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Elizabeth Stutzman

Posted on December 5th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Elizabeth Stutzman

Elizabeth Stutzman, 94, passed away on November 29, 2016 under the kind care of Hospice of Michigan and caregivers of the Hume Home of Muskegon.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband Paul E. Stutzman and she is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Stewart of Sargent, Texas, son Richard Stutzman of Muskegon, Michigan and two sister-in-laws, a number of special nephews, nieces, cousins, grandchildren, great and great great grandchildren.
Elizabeth was always very active with a positive and humerous attitude toward living life.  She was active in United Methodist Womens Group, MSU Crane Womens Extension Club and 4-H Mothers Group. Her humor and grateful outlook will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
A “Celebration of Life” has been planned for December 17, 2016  (one day before her 95th birthday) at the First Methodist Church of Blissfield, 201 West Adrian Street,  … Read More »


Nicholas Hensley

Posted on December 5th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Nicholas Hensley

Nicholas C. Hensley, age 20 of Blissfield, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

He was born February 14,1996, in Toledo, Ohio, to Jeffrey and Nancy (Robison) Hensley.

Nick was kind man with a good heart. He enjoyed music, playing his guitar and skateboarding.

In addition to his father, Jeffrey, he is survived by his grandmother, Judy Hensley of Blissfield, his precious son, Malachi, the love of his life and mother of his son, Erin Barron and her children, Liam and Stormie, brothers, Paul (Kayla) of Blissfield, Philip of Mason and Jacob of Blissfield, great uncle, John Yoder, aunts and uncles, Jeannie Hensley, Diana (Charles Coleman) Wickerham, Clarence Robison and Brian Mintner and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Hensley, grandparents, Philip Hensley and Clarence and Josephine Robison, and an uncle, Jonathan Hensley.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to … Read More »


A. Elsie Gentz

Posted on December 5th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on A. Elsie Gentz

A. Elsie Gentz, age 89 of Blissfield, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Blissfield Place.

She was born May 29, 1927, in Ogden Township, Michigan, to Arthur and Elizabeth (Rehs) Walper, and graduated from Blissfield High School with the Class of 1944.

On June 17, 1944, she married Albert Gentz, and they have been blessed with 72 years together.

Elsie enjoyed polka dancing, traveling, sewing, reading and trips to Frankenmuth. Most precious to her, however was being with her family.

In addition to her husband, Albert, she is survived by their children: Ron (Dianne) Gentz and Linda (Don) Loar, both of Blissfield; grandchildren: Julie (Lloyd) Conway, Lori (Danny) Jones, Amy (Pat) Collins, Kurt (Kellie) Loar, Mari (Ron) Vargo and Luke (Karly) Loar; great grandchildren: Olivia and Abby Conway, Connor Jones, Devin Moore, Seth and Liam Loar, Tyler and Natalie Vargo and Jonathan and … Read More »


Cora Jean Goetz-Schultz

Posted on November 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Cora Jean Goetz-Schultz

Cora Jean Goetz-Schultz, 78, of Sylvania, OH, passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family.

 

Cora was the proud farmers daughter of Alfred and Bernice Goetz of Blissfield, MI. She attended Blissfield HS and was a member of the Class of 1956. She married Lloyd J. Schultz, Jr. in Riga, MI on December 5, 1959 and the couple resided together for 53 years in Sylvania, OH.

 

She was a very proud, 25-year employee of the Sylvania School District as a para professional, in the beginning, working the playgrounds, lunch rooms and offices at Highland, Stranahan and Central Elementary Schools. The vast majority of her career was spent working directly with kids with special needs which she truly enjoyed. In retirement she was a proud ticket taker at many Sylvania Northview Athletic Events.

 

Cora is survived by her son … Read More »


Robert Locklear

Posted on November 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Robert Locklear

Robert James Locklear passed away November 13, 2016, at the age of 45.

Rob was a longtime employee of Auto Rail, serving as a manager and union representative at several locations across the country.  He loved all sports, excelling as a youth in hockey, baseball and golf. He also enjoyed coaching his son’s hockey team and especially fishing with his kids.

Rob was an artist, an animal lover, as well as a competitive weight lifter and body builder.

Rob is the beloved son of Cathy Newsted, Blissfield, and Brother Michael Newsted, Allen Park, who was a 1997 graduate of Blissfield High School.  Son Jordan, daughter Miranda, and wife Andrea Locklear all of Howell, MI.  He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters in law, nephews Cole and Luke and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father David Newsted, … Read More »


Shirley Keller

Posted on November 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Shirley Keller

Shirley Jean (Iott) Keller, 67 of Blissfield, passed away Sunday, November 20, 2016 at UP Health Systems in Marquette, Michigan.

She was born January 13, 1949, in Toledo, Ohio, the oldest child of Phillip and Bernice (Trombly) Iott. After graduating from St. Joseph Academy, Siena Heights High School, she went on to Monroe Community College where she met her future husband. On May 14, 1971, Shirley married Keith Keller at St. Anthony Parish in Temperance, Michigan, and they were blessed with 45 years together.

Shirley worked for Toledo Hospital for 33 years, retiring in 2011. She loved to help others and thoroughly enjoyed activities with her grandchildren, including fishing, gardening, reading, and going on adventures. Shirley was devout in her faith. She grew up in the Saint Anthony Parish and was a member at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Toledo. Wherever she … Read More »


Arthur Brenke

Posted on November 10th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Arthur Brenke

Arthur Walter Brenke, age 72, of Blissfield passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Lenawee.

He was born on July 4, 1944 at home in Blissfield, Michigan to Arthur W. and Irma E. (Papenhagen) Brenke.  Art was a 1962 graduate of Blissfield High School and on January 29, 1965, he married Diana Jean Rittner in Ottawa Lake, Michigan.  She survives.

Art was a self-employed farmer and also worked as a factory laborer for many years.  Along with farming and factory work, he worked in the insurance industry, ending his working years being self-employed and owning Brenke Crop Insurance.  Art was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Riga.  He enjoyed traveling, woodworking, camping and wintering in Mission, Texas.  Most of all, he enjoyed being in the … Read More »


Kathryn Sheldon

Posted on November 10th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Kathryn Sheldon

Kathryn A. Sheldon, age 62 of Blissfield, passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania.
She was born February 27, 1954, in Charlotte, Michigan, the youngest child of Clayton and Edith “Kathryn” (Rozeboom) Wilson.
Kathy graduated in 1972 from Blissfield High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Adrian College in 1995. She also attended Eastern Michigan University.
On February 24, 1973, she married Michael Sheldon in Blissfield, and they have been blessed with 43 years together.
Kathy taught elementary and middle school at Monroe Public Schools and Adrian Public Schools where she retired in 2015. She was very involved with 4-H as a leader and also as Food Superintendent at the fair for over 20 years. Her most treasured time was with her family as a stay at home mom and later, as an actively involved grandmother. Kathy loved fabric, … Read More »


Travis Pierce

Posted on November 4th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Travis Pierce

Travis Pierce passed away unexpectedly at his home in Blissfield on October 29, 2016.
Travis was born on June 9, 1990. He was 26 years old.
He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Services for Travis were privately held.
Condolences can be sent to his mother Lori and family at 214 S. Lane St., Blissfield, Michigan.
Arrangements were made through Anderson Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield.


Barbara Hueter

Posted on November 4th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Barbara Hueter

Barbara Anne (Goble) Hueter, age 84, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by love and her family, on October 22, 2016.      She was born in Adrian, Michigan on October 12, 1932, to Clayton and Helen (Pries) Goble.
She graduated from Blissfield High School in 1950 as class salutatorian, and attended Siena Heights.
She married Mark J. (Jim) Hueter in Blissfield on December 17, 1950.              She was employed as a bookkeeper and office administrator at the University of Michigan and for several Blissfield businesses.
Barbara was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Blessed Savior Lutheran Church in Blissfield. Her steadfast faith in God’s redeeming love, mercy and grace never wavered.
She was a talented and expert seamstress, quilter and knitter who loved music and art. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with members of her quilt club, her regular get-together … Read More »


Danny MacBeth

Posted on November 4th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Danny MacBeth

DEERFIELD – Danny T. MacBeth, age 54 of Deerfield, passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at University of Toledo Medical Center.
He was born November 28, 1961, in Adrian, Michigan to Thomas and Joyce (Anthony) MacBeth.
On November 8, 1986, Danny married Tanya Hickman and she preceded him in death in 2013, having enjoyed 26 years together.
Danny was a Jack of all trades who enjoyed working on his ’66 Chevelle, growing and preserving his own food, and loud music.
He was currently working for the Lenawee County Road Commission.
Danny will be greatly missed by his family including his mother, Joyce; children, Tommy of Clarkston, RaeLynne and Matthew of Deerfield; his siblings, Debra (Rick) Nearhood of Blissfield, Diane Kastel of Riga, Douglas MacBeth of Adrian, Darlene (Chad) Winchel and Darcie (Mike) Uckele, both of Blissfield and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, … Read More »


Elwyn Gafner

Posted on November 4th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Elwyn Gafner

TECUMSEH — Elwyn “Buzz” Charles Gafner, age 91, passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2016, in Adrian.
He was born in Britton, Michigan on July 24, 1925, the son of the late Charles and Florence (Pickford) Gafner. Elwyn was married to the love of his life, Betty (Jacobs) Gafner for 52 years until her death in 2000.
Elwyn graduated in 1943 from Blissfield High School and was a lifelong member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palmyra, He worked for Tecumseh Products for 40 years and was a lifelong farmer. He was a  member of the Palmyra Masonic Lodge. He will be truly missed by his family and friends.
Elwyn is survived by his wife, Geraldine (Weinlander) Drefke, his loving children; Cathy (David) Taylor of Lapeer, Keith (Grace) Gafner of Eldoret, Kenya, and Barbara (Daniel) Hacker of Tecumseh, his grandchildren; Michael (Lucy) Taylor … Read More »


Elden Brieschke

Posted on November 4th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Elden Brieschke

LAMBERTVILLE – Elden C. Brieschke, age 93 of Lambertville, passed away Friday, October 21, 2016, at the Ebeid Hospice Residence in Sylvania.
He was born February 19, 1923, in Blissfield, Michigan, to Frederick and Hazel (Coswell) Brieschke.  Elden graduated from Blissfield High School and completed his education at Cleary College, now University.
He was very proud of his service in the Air Force as a bomber pilot during World War II.
Elden married Shirlee Foster who preceded him in death in 1999, having celebrated almost 50 years together.
Elden retired from Ford Motor Company in 1984 with 35 years of service at the Rawsonville Plant.  Growing up in Blissfield, he was raised in the First United Brethren Church, and later was an active member of the Ward Presbyterian Church while living in Livonia.  Elden was an avid golfer and also enjoyed gardening.
He will be … Read More »


Rev. Robert DeLoria

Posted on November 4th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Rev. Robert DeLoria

ADRIAN — Rev. Robert (Bob) James DeLoria, age 71, after a long period of declining health was called to his Heavenly Home  Tuesday, October 18, 2016.  He passed peacefully at home in his sleep and was with his loving wife, Judy.
Robert was born July 3, 1945, in Manistique, Michigan, the son of a lumberjack, Junior Joseph Deloria and his wife Merle (Wharfield) Deloria. His early years were spent in a lumberjack shanty in Gould City.  He later moved to Manistique where he completed his elementary years.          Robert graduated from Lakeview High School in 1964 and went on to earn his BA in Education from Spring Arbor College/University in 1970. He also earned Masters Degrees in Education and in History from Eastern Michigan University in 1976 and 1980.
He was also an ordained minister with the Free Methodist Church of … Read More »


Barbara Loar

Posted on September 27th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Barbara Loar

Barbara Jean Loar, age 87 of Blissfield, passed away Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Blissfield Place under the loving care of Hospice of Lenawee. She was born February 15, 1929, in Blissfield, Michigan to Arthur and Estella (Rutherford) Betz, and graduated from Blissfield High School with the Class of 1946.

On March 17, 1948, Barbara married Harold Loar in Blissfield. He preceded her in death in 2012, having been blessed with 64 years together.

In addition to helping on the family farm, Barbara baked and decorated cakes for 25 years.

She and Harold enjoyed many winters in Sebring, Florida and traveling with the Great Lakes Camping Club.

Barbara attended the First United Brethren Church (Element Church) for several years where she was active in the children’s ministry, preparing funeral dinners and the women’s missionary group. She was a member of Solid Rock Church.

She is … Read More »



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