Russell W. Sweeney
A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday in Cincinnati for Leland summer resident Russell W. Sweeney who died Nov. 17 in Ohio. He was 89.
He was born in Indianapolis in 1913. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Margaret.
Mr. Sweeney was an Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame member. He graduated from Xavier University in 1936 and played for the original Cincinnati Bengals. He was also an avid golfer. He worked in the retail paint and wall covering business in Ohio.
He is survived by his daughter, Patricia (Thomas) Rohs of Gainesville, Fla., sons Russell Jr. (Bonnie) of Indianapolis, John (Helen) of Columbus, Ohio, and Daniel (Nancy) of Cincinnati; 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Memorials may be directed to the Lake Leelanau Lake Association, P.O. Box 123, Leland, MI. 49654.
Ivan Robert Livingston
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday in Suttons Bay for lifelong Leelanau County resident Ivan Robert "Bob" Livingston, who died Nov. 15 at Munson Medical Center. He was 74.
He was born on the family homestead in Bingham Township on March 28, 1928, to Ivan C. and Mary A. (Rader) Livingston.
He attended Donny Brook School and Suttons Bay Schools. During the Korean War, he served honorably as a corporal in the U.S. Army.
He was a lifelong fruit grower who enjoyed the farming life. He also worked for both the Leland Flush Door Company and Frigid Foods in Suttons Bay.
He is survived by two sisters, A. Kathleen Livingston and Helena (Edward) Send, both of Suttons Bay.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Irvin Livingston, in 1981.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Suttons Bay/Bingham Township Fire and Rescue Department.
Richard D. Knapp
Funeral services were held Monday in Traverse City for Richard D. "Dick" Knapp of Suttons Bay who died Friday at Munson Medical Center. He was 58.
Born Jan. 25, 1944, in Muskegon, he was the son of Charles N. and Ellen Fern (Hassinger) Knapp. In 1986 in West Bloomfield he married the former Helen Contos who survives.
Mr. Knapp received his bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from Northern Michigan University and Wayne State University respectively, and then was employed by the State of Michigan, working in children's services for 30 years. After retiring, he worked for more than four years with Boysville of Michigan in Traverse City.
Also surviving are his two daughters, Brenda (Brian) Kigar of Delaware, Ohio; Gretchen (Keith) Robinson of Rockford; his son, Christopher (Krista Girty) Knapp of Ypsilanti; two sisters, Diane (Robert) Clem of Reno, Nev., and Charlene (Charles) Hall of West Bloomfield; and four grandchildren.
Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery in Ann Arbor. Memorial may be directed to the Traverse City Orthodox Mission Church, or to the Cherryland Humane Society.
Kenneth Dean Neddo
Funeral services were conducted Saturday in Wisconsin for former Leelanau County resident Kenneth Dean Neddo who died Oct. 30 at his home in Algoma, Wis. He was 60.
He was born June 21, 1942, in Traverse City, the son of Clarence and Evelyn Neddo who now reside in Maple City. Also surviving is his wife, Donna L. Neddo, of Algoma.
Mr. Neddo was a 1960 graduate of Glen Lake High School. He worked for General Motors in Pontiac, and then as a welder for Bay Shipbuilders in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., for 27 years. He was a hunting enthusiast and a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association.
Also surviving are his son, Kenneth D. Neddo Jr., of Green Bay; his daughter, Susan (Brian) Rabas of Two Rivers, Wis.; three sisters, Linda and Janice Neddo of Maple City, and Diane (Charles) Adams of Bellevue, Neb.; and two grandsons.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the ALS Association.
Funeral services were held yesterday in Elk Rapids for Florine Alberts, who died Dec. 4 at her Kewadin home. She was 67.
Mrs. Alberts was born on Sept. 22, 1932, in Elk Rapids, the daughter of Percy and Louise (Williams) Anderson. She married Francis "Proctor" Shananaquet, who preceded her in death. She later married Wilmer Alberts Sr., who also preceded her in death.
A resident of the Elk Rapids area her entire life, she was a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians and the Kewadin Indian Mission Church.
Surviving are four daughters, three sons, six brothers including Gerald Anderson of Peshawbestown; 21 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by two brothers.
Burial will take place in Kewadin Indian Mission Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Kewadin Indian Mission Church.
Horace P. Abbott III
A memorial service will be held next summer for East Leland resident Horace Porter Abbott III, who died Dec. 3 at Leelanau Memorial Health Center. He was 87.
Mr. Abbott was born on Sept. 17, 1912, the son of Horace Porter Abbott II and Beatrice (Sauer) Abbott. On Sept. 22, 1937, he married Barbara Ann Trueblood, who preceded him in death on Nov. 12, 1995.
He was a graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. The couple lived in Cambridge, Mass., Baltimore, Md., Winchester, Mass., and finally in Old Greenwich, Conn., where they lived for 27 years before Mr. Abbott retired as a senior planner at Levers Bros. in New York. In 1977 they moved to East Leland.
Mr. Abbot was a talented engineer who repaired clocks and enjoyed other mechanical projects. He was a former member of the fire board in Leland and the Leland Township Zoning Board of Appeals, and a supporter of Interlochen Public Radio and the Leelanau Historical Society.
Survivors include children Abigail Panetiere, H. Porter Abbott IV, Barbara Abbott, Rebecca Abbott and Nathaniel Abbott; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Kenyon Taylor Abbott.
Memorials may be directed to WIAA Interlochen Public Radio in Interlochen, the Leelanau Historical Society or the Leelanau Memorial Care Center.
Mildred L. Herkner-Ballance
Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Nov. 16, at the Suttons Bay Congregational Church for Mildred L. Herkner-Ballance, M.D., who died Oct. 24 at Leelanau Memorial Health Center in Northport. She was 87.
She was born in Traverse City on June 21, 1915, the daughter of Oswald and Elsie (Rickerd) Herkner. On June 19, 1940, in Traverse City, she married L. Charles Ballance, who survives.
She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1940 and practiced pediatrics from 1944 to 1966 in Park Ridge, Ill., and Traverse City. Dr. Herkner-Ballance practiced child psychiatry from 1968 to 2002, was clinical director of Arnell Engstrom School at the Traverse City State Hospital from 1970 to 1973, and was a member of the senior staff at Hawthorne Center at the Northville State Hospital from 1973 to 1980.
She was a founding member of the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA and was also a charter member of the Zonta Club of Traverse City. She was named Zonta's Woman of the Year in 1996. She was a member of the Suttons Bay Congregational Church.
Also surviving are her children, Lee (Mary) Ballance, M.D., of Berkeley, Calif., Stephen Ballance of Traverse City, Ann DeMarco of Minneapolis, and Robert (Kathy Blake, M.D.) Ballance of Albuquerque; her sister Mabel Russell of Traverse City; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Oswald Herkner Jr., and a sister, Gladys Meyers.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA, Leelanau ShareCare, or to the Suttons Bay Congregational Church.
Clara Barbara Kabot
A burial Mass was celebrated Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church in Traverse City for Cedar native Clara Barbara Kabot, who died Oct. 24. She was 82.
She was born April 29, 1920, in Cedar, the daughter of Bonislaus "Barney" and Frances (Sharnowski) Rice. On Oct. 26, 1944, at Holy Rosary Church in Isadore, she married Theodore John "Ted" Kabot, who survives.
Mrs. Kabot retired from Turner Manufacturing in 1982 and also cared for children and did housework. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting and baking.
She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, a membership she held since 1945. She was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.
Also surviving are her children, Larry (Paulette Pleva) Kabot, Ronald (Sue Penfold) Kabot, and Rosalinda (Claude) Ockert, all of Traverse City; two brothers, Frank L. Rice and Raymond Rice, both of Cedar; two sisters, Susanna Kabat of Traverse City and Barbara (Rocky) Flores of Cedar; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Burial was in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be directed to Mass Intentions, Immaculate Conception Parish or to Munson Hospice.
Anna Edwina Ritsema
Funeral services were held Saturday at Trinity United Church of Christ in Northport for Anna Edwina Ritsema, who died Oct. 24 in Northport. She was 102.
She was born June 28, 1900, in Peru, Ind. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. John Ritsema.
In 1924, she graduated from Highland Park Hospital in Detroit as a registered nurse. Later in her life, she worked as a house mother and nurse at North Central Michigan College.
She was a past Michigan state president of the Federated Women's Club, and a member of Trinity Church in Northport as well as Community United Methodist Church in Naperville, Ill.
She is survived by her daughters Pat (Jarold) Sobehrad of Northport, and Rosemary (Dale) Zimmerman of Naperville; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death was her son John Ritsema.
Memorials may be directed to the Community United Methodist Church Foundation or Trinity Church in Northport.