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Philip Forche

Posted on July 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

DEERFIELD — Phillip W. Forche, age 96, passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Herrick Hospital in Tecumseh. He was born November 28, 1917, in Deerfield Twp., Michigan to Leo A. and Elizabeth (Tiede) Forche, Sr. He served overseas in the U.S. Army for 5 years, where he earned the Purple Heart Award.

On June 25, 1949, he married Lucille Ann Montry at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Deerfield and she survives.

Phillip had been a farmer all of his life. He was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Parish (St. Alphonsus), the Knights of Columbus and the Men’s Club, the American Legion in Deerfield Post #392 and the National Farmer’s Organization. Phillip served on the School Board for Deerfield Public Schools and served in the capacity of Trustee and on the Board of Review for Deerfield Township. He enjoyed … Read More »


Lois “Kathleen” Sheldon

Posted on July 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Lois “Kathleen” Sheldon, age 94 of Blissfield, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility. She was born November 6, 1919, in Blissfield, Michigan, the daughter of Edward and Madge (Smith) Brown. Kathleen was a graduate of Blissfield High School. She was married to Arnold Hasenpflug, and he preceded her in death. She later married Seth “Paul” Sheldon, and he also preceded her in death. Kathleen worked at the canning factory for several years and also Carroll’s Eggery. Mostly she enjoyed life on the family farm. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She is survived by step-sons, Doug Hasenpflug, Donald Sheldon, and Barry Sheldon as well as many nieces and nephews including a special niece, Deborah (Robert) Pooley of Blissfield. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by sisters, Gladys Goetz and … Read More »


Eileen Eisenmann

Posted on July 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Eileen Jeanette Hazard Eisenmann has transitioned to her heavenly home on July 16, 2014 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 25, 1925, in Blissfield to Earl and Bessie Reed Hazard. As a child growing up she claimed to be her dad’s hired hand on their farm, learning an excellent work ethic at a very early age. She started dating the love of her life for their junior-senior prom, and graduated in 1942 from Blissfield High School.

Because she was too young to enter nurse’s training, Eileen worked for a year at Blissfield’s sugar beet factory, earning enough money to pay for her future education at Flower Hospital School of Nursing in Toledo, Ohio, where she graduated in 1946. After passing her state boards for Registered Nursing, she began her 60-year-long career in Nursing at Emma L. Bixby Hospital. On … Read More »


Deanna L. Ruple

Posted on July 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Deanna L. Ruple, age 74, of Palmyra, passed away, July 5, 2014, at home. She was born April 7, 1940, in Wauseon, Ohio, the daughter of Virgil & Josephine (Barrett) Trigg. On September 15, 1957, she married James Ruple, he survives. In addition to her husband James, she is survived by her children; Jobie (Mary) Ruple, Robin (Sandy) Ruple, Jaymie Capetillo, Timothy (Renee) Ruple, Laurie Ruple, Kimberly Ruple, James Ruple, Jr. and Troy (Lynnette) Ruple, 33 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and her sisters; Beverly (Jerry) Pfund, Kay Beesway, Jeanine Koch and Bonnie Weaver. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Leroy Trigg and Tommy Trigg and granddaughter, Tonya Ruple Parker. Funeral services was held noon Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, 2959 N. Adrian Hwy (M-52) Adrian, with Pastor Terry Stoddard officiating. Visitation was … Read More »


Jack Bates Jr.

Posted on July 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Jack Leroy Bates, Jr., age 65, of Blissfield, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014, at his home. He was born June 11, 1949, in Adrian. On November 30, 1968, he married Jackie Pieh in Adrian and she survives. Jack was employed by PPI in Tecumseh and then later retired from Saxmayer in Blissfield. He was a member of the NRA, the North American Hunt Club and the River Raisin Sportsman Club. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and taking rides in the woods on his “fun mobile” with his grandkids. In addition to his wife, Jackie, he is survived by one son, David Bates of Blissfield; daughter, Jennifer (Brian Anderson) Bates of Blissfield; brother, Mike (Chris) Bates of Onekama, Mich.; two step-sisters, Chris (Jim) Davis of Iowa and Pam Andrews of Samaria; five grandchildren, Jordan, Austin, Jacob, Megan, and Jack Henry; … Read More »


Dean Porter

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

OGDEN — Dean R. Porter, 90, of Ogden went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at his home under the care of Hospice of Lenawee with his family by his side. Dean was born on February 11, 1924 in their family home in Ogden to William A. and Margaret E. (Bruce) Porter. He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1941. Dean married Donna J. Stucker on April 27, 1946; she preceded him in death in 2001. Dean farmed for many years in Ogden Township on his family’s farm. Dean enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, hunting, and fishing. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking. Dean could often be seen driving his gator around the farm or his golf cart in Florida. He cherished time with his family, his grandchildren and great grandchildren, especially making cider with … Read More »


Alice Bauer

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

PALMYRA — Alice A. Bauer, age 84 of Palmyra, passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Lenawee Medical Care Facility. She was born August 20, 1929, to Edwin and Edith (Hillman) Clingaman at home in Blissfield Township. After graduating from Adrian High School in 1947, she completed her schooling in nursing at Flower Hospital. On September 9, 1950, Alice married Rollan Seeburger, and he preceded her in death in 1996. Alice was married to Wesley “Keith” Bauer on August 19, 2005, in Palmyra, and he survives. Alice worked as a registered nurse at Stubnitz Greene, Bixby Hospital, Maria Healthcare, and Parkview Hospital in Toledo, retiring in 1991. She was a member of the Palmyra Community Presbyterian Church where she was active in the Friendship Class. Alice enjoyed rock collecting, jewelry making and quilting. She was a former member of the … Read More »


Carol McCarty

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

Carol Ann McCarty, age 67 of Blissfield passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 16, 2014 at her home. She was born on September 21, 1946 in Adrian, Michigan to Thomas A. and Ruth M. (Forche) McCarty. Carol was a Madison High School graduate and had lived in Atlanta, Georgia, for the past 20 years, before returning to Blissfield in 2013. She enjoyed taking in Mexican cuisine and shopping for bargains at thrift stores, but most of all hanging with her best friend “Lucky,” her German shepherd. Surviving is her mother, Ruth M. McCarty of Saginaw; two daughters, Christine Marie Mackey of Kansas and Carisa Ann Ehlert of Cartersville, Ga.; one brother, Thomas (Kathy) McCarty of Rockford, and her former husband and dear friend, Leland Ehlert of Palmyra. She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas A. McCarty. Cremation has … Read More »


Karen Amstutz

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

Karen E. A. Amstutz, age 65 of Blissfield passed away suddenly on Monday, June 16, 2014 at ProMedica Bixby Hospital in Adrian.  She was born on February 27, 1949 in Pensacola, Florida to Richard and Mary (Ford) Graham.  On November 11, 1972 she married Donald “Butch” Amstutz in Blissfield.  He preceded her in death on July 5, 1996.  Karen retired from Blissfield Community Schools.  She loved to scrapbook and enjoyed gardening and shopping online.  Karen’s greatest love was for her grandchildren and her time spent with them.   Karen is survived by one son, Ryan Amstutz of Temperance; two daughters, Malisa (Andy) Fetzer and Molly (Gerald “Levert”) Jackson both of Blissfield; two brothers, Steven Graham and David Graham both of Blissfield; two sisters, Melinda Pagel of Blissfield and Jennifer (Mark) McCauley of Brighton; six grandchildren, Harley Warner, Bailey Warner, Aleigha … Read More »


Harley Sharrock

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

DEERFIELD — Harley G. Sharrock, age 75, of Deerfield died Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at home surrounded by his family. He was born December 21, 1938 in Ypsilanti to Lester and Helena (Perry) Sharrock. On October 18, 1961, in Monroe he married Gaynell Witt and she survives. Harley was a graduate of Deerfield High School. He worked in management with Seaway Food Town from 1960-2000. Harley was a former School Board President and served on the Parish Counsel at Light of Christ Catholic Parish (St. Alphonsus). His favorite pastimes included playing cards, bowling and watching his beloved Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions. Harley had a love for gardening, animals and flowers and he enjoyed playing softball and held the position of coach for the Iott Insurance softball team. Harley truly embraced life and was at his happiest surrounded by family … Read More »