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Mary Ellen Wapshall

Posted on March 18th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Mary Ellen Wapshall

BERKEY, Ohio – Mary Ellen Wapshall of Berkey, Ohio, died March 11, 2016.

Mary Ellen was born on January 16, 1927 to Carlton J. and Leona (Connolly) Schmidt.

She married Merlin S. Wapshall on November 27, 1948.

She is survived by her loving husband Merlin and dear son Dr. Terrance M. Wapshall. She was preceded in death by her parents, precious daughter Beth Ann Wapshall, brother Henry C. Schmidt, and sister LaJeanne Creque.

Mary Ellen was a secretary at Willys Overland for five years and Field Enterprises-World Book Encyclopedia for 14 years. She was past president and long time member of the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Elizabeth Church in Richfield Center, Ohio.

According to Mary Ellen’s wishes there will be no visitation and burial will be private.

Joyce Weber

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Joyce J. Weber, age 86, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2016, under the care of her family and Hospice of Lenawee.
Joyce was born January 12, 1930, in Madison Township to Roger and Rachel (Withrow) Osborne. She married Harvey Dunavant in 1953, Norman Schoonover, Michigan State Trooper, Blissfield Post, in 1963, and Louis Weber in 1979 in Traverse City.
She was employed by Pacific Bell for 35 years, then 20 years by Hallmark. She helped her family run a resort on Spider Lake for many years. She enjoyed bowling, bird-watching. golf and Euchre, as well as her beloved Yorkies. She attended LifePoint Church on the lake. It was her great joy to have family (especially her grandchildren) and friends come make special memories with her.
Joyce is survived by her loving son, Roger (Pattie) Schoonover and grandchildren, Joseph, Rachel … Read More »

Bernita Reau

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DEERFIELD – Bernita A. Reau, age 91, formerly of Deerfield, passed away peacefully at her home Thursday, March 17, 2016.


She was born June 4, 1924, in Dundee Township, Michigan the only daughter of Grover and Theo (Spohr) Willis, and graduated from Britton High School.


On January 4, 1941, she married Bernard Reau, and he preceded her in death in 1994, having been blessed with 53 years together.


Bernita was a faithful member of the Light of Christ St. Alphonsus Parish where she served on the Altar Society. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Deerfield Senior Center, which she managed.


She is survived by her children: Sharleen (Ken) Kendall of Adrian, Kenneth (Shirley) Reau of Clermont, FL, Ronald Reau of Belleville, Diane (Bob) Bosckay of Ottawa Lake, Thomas (Barb) Reau of Adrian, Greg (Judy) Willis of Burneyville, OK, … Read More »

Earl Goetz

Posted on March 10th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Earl Goetz

Earl Charles Goetz passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 in the care of his wife Joyce, his girls, close friends and Hospice of Lenawee.

Earl was born on July 19, 1922, which was also his mother’s birthday. He was known to say “he was the only birthday gift his mother couldn’t return”. Earl was born to Charles G. and Elfrieda (Tobian) Goetz at home in Monroe, Michigan, both of whom preceded him in death along with his brother Richard and his only son Todd Earl Goetz.

Surviving him are his loving wife of 68 years, Rena Joyce (Service) Goetz, his two daughters; Jill Kiesow of Riga, Mich., and Paula Aspacher (Jeff) of Franklin, TN.; 5 grandchildren; Kate Dewick (David), Green Bay, WI, Lynn Edmunds (Mark) of Wind Point WI, Charlie Goetz of Vernon, NY, Earlene Mest (Dan) of Strykersville, NY, Valerie … Read More »

Georgette Pieh

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Georgette “Gette” Marie Pieh, age 88 of Blissfield, formerly of Deerfield
passed away on Tuesday, March 08, 2016 under the loving care of the
residents and staff of Blissfield Place and Hospice of Lenawee.

She was born on July 25, 1927 in Torhout, Belgium to Richard and Irma (Jacques)
Vanhaerents.  She and her family migrated to the United States when she
was three years old.

On February 5, 1947 she was united marriage to Richard J. Pieh in Deerfield, MI. He preceded her in death on October 31, 1993.

Gette worked as a cafeteria cook for Deerfield Public Schools for
25 years, retiring in 1983.  After retirement, she and Rich enjoyed
spending winters in Largo, Florida, where they made numerous friends and
eventually, they moved there to live year round.  About four years ago,
Gette moved back to Michigan and into Blissfield Place to be closer to her
remaining family only to … Read More »

Jimmy Bates

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Jimmy W. Bates, age 76 of Blissfield, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Provincial House.
He was born August 9, 1939, at home in Hillsdale County to George and Beulah “Eileen” (Blanchard) Bates, and attended Adrian High School.
On June 19, 1965, Jimmy married Madeline DeNudt in Blissfield and they have shared over 50 years together.
Jimmy went into tool-and-die making and completed his training at Snedeker & Son in Adrian.  He worked at BlisSfield Manufacturing, Meyer Boat Factory, and National Aircraft Services in Tecumseh, where he retired.
In his younger years, Jimmy loved roller skating and dancing.  His favorite pastimes were fishing and woodworking, but he would choose being with his family over anything.
In addition to his wife, Madeline, he is survived by their children, Brenda Ostrander and Brian (Christina) Bates; grandchildren, Nicholas Ostrander and Makenna Bates; and his siblings, George “Herb” … Read More »

Muriel Stevens

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DEERFIELD – Muriel G. Stevens, age 99 of Deerfield, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Provincial House.
She was born June 1, 1916, at home in Deerfield, Michigan to Cyrene and Pearl (Simpson) Stevens, and graduated from Summerfield High School in 1934.
On October 1, 1940, Muriel married Archie B. Stevens, Sr., and he preceded her in death.
Muriel was a faithful member of the Deerfield Free Methodist Church.
She was an avid reader and enjoyed crocheting
She is survived by her sons, Thomas (Sue) Stevens of Adrian, Archie Stevens, Jr. of Deerfield, and Perl Stevens of Palmyra; a sister, Twila Shoemaker of Deerfield; four grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her children, Muriel, Donald and Edward; and siblings, Jesse Kneal, Milo Stevens, Nello Stevens, and Rena Kidman.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. … Read More »

John Sell

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John Sell Jr., age 85 of Blissfield, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Toledo Hospital.
He was born August 26, 1930, in Tecumseh, to John and Nina (Rinehart) Sell Sr., and graduated from Blissfield High School in 1949.
On August 23, 1952, John married Janet Benner and they have been blessed with 63 years together.
During the Korean Conflict John served in the United States Army and was stationed in France.
A life-long farmer, John started in his childhood, was one of the “Sell Brothers” and continued farming throughout his retirement years.  He also worked at General Motors for 30 years.  John was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church as well as the Palmyra Masonic Lodge #184 and Samaria Masonic Lodge #438, the Zenobia Shrine and the American Legion Post #325.
He was a former member of Blissfield Kiwanis and Wauseon Elks.  John … Read More »

Deloris Ferguson

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DEERFIELD — Deloris Jane Furgason, age 90, longtime resident of Deerfield, away on Friday, March 4, 2016, at Blissfield Place in the comforting atmosphere of her loving family, the staff and residents of Blissfield Place and Hospice of Lenawee.
Deloris was born on July 15, 1925, in Tecumseh, to Otto and Louise (Maerzke) Manthey.
On August 4, 1945, she was united in marriage to Glenn Furgason at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palmyra. He preceded her in death on June 5, 2003.
Deloris spent 28 years of her life working as a Nurse’s Aide for Herrick Hospital in Tecumseh, before retiring. During her retirement, she enjoyed crocheting and spending winters with her husband Glenn in Leesburg, Florida. Upon his death, she continued to winter in Leesburg up until last year.
Deloris was a faithful member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and of the Red Hat Society … Read More »

Donald Potter

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Donald “Don” P. Potter, age 69, of Blissfield, died on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at his home.
He was born April 16, 1946, in Flint, Mich., to Paul and Geneva Dixon Potter.
Don served in the United States Marine Corp. during the Vietnam War. He worked for General Motors for 30 years as a robotics engineer.
He enjoyed building his extensive railroad layout of Lionel trains and frequenting the Blissfield Coney Island Restaurant to meet up with friends and enjoy conversation.
Don is survived by two daughters, Michelle Potter Stables of Davison, and Tonya Potter of Davison; two brothers, Norman (Dorene) Potter of Pensacola, Fla., Foster (Betty) Potter of Norton Shores; three grandchildren, Dylan Horton of Thomaston, Ga., Ashly Taylor of Burton, and Matthew Taylor of Boston, Mass. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services for Don were held on Thursday, March … Read More »

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