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Josephine (Kitchen) Brown
Josephine (Kitchen) Brown passed away on Saturday, July 31, 2010, at home while in the loving care of her family.

She was born nearly 90 years ago on Sept. 18, 1920, to Ralph and Dora (Allison) Kitchen in Lake City, Michigan. Josephine lived her married live with her husband, Edward Brown, in that area until 1948 when they brought their young family to spend the summer on the Old Mission Peninsula to work on the cherry harvest while Edward was out of work.

After spending that summer they decided to make a permanent move and have lived on the peninsula ever since.

Josephine spent those early years on the peninsula working in the fruit orchards, local fruit processing plants, and Watson’s little general store in Mapleton. Most of her time was spent caring for her family of seven children that survive her: Robert of Peoria, Arizona; Patricia DuCheney of Williamsburg; Donald (Rosie) Brown, Margaret (Keith) Long and Edward Brown Jr. all of Traverse City; Ronald (Sharon) Utica; Norma (Keith) Burkholder of McBain; 22 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren and many step-grandchildren; siblings Clyde Kitchen, Delores (Duane) Hunt, Richard (Adeline) Kitchen, all of Lake City, Nellie Rogers of Cadillac, in-laws, Mary Todd and Dorothy Shaeffer, both of Lake City.

Her parents, Ralph and Dora Kitchen; a sister, Rose (Robert) DuVall; an infant granddaughter, Deborah Brown; a grandson, Christopher Brown; in-laws, Gene Rogers and Verda Kitchen, all preceded Josephine in death.

Josephine was active in the Cherry Center Grange and a member of the former Ogdensburg United Methodist Church (now Old Mission Peninsula UMC) where she served as financial security for 30 years and helped Edward with the custodial job he served there. She also spent many years being active in the United Methodist Women.

Josephine retired in 1982 from Traverse City Public Schools after serving as the school cook at Old Mission Peninsula School for 18 years. Many will remember the great “home cooked” style food that she enjoyed serving to all the students and staff over those years.

She loved her family and enjoyed remembering each birthday by sending them greeting cards. Her joy of sending cards went well beyond her family and many will tell you that they always looked forward to her cards.

Josephine liked to read and write letters and continued to do so even when her eyesight was failing her. She enjoyed gardening and took pride in her flowers. She had a great love for cooking and baking and there was always a crowd around the Sunday table while she was still able to be in her kitchen cooking.

Josephine will be remembered by her strength to persevere through challenges of failing health even during the last days of her life, by her lifetime of nurturing and caring for her large family and for her desire to take care of all of us while she needed us to care for her.

Funeral services were Aug. 3 at the Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church, Traverse City. Burial was in the Ogdensburg Cemetery on the Old Mission Peninsula.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be directed to the Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were made by the Burkholder Funeral Home in McBain.
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Lola Jean Friend
Lola Jean Friend, of Lake City formerly of Lansing, died Aug. 4, 2010, at the Eaton Community Hospice, Charlotte, MI. She was 88.

Lola’s primary life was caring for her family.

She taught at Arthur Murray School of Dance and during the war worked at Fisher Body in Flint.

Lola was born July 10, 1922, in Flint, MI to Jasper and Lydia (Phelps) Cleveland.

Surviving are son, William (Bonnie) Friend of Mason, MI; daughter Tanna (Paul) Ellinger of Big Lake, MN; grandchildren, Denise (Michael) Bakker, Connie (Michael) Cantrell, Lori (Sandy) Moger and Barry (Erin) Ellinger; great-grandchildren Jasper, Tristan and Paige Bakker; Bailey and Jonas Cantrell; Cameron and Halle Moger; and Katelyn and Makayla Ellinger; brothers, Calvin (Francine) Cleveland and Jack (Camille) Cleveland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by husband, C. William Friend; parents; sister, Beatrice (William) Robin.

Funeral service will be Monday, Aug. 9, 1 p.m. at Young Funeral Home in Lake City. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. until service time.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Eaton Community Hospice, Charlotte, MI.

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Roberta P. LeForge
Roberta P. LeForge of Lake City passed away Thursday, July 22, 2010, at King Nursing and Rehab in Houghton Lake. She was 83.

She was born in Linton, Indiana on June 4, 1927, to Theodore and Louise (Jeffers) LeForge.

Roberta was a member of the Houghton Lake Wesleyan Church. She had worked at the church nursery at Livonia Wesleyan Church for 20 years and faithfully at the Houghton Lake Wesleyan Church for one year. Roberta would always give a helping hand.

She was survived by three sisters; Beth LeForge of Lake City, Martha LeForge of Lake City, Sharon Fuller of Holland, MI; one brother, Ted (Wanda) LeForge of Lake City; one sister-in-law, Dorothy LeForge of PA; seven nieces and nephews, Gene, Tim, Darlene, Lloyd, Randy, Dawn and Kym.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Robert; and a niece, Lenora.

Funeral services were July 24, at the Houghton Lake Wesleyan Church with Reverend Bryan Thompson officiating and burial will be in Cadillac Memorial Garden West, Westland, MI.

Memorial tributes can be made to Youth Group of the Houghton Lake Wesleyan Church.

Arrangements made by Young Funeral Home, Lake City, MI.
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Stanley F. Wilson
Stanley F. Wilson, of Lake City, passed away at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Tuesday, July 27, 2010. He was 73.

Mr. Wilson was born April 4, 1937, in Lansing to Frank and Ruth (Paddock) Wilson.

He married the former Ruth Elma Drees. She preceded him in death May 31, 2008.

Stanley enjoyed playing cards, fishing, hunting, motorcycles and watching television.

He is survived by his sons, Timothy Wilson of Lake City and Gary (Dana) Wilson of Lemon Grove, California; two grandchildren, Heather and Cody; one sister, Barbara Personious of Lansing; and a sister-in-law, Delores (Gerry) Simmons of California.

Besides his wife, he was also preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside services for Stanley and Ruth will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Lansing on Monday, Aug. 1, 3 p.m. Arrangements were by the Young Funeral Home.

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Richard "Dick" Haskin Sr.
Richard “Dick” Haskin Sr. passed away Sunday, July 18, 2010, at his home with his wife and family at his side. Born on Jan. 13, 1951, in Cadillac, he is the son of Royal and Marjorie (Perry) Haskin.

Dick worked for the Kalkaska County Road Commission. His hobbies included hunting and farming. Dick loved his family and spending time with them.

Dick is survived by his wife, Lois; his children, Jeannie (Scott) Wilton of Lake City, and Dick (Sarah) Haskin Jr. of Manton; his mother, Marjorie (Wayne) Creager of Merritt; siblings, Bob (Sandy) Haskin, and May (Dan) Anderson both of Lake City; several grandchildren.

Dick was preceded in death by his father; and his son, Dan Haskin.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 25 at 3 p.m. at Springfield Park in Fife Lake.

Arrangements were made with Wolfe-O’Neill Funeral Home, our family serving yours.
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Sally Ann Hull
Sally Ann Hull, of Oakland Township passed away Feb. 2, 2010. She was 76.

She was the loving wife of Duane Hull; dear daughter of John and Florence Davenport; dear mother of Cheryl (Mike) Jaskolski; grandmother of Lee Dominick Johnson; sister of bonnie (Steve) Kolarevic; aunt of John (Deb) and Mike (Betsy) Kolarevic.

Sally was the previous owner of the alibi Lounge in Troy. She was proud to have earned a double Ph.D. and was a C.A.C.II Certified Addiction Counselor Level II. She was a member of the National and Michigan Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse counselors and Michigan Association of Addiction Counselors.

Funeral services were held Feb. 6, at the St. Philips Episcopal Church in Rochester. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, July 25 at the Lake City Cemetery with Col. Larry Hull of the Salvation Army officiating.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
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Edwin Frank VanDuinen Jr.
Edwin Frank VanDuinen Jr. of Merritt, passed away Sunday, July 18, 2010, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He was 60.

Ed was born Feb. 4, 1950, to Edwin and Ruth (Long) VanDuinen Sr. in Cadillac. He married Carmen Eileen Kregear March 17, 1972, at the Lake City United Methodist Church. Ed was the owner and operator of VanDuinen Forest Products for 37 years. He was also the promoter of Merritt Speedway for 25 years; enjoyed golfing, NASCAR racing and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Carmen; children, Lonnie (Heather) VanDuinen, Vickie VanDuinen and Stacey (Steve) Potter; his mother, Ruth VanDuinen; brothers, Charles (Mary) VanDuinen, George (Lori) VanDuinen, John (Penny) VanDuinen, Wayne (Lisa) VanDuinen and Eugene (Julie) VanDuinen; a sister: Frieda (Jeff Dorland) Edgecomb; grandchildren, Alexis Renee, Katelin Grace Potter, Rachel Jean and Andrew Jeffrey VanDuinen.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin Frank VanDuinen Sr.; father-in-law, Alfred Eugene Kregear; nephew Jeffrey Bryan Van Duinen; niece, Cassadie Hagerman; grandparents, Fred (Winnie) VanDuinen and Charles (Ida) Long.

Funeral services were Thursday, July 22 at the Lake City Christian Reformed Church with Rev. Jerry Wheeler and Rev. Wayne VanDuinen officiating.

Burial will be in the Butterfield Township Cemetery.

The family would appreciate memorial contributions directed to the Moddersville Reformed Church.

Arrangements were made by Young Funeral Home.
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Brandon Gail Wiggins
Brandon Gail Wiggins was born Sept. 16, 1981, in Cadillac to Jon and Cindy Wiggins. Brandon departed this life July 18, 2010. He was 28.

After graduation from Cadillac Senior High School in 2000 Brandon attended Ferris State and Michigan State Universities, obtaining a horticulture degree.

Brandon lived in the Cadillac area most of his life. He grew up helping with the family Christmas tree business, eventually opening his own company, Northern Irrigation and Landscape.

Brandon enjoyed the great outdoors and truly enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and snowmobiling. He also loved spending time with his young niece and nephews.

Brandon will be greatly missed by his parents; brothers, Corey (Heather), Travis; sister, Kerri (Shay) Roby; his grandfather, Arvid Dahlquist; and special grandmother, Virgy Horne. Jonathan, Christopher and Elizabeth Wiggins will also sadly miss their Uncle Brandon. He is also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins.

Brandon was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gail and Muriel Wiggins; grandmother, Geraldine Dahlquist; special grandfather, Robert Horne and his sister, Mandy Mae Wiggins in 1985; his uncles, Dennis, Harold and Robert Wiggins.

Funeral services will be Friday, July 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church in Cadillac with Rev. Frank Murphy officiating.

Arrangements were made by Young Funeral Home.
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Herman F. Wiegold Jr.
Herman F. Weigold Jr., of Cadillac, formerly of Tustin and McBain, passed away at his home in Cadillac on July 9, 2010. He was 83.

He was born on June 29, 1927, to Herman and Beulah (Oliver) Weigold Sr. in Wheeler. He married Marion L. Hosner on Jan. 14, 1950, in Ortonville.

He grew up in the Leonard/Oxford area, farming and working at Fisher body in Pontiac for 22 years he resigned his job at Pontiac and in 1972 followed his passion for farming and moved to the McBain area where he dairy farmed up until 1992.

He then moved to tustin where his garden became his farm up until this year. He served for 22 months in the U.S. Navy aboard the US Tolovana during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Marion L. Weigold, of Cadillac; children, Richard (Barbara) Weigold of McBain, Terry (Pam Trunk) Weigold of Oxcord, and Penny (Jeff) Johnson of McBain; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; sister, Marilyn (Donald) Arnott of South Haven; sister-in-law, Berenice Burt of Abilene, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister-in-law, Beverly Maxwell.

Funeral services were July 12 at the Burkholder Funeral Home in McBain. Rev. Scott Torkko officiated. Buril was in the Lucas Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Mercy Hospice.

Military graveside services were conducted by the Cadillac Area Honor Guard.
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Lucille (Van Houten) Bode
Lucille (Van Houten) Bode, of Wyoming, was peacefully called home by her Lord on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. She was 87.

Lucille was a woman of faith, who cherished her family very much. When enjoying her quiet time, you could find her using her crocheting talents.

She was a former, active member of CRWRC and used her time and talents to serve the Lord through her mission work with them.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, of 64 years, Jay Bode; children, Leah and Sid Vander Ploeg, Sherry Bode, Rich and Bonnie Bode, Greg and Linda Bode, Randy and Lorraine Bode, Mary and Reed VanderSlik; 17 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; brother and sisters, Warren and Eleanor Van Houten, Gert and Jerry Bogard, Shirley and Larry Van Assen, Ethel and Bud Sikkema; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Elmer and Jean Bode, Pearl and Wilbert Koetje, and Harold and Helen Bode.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Hilda Loeks; and her brothers, William R. Van Houten, and Robert Van Houten.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Lee Street Christian Reformed Church, 1261 Lee Street SW, Wyoming with Rev. Kent Rottman officiating. Interment will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday at Richland Township Cemetery.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to CRWRC or Calvin Christian School Association.

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Gina Miller Salisbury
Gina Miller Salisbury of Marion passed away Saturday, July 3, 2010, at her residence. She was 48.

Gina was born May 6, 1962, the daughter of Robert Miller and Esther LaChonce.

Gina loved spending time with ehr grandchildren, plants, animals and her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, William Salisbury of Marion; daughter, Kristin Miller of Cadillac; stepchildren, Nathan (Dawn) Salisbury of Redford, Troy (Crystal) Salisbury of Marion and William (Mikki) Salisbury of Marion; grandchildren Aalyia Fauble of Cadillac, Caeden and Andrew Salisbury of marion, Dakota Salisbury of Marion; siblings, Robert (Dawn) Miller of Florida, Vicki Schutte of McBain, Mary Huggin of McBain, Todd LaChonce of California, Steve LaChonce of Cadillac and Teri LaChonce of Cadillac; stepfather, Robert LaChonce of Cadillac; step-mother, Martha Miller of Ohio; nieces and nephews, Tara (Ritchie) Miller and their children Jaryd and Victoria, Devinee Miller, Lauren (Keith) Schutte, and children Taylor and Kasen, Katelyn Schutte, Josh Miller, Brandon, Bryce and Brett Huggins.

Gina was preceded in death by her mother, Esther LaChonce; brother, Guy Miller; and brother-in-law, Paul Schutte.

A memorial luncheon will be held at the home of Vicki Schutte on Saturday, July 17, beginning at 2 p.m.

Arrangements entrusted to Fosnaught-Holdship Funeral Home, Marion, MI
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Zachary Lee Peery
Zachary Lee Peery, of Lake City, passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac. He was 16.

He was born on Jan. 14, 1994, to James W. and Teresa A. (Yoder) Peery in Big Rapids, MI. Zach had his faith, his family, his friends, and loved to be with his little sister.

He attended Lake City High School and was dedicated and committed to football, basketball and track. Zach was an avid Michigan State fan and looked forward to attending there in the future. Zach was an active member at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his parents, Teresa and Tony Manganello of Lake City; James Peery Jr. of Muskegon; grandparents, Lou and Mary Manganello of Lake City and Annabelle Higbee of Central Lake; brother, Tom Peery of Lake City and sisters, Tanya (Chris) Winkleman of Traverse City, and Marisa Manganello at home; also, many aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather Charles Yoder; and a sister Kayla Yoder.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, July 17, at 11 a.m., at Lake City High School gymnasium, with Rev. Jim Siler and Rev. William Markham officiating. Visitation will be held Friday at the high school gymnasium from 4-8 p.m. with a vigil prayer service at 6 p.m.

Burial will be in the Lake City Cemetery.

Memorial tributes may be given to the family.

Arrangements made by the Young Funeral Home.
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Juanita June Riddle (Wirick)
Juanita June Riddle (Wirick) “MyMa” resident of Merritt died peacefully in her sleep from heart problems on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Clare. She was 87.

Juanita was born Oct. 11, 1922, in Flint Michigan, a much-loved daughter of Grover C. and Evangiline (McCool) Wirick, who preceded her in death.

Juanita was a member of Royal Neighbors since she was in her young teens. She was in choir at Flint Northern schools where she attended and where she graduated. She was a very talented crafted-woman, creating amazing gifts for family and friends over the years. She donated to many, many charities.

She also made fancy decorated cakes for many occasions for family and friends. She had the bluest, prettiest eyes about which many people were drawn to comment. Singing a song was one of her greatest pleasures in each day and at family gatherings. She was kind, loving and a wonderful, caring wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother and friend.

She believed firmly in our Lord, Jesus Christ and Heaven.

Juanita married her loving husband, Darrell E. Riddle, on March 26, 1965. They enjoyed 28 years of hunting, fishing and gardening before his death in August of 1992. She had married her first husband Floyd Wesley Fritcher July 4, 1942, while he was serving in the U.S. Navy. He preceded her in death in 1988.

Juanita and Floyd had 10 children together. She spent the last 16 years of her life in the company of her eldest daughter Sandra, who lived with her.

Surviving are six children, Kenneth (Linda) Fritcher, Pamela (James) Mascio, EvaRose (Willie) Davis, Rick (Lynda) Fritcher, Joel (Sherri) Fritcher, Byron (Maria) Fritcher; grandchildren, Michael, Joey, Dennis, Tina, Robert, Jack, Charles, Rodney, Tami, Jolene, Danny, Jimmie, Tracy, Shennelle, Daniel, Shailyn, Samantha, Donavan, Shaun, Shane, Amanda, Sarah, Ruston, Reggie, Ryan, Michael, Jeremiah, Michael and Alysia. There are numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews, also her stepchildren, Lana, Connie, Clyde, Bill, Vickie and special friends, Eileen, Marion and Lou, also sister-in-law, Marion Wirick.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her children, Sandra Crawley, Linda (Alvin) Cochran, Danny Lee Fritcher, and Samuel G. Fritcher and his wife Debbie, and stepson Darrell Riddle; siblings, Victor (Maxine) Wirick, Catherine Wirick, Grover Wirick, Bertina (Donald) Halstead, and Byron (Betty) Wirick.

Funeral service was July 6 at the Young Funeral Home with Mr. Byron Fritcher officiating. Burial was at the Butterfield Township Cemetery.

Memorial Tributes may be made in her name to National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, Inc., 1169 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
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Ernest William Grose, Jr.
Ernest William Grose, Jr. of Cadillac passed away Friday, July 2, 2010, at his home. He was 54.

He was born July 20, 1955, to Ernest and Margaret (Hall) Grose in Bellaire, Michigan.

Ernest loved to watch NASCAR, football, Tiger baseball, and not to forget his soaps. He also enjoyed horseshoes and Yahtzee and spending time with his kids and grandkids.

He is survived by his children, Jeremiah Grose of Cadillac, Billy (Amanda) Grose of Cadillac, Jessica (Jason Seabolt) Grose of Cadillac, Ernest W. Grose III of Cadillac, Cody Harding of Manton; his father, Ernest Grose Sr. of Traverse City; one brother, Leeland (Susan) Grose of Flint; two sisters, Norma (Donald) Woollard and Debra Falor both of Cadillac; his best bud, Pam; and nine grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Margaret; stepmother, Phyllis; sister, Susan; brother, Douglas; nephew, Gary; and grandson, Jeremiah Jr.

A graveside service will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements were by the Young Funeral Home.
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Doris (Dee) Hokanson
Doris (Dee) Hokanson went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 24, 2010 at Autumnwood of McBain. She was 78.

She was born April 4, 1932 to Charles and Mae (Wright) Hofmann. She was a baptized and confirmed Lutheran.

She married William Rang on April 21, 1951 and they were blessed with 4 children, Monica, Rick, Kathleen, and Lori. She later married Wayne Hokanson.

Dee was a faithful member of the Lutheran Church all of her life. She loved the Lord Jesus and knew he loved her. She also loved to sing and was a member of many Church choirs. Her family was important to her and her favorite hobby was sewing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Rick, and sisters Elaine and Shirley.

She is survived by her brothers Carl Hofmann of Ubly, MI and Howard Hofmann of Phoenix, AZ, and her Children Monica (Greg) Buffman of Pinconning, MI, Kathleen Hokanson of Linwood, MI, and Lori Willett of Lake City, MI; and 11 grand children and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pinconning on June 27, 2010 with interment at St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery in Pinconning, MI

A Memorial service will be held at Emmanual Lutheran Church in Cadillac, time and date to be announced later.
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Jay Dean Kirby
Jay Dean Kirby, of Lake City died at his home on June 27, 2010. He was 69.

He was born May 15, 1941, in Corunna to Jay and Goldie (Weller) Kirby. He married Dorothy Ganssley on Dec. 8, 1960, in Lake City.

Jay had worked at Brooks and Perkins (AAR) in Cadillac for over 35 years and retired in 2008. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working was his hobby and he never took a vacation.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Kirby of Lake City; son, Dean (Dawn) Kirby of Cadillac; daughter, June Kirby of Lake City; three sisters, Shirley (Dick) Ross of Christmas, Reva (Bill) Krause of Owosso, Shelby (T.J.) Barnes of Owosso; sister-in-law, Pasha Kirby of Corunna; in-laws, Jeanette (John) Bump of Cadillac and lots of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by siblings, Elaine and Brian Harper, Erma (Charles) Widerer, Dorothy (Bill) Palmer, Lloyd Kirby; sister-in-law, Luella (Dewey) Haywood.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 3 at the Burkholder Funeral Home in McBain, Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements were handled by Burkholder Funeral Home.
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Ida Carlson
Ida Carlson passed away on Monday, June 21, 2010, at her home in Sparta with her family at her side. She was 94.

She was born July 24, 1915, in Lucas to Peter and Margaret Meeuwes. She married Leslie “Mike” Carlson of Sparta on July 2, 1939.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie “Mike”; son, Clayton; son-in-law, Larry Frank; grandson, Leslie Carlson.

She is survived by her son, Clark and Betty Carlson; daughter, Coralie “Corky” Frank; daughter-in-law, Patricia Carlson; 6 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren;3 great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held June 24 at the Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home in Sparta with Rev. Dan Aikens officiating. Interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Hospice of Michigan.
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Althea P. Whitehead
Althea P. Whitehead, of Falmouth, passed away Monday, June 28, 2010, at her home. She was 86.

Althea was born on March 20, 1924, in Flint to the late Joseph and Myrtle (Fuge) Tippett. She was married on April 5, 1939, in Flint to Cecil K. Whitehead, and he preceded Althea in death in 1997.

Althea was employed by the American Legion Village Boys Home in Potter Lake and later in the Cafeteria of General Motors Institute from which she retired. Althea and Cecil spent many years in the Merritt and Falmouth area.

Surviving Mrs. Whitehead are two daughters, Linda (Cecil) Hunt of Falmouth, and Georgianna (Don) Sears of Falmouth; one son, Joseph (Joyce) Whitehead of Hillman; nine grandchildren, four step grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; six step great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; two step great great grandchildren; one brother, Lee (Margaret) Tippett of Flushing; one sister-in-law, Elmina Goode of Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be conducted at the Merritt-Butterfield United Methodist Church at 12:30 p.m. Friday, July 2. Interment will be in Moddersville Cemetery.

Those wishing to make memorial donations in Althea’s memory are asked to consider the charity of the donor’s choice. Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel served the family.
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Felicitas S. Elliott
Felicitas S. Elliott of Lake City passed away Saturday, June 26, 2010, at home with her family. She was 73.

She was born May 2, 1937, to Victorio and Rosario Sasota in Bon Bon, Albay, Philippines Island.
She married Joseph Elliott June 24, 1964, in Chicago.

She was a nurse and teacher, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Manila Central University School of Nursing, and earned a masters degree from Central Michigan University. She had worked at the Albert Einstein Hospital, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, IL and also taught junior high school in Cadillac for 28 years.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph; daughters, Leah (David) Apley of Jenison and Nerissa Elliott serving in the U.S. Navy and a grandson D. J. Elliott.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

A funeral mass was June 30 at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Lake City with Rev. Santiago Hoyumpa officiating.

Upon her wishes she will be buried in Bon Bon, Albay, Philippines, with her family.

Memorial tributes may be made to the St. Stephens Altar Society.

Arrangements were by the Young Funeral Home.
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Roland A. 'Bubber' Helsel
Roland A. “Bubber” Helsel, of Lake City, passed away on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He was 72.

He was born on Oct. 26, 1937, in Lake City, the son of the late Earl and Dorothy (Park) Helsel.

Bubber married Terrill “Terri” Perrin on Dec. 12, 1958, in Kalkaska. He worked over 30 years at Camp Grayling as a Plumber III tradesman. Bubber spent several years in the National Guard and two years with the U.S. Army.

He also worked in the Christmas tree’s, his father being one of the first growers in Missaukee County.

Bubber lived life to the fullest. His hobbies included fishing in Canada at the family cabin, riding his four-wheeler, tending his garden and many flowers and his 1964 car, tractor and truck. He treasured being with his grandchildren and visiting family and friends.

Surviving Bubber are his wife, Terri; his children, Susan (Gary) Jones of Fife Lake, Kirt (Aprill) Helsel of Bellaire, and Sheila (Charlie) Crittenden of Lake City; his grandchildren, Leah (Nate), Chad, Tyeler, Laci, Luke, Paige, Zane, Eli and Cooper; one great-granddaughter, Hannah; his siblings, Clifford “Kip” Helsel, Earl “Mann” (Sylvia) Helsel, Sr., Charlie (Marge) Helsel all from Lake City and Ed (Judy) Helsel of Cadillac; June (Larry) Anderson of Lake City, Orlena “Tykie” (Duane) Beerens of Falmouth, Coralie “Sissy” (Jerry) Mervau of Greenville; his sister-in-law, June Helsel of Lake City; many nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Preceding Bubber in death was his infant son, Scott; and his brother, Floyd “Lolly” Helsel; his brother-in-laws, Donald Murray, Ken Gilde and Dennis Scanlon; and his sister-in-law, Ruth Ann Helsel.

Funeral services were June 26 at at Wolfe-O’Neill Funeral Home in Kalkaska. Reverend Kim Hough officiated from Garfield Country Church. Burial will be at Garfield Township Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were made by Wolfe-O’Neill Funeral Home, our family serving yours.