Meyersieck-Bussema Funeral Home

At Meyersieck-Bussema Funeral Home, we feel it is an honor to serve you, your family, and our communities. Our funeral professionals are committed to earning your trust. Because of our years of experience, we can help you create a lasting tribute to your loved one that truly reflects his or her unique life and fulfills your family's needs and traditions.

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Our Obituaries

Mildred E. Bolzman

January 8, 1920 - March 19, 2014

Mildred Emma Elizabeth Bolzman, age 94 of Pigeon, and formerly of Sebewaing, passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Country Gardens in Pigeon. Mildred was born January 8, 1920 in Kilmanagh, and was daughter of the late Leonard and Martha (Fibranz) Kundinger. She married Paul E. Bolzman on February 16, 1941 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kilmanagh. Paul passed away June 4, 1994. ...
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Roland A. Eichler

November 25, 1923 - March 11, 2014

Roland A. Eichler, 90 of Pigeon, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Courtney Manor, Bad Axe. Born in Pigeon on November 25, 1923, he was the son of the late Alfred and Greta Mae (Wurtz) Eichler. On July 27, 1959 he was united in marriage to Marion Beulah Burton in Bay City. Roland lived on the small family farm and retired from farming but continued in the auto salvage business...
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Marion L. Dast

March 28, 1921 - March 10, 2014

Marion L. Dast, age 92 of Pigeon, passed away Monday, March 10, 2014 at Timber Ridge in East Lansing. She was born in Plymouth on March 28, 1921, and was the daughter of the late Walter and Marjorie (Taylor) Kleinschmidt. She was a 1939 graduate of Plymouth High School. Marion was united in marriage to Richard L. Dast of Bay Port, in May 1946 after his return from military service during...
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Evelyn R. Brookins

March 2, 1917 - March 6, 2014

Evelyn R. Brookins, 97 of Owendale, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, March 6, 2014 with her three daughters at her side. Born March 2, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Levi and Rosa Heberly, and graduated in 1934 from Owendale High School. Following her graduation from Saginaw Business Institute, she worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for several Saginaw area businesses...
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P. George Swartzendruber

March 15, 1925 - February 28, 2014

P. George Swartzendruber, 88 of Pigeon, passed away Friday, February 28, 2014 at Scheurer Hospital Long Term Care. He was born in Bay Port on March 15, 1925 to Daniel and Mary (Maust) Swartzendruber, and graduated from the Snell School. On November 22, 1946 he was united in marriage to Jewel Dutcher at the Pigeon River Mennonite Church. They had been married 59 years when she passed away on...
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Timothy E. Good

April 7, 1954 - February 20, 2014

Timothy E. Good, 59 of Gagetown, passed away at home with his family at his side on Thursday, February 20, 2014 after a year-long struggle with cancer. He was born in Cass City on April 7, 1954, the son of Edmund and Betty (Dafoe) Good. He was raised on the fourth-generation family farm and loved farming. He graduated from Owendale-Gagetown High School in 1972, and from Alma College in 1976. ...
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Ruth L. Eden

June 23, 1919 - February 15, 2014

Ruth L. Eden, 94, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014 at her home, Country Gardens in Pigeon, while under hospice care. She was born in Brookfield Township on June 23, 1919, and was the daughter of Frederick J. and Louise A. (Radloff) Kundinger. She attended St. John Lutheran School in Kilmanagh, Brookfield #2, and Fairhaven School. On November 29, 1947 she was united in marriage to...
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Vincent V. Smith

January 7, 1928 - February 15, 2014

Vincent V. Smith, age 86 of Caseville, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon. He was born in Pigeon on January 7, 1928 to Denson and Viola (Schultz) Smith, and graduated in 1946 from Pigeon High School. On January 17, 1948 he was united in marriage to Joyce Genevieve Henne at the Hayes Methodist Church. They had been married 65 years when she passed away on...
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Donald C. Leipprandt

February 4, 1940 - January 27, 2014

Donald Charles Leipprandt, 73 of Bad Axe, passed away Monday, January 27, 2014 at Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe. Born in Pigeon on February 4, 1940, he was the son of Oliver C. and Dorothy G. (Armbruster) Leipprandt and was a 1958 Pigeon High School graduate. He was married to Marilyn Murdoch in November, 1958. On August 23, 1980, was united in marriage to Carol A. McBride, who died...
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Charles G. Dutcher

January 7, 1927 - January 26, 2014

Charles George "Chuck" Dutcher, 87 of Bay Port, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Home Sweet Home in Pigeon. He was born in Bay Port, Michigan on January 7, 1927 to Melvin and Leona (Stott) Dutcher. On March 22, 1952 he married Nellie Diachenko in Bay Port. Chuck was a plumber, working for Lester Fogle and Ralph Harder until they retired. He spent the rest of his working years at...
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Mabel Ruth Herman

March 14, 1933 - January 10, 2014

Mabel Ruth Herman, 80 of Owendale, passed away Friday, January 10, 2014 at Abbe Acres. Born in Yakima, Washington on March 14, 1933, Mabel was the daughter of the late Rev. Allen G. and Mabel E. (DeGroat) Herman. Mabel lived in the Owendale home of Berniece and Dennis Abbe and worked at Thumb Industries for many years. She loved socializing, having visitors, and meeting with family for...
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Edwin Licht

April 6, 1917 - January 5, 2014

Edwin F. Licht, age 96, passed away on Sunday, January 05, 2014. He was born on April 6, 1917 in Oliver Township, Huron County, Michigan, at the home of his parents, Fred and Marie (Bergman) Licht. He graduated from Elkton High School in 1936. On April 25, 1942, he married Martha Rathke. They were blessed with 64 years of marriage before she joined her Lord on March 13, 2007. They made...
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Helen Joyce Lackie

August 19, 1927 - December 29, 2013

Helen Joyce Lackie, 86 of Caseville, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2013 at home. She was born on August 19, 1927 to Clifton and Freda (Chappel) Richmond, and was raised by her grandparents, Louise and John Chappel for 14 years. In 1942 Joyce lived with her father and stepmother Luella Richmond. She attended Pinnebog School through ninth grade and went to Pigeon High School to finish high...
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Kent W. Henne

July 26, 1947 - December 19, 2013

Kent William Henne, 66 of Pigeon, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon. He was born in Pigeon on July 26, 1947 to Kenneth John and Mary Louise (Jerome) Henne, and was a 1966 Laker High School graduate. On September 5, 1966 he was united in marriage to Mary A. Prutchick at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Pigeon. Kent served in Viet...
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George R. Roeber

July 28, 1924 - December 18, 2013

George Robert Roeber, 89 of Bay Port, passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. He was born in Bay Port at the Quarry in the family home on July 28, 1924 and was the son of the late William and Mary (Rehbein) Roeber. On August 24, 1946 he was united in marriage to Virginia Kain in Bad Axe. George graduated from the Quarry School. During World War II, he served...
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Thelma C. Warner

November 2, 1921 - December 10, 2013

Thelma C. Warner, age 92 of Pigeon, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at Courtney Manor, Bad Axe. She was born in Flynn Township of Sanilac County on November 2, 1921 and was daughter of the late Walter and Beulah (Dale) Ford. On January 31, 1942 she was united in marriage to Winford F. Warner in Sandusky. He preceded her in death on February 5, 2001. Thelma and Winford had been...
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John Mitin

August 25, 1918 - November 19, 2013

John Mitin, age 95, passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Home Sweet Home Assisted Living Facility in Pigeon, Michigan. He was born in Fairgrove, Michigan to Walter and Jane Mitin on August 25, 1918, and graduated from the Snell Country School. He was a proud WW II veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the Battle of Normandy and various stations throughout Europe and was...
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Robert K. Stahl

August 29, 1931 - November 4, 2013

Robert Kenneth "Bob" Stahl, 82 of Bay Port, passed away Monday, November 4, 2013 at McLaren Bay Region. Born in Bay Port on August 29, 1931, he was the son of the late Charles and Emma (Rowe) Stahl and graduated from the Quarry School. He served as part of the Marine Rifle Company and was Assistant Gunner with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War conflict from 1952-1954, and was...
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Mark J. Smith

April 29, 1966 - October 27, 2013

Mark James Smith, 47 of Cass City, passed away Sunday, October 27, 2013 at home. Born in Lapeer on April 29, 1966, he was the son of the late Richard Carl and Kathleen Saundra (Lincoln) Smith, and was a 1984 Laker High School graduate. Mark was a restaurant manager in the Saginaw area; he wasn't afraid to work hard. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and driving or "ratting around." He also...
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Randy L. Carter

August 9, 1954 - October 24, 2013

Randy Lee Carter, age 59 of Bay Port, passed away Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Covenant Healthcare Cooper in Saginaw. Born in Pigeon on August 9, 1954, Randy was the son of Russell A. and Edna M. (Hyde) Carter, and was a 1974 Laker High School graduate. On July 7, 1973, he was united in marriage to Sandra J. Lawhorn in Bay Port. Randy worked as a commercial fisherman for 39 years, first...
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Florence E. Kerr Hoffman

March 10, 1920 - October 8, 2013

Florence E. Kerr Hoffman, 93 of Pigeon, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Country Gardens in Pigeon. Born in Bad Axe on March 10, 1920, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary Ann (Stenton) Carr, and graduated in 1937 from Bad Axe High School. On April 26, 1946 she was married to Lawrence E. Kerr in Lapeer; he preceded her in death on July 13, 1980. She was married to Neilan...
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Pauline B. Eichler

June 8, 1927 - September 28, 2013

Pauline Beatrice (Geiger) Eichler, 86, of Pigeon, died Saturday afternoon, September 28, 2013, from the effects of Parkinson's Disease while under hospice care at Scheurer Hospital Long Term Care in Pigeon, MI. She was born on June 8, 1927 in Elkton, MI, the eldest child of Edward and Ortha (Melick) Geiger. A lifelong resident of the Michigan's Western Thumb area, Pauline and her eight...
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Judith "Judy" F. Gaeth

December 26, 1943 - September 25, 2013

Judith Faye "Judy" Gaeth, 69 of Pigeon, passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. Born in Pigeon on December 26, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Vern and Irene M. (Haist) Thick and was a 1962 graduate of Laker High School. She married John "Jack" Gaeth in Pigeon. Judy loved working as a courier as well as numerous other jobs at the Co-op Elevator in...
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Elaine J. McArdle

October 7, 1933 - September 18, 2013

Elaine Jane (Badour) McArdle passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. Elaine was born October 7, 1933 to Frank and Clara (Pero) Badour in Essexville. She graduated from Mercy School of Practical Nursing in Cadillac in 1957 and began working at Mercy Hospital in Bay City. Elaine married Leo McArdle on May 26, 1962 at St. John's Catholic Church in Essexville. She...
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Edith Swartzendruber

August 16, 1925 - September 8, 2013

Edith Swartzendruber, age 88, passed away at Home Sweet Home Assisted Living in Pigeon on Sunday, September 8, 2013. She was born in Thurman, Colorado, on August 16, 1925 daughter of the late Aaron and Catherine (Schwartzentruber) Ruby, and attended the Cactus Hill and Capital Hill schools. On May 20, 1950 she was united in marriage to Leon W. Swartzendruber in Pigeon. Edith and Leon had...
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Marjorie Marie Mitin

August 21, 1922 - September 6, 2013

Marjorie Marie Mitin, age 91, passed away on Friday, September 6, 2013 at Home Sweet Home Assisted Living Facility in Pigeon, Michigan. She was born in Thurman, Colorado on August 21, 1922 to John and Catherine Yantzi. She graduated from Pigeon High School and the LaJunta Hospital School of Nursing in Colorado. On June 1, 1946 she was married to John Mitin at the Salem Evangelical United...
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Taylor James Heck

June 16, 2000 - July 27, 2013

Taylor James Heck, 13 of Pigeon, passed away Saturday evening, July 27, 2013 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Pigeon. Taylor was born June 16, 2000, the son of Jessica (Langley) and Joshua Heck. He was raised in the Pigeon area. Taylor had just completed the sixth grade at Laker Middle School. He had a happy-go-lucky personality and loved to make people laugh and smile....
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Jessica Ann Heck

June 14, 1975 - July 27, 2013

Jessica Ann (Langley) Heck, 38 of Pigeon, passed away Saturday evening, July 27, 2013 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Pigeon. Jessica was born June 14, 1975, the youngest daughter of Marcia (Schweitzer) and Walter Langley. She was a proud mother of four sons: Jacob, Christian, Jarid, and Taylor. Jessica was the life of the party and made friends wherever she...
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Joshua Chad Heck

March 13, 1973 - July 27, 2013

Joshua Chad Heck, 40 of Pigeon, passed away Saturday evening, July 27, 2013 due to injuries he sustained in an automobile accident near Pigeon. He was born March 13, 1973, the son of Donald and Nancy (Voss) Heck. Joshua was born in Bad Axe and raised in the Pigeon area. He was a Laker graduate. Joshua was a proud father of Jacob, Christian, Jarid and Taylor, and grandpa to Gunner. He...
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Jay Mitin

November 6, 1919 - July 26, 2013

Jay Mitin, age 93 of Pigeon and formerly of Bay Port, passed away Friday, July 26, 2013 at the Huron Medical Care Facility, Bad Axe. Born at home in Bay Port, he was the son of the late Walter and Jane (Korotenko) Mitin. He attended Snell School and graduated from Bay Port High School. Jay served with the U.S. Army in the European Theater during World War II, and received several medals for...
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Willard "Bud" Fensch

August 19, 1917 - July 25, 2013

Willard "Bud" Fensch, age 95 of Pigeon, and formerly of East Detroit and Elk Rapids, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. Bud was born in Detroit on August 19, 1917 to Paul and Bertha Fensch, and was a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan. On September 28, 1940 he and Lepha Ellen Ross were joined in marriage in North Branch. ...
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Kenneth T. Miller

July 26, 1918 - July 17, 2013

Kenneth Thornton Miller, 94 of Caseville, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon. Born in Winsor Township on July 26, 1918, he was the son of the late George and Lillian (Haist) Miller. He attended Winsor School for three years. His family moved to Saginaw, and he graduated in 1936 from Arthur Hill High School, and attended General Motors Tech. He served during...
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Andrea L. Harder

July 4, 1974 - July 2, 2013

Andrea Lynn Harder, 38 of Bay Port, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at home while under hospice care. Born in Bad Axe on July 4, 1974, she was the daughter of Ervin Lee and Sharon Lee (Bieri) Harder. Andrea worked in the nursery business. She loved flower gardening, hunting, crafting, and especially fishing. She dearly loved her family, and was always concerned about everyone else rather...
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David R. Vollmer

October 30, 1927 - June 29, 2013

David R. "Dave" Vollmer, 85 of Pigeon, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Henry Ford Hospital, Macomb. Born October 20, 1927 on the family farm in Owendale, he was the son of the late David and Mary (Wolfram) Vollmer and graduated from the Winsor School. On November 26, 1949 he was united in marriage to Audrey Strauch at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Pigeon. Dave owned and...
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Mildred H. Oeschger

July 8, 1917 - June 21, 2013

Mildred Harriet Oeschger, age 95 of Bay Port passed away Friday, June 21, 2013 at Scheurer Hospital Long Term Care, Pigeon. Born in Pigeon on July 8, 1917 Mildred was the daughter of the late William C. and Perle (Pfaff) Armbruster. On September 6, 1942 she was united in marriage to Edward Arthur Oeschger. They were married for over 61 years when Ed passed away on September 18, 2003. ...
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Billy "Bill" Roe

June 12, 1930 - June 1, 2013

Billy "Bill" Roe, 82 of Pigeon, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at McLaren Bay Region Hospital. Born June 12, 1930 in Owendale, he was the son of the late Gordon P. and Adiah L. (Herrington) Roe, and attended Owendale School. On September 1, 1950 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Ann Kohl in Bay Port. From 1953-1990 Bill worked for the Huron County Road Commission....
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Bruce R. MacAlpine

February 27, 1936 - June 1, 2013

Bruce Roy MacAlpine, 77 of Bay Port, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. Born in Cass City on February 27, 1936, he was the son of the late Delbert and Ardiss (Jarvis) MacAlpine, and graduated from Owendale High School. On July 13, 1963 he was united in marriage to Mary K. Hawkins in Owendale and she preceded him in death on September 30, 2000. Bruce drove...
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Ella C. Avalos

March 21, 1932 - May 29, 2013

Ella Cantu Avalos, 81 of Pigeon, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Covenant Cooper Hospital in Saginaw. Born in Hebbronville, Texas on March 21, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Guadalupe and Juanita (Navarro) Cantu. On October 5, 1947 she was united in marriage to Apolonio Antonio Avalos in Hebbronville. The couple had been married 55 years when Apolonio passed...
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Otto R. Voelker

February 24, 1918 - May 14, 2013

Otto Roy Voelker, lifelong resident of Pigeon, passed away peacefully at home on May 14, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. Otto was born February 24, 1918 to Oscar and Martha (Gettel) Voelker. Following his graduation from Pigeon High School in 1936 he attended Michigan State College in preparation for his lifelong commitment to farming. On June 28, 1947 he was united in...
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Lou Ann M. Jarvis

August 6, 1940 - May 13, 2013

Lou Ann Mary Jarvis, age 72 of Pigeon, passed away Monday, May 13, 2013 at Covenant Hospital Cooper in Saginaw. Born in Pigeon on August 6, 1940, she was the daughter of Henry C. and Minnie A. (Schweitzer) Elftman and was a 1958 Pigeon High School graduate. On December 12, 1964 she was united in marriage to Richard L. Jarvis at Cross Lutheran Church, Pigeon. Lou Ann was a homemaker...
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Michael A. Wineman

May 27, 1986 - May 6, 2013

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Michael Andrew Wineman. Michael was born on May 27th, 1986 at Huron Memorial Hospital in Bad Axe, Michigan, and passed away from a brain aneurysm on May 6th, 2013 at his home in Raleigh, North Carolina. Michael, often referred to as "Mikey," was well known for his infectious smile, a carefree attitude and a...
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Daniel W. Smith

December 21, 1989 - April 21, 2013

Daniel William Smith, age 23 of Caseville, passed away April 21, 2013 at his home. He was born December 21, 1989 and was the son of Denson "Denny" and Leanne (Buschlen) Smith. Daniel loved driving anything: tractors, trucks, his car, pickup and motorcycle. He also loved snowmobiling and skating. He had a sweet-tooth and a smile to go with it. Daniel was a member of Cross Lutheran Church,...
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Richard A. Koehler

April 26, 1931 - April 20, 2013

Richard Arthur Koehler, age 81 of Pigeon, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Scheurer Hospital Long Term Care Unit with four generations of his family by his side. Richard was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on April 26, 1931. He was the son of the late August and Martha (Trost) Koehler of Pigeon. He attended Cross Lutheran School through the eighth grade and graduated from Pigeon High School...
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Donald G. McCracken

May 18, 1926 - April 19, 2013

Donald Glen McCracken, 86 of Pigeon (Caseville Township), passed away Friday, April 19, 2013 at Country Gardens Assisted Living in Pigeon. Born in Pontiac Township, Oakland County on May 18, 1926, he was the son of the late Chester A. and Margaret (Buckley) McCracken, and graduated from St. Frederick High School in Pontiac. On January 11, 1947 he and Sara Martha Palopoli were...
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Helen M. Decker

August 8, 1926 - April 17, 2013

Helen M. Foy Decker, age 86 of Pigeon, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon. Born in Saline, Michigan on August 8, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Selma (Miller) Steudle. On June 29, 1946 she and Raymond L. Foy were united in marriage in Warren. He died August 20, 1996. On November 30, 2002 she was married to Richard Decker in Pigeon, and he...
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Ramon G. Sanchez

January 31, 1955 - April 16, 2013

Ramon G. Sanchez, 58 of Bay Port, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon. Born in Sinton, Texas on January 31, 1955, he was the son of Desiderio and Eusebia (Garses) Sanchez. He graduated in 1973 from Laker High School. On July 13, 1981 he was united in marriage to Keri E. Sprague in Ohio. Ray worked at General Cables and Darins Handyman & Construction....
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Clarabelle Kobylski

July 23, 1922 - April 15, 2013

Clarabelle Kobylski, age 90 of Caseville, passed away Monday, April 15, 2013 at Laurels of Carson City. Born in Caseville on July 23, 1922, she was the daughter of the late William and Myrtle (Dufty) Robinson and stepfather Claud Fisher. She graduated from Pigeon High School. On September 1, 1945 she was united in marriage to Edward Kobylski in Detroit. He preceded her in death on April 16...
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Emily Liska

February 24, 1917 - April 8, 2013

Emily M. Liska, age 96, passed away Monday, April 8, 2013 at Scheurer Long Term Care in Pigeon. Emily was born February 24, 1917 in Detroit to the late Thomas and Marie (Svoboda) Havlick. She married George Liska September 21, 1935 in Detroit. He preceded her in death November 7, 1987. Emily enjoyed cooking, flower gardening, attending polka dances, and spending time with her children and...
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Stanley J. Pobanz

September 25, 1924 - March 31, 2013

Stanley J. Pobanz, age 88 of Owendale, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013 at the Bay County Medical Care Facility in Bay City. Stanley was born September 25, 1924 on the family farm in Brookfield Township to John and Mae (Gregor) Pobanz. He graduated from Owendale High School in 1943. On September 17, 1949 he was united in marriage to Betty Mae Finkbeiner in Kilmanagh. The couple had been...
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Erma L. Swartzendruber

October 20, 1913 - March 27, 2013

Erma Laura Swartzendruber, age 99 of Pigeon, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon. She was born October 20, 1913 in Centralia, Missouri, the daughter of Henry A. and Barbara (Guengerich) Yoder. She grew up in Parnell, Iowa and attended West Union Mennonite Church, where she was united in marriage to Glenn Swartzendruber on December 18, 1938. The couple moved to...
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Margaret Ann Schwalm

February 8, 1929 - March 16, 2013

Margaret Ann (Richmond) Schwalm passed away Friday, March 15, 2013 at Lynwood Manor Nursing Home in Adrian, where she had been a resident since October, 2010. Margaret Ann was born February 8, 1929 to Royal and Evelyn (Schember) Richmond. They and two younger siblings, Barbara and James, preceded her in death. Margaret Ann married Basil J. Schwalm in Pigeon on August 30, 1951, and they were...
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Richard G. Hickey

May 4, 1945 - March 8, 2013

Richard Gerald Hickey, age 67 of Caseville and formerly of Berkley, passed away Friday evening, March 8, 2013 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe after a long illness. Born in Detroit on May 4, 1945, Richard was the son of the late Gerald James and Hazel Jesse (Hawley) Hickey. In 1963 he graduated from Redford High School and later attended Lawrence Technical Institute. On June 3, 1978 he was...
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Onalee M. Roeber

February 24, 1933 - February 24, 2013

Onalee M. Roeber of Pigeon, passed away Sunday February 24, 2013 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe on her 80th birthday. She was born in Pigeon on February 24, 1933 and was the daughter of the late Walter and Ethel (Carter) Wachner. She was a 1951 Pigeon High School graduate. On December 22, 1952 she was united in marriage to James R. Roeber. The couple had lived in Utica since 1962, and she...
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Paul G. Leipprandt

October 18, 1926 - February 17, 2013

Paul George Leipprandt, 86 of Pigeon, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2013 at home. Born in McKinley Township on October 18, 1926, he was the son of the late Hugo F. and Ethel (Ackerman) Leipprandt, and attended the Hayes School. On November 17, 1956 he was united in marriage to Muriel A. Ryan at Grace Bible Baptist Church, Ann Arbor and she preceded him in death on February 18, 1961. He...
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Robert S. Tolles

September 17, 1921 - February 14, 2013

Robert Stevenson Tolles, age 91, of Pigeon (Caseville Township), passed away Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon. Robert was born in West Haven, Connecticut on September 17, 1921, the son of James Merwin Tolles and Catherine Wright Stevenson Tolles. He attended Yale University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in 1942 and a Bachelor of Engineering in 1947. ...
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Joyce Smith

March 19, 1927 - February 12, 2013

Joyce G. Smith, age 85, of Caseville, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at Scheurer Long Term Care in Pigeon. She was born in Bay Port on March 19, 1927 to the late Gerald & Marie (Southworth) Henne. On January 17, 1948 she married Vincent Smith at Hayes United Methodist Church. Joyce liked working puzzles, reading, crocheting and playing games. She also enjoyed being a homemaker...
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Hulda Baur

November 4, 1913 - February 7, 2013

Hulda Maria Sophia Schuette Baur, age 99, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2013. Hulda was born on November 4, 1913 to Christoph Heinrich and Sophia Maria (Bergman) Schuette. Her parents were immigrants of Germany, arriving in Huron County, Michigan in their youth. She grew up on the family farm in Oliver Township with brothers Walter, Albert, Otto, Ernst, Edward, Herman, Ervin and Carl and...
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Marvin J. "Red" Siewert

August 1, 1934 - January 26, 2013

Marvin James "Red" Siewert, age 78 of Pigeon, passed away Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. Born in Bay Port on August 1, 1934, he was the son of Henry J. and Alvira (Eden) Siewert, and was a 1953 graduate of Pigeon High School. On August 4, 1956 he was married to Kay Beyer, who preceded him in death on August 22, 2006. In his earlier years, Red worked at the Bay...
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Thomas Mohr

September 21, 1956 - January 22, 2013

Thomas Owen Mohr, age 56 of Pigeon, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Tom was born in Pigeon on September 21, 1956 to George and Ruth (Weiss) Mohr, and graduated from Laker High School in 1974. He served in the U.S. Navy around the world on the USS Midway. After an honorable discharge in the state of Washington he moved to Colorado. Tom received an Associates degree in Solar...
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Anna Marie Shetler Steckley

May 30, 1917 - January 12, 2013

Anna Marie Shetler Steckley, age 95 of Harrisonburg, Virginia and formerly of Pigeon, Michigan, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Oak Lea Nursing Home at VMRC. She was born May 30, 1917 near Pigeon and was the daughter of the late Jacob and Anna (Guengerich) Shetler. She was the last of nine sisters and brothers, and also preceded in death by her daughter, Joanna Mae Steckley. On...
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Betty J. Bolda

April 16, 1943 - January 12, 2013

Betty Jane Bolda, age 69 of Bay Port, passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, January 12, 2013 at her home with her family at her bedside. She had been battling cancer and under the care of her family as well as hospice. She was born in Fairhaven Township on April 16, 1943 and was the daughter of the late George Arthur and Alice Marie (Boise) Deming. On January 20, 1962 she and Michael J....
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Julia Hope Voelker

December 4, 1989 - January 12, 2013

Julia Hope Voelker, 23 of Pigeon, joined her Lord and Savior in heaven on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at home surrounded by her family. Born at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon on December 4, 1989, she was the daughter of Eldon and Peggy (Hunsanger) Voelker. Julia graduated from Laker High School in 2008, and Grand Valley State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies....
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Paul A. Herman

September 22, 1931 - December 31, 2012

Paul A. Herman, age 81 of Pigeon, passed away Monday, December 31, 2012 at Huron Medical Care Facility, Bad Axe. Born in Yakima, Washington on September 22, 1931, Paul was the son of the late Rev. Allen G. and Mabel E. (DeGroat) Herman. Paul lived in Pigeon at the home of Betty and Darrell Rapson and worked at Thumb Industries for many years. He also cared for several yards in the...
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Lyle Shetler

December 29, 2012

Lyle Shetler, 80, of Pigeon, passed away from heart failure on a family vacation in Cancun, Mexico on Saturday, December 29, 2012. Lyle was born in Pigeon on December 27, 1932 to the late Omar and Katie (Kipfer) Shetler. Lyle graduated from Hesston High School in 1951 and then attended Hesston College. He was united in marriage to Betty Burkholder on December 29, 1952 in Harper, Kansas....
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David J. Lewis

February 10, 1950 - December 28, 2012

David James Lewis, 62 of Pigeon, passed away Friday, December 28, 2012 at the Huron Medical Care Facility, Bad Axe. Born in Madison, Wisconsin on February 10, 1950, Dave was the son of James White and Gloria Elizabeth (Lemmel) Lewis. He graduated in 1968 from Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, Kansas, and was a 1973 Cum Laude graduate of Northern Michigan University. On June...
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Roberta J. Richmond

November 15, 1922 - December 17, 2012

Roberta Jean Richmond, age 90, passed away Monday, December 17, 2012 at Scheurer Hospital Extended Care Center, Pigeon. Roberta was born on November 15, 1922 at her family home in McKinley Township, the daughter of Robert and Gertrude (Gwinn) Richmond. Roberta attended Mud Creek grade school, and was a graduate of Pigeon High School in 1940. She was a member of First United Methodist Church...
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James L. Sweeden

September 9, 1937 - December 11, 2012

James L. "Jim" Sweeden, 75 of Caseville, passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at McLaren Bay Region Hospital with his family by his side. Born in Morrilton, Arkansas on September 19, 1937, he was the son of James L. and Bessie Rae (Anders) Sweeden, and graduated from Fitzgerald High School in Warren. On March 9, 1961 he was united in marriage to Rose Marie Snider in Warren, and the couple...
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Gertrude Schuette

December 23, 1920 - December 3, 2012

Gertrude Marie Christine "Trudy" Schuette, age 91 of Norway, formerly of Pigeon, Michigan, passed away Monday, December 3, 2012 at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers, Michigan. Gertrude Marie Christine Richter was born on December 23, 1920 in Detroit, to Rev. Emil Edward George and Martha Sophia Wilhelmine (Lembke) Richter, while her father was conducting a funeral service. The...
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Robert Harbuck, Jr.

June 13, 1957 - November 25, 2012

Robert Curtis "RC" or "Rob" Harbuck, Jr., age 55 of Pigeon, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe. He was born in Newberg, Oregon on June 13, 1957 and was the son of Robert C. Sr. and Marie (Wilson) Harbuck. He was a 1976 graduate of Owendale Gagetown High School, and was united in marriage to Carrie L. Pedler in Caseville in 2000. Rob worked in Oklahoma...
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Marguerite F. Hough

August 16, 1923 - November 5, 2012

Marguerite F. Hough, age 89 of Owendale, passed away Monday, November 5, 2012 at the Gladwin Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Born in Oak Hill, Ohio on August 16, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Mira (McCain) Howard, and graduated from Jefferson Township Consolidated School in Oak Hill. She married Peter Bletl in 1942, and he died in 1943. She married Albert Hoffman in...
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Leon W. Swartzendruber

August 31, 1928 - November 4, 2012

Leon W. Swartzendruber, age 84, passed away at his home in Pigeon on Sunday, November 4, 2012. He was born August 31, 1928, in Pigeon, son of the late David and Ellen (Weidman) Swartzendruber, and graduated from Turner Country School. On May 20, 1950 he was united in marriage to Edith Ruby in Pigeon. In addition to his wife, Edith, Leon is survived by three children, Ronald (Sara)...
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Arnold H. Sticken

March 17, 1924 - October 22, 2012

Arnold H. "Arnie" Sticken, age 88 of Owendale, passed away Monday morning, October 22, 2012 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. Arnie and his twin brother Arthur were born on the family farm in Brookfield Township on March 17, 1924, and were sons to the late John and Lena (Volz) Sticken. Arnie was President for the class of 1942 at Owendale High School. On February 11, 1956, he was united in...
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Nastia Opanasenko

October 14, 2012

Nastia Opanasenko, age 98 of Bay Port passed away Sunday, October 14, 2012 at the Tuscola County Medical Care Facility. Nastia was born near Konotop and Krolevec, Ukraine sometime in the fall of 1914 as Anastasia Moroz. She was married to Wasyl Opanasenko in 1932. After working under German occupation for one year, Nastia and her family were taken to Germany in August 1943. They were put to...
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Lawrence D. "Larry" Kretzschmer

October 5, 1943 - October 11, 2012

Lawrence D. "Larry" Kretzschmer, age 69 of Pigeon, passed away Thursday, October 11, 2012 at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. Larry was born on the family farm in Owendale on October 5, 1943 and was the son of the late Rolla and Carol Melba (Rapson) Kretzschmer. He graduated from OwenGage High School in 1961, then served with the U.S. Navy from 1961-1963 on the U.S.S. Orion in...
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Esther Nieschulz

April 9, 1915 - October 5, 2012

Esther Christina Nieschulz, age 97 of Bad Axe, formerly of Warren, MIchigan, passed away Friday morning, October 5, 2012 at Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe. Esther was born in Enid, Oklahoma on April 9, 1915, daughter of the late Herman and Martha (Gallandt) Nieschulz, and moved to Michigan in 1927. She worked at Bundy Tubing (now T.I. Automotive) as an inspector. She is survived by two...
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Leonard J. "Len" Metzger

March 3, 1945 - September 29, 2012

Leonard J. "Len" Metzger, age 67 of Owendale, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He was born in Grant Township on March 3, 1945 to Henry and Edilou (Dubs) Metzger, and attended Greenwood Country School. After graduating from Laker High School in 1963, Len served with the U.S. Army from 1964-1966, then attended trade school. On September 5, 1970 he...
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Mary L. Karle

June 2, 1924 - September 28, 2012

Mary Louella Karle, age 88 of Pigeon, passed away Friday, September 28, 2012 at Deckerville Community Hospital. Born in Columbus, Ohio on June 2, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Elmer F. and Rosa Bell (Keller) Canter and was a 1943 graduate of Elkton High School. On November 25, 1944 she was united in marriage to Peter Karle, Sr. in Bad Axe. He preceded her in death on July 28,...
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Edna Mae Palazzolo

April 4, 1925 - September 21, 2012

Edna Mae Palazzolo of Caseville, age 87, passed away Friday, September 21, 2012 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. Born in Caseville on April 14, 1925, she was the daughter of the late William and Myrtle (Dufty) Robinson, and graduated from Elkton High School. In 1955 she was united in marriage to Billie C. Gilbert, who preceded her in death in 1959. On August 31, 1962, she was united in marriage...
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Barbara M. Diller

March 16, 1928 - September 20, 2012

Barbara M. Diller of Caseville, age 84, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. Born in Caseville on March 16, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Twilton and Sara Mae (Grigg) Heron, and was Salutatorian of the 1946 graduating class of Bay Port High School. On March 6, 1948 she was united in marriage to Clyde W. Diller at the Kilmanagh E.U.B. parsonage....
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James Yackle

September 17, 2012

James A. Yackle, age 63, passed away unexpectedly at his home near Pigeon on Monday, September 17, 2012. James was born at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon on July 18, 1949 to the late Carl and Alice (Moeller) Yackle. He graduated from Laker High School in 1968. On February 2, 1980 he was united in marriage to Sheila F. Stoeckle at St. John Lutheran Church in Kilmanagh. James farmed throughout...
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Stephanie A. Maust

June 18, 1961 - September 9, 2012

Stephanie A. Maust, age 51 of Bay Port, passed away Sunday, September 9, 2012 at home with her family at her side. Born in Fort Rucker, Alabama on June 18, 1961, she was the daughter of Wayne E. and Joann M. (Miller) Schember. Following her 1979 graduation from Laker High School, Stephanie graduated from Baker Business College with an Associate's Degree. On July 21, 1984, she was united in...
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Grace O. Freeman

March 22, 1928 - August 29, 2012

Grace Onalee Freeman, age 84 of Bay Port, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at Scheurer Hospital Long Term Care in Pigeon. Born in Elkton on March 22, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Susann (Cobb) Rounds, and attended and graduated from Big Turner School. On February 4, 1945 she was united in marriage to Vincent Freeman, who preceded her in death on September 27,...
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Lloyd A. Wolfe

February 24, 1929 - August 23, 2012

Lloyd A. Wolfe, age 83 of Adrian, formerly of Owendale, Michigan and Bradenton, Florida, passed away Thursday, August 23, 2012 at Hospice of Lenawee. He was born February 24, 1929 in Owendale, the son of Henry and Fredia (Decker) Wolf. He married Alberta (Ruth) Weidman on May 24, 1952, and they recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. Lloyd was a current member of the Elkton United...
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Reginald Earl Vargo, Jr.

July 5, 1956 - August 21, 2012

Reginald Earl Vargo, Jr., age 56 of Sebewaing, passed away at his home on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. He was born on July 5, 1956 in Cass City to Reginald E. Sr. and Shirley (Papkey) Vargo. He married Peggy Radabaugh on April 8, 1977 at Owendale United Methodist Church. Reginald worked 34 years at Huron Castings. He enjoyed golfing, camping, watching Sunday Lions Football games with Larry,...
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Roy James Reed, Jr.

December 1, 1922 - August 21, 2012

Roy James Reed, Jr. age 89 of Bay Port, passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at St. Mary's Hospital of Saginaw. He was born in DeWitt, Arkansas on December 1, 1922, and was the son of the late Roy Franklin, Sr. and Winnie (Keaton) Reed, and graduated from high school in Arkansas. From 1943-1946 during WWII, he served as Master Sgt. with the Army Air Corps in Japan, at Wright-Patterson AFB in...
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Patricia McBride Webber

June 6, 1931 - August 21, 2012

Patricia McBride Webber, 81 of Bay Port, passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at Covenant Harrison Hospital in Saginaw. She was born June 6th, 1931 in Pigeon, and was the daughter of the late former Sheriff Merrit and Mary (Thiel) McBride. She was married to Dr. John Lucas on August 5th, 1958 in Bad Axe, Michigan, and Robert Webber, Sr. on November 11th, 1992 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. ...
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Elsie F. Sturm

June 23, 1923 - August 15, 2012

Elsie F. Sturm, age 89 of Pigeon, died Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at Country Gardens in Pigeon, Michigan. She was born June 23, 1923 in Oliver Township, daughter of the late Henry and Marie (Fluegge) Trost of Elkton, Michigan. Elsie attended Cross Lutheran School and Elkton High School. After graduating from high school, she worked at Hubbard State Bank in Elkton. On December 17, 1945 she...
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Elmer R. Maust

August 27, 1921 - August 9, 2012

Elmer R. Maust, age 90 of Pigeon, passed away early Thursday, August 9, 2012 at Scheurer Hospital Long Term Care in Pigeon. Born in Bay Port on August 27, 1921, he was the son of the late Earl and Idella (Overholt) Maust. On June 9, 1943 he was united in marriage to Marie P. Swartzendruber at Pigeon River Mennonite Church. She preceded him in death on May 16, 1998. Elmer was a farmer...
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Ruth E. Mohr

June 29, 1926 - August 4, 2012

Ruth Elinor Mohr, age 86, of Pigeon, passed away peacefully on August 4th, 2012. Ruth was born on the family farm in Oliver Township on June 29th, 1926 to the late John and Dora (Fluegge) Weiss. She graduated from Elkton High School and went on to attend business school and work in the Detroit area until she married George J. Mohr on January 24, 1948 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Berne....
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Edward L. Howard, Jr.

September 20, 1933 - August 4, 2012

On August 4, 2012, Edward L. Howard, Jr., 78, of Owendale, went home to be with his Lord and Savior. Ed was born September 20, 1933 in Oak Hill, Ohio to Edward, Sr. and Mira Howard. He moved to Owendale with his family when he was six. After graduating from Owendale High School, he served in the Air Force as a communications specialist (1953 - 1957). He married the love of his life, Shirley I...
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Harry F./BUD Hoelzle

March 17, 1919 - July 23, 2012

Harry F. "Bud" Hoelzle, age 93 of Pigeon, formerly of Caseville and Portage, Michigan, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 23, 2012 at Country Gardens in Pigeon. He was born in Flint on March 17, 1919 to the late Frederick G. and Inger E. (Rice) Hoelzle. On February 14, 1942 he was united in marriage to Virginia (Reeves) Hoelzle. After more than sixty years of marriage, she preceded him in...
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Dion G. Harder

November 19, 1957 - July 23, 2012

Dion George Harder, age 54 of Bay Port, passed away early Monday morning on July 23, 2012. Dion was born November 19, 1957 in Pigeon to George and Marjean (Deering) Harder. He is a 1975 graduate of Laker High School. On September 9, 1978, he married Patricia Craig at Community of Christ Church in Bay Port. Dion loved spending time outdoors enjoying many activities. He enjoyed ice...
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Shirley J. Kraft

June 15, 1930 - July 15, 2012

Shirley J. Kraft, age 82 of Caseville, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2012 at Scheurer Hospital long term care. She was born in Caseville on June 15, 1930 to James and Elizabeth ( Langley ) Kelly, and was a 1948 Pigeon High School graduate. On October 29, 1949, she was united in marriage to Arliss H. Kraft in Caseville. Shirley worked most of her life - for Dr. Miller, D.V.M., Active...
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Mari Sue Einhardt

September 21, 1960 - July 13, 2012

Mari Sue Einhardt, age 51 of Pigeon, passed away Friday, July 13, 2012 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. Born in Pigeon on September 21, 1960, she was the daughter of Carl and Frances (Davis) Einhardt, and attended Laker High School. Mari worked for years as a babysitter for many area children, and often offered pizza parties for the neighborhood. She was a happy person, with a very positive...
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Elmer J. Harder

January 30, 1928 - July 13, 2012

Elmer J. Harder "Flash", age 84 of Bay Port, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 13, 2012 at the Scheurer Hospital emergency room. Born in Bay Port on January 30, 1928, he was the son of the late Weaver and Luella Harder. On February 10, 1968 he was united in marriage to Velma Darlene Edsall in Bay Port, and she survives him. Elmer retired from working as a...
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Frances B. Laursen

November 2, 1933 - June 21, 2012

Frances B. (Harrison) Laursen passed away on June 21, 2012 after a long illness. She is survived by her husband James; three children, Kendall of San Diego, California, Karen (Kessler) of Wildwood, Missouri, and Kevin of North Bergen, New Jersey; two grandchildren, Tommy and Trevor Kessler; her brother Charles (Sandy) of Gardner, Kansas; and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her...
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Edward Gerald "Ed" Tracy

March 30, 1945 - June 16, 2012

Edward Gerald "Ed" Tracy, age 67 of Caseville Township and Pigeon, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2012 at home while under hospice care. Born in Detroit on March 30, 1945, he was the son of the late Edward and Barbara C. (Revitzer) Tracy. He attended the Chicago Academy of Chefs and Bakers, where he received his Master Chefs Degree. He and Vaunchiska Kearns were united in marriage in...
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Timothy W. Deming

July 27, 1959 - May 29, 2012

Timothy "Tim" Wilmer Deming, age 52 of Bay Port, passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at Covenant Harrison Hospital in Saginaw. Born July 27, 1959 at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon, he was the son of Frank H. and Wilma (Squires) Deming. He was a 1977 graduate of Laker High School, and attended Delta College. Tim owned and operated T&D Sheet Metal business in Bay Port, where he made...
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Joanne K. Harder

July 2, 1930 - May 25, 2012

Joanne K. Harder, age 81 of Bay Port, passed away Friday, May 25, 2012 at Brian's House in Bay City. Born in Bay Port on July 2, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Mary (Avery) Dutcher, and graduated from Bay Port High School in 1948. She and Duane S. Harder were united in marriage on July 8, 1950 in the Bay Port Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on February 6, 2010. ...
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George J. Sulla

September 10, 1922 - May 24, 2012

George J. Sulla age 89 of Caseville and Pigeon, passed away Thursday morning, May 24, 2012 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. Born in Detroit on September 10, 1922, he was the son of the late Otto and Blanche (Jurkiewicz) Sulla. Prior to serving with the U.S. Navy during World War II, George worked at the Stroh Brewery Company in Detroit. Later, he attended the Detroit Metropolitan Police...
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