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add to favorites Caroline Bell Landers
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Caroline Bell Landers of Weidman and formerly of Marion went home to be with her Lord on March 13, 2015, at the Woodland Hospice House in Mt. Pleasant. She was 71.

She was born on Nov. 10, 1943, in Winterfield Twp., Clare County to Wilfred and Freda (Gaskill) Landers.

She loved to go out to eat, go on vacations, and birds.

She is survived by her siblings, Donna (Barney) Maynard of McBain, Wilfred (Dianna) Landers of Sebring, Florida, Richard (Andrea) Landers of Adrian and Ronnie (Donna) Landers of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Also, there are many nieces and nephews that are surviving.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; and a brother, Sam Landers.

Funeral services were March 16 at the Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain with Rev. Adam Grill officiating.

Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery at Marion.

Memorial contributions may be made to the building and maintenance fund at the Lucas Rehoboth Reformed Church.

Thoughts and prayers may be left at www.burk
add to favorites Lawrence Baker
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Lawrence Baker of Lake City passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Hilltop Manor Nursing Home in Roscommon. He was 89.

Lawrence was born Feb. 4, 1926, in Sparta, Tennessee to G.H. and Ova (Elrod) Baker.

He was married to the former Geraldine Hook in 1948.

Lawrence was proud to serve his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1944 to 1946 during which time he received the Purple Heart.

He retired from Chrysler Automotive and was a member of the American Legion Post #300 in Lake City. He enjoyed hunting and especially cherished his grandchildren.

Surviving him are his four children; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a twin sister.

Internment will take place on the family plot in the Baker Cemetery in Sparta, Tennessee.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Legion Post #300 in Lake City.

An online obituary may be viewed and condolences offered by visiting
add to favorites Angela Elizabeth Margurite Cannello
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Angela Elizabeth Margurite Cannello of Lake City, formally of Sault St. Marie, MI, passed away Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at her daughter’s home. She was 88.

Angela was born in Crossgar, County Down, Northern Ireland (Ulster) to Alfred and Anne (Stockman) Alexander on June 4, 1926.

During WWII, Angela and a close friend Rose, went to work in London, England, at Atheium’s in the Mall a short way from Buckingham Palace. It was there on June 4 they served dinner to General Eisenhower and several other officials before D-Day.

She went back to Maghera, Northern Ireland to visit her mother. While there, she met Frank Smith who was stationed with the 552nd Engineers. He was sent to North Africa, then Italy. Three years later they married on June 25, 1945. Her sister, Mary Alexander and Willard Littlefield stood up for them.

Angela and her daughter Sandra came to the United States in March 1947, on the ship M.S. John Ericsson. After disembarking, the ship burned in the New York Harbor. After some delays they arrived in the Sault on March 4, 1947. After 22 years Angela and Frank were divorced. In June of 1968 she married James Cannello.

Angela worked at the Soo Theater, Cowans, and was last employed at The Hub where she was a manager until the store closed in 1979.

She took up golf and was the club champion and also made some hole in ones.

Just prior to her passing, she came to live with Sandra and Dean.

A special thank you to Munson Hospice, Cadillac. and also Mrs. James (Julie) Kibbe of Sault St. Marie, who went above and beyond to help care for my mother.

She is survived by her husband, James; daughter, Sandra (Dean) DuVall of Lake City; sister, Mary Murphy, Auckland, New Zealand; grandchildren, Kelly (Robin) Dormon, Mackinaw Island, MI, and Kerry (Tim) Carpenter, Adrian, MI; great grandchildren, Jeffrey (Ashley) Cunningham of St. John’s, MI; Chris (Cory) Dorman of VT, Joli (Matt) Heavin of IN and great-great grandchildren, Henry, Samantha and Clarabelle and one to be born in May 2015.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers; Sammy, Tommy, Alfie, Noel, Robbie and Isaiah; and former husband, Frank.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, March 21 at the Moddersville Reformed Church with Rev. Sherwin (Chic) Broersma officiating.

Memorial contributions can be directed to Moddersville Reformed Church or Munson Hospice, Cadillac.

To send a condolence an online obituary may be viewed at
add to favorites Barbara Ellen Guernsey
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Barbara Ellen Guernsey of Lake City passed away, Sunday, March 15, 2015, at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was 81.

Barbara was born Sept. 23, 1933, in Columbus, Ohio to William and Edna (Musser) Hand.
She married Wallace Guernsey April 23, 1994, in Cadillac.

Barbara was a cook at the Bavarian Café and also employed at Foster’s Market in Lake City before becoming program director for the Michigan Mental Health in Cadillac where she retired.

She was a coach and volunteered for the Special Olympics in the local area.

Barbara had a love of music, crafts, cooking, collecting sewing machines and a special talent of being able to repair just about anything.

She loved and cherished her husband and children, but placed God above all.

Barbara is survived by her husband Wallace; and her children, Dan (Elyse) LaBelle of Sulfur Wells, KY, Janet (Fred) Bartholomew of Lake City, Michael (Karen) Foster of Searcy, AR, Debbie Booms of Cadillac, Mary (Mike) Snyder of Lake City, Patti (Stantley) Rogers Jr. of Manton, Paula (Britt) Vickers of Lake City and Elizabeth (Matthew) Sinor of Elizabethtown, KY.

Many grandchildren; great grandchildren; and great-great grandchildren survive her as well.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Kenneth Hand Sr.

Funeral services were March 18 at the Young Funeral Home with Pastor Dale Killingbeck officiating.

Burial will take place in the Lake City Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of choice.

An online obituary may be viewed and condolences offered by visiting
add to favorites Allen 'Al' Arthur Porter
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Allen "Al" Arthur Porter of Lake City, Michigan, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2015, at his home. He was 64.

Allen was born July 12, 1950, in Detroit, Michigan to Lloyd John and Edith Marie (Anderson) Porter. He served in the United States Army and resided in Germany until he was discharged in 1970.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University and was a builder and computer technician by trade.

Allen married the former Donna Gene Smith Aug. 7, 1971, and they welcomed two children during their marriage: Ashley and Hillary. The Porter family relocated from Detroit to Lake City, Michigan in the spring of 1988, where Allen spent much of his time working on and adding to their log cabin.

He enjoyed computer technology, politics and conversation. He was a highly intelligent, funny man and always tried to help others.

Al requested that no memorial or service be held, but his family wishes for those that knew and were positively affected by him to celebrate his life while you think of him.

Allen is survived by his daughter, Hillary Baldwin and her husband, Quinn Baldwin; two grandchildren, Bennett and Beau Baldwin; and his former wife Donna Porter, all of Memphis, Tennessee.

He is preceded in death by his son, Ashley Porter of Lake City, Michigan; his mother, Edith Porter; and grandparents, Arthur and Dorothy Anderson of Detroit, Michigan.

"The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it." ~ Ernest Hemingway

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add to favorites Bernice May LeBeau
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Bernice May LeBeau of Lake City, formerly of Southgate, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2015. She was 94.

Beloved wife of the late Allen W. LeBeau. Loving mother of Beverly (Larry) Brammer, Sharon (Jon) Kipke, Patricia (Robert) Allen and Douglas (Terri) LeBeau. Dear sister of June Lawrence. Dearest grandmother of 12 and great-grandmother of 20.

Funeral service at was March 8 at R. J. Nixon Funeral Home 2544 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte, MI.
Interment was at Glen Eden Cemetery, Livonia. Memorials suggested to St. John's Lutheran Church Youth Ministry 3815 S. Morey Road, Lake City, MI 49651.

Arrangements handled by R. J. Nixon Funeral Home.
add to favorites Phillip F. Molitor
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Phillip F. Molitor passed away on March 6, 2015, at Belle Oakes Living Center. He was 89.

Phil was born on March 17, 1925, in Houghton Lake, Michigan to Charles and Ruth (Johnson) Molitor. He graduated from Lake City High School in 1943.

He served in the 326th Army Air Force during WW II as an airplane and engine mechanic from 1943-1946. He often told that after repairing an airplane, the pilot would say, “Okay, let’s go for a ride.” Phil was a member of the American Legion Post #300 in Lake City for 70 years.

On Aug. 6, 1949, he married Lorna Stephan at the First Presbyterian Church in Lake City. They were married for 57 years before she passed away on May 11, 2007.

He was employed at the Missaukee County Road Commission in the parts department for over 32 years. Even after retirement, he often went back to have coffee with the employees.

Phil and Lorna enjoyed camping in their travel trailer and going on bus tours. They spent several winters at Southern Charm RV Park in Zephyrhills, Florida. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, and puttering in his garage, as well as mowing the lawn with his riding mower. He could fix just about anything mechanical.

Phil is survived by his son, Daniel (Pam) Molitor; and daughter, Donna (John) Beals, both of Lake City; grandchildren, Charlie and Ryan Molitor of Lake City, Kristy (Rich) Sarau of Chassell, and Kevin Beals of Boise, Idaho; great-grandchildren, Bryant, Phillip, Johnathon, and Anessa Molitor, Kathryn, Richard, Elizabella, and Robert Sarau; brothers, Keith (Sally) Molitor of Saginaw, MI/Holiday, FL and Russell (Margaret) Molitor of Lake City.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Evelyn Molitor; and brother, Elon Calkins.

Funeral service was held at the Young Funeral Home March 10 with Rev. Jan Jasperse of the First Presbyterian Church officiating.

Military honors will be provided by the American Legion Post #300 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Lake City Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to the First Presbyterian Church or to Hospice of Michigan.

Condolences may be made to the family at
add to favorites Dawn Marie Taul
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Dawn Marie Taul of Marion passed away March 5, 2015, at Autumnwood of McBain. She was 49.

Dawn was born March 14, 1965, in Lansing to Gary Phelan and Carolyn Taul. Dawn was a homemaker and she enjoyed gardening, crocheting and listening to music.

Dawn is survived by her children, Deana (Michael) Littlebear of Cadillac, Nathan Vaughn, Nickolas Vaughn and Allen Vaughn all of Marion; grandchildren, Stephan Hoekwater, Dylan Hoekwater, Marina Hoekwater, Julian Littlebear and Lyric Littlebear all of Cadillac; mother, Carolyn Vaughn of Marion; sister, Deana (Tony) Ashby; and brother, Tony Taul both of Marion. She is also survived by special friend Terry Ankney.
Dawn was preceded in death by her bother Chad Taul.

Funeral services were March 10 at Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain with Rev. Duane Timmermans officiating.

Burial took place in the Middle Branch Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the family.

Thoughts and prayers for the family may be left at www.burk
add to favorites Donald (Don) Shuff
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Donald (Don) Shuff of Friday Harbor, WA, died unexpectedly at his home on San Juan Island on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. He was 51.

A gathering will take place in Friday Harbor, WA. On Saturday, March 14, a gathering will take place at the Lake City Eagles on M-55 in Lake City at 1 p.m.

Don was born in Dearborn, MI on Nov. 30, 1963, to Raymond P. Shuff Jr. and Joy M. (Leffler) Shuff.
He was welcomed home by sisters Bridgette and Lori. Don was raised in Troy, MI until 1975 when his family moved to Lake City, MI. He graduated from Lake City High School.

In 1985 Don married Melissa Crowder. In 1987 they had son, Eric. Then in 1988 they welcomed daughter Nichole.

From 1994 to 2007 Don owned and operated Shuff Concrete Placement in South Lyon, MI. Don has always been a lifelong, hard worker. One of his greatest passions was working alongside his son, Eric, passing on his skills of the mason trade.

After South Lyon, in 2007 Don and Eric went to Friday Harbor, WA to do a concrete job, from which Don did not return to live back in MI. Don loved the island life and he has many, many great friends there.

Don is survived by his son, Eric (Meaggan) Shuff; daughter Nichole Shuff; granddaughters Ava and Audrey Shuff; father Ray Shuff; sister Lori (Rob) Warson; several nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews.

Preceding Don in death was sister Bridgette (Shuff) Kelley in 1992; mother, Joy M. Brunett in 2011; step-father, John Brunett also in 2011; and step-mother, Kathy (Brining) Shuff in 2006.
add to favorites William A. Jones
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William A. Jones of Manton passed away on Feb. 26, 2015, at the Seasons of Life Foster Care Center north Lake City. He was 80.

He was born on Feb. 21, 1935, in Cadillac to Clarence and Bernetta (Caldwell) Jones. He lived his entire life in the Manton area.

He had worked at Chris Craft Boat Company and Wedin International in Cadillac. He loved to fish, hunt, bowl, go mushrooming and his pets. He really enjoyed helping others.

He leaves behind three children and grandchildren, son, William D. Jones of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Eli Mercer and Shanti Barnes; daughter, Brenda (Gary) Gilmore of Manton; grandchildren, Becky (Scott) DeYoung with Benjamin and William, Amy and Erin Palmer and Madison Gilmore; daughter, Barbara (Mike) Waite of Manton; and grandchildren, Michael Waite of Grand Rapids, Greg (Heather) Waite with Andrew and Greg Waite of Seattle, Washington, Andrea Waite with Tristin and Riley of Jenison.

Also surviving are brothers, Pete (Sue) Jones of Cadillac and Terry (Helen) Jones of Manton.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Bernetta and Clarence Jones; brothers, Theodore, Chuck, and Frances Jones.

A Celebration of Life will be announced later.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North West Michigan Hospice. Thoughts and prayers may be left at
add to favorites Barbara Jean Winchell
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Barbara Jean Winchell of Riverdale, Georgia, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Southern Crescent Hospital. She was 76.

The daughter of Florence Hohman was born July 13, 1938, in Pontiac, and graduated from high school in Lake City.

Barbara’s vast array of interests began in high school. She was a majorette, participated in 4-H, and was involved with the debate team. In addition, she was an avid reader and loved solving cryptogram puzzles. Barbara was a member of Brats in Red Hats for many years. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Barbara is survived by her mother, Florence Hohman of Midland; sister, Margaret Besey of Frankenmuth; son, James Winchell (Julie Keysor) of Rock Hill, SC; daughter, Stephanie (Ricky) Alvarez of Riverdale, GA; daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Winchell (Charley Robinson) of Sanford; nephews and niece, Chris (Michele) Besey of San Francisco, CA; Matthew Besey (Leslie Molnar) of Holly; Deana (Jeff) Chamberlain of Marion; grandchildren, Jennifer (Shane) Talbot, David (Leah) Winchell, William, Andrew (Eric) , and Sara Winchell (Joel Renteria), and Xavier Alvarez; great-grandchildren Shane Thomas and Jonathan Talbot, Caitlin Johnson, Bradley and Kristopher Winchell; lifetime friends Norine (Jim) Hall of Coleman, and others Matthew (Brittany) Novak of Lake Havasu City, AZ, Samantha (Scott, Jasmyn) Anderson of Bay City, and Stephanie Novak of Midland. In addition to her step-father, Gordon Truax; and father, Thomas Stokes; she was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, James C. Winchell; and beloved son, Bradley V. Winchell.

A memorial service for Barbara will be held in Riverdale, GA, Sunday, March 8 at 1:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Ministries Church of God in Christ with Elder Albert Green officiating.

In addition, a memorial service will be held in Midland, MI, Saturday, April 11 at 11 a.m. at Eagle Ridge Church of God with the Pastor Julie Allen-Wiseman officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
The family requests that no flowers be sent.