Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run set for Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Blissfield

BLISSFIELD — Runners are invited to enjoy the Blissfield Village Christmas decorations and warm up with a hot beverage after the Third Annual Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run Friday, Dec. 12.
The Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run has grown to become one of the largest runs in Blissfield, and is punctuated by some runners in costumes ranging from elves to the award-winning running Christmas tree in 2013. The run will take off from the beautifully decorated downtown, wind through the village neighborhoods, then end up back downtown for either hot wassail or hot chocolate.
The Wassail Fest is presented by Blissfield Rotary and hosted by Blissfield DDA/Main Street Program. The Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run aspect is sponsored by the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program and co-sponsored by Borchardt Brothers Market.
The runners will actually receive a mug that will enter them into the Wassail Festival’s tour of sites in downtown businesses where competing versions of hot wassail, a wine-and-fruit based holiday beverage, will be sampled. For non-drinkers or runners who are younger than 21, an insulated cocoa mug will be provided for a mugful of hot chocolate or coffee. Water will also be provided to all runners.
There are a limited number of official Wassail mugs, which will be awarded on a first-come basis. Late-registering runners may receive an alternate mug if the Wassail mugs are sold out, which will be honored at the Wassail stops.
Runners are asked to wear reflective clothing for safety’s sake. Costumes of the season are welcome. The night run takes off at 6:30 p.m. Registration for the run begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Blissfield Township Office, 120 S. Lane St., in the heart of the downtown. Pre-registration is encouraged. Entries are available at The Advance, 121 Newspaper Street., Blissfield, or can be downloaded at Online registration is available at To be emailed a form, please email
The Wassail Festival begins at 6 p.m.
The awards ceremony will follow the race with medals to the overall male and female winner and the top two finishers in each male and female age division: 6-12, 13-20, 21-35, 36-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-plus.
Those runners opting for Wassail mugs will be able to vote for their favorite beverage along the Wassail Trail in downtown Blissfield.
The Hot-Cha-Cha-Mug Run price is $25 for those 16 and older; $12 for kids 6-18; with a family rate of $60 (limit of two adults per family which must live in the same household; additional adults $25). Children 6-12 must run with an adult due to darkness.
Non-runners can register to participate in the Wassail festival for $12 at the Transcend Physical Therapy, corner of South Lane and Jefferson streets that night, or pre-register at the Blissfield Village Office, South Lane Street, or Historical Depot, North Lane Street, prior to the run.
For more information on the run, please email or call 517-486-2400 during business hours.

Cancer benefit at Liv’s Diner Saturday; other events of week listed.

The community has a busy week again starting with a Saturday benefit and a feather party and then the annual Lights of Love ceremony on Sunday.
Liv’s Diner will host a Mexican taco benefit dinner from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Diner’s location. PLEASE NOTE: The day was incorrect in the Dec. 3 Advance story. It is Saturday, Dec. 6, not Thursday as written in the story. The Advance apologizes for the error.
Owner Jamie Armstrong said employee of the diner, Cassy Cook, a 29-year old mother of three children ages 11, eight and five, has been diagnosed with stage-three cancer and is unable to work due to the aggressive regimen of chemotherapy and radiation treatment to combat the illness. Cook’s treatments take four days per week.
According to Armstrong the benefit will not only assist Cook during the period she is not working, but the benefit will also raise funds to help Cook with bills and through the remainder of the holidays.
The taco dinner will be $10 for adults and children five and under are $5. The total dinner includes tacos, refried beans, Mexican rice and drinks. Desserts are available for a donation price.
All proceeds from the dinner will be sent directly to Cook.
Those who would like to donate to the benefit but are unable to attend may send a mailed donation to the Diner’s address, 107 W. Adrian Street, or may deposit money in an account at Blissfield State Bank locations.
Unwrapped Christmas gifts and cards will be accepted as well.
Listed below are some events coming up this weekend as well as the following week:
• Riga Township Fire Dept Feather Party 6 p.m. doors open and first spin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Riga Township Municipal Building.
• Blissfield Community School’s Department of Fine Arts annual Madrigal Dinner. 2 p.m. concert with high tea followed by a full course dinner and concert, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 located at the high school.
• RitesReserved free Christmas concert 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, Light of Christ Catholic Church, 222 Careyt, Deerfield.
• Hospice of Lenawee “Lights of Love” tree lightings, 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 located in the Blissfield mini-park on South lane Street with a reception to follow at Cakes ‘N’ Shakes.
• Blissfield Elementary School second and third grade musical concerts: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 second grade music concert followed by a 7 p.m. concert of the third grade class. The holiday concert is located in the elementary building’s cafeteria.
More details on these other events were featured in the Nov. 26 Advance.

Adam Seeger

Adam W. Seeger, age 31, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 28, 2014. He was born on February 22, 1983, to Michael and Deborah (Hilton) Seeger in Adrian, MI. Adam graduated from Blissfield High School, Class of 2001. Following high school he went onto flight attendant school and became a flight attendant for Sky West. He truly enjoyed being a flight attendant and traveling all over North America. His family will remember him for his smile and his candid sense of humor.
Left to cherish his memory are his parents; brothers, Trevor and Aaron (Sara) Seeger; paternal grandfather, Robert Seeger; aunts, Susie (Ronald) Estes and Sandie (John) Morse; uncle, Rick (Tammy) Hilton; great-aunt, Ginni Potes; numerous cousins and friends. Preceding him in death is his paternal grandmother, Beverly Seeger and maternal grandparents, Marian and Wayne Hilton.
The family will receive guests on Friday, December 5, 2014 from noon – 5 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, 4150 W. Laskey Rd. (419-473-0300). Funeral Services will begin in the funeral home on Friday at 5 p.m.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Zepf Center or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 306 E. Jefferson St., Blissfield, MI 49228 or to G.P.A. Ohio, 221 Huron Ave., Defiance, OH 43512.
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Arlene Knoblauch

BLISSFIELD – Arlene M. Knoblauch, age 86 of Blissfield, passed away Monday, December 1, 2014 at Blissfield Place.

She was born January 31, 1928, in Ridgeway Township, Michigan to Walter and Doris (Smith) Marks. Arlene graduated from Blissfield High School and attended Davis Business College.

On August 25, 1948, Arlene married Fred C. Knoblauch in Blissfield, and they were blessed with 51 years together.

Arlene was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Blissfield. She was a long-time member of the Variety Extension Club, and enjoyed Thursday afternoon bowling with the ladies.

She is survived by her children: Brenda Miller of Blissfield; Jeffrey (Karen) Knoblauch of Sylvania; Jennifer Knoblauch and Mark (Carol) Knoblauch, both of Blissfield; ten grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and her siblings, Shirley Hillman of Adrian and Ronald (Darlene) Marks of Gahanna, OH.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Brian Knoblauch, and a sister, Beverly Schneider.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel with Rev. Gary Leking officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation will take place at the funeral home on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Arlene may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church or Hospice of Lenawee. Online condolences and memories are welcomed at

Lynwood Leader

BLISSFIELD – Lynwood E. Leader, age 93 of Blissfield, passed away unexpectedly December 1, 2014.

She was born April 6, 1921, in Blissfield, Michigan, the only child of the late Lawrence V. and Hazel (Betz) Iffland. Lynwood graduated from Blissfield High School with the Class of 1938.

On July 28, 1940, she married Sherwood J. Leader in Coldwater, Michigan and they were blessed with 56 years together. Sherwood preceded her in death in 1996.

Lynwood worked as a dental assistant for several dentists including Dr. Bradstrum, Dr. Granzow, and Dr. Mallow. In her younger years, she was an instructor at Trick Brother’s Accordian Studio in Toledo. She enjoyed bowling and was involved in many leagues. She was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her children, Janelle Elliott of Elgin, IL; Dalyne (Dana) Shinneman of Burr Ridge, IL; and Kerwin (Mary Ann) Leader of Blissfield; grandchildren, Kevin (Janet) Elliott, Juliann (Emeke) Ofodile, Erin Shinneman, Audra, Amy, and Austin (Taylor) Leader; and great grandchildren, Jayden and Leah Elliott.

Funeral services will take place at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church with Rev. Zachary Dunlap officiating. Burial will follow at Riga Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the service.

Contributions in memory of Lynwood may be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Online condolences and memories are welcomed at

Hazel Brubaker

Hazel “Bru” Brubaker, age 81, of Blissfield passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family and under the loving care of Great Lakes Hospice on Friday, November 14, 2014.
She was the second child born to Tim and Georgia (Gust) Brubaker on July 30, 1933 in Blissfield Township, Michigan.
She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Blissfield. She currently attended church alive ministries in Palmyra, Michigan.
Hazel lived her entire life in Blissfield, graduating from Blissfield High School in 1951.
Hazel worked in the health care profession all her life.  She spent 44 years in the OB department at Emma L. Bixby Hospital in Adrian, 8 years at Grand Court, 4 years at Lynwood Manor as well as home nursing care. Hazel also delivered the Daily Telegram along with her family for 25 years via a motor route delivery. She loved to help others and crochet baby blankets for family and friends.
Hazel is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Diann and Shaun Warner of Blissfield; 5 grandchildren, Sarah Woolwine, Nathan Paul (Anna) Hairston, Hannah Warner and Rebekah Warner; 4 great-grandchildren, Luke, Leah, Gabriel Paul and Chloe; 1 sister-in-law, Sharron Brubaker, many nieces and nephews and special little friends, Willie, Jude and little Ben.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, Ethel Pangburn and Arlene McMahon, 2 brothers, Richard and David Brubaker, 2 nieces, Mary Sue Pangburn and Sheryl Donbrosky and her nephew, Jason Brubaker.
Funeral services for Hazel will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield with Pastor Benjamin Austin and Pastor Michael Daniels officiating.
Visitation were held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield.
Online Condolences may be given at Memorial contributions may be made in Hazel’s name to the family. Envelopes are available at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield.

Elaine Ball

TOLEDO, Ohio – Elaine A. Ball, 71, of Adrian, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at Toledo Hospital.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, on September 9, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Helen (Harrington) Ball.
Elaine graduated from Siena Heights College where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree and then went on to the University of Michigan and earned her Master’s in social work.
She worked in various nursing homes as a social worker.
She formerly attended Ogden Church and most recently attended Maple Avenue Bible Church.  She enjoyed reading, knitting and visiting with her friends at the Adrian Senior Center, where she will be greatly missed as well as by her Friendship Place family.
Survivors include her children, Kristen Fick (Luke Meyer) of Indianapolis, Ind, Glen (Tanya) Koons of Sterling Heights, Kelly (Damian) Dodge of Palmyra, and Robert (Angie) Koons of Piqua, Ohio; six grandchildren; one great grandchild and her beloved feline companion ‘Handsome George’.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, son, Ryan Charles Fick, and her brother, Thomas Ball. 
Memorial services for Elaine will be held at a later date.
Arrangements were entrusted to Wagley Funeral Home where online condolences may be shared at

William Anderson

MADISON TOWNSHIP — William L. “Bill” Anderson, age 84, of Adrian died on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at his home in the presence of his family.  He was born June 16, 1930 in Spring Arbor Twp. to Leon and Marian (Hatch) Anderson.  On November 29, 1952 in Adrian he married Janet Baker and she survives.
Bill served his country in the Michigan National Guard from 1950-1956. Bill was employed with Ace Drill Corporation for many years.  He was employed with the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department for 29 years before retiring in 1993.  He owned Anderson Realty Company and was employed with the Anderson Funeral Homes.   Bill was an aviation enthusiast, working his way through aviation school to earn his pilot’s license and began flying at the age of 16.  After his retirement he became an avid golfer for the past 22 years.
In addition to his wife, Janet he is survived by two sons, Michael L. Anderson of Adrian and Mark J. (Cindy) Anderson of Clayton; two daughters, Monica E. (Doug) Betz of Adrian and Suzanne K. (Chip) Fleming of Reno, NV; three brothers, Darrell Duane (Phylis) Anderson of Palmetto, Florida, Richard (Emily) Anderson of Klamath Falls, Oregon, and Jerry Anderson of Adrian; three sisters Karen Kraught of London, WA, Carol Martinez of Adrian and Claudia Evans of Milwaukee, WI; three grandchildren, Heidi Anderson, Joshua Anderson and Amber Betz; three great-grandchildren, Coltin Gerth, Henley Milliman  and Nate Anderson.  He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, one brother and one grandson, Brandon Betz.
Funeral services for Bill were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Adrian with Pastor Joel Sarrault officiating.  Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation was 6-8 p.m., Monday, November 10, 2014 at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian and on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home, and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. -10:45 at St John’s Lutheran Church.
You may send condolences to the family at   Memorial contributions may be made to Lenawee Humane Society, St. John’s Lutheran Church, or Hospice of Lenawee.  Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.

Janice Aneed

ADRIAN — Janice Dawn Mason Aneed, age 57, of Adrian died on Friday, November 7, 2014, at her home.  She was born on May 20, 1957, in Adrian to Elmer and Iva (Studer) Mason. She married Essa Saleem Aneed in Detroit and he preceded her in death in 1994.  Janice served as a homemaker and greatly enjoyed her grandchildren, who were her favorite thing in the world.
Janice is survived by two daughters, Christina (Douglas) Fritz and Jessica Aneed, both of Adrian and two sons, Nicholas (Lexzee) Aneed of Portage, Mich., and Matthew Aneed of Adrian. She is also survived by her seven wonderful grandchildren, Sebastian, Dakota, Lyria, Zavory, Merrick, Taylor, and Trent.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death her parents and a brother, Randy Mason.
Graveside services wtook place on Friday, November 14, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant View Cemetery in Blissfield. Visitation was from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian. You may send condolences to the family at 

Earl Rock II

Earl Rock II
PALMYRA — Earl A. Rock II, age 56 of Palmyra, passed away Monday, November 3, 2014, as the result of an automobile accident.
He was born February 14, 1958, in Flint, Michigan to Dorothy Johnston and Earl A. Rock, Sr.
Earl was a true patriot having served in the United States Marine Corps for three years, and retiring from the Michigan Army National Guard in 2001 with 22 years of service.
On July 9, 2011, Earl married Denise Gray at their home, and she survives.
Earl worked for General Motors Company at the Power Train Plant in Toledo. During his 30 year career he also worked at the Fisher Body Plant in Tecumseh and Delphi in Adrian. He was a charter member of the Randy P. Hill Amvets Post #1957 and an active member of the UAW.  A few of his many hobbies included sublimation printing, making stained glass, camping, fishing and playing golf. He and Denise loved hosting friends and family at bonfires where his s’mores were always a hit. He was lovingly known at “Poppie” to his pride and joy, his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Denise, he is survived by his parents, Dorothy (Duane Rogers) Rock of Kingman, AZ and Earl (Tara) Rock Sr. of  Manitou Beach; children; Tiffney (Jeffrey) Miner of Palmyra; Amber Service of Hudson; Stacie (Philip) Burgette of Concord; and Cody Rock of Ann Arbor; six grandchildren; Wesley, Hailey, and Merideth Miner, Ethan Service, Gideon Norden and Logan Burgette; his extended military family; siblings: Roy Rock of Kingman, Ariz.; Sandi Conrad-Pauley of Grand Blanc; Jack (Pam) Conrad of Mt. Morris; Freddie Sizemore of Jacksonville, NC; Chandra Bachman of Manitou Beach and Peach (David) Morin of Erie; and his mother –in-law, Beverly Gray of Blissfield.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Richard Stout and Donny Conrad.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel in Blissfield with Rev. Lori Sallows officiating. Burial followed at Wolfinger Cemetery. Military honors were conducted by the Randy P. Hill Amvets Post #1957 and the VFW Annis Fint Post #1584. Visitation took place at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Contributions in memory of Earl may be made to his family or the Randy P. Hill AmVets Post #1957. Online condolences and memories are welcomed at