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Elizabeth Prisby

Posted on April 11th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Elizabeth Prisby

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

Posted on April 11th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Wilbur Steih

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

Posted on April 11th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Virginia Burnor Filter

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 »


June Somes

Posted on April 11th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on June Somes

June Valeria (Zibbell) Somes, 92, of Blissfield, Michigan, passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, April 7, 2017, surrounded by family. . She was born in Petersburg, Michigan, on June 2, 1924, the last of 12 children, to Elmore C. and Vera B. (Coultis) Zibbell.
June married Andrew Somes on December 24, 1942. They were blessed with 67 years of marriage before his passing in 2010. She was a former member of the Presbyterian Church, in Blissfield for 24 years, before becoming an active member of the First Congregational Church in Thompsonville, MI. June was active in the Food Bank of Marilla, MI and spent numerous years in the Snowbirds Snowmobile Club. She enjoyed weekly card games with other club members. In keeping with her belief that community service was a blessing to many, as a Vice President of the … Read More »


Dixie Wingerter

Posted on February 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Dixie Wingerter

DEERFIELD – Dixie Lee Wingerter, age 66, of Deerfield, passed away on, Monday, January 30, 2017 at her home.  She was born on December 14, 1950 in Toledo, OH. to Arnold and Ada (Lanker) Wurster.
Dixie is survived by two daughters, Debra and Diane Wingerter; brother, Virgil Wurster of Curtis, OH.; two half – sisters, Vera and Shelba; six  grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; two sisters and twin great-grandsons
Funeral service for Dixie were held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Anderson Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield with visitation from  11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Cremation followed.  You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralservices.com.  Memorial contributions may be given to the family.  Envelopes are available at Anderson Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield.


Edith Shirley

Posted on February 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Edith Shirley

Edith M. Shirley, age 95 of Blissfield, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2017, at her home.
She was born April 14, 1921, in Stockbridge, Michigan, to William and Mary (Haskill) Coleman.
On July 1, 1939, she married Roscoe Shirley in Howell, Michigan, and he preceded her in death in 1985 having shared 46 years together.
Edith devoted herself to her family.  She was known for her big heart and opening her home to a multitude of children she raised as her own.
She is survived by her children: Sharon (Jerry) Hanson and Eleanor (Wayne) Baker, both of Tecumseh and William (Donna) Coleman of Deerfield; eight grandchildren: Jackie (Tom) Mackey of Palmyra, Rebecca Shirley of Coldwater, Michelle Francoeur and Craig (Paula) Shirley, both of Adrian, Kari Betz of Toledo, Angie (Ken) Pixley of Byhalia, MS, Ida Valdez of Hillsdale and Jody (Teri) Baker of Adrian; … Read More »


Dorothy Webber

Posted on February 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Dorothy Webber

Dorothy A. Webber, 84, of Morenci, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2017, at her home. She was born November 26, 1932, in Toledo, Ohio to the late Ernest Never and Hattie Williams. She married William A. Webber in Adrian, and he preceded her in death on April 22, 1994.
Dorothy was a member of the Waldo Baptist Church, Blissfield Senior Center and delivered meals on wheels.  She enjoyed word, crossword, and jigsaw puzzles and crafts including making rainbow loom bracelets.  She was a very giving person in donating to charities and participating in the Adopt an Angel program.  The joy of her life was her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Surviving Dorothy are Anna (John) Kerns of Morenci, Brenda (Russell) Coleman Sr. of Waldo, FL, Dolores (Thurman) McGinnis of Cordele, GA, Joan (Randy) Smith of Kent, OH and Linda (Nate) … Read More »


Janette Wahl

Posted on February 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Janette Wahl

PALMYRA – Janette R. Wahl, age 78 of Palmyra, passed away peacefully at her home Monday, February 6, 2017 under the loving care of her family.
She was born November 30, 1938, in Adrian, to Walter and Viola (Huebner) Weiss, and graduated with the Class of 1956 from Adrian High School.
On September 12, 1959, Janette married Merlin Wahl in Adrian, and they were blessed with 57 years together.
Janette was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where she also worked as the church secretary for 31 years. She was an active member of The Daughters of Sarah Bible Study. She enjoyed being outdoors, camping, flower gardening and snowmobiling in the winter. Janette was a wonderful cook and baker who even liked to iron.
In addition to her husband, Merlin, she is survived by their daughters: Brenda (Keith) Phillips of Blissfield and Colleen (Dale) … Read More »


Marian Tennant

Posted on February 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Marian Tennant

1930 ~ 2017

Marian P. Tennant, 87, of Suttons Bay and formerly of Lenawee Co., passed away Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 at Munson Medical Center.

Marian was born on Jan. 21, 1930 in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Earl and Frances (Tallman) Pennington.  On Nov. 7, 1953 at Tecumseh Presbyterian Church, she married Mac E. Tennant, who survives.

Marian graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1948 and Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing in 1951.  She worked at Herrick Hospital, Bixby Hospital, and for a doctor’s office.  She was a proud member of the Henry Ford Hospital Nurses Alumni Association.  Marian was a 50-year survivor of breast cancer.  She volunteered for the American Cancer Society, Reach to Recovery, Hospice of Lenawee, and was a guide at Hidden Lake Gardens.

Marian enjoyed camping, traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada, crocheting, birding, wildflowers, and taking nature … Read More »


Harriet Merillat

Posted on February 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Harriet Merillat

Harriet Jane Merillat, age 91 of Blissfield passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at ProMedica Toledo Hospital, Toledo, OH.  She was born on June 20, 1925, in Blissfield to Cecil and Velma (Miller) Ganun.
On November 27, 1946 she married Robert Merillat in Angola, Indiana, and he preceded her in death in 2003.
Harriet had been a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and baking.  Harriet was an avid bird watcher and loved cardinals, her favorite bird. She was a huge Detroit Tigers fan, a passion in which she shared with her niece, Judie Woerner. While residing with her daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne and Gary Rhinehart for the last 14 months, Harriet and Gary often spoke of traveling to Florida for the Tigers’ spring training.
Harriet is survived by her children, Susan Simpson of Aurora, Colo., Gregory Merillat of Blissfield, MI, Jeanne (Gary) Rhinehart of Adrian, … Read More »


Richard Hill

Posted on February 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Richard Hill

Richard Lee Hill, 68, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, passed away, Jan. 3, 2017.
He was born October 28, 1948 to John V. Hill and Irene E. (Gritzmaker) Hill of Palmyra.
He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1967. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy April 10, 1968. He took his basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Waukegan Ill. He served aboard the USS Belknap, a destroyer, as a boilerman technician.
Before entering the U.S. Navy, Richard was a confirmed member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Blissfield and worked at the American Chain & Cable in Adrian.
After discharge from the navy he remained in Virginia and worked for the civil service on the naval base.
Richard is survived by a sister-in-law, Mrs. Robert (Donna) Hill, nephews Steven (Michalene) Hill, Mark Hill, David (Vonda) Hill; cousins Yvonne Gritzmaker,, Patricia (Calvin) Lawson, Marilyn … Read More »


Jennie Gentz

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Jennie M. (Dowling) Gentz, age 88, of Blissfield went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 10, 2017.
She was born on October 14, 1928, in Jasper, Michigan to James and Olga (Hawks) Dowling.  After graduating from Adrian High School she attended Lenawee-Monroe County Normal and became a teacher in a one room country school.  She married Robert E. Gentz on August 28, 1948, and they were blessed with 67 years together.  Jennie was a devoted wife and mother to four children, and served as the school secretary for St. Joseph Academy in Adrian from 1963 to 1974.  She was a woman of faith and an encourager to many.
Surviving are her four children, Charlyn Watch of Wyandotte, Debra (Thomas) Miles of Maumee, OH, Terry (Virginia) Gentz, of New Haven, IN and Sharon (Paul) Wingerd of Blissfield and … Read More »


Frederick Klemm

Posted on February 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Frederick Klemm

DEERFIELD — Frederick A. Klemm, age 82 of Deerfield died Friday, February 17, 2017 at Hospice of Lenawee’s Hospice Home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born November 25, 1934 in St. Joseph, MI to Emil and Bernice (McCuen) Klemm.  On August 14, 1954 he married Joyce Piotter at Immanuel Lutheran Church and she survives. Fred was a graduate of Adrian College in 1957.  He retired from Bedford Junior High School as a teacher and then went on to work as an athletic trainer at Siena Heights University for nine years. Fred was a volunteer for the Deerfield Fire Department for many years and enjoyed singing karaoke, woodworking and bowling.  He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and an associate member of Hope Lutheran Church in Port Charlotte, FL, where he sang in their “Snow Birds” Quartet.  He … Read More »


Terrance LaVoy

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SAN ANTONIO, Fla. —Terrance Argus LaVoy, 80, passed away peacefully at his home on February 17, 2017, after a battle with cancer.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Helen, his sons Michael (Paula) of Tampa, David (Connie), of Tampa, Fla., and Thom (Dawn) of Plainwell, Mich., his daughter Theresa Thomas (David) of Tampa, 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, brother Jeff (Joyce) of Toledo, Ohio, sisters Linda Keil of St. Petersburg and Chris Manley (Lester) of Petersburg.
Terry was born in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Academy in 1961 and served 11 years in the Uniform Division as a Trooper at the Wayland, Detroit and Blissfield state police posts. He was awarded the Department’s Meritorious Service Award before transferring to the MSP Crime Lab in East Lansing working in the Firearms and Toolmark Identification and Bombs and Explosive Unit. While working in … Read More »


Samuel Pooley

Posted on February 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Samuel Pooley

Samuel Jaye Pooley, age 64, of Blissfield, died Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Hospice of Lenawee, Adrian in the presence of his loving family. He was born November 24, 1952, in Adrian, Michigan to Jaye R. and Ardith (Rice) Pooley.

He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1970. Sam served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, from 1970-1973. He attended Siena Heights College part time until 1976 and graduated from the Michigan basic police academy. Following graduation from the academy, Sam became a full time police officer for the Village of Blissfield and later graduated from the Michigan advanced police academy.

In addition to serving as a police officer Sam enjoyed his many years of community service work. As a member of the Blissfield American Legion, Post #325, Sam served several years as the Post … Read More »



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