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Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 17, 2005
JOAN ROSALIE RADACHY, 64, of Merritt, died on Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, at Munson Medical Center.

Per Joan's wishes, cremation has taken place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee. The family will hold a Celebration of Joan's life at a later date.

The family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Oak Grove Cremation Center.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 30, 2005
Funeral services for DOROTHY (KADROVACH) RANCOUR, who died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, will be held Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at 1 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 26, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Dorothy L. (Kadrovach) Rancour, 83, of Traverse City, went to be with her Lord, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, at Birchwood Nursing Center.

A life-long resident of this area, Dorothy was born on Feb. 7, 1921, in Williamsburg, the daughter of Martha Macy Samuels and James Albert Stites. On July 26, 1940, in Williamsburg, she married Edmund Kadrovach, who preceded her in death Nov. 12, 1974.

Dorothy had a tremendous love of music, and it was a very important part of her life. She had been an organist in local churches over the years and had also been employed as the secretary and organist at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Following her retirement as secretary, Dorothy continued to play the organ for many funerals. Dorothy attended First Church of the Nazarene and was a former member of the Order of Eastern Star #524, where she also used her musical talents.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Joan and James Courtade of Traverse City; grandchildren, Mark (Liz) Courtade of San Antonio, Texas, Kathy Courtade of Traverse City and Diane (Eddie) Sandoval of San Antonio, Texas; brothers and sisters, Raymond (Evelyn) Stites of Elk Rapids, Clinton (Doris) Stites of Williamsburg, Beatrice (Thomas) Wight of St. Louis, William (Madge) Stites of Elk Rapids, Bertha Powell of Elk Rapids, Alice Sinko of Williamsburg, Louis (Phyllis) Stites of Williamsburg, Irvin Stites of Nashville, Tenn. and Wayne (Caryl) Stites of Williamsburg.

In addition to her first husband, Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents.

Services celebrating Dorothy's life will be held Monday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, with the Rev. Rick Rice officiating. Visitation will take place at the funeral home one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Grace Pointe Café Mission, c/o First Church of the Nazarene, 1023 S. Division St., Traverse City, MI 49684.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 9, 2005
JACKSON - The Rev. Paul E. Randall, 79, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2005.

He is survived by his wife, Ella, and seven children. He was pastor with the Harland Gospel Church and the Homestead Community Church for many years.

Visitation will be Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Lansing Avenue Baptist Church in Jackson. Services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m., also at the church. Interment will be in Fort Custer National Cemetery.

Contributions, in his memory, are directed to the Lansing Avenue Baptist Church or the Lake Ann Baptist Camp.

Arrangements are by the Nichols-Arthur Funeral Home in Michigan Center.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 12, 2005
IRVING F. RANGER, 87, of Northport, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at his home.

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 28, 2005
William Kales 'Bill' Rankin
Died February 25, 2005
FRANKFORT - William Kales "Bill" Rankin died Friday, Feb. 25, 2005, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Rochester.

Bill was born May 23, 1922, in Detroit to J. Gordon Rankin and Ethel Diekman. In 1949, he was married to Barbara Losch, who passed away in April 2003.

Bill served as Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army infantry from 1941-45, and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands.

While raising his family, Bill was active in the community of Beverly Hills, including serving as a councilman. He was also very active in the Beverly Hills Little League during the 1960s, serving as president and coach.

Before retiring to Frankfort, Bill worked in automotive advertising in the Detroit area, including 29 years with D'Arcy, Masuis, Benton & Bowles.

While in Frankfort, Bill was a member of the Rotary, served on various church committees, assisted his wife in the Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Auxiliary activities, worked as a golf course ranger, and was a frequent friendly face in the Frankfort, Beulah and Benzonia area.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Dale (Russ) Rankin Mack of Rochester Hills; sons, Neil (Lisa) Rankin of Portage and Todd Rankin of Troy; six grandchildren; and his brother, Robert of Vacaville, Calif.

Private family services will be held in Rochester, with burial in Benzonia Township Cemetery.

A public memorial service will be held at a future date at Our Savior Lutheran Church, with Rev. Robert Bennett officiating.

The family requests that memorials be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 6790 Frankfort Hwy., Benzonia, MI 49616.

The Pixley Funeral Home of Rochester is serving the family.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 17, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Tua Christina Lindberg Rantanen was born Feb. 28, 1946, in Helsinki, Finland, to Richard and Ilmi Lindberg.

She was educated as an actress, playwright and pianist at the Swedish Theatre in Helsinki. She went on to compose and write an acclaimed children's musical "Molla Mia," and continued to write plays for the rest of her life.

She married Col. Irving Edsall Rantanen, an American career military gentleman and diplomat, who preceded her in death Dec. 8, 1995.

They retired in Traverse City in 1979. Together, they had one daughter, Thaisa Christina Lindberg Rantanen, a vocalist who resides in Grand Rapids.

She is survived by her elder sister, Marianne Lindroos'; her younger sister, Susan Lindberg, both of Helsinki, Finland; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, also residing in Helsinki, Finland. She will be greatly missed by them all.

Tua Christina was also preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Carita Lieselot.

Visitation will be held at the Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, at 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. Interment will be held at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
March 6, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Dwight Reava, 76, of Traverse City, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, passed away peacefully at Munson Hospice House with his family by his side.

Born Sept. 12, 1928, in Flint, he was the son of Sherman and Velma Reava. As a young boy, his family moved to Grayling. Dwight graduated from Grayling High School in 1946.

He and his best friend, Richard K. Nelson, left immediately for the Air Force, Dwight spending most of his service time as a crew chief working on the new jet airplanes.

He never lost his love of flying, eventually piloting his own airplane and flying gliders. For him, soaring like eagles and hawks was a dream come true.

After moving to Traverse City, Dwight spent some time every day he could at the Cherry Capitol Airport Observation area listening to the 1610 AM radio contact between the tower and incoming pilots. He especially liked watching and hearing the big jets come and go.

While living in Mt. Pleasant, Dwight spent many wonderful times with his flying buddies, attending various fly-ins and the annual Experimental Aircraft Association Air Show in Wisconsin, where he served as one of the presidents of the local chapter, and helped his friend build an airplane.

On Dec. 27, 1952, Dwight married Betty Kubik in Grayling, and she joined him at Central Michigan University, from where he graduated in 1954.

Dwight was a long-time businessman, operating the Reava Sewing Center in Mt. Pleasant for 45 years. He was an ardent canoe racing fan, operating a canoe livery on the Chippewa River for a time. He served as president of the Isabella County Humane Society and as vice president of the Mt. Pleasant Jaycees, helping to organize numerous community events and fund-raisers.

He was very creative and inventive. A true "Mr. Fix-it," he always had a new project going. He had a real passion for baseball, wild birds, ice fishing and opera. He entertained us with his quick-witted humor, funny jokes, poetry and songs, even serenading us with a couple of songs from his hospital bed.

He was a father, grandfather, husband and a friend, always sure and steady...he was our safe harbor.

Dwight is survived by Betty, his wife of 52 years; daughters, Edith (Tony) Schmidt of Honor, Laura (Lawrence) Lannen of Ann Arbor, Susan (Daniel) Halfmann of Rosebush; grandchildren, Brendan and Evan Lannen, and Danielle and Michelle Halfmann; sisters, Dorothy Shefler of Cincinnati, Nancy Phillips of Kent City and Sharol (William) Tatro of Albany, N.Y; brothers, Roy (Genave) Reava of Laingsburg, Richard (Sally) Reava of Perrinton; brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Wanite Kubik of Saginaw; and many nieces and nephews.

Dwight was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Duane.

The family wishes to send a special thank-you to Dr. Roger Gerstle for his many years of care and friendship.

According to Dwight's wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering to celebrate his life will be held in the spring.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 28, 2005
FRANCIS 'BUD' REED, 81, of Traverse City, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2005, at Munson Medical Center.

Funeral services will take place at noon Tuesday, March 1, at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, with Major Tom Riggs officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
Isabelle "Issy" Schantz Reid
Died March 11, 2005
LONG LAKE TOWNSHIP - Isabelle May Schantz Reid, affectionately known as Issy, passed away Friday, March 11, 2005, at home. She was 81.

She was born in Flint on Feb. 20, 1924, the daughter of Marion Lyle (Cameron) and Paul Louis Schantz.

Isabelle graduated from Charlevoix High School in 1942. She was employed as a proof reader in the banking industry and later was employed by The State Of Michigan Unemployment Securities Commission, retiring in 1980.

A resident of Traverse City since 1967, Isabelle had previously been a resident of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She was a member of the Long Lake Senior Citizens, the Senior Center in Gulf Shores, Ala., and loved to travel the world.

Isabelle enjoyed reading and especially enjoyed crocheting, crafting comforters for her great-grandchildren. Survivors include her daughters, Sherry (William) Flachsmann and Mildred (James) Bender, all of Traverse City and Muriel (William) Walter of Chicago, Ill.; grandchildren, Cydney Shepard and her husband, Richard Fritz, Alexis (Jeremy) Bannen, Kimberley (Jay) Valloric, Brian Flachsmann, Nathan (Daniela) Moravec and Sven Moravec; her great-grandchildren, Alexander, Austin, Ashlynn and Alyssa Valloric, Olivia Grajewski, Emma Shepard, Raymond Fritz, Jazper Fritz, Kristian Moravec, Nathan Moravec Jr. and Anna Moravec. Also surviving are two sisters, Lois Steffens-Nelson of Traverse City and Audrey Crain of Ohio; one brother, Jack Schantz of Mississippi; and many nieces and nephews.

Isabelle was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.

Visitation will take place at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Friday, March 18, 2005, from 6 to 8 p.m. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Norwood Cemetery in Charlevoix when the weather permits.

The family would like to express their special thanks to Issy's caregiver, Nancy Patterson.

The family asks that memorial contributions be directed to Munson Hospice, 1105 Sixth Street, Traverse City, MI 49684.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 16, 2005
SMITHFIELD, N.C. - Sherryl Sue "Sherry" Reuter, 54, died Friday afternoon in Johnston Memorial Hospital. Born July 2, 1950, in Fife Lake, she was a daughter of the late Stuart Douglas and Ardith Marie Birgy Bridson. She was a member of the Pisgah Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Allen Reuter; son, Stewart Douglas Hatfield of Muskegon; daughters, Jodi Michelle Westover and husband, Jamie of Marydel Del., Brandy Nichole Reuter of Seattle, Dusti Dawn Reuter, Krysti Lynn Reuter and Laci Lee Reuter, all of the home; brothers, Bruce Bridson of Fife Lake, Todd Bridson of Saginaw and Troy Bridson of Kingsport, Tenn.; sister, Faith Carroll of Pentwater; and one grandson, Colin James "C.J." Westover.

A funeral service will be conducted Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005, at 11 a.m., in the Pisgah Baptist Church, with the Rev. William "Bill" Monroe officiating. The family will host a reception in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service.

Condolences may be sent to the family at mail@underwoodfh.com.

The Underwood Funeral Home is assisting the family with service details.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 11, 2005
OWEN W. RIAL, 53, of Thompsonville, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at Munson Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at 11 a.m., at the Covell-Smith Funeral Home, where visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. A full obituary will be in a future edition of the Record-Eagle.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Covell-Smith Funeral Home in Kingsley.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 12, 2005
THOMPSONVILLE - Owen W. Rial, 53, of Thompsonville, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at Munson Medical Center. He was born in Traverse City on June 17, 1951, the son of Donald and Bertha (Sweet) Rial.

Owen retired from United Tech in 1997. He enjoyed working on cars, hunting and four-wheeling. He truly loved his family and grandchildren.

Owen is survived by his four children, Tanya (Brian) Rial of Kingsley, Brad (Tammi) Rial of Kingsley, Jana Summerfield of Newaygo and Christina D. (David) Casey of Thompsonville; nine grandchildren, Ashley, Bradley II, Brittany, Triston, Dustin, Victoria, James, Brendon and Jenna; 13 siblings; mother Bertha (Jack) Snyder of Baldwin; and both former wives and mothers of his children, Marlene D. Michels and Connie S. McNair, both of Kingsley.

A funeral service will be held at the Covell-Smith Funeral Home in Kingsley on Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Wendell Temple will officiate. Burial will take place in Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be directed to the family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Covell-Smith Funeral Homes of Kingsley.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


January 24, 2005
Virginia Conkling (Robins) Richmond
Died January 20, 2005
BEAR LAKE - Virginia Conkling (Robins) Richmond, 82, of Bear Lake, passed away at the home of her daughter, Sheila Wissner, in Nashville, Tenn., Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, surrounded by her family.

Virginia was born on June 28, 1922, in Berkeley, Calif. She was the deeply-loved and only child of John Clinton Conkling Robins and Vida Lucille (Collins) Robins of San Mateo, Calif. She graduated from Palo Alto City Schools, Palo Alto, Calif., in 1939. She majored in dramatics at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1943. She greatly enjoyed the stage and acted in many productions. She was president of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

She married Carl Floyd Richmond on July 27, 1945, in Chicago. Mr. Richmond operated Richmond Drug Co. in Bear Lake until his death in 1967.

Virginia served her community by teaching for 25 years at Bear Lake Schools, and had been a member of the Bear Lake Board of Education. She was a member of the Bear Lake United Methodist Church and had been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, president of the local women's club and active in the Democratic Party, serving as a delegate to the state Democratic convention.

After retiring, she spent her winters in Sun City Center, Fla., where she was active in her church, her current issues class, and as a Hospice volunteer.

Throughout her life, she enjoyed travel, swimming, genealogy, reading, politics, bridge, studying the history of Great Britain, and spending time at the lake.

She is survived by her four children, Don W. Richmond of Lansing, Sheila (Wayne) Wissner of Nashville, Tenn., Wendy (Terry) Mann of Colon, and Roderic J. Richmond of Bear Lake; six grandchildren, Aaron Wissner of Middleville, Thea Mann of Sturgis, Jason Eisenlohr of South Haven, Jodie Eisenlohr of Bear Lake, Marissa Wissner of Chicago, and Travis Mann of Kalamazoo; four great-grandchildren; and her foreign exchange daughter, Annelies (Gertjan) Landveer of the Netherlands and their children, Lisan and Eric-Jan.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Edwards Oak Grove Funeral Home in Bear Lake.

Funeral services for Virginia will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the Bear Lake United Methodist Church with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church.

Burial will take place in the spring at Fairview Cemetery in Bear Lake.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Virginia may be directed to Bear Lake's Keddie Norconk Memorial Library or the Bear Lake United Methodist Church.

The Edwards Oak Grove Funeral Home of Bear Lake is serving the family.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 22, 2005
Jane Stewart Richter went home to her family and Lord from the Grand Traverse Pavilions on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005.

Jane was 98˝ years young, and was originally from Saginaw. She moved up here to be with her daughter, Mary Jane Tezak of Lake Ann and her grandchildren, Bob Beuthin and Jane Beuthin of Traverse City.

Funeral services will be held at the Deisler Funeral Home in Saginaw on Monday, Jan. 24, 2005.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Grand Traverse Pavilions.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 8, 2005
Franklin Jenner Riggle
Died February 1, 2005
MIDLAND - Franklin J. Riggle, 88, of Midland, celebrated life from Oct. 5, 1916, until Feb. 1, 2005. He was born in Green Bay, Wis., the only child of Frank C. and Bertha Riggle.

Franklin grew up in the Mt. Pleasant area, moved to Midland with his wife, Virginia Dowling in 1949, and continued there, working at Dow Corning Corporation until his retirement.

He and Virginia moved to Traverse City in 1979. Following Virginia's death in 2001, Franklin returned to Midland and enjoyed his time at Riverside Place Apartments.

Franklin was very proud of his service in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He spent several years in Alaska and then went into battle in Normandy.

He enjoyed debating politics and was an active participant and local leader in the United Steelworkers of America Labor Union. Franklin was also an avid gardener and reader. He was active in sports his entire life, first participating, and later attending all of his children's and grandchildren's events.

Franklin is survived by his children, Mimi Bruder of Traverse City and Frank W. (Ellen) Riggle of Midland; his grandchildren, Matthew Bruder of Traverse City, Anne Bruder of Chapel Hill, N.C., Molly Bruder of Minneapolis, Jason (Karin) Surratt of Traverse City, Sarah (Jr.) Saluta of Traverse City, Adrienne (Scott) Oakley of Roswell, Ga., Alyssia Riggle of Atlanta, Ga., Zachary Riggle and Shelby Riggle of Midland; great-grandchildren, Felicity Hector-Bruder, Jake and Taylor Oakley, Nathan Surratt and Clara Salutta. Franklin's special friend, Evelyn Cook of Midland, also survives him.

A memorial in Franklin's name will be established with the Midland Public Schools at H.H. Dow High School for the Boys' and Girls' Tennis Teams. Memorials may be sent to: Riggle Memorial Fund, Midland Public Schools, Business Office, 600 E. Carpenter Street, Midland, MI 48640.

The family will gather for a celebration of Franklin's life at a later time.

The Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter (off State) in Saginaw is serving the family.

To share thoughts and memories with the family, visit www.deislerfuneralhome.com.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 25, 2005
FIBRE - Edward R. Riker, 84, of Fibre, formerly of South Manitou Island, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2005.

Born Nov. 4,1920, in Ionia, he was the son of Carl and Mary (Ryckert) Riker. On Aug. 4, 1943, he married Esther Westervelt, who preceded him in death on Dec. 4, 2004.

The Rikers owned and operated a farm for many years, both on South Manitou Island and in Fibre. They had immense pride in the polled Herefords they raised on their farm.

Also preceding him in death were his parents; a son, Ronald; and a sister, Arlene (Riker) McCabe.

Surviving are two sons, Russell (Cindy) Riker of Bois Blank Island and Richard (Susan) Riker of West Olive; five grandchildren, Shalyn Riker, Shannon Riker, Stuart Riker, Sara Riker and Christine Riker; brother, Robert (Ramona) Riker; brother, Joseph (Mary) Riker; sister, Rose (Martin) Leyer; sister, Margie (William) Strickler; and sister, Sally (Sam) Austin/(Keene); and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for both Edward and Esther is being planned in the spring on South Manitou Island. A tentative date in May is anticipated and will be announced upon being finalized. Burial will be in the South Manitou Island Cemetery.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 20, 2005
THE VILLAGES, Fla. - James Allen Roberson, 65, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, in his home with his entire family and his dog, Murray, at his bedside. James will be fondly remembered as a loving father, devoted husband and loyal brother. He was a faithful friend and mentor to many, and was an upstanding pillar in the community. James will be sorely missed.

James was born on June 16, 1939, in Telephone, Texas, to Ethel and Reginald Roberson. Growing up, James worked for the Santa Fe Railroad before the Army drafted him for service at Fort Ord in Monterey, Calif. After his tour, James returned to Texas, where with his mother he started several restaurants to help feed the men building Interstate 40 through the southwest.

James met Margot McMillen, married and had two beautiful daughters, Holly and Heather. Living in Fulton, Mo., he was an active member of the community and was involved in building a new hospital. James was always thinking of others.

James moved to Traverse City in 1991, where he served as manager of Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors. He later became the northern division manager of Real Estate One, and ultimately became the general manager of Century 21 Pearson-Cook. He had an amazing rapport with people and was able to guide with a strong but loving hand.

In Traverse City, he met the love of his life, Donna Mae Dobler, and the two were married in 1992. While in Michigan, he loved boating, golfing and watching Michigan football with his friends. He retired from Century 21 in 2004 and moved to their paradise at The Villages, Fla.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; daughters, Holly and Heather; mother Ethel; and brother, Jerry; sisters, Beverly Ash and Brenda Pride; stepchildren, Christine and Jeff (Paula) Dobler; and his adoring grandchildren, Noah and Phoebe.

An open house in celebration of James' life will be held in the home of Donna Roberson in The Villages, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 29, and Sunday, Jan. 30. For details, please call Holly at (573) 268-3108.

The family suggests that memorials be made to your local hospice or a favorite charity.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 27, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Patrick C. Robinson, 80, of Traverse City died Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 25, 2005, at Orchard Creek Assisted Living.

He was born in Elmwood Township in Leelanau County on May 7, 1924, the son of the late Danial and Eva P. ( Fouch) Robinson.

Pat served his country honorably with the United States Army during World War II.

He thoroughly enjoyed his employment with the Farm Bureau Services, and retired as their office manager following many years of service.

A life-long resident of Leelanau County, Pat enjoyed gardening and the time he spent caring for and mowing Elmwood Township Park. He was a true supporter of the Leelanau Trail, which was located in his backyard. He enjoyed his daily walks along the trail and established "Pat's Park" with benches for weary walkers.

He is survived by his loving and caring children, Patricia Rockburn, Robert (Judy) Robinson, Pamela (Rick) Forton, Steven (Mary) Robinson and Thomas (Laura) Robinson, all of the Traverse City area; and his nine loving grandchildren, Kalen, Kinsley, Kendall, Holly, Nick, Ryan, Colleen, Xandria and Morgan.

Pat was preceded in death by his wife, Marchelle B. (Kortokrax) Robinson; five brothers; and one sister.

Friends may call at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a scripture service at 7:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held on Friday at 2 p.m., at St. Frances Catholic Church, with the Rev. Fr. Peter Eke and the Rev. Fr. William Lipscomb serving as celebrants. Military Honors under the auspices of the VFW # 2780 Cherryland Post will follow. Burial will take place at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the Leelanau Trail. Envelopes will be available at the Funeral Home.

Arrangements are being made by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Clifton Francis Rogers
Died June 1, 2005
ISHPEMING - Clifton Francis Rogers, 85, of 746 Juniper St., Ishpeming, died Wednesday afternoon, June 1, 2005, at Marquette General Hospital.

Mr. Rogers was born on June 6, 1919, in Negaunee, to the late Ruth (Roberts) and Harry Rogers. He was a 1937 graduate of Negaunee High School and then attended Michigan State University.

He served for two years on the USS Rowan, landing in Nagasaki. He started his career as an electrical engineer at Cliffs Power & Light. He moved to Houghton in 1959, where he became the president and CEO of the Upper Peninsula Power Company.

While in Houghton he was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, where he served on many committees. He was also on the Houghton National Bank Board, the Portage Hospital Board and a member of the Kiwanis Club, where he served as Lt. Governor. He was president of Operation Action UP and active in the Hiawathaland Boy Scout Council for 50 years, serving as president for a time. Cliff served as chairman of the State Chamber of Commerce, associate chairman for National Bible Week and head of the Michigan Electric Association, Bay Cliff Health Camp Board, the United Way Board, the Union Bank Board in Marquette and the deputy director of the Electric Power Administration.

Cliff retired and moved back to Ishpeming in 1984. While in Ishpeming, he was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, serving on many committees and a member of the Ishpeming Noon Kiwanis, where he had served as Lt. Governor. Cliff was a member of the Governor's Committee on Education. He was honored by both Suomi College and Northern Michigan University. Cliff was awarded the Silver Beaver Award from the Hiawathaland Boy Scout Counsel.

On Jan. 9th, 1943, Cliff married the former Ruth Quayle at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Ishpeming. Cliff loved being outdoors and playing skip-bo and Liverpool rummy. Cliff enjoyed woodworking and doing artistry work. His family was his great pride and joy and he never said no to any job he was asked to do.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth of Ishpeming; one son, Terry (Robbi) Rogers of Traverse City; one daughter, Barbara (Jon) Palomaki of Ishpeming; four grandchildren, Chris and Katy Rogers and Tim and Jenni Palomaki; one brother, Keith (Mabelle) Rogers of Menominee Falls, Wis.; one brother-in-law, Arthur Quayle of Ishpeming; two sisters-in-law, Florence Tinkham of Winchester, Ill., and Agnes Peterson of Ishpeming; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2005, at 2 p.m., at the Wesley United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Paul G. Donelson to officiate. Inurnment will take place in the Wesley Memorial Garden at the church. Friends may call at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and at the Wesley United Methodist Church from 1 p.m. until the time of services on Sunday. Pallbearers will be Rita Champion, Wesley Wentala, James Kimball, James Hutcheson, William Schrandt and Ray Leverton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Hiawathaland Boy Scouts, the Wesley United Methodist Church or the Bay Cliff Health Camp in Cliff's memory.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 5, 2005
FREDERICK A. "RICK" ROKOS, 71, of Traverse City, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at Munson Medical Center.

Visitation will take place Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Services will take place Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at 1 p.m., also at the funeral home.

A complete obituary will appear in Friday's edition of the Record-Eagle.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 7, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Frederick A. "Rick" Rokos, 71, of Traverse City, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at Munson Medical Center.

Rick was born in Traverse City on June 14, 1933, the son of Frank and Helen Morovic Rokos. He married Yvonne Allgood in May of 1979 in Omaha, Neb., and she preceded him in death in June of 1990.

Rick proudly served our country as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He had been stationed in Michigan, Nebraska, the Far East, Alaska, Texas, Greenland, Labrador and England prior to his retirement following 24 years of service.

He was a life member of the VFW and the American Legion. After retiring from the military, Rick was a truck driver for Commercial Terminal Services of Omaha, Neb., as well as a bus driver for the Omaha Public School system, retiring from those positions in June of 1996. He then returned to Traverse City and was employed by The Traverse City Area Public Schools as a bus driver, a position he dearly loved and held until the time of his death.

Rick is survived by his daughters, Rebecca "Goldie" O'Neal and her husband, Robert W. Moller of Texas, and Kristi Smith of Colorado; a granddaughter, Courtney J. Sims of Virginia; his four-legged grandchildren, Cheyannie and Cody of Texas and Madison of Colorado; nephew and nieces, Ronald and Nancy Egeler and Sandy Hillis; a very special nephew and great-niece, Frankie and Pat, as well as many other great-nieces and great-nephews. Rick is also survived by his many friends and colleagues at TCAPS and the bus garage.

In addition to his wife, Yvonne, Rick was preceded in death by his parents; and by his siblings, Howard, Edward, Albert, Clarence, Carl, Anna Egeler, Esther Kopchia and Elizabeth Schlagel.

Visitation will take place at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home this evening from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Saturday, with Dr. Homer Nye officiating. Military Rites will be provided by the Honor Guard of Cherryland VFW Post 2780. Burial will take place in the spring at Linwood Cemetery in Long Lake Township.

The family asks that memorial contributions by directed to the Cherryland VFW Post 2780 or to the Salvation Army.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 27, 2005
IRMA ROKOS, 84, of Urbana, Ill., formerly of Traverse City, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2005.

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Owens Funeral Home in Champaign, Ill. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m., also at the funeral home.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 11, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Thomas "Tom" John Rokos, 51, of Traverse City, died suddenly Wednesday morning, Feb. 9, 2005, at his home.

Born June 11, 1953, in Traverse City, he was the son of Milton John and Gertrude Marian (Hunt) Rokos.

A Traverse City native, Tom attended local schools and furthered his education at Ferris State College, where he received his degree in business administration. He was a hard worker and was employed as an accountant for various businesses in the Traverse City area, and thoroughly enjoyed crunching numbers.

An animal lover, Tom was particularly fond of cats. He collected and restored vintage cars, which provided him with many hours of enjoyment.

He is survived by his loving mother, Gertrude of Traverse City; caring sister, Jacquelyn Rokos of Dewitt; as well as many cousins.

Tom was preceded in death by his father, Milton, on Feb. 7, 1990.

Funeral services will be held at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, at 3 p.m., where friends may begin calling at 1 p.m. The Rev. Judith Grimes will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date in Oakwood Cemetery.

In remembrance of Tom, memorials may be directed to the Cherryland Humane Society.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 6, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Ella E. Rosengren, 88, of Traverse City, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2005, at Grand Traverse Pavilions. Formerly of Muskegon and Saginaw, Ella retired from General Motors in 1981.

She was a member of the Eagles Club in Muskegon, where she was active and held several offices.

Ella enjoyed traveling and was proud that she had visited 48 of our 50 states. She also was proud that she completed high school in Muskegon at the age of 65. After retirement, she became an accomplished painter and wood carver.

Born Dec. 26, 1916, in Gilcrest, she was the daughter of John and Laurel (Wallington) Grover.

Survivors include two sons, Frank (Joanne) Rosengren of Elk Rapids and Riddell (Karla) Rosengren of St. Marys, Ga.; sister, Lottie Spikerman of Birch Run; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Arthur Grover.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at noon, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Burial will take place in the spring at the Lake City Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Women's Resource Center.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
March 4, 2005
ANNABEL (KENNEDY) ROWE, 95, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, March 2, 2005.

Visitation will take place today, March 4, 2005, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

Services celebrating Annabel's homegoing will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2005, at Bayview Wesleyan Church, with the Rev. Jack Steenbergh officiating. Additional visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
March 3, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Annabel (Kennedy) Rowe, 95, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, March 2, 2005. Annabel was born April 10, 1909, on the family farm in Leelanau County, one of eight children born to Loucelous and Emma Louisa (Mahn) Kennedy.

She left this area to finish her high school years at and graduated from Owosso Bible Holiness Seminary. She married Lawrence H. Rowe on Sept. 12, 1931, in Ann Arbor.

Prior to moving to Traverse City in 1972 from Pontiac, Annabel was a member and taught Sunday School for many years at the Pontiac Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. After moving to Traverse City, she became a member of Bayview Wesleyan Church.

She loved to play the piano for her personal enjoyment and also was a member of the Cedar Run Ladies Aide, where she enjoyed making quilts for those in need, as well as for the Habitat for Humanity homes in the Traverse City area.

Surviving are her daughter, Joyce Garthe of Traverse City; sons, Dale (Elizabeth) Rowe of Dunnellon, Fla., Dean (Ruth) Rowe of Waterford, Timothy (Nancy) Rowe of Ferndale and Sidney Rowe of Traverse City; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews.

Annabel was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lawrence; and siblings, Miles, Don, Howard, Ted and George Kennedy and Harriet Ruegsegger, Gertrude Wagg and Grace Deal.

Visitation will take place Friday, March 4, 2005, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Services celebrating Annabel's homegoing will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2005, at Bayview Wesleyan Church, with her pastor, Pastor Jack Steenbergh officiating. Additional visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Bayview Wesleyan Church or to the Pregnancy Resource Center.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
March 3, 2005
MARY LOUISE ROYER, 76, of Frankfort, died Monday morning, Feb. 28, 2005, at her home.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the Herring Lake Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at the church from 9 a.m. until time of service. Cremation took place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee.

The Edwards Oak Grove Funeral Home of Bear Lake is serving the family.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 28, 2005
COPEMISH - Hilary Anthony Rybicki, 87, of Copemish, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He was born April 9, 1917, in Detroit, the son of William and Pauline (Pordon) Rybicki.

Hilary was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army; and he was member of the Bear Creek VFW Post #6333 in Kaleva.

Hilary retired in 1971, after 25 years of service to the City of Detroit as a dispatcher. He was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Copemish, and he enjoyed cooking and going for scenic drives.

On Aug. 18, 1943, in Detroit, Hilary married Margaret L. Smith, who survives him. He is also survived by his daughter, Janette Hendricks of Traverse City; three grandchildren, Jess, Jason and Jennifer Rybicki; four great-grandchildren, Brandon, John, Madison and Morgan; one sister, Marion Drienikowski of Detroit; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Hilary was preceded in death by his parents; son, Lawrence Rybicki in 2005; brother, Norbert Rybicki; and two sisters, Virginia Bartos and Elsie Burcz.

Visitation will be held Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, from 3 to 6 p.m., with a scripture service at 5:30 p.m., at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva. A Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at noon, Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Copemish, with Father Richard Kosterman serving as celebrant. Interment will be in the Marilla Township Cemetery in the spring.

The Terwilliger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 9, 2005
COPEMISH - Lawrence Anthony Rybicki, 57, of Copemish, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, at Spectrum Health Reed City Campus. He was born Sept. 26, 1947, in Detroit, the son of Hilary and Margaret (Smith) Rybicki.

Lawrence was a veteran of Vietnam, serving in the United States Marine Corps. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but his passion was horses.

Lawrence is survived by his parents, Hilary and Margaret Rybicki of Copemish; sister, Janette Hendrick of Traverse City; and three nieces and nephews, Jess, Jason and Jennifer Rybicki.

A memorial Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Copemish, with Father Richard Kosterman serving as celebrant.

The Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva is in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz




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