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Steven “Steve” Cantrell

Posted on February 16th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Steven “Steve” Cantrell

MANITOU BEACH—Steven “Steve” D. Cantrell, age 59, of Manitou Beach, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 13, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family and friends.
He was born on November 13, 1956 in Adrian, MI, the son of Dwayne and Sue (Williams) Cantrell.  He graduated from Adrian High School in 1974, and then the family moved to Blissfield and purchased Norton Equipment, he currently served as president.
On October 20, 2001, he married the love of his life, Linda Tagsold Cantrell and she survives.
Steve was a member and served on the board at Devil’s Lake Yacht Club.  He enjoyed sailing, sand drag racing, boating and spending time enjoying the lake with his many friends and family.
In addition to his wife, Linda of 14 years, he is survived by father, Dwayne of Blissfield; his two sons, Ryan (Lindsey) and Brandon (Stephanie), both … Read More »


Anna Dettman

Posted on February 16th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Anna Dettman

BRITTON-Anna M. Dettman, age 104, of Britton, died Sunday, February 14,
2016, at the home of her grandson, David, and his family under the care of
Hospice of Lenawee.  She was born October 8, 1911, in Palmyra to William
Henry and Marie (Schlatherer) Frye.  On September 5, 1931, she married
Albert Dettman in Palmyra.  He preceded her in death on January 11, 2001.
Anna enjoyed doing word search puzzles, knitting, crocheting, baking and
especially loved to wallpaper.  She enjoyed a life of simple country
living and had a heart of gold.  She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran
Church in Blissfield.
Anna is survived by a son, Donald Dettman of Adrian; five grandchildren,
Rick (Penny) Ebright, Leslie Ann Ebright, Penny (Jeremy) Filber, Donald
Dettman Jr., and David (Amy) Dettman; seven great-grandchildren, Melissa
(Dan) Byrne, Brandon Ebright, Caitlin Briggs, Ashtyn Dettman, Connor
Ebright, Dylan Dettman, and Anah Dettman; two great-great-grandsons, Isaac
and Finn; two sisters, … Read More »


Mary “Sue” Ford

Posted on February 12th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Mary “Sue” Ford

BLISSFIELD – Mary “Sue” Ford, age 86 of Blissfield, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2016, at Blissfield Place.
She was born August 8, 1929, in Bruceton, Tennessee to Walter “Frank” and Nellie (Hill) Lee, and graduated from Nashville Central High School.
On December 27, 1947, she married Maurice “Maury” Ford and he preceded her in death in 2014, having shared 66 years together.
Sue worked for Blissfield Public Schools in the cafeteria, retiring with 22 years of service. She was a member of the Lenawee County School Retirement Association. Sue was a talented seamstress and a great cook, known to make the best gravy north of the Mason Dixon Line. When her children were younger, she was a leader for Cub Scouts, Blue Birds and Campfire Girls.
She is survived by her children, Robert (Jeanne) Ford and Barbara McHenry of Blissfield, Charles (Connie) Ford … Read More »


Adaline Veronice Kay Scott

Posted on February 12th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Adaline Veronice Kay Scott

ADRIAN – Adaline Veronice Kay Scott, precious infant daughter of James
and Amanda (Davis) Scott, Jr. of Adrian, passed away Wednesday, February
10, 2016, at ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital.  She was born
February 5, 2016, in Toledo, Ohio.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Hunter and
Palmer Scott at home; grandparents, Jim and Kathleen Scott, Sr. of
Onsted, MI and Veronice Davis of Riga; several aunts and uncles,
including, Gloria (Tom) Sell, Dan Davis, Luke (Emily) Davis, Joel Davis,
John Davis, Christine (Ted) Adams, Lynette (Randy) Tatman and Mary
(Sergio) Manarin and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was
preceded in death by her grandfather, George Davis, Jr.; and
great-grandparents, MaMaw and PaPaw Lenwell, Howard and Rose Scott,
Frank Hunter, Carol Mitchell and Ed and Catherine Rayburn.
Funeral services for Adaline will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016,
at 2:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian with Pastor … Read More »


Keri Young

Posted on February 10th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Keri Young

Keri A. Young, 31 of Adrian, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at Toledo Hospital.

She was born January 16, 1985 in Adrian to Paul and Beth (Alexander) Young.

Keri was a 2003 graduate of Blissfield High School. She was a former member of the Palmyra Future Leaders 4-H club, loved people, especially her nieces and nephews, camping, loved animals and the Detroit Tigers. But most of all, Keri loved being a mom to her son Carson. She will be greatly missed.

In addition to her parents, Paul and Beth, and her son, Carson Wellnitz, Keri is survived by her significant other and father of their son, Cory Wellnitz of Adrian; her siblings, Shaun (Caitlin) Young of Blissfield, Erin (Ben) Coutcher of Swanton, Alexander (Hannah) Young of Blissfield, Patrick of Blissfield; grandmother, Ann Alexander of Toledo; aunts and uncles, Cathy (Terry) … Read More »


Hope Venema

Posted on February 10th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Hope Venema

BLISSFIELD – Hope M. J. (Hanson) Venema, age 90 of Blissfield, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at her daughter’s home.

She was born at home in Wakefield, Michigan, September 3, 1925 to Albert and Olga (Thompson) Hanson.

Hope earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics from Michigan State University, and started her career in teaching in Niles, Michigan. After moving to Blissfield and starting a family, Hope was a substitute teacher for many years.

On June 25, 1949, Hope married Jacob Venema, and he preceded her in death in 1979, having shared 30 wonderful years together.

Hope was a 72 year member of the Tecumseh Order of the Eastern Star. She attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, served as a 4H leader and a Campfire Girls leader. She kept busy with knitting and crocheting and was a talented seamstress. She loved music and dancing. … Read More »


Kathryn Breitner

Posted on February 5th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Kathryn Breitner

BLISSFIELD – Kathryn A. Breitner, age 55 of Blissfield, passed away January 27, 2016.

She was born in El Paso, Texas the daughter of James and Helen (Collingsworth) Jaqua, and grew up in the Petersburg area.

Always cheerful, Kathryn showed her family how to live with great joy. She shared this joy with her treasured grandsons who lovingly called her “Yaya”. She attended Light of Christ Parish in Blissfield. Kathryn was dearly loved by many people who will miss her fun and energetic spirit.

Surviving are her children: Kandace (Archie Nieswander) Breitner of Blissfield, Corbin (Holly) Lucas of Petersburg, and Cody (Gabby) Libstorff of Milan; grandsons, Kaleb and Kalon; siblings: Frank (Heidi) Jaqua, Deb (Karl) Knerr, Edward Jaqua, and Susan (Richard) Brown; and a very special friend, Ronnie Clegg.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Mass of the Resurrection for Kathryn was … Read More »


Robert Zimmerman

Posted on January 27th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Robert Zimmerman

Robert William Zimmerman, age 83, of Blissfield, Michigan, passed away January 22, 2016, at Whispering Pines, Adrian.

He was born October 4, 1932, in Blissfield Township to Harold and Mabel (McCormick) Zimmerman.

He was married on February 8, 1952 to Pauline (Lievens) Zimmerman. In addition to his loving wife of 63 years, he is survived by one daughter, Debra (Rick) Burns of Tipton; one sister, Lois Bockbrader and one brother, James (Jane) Zimmerman; three grandchildren, Heather Miller, Lindsey Burns, and Rian Burns; and 2 great-grandchildren, Michael Miller and Hayden Kobus.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother-in-law, Clayton Bockbrader.

Bob was an electrician for 47 years before retirement, being the owner of Zimmerman Electric, Inc. of Blissfield.

He was a member of Light of Christ (St. Peter’s) Church; a member of the Blissfield Volunteer Fire Department for 19 years and a … Read More »


Jennie Alcock

Posted on January 27th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Jennie Alcock

Jennie Lea Alcock passed away Thursday, January 21, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born on April 16, 1927, to Samuel and Tessie (Buchanan) Birchfield. She married Lyle Robert Alcock on December 26, 1946, in Adrian. He preceded her in death on May 2, 1980. Jennie is survived by her five children, Larry (Debbie) Alcock, Linda (Don) Michelin, Sharon Gunter, John (Linda) Alcock and Mike Alcock, 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; brother Roger (Judy) Birchfield, sister-in-law Anne Birchfield; her loving caretaker Pam Castillo and close friend Lois Mason.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, John, Jack and Samuel Birchfield, sisters, Lois Baughey and Dixie Birchfield, sister-in-law Sondra Birchfield, brother-in-law Bud Baughey.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home in Blissfield, with Pastor Keith Smith officiating. Burial followed … Read More »


Patricia Gomulinski

Posted on January 27th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Patricia Gomulinski

Patricia Ann Gomulinski, age 78, of Petersburg, Michigan, passed away January 24, 2016, at her daughter’s home with her loving family by her side.

She was the daughter of Dr. Robert E. Benson and Elizabeth K. Bancroft. She was born in St. John’s, Michigan, on January 5, 1938.

She grew up in St. John’s and attended Ferris State University. She worked for the Michigan Department of Health Division of Laboratories for 10 years.

She met her husband, Melvin Gomulinski, in Lansing and they were married in 1968. Following her husband’s job relocation, they moved to Petersburg, Michigan, in 1972. There, they started a family, as well as a Christmas tree farm. The family are members of St. Michael’s in the Hills Episcopal Church, Toledo, Ohio, where Pat was a choir member. She was also a member of the River Raisin Order of Eastern … Read More »



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