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Obituaries


Townsend Porter Sr.

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

Townsend Porter Sr. Townsend Henry Porter, Sr., known to his family and friends as Tom, he was born in Blissfield, on September 26,1918, the son of Stanley Porter and Ethel Loar Porter. He had three siblings, Merland “Mike” Porter, Carroll “Ike” Porter, and Faith Porter Bohs. He passed away at age 95, on June 5, 2014, in Sarasota, Florida, which was his home with Betty for the last 12 years. He is survived by his wife Betty Jane Girard Porter, his son Townsend “Tom” Porter, and his son David Porter. He was also blessed with a large and caring extended family. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carol Ann Porter McCullough. Tom’s career as a chemist spanned 55 years, and included research, production, and sales of polyurethanes and fine chemicals. The majority of his career was spent with … Read More »


Cecil Marsh

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

RIGA — Cecil Eldene Marsh was born the 1st of March, 1933, in Adrian, and was relieved of his fight with cancer the 11th of June, 2014 at Provincial House in the care of Hospice of Lenawee and surrounded by his family and the caring staff. He proudly served his country as Private First Class in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict where he earned the National Defense, Korean Service and the United Nations Service medals. He was always proud of his service and spoke highly of anyone who had served. On Christmas Day in 1958 he wed the love of his life, Jacqueline Faust, in Toledo, Ohio. They were married for 51 wonderful years, and she preceded him in death on the 14th of March, 2010. He was also preceded in death by an infant son … Read More »


Byron Cluckey Jr.

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

Byron A. Cluckey, Jr., passed away on June 7, 2014, in Prescott, Arizona. Byron was born in Petersburg, Michigan, on May 8, 1930, to Byron A. Cluckey, Sr., and Marie (Barry) Cluckey. His family moved from Petersburg, Michigan in 1940. Byron graduated from W.K. Kellogg High School in Nashville, Michigan, and joined the U.S. Navy in 1949. Byron proudly served on the USS Sicily CVE 118 during the Korean War, earning the Korean Medal, UN Medal three Bronze Stars and the Navy Unit Citation. After discharge from the navy, Byron attended El Camino College in Torrence, California from 1953 to 1955 earning an Associate Degree in Engineering. After college Byron was employed at Northrup Air Craft in California. In 1956 Byron returned to Michigan and joined the Michigan State Police in May 1957. He served at posts in Battle Creek, … Read More »


Ida Adams

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

Ballston Lake, NY — Ida M. Adams, 79, of Meridian Lane, died on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, New York, following a long illness. She was born on February 1, 1935 in Adrian, Mich., and was the daughter of the late Sherman O. and Nellie E. (Stevens) Clough. Mrs. Adams had lived in Ballson Lake since 1971 and was formerly of Adrian. She taught in the Schenectady School District for many years. Mrs. Adams had attended the Ballson Lake Baptist Church since the late 1970s and formerly served as one of the church’s instrumentalists. She also enjoyed traveling. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur Adams; step-mother of Amey Louise Adams, Andrienne Jean Hall, Arthur David Adams and the late Andrea Joan Adams; sister of the late Ralph D. Clough, Robert Clough, Eleanor (Paul) … Read More »


Loretta Burch

Posted on May 28th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

CLAYTON – Loretta F. Burch, age 92, of Clayton, died Friday, May 23, 2014 at Hospice of Lenawee, Hospice Home.  She was born February 16, 1922 in William Co., OH to John and Clara (Thiel) Stark.  She married Lawrence Burch on May 17, 1941.  He preceded her in death on July 7, 1992.  Loretta was a member of St. Mary’s on the Lake, the Irish Hills Region Antique Auto Car Club; the Antique Farmers Tractor Club of Adrian and the Heritage Farmer Tractor Club of Adrian.  She was a music teacher in her home and in the Onsted Public Schools.

Loretta is survived by her children, Jerry Burch of Manitou Beach, Karen (Ron) Coopshaw of Blissfield, Kenneth (Pat) Burch of Onsted, Olis (Lois) Burch of Manitou Beach and Olen Burch of Brooklyn; one brother, Vincent Stark, of Bryan, OH; one sister, … Read More »


Henry “Hank” Wiesmann

Posted on May 28th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Henry J. “Hank” Wiesmann, age 79 of Adrian, MI died peacefully at home surrounded by his family May 26, 2014.  He was born Dec. 1, 1934 on the family farm in Clayton, MI, to Anton & Rose (Mueller) Wiesmann.

He graduated in 1952 from St. Mary’s High School in Adrian and attended Michigan State University.  He served in the United States Army from 1956-1958 and was honorably discharged from the Army Chemical Center in Edgewood, MD. On Sept. 17, 1960, he married Joyce Calhoun, and they enjoyed a marriage of 53 years.

Hank joined The Raisin Presbyterian Church of Holloway, Britton, MI in 1972 where he served as a Ruling Elder and Sunday School Teacher for many years.  He was a member of Gorman Grange, leader of several Lenawee County 4-H Clubs, and member of Palmyra/Blissfield Order of the Eastern Star.  He … Read More »


Peter Poluka

Posted on May 6th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Peter Poluka, age 93 of Blissfield, passed away at his home Saturday, May 3, 2014. He was born June 22, 1920, in Bell Valley, Ohio, to Steven and Theresa Poluka. While working in a defense plant in New Jersey, Peter met Margaret Michalko whom he married on November 23, 1944 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and she survives. Peter retired in 1982 from Johnson Controls where he had worked as an engineer for many years. In his younger years, he enjoyed bowling and pitching for softball teams. Peter was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Parish in Blissfield. In addition to Margaret, his wife of almost 70 years, he is survived by their children, Donna (Virgil) Diver of Blissfield and Peter (Dianna) Poluka of Deerfield; and a grandson, Alan Langmeyer. He was preceded in death by his siblings: Helen, Rosie, Eva, … Read More »


Jacqueline Sliker

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

Jacqueline Margaret Sliker passed from this world to eternal life with the Lord Jesus Christ on April 27, 2014. She was born to Milton and Evelyn Heise, on April 11, 1932 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Lorne Heise, and sister Donna Holmquist. She is survived by her four children Janis (Bill) Helminiak of Westcliffe, Col., Kevin (Gail) Van Ert of Adrian, Donna (Frank) Glyda of Maumee, Ohio, and Bonnie (Mark) Johnson of Toledo, Ohio. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Jackie married John Van Ert in 1949 in Canada. Following the birth of their first child they move to Toledo, Ohio, where they resided and raised their family. Jackie and John divorced in 1968. She remarried Howard Sliker of Blissfield and began a successful real estate career. They divided … Read More »


Keith Diver

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

DEERFIELD — Keith T. Diver, age 65, of Deerfield passed away April 22, 2014. He was born March 7, 1949 in Tecumseh, the son of Beaumont and Lillian (LaVoy) Diver. He married Joan R. Klippel on June 12, 1970, in Richfield Center, Ohio, and she survives. Keith proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 -1972. He owned and operated Meyers – Diver’s Airport in Tecumseh for over 40 years. Keith graduated from Deerfield High School and had worked in skilled trades as a Machine Repairman at Ford Motor Company in Saline for 30 years, retiring in 1997. He was a member of the Deerfield American Legion. Keith loved aircraft and fixing them. He was honored to host the annual fly-in for the Meyer Aircraft Association in July of 2013. In his free time, Keith enjoyed working … Read More »


Paul Laslo

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

BRITTON — Paul Peter Laslo, age 97 of Britton, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 15, 1917, in Canada, to Joseph and Anna Laslo.  Paul served in the US Army and was a WWII veteran. On November 26, 1949, he married Carolyn Martin and she preceded him in death in 1987. On October 10, 1987, he married Mary Pieplow in Adrian.  She also preceded him in death. Paul was a lifetime member of the Blissfield American Legion. He enjoyed going to his cabin in Reed City. Paul is survived by his children, Janet Strong of Adrian, Stephen (Cheryl) Laslo of Whittaker, John Laslo of Morenci and Jeff Laslo of Bellefountaine, Ohio; step-daughter, Janet Blaker of Adrian; one brother, Joseph (Kathryn) Laslo, Jr. of Waters; three sisters, Rose Dumith of Carsonville, MI, Leone … Read More »