Thelma I. Peters
Thelma Irene Peters, age 72 years, of Onsted, passed away Nov. 4, 2001 in Bixby Hospital, Adrian. She was born Sept. 14, 1929 in Jackson, the daughter of Dorrell I. and Mabel (Hammill) Murphy. She was a lifelong resident of Hudson, Rome Center and the Onsted area. She married Lee H. Peters on Oct. 14, 1957 at Angola, Ind. He preceded her in death June 19, 2000. She was a member of Rebekah Lodge in Onsted.
Surviving are two sons, Alfred Lee Peters of Onsted, Gordon Charles (Julia) Peters of Navarre Beach, Texas; three daughters, Brenda (Dan) Polhemus of Addison, Joyce (Joe) Bfad of Grand Rapids and Linda Kearbey of Dallas, Texas; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, in the Dunn Chapel, Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Onsted with Pastor Philip A. Jones officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Memorials are suggested to the donor's choice.
Ruth Ann Pidgeon
Ruth Ann Pidgeon of Cement City, age 60, died Thursday, January 31, 2002 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. Ruth Ann Pischel married Joseph Pidgeon on June 15, 1967 in Dearborn, Mich., and he survives.
Additional survivors include their daughters, Rosanna (Larry) McPherson and Alison Kalbarchick; five grandchildren; and brother, Paul Ketchum. Her parents preceded Ruth Ann in death.
A Celebration of Ruth Ann's life was held Monday at Heart O' The Lakes United Brethren Church with the Rev. Kevin Cherry officiating.
Memorial contributions may be given to American Diabetes Assn. with envelopes available at the Jenter-Braun Funeral Home, Brooklyn Chapel.
Robert M. Snell
Robert M. Snell, age 83, a life-long resident of Cement City, passed away April 22, 2006, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Helen Snell and one sister Patricia. He was a retired foreman from Goodyear.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 64 years, Dorothy; one daughter, Carol (Edward) Landon of Cement City; one son, Robert C. Snell of Lansing; one granddaughter, Tracey; one grandson, Steven; one great grandson, Eddie Lee; and special friends, Jim and Martha Shafer.
Per his wishes, cremation has taken place. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
John L. Harbaugh
John L. Harbaugh, age 81, of Cement City passed away April 14, 2006. Harbaugh was born on March 7, 1925 to Eugene and Bessie Harbaugh.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Jean, as well as sons, Wayne (Leanne) of Jackson and Rick (Carol) of Liberty and daughters, Wendy (Duane) Snider of Clarklake and Deanna (Dave) Rowley of Ackerson Lake. He is also survived by a brother, Eugene (Sarah) Harbaugh of Cement City; a sister, Belva Long of Jackson ; sister, Marjorie Johnson of Wyoming and sister, Marilyn Gignac of Clinton ; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Harbaugh, as well as by his parents, brothers, Albert, Paul, Karl and Otto, sisters, Virginia Gillette, Teresa Young and Eleanor McAlaster.
Mr. Harbaugh served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1944 to 1946. He worked for over 30 years at Kelsey Hayes Company in Jackson where he was instrumental in organizing the union and held numerous union leadership positions including president. He worked tirelessly throughout his working years to support union causes and Democratic Party candidates. He believed in the dignity of labor and could generally be found on the side of the underdog. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and raising flowers in addition to his ongoing efforts to shock the complacent, upset the comfortable, and challenge the status quo.
Cremation has taken place according to his wishes. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 19, at the East Liberty Universalist Unitarian Church at 11 a.m. with Minister Cindy Landrum and Pastor Ned Bernstein officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Richard Charles Schuette
Richard Charles Schuette, age 72 of Brooklyn passed away suddenly on April 17, 2006 at W. A. Foote Memorial Hospital. Mr. Schuette was born on June 19, 1933 in Jackson, the son of Roy and Wylla Schuette. He married Nancy Preller on November 17, 1952 in Angola, Ind. and she survives. Richard was a member of the Brooklyn American Legion Post #315, Brooklyn Masonic Lodge #169. He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1950-54. Mr. Schuette was employed as a Manufacturing Supervisor with Ford Motor Company until his retirement in 1988 after 33 years of service.
Richard is survived by his wife and children, David (Sherry) Schuette, Jerry (Meredythe) of Brooklyn; Richard Schuette of Ypsilanti; four brothers, David of Saline; Gerald of Brooklyn; Leonard of LaPorte, Ind. and Harold of Manitou Beach; two sisters, Ann (Ray) Webb of Hannibal, Mo.; Ruth Phillips of Michigan City, Ind.; Goddaughter, Michelle Linenfelser; nine Grandchildren, Ryan, Joel, Tyler, Cathy, Nicholas, Courtney, Brandon, Michael and Brooke. Mr. Schuette was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Donald and daughter, Jill.
A Celebration of Richard’s life will be on Thursday, April 20, 2006 at the Brooklyn Presbyterian Church where he will lie in state beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Robert Malsack officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Jackson & Oaklawn. Envelopes will be available at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel, Brooklyn where family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m.
Eleanor K. Garner
Eleanor K. Garner, age 91, of Lake LeAnn, formerly of Toledo, Ohio, died April 10, 2006 at Arbors of Waterville. She was born November 7, 1914 to Louis and Lulu (Fowler) Krepleever in Toledo, Ohio.
Eleanor worked as a draftsman for Toledo Edison Company. She was a member of First Unitarian Church in Toledo, Ohio and Monclova Road Baptist Church in Monclova, Ohio. Eleanor was chosen as Arbors at Waterville First Runner-up “My Fair Lady” at the Lucas County Fair. She was a past president of Glendale School Mothers Club and South Toledo Garden Club. She was a member of Triune Chapter, Eastern Star, a past mother advisor of Triune Rainbow Girls, and a member of American Women’s Garden Club Brussels Belgium.
She married Donald A. Garner September 15, 1934 in Toledo, Ohio. He preceded her in death. Survivors include children, Donald A. Garner, Jr. and Nancy (Bob) Meiring; grandchildren, Greg (Julie), Lee (Dana), Glen (Angie), Mark (Linda), Dirk, and Pam; eight great grandchildren; and one sister, Dorothy K. Alexander. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Mary K. Brimmer and Evelyn K. Shaw (her twin); and her dog, Amber.
A Memorial Service was held on Thursday, April 13, at Monclova Road Baptist Church, Monclova, Ohio. Arrangements were made by Peinert Funeral Home, Waterville, Ohio.
Dale Lewis Mohr
Dale Lewis Mohr “Gramps,” age 74, of Cement City, passed away Saturday April 8, 2006. He was born on January 16, 1932 to Alvin and Zera (Tompkins) Mohr. He married Marilyn Howard on April 19, 1952 in Jackson and she survives.
Dale is also survived by four children, Debra (James) Shaffer, Kurt (Ronda) Mohr, both of Cement City, Mark (Mary) Mohr of Jackson and Teri Mohr of Onsted; nine grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and one sister, Annie (Doran) Ripley of Napa, Calif. Dale was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Nelson Mohr and Gilbert Mohr.
Dale joined the Army in 1950 and was active in the Korean War where he earned the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. After his honorable discharge, Dale worked at Ford as a Transmission Specialist. Dale loved hanging with friends and family and making people laugh. He was always there when you needed a helping hand and was a very strong man who always had love to give to anyone who needed it. He will be sadly missed by all.
A Celebration of Dale’s Life will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel, Brooklyn, with Pastor Edward Mohr officiating. Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Napoleon. Memorial contributions may be given to Arbor Hospice or Lenawee Hospice Region II. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Terry L. Wheaton
Terry L. Wheaton, age 47, of Brooklyn passed away on Monday, April 3, 2006, at Foote Hospital in Jackson after injuries sustained in an industrial accident. He was born on July 18, 1958 in Tecumseh, Mich., to Lynwood and Wilma (Ebbert) Wheaton. He married Karin L. Ross on September 30, 1989 in Woodstock Township, Lenawee County, Michigan, and she survives.
Terry was a life long resident of the Brooklyn area. He graduated from Columbia Central High School in 1976. He was a truck driver for the Jackson County Road Commission for 13 years. He also was a farmer all his life. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Brooklyn Lodge Aerie #3689. He enjoyed camping in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana with his wife Karin. They vacationed in Hawaii, Las Vegas, Florida and Arizona. He enjoyed farming with his brother Jack.
Surviving besides his wife Karin are one step-daughter, Michelle Winn of St. Clair Shores, Mich.; one grandson, Kyle Winn; Terry’s parents, Lynwood and Wilma Wheaton of Brooklyn; four brothers, Dale (Beverly) Wheaton, Jack (Sandra) Wheaton, Daniel (Penny) Wheaton, Timothy Wheaton all of Brooklyn; his mother-in-law, Doris E. Ross of Napoleon, several aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins. Funeral services were held on Friday, April 7, 2006 at the Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Addison with Pastor Richard H. Wilford officiating. Cremation has taken place. Memorial contributions can be made to The Michigan Gift Of Life.
Martin I. Iverson
Martin I. Iverson, age 80 of Brooklyn, passed away April 10, 2006 at the Chelsea Retirement Center (Kresge Unit).
The son of Ingolf and Elida Iverson, he was born on Jan. 23, 1926 in Mackinac City, Mich. Mr. Iverson was employed with Chrysler until his retirement. He served his country honorably in the Navy, Army and Coast Guard, was a member of Wilber-Bartlett American Legion Post #315 and served on the Honor Guard.
Survivors include his children: Myra (Johnnie) Rangler of Brooklyn, John W. (Sherry) Iverson of Grass Lake, Robert P. Iverson of Brooklyn “son & best buddy”, and Sandy (Robert) Hagerdon of Henderson, Nev. (formerly of Brooklyn); loving ladyfriend of 16 years, Edra Keil of Brooklyn; grandchildren: Scott W. Iverson of Texas, Johnnie Rangler, Jr. of Brooklyn, Laura Ashford of Texas, Larry R. Stein of Brooklyn, Danielle and Chad Timm of Brooklyn, Theresa Nelson of Jackson, Derick S. Dobransky of Brooklyn; 16 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; one brother: Paul (Sharon) Iverson of Houghton Lake.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Theresa Thees.
A celebration of Mr. Iverson’s life will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2006, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel Brooklyn. Memorial contributions may be given to the Chelsea Retirement Center, Kresge Unit. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home where family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p. m. Interment will be in Washtenong Cemetery.
Ruth Esther Nickloy
Ruth Esther Nickloy, age 85 years of Manitou Beach, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2006, at Provincial House in Adrian.
Born on March 3, 1921 in Rome Township Lenawee County, Michigan, she was the daughter of Francis B. and Ruth M. ( Richardson ) Howard. She graduated from Adrian High School in 1938. On June 27, 1942 in Riverside, Calif. she married Kenneth H. Nickloy who preceded her in death on April 28, 1975. With her husband and family she operated a large peach orchard near Onsted and Manitou Beach. She also worked at the Onsted Senior Center, was a member of North Rome Baptist Church and Missionary Society and a life member of the Women’s Auxiliary American Legion Durkee- Seager Post #550 of Onsted.
Mrs. Nickloy is survived by her sisters, Marion Pawson of Manitou Beach and Shirley Chatfield of Manitou Beach; brothers, Dennison (Lucille) Howard of Onsted and Frank Howard and friend, Joyce Howe of Onsted; sister-in-law, Elinor Howard of Palmyra and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother, Raymond Howard. Funeral services for Mrs. Nickloy will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at Dunn Chapel, Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Onsted with the Rev. Lloyd Jewett and Pastor Fritz Kruse officiating. Interment will follow at Maple Shade Cemetery in Onsted. Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 11, from 2 to 4 p. m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dunn Chapel, Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Onsted. Memorial contributions are suggested to North Rome Baptist Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Harold M. “Red” Harper
Harold M. “Red” Harper, 77, of Vineyard Lake, Brooklyn, passed away April 1, 2006 at home surrounded by his loving family. He had been in failing health for several years. Harold was a very loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. He was born August 2, 1928, in Tecumseh, Michigan to Edward and Florence (Linton) Harper. He resided in the area most of his life except for eighteen years in Marion, Ohio with the Tecumseh Products Company.
On September 6, 1963 he married Linda Dewey at Christ Episcopal Church in Adrian. He was a graduate of Tecumseh High School, Class of 1946 and a U.S. Navy veteran. He retired from Tecumseh Products in 1993, returning there in October of the same year as an engineering consultant until May of 1998 for a total of 50 years of service to the Company, when he was forced to retire again due to failing health.
Harold was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the National Rifle Association and the American Legion Post #0315 in Brooklyn. He was a past member of the Adrian Elks Club and a past director of the Goodwill Industries Board of Directors in Marion, Ohio. He attended the Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn.
Red enjoyed music all of his life. In the early 1950’s he led the Tecumseh Products Orchestra. From the age of sixteen he played with many dance bands in the area. Some of his fondest memories were playing with his aunt, Florence “Babe” House, and his lifelong friend, Jack Ries. He truly enjoyed his friendship with all of the local musicians and the opportunity to play music with them. He also enjoyed many fishing trips to Canada and was a ham radio operator for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda; one daughter, Sherry Harper (Rich) Hamblen of Nashville, Tenn.; and three sons, Gary (Marilyn) Harper of Adrian, Douglas and Jeffrey Harper, both of Sand Lake. Also surviving are a sister, Carole (Bill) Gemmill of Springhill, Fla. ; two brothers, Larry (Sally) Harper of Temperance, Mich. and Jerry ( Dee ) O’Brien of Tecumseh; three grandsons, Matt Harper, Toby Harper and Alex Hamblen; and a granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers in infancy; and a sister, Patti Deming.
Visitation will be Tuesday, April 4, 2006, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Purse Funeral Home in Tecumseh. Services will be held at the Purse Funeral Home in Tecumseh on Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at 11a.m. with the Reverends Milan Maybee and Kevin Cherry officiating. Burial will follow at Brookside Cemetery.
It is suggested that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association or Great Lakes Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.