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Janette Wahl

Posted on February 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Janette Wahl

PALMYRA – Janette R. Wahl, age 78 of Palmyra, passed away peacefully at her home Monday, February 6, 2017 under the loving care of her family.
She was born November 30, 1938, in Adrian, to Walter and Viola (Huebner) Weiss, and graduated with the Class of 1956 from Adrian High School.
On September 12, 1959, Janette married Merlin Wahl in Adrian, and they were blessed with 57 years together.
Janette was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where she also worked as the church secretary for 31 years. She was an active member of The Daughters of Sarah Bible Study. She enjoyed being outdoors, camping, flower gardening and snowmobiling in the winter. Janette was a wonderful cook and baker who even liked to iron.
In addition to her husband, Merlin, she is survived by their daughters: Brenda (Keith) Phillips of Blissfield and Colleen (Dale) … Read More »


Marian Tennant

Posted on February 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Marian Tennant

1930 ~ 2017

Marian P. Tennant, 87, of Suttons Bay and formerly of Lenawee Co., passed away Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 at Munson Medical Center.

Marian was born on Jan. 21, 1930 in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Earl and Frances (Tallman) Pennington.  On Nov. 7, 1953 at Tecumseh Presbyterian Church, she married Mac E. Tennant, who survives.

Marian graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1948 and Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing in 1951.  She worked at Herrick Hospital, Bixby Hospital, and for a doctor’s office.  She was a proud member of the Henry Ford Hospital Nurses Alumni Association.  Marian was a 50-year survivor of breast cancer.  She volunteered for the American Cancer Society, Reach to Recovery, Hospice of Lenawee, and was a guide at Hidden Lake Gardens.

Marian enjoyed camping, traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada, crocheting, birding, wildflowers, and taking nature … Read More »


Harriet Merillat

Posted on February 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Harriet Merillat

Harriet Jane Merillat, age 91 of Blissfield passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at ProMedica Toledo Hospital, Toledo, OH.  She was born on June 20, 1925, in Blissfield to Cecil and Velma (Miller) Ganun.
On November 27, 1946 she married Robert Merillat in Angola, Indiana, and he preceded her in death in 2003.
Harriet had been a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and baking.  Harriet was an avid bird watcher and loved cardinals, her favorite bird. She was a huge Detroit Tigers fan, a passion in which she shared with her niece, Judie Woerner. While residing with her daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne and Gary Rhinehart for the last 14 months, Harriet and Gary often spoke of traveling to Florida for the Tigers’ spring training.
Harriet is survived by her children, Susan Simpson of Aurora, Colo., Gregory Merillat of Blissfield, MI, Jeanne (Gary) Rhinehart of Adrian, … Read More »


Richard Hill

Posted on February 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Richard Hill

Richard Lee Hill, 68, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, passed away, Jan. 3, 2017.
He was born October 28, 1948 to John V. Hill and Irene E. (Gritzmaker) Hill of Palmyra.
He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1967. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy April 10, 1968. He took his basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Waukegan Ill. He served aboard the USS Belknap, a destroyer, as a boilerman technician.
Before entering the U.S. Navy, Richard was a confirmed member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Blissfield and worked at the American Chain & Cable in Adrian.
After discharge from the navy he remained in Virginia and worked for the civil service on the naval base.
Richard is survived by a sister-in-law, Mrs. Robert (Donna) Hill, nephews Steven (Michalene) Hill, Mark Hill, David (Vonda) Hill; cousins Yvonne Gritzmaker,, Patricia (Calvin) Lawson, Marilyn … Read More »


Jennie Gentz

Posted on February 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Jennie Gentz

Jennie M. (Dowling) Gentz, age 88, of Blissfield went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 10, 2017.
She was born on October 14, 1928, in Jasper, Michigan to James and Olga (Hawks) Dowling.  After graduating from Adrian High School she attended Lenawee-Monroe County Normal and became a teacher in a one room country school.  She married Robert E. Gentz on August 28, 1948, and they were blessed with 67 years together.  Jennie was a devoted wife and mother to four children, and served as the school secretary for St. Joseph Academy in Adrian from 1963 to 1974.  She was a woman of faith and an encourager to many.
Surviving are her four children, Charlyn Watch of Wyandotte, Debra (Thomas) Miles of Maumee, OH, Terry (Virginia) Gentz, of New Haven, IN and Sharon (Paul) Wingerd of Blissfield and … Read More »


Frederick Klemm

Posted on February 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Frederick Klemm

DEERFIELD — Frederick A. Klemm, age 82 of Deerfield died Friday, February 17, 2017 at Hospice of Lenawee’s Hospice Home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born November 25, 1934 in St. Joseph, MI to Emil and Bernice (McCuen) Klemm.  On August 14, 1954 he married Joyce Piotter at Immanuel Lutheran Church and she survives. Fred was a graduate of Adrian College in 1957.  He retired from Bedford Junior High School as a teacher and then went on to work as an athletic trainer at Siena Heights University for nine years. Fred was a volunteer for the Deerfield Fire Department for many years and enjoyed singing karaoke, woodworking and bowling.  He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and an associate member of Hope Lutheran Church in Port Charlotte, FL, where he sang in their “Snow Birds” Quartet.  He … Read More »


Terrance LaVoy

Posted on February 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Terrance LaVoy

SAN ANTONIO, Fla. —Terrance Argus LaVoy, 80, passed away peacefully at his home on February 17, 2017, after a battle with cancer.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Helen, his sons Michael (Paula) of Tampa, David (Connie), of Tampa, Fla., and Thom (Dawn) of Plainwell, Mich., his daughter Theresa Thomas (David) of Tampa, 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, brother Jeff (Joyce) of Toledo, Ohio, sisters Linda Keil of St. Petersburg and Chris Manley (Lester) of Petersburg.
Terry was born in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Academy in 1961 and served 11 years in the Uniform Division as a Trooper at the Wayland, Detroit and Blissfield state police posts. He was awarded the Department’s Meritorious Service Award before transferring to the MSP Crime Lab in East Lansing working in the Firearms and Toolmark Identification and Bombs and Explosive Unit. While working in … Read More »


Samuel Pooley

Posted on February 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Samuel Pooley

Samuel Jaye Pooley, age 64, of Blissfield, died Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Hospice of Lenawee, Adrian in the presence of his loving family. He was born November 24, 1952, in Adrian, Michigan to Jaye R. and Ardith (Rice) Pooley.

He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1970. Sam served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, from 1970-1973. He attended Siena Heights College part time until 1976 and graduated from the Michigan basic police academy. Following graduation from the academy, Sam became a full time police officer for the Village of Blissfield and later graduated from the Michigan advanced police academy.

In addition to serving as a police officer Sam enjoyed his many years of community service work. As a member of the Blissfield American Legion, Post #325, Sam served several years as the Post … Read More »


Dorothy Mullins

Posted on January 18th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Dorothy Mullins

Dorothy R. Mullins, age 82, of Carleton, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017 in the comfort of her home  surrounded by her family.
Born on July 24, 1934 in Blissfield, Michigan, she was the daughter of Guy and Edith (Himelrick) Shaffer. On June 19, 1954 she married Roy Mullins in Blissfield, MI.
Dorothy was a 1952 graduate of Blissfield High School
She was employed with Oakwood Hospital Dearborn as a Nursing Aid for 20 years until retiring in 1994.
Dorothy was a member of the Woodhaven Free Will Baptist Church for 52 years and was also a member of the Ladies Circle at church. She had a fondness for dogs and cats, and enjoyed shopping, working in her veggie garden and growing roses all around her house. Dorothy loved to spend time with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her Parents, husband, … Read More »


Donald Gigax

Posted on January 13th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Donald Gigax

JASPER – Donald Gigax, age 93, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at Brookdale Adrian.

He was born April 23, 1923, in Archbold, Ohio, to Lawrence and Mary (Kutzli) Gigax, and graduated from Archbold High School.

On October 22, 1960, Donald married Ruth Knisel at the United Methodist Church in Ogden. She survives, having shared over 56 years together.

Donald was a local farmer who also worked at Tecumseh Products, retiring in 1988. For many years he sold seed for Great Lake Hybrids. Donald was a member of the United Methodist Church in Weston. He was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan and enjoyed bowling and baseball in his younger years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by their children, Mary Jo (Joseph Patterson) Gigax of Oklahoma City, Mark (Melanie) Gigax of Brighton, and David Gigax of Jasper; three grandsons, … Read More »


Margaret Poluka

Posted on January 12th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Margaret Poluka

Margaret Ann Poluka, age 92, of Blissfield, passed away at home under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Lenawee on Friday, January 6, 2017.

She was born on April 1, 1924, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to Jacob and Mary (Biletz) Michalko.  Margaret was a graduate of Scranton High School.  On November 23, 1944, Margaret married Peter Poluka, they enjoyed close to 70 years together before his passing in 2014.

Margaret was a home maker and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church in Blissfield.  In her younger years, she enjoyed golfing and swimming and was a lifeguard.  She also enjoyed painting china and is noted for completing many beautiful pieces.

Margaret is survived by her children, Donna (Virgil) Diver of Blissfield and Peter (Dianna) Poluka of Deerfield; a grandson, Alan Langmeyer of Deerfield; … Read More »


Lovina Turner

Posted on January 12th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Lovina Turner

Lovina Jane Baldwin Turner was born October 11, 1922 in Palmyra, Michigan, the third child of Arthur Tobias Baldwin and Lovina Bessie (Ford) Baldwin. She went to be with the Lord on January 6, 2017, in Winter Haven, Florida.

Her early education years were split between Palmyra, and Eustis, Florida. She graduated from DeLand High School in DeLand, Florida. She received her Registered Nurse degree in 1943 from Orlando General Hospital in Orlando, Florida. She remained an active alumni member until her death. Lovina practiced nursing in Florida and Michigan. She was the Webber College campus nurse for 10 years prior to her retirement in 1985. She retained her R.N. title for 50 years and received a commendation from the Florida State Board of Nursing.

Lovina married Eugene M. (Gene) Turner September 4, 1946, at her parent’s home in Palmyra. Following their … Read More »


Elizabeth Houghtby

Posted on January 12th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Elizabeth Houghtby

Elizabeth Ann Houghtby, age 92 of North Oaks, Minn., previously of Portland, Conn., and Blissfield, passed away on January 5, 2017 after a nearly 60-year battle with MS.

Elizabeth was born in Blissfield to DeArle and Eunice Porter.  She grew up on a farm with her younger sister Eleanor, and they maintained a close bond throughout their lives.

She met her husband Bill in high school, and graduated as valedictorian in the same class in which he was salutatorian, the Class of 1942. After his service in World War II, Bill followed her to the University of Michigan.

Elizabeth taught high school English for several years while Bill finished his college degree.  After moving to Portland, Conn., in 1950, she and Bill began their family.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband of 68 years, William (Bill); daughters, Carol Houghtby, Anne (Mike) Weaver, White Bear Lake, … Read More »


Olivia Randall

Posted on January 4th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Olivia Randall

Olivia (Ayres) Randall, age 40, of Blissfield, left us peacefully on December 31, 2016, at the home of her mother after a courageous battle with cancer.

She entered this world on February 7, 1976, in Adrian, Michigan to Raymond and Barbara (Pavlica) Ayres. She attended school in Adrian, MI, Prescott, Arizona, Maumee, Ohio and graduated in 1994 from Blissfield High School. She was employed at Impact Products for 18 years, where she acquired many of her lifelong friends.

On September 27, 1998, she married Timothy Randall and he survives. His devotion to her impressed everyone. Together, they shared her passion for life, laughter and outdoor living. She especially enjoyed hiking, camping, kayaking, tubing, cross country skiing, caving, polar plunges, mud runs, birdwatching, the sound of loons on the lake, exploring lighthouses, winery tours, and nature crafts, just to name a few! She … Read More »


Mery Melba Wittbrodt

Posted on December 27th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Mery Melba Wittbrodt

Mery Melba Wittbrodt

3/15/1924 – 12/24/2016

Mery was born on March 15, 1924. She is survived by her sister, Vilma Spies, husband Donald Arthur Wittbrodt, two children: Deborah (Gary) Nystrom, of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Donald Wittbrodt Jr., of Winchester, KY, and three grandchildren: Janelle Nystrom, Ian Nystrom, and Donald (Donnie) Wittbrodt III and niece Lilian Spies of Morón, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was the eldest daughter of pastors José and America Diciancia Quiñones, of Buenos Aires.

Mery received a teaching degree from Normal Teachers’ School in her teens. Under the tutelage of her father, her first sermon was preached at the age of 16. Mery completed studies at Medical Science University in Rosario, Argentina with a specialization in Biochemistry and Pharmacy. She took a break to tour Europe for a year as a delegate to the World Congress of the Student … Read More »



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