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Benjamin Rorabacher

Benjamin Rorabacher

Name: Benjamin R. Rorabacher

Age: 33

Hometown: Sagniaw Township

Funeral Date: September 02, 2014

Date of Birth: October 31, 1980

Date of Passing: August 25, 2014

Funeral Home: Kaufman Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Services will be held on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Kaufman Funeral Home in Bad Axe. Interment will be in Colfax Cemetery in Bad Axe. Friends may call at the Kaufman Funeral Home in Bad Axe on Monday from 1 – 8 p.m. or Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the service time at 11 a.m. Memorials may be offered to the Adalyn Rorabacher Education Fund

Family of the Deceased

Survived by: Wife-Tara Rorabacher of Saginaw Township. 1 daughter - Adalyn Rorabacher of Saginaw Township Mother – Patricia Mallette & special friend Richard Riley of Westland, MI. Father – Randall Rorabacher & his wife Nora of Plymouth, MI. 1 brother – Adam Rorabacher of California. 1 sister – Sara (Colton) Hurley of Anchorage, Alaska. In-laws- Geri and Marcia Smith of Bad Axe, MI. Paternal grandmother – Doris Rorabacher of Plymouth, MI. 2 nieces – Marina and Lily. 2 brothers-law – Matthew Smith of Bad Axe, MI. Adam Smith of Bad Axe, MI. Several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Predeceased by : maternal grandparents – Louis and Marcella Mallette. Paternal grandfather – Herbert Rorabacher.

Biography

Benjamin R. Rorabacher, age 33 of Saginaw Township, passed away on Monday, August 25, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born on October 31, 1980 in Livonia, MI. He married Tara Smith on September 18, 2010 in Midland, MI. Ben was a member of the Churchill High School Class of 1999. He attended Schoolcraft College where he received an Associates degree in Culinary Arts. He enjoyed cooking and was the executive chef at the Saginaw Club. He was also a member of the American Culinary Federation. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He loved sports, especially the Detroit Tigers. Spending time with his family and friends was very important to Ben, especially being with his loving daughter, Adalyn.


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James Lewis

James Lewis

Name: James Lewis

Age: 87

Hometown: Bad Axe

Funeral Date: August 30, 2014

Date of Birth: May 10, 1927

Date of Passing: August 25, 2014

Funeral Home: Kaufman Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Services will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Kaufman Funeral Home in Bad Axe. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Friends may call at the Kaufman Funeral Home on Friday from 2-7 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service time at 11 a.m. Memorials may be offered to the Bad Axe Park Endowment Fund, the Mary McCarthy Care Center, Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Service, or Hospice of your choice.

Family of the Deceased

Survived by: Children-Ronald and Joanne (Riley) Lewis of Greenfield, WI Gregory and Genara (Matugina) Lewis of Biloxi, MS Linda Lewis Kelly and John Kelly of Marstons Mills, Cape Cod, MA Grandchildren-Erin Lewis of Wauwatosa, WI James Lewis of Lacrosse, WI Lauren Kelly of Lake Forest, IL Jeffrey Kelly of Marston Mills, MA sisters-in-law and in-laws Suzette (Kubacki) & Art Glaza, Mary and Anna Kubacki and nieces and nephews. Predeceased by: Wife-Agnes (Kubacki) Lewis Brothers and sisters- Kenneth Lewis, Stanley Lewis Sr., Edith Mae Lewis Martinez, and George Lewis.

Biography

James H. “Jim” Lewis, age 87, of Bad Axe, passed away on Monday, August 25, 2014 at the McCarthy House/Hope Health Hospice on Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He was born on May 10. 1927 in Bad Axe, son of the late George and Alta Mae (Jackson) Lewis. Jim was a volunteer at Huron County Medical Care Facility for many years. He love automobiles (Fords!), hunting, fishing, traveling, concerts, and antique car shows. This summer and last fall he attended the Barnstable Senior Center and loved the daily exercise, people, and activities. He loved to see children laughing and playing. Most of all, he loved spending time with his kids and grandkids. Jim started working as a mechanic in 8th grade at Flannery’s until he was drafted into the Navy in 1946 and also upon his return. He worked for Talaski/Ordus Ford from 1950-1967 as head mechanic and manager. He worked for the Huron County Road Commission (as did his father) from 1967-1997, and was proud of his working until the age of 70. Thank-yous go out to the many people who contributed to Dad’s support network: neighbors, friends, and family that Dad enjoyed in Bad Axe, MI. Also the staff at McDonald’s Food & Family Center staff: and the McCarthy House staff who made Dad happy and comfortable while on Cape Cod.


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Donald Wissner

Donald Wissner

Name: Donald R. Wissner

Age: 85

Hometown: Owendale

Funeral Date: August 29, 2014

Date of Birth: January 26, 1929

Date of Passing: August 24, 2014

Funeral Home: Juengel & Mellendorf Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Visitation will be Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Juengel & Mellendorf Funeral Home in Sebewaing from 2-9pm. The funeral service will be Friday, August 29, 2014 at St. John Lutheran Church-Kilmanagh. Visitation will begin at the church at 10am until the time of service at 11am. Burial will take place at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Sebewaing. Memorial donations may be given to the Lutheran Laymen’s League, St. John Lutheran Church or Courtney Manor. Share a memory at www.jmfuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

He is survived by his wife, Alice; children: Deborah Wissner (Douglas Fidler) of Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Cindy (Terry) Volz, of Sebewaing, and Dawn (Frank) Hartman of Swartz Creek; grandchildren: Ben (Molly) Fidler, Joe Fidler, Michael (his wife and children), Matthew (Leah) Volz, Jacob (Jackie) Nolan, Mandi (Ryan) Luft, Andrew Nolan, and Katie (Jeff) Hudecek; great grandchildren: Asher, soon to be baby boy, Abygail, Hayden, Charlie and Isabelle; siblings: Arleen Ross, Glen (Jean) Wissner, Nina Alexander, Gerald Wissner, Maxine (Vern) Winter and Patricia Sontag; sisters-in-law: Katie Wissner and Pat Wissner; and many nieces and nephews. Donald is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Myrtle Wissner, and siblings: Esther Cochrane, Vernita McPhail, Milda Polley, Owen Wissner, Aldine Voss and Kenneth Wissner.

Biography

Donald was born January 26, 1929 in Brookfield Twp., MI. Son of the late Fred and Myrtle (Strauch) Wissner. He married Alice Neuman on August 16, 1952 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sebewaing. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church-Kilmanagh and the Lutheran Laymen’s League. He enjoyed playing cards and watching sports. He retired as a lifelong farmer in 1992. He loved spending time with his family.


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Paul King

Paul King

Name: Paul Thomas King

Age: 65

Hometown: Harbor Beach, MI

Funeral Date: September 06, 2014

Date of Birth: January 18, 1949

Date of Passing: August 24, 2014

Funeral Home: Ramsey Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Cremation has taken place at Sunset Valley Crematory of Bay City. A memorial Service will take place Saturday, September 6, 2014, at 11 am at Lighthouse Assembly of God Church of Harbor Beach. Arrangements are being handled by the Ramsey Funeral Home of Harbor Beach. Memorials can be forwarded to the funeral home to help defray the cost of the funeral. Memories can be shared at www.RamseyFH.com

Family of the Deceased

Paul is survived by his daughter Heather King of Newport Beach, California, son Paul Rose and grandson Declan Rose of Mesa, AZ, brother Terry King of Hilton Head, SC, and sister Janet King of Shelby Township. He was preceded in death by a brother Rodney King.

Biography

PAUL THOMAS KING, age 64 of Harbor Beach, passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014 under hospice care. He was born on November 17, 1949 in Highland Park to the late Thomas and Mary Jane (Black) King. Paul was a skilled builder, tile tradesman and an all around handy guy. He had an amazing talent for creating and working with his hands. His work was a great source of pride for him. Paul also enjoyed hunting and fishing.


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Amy McDonnell

Amy McDonnell

Name: Amy McDonnell

Age: 52

Hometown: Kinde

Funeral Date: August 26, 2014

Date of Birth: August 18, 1962

Date of Passing: August 19, 2014

Funeral Home: MacAlpine Funeral Home

Funeral Information

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 26th at the MacAlpine Funeral Home in Bad Axe with a gathering from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Memorials may be offered to the Bad Axe Public Library. Condolences can be shared at www.macalpinefuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

Amy is survived by her parents Terrence and Noreen McDonnell of Bad Axe; brothers Judson McDonnell of Howell, Terence (Yun) McDonnell of Lansing; aunts Mary Riordan of Indianapolis, Carolyn McVey of Bad Axe, Patricia McDonnell of White Lake; special friend Douglas Ignash of Kinde and many cousins. Amy was preceded in death by: her grandparents Robert & Ruth McVey and Kenneth & Beulah McDonnell.

Biography

Amy McDonnell, 52, of Kinde passed away on August 19, 2014 after a short illness at the University of Michigan Hospital. Amy was born on August 18, 1962 in Washington D.C. to Terrence and Noreen (McVey) McDonnell. Amy spent her early years in Maryland and Indiana before moving to Bad Axe in the 4th grade. She was a 1980 graduate from Bad Axe High School and later graduated from Michigan State University in 1984. Amy was a sales representative for Gordon Foods, Michigan Directory and Cost Plus World Markets. She was an avid reader and tireless walker. Amy enjoyed cooking, traveling to Mexico and was an avid Detroit Tiger fan.


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Germaine Tonti

Germaine Tonti

Name: Germaine Louise Tonti

Age: 74

Hometown: Sand Point

Funeral Date: August 23, 2014

Date of Birth: December 31, 1939

Date of Passing: August 19, 2014

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

A funeral mass will be at 10:00am Saturday, August 23rd at St. Roch-OLPH Catholic Church in Caseville with Fr. Robert Pare presiding. Burial will be in St. Roch Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-8 pm Friday at the Champagne Funeral Chapel of Caseville. She will lie in-state one hour prior to mass on Saturday in church. There will be a Rosary at 7:30 Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St. Roch-OLPH Building Fund. Condolences may be shared at www.cfcCaseville.com The family wishes to express their appreciation and gratitude to: Cass City and Caseville friends, St. Mary’s Hospital (4th and 6th floor ICU Nursing Staff), and the entire staff at Scheurer Hospital, especially the ER staff.

Family of the Deceased

She is survived by her husband of 53 years Don; children Nancy Louise (Randy) Genord of Grand Blanc, Craig (Kristyn) Tonti of Rochester and Lari Tonti of Farmington Hills; grandchildren Jessica Louise, Dane, and Ryan Genord, and Drew and Madelyn Tonti; and mother-in-law Martha Tonti.

Biography

Germaine “Geri” Louise Tonti, 74, of Sand Point, formerly of Cass City, died Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at St. Mary’s of Michigan Hospital in Saginaw. Geri was born December 31, 1939 in Hancock, Michigan to the late Eli Albert and Elizabeth Louise (Cocking) Mattson. She grew up in Dollar Bay and graduated from high school there in 1958. She married Don G. Tonti on September 23, 1961 in Lincoln Park. Together they lived in Cass City for 30 years before moving to Sand Point in 2002. A 1961 graduate of Highland Park School of Nursing, Geri had a long career as a registered nurse. She worked in Labor and Delivery at Oakwood Hospital, Ayer Massachusetts Community Hospital and Garden City Osteopathic Hospital. She spent 5 years working for Tuscola County Alternative Program for Pregnant Teens (TAPPS) and 15 years as the school nurse for Cass City Public Schools. Her passions were family and nursing. After her retirement, she was able to devote more time to her grandchildren and travel. She enjoyed reading, gardening, feeding the humming birds, baking, entertaining and watching sunsets from their home on Saginaw Bay. She was a member of St. Roch-OLPH Catholic Church and the Sand Point Club.


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Gary Chagnon

Gary Chagnon

Name: Gary D. Chagnon

Age: 69

Hometown: Harbor Beach

Funeral Date: August 22, 2014

Date of Birth: February 10, 1944

Date of Passing: August 19, 2014

Funeral Home: Ramsey Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Services will be held at 11am Friday the 22nd at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Port Austin. Burial will be held in private at St. Michael’s Church Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the Ramsey Funeral Home in Harbor Beach. Memories can be shared at www.RamseyFH.com.

Family of the Deceased

Survivors include his sister, Betty Chagnon, of Harbor Beach, and several nieces and nephews located in Michigan, New Jersey, and Maryland. Gary was preceded in death by his brothers, John D. and Robert M. Chagnon.

Biography

Gary D. Chagnon, age 69, died at home, in Harbor Beach, MI. Although he fought hard against his battle with esophageal cancer, he succumbed to its complications on August 19, 2014. Born February 10th, 1944, in Port Austin, MI, to Mabel and John Chagnon. Although the cancer caused serious health complications and difficulties, Gary bravely accepted the challenge to live the last few years of his life to its fullest. And he did! He thoroughly enjoyed the company of friends and bicycle riding.


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Marie Wolschlager

Marie Wolschlager

Name: Marie Janice Wolschlager

Age: 42

Hometown: Bad Axe

Funeral Date: August 22, 2014

Date of Birth: February 12, 1972

Date of Passing: August 18, 2014

Funeral Home: MacAlpine Funeral Home

Funeral Information

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 123 W. Irwin St. Bad Axe with Pastor Kenneth Lueke officiating. A gathering for family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the church. Memorials may be offered to the Family Discretionary Fund. Condolences may be shared at www.macalpinefuneralhome.com.

Family of the Deceased

Marie is survived by her husband, Wilmer Wolschlager of Bad Axe; a son, Johnathon Rice, of Grayling and Bryan Bevier who passed away later in Saginaw from injuries sustained in the accident; two daughters, Ashleigh Rice and Samantha Rice of Grayling ; brothers and sisters, Steve (Rhonda) Geiger of Palms, Paul Geiger and Jennifer Reid of Palms, Brian (Tricia) Geiger of Palms, Carrie Collins and Norman Penzien of Deckerville , Sharon (Jason) Parmer of Harbor Beach; Katheryn Wolschlager and special friend Roger Lampela, Angie and Doug Lampela both of Bad Axe, Kevin Wolschlager of Ubly, Curtis (Jamie) Wolschlager of Elkton, Anthony (Tammy) Wolschlager of Owendale, Duane (Mary) Wolschlager of Filion, Terry (Susan) Wolschlager of Kinde, Larry (Martina) Wolschlager of Pigeon, Paul (Melissa) McDonald of Lansing, 4 great nephews, 1 great niece, several nieces and nephews; She was preceded in death by her parents.

Biography

Marie Janice Wolschlager, age 42, of Bad Axe, passed away, Monday, August 18, 2014 at Huron Medical Center from injuries sustained in a car accident in Sheridan Township on Monday. She was born February 12, 1972 in Deckerville, MI to the late Stanley B. and Norma J. (Dreher) Geiger. Marie was united in marriage September 14, 2013 to Wilmer Wolschlager at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Bad Axe. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Bad Axe. Marie attended Baker College and worked outside her home as a caregiver. She enjoyed scrap booking, sewing, puzzles, fishing and spending time with her children and many nieces and nephews.


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Bryan Bevier

Bryan Bevier

Name: Bryan Anthony Bevier

Age: 20

Hometown: Bad Axe

Funeral Date: August 22, 2014

Date of Birth: June 22, 1994

Date of Passing: August 18, 2014

Funeral Home: MacAlpine Funeral Home

Funeral Information

A memorial service will be included with his mother’s at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 123 W. Irwin St. Bad Axe with Pastor Kenneth Lueke officiating. A gathering for family and friends will be 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the church. Memorials may be offered to the Family Discretionary Fund. Condolences may be shared at www.macalpinefuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

Bryan is survived by his brother, Johnathon Rice of Grayling; two sisters, Ashleigh Rice and Samantha Rice of Grayling; step-father, Wilmer Wolschlager; special friend, Elizabeth Shepard of Bad Axe; 14 aunts and uncles; several cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Wolschlager and grandparents, Stanley and Norma Geiger.

Biography

Bryan Anthony Bevier, age 20, of Bad Axe, passed away, Monday, August 18, 2014 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Saginaw from injuries sustained in a car accident in Sheridan Township on Monday.. He was born June 22, 1994 in Austin, Texas . Bryan was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bad Axe. He graduated from High School in Jackson, MI. He had a passion for cooking and enjoyed fishing and spending time with family and friends.


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Jo Ann Wisenbaugh

Jo Ann Wisenbaugh

Name: Jo Ann Wisenbaugh

Age: 70

Hometown: Pigeon

Funeral Date: August 22, 2014

Date of Birth: October 11, 1943

Date of Passing: August 16, 2014

Funeral Home: Meyersieck-Bussema Funeral Home

Funeral Information

The Funeral Service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 22, 2014 at the Meyersieck-Bussema Funeral Home, Pigeon, with Elder Terry Brown officiating. Memorials may be made to the Family Discretionary Fund. Memories may be shared online at www.meyersieckbussemafuneralhome.com VISITATION AT MEYERSIECK-BUSSEMA FUNERAL HOME, PIGEON: Thursday, August 21 2-8 p.m. Friday, August 22 10 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m.

Family of the Deceased

She is survived by her husband, Charles; three children, Karen M. (Kenneth) Davis of Caro, Brenda L. Kappen of Freeland, and David (Karen) Wisenbaugh of Pigeon; son-in-law, Greg Janik of Pigeon; grandchildren, Eric Gaeth, Brandon Gaeth, Neil Gaeth Jr., Samantha (Clinton) Lindenfield, and Lindsey Kappen; step grandchildren, Kenny, Kelly, Krystal, Kortnie, and Kandise; great-grandchildren, Dominic, Gavin, and Cloe Jo; step great-grandson, Braaden; siblings: Ilene (Dale) Johnson of Bad Axe, Helen Carpenter of Kinde, Mary Bivens of Bessemer, Bernard (Joan) Ruth of Lapeer, Don (Theresa) Ruth of Hemlock and Leo (Dee) Ruth of Livonia; in- laws, Wayne (Sandra) Wisenbaugh, Phyllis (Lyle) Krohn, Jean Adkins; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter Tracy Jo Janik, in 2012; brothers, Francis, Matthew, Earl, and Carl Ruth; and sister-in-law, Etta Kunish

Biography

Jo Ann Wisenbaugh, age 70 of Pigeon, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 at McLaren Bay Region in Bay City. She was born in Pinnebog on October 11, 1943 and was the daughter of the late Frank and Margaret (Herron) Ruth. She was raised near Kinde and attended North Huron School. On August 26, 1961 she was united in marriage to Charles G. Wisenbaugh in Kinde, and they had been married almost 53 years. Jo worked at The Dutch Kettle, Hamill Manufacturing, and for many years at Active Feed Company in Pigeon, retiring in 2009. She loved to read, crochet, garden, cook, and do word search games. She was an avid Detroit sports fan. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


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John Murray

John Murray

Name: John “Jack” Murray

Age: 90

Hometown: Ubly

Funeral Date: August 21, 2014

Date of Birth: March 29, 1924

Date of Passing: August 15, 2014

Funeral Home: Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Mass of Christian burial will be 11:00 am Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Most Holy Trinity Church of St. Hubert Parish in Smith Corners, Ubly. Rev. Robert Howe, pastor will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home in Ubly on Wednesday from 1:00-9:00 pm and Thursday morning from 9:00-10:00 am. There will be a parish vigil service Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials have been requested to Most Holy Trinity Cemetery or the Family Discretionary Fund. Please visit www.smigielskifuneralhomes.com to express your condolences and sign the guest book for John’s family.

Family of the Deceased

John is survived by three sons, Greg and his wife, Rosy of San Antonio, TX, Ken and his wife, Kim of Ubly, Shawn of Clarkston, GA; five grandchildren, Lisa Minor and her husband, Jeremy of Santa Cruz, CA, Charlie Williams of Caseville, Nicole (Aaron) Webster of Beaverton, Oregon, Kenny Murray of Grand Haven, Riley Murray of Ubly; one great granddaughter, Azure Webster; two sisters, Phyllis Roggenbuck and her husband, Vincent of Snover, Jean Messing of Juneau, AK; two sisters-in-law, Thelma Murray of Ubly, Doreen Tomlinson of Kinde; one brother-in-law, Steve McCormick and his wife, Jean of Mission, TX; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Raymond, Harold & Clements Murray; two sisters, Marjorie Abraham and Grace Murray; two brothers-in-law, Leroy Messing and John Abraham; one sister-in-law, Esther Murray.

Biography

Mr. John “Jack” Murray, 90 of Ubly passed away Friday, August 15, 2014 at his residence. John was born on March 29, 1924 in Ubly to the late Thomas P. and Josephine P. (Maurer) Murray. He married Patricia McCormick on May 5, 1951 at St. Felix Catholic Church in Pinnebog. She preceded him in death on August 29, 2006. John attended the Bingham Township #1 School and Ubly High School. He helped convert the old Kelly School into the Farmer’s Hall and was a Board Member for the Farmer’s Hall. He was a fourth generation life long farmer and was extremely proud of his heritage. He lived out his days in the house that was built by his great grandfather in the 1880’s. John was a member of the Hilltoppers Farm Bureau. He drummed with numerous local polka and country western bands for many weddings in the area. He was an avid Detroit Tigers Fan. John truly enjoyed reading and keeping up on current events. John was good natured, generous and happy-go-lucky. He kept his quick wit and sense of humor right up to the end. John was always thankful for everything.


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