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Patricia “Pat” Riley

Posted on March 28th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Patricia “Pat” Riley

Patricia J. “Pat” Riley, age 89, of Blissfield died on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, under the loving care of Ohio Living Hospice at Swan Creek in Toledo, Ohio.
Pat was born December 6, 1928, to Charles and Alice (Mullane) Williamson in Bay City. She spent her early life in Chicago, Ill., returning to Michigan for high school. Pat graduated from Bay City Central High School in 1946.  While in high school she worked as a bookkeeper for Wald Dairy and sold chicks in the summer.  She also worked as a clerk at H.G. Wendland & Sons department store.
In the fall of 1946, she enrolled in the County Normal Teaching Program in Bay City and upon graduation taught at the Hampton Township School #2.
In the fall of 1948, Pat enrolled at the University of Michigan and graduated in June of 1951 with a … Read More »


Brenda Archambeau

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TOLEDO, Ohio — Brenda Sue Archambeau, age 64, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away March 23, 2018, with her family by her side. She was born August 28, 1953, in Adrian to Carl and Lois (Jacobs) Seeburger.
Brenda was a graduate of Blissfield High School and attended Patricia Stevens in Toledo, Ohio. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Riga. She worked at Dillard’s Department store in Toledo. Her favorite things to do were shopping, baking and she loved traveling to see different lighthouses.
Surviving Brenda is her mother, Lois Seeburger of Riga; a brother, Brian (Vickie) Seeburger of Riga; a sister Diann K. (Gilbert) Seeburger Bills of Greensboro, GA; two nephews, Trevor (Erin) Seeburger, Gregory H. Bills; a niece, Amie (Jesse) Brown; one great nephew and three great-nieces.
Brenda is preceded in death by her father, Carl Seeburger and her … Read More »


Ira Cooper

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ADRIAN — Ira C. Cooper, age 87, of Adrian, formerly of Blissfield, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Hospice of Lenawee Home.
He was born October 5, 1930, in Petersburg, the only son of George and Grace (Uebele) Cooper.
On April 20, 1964, he married Alwine Kisser, in Germany, and she survives.
Ira served in the United States Navy for two years, and the United States Army for 20 years. He was stationed in Germany, the Philippine Islands, Korea and Vietnam. Ira’s last years were spent as a recruiter in Detroit, Monroe County and Lenawee County. He retired from the military as a Sergeant First Class in 1973.
Ira also drove truck for WA Trucking, L & M Trucking and Jones Transfer.
He was a member of the Blissfield American Legion and the Adrian Moose Lodge.
In addition to Alwine, his wife of almost … Read More »


Rena “Joyce” Goetz

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Rena Joyce Goetz passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Rena, known by all as “Joyce‚” was born on April 10, 1927 in Clinton Mich., to William J. Service and Rose (Smith) Service. She was welcomed into this world by eight other brothers and sisters and closely followed by two more siblings. Her dear sisters Alice Socks and Lorraine Frear preceded her in death as did all of her other siblings.
Joyce married Earl Goetz, the love of her life, on August 7, 1948. They resided in Riga for 67 years, until Earl’s passing in March 2016.
Their only son, Todd Goetz, preceded them both in 2006.
Surviving Joyce are her two daughters; Jill Kiesow of Riga, and Paula Aspacher (Jeff) of Franklin, Tenn.; five grandchildren; Kate Dewick (David), Green Bay Wis., Lynn Edmunds (Mark) of Wind Point Wis., Charlie Goetz of Vernon, … Read More »


Charles “Chuck” Iott

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DEERFIELD — Charles “Chuck” A. Iott, age 66 of Deerfield passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 26, 2018, in Fort Myers, Fla., in the presence of his family.
Arrangements are pending with the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield.


Terry Slusher

Posted on February 27th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Terry Slusher

RIGA – Terry Curtis Slusher, age 45, of Riga passed away peacefully on Friday, February 23, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with ALS. Terry was born August 9, 1972, in Adrian to Gary and Julia (Henley) Slusher. Terry graduated from Blissfield High School in 1990. On October 13, 2007, Terry married Carolyn Carr in Blissfield and she survives. Terry worked for Accu-Worx in Temperance where it was a second family and greatly enjoyed all the people that he worked with. He continued to work well into being diagnosed. Terry loved coaching Little League in Blissfield and had done so for at least a decade. He also coached for the “Lookouts” and traveled with them to a Little League World Series. Terry was adventurous and loved to solve a good challenge. Terry loved … Read More »


James Staup

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James Allen Staup, age 61 of Blissfield passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at ProMedica Ebeid Hospice in the presence of his loving wife, Sandy.  He was born on February 23, 1956 in Adrian to Gail and Marian (Westgate) Staup.  Jim married Sandra J. Konieczny on October 17, 2015 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Blissfield.  She survives. Jim loved his life. He stated “I lived life to the edge and back”. He especially loved his job as a truck driver for Estes Express. The relationships that he had with his co-workers were very important to him. Jim served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years in munitions and then as an inflight refueler, “boom operator”. He said he had the “best job in the Air Force.” He saw the world and loved this period of his life. … Read More »


Elizabeth Prisby

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Elizabeth Leona Lips was born on Friday June 20th 1919 in Riga Michigan to Caesar Joseph and Marie Sylvia Lips.  She was one of four children, the others being Arthur Morris born in 1913, Leslie Joseph born in 1915 and Marcella Florine born in 1923.  All of them have preceded her in death and she called herself the last of the Mohicans.
She was a first-generation American, as her folks came through Ellis Island from Belgium.
Her first job was baby-sitting and house cleaning for $1 a week. When she was 18 she also worked at Gilson Hardware Store in Blissfield, Michiganm and sold tools, plows and farm equipment.  When she was 26 she worked at a factory in Adrian, Michigan, soldering helmets for World War II soldiers.  She was also a seamstress and made jackets in Blissfield.
Growing up on a farm, … Read More »


Wilbur Steih

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RIGA – Wilbur Charles Steih, age 72 of Riga, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 03, 2017, at the Toledo Hospital, Toledo, Ohio. He was born May 9, 1944 in Adrian, Michigan to Ernest and Luella (Pieh) Steih. Wilbur was a 1963 graduate of Blissfield High School. On April 15, 1966 he married Carol Marks at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palmyra, Michigan. He was a cabinet maker and finisher for Weinlander Kitchen and Bath in Blissfield for 43 years. After his retirement he worked part time at Gilson’s Hardware in Blissfield. Wilbur was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and a life member of the River Raisin Sportsman’s Club in Blissfield. He enjoyed archery, hunting, fishing, was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and spending time with his grandchildren.
Surviving Wilbur, besides his wife Carol of nearly 51 years are three children, … Read More »


Virginia Burnor Filter

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Virginia J. Burnor Filter, 91, Blissfield, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017 at Cambrian Senior Living, Tecumseh. Ginny was born at the family home on Holloway Rd. in Ridgeway Township, September 17, 1925 to Frank and Ina (Hutchison) Tiede. Virginia graduated from Blissfield High School in June of 1944 and that same month married Max Burnor, a farmer from Deerfield. They had four children together and were married 35 years when Max passed away in 1980.
In 1984 Ginny married Warren Filter, Tecumseh and became active with him in the V.F.W. there. Warren passed away unexpectedly in 1993. Virginia moved to Blissfield in 1995 and lived in Coach Light Estates until 2016.
In her younger years, Ginny bowled, belonged to the Deerfield Mothers Club and was a Cub Scout Den mother. After her son Lee’s death in 1969 during the Vietnam War, … Read More »



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