Dortheda Beach, 82 of Morenci, Mich., passed away September 2, 2004 at home under the care of Hospice of Lenawee. She was born July 6, 1922 in Palmyra, Mich. the daughter of Leonard R. and Bertha J. (Simpson) Bice. On Dec. 22, 1939 she married William Beach. He preceded her in death.
Dortheda was a member of Jasper Bible Church. She belonged to Adrian Post 275 Ladies Auxiliary and was a life member of the Adrian DAV Chapter 20. She worked at Stubnitz Greene for over twenty years.
Dortheda is survived by her children Patricia (Roger) Emmons, Jerry (Loraine) Beach, Diane (Charles) Schmucker, Danny (Dorothy) Beach, Linda (Mike) Peters, and Nicholas (Rebekah) Beach, 19 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild, three brothers Lloyd (Donna) Bice, John (Angel) Bice, and Jerry (Lillian) Bice, one sister Eleanor Fedder and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband William, her parents, five brothers, three sisters.
Funeral services were held on Monday at the Purse Funeral Home, Adrian with Rev. Bruce Jewett officiating. Interment followed at the Ridgeville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee or the Jasper Bible Church.
Shirley F. Whelan
Shirley F. Whelan, 72 of Tipton, passed away September 2, 2004 at University of Michigan Health Center. She was born March 19, 1932 the daughter of Darroll and Helen (Flint) Bibbins in Brooklyn, Mich. On September 18, 1952, she married Wesley Whelan in the Brooklyn Baptist Church in Brooklyn.
She graduated from Brooklyn High School and Cleary Business College. She faithfully attended Grace Bible Church. She enjoyed being a Tipton Jets 4-H Club Community leader for several years.
Shirley was a proud grandma who faithfully supported all her grandchildren's activities and endeavors. She was a kind, loving mom and grandma, who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends. She is survived by two sons, David (Shanon) Whelan and Gordon (Laurie) Whelan, a daughter Darlene (Dave) Penterics, nine grandchildren, Brandi (Jason) Hess, Breena (Steven) Cutter, Chad, Tori, Joel and Kyle Whelan, Ryan, Katelyn and Davey Penterics, one great grandson, Alec Cutter, one brother, Carleton (Carolyn) Bibbins, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Whelan and her parents, Darroll and Helen Bibbins.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, in the Purse Funeral Home, Adrian with Pastor David Holly and Pastor Robert Farison both officiating. Interment followed in Franklin Cemetery, Tipton. Memorial contributions may be made to either the David B. Guild Neurological Rehabilitation Unit in Herrick Hospital or Grace Bible Church.
Rebecca Ann Murray
Rebecca Ann Murray, age 42, passed away on Aug. 21, 2004 in Tampa, Fla. Rebecca was employed by Verizon Corporation.
Rebecca is survived by her parents Harriet and George Murray; sister, Cynthia and brother, Robert of Brooklyn; sister, Tari and Jeffrey Brinley; niece, Cassie and nephew Gavin of Plainwell, Mich.; and sister, Barbara Honeywell, nephew Lance and Levi Honeywell all of Addison.
She was preceded in death by her niece, Ashley Honeywell and grandmother Geraldine Mason. Her death is under investigation by the Tampa Homicide Dept.
Graveside services were being held at Napoleon Maple Grove Cemetery on Friday, Sept. 3, 2004.
Harriet Elizabeth Burditt
Harriet Elizabeth Burditt, age 88, of Cement City, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at home under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Jackson and Oaklawn. She was diagnosed with acute myelogenous Leukemia on June 21, 2004 and chose to enjoy her remaining time with family rather than seeking treatment.
Harriet was born to Carl and Blanche Jolley on Nov. 18, 1915, in Bowling Green, Ohio. Harriet was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Edward Burditt; her parents; three brothers, Clifford, Edward and John; and one sister, Doris Bucknell. She is survived by two sons, Richard (Nancy) Burditt of Sommerville, S.C. and Gary (Sherry) Burditt of Jackson; grandchildren, Debbie (Ty) Bevington, Laurie (Rick) Hall, Dennis (Kim) Burditt, Tracie (Jim) Peterson, James Burditt and Sabra Natschke; great-grandchildren, Rick and Sam Hall, Rachelle Burditt and Danielle and Nicholas Burditt; brother, Paul Jolley of Seattle, Wash.; and sister, Virginia Riling of Massillon, Ohio.
Harriet retired as acting postmaster of the Cement City Post Office and she continued working as a teacher's assistant at what is now Miller Elementary School in Cement City. Harriet enjoyed gardening, bird watching and craft work. She belonged to the Cement City Garden Club, was a lifetime member of the Michigan Audubon Society and also enjoyed attending the Columbia Senior Citizens Center and later nearly daily visits to the Addison Senior Center where she continued her craft work among friends. She attended Cement City Baptist Church for the last 70 years where she had many friends and enjoyed their fellowship. Harriet was a warm, friendly, giving and caring person who will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She enjoyed her final days working in the garden at her home with her son and daughter-in-law in Jackson. Throughout her trying disease she was able to maintain her independence and dignity. She was coherent throughout the disease's final hours and able to enjoy the family that she loved so much.
Harriet's family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Mr. Raymond P. Mooney, PA, the doctors and staff of the Center for Hematology-Oncology of Southern Michigan, Dr. Ali A. Madani, MD, PhD, and the staff of Hospice of Jackson & Oaklawn. Per Harriet's request there will be no visitation and she has been cremated according to her wishes. There will be a memorial service at Cement City Baptist Church on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, with Pastor Drew Woods officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cement City Baptist Church Building Fund. Arrangements were made by J.L. Watson Funeral Chapel in Jackson.
James L. Heiler
James L. Heiler, age 83, formerly of Brooklyn passed away in Sebring, Fla. on August 23, 2004.
Mr. Heiler was born in Chelsea, Mich., the son of Charles J. and Mary (Ross) Heiler. He married Dora Alma Miller on March 16, 1957 and she preceded him in death on July 17, 1996. Mr. Heiler was a WW II Army Veteran and was employed with Ford Motor Co. of Saline for 33 years until his retirement in 1974. Jim loved golfing, fishing, hunting and shuffleboard.
Mr. Heiler is survived by his stepchildren, Elizabeth Davis of Sebring, Fla., Benny (Mary Lou) McKinney of Brooklyn, Richard McKinney of Harrison, Mich., Harry (Lana) McKinney of Middletown Corners, N.H., Gloria Roy of Brooklyn and Dessie (Norris) Pentland of Louisville, Texas; one nephew, Henry (Barbara) Norris of Brooklyn; 22 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
A celebration of Mr. Heiler's life was held on Saturday, August 28, at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun chapel with Reverend Richard Wilford officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Legion Wilber Barlett Post #315, Brooklyn. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Mark R. McCabe
Mark R. McCabe, age 45, of Grand Rapids formerly of Brooklyn, passed away on Aug. 15, 2004.
Mark was born in Jackson, Mich. on Feb. 20, 1959. He is survived by his wife Kelly; children, Christopher and Stefani; their mother Llisa; his mother Bonnie McCabe of Brooklyn; sisters Cindy (Larry) Eddy of Spring Arbor and Vicki McCabe of Brooklyn; nieces Tricia and Rachel Eddy; nephews Nick and Zach Eddy; mother-in-law Sharon Philips of Grand Rapids; father-in-law Delmar (Emily) Huber of Gun Lake; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father George McCabe and his grandparents. He was a 1977 graduate of Columbia Central High School and attended Western Michigan University.
Funeral services were held at the Cook Funeral Home Byron Center Chapel in Grand Rapids. Interment was at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Kentwood, Mich. Memorial contributions in Mark's name may be made to the charity of your choice.
Rosemary Rhoads, age 77 of Lake Somerset passed away Thursday, August 26, 2004 at W.A. Foote Memorial Hospital.
She was born July 29, 1927 in Detroit. The beloved daughter of Joseph and Josephine Baloga. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Lester on August 14, 2001 whom she married June 23, 1945 in Detroit. Rosemary loved Prayer, Bingo, Casino trips, Cards, the Food Network and family get togethers. Rosemary is survived by four children, her son, Paul and Helene Rhoads and their children, Nicole and Tracy; her daughter, Joann Bostwick and her children, Amber Rose, Wesley and Christina Rhoads; great grandson, Dameon; her son, Larry and Brenda Rhoads and their children, Larry and Angela Rhoads and Lester Clark; and her daughter, Leslie and Vaughn VanOrden and their children, Cory, Cortney, Chase and Jessica and Jeff Hagerty and their son Jacob. Lifetime friends, Elaine and Mike Shannon, Clarence Perry and daughter Diana and her very special companion, "Angel."
Private services for Rosemary will take place at a later date. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be given to the family for designation. She will be greatly missed with many special memories and forever in our hearts.
Howard Davis, age 57 of Grayling, formerly of Manitou Beach, passed away Aug. 25, 2004 at the home he built under the care of his family and Hospice of Michigan. He was born May 31, 1947 in Coldwater, Mich., the son of Sam and Isabelle (Anderson) Davis. Howard lived most of his life in Manitou Beach and retired to "God's Country" in Grayling, Mich. in 1998.
He is survived by his wife, Judy; six sons, Butch (Mary) Bruen, Howard (Julie), Mike (Mary), Graham (Christine), Patrick and Kevin (Ray); three daughters, Deb Bruen, Pam (Guy) Sparapani and Angela Davis; 17 grandchildren; two brothers, Dave and Mike; four sisters, Mary Elaine Burandt, Genny (Bill) Belt, Lorraine Davis and Becky (John) DeLine. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Phil.
At Howard's request, there will be no visitation or services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, 128 N. Court St., Gaylord, MI, 49735. Arrangements were by Couture-Handler Funeral Home in Tecumseh.
Howard Orlando Adams
Howard Orlando Adams, age 67 of Napoleon passed away August 20, 2004 at home in the loving presence of his wife and family. Howard was born in Jackson on October 8, 1936, the son of Howard Franklin and Hazel Amelia (Hatch) Adams. Mr. Adams married Shirley Martenies on August 30, 1958 at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Brooklyn and she survives.
Howard was a lifetime dairy farmer and a truck driver for the Jackson County Road Commission. He was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church, Future Farmers of America, Michigan Milk Producers Association and National Farmers Organization. Besides his wife, Howard is survived by his sons, Michael (Shirley) Adams, Charles (Kristine) Adams, John L. Adams, all of Napoleon; daughter, Lucinda (Lee) Ostrander of Brooklyn; brothers, Ernest L. Adams of Cedar Springs, Mich., Robert Adams of Napoleon, Owen Adams of Memphis, Mich.; sisters, Flora A. Meeks of Tecumseh and Barb Johnson of Jackson; 10 grandchildren and lifetime close friend, Jim Deland.
A celebration of Mr. Adams' life was held on Tuesday, August 24, at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel with the Pastor Mick Tiede. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society, Special Olympics Area #19, Jackson or Great Lakes Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Napoleon.
Gertrude "Trudy" Kubel
Gertrude "Trudy" Kubel, age 64 of Brooklyn, passed away Sunday, Aug. 22, 2994, at her home under the loving care of her family. She was born Feb. 22, 1940, the daughter of Stephen and Catherine (Lennon) Kast. She married Gordon Kubel on July 14, 1962 in Detroit and he survives.
She is also survived by her children, David Kubel of Coldwater and Dawn Assaf of Howell; and grandchildren, Adam Assaf and Michael and Daniel Kubel.
Trudy retired from J.L. Hudson's and attended St. Joseph's Shrine Catholic Church. She also belonged to the Brooklyn Senior Nutritional Center.
A celebration of Trudy's life will take place on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, beginning with prayers at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel in Brooklyn at 10 a.m. That service will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Shrine Catholic Church with Father Carl Simon officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society for research or to the children's charity of the donor's choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home where the family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. with an evening scripture service at 7 p.m.