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Sherry Besinger

Sherry Besinger

Name: Sherry K. Besinger

Age: 65

Hometown: Ubly

Funeral Date: February 11, 2016

Date of Birth: December 21, 1950

Date of Passing: February 04, 2016

Funeral Home: Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home

Funeral Information

The funeral service for Sherry will be 1:00 pm Thursday, February 11 at the Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home in Ubly. Rev. Jayme Palaszeski, pastor of the Ubly United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Valley Cemetery in the spring. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 11:00-9:00 pm and Thursday from 11:00 am until the service at 1:00 pm. Memorials have been requested to the Family Discretionary Fund. Please visit www.smigielskifuneralhomes.com to express your sympathy and sign the guest book for Sherry’s family.

Family of the Deceased

Sherry is survived by two daughters, Kristina Andrews of Ubly, Amanda Andrews and her special friend, Nathan Melnik of Bad Axe; two sons, Todd Adams of Pigeon, Ethan Andrews of Ubly; six grandchildren; three sisters, Diana Bensinger of Deckerville, Lori (Allan) McLeod of Bad Axe, Dessalee Adams of Deckerville, two brothers, Harry (Linda) Bensinger of Bad Axe; David Bensinger of North Branch. She was preceded in death by one son, Cory Andrews and one granddaughter, Bethanny Mullins.

Biography

Sherry K. Bensinger, 65 of Ubly, passed away Thursday evening, February 4, 2016 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born on December 21, 1950 in Bad Axe, to the late Bruce and Onnalee (Rapson) Bensinger. Sherry was a graduate of Ubly High School. She attended cosmetology school. Sherry became a CNA and worked in many nursing centers throughout Michigan, including 20 years in Barbeau and ten years at Autumnwood in Deckerville. Sherry 1997 moved back to Ubly. For the last four years, Sherry has been keeping the children of Ubly Schools safe as one of the school’s crossing guards. Sherry attended the Free Methodist Church in Bad Axe before becoming a member of the Ubly United Methodist Church in Ubly. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting and puzzles. Sherry loved taking care of her son, Ethan. She also loved her dogs and visiting with family and friends.


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Jason Miller

Jason Miller

Name: Jason A. Miller

Age: 36

Hometown: Gaylord, MI

Funeral Date: February 11, 2016

Date of Birth: August 15, 1979

Date of Passing: February 05, 2016

Funeral Home: Knoblock Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Funeral Services for Jason Miller will be at the Knoblock Funeral Home in Kinde on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 11:00 am Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4:00-8:00 pm, and on Thursday from 10:00 am until the time of service at 11:00 am.

Family of the Deceased

Jason is survived by his mother, his sister, Toni-Michael Miller, His brothers: Derek Miller and Jeremy Tomczak and his nephew Wynter Miller. He is also survived by his aunts, uncles and cousins.

Biography

Jason A. Miller, 36, of Gaylord, died Friday, February 5, 2016.He was born August 15, 1979, to Yvonne Miller. Jason was known to be a conversationalist, creating theories and philosophies on all things including the political and spiritual realm. Although not formally educated after graduation from Swan Valley High School in 1997 and one year at Northwood University, he loved learning, writing and reading. He appreciated the arts in all forms and films and was a painter. He enjoyed cooking for others. His favorite poet was Edgar Allan Poe and two of his favorite authors were Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina) and Fyodor Dostoevsky. He loved the outdoors, travel and adventure. He lived in the Keyes, however found it hard to adjust to “Island Time.” After his foot healed he had plans to travel to the Philippines. He was incredibly loyal to those he loved, as a son, brother, uncle, and friend. He was very forgiving and had an incredible sense of humor through his illness; strength and stubbornness which kept him working construction when he should have been off of his feet. He will be forever missed.


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Joanne Rifenbark

Joanne Rifenbark

Name: Joanne E. Rifenbark

Age: 82

Hometown: Bad Axe, MI

Funeral Date: February 11, 2016

Date of Birth: January 16, 1934

Date of Passing: February 07, 2016

Funeral Home: MacAlpine Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Funeral service for Joanne will be 11 am on Thursday, February 11th at the First Baptist Church in Bad Axe with Rev. Jay Barsaleau officiating. Burial will be at Colfax Township Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 – 8 pm on Wednesday, February 10th at the MacAlpine Funeral Home and 10 am until time of service on Thursday, February 11th at the church. Memorials may be offered to the family discretionary fund or to the Bad Axe First Baptist Church. Joanne’s family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at the Huron County Medical Care Facility and Home & Hospice Advantage for the loving and excellent care she received while a resident there. Condolences can be shared at www.macalpinefuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

She is survived by her three sons: Rick (Barbara) Rifenbark, Gary (Kathy) Rifenbark, and Jeff (Lori) Rifenbark, all from Bad Axe; five grandchildren: Jesse (Julie) Rifenbark of Lynn Haven, Florida, Alan Rifenbark of Saginaw, Adam Rifenbark of Allendale and Aaron Rifenbark of Bad Axe and Melinda (Ryan) McNeill of Fort Gratiot; six great-grandchildren: Katie (Logan) Gibbons, Calvin Rifenbark, Kiera, Ashlyn, Caleb and Garrett McNeill; one sister: Betty Lou (Leonard) Cliff of Saginaw; two brothers: Lloyd Allen Jr. of Saginaw and Dennis Allen of Pickney; one sister-in-law, Jackie Allen of Saginaw; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ralph (Helen) Rifenbark of Bad Axe; and several nieces and nephews.

Biography

Joanne E. Rifenbark, 82, of Bad Axe, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Huron County Medical Care Facility surrounded by her family. Joanne was born January 16, 1934 in Woodsfield, Ohio to the late Lloyd and Bessie (Turner) Allen. Joanne and her family moved from Ohio to Saginaw, Michigan in 1945. On December 25, 1951, Joanne Allen and Frank Rifenbark were united in marriage in Saginaw, Michigan. They had sixty one years of marriage together, until Frank preceded Joanne in death on May 4, 2013. She graduated from Saginaw High School in 1951. Joanne was employed for several years at the Hubbard Hospital in Bad Axe and worked at Bad Axe Schools as a cook until retirement. She was a member of the Bad Axe First Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher. Joanne loved being with her family and watching her grandchildren grow. She also loved going camping and fishing.


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Grace Cilc

Grace Cilc

Name: Grace L. Cilc

Age: 90

Hometown: Caseville, MI

Funeral Date: February 08, 2016

Date of Birth: March 01, 1925

Date of Passing: February 05, 2016

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

Funeral services will be at 5:00pm Monday, February 8th at the Champagne Funeral Chapel of Caseville with Rev. Karen Bouverette officiating. Burial will be in Caseville Township Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 1:00pm Monday and continue until the time of the service at 5:00pm. Memorials may be made to the Thumb Animal Shelter. Condolences may be shared at www.cfcCaseville.com

Family of the Deceased

She is survived by her children Joseph (Rose) of Escanaba, Ronald of Caseville and Linda (Dave) Thick of Caseville; 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sisters Mary Thayer and Frances Klein Souva.

Biography

Grace L. Cilc, 90, of Caseville, died Friday, February 5, 2016 at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon. Grace was born March 1, 1925 on the lower half of the Pointe Aux Barques Coast Guard property where her father was stationed. She was the third and last daughter born to Frank and Louise (Smith) Clancy. While young she moved about the Great Lakes area frequently as her father was stationed at various lighthouses and stations. During World War II she worked in a defense plant in Detroit. She married Joe Cilc Jr. on October 25, 1944 at the Caseville Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on July 24, 2012. Grace worked as a waitress in many local restaurants, including 20 years at the Bella Vista. She was an active community volunteer, proudly serving on the Oakwood Housing Commission. She was a charter member with both the Caseville Eagles Auxiliary and Caseville American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed crafting, traveling, gardening and her pets, especially Gidget and Holly.


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Beatrice Lemanski

Beatrice Lemanski

Name: Beatrice Lemanski

Age: 94

Hometown: Bad Axe, MI

Funeral Date: February 08, 2016

Date of Birth: March 12, 1921

Date of Passing: February 03, 2016

Funeral Home: Kaufman Funeral Home

Funeral Information

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 11 am. at St. Hubert Parish-Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bad Axe. Officiating will be Fr. Rob Howe, pastor. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Kaufman Funeral Home in Bad Axe on Sunday from 1-7 pm. or Monday at the church from 10 am. until the service time at 11 am. A scripture service will be offered on Sunday at 6 pm. at the funeral home. To offer your condolences to the family, please go to www.kaufmanfuneralhome.com.

Family of the Deceased

Beatrice is survived by her children, Yvonne Burley (Richard) of Vail, AZ; Nancy Gordon (Peter) of Shelby Township, MI; Wayne Lemanski (Norine) of Pembroke Pines, FL; six grandchildren, Michelle McClellan of Vancouver, WA; Jeffrey Fligger (Lisa) of Richmond, MI; Scott Gordon (Tanya) of Oxford, MI; Christopher Gordon (Holly) of Troy, MI; Chad Lemanski (Jennifer) of Westminster, CO; Jody Liberal of Layton, UT and seventeen great-grandchildren: Sean, Heather, Shelby and Brendan Fligger; Brett and Brenna McClellan; Jonah, Sharla, Connor and Tia Gordon; Elise and Isabella Gordon; Zachary and Keaton Lemanski; Kai, Brennan and Easton Liberal. Beatrice was preceded in death by her husband Victor; six sisters, Teresa Lemke; Martha Goniwicha; Minnie Bismack; Gertrude Zulka; Grace Peruski; Phoebe Lemanski and one brother, Chester O’Parka.

Biography

Beatrice Lemanski, 94, life-long resident of Bad Axe, died Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Courtney Manor. Beatrice was born March 12, 1921 in Paris Township to the late Andrew and Martha (Peplinski) O’Parka. On November 9, 1940, Miss Beatrice O’Parka and Mr. Victor Lemanski were united in marriage in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Parisville, Victor preceded his wife in death on October 1, 2007. Beatrice was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bad Axe. She was employed by Bloch and Guggenheim for many years. She enjoyed Bingo, playing cards, polka dancing and shopping.


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James Makowski

James Makowski

Name: James Makowski

Age: 48

Hometown: Kingston, MI.

Funeral Date: February 06, 2016

Date of Birth: September 19, 1967

Date of Passing: February 01, 2016

Funeral Home: Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home

Funeral Information

The funeral service for Jim will be 3:00 pm Saturday, February 6 at the Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home in Ubly. Rev. Todd Arnberg, pastor of St. Isidore Parish in Parisville, will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Mary Cemetery in Parisville. Visitation with Jim’s family will be at the funeral home on Saturday from 2:00-3:00 pm. Memorials have been requested to the Family Discretionary Fund. Please visit www.smigielskifuneralhomes.com to express your sympathy and sign the guest book for Jim’s family.

Family of the Deceased

Jim is survived by two children, Matthew and Grace Makowski; mother, Suzanne “Sue” Makowski of Ruth; two brothers, Paul Makowski of Tenn., Ron Makowski of Caro; one sister, Melissa (Michael, PhD) Lucido D.D.S. of Eastpointe; three nieces and one nephew.

Biography

Mr. James “Jim” Makowski, 48 of Kingston and formerly of Parisville, passed away unexpectedly Monday, February 1, 2016 in Kingston. Jim was born on August 19, 1967 in Bad Axe to Suzanne (Alexander) Makowski and the late Elmer “Jim” Makowski. Jim was a graduate of Harbor Beach High School. He was a veteran of the Army Reserves. He graduated college with a bachelor’s degree and became a school teacher. He also worked at various companies in Michigan and several other states. Jim enjoyed playing pool, cards and listening to his 80’s Rock. In his younger years, Jim enjoyed hunting and going ice fishing with his dad. Jim’s passion was tinkering with motorcycles and being able to ride them whenever he could.


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Elmer Dietzel

Elmer Dietzel

Name: Elmer A. Dietzel

Age: 71

Hometown: Elkton, MI

Funeral Date: February 05, 2016

Date of Birth: July 27, 1944

Date of Passing: January 13, 2016

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

A funeral mass will be celebrated 11:00 AM Friday, February 5, at St. Francis Catholic Church, OLPH, Pigeon. Rev. Fr. Robert Pare’ pastor will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. Friends and family may call at the Champagne Funeral Chapel, Elkton from 2 to 8 PM Thursday and at the church after 10 AM Friday. Memorial gifts may be given to the Elkton Lions Club and words of condolence may be shared at www.cfcelkton.com.

Family of the Deceased

Surviving are his wife, Cindy; children, Michael (Richard Hasting) Dietzel of New London, CN, Jeffrey (Lydia) Dietzel of Midland, TX, Todd (Jennifer) Dietzel of Sacramento, CA, Heather Loree of Bay City and Mellissa (David) Guster of Elkton; grandchildren, Lady, Ashley, Michelle, Todd Jr, Ethan, Amber, Lance and one on the way; siblings, Dorothy (Gary) Hales, Linda (Dan) Florey and Edwin (Cynthia) Dietzel; his brother-in-law, Norm Davis and several nieces and nephews.

Biography

Elmer A Dietzel age 71 of Elkton died Sunday afternoon January 31, at his home while under hospice care. He was born July 27, 1944, in Saginaw to the late Elmer and Ruth (Gohsman) Dietzel grew up in the Vassar area. Elmer graduated from Vassar High in 1962 and after two years at Central Michigan University, he enlisted in the US Air Force. On March 3, 1979, he was united in marriage to Cindy Davis at St. George Catholic Church, Saginaw. Elmer was employed with Saginaw Steering Gear and Chevrolet Transmission for 14 years. In 1980, he moved to California and worked at Lockheed Martin Missile and Space Division on top secret projects. He returned to Michigan in 1996, living in Caseville and working for US Mfg. In 1999, he moved to Elkton and was with Tower Automotive until retiring in 2009 for health reasons. He was a member of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church, OLPH Parish, Pigeon having served on the parish council and as a lector, Knights of Columbus and very active with and past president of the Elkton Lions Club. Elmer had also served on the Elkton Village Council several years and had been active in his community in so many ways.


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