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Nicholas Johnson

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7th January

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. — Nicholas S. Johnson, age 26 of St. Petersburg, Fla, passed away December 29, 2013. Nicholas was born October 5, 1987, in Norfolk, Virginia, to John “Scott” and Mary “Kathy” (Knadler) Johnson. He graduated from Wilmot Union High School in Wisconsin with the Class of 2006 and went on to earn an associate’s degree in auto mechanics. While in high school Nick participated in wrestling and soccer. He enjoyed drawing, paintball and was an avid reader. As a youth Nick was a proud Life Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. Nick joined the United States Coast Guard and was currently serving in St. Petersburg. In addition to his parents, Scott and Kathy Johnson of Campton Hills, Ill., he is survived by his sister, Caitlin Johnson of Burlington, Wis.; paternal grandparents, Ronald and Dorothy Johnson of Terre … Read More »


Robert Semple

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7th January

Robert Semple Word has been received of the death of former Blissfield area resident Robert Semple, age 86 of Zeeland, who passed away Monday, December 9, 2013, at Oak Crest Manor. Arrangements were handled by Lakeshore Memorial Services, Inc., Holland.


Daniel Hacker Jr.

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23rd December

Daniel Boone Hacker, Jr., aged 83, passed away on Monday, December 16, 2013 at Lynwood Manor in Adrian after a long bout with esophageal cancer. He was born August 30, 1930 in Oneida, Kentucky to school teacher and mountaineer Daniel B. and Alabama (Davidson) Hacker. His mother passed away shortly after giving birth and his father was advanced in his years, so he was raised by his half-brother Roy and Oda (Britton) Hacker in the Hamilton, Ohio, area. Dan attended Reily High school where he played basketball and baseball. He planned on playing basketball for Xavier University but was drafted shortly after enrollment and served in Korea as a member of the United States Army. Upon returning to civilian life he moved to the Monroe, Michigan area to find work in the auto industry. At the urging of his brother-in-law, … Read More »


Maxine Eastman

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13th December

Maxine A. Eastman, age 85 of Blissfield, formerly of Westland, Michigan, passed away Saturday, November 30, 2013, at Blissfield Place where she happily lived the past six years surrounded by wonderful care givers and residents she considered dear friends. She was born at home in Palmyra, Michigan on May 17, 1928, to Charles and Mary (Humphrey) Bartholomew, and graduated from Adrian High School. Maxine worked as a dental assistant for several dentists and was also an assistant professor at Ferris State University. While teaching at Ferris State she met her husband, Donald Eastman whom she married August 30, 1969. They celebrated 39 years together prior to his death in 2008. Maxine attended Blissfield Baptist Church. In her younger years she played the musical saw with her sister traveling to play for veteran’s groups during the war. She was a fabulous … Read More »


Helen Vergote

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13th December

Helen Ruth Vergote, age 94, of Blissfield, died Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at her home.  She was born April 3, 1919, in Sturgis, Michigan to Fred H. and Lillian (Betz) Iffland.  On February 19, 1942, she married Paul Vergote in Plaqueman, LA.  He preceded her in death on October 23, 2008.  Helen had been employed by the Blissfield Telephone Company.  She enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Belgium and Europe.  She also enjoyed making baby quilts and ceramics and was involved in Busy Beaver of North Blissfield 4-H Club.  Helen was also involved in funeral dinners and many committees at church.  She was a member of Farm Bureau. Helen is survived by two sons, Paul (Diane) Vergote of Blissfield and Bruce (Vicki) Vergote of Stanwood, MI; grandchildren, Lori (Leo) Goll of Blissfield, Tim (Tabitha) Vergote of Blissfield, and Aaron Vergote of Stanwood, … Read More »


Frederick Brieschke Jr.

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13th December

Frederick Brieschke Jr., age 83 of Blissfield, passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Flower Hospital.

Born December 24, 1929 in Blissfield, Michigan, he was the youngest child of Frederick and Hazel (Caswell) Brieschke Sr.  Fred graduated from Blissfield High School in 1947 and attended Michigan State University.  During the Korean Conflict Fred served in the United States Navy.

On August 28, 1954 he was married to Loraine Vanneste, and she survives.

Fred lived all his life in Blissfield.  He worked at Teledyn in Toledo, retiring in 1988 with 32 years of service.  He was a member of the American Legion.

In addition to Loraine, his wife of 59 years, he is survived by their children: Donald (Bonnie) of Sylvania; Gary (Linda) of Temperance; Thomas of Blissfield; and Karen (Sanford) Wexler of Novi; eight grandchildren: Andrew, Anthony, Blake, Kyle, and Cody Brieschke and Brendan, … Read More »


Dennis Bierman

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26th November

RIGA — Dennis H. Bierman, 69, lost his long battle with cancer on Oct. 30, 2013, at his home in Makakilo, Hawaii.

Denny retired from civilian service with the US Navy@Naval Undersea Warfare Center Detachment Pacific with 41 years of honorable federal service.

Denny is survived by his loving wife, Briana Anderson Bierman, his mother Arlene Bierman, his sisters Lynette Million and Lynda Yinger, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place with a memorial service held in Hawaii on Nov. 9, 2013,. A memorial service is planned for Denny at 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Riga Cememtery, Riga. There will be a gathering of family and friends following at the family home.

Denny was preceded in death by his father Russell R. Bierman, grandparents Dennis and Dora Bierman and Harold and Freda Smith. During Denny’s years in Hawaii, he owned a … Read More »


Robert Iott

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19th November

OTTAWA LAKE — Robert (Bob) Iott, 71, of Brooklyn, Mich., previously from Ottawa Lake, passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 14, 2013 while residing in Lorida, Fla. He was born on October 2,1942, in Monroe, to Robert H. “Babe” and Katheryn “Betty” (Brown) Iott. He graduated from Whiteford High School in 1960. He married Judy Marsh. He spent his years farming, driving truck, fishing, bowling, and playing softball. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert H. Iott. He is survived by his mother, Katheryn (Betty) Iott; his children: Renee (Philip) Ruetz, Wendy Iott, Rhonda (David) McCormick, Kevin (Rachel) Iott and Ryan Iott, grandchildren; Kelsey, Julian, Jessica, Morgan, Joshua, Matthew, Taylor, and Troy; siblings, Patrick (Ruthann) Iott, Sharon (John) Stchur, Linda (John) Fisher, Nancy Iott, and Michelle (Shelly) Bronson, and companion, Dolores Martel. Visitation will be held at the … Read More »


Dorothy Harmes

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19th November

Dorothy Bowen Harmes, 85, a lifelong resident of Lenawee County and for the past several years, The Michigan Masonic Home in Alma, died on Saturday, October 26, 2013. Dorothy was born in Adrian to Melville and Cecil (Vogel) Bowen, who preceded her in death. She was a graduate of Adrian High School and held a Bachelor and Master Degrees in Education from Siena Heights College (University). She taught school for many years at the former Pratt School, the former Riga Standard School and the former Palmyra School. She was also a homemaker and the mother of four boys. She enjoyed family and socializing and was a member of the Palmyra hobby club and book club for many years. She was also a member of the Palmyra Community Presbyterian Church and a past Worthy Matron of the Palmyra Order of the Eastern … Read More »


Stuart DeRousie

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19th November

Stuart J. DeRousie, age 91, formerly of Blissfield, died Friday, November 15, 2013.

A part of the “greatest generation”, he was born on July 15, 1922, in Detroit, lived through the Great Depression, graduated from Britton High School in 1940, served for three years in the U.S. Army Air Corps in India during World War II, and married Helia I. Juntunen DeRousie on April 6, 1946. in Detroit. Together, they raised three sons in Blissfield where he supported the community his entire life.

Stuart retired from the Blissfield Volunteer Fire Department in 1980 after 30 years of service, including 16 years as fire chief. After that, he was elected to a term as president of Blissfield in 1981. His whole career was in the auto industry, with the last several years as sales manager with Knapp Motors. Stuart and Helia were married … Read More »