Patricia Ann Johns, age 80, of Marcellus, Michigan passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Borges Hospital in Kalamazoo. She was born December 9, 1934, the daughter of Donald and Evelyn (Jackson) O’ Bryan in Isabella County, Michigan.
Pat was a lifetime resident of Blissfield until moving to Marcellus a few years ago. She was a graduate of Blissfield High School class of 1953. Pat was united in marriage to Floyd Johns on July 17, 1954 in Blissfield, and he preceded her in death in 1984. She was a member of the Blissfield United Methodist Church.
Pat was an office manager for the local pharmacy, working with five different pharmacists and name changes over a span of 50 years. She served the Blissfield Chamber of Commerce for many years. Pat was a loving grandmother and enjoyed watching all her … Read More »
DUNDEE — David L. Schwisow, age 67, of Dundee passed away Monday, March 9, 2015, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.
He was born June 11, 1947, at Monroe the son of Emil and Carol (Brockman) Schwisow. He graduated from Dundee High School in 1965. He also graduated from Davis Business College in Toledo and attended Monroe Community College.
He married Debra M. Johnson September 27, 1980, at the First Presbyterian Church in Dundee.
He proudly served his country in the US Army from 1969-1971 being stationed in Germany. He retired from the Dundee Castings Company in 2011 after 23 years of employment there. Dave loved sports, especially the Red Wings, U-M football and basketball; NASCAR; gardening and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his … Read More »
Lowell Ira Eisenmann, 90, Blissfield, transitioned to his Heavenly home on Monday, March 9, 2015. He was the son of Ira and Margaret (Luse) Eisenmann, born June 17, 1924 in Riga, Michigan. After graduating from Blissfield High in 1942, he worked on the Daniels brothers’ farm, Gerity in Adrian and the Packard Motor Plant in Toledo before being called up by the Army. Lowell, as part of the infantry, was on his way to the Philippines, when he got “stuck” in Hawaii until his discharge in November 1946. As part of the US Army of the Pacific, achieving T4 status, he was awarded a Meritorious Service Badge.
When he returned home, Lowell married his high school sweetheart, Eileen J. Hazard, on December 11, 1946. Together they began their life legacy. Lowell again began farming, this … Read More »
Donald Berl Reed, 86, of Blissfield, entered into the presence of his Lord on March 21, 2015.
Don is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years, Fay, and his children Mike (Candace) Reed of Blissfield, Candace (Kent) Walters of Jenison, Mich., Judy (John) Newlin of Blissfield, William Reed of Blissfield, and Donald’s grandchildren Andrew Reed, Heidi Lee, Heather Crysler, Scott Walters, Evan Walters, Jonathan Walters, Nathan Newlin, Jessica Newlin, Brittany Reed, William Reed, and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Berl and Grace Cook Reed, and his siblings, Helen (Herb) Tait, Margaret (Leland) Porter, Mildred (Maurice) Warner and Virginia Reed.
He was born April 4, 1928 on the family farm on Robb Highway.
Upon graduation from Blissfield High School in 1946, Don farmed his whole life; even into his retirement.
For many years he served at Ogden … Read More »
Betty Jane Porter passed away February 20th, 2015.
Born on October 6th, 1922, in Williamsburg, Virginia, Betty was the daughter of Gilbert and Florida Russell Girard. She is survived by her elder brother Gilbert Girard, Jr., and was preceded in death by her siblings Robert Girard, Eugene Paul Girard, and Mary Elizabeth Girard Rudolph.
Betty married her soulmate of 72 years, Townsend “Tom” Porter, in August 1942. She had three children, Townsend “Tom” Porter, David Porter, and her dearly departed daughter Carol Ann.
She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, and cooking, and she took up the violin at age 70, and played avidly for 15 years. She traveled extensively with Tom, and settled in Sarasota, Florida for the last 12 years.
Her beloved Tom passed in June 2014. Her remaining time here was spent in reflection upon a life well lived and full of reward. Her … Read More »
DEERFIELD — Marlene A. (Bondy) Brubaker Mehan, age 78, formerly of Deerfield, passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Tecumseh Place II under the care of Hospice of Lenawee.
She was born February 1, 1937, in Deerfield, to William and Geraldine (Shettleroe) Bondy graduating from Deerfield High School with the Class of 1955.
She later worked at Fisher Body for 19 years. She was a past member of St. Alphonsus’ Catholic Church, enjoyed bowling in the past on the Ma & Pa League in Deerfield, and liked to garden, growing beautiful hibiscus.
Marlene will also be remembered for the wonderful cakes she made for friends and family.
Survivors include her children, John (Sylvia) Brubaker of Deerfield; Tina (Doug) Yoder, Robert (Mary Ann) Brubaker, Lisa (Roger) Gaby and Gary Brubaker, all of TX; her siblings, Connie ( James) Young of Adrian, half sister, Leota … Read More »
Elizabeth Fischer, age 97, formerly of Blissfield, died Sunday, March 8, 2015, under the care of Hospice of Lenawee at Adrian MagnumCare Health Center.
Mrs. Fischer was born November 21, 1917, in Sebewaing, Mich to Christian and Elizabeth (Bernhardt) Schmidt, and raised in Deerfield.
Elizabeth married Louie H. Fischer, September 20, 1940 in Indiana. He died June 28, 1991.
She was a longtime member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church where she was active in the Friendship Circle. She was a homemaker and enjoyed making quilts for family members, playing cards, bingo and her daily walks.
Survivors include two daughters, Rhea (Bruce) Stephens of Adrian and Rebecca (David) Sauter of Lambertville; and four sons, Raymond of Blissfield, Roland of Haslett, Royal (Kathy) of Adrian and Robert (Dana) of Blissfield; one sister, Mary Steih-Dunham of Dundee; ten grandsons, one granddaughter, … Read More »
Charles L. “Chip” Kasten IV, age 33 of Blissfield, passed away suddenly at his home on Sunday, February 15, 2015.
Chip attended Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fla., and attended both Owens and Stautzenberger Community Colleges, Toledo, where he studied his passion of auto repair. He enjoyed fishing with his dad, working on cars, was an avid hunter and loved his Ohio State Buckeyes. He had currently built display and window cases for “Simply Stated & Painted,” a ceramics store in Toledo. Overall, his children were his absolute joy.
Chip is survived by his fiancée, Heather Nine and children, Emma N. Kasten and Charles (C.J.) L. Kasten V; parents, Charles and Sandy (Retzke) Kasten III; brothers, William “Billy” Michalski and Keith (Hope) Michalski and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces and cousins. He is preceded in … Read More »
Robert P. Piotter, 89, of Blissfield, passed away Thursday, February 12, 2015, at Blissfield Place.
Bob was born on Sept. 4, 1925, the son of Paul and Madeline (Vanest) Piotter.
Bob graduated from Blissfield High School in 1943, and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
He was married on July 1, 1950 to Violet Goetz, who preceded him in death in 2013.
Bob worked for 37 years at Tecumseh Products, and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Riga.
He was a member and past commander of the Blissfield American Legion Post 325, and member and past Chef de Tran of the 40et8 in Adrian.
Bob also was a member of the Thursday night men’s bowling league in Blissfield for many years.
Surviving are three children, Doug (Irene) Piotter of Katy, Texas, Steve (Marcia) Piotter of The Woodlands, Texas, and Patricia (Jeff Gyde) Marks … Read More »
Thomas M. Yarger Sr., age 65, of Blissfield, passed away Friday, February 13, 2015, at Hospice House in Adrian. Thomas was born on May 22, 1949 in Lansing.
He worked for Ford Motor Company for approximately 24 years, beginning in 1991.
Thomas loved NASCAR and his favorite driver, Mark Martin. He also loved to travel to the Smoky Mountains, Nashville and the Bourbon Trail and also hiked Mt. LeConte. Thomas enjoyed bass fishing, bowling and golf and was a talented woodworker.
Thomas is survived by four sons; Thomas (Gail) Yarger, Jr. of Blissfield, Eric (Diana Swiger) Yarger of Detroit, Brandon Yarger of Ypsilanti, and Kyle Yarger of Blissfield. He is also survived by daughter Kaitlyn (Mike French) of Tecumseh, former wife and mother of his children, Vivian Yarger of Prudenville, Mich., half-brother Ron (Pat) Hale of California, and sister Nancy … Read More »