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Traverse City Record Eagle

December 2, 2012

Daniel E. Wagner

BELLAIRE Daniel E. Wagner, 83, of Bellaire, died peacefully at home, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.

He was born Nov. 10, 1929, in Detroit the son of Frank and Wanda (Winnicki) Wozniak.

Dan graduated from Eastern Michigan University where he met his wife, Elaine (Ringel) Wagner. Elaine and Dan married in 1951, just before he served in the Korean War. After a career in advertising, Dan retired from Young & Rubicam in 1994. Upon retiring, he and his wife moved from Birmingham to Bellaire. They enjoyed traveling, many friendships, and were members of the First Congregational Church in Central Lake. Dan also enjoyed playing golf and skiing.

Surviving are his children Nancy (Mark) Black of Gilbert, Ariz., Reed (Pam) Wagner of Bloomfield Hills, Julie (Matt Howell) Wagner of Franklin, Jane (Bob) Hedges of Grand Rapids, Dan (Maureen) Wagner of Commerce, brother Leonard Wagner, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Elaine, and sister Loretta Suminski.

Memorial services and interment will be held Monday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, 1669 W. Maple Rd. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Another memorial service will be held Fri. Dec. 28, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Central Lake. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Central Lake and the Red Cross.

Arrangements have been handled by the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign his online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.


Traverse City Record Eagle

December 2, 2012

Jan Waling

MAPLE CITY --- Jan Waling, 67, of Maple City, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Grand Traverse Pavilions, surrounded by family. Jan was born in Midland, Dec. 8, 1944, the oldest child of Buford and Frances Waling.

Jan always nurtured a strong interest in science and electronics, graduating from Midland High School in 1962 and Kalamazoo College as physics major.

He enjoyed the adventure of traveling with his family, participating in church and school activities and was a Boy Scout.

After living most of his adult life in California, Jan returned to Northern Michigan following retirement. He lived at Lime Lake with his parents and pursued his dream of becoming a "sound man" full time in the Traverse City area.

Jan was a warm-hearted, brilliant man who deeply touched the lives of those around him. From a young age he was committed to helping those who needed a hand in life. Over the years he became a father figure to many of the youth who lived near him.

He was fortunate to make a career out of the two things in life he was most passionate about, electronics and music. By day, Jan was an electrician and by night, Jan made local musicians into local celebrities by serving as a sound engineer for live performances. He will be remembered for his out-of-nowhere one-liners, his sly, slanted smile, his uncanny ability to make any musician feel (and sound) like a rock star, and his generous and caring nature.

Jan had been fighting metastatic prostate cancer for many years when, finally, the battle was lost.

He was predeceased by his mother, Frances.

Jan is survived by his father, Buford Waling; his daughter, Stacy Luther (Brandon); his brother, Paul (Janine); sister, Diane Kemp (Marc); and the following nieces and nephews, Erik (Anneli), Maria (Michael), Tomas, Travis (Greta), Andrew, Jason, Benjamin, Hunter, Simon and Alice.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m., with a visitation with family held one hour prior, at the Leland Community United Methodist Church. Following a light lunch, interment will take place at the Cleveland Township Cemetery.

Donations in Jan's name may be directed to the Leelanau Christian Neighbors, PO Box 32, Suttons Bay, MI 49862.

Please share thoughts and memories with Jan's family on their online guestbook at www.record-eagle.com/obituaries/.

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.


Traverse City Record Eagle
December 4, 1999
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Allen Russell Walters
Died December 3, 1999
TRAVERSE CITY - Allen Russell Walters, 84, of Traverse City, died Friday at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

Born April 6, 1915, in Suttons Bay, he was the son of Nicholas and Helen (Grohowski) Walters. On Nov. 26, 1940, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Traverse City, he married the former Elsie Rokos.

Allen was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy with the 46th Seabees. He received three battle stars while on Guadalcanal, New Guinea and Los Negros in the Pacific, and was a shell back (crossed the Equator). Along with his brothers, Willard "Gil" and Clifford "Bud," he was a partner in Walters Fine Footwear and Shoe Repair. He retired in 1980 after 50 years. Allen was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Usher's Club, VFW Cherryland Post No. 2780 and past commander, and a lifetime member of Traverse City Elks Lodge No. 323. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and telling stories.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie; two sons, Spencer Allen (Gretchen) Walters of Leland and Gregory James (Dana) Walters of Hickory Corners; a brother, Clifford (Anita) Walters of Traverse City; two sisters, Mildred (Robert E.) Mullen Stone and Ethel DeTour - both of Traverse City; and five grandchildren, Shannon, John, Joe, Margaret and Nicole Walters

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Viola Walters; and a brother, Willard Walters. He was also preceded in death by a special friend, Bob Kortokrax.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City, where a wake service will be held at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Rev. Paul Megge serving as celebrant; military honors are under the auspices of Cherryland Post No. 2780. Burial will be in Oakwood Catholic Diocesan Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record Eagle
December 19, 1999

**note the following obit had an error when it ran. I corrected it 12/19 so it would be correct when it hit the web obits.

ROBERT LEE WARNER, 72, of Frankfort, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Long Term Care.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Frankfort Chapel of McElduff Funeral Homes. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Gilmore Township Cemetery.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz

Traverse City Record Eagle
December 20, 1999
ROBERT LEE WARNER, 72, of Frankfort, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital/Long Term Care in Frankfort.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Frankfort Chapel of McElduff Funeral Homes; funeral services will follow 3 p.m. Burial will be in Gilmore Township Cemetery.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz

Traverse City Record Eagle
December 13, 1999
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Ellis Gerald Weaver
Died December 11, 1999
HONOR - Ellis Gerald Weaver, 78, of Honor, died Saturday at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

Born Aug. 31, 1921, in Honor, he was the son of George A. and Anna C. (Madsen) Weaver.

A veteran of World War II, Ellis served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Kenneth C. Evans Post No. 7544 in Beulah and of the Elks Lodge No. 323 in Traverse City.

Ellis was with the Homestead Township Fire Department from 1946 to 1982 and was the fire chief from l950 to 1982. Ellis was also one of the founding fathers of ambulance service in Benzie County.

Ellis and his brother, George, owned Weaver's IGA in Honor from 1946 to 1984. He served as president of the Honor Chamber of Commerce during the 1960s, was a past chairman of the church board at Honor Congregational Church and was very active in community service.

A wonderful husband and a great father, his greatest enjoyment was his grandchildren. He also enjoyed all types of sports, especially basketball.

On May 23, 1948, in Frankfort, Ellis married Edna J. Gabrielsen who survives him. Also surviving are two daughters, Carol Am (Rick) Lipp of Holt and Marilee (Wayne) Strom of Honor; his son, Robert (Polly) Weaver of Honor; seven grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and two nieces, Deborah (David) Wells of Warren and Dawn Weaver of Traverse City. Ellis was preceded in death by two brothers, V.M. "Dutch" Weaver and George Weaver, and two nephews, Richard Weaver and George Weaver Jr.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home; the Rev. Thomas Maher will officiate.

Interment will be in Gilmore Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Homestead Township Fire Department. Envelopes are available at Bennett-Barz Funeral Home.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz

THE DAILY EAGLE
TRAVERSE CITY, MI
17 June 1903

Miss Josie Weber of Hannah died Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock of heart disease. Deceased leaves a husband and three children. The funeral will be held from the Catholic church at Hannah at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning.

Traverse City Record Eagle
December 17, 1999
David Weddle
Died December 14, 1999
HILLSDALE - David Weddle, 29, of Hillsdale, died Tuesday in Jackson.

Born April 2, 1970, in Pontiac, he was the son of Alan Weddle of Connecticut and Sherry Weddle (Bob Hesselgrave) of Traverse City.

David worked in floor covering. He loved spending time with his son and enjoyed the water and riding motorcycles. David was a free spirit who loved life. He will be missed very much. The Lord has taken him home.

He is survived by a son, Cory Thomtson of Waterford; his parents; a sister, Tracy (Mike) Smart, his brother, Bryan; a niece, Breanna Weddle; a nephew, Cody Smart - all of Traverse City; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers Willard Bain of Pontiac and Owen Weddle of Pontiac; and grandmother, Angelique Weddle of Florida.

There will be a private viewing at 7 p.m. today at Van Horn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to his son, Corey Weddle.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz
Traverse City Record Eagle
December 9, 1999
GEORGE B. WHITEHEAD, 73, of Williamsburg, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 8, 1999, at his home.

Arrangements are pending at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

Traverse City Record Eagle
December 10, 1999
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George B. Whitehead
Died December 8, 1999
WILLIAMSBURG - George B. Whitehead, 73, of Williamsburg, died Wednesday at his home.

George served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Formerly of Lansing, he retired as a bank officer from the Bank of Lansing.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie M. Marsh Williams Whitehead of Williamsburg; five children, Zetta Zechinato, Martha Mae Babcock, Brent Williams, Kristine Miller and Marta Campbell Mrva; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one niece; and three nephews.

No services are planned at this time. Memorials may be directed to Munson Hospice, 1105 6th Street, Traverse City, MI 49684.

Arrangements by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record Eagle
December 19, 1999
Hilda Whiteley
Appelhof
Died December 17, 1999
FRANKFORT - Hilda Appelhof, 91, a resident of the Maples Medical Care Facility in Frankfort, died Friday.

Born Feb. 12, 1908, in Leeds, England, she was the daughter of Harry and Bessie Whiteley. Hilda immigrated to Ferndale with her parents when she was three years old. On Feb. 4, 1930, she married Rev. Gilbert Appelhof, Jr., who was a pastor of St. Lukes Episcopal Church in Ferndale, where Hilda was president of the young people's group. The major parishes in their ministry were St. John's Episcopal Church in Alma and St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Berea, Ohio.

During her long active life as the wife of an Episcopal minister, Hilda was noted and loved for serving as a gracious hostess at events known for good food, interesting people and stimulating conversation. A highlight in her life was attending the 58th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Hawaii in 1955 as a delegate.

Hilda provided opportunities for adult education before it was ever a formal means for learning. Two projects spanning a period of several years in Berea included a prayer group in which she taught the women participants how to braid rugs, then arranged for purchasing over 1200 pounds of wool to meet the demand created by the enthusiastic braiders. Her leadership in such group facilitation was recognized by her appointment as worship chairman of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Ohio in 1961. In another adult education activity, Hilda conducted furniture-refinishing classes in the garage behind the rectory.

Upon their retirement, Gil and Hilda moved to their log cabin at Crystal Lake in Beulah. Hilda was active in the Benzonia Garden Club and was once state chair of the Environmental Committee of Federated Garden Clubs of Michigan. Hilda was preceded in death by her husband who died in 1987.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Appelhof of Kalamazoo; and two sons, David (Diane) Appelhof of Minneapolis and Alan (Joanne) Appelhof of Beulah. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Gregory Appelhof, Lee Ann Vincent and Diana Riekse; and six great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Perry Chapel, McElduff Funeral Home in Benzonia. Graveside services for the family will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Benzonia Township Cemetery, where burial will take place. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Congregational Church of Benzonia with Rev. Stephen Davidson officiating.

Memorials may be directed to the Maples Medical Care Facility in Frankfort.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz
Traverse City Record Eagle
December 20, 1999
JANET WILLIAMSON, 94, of Elk Rapids, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at Tendercare of Traverse City.

Arrangements will be announced by the Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.

Traverse City Record Eagle
December 21, 1999
Janet S. Williamson
Died December 19, 1999
ELK RAPIDS - Janet S. Williamson, 94, of Elk Rapids, died Sunday at Tendercare of Traverse City.

Born in Scotland, she was the daughter of James and Elizabeth (McNeill) Linton. On Oct. 30, 1970, in Westland, she married Archibold Williamson.

Janet came to the United States in the 1930s and in 1943 became a naturalized United States citizen. She was employed as a salesperson at Awrey Bakery in Detroit for 30 years and then as a salesperson for the meat department of Alexander-Horning until her retirement in 1970. A former resident of Westland, she moved to Elk Rapids in 1980. A member of the First Presbyterian Church, Janet was a very devoted child of God who loved and served her Lord.

Survivors include a son-in-law, George Jeruzal of Kewadin, special friends, Bea and Joe West of Elk Rapids, and six grandchildren.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, in 1988.

Friends may visit from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.

Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home; the Rev. Dr. Dan Herlein will officiate.

Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Elk Rapids.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church of Elk Rapids.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz
Traverse City Record Eagle
December 6, 1999
JUEIL M. WINDBIGLER, 87, of Traverse City, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

A full obituary will appear in the Tuesday Record-Eagle. Hibbard Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

Traverse City Record Eagle
December 7, 1999
Jueil M. Windbigler
Died December 5, 1999
TRAVERSE CITY - Jueil M. Windbigler, 87, died Sunday at Munson Medical Center.

Born May 10, 1912, in Gaylord, she was the daughter of Frank and Florence (Laney) Knapp.

A resident of Traverse City, she lived in the area for most of her adult life. Jueil was a member of the Salvation Army.

Survivors include her husband, Verlon, and a son, Charles Richard Windbigler - both of Traverse City, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Jueil was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Shirley, in 1964; two grandchildren, Charles Windbigler in 1987 and Katherine Click in 1994; two brothers, Carl and Leland Knapp; and two sisters, Hannah Tucker and Retha Milligan.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hibbard Funeral and Cremation Service.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home; the Rev. Keith Huffman will officiate.

Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery in Long Lake Township.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz
Traverse City Record Eagle
December 31, 1999
Eleanor Ruth Witucki
Died December 30, 1999
WHITE CLOUD - Eleanor Ruth Witucki, 77, of White Cloud, passed away Thursday at her home.

Born June 2, 1922, in Grand Rapids, she was the daughter of Edward and Alma (Maas) Beekman. On Oct. 16, 1943, in Grand Rapids, she married Edward Witucki. Edward preceded her in death in 1988.

Eleanor has been a resident of the White Cloud area since 1984 and had been a homemaker. She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in White Cloud and had been active in the Alter Society.

She is survived by her daughter, Teryl "Terri" (Joseph) Javian of Traverse City; son, Lindsay "Lindy" (Cheryl) Witucki of Benzonia; three grandchildren, Tobin (Janice) Javian, Antoinette Javian and Kristine Witucki; a sister-in-law, Mary Jane Pizarski and family of Detroit; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Crandell Funeral Homes, Inc. in White Cloud, where a Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Joseph Catholic Church Alter Society Flower Fund.

Contributed by Sharon Compston Baatz
Traverse City Record Eagle
December 13, 1999
PATRICIA 'PAT' WOLFF, 74, of Traverse City, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, at her home.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday with a time of sharing at 7 p.m. at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City. A full obituary will appear in Tuesday's Record-Eagle.

Traverse City Record Eagle
December 14, 1999
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Patricia A. 'Pat' Wolff
Died December 12, 1999
ELMWOOD TOWNSHIP - Patricia A. "Pat" Wolff, 74, of Elmwood Township, died Sunday at her home.

Born Oct. 29, 1925, in Bluffton, Ind., she was the daughter of Glenn Cole (Spec) and Chella (Welsh) Kasler. In 1947, in Cleveland, Ohio, she married Gene Wolff who preceded her in death in 1992.

Pat grew up in Frankfort, Ind., during the Depression. Her father was a railroad man and former boxer; her mother was a homemaker and the driving force in encouraging Pat to study music. In 1940, at the age of 14, she joined an all-girl big band and toured the United States during and after World War II. Pat wrote of her experiences on the road in her recently published memoir, "I Ran Away With An All-Girl Band."

While on tour in Ohio, she met and fell in love with a tenor sax player from Detroit. After a brief cross-country courtship, Gene and Pat married and eventually settled in Traverse City. Gene worked for a steel company and continued to play in local jazz combos including the Dave Sporney Big Band.

Pat hung up her horn to raise her three children but continued to lead a very creative life that included skiing, car racing, printmaking, painting, metalsmithing and owning her own art gallery. In recent years she concentrated on watercolors and writing and was an active member of the Grand Traverse Writers Group where chapters from her book were first read. She completed her manuscript while in hospice and led a remarkably active life until the end - painting, listening to live music, attending writers group meetings at Horizon Books and visiting with her grandchildren.

Surviving are her sisters, Sue Kasler Clark of Cazedero, Calif., and Phyllis Kasler of Redwood Valley, Calif.; her brother, Joseph Kasler of Richland, Wash.; her children, Lisa (Robert) Michels of Harbor Springs, Paul (Anita) Wolff of Woodbridge, Va., and Glenn Wolff (Carole Simon) of Traverse City; and seven grandchildren, Allison, Christopher, and Katherine Michels of Harbor Springs, Brittney Wolff and J.R. Niemi of Woodbridge, Va., and Elizabeth and Sarah Wolff of Traverse City.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., with a time of sharing at 7 p.m., Wednesday at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Munson Hospice or the Patricia and Gene Wolff Memorial Scholarship Fund at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. A memorial jazz concert in Pat's honor to benefit the scholarship fund is planned for after the holidays. A date and location will be announced.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


THE EVENING RECORD
TRAVERSE CITY, MI
5 APRIL 1901
AGED PIONEER DEAD
Mrs. Catherine Wood Passed Away This Morning

Mrs. Catherine Wood, one of the pioneers of Traverse City, died at 10:30 this morning at her home, 245 Washington street, age 76 years. She leaves two grandsons, Charles Weldenhammer, driver of the Adams Express Co. wagon and George McKenzie, clerk in the Boston store.

Mrs. Wood was the mother of Mrs. McKenzie, who met a tragic death in Grand Rapids several years ago. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon in the First M. E. church. W. S. Anderson will have charge of the funeral arrangements.
THE EVENING RECORD
TRAVERSE CITY, MI
9 APRIL 1901
OLD SEA CAPTAIN DEAD
Captain E. H. Wood of 502 West Seventh street, died at 12 o'clock today of apoplexy. Mr. Wood was 52? years of age lst June. A wife, five daughters and four sons are left to mourn his death. Of these Miss Rosa Wood, Miss Minnie Wood and Mrs. Mort Ellis reside in the city.

Rev. Wright will conduct the funeral services at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, from the home. The funeral arrangements will be in charge of H. L. Carter.

Captain Wood has been a great sailor in his day, traversing almost the entire globe. He was as familiar with the Phillipines as he was with Grand Traverse Bay. He was engaged for years in the eastern trade.

For a number of years he has been a resident of this city, working at the trade of painter, he has been unable for months, however, to do any work on account of the increasing weaknesses of age.

Traverse City Record Eagle
December 4, 1999
Marie Ellen Kerby Wrzesinski
Died December 2, 1999
MT. PLEASANT - Marie Ellen Kerby Wrzesinski, former resident of Benzie County, Manistee, and for the past year Mt. Pleasant, died Thursday afternoon at her daughter's residence at the age of 79.

Marie was born on Feb. 28, 1920, in Barryton, the daughter of Lawrence A. and Florence E. (Braley) Lassen. She was united in marriage to Edwin W. Kerby on March 15, 1936. Edwin died Oct. 17, 1975. She was then united in marriage to Clarence Wrzesinski in July, 1977, and Clarence passed away in February, 1999.

For many years Marie owned and operated Adult Foster Care Homes in the Benzie County area. She was always known to lend a helping hand to others when they may have needed assistance. Marie enjoyed canning, crafts, cooking and sewing. While residing in Benzie County, she attended the Benzie Area Church of Christ.

She is survived by sons, Eugene (Beth) Kerby of Beulah, Frederick (Dorothy) Kerby of Benzonia, Wayne Kerby of Mt. Pleasant and a stepson, Thomas (Charlotte) Lewis of Empire; daughter-in-law, Connie Kerby of St. John; seven daughters, Darlene (Bryce) Gray of Honor, Shirley (Marvin) Young of Mt. Pleasant, Barbara (Larry) West of Empire, Maria (Jack) Shippey of St. Johns, Debra (Dennis) Kietzman of Jackson, Cheryl (Kenneth) Carpenter of Jackson, and Kimberly (Scott) Mead of Grand Rapids. Also surviving are two brothers, Loren Bixby of Fruitport and Dewey Lassen of Oklahoma; three sisters, Gladys Brown of Flint, Judy McCummins of Pickford and Althea Bowen of Mt. Pleasant; 48 grandchildren; 72 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Thomas Arner Kerby and three grandchildren.

Friends may visit with the family from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Perry Chapel, McElduff Funeral Homes in Benzonia. Services for Marie will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Benzie Area Church of Christ. Evangelist Robert Bodell will officiate. Burial will take place in the Gilmore Township Cemetery.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a contribution in Marie's memory to either the Hospice of Central Michigan, 401 S. Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 or the Benzie Area Church of Christ, 2460 Frankfort Hwy., Frankfort, MI 49635.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


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