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 the crime lab, he earned his B.S. in 1975 and his M.S. in 1979 from Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice. He was promoted to Detective (Specialist) Lieutenant before retiring with over 25 years of service with the MSP.
Terry loved to sail, spending many summers on White Lake and Lake Michigan. Upon retirement, Terry and Helen then pursued their dream of sailing their beloved boat from the Great Lakes to Florida.
Terry then came out of retirement, accepting positions in the state crime labs of Fort Worth, Texas and Tampa, Fla.,before opening his own consulting practice where he served clients in Florida and the Bahamas. After 51 years of service in the criminal justice system, Terry and Helen retired to pursue their interests of travel and golf, splitting time between their homes in Michigan and Florida.
A Gathering in Memory of Terry will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 (for information call 813-220-5320).

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 Chaplain. He also served 7 years with the local Jaycee chapter serving as both Vice President and President. On the Jaycee State Board of Directors he served as the Lenawee County Director, the Four County Regional Director, and the State Public Speaking Director (thanks to the teaching of Judy Mershon). Sam spent four more years on the state board serving as the State Elections Chair, State Vice President in charge of Community Development, and two years raising funds for the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island being recognized by the US Jaycees as the outstanding Statue of Liberty State Chairman in America.

Sam enjoyed several long trips on his motorcycles, taking his grandchildren with him while doing Meals on Wheels and years of service with Michigan Right to Life. Service to God was also important to Sam. He raised his family at the Wellsville United Methodist Church while serving in many leadership positions. After retiring from the police department in 2012 Sam became a Methodist pastor serving both Wellsville and Deerfield churches for three years.

In addition to his wife, Julie, Sam is survived by a son, William Pooley of Blissfield; two daughters, Elizabeth (Brad) Tennant of Blissfield and Emily Pooley of Blissfield; a brother, Perry (Wendy) Pooley of Palmyra; a sister, Dawn (Greg) Hanes of Reno, Nevada; three grandchildren, Peyton, Braedyn and Nevaeh; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Father and Mother-in-law, William J. and Elsa Klenk, brothers-in-law William C. Klenk and Jack Belair, and niece Jillian Keefer.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, February 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield with Pastors Lawson Crane and David McKinstry co-officating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Blissfield with military rights at the cemetery conducted by the Blissfield American Legion Post #325 and the Blissfield V.F.W. Post #10912. Visitation will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 2:00 –6:00 p.m. at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.andersonfuneralservices.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wellsville United Methodist Church, the Blissfield American Legion, Post #325 or Hospice of Lenawee. Envelopes are available at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield.

One dies in early Wednesday crash

U.S. 223  was closed Wednesday until at least noon between County Line and Rodesiler highways after a two-vehicle crash took the life of one person, according to the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department.

No further details are available at this time.

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, brother Charles, 4 sisters, Violet Shaffer, Annabelle Shaffer, Mable Wolford and Mary Lee Powlesland.
Surviving are 3 sons, Steve (Cindy) Mullins of Carleton,  David (Debra) Mullins of Woodhaven and Robert (Mary) Mullins of Carleton, brother, Donald Shaffer of Blissfield, MI; 5 grandchildren, James, Marc, Rachel, Megan and Lisa. 4 great-grandchildren, Robin, Preston, Dominic and Lexie. 1 great great-grandchild, Jackson.
Friends may visit in the Arthur Bobcean Funeral Home, Flat Rock Chapel on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral Services will be held in the Funeral Home on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 10:00 am. Pastor Loyd Locklear will officiate the service. Burial will be in Ogden-Zion  Cemetery, Blissfield, Michigan.
In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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, Nick, Jake, and Ryan; and siblings, Gertrude (Russ) Wheeler, Margaret (Orville) Detter, Ilva Storch, Robert (Dianna) Gigax and Ronald (Sharon) Gigax.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Dale Gigax and Helen Nuenschander.
Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, January 15, 2017, at Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel in Blissfield with the Rev. Donna Galloway officiating. Burial will follow at Ogden Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Weston United Methodist Church or Hospice of Lenawee. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.WagleyFuneralHome.com.

Blissfield council moves toward May pool ballot issue

By Melissa Burnor

Blissfield village council approved parameters for a bond issue to be placed on a May special election ballot for voters to approve to construct a new community pool. In a 6-0 vote with councilman Bob Valdez absent the council approved up to a $2.1 million bond at a 20-year payback proposal for May 2 ballot.  The action directed village administrator James Wonacott to meet with the bond counsel and prepare the actual language that will appear on the ballot asking village residents to approve the millage request to replace or rebuild the Gail Giles Community Pool that has been closed since the summer of 2015. Wonacott said he will have the formal resolution ready for the Jan. 23 meeting where it will be given official approval to be placed on the May ballot.
Three proposals were presented to the council last year that included repairing the existing Gail Giles Pool in the current location, upgrading and constructing new pool with safeguards in an effort to prevent flood damage and a third option of building a new pool in a new location.  According to the information presented at the Monday meeting the third option is the one that appears to be on the table and voters will be asked whether they are willing to pay for it over the next 20 years.
Originally architects had stated a $1.2 to $1.5 million option to pay for the construction of a new pool in a new location.  That did not include the cost of property and upgrades to the property needed such as parking and site preparation. The proposal to build a new pool in the existing location in Ellis Park did not include some of the costs associated with tearing out the pool.

For the complete story, please see the Jan. 11, 2017, edition of The Advance. Copyright River Raisin Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.

Nite at the Races tickets on sale

Tickets for the annual Blissfield Athletic Booster’s Nite at the Races fundraiser are now on sale for the Jan. 28 event at the Blissfield American Legion Hall, 451 High St. Doors will open for the event at 6 p.m. and the fun kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the high school’s athletic office or by contacting any of the following athletic booster members: Mike and Pam Alexander, Steve Babbitt, Dawn Chappuies, Stacey Clark, Matt Crane, Dori Degregorio, Deb Dusseau, Amy Hayford, Kristin Horky, Michelle Jackson, Anne Lycans and Tom Lycans, Shawn Milner, Kori Nieman, Billie Patton, Brian Reed and Dawn Reed, Erin Slusher, Jodi Spiker, Brian Weidmayer, Donna Wood and Kim Zemla.

Blissfield grad works for LSU football program

By Brad Heineman

When it finally became a realization to 2015 Blissfield High School graduate Josh Hall that his four-year high school football career would be coming to a close at the conclusion of the fall 2014 season, it was a rough time for the then-honorable mention academic all-state lineman for the Blissfield Football Royals.
“It was tough,” he said. “Man, the thought of never playing football again really stung.”
Like many high school seniors braving the unexamined waters of post-secondary life, Hall was a bit taken by the options available to him, post-high school. Rather than attempting to play collegiate level football, Hall said he realized that he would realistically make it farther after college if he focused on his education, rather than trying to make a college’s football roster.
But football still remained a part of Hall’s being.
Ultimately, in order to get the best of both worlds, he decided to major in the study of sports administration with a focus in commerce. His next task was to figure out which institution he would attend. That’s when former Blissfield varsity football head Coach Adam Schiermeyer helped out with Hall’s decision-making process.
“A lot of where I am at right now, I owe to him,” Hall said of Schiermeyer. “He ended up talking with me about my future and then he pulled some strings for me.”
One of those pulled strings was having Hall enroll at Louisiana State University (LSU) in its sports administration program.
With his background in high school football and the ability to work college football into his studies, Hall jumped at the opportunity to serve as LSU football’s sideline equipment manager once he was accepted by the university. It is a job that requires nearly a full year of continuous service with its busiest time of the season beginning in the annual spring football scrimmage and running through Dec. 31 of bowl week.

For the rest of the story, including his Citrus Bowl experience with LSU, please see the Jan. 11, 2017, edition of The Advance. All right rights reserved.

Josh Hall visits Blissfield Royals stadium where he played football before becoming part of the LSU program. (Copyright River Raisin Publications, Inc. All rights reserved)
Josh Hall visits Blissfield Royals stadium where he played football before becoming part of the LSU program. (Copyright River Raisin Publications, Inc. All rights reserved)

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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; three step-grandchildren, Chris (Leslie) Diver of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kevin (Tracy) Diver of Dawsonville, GA, and Kurt (Gina) Diver of Petersburg; and two great-grandchildren, Lucas and Lexi Diver of Petersburg.

In addition to her parents and husband, Peter, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Steve, Jake, Andy & Joseph.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 13, 2017, at Light of Christ Catholic Parish in Blissfield with the Rev. Jeffrey Poll as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery. A memorial visitation will take place at the church on Friday, from 10:00 am until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Lenawee or The Light of Christ Parish.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel where online condolences and memories may be shared at www.WagleyFuneralHomes.com

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 honeymoon, they settled in Lake Wales, Fla., where she lived until five months before her death. They had two daughters: Gail and Cindy.

Lovina was an active volunteer and fundraiser for many school and civic organizations. She was a current member of First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales.

Lovina had a great sense of adventure and loved to travel. One of the qualities her daughters most admired about their Mother was her ability to make a friend and stay in touch with them for a lifetime.

Lovina was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Bessie Baldwin, her sister Helen Delight Baldwin and brother Arthur Richard Baldwin and her husband Gene Turner in 2003.

Lovina is survived by daughters Gail Delight Turner Childs (Robert) of Pensacola, Fla., and Cynthia Jane “Cindy” Turner of Lake Wales. She also is survived by one niece and two nephews as well as two grandnieces and one grandnephew.

A memorial celebration of Lovina’s life was at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales.

For those wishing to honor Lovina with a memorial contribution, consider the Lovina Turner Nursing Scholarship at Polk State College Foundation, 999 Avenue H, N.E., Winter Haven, FL 33881.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.com.