ADRIAN – Earl Dean Kelley, age 93 of Adrian, died Saturday, December 15, 2018, at Brookdale of Adrian under the care of Hospice. He was born on November 24, 1925, in Waldron, Michigan to Leland and Emily (Ford) Kelley. Earl was a graduate of Adrian High School in 1943. On March 28, 1948, Earl married Virginia Kodelman in Riga, Michigan. Earl was owner of Twin Curves Dairy Farm for 60 years. Earl was also an auctioneer for many years with Mitchell and Kelley. He enjoyed pulling tractors and operated “My Last Excuse” super farm tractor. He was past member of the National Tractor Pulling Association and Wolverine Pullers Association. He served on the Agricultural Society of Lenawee County for 47 years and President for 10 years. He exhibited livestock at the Lenawee County Fair for 80 years and served on … Read More »
Mildred ‘Millie’ Tipton, 81 of Blissfield, passed away Saturday , December 15, 2018, at her home under the loving care of her family.
Millie was born on May 26, 1937, in Toledo, OH to John and Ruth (Cahow) Carl. On June 26, 1976, she married James Tipton at Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Toledo, OH, he survives.
Millie graduated from Maumee High School in 1955. She attended the University of Toledo, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. She had several secretarial jobs but retired from the University of Toledo where she was the assistant to the Dean of College of Arts and Sciences. Millie was named outstanding Woman of the Year Clerical / Secretarial in 1989 at University of Toledo by the University Women’s Commission. She was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church, where she served … Read More »
DEERFIELD — Charles “Chuck” F. Fischer, age of 83, of Deerfield, passed away on October 18, 2018, at Toledo Hospital.
Chuck was born on July 3, 1935, in Adrian, to Henry and Barbara (Spiegel) Fischer. He graduated from Blissfield High School. In 1957, Chuck married Marjorie Wahl and they shared 45 years together before her passing in 2002. On January 15, 2005, he married Judy (Diver) Hoffman and she survives.
Chuck was a hard worker and lifelong farmer raising crops in the Deerfield area and retiring from Blissfield Manufacturing. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palmyra. Chuck enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, camping and playing Euchre. Chuck was an avid bird watcher and was able to tell the type of bird just by the sound they made. He often took the time to visit with family and friends while relaxing outside … Read More »
Norman F. Schadewald, age 91, of Blissfield, passed away on October 16, 2018, at Toledo Hospital.
He was born on March 3, 1927, in Deerfield to William and Mary (Hegy) Schadewald, Sr. Norman married Ila Ann Rehklau on March 3, 1949, and they shared over 50 years together before her passing in 2004.
Norman was a life-long Riga farmer who was use to putting in long days while tending to his crops. After retiring from farming and moving into the village of Blissfield, he had the time to enjoy bowling, gardening and attending Detroit Tigers and Toledo Mud Hens games. Norman was an active member of Blissfield Baptist Church and participated in the Men for Missions Group.
Funeral services for Norman were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 20, 2018, at Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel, Blissfield with Pastor Tom Frantz officiating. Burial … Read More »
Kenneth “Kenny” Eugene Orel, age 61 of Blissfield, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, in Blissfield.
Ken was the son of Gene and Gloria (Gouldsberry) Orel and was a Blissfield High School graduate. He served as a manager for the Blissfield High School baseball team and his 1973 season team was inducted into the Blissfield Hall of Fame. On April 23, 2010, he married Deborah Johnson and she survives. For over 42 years, Ken had been employed by Blissfield Manufacturing. Ken could often be found at the kitchen table watching the brids at the feeder. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, camping and bonfires. His favorite place to camp was in the marshlands up north and could usually be found watching the woods or fields for deer or watching the night sky for shooting stars. Ken was an avid … Read More »
Linda S. Korth, 69, passed away Friday May 25, 2018 at her home in Toledo, Ohio, after a long battle with diabetes and heart disease.
She was born on December 29, 1948 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Vivian (Reeves) Korth of Ottawa Lake, Michigan.
Linda attended Whiteford High School, graduating in 1966 and was the salutatorian of her class. After attending airline school in St. Paul, Minn. she moved to Chicago, Ill. and worked for numerous airlines. In 1988 she moved back home, and started her own travel agency “Going Places Travel” in Temperance, and eventually worked for AAA until her retirement. Travel was Linda’s passion, seeing 37 countries, on many cruises. Her other other favorite hobby was reading anything and everything.
She is survived by her siblings, Kathy Preston, Blissfield, and Ken Korth of New Mexico; … Read More »
MORENCI – James “Carter” Stevens, age 71, of Morenci, MI passed away on June 7, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 27, 1946 in Splashdam, Virginia to David Lee and Virgie (Mullins) Stevens. On May 5, 1967 in Haysi, VA., he married his best friend, the love of his life, and his wife of 51 years, Joyce McCowan Stevens and she survives.
In his early years Carter worked in the coal mines in Virginia and drove a coal truck, He later became a truck driver delivering steal and other industrial items. Carter enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, and camping, but most of all, he loved attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. He was a member of the Blissfield Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife Joyce, James “Carter” Stevens is survived by a daughter, Jenifer (Louie) Albright … Read More »
Rose M. Rodriguez, age 93 formerly of Blissfield, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at Flower Hospital with her family by her side.
She was born January 1, 1925, in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Jesse and Frances (Yepes) Montes.
Rose met the love of her life, Henry Rodriguez, and they were married on September 3, 1941, in Toledo, Ohio. They enjoyed 69 years together before his passing on May 12, 2011.
Rose was happiest spending time raising her children alongside her husband Henry. Once she had grandchildren, she made sure that the family traditions were strong by always bringing everyone together. Rose religiously spent her nights reading her Bible. She cherished the time she got to spend with her family and was a great mother to her dogs throughout the years.
Rose’s dedication and love for her family will be missed by her … Read More »
Geraldine Naomi Drefke, age 93, passed away on June 8, 2018 in Fort Wayne, IN. Her funeral service was held June 11, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Blissfield She was laid to rest at Pleasant View Cemetery.
Geraldine was born on December 27, 1924 in Alpena, MI to the Rev. William Weinlander and Amalia Steutzer Weinlander. She received a teaching certificate from Lenawee County Normal in Adrian, MI, a bachelor’s degree in Education from Capital University in Columbus, OH, and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Supervision from Wright State University in Dayton, OH. During her 27 years of teaching, Gerry influenced countless students with her positive, can-do spirit in Riga, Logan, OH, and Dayton, OH. She would start their day with cheer songs and encourage them throughout the day to never, never give up.
On April 15, 1944, Geraldine married … Read More »
Dennis Leroy Bangerter, age 77 of Blissfield passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at his home in the presence of his family. He was born on March 28, 1941, in Blissfield Township, to Raymond and Helen (Haas) Bangerter. Denny graduated from Blissfield High School in 1960. On April 28, 1962, at Zion United Brethren Church, Denny married Marilyn Bateson, and she survives. He worked in shipping and receiving at GM Powertrain in Toledo until his retirement on June 30, 1992. After retirement, Denny took great pride in attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, caring for his yard and being a farm hand for local farmers in the area, along with driving cars for Knapp Motors. He was a longtime member of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Denny enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, dirt bike riding, and spending time with … Read More »
BERKEY, Ohio – Donna A. Tiede, age 90, of Berkey, passed away Friday, June 22, 2018 at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.
She was born December 7, 1927, in Riga, Michigan, the daughter of Alfred and Bernice (Leonard) Goetz. She grew up in Blissfield and graduated from Blissfield High School.
On June 4, 1949, she married Daniel Tiede and soon moved to Berkey, Ohio. Here she worked with her husband on the family farm. Daniel preceded her in death in 1989. She was a faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Riga. Donna was known as a jokester, and she loved playing softball. She also never turned down a game of cards.
She is survived by her children, Dennis Tiede of Oakland Park, FL, Sandra Davies of Metamora, Ohio and Cheryl (Steve) Cox of Blissfield; grandchildren: Jeanelle Wonders, Tyler Cox, Danielle Bartenslager, and Jessica Fleenor; and eight great … Read More »
Clarence J. Eisenmann, age 66, of Blissfield, died June 19, 2018, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.
He was born May 2, 1952, in Adrian to Oscar and Eula (Gerber) Eisenmann. On January 20, 1973 he married Darlene Tabbert, in Blissfield and she survives. He had been employed by Zink-Covell Excavating company for 25 years and then by Smith Trucking. He also farmed part-time. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Darlene, he is survived by his mother, Eula Eisenmann of Riga; his children, Jason Eisenmann of Sylvania, Ohio, Melissa (Dan) Mirelez of Hoagland, Indiana, and Justin Eisenmann of Deerfield; grandchildren, Matthew, Alexis, Andrew and Max Mirelez, and Noah, Samantha, and Ethan Eisenmann; a brother, Bill (Connie) Eisenmann of Riga; and a sister, Judy (Harold) Swords of Riga. Clarence is preceded in death by his father.
Visitation was from noon-3 … Read More »
Erven John Brieschke, age 93, of Adrian, formerly of Riga, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Bixby Medical Center with family by his side.
He was born August 10, 1924, to Edward and Janira (Kastel) Brieschke in Riga Township. Erven graduated from Blissfield High School in 1942 and went on to attend Michigan State University. With WWII going on, Erven had to leave college and return home to oversee the family farm as his father went to work in a war plant.
On September 7, 1969, Erven married Marcella Dauel Filter and they celebrated over 48 years together.
Erven helped run the family farm for many years and also worked at the Michigan Elevator Exchange for 24 years. He was a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Riga, where he served on the Church Board, sang in the choir and had … Read More »
Loretta “June” Norwood Brown passed away May 9, 2018. She was born September 17, 1937 to C.J. “Shorty” and Idella Norwood in Bethel, Okla.
June leaves behind daughters Carol Rowell and Meegan Brown; sons Danni Kastel and B.J. Brown; granddaughters, Leah Houchin and Jamie Magee; grandson, Daniel MaKenzie; seven great-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Franke Johnston; brother, Keith Norwood and loving cousins, Patsy Hall, Pat Hodge and Mary Lou Baker.
A private service for friends and family was planned in mid-June.
TECUMSEH — Carolyn L. Baker, age 83, of Tecumseh, died April 1, 2018, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility.
She was born June 4, 1934, in Pittsford to Donald and Esther (Behymer) Harbaugh. For many years she lived with her grandfather, Jim Behymer.
On May 6, 1955, she married Arden Baker. He preceded her in death on Aug. 16, 2009.
Carolyn had been employed by Hillsdale State Savings Bank. She enjoyed crafts and decorating cakes. She attended the Osseo Baptist Church.
Carolyn is survived by three daughters, Debra Royal (Jae Guetschow) of Brooklyn, Mich., Laurie (Larry) Zehr of Caledonia, Mich., and Cynthia (Robert) Valdez of Tecumseh; a son, Brian (Denise) Baker of Aurora, Colo.; nine grandchildren, Courtney, Eric, Daniel, Adam, James, Bobby II, Joey, Jason and Deanna; 12 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Gilbert (Sharon) Harbaugh of Waterville, Ohio, and Richard (Shallah) Harbaugh of South Lyons. … Read More »