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Kenneth Gregor

Kenneth Gregor

Name: Kenneth R. Gregor

Age: 78

Hometown: Elkton, MI

Funeral Date: October 16, 2018

Date of Birth: September 18, 1940

Date of Passing: October 12, 2018

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

Funeral services will be 11:00am Tuesday, October 16th at the Elkton Missionary Church with Rev. Reggie Courliss officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Grand Lawn Cemetery, Pigeon. Visitation will begin at 9:00am Tuesday at church and continue until the service time. Champagne Funeral Chapel is handling the services. Memorials in his memory may be made to the American Lung Association or the Elkton Missionary Church. www.ChampagneFuneralChapel.com

Family of the Deceased

He is survived by his wife of 26 years Iva; son and daughter from a previous marriage Briton and Tracy; several grandchildren; step-children Theresa Jackson and Richard Cooper; step-grandchildren Tiffany and William Jackson Jr.

Biography

Kenneth R. Gregor, 78, of Elkton, passed away Friday, October 12, 2018 at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon. Ken was born at home September 18, 1940 in Elkton to the late Harold and Beatrice (Foster) Gregor. He married Iva McLean on November 21, 1992 in St. Clair, where they made their home. When young he was an active member of the Elkton E.U.BChurch and graduated from Elkton High School in 1958. After high school he stayed home on the farm for two years and hauled milk. He joined the US Air Force from September 1960 to September 1964 as a helicopter crew chief mechanic. After the service he moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma and worked for Lockheed Aircraft as well as joining the Oklahoma Air National Guard and flew as a flight engineer on the large C-97 cargo airplane for two years. Leaving Tulsa he moved back to Michigan and flew helicopter commercially for 7.5 years. He moved to Port Huron and from 1974-1987 worked for Star Oil Company driving tanker trucks, after that he moved to St. Clair and from 1988-1992 worked for Baker Manufacturing in Marine City. There he met longtime employee Iva McLean, after a time they were married. Ken was laid off shortly after Iva was laid off, so they felt it was the right time to sell and move to Elkton on the home place with his dad. They took care of him until he died at age 94. Ken worked for Huron Tool and Engineering driving truck until retiring. He enjoyed listening to and watching Southern Gospel music. Ken and Iva really enjoyed camping and riding their motorcycle. He moved to go out to the shed and just tinker and take old items and fix them up. When something didn’t run right he would figure it out or at least try.


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Jon Grifka

Jon Grifka

Name: Jon T Grifka

Age: 49

Hometown: Ubly, MI

Funeral Date: October 15, 2018

Date of Birth: January 15, 1969

Date of Passing: October 09, 2018

Funeral Home: Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home

Funeral Information

The funeral service for Jon will be 11:00 am Monday, October 15 at the Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home in Ubly. Rev. Charles Hammond, pastor of Good Shepherd Parish, will officiate. Burial will be in the St. John Catholic Cemetery in Ubly. Visitation will be at the funeral home Monday starting at 9:30-10:45 am at the funeral home. Memorials have been requested to the Family Discretionary Fund care of Ronald Grifka. Please visit www.smigielskifuneralhomes.com to express your sympathy and sign the guest book for Jon’s family.

Family of the Deceased

Jon is survived by his significant other, Clara Thorning of Ubly; his father, Ronald (Audrey) Grifka of Snover; his mother, Cathy (Jerry) Booz of Schaumburg, Ill.; one sister, Pamela (Michael) Turner of Fort Wayne, Ind.; one nephew, Michael Turner of Fort Wayne one step-sister, Michelle (Jeff) Briolat of Ubly; one step-brother, Rob (Angela) Gornowicz of Ohio;, Ind. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Alex and Olive Grifka; his maternal grandparents, Emil & Cassie Sobieray; many aunts and uncles.

Biography

Mr. Jon T. Grifka, 49 of Ubly passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Jon was born on January 15, 1969 in Ypsilanti to Ronald Grifka and Catherine Zawlinski. He never married. Jon attended Northside High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He worked as a short order cook for various restaurants in Indiana and Michigan. Jon had many friends and will be missed by all that loved him, including his feline companion, Bonni.


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Vivian Rumptz

Vivian Rumptz

Name: Vivian Marie Rumptz

Age: 99

Hometown: Ubly

Funeral Date: October 13, 2018

Date of Birth: July 24, 1919

Date of Passing: October 10, 2018

Funeral Home: Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Vivian’s funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 13 at St. John Catholic Church, Good Shepherd Parish in Ubly. The Rev. Charles Hammond, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.Visitation will be at the Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home in Ubly on Friday from 2:00-8:00 pm and on Saturday from 9:00-10:00 am. There will be a Christian Mothers rosary on Friday at 4:00 pm at the funeral home. In Lieu of flowers, memorials have been requested to Heartland Hospice. Please visit www.smigielskifuneralhomes.com to express your sympathy and sign the guest book for Vivian’s family.

Family of the Deceased

Vivian is survived by her children, Joan Jackson of Ubly, Linda Tittjung and her husband, Tony, of Sterling Heights, Virginia Bukowski and her husband, Richard, of Lake Orion, Michael Rumptz and his wife, Linda, of Ubly, Susan Mergl of Shelby Township, Deborah Kulish and her husband, Donald, of Shelby Township; 19 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; brother, Chester Leppek; many nieces and nephews. Vivian was preceded in death by one son, Edward; two daughters, Marie Grifka and her husband, Jerry, Patricia Adams and her husband, Luther; son-in-law, Robert Jackson; one granddaughter, Tammy Grifka; one grandson, Jeffrey Bukowski; brothers, Ira Leppek and Tyrus Myzk.

Biography

Mrs. Vivian Marie Rumptz, 99, of Ubly, peacefully went to heaven on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 surrounded by her loving children at the Huron County Medical Care Facility in Bad Axe. Vivian was born on July 24, 1919 in Ruth to the late Frank and Clara (Plevnia) Leppek. She attended the Duda Country School in Sigel Township and St. Mary Catholic School in Parisville for one year where she made her First Communion. She met the love of her life, Clarence, at the Arcadia Ballroom in Parisville. They were united in marriage on Nov. 20, 1937 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Parisville. He preceded her in death on April 21, 2007. Vivian was a parishioner at St. John Catholic Church in Ubly for 81 years and was a lifelong member of the Good Shepherd Christian Mothers Confraternity. She worked at the Ubly Community Schools as a cook, retiring in 1981. Vivian loved her family and cherished all the time she was fortunate enough to spend with them. She loved to cook, bake, playing cards, polka dancing, going on casino trips and traveling with her husband once they were retired. Vivian will long be remembered as a loving wife and mother, and of course for her incredible baked goods


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Sharon Wurst

Sharon Wurst

Name: Sharon Fay Wurst

Age: 79

Hometown: Pigeon

Funeral Date: October 12, 2018

Date of Birth: September 01, 1939

Date of Passing: October 09, 2018

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

A memorial service will be 11:00am Friday October 12th at the First United Methodist Church in Pigeon with Rev. Cindy Gibbs officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00am Friday at the church. Champagne Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. www.ChampagneFuneralChapel.com

Family of the Deceased

She is survived by her husband Duane; daughters Dawn (Christopher) Polidori of Alger and Cyndi Krzysik of Maryland; grandchildren Brandi and Jeff Steele; great grandchildren Maysn, Aubrey and Cameryn McAlister; mother Naoma Laux of New York; brother Wayne (Lorraine) Laux of New York; and many nieces and nephews.

Biography

Sharon Fay Wurst, 79, of Pigeon died Tuesday, October 9, 2018 with family beside her at McLaren Bay Region Hospital in Bay City. Sharon was born in Manistique on September 1, 1939 to Naoma (Kelsey) and the late Vernon Laux. She moved to the Detroit area as a child and graduated from East Detroit High School. She worked multiple jobs while raising her two daughters as a single mother. She married Duane Wurst January 1, 1987 in Las Vegas. Together they made their home in Berne where she enjoyed making her yard a perfect place for watching birds. She was an accomplished artist working with oil painting.


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Melvin Long

Melvin Long

Name: Melvin L. Long

Age: 86

Hometown: Harbor Beach, MI

Funeral Date: October 12, 2018

Date of Birth: July 19, 1932

Date of Passing: October 09, 2018

Funeral Home: Ramsey Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Funeral Services for Melvin will be Friday, October 12, 2018 at 12pm at the United Methodist Church of Harbor Beach, with Rev. Sari Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Rock Falls Cemetery. Visitation for Melvin will be at the church, on Friday, from 10am until time of services at 12 pm. Arrangements are being handled by the Ramsey Funeral Home of Harbor Beach. Memories can be shared at www.RamseyFH.com

Family of the Deceased

He is survived by his children: Jerry Long and his wife Pauline of Ubly, Susan Palach and her husband Dennis of Harbor Beach, 2 grandchildren: David and Gary Palach, brother Allen Long of Oklahoma, and sister Thelma Viger of Algonac. Melvin was preceded in death by his siblings: Raymond Long, Violet Landschoot, Frances NOwiski, Irene Long, Bernice Bernum.

Biography

MELVIN L. LONG, age 86, of Harbor Beach, passed away Tuesday, October 09, 2018 at Harbor Beach Community Hospital. He was born on July 19, 1932 in Harbor Beach to the late Frederick & Lucy (Will) Long. She preceded him in death on October 22, 2011. Melvin served in the US Army from 1952-1954, serving during the Korean Conflict. He and Sally Hurren were united in marriage on January 19, 1957. Melvin retired from the City of Harbor Beach, in 1992 after 33 years of service. Melvin was a member of the United Methodist Church of Harbor Beach, the AmVets Post 115 of Port Hope, and the Harbor Beach Gun Club. Melvin enjoyed wood crafting and fixing. He was an avid deer hunter, fisherman, and loved the Outdoors.


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Thelma Western Dibble

Thelma Western Dibble

Name: Thelma Ida Western Dibble

Age: 102

Hometown: Bad Axe

Funeral Date: October 15, 2018

Date of Birth: November 16, 1915

Date of Passing: October 05, 2018

Funeral Home: MacAlpine Funeral Home

Funeral Information

A Memorial service for Thelma will take place at the United Methodist Church in Bad Axe, on Monday October 15, 2018 at 2:30 PM, with the Rev. Philip Tousley officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 216 East Woodworth Street, Bad Axe, Michigan or the Bad Axe Public Library, 200 South Hanselman Street, Bad Axe, Michigan. Condolences can be shared at www.macalpinefuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

Thelma is survived by a daughter, Doris Riecker (Frederick) of Greenwood Village, Colorado; daughter-in-law Janet Dibble of Bad Axe; as well as five grandchildren: Anna Dibble of Tucson, Arizona; David Dibble and Elizabeth Dibble of East Lansing, Michigan; Robert Riecker (Meghan) Parker, Colorado; Richard Riecker of San Jose, California; a great-grandson, Benjamin Tynan Riecker of Parker, Colorado. Robert predeceased her on May 18, 1990. Thelma was also predeceased by a son, Thomas Western Dibble, former mayor of Bad Axe, October 11, 2009.

Biography

Thelma Ida Western Dibble, age 102, of Bad Axe, Michigan passed away on Friday, October 5, 2018. Thelma was born on November 16, 1915 in Bad Axe, Michigan to the late Frederick Seymour Western and Christena Maude Bowman Western. She received her diploma from Bad Axe High School in 1933, a Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Michigan University in 1937 and taught four years in the Bad Axe Public Schools. Thelma married Robert William Dibble on September 8, 1940 and the couple continued to live in Bad Axe where they owned and operated The Dibble Stores, Inc., a chain of variety stores located in Bad Axe, Caro, Big Rapids, and Gaylord Michigan. Thelma was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, a former member of the American Association of University of Women and the Bad Axe Women’s Club. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Her hobbies included reading, bridge, and her rose garden. Thelma’s family is most grateful to the wonderful staff of Meadow Lane Assisted Living in Bad Axe where she spent her final years and received marvelous care! Her family also appreciates the many thoughtful gestures from her friends which greatly enhanced her final years!


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Clifford Willett

Clifford Willett

Name: Clifford Willett

Age: 95

Hometown: Bad Axe, Mi.

Funeral Date: October 08, 2018

Date of Birth: October 14, 1922

Date of Passing: October 04, 2018

Funeral Home: Kaufman Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Services will be held on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 11 am. at the Bad Axe First United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Phil Tousley, pastor. Entombment will be in the Colfax Cemetery Mausoleum. Friends may call at the Kaufman Funeral Home in Bad Axe on Sunday from 1 – 8 pm or Monday at the church from 10 am. until the service time at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Methodist Church Roof Fund or the Bad Axe Historical Society. If you wish to offer your condolences to the family, please go to www.kaufmanfuneralhome.com.

Family of the Deceased

He is survived by: 1 son-Larry Willett of Ypsilanti. 2 Daughters-Connie (Larry) Respondek of Bad Axe. Linda (Darrell) Jury of Bad Axe. 8 grandchildren – Ryan (Jolyn) Respondek of Bad Axe, Shannon (Lyn) Tetreau of Bad Axe, Sheree (Walter) Boone of Bad Axe, Heather (Randy) Cady of Belleaire, MI, Cory (Karen) Willett of Ypsilanti, Tara (Pat) Hoeksema of New Hudson, MI, Michelle (Jeff) Pollinger of Alden, NY., and Jody (Becky) Ligrow of Hubertus, WI. 31 Great-grandchildren. 3 Great-great-grandchildren. Clifford was preceded in death by 1 daughter-Bonnie Ligrow. 1 brother-Elwin Willett. 1 sister-Verna Campbell. 1 grandson-Jacob Respondek. 1 great grandson – Isaac Willett.

Biography

Clifford Willett, age 95, of Bad Axe passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2018 under hospice care, surrounded by his family. He was born on October 14, 1922 in Bad Axe, son of the late William and Percie (Linton) Willett. He married Jean Chamberlain. She preceded him in death in 1994. He was president of Bad Axe Historical Society. He was also active in the Audubon Society, Genealogy Club, various groups at the United Methodist Church in Bad Axe. He was also a fireman for many years. He enjoyed farming, fishing, hunting, gardening, camping and especially time with his family.


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Gene Booms

Gene Booms

Name: Gene Francis Booms

Age: 70

Hometown: Not Available

Funeral Date: October 08, 2018

Date of Birth: March 02, 1948

Date of Passing: October 03, 2018

Funeral Home: Ramsey Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Funeral Mass for Gene will be Monday, October 8, 2018 at 12 pm, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, of the Holy Name of Mary Parish, with Fr. George Amos officiating. Cremation will follow. Visitation for Gene will be at the church, on Monday, beginning at 10 am until time of services at noon. Arrangements are being handled by the Ramsey Funeral Home of Harbor Beach. Donations can be made to CurePSP to unlock a cure for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy or the Family Discretionary Fund. Memorials can be shared at www.RamseyFH.com

Family of the Deceased

Gene is survived by his loving wife, Emily for 50 years, children: Nadine (John) Wodwaski, Janette (Dave) Painter, Eric (Nicole) Booms and Leah (Chad) Dunnenback, 10 awesome grandchildren, three brothers: Robert, Albert and Warren, 3 sisters: Matilda Messing, Charlotte Talaski and Ramona Bell. Gene was preceded in death by his sisters, Judy, Clarice, Barbara, Marilyn, and brothers: Kenneth James and Stephen.

Biography

GENE FRANCIS BOOMS, age 70, would like to let you know that his work here is done. He received a call, a sort of an offer you can’t refuse, for an appointment from which he will not be returning. This assignment comes with a huge sign-on bonus, a reunion with family and friends he has not seen in a long time. Job security is exactly 110 percent. Gene’s new mission takes him to a wonderful place where he will be driving truck, socializing and fishing. Music, laughter and love are guaranteed. Food is delicious. He left detailed instructions for his wife and children to celebrate his mission here, which has now been completed. This is the story of Gene Francis Booms. Gene passed away on October 3, 2018, peacefully with family at the bedside. He was born on March 2, 1948 to the late Clarence and Laura Booms. He married his high school sweetheart, Emily Briolat on September 7, 1968. He worked many years as an over the road semi-truck driver for Booms Silo Co., Roggenbuck Farms and JW Hunt, where he enjoyed God’s creation. He was owner and operator of the Corner Store and ECB Enterprises where he relished visiting the local community.


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