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Lyle Shetler

Lyle Shetler

Name: Lyle Shetler

Age: 80

Hometown: Pigeon

Funeral Date: January 06, 2013

Date of Birth: December 27, 1932

Date of Passing: December 29, 2012

Funeral Home: Meyersieck-Bussema Funeral Home

Funeral Information

The Funeral Service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at Michigan Avenue Mennonite Church, Pigeon, with Rev. Scot Wilson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Gideons International. Memories may be shared at meyersieckbussemafuneralhome.com VISITATION AT MEYERSIECK-BUSSEMA FUNERAL HOME, PIGEON: Saturday, January 5, 2013 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. AND AT MICHIGAN AVENUE MENNONITE CHURCH, PIGEON: Sunday, January 6, 2013 1:30 p.m. until the service at 2:30 p.m.

Family of the Deceased

Lyle is survived by his wife, Betty; his son, Kent (Karin) Shetler of Pigeon; daughter, Karla (Marlin) Nussbaum of Poplar Grove, Illinois; his grandchildren: Andrea, Eric, Kate, Kacy and Koty; and his sister Lois (Mike) Massanari of Lynden, Washington. Preceding him in death was his brother Warren and his son Ron.

Biography

Lyle Shetler, 80, of Pigeon, passed away from heart failure on a family vacation in Cancun, Mexico on Saturday, December 29, 2012. Lyle was born in Pigeon on December 27, 1932 to the late Omar and Katie (Kipfer) Shetler. Lyle graduated from Hesston High School in 1951 and then attended Hesston College. He was united in marriage to Betty Burkholder on December 29, 1952 in Harper, Kansas. Lyle spent his life working in the family business, Shetler Plumbing & Heating, started by his father Omar Shetler. Lyle was active in, and past president of the Michigan Plumbers’ & Mechanical Contractors’ Association and the Rotary Club of Pigeon. Lyle was actively involved with the Gideons for 45 years. For 25 years Lyle directed the Pigeon Community Men’s Chorus. Lyle gave much of his time to his church, Michigan Avenue Mennonite Church in Pigeon. Lyle was an avid golfer.


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Marvin Siewert

Marvin Siewert

Name: Marvin "Red" James Siewert

Age: 78

Hometown: Pigeon

Funeral Date: January 30, 2013

Date of Birth: August 01, 1934

Date of Passing: January 26, 2013

Funeral Home: Meyersieck-Bussema Funeral Home

Funeral Information

The Funeral Service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Pigeon, with Rev. James A. Gorsegner, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Courtney Manor or St. John’s Lutheran Church. Memories may be shared online at meyersieckbussemafuneralhome.com VISITATION AT MEYERSIECK-BUSSEMA FUNERAL HOME, PIGEON: Tuesday, January 29 2 - 9 p.m. AND AT ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, PIGEON: Wednesday, January 30 10 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m.

Family of the Deceased

He is survived by three children, James M. Siewert and Dianne Schuette of Pigeon, Beth and Les Swartzendruber of Bay Port, and Stacie Siewert and Mark Harris of Haviland, Ohio; ten grandchildren: Stephanie Kretzschmer, Kellie Peeples, Michael Siewert, Jeremy Siewert, Courtney Siewert, Justin Swartzendruber, Brandon Swartzendruber, Janelle Fischer, Nick Siewert, and Aaron Harris; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joyce (Rodda) House of Sebewaing and Doris (Harvey) Schuette of Pigeon; and several nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by a sister, Marilyn.

Biography

Marvin James “Red” Siewert, age 78 of Pigeon, passed away Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. Born in Bay Port on August 1, 1934, he was the son of Henry J. and Alvira (Eden) Siewert, and was a 1953 graduate of Pigeon High School. On August 4, 1956 he was married to Kay Beyer, who preceded him in death on August 22, 2006. In his earlier years, Red worked at the Bay Port Stone Quarry and Kraft Plumbing Company. He owned and operated the Sunoco Gas Station in Pigeon for more than 30 years, and after closing it, worked for Quinn’s Shell Gas Station in Caseville. He also worked at Gary’s Auto in Elkton and Walsh Packing in Pigeon. For many years, Red was a member of the Winsor Township Fire Department. He was a Detroit Tiger fan, he was known as a great story teller, and he loved watching the boats on Saginaw Bay. Red was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Pigeon, where he had been active in the life of the church during his earlier years.


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Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith

Name: Daniel William Smith

Age: 23

Hometown: Caseville

Funeral Date: April 26, 2013

Date of Birth: December 21, 1989

Date of Passing: April 21, 2013

Funeral Home: Meyersieck-Bussema Funeral Home

Funeral Information

The Funeral Service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 26, 2013 at Cross Lutheran Church, with Rev. Timothy Loehrke, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials may be given to Cross Lutheran Church or School, HISD Summer Speech Camp, or the HISD Hearing Impaired Program. Memories may be shared online at meyersieckbussemafuneralhome.com VISITATION AT CROSS LUTHERAN CHURCH, PIGEON: Wednesday, April 24 5–8 p.m. Thursday, April 25 2-8 p.m. Friday, April 26 10–11 a.m.

Family of the Deceased

Daniel is survived by his parents, Denny and Leanne Smith of Caseville; brother, Aaron Smith, his fiancé Kim and son Mason of Littleton, Colorado; sister, Michelle Walsh, her husband Ben and Baby of Pigeon; grandparents, Vincent Smith of Caseville and Vivian Buschlen of Pigeon; aunts and uncles: Cindy and Mike Wagner; Patsy and Mike Walsh; Gwynne and J.B. Barry; Godfather Gregg Buschlen; Brad and Tricia Buschlen; and Godparents Robin and Ann Buschlen. He is also survived by cousins: Lisa, Denis, and Elodie Somar; Brian, Neisha, Andrew and Matthew Wagner; Jamie Walsh; Scott, Katie, Emalee, Alex, Brady and Landon Walsh; Russell Barry and fiancé Hannah; Joshua Barry; Ethan and Keaton Buschlen; Amanda and Rob Cronk; and Jenna Buschlen and fiancé Spencer; Shane, Brandi and Olivia Buschlen; special family, Wignall/Kish; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Clifford Buschlen and grandmother Joyce Smith.

Biography

. Daniel loved driving anything: tractors, trucks, his car, pickup and motorcycle. He also loved snowmobiling and skating. He had a sweet-tooth and a smile to go with it. Daniel was a member of Cross Lutheran Church, Pigeon, where he was an usher and reader. He was baptized and confirmed at Cross, and attended Cross Lutheran School through eighth grade. He was active in the Cross Church youth group, went on a Mission Trip to Chicago, and volunteered at Huron County Summer Speech Camps. He graduated from Lakers in 2008 where he had participated in FFA, soccer, and the school play, Grease, with his sister. He then attended Delta College for two years. He was also a member of the Huron County Hockey Association, where he played hockey the past three years. Daniel worked with his dad, Denny, and grandfather, Vince, as well as Troy and Terry Smith and Ron Kuch on the family farm, snowplowing and sandblasting businesses.


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Joyce Smith

Joyce Smith

Name: Joyce G Smith

Age: 85

Hometown: Caseville, MI

Funeral Date: February 16, 2013

Date of Birth: March 19, 1927

Date of Passing: February 12, 2013

Funeral Home: Meyersieck-Bussema Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Visitation is Friday, February 15, 2013 at Meyersieck-Bussema Funeral Home in Pigeon from 2-8pm. The funeral service is Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Hayes United Methodist Church, Pigeon. Visitation begins at the church 9am until the time of service at 10am. Burial will be at Caseville Twp. Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given to Hayes United Methodist Church or Scheurer Long Term Care.

Family of the Deceased

Joyce is survived by her husband, Vince; her children: Cindy (Mike) Wagner of Northville, Patsy (Mike) Walsh of Caseville and Denny (Leanne) Smith of Caseville; her sister, Carol Forster; grandchildren: Lisa (Denis) Somar, Brian (Neisha) Wagner, Jami Walsh, Scott (Katie) Walsh, Aaron (Kim Proffitt) Smith, Michelle (Ben) Walsh, and Daniel Smith; great grandchildren: Andrew, Matthew, Elodie, Emalee, Alex, Brady, Landon, and Mason. She is preceded in death by her siblings: Onalee Bendrey, Wayne Henne, Clare Henne, Lois Anderson, and Dale Henne.

Biography

Joyce G. Smith, age 85, of Caseville, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at Scheurer Long Term Care in Pigeon. She was born in Bay Port on March 19, 1927 to the late Gerald & Marie (Southworth) Henne. On January 17, 1948 she married Vincent Smith at Hayes United Methodist Church. Joyce liked working puzzles, reading, crocheting and playing games. She also enjoyed being a homemaker and helping on the family farm.


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Lyman Smith

Lyman Smith

Name: Lyman Smith

Age: 85

Hometown: Verona, Mi

Funeral Date: March 19, 2013

Date of Birth: October 19, 1927

Date of Passing: March 14, 2013

Funeral Home: MacAlpine Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the MacAlpine Funeral Home in Bad Axe. Visitation will be Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Monday from 2:00 – 8:00 pm and Tuesday at 10:00 am until time of service. Burial will be in Colfax Township Cemetery. Memorials may be offered to the Alzheimer’s Association or Our Savior Lutheran Church, Bad Axe. Condolences may be shared at www.macalpinefuneralhome.com.

Family of the Deceased

Smitty is survived by eight children, Sondra (James) Fobear of Saginaw, Rodney Smith and significant other, Peggy of Lake Orion, Carol Lovaas of Harbor Beach, Connie (Frank) Muma of Caseville, Karen (Richard) Warchuck of Ruth, Mitchell (Patty) Smith of Pigeon, Bonnie Lewis and significant other, Tim of Elkton and Corey (Lisa) Smith of Bad Axe; one step-daughter, Cheryl Grey of Nebraska; 23 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife of 28 years, Marilyn; one son, Roger Smith and a grandson, Bryon Smith; two brothers, Fred and Harold Smith; two sisters, Lottie Keopke and Hazel Wallace.

Biography

Lyman Smith “Smitty”, age 85, resident of Verona Township, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Meadow Lanes Assisted Living. He was born October 19, 1927 in Elkton to the late Raymond and Mary (Soper) Smith. Lyman and Marilyn Collison were united in marriage in 1976. He attended the Stanton Rural School. He was employed as a carpenter and built houses in Saginaw, before becoming a truck driver and delivered Pepsi and Little Debbie Products. Smitty retired from Smith Distributing after 22 years of employment. He was a member of the Upper Thumb Men’s Bowling Association and Meals on Wheels. He was a Detroit Tiger fan and enjoyed playing bingo.


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Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith

Name: Stephen R. Smith

Age: 52

Hometown: Caseville

Funeral Date: February 02, 2013

Date of Birth: May 16, 1960

Date of Passing: January 28, 2013

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

A funeral mass will be at 11:00 AM Saturday, February 2, 2013 at St. Roch Catholic Church, Caseville, with Father Robert Pare presiding. Visitation will be 4-8 pm Friday at the Champagne Funeral Chapel of Caseville with a prayer service at 7:30pm. Condolences may be shared at www.cfcCaseville.com

Family of the Deceased

Stephen is survived by his mother Patricia, brothers Kris of Boston, Jeff (Marcy), and sister Robyn, both of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; nieces Kailey and Bekka Smith of Wisconsin. He also had numerous aunts, uncles and cousins located all around the country and state. Stephen’s warmth, sense of humor, his love of people, and acceptance of his handicap defined him and he will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert T. Smith in June 2012.

Biography

Stephen R. Smith, 52, of Caseville, died suddenly Monday, January 28, 2013 at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon. Stephen was born May 13, 1960 in Detroit, Michigan. Stephen was the son of Patricia (Buchalski) Smith and the late Robert T. Smith. The Smith family moved to Caseville when Steve was in the third grade. He attended the Elkton Pigeon Bay Port Schools graduating in 1978 with a scholar/athlete award. He went on to get his bachelor's degree in construction management from Michigan State University. Steve was an avid sportsman having been a participant in four high school sports. His favorite and most accomplished sport was basketball. Stephen also loved his boat and spent many a summer evening fishing for walleye and perch. Steve began his career path at the age of 14 when he started working with his father’s construction company on a part time basis. He was a talented cabinet maker and designer. He moved to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in 2006 where he and his brother, Jeff, and sister-in-law Marcy started a wood products manufacturing plant. When he could no longer work in his business or enjoy his hobbies of woodworking or fishing due to his muscle disease, he moved back to Caseville in April of 2012, in the care of his parents.


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David Spearman

David Spearman

Name: David Spearman

Age: 71

Hometown: Harbor Beach, MI

Funeral Date: February 22, 2013

Date of Birth: May 10, 1941

Date of Passing: February 18, 2013

Funeral Home: Ramsey Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Funeral Services for David will be Friday, at 2 pm at the Ramsey Funeral Home of Harbor Beach with Chaplin Ron Compton of Heartland Hospice officiang. Burial will follow in the White Rock Cemetery. Visitation for David will be Thursday, from 1-8pm and on Friday beginning at 1pm until time of services at 2pm.

Family of the Deceased

David is survived by his wife Eileen Spearman of Harbor Beach, son David Spearman II and his fiancé Kelly Smithers of Harbor Beach, 3 step children: Marino Pertot of Midland, Yana Vida of Colorado, and Carlo (Lisa) Pertot of Sterling Heights, granddaughter Cailin Spearman and two step grandchildren: Harrison Pertot and Jackson Pertot. He was preceded in death by his brother Dennis Spearman.

Biography

DAVID SPEARMAN, age 71 of Harbor Beach, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2013 at Covenant Medical Center of Saginaw. He was born on May 10, 1941 in Detroit to the late Fredrick & Anna Lucille (Shacklett) Spearman. He and Eileen King were united in marriage on October 18, 1985 in Bad Axe. He served in the US Navy. David was a storage salesman, working in the moving industry. David also was a writer, and wrote the published book: “Humpin’ for the Diamonds, A Moving Story”. He enjoyed reading and visiting the Library often.


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Robert Springer

Robert Springer

Name: Robert Springer

Age: 83

Hometown: Gladwin/Bad Axe

Funeral Date: April 24, 2013

Date of Birth: January 30, 1930

Date of Passing: April 21, 2013

Funeral Home: MacAlpine Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bad Axe with burial on Thursday at Flint Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 2:00 – 8:00 pm with scripture services at 7:00 pm at MacAlpine Funeral Home, Bad Axe and Wednesday from 10:00 am until time of service at the church. Memorials may be offered to a charitable fund at the Family's discretion. Condolences may be shared at www.macalpinefuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

Robert is survived by his wife, Angeline; children, Randy (Carrie) Springer of Gland Blanc, Dennis (Diane) Springer of Swartz Creek, Melvin (Jayne) Springer of Fenton, Calvin (Mary) Springer of Swartz Creek, Carol (Dan) McCleod of Otisville, Larry (Gail) Schroth of Westland, Joan (Tom) Tucker of Stockbridge, Adam (Heidi) Schroth of Canton, Dennis (Peggy) Schroth of Fenton and Jeff (Laura) Schroth of Wixom; grandchildren, Matthew ( Sarah), Kristin, Derek ( Samantha), Justin, Melissa, Rebecca (Tom), Larry (Kelly), Brian, Brandon (Lisa), Kelsey, Adam, Kaitlyn, Tom (Jennie), Jeffrey, Laura (Peter), Sarah (Adam), Lynn (Craig) Debbie (Ankit); 8 great-grandchildren; his sister, Dorothy (Ron) Hutchinson of Flushing and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Viola Hansen Springer; a daughter, Debbie Schroth and grandchildren, Michael Springer and Nathan McCleod.

Biography

Robert “Bob” Springer, 83, resident of Gladwin/Bad Axe and formerly of Flint and Bonita Springs, Florida passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013 at St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw. He was born January 30, 1930 in Keego Harbor, Michigan to the late Alvie and Louise (Holden) Springer. Robert was united in marriage to Angeline Bischer Schroth on August 1, 1980. He graduated from Flint Central High School. Bob was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bad Axe. He was employed with General Motors as a maintenance supervisor at the Chevrolet Flint Manufacturing Plant in Flint for 28 years. He was a member of the Flint Rock and Gem Club, Gladwin Eagles Club, a member of the Masonic in Flint and Moose Lodge in Bonita Springs, FL.


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Anna Steckley (Shetler)

Anna Steckley (Shetler)

Name: Anna Marie Steckley (Shetler)

Age: 95

Hometown: Harrisonburg, Virginia formerly of Pigeon

Funeral Date: January 19, 2013

Date of Birth: Not Available

Date of Passing: January 12, 2013

Funeral Home: Meyersieck-Bussema Funeral Home

Funeral Information

The Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Pigeon River Mennonite Church, Pigeon, with Rev. Tom Beachy officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Memories may be shared online at meyersieckbussemafuneralhome.com VISITATION AT PIGEON RIVER MENNONITE CHURCH: Saturday, January 19, 2013 10 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. Meyersieck–Bussema Funeral Home, Pigeon, is conducting the arrangements.

Family of the Deceased

She is survived by sons, F. Robert Steckley and Reynold Weldon Steckley; foster daughter, Betty Oberholtzer Kreider; grandchildren, David Steckley, Deanna Steckley Farmer and Wendy Steckley Elford; foster grandchildren, Roger Oberholtzer, Brenda Snead and Bradley Oberholtzer; eight great-grandchildren; and four foster great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Anna Guengerich Shetler; her husband, Floyd Steckley; and daughter Joanna Mae Steckley.

Biography

Anna Marie Shetler Steckley, age 95 of Harrisonburg, Virginia and formerly of Pigeon, Michigan, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2013.


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Waldo Sting

Waldo Sting

Name: Waldo B Sting

Age: 96

Hometown: Unionville, Mi

Funeral Date: March 21, 2013

Date of Birth: December 29, 1916

Date of Passing: March 17, 2013

Funeral Home: Juengel & Mellendorf Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Visitation is Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 2-9pm at Juengel & Mellendorf Funeral Home in Sebewaing. The funeral service is Thursday, March 21, 2013 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in the Bach/Sebewaing area. Visitation will be 10am at the church until the time of service at 11am. Pastor Michael Teuscher will be officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given to St. Peter’s Lutheran church or Heritage Hill Assisted Living of Caro. Share a memory at www.jmfuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

Waldo is survived by his children: David (Donna) Sting of Unionville, Joanne Reinbold of Caro, and Thomas (Janice) Sting of Sebewaing; grandchildren: Matthew (Michelle) Sting, Grant Sting, Aaron (Heather) Reinbold, Sara (Steven) Katenhus, Daniel (Tracey) Reinbold, Steven (Melinda) Reinbold, Leslie Reinbold (fiance Rick Wagner) Bradley Sting (fiance Becky Sweetman), Angela (David) Hughes and Kristy Sting; 15 great grandchildren; sister, Arlene Becker of Sebewaing; and sister-in-law, Katherine Wissner. Preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and siblings: Nora Schram, Milton Sting and Gerhard Sting.

Biography

Waldo B. Sting, age 96, of Unionville, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Heritage Hill Assisted Living in Caro. He was born in Sebewaing on December 29, 1916 to the late Theodore J. & Rosina C. (Schweitzer) Sting. On August 28, 1943 he married Anna (Muelrath) at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Unionville. She preceded him in death on January 1, 2007. He enjoyed golfing, gardening, caring for his fruit trees, traveling, square dancing, cooking and baking. Waldo was a member at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in the Bach/Sebewaing area serving on numerous boards. He farmed his entire life and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.


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Clarence Stomack

Clarence Stomack

Name: Clarence Joseph Stomack

Age: 89

Hometown: Minden City

Funeral Date: February 16, 2013

Date of Birth: December 25, 1923

Date of Passing: February 05, 2013

Funeral Home: Apsey Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Donations can be made to the family discretionary fund. Following C. J.’s wishes cremation has taken place. Mass of the Christian burial will be Saturday, February16, 2013 at 11:00am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Parisville. Fr. Peter Nwokoye will officiate. Visitation will be at the church from 10:00 am to 11:00am the time of the mass. Arrangements are being held by the Apsey Funeral Home in Deckerville.

Family of the Deceased

Clarence is survived by his wife, Theresa, sons, Randy (Kathy), Wayne (Kay), Brian, Clarence Jr., Eric (Denise) all of Minden City, and daughter Cheryl (Doug) Plester of Port Hope. C. J. loved his five grandchildren Chris, Nathan, Kayla, Evan and Courtney and Step granddaughter Jodi Thoms. His great grandchildren include McKenzie, Addison, Ava, and Maddix. He is also survived by his sisters Marie Zulka, of Hamtramck, Theresa Bailey, of St Charles, Lucille Daykin of Midland, and brother Peter Stomack, of Minden City. He is preceded in death by his sisters Joan Grates and Alice Jeanette Stomack and several brother-in-laws.

Biography

Clarence Joseph Stomack (C.J.) age 89, of Minden City, passed away February 5, 2013, after a short illness, with his family by his side at Port Huron General Hospital. Clarence was born on December 25, 1923 to Peter and Lucille (Maikrzyk) Stomack. He married the love of his life, Theresa O’Parka, on November 15, 1952. The two of them celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last November. Clarence attended the N. Minden Country School. He began his career by working for Michigan Peat before moving to the Detroit area and working in a factory. He decided that was not the life for him and moved back to Minden City and began farming. C.J. began his business of Greenview Farms in which he was the owner, operator, bossman and the chief financial officer, until he retired. C.J. bailed and bought hay and straw from area farmers; it was then compressed and sold in several states and countries. C.J. was a member of the National Hay Association, the Oliver Tractor Association, a member of the Minden City Lions and a member of the Knights of Columbus Ruth Council 3823. He served his township for many years as a member of the zoning board, and was a life long member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. C. J.’s hobbies included snowmobiling, as he was a charter member of the Huron Line Snow Goers. His other interests were playing cards, country western music, dancing, puzzles, reading and time spent with his family.


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Bernard Sullivan

Bernard Sullivan

Name: Bernard Sullivan

Age: 85

Hometown: Bad Axe, Mi

Funeral Date: January 30, 2013

Date of Birth: April 21, 1927

Date of Passing: January 27, 2013

Funeral Home: Kaufman Funeral Home

Funeral Information

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at.11 am. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bad Axe. Friends may call at the Kaufman Funeral Home in Bad Axe on Tuesday from 2-8 pm. or Wednesday at the church from 10 am. until the service time at 11 am. A parish scripture service will be offered on Tuesday at 7 pm. followed by-a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7:30 pm., both at the funeral home.

Family of the Deceased

Survived by: 2 stepsons—Mark and Dave McPherson.3 stepdaughters. 2 brothers-Angus (Patricia) Sullivan of Saginaw. Jerry (Florence) Sullivan of Bad Axe. 1 sister~Rose Mary Daley of Utica. Several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by: 3 brothers-John Patrick, Donald James, and Edward P. Sullivan. 1 sister-Josephine Fisher-Troy.

Biography

Bernard "Bernie" Sullivan, age 85, of Bad Axe, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Huron Medical Center.in Bad Axe. He was born on April 21, 1927 in Sheridan Township, son of the late John T. and Frances (0'Henley) Sullivan. He married Helen McPherson, who preceded him in death. Bernie was actively involved with music and loved playing the violin. He was president of the Thumb Pioneer Dancers and started the Sandusky Senior Dance Group. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bad Axe and was the longest time member of the Bad Axe Knights of Columbus Council joining on March 10, 1946, thus a member for over 66 years. He served in the US Army.


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Erma Swartzendruber

Erma Swartzendruber

Name: Erma Laura Swartzendruber

Age: 99

Hometown: Pigeon, Mi

Funeral Date: April 01, 2013

Date of Birth: October 20, 1913

Date of Passing: March 27, 2013

Funeral Home: Meyersieck-Bussema Funeral Home

Funeral Information

The Funeral Service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 1, 2013 at Pigeon River Mennonite Church, Pigeon, with Rev. Alvin Yoder, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Pigeon River Mennonite Church or the Gideons. Memories may be shared online at meyersieckbussemafuneralhome.com VISITATION AT PIGEON RIVER MENNONITE CHURCH: Sunday, March 31 3 – 8 p.m. Monday, April 1 10 – 11 a.m.

Family of the Deceased

She is survived by two sons, Lowell “Pete” (Cathern Noakes) Swartzendruber of Sebewaing and Clarence Swartzendruber of Pigeon; six grandchildren: Jenny (Gary) Cygan, Jonathan Eric Swartzendruber, Laura Ewald, Lisa (Don) Kosinski, Jeff Swartzendruber, and Shannon (Morgan) Swartzendruber; 11 great-grandchildren: Sarah (Matthew), Danielle (Jason), Lucas, Justine, Kayla, DaKota, Jordan, Seth, Nathan, Landon, and Braden; two great great-grandsons, Colton and Cordin; sister, Esther Steckley of Pigeon; brother, Orville (Geneva) Yoder of Hampton, Virginia; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by siblings Susan Ellen Yoder, Loise Swartzendruber, Ralph Yoder, Raymond Yoder, Jacob Yoder, and Francis H. Yoder.

Biography

Erma Laura Swartzendruber, age 99 of Pigeon, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon. She was born October 20, 1913 in Centralia, Missouri, the daughter of Henry A. and Barbara (Guengerich) Yoder. She grew up in Parnell, Iowa and attended West Union Mennonite Church, where she was united in marriage to Glenn Swartzendruber on December 18, 1938. The couple moved to Pigeon where Glenn farmed and was a dairyman and beekeeper. The couple had been married 68 years when Glenn passed away on May 2, 2007. Erma was a homemaker, wonderful cook, and fine seamstress and quilter. She donated many quilts over the years to the Michigan Relief Sale in Fairview. She also helped the Pigeon River quilters work on a quilt for Paul Harvey. She was an avid reader. Erma loved gardening and was always sending away for new varieties of seeds. She was a helpmate to Glenn on the farm, milking cows, driving tractor, and extracting honey from the beehives. She was the oldest member of Pigeon River Mennonite Church, Pigeon. Short in stature, Erma rose above everything and was “big” in heart with love for her Lord, her friends, and especially for her family.


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James Sweeney

James Sweeney

Name: James Angus Sweeney

Age: 75

Hometown: Ubly, MI

Funeral Date: April 02, 2013

Date of Birth: June 27, 1937

Date of Passing: March 28, 2013

Funeral Home: Zinger Smigielski Funeral Home

Funeral Information

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Arthur and brother Freddie, one sister, Mary Louise and her husband James; his father-in-law Herbert Tschirhart. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 am Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church of Sheridan Corners. Rev. Joseph Griffin, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home in Ubly on Monday from 2-9 pm and from 10-11 am Tuesday at the church only. A parish vigil service will be held Monday evening at 7 pm at the funeral home. Memorials have been requested to St. Columbkille Cemetery Fund. Please visit www.smigielskifuneralhomes.com to sign the guest book for Jim’s family.

Family of the Deceased

Jim is survived by his wife of 47 years, Kathryn of Ubly; six children, Douglas and his wife, Elizabeth of Clermont, Fla., Mary Kay Ritter and her husband Daniel of Elkton, Bruce and his significant other, Amelia Peltier of Ubly, Sally Bell and her husband, Patrick of Cheboygan, Eric and his wife, Heidi of Ubly, Wayne and his wife, Kate of Beverly Hills, MI.; nine grandchildren, Alex Ritter, Elizabeth Ritter and her fiancé Christopher Hardenburg, Brandon, Nicole and Brett Sweeney, Lauren and Katelyn Bell, Samantha and James Sweeney; one brother, Kenneth and his wife, Jane of Ubly; one brother-in-law, Richard Tschirhart and his wife, Beatrice of Berkley; his mother-in-law, Frances Tschirhart of Bad Axe.

Biography

James Angus Sweeney, 75 of Ubly passed away suddenly Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe while under hospice care He was born on June 27, 1937 in Ubly, son of the late Angus and Abina (Garety) Sweeney. He was united in marriage to Kathryn “Kay” R. Tschirhart on August 28, 1965 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Ruth. Jim was a dairy farmer until an auto accident left him blind 1990. He was a 1955 graduate of Ubly High School and attended Michigan State University. In his younger years, Jim was a member and drummer of the Guza Trio polka band and was very proud to be an Irishman in a polka band. He was a past officer, delegate and Outstanding Young Dairy Couple chairman with MMPA and a former trustee for Sheridan Township. Jim was a very active lifelong member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church where he was a Eucharistic Minister, usher and dedicated worker at the annual parish chicken barbeques.


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Floyd Tenbusch

Floyd Tenbusch

Name: Floyd Bernard Tenbusch

Age: 74

Hometown: Harbor Beach, MI

Funeral Date: April 23, 2013

Date of Birth: September 04, 1938

Date of Passing: April 19, 2013

Funeral Home: Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home

Funeral Information

The Funeral Service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at the Bad Axe Free Methodist Church with Rev. Jerry Sutton officiating. Burial will be in the Colfax Township Cemetery following service. Visitation will be on Monday, April 22, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church.  In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to be made to the Family Discretionary Fund. Please visit www.smigielskifuneralhomes.com to sign the guest book for Floyd’s family.

Family of the Deceased

Floyd is survived by his loving his wife of 53 years, June, three children; Paula (Chris) Winkel of Harbor Beach, Diane (Neil) Messing of Bad Axe, and Floyd (Lois) Tenbusch of Ruth; ten grandchildren, Anna (Mark Klawon) Winkel of Ubly,  Wanda (Jeff) Skinner of Filion, Richard (Naomi) Winkel of Harbor Beach, Angie (Scott) Krueger of Cass City, Nathan (Danielle) Messing of Owendale, Jenny (John) Learman of Harbor Beach, Jessica (Scott) Dalton of Grand Rapids, Corey (Rachel) Messing of Pigeon, Travis Tenbusch of Ruth, and Nehemiah Messing of Bad Axe;  eleven great-grandchildren; Tyler, Emily, Isaiah, Dylan, Olivia, Boaz, McKayla, Jeremiah, Miriam, MaRiyha, and Micah. Also survived by his four siblings, Allen (Patricia) Tenbusch of Jonesboro, IN, Russell (Diane) Tenbusch of Port Huron, Marcela (James) Walters of Harbor Beach, and Michael Tenbusch of Harbor Beach, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; Allan and Bernice Tenbusch: father-in-law and mother-in-Law; Earl and Hazel Norton, and niece Mary Cipollone. Floyd would like to thank everyone for supporting him and his family during his battle of cancer.

Biography

Floyd Bernard Tenbusch, age 74 of Harbor Beach, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 19, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.  He was born on September 4, 1938 in Sherman Twp., son of the late Allen and Bernice (Carmen) Tenbusch. He was united in marriage to June Ann Norton at Saint Anthony Church in Helena, Michigan on December 29, 1959. After forty years of services at Wagners/Tantons Construction he retired and started his own business, Tenbusch and Son’s Excavating.  After 12 years he could still be seen smiling in his bulldozer enjoying what he loved to do.  Floyd and June attended the Bad Axe Free Methodist Church as active members. He enjoyed sharing his faith and love of Christ with others through his many gifts that God has blessed him with. He loved being in the beautiful outdoors that his Lord and Savior created. Floyd enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing and playing in the dirt along with dancing, playing cards, and cooking.  However, his greatest joy came from spending time with his loving wife and adoring family.  A smile would come to his face when he was able to share his interest of the outdoors and his strong faith in God with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


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Helene Thiel

Helene Thiel

Name: Helene A Thiel

Age: 98

Hometown: Pigeon, Mi

Funeral Date: May 17, 2013

Date of Birth: May 24, 1914

Date of Passing: May 13, 2013

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

A funeral mass will be celebrated 11:00 AM Friday, May 17, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. John Weis, pastor will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. A rosary service will be conducted 8:30 PM Thursday evening, at the Champagne Funeral Chapel, Elkton where friends may call from 2 to 9 PM Thursday. Memorials may be given to St. Francis Cemetery Fund or St Jude’s Children’s Hospital and words of condolence may be shared at www.cfcElkton.com.

Family of the Deceased

Surviving are six children, Robert (Selma) Thiel of Pigeon, Meta O’Connor of Pigeon, Janet McIntyre of Las Cruces, NM, Gerald Thiel of Hillman, Judy (Don) Brunn of Rochester and Linda (Bill) Heidebriecht of Romeo; 29 grandchildren; 48 great grandchildren and 15 great great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her daughter, Irene Voss; a granddaughter, Janice Voss; three sons-in-law, Owen McIntyre, Bill O’Connor, Bill Voss; six sisters, Marie Horton, Frances Burzyck, Susan Short, Agnes Nutto, Stella Armstrong and Irene Hughes and six brothers, Tony, Mike, Ray, Leo, Lawrence and Andrew Burzyck.

Biography

Helene A. Thiel age 98, of Pigeon formerly of Elkton died Monday evening, May 13, at her home under hospice care. She was born May 24, 1914, at the home of her parents, the late Joseph and Antonia (Szafranski) Burzyck in Oliver Twp. During Helen’s Elkton High School years, she played center on the girls basketball team. On January 7, 1931, she was united in marriage to Charles R. Thiel in Sebewaing. In 1934, they purchased a farm across the road from where she grew up. She lived on that farm for 63 years, moving to Country Bay Village in Pigeon and then to Country Gardens. Her husband preceded in death her on December 22, 1982. Helene was a lifelong member of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church, Altar Society and former member of the Daughters of Isabella. She enjoyed playing cards, doing cross stitch, tying quilts, traveling and especially dancing.


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Helen Thrushman

Helen Thrushman

Name: Helen Louise Thrushman

Age: 83

Hometown: Ferndale, formerly of Port Austin

Funeral Date: January 14, 2013

Date of Birth: December 24, 1929

Date of Passing: January 10, 2013

Funeral Home: MacAlpine-Gage Chapel

Funeral Information

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 14, 2013 at the MacAlpine – Gage Chapel in Kinde, MI. Burial will be in New River Cemetery, Port Austin, MI. Visitation will be from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at the Gage Chapel, Kinde, MI. Memorials may be offered to the Family Discretionary Fund. Condolences may be shared at www.macalpinefuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

She is survived by her children, Nancy (George) Felts of Ferndale, MI, Kathy (Bruce) Klastorin of Bluebell, PA, Susan (Phil) Gauthier of MN. and Michael (Mary) Thrushman of Bad Axe, MI.

Biography

Helen Louise Thrushman, 83, resident of Ferndale, Mi and formerly of Port Austin passed away, Thursday January 10, 2013 at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. She was born December 24, 1929 in Detroit to the late William Henry and Helen Elizabeth (Lavalli) Stummer. Helen was united in marriage to Roland Thrushman on February 5, 1955 at the Olivet Presbyterian Church in Detroit. She earned her Registered Nursing Degree and worked for 42 years retiring from Harbor Beach Community Hospital. Helen enjoyed knitting, sewing, bingo and playing cards. She was a member of the U of I Club, Port Austin, MI.


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Della Trudgen

Della Trudgen

Name: Della M. Trudgen

Age: 93

Hometown: Pigeon

Funeral Date: March 08, 2013

Date of Birth: February 25, 1920

Date of Passing: March 04, 2013

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 AM Friday, March 8, at the Elkton Missionary Church with burial in Grandlawn Cemetery, Pigeon. Friends may call at the Champagne Funeral Chapel, Elkton from 2 to 8 PM Thursday and at the church after 10:00 AM Friday. Memorials may be given to Bethel College or Houghton College and words of condolence may be shared at www.cfcelkton.com.

Family of the Deceased

Surviving are three sisters, Lillian (Willard) Williams of Pigeon, Suzanne Schember of Pigeon and Mabel Herman of Owendale; two sisters-in-law, Eileen Herman of Pigeon and Genevieve Gilbert of East Lansing; nineteen nieces and nephews; numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews; and her special care giver, Connie Dubs. Preceding her in death were four brothers, Elmer, Gilbert, Donald and Paul; brother-in-law, Olin Schember; sister-in-law, Doris Herman and a nephew, Edward Williams.

Biography

Della M. Trudgen, age 93 of Pigeon, former Laker High School educator, died peaceful Monday morning, March, 4, at her home in Pigeon. She was born February 25, 1920 in Bliss, Michigan to the late Allen and Mabel (DeGroat) Herman. She moved to a farm in Chandler Twp. with her family in 1934. Della was determined to get an education, so she walked the 7 miles into Elkton and later moved to town graduating in 1939. Della worked in the Detroit area in a variety of jobs to support herself while attending college on a part-time basis. After her first year of college at Washington State in Yakima, Washington, Della worked in the Detroit area in a variety of jobs to support herself while attending college on a part-time basis. Della obtained her bachelor’s degree in education from Houghton College of New York, and began her first job as a teacher back home at Elkton High School in 1949. Della continued to further her education at U of M getting a dual Master’s one in Library Science and another in English. Della left the Elkton area for a teaching job at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, in 1955; where she remained until her marriage. On August 15, 1964, she was united in marriage to Joseph H. Trudgen in Elkton. He preceded her in death in 1973. Della took a job at Walled Lake High School until 1968, when she again returned to Elkton and taught at Laker High School until retiring in 1980. Della was a long time member of the Elkton Missionary Church. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing scrabble and other board games. She and her husband traveled several times to his hometown in Cornwall, England. Della traveled around the US and abroad for years following her husband’s death with friends and family members.


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Mary Ufford

 Mary Ufford

Name: Mary Jo Ufford

Age: 73

Hometown: Caseville, MI

Funeral Date: March 23, 2013

Date of Birth: February 03, 1940

Date of Passing: March 19, 2013

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

Funeral services will be at 10:00am Saturday at St. Roch Catholic Church with Fr. Robert Pare presiding. A luncheon will follow at the Caseville Eagles Club. Visitation will be 3 to 8 pm Friday at the Champagne Funeral Chapel of Caseville. She will lie in-state at church on Saturday one hour prior to the service. There will be a rosary at 7:30 Friday. Memorials may be made to the Huron County Human Development Commission. Condolences may be shared at www.cfcCaseville.com

Family of the Deceased

She is survived by her children Michael (Beth) of St. Clair, Jeanne (Thomas) Healy of Chesterfield, Jill (Brian) Mielke of St. Clair Shores, Julie (David) Garstecki of Macomb, Jeri (David) Grigg of St. Clair Shores and Janet (James) Kubiak of Eastpointe; grandchildren Audrey, Shane, Paige, Allison, Carly, Alaina, and Kevin; sister Patricia (Thomas) Holmes of Port Austin and brother Allen (Donna) Sill of Casco Twp.

Biography

Mary Jo Ufford, 73, of Caseville, died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon. Mary Jo was born February 3, 1940 in Grosse Pointe to the late Harold and Irmo (Weber) Sill. She graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1958. On September 12, 1959 she married Fredrick J. Ufford at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores. He preceded her in death on February 26, 2011. They raised their family in Detroit before moving to Caseville in 1989. She was a member of the Caseville Eagles Auxiliary, Retirement Club, St. Roch, and an officer with the Library Club.


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Clemens Ulfig

Clemens Ulfig

Name: Clemens Ulfig

Age: 88

Hometown: Ubly, MI

Funeral Date: January 31, 2013

Date of Birth: February 02, 1924

Date of Passing: January 27, 2013

Funeral Home: Zinger Smigielski Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 am, Thursday, January 31 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Parisville. Rev. Robert Howe, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bad Axe, will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Mary Cemetery in the spring. Visitation will be at the Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home in Ubly on Wednesday from 1:30-9 pm and Thursday from 10-11 am at St. Mary Church only. There will be a Knights of Columbus rosary Wednesday evening at 7 pm at the funeral home and the 4th Degree Color Corp Honor Guard. Please visit www.smigielskifuneralhomes.com to sign the guest book for Clem’s family.

Family of the Deceased

Clem is survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Ray Ulfig and his wife, Helen, Vincent Ulfig and Julius Ulfig and his wife, Mary; five sisters, Martha Derengowski and her husband, Stanley, Leona Schipinski and her husband, Matt, Rose Briolat and her husband, Marshall, Gladys Briolat and her husband, Stanley, Tillie Wrubel.

Biography

Mr. Clemens “Clem” Ulfig, 88 of Parisville passed away Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Huron Medical Center of Bad Axe. Clem was born on February 2, 1924 in Paris Township to the late Peter & Victoria (Makowski) Ulfig. Clem was a graduate of the Sigel Country School. He farmed in Paris Township all his life and was a member of the National Farmers Association. He was a member of the Thumb Two Cylinder Club. Clem was a lifelong parishioner at St. Mary Catholic Church in Parisville where he belonged to the Usher’s Club and volunteered for the St. Mary Festivals for many years. He was the founder of the St. Mary Historical Museum in Parisville. Clem was a 4th degree Knights of Columbus member of the Bishop Babcock Assembly # 0487 of Bad Axe and a member of the Ruth Knights of Columbus Council # 3823. He loved fast pitch softball and played for many years when he was younger. He was an avid sports fan, especially for all local area schools. Clem truly loved to spend time visiting his relatives and friends.


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Theresa Verner

Theresa Verner

Name: Theresa B. Verner

Age: 102

Hometown: Port Austin

Funeral Date: March 07, 2013

Date of Birth: May 19, 1910

Date of Passing: March 05, 2013

Funeral Home: Knoblock Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Funeral Mass will be Thursday March 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Port Austin. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2-8pm and Thursday from 2-3pm at the Knoblock Funeral Home in Kinde.

Family of the Deceased

She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Theresa was preceded in death by her sisters, Gertrude Horetski, Christina Peyok, Victoria Inda, Florence Ruth, and Alice Inda and her brothers, William and Lawrence Inda.

Biography

Theresa B. Verner, 102, of Port Austin died Tuesday March 5, 2013 at Huron Medical Center. She was born May 19, 1910 in Dwight Township, daughter of the late Michael and Agnes (Ignash) Inda. She and Fred Yaroch were married October 17, 1939 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Port Austin. Fred preceded her in death in February of 1962. Theresa then married Theodore “Ted) Verner on August 17, 1989. Ted preceded her in death on November 7, 2007. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, cooking, gardening, traveling, and fishing. She owned and operated the Crest View Motel in Charlotte, Michigan for 25 years.


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