PALMYRA – Michael A. Betz, 48 of Palmyra, passed away Friday, January 23, 2015, at Flower Hospital.
He was born October 10, 1966, in Adrian, Michigan to Melvin and Diana ‘Dini’ (Richard) Betz. Michael graduated from Blissfield High School in 1984.
On April 6, 1991, Michael married Karen Hauser in Metamora, Ohio, and she survives.
Michael worked for Blissfield Manufacturing and was currently working for Chrysler in Perrysburg.
He was a member of an archery league at Blissfield Sportsmen’s Club and had a love of the outdoors and all things hunting. This passion was shared with his daughters, each of whom has taken a deer with their dad. Other pastimes included spending time at the family cabin up north, playing golf, and having fun with a great group of friends.
Michael was a loving husband, father and son who will be greatly … Read More »
BRITTON — Jerry I. Marks, 64, of Britton, passed away suddenly January 8, 2015.
Jerry was born on November 26, 1950 to Kenneth and Olive (Johns) Marks in Adrian. He graduated from Blissfield High School.
On April 20, 1974, Jerry was married to Deborah A. Goetz.
Jerry was a life-long farmer. He was also employed by Crop Production Services for 35 years, where he was a custom applicator.
Jerry was a member of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Riga, and the American and Michigan Beefalo Associations. He served as a 4-H swine leader for many years.
Besides his wife, Jerry is survived by children Michael (Shelley) Marks of Britton, Paul (Jami) Marks of Monroe, Jennifer (Dustin) Reckner of Morenci, Benjamin Marks of Britton, and Sarah (Travis) Taylor of Britton; grandchildren Keaton and Kiah Marks, Hannah, Collin, and Emma Reckner, Ava and Evan Marks, and Olivia and … Read More »
Patricia Ann Sell, 63, of Blissfield, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at her home.
Pat was born on Feb. 22, 1951 in Trenton, MI, the daughter of Leo Anthony and Marjorie Rose (Smock) Beaubien. She was married on Nov. 9, 1974 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockwood, MI to Byron Clarence Sell.
Pat enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. Besides helping on the family farm, Pat helped her husband Byron selling produce at the Blissfield and Madison farmer’s markets, the Walker’s Tavern Farmer’s Market in the Irish Hills, and the Detroit Eastern Farmer’s Market. She also enjoyed spending time doing puzzles, and caring for her pet dog “Bailey”.
Surviving is her husband, Byron Sell of Blissfield; seven children, Holly (Todd) James of Paw Paw, MI, Jeremy (Crystal) Sell of Palmyra, Julie (Doug) … Read More »
Earle R. Miller, 95, formerly of Blissfield, passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Lynwood Manor in Adrian.
Earle was born March 6, 1919, in Deerfield, the son of Edward and Myrtle (Myers) Miller. He graduated from Blissfield High school in 1937, and served in the US Army during WWII.
Earle retired as plant manager at Blissfield Manufacturing Co., and was a life member of the Blissfield American Legion Post #325 in Blissfield. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing.
Surviving is his daughter Shirley (Cletus) LaFollette of Atlanta, Mich., son Richard (Sherry) Miller of Science Hill, Ky.; sister Mildred Miller of Spring Arbor; grandchildren Cheri LaFollette, Nancy (Robert) Hejl, Bret (Peggy) LaFollette, Kim (Link) Geren, Stephanie (Jim) Shoemaker, and Amy (Rob) Henning; and great grandchildren Tyler, Jesse, and Bailey Hejl, Landon Geren, and Brook, … Read More »
Yvonne Bancroft passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on January 5, 2015, at Blissfield Place in Blissfield, Michigan.
Yvonne was born July 29, 1935, in Jackson, Michigan, the daughter of Sigmund and Margaret (Wagner) Wasielewski.
Yvonne graduated from St. John’s High School in 1954,
She attended Jackson Community College and graduated as a registered nurse from Borgess Hospital-Kalamazoo and Nazareth College, Division of Nursing in 1957.
She was employed at Bixby Hospital from 1957-1966 and was head nurse in Pediatrics 1960-1966.
She then worked in the medical offices of Dr. Eddy and Feeney until 1979. She then returned to Bixby Hospital continuing to work in Pediatrics until she retired in 1997.
Yvonne was very proud that she passed the National Certification Board Exam for Pediatrics.
She married Phil Bancroft at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on May 9, 1987.
Yvonne enjoyed reading, completing many crafts and her … Read More »
ADRIAN — Michael Lawrence Gage Marine, age 23 of Adrian died Tuesday, December 23, 2014, in California.
He was born September 18, 1991, in Toledo to Lawrence Albert and Elizabeth Ann (Valdez) Marine. Michael graduated from Blissfield High School in 2011.
He was a member of Jesus is Lord Ministries.
Michael loved to skateboard, read, do art projects, was an avid video game player and a talented musician who enjoyed playing the guitar and drums. Michael loved to make people laugh.
He enjoyed going boating and fishing with his dad.
Michael is survived by his parents, Lawrence and Elizabeth of Adrian; grandparents, Charles and Becky Marine of Blissfield; sister, Sierra (Clifton) Monhollen, Jr. of Adrian; three nieces, Alissa, Abigail and Aspen; a nephew, Clifton III and numerous aunts, uncle, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by … Read More »
Steven E. Sweet, 56, died suddenly in his home December 27, 2014, of a heart attack.
He was born on July 2, 1958, in Kalamazoo, to Edward and Janet Sweet.
Steve graduated from Blissfield High School in 1976 and Northern Michigan University in 1980.
He joined the Peace Corps serving two years in Ghana.
Steve was a manager for Marcos Pizza for over 20 years. An avid reader, he also loved theatre, opera, bicycling, baseball, and cats. Steve was a good friend of Bill W. for 24 years.
Steve married the love of his life, Randa Shallal, on May 6, 2007. He was a wonderful husband and will be missed beyond what words can express.
Steve is survived by his wife Randa Sweet, sister Cathy Griffith, brother Thomas (Kathy )Sweet , sister-in-law Debbie McCrandall, brother-in-law Jeff Witte, and his nieces and nephews. His parents … Read More »
Harold ‘Bud’ Bohs
Harold “Bud” Bohs, 92, of Blissfield, passed away Saturday, January 3, 2015 at his home.
Bud was born on Nov.14, 1922, in Blissfield, the son of Harold and Ruth (Saxton) Bohs Sr.
He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1940, and served in the US Army in Europe during WWII, participating in the liberation of France and the battle of the bulge.
Bud was married on June 20, 1946, to Frances L. Meyers at the First United Methodist Church in Blissfield.
He worked 46.8 years at Tecumseh Products, retiring in 1985.
Bud was an active member of the Blissfield Athletic Boosters, and enjoyed assisting with the school’s athletic events. Bud also enjoyed cooking and baking cinnamon rolls for his many friends.
Surviving is his wife, Frances L. Bohs of Blissfield; three daughters, Jennifer Bohs of Lexington, MI, Monica Luce of Kalamazoo, MI, and Sheila (Terry) … Read More »
Shirley Ann Jackson of Blissfield passed away December 20, 2014, in Adrian, MI. Shirley was born April 5, 1936, in Novi, MI to Phyllis G. Smith Brooks and Raymond Brooks. She married Kenneth Jackson on May 7, 1955. He passed away on October 7, 1993.
Shirley was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who cherished her time with her family. Her family will miss her famous Christmas cookies that no one could duplicate and her infectious giggle that made us all smile.
She is survived by her son, Kenneth (Judy) Jackson of Tecumseh, MI; grandson, Heathe Fowler and his wife, Briana; great-granddaughters Rylee Fowler and Sydney Fowler of Zeeland, MI; brother, Roland (Joan) Brooks; sisters, Peggy (Wayne) Wright, Susan (Phil) Popham; sister-in-law, Cynthia Brooks and many nieces and nephews. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Kenneth; son, Mark; … Read More »
Kathleen “Kathy” Ann Goetz, age 67 of Blissfield passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at her home.
She was born to Charley and Adeline (Van Hove) Vergote on October 15, 1947, in Adrian, Michigan. On June 14, 1968, Kathy was united in marriage to James “Jim” Goetz in Maybe, Michigan. He survives.
Kathy worked for Hospice of Lenawee for over 25 years. She was a member of The Bridge Community Church in Blissfield, served on the Victim Services Unit of Lenawee County and on the Board for Associated Charities. Kathy enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling and especially spending time with her family. Kathy’s passionate love for Jesus guided her life. She faithfully led Bible Studies, prayer groups and small groups where she transformed the lives of countless … Read More »
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.
On September … Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »