Geraldine Naomi Drefke, age 93, passed away on June 8, 2018 in Fort Wayne, IN. Her funeral service was held June 11, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Blissfield She was laid to rest at Pleasant View Cemetery.
Geraldine was born on December 27, 1924 in Alpena, MI to the Rev. William Weinlander and Amalia Steutzer Weinlander. She received a teaching certificate from Lenawee County Normal in Adrian, MI, a bachelor’s degree in Education from Capital University in Columbus, OH, and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Supervision from Wright State University in Dayton, OH. During her 27 years of teaching, Gerry influenced countless students with her positive, can-do spirit in Riga, Logan, OH, and Dayton, OH. She would start their day with cheer songs and encourage them throughout the day to never, never give up.
On April 15, 1944, Geraldine married … Read More »
Dennis Leroy Bangerter, age 77 of Blissfield passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at his home in the presence of his family. He was born on March 28, 1941, in Blissfield Township, to Raymond and Helen (Haas) Bangerter. Denny graduated from Blissfield High School in 1960. On April 28, 1962, at Zion United Brethren Church, Denny married Marilyn Bateson, and she survives. He worked in shipping and receiving at GM Powertrain in Toledo until his retirement on June 30, 1992. After retirement, Denny took great pride in attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, caring for his yard and being a farm hand for local farmers in the area, along with driving cars for Knapp Motors. He was a longtime member of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Denny enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, dirt bike riding, and spending time with … Read More »
BERKEY, Ohio – Donna A. Tiede, age 90, of Berkey, passed away Friday, June 22, 2018 at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.
She was born December 7, 1927, in Riga, Michigan, the daughter of Alfred and Bernice (Leonard) Goetz. She grew up in Blissfield and graduated from Blissfield High School.
On June 4, 1949, she married Daniel Tiede and soon moved to Berkey, Ohio. Here she worked with her husband on the family farm. Daniel preceded her in death in 1989. She was a faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Riga. Donna was known as a jokester, and she loved playing softball. She also never turned down a game of cards.
She is survived by her children, Dennis Tiede of Oakland Park, FL, Sandra Davies of Metamora, Ohio and Cheryl (Steve) Cox of Blissfield; grandchildren: Jeanelle Wonders, Tyler Cox, Danielle Bartenslager, and Jessica Fleenor; and eight great … Read More »
Clarence J. Eisenmann, age 66, of Blissfield, died June 19, 2018, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.
He was born May 2, 1952, in Adrian to Oscar and Eula (Gerber) Eisenmann. On January 20, 1973 he married Darlene Tabbert, in Blissfield and she survives. He had been employed by Zink-Covell Excavating company for 25 years and then by Smith Trucking. He also farmed part-time. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Darlene, he is survived by his mother, Eula Eisenmann of Riga; his children, Jason Eisenmann of Sylvania, Ohio, Melissa (Dan) Mirelez of Hoagland, Indiana, and Justin Eisenmann of Deerfield; grandchildren, Matthew, Alexis, Andrew and Max Mirelez, and Noah, Samantha, and Ethan Eisenmann; a brother, Bill (Connie) Eisenmann of Riga; and a sister, Judy (Harold) Swords of Riga. Clarence is preceded in death by his father.
Visitation was from noon-3 … Read More »
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 »