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Yvonne Nieman

Posted on July 29th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Yvonne H. Nieman, 78 of Blissfield, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. She was born March 7, 1936 in Monroe to Harold and Mildred (Zilke) Koster.

She graduated from Dundee High School in 1954 and attended what is now Washtenaw Community College.

Yvonne married Kenneth Nieman in Sylvania, Ohio on June 29, 1956.

She started her career in health care as a nurses’ aide at Herrick Hospital. After becoming a licensed practical nurse, she worked for a number of years at Bixby Medical Center, the Dialysis Center, and Herrick Manor. She was a member of the Deerfield United Methodist Church. Yvonne loved the outdoors and enjoyed bicycling and camping with the Passport of America Club.  She also loved animals.

In addition to Ken, her husband of 58 years, she is survived by their children, Kenneth (Jane) … Read More »


Gertrude Wotring

Posted on July 29th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Gertrude ‘Gertie’ H. Wotring, 96 of Blissfield, passed away July 27, 2014 at Lenawee Medical Care Facility. She was born August 1, 1917, in Blissfield, to Grace (Bowman) and Pearl Knapp. Gertie graduated from Blissfield High School in 1935 and later married James Samuel Wotring in Angola, Ind. He preceded her in death in 1969.

Gertie’s love was her family and the farm. She loved raising her flower gardens and golf. Her great grandchildren were her life. Gertie had a special relationship with her step mother, Chloe Knapp, and took care of her until her death; Chloe lived to be over 100.

Survivors include her sister, Margaret Dusha from California; her grandchildren, James Brennan of Blissfield and Janelle (Todd) De Lano of Phoenix, Ariz.; great grandchildren, Zoe Brennan, Danielle, Taylor and Nathaniel De Lano. Besides her parents and husband, Jim, Gertie was … Read More »


Tom Frayer

Posted on July 29th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

PLANO, Texas – Tom Frayer, 68, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday June 27, 2014. A celebration of Tom’s life was held on Wednesday July 2, 2014 at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas.  Tom was born on April 23, 1946 in Adrian, Michigan, grew up on his family’s farm in Deerfield, and received both his Bachelors in Economics and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Tom and his family moved to Texas in 1978, and he was respected by friends and colleagues in the banking industry for many years. Tom was an avid runner and completed several marathons in Texas.

Tom is preceded in death by his beloved parents Russell Frayer and Marie (Frayer) Lichtle and Edward Lichtle, and survived by his wife Nancy; son Russ Frayer along with his wife Karen and grandson Quin; and … Read More »


Rhea Schaedler

Posted on July 29th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Rhea Lucille (Miller) Schaedler passed from this earth to be with God and her beloved Kenny on Wednesday morning July 23, 2014.

Rhea was born on June 2, 1916, the second child of Emmett and Myrtle (Kahle) Miller in Ai, Fulton County, Ohio. She graduated from Metamora High School in the class of 1934.

She married Kenneth Lewis Schaedler on the family farm in Ogden, Michigan on July 4, 1939. Ken and Rhea made their home in Blissfield, Michigan where together they raised nine children in their 68 years of marriage: Arnold Klump (Barbara), Donna (Klump) Billings (Frank), Dr. Dwight Klump (Carolyn), Delight (Klump) Romsek (Tom), Wayne Klump (Jackie), Carol Ann (Schaedler) Miller ( David), Douglas Schaedler (Elaine), Phillip Schaedler (Barbara) and the Hon. Laura Schaedler.

Rhea worked side by side with Ken in the operation of their plumbing and heating business for … Read More »


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 »