Name: Harold John McTaggart
Hometown: Port Hope, MI
Funeral Date: May 06, 2016
Date of Birth: December 28, 1930
Date of Passing: May 02, 2016
Funeral Home: Ramsey Funeral Home
Funeral Service for Harold will be Friday, May 6, 2016 at 11 am at the Ramsey Funeral Home of Harbor Beach, with Rev. Mark Ryan, Pastor of the Port Hope United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the New River Cemetery. Friends may call at the Ramsey Funeral Home on Thursday, from 1-8pm and on Friday beginning at 10 am until the time of services at 11 am. Memorials may be offered to the Friends of the Port Hope Depot, the Port Hope United Methodist Church, or to the donors choice. Memories can be shared at www.RamseyFH.com
Harold is survived by his wife Kathryn, three children: Alan (Judy) McTaggart, Jean Norton and her special friend Jim Sabotka, and Debra (Jerome) Lackowski all of Port Hope. Six grandchildren; Lindsey (Greg) DeJonge of Zeeland, Mark (Amanda) McTaggart of Traverse City, Autumn Norton of Bay City, April (Nicholas) Osburn of Mount Pleasant, Thomas (Kate) Norton of Port Hope, and Alex Lackowski of Port Hope; six great-grandchildren: Fynlee DeJonge, henry DePottey, Carter & Charlotte OSburn, Michaella & Londyn Norton. One sister: Ellen Jean Maus of Bay City, one sister-in-law: Donna Woolner of Capac and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Neil and Donald McTaggart, brothers-in-law: Thomas Maus, Kenneth, James, Bernard, Alvin & Frank Woolner.
HAROLD JOHN (H.J.) McTAGGART, age 85 of Port Hope, passed away Monday, May 2, 2016, at Courtney Manor Nursing Center of Bad Axe, surrounded by his family. Harold was born December 28, 1930 at home in Sheridan Township, Bad Axe. He was the youngest son of the late Donald and Luetta (Gray) McTaggart. Harold graduated from Bad Axe high School in 1949. On May 5, 1951, he married Kathryn Ellen Woolner at the Nazarene Church in Gagetown. They would have celebrated 65 years of marriage. Harold started his working career in June of 1949, with the Bad Axe Grain Company. In 1956 he moved his family to Port Hope to be the manager of the Port Hope location of the Bad Axe Grain Company. In 1958 he founded H.J. McTaggart Trucking. He and his wife Kay founded Thumb Farm Service, Inc. in 1971 with grain elevators in Port Hope, Ruth and Ubly. Harold was a past trustee for the Village of Port Hope, a volunteer fireman for the Port Hope Fire Department, a member of the Port Hope Chamber of Commerce, the Port Hope Boat Club, the Port Hope Flying Club, the Grindstone-Port Hope Sportsmens Club, and the Port Hope United Methodist Church. He was an active member of the Verona Hills Golf Club from 1964 – 2001. He was a past member of the Michigan Agri-Business Association, and the Michigan Bean Shippers Association. He also loved being a member of the ROMEO breakfast club, and the morning coffee group in Port Hope. Harold and Kay traveled to Florida for 30 years, spending much of their time in Zephyrhills. Harold loved to hunt deer and turkeys in Michigan, and he went to Colorado Elk Hunting for 26 consecutive years. His greatest passion was collecting and restoring antique tractors, and at one time had 100 tractors in his collection. He also enjoyed instant lottery tickets, and trips to the casino.
Name: Helen (Smitty) E. Lerash
Hometown: Bad Axe, MI
Funeral Date: May 04, 2016
Date of Birth: September 02, 1920
Date of Passing: April 30, 2016
Funeral Home: Kaufman Funeral Home
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am. on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at St. Hubert Parish-Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bad Axe, MI. Officiating will be Fr. Rob Howe, pastor. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Friends may call at the Kaufman Funeral Home in Bad Axe on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 1 – 8 pm. or Wednesday at the church from 10 am until the time of service at 11 am. A scripture service will be offered on Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Sacred Heart Food Pantry, the Humane Society or to the charity of your choice. The family would like to thank our round the clock care-givers, Jane, Connie and Janis for your wonderful compassion and care. If you would like to offer your condolences to the family, please go to www.kaufmanfuneralhome.com
Helen is survived by: 2 Sons: Pat (Holly) Lerash of Bad Axe and Paul (Cathy) Lerash of Bad Axe. 2 Daughters: Lora (Richard) Humbarger of St. Clair, MI and Susan (Bruce) Smith of Kalamazoo, MI. 7 Grandchildren: Amy (Jim) Evans, Frank Lerash, Morgan (Joe) Drossos, Alec Lerash, Tricia (Bill) VanderPloeg, Cheryl Alassane, Amber (Mike) Kleekamp. 9 Great-Grandchildren : Jacklyn, Zachary, Audrey VanderPloeg. Lilliana Alassane. James and Chris Kleekamp. Nolan, Gordan, and Cooper Drossos. Sister-in-law- Alice Gottschalk. Brother-in-law- Carl Byarski. Special Niece- Kay White. Many nieces and nephews. Helen was preceded in death by: Husband-Frank Lerash. 2 Sisters : June (Bill) Healy and Betty Smith. Mother and Father-in-law : Frank and Hattie Lerash. Brothers and Sisters-in-law : John and Gertie Lerash. Tony and Vi Lerash. Rosie and Fred Meagher. Joe and Martha Lerash. Tillie and Toby White. Maggie Byarski. Eddie Lerash. Don Gottschalk.
Helen (Smitty) E. Lerash, age 95, of Bad Axe, MI, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2016 at her home. Helen was born in Bad Axe on September 2, 1920, daughter of the late Hugh and Kate (McClellen) Smith. She married Frank Lerash on January 2, 1946 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. They were married 60 years when Frank passed away November 8, 2006. Helen attended the Bad Axe Schools and graduated in the class of 1939. She was a lifetime member of Sacred Heart (St. Hubert Parish) Catholic Church. She had many accomplishments in her life. She worked at Millick’s Bakery, Cole’s Market and Henny’s Florist. After she married Frank, they opened a small market. Later, they built Lerash Country Market and Pigeon Grocery and Bakery in Elkton, Bad Axe and Caseville, MI. In 1969, they bought the Franklin Inn. Helen was a pillar of the community and a smart business woman. She was a volunteer for many programs, a fantastic mother and grandmother and homemaker who loved to entertain and will be sorely missed by all.
Name: William (Bill) August Bredow
Hometown: Caseville, MI
Funeral Date: May 02, 2016
Date of Birth: April 03, 1943
Date of Passing: April 29, 2016
Funeral Home: Kaufman Funeral Home
The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and CENA’s at Huron Medical Center Hospital, Huron County Medical Care Facility, McLaren Bay Regional Hospital, and McLaren Bay Special Care, for the wonderful care Bill received during his illness. Service will be held on Monday at 11 am. at the Kaufman Funeral Home in Bad Axe. Officiating will be his sister-in-law, Pastor Carol Corbishley. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Bad Axe. Friends may call at the Kaufman Funeral Home in Bad Axe on Sunday from 1-8 pm or Monday from 10 am until the service time at 11 am. Memorials may be offered to the Free Methodist Church or to the family. To offer your condolences to the family, please go to www.kaufmanfuneralhome.com. Friends may call at the Kaufman Funeral Home in Bad Axe on Sunday, May 1st from 1-8 pm or Monday, May 2nd from 10 am until the service time at 11 am. Memorials may be offered to the Free Methodist Church or to the family. To offer your condolences to the family, please go to www.kaufmanfuneralhome.com
Bill is survived by: Wife-Shirley Bredow of Caseville. Brother-Don (Charlotte) Bredow, Sr. of Bad Axe. Nieces and nephews-Michelle (Tim) Anderson, Don (Jessica) Bredow,Jr., Ricky Bredow, Kayla Bredow and special friend John Garwold. Father-in-law-Jim Hewitt. Sisters-in-law-Carol Corbishley, Donna Ross, Ruth (Larry) Fall, Lori (Dan) Schultz, Karen (Duey) Holz, Kathy (John) Holz. Brothers-in-law- Ken (Barb) Ross and Kevin (JoLynn) Ross. Uncle-Willard (Sissy) Schmitt. Aunt- Ruthann Schmitt. Many cousins and friends. Bill was preceded in death by: Parents-Carl and Gertrude Bredow. Mother-in-law-Jeanette Hewitt. Father and Mother-in-law-Frank and Agnes Ross. Brother-in-law-Gary Ross.
William (Bill) August Bredow, age 73, of Caseville, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016, at McLaren Bay Regional Hospital. William was born April 3, 1943 in Bad Axe, son of the late Carl and Gertrude (Schmitt) Bredow. He married Shirley Ross on February 28, 1982. Although they had no children, Bill loved his pets. He attended the Crown Country School and was a 1961 graduate of Bad Axe High School. Bill was a Meade Township farmer for many years, he did carpentry work and also worked at Kociba Dairy and U.S. Manufacturing. Upon selling the family farm, he and Shirley moved to Caseville. Bill enjoyed visiting with people, making crafts, making and selling rag rugs and sending some to Asia for missions, wood working, fishing, gardening, and meat cutting. He liked to travel. He visited the Upper Peninsula, Shipshewana in Indiana, Florida and North Dakota. Bill and Shirley enjoyed reading books together every afternoon. Bill had a great retention of the “olden” days and often shared the wonderful things of the past.
Name: Judith Vollmer
Hometown: Bay Port, MI
Funeral Date: May 02, 2016
Date of Birth: September 25, 1956
Date of Passing: April 29, 2016
Funeral Home: Meyersieck Bussema Funeral Home
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2016 at Bay Port United Methodist Church, with Pastor Brian Johnson officiating. Cremation will follow. Memorials may be made to Relay for Life, the Fireman’s Auxiliary, Bay Port United Methodist Church, or the Sebewaing Library. Please share memories online at MeyersieckBussemaFuneralHome.com VISITATION AT MEYERSIECK-BUSSEMA FUNERAL HOME, PIGEON: Sunday, May 1 1-8 p.m. AND AT BAY PORT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Monday, May 2 10 a.m. until service at 11 a.m.
In addition to her husband Roger, Judy is survived by daughter, Robin (Michael) Rau of Midland; son, Peter (Jamie) Vollmer of Sebewaing; grandchildren, Piper and Paige; brother, Thomas Eckel of Pigeon; and five nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Judith Vollmer, age 59 of Bay Port, passed away Friday, April 29, 2016 at home while under hospice care. She was born in Lapeer on September 25, 1956 and was the daughter of Gerald F. “Jack” and Susan E. (Snoblen) Eckel. Judy and her family moved to Pigeon from Kankakee, Illinois when she was in fifth grade. She then attended Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Schools and was a 1974 Laker High School graduate. On October 30, 1976 she and Roger Vollmer were married at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church, Pigeon. Judy worked at the Lamplighter Restaurant in Pigeon, also the Pigeon Clinic. She recently worked as office manager at Vollmer Plumbing & Heating in Bay Port. An award-winning quilter, Judy was a quilt guild member as well as a member of the “Old Crows.” She also enjoyed needlepoint. She loved traveling, bowling and reading. She was active in Relay for Life, the Fairhaven Township Fireman’s Auxiliary, the Sebewaing Library Book Club and the Bay Port Chamber of Commerce, where she had been treasurer. Her family and her grandchildren were very special to her. Judy was a member of Bay Port United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, where she coordinated funeral dinners.
Name: William I Konczal
Hometown: Elkton, MI
Funeral Date: May 01, 2016
Date of Birth: June 23, 1934
Date of Passing: April 28, 2016
Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel
A memorial service will be conducted 4:30 PM Sunday at Champagne Funeral Chapel, Elkton, where friends may call from 1:00 until the time of services. Military honors will follow the service, conducted by the Elkton VFW Post. Memorials may be given to hospice and words of condolence may be shared at www.cfcelkton.com.
Surviving are three daughters, Kim Iseler of Bad Axe, Kris (Dan) Patzschke of DeMotte, IN and Karen (Norm) Hessling of Elkton; three grandchildren, Aaron Konczal, Chelsey Iseler and Jacob (fiancée, Sarah) Patzschke; a great grandson, Brayden Konczal and two brothers.
William I Konczal age 81 of Elkton died Thursday morning, April 28, at his home with his family gathered at his bedside. He was born June 23, 1934 in Detroit to the late William and Isabella (Baker) Konczal Sr. After serving two years in the US Army, Bill returned to Detroit and worked at General Motors. When he moved to Huron County, he worked at the Box Factory in Elkton and worked also as a residential builder. Last in his career, he was employed at Terra, a fertilizer plant west of Elkton, retiring in 2000. Bill was known to his friends as “Bill”, “Willie”, “Wild Bill” or “Snatchum”, he was a full time jokester and enjoyed playing golf, cards, bowling, gardening and visiting with family and friends. He was a former member of St Felix Catholic Church, Pinnebog.
Name: Clara C. Hoody
Hometown: St. Clair Shores, formerly of Port Austin
Funeral Date: April 30, 2016
Date of Birth: August 24, 1918
Date of Passing: April 24, 2016
Funeral Home: MacAlpine Funeral Home
Mass of Christian burial will be 12 noon on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Port Austin with Fr. Craig Carolan officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Visitation will be 9 am until time of service on Saturday, April 30th at the church. Memorials may be offered to the Family Discretionary Fund. Condolences can be shared at www.macalpinefuneralhome.com
Clara will be sadly missed by her daughter: Charlene (husband Jim Mattise) Hoody, granddaughters: Briann Mattise (Zack Emma) and Courtney Hoody-Mattise (husband Eric Chlada); and great grandchildren: Kingston and Carter Chlada. She is also survived by grandchildren: Donald (Kathy) Zimmerman, Megen Zimmerman, Brian Hoody (fiancé Carol Waller), Kerry (Julie) Hoody, Tina Hoody (friend Terry Friedland), Raymond Jr. (Cindy) Hoody, Lori (Brian) Niemiec, Chad Selby, Scott (Nicole) Selby; son in law: Skip (Barb) Selby; her sister: Hattie Zapawa; twenty six great grandchildren and eleven great great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Clara C. Hoody, 97, of St. Clair Shores, formerly of Port Austin passed away peacefully on April 24, 2016 with her family by her side while under Reverence Hospice Care. Clara was born in Bach, Michigan on August 24, 1918 to the late Aloysius and Ida (Rehs) Kosinski. On June 23, 1940, she married Irvin Hoody at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Port Austin. He preceded her in death on March 5, 1986. Clara resided in Port Austin until 1995. She moved to St. Clair Shores to be closer to her daughter and family. She was known for cooking, cleaning and her passion for gardening and flowers. Clara was also kind, passionate, forgiving and loving to everyone she met.
Name: Virginia Celia Kowalski
Hometown: Kinde, MI
Funeral Date: April 27, 2016
Date of Birth: March 08, 1907
Date of Passing: April 23, 2016
Funeral Home: MacAlpine Funeral Home
Funeral services for Virginia will be 11 am on Wednesday, April 27th at the MacAlpine Gage Chapel in Kinde with Fr. Craig Carolan from St. Michael’s Church officiating. Burial will take place at St. Michael’s cemetery in Port Austin. Visitation will be 2 – 8 pm on Tuesday, April 26th at the MacAlpine Gage Chapel in Kinde with a scripture service at 7 pm and from 10 am until the service on Wednesday, April 27th. Memorials may be offered to the family discretionary fund. Condolences can be shared at www.macalpinefuneralhome.com
She is survived by a daughter: Eleanor (Charles) Chapman of Warren; five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; six great great-grandchildren and one great great great-grandchild; sister: Gertrude Thayer and many nieces and nephews. Virginia was preceded in death by her son Philip, four brothers: Florian, Alec, Stanley and Walter Szeszycki and two sisters: Frances Haffner and Viola Ignash.
Virginia Celia Kowalski, age 109, of Kinde, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2016 at Meadow Lane in Bad Axe. She was born in Grindstone on March 8, 1907 to the late Tony and Mary (Horetski) Szeszycki. Virginia went to Ford School where she had to walk four and a half miles each way to school. She owned the All American Bar in Hamtramck for thirty years. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church / Annunciation of the Lord Parish in Port Austin. Virginia moved to Kinde in 1994. She enjoyed working, crocheting, sewing and gardening.
Name: Ailine A. Weidman
Funeral Date: April 30, 2016
Date of Birth: September 22, 1922
Date of Passing: April 19, 2016
Funeral Home: Riverside Funeral Home
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 30th at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pigeon at 11am. Visitation will be at the church at 10am until the time of service. Pastor Gorsegner will be presiding. Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church in Pigeon
Ailine is survived by her two children one daughter Jancie (Ronald) Milz, or Waterford, one son Gerald (Diane) Curran of Bad Axe, one step-son Patrick (Debbie) Weidman, one step-daughter, Marlie Kiehl, and one step-daughter-in-law, Marge Weidman. Ailine has six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Ara in 1928, and Iva in 1977. Preceding her in death also was a special step-son Roger Weidman in 2010.
Ailine A. (Curran) Weidman, age 93, of Pigeon passed away quietly on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital in Pontiac. Ailine was born September 22, 1922 to the late William and Lydia (Niebel) Krohn. She was united in marriage to James Curran Jr. in September, 1946 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pigeon. He preceded her in death in 1976. In 1978 she was united in marriage to Harold Weidman at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pigeon. He preceded her in death in 1997. Ailine worked at Bechler's Dairy Bar, Wallace and Morley Elevator Beanery, A&P grocery store, Polewach store in Pigeon, and then at Hamill Mfg. in Bad Axe and Imlay City. She was a former member of the Berne Farm Bureau, Scheurer Hospital Auxiliary, Scenic Golf & Country club, and St. John's Lutheran Ladies Air Society. She enjoyed puzzles, quilting, and working in her yard.
Name: Constance Susan Williams
Hometown: Bay Port
Funeral Date: May 07, 2016
Date of Birth: January 01, 1950
Date of Passing: April 03, 2016
Funeral Home: Sharp Funeral Homes
A memorial service will be held at Bay Port United Methodist Church, 836 N 2nd St., Bay Port, MI, on May 7th at 1:00pm. The honorable Pastor Brian K. Johnson will be officiating the service. A dinner and celebration of her lifewill follow at the VFW Hall in Pigeon, MI, starting at 4pm. The family would request a memorial donation to the church in lieu of flowers.
Constance is survived by her loving husband Tod Williams of Bay Port, MI. Daughters: Lakon Williams of Bay Port, MI; Traci Biedenbender of Richfield, WI; and son Thomas Beer of Northville, MI. Siblings: Nancy (Oldham) Payzant (husband Don and sons Brent and Brian Morley) of Florida; Harry Oldham (wife Claudia and son Jared) of Massachusetts; Ted Oldham (wife Fran and children Jeff, David, Stacy and Sarah) of Michigan; Vernon Oldham (wife Kim) of Florida; Steven Nawrocki (wife Jamie and children Nicholas, Sophie, and Catherine) of Michigan. Her Grandchildren, whom she adored: Bowen Long; Julia and Dani Biedenbender; and Jakob and Jenna Beer.
Constance (Oldham) Williams was born to eternal life on April 3, 2016. Constance was born to the late Harry Oldham and late Irene Nawrocki on January 1, 1950 in Petoskey, MI. She was a lifelong resident of Michigan, being raised in Petoskey/Harbor Springs where she graduated from Harbor Springs High School. She spent her later years in Bay Port, where she raised her family and grew the family business. She was a respected member of the fishing community, an active owner of the Bay Port Fish Company, and heart and soul of the company. She spent long days at the docks and ran the retail and wholesale operation, known by many to have a witty personality and a contagious smile. She loved nature, hunting for morels, tending to her gardens and flowers, having coffee with her friends, and spending time with her Pugs. She was a strong advocate for the community through her support of the Chamber of Commerce by supplying many items in support of the Bay Port Fish Sandwich Festival.
Name: Rev. Robert Page Garrett
Hometown: Cass City, MI
Funeral Date: May 14, 2016
Date of Birth: November 25, 1929
Date of Passing: March 23, 2016
Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel
A memorial service celebrating Robert’s life will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 11 am at the Cass City United Methodist Church. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Those considering a memorial gift may donate to the church or charity of their choice. Arrangements are being cared for by the Champagne Funeral Chapel of Elkton and words of condolence may be shared at www.cfcelkton.com.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Charlene; children, Robert Jr.(Paula) Garrett of Caro, Sue (David) Johnston of Horntown, VA, Connie (Rev. Ken) Smeader of Kalamazoo and Laura (Dennis) Hill of Cass City; twelve grandchildren, Kelli (James) Bratton, Mallory Garrett, Allison (Andrew) Carson, Adam (fiancée, Ashley Condrin) Garrett, Megan (James) Clause, Alycia Johnston , Joshua (Jessica) Smeader, Shannon (Jermaine) Morris, Ryan (Bethany) Smeader, Jason (Alexandra) Hill, Bryan (Melissa) Hill and Robyn (Eddie) Williams and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Charles Garrett. Robert always demonstrated his deep love and commitment to his family through both his words and actions.
Rev. Robert Page Garrett age 86, of Cass City and formerly of Port Austin and Elkton, died Wednesday, March 23, at his home while under the care of hospice. He was born November 25, 1929 in Saginaw to the late Russell and Verla (Lindstrom) Garrett. Robert grew up in Saginaw, graduating from Arthur Hill High School in 1947. He then attended Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky earning a bachelor degree in religious studies in 1951. Robert later attended Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan and was ordained as a minister in 1959. On June 9, 1951 Robert was united in marriage to Charlene Paige at the Ames Methodist Church in Saginaw and they began a wonderful life together in the ministry of serving others and raising a family. Robert’s pastorate began at the Methodist Church in Mortonsville, Kentucky. He later moved back to Michigan and served congregations in Hillman, Saugatuck, Saginaw, Dixboro, Port Austin, Grindstone City, Port Hope, Pinnebog, Blissfield, Cass City and in Elkton as a visitation pastor. During his 20 year service in Port Austin, Robert served as Air Force Chaplin of the 754th Squadron, Chaplain for the Port Austin Fire Dept., and president of the Port Austin Library and Port Austin PTA. He was one of the co-founders of Top of the Thumb Leisure Ministries and was an active member of the Port Austin Community Players. Robert is remembered for his sense of humor and fun loving antics. He was blessed with a beautiful voice and was asked by many to sing at weddings and funerals.