Sidney T. Cram
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Mary's Catholic Church for Lake Leelanau resident Sidney T. Cram who died Sunday. He was 64.
He was born in Detroit on Sept. 2, 1938, the son of William and Laura (Ayotte) Cram. In 1959 in Pontiac, he married Lynn P. Peters who survives.
Mr. Cram served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and enjoyed coaching little league baseball in Marquette for many years. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing when he was young.
Also surviving are his daughter Shelly (Paul) Blesh of Traverse City; sons Joseph (Robin) Cram of North Carolina and Christopher Cram of Chicago; three sisters, Lorraine Richert, June Sykes and Carolee Ebaid; and three granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his sister Murial Kovach; and brothers Earl, William, Keith, Wallace and Douglas Cram.
Memorials may be directed to the charity of one's choice.
Nathan Joseph Flaska
Funeral services were held Saturday at Glen Lake Community Reformed Church for Nathan Joseph Flaska, who died Oct. 8 at his Cedar home. He was 21.
Mr. Flaska was born in Traverse City on June 19, 1981, the son of Gary Lee and Janet Marie (White) Flaska. He graduated from Leland High School in the Class of 2000, and was in his third year at Northwestern Michigan College. He played soccer, basketball and baseball.
Mr. Flaska was an expert at building and rebuilding computers. He enjoyed camping with his family, and especially loved Myrtle Beach, S.C. A hard-working and happy-go-lucky young man, he will be missed by family and friends.
Surviving are his parents; his brother, Matthew Lee Flaska; and maternal grandparents Versil and Jane White of Williamsburg. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Joe and Olive Flaska.
Memorials may be directed to the Nathan J. Flaska Scholarship Fund at Leland High School, or to the Cedar Fire and Rescue Squad.
Clare Alan Willey
Clare Alan Willey, the brother of Northport resident Hugh Willey, died Aug. 15 in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 70.
Mr. Willey was born in Berkeley, Calif., to William Watson and Florence (Hughes) Willey, on Feb. 16, 1932. He served his country in the Air Force during the Korean War as a musician. For over 55 years, he was recognized an artist with a unique presentation of jazz piano, teaching and performing in California and Arizona.
Private memorial services were held in Arizona in August.
William F. Slawson
A private memorial service will be held in Northport on Oct. 13 for seasonal resident William F. Slawson, who died Sept. 22 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. He was 73.
Mr. Slawson was born July 4, 1929, in Ann Arbor, the son of Chester B. and Ethel Fralick Slawson. In 1956, in Salt Lake City, Utah, he married Nancy Spjut, who survives.
He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1952 before serving in the Army from 1952-54. He obtained a Ph.D. in Geological Engineering from the University of Utah in 1958 and conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Toronto. In 1961, he became a professor of Geophysics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia. He retired in 1992.
Also surviving are his sister, Mary (Don) Duff of Leland; two sons, Bob and Richard; one daughter, Diane; a foster daughter Linda; and nine grandchildren.
The family has vacationed on property it owns in Leelanau County for more than 60 years.
Donations be made to the Aplastic Anemia and Myelodysplasia Association, 22 Aikenhead Rd., Etobicoke, Ontario (www.aamac.ualberta.ca).
William Jacob Schaub
A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday at St. Mary's Church in Lake Leelanau for lifelong resident William Jacob Schaub, who died Oct. 2. He was 73.
Born Feb. 26, 1929, he was the son of Otto and Cecilia (Walters) Schaub and grandson of Jacob Schaub, a founding father of the village of Lake Leelanau. On May 5, 1950, at Holy Rosary Church, he married the former Martha Czerniak, who survives.
For 35 years, Mr. Schaub and his wife owned the Manitou Farm Market. After retiring, he continued to work with his eldest son at Good Harbor Wintery/Harbor Hill Fruit Farm. For many years, he served on the Leland Township Board of Review.
Mr. Schaub was devoted to his Catholic faith and was deeply involved in St. Mary's Church and School. He especially enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play school sports. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.
Also surviving are his eight children, all of whom reside in Leelanau County: Gary (Lori) Schaub, Steve (June) Schaub, David (Cindy) Schaub, Kathy (Dale) Boone, Tim (Lucy) Schaub, Patti (Pat) Shaffran, Roger (Therese) Schaub, and Bill (Jen) Schaub. In addition, his seven siblings and 22 grandchildren survive.
Memorials may be made to the Lake Leelanau St. Mary's School Gym Building Fund, P.O. Box 340, Lake Leelanau 49653, or to Mass Intentions.
A memorial service was held Sept. 21 in Dryden for former Glen Arbor resident Clayton Meinke who died Sept. 6. He was 72.
Mr. Meinke was born Oct. 15, 1929, in Detroit, the son of the late William and Louise (Belky) Meinke. On Feb. 26, 1949, in Detroit, he married the former Jeanine McGlynn who survives.
He and his wife moved permanently to Port Austin in 1992 after many years in Glen Arbor where he worked in the Sportsman's Shop and managed the Pine Cone ice cream stand. The couple also owned a bed and breakfast in downtown Glen Arbor.
Also surviving are his two daughters, Caryn (Douglas) Bruyneel and Christine (John) Voss, both of Dryden; one brother, Charles Meinke of St. Clair Shores; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brother, William Meinke, and his sister, Geraldine Kruse.
Karl W. Holt
Funeral services were conducted Monday at First Lutheran Church in Suttons Bay for Karl Holt, who died Sept. 24 at his Suttons Bay home. He was 86.
Mr. Holt was born on Oct. 31, 1915 in Mona, Mont., the son of Ross G. and Georgia (Kesner) Holt. On July 17, 1947, he married the former Mary Rude, who survives.
At the age of five, he and his family moved to Traverse City and continued to move around the country times as his father was a plasterer. He graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1933. He worked in construction until joining the Army in 1940, during which he worked on airfield construction in the Philippines. Mr. Holt was taken prisoner by the Japanese in 1942, enduring the Bataan Death March and imprisoned in various Philippine prison camps before being transferred by Japanese junk to a camp at Yokaichi, Japan.
After the war, he was released from service and returned home to Traverse City. He and his wife moved to Suttons Bay in 1966 and have wintered in Southern California since 1980.
He founded Holt Construction in Elk Rapids, and was a member of the Rotary Club, AMVETS in Elk Rapids and First Lutheran Church.
Also surviving are his sister Betty Acker of Williamsburg; his brother Paul Holt of Florida; his three sons, Timothy of Rancho Mirage, Calif., Robert of Pacific Palisades, Calif., and James of Holtville, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.
Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery in Suttons Bay, and memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church.
John Lewis Herman
A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Suttons Bay for lifelong resident John Lewis "Hunce" Herman, who died Oct. 2. He was 77.
Mr. Herman was born in Suttons Bay on Nov. 26, 1924, the son of Joseph and Angelina (Flees) Herman. On Nov. 29, 1946, he married the former Marchita Alvira McManus, who preceded him in death in 1997.
He served in the Army during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart. Following his retirement from the Leelanau County Road Commission where he had been employed for 32 hears, Mr. Herman owned and operated Herman's Bait Shop.
He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Suttons Bay. He enjoyed playing cards and working on the family farm.
Mr. Herman is survived by his four children, Joe (Debbie) Herman of Suttons Bay, David (Mary) Herman of Hastings, Ruth (Gene) Boch of Venice, Fla., and Janet (Art) Canfield of Traverse City. Also surviving are five sisters, Martha (Robert) Fate of Petoskey, Anna (Albert) Schaub of Kingsley, Kate Hughes of Vero Beach, Fla., Emma (William) Gilson of Berrien Springs, and Irene (James) Clark of Suttons Bay. He is also survived by five brothers, Lawrence (Ruby) Herman, Andrew Herman, William (Deloris) Herman, George (Mary) Herman, all of Suttons Bay; and Edmund (Margaret) Herman of Traverse City; as well as 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Joyce Tarker; a grandson; sister Helen Curry; and sister-in-law Donna Herman.
Memorials may be directed to Mass Intentions, or to the Suttons Bay Fire and Rescue Department.
A private graveside service will be held at the Leelanau Township Cemetery in Northport for Empire resident James Fredrickson, who died Sunday at Munson Medical Center. He was 79.
Mr. Fredrickson was born in Northport on May 31, 1923, the son of Magnus and Ruth (Bartlett) Fredrickson. On June 12, 1947, in Saginaw, he married Daphne Silhavy, who survives.
He was a graduate of the University of Michigan and its law school, and was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. During World War II he served in the Army in France and Germany. After moving to Traverse City, Mr. Fredrickson practiced law for a decade before assuming management of Fredrickson Orchards in Empire Township.
Also surviving are his children, David Fredrickson of Traverse City, Donald Fredrickson of Signal Hill, Calif., and James (Cynthia) Fredrickson of Suttons Bay; and four grandchildren.
At Mr. Fredrickson's request, there will be no memorial service.
The family requests that memorials be given to Munson Medical Center.