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Traverse City Record-Eagle
March 3, 2005
RAYMOND SAFRONOFF, 84, of Royal Oak, formerly of Hazel Park, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was a summertime resident of Benzie County for the past 50 years.

Visitation will take place Wednesday, March 2, from 2 to 9 p.m. at the Ashley-Scott Funeral Home, 340 Nine Mi. Rd., Hazel Park, phone (248) 541-2300.

Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday, March 3, at the funeral home. Burial will be in White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 15, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Lorraine Adeline Saile went to be with the Lord Thursday, January 13, 2005.

She was born in Detroit on the 4th of July in 1919, the daughter of Thomas and Metha Weber. She married Frank "Bud" Saile, who preceded her in death on Aug. 5, 1940.

Lorraine managed A+ Talent and Modeling Agency in Detroit for many years; and then in the mid 1970s, she went to work for the University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe, loving every minute of her work there until her retirement. At that time she moved to Traverse City to be closer to the majority of her family. Lorraine became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Traverse City.

She was very talented as a seamstress and embroiderer. She was well known for her love of baking and made fabulous desserts. She will always be remembered for her "shop till you drop" attitude and her flair for fashion. Above all else, she lived and died with elegance, grace and dignity.

Lorraine is survived by her children, Skip Saile of Cedar, Sharlynn Winter of Evanston, Ill., Wayne T. (Carolle) Saile of Hawks and Cookie (Greg) Shugart of Traverse City; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Elmer Weber of Florida.

Visitation will take place today, Jan. 15, 2005, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, where funeral services will begin at 4 p.m., with her pastor, the Rev. Robert Zagore of Trinity Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to The Munson ER Campaign or to the Grand Traverse Pavilions, both which helped Lorraine tremendously.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 21, 2005
James Edward Salois
Died February 18, 2005
THOMPSONVILLE - James E. Salois, 69, of Thompsonville, passed away on Friday Feb. 18, 2005, at his home. He was born May 3, 1935, in Warren, the son of Edward and Dorothy (Boussie) Salois.

Jim was chef/proprietor of Jim's Village Inn in Thompsonville from 1976-2001. He was a beloved son, husband, dad and grand-dad, as well as a friend of many.

Jim was an avid golfer, gardener, pool player, dart thrower and gentleman, whose life was marked by a sincere sense of excellence tempered by a mindful humility. He also made a positive impact in the local community for many years.

Jim is survived by his dear mother, Dorothy Salois (age 95); his devoted wife and best friend, Marge (Lybik) Salois; four sons, Tom, Mark, Chris (Tammy) and Paul Kalis; seven grandchildren, Josh, Alex, Ian, Haley, Jillian, Grace and Gabriel; three sisters and three brothers.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward.

A celebration of life luncheon will be held in memory of Jim at 5 p.m. this evening, Feb. 21, at the Thompsonville Community Center/Fire Hall.

Cremation will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jim may be directed to the Salois family.

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

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 2, 2005
MR. EDWARD E. SANDOMIERSKI, 72, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005. Edward will survive in the memory of his family and friends.

A funeral Mass will be held Friday, Feb. 4, 2005, at 11 a.m., at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

The family was assisted by the Stegenga Funeral Chapel in Belmont.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 6, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Ethel Suzanne Sarya, 91, passed away Friday, Feb. 4, 2005, at Indian Trail Adult Foster Care.

Ethel was born in Ahmeek on July 21, 1913, to John Petaja and Sanna Edla (Savunen) Petaja.

Ethel worked for several years in Detroit at Burrough's Adding Machine Company, and was an avid gardener. She was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Detroit and Traverse City. Ethel was the first ice skate rental person, along with her husband, Arne, at the Glacier Dome in Traverse City, and also helped out at the Sarya Orthodontic practice.

Ethel loved her family very much. She is survived by her son, Arnold (Connie) Sarya; grandchildren, Rebecca (Paul) Saleh, Arne (Caroline) Sarya, Ann (John) Hern, John (Lori) Sarya, and David (Gwen) Sarya and Daniel (Julie) Sarya. She was known as GiGi by her great-grandchildren, Laura, Eric, Anna and Justin Saleh, Michael, Margaret, Jack and Patrick Hern, Cullen Jamieson, and Matthew Sarya and Luke Sarya. She is also survived by her sister, Ann (Ray) Hupfer; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ethel was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Arne Edwin Sarya in 1978; parents; brothers, Uno and John Petaja; and sisters, Helen Warner and Pearl Radtke.

Ethel loved to dance the polka and was an avid hockey fan. She was known for her endless energy. She truly enjoyed and was thankful for her many friends, neighbors and family times together.

To all she knew, she was everybody's "Gramma" and always had her door open for anyone to stop by and have a cookie and coffee. She will be missed greatly by many, especially her family.

Her family wishes to thank all those who assisted her in her later years.

Friends may call Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, at 11 a.m., at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Paul Kuhlman officiating. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

In remembrance of Ethel, memorials may be considered to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or Gideons International.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 27, 2005
NORBERTA SAWYER, 84, of Grayling, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005.

Visitation will be today, Jan. 27, 2005, from 12 to 8 p.m., at the Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 28, at noon, also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Grayling.

Arrangements are by the Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home in Grayling.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 19, 2005
RICHARD M. "DICK" SCHAEFER, 81, of Traverse City, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, at home.

Friends may call Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, where a rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, at 11 a.m., at the St. Francis Catholic Church, with visitation one hour prior to the Mass. A complete obituary will be in Sunday's edition of the Record-Eagle.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 20, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Richard M. "Dick" Schaefer, 81, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, surrounded by his family.

He was born May 3, 1923, in Dearborn, one of nine children born to J. Joseph and Matilda (Esper) Schaefer. On Sept. 29, 1951, he married Johanna "Bette" Marchand in Grosse Pointe. The Schaefers were a pioneering family in Dearborn, where Richard lived most of his life. Schaefer Road is named after Richard's great-grandfather.

Richard worked with Ford Motor Land Development Company for 17 years and retired in 1989. He served in the United States Army during World War II.

Richard, Bette and family were long-standing and founding members of St. Anselm Catholic Church in Dearborn Heights.

Richard and Bette relocated to Traverse City in 1996, and together have fully enjoyed their retirement. Richard's hobbies included golf (once scoring a hole in one), playing bridge, listening to country music, traveling and family gatherings.

Richard is survived by his wife of 53 years, Bette. He is also survived by his eight children, Suzanne Gower of St. Petersburg, Fla., Linda (Jim Foster) Schaefer of Mt. Pleasant, Mary Jo (Calvin) Lounds of Mason, Robert (Kiersten) Schaefer of Cincinnati, Judy (Todd) Johnson of Marquette, Nancy (Enrico) Schaefer of Traverse City, Patty (Mark) Matheson of Grosse Pointe Park and Annie (Russell Williams) Schaefer of Spokane, Wash; and 20 grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters, Patti (Cleto) Leone of Virginia Beach, Va., Adele Arzbecker of Dayton, Ohio, Ruth (Herb) Schiebold of Bloomfield Hills, Lucille (Bill) Fortney of Dearborn, Barbara (Donald) Hemstreet of Sammamish, Wash; and his sister-in-law, Josephine Schaefer of Chicago.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Jeffrey Schaefer; siblings, Donald, Joseph, and Sr. Rita Schaefer, O.P.; brother-in-law, Dick Arzbecker; and his beloved springer spaniel, Bonnie.

Richard was loved very much by his family and will be deeply missed. He was so proud of his family and truly enjoyed the quality time spent with them, where gatherings became celebrations.

Visitation will take place today, Feb. 20, 2005, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City, where a rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m. Funeral services will be Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, at 11 a.m., at St. Francis Catholic Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be appreciated to the Adrian Dominican, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI 49221 or St. Vincent de Paul.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 10, 2005
VIRGINIA M. SCHEPPERLEY, 74, of Mancelona, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes, where visitation will take place Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 15, 2005
THE REV. H. DON SCHLEICHER, 89, of Traverse City, formerly of Central Lake, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at the Grand Traverse Pavilions.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

Visitation will take place Thursday evening, Feb. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., also at the funeral home.

A complete obituary will appear in Wednesday's edition of the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 16, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - The Rev. H. Don Schleicher, 89, of Traverse City, formerly of Central Lake, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at Grand Traverse Pavilions.

He was born May 8, 1915, in Melvin, the son of Frank and Maud (Pelton) Schleicher. Don and Ruth Burhans were married on July 31, 1937, in Drayton Plains.

Don worked for the government during the war and Ruth was a nurse. In the early 1940s he was led to the Lord by a Baptist minister friend. Two weeks later, he came home to find Ruth saved, too. A short time later, Don told Ruth he felt he was called to preach and Ruth went in to shock, imagine.

They arranged to adopt a child, due to an injury years ago, and Joe came along May 18, 1944. Don, Ruth, and Joe went off to Pineville Ky., to Bible School at Clear Creek Springs.

After school he pastored at Saginaw Faith Baptist Church, Maple Grove Bible Church in Marshall and First Baptist Church in Almont. In 1950, he accepted the call the First Congregational Church in Central Lake and became the pastor there for many years, with the exception of 20 months in Lakeview. From 1950 to 1978, he pastored in Central Lake, and in total he pastored for 36 years, all the time with Ruth being the minister's wife and Joe being the preacher's kid. Joe quotes, "It wasn't so bad." Don loved the Lord and served him well.

After retiring in 1978, he and Ruth stayed in Central Lake, and Don was honored to receive the title of Pastor Emeritus on Aug. 29, 1982. Ruth died May 18, 1993, and after Don had suffered several strokes, his son, Joe, moved him to Traverse City so he could be close to his family. He lived in Ritters Adult Living and then the Pavilions, even there he brought people to the Lord. He is now enjoying his eternal reward with Ruth and brothers and sisters, and all the saints and angels. He was God's gift to us and many others. We will love you forever, Dad.

He is survived by a son, Joe (Helen) Schleicher of Traverse City; two grandchildren, James (Loire) Schleicher and Joedy (Mark) Schleicher Annis; and four great-grandchildren, Zackery and Nicholas Schleicher, and Kaylee and Kaleb Annis.

Besides his wife, Ruth, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Otto, Millard, Loyd and Marvin; two sisters, Luella and Louis Schleicher; as well as his parents.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at 11 a.m., also at the funeral Home, with the Rev. Daniel C. Clark officiating. Interment will take place in Southern Cemetery in Central Lake.

If you can't come to the celebration of eternal life in Central Lake, come to Joe's house on 430 N. Spruce St., in Traverse City, on Friday, Feb. 18, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church in Central Lake, PO Box 326, Central Lake, MI 49622.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
March 6, 2005
PAULINE ELLEN SCHUSTER, 76, of Frankfort, died Thursday, March 3, 2005, at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Long Term Care in Frankfort.

Memorial Services will be held later in Illinois. Cremation has taken place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee. The Oak Grove Cremation Center is serving the family.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 22, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Vivian G. (Kamp) Schutt, 90, of Wyoming, Mich., died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, in the loving care of her daughter and son-in-law's home.

Vivian was born Nov. 2, 1914, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of William and Signa (Buck) Kamp. On June 4, 1936, she married Peter G. Schutt, who preceded her in death.

Vivian loved to create with her knitting, crocheting, and ceramics. When not creating she would be active with dancing, bowling or reading a good book. She would spend many fond moments watching the sunsets in her west facing room. She would remember the many special occasions in their summer mobile home when Peter would fish on Wabasis Lake in their pontoon boat. Peter would catch the fish and Vivian would fry them up for the family dinner.

Vivian especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an expert cribbage player. While playing with her children and grandchildren, she would always win in a good cribbage game. Vivian has retired as the family cribbage champion.

She is survived by her two daughters, Judy (Gerald) Krause of Grand Rapids and Char (Robert) MacEachran of Traverse City; a brother, Robert Kamp of Florida; five beautiful grandchildren; and seven wonderful great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, from 1 to 2 p.m., at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI; (616) 940-3022. A funeral service will be held the same day at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Grand Rapids.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial contributions to the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, 20300 Civic Center Dr. #250, Southfield, MI, 48076.

Local arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 23, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Vivian G. (Kamp) Schutt, 90, of Wyoming, Mich., died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, in the loving care of her daughter and son-in-law's home.

Vivian was born Nov. 2, 1914, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of William and Signa (Buck) Kamp. On June 4, 1936, she married Peter G. Schutt, who preceded her in death.

Vivian loved to create with her knitting, crocheting, and ceramics. When not creating she would be active with dancing, bowling or reading a good book. She would spend many fond moments watching the sunsets in her west facing room. She would remember the many special occasions in their summer mobile home when Peter would fish on Wabasis Lake in their pontoon boat. Peter would catch the fish and Vivian would fry them up for the family dinner.

Vivian especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an expert cribbage player. While playing with her children and grandchildren, she would always win in a good cribbage game. Vivian has retired as the family cribbage champion.

She is survived by her two daughters, Judy (Gerald) Krauss of Grand Rapids and Char (Robert) MacEachran of Traverse City; a brother, Robert Kamp of Florida; five beautiful grandchildren; and seven wonderful great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held today, Jan. 23, 2005, from 1 to 2 p.m., at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI; (616) 940-3022. A funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Grand Rapids.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial contributions to the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, 20300 Civic Center Dr. #250, Southfield, MI, 48076.

Local arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 4, 2005
GERARD THOMAS SCHWARTZ, 39, of Traverse City, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, at Munson Medical Center.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2005, at 1 p.m., at the Woodside Wesleyan Church, with visitation 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 Funeral Home of Traverse City.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 6, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Gerard Thomas Schwartz, 39, of Traverse City, died Wednesday, Feb. 02, 2005. Born Oct. 7, 1965, in Detroit, he was the son of Thomas Gerard and Linda (Bell) Schwartz. On Sept. 4, 1993, in Honor, he married Vicki Derusha.

Gerard was employed as a certified public accountant for Jarvis, Kindlinger, Shumsky and Quigley, P.C., in Traverse City.

He enjoyed bowling and was an avid Red Wing and NASCAR spectator. He was a bowling coach for Traverse City West Senior High School and a pit crew member for his brother, Matt Schwartz, in the Michigan Modifieds.

Gerard is survived by his wife, Vicki; daughter, Kaitlin; parents, Thomas and Linda Schwartz; sister, Teresa Schwartz; brother, Matthew (Mary) Schwartz; nephew, Nathan McKenzie; grandmother, Elizabeth Bell; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Gerard was preceded in death by his brother, Timothy Martin Schwartz; grandfather, Robert Bell; and grandparents, Henrietta and William Schwartz.

Visitation will take place Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, from noon until 1 p.m., at the Woodside Wesleyan Church, 6789 Ole White Dr. (County Road 610), Lake Ann, where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Pastor Daniel Shipton will officiate.

In lieu of floral arrangements, a college fund has been set up, payable to Kaitlin Schwartz College Fund, c/o Jarvis, Kindlinger, Shumsky and Quigley, P.C., 3399 Veterans. Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684.

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

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 14, 2005
FLORENCE L. SCOTT, 96, of Traverse City, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at Bortz Health Care.

Memorial services will take place Sunday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to services.

A complete obituary will appear in Saturday's Record-Eagle.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 15, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Florence L. Scott, 96, of Traverse City, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at Bortz Health Care.

Born Dec. 29, 1908, in Highland Park, she was the daughter of the late William and Laura (Korn) Walford. Florence married Frank M. Scott on Sept. 3, 1929, in Toledo, Ohio.

A resident of the Traverse City area for over 70 years, Florence was an avid gardener and a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star. For over 50 years, Florence had been a member of the Home Arts MSU Extension.

Florence and her husband, Frank, enjoyed traveling to Florida for many years; and after Frank's death she continued her love of traveling and her love of life. She became affectionately known to her family as "Traveling Gram." Most of all, she enjoyed the visits with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Florence is survived by four daughters, Margaret A. Kline of North Carolina, Pauline "Betty" E. (Richard) Olson of Royal Oak, Marian L. (James) Lannin of Benzonia and Kathleen Scott of Traverse City; two sons, William F. Scott of Sevierville, Tenn. and Charles (Barbara) Scott of Tuscon, Ariz. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren, along with great and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank Scott in 1989; three sisters, Myrtle Marsden, Laurene Marsh and Marian Schlender; a granddaughter, Patty Peters; a daughter-in-law, Cleo D. Scott; and a son-in-law, Ted Kline.

A service celebrating Florence's life will be held at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home Sunday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m., with Mr. Joe Kelly officiating. Visitation will take place beginning one hour prior to the service. Cremation has taken place and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Bortz Health Care Activity Fund, 2828 Concord, Traverse City, MI 49684.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 23, 2005
KATHLEEN MAY (GLASSFORD) SCOTT, 84, of Traverse City, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005.

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

Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 24, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Kathleen May (Glassford) Scott, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005. She was born in Elmo, Mo., on Aug. 8, 1920, the daughter of Frederick Thomas and Lela May (Carver) Glassford. On March 4, 1945, she married Charles E. "Chuck" Scott Jr., who predeceased her on Dec. 24, 2003.

Kathleen retired from the Osteopathic Hospital as a nursing assistant. She also did volunteer work for the Osteopathic Hospital along with Munson Hospital. She was a member of the Munson Hospital Auxiliary and R.S.V.P. She enjoyed reading, along with walking outdoors and enjoying the nature.

Kathleen is survived by her two daughters, Carolyn Scott (N. Edward) Risk and Susan Scott (Edgar L.) Snyder; two grandsons, Norman C. Risk and Jacob A. Snyder; one granddaughter, Rebecca A. Snyder; one great-granddaughter, Alicia M. Risk; and one brother, Reed Glassford.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; one brother, Harold Glassford; and one sister, Deloris A. Heroux.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Munson Auxiliary.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Homes.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 21, 2005
BEULAH - Julian R. Sears, 89, of Beulah, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005, at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital in Frankfort. He was born Jan. 18, 1916, in Beulah, the son of William and Kathleen Sears.

Julian lived on the family farm and was very proud of the farm and the way he maintained it. He meticulously picked stones from the fields and grew beautiful hydrangeas and cosmos. When not tending to his farm, Julian enjoyed playing the organ, especially religious hymns. He was a well-liked and trusted neighbor and friend who enjoyed helping young couples to get started in life.

Julian is survived by three nieces, Dorcas MacIntosh of Davison, Georgine Lawson of Moses Lake, Wash., and Caroline; four nephews, Paul Sears of Sacramento, Calif., James Sears of Shelby Township, Robert Sears of Clearwater, Fla., and Larry MacIntosh; and cousin, Eileen Sears of Beulah.

Julian was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Sears in 1969; two brothers, Walter and George Sears; and two sisters, Bernice Warner and Helen Marchand.

Graveside committal services will be held in the spring at the Thompsonville Cemetery.

The Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 7, 2005
BETH ANN SEATOR, 77, of Grayling, formerly of Pontiac and Mt. Pleasant, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2005.

Visitation will take place today, Feb. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Grayling.

Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
March 9, 2005
Rita M. Shade
Died March 7, 2005
NORTHPORT - Rita M. Shade, 88, of Northport, died Monday, March 7, 2005 at Leelanau Memorial Health Center.
Rita was born Sept. 21, 1916, in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Phillip and Cornelia (Allen) Miller. On Feb. 22, 1941, she married Raymond H. Shade, who preceded her in death.

A pioneer working woman before it was fashionable, she worked for many years as an installment loan officer in the banking industry. After her retirement, she lived in numerous places before settling in Northport.

She is survived by a son, Ronald (Temmie) of Columbia, Md.; two daughters, Kathy (Carl) Lewis of Farmington Hills and Laura (Mike) O'Connor of Omena; a sister, Jean Kobak of Strongsville, Ohio; and two granddaughters, Stacey and Stephanie Shade of Columbia, Md. Rita was preceded in death by her brother, Leo.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 18, at the Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home of Farmington; (248) 474-5200.

Memorials may be directed to the Leelanau Memorial Long Term Care Center or to the charity of your choice. Local arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 11, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Judith Ann Sharkey, 72, of Traverse City, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005.

A lifelong nurse and caregiver, July loved people, the outdoors, sailing, skiing and all of her pets.

Judy was a member of the vestry at St. Paul's, a prayer group, Tennis League, the Elk Rapids Garden Club and Big Sister to Kristine Holton.

She was the loving wife of Richard; devoted mother of Andree (Peter) Dolan, Tim (Carrie) Celovsky, Jeanette (Joe) Broz, Michael (Jane) Celovsky, Patti Celovsky and Peter (Brooke) Celovsky; loving grandmother of Anne, Kevin, Nicholas, Haley, Emily, Julianna, Claudia, Madelyn, Sarah, Lillian, Elena and Judy; daughter of the late Margaret and Frank Sisung; dear sister of Jim Sisung and the late Victor Sisung. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at 2 p.m., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Elk Rapids.

Memorials are suggested to Big Brothers Big Sisters, a United Way organization.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Covell Funeral Homes of Taverse City.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 26, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Rory M. Shaw was born on Sept. 4, 1957, in Aurora, Colo.

After attending local schools in Traverse City, he pursued studies at Michigan State University, where he was awarded a bachelor of science degree in mathematics in June of 1979.

Following graduation, Rory joined the United States Navy as a lieutenant. He attended Nuclear Power School and became a part of the Navy's Nuclear Power Training Unit. Subsequently, he attended the Surface Warfare Officer's School, after which he served aboard the USS Truxton, a nuclear powered cruiser. His duties included nuclear power and classified assignments. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in March of 1984.

In 1985, Rory returned to Michigan State University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1990. Following graduation, Rory was recruited by the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works in 1991 as a civil engineering assistant in the Wastewater Systems Engineering Division, Bureau of Engineering.

In an interview last year, Rory stated that, "I have been tutored, supervised, advised and mentored by legions of near mythical past and current members of the Bureau of Engineering, who have tried to knock the rough edges off of me." They must have been successful, because Rory received many awards and commendations during his tenure with the Department of Public Works, including a Meritorious Achievement Award and a Going Beyond Expectations Citation, two of the highest awards presented by the Board of Public Works. He received his Professional Engineering registration from the State of California as a Civil Engineer in 1999.

In recent years, the City has found itself in need of more and more emergency sewer repair work done under the direction of the Bureau of Engineering. Rory's technical expertise and commitment to public service led him to the position of Chief Emergency Construction Engineer for the City's 6,500 mile-long sewer system. Rory was the heart and soul of this highly successful program.

Rory passed away on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005.

In addition to his mother, Shirley, he is survived by his sister, Leslie Botti; brother-in-law, James Botti; niece, Jenna Botti; nephew, James Botti; uncle, Peter G. Rozich; aunt, Lois Mackinder; and many cousins, friends and loved ones.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, at 3 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be directed to Michigan State University, University Development, 4700 S. Hagadorn Rd., Suite 220, East Lansing, MI 48823.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 14, 2005
LELAND - Brian Edward Sichler, 43, of Leland, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005, at his home. He was born on June 18, 1961, the son of Edward and Marilyn (Gerred) Sichler.

Brian attended Western Michigan University and was a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College with a degree in business administration. He was a long-time employee of the Leland Lodge and a member of the Leland Country Club, Leland Yacht Club and Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

He was a sports aficionado, a champion sun fish sailor and a Leland Yacht Club sailing instructor. He had a love for tennis and was an ardent golfer.

Brain is survived by his parents; two sisters, Elizabeth "Lisa" (Bradley) Muir of Deerfield, Ill. and Pamela (Newell) Kraik of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and two nephews and a niece.

Visitation will be held Saturday, Jan 15, 2005, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. Burial will be in Beechwood Cemetery in Leland in the springtime.

Memorials may be directed to the Chicago chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 1, 2005
FATE SIMMONS, 85, of Interlochen, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, at the Grand Traverse Pavilions.

A memorial service for Fate will be held at 1 p.m. today, Feb. 1, at the Interlochen Bible Church with Pastor Bruce Craner officiating.

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

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 8, 2005
ROGER SKOWRONSKI, 51, of Saginaw, formerly of Gaylord, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, in Saginaw.

Funeral services will be today, Jan. 8, 2005, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson Funeral Home, where visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery in Gaylord.

Arrangements are by the Nelson Funeral Home in Gaylord.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 9, 2005
LANSING - Benita Core Smith died Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, in the presence of her family in Lansing. Born in Traverse City in December of 1916, to Oscar and Brida Core, Bennie spent her childhood in Lansing.

She was a 1938 graduate of Michigan State College, and later that year married Lawrence John Smith of Lake Odessa. Bennie was an active and supportive wife while her husband fought on the European Front during the Second World War.

After the war the Smiths settled in Lake Odessa, where Larry managed the Smith Brother's Elevator and Bennie raised their five children. The Smiths were members of St. Edwards Catholic Church in Lake Odessa. In 1984 Bennie retired to California, returning to Lansing again in 2002.

She is survived by daughters, Terin of Santa Barbara, Calif. and Bonita Mott of Seattle; sons, Lawrence of Lake Odessa, David of Lansing, and Bill of New York; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Bennie was predeceased first by her husband, Lawrence, and then their lifetime friend, Thomas Reed of California. Both men were beloved by the Smith family.

A commemoration of Bennie's life will be held later in January when the family gathers in Lake Odessa.

Arrangements are being handled by the Koops Funeral Chapel in Lake Odessa, Michigan, (616) 374-8221.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 18, 2005
Benita (Core) Smith
Died January 3, 2005
LAKE ODESSA - Benita (Core) Smith of Lake Odessa, died on Jan. 3, 2005, in the presence of her family in Lansing.

Born in Traverse City in December of 1916 to Oscar and Brida Core, Bennie grew up in Lansing and graduated in 1938 from Michigan State College. Later that year she married Lawrence John Smith of Lake Odessa.

Bennie was an active and supportive wife while her husband fought on the European Front during World War II, after which the couple settled in Lake Odessa where they raised their five children.

In 1984 Bennie retired to California, returning to Lansing in 2002.

Bennie was preceded in death by her husband.

She is survived by her daughters, Terin of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Bonita of Seattle; and sons, Lawrence of Lake Odessa, David of Lansing, and Bill of New York; and also by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A commemoration of Bennie's life is to be held in late January, when the family gathers in Lake Odessa.

Arrangements are being handled by the Koops Funeral Chapel in Lake Odessa.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 5, 2005
ELK RAPIDS - Charlynn Kay Smith, of Elk Rapids, died Sunday, January 2, 2005, at Munson Medical Center. She was 68. Charlynn was born July 7, 1936, in Traverse City, to Charles Laban and Mildred I. (Wood) Clapp.

Charlynn was employed at Osteopathic Hospital and Grand Traverse Medical Care Facility, retiring in 1997. She belonged to the L.P.N. Nurses Association.

On Aug. 17, 1962, in Elk Rapids, she married Richard H. Smith, who survives. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her husband, Richard H.; daughter, Debra Smith (Christopher) Peterson; son, Ricky (Roxann) Smith; and grandchildren, Scott, Bryon and Benjamin Peterson, and Kadin Smith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and sister, Gayleen Mariage.

Visitation will be held at the Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, at 1 p.m., also at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 2, 2005
KALAMAZOO - Mrs. Isabel L. Smith, 90, of Kalamazoo, formerly of Traverse City, died Thursday morning, Dec. 30, 2004.

Isabel was born Nov. 3, 1914, in Petoskey, a daughter of Hiram and Margaretha (Brecheisen) Starmer. She had been a Kalamazoo area resident for two years, coming from Traverse City. She was employed with the Lansing Public Schools as a reading specialist for 30 years before retiring.

She is survived by a son and his wife, Gary and Beth Smith of Portage; two grandchildren, Casey and Steven Smith, both of Portage; a sister, Gladys Baker of North Carolina; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry Smith on Jan. 18, 2003; and five sisters, Elsie, Maude, Dorothy, Geneva and Genevieve.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. Services in Traverse City will be announced at a later date. Inurnment of cremains will be in St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery, Traverse City.

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo.

Arrangements were made by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre Ave.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 2, 2005
KALAMAZOO - Mrs. Isabel L. Smith, 90, of Kalamazoo, formerly of Traverse City, died Thursday morning, Dec. 30, 2004.

Isabel was born Nov. 3, 1914, in Petoskey, a daughter of Hiram and Margaretha (Brecheisen) Starmer. She had been a Kalamazoo area resident for two years, coming from Traverse City. She was employed with the Lansing Public Schools as a reading specialist for 30 years before retiring.

She is survived by a son and his wife, Gary and Beth Smith of Portage; two grandchildren, Casey and Steven Smith, both of Portage; a sister, Gladys Baker of North Carolina; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry Smith on Jan. 18, 2003; and five sisters, Elsie, Maude, Dorothy, Geneva and Genevieve.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. Services in Traverse City will be announced at a later date. Inurnment of cremains will be in St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery, Traverse City.

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo.

Arrangements were made by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre Ave.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 4, 2005
TERRENCE JOSEPH SMITH, 69, of Traverse City, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2005, at home.

Per Terrence's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no services.

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

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 1, 2005
Vivian M. Smith
Died January 29, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Vivian M. Smith, 96, died peacefully on Jan. 29, 2005.

She was born July 20, 1908, in Ridgway, Pa., to Elmer C. and Mabel "Dolly" (Morgester) McMinn. On April 13, 1931, she married Arthur Dunn Smith in Detroit. He preceded her in death in 1979. They enjoyed the last 12 years together in retirement in their new-found hometown of Traverse City. They now enjoy forever, their home in heaven with their Lord. There she joins her parents and sisters, Delores and Sylvea.

At the tender age of 19, she traveled by herself to the big city from her small, mountain town of Ridgway to enter the School of Nursing at Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit), where she earned her RN degree. This was only the second graduating class (1930) from the hospital. She remembered vividly being invited with her white-gloved classmates to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford for formal dinners and a dip in their private pool.

Starting her career during the Depression, she continued for 38 years of dedicated nursing. In the early years, while Art worked several jobs to make ends meet, she laundered fellow nurses' uniforms, besides work available at hospitals.

Her career covered every level, from operating room tasks to Director of Nursing at several Detroit hospitals. Her first love was obstetrics. She was known to have delivered over 100 babies when no physician was able to be present.

Her dedication following retirement continued in her voluntary service as nurse to the newborn program at Child and Family Services, and working at blood banks in Traverse City.

Besides her talents as a violinist and organist, writing was her natural gift. She authored a fascinating glimpse into her "times" in her autobiography ("A Journey of a Lifetime"), organized and wrote a manual for all departmental procedures for a major Detroit hospital and wrote volumes of poetry, a blessing from her mother (a published and sensitive poet herself).

Vivian gave a life of service in a quiet, dignified and graceful manner. She helped many people: patients, family and friends. Respect for her dedication and her temperament, in spite of her Irish heritage and her red hair, were but a few of the things we all loved about her. She was well-grounded in her faith and moral ideology. We will all miss her presence and the ideal she modeled.

The family wishes to thank caregivers who helped her in her later years; Grace Episcopal Church and especially the staff at Tendercare Nursing Facility, where she felt safe and comfortable. Her peaceful and comfortable ending was due to their efforts.

Vivian is survived by her two sons, (Ret.) Colonel James A. (Sylvia) Smith of Virginia Beach, Va., and William "Bill" (Lee Ann) Smith of Traverse City. She was also blessed by and proud of her grandchildren, Bridget (Dr. Albert) LaCivita of Belfast, Maine, Dennis (Laura) of Whitefield, Maine, Michael (Kendra) of Norfolk, Mass., Patrick (Liz) of Collage Park, Md., Tracy (Marci) of Ludington, Terry of Traverse City and James (Linda) of Traverse City. Vivian also was thankful for her 14 great-grandchildren.

As per her wishes, cremation has occurred. A memorial service will follow in the warmth of this summer.

The family suggests memorials be directed to the Vivian Smith Memorial Fund for Nursing, in care of the nursing scholarship fund at Northwest Michigan College Foundation, or to nursing programs in other areas.

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 1, 2005
MORTIMER CAMPBELL SMYTHE III, 77, of Traverse City, passed away Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, at Munson Medical Center.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition of the Record-Eagle.

The family is being served by The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 2, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Mortimer Campbell Smythe III, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully at Munson Medical Center on Friday, Dec. 31, 2004.

Born Aug. 23, 1927, in Ann Arbor, he was the son of M. C. Smythe II and Rena Gee Smythe.

A veteran of World War II, Mort served our country in the U.S. Navy.

On October 3, 1947, he married Donna Madge Helsel in Flint. They had five children, Shaunne (Rob) Szostowski, Mort (Lucy) Smythe IV, Syndee (Bill) Borst, Scott (Tamara) Smythe and Kevin Smythe. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Kylee Orth, Anna, Dylan and Emma Smythe, Tony (Maryruth) Stubbs, Briar Rose (Todd) and Jacob Smythe; and great-grandchildren, Lexis and Nicholas Orth and Alec Harris. One foster brother, Larry Brooks, also survives.

Mort was preceded in death by his wife, Donna, on March 13, 2003; his parents; brothers, James, John, Dohn and foster brother, Lorne Brooks.

A private family Mass will be held.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer's and Related Diseases Foundation or the American Kidney Foundation.

The family was served by The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
March 10, 2005
KINGSLEY - Irvin George "Butch" Snyder, 63, of Kingsley, died March 8, 2005, at his residence. Butch was born April 27, 1941, in Charlevoix, to Orville F. and Virginia Rose (Sloan) Snyder.

Butch had worked as a custodian for the Kingsley Public Schools. He had last worked in construction with the Tri-Craft Company.

Butch attended the Kingsley Baptist Church. A people person, he loved everyone, and especially enjoyed working with his hands on cars and with wood.

On Nov. 8, 1963, Butch married Tinia Shattuck in Traverse City. Through the years, Butch was always devoted to his family. He loved his children and his grandchildren.

Besides Tinia, his wife of over 40 years, Butch is survived by two sons, Timothy S. Snyder and Robert J. Snyder; one daughter, Susan M. (David M.) Irish, all of Traverse City. He is also survived by his three grandchildren, Lindsay, Nicole and David.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents; a granddaughter in infancy; and three sisters, Barbara Webster, Darlene Ross and Diane Arnold.

The family will receive visitors Friday, March 11, 2005, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Funeral Services will take place Saturday, March 12, 2005, at 1 p.m., at the Kingsley Baptist Church, with Pastor Steve Summerfield officiating, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place in the spring at the Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions will be appreciated to the Irvin Snyder family or Munson Hospice.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


March 14, 2005
Obituaries
MARCIA L. SNYDER, 77, of Kalkaska, formerly of Belleville, died Saturday, March 12, 2005, at Kalkaska Memorial Health Center Long Term Care.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements were handled by the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
March 3, 2005
Raymond Michael Snyder
Died February 27, 2005
FRANKFORT - Raymond Michael Snyder, 59, of Frankfort, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, at his residence.

He was born Feb. 7, 1946, in Detroit, the son of Raymond Cecil and Betty (Bow) Snyder.

Raymond was a veteran of Vietnam, serving in the U.S. Navy, from which he retired in 1991 after 25 years of service to his country. After retiring from the military, Raymond worked for Luedtke Engineering Company and later for MacDonald Marine.

In his spare time, Raymond enjoyed going camping, woodworking, spending time with his family and watching Frankfort High School sporting events.

On Dec. 30, 1966, in Oakland County, Raymond married Carrie A. Hromek, who survives him.

He is also survived by three children, Kristopher Snyder of Frankfort, Raymond Michael (Ashleigh) Snyder Jr. of Frankfort, and Helen Snyder of Beulah; a granddaughter, Katie Giester; two sisters, Sally Ann (Marlin) Plowman of Fairgrove and Susan (Ron) Knoff of Sterling Heights; a brother, Dennis (Nadine) Snyder of Jacksonville, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Snyder.

Visitation will be held this evening, March 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah, with Mr. Robert Bodell officiating. Interment will be in Blaine Township Cemetery in the spring.

The Bennett-Barz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
March 5, 2005
JEAN ELIZABETH SONNANSTINE, 84, of Traverse City, died Thursday evening, March 3, 2005, at Munson Medical Center.

A full obituary will be in Sunday's edition of the Record-Eagle.

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
March 6, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Jean Elizabeth Sonnanstine, 84, of Traverse City, died Thursday, March 3, 2005, at Munson Medical Center after a short illness.

Born Oct. 6, 1920, in Detroit, she was the second child born to Marie and Otis Sonnanstine. At the age of ten, she and her family moved to Traverse City, her favorite place in the world.

She finished her high school education at Traverse City Central, then continued her studies and graduated from Michigan State University.

She returned to Traverse City, where she worked with the Michigan Children's Aid in 1944. After that job she worked in the bookkeeping department at the Traverse City Iron Works for 36 years.

Jean loved being surrounded by her family, nieces and nephews. She was an avid beach fan, loved to knit, cook and play bridge. She will be extremely missed by all she was surrounded by.

She is survived by her two sisters, Mrs. William A. (Charline) Royce and Mrs. Shirley Larson, both of Traverse City; two nephews, John H. Royce and Allen Royce; three nieces, Sue Crandall, Laurie Larson and Jeannie Larson.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; and a very special friend, Jack Morgan, who was killed in World War II.

Friends may call Monday, March 7, 2005, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 8, 2005, at 11 a.m., also at the funeral home, with the Rev. Tamara Williams officiating. Burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the Cherryland Humane Society.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 13, 2005
JAMES L. SPENCELEY, 79, of Traverse City, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at home.

Per James' request, there will be no services at this time. Cremation will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee.

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

Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 17, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - James "Jim" Spenceley left this world for the "big gun show in the sky" on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005. Born in Oxford, Ohio, to George and Reba (Murray) Spenceley in 1925, Jim attended the McGuffey School and went on to attend Miami University and the University of Michigan.

Jim enlisted in the Army during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945. He enjoyed a 30 year career as a mathematics instructor.

He was a well-respected, dedicated, and award-winning member of the Northwestern Michigan College faculty until his retirement in 1980. He also served on the NMC Board of Trustees and was a founding director of the Sportsmen's Alliance of Michigan.

After retiring, he operated Collector Firearms, through which he made many friendships which he relished as he grew older.

Jim is survived by former wife, Ruth (James) Gamble; sons, Dennis (Julie) of Royal Oak and Steven (Konnie) of Oscoda; daughters, Carol (John) Coonrod of New York, N.Y., and Becky (Mike) Fernette of Fennimore, Wis.; and honorary son, Dr. David MacIntosh of Acme; as well as eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Robert; childhood friend, John Dennison; and daughter, Molly.

Special thanks go to the staff of Munson Hospice Care, especially Beth Nussdorfer, and his caregivers, Pixie Anslow and Lorraine Schueller. You made it possible for Dad's wishes to be a reality, to remain at home and die with dignity. Many thanks to the "gun nuts" and other friends for your support and friendship during Dad's illness.

A living memorial service was held this past summer. Final arrangements were handled by Oak Grove Cremation Center.

Memorials may be made to the Molly Jean Spenceley Scholarship Fund, NMC Foundation, Northwestern Michigan College, 701 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 20, 2005
LINDA GAIL SPENCER, 55, of Honor, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, at Munson Medical Center.

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 21, 2005, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Benzonia Chapel of McElduff Funeral Home, where services will be held at 4 p.m.

The Benzonia Chapel of McElduff Funeral Home and Cremation Service is handling the arrangements.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 29, 2005
RONALD SQUIRES, 60, of Lake Ann, died in Ft. Meyers, Fla., on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, after a short illness.

Arrangements will be announced by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 31, 2005
Ronald D. Squires
Died January 27, 2005
LAKE ANN - Ronald D. Squires, 60, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, in the Hospice House in Ft. Myers, Fla., after a short illness.

Born Oct. 29, 1944, in Hillsdale, he was the son of William B. and Phena L. (Black) Squires. On Aug. 28, 1965, in Saginaw, Ron married the former Mary Kay Pelkey, who survives.

Ron grew up in the area then moved away for a time. He was able to move back in 1986, after earning his builder's license to build his dream home with the help of his family.

He was a graduate of Honor High School, where he played football and baseball and ran track. Ron served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969, earning the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

Ron was very proud of his 30 years of working for the E & J Gallo Winery, where he will be remembered for his work ethic, honesty and for always being early.

He was mentally and emotionally strong, and a rock for anybody who needed him. His family, grandchildren, and going to Florida gave him a lot of enjoyment.

Ron was passionate about the conservation of Bellows Lake, where he was the vice-president of the Association. He was an avid hunter and loved being outside, whether working in his yard, golfing or just enjoying the view of his surroundings.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Kay; two sons, Roy M. (Cuixian) Squires of Lake Ann and Andrew J. (Dena) Squires of Muskegon; a daughter, Jody L. (Michael) Myers of Green Bay, Wis.; his mother, Phena L. Squires of Lake Ann; two sisters Janice (Dan) Herringa of Lake Ann and Debra (DeWayne) Hunter of Big Rapids; and four grandchildren, Zachary, Bradley, Katelyn and Cassie.

Ron is also survived by Donald (Amanda) Loeffler and their children, Alex and Riley of Lake Ann and Tammy Squires of Interlochen, whom Ron considered part of his family.

Ron was preceded in death by his father and an infant son, Scott R. Squires.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Christian Education Center of Lake Ann United Methodist Church in Lake Ann, where friends may call beginning at 11 a.m. The Rev. Charles Towersey and Rev. Marvin Rosa will officiate.

Memorial donations may be directed to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33908.

Arrangements are being handled by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 15, 2005
Fredrick D. Stafford
Sept. 6, 1953 - Feb. 12, 2005
BELLAIRE - Fred Stafford passed away suddenly Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at his home in Bellaire.

He was the son of Robert K. and Dorothy (Dyer) Stafford, born Sept. 6, 1953, in Tucson, Ariz.

He attended Hazel Park High School. Fred served honorably in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking very much.

Fred was loved very much by his family and will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Stafford of Elk Rapids; a brother, Donald Stafford of Huntsville, Ala.; two sisters, Toni (Jerry) Hubbell of Elk Rapids and Grace Bernauer of Rapid City; two daughters, Wendy (Andrew) Hamminga of Buckley and Jamie (David) Kozlowski of Grawn; a son, Jason Stafford of Grand Rapids; two nephews, Joe Hubbell of Elk Rapids and Michael Bush of Houghton; two nieces, Diana (Jason) Altonen of Williamsburg and Christina Bush of Novi; five grandchildren, Kane Kozlowski, Elizabeth Kozlowski, Aurora Kozlowski, Paige Bennett and Thatcher Hamminga.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lisa; and his father, Robert K. Stafford.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at the Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes. Services will be officiated by Pastor David Mellor of Calvary Lutheran Church. Full military honors will be conducted under the auspices of the Cherryland VFW Post #2780 and AMVETS Post #114. Following the service, a luncheon will be held for friends and family at the AMVETS Post #114 in Elk Rapids.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 17, 2005
Gladys M. Staudacher
Died November 28, 2004
LELAND - Gladys Mathilda Staudacher, 90, of East Leland, died Nov. 28, 2004, at Munson Medical Center.

She was born June 2, 1914, in East Leland, the daughter of Richard George Steffens and Hermina Johanna Wilhelmina Muchow. On June 14, 1936, in Leland, she married the Rev. Raymond C. Staudacher, who preceded her in death in 1965.

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Leland, where she met her husband. They subsequently lived in Birch Run, Petersburg, Crookson, Neb., Kinde, and Bluffs Ill. She worked for a number of years as a caregiver at Leelanau Memorial Health Center's Long Term Care Facility.

Surviving are her sister, Ruth Craker of Northport; two daughters, Lois (Glen) Porath of York, Neb. and Barbara (Al) Buelt of Omaha Neb.; three sons, the Rev. Theodore and Raymond Staudacher, both of East Leland, and Jonathon Staudaucher of Lake Leelanau; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Stephanie Ilene Livingston; and sons, Lewis Mark and Richard Edgar Staudacher.

Visitations were held, Dec. 2, 2004, at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay, followed by a funeral service at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Leland. Burial was held at the East Leland Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Leland.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 12, 2005
MESICK - William Joseph "Bill" Stauffer, of Mesick, passed away at his home Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005.

Bill was born Jan. 29, 1954, to Kenneth Stanley and Elizabeth Susan (Schichtel) Stauffer in Traverse City, and graduated from Kingsley High School. In August of 1980, Bill married Jody Philo. He worked for Cherry Growers.

An avid outdoorsman, Bill loved to hunt and fish. He was a devoted father and grandfather who loved spending as much time as possible with them.

Bill is survived by his wife, Jody; two children, William Scott Stauffer of Kingsley and Heather Marie (Andrew) Morrison; special friend and care taker, Doris Peugh; four brothers, Dennis (Jan) of Muskegon, Ronald (Wilma) of Hemet, Calif., Steven (Lucy) of Grand Island, Neb., and David (Sandra) of Lowell; one sister, Carol Jean (John) Bayton of Buckley; three grandchildren, Mason Andrew Charles Morrison, Dakota Lee Card and Patrick Shawn McClain; foster mother, Valita Boehnlein; a foster sister, Theresa (Robert) Schichtel; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and foster father, Albert Boehnlein.

Visitation will take place Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Covell-Smith Funeral Home in Kingsley. Funeral services will take place Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at 4 p.m., with the Rev. Joseph Schichtel officiating. Interment will take place at St. Mary Hannah Cemetery on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.

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

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 11, 2005
BRUNO J. STAWICK, 93, of Lake Leelanau, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, at Birchwood Nursing Center.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 12, 2005
LAKE LEELANAU - Bruno J. Stawick, 93, of Lake Leelanau, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, at Birchwood Nursing Center. Bruno was born on Oct. 23, 1911, in Chicago, one of six children born to Ignatius and Antonina Matczynska Stawick.

A resident of Bingham Township since 1942, Bruno was a nurse, having been employed at Traverse City State Hospital, Munson Hospital and a hospital in Florida. He was among the first students in the nursing program at NMC. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Bruno is survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, in November of 2000; his parents; brother, Neptune; and sisters, Jessie, Martha, Sylvia and Elsie.

Visitation for Bruno will take place this evening, Jan. 12, 2005, from 6 until 8 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, with a scripture service at 7:30 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with the Rev. Father James Hayden celebrating the Mass. Burial will take place in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Mass Intentions or Guardian Angels Society Tuition Assistance Scholarship Program, c/o St. Mary's Catholic School, PO Box 340, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 25, 2005
KRISTINA STEDRONSKY, 85, of Thompsonville, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Long Term Care in Frankfort.

Visitation will take place Wednesday evening, Jan. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Floyd Soper officiating. Interment will be in Springdale Township Cemetery in the spring.

A complete obituary will appear in the Wednesday edition of the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 26, 2005
THOMPSONVILLE - Kristina Stedronsky, 85, of Thompsonville, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at Paul Oliver Long Term Care in Frankfort. She was born Sept. 19, 1919, the daughter of John and Anna (Lucach) Buncak.

Kristina enjoyed crocheting, working in the flower garden, and cooking and baking. She especially enjoyed playing cribbage.

On Oct. 28, 1944, in Chicago, Kristina married Jerry Stedronsky, who survives her. She is also survived by two daughters, Janet (John) Hadder of Crossville, Tenn., and Barbara (Mike) McClure of Thompsonville; two grandchildren, John J. (Beth) Hadder of Plainfield, Ill., and Christie (Reid) Highlander of Maryville, Ill.; five great-grandchildren, Connor Highlander, Gabrielle Highlander, Shelby Highlander, Brenna Hadder and Nolan Hadder; two brothers, Milan Buncak and Steve Buncak; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kristina was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers and sisters, Sam, Paul, John, George, Betty, Cathryn, Millie, Suzie and Anna.

Visitation will be held today, Jan. 26, 2005, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m., also at the funeral home, with the Rev. Floyd Soper officiating. Interment will be in the Springdale Township Cemetery in the spring.

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

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 18, 2005
BEVERLY J. STEINBERG, 76, of Manistee, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at West Shore Medical Center in Manistee.

Visitation will be today, Feb. 18, 2005, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, with Prayers from the Order of Christian Funeral to be prayed at 8 p.m. A Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, at 10 a.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. Burial will follow the Mass in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Manistee.

Arrangements are by the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 18, 2005
Edward John Stephenson
Died January 15, 2005
BENZONIA - Edward John Stephenson, 86, of Benzonia, passed away Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005, at home.

He was born on June 24, 1918, in Massillon, Ohio, the son of the late Robert and Sophia (Harig) Stephenson. Edward married Ada H. Raef on May 25, 1941, in Bryan, Ohio.

Edward served in the United States Army from May 9, 1945, until July 31, 1946. He worked as an electrician at Fisher Body #1 in Flint for 33 years, retiring in 1973. He loved sports, especially golf and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Ada Stephenson of Benzonia; two daughters, Judy Duncan of Wichita, Kan., and Linda (Herman) Illig of Thompsonville; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Ruth Arnold of Three Forks, Mont., and Sophia Switter of Columbiaville, S. C.

Edward was preceded in death by a grandson, Scott Michael Illig; three brothers and two sisters.

Per Edward's wishes, there will be no services. Cremation has taken place at Oak Grove Cemetery, Manistee.

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

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 13, 2005
BEVERLY STERZIK, 41, of Mesick, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005, at her home.

Arrangements are pending and will be announced by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City

Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 15, 2005
MESICK - Beverly L. Sterzik, 41, of Mesick, went home to her Lord and Savior Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005. Bev was born on Feb. 6, 1963, in Traverse City, the daughter of Martha F. and Donald H. Sterzik.

A lifelong resident of Mesick and Traverse City, Bev devoted her life to staying home and caring for her three children. She was a passionate lover of nature who found God's comfort in a field of wildflowers or beside a stream. In addition to spending time out doors, she also enjoyed crafting, gardening, cooking for her loved ones and cuddling her cats. She had a great capacity for love and harbored a very creative and spiritual soul.

Bev is survived by her maternal grandmother, Virginia Abshire; paternal grandparents, Alice and Willard Drake; parents, Martha F. (Damon Six) Sterzik and Donald H. (Ruth) Sterzik Jr.; four siblings, Donald H. (Deborah) Sterzik III, Roberta L. (Christopher) LaMont, Christopher A. (Stephanie) Sterzik and stepsister, Sue (Mike) Fisher; three children, Brandy K. Sterzik, William H. Boothman and Randy W. Johnson; three beautiful grandchildren, Cameron D. Boothman, Novia A. Dalzell and Triniti T. Dalzell; and her very special friend, Jimmy Russell. She is also survived by several loving aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her fiancé, Richard L. Johnson; maternal grandfather, Andrew F. Abshire; paternal grandfather, Donald H. Sterzik Sr.; sister, Andrea; and aunt, Maryann Abshire.

Visitation will take place at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, from 5 to 7 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Reynolds-Jonkhoff on Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, at 11 a.m. The service will be conducted by Pastor Paul Bundy of the Bible Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Beverly L. Sterzik Memorial Fund.

Roberta, "I shall pass this way but once. Therefore, any good that I can do or any kindness that I can show, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again."

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 2, 2005
THOMAS HENRY STEVENSON, 21, of Frederic, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, in Grayling.

Visitation will be today, Jan. 2, 2005, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home in Grayling.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, at 3 p.m., at the Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church, where visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

Arrangements are by the Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home in Grayling.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
The Rev. Richard C. Stoddard
Died March 3, 2005
The Rev. Richard C. Stoddard, beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, entered his eternal home on March 3, 2005, surrounded by his family. He was born May 15, 1923, to George C. and Margaret E. Stoddard in Jackson.

Dick graduated from Parma High School in 1941, and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Dick and his twin brother, Bob, flew in the same B24 bomber for 50 missions over Europe and North Africa during World War II. He was awarded the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters for his service in the European theater, as well as numerous other ribbons and medals.

Severely injured in a train wreck that took the life of his twin brother in 1944, Dick spent a year in the hospital and received a disability discharge from the Air Force in 1945. He was reactivated for the Korean conflict and was discharged again in 1951. He served in the active Army Reserves for another 29 years and retired with the rank of SFC in 1965.

After the war, Dick held a variety of jobs, including sales and working on the Michigan Central (later New York Central) Railroad with his father, George.

Dick married the former Betty Jean Nichols on June 1, 1946. Together they built and operated the Vagabond Lodge in Rapid River, where Dick guided hunters and fishermen for several years. They moved back to the Jackson area after their daughter was born, and Dick took a job at the State Prison of Southern Michigan as a Corrections Officer.

In 1965, he graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a teaching degree, which he obtained while working full-time at the prison. He taught for one year at Parma Western and then returned to the prison to teach in their Trustee School until his retirement in 1979.

In 1966, Dick was licensed to preach by the United Methodist Church and ordained in 1969. He pastored the United Methodist Church in Somerset Center for nine years and Salem Grove United Methodist in Chelsea for one year. He also served at Trinity United Methodist in Jackson. He was asked to serve as "interim" minister at Addison United Church of Christ in 1976, and remained there for nine years. He then pastored the Frankfort United Congregational Church for 10 years and just retired from seven years of ministry to Thompsonville Congregational Church in Northern Michigan.

While in the Frankfort area, Dick and his wife were active in the Benzie Community Chorus and made several trips to Great Britain and Europe to share the joy of music. They moved back to the Jackson area in the fall of 2004 to be near their family.

Dick was also preceded in death by an older brother, George Robert Stoddard; his twin, Robert William Stoddard; and his parents, George C. and Margaret E. Stoddard.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 « years, Betty Jean (Nichols); and four daughters, Rev. Linda Stoddard of Battle Creek, Ricki (Jim) Conner of Jackson, Michele (Ed) Cooper of Clark Lake and Robyn (Ed) Spears of Brunswick, Ohio. He is also survived by an adopted daughter, Marilyn Stoddard of Battle Creek, as well as his sister, Sharlene Shipley of Greeley, Colo.

The Stoddards have 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Dick is also survived by several nieces and nephews, as well as many close friends.

Visitation will be at the Benzonia Chapel of McElduff Funeral Home Saturday, March 12, from 4 to 8 p.m.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Frankfort Congregational Church at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Jackson, One Jackson Square, Jackson, MI 49201; Munson Hospice; or the charity of one's choice.

The Benzonia Chapel of McElduff Funeral Home and Cremation Service is handling the arrangements.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 30, 2005
REV. CHARLES J. "CHUCK" STOPPELS died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, at Kalkaska Memorial Health Center Long Term Care.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, from 2 to 7 p.m., at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Kalkaska, with additional visitation on Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. Funeral services will be announced in a full obituary in Monday's edition of the Record-Eagle.

The Wolfe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 31, 2005
Charles J. 'Chuck' Stoppels
Died January 29, 2005
KALKASKA - Charles J. "Chuck" Stoppels, 84, of Kalkaska, passed away peacefully on Jan. 29, 2005, at Kalkaska Memorial Health Center, LTC.

Born on June 27, 1920, in Muskegon, he was the son of Charles and Jeannette (Kulicamp) Stoppels. Chuck married Iris M. Muyskens on March 31, 1945, in Holland.

Chuck was the Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Boyne City from 1945, when he received his ordination, until 1950 when he left to be the Associate Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Flint. He retired in 1982.

Chuck was a resident of Rapid City since 1984. He was a member of the following organizations: Christian Endeavor, Flint Council of Churches, Covenanter Male Chorus, Stated Clerk of the Synod of Michigan, Lake Huron Presbytery and the Cosmo Fraternity at Hope College.

Chuck will be remembered fondly as a faithful servant of God.

Surviving Chuck are his children, Mark (Martha) Stoppels of Grand Rapids, Laura Chamberlain of Pioneer, Calif., Jean (John Carroll) Stoppels of Rose City and Alice (Carl) Ray of Williamsburg; six grandchildren; his brothers, Robert M. (June) Stoppels of Grand Rapids and Paul J. (Nancy) Stoppels of Marion, Iowa; his sister-in-law, Sarah Stoppels, of Seattle, Wash.

Chuck was preceded in death by his wife, Iris; and his brother, A. Dale Stoppels.

The visitation will be held Tuesday, Feb. 1, from 2 until 7 p.m. at Wolfe Funeral Home. Additional visitation will be on Wednesday from 1 until 5 p.m.

The funeral service will be Saturday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Elk Rapids, with Daniel Herlein officiating. Interment will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Holland.

Memorials may be given on behalf of Chuck Stoppels to The Stoppels Muyskens Education Fund of the First Presbyterian Church of Flint, 746 S. Saginaw, Flint, MI 48502.

Arrangements were made by Wolfe Funeral Home, Kalkaska.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 18, 2005
Carter B. Strong
Died January 10, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Carter B. Strong, 80, passed away Jan. 10, 2005, at Munson Medical Center Hospice Wing. Born Feb. 9, 1924, in Jackson, he was the son of Dr. Gerald D. and Ruth (Carter) Strong. Carter was a 1942 graduated of Jackson High School. He attended the University of Michigan, where he was a member of the Alpha Rho Chi Architectural fraternity.

Upon graduation from the University of Michigan College of Architecture as president of his class in 1950, Carter moved to Traverse City. He practiced in Traverse City for 32 years, retiring from the firm of Strong, Drury and Elkins. Significant projects of the firm included the St. Francis Catholic church and high school, and the Riverview Terrace elderly high-rise in Traverse City.

On July 25, 1952, he married Margaret Collins of Traverse City, daughter of Carroll and Martha Collins.

Carter was a combat infantry veteran of the European Theater during World War II, receiving the Bronze Star for service during the Battle of the Bulge. Remaining in the Army Reserve after the war, he retired as a Major. He was also past president of the Grand Traverse Chapter of the Reserve Officers Association.

Active in his professional career, he was a past president of the Northern Michigan Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and a former director of the Michigan Society of Architects.

A former mayor of Traverse City, (1966-67), his civic activities included service on the Traverse City Board of Zoning Appeals, Planning Commission, City Commission, and the Mayor's Committee on Aging. Carter was a past director and lifelong member (53 years) of the Traverse City Rotary Club. He was also a past president of the Long Lake Association and the Long Lake Preservation Association. He donated The Carter Strong Bird Sanctuary at Long Lake to the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy in 1994.

Carter was also an active member of the Christian Science Church.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret; three children, Carter C. (Doris) Strong of Miami, Brian E. Strong of Traverse City and Nancy S. (Patrick) Lang of Winter Springs, Fla.; and two granddaughters, Chelsea and Devon Lang.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Joseph H. Strong.

Cremation has taken place.

Visitation take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City, with a celebration of life service to follow at 2 p.m.

The family asks those wishing to give memorials to please remember Munson Hospice House at 1105 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684 or The First Church of Christ Scientist, 330 Sixth St. Traverse City, MI 49684. Envelopes will be available at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 21, 2005
CARL MAX 'SARGE' STOUT, 88, of Traverse City, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005, at Munson Medical Center.

Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, Traverse City.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 23, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Carl Max "Sarge" Stout, 88, of Traverse City, formerly of Gladwin, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005, at Munson Medical Center.

Born Feb. 3, 1917, in West Mansfield, Ohio, he was the only child of the late Basil Burley and Winifred (Easton) Stout. On Nov. 14, 1940, in Albany, N.Y., he married the former Agnes Marie Wegner. Carl's beloved wife preceded him in death on May 18, 2000.

He served his country faithfully with the United States Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant.

Carl was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Traverse City Masonic Lodge F & A.M., Traverse City Elks Club and Gladwin Eagles Club.

He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved all sports. He thoroughly enjoyed living at Glen Eagle, where he developed many wonderful friendships.

He is survived by his loving and caring family, two daughters M. Lynne (Peter) Lamb of Wellington, Ontario, Canada, and Barbara Reed of Interlochen; and a granddaughter, Sarah Reed of Bellaire.

Cremation has taken place. No services are planned at this time.

The family was served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home of Traverse City.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
March 8, 2005
WALTER F. STREMPEK, M.D., 83, of Traverse City, died Monday morning, March 7, 2005, at his home in Traverse City.

Arrangements will be announced by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
Walter F. Strempek, M.D., M.P.H.
Died March 7, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Dr. Strempek was born in Detroit in 1921. He majored in psychology at Wayne State University and graduated from the University of Michigan School of Medicine.

In the 1950s and early 1960s he practiced family medicine for 12 years in Pigeon then Romeo. He entered public health administration in 1963 after earning a master's degree from the U of M School of Public Health, where he was inducted into the Delta Omega honor society. He served in a number of capacities in the Michigan Department of Public Health until his retirement in 1981. He was a resident of Traverse City for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife, Viola; sons, Barth and Jon (Kathy Thompson); and daughter, Elise (John) Brogan; and grandchildren, Brendon and Tyler. He is also survived by his sister Valentina Gilbert; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will be at home Sunday, March 13, 2005, for visitors from 1 to 3 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Munson Hospice or a charity of one's own choosing.

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 7, 2005
BORGHILD 'BOBBI' STROM, 89, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005, in Traverse City.

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

Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 8, 2005
Borghild 'Bobbie' Strom
Died February 6, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Borghild "Bobbie" Strom, 89, passed away Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005, at Barnes Adult Foster Care.

Bobbie was born Oct. 29, 1915, in Frankfort, one of 10 children born to Ragnar and Ellen Sophia (Stolson) Strom.

Following graduation from high school, Bobbie attended and graduated from Michigan State University with her master's degree in education. She taught home economics for close to 40 years in the Lansing Public School System, specifically at Pattengil Junior High School.

Bobbie is survived by her sister and brothers, Joan (Ron) Alpers, Bernard, John (Carol), Richard (Suzie) and Ole (Vera) Strom; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Reynold and Arnold; her sisters, Adella (Gordon) Sanborg and Elaine (Andrew) Tafelski; and her sister-in-law, Eloise Strom.

In keeping with Bobbie's wishes, cremation has taken place and no services are planned.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Good Harbor, 2943 S. W. Manitou Trail, Cedar, MI 49621.

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 11, 2005
CARTER B. STRONG, 80, of Traverse City, died Monday morning, Jan. 10, 2005, at Munson Medical Center.

A complete obituary will appear in an upcoming edition of the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

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

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 19, 2005
CATHY LYNN STURDIVANT, 47, of Grayling, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005.

Visitation will be today, Jan. 19, 2005, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home in Grayling, where funeral services will be held at 7 p.m.

Arrangements are by the Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home in Grayling.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
Dorothy Mae 'Dot' Suchy
Died March 5, 2005
MUSKEGON - Dorothy Mae 'Dot' Suchy, 77, of Muskegon, formerly of Copemish and Benzonia, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2005, in Muskegon.

Dorothy was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Kaleva. In her spare time, she enjoyed working in her flowers gardens and watching television, especially the Golf Channel, auto racing and "Wheel of Fortune." Dorothy is survived by three sisters, Carol (Richard) McGarry of Muskegon, Joyce (Larry Reed of Bear Lake and Marilyn Jewett of Mesick; her brother-in-law, Bernard Clayton of California; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Emil Suchy in 1992; her parents; her brother, Ward Thompson Jr.; and a sister, June Clayton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva, with Reverend Wayne Buskirk officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday from noon until the time of services at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church or to the Bear Lake United Methodist Church. The Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva is in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 28, 2005
GLADYS V. SUDOL, 85, of Traverse City, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2004, at Bortz Health Care.

Visitation will take place Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, where a rosary will be prayed Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, Jan. 31, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Francis Catholic Church. A complete obituary will appear in Saturday's Record-Eagle.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
January 29, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Gladys V. Sudol, 85, of Traverse City, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, at Bortz Health Care.

Gladys was born Sept. 28, 1919, in Boswell, Penn., one of eight children born to Victoria (Losota) and Samuel Sabat. On Nov. 19, 1941, in Detroit, she became the bride of Stanley S. Sudol Jr.

While living in Detroit, Gladys owned and operated Dorothy's Beauty Salon for 10 years. In 1968, she and Stan moved to Traverse City and Gladys opened, owned and operated Gladys' Bridal Salon in Leelanau County. She planned, organized and presented the first bridal show in the Michigan Room at the Park Place Hotel. She will always be remembered as being properly dressed for every occasion, a trait which demonstrated her love of clothing and fashion.

She enjoyed traveling, golf and authentic Polish cooking for her family, but more than anything, her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

A member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Traverse City, Gladys was a member of the Variety Club and the Traverse City Senior Center.

Surviving Gladys are her devoted husband of 63 years, Stanley; children, Duane (Lois) Sudol and Patricia Raven, all of Traverse City, Steven Sudol and David (Linda) Sudol, all of Hessell; grandchildren, Dr. Danielle (Dr. Chirstopher) Ross of Windham, N.H., Duane Sudol and fiancee, Claudia Brzozowski of Berlin, N.H., Heather Raven and Terry (Katie) Raven, all of Traverse City, Daniel Raven of Royal Oak, Melissa and Steven Sudol, both of Empire, David Sudol of Charlevoix, Carissa and MacKenzie Sudol, both of Hessell; and a great-granddaughter, Morgan Mae Ross. Also surviving are her brothers, her twin, Walter Sabat, and Robert (Lorraine) Sabat, both of Gainsville, Fla., and Samuel Sabat of Hudson, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Pauline Stanski; and brothers, Stanley, Albert and John.

Visitation will take place at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home today, Jan. 29, 2005, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., with a rosary to be prayed Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, Jan. 31, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Francis Catholic Church, with Fr. William Lipscomb and Fr. Peter Eke con-celebrating the Mass. Entombment will be in Oakwood Catholic Diocesan Cemetery Mausoleum.

The family asks that memorial contributions be directed to the Munson Medical Center E.R. Campaign.

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz


Traverse City Record-Eagle
February 25, 2005
TRAVERSE CITY - Dale Thaddeus Szpond, 48, of Traverse City, formerly of Detroit, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005. Born July 29, 1956, in Highland Park, he was the son of Stanley Michael and Diane Frances (Nalepa) Szpond.

Dale enjoyed spending time with his family, and recently was looking forward to becoming a grandpa for the first time. Dale has supported and inspired his son's musical talents. He like playing pool and Chess. He was loved and will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by his four children, Jamie (Rick) Ross of Romeo, Jodie (Chad) Simon-Szpond of Jacksonville, Fla., Myles Szpond of Traverse City and Roland "Rollie" Szpond of Traverse City; mother, Diane Caligiuri of Beverly Hills, Fla.; brother, Dennis Szpond of Traverse City, Janet (Richard) Acevido of San Antonio, Texas, and David Szpond of Grosse Point Shores; nieces, Sara and Dana Szpond and Kinsley Eley, all of Traverse City; niece Angela Ibarra; and nephews, Eric and David Ibarra, all of San Antonio, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley Szpond in 1983; and grandmother, Irene Nalepa.

Visitation will be Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m., at the Covell Funeral Home. Father James Hayden from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church will officiate.

The family asks those wishing to give memorials to please remember the Father Fred Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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

Contributed by Sharon Compton Baatz




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