Building a firm community news foundation ... one story at a time

Obituaries


Donald Reed

Posted on March 24th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Donald Reed
Donald Berl Reed, 86, of Blissfield, entered into the presence of his Lord on March 21, 2015.
Don is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years, Fay, and his children Mike (Candace) Reed of Blissfield, Candace (Kent) Walters of Jenison, Mich., Judy (John) Newlin of Blissfield, William Reed of Blissfield, and Donald’s grandchildren Andrew Reed, Heidi Lee, Heather Crysler, Scott Walters, Evan Walters, Jonathan Walters, Nathan Newlin, Jessica Newlin, Brittany Reed, William Reed, and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Berl and Grace Cook Reed, and his siblings, Helen (Herb) Tait, Margaret (Leland) Porter, Mildred (Maurice) Warner and Virginia Reed.
He was born April 4, 1928 on the family farm on Robb Highway.
Upon graduation from Blissfield High School in 1946, Don farmed his whole life; even into his retirement.
For many years he served at Ogden … Read More »


Betty Jane Porter

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

Betty Jane Porter passed away February 20th, 2015.
Born on October 6th, 1922, in Williamsburg, Virginia, Betty was the daughter of Gilbert and Florida Russell Girard. She is survived by her elder brother Gilbert Girard, Jr., and was preceded in death by her siblings Robert Girard, Eugene Paul Girard, and Mary Elizabeth Girard Rudolph.
Betty married her soulmate of 72 years, Townsend “Tom” Porter, in August 1942. She had three children, Townsend “Tom” Porter, David Porter, and her dearly departed daughter Carol Ann.
She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, and cooking, and she took up the violin at age 70, and played avidly for 15 years. She traveled extensively with Tom, and settled in Sarasota, Florida for the last 12 years.
Her beloved Tom passed in June 2014. Her remaining time here was spent in reflection upon a life well lived and full of reward. Her … Read More »


Marlene Mehan

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

DEERFIELD — Marlene A. (Bondy) Brubaker Mehan, age 78, formerly of Deerfield, passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Tecumseh Place II under the care of Hospice of Lenawee.
She was born February 1, 1937, in Deerfield, to William and Geraldine (Shettleroe) Bondy graduating from Deerfield High School with the Class of  1955.
She later worked at Fisher Body for 19 years. She was a past member of St. Alphonsus’ Catholic Church, enjoyed bowling in the past on the Ma & Pa League in Deerfield, and liked to garden, growing beautiful hibiscus.
Marlene will also be remembered for the wonderful cakes she made for friends and family.           
Survivors include her children, John (Sylvia) Brubaker of  Deerfield; Tina (Doug) Yoder, Robert (Mary Ann) Brubaker, Lisa (Roger) Gaby  and Gary Brubaker, all of  TX; her siblings, Connie ( James) Young of Adrian, half sister, Leota … Read More »


Elizabeth Fischer

Posted on March 9th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Elizabeth Fischer, age 97, formerly of Blissfield, died Sunday, March 8, 2015, under the care of Hospice of Lenawee at Adrian MagnumCare Health Center.
Mrs. Fischer was born November 21, 1917, in Sebewaing, Mich to Christian and Elizabeth (Bernhardt) Schmidt, and raised in Deerfield.
Elizabeth married Louie H. Fischer, September 20, 1940 in Indiana. He died June 28, 1991.
She was a longtime member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church where she was active in the Friendship Circle. She was a homemaker and enjoyed making quilts for family members, playing cards, bingo and her daily walks.
Survivors include two daughters, Rhea (Bruce) Stephens of Adrian and Rebecca (David) Sauter of Lambertville; and four sons, Raymond of Blissfield, Roland of Haslett, Royal (Kathy) of Adrian and Robert (Dana) of Blissfield; one sister, Mary Steih-Dunham of Dundee;  ten grandsons, one granddaughter, … Read More »


Charles Kasten IV

Posted on February 17th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Charles L. “Chip” Kasten IV, age 33 of Blissfield, passed away suddenly at his home on Sunday, February 15, 2015.
Chip attended Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fla., and attended both Owens and Stautzenberger Community Colleges, Toledo, where he studied his passion of auto repair. He enjoyed fishing with his dad, working on cars, was an avid hunter and loved his Ohio State Buckeyes. He had currently built display and window cases for “Simply Stated & Painted,” a ceramics store in Toledo. Overall, his children were his absolute joy.
Chip is survived by his fiancée, Heather Nine and children, Emma N. Kasten and Charles (C.J.) L. Kasten V; parents, Charles and Sandy (Retzke) Kasten III; brothers, William “Billy” Michalski and Keith (Hope) Michalski and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces and cousins. He is preceded in … Read More »


Robert Piotter

Posted on February 17th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Robert P. Piotter, 89, of Blissfield, passed away Thursday, February 12, 2015, at Blissfield Place.
Bob was born on Sept. 4, 1925, the son of Paul and Madeline (Vanest) Piotter. 
Bob graduated from Blissfield High School in 1943, and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
He was married on July 1, 1950 to Violet Goetz, who preceded him in death in 2013.
Bob worked for 37 years at Tecumseh Products, and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Riga.
He was a member and past commander of the Blissfield American Legion Post 325, and member and past Chef de Tran of the 40et8 in Adrian.
Bob also was a member of the Thursday night men’s bowling league in Blissfield for many years.
Surviving are three children, Doug (Irene) Piotter of Katy, Texas, Steve (Marcia) Piotter of The Woodlands, Texas, and Patricia (Jeff Gyde) Marks … Read More »


Thomas Yarger Sr.

Posted on February 17th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Thomas M. Yarger Sr., age 65, of Blissfield, passed away Friday, February 13, 2015, at Hospice House in Adrian. Thomas was born on May 22, 1949 in Lansing.
He worked for Ford Motor Company for approximately 24 years, beginning in 1991.
Thomas loved NASCAR and his favorite driver, Mark Martin. He also loved to travel to the Smoky Mountains, Nashville and the Bourbon Trail and also hiked Mt. LeConte. Thomas enjoyed bass fishing, bowling and golf and was a talented woodworker.
Thomas is survived by four sons; Thomas (Gail) Yarger, Jr. of Blissfield, Eric (Diana Swiger) Yarger of Detroit, Brandon Yarger of Ypsilanti, and Kyle Yarger of Blissfield. He is also survived by daughter Kaitlyn (Mike French) of Tecumseh, former wife and mother of his children, Vivian Yarger of Prudenville, Mich., half-brother Ron (Pat) Hale of California, and sister Nancy … Read More »


Margie Lee Shick

Posted on February 17th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Margie Lee Shick, 95, passed away peacefully on January 15, 2015 in Kalamazoo. Margie Lee was born in Millboro Springs, Va., on February 28, 1919.
Margie Lee received her undergraduate degree from Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA and taught elementary school for three years. She received her Masters of Religious Education from Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Va. She was a Sunday School Extension worker for the Synod of Virginia, and later served as Director of Christian Education in Hazard, Ky. Margie Lee and Mel were married in Waynesboro, VA in 1949.
Margie Lee is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 45 years, Melvin Shick. Margie Lee is survived by three daughters, Gayle (Charles) Shull of Belton, Texas; Doris (Mike) DeNudt of Riga; and Ruth (Ron) Wiser of Kalamazoo; and two grandchildren, Morgan DeNudt of Toledo, Ohio, and … Read More »


Joshua Gates

Posted on February 10th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Joshua Louis Gates, age 31 of Blissfield, died Sunday, February 8, 2015.
He was born July 31, 1983, in Adrian to Terry and Debra (Kastel) Gates.
Joshua was self-employed doing painting and power washing. He was an active Cub Scout volunteer.  Joshua coached for the Blissfield My Way Wrestling Club, Little League, softball and soccer club.
He was a member of Elem3nt Church and was a member of their Upward Basketball program.
Joshua is survived by his children, Nevaeh Gates and Braxton Gates; parents, Debra (John) Shields and Terry (Carol) Gates; a brother Charles Gates and his children, Charles Austin and Aundrea Gates; a sister, Jennifer Gates and her children, Jude Rosas and Jade Casanova; maternal grandmother, Phyllis Kastel; paternal grandparents, Charles and Suzanne Gates all of Blissfield. He was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Dale Kastel, paternal grandmother Nancy Schill, great grandparents, Ernie … Read More »


Robert “Bob” Pieh

Posted on February 10th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

DEERFIELD — Robert J. “Bob” Pieh, 66 of Deerfield died unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at his home.
Bob was born in Adrian, Michigan, on October 14, 1948, to Richard and Georgette (Vanhaerents) Pieh. He graduated from Deerfield High School with the class of 1966. After graduation he went to work for Ford Motor Company in Saline. Shortly after getting hired, he was drafted to serve his country with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He returned home from the war in 1969 and went back to work for Ford’s in Saline.
On October 8, 1971, Bob married Deanna S. Sager in Deerfield. She survives.
Bob was transferred to Ford’s in Milan where he retired in 2001 after 34 years of service.
He was a member of the Deerfield American Legion Post #392, Moose Lodge of Sylvania and a lifetime member of the V.F.W. … Read More »