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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.
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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 »


Adam Seeger

Posted on December 2nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Adam W. Seeger, age 31, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 28, 2014. He was born on February 22, 1983, to Michael and Deborah (Hilton) Seeger in Adrian, MI. Adam graduated from Blissfield High School, Class of 2001. Following high school he went onto flight attendant school and became a flight attendant for Sky West. He truly enjoyed being a flight attendant and traveling all over North America. His family will remember him for his smile and his candid sense of humor.
Left to cherish his memory are his parents; brothers, Trevor and Aaron (Sara) Seeger; paternal grandfather, Robert Seeger; aunts, Susie (Ronald) Estes and Sandie (John) Morse; uncle, Rick (Tammy) Hilton; great-aunt, Ginni Potes; numerous cousins and friends. Preceding him in death is his paternal grandmother, Beverly Seeger and maternal grandparents, Marian and Wayne Hilton.
The family will receive guests … Read More »


Arlene Knoblauch

Posted on December 2nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

BLISSFIELD – Arlene M. Knoblauch, age 86 of Blissfield, passed away Monday, December 1, 2014 at Blissfield Place.

She was born January 31, 1928, in Ridgeway Township, Michigan to Walter and Doris (Smith) Marks. Arlene graduated from Blissfield High School and attended Davis Business College.

On August 25, 1948, Arlene married Fred C. Knoblauch in Blissfield, and they were blessed with 51 years together.

Arlene was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Blissfield. She was a long-time member of the Variety Extension Club, and enjoyed Thursday afternoon bowling with the ladies.

She is survived by her children: Brenda Miller of Blissfield; Jeffrey (Karen) Knoblauch of Sylvania; Jennifer Knoblauch and Mark (Carol) Knoblauch, both of Blissfield; ten grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and her siblings, Shirley Hillman of Adrian and Ronald (Darlene) Marks of Gahanna, OH.

In addition to her husband and … Read More »


Lynwood Leader

Posted on December 2nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

BLISSFIELD – Lynwood E. Leader, age 93 of Blissfield, passed away unexpectedly December 1, 2014.

She was born April 6, 1921, in Blissfield, Michigan, the only child of the late Lawrence V. and Hazel (Betz) Iffland. Lynwood graduated from Blissfield High School with the Class of 1938.

On July 28, 1940, she married Sherwood J. Leader in Coldwater, Michigan and they were blessed with 56 years together. Sherwood preceded her in death in 1996.

Lynwood worked as a dental assistant for several dentists including Dr. Bradstrum, Dr. Granzow, and Dr. Mallow. In her younger years, she was an instructor at Trick Brother’s Accordian Studio in Toledo. She enjoyed bowling and was involved in many leagues. She was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her children, Janelle Elliott of Elgin, IL; Dalyne (Dana) … Read More »


Hazel Brubaker

Posted on November 20th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Hazel “Bru” Brubaker, age 81, of Blissfield passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family and under the loving care of Great Lakes Hospice on Friday, November 14, 2014.
She was the second child born to Tim and Georgia (Gust) Brubaker on July 30, 1933 in Blissfield Township, Michigan.
She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Blissfield. She currently attended church alive ministries in Palmyra, Michigan.
Hazel lived her entire life in Blissfield, graduating from Blissfield High School in 1951.
Hazel worked in the health care profession all her life.  She spent 44 years in the OB department at Emma L. Bixby Hospital in Adrian, 8 years at Grand Court, 4 years at Lynwood Manor as well as home nursing care. Hazel also delivered the Daily Telegram … Read More »


Elaine Ball

Posted on November 20th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

TOLEDO, Ohio – Elaine A. Ball, 71, of Adrian, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at Toledo Hospital.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, on September 9, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Helen (Harrington) Ball.
Elaine graduated from Siena Heights College where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree and then went on to the University of Michigan and earned her Master’s in social work.
She worked in various nursing homes as a social worker.
She formerly attended Ogden Church and most recently attended Maple Avenue Bible Church.  She enjoyed reading, knitting and visiting with her friends at the Adrian Senior Center, where she will be greatly missed as well as by her Friendship Place family.
Survivors include her children, Kristen Fick (Luke Meyer) of Indianapolis, Ind, Glen (Tanya) Koons of Sterling Heights, Kelly (Damian) Dodge of Palmyra, and Robert (Angie) Koons … Read More »


William Anderson

Posted on November 20th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

MADISON TOWNSHIP — William L. “Bill” Anderson, age 84, of Adrian died on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at his home in the presence of his family.  He was born June 16, 1930 in Spring Arbor Twp. to Leon and Marian (Hatch) Anderson.  On November 29, 1952 in Adrian he married Janet Baker and she survives.
Bill served his country in the Michigan National Guard from 1950-1956. Bill was employed with Ace Drill Corporation for many years.  He was employed with the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department for 29 years before retiring in 1993.  He owned Anderson Realty Company and was employed with the Anderson Funeral Homes.   Bill was an aviation enthusiast, working his way through aviation school to earn his pilot’s license and began flying at the age of 16.  After his retirement he became an avid golfer for the past 22 … Read More »


Janice Aneed

Posted on November 20th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

ADRIAN — Janice Dawn Mason Aneed, age 57, of Adrian died on Friday, November 7, 2014, at her home.  She was born on May 20, 1957, in Adrian to Elmer and Iva (Studer) Mason. She married Essa Saleem Aneed in Detroit and he preceded her in death in 1994.  Janice served as a homemaker and greatly enjoyed her grandchildren, who were her favorite thing in the world.
Janice is survived by two daughters, Christina (Douglas) Fritz and Jessica Aneed, both of Adrian and two sons, Nicholas (Lexzee) Aneed of Portage, Mich., and Matthew Aneed of Adrian. She is also survived by her seven wonderful grandchildren, Sebastian, Dakota, Lyria, Zavory, Merrick, Taylor, and Trent.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death her parents and a brother, Randy Mason.
Graveside services wtook place on Friday, November 14, 2014, at 2 p.m. at … Read More »


Earl Rock II

Posted on November 20th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Earl Rock II
PALMYRA — Earl A. Rock II, age 56 of Palmyra, passed away Monday, November 3, 2014, as the result of an automobile accident.
He was born February 14, 1958, in Flint, Michigan to Dorothy Johnston and Earl A. Rock, Sr.
Earl was a true patriot having served in the United States Marine Corps for three years, and retiring from the Michigan Army National Guard in 2001 with 22 years of service.
On July 9, 2011, Earl married Denise Gray at their home, and she survives.
Earl worked for General Motors Company at the Power Train Plant in Toledo. During his 30 year career he also worked at the Fisher Body Plant in Tecumseh and Delphi in Adrian. He was a charter member of the Randy P. Hill Amvets Post #1957 and an active member of the UAW.  A few of his many … Read More »


Mary Ellen Sayler

Posted on November 20th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Mary Ellen Ickler Sayler, age 83 of Blissfield, passed away Sunday, November 9, 2014, at Promedica Bixby Hospital.
She was born August 11, 1931, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. At 6 weeks she was adopted by David and Edna (Rathbun) Loar. She graduated from Blissfield High School in 1948.
On June 7, 1953, she married Howard Ickler, Sr. of Riga. He died July 7, 1964. On April 7, 1972, she married Burton Sayler. They lived on Burt’s farm till they moved to Coach Light Estates in June 1990. She drove school bus in Blissfield 28 years. She and her husband spent 22 winters at Mission, Texas until he could not travel any more. 
She attended Blissfield Baptist Church.
She is survived by her children: Howard (Debbie) Ickler, Jr. of Blissfield; Cindy (Larry) Brugger of Spring Arbor; and Ron (Sandy) Sayler of Blissfield; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held … Read More »


Katherine LaPere

Posted on November 20th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Katherine M. LaPere, age 90 of Blissfield, passed away Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Lenawee Medical Care Facility.
She was born February 6, 1924 in Riga Township to Harry and Gertrude (Kuhl) Sallows.
She married John Berger in 1946, and he preceded her in death in 1982. In 1994, she was married to Joseph LaPere, and he passed away in 2001.
Kate graduated from Blissfield High School in 1994, receiving her diploma the same year as two of her grandchildren. She retired from the Blissfield Canning Company with 25 years of service. She was a former member of St. Peter’s Parish and Emmanuel United Methodist Church, and recently was a member of the West Adrian Community Church. Kate was actively involved with activities at the Bliss-Liewert Senior Center. At Lenawee Medical Care Facility she received an award for her Halloween costume this year.
She is survived … Read More »


Edna Peacock

Posted on October 8th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Adrian—Edna L. Peacock, 85 of Blissfield, passed away at the Hospice of Lenawee Home on Tuesday, October 07, 2014 in the presence of her loving family and under the gentle care of Hospice.

Edna was born in Blissfield, MI on October 26, 1928 to Zearl and Carrie (Sipe) Horton. Edna attended Blissfield School and graduated with the class of 1946.

She married Even Lamley on October 29, 1946 in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, he preceded her in death. On March 3, 1984, she married Norman ‘Bud’ Peacock at the Blissfield First United Methodist Church.

Edna lived most of her life in Blissfield. She loved and enjoyed her family, home and church. She loved life to the fullest. With a heart of gold, she accepted and impacted all she met. As a member of Blissfield First United Methodist Church, she was active in … Read More »