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Karen Gentz

Posted on May 11th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Karen Gentz

Karen Jo Gentz, age 69, of Palmyra, MI passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at her home. She was born on August 7, 1946, in Adrian, MI to Gilbert “Jim” and Virginia “Ginny” (Jackson) Seeburger. On July 13, 1968, at St. John’s Church in Riga, MI she married Bruce William Gentz. She was a lifelong member of the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Karen retired in September 2009 from Holy Cross Children’s Services (formerly Boysville), she also worked as the office manager for the former Seeburger Gambles Hardware Store. She enjoyed vacation cruises with her family and friends, as well as RV camping and scrapbooking, but most of all she enjoyed the time she was able to spend with her grandchildren.

Surviving Karen, besides her husband Bruce, are two sons, Jim (Carrie) Gentz of Flint, MI; Garry (Jane) Gentz of Blissfield, … Read More »

Roger Robinson

Posted on May 11th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Roger Robinson

Roger Ray Robinson, age 64, of Blissfield, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2016, at ProMedica Flower Hospital. He was born August 25, 1951, in Flint to Dickey R. and Jeanette (Deopker) Robinson. On April 16, 1976, he married Cheryl L. Burt in Flint. Roger had been employed since 1976, with Pioneer Pole Buildings, in Post Frame Construction.  He loved hunting, coaching his kids in sports and being a Grandpa. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother, Jeanette (Dick) Porter; children, Reggie (Brittney) Robinson of Blissfield, Dickey (Cheryl Cleveland) Robinson of Adrian, Roger (Amanda) Robinson of Blissfield, Jeanette (Stephen) Anderson of Pittsford and Charlie (Jessica) Robinson of Adrian; sisters, Brenda (David) Mozafari and Julie (Tom) Cochran; grandchildren, Dariann, Nick, Rylee, Jerzie, Scout, Brooke, Ella, Zachary, Adison, Beau, Cooper, Taylor, Rene, Evan and Levi; great-grandkids, Ryder and Novalee. … Read More »

Ronald Fischer Sr.

Posted on April 29th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Ronald Fischer Sr.

Ronald  John  Fischer, Sr., age 82, of Blissfield, passed away, April 28, 2016.

He was born August 31, 1933, in Adrian, MI, the son of John & Minnie (Barnhart) Fischer.

On October 29, 1955, he married Joyce Mann at the Blissfield First United Methodist Church.  She survives.

Ronald attended the Adrian First Church of the Nazarene.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.  Ronald was an avid Michigan Wolverines and Detroit Tigers fan.

In addition to his wife Joyce, he is survived by his children; Jennifer Fischer Mitchell, Ronald John Jr. (Gennie) Fischer, Timothy Scott Fischer and Marc (Shannon) Fischer, seven grandchildren, Joshua, Justin, Shane, Jill, Jessica, Kyle and Nathan, eight great-grandchildren, Zaccary, Alayna, Benjamin, Emma Claire, Addyson, Sarah and Lydia, his brother, David (Mary) Fischer, his sister in law, Stacy Fischer and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death … Read More »

Michael Knisel

Posted on April 29th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Michael Knisel

Michael G. Knisel, 70, of Hernando Beach, Fla., formerly of Ogden Township, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2016, at his home.

Mike grew up and spent the first 58 years of his life in Ogden Township, first as a farmer and then as the owner of The Un-Cable, a satellite dish company. He was devoted to Sharon, his wife of 36 years. They spent the last 12 years enjoying retirement Florida. In his later years, Mike became a dedicated woodworker. He loved playing softball, playing competitively until turning 50. He loved spending time with his kids and playing with his grandkids.

Mike is survived by his wife, Sharon of Hernando Beach, Fla.; two daughters, Kandy (David) Houser of Glenview, Ill., and Tammy Knisel of Addison; two sisters, Pat (Norm) Hinshaw of Temperance, and Karen (Lynn) Koester of Riga; seven grandchildren, Chelsea … Read More »

Larry Sayler

Posted on April 19th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Larry Sayler

ADRIAN — Larry K. Sayler, age 64 of Adrian, Michigan passed away Monday, April 18, 2016 with his family by his side. He was born May 27, 1951 to Clyde W. and Louise M. (Gentz) Sayler.  On June 5, 1971 he married Judi A. Hunt in Blissfield, Michigan. Larry served in the Army/National Guard from 1970-1976.  He retired in 2002 from GM Powertrain of Toledo, OH. He was a member of the A.M.A. Academy of Model Aeronautics, a member of the Classic Car Association and the Antique Tractor Association. Larry’s hobbies included traveling and his annual trip to Shipshewana each year with his wife and three grand-daughters. He was a very loving husband, father and grandfather, who adored and loved them all so much.
Surviving Larry is his wife Judi of 45 years, a son, Greg (Amy) Sayler of Blissfield; a … Read More »

Pearl Goll

Posted on April 19th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Pearl Goll

MARION COUNTY, Fla. — Pearl C. Goll, age 89, formerly of Blissfield, passed away Monday, April 18, 2016 at Estella’s House under the care of Hospice of Marion Co. She was born June 26, 1926 in Sylvania, Ohio, the daughter of George C. and Selma J. (Fink) Goll.

Pearl was a housekeeper for over 30 years, living in the Blissfield area until 2001, when she moved to Florida.

She is survived her brother Lloyd (Sharon) Goll of Summerfield, FL; a sister, Ivadell McCarty of Belleview, FL; and a special cousin, Eleanora Lindsey of Swanton, OH.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Matilda Minster, a brother in law, Richard McCarty and her niece, Karilyn Niemen.

A graveside service for Pearl will be at noon, Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Pleasant View Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Leking officiating. … Read More »

Patricia “Patti” Emmons

Posted on April 14th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Patricia “Patti” Emmons

Patricia “Patti” E. (Hickok) Emmons, age 77 of Deerfield passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at her home. She was born on April 2, 1939 in Sparta, Michigan to James F. and Frances Mary (Edgerton) Hickok. Patti co-owned and operated the Deerfield Tavern for many years. She was instrumental in using the tavern to commercialize the well-known event in Deerfield known as the “Testicle Festival” which is still going strong today. She enjoyed racing snowmobiles and motorcycles in earlier years. Patti enjoyed traveling, visiting butterfly gardens and her family. Those who knew Patti would often see her sipping her favorite beverage of Pabst Blue Ribbon in social situations.

Surviving is the love of her life, Wave Berry of Deerfield; her 3 children, Tonya Roan of Allegan, MI, Bob Nocis of Las Vegas, NV and Bill (Tracy) Zay of Toledo, … Read More »

Vickie “Susie” Sue Knoblauch

Posted on April 13th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Vickie “Susie” Sue Knoblauch

RIGA: Vickie (Susie) Sue Knoblauch, 62 years old, of Riga, Michigan passed away

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio.


She was born to John and Joyce Todd in Toledo, OH on April 24, 1953. She

was married to Leroy (Rocky) Knoblauch, November 27, 1976.


She is survived by her husband, Leroy, and kids: Cory (Brian) Hall of

Sylvania, OH; and Cullen (Elizabeth) Knoblauch of Parma, MI, her 5 reasons

for living, her grandchildren: Brandyn, Kaylee, McKenna, Ian, and Quinn;

and her siblings: Chris (Ronnie) VanSteenkiste, Holly (Bob Harwood) Todd,

Skip (Sandy) Todd, Tracy Todd, Jake (Tim) Jensen, Molly (Jamie) Schmidt.

She was proceeded in death by her father, John and mother, Joyce and

brother Johnny.


She worked many years at Dave Knapp Motors and Borchardt Brothers Market

where she interacted with so many in the community. Susie enjoyed

getting her nails done, shopping, traveling and scratch off lottery



At Susie’s … Read More »

Robert “Bob” Diver

Posted on April 12th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Robert “Bob” Diver

DEERFIELD – Robert “Bob” Lee Diver, age 78 of Deerfield, passed away on Friday, April 7, 2016, at ProMedica Bixby Hospital, Adrian.

He was born on July 21, 1937, in Deerfield, the son of Wilson and Audrey (Stark) Diver.

On April 28, 1959, Bob married the former Charlotte Mae Kuhlman at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Deerfield. She preceded him in death on April 29, 2015.

Bob was employed by General Motors at Hydromatic in Toledo, Ohio, as a fork lift operator for 35 years before retiring. He then obtained his builder’s license in 1979 and began working alongside his son for Dan Diver Builder’s, eventually becoming a partner. Bob was a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He loved to play golf and, in earlier years, softball. He was undoubtedly the Detroit Lions biggest fan, paying tribute to his favorite … Read More »

Matthew Smith

Posted on April 5th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Matthew Smith

BLISSFIELD: Matthew Richard Smith, age 41 of Blissfield died on Monday, April 4, 2016 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI after a short illness. Matt was born on July 26, 1974 in Adrian, Michigan to Fred and Linda (Kuhn) Smith. He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1992. He continued with a 4 year apprenticeship and became a journeyman sheet metal worker out of Local 33 in Toledo, Ohio. Matt will be missed by many friends and family.


In addition to his parents, Matt is survived by the love of his life, his daughter, Bristol Ray Smith; grandparents, N. Richard Smith and Delilah “Mickey” Kuhn O’Connor, both of Blissfield; aunts and uncles, Ted (Sharon) Smith of Blissfield; Bonnie (Mike) Hayes of Jackson and Tim (Leta) Kuhn of Onsted; cousins, Jason (Sue) Smith of Dundee, Justin (Sarah) Smith … Read More »

Elva Rau

Posted on March 31st, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Elva Rau

DEERFIELD – Elva J. Rau, age 75 of Deerfield passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born on November 25, 1940 in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania to Robert and Pearl (Nitterwrit) Blackburn.  On September 4, 1965, she was married to Albert Rau in Flint and he survives.  Elva was a member of Light of Christ (St. Alphonsus Catholic Church) in Deerfield.  She enjoyed gardening, shopping and cleaning, as she was a meticulous housekeeper. She had worked at the Lenawee County Courthouse, retiring on December 21, 1996.
In addition to her husband, Albert, she is survived by a daughter, Stacey (Carl) Ulrich of Deerfield; a daughter-in-law, Nilda Rau of Deerfield; three brothers, Robert (Kathy) Blackburn of Florida, Barry (Linda) Blackburn of Scottdale, Pennsylvania, and Tim (Denice) Blackburn of Irwin, Pennsylvania; and three … Read More »

Harvey “Parker” Tagsold

Posted on March 31st, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Harvey “Parker” Tagsold

Harvey “Parker” Tagsold, Jr., age 80, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
He was born May 24, 1935, the only son of Harvey “Parker” and Doris (Hawkins) Tagsold Sr., and was a 1953 graduate of Blissfield High School where he was co-captain of the “Sugar Boys” basketball team.  After two years at Albion College he transferred to Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science and graduated with the Class of 1956.
On February 24,1978, Parker married Patricia Nighswander at the First United Methodist Church in Blissfield.
Parker was a partner in the family business, Tagsold Furniture and Funeral Home with his father, and later with his son, Douglas, until his retirement in 1984.  He then became an independent contractor, transporting hazardous waste and later delivering motor homes.
Parker held a commercial pilot’s license for over 60 years accumulating 3,000 hours of safe flying.  He … Read More »

Gary Houghtby

Posted on March 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Gary Houghtby

Gary Alan Houghtby, 82, of Raleigh, N.C., passed away Friday March 11, 2016, in Raleigh. He was born January 17, 1934, in Adrian, Mich., raised in Blissfield, Mich., fourth child of Earl and Edith Drinkwater Houghtby.

Gary graduated from Blissfield High School in 1951 and from Michigan State University in 1956 with a BS in Microbiology. He then received his Master’s degree from Michigan State University in 1959. Furthering his education he went on to receive his PhD in Food Science\Microbiology in 1964 from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Gary served in the US Army, doing research at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, for 2 years.

He worked for the Food and Drug Administration in Seattle, and in Cincinnati, OH, where he certified state milk laboratories in all US states and territories. Gary taught certification courses to state officials, … Read More »

Aden Porter Sr.

Posted on March 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Aden Porter Sr.

Aden Walter Porter, Sr., age 89 of Blissfield passed away
Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Hospice of Lenawee Home, Adrian.

He was born at home in Ogden Township, Michigan on October 28, 1926 to Clare A. and J. Pearl (Loar) Porter. Aden was a graduate of Blissfield High School
and went on to serve his country during WWII with the Army Air Corps.

On April 25, 1981, Aden married Sandra Edwards Packard.  She survives.

Aden worked for the Tecumseh Products and for Peerless Gear until he retired.
He also farmed and raced horses up until recently.  Aden attended Zion
United Brethren Church all of his life. He enjoyed bowling on Wednesday
night’s I.O.O.F. league and the Monday night church league.

Surviving is his wife, Sandra Porter of Adrian; two children, the Rev.
Aden (Debra) Porter of Blissfield and Barbara (Gregg) Russell of Quincy; four grandchildren, Aundrea Baker, Matthew Russell, Vanessa … Read More »

Pamela Andrews

Posted on March 18th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Pamela Andrews

Pamela “Pam” S. Andrews, 70, of Temperance, died Monday, March 14, 2016, in her home.

Born October 21, 1945, in Adrian,  she was the daughter of Stuart and Frances (Kohler) Paulson.  A 1963 graduate of Blissfield High School, she married Robert C. Andrews on November 21, 1964, in St. Peters Catholic Church in Blissfield. He preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 2003.

Pam was a clerk for the treasurers department  for Bedford Township for 27 years, retiring in 2015.  Pam was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Temperance.  She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and attending their various activities, as well as traveling with her sister-in-laws. Pam will be remembered for her beautiful smile and infectious laugh.

Pam is survived by her loving children, Michelle (Kevin) King, Jeffrey (Amy) Andrews and Matthew (Chris) Andrews; siblings, Chris … Read More »

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