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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 »

Jacqueline Sliker

Posted on April 29th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Jacqueline Sliker

Jacqueline Margaret Sliker passed from this world to eternal life with the Lord Jesus Christ on April 27, 2014. She was born to Milton and Evelyn Heise, on April 11, 1932 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Lorne Heise, and sister Donna Holmquist. She is survived by her four children Janis (Bill) Helminiak of Westcliffe, Col., Kevin (Gail) Van Ert of Adrian, Donna (Frank) Glyda of Maumee, Ohio, and Bonnie (Mark) Johnson of Toledo, Ohio. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Jackie married John Van Ert in 1949 in Canada. Following the birth of their first child they move to Toledo, Ohio, where they resided and raised their family. Jackie and John divorced in 1968. She remarried Howard Sliker of Blissfield and began a successful real estate career. They divided … Read More »

Keith Diver

Posted on April 29th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Keith Diver

DEERFIELD — Keith T. Diver, age 65, of Deerfield passed away April 22, 2014. He was born March 7, 1949 in Tecumseh, the son of Beaumont and Lillian (LaVoy) Diver. He married Joan R. Klippel on June 12, 1970, in Richfield Center, Ohio, and she survives. Keith proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 -1972. He owned and operated Meyers – Diver’s Airport in Tecumseh for over 40 years. Keith graduated from Deerfield High School and had worked in skilled trades as a Machine Repairman at Ford Motor Company in Saline for 30 years, retiring in 1997. He was a member of the Deerfield American Legion. Keith loved aircraft and fixing them. He was honored to host the annual fly-in for the Meyer Aircraft Association in July of 2013. In his free time, Keith enjoyed working … Read More »

Paul Laslo

Posted on April 29th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Paul Laslo

BRITTON — Paul Peter Laslo, age 97 of Britton, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 15, 1917, in Canada, to Joseph and Anna Laslo.  Paul served in the US Army and was a WWII veteran. On November 26, 1949, he married Carolyn Martin and she preceded him in death in 1987. On October 10, 1987, he married Mary Pieplow in Adrian.  She also preceded him in death. Paul was a lifetime member of the Blissfield American Legion. He enjoyed going to his cabin in Reed City. Paul is survived by his children, Janet Strong of Adrian, Stephen (Cheryl) Laslo of Whittaker, John Laslo of Morenci and Jeff Laslo of Bellefountaine, Ohio; step-daughter, Janet Blaker of Adrian; one brother, Joseph (Kathryn) Laslo, Jr. of Waters; three sisters, Rose Dumith of Carsonville, MI, Leone … Read More »

Arthur Vandenbusche

Posted on April 29th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Arthur Vandenbusche

Arthur Robert Vandenbusche, 81 of Blissfield passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 25, 2014, at home.  He was born on May 12, 1932 in Ogden Township to Robert and Lucille (Lazoen) Vandenbusche. Arthur was united in marriage in 1956 to Rose Marie Loar, in Angola, Indiana. He was a self employed farmer retiring in 1997. Arthur served in the U.S. Army from September 18, 1952, to September 17, 1960.  He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Blissfield, Blissfield American Legion, the Gleaners Society.  Arthur was a past member of Ogden IOOF, NFO, Blissfield Kiwanis Club, Wauseon Elks Club, and the Ogden Township Board of Review. Arthur’s many hobbies included softball, bowling, fishing, golf, bike riding, walking, yard/gardening, hunting, car cruises, going to the coffee shop daily, spending many hours in his art studio, social sessions, and dancing. Arthur and … Read More »

Jeanette Ogden

Posted on March 27th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Jeanette Ogden

Jeanette Ogden, age 96 of Blissfield, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility with her family by her side. She was born May 2, 1917, in Blissfield, Michigan, to the late Edward and Madge (Smith) Brown. Jeanette was a member of the graduating Class of 1935 from Blissfield High School. On August 21, 1947, she was married to Richard Ogden, and they celebrated almost 62 years of marriage before his death in 2009. Jeanette worked at Tibbs Brothers IGA and the Gambles store. She was a lifetime member of the Blissfield American Legion Auxilliary. She is survived by her children: James (Laura) Marsh of Toledo; Jacqueline O’Neill of Bradenton, FL; Robert (Cindy) Ogden of Adrian; and Deborah (Robert) Pooley of Blissfield; three grandchildren, several great grandchildren and a sister, Lois “Kathleen” Sheldon of Blissfield. In addition … Read More »

Margaret Miller

Posted on March 10th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Margaret Miller

ADRIAN—Margaret Pearl (Lipp) Miller passed away peacefully at Magnum Care Nursing Home in Adrian, Michigan on February 28th in the early evening.  She was born on February 26th, 1922 to the late Martin and Edith (Johnson) Lipp in Riga, Michigan.  She was well attended to by the staff at Magnum Care over the last few years and made many friends of the staff and residents at the home.

Margaret was raised on a farm in the Riga area until age 7 when her father died leaving her mother and four sisters, Ruth, Alice, Helen and Gladys to continue on.  It was a bit of a struggle but they worked together and all became very close as a result of the loss.  They moved to Blissfield where Margaret graduated from high school.  After high school, she worked at Sprunk Brothers Grocery Store.  … Read More »

Yvonne Diedrich

Posted on February 4th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Yvonne Diedrich

Yvonne S. Diedrich, age 57 of Blissfield, passed away unexpectedly at her home Wednesday, January 29, 2014. She was born August 17, 1956, in Toledo, Ohio to Raymond and Barbara (Barker) Hugill Sr. Yvonne graduated from Eastwood High School in Pemberville, Ohio, and attended both the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University.

On July 23, 2002, Yvonne married Alfred Diedrich in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and he survives.

Yvonne retired in 2011 from Toledo Public Schools where she was a sign language interpreter for 23 years, most recently at Waite High School. She enjoyed the students and served as an advisor for several school clubs. Yvonne collected cut glass and was a member of the American Cut Glass Association.

In addition to her mother, Barbara (Leonard) Jones of Canal Fulton, Ohio; she is survived by her husband, Alfred and their children: Angela Conley … Read More »

Earl Gafner

Posted on February 4th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Earl Gafner

Earl R. Gafner, 76 of Las Vegas, passed away on Wednesday January 29, 2014. Earl was born on December 29, 1937, Britton, Michigan. He was the son of Charles and Florence (Pickford) Gafner.

He is survived by his loving wife Galina Rudko of Las Vegas and former wife Lynne (Jacobs) Gafner of Blissfield and their children; a son Mark (Teresa) Gafner of Delta,Ohio, and daughter Valerie (Mike) Gunn of Ida, five grandchildren; Courtney, Jeff, and Kyle Gunn of Ida and Emily and Elizabeth Gafner of Delta, Ohio. Also surviving is a brother, Elwyn “Buzz” Gafner of Blissfield and a sister, Arlene McVay of Morenci. He was preceded in death by a sister, Madeline Lietzke of Blissfield.

After graduating from Blissfield High School, Earl served his country in the United States Marine Corps at 29 Palms, California and was released from active duty … Read More »

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