PALMYRA — Hugh H. Driggs, age 76, of Palmyra, died December 12, 2012 at Tecumseh Place II, under the care of Hospice of Lenawee.
Hugh was born in Toledo, Ohio on December 16, 1935, to Howard Hugh and Lucille (Dittman) Driggs. Hugh graduated from Blissfield High School and attended Bowling Green State University and Ohio State University.
Hugh was a member of the Palmyra Community Presbyterian Church; and the Palmyra Township zoning board and Palmyra Township Cemetery Association.
Hugh enjoyed trap shooting which earned him many awards. He was a life member of the National Trapshooting Association and was inducted into the National Trapshooting Hall of Fame in 1992. He was also a life member of the Michigan Trapshooting Association and was inducted into the Michigan Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame in 1990. Hugh was also a member of the N.R.A. and of … Read More »
ADRIAN— Debra Gautz, age 57, of Adrian, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012, at the Lynwood Manor under the care of Promedica Hospice Erie West. Born August 11, 1955, in Adrian, she was the daughter of Mina H. (Rodesiler) and Richard J. Dunbar. On November 14, 1982, she married Conrad “CJ” Gautz at Trinity Lutheran Church, Riga. They all survive. Debra graduated from Blissfield High School in 1973 and then attended Siena Heights College where she earned her B.S. degree. She worked as a lab technician at a Toledo medical lab. She later drove bus for Sand Creek Schools. She was a member at Trinity Lutheran Church in Riga; she had many interests including raising goats, crafts and gardening. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, Debra is survived by … Read More »
ADRIAN – Jean E. Isley, 88, of Palmyra, peacefully went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, December 4, 2012, surrounded by the family she loved.
Born May 22, 1924, in Elyria, Ohio, she was the oldest daughter of Charles and Mary (Humphrey) Bartholomew. Jean graduated from Adrian High School with the Class of 1941.
Jean was married to John Dowling in 1950, and he preceded her in death in 1968. On November 25, 1971, she married Jay Isley. Jean and Jay celebrated 37 years of marriage prior to his death in 2007.
Jean worked as an administrative assistant for Dr. William Hewes and Dr. Robert Birmingham. She was a member of the Woodland United Methodist Church in Michigamme. She was also a life member of the Palmyra Order of the Eastern Star. For many years, Jean served as the Palmyra Township Treasurer.
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Richard Lee Baker, age 94, of Howard City , passed away November 11, 2012, at Fountain View Retirement Village in Grant.
He was born in Clayton, the son of A. Samuel and Nina ( Donaldson) Baker. Lee was a WW II naval veteran. He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1937.
He enjoyed family time, traveling and old cars.
He was preceded in death by his wife Hazel ( Powell ). They had been married for 67 years.
Surviving are one son Ron ( Jackie ) Baker of Howard City; one daughter Jennifer ( Paul ) Kroncke of Coral Springs , Fla., six grandchildren Dawn, Brian, Nicole, Cheryl, Teresa and Brittany; eight great grandchildren Brandon, Jack, Josh, Ben, Adam, Ally, Parker and Lillian; one brother William Baker and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by parents, four sisters , Martha Jayne, Betty, … Read More »
DEERFIELD – Scott Anthony Rau, 45, of Deerfield passed away suddenly on Sunday, November 25, 2012, at his home. He was born on May 11, 1967 in Flint, Michigan to Al and Elva (Blackburn) Rau.
Scott graduated from Deerfield High School in 1985. He attended college at Monroe County Community College and Siena Heights. On September 3, 1988, he was united in marriage to Nilda Torres in Lorain, Ohio. Scott was employed with Tecumseh Products for many years and most recently worked in Commercial Sales for Lowe’s in Perrysburg, Ohio. He was a member of the Light of Christ Catholic Parish, St. Alphonsus campus in Deerfield, the Deerfield Fire Department for ten years and a member of the Sons of the American Legion for about six years. Scott was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan. He was not only a fixture … Read More »
Goldie M. Knapp, 101, of Blissfield, went to be in the loving arms of God Friday, November 23, 2012, at Swanton Health Care.
She was born April 18, 1911, in Limestone Cove, Tennessee, the daughter of George and Mildred (Buchanan) Cochran, Sr.
On June 23, 1939, Goldie was married to Earl L. Knapp. They celebrated over 32 years of marriage prior to his death in 1972.
Goldie was a faithful member of the Element Church in Blissfield.
She is survived by her children, Deanna Fashbaugh of Swanton and David (Brenda) Knapp of Blissfield; grandchildren, Heidi Fashbaugh of Swanton and Laura (Matt) Bell of Adrian; great grandchildren, Morgan and Parker Bell; a brother, George Cochran, Jr. of Adrian; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by five sisters: Alta Ford, Jeannette Quigley, Norma Rothfuss, Gladys Gruel, and Betty … Read More »
PERRYSBURG, Ohio — Jann Lyn Leverenz, age 54, died Monday, November 5, 2012, at the Ohio Northwestern Hospice Center. She is survived by her husband, John Leverenz of Toledo, her father, Norman (Bud) Peacock, step mother, Edna Peacock of Blissfield; a son Richard of Toledo; her brother, Jeffery, his wife, Tracy and their sons Cody, CJ Peacock of Elyria, Ohio; and John’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Leverenz. Both Jann and her brother, Jeffery, were adopted from the Methodist Children’s Home. The first 20 years of their life was parented by Joann Russell (1931-1981) of Kalamazoo, and Norman Peacock. Both the Russell and the Peacock families were ecstatic over the addition and the children brought the utmost love to their families. One of Jann’s favorite pastimes when she was young was fishing, always outdoing her father and brother and she loved … Read More »
John Ralph Harrwaldt, age 56, of Blissfield, passed away, November 6, 2012, at Hospice of Lenawee with his loving family by his side. He was born January 13, 1956, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Ralph & Jeanette (Moore) Harrwaldt. On April 16, 2000, he married Tammie Mitchell. She preceded him in death in December 13, 2000. John was a lifelong resident of Blissfield. He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1974. John owned and operated Harrwaldt Construction for over 30 years. He spent his career as an exceptionally talented carpenter. He pleased many people in and around Blissfield remodeling their homes with his in-depth knowledge and perfection skills. He was especially proud of his last job for his sister, Carolyn. He is survived by his children, Ralph Harrwaldt, Nicole Harrwaldt and Shonda (Steve) Mitchell-Garcia, his grandchildren, Kamron, … Read More »
ADRIAN — Michael G. Hudson, age 60 , of Adrian, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, November 15, 2012, in Genesee County, Michigan. He was born October 8, 1952 to Georgia (Mosher) and Paul Hudson in Toledo, Ohio. He attended Bedford School. On June 8, 1991, he married Virginia “Ginny” Goetz in Blissfield, MI. Michael served his country in the Army from 1975 -76. He was employed as a truck driver for CTI trucking; he had worked for Sharon Manufacturing, a family owned business that his grandfather created. He also worked in the agriculture industry at Royster Clark. Michael loved life whether when he was wrestling with his grandchildren, fishing on Lake Erie or at family get togethers. He especially loved the casinos and the exciting atmosphere. He was a member of the American Legion of Blissfield and a Lambertville volunteer fireman from … Read More »
KINGMAN, Ariz. — Robert W. “Bob” Napier, 64, passed away November 7, 2012, at the Kingman Regional Medical Center. He was born November 13, 1947, in Adrian, to Dallas and Dorothea Napier. Bob was a donut-maker at a family donut shop — Hinkles Donuts — in Toledo, Ohio, prior to moving his family to Lake Havasu City in 1974. He worked for McCulloch Corporation as well as the Lake Havasu Unified School District where he retired in 2009 as a ground maintenance worker. Bob had a love of the desert and horticulture. He enjoyed studying and cultivating outdoor plants and small gardens and was very knowledgeable of desert wildlife. He also had a flair for antiques “picking,” always appreciating the stories and history behind the rare pieces he would find at yard sales. Bob, a quiet and reserved man, will … Read More »
Julie M. Briggs, 22, of Blissfield, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, November 18, 2012, at her home. She was born July 18, 1990, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Paul and Joan (Webb) Briggs. Julie graduated from Britton High School in 2009. Julie attended the Hope Center and competed in bowling at the Special Olympics. She loved to go camping with her family and was a great babysitter for her nieces and nephews. She was a fan of Elvis and Patsy Cline. In addition to her parents, Julie is survived by her grandmothers, Rita Webb of Adrian and Joyce Briggs of Oscoda, Mich.; her siblings: Kristina Betz of Blissfield; Jason (Abby) Briggs of Grass Lake; and Allison Briggs of Blissfield; nieces and nephews: Kalli, Landen, Micajah, and Giavonnie; and many close aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. She was preceded … Read More »
PALMYRA— Janet Louise Griffes, 63, of Palmyra, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2012, at Bixby Medical Center. She was born July 8, 1949, in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Maynard T. and Joan M. (Weldishofer) Herr. Janet graduated from Sand Creek High School with the Class of 1967. Janet worked for Madison Public Schools where she retired with 30 years of service. She was an active member of the Zion United Brethren Church serving as Sunday School Treasurer. Janet enjoyed sewing and quilting and was a member of Quilts of Compassion. She also enjoyed flower gardening and bird watching. She is survived by her sons, Jamie (Connie) Griffes and Timmie Griffes, both of Palmyra; three grandchildren, Leah Ward, Austin and Winter Griffes; three sisters, Anita (Jerold) Craig of Jasper; Patricia (Donald) Warner of Blissfield; and Kathryn Herr of Canton, MI; and … Read More »
ADRIAN — Willard B. Mason, age 89, of Adrian, passed away peacefully under the loving care at the Hospice of Lenawee Home on Friday, November 2, 2012. He was born to Mildred (Knisel) and Hazen Mason on March 4, 1923 in Berkey, Ohio. Willard married Helvi Muhonen, together they celebrated 60 years of marriage, before her death in 2003. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WW II, in the Pacific. He enjoyed going on trips to the casino with his two buddies, they were known as the “3 Amigos”. He was the dear father of Bill (Sally) Mason and step father of Gene; grandfather of Gene, Doug (Lisa), Duane, Dean, and Valerie; and great-grandfather of seven. Willard has also been a devoted partner to Ilah Ost for the last 9 years, she survives. Willard was preceded in … Read More »
William “Bill” Johnston William ‘Bill’ Blair Johnston, 78, passed away Saturday, November 3, 2012, under the loving care of staff at Blissfield Place and of Hospice of Lenawee. Bill was born on January 24, 1934, to Blair Johnston and Thelma Bachmayer. He worked many years for his grandfather, Joseph Bachmayer, at Saxmayer, and went on to run a very successful newspaper recycling business making friends throughout Lenawee County. Bill even received an award from the Lenawee County Solid Waste Department for his efforts in recycling. Bill also enjoyed the time spent at his cousins Dick and Jane Metz farm helping with chores. He was a longtime member of the Elem3nt Church in Blissfield, and helped with fundraising for the youth group. Bill’s favorite place to eat was The Hathaway House and in later years, The Main Street Stable in Blissfield, … Read More »
Aloysius Bernard O’Mara, age 92, of Blissfield, was welcomed into God’s Heavenly Kingdom on Monday, October 29th at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Aloysius Bernard was born at home in Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada on April 8, 1920, the youngest child of John and Margaret (Johnston) O’Mara.
He was the only member of his family to attend college and received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit.
On September 6, 1944, Aloysius married Rita Adeline Schutz in Detroit, Michigan. In 1948 Aloysius was admitted to the Michigan Bar and began his practice of law in downtown Detroit, Michigan before moving to rural Blissfield, Michigan where he developed an extensive legal practice. During his distinguished career Aloysius successfully litigated cases before the United States Supreme Court and Michigan Supreme Court. Aloysius served in the Army Air force as a Sergeant during World War II. He was an active member … Read More »