Donald M. ‘Buck’ Mohr
Donald M. “Buck” Mohr, age 74, of Tavares, Florida, (previously of Onsted, Michigan ) died on Friday, February 3, 2006. He was surrounded by his beautiful wife Diana and his two daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah (Gregory) Wise of Onsted, and Donita (Kim) Lamarand of Fort Smith, Ark. Buck was born in Whitehouse, Ohio, on July 6, 1931, to Malcolm M. and Marie (Corl) Mohr. Buck lived most of his life in the Onsted area, graduating from Onsted High School with many distinguished class members, many who have preceded him in death. He married his high school sweetheart Diana M. Winter on June 10, 1951, who survives. Their beautiful union sustained and grew during the past 55 years.
Buck served in the U.S. Army from 1951-52, stationed for 18 months in Germany. Upon his return to the States, Buck completed Barber College and proceeded to practice this vocation for the next 17 years in the Village of Onsted. If you were a young man living in the Onsted area during this time, you probably had your hair cut at Mohr’s Barber Shop. Buck also served as the Village Clerk for Onsted for more than 29 years. He was a volunteer fireman for the Onsted Fire Department for 15 years. Buck and his brother, Dan, were former co-owners of the Onsted Car Wash located at the north end of town. He was also an active member and past president of the Onsted Kiwanis Club for many years. For a period of time, he was a Snap-On tool distributor, which allowed him to meet many more friends along his busy road of life.
Buck was passionate about golf, accepting every invitation to play along with any and all who invited him. It was this passion that kept him active on the links far longer than most of his friends and family thought possible during the last few years. Buck was blessed his entire life by a wonderful circle of family and friends.
In addition to his loving wife, two daughters and their husbands, he is survived by his four grandsons, Trevor Edwards of Michigan, Eric Edwards of Utah, Nick Lamarand of Arkansas and Alex Lamarand of Arkansas ; three brothers, Charles, Daniel and Harold; and one sister, Marge (Mohr) Krueger.
Buck was preceded in death by his parents and his youngest sister Lenna McNett. A memorial service was held Monday, February 6, at 4:30 p.m. for friends and family in the Imperial Terrace West Clubhouse, 11820 Hickory Lane, Tavares, Fla. In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to make charitable donations in Buck’s name to the Cambridge Township Fire Department, Onsted, Mich. and Hospice of Lake and Sumter, 12300 Lane Road, Tavares, Fla.
James G. Fletcher
James G. Fletcher, age 70 of Cement City, died on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at Heartland Health Care Center in Jackson.
Ann E. Glazier
Ann E. Glazier, age 59, of Onsted, formerly of Vassar, died Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at Covenant Harrison Health Care in Saginaw. Ann was born October 24, 1946, the daughter of Gordon and Leota (Parry) Glazier.
She was a graduate of Vassar High School then went on to graduate with a degree in education from Taylor University in Indiana. Ann taught Health and Physical Education in Onsted for 31 years, as well as coached many sports throughout her career. She was an active member of Gateway Community Church in Onsted. She was an avid jogger who ran 1,000 miles per year.
Ann leaves to cherish her memory, mother, Leota Glazier; brother, Paul Glazier; special friend, Larry Hubbard; special aunt, Eileen Rollinger; and many special cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Gordon; brother, Walter; and her grandparents.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 4, at the First Baptist Church in Vassar with Pastor Tom McMichael and Pastor Max McCloud co-officiating, with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Vassar. Those desiring may consider memorial contributions to Gateway Community Church of Onsted or First Baptist Church of Vassar. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 8, at 4 p.m. at Gateway Community Church in Onsted, Pastor Tom McMichael officiating.
Donna Marie Heckaman
Donna Marie Heckaman, age 70, of Norvell Twp. passed away Saturday, February 4, 2006. She was born on June 26, 1935 in Lake Freemont Township, Minnesota the daughter of Erick and Lillie ( Anderson ) Johnson. She married Max Lee Heckaman on November 26, 1960 and he preceded her in death in 1993.
Donna is survived by her children, Robin ( Trent ) Hammond of Sherwood, Mich., Wendy Heckaman of Jackson, Sally (Kevin) Sprunger of Norvell and Max James Heckaman of Norvell; 10 grandchildren; one great grandchild; and seven brothers and sisters. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters. Donna was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who gave sacrificially to her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed garage sales and her flowers; lilacs and irises. She also took pleasure in keeping track of her brothers and sisters and their families.
A celebration of her life will take place on Thursday, February 9, 2006 at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Jenter Chapel in Manchester beginning at 11 a.m. with Trent Hammond officiating. Burial will take place at Norvell Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the family for future designation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home where the family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Merlen “Budd” Richard SeGraves
Merlen “Budd” Richard SeGraves, age 75 of Brooklyn went to be with the Lord on February 6, 2006 at Foote Hospital in Jackson, after a long illness.
He was born September 7, 1930 in Hudson, to Clarence and Margaret (Kushmaul) SeGraves. He attended and graduated from Hudson schools. He served in the U.S. Navy and married Shirley Lou (Merrill) SeGraves October 4, 1952. He was a Boy Scout Explorer Leader for many years, and was a past member of Rollin Baptist Church. He worked as a road builder most of his life, and owned/operated Budd’s Live Bait on Devils Lake 1959-1964. He and family started the Devils and Round Lake Tip-Up Festival in 1961. Budd was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener and joke teller and will be greatly missed.
He married Madge (Pat) Crain on November 26, 1971 and since has attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Budd was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Paul and David; and sister, Letha. He is survived by his five children, Gloria (Ric) Knisel of Adrian, Nancy Bradish of Onsted, Peggy (John) Eaton, Tamara (Kevin) Doolittle and son Matthew (Roberta) SeGraves, all of Addison; four step children, Pam (Roger) Perry of Erie, Mich., Jeanne (Ken) Watts of Jackson, Don Crain of Grand Prairie, Texas and Penny (Phil) Lewin of Boyne City, Mich.; 24 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; and sisters in-law, Mary SeGraves of Butte, Mont., Lorraine Russ of Lake, Mich. and Barbara SeGraves of Shreveport, La.
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Brown-VanHemert Funeral Home in Addison.
Ernest William Holmberg
Ernest William Holmberg, age 86, of Clarklake, passed away Jan. 28, 2006 at W. A. Foote Memorial Hospital. Ernest was born Feb. 3, 1919, in Belt, Montana, the son of William Earnest and May Ann (Pupsz) Holmberg. He married Viola Wolff in 1955 in Angola, Ind., and she preceded him in death.
Ernest was employed by Melling Tool for 30 years and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Brooklyn. Mr. Holmberg is survived by his children, Autumn Corbin of Cement City and Clara (Stephen) Grant of Grand Ledge; four grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Memorial donations may be given to the family for future designation. Envelopes will be available at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel, in Brooklyn. The family will receive friends on Friday, Feb. 3, 2006, beginning at 1 p.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. with Reverend Milan Maybee officiating.
Robert M. “Ribs” Wonn
Robert M. “Ribs” Wonn, age 82, of Brooklyn, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was born in Detroit, Mich., on Aug. 31, 1923 to John and Frances (Rosteau) Wonn.
Robert was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WW II and retired in 1980 from the Ford Motor Company after 30 years of service. Robert was a resident of Romulus, Mich., for 46 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna M. “Peggy” Wonn; parents, John and Frances (Rosteau) Wonn; brother, Ernest “Lesley” Grays; and sister, Evelyn Mally.
He is survived by daughters, Candy A. Walters of Ann Arbor; Sherry A. (Randy) Dombrowski, of Romulus ; and three grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Services for Robert were held on Saturday, January 28, at the Crane Funeral Home in Romulus, Rev. William Kren of the Community United Methodist Church officiated. Interment followed the service at Michigan Memorial Park in Flat Rock, Mich.
There will be a memorial service for Esther Wolf at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Brooklyn on Thursday, February 9, at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow at the American Legion.
Margaret Josephine French
Margaret Josephine French, age 98, of Jackson, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at Faith Haven, under the loving care of staff, family and Larry Jennings, MD. She was born on November 23, 1907 in Alanson, Mich. to Joseph and Rosannah (Parrish) Smith.
Margaret was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was past president and treasurer of the Friendship Service Club and a member of the Citizen Patriot Golden Wedding Anniversary Club.
She is survived by two daughters, Carrol (Clyde) Grady of Jackson, Marilyn (Jim) Mietelka of Rives Junction; one sister, Madeline Grinnell of Spring Arbor; five grandchildren, Elizabeth (Ed) Kutz of Arlington, Texas, Thomas Grady of Rosenberg, Texas, Robin Grady, Shelly (John) McEnany-Craig, Steve (Kathy) Mietelka; four great grandchildren, J.P. McEnany, Easton Craig, Kyle Mietelka and Chloe Mietelka, all of Jackson; special niece, Karen (Elwood) Calhoun of Jackson; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved cat, Molly. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert, of 68 years; granddaughter, Barbara Sue Grady; four sisters and four brothers. The family gives special thanks to the staff of Faith Haven Senior Care Center and the many years of wonderful care by Dr. Jennings.
Arrangements were handled by Desnoyer Funeral Home where services were held on Saturday, January 21, with interment at Roseland Memorial Gardens. The Reverend Bernard Reilly officiated. Contributions in her memory may be made to Cascades Humane Society. Desnoyer Funeral Home family owned for 116 years.
Eugene Hausmann, age 89, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2006 at the Saline Evangelical Home. He was born in Toledo, Ohio on May 1, 1916, the fourth of eight children of Thomas Hausmann and Marie DeMars. His family moved to Petersburg, Mich., during his childhood, and lived in Southeastern Michigan for the rest of his life. He married Helen Iott on July 25, 1942, and celebrated 52 years of marriage before her death in 1994. Eugene spent most of his career in auto-body repair primarily in Toledo and Monroe. For the last 25 years, he lived in retirement with Eugene Jr. and family in the Irish Hills.
Eugene is survived by two sons, Eugene Jr. (Jean Marie) and Charles (Barbara); six grandchildren, Martha Davis, Gretchen Potter, Jenny Yenor, Dawn, Joshua and John Hausmann; and seven great grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters, Bonnie Hoffman, Lucille Caldwell and Rita Phillips. Eugene was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas Jr. and Irving “Bus” and two sisters, Dorothy Thalman and Rosemary Guthrie.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, January 24, at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home in Brooklyn. The funeral will be held at St. Joseph Shrine, Brooklyn, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday with Father William Lamphear officiating. Burial will be at St. Anthony Cemetery in Temperance, Mich. at 3:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be given to the Saline Evangelical Home or Holy Cross Children’s Services in Clinton.
Shirley A. Russler
Shirley A. Russler, aged 80, of Napoleon Township, passed away Jan. 21, 2006, at W.A. Foote Memorial Hospital. She was born Jan. 25, 1925 in Jackson.
Survivors include her husband of over 60 years, Wayne E. Russler; two daughters, Teresa Devall of Ann Arbor Robin Russler of Michigan Center ; two grandchildren, Christopher Devall and Erika Russler; sister, Gwendolyn Taggart; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Ruth Kaercher; brother, Gerald Kaercher; and sister, Ruth Borders.
She retired from Comerica Bank where she worked several years as a part-time teller at the Napoleon Branch; was a long-time member of the Napoleon United Methodist Church where she enjoyed singing with the choir and as a soloist for weddings and other special occasions; was a member of the Napoleon Order of the Eastern Star; enjoyed her crafts and her Extension Club and Bingo Club activities; for many year baked and decorated wedding and birthday cakes; and enjoyed playing the bass drum with the Napoleon Lions Community Band.
Services will be held at the Nichols-Arthur Funeral Home on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Bob Stover officiating. Internment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Napoleon. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Shirley’s family would appreciate Memorial Contributions being made to either the Napoleon United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the Napoleon Lions Club Memorial Fund.