Helen G. Hermann
Funeral services were held Monday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Leland for Lake Leelanau resident Helen Gilmore Hermann, who died Nov. 5 at Munson Medical Center. She was 79.
Mrs. Hermann was born in Chicago on May 9, 1920, the daughter of John and Effie (Ferguson) Morrow. On Dec. 27, 1944 in Chicago, she married Clarence R. Hermann, who preceded her in death on Aug. 21, 1980.
Mrs. Hermann and her husband resided in Burbank. Ill., from 1949 to 1971, where she was active at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in the Ladies Aide Society and as a Sunday school teacher. She also wrote a weekly newspaper column while being active in many civic organizations. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Leland and the Leelanau County Republican Womens Club.
Surviving are three children, Jean Hermann and Richard Hermann, both of Lake Leelanau, and Shirley Ellen (William) Partman of Bridgeview, Ill; and four grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Charles, Robert and John Morrow.
Burial was in Beechwood Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Immanuel Benevolent Fund or Lutheran World Relief.
Robert Paul Fink
Robert Paul Fink of Glen Lake died Oct. 27 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was 73.
No services are planned at this time.
Mr. Fink was born on July 10, 1925. He is survived by two sons, Robert (Marcia) Fink Jr. of Minneapolis, Minn. and Rick (Janice) Fink of Maple City; a daughter, Betsy (Mark) Fisher of Maple City; a brother, Albert Fink of California; and ten grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Henry (Dutch) Fink; and a sister, Barbara Reeves.
Memorials may be made to the Safari Club International Memorial Fund (Novi Chapter), attention Audrey Murtland, 11901 Brooksfield, Livonia, Mich. 48150.
Mary C. White
Funeral services were held Saturday for Mary C. White, who died Feb. 26 at her home in Honor. She was 84.
Mrs. White was born on Oct. 7, 1917, in Bay City, the daughter of Alfred and Margaret (Bishop) Germain. On Nov. 12, 1941, she married Stanley White, who preceded her in death in 1975.
Mrs. White attended St. Ann Catholic Church in Frankfort. A devoted wife and mother who adored her grandchildren, she enjoyed gardening, sewing, antiques and bird watching.
Surviving are a son, Maurice (Linda) of Thompsonville; two daughters, Yvonne (Richard) Schaefor of L'Anse and Laureen (Joe) Millard of Northport; and 11 grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Vede, Lawrence, Bernard, Raymond and Edward; and two sisters, Evelyn and Irene.
Interment was Monday at Calvary Cemetery in Kawkawlin. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Benzie County Audubon Society.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Strongheart Civic Center for Kathleen "Cottney" Floyd Garcia, who died Feb. 23 at her Peshawbestown home. She was 29.
Mrs. Garcia was born in Grand Rapids on Dec. 10, 1972, the daughter of James Floyd and Linda Judson.
She enjoyed cooking, and was known for her mechanical ability. She was always ready to lend a helping hand.
Mrs. Garcia is survived by two daughters, Santana and Mariya; five sons, Augustine, Rajelio, Austin, Ngwis and Jose; one sister, Calleen "Reno" Floyd; three brothers, David, Nebin and Makus; her mother, Linda Holt; and her father, James (Rose) Wassigiji Floyd.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra K. Sanchez and stepfather Michael Berg.
Interment will be in Kewadin Indian Mission Cemetery. Memorials may directed to a fund for her children, c/o Fifth/Third Bank in Suttons Bay.
Former Northport resident Rhea (Nelson) Ellenwood died March 3. She was 85.
Mrs. Ellenwood, who was born in Northport, is survived by her daughter, Joyce (Harold) Woods; sons Bruce (Charlene) Ellenwood and Douglas (financee Jackie) Ellenwood; a sister-in-law, Joyce; and three grandchildren.
Interment will be in Cadillac Memorial Gardens in Westland.
David Kim House
A funeral Mass was held yesterday at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church for Maple City resident David Kim House, who died Feb. 24. He was 16.
Mr. House was born in Daejeon City, South Korea, on April 27, 1985, the son of Robert W. and Theodora A. (Malinczak) House.
He attended Glen Lake Schools where he enjoyed drama, participating in school musicals, track, cross country, North by Northwest, student council, class officer, journalism, Project Hero and the PALS program. He was also active in 4-H.
Survivors include his parents, now of Maple City; and a grandmother, Ann B. Malinczak.
Burial was in the St. Philip Neri Catholic Church Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the 4-H of Leelanau, or the Exposures project at Glen Lake.
Lucille Peterson Bach
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Immanuel Lutheran Church for Lucille Ann Peterson Bach, who died Nov. 7 at her Leland home. She was 81.
Mrs. Bach was born in East Leland on July 20, 1918, the daughter of Elmer and Emma (Wakulat) Bardenhagen.
She lived in East Leland and Leland most of her life, graduating as valedictorian of Leland High School and attending Louis and Chapin Secretarial School.
An active and life-long member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Mrs. Bach was a member of the Ladies Aid and arranged altar flowers for many years. She was a charter member of the Leland Women's Civic Club, volunteered for the Leelanau County Chapter of the American Cancer Society and was involved in many bridge clubs. She was known for excellent cooking and catering skills, and as a member of the Little Garden Club loved flowers.
Surviving are five children, Allan (Janice) Petersen of St. Paul, Minn., Sandra (Ken) Tietje of Leland, Patty (Dick) Bach of Kent City, Mich., Linda (John) Sisson of Maple City and Glen (Melanie) Peterson of Traverse City; three step-children, Darryl (Sharon) Bach of Memphis, Tenn., Dick (Patty) Bach of Kent City and Gerri (Jim) Deerfield of Palatine, Ill.; a sister, Jane Schwarz; three brothers, Leonard, Victor and Vernon Bardenhagen; ten grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and two step-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by first husband, John A. Petersen, and second husband, Clarence C. Bach.
Cremation has taken place. The family met with friends and relatives yesterday from 4-7 p.m. at the Leelanau Country Inn. Memorials may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Munson Hospice or WLJN Christian Radio in Traverse City.
A funeral Mass was held yesterday at St. Rita-St. Joseph's Parish for Maple City resident Milton Kraitz, who died Feb. 14.
The son of Adolph and Francis (Novotny) Kraitz, he was born before electricity came to his family farm in the Bohemian Settlement outside of Maple City, where he was raised and lived most of his life. He worked as a farmer on the Kraitz family farm and as a mill hand and lumberjack for his uncle Joe Novotny. He farmed and skidded timber with horses, worked in a steam-powered lumber mill, and loaded lumber onto the steam-powered train at the Cedar Railroad Station.
A confirmed bachelor, he was a lifelong member of St. Joseph's and then St. Rita-St. Joseph's Parish. Mr. Kraitz enjoyed hunting, ice fishing, following the Tigers, commenting on politics, voting for Democrats, walking and talking. He was loved by children, who could easily cajole candy from him, and sat for portraits that have been exhibited throughout the state.
Surviving are a brother, A. Richard Kraitz; and a sister-in-law, Pat Kraitz. He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Kraitz in 1996.
Charles J. Nachazel
A funeral Mass was held Saturday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church for Cedar resident Charles Joseph Nachazel, who died Feb. 12 at Maple Valley Nursing Home. He was 73.
Mr. Nachazel was born on May 22, 1928, on the family farm on Nachazel Rd., the son of Wensel James and Mary Alice (Sindelar) Nachazel. On Aug. 31, 1957, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, he married the former Helen Marie Stachnik, who survives.
Mr. Nachazel was employed as a grader operator for 32 years by the Leelanau County Road Commission, retiring in 1990. He was also sexton for the Cleveland Township Cemetery. Following retirement, he worked for Red Path Orchards.
Mr. Nachazel was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, where he was actively involved in many church projects. He was also an original member of the Cedar Hilltoppers Snowmobile Club, a member of the Cedar Chamber of Commerce, and served for 23 years on the Cleveland Township Board. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and especially loved playing euchre.
Also surviving are his children, Richard (Laura) Nachazel of Cedar, Edward Nachazel of Maple City, Sue Peplinski of Cedar, Diane (Kip) Costigan of Cedar and Scott Nachazel of Maple City; a sister, Mary; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Charles Joseph on May 5, 1958.
Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Cedar Chamber of Commerce, or to Cedar Rescue.
Frederick A. Sincock
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church for Northport resident Frederick Albert Sincock, who died Feb. 18 at Munson Medical Center. He was 72.
Mr. Sincock was born in Detroit on May 13, 1929, the son of Frederick Barney and Narcissus Coralle (James) Sincock. On Sept. 20, 1952, in Detroit, he married the former Betty Lou Cummings, who survives.
Mr. Sincock, an Eagle Scout, graduated from Wayne State University. He owned and operated the Shipwreck Gift Shop in Northport for 30 years. Prior to that, he worked for the American Standard Company and the Anchor Coupling Co.
Mr. Sincock was a lifetime member of the Masonic Zion Lodge and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Detroit; a Shriner in the Moslem Temple of Detroit; a charter member of the Rawsonville Shrine Club; and a member of the Traverse City Shrine Club. He was past president of the Northport Chamber of Commerce and the Traverse City Lighthouse Association.
Also surviving are three children, Brad (Nair) Sincock of Jakarta, Indonesia, Gary (Theresa) Sincock of South Lyon, and Karen (Greg) Kirby of Avondale, Pa.; his sister, Shirley (Roy) Hewett of Plymouth; and seven grandchildren.
Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. today at Martinson Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Leelanau Township Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Leelanau County Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Katherine Else Stearns
A service of remembrance will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, February 28 at Glen Lake Reformed Church for Glen Arbor resident Katherine Else Stearns, who died Feb. 24 at Maple Valley Nursing Home. She was 96.
Mrs. Stearns was born on Dec. 24, 1905, in Buckley, the daughter of William Monroe and Tracie Ann (Guger) Williams. In 1923 she married Verlin Glen Stearns, who preceded her in death.
She built the first beauty salon in Glen Arbor in 1949, retiring after 50 years as a cosmetologist. An accomplished seamstress, she also played the organ and piano.
Mrs. Stearns was a member of Glen Lake Reformed Church, and a life member of the Eastern Star. She was also a member of the White Schrine, a volunteer through the Commission on Aging and a member of the Glen Lake Women's Club.
Surviving are her daughter, Lois (Theodore) Swierad; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. James (Betty) Stearns of Hartford, Ark.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were brothers Earl and John Williams, sisters Eva Manchester and Rose Fearnley; a son, James Stearns; and a grandson.
Cremation has taken place. Lunch will immediately follow the church services. A private graveside service will be held in the spring. Memorials may be directed to Glen Lake Reformed Church, 4902 West MacFarlane Rd., Glen Arbor 49363; or Maple Valley Nursing Home, 1086 W. Burdickville Rd., Maple City 49664.