Robert C. Rang
Robert C. Rang, age 89 years of the Onsted and Sand Lake area, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at Grand Court in Adrian. Robert was born on Nov. 5, 1917, in Monroe County, the son of William and Bertha (Raitz) Rang. He graduated from Whitmer High School in Toledo. Robert married Alice Lucille Braun on Oct. 12, 1940 and she preceded him in death on Sept. 16, 2003.
Robert was a retired tool and die maker for the Budd Company in Clinton. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving during World War II. He was a member of St. Marks Lutheran Church at Cambridge Junction and Christ The King Lutheran Church of Lambertville. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, golfing and family time playing cards.
Surviving Robert are his three children, Richard (Phoebe) Rang of Lachine, Thomas (Karen) Rang of Saline and Barbara (Larry) Piotter of Onsted; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Jack Rang of Oregon, Ohio; one sister, Delores Sonner of Temperance; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; two brothers, William and Donald Rang; and one sister, Ruth Braun.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006, at St. Marks Lutheran Church at Cambridge Junction with Pastor Kelly Smith officiating. Interment followed at Cambridge Junction. Funeral services were furnished by Dunn Chapel, Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Onsted. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee County and envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Lance Corporal Brent “Bayou” Beeler
Brent “Bayou” Beeler, Lance Corporal, USMC age 22, was killed in action fighting in Fallujah, Iraq Dec. 7, 2006 in the service of his country.
He is survived by his parents, Edward and Rhonda Beeler, sister, Andrea Beeler, all of Napoleon Township, grandparents Carl (Lillian) Watson of Jackson, aunts and uncles, Renee (Keith) Doty, Randy Watson, Vickie (Ron) Kubik, Gail (Larry) Cobb, Mary (Bobbie) Beaman, Melissa (Darrel) Clute and Patrick Beeler and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, V.E. “Eddie” and Erma Beeler.
He was a 2002 graduate of Napoleon High School where he excelled in sports, had been employed at the Jackson Glass Works and was proud to be a United States Marine. Services were held at Grace Church, 2692 North Dettman Road on Tuesday, Dec. 1 with Dr. Mike Lee officiating. Interment with full Military Honors will be at Napoleon’s Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Napoleon Athletic Boosters or the Brooklyn American Legion Wilber Bartlett Post #315. Arrangements were handled by the Nichols-Arthur funeral home in Michigan Center.
Verna Louise Madlinski
Verna Louise (Fisher) Madlinski, age 77 of Norvell, formerly of Toledo, Ohio, passed away Dec. 12, 2006. She was born Aug. 27, 1929 in Jellico, Tenn. to the late George and Flora (Huddleston) Douglas.
She is survived by four children, Leota Neal, Ronald (Maria) Fisher, both of Bowling Green, Ohio, Linda (Richard) Busche of Jackson and Joe Fisher of Waterville, Ohio, sister, Eva (Ben) Godsey, three brothers, Charles Douglas, Terry (Mary) Douglas and Kyle Douglas, daughter-in-law Laura Fisher, sister-in-law Elizabeth Douglas, sixteen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, three step-children, Dennis (Peggy) Madlinski, Rebecca (David) Donbrosky and Michalene (Terry) Cecil and six step-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and will also be missed by many close friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Michael, son Douglas Fisher, five brothers, Cleve, Horace, Pete, Gerald and John and her sister Irene.
Services will be held at the Nichols-Arthur Funeral Home, Michigan Center on Wednesday, December 20, at 1 p.m. Interment Norvell Cemetery. Visitation at the funeral home will be held on Tuesday, December 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. Contributions in her memory can be made to the American Lung Association.
Emmett E. Noggle
Emmett E. Noggle, age 89 of Manchester, passed away Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, at his home. He was born May 14, 1917 in Manchester, the son of Ralph and Beulah (Mann) Noggle. He married Virginia Brazee on June 22, 1940, in Tecumseh and she survives.
Besides his wife of 66 years, Emmett is also survived by his son, David (Jennifer) Noggle of Manchester; grandchildren, Ben (Katie) of New Hudson, Rachael of Ann Arbor, Jessie, Dana, Rebekah, Matthew, Emily and James all of Manchester. Emmett was a member of the Clinton Assembly of God where he also served as a board member and he also was a member of the Farm Bureau of Washtenaw County. Emmett was a life long farmer and really enjoyed the farming life. He worked at Napoleon Livestock where he weighed livestock and also trucked them there.
A Celebration of his life took place on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Jenter Chapel in Manchester with Pastor Richard Coury officiating. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery in Manchester. Memorial contributions may be given to the Clinton Assembly of God. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Mary Lucy Carson
Mary Lucy Carson, age 85 years of Brooklyn, passed away Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, at Provincial House in Adrian. She was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Ernest W. and Thelma B. (Lowey) Church. Mary lived most of her life in the Brooklyn-Onsted area. She graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1940. Mary married Leon H. Carson on Feb. 14, 1942, in Holloway, Mich. Leon passed away on June 10, 2001.
Mary enjoyed reading, sewing and traveling.
Surviving Mary are her children, William E. (Marty) Carson of Waterville, Neoma Cowell and Tyrone Murray of Adrian, Nancy Carson of (Kuwait) Brooklyn and Peggy (Norman) Walter of Onsted; seven grandchildren, Kelly, Wade, Jeremy, Jessica, Tyler, Jared and Jordan; eight great grandchildren; three brothers, Robert (Marie) Church of Detroit, Don (Yvonne) Church of West Paris, Maine, and David (Jackie) Church of Houghton Lake; her brother-in-law, Douglas Fairbanks of Clinton; foster brother, Raymond (Jackie) Dingman of Michigan Center; foster sister, Dorothy Wade of Jackson; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and her two cats, Boots and Moses. Mary was preceded in death by her husband; parents; daughter, Patricia Carson; and sister, Christine Fairbanks.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, at the Dunn Chapel, Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Onsted with Pastor Fritz Kruse officiating. Memorials are suggested to the Children’s Cancer Fund or Hospice of Lenawee County.
Heather Anne Chukwudi
Heather Anne Chukwudi (Derr), age 27, of Cement City passed away suddenly at home with her parents by her side on Dec. 4, 2006. Heather was born Aug. 18, 1979 in Jackson the daughter of Stafford and Valerie (Ankney) Derr.
Heather is survived by her parents; sisters, Jessica (Derr) Johnston and JanJee Johnston; grandmother, Carol Ankney; several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Floyd and Ellen Derr; maternal grandfather, Rev. Dale Ankney.
A healing farewell for Heather was held on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel. Memorial donations may be given to Hospice of Jackson & Oaklawn. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Interment was at Highland Cemetery.
Madaline Grinnell, age 94 of Brooklyn, passed away Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006. She was born on Nov. 17, 1912 in Litchfield, the daughter of Joseph and Rose (Parrish) Smith. She married Merle Grinnell on Aug. 30, 1931, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 14, 1980.
Besides her husband of 49 years, Madaline was also preceded in death by one son, Gordon Grinnell; two daughters, Linda Grinnell and Patricia Pepper; one brother and three sisters. Mrs. Grinnell is survived by three daughters, Barbara Cain of Lilburn, Ga., Peggy (Gerald) Bunker of Anchorage, Alaska and Karen (Elwood) Calhoun of Napoleon; 13 grandchildren; 28 great grand children and 14 great-great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Madaline’s life will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006, at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel in Brooklyn, beginning at 11 a.m.. with Pastor Rob Corbin officiating. Burial will be held at Roseland Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Lung Association and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Jennie H. Lawrence
Jennie H. Lawrence, 98, of Hudson, passed away Monday, December 4, 2006, at Grand Court in Adrian.
Born Jan. 11, 1908 in Hudson Township, Lenawee County, Michigan, she was the daughter of Frank and Josephine (Culp) Miller. A lifelong resident of Hudson, she married Estelle Charles Barnes on Oct. 10, 1927 in Adrian. He preceded in death December 30, 1963.
She married Cecil Lawrence on Oct. 22, 1966 in Hudson and he also preceded her in death.
Jennie was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hudson, the Hudson Woman’s Club and enjoyed traveling. She is survived by her children, Joyce (William) McCaskey of Hudson, Mary Jo (David) Bergland of Adrian and Charles (Connie) Barnes of Brooklyn; eight grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, a great granddaughter, Angie McCaskey; by a brother, Robert Miller and by two sisters, Flossie Swander and Dorothy VanRiper.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006 at the Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Hudson with Rev. Mark Johnston officiating. Interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery in Hudson.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church in Hudson. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Edward J. Lenart
Edward J. Lenart, 75 of Manitou Beach, passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2006 at his home.
He was born on May 21, 1931 in Wyandotte, Mich. to Felix and Mary (Wiencek) Lenart. He married Joanne L. McEachran on July 19, 1952 in Oceanside, Calif., and she survives.
He resided in Manitou Beach for the past 36 years. Edward was employed at Great Lake Steel in Ecorse, Mich. and then at Dura Corporation in Adrian, retiring in 1997. He loved carpentry and brickwork.
Surviving besides his wife Joanne are three sons, Ricky (Tim) Lenart of New Orleans, Alan (Rita) Lenart of Onsted, Randy (Cindy) Lenart of Addison; two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two sisters, Valeria Enochs of Wyandotte, Mich., Patricia (Paul) Nixon of Woodhaven, Mich. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, John Lenart.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006at the Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Addison, with Pastor David Gadbaw officiating. Burial was to take place in Green’s Lakeside Cemetery, Manitou Beach, Mich.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.
Douglas E. Renfer
Douglas E. Renfer, age 62 of Litchfield, formerly of Addison, passed away on Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, at the Branch County Community Health Center in Coldwater.
He was born on Feb. 23, 1944 in Addison to Brooker A. and Virginia (Cowell) Renfer.
He is survived by three sons, Byron Renfer of Cement City, Brooker (Connie) Renfer of Addison, Bob (Cathy) Renfer of Somerset; five grandchildren; two sisters, Diana (David) Reynolds of Adrian, Patty Dycus of Arizona ; one brother, Ronald of Eaton Rapids, Mich ; several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Jerry Renfer and grandmother Alice Renfer.
Cremation has taken place. Graveside services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Addison.