Michigan Governor cancels school until April 6

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered all K-12 school buildings in the state to be closed  starting Monday, March 16, through April 6 due to the  coronavirus (COVID-19) threat. 
The order was given at 11 p .m. Thursday evening.  Lenawee County Schools are scheduled to have spring break the week of April 6. As of the morning of March 13, it has not yet been determined whether that will remain a part of the schedule or not.

Coronavirus-related activity changes in ADVANCE area

• Due to the coronavirus threat in Michigan and the Lenawee County area, the following events' planners have suspended or cancelled activities:

Blissfield spring parent/teacher conferences set for March 26-27 will be conducted via phone or email; not at the school. Parents are encouraged to contact teachers if they have concerns regarding their child’s academic progress.

• The annual Rotary Charity Auction has been postponed. It was planned for March, 28.
• The LCAA Scholar Athlete Banquet Sunday at Adrian College has been postponed.
• The March 12-14 Blissfield High School musical has been postponed.
• Hgh School Band Solo & Ensemble, March 14, has been postponed.
• Blissfield Fifth Grade Camp March 16-18 has been postponed.
• Blissfield Kindergarten Roundup March 17 has been postponed.
• Blissfield High School Winter Sports Awards event set for March 17 has been cancelled.
• The Blissfield Middle School Play from March 19-21 has been postponed.
• Robotics Competition at Ypsilanti Lincoln March 19-21 has been postponed.
• Blissfield Moms and Muffins on March 20, postponed.
• Blissfield first- and fourth-grade music programs set for March 24, postponed.
• The Blissfield Elementary School Third-, Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Talent Show set for March 30 has been postponed.
• Family Literacy Night March 31 has been postponed at Blissfield Schools.
• The Blissfield High School National Honor Society’s Dodgeball, Cupcake Wars and Blood Drive on April 1 have been postponed.
• Blissfield’s April 2 Blissfield Elementary School Wax Museum postponed.
• The Britton Deerfield High School band trip to New York City has been postponed..

• (FROM THE MHSAA WEBSITE) March 12, 2:25 pm: BREAKING: All MHSAA winter tournaments are suspended, effective immediately and indefinitely, due to concerns related to COVID-19.
• Britton Deerfrield PTO has suspended Friday’s Mother/Son Dodgeball night and Saturday’s Daddy-Daughter Dance indefinitely.

• The Blissfield Police Department free CPR and AED training planned for March 30 at the Blissfield American Legion has been cancelled.

Any organizations canceling or postponing events are asked to email advance@cass.net and we will include that information in next week's Advance. Information can also be faxed to 517-486-4675.

Blissfield Fire Dept. gets much support after station fire

The outpouring of community support of the Blissfield Township Fire Department has been tremendous.
“We have had so many offers for help, it’s overwhelming,” Chief Dale Fruchey said at the Dec. 11 Blissfield Township Board meeting.
That night was the first monthly meeting and training session for firefighters since the Saturday fire.
“Tonight we are meeting at Coach Light Estates,” he said. Both Riga and Palmyra fire departments have offered their facilities for training and meeting purposes if need be.
“It will be a week-by-week situation until we can get back in our own station,” he said.
Contractors and insurance claim adjustors have been combing over the Blissfield station and looking at equipment and vehicles this week.
It has been a very tough and busy week, Clerk Nancy Cranor said. She has watched Fruchey deal with it.
“He has been so calm I am very proud of him as chief,” she said.
The fire department has moved all of the drivable vehicles to Blissfield Manufacturing. They now have a pumper truck from Morenci and an ambulance from Addison in service. Hoses and ladders were to be tested on Saturday at Adrian Fire Department.

For Melissa Burnor’s complete story, please see the Dec. 19, 2018, edition of The Advance. For three stories and many photos from the actual fire, please see the Dec. 12, 2018, edition.

Robert Ogden

ADRIAN – Robert D. Ogden, age 70, of Adrian, passed away on December 16, 2018. He was born on September 8, 1948, in Adrian to Richard and Jeanette (Brown) Ogden. He married Cindy Liechty and she preceded him in death on October 16, 2017. He worked for Kuhlman’s Concrete Company as a truck driver for over 30 years retiring in 2013. Robert enjoyed anything farm related and watching cowboy shows. He especially enjoyed socializing with friends over a cup of coffee.
Robert is survived by his sister, Deborah (Robert) Pooley of Blissfield; step children, Mike (Tracy) Erchler of Tenn. and Margo Miller of Adrian; half-brother, James (Laura) Marsh of Toledo, Ohio; and half-sister, Jacqueline O’Neill of Sarasota, Fla. In addition to his wife, Cindy, he was preceded in death by his parents.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no public services. Condolences may ben sent to the family at www.andersonfuneralservices.com. Memorial contributions may be given to D.A.V. Adrian Chapter, 141 E. Albert St., Adrian, MI 49221. Envelopes are available at the Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

Fern McMunn

JASPER- Fern Louise McMunn , age 90, of Jasper, passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at the Hospice of Lenawee Home with her family by her side.
Fern was born on September 4, 1928, to William and Dorothy (O’Haver) Thompson at the family home in Riga Township.   She graduated from Blissfield High School and beauty school.   On February 22, 1947, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Blissfield, Fern married Vernon McMunn. Over the next 69 years they created many memories by working on the family farm and raising a family.
Fern was a lifelong member of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Blissfield, and was involved with the Deborah Circle.  Vern and Fern spent many years volunteering with Meals on Wheels and the Red Cross along with donating blood.  Family was a priority to Fern and it showed in all that she did in life. One to appreciate nature, Fern took great pleasure in the changing of the seasons through the trees, watching the beautiful sunsets or cultivating the fields. Once the weather started to get cold, Fern and Vern would head south to Florida where they were snowbirds.  Whether in Michigan or Florida, Fern enjoyed playing cards with family and friends.  Dancing was a big part of Fern and Vern’s life whether they were the last couple dancing at a wedding reception or just dancing around in the kitchen, their love for each other was always shining through.
Fern is survived by her daughters, Eugenie (Gregory) Hillard, Debra (Kevin) Keller and Cheryl (Troy) Brown, all of Jasper; grandchildren, Jeff, Marci, Shelly, Kristie, Matt, Mark, David, Amy, Amanda, Andrea, Erin, Andrew, Abbey and Alex; 23 great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild; and siblings, Gladys (Don) Dickerson, Doris (Bill) Vollmar, Nick (Millie) Thompson; brother-in-law, Darrel Pifer and daughter-in-law, Margaret Hukill.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Vernon, sons Gary and David; and sisters, Opal (Elmer) Kunkle and Eleanor Pifer.
Memorial Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, December 21, 2018, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Blissfield.  Burial will be private.  Wagley Funeral Home Tagsold Chapel, Blissfield, has been entrusted with arrangements.   In lieu of flowers,  memorial contributions in Fern’s honor may be made to Hospice of Lenawee or St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Blissfield.  Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wagleyfuneralhome.com.

Earl Kelley

ADRIAN – Earl Dean Kelley, age 93 of Adrian, died Saturday, December 15, 2018, at Brookdale of Adrian under the care of Hospice. He was born on November 24, 1925, in Waldron, Michigan to Leland and Emily (Ford) Kelley. Earl was a graduate of Adrian High School in 1943. On March 28, 1948, Earl married Virginia Kodelman in Riga, Michigan. Earl was owner of Twin Curves Dairy Farm for 60 years. Earl was also an auctioneer for many years with Mitchell and Kelley. He enjoyed pulling tractors and operated “My Last Excuse” super farm tractor. He was past member of the National Tractor Pulling Association and Wolverine Pullers Association. He served on the Agricultural Society of Lenawee County for 47 years and President for 10 years. He exhibited livestock at the Lenawee County Fair for 80 years and served on many fair committees throughout the years. Earl also served on the Lenawee County Holstein Dairymen’s board for 45 years. He judged dairy animals at numerous county fairs and was past 4-H dairy leader. Earl was an active member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church.
Surviving Earl are three daughters, Cherryl Jackson of Tecumseh, Karyl (John) Diersen of Caledonia, MN and Shanon (David) Whelan of Tipton; seven grandchildren, Jamie (Bart) Hoover, Jayson (Natalie) Diersen, Joshua (Alissa) Diersen, Chad (Kelly) Whelan, Tori (David) Racine, Joel (Stacia) Whelan, and Kyle (Becky) Whelan; 18 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mariam (Gerald) Ganun of Minnesota and Nancy Eardly of Ohio; and many nieces, nephews, family, and friends. In addition to his wife, Virginia, of 55 years, he was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Venona Wegner, Ileen Abling, and Carolyn Gentz; brothers-in-law, Herb Kodelman, Don Gentz, Don Abling, Ed Wegner, and Mike Eardly; son-in-law, Rick Jackson, and a great grandson.
Visitation for Earl will be held on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, from 2-8 p.m. at the Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian. The committal service and burial will be on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at Riga Cemetery. Earl’s memorial service will be held on Wednesday, following the burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Adrian with Pastor Brian Keller officiating to be followed by a luncheon at the church. You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralservices.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Lenawee County Agricultural Society, Lenawee Dairyman’s Association (Frosty Cow), or Hospice of Lenawee. Envelopes are available at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

Mildred Tipton

Mildred ‘Millie’ Tipton, 81 of Blissfield, passed away Saturday , December 15, 2018, at her home under the loving care of her family.

Millie was born on May 26, 1937, in Toledo, OH to John and Ruth (Cahow) Carl.   On June 26, 1976, she married James Tipton at Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Toledo, OH, he survives.

Millie graduated from Maumee High School in 1955.   She attended the University of Toledo, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. She had several secretarial jobs but retired from the University of Toledo where she was the assistant to the Dean of College of Arts and Sciences. Millie was named outstanding Woman of the Year Clerical / Secretarial in 1989 at University of Toledo by the University Women’s Commission. She was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church, where she served as secretary and pianist. Millie also enjoyed reading; she was involved in several book clubs, singing, music, and traveling. Jim and Millie traveled extensively over seas to Europe and Iceland and also North America and Canada.

In addition to her husband, Jim of 42 years, Millie is survived by her children, Roxann (Rev. Michael) Ingersoll of Colorado, Terry (Vicki) Tipton of Blissfield, Rev. Susan (Duke) Woodall of Rootstown, OH, Kyle (Mary Ann) Doyle of Swanton, Amy (Bill) Renwand, Blissfield, and Carrie Wood, Blissfield; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; sister in law, Sandy Carl; niece and nephew, Keith and Colette, all of Cincinnati.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jack.

Funeral services for Mildred will be 11 a.m., Friday, December 21, 2018 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Blissfield, with Pastor Devin Smith officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, December 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel, Blissfield and on Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.   Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery, Blissfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.WagleyFuneralHomes.com.

Charles “Chuck” Fischer

DEERFIELD — Charles “Chuck” F. Fischer, age of 83, of Deerfield, passed away on October 18, 2018, at Toledo Hospital.
Chuck was born on July 3, 1935, in Adrian, to Henry and Barbara (Spiegel) Fischer.  He graduated from Blissfield High School.  In 1957, Chuck married Marjorie Wahl and they shared 45 years together before her passing in 2002. On January 15, 2005, he married Judy (Diver) Hoffman and she survives.
Chuck was a hard worker and lifelong farmer raising crops in the Deerfield area and retiring from Blissfield Manufacturing.  He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palmyra. Chuck enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, camping and playing Euchre.   Chuck was an avid bird watcher and was able to tell the type of bird just by the sound they made.  He often took the time to visit with family and friends while relaxing outside in a lawn chair. Chuck’s devotion and love for his family was felt by all who were fortunate to call him husband, father, grandpa and great grandpa.
Survivors include his wife Judy; children Debra (Gerald) Seidell of Pittsburgh, Pa., Keith (Debra) Fischer of Blissfield, Kevin (Bobbi) Fischer of Denver, N.C., Jolene (Dan) Witt of Deerfield; 10 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; stepchildren, Larry Dean (Wanda) Hoffman, Carla Rice, Lee (Amy) Hoffman and Colleen (Larry) Handy; twelve step grandchildren and twelve step great grandchildren, and a brother-in-law, Lawrence Marks.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Marjorie; great granddaughter, Arynnleigh and siblings, Ruth, Richard and Charlotte.
Funeral services for Chuck were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palmyra, with Pastor Gary Leking officiating.  Burial followed at Pleasant View Cemetery in Blissfield.  Visitation was from 3-8p.m. Monday, October 22, 2018, . at Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel, Blissfield.  There was also visitation from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or to the Salvation Army.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.wagleyfuneralhomes.com.

Norman Schadewald

Norman F. Schadewald, age 91, of Blissfield, passed away on October 16, 2018, at Toledo Hospital.
He was born on March 3, 1927, in Deerfield to William and Mary (Hegy) Schadewald, Sr.  Norman married Ila Ann Rehklau on March 3, 1949, and they shared over 50 years together before her passing in 2004.
Norman was a life-long Riga farmer who was use to putting in long days while tending to his crops.  After retiring from farming and moving into the village of Blissfield, he had the time to enjoy bowling, gardening and attending Detroit Tigers and Toledo Mud Hens games.  Norman was an active member of Blissfield Baptist Church and participated in the Men for Missions Group.
Funeral services for Norman were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 20, 2018, at Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel, Blissfield with Pastor Tom Frantz officiating.  Burial followed at Riga Cemetery.  Visitation took place from 9:30 until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blissfield Baptist Church.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.wagleyfuneralhomes.com.


Kenneth “Kenny” Orel

Kenneth “Kenny” Eugene Orel, age 61 of Blissfield, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, in Blissfield.
Ken was the son of Gene and Gloria (Gouldsberry) Orel and was a Blissfield High School graduate.  He served as a manager for the Blissfield High School baseball team and his 1973 season team was inducted into the Blissfield Hall of Fame.  On April 23, 2010, he married Deborah Johnson and she survives.   For over 42 years, Ken had been employed by Blissfield Manufacturing.  Ken could often be found at the kitchen table watching the brids at the feeder.  He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, camping and bonfires.  His favorite place to camp was in the marshlands up north and could usually be found watching the woods or fields for deer or watching the night sky for shooting stars.  Ken was an avid NASCAR, Monster Jam and motocross fan.  He loved to cook and was the master of his grill.  His wicked sense of humor will be tremendously missed.
In addition to his wife, Deborah, Ken leaves behind two sons, Jonathan and Joshua, step-children, Shane (Laura) Retter, Jacob (Jolene) Retter, and Danielle (Derek) Anderson; ten step-grandchildren, Emma, Clayton, Mason, Austin, Trent, Collin, Jacob, Jr.,Shyanne, Caydence, and Nakota.  Also surviving are his parents, Gene and Gloria, in-laws, Daniel and Matilda Johnson, sister-in-laws, Christina (Mike) Stoker, Brenda (Glenn) Humberston, Audrey (Tommy) Johnson, and Paula Smith, brother-in-law, Donald (Bonnie) Johnson and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  Preceding him in death were his grandparents and two sisters, Sally and Karen.
The funeral service for Ken was at 11 a.m. Monday, October 22, 2018, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palmyra with Pastor Gary Leking officiating.  There will be no graveside services.  Friends called from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home on Sunday .  Condolences may be given online at www.andersonfuneralservices.com.  Memorial contributions may be given in Ken’s honor to his family to be used towards his favorite wetlands preservation.  Envelopes are available at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield.