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Orville Smithers

Orville Smithers

Name: Orville "Pat" Smithers

Age: 82

Hometown: Elkton, MI.

Funeral Date: February 25, 2020

Date of Birth: August 12, 1937

Date of Passing: February 20, 2020

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

Funeral services will be 11:00am Tuesday, February 25th at Elkton United Methodist Church with Rev. Won Kim and Dede Russell officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-8 Monday at the Champagne Funeral Chapel in Pigeon. Memorials may be made to Elkton United Methodist Church, Elkton Lions Club or the family. www.ChampagneFuneralChapel.com

Family of the Deceased

He is survived by his wife of 58 years Karen; children Pam (Gary) Sweeney of Elkton, Dale (Angel) Smithers of Elkton, Kelly (Gary) Zurek of Harbor Beach and Tracy (Mike) Clark of Georgia; 11 grandchildren Melissa (James) Guza, Michael (Kayla) Sweeney, Megan (Logan) Tibbits, Kayla (Nick) Geiger, Melinda Sweeney, Brittany Smithers, Rebecca Zurek, Chelsey, Jonathon and Kaitlin Brown, Amy Zurek, Courtney and Colin Ney; 8 great-grandchildren; siblings Lucille Smithers of Westland, Vernita Armstead of Saginaw, Robert (Marlene) Smithers of Bad Axe, Mary Michalski of Caseville, Jerry (Carol) Smithers of Bad Axe and Kathy Hunger of Westland; brothers and sisters-in-law Donald Diebel, Ronald (Cheri) Diebel, Audrey Sequin, and Peggy Hellwig; several nieces and nephews; and extended family Kim and Tracy Ziel and family and Carl and Evelyn Krohn. Pat was preceded in death by his brother Glenn Smithers; brothers-in-law Sherman Armstead and Ronald Michalski; mother and father-in-law Clayton and Fern Diebel; brothers-in-law Robert Sequin, Hans Hellwig and sister-in-law Nancy Diebel.

Biography

Orville “Pat” Smithers, 82, of Elkton was called away Thursday, February 20, 2020 peacefully surrounded by his family at the Huron County Medical Care Facility in Bad Axe. Pat was born August 12, 1937 in Sheridan Twp to the late Glenn and Thelma (Hebner) Smithers. He married Karen Diebel on August 19, 1961 at the Elkton Evangelical United Brethern Church. Pat was a life long farmer in Oliver Twp. He worked for Longuski Silo, Schelke Silo, Marlette Homes, Michigan Sugar, Farmer’s Coop and in the building construction field for many years until he retired in 2000. He enjoyed going up to his cabin in Mio, hunting, camping and spending time with his family playing cards and bingo. He was an active member of the Elkton United Methodist Church and Elkton Lions Club.


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Melvin Dutcher

Melvin Dutcher

Name: Melvin Peter Dutcher

Age: 91

Hometown: Caseville

Funeral Date: February 24, 2020

Date of Birth: February 19, 1929

Date of Passing: February 20, 2020

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

Funeral services will be 11:00am Monday, February 24th at the Caseville United Methodist Church with Rev. Don Wojewski officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Caseville Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be Noon to 6:00pm Sunday at the Champagne Funeral Chapel and one hour prior to the service on Monday in church. Memorials may be made to the Caseville United Methodist Church or the Caseville Community Chest. www.ChampagneFuneralChapel.com

Family of the Deceased

He is survived by his wife Edna; children Robin of Pennsylvania, Stacey (Michael) Richards of Florida and Shari (Dan) Fisher of Ann Arbor; grandchildren Anthony, Talia, Jonathon, Jessica, Nathaniel, Matthew, Michael, Jordan, Steven and Abby; and one great-granddaughter Ellyssa; and a brother Jim (Shirley) Dutcher of Warren. He was preceded in death by his sister Virginia McKenzie and Charley Dutcher.

Biography

Pete was born February 19, 1929 in Bay Port to the late Melvin and Leona (Stott) Dutcher. He graduated from Bay Port High School in 1947. He served in the US Army in Korea. He graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in accounting and opened his accounting practice in Caseville in 1958. He married Edna M. Stahl of Caseville on August 20, 1955 at the Caseville Methodist Church. Pete was very involved in his community, belonging to many organizations: Caseville American Legion, Caseville Eagles Club, Caseville Kiwanis, Caseville Community Chest, Scenic Golf Course (board member), Caseville Harbor Commission, Caseville Village Council, Caseville School Board of Education, and Caseville United Methodist Church.


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Donald Hydorn

Donald Hydorn

Name: Donald E. Hydorn

Age: 88

Hometown: Caseville

Funeral Date: July 04, 2020

Date of Birth: February 03, 1932

Date of Passing: February 18, 2020

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

A celebration of his life will begin at 2:00pm on Saturday, July 4th at his home. Champagne Funeral Chapel is handling the cremation arrangements. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or Fiddler’s Green. www.ChampagneFuneralChapel.com

Family of the Deceased

Don is survived by his wife Lisa; son Donald Jr. (Hanna) of Lansing; granddaughter Lilyanna; and sister Judith Pariseau of Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his sister Patricia Watson.

Biography

Don was born February 3, 1932 in Detroit to the late Harvey and Gladys (Howey) Hydorn. He served in the US Army for 21 years, retiring in 1970 as a Master Sergeant. After the service he worked 20 years as a police officer. He worked for Caseville Police and was police chief in Elkton and Fairhaven Twp.


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Mildred Pease

Mildred Pease

Name: Mildred S. Pease

Age: 88

Hometown: Port Hope

Funeral Date: April 04, 2020

Date of Birth: March 17, 1931

Date of Passing: February 17, 2020

Funeral Home: Kaufman Funeral Home

Funeral Information

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 10 am at the Marquardt Cemetery in Port Hope. Memorials may be offered to Hospice or charities of donor’s choice.

Family of the Deceased

She is survived by one daughter, Sharon L. (Don) Smith of Wellington, Ky. and one son, Ricky J. Pease (Special friend Pam) of Show Low, Arizona. Three Grandchildren, Joyce Smith (special friend Lee) of Jackson, Mi., Jon (Lynn) Smith, of Amma, WV and Shannon Pease of Dickson, Tn. One Great Granddaughter Ashley (Brendan) Finerty and Great Great Grandchildren Brayden and Adalynn Finerty of Hillsdale, Mi., Two Sisters Margaret Schulte of Flint, Mi., Dorothy Echlin of Sandusky, Mi., Five brothers Herbert (Betty) of Port Hope, Mi., Arnold (Judy) of Lexington Mi., Bernard (JoAnn) of Port Hope, Mi., Kenneth of Sandusky, Mi., Alvin (Coleen) of Garden City Mi., and one brother-in-law Fred (Carolyn) Pease of Fort Gratiot, Mi.. Many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Nelson H. Pease. Her parents Harold and Gertrude Leese, one sister, Caroline, four brothers; Albert, Wilbert, Robert and Melvin Leese.

Biography

Mildred S. Pease, age 88 , of Show Low, Arizona, formerly of Port Hop, passed away February 17th 2020, after a long battle with cancer. She was born March 17, 1931 in Port Hope, Michigan to the late Harold F. Leese and Gertrude P. (Champagne) Leese. She married Nelson H. (Hank) Pease December 10, 1949. Mildred was a 1949 graduate of Port Hope High School and obtained her real estate license in 1972, however her main priority was her family. She was an avid baker, enjoyed writing poems, crocheting, reading, gardening, playing chord organ, making crafts, visiting with people and sharing her Lord. She was a member of the Community of Christ Church, Owendale, Mi. and often attended the Lighthouse Assembly of God in Harbor Beach, Michigan. Mildred was a very active servant for the Lord and has blessed many people sharing the talents the Lord has given her. She was secretary in her church for several years, worked with special people in the SPREAD program, and was a member of the Port Hope Retirees until her recent move to Arizona.


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James Grannell

James Grannell

Name: James J. Grannell

Age: 76

Hometown: Elkton

Funeral Date: March 09, 2020

Date of Birth: July 22, 1943

Date of Passing: February 15, 2020

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

A celebration of his life will be at Noon Monday, March 9th at the Franklin Inn in Bad Axe. You are encouraged to bring photos and stories to share. Champagne Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Family of the Deceased

He is survived by his wife Marisela; daughter Lisa (Nate) Day of Twin Lakes; step children Yuceli and Yoni; 4 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; siblings Nancy Herdell of Indian River, John of Bad Axe and Marlene (Tom) Romzek of Clarkston; many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Katherine Barker; nephew Mark Herdell and great nephew Joseph Romzek.

Biography

James J. Grannell, 76, of Elkton, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2020 at McLaren Bay Region Hospital in Bay City. James was born July 22, 1943 in Bad Axe to the late Elwood and Esther Marion (Roberts) Grannell. He graduated from Lakers High School in 1961. He served in the US Army as a paratrooper. He graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial/business personnel and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. He worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and institutional social worker. He retired after 14 years as program director at Caro Regional Health Center. He continued to provide services to the community part time with Catholic Family Services in Bad Axe.


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Thomas Will

Thomas Will

Name: Thomas F. Will

Age: 85

Hometown: Harbor Beach

Funeral Date: February 20, 2020

Date of Birth: October 06, 1934

Date of Passing: February 17, 2020

Funeral Home: Ramsey Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Funeral Service for Tom will be Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 11 am at the Ramsey Funeral Home of Harbor Beach, with Chaplain David Yelland officiating. Burial will follow in White Rock Cemetery. Visitation for Tom will be Wednesday, from 4-8 pm, and on Thursday from 10 am until time of services at 11 am at the funeral home. Military honors will be given in honor of Tom.

Family of the Deceased

Tom is survived by his wife Marilyn Will of Harbor Beach, son Dvonne (John) Becker, Yvonne Will of Harbor Beach, grandchildren: Dvonne, Derek and Zach, and sister Mary Ann Hanson of Caro. He was preceded in death by a son Thomas Will Jr, and daughter Tanya Will.

Biography

Thomas F. Will, age 85 of Harbor Beach, passed away Monday, February 17, 2020 at Lakeview Extended Care and Rehab Center of the Harbor Beach Community Hospital. He was born on October 6, 1934 in Detroit, and was the adopted son of the late Benjamin and Agnes (Schmidtz) Will. Tom and Marilyn Schlabach were united in marriage on August 13, 1955 in Harbor Beach. Tom served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked for the US Post Office for over 32 years as a rural mail carrier, was also a former Harbor Beach Police officer for 7 years. Tom was a member of the VFW Post, the American Legion, and the AmVets. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, playing cards, trains and being with his family.


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Mary Orr

Mary Orr

Name: Mary Elizabeth Orr

Age: 95

Hometown: Bad Axe, MI. formerly of Owosso, MI. & Fowlerville

Funeral Date: February 24, 2020

Date of Birth: May 12, 1924

Date of Passing: February 15, 2020

Funeral Home: MacAlpine Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Funeral service for Mary will take place 11 a.m. on Monday, February 24, 2020, at the Bad Axe First United Methodist Church with Rev. Philip Tousley officiating. Per Mary’s wishes, cremation will follow. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2020, at the MacAlpine Mac Chapel in Bad Axe and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of service. The family would like to thank Huron County Medical Care Facility and Compassus Hospice for their wonderful care. Memorials may be offered to the Bad Axe First United Methodist Church or to Toys for Tots. Condolences can be shared at www.macalpinefuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

Mary is survived by her children: Robert Orr of Jackson, Michigan; Patricia (Steve) Chazen of Houston, Texas and Nancy Elliott (significant other, T. Dennis Brennan) of Ubly, Michigan; her grandchildren: Kristina Elliott (partner, Ben Hockenhull), Kathryn Elliott (fiancé, Bill Macke) and Jenna Orr (fiancé, Tony Cecchini). She was preceded in death by her brother, Frank D. Green Jr. and her brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Betty Orr.

Biography

Mary Elizabeth Orr, 95, of Bad Axe and formerly of Owosso and Fowlerville, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2020, at Huron Medical Care Facility under hospice care. Mary was born in Dearborn, Michigan on May 12, 1924, to the late Frank and Mildred Green. On January 30, 1943, she married the love of her life, Gilbert Orr, in Dearborn, Michigan. They were married for sixty-nine years when he preceded her in death on November 7, 2012. Mary was a member of the Bad Axe First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed farming with Gilbert, gardening and was a wonderful baker. Her homemade bread, rolls, and Christmas cookies were loved by all who were lucky enough to receive them.


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Theresa Schmidt

Theresa Schmidt

Name: Theresa Schmidt

Age: 69

Hometown: Bad Axe, MI.

Funeral Date: February 20, 2020

Date of Birth: May 25, 1950

Date of Passing: February 14, 2020

Funeral Home: Kaufman Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Services will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 11 am at the Kaufman Funeral Home in Bad Axe. Burial will be in Colfax Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 3 – 8 pm at the Kaufman Funeral Home or Thursday from 10 am until the service time at 11 am. A scripture service will be offered on Wednesday at 7 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be offered to the family or to the charity of the donor’s choice.  If you wish to offer condolences to the family, please go to www.kaufmanfuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

Theresa is survived by her husband Richard Schmidt of Bad Axe. Two sons-Rick (Jeanene) Schmidt of Ubly Ron (Lori) Schmidt of Clare and one daughter – Sheri (Tim) Broyles of Kalkasaka  Two brothers – Mike (Joan) Prill of Sterling Heights and Joe (Mary) Prill of Bad Axe. Four sisters – Frances Wlash of Florida, Joann (Tom) Butch of Pinnebog, Edna Miller of Florida and Mari (Pat) Siemen of Pinnebog Seven grandchildren – Rickelle Schmidt and fiancé Zac Magoon of Tennessee, Ricky and Erick Schmidt of Ubly, Traci Broyles of Florida, Brayden and Connor Schmidt of Clare and a "special raised grandson" Ryan Schmidt of Bad Axe (special friend Kelsey Bouverette.) She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Alex (Florence) Prill, John Prill, Edward Prill, Virginia Lubeski, Marlene Yokom, Karen (Rocky) Nichols and brother in law Mike Wlash. 

Biography

Theresa Schmidt, age 69, of Bad Axe, passed away at her home on February 14, 2020. Theresa was born in Bad Axe on May 25, 1950, daughter of the late Alex and Regina (Vigenski) Prill, Sr. She married Richard Schmidt on June 14, 1969 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kinde. Theresa was employed at the Seat-belt company in the 1970's. When this company closed in 1980, she was asked by a friend if she would like to babysit her 6-week newborn. This turned into a 40 year career of daycare.  Theresa was loved and in high demand, caring for numerous families and relatives, becoming a "Grandma" figure to all. She was also employed at Osantoski Foster Care, caring for their three sons, as well as the residents. Theresa loved spending quality time with her family and loved her 7 grandkids! She enjoyed shopping, going to garage sales, cooking homemade dinners and giving golf cart rides around her "mini" farm. Theresa always had a special gift or goodie bag for her kids.  It was always a joy for the children she watched as youngsters to invite Theresa to their graduations, weddings and the birth of their children.  Indeed, Theresa made a special mark in their lives.


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Linda Frydlewicz Reinke

Linda Frydlewicz Reinke

Name: Linda Ann Frydlewicz Reinke

Age: 59

Hometown: Port Austin

Funeral Date: June 06, 2020

Date of Birth: February 26, 1960

Date of Passing: February 11, 2020

Funeral Home: Davis Watkins Funeral Home

Funeral Information

A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at the Port Austin Conservation Club at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations the Port Austin Library; the Port Austin Historical Society or any other charitable organization you wish.    Please visit www.daviswatkins.com to sign the guestbook, express condolences and share memories

Family of the Deceased

Linda is survived by her husband; son, Zachary John Reinke; sister, Laura Mayes; in laws, Kathy and Ray Young, Laura and Ron Clancy, Dale & Diane Reinke, Linda Williams, John and Diane Reinke, Ruth Richardson, Joanne and George Pettit, Donna and Leonard Horetski, Donald Reinke and special friend Angie, Lisa and Scott Dittrich; several nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and many special friends. She is preceded in death by her mother and father; her in laws, Amy and Walter Reinke; brother-in-laws, Jecks Richardson, Forrest Williams and Mike Mayes.

Biography

Linda Ann Frydlewicz Reinke, age 59, Port Austin, Michigan, passed away February 11, 2020.  She was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, on February 26, 1960 to her parents, Alice Margaret Kahnt and Walter John Frydlewicz. Linda married the love of her life, Larry Dale Reinke on June 28, 1980. Linda graduated from Port Austin High School in 1978, then attended St. Clair Community College where she earned her nursing degree. She worked at Huron Medical Care for many years. After retiring from nursing, Linda worked at IGA and Jeff’s Market, both in Caseville. She enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, gardening, canning, gambling, music and playing cards. She also enjoyed morel picking, traveling and photography. Linda was a member of Frank Horetski Post 499 Legion Auxilliary; Port Austin Conservation Club and Bird Creek Golf Course.


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James Cilc

James Cilc

Name: James Cilc

Age: 95

Hometown: Caseville

Funeral Date: March 14, 2020

Date of Birth: December 23, 1924

Date of Passing: February 09, 2020

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

A memorial luncheon will take place Saturday, March 14th at 1:00pm at the Caseville Eagles Club. A special thanks to Courtney Manor of Bad Axe for the exceptional care they gave Jim. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to A&D Hospice of Pigeon. Champagne Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Family of the Deceased

Surviving are four daughters Carlene Cilc (Doug) of Hickory Corners, Bobbie Kasper (Ken) of Caseville, Lee Ann Bell (Jim) of Saginaw and Sandy Kocks of Saginaw; two sisters Sylvia Kanyak of Caseville and Gale (Tom) Swidorski of Hemlock; eight grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four brothers Olrich "King", Joe, Jerry "Badger" and Anthony "Tony"; three sisters Olga, Penny and Blanche and son-in-law Daryl.

Biography

James "Ike" Cilc, 95, of Caseville, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. Jim was born December 23, 1924 in Caseville to the late Joseph and Mary Ann (Hladik) Cilc. He married Marilee Clothier, the love of his life, on January 27, 1951. She preceded him in death on October 23, 2016. They were married 65 3/4 years. He worked for over 29 years at Baker Perkins in Saginaw, retiring in 1985. In 1985 he started building their home and moved back to Caseville. He enjoyed hunting, bowling and spending time with his siblings and family. He was a member of the Caseville Eagles for many years and put in a lot of volunteer hours with Marilee.


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Shawn Koehn

Shawn Koehn

Name: Shawn William Koehn

Age: 33

Hometown: Elkton

Funeral Date: April 11, 2020

Date of Birth: May 11, 1986

Date of Passing: January 20, 2020

Funeral Home: Kaufman Funeral Home

Funeral Information

A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at Ubly Fox Hunter’s, April 11, 2020 from 11 am – 4 pm. Meal will be served at 1 pm. Private burial for immediate family will take place at a later date. Those wishing to offer their condolences, please go to www.kaufmanfuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

Surviving are his mother – Deanna (Dee) Koehn, brother – Zach Kiehl and fiancée – Heather Berger, grampa and gramma – Don and Carole Koehn, aunt Lori and uncle Bill Hoffman. Cousins – Christopher Hoffman, Jessica (Christian) and Adallie Snider and Josh Hoffman. His fur baby Timmy… Mitchy left us 1/25/2020. Zach also shared his Gramma, Aunts, Uncles and many cousins.

Biography

Shawn William Koehn, age 33 of Elkton, passed away on Monday January 20, 2020. On Mother’s Day, Sunday May 11, 1986, our family received a most precious gift – Shawn William Koehn. Over the years, his 7 foot stature earned him the nicknames “Big Shawn” and “Tiny”, and because of kind, caring ways, Shawn was known to many as “The Gentle Giant”. He will forever be deeply and sadly missed by his family, friends and many acquaintances. Shawn loved farming and anything to do with it – driving in his tractor, on his cell phone talking to his grandpa, buddy Dylan and winning radio contests. He was employed by Bischer Farms. Shawn leaves behind a deep sadness and grief but the many good memories, big smile and laugh will forever live within the hearts of those who love him.


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