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Karen Amstutz

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Karen Amstutz

Karen E. A. Amstutz, age 65 of Blissfield passed away suddenly on Monday, June 16, 2014 at ProMedica Bixby Hospital in Adrian.  She was born on February 27, 1949 in Pensacola, Florida to Richard and Mary (Ford) Graham.  On November 11, 1972 she married Donald “Butch” Amstutz in Blissfield.  He preceded her in death on July 5, 1996.  Karen retired from Blissfield Community Schools.  She loved to scrapbook and enjoyed gardening and shopping online.  Karen’s greatest love was for her grandchildren and her time spent with them.   Karen is survived by one son, Ryan Amstutz of Temperance; two daughters, Malisa (Andy) Fetzer and Molly (Gerald “Levert”) Jackson both of Blissfield; two brothers, Steven Graham and David Graham both of Blissfield; two sisters, Melinda Pagel of Blissfield and Jennifer (Mark) McCauley of Brighton; six grandchildren, Harley Warner, Bailey Warner, Aleigha … Read More »

Harley Sharrock

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Harley Sharrock

DEERFIELD — Harley G. Sharrock, age 75, of Deerfield died Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at home surrounded by his family. He was born December 21, 1938 in Ypsilanti to Lester and Helena (Perry) Sharrock. On October 18, 1961, in Monroe he married Gaynell Witt and she survives. Harley was a graduate of Deerfield High School. He worked in management with Seaway Food Town from 1960-2000. Harley was a former School Board President and served on the Parish Counsel at Light of Christ Catholic Parish (St. Alphonsus). His favorite pastimes included playing cards, bowling and watching his beloved Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions. Harley had a love for gardening, animals and flowers and he enjoyed playing softball and held the position of coach for the Iott Insurance softball team. Harley truly embraced life and was at his happiest surrounded by family … Read More »

Richard Delzeith

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Richard Delzeith

Richard Delzeith Richard Theodore Delzeith, Jr, 59, passed away June 6, 2014. Rick was born to Richard “Ted” Delzeith, Sr., and Mildred Delzeith July 21, 1954. After graduation from Blissfield High School in 1972, he attended Grand Valley State College. Rick spent much of his life as a tradesman, making his living in the vinyl siding installation business in Southeastern Michigan and Northwestern Ohio. He was a very creative person, adding his touches to many residential properties and making many a vinyl starburst which graced the front roofline of many area homes. He loved fishing, collecting and tinkering. His survivors are children William (Mollie Monroe) Delzeith, Toledo; his daughter Lauren Delzeith, Adrian; his father Ted, Punta Gorda, Florida; sisters Becky (Brian) Tejkl, Liberty Center, Ohio; Sarah (Ron) Rudland, Jackson, Michigan; Lisa (Mike) Jordan, Clarklake, Michigan; Anne (Rick) Ryan, Sylvania, Ohio; … Read More »

Townsend Porter Sr.

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Townsend Porter Sr.

Townsend Porter Sr. Townsend Henry Porter, Sr., known to his family and friends as Tom, he was born in Blissfield, on September 26,1918, the son of Stanley Porter and Ethel Loar Porter. He had three siblings, Merland “Mike” Porter, Carroll “Ike” Porter, and Faith Porter Bohs. He passed away at age 95, on June 5, 2014, in Sarasota, Florida, which was his home with Betty for the last 12 years. He is survived by his wife Betty Jane Girard Porter, his son Townsend “Tom” Porter, and his son David Porter. He was also blessed with a large and caring extended family. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carol Ann Porter McCullough. Tom’s career as a chemist spanned 55 years, and included research, production, and sales of polyurethanes and fine chemicals. The majority of his career was spent with … Read More »

Cecil Marsh

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Cecil Marsh

RIGA — Cecil Eldene Marsh was born the 1st of March, 1933, in Adrian, and was relieved of his fight with cancer the 11th of June, 2014 at Provincial House in the care of Hospice of Lenawee and surrounded by his family and the caring staff. He proudly served his country as Private First Class in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict where he earned the National Defense, Korean Service and the United Nations Service medals. He was always proud of his service and spoke highly of anyone who had served. On Christmas Day in 1958 he wed the love of his life, Jacqueline Faust, in Toledo, Ohio. They were married for 51 wonderful years, and she preceded him in death on the 14th of March, 2010. He was also preceded in death by an infant son … Read More »

Byron Cluckey Jr.

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Byron Cluckey Jr.

Byron A. Cluckey, Jr., passed away on June 7, 2014, in Prescott, Arizona. Byron was born in Petersburg, Michigan, on May 8, 1930, to Byron A. Cluckey, Sr., and Marie (Barry) Cluckey. His family moved from Petersburg, Michigan in 1940. Byron graduated from W.K. Kellogg High School in Nashville, Michigan, and joined the U.S. Navy in 1949. Byron proudly served on the USS Sicily CVE 118 during the Korean War, earning the Korean Medal, UN Medal three Bronze Stars and the Navy Unit Citation. After discharge from the navy, Byron attended El Camino College in Torrence, California from 1953 to 1955 earning an Associate Degree in Engineering. After college Byron was employed at Northrup Air Craft in California. In 1956 Byron returned to Michigan and joined the Michigan State Police in May 1957. He served at posts in Battle Creek, … Read More »

Ida Adams

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Ida Adams

Ballston Lake, NY — Ida M. Adams, 79, of Meridian Lane, died on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, New York, following a long illness. She was born on February 1, 1935 in Adrian, Mich., and was the daughter of the late Sherman O. and Nellie E. (Stevens) Clough. Mrs. Adams had lived in Ballson Lake since 1971 and was formerly of Adrian. She taught in the Schenectady School District for many years. Mrs. Adams had attended the Ballson Lake Baptist Church since the late 1970s and formerly served as one of the church’s instrumentalists. She also enjoyed traveling. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur Adams; step-mother of Amey Louise Adams, Andrienne Jean Hall, Arthur David Adams and the late Andrea Joan Adams; sister of the late Ralph D. Clough, Robert Clough, Eleanor (Paul) … Read More »

Loretta Burch

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

CLAYTON – Loretta F. Burch, age 92, of Clayton, died Friday, May 23, 2014 at Hospice of Lenawee, Hospice Home.  She was born February 16, 1922 in William Co., OH to John and Clara (Thiel) Stark.  She married Lawrence Burch on May 17, 1941.  He preceded her in death on July 7, 1992.  Loretta was a member of St. Mary’s on the Lake, the Irish Hills Region Antique Auto Car Club; the Antique Farmers Tractor Club of Adrian and the Heritage Farmer Tractor Club of Adrian.  She was a music teacher in her home and in the Onsted Public Schools.

Loretta is survived by her children, Jerry Burch of Manitou Beach, Karen (Ron) Coopshaw of Blissfield, Kenneth (Pat) Burch of Onsted, Olis (Lois) Burch of Manitou Beach and Olen Burch of Brooklyn; one brother, Vincent Stark, of Bryan, OH; one sister, … Read More »

Henry “Hank” Wiesmann

Posted on May 28th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Henry “Hank” Wiesmann

Henry J. “Hank” Wiesmann, age 79 of Adrian, MI died peacefully at home surrounded by his family May 26, 2014.  He was born Dec. 1, 1934 on the family farm in Clayton, MI, to Anton & Rose (Mueller) Wiesmann.

He graduated in 1952 from St. Mary’s High School in Adrian and attended Michigan State University.  He served in the United States Army from 1956-1958 and was honorably discharged from the Army Chemical Center in Edgewood, MD. On Sept. 17, 1960, he married Joyce Calhoun, and they enjoyed a marriage of 53 years.

Hank joined The Raisin Presbyterian Church of Holloway, Britton, MI in 1972 where he served as a Ruling Elder and Sunday School Teacher for many years.  He was a member of Gorman Grange, leader of several Lenawee County 4-H Clubs, and member of Palmyra/Blissfield Order of the Eastern Star.  He … Read More »

Peter Poluka

Posted on May 6th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Peter Poluka

Peter Poluka, age 93 of Blissfield, passed away at his home Saturday, May 3, 2014. He was born June 22, 1920, in Bell Valley, Ohio, to Steven and Theresa Poluka. While working in a defense plant in New Jersey, Peter met Margaret Michalko whom he married on November 23, 1944 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and she survives. Peter retired in 1982 from Johnson Controls where he had worked as an engineer for many years. In his younger years, he enjoyed bowling and pitching for softball teams. Peter was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Parish in Blissfield. In addition to Margaret, his wife of almost 70 years, he is survived by their children, Donna (Virgil) Diver of Blissfield and Peter (Dianna) Poluka of Deerfield; and a grandson, Alan Langmeyer. He was preceded in death by his siblings: Helen, Rosie, Eva, … Read More »

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