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Ruth Schneider

Posted on September 15th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Ruth Schneider

Ruth Alice Schneider (Sheldon), 83 years, of Blissfield, passed away on September 3, 2016. in the Saline Evangelical Home surrounded by her family.

The daughter of Ithamer and Loa (Clough) Sheldon, she was born on September 13, 1932, in Palmyra. A loving mother, her greatest joy in life was being with her family.

Ruth is a graduate of Blissfield High School and attended Lenawee County Normal. April 9, 1952 she married Leonard J. Schneider, he preceded her in death in 1993. Ruth worked at Just Rite Bakery until the age of 22. She then worked for Brockway Photography and Kohlman International all while selling Avon for over 20 years.

Ruth worked as a bookkeeper for Knapp Motors for over 15 years retiring in 1997. After retiring she volunteered for Hospice of Lenawee County for 15 years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran … Read More »


Johanna Riggs

Posted on September 15th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Johanna Riggs

Johanna L. Riggs, 83, of Adrian, passed away, Thursday, September 1, 2016, at the Gaslight Village Assisted Living Center.

She was born July 26, 1933, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to parents James and Katherine (Brown) Pickard.

Johanna was employed as a Naturalist with the Toledo Metroparks for many years, prior to that she worked with the A.O. Smith Company. Johanna served as a Whiteford PTA President, Campfire Girl Leader, Cub Scout Leader, and Sunday School Teacher at Pilgrim Congregational Church, as her children were growing up.

She is survived by her daughter Karen (David) Finn; sons Darrell (Julie) and James (Liesel) Riggs; grandchildren Jennifer (Eric) Compton, Rebecca (Bradley) Perry, and Andrew (Cheryl) Riggs; great-grandchildren Alana, Katie, Nathan, Jack, Caleb, Isaac, and Adalyn. Johanna was preceded in death by her loving husband Darius Riggs and brother James Pickard. Friends called at the Reeb Funeral Home, … Read More »


Richard ‘Ted’ Delzeith

Posted on September 15th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Richard ‘Ted’ Delzeith

 

Richard ‘Ted’ Delzeith Richard Theodore Delzeith, passed away on September 9, 2016 surrounded by his family at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Ted was born on October 6, 1927, in New York City, NY to Aloysius and Nell (Desnoyer) Delzeith. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Jackson, Mich. Ted served in the U.S. Army in Guam and the Philippines under General MacArthur. Upon his honorable discharge, he used his GI bill to attend Ferris State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Ted was the charter president of the Gamma Chi chapter of the Kappa Psi fraternity.

Ted spent his career as a pharmacist in Jackson, Blissfield and even after retirement in Florida. Ted was married to his beloved wife, Mildred, for 59 years and was a proud father, grandfather and great-papa. An avid boater, … Read More »


F.D. Ricker

Posted on August 13th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on F.D. Ricker

F.D. Ricker, age 69, of Blissfield, died Friday, August 12,
2016 in Adrian. He was born August 20, 1946,
in Adrian to Lawrence and Gayle (Scott) Ricker.  F.D. was drafted to
serve his country in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968 during the
Vietnam War. He had been a farmer all of his life.  He also had been
employed by the Johns Manville Company in Waterville, Ohio.  F.D.
enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, and fishing.  He had been a Hunter
Education instructor since 1970.  He was a member of the Palmyra Masonic
Lodge #184, the Scottish Rite in Toledo, the Zenobia Shriners, the
Marine Corp League, and the Blissfield American Legion Post #325.
F.D. is survived by a cousin, Janice (David) Wood of Blissfield; a
second cousin, Troy (Alicia) Wood; his companion, Nellie Lentz of
Blissfield, and her daughters, Dawn Butts and Yvette Smith.  He was
preceded in death by his parents.
The Palmyra … Read More »


James ‘Jim’ Tibbs

Posted on August 11th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on James ‘Jim’ Tibbs

James “Jim” W. Tibbs, age 82, of Blissfield, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

James Walter Tibbs was born on May 24, 1934, in Detroit, Michigan, to Jack and Teresa (Cissell) Tibbs. On September 14, 1958, Jim married the love of his life, Evelyn “Jeanette” Rigdon in Jackson, Michigan.

Jim’s family moved from Detroit to the Manitou Beach area in 1942. He attended Addison Schools, graduating in 1952, where he was very active in football and basketball. He proudly served in the Army during the late 50’s in Germany. Jim and his brother Jack took over the family business, Tibbs IGA grocery store in Manitou Beach. When the family later expanded their business to Blissfield, Jim and Jeanette moved there to manage the store.  Although Jim and Jeanette lived in Blissfield, they were very close to their … Read More »


Eleanor Pifer

Posted on July 28th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Eleanor Pifer

JASPER – Eleanor Mae Pifer passed away on July 27, 2016. She was born in Blissfield, and lived a wonderful life in the nearby area surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her parents Dorothy (O’Haver) and William Thompson.

She graduated from Blissfield High School in 1962 and married the love of her life, Darrel Leland Pifer, on April 28th in the same year. She worked in the banking industry for twenty years in various departments and as Madison Township Deputy Clerk for over fifteen years. Above all else, Eleanor loved and cared for her family and helped create some of their fondest memories.

Her favorite place to spend time was outdoors, taking care of the farm with her husband, tending her garden, and camping with friends. She and her husband took many motorcycle trips, just spending time appreciating the … Read More »


Darius Riggs

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Darius Riggs

Darius O. “Bud” Riggs, 81, of Adrian, passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Gaslight Village Assisted Living, Adrian.
Bud was born November 7, 1934, in Toledo, to parents Orley and Lovella (Mohler) Riggs. He was a Mechanical Engineer by trade and held several patents. Bud retired from Owens Illinois after over 30 years of service and then began a career with Doehler Jarvis where he eventually retired. During his career Bud taught night classes for Tool and Die Apprentices at Macomber Whitney and Whitmer High Schools. He served on the Whiteford Agricultural School Board for many years. He also taught CAM at Owens Community College. Bud was a 60-year member of the former Triad Lodge #708, now the Barton Smith Lodge  # 613 F & AM.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Johanna (Pickard) Riggs; daughter Karen … Read More »


Ann Hasenpflug

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Ann Hasenpflug

ADRIAN—Ann L. Hasenpflug, 85, of Adrian, passed away at ProMedica Bixby on July 1, 2016.
Ann was born to Thomas and Rose (Barish) Norden on March 18, 1931, in Escanaba, Michigan.  After graduating from Adrian High School in 1949, she married Douglas Hasenpflug at Trinity Lutheran Church, Riga, on July 28, 1951.  They were blessed with 65 years together.
Ann loved to bake, do crossword puzzles and build doll houses.  She and her husband co owned the Frosty Boy for twenty years and Doug’s Market, in Jasper for ten years.  She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
In addition to her loving husband, Doug, she is survived by her devoted children, Michael (Sandra) Hasenpflug and Barbara Hasenpflug, all of Adrian; grandchildren, Kimberly Mynes and Parker (Olivia) Hasenpflug; and great grandchildren, Peyton and Preston Mynes and Gabriela and Reed Hasenpflug.
Ann was … Read More »


Helen Boop

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Helen Boop

DEERFIELD:  Helen C. Boop, age 96 formerly of the Deerfield and Blissfield
area and most recently of Edgewater, FL died on Wednesday, June 29, 2016
at Tecumseh Place, Tecumseh.  She was born on October 9, 1919, to Doy
LaPoint and Enola LaPoint Bouse in Whiteford Center, MI.  She married
Robert Boop on March 1, 1941.  She was a member of Deerfield and
Blissfield Senior Center.  She loved to bake and give it away and play
cards.

Surviving are her two children, Linda Knoblauch of Chatham, Canada and
Donald (Dory) Boop of Edgewater, FL; 4 grandchildren; 5
great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was
preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert and 2 brothers,
Edward and Herman LaPoint.

Funeral services for Helen were4 held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5,
2016, at the Anderson Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield.  Burial will follow in
Deerfield Cemetery, Deerfield.  Visitation for Helen will take … Read More »


Doyle Bachman

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Doyle Bachman

Doyle Eugene Bachman, age 83, of Blissfield, died June 28,
2016 at Charlotte Stephenson Manor in Adrian. He was born August 5, 1932,
in Chesterfield Twp., Ohio, to Virgil Dale and Nina Irene (Bailey) Bachman,
Sr.  After his mother’s death, he was raised by his Aunt Orla M. Bachman.
On June 19, 1954, he married Mildred C. Reau in Deerfield and she preceded
him in death on July 11, 2006.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-1956. Doyle had been employed as
Superintendent of Postal Operations at the Blissfield Post Office for 33
years, retiring on December 1, 1991. He was a member of the Light of
Christ, St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Blissfield, was a former member of
the Usher’s Club for many years, a former member of the Holy Name Society,
and formerly served on the parish council. He was a charter member and
former treasurer and … Read More »


Lynn Kiester

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Lynn Kiester

RIGA—Lynn L. Koester, 73, of Riga, passed away Friday, July 8, 2016, at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania surrounded by his loving family.
He was born at home, in Riga Township, on October 15, 1942 to Lawrence H. and Alma (Knoblauch) Koester.  He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1961 and then served in the Army from 1963 to 1965.  On May 20, 1967, he married the love of his life, Karen Knisel at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Riga.  They were blessed with 49 years of marriage.
Lynn was lucky to have worked in what he really considered to be his hobbies.  He worked as a custom cabinet maker for Wienlanders, was a licensed builder, a building inspector, worked for the United States Postal Service as a rural letter carrier, for 18 years and was a life time farmer.  He was always busy.
In … Read More »


Trevor Seeger

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Trevor Seeger

Trevor Michael Seeger, age 34, passed away June 29, 2016, at his home in Toledo.  Trevor was born in Portsmouth, Ohio on August 11, 1981 to Michael Seeger and Deborah Hilton.  A 1999 graduate of Blissfield High School, Trevor was self-employed as an auto detailer.  He had a great love for sports, especially football and baseball.
Trevor is survived by his parents; brother, Aaron (Sara) Seeger; grandfather, Robert Seeger; aunts and uncles, Rick and Tammy Hilton, Ron and Susie Estes, and John and Sandy Morse; and 8 close cousins.  He was preceded in death by brother, Adam Seeger; grandparents, Wayne and Marian Hilton; and grandmother, Beverly Seeger.
Visitation was Friday, July 8, 2016, at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey Rd.) from 2 p.m. until the time of service at 5 p.m.  Online condolences may be shared at … Read More »


Doyle Sundquist

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Doyle Sundquist

SAGINAW – Doyle A. Sundquist age 96 of Saginaw, MI, formerly of Adrian, MI, passed away peacefully at the Saginaw VA Medical Center on Tuesday July 12, 2016.  Doyle was born July 7, 1920 in Grand Rapids, MI to parents Anton J and Dorothy J (Pullen) Sundquist.  Preceding him in death (2009) was his lovely wife Viva (Gottschalk) Sundquist, and sisters, Carmen Bourdette and Alice Betz.

 

He proudly served in the US Army Air Corps and was stationed in England during WWII.  He retired from Johnson Controls in Adrian, MI in 1982.  He was a long time member of the Community United Presbyterian Church of Palmyra, MI and was also an active member of Blissfield American Legion, as well as the Adrian VFW.

 

Survivors include his sons, Gary Sundquist and Kevin (Carma) Sundquist; stepson: Garth (Judi) Gottschalk; grandchildren: Erik Sundquist, Andrea (Larry) Donohue, Corey … Read More »


Mabel Isley

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Mabel Isley

Mabel I. Isley age 87, of Blissfield, entered a new life July
19, 2016. She passed away at Tecumseh Place where she had been a resident for
more than three years. Cause of death being complications from Alzheimer.

She was born January 17, 1929, to Reinhart and Florence Brodbeck Fink. She
was a lifetime resident of the Deerfield-Blissfield community. On November
9, 1957 she was married to Donald Isley of the same community at Immanuel
Lutheran Church by the Reverend William Weinlander. As a young lady
growing up she attended Deerfield area schools. She was always an active
person, working at several area jobs. Her last primary occupation was with
the Adrian K-Mart from which she retired. She was a loving wife, mother
and grandmother.  She raised her family to be respected members of the
local community. She is survived by her husband and three children, Duane and
Michelle of Blissfield and … Read More »


Paul Somes

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Paul Somes

ADRIAN—Paul Somes, 86, of Adrian, formerly of Blissfield, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Lenawee Medical Care Facility.

Paul was born on October 30, 1929 in Riga Township to the late Eber and Lucille A. (Hall) Somes. Paul’s mother passed away when he was two and he was then raised by his aunt and uncle, Fred and Rena (Somes) Sayler.

Paul served in the US Army during the Korean War and worked at Tecumseh Products for almost 40 years. After his retirement from the Products, Paul managed the Raisin Valley Trailer Park for many years. He was a former member of the Eagles, #197, of Toledo, Ohio.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his step mother, Gladys ‘Tiny’ Somes; his brother, Andrew Somes; and his long time companion, Angela Cannon. Paul was also preceded in death by Fred and Rena … Read More »



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