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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.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.

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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.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home

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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.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.

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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.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.

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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.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home

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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.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home

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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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Arrangements entrusted to Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home

 

 

 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.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.

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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.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home

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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. 

  John W. Castle, age 68, of North Branch, passed away Thursday, January 23, 2014 at his home with his family at his side.  John was born on July 28, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Wells and Mary (Waldon) Castle.  John grew up in North Branch and graduated from North Branch High School in 1963.  John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and the Michigan National Guards.  He was a member of the North Branch American Legion Post #457 and the U.A.W.  John was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers.  He enjoyed hunting, working on word searches, and watching Western Movies on TV.

John is survived by his daughter: Kimberly (Matthew) Earegood of Florida, son: Kevin  (Shannon) Castle of  Kentucky; sisters: JoAnn (Bill) Welke of North Branch and Beth (Randy) Shoemaker of Oklahoma; brothers: Alfred ( Joanne) Castle and David (Duan) Castle both of North Branch; 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

John was preceded by death by his parents, brother Robert, granddaughters, Taylynn and Jennifer.

Memorials may be directed to the family to be used for their wishes.

The family will be present for visitation on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 from 5 to 8 pm., Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 from 11am to 8pm., and Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 from 10 to 11am.   with the Funeral Service Tuesday at 11:00am all at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home, with Rev. Ronald Hutchinson officiating.  Military Honors will be conducted by the North Branch American Legion Post # 457, with the burial to follow at the North Branch Burlington Cemetery. 

John’s last request was for everyone to wear a Detroit Tigers T-shirt to the Funeral Service.

Gary Wright, age 62 of Brown City, died January 16, 2014 at his home. 

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 10:30 am to noon.  The Funeral Service will be at noon at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.  Cremation will follow.

 

   Donna Haight, age 63, of Columbiaville, died Sunday, January 12 , 2014 in Marlette, MI.  Donna was born on February 12, 1950 in Caro, Michigan, the daughter of Donald and Audrey (Ballou) McCoon.  Donna grew up in Caro, MI., and graduated from Caro High School in 1969.  She received her Bachelors Degree at Michigan State University.  On July 9, 1977 she married Daniel Haight. 

   Donna enjoyed reading, gardening, playing cards, and especially spending time with her family and grandchildren.

   Donna is survived by her husband Daniel,  daughters; Cassandra Haight-Miller of Columbiaville, Malissa (Jim) Hidalgo of Texas, Amanda (Nuuese) Passi of Fort Polk, Louisiana, and Jennifer (Tracy) Chase of Lapeer, son, Daniel Andrew (Susan) Haight of Bay City, 8 grandchildren, nephew Scott McCoon, and niece Judy Farr.

   The family will be present for a gathering on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm with the Memorial Service to follow at 1:00pm. at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home with Rev.. Ronald  Hutchinson officiating.  Cremation has taken place.

  Dawn Richards, age 61 of North Branch died Monday, January 6, 2014 at home in the arms of her fiancé.  Dawn was born on August 31, 1952 in Highland Park, MI., to Jay and Dorothy (Parshall) Dalton. 

Dawn grew up in Clawson, MI., and graduated from Clawson High School in 1970.

She enjoyed karaoking, watching old movies, dancing, and she especially enjoyed her grandchildren.

Dawn is survived by her fiancé Conrad “Chris” Zychski of North Branch, son Robert Stephen (wife Stacey Lyn) Richards of Dryden, sister Cheryl (Wendell) Elliott of Naples, Florida, brother Dan (Lisa) Dalton of New York State, grandchildren; Samantha Ellis, Shayna Rabideau, Shantel Rabideau, Trevor Richards, and Reyah Richards, and many - many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and an infant son Robert Thomas Richards Jr.

The family will be present from visitation on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 2 to 8 PM

and on Friday, January 17, 2014 from noon to 1:00PM.  The Funeral Service will be 1:00PM, Friday, January 17, 2014 at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home, North Branch, MI  Fr. Richard Treml will officiate.  Burial will be in North Branch Burlington Cemetery.                        

Jerome “J.B.” Boyle, age 78, of North Branch, passed away Monday, January 6, 2014. J.B. was born June 28, 1935 in Silverwood, MI. He is the son of the late Charles and Florence (Hoffman) Boyle.  J.B. graduated from North Branch High School in 1954.

J.B. proudly served his country in the United States Army.   J.B. worked at the Washakie Golf & RV Resort in North Branch, MI. for many years, and he was employed at Chaso Royco for 35 years as a machinist.  J.B. was a life long member of the N.R.A., who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, snow mobiling, boating and water skiing.

Memorial contributions may be made to McLaren Hospice.

J.B. is survived by: his sisters, Harlene Chambers of North Branch, Mina (Norm) Haggadone of Lapeer, Caroline Woodward of Lapeer and Kendra (Russ) Richmond of Kingston; brothers, Lyle Boyle of Davison, Lowell (Sally) Boyle of Tennessee, Earl (Roxanne) Boyle of North Branch, Cecile (Corinne) Boyle of Shelby Township and Kelly (Michelle) Boyle of Marlette; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews; and his special fuzzy companion, “Precious”.

J.B. was preceded in death by: his parents, and two sisters, Ellen Ann and Helen.

Family will be present for visitation on Thursday, January 9th from 2 PM-8 PM and Friday, January 10th from 10 AM-11 AM at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.

The Funeral Service will be Friday, Jan. 10th at 11 AM Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home with Rev. Ron Hutchinson officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by the North Branch American Legion Post # 457. J.B. will be laid to rest in West Burlington Cemetery in Silverwood, MI.

Mabel Schell  Mabel Schell, age 81, of Fostoria passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at Fisher Senior Care & Rehabilitation Center in Mayville, MI. Mabel was born April 28, 1932 in Alpena, Michigan, the daughter of James and Flossie (Forrest) Howay.  On August 19, 1950 she married James Schell at the West Deerfield Methodist Church.  He preceded her in death on August 29, 1983.  Mabel was an attendant  nurse at the Oakdale Center.  She was a member of the Fostoria United Methodist Church.  Mabel enjoyed crocheting, collecting tea pots, and working on word search.

   She is survived by daughters; Flossie Jankowske of North Branch, Janet (Duane) Oliver of Otter Lake, and Susan (Steve) Kreger of Fostoria, son Jim (Linda) Schell of Fostoria; brother William Howayof Fostoria, 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, many nieces and nephews.

   Memorials may be made to the Heartland Hospice

   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband James and 4 sisters.

   The family will be present for visitation on Monday, January 6, 2014 from 2 to 8pm and Tuesday, January 7, 2014 from 10 to 11am.  The Funeral Service will be 11:00am at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home with Pastor Kay Leitelt officiating.  Burial at West Deerfield Cemetery, Fostoria, MI.

 

 

Alan Lockwood, Sr., age 66 of Columbiaville died December 7, 2013 at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. Alan was born February 24, 1947, the son of the late Clement and Mildred (Thomas) Lockwood. Alan grew up in the North Branch area and graduated from North Branch High School in 1965. On December 11, 1965 Alan married Mary Ann Horecki in Marlette. After 46 years of marriage, Mary Ann preceded Alan in death in 2012. Alan was a skilled die maker for General Motors; retiring in 1997. Alan enjoyed gardening, watching sports and spending time with his family.

Alan is survived by: his children, Tom (Beth) Lockwood, Jr. of Lapeer, Jenette (Daniel) Smith of Lapeer and Angela LaSota of Clio; 7 grandchildren;  and 1 great-grandchild.   Alan was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Mary Ann in 2012.

Alan and Mary Ann will be buried together in Westlawn Cemetery in North Branch, MI.

 

Joan S. Hagemeister, age 91 of North Branch, died Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Caro Community Hospital.  Joan was born August 11, 1922 to Henry and Alvera (Grobbel) Ruhlman.  Joan married Art Lobstein  on November 24, 1945, he preceded her in death in 1964, then she married Pete Hagemeister  on February 16, 1968, he preceded her in death on April 11, 1973. 

Joan was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, North Branch Historical Society, volunteered at the North Branch Thrift Shop.  Joan enjoyed playing cards, and baking cookies. 

Joan is survived by her sons; Richard (Pam) Lobstein  of Sterling Heights, and Larry Lobstein of Richland, sisters; Lucille Schank, Irene (Joe) Vons, Catherine Kreiner, Mary (Jack) Bentz, Dolores (Seth) Griffin, and Gertrude (Vernon) Steele, brothers; Tom (Leona) Ruhlman, and Joe “Pat” (Joanne) Ruhlman, many cousins, nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, sister, Monica; and brothers, Tony and Bob.

Memorials may be made to St. James Building Fund or the North Branch Emergency Aid.

The family will be present for visitation on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 1 to 8pm,

At Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home and on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 10 to 11am, at St. James Lutheran Church in North Branch.  Pastor Westphall will officiate.  Burial will be in Arcadia Twp. Cemetery, Lum, MI.

   Joan K. Simmons, age 81 of North Branch died Monday, December 2, 2013 at the Marlette Hospice Residence.  Joan was born on May 22, 1932 in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Keith and Marie (Wiegel) Laur.  Joan grew up in the Flint and North Branch areas, and graduated from North Branch High School in 1950.  She married John “Jack” Simmons on February 3, 1951 at the North Branch United Methodist Church.  She was a member of the North Branch United Methodist Church, the W.S.C.S. and the U.M.W.  Joan was an active farmwife, housewife, Sunday School Teacher and 4-H leader. Joan was a very hard worker, helping her husband on the family farm.  She enjoyed playing bridge, sewing, knitting, painting, basket weaving, golfing, but most important she loved to spend time with family and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be missed by all.

Joan is survived by daughter, Jill Simmons her husband, David Dik of New Jersey, sons; Jim (Mindy)  of Traverse City, John (Sherry) of North Branch, and George (Mona) of  New Mexico, sister Janet Surface of Flushing, grandchildren;  Kristina, Asa (Alison), Zack, Effie, Rose, August (Heather), Stacey, John (Boyeon), Curtis, James and Andrew, great-grandchildren; Skyler, Anita, Sean, Ryu, and Isabel.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jack, and sister Monica.

The family will be present for visitation on  Thursday, from 3 to 8 pm and Friday from 9 to 11am at the North Branch United Methodist Church, with Rev. Ronald Hutchinson officiating.  Cremation has taken place, and she will be buried beside her husband Jack at Maple Grove Cemetery, North Branch.

  Leland “Lee” McDowell, age 81, of Fostoria passed away November 25, 2013 at his home. Lee was born May 13, 1932 in Deerfield Township, MI.  He was the son of the late William and Bertha (Hosler) McDowell. Lee grew up in Fostoria and graduated from North Branch in 1950. Lee proudly served his country in the United States Army. On June 28, 1952, Lee married Nana Pierson in Columbiaville, MI . Lee worked as a Realtor for 15 years, was an automotive mechanic for many years, worked for Lapeer County CETA for 5 years and was also a farmer. Lee attended Country Christian Church.

Lee was a proud member of the North Branch American Legion Post #457, the Otter Lake V.F.W. Post #2409, President of the North Branch Athletic Boosters, Cub Master for Sons, and loved being a coach for baseball leagues.

Lee is survived by: his loving wife: Nana of Fostoria; daughters: Roxanne Gobbi of Lapeer, Rhonda (Philip) Braidwood of Millington; sons: Rick (Martha) McDowell of North Branch, Randy McDowell of Davison, and Rod (Tracey) McDowell of Davison; sisters: Marion Mitchell of Burton and Dorothy Houck of Frankenmuth; brother: Carl (Judy) McDowell of Fostoria; 20 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Richard Fosdick and son-in-law, Bob Gobbi.

Family suggests memorials be made to the family

Family will be present for visitation on Friday, November 29th from 1 PM-8 PM and Saturday, November 30th from 10 AM-11 AM, with the Funeral Service at 11 AM with Pastor Roger Keur officiating, all at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rich Township Cemetery with Military Honors being conducted by the North Branch American Legion Post #457.

 

David Sebert age 49, of North Branch, died Thursday, November 21, 2013 at home in the loving care of his family. David was born August 20. 1964 in Flint, Mi., the son of Bernard and Betty (Huntton) Sebert. David attended Lakeville Schools.  He enjoyed mud bogging, drag strip racing, and hunting.

David is survived by his mother Betty Hamilton of Almont, sister Joyce LaLonde of North Branch, brothers; Bernie (Mary Lee) of Lapeer, LaVerne (Rhonda) of Otter Lake, and Michael (Glenda) of Davison, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Cremation has taken place.

  Joe Allen Abernathy, age 70, of North Branch, formerly of Alabama, passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2013 with his loving family by his side. Joe was born on March 11, 1943 in Limestone County, AL. He is the son of the late James and Geneva (Pepper) Abernathy. Joe grew up and attended school in Limestone County, AL. On February 24, 1967, he married Twylha Prince in Commerce Township, MI.

Joe worked as a Booth Cleaner for General Motors, where he retired from after 30 years of service. Joe attended the North Goodland Baptist Church and formerly the Lindsay Lane Baptist Church in Athens, AL. Joe enjoyed golfing and gardening, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Joe is survived by: his wife, Twylha of North Branch; son, Joe Abernathy of St. Charles, MI; daughter, Deanna (Phillip) Moore of North Branch; grandchildren, Autumn, Kaitlyn, Faith and Spencer; sisters, Margie Moreno of Irondale, AL, Peggy (Gene) Garland of Athens, AL, Sheila (Rick) Strain of Athens, AL, Darlene (Larry) Morris of Waterford, and Paulette (Matt) McDowell of Pontiac; brothers, Wayne (Alice) Abernathy of Mansfield, OH, Jack (Betty) Abernathy of Harvest, AL, Douglas (Karen) Abernathy of Harvest, AL, Scott (Colleen) Abernathy of Pontiac, and Andy Abernathy of Pontiac; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, James and Geneva; brothers, Terry Lee, Charles David and Frank; and sister, Faye.

 Memorials may be made to the North Goodland Baptist Church, 3080 N. Van Dyke Rd.,

Imlay City, MI 48444.

Family will be present for visitation on Friday, Nov. 22nd from 5 PM-8PM and on Saturday, Nov. 23rd from 10 AM-11 AM with the Funeral Service at 11 AM Saturday with Pastor John Chippewa officiating, all at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Westlawn Cemetery in North Branch.

You may share an online condolence at www.blackburnchapel.com

Arrangements entrusted to Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home, 4216 Huron St., North Branch, MI 48461. Phone: 810 688-3232

 

 Fearson James Fearson, Jr., age 71 of Lake Orion, MI, formerly of Hillman, MI, passed away Monday, November 18, 2013 at Ferguson Convalescent Home in Lapeer. James was born March 10, 1942 in Lansing, MI., the son of the late James Sr. and Josephine (Mendle) Fearson.  On June 24, 1961 James married Barbara Perigo in Burton, MI.  She preceded him in death in 2005.  James retired from GM after 30 years of service.  He was a member of Charity Baptist Church of Oxford, and he was a  member of the Knights of the Pythias and the Northern MI. Gospel Music Association.  James enjoyed bowling, collecting eagles, watching movies, and he was an avid comic book collector.

James is survived by: his daughter,  Ila Collier of Kentucky, sons;  James (Tina) Fearson III of Pontiac, George (Cynthia) Fearson of Waterford, Michael (Tracy) Fearson of Lapeer, and William (Jylnelle) Fearson of Metamora, sisters; Joyce Fearson and JoAnn Tucker, brothers; Robert, David, Jan Fearson, 16 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, many nephews, nieces and cousins.

James is preceded in death by: his parents, wife, Barbara, brothers; John and George Lee.

Family will be present for visitation on Friday, November 22nd from 11 AM-1 PM at the Charity Baptist Church, 3300 Ludwig Rd., Oxford, MI 48371. Funeral service will be Friday, November 22nd at 1 PM at the Charity Baptist Church with Pastor Jeff Walters officiating. James will be laid to rest next to his wife, Barbara on Saturday, November 23rd at  3:00pm, in the Hillman Rust Cemetery in Hillman, MI, with Pastor Jeff Walters conducting prayers of committal.

 

   Theresa Marie DeTavernier, age 85, of North Branch passed away November  9, 2013, at her home in the loving care of her family.  She was born July 24, 1928 in North Branch Twp., the daughter of Bernard and Martha (Swoish) Schlaud.  Theresa grew up in North Branch and graduated from North Branch High School in 1948.  On April 22, 1950 she married Frederick DeTavernier at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in North Branch. Theresa and Fred started the family Insurance Business in 1961 in North Branch, and operated it for 18 years before they retired to Florida.  Theresa loved working in her flower gardens, and while she lived in Florida, she enjoyed working in a country store.

   Theresa was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, and will be missed by all.  She is survived by her sons, Robert (Linda) DeTavernier, and Randall DeTavernier; daughters, Mary (Randy) Smith, Lori (Paul) Knox and Michelle (Chuck) Kemp; 14 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren, sisters, Trudy (Tony) Donato, Louise Nolan, and Barb Walton, many nephews and nieces.   

   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Fred, daughter Tricia, brothers, Fred, Clarence, Pete, and Duane, and sister Helen.

    The family will be present for visitation on Monday, November 11, 2013 from 2 to 8pm, with a Rosary at 3:00pm at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home.  Theresa will lie in state at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church from 10 to 11 am, Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

      The Funeral Mass will be11:00am, November 12, 2013 at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in North Branch, with Fr. Richard Treml officiating.  Theresa will be buried by her husband, Fred at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, North Branch.

 

  Betty J. Armes, age 75 of Fostoria went to be with the Lord Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at Fisher Senior Care & Rehabilitation Center in Mayville. Betty was born May 26, 1938. She was the daughter of the late Harold and Lucille (Heart) Martin in Pontiac, MI. Betty grew up in Rochester, MI. On March 1, 1955, she married Vester Armes in Rochester, MI. Vester preceded Betty in death in 2000. Betty was a member of the Fostoria Baptist Church. Betty was a homemaker who was very active in her church and church activities. She also enjoyed quilting, crocheting, cooking and spending time with her family.

Betty is survived by: her sons, Darrell (Debra) Armes of Mt. Morris and Lee Armes of Pontiac; brother, Harold (Margaret) Martin, Jr. of Fostoria; grandchildren, Melissa (Pat) McCurdy of Davison, Stephanie Armes of Lansing, April Spencer of Jackson and Daniel Pond of Mt. Morris; great-grandchildren, Kameo, Montana, Jordon and Dakota; and many nieces and nephews.

Betty is preceded in death by: her parents, her husband, Vester, grandson, Benjamin and sisters, Doris and Ruby.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

Betty’s family will be present for visitation on Thursday, October 24th from 5 PM-8 PM and on Friday, October 25th from 11 AM-12 PM at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. Funeral Service for Betty will be on Friday, October 25th at 12 PM at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home with Pastor R. Steven Henry officiating. Betty will be laid to rest next to her husband in Watertown Township Cemetery in Fostoria, MI.

Edwin Lamb, age 88, of North Branch, (formerly of Bloomfield Twp.), died Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Pines of Burton.  Ed was born on March 14, 1925 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Robert and Doris (Boynton) Lamb. 

On September 20, 1947 Ed married Laura LaDuke in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.  Ed proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.  He retired from National Twist Drill of Rochester.  Ed was a member of the North Branch American Legion Post #457.  Nothing gave Ed more pleasure than traveling to Las Vegas to gamble and socializing. He enjoyed everything about cars. 

Ed is survived by his son, Don (friend, Theresa Koehler); grandson, Ryan Lamb; Theresa’s two sons, Nik and Alex; and sister, Margurite Kaweck.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Laura on November 2, 2006, and 1 brother, Elliot.

Memorials may be made to the North Branch American Legion Post # 457.

The family will be present for visitation on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 2 to 3pm, with the Memorial Service to follow at 3:00pm, at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. 

Ed will be buried next to his wife on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 9:30am in Great Lakes Cemetery, Holly, Michigan. Military Honors will be conducted by the North Branch American Legion Post #457.