Gladwin County, Michigan obits:
Glenn N. Russell, 73, of Rhodes, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2000 at Ann Arbor V.A. Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born May 16, 1927 in Munger, he was the son of the late Glen and Nora (Haselbeck) Russell.
Glenn married the former June (Anita) Vasher, Dec. 1, 1944 in Gladwin. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, a retired carpenter, and a veteran of the U.S. Marines, serving during World War II.
Besides his wife he is survived by his children, Patricia and Bernard Barber of Midland, Mary and (Laurence) Flies of Huffman, Texas; two brothers, Gordon and wife Marion and John and wife Barbara; four sisters, Mae and husband Peter Stepaniak, Jeanette Baumgart, Myra Sargent, and Lynn and husband Charlie Cooper; four grandchildren, Darren and (Alicia) Flies, Angela Cottrell, Matthew (Jean) Barber, and Lisa (Robert) Estores; four great-grandchildren, Cody, Christina, Michelle and Elizabeth; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday) from St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Father Joseph Miller officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Graveside services will be under the auspices of the Bay County Veterans Council. Friends may call at the Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home from 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today (Wednesday) A vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. this evening (Wednesday). Friends may also call at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service tomorrow (Thursday) Memorials may be made to the Ann Arbor, V.A. Medical Center or St. Mary's Church.
Laura D. Sites, 91, of Beaverton, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000 at MidMichigan Medical Center-Clare after a short illness.
Born Jan. 20, 1909 in Dola, Ohio, she was the daughter of John and Rosa (Pitzenbarger) Neal. She lived in Gladwin County most of her life.
Laura married James W. Sites, Aug. 1, 1925 in Gladwin. He preceded her in death in 1986. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are four daughters, Rose Pleasants of Beaverton, Thelma and husband Wayne Tuck of Gladwin, Shirley Cavett of Coleman, and Carol Ann and husband Larry Williams of Jackson; one son, James R. and wife Ruth of McMillan; 23 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and several brothers and sisters.
Services will be held at noon today (Wednesday) at Hall Funeral Home, Beaverton with Jerry Methner officiating. Burial will be in Beaverton Cemetery, Beaverton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.
Marquita (Keet) Ann Herman, loving mother and devoted wife, succumbed after a long illness. She 'walked on' from her home in Gladwin, Friday, Aug. 18, 2000.
Born Jan. 28, 1941 in St. Ignace, she was the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Martin) Robbins. She moved to Van and then to Pellston as a child.
Marquita and Clarence were married Aug. 11, 1958 in Petoskey.
Keet was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Indian Tribe, and Gladwin Eagles 3292. She filled the chairs up to and including madam president and climbed the chairs up to district chairperson. She was the chairperson of many benefit dinners and was a member of the Eagles memorial team.
She enjoyed being with her family and friends, camping, walking on the shores of the Great Lakes and the oceans, bingo, cooking for crowds, making people smile, and the sound of children's laughter.
Besides her bereaved husband of 42 years, she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mark (Venita) Larson of Illinois, and Mrs. Bill (Joletta) Aeschliman of Gladwin; five grandchildren; one stepdaughter, Barb Choss of Gaylord; four stepgrandchildren; one brother, Marty Robbins of Parma; and one sister, Mrs. Charles (Joetta) Bohn of south Lyon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Earnest, Carlton, Donald Dale, and Glenn Robbins; one sister, Juanita Gassett; one niece, Sunshine Williams; one stepson, Dale Herman; and her 'mother of the year,' Nellie Brushaber.
A funeral mass took place at 1 p.m. Monday from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Gladwin with Rev. Father Patrick Jankowiak officiating. Burial was in the Highland Cemetery, Gladwin. A memorial service was performed by the Gladwin Eagles Club memorial team.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mid-Michigan Visiting Nurses.
Hall Funeral Home, Gladwin, was in charge of the arrangements.
Myrtle M. Shier, 75, of Beaverton, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000 at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland following a short illness.
Born Feb. 14, 1925 in Saginaw, she lived in Gladwin County 23 years and previously lived in Flint.
Myrtle married Lawrence Shier, Oct. 26, 1946 in Toledo, Ohio. She was a homemaker and a member of Estey Moose Lodge 456.
Besides her husband she is survived by one son, Gary of Beaverton; one daughter, Geraldine and husband Thomas Firth of Lake Worth, Fla.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at Hall Funeral Home, Beaverton with Pastor Steve Shangraw officiating. Burial was in Billings Township Cemetery in Beaverton.
Patricia E. Povey, 69, of Gladwin, died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2000 at Bay Medical Center in Bay City following a short illness.
Born April 16, 1931 in Waupaun, Wisc., she lived in Gladwin County since 1969 and previously lived in Pontiac.
Patricia (Davies) married John Povey. He preceded her in death in 1989. She was a social worker for the State of Michigan.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gladwin and was a swap shop announcer for WGDN radio, Gladwin.
Surviving are two daughters, Mary and husband Barry Miedema of Grand Rapids and Kathy Povey of Seattle, Wash.; three sons, Mark of California, Tim of Dodge City, and Del of Grayling; one brother, Earl and wife Bonnie Davies of Fond du lac, Wis.; one sister, Mary Guerndet of Hartford, Wis.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Dale in 1996 and Mike in 1974.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Gladwin, with Rev. Father Patrick Jankowiak of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, officiating. A scripture service was held at 7 p.m. Monday. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Gladwin.
Memorial contributions may be made to be used according to the wishes of the family.
Hall Funeral Home, Gladwin, was in charge of the arrangements.
Violet M. Rock, 87, of Port Huron, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000 following a long illness.
Born Feb. 8, 1913 in Armada, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Margaret Conger.
Violet married James H. Rock, July 2, 1932. He preceded her in death May 11, 1982. She loved to read, do crossword puzzles, and made beautiful afghans. She was a very kind hearted person and will be greatly missed.
Surviving are three daughters, Jean and husband Richard Falk of North Street, June Scandalito of Port Huron, and Joan and Thomas R. Mertz of Gladwin; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, James, who died in infancy; three sisters; and two brothers.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Jowett Funeral Home with Pastor Don Sperling officiating. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery. Pall bearers were Richard Falk, Thomas R. Mertz, James Mertz, Richard J. Falk, Mark Marcelli, and Matthew Patteen. Honorary pall bearer was Jack Emeott, Richard J. Falk II and Shon T. Patteen.
Memorial contributions may be made to Make a Wish Foundation or to Ronald McDonald Children Charity, Ronald McDonald House, Lansing.