BLISSFIELD: Matthew Richard Smith, age 41 of Blissfield died on Monday, April 4, 2016 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI after a short illness. Matt was born on July 26, 1974 in Adrian, Michigan to Fred and Linda (Kuhn) Smith. He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1992. He continued with a 4 year apprenticeship and became a journeyman sheet metal worker out of Local 33 in Toledo, Ohio. Matt will be missed by many friends and family.
In addition to his parents, Matt is survived by the love of his life, his daughter, Bristol Ray Smith; grandparents, N. Richard Smith and Delilah “Mickey” Kuhn O’Connor, both of Blissfield; aunts and uncles, Ted (Sharon) Smith of Blissfield; Bonnie (Mike) Hayes of Jackson and Tim (Leta) Kuhn of Onsted; cousins, Jason (Sue) Smith of Dundee, Justin (Sarah) Smith … Read More »
DEERFIELD – Elva J. Rau, age 75 of Deerfield passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on November 25, 1940 in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania to Robert and Pearl (Nitterwrit) Blackburn. On September 4, 1965, she was married to Albert Rau in Flint and he survives. Elva was a member of Light of Christ (St. Alphonsus Catholic Church) in Deerfield. She enjoyed gardening, shopping and cleaning, as she was a meticulous housekeeper. She had worked at the Lenawee County Courthouse, retiring on December 21, 1996.
In addition to her husband, Albert, she is survived by a daughter, Stacey (Carl) Ulrich of Deerfield; a daughter-in-law, Nilda Rau of Deerfield; three brothers, Robert (Kathy) Blackburn of Florida, Barry (Linda) Blackburn of Scottdale, Pennsylvania, and Tim (Denice) Blackburn of Irwin, Pennsylvania; and three … Read More »
Harvey “Parker” Tagsold, Jr., age 80, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
He was born May 24, 1935, the only son of Harvey “Parker” and Doris (Hawkins) Tagsold Sr., and was a 1953 graduate of Blissfield High School where he was co-captain of the “Sugar Boys” basketball team. After two years at Albion College he transferred to Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science and graduated with the Class of 1956.
On February 24,1978, Parker married Patricia Nighswander at the First United Methodist Church in Blissfield.
Parker was a partner in the family business, Tagsold Furniture and Funeral Home with his father, and later with his son, Douglas, until his retirement in 1984. He then became an independent contractor, transporting hazardous waste and later delivering motor homes.
Parker held a commercial pilot’s license for over 60 years accumulating 3,000 hours of safe flying. He … Read More »
Gary Alan Houghtby, 82, of Raleigh, N.C., passed away Friday March 11, 2016, in Raleigh. He was born January 17, 1934, in Adrian, Mich., raised in Blissfield, Mich., fourth child of Earl and Edith Drinkwater Houghtby.
Gary graduated from Blissfield High School in 1951 and from Michigan State University in 1956 with a BS in Microbiology. He then received his Master’s degree from Michigan State University in 1959. Furthering his education he went on to receive his PhD in Food Science\Microbiology in 1964 from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Gary served in the US Army, doing research at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, for 2 years.
He worked for the Food and Drug Administration in Seattle, and in Cincinnati, OH, where he certified state milk laboratories in all US states and territories. Gary taught certification courses to state officials, … Read More »
Aden Walter Porter, Sr., age 89 of Blissfield passed away
Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Hospice of Lenawee Home, Adrian.
He was born at home in Ogden Township, Michigan on October 28, 1926 to Clare A. and J. Pearl (Loar) Porter. Aden was a graduate of Blissfield High School
and went on to serve his country during WWII with the Army Air Corps.
On April 25, 1981, Aden married Sandra Edwards Packard. She survives.
Aden worked for the Tecumseh Products and for Peerless Gear until he retired.
He also farmed and raced horses up until recently. Aden attended Zion
United Brethren Church all of his life. He enjoyed bowling on Wednesday
night’s I.O.O.F. league and the Monday night church league.
Surviving is his wife, Sandra Porter of Adrian; two children, the Rev.
Aden (Debra) Porter of Blissfield and Barbara (Gregg) Russell of Quincy; four grandchildren, Aundrea Baker, Matthew Russell, Vanessa … Read More »
Pamela “Pam” S. Andrews, 70, of Temperance, died Monday, March 14, 2016, in her home.
Born October 21, 1945, in Adrian, she was the daughter of Stuart and Frances (Kohler) Paulson. A 1963 graduate of Blissfield High School, she married Robert C. Andrews on November 21, 1964, in St. Peters Catholic Church in Blissfield. He preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 2003.
Pam was a clerk for the treasurers department for Bedford Township for 27 years, retiring in 2015. Pam was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Temperance. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and attending their various activities, as well as traveling with her sister-in-laws. Pam will be remembered for her beautiful smile and infectious laugh.
Pam is survived by her loving children, Michelle (Kevin) King, Jeffrey (Amy) Andrews and Matthew (Chris) Andrews; siblings, Chris … Read More »
BERKEY, Ohio – Mary Ellen Wapshall of Berkey, Ohio, died March 11, 2016.
Mary Ellen was born on January 16, 1927 to Carlton J. and Leona (Connolly) Schmidt.
She married Merlin S. Wapshall on November 27, 1948.
She is survived by her loving husband Merlin and dear son Dr. Terrance M. Wapshall. She was preceded in death by her parents, precious daughter Beth Ann Wapshall, brother Henry C. Schmidt, and sister LaJeanne Creque.
Mary Ellen was a secretary at Willys Overland for five years and Field Enterprises-World Book Encyclopedia for 14 years. She was past president and long time member of the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Elizabeth Church in Richfield Center, Ohio.
According to Mary Ellen’s wishes there will be no visitation and burial will be private.
Joyce J. Weber, age 86, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2016, under the care of her family and Hospice of Lenawee.
Joyce was born January 12, 1930, in Madison Township to Roger and Rachel (Withrow) Osborne. She married Harvey Dunavant in 1953, Norman Schoonover, Michigan State Trooper, Blissfield Post, in 1963, and Louis Weber in 1979 in Traverse City.
She was employed by Pacific Bell for 35 years, then 20 years by Hallmark. She helped her family run a resort on Spider Lake for many years. She enjoyed bowling, bird-watching. golf and Euchre, as well as her beloved Yorkies. She attended LifePoint Church on the lake. It was her great joy to have family (especially her grandchildren) and friends come make special memories with her.
Joyce is survived by her loving son, Roger (Pattie) Schoonover and grandchildren, Joseph, Rachel … Read More »
DEERFIELD – Bernita A. Reau, age 91, formerly of Deerfield, passed away peacefully at her home Thursday, March 17, 2016.
She was born June 4, 1924, in Dundee Township, Michigan the only daughter of Grover and Theo (Spohr) Willis, and graduated from Britton High School.
On January 4, 1941, she married Bernard Reau, and he preceded her in death in 1994, having been blessed with 53 years together.
Bernita was a faithful member of the Light of Christ St. Alphonsus Parish where she served on the Altar Society. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Deerfield Senior Center, which she managed.
She is survived by her children: Sharleen (Ken) Kendall of Adrian, Kenneth (Shirley) Reau of Clermont, FL, Ronald Reau of Belleville, Diane (Bob) Bosckay of Ottawa Lake, Thomas (Barb) Reau of Adrian, Greg (Judy) Willis of Burneyville, OK, … Read More »
Earl Charles Goetz passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 in the care of his wife Joyce, his girls, close friends and Hospice of Lenawee.
Earl was born on July 19, 1922, which was also his mother’s birthday. He was known to say “he was the only birthday gift his mother couldn’t return”. Earl was born to Charles G. and Elfrieda (Tobian) Goetz at home in Monroe, Michigan, both of whom preceded him in death along with his brother Richard and his only son Todd Earl Goetz.
Surviving him are his loving wife of 68 years, Rena Joyce (Service) Goetz, his two daughters; Jill Kiesow of Riga, Mich., and Paula Aspacher (Jeff) of Franklin, TN.; 5 grandchildren; Kate Dewick (David), Green Bay, WI, Lynn Edmunds (Mark) of Wind Point WI, Charlie Goetz of Vernon, NY, Earlene Mest (Dan) of Strykersville, NY, Valerie … Read More »