Michael Joseph Mahar
Funeral services were held yesterday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Traverse City for Michael Joseph Mahar who died Saturday. He was three.
He was born April 19, 1999, to Patrick Aaron and Carol Ann (Beaulieu) Mahar who survive.
He had been dealing with Myotonic Dystrophy for the past three years. He loved music and, especially, chocolate.
Also surviving are his sister Malissa and brother Joseph of Mt. Morris; and paternal grandparents Thomas and Patsy Mahar of Lake Leelanau. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Harold and Dorothy Beaulieu.
Memorials by be directed to Mass intentions or to the family in care of Patrick Mahar.
June E. Wright
Funeral services are being held today in Illinois for June E. Wright of Empire and Hickory Hills, Ill., who died Nov. 10 at Maple Valley Nursing Home in Maple City. She was 84.
She was born June 8, 1918, in Chicago. She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett, in 1977.
June Wright was the owner of Glen Lake Manor and co-owner of LeBear Restaurant.
She was active in the Eastern Star and enjoyed traveling.
She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Wright of Empire, Dr. Suzzane (Rob) Rife of Orland Park, Ill., and two grandsons.
Entombment will take place today in Acacia Park Cemetery in Chicago.
Grace H. Rooks
Services were held Friday in downstate Holland for lifelong resident Grace H. (Witteveen) Rooks who died Jan. 1. She was 92.
She was a member of Harderwyk Christian Reformed Church of Holland her whole life and was also a member of the ladies aid there.
She was preceded in death by first husband Martin O. Witteveen in 1950, second husband Benjamin Rooks in 1994, and son Donald Witteveen in 1976.
She is survived by Maurice Witteveen of Suttons Bay, Jerry and Jean Witteveen of Holland, Norman and Phyllis Witteveen of Denver, Colo., nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Michaeline B. Pleva
A funeral Mass was held Tuesday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church for lifelong Cedar resident Michaeline B. Pleva, who died Sept. 20 at the Grand Traverse Pavilions in Traverse City. She was 96.
Mrs. Pleva was born in Centerville Township on Sept. 30, 1905, the daughter of Andrew and Katherine (Rosinski) Brzezinski, the oldest of their 10 children. On May 30, 1923, she married Joseph Pleva who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Pleva was the oldest member of the Holy Rosary Catholic parish. She attended Holy Rosary Catholic School in Cedar through the eighth grade, when she returned home to help her family on their farm.
For 30 years, Mrs. Pleva was co-owner of Pleva’s General Store, started by her husband in 1919. For 40 years, she and her husband were cherry growers, with orchards in Centerville and Kasson townships. She was also employed at J.C. Penney, the Diana Shop, and several different cherry plants in the Grand Traverse region.
Mrs. Pleva had an undying love for her Lord, and loved her family. She was an expert at crocheting, and enjoyed crossword puzzles, growing houseplants and feeding birds.
She is survived by her children, Bernard L. Pleva (Irene Kelenske) of Cedar, John F. (Donna Brow) Pleva of Hobart, Ind., Gertrude (Maurice) Schopieray of Cadillac, Raymond M. (Margaret Panek) Pleva of Cedar and J. Thomas (Cherie Sirko) Pleva of Monroe, Conn.; daughter-in-law Irene (Witkwoski) Pleva; brothers Steve (Esther) Brzezinski of Sarasota, Fla. and Joseph Brzezinski of Cedar; and sister-in-law Melanie (John) Brzezinski of Auburn Hills; 17 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Andrew Pleva; brothers Andrew Brzezinski, John “Jack” Brzezinski and Wlazdio Brzezinski; sisters Anna Novak, Alice Bruckner, Proxsedes “Sadie” Joynt and Catherine Betlejewski; and a granddaughter.
Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Isadore. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Holy Rosary Parish or Grand Traverse Pavilions.
Leonard J. Peplinsk
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today at 11 a.m. at St. Rita’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for lifelong Maple City resident Leonard James Peplinski who died Sept. 22. He was 75.
Burial will follow at St. Rita’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Maple City, with full military honors.
Mr. Peplinski was born in Maple City on Nov. 3, 1926. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was an accomplished craftsman and businessman, constructing and remodeling many homes in the area.
His wife of 37 years, the former Carolyn McPhall, survives. Also surviving are his children, Judith (Jim) Jensen of Ludington, Cathleen (Gerald) Jones of Grand Rapids, Mark (Beth) Peplinski of Holland and Marcie (Steve) Weeber of Ashburn, Va.; two sisters, Martha Bancroft of Kingsley and Regina Bailey of Freeland; a brother, Harry Peplinski, of Ohio; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters.
Memorials may be directed to Munson Hospice.
James L. Burnham
A memorial service is pending for James LaVerne Burnham who died Monday at his home in Suttons Bay. He was 67.
He was born April 16, 1935, in Fremont, the son of Howard LaVerne Burnham, Sr., and Catherine Jean (Vantil) Burnham. On Nov. 13, 1970, in Grand Rapids, he married the former Liia Pulck who survives.
Also surviving are his four daughters, Debi (Scott) Baxter of San Diego, Vickie Belknap of Kalamazoo, Laura Burnham of Colorado, and Beth Morgan of Fife Lake; his son Scott Burnham of Grand Rapids; and his brother Terry (Sally) Burnham of Vancouver, Wash. He was preceded in death by his brother Howard, Jr.
Barbara Ann Dunklow
Memorial services were held Sunday at the Reynold-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City for Barbara Ann Dunklow who died Friday at Tendercare of Traverse City. She was 45.
Born Feb. 2, 1957, in Battle Creek, she was the daughter of Mitchell and Mary (Chandler) Yanosky.
A homemaker, she had been a longtime resident of Tendercare where she enjoyed participating in all activities. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include her father, Mitchell Yanosky of Harrietta; son, Stephen Dunklow of Traverse City; daughter, Crystal Dunklow of Maple City; three brothers, Jimmy, Bob and David; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Huntington’s (HDSA) Michigan Chapter, 5400 Mason, Midland, MI 48642-5400.