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Mary Ellen Sayler

Posted on November 20th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Mary Ellen Sayler

Mary Ellen Ickler Sayler, age 83 of Blissfield, passed away Sunday, November 9, 2014, at Promedica Bixby Hospital.
She was born August 11, 1931, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. At 6 weeks she was adopted by David and Edna (Rathbun) Loar. She graduated from Blissfield High School in 1948.
On June 7, 1953, she married Howard Ickler, Sr. of Riga. He died July 7, 1964. On April 7, 1972, she married Burton Sayler. They lived on Burt’s farm till they moved to Coach Light Estates in June 1990. She drove school bus in Blissfield 28 years. She and her husband spent 22 winters at Mission, Texas until he could not travel any more. 
She attended Blissfield Baptist Church.
She is survived by her children: Howard (Debbie) Ickler, Jr. of Blissfield; Cindy (Larry) Brugger of Spring Arbor; and Ron (Sandy) Sayler of Blissfield; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held … Read More »

Katherine LaPere

Posted on November 20th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Katherine LaPere

Katherine M. LaPere, age 90 of Blissfield, passed away Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Lenawee Medical Care Facility.
She was born February 6, 1924 in Riga Township to Harry and Gertrude (Kuhl) Sallows.
She married John Berger in 1946, and he preceded her in death in 1982. In 1994, she was married to Joseph LaPere, and he passed away in 2001.
Kate graduated from Blissfield High School in 1994, receiving her diploma the same year as two of her grandchildren. She retired from the Blissfield Canning Company with 25 years of service. She was a former member of St. Peter’s Parish and Emmanuel United Methodist Church, and recently was a member of the West Adrian Community Church. Kate was actively involved with activities at the Bliss-Liewert Senior Center. At Lenawee Medical Care Facility she received an award for her Halloween costume this year.
She is survived … Read More »

Edna Peacock

Posted on October 8th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Edna Peacock

Adrian—Edna L. Peacock, 85 of Blissfield, passed away at the Hospice of Lenawee Home on Tuesday, October 07, 2014 in the presence of her loving family and under the gentle care of Hospice.

Edna was born in Blissfield, MI on October 26, 1928 to Zearl and Carrie (Sipe) Horton. Edna attended Blissfield School and graduated with the class of 1946.

She married Even Lamley on October 29, 1946 in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, he preceded her in death. On March 3, 1984, she married Norman ‘Bud’ Peacock at the Blissfield First United Methodist Church.

Edna lived most of her life in Blissfield. She loved and enjoyed her family, home and church. She loved life to the fullest. With a heart of gold, she accepted and impacted all she met. As a member of Blissfield First United Methodist Church, she was active in … Read More »

Rick Pifer

Posted on September 16th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Rick Pifer

Rick R. Pifer. A memorial will be held Saturday, September 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Light of Christ Catholic Church in Blissfield. Rick, 54, is survived by his parents, Ed and Beverly Pifer; twin brothers Kent and Kevin Pifer; nephews Hans (Chelsea) Pifer, Eric (Allison) Pifer, niece Sara Pifer and grandniece Savannah Pifer. Visitation from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. A luncheon will be served at the Church after services. Burial will be at Ogden Cemetery.

Maurice Ford

Posted on September 16th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Maurice Ford

Maurice ‘Maury’ F. Ford, 86 of Blissfield, passed away August 8, 2014, at his home under the loving care of his family and the gentle assistance of Hospice of Lenawee. He was born December 20, 1927, in Blissfield, Michigan to Franklin and Eunice (Kushmaul) Ford. Maurice proudly served his country in the Army and was stationed in Korea. On December 27, 1947, he married Mary ‘Sue’ Lee. They have been blessed with 66 years of marriage. He worked at Tecumseh Products for 43 years, retiring in 1990. Maurice was a member of the Blissfield American Legion, Blissfield VFW and the National Rifle Association. He was one of the founders of Blissfield Little League. Maurice was a leader for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, an avid hunter, and a gifted woodworker. In addition to his wife, Sue, he is survived by … Read More »

John Hans

Posted on September 16th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on John Hans

John Lawrence Hans, age 57, of Blissfield, died Friday morning, August 1, 2014, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital following a very brief illness. John was born May 8, 1957, in Detroit, the son of David and Marie (Kitzinger) Hans. He married Margaret A. (Leszczynski) on May 18, 1984, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Farmington. John is the beloved and devoted husband of 30 years to Margaret; loving father of Bridget (Rick) Stein; cherished son of Marie and the late David (d. 1985); dear brother of Eric (Lynne) Hans, Gretchen (Ed) Guisbert and Heidi (Jeff) Lapham; and grandfather to a beautiful granddaughter due in December of 2014. John loved and served his country in the armed forces for 7 years, and was a member of the Pershing Missile Unit based in Neckarsulm, Germany and Lawton, Oklahoma. While in Oklahoma, … Read More »

Lucille Forche

Posted on September 16th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Lucille Forche

DEERFIELD — Lucille A. Forche, age 86, passed away peacefully, on Monday, August 4, 2014, at the Hospice of Lenawee Home in Adrian. She was born on October 8, 1927 to Ross and Esther (Robison) Montry.  On June 25, 1949, she married Phillip W. Forche at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Deerfield.  He preceded her in death, just two short weeks ago. She enjoyed spending time in Zephyrhills, Florida, where she and her husband, Phil, spent their winters for 20 years. She was an avid bingo and card player. She loved to play games with her grandchildren, enjoyed children of all ages, working crossword puzzles, reading, and watching game shows on TV. Surviving is a son, Jim Forche of Blissfield; a daughter, Jean (Steven) Chafee of Oak Harbor, Ohio; two grandchildren, Rebecca Chafee of Port Clinton, Ohio and Rachel Chafee … Read More »

Martha “Fern” Borchardt O’Brien

Posted on August 6th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Martha “Fern” Borchardt O’Brien

Martha “Fern” Borchardt O’Brien, age 88, born in Granite City, Illinois on January 30, 1926, passed away August 4, 2014, after sudden illness. She lived in Brooklyn for over 40 years and spent many years in Blissfield with winters in Bradenton, Florida. She married Robert Borchardt April 6, 1946 who preceded her in death in 1976. They had three children who survive – a daughter: Karan (Mike) Raymond, Englewood, FL; two sons – Robert (Judy) Borchardt, Brooklyn, MI; and William (Beth) Borchardt, Blissfield, MI. On April 25, 1980, she married John “Bud” O’Brien who has also preceded her in death in 2008, and has a step daughter: Sherri (Thom) Leholm, Sandy, UT and a nephew: James (Sandy) Reed, Aloma, CA. She was blessed with eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. She was a housewife, part-time employee, active with the Jaycees … Read More »

Yvonne Nieman

Posted on July 29th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Yvonne Nieman

Yvonne H. Nieman, 78 of Blissfield, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. She was born March 7, 1936 in Monroe to Harold and Mildred (Zilke) Koster.

She graduated from Dundee High School in 1954 and attended what is now Washtenaw Community College.

Yvonne married Kenneth Nieman in Sylvania, Ohio on June 29, 1956.

She started her career in health care as a nurses’ aide at Herrick Hospital. After becoming a licensed practical nurse, she worked for a number of years at Bixby Medical Center, the Dialysis Center, and Herrick Manor. She was a member of the Deerfield United Methodist Church. Yvonne loved the outdoors and enjoyed bicycling and camping with the Passport of America Club.  She also loved animals.

In addition to Ken, her husband of 58 years, she is survived by their children, Kenneth (Jane) … Read More »

Gertrude Wotring

Posted on July 29th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Gertrude Wotring

Gertrude ‘Gertie’ H. Wotring, 96 of Blissfield, passed away July 27, 2014 at Lenawee Medical Care Facility. She was born August 1, 1917, in Blissfield, to Grace (Bowman) and Pearl Knapp. Gertie graduated from Blissfield High School in 1935 and later married James Samuel Wotring in Angola, Ind. He preceded her in death in 1969.

Gertie’s love was her family and the farm. She loved raising her flower gardens and golf. Her great grandchildren were her life. Gertie had a special relationship with her step mother, Chloe Knapp, and took care of her until her death; Chloe lived to be over 100.

Survivors include her sister, Margaret Dusha from California; her grandchildren, James Brennan of Blissfield and Janelle (Todd) De Lano of Phoenix, Ariz.; great grandchildren, Zoe Brennan, Danielle, Taylor and Nathaniel De Lano. Besides her parents and husband, Jim, Gertie was … Read More »

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