Gladwin County, Michigan obituaries:
Elaine Niver, 76, of Gladwin, died suddenly Thursday, Dec. 30 in Westport, Conn. She was born Elaine Danielson in Cleveland, Ohio, March 15, 1923.
Elaine married Ray Niver of Detroit in 1946 and lived in Dearborn until retiring in 1986. She was active in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, PTA, and church activities.
She helped the founding of the Dearborn chapter of Michigan Association for Children with Learning Disabilities. Her testimony before the state legislature resulted in a definition of learning disabilities recognized in public education.
She also worked at Cherry Hill United Presbyterian Church in Dearborn for 20 years.
Since retiring in Gladwin, she has been active as a member of the Sugar Springs Recreation Committee, Gladwin Arts Council, Gladwin County Women's Club, Gladwin Hospital Auxiliary, and Beaverton Presbyterian Church.
In 1995, she was named Gladwin County's Senior Citizen of the Year.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Ray Niver; two sons, Ray and wife Eva Marie of Westport, Conn, and Jay of Midland; one daughter, Nancy and husband Roger Peck of Gladwin; four grandchildren, Dan, Randy, and Lisa Peck, and Ray Niver.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at the Beaverton Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to the church or to Gladwin Public Library.
Elijah E. Louchart, 12, of Gladwin, died suddenly Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000 at MidMichigan Medical Center-Gladwin.
Born Sept. 9, 1987 in Flint, he lived in Gladwin County three years and previously lived in Burt. He was a student.
Surviving are his parents, Ricky and Teresa Louchart of Gladwin; one brother, Nathan of Gladwin; two sisters, Shianne of Gladwin, and Jeniffer of Ithaca; grandparents, Ed and Nola Clark of Midland, and Jerry and Shirley Louchart of Montrose; special cousins, Ricky and Sarah Savannah; and several cousins, aunts and uncles.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Hall Funeral Home, Gladwin with Paul Kile and Rev. Larry Kirkpatrick officiating. Burial will be in Grout Township Cemetery in Gladwin.
Visitation will be today (Wednesday) 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to be used according to the family.
Gerald G. Hawes, 68, of Gladwin, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999.
Born May 23, 1931 in Alabama, he was the son of Lawrence and Martha (Stube) Hawes.
He was a member of the Gladwin County American Legion Post 171. He served his country during the Korean Conflict. He also enjoyed fishing and the outdoors.
Surviving are two sons, Jamie and wife Ruth of Lapeer, and Bryon and wife Sandy of Duluth, Minn.; one daughter, Mylinda Hawes of Maryland; four grandchildren, Karly, Dana, James, and Cassie Hawes; and two brothers, James of Mio, and Marvin of Alabama.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Charles.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Gladwin American Legion Post 171, Gladwin. Memorials may be made to the Gladwin American Legion Post #171.
Muri Brothers Funeral Home in Lapeer were in charge of the arrangements.
Lawrence D. Cuddie, 70, of Gladwin, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999 at his home with his wife and children at his side. He had been ill with cancer for one and one-half years.
Born June 13, 1929 in Gladwin, he was a lifetime resident of Gladwin County.
Lawrence married Elizabeth A. (Wentworth), Sept. 5, 1959 in Clare. He was a salesman for Moorman Manufacturing Company in Quincy, Ill, retiring in 1986 after 20 years. He was also a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gladwin, and Knights of Columbus #5280 in Gladwin.
Besides his wife he is survived by two sons, Kevin and wife Jane and Eric, all of Gladwin; four daughters, Margaret and husband Kenneth Lentner of St. Peters, Mo., Loretta and husband Jeffrey Godby of Alamogordo, N.M., Rita and husband Donald Weigner of Crestview, Fla., and Teresa Hale of Olathe, Kans.; two sisters, Mildred Brubaker of Midland, and Marvella Humbach of Livonia; and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Malcom and Jennie Cuddie.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gladwin with Rev. Father Patrick Jankowiak officiating. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Gladwin.
A scripture service was held at 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus #6280 with a Rosary following.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Church or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
Hall Funeral Home, Gladwin, was in charge of the arrangements.
Ralph Robert Selewski, 75, of Clinton Township, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999 at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.
Born Feb. 12, 1924 in Detroit, he was the son of Anthony and Julia Selewski.
Ralph married Eva Senesy. He worked in the automotive industry as a tool designer for Modern Engineering in Troy. He served in the U.S. Army from Jan. 3, 1949 to Jan. 7, 1950, at which time he was transferred into the Army Reserve.
Besides his wife he is survived by three sons, Richard K. and wife Catherine, James B. and wife Eunice, and John R. and wife Rene (Armstrong) Selewski; one daughter, Paulette A. and husband Jeff Blain; one sister, Evelyn Holman; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. with Rev. Jack Dundas officiating. The body will be cremated. Memorials may be made to the Goodfellows or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
Vernon E. (Vern) Sharp, 67, of Gladwin, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999 at his residence following a brief illness.
Born Feb. 21, 1923 in Gladwin, he was the son of the late Emery and Anna (Morris) Sharp.
Vernon married Marcia Hutchinson, Feb. 18, 1966 in Las Vegas. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Air Force. He was retired from Rice Furniture Store.
Besides his wife he is survived by their children, Mara Biggs and the late Jeff Biggs of Henderson, Nev., Ralph and Dorothy Glass of Potterville, Karen and Michael Bailey and John Sharp, all of Gladwin; eight grandchildren, Nic, Grant and Joel Bailey, Christopher Glass, Andrew Sharp, Sherri, Stacey and Jeffrey Biggs; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Arlene Yeager of Beaverton, and Aura Lee Sturgeon of Ironwood.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Marvella Munter.
Services were held at 7 p.m. from Sisson Funeral Home with Pastor Deane Wyllys officiating. Cremation was at Central Michigan Crematory.