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Joni Goodrow

Posted on September 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Joni M. Goodrow, age 53 years of Hudson, passed away Saturday, August 29, 2015, at U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor. She was born on January 30, 1962 in Adrian, the daughter of Donald M. and Rose J. (Lievens) Harpst.
Joni graduated from Adrian High School in 1980 and got her teaching degree from Siena Heights University.
She married Rodger A. Goodrow on April 27, 1985, at St. Joseph Church in Adrian. He survives.
Joni was an elementary school teacher for St. Joseph Academy. She enjoyed gardening, garage sales, cooking, being with her grandchildren and was very passionate about God’s Word.
Joni was a member of Open Door Bible Church.
Surviving besides her husband, Rodger, are two sons, Nicholas (Kim) Goodrow of Hudson, Benjamin (Allie) Goodrow of Schoolcraft , two granddaughters, Rosie and Ella, her mother, Rose Harpst of Adrian, four brothers … Read More »

Robert Gentz

Posted on September 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Robert Elmer Gentz, of Blissfield, passed away August 26, 2015, at Tecumseh Place. Robert was born August 19, 1929 to Elmer and Elsie Gentz of Blissfield, Michigan.
Robert was a hard-working auto mechanic and journeyman electrician for many years. He retired from Ford Motor Company in 1991 and became an avid golfer.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Donald Gentz.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years Jennie (Dowling), and children, Charlyn Watch, Debra Miles (Thomas), Terry Gentz (Ginny), and Sharon Wingerd (Paul) and sister, Marjorie French, and 10 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Lenawee County or to a charity … Read More »

Bruce Monroe

Posted on September 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Bruce Denton Monroe, 81, returned to his heavenly home on August 30, 2015, after a valiant battle with a long illness. His devotion to his family and his belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.
“I’ll be seeing you down the road,” was something that Bruce said to us during his last weeks. For someone who had sayings for almost every situation in life, it was another that showed his gentle and polite nature. That he would talk of such a difficult situation in a gracious way.
Bruce was born to the late Walter Lewis and Rebecca Dove Monroe, a hard-working Coal Miner and a homemaker respectively, in Itmann, West Virginia on March 10,1934.
He graduated from Itmann High School in 1951 and worked for the railroad. He enlisted into the Army in 1955 and was soon … Read More »

James Siering

Posted on September 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

James Edmund Siering, 79, of rural Blissfield, died Sunday morning, August 23, 2015, at ProMedica Bixby Medical Center.
He was born April 18, 1936, in Blissfield, to the late William and Thelma (Webster) Siering.
He married the love of his life, Kaye Jean Diver, on November 21, 1959, at St. Alphonsus Parish in Deerfield, and she survives.
Jim lived his entire life in Blissfield, where he graduated from high school in 1954.
He worked as a skilled tradesman for Delphi for nearly 25 years, and retired in 2001.
Jim is remembered for his selfless and virtuous character, who always led by example. He lived his life for the benefit of others, always giving priority and time to other people before himself. He and Kaye often opened their home to people in their time of need.
Jim, a talented man, could fix anything. He enjoyed tending to … Read More »

David Klump

Posted on May 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

David J. Klump, age 83, of Ottawa Lake, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Flower Hospital, Sylvania. He was born in Ottawa Lake Michigan to parents Maud S. (Hasen) and John E. Klump January 8, 1932. He married Margaret E. Vossberg and together they raised seven children. David was a life long farmer, past member of Christian Business Men of Toledo, Whiteford School Board Member for 14 years, Whiteford Township Board Trustee, 14 years, Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Commission, and Farm Bureau. He was a member of Blissfield Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school.
David is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Margaret E. Klump, children Linda (Jeff) Moser, Carol (Doug) Matthews, Virginia (Andy) Rogers, Marcia (Mark) Crots, Mary (Ron) Keefer, John, and Benjamin (Pam) Klump, 17 grandchildren 4 great … Read More »

Evelyn Mehan

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

Evelyn Ruth (Goll) Mehan, age 94, from Blissfield, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility, Adrian.
She was born January 12, 1921, to Henry and Jenny (Pentelow) Goll in Palmyra.
She was married to Nelson C. Mehan on March 18, 1940 in Napoleon, OH.  Her husband preceded her in death on August 3, 1997, and her son, Richard N., on September 29, 1993. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and four brothers, Gerald, Clare, Elwood and Maurice Goll and several other family members.
Evelyn loved her family and friends, enjoyed worldwide traveling with her husband and family, loved doing crafts, enjoyed crocheting and took produce to Adrian’s Farmers’ Market.
Evelyn is survived by her loving children, Nancy R. Pratt of Walbridge, Ohio, William H. Mehan of Blissfield, Pamela J. Flagg of Lakewood, Ohio, and daughter-in-law, Judith … Read More »

Virgil Klump

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

ADRIAN — Virgil Ralph Klump, age 67 of Adrian died Friday, May 1, 2015, at his home.
He was born February 13, 1948, in Toledo to Ralph Clayton and Ruby Luella (Studer) Klump.  On August 7, 1976, in Adrian he married Bernie Young and she survives.
Virgil was a member of Bethany Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed gardening and owned and operated Klump’s Lawn Service. He enjoyed going to Family Kitchen and having coffee with his buddies.  Virgil’s greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his grandsons.
In addition to his wife, Bernie, he is survived by two daughters, Amy (David) Roberts of Adrian and Kelly (Kevin) Bush of Tecumseh; a sister Barbara (Dennis) Kolaski of Yorkville, Ill.; brother, Norris (Robin) Klump of Blissfield; three grandsons, Noah Roberts, Keegan Bush and Caleb Roberts. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services … Read More »

Charlotte Diver

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

DEERFIELD — Charlotte “Mimi” Mae Diver, age 76 of Deerfield passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at her home under the care of Hospice of Lenawee and her loving family.
She was born on May 5, 1938, in Dundee to Charles and Ortha (Smith) Kuhlman. On April 29, 1956, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Deerfield, Charlotte married Robert Diver. They celebrated 59 years of marriage this year.
Charlotte attended Ma-Chere’ Beauty Academy in Toledo, Ohio. She owned and operated Char Mae’s Beauty Shoppe in Deerfield for many years. Charlotte loved to play bingo, slots, work crossword puzzles and to cook for her family. She had a very extensive “Clown” collection. She absolutely cherished the time spent with her grandchildren.
Surviving is her husband Bob Diver of Deerfield; three children, Dan (Annette) Diver of Deerfield, Kim (Julie) Diver of … Read More »

William “Bill” Dittman

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

William “Bill” Robert Dittman, age 86, of Britton died Thursday, May 7, 2015, at St. Anne’s Hospital in Toledo, Ohio.
He was born April 8, 1929 in Toledo to George Herman and Hazel Marie (Chilcote) Dittman.
He married the former Barbara Ann Kemberling on June 11, 1949, in Toledo, and she survives.
Bill began working for Driggs Dairy in Palmyra at age 14. He continued his employment there until age 18, when he attended trade school and began his apprenticeship as a brick mason. He then joined the family business, George Dittman & Sons Masonry.
Bill was a member of the First
United Methodist Church in Blissfield for more than 30 years. He was once the Master of the Mason Lodge #42 in Tecumseh; a member of The Order of the Eastern Star, River Raisin … Read More »

Theodore “Ted” Judson

Posted on April 7th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Theodore D “Ted” Judson, age 68 of Blissfield, passed away Friday, April 3, 2015.
He was born November 12, 1946, in Adrian to Donald and Lucille (Ganun) Judson. Ted graduated from Blissfield High School with the Class of 1965, and attended Stautzenberger College as well as Jackson Community College.
On February 14, 1976, Ted was married to Janet Crammond in Toledo, Ohio, and she survives.
Ted worked for Champion Spark Plug Company for 35 years, retiring in 2009. He was a member of the Wellsville United Methodist Church. An outdoorsman whose passion was bow hunting, Ted hunted not only throughout the United States, but all over the world. He was a member of the Blissfield Sportsmen’s Club in addition to state and national bow hunting clubs.
Besides Janet, his wife of over 39 years, he is survived by a brother, … Read More »