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June 2010

Peter David Zelesket
June 13, 1952 -- June 16, 2010


     Peter D. Zelesket, age 58, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Wednesday, June 16 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Peter was born on June 13, 1952 in Mt. Pleasant. His mother is Barbara Landon Zelesket of Mt. Pleasant, MI. His father is Peter Zelesket of Mt. Pleasant, MI.
     A celebration of Peter’s life was held on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 2:00 PM from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Chuck Swarthout officiating. Interment was in Chippewa Township Cemetery. The family will received friends at Helms Funeral Home on Friday, June 18, from 5 to 8 pm.
     Peter was a lifetime resident of the area and was employed as a counselor at Central Michigan Mental Health Center. He enjoyed antique shopping, gardening, decorating, stained glass artwork, motorcycle riding, and his circle of close friends.
Peter is survived by his mother, Barbara Landon of Mt. Pleasant; a brother, Jonathan Landon of Springboro, OH; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Helen V. Horvath
October 16, 1918 -- June 15, 2010


     Helen Valerie Galgoci Horvath, age 91, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at Central Michigan Community Hospital. Helen was born on October 16, 1918 in East Chicago, Indiana, the daughter of Walter and Rose (Fejes) Galgoci.
     Helen was a resident of Mt. Pleasant since 1985, when she moved back from Florida, where she had lived for several years. She was employed for several years at Central Michigan University in the food service department. Helen and her husband also owned and operated the Scotty Restaurant from 1944-1948. She was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was a member of the Catholic Daughters, and a Eucharist Minister at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility and the hospital for many years. She was a member of the Red Cross Clown Corp with the clown name ‘Nellie”, a member of the Befriender Program, and was honored as Volunteer of the Week with the Morning Sun. She traveled to Hungary, and to Rome, where she saw the Pope. She was a wonderful Hungarian cook, and enjoyed her flowers, especially geraniums, and feeding the birds. Helen was the last of her generation of the Galgoci family.
     A celebration of Helen’s life was held on Friday, June 18, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Chadwick Brown of the Cornerstone Wesleyan Church officiating. Interment followed the service in Calvary Cemetery. Friends gathered with the family on Friday from 1-2 p.m. Memorial contributions in Helen’s memory are suggested to the wishes of the family. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Survivors include her daughter, Kathleen and William Davis of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren: Randall Warren and his children, Gage and Kayle; Thadeus and Wendy Warren and their children, Buddy (Laurence) and Joshua; Sadie Lalk and former husband Gregory Lalk and their children, Nathan, Kyal, and Kurtis; and Kara Davis and Tony Schoen and their children, Tyler and Andrew; and also several nieces and nephews. Helen was preceded in death by her husbands, Laurence Warren and Andrew Horvath, both parents, four brothers: Steve, Emery, Rudy and Walter Galgoci and four sisters: Elizabeth Galgoci, Margaret Graham, Irma Szabo, and Rose Salchert.
     A long time family friend, Amy Medford, was with Helen comforting her while she peacefully passed.

Thomas J. Williamson
September 15, 1926 -- June 7, 2010

     Thomas John Williamson, 83, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Monday, June 7, 2010 at the Laurels of Mt. Pleasant. Funeral services are pending.


Henry I. Seeley
December 18, 1919 -- June 6, 2010

     Henry Ira Seeley, age 90, of Shepherd, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2010 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant. Henry was born on December 18, 1919 in Oil City, Michigan, the son of Amos and Mary (Mullins) Seeley. On May 14, 1955, he married the former Beverly Clare in Isabella County. Beverly preceded Henry in death on October 7, 2002.
     As a lifetime resident of the Oil City area, Henry had several different jobs. He worked in the oil fields for Austin Trucking, Daily Crude Oil Company, Robinson Oil, and Long & Wetzel. He also farmed, and was a custodian at Central Michigan University for twenty-three years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting deer and small game, and was known “to enjoy his beer”, coffee, and cookies.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Connie Bongard officiating. Interment followed the service in Kelly Cemetery, Oil City, beside his wife, Beverly. Friends gathered with the family on Tuesday, June 8 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions in Henry’s memory have suggested to the family. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Survivors include Henry’s children: Roy and Patricia Seeley of Shepherd, Henry Charles and Cindy Seeley of Midland, and Marge Seeley of Mt. Pleasant; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren, and a sister, Viola Robinson of Midland County. Henry was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly, and brothers: Lou, Earl, Ray, Walter, and Frederick.


Paul W. Marsh
March 5, 1925 -- June 5, 2010

     Paul Windle Marsh, age 85, of Newberry, Michigan, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at the Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey. Paul was born on March 5, 1925 in Keaton, Kentucky, the son of Hubert W. and Malta Cantrell Marsh.
    A celebration of Paul’s life was held on Friday, June 11, 2010 at 11:00 AM from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor James Turner of the First Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in Memorial Gardens next to his wife after the service at the funeral home. Military Honors were conducted at the graveside by the VFW Post 3033 and the American Legion Post 110. The family gathered with friends on Thursday, June 10, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm at the funeral home.
     Paul was a teacher of science and physical education. He taught in California and in the Mt. Pleasant Schools for 18 years. He married Grace Louise March who preceded him in death on May 17, 2008. He was a member of the Southern Baptist Church Christian Fellowship and a life member of the VFW Borley-Hanel Post 3033 in Mt. Pleasant. Paul was a veteran of the Army during WWII, serving as a corporal in the Pacific Theater, and was involved with the battles on New Guinea and Luzon. He enjoyed golfing, working on his Studebaker truck, reading his bible, and walking his cat, “Cat”, on a leash.
     Paul is survived by his three children, Robert Marsh of Bend, OR, Toni Marsh of Newberry, and Jay Marsh of Mariposa, CA; and eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and a granddaughter, Brittany Marsh.

Sedena M. McReavy
November 16, 1919 — June 1, 2010



     Sedena M. McReavy, age 90, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on June 1, 2010 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility. Sedena was born on November 16, 1919 in Isabella County, the daughter of Frank and Anna Billington Howay.
     Funeral services for Sedena were held on Friday, June 4, 2010 at 11:00 am from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Gordon Rydman of the Central Baptist Church officiating. Interment followed the service at Memorial Gardens. The family greeted friends at Helms Funeral Home on Thursday from 5 to 8 pm. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Isabella County Medical Care Facility, the Isabella County Commission on Aging or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
     Sedena was a lifetime resident of the area and married Thomas Earl McReavy in Bay City, Michigan. She was a member of the Central Baptist Church and was employed at Ferro Stamping for a few years. She loved her trips to Alabama visiting her family and babysitting. Sedena was a wonderful cook and her grandchildren remarked about the cookies she would send to them.
     Sedena was survived by her daughter, Wilma M. Canterbury of Vernon, Alabama; four grandchildren: Elizabeth Gustavsen of Mississippi, Brenda Merchant, Robert Canterbury, and Linda Kelly, all of Alabama; eleven great grandchildren; twelve great great grandchildren; also two sisters, Ruth Rock of Mt. Pleasant and Catherine Tiedeman of Clare, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Roger; a granddaughter, Margaret Ann; a son-in-law, Lorenze ’Sam’ Canterbury; two sisters, Annabelle Fischer and Eleanor Feltman; and five brothers, Earl, George, Lyle, Charles, and Russell Howay.
     The family extended a special thanks to her niece, Pauline Fischer and the caregivers and staff at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility for the love and attention these past three years.

May 2010

Ronan Jay Pulver
May 31, 2010

     Ronan Jay Pulver, stillborn infant son of Mark and Jennifer Pulver, passed away on Monday, May 31, 2010 at Central Michigan Community Hospital.
     Ronan is survived by his parents of Lansing, Michigan.

Deanna I. Howe
August 20, 1940 -- May 26, 2010


     Deanna I. Howe, age 69, of Remus, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at the Woodland Hospice House near Mt. Pleasant. Deanna was born on August 20, 1940 in Broomfield Township, Isabella County, Michigan, the daughter of Richard Gerald and Viola Priscilla (Heckert) Dean. She married Joseph Clarence Howe on July 10, 1965 in Holt, Michigan.
     Deanna was a member of the Millbrook Church of God. She enjoyed listening to Elvis Presley, playing bingo, and enjoyed flowers. Deanna was employed as a hostess for Burger King for almost twenty years. She was a lifetime area resident.
     Survivors include her husband, Joe, daughters: JoDee (Germain) Hawver of Mt. Pleasant, and Heidi Howe and her friend, Henry Bretthauer of Sheridan, Wyoming; eight grandchildren; three brothers: Ben Dean, Chuck Dean, and Richard Dean; sister, Carolyn Thomas; and a special bingo friend, Pat Sawyer of Blanchard, Michigan. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jim Dean.
     In following Deanna’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service is planned for a later date. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the needs of the family, or to Woodland Hospice. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.

Lois Moore Kabbe
July 4, 1918 -- May 23, 2010


     Lois Moore Kabbe passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at Woodland Hospice in Mt. Pleasant with family at her side.
     Lois was born July 4, 1918 on a homestead in eastern Montana, the daughter of Evaleana Cole and Herman Moore. She married Frederick Carl Kabbe on July 6, 1939. She was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area for more than fifty years.
     Lois spent her adult life living a healthy lifestyle of organic food and regular exercise. With her family, she raised and preserved most of the food the family consumed. Her physical conditioning was such that in her late 50’s she beat her middle son in a two mile foot race.
     Sewing was a lifelong passion. As a child she sewed beautiful aprons, in her adult years she made many of her children’s clothes, in her later years she sewed quilts and did machine embroidery. She co-owned with her daughter-in-law Connie Kabbe (Bob) the Quilters’ Point quilt shop in Mt. Pleasant. She used a personal computer and computer driven embroidery machine which is amazing for a woman who used slate and chalk on her first day of school.
     Lois was a graduate of Hart High School, Western Michigan University (BS), and Central Michigan University (MS). She taught science and math at five area high schools, retiring in 1971. She co-authored a college science text book with Fred that was used by several colleges for many years.
     Lois’ other great passion was genealogy. She researched, collected, organized and shared masses of family history information. She and Fred spent months in Europe during retirement researching distant relatives. Unintentionally she and Fred became owners of the remaining real estate and personal records of the Aladdin Company based in Bay City. She thoroughly enjoyed researching the family history of the company’s owners. She and Fred donated the business and personal records to the Clark Historical Library at Central Michigan University where the “Aladdin Collection” remains one of the Library’s most accessed archives.
     Survivors include her children: Marilyn (Don) Moorman of Michigan, Carl Kabbe of South Carolina, Jon (Alie) Kabbe of Michigan, Jerry (Luda) Kabbe of Colorado, and Robert (Connie) Kabbe of Michigan; grandchildren: Laura (Sanjay) Bhat, Sharon Osborn, Cathy (Jeff) Nourie, Nancy (Mike) Nally, Jeff (Natalia) Kabbe, Shana Kabbe, Angela Kabbe, and Emily Kabbe; and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and by Fred, her husband of 69 years.
     Memorial contributions in Lois’ memory may be made to the Union of Concerned Scientists, Two Brattle Square, Cambridge, MA 02238-9105 or to Woodland Hospice 2597 S. Meridian Rd. Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
     She was an embroiderer of life, cloth, and great stories. She will be missed.

Sanford W. Eichhorn
May 15, 1927 -- May 19, 2010


     Sanford Willilam Eichhorn, age 83, of Alma, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at Gratiot Medical Center in Alma. He was born on May 15, 1927 in Mesick, Michigan, the son of Ira Theodore and Ada Ardella (Wheat) Eichhorn.
     Sanford was retired from the Mt. Pleasant Regional Center in 1989 after twenty-two years of service as a cook. He was a life member of the VFW Post in Howard City, Michigan. He also enjoyed dancing and hunting. He was a veteran of the US Army, serving from 1952 to 1956, and was discharged with the rank of Corporal. He was a resident of Isabella County for most of his life.
     Services celebrating Sanford’s life will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. John Boley of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Honor Guard services will take place following the committal service in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Friends may gather with the family on Friday, May 21 at the Heckman Funeral Home, 225 E. Edgerton Street, Howard City, Michigan from 1-3 p.m., and then at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Howard City VFW Post. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Sanford is survived by his three daughters: Debbie Eichhorn of Blanchard, Connie Eichhorn of Alma, and Candy and Rich Davidson of Alma, thirteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by both parents, a son Mark Allen Eichhorn on July 21, 1992, a great great granddaughter, nine bothers: Lilford, Cletis

Gary W. Smith
June 25, 1941 -- May 17, 2010


     Garry William Smith, age 69, of Weidman, Michigan passed away on Monday, May 17, 2010 at Sparrow Health System in Lansing, Michigan. Garry was born on June 25, 1941 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the son of Harry and Arlene (Stahl) Smith. He married the former Susan Bell on November 6, 1976 in Jackson, Michigan.
     Garry spent his working career living in Lansing and DeWitt, Michigan while working as a mechanic for UPS for twenty eight years. He also lived in Detroit for a few years, and for many years in Weidman. Garry was a member of the UPS Old Timers Club, a former member of the Moose and Elks Lodges, and a former member of the Capital Area Corvette Club. He was a currently a member of the Coldwater Lake Property Owners Association and was the current Zone Director. He enjoyed fixing things with engines, especially lawn mowers. He also enjoyed hanging out on his porch and talking with people. Garry was a veteran of the US Army, serving January 1967 to December 1968.
     A memorial service celebrating Garry’s life will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Wayne Stahl officiating. Friends will meet with the family from 10 to 11 a.m. Memorial contributions in Garry’s memory may be made to Sparrow Home Hospice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Garry is survived by his wife, Susan; children, Shane Smith and his girl friend, Misty Ackley of Weidman, and Danielle and James Ives of DeWitt; two grandchildren: Carter and Josie Ives. He was preceded in death by his parents and his only brother, Terry.

John R. Parker
September 22, 1954 -- May 7, 2010


     John Ralph Parker, age 56, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on May 7, 2010 at his home in Mt. Pleasant. John was born on September 22, 1954, in Cass City, Michigan the son of Charles and Beverly (Lootens) Parker.
     John had been employed as a painter and welder in the automotive industry for several years. He enjoyed going to the casino and watching cartoons. He was a resident of Mt. Pleasant since 1974, moving here from Cass City.
     A memorial celebration of John’s life was held on Friday, May 21, at 1:00 pm at the Central Michigan Free Methodist Church with Pastor Jason Leininger officiating. Graveside services will be held at a later date at Woodland Cemetery, Rosebush, Michigan.
John is survived by his brother, David (Rachel) Parker, adopted brother, Quentin Parker; several nieces and nephews, Danielle, Jacob, David Jr., Christina, and Donovan all of Mt. Pleasant; and several aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by both parents, and a sister, Jeanne.
     Memorial contributions in John’s memory may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.

April 2010

 

Mary Jane Downey
June 25, 1928 -- April 29, 2010

     Mary Jane Downey, age 81, of Harrison, Michigan died Thursday evening, April 29, 2010 at her home. Mary was born on June 25, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Leon and Berniece Thompson Dittmar.
     A private family service will be held.
     On July 12, 1952, Mary and William Downey were married in Detroit. They were residents of Harrison since 1961 where they owned and operated a restaurant from 1961 to 1972 and then owned and operated an appliance store from 1972 until their retirement in 1996.
     Mary is survived by her husband William; two daughters, Ann and William Thayer of Mt. Pleasant and Susan Tek of Tucson, Arizona; four grandchildren; and a brother, Donald Dittmar of Brighton. She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

William W. Stinson
October 6, 1963 -- April 17, 2010

     William W. Stinson, age 46, of Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Sparrow Healthcare System in Lansing. William was born on October 6, 1963 in Petoskey, Michigan, the son of John and Bertha Washburn Stinson.
     William served in the US Army in the early 1980’s and had been a resident of Mt. Pleasant since 1987. He was employed as a chef at the Soaring Eagle Casino for 14 years. He was a member of the Petoskey First Baptist Church, the NRA, TAPS, and the Civil Air Patrol.
     A memorial visitation and service was held on Thursday, April 22, 2010 from 5 to 7 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions were suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Envelopes were available at the funeral home.
     William is survived by his two children, CaSondra Stinson of Sault Ste. Marie and Joshua Stinson of Farwell; his special friend, Pandora Bliss and her children, Scott, Brittney, and Jackie Bliss, all of Mt. Pleasant; his dog, Bailey; a brother, Stan Stinson of Mt. Pleasant; a sister, River Debra Stinson and her partner Amanda Heinlein of Fort Howard, Maryland; special friends, Ted and Melissa who took care of him; his hunting partner, Toby Gauthier; his Aunt Betty and Uncle Don Avery; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John Stinson and Gary Stinson; and a sister, Susan Stinson.

March 2010

Donna Lastelle Howe
December 2, 1920 - March 27, 2010

     Donna Lastelle Howe, age 89, passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility in Mt. Pleasant. Donna was born on December 2, 1920 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Clinton and Lois (Kobel) Secord. On May 14, 1941, she married Walter Sterling Howe in Lansing, Michigan. Walter preceded Donna in death on November 20, 1996.
     Donna was a resident of the area for the past three years. She was a homemaker who enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, word search, knitting, crocheting, and listening to The Irish Tenors.
     A funeral service celebrating Donna’s life was held on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 2 p.m.at the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Norman Hall officiating. Interment took place in Two Rivers Cemetery, Isabella County beside her husband. The family gathered with friends on Monday, March 29 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
     Survivors include her children: Walter and Sally Howe of Weidman, Sharron and Phil Baker of Nunica, Michigan, Susanne and William Martin of Charlevoix, Michigan, and Diane Sharp of Grand Haven, Michigan along with fourteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Donna was preceded in death by her husband, a son David in 1969, a great granddaughter Jennifer in 2010, five brothers, and four sisters.


Helen Ann Morris
September 15, 1934 - March 26, 2010

     Helen Ann Morris, age 75, of Farwell, Michigan, passed away on Friday, March 26, 2010 at her home. Helen was born on September, 15, 1934 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the daughter of Luke and Bertha (Bazaire) Cotter. She married Richard Morris on June 14, 1952 in Beal City. Richard preceded her in death on August 25, 1996.
     Helen was a lifetime resident of the area. For nineteen years, she was employed as a Nurse’s Aide for the Isabella County Medical Care Facility. She then was employed for six and a half years in the food service department at Central Michigan University. Helen was a member of St. Henry’s Catholic Church, the Eagles Club of Clare, and the Moose Lodge in Clare. She enjoyed traveling, being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and her friends. She also enjoyed gardening and going to casinos.
     Survivors include her companion, Hank DeLong, Sr., her children: Sue and Ed Pohl of Farwell, John and Tammy Morris of Rosebush, and Richard and Helen Morris, Jr. of Mt. Pleasant. Six grandchildren: Bill, Sarah, and Katie Morris, Johnny and Rebecca Morris, and Travis and Tracey Pohl; four great grandchildren: Justin, Makanzie, Aryania, and Lorain. Also surviving is a brother, Dale and Mavelyn Cotter of Mt. Pleasant, and a sister, Violett and Vern Gross of Rosebush. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, both parents, a son Stephen Morris, a brother Lyle Cotter, and a sister-in-law Jan Cotter.
     A funeral service celebrating Helen’s life was held on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Jim Young officiating. Interment was in Gilmore Township Cemetery, Isabella County, beside her husband, Richard. Friends gathered with the family on Monday, March 29 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home and again on Tuesday prior to the service.

 

Krystal Angel Garza
March 17, 2010

     Krystal Angel Garza, infant daughter of Rudolfo and Thalia (Rodriguez) Garza, Jr. of Mt. Pleasant, was born and passed away on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant.
     Private graveside services will be held for the family.
     Survivors include Krystal’s parents, her siblings, her grandparents: Dolores and Daniel Hernandez, Rudolfo Garza, Sr., Maria and Daniel Huerta, Lionel Rodriguez, and Maria Lopez, great grandparents: Esmergilea Olizdares, and Juan and Nena Rodriguez, and many aunts and uncles.
     The family wishes to express their thanks to all of the nurses on the OB Unit at Central Michigan Community Hospital. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the family to help with expenses. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.

Lila Hope Simcox
June 26, 1918-March 12, 2010

     Lila Hope Simcox, age 92, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Friday, March 12, 2010 at Masonic Pathways in Alma, Michigan. Cremation has taken place, and a memorial celebration of her life is being planned at a later date for family and friends.
     Lila was born on June 26, 1918 to Reverend Ralph and Gladys (Perry) Silvernail of St. Johns, Michigan. Lila married Howard G. Simcox on March 28, 1937 in Eureka, Michigan. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mt. Pleasant, and a lifelong member of the Eastern Star. Lila graduated from the Wilde Conservatory of Music in 1941 and appeared as a regular concert pianist with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. She earned her associate degree in Fashion Design from Northwestern University in 1960. During WW II, she was trained as a Special Agent for the FBI while her husband served in the Military Intelligence. She loved music, fashion and home design, and serving the Lord.
     Lila was preceded in death by her husband Howard, her sister, Rhea Faith (Silvernail) Smith, and a grandson, Richard Martin Lemons. She is survived by her daughter, Marilyne E. (Simcox) Hunt and her husband Donald, of Seminole, Florida; her son, Reverend James H. Simcox and his wife Clare of Shepherd, Michigan; five grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. If you wish to send a card of condolence or share a memory of Lila, you may do so directly with the family or through Helms Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant.

Charles Edward Barth, Jr.
January 30, 1939 — March 12, 2010

     Charles Edward Barth, Jr. “Ed”, passed away on Friday, March 12, 2010 at Central Michigan Community Hospital. Ed was born on January 30, 1939 in Marysville, California, the son of Charles and Jean Swope Barth, Sr. and was raised in Gridley, CA
     After graduating from Gridley High School, Ed joined the US Navy and was on the maiden voyage of the USS Ranger where he got to see the world. In his late twenties, Ed traveled north, turned right and ended up in Michigan where he spent the next 40 years.
Ed received his BA, MA, and Psych Specialist from Central Michigan University. He worked as a school psychologist for the Gratiot Isabella RESA and as a staff psychologist for the Regional Center.
     Ed had a strong musical background and could play several instruments. He enjoyed sailing, books, theater, and his favorite pastime of bringing people together and sharing information.
     Ed was survived by his mother, Jeanne Greenley of Mt. Pleasant; a daughter, Dr. Keely Callahan of Tampa, Florida; and his beloved, Jane Wittkopp of Mt. Pleasant.
     A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, March 20 at 1:00 pm. The family will greet friends on Friday, March 19 from 6 to 8 pm at Helms Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Dan Bridenstein Memorial Foundation or to the charity of one’s choice. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.

Amanda Dawn Chomo
July 11, 1980 - March 6, 2010

     Amanda Dawn Chomo, age 29, of Remus, MI passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Amanda was born July 11, 1980 in Americus, Georgia, the daughter of Virginia Chomo.
     Memorial services for Amanda will be held at 1:30 p.m. pm Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the Remus 1st Church of God. Interment of her cremated remains will be in County Line Cemetery, Buena Vista, Georgia at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Amanda was a resident of the Remus area for the last five years. She loved crafts, fishing, and cooking.
Amanda is survived by her mother and step father, Virginia and Ted Arnold of Remus; a brother and his wife, Joseph and Erin Shelton of Henderson, NC; and two step sisters, Rebecca Arnold of Jackson and Rosemary Arnold of Mason; and a nephew, Joseph Shelton, Jr. She was preceded in death by her father, grandparents, and a brother, Johnathon.

Thelma M. Rowe
June 25, 1919 -- March 4, 2010

     Thelma Margaret Rowe, age 90, of Mt. Pleasant, died Thursday, March 4, 2010 at the Laurels of Mt. Pleasant. Thelma was born on June 25, 1919 in Cheboygan, Michigan the daughter of Peter J. and Iva Mae Dumaw Morrow.

     A celebration of the Funeral Mass were held on Monday, March 8, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Fr. Loren Kalinowski as the celebrant. Friends called at Helms Funeral Home on Sunday, March 7, from 4 to 6 pm and an hour before the services at Sacred Heart. The Rosary was recited at 6:00 PM. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzeimer’s Association or to Woodland Hospice.

     On November 28, 1945, Thelma married Howard S. Rowe in Detroit. She was a resident of Mt. Pleasant for more than 60 years. Thelma worked in the office for Roosevelt Oil Company as well as Dowell Oil Company in Mt. Pleasant for several years. She also was a secretary in the Central Michigan University Public Safety for 15 years. Thelma was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was involved in the Altar Society. She was a member of the Moose and enjoyed spending time at Houghton Lake and travelling the United States.

     Thelma is survived by her brother and sister in law, Donald and Donna Morrow of Cheboygan; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard in 2005; three sisters, Marie McCormick, Lawilda Cronk, and Florence Sokolowski; and a brother, Grover Morrow.

 

February 2010

Verdean M. Weide
September 2, 1925 -- February 16, 2010

     Verdean M. Weide, age 85, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at The Laurels of Mt. Pleasant. Verdean was born on Wednesday September 2, 1925 in Remus, Michigan, the daughter of Clarence and Hulda Thren Fountain.
     Verdean was a beautician at the West Side Beauty Salon for many years. She married Charles Garner who preceded her in death and then married Ronald Weide, who also preceded her in death.
     Verdean is survived by her three children, Larry and Debra Garner of Hillsboro, Ohio, Gale and Betty Garner of St. Johns, Michigan, and Glen Garner. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, and a brother, Allen Fountain.

Candum R. Buckner
October 8, 1971 -- February 9, 2010

     Candum Royal Buckner, age 38, of Chippewa Township, died Tuesday, February 9, 2010 from a traffic accident at M-20 and Wise Road, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Candum was born on October 8, 1971 in Midland, Michigan, the son of Royalton and Colene Davis Buckner.
     There are no services planned for Candum and cremation has taken place.
     Candum is survived by his parents, Royalton and Colene Buckner of Mt. Pleasant; and many other relatives. He was a lifetime resident of the area.

Hope Furse Carlson
September 25, 1915 -- February 4, 2010


     Hope Furse Carlson, age 94, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at Maplewood in Mt. Pleasant. Hope was born in Alma, Nebraska on September 25, 1915, the sixth child in a family of seven, and the only girl of Harry C. and Bertha Dow Furse.
     Hope met her future husband, Aubrey A. Carlson, at Hastings College in Nebraska where they were students. They were married on June 4, 1939 in Alma, Nebraska. Aubrey preceded her in death in August 2001. Hope began teaching in a one room rural school near Alma, Nebraska. Later she taught in Republican City, Stanton, and Alma, Nebraska before moving to Mt. Pleasant when her husband joined the faculty at C.M.U. After completing her studies at C.M.U., she taught at Fancher School in Mt. Pleasant and was a member of the first faculty at Vowles Elementary School. Since 1953, Hope was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she served as an Elder, a Deacon, and a Sunday school teacher for many years and was active in the Presbyterian Women’s organizations. Hope was a member of the first committee formed to offer a Literacy Program in Mt. Pleasant and taught some of the early volunteers in the program. Until her husband’s illness, she served as a volunteer with C.M.C.H. Auxiliary.
     Aubrey and Hope were the parents of two children, Susan Kay, and David Kim (Louise), and three grandchildren, Dori Hope (Zach) Foster, and Alana and Aaron Carlson, and a great granddaughter, Cambre Foster. One of her brothers, Hubert Furse (Virginia) of Omaha survives, along with two sisters-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.
     A celebration of Hope’s life will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Dr. Stephen Shugert of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Gardens beside her husband, Aubrey. Friends may gather with the family on Friday, February 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends have been asked to consider memorial contributions to the First Presbyterian Church or Woodland Hospice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home

 

January 2010

Evelena White

September 9, 1921 -- January 26, 2010

     Evelena White of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of Lansing, Michigan died on Tuesday, January 26, 2010. She was born in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. She was a faithful Jehovah’s Witness for over fifty four years.
     Her husband Tommie preceded her in death. They had six children, Woodrow (Irene), Vernisha, Brenda Jean, Barbara (Karl), Tom (Esther), and Alice.
     Evelena has eight sisters, Lillian Jackson, Vernon Gantt, Vera Shade, Evie Shade, Eris Foster, Lexie Padgett, Francis Smith, and Rosanna Toms and seven brothers, Woodrow Humphries, Edward Humphries, Raleigh Humphries, Joe Louis Humphries, Charlie Humphries, Herbert Humphries, and Willie Humphries.
     Evelena has six grandchildren, Allesha, Woodrow, Reggie, Andrew, Stephen, and Branden and four great grandchildren, Darius, Desmond, Woodrow, and Karla. She has many other family members and a host of loving friends.
     Funeral services were held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 8065 East Broadway, in Mt. Pleasant with Brian Cooper officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will take place in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Dimondale, Michigan at a later date.
     A gathering for family and friends was held at Jamison Hall on Budd Road off Pickard near Isabella Road in Mt. Pleasant following the services.

 

Allen Thomas Costello
August 7, 1935 — January 15, 2010


     Allen Thomas Costello, age 74, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Friday, January 15, 2010 at his home. Allen was born on August 7, 1935 in Cook County, Illinois, the son of Michael and Margaret Dooley Costello.
     A celebration of Allen’s life was held on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the VFW Post 3033, 4841 East Pickard Street, in Mt. Pleasant with American Legion Chaplin Duane Dishong officiating. The family received friends at the Post an hour before the services. Interment will be in Stephenson Cemetery in South Haven, Michigan at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested to Morey Cancer Center at Central Michigan Community Hospital. Envelopes are available at Helms Funeral Home and at the service.
     On November 18, 1954, Allen married Shirley Ely in Paw Paw, Michigan. Allen entered the service in 1953 and was a career veteran serving for twenty years. He received basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He joined the airborne unit at Fort Bragg, NC and completed forty four jumps from aircraft in flight. His other duties included squad leader and supply sergeant. He served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot and trained many others. He had numerous decorations including a bronze star and a purple heart. After his retirement and moving to Mt. Pleasant , Allen was the manager of the WalMart store in Mt. Pleasant. He also received his college degree and was a substitute teacher for the public schools.
     Allen is survived by his wife, Shirley; his children, Brennda, Darlena, Allen “Tom”, Jr., Honey, Cathleen, and Rita; eleven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.


Robert Allen Hubbard
April 25, 1989 — January 15, 2010


     Robert Allen Hubbard, age 20, of Midland, passed away on Friday, January 15, 2010 at his home. Robert was born on April 25, 1989 in Grayling, Michigan the son of Tony and Peggy Phovemire Hubbard.
     A celebration of Robert’s life was held on Wednesday, January 20, at 2:00 PM from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. Friends called an hour before the services. Memorial contributions are suggested to the wishes of the family. Envelopes are available at the Funeral Home.
Robert was a lifetime resident of the area and enjoyed being with his family and friends.
     Robert is survived by his uncle Bob of St. Helen, Shane and Flossie Phovemire of Midland and Diane Phovemire of St. Helen; friends, Chrissy and Albert Knapp, Ed Planer, Faye Rood, and Paula “Mom” Watson; and the nurses from Heartland Hospice, Kathy, Karen, Janice, Angel, and Deb.

 

 

Pearl L. Guerrero
September 9, 1927 -- January 7, 2010

     Pearl L. (Johnson) Guerrero, age 82, of Mt. Pleasant died Thursday, January 7, 2010 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. Pearl was born on September 9, 1927 in Franklin, Maryland, the daughter of Michael J. and Pearl L. Jacobs Cavey.

     Funeral services for Pearl were held on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 7:30 PM at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Mary Martinez officiating. Interment will be in the Riverside Cemetery at a later date. The family greeted friends from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday.

     On May 24, 1958, Pearl and Thadis Johnson were married in Indiana. Mr. Johnson preceded her in death on Dec. 11, 1988. On May 18, 1995, Pearl married Pete Guerrero who preceded her in death in November of 2009. Pearl was a resident of Mt. Pleasant since 1993 moving here from Pheonix, AZ. She was a punch press operator for the Shakespere Co. and Bowers Ladder Company. Pearl was a member of the Eagles and the VFW Auxiliary.

     Pearl is survived by her three children, Harold Winkleman, Jr. of Portage, Diane Stewart of Kentucky, and Joann Duncan of Kalamazoo; 8 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and a brother, Bernard Cavey of Kalamazoo. She was preceded in death by her two husbands; a brother; a sister; and a grandson, Vincent Phillips.


Mary Ann Dargitz
August 17, 1970 - January 7, 2010

     
     Mary Ann Dargitz, age 39, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2010 at Central Michigan Community Hospital. Mary was born August 17, 1970 to Dwight and Sharon Dargitz.

     Mary enjoyed spending her time riding horses, camping, shopping, listening to her favorite music, going to the beach and sharing special moments with family and friends. She was excitedly awaiting the arrival of her first grandchild this summer, and proudly planning her son Jordon’s High School Graduation Open House for this summer as well.

     A Memorial Service, in celebration of her life, was held Monday January 11, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Winn United Methodist Church in Winn, Michigan with Reverend Carol Trzeciak, a dear family friend, officiating.

     Mary Ann is survived by her children, Jordon Dargitz and Amber Dargitz, of Shepherd; her parents Dwight and Sharon Dargitz of Blanchard; her siblings, Doug and Marsha Dargitz of Sanford, Julie and Kevin Smith of Stanton, Debbie Walker of Edmore, Brian Dargitz of Edmore, and David Dargitz of Blanchard; her Fiancé Roger Peacock of Shepherd and his children, Leanne Lance and Chris VanSciver of Mt. Pleasant, Dawn and Robert Hughes of Mt. Pleasant, Heather and Richard Owens of Everett Pennsylvania, and Christoper and Annette Peacock of Mt. Pleasant; and ten grandchildren, and one due in July.

Rose Marie Worden
February 10, 1956 -- January 7, 2010

     Rose Marie Worden, age 53, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2010 at Central Michigan Community Hospital. Rose was born on February 10, 1956 in Toledo, Ohio. She was employed at Wendys for several years. She enjoyed reading, watching television, going out with friends, and spending time with her family. A memorial service be held at a later time.
     Survivors include her children, Edith and Joseph Killingbeck of Blanchard, Chad Fox of Grand Junction, Colorado, and April Fox of Bronson, Michigan. Grandchildren, Ashley Killingbeck, Austin Yarborough, Derek Butler, and Alexandra Butler; a sister, Roberta and Gary Flick of North Port Florida. She was preceded in death by both parents
.

 

December 2009

Joseph ‘Joey’ Romer
August 2, 1960 — December 31, 2009


     Joseph ‘Joey’ Lee Romer, age 49, of Mt. Morris, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint. Joey was born on August 2, 1960, the son of Ardene ‘Art’ and Doris (Collins) Romer. On December 30, 1991, he married Bethany Stewart in Arkansas.
     Joey was a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. He enjoyed bowling, going to the casino, keno, and long car rides in the country. He lived in the Mt. Morris area most of his life.
     Funeral services for Joey were held on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Larry Nelson officiating. Following the funeral service, interment took place in Woodland Cemetery, Rosebush, Michigan. Friends gathered with the family on Monday, January 4 from 4-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
     Joey is survived by his wife, Bethany; his children, James, Donny, Debra, and Jeannie; his parents, Ardene ‘Art’ and Doris Romer of Gladwin, Michigan; several grandchildren; a brother, Frank and Shelly Romer of Mt. Morris; sisters, Rita and Jay Stambaugh of Beal City, and Joyce Ann Thompson of Mt. Pleasant; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Joey was preceded in death by an aunt, Romona Baisch.

Virginia Wagner Fiscus
February 16, 1916 —December 31, 2009

 

      Virginia Beatrice Carson Wagner Fiscus went to join her extended family on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at Tendercare Nursing Home in Mt. Pleasant. Born February 16, 1916 in Preacher Hollow, West Virginia, to Walter and Bessie Carson. She married Jess Wagner on April 3, 1934 and moved to Mt. Pleasant in the 1940’s, where she was a homemaker. Virginia went to work for a local eye doctor and continued there until her retirement in 1978.
     In 1981, she married Chet Fiscus and then resided in Remus. She enjoyed bowling, cards, bingo, and all of her grandkids. Virginia is survived by a daughter Sharon and Lyle Olger of Remus, a son Jerry and Regi Wagner of Weidman, a daughter Pam and Steve Foster of Blanchard, and a son-in-law Jack Olger, of Texas; 17 grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and three sisters; husbands, Jess and Chet; a son Jackie Wagner; a daughter, Marge Olger; and a granddaughter, Janice Olger White.
     A celebration of Virginia’s life was held on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. D. Charles Bellinger of the Remus Trinity Wesleyan Church officiating. Interment followed the funeral service in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Friends called at the funeral home on Monday, January 4 from 4-8 p.m. to meet with the family. The family has asked that memorial contributions be made to Tendercare in place of flowers. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.

David Harlan Current

July 26, 1941 — December 30, 2009



     David Harlan Current, age 68, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at his home. David was born on July 26, 1941 in Connorsville, Indiana, the son of Harlan P. and Margaret R. (Risser) Current. On June 11, 1966, David married Diane Heck in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
     David moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1966 to join the faculty of Central Michigan University in the Physics Department. He was still actively teaching as Professor of Physics at the time of his death. He was a member of several professional organizations, but his greatest interest was in teaching students and in tracking his investments.
     A memorial service celebrating David’s life was held on Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Nancy Casey Fulton officiating. Friends gathered with the family on Sunday from 2:00—4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions were suggested to Veterans Memorial Library. Envelopes were available at the funeral home.
David is survived by his wife, Diane; two sons, Michael of Lacrosse, Wisconsin and Daniel of Shoreville, Minnesota; a sister, Mary Wilson; a brother, Steven (Diane) Current; and two nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Curtiss Joseph William Wadle



     Funeral services were held at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant for the Curtiss Joseph William Wadle, the stillborn son of Jessica Wadle on Monday, January 4, at 2:00 pm with Pastor Ron Ives of The Potter’s House Family Worship Center officiating. Interment followed at Chippewa Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions were suggested to the family to help with funeral expenses. Envelopes were available at the funeral home.
     Curtiss was survived by his mother, Jessica Wadle; two half sisters, Jenna Frazier and Heather Frazier; grandparents, Laurie Thrush, Kathy Curtiss, William and Melody Wadle, Dan Thrush, and Jenny Sheldon; great grandparents, Colene and Roy Buckner, Karen and Mike Walter, Alberta Wadle, Richard and Mona Curtiss, Phylis Wadle, Sharon Courter, and Shirley Davis; great great grandparents, Nancy Courter, Richard and Virginia Curtiss, Helen Davis, Aleitha Buckner; and several aunts and uncles including Aunt Danielle Thrush. He was preceded in death by his great grandfather, William Wadle; a great aunt, Cindy Thrush; and great grandparents, Howard and Ethel Thrush, and William Davis.

Orval E. Grubb
May 17, 1919 - December 26, 2009


     Orval Elmer Grubb, age 94, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Saturday, December 26, 2009 at Tendercare of Mt. Pleasant. Orval was born on May 17, 1915 in Lansing, Michigan, the son of Amos Elmer and Dorothy Ella Brown Grubb.
     Family graveside services were held on Monday, December 28, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. at Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Jason Leininger officiating. He was interred next to his wife Marie who preceded him in death in 1973.
     Elmer worked for Total Petroleum for 47 ½ years with his last position as an Oil Buyer. He was a 32nd Degree Mason. He married Marie Elizabeth Courtney in 1932 and she passed away in 1973. In 1973, he married Clarice Newhall who passed away in 2001.
     Elmer is survived by his son and daughter in law, Edward and Paula Grubb of Mt. Pleasant; a sister, Mary McDonald of Wisconsin; and a host of other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Shirley in 1992; three sisters, Pearl, Suzie, and Liddy; and a brother, Glen.


Donald L. Sehl
March 6, 1950 -- December 26, 2009

     Donald Lee Sehl, age 59, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Saturday, December 26, 2009 at Central Michigan Community Hospital. Donald was born on March 6, 1950 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the son of Gerald and Dorothy Phiel Sehl.
     Private graveside services were held at Memorial Gardens in Mt. Pleasant on Wednesday, December 30, 2009. He was interred next to his father Gerald.
     Donald was a lifetime resident of Mt. Pleasant and worked as a laborer. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Sandra B. Asch
April 19, 1949 -- December 25, 2009

     Sandra Beth Asch, age 60, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Friday, December 25, 2009 at her home under the care of Woodland Hospice. Sandra was born on April 10, 1949 in Midland, Michigan, the daughter of Fred Jr. and Jean Jacobs Asch.
     A celebration of Sandra’s life were held at Helms Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Ron Vredeveld of AIM officiating. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery.
     Sandra was a participant of the Association of Interfaith Ministries for their entire 30 year history. She attended Mid Michigan Industries and was a very outgoing social and nice lady that was always smiling.
     Sandra is survived by her sisters, Jennifer of California and Sharron of West Virginia and her brother Jim of California. Sandra will be missed by her CenCare family, Kevin, Jenny, Cindy, Cami, Rosemary and the wonderful staff at her home, the Shady Oaks AFC, Community Mental Health for Central Michigan and Lois Van Orden of Central Michigan Guardianship, Inc.

Lois L. Kaninsky
September 19, 1962 -- December 20. 2009

     Lois Louise Kaninsky, age 47, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan was born on September 19, 1962. Jesus called Lois Louise Kaninsky home after a long battle on Sunday, December 20, 2009. Mama was surrounded by her two daughters and husband at home. Mama is now at rest and spends her days in peace breathing with sweet ease. We love you with all of our hearts. We will meet you soon! Love, Philip, Cassey, and Savannah.
     She leaves behind husband Philip of twenty nine years, daughter Cassey and Mark Clemons, daughter Savannah and Aaron Kaninsky-Ross, granddaughter Kaleigh Clemons, mother Verna Allen, brother Francis Allen, sister Karen and Stephen Moore, brother Winne and Doris Markus, her mother- and father-in-law, Robert and Barbara Kaninsky, one sister-in-law and two brothers-in-law, along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers and her father Homer Allen.
     Friends celebrated Lois’s life by joining with the family at a funeral service held on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 1 p.m. at the Pine Chapel in Blanchard with Rev. Daniel Stone officiating. Following the service, interment took place in Blanchard Cemetery, next to the church. Friends gathered with the family from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Memorial contributions were suggested to the family to assist with expenses. Envelopes were available at the church and at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.


Rochelle A. Ramsey
September 17, 1952 -- December 19, 2009

     Rochelle Ann Ramsey, age 57, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at her home in Barryton, Michigan. Rochelle was born on September 17, 1952 in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Gondre P. and Frances L. Thorne Ramsey.
     Family graveside services were held on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lapeer, Michigan. Rochelle was a lifetime resident of the Mt. Pleasant area.
     Rochelle is survived by her guardian, Sally Johnson of Lapeer and was preceded in death by her parents.

Bonnie Dolores Thompson
April 22, 1920 – December 16, 2009

     Bonnie Dolores Thompson was born in Rosebush, Michigan on April 22, 1920. She was the daughter of Hugh D. Johnston and Minnie B. (Morrison) Johnston.
     She was a long time resident of Mt. Pleasant and Prudenville, Michigan. She was a realtor for many years for State Wide before she and Arch Moore established Surplus, Inc. Bonnie was a respected and integral part of the Houghton Lake community.
     Bonnie loved life and a good laugh! She especially enjoyed gardening, cooking, boating, hunting, and was the ultimate angler! Bonnie was a bright and beautiful lady who forever remained young. She always carried herself with a great sense of style. Bonnie was completely devoted to her family and friends.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, her stepmother, Ethel Johnston, her husband, Charles E. Thompson, her brother, Harold Johnston and her brother, Wesley Johnston.
     She is survived by Archie W. Moore; her daughter, Connie Thompson; her granddaughter, Channon (Dave) Arteman and great grandchildren, John and Jordan; her grandson, Chad (Heather) Jordan and great grandson, Max; sister in law, Gladys, nieces, nephews and cousins, and her life long friend, Marian MacDonnell.
     The family has suggested memorials in Bonnie’s memory be made to River House in Grayling or Munson Hospice House in Traverse City. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.
     A celebration of Bonnie’s life was held on Monday, December 21, 2009 at 1 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home, 330 S. University Avenue, Mt. Pleasant with Rev. John Boley of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.

 

November 2009

Tanya Sue Mogg
April 6, 1978 - November 25, 2009

     Tanya Sue Mogg, age 31, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. Tanya was born on April 6, 1978 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Joseph and Linda (Steele) Mogg.
     Tanya was a lifetime area resident. She was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School. Tanya enjoyed working on her computer, cooking shows, telling her family what to cook for dinner, going out to eat, attending country music concerts, and especially listening to Brad Paisley. She enjoyed reading, and had her own library of books she loaned out to family and friends. Tanya enjoyed playing cards with Grandma Steele, who said “she was one of a kind”.
     Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 28 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Pastor Ray Freeze officiating. Interment followed the funeral service in Chippewa Township Cemetery. The family gathered with friends on Friday, November 27 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials were suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice in Tanya’s memory.
     Tanya was survived by her parents, Linda and Joe, her sisters, Rachel and Nathan Mead of Jenison, Michigan and their children, Aidan and Brian, and her sister Rebecca Mogg and fiancée Kevin White of Mt. Pleasant. Her grandmother, Nelva Steele of Shepherd, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by grandparents, Cliff and Erma Mogg and Deene Steele.

 

Cayetano "Pete" Valdez Guerrero
August 7, 1918 - November 19, 2009

     Cayetano “Pete” Valdez Guerrero, age 91, of Rosebush, Michigan passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at his son’s home in Alma. Pete was born on Wednesday, August 7, 1918 in Maxwell, Texas, the son of Christobal and Anastasia (Valdez) Guerrero.
     A celebration of Pete’s life was held on Monday, November 23, 2009 at 2:00 PM from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Linda Drozd of Christ Our Savior Church officiating. Interment of the cremated remains will be at a later date in Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Friends met with the family on Monday from Noon until the time of the services. Memorial contributions are suggested to Woodland Hospice. Envelopes were available at Helms Funeral Home. On August 24, 1987, Pete married Zetave “Jenny” Bryan. Jenny preceded him in death. On May 18, 1995, Pete married Pearl Johnson in Mt. Pleasant. Pete was a custodian at Central Michigan University for more than 10 years. He was a member of the VFW, the Moose Lodge, and the Eagles Lodge in Mt. Pleasant.
     Pete was survived by his wife, Pearl; his children, Juan D. “Johnny” Guerrero, Amada K. “Molly” (Adislado) Garcia, Flavio A. “Floyd” (Matilde) Guerrero, Rita J. (Guerrero) Castillo, Julianna “Judy” (Guerrero) Nieto, Mary A. (Frank) Martinez, Christopher P. “Chris” (Renae) Guerrero; thirty seven grandchildren; sixty nine great grandchildren; eight great great grandchildren; nine step children, twenty three step grandchildren; twenty seven step great grandchildren; three sisters, Senovia Ortiz, Preciliana Gonzales and Juanita Herrera; several nieces and nephews. Pete was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jenny; two brothers, Nick and Ben; one sister, Andrea; and a son, Celestino Guerrero.

Leon K. Lyon
August 15, 1945 - November 15, 2009

     Leon K. Lyon, age 64, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2009 at his home after a long illness. Leon was born on Wednesday, August 15, 1945 in Midland, Michigan, the son of Leo and Daisy (Roberts) Lyon. On July 8, 1978, Leon married Luella Doty in St. Louis, Michigan.
     Leon was employed as a laborer for Mt. Pleasant Salvage and Steel for over 10 years. Leon was a sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, and wrestling with his children and grandchildren. He was a resident of the area all of his life. He will be missed by his family and many friends.
     Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Brother Richard Boyce officiating. Friends called at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. until service time. Following the funeral service, burial took place in Chippewa Township Cemetery in Isabella County. Memorial contributions were suggested to the family for funeral expenses.
     Leon was survived by his wife, Luella; a daughter, Carol (Greg) Vest of Vestaburg; two sons, Leon Jr. Lyon, and Obie (Dee) Lyon both of Mt. Pleasant; six grandchildren, Kathena and Luke Vest, Samantha, Kenda, and Ryan Cadotte, and Carrie Whitman; brothers, Richard (Delores) Lyon of Flint, and Mike Lyon of Mt. Pleasant; and sisters, Rose Jacob of Weidman, Idell Nostrant of Mt. Pleasant, Nancy Bower of Tennessee, and Mary (Harold) Jacob of Clare. Leon was preceded in death by both parents; brothers, Charles, Leoduane, and Calvin; and sisters, Lorraine, Audrey, and Thelma.

Marjorie J. Olson
October 3, 1920 -- November 10, 2009

     Marjorie J. Olson, age 89, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 in her home after a long illness. Marge was born on Sunday, October 3, 1920 in Balaton, Minnesota, the daughter of Albert and Alma (Johnson) Knudson.
     Marge was united in marriage with Robert Olson on February 7, 1943 in Balaton. They moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1953. Marge was retired from the Mt. Pleasant Public Schools after serving for twenty eight years as a speech therapist and audiologist. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant. Marge was a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. She and Robert served with the Peace Corp, and she volunteered with Easter Seals. Marge was known for wearing hats, which she enjoyed very much.
     A memorial service in celebration of Marge’s life will be held on Saturday, November 21 at 11a.m. from the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor John Boley officiating. A luncheon for family and friends will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall at the church. Interment of the cremated remains will take place at a later date on the family farm in Minnesota. Memorial contributions in Marge’s memory have been suggested to the United Methodist Church’s Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home and on the day of the memorial service at the church.
     Survivors include Marge’s son, Greg and his wife Joanne of Coto De Caza, California; grandchildren: Cecily Olson, Nick and his wife Alissa Olson, and Ashley Olson. Marge was preceded in death by her husband Robert in 1998, her daughter Shelley in 1995, both parents, and a brother in 1982.

Richard O. Higgs, Sr.
February 5, 1930 -- November 6, 2009

     Richard O. Higgs, Sr., age 79, of Rosebush, Michigan passed away on Friday, November 6, 2009 at his home. Interment of the cremated remains will be in the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan at a later date. He was born on February 5, 1930 in Flint, Michigan the son of Roy and Hazel Steele Higgs. Richard married Marie Nichols on February 6, 1948 at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. He was a veteran of the US Army. Richard is survived by five children, Judy Dean of Mt. Morris, Richard Jr. of Alabama, Betty Hedel of Washington, Sandra Domerese of Rosebush, and Roy Higgs of Flint. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

Bonnie J. Giese
January 5, 1934 — November 3, 2009

     Bonnie Jean Giese, age 75, of Montcalm County, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at her home. Bonnie was born on Friday, January 5, 1934 in Lakeview, Michigan, the daughter of Arnold and Gladys (Dougherty) Thren. On February 4, 1956, she married Elmer Giese in Remus, Michigan.
     Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Bonnie’s life will be held at a later date. Interment of the cremated remains will take place in Broomfield Township Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions in Bonnie’s memory may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Remus, or to the American Cancer Society for research in melanoma cancer. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home, 330 S. University Avenue, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48858.
     Bonnie spent most of her life in the Remus area. She was the owner and operator of Forget-Me-Not Floral and Bridal shop for thirty years. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Bonnie enjoyed traveling and camping, and for five years, she and Elmer were campground hosts at the park in Watersmeet, Michigan. They enjoyed traveling across the United States and also in Europe when Elmer was in the service. Besides enjoying square dancing, Bonnie was a very active quilter. She quilted quilts for all of her family, and many friends. She was known to put the sewing machine and her quilting materials in their travel trailer before she put in clothing and food when they were leaving on a trip.
     Bonnie is survived by her husband of fifty three years, Elmer, a daughter Heidi and Larry Hunt of Remus, and son Timothy Giese of Remus, and a daughter-in-law, Julie Giese; four grandchildren: Cheyenne, Cherlene, Justin, and Andy. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents.

October 2009

Helen Pauline Mason Bailey
July 7, 1920 -- October 14, 2009

     Helen P. Bailey, age 89 of Portage passed away on Wednesday October 14, 2009 at her home. Helen was born on July 7, 1920 in Farrell, PA, the daughter of Robert and Mabel Wood Mason.
     A celebration of Helen’s life will be held at the Oshtemo United Methodist Church on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 3:00 PM with Pastor Suzanne Kornowski and Rev. Brenda Deily of Heartland Hospice officiating. The family will greet friends immediately before and after the services at the church. Interment of her remains will take place in the Memorial Garden at the Gaylord United Methodist Church at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested to Heartland Hospice 8075 Creekside Drive, Ste. 120, Portage, MI 49024. Envelopes will be available at the memorial service.
     On May 30, 1942, Helen married Rev. Lester C. Bailey in western Pennsylvania. Rev. Lester and Helen served the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, Portage, Battle Creek, Ionia, Cassopolis, White Pigeon, Charlotte, and Coldwater. She was a gifted artist and worked as a school bus driver in many of those locations. Helen was a member of the Oshtemo United Methodist Church. She was a person with a gentle heart and kind soul who loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchild.
     Helen is survived by her children and their spouses, Linnea and Paul Oswald of Portage, Mercia and David Foster of Mt. Pleasant, Charles and Shanna Bailey of Grand Rapids, and Celeste and David Flood of Mattawan; seven grandchildren; and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two sisters, Sara Williams and Marjorie Leipheimer.

Raymond E. Parrish
February 21, 1938 -- October 6, 2009

     Raymond E. Parrish, age 71, of Barryton, passed away on Tuesday, October 7, 2009 at his home in Barryton.

 

September 2009

Austin Michael Kirby
September 23, 2009

     Austin Michael Kirby, infant son of Crystal Gurthrie and Marc Kirby of Weidman, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2009. Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from the Central Michigan Christian Church in Mt. Pleasant. Visitation was from 12 – 2 p.m. at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the needs of the family. Austin is survived by his parents; his brothers and sisters, Cassandra Jane Kirby, Bianca Ann Kirby, Helen I. Dean, Skye J. Dean, Darthenion R. Dean, and Devan Marc Kirby; his grandparents, Robert and Linda Kirby of Weidman, Terry and Gloria Gutherie of Mt. Pleasant, and Mary Sawade of Remus; great grandparents, Ida Patten of Weidman, Homer and Eleene Guthrie, and Bonnie Pelcher of Mt. Pleasant; and several aunts an uncles.

 

Malamatie Sarakatsanis

August 10, 1931 -- September 20, 2009

     Malamatie “Molly” Sarakatsanis, age 78, of Mt. Pleasant passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2009 surrounded by her loved ones at her daughter’s home near Mt. Pleasant. Malle was born on Monday, August 10, 1931 in Korfoula-Kestorins, Greece, the daughter of Seaphim Marks and Chrysoula Gersios.
     Funeral services for Molly were on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 11:00 am from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Fr. Irenaeus Cox of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church officiating. Interment followed the services at Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Friends greeted the family at Helms Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 pm with Trisagion Prayers at 4:00 pm. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Lung Association or to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Envelopes are available at Helms Funeral Home.
     Molly was a resident of Mt. Pleasant since 1950. She was a member of St. Demetrois Greek Orthodox Church in Saginaw. She owned and operated the One Minute Lunch Coffee Shop for many years. She loved to baby sit her grandchildren and great grandchild. She was noted for her cooking, helping others, and was a very modest and very caring person.
     Molly is survived by her children, Thomas A. Sarakatsanis of Cape Canaveral, Florida and Anastasia (Mark) Bristley of Mt. Pleasant; three grandchildren, Holli, Stephanie, and Nicole Bristley; a great grandchild, Alexandra Malamatie; two brothers, Ike (Afrodite) Marks of Swartz Creek, MI and Milton (Yiota) Marks of Greece; three sisters, Efrocine Anastasiou of Chicago, Sandra (James) Tolas of Mt. Pleasant, and Eva (Bill) Mourtzouhos of Mt. Pleasant; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Dimitroula Marks; special niece and nephew, Sam and Katerina Marks; and a great niece, Rebecca Georgakis.

 

 

Idonea, “Dony” Hersee
December 7, 1909-September 14, 2009

     Idonea Lewis Hersee, age 99, passed away Monday, September 14, 2009 at Gratiot Medical Center in Alma. Funeral services for Mrs. Hersee will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 18 at the Helms Funeral Home with Reverend John Boley, First United Methodist Church, officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Helms Funeral Home. Burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family at the Comfort Inn for lunch and sharing memories following the funeral. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to one of the following: Art Reach of Mid Michigan, Veterans Memorial Library of Mt. Pleasant, Central Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross, The Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation, the First United Methodist Church or the charity of their choice.

     Dony was born on December 7, 1909 in Owosso, Michigan, the fourth child of Sara Elizabeth Cooper Lewis and Fred Cyrus Lewis. She graduated from Owosso High School in 1928. Dony attended Central State Teachers College in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, where she was a member of the Warriner Literary Society. She graduated with a teaching certificate on June 22, 1931 and taught Home Economics in Berkley, Michigan. On June 30, 1934, she married William E. Hersee, M. D. in Flint, Michigan. In 1935, she moved to Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with husband, where she spent most of her adult life.

     Dony was a loving, supportive wife, Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Cousin and friend. She especially enjoyed celebrating holidays and reunions with family and friends. Her door was always open and her welcome warm. Higgins Lake held a special place in her heart where many evenings were spent enjoying playing cards and good conversation. In recent years she enjoyed playing bridge with her friends at Maplewood of Mt. Pleasant. Dony was an enthusiastic supporter of Art Reach of Mid Michigan and in April 2006 was recognized as an “Art Treasure”. She was an avid reader and supporter of the library, as well as the Red Cross and the Community Foundation. She was an honorary member of the Mt. Pleasant Federated Garden Club.

     Idonea is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Dennis Olson of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; grandson, Mark Olson of Traverse City, Michigan; her niece, Nancy (Charles) Van Deusen of Northville, Michigan; nephews, William Lewis of Little Rock, Arkansas; Robert (Barbara) Lewis of San Francisco, California; Terris (Eileen) Lewis of Madison, Alabama and many loving cousins, great nieces and nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, William in 1989; her parents; two brothers, Robert Lewis and James Lewis; and a sister, Isabelle (Wilson) Smith. Family and friends will sorely miss Dony‘s generous spirit, loving heart and welcoming embrace.

 

Keith Duane Gibson
December 9, 1933 -- September 9, 2009

     Keith Duane Gibson, age 75, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at The Laurels of Mt. Pleasant. As per Keith’s wishes, cremation has taken place and burial of his cremated remains took place at Oaklawn Cemetery in Stockbridge, Michigan. Keith was born on Saturday, December 9, 1933 in Stockbridge, the son of Floyd and Ruth M. Force Gibson.

Mikayla Aliyah-Renee Rodriguez
October 2, 2008 -- September 7, 2009

     Mikayla Aliyah-Renee Rodriguez, age 11 months, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Monday, September 7, 2009 at University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor. Funeral services were held on Friday, September 18, 2009 at 11:00 am at the Potter's House Family Worship Center in Mt. Pleasant with Yolanda Morales officiating. Mikayla was born on Thursday, October 2, 2008 in Ann Arbor, the daughter of George Luis Rodriguez and Pernella Aelea Griffin. Interment took place in Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Ronald McDonald House, 1600 Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Mikayla is survived by her parents, George and Pernella Griffin Rodriguez of Mt. Pleasant; grandparents, Lydia Estelle Rodriguez of Bronx, NY and Arthur Thomas Griffin, Jr. of Detroit, MI; aunts, Carmine Wood and Yolanda Morales; and two uncles, Jose Juan Rodriguez, Jr. and Arthur Thomas Griffin, III.

Robert J. Machuta
November 15, 1941 -- September 4, 2009

     Robert J. Machuta, 67, of Shepherd, passed away on Friday, September 4, 2009 at Central Michigan Community Hospital as a result of a motorcycle deer accident. Robert was born on November 15, 1941 in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Elton E. and Ruth Louise Malley Machuta.
     A celebration of Robert’s life was held on Wednesday, September 9, at 11:00 AM from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Brian LaMew of the Mt. Pleasant Community Church officiating. Interment took place at Riverside Cemetery following the services. Military honors were conducted at the graveside by the V.F.W. Post 3033 and the American Legion Post 110 of Mt. Pleasant. The family greeted friends on Tuesday, September 8, at Helms Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm. Memorial contributions are suggested to Midland Family Center. Envelopes are available at Helms Funeral Home.
     Robert served in the US Army from 1959 until 1962. On August 10, 1974, he and Beverly Dean were married in Mt. Pleasant. Beverly passed away in March of 1998. Robert was a former member of the Moose, a lifetime member of the NRA, and attended Mt. Pleasant Community Church. He was a bus driver for the Shepherd Schools for 10 years and owned and operated Salt River Gun Shop for over twenty years before retiring. Robert and Carole Robinson began their relationship in 1999 as close friends. They enjoyed riding motorcycles, going to Florida in the winter, and taking two mile walks to see their best friends, Jim and Dora Cooper.
     Robert is survived by his significant other, Carole Robinson of Mt. Pleasant; his children, Craig and Cindi Machuta of Mt. Pleasant, Randy and Shelly Robinson of Shepherd, Richard and Theresa Robinson of Milford, and Greg and Nancy Robinson of Coloma; his mother, Ruth Crane of Orange, CA; grandchildren, William Machuta, Chrissy, Ronald, Amanda, Randi, Michael, Michelanne Robinson, and Melissa and Matt Nelson; three brothers, Larry and Mary Brooks Machuta of Shepherd, Mike and Patricia Machuta of Mt. Pleasant, and Greg and Denise Machuta of Clare; and three sisters, Patricia and Ed Lindquist of Montana, Nancy Ann Machuta of Mt. Pleasant, and Dianne and Bill Stauffer of Allegan. He was preceded in death by his father, Elton E. Machuta in 1973 and his wife, Beverly in 1998.

 

August 2009

Edward Joseph Rohen
July 8, 1951-- August 12, 2009

     Edward Joseph Rohen, age 58, of Shepherd, passed away on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant. Edward was born on Sunday,July 8, 1951 in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Orval and Mary Brian Rohen.
     Funeral services for Edward were held on Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 11 am at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. John Boley of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Following cremation, burial took place in Forest Hill Cemetery in Evart, Michigan. The family gathered with friends on Friday, August 14, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm at Helms Funeral Home. Memorial contributions were suggested to the American Legion
     Edward was a lifetime resident of the area and worked in Automotive Parts Sales with Mt. Pleasant Automotive for 20 years. He enjoyed working and tinkering with cars.
     Ed was survived by his two children, Edward J. Rohen of Lansing and Amy Rohen of Myrtle Beach, SC. Also surviving were two grandchildren, Christopher Rohen and Allison Kline, his father, Orval, of Mt. Pleasant, three sisters: Judy (Troy) Perkins, Kay (John) Tuttle, and Linda Potter, all of Mt. Pleasant, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary in 2005, and a brother, William in 1956.

Douglas R. Sims
November 24, 1947 -- August 4, 2009


     Douglas Ray Sims, age 61, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on August 4, 2009 in Gladwin County. Douglas was born on November 24, 1947 in Corpus Christi, Texas, the son of James and Johnnie Brown Sims.
     A celebration of Douglas’s life was held on Friday, August 7, 2009 at 1:00 PM from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. John Boley of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment took place in Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. The family greeted friends on Thursday, August 6, at Helms Funeral Home from 4 to 8 pm. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.
     On January 23, 1970, Douglas married Christine Hankins at the Free Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant. He was a resident of the area since 1976. Douglas was employed as a roustabout with Muskegon Development since 1976. He was a very big hunter, enjoyed fishing, bowling, and especially was a friend to all.
     Douglas is survived by his wife, Christine of Mt. Pleasant; three sons, James Sims of Mt. Pleasant, Douglas C. and Saundra Sims of Chesapeake, Virginia, and Steven Sims of Mt. Pleasant; eleven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; five brothers, Richard Brown of Cuero, TX, Ronald and Debbie Hill of Joaquin, LA, Caleb and Paula Harvey, Jr. of Center, TX, Mark and Sandra Harvey of Center, TX, and Rodney Harvey; two sisters, Deborah Jones of Center, TX and Laurajo Harvey Knox of Cuero, TX; many nieces and nephews; and a best friend, Doug DeLong. He was preceded in death by his parents; step mom, Tommie Sims; and two uncles.

July 2009

Deloris M. Rhode
March 28, 1933 -- July 19, 2009


     Deloris Mae Rhode, age 76, of Oil City, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2009 at her home. Deloris was born on Tuesday, March 28, 1933 in Isabella County, the daughter of Edward Albert and Mildred Mae (Holliday) Sawade. On August 30, 1952, she married Ferdinand Harry Rhode in Shepherd. Ferdinand preceded her in death on June 14, 1999.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Jeremy Screws of the Oil City Assembly of God Church officiating. Following the funeral service, interment took place in Kelly Cemetery, Oil City, beside her husband. The family gathered with friends on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Oil City Assembly of God Church to assist cancer patients. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Deloris was a lifetime area resident. She was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing, making crafts, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a member of the Oil City Assembly of God Church and the TOPS Club.
     Survivors include her children: Roberta Foster of Shepherd, Carol and Russ Zilska of Harrison, Edward Rhode of Coleman, Larry and Nikki Rhode, Ron Rhode, Randy Rhode, and Joe Rhode all of Shepherd. Eleven grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren; two brothers: George (Debbie) Sawade of Midland, and Jim Chalmers of Shepherd; three sisters: Irene (Leon) Burr of Shepherd, Janet (Robert) Knapp of Midland, and Brenda (Albert) Knapp of Midland. Deloris also had too many “adopted” children and great grandchildren to number as she was known as Grandma Rhode of Oil City. Deloris was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law Connie and great grandchildren, Luiken and Connor.

Iva M. DuBois
January 5, 1935 -- July 16, 2009

     Iva Mae DuBois, age 74, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2009 at her home. Iva was born on Saturday, January 5, 1935 in Wayne County, Michigan, the daughter of Wilfred and Ruby (Grim) Reaume. On January 20, 1951, she married Joseph L. DuBois. He preceded her in death on February 10, 1995.
     Funeral services were held on Monday, July 20, 2009 at 11 a.m. from Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Nancy Casey Fulton of Woodland Hospice officiating. Interment followed the funeral service in Memorial Gardens Cemetery beside her husband. Friends gathered with the family on Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions were suggested to Woodland Hospice, the Morey Cancer Center, or Same Day Surgery at Central Michigan Community Hospital.
     Iva was a resident of the area for the past twenty years. Iva was a homemaker most of her life, before she went to work for McDonalds for five years, serving as a hostess, birthday party coordinator, and her favorite job, as a food prep employee. She enjoyed playing bingo, camping, fishing, gardening and canning her produce, attending family reunions, and loved her religion.
     Survivors included her children: Joseph (Debra) DuBois, Jr. of Weidman, Wilfred (Dawn) DuBois of Remus, August (Sheri) DuBois of Monroe, Iva (David) Fletcher of South Lyons, Anna (Jack) Judson of Pontiac, and Tina Derryl) LaFave of Caledonia, Michigan; twenty one grandchildren and thirty seven great grandchildren; a brother, Leo Reaume of Mt. Pleasant, and a sister, Joyce Sively of Paw Paw, Michigan. Iva was preceded in death by her husband, three brothers, Junior, Burel, and Alan Reaume, and sisters, Ruby Davis and Marceline McFeters.

 


Louis Henry Smith
September 28, 1930—July 14, 2009


     Louis Henry Smith, age 78, of Lansing and Bay Port, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing. Louis was born on Sunday, September 28, 1930 on the family farm near Remus, Michigan, the son of Henry and Johanna (Boettcher) Smith. On November 6, 1976, Louis married the former Carolyn Engelhard in Lansing, Michigan.
     Louis was employed at Fisher Body GMC and then for forty years as the Assistant Manager of Technical Operations at Michigan State University in East Lansing. He graduated from Western Michigan University in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant, where he attended all of the Bible classes offered by the church. He helped on church fundraisers, dinners, ushered and served as Trustee for thirty years. He and Carolyn co-hosted monthly senior dinners in a previous church. He was a veteran of the United States Marines, serving in the early 1950’s. He belonged to Society of Electrical Engineers and the Lansing Engineers Club, the Society of Broadcast Engineers, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He was a long time HAM radio operator volunteering for many charitable and disaster events, with the call sign of K8WEX. He enjoyed farming, once planting ninety five tomato plants on a small plot of land. He was a long time volunteer with his wife, Carolyn, with the Bay Port Fish Sandwich Fest.
     Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; a brother, Soenckie Smith of Remus, four sisters: Marge Remer of St. Johns, Arlene Parrish of Lansing, Nathalie (Ron) Brand of Stanton, and Louise Smith of Remus. He was preceded in death by his parents.
     Funeral services were held on Friday, July 17, 2009 at 2 p.m. from Christ the King Lutheran Chapel in Mt. Pleasant with Pastors Samuel Reith and Jonathon Bakker officiating. Interment will took place in North Lawn Cemetery, Sebewaing, Michigan on Tuesday, July 21 at 11:30 a.m. Honorary pallbearers were Andrew Sullivan, Wayne Reister, and Ron Brand. Active bearers were Todd Greenlee, Alan Block, Dick Harless, Ronald Deeg, John Schimmelmann, and Dave Coyne. Memorials in Louis’s memory were suggested to Zion Lutheran Church.

Harold W. Mullins
June 7, 1925 -- July 11, 2009

     Harold William Mullins, age 84, passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2009 surrounded by his loved ones at the Woodland Hospice House in Mt. Pleasant. Harold was born in Mt. Pleasant on June 7, 1925 to William and Florence Hess Mullins.
     Funeral services for Harold were held on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 11:00 AM from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Don Wendell of the Leaton United Methodist Church officiating. Interment took place after the service at Riverside Cemetery. Military honors were conducted at graveside by the VFW and American Legion. The family greeted friends on Tuesday, July 14, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm and on Wednesday an hour before the services at Helms Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Woodland Hospice, the Pardee Cancer Fund or the Leaton United Methodist Church Parking Lot Fund. Envelopes are available at Helms Funeral Home.
     Harold graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1943. After graduating, he entered the U.S. Air Corp and graduated as a single engine fighter pilot. On November 23, 1948, he and Freda Westbrook were married at the First Church of Christ in Mt. Pleasant. Harold worked at the Mt. Pleasant Post Office and at Dow Chemical as an instrument journeyman for 30 years. He enjoyed golfing, camping, wood carving, keeping tropical fish, but most of all his family.
     Harold is survived by his wife, Freda of Mt. Pleasant; three children and their spouses, William and Jo Yvette Mullins of Lansing, Patty and Kenneth Cole of Mt. Pleasant, and James and Connie Mullins of Rapid City; 9 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; a sister and her husband, Jean and George Brassington of LaMesa, CA; and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents

 

Nina Mae Fawley
February 20, 1915 -- July 11, 2009

     Nina Mae Fawley, age 94, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2009 at her home. Memorial services are planned at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.

 

Esther Lucille Vollmer
August 28, 1928 — July 8, 2009



     Esther Lucille Vollmer, age 80, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of Oil City, passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at the Laurels of Mt. Pleasant after a lengthy illness. Esther was born on August 28, 1928 in Lee Township, Midland County, Michigan the daughter of Winford and Marie (Denton) Jewell. On August 24, 1947, Esther married Jacob Vollmer in Newago County, Michigan. Jacob preceded her in death on May 14, 1987.
     Funeral services were held on Friday, July 10, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Tommy Jeffrey of the Evangelical Assembly of God officiating. Following the funeral service, interment will take place in Kelly Cemetery, Oil City beside her husband. The family gathered with friends on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions in Esther’s memory may be made to the wishes of the family. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Esther enjoyed crocheting, playing bingo, playing canasta with her sisters, collecting tea pots, working in her garden and canning the produce that she grew. She worked for over 20 years at Ferro Manufacturing doing a variety of different jobs. Her last job was as a fork truck driver, of which she was very proud of her ability on it.
     Esther is survived by her children, Helen (Scott) Rydman of Coleman, and Esther (Lee) Uphold of Mt. Pleasant; a son-in-law Ed Rhode of Oil City; six grandchildren, Ted, Cynthia, Angela, Alan, Tonia and Pamela; six great grandchildren: Alivia, Jayson, Chelsa, Emily, Skyeleigh, and Presten; three brothers, Lyle (Chloe) Jewell, Paul (Sharon) Jewell, all of Arizona, and Steve Jewell of Kalkaska; and two sisters, Joyce Estep of Evart and Beulah Grenert of Oil City. Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob; a daughter, Connie Rhode; a sister, Alice Timmer; a grandson, Connor; and a brother-in-law, Rev. James Estep.



Rudolph Earl Lueder
September 29, 1923 -- July 6, 2009

     Rudolph Earl Lueder died Tuesday morning at his home between Mt. Pleasant and Remus. Rudolph was born on September 29, 1923 to Richard and Lyda (Strong) Lueder. He had been a lifelong resident of Broomfield Township.
     Rudolph was a Remus High School graduate and began farming with his father after graduation. He married Alice Flachs in 1945. The couple had started and operated many businesses in the same area. They began selling tractors such as Ferguson, Minneapolis-Moline, and Allis Chalmers, along with other farm equipment and were among the first in the area to sell televisions as well. They started the ITCO store near their home, which supplies local farmers with parts and supplies. In 1967, they built the Broomfield Valley Mobile Home Park, which is presently still in business.
     Rudolph and Alice began spending their winters in Florida, where he also tried his hand with Florida real estate by buying and selling homes and lots in Nokomis and Venice, Florida. He built his own permanent residence in Venice, Florida as well as building a home in Michigan, and enjoyed spending time with his family in both locations.
     Rudolph enjoyed fishing (especially salt water fishing) and extensive travel. The couple had visited places such as Cuba, Germany, Alaska, and Hawaii, as well as all but a few of the states in the continental U.S. He remained very busy farming throughout his entire life, as well as working on his homes in both states.
     Rudolph was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. He was a loving husband, father, and was proud of his committed involvement in the lives of his 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
     Rudolph is survived by his wife, Alice (Flachs) Lueder; two daughters, JoAnn (Douglas) Perkins of Gibsonton, FL and Kathleen (Jim) Gatten of Riverdale, MI; and two sons, Ted (Roxanne) Lueder of Mt. Pleasant and Fred (Debbie) Lueder of Huntington Woods, MI.
     Funeral services for Rudolph will be held on Thursday, July 9, at 11:00 A.M. from the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Mark Behenna officiating. Interment will follow the service in Broomfield Township Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6 to 8 pm, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm, and on Thursday at the church an hour before services. Memorial contributions are suggested to Woodland Hospice and the American Diabetes Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home and the church.

 

June 2009

Russell George Robertson

May 7, 1922 -- June 26, 2009

     Russell G. Robertson went to heaven to join his wife on Friday, June 26, 2009. He died after a short illness. Russell was born in Isabella County on May 7, 1922 to George William and Celia Jane (Wilson) Robertson. He lived his entire life in Isabella County.
     Russell married Dorothy Swindlehurst on February 26, 1944 in Rosebush. They had been married for 56 years when she died on May 19, 2000. They had three children, Tad (Diane) Robertson of Mt. Pleasant, Jane (Dennis) Cornell of Barryton, and Tim (Patty) Robertson of Saginaw.
     A celebration of Russell’s life was held on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 11:00 AM from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Jason Leininger and Rev. Nancy Casey Fulton officiating. Interment will took place next to his wife at Memorial Gardens in Mt. Pleasant. The family greeted friends on Monday, June 29, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm at Helms Funeral Home. Memorial contributions, in Russell’s memory, are suggested to the Rosebush Presbyterian Church, Central Michigan Free Methodist Church, or to Woodland Hospice
     During his lifetime, Russell farmed and also held down a full time job. In the early years, he milked cows, then for many years, he raised registered Black Angus beef cattle, and finally he raised cash crops. He worked for over 30 years as a painter and insulator at the Total Leonard Refinery in Alma. He also worked at the old Harris Mill, Roosevelt Pipeline, and for the past 17 years, he worked at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Russell had a unique sense of humor and quick wit. He was always joking around and making up nicknames for people. Russell could easily strike up a conversation with a stranger. He had a great memory and knew many people from the area. Russell will be remembered by many as the man who always said “Merry Christmas” year round.
     Russell and Dorothy loved to dance and were very good at it. He could play the harmonica and the mandolin. Russell enjoyed hunting deer and rabbits, fishing, golfing, traveling, playing cards, and visiting. He often sang in church during his younger years. Russell’s favorite song was “The Old Rugged Cross”. His family was very important to him. Russell was very proud of the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren as they participated in sports.
Russell was a member of the Rosebush Presbyterian Church, a former member of the Moose, Odd Fellows, OCAW, and the Church Board. He served as a 4-H leader for horses and beef for over 10 years and he was the Co-Expo and Fair Manager for the Isabella County Fair Grounds for 3 and a half years.
     Russell is survived by his three children and their spouses; six grandchildren, Chad (Dawn Jacobsma) Robertson of Grand Rapids, Eric (Kendra Bittell) Robertson of Southfield, Luke (Amanda) Cornell of Holland, Adam (Bethany Taylor) Cornell of Owosso, Heather (Rob) Wilkins of Breckenridge, and Ryan (Mindy) Robertson of Appleton, Wisconsin; six great grandchildren, Matthew, Erin, and Evan Wilkins, Jacob and Benjamin Robertson, and Macyn Kay Cornell; his in laws, Onalee Swindlehurst, Leona Sims, Genevieve Swindlehurst, Ann (Gary) Knapp, and Tom (Pat) Swindlehurst; several nieces and nephews; and a close friend and companion, Florence Emlinger of Mt. Pleasant. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; three sisters, Gladys Machuta, Reva Machuta, and Iva Krauss and their spouses; two nephews, Roger and Ned Machuta; his mother and father in law; and three brother in laws.

Phyllis Louise Wollangur Gibson
October 10, 1932 -- June 20, 2009

 

     Phyllis Louise Wollangur (Gibson), age 76, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2009 at Woodland Hospice House, Mt. Pleasant.
     Phyllis was born on Monday, October 10, 1932 in Mt. Pleasant to Tony and Virginia Wollangur (Lovell), but lived most of her life in the Lansing area. She was schooled in dentistry, but her love of people led her to hospitality for close to thirty years. When she returned to the medical field, it was, again, her heart that brought her to live-in care giving for the elderly.
     Phyllis leaves behind her siblings, Rosemary Reid and Larry Lovell, daughter Regina Gibson Wagner, son-in-law, Jerry Wagner, granddaughter, Michelle Gibson, many loving nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends, and her greatly cherished Yorkshire terriers, Rascal and Scamp.
     All who shared time with Phyllis are eternally thankful and will remember her lovingly.
     Cremation has been provided courtesy of Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. There will be a memorial service for family and friends at a later date. Donations may be made in her name to Woodland Hospice House in Mt. Pleasant. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home, 330 S. University Ave., Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48858.

Maria Jane Herman
April 5, 1915 — June 8, 2009

     Maria Jane Herman, age 94, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away on Monday, June 8, 2009 at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, Florida. Maria was born on Saturday, April 3, 1915 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the daughter of Isaac and Lucy (Stevens) Pelcher. She married Robert E. Herman on March 4, 1966 in Detroit, Michigan.
     Memorial services celebrating Maria’s life will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 2 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Owen White Pigeon of the Chippewa Indian United Methodist Church officiating. Interment of the cremated remains will take place in Riverside Cemetery on the family lot. Friends may gather with the family on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the family. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Maria was a resident of Vero Beach since 1973, moving there from Detroit. She was a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, and returned for many years for the annual Pow-Wow in August. She owned and operated her own salon where she was a hair and scalp specialist for many years. Maria was a graduate of the Indian School in Mt. Pleasant and a graduate of the Haskell Indian School in Kansas. She also enjoyed reading and her dogs.
     Survivors include her husband, Robert Herman of Vero Beach; a sister, Dorothy Shawano of Mt. Pleasant; and many nieces and nephews, grand and great grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by both parents, brothers, John and Clinton, and sisters, Bernice and Viola.

Patricia Elaine Furtaw
November 24, 1925 - June 6, 2009

     Patricia Elaine Furtaw, age 83 of Rapid City and formerly of Alma, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 06, 2009 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan. Elaine was born on Tuesday, November 24, 1925 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the daughter of Alfred and Mildred E. (Ulam) Huber. She married Robert Furtaw on October 20, 1945 in St. Louis, Michigan.
     A celebration of Elaine’s life was held on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 11:00 am from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Samuel Reith of Zion Lutheran Church officiating. Following the funeral service, interment took place in Chapel Gardens Cemetery, Elwell, Michigan beside her husband. Friends gathered with the family on Tuesday from 9:30 am until service time. Memorial contributions in Elaine’s memory were suggested to the Grass River Nature Area in Bellaire, Michigan. Envelopes were available at the Helms Funeral Home, 330 S. University Ave., Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48858.
     Elaine was a resident of the Rapid City area for over twenty years, moving there from Alma, Michigan. She was the owner and operator of a gift and card shop in Alma for many years. She was a member of the Lutheran Church in Kalkaska for many years. Golfing, bowling, snowmobiling, ceramics, and going out to eat with her neighbors were some of her favorite past times.
     Elaine is survived by her sister, Joyce Willis of Mt. Pleasant; children, Ronald Furtaw of Rapid City, MI, daughter, Patricia (Butch Lijewski) Jones of Manistee, MI, son, Timothy (Doris) Furtaw of Cannonsburg, MI, and son, Terry (Celia) Furtaw of Sault Ste Marie, MI; eight grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert; brother, Russell Huber; and sister, Jeanne Courtney

Ruth L. Eckart

October 18, 1940 -- June 3, 2009

     Ruth Lorraine Eckart, age 68, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at her home. Ruth was born on Friday, October 18, 1940, in northern Isabella County, near Clare, Michigan, the daughter of James and Pearl (Gary) Taylor.
     A memorial service celebrating Ruth’s life was held on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel in Mt. Pleasant Memorial Gardens with Rev. Ron Vredeveld officiating. Friends were asked to consider the needs of the family with memorials.
     Ruth was a lifetime resident of the area. She was employed for over twenty two years as a supervisor for Pelcher’s Adult Foster Care Home in Mt. Pleasant. She enjoyed traveling, including to Las Vegas. She was a very big NASCAR fan, both at the track and at home when she no longer was able to travel. Her grandchildren and her dogs were a big part of her life.
     Ruth is survived by her children, Larry (Kelly) Watson of St. Louis, MI, and Lori Waidler of Mt. Pleasant; step-children, Bonnie Duffia and Brett Eckart, both of Mt. Pleasant; eight grandchildren; a great granddaughter expected in October 2009; and her sister, Bonnie Pelcher of Mt. Pleasant. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Joleen Watson, and two brothers.

May 2009

William “Jay” Walker
August 28, 1917 -- May 30, 2009

     Jay Walker, age 91, of Farwell, Michigan, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at Woodland Hospice House in Mt. Pleasant. He was born August 28, 1917 in Pennville, Indiana, the son of Elmer J. and Lella Fay Paxson Walker.
     A celebration of Jay’s life was held on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Mr. Gene Beavers, of the First Church of Christ, officiating. After the service, interment took place at Riverside Cemetery, next to his wife, Helen. The family greeted friends on Tuesday, June 2, from 2 to 4 pm, from 6 to 8 pm and on Wednesday from 1:00 pm until the time of services at the Helms Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Woodland Hospice, The First Church of Christ, or Community Cancer Services. Envelopes are available at Helms Funeral Home.
     In 1929, Jay and his family left Arkansas looking for work and discovered there was an oil boom in Michigan. He married Helen Prout of Rosebush on December 1, 1938. They had three sons, William (Bill) Walker, James (Jim) Walker, and John Jay Walker. Jay worked in the oil business as a gauger for 44 years, retiring from Total Petroleum in 1980. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing a good game of cards, and being with his family and grandchildren. He had a good singing voice and enjoyed singing old hymns. Jay and Helen made their home over the years in Mt. Pleasant, Barryton, Sears, and Farwell.
     Jay is survived by his son, Bill and daughter in law Diane (Sue Giddings) Walker of Mt. Pleasant; four grandchildren, Darrel and Shelly (Crowley) Walker of Mt. Pleasant, Karla and Gene Gorczyca of West Olive, Brenda and Serg Osterberg of Rockford, and Todd and Jennifer (LeClaire) Walker of Cedar Springs; nine great grandchildren; and very special family friends, Janice Maxwell of Paris and Chris Hundey of Farwell. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and a brother; his wife, Helen in 2004; a son, Jim in 2006; and an infant son, John in 1948.
     The family expesses a thank you to Central Michigan Hospital Emergency Room, The Meijer Heart Hospital in Grand Rapids, and Woodland Hospice for their kind care.

Michael Nicholas
January 26, 1915 — May 28, 2009

     Michael Nicholas, age 94, of Elwell, Michigan formerly of Mt. Pleasant (Leaton area), passed away Thursday, May 28, 2009 at his home. Michael was born on January 26, 1915 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Nick and Mary Prybursky Nicholas.
     Funeral services for Michael were held on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Jon Pohl officiating. Interment followed the service at Memorial Gardens in Mt. Pleasant. The family greeted friends at Helms Funeral Home on Friday, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm and on Saturday from 1 pm until the time of services. Memorial contributions were suggested to Woodland Hospice or Community Cancer Services. Envelopes are available at Helms Funeral Home.
     On January 5, 1979, he married Esthol Welch after his first wife, Mildred M. Beweski died in 1977. Michael worked for Ferro Manufacturing as a Die Setter for over 30 years and retired in 1975. He served in the US Army Air Corp from June of 1941 to September of 1945 in Tunisian Central Burma as a Staff Sergeant.
     Michael is survived by his three children, Janice Sebenick of Elwell, Robert Nicholas of Virginia Beach, VA and Tim (Darcel Butterfield) Nicholas of Mt. Pleasant; a daughter in law, Kendra Nicholas of Battle Creek; eleven grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Mildred in 1977 and Esthol in 2003; a son, Michael Patrick in 2002; his two brothers, John and Ronald; and a sister, Elizabeth.
     The family expresses and extra Special Thank You to Gary and Diane for all the help the last two years and to Woodland Hospice for their care.

Norma Jean Veit
February 9, 1929 - May 13, 2009



     Norma Jean Veit, age 80, of Clare, Michigan, passed away at her home on Wednesday, May 13, 2009. Norma was born on February 9, 1929 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Rollie R. and Effie J. Wirick Durham.
     A celebration of Norma’s life was held on Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 3:00 pm at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. William Stough officiating. Interment took place at a later date in Union Cemetery, Winn, Michigan. The family met with friends on Saturday, May 16 from 6-9 p.m. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Community Cancer Services or Woodland Hospice.
     On April 23, 1949, Norma and John Roger Veit were married in Mt. Pleasant. She was a lifetime resident of the area and was a mental health worker at the Mt. Pleasant Regional Center. Norma enjoyed knitting, crocheting, making doll clothes, arts and crafts, and making clothes for her grandchildren.
     Norma is survived by her husband, John ‘Jack’ Veit; eight children, James R. and Billie Ann Veit of Brooklyn, MI, Jacqualine R. and Don Mead of Hopkins, MI, Jerry R. and Karol Veit of Shepherd, JoAnne R. and Doug Painter of Mt. Pleasant, Judith R. and Russell Brittain of Mt. Pleasant, John R. Veit of Mt. Pleasant, Jeffery R. and Julie Veit of Mt. Pleasant, and Joseph R. and Kristina Veit of Coleman; 15 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and a brother, George W. and Bobbye Jo Durham. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Lucille McNutt; and a brother, Ray Jr. Durham.

 

William L. Swan

December 19, 1927 -- May 13, 2009

     William L. Swan, age 81, of Sanford, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at his home. Bill was born on Monday, December 19, 1927 in Mt. Pleasant, the son of William L. and Wreatha P. (Dowel) Swan. On January 20, 1951, he married Lew Ella Blizzard in Mt. Pleasant. She preceded him in death on Thursday, January 24, 2008.
     Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Dr. Frederick L. Weaver of North Point Ministries officiating. Friends called at the Helms Funeral Home on Friday, May 15 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Interment took place in Mt. Pleasant Memorial Gardens with Veterans Honor Guard Services provided by the Borley-Hanel VFW Post 3033 and the American Legion Post 110. Memorial contributions were suggested to The Zachary Swan Fund.
     Bill was retired from Dow Corning, where he worked for over 30 years as a chemical operator. He was a member of the North Point Ministries in Midland. Bill was a veteran of both the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy, serving during WWII. He was a member of the American Legion. Bill enjoyed his Wii bowling league at the Sanford Senior Center, camping with his family, being outdoors, reading, and especially puttering in his workshop. He was a resident of Sanford since 1953.
     Bill is survived by his children, Michael and Christine Swan of Midland, and Michelle and Glen Wilmes of Pillager, MN; seven grandchildren, Teryn, Zachary, Garrett, Dylan, Shawn, Naomi, and Michael; and his sister, Leona and Walt Sherwood of Houghton Lake, Michigan. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Lew Ella, both parents, and two brothers, Robert and Francis (Frenchy) Swan.

April 2009

Barbara J. Thayer

May 28, 1924 -- April 28, 2009

     Barbara J. Thayer, age 84, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at Woodland Hospice House near Mt. Pleasant. Barb was born on Wednesday, May 28, 1924 in Grand Haven, Michigan, the daughter of Dr. Milan and Mildred (Jones) Crapo. She married George Lincoln Thayer in 1948 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Mt. Pleasant. George preceded her in death on August 18, 1964.
     Funeral services were held on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. John Boley of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment took place in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, beside her husband, George. Friends gathered with the family on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends were asked to consider memorial contributions to the Commission on Aging, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, or Woodland Hospice.
     Barb was a Mt. Pleasant area resident most of her life. She was the Director of the American Heart Association of Isabella County for many years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, was a Girl Scout Leader and on the Girl Scout Board of Directors, a Cub Scout leader, Red Cross volunteer, a member of the Eastern Star, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a volunteer for the Commission on Aging, and a delegate to the Michigan Republican Convention in the 1960’s. Barb was a charter member and helped write the by-laws for BPW, a member of the General Federation of Women’s Club, a member of the Mt. Pleasant Historical Society, and worked with Welcome Wagon. Barb was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School in 1943, and was a graduate of Stephenson College in Colombia, Missouri. She also attended Central Michigan University and Kent State University.
     Survivors include her children, Pamela (Pam) and Lee Klopfenstein of Dolan Springs, Arizona, and Richard L. and Catherine Coleman Thayer of Las Vegas, Nevada. Her grandchildren, Melissa and Scott Thorn, Trevor and Kristy Marshall, and Gavin and Courtney Marshall; great grandchildren, Taylor, Casey, Avary, Majerle, and Xaylia. Barb was preceded in death by her husband, both parents, a brother, Robert Crapo, and a sister, Nancy Martin.

Edward James Bonnell

August 17, 1914 -- April 27, 2009

Edward James Bonnell, 94, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died at Prestige Center, Mt. Pleasant, April 27, 2009. Born in Saginaw in 1914, Ed moved with his parents to Mt. Pleasant, where his father, Ed Senior, was selling silos before becoming a partner in Mt. Pleasant Hardware and Furniture Co. at the corner of Broadway and Main.
From 1942 to 1946, Edward served in the United States Army Corps, Pacific Theater and then in the Army of Occupation in Japan. After service, he joined his father at the furniture and hardware business. In 1956 Ed bought Superior Furniture Co. from Bill Davidge. About 1980, Jim Bonnell became the third-generation owner of Bonnell’s Superior Furniture.
Ed belonged to the Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce, CMU’s Century Club, Mt. Pleasant Historical Society and was president of Pullen Elementary P.T.A. and The Methodist Men’s Club when the new church was built in 1969. Annual beef dinners at First United Methodist Church supported African CMU students, sponsored by coach Lyle Bennett.
Ed was the sole survivor of the 1932 Mt. Pleasant High School championship basketball team, coached by Arlie Osborne. An outstanding athlete, Ed excelled at football and tennis, and enjoyed golfing ‘til age 92. He was inducted into Mt. Pleasant High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
As an active member of the Mt. Pleasant Kiwanis service club for 70 years, a state record, Ed will miss the upcoming May 4th celebration, honoring his contribution to the Kiwanis Club’s international goals. Even after losing his sight, Ed sold dozens of Kiwanis roses by phone. Earlier he was scoutmaster with Ted Foley, sponsored by Kiwanis.
In 1947 he married Auburna Bonnell of Traverse City. They have two sons and two daughters, James Bonnell (Kay) of Mt. Pleasant, Bruce Bonnell of Portland, Ore., Helen Maienknecht (Gilbert) of Bowling Green, Ohio, and Jean Abraham of Melbourne, Fla.; grandsons Peter and Brian Maienknecht, Troy Abraham and Spencer Bonnell, granddaughter Dana Kay Bonnell and great-granddaughter, Amaya Maienknecht. Surviving Ed besides his wife and children are sister Grace Merrill, sister-in-law Pat Bonnell of Midland and brother Robert Bonnell of Muskegon.
Ed was predeceased by his parents, a sister, Dr. Jane Bonnell of Grand Rapids, and a brother, David, of Midland.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Woodland Hospice, First United Methodist Church, or Isabella County Commission on Aging. A memorial in Ed’s honor will be announced later, entrusted to Helms Funeral Home and officiated by the Rev. John Boley.

Patricia Ann Krout
February 2, 1945 — April 26, 2009

     Patricia A. Krout, age 64 of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2009 at Central Michigan Community Hospital. Patricia was born on February 2, 1945 in McDowell County, West Virginia, the daughter of James and Leona Ratliff Dillon.
     Funeral services for Patricia were held on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 1:00 P.M. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Connie Bongard of the Farwell United Methodist Church officiating. Following the service, interment took place at Forest Hill Cemetery in Weidman. Friends called at Helms Funeral Home on Tuesday from 10:30 A.M. until the time of services. Memorial contributions were suggested to the wishes of the family. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Patricia was a resident of the area for 29 years. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and crafts.
     Patricia is survived by her three children, Crystal Beutler of Weidman, April King of Sheridan, and Jessie Poffenberger of Maryland; eight grandchildren, Samantha, James, Reese, Joseph, Chelsea, Autumn, Brandon, and Lexi and Jeffrey Poffenberger; three great grandchildren, Hayden, Cameron, and Jersey; two brothers, George and Herman Dillon both of Tip City, OH; and a sister, Phyllis Ward of Columbus, OH. She was preceded in death by her parents, ten brothers and sisters and a grandson Jackson Poffenberger.

Mildred ‘Millie’ Thomas
March 14, 1920 -- April 22, 2009

     Mildred ‘Millie’ Thomas, age 89, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at the Laurels of Mt. Pleasant. Millie was born on Sunday, March 14, 1920 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of William and Pauline (Whitwer) DaLee. On March 15, 1944, she married Alfred Stanley Thomas at her home in Birmingham, Michigan.
     Millie was a resident of Mt. Pleasant since 1949. She was a homemaker who was very active in the community. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a Past President of the Mt. Pleasant Women’s City Club, and was very active with mental health issues in the community. She served on the Behavioral Management Committee at the Mt. Pleasant Center for many years, on the Mt. Pleasant Health Advisory Committee, and also on two other mental health committees. She was very proud of her memberships on the mental health committees.
     Funeral services was held on Monday, April 27, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. from the First United Methodist Church with Rev. John Boley officiating. Following the funeral service at the church, Millie was interred in Riverside Cemetery, beside her husband, Al. Friends gathered with the family on Sunday, April 26 from 5-7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church and again on Monday from 10-11 a.m. Memorial contributions in Millie’s memory may be made to the Alfred and Mildred Thomas Faculty Leadership Award at Central Michigan University. Envelopes are available at the church and at Helms Funeral Home.
     Millie is survived by her two daughters, Carolyn ‘Kitty’ Thomas of Mt. Pleasant, and Marilyn and Don Price of Northville, Michigan; two grandsons, Daniel and Will Price; three sisters, Nancy and Byron Ellis of Indianapolis, Indiana, Dorothy Willison of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and Janice Foster of Plymouth, Michigan; and several nieces and nephews. Millie was preceded in death by her husband, Al, both parents, and a brother.

Allen John Ewell
July 5, 1955 -- April 20, 2009

     Allen John Ewell, age 53, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2009 at Woodland Hospice House near Mt. Pleasant. John was born on Tuesday, July 5, 1955 in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Arvil and Mary Ann (Smillie) Ewell. On May 21, 2005, he married Marilyn G. Kerkau in Shepherd.
     Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Helms Funeral Home with Pastor Daniel Siedlecki officiating. Following the funeral service, interment took place in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. The family gathered with friends from 9 – 11 a.m. on Thursday. Memorial contributions were suggested to the family to help with funeral expenses.
     John was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area since 1975. He was a direct care worker for McBrides Homes and Central Michigan Non-profit. He attended Destiny Ministries. John enjoyed building and creating things, working with wood, computers, camping, and anything to do with the outdoors.
     Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; children: Kacey and Kimberly Ewell of Mt. Pleasant, Starla and Roger Woodward of Mt. Pleasant, step-children: David and Heidi Kerkau of Weidman, Michael Dale and Jessica Kerkau of Mt. Pleasant, Amanda Bebee and Warren Altman of Mt. Pleasant, and Donald Bebee, III of Hancock, Michigan. His father, Arvil Ewell of California; grandchildren: Logan, Alize, Kiara, Isabelle, and Aiden; eleven step grandchildren; two brothers: David and Charlene Ewell of Utah, and Raymond Ewell of Utah. He was preceded in death by his mother, and a sister.


Betty Jane Sult
November 26, 1926 -- April 18, 2009

     Betty Jane Sult, age 82, of Rosebush, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at the Woodland Hospice House in Mt. Pleasant. Betty was born on November 26, 1926 in Port Huron, Michigan, the daughter of Charles Augustus and Leona Mae Brown Bowen.
     Funeral services for Betty were held on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 11:00 AM from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Charles Moerdyk of the Rosebush Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Memorial Gardens in Mt. Pleasant.
     The family greeted friends on Monday, April 20 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm at the Helms Funeral Home. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Rosebush Presbyterian Church Building Fund or to St. Jude’s Hospital, envelopes were available at the funeral home.
     On August 28, 1945, Betty was married to Harry Sult in Port Huron, Michigan. She was a resident of the community since 1976 moving here from DeWitt after living there for 20 years. Betty was a certified Nurse’s Aide operating Sult Foster Care for ten and a half years and also worked at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility. She was a member of the Rosebush Presbyterian Church and was a church elder, choir director, deacon, Sunday school teacher, and a member of the Susan Graham Fellowship.
     Betty is survived by her husband of sixty-three years, Harry; four children and their spouses, Larry and Debra Sult of the Upper Peninsula, Donald and Harriet Sult of Zeeland, Darrell and Tracie Sult of Zeeland, and Patricia and James Ashley of Spring Hill, TN; eight grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; two sisters and their husbands, Helen and Robert Charles of Port Huron and Dorothy and Harry Baer of Spring Grove, PA. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charles Bowen.


Daryl B. Larrance
June 28, 1932 — April 13, 2009

     Daryl B. Larrance, age 76, of Weidman, passed away on Monday, April 13, 2009 at Woodland Hospice House in Mt. Pleasant. Daryl was born on June 28, 1932 in Rosebush, Michigan, the son of Benjamin and Maybelle McDonald Larrence.
     Funeral services for Daryl were held on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Wayne Boughan of the Breckenridge Wesleyan Church officiating. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant beside his parents. Family greeted friends on Wednesday, April 15, from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to Woodland Hospice. Envelopes are available at Helms Funeral Home.
     Daryl was a 40 year resident of the Weidman area and was a pipe welder for Tulsa Pipeliner Union. He was in the Air Force from 1950 to 1953. Daryl enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, gardening, growing flowers, walking outside, and most of all, his family.
     Daryl is survived by his brother and wife, Kenneth and Rita Larrance of Lake; his sister and her husband, Donna and Frank Britton of Valpariso, IN; two nieces, Gayle (Robert) Losinger of Lapeer and Carole (Kevin) Virden of Franklin, TN; a nephew, Daryl Larrance Sr. of Las Vegas; and many great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Debra A. Musil
July 14, 1960 -- April 4, 2009

     Debra Ann Musil, age 48, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Saturday, April 4, 2009 at Mid Michigan Medical Center in Midland surrounded by loved ones. Debra was born on Thursday, July 14, 1960 in Clare, the daughter of Jerry Musil and Shirley Natzel Acker.
     A celebration of Debra’s life was held on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Deacon Larry Fussman of Sacred Heart Catholic Church officiating. Interment took place in Memorial Gardens. Friends greeted the family on Tuesday, April 7 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm at the funeral home with a vigil scripture service being held at 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Pardee Cancer Fund.
     Debra lived in Mt. Pleasant most of her life and was a chef at the Soaring Eagle and also an electrician for Veit Electric for more than 20 years. Debra loved to do electrical work and anything to do with the outdoors. She enjoyed being with and cooking for her family and friends. Debra was an avid hunter, loved driving quads, gardening, and camping. She loved to do things for others and to take care of all her family and friends.
     Debra was survived by her significant other, Gary J. Tilmann of Mt. Pleasant; two daughters, Hope (Kevin) Lendzion and Ashley A. Robinson, both of Mt. Pleasant; one grandchild, Kaitlyn; two sisters, Connie (Don) Sattler of St. Louis, MI and Victoria (Kyle) Monroe of Shreveport, LA; and two nieces, two nephews, and one expected nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Tony Musil.


Lealand "Lee" Mills
August 6, 1919 — April 2, 2009

     Lealand “Lee” Mills, age 89, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2009 at Central Michigan Community Hospital. Lee was born on August 6, 1919 in Clare, Michigan, the son of Morey and Maria Miller Mills.
     At the request of the family, private funeral services were held for Lee. Interment took place at Memorial Gardens in Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions were suggested to the needs of the family.
     On September 14, 1946, Lee and Lottie Gorski were married in Detroit. Lee and Lottie have spent most of their lives in the Mt. Pleasant area. He was owner and operator of Mills Body Shop for over 50 years. Lee was a member of the American Legion and served in the US Army during WWII in the New Guinea, Papuan, and the South Philippines Campaigns. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and hunting.
     Lee is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lottie of Mt Pleasant; two children, Donald L. Mills and Deborah Mills both of Mt. Pleasant; one grandson and his wife, Jason and Lori Mills; three great grandchildren, Keagan, Kyleigh, and Kamdon; a brother, Russ Mills of California; and a sister, Virginia Harris of California. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and a sister.

March 2009

Harold T. Greenan

June 7, 1910 -- March 26, 2009

     Harold T. Greenan, age 98, of rural Mt. Pleasant and Remus area, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at The Woodland Hospice House in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. As per Mr. Greenan’s wishes, he was cremated with no services planned.

V. Eileen Houghton

December 14, 1920 -- March 16, 2009

     V. Eileen Houghton, age 88, of Fennville, Michigan, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2009 in Fennville. Eileen was born on Tuesday, December 14, 1920 in Breckenridge, Michigan, the daughter of Niles Avery and Lena Blanche (Rooks) Cummings. On September 30, 1951, she married William D. Houghton in Mt. Pleasant. Bill preceded her in death on May 9, 1996.
     Funeral services for Eileen were held on Friday, March 20, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Jean Winther of the First Congregational Church in Breckendridge, Michigan officiating. Interment took place in Two Rivers Cemetery, Isabella County, beside her husband. Friends gathered with the family on Thursday, March 19 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Community Cancer Services. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Eileen was a lifetime resident of the Mt. Pleasant area. She worked for many years as a hospital aide at Gratiot Community Hospital and the Michigan Masonic Home. She attended the Winn United Methodist Church for many years. She enjoyed western square dancing, crocheting, crafts, traveling, and camping.
     Eileen is survived by her children, Gary Lee and Suzanne Holton of Fennville, Michigan, Dennis and Barbara Holton of Corydon, Indiana, Welbie and Jane Houghton of Lyman, South Carolina, Vanessa and Don Hubl of Independence, Missouri, and James and Joy Houghton of Alma, Michigan; eighteen grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; a brother, Keith E. and Linda Cummings of Breckenridge, Michigan; two sisters, Jean Winchell of Freeland, Michigan, and Lois M. and Jim Willoughby of Shepherd; one sister in law, Jane Cummings of Lansing, Michigan. Eileen was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; both parents; her grandmother, Alida Cummings; a grandson, Rob Goosen; a brother, Rex Cummings; and a brother in law Bruce Winchell.

Mary Alice Davis Latoski
August 19, 1928 — March 17, 2009

     Mary Alice Davis Latoski, age 80, of Alma, Michigan, formerly of Shepherd, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at her home. Mary was born on Sunday, August 19, 1928 in Farwell, Michigan, the daughter of Donald Edward and Cora Lula (French) Davis. On August 19, 1946, Mary married Roman Latoski in Bay City. Roman preceded Mary in death on June 3, 1985.
     Memorial services were held on Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. John Boley of the First United Methodist Church officiating.
     Mary was a homemaker and a lifetime area resident. She very much enjoyed her family and friends. In the neighborhood where she lived, she was known to many as Grandma and Great Grandma, who always had something to drink for the children who visited her on a daily basis. She will be missed by all.
     Mary is survived by her children, Angela and Roy Norris, Terry and Barbara Latoski, and Julie and Larry Friend, all of Alma, Michigan, Peggy and Robert, Jr. Rhode of Shepherd, Mary Beth and Thomas Mathis of Mio, Michigan, and Roman and Patricia Latoski of Dale City, Virginia; fourteen grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and one great granddaughter; two brothers, Deral Davis of Shepherd, and Robert and Lois Davis of Eaton Rapids, Michigan; and two sisters, Eva Reed of Lansing, Michigan, and Judith and Theodore Latoski of Mt. Pleasant. She was preceded in death by her husband; both parents; two sons, Stanley Ray and an infant son; and four sisters, Margaret, Helena, Julia and Donna.

 

Charles R. Yount
May 20, 1931 -- March 14, 2009

     Charles R. Yount, age 77, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at Central Michigan Community Hospital after a long illness. Charles was born on Wednesday, May 20, 1931 in Flint, Michigan, the son of Virl and Hazel (Shiverdecker) Yount. Charles married Eunice Weisenauer on December 8, 1956 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bay County, Michigan.
     Charles was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he served faithfully for four years, before spending the next sixteen years in the U.S. Air Force, serving at various bases around the world. He served as a medical technician while in the service. After retirement, he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service, where he worked for ten years. Charles was a member of Zion Lutheran Church for many years.
     Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 1100 a.m. from the Zion Lutheran Church, 3401 E. River Road, with Pastors Samuel Reith and Jonathon Bakker officiating. Following the service, interment will take place in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Friends gathered with the Yount family on Monday, March 16 at the Helms Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. On Tuesday, visitation continued at the church from 10-11 a.m. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Zion Lutheran Church, Sanctuary Building Fund. Envelopes are available at the funeral home and at the church.
     Charles is survived by his wife, Eunice; four children, Charles and Charlene Yount, Jr. of Swartz Creek, Michael Wesley Yount of Mt. Pleasant, Diana Marie Yount of Lansing, and Joseph Alan and Susan Yount of Ann Arbor; six grandchildren, Allison Jo Yount, Megan Marie Yount, Sonya Yount, Amber Yount, Crystal Yount, Amanda and Grant Hogan; one great granddaughter, Arama Hogan; one brother, Douglas and Trudy Yount of South Carolina; five sisters, Susan and Duane Woods of Sanford, Phyllis Feders of Fenton, Barbara McCullough of Sacramento, California, Judy Cain of Wasau, Indiana, and Kay and Les Harris of Texas. He was preceded in death by his son, John; both parents; a brother, Gerald; and sisters, Martha Lee Muma and two infant sisters.



Evelyn M. Allison
March 13, 1914 -- March 8, 2009

     Evelyn Allison, age 94, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Sunday morning, March 8, 2009, at the Laurels of Mt. Pleasant after a long illness. Evelyn was born on Friday, March 13, 1914 in Adrian, Michigan, the daughter of Leo and Bessie (Reed) Blanchard.
     Funeral services for Evelyn were held on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 1:00 pm from the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Peter Russell officiating. Interment followed the service at Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, beside her mother Bessie. The family greeted friends at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant on Wednesday, March 11, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm and on Thursday prior to the funeral service. Memorial contributions in Evelyn’s memory have been suggested to the wishes of the family. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     She retired from Butterworth Hospital, now Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as an admitting clerk moving to Mt. Pleasant in 1990. She enjoyed family, friends, gardening and attended First Presbyterian Church.
     Evelyn is survived by her daughter Suzanne Brittain Hand; five grandchildren: Russell (Judy) Brittain, John (Tracy) Brittain, Warner (Shelly) Brittain, Allison (Gary) Darnell, Evelyn (Brian) Darnell and nine
great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; Kemsley L. in May of 1966.


Dr. Garrett Gibson Rank
March 20, 1949 -- March 5, 2009

     Private family services for Garrett Gibson Ran, D.O., 59, of Enid, Oklahoma were held on Saturday afternoon, March 7, 2009 at the Brown Cummings Funeral Home Chapel in Enid, Oklahoma. A graveside service was held on Thursday, Marcy 12, 2009 at the Coomer Methodist Cemetery in rural Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant was in charge of those services.
     Dr. Rank was born March 20, 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Robert Kinsey and Lois Sarah Roadarmel Rank. Dr. Rank died Thursday, March 5th, 2009 at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, OK. He married Vicki Lynn Willard in Clemons, Iowa on June 12, 1976. The moved to Enid where he was an internal medicine pulmonary specialist, serving Enid until his death.
     Dr. Rank is survived by his wife, Vicki; three daughters, Marinn Rank, Aubryan Rank, and Kaelyn Rank. Memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Rank’s memory to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

 


Aletha Eileen Bellinger
November 1, 1924 — March 4, 2009


     Aletha E. Bellinger, age 84 of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Wednesday morning, March 4, 2009, at Central Michigan Community Hospital as the result of a long term blood disorder. Aletha was born on Saturday, November 1, 1924 in Isabella County, Michigan, the daughter of Bond and Mabel Young Marshall.
     Funeral services for Aletha were held on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Strickland Baptist Church in rural Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Lindow Koop officiating. Interment followed the service at Green Cemetery in Lincoln Township beside her husband and son. The family greeted friends at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant on Thursday, March 5, from 6 to 8 pm and on Friday, March 6, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm and on Saturday one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Memorial contributions in Aletha’s memory were suggested by the family to Woodland Hospice or the American Red Cross Blood Drives.
     In November of 1943, Aletha and Fremont Bellinger were married at the Strickland Baptist Church. She was a lifetime member of the area and worked in the Food Service Area at Central Michigan University for many years. Aletha was a member of the Strickland Baptist Church, and a long time volunteer at Central Michigan Community Hospital, where she also donated small pillows she sewed for the hospital. She had great pride in her grandchildren, loved her gardening and birds, and gave assistance to her many friends when they needed it. She loved to travel with her husband and learned how to fly an airplane so she could land it if something happened to him when they were flying together. Aletha always had a smile for everyone she came in contact with. She had a great love for her farm and the conservancy of nature.
     Aletha is survived by her two sons, Lynn Bellinger of Shepherd and Jim Bellinger of San Marcos, CA; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; five brothers and their spouses, Bruce and Sandy Marshall, George and Nita Marshall, Maurice and Edith Marshall, Frank and Shirley Marshall, and Lawrence and Nancy Marshall; and two sisters, Genevieve Swindlehurst and Virginia and John Lane. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 2001; a son, Cary in 1997; three sisters, Marjorie Marshall, Wanda Webb, and Mary Harris; and three brothers, John, Dean, and Orrin Marshall.

February 2009

Charles Junior Clark

January 15, 1927 -- February 23, 2009

      Charles Junior Clark, age 82, of Shepherd, Michigan passed away at his home on Monday, February 23, 2009. Charles was born on January 15, 1927 in Isabella County, Michigan, the son of Charles A. and Mary Jane Comins Clark. On October 5, 1954, he and Audrey M. Grim were married in Isabella County, Michigan. Audrey preceded him in death on January 25, 1996.
     Charles was owner and operator of Clark’s Storage and Transfer for over 60 years. He was an honorary member of the American Legion Post in Mt. Pleasant. Charles enjoyed watching sports, hunting, and fishing.
     Funeral services for Charles were held on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Connie Bongard officiating. Interment took place in Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant next to his wife. Friends gathered with the family on Thursday, February 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Friday, February 27 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions were suggested to Down’s Syndrome Society of Mt. Pleasant in Charles’ memory.
     Charles was survived by his children, Clinton James and Barbara Clark of Mt. Pleasant, Roberta Sue and Robert Richardson of Mt. Pleasant, Charles Edward Clark of Mt. Pleasant, Marilyn Ann and Roger Chapman of Shepherd, Anna Marie Clark and Joe Pfiffner of Ft. Collins, CO, and Thomas William Clark and Kim Buchanan of Shepherd; 17 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; two brothers, Joe and Lois Clark and Mike Clark both of Mt. Pleasant; and two sisters and their spouses, Sue and Dennis Embrey of Weidman and Carol and Rich Embrey of Mt. Pleasant. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a sister, Marion Harrison; a son, Arthur Martin Clark; and two daughters, Clara Jane Horning Mitchell and an infant daughter.

Betty L. Lawson

August 23, 1925 -- February 23, 2009


     Betty L. Lawson, age 83, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Monday, February 23, 2009 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant. Betty was born on Sunday, August 23, 1925 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the daughter of Frederick and Violet (Workman) DeStoop. On December 31, 1945 in Mt. Pleasant, Betty married Jack L. Lawson. He preceded Betty in death in 1989.
     Betty was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. She was a member of the Red Hats at Tendercare, where she was also President of the Tendercare Residents Association. Betty was active with the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department when her husband worked there. Jack retired from the department as Fire Chief. She was a resident of Mt. Pleasant for most of her life.
     A service in celebration of Betty’s life was held on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Fr. Loren Kalinowski of Sacred Heart Catholic Church officiating. Interment followed the service in Mt. Pleasant Memorial Gardens beside her husband, Jack. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Woodland Hospice, Mt. Pleasant in Betty’s memory.
     Betty is survived by her two children and their spouses, Sherman and Marion Lawson of Murray, Kentucky and Jacqueline L. and Roger Hill of Clayton, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, both parents, and a brother.

Shantanise Hoffmeyer

February 22, 2009

Shantanise Hoffmeyer, stillborn infant of Kim Blythe and Jimmy Hoffmeyer, of Vestaburg, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2009 at Central Michigan Community Hospital. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.

Bertram “Bert” Schmidt
August 3, 1931 -- February 15, 2009

     Bertram ‘Bert’ Adams Schmidt, age 77, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, February 15, 2009 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant.
     A gathering of friends and family took place on Saturday, February 21, 2009 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions in honor of Bert are suggested to the Charity of One’s Choice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Bert was born Monday, August 3, 1931 in Hibbing, Minnesota, the son of Harold Albert and Eleanor Adams Schmidt. He served in the US Army at the end of the Korean Conflict. He has been a resident of Mt. Pleasant since 1968. On October 15, 1971, he married Abigail Hadley in Mt. Pleasant. Bert was an associate professor of Mathematics at Central Michigan University, was a mechanical engineer for many years, and wrote articles for professional journals. Bert was an avid wood carver and enjoyed silver carving, drawing, bike riding, hiking, and cooking pies and cookies.
     Bert is survived by his wife, Abigail Shippen Hadley of Mt. Pleasant; a son, Aaron Hadley Schmidt of Chicago; and a brother and his wife, Harold Albert and Sharon Schmidt, Jr. of Minnesota and Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Dennis E. Zeplin
February 13, 1945 – February 10, 2009

Dennis Zeplin, age 63, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at his home in Mt. Pleasant.


Audra Mercy Flanders
November 2, 2008 -- February 12, 2009


     On February 12, 2009, Audra Mercy Flanders passed suddenly early in the morning. Though she was born with Downs Syndrome and its associated complications, Audra was especially vigorous and fought hard to overcome her physical difficulties. She was born on November 2, 2008. During her brief 103 day stay on this earth, she embedded herself into the hearts of her family and others who knew her. Her parents, Barry and Suzanne Flanders, and her brothers and sisters, Charis, Ralph, John, Peter, Anna, Casey, Mary, Luke, Marcus, and Lauren Flanders, deeply miss her and ask for your prayers. Audra is also survived by her grandmother, Martha Gorton; many aunts, uncles, and cousins located throughout the United States. She is preceded in death by her grandfathers, Ralph Robert Flanders, and Donald P. Gorton; her grandmother, Hilda E. Flanders; and her uncle, Ralph Robert Flanders, II. A worship and memorial service was held at Grace Church, 218 South Main Street in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, February 14 at 5:00 p.m., and again on Sunday, February 15 at 10:00 a.m. All were welcomed to attend. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Memorial contributions to the Flanders family wishes may be sent to Grace Church at the above address or to Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.

January 2009

Joyce Ann Rueckert
November 25, 1954 - January 28, 2009



     Joyce Ann (McMillan) Rueckert, age 54, of Clare, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at the Laurels of Mt. Pleasant in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Joyce was born on Thursday, November 25, 1954 in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Archie Edwin and Esther Agnes (Evans) McMillan.
     Joyce was employed for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in Tribal Operations where she worked as an internal auditor for twenty years. She was a member of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians in Petoskey. She was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant and Clare area for the past twenty years. Hobbies included playing golf, doing beadwork crafts, sewing, and bowling.
     Memorial services were held for family and friends on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 2 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. Interment of the cremated remains will take place in East Lawn Memory Gardens in Okemos, Michigan at a later date. Friends thinking of making a contribution in Joyce’s memory may consider the needs of the young members of her family. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Joyce is survived by her four sons, Matthew (Anglyn) Makomenaw of Mt. Pleasant, Marc (Teresa) VanAlstine of Mt. Pleasant, Wayne and Zachary Young, both of Mt. Pleasant; one granddaughter, Odeno Makomenaw; two brothers, Archie (Marie) McMillan of Lansing, and Donald McMillan of Mt. Pleasant; seven sisters: Arvilla (Mike) Bateman of East Lansing, Joan (Brent) Brown of Simpsonville, SC, Janice (Richard) Beckhorn of Lansing, Marie Simmons, Carol (Richard) Hubble, Sue Vertz, and Audrey Hegenbarth, all of Mt. Pleasant, along with many nieces and nephews. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Jerry and Bruce McMillan, and a sister, Judith Tackett.

 

Charles H. Fulk
September 27, 1944 — January 11, 2009

     Charles H. Fulk, age 87, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, January 11, 2009 at Covenant Health Care in Saginaw, Michigan. Charles was born on October 6, 1921 in Nashville, Wisconsin, the son of Ernest and Pearl (Berry) Fulk. On September 27, 1944, he married the former Vivian Dowling in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
     A private funeral service was held for the family. Friends gathered with the family on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 from 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. Interment took place in Mt. Pleasant Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations in Charles’s memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
     Charles was a resident of Mt. Pleasant since the late 1940’s. He was a veteran of the Army Air Force, serving during World War II. It was in Carlsbad, New Mexico where he was stationed at the time, that he met a young WAC named Vivian Dowling. It wasn’t long before they were marri
ed. A daughter Aprial and a son Dwight were born from this marriage. In 1962, Charles and Vivian started Mt. Pleasant Heating, working from their home and using the enclosed back porch to store equipment and supplies. As the business grew, they rented space for their shop, and then built their own building. When Charles turned sixty-five years old, he sold the business to his son, Dwight, but continued to go the shop everyday up until a short time before his death, when his health started to fail. Charles loved watching his grandchildren while they were growing up, never missing an activity they were involved in. He enjoyed working in his yard and his flowers. He and Vivian enjoyed going to the airport to watch the airplanes land and take off, a remembrance of their service days together. He also enjoyed playing his guitar.
     Charles is survived by his wife of sixty four years, Vivian; his children, Aprial and Ken Curry and Dwight and Lesle Fulk, all of Mt. Pleasant; five grandchildren; Renae and Scott Pung, Rachelle and Mike Conroy, Risa Scully, Kenneth and Lynn Curry, and Chad and Sharon Curry; twelve great grandchildren; a brother, Heber Fulk of St. Louis; two sisters, Ginny and Bill Duff of Crandon, Wisconsin, and Betty and Al Moreno of Chicago, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by both parents, three brothers, and two sisters.

 

Rosemary Rae Davis
Nov. 16, 1946 – Jan. 6, 2009

     Our beloved mother, grandmother Rosemary Rae Davis passed away on Tuesday, January 6th 2009 surrounded by her children at Community Health Center of Branch County in Coldwater, Michigan. Rosemary was born on November 16, 1946 in Chicago, Ill. and was a graduate of Central Michigan University. In life, Rosemary's passion was helping people in need at any cost which led her to opening her own private practice, Omega Counseling Centers. Rosemary was a selfless woman who gave her all to family, friends and the community. During Rosemary's retirement her grandchildren were her greatest love. Rosemary is survived by her three children Daniel, Patricia and Richard and three grandchildren Victoria, Katelyn and James. You'll be missed.
     A private service is being held in her memory.

Margaret Louise Donaldson
September 16, 1920 - January 3, 2009


     Margaret Louise Donaldson, age 88, of Naples, Florida, and Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2009 in Naples, Florida. Margaret was born on Thursday, September 16, 1920 in Shawnee, Ohio, the daughter of Noah and Lola (Miller) Andrews. On March 26, 1937, she married William Donaldson, Sr. in Mt. Pleasant. William preceded her in death on September 25, 1997.
     Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. John Boley of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed the ceremony at Memorial Gardens, where Margaret as intered beside her husband. Friends called at the Helms Funeral Home on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions were suggested to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, Florida 34105. Envelopes were available at the funeral home.
      Margaret moved to Mt. Pleasant when she was twelve years old. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant for many years. She was a homemaker who enjoyed reading and her bridge club.
Survivors included her daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Gil Cox of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, two grandchildren: William McGee and Suzanne Walton, eight great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, a son, William Donaldson, Jr., both parents, and a brother, Earl Andrews.

 

December 2008

Richard G. Moose
June 27, 1926 - December 23, 2008


     Richard G. Moose, age 82, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at Ingham Regional Medical Center, Lansing, Michigan.
     Following Richard’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in the spring with interment of the cremated remains to take place in Memorial Gardens beside his wife, Mary Margaret. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Food With Friends at the Commission on Aging. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.
     Richard was born on Sunday, June 27, 1926 in Cameron, West Virginia. Richard married Mary Margaret Mercer in Moundsville, West Virginia. Mary passed away on February 3, 1995. He moved to the Mt. Pleasant area in the early 1940’s to work in the oil fields. He was a veteran of the Air Force, serving near the end of World War II. For many years, he was a self employed builder, owning and operating Moose Builders. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church for over fifty years, and a member of the Home Builders Association, were he was a past president.
     Survivors included his children, Beth Gandia of Houston, Texas and Chris Moose of Garner, North Carolina; three grandchildren: Savanah Lynn, Travis Christopher, and Tanner Richard Moose. He was preceded in death by his wife, both parents, and several brothers and sisters.

George Louis Rappette

October 20, 1932 - December 22, 2008

     George Louis Rappette, age 76, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of Farwell and Brighton, Michigan, passed away on Monday, December 22, 2008 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility in Mt. Pleasant.
   Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions have been suggested to The American Red Cross. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home or your local Red Cross office.
     George was born on Thursday, October 20, 1932 in Escanaba, Michigan, the son of George and Marcella (Dube) Rappette. On November 17, 1995, he married Margaret Rice in Las Vegas, Nevada. George lived in Brighton from 1960 until moving to Farwell in 1991. He moved to Mt. Pleasant in October 2008.
     George owned and operated Plymouth Concrete in Plymouth, Michigan for twelve years. He was a member of the Livingston County Builders Association, where he was a former officer. He also was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Elks Lodge. While living in Farwell, he was a member of Saint Cecila Catholic Church in Clare. His favorite past time was playing golf.
     Survivors include his wife, Margaret; children, Marcie, Susan, Tim, Terrie, and Joe Rappette; also step children, Carl, Donald, and Paul Wheaton, and several grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Rick; both parents, a sister Marcella, a brother, Dennis, and a cousin, Tom Scrock.

 

Dorothy Liphardt (Robb) Jenicke
Dec. 1, 1908 – Dec 9, 2008


     Dorothy L. Jenicke, age 100, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away peacefully Tuesday Dec. 9, 2008 in her home. Dorothy was born on Dec. 1, 1908 in Detroit, Michigan to Hugh and Mildred (Liphardt) Robb. She married Oliver C. Jenicke on Feb. 24, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan. They enjoyed camping and traveling to the Western U.S., Canada and Mexico. They raised two children, Lawrence and Diane. He preceded her in death on July 18, 1977. She moved to Mt. Pleasant, MI in 1978 and enjoyed living here for the past 30 years.
     Dot, as she was known to her friends and family, enjoyed gardening, sewing, canning fruits and vegetables, listening to music, caring for her children, grandchildren and dogs, and was a meticulous homemaker. Dot was a resilient, caring person who always had a solution to a problem and a kind word for her loved ones and has been an inspiration to her children and grandchildren.
     Dot’s 100 years were filled with loved ones and many historical events that her children and grandchildren loved having her recall. She could remember horse drawn carts delivering ice to her parent’s icebox and riding on streetcars in downtown Detroit. Dot and Oliver struggled through the Great Depression, saw friends and family serve in both World War I and II and would tell stories of speakeasies during Prohibition. She witnessed the golden age of radio, the introduction of television, the rise of automobile transportation and the landing on the moon.
     She was preceded in death by her parents Hugh and Mildred Robb, her husband Oliver, her sister Phyllis (Robb) Hoffman and brother in law Woody Hoffman, and her brother in law George Riach.
     She is survived by her sister Shirley (Robb) Riach of Wolverine Lake, MI, her son Lawrence (Alice) Jenicke of Mt. Pleasant, MI, and her daughter Diane (Richard) Heppner of Claremont, CA. She is also survived by four granddaughters Jennifer Heppner of San Francisco, CA, Sheryl Jenicke D.D.S. of Big Rapids, MI, Jill (Joe) Seymour of Carlsbad, CA, and Dorothy Jenicke, her namesake, of E. Lansing, MI. She is also survived by her beloved toy poodle Moody.
     A private memorial service with friends and family will be held. Dorothy and Oliver, proponents of higher education, both gifted their bodies to medical science.

 

Evaline Priscilla Gilpin
January 13, 1919 - December 7, 2008

     Evaline Priscilla Gilpin, 89, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2008 at Schnepp Health Care Center in St. Louis, Michigan. Evaline was born on Monday, January 13, 1919 in Owosso, Michigan. On October 6, 1938, she married Richard W. Gilpin in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Richard preceded her in death on March 4, 2006.
     A service celebrating Evaline’s life was held on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 11 a.m. from the First Church of Christ, 1610 E. Broadway Street with Mr. Michael Riness officiating. Following the funeral service, Evaline was buried in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, beside her husband. Friends gathered with the family on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the First Church of Christ. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Great Lakes Christian College. Envelopes were available at the church and at Helms Funeral Home.
     A seventy year resident of Mt. Pleasant, Evaline moved here when she got married. She was a member of the First Church of Christ for many years. She helped her husband on the family farm and enjoyed her garden, including growing strawberries and pumpkins.
     Evaline was survived by her children and their spouses, Brenda and Bert Coe of Alma, Dick and Sharon Gilpin of Arizona, John and Susan Gilpin of St. Johns, Michigan, Louise and Andy Pryor of Denver, Colorado, and David and Heidi Gilpin of Mt. Pleasant; fifteen grandchildren; twenty eight great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; two step brothers, Leslie and Bernice Smith of Owosso, Michigan, and Merl and Margaret Smith of Brighton, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her husband, both parents, a sister and a great granddaughter.

Calvin G. Cain
April 17, 1948 - December 2, 2008

     Calvin Cain, age 60, of Shepherd, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at Gratiot Community Hospital in Alma. Calvin was born on April 17, 1948 in Smithfield, West Virginia, the son of Perry and Betty Kendall Cain.
     A funeral service in celebration of Calvin’s life was held on Friday, December 5, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Connie Bongard officiating. Interment followed the service at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant.
     The family gathered with friends on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at Helms Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm. Memorial contributions in Calvin’s memory were made to Woodland Hospice. Envelopes were available at the funeral home.
     On August 1, 1970, he and Raylene Carter were married in Alma, Michigan. Calvin was a journeyman mechanic for Central      Michigan University for 33 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening.
     Calvin was survived by his wife, Raylene; three children, David of Athens, Georgia, Brian of Mt. Pleasant, and Melissa of Panama City Beach, Florida; two brothers, Alvin and Keitha Cain of Salt Lake City, Utah and Louie and Tracy Cain of Mt. Pleasant; a sister, Fran Yarnell of Mt. Pleasant; and five nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandprarents.

November 2008

Florence Marie Colosky Myers
January 9, 1919 -- November 28, 2008

     Florence Marie Myers, age 89 of Farwell, Michigan, died Friday, November 28, 2008 at the North Woods Nursing Center in Farwell, Michigan. Florence was born on Thursday, January 9, 1919 in Lake Station, Michigan, the daughter of Uriah and Bertha McIntyre Colosky.
     On December 23, 1957, Florence married Albert Lee Myers in Remus, Michigan. Mr. Myers died in March of 2002. She was a lifelong resident of the area.
     A funeral service celebrating Florence’s life was held on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 11:00 AM from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with the Rev. Dave Price officiating. Interment followed the service at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. The family greeted friends on Monday, December 1, 2008 at the Helms Funeral Home from 1:00 to 4:00 PM and on Tuesday preceding the services. Memorial contributions are suggested to the wishes of the family. Envelopes were available at Helms Funeral Home.
     Florence was a homemaker that enjoyed her family and was an avid and faithful fan of the Mt Pleasant Oilers Girl’s Basketball Team. You could always see her at their games. She was a member of the Weidman United Methodist Church and the Gideon Auxiliary.
     Florence is survived by her sister, Louis Glass of Farwell, MI; and niece Leann of Farwell, MI. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; four brothers, Franklin, George, Garold, and Maynard Colosky; and a sister, Hazel Battleshaw.

Larry Bushong
November 9, 1946 -- November 26, 2008


     Larry Burton Bushong, age 62, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at Ingham Regional Medical Center, Greenlawn Campus, Lansing, Michigan. Larry was born on Saturday, November 9, 1946 in Carson City, Michigan, the son of Burton H. and Gladys (Gannon) Bushong.
     A funeral service celebrating Larry’s life was held on Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Michael Biedenbender officiating. Interment followed the ceremony in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Military Honor Guard services were provided by the Honor Guard Detail from VFW Post #3033 and American Legion Post 110. Friends gathered with the family on Friday, November 28 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 1402 E. Preston Street, Mt. Pleasant, and again on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Borley-Hanel VFW Post #3033 Men’s Auxiliary or to the McRee House at Ingham Regional Medical Center. Envelopes are available at Faith Lutheran Church or Helms Funeral Home.
     Larry married the former Vickie Murdock on April 6, 1968 in Woodbridge, New Jersey. He was retired from Boilermakers Union 169 after working there for over 37 years. He was a member of the Boilermakers Union, the Borley-Hanel VFW #3033 Men’s Auxiliary, the American Legion Post 110, and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aries 4463. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, camping, playing with his grandchildren, and his dog, Charlie. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from June 1, 1966 until he was discharged on May 31, 1968. He was a lifetime resident of the area.
     Larry is survived by his wife of forty years, Vickie; three children and their spouses, Lisa and Tim Auker, Larry and Heather Bushong, and Luke and Lindsay Bushong, all of Mt. Pleasant; seven grandchildren, Connor and Madisyn Auker, Sara, Kaylee, and Ryan Bushong, and Lexus and Landen Bushong; his sister and her husband, Beverly and Howard Dunham, of Shepherd; and his niece, Jessica Dunham. He was prededed in death by his parents, and an infant daughter, Leeann Frances Bushong.

Laura Mae Sprague
July 22, 1932 — November 25, 2008

     Laura Mae Sprague, age 76 of Grand Rapids, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at Spectrum Heath, Butterworth Campus, in Grand Rapids.
     Laura was born on Friday, July 22, 1932 in Rosebush, Isabella County, Michigan, the daughter of George and Mable (Westbrook) McDonald, Sr. She is a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation.
     A funeral service celebrating Laura’s life was held on Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Peter Trzybinski officiating. Interment will follow at the Delwin Cemetery in Denver Township. Friends gathered with the family on Friday, November 28, 2008 at Helms Funeral Home from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Memorial contributions in Laura’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
     Laura lived most of her life in Grand Rapids and was a line worker for Kelvinator for over 20 years. She also worked as a nurse for awhile. She enjoyed playing bingo, being with her grandchildren, and helping others. Laura also enjoyed sitting on her front porch and was known as “Grandma” to the entire neighborhood. She was a wonderful cook and baker.
     Laura is survived by her companion, Carl Harig; her children, Patricia Sprague of Grand Rapids, James and Carol Sprague of Wyoming, MI, Kimberly and Jon Crandall of Wyoming, MI, Anthony Sprague, Cindy Sprague, and Kari Sprague, all of Grand Rapids; her step mother, Lois McDonald of Coopersville, MI; many grandchildren and several great grandchildren; a brother, Jerry McDonald of Mt. Pleasant; two sisters, Kathy McDonald and Linda McDonald; a cousin, Cynthia Floyd of Mt. Pleasant; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Debra Collins and Kathy Sprague; a sister, Esther Bennett; and brothers, George McDonald, Jr., Robert McDonald, Sr.

 

Josephine Foltz
May 22, 1939 - November 23, 2008

     Josephine Foltz, age 69, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, November 23, 2008 at her home near Mt. Pleasant. Josephine was born on Monday, May 22, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Thomas J. and Sophie E. (Mysliewec) Klosowski. On June 16, 1961, she married Russell Foltz in Angola, Indiana.
     A funeral mass was held on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant with Fr. Loren Kalinoloski officiating. Interment followed the funeral mass in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, beside her husband. A Rosary Service was held on Tuesday, November 25 at 6 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. Friends gathered with the family on Monday, November 24 from 6-8 p.m., on Tuesday, November 25 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Visitation continued on Wednesday from 10 – 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Memorial contributions were made to Heartland Hospice or Community Cancer Services.
     Josephine was retired from Central Michigan University, where she worked for 25 years as an administrative assistant, retiring in March 2003. She was a resident of Mt. Pleasant since 1961. Memberships included Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Christmas Outreach, and the Commission on Aging.
     Survivors included her sons, Rugg and Jane Foltz of Hudsonville, Michigan, and Rex Foltz of Mt. Pleasant; granddaughters, Sophie, Tessa, and Kaelyn; brothers, Raymond and Jan Klosowski of Mt. Pleasant, Alfred and Dianna Kloss of Birch Run, Michigan, Leonard and Christine Klosowski of Linden, Michigan, and James and Sherri Klosowski of Coconut Grove, Florida; sisters, Leocadia Tigani of Livonia, Michigan and Shirley Klosowski of Southfield, Michigan. Josephine was preceded in death by her husband Russell, brothers: Carl and Thomas, sisters: Sophia and Irene.

 

Adam Steven Marshall
March 26, 1987 - November 16, 2008

     Adam Steven Marshall, age 21, of Shepherd, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, November 16, 2008 at his home.
     A service celebrating Adam’s life was held on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Mark Behenna
of Immanuel Lutheran Church, officiating. In following Adam’s wishes, cremation took place after the funeral service. Friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday, November 18 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Anyone considering a memorial in Adam’s memory are asked to think of the needs and wishes of the family.
     Adam was born on Thursday, March 26, 1987 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the son of Steven B. Marshall and Debra L. (Recker) Marshall. He grew up in Bay City, moving back to Mt. Pleasant about one year ago. He served in the U.S. Army from June 2007 until June 2008. Adam enjoyed all kinds of sports, lifting weights, was a movie buff, and enjoyed hanging around with his friends.
     Adam is survived by his father, Steven of Shepherd, his mother, Debra of Shepherd; a sister, Lindsey Marshall of Mt. Pleasant; two grandmothers, Barbara Recker of Mesa, Arizona and Marvis Marshall of Shepherd; a brother-in-law, Geoff Goetz of Jacksonville, Florida; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Adam was preceded in death by his sister, Deneen Goetz and his grandfathers, Robert Recker and Orrin Marshall.

 

Sumiko C. Brown
February 10, 1934 - November 1, 2008

     Sumiko Brown, age 74, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at her daughter’s residence surrounded by her family. Sumiko was born on February 10, 1934 in Osaka, Japan, the daughter of the late Saburo & (Uto Matsujo) Chibana. She married her late husband Edward C. Brown August 10, 1961 in Japan.
     Services for Sumiko were held on Monday, November 3, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, with the Rev. Nancy Casey Fulton of Woodland Hospice officiating. Interment followed the services. In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Edward C. Brown Memorial Prize Fund at Central Michigan University or Woodland Hospice (formerly Hospice of Central Michigan), envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Sumiko was a member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed trips to the casino, playing cards with her friends, and spending time with her grandchildren.
     Sumiko is survived by her children; Michael & Lori Brown of Coleman and Theresa & Bill Hoffman of Mt. Pleasant; four grandchildren, Brandon & Jason Brown and Corissa & David Hoffman; two brothers, Maso & Takihro Chibana of Okinawa, Japan; three sisters, Chiyoko, Toyoko, Shigeko of Okinawa, Japan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

October 2008

Goldie Viola Snyder

May 12, 1932 - October 24, 2008

     In loving memory of Goldie Viola Snyder, age 76, of Remus, Michigan, who passed away on Friday, October 24, 2008 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant with her loving family surrounding her. Funeral services were held on Monday, October 27, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. John Boley officiating. Following the service, cremation took place. Interment of the cremated remains will take place in Riverdale Cemetery, Riverdale, Michigan at a later time. Friends met with the family prior to the service at the funeral home.
     Goldie was born on Thursday, May 12, 1932 in Midland, Michigan, the daughter of Burt and Flossie (Casner) Ward. She married Lloyd Snyder on September 24, 1948 in Crystal, Michigan. Lloyd preceded her in death on February 13, 1994. She lived in the Mt. Pleasant and Remus area all of her life, and was a home maker most of her life. She enjoyed playing bingo, working word search and puzzle books, watching John Wayne movies, and never missed watching The Price Is Right on television.
     Survivors include her children: Flossie Snyder and Shane of Remus, Thomas Snyder and Dawn of Newaygo, and Lloyd and Sherry Snyder of Remus; a very special friend, Fay Rood of Remus; fifteen grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild; a brother, Max Bannister of St. Louis, MI, and four sisters: Daisy Carll and Lena Sphon, both of Riverdale, Violet Davis of Flint, MI, and Mary Cole of Middleton, MI; many nieces and nephews. Goldie was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Snyder, Sr., two daughters, Esther Morrow and Deborah Snyder, three grandchildren, and five brothers and sisters.

 

Esther Luella Bardaville

September 22, 1928 - October 23, 2008

      Esther Luella Bardaville, age 80, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, October 23, 2008. Esther was born on September 22, 1928 in Isabella County, Michigan, the daughter of Albert Louis and Luella Pearl (Hall) Maxon. She married John Bardaville on September 1, 1946 at the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant. John preceded Esther in death on October 27, 1989.
     A celebration of Esther’s life was held on Monday, October 27, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home with Pastor Melody Olin of the Winn United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed the funeral service at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, near her husband, John.
     The family gathered with friends on Sunday, October 26 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral home.
     Esther was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area all of her life. She went to work at The Downtown Restaurant when she was fifteen years old. While working there, she met John Bardaville, whose father owned The Downtown. It wasn’t long until a romance blossomed and she married John when she was 17 years old. Esther also worked for The Little Red Shoe House Shoe store, and then in Food Services for Central Michigan University for over 15 years. She enjoyed crocheting, working in her flower garden, her cats, and especially her 6 sons and grandchildren.
     Survivors included her children, Nicholas Bardaville (Leslie) of Roseburg, Oregon, Steve Bardaville of Mt. Pleasant, Bruce Bardaville (Peggy McMann), both of Cape Coral, Florida, John Bardaville, Jr.(Rachel) of Taipei, Taiwan, Tony of Traverse City, Michigan, and Philip and Kristen Bardaville of Madison Heights, Michigan; along with grandchildren Nickye Jai, Joseph, Kate, Emily, Jason, Jarrod, Derek, John, Tyler, Catherine, Anastasia and great grandchildren, and a few great great grandchildren; a sister, Florence Jeffrey of Mt. Pleasant, and many nieces and nephews. Esther was preceded in death by her husband, John, three sisters: Ruth Grove, Myrtle Pyrett, and Geraldine Walton and two brothers, Norval ‘Max’ Maxon, and Albert ‘Jr’ Maxon.

Sally J. Koefoed

September 4, 1952 -- October 15, 2008

     Sally J. Koefoed, age 56, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at her home. Sally Jo Booth Koefoed was born September 4, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of George and Betty Koller Booth.
     A service in celebration of Sally’s life will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Church, 218 South Main Street in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Barry Flanders officiating. Interment will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Friends may greet the family at Grace Church on Saturday, October 18, 2008 from 7 to 9 pm. Friends wishing to remember Sally with a memorial contribution are asked to consider a gift to Grace Church.
     On May 4, 1977 Sally married Scot A. Koefoed in Bensonville, Illinois. For 20 years, she served in campus ministry along with Scott at Clemson University, Illinois State University, and Central Michigan University. They have been residents of Mt. Pleasant for the last 20 years. Sally was a homemaker for most of her married life. In recent years, she also worked for Listening Ear as a Direct Care Worker in Home Health Care with disabled adults. Sally was a member of Grace Church since its inception. She volunteered as a chaplain at Central Michigan Community Hospital
     Sally is survived by her husband, Scott of Mt. Pleasant; four children, Johathan, Daniel, Rebekah, and Joanna; her mother, Betty R. Booth of Schiller Park, IL; and two sisters, Ginny Warren of Zion, IL and Peggy Clore of St. Joseph, MI. She was preceded in death by her father, George W. Booth.

 

Levi J. Jeppensen
February 24, 1922 – October 5, 2008

     Levi J. Jeppesen, age 86, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, October 5, 2008 at Tendercare-Mt. Pleasant. Lee was born on Friday, February 24, 1922 in Morley, Michigan, the son of Levi and Nellie Katherine (Carnal) Jeppesen. On March 21, 1945, Lee married the former Phyllis Irene Clarke in Crystal, Michigan.
     A service in celebration of Lee’s life was held on Friday, October 10, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Pastor John Boley officiating. Following a funeral luncheon, a graveside service was held at 2:30 p.m. at Hillside Cemetery, Entrican, Michigan. The family gathered with friends on Thursday, October 9 from 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home and on Friday, October 10 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.
     Friends wishing to remember Lee with a memorial contribution, were asked to consider the First United Methodist Church. Envelopes were available at the church and Helms Funeral Home.
     Lee was a member of the community for over 50 years. He was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant and a member of the Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club, where he was a Past President and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Historical Society. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving as a Naval Pilot from February 4, 1943 until November 1945. He retired in 1972 as a Naval Commander with 30 years of service in the reserves. He flew his own plane for over 25 years. He was a Past Chairman of the Airport Advisory Board. One of his special joys was spending time with his grandchildren.
     Survivors included his wife of sixty-three years, Phyllis; two sons, Gregory C. Jeppesen and his wife, Lisa Bernhardt of Orchard Lake, Michigan, and Richard Jeppesen of Portage, Michigan and his significant other, Diana Knight of Grand Rapids, Michigan; five grandchildren, Amanda, Nathan, Shane, Skylar, and Jesse; and numerous nieces and nephews. Lee was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Gene D. Jeppesen.

 

Rose Ann Endres

September 17, 1933 -- October 4, 2008 

     Rose Ann Endres, 75, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, died Saturday, October 4, 2008 at Hospice House, near Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     Funeral services were held at Noon on Thursday, October 9, 2008 at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Ron Vredeveld of AIM officiating. Following the funeral service, interment took place in Riverside Cemetery in Mt.Pleasant. The family gathered with friends on Thursday, October 9, from 10 a.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home. Memorials were suggested to Area 7 Special Olympics or to Hospice of Central Michigan. Envelopes were available at Helms Funeral Home.
     Rose Ann Endres was born on Sunday, September 17, 1933 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the daughter of William and Frances (Leiferman) Endres. She was a lifelong resident of the Mt. Pleasant area.
     Rose Ann worked at Mid Michigan Industries and the Holiday Inn. She participated in Special Olympics and loved to dance, bowl, and do jigsaw puzzles. Rose Ann had a keen memory and a quick sense of humor. She loved to be with people and never forgot a face.
     Rose Ann is survived by her niece, Sandi Hasbany; a nephew and his wife, Reg and Jana Ervin; a grand niece, Brooke Hasbany; a grand nephew, Michael Ervin; and many cousins and friends in the area. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister and brother-in-law, Annabelle and George Ervin; her sister, Betty Jean Carroll; and her grand niece, Meagan Ervin.
     A special thanks to Beret, Nancy, and the entire staff of McBride House #1; Rosemary at CMH; everyone at Hospice House; and Rev. Ron Vredeveld of AIM.


September 2008

Helen Catherine Breidenstein Sole

May 10, 1916 - September 27, 2008

      Helen Catherine Breindenstein Sole, 92, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at Hospice of Central Michigan’s Hospice House near Mt. Pleasant.
     A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant. In following with Helen’s wishes, cremation has taken place with a private interment for the family of the cremated remains in Calvary Cemetery, next to her husband, Robert.
     Friends desiring to make a memorial in Helen’s memory, have been asked to consider Hospice of Central Michigan, or Maplewood Assisted Living of Mt. Pleasant. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.
Helen was born on Wednesday, May 10, 1916 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Peter and Mary (Naumes) Breidenstein. On May 12, 1942, she married Robert E. Sole in Mt. Pleasant. Robert preceded Helen in death on October 18, 1990. She was a graduate of Central Michigan University with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught for over thirty years in Cadillac, Michigan, Missouri, Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, Sacred Heart Academy, and Ganiard Elementary School. Helen was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Mt. Pleasant Women’s Club, and the Retired Teachers Association.
     Survivors include her sons, Gary (Patti) of Mt. Pleasant, and Robert Jr. of California; granddaughters, Stephanie (Chris) Pursino of Omaha, Nebraska, Jennifer Sole of Woodland Hills, California; a brother Gene (Ruth) Breidenstein of Lakeland, Florida, and numerous nieces and newphews.

 

Gwendolyn Deloris Dean

August 7, 1929 - September 22, 2008


     Gwendolyn Deloris Dean, 79, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Monday, September 22, 2008 at Tendercare-Mt. Pleasant. She was born on Wednesday, August 7, 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of Elmer and Nella F. (Rickles) Hoag. She married Benton Dean on August 29, 1964 in Nevada.
     In following Gwen’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family interment of the cremated remains will take place in Broomfield Township Cemetery at a later date.
     Gwen was a member of the Mormon Church. She enjoyed traveling, and had been to the lower 48 states. She also enjoyed gardening, light houses, and visiting with her family. She is survived by her husband, Benton, and a son Tom, along with one brother, and four sisters. She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Arthur Perry Jackson

April 20, 1981 - September 12, 2008

      Arthur Perry Jackson, age 27, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Friday, September 12, 2008 the result of an automobile accident near Mt. Pleasant. Arthur was born on Monday, April 20, 1981, the son of the son of Gordon and Beverly (Brailey) Jackson, Sr.
     Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with Rev. Owen White-Pigeon officiating. Friends and relatives are asked to dress casual. Following the funeral service, interment will take place in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The family will gather with friends on Monday, September 15 from 2 to 4 and from 6 to 8 pm at Helms Funeral Home. A Drum Honor Service will be held at 7 pm by the Krooked Lake drummers. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the needs of the family.
     Arthur moved back to Mt. Pleasant three weeks ago from Jonesville, Virginia. He also lived in Pennsylvania for several years. He was a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation. He enjoyed bead working and working with leather.
Arthur is survived by his mother, Beverly; sisters and brothers, Bonnie (Bill Loonsfoot) Jackson of Weidman, Elizabeth (Shane Robert) Jackson, Janet (Joe Waldorf) Jackson, Carolyn (Joshua Gardner ) Jackson both of Mt. Pleasant, Gordon Jackson, Jr. of Grand Rapids, Terry (Athena) Jackson and Harry Jackson, both of Weidman; nieces, Katherine, Nichole, and Abagail Jackson, Janice and McKenzie Gardner, and Isabella Jackson, nephew, Nathaniel Houghton and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon Sr., in 2004; nephews, David Kinney and Shane Lee Robert, Jr.

 

Sharon Rose Burden

September 23, 1940 - September 12, 2008

     Sharon Rose Burden (Horton), age 67, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Friday, September 12, 2008 at her home. A private service will be held for the family at Woodland Cemetery, Rosebush, Michigan.

 

 

August 2008

 

Rosamond 'Rose' E. Silvers

March 10, 1915 - August 29, 2008

     Rosamond “Rose” E. Silvers, age 93, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Friday, August 29, 2008 at her home.
     Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 7 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Jason Leininger of the Central Michigan Free Methodist Church officiating. Friends gathered with the family on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. until the time of the service. Graveside services took place on Wednesday, September 3 at 2 p.m. at Floral Lawn Cemetery, Marshall, Michigan.
     Memorial contributions were suggested to the Michigan Heart Association or to United Way of Isabella County. .
Rose was born on Wednesday, March 10, 1915 in Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, the daughter of Edward and Mattie (Smith) Hodges. On May 3, 1975, Rose married Francis ‘Don’ Silvers in Farwell, Michigan.
     As a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area since the early 1960’s, Rose was employed as a Head Cashier for Giantway for over 10 years. She also worked as a waitress for several restaurants in the Battle Creek area.
     Rose and Don enjoyed going to dances in the surrounding towns. She enjoyed making ceramics, crocheting and knitting. Rose had a green thumb and enjoyed her gardening and growing plants and vegetables. She and Don knew all of the area’s back roads because of their Sunday afternoon car rides, often stopping for an ice cream cone on the way home. She enjoyed feeding the wildlife that came to their feeders in their yard, including deer, squirrels, and a variety of birds.
     Survivors included her husband, Don, a daughter, Jacqueline Post of Ohio and Florida; step children: Bill and Kathleen Silvers of Ithaca, Donald Basil Silvers of St. Louis, and Debra K. Goodbo of Elm Hall; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren; six step grandchildren; two step great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. Rose was preceded in death by her son, William L. Brenner, a son-in-law Larry Post; two sisters, and two brothers.

 

Ricardo Leon Ablin, Sr.
June 1, 1939 - August 9, 2008

     Ricardo Leon Ablin, Sr., age 69, of Lake Isabella, Michigan passed away on Thursday, August 7, 2008 at his home with his family surrounding him.
     Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 2 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Jim Breithaupt of the Barryton United Methodist Church officiating. In following Rick’s wishes, cremation took place following the service. Friends gathered with the family on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.
     Friends have been asked to consider the needs of the family with any memorial contributions in Rick’s memory.
     Ricardo was born on Thursday, June 1, 1939 in Pontiac, Michigan, the son of Juan Antonio and Thelma (Walters) Ablin. He was formerly married to Lila Sahguj. He was a resident of the area for the past 16 years.
Ricardo was employed for General Motors in Pontiac as an Automotive Engineer for 25 years, and then for the Truck and Coach Division for 5 years. He was a veteran of the US Marine Corp, serving as a private first class from 1957 to 1959, where he was a parachutist. He was a reservist for the Pontiac Police Department, serving as a K-9 officer. He enjoyed going for walks, taking his grandchildren different places, boat rides, painting pictures, playing euchre, going to the Soaring Eagle, and was an accomplished poker player, playing in many tournaments.
     Survivors include his former wife, Lila Sahguj, his children: Jennifer and Dave Matthewson, Honi and Clinton Pelcher, Rick and Merle Ablin, Jeff and Kathy Ablin, John and Cheryl Ablin, Janice and Dan Paige, Lisa and Jason Johnson, adopted son, James Warner; grandchildren: Edgar Ablin, Kevin Henry and his fiancée Tarryne Flowers, Billie Paige, Sarah Aldossary, Jordan Aldossary, Angelique Ablin, David Ablin, John Ablin, Laela Matthewson, Eric Ablin, Juan Ablin, Antonio Ablin, Jessica Paige, Jarrad Johnson, Hunter Johnson, Ellen Vanderhoff, William Ablin, Jeffery Ablin, and Autum Ablin; three great grandchildren: Anthony Henry, Jordan Sutton, and Alexandra Ablin; a brother Juan Antonio Dallmen; and two sisters, Deloris Rice and Daisy Bradford. He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents, Bonifacio and Elsie (Peters) Ablin, and two sisters, Arlene and Margret.

 

Martha T. Hauck
March 31, 1911 - August 4, 2008

     Martha T. Hauck, age 97, of Westerville, Ohio, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend, passed away on Monday, August 4, 2008 in Westerville. Martha was born on Friday, March 31, 1911 in Westphalia, Michigan, the daughter of Henry and Theresa (Thelen) Schafer. She married Joseph A. Hauck on June 29, 1935 in Westphalia. Joseph preceded Martha in death on January 15, 1983.
     Mass of the Christian Burial was held on Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Fr. Loren Kalinowski officiating. Interment followed the ceremony at Calvary Cemetery, beside her husband. Friends gathered with the family on Friday, August 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. Visitation continued on Saturday, August 9th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church from 10 a.m. until service time.
     Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Sacred Heart Academy Foundation, Inc. or to the Isabella County Commission on Aging. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Martha was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church for many years. She was a very active volunteer at the Isabella County Senior Center, doing a variety of jobs. She was also a long time volunteer at the Isabella Child Development Center Thrift Shop, where she was the manager on the days she volunteered. One of her proudest accomplishments was making beautiful quilts for her children and grandchildren. She also made lap quilts for shut-ins which were distributed by the Senior Center. Martha enjoyed a good crossword puzzle and was a dedicated Scrabble player, playing almost to the end of her life.
     Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, both parents, a grandson, a son-in-law, and eleven brothers and sisters. She is survived by her three children: Rona Cook of Marlton, New Jersey; Judie and Ed Rochon of Westerville, Ohio; and Fred and Maggie Hauck of Decatur, Alabama; ten grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren; a sister-in-law Annabelle Schafer; and many nieces and nephews.

 

July 2008

Jane McNamara
Dec. 5, 1913 – July 21, 2008

     Jane McNamara was born on Tuesday, December 5, 1913 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and died on Monday, July 21, 2008 at her home. Cremation has taken place. No services are planned.
     She came to Central Michigan College of Education to teach in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department in the fall of 1941, and retired in 1970.
Academic degrees were received from the University of Pittsburgh, Bachelor of Science; Columbia University, New York, Master of Arts; and New York University, post-graduate work. In addition, she enjoyed private studio dance instruction in Modern Dance with artists Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Doris Humphrey and others.
Her membership in national honoraries included Mortar Board and Delta Psi Kappa and in social sorority, Delta Zeta. She was selected to the Hall of Fame of the University of Pittsburgh and Central Michigan University. Before retirement, Jane received the Honor Award for outstanding service from the Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
     Her teaching experience, prior to CMU included Pittsburgh Public Schools and Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Summers were spent on Walloon Lake where with Louise Williams, she owned and co-directed a summer educational camp. The camp, from 1947 to 1967, was operated as a family resort.
Volunteer work included the American Red Cross as Isabella County Chairman for First Aid, teacher for Michigan Adult Literacy and in the gift shop for Central Michigan Community Hospital were her community involvements. Playing tennis and golf, reading, gardening and world travel have been major interests in her life.
     Memorial contributions may be made to the Jane McNamara Endowed Scholarship Fund at Central Michigan University. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.

June 2008

Woodrow J. “Woody” Eber
April 19, 1935 - June 30, 2008

     Woodrow ("Woody") Jennings Eber, 93, of Mt. Pleasant, died on Monday, June 30th, 2008 at his home. He was born on Monday, April 15, 1915 in Benton Harbor, Michigan to John Eber and Henrietta Weber Eber. He was the youngest of six children. He obtained his B.A. from Western Michigan University in 1937, his MA and MBA from the University of Michigan in 1942, and his CPA in 1955. On June 25th, 1938 he married Linnea Harvey Eber, who preceded him in death on September 24, 1999. From 1944-1946 Mr. Eber was a Communication Officer in the 7th Fleet in the Philippines.
     Mr. Eber was a Commercial teacher and Superintendent of Schools in Caledonia and West Dearborn in the 1940s. In 1948 he joined the faculty at Central Michigan University and was an Accounting professor from 1948-1975.
     Since 1948 Mr. Eber was active in the First Presbyterian Church as an elder and a choir member. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Kiwanis Club since 1955, the Michigan Association of CPAs, the American Institute of CPAs and of the Masonic Lodge of Caledonia and West Dearborn. Over the years, he planted 38,000 trees on two farms in Central Michigan.
     Mr. Eber is survived by two daughters, Linda Laughlin of Borrego Springs, California and Christine Eber of Radium Springs, New Mexico, and three grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a special friend, Lucille Wysong.
      Memorial Services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, July 26, 2008 at ll a.m. with Dr. Stephen Shugert officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church and the Salvation Army. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home and at the church of the day of the memorial service.

Jenny Ackerman
June 27, 1922 — June 17, 2008

     Jenny Ackerman, age 85, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant
     Jenny was born on Tuesday, June 27, 1922 in Shepherd, Michigan, the daughter of Laurence and Jessie (Cornell) Wentz. She married Carl Ackerman on May 19, 1946 in Remus, Michigan. Carl preceded her in death on August 2, 1986. She was a lifetime area resident who enjoyed making ceramics and crafts.
     Survivors include her children: Linda (Terry), Joan (Larry) Oberlander, Jim (Sandy), and David (Belinda); grandchildren: Jon, Kelly, Scott, Jenifer, Jake, and Ryan; one great grandson, Teddy. Jenny was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, both parents, and two brothers.
     Memorial services were held on Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. John Boley of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment of the cremated remains took place in Memorial Gardens, Mt. Pleasant. Friends and family gathered on Thursday from 1:30 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions were suggested to the First United Methodist Church or Central Michigan Community Hospital.

Bonnie June Mrazek
June 6, 1934 – June 3, 2008

     Bonnie June Mrazek, age 73, of Shepherd, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at Gratiot Community Hospital in Alma.
     Bonnie was born on Wednesday, June 6, 1934 in Weidman, Michigan, the daughter of Filles and Thelma (Thompson) Losey. She married Johnnie Mrazek on November 13, 1948 in Mt. Pleasant. Johnnie preceded Bonnie in death on June 1, 1993.
     As a lifetime resident of the Mt. Pleasant area, Bonnie owned and operated the Country Kitchen Restaurant and Andy’s Restaurant for over thirty years. She also worked in foster care and other restaurants in the area. Bonnie loved her family more than anything. She enjoyed playing bingo, euchre, and listening to music, especially the Champlin Family Band. She also enjoyed cooking and making pies. Her favorite to make were apple pies, but enjoyed eating cherry pies more than any other.
     Survivors included her children: John and Joanne Mrazek of Shepherd, Deb and Ray Faber of Mt. Pleasant, and Pam and Bruce Porter of Shepherd. She care deeply for her special friend, Ralph Shanteau of Blanchard; her grandchildren: Julie and Kevin McClain, Jodi Mrazek, Bonnie Fast, Jessica McDonald, Sara Faber, Erin Porter, Bruce Porter, Jr., and Raymond Faber; her great grandchildren: Cody, Joey, Jonathan, Dakota, Joanne, Riley, and Breanna; and one sister, Carol Mead of Shepherd. She was preceded in death by her husband, both parents, two brothers, and two sisters.
     Funeral services were held on Friday, June 6, 2008 at 1 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Pastor David Butler officiating. Friends gathered with the family at the Helms Funeral Home on Thursday, June 5 from 4-8 p. and again on Friday, June 6 from 12 noon until time of the service. Memorial contributions were suggested to the wishes of the family.


Madelene T. Smalley
September 25, 1930 – June 1, 2008

     Madelene T. Smalley, age 77, of Sparta, Michigan, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2008 at Spectrum Health, Butterworth Campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
      Madelene was born on Thursday, September 25, 1930 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Walter and Edith Carey. She married Earl M. Smalley on March 30, 1951 in Mt. Pleasant. Earl passed away on March 2, 1985. Madelene was a resident of Sparta, Michigan for the past four years, moving there from Mt. Pleasant, where she had lived most of her life.
     Madelene was a homemaker most of her life, and also worked at the Student Book Exchange for a period of time. She enjoyed gardening and being outside. She was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Borley-Hanel VFW Post #3033, and a volunteer at the Thrift Store in Mt. Pleasant.
     Survivors include her three sons: Michael and Linda of Mt. Pleasant, Daniel and Judy of Waterford, Michigan, and Timothy and Sue of Kent City, Michigan; six grandchildren: Jenny, Shane, Tiffany, Phillip, Ann Marie, and Makenze Sue; a brother, Richard Carey of South Carolina, and a sister, Ruth Vining of Ithaca. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl, and both parents.
     Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 1 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with Pastor Dan Siedlecki of the Central Michigan Christian Church. Following the funeral service, interment took place in Two Rivers Cemetery, Deerfield Township, Isabella County, Michigan beside her husband, Earl.
     Friends gathered with the family on Wednesday, June 4 from 5-8 p.m. and again on Thursday, June 5 from 12 noon until time of the service at the Helms Funeral Home. Friends were asked to consider as a memorial the Women’s Auxiliary of the Borley-Hanel VFW Post #3033.

 

May 2008

Nancy Jane (Carney) Coyle
September 11, 1948 -- May 20, 2008


     Nancy Jane (Carney) Coyle, age 59, Harrison, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw, Michigan, the result of an automobile accident.
     Nancy was born on Saturday, September 11, 1948 at Central Michigan Community Hospital, the daughter of William Leo and Dorothy Mae (Davis) Carney. Nancy lived most of her life in the central Michigan area. She was a Registered Respiratory Therapist for over twenty years, and for the past five years, she was employed with Sparrow Regional Medical Supply. She also had worked for five years with special needs children.
     Nancy was a member of the Moose Lodge, enjoyed playing pool in a pool league, enjoyed riding horses, loved playing golf, enjoyed camping (and was noted for driving a fifth wheel camper). Nancy was always known for having fun, and enjoyed dressing up for Halloween. She enjoyed watching her grandson play hockey and football, and very seldom missed a game. But she most enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.
     Survivors include her daughters, Kelly and Randy Weidner of Gladwin, and Heather Coyle of St. Louis; a dear friend and co-worker, Floyd Smith of Barryton, and special friend, Mike Hanner of Clare; three grandchildren: Nicholas Weidner, Jessica and Allison Self. Two brothers: Thomas and Prudy Carney, and James and Marcelyn Carney, all of Mt. Pleasant; a sister, Nora Downing, and a sister-in-law, Diane Carney, both of Mt. Pleasant; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by both parents, grandparents, Lawrence and Flossie Davis; brother, William Lawrence Carney, and a niece, Trica Marie Carney.
     Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Joseph Wentworth of the Central Assembly of God officiating. Following the funeral service, interment took place in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Friends called at the Helms Funeral Home on Friday, May 23 from 1-8 p.m. and again on Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. until service time. Friends wishing to make a contribution in Nancy’s memory were asked to consider the needs of the family or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Barbara Gayle Norris
January 2, 1954 — May 21, 2008

     Barbara G. Norris, 54, of St. Louis, MI, died Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at her home in St. Louis, MI.
     Barbara was born on January 2, 1954 in Dade County, Florida, the daughter of Lloyd James and Barbara Marie Norris Godfrey. She was a clerk at a grocery store for many years. She married Robert E. Norris.
     Barbara is survived by her husband Robert of Mt. Pleasant and a son and a daughter.
     Services for Barbara will be at a later date in Newberry, Michigan.

Graeme N. Johnson

November 6, 2003-- May 15, 2008

     Graeme Nathanael Johnson, 4 years old, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, died Thursday, May 15, 2008 at his home
     The family invited friends to join them at Grace Church, 218 South Main Street in Mt. Pleasant at 10:00 AM Sunday, May 18, 2008 for a worship service and celebration of Graeme’s life. Pastor Barry Flanders and Pastor Scott Koefoed of Grace Church, officiated. Interment took place on Monday, May 19, 2008 at Salt River Cemetery in Shepherd. Friends visited with the family on Saturday, May 17, 2008 from 7 to 8 pm at the Dondero House on Washington Street, Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Family Wishes with envelopes available at the visitation or Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.
     Graeme was born on November 6, 2003 in Alma, Michigan, the son of James and Kylee Ball Johnson. He lived all his life in the area.
     Graeme is survived by his parents, Jim and Kylee Johnson; two brothers, Chase and Ian at home; his grandparents, Vanessa Wineman of Alma, Gary and Mary Heisler of Shepherd, and Jerry and Karen Johnson of Harrison; and his great grandparents, Bessie Lyons of Harrison, Barb Wheeler of Alma, and Paul and Billie Oty of Fillmore, Indiana. He was preceded in death by a sister, Chloe in 1999.

Leonard J. Tice
July 24, 1931 — May 14, 2008

     Leonard Tice, age 76, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at his home with his family at his side.
     Leonard was born on Friday, July 24, 1931 in Barryton, Michigan, the son of Clarence and Gertrude (King) Tice. He married Jessie Potter on November 24, 1951 in Mt. Pleasant. Jessie preceded Leonard in death on May 16, 1997.
     A resident of Mt. Pleasant for most of his life, Leonard was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Army from December 26, 1948 until his discharge on December 5, 1955. He was employed by the City of Mt. Pleasant for many years in the street department, parks department, and the cemetery department. He was a member of the Forgotten Eagles Chapter 3, the Oddfellows Lodge, and a member of an old car club and a cb radio club. In his younger years, he was a member of a street racing group called ‘Shift Masters’. Leonard enjoyed building hot rod cars and riding his motorcycle.
     It was Leonard’s wish that friends and family members attending the funeral service dress in blue jeans and t-shirts. He did not want people to dress up for his funeral.
     Leonard is survived by Leonard’s special friend, Louise Jacobs; three children and their spouses, Terry and Michele Tice of Eaton Rapids, Leon and Cindy Tice of Mt. Pleasant, and Tim and Heather Tice, of Mt. Pleasant; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a brother, Floyd Tice of Reed City. He was preceded in death by his wife, both parents, and twelve brothers and sisters.
     Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Sharon Osmond of Country Side United Methodist Church officiating. Following the funeral service, interment took place in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, beside his wife. Casket bearers and motorcycle escort was provided by the Forgotten Eagles, Chapter 3. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Forgotten Eagles. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Wilma Jean Weaver

1925 -- 2008

     Wilma Jean Weaver, age 83, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant.
     Wilma was born on March 15, 1925 in River Rouge, Michigan, the daughter of Delmer William and Helen (Kunzman) Taylor. In July 1947, she married Jesse Weaver in the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant. Jesse preceded her in death on November 5, 1997.
     As a resident of Mt. Pleasant for most of her life, Wilma was employed at CMU in the Personnel Office for four years before her son was born, when she became a stay at home mom. She was very active in the First United Methodist Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher, leader of the Young Women’s Association, member of the Martha Mary Circle, was a Cub Scout and Brownie Leader, Secretary of the PTA at the Junior High School, editor of the church newsletter for over 20 years, helped with funeral luncheons, member of the Stephen’s Friends, and the list goes on. She was quoted with saying, “I serve as a way to say ‘thank you’ for the blessings in my life.”
     Survivors included her son, Jack (John) Weaver of Mt. Pleasant, a brother, Duane Taylor and a sister, Mary (Gary) Bliss, all of Mt. Pleasant; two brothers-in-law: Al Weaver and Ken (Billie) Weaver. She was preceded in death by her husband, a son Ted, and both parents.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Ronald Thompson of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Friends gathered with the family on Tuesday, May 13 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Following the funeral service, cremation took place with interment of the cremated remains in Riverside Cemetery, beside her husband, Jesse. Memorial contributions were suggested to the First United Methodist Church in Wilma’s memory.

Henry (Hank) Joseph Roehrich

1924 -- 2008

     Henry (Hank) Roehrich’s valiant two-year battle with pancreatic cancer ended Friday, May 9, 2008, at his son’s home in Traverse City, with his family by his side. He lived a full life for over 83 years.
     Hank was born on August 20, 1924, in Lakewood, New Jersey, to Henry and Adah Roehrich. Upon graduating from Neptune (N.J.) High School in 1943, he enlisted in the Navy. As a Signalman First Class on a Landing Ship Tank (LST), he served in the Pacific Theater and participated in D-Day at Normandy and the invasion of Southern France. Multiple battle campaigns earned him the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and Ribbon, two Bronze Stars, and two Combat Action Ribbons.
     After being honorably discharged in March of 1946, Hank attended Murray State University in Kentucky, earning a B.A. and M.A. in Educational Administration. He taught History and Political Science and coached many sports for eleven years in East Prairie, Missouri; and Wapella and Sullivan, Illinois. “Coach Roehrich” encouraged many students and athletes in his years as an educator. He was Principal of Sullivan High School for four years before he moved his family in 1960 to Scottsbluff, Nebraska, where he began working as a sales representative for Inter-Collegiate Press. After four years in Scottsbluff, he moved his family to Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, where he continued to work as a sales representative for ICP/Herff Jones for a total of thirty-three years, before his retirement.
     He married Jeanne Mogg, who survives, on November 20, 1987, and they spent winters in Naples, Florida, upon their retirement. He is also survived by three children: Carol (Chuck Korn) Roehrich, Ted (Marcia) Roehrich, and Gail Hooper, all of Traverse City. He is also survived by his brother Clem Roehrich of Las Vegas, and his sister Joan McKnight of Treasure Island, Florida. Also surviving are two granddaughters, Marisa and Julia Korn, of Traverse City; two stepsons, Steve (Marie) Mogg of Howard City, and Jim Mogg of Bridgeton. His step-grandchildren include Jason Rutter of Traverse City, Julie (Jim) Bateson of Ohio, David Mogg of Lansing, Jake (Stephanie) Mogg and Jennifer (Ricky) Bowes of North Carolina, and two step-great-grandchildren, Mia and Nolan Bateson. He was predeceased by his parents, three brothers, two sisters, two siblings in infancy, and his children’s mother, Janice Roehrich.
     Hank’s many organizations that he was involved in included the American Legion, the VFW, the First United Methodist Church of Mt. Pleasant, the Elks Club, the Steelheaders, the Michigan Sports Sages, Ducks Unlimited, and the Central Michigan University Century Club. He was a thirty-year volunteer for the Michigan Special Olympics, and past president of the Michigan LST Association, which named him its Man of the Year three times.
     Hank loved to fish, cook, and entertain for his many friends. He loved watching sports, loved playing a good game of cards, and collecting cookbooks. Above all, he made a lasting impression on his former students and friends from all over the United States, as his family realized by the many cards and phone calls Hank received during his illness.
     In following Hank’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held Saturday, May 17, at 3:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant. His family greeted guests from 2:00 until 3:00 before the service. Continued celebration of Hank’s life was held at the Soaring Eagle Inn and Conference Center (formerly the Holiday Inn) from 5:00-8:00 P.M. Following the tradition of Hank’s love of goofy hats, guests were encouraged to wear a hat to the celebration that he would have appreciated.
     The family would like to thank Sara (“Jailbird”) Gauthier from Munson Home Health Hospice and the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Arrangements are being made by Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. Inurnment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, it was Hank’s wishes that memorial contributions would be directed to the Michigan Special Olympics or to Hospice of Central Michigan, Inc. Envelopes will be available at Helms Funeral Home and/or at the church on the day of the service.

Charlotte M. Cummins
1934 - 2008

       Charlotte M. Cummins, age 74, of Shepherd, Michigan passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2008 at Gratiot Medical Center in Alma.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Anthony Waldrop officiating. Interment followed the funeral service in Chippewa Township Cemetery, Isabella County.
     Friends gathered with the family on Tuesday, May 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions were suggested to Community Cancer Services.
     Charlotte was born on Friday, March 9, 1934 in Greendale Township, Midland County, Michigan, the daughter of Bert Johnson Ward and Flossie Casner. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Richard Searles and Donald Cummins.
     A lifetime area resident, Charlotte was a homemaker most of her life and worked in housekeeping at CMU for a short time. She loved to fish, puttering with her flowers, her dogs, and visiting with friends and especially her great grandchildren.
     Survivors include her three children and their spouses, Thomas and Deb Searles of West Branch, Carol and Joseph Leavitt of St. Johns, and Emmett and Sue Searles of Mt. Pleasant; along with 10 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; a brother; and four sisters. She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; a son, Roy; a daughter, JoAnn; and several brothers and sisters.

April 2008

Delores C. Perez
August 16, 1933 — April 14, 2008

     Delores C. Perez, age 74, of Flint, Michigan, passed away on Monday, April 14, 2008, at the Ghetti Group Home in Flint, Michigan.
     Delores was born Wednesday, August 16, 1933, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the daughter of Sylvia McClure. She resided most of her life in the Flint, Michigan area. Delores enjoyed shopping, going for car rides, ice cream, and candy.
     Delores is survived by several nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Doris Jean Pego, a brother, Richard Perez, and many aunts and uncles.
     Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, with Pastor Doyle Perry of the Faith Indian Church of the Nazarene officiating. Interment followed at the Chippewa Township Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     Memorial contributions were suggested to the Ghetti Homes in Flint, Michigan.

William C. Netmop
March 7, 1931 -- April 12, 2008

     William C. Netmop, Sr., age 77, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw, Michigan.
     Bill was born on Saturday, March 7, 1931 in Tuscola, Michigan, the son of William and Beatrice Viola (Keezhig) Netmop. He married Mavis Jean Pitz on April 4, 1966 in Gladwin County. Mavis preceded him in death on October 14, 2007.
     A resident of the Mt. Pleasant area for the past 7 years, Bill spent most of his life in the Gladwin area. He was a truck driver for the Gladwin County Road Commission for many years, and in his early adulthood, he worked as a farm hand. Bill was a veteran of the United States Army, serving as a Private First Class from February 19, 1952 until his discharge on February 10, 1954. He was a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and attended the Faith Indian Church of the Nazarene. He enjoyed CB radios, hunting and fishing.
     Bill is survived by his children: William & Cindy Netmop Jr. of Mt. Pleasant, Sharon and Ron Sasse and Rita and John Bills of Gladwin, Robert and Sue Netmop of Mt. Pleasant, Lorene McArthur of Gaylord, and Mary and Mike Floyd of Mt. Pleasant; family members raised by Bill and Mavis also include David Detzler and his friend Karrie Knapp, Annette Buckner, Brenda and Don Schlegel, Christina McArthur, and Christal McArthur, all of Mt. Pleasant. He was blessed with 24 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mavis, both parents, son Rodney Netmop, a grandson, David Bills, and a sister Anna (Netmop) Detzler.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Doyle Perry of the Faith Indian Church of the Nazarene officiating. Interment took place at 3 p.m. at McClure Cemetery, Gladwin, Michigan. The family gathered with friends on Tuesday, April 15 from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

 

Pansy Woodbury
February 8, 1935 - April 11, 2008

     Pansy Woodbury, age 73, of Oil City, Michigan, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2008 at her home.
     Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor James Turner of the First Baptist Church officiating. Interment followed the funeral service in Greendale Cemetery, Midland County. Friends gathered with the family on Tuesday, April 15 from 11 a.m. until time of the service. Memorials were suggested to the families wishes.
     Pansy was born on Friday, February 8, 1935 in Farwell, Michigan, the daughter of Pete and Doris (Jackson) Wheeler. She married Junior Robert Woodbury, Sr., in Midland in 1952. He preceded her in death on July 23, 1961. She was a lifetime area resident, and was employed as a nurse’s aide for several health care agencies. Pansy enjoyed needlework and sewing.
     Survivors include her five children, Caroline Overton, David L. Woodbury, Susan M. Griffith, Michael L. Woodbury, and Patrick L. Woodbury; seventeen grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; a brother, Francis; and two sisters, Joan and Patsy.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1961; a brother, Harlow Wheeler; two sons, James E. Woodbury and Junior R. Woodbury, Jr.; and a granddaughter.

Edward J. Cook
June 21, 1940 -- April 11, 2008

     Edward James Cook, 67, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2008 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant.
     Memorial services were held on Monday, April 14, 2008 at 7 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Connie Bongard officiating. The family gathered with friends on Monday, April 14 from 6 – 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
     The family suggested memorial contributions in Ed’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the needs of the family.
Ed was born on Friday, June 21, 1940 in Evart, Michigan, the son of Paul Edward and Edith (Oates) Cook. He married the former Rita Schaeffer on March 14, 1970 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ed had lived in Michigan since 1974.
     Ed was a former cab driver and house husband for many years. He was noted for the poetry he wrote. He was a collector of many things, including Matchbox cars, of which he had a very large collection.
     Survivors include his wife, Rita, children: Ernie Cook, Eugene Oates, Robin and Kevin Montgomery, and Bea and Dave Helmboldt; five grandchildren: Amanda, Kevin, Emily, Lonnie, and Gabi; and several sisters. He was preceded in death by both parents, a son, Paul E. Cook, II; one sister; and three brothers.

Russell Peter Bennett, Jr.
September 15, 1952 — April 8, 2008

     Russell Peter Bennett, Jr., age 55, of Mt. Pleasant, died on Sunday, April 6, 2008 at the Central Michigan Community Hospital.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. at the Chippewa Indian United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant. Rev. Owen White-Pigeon officiated. Friends called at the Church on Monday, Tuesday, and on Wednesday morning before the services.
     Russell was born on Monday, September 15, 1952 in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Russell Peter Bennett, Sr. and Elizabeth Marie Judson. He was a lifetime resident of the area. Russell was self employed as a welder. He was a member of the Chippewa Indian United Methodist Church and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal Nation. His special hobby was beadworking.
     Russell is survived by a special friend, Mary Ann Ridgway of Mt. Pleasant; two daughters and their husbands, Glenna and Bill Sehl and Elizabeth and Frank Bennett-Swink all of Mt. Pleasant; eight grandchildren, Anita Cherry-Springer, James Springer, Johnathan Springer, Samuel Springer, Floyd Sehl, Sarah Sehl, Courtney Swink, and Joseph Swink; a brother and his wife, Marlin and Shirley Bennett of Mt. Pleasant; and two sisters, Audrey Bennett and Anglea Bennett, both of Mt. Pleasant. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gary, David, Francis, Harley, Glenn, and Allen; a sister, Katherine; a son, Peter Lee; and a daughter, Lois Jean.

 

March 2008

Phyllis Morey
August 21, 1923 - March 25, 2008

     Phyllis Morey, 84, of Mt. Pleasant passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 peacefully at her home with her family by her side.
     In keeping with Phyllis’ wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service and luncheon will be held at Central Assemblies of God, 2445 S. Lincoln Road, Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, April 5th at 11 a.m. with Rev. Joe Wentworth officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Central Michigan or the family wishes. Envelopes will be available at the church or the Helms Funeral Home.
     Phyllis was born on Tuesday, August 21, 1923 to Wayne and Dorothy (Woodruff) Barrett. She was a lifetime area resident. She loved to spend time with family and friends playing cards, board games, eating out and going for rides. You would always see a big smile when her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren came to visit.
     Phyllis is survived b two children: Betty (Lucky) Robison of Lake Isabella and Lon Morey of Mt. Pleasant; seven grandchildren: Phillip (Nora) Hagen, Kim (Rod) Thompson, Tracie Tice, Terra (Patrick) Boone, Krista, Gina, and Laura Morey; three step-grandchildren: Brenda (Kevin) Kowallic, Annette (Brian) Kelly, and Karen (Adam) Garcia; ten great-grandchildren: Jenna, Jamee, and Jilia Hagen, Harli and Kalli Morey-Thompson, Andrea (Trevor) Gillis, Gabrielle Tice and DyLon Boone; eleven step-great grandchildren: Charlie, Derek and Steven Dietz, Michael Kowallic, Brittany, Brandon, and Tyler Kelly, Kelsey and McKenzie Sellers, Kaylee and Kassie Yuncker; two great-great-grandchildren, Isaiah and Maiyah Gillis; sister-in-law, Marge Barrett; special friends, Ken and Sally Beeson; and dedicated care givers, Jim and Sid Vinton.
     Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, brother Thurman Barrett, daughter, Connie Morey, and four grandchildren.

 

Ella Arlene Austin
February 22, 1917 — March 18, 2008

     Ella A. Austin, age 91, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at the Central Michigan Community Hospital.
     Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Connie Bongard of the Farwell United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment took place next to her husband in Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Friends gathered with the family on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and an Eastern Star service was held at 7:30 p.m.
     Ella was born on February 22, 1917 in Owosso, Michigan, the daughter of Enos and Flora Curtiss Hutchinson. On April 11, 1937, she and LeRoy Morris Austin were married in Owosso, Michigan. Mr. Austin died in January, 1980. Ella moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1945. She was a sales clerk at Lloyds Shoe Store from 1957 until retiring in 1969. Ella was a life member of the Eastern Star and was very active with the Masonic Lodge. She was also a member of the Moose Lodge and loved gardening, traveling in the Upper Peninsula, and working on crossword puzzles.
     Ella is survived by three children and their spouses, William and Mayna Austin, Donna and Garland Harry, and Marjory and Larry Williams, all of Mt. Pleasant; her devoted companion, her Chihuahua, Coco; six grandchildren, Chuck Anderson, Diane Balley, Cherie Edgar, Debrea Lynn Lyons-Lee, Julie Phillips, and Lee Williams; many great grandchildren; several great great grandchildren; and a brother and his wife, LaVern and Ann Hutchinson of Bear Lake, MI. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, LeRoy; a brother, Harold; and two sisters, Delta Kelly and Zella Thrams.

Delores Easter Blake
May 5, 1917 – March 15, 2008

     Delores Easter Blake (Cook), 90, died March 15, 2008 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Born in 1917 in West Virginia, her family moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1935 where her brothers became active in the development of the oil fields. Her husband of 61 years, Blain Blake, died in 1996. She was also predeceased by her sister, Chloe Jones, and her brothers, Harley, Charlie, Spence, Lee, Boone, and Balser Cook, and by her second husband, Harold Johnson in 2007.
     She is survived by two daughters, Joyce Johnson of Grand Rapids, and Jann (Chris) Jencka of East Lansing; seven grandchildren: Annette (Bruce) Baldwin of Raleigh, NC, Dr. Mark (Gini) May of Salt Lake City, UT, Kim Jenkins of Ada, Kirsten May of Grand Rapids, Dr. Dave (Deb) May of Bellaire, Allison Jencka of Flagstaff, AZ, and Whitney (Mike) New of Bloomington, MN. Also surviving are 10 great grandchildren, several sisters- and brothers-in-law, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was dearly loved by her family and her passing leaves a huge void.
     Her priorities in life were God and family, and she was never happier then when surrounded by loved ones. She was active in her churches no matter where life found her – Mt. Pleasant, Reed City, West Branch, Allegan, or Kentucky. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant for many years. She was well known for her great cooking.
     Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Dan Currie officiating. Interment took place in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Friends gathered with the family on Monday from 7 – 9 p.m. and one hour before the service on Tuesday. For those wishing to make a memorial donation, please consider the Mary and Martha Fund at Beacon Hill at Eastgate, where Easter had lived for the past two years. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.

Dorothy E. Maxon
March 3, 1924 – March 15, 2008

     Dorothy E. Maxon, age 84, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility.
     A memorial service was held on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home with Dr. Stephen Shugert of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment of the cremated remains will take place at a later date in England. Friends gathered with the family on Wednesday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service. Memorial contributions for Dorothy were suggested to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Envelopes are available at Helms Funeral Home.
     Dorothy was born on Monday, March 3, 1924, in Exeter Devon, England the daughter of Leonard George and Violet Edna Sidwella Prigg. Ms. Maxon was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area since 1946. She was employed as a secretary for State Farm Insurance for 14 years and also worked at the New Yorker for 10 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. Dorothy was a member of the Professional Secretaries International and was a Foster Grandparent for 20 years with Oasis and Headstart.
     Dorothy is survived by two daughters, Angela (William) Bess of Albany, New York and Lyndell Jane Schafer of Corpus Christi, Texas; one son, Andrew (Linda) Maxon of Niles, Michigan, one sister, Margaret (Ken) Slade of Exeter, England; one brother, Harold (Diane) Prigg of Collumpton, England; one sister-in-law, Freda Prigg of Exeter, England; seven grandchildren, Heather and Christopher Schafer, Brian (Chelene) Shafer, Laura Bess, Christine (Jeremy) Johannesen, William Maxon and Angel (Martin) Baginski and eight great grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Arthur Prigg, and her ex-husband Norval Maxon.

Arley E. Kendall
May 7, 1926 – March 11, 2008

     Arley E Kendall age 81 of Shepherd, Michigan passed away at his home Tuesday March 11, 2008. Funeral services were held Friday March 14, 2008 at 11:00 AM from the Helms Funeral Home Mt. Pleasant, MI. with the Rev. Nancy Fulton offIciating. Friends gathered with the family on Thursday March 13, 2008 from 5 to 8 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions were suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan or to the wishes of the family
     Arley was born Friday May 7, 1926 in Joetown, West Virginia, the son of Henry Leslie & Emma (Shreves) Kendall. He married Helen King on August 14, 1948 in New Martinsville, WV. He resided in the area most of his life retiring in July of 1979 from the Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. Arley was a family man and a WW II veteran serving in a Military Police Battalion in the South Pacific.
     He is survived by his wife Helen E. Kendall, four sons Gary (Judy) of Memphis, MI., Michael (Lori) of Barryton, MI, Marvin (LuAnn) and David (Alisha) both of Shepherd, MI, two Daughters Janet (Dan) Hein of Remus, MI and Rita (Tony) Gilman of Lake, MI, a sister Ethel Highley, fourteen grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and several nieces/nephews.
     Arley was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Bill, Kenneth and four sisters Myrtle Hibbs, Lillian White, Betty Cain and Stella Morgan.

 

Donna Mae Wallace
April 28, 1955 -- March 7, 2008

     Donna M. Wallace, age 52, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Friday, March 7, 2008 at her home in Mt. Pleasant.
     Memorial services for Donna were held on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant at 4:30 p.m. with the Rev. Ron Vredeveld officiating. Friends gathered with the family at the funeral home an hour prior to the services. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Central Michigan.
     Donna Mae Wallace was born on April 28, 1955 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the daughter of Carlton and Marilyn Stevens Wallace. Donna had a laugh that radiated throughout the home and affected everyone she cam in contact with. She loved to laugh, joke, and dance with her friends. Donna loved music, especially Elvis and Michel Jackson. She will be greatly missed by Jackie, Scott, Ruth, Eugene, and Mary.
     Donna is survived by her two brothers, Roy and Dave Wallace of Coopersville; her guardian, Bonnie Anthony of Mt. Pleasant; her family and friends at the Isabella Home and Listening Ear; and her co workers at Mid Michigan Industries. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Virginia Blizzard Atkinson
November 30, 1921 — March 5, 2008

     Virginia Blizzard Atkinson, age 86 of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at Tendercare of Mt. Pleasant.
     Virginia was born November 30, 1921, the daughter of Harry and Eva King Bushong. She married Arthur Blizzard on May 16, 1938. Mr. Blizzard died in 1971. She married Lawrence Atkinson on January 4, 1997 in Mt. Pleasant. Mr. Atkinson died in November of 1997. Virginia was a lifetime resident of the area and was employed at the Regional Center for 13 years as an attendant nurse and as the school secretary. She then worked as a secretary for the Isabella County Commission on Aging from 1996 until retiring in 1998. She enjoyed singing, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and camping.
     Funeral services for Virginia were held on Monday, March 10, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Melody Olin of the Coomer United Methodist Church officiating. Interment took place at Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant following the services. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Isabella County Commission on Aging or to Hospice of Central Michigan.
     Virginia is survived by one son, Jim (Charlene) Blizzard of Mt. Pleasant; two daughters, Linda Blizzard of Mt. Pleasant and Vickie (Mark) Latva of Three Rivers, MI; nine grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; and two sisters, Barbara (Bruce) Warner of Holt, MI and Emma (Bill) Mills of Easley, South Carolina. She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; a daughter, Jean Eagley; two sisters, Dorothy Darrow and Harriet Bushong; a brother, William Darnell; and a grandson, Stephen J. Blizzard.

George R. Laur
August 8, 1925 — March 4, 2008

     George Robert Laur, age 82, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan formerly of Caro, Michigan, died Tuesday March 4, 2008 at the Central Michigan Community Hospital.
     George was born on August 8, 1925 in Caro, Michigan, the son of Earl J. and Marie Orth Laur. He attended June Country School on Collng Road thru seventh grade. George attended Caro High School at 8th grade and graduated in 1943. He served in the US Navy from 1944 thru 1946 as a Petty Officer on the USS LST 779, the famous “Iwo Jima Flag Ship”, in the South Pacific, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Japan. George worked for Michigan Sugar Company and Burroughs Adding Machine Company, Flint Branch, from 1946 to 1954.
     On August 25, 1951, he and Dorothy Reavey in Caro, Michigan. George owned and operated Caro Business Equipment for 20 years in Caro. He was elected in 1974 as the Indianfields Township Supervisor and served for 14 years. He also served as Township Trustee, Property Assessor, and Chairman of the Board of Review until 1999.
     George was a past member of the Caro Moose Lodge, Past Commander of the Caro American Legion Post #7, Past President of the Caro Lions Club, and Past Chef De Gare of American Legion 40 & 8. He was a member of the Caro United Methodist Church for 50 years and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mt. Pleasant, after moving to Mt. Pleasant in 2001.
     George is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy of Mt. Pleasant; a daughter and son in law, Cheri and Randy Recker of Mt. Pleasant; two granddaughters, Kelly and her husband, Paul Zielinski of Mt. Pleasant and Ashlee Recker of Rochester Hills; and a brother, Earle J. Laur of Caro. He was preceded in death by his parents.
     A memorial services was held on Monday, March 17, 2008 at the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. John Boley and Rev. Ron Thompson, officiating. Interment of the cremated remains will be at a later date in the Memorial Gardens at the First United Methodist Church. Friends gathered with the family on Monday, March 17, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services at the church. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Morey Cancer Center at Central Michigan Community Hospital or to the First United Methodist Church.

February 2008

Rubylee Schiller

January 24, 1919 - February 22, 2008

     Rubylee Schiller, 89, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Friday, February 22, 2008 at New Hope Assisted Living near Mt. Pleasant.
     A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Nancy Casey Fulton of Hospice of Central Michigan officiating. Friends gathered with the family on Saturday one hour prior to the memorial service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Isabella County Commission on Aging, or to HATS, the Humane Animal Treatment Society.
     Rubylee was born on Friday, January 24, 1919 in Hannibal, Missouri the daughter of Arthur and Stella Mae (Amick) Graves. On February 17, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan, she married William Schiller. Rubylee was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area since 2000, moving here from Gaylord, Michigan.
     She was a homemaker and worked as a bookkeeper for Easter Seals.
     Survivors include her children: Barbara Jean and Paul Rickman of Jackson, Michigan, Susan Schiller and Theopolis Gilmore of Mt. Pleasant, and Stacy Jo Schiller of Johannesburg, Michigan; four grandchildren: Sandy Christiansen, Vicki Miller, Jody Gagnier, and Adam Bullock; and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William.

Patricia O’Brien Davis
May 22, 1932 – February 22, 2008

     Patricia O’Brien Davis, age 75, passed away Sunday, February, 17, 2008 at Schnepps Nursing Home as a result of her battle with cancer. As per her wishes, cremation has taken place.
     Patricia was born on Sunday, May 22, 1932 in Flint, Michigan to Joseph T. O’Brien and ‘Rose’ Fox O’Brien. She was the granddaughter of James H. O’Brien and Mary E. Duggan O’Brien of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and John F. Fox and Catherine A. Duffy of Irishtown, near Shepherd, Michigan.
     In her early teen years Patricia came to Beal City to live with her father’s sister, Evelyn O’Brien Engler and her husband, John M. Engler, where she graduated from Beal City High School. While working in Mt. Pleasant in her early 20’s, she met and married the late Merle E. Davis on February 14, 1953 where they raised their four children. Patricia worked for Sacred Heart Academy and CMU’s Athletic Department’s office. For a number of years she lived in New York City where she worked for Merrill-Lynch. She returned to Flint where she worked for the Internal Revenue Service. Following retirement, she returned to live in Mt. Pleasant.
     She is survived by her brother, Neil O’Brien and wife Phyllis of Swartz Creek; sisters-in-law Gayle Gadany of the Flint area, Doris O’Brien of Germany; her children: Kathy Ligon M.D. and husband Bob of Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Barbara Davis of Mt. Pleasant; Karen Sowards and husband Paul of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Gale Davis and wife Frankie of St. Johns, Michigan; five grandchildren: Matthew Sowards and wife Tasha; Jacob Sowards; Daniel Sowards; Lindsay Davis; Craig Davis; one great grandchild, Rachel Sowards; many nieces and nephews both in the United States and in Germany. She was preceded in death by her siblings: Eileen ‘Sister Michaelette’ O’Brien of NYC; Michael O’Brien of Germany; Thomas O’Brien of Flint and by her former husband, Merle Davis.
     The family is grateful for the loving care provided while she resided at Schnepps Health Care Center. The family is also very thankful for the support, visits, and prayers of extended family and friends whose thoughtful assistance made her last days and passing peaceful and comfortable.
     A memorial service was held on Friday, February 22, 2008 at 2 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Sister Andre Kravec of Sacred Heart Church officiating. Friends gathered with the family one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions were suggested to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Gladys May Bush
February 15, 1929 – February 15, 2008

     Gladys May Bush, 79, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on her birthday, Friday, February 15, 2008 at her home in Mt. Pleasant.
     Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Ray Abbey of the Prospect Park Church of God officiating. Interment followed the funeral service in Calvary Cemetery. Friends gathered with the family on Monday, February 18 from 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions were suggested to Prospect Park Church of God or to Tendercare Mt. Pleasant. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Gladys was born on Friday, February 15, 1929 in Midland County, Michigan, the daughter of Glenn and Lucille (Schaffer) Gould. She married Joseph Bush in the summer of 1978 in Mt. Pleasant.
Gladys was an area resident all of her adult life. She was employed for many years at Stan’s Restaurant and other restaurants in the area. She was a member of the Prospect Park Church of God. She enjoyed playing bingo, quilting, and knitting. She especially enjoyed being out and on the go.
     Survivors include her children: Patty and Joe Orvis, Mary Wright and her friend Dawn Bunker, David Smith, and George Smith; also 8 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Joe Bush and Bernard ‘Buster’ Smith; a son Glennie; a brother, Clifford, a sister and her husband, Grace and Lon., and a sister, Pauline.

Robert Dale Bellingar
April 4, 1926—February 5, 2008


     Robert D. Bellingar, age 81, of Clare, Michigan passed away after a lingering illness of five years on Tuesday, February 05, 2008 at the Medical Care Facility in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     Robert Dale was born on April 4, 1926 in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Robert E. and Goldie (Pepple) Bellingar. He was a veteran of the United States Army during World War II. He received the Purple Heart Award for wounds received at Forbach, France. He finished his tour of duty by guarding German prisoners. He was united in marriage to Arlice Myers on August 29, 1947 at the Leaton Methodist parsonage. They celebrated 60 years of marriage last August. He retired from Central Michigan University and farmed with his son, David. He was a member of the Leaton United Methodist Church. He enjoyed reading and working on farm equipment.
     Robert is survived by his wife, Arlice; two sons, Rev. Robert L. (Linda) of St. Petersburg, FL and David A. of Clare; two sisters, Barbara Fox of Shepherd and Imogene (Robert) Ramey of Mt. Pleasant; a brother, Terry Lee Bellingar (Anna) of Clare; and a sister-in-law, Joann Bellingar of Mt. Pleasant. He was preceded in death by both parents and two brothers, Clyde “Chum” Bellingar and Edward Bellingar.
     Funeral services were held on Friday, February 8, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. from Leaton United Methodist Church with Robert’s son, The Rev. Robert L. Bellinger and Rev. Sharyn Osmund officiating. Interment took place in Vernon Township Cemetery following the funeral service. Friends gathered with the family on Thursday, February 7 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Church. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Leaton United Methodist Church or the Michigan Lyme Disease Association. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home and the Church.

January, 2008

Bernard Nathan Meltzer
October 17, 1916 – January 29, 2008

     Bernard Nathan Meltzer, age 91, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, beloved husband and father and admired mentor and professor, passed away at home on January 29, 2008 after a brief illness.
     Bernard was born October 17, 1916 in New York City, New York to his parents, Phillip and Anna Kemper Meltzer. On June 11, 1944, Bernard married Ida Wasserman in Detroit, Michigan. Bernard resided with his wife in Mt. Pleasant for over 56 years. Professor Meltzer was employed by Central Michigan University for over 40 years.
     Bernard is survived by his adored wife of 63 years, Ida; his children, Iris Meltzer of Kent, Ohio and Bill Malkin Meltzer of Columbus, Ohio; his granddaughter Moira Meltzer-Cohen; two sisters, Sara Serap and Mildred Ruskin. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.
     Memorial contributions may be made to the Meltzer Scholarship Fund established upon his retirement from the CMU Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, which he chaired for 36 years. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant or the Carlin Alumni House, CMU, Mt. Pleasant for the Meltzer Scholarship Fund.

Thomas Lloyd Keelean
January 22, 1947 – January 25, 2008

     Thomas Lloyd Keelean, age 61, 0f Blanchard, Michigan, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2008 at his home.
Tom was born on Wednesday, January 22, 1947 in Cadillac, Michigan, the son of Lloyd and Frances (Brimmer) Keelean. He spent most of his life in the area.
     Tom, having never married, took great pleasure in his extended family of nieces, nephews, and their off springs. He thoroughly enjoyed family gatherings especially when all the little ones were in attendance. He enjoyed summertime and his yard which was always planted with flowers and summertime plants. Tom could always be counted on by the family when situations arose and had his own special way of letting them know he was there for them. Tom was the used equipment manager for Morbark, Inc. having worked there for 39 years. He enjoyed his job and the fellow employees he worked with and had no plans to retire any time soon. Tom was a veteran of the US Army having served in Germany from 1966 to 1967.
     Survivors include seven brothers and sisters, Patricia (Louis) Fox of Venice, FL, Roger (Vera) Keelean of Aston, WA, Norma (Larry) Burkholder of Bradenton, FL, Barbara (Dan) Heanke of Blanchard, Rosalie (Keith) Woodruff of Lake Isabella, and Kitty Lynch (sister in law) of Dearborn; and sixteen nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jim, sister Becky, and nephew Kevin Heanke.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Mr. Jeff Gritton officiating. Interment took place in Union Cemetery, Winn, Michigan following the funeral services. Friends gathered with the family on Tuesday, January 29 from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
     Memorial contributions in Tom’s memory were suggested to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, or the Kidney Cancer Foundation

Mary E. Lind
July 4, 1909 – January 25, 2008

     Mary E. Lind, 98, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2008, at Tendercare Mt. Pleasant where she had been residing since August 2005.
     Funeral Services were held at Coomer Methodist Church, 5410 S. Vandecar Rd., Mt. Pleasant, MI on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Melody Olin officiating. The family received friends from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the church prior to the funeral service. Graveside services and burial were held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at the Potomac Cemetery, Potomac, Illinois.
     Mary was born July 4, 1909 to Charley F. and Mabel (Biedemann) Wyman in Danville, IL and lived on her family’s farm on Eight-Mile Prairie near Jamesburg, IL until her father’s death in 1929. Her family then moved to Danville. Mary trained as a teacher at Illinois Normal and taught in local schools in the rural area for about nine years. She was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers Auxillary for years and did part-time work at the U.S. Post Office at Christmas time over a period of several years. She also served as an election judge in the Danville area.
     Mary was married to Samuel A. Lind on January 15, 1938. They had three children: Sally (Lawrence) Foote of Mt. Pleasant, MI, Nelda Williams (Joseph, deceased) of El Paso, TX and John C. (Kelley) Lind of Ulm, MT. She had eight grandchildren: Will E. (Candace) Foote of St. Paul, MN, Lt. Col. Wade A. (Carla) Foote of West Point NY, Karl W. Foote of Mt. Pleasant, MI, Ellen (A.J.) Hacker of Indianapolis, IN, Joelle Pratts of El Paso, TX, John (Julie) Williams of Kalamazoo, MI, Joshua Lind of Great Falls, MT and Jerrica Lind of Bozeman, MT. There are 10 great-grandchildren; Dylan and Emma Foote of St. Paul, MN, Beth, Matt and Anne Foote of West Point, NY, Sara and Rachel Hacker of Indianapolis, IN, Chelsea Pratts of El Paso, TX, Zoie and Samantha Williams of Kalamazoo, MI.
     Mary enjoyed traveling with her children and their families. She left Danville in 1995 and made her home with her daughter, Nelda Williams, in El Paso, TX. In 2003 she moved to Mt. Pleasant, MI to live with her oldest daughter, Sally Foote, followed by a move to Tendercare in August 2005.
     Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Mildred (David) Wilson, and her husband. Memorials to Mary Lind may be made to the Coomer Church in Mt. Pleasant.

Dale E. McDonald
July 19, 1919 – January 24, 2008

     Dale E. McDonald, 88, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at his home.
     Following Dale’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial luncheon was held on Sunday, January 27, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at Black Creek Conservation Club.
     Dale was born on Friday, July 11, 1919, the son of Elwood and Marie (Kirkey) McDonald. In 1940, he married the former Marjean Bunker. She passed away in 1990. In 1999, he married Laura Petrie.
     Dale was a lifetime area resident. After graduating from Sacred Heart Academy, he worked for his uncle, Dutch Kirkey. He then worked in the oil field for Roosevelt Oil, before going to work for CMU, retiring in 1982 after 22 years of service. He enjoyed his woodshop, playing cards, fishing, hunting, and traveling.
     Survivors include his wife, Laura, a step-son, Douglas (Heather) Kirk; granddaughter, Stephanie Weigold; a sister, Frances Jones; three special nephews, Mike and Joe Jones, and Harold (Doris) McDonald Jr.; many other nieces and nephews; his good friends, Ed and Doris Zuker, Kim and Roy Hibbs, Sheila Denslow, and Ron and Kim Smith.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Marjean, two brothers, and two sisters.

LewElla Freida Swan
December 25, 1932 – January 24, 2008

     LewElla Freida Swan, age 75, of Sanford, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2008, at Mid-Michigan Medical Center, Midland, Michigan
     Funeral services were held on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 2 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Dr. Frederick Weaver of the North Point Ministries officiating. Interment followed the funeral service in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Friends gathered with the family on Saturday, January 26 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and again on Sunday, January 27 from 1 p.m. until time of the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions were suggested to the needs of Zach Swan, LewElla’s grandson. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     LewElla was born on Sunday, December 25, 1932 in Oil City, Michigan, the daughter of Bernard Liston and Susie (Grubb) Blizzard. On January 20, 1951, she married William Lester Swan in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. She was a resident of the Sanford area since 1953.
     LewElla called herself a domestic engineer, and cleaned houses for other people. She was a member of the North Point Ministries. She enjoyed knitting, gardening, sewing, antique dolls, and her cats. She was the type of person people enjoyed being with, and drew people, especially children, to her for her warmth and friendship.
     She is survived by her husband of 57 years, William; two children, Mike and Chris Swan of Midland, and Michelle and Glen Wilmes of Minnesota; seven grandchildren, Teryn, Zach, Garret, Dylan, Michael, Shawn, and Naomi; three brothers, Liston and Katie Blizzard, Mike and Ruth Blizzard, and Donnie and Vickie Blizzard, and a sister, Catherine Morrison. She was preceded in death by a son, Bernard William Swan, three daughters, Susan Kay, Linda Lou, and Gwendolyn, her mother and father; three brothers, Junior, Bill and Louis “Tiney”; mother-in-law: Wreatha Cowell; mother and father-in-law, Gladys and Lester Swan; and two brother-in-laws, Robert and Francis Swan.

Neal Edward Smith
May 12, 1961 – January 14, 2008

     Neal Edward Smith, 46, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away Monday, January 14, 2008 at his home in Phoenix.
     A private memorial service was held for the family on Sunday, January 20, 2008. Neal was born on Friday, May 12, 1961 in Flint, Michigan, the son of Guy Leroy Smith and Barbara (Douglas) Smith.
     He was a resident of Phoenix for the past 8 years, moving there from California, where he attended college for 2 years. He was a manager in a mental health clinic, and was moderator and teacher of a disability class. He loved sports, always had a smile and was always laughing, and enjoyed being around others. He was very proud of his classic Lincoln Town Car.
     Neal was survived by his mother and step father, Barbara and George Krause of Mt. Pleasant, and his father, Guy Leroy Smith of Burton, Michigan; two brothers, Rick and Leslie Smith of California, and Paul Smith of Mt. Pleasant; a sister, Melanie and Mike Flolo of California and a step-sister, Shannon Krause of Grand Blanc, Michigan; five uncles, Kenneth and Carol Douglas, Ron and Sharon Douglas, Frank and Vicki Douglas, Jerry Douglas, and Garry and Stephanie Douglas; five nephews, and two nieces.

Franklin Dean Horning
12/27/44 – 01/15/08

     Franklin Dean Horning, age 63, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at Covenant Health Care, Cooper Campus, Saginaw, Michigan.
     Frank was born on Wednesday, December 27, 1944 in Midland, Michigan the son of Frank Benjamin and Mary Augusta (Fox) Horning. On April 9, 1966, Frank married the former Linda Mock in Mt. Pleasant.
     As a lifetime area resident, Frank was employed as a HVAC Technician for Mt. Pleasant Heating and Cooling for over 38 years. He was a member of the Central Michigan Free Methodist Church, where he was very active, doing whatever needed to be done. He enjoyed camping with his family before buying his cabin up north, where he spent many happy times. He greatly enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren, who he took to sporting events, practice sessions, and anywhere else they needed to go to. He was always helping others.
     Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Linda; his son, Christopher Dean and Catherine Horning of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and his daughter, Deana Gale and her special friend, Russ Swinehart of Shepherd; eight grandchildren: Joshua, Micaila, Benjamin, Margaret Mary, and Gemma Horning, Hannah Gale, Christian and Kiah Swinehart; a brother, Ronald and Sharon Horning of St. Johns, Michigan. He was preceded in death by both parents, and two brothers, Arnold and Gary Horning.
     Funeral services were held on Friday, January 18, 2008 at 11 a.m. from Central Michigan Free Methodist Church, with Pastor Richard Fulkerson and Pastor Jason Leininger officiating. Following the funeral service, interment took place in Kelly Cemetery, Oil City, Michigan. Friends gathered with the family on Thursday, January 17 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant and again on Friday, January 18 from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service at the church. Memorial contributions in Frank’s memory were suggested to the Central Michigan Free Methodist Church.

Larry J. Thomas
5/3/37 – 1/12/08

     Larry J. Thomas, 70, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2008 at his home.
     Larry was born on May 3, 1937 in Shepherd, Michigan the son of Lawrence and Isabel A. Thomas. He married Sharon Bailey, who preceded him in death in 1994. He then married Lynne Thomas on May 19, 1995 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
     A lifetime area resident, Larry was a general foreman for Bechtel Corporation and retired from Laborers Local #1098. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Moose Lodge, the Borley-Hanel VFW Post #3033, and the American Legion Post #110. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Nancy, France in the mid 1950’s. He enjoyed fast cars.
     Survivors include his wife, Lynne of Mt. Pleasant; two sons, Terry Thomas and Brian (Renee) Thomas; three daughters, Teresa (Steve) Tapper, Nan (Randy) Ostrander, and Juli (John) Boeve; a son in law, Doug Darnell; five grandchildren, Robert (Thomas) Lux, Andrew Thomas, Zachery Thomas, Taralyn Thomas, and Jason Thomas; seven step grandchildren; 4 step great grandchildren; and three sisters, Veronica Zucker, Jean Wonsey, and Mary (Mickey) and Bill Natzel; and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Sharon in 1994; a daughter, Roxy Darnell; a brother, James McElhaney; and a sister, Betty Clark.
     Memorial services were held on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 7:00 PM from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Jean Thrush officiating. Friends gathered with the family prior to the service. Interment of the cremated remains will take place at a later date in Memorial Gardens, Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions were suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan.

Frederick Carl Kabbe
9/16/13 – 01/11/08

     Frederick Carl Kabbe, 94, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Friday, January 11, 2008 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant
     Friends were welcome joining the family in celebrating Fred’s life on January 23, 2008 from 4-7 p.m. at 801 Canal Street, Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions in Fred’s memory were suggested to the Union of Concerned Scientists, Two Brattle Square, Cambridge, MA 02238-9105 or to a nature or environmental organization of your choice. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.
     Fred was born on Tuesday, September 16, 1913 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the son of Edward Frederick and Hannah Marie Bertha (Sadelwasser) Kabbe. He married Lois Adell Moore on July 6, 1939 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. For over 50 years, he was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area.
     Fred spent his adult life living a healthy, organic, natural food lifestyle. Since the 1950’s, he supported energy and environmental conservation. He was interested in environmental issues, effects of climate warming, politics (both local and national), and organic issues concerning farming and food production. He and Lois traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe. He loved birding and hiking in the woods. He and Lois co-authored a college textbook in the 1970’s that continues to elicite questions from users. Fred retired as a Professor of Chemistry at Central Michigan University in 1976 after 20 years of service. Prior to teaching at CMU, he was a Professor at Hillsdale College, a science teacher at Ithaca High School and at Bay City Junior College. He was a graduate of Kalamazoo High School, received his BS from Western Michigan University, his MS from the University of Michigan, and his PhD from Michigan State University.
     Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Lois Moore Kabbe; his children: Marilyn (Don) Moorman of Michigan, Carl Kabbe of South Carolina, Jon (Alie) Kabbe of Illinois, Jerry (Luda) Kabbe of Colorado, and Robert (Connie) Kabbe of Michigan; grandchildren: Laura (Sanjay) Bhat, Sharon Grace Osborn, Cathy (Jeff) Nourie, Nancy (Mike) Nally, Jeff (Natalia) Kabbe, Shana Kabbe, Angela Kabbe, and Emily Kabbe; seven great grandchildren; and a sister: Wilma Lane of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

December, 2007

Ellen Ida Dutcher
May 3, 1914 — December 30, 2007

     Ellen Ida Dutcher, age 93, of Mt. Pleasant, died Sunday, December 30, 2007 at the Sterling Homes Alterra in Midland, Michigan.
     Memorial services for Ellen were held on Thursday, January 3, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Reverend Kirk Havel of Trinity Lutheran Church of Midland officiated. Friends gathered with the family from 1-2:00 p.m. before the service. Interment will be at a later date in the Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Memorial were suggested to the donor’s charity of choice.
     Ellen was born on May 3, 1914 in Salt Lake, Arthur Township, Utah, the daughter of Arthur and Mary Ann Thompkins Anderson. She was raised by Clark and Mary Ann Dennis. Ellen married Ivan W. Dutcher on November 4, 1932 in Midland, Michigan. She was the Township Clerk of Essex Township. Ivan and Ellen owned and operated a family clothing store in Maple Rapids before moving to Mt. Pleasant in 1953. They were partners in the Dutcher Implement Company in Mt. Pleasant. Ellen then became the City Treasurer for the City of Mt. Pleasant retiring on January 1, 1976.
     Ellen is survived by two sons, Ronald and Carol Dutcher of Midland and Gerald and Judith Dutcher of Oxford, MI; three grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one brother, Don Dennis of Coleman; three sisters, Marion Davis of Chicago, Doris McNea of Harrison, and Betty Porte of Coleman; and many nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; her step dad, Clark Dennis; her husband, Ivan in 1991; a granddaughter, Staci Dutcher Shoffner in 2006; four brothers; and two infant sons.

Arah Jean Westbrook
July 20, 1919 - December 25, 2007

     Arah Jean Westbrook, age 88, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at Tendercare - Mt. Pleasant. Jean was born on Sunday, July 20, 1919 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the daughter of Carroll and Arah (Sumner) Hendricks. She met her husband Howard Hood Westbrook, in Bloomingdale, Michigan, in the summer of 1938. Jean worked as a waitress in a restaurant called ‘The Dew Drop In’. Hood was in the area drilling an oil well during the Bloomingdale Oil Boom. Six weeks later, they were married on November 16, 1938 in LaGrange, Indiana. She has been a resident of Mt. Pleasant since 1941.
     Jean was a Building Supervisor of a residential cottage at the Mt. Pleasant Regional Center, retiring after 30 years of service. She was a moving force for starting the State Employees Retirees chapter in Mt. Pleasant, and served as membership chair and co-editor of the chapter newsletter.
     Survivors include her sons, Jack and Mary Lou Westbrook of Mt. Pleasant and James and Laureen Westbrook of Wagram, North Carolina; two brothers, Burley ‘Bud’ Hendricks of Sun City, Florida and Robert Hendricks of Laughton, Michigan; eleven grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Howard, both parents; a sister Corinne Daughenbaugh, and a brother, Carroll Hendricks.
     Funeral services were held on Friday, December 28, 2007 at 1:30 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. William Schaard officiating. Interment followed the service at Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant beside her husband. Friends gathered with the family on Thursday, December 27 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Isabella County Commission on Aging or the Bloomingdale Oil and Gas Museum.

Maria Dora Lyon
April 8, 1936 – December 22, 2007

     Maria Dora Lyon, 71, of Mt. Pleasant went to be with our Lord on December 22, 2007. She went to join her daughter Amy Lynn; her parents, Juan and Elvira (Rodriguez) Ortiz; 1 sister, Adelina Ortiz and 2 brothers, Juan & Tony Ortiz. She was born on April 8, 1936 in Laredo, Texas.
     Maria will be remembered by her husband of 40 years, Michael Lyon, Sr., five children Robin (Alex) Sauceda of Mt. Pleasant, Aida (Felix) Montavo of Lansing, Michael (Suelma) Lyon, Jr., Michelle Lyon, both of Mt. Pleasant and Raymondo Martinez of Texas; 16 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren; 1 brother Jose (Josefina) Ortiz of Lansing; 3 sisters Josefina (Pilar) Gonzalez of Lansing, Julia Gutierrez of Perry, Rosa (Raul) Gonzalez of Laredo, Texas.
     Maria was born in Laredo Texas the daughter of Juan & Elvira (Rodriguez) Ortiz. She married Michael Lyon on September 8, 1967 in Perry, Michigan. Mrs. Ortiz enjoyed playing Bingo at the Soaring Eagle and enjoyed her family and family gatherings. She was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area for 17 years after moving from Lansing.
     Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home. Friends gathered with the family from 1-2 on Saturday prior to the service. Following the service, burial took place in Kelly Cemetery in Oil City.

Hope G. Dimit
December 22, 1916 – December 26, 2007

     Hope G. Dimit, age 90, of Alma, Michigan, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Friday, December 21, 2007 at the Michigan Masonic Home in Alma, Michigan
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. John Boley of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed the funeral service in Memorial Gardens, Mt. Pleasant. Friends gathered with the family on Wednesday, December 26 from 10 – 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions were suggested to the American Heart Association or Community Cancer Services.
     Hope was born on Friday, December 22, 1916 in Ferris Township, Montcalm County, Michigan the daughter of Benjamin and Pearl (Black) Pugsley. She was married to Alva Dimit, who preceded her in death in 1993. Hope was a resident of Mt. Pleasant from 1944 until moving to Alma in 1995. She was a homemaker, and a Life Member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Gladwin.
     Survivors included her daughter, Geraldine Kay Kopack of Falls Church, Virginia, and a son, Gerald Keith Dimit of Richmond, Missouri, along with a number of grandchildren, several great grandchildlren and several great great grandchildren, and a brother, Russell Pugsley of Sanford, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alva, both parents, sister, Alice Fairbank, and a brother, Rex Pugsley.

Michael Leroy Rood
September 21, 1947 – December 20, 2007

     Michael Leroy Rood, age 60, of Gladwin, Michigan died Thursday, December 20, 2007, at Mid-Michigan Regional Medical Center in Midland.
     Eagle service for Michael was on Sunday, December 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Dan Youmans, Jr. officiating. Friends gathered with the family on Saturday, December 22 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions were suggested to the needs of the family.
     Michael was born on Sunday, September 21, 1947, in Greenville, Michigan, the son of John and Marvel (Porter) Rood. He married Linda Hallady on October 26, 1968, in Mt. Pleasant. He has been a lifetime resident of the Central Michigan area.
Michael worked at Rood’s Auctions as an auctioneer. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Harrison where he was the chaplain. Michael loved softball, fishing, camping, and time with his grandchildren. His favorite Nascar was # 24, Jeff Gordon.
     Mr. Rood is survived by his wife, Linda; 1 daughter, Lisa (Mickey) Auxier of Gladwin; 3 sons, Mike L. (Katherine) Rood, George Allen Rood all of Gladwin and Barry Henry (Tonya) Rood of Clare; 12 grandchildren, Tiffany Rood, Chad, Samantha & Austin Auxier, Josh Last, Nichole & Natasha Goodrich, Kyle Rood, Colton Rood, and Montana Crawford; 5 brothers, Delbert (Hazel) Rood of Grand Rapids, Jake (Sandy) Rood of Indiana, Abe (Sandra) Rood of Mt. Pleasant, Fay Rood of Remus, and Robert (Susan) Rood of Mt. Pleasant; 1 sister, Sue (Dave) Keene of Otsego. In addition, his mother and father-in-law Yvonne & Joe Phinney and other in-laws: Beatrice and Carl Mogg, George & Sharon Halladay, Harold Halladay, Jackie & Ed Phinney, Mike & Joann Halladay, Marie & Bob Bushrey, Pam Hallady, John & Debbie McReavy, Joe & Sherrie McReavy and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
     Michael was preceded in death by both parents; a granddaughter Lakisha; a sister Nancy Wonsey; and 5 brothers Jay Rood, Lee, John, Otto and Russell Rood.

Laura Elaine McBride Johnston
July 29, 1942 – December 13, 2007

     Laura Elaine McBride Johnston, age 65, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at her home surrounded by her family.
     Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 11 a.m. from the Maranatha Baptist Church, 1526 Airway Drive, Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Gene Haymaker officiating. Interment followed the funeral service in Chippewa Township Cemetery, Isabella County, Michigan. The family met with friends on Monday, December 17 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at the Maranatha Baptist Church.
     Memorial contributions were suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan, the Maranatha Baptist Church, or the American Heart Association. Envelopes are available at the church and the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.
     Laura was born on July 29, 1942 in Loomis, Michigan, the daughter of Edwin Frank and Effie Mildred (Hefner) Wichert. Laura’s first husband, Stanley Dwight McBride, passed away on April 21, 1990, after 29 years of marriage. On June 15, 2007, she married Harry Richard Johnston, Jr. She was a lifetime area resident.
     For 10 years, Laura worked at Pleasant Manor Nursing Home, and from 1991 to 1997, she was an adult foster care worker for McBride Quality Care. She was a member of the Maranatha Baptist Church. She enjoyed crocheting, playing cards, putting puzzles together, camping, and spending time with her grandchildren (and going shopping with them). She and her sisters had an annual camping trip for many years.
     Laura is survived by her husband, Harry; three children, Gary and Sondra McBride of Shepherd, Paul and Pam McBride of Blanchard, and Dianna McBride of Mt. Pleasant; 5 grandchildren, and one great grandchild; one brother, Alvin Wichert; five sisters, Lena (Robert) Bergey of Clare, Edna (Ray) McCarntney and Ada (Bill) Ingerham both of Coleman, Burniece (Al) Wilkins of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Joy (Tim) Krabill of Farwell; sisters in law, Abbie (Jerry) Nelson of Newaygo and Ada (Harold) Winchell of Mt. Pleasant; brother in law, Rene Warner of Peru, Indiana and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Stanley; a son, Gerald Dwight McBride; a sister Naomi Warner and brother Edwin Frank Wichert, Jr.

November, 2007

Lorraine LeVerl Morse
September 2, 1934 – November 29, 2007

     Lorraine LeVerl Morse, age 73, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, died Thursday, November 29, 2007 at her home.
     A memorial service was held on Friday, December 7, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home. Immediately following the service, burial took place at Memorial Gardens in Mt. Pleasant. Friends gathered with the family one hour before the service. Memorials for Lorraine have been suggested to the Isabella Medical Care Facility. Envelopes are available at Helms Funeral Home.
Lorraine was born on September 2, 1934 in Pouce Coupe, British Columbia, Canada the daughter of Leon and Myrtle (Swell) Mitchell. She married Gerald Edward Morse on September 5, 1951 in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. Gerald preceded her in death on July 19, 1991. Mrs. Morse had been a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area since 1964.
     Lorraine enjoyed all of her friends and family. She traveled all over the United States and Canada while her husband worked on pipelines.
     Lorraine is survived by a stepson, Michael (Andrea) Montalvo of Houston, Texas; two grandchildren, Brandon and Sarah Montalvo; three sisters, Kay Fleet of Charley Lake, British Columbia, Canada and Sherol Denise Loe of Ft. Nelson, British Columbia, and Audrey Leona Pearson of Ft. St. John, British Columbia; special nephew Grant Erwin Mitchell of Ft. St. John, British Columbia and special niece Kelly Lee McHenry of Brights Gron, Ontario.
     Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; a brother, Glen and both parents.

Stephanie Anne (Crapo) Holland
February 3, 1954 – November 12, 2007

     Stephanie Anne (Crapo) Holland, age 53, passed away peacefully November 12, 2007 at Covenant Hospital in Saginaw with her family at her side.
     Stephanie was born Tuesday February 3, 1954, in Clare, Michigan the daughter of Robert and Margaret (Peg) Crapo.
     Stephanie was a very accomplished musician and writer. She was a concert pianist in her younger years performing in various recitals. In 1971 she performed at the Interlochen Music Academy and won a four year scholarship to University of Michigan Music school. After attending U of M, she traded her Maize and Blue for Green and White, MSU, where she received her Bachelors degree in music. Piano was only one of the many musical instruments she could play. She played the Flute, Chelo and Violin with passion. Another passion for Stephanie was writing poetry and fictional short stories. She had several short stories published. The last story published appeared in Parade magazine. Stephanie worked for several years after graduating from MSU for the Burrows Corporation as the personnel manager in Okemos, Michigan. Burrows left Michigan so she went back to music and helped run the Music Department at MSU for several years.
     Stephanie is survived by her mother Margaret (Peg) Crapo of Mt. Pleasant; a brother, Michael and Barb Crapo; a sister Nanette and Bruce Franklin of Boone, North Carolina, two nieces Briana and Lyndsey Franklin of Boone, North Carolina; a great nephew of Boone, N.C., three nephews Brandon and Ted Crapo, Nathan Morrell; two aunts Barb (Crapo) Thayer of Mt. Pleasant and Barb (Browne) Sias of Westport, CT.; cousins Patty and Jeff Sias of Westport, CT, Kris (Dan) Blossum of Vassar, MI, Marilyn (Brian) Sonefeld of Clarkson, MI, Amy (Mark) Davis of East Lansing, Richard (Cath) Thayer of Las Vegas, Pam (Lee) Klop of Phoenix, AZ and family friend Marge Havens.
     Stephanie was preceded in death by her father Robert L. Crapo on September 17, 2007 and her husband Matt Holland on November 10, 2002.
     Cremation for Stephanie has already taken place. A memorial service was held on Friday, November 16, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with the Reverend John Boley of the First United Methodist Church officating. Friends called on Friday from 10:30 until service time. Memorial contributions were suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Christopher Charles Wohlscheid
October 6, 1982 – November 12, 2007

     Christopher Charles Wohlscheid, age 25, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Monday, November 12, 2007 at his home with his family and friends at his side.
     Funeral services were Friday, November 16th at 2:00 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home with Reverend Nancy Carey Fulton officiating. Following the service, interment took place in Riverside cemetery. Friends gathered with the family on Thursday, November 15th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions were suggested to the family.
     Christopher was born on October 6, 1982 in Alma, Michigan the son of Joseph & Lesa Irene (Bragdon) Wohlscheid . He lived in the Mt. Pleasant area most of his life and was a student. Christopher enjoyed playing baseball, basketball, and watching any kind of sports, especially University of Michigan.
     Christopher is survived by his parents, Joseph & Lesa Wohlscheid; one brother Joseph Wohlscheid, Jr. all of Mt. Pleasant; his grandmother, Ilene Wohlscheid Zook of Rosebush; very special friend, Lucha Torres; many aunts and uncles and many friends in both Michigan and Texas.
     He was preceded in death by his grandfather, William Wohlscheid; and his grandparents Charles and Hazel Bragdon.

Maryanne Fransen
December 21, 1919 – November 11, 2007

     Maryanne Fransen, age 87, of Mt. Pleasant passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2007 at her home.
     Memorial masses were held for Maryanne and her family for one month at Christ Our Savior Church in Mt. Pleasant. Thank you, Reverend Linda.
     Maryanne was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota on Sunday, December 21, 1919 the daughter of Jesse Hans & Bernadine (Cunningham) Fransen. She had been a resident of the area since September of 2006. Maryanne had been employed as a Nurse Aid and homemaker.
     Maryanne is survived by two daughters, Carol Douglas of Mt. Pleasant and Linda Bell of Grand Rapids; 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Martin Fransen.

Helen Beauregard
February 14, 1918 – November 11, 2007

     Helen Beauregard. age 89, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Sunday, November 11, 2007 at the Prestige Center near Mt. Pleasant.
     Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 1 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Mr. Jeff Gritton of the First Church of Christ officiating. Following the funeral service interment took place in Riverside Cemetery beside her husband, Clifford. Friends gathered with the family on Monday, November 12, from 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home. Memorial contributions were suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan for the Hospice House. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home
     Helen was born on Thursday, February 14, 1918 in Isabella County the daughter of Kenneth and Gaye Marshall. She was married to Clifford Beauregard for many years. Clifford passed away on July 24, 1983. An area resident all of her life, Helen was a member of the First Church of Christ, where she was very active in church activities. She retired from Central Michigan University in 1984, where she worked for 25 years as a secretary. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, and a volunteer at the Commission on Aging. Helen and Clifford enjoyed fishing in Canada and traveling.
     Helen is survived by nieces, Sherry and Ron Shaw of Alma, and Judy Rhyne of Traverse City, Michigan, a sister-in-law, Ginny Marshall of Grand Rapids, Michigan and several other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, both parents, and a brother, Kenneth V. Marshall.

Betty Ruth Stacy
June 1, 1926 – November 8, 2007

     Betty Ruth Stacy, age 81, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Thursday, November 8, 2007 at Gratiot Community Hospital in Alma.
     Funeral services for Betty wase held on Monday, November 12, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant with the Pastor Samuel Reith officiating. Interment of cremated remains took place at Memorial Gardens in Mt. Pleasant at a future date. Visitation for Betty took place on Sunday, November 11, from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 at the Helms Funeral Home. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Zion Lutheran Church Building Fund. Envelopes are available at the funeral home and church.
     Betty was born on June 1, 1926 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan the daughter of Perry and Lila (Foutch) Adams. She married Daniel N. Stacy, who preceded her in death, on January 28, 1950 in Mt. Pleasant. Betty was a lifetime resident of the area and had owned Betty’s Yarn Shop. She worked as a sales person for Gover City Fabrics and also at Central Michigan University. She was a homemaker at the time of her death. Betty was active as a volunteer with the Commission on Aging, she was a member of the VFW auxiliary and TOPS. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
     Betty is survived by her children, Terry and Marcia Stacy of Mt. Pleasant, Patricia and Richard Harris of Harrison, and Penny and Thomas Leathley of Reno, Nevada; three grandchildren, Andrew Stacy, Suzanne and Lisa Harris; one brother, John Adams of Mt. Pleasant; two sisters, Jean Connors of Onaway and Esther Morford of Mt. Pleasant.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel, her parents, one brother and one sister.

JoAnn Bosquez Macias
November 11, 1959 — November 5, 2007

     JoAnn Bosquez Macias, age 47, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Monday, November 05, 2007 at her home.
     Celebration of the funeral mass was held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant on Friday, November 9, 2007 at 11:00 AM. Father Thomas McNamara and Sister Andre Kravec were the celebrants. Interment followed at the Calvary Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice.
     JoAnn was born November 11, 1959 in San Jose, California, the daughter of Alberto and Dominga Magallan Bosquez. She and Jesus Macias were married on November 8, 1986 in Austin, Texas. They moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1989. She was a homemaker who enjoyed watching movies, volunteering at many area schools, shopping, outdoor activities, and reading.
     JoAnn is survived by her husband, Jesus; seven children, Stanley Guerra, Anthony Guerra, CD, Kim (Bruce) Blythe, Ira Macias, Ian Macias, and Neil Macias; a granddaughter, Halina Blythe; her parents, Alberto and Dominga Bosquez; four brothers, Rudy Bosquez, Jimmy Bosquez, John Magallan, and Cosmo Garza; a sister, Aurora Jordan; and many nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by a brother, Alberto Bosquez, III.

Howard Raymond Wilson
August 5, 1950 – November 5, 2007

     Howard Raymond Wilson, age 57, of St. Louis, Michigan, passed away on November 5, 2007 at Gratiot Community Hospital.
     The family held a private graveside service. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the family to help with expenses.
     Howard was born in Alma, Michigan, on August 5, 1950 the son of Howard Raymond and Frances (Denman) Wilson. He married Linda Mills on October 5, 1974 in Ithaca. He was a lifetime resident of the St. Louis area.
     Howard was employed by Alma Products as a fork lift operator for 22 years. He enjoyed cards and pool. Howard was a member of the NRA and liked to hunt and fish. He enjoyed tinkering with all kinds of things.
     Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Linda; two children Stacie and Casie Wilson both of St. Louis; his special children Lura Carson of St Louis and Gerry Masar of Ithaca; his mother and stepfather Frances and Thomas Gyurnek of Sumner; two brothers Maynard & Carolyn Wilson and William & Judy Gyurnek of Sumner; two sisters Dixie Gyurnek of Ithaca & Brenda Gyurnek of Sumner: special grandchildren Richard and Sophia Carson; special friends Rick & Dixie Carson of St. Louis and Dar & Phyllis Daymon of Alma. Howard also is survived by many, many other friends.
     He was preceded in death by his father and a daughter Jamie.

Harvey Logan Fair
January 9, 1942 – November 2, 2007

     Harvey Logan Fair, age 65, of Shepherd, Michigan passed away on Friday, November 2, 2007 at Gratiot Community Hospital in Alma, Michigan
     Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at 1 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with Pastor Tony Waldrop officiating. Interment took place in Chippewa Township Cemetery, Isabella County, Michigan. Friends gathered with the family on Sunday, November 4, from 6-8 p.m. and on Monday, November 5 from 2-4 and 6-8 at the Helms Funeral Home. Memorials were suggested to the Harvey L. Fair Trust Fund for Harvey’s grandchildren or to the funeral home to assist with funeral costs. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Harvey was born on Friday, January 9, 1942 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the son of R.J. and Mary (McCain) Fair. On July 13, 2007, he married Joan Moore at their home in Midland County. Harvey was a resident of the Shepherd area most of his life, and had lived in the Newberry area for a period of time. Harvey was a self employed house builder. He loved inventing things, including the electric motor in his electric car. He heated his house with his water well using a heat pump. He loved anything with an engine, including go karts and mopeds. He enjoyed camping and watching the deer and other animals around his house.
     Survivors include his wife, Joan; children: Kelly and Bruce Triplett of Shepherd, Patricia and David Homberg of New Baltimore, Michigan, Robert Fair of Shepherd, and Mark Fair of Three Rivers, Michigan; also his step-children: Dale Moore of Mt. Pleasant and Cody Colt of Shepherd; sixteen grandchildren, and fifteen great grandchildren; a brother: Robert and Janet Fair of Shepherd; and several nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

October, 2007

Eugenie Zuk
October 16, 1917 – October 30, 2007

     Eugenie Zuk, age 90, of Weidman, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2007, at Gratiot Community Hospital.
     Eugenie was born on Tuesday, October 16, 1917 in Detroit, Michigan to John and Michaelene Huzar.
     She married Isadore Zuk on August 31, 1941 in Detroit. She had lived in the Weidman area since 2004 when she moved up here from Trenton, Michigan.
     She is survived by her daughter Christina and Eugene Quail and 2 grandchildren of Weidman.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Isadore and both parents.

Ariel Kay Greenwood
March 12, 1938 - October 29, 2007

     Ariel Kay Greenwood, age 69, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, returned to her Heavenly parents on Monday, October 29, 2007 surrounded by her family.
     A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 10th at 11:00 a.m. at the First Church of God on 520 Olive Rd., St. Louis, Michigan with Pastor Sam Dunbar officiating. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan or the Pardee Cancer Fund.
     Ariel was born on March 12, 1938 in North Star, Michigan the eldest child of Lester and Virginia Alice (Howe) Cushman. She married Leon W. Greenwood on April 10, 1982 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. She had been a resident of Mt. Pleasant since 1992.
     Ariel was a housekeeper working at Alma College and various hotels. Family was the most important thing to her, especially her beloved grandchildren, of which she had 18, and 3 great grandchildren. Ariel also enjoyed reading, crocheting, going to Lake Superior and the Atlantic Ocean, and baking. She was famous for her line ‘Just get over it!’
     Ariel is survived by her husband of 25 years, Leon; two sons, Leon William and Amanda Greenwood II of Mt. Pleasant, and Sam and Melony Wrath of Alma; three daughters, Julie and Joe Wasek of Breckenridge, Virginia Wrath and Mike Cornell of Mt. Pleasant, and Angel Kinney of St. Louis; two step children, Tim and Candy Snyder of Mt. Pleasant and Linda Greenwood of Panama City, Florida; two brothers Ernie and Nancy Cushman of Alma and Kim Cushman of St. Louis; two sisters Alice Cushman and Ron Tuzinsky, Sarah and Darrell Adams of St. Louis and; 18 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews who loved their ‘Aunt Kay’ dearly. Ariel is also survived by her beloved Aunt the Reverend Kathryn DeMougin of Lansing and her closest friend and soulmate, Dixie (Rick) Carson of St. Louis, Michigan.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 grandsons, Ezekial Greenwood and Tyler Kinney and 1 great grandchild,Angelena Hernandez.

Gladys I. Boomer
July 18, 1908 – October 21, 2007

     Gladys I. Boomer, age 99 of Bradenton, Florida, formerly of Mt. Pleasant died Sunday, October 21, 2007 at Harmony Health Care in Bradenton, Florida.
      A memorial service was held at a later date at the El Rancho Village in Bradenton, Florida. Interment was in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant.
     Gladys was born July 18, 1908 in Hillsdale County, Michigan to Walter and Chariety Mason Morey. She married Andrew Boomer in Wauson, Ohio in 1929. Gladys was a licensed representative for First Real Estate in Mt. Pleasant. She was a former member of the First Baptist Church.
     Gladys is survived by her son, Wayne and Charmaine Boomer of Bay City, Michigan and a daughter, Joyce Hale of Brandenton, Florida; 8 grandchildren; many great grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, 2 sons’ Jack and Timothy Boomer; 5 brothers and 4 sisters.

Wallter ‘Shorty’ Wayne Phipps
May 27, 1924 – October 14, 2007

     Walter ‘Shorty’ Wayne Phipps, age 83, of Mt. Pleasant passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2007 at Central Michigan Community Hospital.
     Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 18th at 11:00 a.m. at Helms Funeral Home with Reverend Nancy Casey Fulton officiating. Cremation took place after the service with burial of cremated remains in Memorial Gardens. Friends gathered with the family on Wednesday, October 17th from 2 – 4 p.m. and from 6 – 8 p.m. Memorials for Walter were suggested to the American Lung Association. Envelopes are available at the Helms funeral home.
     Shorty was born on Tuesday, May 27, 1924 in Farwell, Michigan the son of William and Florence (Dunnigan) Phipps. He married Virginia L. Riley on August 23, 1947 in Alma. Walter was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area for 59 years.
     He retired from Midway Supply where he had worked in the store and as a truck driver for 42 years. Walter served in the Army during World War II as a corporal in the amphibious tank division. He was a member of the Moose Lodge. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, deer and pheasant hunting.
     Walter is survived by his wife Virgina, a daughter Sharon Wieferich of Mt. Pleasant and a son Walter Wayne and Anna Phipps, Jr. of Shepherd; a brother Jesse ‘Jiggs’ Phipps of Flint and Jesse Phipps. Additionally he is survived by four grandchildren, Matt, Kristen, John and Mark; two step grandchildren, Lisa and Beth; and eight great grandchildren, Dillon, Lorisa, Alexia, Benjamin, Michael, Christopher, Logan and Jacob.
     Mr. Phipps was preceded in death by his parents and brother Robert.

Mavis Jean (Pitz) Netmop
March 13, 1940 – October 14, 2007

     Mavis Jean (Pitz) Netmop,.age 67, of Gladwin, Michigan went to dwell with the Lord Jesus on Sunday, October 14, 2007 surrounded by her loving family at Tendercare in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Helms Funeral Home with the Reverend Owen Smith officiating. Interment followed in McClure Cemetery in Gladwin at 3:00 p.m.. Friends gathered with the family Tuesday, October 15th from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions for Mavis were suggested to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Mavis was born on Wednesday, March 13, 1940 in Kalkaska, Michigan, the daughter of Frederick N. and Beulah (Castle) Pitz. She married the “love of her life” William Netmop on April 4, 1966 in Gladwin, County and they spent many happy years living in or near Gladwin, Michigan. She has spent the last year in nursing care because of her illness.
     Mavis grew up in the Fife Lake/Lake City area and has numerous cousins living there. She moved to the Clare/Farwell area while in later elementary school and graduated from Farwell High School in 1958. She spent her life in service to her Lord Jesus and caring for her daughter, Lorene, who was stricken with Muscular Dystrophy at a young age, Lorene’s two daughters and her husband, Bill, who suffered with back problems for many years.
     Mavis is survived by her husband, Bill, daughter, Lorene McArthur, a patient at Tender Care Nursing Home in Gaylord, Michigan, her grandchildren, Christina, age 27, and Christal, age 24; stepchildren William & Cindy Netmop Jr. of Mt. Pleasant, Sharon and Ron Sasse and Rita and John Bills of Gladwin, Robert and Sue Netmop and Mary and Mike Floyd of Mt. Pleasant; family members raised by Bill and Mavis also include David Detzler and his friend Karrie Knapp, Annette and Jeff Buckner, and Brenda and Don Schlegel all of Mt. Pleasant. She was blessed with 28 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Marlene Pearl Pitz of Atlantic Mine, Michigan and brother, James Christ Pitz of Chiefland, Florida and several nieces and nephews.
     Mavis was preceded in death by her father, Frederick and her mother and stepfather Beulah and Claron Thornburg, and stepson Rodney Netmop.

Isabella Marie Koehn
October 1, 2007 – October 1, 2007

     Isabella Marie Koehn, infant daughter of Franklin and Gina Koehn, was born and died on Monday, October 1, 2007 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 1 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Mr. Cornelius Bornman officiating. Interment in Union Cemetery, Winn, Michigan followed the funeral service. Friends gathered with the family from 12 noon until service time at the Helms Funeral Home
     Memorial contributions were suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.
     Isabella Marie is survived by her parents, Franklin D. and Gina Rae (Malley) Koehn of Weidman; a brother, Zackary Shane Koehn of Stanwood, Michigan; grandparents: LeeAnn Randolph of Sheridan, Michigan, Constance Saxton of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and John Malley of Winn, Michigan; great grandparents: Dorothy and Don Croff of Sheridan, Michigan, Phyllis Saxton of Alma, Michigan, and Robert Saxton, Sr, of Alma, Michigan; and many great aunts and uncles.

September, 2007

Elma M. Foote
October 31, 1916 – September 15, 2007

     Elma M. Foote, age 90, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Saturday, September 15, 2007 at her daughters home near Mt. Pleasant.
     A celebration of Elma’s life was held on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 1 p.m. from the Leaton United Methodist Church with Pastor Sharyon Osmond officiating. Interment followed the funeral service in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
     Friends met with the family on Monday, September 17 from 4-8 p.m. at the Leaton Untied Methodist Church, 6890 E. Beal City Road and again on Tuesday from 12 noon until time of the service. Memorial contributions in Elma’s memory were suggested to the Leaton United Methodist Church Building Fund or Mid-Michigan Hospice. Envelopes are available at the church or the Helms Funeral Home.
     Elma was born on Tuesday, October 31, 1916 in Sheridan, Michigan, the daughter of Elmer and Minnie (Bauman) Wilkinson. She married Lester Foote on Saturday, November 24, 1945 in Lakeview, Michigan.
     Elma was a member of the Leaton United Methodist Church and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Borley-Hanel VFW Post. She was a home maker who enjoyed playing her dulcimer, sewing, crocheting, her garden, canning, traveling to Texas for many years with her husband, Lester, and especially helping her family and friends.
     Survivors include her daughter, Betty and Donald Larrance of Mt. Pleasant, daughter in law, Judy Johnson of Winn; eight grandchildren: Bridget (Don) Wakefield, Julie (Jeff) Veit, Kimberly (Dave Hall) Larrance, Rosemarie (Dennis) Gillam, Robert (Dottie) Johnson, Randall (Brenda) Johnson, Floyd Johnson, and Jerry (Lisa) Johnson; seventeen grandchildren; and two great grandchildren; two sisters: Elna Johnson of Cedar Springs, Michigan and Lou Mahlich of Greenville, Michigan; a sister in law, Iva Aseltine of Lansing, Michigan, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, a son Bob Johnson, two brothers, and one sister.

Hazel L. Howay
April 27, 1914 – September 11, 2007

     Hazel L. ‘Stebbie’ Howay, age 93, of Midland, Michigan, formerly of Zephyrhills, Florida and Mt. Pleasant, Michigan went to her final home with the Lord on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at Mid-Michigan Regional Medical Center in Midland, Michigan with her family at her bedside.
     Hazel greeted everyone with love, a twinkle in her eye and a wide smile. She lived to serve, whether it be family or “children” at the Mt. Pleasant State Home and Training School, or the person next to her in line at the check out counter. Her legacy is faith and love which sustained her and her family.
     A celebration of Hazel’s life was held on Friday, September 14, 2007 at 1 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Rocky Wing, Hazel’s nephew, officiating. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, beside her husband, George. Friends met with the family on Thursday, September 13 from 2-4 and 5-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home. Memorial contributions in Hazel’s memory were suggested to the Isabella County Commission on Aging. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Hazel was born on Monday, April 27, 1914 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Frank and Effie (Berryhill) Wing. She graduated from the Mt. Pleasant High School at the age of 16 in 1930. Later in life, she was in the first graduating class of Licensed Psychiatric Attendant Nurses. She married George Howay on September 5, 1971 in the Congregational Church in Harrison. George preceded her in death on October 6, 1997.
     Hazel was a 32 year resident of Florida, moving there from Mt. Pleasant. She was retired from the Mt. Pleasant Regional Center after 26 years of service, where she had worked as a supervisor and as Coordinator of Volunteers. She was a member of the Methodist Church, the Professional Women’s Association of Mt. Pleasant, and the State Employees Retirement Association. Hazel enjoyed traveling, sewing, ceramics, knitting, and especially loved her family.
     Survivors include her children, George and Barbara Stebbins of Tampa, Florida, Darla and Michael Beadle of Harrison, Michigan, and Linda and George Killat of Midland, Michigan; eight grandchildren: Kim, Mark, and George Stebbins, Tracey Beadle, Trudee Noonan, Tammy Carlstrom, Dianna Carroll, and Lisa Haas; nine great grandchildren and four great, great grandsons. She was preceded in death by her husband, George; her first husband, George Stebbins; both parents; a brother, Robert Wing; and two sisters: LaVerda Salisbury, and Edith Craft.

Barbara Beecher
December 19, 1931 – September 8, 2007

     Barbara Beecher, age 75, of Coleman, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2007 at her home with her family around her.
     A celebration of Barbara’s life was held on Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 2 p.m. from the Gilmore Church of Christ with Mr. Kevin Smith officiating.
     Friends considering a memorial in Barbara’s memory may wish to consider Hospice of Mid-Michigan. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.
     Barbara was born on Saturday, December 19, 1931 in Kilgore, Texas, the daughter of Arthur R. and Alease Marie (Wilson) Boling. She married Donald R. Beecher in 1953. Barbara was a resident of the Coleman for many years. She was a member of the Gilmore Church of Christ.
     Survivors include her children: John and Lori Beecher of Alma, Jeanette Beecher of Coleman, Lydia and Greg McDonald of Mt. Pleasant, and Alease and Steven Malesko of Lansing; ten grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and a sister, Geraldine Boling of Patagonia, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald, and son, William Beecher.

Beverly Kay Ketchum
May 21, 1951 – September 1, 2007

     Beverly Kay Ketchum, age 56, of Shepherd, Michigan passed away on Saturday, September 1, 2007 at Covenant Health Care in Saginaw, Michigan. Bev was born on Monday,May 21, 1951 in Mt. Pleasant the daughter of Ray Bernard and Mary Dale (Elliott) Smith. She married Gene W. Ketchum on September 18, 1965 in Mt. Pleasant.
     A lifetime area resident, Bev retired after 20 years of service from Central Michigan Community Hospital were she had worked in the kitchen and housekeeping. She enjoyed going to the casino, yard sales, collecting things, and especially her children, grandchildren and great grandchild. She also enjoyed pictures with her family.
     Bev is survived by her husband, Gene W; children: Gene D. and Sheryl Ketchum of Clare, Richard Ketchum of Mt. Pleasant, Lori and Jeffrey Farison of Shepherd, and William and Carol Ketchum of Mt. Pleasant; sixteen grandchildren: Daniel, Kevin, Kristi, and Ryan Ketchum, Amber Zurzoll, Heather Breidenstein, Nicole Ketchum, Michael D., Charlin, and Michael A. Farison, Alicia, Dylan, Eathan, and Flicity Ketchum, Maisie and MacKenzie Commet; and a great grandson, Conner Breidenstein; two brothers: Larry and Pauline Smith of Mt. Pleasant, and Bernard and Darlene Smith of Florida; and a sister: Joyce Wilson of Litchfield, Michigan. She was preceded in death by both parents, a brother, Gene, and a sister, Donna Rae Stickler.         
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 1 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Jim Young of the Clare Church of the Nazarene officiating. Interment followed the funeral service in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Friends met with the family on Tuesday, September 4 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions were suggested to the needs of the family.

August 2007

Arlene Z. Smith
August 22, 1922 – August 30, 2007

     Arlene Z. Smith, age 85, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2007 at the Laurels of Mt. Pleasant in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Arlene was born on Tuesday, August 22, 1922 in St. Louis, Michigan, the daughter of Clare Marion and Ivol (Jacob) Stahl. On Friday, June 14, 1940, Arlene married Harry W. Smith in Shepherd, Michigan.
     Arlene was a lifetime area resident. She was an interior designer for over 20 years. She sold real estate for several years, was a volunteer at Special Olympics. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Weidman where she was active. She was also active with the PTA, 4-H, BPW, Elks and Moose Lodges. She especially enjoyed her family, and loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was always happy doing things for other people.
     Survivors include her son, Garry and Sue Smith of Weidman; daughter-in-law, Christine and John Lou of Owosso, special friends, Mary and John Bartel of DeWitt; nephew Jim and Candy Habel of St. Clair, Michigan; two grandchildren: Shane Lee and Daniella and James Ives; two great grandchildren: Carter and Josie Ives; a brother, Kenneth and Jean VanDorn Stahl of Indian River; two sisters: Creola Elliott of Houghton Lake, Michigan and Ivol and Robert Spenella of New Baltimore, Michigan; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arlene was preceded in death by both parents; her husband, Harry W. Smith; a son Terry Lee Smith; two brothers: Clare and Jack Stahl; and many cousins.
     A celebration of Arlene’s life was held on Saturday, September 8, 2007 at 1 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Chaplain Karen Latham from Hospice of Central Michigan officiating. Interment of the cremated remains will take place in Memorial Gardens Cemetery beside her husband, Harry. Friends were asked to consider a memorial in Arlene’s to Hospice of Central Michigan’s building fund for the new Hospice House. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Arlene and her family wanted to thank Primary Homecare, Visiting Physicians, and Tresa Corliss for making it possible for her to remain in her own home for as long as possible. Thank you to the Laurels of Mt. Pleasant staff, especially Leah Jones, Shelia, Rachel, and Carol, along with Hospice of Central Michigan staff, Kathleen Ash RN, CHPN, and Dr. Henry Szelag for making her final weeks comfortable.

Tonya Lee Penner
August 22, 1966 – August 26, 2007

     Tonya L. Penner, age 41, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2007 at Central Michigan Community Hospital.
     Funeral services took place on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Helms Funeral Home with Pastor James Turner officiating. Interment followed at White Pigeon Township Cemetery, White Pigeon, Michigan with Pastor Don Chesher officiating. Friends gathered with the family at Helms Funeral Home Tuesday, August 28, 2007 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
     Memorial contributions were suggested to American Diabetes Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Tonya was born in Alma, Michigan on August 22, 1966 to Larry and Annette (Coppens) Bowers. She was a resident of Mt. Pleasant since 2005. She married Dennis F. Penner in Middlebury, Indiana where she had settled and worked as a cook for the Essen Hause for several years. Tonya loved to read, crochet, use her computer and play cards.
     Tonya is survived by her husband Dennis; a son, Nathan of Middlebury, Indiana; one daughter, BrandaLee Penner of Mt. Pleasant; her parents, Larry and Annette Bowers of Mt. Pleasant; a twin sister, Trecy Bowers of Mt. Pleasant, and a grandmother Marguerite Dent of Mt. Pleasant.
     She was preceded in death by her brother Gary Bowers, grandparents, Stewart and Dorothy Bowers, and grandfather Paul Dent.

July 2007

Susie Ellen Blizzard
August 21, 1908 – July 30, 2007

     Susie Ellen Blizzard, age 98, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Monday, July 30, 2007 at her home in Mt. Pleasant.

     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Helms Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Young officiating. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery. Friends and family called at the funeral home for visitation on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

     Memorial contributions were suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan or Food with Friends at the Isabella County Commission on Aging. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

     Susie was born in Lansing on Friday, August 21, 1908 to Elmer and Ellen (Brown) Grubb. She was married to Bernard Blizzard on Friday, March 18, 1926 at the Methodist Parsonage in Mt. Pleasant. They were married for 60 years when Bernard passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 1987.

     Susie was a resident of Mt. Pleasant since 1935 and worked as a nurses aide for 16 years at Central Michigan Community Hospital. She also worked at Allswedes, Tillies, Paul’s Famous Restaurant and the Downtown Restaurant in Mt. Pleasant. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and enjoyed her children and their families. Susie loved to knit, crochet, refinish furniture, travel and to make jewelry.

     Susie is survived by four of her sons; Liston and Kathryn Blizzard, Michael and Ruth Blizzard, John Donald and Vicki Blizzard, John Bernard and Susan Blizzard; two daughters, Louella and Bill Swan, Kay Morrison; one daughter-in-law, Joyce Blizzard; one brother, Orville Grubb and one sister, Mary McDonald.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard; three sons, Walter ‘Bill’, Bernard Jr., and Louis; three sisters, Pearl, Dorothy and Lydia; one brother, Glen.


Timothy Kloostra
March 1, 1966 – July 24, 2007

     Timothy Kloostra, age 41, of Remus, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw, Michigan.
     A private graveside service for the family was held on Friday, July 27th at 4:00 p.m. with Fritz Kruithof officiating. Interment followed at Woodland Cemetery in Rosebush.
     Timothy was born on March 1, 1966 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan to Martin and Nancy (Barr) Kloostra. Timothy loved movies, comic books and especially his dog, Princess.
     Mr. Kloostra is survived by his father, Martin and stepmother, Janet; three brothers, Dan Vanvugt, Ben Jackson, Kraig (Brigid) Kloostra; five sisters, Marilyn Sanders, Rosemary Storrs, Margie Vasquez, Kelly (Arden) Bakema, Lisa (Mark) VanMeeteren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Kloostra, in 1991.

Lyle Paul Jenkins
August 27, 1923 - July 20, 2007

     Lyle Paul Jenkins, age 83, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Friday, July 20, 2007 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant. Lyle was born on Monday, August 27, 1923 in Isabella County the son of Paul and Lepha (Smith) Jenkins. On Friday, December 24, 1948, he married Betty Wagner of Mt. Pleasant.
     A lifetime area resident of Mt. Pleasant and Coleman, Lyle farmed for many years, and then went to work for the Isabella County Road Commission, retiring after more than 30 years of service. He enjoyed working in his garden, his dogs, and especially his grand and great grandchildren.
     Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Betty; his daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Randy Brickner of Mt. Pleasant; two grandchildren: Kevin and Jessica Brickner, and Michelle and Allen McNier; three great grandchildren: Shannon McNier, and Owen and Korryn Brickner; three brothers: Bob Jenkins of Farwell, Delmas Jenkins and Roger and Carol Jenkins, all of Coleman; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by both parents, a brother, Ronnie Jenkins, and infant sister, Deloris, several ½ sisters and ½ brothers, and brother and sister in law, Harold and Winnifred Wagner.
     Funeral services were held on Monday, July 23, 2007 at 2 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. John Boley of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Following the funeral service, interment took place in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Friends gathered with the family on Sunday, July 22 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions in Lyle’s memory were suggested to the wishes of the family or a charity of the donor’s choice.


Richard Allen Karrick
September 20, 1943 – July 5, 2007

     Richard Allen Karrick passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2007 at his home in Lake Isabella with his wife by his side. Memorial services were held at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant on Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 11 a.m. with Mr. Wes Luckhardt and Mr. James Schneider officiating. Visitation took place on Wednesday, July 11th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Per his request, cremation has taken place.

     Rick was born on Monday, September 20, 1943 in Peoria, Illinois to Harold and Mary (Hamm) Karrick. He graduated from Dakota High in 1961. Rick moved to Clio, Michigan in 1978 where he worked for Kruger Machine and Clark Lift Equipment Company. In 1984, he moved to Mt. Pleasant where purchased Old Mission Party Store. Rick married Linda “Lynn” (McDonald) Roberts on June 24, 1989 and together they operated OMPS for 20 years until July 12, 2005, at which time the business was sold.

     Rick and Lynn were active in the community, supporting CMU sports, Union Township Little League, and as members of ABATE Region 21, and supporting Hospice of Central Michigan. After being diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma cancer in December, 2003 and then a successful stem cell transplant in November, 2004, Rick and Lynn decided to sell the business. They retired for a year and traveled extensively. Rick returned to work as a liquor and wine warehouse manager for Fabiano Brothers in September 2006. In January 2007, Rick was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Although he fought bravely and courageously, on the early morning of July 5th, the cancer consumed him after nearly six months.

     Rick’s passions were micro-brewed beers, sports, vintage automobiles, and the occasional good cigar. Rick also enjoyed Thursday nights at Mountain Town and Friday nights with Boni and Keith. Rick also enjoyed his family and friends, but he most enjoyed the business aspect of his life.

     Rick is survived by his wife Lynn, of 18 years; his mother, Mary Nichols; brother Roger (Mary Ann) Karrick; son, Bryan (Kimberly) Karrick; daughter, Brenda (Lee) Willwerth; grandchildren: Marissa and Joshua Willwerth; nephew, Christopher (Cindy) Karrick; great nieces: Nicole, Nicelle, Natasha Karrick and niece Cindy Karrick. Father and mother in law, Elton “Mac” and Betty McDonald; sister and brothers in law, Boni and Keith Thackrey; children: Lynde and RJ, Gary McDonald; children: Jason and Nick, and God-son, Collin Lau. He was preceded in death by his father and step-father, Bill Nichols.

     Memorial contributions may be made to the Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund of Isabella County, the Norval K. Morey Cancer Center, or Hospice of Central Michigan. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.

June 2007

Marion Ruth Dean
June 16, 1934 – June 21, 2007

     Marian Ruth Dean, age 91, of Alma, Michigan passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2007 at Masonic Pathways in Alma, Michigan.
     Funeral services were held on Monday, June 25, 2007 at 1 p.m.at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Melody Olin officiating. Interment followed the funeral service in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Friends gathered with the family on Monday, June 25 from 12 noon until time of the funeral service at 1:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions in Marian’s memory were suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Marian was born on Monday, May 29, 1916 in Isabella County the daughter of Henry Charles and Grace Almeda (Dennis) Ackerman. On Saturday, June 16, 1934, Marian married E. Clyde Dean in Illinois. Clyde preceded her in death in 1948. She was a lifetime area resident.
     After 25 years of service, Marian retired from Total Pipeline Company, where she was employed as a clerk. She was a member of the Desk and Derrick Club, the Women of the Moose, and enjoyed bowling, playing bingo, and going to the casino She attended her family reunions, which she enjoyed very much.
     Survivors include her son-in-law, Robert Machuta and his friend, Carol Robinson, both of Mt. Pleasant; one step-grandson, Craig and Cindy Machuta of Mt. Pleasant, and on step-great grandson, William Machuta; a brother, Robert and Jacqueline Ackerman of Clare; and a sister, Monica Bryant of Clare. She was preceded in death by her husband, both parents, a daughter, Beverly J. Machuta on March 2, 1998; three brothers: Dennis, Alton, and Ralph; and a sister, Marjorie.

 

Ronald Eugene Green
January 6, 1932 – June 10, 2007

     Ronald E. Graham, age 75 of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2007 at the Laurels of Mt. Pleasant.
     Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Helms Funeral Home with Pastor Wayne Bougham officiating. Following the services, interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Friends gathered with the family on Wednesday, June 13th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home.
     Memorial contributions were suggested to Heartland Hospice or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Ronald was born on January 6, 1932 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan the son of Orville and Olga (Shock) Graham. He married Bessie (Vasiliki Matzini) Graham in 1953 in Montreal, Canada and was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area most of his life.
Mr. Graham worked as a welder/boilermaker, rigger and worked on the oil fields for over 30 years. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force serving in Greece from 1950-1953 and was a member of American Legion Post # 110.
     He is survived by one brother Jerry (Jackie) Graham of Grand Rapids, two sisters Donna Graham of Mt. Pleasant and Bonnie Eldred of Crawfordsville, Florida; special family includes Lois Rydahl, Christopher (Cindy) Rydahl, Craig (Athina) Rydahl, Kathy Hendershot, Jane Shippee, Julie, Jeff, Marshall and Madison Livingston, Randy, Michelle, Samantha and Adam Keeler all of Mt. Pleasant and several nieces and nephews.
     Ronald was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Bessie, on June 7, 2007 and his parents.

Eugene G. Wichar
May 1, 1915 – June 9, 2007

     Eugene “Gene” G. Wichar, 92 , of Mt. Pleasant, died peacefully in his home on Saturday, June 9, 2007.
     Gene was born May 1, 1915, in Rochester, New York to Michael and Katherine Wichar. The family moved to Hamtramck when Gene was an infant.
     Gene married Mary P. Sokoluk of Hamtramck in 1936. He was a bus driver for Detroit Street Rail, retiring in 1972. The Wichars moved to Rogers City, where Gene drove a school bus for several years. They subsequently moved to Coleman, Weidman and finally Mt. Pleasant. Wherever the Wichars called home, they participated and volunteered with senior citizen groups.
Gene and Mary were married 66 years. They enjoyed traveling and toured much of the country. They were proud of their Ukrainian heritage, loved to dance, and were admired for how beautifully they danced together. Gene was a prolific artist. He enjoyed painting, drawing, sculpting and other crafts.
     Gene is survived by his sister, Stella Prybyla of Rosebush; son, Denis Wichar of Vancouver, Washington; daughter, Donna (Gary) Fuller of Mt. Pleasant; six grandchildren, Al (Robin) Wichar of Holly, Eric (Recina) Wichar of Jackson, Ken Marten of Hamtramck, Greg (Deb) Marten of Tecumseh, Jennifer (Brent) Bevan of Oregon, Jason Fuller of California; 13 great-granchildren; sister-in-law Olly Harper of Warren; and several nieces and nephews.
     Gene was preceded in death by wife Mary, son Gary, and brother Steve.
     In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the John H. Goodrow Fund, c/o St. John’s Episcopal Church, 206 West Maple, Mt. Pleasant, MI, 48858.
      Cremation has taken place. Remains will be buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Detroit following a memorial service which has not been scheduled.

Bessie Vasiliki Matzini Graham
January 12, 1930 – June 9, 2007

     Bessie Vasiliki Matzini Graham, age 77, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2007 at the Laurels of Mt. Pleasant.
     Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. at the Helms Funeral Home with Father Irenaeus Cox officiating. Following the services interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Friends may gather with the family on Friday, June 8th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Trisagion Prayers will be at 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Envelopes will be available at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Bessie was born on Sunday, January 12, 1930 in Agion, Greece. She married Ronald E. Graham in 1953 in Montreal, Canada.
     Mrs. Graham worked as a food service cashier, a salad department worker and catering for over 30 years at Central Michigan University. She was a member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Bessie enjoyed gardening, bowling and being with her family and friends.
     She is survived by her husband, Ronald E. Graham of Mt. Pleasant; her brother Dionisos Mentzinis of Agion, Greece; a sister Augestine of Greece; a niece Maria Ambel of Athens, Greece; a brother-in-law Jerry and Jackie Graham of Grand Rapids; a sister-in-law Bonnie (Monte) Eldred of Crawfordsville, Florida; a sister-in-law Donna Graham of Mt. Pleasant; special family includes Lois Rydahl, Christopher (Cindy) Rydahl, Craig (Athina) Rydahl, Kathy Hendershot, Jane Shippee, Julie, Jeff, Marshall and Madison Livingston, Randy, Michelle, Samantha and Adam Keeler all of Mt. Pleasant.
     Bessie was preceded in death by her parents.

Kenneth Edward Wilson
October 9, 1926 – June 5, 2007

     Kenneth Edward Wilson, age 80, of Auburn Hills, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     In following Kenneth's wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service at a future date and time to be announced.
     Kenneth was born on October 9, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan the son of Hugh Rudolphus and Dorothy Mae (Black) Wilson. He married Mildred Stallworth on November 8, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan.
     He lived most of his life in the Auburn Hills area. Kenneth was a pipefitter for a Heating and Cooling company and retired in 1990. He was a 40 year member of the Pipefitter’s Union. Kenneth enjoyed hunting and the outdoors.
     He is survived by his wife, Mildred; one son, Terrance Wilson of Auburn Hills, three grandchildren, Denon Kyle, Dane Kent, and Dakota Madison; three brothers, Robert Wilson, Stanley Wilson, and Reginald Wilson; one sister Gwen Jackson and several nieces and nephews.

John Howard Frederick
March 27, 1934 – June 4, 2007

     John ‘Jack’ Howard Frederick, age 73, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Monday, June 4, 2007 Spectrum Health, Butterworth Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan. John was born on Tuesday, March 27, 1934 in Crosby, Minnesota, the son of Albert Fletcher and Audrey (Blechinger) Frederick.
     Jack lived most of his life in the Mt. Pleasant area. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War. From an early age, Jack had an interest in things mechanical, learning mechanic skills from his dad, and continuing while he was in the Army, and from 1964 until his retirement in 1980, he owned and operated Specialized Auto Service in Mt. Pleasant. He enjoyed collecting and working on old tractors, gas engines, and repairing things he found in the junk yard. In his younger years, he rode motorcycles and snowmobiles. He owned a Cub Cadet tractor for many years, and enjoyed giving his children rides in a wagon behind the tractor. He enjoyed deer hunting, and was proud of the 10 point buck he got at the family farm.
     Survivors include his children: Lance Frederick of Blanchard, and Heather and Greg Robinson of Mt. Pleasant; his grandchildren: Bonnie, Kyle, and Daniel; two brothers: Don and Wilda Frederick of Naubinway, Michigan, and Dave and Jan Frederick of Paw Paw, Michigan; a sister: Joan and Stu Moses of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; and a sister-in-law: Dorotha Frederick of DeWitt, Michigan. He was preceded in death by both parents, and two brothers, Wayne and Bobby.
     It was Jack’s wishes to be cremated. A memorial service to celebrate Jack’s life was held on Sunday, July 29, 2007 at 1 p.m. at the family farm. Included in the celebration, was Jack’s favorite ice cream, home made by his friend, Don Burden.
Memorial contributions in Jack’s memory were suggested to the American Kidney Foundation.


May 2007

Nancy Ellen Ellis
May 7, 1947 – May 25, 2007

     Nancy Ellen Ellis, age 60, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Friday, May 25, 2007 at Hospice House in Lansing, Michigan
     Nancy was born on Wednesday, May 7, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of John R. and Evelyn Ida (Reich) Snurka. On Saturday, August 5, 1967, she married William ‘Bill’ Ellis at Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant. She was a resident of Mt. Pleasant since the early 1960’s, moving from Detroit.
     Nancy was a graduate of Central Michigan University with a teaching degree. She was a nursery school teacher for Zion Lutheran Pre-School for many years. She was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and helping out wherever she was needed. She enjoyed gardening, scrap booking, and especially time with her grandchildren.
     Survivors included her husband, Bill; a son, Michael Ellis and his wife Susan of Northville, Michigan; and a daughter, Sara VanderHoff and her husband Michael of Clio, Michigan; three grandchildren: Carter, Conner, and Jack. Three brothers: Robert and Nancy Snurka and Tom and Marcia Snurka, all of Colorado, and Rick and Julie Snurka of Fenton, Michigan; two aunts, Margaret Snurka of Greenbush, Michigan, and Ruth Creighton of Detroit, Michigan; and an uncle, Warren Reich of Eastpointe, Michigan. She was preceded in death by both of her parents.
     Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 11 a.m. from Zion Lutheran Church, 701 E. Maple Street, with Pastor Samuel Reith officiating. Interment followed the service in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Friends gathered with the family on Monday, May 28 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home and again on Tuesday, May 29 from 10 a.m. until time of the service at Zion Lutheran Church. The family had suggested memorial contributions in Nancy’s memory to the Zion Lutheran Church Building Fund, the Zion Lutheran Church Pre-School, or the Central Michigan Community Hospital Auxiliary.

Dorothy Maxine Berryhill
February 21, 1922 – May 14, 2007

     Dorothy Maxine Berryhill, age 85, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2007 at her home.
     Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, May 16th, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Deacon Larry Fussman officiating. Interment was at the Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Friends gathered with the family on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home. Memorials had been suggested to the Isabella County Commission on Aging. Envelopes were available at the funeral home.
     Mrs. Berryhill was born on Tuesday, February 21, 1922 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the daughter of Fird and Mary (Trimm) Price. She married John Berryhill in Mt. Pleasant on August 3, 1941; he proceeded her in death in April 1974.
Mrs. Berryhill was employed at the Mt. Pleasant Regional Center in Mt. Pleasant for 34 years as a nurse and nursing supervisor. She enjoyed golf and bowling.
     Dorothy is survived by her son Robert (LuAnn) Berryhill of Mt. Pleasant and one sister Joyce Cook of Alpena, Michigan. She had eleven grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, John; both parents; two sons, Pat and Gary Berryhill; one daughter, Karen Berryhill Earl; three brothers Therman, Harry and Bob Price; and two sisters Helen and Marcille.

LAWRENCE EARL SHANAVER
April 12, 1946 – May 9, 2007


     Lawrence (Uncle Larry) Earl Shanaver, age 61, of Weidman, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at his home.
Services were held on Friday, May 11, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at The Potter’s House Family Worship Center, 5346 E. Deerfield Rd., Mt. Pleasant, MI. with Pastor Ron Ives officiating.
     Friends gathered with the family on Friday May 11, 2007 from 11:00 a.m. to the time of service at The Potter’s House Family Worship Center. Memorial Contributions had been suggested to the family to help with expenses. Envelopes are available at the church and Helms Funeral Home.
     Larry was born on April 12, 1946 in Wyandotte, Michigan to Harry and Rose (Alexander) Shanaver.
     He was married to Helen (Welch) on December 11, 1992 in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Larry had lived in the Weidman area for 20 years and owned and operated Shanaver, Inc. working as a roofer. He was a member of the North American Hunting Club and the Bass Pro Club. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
     He is survived by his wife Helen of Weidman, his children, Jim (Janet) Shanaver of Taylor, MI, Steve (Sharon) Shanaver of Oil City, MI, Sherry (Jason) Stewart of Ypsilanti, MI., Thomas (Lorena) Morden of Weidman, MI, Treasa (Gilberto) Villanueva of Naples, FL, Ron (Beth) Shanaver of Detroit, MI, Rob Morden and his fiancé Stephanie of Weidman, MI, and Jonanthon Shanaver, MI., his sister Pam (Al) Moore of Mt. Pleasant, MI. He had 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Roderick “Rick” William MacLeod
November 4, 1958 – May 8, 2007

     Roderick “Rick” William MacLeod, age 48, of Grand Rapids, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, May 8, 2007 in Grand Rapids. A private funeral for the family was held at Helms Funeral Home.
     Rick was born on November 4, 1958 in Detroit Michigan to Roderick and Laura (Gregory) MacLeod. He worked for 8 years as a laborer for a Food Supplier. He served in the Army as a private from 1977 to 1978 when he was honorably discharged.
     Rick is survived by his mother Laura (Russell) Bolitho of Weidman, his sister Kathy (Sander) Kushmer of Suttons Bay, nieces Michelle and Ashley and nephew T.J.

April 2007

Thomas Edward Giesken
September 13, 1948 – April 17, 2007

     Thomas Edward Giesken, age 58 of Alma, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at his home in Alma. He was a loving Father and Grandfather and a friend to all.
     A Memorial/Motorcycle run was held on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Island Park, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     Memorial contributions were suggested to the Gratiot Area Hospice. Envelopes were available at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.
     Tom was born on Monday, September 13, 1948 in Alma, the son of Rudolph and Mary Elizabeth (Mull) Giesken. He was a lifetime resident of Alma. Tom served in Vietnam. He worked at Lobdell/Oxford for 38 years and Lear for 2 years. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 1454 in Alma, a member of the St. Louis Moose Lodge, and ABATE Region # 10 and # 21. Tom had a Vietnam jeep with signatures of over 2,000 veterans on it that he took to local parades.
     Survivors include his daughter Michele and Randy Keeler of Mt. Pleasant, two grandchildren Samantha and Adam and two sisters Patricia Nagel and Susan Fitzpatrick. He was preceded in death by both parents and a brother, Donny Giesken

Robert James Gorby
November 2, 1954 - April 13, 2007

     Robert James Gorby, age 52, of, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Friday, April 13, 2007 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     Bob was born on Tuesday, November 2, 1954 in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Argil P. and Dorothy Ann (Bowie) Gorby. He was a lifetime area resident.
     Bob was a licensed private pilot for many years. He was a member of the Central Michigan Ham Radio Club, a Spotter on Skywatch, the Central Michigan Severe Weather Watch, a member of the Alma Pilots Association, the Clare Airport Pilots Association, a member and chapter secretary of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 907, and a member of the National Experimental Aircraft Association. He was on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Aviation Association, which is the sponsor of the Michigan Air Tour, of which Bob was an active participant. He was a past assistant manager of the Clare Airport for several years, and was currently the Mt. Pleasant Airport Fuel Specialist for over 10 years. Memorial contributions have been suggested to one of the groups that Bob was a member of. Contributions may be sent in Bob’s memory to Bill Cain, 210 Court Street, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48858. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home and at the Mt. Pleasant Airport, care of John Benzinger at mopairport@hotmail.com.
     Survivors include his grandmother, Mary Gorby of Mt. Pleasant; two sisters: Kathy Gyarmati of Brownstown, Michigan and Ruth and Glenn Novak of Chesterfield, Michigan; a niece, Lisa and Benjamin Barrett of Monroe, Michigan; aunts, uncles, and cousins, and many friends. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Argil and Dorothy.
     A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 3 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Airport, 5453 E. Airport Road, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan


Jon Clifford Marsac
March 4, 1957 – April 12, 2007

     Jon Clifford Marsac, age 50, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2007 at his home.
     Jon was born on Monday, March 4, 1957 in Pontiac, Michigan, the son of Clifford and Elsie (Miller) Marsac. On November 17, 2000, he married Diane Mock in Mt. Pleasant. Jon was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant and Farwell area most of his life.
     Jon was member of the Bible Baptist Church in Rosebush, where he served as song leader and sang many solos. He worked with Amazing Grace Missions helping others. Jon enjoyed reading, collecting books and records, and loved his dog, Buck. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and had been an employee of the McBride Quality Care working as a direct care worker.
     Survivors include his wife, Diane; children: Jennifer and Aron Wuelfing of Alma, Jeremy and Annika Marsac of Germany, Chad Mindel of Mt. Pleasant, Adam and Sheena Hill of Mt. Pleasant, and Wendy and Bill Teeter of Clare; grandchildren: Katie, Benjamin, Samantha, Isaiah, Josiah, Joseph, Calder, and Brandon; brothers: Joseph and Maria Marsac of California, Dave and Jeannie Marsac of Delton, Michigan, and Neil and Verda Marsac of Billings, Montana; and sister: Yvonne Marsac of Flint, Michigan. Jon was preceded in death by his parents, and a step son, Larry ‘Lovey’.
     Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at 2 p.m. from the Bible Baptist Church, 3890 E. Rosebush Road, Rosebush, Michigan, with Pastor Jesse Boge officiating. Interment followed the funeral service in Cherry Grove Cemetery, Clare, Michigan. Friends gathered with the family on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until time of the service at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions were suggested the family to help with expenses.


Beverly Gertrude Parker
September 5, 1936 – April 9, 2070

     Beverly Gertrude Parker, age 70, of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Monday, April 9, 2007 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant.
     Beverly was born on Saturday, September 5, 1936, the daughter of John and Gertrude (Varney) Lootens. She married Charles Parker in July 1953 in Cass City, Michigan. Beverly lived in Cass City for most of her life until 1974, when she moved to Mt. Pleasant. She was a welder for Evans Products in Gage Town, and was a homemaker after she moved to Mt. Pleasant.
     Survivors include three children, David (Rachel), John, and Quentin Parker, all of Mt. Pleasant; five grandchildren, David J. Parker, Jr., Danielle Parker, Christina Michelle Mae Parker, Donovan Robert Chaffee, and Jacob David J. Parker; her sisters Marie Nichols and Leona (Eldon) Knight of Shepherd, Sonja Nichols, Pattie (Bob) Tupper, and Joan Moore, of Mt. Pleasant; her brother Henry (Dorothy) Lootens of Lake Odessa, MI; her good friend and family Pat Vinton of Mt. Pleasant; and many nieces and nephews. Beverly was preceded in death by her husband Charles; a daughter, Jean; a sister, Joyce Mallay; a brother, Jerry Lootens, and both parents.
     Funeral services were held on Friday, April 13, 2007 at 3:00 PM at Central Michigan Free Methodist Church Pastor Richard Fulkerson officiating. Interment followed the service in Woodland Cemetery, Rosebush, Michigan. Friends gathered with the family at Central Michigan Free Methodist Church on Thursday, April 12, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on Friday, April 13, from 12 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions were suggested to the needs of the family.


Douglas VanderPloeg
August 5, 1953 – April 8, 2007

      Douglas VanderPloeg, age 53, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2007 at Central Michigan Community Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer with his wife Cindy at his side.
     A gathering of friends took place on Saturday, April 14, 2007 from 1-3 p.m. with a memorial service at 2 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Dr. Pamela Gray officiating. Following Doug’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family had suggested memorials in Doug’s memory be made to H.A.T.S. or to Community Cancer services.
     Doug was born on Wednesday, August 5, 1953 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Jack and Phyllis Josephine (Lotterman) VanderPloeg. On Saturday, May 18, 2002, he married Cynthia V. Deuel Neal at Canadian Lakes. Doug was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since 1996, he lived at Canadian Lakes and Mt. Pleasant. He was a 21 year veteran of the United States Navy, where he served as an electrician. He served on nuclear submarines on missions that were classified by the Navy. He and Cindy are owners of the Mole Hole in Mt. Pleasant. Doug enjoyed raising Rottweiler dogs, and swimming in the lake. He taught a computer class at Canadian Lakes, which is where he met his wife, Cindy, and was very good at computer repairs. He was a member of the Canadian Lakes Marine Patrol. For the past two years, he worked at Helms Funeral Home. Doug enjoyed gadgets, and if you wanted to know something, all you had to do was ask him, and he would consult his Palm Pilot, where he most likely had the answer you needed.
     Survivors include his wife Cindy, a brother, Dan and his wife Arlene of Grand Rapids, and a sister Dawn, along with several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many friends. He is also survived by his and Cindy’s four dogs, which Doug called the grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Damon, in 1988, and both parents.

Mary Lou Wilcox
October 23, 1940 – April 8, 2007


     Mary Lou Wilcox. age 66. of Shepherd, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2007 at the Gratiot Medical Center, Alma, Michigan.
     Mary was born on Wednesday, October 23, 1940, in Trufant, Michigan, the daughter of Pablo and Sarah (Alday) Rodriquez. She married Gerald Wilcox in July 1959. She was a lifetime resident of the Mt. Pleasant and Shepherd area. Mary was a homemaker.
     Mary is survived by her children, Gerald Eugene Wilcox of Mt. Pleasant, Carla DuPree of Shepherd, Ronald (Karen) Wilcox of Mt. Pleasant, and a step-daughter, Sandra Dunn of Missouri. She was also survived by her grandchildren, Ashley, Mary, Katie, Sara, Christopher “Bucky” and several step grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald, in June 1999, both of her parents, two brothers and one sister
     Funeral Services were held on Friday, April 13, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. from Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor James Reamsma officiating. Interment followed the service in Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Friends gathered with the family at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant on Friday, April 13, from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Commission on Aging.


Pastor William Francis Foldesi
August 11, 1952 – April 7, 2007

     Pastor William Francis Foldesi, age 54, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, April 7, 2007 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant.
     Pastor Bill was born on Monday, August 11, 1952 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the son of Julius S. and Imogene Mary (Walker) Foldesi. On Friday, December 10, 1976, he married Deborah Weston in Mt. Pleasant. He was a lifetime area resident.
Pastor Bill was a United Methodist Minister, serving many churches in the area. He was currently appointed to the North Star United Methodist Church, the Pompeii United Methodist Church, the Perrinton United Methodist Church, and the Middleton United Methodist Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and his collection of ducks and pigs. Most importantly he loved spending time with his family.
     Survivors of Pastor Bill include his wife, Deborah, and his son, Andrew. He was also survived by two brothers, Robert (Nancy) Foldesi and James (Shari) Foldesi both of California; two sisters, Sally Weide of Grand Rapids and Susan (Peter) Bierschbach of Midland; a brother-in-law, Dennis Schafer, a sister-in-law, Denise Noyes, and numerous nieces and nephews. Pastor Bill was preceded in death by both of his parents, his mother and father-in-law, Kenneth and Shirley Weston, his sister-in-law, Donna, and his brothers-in-law, Rick and Dale
     Funeral Services were held on Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 11 a.m. from the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant with Dr. William D. Dobbs, Rev. John Boley, and Rev. Melody Olin officiating. Interment followed the funeral service in Coomer Cemetery, Isabella County, Michigan. Friends gathered with the family at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, April 10 from 6-8 p.m., on Wednesday, April 11 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and on Thursday, April 12 from 10 a.m. until service time at the First United Methodist Church. The family suggested memorial contributions in Pastor Bill’s memory be made to a church of the donor’s choice, or to the Neurofibromatosis Foundation.


Colleen A. Barnett
April 8, 1926 – April 3, 2007


     Colleen A. Barnett, age 80, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, April 03, 2007 at Tendercare Mt. Pleasant.     
     Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 7, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, with Rev. Natalia Walsh of the Living Word Church of Midland officiating. Interment followed the service in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, beside her husband, Newt. Friends gathered with the family on Friday, April 6 from 5-8 p.m. and again on Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. until service time.
     Memorial contributions were suggested to the Perry W. Barnett Welding Scholarship Fund, Paul D. Camp Community College, 100 N. College Drive, Franklin, Virginia 23851
     Colleen was born on April 8, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of William L. and Mabel (Cook) Masterson. She married Newton E. Barnett on June 21, 1947. Newt preceded her in death on February 2, 2002. She was a resident of Mt. Pleasant for many years, and was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and was known for her generosity and compassion for others in the community. The family would like to thank the staff at Tendercare and her special friends, Bernice and Pat.
     Colleen was survived by her niece, Laura (Tim) Corcoran and their son, Craig; grandchildren: Jenniffer, Aleise, Max and Zek Barnett, plus many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Newt on February 2, 2002, her son Perry on March 7, 2007, her son Paul on March 2, 2003. She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers: Raymond, Gilbert, Walter and Emmett Masterson, and two sisters, Audrey Albin and Arline Masterson.

March 2007

Hazel Marie Gibson
July 11, 1925 – March 17, 2007

     Hazel Marie Gibson, age 81, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2007 at Country Place Senior Center, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     Private memorial services will be held for the family at a later time.
     The family has suggested memorial contributions in Hazel’s memory to Hospice of Central Michigan. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.
     Hazel was born on Saturday, July 11, 1925 in Mesick, Michigan, the daughter of Leslie and Lily Daisey (Parker) Stearns. She married Leslie Gibson, who preceded her in death. For twenty years, Hazel was employed as a caretaker at the Mt. Pleasant Regional Center. She enjoyed reading and playing cards.
     Survivors include her children: David Sniff of Oceanside, California, Marvin Sniff of Escanaba, Michigan, Kathleen and Glen Matis of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Janice Bauman of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; three grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a sister, Jessie Krause of Okemos, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie, both parents, two brothers, one sister, and a grandson, Michael Dougherty.


Ardath E. Maxon
April 21, 1914—March 15, 2007

     Ardath E. Maxon, 93, died Thursday, March 15, 2007 in Mt Pleasant. She was born in Rupert, Idaho on Tuesday, April 21, 1914 and came to the Mt Pleasant area as a small child.
     She married Thomas H. Maxon on February 11, 1937 and they spent 57 happy years together. On Tom’s retirement from the Detroit Police Department they returned to Mt Pleasant and built a home in Deerfield Township where they resided fifteen years until Tom’s death in 1994. She remained in their home for another seven years until relocating to Maplewood, Assisted Living. Ardath loved the woods and rural living in Deerfield and was devoted to her family and friends. In her later years she enjoyed visiting with CMU students and was known as an interesting authority on local history.
     Ardath is survived by her son, Brent P. Maxon, (Jeanne); her grandchildren, Dawn E. Maxon (Anthony Grabowski) and Brent P. Maxon, Jr. (Michelle). She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Eric T. Maxon, Jason M. Maxon, and Alexander J. Grabowski.
     Visitation was held at Helms Funeral Home in Mt Pleasant on Sunday, March 18th, from 3 to 6 p.m., followed by memorial services at 6 p.m. with Rev. Melody Olin of the Winn United Methodist Church officiating. Interment took place in Broomfield Township Cemetery, Isabella County, Michigan. Memorial contributions were suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan in lieu of flowers.


John Christopher Yount
April 11, 1962—March 9, 2007

     John Christopher Young, age 44, of Amelia, Ohio, died unexpectedly on Friday, March 9, 2007 in Cincinnati, Ohio after a brief illness.
     John was born on Wednesday, April 11, 1962 at Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Oscoda, Michigan. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School. He understood the importance that computers were going to play in our future, and pursued further education at Devry University of Columbus, Ohio.
     After receiving his Bachelor’s degree, he worked in the legal and insurance industry. He was a loyal, hardworking and dependable employee. For the last fourteen years, he worked with the same people as the business had been reorganized, relocated or purchased three times from Columbus, Ohio to Louisville, Kentucky, and finally to Cincinnati, Ohio.
     John very much enjoyed time with his friends. He enjoyed gambling and bowling. He enjoyed puzzles, such as the rubix cube, which he could do with ease. He enjoyed working with his hands. Upon relocating to Cincinnati, he had purchased his first home, an accomplishment of which he was immensely proud. He also collected comic books and baseball cards.
     John always had aquariums as an adult and at the time of his death, he had two very large tanks of beautiful fish. Whatever John did, he did seriously and methodically within his means and on his terms. He was a kind and decent man.
     John is survived by his parents, Charles and Eunice Yount of Mt. Pleasant; brothers, Charles Yount, Jr. of Flint, Michigan, Michael Yount of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and Joseph Yount of Ann Arbor, Michigan; sister, Diana Yount of Lansing, Michigan. Nieces, Sonya, Amber, Crystal, Amanda, Allison, and Megan Yount. John spent many hours entertaining his niece’s playing cards and board games. John’s godparents are Betty Lutz and Alice Eschenbacher, both of Bay City, Michigan. John had many aunts, uncles, cousins, and more friends than can be listed.
     The family would like to thank the staff at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio Neuro-Intensive Care Unit and the kind people at Western and Southern Life Insurance Company for their generosity and support during this difficult time.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Samuel Reith officiating. Interment took place in Memorial Gardens, Mt. Pleasant following the funeral service. A luncheon followed at the church.
     Memorial contributions were suggested to Good Samaritan Hospital, Neuro-Intensive Care Unit, 375 Dixmyth Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220.

Dale L. Joslin
June 6, 1928 - March 05, 2007

     Dale L. Joslin, age 78, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Monday, March 05, 2007 at Tendercare of Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     Funeral services were held on Friday, March 9, 2007 at 11 a.m. from the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. John Boley officiating. Interment followed the service in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.
     Friends gathered with the family on Wednesday, March 7 from 6-8 p.m. and on Thursday, March 8 from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home and again on Friday, March 9 from 10 a.m. until service time at the First United Methodist Church.
     The family suggested memorial contributions in Dale memory to the First Untied Methodist Church or Hospice of Central Michigan.
     Dale was born on Wednesday, June 6, 1928 in Clare, Michigan, the son of Roy E. and Mamie (Schlafley) Joslin. He married the former Janet Sills on June 21, 1947 in Clare. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June. Dale was a resident of Mt. Pleasant since 1955. Dale was a plumber and co-owner of Mid-State Plumbing for 50 years. He was a member of the Plumber’s Union Local #85 in Saginaw. Memberships included the Elks Club in Naples, Florida, the Mt. Pleasant Moose Lodge, the Wabon Masonic Lodge #305 F&AM in Mt. Pleasant, and the Vacation Wonderland Shriners. He was a big supporter of the CMU Chippewa Club and CMU sports. Dale enjoyed spending winters and walking on the beach with Janet in Naples, Florida.
     Survivors include his wife, Janet; three children: Judy and H. Thomas Berryman of Battle Creek, Michigan, Diane Joslin-Gould and Dan Gould of Bath, Michigan, and Andrew and Merry Joslin of Rocklin, California; grandchildren: Kim Martin, Emily Kahn, Sean Kubik, Sam Joslin, Joe Joslin, Chelsea Gould, Ariel Gould, Stephanie Alsaro, Megan Berryman, Amelia Hall, and Eva Vicari; a brother, James Joslin of Mt. Pleasant; along with many loving nieces and nephews.
     Dale was preceded in death be his parents, and three brothers: Leo, Neal and Rex Joslin.

February 2007

Richard Anthony Tilmann, Jr.
September 18, 1943 - February 12, 2007

      Richard Anthony Tilmann, Jr., age 63, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2007 in Mt. Pleasant.
     A celebration of Richard’s life will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2007 at the Ziibiwing Cultural Center, 6650 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, (phone 989-775-4750) beginning with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments served at a reception from 5-6 p.m., followed by a tribute to Richard’s life, with a dinner for friends and relatives following the tribute.
     Friends wishing to remember Richard with a memorial contribution have been asked to consider Hospice of Central Michigan or HATS (Humane Animal Treatment Society). Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.
     Richard was born on Saturday, September 18, 1943 in Shreveport, Louisiana, the son of Richard Anthony and Dorothy Alice (Kroll) Tilmann. He married Catherine A. (Habes) Ford on July 27, 1996 in Mt. Pleasant. Richard was a resident of the area since 1967. A man of many talents, Richard retired from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe where he was employed for 15 years, retiring as the Business Development Director. He taught at the college level at Northwood Institute and at Central Michigan University in the IT Department. Richard was likely the first person in Mt. Pleasant to own a personal computer. He enjoyed ‘playing’ with the many computers he had at home. He enjoyed working with Linux, and wrote his own computer language called Data Basic, and owned and operated a company in downtown Mt. Pleasant called Data Basic. When he taught computer classes at CMU, he was on the leading edge of computer technology. Richard enjoyed science fiction, painting, playing poker, and had continually evolving interests and hobbies. He was a very eclectic man.
     Survivors include his wife, Cathy; a daughter Gwynn Stangle Tilmann and her fiancé Bradley Holley of Mt. Pleasant; his mother, Dorothy Tilmann of Elkhart, Indiana; three brothers, Barry and Marci Tilmann of Safety Harbor, Florida, Steve Tilmann and his wife Adrian Bass of Charlotte, Michigan, and Doug and Betty Tilmann of Elkhart, Indiana; sister, Sherry and (James) Hood of Jackson, Michigan; brother-in-law, Bob and Cathy Habes of St. Charles, Illinois, and John J. Habes and Kathy Buckland of Glenview, Illinois, his dear and trusted friend, Sharon Tilmann of Mt. Pleasant, and extended family, Dave, Patty, Vicki, and Stephen Krcmarik and Loretta Judge Ruby, all of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard (Dick) Tilmann.


Glenn D. Scott
May 28, 1908 - February 9, 2007


     Glenn D. Scott, age 98, of Alma, Michigan, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Friday February 9, 2007 at the Masonic Pathways of Alma, Michigan
     Funeral services were held on Tuesday February 13, 2007 at 1 p.m. from the First Church of the Nazarene in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. John O’Brecht officiating. Interment followed in Union Cemetery, Winn, Michigan, beside his wife.
     Friends gathered with the family on Monday, February 12 from 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home and again on Tuesday, February 13 from 12 noon until service time.
     Memorial contributions were suggested to the First Church of the Nazarene or Community Cancer Services in Glenn’s memory. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Glenn was born on Thursday, May 28, 1908 in Weidman, Michigan the son of Adam D. and Winnifred (Drallette) Scott. He married Beulah Lint in Edmore, Michigan April 6, 1935. She preceded him in death November 26, 1990. Glenn was a resident of Isabella County most of his life, moving to Alma in 1997. He managed a hardware store in Weidman from 1930-1945. Glenn & Beulah started a farm equipment store in Mt. Pleasant in 1935 and a hardware store in 1939. They sold the farm equipment store in 1953. In 1959 they purchased Mt. Pleasant Hardware and Furniture and sold it and retired in 1970. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and First Church of the Nazarene.
     Survivors include his daughter Rita (Mel) Laska of Williamsburg, VA, a grandson Lee Laska of Williamsburg, VA, two granddaughters Andrea Laska Tsueda of Louisville, KY and Kara Jean Ingram of Chicago, IL, three great grandchildren Jace Abbott Laska, Kayleigh Jeanette Laska and Katelyn Marie Tsueda. He was preceded in death by his wife Beulah Lint Scott, daughter Jeanette Scott Ingram and sister Geneieve Gingery.

 

Pauline P. Nixon
August 1, 1907—February 8, 2007

     Pauline P. Nixon, age 99, of Durand, Michigan, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2007 at the Durand Convalescent Center, Durand, Michigan. Pauline was born on Thursday, August 1, 1907 in Evart, Michigan, the daughter of Charles Roe and Lillian (Armstrong) Huffman. In 1925, she married Jacob Nixon in Mt. Pleasant. Jacob preceded Pauline in death in 1984.
     Pauline was a member of the First Church of Christ in Mt. Pleasant, where she was very active in church activities and with the women’s circles at the church. She was a resident of Mt. Pleasant most of her life, moving to Durand in 2001.
     Survivors include her three children, Norman and Shirley Nixon of Yuma, Arizona, Gerlene Selix of Madison Heights, Michigan, and Joyce Nixon of Cheraw, South Carolina; eight grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; and six great great grandchildren. Pauline was preceded in death by her husband; both parents; a daughter, Bertina in 1933; her brother, George Huffman in 2001; and a daughter-in-law, Marilyn.
     Funeral services were held on Monday, February 12, 2007 from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Mr. Jeff Gritton of the First Church of Christ officiating. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, beside her husband, Jacob. The family gathered with friends at the funeral home on Sunday, February 11 from 2-4 and again on Monday, February 12 from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions were suggested to the First Church of Christ in Pauline’s memory.

 

January 2007


Edith Mae Bushong Koval McPhall
May 10, 1930 - January 22, 2007


     Edith Mae Bushong Koval McPhall, age 76, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, found peace on Monday, January 22, 2007, and has gone to celebrate life with her family who have gone before her to light her path, her husbands, John J. Koval and Otis L. McPhall, parents, Harvey and Edith (McClain) Bushong, brothers, Elmer, Burton, Lloyd, Donnie, and Earl, and sisters, Marvel, Gladys, and Marie.
     Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Dr. Joseph Frankenfield officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant beside her husband.
     Friends may gather with the family on Wednesday, January 24 from 2-4 and 6-8 and on Thursday, January 25 from 9 a.m. until time of the service.
     Memorial contributions have been suggested to the needs of the family. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Edith was born on Saturday, May 10, 1930, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the daughter of Harvey and Edith (McClain) Bushong. She was a life long Mt. Pleasant resident. Edith was a home maker who belonged to the Mt. Pleasant Moose Lodge, and the Black Creek Conservation Club. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She enjoyed playing bingo, bowling, and especially watching her children and grandchildren with their activities.
     She is survived by her four children, Benita and the late Roger Host of Mt. Pleasant, Rick Koval of Shepherd, Brenda and Ken Bullard of Mt. Pleasant, and Cristy and Jerad Hart of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren: Robin Bullard, David and Jennifer Bullard, Jammie and Jamie Gulick, Derrick Andress, Kyler McPhall, Brendan Hart, Riki and Justin Jordan, and Tony Koval; great grandchildren: Conner and Cameron Gulick and Devon and Khaila Bullard.
     As you sit upon your angel’s wing, remember you were loved and will be missed dearly. Good bye, Mom.

Cindy Mae Thrush
February 29, 1976 - January 18, 2007

     Cindy Mae Thrush, age 30, of Winn, Michigan passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2007 surrounded by her family and friends, after a courageous battle with cancer, at her home in Winn
     Funeral service will be held on Tuesday January 23, 2007 at 11 a.m. at Helms Funeral Home, with Joseph Frankenfield officiating. Interment will follow in Broomfield Township Cemetery, beside her parents.
     The family has suggested memorial contributions be made to the needs of the family. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Friends may gather with the family on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home.
     Cindy was born on February 29, 1976 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan to Howard Thrush, Jr. and Ethel (Seymour) Thrush.
     Cindy attended Shepherd public schools. Cindy lit up a room when she walked in just with her smile. She enjoyed puzzles reading, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all.
     Cindy is survived by a brother Daniel Thrush of Winn, and one sister, Michelle (Thomas) Baker of Winn. She is also survived by three nieces: Jessica Wadle, Danielle Thrush both of Mt. Pleasant and Tiffany Baker of Winn; two nephews, Jim and Thomas Baker both of Winn, along with many extended family and friends and her dogs Squirt and Queenie.
     She was preceded in death by both of her parents, Howard in 1986 and Ethel in 1994.
     A very special thank you to Cindy’s friend Lucy who helped take care of her and to Hospice of Central Michigan.

Harry M. Kornexl
June 16, 1927 - January 18, 2007

     Harry M. Kornexl, age 79, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on January 18, 2007 at The Wooden Rocker Mt. Pleasant.
     Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 AM Monday January 22, 2007 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Father Thomas McNamara officiating. Interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery Mt. Pleasant.
     Friends may gather with the family at Helms Funeral Home Mt. Pleasant, on Saturday January 20, 2007 from 6-8 PM, and Sunday January 21 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM with a Vigil service at 7 PM and Monday January 22 from 9 AM until time of service at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
     The family has suggested memorial contributions to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or Hospice of Central Michigan. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     He was born on June 16, 1927 in Beal City, Michigan the son of Mathias & Anna (Hartel) Kornexl. He married Rose Nartker Nov. 6, 1948 in Shepherd, Michigan. He was a life long residence of Isabella County. Harry was a press operator and repair engineer for Ferro Mfg. Mt. Pleasant, MI. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Moose Lodge of Mt. Pleasant. He enjoyed his grandchildren and their activities, fishing and traveling.
     Harry is survived by his wife Rose, two sons Brian (Sue) Kornexl of Huntington, Indiana, Dale (Maryann) Kornexl of Shepherd, two daughters Brenda (William) Lipar of Lake Isabella, Sheila (Michael) of Shepherd; eleven grandchildren, two sisters Rose Lane of Florida, Shirley (Don) Rhead of Drummond Island, Michigan.
     He was preceded in death by four brothers Andrew, Edward, John and Matt Kornexl and two sisters Anna Kornexl, and Agnes Giddings.

Arthur John Norton
July 30, 1929 - January 15, 2007


     Arthur John Norton, age 77, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Monday, January 15, 2007 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant.
     Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 19, 2007 at 12 noon from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Mr. Jerry Sill officiating. Interment of the cremated remains will take place in Memorial Gardens and at his hunting cabin in the Upper Peninsula.
     Friends may gather with the family on Friday, January 19 from 10 a.m. until service time at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Arthur was born on Tuesday, July 30, 1929 in Niles, Michigan the son of Jason K. and Minnie (Harper) Norton. He married Elizabeth (Betty) Straka on January 29, 1962. He has been a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area for over 50 years. Art owned and operated Art’s Garage for over 40 years working as a mechanic and painter. He was a member of the Moose Lodge. His true passion was deer hunting at his cabin in the Upper Peninsula, and also enjoyed fishing. He served in the US Air Force for a year and a half from 1948.
     Arthur is survived by his children: Kathy (Ken) Priest of Shepherd, Mike Brumley of Mt. Pleasant, Arthur Norton, Jr. and his friend Marilyn Babrowski of Tampico, IL, Mary Jo Moyer and her friend Harold Boyd of Rock Island, IL, Linda and Duane Merritt of Dubuque, IA, Cathy and Dick Jones of Silvis, IL, Randy and Kelly Norton of Mt. Pleasant, and Charles and Abby Hanna of Rapid City, IL; 20 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; a brother: Arland Norton of Midland, MI and sisters, Mary and Bruce Tigner of Coleman, MI and Mrs. Sherman Griswold (Janet) of Midland, MI, several nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Martha Norton and second wife Betty Norton; and by his brothers: William Norton and James Norton.

Ms. Sandra Kay Taylor Maybee
November, 22, 1943 - January 13, 2007

     Ms. Sandra Kay Taylor Maybee, age 63, of Midland, Michigan passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at Brian’s House in Bay City, Michigan.
     Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 12 noon at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. With Rev. John Boley officiating.
     Friends may gather with the family on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon.
     The family has suggested memorial contributions to Pardee Cancer Fund or Brian’s House. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Sandra was born on Monday, November, 22, 1943 the daughter of John F. and Evalyn (Edmonds) Pearsall. She worked as a Caregiver for ARC of Midland for nine years. Shge enjoyed sewing, knitting, arts & crafts. And was very talented with arts & crafts
     Sandra is survived by her children: Terresa (Michael) Bell of Clawson, MI, and Robert (Beckey) Maybee of Cadillac, MI; grandchildren: Molly Bell, Marcus Bell, Michael Bell, Jr., and Matthew Bell; sisters:Tomiko Pearshall of Mt. Pleasant, MI, Eleanor Quinlan of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Virginia (Fred) McQuaid of Mt. Pleasant, MI, and Racilla “Rusty” Ryon of Midland, MI.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother Gordon Pearsall

Mary G. Watson
April 16, 1912 - January 13, 2007

     Mary G. Watson, age 94, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on January 13, 2007 at Tendercare Mt. Pleasant.
     Funeral services were held on Tuesday January 16, 2007 at 1:00 PM at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Samuel Reith officiating, Interment follows at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.
     Friends gathered with the family on Monday January 15, 2007 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home.
     The family suggested memorial contributions to Zion Lutheran Church, Hospice of Central Michigan and Isabella County Commission on Aging. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Mary was born on April 16, 1912 in Seville Twp. Perry County, Pennsylvania the daughter of Daniel W. and Emma (Bixler) Lesh. She married Gerald Fleet Watson on November 25, 1936 in Millerstown, Pennsylvania. She has been a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area since 1940. Mary worked as a check writer for the Treasury Dept. in Harrisburg, PA, Prior to her marriage and as a secretary for CMU. And was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Mary enjoyed traveling, getting together with friends, gardening and her home life.
     Mary is survived by one son Gerald Watson of Mt. Pleasant, one daughter Cecelia Askegard of DeWitt, MI. 3 grandchildren Scott Askegard, Cherie Lyn Sussman, Marci Lee DeWitt and 6 great grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years Gerald F. Watson, 3 brothers and 1 sister.

Thelma Arnetta Vernon
January 2, 1909 - January 4, 2007


     Thelma Arnetta Vernon, age 98, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away Thursday, January 4, 2007 at her home with her family.
     Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 2 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Mr. Ivan Odor of First Church of Christ officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery beside her husband.
     Friends may gather with the family on Friday, January 5 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
     Memorial contributions have been suggested to the First Church of Christ or Hospice of Central Michigan. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Thelma was born on Saturday, January 2, 1909 in Elm Hall, Michigan, the daughter of Albert Mitchell and Amanda Mabel (Smith) Schafer. In November 1928, she married Burwell Nelson Vernon in Edmore, Michigan. He preceded her in death on January 15, 1992. Since 1937, she was a resident of Mt. Pleasant. Thelma was a home maker and a member of the First Church of Christ in Mt. Pleasant. She enjoyed spending time with her family and enjoyed tatting, crocheting, and knitting.
     Survivors include her sons, Raymond and Hilde, and Larry G., all of Mt. Pleasant; four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
     Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, both parents, three sisters, and two grandchildren, Deborah Loop and Jeffrey Vernon.

December 2006

Beverly Ruth Cotter
March 10, 1942 - December 22, 2006

     Beverly Ruth Cotter, age 64, of Weidman, Michigan, passed away on Friday, December 22, 2006 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     Beverly was born on Tuesday, March 10, 1942 in Nottawa Township, Isabella County, Michigan, the daughter of Earl and Jeanette Velma (Jackson) Watson. On July 13, 1963, she married Ronald William Cotter at Sacred Heart Church in Mt. Pleasant.
     Bev was a lifetime area resident, a home maker, and a member of St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church in Beal City, also a member of the Clare Moose Lodge, and the Clare Eagles. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and making crafts.
     Survivors include her husband, Ronald, three children: Lynn Anne Cotter, Timothy William Cotter, and Mary Eileen Cotter, all of Weidman; a granddaughter, Eileen Marie Cotter; a brother, Ronnie Nile Watson of Mt. Pleasant; two sisters, Penny Lou and Nick Lezan of Saginaw, and Rhonda Eileen and Dan Goodall of Coleman. Bev was preceded in death by her parents, twin daughters, Jean and Joan Cotter in 1966, and a brother, Darrel Lee Watson.
     Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 27 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Fr. Thomas McNamara of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church officiating. Following Bev’s wishes, cremation will take place after the funeral service, with interment of the cremated remains in Calvary Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.
     Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Joseph the Worker School or Central Michigan Home Health Care. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


John Ernest Moerlins
June 18, 1921 - December 20, 2006


     John Ernest Moerlins, age 85, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant.
     Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 22, 2006 at 1 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. John Boley of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Cremation will follow the funeral service, with burial of the cremated remains in Memorial Gardens Cemetery with John’s wife, Lois.
     Friends may gather with the family on Thursday, December 21 from 6-8 p.m.
     Memorial contributions have been suggested to the First United Methodist Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     John was born on Saturday, June 18, 1921 in Detroit, Michigan the son of Charles and Ellen (McDate) Moerlins. In November of 1944, John married Lois Fontaine in Detroit. Lois passed away on August 14, 1987. John was a resident of the area since 1960. He was employed as a Hydraulics Technician for Holley Carburetor for 31 years. He then worked for 10 years for the CMU Grounds Crew, and worked part time for Krogers for 10 more years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the VFW, and enjoyed traveling, working part time, and caring for his home. John was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force, serving with the rank of Staff Sergeant from 1942 to 1945.
     John is survived by his children: Elizabeth and David Miller of Mt. Pleasant, Michael and Emily Moerlins of Alma, and John Ernest and Deborah Moerlins, Jr. of Tallahassee, Florida; six grandchildren: Monica and Tom Darga, Christian and Jeff Kennedy, Andrea and Brian Wentworth,, Margaret and Jeff Hovey, Michael Moerlins, and Rebecca Moerlins; nine great grandchildren: Jay Kennedy, Andrew Kennedy,, Casey Kennedy, Lexi Wentworth, Ashton Wentworth, Trueman Wentworth, Brody Hovey, Beau Hovey, and MacCoy Hovey.
     He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois, both parents, and a brother, Edward Moerlins.

Ida Mae Lucia
July 27, 1919 - December 14, 2006

     Ida Mae Lucia, age 87, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at Pine River Healthcare Center, St. Louis, Michigan.
     A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, December 18, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant With Joe Mitchell of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians.
     Friends may gather with the family on Sunday, December 17, 2006 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home.
     The family has suggested memorials in memory of Ida Mae be made out to HATS, or the Isabella County Animal Shelter. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Ida Mae was born on Sunday, July 27, 1919 in Nahma, Delta County, Michigan the daughter of Allen and Elizabeth (Moses) Lucia. She was a Mt. Pleasant resident for the past 20 years. Ida Mae was a homemaker, a waitress and cook, a nurses aid, and especially a volunteer at the Seventh Generation Cultural Center and the Sowmick Senior Center. She was a proud member of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. Ida Mae was a member of the Naanooshke Kwewag Waalye women’s circle and a member of St. Mary’s Church.
     She is survived by her two daughters, Mary Lynn of Mt. Pleasant and Krystine (Carlos) Rojas of Petoskey; three sons, Arthur (Antoinette) Brewer of Laredo, Texas, Leon (Beverly) Trueblood of Salisbury, North Carolina, and David Jonas Johnson of Detroit; 9 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
     Ida Mae was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and four sisters.

Vernon Lee Powis, Sr.
September 4, 1922 - December 8, 2006

     Vernon Lee Powis, Sr., age 84, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Friday, December 8, 2006, at his home.
     Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 11, 2006 at 2 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. John Boley of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Chippewa Township Cemetery, Isabella County, Michigan.
     Friends may gather with the family on Sunday, December 10 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
Memorial contributions have been suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Hospice of Central Michigan. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Vernon was born on Monday, September 4, 1922 in Witt, Illinois, the son of Ernest and Ida (Lee) Powis. On June 21, 1945, he married Luella Heistand in Isabella County. Vernon was a resident of the area since he was a young child. He was employed as a furnace repairman, and owned his own shop for many years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and raising and racing pigeons.
     Vernon is survived by his wife of 61 years, Luella; daughter, Susie (Fred) Savage of Huron, Ohio; daughter-in-law, DeeAnn Powis of Bradenton, Florida; six grandchildren, Jeff (Tracey) Ward of Huron, Ohio, Karrie Powis of Mt. Pleasant, Rob Ward of Huron, Ohio, Kelly Powis of Chicago, Illinois, Matt (Heather) Powis of Traverse City, and Levi Powis of Bradenton, Florida; six great grandchildren, Josh Powis, Sierra, Sydney, and Jake Ward, and Tre and Elise Powis; and several in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Josephine, his son, Vernon Powis, Jr., and an infant granddaughter.


Jean ‘Jeanie’ Marie Parker
December 20, 1959 - December 7, 2006

     Jean ‘Jeanie’ Marie Parker, age 46, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Thursday, December 7, 2006 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
     Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 1 p.m. at Central Michigan Free Methodist Church, with Pastor Richard Fulkerson officiating. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Rosebush, Michigan.
     Friends may call at the Central Michigan Free Methodist Church, 6012 S. Mission Road on Monday, December 11 from 2-8 p.m.
     Memorial contributions in memory of Jeanie may be made to the family to assist with funeral expenses. Envelopes are available at the church and Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.
     Jeanie was born on Sunday, December 20, 1959 in Cass City, Michigan, the daughter of Charles and Beverly (Lootens) Parker. She was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area since 1976. Jeanie was a member of the Central Michigan Free Methodist Church, where she was very active in church activities. She enjoyed dolls, her collection of dolls numbered over 200. She also enjoyed sewing, crocheting, cross stitch, and her many friends.
     Jeanie is survived by her son, Quentin Charles Parker, her mother, Beverly Parker of Mt. Pleasant; two brothers, David and Rachel Parker and John Parker, all of Mt. Pleasant; nephews, Jake, David, and Donavan; and nieces, Danielle and Christina.
     She was preceded in death by her father, Charles, and her grandparents.

 

Ilah B. Myers
March 20, 1923 – December 4, 2006

     A compassionate and generous wife and mother, Ilah Brunsvold Myers, died in Mt. Pleasant on Monday morning, December 4, 2006. Ilah was born in Northwood, Iowa, on Tuesday, March 20, 1923 to Elmer and Maude Brunsvold. After graduating from Northwood High School and attending college for a brief time, Ilah entered the Women’s Army Corp and served in the South Pacific during World War II. While in New Guinea, she met a dashing Master Sergeant named Frank Myers. While they met a half a world away, Frank and Ilah grew up only 75 miles from each other in northern Iowa. They married in 1946 and, upon Frank completing his college education at Indiana University, they settled in Mt. Pleasant. Ilah was employed in a variety of administrative roles by Central Michigan University.
     Ilah exemplified a woman of the “Greatest Generation” through her service to her country and her community as well through her ability to gracefully contend with adversity. Over the years Ilah was active in the CMCH Hospital Auxiliary, the CMU Faculty Dames, the Mt. Pleasant Community Church, and Chipwood Swim Club. However, what mattered most to Ilah was her family and friends. Her home was always a haven to her four children and their many friends as well as a bridge club that enjoyed each other for 50 years. She loved gardening, camping, weekends at the cottage, picnics at School Section Lake, big band music and clearing out the kitchen and living room floors for holiday parties so guests could dance.
     Ilah is survived by four children: Sara (David) Dora of Muskegon, Martha (Richard) Robb of Mt. Pleasant, Meredee Vaughan and Clarence Conyers of Lansing, and William (Kathryn) Myers of Traverse City. She is survived by seven loving grandchildren: Tawny, Joanna, Garrett, Brian, Deanna, David, Jack and son-in-law, Mike Goodale. She is also survived by many dear friends including her best man, Norman Preston, of Liberty, Missouri. Ilah was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, her parents, and her two brothers, Richard and Robert.
     A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2006 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor John Rob officiating. Interment will take place in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. A reception will be held at The Embers immediately following the funeral service.
     The family has asked friends to celebrate Ilah’s life with a donation to the American Cancer Society, the National Parkinson’s Foundation, or Hospice of Central Michigan.
     Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.

November 2006

Clarence ‘Chuck’ Anthony Berant
May 9, 1943 - November 30, 2006


     Clarence ‘Chuck’ Anthony Berant, age 63, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2006 at his home in Mt. Pleasant.
     A memorial service will be held in the Spring of 2007. Interment of the cremated remains will take place in Chuck’s home town of Posen, Michigan
     Friends wishing to remember Chuck may make a memorial contribution to Community Cancer Services. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Clarence was born on Sunday, May 9, 1943 in Posen, Michigan the son of Anthony and Theresa (Krajniak) Berant.
     He was a resident of Mt. Pleasant since 1985, moving from Clare, where he owned and operated a bar for 20 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant.
     Survivors include his daughter, Lizette and Reginald Bankhead of Garden City, MI and their daughter, Alisha. Three brothers, Tom and Janice Berant, Florian and Patty Berant, and Eugene and Sharon Berant; three sisters, Margie and Leonard Dembny, Ellie and Richard Rygwelski, and Blanche and Richard Forton, all of northern Michigan. Also surviving are his special friends, Ella Mae VanSyckle and her daughter, Tina VanSyckle.
     Chuck was preceded in death by his parents.

Phyllis Mae Wood
May 24, 1926 – November 25, 2006

     Phyllis May Wood, age 80, of Weidman, passed away on Saturday, November 25th, at her daughter’s home in Mt. Pleasant.
     A Memorial Service were held at the Sherman Township Hall on Sunday, December 10th. The family greeted friends starting at 10:00 a.m. with a memorial service starting at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. John Spencer officiating.
     Phyllis was the oldest of 3 children born to Isabel and Russell Pelletier in Newberry, Michigan.
At the age of 6 she traveled south with her mother, sister and brother to Mt. Pleasant. She married Bernard ‘Pete’ Wood on October 19th, 1942.
     Before starting their family, Phyllis worked as an operator at the phone company. After the family had grown she became one of Mt. Pleasant’s finest seamstress’.
     In 1976, when her mother-in-law, Flora Wood, moved into Riverview Apartments, she and Pete moved from Mt. Pleasant to the family home west of Weidman.
     Phyllis was named Weidman Citizen of the Year in 1996. This honor was in recognition of her hard work and dedication in getting a new Library and Senior Center for Weidman. She headed up Craft Shows and the Harvest Moon Review to help raise money for the library. Everyone who knew Phyllis knew what a wonderful woman she was and how much that Library meant to her.
     Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband Pete Wood, brothers in law David Hines, Auburn IN; Rick Wood, Ralph Bergquist, both of Mt. Pleasant, her brother Russell “Duane” Pelletier and sister in law Betty Pelletier, her aunt Dorthy Surrell and uncle Harry (Ada) Gunton, cousin Jim (Maggie) Gunton.
     She is survived by her children Wendy (Gerald) Pulcifer, Mike (Jenny) Wood, all of Mt. Pleasant and Beth Mills (Dennis Zechmeister) of Weidman; grandchildren D.J. (Tammy) Whitman, Carrie (Aaron) Eaton, Kim Mills, Jerry (Holly) Pulcifer, Jesse Wood, Keith Mills (Jen Mullin), and James Wood; great-grandchildren Skya Whitman, Brandon Ortiz, Sydney Whitman, Austin Pulcifer and Brayden Eaton; her sister, Lorraine Hines of Auburn, IN; brother in law H.V. “Bunk” (Kate) Wood; sisters-in-law Dort Berquist and Elaine Wood; cousins Judy (Dick) Fate, Holly (Mark) Drumheller and Mary, Kathy (Bill) Painter, Jeff Mark and Family and Steven Mark and Jim Gunton; nieces, Jennifer (Mike) Beebe and family of Auburn, IN, Marcie Pelletier of Midland; nephews Beecher Hines and family of Auburn, IN, Greg (Jeri) Pelletier and family of Midland, Mark Pelletier and James Pelletier; and many other nieces, nephews and cousins; her friends at Food With Friends in Weidman, and countless others fortunate to have known her. Janice Martin, thank you for everything.
     Memorial contributions were suggested to the Weidman Public Library, C/O Beth Mills, 3434 N. Sherman Rd., Weidman, MI 48893 or the Community Cancer Service, Mt. Pleasant.
     The Family was assisted by Helms Funeral Home.

James E. Bourland
October 26, 1912 – November 24, 2006

     James E. Bourland, age 94, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Friday, November 24, 2006, at the Wooden Rocker near Mt. Pleasant.
     James Elliott was born on Saturday, October 26, 1912 in Aberdeen, Mississippi, the son of Gilbert G. and Liza (West) Bourland. He married Bessie M. Reed of Blissfield, Michigan in 1936. They had 70 years together. James came to Mt. Pleasant in 1936, where he and Bessie owned and operated Bourland TV and Appliance until his retirement in 1964. He was a past member of the Mississippi National Guard, the Homestead, Florida Fire Department, the Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club, and the Junior Chamber of Commerce. His is a member of the Wabon Masonic Lodge #305 F. & A.M., the Elf Khurafeh Shrine Temple, and the Bay Valley Scottish Rite. He also served forty plus years as the sound technician for the Isabella County Fair. James was an avid HAM operator, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
     James is survived by his wife, Bessie; four children: Sharron Bourland of La Mesa, CA, Joann and Bruce Lyon of Gladwin, MI, James and Beverly Bourland of Rosebush, MI, and Joyce and Bill Theisen of Indian River, MI; seven grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, two brothers, and a great grandson, Wesley Yontz.
     Funeral services were held on Monday, November 27, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Nancy Casey Fulton of Hospice of Central Michigan officiating. Interment followed in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Friends gathered with the family on Sunday, November 26 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. A Masonic Memorial Service was held on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home

William Alan Reid
June 28, 1926 – November 20, 2006

     William Alan Reid, age 80, of Weidman, Michigan, passed away on Monday, November 20, 2006 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
     Bill was born on Monday, June 28, 1926 in Gaastra, Michigan, the son of Harold and Anne Elizabeth (Bomaster) Reid. Bill married Rosemary Wollangur at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant. For the past 31 years, Bill was a resident of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, living in Mt. Pleasant prior to that. Bill retired from DOW Chemical after working for 25 years in the shipping and receiving department. Bill was active with the Borley-Hanel VFW Post #3033, where he helped build the Post. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He enjoyed fishing.
     Bill is survived by his wife, Rosemary; two daughters: Virginia Darling Wood and her husband Mike of Mt. Pleasant, and Debora F. Hines and her husband David of Cadillac; three grandchildren: Anne E. Dodd and her husband Frank, Miranda J. Darling, and Jeffrey Hines. He was preceded in death by his parents, a grand daughter, Melissa A. Hines, a sister, Elizabeth Anne Begres, and a brother, Thomas L. Reid.
     Bill’s wishes were to be cremated. His cremated remains will be intered on the family lot in Iron Mountain, Michigan.
     Friends were asked to remember Bill with a memorial to Hospice of Central Michigan.

Marjorie W. Lord
November 15, 1913 – November 18, 2006

     Marjorie W. Lord, age 93, of Vestaburg, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2006 at Tendercare – Mt. Pleasant.
     Marjorie was born on November 15, 1913, in Milford, Michigan, the daughter of Herman and Marie (Kuhn) Wheaton. She resided in the Mt. Pleasant area for the past 8 years, living for over 45 years in Boca Raton, Florida, where she was a beautician. Marjorie was a veteran of World War II, serving in the WAVES.
     Survivors include two nephews, Robert Wheaton of Holly, Michigan, and Harry Wheaton of Ocegueoc, Michigan, and a niece, JoAnn Camp of Vestaburg, Michigan. She was preceded in death by a brother.
     Marjorie wishes were to be cremated, with the cremated remains to be intered with her family in Milford, Michigan.

James Robert Cowan
August 2, 1949—November 17, 2006

     James Robert Cowan, age 57, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Friday, November 17, 2006 at Covenant Hospital, Saginaw, Michigan. Jim was born on Tuesday, August 2, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Dana Clement and Shirley (Coker) Cowan.
     Jim, also known as Jimbo, lived with Harold and Sandy Bobo and their children, Andy Bobo and Alisa Winters, in their home in Harrison, Michgan for the past three and one half years. Jimbo worked at MMI in Clare, up to the day he was hospitalized. He enjoyed country music on his radio, and often danced with the music. He also was known to sleep as often as possible, especially on the weekends. His favorite place to eat out was at McDonalds. He leaves behind his adopted family, the Bobo’s and many other close friends who will miss him.
     Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 1 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, with Mr. Tom Shepard officiating. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Beulah Irene Wing
April 3, 1923—November 14, 2006

     Beulah Irene Wing, 83, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at the Masonic Pathways, Alma, Michigan. Beulah was born on Tuesday, April 3, 1923 in Pullman, Michigan, the daughter of William and Nettie Ann (Bensinger) Sawyer.
     On December 27, 1940 in Allegan, Michigan, she married Milo W. Wing. After 62 years of marriage, Milo passed away on October 4, 2003. She was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Congregation of Jehovah’s Witness. She enjoyed sewing and working in her garden, running her resale shop, and working beside Milo.
     Survivors include her children: Roger and Shirley Wing of Mt. Pleasant, and Bonnie Ruth and Tony Koehler of Harrietta, Michigan; seven grandchildren: Debra and Tom Phipps, Thomas and Violet Moore, Rodney and Joni Moore, John and Susan Moore, Robin and Bill Lannen, Roger Montie and Shelly Wing, and Kelly and Bob Shook; several great grandchildren; a brother, Bud Sawyer of Galena Park, Texas; and a sister, Ruth Ward of Pullman, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milo; both parents; a brother Murel Sawyer; and a sister, Mary Dailey.
     Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 18, 2006 at 1 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Mr. Dan Klimkiewicz officiating. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery, beside her husband, Milo. Visitation was held on Friday, Noveber 17 from 1-8 p.m. Memorial contributions were suggested to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

October 2006

KATHRYN SOMPI JOHNSON
November 26, 1915—October 31, 2006

     Kathryn Sompi Johnson, born in Washington Township., Pennsylvania, and formerly of Willowbrook Road, Rostraver Township, Pennsylvania, passed away in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, on October 31, 2006, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She remained faithful to her Lutheran roots throughout her life.
     Kay is survived by her son J. Kenneth (Doris) Johnson, of Lake Isabella, Michigan, a brother Carl (Rita) Sompi of Rhode Island, granddaughters Sharon (Randall) Byrd, Northville, Michigan, Susan (David) Staggs of Morganton, North Carolina, and Rachel (Leonard) Olson of Carleton, Michigan, as well as great-grandchildren, Caroline and Madison Byrd, Amanda Staggs, and Kirk, Kyle, and Kara Olson. Her husband, John F. Johnson, son Van Miles Johnson, parents Gust Sompi and Mary Poro Sompi preceded her in death as did her five sisters, Lina Huber, Stella Anderson, Martha Schwilm, Ina Johnston, and Jenny Tolska.
      Kay was a graduate of California, Pennsylvania, High School and went to secretarial school in Pittsburgh. In following years, she was employed as an executive secretary at the Pittsburgher and Roosevelt Hotels and at the Allegheny Club at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. After moving to Michigan, she was employed in the same capacity for Wright Line in Dearborn until her retirement. She was an avid golfer and loved to walk, swim, and read.
     She moved to the Mt. Pleasant area and was cared for by her loving son and daughter-in-law while residing at New Hope Assisted Living Center and more recently at the Wooden Rocker.
     Cremation has taken place. The cremated remains will be returned to Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, for graveside services and interment.

James Carl Wood
February 15, 1935 - October 28, 2006

     James Carl Wood, age 71, of Remus, Michigan passed away on Friday, October 28, 2006 at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
     Services will be held on Friday November 3, 2006 at 1 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home, 330 S. University Ave., Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with Mr. Jeffrey Gritton officiating. Interment of the cremated remains will take place in Riverside Cemetery in Alma.
      Friends may gather with the family on Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home.
     The family suggests memorial contributions to the donor’s choice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
      James was born on Friday, February 15, 1935 the son of James Carl and Lottie Mae Wood. He married Doraluvinia Serelia Randall on February 16, 1973 in Los Angeles County, California. He was a resident of the Remus area for the past sixteen years after moving back from California. He grew up in the Big Rapids, Michigan area then moved to California where he worked as an Aero Space Engineer for Rockwell International. He was the owner of Kingsley Limited, a publishing company. He was very active as a historian for the Red Arrow Division of WWII.
     James is survived by Dora, his wife of 33 years.
     He was preceded in death by his parents.

Clarence Woodrow Ball
November 23, 1917 – October 19, 2006

     Clarence Ball, age 88, of Mt. Pleasant passed away Thursday, October 19, 2006.
     A memorial service will be held at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, Sunday, October 22, from 3 to 5 p.m.
     Clarence was born in Union Township on November 23, 1917, the son of Clarence and Anna Ball. He lived in Mt. Pleasant his whole life, marrying Margaret Downing in 1944. Clarence had farmed, worked as a mail carrier and worked for Hubschers gravel pit. Over the years Clarence enjoyed lapidary work, woodworking, camping and fishing on Lake Superior, playing cards, eating at Big Boy and Ponderosa, and spending time with family.
     Clarence is survived by his wife of 62 years Margaret; Three children, Anne (Steve) Lees, Pat (Tom) Swindlehurst, and Mike (Jan) Ball; six grandchildren, Julie Swanson, Jay Perry, Aaron Swindlehurst, Elizabeth Oberlander, Christopher Ball, and Alexander Ball; six great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
     Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a brother.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central Michigan Community Hospital Building Fund. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Donald Ray Hall
October 11,1945 – October 17, 2006

     Donald R. Hall, age 61, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at The Laurels, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Services are pending. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.

Hazel Marie Bragdon
July 27, 1925 - October 16, 2006

     Hazel Marie Bragdon, age 81, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on October 16, 2006 at her home, with her family at her side.
     Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Nancy Casey Fulton officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.
     Friends may gather with the family on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m.
     The family has suggested memorial contributions to Hospice of Central Michigan. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Hazel was born on Monday, July 27, 1925 the daughter of Oscar and Myrtle (Robinson) Haaland She married Charles Robert Bragdon. She was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area all of her married life. Hazel worked as a teacher’s aide for several years and in the packing and shipping department of Education Materials Center. She attended the Central Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed knitting, gardening, and growing flowers.
     Hazel is survived by her six children: Christine (John) Bragdon-Lau of Owosso, Virginia (Mike) Woodbury of Mt. Pleasant, Martha (David) Pety of Mt. Pleasant, Katherine (Chuck) Taylor of Mt. Pleasant, Lesa (Joe) Wohlscheid of Remus, and Charles R. (Beth King) Bragdon, II of Mt. Pleasant; special friends: John (Mary) Bartel of DeWitt; brothers: Oscar Haaland of California, Clarence ‘Tip’ Haaland of California, and Bill Haaland of Minnesota; sisters: Alice Starr of New Mexico, Enga Bashore of Michigan, and Carol Bronstein of California; eleven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles on September 13, 1982, both parents, two sisters, and a brother.

Margaret Joyce Walz
August 25, 1925 - October 16, 2006


     Margaret Joyce Walz, age 81, of Weidman, Michigan passed away on Monday, October 16, 2006 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant.
     Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 20, 2006 at 1 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Mary Ann Justin-Evans of the Rosebush Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.
     Friends may gather with the family on Thursday, October 19 from 4-7 p.m.
The family has suggested memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimers Association or the American Diabetes Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Margaret was born on Tuesday, August 25, 1925 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan the daughter of Leonard and Mame (Stull) Wooley. On August 16, 1947, in Mt. Pleasant, she married Donald E. Walz. She was a resident of Mt. Pleasant, Flint, Lansing, and Coldwater Lake, MI. Margaret was employed as a school teacher for Flint Community Schools and also for the Lansing School District. She also worked as a substitute teacher for awhile. She attended Rosebush Presbyterian Church. She was a member of Tri Sigma.
     Margaret is survived by her husband, Donald Walz; a son, Charles Walz; two grandchildren, Mathew and Andrew Walz; and two great grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by a son Michael, three brothers and two sisters.

Marcia Jane Miller
March 14, 1949 - October 11, 2006


     Marcia Jane Miller, age 57, of Rosebush, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 at her home.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Mr. Gary Lutes of the Mt. Pleasant Church of Christ officiating. Interment will follow beside her parents in Two Rivers Cemetery, Isabella County.
     Friends may gather with the family on Sunday, October 15 from 2-4 pm. and again on Monday, October 16 from 4-7 p.m.
Memorial contributions to assist with funeral expenses for Marcia have been suggested by the family. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Marcia was born on Monday, March 14, 1949 in Mt. Pleasant the daughter of Clayton and Burdella (Denslow) Miller. Marcia lived most of her life in the Mt. Pleasant area, and lived for a period of time in Flint. She was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Church of Christ, where she was very active. She was employed as a care giver for Ledema West for 11 years. She enjyed being with her family, and was a very caring and generous lady.
     Marcy is survived by her sisters: Judy (Barry) Lamb of Blanchard, Michigan, Carol (Joe) Bleise of Weidman, Michigan, and Debora (Greg) Peffer of Weidman, Michigan; brothers: Ed (Judy) Miller of Brooksville, Florida, Vern (Carol) Miller of Weidman, Michigan, and Marty Miller of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and many friends.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; and Marcy’s adopted mother, Ledema West.

Letha May Wolfe
July 1, 1931 - October 7, 2006

     Letha May Wolfe, age 75, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Saturday, October 7, 2006 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility in Mt. Pleasant.
     Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 at 11:00 AM at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, with Pastor James Turner officiating.
     Friends may gather with the family on Tuesday, October 10 from 6-8 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home.
     The family has suggested memorial contributions in Letha’s memory be made to The American Diabetes Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Letha was born on Wednesday, July 1, 1931 in Isabella County, Michigan the daughter of Leland and Alberta (Thatcher) Darling. She has been a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area for the past 10 years. Letha was the owner of Maywood Restaurant in Jonesville, Michigan and retired from Jonesville Products.
     Survivors include her daughter, Karen Jessup of of Pilot Mountain, NC, Patricia Johnson of St. Paul, MN, two step sons, Phillip Wolfe of Lansing, and Gregory and Sally Wolfe of Wisconsin; three grandchildren; one great grandchild; three brothers, Richard Darling of Mt. Pleasant, Jack and Phyllis Darling of Mt. Pleasant, and Francis Darling of Hayward, CA; two sisters, Barbara Esch of Mecosta, MI, and Peggy Hayward of Hamilton, IN.
     Letha was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Darling; four sisters, Velma Mullikin, Betty White, Donna Grace, and Ruth Jones.

September 2006

William B. Zileski
January 2, 1933 - September 24, 2006

     William B. Zileski, age 73, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2006 at his son’s home near Mt. Pleasant.
     Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 at 1 p.m. Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor James Turner of the First Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow the funeral at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant.
     Friends may gather with the family on Tuesday, September 26 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
     The family has suggested memorial contributions to Mid-Michigan Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Bill was born on Monday, January 2, 1933 in Mt. Pleasant the son of Peter and Mary (Gencharic) Zileski. On July 2, 1955, he married Carol Friesner in Clare, Michigan. He lived in the Mt. Pleasant area all of his life. Bill was employed as the meat manager for the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company for over 40 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army from August 4, 1950 until his discharge on August 26, 1952, serving in France. He was a member of The First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant, the Mt. Pleasant Moose Lodge, and the Model A Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and loved being with his family and friends.
     Survivors include his wife, Carol, and two sons, Patrick and Jan Zileski of Midland, and David Zileski and his fiancée Pam Keehbach of Mt. Pleasant; six grandchildren: Amanda, Brandon, Brooke, and Jordyn Zileski, and Mike and Kristen Haksin; two brothers and their wives: Nick and Mary, and Pete and Joyce; two sisters: Helen and Mary; and a sister-in-law, Kay Steinke.
     Bill was preceded in death by his son, William John Zileski on May 17, 2003; and three brothers: Pat, Jack, and Ray.

August 2006


Bonita “Bonnie” Chivington
Tuesday, July 26, 1932 - August 26, 2006

     Bonita “Bonnie” Chivington , age 74, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2006 at Tendercare Mt. Pleasant.
     A funeral service will be held on Tuesday August 29, 2006 at 11:00 AM at Helms Funeral Home with Pastor Josh Shelpman of Crossroads Baptist Church (formerly Chippewa Baptist Church) officiating.
     Friends may gather with the family from 9:00 AM Tuesday August 29, 2006 until time of service.
     The family has suggested memorial contributions be made to the Wishes of the family.
     “Bonnie” was born on Tuesday, July 26, 1932 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the daughter of Clarence and Tressa (Barnes) Chivington. She was a lifetime resident of the Mt. Pleasant area.
Bonita is survived by one brother Richard (Sandra) Chivington of Mt. Pleasant, two sisters Donna (Glenn) Stacy of Shepherd and Martha Bell of Homer, Michigan and several nieces/nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Laura Morrison.

Gladys E. Bailey
October 21, 1920—August 19, 2006

     Gladys E. Bailey, age 85, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, August 19, 2006 at Covenant Health Care, Cooper Campus, Saginaw, Michigan. Gladys was born on Thursday, October 21, 1920 in Wayne, Michigan, the daughter of James and Mary (Martin) Strong. On January 2, 1937 in Rosebush, Michigan, she married Lahy Bailey. Lahy preceded her in death in 1991.
     Gladys was a surgical assistant, working for Central Michigan Community Hospital and The Regional Center, and also for Doctors Northway and Chamberlain. She was a member of the Faith Indian Church of the Nazarene and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. She enjoyed bowling, playing music, singing, fishing, camping, the outdoors, and Tiger baseball. She spent her early years in Detroit, Michigan, moving to the Mt. Pleasant area when she was 16 years old.
     Survivors include her children: Robert and Jean Bailey of Farwell, MI, Fred and Linda Bailey of Beaverton, MI, Judith Banister of Mt. Pleasant, MI, Ramona and Tom Walker of Flushing, MI, Janet Kerns of Kent, WA, Lahy A. ‘Buddy’ Bailey of Simi Valley, CA, and Eleanor VanHorn of Mt. Pleasant, MI; twenty three grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and several great great grandchildren; and a sister, Ramona Shawa of Wolverine, MI.
     Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Doyle Perry of the Faith Indian Church of the Nazarene officiating. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, beside her husband. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Faith Indian Church of the Nazarene.

Lois S. Rank
April 27, 1924 - August 16, 2006

     Lois S. Rank, age 82, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Standish, Michigan, the result of an automobile accident. She was born on Sunday, April 27, 1924 at 935 W. Independence, Coal Township, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Baron and Helen (Preece) Roadarmel. On December 28, 1946, she married Robert Rank, MD, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Dr. Rank preceded her in death on March 7, 1978.
      Lois was a Registered Nurse, and was employed as the Director Of Nursing for the Isabella County Medical Care Facility for over 12 years. She was a member of the Winn United Methodist Church, the Central Michigan Community Hospital Auxiliary, the local PTA, and was a member of a sewing club and a knitting club. She enjoyed crafts.
     Survivors include her children: Kim and Wendy Rank of Urbana, Ohio, Gary and Vicki Rank of Enid, Oklahoma, Lora and Doug Ehle of Oscoda, Michigan, Rory Rank of Las Cruces, New Mexico; and Kyle Rank and Tamara Oesterling of Lawrence, Kansas; thirteen grandchildren: Chad, Christopher, Brandon, Cory, Jamie, Marinn, Aubrynn, Brittany, Niclaus, Kaelyn, Haley, Brianna, and Celeste; one great grandchild, Cali. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, and both parents.
     Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 19, 2006 at 11 a.m. from the Winn United Methodist Church in Winn, Michigan with Pastor Melody Olin officiating. Interment followed in Coomer Cemetery, beside her husband. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Isabella County Medical Care Facility Auxiliary or the Winn United Methodist Church.

Mary Alma Rowley
February 15, 1927—August 9, 2006

     Mary Alma Rowley, age 79, of Lake, Michigan, formally of DeWitt, Michigan, died on Wednesday, August 9, 2006 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     Funeral services were held on Monday, August 14, 2006 at 10 a.m. from the Estes-Leadley Funeral Home in Lansing, Michigan with Rev. Larry Foster officiating. Interment followed in Glendale Cemetery in Okemos, Michigan beside her husband, Richard.
Friends gathered with the family on Friday, August 11, 2006 from 6-8 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant and on Sunday, August 13, 2006 from 2-4 and 6-8 at Estes-Leadley Funeral Home in Lansing. Memorial contributions were suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan or the Trinity Baptist Church of Farwell, Michigan.
     Mary was born on Tuesday, February 15, 1927 in Liverpool, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Charles Deemer and Bertha Marie (Deckard) Paden. She moved to Michigan when she was nine years old and lived with her mother and stepfather, Bertha and John Foster. She married Richard Lawrence Rowley on August 31, 1946 in Lansing, Michigan. Richard preceded her in death on December 11, 2001.
     Mary and Richard moved to the Lake, Michigan area in 1986, living in the log home they built. They moved there from DeWitt, Michigan, living in the home they built in 1948. Mary worked in food service for the YMCA for 13 years and retired from the DeWitt Public Schools after 9 years of service. She was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Farwell, and belonged to the Women’s Auxiliary of the Sparta-Esterline VFW Post 3039, and the United States Submarines Veterans Association. Mary enjoyed her family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, making baskets, knitting, and craft work. She was always doing something for other people.
     Mary is survived by her children: Christine (Howard) Reist of Charlotte, Michigan, Sherman (Shirley) Rowley of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and Timothy (Lucy) Rowley of Jacksonville, North Carolina; grandchildren: Arthur (Lachelle) Reist, Ann (Chad) Hill, Sarah Rowley, and Jacob (Christine) Rowley, Lori Beth Rowley and Matthew Krueger; great grandchildren, Elizabeth, Lucas and Alaura Reist, Justin and Jessica Hill; her mother, Bertha Foster of Lansing, Michigan; and her brother, Larry (Virginia) Foster of Shelby, Michigan; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, her father Deemer, stepfather, John M. Foster, and half-sister, Shirley Jensen.

Philibert Joseph Reiss
June 30, 1946 - August 8, 2006

     Philibert Joseph Reiss, age 60, in loving memory of a good man of Mt. Pleasant, MI passed away on August 8, 2006 at Central Michigan Community Hospital. He will live on in our hearts.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Tender Care of Mt. Pleasant, MI. Envelopes were available at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.
     Philbert was born on June 30, 1946 in Germany. He was a lover, a thinker, and a friend.
     Philibert is survived by two children; his daughter Brandy Franklin of Shepherd, and his son Damon Reiss, of Bethlehem, PA; two grandchildren, Aliyah and Cameron Franklin of Shepherd; and his former spouse, Sherry Reiss of Shepherd.
     Philibert was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Reiss.

Bertha D. Stinson
May 20, 1935—August 4, 2006

     Bertha Doris Stinson, age 71, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Friday, August 4, 2005 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant. Bertha was born on Monday, May 20, 1935 in Harbor Springs, Michigan, the daughter of Sanford and Edna (Clark) Washburn. She was raised by Sanford and Gwen (Toby) Washburn. On July 21, 1950, she married John R. Stinson in Petoskey, Michigan. John preceded her in death on April 20, 1989.
     Bertha was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area for the past 17 years, moving to Mt. Pleasant from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was a home maker and a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the VFW Post in Lowell, Michigan. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting.
     Survivors include her children, River Debra Stinson and Amanda Heinlein-Stinson of Lochbure, Colorado, son William W. Stinson and his fiance Pandora Bliss of Mt. Pleasant; son Stanley R. Stinson of Mt. Pleasant; Tiffany Rau of Shepherd’ and Gary Boley of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren: Judy Kay, Tina, Gary Lee, Kristy, Rikki, Christopher, CaSondra, Joshua, Anthony, and Crissa; a brother: Sam Washburn and his wife Jill; sisters: Betty Avery and Billie Washburn; and a brother-in-law, Richard Tardell. She was preceded in death by her husband; sons: John Jr., and Gary Lee; a daughter, Susan Carol Stinson; both parents, Sanford and Gwen Washburn and her mother, Edna Titus; and a sister, Bonnie Tardell.
     Memorial services were held on Wednesday, August 9, 2006 at 1 p.m. from the United Methodist Church of Charlevoix with Rev. Todd Thompson officiating. Interment of the cremated remains took place in Pleasant View Cemetery, near Harbor Springs, Michigan.

 

Violet Irene Smith
August 15, 1911—August 1, 2006

     Violet Irene Smith, age 94, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at her home. Violet was born on Tuesday, August 15, 1911 in Deerfield Township, Isabella County, Michigan, the daughter of Thomas and Ruth (Goddard) Russell. In November 1931, she married Ronald Smith in Isabella County. Ronald preceded her in death in December 1981.
     Violet was a lifelong member of Coomer United Methodist Church. She was a 4-H Leader, a Gold Key Volunteer of the year for the Commission on Aging, and a member of the Farm Bureau. She enjoyed playing cards at Food With Friends, enjoyed going to the Adult Day Care Program in Mt. Pleasant, and her dairy cows on the farm she worked with her husband. Violet was known as Grandma to the whole community.
     Survivors include her son and his wife, Richard and Bernice of Mt. Pleasant; nineteen grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and several great great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews and her dog, Chico. She was preceded in death by her husband; three sons, Walter, James and Larry; a grandson, Ricky; a sister Florence; and both parents.
     Funeral services were held on Friday, August 4, 2006 at the Coomer United Methodist Church with Pastor Chris Lane officiating. Interment followed in Coomer Cemetery, beside the church. Memorial contributions were suggested to Coomer United Methodist Church or Hospice of Central Michigan.

 

July 2006

Deborah Kay Gilmore
April 17,1954—July 30, 2006

     Deborah Kay Gilmore, age 54, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2006 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility in Mt. Pleasant. Debbie was born on Thursday, April 17, 1952 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Oliver Wendell ‘Bud’ and Phyllis (Willis) Gilmore. She was a lifetime resident of the area, and a life member of the Countryside United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School. She was a member of the Associated Interfaith Ministries, and a member of the 4-H. She enjoyed painting, all kinds of crafts including needlework, music, cards, and games, and especially enjoyed helping others. She was a graduate of Shepherd High School and was employed at the Buyers Guide as a file clerk for many years. She was also employed at MMI and also volunteered there.
     Debbie was survived by her mother, Phyllis; a brother, James and his wife Lori of Mt. Pleasant; two sisters, Kelly Gilmore of Remus, and Kimberly and her husband Harold of Mt. Pleasant; nieces and nephews, Jamie (Gilmore) and her husband Mike Vautrin, Justin Gilmore, Nellie Gilmore, Haley Stegman, and Tyler Stegman; and a great niece, Makayla Hyde. She was preceded in death by her father, Bud, and grandparents, Maynard and Nellie Gilmore, and Clifford and Olive Willis.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at 11 a.m. from the Countryside United Methodist Church with Pastor Jana Lynn Almeida officiating. Internment followed in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Countryside United Methodist Church in Debbie’s memory.

Kenneth Ray Weston
April 14, 1925—July 18, 2006

     Kenneth Ray Weston, age 81, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at his home with his family by his side.
     Funeral services were held on Friday, July 21, 2006 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Bill Foldesi of the Pompeii Charge of the United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed in Coomer Cemetery beside his wife, Shirley. Friends called at the Helms Funeral Home on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
     Kenneth was born on April 14, 1925 on East Deerfield Road in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Charles Grant and Esther Mary (Beech) Weston. He married Shirley Ann McLachlin on November 5, 1949 in Mt. Pleasant. She preceded him in death on June 22, 1993. Kenneth was a resident of Mt. Pleasant all his life. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Army in Japan. Ken was a farmer who worked at DOW Chemical for 31 years. He was a member of the VFW Post in Mt. Pleasant. He enjoyed his grandkids, gardening, woodworking, and reading. Farming was in his blood.
     Kenneth is survived by two daughters, Denise Noyes of Shepherd and Deborah (Rev. Bill) Foldesi of Mt. Pleasant; a son-in-law, Dennis Schafer of Shepherd; eight grandchildren: Kristi (Hans) Marks, Mike (Sabrina) Noyes, Greg (Sarah) Noyes, Andy Foldesi, Megan Schafer, Jordan Schafer, Travis Schafer, and Trevor Schafer; four great grandchildren: Jordan, Conner, Erik, and Ben Marks; and three brothers: Don Weston of Georgia, Dick (Donna) Weston of Lansing, and Bill Weston of DeWitt. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley, two sons, Raymond and Dale; a daughter, Donna Schafer; and a son-in-law, Rick Noyes; two sisters, Florence and Marie; and three brothers, Pete, Bob, and Roger.
Memorial contributions were suggested to Gratiot Home Care Hospice or the Coomer United Methodist Church.

Wayne Hugh Watson
July 7, 1938 - July 9, 2006

     Wayne Hugh Watson, age 68, of Rochester Hills, Michigan passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2006 at his home, with his family by his side.
     A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 1 pm at Helms Funeral Home, 330 S. University Ave, Mt. Pleasant, MI, with Mr. Jeffrey Gritton officiating. Interment will follow at Chippewa Township Cemetery, Isabella County, Michigan.
     Friends may gather with the family on Wednesday from 11 am until the funeral service at 1 pm at the Helms Funeral Home.
     The family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of Michigan, Detroit. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Wayne was born on Thursday, July 7, 1938 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan the son of Hugh Robert and Lucille (Griffith) Watson. He married Maurine Lewis on April 6, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York. Wayne was a resident of Rochester Hills for over 40 years. He worked at United States Fabricators as a Steel Fabricator, he served in the U.S. Army from 1955 until 1958, mustering out as a Pfc.
     Wayne is survived by his wife, Maurine; children: Michael (Hope) Watson, of Almont, MI, Richard (Jill) Watson, of Waterford, MI, Maurine Ann (Ronnie) Chambers of Otter Lake, MI, and William (Pat) Watson of Davisburg, MI; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren and sisters: Shirley and Sally.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Robert and Harold.

June 2006

Eugene Arthur Decker
December 30, 1932 - June 19, 2006

     Eugene Arthur Decker, age 73, of Traverse City - formerly of Shepherd and Winn area, Michigan, passed away on Monday, June 19, 2006, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan.
     The funeral service will be on Friday, June 23, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home, 330 S. University, Mt. Pleasant, MI with Rev. Phil Bacon officiating. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery, Winn, Michigan.
     Friends may gather with the family on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     The family suggests memorial contributions to Diabetes Foundation. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Eugene was born on Friday, December 30, 1932 in Isabella County, Michigan the son of Herold E. and Florence (McDonald) Decker.
     He married Lavonna Jean Fox on September 15, 1956 in Shepherd, Michigan. He was a resident of the Shepherd and Winn area until two years ago. He worked as a Shipping Clerk for Dow Chemical, until his retirement and was a member of UAW at Dow. He was a member of Winn United Methodist Church. He served on the Winn Telephone Board, and participated in Habitat for Humanity. He served in the U.S. Army as part of the occupation force of Germany from 1953 to 1955.
     Eugene is survived by his wife, Lavonna; daughters: Kathy (James) Gross of Byron Center, Michigan, Dawn (Dan) Clevenger of Traverse City, Michigan, and Susan (Jeffery) DiRosa of Rapid City, Michigan; grandchildren: Derik ( Sarah) Gross, and Faith Gross; and brother, James (Linda) Decker of Williamston, Michigan.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister-in-law, Loren (Wilma) Decker.

Carl Brewster
December 21, 1914 – June 17, 2006

     Carl Brewster, age 91, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2006 at his home.
     Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Helms Funeral Home with the Rev. John Boley officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.
     Friends may gather with the family at Helms Funeral Home Monday, June 19, 2006 from 6-8 p.m. with a Masonic Services scheduled for 7 p.m.
     Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan or Community Cancer Services. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
      Carl was born in Adams County, Indiana on Monday, December 21, 1914 the son of Samuel M. and Edna Mae (Woodruff) Brewster. He was a lifetime member of the Wabon Masonic Lodge #305 F&AM in Mt. Pleasant. Carl was a champion trap and skeet shooter, an avid hunter and fisherman and also loved gardening. He was co-owner and owner of Brewster Welding Company
      Carl is survived by his wife Dorothy of 64 years, daughter, Sharon (Paul) Deni of Mt. Pleasant; granddaughter, Lisa Lewanowicz; great grandson: Connor Brewster Lewanowicz of Suwanee, Georgia, and several nieces and nephews.
      He was preceded in death by his parents; brother: Jack Brewster; and a sister, Elsa Hemekes.


Mary Margaret Peterson
September 6, 1910 - June 13, 2006

     Mary Margaret Peterson, age 95, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at The Laurels of Mt. Pleasant.
     Interment of the cremated remains will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot, North Dakota.
     The family has suggested memorial contributions to St. Vincent DePaul Charity. Envelopes are available at Helms Funeral Home, 330 S. University Ave., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858.
     Mary was born on Saturday, September 6, 1910 in Walsh County, North Dakota the daughter of Wenceslaws and Frances (Kulus) Rose.
     She married Willard Peterson on January 4, 1942 in St. Clair, Michigan. Mary has been a resident of the Mt. Pleasant, Michigan area since her retirement from the St. Clair, Michigan Public Schools where she worked as a teacher. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Clair, Michigan. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards with friends and traveling on bus tours with The Seniors.
     Mary and Willard never had children of their own, she is survived by several nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her husband: Willard on April 22, 1972; seven brothers and a sister.

Emily Marie Kahgegab
July 26, 1919 - June 9, 2006


     Emily Marie Kahgegab, age 86, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Friday, June 9, 2006 at Tendercare Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 2 p.m. at the Chippewa Indian United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Owen White Pigeon officiating. Interment will follow at Denver Township Cemetery, Isabella County, Michigan.
     Friends may gather with the family on Monday, June 12, 2006 after 2 p.m. at the Chippewa Indian United Methodist Church on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Reservation.
     The family has suggested memorial contributions to Tribal Education, Alzheimer’s Association, Community Cancer Services, or to Tribal Education. Envelopes are available at Helms Funeral Home.
     Emily was born on Saturday, July 26, 1919 in Rosebush, Michigan the daughter of Jason and Nora (Roddotter) Collins. She married Nelson Kahgegab on September 2, 1936 in Rosebush, Michigan. Emily was a lifetime resident of the Mt. Pleasant area.
Emily was a member of the Chippewa Indian United Methodist Church and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, serving on the tribal council. She worked as a nurses aide at the Isabella Convalescent Home for fifteen years. She also worked at the Commission on Aging as a Meal Site Manager for seventeen years. She enjoyed bowling, making beautiful beadwork, senior trips and was a cancer survivor.
     Emily is survived by her children: Lorna (Jack) Call, Diana Trepanier, Maynard Kahgegab, Sr., and Roxene Judson; grandchildren: Tim (Adelaide) Davis, Raymond (Merdine) Davis, Corinne Schelling, Frank Davis, Kim (Mike) McCoy, Carmen Otto, David (Helen) Otto, Michelle Otto, Paula King, Martin Francis, George (Maryanne) Francis, Ross (Winona) Francis, Maury Francis, Rachel (Mike David) Francis, Leanne Francis, Nina Francis, Reba Navejar, John Trepanier, James (Cindy) Trepanier, Trent (Dana Reyes) Trepanier, Kurt (Kristin Hinmon) Trepanier, Camille (John) Grice, Maynard Kahgegab, Jr., Travis Kahgegab, Jessica (Anthony Towns) Kahgegab, Courtney (Keehta) Wemigwans, Ryan (Anna) Kahgegab, Emily Kahgegab, Katlin Kahgegab, Ronald Judson, Jr., Culver (Jackie) Judson, Gabriel (Pam) Judson, and Amelia Judson; thirty seven great grandchildren, and thirteen great great grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Nelson, on March 31, 1993; children Melvin Kahgegab, Yvonne Davis, Nelxine Francis, Willard Kahgegab, and Douglas Kahgegab; brother: Cecil Collins; grandchildren; Nicolas Davis, Twyla Shomin, Nelson James Kahgegab, and Kelly Douglas Kahgegab; and great grandchildren: Alexandria Sawmick, and Frankie Lee Davis.

May 2006

Edward John Whitepigeon
September 27, 1929 - May 29, 2006

     Edward John Whitepigeon, age 76, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Monday, May 29, 2006 at Central Michigan Community Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     The funeral service took place on Friday, June 2, 2006 at 1 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant with Bucko Teeple, Pipe Carrier officiating, Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Hamilton, Michigan on Saturday, June 3, 2006.
     Friends gathered with the family on Thursday, June 1, 2006 from 4 – 9 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home.
     The family suggested memorial contributions to the Disabled American Veterans. Envelopes were available at Helms Funeral Home.
     Edward was born on Friday, September 27, 1929 in Holland, Michigan the son of William and Clara (Rosette) Whitepigeon. He has been a resident of the area for several years.
     Edward served as an Admissions Recruiter for the University of Michigan, was a former Tribal Administrator for the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, a member of the Disabled American Veterans, a member of the Ogitchidaw Warrior Society, and a past member of the National Guard. He graduated from Holland High School in 1948, was a graduate of Cook Theological Seminary, was a graduate of Phoenix College, a graduate of Western Michigan University, and attended Arizona State. He helped found the Grand Rapids Inter Tribal Council, was a founder of the Native American Business Association. Member of the Huron Pottawattamie Tribe, an Elder for Mide Widjig, and organized the Little Elk Pow Wow at the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. He was active with both the State and Federal Governments.
     Edward is survived by his former spouse Virginia Pigeon; Children: Jerome (Stella Davis) Pigeon Sr., Jeffrery Pigeon Sr., Julie Whitepigeon (D’Artagnan), Jocelyn Perkins, Douglas Speer, William Whitepigeon and Shauna Whitepigeon; a brother Calvin Whitepigeon; 20 grandchildren, and 28 great grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister; a brother; and daughter: Gayle.

Dorothy J. Riley
October 5, 1925 - May 28, 2006

     Dorothy J. Riley, age 80, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2006 at the Sparrow Specialty Hospital in Lansing, Michigan.
     Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 1 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, beside her husband and son.
     Friends may gather with the family on Tuesday, May 30 from 6-8 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 31 from 2-8 p.m.
The family has suggested memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Dorothy was born on Monday, October 5, 1925 in Delpos, Ohio the daughter of Daniel and Erma (Bogkins) Jones. She married Ernest Riley in 1945 in Lima, Ohio. Ernest preceded her in death in 1969. Dorothy was a resident of Mt. Pleasant since 1963. She was retired from National City Bank, where she had been employed for 25 years, working in various positions, including a teller, and when she retired, she worked at the switchboard. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi. She enjoyed shopping, eating out with her friends, and especially spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
     Survivors include her son, Daniel and his wife Christine Riley of Allen Park, Michigan, six grandchildren, and many great grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest; a son Michael Ernest on March 6, 1987; one sister, and both parents.

Iva May Keller
May 13, 1920 - May 24, 2006

     Iva May Keller, age 102, of Mt. Pleasant, MI, passed away May 24, 2006 at Isabella County Medical Care Facility.
     Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Ray Abbey officiating. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Weidman.
     Visitation will be on Friday, May 26 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
     Iva May Keller was born May 8, 1904 in Leota, MI to Harry I. Van Auker and Essie F. Howard. She married Loren Keller on May 13, 1920 and lived most of her life in the Mt. Pleasant area. She worked until she was 99 with the Commission on Aging Foster grandparents fro 28 years at Mary McGuire and Pullen Schools. She was one of the first grandparents in the program. She loved the children and they enjoyed her many hugs.
     Iva is survived by two sons, Calvin (Betty) Keller and Fred (Reanne) Keller, both of Mt. Pleasant; two daughters, Alice (Othel) Denslow of Rosebush, Merlie Nesbit-Howard of Hart; 24 grandchildren; 48 great grandchildren; and 42 great great grandchildren. Iva was preceded in death by her husband, Loren in 1950; 2 sons, Lyle of Mt. Pleasant and Robert of Pennsylvania; 2 infant daughters, Dorothy and Edna May; grandsons, Don Nesbit and Al Findley; granddaughter, Vicki Keller and great granddaughter, Brandi Keller; daughters-in-law, Florence Keller and Virginia Keller; sons-in-law, Floyd Nesbit and Lyle Howard; brother and sister-in-law, Mel and Edna Van Auker; also her special friend, Sam Bailey.

Carl H. Baumgardner
Oct. 15, 1920-May 24, 2006

     Carl H. Baumgardner, Professor Emeritus of Central Michigan University, died at Central Michigan Community Hospital of complications from pneumonia. He was 85 years old.
     He was born to George and Amy (Goodin) Baumgardner in Mason City, Illinois and graduated from San Jose High School, San Jose, Illinois, in 1938. He then earned a B. Ed. Degree at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois in 1942. In July 1942, he and Mary Schneider were married in Bloomington, Illinois.
     He volunteered for service in the U.S. Army and served from August, 1942 until October, 1945. During those years he was part of the Far East Air Forces which accompanied General Douglas MacArthur from Australia to New Guinea to Leyte and Manila in the Philippines. Following his discharge from the army he taught at Thawville High School in Thawville, Illinois, and began work on his doctorate at the University of Illinois. In June 1952, he received his Ed. D. degree and became a member of the faculty of what is now Central Michigan University in the summer of 1952.
     During the years between 1952 and his retirement in 1983 he participated in the development and growth of the programs in secondary education and in University governance at Central Michigan University. During those years’ three children, Margaret (Edward) Kushner, Mark (Kim) Gardner, and Kevin (Gretchen) Baumgardner were born who survive him along with his wife and three grandchildren, Andrew and Sarah Kushner and Kyra Gardner.
     He is also survived by one sister, Betty Joan (Nip) Baumgardner of Bloomington, Illinois. Preceding him in death were sisters Edna, Marie, Hazel, Martha, Wilma, and Shirley as well as two brothers, Raymond and George (Pat).
     Carl’s absorbing hobby was discovering and restoring antique furniture. He collected wooden duck decoys, various stained glass items, bells, seafaring artifacts, wooden carvings and brass pieces.
     The family will receive friends at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan on Saturday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
     In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the charities of your choice or the general scholarship fund at Central Michigan University. In accordance with the wishes of the deceased, there will be no funeral services.

Leland Clifford Chamberlain
June 19, 1935 – May 18, 2006.

     Leland C. Chamberlain, age 70, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2006 at Mid Michigan Medical Center in Midland.
     Funeral Services were held on Monday, May 22 at 2:00 P.M. at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Doyle Perry officiating. Interment will take place at Denver Township Cemetery following the funeral services.
     Friends gathered with the family on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.
     Memorial Contributions were suggested to Community Cancer Services. Envelopes are available at Helms Funeral Home.
Leland was born on June 19, 1935 in Delwin, Michigan, the son of Samuel and Dorothy (Vandervane) Chamberlain.
     He married Wilma Atkinson on October 12, 1963 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. He worked for 32 years Oldsmobile in Lansing, Michigan as a tool and die setup man. He was a member of the United Auto Workers Local # 652. Leland was a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. A long time resident of St. Johns, he lived in Mt. Pleasant for the last two years.
     Survivors include four sons; Clifford (Sheri) Chamberlain, of Shepherd, Tracy Chamberlain and his fiancee (Chris Hickerson) of Midland, Terry Chamberlain of Mt. Pleasant, Troy (Ann) Chamberlain of Shepherd; a daughter Julie (Frank) VanQuez of Mt. Pleasant, a brother; Joseph Chamberlain of St. Johns, and half-brother Samuel (Bobbie) Chamberlain; three sisters; Beverly (Vernon Hacker) Chamberlain of Mt. Pleasant, Tweedie Vancise of Harrison, MI, and Evelyn Hawkins of Marasyktown, FL; thirteen grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
     Leland was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Dorothy (Vandervane) Chamberlain, sons, Leland Jr. & Harvey Chamberlain, a half-brother, Raymond Chamberlain; a half-sister, Judy Mast, and a daughter-in-law, Robin Chamberlain.

Doris May Stancato
May 15, 1925 – May 15, 2006

     Doris May Stancato, Age 81, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Monday, May 15, 2006 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. No funeral services are planned at this time.
      A Mt. Pleasant, Michigan resident for 38 years, Doris was a teacher in the Mt. Pleasant Public School system.
     Doris was born on May 15, 1925, the daughter of Earl and Minnie (Morrison) McCormick in Britt, Iowa.
     Doris is survived by her husband, Frank Stancato; two sons Tom and Perry (Linda) Stancato; and her three grandchildren Stefanie (Terry), Samantha and Lindsey.

 

Alfred Stanley Thomas
May 24, 1920 - May 9, 2006

     Alfred Stanley Thomas, age 85, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at Margaret’s Meadow, near Mt. Pleasant.
     A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. John Boley officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.
     Friends may gather with the family on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home and again on Thursday, from 10 – 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church.
     The family suggests memorial contributions to Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.
Alfred was born on Monday, May 24, 1920 in Detroit, Michigan the son of Stephen Stanley and Esther (Patrick) Thomas. He married Mildred Louise DaLee on March 15, 1944 in Birmingham, Michigan. He has been a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area since 1949. Alfred was employed as a professor at Central Michigan University. He was also an Assistant Track Coach, Football Assistant Coach, Chair of the Physical Education Department and spearheaded the CMU Athletic Hall of Fame. Alfred was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Coast Guard.
     Alfred is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Mildred ’Millie’ Thomas; children: Carolyn ‘Kitty’ Thomas, and Marilyn (Don) Thomas Price. Grandchildren: Daniel and Will; and several nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Dora May Muldrew
August 5, 1912 – May 8, 2006

     Dora May Muldrew, 93, entered the presence of her Savior on Monday, May 8, 2006 at the Medical Care Facility in Mt. Pleasant. Dora was born on Monday, August 5, 1912 in Sears, Michigan, the daughter of Phillip and Bertha (Smith) Youngs. She spent most of her life in Mt. Pleasant. Her Christian testimony and love for the Lord impacted many lives. She was a faithful worshipper at Bible Baptist Church in Rosebush. Dora was retired from Central Michigan University where worked in housekeeping.
     Dora was preceded in death by her parents, sister Dorothy, brothers, Alford and Elvin, and husbands, John Dunbar and Delbert Muldrew. She is survived by many nieces and nephews and several step grandchildren. Although Dora never has any children, she leaves many dear friends to mourn their loss. She is sorely missed.
     Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 12, 2006 at 2 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Timothy Spitzbergen of Calvary Baptist Church in Tenly Park, Illinois officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Friends may call at the Helms Funeral Home on Thursday, May 11 from 6-8 p.m. Friends desiring to make a memorial contribution in Dora’s memory might consider HATS. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.


Douglas Steven Kriesche
January 21, 1952 - May 5, 2006

     Douglas Steven Kriesche, age 54, of Coleman, Michigan passed away, with his family at his side, on Friday, May 5, 2006 at his home.
     The funeral service is planned for Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 1 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home with Deacon Larry Fussman officiating. Interment will follow at Kelly Cemetery.
     Friends may gather with the family on Monday, May 8, 2006, from 6-8 p.m.
     The family suggests memorial contributions to MidMichigan Hospice in Midland.
     Douglas was born on Monday, January 21, 1952 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan the son of Frank and Iva (Denton) Kriesche. He married Judith Quinn on October 28, 1995 in Shepherd, Michigan. He was a lifetime resident of the area. Doug worked at Pohlcat Golf Course as a Mechanic.
     Doug is survived by his wife: Judith; children: George Gear, Jeff (Cheryl) Gear, Darcy Davis, Denise (Mike) Urban, and Deborah (Joeseph) Pawlo; grandchildren: Brandon, Jessie, Brittani, Mike, Shavelle, Zachary, Kenneth, Courtney, and Caleb; brothers: Dennis (Karen) Kriesche, and Donald Kriesche; and sister; Beverly Smith.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Iva Kriesche and a sister, Marlene Border.


April 2006

Elizabeth Jeanette ‘Betty’ Douglass
December 4, 1912 - April 25, 2006

     Elizabeth Jeanette ‘Betty’ Douglass, age 93, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at Gratiot Community Hospital, Alma, Michigan.
     A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home with Pastor Gordon Rydman officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     Friends may gather with the family on Saturday, April 29, 2006 from 1-2 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home.
     The family suggests memorial contributions to Friends of Isabella Seniors.
     ‘Betty’ was born on Wednesday, December 4, 1912 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of Michael and Emilia Biehlski. She married William T. Douglass on July 1, 1949. She has been a resident of the area for the past 15 years after having lived in Arizona. ‘Betty’ was a mother of four and a homemaker. As her children grew, she was always active in scouts, the Mother’s March of Dimes, and the Republican Party. Some of her happiest days were as a Foster Grandmother at Mary McGuire School for seven years where she was known as ‘Grandma Betty’. She loved playing cards at the Senior Center and at The Day Program. In her younger days, she enjoyed Golf, winning several tournaments, and Bowling. She was an avid Bridge player and member of the Garden Club. She was most recently a member of First Baptist Church here in Mt. Pleasant and also attended Central Baptist Church.
     ‘Betty’ is survived by her children: Claudia Douglass, Ronald (Faye) Douglass, David (Geni) Douglass; a son-in-law: David Bokar; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren; and a sister: Dell Lelito.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband William, on November 4, 1997; daughter: Andrea Bokar; a brother; three sisters; and granddaughter: Wendy.

Lucille Lena Denton
June 23, 1927 – April 24, 2006

     Lucille Lena Denton, aged 78, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2006 at Covenant Health Center in Saginaw. According to her wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 16th at 11 a.m. at Central Michigan Free Methodist Church, With Pastor Richard Fulkerson officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
     Lucille was born on Thursday, June 23, 1927 in New Haven Township, Shiawassee County, the daughter of George and Lena (Cool) Holzhausen. She married William John Denton on February 14, 1948 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Lucille was a homemaker and very active in the lives of her children and grandchildren, who will greatly miss her. She volunteered for several years at the Isabella County Senior Center, and regularly attended church. She especially enjoyed baking for her family and will be remembered for always looking on the bright side of life, no matter what befell her.
     She is survived by children Leslie (Beverly) Denton and their children Jenny, Emily and Geoffrey; Douglas Denton; Janice (Donald) Schurr and their children Erica, Son-in-law Sam, Andrew and Laura; and by Debbie Denton. By her sisters Frieda Mellentine and Virginia Bullard, and sisters-in-law Dorothy Holzhausen and Irene Holzhausen. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers George, Freddy and Eldred Holzhausen and sisters Millie Ludington, Ethel Dennis and Dorothy Butcher.

 

Irene Rosa Leffingwell
July 18, 1925 - April 24, 2006


     Irene Rosa Leffingwell, age 80, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away, with her family at her side, on Monday, April 24, 2006 at Central Michigan Community Hospital.
     A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Randall Roose officiating. Interment, following the service, will take place at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
     Friends may gather with the family on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 from 6-8 p.m.
     The family suggests memorial contributions to Isabella County Commission on Aging. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Irene was born on Saturday, July 18, 1925 in Free Union, Virginia the daughter of David Henry and Rosa (Ritter) Wells. She married Floyd George Leffingwell in 1946 and has been a resident of the Alma / Mt. Pleasant area since 1927. She worked at the Mt. Pleasant Regional Center Audiology Patient Care as an LPN for 29 years.
     Irene is survived by her children: Harold (Dian) Leffingwell, Michael (Diane) Leffingwell, Kenneth (Kaylee) Leffingwell, and David Leffingwell; a sister, Beulah Thrush; fourteen grandchildren; and fourteen great grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd on January 17, 1974; her parents; two sisters; and five brothers.

Geneva M. Mackety
April 18, 1923 - April 18, 2006

     Geneva M. Mackety, age 83, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on April 18, 2006 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility in Mt. Pleasant.
      Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 21, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the Faith Indian Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Doyle Perry officiating. Interment will take place in the Athens Indian Mission Cemetery, Athens, Michigan on Saturday, April 22 at 11 a.m.
     Friends may gather with the family on Thursday, April 20 after 11 a.m. at the Faith Indian Church of the Nazarene.
Geneva suggested memorial contributions in her memory to Community Cancer Services or the Alzheimers Foundation. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home and at the church.
     Geneva was born on Wednesday, April 18, 1923 in Rosebush, Michigan the daughter of James and Lenora Ann (Pelcher) Pego.
     She married Samuel Mackety in June 1941 in the North Branch Church, North Branch, Michigan. Geneva lived in various areas of the United States during her life. Geneva was a Missionary, serving and working with the Native Americans all over the country. She was a member of the Faith Church of the Nazarene, former member of the Board of Directors of the Nimkee Tribal BCCCP Feather Link. She started a cancer support group for Tribal cancer survivors.
     Survivors include her son, John ‘Rusty’ Russell Mackety of Mt. Pleasant, a brother, James and Grace W. Pego of Rosebush, Michigan; a sister, Phyllis and Frank Kequom of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
     Geneva was preceded in death by her husband; both parents; a sister, Roselene Romer; sister-in-law Alberta Wells; and grandparents, Moses and Mariah Pelcher.

Catherine A. Weber
October 25, 1929 - April 2, 2006

     Catherine A. Weber, age 76, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, well known educator and lover of nature, died in her home in Mt. Pleasant, early Sunday morning, April 2, 2006, following a short, but courageous battle with Leukemia.
     She was born October 25, 1929 in Lowell, Michigan to the late Harry & Elizabeth Phelps. She attended Lowell High School and lived in Lowell for seventeen years.
     Cathy graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Elementary Education. She met her husband, Daniel B. Weber at Western and on August 12, 1950 they united in marriage and shared 48 years of love, laughter and life.
     Cathy was a strong advocate for environmental awareness and protection of our natural resources. In addition to teaching elementary education, she was responsible for developing elementary level environmental education curriculums that were adopted by school systems throughout the United States. She was a life long member of the Sierra Club, Audubon Society, Michigan Education Association, as well as an active member of the local Democratic Party.
     Reading, traveling the world and bird watching were among her favorite pastimes. She was actively involved in her family’s lives, sharing her beautiful kind spirit, and always offering encouragement. Her memory will live forever in the lives of her family, friends and the countless number of students whose lives she touched.
     Cathy is survived by two sons Mitchell (Donna) and Matthew, six grandchildren Allison, Mitchell, Laurel, Merrill, Gwinan and Stephen. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel, brothers: John Phelps, and Hoyt Phelps and sister, Joan Gogulski.
     Cathy will be remembered by her family and friends on Saturday, April 8, 2006 at 2 p.m. at her home (3805 S. Vandecar Road). Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution in Cathy’s memory might consider the Chippewa Watershed Conservancy. Envelopes are available at Cathy’s home and the Helms Funeral Home.

Joseph Anthony Danoski
January 4, 1939 - April 1, 2006


     Joseph Anthony Danoski, age 67, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at The Laurels of Mt. Pleasant.
     Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at 1 P.M. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Mr. Joe Frankenfield officiating. Interment will follow in Greendale Cemetery, Midland County.
     Friends may gather with the family on Wednesday, April 5 from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.
     Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution in Joe’s memory may wish to assist with the funeral expenses.
     Joe was born on Wednesday, January 4, 1939 in Pittston, Pennsylvania the son of Stanley and Catherine (Lynott) Danoski. He was raised by his Aunt Eudora ‘Dodie’ and Uncle Danny ‘Ed’ Danoski from the time of his early teen years on.
     He was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area since 1994. Joseph worked as a Roughneck in the area oil fields. He spent fifteen years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era conflict. He was a member of the Borley-Hanel VFW Post #3033 and a former member of the Moose Lodge.
     Joseph is survived by his children: daughter Marilyn (Martin) Rease of Coleman, Michigan and her mother, Ginnette Danoski of Paris, France, daughter Tammy (Elmer) Wood of Ft. Collins, Colorado, Bridgette (David) Henry of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and Danelle (Reggie) Lofton of Lansing and their mother Linda (Chinis) Bennett of Ft. Collins, Colorado; and grandchildren: Natasha, Skya, Devan, Paige, Jordan, Logan, and Hannah. Aunt Eudora ‘Dodie’ Danoski, cousins: Danny, David, and Elizabeth.
     He was preceded in death by both parents. Uncle Danny ‘Ed’ Danoski


March 2006

Richard William Gilpin
December 11, 1914 - March 4, 2006

     Richard William Gilpin, age 91, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at Schnepp Health Care Center in St. Louis, Michigan with his family at his side.
     A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at 11 a.m. from The First Church of Christ, 1610 E Broadway Street with Mr. Mike Riness, Mr. Mark Christian, and Mr. Ivan Odor officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.
     Friends may gather with the family on Tuesday, March 7, 2006 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home and again on Wednesday, March 8 from 10 a.m. until time of the service at the church.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Great Lakes Christian College. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home and the First Church of Christ.
     Richard was born on Friday, December 11, 1914 in Isabella County, Michigan the son of Robert and Louisa (Diamond) Gilpin. He married Evaline Percilla Parker on October 6, 1938 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. He was a lifetime resident of the Mt. Pleasant area. Richard worked at Dow Chemical for thirty-five years and was a part-time farmer. While at Dow Chemical he worked as a Set Up Person. He was a member of the First Church of Christ. He loved farming, raising kids, and woodworking. As a young adult, he was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corp.
     Richard is survived by his wife of sixty-seven years: Evaline P. Gilpin; children: Brenda (Bert) Coe of Alma, Dick (Sharon) Gilpin of Arizona, John (Susan) Gilpin of St. Johns, Louise (Andy) Pryor of Colorado, and David Gilpin of Mt. Pleasant; fifteen grandchildren and thirty great grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters, and daughter-in-law Susan Gilpin.

February 2006

Mary Louise Doerfer

     Miss Mary Louise Doerfer, age 85, passed away at her home. Born on Wednesday, September 22, 1920 and raised in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Mary Louise was the first child of Victor and Imogene Doerfer. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: John, Richard, and Eldon Doerfer; and sister: Rose Gaffield. Mary Louise is survived by sisters: Julia Mrazek and Violet Robinson of Mt. Pleasant; Geraldine (Ed) Malin of Ocala, Florida; Jean (Nick) Chybinski of Alexandria, Virginia; Ellen Doerfer of Walnut Creek, California; and brother: Russell Doerfer of Hudsonville, Michigan. While never married, Mary Louise was a caring friend, daughter, sister and aunt with many nieces and nephews whose lives she has touched and enriched.
     Mary Louise influenced many children’s lives throughout her teaching career which began in Marion and ended with over 30 years working with elementary students in Utica, Michigan. After her retirement, in 1979, Mary moved back to Mt. Pleasant. She was an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church congregation teaching Vacation Bible School. An avid gardener, Mary Louise spent much of her time growing vegetables and sharing the produce with friends and family. She was a regular volunteer at the Isabella County Senior Center helping with the meals, making quilts, lap robes, mittens, as well as clown and gingerbread dolls for the hospital’s children patients.
     The community has lost a good member, a caring person, and a nice woman who tried to make a helpful difference to those around her. She will be missed by her family and friends.
     Funeral services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, 701 E. Maple, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, on Thursday, March 2, 2006 at 1 p.m. with Pastor Samuel Reith officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
     Friends may gather with the family on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 from 1-4 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home.
     The family suggests memorial contributions to Zion Lutheran Church or the Isabella County Seniors. Envelopes are available at Helms Funeral Home, 330 S. University Ave., Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Nina Joyce Sponseller
January 29, 1921 - February 21, 2006

     Nina Joyce Sponseller, age 85, of Shepherd, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at her home, with many members of her family at her side.
     Funeral services will be held Friday, February 24, 2006, at 1 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1730 E. Pickard Rd, Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Ron Davis and Rev. Darren Greenfield officiating interment will follow at Lincoln Township Cemetery.
      Friends may gather with the family on Friday from 11:30 a.m. -2 p.m. at the church.
     The family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of Central Michigan. Envelopes are available at Helms Funeral Home, 330 South University, Mt. Pleasant.
     Nina was born on Saturday, January 29, 1921 the daughter of Claude and Maude (Schnepp) Phelps. She married Ross C. Sponseller on June 15, 1940 in Vestaburg, Michigan. She was a lifetime resident of the Mt. Pleasant and Shepherd area. She was a homemaker who enjoyed kids and grandkids, cooking, playing Skipbo and cinnamon rolls.
     Nina is survived by her children: Ross Richard (Mary) Sponseller of Shepherd, Tom (Donna) Sponseller of Shepherd, Harry (Phyllis) Sponseller of Dowagiac, Bonnie (Wendell) Pung of Dewitt, Linda (Ron) Davis of Statesville, North Carolina, Bob (Cindy) Sponseller of Shepherd; seventeen grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, brother: Dale (Arlene) Phelps of Six Lakes; sister-in-law Ruth Phelps of Six Lakes.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ross on January 19, 2005; two sisters, and five brothers.

Katherine Sharlotta Pond
May 25, 1943 - February 20, 2006

Katherine Sharlotta Pond, age 62, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2006 at Central Michigan Community Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Stanwood Free Methodist Church, 7486 Stanwood Dr., Stanwood, Michigan.

Debra Sue Dobbs
April 4, 1961 - February 11, 2006

     Debra Sue Dobbs, age 44, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2006 at Central Michigan Community Hospital.
     A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home, with Pastor Andy Perschbecher officiating. Interment will be in Denver Township Cemetery.
     Friends may gather with the family on Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 12 noon.
     The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the needs of the family. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Debra was born on Tuesday, April 4, 1961 in Cass City, Michigan. She was the daughter of Wayne McDowell and Thelma Brown.
     She was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant, Michigan area who had previously worked as a nurses aide in Florida.
     Debra is survived by her companion, Kevin B. Harry; daughter, Amy Brown, mother, Thelma Brown, a brother, Dennis McDowell, a sister, Cathy (James Cox) Ernst, aunts and uncles: John and Judy Gifford, Ray and Fran Fischer, Robert and Georgia Shirey; many cousins, and extended family members, Minnie Harry Buisking, Cheryl Smith, and Montie Heisting.

Shane Lee Robert, Jr.
February 6, 2006

     Shane Lee Robert, Jr., infant son of Shane Robert, Sr. and Elizabeth Jackson, was born and died on Monday, February 6, 2006 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     Shane is survived by his parents, Shane and Elizabeth; sisters: Haileyrose, Loren, Katherine, Nichole, and Abagail; grandparents: Jack and Deanna Fenton, and Beverly Jackson; great grandfather: Gary Robert, Sr.; Uncles: Michael Bryant, Arthur Jackson, Terry Jackson, Harry Jackson, and William Loonsfoot; aunts: Jennifer Fenton, Bonnie Jackson, Janet Jackson, Carolyn Jackson, Mandi Holland, and Athena Jackson; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Gordon H. Jackson, Sr.; and a cousin, David Kenny.
     Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 1 p.m. from Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Owen White-Pigeon officiating. Interment took place in Memorial Gardens Cemetery with his grandfather, Gordon H. Jackson, Sr.

Edna May Cohoon Thompson
July 11, 1923 – February 2, 2006

     Edna May Cohoon Thompson, born Wednesday, July 11, 1923 in Isabella County, Michigan, the daughter of Mark and Kittie Pearl Abbott, passed away on Thursday February 2, 2006 at Central Michigan Community Hospital.
     Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 6, 2006 at 1 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Eugene Methner officiating.
     Friends may gather with the family at Helms Funeral Home on Monday from 11a.m. until the time of the funeral service.
     The Family suggests memorial contributions to Community Cancer Services, Diabetes Association, Heart Foundation, or for the Hearing Impaired. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Moose Lodge, VFW Auxiliary, Isabella County Commission on Aging. Foster Grand Parents, Adult Day Care and Riverview Apartments Entertainment Chairperson.
     She is survived by four children: David L. (Judy) Cohoon, Karen E. (Walter) Voight, Patricia A. Norten, and Michael F. (Kathleen) Cohoon; nine grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.
She was the last of ten children with four sisters and five brothers, she was also preceded in death by a daughter Sandra L Schafer, two husbands: David S. Cohoon and David E. Thompson; and a son-in-law Eugene C. Norten.

January 2006


Harlan B. Kumler
September 30, 1919 - January 29, 2006

     Harlan B. Kumler passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2006 at his home, on School Section Lake, Mecosta County, Michigan.
     Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2006 at Helms Funeral Home at 11 a.m. with Rev. John Boley officiating. A Moose Lodge memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 7 p.m.
Friends may gather with the family on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 from 7-9 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home.
     The family suggests memorial contributions to Mecosta County Senior Citizens Center.
     Harlan was born on Tuesday, September 30, 1919, the fourth of five children, born to Harley Bright and Mary Belle Kumler, in Fulton County, Indiana. He attended grade school at Kewanna, Indiana until his family moved to Mt. Pleasant, Michigan in 1932 where his father opened and operated the Mt. Pleasant Funeral Home for two years. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1937 and went to work for his father who was then in the construction business, building mostly federal post offices and other federally funded construction. He worked for his father for about five years. He was an avid golfer, loved the game, and played it for some sixty years. Harlan was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Moose Lodge.
     On January 3, 1942 he married Maxine Elaine Bruce and they lived in the Detroit area where he worked in a defense plant for two years. In January 1944 he enlisted in the Army Air Force Cadet Training Program and graduated in June 1945 as a 2nd Lieutenant with a navigators rating. He was discharged from the Air Force in November of 1945. At this time he and his family (his wife Maxine and a 2 month old son Michael) took up residence in Mt. Pleasant where he went to work for Ferro Manufacturing company. He worked for Ferro’s for 38 years. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Planning Commission for a couple years in the early 1960’s. He retired in 1983 and moved to a home he built at School Section Lake.
      After 31 years of marriage his wife passed away in 1973. He had no desire to remarry for at that time he had two children at home, an 11 year old and a 14 year old. His parents and three sisters (Margaret Hargrave, Charlotte Brown, and Florence Smith) preceded him in death. He is survived by three children: Michael J. and Jenny Kumler of Ceres, CA, Karl C. and Tammy Kumler of Elwell, MI, and Mary E. (Kumler) and Robert Gibbs of Breckenridge, CO; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and one sister: Mrs. Mary Ann Bush of Greensboro, NC.

Donald Lee Hogan
November 14, 1930 - January 20, 2006

     Donald Lee Hogan, age 75, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2006 at The Laurels of Mt. Pleasant. No funeral services are planned.

Verda Marie Davis Gwaltney
August 18, 1928 - January 19, 2006


     Verda Marie Gwaltney, age 77, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2006 at the William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan.
     Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 23, 2006 at 10 a.m. at the First Church of Christ in Mt. Pleasant with Mr. Mark Christian, Mr. Jeffrey Gritton, and Mr. Charles Marckel, II officiating. Interment will follow in Chippewa Township Cemetery, Isabella County, Michigan.
     Friends may gather with the family on Sunday, January 22 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant and again on Monday, January 23 from 9-10 a.m. at the First Church of Christ.
     Verda Marie suggested memorial contributions in her memory be made to the First Church of Christ, the Great Lakes Christian Academy, or the Rock Lake Christian Assembly. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home and the First Church of Christ.
     Verda Marie was born on Saturday, August 18, 1928 in Chippewa Township, Isabella County the daughter of Perry Homer and Magdalena Elizabeth (McNeal) Davis. She married Charles Gwaltney on July 1, 1978 in Mt. Pleasant. Charles preceded her in death on February 5, 1999. Verda Marie was a lifetime area resident. She was a member of the First Church of Christ in Mt. Pleasant. She retired from Central Michigan University as an advisor in financial aid after 35 ½ years of service.
     Survivors include a niece, Gail Ann and Bob McDonald, a nephew, Larry and Monica Davis, and a niece in law, Judy Davis, all of Mt. Pleasant; ten grand nieces and nephews; fifteen great grand nieces and nephews; three step sons: Patrick and Antonia Gwaltney, Michael and Rita Gwaltney, and Timothy and Natalie Gwaltney, all of Indianapolis, Indiana; two step daughters: Patricia and Earl Johnson of Bloomington, Indiana, and Sherie and George Raisor of Mooresville, Indiana; twelve grandchildren; and several great grandchildren; four sisters-in-law: Rosetta Fritz, Carrie Gwaltney, Alice Gwaltney, and Tressie Gwaltney, all of Indiana; numerous nieces and nephews.
     Verda Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; both parents; a brother Vernell Davis; a sister Edith Davis; and a nephew Lee Davis
.

Chris V. Myers
September 21, 1917 - January 18, 2006

     Chris V. Myers, age 88, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at his daughters home in St. Johns, Michigan.
     A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Helms Funeral Home with Mr. Jeffrey Gritton officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery.
     Friends may gather with the family on Friday, January 20, 2006, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
     The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the First Church of Christ. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     Chris was born on Friday, September 21, 1917 in Grover Hill, Ohio the son of Christian Shank and Villa (Clevenger) Myers.
     He married Donna Marie Jones on May 31, 1969 in Mt. Pleasant. She preceded him in death on February 7, 1999. He was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area since 1945.
     Chris was a construction worker, carpenter, and painter working at CMU for thirteen years. He was a life member of the Mt. Pleasant Borley-Hanel VFW Post 3033 after having been a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II serving in the South Pacific. He was a member of the First Church of Christ, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, golf and eating out.
     He is survived by his step children: Marilyn Horning of St. Johns and Richard Rauch of Riverdale; ten grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren; a brother, Robert Myers of Shepherd, a sister, Bertha (Paul) Spencer of Mt. Pleasant.
     He was preceded in death by his wife, both parents, daughter Shirley Esch, brothers: Ralph, Daniel, Elmer, Amos, Vernon, and Lloyd; and sisters: Flossie, Mildred, and Catherine; son-in-law Arnold Horning, daughter-in-law Nancy Rauch, and a great granddaughter Camille.

Virgilene Ardis Owen
September 2, 1931 - January 18, 2006

     Virgilene Owen, age 74, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at her home with her family at her side.
     A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 9 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant with Fr. Robert Byrne officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
     A Vigil Service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at Helms Funeral Home.
     Friends may gather with the family at Helms Funeral Home on Friday, January 20, 2006 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 8-9 a.m. at the church.
     The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Mt. Pleasant Parkinson Support Group or Hospice of Central Michigan. Envelopes are available at the Funeral Home.
     Virgilene was born on Wednesday, September 2, 1931 in Rosebush, Michigan the daughter of Henry and Delila (Jenkins) Bower.
     She was a lifetime resident of the Mt. Pleasant area. Virgilene was retired from the custodial staff at CMU after many years of service. Virgilene was a member of Sacred heart Church, the Mt. Pleasant Parkinson Support Group, and the Commission on Aging. She enjoyed crafts, painting, quilting, sewing, and playing cards. She was devoted to her family, her children and grandchildren.
     Virgilene is survived by her children: Randy (Brenda) Owen of Atica, MI, Linda (Sid) Benaske of Mt. Pleasant, Rhonda (Joseph) Owens of Mt. Pleasant, Rodney (Jeannette) Owen of Leslie, MI, Robin (Ed) McQuaid of Mt. Pleasant, Ricky (Sandy) Owen of Mt. Pleasant, Ray Owen of Mt. Pleasant, and Dennis (Donna) Owen of Huntington Beach, CA; many grandchildren and great grandchildren, brothers: Anthony (Pat) Bower, Gary (Linda) Bower, Terry (Mary) Bower; and sister, Bonnie (Hurley) Kampf.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Dan Bower, and sister, Ruth Bower.

Connie A. Rhode
January 7, 1958 - January 15, 2006

     Connie Ann Rhode passed away January 15, 2006 at her home. Connie spent most of her life in the Mt. Pleasant area. She was employed by Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland, as a Housekeeper for 18 years.
     Connie was a member of the Oil City Assembly of God Church. She loved being a Mom, quilting, camping and spending time with her family.
     Her funeral service was held on Wednesday, January 18, 2006, at 1:00 P.M. at Helms Funeral Home with Pastor James Reamsma officiating. Interment was at Kelly Cemetery, Midland County, Michigan.
     Friends gathered with the family on Tuesday January 17, 2006 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home.
     The family suggested memorial contributions be made to the Family or Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund. Envelopes were available at the funeral home.
     Connie was born on January 7, 1958, the daughter of Jacob Vollmer and Alice Timmer in Pontiac, Michigan. She married Edward H. Rhode on May 10, 1975 in Oil City, Michigan.
     Connie is survived by her husband of 30 years, Edward H. Rhode; her son, Theodore E. Rhode and special friend, Shannon Dennis, of Beaverton; daughter, Cynthia A. (Chad) Moinet of St. Johns; a very special great niece, Dani Rae Carson; her mother, Esther Vollmer; two brothers: James Koss (Dana Rudoni) of Shepherd, and Daniel Koss of Mt. Pleasant; two sisters: Helen (Scott) Rydman of Coleman, and Esther (Lee) Uphold of Mt. Pleasant; brothers-in-law; Larry (Nikki) Rhode, Ron, Randy, and Joe Rhode; sisters-in-law: Roberta Foster, and Carol (Russ) Zilska; her mother-in-law, Deloris Rhode; and several nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles.
     She was preceded in death by her father, Jacob Vollmer, birth mother, Alice Timmer, and father-in-law, Ferdinand Rhode.

Norman F. Curtiss, Jr.
December 30, 1923 - January 12, 2006

     Norman F. Curtiss, Jr., age 82, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2006 with his family at his side at Central Michigan Community Hospital.
     The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 10 a.m. Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Mr. Mark Christian officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, Winn, Michigan.
     Friends may gather with the family at Helms Funeral Home on Friday, January 13, 2006 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
     The family suggests memorial contributions to Isabella County Commission on Ageing Food With Friends or Meals on Wheels Programs, or the First Church of Christ Building Fund. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Norman was born on Sunday, December 30, 1923 in Fremont Township, Isabella County, Michigan the son of Norman F. and Lucy (Henderson) Curtiss, Sr.
     He married Barbara Jean Funnell on December 13th, 1946 in Lansing, Michigan. He lived most of his life in the Mt. Pleasant and Winn area. Norm was a farmer most of his life, while also working for Leonard Refineries for many years. He was a self employed builder for many years, and was a man who truly enjoyed working. He also enjoyed his grandchildren, the outdoors, family trips, dancing, and being with friends. He was a member of the First Church of Christ in Mt. Pleasant.
     Norman is survived by: five children: David (Sherron) Curtiss, Norman F. (Joanne) Curtiss III, Thomas (Deanna) Curtiss, Shirley (Robert) Bick, Karen (Ronald) Wilcox, all of Mt. Pleasant; seventeen grandchildren: David John, Scott, Michael, Amy, Lisa, Eric, Bubba, Kristin, Michelle, Kimberly, Thomas Jr., and Benjamin Crutiss; Jennifer, Jeffrey, and Stacy Bick; and Katie and Christopher (Bucky) Wilcox; and three great grandchildren: Ashley, Nicholas, and Makaylee; three sisters: Ilene Christensen, Winnifred Koval, and Vera and Hugh Kniffen; and a sister-in-law: Pearl Curtiss.
     He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Jean Curtiss on March 17th, 2005, his parents, three brothers: Dwayne, Stanford, and Clifford Curtiss, and two sisters: Helen Renick, and Mary Faust.

David Lee Millard
September 21, 1950 - January 9, 2006

     David Lee Millard, age 55, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Monday, January 9, 2006 at Central Michigan Community Hospital with his family at his side.
     A funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home with Pastor James Reamsma officiating.
     Friends may gather with the family on Saturay, January 14, 2006 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
     The family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of Central Michigan. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     David was born on Thursday, September 21, 1950 in Pontiac, Michigan the son of Walter Hunt and Bertha Mae (Modlin) Millard.
     David was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area for the past twenty-nine years. He worked as a grinder at U.S. Marble for the past twenty-five years. He enjoyed NASCAR, mechanical ‘tweaking’ on autos and ‘road trips’.
     David is survived by his children: Tammie (Stacy) Kucharek of Grayling, MI, Robert (Rachael) Millard of Gaylord, MI; brother: Fred (Cathy) Millard of White Lake, MI; sisters: Ruth (John) Jones of California, Mary (Jerry) McDonald of Oregon, Carol Snover of Tennessee, and Linda (Ron) Smades of Mt. Pleasant, MI; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and many close friends.
     He was preceded in death by both parents, and two sisters Phyllis Swan and Pamela Hood

Betty Jane Mellor
March 22, 1923 - January 5, 2006


     Betty Jane Mellor, age 82, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, January 05, 2006 at The Laurels of Mt. Pleasant.
     A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 9, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the Helms Funeral home with Rev. James Simcox officiating.
     Friends may gather with the family on Saturday, January 7 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and again on Sunday, January 8, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Betty was born on Thursday, March 22, 1923 in Blackstone, Massachusetts the daughter of Harold C. and Alice (Carnoe) Kelley. As a child she lived in Valley Field, Québec for about twelve years.
     She married Elliott Mellor in July 1946. They lived in West Warwick, Rhode Island, Derby, New Haven and Stamford, Connecticut. She and her husband built a house in Pound Ridge, New York and resided there six years. After her husbands passing, she and her parents, along with the children, moved to Hialeah, Florida and then on to Mt. Pleasant, Michigan in 1962. She moved back to Rhode Island for several years to take care of her aging parents and an aunt, and then back to Mt. Pleasant in 1991. Betty was well known for her quick wit and straight forward honesty. She enjoyed dancing and had the chance to dance with Henry Fonda at a naval base function at Newport, Rhode Island. She made friends easily and was proud of her New England heritage. “Once a New Englander always a New Englander” as she used to say.
     Betty is survived by three sons: Gary of Grand Ledge, Glen of Mt. Pleasant, and Michael of Lincoln Park; a grandson: Michael; two sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Elliott, in March 1961; and brother, Rodman.

Alta Leona (Mumford) Mathews
May 25, 1912 - January 2, 2006

     Alta Leona (Mumford) Mathews, age 93, of Greensboro, North Carolina passed away on Monday, January 2, 2006 at Moses Cone Extended Health Care in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Earl Scott officiating. Interment will be in West Wheatland Cemetery, Remus, Michigan.
     Friends may gather with the family on Friday, January 6, 2006 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home.
     The family suggests memorial contributions to Wheatland Church of Christ in Remus, Michigan. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
     She was born on Saturday, May 25, 1912 in Remus, Michigan the daughter of Joseph and Lula Mae (Lett) Mumford.
     Alta married Leo E. Matthews in Remus, Michigan. Alta was a lifetime resident of the Mt. Pleasant, Michigan area. Moving to Greensboro in 2003 to live with her granddaughter. She was an active lifetime member of the Wheatland Church of Christ in Remus, Michigan, serving on the board of directors and other groups at the church.
     She is survived by two Granddaughters Melissa (Brian) Newman of Greensboro, NC., Monique Berry (Bryan Jacobs) of Mission Viejo, CA. Two Grandsons, Jeffrey Berry of Las Vegas, NV, Jerrad Berry of Mecosta, MI. Great Grandchildren, Brittany Lynn Mathews Justice and Jamison Ty Newman of Greensboro, NC., One Brother Arthur Wayne (Joanne) Mumford of Timberhill, FL. and one Sister-in-law Lillian Mumford of Mt. Pleasant, MI, and many nieces and nephews and others who loved her.
     She was preceded in death by her Father Joseph Mumford, Her Mother Lula Mae (Lett) Mumford, Two Sisters; Stella (Mumford) Brown and Bernice (Mumford) Bracy. One Brother Basil Mumford. Husband Leo Edgar Mathews, Daughter, Opal Elaine Mathews. One Sister-in-law Ida Mae (Mathews) Cross and Brother-in-law Roscoe Cross.

December 2005

Marion Janet Jennings
November 21, 1936 - December 31, 2005

     Marion Janet Jennings of Mt. Pleasant died Saturday, December 31, 2005 at Central Michigan Community Hospital at 69 years of age.
     Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Helms Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Ortiz officiating. Interment will be in Two Rivers Cemetery.
     Friends may gather with Marion’s family on Tuesday, January 3, 2006 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and an hour before the funeral on Wednesday.
     Memorial contributions have been suggested to the family or to Back Porch Pickers, envelopes are available at Helms Funeral Home.
     Marion was born in Isabella County on Saturday, November 21, 1936. She was the daughter of Donald and Mary (Esch) Swan; and was a lifetime area resident. She had been employed on the clerical staff at CMU. She was a member of the Back Porch Pickers and was inducted into the Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame.
     Marion is survived by a son, Dennis (Pamela) Carr of Midland; five grandchildren: Michael (Tiffany) Leiter, Jason Leiter, Karen (Keith) Leinberger, Nicolette Carr and Donald (Katy) Carr; and six great grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, George Swan of Mt. Morris and sisters: Helen (Roger) Trevisoil of Corvallis, Oregon, Sharon (Donald) Inman of Saginaw, Michigan, and Sally (Walter) Howe of Roxboro, North Carolina.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Roy Swan and a daughter Janet.

Margaret Dorothy Suntken
October 5, 1929 - December 23, 2005

     Margaret Dorothy Suntken, age 76, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Friday, December 23, 2005 at The Laurels of Mt. Pleasant.
     A memorial service will be held for Margaret in June of 2006.
     Memorial contributions are suggested by the family to the charity of the donors’ choice, envelopes are available at Helms Funeral Home, 330 S. University Ave., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858.
     Margaret was born on Saturday, October 5, 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of Maitland and Dorothy (Green) Cudney.
     Margaret was a resident of the Grand Ledge and Sunfield, Michigan area. She played guitar and was lead vocal in her own country music band.
     Margaret is survived by her children: Christine Marie Langham, Eric Langham, Susan Langham, Cynthia Langham, Bill Langham, Angie Klingensmith, Michelle Klingensmith, Lydia (Suntken) Martinez; brother: Jim Cudney; sisters: Pat Brace and Mary Havens; fourteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her parents: Maitland and Dorothy Cudney; a sister: Shirley; and three brothers: Bill, Bud, and Jim.

James Harold Smith
April 9, 1935 - December 19, 2005

     James Harold Smith, age 70, of Carson City, Michigan passed away Monday, December 19, 2005 at his home in Crystal Michigan.
     Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 2 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. With Pastor Gene Haymaker officiating. Interment will be in Coomer Cemetery.
     Friends may gather with the family on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 from 6-8 p.m. and for an hour before the funeral service on Wednesday.
     Memorial contributions are suggested to the needs of the family.
     James was born on Tuesday, April 9, 1935 in Chippewa Township, Isabella County the son of Ronald and Violet (Russell) Smith.
     James lived in the Carson City area for the last fifty years. He worked for Univ Am-Cam as a truck driver.
     James is survived by his children: Constance Lynn (Jack) Billings, David Lee (Linda) Smith, Corienne Kaye Smith and Craig Cochran, Douglas Gene (Sheryl) Parrish, Bonnie Kay (Russell) Hanson; mother: Violet Smith; brother: Richard (Bernice) Smith; sixteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews
     He was preceded in death by his father Ronald; and brothers: Larry and Walt
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Donna (Weston) Schafer
April 10, 1957 – December 17, 2005

     Donna (Weston) Schafer, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and aunt went to be with the Lord after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
     Donna spent her life in the Mt. Pleasant and Shepherd area. She was a dedicated LPN who touched many people’s lives. Her first and greatest love was her family and, even in dying, her first thought was to ease the pain of others.
     She will be greatly missed.
     Funeral service will be on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Helms Funeral Home With Pastor Bill Foldesi officiating. Interment will be in Salt River Cemetery.
     Friends may gather with the family on Sunday, December 18, 2005 from 6-8 p.m. and on Monday, December 19, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Community Cancer Services, Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund or Hospice of Central Michigan.
     Donna was born on Wednesday, April 10, 1957 the daughter of Kenneth and Shirley (McLachlin) Weston, in Saginaw, Michigan. She married Dennis Schafer on September 25, 1981 in Beal City, Michigan. She was a lifetime member of Coomer Methodist Church.
     Donna is survived by her husband, Dennis; children: Megan, Jordan, Travis, and Trevor; father: Kenneth Weston; father and mother-in-law: Francis and Theresa Schafer; brothers-in-law: Dale Schafer (Deanna Potter), Duane (Jana) Schafer; sisters: Denise Noyes and Deb (Bill) Foldesi; sisters-in-law: Jane (Jim) Agren and Lynn (Ken) Massey.
     She was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley (McLachlin) Weston; brothers: Dale Weston and Raymond Weston; brothers-in-law: Rick Noyes and Doug Schafer.

Ivan Warren Teeple
August 15, 1940 - December 15, 2005

     Ivan Warren Teeple, age 65, of Lake City, Michigan passed away on Thursday, December 15, 2005 at his home.
     A Funeral Mass will be on Monday, December 19, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant, MI with Fr. Don Wright of St. Stephens Catholic Church officiating. interment will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     Friends may gather with the family on Saturday, December 17, from 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home and on Sunday, December 18, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home, and on Monday, December 19 from 10 – 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
     Ivan was born on Thursday, August 15, 1940 in Pontiac, Michigan the son of Roger Warren and Ruth Henrietta (Norman) Teeple.
     He married San Juanita Franco on August 22, 1986 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Ivan was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area since 1983, and of the Lake City area for the last 3 years. Ivan worked as a Resident Care Aid for the Mt. Pleasant Regional Center from 1983 – 2002. He also worked at the Newberry, Michigan Facility from 1976 - 1981. His hobbies and interests were motorcycle racing, fishing, hunting, golf, scuba diving, snow skiing, tubing, bowling, deep sea fishing while serving in the U.S. Navy, grilling, grandchildren, and was an “Artist”. He hated yard work because it took time away from fishing. Ivan served as a Cryptology Technician Second Class while in the U.S. Navy from 1958 – 1962. He served on Midway Island and taught Cryptanalysis during his Navy time. He was a member of St. Stephens Catholic Church in Lake City.
     He is survived by his wife, San Juanita, children: Lora and Dan Odykirk of Mt. Pleasant, Joseph and Rhonda Simpson of Canton, MI, Doug W. Teeple of Killeen, TX, Roger of Georgia, Tracy of Georgia, and Ivan Teeple, Jr. of Grand Haven, MI; brother Bruce Teeple of Metamora, MI; Sisters: Mary McGlashen of Waterford, MI and Claudia Ash and Larry of Lake City, MI.
     He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Amos Jackson
August 28, 1936—December 8, 2005

     Amos Jackson, age 69, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2005 at his home. Amos was born on Friday, August 28, 1936 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, the son of Albert and Melvina (Peters) Jackson.
     Amos was a tool and die maker, working for Williams Form Engineering in Grand Rapids, Michigan for many years, and also worked at Fisher Body on Lansing, Michigan for many years. He was a member of the Walpole Island First Nation Indian Tribe. He attended the Indian Methodist Church in Rosebush when he was young. He was a graduate of Beal City High School, where he participated in athletics, and won many trophies running track. When he was younger, he enjoyed making baskets.
     Survivors include his children: Sandra A. Jackson of Mt. Pleasant and Amos Jackson, Jr. of Mt. Pleasant; his former spouse, Celia Osawabine of Mt. Pleasant; four grandchildren: Faith and Jonah Osawabine, Lawrence Farris, and Krystal Jackson; four great grandchildren: Jayden, Joy Love, and Nevaeh Osawabine, and MacKenzie Allbee; two brothers: John Jackson of Mt. Pleasant, and Silas Jackson of Muskegon, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Elsie Storres.
     A funeral service was held on Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 2 p.m. from the Chippewa Indian United Methodist Church with Rev. Owen White-Pigeon officiating. Interment took place in Woodland Cemetery, Rosebush, Michigan.

November 2005

Norman James LaBonte
August 2, 1958 - November 28, 2005

     Norman James LaBonte, age 47, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on November 28, 2005.
     A Memorial Service will take place on Friday December 2, 2005 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s University Parish with Fr. Jeff Donner officiating. Friends may gather with the family prior to the service from 9-11 a.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to the needs of the family.
     Norman was born in Calumet, Michigan on Saturday, August 2, 1958 the son of Norman Roy and Alice (Garon) LaBonte. Norman was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area most of his life.
     He worked as an Electronics Technician Service Engineer for Varian Oncology Systems. Norman loved motorcycling, music (especially guitar playing). He had a gifted wit and sense of humor. Norman made anatomical gifts to help other people after his death.
     He is survived by his parents: Norman LaBonte of Apache Junction, Arizona, Alice LaBonte of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; two brothers: Gregory LaBonte of Calumet, Michigan and Joel (Shari) LaBonte of Shepherd, Michigan; and a niece Heather LaBonte.
     He was preceded in death by his grandparents
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Phyllis May Post
February 24, 1926 - November 27, 2005

     Phyllis May Post, age 79, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, November 27, 2005.
     Phyllis was born February 24, 1926 in Bedford, England. She married Charles Stanley Post on May 18, 1946 in England after WWII and they were blessed with 59 years of marriage. Charles predeceased Phyllis on June 6, 2005.
     Phyllis was a member of the Mt. Pleasant First United Methodist Church and the VFW Auxiliary 3033. She was a dedicated employee of Robaire’s Bakery for almost forty (40) years. Everyone admired Phyllis’ talent with her needlepoint and embroidering.
     Her three (3) year battle with cancer was fought with dignity and courageousness. Although she felt she was a “nuisance” to her four (4) devoted daughters, she was really their “hero”!
Phyllis is survived by her four (4) daughters, Ann (Edward) Hill of Norfolk, Virginia, Wendy (Robert Don) Kirby of Coldwater Lake, Michigan, Linda (Gerald) Poe of Tipton, Michigan and Dora (Edward) Ennen of Holt, Michigan, seven grandsons; and five great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, June Sherwood of Lancashire, England and a sister-in-law, Margaret Gardner of Sheffield, England. She was predeceased by her husband, her parents, four brothers and a granddaughter.
     Per Phyllis’ wishes, there will be no funeral service, only a private family prayer service on Thursday. Cremation has taken place.
     The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Norval Morey Cancer Center or Hospice of Central Michigan. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.

Charles Edward Demrick
January 26, 1925 - November 25, 2005

     Charles Edward Demrick, age 80, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on November 25, 2005 at his home.
     A graveside service will take place on Thursday, December 1, 2005. Interment will take place in Clinton Grove Cemetery Mt. Clemens, Michigan.
     Charles was born on January 26, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Charles S. and Muriel M. (Benoit) Demrick. Charles was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area for the past eleven years. He worked as a high school administrator and retired 24 years ago.
     Charles is survived by his sister Dorothy Demrick.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Raymond Ralph Demrick.

 

Warren Richard ’Dick’ Brown
October 2, 1954—November 21, 2005

     Warren Richard ‘Dick’ Brown, age 51, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Monday, November 21, 2005 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Dick was born on Saturday, October 2, 1954 in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Elmer Brown and Elizabeth Assmann Burt. Dick spent most of his life in the Mt. Pleasant area, with a period of time in St. Louis, Michigan when he was growing up.
     Dick worked as a farmer for several years, and held a variety of other jobs. He enjoyed making model airplanes and motorcycles.
     Survivors include his children: Cheryl and Jeff Gear of Mt. Pleasant, and Christopher and Melissa Brown of Mt. Plesant; his father: Elmer Brown of St. Louis; seven grandchildren: Kenneth, Courtnie, Caleb, Brandon, Jeffery, Kaitlynn, and Kennedy; and two sisters: Judy and George Logan of Sault Saint Marie, Michigan, and Mary and Scott Bryhan of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Burt, and a brother, Mark Brown.
     A graveside service was held on Saturday , November 26, 2005 at Riverside Cemetery in Mt.Pleasant with Rev. Nancy Casey Fulton officiating.


Marcia Rupert
August 29, 1915 – November 15, 2005

     Marcia Rupert, age 90, of Mt. Pleasant and Crooked Lake, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at her home in Mt. Pleasant.
     A funeral service was held on Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 11 a.m. from Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Craig Adams officiating. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Friends gathered with the family on Friday, November 18 from 5-7 p.m. and again on Saturday, November 19 from 10 to 11 a.m.
     The family suggested that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Central Michigan or the Isabella County Animal Shelter.
Marcia was born on Sunday, August 29, 1915 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Frank and Edith (Gorham) Dusenbury. She attended Michigan State University and graduated from the University of Alabama. While at the University of Alabama, she met the love of her life, Everett Merle (Rupe) Rupert. They were married in 1939 on their way back to school after her summer in Michigan.
     Marcia loved golf and enjoyed playing different courses while traveling with Rupe. For years, she and Rupe spent winters both in Florida and cruising the Caribbean with her brother on his boat. She also loved gardening, her flowers, and especially her cottage. In the past years her friends and dogs brought her great joy, especially Sally, her most recent dog. She enjoyed being outside as much as possible. Marcia volunteered in the Admissions Office of Central Michigan Community Hospital. She was an Honorary Member of the Tourist Club, which she always enjoyed.
     Marcia was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Alexander Blair Dusenbury, of North Carolina, and her husband, Everett Merle Rupert. She is survived by her daughter, Marcia (Terry) Stacy of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and her son, Robert Mark (Sharon) Rupert, of Dillon, Colorado. She also leaves three grandchildren: Tracie Rupert, Erin Rupert, and Andrew Stacy.

Marlene Border
June 14, 1950 - November 9, 2005


     Marlene Border, age 55, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on November 9, 2005 at Central Michigan Community Hospital.
     Funeral services were held on Monday, November 14, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Deacon Larry Fussman officiating. Interment followed at Kelly Cemetery, Midland County, Michigan.
     Friends gathered with the family on Sunday, November 13, 2005 from 2-4 and 5-8 at Helms Funeral Home and again on Monday from 10 - 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions were suggested to the Morey Cancer Center.
     Marlene was born on Wednesday, June 14, 1950 the daughter of Frank and Iva (Denton) Kriesche.  She was a lifetime resident of the Mt. Pleasant area and owned Border’s Corner Store.
     Marlene is survived by her children: Sherrie Border and Kendra (Doug) Paulson; two grandchildren Hailey and Lucas Paulson; brothers: Dennis (Karen) Kriesche, Donald Kriesche, and Douglas (Judy) Kriesche; a sister Beverly Smith.
     She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter Cindy

Donna Jean (Sheppard) Merrill
May 13, 1930 - November 10, 2005


     Donna Jean (Sheppard) Merrill of Mount Pleasant, Michigan died Thursday, November 10, 2005 at her home after battling a long-term illness. A life-time resident of Mount Pleasant, she was 75.
     A memorial service was held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Helms Funeral Home in Mount Pleasant. Friends called at The Funeral Home Saturday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
     Memorials to Hospice of Central Michigan were suggested by the family.
     Mrs. Merrill was born May 13, 1930 in Mount Pleasant, the daughter of Lawrence and Irene (Collins) Sheppard. She married Glen W. “Bud” Merrill on January 6, 1951 in Mount Pleasant.
She was a homemaker and was employed by several restaurants as a cook where she was well known for her great tasting soups. Mrs. Merrill was a member of the Mount Pleasant Women of the Moose Lodge 195, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 110.
     She is survived by her four children: Glen W. “Bill” (Susan) Merrill, Jr. of Rockford, MI; Patricia Merrill of Mancelona, MI; Linda Merrill Healy of Belmont, NY; and, Paulette Merrill of Mount Pleasant, MI. Also surviving are three grandchildren: Matthew (Emily) Merrill of Charlotte, NC; Rebecca Merrill of Richmond, VA; and, Carissa Healy of Belmont, NY; one sister, Mary Huber; three brothers: Joseph (Rita) Sheppard, Jack (Louise) Sheppard, James (Lois) Sheppard; and two sisters-in-law: Lorraine Sheppard, and Shirley Sheppard. She also left behind many beloved nieces and nephews and friends too numerous to count.
     Mrs. Merrill was predeceased by her husband, Bud; and brothers; Maurice Sheppard, and William Sheppard.

Walter Nolan Fick, Jr.
March 20, 1925 - November 9, 2005

     Walter Nolan Fick, Jr., age 80, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on November 9, 2005, at Central Michigan Community Hospital.
     The funeral service took place on Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Helms Funeral Home. Interment was at Birch Run Township Cemetery, Birch Run, Michigan. Friends gathered with the family on Friday November 11, 2005 from 4-8 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home.
     Memorial contributions were suggested to The American Lung Association and The Community Cancer Services. Envelopes were available at the Funeral Home.
     Walter was born on Friday, March 20, 1925 in Shields, Michigan, the son of Walter N. and Allte (Kellogg) Fick.
     He married Margaret A. Donald on October 30, 1982 in Barryton, Michigan. He was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area for the past twenty-three years. Walter was an Electrical Engineer for Saginaw Steering Gear who retired in October of 1976. He was an active member of the Moose Lodge Chapter 195. He served with the U.S. Marines during WWII.
     Walter is survived by his wife, Margaret; sons: Ronald N. Fick, Thomas (Sherry) Fick, and Donald Fick; daughters: Deborah (Jerry) Fallon, and Beth Adado; step-son Edward (Deborah) Jackson; step-daughter, Bernita (John) Cuthbert; sixteen grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Clarence and a sister, Marie.

Bernice Viola Hankins
March 25, 1909 - November 9, 2005


     Bernice Viola Hankins, age 96, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2005 at her home.
     Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 10, 2005 at 7 p.m. from Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Nancy Casey Fulton of Hospice of Central Michigan officiating. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.
     Friends gathered with the family on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. prior to the funeral service at Helms Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan.
     Bernice was born on Thursday March 25, 1909 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan the daughter of Lewis and Bertha (Freese) Pease. She married Forrest Hankins on November 25, 1933 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. She was a lifetime resident of the Mt. Pleasant area. Bernice was a homemaker who loved fishing, eating out and spending time with her family. She was a lifetime bowler and was inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame in 1996.
      Bernice is survived by her daughters: Marlene Koons and Christine (Doug) Sims both of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; her son Glen (Aimee) Hankins of Mission, Texas, a sister Dorothy Finney, sixteen grandchildren, fifty-one great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Forest on September 3, 1982, a son Walter, a daughter Betty, two sons-in-law: Jerry Koons, and Donald Stanton; and three sisters: Helen, Cora, and Mary.

Gabriel ‘Gabe’ M. Dirk
June 3, 1926 - November 7, 2005

     Gabriel ‘Gabe’ M. Dirk, age 79, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2005 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Gabe was born on Thursday, June 3, 1926 in Wade, Norht Dakota, the son of Magnus and Marie (Steirt) Dirk. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margot (Waltz) Dirk. On June 4, 1988, he married Dorothea J. (Cook) Dirk. She preceded him in death on April 9, 2003.
     Gabe owned and operated his own heating and air conditioning company. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, the Moose Lodge, and the Eagles Lodge. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from October 20, 1950 until his discharge as a Corporal on February 25, 1953. He was a resident of Mt. Pleasant since 1983, moving from Saginaw.
     Survivors include his children, William Edward and Loria Dirk of Saginaw, Michigan, and Mary Catherine Dirk of Porter, Texas; six grandchildren; one great grandchild; a sister, Anna Walker of Steel, North Dakota. He was preceded in death by his two wives; both parents; six brothers: Vitlalis, Joseph, Engelhart, Adolf, Steve; two sisters: Monica Swichlich, and Bernadet Dirk.
     Funeral services were held on Friday, November 11, 2005 at the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Nancy Casey Fulton officiating. Interment followed the service at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.

 

October 2005

Kathryn B. Lutz
December 5, 1926 - October 30, 2005

     Kathryn B. Lutz, 78, of Shepherd, Michigan passed away at Tendercare of Mt. Pleasant,
Sunday, October 30, 2005
     Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2005 11 a.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with Pastor James Reamsma Officiating. Cremation will take place after the funeral service, with burial of the cremated remains in the family lot in Plainfield Cemetery, Plainfield, Michigan.
      Friends may gather with the family on Tuesday, November 1 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home. Memorial contributions have been suggested by the family to Ganiard Elementary School. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
      Kathryn was born on Sunday, December 5, 1926 in Michigan the daughter of Carl and Ruth (Warden) Bollinger.
      Kathryn was an elementary school teacher for the Mt. Pleasant Public Schools teaching for many years at Ganiard School. She was a member of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel. As member of Art Reach, she enjoyed quilting, needle work, painting on eggs, and oil painting.
     Survivors include her son and his wife: Jeff and Heather Lutz of Edmore; two grandchildren: Kathryn and Natalie Lutz; a brother: Alger and Jane Bollinger of Gregory, Michigan; and a sister: Patricia and Ray Fitzgerald of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
     She was preceded in death by her parents.

Florence Vorce
January 5, 1920 - October 29, 2005

     Florence Vorce, 80, of Fort Collins, Colorado passed away Saturday, October 29, 2005
     Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 3, 2005 11 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with Deacon Larry Fussman Officiating with burial following at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     Friends gathered with the family on Thursday, November 3 from 10-11 a.m. at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery Chapel. Memorial contributions were suggested to family. Envelopes were available at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Florence was born on Monday, January 5, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of Fred and Nora (Zajac) Zygmunt.
     Florence married Frank Vorce. She was a homemaker and worked for Holly Carburetor.
     She is survived by a daughter: Helen (Ernie) Yarbrough of Fort Collins, Colorado; brothers: Joe Zygmunt and Al Zygmunt; sisters: Mary Trussell and Gloria Zygmunt.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank on January 11, 1999, a daughter Patricia and a son Andrew.

Betty May Winter Sims
May 11, 1936 - October 23, 2005

     Betty May Winter Sims, 69, of Saginaw, Michigan passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2005 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 2 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor James Reamsma of the Oil City Assembly of God officiating. Interment followed in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     Friends gathered with the family on Wednesday, October 26 from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. The family suggested memorial contributions be made to Jackie Rhoade for medical assistance programs. Envelopes were available at the funeral home. Betty was born on Monday, May 11, 1936 in Kenora, Ontario, Canada the daughter of Leeland and Mabel (King) Winter. She was a resident of Saginaw for the past 20 years. Betty was a Licensed Practical Nurse, and worked for Jackie Rhoade in a private health care home. She enjoyed flower gardening.
     Survivors include her brother, Jim and Ramona Winter of Williams, California and a sister, Muriel and Fred Zollner of East Tawas, Michigan, and several nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Jeaneen Lou ‘De De’ Sheets
May 25, 1936 - October 16, 2005


      Jeaneen Lou ‘De De’ Sheets, 69, of Lakeland, Florida passed away Sunday, October 16, 2005 at Savannah Cottage.
Funeral services were held on Friday, October 21, 2005 at 1 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Deacon Larry Fussman officiating. Interment followed the funeral service at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. The family suggested memorial contributions to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
     Jeaneen was born on Monday, May 25, 1936 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan to Robert and Luella (Kohler) Swindlehurst. She married Dick E. Sheets in January 1959 and was a lifetime resident of the Mt. Pleasant area until her move to Florida six years ago. DeDe and her husband owned and operated Dick and DeDe’s Bar for 13 years. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Women of Moose.
     Jeaneen is survived by her son: Ricky Lee (Laura) Sheets of Lakeland, FL; mother: Luella Swindlehurst of Mt. Pleasant; brothers: Richard (Lisa) Swindlehurst, and Lelland Swindlehurst both of Mt. Pleasant; grandsons: Jason Lee Sheets and Trevor Michael Sheets; granddaughter: Rickie Leigh Sheets; nieces and nephews: Richie, Brandon, and Cara.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick; and her father Robert Swindlehurst.

 

N. Eileen Harkins
August 18, 1918 - October 16, 2005

     N. Eileen Harkins, 87, of Rosebush, died Sunday, October 16, 2005, at her home, Rosebush Manor.
     Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday at the Helms Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant with Dr. Stephen Shugert officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 19th and 10-11 a.m. on Thursday. Memorials are suggested to Rosebush Manor, the First Presbyterian Church organ fund, or Hospice of Central Michigan. Envelopes are available at Helms Funeral Home.
     Eileen was born Sunday, August 18, 1918, in Surrey Township, Clare County, Michigan, the daughter of Elmer and Anna Schofield. She was the seventh of ten siblings. She married Richard H. Harkins on October 8, 1938. They were married 58 years. He preceded her in death on March 7, 1997.
     Eileen attended Central Michigan University and worked for McClanahan Oil Company. She volunteered for many years for the American Red Cross and served as an executive director of the organization. She also volunteered at Central Michigan Community Hospital serving as a gray lady and at one time managed the blood bank. She was an avid golfer and a member of Mt. Pleasant Country Club for many years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Pleasant and served on many committees.
     Eileen is survived by a son John R. (Constance) Harkins of Mt. Pleasant, a daughter, Ann (John) Harkins Walker of Lake Isabella; a sister-in-law, Beatrice Leonard of Lake City, one brother, Raymond Schofield, two sisters, Doris Walsh of Alma, and Carol Jean Barber of Farwell. Eileen leaves behind her grandchildren Sheryl Cleary, Lauryl (Robert) Beeckman, Mark M. (Stephanie) Scott, Elizabeth H. (Richard) Meade, Christina A. (David) Hitesman, John M. Harkins, Gregory (Janet) Walker and Suzette M. Parks. She is also survived by twelve great grandchildren
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Audrey Christina (Putrill) Farison Bandurske

January 13, 1925 - October 15, 2005

     Audrey Christina (Putrill) Farison Bandurske, age 80, of Greendale Township, Midland County, passed away at Tendercare of Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, October 15, 2005. Audrey was born on Tuesday, January 13, 1925 to George and Hazel (Jackson) Purtill in Greendale Township. Audrey was a cosmetologist, and owned two beauty shops in Midland, including Dixon’s Beauty Shop. She married James Elmer Farison on June 29, 1941, he preceded her in death on September 18, 1959. She married Leonard Bandurske on July 3, 1964, he passed away on April 29, 1989. She was preceded in death by her sisters: Georgena Mae Purtill, and Dorothy Little; brothers: Raymond Eugene Purtill, Richard Alford (Louella) Purtill and Dale Leroy (Joan) Purtill. She is survived by her children: James (Elizabeth) Farison of Greendale Township, Larry (Linda) Farison of Greendale Township, Linda (Robert) Geeseman of Brooklyn, Michigan, and Dan Bandurske of Beverly Hills, Michigan. She is also survived by six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Audrey will be sadly missed by her family and several nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors. Per Audrey’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Graveside services will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, October 18 , 2005 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in Audrey’s name be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. Please see www.helmsfuneralhome.com for an online obituary and to leave a message for the family.

 

Betty Ann Gilbert
September 19, 1929 – October 5, 2005

     Betty Ann Gilbert, age 76, of Lake, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, October 5, 2005 at the Northwoods Nursing Center, Farwell, Michigan. Betty was born on Thursday, September 19, 1929 in Marion, Michigan, the daughter of William and Pearl (McLaughlin) Phelps. She was a resident of the Lake area for the past 10 years, moving to Lake from Grand Blanc, Michigan, where she had lived for 30 years.
     Betty was a home maker who enjoyed cooking, cake decorating, sewing, making ceramics and doing crafts. She was a former member of the Eagles Lodge.
     In following Betty’s wishes, cremation has taken place. No services are planned.
     Survivors include her two children, Troy Gilbert of Lake, MI, and Tracy Gilbert of Kissimmee, FL; a granddaughter, Kaylie Jones of Alpena, MI; four brothers: Jack Phelps of Flushing, MI, Stanley and Donna Phelps of Bluff Lake, MI, Clayton and Janet Phelps of Mt. Pleasant, MI, and Harry and Mary Phelps of Rosebush, MI; three sisters: Helen Henry of Lake, MI, Daisy Allen of Farwell, MI, and Maxine Travarrow of Kentwood, MI; a sister in law, Josephine Phelps.
     Betty was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers: Bob, Joe, Dennis, Thomas, Clifford Phelps, and Lyle Henry; three sisters: Maude Bowers, Virginia McBride, and Marge Phelps.


Jessie May Dunavant
January 30, 1924 – October 1, 2005

     Jessie May Dunavant, age 81, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2005 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Jessie was born on Wednesday, January 30, 1924 in Bay City, Michigan, the daughter of Gilbert Ward and Ethel Emma (Nellis) Clark.
     Jessie was buried in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, October 5, 2005 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility for the residents and staff.

September 2005

Gregory Joseph Sawmick
November 2, 1955 - September 22, 2005

     Gregory Joseph Sawmick, age 49, of Suttons Bay, Michigan passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2005 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
     Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 26, 2005 at 1 p.m. at the Chippewa Indian United Methodist Church Tabernacle with Rev. Owen White-Pigeon and Rev. Joseph Sprague officiating. Interment will follow the funeral service at Denver Township Cemetery.
     Friends may gather with the family at the Chippewa United Methodist Church on Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. with a Wake Service at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. with a Wake Service at 7 p.m.
     Gregory was born on Wednesday, November 2, 1955 in Traverse City, Michigan the son of George A. and Elsie (Wasaqum) Sawmick.
     Greg was a resident of Suttons Bay for nine years. He worked as a Laborer for Spectrum.
     He is survived by his soul mate: Robin Raphael; children: Christina (Charles) Benz, Gregory (Patty) Sawmick, Amanda (Chris) Sawmick, Summer Raphael, Rick Raphael, Mike Raphael, Andrew “Bear” (Valerie) Raphael, Simone Raphael; many many grandchildren; brothers: Ralph (Kathy) Sawmick, Daniel (Margo) Sawmick, Samson (Helga) Sawmick, Jeremy (Shawn) Sawmick and Zachary Sawmick; Sisters Yvonne (Bruce) Dyer, Gladys Sawmick, Michelle (Jose) Pema; Aunt Dorothy Netmop; and former wife Christine Wilson.
     He was preceded in death by his parents George and Elsie Sawmick; a sister: Ramona Rodriguiez; a niece Alexandria Sawmick; and a grandson Charles Henry Benz III.

Ronald Lee Cottrell
May 17, 1937 - September 16, 2005

     Ronald Lee Cottrell, age 68, of Oil City, Michigan passed away Friday, September 16, 2005 at Tendercare of Mt. Pleasant.
     Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 19, 2005 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Richard Thompson, Jr. of the New Life Family Worship Center in Traverse City, Michigan. Interment will follow the service in Kelly Cemetery, Midland County, Michigan.
     Friends may gather with the family on Saturday, September 17 from 6-8 p.m. and on Sunday, September 18 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.
     Friends considering a memorial contribution in Ron’s memory may wish to consider the Mid-Michigan Visiting Nurses Association. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.
Ron was born on Monday, May 17, 1937 in Oil City, Michigan Preceded in death by Roscoe and Pearl (Foster) Cottrell.
     Ron married Madilyn Conklin on December 31, 1958. Madilyn passed away in 1991. He was a lifetime area resident. Ron worked as a welder in mobile home manufacturing. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1956 until his discharge in 1959. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing his guitar, and visiting with his grandchildren.
     Ron is survived by his children: Cindy (Keith) Ames, Ronald Cottrell, Jr., Vickie (Mark) Hyde, Patrick (Terri) Cottrell, Dave (Kati) Cottrell, and Steve (Josi) Cottrell; ten grandchildren: Shannon, Bryan, Amber, Ashley, Kelsey, Jessica, Alexandrea, Tyler, Tristan, and Bailey. Brothers: Clyde (Donna) Cottrell, Richard (Ellen) Cottrell, and Marvin (Charlene) Cottrell; a sister, Bonnie (Harry) Honeycutt.
     He was preceded in death by his wife, Madilyn; a brother, Roscoe; and both parents.

Hazel L. Fortin
December 28, 1917 - September 12, 2005

     Hazel L. Fortin, age 87, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Monday, September 12, 2005 at Isabella County Medical Care Facility.
     Funeral service were held on Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. from Helms Funeral Home with Deacon Larry Fussman officiating. Interment followed the service at Calvary Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant
     Friends gathered with the family on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
     She was born on Friday December 28, 1917 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the daughter of John Leslie and Lesta Olive (Blakely) Rufner.
     She married Leonard J. Fortin in January 1935. Hazel was a lifetime resident of the Mt. Pleasant area. She worked at Mt. Pleasant Country Club as a cook. She enjoyed cooking.
Hazel is survived by her children: John J. Fortin of Clio and Leonard ‘Gene’ (Cindy) Fortin of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren; Lynne, Ryan, Rae Ann, and Jeannine (Blair) Kelly; great granddaughter Kerra
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard, on August 5, 1972, her parents, a brother, two sisters, and daughter-in-law Mary.

 

Esther Ruth McNeal
February 28, 1919 - September 11, 2005


     Esther Ruth McNeal, age 86, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2005, at Central Michigan Community Hospital.
     Memorial services were held on Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Samuel Reith officiating. Interment of the cremated remains will take place at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Isabella County.
     Memorial Contributions were suggested to the wishes of the family, envelopes were available at the church and at Helms Funeral Home.
     Esther was born on Friday, February 28, 1919 in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Stanley W. and Ruth (McGowan) Ostrander
     She had been a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area for 32 years. Esther was a teacher in Parochial Schools, and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, and also a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant.
     She is survived by her children: Ethel Mae Kellum, JoAnn (Al) Bucco, and Ron (Linda) Smades; 12 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren; and 5 great great grandchildren; a brother Ward and a sister Lois.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Shirley and a brother Clark

James Floyd Green, Sr.
May 20, 1929 - September 11, 2005

     James Floyd Green, Sr., age 76, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2005 at his home.
     Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 17, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt.Pleasant with Rev. James Reamsma officiating. Interment followed at Chippewa Township Cemetery in Isabella County.
     Friends may gather with the family at Helms Funeral Home on Thursday and Friday, September 15 and 16, 2005 from 5-8 p.m.
     Memorial contributions are suggested to the wishes of the family.
     James was born on Monday, May 20, 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to William Floyd and Malinda Louise (Pontiac) Green.
     He married Annie Lena Luchene. James was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area since 1995. He was a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and was self employed as a musician.
     James is survived by his children: Jo Anne Green, Helen (Larry) North, Violet Linda Green, Donna Marie (Dan) Willems, Mary Kay (Sylvester) Green-Mott, James Floyd Green, Jr., Anna Marie (James) Roney, Loyce Ann Green, William Thomas (Dawn) Green; step-children: Albert, Martha, and Grace; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters Opal Ramsey, Violet Zeeryp, Beatrice Hale, Robert (Laurie) Hinmon, Bruce (Vera) Hinmon, Celia (James) Osawabine; Many Nieces and Nephews and great nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his wife, of more than 50 years, Annie in 2001; his parents; sisters: Mary Ann and Wanetia; brothers Thomas Green and LeRoy Hinmon; granddaughter Belinda Ann Green; grandson Thomas James Green; great granddaughter Marticella Green.


Winifred Agnes ‘Aggie’ Morrison Wing
April 27, 1926 - September 7, 2005

     Winifred Agnes ‘Aggie’ Morrison Wing, age 79 of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, September 7, 2005 at the Cleveland Heart Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio.
     Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 12, 2005 at 2 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Richard Fulkerson of the Central Michigan Free Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow the service in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.
     Friends may gather with the family on Sunday, September 11 from 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Agnes was born on Tuesday, April 27, 1926 in Rosebush, Michigan the daughter of Peter Neil and Lillian Anne (Marshall) Morrison
     On April 16, 1944, Agnes married Walter Wing in Mt. Pleasant. Walt preceded her in death on March 15, 1984.
     Agnes was a lifetime area resident. Agnes was co-owner of W. W. Wing Auto Parts, a business she and Walt started in 1974. She was a member of the Central Michigan Free Methodist Church.
     Memorial Contributions were suggested to the whishes of the family.
     Aggie is survived by her children, Skip and Mary Wing of Mt. Pleasant, Jean and Lloyd Fry of Shepherd, Connie Wing and her significant other, Richard Davis of Rosebush, Penny and Lance Shattuck of Mt. Pleasant; twelve grandchildren, six great grandchildren; sister: Margurite Dent of Mt. Pleasant; sisters-in-law: Beulah Wing and Kay Morrison, both of Mt. Pleasant, and Bessie and Harold Snyder of Winn; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
     Agnes was preceded in death by her husband, Walter in 1984; both parents; five brothers: Arthur, Francis, Don, Ivan and Robert; three sisters: Catherine Morrison, Mildred Morrison, and Bonnie Bowerman.

Creole (Tucker) Dalzell
February 17, 1911 - September 1, 2005


     Creole (Tucker) Dalzell, age 94, died Thursday, September 1, 2005 at Boulevard Hills Nursing Facility in Rochester Hills, MI.  Creole was born February 17, 1911 to C. Lavern and Anna A. (Dickerson) Tucker in Winn, MI.
     Mrs. Dalzell had been a resident in Lexington, MI, and was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Mt. Pleasant, MI. A Life Member of Lexington Order of the Eastern Star #137, Lexington, MI, General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Mt. Pleasant, Life Member of Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel and member of Isabella County Retired School Personnel. She retired from Central Michigan University in 1972.
     Surviving are two sons, Richard J. and his wife, Jeanine, and Arthur B and his wife, Lauren. Three granddaughters survive: Deidre (Pat) Piechocki, Andrea (David) Griffin, and Leslie Dalzell. Also surviving are three great-grandchildren, Ciara Griffin, Linnea and Declan Piechocki. In addition, surviving is a sister, Lucretia Bailey, Wheeling, WV. Proceeding Mrs. Dalzell in death were her parents and a grandson, Michael.
     Arrangements are by Helms Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Riverside Cemetery. Family service will be provided by St. John’s Episcopal Church at the cemetery. Friends considering a memorial contribution in Creole’s memory may wish to consider Central Michigan University. Memorials may be sent to Helms Funeral Home, 330 S. University Ave., Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48858.

August 2005


Ernestine (Skip) R. Lauer
June 9, 1915 – August 22, 2005

     Ernestine Ross Lauer, 90, was promoted to her eternal home on Aug. 22 from Country Place Assisted Care in Mt. Pleasant, where she joined her parents, husband George N. Lauer, and brother and sister-in-law Irving (Ted) and Elizabeth Ross.
     She was born to Irving Emerson and Florence Ernestine Ross on June 9, 1915 in Needham, MA. In The suburban town of Boston, she began her lifelong love of books and music by playing the violin and piano by ear. Ernestine was baptized into the Lord’s family at the First Baptist Church of Needham. She graduated from Needham H. S. in 1932, where she was known as “Ernie” and noted for her golden locks, being the best girl dancer, and the most humorous and optimistic girl. She commuted by train to Boston University where she was active in the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and graduated with a business degree in 1936. After working in advertising for a couple years, George N. Lauer came into her life and they were married in Needham on June 22, 1940. For their honeymoon they headed to Niagara Falls and on to MI to meet the Lauer family. After a visit to Mt. Pleasant to see his Alma Mater, they began their 30 year association with the University and Skip made their home for 65 years.
     Ernestine’s life was a witness for her love of the Lord and her family by blessing others with her practical ways of providing for them. She was involved with the Laboratory school P.T.A., boy and girl scout activities and programs and functions at Central, including the Faculty Dames. Her involvement at the First United Methodist Church included the Women’s Society, District offices, money counter, and Mary - Martha Circle where she found many life-long friends. She also cherished her friends in the sewing group and P.E.O. She enjoyed working on the planning board for the Riverview Apts. In Mt. Pleasant and her participation on the Friends of the Library Board. She was very thrilled and surprised when presented with the Paul Harris Award from George and the Rotary Club!
     Ernestine earned her Master’s Degree in English at Central in 1967 and taught freshman English and Children’s Literature for 5 years before George’s retirement. Many students completed their degrees while living at their home as they enjoyed 20 winters in Clearwater, FL. She was privileged to have traveled to 35 countries in connection with Rotary International Conventions on tours planned and directed by George.
     She lives on in the hearts and lives of daughters Nan (Jim) Spindler of Battle Creek, MI and Sara (Gary) Sheldon of Missoula, MT, and son Nick (Sally) Lauer of Decatur, IL, her grand children Jeff (Annette) Spindler, Emily, Todd, and Molly Lauer, Allan and Bethany Sheldon, and Laura (Jordan) Knutson, and great grandchildren Justin and Hannah Spindler.
     The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff and caregivers at Country Place and special friend and loyal companion Ollie Clifton for the loving care shown to our mother over the past 5 years!!.
     Visitation will be at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, on Thurs. 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a celebration of life service on Friday, Aug. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with a luncheon served at First Methodist Church following the burial at Memorial Gardens.
     The family requests that those who desire may give memorials to the George N. and Ernestine Lauer Scholarship Fund at Central Michigan University, or First United Methodist Church, 400 S. Main St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

 

Victoria Frances Bowen
July 17, 1927-August 22, 2005

     Victoria Frances Bowen, age 78, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 22, 2005 at her daughter’s home in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Vicky was born on Sunday, July 17, 1927 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the daughter of Nick and Mary (Lupp) Solomie. She married Robert C. Bowen on July 20, 1947 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Robert passed away on February 8, 2001.
     Vicky was especially proud of her job at Tuma’s Country Gourmet and the opportunity to meet so many of Mt. Pleasant’s residents. She loved living at her home in the woods, watching and feeding the deer and animals in her yard. She was a resident of the area for the past fifteen years.
     Vicky is survived by her children: Deborah Marie (Robert) Johnson of Rochester, New York, Barbara R. (Chris) Theunissen of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and Robert C. (Wendy) Bowen, Jr. of Saline, Michigan; her grandchildren: Matthew (Angelica), and Laura Johnson, Craig, Steve, Dan, and Vicki Theunissen, Keith and Geoffrey Bowen; two sisters: Nina Mary Hendrixson and Virginia Ann Garwood, both of Indianapolis, Indiana. Vicky was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, and her parents.
     Following Vicky’s wishes, no services are planned and cremation has taken place.

 

Shirley Ann Acker
August 9, 1940 – August 14, 2005

     Shirley Ann Acker, age 65, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, August 14, 2005.
     Funeral service will take place on Thursday, August 18, 2005, 12:00 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home. Rev. Nancy Fulton will be officiating, and interment will take place at Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Friends may gather with the family on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the service at 12 noon. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan.
     Shirley was born on Friday, August 9, 1940 in Gaines, Michigan to Clarence and Ethel (Tibets) Natzel. She married Kenneth Acker and was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area for the past forty years. Shirley worked as a greeter for Meijer.
     She is survived by her children: Connie “Rusti” Bartshe, Debra Musil and Victoria Monroe; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild; a brother Ed Natzel and a sister Peggy Churches.
     Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth; a son Tony Musil; and a sister Judy Natzel.

 

James B. Shaffer
January 5, 1941—August 8, 2005

     James B. Shaffer, age 64, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2005 at his home. Jim was born on Sunday, January 5, 1941 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the son of John S. and Dolores A. (Harber) Shaffer. He married Janis L. (Kuhn) Barrett on April 21, 2001 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
     Jim was a Certified Public Accountant, who worked at a variety of jobs, including many years with Weinlander, Fitzhugh in Gladwin, Michigan. His last job was as Assistant Treasurer for the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant. Jim was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant, a member of the Gladwin Rotary Club, the Knights of Columbus, and the Chamber of Commerce, all in Gladwin. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Midland Area Credit Union for 5 years. He enjoyed camping, riding his Gold Wing motorcycle and sports of all kinds, especially football and NASCAR. He played softball and basketball and coached Little League. Jim was a graduate of Midland High School, class of 1959, where he held several track records, some of which were not beaten for over 30 years. He was a 1972 graduate of Central Michigan University. Jim was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a SP4 on active duty from October 20, 1961 until October 19, 1964.
     Survivors include his wife, Janis; two sons: James B. (Tammy) Shaffer, II of Wixom, Michigan, and Jon L. (Sarah) Shaffer of Big Rapids, Michigan and their mother, Ella May Shaffer of Sanford, Michigan; two daughters: Caitlin E. and Alissa M. Barrett; his father: John S. Shaffer of Gladwin, Michigan; four grandchildren: Michael, Kristen, Benjamin, and Luke; three brothers: John ‘Jack’ (Carol) Shaffer of Edenville, Michigan, Robert J. (Debra) Shaffer of Midland, Michigan, and Steven ‘Butch’ (Melody) Shaffer of Burton, Michigan; one sister, Ann M. (Gary) Myers of Gladwin, Michigan; his father and mother-in-law: Calvin and Dorothy Kuhn of Ishpeming, Michigan, and a sister-in-law: Kristin and David Culliton of Wichita, Kansas. Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Dolores A. Shaffer in 2000 and his grandparents: Oliver R. and Mamie Shaffer, and Bruno I. and Anna Harber.
     Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 11, 2005 from the First United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. with Rev. John Boley officiating. Friends gathered with the family at the Helms Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 10 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and again on Thursday at the First United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial of the cremated remains will take place at a later date in Ishpeming Cemetery, Ishpeming, Michigan. The family that suggested memorial contributions in Jim’s memory be made to the First United Methodist Church, CMU Public Broadcasting, Hospice of Central Michigan, or to the wishes of the family. Envelopes were available at the Helms Funeral Home, 330 S. University Ave., Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48858.

Richard A. Gibson
November 5, 1931—August 5, 2005

     Richard A. Gibson, age 73, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Friday, August 5, 2005 in Mt. Pleasant. Richard was born on Thursday, November 5, 1931 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the son of Willard and Sadie (Saari) Gibson. He was married to Amber Gladys Patten until she passed away on December 29, 1973.
     Richard was a custodian for various companies in the area. He was a Life Member of the Shepherd VFW. He loved the outdoors, spending time with his grandsons and visiting with friends. Richard was a veteran of the U.S. Army, proudly serving in the Korean Conflict with the Paratroopers from March 21, 1951 until his discharge on March 20, 1954.
      Survivors include his children, Andrea, Jack and fiancée Rachel, Beth, Ruthann, and Linda; grandsons Jay, Danny, Maya, and Ross, all of Grand Rapids and many other grandchildren; siblings Rita Van Ocker of Charlotte, Michigan, W.K. Gibson of Mt. Pleasant, Shirley French of Mt. Pleasant, Connie and Jim Calkins of Harrison, Don and Connie Denman of Farwell, Sandra and Joe Blodgett of Farwell, Willard and Sue Denman of Blanchard, and Nancy and Larry Gott of Winn; and many nieces and nephews. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his son Rick, his wife Amber, and a sister Norma.
     Memorial services were held on Friday, August 12, 2005 at 2 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Mr. John Engelhardt officiating. Interment of the cremated remains will take place at a later date in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.

Bertha Elnora Loomis

July 28, 1902 - August 1, 2005

     Bertha Elnora Loomis, was born on Monday, July 28, 1902 in Gilmore, Michigan, and left this world to be with her Lord on Monday, August 1, 2005 in Casper, Wyoming after 103 years on this earth.
     Bertha was married for over 60 years to Miles Loomis, who passed away in 1985. She was also preceded in death by one son, Virgil, her son Nelson’s wife, Betty, and a great grandson, Timothy James Loomis.
     Survivors include her two sons, Nelson Loomis of Casper, Wyoming, and Wayne and Alice Jean Loomis, of Bath, Michigan; nine grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren; and two great grandchildren, spread all over the United States; and a sister-in-law, Betty McAlvey of Florida.
     Bertha lived most of her life as a wife and mother in Weidman, Michigan. She spent the last few years in Casper, Wyoming, with her son, Nelson. She enjoyed reading her bible, and tatting.
     Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Rich Hilton officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Gardens, Mt. Pleasant.

     Friends may gather with the family on Monday, August 8, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.

July 2005

Ashton Jay Bonar
July 30, 2005 - July 30, 2005

     Ashton Jay Bonar of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2005 at University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
     Funeral services will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2005 at Helms Funeral Home with Rev. John Boley officiating.
     Friends may gather with the family on Thursday, August 4, 2005 from 12-2 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. The family suggests contributions to the choice of the donor.
     Ashton was born on Saturday, July 30, 2005 in Mt. Pleasant to Sheree Rose Bonar
     He is survived by his mother Sheree Rose Bonar of Mt. Pleasant; grandparents Gary and Mary Mullin of Mt. Pleasant; great grandparents Inez and Dean Crosby of Elwell, Michigan and Sidney and Nancy Yeager of Texas; an uncle Jeff Bonar, aunt Amanda Bonar, and uncle Bradley Mullin.

God’s garden has a need of a little flower,
It had grown for a time here below,
But in tender love
He took it above,
In more favorable clime to grow.

    The family would like to thank to all friends and family for their support during this time of loss.

Floyd ‘Curly’ Roger Overfield
July 26, 1914—July 29,2005

     Floyd ‘Curly’ Roger Overfield, age 91, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2005 at Rosebush Manor in Rosebush, Michigan. Curly was born on Sunday, July 26, 1914 in Decatur, Illinois, the son of John and Zora M. (Tomblingson) Overfield. He was a Mt. Pleasant resident since 1930, having moved from Bridgeport, Illinois.
     Curly was a finish carpenter, working with Local 1456. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class from December 15, 1943 until his discharge on January 13, 1946. He was a member of the American Legion Post. He took great pride in his garden and yard, and enjoyed his cottage.
     Survivors include his children: Roger and Linda Overfield of Coopersville, Michigan, Jerry and Connie Overfield of Petaluma, California, and Ruth and Dallas Jason of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; 8 grandchildren: Jennifer and Dr. David Raffo, Kendra, Scott, Chris, Lisa, Theresa, Dartanion, and Monica; and thirteen great grandchildren; nieces and nephews: Guy and Phyllis Massick, Larry and Wilma Ervin, Richard and Barbara Curtiss, and Lloyd “Butch” and Charlotte Arthur. Curly was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; both parents; a daughter: Nancy Lee Overfield; a sister: Florence Haught; four brothers: Charles, Leo, Purle, and Glen Overfield; and a grandson: Thomas.
     Friends gathered with the family on Sunday, July 31, 2005 from 4-8 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home. Funeral services were held on Monday, August 1, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Mary Ann Evans-Justin officiating. Interment took place in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     Friends planning a memorial contribution may wish to consider Rosebush Manor or Hospice of Central Michigan. Envelopes were available at the Helms Funeral Home.

 

Daniel Alexander Darnell
March 29, 1955—July 27, 2005


     Daniel Alexander Darnell, age 50, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Dan was born on Tuesday, March 29, 1955 in Flint, Michigan, the son of Floyd and Dorothy (Smith) Darnell. He was an area resident of the Mt. Pleasant area his entire life.
     Dan worked at various police and security jobs in the area. He enjoyed camping, the out of doors, playing cards, and a good meal.
     Survivors include his daughter Kimberly Darnell and her mother Brenda of Carson City, Michigan; his mother, Dorothy Darnell of Mt. Pleasant; five brothers: Ken Darnell of Saginaw, Kevin and Kathy Darnell, Thomas Darnell, both of Mt. Pleasant, Steve Darnell of Shepherd, and Brian and Evelyn Darnell of Weidman; three sisters: Diane and Tim Ellis of Big Spring, Texas, Kathy Darnell of New Jersey, and Tammy and Tom Darnell of Kansas City, Missouri; along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd; a brother, Jeff Darnell; and a sister, Debra Darnell.
     Memorial services were held on Saturday, July 30, 2005 at Helms Funeral Home with Rev. James Simcox officiating. Interment of the cremated remains took place in Chippewa Township Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Darwin Elmer Nystrom
January 9, 1926 - July 25, 2005

     Darwin Elmer Nystrom, age 79, of Cadillac, Michigan passed away, peacefully at home, on Monday, July 25, 2005
     No services are planed at this time. Interment of Darwin’s cremated remains was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Cadillac.
     Memorial contributions were made in his memory to the Cadillac United Methodist Church, 1020 E. Division, Cadillac, MI 49601.
     Darwin was born on Saturday, January 9, 1926 in Cadillac, Michigan His parents were Elmer and Lucille (Gilchrist) Nystrom
     He married Faith Esther Boadway on February 26, 1949
     He was a resident of the Cadillac area for three years. Darwin retired from the Michigan State Police as a Detective Sergeant after 31 years of service. He was a member of the Cadillac United Methodist Church. He served in the US Navy from April 1944 to August 1949 as a Gunners Mate 2nd Class. He was a very successful deer hunter all of his life.
     Darwin is survived by his wife, Faith Esther, his children: Darlene (Leroy) Shively, Jim (Diane) Nystrom, Linda (Benton) Heisler, Jeff (Jean) Nystrom, and Robert (Ronda) Nystrom, grandchildren: Lindsey, Allison, Shannon, Jordon, Kelsey, Hannah, Elin, and Isaac; great grandchildren: Magnus, Greta, and Ginger; brother Larry Thomas (Roberta Irene) Nystrom; and sisters: Arlene Lucille Miles and Florence Louise Bowman; brother-in-law, Robert Scutt.
     Darwin was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents: Peter and Anna Nystrom and Tom and Marcella Gilchrist; brother: Donald; and sister: Dorothy Scutt; brothers-in-law Curtis Miles and John Bowman
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Bonnie Bethel Backus
July 8, 1912 - July 16, 2005


     Bonnie Bethel Backus, 93, of Shepherd, Michigan passed away July 16, 2005 at Tendercare Mt. Pleasant.
     Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home with Pastor Gene Haymaker officiating. Interment will take place at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.
     Friends gathered with the family on Monday, July 18, 2005, from 2-8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the funeral service.
     Bonnie was born on Monday July 8, 1912 in Clendenin, West Virginia. She married Earl William Backus on February 6, 1928 in West Virginia. Her parents were Edward Glen Welch and Elva May (White) Welch. Bonnie was a resident of the Shepherd and Mt. Pleasant area since 1932. She was a home maker, a member of the Chippewa Baptist Church, and the Greendale Community Center for Senior Citizens.
     Bonnie is survived by her children: Earl Duane (Nancy) Backus of Higgins Lake, and Judith A. (Bernard) Backus-Flint of Blanchard; daughters-in-law Myrtle and Pat; a sister-in-law Laura Welch of Midland; thirteen grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren, and twenty great great grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Earl, two sons William and Dale Backus; two brothers Bolton and Edward Welch; an infant brother, Dalton, and an infant sister Sylbia Marie.
     The family suggested memorial contributions to Tendercare Mt. Pleasant or Chippewa Baptist Church.

Daniel N. Stacy
March 22, 1923 - July 13, 2005

     Daniel N. Stacy, age 82, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at Covenant HealthCare – Harrison Campus, Saginaw, Michigan.
     Funeral services will be on Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church with Pastor Samuel Reith officiating.
     Daniel’s cremated remains will be interred at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     Friends may gather with the family on Friday, July 15, 2005 from 5-8 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home, and on Saturday, July 16, 2005 from 10-11 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church.
Daniel was born on Friday, March 22, 1923 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan to Maynard and Nettie (Niswonger) Stacy. He married Betty Adams on January 28, 1950 in Mt. Pleasant. Daniel was a lifetime resident of the Mt. Pleasant area. He was a member, and past Commander, of the VFW Post #3033. He loved Tiger Baseball and Piston Basketball as well as hunting and fishing.
     Daniel is survived by his wife, Betty, his children: Terry (Marcia) Stacy of Mt. Pleasant, Patricia (Richard) Harris of Harrison, Penny (Thomas) Leathley of Reno, Nevada, and Melanie (George) McWilliams of Seminole, Florida; grandchildren: Andrew Stacy, Suzanne and Lisa Harris, Marissa and Brendan McWilliams; a brother, Glen Stacy, and two sisters: Edith Howland and Helen Hagerman.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Hazel Fox.
     Memorial contributions are suggested to Zion Lutheran Church or Isabella County Commission on Aging.

Leonard Alexander
October 9, 1962 – July 10, 2005


     Leonard Alexander, age 42, of Mount Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2005 at Central Michigan Community Hospital.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Patty Lambert officiating. Internment will follow at Woodland Cemetery, Rosebush, Michigan.
     Friends may gather with the family on Tuesday, July 12, 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home.
     Leonard was born Tuesday, October 9, 1962 in Mount Pleasant to Victor Jackson and Evelyn Inda (Keezhig) Alexander. He was a lifelong resident of the Mount Pleasant area and a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.
     Leonard is survived by his special friend Jenny Gibbons of Riverdale, and his children, Nathan McDaniel of Mt. Pleasant, Cheyanne Alexander and Tabitha Alexander of Riverdale, Beatrice VanConant-Alexander, and George VanConant-Alexander. He is also survived by his father, Victor Jackson of Mt. Pleasant, and a granddaughter Cordelia McDaniel; his brother, William Alexander of Mt. Pleasant, and sisters Julia Wixson and Carolyn Folts of Rosebush, and Shirley Burch of Mt. Pleasant; eight nieces and nephews, Trevor, Travis, and Nicole Alexander, Jason Wixsn, Lisa Kennedy, Doyletta Good, Theal Burch, and Diane Roux.
     Leonard was preceded in death by his mother and a sister, Geraldine.

Debiziikwe Ranae Wemigwans
May 30, 2005 – July 10, 2005

     Debiziikwe Ranae Wemigwans, age 5 Weeks, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away Sunday, July 10, 2005 at Central Michigan Community Hospital.
     Funeral services will be on Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at the Chippewa Indian United Methodist Church with Rev. Joseph Sprague and Rev. Owen White-Pigeon officiating. Internment will take place following the service at Woodland Cemetery, Rosebush, Michigan
     Friends may gather with the family on Wednesday at Chippewa Indian United Methodist Church
     Debiziikwe was born on Monday, May 30, 2005 to John Charles Wemigwans and Marie Elena Fleming
     She is survived by her parents; grandparents: Jaqueline Wemigwans of Mt. Pleasant, Gerald Fleming and Maureen O’leary of Lac Courte, Wisconsin, Angela Wemigwans and George Sprague of Mt. Pleasant; great grandparents Joyce Hart of Mt. Pleasant, and Rita Wemigans of Blind River, Ontario; aunts and uncles: Bruno and Jolene Wemigwans, Keeshta and Courtney Wemigwans, Thomas I. Wemigwans, Larissa Wemigwans, Carrie Ann Wemigwans, Suzanne Alexis Wemigwans, Julianne Flemming, Geraldine “Dena” Fleming all of Mt. Pleasant; great aunts and uncles: John Pete and Mary Trepanier of Lac Courte, Wisconsin, Richard and Charlene Trepanier of Lac Courte, Wisconsin, Jolene and James Wilson of Twin Lakes, Michigan, Melita Trepanier and Joe Sprague of Twin Lakes, Michigan, Patrick and Sue Trepanier of Lac Courte, Wisconsin, Debra and Vincente Vidana of Chicago, IL, Kathy Hart of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Paula Alexander and Frank of Grand Rapids, Paul Hart, of Mt. Pleasant, John Hart of Mt. Pleasant, and Patricia and Brian Wemigwans of Mt. Pleasant
     She was preceded in death by her great grandparents: Walter and Geraldine Trepanier of Lac Courte, Wisconsin, John Hart of Mt. Pleasant, Arthur Fleming and Isadore Wemigwans; grandparents Isadore “Tom” Daniel Joseph Wemigwans of Wikwemikong, Ontario, great uncle Joseph Alfred “Brownie” Trepanier

Clinton Russell Pelcher Sr.
June 3, 1917 - July 8, 2005

     Clinton Russell Pelcher Sr., age 88, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on July 8, 2005 at Isabella County Medical Care Facility.
      Funeral service will be on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 12 noon at the Seventh Generation Cultural Center at 7957 E. Remus Rd., Mt. Pleasant. Officiating Ojibwe Spiritual Leaders of the Bay Mills Reservation, Dwight Bucko Teeple and Andrew LeBlanc; Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, Milton Pelcher. Internment will take place in Chippewa Township Cemetery following the funeral service.
     Visitation will be after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, all day on Sunday and Monday at the Seventh Generation Cultural Center.
     Clinton was born on Sunday, June 3, 1917 in Rosebush, Michigan to Isaac Pelcher and Lucy (Stevens) Pelcher. He was a lifetime resident of the area. He married Mildred June Pamptope on May 1, 1946 in Mt. Pleasant. Clinton worked for the railroad for 15 years loading and unloading railcars and tankers. He worked for Roosevelt Refinery for 5 years, and farmed for 23 years. For relaxation he enjoyed reading and baseball games. Clinton was veteran of the US Army during WWII as a Staff Sergeant.
     Clinton is survived by his children: Clinton (special friend Honi) Pelcher Jr., Steven Warren Pelcher, Milton Charles (Vivian) Pelcher, Earl Dean (Mary) Pelcher, and Carl Roy (Mark Sanford) Pelcher all of Mt. Pleasant and Anita Pelcher (extended family member); two sisters Marie Herman of Florida, and Dorothy Shawano of Mt. Pleasant; and twenty-nine grandchildren, forty-one great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
     Clinton was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mildred on July 27, 1987, a son John Jay Pelcher, a brother John Pelcher, sisters Bernice Chapoton, and Viola and great grandsons Eli and Brandon.


Hugh Donald “Don” Swindlehurst
July 28, 1921 – July 2, 2005

     Hugh Donald “Don” Swindlehurst, 83, of Rosebush passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2005, at Mid Michigan Medical Center in Clare.
     Funeral services for Don will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2005, at 1:00 p.m. at the Rosebush Presbyterian Church with Rev. Mary Ann Evans-Justin officiating. The family will receive friends at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, July 5, 2005, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and an hour before the service on Wednesday at the Church.
     Don was born July 28, 1921, in Rosebush, the son of Hugh and Marie Swindlehurst; he resided in Rosebush all of his life. He attended Mt. Pleasant High School and received from College of Life Insurance Underwriters (CLU) on Brynmar, PA. Don married Onalee Graham on August 9, 1941; together they had three children and they raised registered Angus cattle on the Donlee Stockfarm.
     Among his many jobs Don worked as a gas station operator, owned and operated a creamery route, worked in the oilfields, was a feed salesman and was an agent for the Farm Bureau Insurance Company for 25 years. As an insurance agent he was highly successful, winning many awards and trips. Don was a life-long member of the Rosebush Presbyterian Church and served as the Sunday School Superintendent and an Elder. He was active in the Isabella-Denver 4-H Club, working with beef cattle. He enjoyed farming, golf and traveling. He especially enjoyed his winters in Florida.
     Don is survived by his wife Onalee, and his children, Margie Geasler (James Achterberg) of Zephyrhills, Florida; Lynn Swindlehurst (Susie) of Lake Isabella; and Marianne Krautmanis (Agris) of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is also survived by his brother, Tom Swindlehurst (Pat) of Mt. Pleasant; sister, Leona Sims (Pete) of Mt. Pleasant; and Ann Knapp (Gary) of Mt Pleasant; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Dorothy Robertson and one brother, Jim Swindlehurst.
     Memorial contributions may be made to the Rosebush Presbyterian Church or the Rosebush Manor, of which Don was a contributing founder.

June 2005

 

Mary Ellen Loomis
July 19, 1928 - June 24, 2005

     Mary Ellen Loomis, age 76, of Weidman, Michigan, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2005 at Butterworth Campus of Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mary was born on Thursday, July 19, 1928 in Montcalm County, Michigan, the daughter of George and Otha (Johnson) Hunt. On April 7, 1945, she married Otis Loomis in Edmore, Michigan. Otis preceded Mary in death on July 6, 1997.
     Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Internment took place in Bennett Cemetery, Sherman Township, Isabella County, MI
     Friends may gather with the family on Monday, June 27, 2005 from 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Mary was a former member of the Moose and Eagles Lodges, she enjoyed playing cards with her family and baking bread. She lived most of her life in the Weidman area.
     Mary Ellen is survived by her children; Maryanne Doyle, Dorothy (Robert) Barlow of Clare, Michigan, Vada (LeRoy) Holton of Hersey, Michigan, Marvin (Bonnie) Loomis of Weidman, Michigan, George (Pam) Loomis of Baldwin, Michigan and Ronald (Aldine) Griffer of Harrison, Michigan; fourteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters.
     Mary Ellen wan preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Otis, one brother, a son and a daughter, and seven grandchildren.

William R. Thompson

June 13, 1937 - June 19, 2005

     William R. Thompson, sixty-eight years old, died on Sunday, June 19, 2005, in Lansing, Michigan. He is survived by his wife, JoAnne A. Thompson, his daughters, Katherine Donahue, D.V.M., (Jeffrey) of Okemos and Margaret Thompson of Chicago, and his beloved grandchildren, Matthew Thomas, Claire Anne, and Joseph Sean Thompson. He is also survived by his sister, Roberta Critchell, his sisters-in-law, Bonnie Rose Donahue and Jan Iwaniec, and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Bradley L. Thompson, his mother, Marguerite R. Thompson, and his brothers, Bradley Thompson and Guy Thompson.
     William was born on June 13, 1937, in Ann Arbor. He graduated from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan Law School. He married wife JoAnne in 1964. William was an active member of the legal community, practicing law in Mt. Pleasant and Isabella County for forty-two years. He served on numerous committees for the state and local bars. At various points in his career, he did pro bono work for the Legal Aid Society.
     William was an intelligent, hard-working man. He loved bridge and was an American Contract Bridge League Silver Life Master. He also enjoyed reading, traveling, and spending time with his three grandchildren.
     Friends may gather with the family on Thursday, June 23, 2005 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. Interment will take place in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan following the visitation.
     In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Veterans Memorial Public Library, 301 South University Avenue, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48858, or Meharry Medical College, 1005 Dr. D. B. Todd Jr. Blvd., Nashville, Tennessee, 37208-3599. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.

George Francis

January 11, 1939 - June 17, 2005

     George Francis, age 66, of Mt. Pleasant passed away on Friday, June 17, 2005 at Tendercare Mt. Pleasant.
     Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at the Chippewa Indian United Methodist Church with Rev. Owen White-Pigeon officiating. Interment will take place in Denver Township Cemetery, Isabella County, MI.
     Friends may gather with the family on Monday, June 20 from 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home.
     George was born on Wednesday, January 11, 1939 in Mt. Pleasant, MI to Simon and Dorothy (Fisher) Francis
     He was a lifetime resident of the area. George worked at the Soaring Eagle in the maintenance department and was a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.
     George is survived by his children; Ross, George, Martin, and Maury Francis; Timothy, Joseph, Daniel, Wayne, Steve, Bobbie Jo and Carrie Jackson; many grandchildren, nephews and nieces; two brothers: Simon Francis and Robert Francis
     George was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter; Connie Jackson.

Larry Allen Wright
December 13, 1960 – June 15, 2005


     Larry Allen Wright, age 44, of Midland, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at Mid-Michigan Medical center, Midland, Michigan.
     Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at Chippewa Indian United Methodist Church with Rev. Owen White-Pigeon officiating. Interment of cremated remains will take place in Chippewa Township cemetery, Isabella County. Friends may gather with the family on Tuesday from 12 noon until time of the service at 2:00 p.m. at the Chippewa Indian United Methodist Church.
     Larry was born on December 13, 1960 the son of LeRoy and Lucille (Stevens) Wright. He lived most of his life in the Mt. Pleasant area. Larry was a supervisor for the Midland County Shelter.
     Survivors include his mother, Lucille Jackson Losey of Mt. Pleasant; his daughter Tishala Wright of St. Louis, three grandchildren; two brothers, James Wright of Sanford and Marshall and Taleen Jackson of Mt. Pleasant; one sister, Marilyn and Robert Means of Mt. Pleasant; and many nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his father LeRoy, Wright; and two brothers Raymond Wright and Myron Jackson.

 

Floyd E. Davis Jr.
October 25, 1932 – June 12, 2005

     Floyd E. Davis Jr., age 72, of Shepherd, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2005 at his daughter’s home.
     Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. John Obrecht of first Church of the Nazarene and Darren Greenfield of the Seventh Day Adventist Church officiating.
     Internment will take place in Union Cemetery, Fremont Township, Isabella County, Michigan.
     Friends may gather with the family on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Floyd was born on Tuesday, October 24, 1932 in Fremont Township, Isabella County, Michigan to Floyd E. and Permeila (Owens) Davis. Floyd married Virginia Ann Fenton on June 22, 1963 in St. Louis, Michigan. He lived most of his life in the Fremont Township area. His hobbies were working on tractors and mowing. Floyd is an Army veteran, having served in the early 1950’s.
     Floyd is survived by his wife, Virginia; son Michael Davis of Berrien Springs, MI, Daughters; Cheryl Ann (Nathan) Boge and Carol Sue Feltman; and five grandchildren.
     Floyd was predeceased by his parents and five brothers; Lee, Ralph, Clerence, James, and Lyle.
     Memorial Contributions are suggested to the wishes of the family.

David Paul Pego
Febuary 10, 1954 – June 10, 2005


     David Paul Pego, age 51, of Brookings, South Dakota, passed away at his home in Brookings.
     Memorial service will be held Monday, June 20, 2005 at 2 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Owen White-Pigeon of the Chippewa Indian United Methodist Church officiating. Interment of the cremated remains will take place in Chippewa Township Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.
     Friends may call at the Helms Funeral Home on Monday, June 20 from 1 p.m. until time of the service.
     David was born on February 1, 1954 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan to James and Elsie (Kequom) Pego who preceded him in death. He was a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. He was the first Native American journalist to be named a McCormick Tribune Fellow. He was a delegate to the historic White House Conference on Indian Education and was the 2000 winner of the Innovators In Education Award. He was also the founder of Great Promise for Young American Indians, a non-profit organization, dedicated to creating educational and cultural opportunities for American Indian children. David was a journalist for over three decades.
     David is survived by his daughter Christina Pego Murray and her husband Jason and their children Jackson, John-Thomas and Alexandra, all of Oklahoma City, a son Anthony Pego of San Diego, and his wife, Jennifer Pego of Massachusetts.
     David was preceded in death by his parents.
     The family has suggested that memorials be sent to the David Pego Scholarship Fund for Native American Students at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, or to the Association of American Indian Physicians, 1225 Soverign Row, Suite 103, Oklahoma City, OK, ATTN: Margaret Knight, Executive Director, and earmarked for diabetes education.

 

Ellen I. Davis
November 21, 1922 – June 7, 2005


     Ellen I. Davis, age 82, of Mt. Pleasant, MI passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2005 at Tendercare of Mt. Pleasant.
     Following Ellen’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Cremation has taken place.
     Ellen was born on Tuesday, November 21, 1922 in Montcalm County, Michigan the daughter of Harold and Maude (Hutchison) Riggle. She married George W. Casner on January 18, 1940 in Mt. Pleasant, George passed away on September 26, 1974. On April 8, 1980, she married John E. Davis. He passed away on December 22, 1994. Ellen was a lifetime area resident. As a homemaker, Ellen enjoyed her flower gardens, and her grandchildren.
     Survivors include her daughters, Ruth Ann and Russell Gimmey of Grand Ledge, Mi and Mary Lou Coffell of Mt. Pleasant; five grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by both parents, both of her husbands, and a son-in-law Carl Coffell.

Lois J. Foutch
December 31, 1928 - June 7, 2005

     Lois J. Foutch, age 76, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2005 at Mid Michigan Regional Medical Center, Midland, Michigan.
     Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 10, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Stephan Shook of the Alma Church of the Nazarene officiating. Internment will take place in Chippewa Township Cemetery, Isabells County, Michigan.
     Friends may gather with the family on Thursday, June 9 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Lois was born on December 31, 1928 in Chippewa Township, Isabella County, Michigan to Everett and Viola (Smith) Bernard. She married Ross Foutch on October 13, 1947 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. She was a lifetime area resident. Lois was self employed as a housekeeper for many years.
     Lois is survived by her husband, Ross; a daughter, Sharon J.and Richard Grass of Shepherd; an granddaughter: heather (Grass) and Richard Woodworth of Oil City; and a grandson Richard Grass of Pennsylvania; Two great grandchildren Kyle Woodworth and Breanne Grass; five sisters: Betty West of Mt. Pleasant, Peggy and Carl Wing of Riverdale, Nina Hitchcock of St. Louis, Helen and Bob Juhas of Breckenridge, and Erma Hamilton of Alma.
     Lois was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister Dorothy Donley.

 

Caden Luc Washington

November 30, 2004 - June 6, 2005

     Caden Luc Washington, age 6 months, son of Faith Washington of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, died on Monday, June 6, 2005 at home. A gathering of friends was held on Tuesday at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.

Charles Stanley Post

July 24, 1919 - June 6, 2005

     Charles Stanley Post, age 85, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Monday, June 6, 2005 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility. Charlie was born July 24, 1919, in Elwell, Michigan. He served in the 8th Army Air Corps in England during World War II. He retired from Local 706 Carpenters Union in 1985, and was a charter member and Commander of the Shepherd VFW Post 8215. Charlie was a member of the Mt. Pleasant First United Methodist Church. An avid fisherman and outdoorsman, he held all his children and grandchildren very close to his heart.

     Charlie is survived by his wife, Phyllis of 59 years; four daughters, Ann (Edward) Hill of Norfolk, Virginia, Wendy (Robert Don) Kirby of Coldwater Lake, Michigan, Linda (Gerard) Poe of Tipton, Michigan, and Dora (Edward) Ennen of Holt, Michigan; seven grandsons; and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, three sisters, and a granddaughter. Per Charlie’s wishes, there will be no funeral service, only a private family prayer service on Wednesday. Cremation has taken place. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the First United Methodist Church. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.

Seymour Lester “Brownie” Brown
July 31, 1913 - June 5, 2005

     Seymour Lester “Brownie” Brown, 91, of Mt Pleasant passed away on Sunday June, 5, 2005 at Oak Crest Health Care Center in Holland, Michigan.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday June 8, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Ron Vredeveld officiating. Interment was at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Friends gathered with the Family on Wednesday from 12 noon until time of the services at the funeral home. The family suggested memorial contributions be directed to the Alzheimers Association or to Hospice of Holland. Envelopes were available at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Brownie was born on Thursday, July 31, 1913 in Consort, Alberta Province, Canada, the son of Charles Herbert and Bertha Lovica (Mallory) Brown. He married Ada “Lorene” Francis on November 20, 1942 in Dearborn, Michigan. Lorene preceded Brownie in death on February 11, 1997. He was a resident of Mt. Pleasant since 1937. He worked for U.S. Steel Corporation for over 41 years as a supervisor. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and a member of the usher group. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and swimming.
     Seymour is survived by his daughter, Cathy and Rich Arendsen of Holland, Michigan; two grandchildren, Troy (Jill) Inman and Matt (Stephanie) Inman; five great grandchildren, Kaley, Trevor, Bryce, Isaac, and Katelyn Inman; and a sister Medora E. Brown of Olean, New York.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lorene Brown on February 11, 1997; a son, Charles Brown; and a brother, Gerald Brown.

Thomas Dewey Brink, Sr.
July 15, 1928—June 2, 2005

     Thomas Dewey Brink, Sr., age 76, of Weidman, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2005 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. He was born on Sunday, July 15, 1928 in Highland Park, Michigan, the son of Clifford and Mary Inez Vrogendewey. He married Norma Jean Watt on June 30, 1951.
     Tom was a resident of the Weidman area since 1998. He was retired from the United States Armed Forces, serving in both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army as an airplane mechanic.
     Survivors include his wife, Norma Jean; children: Charles, Mary, Carol, Tom Jr., and Samantha; also grandchildren: Dawn, David, Brandon, Terry, Tamara, Allen, Robert Jr., Kevin, Aaron, Ashley, Bryan, and Alyssa; eight plus great grandchildren; two sisters: Nan and Bobbie; and his special pets: Neko, Arwen, Louis, Goblin, and Pawz.
     Memorial services were held on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 3:30 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Pastor Craig L. Adams of the Weidman United Methodist Church officiating. Memorial contributions were suggested to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

Jean Rae Gallagher
November 23-1919 – June 1, 2005

     Jean Cantello Gallagher, age 85, was the fourth of five daughters born to Isabel Mercy Fay and George Frank Cantello of Marlborough, Massachusetts.

     Jean was reared and educated in Massachusetts and was married there to the late Edward F. Gallagher. They moved to Saginaw in 1956. Jean is survived by her three children, Fay Wilder of Mt. Pleasant and her adult children, Tiffany, Matthew, Christopher, Daniel, and Russell; Brent Gallagher of Saginaw and his adult children, Nickolas and Ross; and Paula Glass of Concord, California, who is an aunt to all; and nine great grandchildren.

     A memorial gathering will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2005 from 1-6 p.m. at Jean’s grandson’s home, Christopher Wilder, 845 Caravelle, Skyway Subdivision, Carrolton, Michigan.

     Arrangements have been entrusted to the Helms Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

 

Robert Lee Stickler
May 4, 1944—June 1, 2005

     Robert Lee Stickler, 61, of Shepherd died Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at his home peacefully, but unexpectedly.
     Robert was born on May 4, 1944 in Lakeview to John E. and Ellen (Rose) Stickler. He married Donna Rae Smith of Mt. Pleasant on July 22, 1967. He was a lifetime resident of the area.
     Robert was a dedicated father for more than 35 years and a devoted and loving husband for more than 38 years. He was a member of Local 67, UAW and worked at Lobdell-Emery / Oxford in Alma, for over 35 years. He was a longstanding board member at Gratiot Community Credit Union, and a Volunteer Fireman for Fremont Township. He was a graduate of Remus High School and Mid Michigan Community College, A Vietnam veteran, and affiliated with many different associations in the area. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family and his closest friends. Robert loved working, hunting, fishing, negotiating, tinkering around the house, working outside in the garden, and cooking. He loved to talk about his three boys and his grandchildren.
Robert is survived by his three sons and their wives, Michael and Vantresa of Annapolis, Maryland, David and Scheneithia of Novi, Michigan, and Jason and Angela of Shepherd; four grandchildren Jourdan, Rhemya, Dayana, and Aliyah; one brother, Richard (Joyce) Stickler of Lakeview; and two sisters, Delores (William) Raglin of Blanchard and Carol (Jeff) Childers of Sheridan.
     His wife, Donna, and his parents preceded Robert in death.
     Funeral services were held on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home. Internment was in the Union Cemetery in Winn. Memorial contributions were to the desires of the family.

 

May 2005

Eunice E. Harlow
March 23, 1947 - May 25, 2005

     Eunice Eloanor Harlow, age 58 of Weidman, passed away on Wednesday, May25, 2005 at The Laurels of Mt. Pleasant in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
     Memorial services will be held on Sunday, June 5 2005 at 3:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, 14660 N. M-66, Remus, Michigan with Elder Jeff Galla officiating.
     Eunice was born on Sunday, March 23, 1947 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan to Eli and Esther (Torres) Ramirez. She married Lon Harlow on October 11, 1969 in Midland, Michigan. Eunice was employed at AAA as an Assistant Manager in the Mt. Pleasant and Midland offices for 36 years. She was a member of the Jehovah's Witness in Remus. She collected porcelain dolls, beanie babies, and enjoyed shopping. She was very dedicated to her family.
     Eunice is survived by her husband, Lon; a son Mark and his wife Teresa of Farwell; four grandchildren: Akayahia, Nikayli, Szajen, and Xavier; a brother Joseph and Mary Ramirez of Spartansburg, South Carolina; two sisters: Lois Schroeder of Ovid, MI, and Ruth and Harold Eberhart of Ann Arbor, MI; two nieces: Brooke and Monika; and two nephews: Matthew and Matt.
Eunice was preceded in death by both parents and two brothers, Enoch and Abel.

 

Theodore ’Ted’ Clayton Smith
September 3, 1923—May 19, 2005

     Theodore Clayton Smith, age 81, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2005 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant. Ted was born on Monday, September 3, 1923 in Weidman, Michigan, the son of Clayton and Clara (Havaland) Smith. On March 30, 1979, he married Ealnor Van Orden in Mt. Pleasant.
     Ted was retired from the Mt. Pleasant Regional Center as a Supervisor, with 27 years of service. He enjoyed gardening, working on his lawn, camping, and going to the casino. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Pacific Theater in the 720th Military Police Battalion during World War II. He was a Life Member of the Weidman VFW Post.
     Ted is survived by his wife, Ealnor; children: James and Sue Smith, William and Sue Durfee, and Lujean and Oscar Marin; nine grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; two brothers: Ray and Bea Smith and Wayne Smith. He was preceded in death by a son, Roger, both parents, one brother, Virgil, and a ½ sister, Melisa.
     Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 2 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Doyle Perry officiating. Interment took place in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.


Edwin Kaler McIntosh
May 9, 1917—May 17, 2005

     Edwin Kaler McIntosh, age 88, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at his home. Ed was born on Wednesday, May 9, 1917 in Carllinville, Illinois, the son of James William and Sadie Maud (Kaler) McIntosh. On June 18, 1949, he married Kathleen Downhour in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
     Ed was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area since 1932. He worked for a period of time in the oil fields as a roustabout and truck driver. In 1933, Edwin and his father planted what would become McIntosh Orchard. During World War II, Ed served as a 1st Lieutenant in the 177th Engineer General Service Regiment. In 1946, Ed returned to Mt. Pleasant and operated the Orchard until his death. In addition to participation in Township and Isabella County government, Ed was a lifelong Rotarian, a Paul Harris Fellow, and a 32nd Degree Freemason.
     Survivors include his wife, Kathleen McIntosh, his children: James, Nancy, and Andrew McIntosh; ten grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two sisters: Dorothy Zelleke and Janet Keil. He was preceded in death by his parents.
     Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 11 a.m. from the First United Methodist Church with Rev. John Boley officiating. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. The Family requested that memorial contributions be directed to Hospice of Central Michigan, the Salvation Army, or a charity of ones choosing

Perry C. Cain
February 2, 1925—May 14, 2005

     Perry C. Cain, age 80, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2005 at his home. Perry was born on Monday, February 2, 1925 in Smithfield, West Virginia, the son of B.B. and Zona (LeMasters) Cain. On April 12, 1947, he married Betty Kendall in Smithfield. Betty preceded Perry in death on October 28, 1992. They moved to the Mt. Pleasant area in 1960.
     Perry worked in the area oil fields for several different oil companies, retiring from the Long and Wetzel Company. He enjoyed gardening, deer hunting, long drives in the country. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren, often playing dominos with them. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II in Africa and Italy. He was wounded in action in both areas, receiving Purple Hearts for both wounds.
     Survivors include his children: Survivors include his children: Calvin and Raylene Cain of Shepherd, Fran Yarnell of Mt. Pleasant, Alvin and Keitha Cain of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Alan and Tracy Cain of Mt. Pleasant; 9 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; a brother, Thurman Cain of Lorain, Ohio; and a sister, Lois Alheit of Elyria, Ohio. His wife, Betty; a grandson, Anthony Scott Cain; a great granddaughter, Tiffany Joy McDonald; three sisters; and four brothers. Perry was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; a grandson, Anthony Scott Cain; a great granddaughter, Tiffany Joy McDonald; three sisters; and four brothers.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 1 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Merritt Bongard officiating. Interment took place in Memorial Gardens, Mt. Pleasant. The family had suggested memorial contributions in Perry’s memory to Hospice of Central Michigan.

Shirley Alice Curtiss
September 3, 1942—May 8, 2005

     Shirley Alice Curtiss, age 62, of Blanchard, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2005 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Shirley was born on Wednesday, September 3, 1942 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Guy and Hester (Lumbert) Smith. She married Larry Flachs on December 17, 2004 in Mt. Pleasant.
     Shirley was a Licensed Practical Nurse, working for Pine River Health Care in St. Louis, Michigan for 23 years. She enjoyed people, fishing, yard sales, shopping, bringing home stray animals, and especially enjoyed riding her Harley.
     Survivors include her husband, Larry; children: Rich Curtiss of Michigan, Roxann and Phillip Pollard of Barryton, Michigan, Larry and Anita Curtiss of Sparta, Michigan, Clifford Curtiss of Laingsburg, Michigan, and a step– son, Mitchell Flachs of Blanchard, Michigan; six grandchildren; three brothers, Ray and Jackie Smith, Roger Smith, and Gary and Janice Smith, all of Mt. Pleasant; one sister, Betty and Glen Stiff of Mt. Pleasant. She was preceded in death by son, Brian Eugene Curtiss and both parents.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Jeff Cromwell of the Central Michigan Assembly of God Church officiating. Interment took place in Union Cemetery, Winn, Michigan. Memorial contributions were suggested by the family to the Humane Animal Treatment Society in honor of Shirley’s love of animals.

James Eugene Wing
March 7, 1951 – May 7, 2005


     James Eugene Wing, age 54, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, died on Friday, May 7, 2005 at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Jim was born on March 7, 1951. No services are planned.

Cheryl ‘Cher’ D. Mason
January 21, 1965 – May 2, 2005

     Cheryl ‘Cher’ D. Mason, age 45, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2005 at her home. Cher was born on Thursday, January 21, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois.
     Cher was employed as a Training and Development Manager for the Soaring Eagle Casino for the past 7 years. She enjoyed her computer, bowling, fishing, reading, golfing, and CSI. Cher was a warm and giving special person.
     Survivors include her dear friends, Bets Baxter and Chris Vigansky, her brother, James Mason, her five special cats, and Skyler. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.
     Funeral services were held on Friday, May 6, 2005 from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. Interment followed in St. Joseph the Worker Cemetery, Beal City, Michigan.

Walter Gordon Chamberlain
October 12, 1929—May 1, 2005

     Walter Gordon Chamberlain, age 79, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2005 at Tendercare of Mt. Pleasant. Walter was born on Monday, October 12, 1929, the son of Charles and Bessie (Kahagash) Chamberlain. On July 28, 1979, he married Linda Dinnock.
     Walter was a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. He was employed at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort as a security guard. He enjoyed basket making and playing the guitar.
     Survivors include his wife, Linda; four step-children: Ruth and Glenn Ventrello of Samava, IN, Andrew and Denise Pickel of Alma, Leland Chamberlain of Kalamazoo, and Fayetta and Robert Ellison; a nephew: Gerry McDonald of Mt. Pleasant; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Theodore Chamberlain; his step-brother, Eli Westbrook; and his sisters: Blanche, Mary, and Vera.
     Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 3, 2005 at 11 a.m. from the Faith Indian Church of the Nazarene in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Doyle Perry officiating. Interment took place in Riverlawn Cemetery, Denver Township, Isabella County.

April 2005


Gladys May Wood
May 29, 1906—April 28, 2005

     Gladys May Wood, age 98, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2005 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility in Mt. Pleasant. Gladys was born on Tuesday, May 29, 1906, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of William and Susan (Funnell) Johnston. She was the wife of Hal Ora Wood.
     Gladys was a lifetime resident of the area. She was a school teacher for the Mt. Pleasant Public Schools for many years, retiring from Pullen Elementary School in 1973. She also taught at Weidman Elementary School. She was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Community Church, the Mt. Pleasant Community Church Women’s Bible Club, the Michigan Retired School Personnel, the CMCH Auxiliary, and the Mt. Pleasant Women’s Club .
     Gladys is survived by her children: William and Sandi Wood of Clare, Shirley and Gene Hepinstall of Gladwin, and Judy and Dwight Thurston of Clare; thirteen grandchildren; twenty four great grandchildren; and ten great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hal O. Wood; one daughter, June Halie Wood; two brothers: Glen Johnston and Ralph Johnston; one sister, Margaret McNerney.
     Funeral services were held on Sunday, May 1, 2005 at 4 p.m. from the Mt. Pleasant Community Church with Rev. Scott McKee officiating. Interment took place in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, following the service. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Mt. Pleasant Community Church or the Central Michigan Community Hospital Auxiliary.

 

Howard S. Rowe
October 11, 1915 – April 24, 2005

     Howard S. Rowe, age 89, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2005 at the Laurels of Mt. Pleasant, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Howard was born In Saginaw, Michigan on October 11, 1915 to Hugh and Luella (Sherburne) Rowe. He moved to Mt. Morris for a short time, then grew up in Flint, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, where he received a degree in Forestry. Howard then worked for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as a game warden, retiring after 37 years of service.
     Howard was drafted into the Second World War in 1941 and stayed in the Army until the war was over. He was assigned to the 668th Topographical Engineering Company, where he was a surveyor making maps, often behind enemy lines. When he returned home, he continued his job as a game warden until retirement at age 60. He enjoyed retirement at his cottage on Houghton Lake for many years, fishing and spending time with his nieces and nephews, playing cards with friends, and traveling in the United States. He was a Life Member of the Wabon Masonic Lodge #305 F&AM, a Life Member of the VFW Post, a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #195, and the Sportsman Club.
     Howard married Thelma M. Morrow on November 28, 1945 in Detroit, and moved to Mt. Pleasant, where he lived for the rest of his life. Thelma survives him. Also surviving is his brother Eugene H. (Linnea) Rowe of Moab, Utah, and several nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Frank Rowe, and his sister, Roberta Lundberg.
     Memorial services were held on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 1 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. John Boley officiating. Interment of the cremated remains took place in Memorial Gardens, Mt. Pleasant. A Masonic Memorial Service was held at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Friends gathered with the family from 12 noon until the time of the service. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Greater Michigan Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Mid Michigan Region. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.

 

Michael Burke McClintic
July 12, 1938 – April 12, 2005

     Michael Burke McClintic, 66, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at Gratiot Community Hospital in Alma. Mike was born Tuesday, July 12, 1938 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son on Burke and Virginia (Bissell) McClintic.
    Mike established the M.B. McClintic Company in 1976, working in oil and gas exploration, primarily in Michigan. He enjoyed golfing, walking in the woods, and hunting and fishing. He was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1956 intil 1958, with the 101th Airborne Division as a Paratrooper. He was a graduate of Ohio State University in 1967. He lived most of his life in the Mt. Pleasant area.
     Survivors include his children: Charles Michael and Cicely Malinda, and their mother, Nancy McClintic and Jackie Stahl; his brother, William Mark and Pamela McClintic. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Burke and Virginia, and a sister, Kay Duzenbury.
     In following with Mike’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held on Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 12 noon from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Tom Zollman officiating. Friends gathered with the family one hour before the service. The family had suggested memorial contributions to the Christopher Reeves Paralysis Foundation, 500 Morris Avenue, Springfield, New Jersey 07081
.

 

David L. Barber
August 30, 1946 – April 10, 2005

   David L. Barber, 58, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, died on Sunday, April 10, 2005 at his home.
   He was born in Pontiac, Michigan on August 30, 1946 to Lewis and Ruth (Plots) Barber. He lived in the Mt. Pleasant area for the last two and a half years.
   David was a truck driver who attended the Horizon House when living in Minnesota. He enjoyed fishing and playing cribbage.
   Survivors include his fiancee, Eileen Singer of Mt. Pleasant, a daughter, Stacey and a son Billy Joe. Four brothers: Lewis, Leon, Tom, and Keith; five sisters: Barb, Ruth, Vianne, Pat, and Kathy; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by both parents.
   Following David’s wishes, he has donated his body to The Willed Body Program at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

 

George F. Campbell
April 3, 1912 – April 7, 2005

   George F. Campbell, 93, of Mt. Pleasant, died Thursday, April 7, 2005 at Stratford Village in Midland.
   Mr. Campbell was born April 3, 1912 in Mt. Pleasant, the youngest son of William B. Campbell and Sarah (Rose) Campbell. He married Eva May Cotter on February. 10, 1941.
George attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant.
   He left school, at the age of 13, to work to support his parents. His first job was digging ditches for the Pure Oil Company; he then worked for Pure Oil as a gauger and later as an engineer. George then worked, as a salesman, for Straker, Midway, and Franklin Supply companies. In 1970 George was employed by Central Michigan University as a locker room attendant for the Athletic Department. He stayed at CMU until his retirement in 1981, at the age of 70.
   George was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Mt. Pleasant, Council 1297. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers. He served for many years as a volunteer for Hospice of Central Michigan and was an enthusiastic exerciser at CMU’s CHIP facility.
   He is survived by daughters; Pauline Williams of Elkhart, Indiana and Kay (Ned) Gardner of Wyoming, and son, Kevin (Elizabeth) Campbell of Midland; grandchildren, Lynette (Ty) Disberry, Christopher Fountain, Abby (Douglas) Hartger, Kelly (Michelle) Campbell and Brian Campbell; and great-grandchildren Alex, Anna, Milani, Arianna, and Chloe; brothers-in-law, Donald, Orville and Merle Cotter, sisters-in-law Lucille, Margaret, Mary, Bernice and Catherine Cotter and Gladys Jurado plus many nieces and nephews.
   He was preceded in death by his parents William B. and Sarah Campbell, his wife, Eva May; his son-in-law Clyde Williams; his sisters, Evelyn Campbell, Loretta Small, and Edna Slack; his brothers, Ed, Leo, Bernard, Vincent, and his twin brother John Campbell; his brothers-in-law Doyle, Dolph, Dalton, Earl, and Shadrach Cotter; Frank Small, and Ray Slack; sisters-in-law Elizabeth and Pauline Cotter, Anna, Laura, Florence and Virginia Campbell; his aunts and uncles; nieces and nephews.
   Funeral services were held on Monday April 11 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Father Robert Byrne officiating. Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Friends called at the Helms Funeral Home on Saturday April 9 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and again on Sunday April 10 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of the services at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A Rosary Service was held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. A Vigil Service was held at 7 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.
   In lieu of flowers, friends may wish to consider memorials to Hospice of Central Michigan and Sacred Heart Academy Foundation. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.


Galen Thomas Yarch
October 27, 1929 – April 5, 2005

     Galen Thomas Yarch, 75, of Shepherd, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2005 at Tendercare Mt. Pleasant, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan after a courageous battle against lung cancer. Galen was born on Sunday, October 27, 1929 in Rogers City, Michigan, the son of Louis W. and Pauline (Writzler) Yarch. Galen married Thelma ‘Toots’ Kuebler on January 15, 1951 in Rogers City. Toots preceded Galen in death on February 6, 2000. He was also preceded in death by his parents.
     Their loving marriage produced five children: Michael of Pullman, Belinda Mollin of Mackinaw City, Kirk and Montra of Mt. Pleasant, Dennis and Ginger of Shepherd, and Tim and Jan of Millington. He will also be deeply missed by his ten grandchildren: Monica and Louis Mollen, Troy and Brian Yarch, Jason, Jennifer, Jessica, and Keri Yarch, and Chad and DJ Baker; also four great grandchildren and special buddy Ethan; and many nieces and nephews.
     Galen was a crane operator with the Operating Engineers Local 324 for many years. He was a member of the Clare Moose Lodge and the Sanford Eagles Club. Galen loved being around his family and friends, cutting wood, working in his garden, and sitting on the back porch with his Black Lab, Sassy.
     In keeping with Galen’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private graveside service will be held at a later date to inter the cremated remains. The family has asked that friends who wish to remember Galen, make memorial contributions to the Moose Heart Fund, c/o the Clare Moose Lodge, Clare, Michigan. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home, 330 S. University Ave., Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48858.

 

Viola Jean Smith
September 18, 1924 – April 4, 2005

     Viola Jean Smith, age 80, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, died on Monday, April 4, 2005 at The Wooden Rocker in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Vi was born on Thursday, September 18, 1924 in Big Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of Edmund and Francis (Woodward) Smith.
     Vi was a 1942 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School, and attended Central Michigan University for one year in 1943. She moved to Trenton, New Jersey in 1944 and worked at a Naval Base. She moved back to Michigan and went to work as a clerk for the Treasury Department for the State of Michigan, where she retired after 19 years of service. Vi enjoyed walking, loved animals, made the greatest chocolate chip cookies, and enjoyed her nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and also her great grand nieces and nephews. She had many friends in Lansing and at her home at the Wooden Rocker in Mt. Pleasant. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sister: Woodward C. Smith, Colin L. Smith, Max E. Smith, and Norma Krussell.
     Graveside services will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 1 p.m. the Stanwood Cemetery, Stanwood, Michigan with Rev. David Frees of the Big Rapids Baptist Church officiating. The family has asked that memorial contributions in memory of Vi be made to the Wooden Rocker Activity Fund, 5785 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48858. Envelopes are also available at the Helms Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.



March 2005

Martha Evelyn Stottlemeyer
January 4, 1929—March 31, 2005

     Martha Evelyn Stottlemeyer, age 76, of Oil City, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2005 at Tendercare of Mt. Pleasant. She was born on January 4, 1929 in Dyersbugh, Tennessee, the daughter of Lonzo and Annie (Warren) Phillips. On December 7, 1977, she married Edward R. Stottlemeyer in Pontiac, Michigan. She was a resident of Michigan since the age of 14, and a resident of Oil City since 1998.
     Martha was a manager and bar tender for 17 years for Jack’s Bar and Grill in Pontiac, Michigan. She enjoyed gardening and working in her yard.
     Survivors include her husband, Edward; a daughter, Wanda and Leonard Filhart of Coleman, Michigan; step-daughter, JereNell Moore of Michigan; grandchildren: Rhonda Dendy, Jerry Grice, Kim Bryce, Joyce Hana; step-grandchildren: Marvin Moore, Jr, Bobby Moore, Rodney Moore, and Michael Moore; 16 great grandchildren: Ruby, Jennifer, Anita, and Leonard; a sister: Glenda Faye Jones, and a half-brother, both in Tennessee.
     Funeral services were held on Monday, April 4, 2005 at 1 p.m. from the Oil City Assembly of God Church with Rev. James Reamsma officiating. Interment followed in Kelly Cemetery, Oil City, Michigan. Memorial contributions were suggested to the family to help with expenses
.

Rose Mary Stahl
December 10, 1945 – March 25, 2005

     Rose Mary Stahl, age 59, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Friday, March 25, 2005 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. She was born on December 10, 1045 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Leo and Lydia (Thompson) Stahl.
     Rose Mary was employed at K-Mart in Mt. Pleasant for many years. She was a very avid seamstress and a very giving person. She was a lifetime resident of the area .
     Memorial funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. Interment of the cremated remains will take place in Salt River Cemetery, Shepherd, Michigan at a later date.
     Survivors include her brothers and sisters: Lois Stahl of Mt. Pleasant, Dorotha Frederick of Lansing, Shirley Liscomb of Colorado, Carol (Charles) Gill of Mt. Pleasant, Duane (Maxine) Stahl of Ohio, Robert (Jean) Stahl of DeWitt, MI, Jerry (Pat) Stahl of Clare, Janet Engwis of Mt. Pleasant, Sharon Liscomb and Joe of Wiedman, Nancy (James) Switzer of Shepherd, Jo (Gray) Carey of Evart, Kathryn Wright of Tennessee, and Karolyn (Richard) Groveneld of Mt. Pleasant; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Richard Stahl.
     The family has suggested memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association.


Lyle F. Bennett
June 23, 1903 – March 24, 2005

     Lyle F. Bennett, 101 years of age, passed away on March 24, 2005. Lyle was born June 23, 1903 in Rockford, MI to Fred and Carrie Bennett. Lyle’s wife of over 73 years was Frances Taylor Bennett who preceded him in death in 1998 as did his son, Dr. Kingsley Bennett in 2000. Surviving Lyle are daughter, Mary (David) Drake, daughter-in-law Velma Bennett, grandchildren: Jeffrey Bennett, Fredrick (Leslie) Bennett, Lori (Wally) Sowles, Barry (Robin) Bennett, Mary (Brian) Wynne, Dirk Drake and Michael Drake. Also surviving Lyle are 10 great grandchildren.
     Visitation was on Monday, March 28, from 12 noon until 2 p.m. The funeral was held at Helms Funeral Home at 2 p.m. with a 4:30 p.m. graveside service at the Rockford, MI Cemetery.
     The following memorials have been suggested: The Mt. Pleasant Community Church, the Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club, and The Lyle Bennett Memorial Plaque Fund, c/o The Chippewa Club of CMU, Carlin Alumni House, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859. Envelopes are at the Helms Funeral Home, 330 S. University, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858.

Barbara Jean Curtiss
June 21, 1929-March 17, 2005

     Barbara Jean Curtiss loving wife, mother and grandmother, age 75, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2005 at Central Community Hospital.
     Funeral services were held at Helms Funeral Home on Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. with Mr. Ivan Odor officiating. Interment was at Union Cemetery, Fremont Township, Winn, Michigan. Friends called at the Helms Funeral Home on Friday March 18, 2005 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions were made to Juvenile Diabetes Association and American Lung Association.
     Barbara was born June 21, 1929 in Mt. Pleasant, MI to Clayton and Rosalie (Clark) Funnell. She married Norman F. Curtiss Jr. on December 13, 1946 in Lansing, MI.
Barbara was a homemaker, operated a daycare, and sewed Barbie clothes. She thoroughly enjoyed her grandchildren.
     She is survived by her husband Norman F. Curtiss Jr. five children; David (Sherron) Curtiss, Norman F. (Joanne) Curtiss III, Thomas (Deanna) Curtiss, Shirley (Robert) Bick, Karen (Ronald) Wilcox. Seventeen grandchildren; David John, Scott, Michael, Amy, Lisa, Eric, Bubba, Kristin, Michelle, Kimberly, Thomas Jr., and Benjamin Curtiss; Jennifer, Jeffrey, and Stacey Bick; and Katie and Christopher (Bucky) Wilcox; and three great grandchildren; brother William Funnell (Charlotte) of Beal City; and sister Donna Smith in Arizona; sister-in-law Rosalie Funnell.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents Clayton and Rosalie Funnell and brother Richard Funnell.

Wilson D. McCloy
July 27, 1917 – March 2, 2005

     Wilson D. McCloy, age 87, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, March 02, 2005 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Wilson was born on Friday, July 27, 1917 in Fairgrove, Michigan, the son of Welch and Jesse (Davison) McCloy. On Saturday, August 2, 1951, he married Jean Shaver in Mt. Pleasant.
     Wilson was retired from DOW Chemical Company, where he worked for 27 ½ years in Research. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater, where he participated in several of the Pacific battles. He was a Life Member of the Borley-Hanel VFW Post #3033 in Mt. Pleasant. He enjoyed woodworking in his shop, farming, and collecting John Deere memorabilia. For over 25 years, Wilson and Jean played cards at the Senior Center.
     Survivors include his wife, Jean; two sons: Robert and Margie McCloy of Mason, Michigan, and Mark and Natalie McCloy of Clarkston, Michigan and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Roger L. McCloy; both parents; three brothers; and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 4, 2005 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor James Reamsma officiating. Interment will follow in Chippewa Township Cemetery. A Veterans Honor Guard service will be provided by the Borley-Hanel VFW Post. Friends may gather with the family on Thursday, March 3, from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Helms Funeral Home.
     Memorials have been suggested by the family to the Isabella County Commission on Aging or the Borley-Hanel VFW Post. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.

 

February 2005


Catherine Hope Dahms
April 3, 1939 – February 26, 2005

     Catherine Hope Dahms, age 65, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, February 26, 2005 at Gratiot Community Hospital in Alma, Michigan. Catherine was born on Monday, April 3, 1939 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Russell and Hazel (Clark) Emlinger. On June 26, 1993, she married Delvin E. Dahms in Midland, Michigan.
     Catherine was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant. She had been employed in Patient Care for the Mt. Pleasant Regional Center for a period of time. After living in Traverse City for a short time, Catherine moved back to Mt. Pleasant in 1991 to start her daycare and spoil her grandchildren, Amanda and D.J., as only she could. She enjoyed her grandchildren, her dog Sparky, knitting and crocheting. She was a graduate of Shepherd High School Class of 1958.
     Survivors include her husband, Delvin; son David and Peggy Bacome, and a daughter Tammy Neff, all of Mt. Pleasant; four grandchildren: Amanda Catherine and D.J. Bacome, and Heather and Michelle Neff; two sisters: Jackie Novak of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Louise Schuelke of Washington; a sister in law: Florence Emlinger of Mt. Pleasant. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters: Elizabeth and Mary; three brothers: Don, Russell, and Bill.
     Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at 2 p.m. from Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Samuel Reith officiating. Interment will follow in Chippewa Township Cemetery, Isabella County, Michigan. Friends may gather with the family on Monday, February 28, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and again on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 from 1-2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions are suggested by the family to Women’s Aid, Inc. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.

Raymond Lee Wright

     Raymond Lee Wright, age 48, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away at his home near Mt. Pleasant. Raymond was born on November 27, 1956 in Little Rock, Arkansas, the son of LeRoy and Lucille (Stevens) Wright.
     Raymond was employed for 17 years as a Pit Boss for the Soaring Eagle Casino in the Gaming Department. He enjoyed fishing, watching NASCAR, listening to music (especially Elvis), and spending time with his nieces and nephews.
     Survivors include his mother, Lucille Jackson Losey of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; his children: Christopher and Tracy; brothers and sisters: Jim Wright, Marshall and Taleen Jackson, Larry Wright, and Marilyn Means; nieces and nephews: Patty Long, Sherry Hitchingham, Kristy Lopez, Peter Means, Stephanie Jackson, Tishala Wright; seven great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, LeRoy Wright and a brother Myron Jackson.
     Memorial funeral services were held on Monday, February 28, 2005 at 2 p.m. at the Chippewa Indian United Methodist Church with Rev. Owen White-Pigeon officiating. Friends gathered with the family on Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m.

Lila Irene Presler
June 17, 1911—February 21, 2005

     Lila Irene Presler, age 93, of Leander, Texas, formerly of Alma, Michigan and North Port, Florida, passed away on Monday, February 21, 2005 in Bertrum, Texas. Lila was born on June 17, 1911 in Breckenridge, Michigan. In January of 1932, she married Howard Dale Presler. Howard preceded her in death on December 26, 1999.
     Lila was a bookkeeper most of her working life. She worked for Montgomery Wards and then the Standard Oil dealership her husband owned.
     Survivors include her children: Diane and James Phillips of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and Larry and Helen Presler of Texas; four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her loving husband, Howard.
     Private funeral services were held for the family. Interment took place in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

 

Mildred Mae Peters
September 2, 1902—February 16, 2005


     Mildred Mae Peters, age 102, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away at her home February 16, 2005. Mildred was born on September 2, 1902 to Justus O. and Arilla (Akans) Thomas in Ithaca, Michigan. She married Ernest W. Peters on September 5, 1926 in Ithaca, Michigan. She had been an area resident since 1932.
     Mildred was a homemaker and a seamstress. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a life member of the Women of the Moose, and a former member of the GFWC-Mt. Pleasant, and the University Women.
     She is survived by her three children, Barbara Jane Emery Braendle of Riverdale, Michigan, E. Thomas & Mary Lou Peters of Cheboygan, Michigan, and Kenneth Lee & Marilyn Peters of Remus, Michigan; seven grandchildren, John Emery, Kim Harper, Edward Peters, Janet Johnson, Kenneth Peters Jr., James Peters, and Patricia Higgins; thirteen great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren. Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest; two sisters, Edna and Ruth; and one brother, Elmer.
     Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 19, 2005 at Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Connie Bongard officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, MI.
     Memorial contributions were suggested to Isabella County Commission on Aging, or First United Methodist Church.

 

Joan Charnes
June 25 1925 – February 9, 2005


     Joan Charnes of Weidman, Michigan, passed away on February 9, 2005 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Memorial services were held on Saturday, February 19, 2005 at 11 a.m. from the Weidman United Methodist Church with Rev. Craig Adams officiating. A luncheon followed at the church.
     Joan was born on June 3, 1925 in Weidman, Michigan, the daughter of Fey and Emma (Haskins) Middlesworth. She spent her entire life in the local school system, starting as Office Secretary at Weidman Community School. After receiving her teaching certificate, she spent several years teaching in Weidman, then completed her Masters in Guidance and Counseling. She retired as a High School Counselor from Chippewa Hills High School.
Joan is survived by her son, K.C. Charnes, a daughter-in-law Vivian, grandsons Kile and Chris and other special family and friends.
     Memorial contributions were suggested to the Joan Charnes Memorial Fund, c/o Chippewa Hills High School.

James L. Harkins
March 4, 1928—February 9, 2005

     James Lavern Harkins, age 76, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 at his home. Jim was born on March 4, 1928 in Beal City, Michigan, the son of Ernest and Cecelia (Neff) Harkins. On February 24, 1951 in Mt. Pleasant, he married Velma Loomis.
     Jim was a self employed mason working for Collison Construction. He was a sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing and working in his workshop.
Jim is survived by his wife, Velma; a daughter Jerry Lynn Bierschbach of Lansing; one sister of Lansing; two grandchildren: Jennifer (Lee) Irish of DeWitt, Michigan and James Bierschbach of Fowler, Michigan; two great grandchildren: Fiona and Kian Irish, both of DeWitt. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Irene Ludwick, Veronica Harkins, and Geraldine Harkins.
     Funeral services were held on Friday, February 11, 2005 from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor James Reamsma of the Oil City Assembly of God officiating. Interment took place in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Friends met with the family on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mary M. Rohen
Oct. 26, 1923 – Feb. 7, 2005

     Mary Margaret Rohen, age 81, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 7, 2005 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant. Mary was born on October 26, 1923 in Logan, Ohio, the daughter of Joseph and Helen (Cook) Brian. On December 26, 1045, she married Orval ’Cub’ Rohen in Evart, Michigan.
     Mary was a homemaker who enjoyed being with her family, including her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mary and Cub spent many happy miles traveling in their car to places all over the country, and were known to stop at a casino every now and then.
     Mary is survived by her husband of 59 years, Cub, and her children, including Judy Roberts of Mt. Pleasant, Ed Rohen of Shepherd, Kay and John Tuttle of Mt. Pleasant, and Linda and Dan Potter of Shepherd; a sister, Dorothy Critchfield of Logan, Ohio; also 9 grandchildren: Lori Garrett, Michelle Kirby, Edward Rohen, Amy Rohen, Matt Flannery, Valerie A. Potter, Emily Potter, and Stephanie Potter: 9 great grandchildren: Zachary Shaw, Samantha Kirby, Timmy Kirby, Paige Fisher, Nikole Shaw, Danielle Shaw, Allison Klein, Nichole Potts, and Christopher Rohen. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a son, John William.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 at 1 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Carla Ives officiating. Interment will take place in the spring in Forest Hill Cemetery, Evart, Michigan. It was the family’s desire that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Central Michigan, or a charity of the donor’s choice rather than sending flowers.

Michael Peter Gillette
December 20, 1936 – February 5, 2005

     Michael Peter Gillette, age 68, of Gladwin, Michigan, died on Saturday, February 5, 2005 at The Laurels of Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Following Michael’s wishes, cremation has taken place. No services are planned.

 

January 2005

Dolores A. Kuhlman
September 16, 1909 – January 23, 2005

     Dolores A. Kuhlman, age 95, of Farwell, Michigan, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Sunday, January 23, 2005 at the North Woods Nursing Center near Farwell. Dolores was born on September 16, 1909 in Farwell, the daughter of James and Florence (Henry) Rassat. She was a lifetime area resident.
     Dolores was the owner of the White House Restaurant in Clare for many years. She was a member of the Congregational Church in Clare.
     Survivors include her children: Curtice H. and Kay Ann Hearns of Ludington, Michigan and Barbara and Robert Krell of Clare; five grandchildren: Kevin, Kristie, Karry, Tom and Scott; seven great grandchildren; and nieces: Sue and Ray Kullman of Shepherd, Gail and Gerald Childs of Ludington, and Jackie and Robert Anderson of Evart; also many great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Ruth Rassat Greening.
     Private funeral services will be held from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Dolores’s nephew, Rev. Gerald Childs officiating. Interment will take place in Cherry Grove Cemetery, Clare, Michigan. Friends considering a memorial contribution in memory of Dolores may with to donate to the American Diabetes Association, the Clare County Hospice – Visiting Nurses, or the Isabella County Commission on Aging. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.

Irene G. Freeborn
October 31, 1914—January 19, 2005

     Irene G. Freeborn, age 90, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility in Mt. Pleasant. Irene was born on October 31, 1914 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of John and Mabel (Graham) Colby. On March 14, 1942, she married Charles W. Freeborn. Charles preceded Irene in death on February 8, 1988.
     Irene was a member of the First Church of Christ in Mt. Pleasant. She was retired from Mt. Pleasant Public Schools, where she was a cook in the Central Kitchen for 18 years. She had also been employed as a telephone operator for General Telephone for several years. She enjoyed her grandchildren, and enjoyed sewing, baking, and cooking. She had also be a Sunday school teacher.
     Survivors include her son, Roy Freeborn of Mt. Pleasant, and a daughter, Elaine and Tim Foltz of Mt. Pleasant; three grandchildren: Mike Freeborn, Kari Foltz, and Kyle Foltz; and a sister, Marguerite Turner of Alma. She was preceded in death by her husband and a brother William Colby.
     Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 2 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Mr. Ivan Odor of the First Church of Christ officiating. Interment followed in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Memorial contributions were suggested to the First Church of Chirst.

Ross C. Sponseller
November 1, 1919 – January 19, 2005

      Ross C. Sponseller, age 85, of Shepherd, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at his home. Ross was born on November 1, 1919, the son of Fredrick and Emma (Knipe) Sponseller in Lincoln Township in the same house that he died in. On June 15, 1940, he married Nina Phelps in Vestaburg, Michigan.
     Ross was employed in a variety of jobs during his lifetime. He worked for Ferro Manufacturing, Dow Chemical, CMU, he farmed and raised horses and cattle, and was the President of Sponseller Eavestroughing. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and going to flea markets.
     Survivors include his wife, Nina; children: Ross Richard and Mary Sponseller of Shepherd, Tom and Donna Sponseller of Shepherd, Harry and Phyllis Sponseller of Dowagiac, Bonnie and Wendell Pung of DeWitt, Linda and Ron Davis of Statesville, NC, Bob and Cindy Sponseller of Shepherd; 17 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandchild; brother Lee and Rosie Sponseller of Shepherd; sister Dorothy and Pat Burch of Coleman; sister-in-law Dorothy Sponseller of Shepherd. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers: Floyd, Vern, and Fred, Jr.
     Funeral services were held on Friday, January 21, 2005 at 2 p.m. from the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Darren Greenfield officiating. Interment took place in Lincoln Township Cemetery, Isabella County. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund or Hospice of Central Michigan.

James Cruz, Sr.
October 28, 1910 – January 18, 2005

     James Cruz, Sr., age 94, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at Tendercare of Mt. Pleasant. Jim was born on October 28, 1910 in Dilly, Texas, the son of Jesus and Lucia (Morales) Cruz. On February 17, 1935, he married Ofelia Carrillo in Mt. Pleasant.
     As a young man, he and his family came to Mt. Pleasant during the summers as migrant workers. He decided to make the move permanent and would spend the rest of his life here. He was employed at the Mt. Pleasant Sugar Beet Plant, but would retire from the Famo Feed Company (Harris Milling Company) in 1975, after 31 years of employment. Jim’s family was the joy of his life. He was an honest man and a avid golfer.
     Jim is survived by his wife, Ofelia; children, Jim Jr. (Hilda) Cruz, Daniel (Carol) Cruz, Vera (Tom) Strouf, Lucy (Peter) Kent, Loivia (Dennis) Barnes, and Eunice (Ken) MacRitchie; nineteen grandchildren; thirty great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren. He also leaves behind two brothers: Jesse (Ruth) Cruz and Joe (Charlene) Cruz. He was preceded in death by both parents, a brother Tom Cruz and a sister Lucia Jimenez.
     Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 11 a.m. from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant. Interment took place in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The family asked that memorial contributions be made to the James Cruz Memorial Fund at Tendercare of Mt. Pleasant.

Vance W. Orr
January 4, 1916 – January 17, 2005

     Vance W. Orr, well known to the Michigan Oil Industry, passed away at the age of 89 on January 17th at Gratiot Community Hospital after a lengthy illness.
     Vance was born at Winchester, Tennessee to Dr. James and Vanness (Womack) Orr on January 4, 1916. The family moved to Rockwood Tennessee where he grew up and graduated from High School. Mr. Orr attended Cumberland University at Lebanon Tennessee where he was a member of their football team. Summers, during his college years he traveled to Michigan and worked in the Oil Fields for his Uncle, Pioneer Oil Man, W.L. McClanahan. After graduating from college, Vance married Emily Baird of Lebanon ,Tennessee and they moved to Mt. Pleasant, where he worked for McClanahan Oil, Roosevelt Oil and eventually McClure Oil Company from which he retired as President. He was active in the communities of Mt. Pleasant and Alma, Michigan. Member of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Pleasant School Board, Lions Club and Masonic Lodge. He was a long time member of Gratiot Community Hospital Board of Directors and Board Member of Commercial National Bank of Alma.
     Mr. Orr continued his keen interest in the Oil Industry and was active on many boards and organizations. He was a member and past president of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association, American Petroleum Institute and IPAA.
     Vance loved flying and became a licensed pilot and flew family and friends to his cabin in the Smokies on many occasions. His love of family was evident through out his life taking them on many trips to interesting and fun places.
     Mr. Orr was preceded in death by his wife Emily of 50 years, his parents and his three children: Vance Jr., James and Emily Ann Orr Kraai and his brother James. He is survived by his sister Vanness Rowe (James) of Connecticut and Evelyn Orr sister-in-law, Florida. His 10 loving grandchildren: Jamie Orr, Michael Orr, Vance Orr, III, Robin Renee Kraai Vechazone, Kimberly Ann Kraai Griffis, Deidre Orr, Katie Orr Marfia, Maurya Orr, Victor Chiodini and Kristen Gass. Great grandchildren: Nicholas Sanders, Emily M. Orr, Emily A. Griffis, Brennen Vechazone, Rachel & Sara Marfia, He is also survived by Son-in-law: Scott Kraai (Fran), Greenville, Terri Orr Gass, California and Karin Orr, Grand Rapids, 2 nieces Jane Riggio and Nancy Schwartz, nephews James and John Rowe and dear friend Sylvia Brown.
     Funeral services for Vance were held on Friday, January 21, 2005 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Dr. Stephen Shugert and Rev. Peter Russell of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment took place in Riverside Cemetery.
     Those wishing to give a memorial might consider: First Presbyterian Church, Mt. Pleasant Michigan, Montcalm County Commission on Aging or Gratiot Community Hospital Renal Division.

Margaret E. Paton
June 28, 1922 – January 16, 2005

     Peg Paton died peacefully on Sunday, January 16, 2005 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan at the age of 82. She was born to Edward and Margaret Riffert on June 28, 1922. She spent her early years in Collingdale, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school she worked as a Bell Telephone operator in downtown Philadelphia during the war. She met James MacCallum Paton near Cape May, New Jersey and married him in February 1950. Her Jimmie died in August 1965. She spent the next five decades in the greater Philadelphia area, moving to Mt. Pleasant to be nearer her daughter in the fall of 2003.
     Peg is survived by two of her daughters, Pamela (Samuel) Kier of Danbury, Connecticut and Susan Pyecroft of Mt. Pleasant; her daughter-in-law Erika Paton of Longhorne, Pennsylvania; and her brother Ed (Nancy) Riffert of Secane, Pennsylvania. She had ten grandchildren; Christopher, Alison, Nicholas, Jamie, Emily, Peter, Jeremiah, Jarrod, Richie, and Amanda; and one great grand-son Anthony. Other special people in her life include Eileen Staub, Isabel Sellers, Betty Hoder, Hope Simpson, and Emma Currie. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her step-son Roger, and her youngest daughter, Meg.
She enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, bargain shopping, trying new recipes, rousing political discussion, and a good cup of coffee.
     Memorial services were held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, January 22 at 3:00 p.m. followed by tea and cakes at the Brass Café. Interment of the cremated remains and an additional memorial service will take place later this spring in Pennsylvania at St. David’s Church, a place she dearly loved.
     Memorial contributions were suggested to the Friends of the Library.

 

Adabell Anthony
January 5, 1915 – January 7, 2005

     Adabell Anthony, age 89, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Friday, January 7, 2005 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility in Mt. Pleasant. Adabell was born on Wednesday, January 5, 1916 in Barryton, Michigan, the daughter of Clarence and Maude (Esenhart) Butcher. In 1931 in St. Louis, Michigan, she married Stanley Elias Anthony.
     Adabell was a member of the Glad Tidings Church in Oil City, Michigan. She was retired from the Mt. Pleasant Regional Center, where she worked as a direct care worker. She enjoyed cats, dogs, and watching wild animals.
     Survivors include her children: Dorothy Yarnell and Barbara Phyllis (Jim) Kirchoff of Zephyer Hills, FL, Charles (Bonnie) Anthony of Coleman, MI, Sandy (Ray) Mason and Rod (Shirley) Anthony of Mt. Pleasant, MI; daughter-in-law, Phyllis Anthony of Harrison, MI; sisters, Lilly of Loraine, OH and Madison Butcher of Merrill, MI; 30 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley; sons, Larry and Cedric; twins, Janet and Gerald; granddaughter, Debbie; brother, Lloyd.
     Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 1 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Anthony Waldrop of the Glad Tidings Church officiating. Interment took place in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Glad Tidings Church, the Alzheimers Association, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Robert James Bell
September 9, 1921 – January 1, 2005


     Robert James Bell, age 83, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, formerly of Denver Township, Isabella County, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, January 1, 2005 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bob was born on September 9, 1921 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the son of George and Fay Mary (Cozat) Bell.
     Bob was a self employed contractor, working for the Isabella County Drain Commission for 40 years. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and loved children. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the European Theater. He received several medals, including a Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in action.
     Survivors include his brother in law, Ronald Kautz of Mt. Pleasant, a sister in law, Hilda Bell of Coleman; several nieces and nephews; and special friends who called him Uncle Bob: Steve and Lanett Zaleski, Janice and Duane Wilcox, Kim and Tim Dorow, Joe and Tammy Nowicki, Jacky Roach, Bill and Sherry Hileman, Jim and Bonnie Stinson, Bud and Sally Huntley, Bev and Vern Hacker, and many, many more. He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Vernon Stiles, and John Frazer Bell; and a sister Luicille Kautz.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Elder William Hileman of the LDS officiating. Interment took place in Delwin Cemetery, Denver Township, Isabella County, Michigan. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 3000 Monroe N.W., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505.
     Special acknowledgements and sincere thanks were extended to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, especially to the staff on 2 South.

 

December 2004

Sylvester Drigo
December 31, 1932 – December 24, 2004

     Sylvester Drigo, age 71, of Dominica, Commonwealth of Dominica, and of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Friday, December 24, 2004 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Saginaw, Michigan. He was born on December 31, 1932 in Castle Bruce, Dominica, the son of St. George and Bertillia (Matthew) Drigo. On October 26, 1960, he married his wife, Stephanie in Portsmouth, Dominica.
     Sylvester was an agricultural manager in Dominica. He was a member of the Sussex Sports Club, and Captain of the Cricket Team. He attended the First Presbyterian Church and the Community Church in Mt. Pleasant. He was a resident of Mt. Pleasant for the past 2 years.
     Survivors include his wife, Stephanie; 13 children, including his daughter Prisca Gamble; 2 brothers; 4 sisters; and 24 grandchildren, including Charlotte and Ginger.
     Funeral services were held on Monday, December 27 at 11 a.m. from the First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant with Dr. Stephen Shugert officiating. Burial will take place in Castle Bruce Roman Catholic Cemetery, Dominica, Commonwealth of Dominica. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund.

Lorine Elizabeth Norgaard
December 25, 1915 – December 19, 2004

     Lorine Elizabeth Norgaard, 88, of Mt. Pleasant passed away Sunday, December 19, 2004 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility.
     Funeral services were held at Helms Funeral Home in Mt Pleasant at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 23, with Rev. Samuel B. Reith, officiating. Visitation was from 10:00 to 11:00 that morning.
     Lorine Elizabeth Sweet was born to Robert and Maude (Harkan) Sweet in Cambellton, New Brunswick, Canada. She studied bookkeeping as a career and, being adventurous and independent, she moved to the big city, Montreal, Quebec when she was 20. Several years later she met a young man from Denmark. She and Otto were married on April 12, 1941. They later lived in Windsor, Ontario, Brighton, Michigan and Lansing. They had lived in Mt Pleasant since 1986.
     She was the oldest of 7 children. After the loss of her mother she had to help raise her siblings until her dad re-married, many years later. Like a ripple over water, her love affected all who knew her. She will be missed by her son, Carl (Vondene) Norgaard; daughter, Kris (Mike) Georgia; brother, Conrad (Frances) Sweet; sisters in law, Ali Sweet and Pauline Sweet; grandchildren, Eugene, Michael, Francine (Todd) Phipps, Jason (Becky), and Josh (Carmen) Norgaard, Scott Georgia, and Erin (Scott) Georgia-Korhorn; and five great grandchildren (soon to be seven).
     Lorine was preceded in death by her husband, Otto; her parents, Robert and Maude Sweet; brothers, Royce Sweet and John Sweet; sisters, Kathleen Howarth and Marie Taylor and a great-grandchild, Ryan Norgaard
    Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Building Fund of Zion Lutheran Church or The Salvation Army.

Virginia Marie Omans
January 10, 1947 — December 7, 2004

     Virginia Marie Omans, age 57, of Mt. Pleasant died Tuesday, December 7, 2004 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant. Virginia was born January 10, 1947 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Roy and Lilah Marie Wallace Omans.
     Ginny was a lifelong resident of Mt. Pleasant. She was a homemaker, a member of the First Church of Christ in Mt. Pleasant, and enjoyed being with friends and family, singing and making crafts.
     Ginny is survived by her sister and husband, Barbara and Bob Coldwell of Mt. Pleasant; three nephews and their families; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.
     Funeral services were held on Friday, December 10, 2004 at 11:00 A.M. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Mr. Ivan C. Odor and Mr. Jeff Gritton officiating. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions were suggested to the First Church of Christ.

Irene E. Nolan
September 10, 1913—December 5, 2004

     Irene E. Nolan, age 91, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Sunday, December 5, 2004 at the Laurels of Mt. Pleasant. She was born on September 10, 1913, the daughter of John and Flossie (Eaton) Russell. In 1934 in Mt. Pleasant, she married Chris Nolan, who preceded her in death.
     Irene was a homemaker and a care giver in her own home. She was a Foster Grandparent for over 15 years, and worked at the Speech and Hearing Clinic for several years. She attended the Nazarene Church.
     Survivors include her children, JoAnne Nolan of Mt. Pleasant, Verna Nolan of Mt. Pleasant, Sarah Spanne of Mt. Pleasant, Lorna Nolan of Saginaw, MI, and Melvin and Lois Nolan of Jacksonville, Fl; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and 2 brothers, Richard and Gene Ralston, both of Mt. Pleasant.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 8, 2004 at 1 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Doyle Perry officiating. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery, beside her husband. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Laurels Activity Fund.

Lonnie Jales DeRosia, Sr.
April 18, 1964—December 4, 2004

     Lonnie Jales DeRosia, Sr., age 40, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Saturday, December 4, 2004 at his home in Mt. Pleasant. Lonnie was born on April 18, 1964 in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Louis Edward and Oma Askren DeRosia. On December 12, 1982, he married Tina DuBois at the Weidman Baptist Church.
     Lonnie was an auto mechanic and a member of the Remus Baptist Church. He was a lifetime area resident.
     Survivors are his wife, Tina; three children, Bonnie, Lonnie, and Jonathan; a grandson, Braydon; three brothers; and one sister.
     Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 7, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. Interment took place in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions were suggested to the family.

Marjorie F. Kotez
December 12, 1924 — December 3, 2004

     Marjorie F. Kotez, age 79, of Lake Isabella, Michigan, died Friday, December 3, 2004 at her daughter’s home in Livonia. Marjorie was born December 12, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Harry and Marjorie (McKenzie) Shuttle. On November 26, 1949, she and John Kotez were married in Detroit, Michigan.
     Marjorie was an accident clerk for Con Rail for 30 years retiring in 1987. She and John moved to Lake Isabella after her retirement. Marjorie was a member of the Weidman United Methodist Church.
     Marjorie is survived by her two daughters, Susan (Robert) Rooke of Livonia and Katherine Valkos of Dearborn; and two grandchildren, Melanie and Mary Valkos. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
     Memorial services were held on Monday, December 6, 2004 at 11:00 A.M. at the Weidman United Methodist Church in Weidman, Michigan. Cremation has taken place as per Marjorie’s wishes with interment in Cadillac Memorial Gardens in Westland, Michigan.
     Memorial contributions were suggested to the Angela Hospice of Livonia
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Lucille W. Hazekamp
March 13, 1931 — December 1, 2004

     Lucille Warren (Haynes) Hazekamp, age 73, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on December 1, 2004 in the loving presence of her daughters, Jana and Audrey, and her brother, Paul, and sister in law, Janet. She was also present in the hearts and prayers of many, many others.
Lucille was born on Friday the 13th, March 1931 in Brandsville, Missouri, the only daughter of Irl Potter and Margaret Lucille (Weddle) Haynes. On July 30, 1961, she was married to Donald W. Hazekamp at the first United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant. A marriage that lasted 41 years until his death in October of 2002. Lucille received her undergraduate degree at the Conservatory of Music in Kansas City and her Masters Degree at Indiana University. She is a past faculty member of vocal music at Central Michigan University, and a longtime inspirer of piano and vocal music students of all ages. Lucille, herself was an extraordinarily creative musician and singer.
     Lucille was a loving mother and family member, a passionate supporter of CMU athletics, world traveler, avid accompanist of local musicians and singers, and an active friend and member of PEO, a women’s service organization.
     Lucille is survived by her daughters, Jana Hazekamp of Holland, and Audrey Hazekamp of Dexter, MI; two brothers, Stanley (Betty) Haynes of Grayslake, Illinois and Paul (Janet) Haynes of Ann Arbor; close in laws; many nieces and nephews, and countless friends both local and around the globe. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, and brothers, Alvin Lander and Alan Ray Haynes.
     A celebration of music and Lucille’s life was held on Monday, December 6, 2004 at 11:00 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. John Boley officiating.
     Memorial contributions were suggested to Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hospice of Central Michigan, or the First United Methodist Church Organ Fund.

November 2004

Anna M. Hillerman
June 27, 1913 – November 18, 2004

     Anna M. Hillerman, age 91, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2004 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant. Anna was born on June 27, 1913, in Detroit, Michigan. She married Henry Hillerman in Detroit, Michigan in 1937. Henry preceded her in death in 1969.
     Anna moved to Mt. Pleasant 32 years ago, moving here from Clio, Michigan. She was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She was a member of the Red Hats Society, and enjoyed crocheting, baking, and playing cards.
     Survivors include her daughter, Ann Schook of Mt. Pleasant; 4 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; 2 brothers: Jim and Frannie, and a sister Dorothy, all of Detroit. She was preceded in death by her husband, and a son William Hillerman.
     A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment took place in Flint Memorial Park, Mt. Morris, Michigan.

Winifred S. Grenke
January 26, 1916 – November 13, 2004

     Winifred S. Grenke, age 88, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away on Saturday, November 13, 2004 at her home. Winifred was born on January 26, 1916 in Isabella County, the daughter of Ray and Floy (Swarthout) Palmer. On August 20, 1936, she married Joseph Grenke in Rochester, Michigan.
     Winifred was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed arts and crafts, making dolls and sewing doll clothes, and enjoyed crocheting. She was a resident of the area for over 25 years, moving here from the Detroit area.  
Survivors include her son, Frank and Kay Grenke of Lewiston, her daughter, Hilda and Frank Gruss of Mt. Pleasant; 7 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren; a brother, John and Marge Palmer of Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband, both parents, a son in law, 6 sisters, and 4 brothers.
     Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 16, 2004 from St. Charles Catholic Church with Lorraine McGuiness, Pastoral Administrator officiating. Interment took place in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, beside her husband, Joseph. Vigil prayers were held on Monday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions were suggested to St. Charles Catholic Church.

Margaret Lea Sawade
November 26, 1925—November 11, 2004

     Margaret Lea Sawade, age 78, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and Casa Grande, Arizona, passed away on Thursday, November 11, 2004 at the Desert Pavilion Nursing Home in Casa Grande, Arizona. Maggie was born on November 26, 1925 in Mannington, West Virginia, the daughter of Charles Edward and Dolly (Norris) Yost. On May 31, 1957, she married Clarence Sawade in Indiana.
     Margaret was the office manager for Sawade Drilling Company for many years. She was a member of the First Church of Christ in Mt. Pleasant, and enjoyed playing cards with her girlfriends. She also enjoyed activities at the Senior Center, and antiquing.
     Maggie is survived by her husband, Clarence; children: Sally (Matt) Aldrich of Chandler, AZ, Don (Tammi) Sawade of Casa Grande, AZ, Mark (Roxann) Sawade of Lake Isabella, MI, Bob (Lisa) Sawade of Port Orchard, WA, and James Sawade of Blanchard, MI; a sister, Leona Hoot of Franklin, TN; 7 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.
   Memorial funeral services were held on Friday, November 19, 2004 at 2 p.m. from the First Church of Christ in Mt. Pleasant with Mr. Ivan Odor officiating. Interment of the cremated remains took place in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions were suggested to a hospice of the donors choice.

Eleanor V. Starkweather
November 13, 1916 — November 6, 2004

     Eleanor V. Starkweather, age 87, of Winn, Michigan, was called to her Eternal Rest in Christ on Saturday, November 6, 2004 at her home in Winn. She was born November 13, 1916 in Fremont Township, Isabella County, Michigan, the daughter of William W. and Althea (Riggle) Curtiss.
     On January 6, 1949, she and John Starkweather were married in Shepherd, Michigan. Eleanor was employed at Ferro Manufacturing Company for 17 years in the payroll department. She retired from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe as the Fiscal Officer.
     Eleanor was a member of the Winn United Methodist Church and was Past Matron and Life Member of the Winn Chapter 377 of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a wonderful caring mother and grandmother. Eleanor was always putting others first. She cherished her friends and loved her birds and flowers.
      Eleanor is survived by three children, Valarie and Charles Fishbeck of Gaylord, Karen and Darrol Parks of Commerce Township, and Walter Starkweather of Bay City; 7 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; a sister, Eloise Cygan of Lansing; and a sister in law, Doris Thomson of Jackson. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John on June 16, 1978; and a brother and his wife, Woodrow and Agnes Curtiss.
     Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 11, 2004 at 11:00 A.M. from the Winn United Methodist Church with Rev. Paulette Cheyne officiating. Interment took place at Union Cemetery, Winn, Michigan, next to her husband, John. Memorial contributions were suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan or to the Winn United Methodist Church.

Virginia E. Howe
March 27, 1936 -- November 4, 2004

     Virginia E. Howe, age 92, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, November 4, 2004 at her home with her family at her side. Virginia was born on August 31, 1912, in Adrian, Michigan, the daughter of Fred and Edith (Kennedy) Schneider. She married Orie E. Howe on March 27, 1936 in Indiana. Orie preceded her in death on May 29, 1993.
     Virginia was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed tending to the needs of her family. She loved cooking, working in her flower gardens, and making craft items. She was an active member of the Calla Rebekah Lodge for many years, holding many offices.
Survivors include her two daughters, Barbara (Ronald) Neubecker of Clare, and Patricia Howe of Mt. Pleasant; four grandchildren, Michael (Deborah) Neubecker of Canton, MI, Mark Neubecker of Fenton, MI, Kelly Neubecker of Denver, CO, and Chad Neubecker of Scottsdale, AZ; two great grandchildren, Taylor and Allison Neubecker; and one sister, Iola Archbold of Harrison, MI. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, both parents, her sister Naoma Kigar, and her brother, James Schneider.
     Funeral services were held on Monday, Novembr 8, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. John Boley of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed in Memorial Gardens Cemetery beside her husband, Orie. Friends gathered with the family at the Helms Funeral Home on Sunday, November 7 from 1-5 p.m.. Friends desiring to make a memorial contribution in memory of Virginia, may wish to consider Hospice of Central Michigan. Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home.

 

October 2004

Roy Arthur Estep
September 18, 1926 – October 30, 2004

     Roy Arthur Estep, age 78, of Shepherd, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, October 30, 2004 at his home in Greendale Township, Midland County, Michigan. Roy was born on September 18, 1926 in Griffithsyville, Lincoln County, West Virginia. On June 16, 1951, he married Dolores Yost in the Oil City Assembly of God Church. He was a longtime area resident.
     Roy was retired from DOW Chemical, where he was employed as a stationary fireman for 45 years. He was a member of the Oil City Assembly of God Church and was on the church Board of Directors, a member of Local 12075 District 29 U.S.W.A from 1945 to 1990. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during WWII. Roy was also on the Greendale Township Board, the Greendale School Board, and was a life time member of the NRA. He was a licensed private pilot, an Amateur Radio Operator, and a HAM-Emergency Weather Spotter. He enjoyed deer hunting with his sons-in-law and his grandsons.
     Survivors include his wife, Dolores; 3 daughters: Julia (Keith) Beach of Battle Creek, MI, Jean (Gordon) Joslin of Sanford, MI, and Rachel Estep of Battle Creek. Also survived by 4 grandchildren: Adam (Amanda) Beach, Andrea Beach, Joseph Joslin, and Trenton Joslin; and 2 sisters: Catherine Banner of Midland, and Marilyn Workley of Warsaw, IN. Roy was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Rev. James Estep, and 2 sisters, Yvonne Boyer and Evonne Farrison. Memorial contributions in memory of Roy, were suggested to the Building Funds for the Coleman Assembly of God Church, the Oil City Assembly of God Church, or to the Midmichigan Visiting Nurses Association.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with the Rev. Earl Marsh and Rev. James Reamsa officiating. Interment took place in Kelly Cemetery, Greendale Township, Midland County. Friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday, November 2, 2004 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

 

Adaleva Annette Harrison
March 20, 1911 – October 28, 2004

     Adeleva Annette Harrison, age 93, of Remus, Michigan passed away on Thursday, October 28, 2004 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility in Mt. Pleasant. Adaleva was born on March 20, 1911 in Coral, Michigan, the daughter of Earl Miller Brown and Edith May (Kendig) Brown. On January 25, 1942, she married Lyle Eugene Harrison in Barryton, Michigan. She was a lifetime resident of the area.
     Adeleva taught High School English at Perrinton and Chesaning Schools and also taught Journalism in High School. She was a member of the First Church of Christ in Mt. Pleasant and the book club. She enjoyed gardening and sewing. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Lyle on February 1, 1997; a brother, Weldon Brown; and a sister, Edith Baughman.
     Funeral services were held on Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 2 p.m. from the First Church of Christ in Mt. Pleasant with Mr. Mark Christian officiating. Interment took place in Strong Cemetery, Remus, Michigan, beside her husband, Lyle. Memorial contributions were suggested to the First Church of Christ, Great Lakes Christian College, or the CMU Campus Ministry.

 

Archie Evart Himebaugh
August 2, 1911 — October 22, 2004

     Archie Evart Himebaugh, age 93, of Winn, Michigan, died Friday, October 22, 2004 at his home in rural Winn. Evart was born August 2, 1911 in Winn, Michigan, the son of William and Elsie (Moore) Himebaugh. On May 1, 1933, he and Pauline Delo were married at Elkhart, Indiana. Pauline preceded him in death on August 5, 1981 and his daughter, Joanne preceded him in death on June 16, 1999. He married Doris (Spitzer) Alfredson on August 17, 1999 in Bradenton, Florida.
     Evart was owner and President of Economy Mills, Inc. in Elwell, MI and Perrinton Elevator Company in Perrinton, MI. He sold Economy Mills to J. P. Burroughs and Sons, Inc. in 1968 and became their Director of Marketing. He retired in 1972. He was active in the Michigan Bean Shippers Association, the Michigan Grain and Feed Association, the National Grain and Feed Association, and the National Dry Bean Council.
     Evart is survived by his wife, Doris of Mt. Pleasant; a sister and her husband, Corrine and Harvey “Mac” McGinnis of Mecosta; a son in law, Don Slachta of Saginaw; two grand daughters, Marcella Hecht of Vassar, MI and Moreen Slachta of Saginaw; six great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; and a daughter, Joanne Slachta.
     Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 28, 2004 at 1:00 P.M. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Nancy Casey Fulton officiating. Interment followed at Union Cemetery in Fremont Township, Isabella County, Michigan. Memorial contributions were suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan.

Helen May Davis
June 21, 1913 – October 17, 2004

      Helen May Davis, age 91, of Green Valley, Arizona, passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2004 at the St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. Helen was born on June 21, 1913 in Noble County, Indiana, the daughter of Joseph Frick and Lillian Brill. On June 21, 1937, she married Virgil W. Davis in Sturgis, Michigan. Virgil preceded her in death on June 25, 1996.
     Helen lived in Mount Pleasant until 1996, when she relocated to South Pasadena, Florida. She remained active in the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel while in Florida. Helen was a member of the First Presbyterian Church (USA) of Mount Pleasant. She moved to the Silver Springs Retirement community located in Green Valley, Arizona in January 2004 to be near her family.
     She was a receptionist for Dr. William Hersee of Mount Pleasant and then became secretary for the Chemistry Department at Central Michigan University for ten years prior to her retirement in June 1978.
    Helen is survived by her son, Virgil Davis, Jr and his wife, Constance Davis, of Green Valley, Arizona. She is also survived by two grandchildren: Virgil Davis III, a physician in Arcata, California, and Stephanie (Davis) Potter and her husband, Dean Potter, both leading national rock climbing ambassadors for Patagonia and residing in Moab, Utah.
     Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 23, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. the First Presbyterian Church (USA) of Mount Pleasant with Rev. Mary Ann Evans-Justin officiating. Interment took place at Riverside Cemetery, Alma, Michigan. Memorial contributions were suggested to the First Presbyterian Church (USA) of Mount Pleasant.

 

Laura 'Betty' Elizabeth Lentz
August 18, 1920 – October 14, 2004

     Laura 'Bety' Elizabeth Lentz, age 84, of Shepherd, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, October 14, 2004 at Edward W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. Betty was born on August 18, 1920 in Isabella County, the daughter of Howard and Lillian (Heinz) Noble. On August 29, 1939, she married Harry F. Lentz in Ithaca, Michigan. Harry preceded her in death on August 14, 1998.
     Betty was a lifetime area resident, a member of Strickland Baptist Church and enjoyed her life as a homemaker. For a short time, she worked at Central Michigan University as a housekeeper.
     She is survived by her children, Shirley Crowley of Clare, and Phil and Patricia Lentz of Shepherd. A brother, Dale and Margaret Noble of Shepherd, and a sister, Jeanne Best of Houghton Lake, MI. Also survived by 3 grandchildren: Tracie Lentz, Mike Crowley and Doug Crowley, 4 great grandchildren: Joe, Jessica, Logan, and Samantha. Laura was preceded in death by her husband, both parents, a sister Donna Zuker, and a brother, Cy Noble.
     Funeral services were held on Monday, October 18, 2004 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Lindow Koop of the Strickland Baptist Church officiating. Interment took place in Union Cemetery, Winn, Michigan. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund of Isabella County or to Community Cancer Services.


 

Donna L. Armstrong
January 20, 1937 — October 9, 2004

     Donna Lucille Armstrong, age 67, of Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday morning, October 9, 2004 at her home. Donna was born January 20, 1937 in Isabella County, Michigan, the daughter of Jess and Winifred (Pasco) Shaner.
     On November 17, 1955, she and Robert Armstrong were married. Donna was a beautiful cake maker and quilt maker. She was a homemaker that babysat for many children in Mt. Pleasant and she loved to shop.
     Donna is survived by her husband, Robert of Mt. Pleasant; her five children and their spouses, Margaret and Henry White of Rosebush, Cindy and Brian Johansen of Paris, MI, Robert and Mary Armstrong of Rosebush, Sandra and David Hovey of Roundrock, Texas, and Merle and Marla Armstrong of Belmont, MI; thirteen grandchildren; one great grandchild; two brothers, Alvie Shaner of Clare and Robert (Carolyn) Shaner of Rosebush; a sister in law, Coranna Kripa of Mt. Pleasant; and two special friends, Shirley Davis of Mt. Pleasant and Carol Zileski of Mt. Pleasant. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers and sister, Stanley, Kenneth, Louie, and twins, Margaret and Merle.
     Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 12, 2004 at 11:00 A.M. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Lisa Boettcher officiating. Interment followed at Gilmore Township Cemetery in Isabella County, Michigan. Memorial contributions were suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan or Community Cancer Services.

 

Mattie L. Hoggs
March 9, 1944 – October 2, 2004


     Mattie L. Hoggs, age 60, a long time resident of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan died on Saturday, October 2, 2004 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant. Mattie Lee Hoggs was born to John and Nellie (Hoskins) Pierce on March 9, 1944 in Prattville, Alabama. She married Willie Howard Hoggs on December 16, 1960 in Detroit, Michigan. She was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area since 1973.
     Mattie was a devoted wife and mother and grandmother, and one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She loved her family and friends very much. She enjoyed fishing, cooking for her family, sports, shopping, and taking care of her grandchildren.
     Mattie is survived by her parents, John Pierce of Dayton, Ohio and Nellie Pierce of Detroit. Her husband, Willie, and seven children: Willie and Shawn Hoggs of Lansing, MI, Ramona Hoggs of Plymouth, MI, Bonita and James Jewell of Mt. Pleasant, Melanie Hoggs of Mt. Pleasant, Donella Hoggs of Saginaw, and Eric Hoggs of New Mexico. Nine grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Three sisters: Anna May Pierce of Detroit, Amanda Davis of Detroit, and Nancy Harris of Mt. Pleasant; two brothers: John Pierce of Mt. Pleasant and Earnest Pierce of Detroit.
     Memorial services will be held on Sunday, October 10, 2004 at 4 p.m. from the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 8065 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant with Mr. Frank Wright officiating. Friends and family are all welcome at the memorial service. Following Mattie’s wishes, cremation has taken place.

 

 

September 2004

Virgie L. Eismann
December 24, 1915 — September 22, 2004

     Virgie L. Eismann, age 88, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, September 22, 2004 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility. She was born on December 24, 1915 in Deerfield Township, Isabella County, Michigan, the daughter of Percy and Lillie (Guhling) Reed. On June 22, 1935, she married Victor Eismann in Ithaca, Michigan.
     Virgie was employed as a clerk for 12 years at the Student Book Exchange on the campus of Central Michigan University. She was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing and reading. She lived most of her life in the area.
     Survivors include her daughter and husband, Nancy and Jack Theisen of Weidman; a granddaughter and her husband, Janet and John Putvin of Cadillac; a sister, Reva Reed of Farwell; and two nephews and their wives, R.T. and Pat Paullin of Houghton Lake and Danny and Judy Paullin of Harrison. Virgie was preceded in death by her husband on October 9, 1997, and her parents.
     Funeral services were held on Friday, September 24, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Nancy Casey Fulton officiating. Interment took place in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions were suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan.

Roy E. Omans
June 10, 1914 – September 18, 2004

     Roy E. Omans, age 90, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Saturday, September 18, 2004 at the Laurels of Mt. Pleasant. Roy was born on June 10, 1914 in Isabella County, Michigan, the son of Clarence and Pearl (Greenfield) Omans. In August 1942, he married the former Lilah Marie Wallace in Shepherd. Marie preceded Roy in death in 1985.
     Roy was employed as a custodian for Central Michigan University for many years. He was a member of the First Church of Christ, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. He spent most of his life in the Mt. Pleasant area.
     Survivors include 2 daughters: Virginia Omans and Barbara and Robert Coldwell, all of Mt. Pleasant; a sister, Vera Roose of Ionia; 3 grandchildren: John (Angela) Coldwell, Jim (Angella) Coldwell, and Ron Coldwell; 4 great grandchildren: Joel, Alissa, Meagan, and Erin. Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Marie, and brothers Cecil, Lee Otis, and Fay, along with sisters Crystal, and Alice.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Mr. Mark Christian and Mr. Ivan Odor officiating. Interment took place in Riverside Cemetery, beside his wife, Marie. Memorial contributions were suggested to the First Church of Christ.

 

Gordon ‘Ducky’ Howard Jackson, Sr.
April 9, 1939 – September 15, 2004

     Gordon ‘Ducky’ Howard Jackson, Sr., age 65. of Weidman, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 at Edward W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan after open heart surgery. Gordon was born on April 9, 1939 in Rosebush, Michigan, the son Arthur and Ida (Johnson) Jackson. On May 24, 1975, he married Beverly Bailey at the Chippewa Indian United Methodist Church.
     Ducky was a retired custodian for Gordon Food Services for many years. He also worked for Clarke Equipment, where he read blue prints, and put the first Bobcat together. He was a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, enjoyed traveling to different casinos. He collected miniature semi truck models, and had almost a complete collection of Marlboro memorabilia. He was a resident of the area until 1964, when he resided in Grand Rapids, moving back to Weidman in 1994. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1960 -1964.
     Survivors include his wife Beverly, 4 sons: Gordon Jackson, Jr. of Hasting, MI, Arthur and Jodi Jackson of Mt. Pleasant, Terry Lee Jackson, and Harry Jackson, both of Weidman, and William L. Loonsfoot, who was considered a son; 4 daughters: Bonnie Jackson, Janet Jackson, and Elizabeth Jackson, all of Mt. Pleasant, and Carolyn Jackson of Weidman. 3 grandchildren: Katherine M. Jackson, Nichole L. Jackson, and Abagail J. Jackson, all of Mt. Pleasant. His sister, Ida Ruth Lenhart of Weidman; 4 brothers: Loren Jackson of Weidman, Victor Jackson of Rosebush, Stuart and Linda Jackson of Mt. Pleasant, and Terry L. Jackson of Grand Rapids. Many nieces and nephews, and best friends, Bert and Connee Ward of Clare. Ducky was preceded in death by a grandson David Earl Kinney, his mother and father Ida and Arthur, sisters: Arlene Arnott, Artina Starkey, and brothers: Wilfred, Elmer Earl, Billy B, and Homer Jackson.
     Funeral services were held on Monday, September 20, 2004 at 2 p.m. from the Chippewa Indian United Methodist Church with Rev. Owen White-Pigeon and Mr. Alvin Chamberlin officiating. Interment will follow at a later date. Memorial contributions were suggested to the family.

Anthony ‘Mike’ Michael Scukanec
September 22, 1956 – September 16, 2004


     Anthony Michael (Mike) Scukanec, age 47, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, died on September 16, 2004 at Covenant Health Center in Saginaw, Michigan.
     Funeral services were held on Monday, September 20, 2004 at 1:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with Rev. John Boley and Rev. Ron Thompson officiating. Friends called at the Helms Funeral Home on September 19, 2004 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Monday an hour prior to the services. Friends wishing to remember Mike with a memorial contribution may make a donation to the Leader Dog Program or the Diabetes Institute for Immunology and Transplantation.
     Mike was born on September 22, 1956 in Flint, Michigan, the son of Anthony and Patricia (Graham) Scukanec. He grew up in Lapeer, Michigan, and worked in the game division of the Department of Natural Resources for as long as his eyesight would allow. Mike married Gail Patricia Kirkendall on August 20, 1983 in Lapeer, Michigan. This day was one of the happiest days of Mike’s life. Mike became a skilled woodworker, creating many fine pieces of furniture and beautiful cabinetry. Mike attended the First United Methodist Church and was a member Mid-Michigan Woodworkers Association and the Isabella Sportsmen Club. Hunting was a passion for Mike and he continued to think and talk about it until his death. Mike also very much enjoyed antique gun collecting, walking in the woods and on the beach, spending time up north and time with his dogs, canoeing and bicycling when possible, reading, and listening to music and news. He will be remembered for the love he had for his wife and sister, his friends, and most especially, life itself.
     Mike is survived by his wife, Gail Scukanec of Mt. Pleasant; his sister, Katy Scukanec of Elkhart, Indiana; his beloved dogs, Toby and Poncho; an uncle, Jimmy Bromhead of Cleveland, OH; an aunt, Mary Scukanec of Flint, MI; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Oliver W. Helman
July 8, 1916 — September 13, 2004

    Oliver W. Helman, age 88, of Mt. Pleasant, and formerly of Royal Oak, Michigan, died Monday, September 13, 2004 at Gratiot Community Hospital in Alma, Michigan. Oliver was born on July 8, 1916 in Dollar Bay, Michigan, the son of Erick I. and Ida U. Helman.
   On January 3, 1942, Oliver married the former Beulah A. Weller in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Beulah preceded him in death in 1997. He lived in Mt. Pleasant for the past three years moving here from Royal Oak, Michigan. Oliver was a school teacher for 37 years, teaching shop. He was employed by the Hazel Park School District and also taught in Edmore and Empire. Oliver was a veteran of the Army Air Force, serving from September 3, 1942 until February 18, 1946. He was a life member of the Edmore Masonic Lodge, a former member of the Elks Lodge #1610 in Midland, and enjoyed woodworking and gardening.
     Oliver is survived by his sister, Evelyn Randall of California; a sister in law and her husband, Dorothy W. and Richard H. Reynolds of Midland; and eleven nieces and nephews. He was precede in death by his parents and his wife, Beulah in 1997.
     Graveside services were held at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 16, 2004 at Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant with interment following. Rev. Nancy Casey Fulton officiated. Memorial contributions were suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Dr. Joyce Ann Carter
April 20, 1951 — September 9, 2004

Joyce Ann Carter, age 53, of Weidman, died Thursday, September 9, 2004 in Mt. Pleasant. She was born April 20, 1951 in Hastings, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Harry E. and Mary (Sullivan) Weakland.
Joyce graduated from Central Michigan University and on November 22, 1973, she and Gerald C. Carter were married in Mt. Pleasant. She was employed by Central Michigan University from 1975 until retiring as the Director of Academic Assistance Program in March of 2004. Joyce enjoyed bicycling, basket weaving, reading a great deal, cooking, and traveling. She also enjoyed working with people and especially students. Joyce and Gerry enjoyed their pets, two dogs and two cats, in the home that they built.
Joyce is survived by her husband, Gerald C. Carter of Weidman; her mother, Mary Weakland of Naples, Fl; a sister and her husband, Peggy and Dennis Bentley of Naples, FL; a niece, Katie; and a nephew, Patrick. She was preceded in death by her father.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, September 12, 2004 at 7:00 P.M. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Nancy Casey Fulton officiating. Celebration of the Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on the campus of Central Michigan University on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at 10:30 AM with Father Jeff Donner and Rev. Nancy Casey Fulton officiating.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan or Life Options at the Listening Ear of Mt. Pleasant.

 

Vicky Lynn Alcorn
May 31, 1957 – September 4, 2004

Vicky Lynn Alcorn, age 47, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2004 at Tendercare, Mt. Pleasant. She was born on May 31, 1957 in St. Johns, Michigan, the daughter of Eugne and Connie (Atkinson) Welton. On August 20, 1994, she married Garry Alcorn in Oil City, Michigan.
Vicky worked as a waitress for the Dinner Bell, Tatters, and the Downtown Restrauant. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, playing yahtzee, and scrabble..
Survivors include her husband, Garry, her mother Connie Welton of St. Johns, Michigan; 2 brothers: Alan Welton of Oil City and Darrel Welton of St. Johns; 2 sisters: Shelia Welton of St. Johns and Diane Welton of Charlotte, MI. She was preceded in death by her father, Eugene.
In following Vicky’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Friends desiring to make a memorial contribution may wish to consider the Pardee Cancer Center.

Louise Jane Fair
May 21, 1910—September 4, 2004

Louise J. (Horton) Fair left to be with her Savior on Saturday, September 4, 2004. She was born on May 21, 1910, in Muskegon, Michigan, to Charles and Clara (Talmadge) Horton. She moved to Mt. Pleasant in the early 1930’s, and with her husband, Neubert W. Fair, joined the First Baptist Church, where she served for many years in the nursery, social events and Missionary Society. She was employed as a switchboard operator at Central Michigan University until retirement in 1980. Louise’s joy was quilting, and her lovely quilts are treasured by her friends and family.
Louise was preceded in death by her beloved husband, N.W. Fair, in 1977, and brothers William and George Horton, sisters Beatrice, Gladys, and Agnes. She is survived by her daughter, Marsha Fair, of Lansing, Michigan, and a sister, Marian Blackburn, of Muskegon, Michigan; nieces and nephews Michael Blackburn, Cathy (Michael) Ogren, Melvin (Charlene) Berry, Beatrice (James) Hedgecock, Mindy (Brian) Orr, Jamie (Homer) Decker, Michael J. Ogren, Charles Brown, and Elizabeth Christianson; and precious friends Belva York and Pamela Bunting, and so many others with whom she shared good times, hard times, laughter, tears, and love. We will miss her.
Louise’s family and friends are grateful for the kindness and love given to her by the staff of Tendercare West of Lansing.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, September 9, 2004 at 10 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Mark Mitchell officiating. Interment took place in Bear Lake Cemetery, Laketon Township, North Muskegon, Michigan at 2:30 p.m. Memorial contributions in Louise’s memory were suggested as a donation to the donor’s church or the local unit of the American Red Cross.

Cheryl Darlene Bennett
April 12, 1947—September 3, 2004


Cheryl Darlene Bennett, age 57, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Friday, September 3, 2004 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant. Cheryl was born on April 12, 1947 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Stanley and Blanche (Chamberlain) Bennett.
Cheryl was a secretary for the Tribal Police for many years, and also had worked for Hitatchi in Edmore for a period of time. She was a member of the Chippewa Indian United Methodist Church, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, and supported missionaries in Guatemala. She was a lifetime area resident.
Survivors include her children: Brad Bennett and Tiffany Bennett, both of Mt. Pleasant; a sister, Betty and Morris Nahmabin of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, and one brother.
Memorial services were held on Tuesday, September 7, 2004 from the Tabernacle of the Chippewa Indian United Methodist Church with Rev. Owen White-Pigeon and Mr. Phil Bird officiating. The family had suggested memorial contributions to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Foundation.

Joanne Eileen Wiesener
October 17, 1930 – September 3, 2004

Joanne Eileen Wiesener, age 73, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Friday, September 3, 2004 at her home. Joanne was born on October 17, 1930 in Midland, Michigan, the daughter of Frank Earl and Helen (Piegols) Wilson. On June 23, 1978, she married Fred Wiesener in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area for over 50 years.
Joanne worked as a grade school teacher and taught in several school districts in Michigan. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, was an avid bridge player, a member of the Red Hats Society, she volunteered with Art Reach, was a volunteer with the American Red Cross, working with both the blood drives and the blood bank. She enjoyed going to Acapulo, Mexico. She very much enjoyed her family and grandchildren. Joanne was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.
Survivors include her husband, Fred; 2 daughters: Cindy and Bill Walz of Mt. Pleasant, and Kathy (Doremire) and Scott Hoffman of Huntington Woods, Michigan. 3 grandchildren: Francesca Walz, and Helen and Jack Hoffman. She was preceded in death by her parents, and 1 brother.
A memorial luncheon was held on Thursday, September 9, 2004 at 12 noon at the Mt. Pleasant Country Club. Memorial contributions were suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan.

 

 

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