Gerald Garth Yeider, Sr.
Gerald Garth Yeider Sr., age 73, of Brooklyn, passed away at his home on May 3, 2004. He was born on May 5, 1930 in Brooklyn the son of William and Minnie (Mae) Yeider and they precede him in death. He was also preceded in death by his wife Mary Perry Yeider and his siblings, Roy, Jack, Alice, Jerry, Cleo, Margaret, Kathy and Daryl.
Surviving are his children, Nancy Ann (Danny) Davis of Jackson, Gerald G. (Kassie) Yeider Jr. of Napoleon, Sharon (Richard) Spangler of Jackson, William H. Yeider of Denton, N.C. and Douglas (Kolette) Yeider of Clarklake; stepchildren, Bruce, Dick, Star and Kenny Perry; several grandchildren, step grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister, Pearl Bender of Florida; brother, Leo Yeider of Colo; and his lifelong companion, Ida Yeider.
A celebration of Gerald's life took place on Monday, May 10, at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel in Brooklyn. Interment was at Roseland Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be given to the family for future designation. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Steven L. Fejes
Steven L. Fejes age 64, of Lake Columbia died suddenly on May 3, 2004, at his home. He was born on October 9, 1939 in Detroit, Mich., the son of Leo and Virginia (Williams) Fejes. Steven was married in 1961 in Westland, Mich. to Shirley (Letson) Fejes also of Lake Columbia and they had 2 children, Kadis and Steven, Jr.
Mr. Fejes was retired from General Motors and lived at Lake Columbia until the time of his death. He served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force from 1958-1965, and the U.S. Civil Air Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Mr. Fejes was a member and Past Master of Brooklyn Masonic Lodge F and AM #169 received Capitular Degree and exalted in Brooklyn Chapter #67 RAM, received order of Red Cross and Order of the Temple Knighted in Eureka Commandery #3 Hillsdale Knights Temple.
Mr. Fejes, an avid sailor, gardener and true gentleman passed away while enjoying his yard and home. Survivors include his son, Steven L. Fejes, Jr. of Brooklyn and three grandchildren, Joseph David Culler, Broc Steven Fejes, and Baylea Elizabeth Fejes. Mr. Fejes was preceded in death by his father, Leo Fejes; daughter, Kandis Culler; mother, Virginia Williams; and sister, Virginia (Fejes) Imboden.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 8, at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel in Brooklyn. Memorial donations may be given to the family for the grandchildren.
Guy Carlton "Carl" Kissner
Mr. Guy Carlton "Carl" Kissner, 86 of Altoona passed away Thursday, May 6, 2004. Born February 4, 1918 in Coshocton, Ohio the son of Carl and Elsa (Roser) Kissner. The family moved to Delaware, Ohio in 1919 where Carlton played saxophone in the high school band and was the drum major the last two years. He was a member of the Boy Scouts through high school. He graduated from Frank B. Willis High School June 1936 and from Eastern Michigan University with a B.S. degree in Elementary and Secondary Education June 1940. Carl Kissner was employed by the Melvindale Northern Allen Park School District in Michigan for 35 years. For two years he was an elementary classroom teacher and for 13 years he was a high school teacher of World History and Sociology. During that time he obtained his Master's Degree in School Administration and Supervision from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. For seven of those years he was president of the Melvindale Northern Allen Park Teachers Union.
In 1955, Carlton Kissner was appointed Assistant Superintendent in charge of Business and Finance for the district a position he held for twenty years until his retirement in June, 1975. In 1964 the Association of School Business Officials had made Carlton Kissner a "Life Member" of their organization. On his retirement the Melvindale Northern Allen Park School Board awarded Carlton Kissner a certificate of "35 years of service" to their school system.
Retirement has been a busy time for Carl Kissner and his wife, Linda. Carl continued his interest and dedication to education and good government by serving a term as Cambridge Township Supervisor in Lenawee County, Mich. in the Irish Hills. He received his gold pin in slide competition at the Photographic Guild of Detroit, and continued his interest in photography. After moving to Umatilla, Florida, he joined the First Presbyterian Church.
Carl began collecting rocks after joining the State Line Gem and Mineral Club of Tecumseh, Mich. and the Gem and Mineral Club of DeLand, Fla. Carl and Linda donated many rocks for education in Michigan and Florida including the Gillespie Museum at Stetson University. They traveled, camped and hunted rocks taking pictures in the United States and in Alaska, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Carl has played his saxophone with several local bands and his own "Carl Kissner Band" for retirement homes and other activities. Interested in protecting the environment, Carl and Linda helped start and are life members of the Trout Lake Nature Center, Eustis, Fla. and worked with organizations - Oklawa Valley Audubon Society and the Lake County Conservation Council.
Survivors include wife, Linda; daughter, Patricia and her husband, Dr. Behrouz, Peikari of Dallas, Texas; sons, Timothy and his wife, Monica Kissner of Omaha, Neb., Thomas and his wife, Marcela Kissner of Port Chester, NY; sister, Gene and her husband, John Spalding of Sun City West, Ariz.; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Monday, May 10, at the Beyers Funeral Home Chapel, Umatilla with Reverend Mary Vanderplas officiating. Interment followed at the Umatilla Cemetery Annex. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a fund of your choice for students who need financial help for their education.
Gary R. Reed
Gary R. Reed, age 62, passed away Feb. 28, 2004 at his home in Pelkie, Mich. He was preceded in death by his parents G. Raynor Reed and Evalyne Swartout and brother Philip Michael.
Cherishing his memory are siblings, Larry (Sharon) Reed of Clark Lake, Tom (Felice) Reed of DeWitt, Noreen (Jim) Abercrombie of Pelkie; nieces Sharla Saterlee, Kathy Wright, Tracy Reed, Rhonda Pischke, Roxanne Chapman and Nichole Bouck; nephews Brian and Corey Budd; great nieces, great nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service and luncheon will be held May 15, at Clark Lake Community Church at 4 p.m. Contributions may be made to the church.
Richard L. Weber
Richard L. Weber, age 70, of Napoleon Township, passed away May 11, 2004 under the loving care of his family and Great Lakes Hospice. Dick was born in Jackson and married Joyce A. Strong in 1954. Dick was a long-time printer in the area working at R.L. Polk and owner of Creative Graphics and Weber Printing. He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Era, former member of the Napoleon Lions Club, member and treasurer of Napoleon Lodge #301 Free and Accepted Masons and the Clark Lake Community Church.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joyce A.; two daughters, Kelly McDougall of Holt and Kim (John) Day of Napoleon; six grandchildren, Chelsea, Garrett and Hillary Day and Blake, Connor and Sean McDougall; his father-in-law, Clyde Strong; sister-in-law, Barb (Ward) Bradish; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Clark Lake Community Church on Thursday at 1 p.m. with Pastor Richard Wilford officiating. Interment will be at Roseland Memorial Gardens. Visitation is Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Nichols-Arthur Funeral Home with Masonic Memorial Services at 8 p.m. The family suggests contributions in Dick's memory be made to the Napoleon Masons Scholarship Fund.
Justin G. Vaughn
Justin G. Vaughn, 25, of Fort Wayne, Ind., formerly of Brooklyn, died May, 1, 2004, at his home. He was born on June 25, 1978 in Jackson, Mich., the son of Chuck and Cindy Griffin-Vaughn.
Justin was a 1997 graduate of Columbia Central High School and a member of the Brooklyn Presbyterian Church. He was a diehard Detroit Lions and Red Wings fan and avid NASCAR fan, cheering for No. 6, Mark Martin.
Justin was engaged to Jennifer Christine Bradtmueller and is survived by her and their daughter, Mackenize, both of Fort Wayne, Ind. Additional survivors include Justin's parents, Chuck and Cindy Vaughn and brother Jereme Vaughn, all of Brooklyn, Mich.; grandmother, Jackie Vaughn of Vandercook Lake; and several uncles, aunts and cousins. Justin was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Clare and Jane Griffin, and paternal grandfather, Dewain Vaughn.
A Celebration of Justin's Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at the Brooklyn Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Robert Malsack officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeway Cemetery in Tecumseh. For friends in Fort Wayne a Memorial Service will be held on Friday from 5 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church, 8710 St. Joe Center Rd. in Fort Wayne.
Justin's family will receive friends at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel in Brooklyn, on Tuesday, May 4, 2004, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be give to the family for future designation for Justin's daughter.
Charles Bausano, age 84, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Ypsilanti, died on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at Tucson Medical Center Hospital in Arizona.
Jack Clark Chrestensen
Jack Clark Chrestensen, age 68, of Brooklyn passed away April 21, 2004 at home. Jack was born May 6, 1935 in New Castle, Nebraska, the son of John and Iva (Berger) Chrestensen. He married Marilyn Henderson on Nov. 13, 1965 and she survives.
Jack was a member of the Carpenters Local #1004 in Lansing and worked for 37 years until his retirement. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Elaine (Dennis) Lindeman, Kathy (James) Stead of Westland, Daryl Chrestensen of Manchester, Terrie Chrestensen of Denver, CO; grandchildren, Michelle and Daniel Barron, Jesse and Joshua Hagerman; brother, Donovan Chrestensen of Sioux City, IA; great grandson, Bailey Barron; and great granddaughter, Adrianna Barron.
A memorial service for Mr. Chrestensen was held on Monday, April 26, 2004 at 2:00 P.M.. Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Jackson & Oaklawn. Envelopes will be available at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel.
Larry E. Ford
Larry E. Ford, age 67, of Addison, died on Saturday, April 24, 2004, at Herrick Memorial Hospital.
Richard C. Disbrow
Richard C. Disbrow, age 79 of Manchester passed away Monday, April 19, 2004 at Bixby Medical Center. He was born April 5, 1925, in Waseon, Ohio the son of Walter and Rosella (Crew) Disbrow. Richard graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1943. He married Eileen Smith on Aug. 5, 1955.
They made their home at Eileen's family farm and she survives. He retired from Ford Motor Company in 1980 after 37 years. He worked at the Manchester, Rawsonville and Saline plants.
Richard is also survived by his step-son, Roger Covell of Jackson, Mich.; one sister, Geraldine Edsall of Wyomissing, Pa.; two brothers, Larry Disbrow of Morenci, Mich., and David (Pat) Disbrow of Rochester, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Richard's life took place on Friday, April 23, 2004 at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Jenter Chapel in Manchester with the Rev. Robert Malsack officiating. Burial took place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Manchester. Pallbearers, Manchester Firefighters. Memorial contributions may be given to the Iron Creek Community Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Brianna Marie DeBaeke
Brianna Marie DeBaeke, age 2 months, of Brooklyn passed away April 22, 2004. She was born February 29, in Ann Arbor the daughter of Scott and Holly (Featherston) DeBaeke and they survive.
Brianna is also survived by her sister, Alexandria DeBaeke, paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Janice DeBaeke and maternal grandparents, Patricia and Doug Featherston.
A celebration of Brianna's life took place on Saturday, April 24, at Camp DeSales, Sacred Heart of Jesus Chapel with Father Ken McKenna officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to the family for future designation. Envelopes will be available at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel in Brooklyn.