Gladwin County, Michigan obits:
Doris Irene Schlaack, 72, of Swartz Creek, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000 at Genesys Health Park.
Born Dec. 4, 1927 in Owosso, she was the daughter of James Lyle and Eva (Vincent) Scott and had resided in Swartz Creek the past 39 years.
Doris married Paul P. Schlaack, April 10, 1949 in Owosso. He preceded her in death, Sept. 1, 1995.
Surviving are three daughters, Cathy Bigsby of Hudson, Fla., Wendy and husband Tom Rainey of Wasilla, Ark., and Tracey and husband Gary Fowler of Seville, Ohio; one son, Tracey Paul J. and wife Renay of Beaverton,; one brother, Wayne and wife Barbara Scott of East Lansing; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Kenneth and Alden Scott; and one sister, Ruth Farrell.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sharp Funeral Homes, Swartz Creek with Rev. Mark Moore officiating. Burial was in Flint Memorial Park, Mt. Morris. Those desiring may make contributions to the American Cancer Society.
Henrietta M. Behnke, 96, of Durand, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000 at Durand Convalescent Center.
Born Jan. 19, 1904 in Defiance, Ohio, she was the daughter of Herman and Emma (Yungman) Ripka.
Henrietta married George Behnke, who founded simplicity Engineering of Durand, April 6, 1932 in Durand. He preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Owosso.
Surviving are one sister-in-law, Mrs. Lyoyd Ganzhorn of Green Valley, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one stepson, four brothers, and two sisters.
Services wee held at 2 p.m. Monday at Salem Lutheran Church in Owosso with Pastor Jim Bare officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Vernon. Memorials may be made to the Salem Lutheran Church.
Arrangements were in charge of Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes in Durand.
John Wilmot Cook, 95, of Harrison, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000 at home.
Born Sept. 29, 1904 in Leota in Clare County, he was the oldest son of John and Lillian (Cutler) Cook. He was one of eight children.
John married Verena Marie Stuermer at the Nazarene Parsonage in Flint, June 24, 1933. Together, they had eight children. He lived most of his life in Harrison.
He worked at various logging camps, at Henry Ford Farm as an auto mechanic and in the oil fields until he purchased a farm in Frost Township in 1945. He was an usher and a church board member of the Trinity Christian Life Center.
John enjoyed fishing, hunting, going to auctions and flea markets, and tinkering with cars. He was a good father and role model to all, with his willingness to help anyone in need.
Besides his wife of 67 years, he is survived by his children, Leslie and wife Norma Cook and Kenneth and wife Jean Cook, all of Harrison, Laurene and husband Roy Stamman and M. Carol Sweebe, all of Gladwin, Donna and husband Dennis Allen of Clare, Ruth and husband Gary Polak of Saginaw, and Beverly Cook of Durham of North Carolina; one brother, Gerritt 'Doc' and wife Elva of Flushing; two sisters, Arlene McGilvery and Ina Jubar, both of Flint; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, John H.; two sisters, Merrie Compton and Marjorie Rodabaugh; and two brothers, Arnold and Russell.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Christian Life Center. Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Christian Life Center. Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison, was in charge of the arrangements.
Pat Hansen, 64, of Gladwin, died suddenly, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000 at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland.
Born Feb. 8, 1936 in Macomb County, she was the daughter of Henry and Blanche (Drake) Reidinger. She lived in Gladwin County since 1973 and previously lived in Rochester.
Pat married Leon Hansen, July 24, 1954 in Washington, Mich. He preceded her in death in 1992. She was a homemaker.
She was past president of the Harrison Lioness Club, and was a member of The State of Michigan Lioness Conference, Harrison Eagles Ladies Auxiliary Aerie 3541, District 12 Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Grass Lake Association, and current secretary of Harrison Lioness Club.
Surviving are two daughters, Debbie and husband Bud Dismore and Julie McDaniel and friend Bruce Vorce, all of Gladwin; one son, Lee and wife Peggy of Gladwin; six grandchildren, Denny McDaniel and friend Loretta Coon, Brian, Katie and April Hansen, and Angel and David Dismore; one sister; one brother; one half-sister; and two special friends, Elsie Reuter of West Bloomfield and George McKenzie of Harrison.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hall Funeral Home, Gladwin with Pastor Bryan Johnson officiating.
Yvonne M. DeCaire, 57, of Beaverton, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000 at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland following a long illness.
Born March 25, 1943 in Ann Arbor, she lived in Gladwin County since 1986 and previously lived in Pontiac.
Yvonne married Doug DeCaire, March 17, 1978 in Alpena. She was a homemaker.
Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Yvette Marie and husband Dave Nimphie, and Birdie DeCaire and fiance Michael Bechtel, all of Gladwin; two sons, Scott and wife Lori Peters of Gladwin, and Jerry Peters of Alpena; one brother, Stanley Guerin of Belleville; one sister, Barbara and husband Namon Grant of Williamston; one stepbrother, Allan and wife Carol Ragle of Gladwin; stepfather, Elmer Ragle of Gladwin; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Jeanne Clout.
Cremation has taken place. Hall Funeral Home, Gladwin and Beaverton, were in charge of the arrangements.
David A. Valentine, 59, of Gladwin and formerly of McComb County, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000 at MidMichigan Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born Nov. 6, 1940 in Grosse Point Farms, he was the son of Frederick and Eleanor (Pettit) Valentine.
David married the former Marian Zumbaugh, Dec. 2, 1967 in Lansing. He was a retired machinist.
Besides his wife he is survived by two sons, Marc and wife Carrie of Algonac, and Ross and wife Susan of Roseville; one daughter, Dana and husband Steven Berkholz of Lapeer; four grandchildren; his mother, Eleanor Berry of Manistique; and one sister, Sharon Maddox of Manistique. He was preceded in death by his father, Frederick Valentine. He will be missed by his beloved dog, Baron.
Private funeral services were already held. Sisson Funeral Home, Gladwin was in charge of the arrangements.