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Kenneth Ross

Kenneth Ross

Name: Kenneth Frank Ross

Age: 58

Hometown: Bad Axe

Funeral Date: September 26, 2017

Date of Birth: July 16, 1959

Date of Passing: September 23, 2017

Funeral Home: MacAlpine Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Memorial service will be at the MacAlpine Mac Chapel in Bad Axe, on Wednesday September 27 th at 11:00 with Pastor Carol Corbishley officiating. Gathering will be Tuesday September 26 th at the MacAlpine Mac Chapel in Bad Axe from 2:00 to 5:00 and 6:00 to 8:00, and Wednesday at the Mac Chapel from 9:00 until the time of service at 11:00. Memorials may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Family of the Deceased

Surviving are his wife, Barbara of Bad Axe, two sons, Jeremy (Penny Reese ) Ross of Bad Axe, Charles Mierendorff of Harbor Beach; grandchildren Daniel Susalla, Andrew Mierendorff, Seth and Parker Reese. Sisters Karen (Duey) Holz, Filion, Kathy (John ) Holz, Bad Axe, Shirley Bredow of Caseville, Carol Corbishley , Bad Axe; brother Kevin (Jolynn) Ross of Elkton. Sister-in-law Donna Ross of Traverse City, and Lorraine (Jerry) Potter of Bradenton, Florida. Brother- in- law Martin (Rebecca Sommer) LaCasse, Richland/Battle Creek. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Gary Ross and in laws Richard and Jeanne La Casse.

Biography

Kenneth Frank Ross, age 58 of Bad Axe, passed away unexpectantly at home on Saturday September 23, 2017. He was born July 16, 1959 in Highland Park, the son of the late Frank and Agnes (Schmitt ) Ross. He married Barbara LaCasse on July 22, 1995. Ken was a 1977 graduate of Bad Axe High School. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Army and served in Panama for 3 years. He worked at Bob McCrea Farms, Tower Automotive and recently at Thumb Plastics. Ken enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren hunting, reading and doing puzzles, tinkering outside and he was notorious for making bonfires.


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Dolores Champagne

Dolores Champagne

Name: Dolores Mae Champagne

Age: 85

Hometown: Elkton, MI

Funeral Date: September 28, 2017

Date of Birth: February 17, 1932

Date of Passing: September 24, 2017

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

Funeral services will be at 11:00am Thursday, September 28th at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church with Rev. Rodney Schwab officiating. Interment will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Pigeon. Visitation will be 2-8pm Wednesday at the Champagne Funeral Chapel in Elkton and one hour prior to the service on Thursday in church. Memorials may be made to the Women of Trinity. Condolences may be shared at www.ChampagneFuneralChapel.com

Family of the Deceased

She is survived by her seven children: Dennis (Rosemary) of Tennessee, Cindy Gempel of Ohio, Patti Machowicz of Bay Port, James (Peggy) of Elkton, Gary (Lynn) of Elkton, Lynn (Dean) Mundy of Elkton and Bernie (Kelley) of Elkton; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her young daughters Mary Lynn and Karen, brother Arthur Gabert and sister Pauline Zelusky.

Biography

Dolores Mae Champagne, 85, of Elkton, died Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. Dolores was born February 17, 1932 in Owendale to the late Fred and Ella (Schweitzer) Gabert. On August 30, 1948 she married Cletus A. Champagne in Wilmot; he preceded her in death March 12, 1978. She drove school bus for Lakers Schools for 29 years, retiring in 1997. She was an active member of Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church and formed good friendships with the other Women of Trinity. She enjoyed sewing, puzzles and reading with her cherished dog Mick nearby.


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Leland Warschefsky

Leland Warschefsky

Name: Leland Warschefsky

Age: 94

Hometown: formerly of Bad Axe, MI.

Funeral Date: September 23, 2017

Date of Birth: August 26, 1923

Date of Passing: September 21, 2017

Funeral Home: Kaufman Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Services will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 11:30 am at the Kaufman Funeral Home in Bad Axe. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9:30 until the service time at 11:30. A private burial service will be in Washington Cemetery in Carsonville. Memorials may be offered to Huron Co. Jr. Livestock, Bad Axe Lions or Our Savior Lutheran Church. If you wish to offer your condolences to the family, please go to www.kaufmanfuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

Leland is survived by his wife, Joyce, the love of his life for the past 68 years; sons Tom (Barb) Warschefsky of Williamston, MI and Jim (Barb) Warschefsky of Stanton, MI; two daughters Linda (Ken) Linenger of Clarkston, MI and Mary (Mike) Frey of Caledonia, MI. His thirteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren brought great joy to his life. Kristina, Jenny (Kyle), Jordan, Brooklyn, Charlie; Dan (Megan); Katie (Richard); Tom (Angela), Liam; Emily (Jason); Jennie (JP), Brynn, Mason; Carrie (Dan), Sydney, Luke; Kendra (Jake), Nora, Connor; Kyle (April), Darrin, Adalynn; Christine, Elizabeth and James; one sister, Marion Nelson of Rochester Hills, MI. Leland was preceded in death by his step-father Edward Warczinski, brother Willard and grandson T.J. Warschefsky.

Biography

Leland Warschefsky, age 94, formerly of Bad Axe, passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2017. Leland was born on the family farm in Palms on August 26, 1923, to the late Albert and Amelia (Kaufman) Warschefsky. He married Joyce Ann Rumble on September 1, 1949 in Carsonville, MI. He graduated from Deckerville High School in 1939. Lee attended Pt. Huron Junior College prior to graduating from Michigan State Agricultural College in 1950. He received his Master’s Degree from MSU in 1955 and taught vocational agriculture in Owendale and Ithaca. Lee then joined MSU Cooperatvie Extension Service where he served the tri-county farming community for the next 30 years. Lee also was involved in Lions Club, Michigan Cattlemen’s Association, Michigan Corn Growers and various other community organizations. He and Joyce were active members of Our Savior Lutheran Church and enjoyed traveling with friends to various other destinations throughout the world. Lee loved to spend to time hunting and playing Stosh at the family cabin, enjoyed their cottage in Harbor Beach, and was a great Bocce player when they spent winters in Estero, Florida. Lee’s folksy humor and sonorous voice made him a joy to be around. He often borrowed Tom Bodet’s famous line from the Motel 6 ads reminding all of his visiting kids “We’ll leave the light on for you.” We know that where he is now, he’s still saying “We’ll leave the light on for you.” A life well lived, Daddy.


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Donna Weidman

Donna Weidman

Name: Donna Jean Weidman

Age: 89

Hometown: Jackson, formerly of Chandler Township

Funeral Date: September 25, 2017

Date of Birth: April 21, 1928

Date of Passing: September 19, 2017

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

Funeral services will be at 11:00am Monday, September 25th at the Elkton Missionary Church with Pastor Reggie Courliss officiating. Burial will be in Chandler Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00am Monday in church until the service time. Champagne Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Elkton Missionary Church. Condolences may be shared at www.ChampagneFuneralChapel.com

Family of the Deceased

She is survived by her four sons: Mark (Kathi) of Caseville, Michael (Amy) of Vancouver BC, John (Jacky) of Southfield and James (Dawn) of Concord; ten grandchildren Jessica (Nick), Daniel (Julliana), Hans (Michelle), Hannah, Jocelyn, Jennifer, Johnny, Joanna, Zachary and Bethany; three great-grandchildren Sadie, Lucy and Henry; and sister Lois Hunt of Jackson. She was preceded in death by her brothers Maxwell, Robert and Ronald Hunt; and sister Maxine Diebel.

Biography

Donna Jean Weidman, 89, of Jackson, formerly of Chandler Township, died Tuesday, September 19, 2017 in Jackson after a short illness. Donna was born April 21, 1928 in Detroit to the late Maxwell and Mary Ann (Roth) Hunt. She graduated from Spring Arbor High School in 1946. She married Lester J. Weidman on June 14, 1952 in Detroit; he preceded her in death on January 2, 2016. In 1971 Donna and her husband moved from Detroit to Chandler Township where they farmed. She enjoyed being a farm wife, taking care of the gardens and visits with her ten grandchildren. Her artistic abilities were on display in her beautiful china painting. She was devoted to Elkton Missionary Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher and children’s church leader.


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Marian Holdwick

Marian Holdwick

Name: Marian "Mary" Maurer Holdwick

Age: 63

Hometown: Harbor Beach, MI

Funeral Date: September 23, 2017

Date of Birth: June 29, 1954

Date of Passing: September 20, 2017

Funeral Home: Ramsey Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Visitation will be at Ramsey Funeral Home on Friday September 22, 2017 from 2-8 with a vigil at 7 PM. Funeral services will be held at the Bad Axe Free Methodist Church at 11 AM on Saturday September 23, 2017, with the Rev. Jerry Sutton officiating. Visitation will begin at the church from 10 unti the time of the service. Internment will take place at St. Anthony's Church Cemetery. In leiu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to be made to the family discretionary fund to be distributed among the many charitable organizations. Memories can be shared at www.RamseyFH.com

Family of the Deceased

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Gene of Harbor Beach; Three children: Gabriel Holdwick of Harbor Beach, Jillian (Ryan) Green of Paw Paw, MI, and Kara Holdwick of Mattawan, MI; one grandson, Elijah Green of Paw Paw; step-mother Joan Maurer, of Harbor Beach; four sisters Theresa (Michael) Mazure of Port Austin, Lucy (Gus) Recker of Ubly, Ann Maurer, of Fort Myers, FL, Carol (Moises) Pinto of Allen Park, and Marge Maurer of Midland. Eight brothers Ben Maurer of Ubly, Marcus (Tanya) Maurer of Homer, Jim(Jeannie) Maurer of Ubly, Jack (Diane) Maurer of Plymouth, Steve (Carlin) Maurer of Bad Axe, Joe (Ginny) Maurer of Harbor Beach, Glen (Melissa) Maurer of Chesterfield Township, and Gary Maurer of Rockford, MI; Step-brother Jodi Gornowich of Harbor Beach, Step-sisters Kim (Dennis) Clark of Harbor Beach, Reneen Gornowich of Florida; brothers and sisters-in-law Bill Herford, Rosalia Holdwick of Bad Axe, Theresa Holdwick of Frankenmuth, Arlene Emming of Bad Axe, Ed (Marie) Holdwick of Harbor Beach, Bill (Audrey) Holdwick of Harbor Beach, Linda Kirsch of Shelby Township, Marge (Davey) Androl of Kingwood TX, Ike (Dorothy) Holdwick of Harbor Beach, Paul (MaryAnn) Holdwick of Harbor Beach, Barb(Bob) Ingles of LaJunta CO, Goldy Holdwick of Kinde, Pat (Carl) Roth of Port Austin; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Helen Maurer, two sisters, Janice Shemka and Pauline Herford; five brothers-in-law Richard Holdwick, Harold Holdwick, Bob Emming, Brian Holdwick, and Ken Kirsch, and step- brother Blair Gonowich.

Biography

Marian “Mary” (Maurer) Holdwick, 63, of Harbor Beach, passed into eternity peacefully during her sleep on Wednesday September 20, 2017 in her home. Mary was born to the late John and Helen (Weltin) Maurer of Smith’s Corners on June 29, 1954 in Bad Axe, MI. She attended St. Mary’s School in Parisville, and was a graduate of Ubly Community Schools, Class of 1972. Mary and Gene Holdwick were married on December 6, 1985 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Parisville. Together they owned and operated Holdwick Metalworking in Bad Axe for over 25 years, having recently retired in 2015. They also owned and operated Holdwick Dust Control for many years. Prior to married life, Mary worked as a dental assistant and at the Booms Silo Company. Mary loved serving others, and could often be found doing the unglamorous yet necessary jobs. She sought to avoid the limelight whenever possible, and was happiest when her projects went smoothly after careful planning. Her family was central to her life, and she could always be found tirelessly working on various projects for them. She loved sharing her home and cooking for guests, and entertained often. She cared very deeply for her family and friends, and was diligent about sending handmade cards on special events. She was affectionately known as “Mama Holdwick” to the many young people that crossed her path. She was an avid scrapbooker and card maker, and had organized the scrapbooking group at the Bad Axe Free Methodist Church for many years, an event in which she took great pride.


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Eileen Konkel

Eileen Konkel

Name: Eileen Konkel

Age: 70

Hometown: Caro, formerly of Cass City

Funeral Date: Not Available

Date of Birth: October 23, 1946

Date of Passing: September 19, 2017

Funeral Home: Kaufman Funeral Home

Funeral Information

In keeping with her wishes, she requested no funeral or memorial service. Cremation has taken place at Sunset Valley Crematory in Bay City. Arrangements by Kaufman Funeral Home in Bad Axe. If you wish to offer your condolences to the family, please go to www.kaufmanfuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

Eileen is survived by her husband, Lawrence, of Caro. 1 Daughter-Marney (Brent) Reehl of Cass City. 1 Sister-Judy Daige of St. Petersburg, FL. Sister-in-laws- Dorothy Harris of Bad Axe and Norma Konkel of Detroit. Her faithful companion Molly. Many nieces and nephews. Eileen was preceded in death by: 1 Brother-Louis Laws. 1 Sister-Ramona Cardenas.

Biography

Eileen Konkel, age 70, of Caro, formerly of Cass City, passed away with her family at her side on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at Bay McLaren Region Hospital in Bay City. Eileen was born in Marlette on October 23, 1946, daughter of the late Balente and Fern (Kelty) Cardenas. She married Lawrence Konkel on November 22, 1969 in Marlette. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, reading and gardening. She always wanted a farm and she fulfilled that dream.


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Colleen Lipskey

Colleen Lipskey

Name: Colleen M. Lipskey

Age: 40

Hometown: Harbor Beach, MI

Funeral Date: September 21, 2017

Date of Birth: June 23, 1977

Date of Passing: September 18, 2017

Funeral Home: Ramsey Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Funeral mass for Colleen will be Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 11:30 am at Our Lady of Lake Huron Catholic Church, of the Holy Name of Mary Parish, with Fr. George Amos officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation for Colleen will be Wednesday, from 2-8pm at the Ramsey Funeral Home of Harbor Beach. Visitation on Thursday will be at the church beginning at 10am until time of services. A Parish Vigil Service will take place on Wednesday at 7 pm. Memorials may be given to the Family Discretionary Fund. Memories can be shared at www.RamseyFH.com

Family of the Deceased

Colleen is survived by her children, Jordan Lipskey and Kaylin Lipskey, both of Ruth, her mother Delores Pawlowski of Harbor Beach, 3 brothers: David Pawlowski and his special friend Dawn of Harbor Beach, Rick Pawlowski and his wife Jessica of Harbor Beach, Brian Pawlowski and his friend Tracy of Hazel Park, 2 sisters: Lenai Gehring and her husband Bill of Harbor Beach, Corinne Glaza and her husband Bob of Parisville, and her nieces and nephews: Haley Pawlowski, Jeremy Pawlowski, Cody Pawlowski, Aaron Gehring, Alyssa Gehring, Brandon Gehring, Renee Gehring, Nathan Glaza, Nichole Glaza, Nadine Glaza, Tori Pawlowski, Derek Pawlowski, Kory Pawlowski and Kenyon Pawlowski. She was preceded in death by her father Robert Pawlowski and grandparents: Norman and Angeline Swartz, and Cecilia and Charles Papkey.

Biography

Colleen M. Lipskey, age 40 of Harbor Beach, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017 at St. Mary’s Medical Center of Saginaw with her family by her side. She was born on June 23, 1977 in Harbor Beach to Delores (Swartz) Pawlowski and the late Robert Pawlowski. She was a member of Our Lady of Lake Huron Catholic Church, and enjoyed music, friends, camping and being with her family.


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Marjorie Baker

Marjorie Baker

Name: Marjorie Jean Baker

Age: 92

Hometown: Port Hope, MI

Funeral Date: September 23, 2017

Date of Birth: August 06, 1925

Date of Passing: September 13, 2017

Funeral Home: Ramsey Funeral Home

Funeral Information

In accordance with her wishes, Jean will be Cremated at Sunset Valley Crematory of Bay City. Interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Homer, Michigan at a later date. A memorial service will take place Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 2pm at the AmVets Hall in Port Hope. Arrangements are being handled by the Ramsey Funeral Home of Harbor Beach. Memorials may be given to the Port Hope Methodist church, the MMDA, or Mothers against Drunk Driving. Memories can be shared at www.RamseyFH.com

Family of the Deceased

Jean is survived by her son, James (Martha) of Dundee Florida, daughter-in-law Maxine of Jacksonville, Florida, 3 granddaughters: Cathy of Miami, FL, Trinity of Jacksonville, FL, and Claire of Dundee, FL, two special nieces, Phyllis and Marily, and three special nephews: Larry, Lloyd and Michael. She had many special friends, her Port Hope Son Gary Schave, Angela, Susan, Brenda, Gloria, Dave, Gayle and Bernie. Without them she would have never been able to live at her home which she loved. She was preceded in death by her son Jerry, 3 brothers: Steven (Jo), Robert (Betty) Don (Francis) and one sister Virginia (John) Hawkins.

Biography

Marjorie Jean Baker, age 92 of Port Hope, passed away Wednesday at Lakeview Extended Care and Rehab Center of the Harbor Beach Community Hospital. She was born on August 6, 1925 in Homer, Michigan to the late Milford and Edna Ellen (reynolds) Moor. Before moving to Port Hope in 1956, she had worked 10 years as the office manager for the Superintendent at Homer Community School. She worked 5 years in teh Cable TV Business in Harbor Beach, and 25 years in the Auto Business in Bad Axe and Port Hope. She had been the Port Hope Chamber Treasurer since 1987. She had her own catering business for 38 years, cooking for many weddings, banquets, anniversaries and private parties. She was active in the Port Hope Retirees for many years planning trips for the Seniors since 1985. She and her friends had been to Hawaii 3 times, Alaska 2 times and Nova Scotia once and traveled every state in the United States. Jean enjoyed cooking, baking, her flowers, her yard and helping others in need.


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Colleen McGee

Colleen McGee

Name: Colleen (Des Jardin) McGee

Age: 72

Hometown: Bad Axe, MI

Funeral Date: September 22, 2017

Date of Birth: March 02, 1945

Date of Passing: September 15, 2017

Funeral Home: Kaufman Funeral Home

Funeral Information

A memorial mass will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 11 am at St. Hubert Parish-Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bad Axe. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 10 am until the service time at 11 am. Memorials may be offered to Hope House of Grand Rapids. Arrangements by the Kaufman Funeral Home in Bad Axe. To offer your condolences to the family, please go to www.kaufmanfuneralhome. com

Family of the Deceased

Colleen is survived by: 2 Daughters- LaNee (Bernie) McShane of Anderson, SC and Jill (Chris) Lohman of Greenville, MI. Son-Joe (Terri) McGee of Dumont, NJ. Granddaughter-Amber (Randy Landro) McShane. Grandsons-Bernie McShane, Joel and Jarod Lohman and Cory McGee. Brother-Bill Des Jardin of Bad Axe. Colleen was preceded in death by: Husband-James (Jim) McGee. Son-Steven (Steve) McGee. Parents-Clarence and Alma Des Jardin. Brother- Joel Des Jardin. Colleen took great comfort in all of the support from friends and relatives, receiving many cards and letters of encouragement. You were all an inspiration to her. Thank You.

Biography

Colleen (Des Jardin) McGee went to be with her Lord in Heaven on September 15, 2017. Colleen was born to Clarence and Alma (Gates) Des Jardin on March 2, 1945. She attended Lincoln 2 Country School (Church school), then graduated from Bad Axe High School. She began working at Huron Medical Care Facility, following in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother. Colleen moved to Germany to marry the love of her life on January 29th, 1965. Once Jim was honorably discharged for the U.S. Air Force, Colleen and Jim settled into life in Bad Axe to raise their 4 wonderful/spectacular children. Colleen returned to Huron Medical Care Facility where she dedicated her life to the care of the residents. She retired in 2007. That only lasted about a year, before she started one on one care in home for a special lady. She also worked part time as an aide at Scheurer Hospital and drove HMCF residents to and from appointments all over East Michigan. She also continued to volunteer for outings for the residents of HMCF. Colleen enjoyed cooking, knitting (especially Christmas snowflakes), gardening, cards, traveling, reading, canoeing, friends, family and so much more. She was a delight to her friends and family, always willing to listen and help out whenever needed. She loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren, traveling all over to spend a few weeks with each family. Her family always enjoyed the yearly week long vacation at her home in Bad Axe with cook outs, bonfires, swimming, friends and fun. In May of 2016, Colleen was diagnosed with lung cancer. Her family gathered around her to help her fight for her life. Her children were privileged to be able to care for her during that time.


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Robert Drury

Robert Drury

Name: Robert John Drury

Age: 70

Hometown: Sand Point, MI

Funeral Date: September 20, 2017

Date of Birth: March 07, 1947

Date of Passing: September 16, 2017

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

Funeral services will be 11:00am Wednesday, September 20th at Cross Lutheran Church, Pigeon, with Rev. Tim Loehrke officiating. Burial will be in Caseville Township Cemetery. Visitation will be 3-8 Tuesday at Cross Lutheran Church, 200 Ruppert Street, Pigeon and also from 10:00am Wednesday until the time of the service. Champagne Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Cross Lutheran or Laker Schools Extra Curricular Activities. Condolences may be shared at www.ChampagneFuneralChapel.com

Family of the Deceased

Bob is survived by his wife Leslie of Sand Point; daughters Betsy (Chad) Diegel of Midland, Tracy (Brian) Davies of Grand Rapids, and Stephanie (Gary) Pieczynski of Novi. In addition, there was nothing brighter nor added more value and meaning to his life than his “Super 7” grandchildren: Hope (11), Wynn (8), Waverly (6), Keegan (5), Summer (4), Blayse (2), and Crew (2). Bob is also survived by his sisters Diane (Russ) Lundberg and Sue (Mark) Koch, both of Caseville, and his wonderful nieces and nephews that he loved as his own.

Biography

Robert John Drury, 70, of Sand Point, passed away peacefully in his home with his loving wife and 3 adoring daughters by his side on September 16, 2017. Bob was born on March 7, 1947 in Detroit to the late Robert E. and Lois (Lockridge) Drury. He attended Ann Arbor Pioneer High School. He graduated from Western Michigan University with his teaching degree and later continued to his Ed.S. degree in administration. His love for teaching and students began at Lakers as a business teacher, junior high principal, to business manager, and then Superintendent for 13 years. The green machine was his life for 31 years as he was influential in many beneficial projects and opportunities in the community and thoroughly enjoyed watching his three daughters play sports before retiring in 2001. His career continued to flourish well into retirement and Bob was instrumental in numerous community endeavors and served as interim superintendent at Lakers and Owendale-Gagetown to keep his passion ignited. It was obvious that he enjoyed making differences that positively affected students and families.


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Donald Beers

Donald Beers

Name: Donald W. Beers

Age: 81

Hometown: Sebewaing, MI

Funeral Date: September 30, 2017

Date of Birth: October 11, 1935

Date of Passing: September 07, 2017

Funeral Home: Juengel & Mellendorf Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Per Don’s wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial visitation is planned for Friday, September 29, 2017, at Juengel & Mellendorf Funeral Home in Sebewaing from 2-8pm. The memorial service will be Saturday, September 30, 2017, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sebewaing. Visitation will begin at 10am until the time of service at 11am. Burial will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Sebewaing. Memorial donations may be given to the American Heart Association, Immanuel Lutheran Church or the Sebewaing Area Historical Society. Share a memory at www.jmfuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

Don is survived by his wife of 61 years, Janet; children: daughter, Bobbe Joy (Robert House) Riskey and her children: Casey (Jessica), Erin, Allison and Becca Riskey and great grandchildren Devin, Hannah and Benjamin Riskey, Dayton Sanchez; daughter, Brenda Lee (Alan) Kretzschmer and her children: Karen (Don) Dorsch, Kendall Kretzschmer; daughter, Judi Kaye (Maxwell) Garnett and her children: Mario (Sandra) Garnett, and great grandchildren, Keigan, Kyler, Addalyn and Aubree Garnett ; Matthew (Jessica) Garnett and great grandson, Aidan; daughter: Salli Marie (Alan Ziegler) Vermeersch and her children: Katie (Daniel) Vader and great grandchildren: Thomas, Wesley, Malcolm, and Juliet Vader, Andrea and Janel Vermeersch; and brother, Warren (Mary) Beers of Sebewaing. Preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Kelly Vermeersch; and 2 infant great grandchildren: Janet and Waylon Garnett.

Biography

Donald W. Beers, age 81, of Sebewaing, passed away Thursday, September 7, 2017, at Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw following complications from surgery after many years of heart disease. Don was born in Detroit on October 11, 1935, to Harold Ford and Selma Clara “Sally” (Schweitzer) Beers. He married his childhood sweetheart, Janet Kaye Lovelace on February 25, 1956, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He worked for Ford Beers Sales from 8th grade until 1976, then for the new owners for 2 years. Don then decided to open Don’s Body Shop/D & B Towing which he owned and operated for 20 years. He was a volunteer on the Sebewaing Ambulance for 6 years and a fireman with the Sebewaing Fire Dept. for 30 years. He was active with the JC’s (Junior Chamber of Commerce) for 10 years, USA Board of Education for 12 years, Village Council Trustee from 1986-2016, and the Village Softball Leagues from 8th grade until the age of 40. Don also enjoyed fundraisers for the American Cancer Society (Relay for Life). He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sebewaing. Don was also a member of Thumb Area Antique Auto Association and Sebewaing Historical Society.


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Donald Stroud

Donald Stroud

Name: Donald F. Stroud

Age: 68

Hometown: Colfax Township, MI

Funeral Date: June 19, 2019

Date of Birth: January 29, 1949

Date of Passing: June 16, 2017

Funeral Home: MacAlpine Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Funeral service for Pastor Don will be 11 a.m. on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the MacAlpine Funeral Home in Bad Axe with Rev. Robert Prince and Rev. Harry Kern officiating. Burial will take place at Colfax Township Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at the MacAlpine Funeral Home in Bad Axe and on Monday, 10 a.m. until time of service. Memorials may be offered to the family discretionary fund. Condolences can be shared at www.macalpinefuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

Pastor Don is survived by his wife of forty-four years, Deb Stroud of Bad Axe; his children: Donald L. Stroud and his wife, Rachel of Ypsilanti; Michelle J. Roetheli and her husband, Steffan of Kansas City, Missiouri; Matthew W. Stroud and his wife, Amber of Bad Axe and Mary E. Stimac and her husband, Sean of Vienna, Ohio; ten grandchildren: Samael, Ella, Savanna, Addisen, Noble, Isaac, Levi, Emma, Frances and Lucien; his brothers and sisters: Janet Williams and her husband, Matthew of Lindon, Utah, Robert Stroud and his wife, Shelley of Lake City, Florida and Edward Stroud of Bad Axe; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, John Stroud.

Biography

Rev. Donald F. Stroud, 68, of Colfax Township, passed away on June 16, 2017 at Huron Medical Center. Donald was born in Bad Axe on January 29, 1949 to the late Floyd and Frances (Haley) Stroud. On May 26, 1973, he married the love of his life, Debra L. Walker at the Bad Axe Church of the Nazarene. Don was pastor at the Filion Church of the Nazarene for the last twenty-four years. He was treasurer for the Nazarene Thumb Zone Fellowship Committee. When he was younger, he farmed and worked for Larry Weiderhold as a truck mechanic and repair man. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking, gardening, hunting, fishing and tending to his farm animals.


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