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John Bocskay

Posted on February 3rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on John Bocskay

John A. Bocskay died Friday, January 30, 2015, at his home with his family at his side, under the care of Hospice of Lenawee. He was 67 years of age.
John was born December 3, 1947, in Adrian to Alexander and Sina “Vernett” (Law) Bocskay. He graduated from Deerfield High School in 1966.
In 1974, he married Karla Burguard in Petersburg, Michigan.
John was an active member of the Deerfield Township Volunteer Fire Department, going on 42 years. John liked to hunt and fish and spent time at his cottage on Evans Lake. He retired in 2002 from Ford Motor Company in Saline after 36 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister Barb (Lowell) Hottenstein, a brother, Robert (Diane) Bocskay, mother-in-law, Lois Burguard, sister and brother-in-law, Robert and Renee Larzelere, four nephews, three nieces, six great-nephews and seven … Read More »

Michael Betz

Posted on January 24th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Michael Betz

PALMYRA – Michael A. Betz, 48 of Palmyra, passed away Friday, January 23, 2015, at Flower Hospital.
He was born October 10, 1966, in Adrian, Michigan to Melvin and Diana ‘Dini’ (Richard) Betz. Michael graduated from Blissfield High School in 1984.
On April 6, 1991, Michael married Karen Hauser in Metamora, Ohio, and she survives.
Michael worked for Blissfield Manufacturing and was currently working for Chrysler in Perrysburg.
He was a member of an archery league at Blissfield Sportsmen’s Club and had a love of the outdoors and all things hunting. This passion was shared with his daughters, each of whom has taken a deer with their dad. Other pastimes included spending time at the family cabin up north, playing golf, and having fun with a great group of friends.
Michael was a loving husband, father and son who will be greatly … Read More »

Jerry Marks

Posted on January 13th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Jerry Marks

BRITTON — Jerry I. Marks, 64, of Britton, passed away suddenly January 8, 2015.
Jerry was born on November 26, 1950 to Kenneth and Olive (Johns) Marks in Adrian. He graduated from Blissfield High School.
On April 20, 1974, Jerry was married to Deborah A. Goetz.
Jerry was a life-long farmer. He was also employed by Crop Production Services for 35 years, where he was a custom applicator.
Jerry was a member of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Riga, and the American and Michigan Beefalo Associations.  He served as a 4-H swine leader for many years.
Besides his wife, Jerry is survived by children Michael (Shelley) Marks of Britton, Paul (Jami) Marks of Monroe, Jennifer (Dustin) Reckner of Morenci, Benjamin Marks of Britton, and Sarah (Travis) Taylor of Britton; grandchildren Keaton and Kiah Marks, Hannah, Collin, and Emma Reckner, Ava and Evan Marks, and Olivia and … Read More »

Patricia Sell

Posted on January 9th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Patricia Sell

Patricia Ann Sell, 63, of Blissfield, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at her home.

Pat was born on Feb. 22, 1951 in Trenton, MI, the daughter of Leo Anthony and Marjorie Rose (Smock) Beaubien. She was married on Nov. 9, 1974 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockwood, MI to Byron Clarence Sell.

Pat enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. Besides helping on the family farm, Pat helped her husband Byron selling produce at the Blissfield and Madison farmer’s markets, the Walker’s Tavern Farmer’s Market in the Irish Hills, and the Detroit Eastern Farmer’s Market. She also enjoyed spending time doing puzzles, and caring for her pet dog “Bailey”.

Surviving is her husband, Byron Sell of Blissfield; seven children, Holly (Todd) James of Paw Paw, MI, Jeremy (Crystal) Sell of Palmyra, Julie (Doug) … Read More »

Earle Miller

Posted on January 6th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Earle Miller

Earle R. Miller, 95, formerly of Blissfield, passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Lynwood Manor in Adrian.
Earle was born March 6, 1919, in Deerfield, the son of Edward and Myrtle (Myers) Miller. He graduated from Blissfield High school in 1937, and served in the US Army during WWII.
Earle retired as plant manager at Blissfield Manufacturing Co., and was a life member of the Blissfield American Legion Post #325 in Blissfield. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing.
Surviving is his daughter Shirley (Cletus) LaFollette of Atlanta, Mich., son Richard (Sherry) Miller of Science Hill, Ky.; sister Mildred Miller of Spring Arbor; grandchildren Cheri LaFollette, Nancy (Robert) Hejl, Bret (Peggy) LaFollette, Kim (Link) Geren, Stephanie (Jim) Shoemaker, and Amy (Rob) Henning; and great grandchildren Tyler, Jesse, and Bailey Hejl, Landon Geren, and Brook, … Read More »

Yvonne Bancroft

Posted on January 6th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Yvonne Bancroft

  Yvonne Bancroft passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on January 5, 2015, at Blissfield Place in Blissfield, Michigan. 
Yvonne was born July 29, 1935, in Jackson, Michigan, the daughter of Sigmund and Margaret (Wagner) Wasielewski.
Yvonne graduated from St. John’s High School in 1954,
She attended Jackson Community College and graduated as a registered nurse from Borgess Hospital-Kalamazoo and Nazareth College, Division of Nursing in 1957.
She was employed at Bixby Hospital from 1957-1966 and was head nurse in Pediatrics 1960-1966.
She then worked in the medical offices of Dr. Eddy and Feeney until 1979. She then returned to Bixby Hospital continuing to work in Pediatrics until she retired in 1997.
Yvonne was very proud that she passed the National Certification Board Exam for Pediatrics.
She married Phil Bancroft at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on May 9, 1987.
Yvonne enjoyed reading, completing many crafts and her … Read More »

Michael Marine

Posted on January 6th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Michael Marine

ADRIAN — Michael Lawrence Gage Marine, age 23 of Adrian died Tuesday, December 23, 2014, in California.
He was born September 18, 1991, in Toledo to Lawrence Albert and Elizabeth Ann (Valdez) Marine.  Michael graduated from Blissfield High School in 2011.
He was a member of Jesus is Lord Ministries.
Michael loved to skateboard, read, do art projects, was an avid video game player and a talented musician who enjoyed playing the guitar and drums. Michael loved to make people laugh.
He enjoyed going boating and fishing with his dad.
Michael is survived by his parents, Lawrence and Elizabeth of Adrian; grandparents, Charles and Becky Marine of Blissfield; sister, Sierra (Clifton) Monhollen, Jr. of Adrian; three nieces, Alissa, Abigail and Aspen; a nephew, Clifton III and numerous aunts, uncle, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by … Read More »

Steven Sweet

Posted on January 6th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Steven Sweet

Steven E. Sweet, 56, died suddenly in his home December 27, 2014, of a heart attack.
He was born on July 2, 1958, in Kalamazoo, to Edward and Janet Sweet. 
Steve graduated from Blissfield High School in 1976 and Northern Michigan University in 1980.
He joined the Peace Corps serving two years in Ghana.
Steve was a manager for Marcos Pizza for over 20 years. An avid reader, he also loved theatre, opera, bicycling, baseball, and cats. Steve was a good friend of Bill W. for 24 years.
Steve married the love of his life, Randa Shallal, on May 6, 2007. He was a wonderful husband and will be missed beyond what words can express.
Steve is survived by his wife Randa Sweet, sister Cathy Griffith, brother Thomas (Kathy )Sweet , sister-in-law Debbie McCrandall, brother-in-law Jeff Witte, and his nieces and nephews.  His parents … Read More »

Harold “Bud” Bohs

Posted on January 6th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Harold “Bud” Bohs

Harold ‘Bud’ Bohs
Harold “Bud” Bohs, 92, of Blissfield, passed away Saturday, January 3, 2015 at his home.
Bud was born on Nov.14, 1922, in Blissfield, the son of Harold and Ruth (Saxton) Bohs Sr.
He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1940, and served in the US Army in Europe during WWII, participating in the liberation of France and the battle of the bulge.
Bud was married on June 20, 1946, to Frances L. Meyers at the First United Methodist Church in Blissfield.
He worked 46.8 years at Tecumseh Products, retiring in 1985.
Bud was an active member of the Blissfield Athletic Boosters, and enjoyed assisting with the school’s athletic events. Bud also enjoyed cooking and baking cinnamon rolls for his many friends. 
Surviving is his wife, Frances L. Bohs of Blissfield; three daughters, Jennifer Bohs of Lexington, MI, Monica Luce of Kalamazoo, MI, and Sheila (Terry) … Read More »

Shirley Jackson

Posted on December 30th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Shirley Jackson

Shirley Ann Jackson of Blissfield passed away December 20, 2014, in Adrian, MI. Shirley was born April 5, 1936, in Novi, MI to Phyllis G. Smith Brooks and Raymond Brooks.  She married Kenneth Jackson on May 7, 1955.  He passed away on October 7, 1993.
Shirley was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who cherished her time with her family.  Her family will miss her famous Christmas cookies that no one could duplicate and her infectious giggle that made us all smile.
She is survived by her son, Kenneth (Judy) Jackson of Tecumseh, MI; grandson, Heathe Fowler and his wife, Briana; great-granddaughters Rylee Fowler and Sydney Fowler of Zeeland, MI; brother, Roland (Joan) Brooks; sisters, Peggy (Wayne) Wright, Susan (Phil) Popham; sister-in-law, Cynthia Brooks and many nieces and nephews.  Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Kenneth; son, Mark; … Read More »

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