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Obituaries


Harlan Behm

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

RIGA — Harlan H. “Sonny” Behm, 93, of Riga, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2013, at the Hospice of Lenawee Residence, Adrian. He was born June 19, 1919, in Deerfield, the son of Robert and Lydia (Jasmund) Behm. Sonny was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Riga. He was a farmer who loved to attend auctions and go antiquing. He enjoyed collecting and working on cars and refinishing furniture. He is survived by a sister, Margaret Russell of Riga; nephews and nieces, Paul Russell of Blissfield; Gary Behm of Adrian; Shayna Behm and Shelly Behm; and his dear friend, Bonnie Armbruster of Saline. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Nelson and Willard Behm. Visitation was from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel in Blissfield, with a memorial service beginning … Read More »


Christine James

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

ST. LOUIS, Mich. — Christine James, 98, formerly of Blissfield passed away Friday, January, 18, 2013, at Pine River Health Care Center. Born July 15, 1914, in Poland she is the daughter of John and Anna Pypiak. On June 15, 1938, she married Price Glenn James, who preceded her in death on June, 2, 1960. Christine worked for Blissfield Schools as a Janitor where she retired from in 1976. Christine is survived by her two sons James (Norma) of Mt. Morris, and David (Susan) of Spartanburg, SC. In addition to her husband and parents she is preceded in death by a grandson Jeff, and a granddaughter Barbara Sue. The funeral service for Christine is Thursday, January 24, 2013, beginning at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel United Methodist in Blissfield. Christine’s family will receive friends prior to the service from 9-11 a.m. … Read More »


Esther Billington

Posted on January 8th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

ADRIAN – Esther Anna Billington, 104, of Blissfield passed away on Monday, January 7th in Adrian.

Esther was born in Palmyra on March 11, 1908 to Pliney and Mary Jones. She married Harold Billington in June of 1934, Harold preceded her in death in 1983. Esther was a teacher in Palmyra and Madison Schools for a number of years, teaching 2nd grade. She enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and playing board games with her grandchildren.

Esther is survived by her children Barbara (Emerson) Bliesner and Robert (Karen) Billington both of Blissfield; grandchildren Danielle (Shane) Waigle, David Billington, Scott Billington, Dawn (Jeff) Lyle, Diane (Ray) Bihn, and Tom (Colleen) Bliesner; great grandchildren Anna, Alexzandria, and Thomas Waigle, Adam and Jennifer Lyle, Mackenzie and Sydney Bihn, Kip and Kash Bliesner, and one great great grandchild Coleson Lyle.

Esther is preceded in death by her parents, siblings, … Read More »


Thomas Delzeith

Posted on January 7th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

On Friday, January 4th of the year 2013, Thomas Allen Delzeith lost his life.  He was 17. Tom loved music.  He devoted most of his teenage years to listening to his favorite bands and learning everything he could about his love, music.  With over 50 vinyl records, most of his love was dedicated to the soulful music of the 1960’s and 70’s because of the giant soul he had.  He spent many hours as an accomplished writer and loved performing all genres of music with his friends. He cared deeply for many friends and family and used his love of music to lend his ears to anyone in need.  Tom saw the world and wanted to travel its vast expanses.  Now, he will be voyaging the depth of our hearts.  All Tom wanted was to love, and sought peace wherever … Read More »


Edward Wegner

Posted on January 3rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Edward D. Wegner, age 90, of Blissfield died on January 1, 2013, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility in Adrian.  Ed was born on September 15, 1922, in Blissfield, Michigan, the son of Frederick and Frieda (Tiede) Wegner. On January 23, 1942, Ed was united in marriage to the love of his life, Venona Mae Kelley in Adrian, Michigan. She preceded him in death on December 19, 1974.

Ed was baptized and a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palmyra. He was employed as a Hi Lo Driver for Ford Motor Company in Rawsonville and also engaged in farming.  Ed’s love of farming started at an early age when he had to work the family farm after the early loss of his father. This love of farming continued for the rest of his life even while working for Ford Motor Company. Ed was a wel-respected … Read More »


Geraldine “Gerry” Miller

Posted on January 3rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

ADRIAN — Geraldine “Gerry” L. Miller, 92, of Adrian, formerly of Blissfield, passed away Monday, December 31, 2012, at Lynwood Manor.

Born January 14, 1920, in Addison, Michigan, she was the oldest child of Leo and Mary (Fuller) Smith.  She was a graduate of Blissfield High School.

Locally, Gerry was well known from working at the UAW, the American Legion in Hudson and Adrian, and the Barley House. She was also a daily customer at Morning Fresh Bakery in Adrian where she enjoyed visiting with other regulars. Gerry was a life member of the Blissfield American Legion Auxiliary.

Gerry is survived by her children, Shirley (Cletus) LaFollette of Atlanta, MI and Richard “Dick” Miller of Hernando, MS; six  grandchildren: Cheri LaFollette of Blissfield; Nancy (Robert) Hejl of Sylvania; Bret (Peggy) LaFollette of  Blissfield; Kim (Link) Geren of Ankeny, IA; Stephanie (Jim) Shoemaker of … Read More »


Arturo Trevino

Posted on December 31st, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Arturo Trevino, 55, Blissfield, died Dec. 27, 2012. The funeral is scheduled for  2 p.m . Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian. Burial will follow in Riga Cemetry. Visitation is at the funeral home from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.


Michael Czar

Posted on December 27th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Michael F. Czar, 89, of Blissfield, passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2012, at his home.

Born October 6, 1923, in Akron, Ohio, he was one of the 10 children of Peter and Mary Czar.

He was married to Erma Davis who preceded him in death.

Michael was serving in the United States Navy in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked.  He continued his naval career as a pilot, flying with the Blue Angels. After retiring from the military, he worked for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, where he retired with many years of service.

Michael was a very loving and caring person. He liked helping others, and would often work on cars for his friends and family.  He also enjoyed collecting toy cars.

Family meant everything to Michael. He will be greatly missed by those surviving including his children, Candace (Ronald) Harrell … Read More »


Jayne Davis

Posted on December 27th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Margaret “Jayne” Davis, 93, formerly of Adrian, passed away December 25, 2012, at Blissfield Place.

Born December 15, 1919 in Britton, Michigan, she was the daughter of Alexander and Anna “Florence” (Murphy) Gibson. She was a 1937 graduate of Britton High School.

Jayne was married to Loren Edward Davis who preceded her in death in 1969.

Jayne worked at First Federal Savings and Loan in Adrian for many years prior to moving to Blissfield where she became the branch manager. Jayne was a member of the Lenawee Country Club where she enjoyed playing golf.

She was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Adrian, serving as trustee, and currently a member of the First United Methodist Church of Blissfield. For many years Jayne was a member of the Bixby Medical Center Auxiliary, and the Order of the Eastern Star.  he was an … Read More »


Sedonna Clark

Posted on December 26th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

ADRIAN — Sedonna Elsie Clark, 89, of Blissfield, Michigan, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2012, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility. Born January 25, 1923, in Riga, Michigan, Sedonna was the oldest child of Stanley and Rose (Fischer) Betz. On March 8, 1945, she married Charles Clark Jr. They celebrated over 47 years of marriage prior to his death in 1992. Sedonna was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Riga where she was active in the Ladies Aide Society. She was also involved in the Blissfield Senior Citizens Group and as a volunteer aide at Blissfield Elementary School. While living in Franklin, Tennessee, she was a member of the Clay Center Writers Group and the Senior Citizens Group. Sedonna was a caregiver for both seniors and children. She was a writer, publisher and Betz family historian. Sedonna enjoyed … Read More »