Leona L. Mills
Leona L. Mills, age 86 of Mesa, Arizona, formerly of Addison, died on Friday, Oct. 1, 2004 at Hospice of the Valley in Mesa.
Gordon F. Houghton
Gordon F. Houghton Sr., age 92 of Spring Arbor, formerly of Addison, passed away on Monday, Sept. 27, 2004 at Arbor Manor in Spring Arbor. He was born on October 3, 1911 in Lakeview, Mich. to Austin and Effie (Deacon) Houghton. He married Gertrude L. Crosby on April 17, 1937 in Ypsilanti, Mich., and she preceded him in death on June 4, 1987. Gordon lived in the Cement City area for 17 years, in Somerset, and then in Addison since 1971. He was employed at the Cement City Cement Plant for 19 years, Addison Products for 17 years, retiring in 1977. He did maintenance work at Trust Corp Bank in Addison, retiring 1997. He was in one of the original members of the Onsted Coon Hunters Club.
Surviving are one daughter, Jackie (Venice) Mason of Jerome; one son, Mike (Jan) Houghton of, Jackson; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Thelma Minick of Hudson, Fla., Betty Williams of Milan, Mich., Jenny Sparrow of Willis, Mich. He is preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude, three brothers, and three sisters.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004 at the Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Addison, with Pastor Keith W. Porter officiating. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery in Addison. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Addison United Church Missionary Fund.
Reverend Dr. Richard M. Wilds
The Rev. Dr. Richard M. Wilds, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital on September 28, 2004 at the age of 73. He was born August 3, 1931 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. He was preceded in death by his brother Marlow and first wife, Joan.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Ann Wilds of Brooklyn; daughters, Susan (Robert) Howe, Sarah (Walter) Disbrow; a son, Daniel (Tommi) Wilds, all of the Jackson area; stepson, Cody (Julie) Miller of Ohio; and brother, Lowell of South Carolina. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and one great grandson. Dick, as he was known by, served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence in Germany, was a Photogrammetrist for the Michigan State Highway Department and was a graduate of Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. He was ordained in the Episcopal Church at St. Paul's Cathedral in Detroit in 1967. He served many small churches in Michigan, with 25 years as Priest of All Saints Church in Brooklyn until his retirement in 1993. After his retirement, Dick continued to serve the Lord by substituting and assisting in many churches until his death. He received his Doctorate of Ministry from Drew University in 1986. Reverend Wilds was a family psychotherapist through the church and taught psychotherapy in Graduate Studies at Siena Heights University in Adrian and Jackson Community College.
A diminutive man, whose heart was generous and who was passionate in his service to the Lord, he will be lovingly missed by his family and the many lives he touched. Visitation was held at All Saints Episcopal Church on Friday, October 1. A celebration of his life was held on Saturday, October 2. Arrangements were made by Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Brooklyn. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Michigan Heart Association or to the Mission in Nicaragua.
Barbara "Bobbie" Harsh
Barbara "Bobbie" Harsh, age 63, of Onsted, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, at Flower Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. She was born Nov. 29, 1940, in Maybee, MI, to Charles C. and Alice M. (Runyon) Scott. She married Norman Harsh on July 12, 1958, in Fairfield, Mich., and he survives. Barbara was a member of the Moose Lodge, the United States Trotting Association and the Michigan Harness Horse Association.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Kimberly (Harsh) Holcomb and her husband, Ronald, of Concord, NC., Kathy (Harsh) Murawsky and her husband, Jan, of Stuttgart, Germany and Robin (Harsh) Robertson and her husband, John, of Onsted; one brother, Alfred "Butch" Scott and his wife, Linda of Reno, Nev.; one sister, Jeannette Case and her husband, Earl of Blissfield; six grandchildren, Devora Flick, Randall Losey, Ryan Losey, Chrysta Wood, Joshua Harsh and Tess Harsh; three great-grandchildren, Mason Flick, Maggie Flick and Augusta Wood. She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, Jean Speawok, Joyce Navarre, Thelma Clark and Helen Jennings; and two brothers, Buster Scott and Flip Scott.
Funeral services for Barbara will be held on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004, at 1 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home with Rev. Bruce Jewett officiating. Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.
Sue A. Mapes
Sue A. Mapes, age 76 years of Manitou Beach, passed into Heaven on Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, with family by her side at the Lenawee Medical Care Facility in Adrian. She was born on Nov. 27, 1927, at Lutheran hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the daughter of William Karl and Amy M. (Richart) Gardiner. She graduated in 1946 from North Side High School in Fort Wayne. She married Morden Mapes on Nov. 7, 1948 at the First United Methodist Church in Hudson and he survives. They enjoyed 55 years of life together.
Sue loved life, her family and was a great kidder. She loved driving her Big Yellow Bus for nearly 25 years at Madison and Fort Wayne Community Schools. Sue's mother had Sue and her sister, Ann, singing in front of people before they started school. This led Sue to be a vocal music performer. She sang choir at North Side High and was a charter member of the Irish Hills Sweet Adelines for many years and the Adelines in Fort Wayne. She had a very strong and clear voice and passed this gift on to her family.
Surviving Sue is her husband, Morden; their five childrfen, Richard (Cindi) Mapes, Thomas Mapes, all of Manitou Beach, Keith (Renee) Mapes of Adrian, Pamela Mapes and M. Patricia Mapes, both of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Jeremy, James, Joseph III, Julie, Renee and Lindsay; several step grandchildren; two brothers, Jim (Marcile) Gardiner of Hudson, Dee (Eileen) Gardiner of Findlay, Ohio; one sister, Ann (Robert) Lemons of St. Joseph; plus numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Ted R. Gardiner.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at the Dunn Chapel, Brown-VanHemert Funeral home in Onsted, with Pastor Lloyd Jewett officiating. Cremation followed and a private family interment at North Rome Cemetery will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson's Association or Alzheimer's Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Philip R. Brown
Philip R. Brown, age 87, died Sept. 25, 2004 at his home. He was born July 12, 1917 in Attleboro, Mass. the son of Herbert E. and Martha (McLean) Brown. He married Dorothy Steele on February 6, 1943. Survivors include is wife, Dorothy of Brooklyn; son, Philip R. and Janet Butterfield-Brown of Brooklyn; daughter, Barbara Smith Acton, of Massachusetts; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Philip was preceded in death by his son-in-law Hal Smith.
A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Philip's family requests memorial contributions be given to Great Lakes Hospice, 720 Riverside, Adrian, Mich. 49221. Arrangements were made by Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel, Brooklyn.
Mildred L. Christoff
Mildred L. Christoff, 84, of Lake Columbia passed away Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004. She was preceded in death, by her husband, Sam, in 1979.
Mrs. Christoff is survived by three daughters, Sherry (Woody) Wittenberg of Cement City, Sally Christoff of California, Shelly Christoff of Brooklyn; one son, William of Texas; four grandchildren, Jason, Ryan, Alissa and Christy; and four great grandchildren. Mrs. Christoff was a member of the Jackson Women's City Club and previous owner of Frosty Treet of Clarklake.
Services were held at Charles J. Burden & Son, 1806 E. Michigan Ave., Jackson, on Saturday, September 25, with the Reverend Robert Doner officiating. Burial followed at Roseland Cemetery. Those who wish may direct contributions to the Jackson United Way.
Elizabeth G. Goldsmith
Elizabeth G. Goldsmith, age 71 of Manitou Beach, Mich., formerly of Wauseon, Ohio, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, September 25, 2004 surrounded by her loving family at her home. She was born on October 24, 1932 in Toledo, Ohio to Ervin and Florence G. (Wells) Lantz. She married Marvin G. Goldsmith on September 19, 1953 in Wauseon. Elizabeth lived her early life in Toledo and then in Wauseon, before moving to the Manitou Beach, MI area 25 years ago. She graduated from Libbey High School in Toledo in 1950. She was a bookkeeper for numerous businesses, before becoming a wife and a mother. Her life was dedicated to her family and supporting her husband during the growth of Sterling Milk Company in Wauseon. She was president of Fulton County Health Center Auxiliary during the building phase of the new hospital. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Wauseon before transferring to Lutheran Church Of The Lakes, Addison.
Surviving are four daughters; Sue (Clif) Weber of Manitou Beach, Beth Mortimer of Saline, Mich., Jo (Tom) Gleckler of Wauseon, Cindy (Robert) Regalado of Manitou Beach; 10 grandchildren, Lauren Weber, Josh (Stacey) Weber, Max and Mason Mortimer, Brooke, Chris and Taylor Gleckler, Jamie, Kayla, and Kristl Regalado; two sisters, Pauline (Pete) Rupp of Pettisville, Ohio, Donna Richards of Wauseon. She is preceded in death by her parents.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:30 PM Wednesday, September 29, 2004 at the Lutheran Church Of The Lakes near Addison, with Pastor David Gadbaw officiating. Private interment in Wauseon Union Cemetery in Wauseon. The visitation will be from 2 to 5 and 6 to 9 PM Tuesday at the Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home, 122 N. Steer Street (US-127) in Addison.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee, Lutheran Church Of The Lakes, or the Fulton County Health Center Auxiliary.
Patricia A. Zaucha
Patricia A. Zaucha, age 76 years, of Onsted, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at her home. She was born April 6, 1928 in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Edward and Cecelia C. (Fobert) Derbin. Patricia married Henry J. Zaucha on June 28, 1947 in Detroit and he preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 1988.
She owned and operated the Lakeside Motel at Wolf Lake until 1977 and also worked at General Motors. Patricia and Henry moved to New Smyrna Beach, Fla., for their retirement in 1980. She moved back to the Irish Hills area in 1988. Patricia loved the water, especially shell collecting and she also enjoyed bowling, stamp and coin collecting and ceramics.
Patricia is survived by her sons, Paul E. Zaucha of Rock Creek, Ohio and Bruce M. (Sally) Zaucha of Onsted; two granddaughters, Samantha and Kristin Zaucha; and her brother, Charles (Vera) Derbin of California. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Terry Zaucha; and her brother, James Derbin.
Cremation will follow with a private interment at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to Brown-VanHemert Funeral Home in Onsted.
Dale Emerson Arnett
Dale Emerson Arnett, age 82, lifetime resident of Cement City passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2004 at home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Jackson.
He was born January 25, 1922 in Burkettsville, Ohio the son of Vincent and Ada (Blakely) Arnett. He married Bette Baer on March 31, 1946 in Cement City and she survives. Besides his wife of 58 years, Dale is also survived by his sons, Carl (Maggie) Arnett of Jackson, Jay (Bonnie) Arnett of Jackson, daughter Dalene Arnett of Grayling, Mich., brother Jess (Christine) Arnett of Cement City, nephew, Jeff (Linda) Arnett of Cement City, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Winifred Moss. Dale served our country in the Navy. He was a member of the American Legion Post #315 in Brooklyn and the Veterans of Foreign Wars #9453 in Cement City.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will take place at a later date at the Cement City Baptist Church. Arrangements were handled by the Borek Jennings Funeral Home in Brooklyn. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Jackson and Oaklawn.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004 at Swain Memorial Park for Patricia Goebel. The service will begin at 1:30 p.m. with Reverend Drew Woods of the Cement City Baptist Church officiating. Dress is casual.