Robert William Zimmerman, age 83, of Blissfield, Michigan, passed away January 22, 2016, at Whispering Pines, Adrian.
He was born October 4, 1932, in Blissfield Township to Harold and Mabel (McCormick) Zimmerman.
He was married on February 8, 1952 to Pauline (Lievens) Zimmerman. In addition to his loving wife of 63 years, he is survived by one daughter, Debra (Rick) Burns of Tipton; one sister, Lois Bockbrader and one brother, James (Jane) Zimmerman; three grandchildren, Heather Miller, Lindsey Burns, and Rian Burns; and 2 great-grandchildren, Michael Miller and Hayden Kobus.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother-in-law, Clayton Bockbrader.
Bob was an electrician for 47 years before retirement, being the owner of Zimmerman Electric, Inc. of Blissfield.
He was a member of Light of Christ (St. Peter’s) Church; a member of the Blissfield Volunteer Fire Department for 19 years and a … Read More »
Jennie Lea Alcock passed away Thursday, January 21, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family.
She was born on April 16, 1927, to Samuel and Tessie (Buchanan) Birchfield. She married Lyle Robert Alcock on December 26, 1946, in Adrian. He preceded her in death on May 2, 1980. Jennie is survived by her five children, Larry (Debbie) Alcock, Linda (Don) Michelin, Sharon Gunter, John (Linda) Alcock and Mike Alcock, 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; brother Roger (Judy) Birchfield, sister-in-law Anne Birchfield; her loving caretaker Pam Castillo and close friend Lois Mason.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, John, Jack and Samuel Birchfield, sisters, Lois Baughey and Dixie Birchfield, sister-in-law Sondra Birchfield, brother-in-law Bud Baughey.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home in Blissfield, with Pastor Keith Smith officiating. Burial followed … Read More »
Patricia Ann Gomulinski, age 78, of Petersburg, Michigan, passed away January 24, 2016, at her daughter’s home with her loving family by her side.
She was the daughter of Dr. Robert E. Benson and Elizabeth K. Bancroft. She was born in St. John’s, Michigan, on January 5, 1938.
She grew up in St. John’s and attended Ferris State University. She worked for the Michigan Department of Health Division of Laboratories for 10 years.
She met her husband, Melvin Gomulinski, in Lansing and they were married in 1968. Following her husband’s job relocation, they moved to Petersburg, Michigan, in 1972. There, they started a family, as well as a Christmas tree farm. The family are members of St. Michael’s in the Hills Episcopal Church, Toledo, Ohio, where Pat was a choir member. She was also a member of the River Raisin Order of Eastern … Read More »
Luella Clara Cory, age 98, entered the arms of Jesus in her son’s home surrounded by her family on Friday, January 15, 2016. She was born in Blissfield, Michigan on August 17, 1917 to Ernest and Margaret Knapp.
Luella married Robert Cory on June 20, 1944, and after a beautiful marriage of 50 years, he preceded her in death in 1995. She is survived by their three children: Kathy (Rody) Rodeheaver, Pat (Larry) Russell, and Dan (Dawn) Cory; and seven grandchildren: Cory (Jennifer) Rodeheaver, Joel (Lauren) Rodeheaver, Abbey (John) Johnston, Laura (Adam) Rodeheaver-Van Gelder, April (Chris) Key, Danielle Cory, Jessica Cory and eight great-grandchildren. Luella was the last living family member of five siblings.
Luella began a career in cosmetology after graduation from Blissfield High School. She and Bob established a home in Blissfield where their children were raised and their grandchildren … Read More »
Sylvia Wegner passed away on January 5, 2016 at The Lighthouse of West Bend, WI., where she resided since June of 2014. She was formerly of Blissfield and Adrian, MI where she lived for 25 and 15 years, respectively. Sylvia was 81years old and was born in Sulina, Romania to Karl and Theodora Schinner on July 30, 1934. In November of 1952 she married Billy Redman in Linz, Austria at a double wedding ceremony with her twin sister, Eleonora. They raised their family in South Lyon and Brighton, MI. On September 15, 1976 she married Edward Wegner in Ann Arbor, MI. Sylvia was fluent in three languages; German, Romanian and English.
Sylvia spent 30 years working in professions she truly enjoyed. As a hairdresser for seven years; then after schooling, five years as a school nurse and later in obstetric nursing. … Read More »
Leslie M. Nachtrab, 38 of Blissfield, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2016 at home under the loving care of her family.
Leslie was born December 14, 1977, in Adrian, the daughter of Letah (Gilson) Kilmer and Edward Phillips.
She graduated from Blissfield High School in 1996 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Siena Heights University in 2004.
On April 14, 2007, Leslie married Benjamin Nachtrab on Amelia Island in Florida and they were blessed with a son, “B” (Benjamin).
Leslie loved traveling with her husband. She was a talented artist who enjoyed scrapbooking and painting; and was very competitive in sports. Leslie was part of the work family at Alliance Retina in Toledo. She attended Ogden Church.
In addition to her husband and son, Leslie is survived by her mother, Letah (Richard) Kilmer of Blissfield; father, Edward (Linda) Phillips of Manchester, TN; grandfather, Mack (Janette) … Read More »
Betty R. Knisel, age 91 of Blissfield, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at her home under the tender care of her family.
Betty was born November 15, 1924, in Ottawa Lake to the late Joseph and Amelia (Korth) Bexten, and grew up working on the family farm.
On June 21, 1946 she married Jarvis Knisel. He preceded her in death, having been blessed with 51 years together.
Betty was a homemaker, but also worked with Jarvis on their farm taking care of the chickens and maintaining a beautifully manicured lawn. She was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where she was active in the Ladies Circle and Sunday school. With her caring spirit, Betty was known for sending cards, visiting, and always having cookies on hand to share.
She is survived by her children: Karla (Bill) Kasefang of Adrian, William (Ann) … Read More »
Evelyn Elizabeth Granzow, a long-time resident of Blissfield, MI, passed away December 30, 2015 in Hastings, MI. She was 93.
Evelyn was born March 27, 1922 in Albuquerque, NM, where her family moved after her father was injured in World War I. After his passing, Evelyn moved back to Holgate, Ohio, with her mother and sister, where she grew up surrounded by her mother’s extended family.
Her earliest recollections were of farm life, gathering berries in the woods with her grandmother, and watching her uncles make dandelion wine.
Evelyn graduated from Toledo School of Nursing in 1944. Soon after, she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps and served during World War II, until her honorable discharge in 1946. She then attended Case Western Reserve and earned a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, in 1948. In 1950 she was recalled to active duty during … Read More »
Paul A. Dusseau, 79 of Blissfield, died Thursday, December 24, 2015, at Flower Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Born October 25, 1936, in Monroe, Mich., he was the son of Joseph and Mary (Stock) Dusseau.
A U.S .Army veteran, he married Sharon R. Blank on January 7, 1961.
Paul was a self employed farmer and was also employed by Roadway. He attended St. Anthony Catholic Church in Temperance, was a volunteer for Our Lady of Toledo Shrine and also a member of Knights of Columbus Council 7832, Blissfield.
He was a volunteer fireman for Riga Township and was currently a trustee on Riga Township’s board. Paul was a jack of all trades, enjoyed “throwing” parties in the party barn, gardening, his grandsons basketball games, but most of all spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, … Read More »
Marjorie Rose LaSotta Noll of Hillsdale, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2015. Margie was born June 17, 1936, in Dickinson, ND, to John and Rose (Armbrust) LaSotta. After graduating from Blissfield High School in 1954, Margie began her career as a secretary at Blissfield Mfg. Company, and went on to enjoy other secretarial positions at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and Old Kent/Fifth Third Bank, from which she retired in 2000. In 1962, she married Thomas (Tom) Noll, and was blessed thereafter to find her true calling in life as a beloved mother to a daughter (Lisa) and son (Chris). An avid reader, one of Margie’s favorite activities was reading with her cherished cat nestled in her lap. Her love of animals was eclipsed only by her love of family. Margie is survived by her daughter … Read More »
Richard D. “Dick” Van Loocke passed away peacefully at home on Monday, December 14, 2015. Dick was born August 30, 1944, to George and Arlene (Knapp) Van Loocke in Blissfield, Michigan. He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1963. He had one son, Richard B. “Rik” Van Loocke, and he survives. He married Patty (Knadler) Van Loocke on September 30, 2005, and she also survives. Along with Rik and Patty, Dick leaves behind a daughter-in-law, Sharon; grandsons: Richard Zakary (Emilee Knakiewicz) Van Loocke and Jarik Rigby Walls Van Loocke, all of Ottawa Lake, MI; step-daughters, Stephanie (Ken) Prill of Mt. Hope, Kansas and Krysta (Kurt Snyder) Barron of Blissfield, MI; and step-granddaughters, Jade Williams and Lilly Snyder. Preceding him in death were his parents and his older twin sisters, Susann and Luann. Dick was a lifetime Lenawee County farmer. He … Read More »
LAMBERTVILLE – Patricia Ann Saunders Lemley, age 85, of Lambertville, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2015 at her home. She was born May 5, 1930, in Adrian, to Howard Eugene and Ashley Ferne (Ziegler) Saunders. On May 10, 1952, she … Read More »
Loretta Josephine Long, age 88, of Deerfield, died on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at her daughter’s home, surrounded by her family. She was born March 1, 1927, to Ralph Aloysius and Rhea Elizabeth (McCarty) DeShetler. She had been married to Robert Albert Long on June 7, 1947, in Deerfield. He preceded her in death on July 2, 2002. Loretta had been a lifelong member of St. Alphonsus (Light of Christ) parish in Deerfield, where she coordinated funeral dinners for several years and was an active member of the Altar Rosary Society, and a charter member of Women of Prayer. In her early years, she worked for Deerfield Telephone Company and took care of the nuns, cooking, cleaning, etc., while the St. Alphonsus School was operating. Loretta is survived by two daughters, Cindy (Steven) Burnett of Tecumseh and Debra (Michael) Dusseau … Read More »
Arynnleigh Taylor Buehrer went to be with the Lord on October 18, 2015 after losing her battle with cancer. Arynnleigh was born October 17, 2012, to David and Rachael (Howard) Buehrer at Ft. Polk, Louisiana. Arynnleigh loved to play with her stuffed animals, Minnie and Mickey and Elmo, and pretend to read to her little sister, Allison.
Surviving Arynnleigh are her parents and her younger sister, Allison, all of Ft. Hood, Texas. Also surviving are grandparents Keith and Debbie Fischer of Blissfield, Patrick Buehrer of Weston, David and Nancy Howard of Austin, Texas, and great grandparents Charles and Judy Fischer of Deerfield, and Suzanna Howard of Conroe, Texas; Uncle JP Tomasek and Aunt Becky Tomasek and cousins Kelsey, Dathan and Maddie of Blissfield, and Aunt Whitney Howard of Austin, Texas.
Arynnleigh was preceded in death by great grandparents Donald and … Read More »
Max ‘Mike’ McCarty
DEERFIELD — Max “Mike” Howard McCarty, age 86 of Deerfield died Monday, November 16, 2015.
He was born on April 9, 1929, in Adrian to Eugene and Lillian (Long) McCarty.
On December 16, 1950 in Angola, Ind., he married Twyla J. Peavey. She preceded him in death on April 27, 2010.
Mike proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War.
For years Mike worked at Revco in Deerfield and also worked at the U of M in Ann Arbor. Mike then started his own business McCarty Refrigeration before retiring. He was a member of the Deerfield American Legion Post #392 and the Petersburg V.F.W. Post 6509. Mike was a Journeyman Pipefitter and belonged to the Refrigeration Local 190 in Ann Arbor.
Mike is survived by two daughters, Mashelle (James) Converse of Clearwater, Fla., and Roxann (Tim Grassley) … Read More »