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Robert Piotter

Posted on February 17th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Robert P. Piotter, 89, of Blissfield, passed away Thursday, February 12, 2015, at Blissfield Place.
Bob was born on Sept. 4, 1925, the son of Paul and Madeline (Vanest) Piotter. 
Bob graduated from Blissfield High School in 1943, and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
He was married on July 1, 1950 to Violet Goetz, who preceded him in death in 2013.
Bob worked for 37 years at Tecumseh Products, and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Riga.
He was a member and past commander of the Blissfield American Legion Post 325, and member and past Chef de Tran of the 40et8 in Adrian.
Bob also was a member of the Thursday night men’s bowling league in Blissfield for many years.
Surviving are three children, Doug (Irene) Piotter of Katy, Texas, Steve (Marcia) Piotter of The Woodlands, Texas, and Patricia (Jeff Gyde) Marks … Read More »


Thomas Yarger Sr.

Posted on February 17th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Thomas M. Yarger Sr., age 65, of Blissfield, passed away Friday, February 13, 2015, at Hospice House in Adrian. Thomas was born on May 22, 1949 in Lansing.
He worked for Ford Motor Company for approximately 24 years, beginning in 1991.
Thomas loved NASCAR and his favorite driver, Mark Martin. He also loved to travel to the Smoky Mountains, Nashville and the Bourbon Trail and also hiked Mt. LeConte. Thomas enjoyed bass fishing, bowling and golf and was a talented woodworker.
Thomas is survived by four sons; Thomas (Gail) Yarger, Jr. of Blissfield, Eric (Diana Swiger) Yarger of Detroit, Brandon Yarger of Ypsilanti, and Kyle Yarger of Blissfield. He is also survived by daughter Kaitlyn (Mike French) of Tecumseh, former wife and mother of his children, Vivian Yarger of Prudenville, Mich., half-brother Ron (Pat) Hale of California, and sister Nancy … Read More »


Margie Lee Shick

Posted on February 17th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Margie Lee Shick, 95, passed away peacefully on January 15, 2015 in Kalamazoo. Margie Lee was born in Millboro Springs, Va., on February 28, 1919.
Margie Lee received her undergraduate degree from Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA and taught elementary school for three years. She received her Masters of Religious Education from Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Va. She was a Sunday School Extension worker for the Synod of Virginia, and later served as Director of Christian Education in Hazard, Ky. Margie Lee and Mel were married in Waynesboro, VA in 1949.
Margie Lee is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 45 years, Melvin Shick. Margie Lee is survived by three daughters, Gayle (Charles) Shull of Belton, Texas; Doris (Mike) DeNudt of Riga; and Ruth (Ron) Wiser of Kalamazoo; and two grandchildren, Morgan DeNudt of Toledo, Ohio, and … Read More »


Joshua Gates

Posted on February 10th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Joshua Louis Gates, age 31 of Blissfield, died Sunday, February 8, 2015.
He was born July 31, 1983, in Adrian to Terry and Debra (Kastel) Gates.
Joshua was self-employed doing painting and power washing. He was an active Cub Scout volunteer.  Joshua coached for the Blissfield My Way Wrestling Club, Little League, softball and soccer club.
He was a member of Elem3nt Church and was a member of their Upward Basketball program.
Joshua is survived by his children, Nevaeh Gates and Braxton Gates; parents, Debra (John) Shields and Terry (Carol) Gates; a brother Charles Gates and his children, Charles Austin and Aundrea Gates; a sister, Jennifer Gates and her children, Jude Rosas and Jade Casanova; maternal grandmother, Phyllis Kastel; paternal grandparents, Charles and Suzanne Gates all of Blissfield. He was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Dale Kastel, paternal grandmother Nancy Schill, great grandparents, Ernie … Read More »


Robert “Bob” Pieh

Posted on February 10th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

DEERFIELD — Robert J. “Bob” Pieh, 66 of Deerfield died unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at his home.
Bob was born in Adrian, Michigan, on October 14, 1948, to Richard and Georgette (Vanhaerents) Pieh. He graduated from Deerfield High School with the class of 1966. After graduation he went to work for Ford Motor Company in Saline. Shortly after getting hired, he was drafted to serve his country with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He returned home from the war in 1969 and went back to work for Ford’s in Saline.
On October 8, 1971, Bob married Deanna S. Sager in Deerfield. She survives.
Bob was transferred to Ford’s in Milan where he retired in 2001 after 34 years of service.
He was a member of the Deerfield American Legion Post #392, Moose Lodge of Sylvania and a lifetime member of the V.F.W. … Read More »


Don Sattler

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

Donald ‘Don’  (Freddie) Sattler, 86 formerly of Blissfield, passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Tecumseh Place II. 
He was born in Metamora, Ohio, November 5, 1928 to Robert and Ruth (Irwin) Sattler.  He married Marian Haas on November 10, 1946 in Blissfield.  They enjoyed 64 years of marriage before she preceded him in death in 2010.
Don worked with the Crist Company, GoCon/Goodrich and later on with Lenawee Kreighoff doing masonry work and carpentry.  Family was important to Don, especially his grandchildren.  He and his wife, Marian spent many hours at Lenawee County Fair watching their grandchildren show their 4-H projects. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family up north at the family cabin.  Christmas time was always special to Don as he created presents for family, especially birdhouses. He … Read More »


John Bocskay

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

John A. Bocskay died Friday, January 30, 2015, at his home with his family at his side, under the care of Hospice of Lenawee. He was 67 years of age.
John was born December 3, 1947, in Adrian to Alexander and Sina “Vernett” (Law) Bocskay. He graduated from Deerfield High School in 1966.
In 1974, he married Karla Burguard in Petersburg, Michigan.
John was an active member of the Deerfield Township Volunteer Fire Department, going on 42 years. John liked to hunt and fish and spent time at his cottage on Evans Lake. He retired in 2002 from Ford Motor Company in Saline after 36 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister Barb (Lowell) Hottenstein, a brother, Robert (Diane) Bocskay, mother-in-law, Lois Burguard, sister and brother-in-law, Robert and Renee Larzelere, four nephews, three nieces, six great-nephews and seven … Read More »


Michael Betz

Posted on January 24th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

PALMYRA – Michael A. Betz, 48 of Palmyra, passed away Friday, January 23, 2015, at Flower Hospital.
He was born October 10, 1966, in Adrian, Michigan to Melvin and Diana ‘Dini’ (Richard) Betz. Michael graduated from Blissfield High School in 1984.
On April 6, 1991, Michael married Karen Hauser in Metamora, Ohio, and she survives.
Michael worked for Blissfield Manufacturing and was currently working for Chrysler in Perrysburg.
He was a member of an archery league at Blissfield Sportsmen’s Club and had a love of the outdoors and all things hunting. This passion was shared with his daughters, each of whom has taken a deer with their dad. Other pastimes included spending time at the family cabin up north, playing golf, and having fun with a great group of friends.
Michael was a loving husband, father and son who will be greatly … Read More »


Jerry Marks

Posted on January 13th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

BRITTON — Jerry I. Marks, 64, of Britton, passed away suddenly January 8, 2015.
Jerry was born on November 26, 1950 to Kenneth and Olive (Johns) Marks in Adrian. He graduated from Blissfield High School.
On April 20, 1974, Jerry was married to Deborah A. Goetz.
Jerry was a life-long farmer. He was also employed by Crop Production Services for 35 years, where he was a custom applicator.
Jerry was a member of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Riga, and the American and Michigan Beefalo Associations.  He served as a 4-H swine leader for many years.
Besides his wife, Jerry is survived by children Michael (Shelley) Marks of Britton, Paul (Jami) Marks of Monroe, Jennifer (Dustin) Reckner of Morenci, Benjamin Marks of Britton, and Sarah (Travis) Taylor of Britton; grandchildren Keaton and Kiah Marks, Hannah, Collin, and Emma Reckner, Ava and Evan Marks, and Olivia and … Read More »


Patricia Sell

Posted on January 9th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Patricia Ann Sell, 63, of Blissfield, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at her home.

Pat was born on Feb. 22, 1951 in Trenton, MI, the daughter of Leo Anthony and Marjorie Rose (Smock) Beaubien. She was married on Nov. 9, 1974 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockwood, MI to Byron Clarence Sell.

Pat enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. Besides helping on the family farm, Pat helped her husband Byron selling produce at the Blissfield and Madison farmer’s markets, the Walker’s Tavern Farmer’s Market in the Irish Hills, and the Detroit Eastern Farmer’s Market. She also enjoyed spending time doing puzzles, and caring for her pet dog “Bailey”.

Surviving is her husband, Byron Sell of Blissfield; seven children, Holly (Todd) James of Paw Paw, MI, Jeremy (Crystal) Sell of Palmyra, Julie (Doug) … Read More »