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Ralph Staup

Posted on June 10th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

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 on June 10th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

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 on June 5th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

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 on May 28th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

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 on May 17th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

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 on May 14th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

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 on May 14th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

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 on May 14th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

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 on April 30th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

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 on April 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

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 »