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Patricia WoodwardPatricia Woodward, of Lapeer, age 59, passed away on December 15, 2014 at Select Specialty Hospital in Flint, Michigan, after complications from an open heart surgery in July 2014. Patricia was born on August 12, 1955 in Lapeer, the daughter of Dennis Sr. and Janet (Johnson) Cichoracki.

Patty grew up in North Branch and Lapeer areas, and she graduated from Lapeer High School in 1973. On April 14, 1979 she married Roy Woodward at North Branch Wesleyan Church. Patricia worked at Lapeer County Farm Bureau as their secretary with many years of dedicated service. She begun a new career, working for Gass and Becker Insurance Company, before she retired as an agent for NuStar Insurance Company in Flint. Patty was a member of the First Apostolic Church in Imlay City. She enjoyed reading, canning, baking, and cooking for her family. Patty was well known for her homemade pies, that were shared with her family and friends. Patty enjoyed gardening with Grandpa Vic, when she was younger, and later grew vegetables and flowers for her family. Patty’s family and grandchildren were very important in her life.

Patty is survived by her husband, Roy of Lapeer; son, Roy Woodward; step-daughter, Nicole(Brian) Granz of Ubly; mother, Janet Cichoracki of Lapeer; sister, Denise (Rick) Schlaud of North Branch; brothers, Dennis Jr. (Leona) Cichoracki of Boyne Falls; and Robin (Liz) Cichoracki of Fostoria; grandchildren; Nick and Brian Granz, and Breanna and Addison Woodward and their mother Heather Woodward; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and her best friend, Karen Redmond and her family.

Memorials may be made to the family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dennis; sister, Mary Beth; grandparents, Bob and Caroline Johnson and Vic and Mabel Cichoracki.

The family will be present for visitation on Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 10:00am to 3:00 pm at the First Apostolic Church in Imlay City. The Funeral Service will follow at 3:00pm at church. Pastor Joseph Carpenter will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, North Branch.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.

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Kathy PodvinKathy Podvin, age 49, of Clifford, passed away Friday, December 12, 2014 at Hurley Medical Center.
Kathy was born on May 17, 1965 in Flint, MI., the daughter of Walter and Janet (Mudge) Schaschko.

Kathy grew up in the Capac area, and graduated from Capac High School in 1983. She was a member of the Clifford Baptist Church. On October 25, 1997 she married Arthur Podvin at Attica First Baptist Church.
Kathy worked for K-Mart as a cashier, then she worked at Dr. Porte and Dr. Tackabury’s offices for 7 years. Kathy was a busy homemaker, and mother. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, and loved all animals, especially her cats and dogs.

Left to cherish her memory are husband, Arthur; daughters: Cailyn, and Courtney; sons: Seth, and Andrew; parents, Walter and Janet Schaschko of Emmett; brother, Bruce Schaschko; In-laws, Art and Allona Podvin of North Branch; sister-in-law, Lora Reeser of North Branch, and brothers-in-law: Wade (Shari) Podvin and brother-in-law, Stacy Podvin both of North Branch; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Kathy was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bruce and Bernice Mudge, aunt, Janice Heyza, uncles, Bruce Mudge Jr, Ronald Mudge and James Mudge.

Memorials may be directed to the family in lieu of flowers.

The family will be present for visitation on Monday, December 15, 2014 from 5 to 8 pm at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home, and Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 10 to 11 am at Clifford Baptist Church, the Funeral Service will follow Tuesday, 11:00 am, at Clifford Baptist Church.
Pastor Kelly Curell will officiate. Burial will be in Westlawn Cemetery, North Branch.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.

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Irwin Rappuhn
Irwin Rappuhn,
age 90, lifelong resident of North Branch, passed away Monday, December 8, 2014 at Beaumont Health System, Royal Oak. Irwin was born August 23, 1924in Fostoria, Michigan, the son of Gottlieb and Roszella Belle (Huntley) Rappuhn. Irwin married Doris Miller on February 3. 1944 in Lapeer, MI. He retired from Pontiac General Motors, working as a pipefitter, with 31 years of Service. Irwin was a member of the North Branch Wesleyan Church. He enjoyed camping with family during hunting season. He helped with the building of the North Branch Wesleyan Church Academy, and he helped many friends and family with plumbing when needed.

He is survived by his wife, Doris of Lapeer; daughters: Joyce (Bob) Klauka of North Branch, Jo Ann (Gary) Schank of Bad Axe; sons: Daniel (Joyce) Rappuhn of Fostoria, and Donald (Janet) Rappuhn of Tennessee; brother: Wayne Rappuhn of Clifford; 9 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Irwin Rappuhn was preceded in death by grandson, Danny and 4 brothers.
Memorials may be made to the North Branch Wesleyan Church Building Debt Reduction Fund.

The family will be present for visitation on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 4 to 8 pm at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 am, on Friday December 12, 2014 at the North Branch Wesleyan Church, with the Funeral Service to follow at 11:00am. Pastor Peter Damaska will officiate. Burial will be in Rich Cemetery, Mayville.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home
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Helen Grace Loomis, age 78 of Hale, formerly of Flint and Flushing area, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at St. Joseph in Tawas City. Helen was born on March 6, 1936 in Flint, the daughter of Price and Alma (Horton) Simon.
On May 6, 1958, she married Robert Loomis in Angola, Indiana. For several years she worked at a Telephone Company, she also worked at Lane Bryant, and sold makeup for Jafra.

Helen enjoyed oil painting, making jewelry, woodcarving and square dancing with her husband, Robert.

Helen is survived by her husband, Robert; sons: Mathew (Peggy) Loomis of Gaines, Ronald (Linda) Loomis of North Branch, and Robert (Sally) Loomis of Okemos; three sisters: Marie Miller of Arizona, Nelva (Frank) Paneralla of Illinois, and Sharon (Bill) Sailor of Montana, one brother Bobby (Violet) Simon of Oregon; 7 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers; and 2 sisters.

Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen For The Cure.

The family will be present for visitation on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 5 to 8pm, Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 10 to 11am, with the funeral service to follow at 11:00am, all at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. Pastor Roger Keur will officiate.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home

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Marcella R. Kaltz, age 84 of North Branch, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at her home in the loving care of her family. Marcella was born on September 7, 1930 in Detroit , Michigan, the daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Smith) Young.

Marcella grew up in Detroit and during the summers she would spend her time in Kings Mill, North Branch. She graduated from Denby High School in Detroit in 1949. On April 26, 1952 she married Harvey William Kaltz Sr. in Utica. Marcella was a homemaker, and she retired from Lapeer Hospital with over 10 years of service, working as a switch board operator, and also working in the medical records.
Marcella was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and also SS. Peter and Paul Altar Society.
She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, and playing bingo.

Marcella is survived by two daughters: Catherine (Jeff) Caldwell of Linden, and Susan (Mark) Sanford of Lansing; four sons: Thomas (Cathy) Kaltz of Gulliver, MI., David (Marcia) Kaltz of North Branch; Joseph (Jennifer) Kaltz of Lapeer; Harvey (Debie) Kaltz of Attica; and Matthew Kaltz of North Branch; sister, Bernadette Schoenherr of Sterling Hts, brother, Joseph (Delores) Young; one brother-in-law, Jack Sarrach of St. Clair; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harvey; granddaughter, Jessica Star Kaltz; and 3 sisters.

Memorials may be made to SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery Fund.

The family will be present for a gathering on Monday, December 8, 2014 from 10 to 11 am, at 11:00am there will be a scripture service all at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. A private committal will follow at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, North Branch. Fr. Richard Treml will officiate.

There will be a Memorial Service for Marcella at 8:30am, Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, North Branch, Mi.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home

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Ralph Douglas Gilpin of North Branch, Michigan, died Friday, November 28, 2014 at the age of 83. Ralph was born on February 10, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan. He was the younger son of the late William Edward Gilpin and of the late Viola Marguerite (Brunt) Gilpin.

Ralph is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Marjorie Joy (Green) Gilpin, whom he married on September 12, 1953 in Roseville, Michigan. Marjorie passed away just four months earlier on July 15, 2014.

Ralph served our country during the Korean War. Upon returning to civilian life he attended Michigan State University, pursued a career in law enforcement and eventually became a trial lawyer, obtaining his law degree from University of Detroit Law School.

Government was the guiding institution in Ralph’s life and through it he lived a life of clear definition and purpose. He was involved, committed and passionate. He never wavered from the consistent themes that ran throughout his life. Those themes were: history and museums; military and veterans; and, politics and law. On each of those themes, he aimed high. Not by coincidence, to aim high is the motto of the U.S. Air Force, the branch of the armed services in which Ralph served. The “aim high” motto is a two-part expression: a call to action, with a response of commitment.

After his retirement from the corporate work as an attorney for Blue Cross Shield of Michigan, Ralph and Marjorie moved to North Branch in 1997. Ralph integrated into rural life through his involvement in local government. He served as commissioner on the Rich Township Board. He was active in politics and served as delegate for the State Republican Party. He completed a certificate in general civil mediation and took on arbitration cases. He served on a veterans benefits board and, among other things, used his knowledge of law and government bureaucracy to obtain headstones for fallen soldiers and veterans. He was a member of the American Legion honor guard serving at the burials of fallen military service personnel. He reveled in pomp and protocol and was often pictured in the local papers carrying flags and marching in patriotic parades on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Ralph’s biggest passion in life was flying. He was a licensed pilot. In the ‘80s he bought his own single engine airplane. He joined the
Yankee Air Force Museum, based at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti. After the relocation to North Branch, Ralph and seven other men started a new air museum called Great Lakes Transport Museum, Ltd. It is a collection of aircraft and military memorabilia, along with other transportation artifacts. The museum, located in Burton, has attracted nearly 5,000 visitors this year.

Ralph is survived by his daughters, Betsy Jean Davis of Rapid City, MI., and Karen Joy (Mark) Buchman of Rochester Hills, MI., granddaughter, Sarah Henry (New York), N.Y.), and three grandsons: Nathaniel Henry of Okemos, MI., Karl Buchman and Kevin Buchman both of Rochester Hills, MI., also one nephew and three nieces residing in the Pacific Northwest, and a cousin, Brian (Sheila) Mathewson of Ontario, Canada.

Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie, brother, Richard Edward Gilpin, and his beloved aunt, Katheleen Victoria (Brunt) Mathewson.

A service of transition from this life to the next for Ralph will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home in North Branch, Michigan. Honoring tradition, the service will begin with breakfast at 9:00 AM at the chapel, just as Ralph started each morning of his life. Following breakfast, Ralph’s daughters and grandchildren will lead in storytelling of Ralph’s life in
the same Irish tradition as Ralph, the great storyteller, entertained his family with tales of his adventures. The North Branch American
Legion Post 457 will serve as honor guard for Ralph, a veteran of the Korean War. Interment will follow, to be witnessed by Ralph’s children and grandchildren.

In keeping with Ralph’s reputation for community service as a rescuer of homeless cats, memorial contributions may be made to Paradise Animal Rescue, serving the Lapeer County.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home 810-688-3232
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Peter KanuitPeter Kaniut, age 75, of North Branch passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014 at Devonshire Village in Lapeer, MI. Peter was born on May 13, 1939 in Pleasant Ridge, MI., to Paul Joseph Kaniut and Louise Perna Greenwood. Peter graduated from the Shrine of Little Flower High School in Royal Oak in 1957.

Peter married his High School sweetheart Caro RaePerso on January 28th 1961. She preceded him in death in 2011. They made their home in the Royal Oak area until purchasing a motel in Alpena in the late 1960’s. They left Michigan and lived the last 40 years in Arizona.

Peter retired from Safford Unified School District as their maintenance Supervisor after 35 years of dedicated service. He returned to Michigan in 2011, where he lived with his eldest son and wife until residing in Devonshire Village.

Peter was actively involved in the family genealogy , antique clock repair and reading.

Peter is survived by 2 sons; Paul (Paula) Kaniut of North Branch, and Ray (Chesley) Kaniut of Mesa, Arizona, 2 granddaughters; Kelly Turley, and Kerri Kaniut of Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol in 2011; brother, Paul, and sister, Patricia.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

The family will be present for visitation on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:00am at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in North Branch. The Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00am. Fr. Richard Treml will officiate. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home

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Frank Skiba Frank Skiba, age 91, a lifelong resident of North Branch area, passed away Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at his home. Frank was born January 24, 1923 in Hamtramck, Michigan, the son of Albert and Emily (Coice) Skiba. On November 12, 1955 he married Geraldine Flewelling. Frank was a dairy farmer most of his life. After his move to North Branch Village, Frank was the crossing guard for the North Branch School District. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in North Branch.

Frank is survived by his granddaughter, Michelle (Tracy) Fox of Davison; grandson, Stephen Sushynsky of Kentucky ;2 great-grandsons, Nathan Fox and Brendan Fox of Davison; and his dog Teddy was his faithful companion.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Geraldine; daughter Glenda; son-in-law Stephen Sushynsky.

Memorials may be made to SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery Fund.

The family will be present for visitation on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 5 to 8pm, at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home, and Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10 to 11am at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00am. Fr. Richard Treml will officiate. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home

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Donald SasseenDonald Lee Sasseen, age 70, of North Branch, MI. passed away Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at McLaren Hospital, Flint, MI. Donald was born on August 18, 1944 in Detroit, MI., the son of Helen and Carl Sasseen. Donald grew up in Romeo area, and graduated from Romeo High School in 1963. On May 9, 1980 he married Kathleen( Clover) Ogg in Pontiac. Donald retired from General Motors in 1980 as a fork truck driver. Donald enjoyed farming, gardening and taking care of his livestock on the farm.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen of North Branch; daughters, Sheila (John) Kantola of California; Sheraine Ogg of Waterford; Shannnon (Jeremy) Willison of Waterford, Sons, Jeff (Melanie) Sasseen of Davison and James Ogg of Auburn Hills; sisters, Cathy (Ralph) Kopp of Mt. Clemens; Suzie (Tony) Troia of Detroit, brothers; Richard (Nancy) Sasseen of Imlay City; Michael (Barbra) Sasseen of Romeo; Carl (Betty) Sasseen of Missouri; and David (Patty) Sasseen of Lapeer; 7 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Donald was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will be present for visitation on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 from 5 to 8 pm and Wed, Nov. 12, 2014 from 10 to 11 am. Cremation will follow. Fr. James Arwady will officiate.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home

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Aline “Micki” Ball, age 78 of North Branch, passed away Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Fisher Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center in Mayville, MI surrounded by her loving family. Micki was born August 12, 1936 in Detroit, MI. She was the daughter of the late Arthur and Damey Goddard. Micki grew up in the Detroit area and attended Western High School. On November 30, 1957, she married Ed Ball in Detroit, MI. They have enjoyed 57 years of marriage. Micki managed a few golf courses in Oakland County. Micki attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lapeer. Prior to Lapeer, Micki attended St. Stephan’s Lutheran Church in Waterford. Micki belonged to the Ladies Guild and attended Bible Study regularly. Micki enjoyed oil painting, cooking, baking and taking care of her grandchildren. Most of all, Micki enjoyed spending time with her family.

Left to cherish her memory: husband: Ed of North Branch; children: Mary (Rick) Erb of CA, Vera (Richard) Ross of Clarkston, Billy Anne (Ron) Newport of NE, Ed (Debra) Ball, Jr. of MD, Suzanne Ball of Lapeer and Sandra Ball of North Branch; Sisters: Blanch (Sam) Ellis of OH, Damey Roell of Detroit and Yvonne (Larry) Skibbee of Dearborn; Brothers: Alfred (Carma) Goddard of Detroit, Arthur Goddard of CA and Skip (Josie) Goddard of CA; 12 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Micki was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Aline Tolbert and grandson, Arthur Carroll.

Family suggests memorials, in lieu of flowers be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lapeer.

Family will be present for visitation on Saturday, Oct. 18th from 5 PM-8 PM and Sunday, Oct. 19th from 3 PM-7 PM at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. On Monday, Oct. 20th, Micki will lie in state at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lapeer from 10 AM-11 AM with the Funeral at 11 AM at church, with Rev. John C. Kaiser officiating. Micki will be buried next to her daughter, Aline, in Christian Memorial Cultural Center in Rochester, MI.

Arrangements entrusted to Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.

 

Eugene FerretEugene Ferrett, age 82, of North Branch and Columbiaville area, passed away Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Saginaw Geriatric. Eugene was born on November 23, 1931 in Vanderbilt, MI., the son of George and Mary (Flansburg) Ferrett. Eugene attended school and grew up in Vanderbilt before moving to North Branch area. On November 24, 1956 he married Karen Walker, they would have celebrated 57 years of marriage.

Eugene was a heavy equipment maintenance person at American Aggrigates Gravel Pit for many years. Eugene was a member of the Millington Oddfellows. He enjoyed and supported his son’s in boy scouts. He also enjoyed biking, fishing, and woodworking.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; daughters, Noreen Day and Brenda Ferrett; sons, Dwight (Lisa) Ferrett and Richard (Renee) Ferrett; sister-in-law, Lorna Ferrett, many nephews, nieces and cousins; 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter, Mary Ann and great-grandson, Connor Ferrett.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

The family will be present for visitation on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Funeral Service will follow at 1:00pm all at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. Pastor Mark Wheatley will officiate.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home

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Sheila CookeSheila Cooke, age 58 of Kingston passed away on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Marlette Regional Hospice Residence. Sheila was born on November 22, 1955 in Lapeer, MI., the daughter of Lyman and Clara (Green) Holcomb. Sheila grew up in the North Branch area and graduated from North Branch High School in 1974. On August 23, 1975 she married Ronald Cooke in Lapeer. Sheila was employed at Suncrest Medical Care Facility for the last 24 years as a Nurses Aide, she also, was one of their hairdressers for the residents. She enjoyed sewing, and loved being a hairdresser.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald of Kingston; sisters, Wanda (Rex) Morris of Columbiaville; Betty (Jim) King of North Branch; Donna (William) Van Pelt of Kingston; brothers, Chester (Mary Jane) Holcomb of North Branch; Ralph (Louise) Holcomb of North Branch; and Russell Holcomb of Arkansas; many nephews, nieces, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family to help pay for final funeral expenses.

There will be a gathering on October 26, 2014 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Donna VanPelt’s 4570 White Creek Road, Kingston, MI. 48741

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.

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sStephen BayerStephen Christian Bayer, age 60 of North Branch passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 28, 2014. Steve was born on December 25, 1953 in Detroit, MI., the son of Christian and Mary Margaret (Leib) Bayer. On October 20, 1973 he married Coleen Marie Gregson in Lapeer, MI., they would have celebrated 41 years of marriage.

Steve worked at Vic Bonds as their counter sales person for over 9 years. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Imlay City and North Branch Knights of Columbus. Steve was on the Attica Twp. and the Deerfield Twp. Fire Departments. He was a reserved policeman for the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. for 2 years. Steve enjoyed fishing, golfing, boating, watching hockey, and football and he was a Tigers fan.

He is survived by his wife Coleen; daughter, Rachelle Creighton of Lapeer; sisters, Christine Baker of Colorado; Margaret Ruggerillo of Wayland, MI.; Frances (Bob) McNeal of Texas; Rosemary (Sonny) Daybird of Berkley; Babette (Dennis) Sullivan of Silverwood; Jeanne (LeRoy) McMillan of Lapeer; and Elizabeth (Kevin) Thiemkey of Dryden; brothers, Paul (Suzanne) Bayer of Grand Rapids; Carl (Anne) Bayer of Watervilet; and Richard (Becky) Bayer of Manistique; 3 grandchildren, Haylee M. Turton, Trevor L. Turton and Christian N. Creighton; many, many nieces, nephews, cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Greg and John Bayer; brothers-in-law, Doug Baker, and Joe Ruggerillo; sister-in-law, Joan Bayer and neice, Marion Baker.

Memorials may be made to the Knights of Columbus or the Firemen Association.

The family will be present for visitation on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 5 to 8 pm; Friday, October 3, 2014 from 9 to 8 pm with a rosary at 7:00 pm all at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. Steve will lie in state at SS. Peter and Paul from 10 to 11 am, October 4, 2014 with the Funeral Mass to follow. Fr. Treml will officiate. Burial will be in SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, North Branch.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.

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Emit Eugene Adkins, age 82 of North Branch, passed away Saturday, September 27, 2014 in Lapeer, MI. Emit was born on March 2, 1932 in Gethel Kentucky, the son of Carl and Byrd (Kidd) Adkins. Emit grew up in Harold, Kentucky and graduated from Betsy Layne High School. One of Emit’s fondest memories of Betsy Layne High School was when they won the regional baseball finals, KHSAA in 1950, and then they preceded to go on to the state finals.

On June 26, 1952 he married Loreina Newsome in Justell, Kentucky.

He was a heavy duty equipment operator for over 30 years. Emit was a member of the Church of Christ in Lapeer, member of the Operating Union and the Woodmen of the World. Emit enjoyed playing the guitar, and loved the outdoors and spending time on the farm, but he especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Emit is survived by daughters, Deborah (Eugene) Caldwell of Lapeer; Lora (Dennis) Kalbfleisch of Brown City; son, Michael (Robin) Adkins of North Branch; granddaughters, Carmen Welch; Lisa (Christopher) Curtis; Abby Kalbflieisch; great-grandchildren, Catherine Welch and Harrison Curtis; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Loreina in 2010; and a sister Helen.

The family will be present for visitation on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 from 5 to 8 pm; Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 from 10 to 11am with the Funeral Service to follow at 11:00am all at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. Pastor Jerry Robertson will officiate. Emit will be laid to rest by his wife, Loreina at Greenwood Cemetery, North Branch.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.

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Dorothy RadarDorothy E. Rader, age 90, of Cass City, (formerly of LeRoy, Michigan) passed away Monday, September 22, 2014 at Hills and Dales General Hospital. Dorothy was born on July 11, 1924 in Commerce Twp., Michigan, she was the daughter of George and Mary (O’Leary) Dingel. Dorothy was one of thirteen children. She grew up in Commerce Twp. and attended school in Commerce Twp. Before moving to Cass City, Dorothy was living in Oakhill AFC in Attica, MI. for over 13 years. She made many friends with the staff and other residents. Dorothy enjoyed dancing, knitting, working on cross stitching, going to garage sales and flea markets, feeding the birds, but she especially like to visit with her family and friends, and meeting new people.

She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Bonesteel of Cass City; sister, Dolores Hartsell of Cass City; grandchildren, Deanna Swinford, Kim Betts, Laurie Harmon, Gary E. Render Jr., and Tina Betts; great-grandchildren, Kristie, Alicia, Kattie, Heather, Lisa, Josh, Marie, Kristen, Julia, and Owen; 1 great-great-grandchild, Sophia and 1 great-great grandchild on the way and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sons, Gary Render and James Rader.

Memorials may be made to Tendercare Nursing Home.

The family will be present for visitation on Thursday, Sept. 25, 1214 from 4 to 8 pm, and Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 from 10 to 11am with the Funeral Service to follow at 11:00am all at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home, North Branch, MI. Burial will be at Westlawn Cemetery, North Branch, MI. Pastor John Chippawa will officiate.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.

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Lori MooreLori Moore, age 49 of North Branch passed away Monday, September 8, 2014 at Marlette Regional Hospital. Lori was born on October 26, 1964 in Clawson, MI., the daughter of Richard and Lori (Blair) Dylewski. Lori grew up in Clawson and graduated from Clawson High School in 1982. Lori was a fork truck driver for Kamax, and she was very proud of being a Burlington Fire Fighter and an EMT.

She enjoyed camping and spending time around the camp fires, dancing, and working in the flower gardens. She loved spending time with her friends and firefighter family, but most of all her love of her life was her son, Zach.

Lori was survived by her son, Zach Moore of North Branch; fire sisters, Andrea Condit and Tina Forys; sisters, Jane (Perry) Harkness of Fenton, Patricia (Bill) Holcomb of Royal Oak, and Mary (Richard) Tennyson of Lake Orion; brother, Richard (Carolyn) Dylewski of Clawson; many nieces, nephews, friends, and her firefighter family.

Memorials may be made to the family.

The family will be present for visitation on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10:00 am to 12:00pm at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. At noon there will be a firefighter walk through.
Pastor Terry Blackmer will officiate.
The Memorial Service will follow at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.

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Thomas Smyczak Sr
Thomas Smyczak Sr.
, age 59, of North Branch, passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 6, 2014.
Thomas was born on September 17, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Walter and Marie (Gosswein) Smyczak. On July 21, 1973 he married Janis Truax in Lapeer, MI. Thomas was the owner of Smyczak Trucking for 25 years. He was proud of his classic Mustangs and driving them to see the country, and he enjoyed going to casinos.

Thomas was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Janis Smyczak of North Branch; son, Thomas (Tina) Smyczak Jr. of Attica; daughter, Rachael (Matthew) Quinn of North Branch; sisters, Astrid (Jerry) Schwab of Davison; and Patricia (Paul) Ruhala of Swartz Creek; brother, John (Vikki) Smyczak of of Imlay City; 2 grandchildren, Lacie and Levi Smyczak both of Attica; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will be present for visitation on Tuesday, Sept.9, 2014 from 4 to 8 pm, and on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 from 10 to 11am with the Funeral Service to follow at 11:00am, at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. Pastor Michael Smyczak will officiate.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.

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Dr. Gilbert O’Dell, age 90, lifelong residence of North Branch, passed away Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Marlette Hospice Residence.
Gilbert was born on September 22, 1923, the son of George and Mary (Rook) O’Dell. He grew up in Rochester, MI., and graduated from Rochester High School in 1941.
He received his Doctorate in Veterinarian from the Michigan State University in 1946. Together Gilbert and Leona shared 31 years of marriage before her death in 1977. On July 16, 1994 he married Nancy Gieche.

Dr. O’Dell was a passionate and dedicated veterinarian for the North Branch area for 68 years before his retirement. He was the oldest license Veterinary in the State of Michigan.

Together Gilbert and Leona shared 31 years of marriage before her death in 1977. On July 16, 1994 he married Nancy Gieche.

Gilbert served as the North Branch Village President from 1964 to 1972. He was a lifetime member for the North Branch Masons, member for the North Branch Rotary Club, and the North Branch Lions Club.
Gil enjoyed hunting, collecting guns and clocks, traveling, going up north to his cabin in Mio, and spending time with his family and grandchildren.
He was also a member of the New Life in Christ LCMS in North Branch.

Left to cherish Gilbert’s memory are wife, Nancy of Imlay City; daughter, Peggy (Paul) Trinka of Adrian; son, Michael (Terri) O’Dell of Lansing; step-children, Del Gieche of Imlay City; Amy (James) Wiita of Alaska; 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by wife, Leona; son, Thomas; daughter, Jill.

Memorials may be made to Marlette Extended Care Facility.

The family will be present for visitation on Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 11 to 1pm, with the Funeral Service to follow at 1:00 pm, at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.
Deacon Joe Schlierlinger will officiate. He will be buried beside his deceased wife, Leona at Westlawn Cemetery, North Branch.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.

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Bill ThrasherWilliam Thrasher, age 64 of Silverwood, MI. died Monday, September 1, 2014 at home in the loving Care of his family. William was born on February 11, 1950 in Bloomfield, Missouri to Ollie and Flossie (Webb) Thrasher.

Bill served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the VietNam war. On November 23, 1982 he married Denine Aubertin. Bill was a truck driver for many years. He was a member of the Rifle Association and North Branch Wesleyan Church. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, restoring old cars, gardening, woodworking and collecting antiques.

He is survived by his wife, Denine Thrasher of Silverwood; mother, Flossie Mae Thrasher of Dudley, Missouri; daughters, Cassandra Kollman of Taylor; Ashley Kollman-Thrasher of Silverwood; sons, Robert (Crystal Elliott) Thrasher of Lapeer; Jason (Jessica) Thrasher of Interlochen; and Nicholas Thrasher of Silverwood; grandchildren, Jayceleen, Aiden, Anthony, Savannah, and Makayla; sisters and brothers, Alta Mallory from Canton, MS; Mereda Ezell; Betty McRoy; Cyrus Thrasher; Brenda Reed; David Thrasher; Lou Harless; Steven Thrasher; Tina Scott; Denise Kellum; and John Thrasher; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be made to Huntin’ The Truth Ministries or New Hope Outdoors Youth Hunt in Bills honor.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ollie Laverne Thrasher; 2 sisters, Sue Crum and Ann Stout.

The family will be present for visitation on Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 6 to 8 pm at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. On September 5, 2014 he will lie in state from 1 to 2pm at North Branch Wesleyan Church with the funeral to follow at the Wesleyan Church. Burial will be in North Branch Burlington Cemetery for the immediate family. Pastor Peter Damaska will officiate.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.

 

Gary BennettGary Bennett, age 65, lifelong resident of North Branch passed away August 29, 2014. In July he was diagnosed with terminally ill disease. Shortly after his diagnose he passed away in his home with his family by his side. Gary was born on August 4, 1949 in Sandusky , Michigan to Keith and Evelyn (Raybert) Bennett.

Gary grew up in North Branch, and graduated from North Branch High School in 1967. On July 10, 1971 he married Bethany Thomas at North Branch United Methodist Church. Gary retired from General Motors after 36 years of service. He served his country as a marine during the Vietnam War. Gary was a Past Worshipful Master for the North Branch Masons. He was a true outdoorsman, enjoying deer hunting, trapping, an avid golfer and a professional fisherman. Gary also enjoyed playing cards and telling and playing jokes on his friends and family.

Gary is survived by his mother, Evelyn Bennett of North Branch; sons, Shane (Amber) Bennett and Aaron (Marjorie) Bennett both of North Branch; brother, Ray Ralph (Diane) Bennett of Davison; father-in-law, Joseph Kozlowski of North Branch; sisters-in-laws, Jolene (Paul) Kreiner and Shanna (Rod) Mills both of North Branch; brothers-in-law, Bryand (Regina) Thomas of North Branch, Kim (Linda) Thomas of Indiana, and Joe (Melissa) Kozlowski of Lapeer, 9 grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Gary was preceded in death by his father, Keith; wife, Bethany; sister, Janice Ann; and mother-in-law, Elaine Kozlowski.

The family will be present for visitation on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 from 4 to 8pm, and Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from 10 to 11am. The Funeral Service will be Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 11:00 am, all at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. Rev. Michael McCoy will officiate. Gary will be laid to rest next to his wife Beth in Maple Grove Cemetery in North Branch, with Rev. Michael McCoy officiating.

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Dorothy HerronDorothy Herron, age 87 of Lapeer (formerly of North Branch), died at her home in the loving care of her family. Dorothy was born on December 29, 1926 in North Branch, Michigan. She was the daughter of George and Josephine (Vielhaber) Schank. Dorothy grew up in the North Branch area and attended Oak Grove Country School. On October 16, 1948 she married Vincent Herron at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in North Branch, he preceded her in death on July 12, 1991. Dorothy was a housekeeper at Oakdale Center after many years of service. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in North Branch, and was a member of the SS. Peter and Paul Alter Society. She enjoyed playing cards, walking, and dancing, and she was a member of Sandusky Ball Room Dance Club.

Left to cherish her memory are son, James (Sherry) Herron of Lapeer; daughters, Jean Marie Diamond of Holly, Mary Jo (Greg) Coen, and Ruthanne (Ken) Coen both of Oregon; special friend, Elmer Mageski; sisters, Catherine Miglen of Flint, Lucille Lamphere of Lum, and Mary Hall of North Branch; brothers, Raymond (Annette) Schank of North Branch and Duane Schank of Oxford; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dorothy was preceded in death by husband, Vincent; 1 sister; and 4 brothers.

The family will be present for visitation on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 4 to 8pm, with a rosary at 7:00pm all at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. On Saturday, August 30, 2014 Dorothy will lay in state from 1 to 2pm and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2:00pm at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. The burial will be at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Fr. Richard Treml will officiate.

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Nadene Evelyn Maxam, age 84 of Brown City passed away on Friday, August 22, 2014 at Sanilac Medical Care Facility. Nadene was born on March 14, 1930 in Davison, Michigan. She was the daughter of Noel and Alma (Austin) Conger. Nadene grew up in Pontiac and North Branch and attended North Branch School District. After she graduated from High School, she attended Bob Jones University. On September 10, 1955 she married Burrell Maxam at North Branch Baptist Church. Burrell preceded her in death on June 10, 2006. Nadene was a member of the Marlette Baptist Church, and she was a member of Awana. Nadene enjoyed crocheting and was a big Detroit Tiger fan.

Left to cherish her memory are: daughter, Audria (Jeff) Brown of Florida, and son, Aubrey (Cheryl) Maxam of Brown City; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Burrell; granddaughter, Faithe Lieghanne; brothers, Noel and Aubrey.

Memorials may be made to the family to help cover funeral expenses.

There will be a Memorial Service on September 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm, at the Marlette Baptist Church with Pastor Jim Buckley officiating. At a later date there will be a private burial of her ashes at the Davison Cemetery in Davison, Michigan.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home, North Branch, Michigan.

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Patrick William Dhooghe, lifelong resident of North Branch passed away Friday, August 8, 2014 after a long courageous battle with cancer. Pat was born on February 21, 1955 in Flint, MI., and he was the son of Charles and Marjorie (Grooms) Dhooghe. Pat grew up in the North Branch area, and graduated from North Branch High School in 1973. On July 26, 1975 he married Bethany Senko. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and the SS. Peter and Paul Knights of Columbus. Pat was a heavy equipment operator for 30 years before retirement. He enjoyed hunting, golfing, traveling, playing euchre and Texas Hold’em, and playing horseshoes, but nothing gave him more pleasure than spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Pat is survived by his wife, Beth; sons, William Dhooghe, and Joe (Sara) Dhooghe all of North Branch; parents, Charles and Marjorie Dhooghe of North Branch; sister , Jane (Gary) Swoish of North Branch; brothers, Jim (Debbie) Dhooghe of Peck, Joe Dhooghe and Mike (Tonya) Dhooghe both of North Branch; grandchildren, Brayden and Peyton; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Pat was preceded in death by his birth father, William Mayberry.

The family will be present for a gathering at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Thursday, August, 14 2014 from 10:00am to 11:00am. The Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00am, with Fr. Treml officiating.

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Betty StikeleatherBetty Stikeleather, age 70, of Hemlock, Michigan passed away Monday, August 4, 2014 at Lapeer McLaren Region Hospital. She was the daughter of Peter J. and Minnie ( Fabe) Frank. Betty grew up in Saginaw and graduated from Michigan Lutheran Seminary. On June 16, 1962 she married Floyd Stikeleather. They had 51 happy years, before his death on February 27, 2014. Betty retired from Community Hospital Service in Saginaw after many years. She was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Hemlock.

Betty enjoyed camping, crocheting, knitting, and loved to play bingo. She especially love to spend time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her sons, Douglas (Vicki) Stikeleather and Steven (Sherry) Stikeleather; sister, Kay Bennett and nephew, Karl Bennett; brother, Bill (June) Frank and Don (Marylin) Frank; grandchildren, Douglas Stikeleather, Stacy Coon, Zachary Stikeleather and DeAnna Kapp; great-grandchildren, Elijah, Raedyn, and Ava Kapp, many nephews, nieces and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband Floyd.

The family will be present for visitation on Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 10:00am to noon with the Funeral Service at 12 pm Thursday at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. Rev. Dr. William L. Morris will officiate. Cremation will follow.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home, North Branch, MI

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Michael Platt, age 55, of North Branch passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at his home. Mike was born February 10, 1959 in Detroit. He was the son of Edward and Evelyn (Bialk) Platt. Mike grew up in Roseville, MI. He was a machine builder for 30 years before his retirement. Mike was a true outdoorsman. He enjoyed nature, spending time outdoors, watching the wildlife, fishing, and helping his friend, Dan cut wood.

Mike is survived by his mother, Evelyn Platt; sisters, Linda (Kerry) Gentry, Chris Clark, and Debbie Haugh; brothers, Kevin and Rick Platt; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; and best friends, Dan and Rita Haines.

He is preceded in death by his father and 1 niece

Memorials may be made to ASPCA.

The family will be present for visitation on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 4 to 8pm, and on Friday, July 25, 2014 from 10 to 11am at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be Friday, 11:00am at Blackburn Chapel, with Pastor Bracy officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, North Branch.

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Marjorie GilpinMarjorie Gilpin, age 83, passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2014 at her home in North Branch. Marjorie was born on April 21, 1931 to the late Stuart Anson and Marjorie Mae (Tautphaus) Green. She grew up in the Mt. Clemens and graduated from Mt. Clemens High School in 1949. Marjorie received her Bachelors Degree in Home Economics and Child Development from Michigan State University in 1953. On September 12, 1953 she married Ralph Douglas Gilpin in Roseville, MI. Marjorie was a sales associate for Hudsons at Lakeside Mall for 15 years. She was a member at the First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Clemens and in Lapeer.

Marjorie enjoyed cooking, working in her herb and flower gardens, and she especially loved spending time with her family and being a Grandma.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph of North Branch; daughters; Betsy Davis of Rapid City, and Karen (Mark) Buchman of Rochester Hills; sister; Betsy G. Thies of CA, brother; Donald W. (Mira) Green of Clinton Twp.; 4 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the North Branch United Methodist Church.

Burial was at Clinton Grove Cemetery in Mt. Clemens.

The family will hold a private Memorials Service in late July.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.

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Jeffrey KnoxJeffery Alan Knox, age 57, of North Branch passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at his home, after a long battle with cancer. Jeffery was born on June 25, 1957 in Lapeer, MI. He was the son of George and the late Rosemary (Adams) Knox.

Jeffery grew up in North Branch and graduated from North Branch High School in 1975. Jeffery was a crop farmer and helped with the family dairy farm before his father retired. He also worked for B&B Sod Farm in Elba, MI. Jeffery was very active in his Church, Our Savior Lutheran Church in Marlette. He was a board member and also an Elder for the church. Jeffery enjoyed gardening, fishing in the family pond, and visiting with his friends at the restaurant.

Jeffery is survived by his father George Knox of North Branch; son Robert Knox of Arizona; sister Kathleen (Mike) Sauk; and brother Matthew Knox both of North Branch; 1 niece, 1 nephew, and 4 great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and mother Rosemary.

The family will be present for visitation on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 4 to 8 pm, and on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at the Our Savior Lutheran Church in Marlette from 10 to 11 am. The Funeral Service will follow with Pastor Eric Kilmer officiating. Burial will be in Rich Cemetery, Mayville, MI.

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Elaine J. Kozlowski, age 82, of North Branch passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Lapeer County Medical Care Facility. Elaine was born on August 23, 1931, the daughter of Walter H. and Pearl H. (Tank) Kohn in Snover, MI. She graduated from Sandusky High School in 1949. On June 8, 1963 she married Joseph Kozlowski in Snover, MI. Elaine was a very busy homemaker. She enjoyed oil painting, going up to the cabin, gardening and spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Elaine is survived by her husband, Joseph; children, Bryand (Regina) Thomas of North Branch; Kim (Linda) Thomas of Indiana; Jolene (Paul) Kreiner of North Branch; and Joe (Melissa) Kozlowski of Lapeer; son-in-law, Gary Bennett of North Branch; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; several nieces; nephews; and cousins.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Bethany Bennett and brother, Raymond Kohn.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.

The family will be present for visitation on Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 2 to 8 pm; Monday, June 9, 2014 from 4 to 8 pm; and Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 10 to 11 am. The Funeral Service will be Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 11:00am at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. Pastor Michael McCoy will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in North Branch.

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Alton Barrett, age 82, of North Branch went to be with his Lord on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at U of M-Ann Arbor. Alton was born October 24, 1931 in North Branch Township, MI to the late Cyrus and Hazel (Butterfield) Barrett.

Alton grew up in North Branch and graduated from North Branch High School in 1949. On January 6, 1951, Alton married Dorothy Peet in the family home in North Branch. Alton’s working career included farming, working for Chaso-Royco, constructing homes, and working for the North Branch Village Department of Public Works.

Alton was a member of the North Branch Wesleyan Church. He was also a past board member of the church and taught Adult Sunday School. Alton had a love for the Lord that was evident in everything he did and to everyone who knew him. Alton enjoyed walleye fishing, traveling, and playing shuffleboard. Next to the Lord, Alton’s love of his family was of great importance to him. He spent much time with his grandchildren and family. Alton and Dorothy would take the grandchildren on trips to different parts of the United States.

Alton is survived by: his wife of 63 years, Dorothy; daughters: Brenda Patrick of North Branch, Rhonda (Ron) Ruby of North Branch and Linda (Jim) Trojanowski of FL; sister, Helen Worgess of North Branch; 5 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren, with 2 more on the way; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Alton was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers: Kenneth, Earl and Carl; and 1 sister, Thelma.

Family suggests memorials be made to the North Branch Wesleyan Church.

Family will be present for visitation on Tuesday, June 3rd from 3 PM-8 PM at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home and on Wednesday, June 4th from 10 AM-11 AM, with the Funeral Service at 11 AM at the North Branch Wesleyan Church with Pastor Peter Damaska officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in North Branch.

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 Frank Calcaterra, age 79, of North Branch, passed away Friday, May 16, 2014 at Tendercare Cass City. Frank was born November 23, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Frank and Stella (Rozanski) Calcaterra. Frank grew up in Silverwood, and attended Mayville School District. He retired from GM after 31 years of service as a Quality Inspector. He was a member of the Tuscola County Polish American Club, and the Vassar Eagles. Frank enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, watching tv, telling stories, and reading books.

He is survived by his brother, Louis (Connie) Calcaterra; nephews, Russ Calcaterra of Clifford, and Rob Calcaterra of Marlette; Aunt Hattie Feldbush of Fostoria, and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be Prayers of Committal at Rich Cemetery on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 11:00am, with Deacon Radoslaw Zablocki officiating. Franks wishes are that there will be no Funeral Service.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home

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Darrell Vincent Armes, age 57, of Fostoria passed away suddenly on Friday, May 9, 2014. Darrell was born on December 21, 1956 in Ortonville, MI. to the late Vester and Betty (Martin) Armes.

On July 11, 2009 he married Debra Marchand in Flint, MI. He retired from Flint New Holland as a truck driver with 35 years of service. Darrell was a Past President for Columbiaville Lions Club, and he was also a member for Davison Lions Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, four wheeling and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Debra; daughters, Melissa (Pat) McCurdy of Davison, and April Spencer of Fostoria; son, Daniel Pond of Fostoria; brother, Lee Armes of Pontiac; grandchildren, Kameo, Montana, and Dakota, and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and son, Benjamin Armes.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

The family will be present for visitation on Monday, May 12, 2014 from 5 to 8pm, and Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from noon to 1:00pm with the Funeral Service to follow at 1:00 pm, all at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. Pastor R. Steven Henry will officiate. Cremation will take place.

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Kathleen M. Hallead, age 82 of North Branch, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Marlette Hospice Residence. Kathleen was born January 27, 1932, the daughter of George and Katharine (Ritter) Bowman in Marlette, MI. She attended the North Branch Schools and graduated in 1950. On June 1, 1951 she married Marvin Hallead in North Branch. Kathleen was employed for the North Branch School District as Secretary to the High School Principals, she retired in 1991. She enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, cooking, baking, reading and crocheting.

Kathleen is survived by her sons; Bruce (Pam) Hallead of Columbiaville, Paul (Cindy) Hallead and Kenneth Hallead both of North Branch, 5 grandchildren; Kathy and Warren Jennings of Davison, Jaime Howard of North Branch, Joanie and Douglas Lauwers of Bay City, Candy and Nathan Doherty of Brown City, and Matthew and Maureen Hallead of North Branch; 15 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marie Bowman; 1 nephew and 2 great-nieces and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, brother, daughter-in-law and 2 nephews.

There will be a gathering from 11:00am to 1:00pm with the Memorial Service to follow on Saturday, May 10, 2014, 1:00pm, at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. Cremation has taken place.

Memorials may be made to the North Branch Emergency Aid or the Marlette United Hospice.

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BennettBethany “Beth” Bennett, age 60 of North Branch passed away suddenly on Friday, April 25, 2014 at home. Beth was born July 16, 1953 in Sandusky, MI, the daughter of William and Elaine (Kohn) Thomas.
Beth grew up in Sandusky, and North Branch and graduated from North Branch High School in 1971. On July 10, 1971, she married Gary Bennett in North Branch.

Beth was a devoted mother, and grandmother, she enjoyed taking care of the grandchildren. She worked for Dr. Sole and Dr. Padgitt for several years, and operated her own greenhouse, The Happy Hollow for many years. Beth was a gardener, she enjoyed working on crafts with the grandchildren, crocheting, playing cards, and loved to cook for her family.

Beth was a member of the North Branch United Methodist Church, and past member of the North Branch Eastern Stars.

Beth is survived by: husband, Gary Bennett of North Branch; mother, Elaine (Joe) Kozlowski of North Branch; sons, Aaron (Marjorie) Bennett and Shane (Amber) Bennett both of North Branch; sisters, Jolene (Paul) Kreiner and Shanna (Rod) Mills both of North Branch; brothers, Bryand (Regina) Thomas of North Branch, Kim (Linda) Thomas of Indiana and Joe (Melissa) Kozlowski of Lapeer; 9 grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Beth was preceded in death by her father, William Thomas; father-in-law, Keith Bennett; sister-in-law, Jan Bennett.

Family will be present for visitation on Sunday, April 27 from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Monday, April 28 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm with the Funeral Service at 11:00 am, April 29, 2014, all at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home in North Branch with Rev. Michael McCoy officiating. Beth will be buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in North Branch.
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Steven Adams, age 46 of North Branch, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at McLaren Lapeer Region. Steven was born on December 19, 1967 at Lapeer, Michigan, the son of Harold and Mary Jane “Cookie” (Thompson) Adams. Steven graduated from Lapeer West Intermediate School. He enjoyed working at the local tire shop, Davis Tires, changing tires. He enjoyed building bird houses, playing pool, working on electronics, listening to music, and he enjoyed the outdoors, and riding his ATV.

Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Harold and Cookie Adams; sister, Christine (Jim) Bologna of Oklahoma; brothers, Troy (Cindy) Adams of Attica; and Asa (Julia) Adams of Indiana; 9 nieces and nephews, and many cousins, aunts, and uncles.

Steven was preceded in death by his grandparents, Asa and Blanche Thompson and Stephen and Katherine Adams.

Memorials may be made to Charity of your choice.

The family will be present for visitation on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 3 to 8 pm, and Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 10 to 11am with the Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 am, at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. Rev. Ron Hutchinson will officiate. Burial will be in Westlawn Cemetery, North Branch, MI.

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Eugene Weingartz age 89, lifelong resident of North Branch, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at McLaren Lapeer Region Hospital. Eugene was born on May 3, 1924 in North Branch, Michigan, the son of Michael and Mary (Robinet) Weingartz.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. On May 18, 1957 he married Maureen Ostrander in Brookyn. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Eugene retired from General Motors after 33 years of service. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, carpentry. He built his home and a home for his son Steve. He was very handy at fixing things for his family and friends on the farm.

Left to cherish his memory are; wife Maureen of North Branch, daughter: Denise (Gary) Ankley of Minnesota; sons: Jeff (Pam) Weingartz of Lapeer, Tim (Norma) Weingartz of Sterling Heights, and Steve (Renee) Weingartz of North Branch, sisters: Lucille Spicher of Okemos, Ruth Ann (John) Nellenbach of North Branch, and sisters-in-law: Orva Weingartz, and Betty Weingartz, both of North Branch, brother: Bernard (Rose) Weingartz of Florida, and brother-in-law: Francis Nellenbach of North Branch, 9 grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, children: Charles and Ceclia, sisters: Doris Nellenbach, and Evangeline Doneth, brothers: George and Joseph Weingartz.

Memorials may be made to SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

The family will be present for visitation on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 3 to 8pm at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. On Saturday, April 12, 2014 Eugene will lie in state at SS. Peter and Paul Church from 10 to 11 am. The Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00am. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, North Branch. Fr. Richard Treml will officiate.

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  Marilyn Hutchinson, age 83 a life long resident of North Branch passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the Pinecrest Estates in Mayville, MI.  Marilyn was born on July 19, 1930, the daughter of Bruce and Mary (Martin) Clothier.  On August 20, 1949 she married Clare “Mike” Hutchinson at the North Branch United Methodist Church. Marilyn was a member of the Silverwood United Methodist Church, where she played the piano and organ for the church services.  Marilyn enjoyed china painting, working on ceramics, and knitting.  She was also an avid reader.  When Mike was living they enjoyed square dancing and playing golf.

Marilyn is survived by her sons; Ronald (Tammy) Hutchinson of North Branch, and Thomas (Charlene) Hutchinson of PA.; grandchildren; Mitchell Hutchinson, Mark (Rose) Hutchinson, Michael (Janelle)Hutchinson, Michelle (Kenn) Orndorff, and Melissa (Craig) Gasssert, and  great-grandchildren; Keith, Nikolas, Stephanie, and Bret Hutchinson; Derrick, Cody and Mikayla Orndorff and Logan , Adison, and Jamison Gassert, sister; Ellen Bohnsack of VA., and brother; Norman Clothier of Lapeer. Also, many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Mike, daughter-in-law Roszella, great-granddaughter Mercedez and sisters; Marjorie and Phyllis; and brother Martin.

Memorials may be made to the family, with checks made payable to Ron Hutchinson, to be distributed to organizations of importance to Marilyn.

The family will be present for visitation on Friday, March 28, 2014 from 2 to 8pm at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home and on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 10 to 11am at Silverwood United Methodist Church.  Rev. Ron Hutchinson and Rev. Tom Hutchinson will officiate.  Burial will be in Westlawn Cemetery, North Branch.

  Kristylynne Starr Kendrick, age 30 passed away on Friday, 3/14/14 in McLaren Regional Hospital, Flint MI after a 4 ½ yr battle with breast cancer.

Kristylynne was born in Port Huron, MI on 3/23/1983 in Port Huron, MI to Terrie Kendrick of Mayville and Brian Kendrick of Port Huron.

Kristylynne was a 2001 graduate of Port Huron Northern High School. She was the happiest when spending time with her children.

She is survived by her 3 little angels, Shane Navoni, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Kendrick-Navoni both of Burtchville, and Bethanyrenee Kendrick of MayvilleI. Brothers, Brian & Michael Kendrick, ½ sisters, Jenniferrose & Angelrenee Kendrick, adopted sisters & brothers, Tina Gunther, Rebecca Kendrick, Richard Osborne, Timothy, Daniel & Johnathan Kendrick.  Her mother, father, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles & cousins.

She was preceded in death by her adopted father, Steve Kendrick Dec. 2008 & Grandma Rita Kendrick June 2010.

Visitation will be 9 am to 2 pm Friday, 3/21/14 at Blackburn Chapel – Martin Funeral Home, 4106 Huron St., North Branch MI 48461 with services following at 2 pm.

Burial will be in Rich Cemetery, Rich Rd., Mayville MI

 

  Dan Caldwell, age 56, of North Branch died Wednesday, March 12, 2014.  Dan was born March 13, 1958 in Marlette to the Lloyd and Thelma (Hodges) Caldwell.  Dan graduated from North Branch High School in 1976, he also attended Lapeer County Vocational Tech School.  Dan was a truck driver for many farmers, and different companies hauling products and freight.  He was a Patriot Guard Rider.  Dan enjoyed riding his Harley and spending time with his mother and family. 

Dan is survived by his mother, Thelma Caldwell; fiancé, Shelle Wells; daughters, Melissa (fiancée, Jerome) Collins and Angela and grandchildren; sisters, Donna (Lynn) Gates of North Branch; brother, Bill (Kim) Caldwell of North Branch; and brother-in-law, James Osborne of North Branch; and many friends.  Dan’s nephews and nieces were very important part of his life. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd and sister, Loraine.

Memorials may directed to the family.

The family will be present for visitation on Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 2 to 8 pm, Monday, March 17, 2014 from 12 to 1pm.  The funeral service will be Monday, 1:00pm, all at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, North Branch.  Rev. Ronald Hutchinson will officiate.

  Bernard A. Schlaud age 84, a life long resident of North Branch passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at his home in the loving care of his family.  Bernard was born on September 29, 1929 in North Branch, Michigan to the late Henry and Leona (Swoish) Schlaud.  Bernard graduated from North Branch High School in 1948.  He married Ellen Nolan on August 23, 1952 at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.  Bernard was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and SS. Peter and Paul Knights of Columbus Council # 9568.  He retired from the U.S. Postal Office as a letter carrier.  Bernard was also a carpenter, and he greatly enjoyed his woodworking, stone masonry, trapping and spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Ellen; daughters, MaryAnn ( Gary) Sullivan of Charlotte, Katrina (Skip) Easlick; Patty (Tim) Brusie; sons, Stephen (DeNise) Schlaud; and Gerard (Carrie)  Schlaud all of North Branch; sister, Alvera (Gerald) Houck of Lapeer; 23 grandchildren , and 26 great-grandchildren; many nephews, nieces and cousins. 

At a young age, his brother Francis passed away, leaving 6 young children.  Bernard was honored to be part of the life of his children; Mark, Doug, Chris, Andy, Francine and Johnna.

Bernard was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Susan; and 4 brothers.

The family will be present for visitation on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 3 to 8 pm, with a scripture service at 7:00 pm. at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.  On Thursday, March 13, 2014 the Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Richard Treml officiating.  Burial will be SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, North Branch.

  Marie Ann McGlashen, age 69 of North Branch, died Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Marlette United Residence.  Marie was born on July 7, 1944 in Lapeer, Michigan to the late Clarence and Viola (Parrott) Reynolds.  Marie grew up in the North Branch and Lapeer area, and attended North Branch School.  On June 27, 1964 she married Doyle McGlashen, he died in 2004.  Marie retired from MK Chambers and she also worked at Bryans Market in the bakery making the bread.  She enjoyed playing bingo, baking, and spending time with her family and grandchildren. 

Left to cherish her memory are daughters: Kimberly (Ben) Dice of Sandusky; and Penny (Rick) Payea of Tawas City; sisters: Vicki (Paul) Anderson of Imlay City; Terry (Royce) Thomas of Florida; brothers: Manley (Leila) Reynolds of Lapeer; Glenn Reynolds of Atlanta, MI.; Herb Reynolds of North Branch; and Clarence Reynolds of Lapeer; Grandchildren: D.J. (Nichole) Lamkey; Joshua Lamkey; Kayla Borgen, and Kasey Borgen and Great-Grandson, Brody Lamkey, many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and 2 brothers.

Memorials may be made to Marlette United Hospice.

There will be a gathering on Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 1 to 4pm at the Deerfield Twp. Hall.

  Rodger E. Reinke, age 70, of North Branch, passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at McLaren Lapeer Region.  Rodger was born on April 16, 1943 to Lucille (Lewis) Gamm and  the late Edward Reinke.  He grew up in the Alger and Gladwin Area and graduated from West Branch High School in 1961.  On February 27, 1965 he married Marjorie Kartes at St. Joseph in West Branch.  Rodger worked for General Motors for 10 years before he started working for UPS as a delivery man and semi driver in the Lapeer area, retiring in 2001.  He enjoyed stopping at yard sales, going to flea markets, fixing and tinkering with things in his pole barn.  He especially loved to spend time with his family, socializing and helping everyone.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the family.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marjorie; mother, Lucille Gamm of  Linwood; daughter, Melinda (Michael) Sabon of Casco; son, Rodney (Kathleen) Reinke of North Branch; sisters, Virginia McKenney of Lansing; Marilyn (Robert) Caple of N.C.; Louise (Walter) Rathkamp of Linwood;Debbie (Dick) Dantzer of West Branch and Sheila (Joe) Hicks of FL.; brother, Randy (Barbara) Reinke of St. Charles; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Beatrice Kartes; sisters-in-law, Melva, Sally, and Anna; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward; step-father, Lawrence Gamm, father-in-law, Steve Kartes; and brother, John Reinke; brothers-in-law,  Jack, Ray, Carl, and Ed.

The family will be present for visitation on Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 1 to 5 pm, with the funeral service at 5:00 pm at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.  Pastor John Anderson will officiate.  Cremation will take place.

  Velma E. Naracon, age 76, of North Branch, died Friday, March 7, 2014 at McLaren Lapeer Region.  Velma was born on January 19, 1938 to the late Harry and Beaulah (LeFever) Dawson.  Velma grew up in the Romeo area.  She attended Lapeer Apostolic Church.  Velma enjoyed working on crafts, sewing, embroidering, playing the organ, and spending time with her family and grandchildren. 

Left to cherish her memory are; daughter, Sally Naracon of Lapeer; son, Terry Naracon of California; 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

The family will be present for visitation on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 4 to 8 pm. and Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 10 to 11am, with the funeral to follow, all at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Rich Twp. Cemetery.  Pastor Anthony Kinsler will officiate.

  Robert A. Cloutier, Sr., age 77 of North Branch passed away Thursday, February 27, 2014 at McLaren Lapeer Region. Robert was born December 5, 1936 in Pontiac, MI . He was the son of the late Lloyd and Loma (Putnam) Cloutier.

On March 19, 1960 he married Lou Ann Allen in Caro, MI. She preceded him in death on August 26, 2001. Robert proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Robert was a truck driver for many years.  He enjoyed farming and hauling sugar beets in the fall for the Bednaryczk Farms.  Robert also liked to ride snowmobiles, motorcycles, camping and he loved to spend family time riding his golf cart with the family.

He is survived by daughters: Deborah (Bernie) Milot of Mayville, Renee (Chris) Forbes of North Branch, and Robert Cloutier, Jr. of Marlette; sisters: Lucille Shoemaker of Snover and Pamela (Bruce) McCummons of Brown City; brother: John ( Lisa) Cloutier of Indiana; 9 grandchildren, and  8 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Lou Ann, brothers: Tom and Dave and sister Nancy.

Family suggests memorials be made to the family.

Family will be present for visitation on Saturday, from 5 to 8 pm, Sunday from 12 to 8 pm and Monday from 10 to 11am.  with the funeral service at 11:00am all at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.  Fr. James Arwady will officiate.  Military Honors will be conducted by the North Branch American Legion Post #457.

Robert will be laid to rest next to his wife in Dawn Memorial Cemetery in Elba, MI.

  Mina  M. Haggadone, age 75 of Lapeer, died Friday, January 24, 2014 at McLaren Lapeer Region.  Mina was born on January 5, 1939 in North Branch, the daughter of  the late Charles and Florence (Hoffman) Boyle.  Mina was the first baby of the New Year in Lapeer County.  On January 29, 1957 she married Norm Haggadone. 

Mina retired from Ben’s Super Market, and for several years she helped manage a motel up north.

Mina was very family oriented, and spending time with them was her most enjoyable pleasure.  She also enjoyed watching T.V., going to casinos, and playing Bingo.

Mina is survived by her husband: Norm; daughter: Debbie (Bill) Meyer of Lake Orion; sons: Ron (Sally) Haggadone of Dryden; and Craig (Peggy) Haggadone of Columbiaville.

Mina helped raised her two grandsons: Alan and Jason. Jason preceded her in death on June 16, 1997.  She is also survived by grandchildren: Brad, Aaron, Kelly, Austin, Tyler, Danielle, Cody, and Jared; and 5 great-grandchildren; siblings:: Harlene Chambers of North Branch; Lyle Boyle of Davison; Caroline Woodward of Lapeer; Lowell (Sally) Boyle of Tennessee; Earl (Roxanne) Boyle of North Branch; Cecile (Corrine) Boyle of Shelby Twp; and Kelly (Michelle) Boyle of Marlette; Kendra (Russ) Richmond of Kingston; several nephews, nieces and cousins.

Mina was preceded in death by her parents, grandson Jason; sisters; Ellen Ann and Helen, brother: Jerome Boyle.

The family will be present for visitation on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 10:00am to 11:00am with the Memorial Service to follow at 11:00am at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home with Rev. Ronald Hutchinson officiating.