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Janice Aneed

Posted on November 20th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

ADRIAN — Janice Dawn Mason Aneed, age 57, of Adrian died on Friday, November 7, 2014, at her home.  She was born on May 20, 1957, in Adrian to Elmer and Iva (Studer) Mason. She married Essa Saleem Aneed in Detroit and he preceded her in death in 1994.  Janice served as a homemaker and greatly enjoyed her grandchildren, who were her favorite thing in the world.
Janice is survived by two daughters, Christina (Douglas) Fritz and Jessica Aneed, both of Adrian and two sons, Nicholas (Lexzee) Aneed of Portage, Mich., and Matthew Aneed of Adrian. She is also survived by her seven wonderful grandchildren, Sebastian, Dakota, Lyria, Zavory, Merrick, Taylor, and Trent.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death her parents and a brother, Randy Mason.
Graveside services wtook place on Friday, November 14, 2014, at 2 p.m. at … Read More »


Earl Rock II

Posted on November 20th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Earl Rock II
PALMYRA — Earl A. Rock II, age 56 of Palmyra, passed away Monday, November 3, 2014, as the result of an automobile accident.
He was born February 14, 1958, in Flint, Michigan to Dorothy Johnston and Earl A. Rock, Sr.
Earl was a true patriot having served in the United States Marine Corps for three years, and retiring from the Michigan Army National Guard in 2001 with 22 years of service.
On July 9, 2011, Earl married Denise Gray at their home, and she survives.
Earl worked for General Motors Company at the Power Train Plant in Toledo. During his 30 year career he also worked at the Fisher Body Plant in Tecumseh and Delphi in Adrian. He was a charter member of the Randy P. Hill Amvets Post #1957 and an active member of the UAW.  A few of his many … Read More »


Mary Ellen Sayler

Posted on November 20th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Mary Ellen Ickler Sayler, age 83 of Blissfield, passed away Sunday, November 9, 2014, at Promedica Bixby Hospital.
She was born August 11, 1931, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. At 6 weeks she was adopted by David and Edna (Rathbun) Loar. She graduated from Blissfield High School in 1948.
On June 7, 1953, she married Howard Ickler, Sr. of Riga. He died July 7, 1964. On April 7, 1972, she married Burton Sayler. They lived on Burt’s farm till they moved to Coach Light Estates in June 1990. She drove school bus in Blissfield 28 years. She and her husband spent 22 winters at Mission, Texas until he could not travel any more. 
She attended Blissfield Baptist Church.
She is survived by her children: Howard (Debbie) Ickler, Jr. of Blissfield; Cindy (Larry) Brugger of Spring Arbor; and Ron (Sandy) Sayler of Blissfield; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held … Read More »


Katherine LaPere

Posted on November 20th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Katherine M. LaPere, age 90 of Blissfield, passed away Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Lenawee Medical Care Facility.
She was born February 6, 1924 in Riga Township to Harry and Gertrude (Kuhl) Sallows.
She married John Berger in 1946, and he preceded her in death in 1982. In 1994, she was married to Joseph LaPere, and he passed away in 2001.
Kate graduated from Blissfield High School in 1994, receiving her diploma the same year as two of her grandchildren. She retired from the Blissfield Canning Company with 25 years of service. She was a former member of St. Peter’s Parish and Emmanuel United Methodist Church, and recently was a member of the West Adrian Community Church. Kate was actively involved with activities at the Bliss-Liewert Senior Center. At Lenawee Medical Care Facility she received an award for her Halloween costume this year.
She is survived … Read More »


Edna Peacock

Posted on October 8th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Adrian—Edna L. Peacock, 85 of Blissfield, passed away at the Hospice of Lenawee Home on Tuesday, October 07, 2014 in the presence of her loving family and under the gentle care of Hospice.

Edna was born in Blissfield, MI on October 26, 1928 to Zearl and Carrie (Sipe) Horton. Edna attended Blissfield School and graduated with the class of 1946.

She married Even Lamley on October 29, 1946 in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, he preceded her in death. On March 3, 1984, she married Norman ‘Bud’ Peacock at the Blissfield First United Methodist Church.

Edna lived most of her life in Blissfield. She loved and enjoyed her family, home and church. She loved life to the fullest. With a heart of gold, she accepted and impacted all she met. As a member of Blissfield First United Methodist Church, she was active in … Read More »


Rick Pifer

Posted on September 16th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Rick R. Pifer. A memorial will be held Saturday, September 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Light of Christ Catholic Church in Blissfield. Rick, 54, is survived by his parents, Ed and Beverly Pifer; twin brothers Kent and Kevin Pifer; nephews Hans (Chelsea) Pifer, Eric (Allison) Pifer, niece Sara Pifer and grandniece Savannah Pifer. Visitation from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. A luncheon will be served at the Church after services. Burial will be at Ogden Cemetery.


Maurice Ford

Posted on September 16th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Maurice ‘Maury’ F. Ford, 86 of Blissfield, passed away August 8, 2014, at his home under the loving care of his family and the gentle assistance of Hospice of Lenawee. He was born December 20, 1927, in Blissfield, Michigan to Franklin and Eunice (Kushmaul) Ford. Maurice proudly served his country in the Army and was stationed in Korea. On December 27, 1947, he married Mary ‘Sue’ Lee. They have been blessed with 66 years of marriage. He worked at Tecumseh Products for 43 years, retiring in 1990. Maurice was a member of the Blissfield American Legion, Blissfield VFW and the National Rifle Association. He was one of the founders of Blissfield Little League. Maurice was a leader for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, an avid hunter, and a gifted woodworker. In addition to his wife, Sue, he is survived by … Read More »


John Hans

Posted on September 16th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

John Lawrence Hans, age 57, of Blissfield, died Friday morning, August 1, 2014, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital following a very brief illness. John was born May 8, 1957, in Detroit, the son of David and Marie (Kitzinger) Hans. He married Margaret A. (Leszczynski) on May 18, 1984, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Farmington. John is the beloved and devoted husband of 30 years to Margaret; loving father of Bridget (Rick) Stein; cherished son of Marie and the late David (d. 1985); dear brother of Eric (Lynne) Hans, Gretchen (Ed) Guisbert and Heidi (Jeff) Lapham; and grandfather to a beautiful granddaughter due in December of 2014. John loved and served his country in the armed forces for 7 years, and was a member of the Pershing Missile Unit based in Neckarsulm, Germany and Lawton, Oklahoma. While in Oklahoma, … Read More »


Lucille Forche

Posted on September 16th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

DEERFIELD — Lucille A. Forche, age 86, passed away peacefully, on Monday, August 4, 2014, at the Hospice of Lenawee Home in Adrian. She was born on October 8, 1927 to Ross and Esther (Robison) Montry.  On June 25, 1949, she married Phillip W. Forche at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Deerfield.  He preceded her in death, just two short weeks ago. She enjoyed spending time in Zephyrhills, Florida, where she and her husband, Phil, spent their winters for 20 years. She was an avid bingo and card player. She loved to play games with her grandchildren, enjoyed children of all ages, working crossword puzzles, reading, and watching game shows on TV. Surviving is a son, Jim Forche of Blissfield; a daughter, Jean (Steven) Chafee of Oak Harbor, Ohio; two grandchildren, Rebecca Chafee of Port Clinton, Ohio and Rachel Chafee … Read More »


Martha “Fern” Borchardt O’Brien

Posted on August 6th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Martha “Fern” Borchardt O’Brien, age 88, born in Granite City, Illinois on January 30, 1926, passed away August 4, 2014, after sudden illness. She lived in Brooklyn for over 40 years and spent many years in Blissfield with winters in Bradenton, Florida. She married Robert Borchardt April 6, 1946 who preceded her in death in 1976. They had three children who survive – a daughter: Karan (Mike) Raymond, Englewood, FL; two sons – Robert (Judy) Borchardt, Brooklyn, MI; and William (Beth) Borchardt, Blissfield, MI. On April 25, 1980, she married John “Bud” O’Brien who has also preceded her in death in 2008, and has a step daughter: Sherri (Thom) Leholm, Sandy, UT and a nephew: James (Sandy) Reed, Aloma, CA. She was blessed with eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. She was a housewife, part-time employee, active with the Jaycees … Read More »