Erven John Brieschke, age 93, of Adrian, formerly of Riga, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Bixby Medical Center with family by his side.
He was born August 10, 1924, to Edward and Janira (Kastel) Brieschke in Riga Township. Erven graduated from Blissfield High School in 1942 and went on to attend Michigan State University. With WWII going on, Erven had to leave college and return home to oversee the family farm as his father went to work in a war plant.
On September 7, 1969, Erven married Marcella Dauel Filter and they celebrated over 48 years together.
Erven helped run the family farm for many years and also worked at the Michigan Elevator Exchange for 24 years. He was a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Riga, where he served on the Church Board, sang in the choir and had … Read More »
Loretta “June” Norwood Brown passed away May 9, 2018. She was born September 17, 1937 to C.J. “Shorty” and Idella Norwood in Bethel, Okla.
June leaves behind daughters Carol Rowell and Meegan Brown; sons Danni Kastel and B.J. Brown; granddaughters, Leah Houchin and Jamie Magee; grandson, Daniel MaKenzie; seven great-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Franke Johnston; brother, Keith Norwood and loving cousins, Patsy Hall, Pat Hodge and Mary Lou Baker.
A private service for friends and family was planned in mid-June.
TECUMSEH — Carolyn L. Baker, age 83, of Tecumseh, died April 1, 2018, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility.
She was born June 4, 1934, in Pittsford to Donald and Esther (Behymer) Harbaugh. For many years she lived with her grandfather, Jim Behymer.
On May 6, 1955, she married Arden Baker. He preceded her in death on Aug. 16, 2009.
Carolyn had been employed by Hillsdale State Savings Bank. She enjoyed crafts and decorating cakes. She attended the Osseo Baptist Church.
Carolyn is survived by three daughters, Debra Royal (Jae Guetschow) of Brooklyn, Mich., Laurie (Larry) Zehr of Caledonia, Mich., and Cynthia (Robert) Valdez of Tecumseh; a son, Brian (Denise) Baker of Aurora, Colo.; nine grandchildren, Courtney, Eric, Daniel, Adam, James, Bobby II, Joey, Jason and Deanna; 12 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Gilbert (Sharon) Harbaugh of Waterville, Ohio, and Richard (Shallah) Harbaugh of South Lyons. … Read More »
SAND CREEK — William G. Knisel, age 68 of Sand Creek, passed away at his home, Monday, March 26, 2018, surrounded by his treasured family.
Born November 20, 1949, in Adrian, Michigan, he was the only son of Jarvis and Betty (Bexten) Knisel. He graduated from Blissfield High School with the Class of 1967, and attended Michigan State University.
On December 13, 1980, he married Ann Hinsdale in Sand Creek, and they have celebrated 37 years of marriage.
After working for Bailey’s Tree Service, Bill purchased the business in 1974, renaming it Knisel’s Tree Service, serving Lenawee County and the surrounding area. In 1985 he established Tree Top Belgians, combining his passion for breeding, raising, and showing Belgian horses with his tree service. He was a member of the Belgian Draft Horse Association, where he served as a judge at horse shows. … Read More »
DEERFIELD — Barbara Jean (Steger) Hadden, age 80, completed her journey on March 5, 2018, at ProMedica Ebeid Hospice, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Barb was born on March 30, 1937, in Deerfield, at the home of her grandparents. She was one of three children born to Eva (Lucille) Reau and Lawrence Steger.
She attended her early schooling in Toledo, Ohio, and completed high school in Deerfield, graduating in 1955.
Barb was united in marriage to her soul mate, Richard “Dick” Hadden on May 7, 1960, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Deerfield.
She started working at Revco during her senior year of high school as a private secretary. Barb also worked at The Blissfield Advance, the bank in Deerfield, as an office manager at Applewood Orchards and later at United Bank & Trust in Blissfield.
During her spare time, Barb volunteered at St. Alphonsus … Read More »
Dot L. Cory, age 96 of Blissfield, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, March 17, 2018, at her home.
She was born October 17, 1921, in Blissfield to George and Stella (Wilson) Doyle, and graduated from Blissfield High School where she was a member of the tennis team.
In 1941, Dot married Charles Cory in Angola, Indiana, and they celebrated 50 years of marriage before his death in 1991
Dot was a member of the Blissfield Presbyterian Church.
She was known for her extensive vegetable gardens.
Dot and her family enjoyed many wonderful summers at Sand Point, on Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron.
She is survived by her children: Sherrie Cory of Centerville, Ohio; Jack Cory of Toledo, Ohio, Victoria (Brian) Papenhagen of Sand Point, Mich.; and Charles (Regina) Cory of Blissfield; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death … Read More »
Patricia J. “Pat” Riley, age 89, of Blissfield died on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, under the loving care of Ohio Living Hospice at Swan Creek in Toledo, Ohio.
Pat was born December 6, 1928, to Charles and Alice (Mullane) Williamson in Bay City. She spent her early life in Chicago, Ill., returning to Michigan for high school. Pat graduated from Bay City Central High School in 1946. While in high school she worked as a bookkeeper for Wald Dairy and sold chicks in the summer. She also worked as a clerk at H.G. Wendland & Sons department store.
In the fall of 1946, she enrolled in the County Normal Teaching Program in Bay City and upon graduation taught at the Hampton Township School #2.
In the fall of 1948, Pat enrolled at the University of Michigan and graduated in June of 1951 with a … Read More »
TOLEDO, Ohio — Brenda Sue Archambeau, age 64, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away March 23, 2018, with her family by her side. She was born August 28, 1953, in Adrian to Carl and Lois (Jacobs) Seeburger.
Brenda was a graduate of Blissfield High School and attended Patricia Stevens in Toledo, Ohio. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Riga. She worked at Dillard’s Department store in Toledo. Her favorite things to do were shopping, baking and she loved traveling to see different lighthouses.
Surviving Brenda is her mother, Lois Seeburger of Riga; a brother, Brian (Vickie) Seeburger of Riga; a sister Diann K. (Gilbert) Seeburger Bills of Greensboro, GA; two nephews, Trevor (Erin) Seeburger, Gregory H. Bills; a niece, Amie (Jesse) Brown; one great nephew and three great-nieces.
Brenda is preceded in death by her father, Carl Seeburger and her … Read More »
ADRIAN — Ira C. Cooper, age 87, of Adrian, formerly of Blissfield, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Hospice of Lenawee Home.
He was born October 5, 1930, in Petersburg, the only son of George and Grace (Uebele) Cooper.
On April 20, 1964, he married Alwine Kisser, in Germany, and she survives.
Ira served in the United States Navy for two years, and the United States Army for 20 years. He was stationed in Germany, the Philippine Islands, Korea and Vietnam. Ira’s last years were spent as a recruiter in Detroit, Monroe County and Lenawee County. He retired from the military as a Sergeant First Class in 1973.
Ira also drove truck for WA Trucking, L & M Trucking and Jones Transfer.
He was a member of the Blissfield American Legion and the Adrian Moose Lodge.
In addition to Alwine, his wife of almost … Read More »
Rena Joyce Goetz passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Rena, known by all as “Joyce‚” was born on April 10, 1927 in Clinton Mich., to William J. Service and Rose (Smith) Service. She was welcomed into this world by eight other brothers and sisters and closely followed by two more siblings. Her dear sisters Alice Socks and Lorraine Frear preceded her in death as did all of her other siblings.
Joyce married Earl Goetz, the love of her life, on August 7, 1948. They resided in Riga for 67 years, until Earl’s passing in March 2016.
Their only son, Todd Goetz, preceded them both in 2006.
Surviving Joyce are her two daughters; Jill Kiesow of Riga, and Paula Aspacher (Jeff) of Franklin, Tenn.; five grandchildren; Kate Dewick (David), Green Bay Wis., Lynn Edmunds (Mark) of Wind Point Wis., Charlie Goetz of Vernon, … Read More »