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Thomas Delzeith

Posted on January 7th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Thomas Delzeith

On Friday, January 4th of the year 2013, Thomas Allen Delzeith lost his life.  He was 17. Tom loved music.  He devoted most of his teenage years to listening to his favorite bands and learning everything he could about his love, music.  With over 50 vinyl records, most of his love was dedicated to the soulful music of the 1960’s and 70’s because of the giant soul he had.  He spent many hours as an accomplished writer and loved performing all genres of music with his friends. He cared deeply for many friends and family and used his love of music to lend his ears to anyone in need.  Tom saw the world and wanted to travel its vast expanses.  Now, he will be voyaging the depth of our hearts.  All Tom wanted was to love, and sought peace wherever … Read More »


Edward Wegner

Posted on January 3rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Edward Wegner

Edward D. Wegner, age 90, of Blissfield died on January 1, 2013, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility in Adrian.  Ed was born on September 15, 1922, in Blissfield, Michigan, the son of Frederick and Frieda (Tiede) Wegner. On January 23, 1942, Ed was united in marriage to the love of his life, Venona Mae Kelley in Adrian, Michigan. She preceded him in death on December 19, 1974.

Ed was baptized and a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palmyra. He was employed as a Hi Lo Driver for Ford Motor Company in Rawsonville and also engaged in farming.  Ed’s love of farming started at an early age when he had to work the family farm after the early loss of his father. This love of farming continued for the rest of his life even while working for Ford Motor Company. Ed was a wel-respected … Read More »


Geraldine “Gerry” Miller

Posted on January 3rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Geraldine “Gerry” Miller

ADRIAN — Geraldine “Gerry” L. Miller, 92, of Adrian, formerly of Blissfield, passed away Monday, December 31, 2012, at Lynwood Manor.

Born January 14, 1920, in Addison, Michigan, she was the oldest child of Leo and Mary (Fuller) Smith.  She was a graduate of Blissfield High School.

Locally, Gerry was well known from working at the UAW, the American Legion in Hudson and Adrian, and the Barley House. She was also a daily customer at Morning Fresh Bakery in Adrian where she enjoyed visiting with other regulars. Gerry was a life member of the Blissfield American Legion Auxiliary.

Gerry is survived by her children, Shirley (Cletus) LaFollette of Atlanta, MI and Richard “Dick” Miller of Hernando, MS; six  grandchildren: Cheri LaFollette of Blissfield; Nancy (Robert) Hejl of Sylvania; Bret (Peggy) LaFollette of  Blissfield; Kim (Link) Geren of Ankeny, IA; Stephanie (Jim) Shoemaker of … Read More »


Arturo Trevino

Posted on December 31st, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Arturo Trevino

Arturo Trevino, 55, Blissfield, died Dec. 27, 2012. The funeral is scheduled for  2 p.m . Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian. Burial will follow in Riga Cemetry. Visitation is at the funeral home from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.


Michael Czar

Posted on December 27th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Michael Czar

Michael F. Czar, 89, of Blissfield, passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2012, at his home.

Born October 6, 1923, in Akron, Ohio, he was one of the 10 children of Peter and Mary Czar.

He was married to Erma Davis who preceded him in death.

Michael was serving in the United States Navy in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked.  He continued his naval career as a pilot, flying with the Blue Angels. After retiring from the military, he worked for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, where he retired with many years of service.

Michael was a very loving and caring person. He liked helping others, and would often work on cars for his friends and family.  He also enjoyed collecting toy cars.

Family meant everything to Michael. He will be greatly missed by those surviving including his children, Candace (Ronald) Harrell … Read More »


Jayne Davis

Posted on December 27th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Jayne Davis

Margaret “Jayne” Davis, 93, formerly of Adrian, passed away December 25, 2012, at Blissfield Place.

Born December 15, 1919 in Britton, Michigan, she was the daughter of Alexander and Anna “Florence” (Murphy) Gibson. She was a 1937 graduate of Britton High School.

Jayne was married to Loren Edward Davis who preceded her in death in 1969.

Jayne worked at First Federal Savings and Loan in Adrian for many years prior to moving to Blissfield where she became the branch manager. Jayne was a member of the Lenawee Country Club where she enjoyed playing golf.

She was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Adrian, serving as trustee, and currently a member of the First United Methodist Church of Blissfield. For many years Jayne was a member of the Bixby Medical Center Auxiliary, and the Order of the Eastern Star.  he was an … Read More »


Sedonna Clark

Posted on December 26th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Sedonna Clark

ADRIAN — Sedonna Elsie Clark, 89, of Blissfield, Michigan, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2012, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility. Born January 25, 1923, in Riga, Michigan, Sedonna was the oldest child of Stanley and Rose (Fischer) Betz. On March 8, 1945, she married Charles Clark Jr. They celebrated over 47 years of marriage prior to his death in 1992. Sedonna was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Riga where she was active in the Ladies Aide Society. She was also involved in the Blissfield Senior Citizens Group and as a volunteer aide at Blissfield Elementary School. While living in Franklin, Tennessee, she was a member of the Clay Center Writers Group and the Senior Citizens Group. Sedonna was a caregiver for both seniors and children. She was a writer, publisher and Betz family historian. Sedonna enjoyed … Read More »


Edna James

Posted on December 26th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Edna James

Edna V. James, 93, of Liberty Township. Private services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to Blackstone Funeral Home.


Larry Steger

Posted on December 20th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Larry Steger

MOORE HAVEN, Fla. – Larry C. Steger, age 71, of Florida, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Hospice of Lehigh Acres. He was born February 22, 1941, in Toledo, Ohio, to the late Lawrence F. Steger and the late Eva Lucille (Reau) Steger. On May 18, 2001 he married Betty Anne Davis Seavey who survives. Larry served his country in the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, two sons, Benny James Steger of Bradenton, Fla.., and Bradley John Steger of Charleston, Va., one stepson, Scott (Jen) Seavey of Sarasota, Fla., a stepdaughter Kera Anne Lawson, one brother Douglas (Joyce) Steger of Moore Haven, Fla., and a sister Barbara (Dick) Hadden of Deerfield, ten grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Arrangements and cremation by Akin-Davis Funeral Home, La Belle. Fla.


Hugh Driggs

Posted on December 17th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Hugh Driggs

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 »


Debra Gautz

Posted on December 11th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Debra Gautz

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 »


Jean Isley

Posted on December 10th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Jean Isley

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.

Jean … Read More »


Richard Lee Baker

Posted on November 28th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Richard Lee Baker

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 »


Scott Rau

Posted on November 26th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Scott Rau

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 Knapp

Posted on November 26th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Goldie Knapp

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 »



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