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Mabel Isley

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Mabel Isley

Mabel I. Isley age 87, of Blissfield, entered a new life July
19, 2016. She passed away at Tecumseh Place where she had been a resident for
more than three years. Cause of death being complications from Alzheimer.

She was born January 17, 1929, to Reinhart and Florence Brodbeck Fink. She
was a lifetime resident of the Deerfield-Blissfield community. On November
9, 1957 she was married to Donald Isley of the same community at Immanuel
Lutheran Church by the Reverend William Weinlander. As a young lady
growing up she attended Deerfield area schools. She was always an active
person, working at several area jobs. Her last primary occupation was with
the Adrian K-Mart from which she retired. She was a loving wife, mother
and grandmother.  She raised her family to be respected members of the
local community. She is survived by her husband and three children, Duane and
Michelle of Blissfield and … Read More »


Paul Somes

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Paul Somes

ADRIAN—Paul Somes, 86, of Adrian, formerly of Blissfield, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Lenawee Medical Care Facility.

Paul was born on October 30, 1929 in Riga Township to the late Eber and Lucille A. (Hall) Somes. Paul’s mother passed away when he was two and he was then raised by his aunt and uncle, Fred and Rena (Somes) Sayler.

Paul served in the US Army during the Korean War and worked at Tecumseh Products for almost 40 years. After his retirement from the Products, Paul managed the Raisin Valley Trailer Park for many years. He was a former member of the Eagles, #197, of Toledo, Ohio.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his step mother, Gladys ‘Tiny’ Somes; his brother, Andrew Somes; and his long time companion, Angela Cannon. Paul was also preceded in death by Fred and Rena … Read More »


Robert Mallory

Posted on June 14th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Robert Mallory

Robert W. Mallory, age 81 of Blissfield, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at the Hospice of Lenawee Home.

He was born September 2, 1934, in Detroit, Michigan, the only child of Norris and Helen (Boyer) Mallory. Bob graduated from Blissfield High School in 1952, the same year he was the top scorer in high school basketball in Lenawee County. He was a member of the Sugar Boys basketball team.

Bob was a proud Air Force veteran, serving during the Cold War.

On March 4, 1955, he married Violet Phillips at the Evangelical United Brethren Church, and they were blessed with over 61 years together.

After completing airline school in Minnesota, Bob worked in customer service at Detroit Metro Airport, retiring from US Air in 1985 with 28 years of service. He was a member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church. In his younger … Read More »


Shirley Etzel

Posted on June 14th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Shirley Etzel

DEERFIELD – Shirley A. Etzel, age 58, of Deerfield, passed away Friday, June 3, 2016, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. She was born April 19, 1958, in Daytona, Florida to Ray and Marilyn (Barell) Morgan. Shirley married Hugh S. Etzel.

In addition to her loving husband of 28 years, she is survived by two sons, Stewart Etzel and Christopher Etzel both of Deerfield; one daughter, Megan Etzel of Deerfield; and two brothers, Mark Morgan and David Morgan both of New York. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services for Shirley will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the Deerfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Sam Pooley officiating. You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralservices.com.   Memorial contributions may be made to the family for future designation. Envelopes are available at … Read More »


Thomas Virden

Posted on June 14th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Thomas Virden

Thomas Earl Virden, 81, of Grayling and formerly of Lewiston, passed away
on June 10, 2016.
Born to the late Russell, Sr. and Lillian (Salter) Virden in East
Liverpool, Ohio, on January 1, 1935.
Survived by his children: Brenda (Brian) Gilson of Kimball; Thomas Virden
of Carson City; and Rick (Helen) Virden of Lewiston and daughter from a
previous marriage,  Joyce Meranda of Newport and her three children.
Grandchildren: Becky, Josh, Tommy, Tiffany, Rick, Jr., Marissa, Mike, and
Kayla.
Sister: Dorothy Bankowski
Preceded in death by his wife Barbara; son, Paul; parents, two brothers and
six sisters.
Interment of cremated remains and military honors will be held at Great
Lakes National Cemetery in Holly on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Condolences may be sent to www.sorensonlockwood.com
Arrangements by Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home.


Arthur Berry

Posted on June 3rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Arthur Berry

OTTAWA LAKE — Arthur G. Berry, 79, of Ottawa Lake, passed away Saturday afternoon, May 21, 2016, at his home. He was born on November 19, 1936, in Blissfield, to Silas E. and Flora Mae (Rentschler) Berry. In January 1954, Arthur married Hazel Bierman in Ottawa Lake. They celebrated 62 years of marriage together. Hazel survives. Arthur was a 1955, graduate of Blissfield High School. He was a farm chemical and fertilizer salesman in the Dundee, Delta, Ida and Maybee areas. Arthur then delivered batteries for Interstate Battery and parts for Brown Honda. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Riga.

He enjoyed antique tractors and his 1950 Jeepster. He was a lifelong farmer. Arthur was known for his excellent story telling and was noted as a great salesman.

In addition to his loving wife, Hazel, he is survived … Read More »


Allan Loar

Posted on June 3rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Allan Loar

Allan D. Loar, age 83 of Blissfield, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2016 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Lenawee. He was born July 10, 1932, in Blissfield, the only child of Thornton and Carrie (Betz) Loar. After graduating from Blissfield High School he attended DeVry Technical Institute. During the Korean Conflict he proudly served in the United States Army.

On May 31, 1958, Allan was married to Wilma Corum, and they celebrated 53 years together. She preceded him in death in 2011. Loar Appliance, his family’s business, was founded in 1945. Allan worked with his father for several years until he took over the business in 1969 and continued working until just recently. After store hours, he would often repair appliances in his customers’ homes. He also put up many of the TV towers in this … Read More »


Herbert Foote

Posted on June 3rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Herbert Foote

TOLEDO, Ohio – Herbert E. Foote, age 86 of Toledo, formerly of Blissfield, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Mercy St. Anne Hospital. Born January 3, 1930, in Blissfield Township, he was the 11th of the 12 children of Sylvester and Emma (Brown) Foote. On September 15, 1951, he married Dorothy Colyer. She preceded him in death in 1998, having shared 47 years together. Herb married Margaret Yantis on June 4, 2001, and she survives. He retired from Maxitrol Company in Blissfield in 1993 with over 20 years of service. Throughout his life Herb enjoyed working on farms. He was a former member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Blissfield and was a member of Heritage Church of God in Maumee. He enjoyed square dancing in his younger years, traveling extensively and spending winters in Bradenton, Florida. Herb treasured … Read More »


Katherine “Kay” Williams

Posted on June 3rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Katherine “Kay” Williams

GRAND RAPIDS — Katherine A. “Kay” Williams, passed away May 26, 2016, at home. Kay was born March 27, 1939, in Adrian; the daughter of Adrian and Irene (Finley) Williams. Raised in Blissfield, Kay was a 1957 graduate of Blissfield High School, a graduate of Adrian College, and she received her Master’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University. An educator and teacher for 33 years, Kay was the Director of the special needs program at Kent Occupational High School. A huge University of Michigan fan, Kay enjoyed watching their football and basketball games. Kay also enjoyed reading, the out of doors, camping, golfing, and traveling in their motor home, including driving to Alaska and wintering in Anna Maria Island, Fla,.  Most of all; Kay loved her family, friends, and the staff at Kent Occupational. Kay is survived by her best friend: … Read More »


Mabel Knierim

Posted on May 12th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Mabel Knierim

Mabel E Knierim age 96, passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the Charlotte Stephenson Manor in Adrian, MI. She was born on November 23, 1919 in Palmyra Twp. to Frank E. and Elva R. (King) Wickter. On October 23, 1937 she married Glenis E. Knierim and he preceded her in death on September 14, 1995.

Mabel was a three time Cancer survivor and enjoyed her time volunteering at Bixby Hospital helping other cancer patients and was a member of the Extension Club. Mabel and her husband Glen were inducted into the Michigan Farmers’ Hall of Fame in 1987. She enjoyed working in the Lenawee County 4H building, feeding and chaperoning the 4H members.

Mabel is survived by one son, (G.) Larry and his wife Sandra Knierim of Blissfield, MI.; 3 grandchildren, Tami Knierim, Todd Knierim and Keith Knierim; step grandchildren, … Read More »



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