Alexander William "Alex" Czinski
Alexander William "Alex" Czinski, age 36, of Somerset Center passed away at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor on Jan. 21, 2004. Alex was born on Nov. 18, 1967 in Saline, Mich., the son of William S. and Ruth Ann (Hammond) Czinski. He married Heather Girdham on July 6, 1996 in Tipton, Mich., and she survives. Alex was a member of the UAW.
Besides his wife, survivors include his children, Evelyn, Zachary and Alicia Czinski; grandparents, Sam Hammonds of Manchester and Rose Czinski of Willis, Mich.; siblings, Wendy Sauers and Larry Henkle of Tecumseh, Tammy Edwards of Clarklake, William (Anna) Czinski of Tecumseh and Nina Czinski of Brooklyn; nieces and nephews, Chad, Nathan and Cory Edwards and Tye Czinski. Alex was preceded in death by his niece, Kierstin Sauers; and grandparents, Ruth Hammond and William Czinski.
A Celebration of Alex's Life was held on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, with the Rev. Milan Maybee officiating. Interment was at Highland Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Czinski Memorial Fund, C/O American 1 Federal Credit Union. Envelopes are available at Borek Jenning Funeral Home, Brooklyn Chapel.
Reona Davis, age 92, of Hillsdale, formerly of Addison, died on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004 at Provincial House in Adrian.
Maxine Mary King
Maxine Mary King, age 83, of Clarklake passed away Jan. 22, 2004 at W.A. Foote Memorial Hospital. She was born on Oct. 16, 1920 in Jackson, the daughter of Clarence and Gertrude (David) Wimmer. Maxine married John Lee "Jack" King on June 18, 1946 in Jackson and he preceded her in death on Sept. 8, 2003.
Maxine was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. King was very active and contributed and participated in the March of Dimes and enjoyed many friends at the Beach Bar, Aggies, The Eagles Nest and Big Boy Restaurant in Brooklyn. She had been employed at Consumers Energy where she met her husband, Jack.
Mrs. King is survived by her children, Jacqueline L. (John) Calhoun, Eugenia M. King, John J. (Shari) King; stepdaughter, Karyn L. (Richard) Russell; loving sister, Ruth Pepper of Jackson; grandchildren, Gwen King, John Calhoun, Nathan (Elizabeth) Calhoun and Janelle and Christy King; great grandchildren, John, Alicia and Kayla Calhoun; nieces and nephews, Susan Diebold, Gaenor Schock, Diane Enos, Toni Schwarz and Steve Wimmer.
A Celebration of Maxine's life will be at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel, on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, beginning at 1 p.m. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Jackson & Oaklawn, March of Dime or the Cascades Humane Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home where family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
James Raymond Shafer
James Raymond Shafer, age 78, of Brooklyn died on Friday, Jan. 23, 2004 at W.A. Foote Memorial Hospital in Jackson. Jim was born to Ray and Maude Shafer on July 31, 1925 in Jackson.
He was the owner of Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger in Ann Arbor, was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served in World War II in the European and American theaters. Jim was greatly loved and will be missed by his family and many friends.
He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Shafer, who he married on Jan. 13, 1983. Also surviving are his step children, Henry (Patrice Power) Pohl, Ernest (Dolly) Pohl, Lawrence (Carla) Pohl, Thomas (Cheryl) Pohl, Mary (David Balestrieri, Theresa (John) Wells and Bernadette Johnson; his step grandchildren, Preston and Christopher Pohl, Nino and Jennifer Balestrieri, Josie and John Wells, Jamie and Justin Pohl, Jesse and Jason Johnson and Carter Pohl; his sister, Annabel (Burdette) Andrews; his nephews, Dan and Jonathan Andrews; and his niece, Judith Andrews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Don Shafer; and his nephew, Don Andrews.
A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The family will be receiving friends at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Jenter Chapel in Manchester on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Memorials are suggested to Right to Life of Michigan.
David Edward Shrader
David Edward Shrader, age 74 of Jackson, formerly of Brooklyn, died on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 at Foote Hospital in Jackson.
Ralph Glendon Kingsbury
Ralph Glendon Kingsbury, 96 of Grass Lake, Michigan, passed away January 8, 2004 at Cedar Knoll Care Center. He was born May 27, 1907 in Lapeer, MI. His wife Mary (Ehle) preceded him in death. He is survived by his children: 1 daughter, Peggy Gillespie of Lakeland, Fla., and 4 sons, Keith of Gilbert, Ariz., Jack of Ann Arbor, Larry of Centralia, Wash. and David of Brooklyn; 16 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 14 great, great grandchildren.
He was a retired journeyman electrician retiring from Ehle Electric Co. of Ann Arbor. He was an accomplished woodcarver, artist, photographer and gardener. He was good at anything he set his mind to do.
Cremation has taken place; burial will be held at a later date in Brooklyn. Arrangements entrusted to the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel.
Marion J. Crawford
Marion J. Crawford, age 86 of Manitou Beach, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, at his home.
Edward Orlowski, of Brooklyn, passed away Jan. 19, 2004 in Jackson. He was a part owner of Xact Products in Brooklyn. Call Borek Jennings Funeral Home at (517) 592-2280 for funeral service information.
Reona Davis, age 92 of Hillsdale, formerly of Addison, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004 at Provincial House in Adrian.
Wayne Buckner, 69, of Brooklyn passed away Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004 at Foote Memorial Hospital in Jackson after a two-year battle with lung cancer. He was born Sept. 14, 1934 in Decatur, Tenn., the son of Don and Bessie (Nance) Buckner. He married Gloria McKnight on July 30, 1955 and she survives.
He was a member of the Brooklyn Masonic Lodge #169, the Scottish Rite Shriners in Detroit and the Irish Hills Rod and Gun Club. Wayne graduated from Adrian High School in 1954. He served our country in the Navy and worked for A&P-Farmer Jack in Belleville for 45 years until his retirement in 1997.
Besides his wife, Wayne is survived by one son, Kevin (Kay) Buckner of Liberty Township; one daughter, Leslie (Clint) Harwood of Whitmore Lake; his mother, Bessie (Nance-Buckner) Holt of Decatur, Tenn.; step-mother, Gertie Buckner of Fort Gratiot; granddaughters, Bonny and Emily Buckner of Liberty Township; sisters, Wanda (Pete) Sliger of Athens, Tenn., Phyllis (Nick) Karagus of Dearborn, Geneva Pettit of Cleveland, Tenn., Jeanette (Doyle) Meadows of Decatur, Tenn., and Linda Sue Campbell of Marysville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father.
A celebration of Wayne's life will take place on Wednesday, January 21, at 2 p.m. at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel with Pastor Michael Bracy officiating. Interment will follow at Roseland Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society or to the Brooklyn Masonic Lodge. Envelopes will be available at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home where the family will receive friends and family on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
Harry C. Shanks
Harry C. Shanks, formerly of Brooklyn and recently of Mary Esther, Fla., died peacefully at home under the loving care of his family and Hospice on Saturday, December 6, 2003 in Mary Esther.
He was a tool maker/project manager most of his working career. Harry was an army veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Wilber-Bartlett American Legion Post in Brooklyn. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart among his nine decorations.
Born in Wayne County in 1927, he is survived by his wife, Alice, whom he married in 1953 and five children: David of Detroit, Sean (Patty) of Somerset, Kevin (Jennifer) of Findlay, Ohio; Sandy (David) Boylan of Brooklyn, and Alicia (Todd) Boyles of Mary Esther, Fla. He was a grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of one. Also surviving is one brother, Dr. George (Carol) Pusczak of Big Rapids, several nieces and nephews and two sisters-in-law. His parents and seven brothers preceded him in death.
There will be a celebration of his life at the Wilber-Bartlett Post in Brooklyn on Saturday, January 17. The family will receive guests starting at 1 p.m.
Richard E. Carpenter
Richard E. Carpenter, age 69 of Cement City, went to be with the Lord after a long courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at Arbor Hospice Residence in Ann Arbor.
He was born on July 10, 1934 in Oberlin, Ohio to Elwin and Viva (Alexander) Carpenter. He married Marion N. Shisler in Eagle, New York, and she survives.
He lived in Lagrange, Ohio area for 30 years, and the past 39 years in the Cement City area. He graduated from Lagrange High School in 1952. He was a dairy farmer all his life. He was a member of the Cement City Baptist Church in Cement City where he was a Church Elder, Treasurer, and was a Sunday School teacher. Richard was on the Columbia School Board for 12 years. He was founder and chairman of the Tri-County Church Basketball League and annual tournaments for 38 years. He was a basketball official for the JAOA.
Surviving besides his wife Marion are two sons, Kevin (Joann) Carpenter of Brooklyn and Kurt (Kristine) Carpenter of Cement City; two daughters Karen (Steve) Reese of Clarklake and Kathleen (Tony) Pepe of France; eleven grandchildren, Jeremy Carpenter, Bambi (Michael) Cooper, Heather, Sarah and Scott Reese, Karie, Kristina and Andrew Pepe, Emily, Kayla and Luke Carpenter; three great-grandchildren Ashley Carpenter, Jordan and Bailey Cooper, one brother Alvin (Betty) Carpenter of Elyria, Ohio; one sister Marjorie (Frank) Odor of Elyria, Ohio. He is preceded in death by his parents, one sister June Howard and infant son Kent.
Funeral services were held Friday, January 9, 2004 at the Cement City Baptist Church in Cement City, with Pastor Drew Woods and Kyle Detmers officiating. Burial was in the Cement City Baptist Church Memorial Gardens in Cement City. Arrangements were by the Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Addison.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Cement City Baptist Church or Arbor Hospice Residence in Ann Arbor.