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Sherry Augustyniak

Posted on May 13th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Sherry Augustyniak

RIGA – Sherry Kay Oyler Augustyniak, age 52, of Riga, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020, at Toledo Hospital.  She was born June 1, 1967 in Adrian to Willie Jerry and Karen Kay (Tabbert) Oyler.  She was married to Jeffrey Augustyniak.  Sherry was an equestrian and loved horses and Great Danes.  She took horticulture in school. She enjoyed flower gardening and cooking.

In addition to her husband, Jeffrey, she is survived by her mother, Karen (Larry Kastel) Tabbert of Riga; her mother-in-law, Linda Augustyniak of Holland, Ohio; her father-in-law, Larry Augustyniak of Ottawa Lake, Michigan; a son, Thomas Augustyniak of Riga; two brothers, Tim (JoAnna) Oyler of Ottawa Lake and B. Jay Rodriguez of Lapeer, Michigan; a brother-in-law, Scott (Tisha) Augustyniak of Maumee, Ohio;  nieces and nephews, Scott, Josh, Coty, Autumn, Cam, and Eli; two fur babies, Brutus and Brody.  … Read More »

Lila May Berry

Posted on May 13th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Lila May Berry

The family of Lila May Berry, regrets and is deeply saddened, that due to the coronavirus the memorial and celebration of life for Lila May, that was to be held May 16, 2020, is canceled.

Joan Sudborough

Posted on May 13th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Joan Sudborough

ADRIAN – Joan Ellen Sudborough, 88, of Adrian, died early Tuesday morning, May 12, 2020, at her home. She was born March 30, 1932, in Adrian, the only child born of the late Arthur and Agnes (Keller) Knoblauch.
After graduating from Blissfield High School in 1950, Joan went on to Davis Business College. On March 29, 1952, Joan married Donald F. Sudborough, in Blissfield, and they shared 49 years together before his passing in 2001. Over the years, Joan worked in the office at Ramus Automotive and Tom Prange Auto Village; and enjoyed selling Avon for more than 40 years and was a long-standing member of Avon’s Presidents Club. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Ladies Aid, and a volunteer at St. John’s Lutheran School. Joan was a Girl Scout Leader when her family was young … Read More »

Merle Karl

Posted on May 13th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Merle Karl

  MAUMEE, Ohio – Merle M. Karl, age 77, of Maumee passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020. He was born March 6, 1943, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Martin and Myrtle (Seegert) Karl Sr.

Merle graduated from Blissfield High School in 1962 and worked for Champion Spark Plug in Toledo, Ohio. In his younger years he enjoyed dancing with friends and later in life helped to renovate several homes to help others he knew. Merle is survived by his older brother, Stanley Karl of Blissfield. Merle was preceded in death by his parents and four other siblings, Marlo (Karl) Seeburger, Wilbur Karl, Nelda Karl, and Martin Karl Jr. Arrangements are under the care of Urbanski Funeral Home, … Read More »

Nora Maher

Posted on May 13th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Nora Maher

Nora Marie Maher, age 57, of Blissfield, passed away at Toledo Hospital on May 12, 2020, surrounded by family.

She was
born on January 30, 1963, in Tecumseh, to Jay and Vanda (Ruhl) Fisher. She
graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science.
On June 26, 1993, in Palmyra, Nora married Michael T. Maher and he survives. Nora
worked for the United States Postal Service as a Postal Clerk starting her career
working part-time at the Palmyra, Deerfield, and Riga Post Offices and then
transitioning to full-time at the Blissfield Post Office, where she loved
interacting with her customers. She was a member of the Blissfield Baptist
Church and was a devoted homemaker, who was instrumental in home-schooling her
children.  She enjoyed crafting, making jewelry
and greeting cards, and enjoyed doing theater and plays.

addition to her husband, Mike, Nora is survived by her two children, Yvonne and
Jay … Read More »

James Hottenstein

Posted on April 15th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on James Hottenstein

MONROE – James F. Hottenstein, age 80, of Monroe, passed away on April 11, 2020, at his home.

He was born on May 18, 1939, in Toledo, Ohio, to Frank and Fredericka (Schlieman) Hottenstein. On December 28, 1967, in Clinton, he married Priscilla J. Herman and she survives.

In addition to his wife, Priscilla, James is survived by his three children, Donald (Debbie) Hottenstein of Monroe, Robert (Shelly) Hottenstein of Deerfield, and Debbie (Tilman) Sandusky of Delta, OH; one brother, Phil (Barbara) Hottenstein of Blissfield; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Ryonn; two sons, Tyson and James; his parents; a granddaughter, Natasha Hottenstein; and a grandson Joshoua Hottenstein.

A viewing for James was held at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from noon until 20 p.m.  Due to the COVID-19 … Read More »

Robert ‘Rob’ Mueller

Posted on April 15th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Robert ‘Rob’ Mueller

DEERFIELD — Robert “Rob” Mueller, age 91, of Deerfield, passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.

He was born October 24, 1928, to Henry and Amelia (Schantz) Mueller.

Celebrating almost 70 years together, he married the love of his life Alice Tiede in Deerfield on December 2, 1950.

Rob served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Parish-Deerfield, served on the St. Alphonsus Cemetery Committee, served on the Deerfield Village Council, and a member of the Deerfield American Legion Post 392.

He also served as a Director for Society Bank from 1973-1993. Rob had been self-employed as a farmer.

He enjoyed the great outdoors, especially hunting with his family and friends at the family camp in Gibbs City. He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in … Read More »

Lewis ‘Lewie’ Beagle

Posted on April 2nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Lewis ‘Lewie’ Beagle

Lewis J. (“Lewie”) Beagle, 78, of Blissfield, passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Ebeid Hospice Center in Sylvania, Ohio.

He was born at Bixby Hospital in Adrian, on August 15, 1941, to Daniel C. and Lucille (Demusky) Beagle.

He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1959 and began his life long career as a farmer in Riga and Ogden Townships.

On June 22, 1963, he married Judy Robertson, who survives. He is also survived by his son, Mike (Regina) Beagle of Blissfield and daughter, Cheryl Mahoney of Fenton; four grandchildren, Phil Mahoney and Luke, Noah and Leah Beagle; brother, Richard (Deborah) Beagle, and sister, Germaine (Fred) Binns both of Blissfield. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Daniel E. Beagle and Raymond Beagle, and sister, Alma Page. Lewie enjoyed playing his accordion, driving … Read More »

Marilyn ‘Jean’ Vandenbusche

Posted on March 29th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Marilyn ‘Jean’ Vandenbusche

Marilyn “Jean” Vandenbusche, age 87, of Blissfield,
Michigan, entered into eternal life, Friday morning, March 27, 2020, at Lenawee
Medical Center, under the care of Hospice. 
She was born, September 18, 1932 in Adrian, Michigan to George and Edna
(Greenwald) Baldwin.  Jean was a 1950
graduate of Adrian High School, and on December 27, 1952, she married Henry B.
Vandenbushe.  He preceded her in death on
November 2, 2018.

Jean was a member of Light of Christ Parish in Blissfield,
Michigan.  She was a very supportive
housewife and helped Henry manage the family farm.  Known as a exceptional cook, she kept the
hired hands and family well fed.  She
spent long hours tending to her large garden and the canning of vegetables that
all went along with it.  Jean was an avid
reader, and she looked forward to spending many winters with her husband Henry
in Seminole, Florida, and together they enjoyed boating and fishing. … Read More »

William ‘Bill’ Zilke

Posted on March 27th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on William ‘Bill’ Zilke

DEERFIELD — William “Bill” E. Zilke, age 72 of Deerfield passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at his home.

He was born on August 13, 1947, to Stacy and Thelma (Teal) Zilke in Deerfield, Michigan. Bill was a graduate of Deerfield High School and went on to serve his country with the United States Navy and was stationed in Da Nang, Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Bill retired from farming several years ago.

He is survived by brothers, Tim Zilke of Leesburg, VA and Tom (Vicki) Zilke of Milan, MI; sisters, Nancy Malecki of Suttons Bay, MI and Gwen (Gary) Straughan of Lake Park FL; nephews, Scott, Terry, and Ben Zilke; nieces, Karen Gardner, Diane Luxhoj, Shannon Ellis, and Kate Zilke and several great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Stacy and Thelma; brother, … Read More »

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