A memorial service is planned for Denny at 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Riga Cememtery, Riga. There will be a gathering of family and friends following at the family home.

Denny was preceded in death by his father Russell R. Bierman, grandparents Dennis and Dora Bierman and Harold and Freda Smith. During Denny’s years in Hawaii, he owned a … Read More »


Robert Iott

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

19th November

OTTAWA LAKE — Robert (Bob) Iott, 71, of Brooklyn, Mich., previously from Ottawa Lake, passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 14, 2013 while residing in Lorida, Fla. He was born on October 2,1942, in Monroe, to Robert H. “Babe” and Katheryn “Betty” (Brown) Iott. He graduated from Whiteford High School in 1960. He married Judy Marsh. He spent his years farming, driving truck, fishing, bowling, and playing softball. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert H. Iott. He is survived by his mother, Katheryn (Betty) Iott; his children: Renee (Philip) Ruetz, Wendy Iott, Rhonda (David) McCormick, Kevin (Rachel) Iott and Ryan Iott, grandchildren; Kelsey, Julian, Jessica, Morgan, Joshua, Matthew, Taylor, and Troy; siblings, Patrick (Ruthann) Iott, Sharon (John) Stchur, Linda (John) Fisher, Nancy Iott, and Michelle (Shelly) Bronson, and companion, Dolores Martel. Visitation will be held at the … Read More »


Dorothy Harmes

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

19th November

Dorothy Bowen Harmes, 85, a lifelong resident of Lenawee County and for the past several years, The Michigan Masonic Home in Alma, died on Saturday, October 26, 2013. Dorothy was born in Adrian to Melville and Cecil (Vogel) Bowen, who preceded her in death. She was a graduate of Adrian High School and held a Bachelor and Master Degrees in Education from Siena Heights College (University). She taught school for many years at the former Pratt School, the former Riga Standard School and the former Palmyra School. She was also a homemaker and the mother of four boys. She enjoyed family and socializing and was a member of the Palmyra hobby club and book club for many years. She was also a member of the Palmyra Community Presbyterian Church and a past Worthy Matron of the Palmyra Order of the Eastern … Read More »


Stuart DeRousie

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

19th November

Stuart J. DeRousie, age 91, formerly of Blissfield, died Friday, November 15, 2013.

A part of the “greatest generation”, he was born on July 15, 1922, in Detroit, lived through the Great Depression, graduated from Britton High School in 1940, served for three years in the U.S. Army Air Corps in India during World War II, and married Helia I. Juntunen DeRousie on April 6, 1946. in Detroit. Together, they raised three sons in Blissfield where he supported the community his entire life.

Stuart retired from the Blissfield Volunteer Fire Department in 1980 after 30 years of service, including 16 years as fire chief. After that, he was elected to a term as president of Blissfield in 1981. His whole career was in the auto industry, with the last several years as sales manager with Knapp Motors. Stuart and Helia were married … Read More »


Ernest Kapnick

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

19th November

GAYLORD — Ernest L. Kapnick, age 81, died Monday, November 11, 2013 at his home in Gaylord. Mr. Kapnick was born in Adrian on January 3, 1932. He was a member of the Blissfield Kiwanis Club and the Palmyra Masonic Lodge. He loved sports, especially “Michigan” sports. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bobbie. On December 27, 1985, he married Catherine Ann Carpenter, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Jeff (Ruthe), Carla (Rich) VanDeKerchove, Tom (Claudia) Carpenter, Andy (Karen Blain) Carncross, Clark (Thelma) Carncross and Janet Gordon; grandchildren, Markas, Nickolas, Hunter, Luke, Jessica, Joshua, Joe, Katie, Rob and Dan; great grandchildren, Leila, Ombre, Dillinger A graveside memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2013, at the Palmyra Cemetery in Palmyra Township. In lieu of flowers, those considering an expression of sympathy are asked … Read More »


Doris Zinn

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

19th November

ADRIAN — Doris G. Zinn, age 95 of Adrian, passed away Friday, November 8, 2013, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility. Born August 1, 1918, in Riga, Michigan, she was the daughter of Henry J. and Anna E. (Forsyth) Silberhorn. She graduated from Blissfield High School with the Class of 1936. On September 2, 1939, she married Wilbur Zinn at the Riga Lutheran Church, and they celebrated 65 years of marriage. Doris was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tecumseh. She and Wilbur enjoyed traveling extensively with their camper and knew the best fishing spots in both Michigan and Florida. For several years they lived in Florida and Tennessee and later returned to Michigan to be near family. Doris is survived by her children: Robert (Penny) Zinn of Adrian; and Kathy Zinn of Florida; granddaughter, Stephanie Zinn of Seattle, … Read More »


Shirley Shusta

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

14th November

Shirley Ann Shusta, age 77 of Blissfield, died Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at ProMedica Bixby Hospital surrounded by her family.

She was born July 17, 1936, in Detroit to Med and Rose (Nault) Isabell. Shirley was a 1954 graduate of Pershing High School. On May 2, 1959, in Detroit she married Bernard Shusta.

She was the apartment manager for six years at Riverview Terrace Apartments, retiring in 2004. She was a member of Light of Christ Parish and very involved in church activities, including the K of C Auxiliary. Shirley was an active member and five-year leader of TOPS 1053 and a 33-year member of Al-Anon. Her family would tell you she perfected the ultimate cheesecake recipe. Shirley will be remembered for her beautiful soul, loving wife, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her husband, Bernard, Shirley is survived by four daughters, Roseanne … Read More »


Brion Campbell

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

14th November

BLISSFIELD – Brion J. Campbell, 40, formerly of Adrian, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at his home in Blissfield.

He was born September 21, 1973, in Adrian, the son of Margaret Stafford and Garnet Campbell.  Brion graduated from Adrian High School with the Class of 1992 and attended Siena Heights University.  He played soccer in both high school and college as well as with a traveling team which competed in Europe.  He was also an avid golfer.

In addition to his parents, Margaret Stafford of Toledo, and Garnet (Tohni) Campbell of Camden, Mich., he is survived by his treasured sons, Jude and Nicholas; siblings: Robert Campbell of Toledo; Megan (Adam) Bernal of Selma, Texas; Michael (Michelle) Campbell of Lansing; Natasha (Ryan) Welker of Monroe; and Austin Gonzalez of Adrian; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, … Read More »


Elmer Seeburger

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

8th November

Elmer James Seeburger, 77, of Blissfield, passed away peacefully, on Monday, October 28, 2013, at the Lenawee Hospice Home in Adrian. Born in Riga, on February 18, 1936, to Elmer Fred Seeburger and Florence Fisher Seeburger, Elmer was the oldest of 8 children. He served in the Army as a Special Weapons Technician using what is called an “Honesty Tommy” missile. After he was honorably discharged, Elmer soon started his career with Toledo Concrete Pipe, now known as Independent Pipe Company. He retired after 42 years of service. Elmer’s passions in his life include family, friends, fishing, hunting, gardening and cooking, especially his turkey minestrone soup. He was very mechanically inclined and would help anyone who needed an extra pair of hands. Elmer told of his many adventures up until the time of his passing. Elmer was preceded in death … Read More »


Travis Ott

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

8th November

Travis Ott, 28, of Blissfield was taken home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 24, 2013, with his loving mother and sisters holding his hands. He was surrounded by a room full of family and friends. Travis was an avid motorcycle rider and there was little else he enjoyed more then riding his Harley, which he built. He also enjoyed spending all the time he could with his faithful best friend, MoJo, who he brought home as a puppy on his Harley, tucked into his jacket. Travis enjoyed fishing, spending time with family and friends, working on his Bachelors Degree, and living life to its fullest. He also enjoyed the Detroit Red Wings, and was an avid shopper on eBay. His interests also included drawing, restoring his Corvette, swap meets and flea markets, and he gave generously his … Read More »


Carolyn Tuckerman

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

6th November

TIPTON — Carolyn A. Tuckerman, 75, of Tipton, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2013, at Toledo Hospital. Born December 3, 1937, in Blissfield, Michigan, she was the oldest child of the late Norman Buehrer and Nila (Cadoo) Buehrer Swiger. She graduated from Blissfield High School in 1955. On December 10, 1958, Carolyn married Hal Tuckerman in Raisin Center, and he survives. Carolyn was a member of the Tipton Community Congregational Church. She was very active in the community as the Franklin Township Clerk, and later as a Lenawee County Commissioner. For numerous years she served on the board for the Area Agency on Aging and on the Lenawee County Community Mental Health Authority board where she was on the Recipients Rights Advisory Committee. In addition to Hal, her husband of over 54 years, she is survived by their children: Beth … Read More »


Douglas Kruse

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

6th November

ADRIAN — Douglas Ulo Kruse, 80, of Adrian, passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at Bixby Medical Center. He was born June 26, 1933 in Blissfield, the son of Henry and Idona (Forsyth) Kruse. He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1951. During the Korean Conflict, Doug served in the US Army and was stationed in France. For 18 years Doug worked for Revco in Deerfield. Doug retired in 1993, a 30 year member of the Carpenters’ Union #517 in Ann Arbor. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and a life-time member of the Blissfield American Legion. Doug loved the outdoors and his favorite pastimes were fishing at Lake Erie, gardening, deer hunting in Pennsylvania, and morel mushroom hunting. He is survived by Marilyn (Pate), his wife of 58 years, along with their children; Jeffrey (Deb) Kruse … Read More »


Henry Fisher

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

6th November

RIGA - Henry P. Fisher, 98, of Riga, passed away on October 29,2013 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo.

He was born March 4, 1915, in Riga, Michigan, the only son of the late Henry W. and Nellie (Welper) Fisher. On April 24, 1938,he was married to June MacBeth and she preceded him in death in 1964. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn DeWitt.

He is survived by his son, Henry Douglas (Sandra) Fisher of Riga; daughter, Gaynell (Lester) Schonter; grandsons, Scott Fisher of Toledo; Steven Schonter of Colorado and Curtis (Deb) DeWitt of Kansas City, KS; granddaughters, Shawn (Danny) Johnson of Colorado; Christine Fisher of Chicago; Drs. Adriane (Kevin) Latz of Kansas City, KS; and Carrie (Roy) Schonter Cherry of Toledo; and great grandchildren, Erik, Jay, Andrew, Kimberly, Justin, Mia, Truett, Aidan, and Samantha.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of Northwest Ohio and to thank Keith Strozier, Director of Nursing and the assisted living staff at Glendale Assisted Living where Henry had resided for the past year.

All services for Henry will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel where online condolences and memories may … Read More »


David Grow

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

22nd October

David B. Grow, age 65, of Blissfield, died at Hospice of Lenawee Oct. 17, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 9, 1948, to Aubrey and Delores Grow of Dayton, Ohio.

He was the second of six children. He served two tours with the U.S. Marine Corps in Force Recon. He was an electronics technician for J.C. Penney, A&D Electronics and ServMart. He enjoyed golfing, playing guitar and spending time with family.

David is survived by his children, Amanda (Daniel Jr.) Griesinger and Matthew Grow; his grandchildren Chelsey Grow, age 11, and Connor Grow, age two; and his beloved fiance and significant other, Mary Woodward.

A memorial took place Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Riga. A private interment will be held later. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family at Blissfield … Read More »


William “Bill” Curry

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

22nd October

RIGA – William “Bill” B. Curry, 82 of Riga passed away on Monday, October 14, 2013 at Promedica Bixby Hospital in Adrian, Michigan. He was born on November 22, 1930 in Webster Springs, West Virginia to James D. and Garnet I. (Pugh) Curry. On December 13, 1958, Bill was united in marriage to Barbara Jean Goodnoe in Novi, Michigan. She survives.

Bill served in the United States Army during the Korean War Conflict from 1951 until 1954. He went to work for General Motors as a painter, retiring after 30 years of service. Bill was a faithful member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Riga, the Lansing V.F.W. Post 701, the Military Order Of The Cootie Of The United States Supreme Pup Tent, and in earlier years the Order of the Moose Lodge, where he enjoyed trap shooting. Bill later discovered … Read More »


Carolyn Saxton

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

22nd October

Carolyn A. Saxton, 75, of Blissfield, was called home to be with her Lord and Saviour on Tuesday evening, October 15, 2013, at ProMedica Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on March 5, 1938, in Bowling Green, Ohio to Ward and Mary (Spalt) Bettis. On July 16, 1966, Carolyn married John R. Saxton at the Presbyterian Church in Blissfield.

Carolyn was a devoted wife and mother. She offered daycare in her home for approximately 20 years, during which time she nurtured nearly 80 children. Carolyn was a faithful member of the Blissfield Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder, sang in the choir and participated in the women’s ministries, most recently sewing prayer shawls and quilts for local cancer support groups. She loved to quilt and share her gift of knitting. Carolyn … Read More »


Beatrice Thompson

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

15th October

Beatrice A. Thompson, 84, of Blissfield, passed away peacefully, Monday, October 14, 2013, at the Hospice of Lenawee Home. Born November 27, 1928, in Riga Township, she was the youngest child of John and Maida (Koester) Stevens.

Bea graduated with the Class of 1946 from Metamora High School. Bea worked as a receptionist for Dr. Burns in Blissfield and retired from Blissfield State Bank where she was also a receptionist for several years. She was an active member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. Bea also enjoyed dancing with the Maple City Square Dance Club.

She is survived by her children: Larry (Peggy) Thompson of Adrian; Dennis (Linda) Thompson of Blissfield; Connie (Gary) Durance of Grand Blanc; and Beverly (Greg) Sauter of Palmyra; 10 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; and a sister, Rachel Gunn of Archbold, Ohio. Also surviving are Tim (Sue) Allshouse … Read More »


Madelyn Fogg

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

15th October

BATTLE CREEK — Madelyn M. Fogg, age 89, of Battle Creek, MI, passed away on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at her home. She was born June 29, 1924 in Deerfield, Michigan, to Leland and Hulda Tennant. Madelyn was a homemaker and a self employed secretary for their local business. She was a long time member of the Battle Creek Tabernacle and strong supporter of the Battle Creek Academy. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, reading, and sewing. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family. Madelyn is survived by son, Ronald (Linda) Fogg of Battle Creek; daughters, Phyllis (Phillip) Essex of Battle Creek, Joyce Fogg of Hailey, Idaho; brothers, Mac (Marion) Tennant, Suttons Bay, and John (Shirley) Tennant, Harrisville; grandchildren, Todd Essex, Tricia Harris, Ron Fogg, Jr., Christine Fogg; great-grandchildren, Blake and Branden Essex. She was preceded in death … Read More »


Analin Sorensen

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

8th October

Analin Dorthe Sorensen, beautiful daughter of Kristoffer and Carrie (Cole) Sorensen, was stillborn at 37 weeks, 6 days on October 6, 2013.

In addition to her parents she is survived by her big brothers, Joshua Martin and Sebastian Rasmus Sorensen; maternal grandparents, Cheri and Greg Leu of Blissfield; paternal grandparents, Dorthe Moller and Leif Sorensen of Copenhagen, Denmark; maternal great grandparents, Roger and Sue Gritzmaker of Adrian and Dorothy Leu of Sylvania; and many other family members.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Tiny Purpose. Arrangements have been entrusted to Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel where online condolences are welcome at www.Wagley FuneralHome.com.


Joyce Grinage

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

8th October

Joyce E. Grinage, 85, of Blissfield, passed away Sunday, October 6, 2013, at Blissfield Place. Born January 22, 1928, in Adrian, she was the oldest child of John and Minnie (Barnhart) Fischer. Joyce graduated from Blissfield High School with the Class of 1945. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Alma College and a Master’s Degree in reading from Eastern Michigan University. On June 11, 1949, Joyce married James Grinage in Blissfield and they celebrated 62 years of marriage prior to his death in 2011.

Joyce taught elementary, middle, and high school for Blissfield Community Schools for 30 years, retiring in 1988. She was a faithful member of the Blissfield First United Methodist Church where she directed the choir for 40 years. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women, the Lenawee County Retired Teachers and the Michigan Retired Teachers … Read More »


Robert Creger

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

8th October

Robert Edward Creger, of Fort Myers, Florida, formerly of Adrian and Blissfield, passed away on Monday, September 30, 2013, at Shell Point Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 79.

Robert was born on May 1, 1934 in Deerfield, Michigan to John H. Creger and Marguerite (Bucholtz) Creger. He was married to Eleanor D. Creger (Tasnadi) on February 9, 1963, who predeceased him in 2005. He is survived by three children, Catherine M. Creger-Chambers, R. Bradley Creger, and Eleanor Joanne “EJ” Creger. He is also survived by his sister, Jean Burns (Creger), a brother, Charles C. Creger, Grandchildren, Wyatt and Rachael Creger. In addition to his seven nieces and nephews.

Dr. Creger graduated from Adrian High School in 1952 and was its class president. He attended Michigan State University and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. During … Read More »


Patrick “Joe” McMahon II

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

24th September

RIGA — Patrick “Joe” McMahon II, age 91, of Riga, passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at Foundation Park Care Center in Toledo where he had been living the past 3 years. He was born May 11, 1922, in Parkersburg, West Virginia, the son of Patrick and Grace (Hower) McMahon Sr. After graduating from high school he joined the Marines and served his country during World War II. Joe was married to Arlene Brubaker. She preceded him in death in 2009. Joe worked as a mechanic in the Toledo area. He later drove truck for Dundee Cement and many area farmers. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW. Surviving are his children: James (Bonnie) McMahon of Allen, TX; Dan (Cyndi) McMahon and Jean (William) Goodrow, both of Tecumseh; Cathryn (Joseph) Saylor of Temperance; Martha (John) Tucker … Read More »


Ardith Pooley

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

24th September

Ardith O. Pooley, 88, of Adrian, passed away, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at her son’s home surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Hospice of Lenawee. She was born June 12, 1925, in Ohio, to Rachal LaVerne (Dunlap) and Elmer ‘Red’ Rice. She graduated from Chesterfield High School, Ohio. On September 30, 1945, she married Jaye Pooley in California. He preceded her in death in August 1978. Ardith farmed with her husband as well as being a school bus driver. She was an avid card player, especially euchre, and also enjoyed knitting and sewing. Her favorite hobby was her grandchildren; she will be greatly missed by her family. After becoming a widow, Ardith loved traveling with her widowed friends in the ‘widow wagon’ and going on bus tours. She was a member of the Wellsville United Methodist … Read More »


Anthony “Tony” Genchi

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

24th September

DEERFIELD — Anthony “Tony” J. Genchi, age 90 of Deerfield, formerly of the Cleveland, Ohio, area passed away on Wednesday evening, Sept. 18, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on June 3, 1923, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Joseph and Antoinette (Fratelloni) Genchi. On Oct. 29, 1960, he was united in marriage to Mary Hrestak in Cleveland, Ohio. She survives. Tony was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, who loved spending time with his family. He was a welcoming host and enjoyed time sitting with friends sharing stories over coffee and a piece of pastry. Tony was a WWII Army veteran who proudly displayed “death before dishonor” as a symbol of his patriotism. In addition to his wife, Mary, Tony is survived by his daughter, Michelle (Jim) Mello of Dundee; two sons, Mark Genchi and Chip … Read More »


Lydia Karl

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

17th September

DELTA, Ohio — Lydia V. Miller Karl, 93, of Delta, formerly of Blissfield, passed away Monday, September 16, 2013 at Fulton County Health Center. She was born January 3, 1920, in Lenawee County, Michigan, to William and Rachel (Goodwin) Miller. On March 12, 1964, she married Martin Karl Sr., and he preceded her in death in 1984. Lydia was a former member of the Blissfield First United Methodist Church and was currently attending the New Horizon Community Church in Delta. While living in Blissfield, she was active with the Blissfield Senior Center and enjoyed being a member of the Silvertones Band. When she moved to Delta five years ago, she became active with the Archbold Senior Center. Lydia is survived by her daughter, Betty (Richard) Betterton of Delta, grandchildren, Rachel June of Texas and Shannon Patrick Betterton of Colorado; great … Read More »


Lawrence Dusseau

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

6th September

PETERSBURG:  Lawrence “Larry” LeRoy Dusseau, 72, of Petersburg, formerly of Deerfield for 36 years died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at home surrounded by his family.  He was born Aug. 17, 1941 in Monroe, he was the son of Lawrence and Janinia (Larrow) Dusseau.

He attended Dundee Schools. Larry married Janet Leary on Aug. 22, 1964 at Petersburg United Methodist Church.  He worked as a forklift operator for Tecumseh Products, retiring in 2006. He enjoyed auto body painting, fishing, and collecting NASCAR items, particularly Dale Earnhardt Sr. items. He enjoyed playing jokes and loved to spend time with his family. He spoke to his children every day.

Larry is  survived by his wife, Janet; his children, Tammy (Wallace) Poff of Alger, Ohio, Wendy Dusseau (Jimmy Myers) of Monroe, Lawrence (Chris) Dusseau of Deerfield, Dawn (Mike) Kruse of Tecumseh, Shane  (Taria) Dusseau of Deerfield, … Read More »


Charles Keen

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

3rd September

DUBOIS, Pa. — Charles W. Keen, age 84, South Highland Street in DuBois, PA died Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at his residence.   Born on February 3, 1929 in Phoenix, MO, he was the son of the late Virgil & Mary Mae (Bodenhammer) Keen.   He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the Korean War.   On March 3, 1967, he married Janis (Goetz) Kimberling Keen. She survives.   Charles was a long standing member of the Ironworkers Local Union #55.  He enjoyed his family, his pipe and a good prank.  He also enjoyed playing horseshoes and was a lifetime member of DAD’s Horseshoe Club.   He is survived by four daughters, Pamela Foster and her husband, Dale of Springfield, MO, Mary Katheryn Keen of DuBois, PA, Susan Shaffer and her husband, Larry of DuBois, PA, … Read More »


Kimberly Clark

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

3rd September

Kimberly (Jacques) Clark, 44 of Morenci, formerly of Blissfield lost her courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, September 1, 2013 at the Toledo Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Kim was born on March 12, 1969, in Adrian, Michigan to George J. and Nancy I. (Brooks) Jacques, Sr. Kim worked as a waitress at local diners in the area such as Mom and Misty’s and Pam’s Lane Street Café` in Blissfield and the City Limits Diner in Saline. She also served as a full time care-giver for a family friend until her passing. She attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Riga on occasion and enjoyed making bird houses and tending to her flower garden. Kim’s biggest love involved her family and spending time with them.  She and her niece Misty shared a bond together that was more like sisters and best … Read More »


Audrey Brown

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

29th August

Audrey M. Brown, 95, of Blissfield, Michigan, passed away Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Aspen Grove Assisted Living in Lambertville, Michigan. She was born April 23, 1918, to Harold and Mabel (Slater) Dings in Riga. She was married to Glenn D. Brown on June 16, 1944. Audrey was a life member of Berkey Congregational Christian Church in Berkey, Ohio. She played piano and organ and taught Sunday school for the church for many years. Audrey was preceded in death by her parents, husband Glenn in 2001 and a sister, Naomi Taylor. She is survived by a son, Leon Brown of Litchfield Park, Arizona; a daughter, Elaine (Jim) Filipek of Blissfield, Michigan; granddaughters, Chanda (Chad) Raine, Janine (Jason) Forche; great grandchildren, Madeline, Myles Forche; step-grandchildren, Connie (Grant) Belsterling of Litchfield Park, Arizona, and Craig Harris Brown of Tennessee. Audrey will reside … Read More »


Carol Mueller

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

29th August

DEERFIELD — Carol (Cote) Mueller, age 84, of Deerfield, passed away Monday, August 26, 2013, at the Hospice of Lenawee’s Hospice Home. She was born to the late Sylvanus and Cizerie (Marquis) Cote July 3, 1929, in Beaverville, Ill. Carol was a devoted wife and homemaker and loved spending time with her entire family. She also retired from Simplex Industries in 1992. She married Oliver Mueller at St. Mary Catholic Church on March 31, 1951, in Adrian.  In addition to her husband, Carol is survived by her children, Nancie VanBlack of Deerfield, Steve (Teresa) Mueller of Northport, AL and Bill (Linda) Mueller of Deerfield; two brothers, Sy (Gerry) Cote of Adrian and Joel (Imagene) Cote of Onsted; two sisters, Marilyn Megarah of Lansing and Margaret (Paul) Forsthoefel of Carmel, IN; seven grandchildren, Marcie, Matt (Julie), Molly VanBlack, Michael and Mitchell … Read More »


Jann Leverenz

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

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

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

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

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

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

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

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

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

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

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

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

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

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

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

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

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

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

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

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 »


Russell Spalding

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

17th July

        TECUMSEH — Russell Spalding, of Britton, age 89, passed away
Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at The Fieldstone, Tecumseh Place, Tecumseh.
        He was born Nov. 12, 1923, the son of Claude Eugene Spalding and
Goldie Grace (Elkins) Spalding in Cass County, Michigan.  On June 10,
1950, he married Johanna M. Warner in East Lansing, Mich.
        He served in the Army during World War II, in which he was an active
member of the 10th mountain division.  During 1968, he served in
Vietnam as a civilian military advisor. He was a life time member of
the Masons, Shriners, NEA and MEA, as well as a member of DAV #20,
American Legion #155, V.F.W. #1584 and served as past state commander
of DAV, national executive committee of DAV, a past veteran service
officer, volunteering his time transporting veterans from Lenawee
County to the VA hospital in Ann Arbor and back home, and … Read More »


Sidney Cousino

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

17th July

PETERSBURG – Sidney Lee Cousino, age 71, of Petersburg passed away
Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at the home of his son in Toledo. He was
born August 7, 1941, in Stockbridge, to Arnold and Elizabeth Ann
(Baum) Cousino.
        He married Viola Mae Reinhardt in Adrian, and she precedes him in
death.  Sidney loved fishing, hunting, farming and especially
spending time with his eight very special grandchildren, Amber and
Alex Lippert, Jordan McKinna, Makayla, Christian, Daniel and Arabella
Cunningham and Aiden Salinas.
        Sidney is survived by one son, Josh (Carrie) Cousino of Toledo,
Ohio; extended family, Michael (Jennifer) Cunningham, Samuel
Espinoza, Pete and Daisy Salinas and Raymond Bair ; four brothers,
Delbert (Bethal) Cousino of Saylersville, Ky., Carlton (Rita) Cousino
of Adrian, Keith (Diane) Cousino of Petersburg, and Thomas Cousino of
Rollin; and one sister, Beulah Whitman of Stockbridge.
        In addition to his loving wife, Viola, he was preceded in death by
his parents; … Read More »


Victoria McKelvey

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

11th July

Victoria Nieves McKelvey, age 38, of Willard, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Tiffin, Ohio. She was born on March 19, 1975, in Adrian, Michigan, to Juan B. and Alice Villarreal. She had attended the Ohio State University and earned an associates degree from North Central State College.

Victoria was an active wife and mother who enjoyed traveling with her family. She was a Daisy Troop Leader with the Girl Scouts, a dance mom, a member of the Heisey Collector’s of America, and the Buckeye Study Club. She enjoyed collecting antiques and other collectibles, and volunteered with the Richland Pregnancy Services. She was an AWANA leader and  member of the Westwood Alliance Church in Mansfield. She is in Heaven today with her Savior Jesus Christ. Victoria’s spirit and generosity lives on, as she was an organ donor.

Victoria is … Read More »


Jacob Wingerd

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

11th July

ADRIAN — Jacob “John” Wingerd, 89, of Blissfield, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Lynwood Manor. He was born on October 17, 1923, in Madison Township to Charles and Mildred (Hall) Wingerd. John served his country in the Army during WW II. On February 14, 1962, he married Margaret Jacques in Blissfield. John worked at Blissfield Manufacturing for 25 years, he also helped area farmers. He enjoyed collecting tractors, stamps and coins. Survivors include his children, Doris Ostrander of Adrian, Paul Wingerd of Blissfield, Joe Wingerd of Blissfield and Dale (Audra) Wingerd of Clinton; a brother, George of Michigan, and grandchildren, Zachary Wingerd, Jessica Ringle, Jordan Wingerd, Brent Wingerd and Alexa Beckey; two great-grandchildren and special friend, Margaret Braun. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Margaret, step mother Frances, sisters Janet and Betty, brother, Art and … Read More »


Harley Betz

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

11th July

AKRON, Ohio — Harley P. Betz, Sr., age 86, passed away July 1, 2013. He was born February, 2, 1927, in Riga, Michigan. He owned and operated Harley Sunoco Gas Station in Akron, Ohio. Preceded in death by parents, Stanley and Rose, and sisters, Erma and Sedonna, he is survived by wife, Shirley; children, Bonnie, Sonnie (Karen), Linda (Harold), Wanda (Mark), Judy; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters Susie (John), Sally (Don); brothers, Homer (Donna), Herbert (Joyce); nieces, nephews and extended family. The funeral services was July 5, 2013, at Cox Funeral Home, Barberton, Ohio, with the Rev. Richard Schumacher officiating. Entombment was at Greenlawn.


Winnifred Terry

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

11th July

PALMYRA — Winifred L. Terry, age 83, of Palmyra died peacefully at home on July 6, 2013. She was born on December 31, 1929, in Ogden Township, Michigan, to Lester and Velma (Schafer) Klump. She graduated from Blissfield High School. On June 22, 1949, she married Floyd Terry at a service at United Brethren Church of Ogden. They had three boys together: Vernon, Dale, and David. She worked at Sprunk’s Grocery Store in Blissfield and later at Sears, retiring with 25 years of service. She is survived by a sister, Marilyn (Earl) McMunn of Jasper; her sons, Vernon (Jeannie); Dale (Barbara); and David (Susan); her grandchildren, Jessica (Nathan) Bugbee, Jennifer Brewer, Neil (Sarah) Terry, Thomas VanCamp, Laura Terry, Ryan (Tiffanie) Terry, Justin Terry, and Tyler Terry; as well as 3 great-grandchildren. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, July 12, … Read More »


Tanya MacBeth

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

26th June

DEERFIELD — Tanya Rene MacBeth, 46, of Deerfield, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

Tanya was born on Sept. 10, 1966 in Adrian, the daughter of Jimmy and Sharon (Cilley) Hickman.  She graduated from Madison High School in 1984, and was married on Nov. 8, 1986 to Danny MacBeth.

Tanya worked as the Human Resources and Safety Manager at Uckele Health and Nutrition of Blissfield.  She was involved with 4-H for many years, and was involved with the forming of the New Beginnings 4-H Club.  Tanya enjoyed spending time with children.

Surviving is her husband, Danny MacBeth of Deerfield, sons Tommy and Matthew MacBeth, daughter RaeLynne MacBeth, parents Jimmy Hickman of Tecumseh and Sharon Hickman of Adrian, brother Darren Hickman of Adrian, many nieces and nephews, and close friend Lisa Rivera of Millheim, PA.  Tanya was preceded in … Read More »


Ralph Staup

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

10th June

Staup, Ralph William Jr. (Mike), age 68 of Knoxville, TN, formerly of Blissfield, MI passed away Friday morning, June 7, 2013. Mike was a graduate of Michigan State University but became an avid Vol fan. He was the founder and owner of Direct Mail Services in Knoxville. Mike is survived by his wife of 32 years, Ann Staup; daughters, Angela Seward of Manassas, VA, Lisa Groves of Ft Wayne, IN and Jill Keiffer of Carmel, IN; three terrific sons-in-law; seven wonderful grandchildren; brother, Todd; sisters, Judy and Becky; and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. Family and friends will gather at 2 p.m. on Monday at Resthaven Cemetery in Dandridge for graveside services with Brother Mike Hensley officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials … Read More »


Richard Kastel

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

10th June

ADRIAN – Richard Glen Kastel, 84, of Riga, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility.

He was born June 28, 1928, in Riga, Michigan the son of Frank and Alta (Walters) Kastel.  During the Korean Conflict he served in the Army.

Richard owned and operated Kastel Slaughter House in Riga, a family business he took over from his father and expanded.  Richard loved his work and considered his customers his family.  He frequently donated services to 4-H and the Tecumseh American Legion.  Richard enjoyed gardening and raising cattle and chickens.  He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Riga.

Joshua (Michelle) Kastel of Hudson and David (Heidi) Jordan of Blissfield were “his boys” who not only worked with him, but looked after him as well, and they survive. Also surviving Richard are many nieces and nephews including Steven … Read More »


Margaret Ida Koppelman

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

5th June

Margaret Ida (Bischoff) Koppelman age 98, died peacefully, Friday, May 30, 2013, at Kingston Memory Care of Sylvania, Ohio.

She was born in Whiteford Township, Riga, Michigan, to Ida (Pollex) and George F. Bischoff on July 13, 1914. Margaret married Erwin Koppelman June 15, 1940, and celebrated 46 anniversaries before his death in 1986. She is survived by her four talented sons: Duane (Susan) Koppelman, of Tecumseh, Ronald (Cheryl) Koppelman, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, Richard Koppelman (Sue Sandlin), Toledo, Ohio, Gary (Beverly) Koppelman, of Blissfield; 14 beautiful grandchildren; 11 wonderful great-grandchildren; 3 step grandchildren; and 8 step-great-grandchildren; sister Yvonne McDole; sister-in-law Pat Bischoff; and many special nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; brothers, Loren and Lavern Bischoff; sisters, Emma Uloth, infant Blanche Bischoff and Gertrude McKimmey; and grandson, Joseph Koppelman.

After graduating from Blissfield High School … Read More »


Glenda Shirley

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

28th May

LAKELAND, FLA. — Glenda Shirley, 88, formerly of Deerfield and Manitou Beach, passed away, Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Lakeland Regional Hospital. She was born October 27, 1924, in Deerfield, Michigan, to the late William F. and Mary (Hegy) Schadewald. On November 7, 1942, Glenda married Darwin E. Shirley, and he survives. Glenda worked at Revco in Deerfield until they closed in 1968, and later at Goodwill, retiring in 1985. She was a former member of Hope Lutheran Church in Adrian, and a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Plant City, Fla. where she volunteered at their school. While living in Lenawee County, Glenda was active in the community volunteering for the American Red Cross and serving on the board of The United Way. She was known for her wonderful homemade pies and cinnamon rolls. In addition to Darwin, her … Read More »


Todd Zimmerman

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

17th May

RIGA:  Todd A. Zimmerman, age 41 of Riga, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, OH.  He was born August 4, 1971, in Toledo, Ohio to Donald H. and Nancy S. (Goll) Zimmerman.  On October 7, 1995, he married Kimberly “Kim” Renee Hollenbaugh in Blissfield and she survives.  Todd attended Baker College in Owosso.  He had been employed as a Pro Sales Consultant at Home Depot in Toledo. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Riga.  Todd supported his children through their many activities with sports and was known to his children’s friends as their biggest fan.  He enjoyed hunting with his father and farming part time, as well.  He adored his family and loved to travel with them.

In addition to his wife, Kim, he is survived by his … Read More »


Rebecca Wolfe

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

14th May

PALMYRA — Rebecca Wolfe, 62, of Palmyra, passed away Monday, May 13, 2013, at Toledo Hospital. Arrangements are pending with Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel. Please check at www.WagleyFuneralHome.com for details. A full obituary will run in next week’s Advance.


Mike Kerentoff

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

14th May

ADRIAN – Mike Kerentoff of Adrian, Mich. passed away May 10, 2013. He was 89 years old.  Born May 27, 1923, Mike was the youngest son of Emma and Julius Kerentoff of Riga Township. Mike graduated Blissfield High School in 1941. As the youngest son of a farm family, Mike had a deferment from fighting in World War II as he helped keep the family farm going. Eventually, Mike went on to own a farm of his own, totaling about 200 acres in Riga. He married Beulah Ahleman on March 2, 1946. In addition to farming wheat, oats, soybeans and/or field corn, Mike raised milk cows, pigs, and chickens. He also worked at the Agricultural Services Extension Office in Lenawee County, spot-checking land for crop set-asides, and he worked for a few years at Blissfield Manufacturing Company. In 1974, Mike … Read More »


Mary Mraz

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

14th May

Mary E. Mraz, 93, of Blissfield passed away peacefully on Friday, May 10, 2013, at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania, Ohio.  She was born on September 8, 1919, in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of George and Julia Dombi. On July 13, 1946, Mary was united in marriage to Tony Mraz in Blissfield, Michigan. They celebrated 50 years of marriage together before Tony preceded her in death in 1997. In earlier years, Mary worked for Wegner’s Laundrama Laundromat in town. She later went to work for Maxitrol in Blissfield, from which she eventually retired. Mary was an all-around homemaker for her family. She sewed and repaired many of her family’s clothing and spent many hours canning various vegetables, including 200 quarts of tomatoes every year up until a few years ago. Mary was a lifetime member of the Light of Christ Catholic … Read More »


Robert Knaggs

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

30th April

Robert O. “Bob” Knaggs, 86, of Blissfield, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013, at The Toledo Hospital. He was born July 22, 1926, in Ottawa Lake, to parents Ludy and Lucy (LaPointe) Knaggs, the union produced 17 children. Bob worked for many years as a ceramic tile setter. He served with the United States Navy during W.W. II. He loved being outdoors, especially working in his beautiful garden. Bob will also be remembered as a passionate fisherman. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Geraldene (Greene) Knaggs; daughters Sharon L. Johnson, Kathleen S. Howard, Michelle M. (Ronald) Sulier, and Janet R. (Steven) Clements; 10 grandchildren Heidi, Heather, Melanie, Amy, Rachel, Robert, Susan, Steven, Rebecca, and Sarah; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters Letha Holup and Joan Young; brothers Arnold, Melvin, Roy, and Howard Knaggs. He was preceded in death by … Read More »


Samuel Tibbs

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

23rd April

Samuel J. Tibbs, 50, of Blissfield, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, April 21, 2013.

Sam was born on July 26, 1962, in Adrian, the son of James W. and Evelyn Jeanette (Rigdon) Tibbs.  He graduated from St. John’s Academy of Toledo in 1980, attended Western Michigan University, and worked as manager and Vice President of the former Tibb’s IGA store in Blissfield.  Sam was a lifelong resident of Blissfield, and was a member of the Blissfield Presbyterian Church.  He was a two time Past Master of the Palmyra Masonic Lodge #184 F&AM.  He also was a member of the Knight’s Templar Adrian Commandry #4, and the Zenobia Shrine of Toledo.  Sam traveled to many Masonic Lodges in Michigan, assisting them with fundraising.  He also assisted many other charities with their fund raising efforts as well.

Surviving Sam are his … Read More »


Marisa Vince

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

16th April

ADRIAN — Marisa Vince, 84, of Blissfield, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2013, at Provincial House under the care of Hospice of Lenawee. Marisa was born on August 5, 1928 in Rome, Italy to Umberto and Teresa Cristofani. During WWII she met Alex Vince of Sand Creek, and they married on August 15, 1952 in Trieste, Italy. Marisa worked for 30 years at Bixby Medical Center in the dietary department, and was a faithful member of Light of Christ Parish in Blissfield. She enjoyed playing cards and cooking meals for her family. Marisa is survived by her children Alex (Shelley) Vince of Blissfield, Terrie Vince of Modesto, California, and Ronnie (Stacey) Vince of Aurora, Colorado; grandchildren Michael and Samuel Vince; and two great grandchildren, Isla and Adley; twin sister Gianna (Bruce) Monroe of Blissfield, sisters Pina Maraschi, and Anna … Read More »


Violet Piotter

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

12th April

Violet L. Piotter, 84, of Blissfield, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013, at Blissfield Place.

She was born November 12, 1928, in Riga, Michigan, the daughter of Charles and Anna (Knoblauch) Goetz.  Violet graduated from Blissfield High School, and attended Davis Business College.

On July 1, 1950, she married Robert Piotter in Riga.

Violet is a life-long member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Riga.  For many years she worked at Iott Insurance.  Violet and Robert traveled extensively, visiting all 50 states and and also enjoying trips abroad.

In addition to Robert, her husband of almost 63 years, Violet is survived by their children: Doug (Irene) Piotter of Katy, TX; Steve (Marcia) Piotter of The Woodlands, TX; and Patricia (Jeff Gyde) Marks of Oak Harbor, OH; grandchildren: Carey, Sonja, Heather, Adam, Mark, and Brice; and great grandchildren: Brooke and Liam.

Besides her parents, she … Read More »


Lillian Bohlka

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

2nd April

Lillian Margaret Bohlka, Blissfield, age 89, entered into Eternal Rest, March 25, 2013. She was a resident at Blissfield Place since April 2012. Lillian was born in Chicago, Illinois December 3, 1923, the daughter of August and Mary Martin. She graduated from Blissfield High School with the class of 1941. Lillian married Robert (Bo) Bohlka March 2, 1942. Lillian did secretarial work at Donaldson Machine and then 27 years at Maxitrol in Blissfield. Her hobbies included playing bingo and reading. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her family includes two children, Vicky (Jim) Rohrback of Decatur; Don (Kathy) Bohlka of Blissfield; four grandchildren; Pastor Mark (Luba) Rohrback, Jennifer (Jason) Gunter, Chad (Rebekka) Rohrback, Michelle (Matt) Ganun, and eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert (Bo), a stepbrother John Bogdan, and stepsister … Read More »


Kathleen Bussing

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

2nd April

Kathleen M. Bussing, 87, of Blissfield, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility in Adrian. Kathleen was born May 20, 1925 in Genoa, Ohio, to Helen (Root) and Earl Paul. She graduated from Sylvania Burnham High School in 1943. On October 25, 1943, she married Eugene Bussing in Blissfield. They celebrated 46 years of marriage, until his death in 1989. Kathleen devoted her life to her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed traveling, baking pies and canning, sewing, playing cards, visiting and helping people in need, and still driving people to doctor and hospital appointments. She attended the Element Church in Blissfield. Survivors include her children, Gloria (Jerry) Ricker of Blissfield, Terry (Kathleen) Bussing of Plano, Texas, Bruce (Cindy) Bussing of Haslett, and Traci (Rick) Arquette of Adrian; her … Read More »


Ora Demlow

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

2nd April

Ora Wilhelmina Christina Demlow, 101 passed away March 17, 2013, at Drew’s Place in Coldwater MI. She was born March 24, 1911 in North Dakota to Henry and Anna (Broecker) Moeller. The family moved to Detroit when she was five years old and later to Adrian. She graduated from Adrian High School in 1929. In 1941 she married Alvin Demlow, who preceded her in death in 1999. She is survived by their two children, Carl (Brenda) Demlow of Coldwater and Dorothy (David) Mathis of Union City, MI and by a niece she raised Janice Rehklau (Bob) Kirk of Circleville, Ohio. Six grandsons and one granddaughter, Mark Mathis, Chris Mathis, Pete Mathis, Steven Demlow, Brian Demlow, Alan Demlow, and Kristen Shook. She also has fourteen great-grandchildren. Ora is survived by a sister, Luella Demlow, now of Jackson. She was preceded in … Read More »


Barbara Klump

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

20th March

Barbara A. Klump, 78, of Blissfield, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Blissfield Place. Born January 19, 1935, in Blissfield, Barbara was the youngest child of Arlo and Dorothy (Bassett) Bailor. She graduated from Hillsdale High School and went on to attend Wheaton College and Eastern Michigan University. On October 26, 1957, Barbara married Arnold Klump in Blissfield. Arnold, her husband of 55 years, survives. For several years Barbara taught elementary school in the Blissfield and Britton-Macon school districts. From 1978 until her retirement in 2003 Barbara served as the librarian at the Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library. She was a member of the Element Church. In addition to her husband, she is survived by their children: Linda (Tom Mullally) Klump of Arlington Heights, IL; Bruce Klump of Los Angeles, CA; and Bryan (Laura) Klump of Toledo; and two granddaughters, Elaina … Read More »


David Smith

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

20th March

OTTAWA LAKE — A “Free Spirit” was lost Sunday morning. David “Harry” Smith, 60, of Ottawa Lake, died at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. Harry was an operating engineer all his adult life. He worked with Dan’s Construction and Holloway Construction, Midwest Bridge, and McComb Concrete for many years. He was proud to be a member of Operating Engineers Local 324. Harry loved the out of doors. He enjoyed his vegetable gardens and raising goats, chickens, sheep and pigeons. Harry was an avid hunter and a member of the Ottawa Lake Sportsmen’s Club He is survived by his daughter Tiffany (Bradley Emerson) Smith; grandchildren Samantha and Lane Smith Emerson; parents Raymond and Willow May (Lloyd) Smith; sisters Sandy (Charlie) Nadeau, Debra (Lonnie) Creque, and Ruth Ann Smith; brothers Fred (Lee) and Raymond (Jeanette) Smith. Harry enjoyed being with family … Read More »


Aaron Martin

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

20th March

TECUMSEH — Aaron Martin, 32, of Tecumseh, passed away March 13, 2013 at his home. Aaron was born on January 18, 1981, to Rose (Ryan) and John Martin in Adrian. He worked at a car body shop in Deerfield. He enjoyed snowboarding, wake boarding, playing guitar and flying model helicopters. Aaron also loved to travel and music, he especially liked to attend concerts. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Survivors include his parents, a brother, Adam (Liz) Martin of Worthington, MN; a son, Elliott Clark-Kosal of Dafter, MI; his significant other, Cagni Karl of Tecumseh, MI; maternal grandmother, Dorothy Ryan of Adrian; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gerald Ryan, John Joe Martin and Lillie Mae Martin. Funeral services for Aaron were held on Monday, March 18, 2013, at … Read More »


Kathryn Porter

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

14th March

ADRIAN — Kathryn Porter, 84 , of Blissfield, passed away Monday, March 4, 2013, under the loving care of the Hospice of Lenawee at the Hospice Home. She was born May 11, 1928, in Ogden Township, the oldest child of Bernita (Hahn) and Clarence Harrington. She graduated from Blissfield Schools in 1945. On March 6, 1948, Kathryn married Dale William Porter in Ogden Township. He preceded her in death in 2007, celebrating 59 years of marriage. Kathryn was a member of the Zion United Brethren Church. Kathryn and her sister, Bess, had a craft business together for many years; she also drove bus for Blissfield Schools. Survivors include her daughters, Mary (Frank) Novak of Blissfield, Susan (Paul Moceri) Porter of Deming, Wash., Sandy (Gary ) Holfman of Arizona; siblings, Ann Johnson of Genoa, Ohio, Bess Harrwaldt of Blissfield, and John Harrington … Read More »


Allene Walters

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

13th March

JOHNSTONVILLE, Ga. — Word has been received of the death of Allene Ziss Walters, 98, Johnstonville, Ga., on Feb. 28, 2013. Mrs. Walters, formerly of Blissfield, was the daughter of Gust and Cora Ziss. She was preceded in death by her husband Morgan Walters and a brother Robert Ziss. She is survived by a sister, Gerry Demlow, Blissfield, five children and several grandchildren.


Robert Jones

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

13th March

DEERFIELD — Robert “Bob” A. Jones, 70, of Deerfield, passed away Friday, March 8, 2013, at Regency Hospital in Sylvania. He was born February 8, 1943, in Adrian, Michigan, the son of Robert and Rosemary (Bondy) Jones. He was a graduate of Deerfield High School and also attended Stautzenberger College. On April 13, 1986, Bob married Catherine Craig in Las Vegas, and she survives. Bob worked for Revco for several years. He worked at Ford Motor Company in Saline where he retired with over 35 years of service. Favorite pastimes include fishing, league pool, golf and bowling. Bob served as a volunteer Deerfield Fireman and also refereed basketball. He was a member of the Adrian Moose Lodge. In addition to Catherine, his wife of almost 27 years, Bob is survived by their children: Lori Jones of Monroe; Eric (Debbie) Jones of … Read More »


Karilyn Nieman

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

8th March

Karilyn L. Nieman, 60, of Blissfield, passed away Friday, March 8, 2013, at Toledo Hospital.
Born May 8, 1952, in Adrian, she was the oldest child of Richard and Ivadell (Goll) McCarty. She was a member of the 1970 graduating class from Blissfield High School. Karilyn attended Michigan State University and completed her bachelor’s degree at Siena Heights University.
On August 25, 1972, Karilyn married her high school sweetheart, Albert Nieman, and he survives.
Karilyn’s career with the postal service spanned 32 years, working in Sand Creek, Petersburg, and Blissfield serving as postmaster for the last 20 years. She was a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where she played bells and sang in the choir. Karilyn was also active in the community as former district director for the Blissfield Jaycees, and working on the River Raisin Festival Committee as parade director.
In … Read More »


Shari Jones

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

22nd February

Shari L. Jones, born May 20,1961, passed February 18, 2013, Age 51.

She is survived by her husband Jay Jones of Adrian (formally of Blissfield) Children; Sheryl (Jamie) Eason of Metamora,OH, Melissa Jones of Adrian, Ashley (Brian)Peters of Erie,PA, Jason Jones of Adrian, David Jones of Adrian, Daniel Jones of  Adrian. Grandchildren; Zachary,Megan, and Michael Eason, Brady Peters. Her mother Dorothy Webber of Alachua,FL., Sisters; Ann (John) Kerns of Morenci,MI, Brenda (Russell) Coleman of Waldo,FL, Delores (Junior) McGinnis of Cordele,GA, Joan (Randy) Smith of Kent, OH, Linda Gifford of Archer,FL, Sister-in-law Virginia (James) Gifford of Sand Creek,MI, Brother; William Webber of Archer,FL. And many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her Father; James Gifford Sr.,Toledo,OH, James Gifford Jr. of Adrian,MI, and Virginia Gifford of Adrian,MI.

Visitations will be Saturday February 23, 2013, from 9:30 – 12:30 at Purse Funeral Home … Read More »


Kimberly Svestka

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

22nd February

ADRIAN — Kimberly Sue Svestka, age 49, of Adrian, died on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at her home.

She was born on September 7, 1963, in Adrian to Ronald L. and Sharon (Dunbar) Svestka.

She graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1981 and from St. Vincent School of Nursing/Lourdes with a Registered Nursing Degree in 1984.  She had been a RN for 22 years at the Ypsilanti Center of Forensic Psychology and then for two years at Tendercare now known as Magnum.

Kim was baptized at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Blissfield, was confirmed at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and currently attended Light of Christ Parish (St. Alphonsus).  Kim was an accomplished organist who won numerous trophies and awards.  She enjoyed making homemade cards and loved her dog, Paco, very much.

Kim is survived by her parents, Ronald and Sharon Svestka of … Read More »


Louva Lake

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

15th February

Louva Schroeder Seiler Lake, 72, Boulder, Colo. died February 3, 2013.

She was born May 4, 1940 in Ottawa Lake to Edgar and Rose (Dvorsky) Schroeder. She gradated from Blissfield High School. In 1959 she married Michael Seiler in Sylvania, Ohio.  She later married David Lake in 1982 i Boulder, Colo.

She is survived b her daughter Sheri Schultz, Bonita Springs, Fla. her son Martin, Petaluma, Cal., grandchildren, Sean and Shelby Brucken and Devon and Andrew Seiler, sister Sally King, Riga, brother Clifford, Arlington, Texas, and a niece Billie, Blissfield. A son Michael preceded her in death.

Louva was a sweet and wonderful person. She always had a smile. She will be missed b family and friends. She lived in many laces but always had a special place for her home town.

As per her wishes her body was donated to science.


Emma Barta

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

15th February

DEERFIELD – Emma Eleanor Barta, age 95 of Adrian, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2013, at the Hospice of Lenawee’s Hospice Home.  She was born May 15, 1917, in Werner, North Dakota, and was the fifth child of Paul and Rosa (Goetzfreidt) Hoffer.

On  January 24, 1939, she married Otto Barta, in Wauseon, Ohio.  He preceded her in death on December 12, 1981.  She was a member of Our Light of Christ Parish, St. Alphonsus Parish in Deerfield.  Emma and Otto moved to Deerfield to open “Otto’s Tavern” on November 21, 1948 until the Tavern closed in 1964.  Emma began her career as a beautician in the 1960’s, going to beauty school days, while working midnights in a plastic factory.  Otto and her sons, built her a large beauty shop, “Emme’s Hidden Beauty Haven”, which she opened on December 10, 1969, … Read More »


Andrew Growden

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

13th February

Andrew M. Growden, 48, of Holland, Ohio, passed away on January 17, 2013, at his residence.

Andy graduated from Delta High School in 1982 and then Adrian College in 1986.  He was employed as a certified public accountant working in the corporate community.

Andy is survived by his loving wife Melissa (Durbin) Growden; brother, Michael (Donna) Growden; brother and sister-in-law Tom & Dori Durbin; nieces and nephews, Willem, Silas, Laurel, Benjamin, Tyler, Jesse, Kaylee Growden, and Isaac and Olivia Durbin; mother and father-in-law Jan & Pete Durbin; many close friends, and faithful feline companion, Stella.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Barry and Keith Growden.

Funeral services were held January 22.

Those wishing to give memorials, in lieu of flowers, are asked to consider The Andrew M. Growden Fund for Student Success C/O Siena Heights University Advancement Office, 1247 E. … Read More »


Kevin Klump

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

12th February

Kevin P. Klump, 23, of Blissfield, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 in Kalamazoo, MI. Kevin was born on Aug. 12, 1989 in Toledo, the son of Norris and Robin (Kirby) Klump. He graduated from Blissfield High School in 2008, where he was a member of the 2007 State Runner-Up football team. Kevin was currently attending classes at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Kevin was a very active person, enjoying skateboarding and snowboarding, playing music, video games, reading, going to movies, and spending time with his nieces and nephews. His most recent interest was sky diving. Kevin had a very close relationship with his grandparents, with whom he is now spending time in heaven. Surviving Kevin are his parents, Norris and Robin Klump; brother Ryan (Jenna) Klump of Blissfield, sister Erin Klump of Blissfield; grandmother Jean Kirby of … Read More »


Ruby Klump

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

12th February

Ruby (Studer) Klump died on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at the age of 97. She was born June 23, 1915, in Whitehouse, Ohio to Samuel and Arvadel (Fry) Studer Sr. After graduating from high school in 1933 at Whitehouse, Ohio she enrolled in the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing and graduated as a registered nurse in 1939. She worked at Bixby Hospital in Adrian until her retirement in 1978. On October 18, 1940, Ruby married Ralph C. Klump at her home in Whitehouse, Ohio. They celebrated over 63 years of marriage prior to his death in 2004. Ruby served her local churches, the former Ogden Evangelical United Brethren Church which became the former Ogden United Methodist Church, in many leadership roles. At the time of her death, she was a member of the Blissfield First United Methodist Church. Ruby devoted … Read More »


Stanley Brooks

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

12th February

Stanley Brooks, 69, of Blissfield passed away on Friday, February 8th at Hospice of Lenawee. Stanley was born on Aug. 6, 1943 in Ypsilanti, MI, the son of Raymond and Phyllis (Smith) Brooks. He served in the US Army in Vietnam from 1966-69, and worked as a truck driver, retiring in 2012 from Kenan Advantage Tank Lines. Stanley was married on Nov. 5, 1988 in Blissfield to Cynthia Bassett. Besides driving truck, Stanley was a handyman, tinkering with engines and other mechanical devices. He also was known as the “grillmaster”, as he enjoyed grilling food. Stanley also enjoyed spending time with his nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and grand nephews. His strong faith and love for God showed in his love of family and friends. Surviving is Stanley’s wife, Cynthia Brooks of Blissfield; three sisters, Shirley Jackson of Blissfield, Peggy … Read More »


Steve Nagy

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

5th February

JACKSON — Steve Nagy, 96, of Jackson, formerly of Deerfield, peacefully passed away Friday, February 1, 2013, at his home. He was born August 11, 1916, in Trenton, New Jersey the only son of Steve and Barbara Nagy. Steve married Marjorie Goodrich from Deerfield on August 10, 1940. They celebrated 41 years of marriage prior to her death in 1981. Steve retired from Budd Company in Clinton and previously worked at Revco and farmed for many years. This past August when Steve celebrated his 96th birthday, most of his family members attended the celebration at his home in Jackson. Steve remained in great health for the majority of his life and enjoyed spending time with his family. Steve will be greatly missed by all of his children: Steve Jr. (Cheryl) of Toledo; Charles (Brenda) of Deerfield; David (Charlotte) of Brooklyn; … Read More »


Howard Loar

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

5th February

Howard David Loar, 86, of Blissfield, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 26, 2013. He was born on June 17, 1926 to Laurena (Beagle) and Orren Loar in Blissfield. Howard married Lois Mason on August 14, 1947. Together they had six children, Jennifer (Mike) Roth of Blissfield, David (Betty) Loar of Marion, MI, Don (Linda) Loar of Blissfield, Bill (Carolyn) Loar of Palmyra, Jim (Susan Seabright) Loar of Palmyra and Dan (Vickie) Loar of Palmyra. In addition to their children, the family grew to 11 grandsons, 4 granddaughters, and 28 great grandchildren. Lois preceded him in death on January 18, 1988. In 1990, Howard married Marion Butcher, she preceded him in death. Howard married Pearl Johns on November 11, 2000. With the marriages, his family grew with additional step children, step grandchildren and step great grandchildren. Pearl … Read More »


C. Richard “Dick” Trine

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

2nd February

C. Richard “Dick” Trine

PITTSFORD — Charles Richard “Dick” Trine, 79, went to be with the Lord Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in the Pittsford home where he had lived for 55 years.

Mr. Trine was born May 8, 1933, in Hillsdale, to Frank and Verna Grice Trine. He graduated from Pittsford High School in 1951 and Jackson Business University. He also served two years in the U.S. Army.

On Oct. 23, 1954, he married the former Patricia Dennis and they raised two daughters, Marcia (George) Loader, Blissfield, and Melinda Trine, Norwood, Pa. His family grew with the addition of two grandsons, Nick Loader, Etna Green, Ind., and Evan Loader, Royal Oak, and one granddaughter, Ashley Loader, Chicago, Ill. They survive. Pat preceded him in death on April 18, 1998.

His brother, Tommy Trine, preceded him in death as a boy. Surviving are his brothers, … Read More »


Harlan Behm

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

23rd January

RIGA — Harlan H. “Sonny” Behm, 93, of Riga, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2013, at the Hospice of Lenawee Residence, Adrian. He was born June 19, 1919, in Deerfield, the son of Robert and Lydia (Jasmund) Behm. Sonny was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Riga. He was a farmer who loved to attend auctions and go antiquing. He enjoyed collecting and working on cars and refinishing furniture. He is survived by a sister, Margaret Russell of Riga; nephews and nieces, Paul Russell of Blissfield; Gary Behm of Adrian; Shayna Behm and Shelly Behm; and his dear friend, Bonnie Armbruster of Saline. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Nelson and Willard Behm. Visitation was from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel in Blissfield, with a memorial service beginning … Read More »


Christine James

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

23rd January

ST. LOUIS, Mich. — Christine James, 98, formerly of Blissfield passed away Friday, January, 18, 2013, at Pine River Health Care Center. Born July 15, 1914, in Poland she is the daughter of John and Anna Pypiak. On June 15, 1938, she married Price Glenn James, who preceded her in death on June, 2, 1960. Christine worked for Blissfield Schools as a Janitor where she retired from in 1976. Christine is survived by her two sons James (Norma) of Mt. Morris, and David (Susan) of Spartanburg, SC. In addition to her husband and parents she is preceded in death by a grandson Jeff, and a granddaughter Barbara Sue. The funeral service for Christine is Thursday, January 24, 2013, beginning at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel United Methodist in Blissfield. Christine’s family will receive friends prior to the service from 9-11 a.m. … Read More »


Esther Billington

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

8th January

ADRIAN – Esther Anna Billington, 104, of Blissfield passed away on Monday, January 7th in Adrian.

Esther was born in Palmyra on March 11, 1908 to Pliney and Mary Jones. She married Harold Billington in June of 1934, Harold preceded her in death in 1983. Esther was a teacher in Palmyra and Madison Schools for a number of years, teaching 2nd grade. She enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and playing board games with her grandchildren.

Esther is survived by her children Barbara (Emerson) Bliesner and Robert (Karen) Billington both of Blissfield; grandchildren Danielle (Shane) Waigle, David Billington, Scott Billington, Dawn (Jeff) Lyle, Diane (Ray) Bihn, and Tom (Colleen) Bliesner; great grandchildren Anna, Alexzandria, and Thomas Waigle, Adam and Jennifer Lyle, Mackenzie and Sydney Bihn, Kip and Kash Bliesner, and one great great grandchild Coleson Lyle.

Esther is preceded in death by her parents, siblings, … Read More »


Thomas Delzeith

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

7th January

On Friday, January 4th of the year 2013, Thomas Allen Delzeith lost his life.  He was 17. Tom loved music.  He devoted most of his teenage years to listening to his favorite bands and learning everything he could about his love, music.  With over 50 vinyl records, most of his love was dedicated to the soulful music of the 1960′s and 70′s because of the giant soul he had.  He spent many hours as an accomplished writer and loved performing all genres of music with his friends. He cared deeply for many friends and family and used his love of music to lend his ears to anyone in need.  Tom saw the world and wanted to travel its vast expanses.  Now, he will be voyaging the depth of our hearts.  All Tom wanted was to love, and sought peace wherever … Read More »


Edward Wegner

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

3rd January

Edward D. Wegner, age 90, of Blissfield died on January 1, 2013, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility in Adrian.  Ed was born on September 15, 1922, in Blissfield, Michigan, the son of Frederick and Frieda (Tiede) Wegner. On January 23, 1942, Ed was united in marriage to the love of his life, Venona Mae Kelley in Adrian, Michigan. She preceded him in death on December 19, 1974.

Ed was baptized and a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palmyra. He was employed as a Hi Lo Driver for Ford Motor Company in Rawsonville and also engaged in farming.  Ed’s love of farming started at an early age when he had to work the family farm after the early loss of his father. This love of farming continued for the rest of his life even while working for Ford Motor Company. Ed was a wel-respected … Read More »


Geraldine “Gerry” Miller

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

3rd January

ADRIAN — Geraldine “Gerry” L. Miller, 92, of Adrian, formerly of Blissfield, passed away Monday, December 31, 2012, at Lynwood Manor.

Born January 14, 1920, in Addison, Michigan, she was the oldest child of Leo and Mary (Fuller) Smith.  She was a graduate of Blissfield High School.

Locally, Gerry was well known from working at the UAW, the American Legion in Hudson and Adrian, and the Barley House. She was also a daily customer at Morning Fresh Bakery in Adrian where she enjoyed visiting with other regulars. Gerry was a life member of the Blissfield American Legion Auxiliary.

Gerry is survived by her children, Shirley (Cletus) LaFollette of Atlanta, MI and Richard “Dick” Miller of Hernando, MS; six  grandchildren: Cheri LaFollette of Blissfield; Nancy (Robert) Hejl of Sylvania; Bret (Peggy) LaFollette of  Blissfield; Kim (Link) Geren of Ankeny, IA; Stephanie (Jim) Shoemaker of … Read More »


Arturo Trevino

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

31st December

Arturo Trevino, 55, Blissfield, died Dec. 27, 2012. The funeral is scheduled for  2 p.m . Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian. Burial will follow in Riga Cemetry. Visitation is at the funeral home from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.


Michael Czar

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

27th December

Michael F. Czar, 89, of Blissfield, passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2012, at his home.

Born October 6, 1923, in Akron, Ohio, he was one of the 10 children of Peter and Mary Czar.

He was married to Erma Davis who preceded him in death.

Michael was serving in the United States Navy in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked.  He continued his naval career as a pilot, flying with the Blue Angels. After retiring from the military, he worked for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, where he retired with many years of service.

Michael was a very loving and caring person. He liked helping others, and would often work on cars for his friends and family.  He also enjoyed collecting toy cars.

Family meant everything to Michael. He will be greatly missed by those surviving including his children, Candace (Ronald) Harrell … Read More »


Jayne Davis

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

27th December

Margaret “Jayne” Davis, 93, formerly of Adrian, passed away December 25, 2012, at Blissfield Place.

Born December 15, 1919 in Britton, Michigan, she was the daughter of Alexander and Anna “Florence” (Murphy) Gibson. She was a 1937 graduate of Britton High School.

Jayne was married to Loren Edward Davis who preceded her in death in 1969.

Jayne worked at First Federal Savings and Loan in Adrian for many years prior to moving to Blissfield where she became the branch manager. Jayne was a member of the Lenawee Country Club where she enjoyed playing golf.

She was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Adrian, serving as trustee, and currently a member of the First United Methodist Church of Blissfield. For many years Jayne was a member of the Bixby Medical Center Auxiliary, and the Order of the Eastern Star.  he was an … Read More »


Sedonna Clark

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

26th December

ADRIAN — Sedonna Elsie Clark, 89, of Blissfield, Michigan, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2012, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility. Born January 25, 1923, in Riga, Michigan, Sedonna was the oldest child of Stanley and Rose (Fischer) Betz. On March 8, 1945, she married Charles Clark Jr. They celebrated over 47 years of marriage prior to his death in 1992. Sedonna was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Riga where she was active in the Ladies Aide Society. She was also involved in the Blissfield Senior Citizens Group and as a volunteer aide at Blissfield Elementary School. While living in Franklin, Tennessee, she was a member of the Clay Center Writers Group and the Senior Citizens Group. Sedonna was a caregiver for both seniors and children. She was a writer, publisher and Betz family historian. Sedonna enjoyed … Read More »


Edna James

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

26th December

Edna V. James, 93, of Liberty Township. Private services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to Blackstone Funeral Home.


Larry Steger

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

20th December

MOORE HAVEN, Fla. – Larry C. Steger, age 71, of Florida, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Hospice of Lehigh Acres. He was born February 22, 1941, in Toledo, Ohio, to the late Lawrence F. Steger and the late Eva Lucille (Reau) Steger. On May 18, 2001 he married Betty Anne Davis Seavey who survives. Larry served his country in the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, two sons, Benny James Steger of Bradenton, Fla.., and Bradley John Steger of Charleston, Va., one stepson, Scott (Jen) Seavey of Sarasota, Fla., a stepdaughter Kera Anne Lawson, one brother Douglas (Joyce) Steger of Moore Haven, Fla., and a sister Barbara (Dick) Hadden of Deerfield, ten grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Arrangements and cremation by Akin-Davis Funeral Home, La Belle. Fla.


Hugh Driggs

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

17th December

PALMYRA — Hugh H. Driggs, age 76, of Palmyra, died December 12, 2012 at Tecumseh Place II, under the care of Hospice of Lenawee.

Hugh was born in Toledo, Ohio on December 16, 1935, to Howard Hugh and Lucille (Dittman) Driggs. Hugh graduated from Blissfield High School and attended Bowling Green State University and Ohio State University.

Hugh was a member of the Palmyra Community Presbyterian Church; and the Palmyra Township zoning board and Palmyra Township Cemetery Association.

Hugh enjoyed trap shooting which earned him many awards. He was a life member of the National Trapshooting Association and was inducted into the National Trapshooting Hall of Fame in 1992. He was also a life member of the Michigan Trapshooting Association and was inducted into the Michigan Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame in 1990. Hugh was also a member of the N.R.A. and of … Read More »


Debra Gautz

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

11th December

ADRIAN— Debra Gautz, age 57, of Adrian, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012, at the Lynwood Manor under the care of Promedica Hospice Erie West. Born August 11, 1955, in Adrian, she was the daughter of Mina H. (Rodesiler) and Richard J. Dunbar. On November 14, 1982, she married Conrad “CJ” Gautz at Trinity Lutheran Church, Riga. They all survive. Debra graduated from Blissfield High School in 1973 and then attended Siena Heights College where she earned her B.S. degree. She worked as a lab technician at a Toledo medical lab. She later drove bus for Sand Creek Schools. She was a member at Trinity Lutheran Church in Riga; she had many interests including raising goats, crafts and gardening. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, Debra is survived by … Read More »


Jean Isley

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

10th December

ADRIAN – Jean E. Isley, 88, of Palmyra, peacefully went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, December 4, 2012, surrounded by the family she loved.

Born May 22, 1924, in Elyria, Ohio, she was the oldest daughter of Charles and Mary (Humphrey) Bartholomew.  Jean graduated from Adrian High School with the Class of 1941.

Jean was married to John Dowling in 1950, and he preceded her in death in 1968.  On November 25, 1971, she married Jay Isley.  Jean and Jay celebrated 37 years of marriage prior to his death in 2007.

Jean worked as an administrative assistant for Dr. William Hewes and Dr. Robert Birmingham.  She was a member of the Woodland United Methodist Church in Michigamme.  She was also a life member of the Palmyra Order of the Eastern Star.  For many years, Jean served as the Palmyra Township Treasurer.

Jean … Read More »


Richard Lee Baker

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

28th November

Richard Lee Baker, age 94, of Howard City , passed away November 11, 2012, at Fountain View Retirement Village in Grant.

He was born in Clayton, the son of A. Samuel and Nina ( Donaldson) Baker. Lee was a WW II naval veteran. He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1937.

He enjoyed family time, traveling and old cars.

He was preceded in death by his wife Hazel ( Powell ). They had been married for 67 years.

Surviving are one son Ron ( Jackie ) Baker of Howard City; one daughter Jennifer ( Paul ) Kroncke of Coral Springs , Fla., six grandchildren Dawn, Brian, Nicole, Cheryl, Teresa and Brittany; eight great grandchildren Brandon, Jack, Josh, Ben, Adam, Ally, Parker and Lillian; one brother William Baker and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents, four sisters , Martha Jayne, Betty,  … Read More »


Scott Rau

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

26th November

DEERFIELD – Scott Anthony Rau, 45, of Deerfield passed away suddenly on Sunday, November 25, 2012, at his home.  He was born on May 11, 1967 in Flint, Michigan to Al and Elva (Blackburn) Rau. 

Scott graduated from Deerfield High School in 1985.  He attended college at Monroe County Community College and Siena Heights.  On September 3, 1988, he was united in marriage to Nilda Torres in Lorain, Ohio.  Scott was employed with Tecumseh Products for many years and most recently worked in Commercial Sales for Lowe’s in Perrysburg, Ohio.  He was a member of the Light of Christ Catholic Parish, St. Alphonsus campus in Deerfield, the Deerfield Fire Department for ten years and a member of the Sons of the American Legion for about six years.  Scott was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan.  He was not only a fixture … Read More »


Goldie Knapp

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

26th November

Goldie M. Knapp, 101, of Blissfield, went to be in the loving arms of God Friday, November 23, 2012, at Swanton Health Care.

She was born April 18, 1911, in Limestone Cove, Tennessee, the daughter of George and Mildred (Buchanan) Cochran, Sr.

On June 23, 1939, Goldie was married to Earl L. Knapp.  They celebrated over 32 years of marriage prior to his death in 1972.

Goldie was a faithful member of the Element Church in Blissfield.

She is survived by her children, Deanna Fashbaugh of Swanton and David (Brenda) Knapp of Blissfield; grandchildren, Heidi Fashbaugh of Swanton and Laura (Matt) Bell of Adrian; great grandchildren, Morgan and Parker Bell; a brother, George Cochran, Jr. of Adrian; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by five sisters: Alta Ford, Jeannette Quigley, Norma Rothfuss, Gladys Gruel, and Betty … Read More »


Jann Leverenz

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

23rd November

PERRYSBURG, Ohio — Jann Lyn 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 20 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 … Read More »


John Harrwaldt

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

21st November

John  Ralph  Harrwaldt, age 56, of Blissfield, passed away, November 6, 2012, at Hospice of Lenawee with his loving family by his side. He was  born January 13, 1956, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Ralph & Jeanette (Moore) Harrwaldt. On April 16, 2000, he married Tammie Mitchell.  She preceded him in death in December 13, 2000. John was a lifelong resident of Blissfield. He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1974. John owned and operated Harrwaldt Construction for over 30 years. He spent his career as an exceptionally talented carpenter. He pleased many people in and around Blissfield remodeling their homes with his in-depth knowledge and perfection skills. He was especially proud of his last job for his sister, Carolyn.     He is survived by his children, Ralph Harrwaldt, Nicole Harrwaldt and Shonda (Steve) Mitchell-Garcia, his grandchildren, Kamron, … Read More »


Michael Hudson

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

21st November

ADRIAN — Michael G. Hudson, age 60 , of Adrian, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, November 15, 2012, in Genesee County, Michigan. He was born October 8, 1952 to Georgia (Mosher) and Paul Hudson in Toledo, Ohio. He attended Bedford School. On June 8, 1991, he married Virginia “Ginny” Goetz in Blissfield, MI. Michael served his country in the Army from 1975 -76. He was employed as a truck driver for CTI trucking; he had worked for Sharon Manufacturing, a family owned business that his grandfather created. He also worked in the agriculture industry at Royster Clark. Michael loved life whether when he was wrestling with his grandchildren, fishing on Lake Erie or at family get togethers. He especially loved the casinos and the exciting atmosphere. He was a member of the American Legion of Blissfield and a Lambertville volunteer fireman from … Read More »


Robert Napier

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

21st November

KINGMAN, Ariz. — Robert W. “Bob” Napier, 64, passed away November 7, 2012, at the Kingman Regional Medical Center. He was born November 13, 1947, in Adrian, to Dallas and Dorothea Napier. Bob was a donut-maker at a family donut shop — Hinkles Donuts — in Toledo, Ohio, prior to moving his family to Lake Havasu City in 1974. He worked for McCulloch Corporation as well as the Lake Havasu Unified School District where he retired in 2009 as a ground maintenance worker. Bob had a love of the desert and horticulture. He enjoyed studying and cultivating outdoor plants and small gardens and was very knowledgeable of desert wildlife. He also had a flair for antiques “picking,” always appreciating the stories and history behind the rare pieces he would find at yard sales. Bob, a quiet and reserved man, will … Read More »


Julie Briggs

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

21st November

Julie M. Briggs, 22, of Blissfield, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, November 18, 2012, at her home. She was born July 18, 1990, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Paul and Joan (Webb) Briggs. Julie graduated from Britton High School in 2009. Julie attended the Hope Center and competed in bowling at the Special Olympics. She loved to go camping with her family and was a great babysitter for her nieces and nephews. She was a fan of Elvis and Patsy Cline. In addition to her parents, Julie is survived by her grandmothers, Rita Webb of Adrian and Joyce Briggs of Oscoda, Mich.; her siblings: Kristina Betz of Blissfield; Jason (Abby) Briggs of Grass Lake; and Allison Briggs of Blissfield; nieces and nephews: Kalli, Landen, Micajah, and Giavonnie; and many close aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. She was preceded … Read More »


Janet Griffes

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

12th November

PALMYRA— Janet Louise Griffes, 63, of Palmyra, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2012, at Bixby Medical Center. She was born July 8, 1949, in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Maynard T. and Joan M. (Weldishofer) Herr. Janet graduated from Sand Creek High School with the Class of 1967. Janet worked for Madison Public Schools where she retired with 30 years of service. She was an active member of the Zion United Brethren Church serving as Sunday School Treasurer. Janet enjoyed sewing and quilting and was a member of Quilts of Compassion. She also enjoyed flower gardening and bird watching. She is survived by her sons, Jamie (Connie) Griffes and Timmie Griffes, both of Palmyra; three grandchildren, Leah Ward, Austin and Winter Griffes; three sisters, Anita (Jerold) Craig of Jasper; Patricia (Donald) Warner of Blissfield; and Kathryn Herr of Canton, MI; and … Read More »


Willard Mason

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

12th November

ADRIAN — Willard B. Mason, age 89, of Adrian, passed away peacefully under the loving care at the Hospice of Lenawee Home on Friday, November 2, 2012. He was born to Mildred (Knisel) and Hazen Mason on March 4, 1923 in Berkey, Ohio. Willard married Helvi Muhonen, together they celebrated 60 years of marriage, before her death in 2003. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WW II, in the Pacific. He enjoyed going on trips to the casino with his two buddies, they were known as the “3 Amigos”. He was the dear father of Bill (Sally) Mason and step father of Gene; grandfather of Gene, Doug (Lisa), Duane, Dean, and Valerie; and great-grandfather of seven. Willard has also been a devoted partner to Ilah Ost for the last 9 years, she survives. Willard was preceded in … Read More »


William “Bill” Johnston

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

12th November

William “Bill” Johnston William ‘Bill’ Blair Johnston, 78, passed away Saturday, November 3, 2012, under the loving care of staff at Blissfield Place and of Hospice of Lenawee. Bill was born on January 24, 1934, to Blair Johnston and Thelma Bachmayer. He worked many years for his grandfather, Joseph Bachmayer, at Saxmayer, and went on to run a very successful newspaper recycling business making friends throughout Lenawee County. Bill even received an award from the Lenawee County Solid Waste Department for his efforts in recycling. Bill also enjoyed the time spent at his cousins Dick and Jane Metz farm helping with chores. He was a longtime member of the Elem3nt Church in Blissfield, and helped with fundraising for the youth group. Bill’s favorite place to eat was The Hathaway House and in later years, The Main Street Stable in Blissfield, … Read More »


Aloysius Bernard O’Mara

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

31st October

Aloysius Bernard O’Mara, age 92, of Blissfield, was welcomed into God’s Heavenly Kingdom on Monday, October 29th at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Aloysius Bernard was born at home in Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada on April 8, 1920, the youngest child of John and Margaret (Johnston) O’Mara.
He was the only member of his family to attend college and received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit.
On September 6, 1944, Aloysius married Rita Adeline Schutz in Detroit, Michigan. In 1948 Aloysius was admitted to the Michigan Bar and began his practice of law in downtown Detroit, Michigan before moving to rural Blissfield, Michigan where he developed an extensive legal practice. During his distinguished career Aloysius successfully litigated cases before the United States Supreme Court and Michigan Supreme Court. Aloysius served in the Army Air force as a Sergeant during World War II. He was an active member … Read More »


Lorain A. Bell

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

24th October

Lorain A. Bell, age 76 of Chesterton, IN passed away Friday, October 19, 2012 at his home surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. He was born February 23, 1936 in Adrian, MI to John and Norma M. (Pickles) Bell, who preceded him in death.
Lorain was married on February 1, 1964 to Marcia (Kunkle) Bell, who survives of Chesterton, IN. He is also survived by his son, John (Jennifer) Bell of Chesterton; daughters, Audra (Glenn) Peterson of Chesterton and Leslie Bell-Pishkur of Winterpark, FL; brothers, Duane Bell of Stevensville, MT and Sam Bell of Riga, MI; sisters, Agatha (Bob) Lombard of Blissfield, MI and Elaine (Doug) Schaedler of Holland, MI; and grandchildren, Glenn, Jordan and Austin Peterson, Logan, John and Henry Bell and Hailey Pishkur along with many very special friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jane Beck and daughter, Margaret Mary Bell.
Lorain was an area resident since 1968 and was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He was a business owner, opening several businesses including L.A. Bell Motor Lines Inc. in 1966, Westchester Warehouses in 1971 and … Read More »


Marjory A. Iott

Posted by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

24th October

Marjory A. Iott, age 84, of Blissfield died Friday, October 19, 2012, at Herrick Manor.
She was born May 27, 1928, in Adrian, to Charles A. and Irene E. (Houser) Thompson. On October 28, 1950, she married Robert F. Iott. Marjory graduated from Siena Heights College (University) with a Bachelors of Philosophy.
Marjory was a member of the Deerfield school board for four years where she served as Secretary.
She also finished two other terms for members who resigned. She was a member of Light of Christ Parish (St. Alphonsus Church) in Deerfield. She was a member of the St. Alphonsus Altar Rosary Society where she served as secretary and president at different times. Marjory worked with her husband at Iott Electric, Inc., Deerfield as bookkeeper.
She enjoyed her brief travels with her husband to Spain and Hawaii and several trips to California, Portland and Georgia.
She is survived by her 14 children: Rose (Wayne) Piotter, Andrew (Barb) Iott, Stephen (Becky) Iott, and Patrick (Chris) Iott all of Deerfield; Dorothy (Bill) Gainsley of Brooklyn, MI; Rita (Eric) Coudron and Martha (Ray) Pate of … Read More »