Gertrude L. Cornell 9/7/2001
Services were held Tuesday for Traverse City resident Gertrude L. Cornell, who died Sept. 7 at Munson Medical Center. She was 78.
Mrs. Cornell was born on Sept. 19, 1922, in Glen Arbor, the daughter of Gilbert and Pearl (Davis) Warnes. On Jan. 21, 1946, in Glen Haven, she married Stanley N. Cornell, who preceded her in death in July, 1993.
Mrs. Cornell graduated in 1940 from Glen Arbor High School. She enjoyed sewing and making beautiful afgans. She was an assistant cook at the Leelanau School in Glen Arbor.
Surviving are a son, Gilbert H. Cornell of Traverse City; a daughter, Vanice K. Yorks; a brother, Gilbert (Elsie) Warnes of Glen Arbor; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Craven.
Burial was at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be directed to the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, 26211 Central park Blvd., Suite 100, Southfield MI 48076-4154.
Howard Werner 9/6/2001
A graveside burial will be held Saturday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. for Howard W. Werner at Beechwood Cemetery in Leland.
Mr. Werner, who died Jan. 11 at his home in Cocoa, Fla., was a former Leland resident.
Cecil W. Tegart 8/22/2001
Funeral services were held Saturday at Empire United Methodist Church for Cecil W. Tegart, who died Aug. 22 at his Empire home. He was 79.
Mr. Tegart was born on Aug. 2, 1922, in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Thomas W. and Mae (Spink) Tegart. On June 15, 1991, in Empire, he married Eleonora M. Kuebele Ray, who survives.
Mr. Tegert received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star while serving in the Army during World War II. He was employed by Empire Community Museum; and a member of Empire United Methodist Church, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. A stamp and cane collector, he enjoyed fishing and astronomy.
Also surviving are his sons, Kim W. Tegart of Rochester, N.Y., Steven G. Tegart of Texas and Scott Tegart of Grand Rapids; step-daughters Barbara Lynch of Indiana, Candie (Jim) Wiester of Pennsylvania, Bonnie (Keith) Kedzior of Michigan and Linda (Andrew) Sturgess of Michigan; brothers Thomas K. (Violet) Tegart of Grand Blanc and David N. (Alma) Tegart of Waterford; three grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; and one great-step-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Carrie Tegart.
Memorials may be directed to Munson Hospice or Empire United Methodist Church Building Fund.
George F. Koch III 8/25/2001
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati for Leland summer resident George Frederick Koch III, who died Aug. 25.
Mr. Koch is survived by his wife, Rose Mary Miller Koch; children Lisa Koch (Christopher D.) Bryant of Louisville and Barbara (Hawley) Todd; a brother, Robert B. Koch of Albuquerque, N.M.; and three grandchildren.
Friends may call at the church from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be directed to SPCA Cincinnati, 3949 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati 45223; or the Salvation Army.
Thomas E. Doak 8/15/2001
A graveside service was held last Wednesday for Elmwood Township resident Thomas E. Doak, who died Aug. 15 at Leelanau Memorial Health Center. He was 83.
Mr. Doak was born on May 17, 1918, in Gallatin, Mo., the son of Harry and Sarah (Tarwater) Doak. In Ithaca, N.Y., he married Betty Burch, who preceded him in death in 1990.
Mr. Doak was vice president of the Commodities Buying Division for Lever Bros. Company. He received a bachelor of arts degree in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri in 1940 and a Ph.D. from Cornell in 1950. He served as an artillery officer in the Marine Corps, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He also lived in Stanford, Conn. before moving to Elmwood.
Mr. Doak was an avid fisherman, deer and pheasant hunter, and a good bridge player.
Surviving are two sons, Thomas H. Doak of Traverse and David Doak of Tucson, Ariz.; sisters Helen (Gus) Schoene of Alton, Ill. and Barbara (Melvin) West of Columbia, Mo.; a brother, Kenneth (Mikie) Doak of Marrysville, Pa.; and a grandson, Michael Ross Doak.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Justin and Lovell.
Elizabeth J. Fitzpatrick 8/16/2001
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Holy Rosary Church for Elizabeth J. Fitzpatrick who died Thursday at her Cedar home. She was 76.
She was born Aug. 21, 1924 in Detroit, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Condren) Mohr. On Aug. 10, 1946, in Detroit, she married Patrick Fitzpatrick, who survives.
In addition to her husband of 55 years, Mrs. Fitzpatrick is survived by children, Mary Lou (Ted) Fleis of Grand Rapids; Daniel (Janet) Fitzpatrick of Lynn Haven, Fla.; Vicki ( Larry) Damer of Apache Jet, Ariz.; Barbara Fitzpatrick of Freemont; Peggy (Terry) Cook of Traverse City; Kathy (Al) Erhardt of Lake Leelanau; Michael (Traci) Fitzpatrick of Leroy; Terri Kuhlman of Traverse City; Lisa (Steve) Lyon of Traverse City; a sister, Joan (Hodge) Huxson; sister-in-law, Barbara Mohr; 21 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, William T. Mohr; and grandson, Jason Cook.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Cedar Rescue Squad.
John J. ‘Jack’ Harmeyer 8/14/2001
Services were held Saturday in Fort, Thomas, Ky. for long-time Leland summer resident John H. “Jack” Harmeyer, who died Aug. 14 after a long illness. He was 78.
Mr. Harmeyer was the retired owner of Harmeyer Paints of Newport, Ky. and retired vice-president of Perry and Derrick Paint Co. in Cincinnati. He was an Army veteran, serving in the tank division. Mr. Harmeyer was an avid golfer and belonged to the Highland Country Club in Ft. Thomas.
He is survived by his wife, LaVerne, daughters Mary E. (Betsy) Ballinger of Southgate, Ky,; Anne (Mark) Thiem of Taylor Mill. Ky.; Susan (Tom ) Moyer of Burlington, Ky.; and sons, Fred, Robert (Nancy), and Andy and step-daughter Connie (Rick) Beiting all of Ft. Thomas, Ky. Mr. Harmeyer is also survived by a sister, Mary H. Wenstrup of Leland and Sarasota, Fla. and 12 grandchildren.
He was preceded by his parents and his wife, Martha.
Memorials may be made to Campbell Lodge for Boys, 150 Skyline Dr., Cold Spring, Ky. 41076 or to the charity of one’s choice.
Joseph Schopieray 8/13/2001
Elmwood Township resident Joseph “Paul” Schopieray died early Monday morning in Traverse City. He was 73.
Mr. Schopieray was born July 13, 1928, in Lake Leelanau to Joseph and Kathleen (Gauthier) Schopieray. He was the lone family survivor of a tuberculosis outbreak that claimed the lives of his parents and baby brother, Martin. While growing up, Mr. Schopieray divided his time between the households of Dorothy (Gauthier) and Barnard Schopieray Sr. and “mother” “Cecelia (Gauthier and “father” Roy Steffens.
A 1947 Traverse City Central graduate, Mr. Schopieray enlisted in the U.S. Army at the outset of the Korean War. He served as a Sergeant with the 109th Infantry Regiment, and was stationed at various posts in West Germany and at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Honorably discharged, Mr. Schopieray returned from the service to work at Kucera’s Bo-Beer Take-Out and continued to serve his country in the U.S. Army Reserve for 33 years.
On May 28, 1955, he married Patricia R. Wozniak, who survives.
Mr. Schopieray retired from MichCon in 1991 after 28 years of service and was an lifetime member of Immaculate Conception Church and VFW Post No. 2780 in Traverse City. He also served as the Leelanau representative to the area Veterans Administration Board and belonged to the American Legion, AMVETS, Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge and Northern Flame MichCon Retirees Club.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Schopieray is survived by his son, Michael and daughter-in-law Thaddea; daughters Christine and Kimberly; future son-in-law Robert Kelley and Roger Mervau; sisters Alicia “Dorothy” (Frank) Gauthier, Pauline “Peg” (Maynard) Poertner; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Edith (A.J.) Harmon.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Traverse City Chapel of the Covell Funeral Homes. A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Church, the Rev. James Hayden officiating. A military graveside service conducted by the Honor Guard of VFW Post No. 2780 will follow at Oakwood Catholic Diocesan Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.
James William Hill 7/23/2001
Funeral services were held last Thursday for Traverse City resident James William “Bill” Hill, who died July 23 at Bortz Health Care. He was 92.
Mr. Hill was born in Wesby, Wis., on May 30, 1909, the son of James O. and Ida M. (Stinerson) Hill. On Feb. 20, 1932, he married Gladys Angeline Lemcool, who survives.
Mr. Hill resided in the Traverse City area since moving from Adrian on a covered, horse-drawn wagon when 13-years-old. A self-employed carpenter, he owned and operated the Cedar Lake Apiaries for 63 years, producing and selling honey.
Mr. Hill was a life member of the National Rifle Association, charter member of the Elmwood Township Volunteer Fire Department; member of the Michigan BeeKeepers Association, and a member of the Norris School Board in the late 1940’s. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and traveling.
Also surviving are two daughters, Ida Marie (Jim) Tompkins of Traverse City and Patricia Ann (Pete) Tompkins of Burkburnett, Texas; a son, Richard William (Sharon) Hill of Traverse City; brothers Victor Hill of Arkansas and Eugene Hill of Traverse City; sisters Marie Garner of Mississippi and Nancy Giagras of Louisiana; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Norman S. Hill and Selmer Hill.
Burial was in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be directed to the Elmwood Fire Department, 10090 E. Lincoln Rd., Traverse City 49684.
Sylvia Stidard Hohnke 7/23/2001
Funeral services will be held today at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in New Buffalo, Mich., for Sylvia Louise Stidard Hohnke, who died July 23. She was 63.
Mrs. Hohnke was born in McKeesport, Penn., on Nov. 5, 1937, the daughter of Earl and Harriet (Martin) Stidard. In Elizabeth, Penn. on Oct. 9, 1954, she married Good Harbor native Arthur A. Hohnke, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Hohnke was a retired geriatric aid in the health care industry. She was a choir and grief committee member of Prince of Peace church, member of American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 169, member and officer of Moose Baton and Drum Corps, and leader of Girl Scout Troop No. 441.
Surviving are daughters Lucille (John) Poyser, Gwendolyn Palen, Jacquelyn (Marty) Sexton, Natalyn (Daren) Richards and Patricia (Mike) Iazzetto; brothers Jerry (Bonnie) Stidard and Earl (Linda) Stidard II; a sister, Leah (Eugene) Palmer; and nine grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Harriet Stidard.
Burial will be in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens, Michigan City, Ind. Memorials may be made to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, New Buffalo; Hospice at Home in Stevensville, Mich.; or the Humane Society.
Alma W. Mateer 7/12/2001
Cedar resident Alma W. Mateer died July 12 at Munson Medical Center. She was 80.
Cremation has taken place, and no services are planned at this time.
Mrs. Mateer was born on Sept. 9, 1920, in Bellefontaine, Ohio, the daughter of David and Virginia (Snyder) Whitehall. On April 27, 1940 in Traverse City, she married Ford Mateer, who survives.
A homemaker, Mrs. Mateer enjoyed the outdoors and caring for her flower and vegetable gardens.
Also surviving are two sons, Neil A. Mateer of Lake Ann and Scott (Kim) Mateer of Cedar; a sister, Susanna (Ray) Satorius of Williamsport, Pa.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Anita Mateer; a sister, Mary Coil; a brother, Charles Whitehill and step-sister Marjorie Brill.
Interment was in Linwood Cemetery in Long Lake Township. Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.