Meyersieck-Bussema Funeral Home

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

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Our Obituaries

Robert J. "Bob" Main

June 19, 1958 - November 15, 2016

Robert Joseph "Bob" Main, 58 of Pigeon, passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon. Born in Flint on June 19, 1958, he was the son of Marvin R. and Barbara J. (McAra) Main. He graduated from Ubly High School in 1976, and earned his Masters Degree in Banking from the University of Colorado. Bob worked with Bay Port State Bank for 24 years, and was currently...
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Verna M. Eichler Wright

February 9, 1920 - October 17, 2016

Verna M. Eichler Wright, 96 of Pigeon, passed away Monday, October 17, 2016 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. She was born in Pigeon on February 9, 1920 and was the daughter of Alfred and Greta Mae (Wurtz) Eichler. She was a 1937 Pigeon High School graduate. On September 2, 1939, she and Nelmer W. Wright were united in marriage at Salem E.U.B. Church in Pigeon. At the time of Nelmer's...
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Maxine F. Kauffman

June 26, 1942 - October 13, 2016

Maxine F. Kauffman, 74 of Pigeon, passed away at home on Thursday, October 13, 2016 while under hospice care. She was born to Earl L. and Martha R. (Long) Miller in Midland on June 26, 1942 and was a 1961 graduate of Midland High School. On April 21, 1962 she was united in marriage with William Clayton Kauffman in Midland, and they have celebrated 54 years of marriage. Maxine...
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Frederick A. Collison

September 17, 1941 - October 7, 2016

Frederick Arthur Collison, 75 of Pigeon, passed away Friday, October 7, 2016 at Home Sweet Home Assisted Living. He was born September 17, 1941. He was baptized October 1941 at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Berne, by Rev. A.W. Hueschen. He attended school at St. John's and Pigeon School. He was confirmed at St. John's on April 3, 1955. He was a life-long member of St. John's. He...
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Isabel G. Leipprandt

September 27, 2016

Isabel G. Leipprandt, 94 of Pigeon, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. Born in Caseville, she was the daughter of Robert W. and Maida N. (Musselman) Frank. On June 7, 1941 she was united in marriage with Waldo Leipprandt in Caseville. He preceded her in death in 1967. Isabel was a member of Scheurer Hospital Auxiliary and the Farm Bureau. She...
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Irene Gardy

January 3, 1926 - September 26, 2016

Irene Gardy, age 90 of Pigeon, passed away Monday, September 26, 2016 at Country Gardens in Pigeon. Born at the Quarry in Bay Port on January 3, 1926 to William and Mary (Rehbein) Roeber, she attended and graduated from the Quarry School. On July 18, 1947 she was united in marriage to George L. Gardy in Pigeon. They had been married 64 years when he preceded her in death on November 22, 2011. ...
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Lillian N. Koehler

April 6, 1932 - September 20, 2016

Lillian N. Koehler, age 84 of Pigeon, passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at Scheurer Hospital with her family by her side. Lillian was born at home in Verona Township on April 6, 1932. She was the daughter of Samuel and Mary (Semeneuk) Hnatiuk of Cass City. She attended elementary school in Elkton and then graduated from Cass City High School in 1950. She met her "forever love" Richard...
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Bruce C. Leipprandt

March 14, 1930 - September 12, 2016

Bruce C. Leipprandt, age 86 of Caseville, passed away Monday, September 12, 2016 at Covenant Harrison Hospital in Saginaw. Born in Bad Axe on March 14, 1930 he was the son of E.T. and Lillian (Sturm) Leipprandt. Following his 1948 Pigeon High School graduation, he attended Michigan State University. After their father's injury on the farm, teenage brothers Bruce and Charles assumed the...
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Brody Lee Truemner

April 10, 1995 - September 10, 2016

Brody Lee Truemner, age 21 of Owendale, passed away Saturday, September 10, 2016 at home. He was born in Bad Axe on April 10, 1995, the son of Kevin C. and Sheila F. (Gundlach) Truemner, and was a 2013 graduate from Laker High School. A hockey player for many years, Brody played with the Huron County Men's Hockey League and the County Line Hockey team in Bay City. While in high school, he...
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Helen M. Ruby

May 23, 1926 - September 9, 2016

Helen Marie Ruby, age 90, of Pigeon passed away Friday, September 9, 2016, surrounded by her loving family at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon. Helen was born May 23, 1926 in Thurman, Colorado to John and Mary (Kuhns) Hoffman. On February 20, 1944 she was united in marriage to Joseph Ruby in Thurman. They lived in Colorado and Pennsylvania until permanently moving to Pigeon, Michigan in 1950. ...
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Scott R. Benda

September 23, 1968 - August 12, 2016

Scott R. Benda, 47, passed away August 12, 2016 at his home in Port Austin. He was born September 23, 1968 to Charles R. and Mary Benda in Pigeon. He is survived by his sister, Patti Lynn Staub of Pigeon and brother, Gregg (Betsy) Benda of Pigeon; two nephews; one niece; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. There will be no service at this time...
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James A. Schumacher

November 7, 1934 - July 13, 2016

James Arthur Schumacher, age 81, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at home in Pigeon. Born in Pigeon on November 7, 1934, he was the son of Arthur J. and Mildred (Burke) Schumacher. A polio survivor, Jim was stricken at age 17 and completed his education while home-schooled from Pigeon High School. He graduated with the Class of 1953. On October 11, 1958, he was united in marriage with...
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William R. Kohr

July 5, 1937 - July 3, 2016

William Robert Kohr, 78 passed peacefully on Sunday July 3rd at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane, three children Jennifer VanBrunt, Jacqueline Marsack, and Robert Kohr and four grandchildren, John VanBrunt, Nick VanBrunt, Kelly Llano, and Katherine Marsack. William is also survived by his brother, John Kohr (Dianne) and his family. ...
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Dolores E. Caradonna

January 17, 1931 - June 30, 2016

Dolores Elaine Shetler Caradonna, 85 of Pigeon and formerly of Fraser, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. She was born January 17, 1931 at Booth Memorial Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and was brought home to Pigeon by her parents John and Sabina (Weidman) Shetler. Dolores attended elementary and high school in Pigeon, establishing many lifelong...
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Mildred Rheinheimer

June 16, 1927 - June 25, 2016

Mildred Rheinheimer, age 89, formerly of Pigeon, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2016, at her home in the Hillside Terrace Retirement Community of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Mildred was born June 16, 1927, in Pigeon, Michigan, daughter of David and Lydia (Shetler) Albrecht. On June 15, 1952, she was united in marriage to Maynard Rheinheimer; he preceded her in death on November 15, 2000. Mrs....
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Joanne M. Rinnert

May 22, 1943 - June 23, 2016

Joanne Marie Rinnert, age 73 of Pigeon, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the Huron County Medical Care Facility in Bad Axe. Born in Detroit on May 22, 1943, she was the daughter of Karl V. and Wilma M. (Drodt) Emerson. On May 9, 1986 she married Robert S. Rinnert in Bad Axe; he preceded her in death on May 16, 2004. Joanne worked at Birchview Ranch as a living skills technician...
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Vera C. Beach

July 1, 1919 - June 17, 2016

Vera Catherine (Beck) Beach, age 96, of Pigeon passed peacefully Friday June 17, 2016. Vera was born in Sebewaing on July 1, 1919 to Wilber Beck and Martha (Eichler) Beck. Vera is survived by three children: Dr. Rebecca Beach of Traverse City, John (Pam) Beach of Palm Harbor, Florida, Martha (Bill) Trubilowicz of Charlevoix, and three very special grandchildren: Dr. Joel Trubilowicz (Amy),...
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Ralph Forman

January 18, 1941 - May 31, 2016

Ralph Forman, 75 of Bay Port, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016 while under hospice care at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. Born in Bay Port on January 18, 1941, he was the son of Victor and Virginia (Hansen) Forman, and graduated in 1959 with his high school sweetheart, Judy, as the last graduating class at Elkton High School. On June 24, 1961 he was married to Judith Rose Miller. She preceded...
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Virginia M. Hyde

September 4, 1927 - May 25, 2016

Virginia Mae Hyde, 88 of Caseville, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2016 at home with family while under hospice care. Born in Flint on September 4, 1927, she was the daughter of William and Josephine (Schabel) Wilson. On June 6, 1953 she was united in marriage with Clarence Junior Hyde in Grosse Pointe. He preceded her in death on February 22, 2006. Virginia was a homemaker throughout her...
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Pamela J. "Jeanne" Wurst

January 6, 1949 - May 20, 2016

Pamela J. "Jeanne" Wurst, age 67, passed away quietly on May 20th, 2016 after a long illness. She was surrounded by her family at her home on Sand Point Jeanne was born on January 6th, 1949 in Burton, Michigan to parents Leroy "Roy" and Beverly (Sylvester) Johnson. She graduated from Atherton Schools in 1967, where she later worked in several positions, from office helper to bus driver to...
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Jean A. Adkins

April 28, 1932 - May 10, 2016

Jean Amanda (Wisenbaugh) Adkins, age 84 of Sebewaing, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Huron Medical Center Hospital in Bad Axe. Jean was born on April 23, 1932 in Bay Port, Michigan to Charles and Eva (Scott) Wisenbaugh. She graduated as the valedictorian of the Class of 1950 from Bay Port High School. Jean worked as a nanny after graduation, the seatbelt plant in Bad Axe, and...
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Ruth V. Heck

November 8, 1925 - May 7, 2016

Ruth Virginia Heck, age 90 of the Pigeon area, passed away Saturday evening May 7, 2016, at Home Sweet Home Assisted Living in Pigeon. Ruth was born November 8, 1925, the daughter of Bert and Hazel (Cummings) Dubs. She grew up in the Pigeon area and married Raymond W. Heck on May 15, 1947 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Linkville. Raymond and Ruth farmed together and raised their family near...
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Judith Vollmer

September 25, 1956 - April 29, 2016

Judith Vollmer, age 59 of Bay Port, passed away Friday, April 29, 2016 at home while under hospice care. She was born in Lapeer on September 25, 1956 and was the daughter of Gerald F. "Jack" and Susan E. (Snoblen) Eckel. Judy and her family moved to Pigeon from Kankakee, Illinois when she was in fifth grade. She then attended Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Schools and was a 1974 Laker High School...
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Dianna G. Kropp

May 14, 1948 - April 13, 2016

Dianna Gail (Rapson) Kropp, age 67 of Pigeon passed away April 13, 2016 at McLaren Bay Regional Hospital, Bay City. She was born in Bad Axe, Michigan, on May 14, 1948 and graduated from Bad Axe High School, class of 1966. She married her husband of nearly 50 years on August 20, 1966 at Salem United Methodist Church in Pigeon. Dianna enjoyed arts and crafts, crocheting, collecting souvenir...
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Florence A. "Ponnie" Prucnell

August 29, 1932 - April 5, 2016

Florence Ann "Ponnie" Prucnell, age 83 of Bad Axe, Michigan passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Meadowlane Assisted Living in Bad Axe. Born in Thealka, Kentucky on August 29, 1932, she was the daughter of Hirst and Zelda (Vanhoose) Bailey. On April 4, 1952 she was united in marriage to Edmund A. Prucnell in Richmond, Indiana. He preceded her in death on November 3, 2010. Ponnie retired in...
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Stanley Shetler

March 30, 1926 - April 2, 2016

Stanley Shetler, age 90 of Pigeon, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. He was born March 30, 1926 to Henry and Emma (Slabaugh) Shetler in Bay Port. After the death of Stanley's mother, Henry was married to Leona Schrock, and they were the parents who raised Stanley and his siblings. Stanley attended and graduated from Snell Country School, often referred...
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Mary L. Bronson

April 17, 1943 - March 26, 2016

Mary L. Bronson, age 72 of Bay Port, passed away Saturday, March 26, 2016 at McLaren Bay Regional Hospital. Born in Clawson on April 17, 1943, she was the daughter of Hurley and Mildred (Bachert) Bowlby, and graduated from Clawson High School. On September 13, 1985, she and Ralph D. Bronson were united in marriage in Caseville. He survives her. Mary retired as office manager at...
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Eric Lee Swartzendruber

January 6, 1981 - March 23, 2016

Eric Lee Swartzendruber, age 35 of Pigeon passed away at his childhood home in Bay Port Wednesday morning, March 23rd while surrounded by his loving family, following a reoccurrence of brain cancer. Born in Pigeon, Michigan on January 6, 1981, he was the son of Leland and Jeanne (Bixler) Swartzendruber and was a 1999 Laker High School graduate. I Eric was a dedicated worker for over 20...
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Albert Schulze

September 28, 1925 - March 22, 2016

Albert F. Schulze, age 90 of Pigeon, passed away March 22, 2016. Born in Pigeon on September 28, 1925, he was the son of Fred A. and Frieda Marie Anna (Trost) Schulze, and graduated from Cross Lutheran School. On March 3, 1951, he was united in marriage to Shirley B. Oesch at Cross Lutheran Church, Pigeon. She preceded him in death on January 21, 1995. Albert farmed throughout his...
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Loren H. Elftman

February 26, 1926 - March 7, 2016

Loren Henry Elftman, age 90 of Pigeon, passed away Monday, March 7, 2016 at Scheurer Hospital Long Term Care, Pigeon. He was born in Bay Port on February 26, 1926 to Henry C. and Minnie A. (Schweitzer) Elftman, and graduated from Mud Creek School. He and Dolores E.A. Gaeth were united in marriage at St. John Lutheran Church in Kilmanagh on December 17, 1949. Loren was a farmer...
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Betty A. Beedle

January 13, 1927 - March 3, 2016

Betty Ann Beedle, age 89, passed away while under hospice care on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at her home at The Rose Garden in Pigeon. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on January 13, 1927, she was the daughter of Wilfred and Ann Marie (Sorensen) Thompson. She and Harold "Hal" Beedle were married in Birmingham on November 20, 1948, and he preceded her in death on May 16, 1990. In...
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Albert T. Eden

February 17, 1922 - February 29, 2016

Albert T. Eden, 94, passed away unexpectedly Monday, February 29th, 2016 at Saginaw Covenant Medical Center. He was born at home in Winsor Township on February 17th, 1922, and was the son of William and Martha (Westphal) Eden. He attended Snell Country School. During WWII he served as a 1st Lieutenant with the U.S. Army in Germany, where he was wounded in action. Albert was a...
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Mildred A. Priebe

September 25, 1921 - February 28, 2016

Mildred A. Priebe, age 94 of Pigeon, passed away Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe. She was born in Owendale on September 25, 1921 and was the daughter of William and Emma (Ruppul) Hoffman. On August 17, 1946, she and Arthur A. Priebe were united in marriage at New Salem Lutheran Church in Sebewaing. They had been married 69 years when Arthur preceded her in death...
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Emil W.R. Nieschulz

February 18, 1920 - February 24, 2016

Emil Walter Robert Nieschulz, age 96 of Pigeon, passed away Wednesday, February 24 at Timberline Lodge, Caro. He was born in Enid, Oklahoma on February 18, 1920, son of Herman and Martha (Gallandt) Nieschulz, and moved to Michigan in 1927. During WWII he served in Asia with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a staff sergeant. He and Margaret Emma Volz were united in marriage on December 19, 1952 at St...
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Alvin H. Rathje

February 16, 1920 - February 22, 2016

Alvin H. Rathje, age 96 of Pigeon, passed away Monday, February 22, 2016 at Country Gardens in Pigeon. He was born in Winsor Township on February 16, 1920, and was the son of Otto and Anna Rathje. He was confirmed by Rev. G.F. Wacher at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Berne, on May 27, 1934; his confirmation verse was John 15:5. Alvin and Gladys E. Baum were united in marriage...
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Iris V. Fricks

June 6, 1945 - February 16, 2016

Iris V. Eisinger Fricks passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at her home, Courtney Manor in Bad Axe, after a long illness. She was born in Pigeon on June 6th, 1945 to Clarence and Ada (Deming) Eisinger, and graduated from Laker High School in 1963. Her survivors include her daughter, Cathy Pettiford of Pigeon; two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by siblings...
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Carole J. Poisson

December 31, 1923 - January 21, 2016

Carole J. Poisson, age 92 of Caseville, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. She was born in River Rouge on December 31, 1923, and was the daughter of Camillus and Anna (Pomaville) TeBeau, and graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes School. On February 9, 1946 she was united in marriage with Roy Arthur Poisson in River Rouge. He preceded her in death on May...
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Vera A. Menzel

October 27, 1925 - January 11, 2016

Vera A. Menzel, 90 of Bay Port, passed away early Monday, January 11, 2016 at Scheurer Hospital Long Term Care, Pigeon. She was born in Brookfield Township on October 27, 1925, and was the daughter of Frederick and Louise (Radloff) Kundinger. She graduated from St. John's School in Kilmanagh and attended Owendale School. On October 27, 1951 she was united in marriage to Raymond K. Menzel...
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Kenneth C. Yahn

July 27, 1929 - January 6, 2016

On July 27, 1929, Kenneth C. Yahn was born in Bay City, Michigan, to Carl and Helen (Gunterman) Yahn. Ken died on January 6, 2016, at the age of 86, after a long battle with cancer with his family beside him. We want to thank Jennifer of A+D Hospice for her knowledge and loving care. Dolores (Dody) Reszke and Ken were united in marriage on February 4th of 1956 and they were blessed with...
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Lester C. Otto

February 18, 1928 - January 3, 2016

Lester C. Otto, age 87, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Scheurer Hospital Long Term Care in Pigeon. He was born February 18, 1928 to Melvin and Frieda (Koteskey) Otto in Winsor Township. Les graduated from Sebewaing High School in 1945, followed by two years in the Armed Forces serving in Korea. On April 7, 1951 he was united in marriage with Lorraine Damm at Pigeon United Methodist...
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Jessie June Farnum

June 20, 1927 - December 30, 2015

Jessie June Farnum, 88 of Owendale and Pigeon, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the Huron County Medical Care Facility, Bad Axe. June was born June 20, 1927 at Gagetown, the daughter of Carl and Jessie (Andrews) Winchester. She and Willis Farnum were married at Gagetown on June 17, 1950. He preceded her in death on May 21, 2014. June and Willis resided in...
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Harold J. Deering

May 3, 1934 - December 28, 2015

Harold J. "Shorty" Deering, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away Monday, December 28, 2015 after a long battle with diabetes. Harold was born May 3rd, 1934, the youngest of eight siblings. He graduated from Pigeon High School in 1951 and started working two years later with Wallace & Morley Company in the grain elevator business. After 30 years advancing in this industry, he...
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Joe D. Truemner

February 28, 1941 - December 26, 2015

Joe Delmar Truemner, 74 of Pigeon, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015 at his home. He was born February 28, 1941 in Winsor Township, son of Delmar J. and Edna B. (Haag) Truemner, and graduated from Pigeon High School in 1959. He received his Bachelors degree from Central Michigan University in 1963, and his Masters degree in 1969. Joe taught in Berkley for three years, then taught at...
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Lowell S. Brown, I

July 28, 1937 - December 18, 2015

Lowell Sanford Brown I, 78 of Caseville and Bay Port, passed away Friday, December 18, 2015 at McLaren Bay Regional Hospital in Bay City. Born at the Brown Family home in Fairhaven Township on July 28, 1937, he was the son of Sanford A. and Mildred M. (Harder) Brown, and was a 1955 Bay Port High School graduate. He and Edith Wiletta Ross were married in Caseville in 1957. Lowell worked in...
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Ruth E. Fritz

September 3, 1926 - November 30, 2015

Ruth Eldine Fritz age 89, passed away Monday, November 30, 2015 at Home Sweet Home in Pigeon. She was born September 3, 1926 to Edward and Emma (Schulz) Voss of Pigeon, and graduated in 1944 from Pigeon High School. She married Keith Fritz on June 29, 1946 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Berne, where she was a member all her life. Keith preceded her in death on August 20, 2007. Ruth...
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Helen W. Stoeckle

November 9, 1923 - November 27, 2015

Helen W. Stoeckle, 92 of Sebewaing, passed away Friday, November 27, 2015 at her daughter's home in Pigeon. She was born in Fairhaven Township on November 9, 1923 and was the daughter of William A. and Frances (Nimtz) Kuhl. On January 7, 1950 she was united in marriage to Edward H. Stoeckle, who preceded her in death on August 21, 1988. Helen was a homemaker throughout her lifetime....
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Ronald C. Gayari

October 14, 1940 - November 10, 2015

Ronald Chris "Ron" Gayari, 75 of Owendale, passed away Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the James Cartwright Hospice Residence in Saginaw Township with his family by his side. Ron was born in Pigeon on October 14, 1940 to Christopher S. and Helen Eva (Bletl) Gayari. He was a 1958 graduate of Pigeon High School, and attended Business College in Bay City for two years. On January 27, 1962 he was...
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Arlene E. (Brunni) Fritz

April 18, 1924 - November 1, 2015

Arlene Ella (Brunni) Fritz, 91, of Pigeon, passed away November 1, 2015, at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe due to complications from surgery. She was born April 18, 1924, to Stanley and Saloma (Weidman) Smith at her grandparents' home in Berne. She grew up in Berne and attended Big Turner School, a two-room school house. The family moved to Pigeon when she was in seventh grade. She attended...
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Janet A. Stetler

July 4, 1937 - October 30, 2015

Janet Ann Stetler, 78 of Pigeon, passed away Friday, October 30, 2015 at Covenant Harrison Hospital in Saginaw. Born in Flint on July 4, 1937, she was the daughter of James L. and Pearl M. (Domine) Malloy. She attended school in Pigeon for three years and graduated from Flint Northern High School. As a student at Asbury College, she sang in the choir, and graduated in 1960. On June 6,...
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Arthur A. Priebe

June 19, 1922 - October 23, 2015

Arthur A. Priebe, 93 of Pigeon, passed away Friday, October 23, 2015 at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon. Arthur was born in Sebewaing on June 19, 1922, and was the son of August and Ida (Martin) Priebe. He graduated from Sebewaing High School and served with the U.S. Army during WWII. On August 17, 1946 he was united in marriage with Mildred A. Hoffman at New Salem Lutheran Church, Sebewaing. They...
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Mildred H. Rosenthal

December 28, 1918 - October 5, 2015

Mildred Helen "Millie" Rosenthal, age 96 years of Pigeon, passed away Monday, October 5th, 2015 at Scheurer Hospital Long Term Care in Pigeon, where she had been a resident for four years. She was born on December 28th, 1918 to John and Flossie (Gregor) Heiman at her parents home in Kilmanagh. She was baptized into the Lutheran faith on February 2nd, 1919 and confirmed on March 20th, 1932. ...
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Ruth Anna Marie Hamilton

April 27, 1922 - October 4, 2015

Ruth Anna Marie (Diener) Hamilton 1922-2015 Ruth Hamilton, age 93, a lifelong resident of Pigeon, was given the gift of eternal life on Sunday, October 4, 2015. She was a stalwart of faith and love to all who knew and met her. Ruth was born April 27, 1922 in Pigeon, the only child gifted to Magdalene and Godfrey Diener. She was home-schooled by her mother until the 3rd grade and then...
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Barbara J. Maxwell

February 24, 1933 - October 2, 2015

Barbara J. Maxwell, 82 of Pigeon, passed away Friday, October 2, 2015 at her daughter's home in Cass City. Barbara Jean Thick was born in Bay Port on February 24, 1933 to Joseph and Lorena (Wideman) Thick, and attended Pigeon High School. She and Frederick C. Maxwell were married in Bad Axe on January 5, 1950. They had celebrated 57 years of marriage when Fred passed away February 4, 2007. ...
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Donald E. Voelker

November 21, 1919 - September 25, 2015

Donald E. Voelker, age 95 of Pigeon passed away Friday morning September 25, 2015 at Mercy Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa. Don had been living with his daughter Irene and her family in Iowa for the past six years. Born in Pigeon on November 21, 1919 he was the son of Oscar and Martha L. (Gettel) Voelker. On October 16, 1943 he was united in marriage to Viola E. A. Stricker. She passed...
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James E. Maust

July 5, 1935 - September 8, 2015

James Earl "Jim" Maust, 80 of Pigeon, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. Born in Bay Port on July 5, 1935, he was the son of Earl J. and Idella (Overholt) Maust. He attended Snell Rural School and Kilmanagh School, graduated from Eastern Mennonite School, and attended Eastern Mennonite College for two years. Jim served two years of voluntary...
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George J. Mohr

August 2, 1920 - August 10, 2015

George John Mohr, 95 of Pigeon, passed away after an extended illness on Monday, August 10, 2015. George was born in Pigeon on August 2, 1920 to Carl and Anna (Trost) Mohr and graduated from Pigeon High School in 1938. After high school he was a stone mason apprentice for Theodore Heine and served in the U.S. Army, becoming a member of the elite Army Band during World War II. He married...
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Roland W. Bechler

September 11, 1929 - August 8, 2015

Roland W. Bechler, age 85 of Pigeon, passed away peacefully on August 8th, 2015 in Bad Axe. Roland was born in Pigeon on September 11th, 1929. His father William Bechler owned and operated the Pigeon Dairy. Roland graduated from Pigeon High School in 1947. In 1950, Roland married the love of his life, Phyllis McInally of Kingston. They were married for 61 wonderful years. Roland...
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Ruth A. Bernhardt

January 8, 1921 - August 5, 2015

Ruth A. Bernhardt, age 94, passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at Heritage Hill Assisted Living in Caro. Born in Bay Port on January 8, 1921, she was the daughter of Ernst and Elsie (Thede) Bolzman, and attended the Kilmanagh Lutheran School. On June 21, 1941 she was united in marriage to Joseph "Joe" Bernhardt at the family home. They were married more than 68 years when Joe passed away on...
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Ashley Elizabeth Leipprandt

May 18, 1981 - July 26, 2015

After a long battle with cancer, Miss Ashley Elizabeth Leipprandt, age 34, was picked up and taken home by the Lord. Ashley graduated from Laker High School in 1999. She loved working in healthcare as a nurses aide, and she was manager at Le Village Market in Elkton from 2008-2014. She is survived by her parents, Timothy and Debra Leipprandt of Elkton; sisters, Stephanie (Michael) Ouellette...
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Patricia A. Fritz

September 28, 1953 - July 24, 2015

Patricia Anne Fritz, 61 of Pigeon, passed away Friday, July 24, 2015 at Covenant Harrison Hospital, Saginaw. Patricia was born in Groton, Connecticut on September 28, 1953 and was the daughter of Gilvie H. and Helen Mae (Norton) Huntley. She graduated from Fitch Senior High School in Connecticut. She worked for Laker School District from 1996-2012 - at Bay Port Elementary and Elkton...
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Willis J. Hengy

January 16, 1963 - July 22, 2015

Willis (Bill - aka Henger) Joseph Hengy, 52 of Caseville, died at home on July 22, 2015, after his second but brief battle with cancer while under hospice care. He was born in Pigeon on January 16, 1963, to Willis M. and Joanne E. (Russell) Hengy and attended Caseville High School. On August 30, 2014, he was engaged to Tami Brown. Bill lived and worked in the Caseville community most of his...
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Esther Steckley

October 14, 1915 - July 17, 2015

Esther Steckley, 99 of Pigeon, passed away Friday, July 17, 2015 at Meadow Lane Assisted Living in Bad Axe. She was born in Boss, Missouri on October 14, 1915, and was the daughter of Henry A. and Barbara (Guengrich) Yoder. On November 27, 1938 she was united in marriage to John G. Steckley in Parnell, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 9, 1995. Esther farmed with her husband John...
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Betty J. Good

December 25, 1923 - July 17, 2015

Betty J. Good, 91 of Gagetown, passed away Friday, July 17, 2015 at home with her family at her side. Born in Casper, Wyoming on December 25, 1923, she was daughter to Dr. Gordon and Belma (Solseth) Dafoe. While in high school, Betty worked at Carl & Stella Errer's ice cream bar and restaurant. Following her 1942 graduation from Owendale High School, she worked in Detroit in the General...
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Russell F. Sprague

March 5, 1923 - July 10, 2015

Russell F. Sprague, age 92 of Bay Port, passed away Friday evening, July 10, 2015 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe after a long illness. Born in Bay Port on March 5, 1923, he was the son of Nijay and Ethel (Lintner) Sprague. On June 6, 1941 he and Helen Louise Pallas were united in marriage in Bad Axe. She preceded him in death on October 4, 1991. Russell was a World War II Army...
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Hannah Jane Yackle

November 26, 1921 - June 29, 2015

Hannah Jane Yackle, 93 of Pigeon, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015 at Country Gardens in Pigeon. Hannah Jane Rogers was born in Elkton on November 26, 1921, and was the daughter of Moses and Edith (Bedford) Rogers. She graduated from Elkton High School in 1940 and attended Central Michigan University from 1940-1944. On August 3, 1946, she was united in marriage to Orville Oswald Yackle at...
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John W. Anderson

July 27, 1947 - June 27, 2015

John W. Anderson, 67, passed away unexpectedly on June 27, 2015 in Canada while on a hunting trip. Born in Pigeon on July 27, 1947, he was the son of J. Wayne and Lois L. (Henne) Anderson and graduated from Laker High School and Michigan State University. John held a Master's Degree in Education Administration and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. John was proud to serve in...
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Velma Darlene Harder

May 10, 1945 - June 9, 2015

Velma Darlene Harder, 70 of Bay Port, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital. She was born in Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada on May 10, 1945 to Verne W. and Velma L. (Anderson) Edsall, and graduated from Bay City Handy High School. On February 10, 1968 she was united in marriage to Elmer J. Harder in Bay Port. He preceded her in death on July 13, 2012. ...
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Loren "The Shingle Man" Stein

September 14, 1930 - June 3, 2015

Loren Frederick Stein "The Shingle Man," passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Born September 14, 1930 at home on the family farm in Winsor Township, he was the son of Carl F. and Martha L. (Hafner) Stein. On June 28, 1952 he was united in marriage to Lola Jean Truemner at the Kilmanagh EUB Church; they have been married nearly 63 years. Loren worked for 15 years at...
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Charles K. Dorsch

August 2, 1960 - May 25, 2015

Charles Kevin "Chuck" Dorsch, 54 of Gagetown, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015 at home. Born in Pigeon on August 2, 1960, he was the son of Howard C. and B. Eloise (Shope) Dorsch, and was a 1978 graduate of Owen Gage High School. On April 26, 1980, he was united in marriage to Nancy Hoagg at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sebewaing. Chuck farmed and also worked as a...
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James I. McQueen

February 7, 1953 - May 25, 2015

James I. McQueen, 62 of McKinley Township, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015 at McLaren Bay Region. He was born on February 7, 1953 to George and Marilyn McQueen. He graduated from St. Johns High School and earned a B.S. from Michigan State University. On June 16, 1979, he was united in marriage to Kathy J. Dietzel at Salem United Methodist Church in Pigeon. After college, Jim taught...
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Doris J. Leipprandt

June 3, 1932 - May 20, 2015

Doris J. Leipprandt, 82 of Caseville, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at home. Doris June Southworth was born in Elkton on June 3, 1932, and was the daughter of George and Florence (Striffler) Southworth. She graduated from Elkton High School in 1950 and attended St. Clair Community College. She was united in marriage to D. Charles Leipprandt at St. Paul's Evangelical United Brethren...
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Joseph J. Maust

February 28, 1943 - April 30, 2015

Joseph J. Maust, 72 of Pigeon, passed away unexpectedly in Laredo, Texas on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Joe was the son of Joseph and Emma L. (Fisher) Maust, and was born in Pigeon on February 28, 1943. He graduated with the first Laker High School class in 1961 and attended two years at Goshen College. On October 2, 1965 he was united in marriage to Diane F. Ruby at the Michigan Avenue...
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Elaine E. Buchholz

July 5, 1929 - April 30, 2015

Elaine E. Buchholz, 85 of Pigeon, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Covenant Cooper in Saginaw. Born in Sebewaing on July 5, 1929, Elaine was the daughter of Walter O. and Leota A. (Zobel) Hornbacher, and graduated from Sebewaing High School in 1947. After high school she was employed by Consumers Powers in Bay City. On February 2, 1951 she was united in marriage to Raymond Arthur...
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D. Charles Leipprandt

March 4, 1927 - April 18, 2015

D. Charles Leipprandt, 88 of Caseville, died Saturday, April 18, 2015 at McLaren Bay Region. Born in Bad Axe on March 4, 1927, Charles was the son of E. Theo and E. Lillian (Sturm) Leipprandt and graduated in 1944 from Pigeon High School. He then attended Michigan State for agricultural short course. He was united in marriage to Doris J. Southworth on April 13, 1951 at St. Paul's...
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Sheila A. Meyer

February 15, 1950 - April 16, 2015

Sheila Ann Meyer, 65 of Saginaw and formerly of Caseville, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Covenant Cooper in Saginaw. The Funeral Service will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015 at the Caseville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Linda Fuller, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Caseville Township Cemetery. Visitation at the church will begin at 11:00 a.m. Monday.
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Esther P. Motz

September 21, 1918 - April 11, 2015

Esther Pauline Motz, 96 of Bad Axe, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe. Esther was born at her grandparents' home in Oliver Township on September 21, 1918 and was the daughter of Freeman Josiah and Bertha Pauline (Sparschu) Motz. She graduated from Elkton High School in 1935. Esther worked as a bookkeeper and tax preparer throughout her lifetime. She...
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Elmina E. Christner

November 24, 1922 - April 5, 2015

Elmina E. Christner, 92, died Sunday afternoon, April 5, 2015 at The Maples at Waterford Crossing in Goshen, Indiana. She was born November 24, 1922 in Ontario, Canada to Aaron and Delila (Ruby) Bender. On May 15, 1948 she married Louis Christner in East Zorah Township, Ontario. He died in October 1989. Surviving are three sons, John (Dorothy) Christner, Goshen, Indiana, James...
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Anita C. Voelker

November 4, 1920 - March 24, 2015

Anita Caroline Voelker, 94 of Pigeon, went quickly to be with her Lord and Savior, Tuesday, March 24, 2015 after a heart attack. Anita was born November 4, 1920 to William and Caroline (Yackle) Dietzel, and graduated in 1938 from Elkton High School. On June 28, 1947 she married Otto Roy Voelker in Elkton. They were married 66 years when Otto passed away May 14, 2013. She lived her life...
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Jeannette Schaper

February 23, 1958 - March 22, 2015

Jeannette Lynn Schaper, 57 of Pigeon (Linkville), passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Covenant Hospital in Saginaw. Jeannette was born February 23, 1958 to William and Elizabeth Schaper. She enjoyed life; her favorite past time was visiting with friends and family, catching up on the latest news. She spent time doing arts & crafts, also making blankets. She had a real love for animals,...
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Irene E. Berube

December 4, 1934 - March 22, 2015

Irene E. Berube, age 80 of Owendale, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015 at McLaren Bay Region in Bay City. She was born in Brookfield Township on December 4, 1934 to Paul and Anna (Priester) Pavlicheck. Irene loved playing the lottery, doing word searches, some knitting, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She trained to be a Nurses Aid at Hills and...
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Robert G. Althouse

April 8, 1965 - March 18, 2015

Robert G. Althouse, 49 of Pigeon, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at home. He was born in Lansing on April 8, 1965 and was the son of Harold and Madonna (Milliman) Althouse. He was often called Uncle Bob at Huron Castings where he worked for many years; at Ubly Heights he was known as Pops. Bob loved golfing and bowling throughout his lifetime. He also enjoyed people, especially his...
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Virginia M. Thiel

June 26, 1925 - March 13, 2015

Virginia May Thiel, 89 of Pigeon, passed away Friday, March 13, 2015 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. Born in Lockport, New York on June 26, 1925, she was daughter of Frank William and Florence Magdeline (Stoeckle) Pankratz. She attended Niagara Falls Elementary and Junior High Schools, graduated from Niagara Falls High School, and attended New York Business Institute. During the early 1950's...
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Gerald L. Jaworski

September 18, 1951 - March 11, 2015

Gerald "Jerry" L. Jaworski age 63 passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Select Specialty Hospital in Saginaw. Jerry currently lived in Sebewaing, but was an Elkton resident for 36 years. Jerry was born on September 18, 1951 in Pigeon, Michigan to Matthew and Amy (Carson) Jaworski. On August 23, 1975, Jerry was united in marriage to Renda Adkins, the love of his life. They would...
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Jessie E. Schweitzer

June 9, 1922 - March 5, 2015

Jessie Elaine Schweitzer, 92 of Bay Port and Caseville, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Huron Medical Care Facility, Bad Axe. Born June 9, 1922 in Pigeon, she was the daughter of Edward and Pearl (Notter) Diefenbach, and attended the Snell School. Jessie lived in Bay Port most of her life, and when living in Caseville, drove to Bay Port almost every day to have coffee with...
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Harriett L. Collins

May 7, 1923 - March 3, 2015

Harriett L. Collins, age 91 of Pigeon, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at the Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe. She was born May 7, 1923 at home in Sheridan Township, Huron County, Michigan, seventh child of Floyd T. and Mabel E. (Fay) McComb. She moved with her family to Cass City in 1929 where she attended the old Cass City High School, kindergarten through grade 12. She was married...
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Thomas W. Gettel

March 4, 1959 - March 3, 2015

THOMAS WATT GETTEL of Pigeon, age 55, died Tuesday, March 03, 2015. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Pigeon, with Reverend John Britt officiating. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. Visitation will be from 3-8 PM, Friday, March 6th at the church and from 1-2 PM on Saturday, March 7. Tom was...
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John Jacob Gettel III

July 24, 1939 - March 2, 2015

John Jacob Gettel III, age 75 of Pigeon, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015 at the Huron County Medical Care Facility in Bad Axe. Born in Bad Axe on July 24, 1939, he was the son of Otto and Jean E. (Lester) Gettel. He graduated from Snell "University" Rural School in Winsor Township, and graduated in 1957 from Pigeon High School. He attended Michigan State University, Central Michigan...
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Janice A. Clabuesch

November 15, 1938 - February 26, 2015

It is with great sadness that I announce the peaceful passing of my beloved Wife, Janice "Jan" Ann (Rapley) Clabuesch at age 76, from kidney cancer, in Bad Axe, Michigan on February 26, 2015. Jan was predeceased by her mother, Roseen, in 2000 and her father, Robert "Bob", in 1978. She is survived by her sisters, Barbara "Barb" Lakewold of Deer Park, WA; Elizabeth "Liz" Laverno of Menomonie, WI;...
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Linda K. Middleton

November 15, 1951 - February 15, 2015

Linda K. Middleton, 63 of Sebewaing, passed away Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon. Born in Pigeon on November 15, 1951, she was the daughter of John G. and Esther (Yoder) Steckley. She married Cleon "Wells" Middleton in Oxford on February 17, 1990 and they lived in Oxford for many years until retiring to Fairhaven Township. Linda enjoyed traveling and the out-of...
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Abigail "Abbie" Rae Gokey

February 12, 2015 - February 12, 2015

Abigail "Abbie" Rae Gokey was stillborn on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Covenant Harrison Hospital in Saginaw. She is survived by her parents, Andrew P. and Rebecca J. (Dubs) Gokey of Unionville; brother, Noah Wesley Gokey; maternal grandparents, Steve and Kathy Dubs of Pigeon; paternal grandparents, Raymond and Kimberly Gokey of Unionville; maternal great-grandmother, Shirley Dubs of Bay...
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Walter Howard Bedford

January 3, 1928 - January 28, 2015

Walter Howard Bedford, 87 of Pigeon and Caseville, passed away Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. Howard was born in Caseville Township on January 3, 1928, and was the son of Walter H. and Clara G. (Gwinn) Bedford. He graduated from Pigeon High School. On July 11, 1994 he was united in marriage to Ellamae Christner Diachenko at the Salem United Methodist Church, Pigeon....
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Harold W. Blome

April 27, 1935 - January 18, 2015

Harold Werner "Harry" Blome, 79 of Pigeon, passed away Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon. He was born in Oliver Township on April 27, 1935 and was the son of Gustav and Gertrude J. (Kaucher) Blome. Growing up, Harold attended Cross Lutheran School and Cross Lutheran Church, where he was a member. Harold farmed throughout his lifetime, and more recently worked for...
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Ruby L. Damm

September 18, 1927 - January 12, 2015

Ruby L. Damm, 87 of Pigeon, passed away Monday, January 12, 2015 at McLaren Hospital-Bay Region in Bay City. She was born in Kilmanagh on September 18, 1927 to Arthur P. and Carrie L. (Haist) Finkbeiner. She graduated from the Kilmanagh School, and Sebewaing High School in 1945. Ruby also attended the Bay City School of Commerce. On June 17, 1949 she was united in marriage to Harold D. "Howie...
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Rev. G. William Dunstan

September 15, 1924 - January 3, 2015

Rev. G. William "Bill" Dunstan, 90 of Caseville, passed away Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Scheurer Hospital Long Term Care in Pigeon. Born in Detroit on September 15, 1924, he was the son of Leslie J. and Margaret (Galbraith) Dunstan. He graduated from Detroit's Edwin Denby High School and served during World War II, 1942-1945, with the U.S. Marine Corps based in San Diego and the...
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Scott C. Howard

June 8, 1962 - January 1, 2015

Scott Clare Howard, 52 of Owendale, passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 1, 2015 at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon. He was born in Pigeon on June 8, 1962 and was the son of Walter and Carol (Fredenburg) Howard. He graduated in 1981 from Owendale-Gagetown High school, where he had played high school sports. In 2006 Scott began working in Saginaw for Delphi, and currently worked for Nexteer....
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Lyle J. Albrecht

March 19, 1935 - December 20, 2014

Lyle J. Albrecht, 79 of Bay Port, passed away Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. Born on March 19, 1935 at his parent's family farm in Bay Port, he was the son of Mose and Mary (Gunden) Albrecht. He attended Kilmanagh School and graduated in 1953 from Pigeon High School. On May 6, 1961 he was united in marriage to Alice M. Hoffman in Pigeon. In his earlier years, Lyle...
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Carole M. Anderson

March 6, 1930 - December 12, 2014

Carole M. Anderson, 84 of Caseville, passed away Friday, December 12, 2014 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. She was born in Akron, Michigan on March 6, 1930 and was the daughter of the late Harry E. and Cora G. (Louks) Rohlfs. On December 23, 1952 she was united in marriage to William J. Anderson in Caro. Carole received her Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1952 from Alma College, where...
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Judith R. Forman

February 21, 1941 - December 9, 2014

Judith Rose Forman, age 73 of Bay Port, passed away suddenly December 9, 2014 in Wauchula, Florida. She was born in Harbor Beach on February 21, 1941 to Etral and Ella Rose Miller. Judy was in the last graduating class from Elkton High School in 1959. She attended every class reunion up until the last one on September 5th in Paw Paw. Judy was united in marriage to Ralph Forman on June 24,...
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Alice J. Eimers

March 26, 1934 - November 19, 2014

Alice Jane Eimers, age 80 of Bay Port, passed away peacefully at home on November 19, 2014. Alice was born March 26, 1934 in Winsor Township and was the daughter of the late Fred and Bertha (Dast) Elftman. She married Richard Henne in September 1950 and they had five children: Nick, Wendy, Nina, Charles, and Steven. She married Ron Eimers in 1968 and he preceded her in death in 1990. Together,...
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Robert P. Baur

July 12, 1939 - November 10, 2014

Robert Paul Baur , 75 of Pigeon, passed away Monday, November 10, 2014 at home. He was born July 12, 1939 to Paul and Hulda (Schuette) Baur. He was the firstborn of the fifth generation to reside in McKinley Township, Bay Port, Michigan. In his youth, he attended Cross Lutheran School and graduated from Pigeon High School in 1957. Bob was very active in FFA and his leadership skills led him...
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