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 »
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.
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 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.
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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 »
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 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.
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 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 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 »