Mrs. Helen Ferguson of Vassar, died Saturday, April 27, 2002 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Saginaw. She was 82 years of age.
Mrs. Ferguson was born on November 21, 1919 in Detroit, the daughter of Stanley and Agniesika (Salek) Wiacek. Her husband, Darrell R. Reynolds preceded her in death in 1975. She remarried John Ferguson who passed away in 1987. She retired from Ternsted’s, General Motors, in Flint in 1975. She was a member of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church in Vassar. She was also a charter member of the Vassar Federation of Eagles, Auxiliary #2380. She loved bingo and traveling.
Surviving is her family, children and their spouses, Agnes and Ken Orton of Secord Lake, Charlotte and Jack Riedel of Vassar, Darleen and Don Stedry of Vassar, Delores and Joe Rigg of Tawas, Shirley and Leonard Skowron of Pinconning, Jim and Hilda Ferguson, Howard Ferguson, all of California; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Juanita Wiacek, Lurrine Wiacek; and stepsister, Sophie Hakalow.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters, two stepbrothers and two stepsisters.
The Ladies' Auxiliary of F.O.E. #2380 conducted a memorial service on Tuesday evening, April 30, 2002 at the Hanlin Chapel for Funerals.
Funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, May 1, 2002 at St. Frances Catholic Church in Vassar. Burial followed at the Birch Run Township Cemetery. Father Fred Kawka celebrated the service.
Memorials may be directed to St. Frances Church.
JEFFREY D. WELDON
Jeffrey (Jeff) D. Weldon of Davison, died Saturday, April 20,2002 in Lansing at Sparrow Hospital. He was 24 years of age.
Mr. Weldon was born September 20, 1977 in Lapeer. He was the son of Christine (Marzonie) and Anthony Anderson, and Neil Weldon. He had lived in the Millington, Davison and Lapeer area most of his life. On May 21, 1998 he married Angela Taulbee. He was employed at Gabel Door and Windows and had been residing in Davison along with Angela and the children.
Surviving is his family, wife, Angela; children, Raven, Yasmine, Javen; his parents, Christine and Anthony Anderson, and Neil Weldon; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Cheryl Taulbee; brother and sister-in law, Brian and Megan Weldon; grandmother, Henrietta Weldon of Roseville; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 25, 2002 at the Hanlin Funeral Home in Millington. Jim Fields officiated the services.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
JOYCE J. POLZIN
Mrs. Joyce J. Polzin of Millington, died Monday, April 29, 2002 at home. She was 56 years of age.
Mrs. Polzin was born on July 13, 1945 in Mt. Morris, the daughter of Floyd and Dorothy (Cody) Nestell. On February 4, 1967 she married Richard Lee Polzin and together they celebrated 35 years of marriage. She was employed with K-Mart on Belsay Road as a stock clerk for 10 years. She was an active and involved parent with her children when they were growing up.
Surviving is her family, husband, Richard Lee of Millington; children and their spouses, Duane and Cami Polzin, Kelly Polzin, all of Millington, Jamie and Katie Polzin of Davison, Melissa and Scott Myers of Millington; 12 grandchildren; a sister, Charlotte DeLong of Grand Blanc; special niece and husband, DeAnna and Walter Cook and their children, Kyle and Ryan stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Turkey.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Arlene.
A Scripture Service was held at the Hanlin Funeral Home in Millington on Wednesday evening, May 1, 2002.
Funeral Mass was held Thursday, May 2, 2002 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Otisville where she was a member. Burial followed at the Millington Township Cemetery. Father LeRoy White officiated.
Memorials may be directed to Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Cancer Society or Home Health Care-Hospice.
Mrs. Mabel Shreve of Vassar, formerly of Flint and Lake, died Friday April 19, 2002 while at the Frankenmuth Care Facility in Frankenmuth. She was 90 years of age.
Mrs. Shreve was born in Detroit on October 31, 1911. As she grew up she spent most of her childhood in Vassar and in her adult years she moved to the Flint area. She was a cook at the Kearsley Public Schools for many years, retiring in 1976. After retirement she moved to Lake and then in 1998 she moved back to Vassar to be close to her family. Through out life Mrs. Shreve loved life and people. She enjoyed baking, gardening, crafts, fishing and hunting. She enjoyed her clubs, Lake Eagles Club, Moose Lodge and the VFW Auxiliary.
Surviving is her family and many friends, children, Betty and Bill Gawne of Millington, Harvey and Dottie Miller of Lake, Leora and Lee Stedry of Vassar, Clydia Beers and Charlene Calcagno, both of Flint; 13 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; extra special friends, Louise Shifflet of Lake, Viola Ostrom of Vassar, as well as many other special friends; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and seven brothers; two sisters; a son, Earl Miller; and a grandson, Gregg.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at the Hanlin Chapel for Funerals of Vassar, with burial at the Crestwood Cemetery in Grand Blanc. Pastor Mike McCluskey officiated.
Memorials may be directed to the Frankenmuth Care Facility or the Bay City Hospice.
RODMAN L. FOSTER
Mr. Rodman L. Foster, formerly of Okeechobee, Florida and Millington, died Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at the Michigan Masonic Home in Alma. He was 81 years of age.
Mr. Foster was born on August 6, 1920 in Millington, the son of Orman F. and Mary Mae (Livingston) Foster. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during WWII. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Millington, #470 F & AM. He had been an employee of the railroad, retiring in 1982 after 38 years.
Surviving is his family, four children and their spouses, Rolland and Marjorie Foster of Vassar, Garnet and Matt Ollila of Vassar, Charlotte and Carl Lukosius of Camdenton, Missouri, Frank C. and Michelle Foster of Garden City; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; siblings, Carol Isley of Georgia, Fran Foster of California, Doug Foster and wife, Marg of New Zealand, Hilton Foster of Weidman.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Rhonda; two sisters, Gladys, Julia; two brothers, Delwin and Ronald (Lawrence) Foster.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 20, 2002 at the Hanlin Funeral Home in Millington. Burial followed at the Millington Township Cemetery. Pastor John Becker officiated.
Memorials may be directed to Masonic Pathways.
TRUMAN E. (HEB) HEBNER
Truman E. (Heb) Hebner, died on Tuesday, April l6, 2002 at his home in Orlando, Florida after a lengthy illness. He was 83 years of age.
Mr. Hebner was born September 10, 1919 in Detroit and resided in Bad Axe and Vassar, until 1965 when he and his wife of 42 years moved to Florida.
Mr. Hebner owned Hebner Block Company and worked in construction for many years. In Florida, he worked as maintenance supervisor for Super Foods Company until his retirement in 1983.
Besides his wife, Loretta, Mr. Hebner is survived by her sons, Walt Logan of St. Petersburg, Florida, Doug Logan of Belleville, Illinois, his daughters, Tamie Schelke of Bad Axe, and Tracie Couzens of Tuscon, Arizona; five granddaughters and one grandson; one sister, Elaine Wensley of Ellensburg, Washington; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Hebner was a member of Tuskawilla Presbyterian Church where Memorial Services were held on Saturday, April 20, 2002.
PATRICK G. BATES
Mr. Patrick G. Bates of Kingston, died Sunday, November 16, 2003 at his residence. He was 41 years of age.
Mr. Bates was born January 18, 1962 in Saginaw, the son of Grover and Dorothy (Beeckman) Bates. He was a 1980 graduate of Vassar High School. He was a Master Commercial Electrician, currently working for Shaw Electric at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was also a member of IBEW Local #58. He was also an avid hunter, bowler and golfer.
He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Bates of Vassar; also four sisters and two brothers, JoAnn and Kirk VanWormer, Marilyn and David MacKay, all of Vassar; Bonnie and Steven Grainger of Frankenmuth, Diane Suppes of Ionia, Mark and Janet Bates of Hemlock, Paul Bates of Saginaw; also many nieces and nephews and numerous friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Grover Bates June 1, 2003.
Funeral services were held Thursday, November 20, 2003 at the Martin Funeral Home - Clark Chapel in Vassar. Reverend John Becker officiated with burial in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Make A Wish Foundation or their favorite charity.