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Gary Houghtby

Posted on March 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Gary Houghtby

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 Porter Sr.

Posted on March 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Aden Porter Sr.

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 Andrews

Posted on March 18th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Pamela Andrews

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 »


Mary Ellen Wapshall

Posted on March 18th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Mary Ellen Wapshall

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 Weber

Posted on March 18th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Joyce Weber

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 »


Bernita Reau

Posted on March 18th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Bernita Reau

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 Goetz

Posted on March 10th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Earl Goetz

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 »


Georgette Pieh

Posted on March 10th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Georgette Pieh

Georgette “Gette” Marie Pieh, age 88 of Blissfield, formerly of Deerfield
passed away on Tuesday, March 08, 2016 under the loving care of the
residents and staff of Blissfield Place and Hospice of Lenawee.

She was born on July 25, 1927 in Torhout, Belgium to Richard and Irma (Jacques)
Vanhaerents.  She and her family migrated to the United States when she
was three years old.

On February 5, 1947 she was united marriage to Richard J. Pieh in Deerfield, MI. He preceded her in death on October 31, 1993.

Gette worked as a cafeteria cook for Deerfield Public Schools for
25 years, retiring in 1983.  After retirement, she and Rich enjoyed
spending winters in Largo, Florida, where they made numerous friends and
eventually, they moved there to live year round.  About four years ago,
Gette moved back to Michigan and into Blissfield Place to be closer to her
remaining family only to … Read More »


Jimmy Bates

Posted on March 10th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Jimmy Bates

Jimmy W. Bates, age 76 of Blissfield, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Provincial House.
He was born August 9, 1939, at home in Hillsdale County to George and Beulah “Eileen” (Blanchard) Bates, and attended Adrian High School.
On June 19, 1965, Jimmy married Madeline DeNudt in Blissfield and they have shared over 50 years together.
Jimmy went into tool-and-die making and completed his training at Snedeker & Son in Adrian.  He worked at BlisSfield Manufacturing, Meyer Boat Factory, and National Aircraft Services in Tecumseh, where he retired.
In his younger years, Jimmy loved roller skating and dancing.  His favorite pastimes were fishing and woodworking, but he would choose being with his family over anything.
In addition to his wife, Madeline, he is survived by their children, Brenda Ostrander and Brian (Christina) Bates; grandchildren, Nicholas Ostrander and Makenna Bates; and his siblings, George “Herb” … Read More »


Muriel Stevens

Posted on March 10th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Muriel Stevens

DEERFIELD – Muriel G. Stevens, age 99 of Deerfield, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Provincial House.
She was born June 1, 1916, at home in Deerfield, Michigan to Cyrene and Pearl (Simpson) Stevens, and graduated from Summerfield High School in 1934.
On October 1, 1940, Muriel married Archie B. Stevens, Sr., and he preceded her in death.
Muriel was a faithful member of the Deerfield Free Methodist Church.
She was an avid reader and enjoyed crocheting
She is survived by her sons, Thomas (Sue) Stevens of Adrian, Archie Stevens, Jr. of Deerfield, and Perl Stevens of Palmyra; a sister, Twila Shoemaker of Deerfield; four grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her children, Muriel, Donald and Edward; and siblings, Jesse Kneal, Milo Stevens, Nello Stevens, and Rena Kidman.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. … Read More »



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