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Yvonne Bancroft

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

  Yvonne Bancroft passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on January 5, 2015, at Blissfield Place in Blissfield, Michigan. 
Yvonne was born July 29, 1935, in Jackson, Michigan, the daughter of Sigmund and Margaret (Wagner) Wasielewski.
Yvonne graduated from St. John’s High School in 1954,
She attended Jackson Community College and graduated as a registered nurse from Borgess Hospital-Kalamazoo and Nazareth College, Division of Nursing in 1957.
She was employed at Bixby Hospital from 1957-1966 and was head nurse in Pediatrics 1960-1966.
She then worked in the medical offices of Dr. Eddy and Feeney until 1979. She then returned to Bixby Hospital continuing to work in Pediatrics until she retired in 1997.
Yvonne was very proud that she passed the National Certification Board Exam for Pediatrics.
She married Phil Bancroft at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on May 9, 1987.
Yvonne enjoyed reading, completing many crafts and her … Read More »


Michael Marine

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

ADRIAN — Michael Lawrence Gage Marine, age 23 of Adrian died Tuesday, December 23, 2014, in California.
He was born September 18, 1991, in Toledo to Lawrence Albert and Elizabeth Ann (Valdez) Marine.  Michael graduated from Blissfield High School in 2011.
He was a member of Jesus is Lord Ministries.
Michael loved to skateboard, read, do art projects, was an avid video game player and a talented musician who enjoyed playing the guitar and drums. Michael loved to make people laugh.
He enjoyed going boating and fishing with his dad.
Michael is survived by his parents, Lawrence and Elizabeth of Adrian; grandparents, Charles and Becky Marine of Blissfield; sister, Sierra (Clifton) Monhollen, Jr. of Adrian; three nieces, Alissa, Abigail and Aspen; a nephew, Clifton III and numerous aunts, uncle, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by … Read More »


Steven Sweet

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

Steven E. Sweet, 56, died suddenly in his home December 27, 2014, of a heart attack.
He was born on July 2, 1958, in Kalamazoo, to Edward and Janet Sweet. 
Steve graduated from Blissfield High School in 1976 and Northern Michigan University in 1980.
He joined the Peace Corps serving two years in Ghana.
Steve was a manager for Marcos Pizza for over 20 years. An avid reader, he also loved theatre, opera, bicycling, baseball, and cats. Steve was a good friend of Bill W. for 24 years.
Steve married the love of his life, Randa Shallal, on May 6, 2007. He was a wonderful husband and will be missed beyond what words can express.
Steve is survived by his wife Randa Sweet, sister Cathy Griffith, brother Thomas (Kathy )Sweet , sister-in-law Debbie McCrandall, brother-in-law Jeff Witte, and his nieces and nephews.  His parents … Read More »


Harold “Bud” Bohs

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

Harold ‘Bud’ Bohs
Harold “Bud” Bohs, 92, of Blissfield, passed away Saturday, January 3, 2015 at his home.
Bud was born on Nov.14, 1922, in Blissfield, the son of Harold and Ruth (Saxton) Bohs Sr.
He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1940, and served in the US Army in Europe during WWII, participating in the liberation of France and the battle of the bulge.
Bud was married on June 20, 1946, to Frances L. Meyers at the First United Methodist Church in Blissfield.
He worked 46.8 years at Tecumseh Products, retiring in 1985.
Bud was an active member of the Blissfield Athletic Boosters, and enjoyed assisting with the school’s athletic events. Bud also enjoyed cooking and baking cinnamon rolls for his many friends. 
Surviving is his wife, Frances L. Bohs of Blissfield; three daughters, Jennifer Bohs of Lexington, MI, Monica Luce of Kalamazoo, MI, and Sheila (Terry) … Read More »


Shirley Jackson

Posted on December 30th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Shirley Ann Jackson of Blissfield passed away December 20, 2014, in Adrian, MI. Shirley was born April 5, 1936, in Novi, MI to Phyllis G. Smith Brooks and Raymond Brooks.  She married Kenneth Jackson on May 7, 1955.  He passed away on October 7, 1993.
Shirley was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who cherished her time with her family.  Her family will miss her famous Christmas cookies that no one could duplicate and her infectious giggle that made us all smile.
She is survived by her son, Kenneth (Judy) Jackson of Tecumseh, MI; grandson, Heathe Fowler and his wife, Briana; great-granddaughters Rylee Fowler and Sydney Fowler of Zeeland, MI; brother, Roland (Joan) Brooks; sisters, Peggy (Wayne) Wright, Susan (Phil) Popham; sister-in-law, Cynthia Brooks and many nieces and nephews.  Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Kenneth; son, Mark; … Read More »


Kathleen “Kathy” Goetz

Posted on December 30th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Kathleen “Kathy” Ann Goetz, age 67 of Blissfield passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at her home.
She was born to Charley and Adeline (Van Hove) Vergote on October 15, 1947, in Adrian, Michigan.  On June 14, 1968, Kathy was united in marriage to James “Jim” Goetz in Maybe, Michigan.  He survives.
Kathy worked for Hospice of Lenawee for over 25 years. She was a member of The Bridge Community Church in Blissfield, served on the Victim Services Unit of Lenawee County and on the Board for Associated Charities.  Kathy enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling and especially spending time with her family. Kathy’s passionate love for Jesus guided her life. She faithfully led Bible Studies, prayer groups and small groups where she transformed the lives of countless … Read More »


James Silberhorn

Posted on December 11th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

ADRIAN – James Martin Silberhorn, age 86, passed away on Friday, November 14, 2014 at Provincial House.  He was born in Riga, Michigan on September 2, 1928.  He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1946 and then entered the United States Navy, serving for four years.  Upon his discharge, he returned home and entered Adrian College graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1958.  He also attended Eastern Michigan University, receiving his Master’s Degree in Special Education in 1963.
On June 4, 1955, he married Lois Ann Hahn.  To this union were born two children, Eric and Michele.  Lois Ann passed away on December 28, 1996.
James began his teaching career at Madison School in Adrian in September, 1960.  In 1961 he accepted a teaching position at Adrian Training School, retiring as principal in 1993 after 33 years in education.
On September … Read More »


Gladys Kurtz

Posted on December 11th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

ADRIAN — Gladys Frances Kurtz, age 93 of Adrian, formerly of Blissfield, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 5, 2014, at Lynwood Manor in Adrian.
She was born November 5, 1921, in Ogden Township, Michigan, to Edward Christian and Dora Annis (Caswell) Knierim.
On December 2, 1950, she married Keith K. Kurtz in Blissfield. He preceded her in death on December 20, 1999. 
Gladys enjoyed crocheting, knitting, embroidering and reading.
Surviving are two sisters, Betty Knierim and Ileta Prisby, both of Blissfield and several nieces and nephews, including Marilyn (Dennis) Bangerter of Blissfield.  In addition to her husband, Keith, she was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and three sisters.
Private graveside services for Gladys will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Blissfield.  Memorial contributions in memory of Gladys may be made to the Adrian … Read More »


LaJeanne Creque

Posted on December 11th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

RIGA — LaJeanne Creque, age 86, of Riga, MI passed away peacefully with her family at her bedside on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 ( on her parents wedding anniversary) at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg after a 7 year fight with Mantle Cell Lymphoma.
She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.
LaJeanne was born May, 23, 1928 to Carlton and Leona (Connolly) Schmidt, who preceded her in death.
She graduated from Blissfield High School in 1946 and the Mercy College of Nursing in 1949.
On July 28, 1951 she married Jesse Creque.  They were married almost 37 years until his death in 1988. They had four daughters and one son.
LaJeanne worked at the Toledo Hospital for 25 years, in the admissions nursery which she truly liked.
She lived for her children and grandchildren. We always felt her love. It was a pleasure for her … Read More »


John Cain

Posted on December 11th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

BLISSFIELD —  John J. Cain, age 81 of Blissfield, passed away November 28, 2014, at the Hospice of Lenawee Home.
He was born April 1, 1933 in Deerfield, Michigan to Forrest and Clara (Murbach) Cain and graduated from Deerfield High School.  John is a veteran of the Korean Conflict having served in the United States Army.
John retired from Teledyne in Toledo where he was a machinist for many years.  He was a member of the Blissfield American Legion and the VFW Annis Fint Post #1584 in Adrian.
John is survived by several nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Clements and brother, Robert Cain.
A military service for John will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel in Blissfield conducted by the VFW Annis … Read More »