Johanna Riggs

Johanna L. Riggs, 83, of Adrian, passed away, Thursday, September 1, 2016, at the Gaslight Village Assisted Living Center.

She was born July 26, 1933, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to parents James and Katherine (Brown) Pickard.

Johanna was employed as a Naturalist with the Toledo Metroparks for many years, prior to that she worked with the A.O. Smith Company. Johanna served as a Whiteford PTA President, Campfire Girl Leader, Cub Scout Leader, and Sunday School Teacher at Pilgrim Congregational Church, as her children were growing up.

She is survived by her daughter Karen (David) Finn; sons Darrell (Julie) and James (Liesel) Riggs; grandchildren Jennifer (Eric) Compton, Rebecca (Bradley) Perry, and Andrew (Cheryl) Riggs; great-grandchildren Alana, Katie, Nathan, Jack, Caleb, Isaac, and Adalyn. Johanna was preceded in death by her loving husband Darius Riggs and brother James Pickard. Friends called at the Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 N. Main St. Sylvania, Ohio, Monday, September 5th from 4-8 p.m. Johanna’s life was celebrated with a Memorial Service at the Sylvania United Church of Christ, 7240 Erie St. Sylvania, Ohio, Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at 10 a.m. Those wishing to offer memorials in Johanna’s memory are asked to consider, in lieu of flowers, the Hospice of Lenawee County, The Nature Conservancy, or the Sylvania United Church of Christ. www.reebfuneralhome.

Richard ‘Ted’ Delzeith


Richard ‘Ted’ Delzeith Richard Theodore Delzeith, passed away on September 9, 2016 surrounded by his family at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Ted was born on October 6, 1927, in New York City, NY to Aloysius and Nell (Desnoyer) Delzeith. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Jackson, Mich. Ted served in the U.S. Army in Guam and the Philippines under General MacArthur. Upon his honorable discharge, he used his GI bill to attend Ferris State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Ted was the charter president of the Gamma Chi chapter of the Kappa Psi fraternity.

Ted spent his career as a pharmacist in Jackson, Blissfield and even after retirement in Florida. Ted was married to his beloved wife, Mildred, for 59 years and was a proud father, grandfather and great-papa. An avid boater, Ted became a Captain in the Power Squadron and taught classes for many years. He was also an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo where he mentored many pharmacy interns. He was an active participant in the Devil’s Lake and North Cape Yacht Clubs and enjoyed nothing more than a day of sailing on the lake. After retiring to Florida, Ted and Mildred spent many years serving Meals on Wheels to shut-ins. He was also a member of the Peace River Car Club and the Peace River Boat Club. He was a member of the San Antonio Catholic Church. Ted and Mildred spent many years traveling in their Sportsmobile and were active in the Sportsmobile Club. Ted will be remembered for his commitment and devotion to his family.

He is survived by his daughters, Sarah (Ron) Rudland, Anne (Rick) Ryan, Lisa (Mike) Jordon, Becky (Brian) Tejkl. He was grandfather to Will (Mollie), Lauren (Christopher), Eric (Kristin), Brigette (Brian), Austin, Michael, Andrea, Christian (Melinda), MacKenzie (Alex), Meghan, Bailey (Zach), Brody and Braxton. He was also a very proud Great-Papa to Ella, Wyatt, Sophie, Nolan, Ethan, Myla, Cadence and Paul. Ted will also be greatly missed by Katherine Cellamare. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mildred, son Richard Jr., grandsons Tommy, Alexander, Kevin and Trey, sister Jeanne and brother-in-law Robert. The family wishes to thank the many health care providers at Fawcett Memorial and Tidewell Hospice for their care and compassion. Memorial services will be held at a later time in Michigan and at San Antonio Catholic Church, Punta Gorda, Fla. Contributions may be made to the Peace River Wildlife Center and/or Tidewell Hospice, Fla. Ted may be kindly remembered at and

Attention, bakers! Church hosts Cobbler Wars

BERKEY, Ohio — The Berkey Congregational Church along with the Metamora United Methodist Church hosts their annual Cobbler Wars at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at 12036 Sylvania-Metamora Rd., Berkey.  Those attending are encouraged to make their best cobbler to enter the contest. There will be prizes for sweetness, crispness and creativeness. Beverages will be provided and there will be entertainment throughout the evening. It is slated as a night of fellowship for friends and neighbors and an opportunity to sample as many entries as one wishes.
Donations are accepted at the door.

Summerfield firefighter honored posthumously

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff Friday, Aug. 19 on all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex in honor of Terrence Raymond, a firefighter with the Summerfield Volunteer Fire Department who died Monday, Aug. 15, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

“Terrence was a dedicated fireman and will be remembered for his service to the Summerfield community,” Snyder said. “I send my deepest condolences to his family, friends and community.”

Raymond was a volunteer firefighter for the Summerfield Volunteer Fire Department. He spent 12 years as a salesman for Airgas, and was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Monroe.

A service in his honor will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 19 at the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 222 Carey, Deerfield.

This flag order is in accordance with Executive Order 2013-10. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

F.D. Ricker

F.D. Ricker, age 69, of Blissfield, died Friday, August 12,
2016 in Adrian. He was born August 20, 1946,
in Adrian to Lawrence and Gayle (Scott) Ricker.  F.D. was drafted to
serve his country in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968 during the
Vietnam War. He had been a farmer all of his life.  He also had been
employed by the Johns Manville Company in Waterville, Ohio.  F.D.
enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, and fishing.  He had been a Hunter
Education instructor since 1970.  He was a member of the Palmyra Masonic
Lodge #184, the Scottish Rite in Toledo, the Zenobia Shriners, the
Marine Corp League, and the Blissfield American Legion Post #325.
F.D. is survived by a cousin, Janice (David) Wood of Blissfield; a
second cousin, Troy (Alicia) Wood; his companion, Nellie Lentz of
Blissfield, and her daughters, Dawn Butts and Yvette Smith.  He was
preceded in death by his parents.
The Palmyra Masonic Lodge #184 will conduct a masonic service at 11
a.m. on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home in
Blissfield.  Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Blissfield with
full military rites conducted by the Blissfield American Legion Post
#325 and Blissfield V.F.W. Post #10912. Visitation will be held from 2-4
and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral
Home, Blissfield.  You may send condolences to the family at  Memorial contributions may be made to
the Zenobia Shriners.  Envelopes are available at the Anderson-Rudd
Funeral Home, Blissfield.

James ‘Jim’ Tibbs

James “Jim” W. Tibbs, age 82, of Blissfield, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

James Walter Tibbs was born on May 24, 1934, in Detroit, Michigan, to Jack and Teresa (Cissell) Tibbs. On September 14, 1958, Jim married the love of his life, Evelyn “Jeanette” Rigdon in Jackson, Michigan.

Jim’s family moved from Detroit to the Manitou Beach area in 1942. He attended Addison Schools, graduating in 1952, where he was very active in football and basketball. He proudly served in the Army during the late 50’s in Germany. Jim and his brother Jack took over the family business, Tibbs IGA grocery store in Manitou Beach. When the family later expanded their business to Blissfield, Jim and Jeanette moved there to manage the store.  Although Jim and Jeanette lived in Blissfield, they were very close to their Manitou Beach family and friends.

Being an avid fan of youth sports, Blissfield American Legion baseball was especially important to Jim. Community service and civic organizations played a big part in Jim’s life. He was a life time member of Zenobia Shriners of Toledo, the Palmyra Masonic Lodge #184 F and AM, the Lenawee Country Club, where he once served as president, the Blissfield American Legion, and the Devil’s Lake Yacht Club.

Since 1984, Jim and Jeanette wintered in Carefree, Arizona, he enjoyed fishing, golfing and fine dining. Family was very important to Jim, he was definitely a family man who loved his wife, children, grandchildren, as well as his extended family members.

Survivors include his wonderful wife, Jeanette; daughter Jeana Tibbs Jordan; grandchildren, Christopher Jordan and Kathleen Jordan; sister Jane Clark; and sister in law, Chris Tibbs.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his son, Sam Tibbs in 2013, brother Jack Tibbs and son-in-law, Mark S. Jordan.

A memorial Celebration of Life for Jim will be held 11 am, Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at the Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel in Blissfield with Rev. Douglas Holmes officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Blissfield. Visiting hours will be Monday, August 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. A Masonic Service will be held Monday evening at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice of Lenawee, Wounded Warrior Project or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences are welcomed to the family at

Lenawee, area primaries choose party candidates

By Melissa Burnor

Lenawee County still has one district not reporting in County Commission District 3.  Most races have clear cut winner. At this time Anna Marie Anzalone has a big lead over both challengers to fill the remainder of the term in the Lenawee County Circuit Court. However, the vote count between Stanley Sala and Phillip Schaedler with Schaedler leading,  is close the top two will be on the General Election ballot in November.  The City of Morenci has not yet reported.  There are 1,671 registered voters. However, the county average is showing about a 15 percent turnout overall.

U.S. Congress Republican Primary -7th District
Timothy Walberg Incumbent Projected Winner
Lenawee County  5821 42 of 43 precincts reporting
Monroe County   6724  96 percent of precincts reporting
Doug North  1697
Lenawee County 2143
Monroe County

Also represents, Branch, Hillsdale, Washtenaw, Eaton Jackson counties

Michigan House Seat 57 Republican Primary
Bronna Kahle 4679
Jim Cottrell 2157
Brian Good 567

Lenawee County Prosecutor
R. Burke Castleberry 5772
Rodney Leon 1666

Lenawee County Circuit Court Judge
Anna Marie Anzalone 4913
Stanley Sala  1970
Phillip Schaedler 2160
(top two candidates will face off in General Election)

Palmyra Township Treasurer
Matt Koester 121
Leigh Ann Stucker 65
Joshua Leupold 24

Eleanor Pifer

JASPER – Eleanor Mae Pifer passed away on July 27, 2016. She was born in Blissfield, and lived a wonderful life in the nearby area surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her parents Dorothy (O’Haver) and William Thompson.

She graduated from Blissfield High School in 1962 and married the love of her life, Darrel Leland Pifer, on April 28th in the same year. She worked in the banking industry for twenty years in various departments and as Madison Township Deputy Clerk for over fifteen years. Above all else, Eleanor loved and cared for her family and helped create some of their fondest memories.

Her favorite place to spend time was outdoors, taking care of the farm with her husband, tending her garden, and camping with friends. She and her husband took many motorcycle trips, just spending time appreciating the journey together. Cooking for her family, exploring flea markets, listening to country music concerts, spending time in the park with her grandchildren, riding roller coasters, and enjoying fireworks are just a few of the wonderful memories of her long and fulfilling life.

Her joyful spirit and zest for life will be greatly missed by her husband and soulmate of 54 years, Darrel; their sons, David (Norm), Daniel (Trinh), and Darrin (Shelly); five grandchildren, Brandon (DeStelle), Maya, Leah, Connor, and Emma; two great grandchildren Lincoln and London.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Opal (Elmer) Kunkel, and is survived by her sisters, Fern (Vernon) McMunn, Gladys (Don) Dickerson, Doris (Bill) Vollmar, and her brother Nicholas (Millie) Thompson and many nieces and nephews.

Her family will continue to remember her through stories of her fun times and her limitless caring for us. The world lost one of the most loving women ever, but it is better for her time in it.

A memorial service will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 at Wagley Funeral Home in Adrian. The family will receive friends that day from 1 p.m. until the service. Contributions in honor of Eleanor may be made to the University of Michigan ALS Clinic (, the ALS Association (, or Hospice of Lenawee. Please share your memories of her overflowing love and joyful outlook on life at