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  Faye Irene Jesiek, 95, formerly of Flint, died Monday, April 7, 2014, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.

  She was born on February 24, 1919, in Flint, Michigan.  She grew up and graduated from Central High School in Flint.  On May 29, 1937, in Bay City, she married Lawrence Jesiek. He preceded her in death on August 12, 2006.
  Irene enjoyed sewing, knitting, reading, dancing, playing cards and music.  Lawrence and her loved wintering in Briny Breezes, Florida for over 35 years.
  She is survived by one daughter, Linda (Willie) Heiermann of East Jordan; one son, Dennis (Marilyn) Jesiek of East Jordan; one daughter-in-law, Lois Jesiek of Charlevoix; grandchildren, Jane (Chris) Furness, John Hilderbrant, Amy Jesiek, Chris Jesiek and Jill Jesiek; great-grandchildren Kayla, Rhianna, Rachel, Adam and Leslie; and great great grandchildren, Sophia, Abigail and Trevor.  She was also preceded in death by one son, Gary Jesiek; her father, William Shanks; her mother, Amy Siegmiller Shanks Hawks; a step-father, Aubrey Hawks; one brother, Merle Shanks; and one sister, Theola Sanders.

  A graveside service at Eveline Township Cemetery will be announced in the spring.  The family was served by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.
  Memorial contributions may be directed to Grandvue Medical Care Facility.




  Edwin R. Wertman, 84, died Monday, April 7, 2014, at his home in East Jordan, under the loving care of the Hospice of Northwest Michigan,

  He was born during a snowstorm on December 23, 1929, at home in Delton, Michigan, the son of Myron and Charlotte (Apsey) Wertman.  In 1944, they moved to Marion Township near Charlevoix, Michigan, where he attended Charlevoix Public Schools and helped his dad on the farm.
  He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1953.  He returned to Charlevoix to farm and raised three children.  Along with farming, Ed had worked at Morwell Steel, Ellsworth Canning Factory as well as 26 years at the East Jordan Iron Works.  He retired in 1993.
  On November 6, 1976, he married Nan Vander Ark.  They made their home near of East Jordan for 38 years.  Since retiring, Ed enjoyed spending time at their get-away place in Dublin, Michigan.  He also enjoyed riding his Goldwing motorcycle and keeping their three acre lawn looking nice.  He was a member of the American Legion Post in Boyne City.
  He is survived by his wife, Nan Wertman of East Jordan; son, Glenn (Pam) Wertman of Pellston; two daughters, Sharon Hasselbach of Nashville, Tennessee and Judy Kline of Elk Rapids; four grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. 

   The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Hospice of Northwest Michigan.
  As per Edwin’s request, cremation will occur with no services scheduled.
  Memorials may be given to the Charlevoix Humane Society, 614 Beardsley St, Boyne City, MI 49712 or the Hospice of Northwest Michigan, 220 W Garfield Ave, Charlevoix, MI 49720.        


 




  Barbara Grose, 79, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.
  A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 4:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc., in East Jordan.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 12:00 noon until service time.  Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan in the spring.



  Robert W. Milstein, 79, passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014, while residing at Tendercare Greenview Nursing Home in Alpena, Michigan.

  He was born on September 9, 1934, in East Jordan, Michigan to the late parents, Barney Robert and Helen O. Ward Milstein.
  He is survived by brother, Samuel A. Milstein and his wife, Patricia of Petoskey; one sister-in-law, Christine Milstein of Bay City; numerous nieces and nephews; and several great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by brother, James L. Milstein this past November.
  Robert was born with Downs Syndrome and lived to be among the oldest persons in the State of Michigan afflicted with Downs Syndrome.  He enjoyed hugs, shaking hands and kisses from anyone he met.  Of special interest were his collection of stuffed animals and looking at comic books and magazines.
  Special thanks and appreciation go to all the staff at Tendercare Greenview for their loving care and attention during the last several years.  Also, former East Jordan neighbors and longtime friends for their continual love and kindness to Robert for all these years.

  There will be no formal funeral but a viewing will be held Friday, March 28, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Interment will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan next to his parents.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the United Way Down Syndrome programs.




  Thomas G. Derenzy, 69, passed away at his home on Thursday, March 20, 2014. A life-long resident of East Jordan, Michigan, Thomas was born to Gerald and Margaret (Lord) Derenzy on September 5, 1944.

  After graduating from East Jordan schools, Tom served in the Michigan National Guard. He then spent his career as a brick mason working with Petrie Construction. Tom participated in the construction and refurbishing of many municipal buildings and local landmarks. He retired several years ago to take up a life of leisure on the family farm that he dearly loved.
  He was a dedicated member of American Legion Post #227, where he was very active until the decline of his health this past year. He proudly served as District Commander for 19th district of the Michigan American Legion. Tom spent many hours managing weekly bingo games, organizing scholarships for local youth, and coordinating other events for service veterans.
  Tom leaves behind a large and loving family that will miss him greatly. He is survived by his wife, Carole (George) Derenzy, daughters Lynsey (John) Von Seggern of Chicago, Illinois, Valerie (Kellen) Youngedyke of Gaylord, Michigan, and step-children Chris Thornton, and Kenneth Thornton, both of East Jordan. Thomas is also survived by five grandchildren: Ken, Saddie, Bodhi, Elsa and Clara.  His sister, Nancy and brothers, Brad, Glenn, and Chris also survive him.

  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church, 207 Williams Street, East Jordan, Michigan.
  Friends and family are invited to attend visitation at Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc., 621 Main Street, East Jordan, Michigan on Monday, March 24, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association, 208 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60604-1242.





  Pauline L. Goodburn, 76, of East Jordan died Friday, March 14, 2014, in Albany, Georgia.

  She was born on April 9, 1937, in Reed City, Michigan the daughter of Forest and Fleda (Hegner) Wanstead.  On June 9, 1959, in Evart, Michigan, she married Edward G. Goodburn. 
  Pauline had worked at the Wolverine Shoe Factory in Big Rapid for many years as well as ITT and Glens Market in East Jordan.
  Pauline and Ed enjoyed camping and traveling with their family and together.  They once had a Honda CB 500 that Ed modified one of the saddlebags to accommodate they small dog.  Pauline was constantly looking for things to do.  She was a woodworker, sewer, quilter and loved any kind of craftwork.
  She is survived by three sons, Thomas (Ann) Edward Goodburn, Sr. of East Jordan, Richard “Rick” (Anne) Lynn Goodburn of  Sylvester, Georgia and Lawrence Eugene Goodburn of South Lyon, MI; two daughters, Deborah (Larry) Scott of Evart, MI and Barbara (Steve) Reynolds of Ishpeming, MI; 20 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; one brother, Chuck (Sylvia) Wanstead and his wife in Hawaii; as well as one sister-in-law, Angie Wanstead of Hersey, MI.  Pauline knew she was going to be a great great grandmother in October of 2014.  She was preceded in death by her husband on June 22, 1994; her parents; one grandson, Thomas Brodin; and a brother, Glen Wastead.

  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Pastor Silas Doctor of the Jordan Valley Baptist Church in East Jordan will officiate.  Interment will follow in the spring at Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan
  The family will receive friends on Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc.




  Andrew J. Shivley, 72, of East Jordan died Friday, March 14, 2014 at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.
  No services are scheduled at this time.




  Paul A. Johnson, 78, of East Jordan died February 14, 2014 at Boulder Park Terrace in Charlevoix.  
  A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Barnard United Methodist Church.  Arrangements by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.





  Lorna Beishlag was 102 years old when she passed away peacefully at Grandview Medical Care Facility, in East Jordan, under the care of loving and compassionate staff.

  Lorna was born in Greenwich West, County of London, England, on July 12, 1911. She was the eldest daughter of Wm. C. Jackson and Ada (Sweetland) Jackson. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1927 and Lorna was proud of becoming an American citizen. March 30, 1935, she married Everett W. Beishlag and lived in the Detroit area, raising their four children, until 1950, when moving to East Jordan, MI. Lorna lived on Beishlag Road, raising four children, while Everett remained in Detroit working at General Motors.
  Lorna was an avid reader; in Ladies Aide with MSU extension learning to cook, can and other skills needed to survive on the farm; a volunteer for the Red Feather Drive (United Way), the Cancer Drive, Easter Seals and at the Traverse City State Mental Hospital; active in the Lutheran Church participating in the choir, teaching Sunday school and vacation bible school, and a member on the church board; and previously, a volunteer at the Pontiac State Mental Hospital. Lorna moved back to the Detroit area in 1960 until Everett retired from General Motors, when both returned to the farm in East Jordan.
  Lorna was predeceased by parents, three sisters, husband, oldest son (Everett Wm. Beishlag), oldest daughter (Diana L. (Beishlag) Thomas), oldest grandson (Stephen E. Thomas) and son-in-law (Scott L. Hauswirth).
  She is survived by her son (Eric J. Beishlag) and daughter (Lorna E. (Beishlag) Hauswirth. She has 9 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

A memorial service will be held in the spring. Arrangements by the Penzien funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.






  Nancy A. Bartholomew, 63, of East Jordan, died Saturday, February 8, 2014, at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.

  She was born on February 2, 1951, in Central Lake.  She graduated from East Jordan High School in 1969.  On August 13, 1997, in Indiana, she married Rex A. Bartholomew, Sr.
  Nancy had worked at Dura in East Jordan for many years.
She enjoyed gardening, painting and creating crafts as well as time spent with family and friends.
  She is survived by her husband, Rex A. Bartholomew, Sr. of East Jordan; two children, Karla Rosendall of Alto and Kim McKinnon of Grosse Point Woods; four step children, Roxann Bartholomew of Kalamazoo, Rex A. Bartholomew, Jr. of Ellsworth, Teresa Bartholomew of Traverse City and Virginia Murphy of East Jordan;  many grandchildren and great grandchildren; four sisters, Marjorie Spence of Central Lake, Patricia Berends of Central Lake, Betty Spence of Central Lake and Linda Hilts of Central Lake; two brothers, James (Jeana) Harter of Boyne City and James (Nona) Spence of East Jordan; as well as several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her father, James Harter; her mother, Dorothy Spence; and two sisters, Valda Gardner and Marian Spence.

  A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church.  Rev. Bart Adams will be officiating.
  Memorial contributions may be directed to the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., 2000 L Street, N.W., Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036. Arrangements were handled by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.

 



 

Dennis Lee Kopkau, age 70, died Saturday, February 1, 2014 at his home in East Jordan.

  He was born on March 21, 1943, in East Jordan, the son of Ernest and Beatrice (Palmeteer) Kopkau.  On September 10, 1972, in East Jordan, he married Karen Swift.
  Dennis was a heavy equipment operator and was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local #324.  He enjoyed fishing and hunting.
  He is survived by his wife, Karen Kopkau of East Jordan; four children, Debbie (Chris) Derenzy of East Jordan, Todd Kopkau of Kent City, Patty Kern of East Jordan and Chris Kopkau of East Jordan; twelve grandchildren; Jimmy Gagnon, Donna Dyer, Jessica Kinner, Tyler Kopkau, Jacob Lavake, Will Lafferty, Renee Kern, Brenda Kern, Robby Kern, TJ Kopkau, Bret Kopkau, and Eric Kopkau; five & three-quarter great grandchildren; one brother, Ernest Kopkau, Jr. of Plainfield, Illinois; as well as several nieces and nephews.  Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Wanda Bolser and Wilda Croff; and two brothers, Alvin “Budd” Bates and Harold Bates, Jr.

  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan.  Rev. Bart Adams will officiate.
  The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 & 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church.  Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.  Arrangements were handled by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.





  E. Lorene Segraves, age 90, of East Jordan died Saturday, February 1, 2014, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.

  She was born on July 29, 1923, in Richmond Township near Hersey, MI, the daughter of Solomon and Grace (Benzing) Haist.  Lorene graduated from Hersey High School in 1941. 
  On August 1, 1942, in Reed City, Lorene married Robert L. Segraves, who later was known as “Boyne Auto Bob”. He preceded her in death on May 28, 2013.
  She is survived by one son, Glen A. (Mary Jane) Segraves of East Jordan; three grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; one sister, Ruby Van Alstine of Boyne City; and many nieces and nephews.  She was also preceded in death by one newborn daughter, Julianna Segraves in 1947, and one son, Karl J. Segraves on August 16, 2010.

  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  A graveside services will be held in the spring at Hersey Village Cemetery in Hersey, Michigan.

  The family will receive friends on Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. until service time at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.
  Memorials may be given to Grandvue Medical Care Facility, 1728 S. Peninsula Road, East Jordan, MI 49727.






       

  

    Eva M. Healey, 94, of East Jordan, was welcomed into the arms of her Lord on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.

  She was born on April 30, 1919, in East Jordan, the daughter of Charles, Sr. and Martina (Thompson) Dennis.  She graduated from East Jordan High School in 1937.  Eva married Wade Healey on May 11, 1937, in East Jordan and he preceded her in death on December 26, 1996.
  Eva enjoyed the distinction of holding the title, “Belle of the Blizzard” for 57 years.  On February 28, 1936, Eva was crowned “Miss Aurora Borealis” supreme ruler of winter storms, guardian of the Northern winds and defender of the “Northern Lights”.  The contest drew attention from the national media as the City of East Jordan was the first city in the United States to recognize King Borealis, better known as “Old Man Winter”, due to the record breaking snowfall received during the month of February.  The festival was brought to light as a stress reliever and to have some fun.  The potential contestants had to be at least 16 years old and not over 21, no girl having false teeth, fallen arches, or hang nails would be considered.  Contestants had to have been seen skating on the old mill pond at least once being able to keep their balance with the help of no more than three people!  Eva passed on her crown during Sno-Blast ‘92 and was honored as grand marshal of the festival’s parade.
  In 1937, Eva and her husband Wade opened Healey Hardware which they owned until 1976.  Healey Hardware was a hardware/sporting goods store for the men and household goods for the women.  If you were looking for an item she didn’t have in stock, Eva would find it for you.  Customer satisfaction was top on her list.
  Eva loved to cook and she could cook up a mean breakfast on Sunday Mornings.  The whole family would gather together to share in what became known as “Eva’s Kitchen”.  She had a great personality, beautiful smile and sincere love for her children and grandchildren.  Some of the family’s favorite destinations were the Upper Peninsula and Canada where great memories were made.  Her motto: Give of yourself, be honest and fair to your fellow man.
  She is survived by three daughters, Linda (Tom) Louiselle of Charlevoix, Glenda (Gary) Ciszewski of East Jordan and Sally Pomante of Kalkaska; one son, Bruce (Carol) Healey of Charlevoix; one daughter-in-law, Zila Healey of East Jordan; 16 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; one sister, Jean Peterson of East Jordan; as well as several nieces and nephews.  She was also preceded in death by one son, Tom Healey; one sister, Dorothy Sommerville and three brothers, Clifford Dennis, Charles Dennis, Jr. and Delbert Dennis.

  Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 3, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan.  Rev. James L. Jordan will officiate with interment following in Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan.
  The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.   Memorials may be given to the Grandvue Medical Care Facility, 1728 S. Peninsula Road, East Jordan, MI 49727.


 



  Frederick Arthur Vollbach passed into eternal life on January 25, 2014.

  He was born September 30, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan to Arthur William and Ruth (Cumpess) Vollbach. He graduated St. Rose of Lima high school in Detroit where he met Shirley Coyle who became his wife in 1957.
  Fred served in the United States Air Force in the 49th Fighter Squadron as a Crew Chief.  He remained active with the 49th Fighter Squadron Association until his death.
  He worked at Continental Motors which became Teledyne/WisCon for nearly 45 years.
  Fred and Shirley lived in several places during their life including: Itasca, Illinois, Muskegon, MI, Memphis, Tennessee and Northville, MI.  They retired in 1997 to  East Jordan, MI where he served as a city commissioner, Parish Council President and member of the East Jordan Garden Club.
  He is survived by his children, Dr. Christine Wallace (Don), Valerie Dasbach, Paula Vollbach, and Michael (Shelly) Vollbach; five grandchildren, Amanda Smith (Grant Whipple), Meghan Eldred  (Matthew), Joshua Bohland, 2nd Lt. Austin Wallace (USMC) and Alexander Vollbach; and one great grandchild, Charlotte.  Fred was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Shirley in 2009 and his brother, Thomas in 2012. 

  A Requiem Mass will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 1:00 P.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in East Jordan.
  The family will receive friends on Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. and Saturday 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  A rosary service will be held Friday evening at 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.
  Memorials may be given to Fred’s favorite charity: St. Labre Indian School, P.O. Box 797 Ashland, MT 59003-9989.
 





John "Jack" Whiteford, 79, of East Jordan, died Monday, January 27, 2014, at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey surrounded by his loving family.

  He was born on February 14, 1934, in East Jordan, the son of Hugh and Carol (Green) Whiteford.  He graduated from East Jordan High School in 1952.  On June 23, 1956, in East Jordan, he married Greta Derenzy.  They made their home in East Jordan to raise a family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and snowmobiling.  He enjoyed watching football and baseball games.  In fact, he loved to watch anything that his grandchildren were participating in.  Mostly, he just loved spending time with his family.
  Jack had been a mechanic.  He was once the co-owner of the Pure Gasoline Station in East Jordan but had worked many years at the East Jordan Co-op.  He also was a member of the East Jordan Fire Department from the early 1950s to 1966. 
  Jack is survived by five children, John (Sandi) Whiteford, Tammy (Bill) Thompson, Debra (Jeff) Hammond, Denise (Denny) Graham and Rhonda Whiteford all of East Jordan; fifteen grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; one brother, Larry (Eleanor) Whiteford of Traverse City; three sisters, Bethany (Gary) Norton of Ludington, Natalie (Myron “Mike”) Postmas of Ellsworth and Diane Whiteford of Charlevoix; many nieces and nephews; as well as a very special friend and classmate, Sue Stallard of East Jordan.  He was preceded in death by his wife,  Greta F. Whiteford on February 25, 2007, one grandson, Daniel Paul Whiteford on October 16, 2005, and sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Turk Bennett.

  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at 2:00 P.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan.  Rev. James L. Jordan will officiate.  Interment will be in the spring at Morehouse Cemetery in Echo Township, Antrim County, MI.
  The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Memorials may be given to the East Jordan Ambulance Association.
 
 


  Floyd E. Bowers, Jr., 85, of East Jordan, died Sunday, January 26, 2014 at the Georgia House in Charlevoix.

  He was born on November 23, 1928 in Petoskey, Michigan, the son of Floyd E., Sr. and Lucy (Paquette) Bowers.  He graduated from Boyne City High School and General Motors Institute.
  He lived in Boyne City until moving to Flint in 1949 and worked for a year as a tool maker at the Chevrolet Plant 6.  He entered the United States Army on November 1, 1950. On December 30, 1950, in Boyne City, he married Nancy Richards.  During his service to his country during the Korean Conflict, he was awarded the Army’s third highest award for gallantry in action, the Silver Star medal.  He was also awarded the Purple Heart for his wounds and the Presidential Unit Citation.
  Floyd was a member of the D.A.V. and the Rebec-Hosler Sweet Post #227 of the American Legion.
  He is survived by his wife, Nancy K. Bowers of East Jordan; three children: Floyd Kermit Bowers of Drummond Island, Chontelle (Tracy) Choates of Linden and Scott Bowers of East Jordan; two grandchildren, Tracy Choates and Christopher Bailey; two great grandchildren, Avery and Parker; two sisters, Patricia (Edward) Robertson of Boyne City and Jean Taylor of Brutus; and one sister-in-law, JoAnn Bowers of Boyne City.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Joseph Bowers.

  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Roger Moses will officiate with interment following in the spring at St. Joseph Calvary Cemetery in East Jordan.  Memorials may be given to the East Jordan Ambulance Association.




  Frederick A Vollbach, 79, formerly of East Jordan, died Saturday, January 25, 2014, in Troy, MI.
  A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 1:00 P.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 201 Nicholls Street, East Jordan, MI.  Rev. Fr. James Gardiner will officiate with interment following in the spring at St. Joseph Calvary Cemetery in East Jordan.
  The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan with a Rosary service at 8:00 P.M. and on Saturday from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. 




  Helen R. (Sysel) Cherry, 90, of East Jordan passed away Wednesday, January15, 2014, at Charelvoix Area Hospital.

  The daughter of Joseph and Louise (Hornicek) Sysel was born on June 1, 1923, in Detroit, Michigan.  When she was 13 years old, the family moved from Detroit to East Jordan and made their home in the Bohemian Settlement.  Helen was a 1941, graduate of East Jordan High School.  After graduation, Helen returned to Detroit to work for the Civil Service where she was an inspector for Federal Aircraft.   In May of 1947, she married Edward Cherry in St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in the Bohemian Settlement.  They were married for 55 years.
  Besides being an at home mom,  Helen devoted her time to the East Jordan High School Band,  South Arm Township Clerk, Girl Scouts and 4-H.  In her spare time....she loved to sew and play the piano.
   Suvivors are her two daughters, Marica J. Knoell of Scotsdale, AZ and Kamila Millea of Plymouth, IN; three grandchildren Corey S. (Brianna) Millea of Mishawaka, IN, Erin S. (John David) Hornbrook of St. Charles, MO and Kelsey Millea of Buena Vista, CO; and two great grandchildren, Charlee Alexandra Hornbrook and Trey Sean Millea.  She is preceeded in death by her parents and husband.

  Friends will be welcomed by the family Tuesday, January 21, 2014, from 4;00 pm to 8;00 pm at Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Memorial gifts in Helen’s name may be made to the Charlvoix County Humane Society, 614 Beardsley Street, Boyne City, MI 49712.
 



Joseph M. Murphy, Jr., 48, died Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at his home in East Jordan.  Arrangements are pending at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.






Gale L. Murphy, 86, of East Jordan died Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at Charlevoix Area Hospital.

  He was born on May 21, 1927 in East Jordan, the son of Ervin John and Erma (Pinney) Murphy.
  On January 7, 1951, in East Jordan, he married Frances A. Sommerville.  He lived his whole life in East Jordan.  He had worked for Gulf & Western in East Jordan, now known as Dura, and had served as a negotiator for the union. Gale also served as an Antrim County Commissioner for thirty years and served on the Jordan River Watershed Council.
  He was a member of the Rebec-Hosler-Sweet Post #227 of the American Legion in East Jordan.  He also taught leather craft for 4H children for several years.
  He is survived by four children, Mike (Sharon) Murphy of Henagar, Alabama, Donna (Ray) Nemecek of East Jordan, Karen Blanchard of East Jordan and Tim (Lynne) Murphy of East Jordan; nine grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; two sisters, Ethel (Jack) Wilson and Shirley (Leon) Beal, both of East Jordan; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Frances A. Murphy on August 13, 2013; and two brothers, Sherman and Ervin, Jr.

  Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 17, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Rev. Jennifer Saad of the First Presbyterian Church in East Jordan will officiate with interment following at Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan.
  The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.
 
 



Franklin D. “Chum” Steinhoff, Sr., 79, of East Jordan, died Friday, December 27, 2013, in Petoskey, Michigan.

  He was born on January 30, 1934, in Munising, Michigan, the son of Russell Edward and Grace Ann (Gaullinger) Steinhoff.  He grew up and attended catholic school in Munising.  On July 19, 1952, in Munising, he married Marjorie Ann Scott.
  Chum worked 30 years at the East Jordan Iron Works, now known as “EJ”, and retired in 1995.
  For many years, he organized the East Jordan Men’s Softball League.  Chum was also the manager and team member of the East Jordan Co-op Softball Team.  He enjoyed playing softball, hunting, camping, fishing and snowmobiling.  Most of all he enjoyed his grandchildren.
  He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Steinhoff of East Jordan; six children, Franklin D., Jr.  (Laura) Steinhoff of East Jordan, Bonnie (Tom) King of East Jordan, Edith (Tom) Goodburn of East Jordan, Russell Steinhoff of East Jordan, Connie Steinhoff of Reed City and Rod (Jan) DesRocher of East Jordan; sixteen grandchildren; forty great grandchildren; two brothers, Levi (Joanne) Steinhoff of Bay City and Vernon E. (Suzy) Steinhoff of Munising; and one sister, Lillian Moreau of Midland.

  Funeral mass will be held on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in East Jordan.  Rev. Fa. James Gardiner will officiate.
  The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  A prayer service will be held Thursday evening at 7:00 P.M. at the funeral Home.
  Memorials may be given to the Heart and Vascular Center at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey or Internal Medicine at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord.





  Helen B. Shaw, 78, of East Jordan died Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Charlevoix Area Hospital.

  She was born on May 3, 1935 in Charlevoix, the daughter of Milo and Emma (Wakefield) Kane. 
  She graduated from Charlevoix High School in 1953.  On June 20, 1953, in Charlevoix, she married William James Shaw.  He preceded her in death on September 22, 1983.
  She was a member of the East Jordan United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church Women.
  Helen is survived by one son, Michael (Lynn) Shaw of East Jordan; two daughters, Jody (Tom) Clemens of Boyne City and Brenda (Ken) Harris of East Jordan; six grandchildren, Meredith (Nick Karaszewski)Clemens, Emma Clemens, Lindsay Clemens, William Harris, Lauren Harris and Niki Shaw; one sister, Thurl Case of Sandusky, MI; and two brothers, Herbert (Margot) Kane and Sam (Barbara) Kane, both of Charlevoix.  She was also preceded in death by one son, Mark L. Shaw on January 12, 2010; two sisters, Belma Webster and Charlotte Batchelder.

  Funeral services will be held on Monday,  December 16, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the East Jordan United Methodist Church.  Rev. Ralph A. “Rap” Posnik of the East Jordan United Methodist Church will officiate.  Interment will follow in next spring at Sunset hill Cemetery, East Jordan.
  The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.
  Memorials may be given to East Jordan United Methodist Church or Grandvue Medical Care Facility.



  Mary Ann Konsek, 81, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, died on Sunday December 8th, 2013, at her home in Elmira. She suffered for many years after a serious automobile accident.  Her strong faith and positive attitude was an inspiration to all who knew her.

  She was born June 11th, 1932, in Detroit, daughter of Edward and Helen (Kubisz) Labuda.  She married John N. Konsek Jr. on April 19th, 1952, in Detroit.   They retired to the East Jordan area in August of 1987, after raising their children.
Mary Ann is survived by three daughters,  Linda  ( Gerry ) Raush of Port Austin,  Toni ( Ken ) Hillard of Christmas,  and Barbara ( Ken Mathews ) Konsek of Elmira ; six  grandchildren, Jennifer ( Jacob ) Johnston of East Jordan,  Eric Phillips of California,  Brian ( Jillian ) Nickel of Shelby Twp.,  Lynn ( Sean ) Sneller of Lapeer,  Bradley Konsek  and Matthew Valloni of Olympia, Wa.; and  three  great-grandchildren,  Joshua Johnston,  Christian  and  Lucas  Sneller;  brother-in-law, William  (Darlene ) Konsek  and   sister-in-laws, Kathryn Fowler, Helen Glick, and Laura Cannell; as well as many nieces and nephews.
  She will be greatly missed by many friends in East Jordan, Elmira and Pigeon,  especially the St. Joseph Parishoners,  the East Jordan Lioness Club, and the Red Hatters.
  Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, John Jr., her parents,  her son John N. Konsek III,  grandson  Christopher J. Nickel, and her  two sisters Delphine Staszek and  Rita Przybylski.

  A memorial mass will be held on Monday, December 16, 2013, at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in East Jordan.  Rev. James Gardiner will officiate.
Memorials may be directed to Munson Hospice or the East Jordan Lioness Club.





 Shirley J. Petrie, 81, died Friday, November 29, 2013, at her home near East Jordan, Michigan.

  She was born on May 8, 1932, in Maple Forest Township, Crawford County, Michigan, the daughter of Richard and Pearl (Ketchum) Babbitt.
  In 1950, Shirley graduated from Frederic High School where she was on the basketball team and was a cheerleader.
  On January 31, 1959, in Grayling, she married James A. Petrie.
  She worked as a bookkeeper for Petrie Construction in East Jordan from the mid 1960s to 1995.
  Shirley was a member of the Lighthouse Missionary Church of East Jordan and the Ladies Get Together Club of Echo Township.  She enjoyed reading, crocheting, making rag rugs and spending time with family.
  She is survived by her husband, James A. Petrie of East Jordan; five children, Alan M (Anne) Petrie, Thomas D. (Lisa) Petrie, Bradley S. (Ginny) Petrie, Cheryl A. Petrie and Marianne Howard, all of East Jordan; ten grandchildren; one great granddaughter; one brother, David Bruce (Alta) Babbitt of Escanaba; two sisters-in-law, Edna Babbitt of Grayling and Joyce Babbitt of Byron Center; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Jeanne Babbitt and three brothers, Maurice, Harold and D. Keith Babbitt.

  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan.  Rev. James L. Jordan and Rev. Bart Adams will officiate.
  The family will receive friends on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church.




  Alfred C. Moblo, 83, died Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at his home near East Jordan.

  He was born on February 20, 1930 in East Jordan, Michigan, the son of Carl Joseph and Grace Mary (Roberts) Moblo.  He married Ellen Hammond on June 4, 1950 in Boyne City, Michigan.
  Alfred was a dairy farmer of thirty years, milking about 80 heads at any given time.  He also had worked at East Jordan Plastics Plant, Diller’s Saw Mill, East Jordan Iron Works (now known as EJ) and Trumble Construction.
  He had a passion for draft horses, vintage automobiles, boating, snowmobiling, hunting and fishing.  He enjoyed spending time with his family.  He loved square dancing with his wife.
  He is survived by his wife, Ellen Moblo of East Jordan; five children, Loretta (Gary) Goetzman of Eastport, Walter (Judy) Moblo of Ashville, North Carolina, Glen (Kathy) Moblo of East Jordan, Larry (Dennis Figiel) Moblo of East Jordan and Terry (Jeanne) Moblo of East Jordan; nineteen grandchildren; thirty three great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; one brother, Walter J. Moblo of Cub Run, Kentucky; and one sister, Mary Ann (Jim) Culp of Saranac & Florida.  He was preceded in death by one daughter, Virginia Coeur; his parents; and two sisters, Margaret Mae Murray and Betty Lou Murphy.

  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Rev. James L. Jordan of the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan will officiate.
  The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Memorials may be given to the Hospice of Northwest Michigan, 220 W. Garfield, Charlevoix, MI 49720, 231-547-7659, info@hospicenwm.org.  Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.


  Freda Winter, 82, of Charlevoix passed away at her home on November 7, 2013. 

  Freda was born on June 27, 1931 in Flat Rock, Indiana to Ellsworth and Parilee Geilker.  She moved to Michigan with her family while in school and graduated from Anchor Bay Rural Agricultural School in New Baltimore, MI.  She married John Winter on May 20, 1950, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Richmond, MI and raised five children.
  Freda and her husband John lived in many communities throughout Michigan including Cheboygan, Coleman, Marenisco and East Jordan.  Upon John’s death in 1987, Freda moved to Chipley, Florida to be closer to her mother and sister, where she lived until 2002, when she returned to Michigan and set up her home in Elk Rapids.  Freda was a full-time homemaker, but found time to develop as an artist, musician and gardener.  She was generous with her gifts and her gardens continue to thrive in the many homes she graced.
  Freda was preceded in death by her husband John and sister Ila (Jean) Smith.  She is survived by her sister Carol Mikolowski of Algonac, MI, brothers Richard (Barbara) Smith of Chipley, Florida and Paul Potenteau of Hohenwald, TN and her five children Lynda (Bill) Reid of Vulcan, Tom (Cindy) Winter of East Jordan, Sue (Gerard Schwind) Winter of Ellsworth, Bill (Carol) Winter of Westerville, Ohio and Patrick (Monica) Winter of Springfield, Massachusetts. Freda is also survived by nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

  The memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 16 at 11:00 a.m. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. 
  Contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, a charity that Freda supported throughout her life and whose mission she held dear to her heart.






  Gates C. Carey, 93, of East Jordan and formerly of Atlanta, Michigan died on Friday, November 8, 2013, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan. 

  Gates was born on November 12, 1919, in Athens, the son of Leon A. and Esther G. (Chapman) Carey. He grew up on the family farm in Atlanta and graduated from Atlanta High School in 1940.
  He married Betty Jane Miller on October 31, 1943, in Hobbs, New Mexico. She died on January 2, 1993. On November 9, 2002, he married Bernice Carey in East Jordan, Michigan.
  He served in the United States Air Force for 30 years. During that time, he served in the European Theatre, flying 30 missions in both B29 and C-54 aircraft. He also served in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. Also during those 30 years, while living on Guam, he flew with a crew over the Pacific servicing communication sites as well as being a storm chaser, flying into the eye of typhoons. He worked with the District Early Warning Communication with Canada and was also Procurement Officer for the Minuteman Missile project. Gates retired from the Air Force in 1971. After retiring, he joined the Orange County Sheriff's Department where he worked ten years training new recruits and writing procedural manuals.
  Gates is survived by his wife, Bernice Carey of East Jordan; two children, Bruce A. (Eileen) Carey of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Pamela Grace (Ted) Bonner of La Grande, Oregon, five stepchildren, Donna (Dave) Drenth, Mercer "Bud" (Ginny) Carey, George M. (Mary Jane) Carey, Marty (Debbie) Carey all of East Jordan, Darlene (Larry) Haywood of Austin, Texas; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; two sisters, Naomi Shepard of East Jordan and Jeanette (Harold) Grove of West Branch; several nieces and nephews and scores of dear friends.

  Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 11, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs.
  The family will receive friends on Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Memorials may be given to Grandvue Medical Care Facility.

 





 

  Kenneth H. Richards, 83, died Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.

  He was born on June 12, 1930, in Alliance, Ohio, the son of William and Clotine (Husk) Richards. After moving to Michigan as a child, he graduated from East Jordan High School in 1948. While in high school, he was very active in sports.
  Ken married Helen E. Haney on June 16, 1962, in East Jordan.
  Ken served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Afterward, he worked for the United States Postal Service as a clerk for twenty years in East Jordan and an additional ten years as Post Master in Ellsworth.
  After retirement, Ken enjoyed woodworking, gardening and was very active in the local area farm markets.
  He was a member of the American Legion Post #227 in East Jordan where he held office for many years.  He spent many years working bingo and was proud of posting flags for fallen veterans at the local cemeteries for over 60 years.
  Ken was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, an active blood donor and spent many years as an umpire for various youth sports. He relaxed by bowling with friends. He was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, volunteering as an usher and working for the church’s financial board. He also took on the task of cemetery custodian for many years. Ken enjoyed traveling with Helen and listening to country music.
  He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Helen E. Richards of East Jordan; five children, Mary (Robert) Lundquist of Niagara, WI, Andrew (Sherry) Richards of Interlochen, Kathryn (Todd) VanGilder of  Davisburg, John (Heather) Richards of East Jordan and Rose (Raymond) Hines of East Jordan; grandchildren, William (Holly) Lundquist, James (Denise) Lundquist, Laura (Dan) Valley, Thomas Lundquist, Alexander Richards, Cassidy VanGilder, Garett VanGilder, Anna Richards, Emma Richards, Tyler Hines and Kaitlyn Hines; two great grandchildren; two sisters, Anne Beckett of Ashland, Kentucky and Janet (James) Brennan of Battle Creek; two sisters-in-law, Judy Haney and Lucy Lercel, both of East Jordan; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was exceptionally proud of all of his children and grandchildren.

  Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in East Jordan. Rev. Father Francis C. Partridge will officiate with a military graveside service at St. Joseph Calvary Church in East Jordan.

 The family will receive friends on Friday from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. with a Rosary Service at 7:00 P.M.
  In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be directed to St. Joseph Catholic Church or the East Jordan Ambulance Fund.


 






 



  Virginia C. Jacobson, 96, of East Jordan, died on Thursday, October 31, 2013, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.

  Virginia was born on February 5, 1917, in Breckenridge, MI., the daughter of Grant Oland and Lena Almira (Merrill) Kime.  She attended and graduated from Boyne City High School in 1934, at the age of 17.  On August 25, 1934, in Boyne City, she married Otto Axel Jacobson.  He preceded her in death on August 12, 1962.  She was a member of the East Jordan United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Stars in East Jordan.  She worked as a waitress in Flint, Michigan and also worked at the East Jordan Health Center for 5 years.  She enjoyed doing geneology research and tending to her house plants.
  Mrs. Jacobson is survived by her four children, Stephen (Janet) Jacobson of Fenton, Donald (Karen) Jacobson of Petoskey, Carol Frantom of Stuart, Florida and Susan (David) Grutsch of Petoskey; 15 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.  She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter, Stephanie Jacobson, sister, Phyllis Lites, daughter-in-law, Rosemary Jacobson and son-in-law, Charles Frantom.

  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Rev. Rap Posnik of the East Jordan United Methodist Church will officiate.  Interment will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Boyne City, Michigan.
  The family will receive friends on Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Memorials may be given to Grandvue Medical Care Facility or the East Jordan United Methodist Church.








  Sherman O.  Thomas, 94, of East Jordan died Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at the home of  Lennie and Bill Gee in East Jordan.

  He was born in the farmhouse in the Eveline Orchards near East Jordan on April 17, 1919, the son of Russell and Caroline (Barlow) Thomas.  At the age of 10, he was grafting trees. He graduated from Eighth Grade from the Walker-Eveline School, the area’s one room school house and in 1938, he graduated from East Jordan High School.
  “Sherm”, as he was fondly known, married Veronica “Peggy” Woodcock on June 30, 1940, in East Jordan.  He served in the United States Army in the European Theatre during World War II.  Peggy preceded him in death on April 23, 1983.
  He owned and operated Sherm’s Pure Station in East Jordan along with AAA Wrecker Service from 1951 to 1961.  In 1961, he became the manager of the East Jordan Co-op for the next 20 years.  During those years, Sherm was a member of the East Jordan Rotary Club.
  Sherm served 30 active years on the East Jordan Fire Department, 12 of those years as East Jordan’s Fire Chief and 43 additional years as an honorary member of the East Jordan Fire Department. He was a member for sixty-nine years of the Rebec-Hosler-Sweet Post #227 of the American Legion in East Jordan.  Sherm was a member of the Fly Wheelers and the East Jordan Snowmobile Club.  He was also a charter member of the Jordan River Action Group and through their efforts collected 15,000 cans and 140 bags of trash to date from the Jordan River.  He was also a charter member of the Wild Scenic River Commission.
  He was a very passionate and patriotic man who enjoyed ecology and helping people. “I think when God keeps us on this Earth to this age, it’s to help others.” (quote from Charlevoix County News on February 17, 2011)
  Sherm is survived by two children, Lennie (Bill) Gee of East Jordan and Russell (Bonnie) Thomas of East Jordan; four grandchildren, Tinea (Versile) Spence, Troy (Cindy) Thomas, Robyn (Joe) Rebec and Shannon (Laurie) Gee; twelve great grandchildren, Tyler Spence, Lucas Spence, Rebecca Spence, Matthew Thomas, Nicholas Thomas, Sawyer Thomas, Ethan Thomas, Cody Gee, Shannen Gee, Lydia Gee, Keith Rebec and Cassie Rebec; three great great grandchildren, Zaiden Gee, Cameron Thomas and Connor Thomas; one sister, Evelyn Simpson of Owosso; and two dear dear friends, Arlene Barber and Tinker Breakey.  Sherm was preceded in death by one sister, Pansy Thomas; two brothers, Gabriel “Bud” and Harold Thomas; and his second wife, Helen Thomas.

  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Rev. Jennifer Saad, of the First Presbyterian Church in East Jordan, will officiate with military honors following at Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan.
  The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. Memorials may be directed to the Rebec-Hosler-Sweet Post #227 of the American Legion or the Jordan River Action Group.







  Ramona Carolyn Wubbels, 73, flower and vegetable garden extraordinaire, of East Jordan and formerly of Elmira, died Friday, September 27, 2013 at Charlevoix Area Hospital.

  She was born on May 30, 1940 in Morton, Illinois, the daughter of Fred and Alma (Olson) Bluhm. Ramona grew up and graduated from Morton High School where she served with flair as the school’s drum majorette.  She married Laurence Wubbels on April 30, 1960 in Morton, Illinois.  She shared his life’s work as a biologist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service by raising three daughters in numerous remote areas of the United States.
  Ramona loved gardening and was known for her lovely flower and vegetable gardens along the Boyne City-East Jordan Road.  She explored her artistic life in ceramics, decoupage, culinary and making afghans.  She enjoyed crossword puzzles, square dancing and sharing her love of cooking.
  She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Gaylord where she had served as the church secretary for a number of years.  She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.  Ramona volunteered for United Methodist Church as a youth counselor, American Red Cross, Antrim County’s Star Township as an election official, as a leader for the Girl Scouts in North Carolina and assisted residents of local nursing homes in the areas where she lived.
  She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Laurence Wubbels of East Jordan; three daughters, Daria Wubbels Devantier and her husband, Jeff, of Howell, Michigan, Kathryn Wubbels Estrada and her husband, Pablo, of Dallas, Texas and Cynthia Wubbels McCune and her husband, Glen, of East Jordan; eight grandchildren, Marcos Estrada, Enrique Estrada, Estevan Estrada, Breyenna Estrada, Araceli Estrada, Nick Estrada, Tanner McCune and Rainy McCune; and two sisters, Betty Martin of Washington, Illinois and Wilma (Glenn) Stieglitz of Morton, Illinois.

  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Rev. Susan Webeler of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Gaylord will officiate.  Interment will be in Knop Cemetery in Wilson Township, Charlevoix County, Michigan.

  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 9:00 A.M. until service time. Memorial contributions may be directed to the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 218 W. 2nd Street, Gaylord, MI 49735







  Donald Samuel Hayden 84, of East Jordan died Saturday, September 21, 2013, at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital.

  He was born on May 5, 1929, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of  Samuel Archibald and Mildred (Gabrielson) Hayden. Don married Hope Hartley from Oak Hill, Illinois on May 19,1956.
  Don served in the United States Army during the Koren Conflict. Then from 1950 to until 1987, he worked computers and communications for United Airlines . Don was a founding member of a group of retired United Airlines employees known as the Northwoods Loonies.
  Don and Hope lived in Los Angeles for 30 years then moved back home to Northern Michigan in 1987. Don became very active in bowling and antique cars. Don was a member of the Model A Ford Club where he served on the National Board for two terms and a member of the AACA local chapter in Boyne City. Don also enjoyed 20 years of acting in Murder Mysteries and an active member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of East Jordan.
  Don is survived by his wife Hope, son Sam (Cindy) of East Jordan, daughter Kelly (Ray) Wolfbrandt, daughter-in-law Diane Hayden of California, four grandchildren, Cameron Eastgate of Australia, Taylor Wolfbrandt, Casey and Ranae Hayden of California, step-grandson, Ian Davision of California, step-granddaughter, Tammy Hennings of East Jordan, step-great-grandson, Tylor Hennings of East Jordan, one sister Betty Raulin of Torrance, California. Don was preceded in death by son, Erik, his parents and two brothers.

  A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at the Evangelic Lutheran Church in East Jordan. In lieu of flowers the family would ask that donations be directed to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of East Jordan.  Arrangements were handled by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc.







 Karen S. Hamel, 64, died Thursday, September 19, 2013 at her son’s home in East Jordan.

  She was born on June 25, 1949 in Illinois, the daughter of Donald and Alberta (Day) Besaw.  While attending school, she changed her last name to Rodriguez, her family’s name.  Karen Rodriguez graduated from Lake Shore High School in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan in 1967.
  Karen was the owner & operator of Suzy’s Bar & Grill in Detroit for many years.  She later took on the full time commitment as a caregiver for her disabled son. Karen went back to school to receive her Associates Degree from Keiser University at the age of 63. Her field of study was in health care.
  She loved people and traveling.  Karen enjoyed vacationing at Detroit Sportsmen's Congress “D.S.C.”, just North of Oxford, MI and East of Lapeer Road.  Karen was kind and loving to everyone she met.
  Karen is survived by four sons, Christopher (Jennifer) Kinner, II of East Jordan, Kevin (Traci Hull) Kinner of East Jordan, Edgar (Erin) Hamel, Jr. of St. Paul, Minnesota and Leonard Hamel of East Jordan; seven grandchildren; one sister, Rose Wiseman of Detroit; two brothers, Aurelio “Jerry” Rodriguez of Lantana, Florida and Robert Rodriguez of Detroit; and her first husband, Christopher Kinner, Sr. of Charlevoix.  She was preceded in death by her second husband, Edgar Hamel, Sr.

  A memorial service was held on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Dr. Gary J. Biggs of Landmark Baptist Church in Petoskey officiated.


  

 

 

 

 

 Timothy Nathan Leach, Co-Founder of Raven Hill Discovery Center, 63, passed away on September 18, 2013 after a brief illness.  Tim was born on December 21, 1949, the son of Richard and Lillian Leach.  Tim married Cheri Culver on August 6, 1971. Tim’s wife, Cheri, two sons, Timothy Thor (Melody), Prescott Tarn (Tatiana) and two grandchildren, Beatrice and William survive him.  Tim graduated from Albion College with a Bachelors degree in biology and a minor in geology.  He later received his Bachelors of Fine Arts and a teaching degree.  Tim’s depth of scientific and historical knowledge combined with his artistic talent gave him a unique view on the world and education. Tim and Cheri’s vision for a hand-on center connecting science, history and art was realized with the establishment of Raven Hill Discovery Center in 1991.  Although Tim was very much a behind the scenes man at the Center, his legacy lives on through Raven Hill Discovery Center, the Center’s Master Plan and his many works of art.  No memorial service is planned.  Arrangements were handled by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.


  Mary Lou Davis, 64, of East Jordan entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Thursday, September 5, 2013 in Grand Rapids.
  The funeral is will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 12:00 Noon at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. 
  The family will receive friends on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.


 Ralph E. Kitson, Jr., 86, of East Jordan died Friday, August 23, 2013, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.

  He was born on August 2, 1927, in East Jordan, the son of Ralph E., Sr. and Florence (McPherson) Kitson.
  Ralph served in the United States Army Air Corps as a radio operator during World War II.
  On March 16, 1963, in Cadillac, Michigan, he married Luezetta “Zettie” Smith.
  Ralph had worked for the City of East Jordan from June 6, 1966, until his retirement on July 28, 1989.  He had worked for the DPW, as the city superintendent for three years and the city assessor for a couple of years.   Afterwards, he drove school bus for the East Jordan Public Schools from 1990 to 2001.
  He was a member of the Rebec-Hosler-Sweet Post #227 of the American Legion in East Jordan.
  Ralph was an outdoorsman.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, making birdhouses, bowling and was a sports fan.
  He is survived by his wife, Luezetta “Zettie” Kitson of East Jordan; eight children, Steaven (Encar) Kitson of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Sherry (Jeff) Gransden of Whitmore Lake, Beverly (Albert) Joseph of East Jordan, Marsha Ibarra of East Jordan, Sheilah (George) Blackledge of Boyne Falls, Kerri Kitson of Brighton, Yvonne Pentecost of Cheboygan and Greg (Meg) Kitson of East Jordan; thirty-one grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; and sister, Edith June Reich of East Jordan.  Ralph was preceded in death by three children, Stanley Kitson, Patricia Kitson-Stone and Alan Kitson; three brothers, Bob, Lewis and Ivan Kitson; and two sisters, Erma Reich and Iva Prebble.

  Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 26, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Pastor Rap Posnik of the East Jordan United Methodist Church will officiate with interment following in Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan.
  Memorials may be directed to the East Jordan United Methodist Church, Grandvue Medical Care Facility or the East Jordan Ambulance Association.




Michael Allen McKenzie, 56, of East Jordan, died unexpectedly Thursday, August 15, 2013, at Charlevoix Area Hospital.

  Mike was born June 8, 1957, in Livonia to Peter and Phyllis (Springer) McKenzie. He moved to East Jordan as a teen, graduated from East Jordan High School in 1975, and earned an Associate’s Degree from North Central Michigan College. On June 12, 1976, he married Martha A. Fisher in East Jordan.
  Mike was self-employed and ran Quality Appliance Repair in East Jordan. He was a member and Diamond Life Sponsor of the Jordan Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. He lived to hunt and fish.
  He is survived by his wife, Martha of East Jordan; daughters, Miranda McKenzie and close family friend Mark Lercel of East Jordan, Melissa (Kekumu) Vasconcellos of Kalua Kona, Hawaii; grandchildren, Elise McKenzie, Keaka, Leiah, and Kamalu Vasconcellos; father and step-mother, Peter (Fran) McKenzie of Charlevoix; brother, Steve (Laurie) McKenzie of East Jordan; sister, Penny (Larry) Everett of Saint Peters, Missouri. He is also survived by many close friends and hunting partners and will be missed by many. Mike’s mother, Phyllis McKenzie, preceded him in death.

  A memorial service will be Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Lighthouse Missionary Church, 7824 Rogers Road, East Jordan. The Reverend James L. Jordan Jordan will officiate.
  Visitation will be Monday from 6;00 to 8;00 pm at the Lighthouse Missionary Church.
  Memorial contributions may be made to the East Jordan Ambulance Association. The family was served by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.



   Doris I. Olund, 83, of East Jordan died Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.
   Private funeral services are scheduled at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan with interment following at Brown Cemetery in Jordan Twp., Antrim County, MI.


  Frances A. Murphy, 84, of East Jordan died Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.

  She was born on July 12, 1929, in East Jordan, the daughter of Leo and Dorothy (Dennis) Sommerville.

  On January 7, 1951, in East Jordan, she married Gale Murphy.  She has lived her whole life in East Jordan.  Besides raising four children, Frances worked as a teacher, factory worker in East Jordan at Gulf & Western, now known as Dura, as well as Tool and Die.

  She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Rebec-Hosler-Sweet Post #227 Auxiliary of the American Legion, both in East Jordan.

  She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Gale Murphy of East Jordan; four children, Mike (Sharon) Murphy of Henagar, Alabama, Donna (Ray) Nemecek of East Jordan, Karen Blanchard of East Jordan and Tim (Lynne) Murphy of East Jordan; nine grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; two brothers, Jack (Dorene) Sommerville of Harbor Springs and Max (Darlene) Sommerville of Grawn; as well as many nieces and nephews.


  Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Rev. Jennifer Saad of the First Presbyterian Church in East Jordan will officiate with interment following at Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan.

  The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com. 


  Agnes Sulak, 92, died on Monday, August 12, 2013 at Boulder Park Terrace in Charlevoix.

  She was born on April 7, 1921 in Charlevoix, the daughter of George and Anna (Orsak) Krchak.  On November 13, 1939 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in East Jordan, she married Jerome A. Sulak, Sr..  They lived in East Jordan for 28 years and then in 1967 moved to the Bohemian settlement to the Sulak Farm.  She had worked for a total of five years at the Ellsworth Canning Factory.
  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #227 Hosler-Rebec-Sweet Lodge in East Jordan, and the National Rural Letter Carrier Association Auxiliary.
  She enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting, crossword puzzles, baking, and the outdoors, but her greatest joy was her children and many grandchildren.
  Agnes is survived by seven children, Jerome “Jerry” Sulak, Jr. of Boyne City, Delbert (Sally Graham) Sulak of Comstock Park, Ronald “Ronnie” (Beverly Snyder) Sulak of East Jordan, Leon “Ivan” (Kathy Lake) Sulak of Boyne City, Mark (Pam King) Sulak of East Jordan, Eric (Michelle Delaney) Sulak of Boyne City, and Lori (Rob) Cummins of Orlando, Florida; twenty-four grandchildren; thirty-six great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; two sisters, Katherine “Kay” Cummings of Rochester, and Lavonia “Libby” DeYoung of Charlevoix; as well as several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome A. Sulak, Sr. on June 5, 1998; one grandchild; two great grandchildren; three brothers; and four sisters.

  Funeral on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.
  The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. 
  Memorials may be given to the Lighthouse Missionary Church, 7824 Rogers Road, East Jordan, Michigan 49727.









  Patricia R. Henning,  80, of Boyne City, died on Friday, August 2, 2013 at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.

  Patricia was born on July 11, 1933 1n Oklahoma, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Wood) Teague.
On March 18, 1952 in Napa, California, she married Edward A. Henning.  He preceded her in death on May 15, 1998.
  They made their home in California for 3 years.  They moved to Illinois and lived there for 28 years.  Patricia had worked for Waltz Plumbing and Adeles Bath Boutique in Naperville, Illinois. When Edward retired in 1983, they then moved to Boyne City.
  She served on the Wilson Township Board and help to run elections. She enjoyed camping, word searches, her birds and most of all, spending time with her family.
  She is survived by one son, David (Kelly) Henning of Horton Bay; one daughter, Tracy (Jim Archer) Zipp of East Jordan; five grandchildren, Dalton (Maggie Deuell) Henning of Traverse City, Waylon Henning of Horton Bay, Dale Henning of East Jordan, Amanda Zipp of East Jordan and Ben Archer of Traverse City; one great grandson, Jaxson David Henning; extended family members, Tim (Theresa) Startz and their daughters, Tiffany Startz and Taylor Startz all of Joliet, Illinios; Shyloh Hoffman and Chris Hoffman both of Joliet, Illinios; Tiffany Startz’s daughter, Kaylee Mounts; Shyloh Hoffman’s daughter, Emma Hoffman; and Chris Hoffman’s two sons, Donovan and Triston Hoffman.  She was also preceded in death by one son, Dale Edward Henning in 1984.

  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Rev. James L. Jordan will officiate.  Interment will be in Knop Cemetery in Wilson Township.
  The family will receive friends on Tuesday from from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Memorials may be given to East Jordan Ambulance Association.





  Raymond E. “Bing” Meads, 79, of East Jordan died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.

  He was born on October 31, 1933, in Elmira, the son of Vern E. and Ruth A. (Webster) Meads.   He was raised in Boyne City.  On October 24, 1952, in La Grange, Indiana, he married Sally Stewart.
  Raymond worked 30 ½ years for General Motors in Flint. He retired in 1985.
  He summered with his family in Boyne City until 1978 when they bought the old Pesek farm near East Jordan.  They moved to the farm in 1985.
  He is survived by his wife, Sally Meads of East Jordan; two sons, Daniel (Karen) Meads of Boyne City and Brian (Susan) Meads of East Jordan ; two daughters-in-law, Debbie Meads of East Jordan and Lynn Meads of Au Gres; eleven grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; one sister, Maxine (Burt) Willson of East Jordan; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by two sons, David B. Meads in 1988 and Roderick D. Meads in 2007; one grandson, Rob Meads in 1998; three brothers, Carl, Ed and Jack; and five sisters, Dorothy, Marg, Lucille, Edna and Stella. 

  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at the  Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan.  Rev. James L. Jordan will officiate.  Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Elmira, MI.

  The family will receive friends at the Lighthouse Missionary Church on Wednesday from 12:00 noon until service time.  Memorials may be given to Lighthouse Missionary Church or the East Jordan Ambulance Association.  The family was served by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.







 Beverly B. McDonald, 85, of East Jordan died Friday, July 19, 2013, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.

  She was born on October 14, 1927, in East Jordan, the daughter of Orvel and Margaret (Papineau) Bennett.
  She grew up in East Jordan and graduated from the East Jordan High School in 1945.  She married Malcolm “Mack” McDonald on April 11, 1948, in East Jordan.  He preceded her in death on May 23, 2002.  
     She had worked in the Chicago weather forecasting office of TWA and later as an administrative assistant in the Boyne City office of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service.
  In earlier years, Beverly attended the Star Community Church in Eveline Township and was also a 4H instructor.
  Beverly is survived by three children, Nelson (Regina) McDonald of East Jordan, Daniel (Nancy) McDonald of Marshall and Karen (David) Cramer of Boyne City; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; four siblings, Earl (JoAnn) Bennett of Boyne City, L. Orveline Buckner of Clearlake, California, Rex (Carol) Bennett of East Jordan and Lyle (Margaret) Bennett of East Jordan; two sisters-in-law, Thelma Bennett of Dewitt and Katherine Rabb of Rock Hill, South Carolina; as well as several nieces and nephews.   She was also preceded in death by one infant daughter, Marene B. McDonald in 1948; her parents; and three siblings, Naomi Bennett, Beryl McShurley and Paul Bennett.

  Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Rev. David L. Behling will officiate with interment following at Brookside Cemetery in Charlevoix.
  The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.
  Memorials may be given to Grandvue Medical Care Facility, 1728 S. Peninsula Road, East Jordan, MI 49727.






  Darren Bradley McWatters, Jr., 17, son of Darren B., Sr. and Phyllis McWatters of East Jordan, died Saturday, July 6, 2013 in Bellaire, Michigan.
  He was born on May 22, 1996 in Petoskey, Michigan.
  He is survived by his parents, Darren B., Sr. and Phyllis McWatters of East Jordan; sister, Brooke Marie McWatters of East Jordan; grandparents, Robin and Sandra Clark of East Jordan and Fleda McWatters of Grayling; and great grandfather, Walter Wilson, Sr. of Mancelona.
  A memory sharing service will be held on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.
  The family will receive friends on Friday from 9:00 A.M. until service time at the funeral home.

 








 

  Richard A. McKinnon, Sr., 90, passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at his home in East Jordan.

   He was born on October 25, 1922, in East Jordan, the son of Charles Hector and Mary (Bashaw) McKinnon.  He graduated from East Jordan High School in 1941.  On June 27, 1942, in East Jordan, he married Thelma Olson.  Richard served in the United States Army during World War II.
  Richard worked as a master tool & die maker for the Honeywell Corporation.  He was proud that some of the components he had worked on made their way to the moon.  He retired in April of 1986.
  Richard was a member of the Community of Christ Church in East Jordan, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7580 in East Jordan and a retiree of U.A.W. Local #598.
  He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing cards.  He also bought, sold and repaired fishing rods and reels for enjoyment.
  Richard is survived by his wife, Thelma McKinnon of East Jordan; six sons, Richard (Betty) McKinnon, Jr. of Shelby, North Carolina, James (Kay) McKinnon of Onondaga; Bruce (Stacey) McKinnon Tehachapi, California, Brian (Jan) McKinnon of Traverse City, Daniel McKinnon of East Jordan and Glen (Loretta) McKinnon of Killeen, Texas; a daughter-in-law, Janet McKinnon of East Jordan; twenty grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
  He was preceded in death by one son, Donald R. McKinnon on February 28, 2013; three brothers, Charles, Omer and Hector McKinnon; and four sisters, Dorothy Blodgett, Helen Schreur, Reva Walton and Phyllis McKinnon.

  Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Interment in Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan.
  The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.





Ann Hite Bisbee, 88, died at Charlevoix Area Hospital on February 3, 2013 following a sudden, massive brain hemorrhage.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Christ
Episcopal Church, Charlevoix.



 Walter "Butch" Goebel, Jr., 70, lost his battle with ALS Thursday, June 13, 2013, at home in East Jordan surrounded by his loving family. His family takes comfort knowing he is now mowing, farming, boating, tinkering with his tools and fixing things. 

  He was born December 10, 1942 in Charlevoix and is the son of Walter P., Sr. and Dolores (Sheridan) Goebel. On February 9, 1974, in East Jordan, he married Marilyn J. Bennett. He graduated from East Jordan High School in 1960 and served in the United States Navy. 
 
  Butch had a career that spanned 42 years with EJ Co., formally known as East Jordan Iron Works, where, through hard work and achievement, he went from a position in the maintenance department to becoming Facilities Manager before his retirement in 2009.
 
  Butch loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and was an active member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Jordan. Butch is survived by his wife, Marilyn J. Goebel of East Jordan; four children, Tracee C. Goebel of Redondo Beach, California, Nichole S. (Matthew) Imel of East Jordan, Jennifer C. (Bryan) Banfield of East Jordan and Joseph W. Goebel of Chicago, Illinois; four grandchildren, Garrett, Miles, and Oliver Imel and Adia Banfield; his parents, Walter P., Sr. and Dolores Goebel, of East Jordan; two sisters, Cathy (Dale) Everett of East Jordan and Patty (Roger) Sutton of Apache Junction, Arizona; two brothers, Robert (Barbara) Goebel of Scottsdale, Arizona and Bay Harbor and Timothy (Peggy) Goebel of Williamsburg, Michigan; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, Walter P. Goebel, III.

  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Jordan with Rev. Kenneth Lein officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan. The family will receive friends on Monday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Memorials may be given to Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7855 Rogers Rd, East Jordan, MI 49727 or Hospice of Little Traverse Bay, 416 Connable Ave, Petoskey, MI 49770. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.






  Darrell L. Wright, 82, of East Jordan died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.

  He was born on July 27, 1930, in East Jordan, the son of Edward Lee and Emeline (Ance) Wright.  On May 24, 1990, in Indiana, he married Arlene VanDeventer.
  Darrell served in the United States Air Force. He had worked as a Bus Driver for twenty five years for Greyhound Busline.  He retired in 1985.
  He was a member of the Grand Traverse Tribe of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
  He is survived by his wife, Arlene B. Wright of East Jordan; six children, Debbie McNeil of Traverse City, Christine Sherman of Cheboygan, Dean Van Paris of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bob Wright of Coshocton, Ohio, Christine Wright of Coshocton, Ohio and Tom Wright of Coshocton, Ohio; six step children, Janice Andringa of Grand Rapids, Pauline Fielstra of Grand Rapids, Sharlynn Fielstra of Traverse City, Larry (Susan) Fielstra of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mark Fielstra of Grand Rapids and John (Lynn) Fielstra of Grand Rapids; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; as well as one sister, Marjorie (Jim) Donaldson of East Jordan.

  Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 14, 2013, at 3:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Jack C. Chambers will officiate at the traditional Native American Indian service. Interment will following at Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan.
  The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 13, 2013, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.




Robert L. Segraves, also known as “Boyne Auto Bob”, age 90, of East Jordan died Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.

  He was born on November 14, 1922, in Brimfield, Indiana, the son of William H. and Mollie E. (McKibben) Segraves.  Robert graduated from Hersey High School in 1941.  
  He married Eleanor Haist on August 1, 1942 in Reed City. He served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945 during World War II.  After World War II, Robert worked as salesman at Boyne Auto Supply Parts in Boyne City. He retired in 1987.
  He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Segraves of East Jordan; one son, Glen A. (Mary Jane) Segraves of East Jordan; three grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Ruby Van Alstine of Boyne City; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by one newborn daughter, Julianna Segraves in 1947; one son, Karl J. Segraves on August 16, 2010; nine brothers; and two sisters.

  Graveside services will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. at Hersey Cemetery in Hersey, Michigan.
  The family will receive friends on Friday, May 31, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.
  Memorials may be given to Grandvue Medical Care Facility, 1728 S. Peninsula Road, East Jordan, MI 49727.




 

 

  WHEELEY, MR. AND MRS. RICHARD and ESTHER
  Esther Elaine (Ryefield) Wheeley, 83, and Richard James Wheeley, 82, both of Clearwater, FL. Esther passed away on Friday, May 3, 2013, and Richard followed on Sunday, May 5, 2013.

  Esther was born on February 3, 1930, in Muskegon, MI, the daughter of Aaron B. and Nina L. (Lovejoy) Ryefield.  She graduated from Muskegon High School in 1947 and graduated from Bronson Hospital School of Nursing in 1951.
  Esther and Richard met at Bronson Hospital.  They married on April 26, 1951, in Angola, IN.
  She retired from her chosen profession as the director for the Head Start Program in Beecher, MI.
  They moved to Clearwater, Florida in 1979, and became members of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Clearwater.  She was active in the U.M.W. and the hand bell choir.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, latch-hook rugs, sewing and baking.
  Richard was born on March 19, 1931, in Decatur, MI, the son of Jacob “Jake” and Mary Delia (Geer) Urick. On July 25, 1939, he was adopted by Horace J. and Alice M. Wheeley. He grew up in Kalamazoo and ended up as an orderly at Bronson Hospital.
  Richard served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict as a photojournalist. Upon his discharge in 1954, he worked in retail sales and retired in 1988.  He then realized his long-term dream of earning a college degree and worked for Raymond James Financial as a computer technician until beginning his second retirement in 1997. Richard then went to work for Ace Hardware and began his third and final retirement in 2009.
  Dick enjoyed photography, building remote control wooden boats and model airplanes, camping and reading science fiction. He also enjoyed singing and sang in St. Paul United Methodist Church choir.
  Esther and Richard are survived by four daughters, Debbi (Darryl) Lee, Marsha (James) Hewitt, Cyndi (Mark) Penzien and Diane (James) Shewbuirt; 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
  Esther is also survived by one sister, Eunice Albers; one sister-in-law, Jeanne (Walter) Ritter; and one brother-in-law, Mike Alfultis.
  Richard is also survived by his sister, Carol Herdegen.

  A memorial service for Esther and Richard will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 10:00 AM at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave. NE, Largo, Florida. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Wounded Warriors Project or St. Paul United Methodist Women.






Betty Ann Skuse, 77, of East Jordan died Friday, April 26, 2013 at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.

  She was born on August 15, 1935, in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Edward N. and Eva I. (Erskine) Chriest. On January 23, 1976 in Onaway, she married Sidney Skuse.
  Betty had worked many years as a devoted caregiver for the Northwest Michigan Health Department.
  She enjoyed life and was very patriotic.  She had worked hard on the Jordan Valley Freedom Festival for many years.  She also loved music and singing.
  She is survived by her husband, Sidney Skuse of East Jordan; three children, Craig Welch of East Jordan, Paul Jay of Columbus, Ohio and Bambi Jay (Ernie) Dennis of Bozeman, Montana; eight grandchildren; several great grandchildren; one brother, Norman (Margaret) Chriest of Hale, MI; brother-in-law, Tom (Peggy) Skuse of Onaway; sister-in-law, Elnora Sagle of Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada; as well as several nieces and nephews.

 A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at the Waverly Township Cemetery in Onaway MI in the Black Lake Area. The family was served by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.




Michael T. Vargo, 71, of East Jordan died Sunday, April 7, 2013 at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. Arrangements are pending at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc.


  Margarite E. Tryphon, 95, of East Jordan died Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the Georgia House in Charlevoix.
  No services are scheduled at this time.  The family was served by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.




  Eva Elizabeth Gee, 89, of East Jordan, died on Friday, March 29, 2013, surrounded by her family.

  She was born on April 21, 1923, in East Jordan, the daughter of Barney and Alma (Anderson) Bayliss.  On January 5, 1946, in East Jordan, she married Russell B. Gee.  
  She loved spending time with her grandchildren and was always busy taking care of Grandpa.
  A special thank you goes to her daughter-in-law, Lennie Gee, and great granddaughter, Cassie Rebec, for taking such good care of Grandma.
  She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Russell B. Gee of East Jordan; one son, Bill (Lennie) Gee of East Jordan; one granddaughter, Robyn (Joe) Rebec of East Jordan; one grandson, Shannon (Laurie) Gee of East Jordan; three great grandchildren, Cody Gee, Shannen Gee and Cassie Rebec, all of East Jordan; one great great grandson, Zaiden Gee of East Jordan; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret Grosskoph, Helen Cox and Amy Grosskoph; and one brother, Carl “Buck” Bayliss.

  No services are scheduled.
  In memory of Eva, memorials may be given to the Hospice of Northwest Michigan, 220 W. Garfield, Charlevoix, MI 49720.  Arrangements were handled by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.

 

Donald H. Graham, 81, died peacefully on Friday, March 22, 2013, at his home in East Jordan.

  Born March 19, 1932, in Brown City, Michigan, the son of Hugh and Gertrude (Duckworth) Graham, he graduated from East Jordan High School in 1949 and attended Michigan State University College of Agriculture.  He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.  
  On May 24, 1958 in Howard City, Michigan, he married Pauline Doxtater.  
  Don was a dairy farmer his whole life.
  Don served on the Charlevoix County Road Commission Board, East Jordan Cooperative Board, South Arm Township Board of Review, as South Arm Township Supervisor and as South Arm Township Zoning Administrator.
  Don was a member of the American Legion Post #227 in East Jordan where he enjoyed calling bingo.  He also enjoyed bowling, softball, ice fishing and fishing trips in the spring.
  Survived by wife, Pauline Graham of East Jordan; three children, Brenda (Bill) German of East Jordan, Terry (Paula A Vollbach, friend) Graham of East Jordan and Cheryl Graham of Petoskey; two grandchildren, Joseph Ryan Graham of Syracuse, New York and Courtney Leftwich of East Jordan; twin brother, Robert Graham of Lafayette, Indiana; sister, Louise “Peg” Nelson of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; twin sisters, Jane (Clayton) Meade of East Jordan and Jean (Jerry) Strecz of Cadillac; his mother-in-law, Emma Willison of Coral; sister-in-law, Dianne (Ken Bolton) Wheeler of Three Rivers; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Wilson.

  A graveside service will be announced in the springtime.
  Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 27, 2013, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.   Memorial contributions may be given to the Graham Family or Charlevoix County Humane Society.





Dennis Shea, 78, of East Jordan died Saturday, March 16, 2013 at McReynolds Hall in Gaylord.
No services are scheduled.




  Gerald “Jerry” Kraemer, 56, of East Jordan died Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.
  A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. 
  Memorial contributions may be given to Grandvue Medical Care Facility, 1728 S. Peninsula Road, East Jordan, MI 49727.




  Patricia M. Byar, 87, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at her home in East Jordan, Michigan.

  She was born on November 13, 1925 in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Sherwood “Jack” and Betty (DeBolt) Pinney.  
On June 19, 1946, in Bay Village, Ohio, she married Robert Byar.
  Patricia enjoyed arts and crafts, boating, bonfires at the family tiki bar. She was delighted with living on the shores of Lake Charlevoix, having breakfast on the Jordan River and entertaining. Patricia, hostess extraordinaire, most of all loved being “Mom”.
Patricia is survived by her husband, Robert R. Byar of East Jordan; five children, Gary R. (Margaret) Byar of Traverse City, Mark Byar of Grand
Rapids, Jan Marie Byar of Pinckney, Leslie Ann Zdanowski of Chelsea and Craig (Cindy) Byar of Castle Rock, Colorado; sixteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and one sister, Annette Miller of Boyne City.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her infant daughter, Gale Byar; one brother, Jack Pinney; and one sister, Barbara Pinney – Peart.

  A memory sharing service will be held on Sunday, March 10. 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  The family will receive friends on Sunday from 12:00 Noon until the service time at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to Hospice of Northwest Michigan, 220 W. Garfield, Charlevoix, MI 49720. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.






  Beth Ann Sayward, 56, of Charlevoix died, Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Tendercare – Birchwood of Traverse City.

  She was born on July 21, 1956 in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Richard and Pamela (Gibbs) Sayward.
  Beth graduated from Upper Arlington High School in Upper Arlington, Ohio in 1974; North Central Michigan College in 1990; and Central Michigan University in 1995.
  She was an avid bicyclist and artist. Beth also enjoyed calligraphy.
  Beth is survived by her father, Richard Sayward of Charlevoix; her twin sister, Terri Lynn (Brian) Gallagher of Amanda, Ohio; one brother, David (Dawn) Sayward of East Jordan; five nieces, Sarah Gallagher, Elizabeth Sayward, Dana Sayward, Destiny Sayward, and Becky Sayward; and three nephews, Stewart Sayward, Daniel Sayward and Jay Sayward.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Pamela Sayward and her brother, Jay Eric Sayward.

  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Burial will take place in the spring at Mt. Bliss Cemetery, Jordan Township, Antrim Co., MI.
Memorials may be given to Tendercare Health Center – Birchwood, 2950 LaFranier Road, Traverse City, MI 49686.





  Donald R. McKinnon, 66, passed away from a courageous battle with brain cancer Thursday, February 28, 2013, at his home in East Jordan.  

  He was born on May 3, 1946, in Charlevoix, the son of Richard and Thelma (Olson) McKinnon.  He graduated from East Jordan High School in 1964.  He served in the United States Marine Corp during the Vietnam Conflict.
  On June 15, 1968, he married his sweetheart, Janet Nemecek, in East Jordan.  For many years, Don worked as a self-employed carpenter.  He also had worked 10 years at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in the maintenance department and two years as the caretaker at East Jordan’s Elm Pointe.
  He enjoyed golfing with his grandson, Logan, on the Tuesday Night Men’s League at the Mallard Golf Club in East Jordan.  He enjoyed traveling and his corvettes but he loved those activities when shared with his family.
 Don is survived by his wife, Janet McKinnon of East Jordan; three children, Angela (Arnold) Smith, David (Charity) McKinnon and Susan (Thomas) Cannon, all of East Jordan; five grandchildren, Logan Smith, Lauren Smith, Caris McKinnon, Riley Cannon and Chase Cannon; his parents, Richard, Sr. and Thelma McKinnon, both of East Jordan; six brothers, Richard (Betty) McKinnon, Jr. of Shelby, North Carolina, James (Kay) McKinnon of Onondaga; Bruce (Stacey) McKinnon Tehachapi, California, Brian (Jan) McKinnon of Traverse City, Daniel McKinnon of East Jordan and Glen (Loretta) McKinnon of Killeen, Texas; as well as several nieces and nephews.

  Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Interment in Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan.
  The family will receive friends on Monday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to the Hospice of Michigan.





  Bernadette Marie Belzek, 87, of Hesperia, formerly of East Jordan and Dearborn Heights, died Friday, February 22, 2013, at Newaygo Medical Care Facility in Fremont, Michigan.

  She was born in Lima, Ohio on March 27, 1925, the daughter of Philip Valentine and Mary Catherine (Hoehn) Weber.
  Bernadette married Thomas Malone in 1953 and he passed away in July of 1960.  On April 25, 1964, she married Felix Belzek and he preceded her in death on July 27, 1998.
  She was a devoted catholic and a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Hesperia.  Bernadette enjoyed gardening, reading and spending time outdoors.
  Bernadette is survived by a loving daughter, Mary Kay Heller and her husband, Dan Heller, of Hesperia; four grandchildren, Jim Heller of Hesperia, Dan Heller of Whitehall, Tom Heller of Hesperia and Joseph Heller and his fiancé, Karly Christoffersen, both of Grand Rapids; three sisters-in-law, Rita Weber of Ann Arbor, Loretta Weber of Wyandotte and Stephanie Guzniczak of Boyne City; two brothers-in-law, Frank Duzick of Wapakoneta, Ohio and Joseph N. Belzek and his wife, Coleda, of East Jordan. She was also preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Celestine “Carl” Weber, Roger Weber, LaVerne Weber and Roman Weber; and one sister, Esther Duzick.

  Funeral mass Monday, March 4, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in East Jordan. Interment will in St. John Nepomucene Praga Cemetery, Jordan Township, Antrim County, Michigan.
  The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  A prayer service will follow at 4:00 P.M. at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Hospice of Michigan, 33 W. Main Street, Fremont, MI 49412. Online condolences may be given at www.penzienfh.com.







EDWARD JAMES KOTALIK
  I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.
  Ed Kotalik of East Jordan passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at his home surrounded by His loving family.

  He was born February 14, 1947, in Charlevoix, MI to Edward Kotalik Sr. and Melvina (Davis) Kotalik.
  In 1965, Ed married Sally (Bennett) of East Jordan.  In 1967, Ed and Sally moved to the Flint area, where they made their home for the next 20 years.
  In 1968, Ed went to work for Holloway Construction, where he found the love of his life, “CONSTRUCTION”.  For the next 40 years, he belonged to Operators Engineers, retiring in 2010.  Ed loved his work on construction jobs, expressways, underground work for all his 40 some years working all over Michigan operating heavy equipment.
  Ed and Sally returned with their son, Eddie, to East Jordan in 1987.  Ed continued to work for different construction companies throughout Michigan. In 1998, Ed and Sally bought the family farm, and took up farming and raising cattle.
  He enjoyed farming and raising beef cattle, deer hunting at Bartlett’s cabin, his fly-in fishing trips to Canada, taking care of the garden and having his grandchildren around him.  Ed belonged to a group of 16 euchre players, who have played for 20 + years every Wednesday night at the VFW Hall in East Jordan.  This was Ed’s winter past-time and he enjoyed every minute of it.
  Having so many close friends all his life, meant the world to him.  Having a wonderful wife and son made his life enjoyable. He loved them dearly.
  Ed was preceded in death by his Father, Edward Kotalik Sr., and brother-in-law, Steve Brennan.
Ed is survived by his mother, Melvina Kotalik; wife, Sally; son, Eddie and Eddie’s girlfriend, Michelle Wray, all of East Jordan; two grandchildren, Tiffany Kotalik of West Branch and Tony Steele and his fiancée, Samantha Youry, both of Flint; two great-grandchildren, Axle and Ryder; his brother, George (Judy) Kotalik; sisters; Judie (Bill) Merwin, Charlene Brennan, and MaryAnn (Bob) Kotsch; sisters-in-law, Janet (Jerry) Roberts, Fay (Harold) Barraw, Nancy (Jim) LaBeau and Linda Ballentine; brother-in-law Perry (Karen) Bennett; and many nieces and nephews.  Ed also leaves behind many friends, who he considered family and loved so very much.  If you were a friend of Ed Kotalik, you knew it!

  A celebration of his life will take place Monday, February 11, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 207 Nichols Street, East Jordan.
  Visitation will be held at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc in East Jordan on Saturday 6-8 P.M., Sunday 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. with a Rosary Sunday evening at 8:00 P.M.  Contributions may be made in Edward Kotalik’s name to: VitalCare Hospice of Little Traverse Bay Petoskey, Michigan.









Ann Hite Bisbee, 88, died at Charlevoix Area Hospital on February 3, 2013 following a sudden, massive brain hemorrhage.

Born (Gloria) Ann Dawson on July 2, 1924, in Hancock, Michigan, Ann and her parents,
Theodore and Hazel Dawson, moved to Lansing in 1926. Ann graduated from Lansing
Central High School, enrolled in Michigan State College and studied there until her
marriage to high school classmate, Duane L. Miller who was serving the U.S. Navy.
The couple moved several times, had a son, Michael Dawson Miller, and settled in
Saginaw.

When the war ended, Ann and her husband, divorced and she and son Michael moved
to Birmingham. While at that residence, Ann began her many years of involvement in
community service. She was a volunteer at Community House and soon was hired as a
full time employee. Ann described “The House with a Heart” as a wonderful place to
work and meet people.

Eventually Ann and son Michael returned to Lansing, where she worked several jobs
and finally landed a position as a reporter for The Lansing State Journal—a most happy
career move as Ann had majored in journalism at Michigan State.

Beginning in early childhood, Ann summered in rental cottages on the south arm of Lake
Charlevoix with her parents and brother, Robert. Within a few years, the family found
a “dream cottage” with a wood stove and no running water on the same South Arm.
The Dawsons renovated and modernized. That cottage, with a second major overhaul,
became Ann’s permanent home where she lived for almost two decades before her death.

Well known, with a wide circle of friends, Ann, in 1957, married East Jordan pharmacist,
Jay M. Hite. The couple’s daughter, Melissa Ann Hite was born in Petoskey’s Burns
Clinic.

Ann and Jay were married 35 years. After his death in 1992, she was married to Leland
S. Bisbee of Jackson, Michigan and they settled in his Belvedere summer home. His
death, a brief 14 months later, prompted Ann to return to her beloved South Arm cottage.

Over the years, Ann was recognized as a tireless contributor to East Jordan, Charlevoix
and nearby communities. She served on the East Jordan Chamber of Commerce, East
Jordan School Board, the Library Board and the Elm Point Commission. She was
president of the Charlevoix County Jury Commission, vice chair of the local Republican

Party, a Cub Scout den mother and Girl Scout leader. Ann spent 20 years on the

Charlevoix County Jury Board, first appointed by Governor Milliken. She was president,
vice president and secretary of the board.

Ann was appointed to the East Jordan commission to aid in rewriting the city charter,
serving as its secretary. She was appointed a member of the first Charlevoix Hospital
Foundation Board and served as chairman of the Community Relations Board.

Though highly dedicated to government and community projects, Ann was very much a
devout and active member of Christ Episcopal Church, Charlevoix. As she said several
times, “I’ve been involved in every aspect of the church, except singing in the choir.”

For many years Ann has been visible working in the Charlevoix Hospital gift shop and
Charlevoix’s Rainbow Shoppe.

Ann Bisbee’s amazing gift, however, was her outstanding good humor and sunny
disposition. All those who knew her are blessed with happy memories. Her spontaneous
laughter was a signature of her caring and generous personality. A mark of her
popularity included membership in Kappa Alpha Theta while at Michigan State, a
Lansing Junior League member and here in northern Michigan, she belonged to book
clubs, bridge clubs and breakfast clubs, to name just a few.
.
Ann Bisbee’s survivors include her two children, Michael D. Miller (Alice Pletz) of East
Jordan, Melissa A. Hite (Christopher Lorien) of Canton, Michigan, grandson Kevin D.
Miller (Martha P.) Boulder, Colorado and their two sons, Dawson Maclean Miller and
Wyatt Thompson Miller.

Also surviving are her nephew John Robert Dawson (Judy) and two children, nephew
Spencer Dawson, and nieces Leah Dawson and Laura Ann Dawson with two children,
and niece Elizabeth Jacobs (Jon) and two sons.

Bisbee survivors include: Patrice B. King, Leland S. Bisbee III, Clark E. Bisbee,
Margaret B. Hermann and Constance B. Amend.

Ann was predeceased by her parents, her brother John Robert Dawson, sisters-in-law
Clarice Carr and Sarah Ludders and a nephew, David Leland Dawson.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Christ
Episcopal Church, Charlevoix.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held in Charlevoix this summer. In lieu
of flowers, family suggests donations in Ann’s name to Charlevoix Area Hospital or The
Rainbow Shoppe of Charlevoix.

Blessed are we, indeed, who shared life with this remarkable lady.




 




Julie Ann Elzinga-King, 40, of East Jordan passed away peacefully on
Sunday, January 27, 2013, at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in
Petoskey.

  She was born on March 3, 1972, in Petoskey, the daughter of Thomas,
Sr. and Veronica (House) Elzinga.
  She married Donald King, Jr. on October 16, 2010, on the city docks
in East Jordan.
  She enjoyed hunting.  She was the woman’s state champion for white
tail deer in Michigan for the year of 2002.
  Julie is survived by her loving husband, Donald King, Jr. of East
Jordan; two children, Ashley Elzinga of Big Rapids and Clifford John
Monkman, IV of East Jordan, one grandson, Clifford Monkman, V of East
Jordan; three step-children; Bruce King of Traverse City, Anna Taylor
of Petoskey and Brandon Taylor of East Jordan; two step-grandchildren,
Damyian and Caydence Taylor, both of Petoskey; her mother, Veronica
Elzinga of Silver Springs, Florida; one brother, Dan Elzinga, of
Silver Spring, Florida; one niece, Stephanie Elzinga of New York; and
one nephew, Joshua Elzinga of New York. She was preceded in death by
her father, Thomas Elzinga, Sr. and brother, Thomas Elzinga, Jr.

  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at
3:00 P.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan.  Rev.
James L. Jordan will officiate.  The family will receive friends at
the church on Saturday from 2:00 P.M. until service time.  The family
was served by Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.

 




  Norma Modeen, age 72, of East Jordan and formally of Muskegon passed away, Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at home after a short illness, with her family by her side.

  She was born in Brethren on November 23, 1940, to Harold & Ester Caukin and married Harold Modeen on June 29, 1963.
  Norma is survived by husband, Harold; daughter, Vicky Bray; sister, Betty and Gary Ackerman; sister-in-law, Mary Modeen.  Norma was preceded in death by her parents and son, Edward.

  No services are planned per Norma’s wishes.  Arrangements by Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.






Arlene E. Hammond, 77, wife of former East Jordan Police Chief, Joseph H. Hammond, died Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.
  Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Pastor Rap Posnik of the East Jordan United Methodist Church will officiate.  Interment will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan.
  The family received friends on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Memorials may be given to the Olszewski family for the betterment of the Horizonvue Community at Grandvue Medical Care Facility, P.O. Box 1335, East Jordan, MI 49727.










Jacob Matthew Perrault, 11 year old, passed away Thursday, December 27, 2012 at Charlevoix Area Hospital. 
  Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 4:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. 
  The family will received friends on Sunday from 2:00 P.M. until service time at the funeral home.









 

Margaret K. Lewis, 99, of East Jordan, passed away on December 13, 2012, at McReynolds Hall Nursing Facility in Gaylord where she had
been a resident since 2005.

  She was born on April 13, 1913, to Fred and Mary Haney in the Bohemian Settlement.  Margaret worked at the Ellsworth Canning factory before moving to Niagara Falls, New York where she was employed in the laundry service department of Niagara Falls Hospital until 1967.  She then returned to East Jordan and was employed by Circuit Control/ITT
until she retired.
  Margaret was a member of the East Jordan VFW Auxiliary and had served as an officer at one time.  She was an avid bowler and attended many State Championship tournaments.  She had a great love for flower gardening indoors and out and also animals, especially cats.  She was an avid knitter, making and selling many baby sets, afaghans, as well as, hats, mittens and slippers.  Marge loved to travel and took many trips even well into her retirement years, including a trip to Hawaii
and the East coast.  She was always up for any adventure. 
  She is survived by her siblings, Dorothy Haney, James Haney both of East Jordan, Robert (Joyce) Haney of Oscoda, Beatrice Francis of Elmira and Edna (Edward) Skop of Milford and many nieces and nephews. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Francis, Frederic, Leslie and infant siblings Lawrence, Bernice and Marie.

  Funeral Services will be held on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in East Jordan.  Rev. Jennifer Saad will officiate with interment in the spring at St. John Nepomucene Pioneer Cemetery in Jordan Township, Antrim County,
Michigan.
  The family will received friends on Sunday from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Memorial contributions may be made to McReynolds Hall, 825 N. Center St., Gaylord, MI  49735 or to the Charlevoix County Animal Shelter, 614 Beardsley St. Boyne
City, MI 49712, or VFW Auxiliary, 4960 M-32, East Jordan, MI 49727.

 




 

Samuel D. Walton, 55, died Saturday, December 8, 2012 at his home in East Jordan. 
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 2:00 P.M at he First Presbyterian Church in East Jordan. Arrangements by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.






Jessie Marie (Hodgkin) Moose, beloved mother, sister and grandmother passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 12, 2012. 

  She is survived by her sons, Jack Palmer (Debbie), Nick Moes (Deneille), Bruce Moose (Cherryl); her daughters Virginia (Moose) Thomas, Grace (Moose) Smith and daughter-in-law Joan Moose; sister, Juanita King of East Jordan and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen (Ben) Moose and sons, Ben and Jim Moose.

  Jessie was a great friend to the residents at the Litzenburger Place where she lived the past 17 years.  She was a dedicated Sunday school teacher and daycare worker to many children throughout Northern Michigan.  She could see through the actions of a person into the potential and gift that lay within them.  Her faithfulness and dedication to her church family of Jordan Rivers Rising Church, East Jordan, Mich. will never be forgotten.  The example she led, lives on through the lives of those blessed enough to call her Mom and Grandma. Her gift of Hospitality will never be forgotten.  She was best known as Grandma to all because of the kindness, passion and love in her heart for people.  Truly, we rise up and call her blessed. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

  Family and friends will celebrate her life with tributes, special music and a time of remembrance at a memorial service held Monday, December 17, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. at Trinity Fellowship Church located on the corner of State and Jefferson Streets in Boyne City, Mich.  In lieu of flowers, a donation to Hospice of Little Traverse Bay would be greatly appreciated.  For more information, contact Nick Moes 231-735-6920.



 




Alice E. Tobias, 84, of East Jordan died Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at Charlevoix Area Hospital.

  She was born on March 4, 1928, in Bellefontaine, Ohio, the daughter of Elbert and Delcie (Grubbs) Greene.  She married Robert “Bob” Tobias on March 3, 1945, in Louisville, Kentucky.  They had lived in Lansing and then later moved to East Jordan. Alice was a cook for many years at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.  She was an avid doll collector and had collected over 723 dolls.
  She is survived by one daughter-in-law, Raymona Tobias of Florida; four grandchildren, Dawn Elizabeth Evans of Lansing, Robert Grant Tobias of Florida, Michelle Tobias of Florida and William Joseph Tobias of Florida; and several great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bob Tobias in 2003, and one son, Walter Tobias.
  Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 30, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Rev. Silas Doctor will officiate with interment in Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan.

  Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to the Hospice of Northwest Michigan, 220 W Garfield Ave, Charlevoix, MI 49720.






  Linda I. O’Halloran, 60, of East Jordan, Michigan died Friday, November 23, 2012 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan.

  She was born on August 26, 1952, in Coldwater, Michigan, the daughter of Ernest H. and Virginia (Hart) Parshall.  She grew up in Coldwater and graduated from Coldwater High School in 1970.  On January 4, 1974 in Coldwater, she married John O’Halloran.
  Linda served as a care giver for many folks through out her life.  She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  She enjoyed fishing, crocheting, crafts and cooking.
  She is survived by her husband, John O’Halloran of East Jordan; three children, John, Jr. (Ketrina) O’Halloran, Jen (Kirk) Raymond and Justin (Robin) O’Halloran, all of East Jordan; six grandchildren; three brothers, William (Gloria) Parshall of East Jordan, Edward (Jeanette) Parshall of Coldwater and Jack Parshall of Coldwater; and one brother-in-law, Dan Ringler of Three Rivers.  Linda was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Cynthia Ringler in 1984.

  A memorial service will be held in the spring.  Memorials may be given to Cancer Treatment Centers of America (C.T.C.A), 2520 Elisha Ave, Zion, IL 60099.
  The family was served by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.






  William T. Russell, 96, formerly of East Jordan and Boyne City, died Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Sunnybank Assisted Living in Charlevoix.

  He was born on February 22, 1916, in Torch Lake Township, Antrim County, Michigan, the son of Thomas and Hattie (Drogt) Russell.
  William graduated from East Jordan High School in 1935.  He served in the United States Army during World War II.  He worked at Fisher Body in Grand Blanc and retired in 1975.  William moved to East Jordan in 1975, and then Boyne City in 1991.
  He is survived by four children, Judith Wright of Port Orange, Florida, Thomas (Barbara) Russell of Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina, Theodore “Ted” Russell of Flint and Molly (Greg) Murphy of Keystone Heights, Florida; daughter-in-law, Julia Russell of Charlevoix; step daughter, Betty (Don) Daugherty of Bellaire; eleven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; one twin brother, Thomas William Russell of Cadillac; and sister-in-law, Irene Russell of East Jordan.   He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Russell in 1993; one son, Guy Russell in 2009; and two brothers, Guy “Spike” Russell in 2011 and David Bussler.

  A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at 1:00 P.M. at Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan.  Rev. Rap Posnik of the East Jordan United Methodist Church with officiate will military services following.
  In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to be directed to the Hospice of Northwest Michigan, 220 W. Garfield, Charlevoix, MI 49720 (231-547-7659) info@hospicenwm.org.
  Arrangements by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.
 





 

Margaret Mae Silvis, 85, died Tueday, October 16, 2012 in East Jordan.
  Graveside services will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at Bedford Township Cemetery near Battle Creek.



  Armand Jay Drapeau died October 16, 2012, at his home in East Jordan, under the care of his family and Hospice of Little Traverse Bay.

  Armand was born November 19, 1940, in Detroit, Michigan to Adolph and Alta (Perry) Drapeau.  The family moved to East Jordan in 1946, where he attended school and graduated with the class of 1958.  He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Michigan University in 1963.
  On August 20, 1960, he was married to Anita Petrie and they celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2010.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister, Nan McPherson of East Jordan and brother, Jean Edward (Mary Janice) Drapeau of Harrison Twp; four children, Laura (Martin) Seyfried of Chelsea MI, Louis Drapeau and Jody Johnecheck of East Jordan, Edward (Michelle) Drapeau and Charles Drapeau of Traverse City;  grandchildren Kyle (Cortney) Christensen, Ty Christensen and Kristina Drapeau, and step grandchildren Mark (Kellie) Seyfried and Melissa (Ryan) Albert; great-grandchildren Evan and Alexandra Christensen, Ava and Teresa Seyfried and Samantha Zilka.  He also is survived by several sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
  Music was a large part of Armand's life and he participated in many bands in the area especially the Jordan Valley Community Band, playing trumpet and serving on the JVCB Board for many years.  When spending winters in Florida he played with the Lakeland Community Band.

  A Memorial Open House will be held at the Drapeau home located at 06110 Boyne City - East Jordan Road, East Jordan, Michigan on Sunday, October 21, 2012, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be donated to the Jordan Valley Community Band, Hospice of Little Traverse Bay or the East Jordan Ambulance Fund.



  Helen Marie Roberts, 83, of East Jordan, Michigan, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, October 7, 2012, at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.

  Helen was born on March 28, 1929, in Charlevoix, the daughter of Ernest and Ida (Belville) Nixon.  On September 9, 1947, she married Julius Roberts, Jr.  She lived in East Jordan most of her life where they raised their seven children.
  Helen is survived by her children, Elaine (Mike) Hardin of Gallatin, Tennessee, Ron (Carol) Roberts of Midlothian, Virginia, Debby Roberts of Mason City, Iowa, Gary (Charlene) Roberts, Ed (Connie) Roberts, Rick (Roxann) Roberts and Tracy (Wendy) Roberts, all of East Jordan.  Helen is also survived by her sister, Patsy (Roger) Robinson of Havana, Illinois; twenty-four grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.  She has many nieces, nephews and friends who loved her and are blessed to have known her.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Ida; husband, Julius; sisters, Margie Imel, Dorothy Shaw, Ernestine Roberts and Leona Williams; and two grandchildren, Jason Roberts and Jake Roberts.
  Helen enjoyed traveling, singing with the Sweet Adalines along with her sisters and playing canasta. Most of all, she loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her including her faithful dog and companion, Mickey.

  A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan.  Rev. James L. Jordan will officiate.  The family was served by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.
 



 



Mary V. Herbon, 86, of East Jordan died Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

  She was born on August 8, 1926 in Youngstown, Ohio, the daughter of LeRoy and Elsie (Berndt) Osborne.
  She married Robert L. Herbon on August 26, 1950 in Youngstown, Ohio.  After Robert graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio in 1951, they had served three parishes, Grace Lutheran Church in Howell, MI, Truth Lutheran Church in Detroit and Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Jordan. Mary V. was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.  She received a masters degree in Library Science from Western Reserve University, and later worked in Detroit and East Jordan as a medical transcriptionist.  She enjoyed quilting, reading, knitting, baking, music, and sewing.
  Mary V. is survived by three children, Robert L. (Marie) Herbon, Jr. of Shelby Township, Anne (Robert M.) Burns of Clarkston and James Paul “Shadow” Herbon of East Jordan; a daughter-in-Love, Rev. Joan Herbon of Portage; six grandchildren, Kimberly (Jon) Book, Michael Herbon, Heather (Jeffrey) Miller, Melissa Charbeneau, Matthew Herbon and Daniel Cato; seven great grandchildren, Talitha Collicott, Darin Charbeneau, Dylan Charbeneau, Jacob Herbon, Ella White, Shirley Book and Solomon Miller; and Godmother to many. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Robert L. Herbon, Sr. on May 18, 2007, her parents and her brother, James F. Osborne.

  Funeral services will be Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Jordan.  Rev. Kenneth H. Lein will officiate.
  The family will receive friends on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan and Saturday at church from 1:00 P.M. until service time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7855 Rogers Road, East Jordan, MI 49727, Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, 8131 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48214, the Women of the ELCA, 8765 W. Higgins Road, Chicago IL 60631, Jordan River Arts Council, 301 Main Street • P.O. Box 1178 • East Jordan, MI 49727 or Jordan Valley District Library, 1 Library Lane, PO Box 877, East Jordan, MI 49727.










 


Thelma Irene Brooks, 91, of East Jordan passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.

  Irene was born on July 21, 1921, to parents, Clyde and Harriett Lapeer.  Her school years were spent in East Jordan, until the family moved to the Detroit area for work. That is how Irene became Rosie the Riveter.
  On July 3, 1946, she married George H. Brooks, they had two children.  Irene and George were active lifetime members of the V.F.W. Post in Southfield.  That is where they became involved in square dancing.  After retirement, they moved to Cheboygan, George’s hometown.  They loved camping and fishing.  Irene loved to end the day watching the sunset.  After the death of her husband George, she moved back to East Jordan.
  Irene is survived by children, Darlene (Mark) Folsom and Randy (Patti) Brooks; one brother, Marvin (Bonnie) Lapeer; two grandchildren, Don (Kris) May and Nick Brooks; four step-grandchildren, Joe (Sue) Williams, Jeremy (Cathy) Williams, Kate Folsom and Michelle Folsom; and two great grandchildren, Ashely and Corey May.  Irene was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, August Lapeer and one sister, Caroline Petrie.

  A memorial service will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at Pleasant Valley Free Methodist Church, 3055 W. Old State Road, East Jordan.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service on Saturday.






William H. Drenth, 92, formerly of East Jordan, died Thursday, September 13, 2012, at his home in Mancelona.

  He was born on April 12, 1920, in Muskegon, the son of Herman E. “Shorty” and Nellie (Jensen) Drenth. Bill graduated from Ellsworth High School.  He always said “I graduated in the top 10 of my class, nine graduated that year.”
  Bill married Reva Wilson on August 30, 1941, in Atwood.  She preceded him in death on May 9, 1998. On November 6, 1999, he married Betty Lanning in Mancelona. She preceded him in death on Aug. 25, 2009.
  Bill served in the United States Navy during World War II.
  He was a member of the East Jordan United Methodist Church, charter member and 2nd commander of the Ellsworth American Legion, member of the 40 & 8 group of the American Legion, Masonic Lodge, East Jordan Rotary Club, East Jordan Snowmobile Club and “Save the Jordan” group.
  He worked for 25 years in Real Estate. He enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting and woodworking.
  Bill is survived by one son, Larry (Dorothy) Drenth of East Jordan; five daughters, Lynda (Neil) Olstrom of East Jordan, Gail (Ken) Batterbee of Grand Blanc, Billie Drenth of East Jordan, Jackie (John) Nachazel of Ellsworth and Vicki (Clifford) Lanning of Mancelona; four step children, Norman (Edna) Lanning, Clifford (Vicki) Lanning, Dennis (Susan) Lanning, Susan (Mark) Kler, all of Mancelona; 16 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; two brothers, Lester Drenth of Arlington Heights, IL and Gordon Drenth of Greenville; two sisters, Evelyn (Harvey) Bergsma of Jennison and Emily Jean Hubers of Wayland; and many nieces and nephews.

  Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 16, 2012, at 2:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Rev. Rap Posnik of the East Jordan United Methodist Church and Rev. Gerald Cook of the Mancelona Free Methodist Church will officiate with military honors at Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan.
  The family will receive friends on Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.  A memory sharing service will be held on Saturday at 6:00 P.M. at the funeral home.






  Mathew William "Matt" Warrington, 19, of East Jordan, died Wednesday,
August 15, 2012, in Jordan Township, Antrim County.

  Matt was born December 16, 1992, in Charlevoix, the son of Stewart W.
and Dorothy (Miner) Warrington. He graduated from East Jordan High
School in 2011, where he played football for the Red Devils. He enjoyed
hunting and fishing. Mathew loved everyone and he belonged to the people
of East Jordan.
  He is survived by his parents, Stewart and Dorothy Warrington of East
Jordan; sisters, Ashley and her husband Pierce Shivley of Washington,
DC, and Natacsha Warrington of East Jordan; nephew Xavier Shivley;
grandmothers, Jackie Hosler of East Jordan, and Margaret Warrington of
Caro; several cousins who were like brothers and sisters to Matt, and
numerous loving aunts and uncles. Matt was preceded in death by his
paternal grandfather, Roger Warrington, and maternal grandparents, Viva
and William Miner.
  Funeral will be 3:00 pm, Sunday, August 19, at the Lighthouse Missionary Church,
with the Reverend Jim Jordan officiating.  Burial will be at Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan.
Visitation will be from 4-7 pm, Saturday, August 18, at the Lighthouse Missionary Church in
East Jordan.

 


  Tailee Jordan Fick, 21, of East Jordan, died Wednesday, August 15, in
Jordan Township, Antrim County.
  Tailee was born November 11, 1990, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the son of
Stephen Lee and Deborah Ann (Black) Fick. He grew up in East Jordan and
graduated from East Jordan High School in 2009. He worked with his
grandfather in his lumbering business and also at McDonald's in East
Jordan. Tailee enjoyed life with his family and friends.
  He is survived by his parents, Steve and Debbi Fick; brother, Rodney
Black; sister, Bobann Fick; nieces, Lilly, Katey, and Anny; nephews,
Isaac, and Mason; paternal grandfather, Joe Fick all of East Jordan;
maternal grandmother, Norma Black of Palmer, Texas; numerous aunts and
uncles.
  Funeral will be 3:00 pm, Sunday, August 19, 2012, at the Lighthouse Missionary
Church, the Reverend Jim Jordan officiating. Burial will be at Mount
Bliss Cemetery in Jordan Township.  Visitation will be from 4-7:00 pm,
Saturday, at the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan.
  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73123-1718.

 

  Barbara Ann Pearsall, 77, of East Jordan, passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at her home.
  Funeral will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Jordan.  Pastor Ken Lein will officiate.  A complete obituary will follow. 


 


  Geraldine Frances Roberson, 92, of East Jordan, passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.
  Geraldine was born June 11, 1920, in Rombauer, Missouri, the youngest of nine children to Albert F. and Naomi (Miller) Montague. On October 15, 1939, she married Jack Roberson in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Geraldine and Jack were longtime East Jordan and Florida residents. Known by her family and friends as Meme, she loved to read, crochet, fish, bake, and spend time with her family.
  Jack preceded her in death on October 7, 2003.
  Geraldine is survived by her daughter, Jackie (Allan) Shepard of East Jordan; son, Jerry (Pamela) Roberson of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Jeff (Zoe) Brooks, Mike (Beth) Brooks all of East Jordan, Jerry (Debbie) Roberson of Cocoa Beach, Fla., Kevin (Natasha) Roberson of Melbourne, Fla.; many loved great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; special family friend, Amy Breakey of East Jordan. She was preceded by her brothers and sisters.
  Funeral will be 11:00 am, Saturday, August 18, at the Penzien Funeral Home, the Reverend Jim Jordan of the Lighthouse Missionary Church officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan.  Visitation will be from 2-4, and 6-8 pm, Friday at the Penzien Funeral Home in East Jordan.  Memorial contributions may be made to Grandvue Medical Care Facility, 1728 S. Peninsula Road, East Jordan, MI 49727.

 


  Kiersten Marie Clavier, 17, of East Jordan, died Sunday, August 12, 2012, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
  She was born March 29, 1995, in Charlevoix, to David J. and Lisa L. (Burks) Clavier. Kiersten attended East Jordan Public Schools and had completed the eleventh grade. She was an artist, and horseback rider. She was a member of Charlevoix County 4-H, a member of the Michigan Trail Riders Association, and a volunteer for the Exceptional Riders Program in Petoskey.
  Kiersten is survived by her mother and father, Lisa and David Clavier; brothers, Branden of Denver, Colo., and Kent; sister,Stephanie (Beau) Fuller, and twin-sister, Crystal; maternal grandparents, Barbara and Paul Burks all of East Jordan; paternal grandparents, Richard and Carol Clavier; paternal great-grandmother, Anna Clavier all of Boyne City; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

  A memorial service will be 2:00 pm, Friday, August 17, at the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan. The Reverend James Jordan will officiate. Friends are encouraged to meet with Kiersten's family from 6-8:00 pm, on Thursday evening at the church.
  Memorial contributions may be made to the Exceptional Riders Program, 1702 Standish Ave.
Petoskey, MI 49770, or to the Kiersten Clavier Memorial Fund, c/o Huntington Bank, 102 North Mill Street, East Jordan, MI 49727.

 




Margaret Mae Murray, 84, Boyne City and formerly of East Jordan, died Saturday, July 28, 2012, at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey, MI.

  She was born on July 26, 1928, in South Arm Township, Charlevoix County, the daughter of Carl Joseph and Grace Mary (Roberts) Moblo.
  She is survived by two sons, Bruce E. (Margaret) Murray of  Boyne Falls and Howard L. Murray of Ohio; one daughter, Connie (Alan) Noirot of East Jordan; two brothers, Alfred (Ellen) Moblo of East Jordan and Walter Moblo of Kentucky; one sister, Mary Ann (Jim) Culp of Saranac & Florida; 16 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Murray; one son, Gene A. Murray; three grandchildren, Michelle Murray, Alan Michael Noirot and Karen Noirot; and one sister, Betty Lou Murphy.
  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Rev. Jeff Ellis of the Walloon Lake Community Church will officiate with interment at Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan.

  The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Memorials may be given to Grandvue Medical Care Facility, 1728 S. Peninsula Road, East Jordan, MI 49727. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.












Norma E. Wilson, 65, died Monday, July 23, 2012, at her home in Jordan Township, Antrim County, Michigan.

  She was born on September 6, 1946, in Ann Arbor, the daughter of James E. and Marie (Dingman) Osborn.  Norma graduated from Kearsley High School in Flint.
  On May 25, 1966, in Flint, she married Daniel Wilson.  They made their home in Flint and later in Birch Run.  She worked 30 years for General Motors in Flint and retired in 1999.
  Norma enjoyed her grandchildren and scrapbooking.
   She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Daniel Wilson of East Jordan; three daughters, Toni (Lance) Purkey of Swartz Creek, Michelle (Keith) Ellison of East Jordan and Jennifer (Thomas) Wheeler of Birch Run; one son Jacob (Megan) Wilson of East Jordan; her grandchildren, Lance Purkey, Jr., Nicklaus Purkey, Maxwell Purkey, Charlotte Purkey, Dustin Ellison, Danielle Wheeler, Dale Wheeler, Andrew Wheeler, Daniel J. Wilson and Conner Wilson; and one sister, Irene Rex of Ohio.
  The family would like to thank the nurses from Hospice of Little Traverse Bay for their kindness and caring.

  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2012, at 2:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Rev. James L. Jordan will officiate with private interment at Brown Cemetery, Jordan Township, Antrim County, MI
  The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Memorials may be given to the Hospice of Little Traverse Bay, 416 Connable Ave, Petoskey, MI 49770.  Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.




 

Connie L. Griffin (Price), 56, formerly of St. Johns, Michigan passed away Sunday, July 15, 2012 after a two year struggle with Cancer. 

  She was born on December 21, 1955, in St. Johns, Michigan, the daughter of Gerald and Cora (Watson) Price.  Connie graduated from St. Johns High School in 1973.
  Connie had worked over 15 years at the Hitching Post Restaurant located North of St. Johns,  The John Henry Printing Company in Lansing and Second Chance Body Armor in Central Lake.
  She moved to East Jordan, Michigan in 1998 to marry her best friend, her very loving husband, Dave who survives her.
  She is also survived by her son, Jeremy Mick and his partner, Will Camp; daughter, Amanda Arrequin; grandsons, Ryan and Logan; her parents, Gerald “Andy” & Cora Price; sisters; Terri (Mike) Stoddard, Karen (Dennis) Gillespie and Janet Taylor and her partner Russ Pope; six nieces; five nephews; six great nieces; six great nephews; step son, David (Christy) Griffin; step daughter, Heather Griffin and brother in law, Roger Griffin and his partner Jeannie Massey.
  Dave and Connie never left each other or came back to each other without giving “Smooches”.  She loved driving her motorcycle, making quilts, gardening, and watching her hummingbirds out her kitchen window.

  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Rev. David Scott of the Pleasant Valley Free Methodist Church will officiate.  Interment will follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan.
  The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Little Traverse Bay, American Cancer Society or Susan G. Komen Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.




 

Robert N. Timms, Jr., 54, died Friday, June 29, 2012, at his home in East Jordan.

  He was born on February 21, 1958, in Charlevoix, the son of Robert N., Sr. and Barbara (Thompson) Timms.  Robert graduated from Charlevoix High School in 1977.
  He worked at EJ as a plant supervisor for the foundry in East Jordan.  He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and bowling.
  He is survived by his wife, Margie Murray of East Jordan; daughter, Stacey (Jack) Schumacher of Grand Rapids; step-children, Charles (Julie) Murray of East Jordan and Melissa Watros in East Jordan; grandchildren, Alec Watros, Danielle Watros, Connor Murray, Zachery Murray and Kody Stuztman; his father, Robert Nelson (Alice) Timms, Sr. of Charlevoix; two sisters, Tammy (Barry) Parker of Charlevoix and Margie (Mickey) Walker of Charlevoix; and a niece, Katie Parker of Charlevoix.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Timms in 1988.

  The family will receive friends on Monday, July 2, 2012, from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  No other services are scheduled.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Hospice of Northwest Michigan, 220 W. Garfield, Charlevoix, MI 49720, 231-547-7659, info@hospicenwm.org. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.




Michael Edward Haddix, 47, of East Jordan died Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in East Jordan.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the funeral home.



 

Patricia A. Hosler, 74, went to be with her Lord on Monday, May 21, 2012.

  She was born on January 31, 1938 in Detroit, the daughter of Neil Leroy and Thelma Nettie (Vanderventer) Beal. She graduated from Central Lake High School in 1956 and then married Robert Howard.  He preceded her in death on November 25, 1997.  On February 1, 2003 in East Jordan, she married Alfred Hosler.
  Patricia had work at several automotive manufacturing plants in the area.  She was a member of the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan.  She liked to bowling and reading.
   Survived by her husband, Alfred Hosler of East Jordan, two daughters,  Charlotte (Rick) McKay of East Jordan and Joyce (Eugene) Sewell of East Jordan; daughter-in-law, Marianne Howard of East Jordan; grandson, Lance McKay of East Jordan; three granddaughters, Charity (Dave) McKinnon, Angela (Tom) Crowe and Kimberly Sewell, all of East Jordan;.one great granddaughter, Caris; one step-son, John Hosler of Flint; four step-daughters, Donna (Ron) Morris of Flint, Kathy Hosler of Neosho, WI; Alice (Cecil) Harris of Saxton, Missouri and Phyllis Hosler of Rocky Comfort, Missouri; step-grandchildren, Kimmy, Joey, Justin, Christopher, Elaine, Normy, Damien, Ruthy and April; one brother, Leon (Shirley) Beal of East Jordan; three step sisters, Marilyn Gibson of Black River, Jean Shafer of East Jordan and Beverly Hatch of South Houston, Texas; and several nieces and nephews .  She was also preceded in death by one son, Mark Robert Howard on September 20, 2010.

  A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan.  Rev. Jim Jordan and Rev. Bart Adams will officiate.  Memorials may be given to East Jordan Ambulance Association or the Lighthouse Missionary Church.  Arrangements by Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.



 

  George Buxmann Sr. went to be with his Lord on May 21, 2012, from his home in East Jordan after a long illness.

  Per his request, there will be no funeral service. Memorial services will take place at a later date at both East Jordan and Boyne City senior centers.

  George was born in Fort Morgan, Colo., on March 22, 1924. He was a World War II veteran and served his country from 1943 through 1946.
  He was a life-long member of the Lutheran Church. He loved God, family, music, his country, his pets and his home in East Jordan, his many wonderful friends and neighbors, and all of the wonderful people from Hospice. His most honored friend was George Thomas Lasater, retired sheriff of Charlevoix County. He also loved his many "ham" radio friends, especially Nelson Ogden, and Mary and Larry Dougherty, and thoroughly enjoyed the nets.
  George was a manager at Eastman Kodak for 37 years and traveled extensively for his company doing equipment repair. He had been to many foreign countries.
  He also served on the city of East Jordan Police Department Auxiliary for seven years and worked with Midge Daniels for the Charlevoix County Sheriff Department for several years.
  George is survived by his two sons, George Buxmann Jr. and Mitsy Buxmann of San Jose, Calif., and Jerry Buxmann of Westland, Mich.; one sister-in-law, Donnie Buxmann, of Loveland, Colo.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and also several nieces and nephews from all over the United States.
  George was preceded in death by his wife, Violet, on Jan. 12, 1992, and by his daughter, Christina, on Dec. 24, 2002.
  He requested that any memorials be given to Hospice of Northwest Michigan by contacting Midge Daniels.
  Arrangements were handled by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc., East Jordan.







  Randy H. Bennett, 59, of East Jordan died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan.
  He was born on April 1, 1953, in Charlevoix, the son of Warren “Turk” and Eulalie “Suzie” (Whiteford) Bennett.  He grew up in East Jordan and graduated from East Jordan High School in 1971.
  He married his wife, Kitty, on May 15, 1993, in East Jordan, he married Kathleen “Kitty” (School) Corey.  He owned and operated Bennett Auto Parts & Services in East Jordan. Randy enjoyed bowling, golfing, snowmobiling and softball. He also loved watching sports and was the ultimate armchair athlete.
  Randy is survived by his wife, Kitty Bennett of East Jordan; four children, Greg Bennett of Sterling Heights, Kristy Loviska of East Jordan, Wyndy Coger of New York and Scott (Teresa) Coger of East Jordan; four grandchildren, Brandon Coger, Payton Loviska, Melanie Loviska and Benjamin Loviska; one sister, Marilyn (Walter, Jr. “Butch”) Goebel of East Jordan; and two brothers, Neil (Cindy) Bennett and Norman (Rhoda) Bennett, both of East Jordan.
  He was preceded in death by his father, Warren “Turk” Bennett on May 25, 2002, and his mother, Eulalie “Suzie” Whiteford Bennett on Tuesday, February 17, 2009.
  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan.  Rev. James L. Jordan will officiate with interment following at Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan.
  The family will receive friends on Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 & 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.
  Memorials may be given to the Bennett Family, P.O. Box 106, East Jordan, MI 49727. 



Donna Mae Palmer, 64, died Saturday, April 14, 2012, at her home in East Jordan.
  She was born on August 31, 1947, in Manistique, the daughter of Emmanuel J. and Violet V. (Moore) Soulliere.
  She is survived by two children, Jeffery Brandon Palmer of Charlevoix and Kathy Jo Palmer of Battle Creek; one sister, Norma (Douglas) Potter of East Jordan, three brothers, Ray (Karen) Soulliere of East Jordan, Joseph (Judy) Soulliere of Petoskey and James Soulliere of Petoskey.  She was preceded in death by her father, Emmanuel Soulliere in 1969 and her mother, Violet Wagner in 2001.
  A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at 3:00 P.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan.  Arrangements by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.



William F. Hengel, Jr., 70, died on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at his home in East Jordan.
  Born on August 4, 1941, in Detroit, the son of William F., Sr. and Geraldine (Aulph) Hengel.
  Bill retired in 2001, as a senior designer for General Motors after 42 years.  He enjoyed anything mechanical, woodworking and cars.
  Survived by two daughters, Tracy (Joseph) Raona of Rochester Hills and Lindsey (Daniel) Ronnenberg of Irmo, South Carolina; four grandchildren, Luciano, Santino, Vittorio and Noelle; one brother, James (Kristine) Hengel of Romeo; and his faithful dog, Henry.

  Memorial service Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.










Hugh "Brad" Sweeney, 57, of East Jordan died Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Harper University Hospital in Detroit. 
  He was born on September 4, 1954, in Detroit, the son of Hugh G. and Elizabeth (Haas) Sweeney.  He grew up in Plymouth and graduated from Plymouth Canton High School in 1973.  Brad graduated from Central Michigan University in 1982, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
  On May 26, 1984, in East Jordan, he married Lynn Sweet.  They made their home in East Jordan.  Brad worked as a computer implementation manager for numerous hospitals.
  Brad enjoyed camping, golfing and friendly harassing of those he loved.  He loved to spend time with his family.
  He is survived by his wife, Lynn Sweeney of East Jordan; two daughters, Nastassia Sweeney of Manton and Bailey Sweeney of East Jordan; one granddaughter, Madeline Sweeney of Manton; his father, Hugh G. Sweeney of Novi; two sisters, Lorna Sweeney of Detroit and Karen (Mark) Knight of Canton; and one brother, Bill Sweeney of Orlando, Florida.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Sweeney.
  A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 4:00 P.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan.  Rev. James L. Jordan will officiate. 
  The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2:00 P.M. until service time.  Memorials may be given to the Sweeney family.  The family was served by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.










  Genevieve “Jennie” Richards, age 94, of East Jordan, Michigan, formally of Drayton Plains, Michigan, died on Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Johnstown, Colorado.
  Jennie was born on August 23, 1917, in Pontiac, Michigan, the daughter of Adam and Mary (Stempkowitz) Walenski.
  She married Vernon Richards in March 13, 1937, in Pontiac and took up residence in Drayton Plains.  She worked at Pontiac Motors for many years and after retirement moved to East Jordan.
  Jennie had many talents and interests but her family was always her first priority.  She was an excellent cook, especially noted for her Polish dishes.  Her hobbies were, which included but not limited to, sewing, crocheting, knitting and quilting.  Many in the family have been blessed with something made lovingly by Jennie’s hands.  She was much loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
  Jennie is survived by one son, James (Terri) Richards of Johnstown, CO; two grandchildren, Amy Lee (Todd) Forsten of Clarkston and Adam (Amy) Richards of Linden; four great grandchildren, Michaela, Jacob, Jami and Rachel; one sister, Mary Ann Cox of Ortonville, Michigan; one son-in-law, Skip Osborne of East Jordan; and one daughter-in-law, Sharon (Jim) Merrow of Fenton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Richards and two children, Betty Ann Osborne and Gary Richards.

  A celebration of Jennie’s life will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Rev. Kenneth H. Lein of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Jordan will officiate with interment following in Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan.
  The family will receive friends on Friday, March 30, 2012, from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to the Kingfisher Foundation at Halcyon Hospice, 209 Main Street, Mead, Colorado 80542.




 

 Patrick H. Symons, 34, of East Jordan died Sunday, March 25, 2012, in East Jordan.
 
He was born on July 16, 1977, in West Branch, the son of William Harold and Nina Marie (Gensman) Symons.  On March 19, 1994, in Ellsworth, he married Melissa Spence.
  Patrick received his Associates Degree in Law Enforcement in May of 2009 from Northwestern Michigan College.
  He was a deputy for the Tribal Police of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians in Harbor Spring.  He also served as auxiliary deputy for the East Jordan Police Department.
  Patrick loved spending time with his family.
  He is survived by his wife, Melissa Symons of East Jordan; two sons, Patrick Henry Symons, II and Christopher James Symons both of East Jordan; his mother, Nina Marie Symons of East Jordan; two brothers, Daniel Symons of East Jordan and Joseph (Laura) Lyons of Bridgeport, Connecticut; one sister, Kimberly (Frankie) Lyons of _Bridgeport, Connecticut; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Kay and James Spence of East Jordan; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by one son, Raymond Patrick Symons on March 20, 1994; his father, William Harold Symons on June 26, 2002; and his step-mother, Kathy Symons on December 30, 2010.

  A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan.  Rev. James L. Jordan of the Lighthouse Missionary Church and Rev. Christopher D. Wallace of the Ellsworth Wesleyan Church will officiate. Interment will follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan.
  The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church.  Memorials may be directed to the Symons’ family college fund. The family was served by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.






 
Thora Helen Brown Kotowich, 92, of East Jordan died Saturday, March 24, 2012 in Petoskey.

  Thora was of French Canadian descent, born in the town of Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, on May 21, 1919.  As a child she moved with her mother Carmen and sister Loma to Detroit, along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.  Her grandfather, George Albert Michie, was an artist whose paintings were on display at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. 
  She graduated from Cooley High School in Detroit and shortly thereafter became a naturalized American citizen.  She married Howard E. Myers in 1937 and had two daughters, Terry Ann and Nicholynn.  During World War II she worked as one of the “Rosie the Riveters” at Diesel, Inc., which manufactured large generators that provided lighting on captured islands.  After the war she moved, with her parents and two children, to East Jordan and met Teddy Kotowich, who she married in 1946.  They became the parents of two boys, Teddy Jr. and Timothy Jordan.
  Teddy owned a boating and fly-fishing guide service on the Jordan River which he maintained for 50 years.  Thora became an expert fly fisherwoman, tying her own flies, which were soon in high demand by fly fishermen all over the country.  She also worked in accounting for Mount Clemens Manufacturing and Boyne Mountain Ski Lodge.
  Always active in local and regional politics, Thora served on the East Jordan City Council and was appointed to the Charlevoix County Supervisors. While there, she was assigned to form a Commission on Aging for Charlevoix County. She became a board member and served on the ten-county Area Agency on Aging.  Thora was then appointed to the Community Mental Health Board, where she served for 25 years until retiring. 
  Among her many community activities, Thora belonged to the American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary, Post 227, the East Jordan Sno-Mobil Club, the Jordan River Arts Council and was a member of the Presbyterian Church. She was a founding member of the Jordan River Watershed Commission. As a member of the board led by Dr. David Pray, she served with Ed Rebman and John Hodge, and along with other commission members and the State DNR, helped to ensure the designation of the Jordan River as “a Wild Scenic River”.

  Teddy and Thora’s trout-fishing guide business offered a unique Northern Michigan natural experience. They hosted many well-known individuals from the world of arts, sports, military and business; including, among many others, General Mark Clark, Edwin J. Anderson, President of Goebel Brewing Company, Stan Weed of Sealtest Ice Cream, and Sarkis Sarkisian and Walter and Peggy Midener of Detroit’s Society of Arts and Crafts College. Many of these people returned again and again to fish the Jordan and became life-long friends of Thora and Teddy’s family. Mort Neff presented a profile of their guide business on his television program, “Michigan Outdoors”.
  Thora was preceded in death by husband Teddy, sister Loma, her parents Carmen and Gary Garrison and grandson Andy Kenny.

  She is survived by daughters Terry (Veto) Pernicairo of Monterey, Tennessee, Niki (James) Kenny of Petoskey,  and sons Ted Jr. of East Jordan and Timothy (Patrizia) of Munich, Germany.
  She left five grandchildren Ted, Theresa, Kimberly, Nick and Rachael Pia, and four great grandchildren, Michael, Jennifer, Alison and Jack.

  A memorial visitation will be on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 from 5:30 to 8:30 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Home in East Jordan. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Friends of the Jordan Watershed, Inc., PO Box 412, East Jordan, MI 49727 or to Jordan River Arts Council, P.O. Box 1178, East Jordan, MI 49727.







Carol E. Fultz, 69, of Boyne City died Friday, February 17, 2012, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey.

  She was born on December 25, 1942, in Petoskey, the daughter of Harold and Lavina (Robinson) Billiau.
  On September 4, 1968, in Troy, Michigan, she married Teddy B. Fultz.
  Carol enjoyed crocheting, computers and volunteering at Challenge Mountain in Boyne City.
  She is survived by her husband, Teddy B. Fultz of Boyne City; six children, Susan (Alan) Kline of East Jordan, John Fultz of Petoskey, Julia Fultz of Boyne City, Linda (Mike) Helm of Polk City, Florida, Sharon Shouse of Polk City, Florida and Sandra (Donald) Jones of Brown City; numerous grandchildren; several great grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia (Harold) Jones of Prescott and Shirley Ruffato of Shelbyville, Tennessee; as well as several nieces and nephews.
  Carol was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Amy Fultz; one son, T. Justin Fultz; and one brother, Richard Billiau.

  Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at 4:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Rev Dr. Jennifer Saad of the First Presbyterian Church in East Jordan will officiate.  A committal service will be held on Friday, February 24. 2012, at 1:00 P.M. at Christian Memorial Gardens in Rochester Hills. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.





Edward Bruce Gardner, 75 of East Jordan, died on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility.

  He was born on August 20, 1936, in Boyne City, the son of William Jasper and Allice (Connor) Gardner. 
  Edward had worked at Webb-Pierce Manufacturing and Maltelski Lumber, both in Boyne City.
  He is survived by one daughter, Brenda Kaye (David) Czarnecki of East Jordan; two step-daughters, Mary Elizabeth Kessinger of East Jordan and Elsie (Clarence) Russell of Fulton, Kentucky; several grandchildren; several great grandchildren; two brothers, George (Pat) Gardner of Boyne City and Kenny (Ruth) Gardner of Alanson; one sister, Mary Jane Gardner; four half sisters, Joyce (Ronald) Soblerkey of Lake Odessa, Charlotte (Robert) Soblerkey of Charlotte, Edna (John) Fortune of Clarion, Aubrey (Ray) Moonaw of Whitmore Lake and Donna Russell of Lake Odessa.  He was preceded in death by one son, Bruce Edward Gardner on March 21, 1994; one brother, Larry Gardner, step mother, Anna Marie Sudsman Gardner and one half brother, Robert Sudsman.

  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Rev. Bart Adams will officiate.  Interment will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan.
  The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 12:00 Noon until service time at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.







Andrew Thomas Priest, 11, of East Jordan died on February 2, 2012, at Charlevoix Area Hospital following a brief illness.

  He was born on February 8, 2000 in Toledo, Ohio.  Andrew was a fifth grade student at the East Jordan Public Schools.  He loved to read, work on his Ipod, watch TV, swing and ride in the family golf cart.   
  Andrew is survived by his parents, David & Phyllis Priest of East Jordan; grandparents, Ed & Joyce Petter of Ellsworth and Nancy Priest of Lake Leelanau; fourteen brothers & sisters, Donald “Don” Priest of Southgate, Eleanor “Ellie” (Tony) Doemer of Rochester Hills, Aaron Priest of Petoskey, Caleb Priest of Presque Isle, Maine, as well as Joseph Priest, Haley Priest, Hannah Priest, Sam Priest, Steve Priest, Maggie Priest, Jasmine Priest, Tori Priest, Tyler Priest and Betrys Priest, all of East Jordan.  He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Donald Priest and two brothers, BJ and Sean Priest.

  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Rev. Bart Adams will officiate.  Interment will be held in the spring at Atwood Cemetery, Atwood, Michigan.
  The family will receive friends on Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Memorials may be given to Muscular Dystrophy Association, 3300 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718, 888-HELP-MDA, 888-(435-7632). Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.




   Januice “Nona” Cesaro, 74, of East Jordan and formerly of Lakes of the North, died Thursday, December 29, 2011, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

  She was born on September 18, 1937, in Pontiac, Michigan, the daughter of Allen and Iola (Osborne)Sweet.
  Januice married Eliseo V. Cesaro on June 18, 1955, in Orchard Lake, Michigan.
They were residents of Lakes of the North since 1981, before moving to East Jordan in January 2003. Prior to residing in Lakes of the North, they spent many years in Oakland County.
Nona was a co-owner and bookkeeper of JC Tire and Automotive for many years.
   She had attended the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan.
  Nona is survived by five children, Deborah (Scott) Behnke of White Lake, Jill (Steve) Piche of Elmira, Jeffrey (Pam) Cesaro of Charlevoix, Lisa (James) Nichols of East Jordan and James (Debbie) Cesaro of East Jordan; fifteen grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one sister, Nancy (Neil) Spillane of West Bloomfield; as well as many more adopted grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eliseo V. Cesaro on June 3, 2003.

  A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 6, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church, 7824 Rogers Road, East Jordan, Michigan.  The family will receive friends on Friday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the church.
   Memorial contributions may be directed to the Munson Foundation, in honor of A-3 Wing for Nursing Education, 210 Beaumont Place, Traverse City, Michigan 49684 or East Jordan Little League, P.O. Box 641, East Jordan, MI 49727. Arrangements by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.



 

  Arnold E. “Sonny” Hart, 83, died Monday, December 12, 2011, at his home in Alba.

He was born on July 16, 1928, in Zeeland, Michigan, the son of Arnold A. and Beatrice (Sheaffer) Hart.
   On December 3, 1949, in East Jordan, he married Della Justine Bundy and raised five children. She preceded him in death on May 29, 1995. On November 11, 1995, in East Jordan, he married Lois Melling Bilyeu. She survives.
   Sonny served in the United States Army 82nd Airborne. He had worked 32 and a half years at the General Motors Grey Iron Plant in Saginaw and retired in 1977.
   He was a member of the I Celebrate Church in East Jordan and served the church as sunday school teacher, elder and deacon. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, carpentry, making wooden models, traveling, camping, computers and surfing the net.
   Sonny is survived by his wife, Lois Hart of Alba; four children, Linda (Terry) Baxter, June (Gary) Broom, Renee (Lloyd) Prevo and Arnold V. Hart, all of East Jordan; fourteen grandchildren; many many great grandchildren; many numerous great great grandchildren; one brother, Earl (Dolores) Hart of Saginaw; sister, Barb Gault of Mancelona; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Barbara Rogers; one sister, Theda Lundy; and one brother, Delbert Hart.
   Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Pastor David Duncan of the I Celebrate Church in East Jordan will officiate. Interment will be in Mt. Bliss Cemetery in Jordan Township, Antrim County, Michigan.

  The family will receive friends on Friday from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 noon and 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the I Celebrate Church in East Jordan. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.

 




   Shirley Olson, 81, of East Jordan, Michigan died Sunday, December 11, 2011 at the Georgia House in Charlevoix.

   Shirley Joanne Nowland was born on March 25, 1930 in the boarding house on Main Street, East Jordan, to Roy and Alberta (LaClair) Nowland. Two years later her baby sister, Yvonne Noreen, was born. When the girls were 8 & 10 they moved to their parent’s life long home on Echo Street. Shirley attended school in East Jordan where she met her childhood Sweetheart, Ray Olson. After graduation from high school in East Jordan, his father, Elder Ole Olson, united them in marriage on August 8, 1948 at the RLDS Church on Jordan Street in East Jordan.
Ray worked at the local A&P Store and Shirley set type for the Charlevoix County Herald. They worked side by side through their many years together on many Real Estate endeavors and their local business, Har-Ray’s Shoes.
  Shirley is a beautiful, active, fun loving, caring lady. She loves birds and animals, music and dancing, working and playing in the great outdoors, camping, traveling, cooking, cross word puzzles, shoes and helping others. Most of all, she loves her husband and her family.
Her idea of a perfect day was a campfire at the “40” with family, friends, food and taking “hauler rides” through the woods.
  She is survived by her husband, Ray Olson of East Jordan; two daughters, Wava (Rich) Dietrich of East Jordan and Debbie (Glenn) Coon of Boyne City; two granddaughters, Darcie Dietrich-Buell of East Jordan and Jill (Randy) Guzniczak of Boyne City; three grandsons, Matthew (Brenda) Dietrich, Dennis (Kris) Moore of Boyne City and Brent Moore of Boyne City; three great granddaughters, Haylah Buell and Hilary Buell, both of East Jordan and Clara Dietrich of Eaton Rapids; great grandsons, Taylor Jepsen, Devvin Stackus, Tannis Guzniczak, Jasper Guzniczak, all of Boyne City; one sister, Yvonne Howe of New Port Richey, Florida; as well as many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Shirley’s family wishes to send their heartfelt thanks to all of her wonderful caregivers and friends at Georgia House, including Shawn and Russ McCraney, Jennifer, Ashley, Tonya, Samantha, Heather, Kayla, Michelle, Tammy and Amy. They made her final days so much easier with their thoughtfulness, concern and caring hands. Also, a special thanks to Hospice of Northwest Michigan and Dr. Anna Young, M.D.

   Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Rev. Jennifer Saad will officiate. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan.
   The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Northwest Michigan or the charity of donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.






  Bruce E. Gillespie, 79, of East Jordan and formerly of Burton, died Friday, December 9,
2011, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.

  He was born on September 24, 1932 in Edinburg, Texas, the son of Foster and Evelyn (Dobbs) Gillespie. He graduated from Fenton High School, Michigan in 1948, and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as a Pharmacist.
Bruce served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. During that time, he met Connie M. Welch on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii and married her on June 29, 1957, in Springfield, Illinois.
   Bruce had worked as a pharmacist at the Reid Drug Store in Davison and the Cook Drug Store in Flint. He also owned and operated the ABC Special Secretarial Services as well as an Amway business.
   He was past president of the Michigan Pharmaceutical Association as well as the association’s newsletter. He also was the editor of the East Flint Lions Club Newsletter and the William A. Gillespie Family Newsletter.
   Bruce was a 50 year member of the First Presbyterian Church in Flint. He was an active member of the East Flint Lions Club and served as the Lions Club Chairman for the Michigan International Youth Exchange for 10 years. He touched the lives of over 50 exchange students from 14 different countries and many called him “Dad”. His favorite charities were the Lions Club Paws With A Cause and the Leader Dog programs. He was an active EMT for the Davison Area Ambulance Authority (DAAA) and the Goodrich Ambulance Service. He also enjoyed Pin Trading and writing poetry.
   Bruce is survived by his wife, Connie M. Gillespie of East Jordan and formerly of Burton; two daughters, Anne (Douglas) Phelps of East Jordan and Marsha (Lee) Bell of Lindenhurst, Illinois; two grandsons, Daniel Phelps of East Jordan and Kileean Bell of Lindenhurst; one great grandson, Roman Gerfen of San Diego, California; three brothers, William (Dorothy) Gillespie of Colorado, Roger (Bonnie) Gillespie of Waterford and Foster Gillespie of Billings, Missouri; two sisters, Edith Zimmerman of Fenton and Shirley Schrader of Davison; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents; brother, Howard Gillespie; granddaughter, Marleea Anne Gerfen.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in Flint. Interment will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois.
   The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the First Presbyterian Church in Flint. Memorial may be given to the Lions Club “Paws With A Cause” or Leader Dog programs. Arrangements by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan, Michigan.



 

  Collin Lee Homan, 12, of East Jordan, died on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, at Charlevoix Area Hospital. 

   Collin was born in Charlevoix, on December 20, 1998, the son of Nicholas and Danielle (Sutherland) Homan. He was a 6th grade student at East Jordan Middle School. He loved to work on anything mechanical or electronic and could fix anything. He was currently repairing a treadmill and was also working on a go-cart. He enjoyed fishing and mushrooming. Collin completed the Hunter Safety class this year and on September 25th he bagged his first buck which was a three point.

   He is survived by his parents, Nick and Danielle Homan of East Jordan; his brother, Tyler Homan and sister, Hannah Homan, both of East Jordan; his grandparents, Randy and Debbie Homan of Mancelona; his great grandparents, Joseph Sr. and Bonnie Thompson of Mancelona; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

   Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan, Michigan. Interment will be in Trojanek Cemetery, Jordan Township, Antrim County, MI.
   The family will receive friends on Friday from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Memorials may be given to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Endocrinology Department, 230 Michigan Street, N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.



 

   Christopher Matthews Hock, 41, of East Jordan, MI and Cary, North Carolina, died Thursday, December 1, 2011, at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

  He was born on September 16, 1970, in Rochester, Michigan, the son of Donald E. and Charlotte A. (Matthews) Hock. He graduated number one in his class at Reidsville High School, Reidsville, North Carolina in 1988. He received his Bachelor of Science degree, Summa Cum Laude in Computer Science and Mathematics from the St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina in 1992.
  He married Shandra L. Sweet on June 15, 2001 in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. They made their homes in East Jordan, Michigan and Cary, North Carolina.
He worked as a computer consultant for CGI, Canada for nineteen years.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, travel, movies, computers, guitar, cars, boating, walking his dogs, Gracie and Piper.
  He is survived by his wife of nine ½ years, Shandra L. Sweet-Hock of East Jordan, Michigan and Cary, North Carolina; one son, Andrew S. Sweet of East Jordan, Michigan; his parents, Donald E. and Charlotte A. Hock of Reidsville, North Carolina; his grandmother, Lil Hock of Cape Coral, Florida; one sister, Andrea (Alex) Taylor of Sanford, North Carolina; a special uncle, Edward Matthews of Reidsville, North Carolina; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Sanford H. and Paula M. Sweet of East Jordan, Michigan; brother-in-law, Brent (Rachelle) Sweet of Lake Odessa, Michigan; one sister-in-law, Robin (Tom) Peters of East Jordan, Michigan; brother-in-law, Sanford L. (Amanda) Sweet of Williamsburg, Michigan; cousin, Meredith A. (Drew) Franklin, and 12 neices and nephews: Kyle, Shalea, Shaina, Valerie, Alainna, Tim, Hayden, Aeden, Tanner, Adam, Landon, and Cooper.
  A celebration of Chris' life was held on Sunday, December 4, 2011 at Genesis Methodist Church in, Cary, North Carolina, at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Craig Ham officiated.

  Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 9, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan, Michigan. Rev. James L. Jordan and Rev. Bart Adams of the Lighthouse Missionary Church will officiate. Interment will follow in Rockery Cemetery, Jordan Township, Antrim County, Michigan.
  Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2011, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Memorial donations may be given to the American Cancer Society online at https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/donateonlinenow/index or to St. Andrew University online at https://www.sapc.edu/giving/ (Please indicate in the comments box that the donation is in memory of Chris Hock) or by mail to: St. Andrews University, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352, Phone: (910) 277-5664, Fax: (910) 277-5663 (Please make out the check to St. Andrews University and indicate in your check memo line that the check is in memory of Chris Hock.)


 


  Ronald G. Klooster, 68, of East Jordan went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, November 29, 2011.

   He was born on March 1, 1943 in East Jordan, the son of George and Helen (Springstead) Klooster. He grew up on a 120-acre farm near East Jordan and graduated from East Jordan High School in 1961.
Ron delivered fuel oil for the East Jordan Co-op for many years. He also farmed and managed the East Jordan Co-op Convenience Store. Recently, Ron served as a chaplain at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.
   He had served as East Jordan City Commissioner and Mayor. He also served the East Jordan area with his ministry and management of the Open Door Christian Coffee House.
Ron enjoyed riding his Honda “Silver Wing” motorcycle and during Christmas time, playing “Old Man Winter”. Ron loved food, fellowship and singing gospel. He enjoyed his Grandvue fellowship through the Senior Companion Program. He was a devoted father, devoted friend and a devoted member of the East Jordan United Methodist Church.
   He is survived by two daughters, Heather (Randy) Burks and Melissa Klooster, both of East Jordan; six grandchildren, Nicole Dougherty, Alexis Dougherty, Trey Dougherty, Trevor Dougherty, Donvee Burks and Miranda Burks, all of East Jordan; three sisters, Marilyn Pearce of Fostoria, Ohio, Kay Richards of Lake City and Carol (Ray) Schneider of Charlotte; and his significant other, Dorothy M. Lehman of Mancelona.

   A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church with Pastor Rap Posnik of The East Jordan United Methodist Church officiating. Memorials may be given to East Jordan United Methodist Church, for chaplain development, P.O. Box 878, East Jordan, MI 49727. The family was served by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.




   Evelyn J. Ballard, 82, of Elmira, died Monday, November 28, 2011, at Bortz Health Care Facility in Petoskey.

  Evelyn was born on June 7, 1929, in Star Township, Antrim County, the daughter of Harold Fayette and Lillian Aldean (Emerson) Olds. On February 6, 1949, at her home in Star Township, she married Charles Albert Ballard. He preceded her in death on December 7, 1971.
   She started work at Mount Clemens Metal Products in East Jordan on March 8, 1965 as a line worker and press operator. She retired in 1989 from Wickes Mechanical Company.
   Evelyn is survived by her three sons, Russell W. Ballard of East Jordan, Albert E. Ballard of Phoenix, AZ and Robert D. (Cindy) Ballard of East Jordan; her three daughters, Coralyn (Sheldon) Crouch of Elmira, Valma R. (Kenneth) Hoover of Petoskey and Carol J. (Richard) Lord of East Jordan; fifteen grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; two brothers, Jack E. (Roberta) Olds of Minnesota and Roger J. (Nellene) Olds of Charlevoix; one sister, Emily J. (Norman) Rotenberg of Sanford, Florida; two brothers-in-law, William DeWitt of Grand Ledge and William Withers of Flint; one sister-in-law, Linda Olds of Mancelona, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Walter Olds, T.J. Olds, Harold Ardell Olds and Robert D. Olds; three sisters, Betty Lou Withers, Mary Ann Olds and Violet J. DeWitt; one granddaughter, Jessica Ballard Robtoy; and one niece, Marjorie Petit.

   Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 2, 2011, at 1:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Rev. James L. Jordan of the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan will officiate. Interment will be in Star Township Cemetery, Alba, Michigan.

   The family will receive friends on Friday from 10:00 A.M. to service time at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.







Donald J. Nowka, 83, died Friday, November 18, 2011, at his home in Jordan Township, Antrim County, in the presence of his family.

   He was born on December 23, 1927, in Dearborn, the son of Walter and Elvira (Anderson) Nowka.
   He graduated in 1945, from Fordson High School in Dearborn. He served in the United States Marine Corp during World War II as an aviation mechanic in the Pacific Theater including Midway Island.
   He married Constance “Connie” LaPierre on April 2, 1971, in Garden City, Michigan.
Don was active in Junior Achievement. He worked with his father for Walter Nowka and Son Landscaping, were they created the first 3D archery course. Don worked as the superintendant of maintenance at the Tireman Plant in Detroit for Burroughs; Supervisor of skilled trades at the truck plant in Wayne for the Ford Motor Company; the owner administrator for the Wishing Well Manor Nursing Home in Northville and Whispering Willow Nursing Home in Canton.
He moved to East Jordan in April of 1988. He never stopped working and was a consummate putzer.
Don enjoyed hunting, shooting fire arms and collecting antique cars.
   He is survived by his wife, Constance “Connie” Nowka of East Jordan; children, James and Cathy Nowka; Michelle and Frank Filardo and Brian and Donna Nowka; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and a father figure for many others. He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Helen Pippit.

   Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. A military service will following at Lakeside Cemetery in South Arm Township.
   The family will receive friends on Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, in East Jordan. Memorials may be given to the Wounded Warriors Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.






 
 

 Charles Edward Saxton peacefully went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 13, 2011.

  He was born in East Jordan to Harry and Mary Saxton, valedictorian of his class, served in WWII in Germany, attended Alma College, majoring in education, lettered in baseball, basketball, and football, pitching for semi-pro teams in Minnesota and Canada. In 1977, he was inducted into the Alma College Hall of Fame along with Jim Northrup. After graduation, he taught health and gym for 27 years at Garden City, Warren Fitzgerald and Warren Lincoln, coached football and refereed basketball for many years. He enjoyed retirement, spending his time between his cottage that he built on Lake Charlevoix, wintered in McAllen, Texas and Orange Beach, Alabama. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, furniture refinishing and following the Detroit Tigers.
   Charles was a hardworking, honest man who loved life, valued friendships and touched many who are mourning his loss.
   The family wishes to thank DaVita Dialysis Centers in Petoskey and Gulf Shores for taking care of him for 4 years.
   Survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Nellie (Wilson) Saxton, his brother, Bob (Betty) of Laingsburg, his children, Charnell (Lynn Downing) of Fowlerville, Jane (Dan Hoch) of West Milford, New Jersey, Charles of East Jordan, Scott (Michele) of Farmington and Jill of Brighton, 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, one brother-in-law, Leland Wilson, and three sisters-in-law, Shirley Saxton, Elaine Saxton, and Gladys Dood. Preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Gayle, Richard, William, and sister, Virginia Goodman.
   Funeral service at St. Joseph Catholic Church, East Jordan, on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.
   Visitation at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc., East Jordan, Friday 2:00-5:00 and 6:00-9:00 p.m. with a wake service at 7:00 p.m.
   Memorials, in lieu of flowers, to St. Joseph Catholic Church or to Disabled American Veterans.



 

Honorine B. Shepley, 98, of East Jordan died Monday, October 17, 2011, at her son's home in Pinckney.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan, MI.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.





 

Ruth H. Young , 81, died on Monday, October 17, 2011, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan, MI.

She was born on December 19, 1929, in Alba, MI, the daughter of Oscar and Myrtle (Hedgers) Bowen. She graduated from East Jordan High School in 1949. On September 22, 1949, she married Herschel “Hersh” C. Young in Mt. Morris, MI. He died on August 15, 1997. She enjoyed sewing, painting, and gardening. Ruth was instrumental in the development of the fencing and the planting of trees at Star Township Cemetery in Alba.
She is survived by her son, Michael (Sherrie) Young of Grand Rapids; daughter, Peggy (Ron) VanSteeland of Grand Rapids; granddaughters,
Rachael (Fred) Boyer and Michelle (Tom) Uminn, both of Grand Rapids; ten great grandchildren; brother, Arthur “Vern” (Betty) Bowen of Central Lake; and sisters, Beatrice Putnam of North Fort Myers, Florida, and Lavina (Russell) Tober of East Jordan. She was preceded in death by brothers, James Bowen and Oscar Stably; and a sister, Evelyn Putman.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 12:00 noon until 1:30 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, East Jordan. A private interment will be at Star Township Cemetery, Alba. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society.







  Sharon Ann Sutherland, 70, of East Jordan died Sunday, September 25, 2011, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey.
She was born on March 3, 1941 in Pontiac, Michigan where she grew up. She married Richard Sutherland on July 9, 1960 in Waterford. They moved to East Jordan in 1971.
   Sharon loved to embroider, work puzzles and read, but she especially loved her family.
She is survived by one son, Richard (Wendy) Sutherland, Jr.; four daughters, Sherry (Don) Bergmann, Diane (Chris) Patton, Lori (Rick) Enszer and Danielle (Nick) Homan; 22 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and one brother, Donald (Jean) Gritzinger. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard on January 5, 2003, her parents and one sister, Arlene Ball.
  The funeral will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.  Rev. Jeff Ellis of the Walloon Lake Community Church will officiate. Interment will follow in Trojanek Cemetery, Jordan Township, Antrim County, MI.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Memorials may be given to Sutherland Family. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.













   Harry Edward Watson, 88, of East Jordan died Thursday, August 25, 2011 at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.
   He was born on March 22, 1923 in Hayes Township, Michigan. He grew up in East Jordan and graduated from East Jordan High School in 1941. He received a Mortuary Science Degree from Wayne State University, Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University. He also received a degree from the School of Engineering in Milwaukee and also attended the University of Iowa.
   Harry served in the United States Navy during World War II from 1942 to 1944. He was trained as a pilot and then transferred to submarines. He met Phoebe Jane Van Allsburg while she was teaching in East Jordan and he was on convalescent leave from the Navy. On October 5, 1944, when Harry was on a later leave, they were married. In 1946, after the end of the war, Harry and Phoebe together built the house that they called home for the rest of their married lives.
   He was a Funeral Director, a Licensed Builder and a Master Plumber & Electrician. He owned and operated the Watson Funeral Home and Watson Construction, Inc. He started building homes in 1949. As a builder, he has built homes, motels, hotels, schools and restaurants. He never formally retired.
He was a member and Past President of the East Jordan Rotary Club. He served as a board member of the National Home Builders Association, the former Republic Bank, Jordan Valley District Library and Grandvue Medical Care Facility. He also served on East Jordan City Council and as the Mayor East Jordan. Harry was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church in East Jordan. The things that were important to Harry were family, church and community.
   He loved flying, woodworking, cabinet making, fishing and hunting.
  He is survived by his three children, Robert E. Watson, his wife, Gail B., and their children, Jessica and Alexandra, of Mt. Airy, Maryland; Thomas F. Watson, his wife, Anne D., and their children, Kathleen (Ryan) Jackson, Andrew and Peter, of Charlotte; and Margaret Watson of Kalamazoo. Harry was preceded in death by his mother and father, Robert “Guy” and Helen Pearl (Baker) Watson as well as his beloved wife, Phoebe Jane Watson, who died on May 9, 2009.
  Funeral services will be held on Monday August 29, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Rev. Jennifer Saad of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan.
   The family will receive friends on Saturday 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Sunday 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Memorials may be given to The First Presbyterian Church of East Jordan.




  Allen L. Freeman, 83, of East Jordan died Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at Charlevoix Area Hospital.
  He was born on September 28, 1927, in Mecosta County, Michigan, the son of Alvin and Mary (Delong) Freeman. On July 9, 1964, he married Beatrice I. Schornack in Westland, Michigan. He had worked for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Brauns Engineering, both in Detroit. They resided in the Westland area until moving to East Jordan in 1988. She preceded him in death on January 4, 1996. Allen was an avid fan of Nascar and Tiger Baseball.
   He is survived by one daughter, Tina (Brian) Simons of East Jordan; five grandchildren, Mandy, Niki, Carrie, Kayla and Dawn; three great grandchildren, Payton, Colton and Annabella; one brother, Thomas (Jenny) Freeman of Lakeland, Florida; two sisters, Juanita Hildreth of Westland and Noami Reid of Whitmore Lake; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, D.J., Richard and Ralph Freeman; and one sister, Loretta L. Flora.
  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Rev. James L. Jordan of the Lighthouse Missionary Church will officiate.
  The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Freeman Family. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.


Guy “Spike” Russell,
93, died Monday, August 22, 2011 at his home in East Jordan. No services are scheduled. Burial was in Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan. The family was serviced by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.


Margaret L. Schaper, 73, of East Jordan died Friday, August 12, 2011 at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.
  No services will be scheduled at this time.

   Marcia L. Crill, 61, of East Jordan and formerly of Beaverton died August 6, 2011, at Charlevoix Area Hospital in Charlevoix.
  She was born on October 16, 1949, in Northville, the daughter of Kenneth Lloyd and Helen Jean (Sandford) Holcomb.
  Marcia was a member of the Harvest Barn Word of Life Church in East Jordan. She enjoyed cha-ching-ing.
  She is survived by three daughters, Susan (Bob) Moreau of East Jordan, Shannon (Josh) LaLonde of Midland and Melissa (Neil Bruner) Havier of Loomis-Clare; ten grandchildren; one great grandchild; and two sisters, Barbara (Clint) Holt of Romulus and Patricia (Bill) Tank of Westland. She was preceded in death by two sons, Jeremy Daniel Crill on August 28, 1984 and Jamie Franklin Havier on October 26, 2006; one daughter, Mary Jean Havier on July 16, 1967; and one brother, Ernest Herbert Holcomb on December of 1984.
  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Harvest Barn Word of Life Church in East Jordan. Pastor Kimon Criner will officiate. In leu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Crill Family, c/o Susan Moreau, P.O. Box 1239, East Jordan, MI 49727. Arrangements were handled by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.



  Theda M. Lundy, 74, of East Jordan passed away Monday, August 1, 2011 at her home.
   She was born on September 25, 1936 in Gaylord, the daughter of Arnold and Beatrice (Sheaffer) Hart. She grew up in East Jordan and graduated from East Jordan High School.
  On April 14, 1953 in East Jordan, she married Richard “Pete” Lundy where they raised their family. He preceded her in death on December 19, 1994.
Theda was a homemaker who enjoyed knitting, crocheting, cooking, camping, puzzles and playing board games. She was an avid John Wayne fan. Most of all in life, she loved to spoil her grandchildren.
  She is survived by her children, Rick & Denise Lundy, Archie & Debra Lundy, Darrell & Cathy Lundy, Wanda & Ken Stutzman, Norma & Red Hardy and Bruce Lundy, all of East Jordan; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers, Arnold “Sonny” & Lois Hart of Alba and Earl & Dolores Hart of Saginaw; sister, Barb Gault of Mancelona; and several nieces and nephews. Theda was also preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Delbert Hart and one granddaughter, Janice Lundy.
  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Rev. James L. Jordan of the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan will officiate. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan.
  The family will receive friends on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc, in East Jordan. Memorials may be given to the Lundy family. Online condolences may be made at www.penzienfh.com.





  William Sanderson, 
88, of East Jordan died Monday, July 25, 2011 at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan. Arrangements are pending at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.







   Joseph J. Haney, Sr., 81, died Friday, July 22, 2011, on his family’s homestead in Jordan Township, Antrim County, Michigan where he was born.
   He was born on November 3, 1929, the son of Frank and Emily (Novak) Haney. He grew up on the family homestead and went to school in the schoolhouse across the street from St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church. He served in the United States Army Reserve. On June 22, 1957, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Jordan Township, he married Judy Dexter. They raised five children on the farm.
Joseph farmed his whole life while also working at the East Jordan Iron Works for a 32 year period retiring from the foundry in 1995.
   He was an active member, past council member, usher and maintenance man for St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, the sexton of St. John Nepomucene Pioneer Cemetery, a Jordan Township elected official for the last 40 years and Jordan Township supervisor for the past 20 years.
   Survived by his wife, Judy Haney of East Jordan; five children, Joseph J. (Glenna) Haney, Jr. of East Jordan, Betty (Brian) Murphy of Crystal River, Florida, Susan (Clinton) Collins of Inverness, Florida, Patricia (Tom) Sapak of Saginaw and Paul (Kallie) Haney of East Jordan; twelve grandchildren; one great grandchild due in September; and two sisters, Lucy Lercel and Helen (Ken) Richards both of East Jordan.
   Funeral mass on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at 4:00 P.M. at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Duane Wachowiak will officiate with interment following in St. John Nepomucene Pioneer Cemetery.
   Visitation will be Tuesday from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan with a vigil service at 7:00 P.M. Memorials may be given to St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church.




  Mary Ann Warden, 70, of East Jordan died Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Hiland Cottage in Petoskey.
  She was born on October 20, 1940 in Dennison, Ohio, the daughter of Richard and Catherine (Maher) Hoffman.
  Mary Ann enjoyed trips to the casino, knitting, crocheting, anything Irish and spending time with her family.
  She is survived by twin sons, Jerry Warden of Woodbridge, Virginia and Rick (Karen) Warden of Gaylord, son, Tim Warden of Boyne City and one daughter , Becky (Mark) Rowbotham of East Jordan; seven grandchildren, Debbie, Connor, Christian, Katie, Angie, Caitlin and Brayden; one brother, Tim (Myra) Hoffman of East Jordan; and her life long best friend, Doris Udell of Westland. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Dick Hoffman.
   A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in East Jordan.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan with a Rosary at 7:00 P.M. Memorials may be given to Hiland Cottage, One Hiland Drive, Petoskey, MI 49770. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.






   Daniel Russell Anthony, 49, of Boyne Falls, left his family and friends unexpectedly on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord.
   He was born on December 6, 1961 in Zeeland, Michigan, the son of Daniel R., Sr. and Doris M. (Antoine) Anthony. On June 23, 2007 in Elmira, he married Virginia “Jenny” Patton. He worked as a landscaper for Golden Eye Farms in Charlevoix.
   He was very proud to be a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Dan enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, mud bogging, watching scary movies and spending time outdoors. He will be dearly missed by many.
   Dan is survived by his wife, Jenny; two daughters, Heather and Haylee; one son, Jason; four grandchildren, Jalen, Kyannah, Brooklyn and Janson Lee; one sister, Kathrine Devers; one brother, Stanley Anthony; and many close friends that he considered family. Dan was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Pete, Paul and John.
   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Rev. Jamie Woodall of the Genesis Church in Boyne City will officiate with interment following at St. Joseph Calvary Cemetery in East Jordan.
   The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Anthony Family, P.O. Box 422, Boyne Falls, MI 49713.













  
  Jesse Alan James “Icavarg” Sulkowski, 22, of Standish, beloved father, son, grandson, brother and friend died Friday, May 6, 2011 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
   He was born on January 3, 1989 in Petoskey, Michigan, the son of Ernest William Alex Sulkowski and Beatrice Marie Seder.
   He enjoyed drawing and writing poetry, walking, playing video games and reading about wolves and dragons. He was a member of the Renaissance Fair Association and The Brotherhood of the Fish, where he was known as “Goldfish”.
   He is survived by one son, Donovan Reineke of Bay City; his mother, Beatrice Marie (Martin) Lopez of Au Gres; his father, Ernest W.A. Sulkowski, Sr. of East Jordan; grandmother, Linda (Terry) Baxter of East Jordan; grandfather, Daryl (Linda) Seder of Whittemore; two brothers, Billy (Nichole) Seder and Alex (Jana) Sulkowski, Jr. both of Boyne Falls; two sisters, Odessa (Matt) Cavaness and Kiesha (Adam) Fuller both of East Jordan; and five nieces, Alexis Sulkowski, Alana Sulkowski, Serenity Fuller, Hailey Fuller and Amee Cavaness.
   Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at Mt. Bliss Cemetery in Jordan Township, Antrim County, MI. Rev. James L. Jordan of the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan will officiate.
   The family will receive friends on Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Memorials may be given to the Sulkowski Family. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.





   Verna Boyer Hart Spires, 79, of Mancelona died Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Bortz Health Care of Petoskey.
   She was born on August 1, 1931, in Deer Lake, Michigan the daughter of Peter and Hazel (Winagle) Boyer. She graduated from East Jordan High School in 1949.
   On October 22, 1949 in East Jordan, she married Delbert Lee Hart. They raised six children in East Jordan and then moved to Mancelona in 1986. Delbert preceded her in death on October 16, 1987.
   On July 5, 1988 in East Jordan, she married Theodore Spires of Mancelona.
   Verna was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary Post #7580 in East Jordan and the Moose Lodge in Mancelona. She enjoyed puzzles and camping.
She is survived by husband Theodore A. Spires of Mancelona; Erma (Arza) Smith of East Jordan, Sandra Hart of Boyne City, Delbert W. (Gloria Ann) Hart of Arizona, Thomas E. (Shirley) Hart, Victor J. (Lois) Hart of Boyne Falls and Jeffery L. Hart of East Jordan; three step children; nineteen grandchildren; twenty two great grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by twelve brothers and sisters.
   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at 11:00 A.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan. Rev. Bart Adams will officiate with interment following at Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan.
   The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Memorials may be given to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.





Judy Ann Hess DeWitt, 66, died Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at her home in East Jordan.
  She was born on December 28, 1944, in Charlevoix, the daughter of John and Caroline Alberta (Sharrow) Hess.
  She was a homemaker most of her life. Judy was a poet, a published writer and published composer. She also enjoyed drawing, baking and was a serious collector.
  Judy is survived by two sons, Lonnie “Gunner” (Mary) Hess of Ishpeming and Richard (Sheri) Barkley of Hale; ten grandchildren; two brothers, Joseph and Robert Dennis, both of South Carolina; two sisters, Joyce Dennis of South Carolina and Linda (Franklin) Potter of East Jordan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore “Ted” Howard DeWitt in 1989.
   Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at 2:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Rev. Rap Posnik of the East Jordan United Methodist Church will officiate with interment following at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery in Troy.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12:00 noon until service time at the funeral home.




Clara S. Prevo, 69, of East Jordan died Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Charlevoix Area Hospital.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan.
The family will received friends on Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.



  Patricia Ann Beaverson, 69, of East Jordan died Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Hiland Cottage in Petoskey.
A memorial mass will be on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in East Jordan.

Frank J. Strehl, 91, of East Jordan died Monday, April 4, 2011 at Independent Village in Petoskey.
He was born on February 1, 1920 in Mancelona, the son of Edward J. and Anna (Brown) Strehl. He moved to East Jordan as an infant with his parents. He graduated from East Jordan High School in 1939. He then served in the United State Army in the 4th Infantry Division who landed at Normandy on D-Day. On November 30, 1944, he stepped on a landmine. In February of 1945, during his convalescence at Percy Jones Army Hospital in Battle Creek, he met the love of his life, Betty Jo Clinard of Jackson. They were married October 20, 1945, at the Catholic Church rectory in Jackson. They have lived in East Jordan since 1948.
Frank was a watchmaker and jeweler. He had a little shop within the old Hites Drug Store in East Jordan which is now known as Busy Bridge Antiques.
Frank was the recipient of the Purple Heart with two oak clusters, losing both legs serving our country in World War II. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, American Legion Rebec-Hosler-Sweet Post #227 and V.F.W. Post #7580, all in East Jordan. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and golfing
He is survived by his wife, Betty Jo Strehl of Petoskey; one sister, Margaret (Thomas) Turcott of Petoskey; ten nieces and nephews, Riley J. Turcott of Petoskey, Michael (Annie) Turcott of Petoskey, Casey (Terri) Turcott of Kentucky, Patricia (Jack) McClees of Petoskey, Laura (Scott) Batchelor of Harbor Springs, Kathleen (Perry) Lenhart of Bend, Oregon, Jane (Terry) Blaylock of Bend, Oregon, Mary Hayes of Petoskey, Daniel (Glo) Turcott of Boyne City and Linda (Don) Bigger of Comstock Park; several great nieces and nephews; and several great great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Teddy Strehl; a sister, Marian Sherman; and two nieces, Christine Williams and Mary Lou Turcott.
   Mass will be held on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in East Jordan. Rev. Fr. James Gardner will officiate.
The family will received friend on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. with a Rosary service to be held at 6:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.
Memorials may be directed to the Frank J. and Betty J. Strehl Family Fund, c/o Charlevoix County Community Foundation, 507 Water Street, P.O. Box 718, East Jordan, MI 49727 or a charity of your choice.






   Elena Marie Thomas
died on Monday, April 4, 2011 in her 101st year. She was born in Eveline Township on March 8, 1910. The daughter of Peter Nasson and Anna Murphy, she was a strong and resilient personality, who lived through the Great Depression, World War II, raised three children and managed to get her L.P.N. at the age of 50 at the head of her class. She married Harold Lyle Thomas, who preceded her in death by three years. They were childhood sweethearts and were married for more than 81 years.
   A gifted homemaker, she baked bread, pies and rolls on a farm woodstove that were celebrated for three generations. Elena was an avid reader of newspapers, biographies and history, being particularly interested in the lives of pioneer women. (Her maternal grandmother homesteaded the “Homestead Farm” south of East Jordan.) Her mother, Anna Murphy was a teacher and implanted the importance of education to her. She taught her children and grandchildren the value of work and education, and the appreciation of nature. She was especially fond of birds.
   As a young girl she remembered seeing her future mother-in-law coming up the long drive to the farmhouse in a buggy to convince Elena’s parents to support woman’s suffrage. She was a lifelong F.D.R. Democrat and voted in every election.
   During WWII she supported her three children by working at AC Spark Plug in Flint, Michigan while her husband, Harold was a prisoner of war. After the war, Harold and Elena returned to their roots and bought their farm near Eveline Orchards. They were very conscientious farmers and practiced the green-farming principles of the time. After retiring from farming, Elena and Harold allowed the land to become a natural wild life habitat.
   Elena is survived by -- children: Marge (Howard) Best of East Jordan, Marie Van Deventer of Gladwin, and Robert (Rosalind) Thomas of Ventura, CA. There are eleven grandchildren: John (Sheila) Best of Butte,MT, Mary (Joe) Dixon of Comfort, TX , Jeanne Heath of East Jordan, Tom (Sue) Van Deventer of Petoskey, Bob (Debbie) Van Deventer of Saginaw, Jim (Karen) Van Deventer of Milford, Dave (Emily) Van Deventer of Norwood, NC, Dean (Leslie) Thomas of San Luis Obispo, CA, Glen (Dena) Thomas of Loomis, CA, Noah (Kelly) Thomas of Ventura, CA and Leif (Irene) Thomas of Stanford, CA. There are also twenty two great grandchildren and four great, great, grand child.
   The viewing will be held at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan MI on Sunday, April 10, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 & 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.
   The funeral will occur at the East Jordan United Methodist Church on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. Pastor Rap Posnick will be officiating the service.
  Elena’s wishes in lieu of flowers is to give to UMCOR of the United Methodist Church or the Heifer Project Internationally, each to help feed the hungry – meaningful to her after her husband’s experience with starvation as a prisoner of war in Germany during World War Two.



  Shirley A. Knop, 60, of Petoskey died Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at her son’s home in East Jordan.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.




  Alice E. Reid, 84, of East Jordan died Sunday, March 20, 2011, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility.
   Born on January 5, 1927 in East Jordan, the daughter of Samuel Russell and Carrie May (Bolser) McClure. She grew up in East Jordan and graduated from East Jordan High School in 1945.
   On July 21, 1947, she married Verne Reid in East Jordan. The couple resided in Owosso until 1953, when they returned to East Jordan. Verne preceded her in death on April 27, 1987.
   She enjoyed raising her family, gardening, crocheting, cooking and watching Oral Roberts on TV.
   Survived by one daughter, Elinor Irish; five sons, Samuel (Gail) Reid, Glen (Jean Anne) Reid, Thomas (Billie) Reid, William (Debra) Reid and Tim (Kathy) Reid; grandchildren, Sarah Irish, Katie Irish, Laurie (Aaron) Duvernay, Michael (Lisa) Reid, Meegan Reid, Glen (Allyson) Reid, Jr., Jessica Vallance, Brandon Vallance, Thomas (Michelle) Reid, Jr., Angela Reid, Rob (Toni) Reid, Amanda (Mike) Peterson, Jonathan Reid, Ashley (R.J.) Green, Joshua Reid, William Spencer Reid and Christopher Reid; great grandchildren, Emma Duvernay, Hannah Duvernay, Madalyn Reid, Keelin Reid, Thomas Reid, III, Benjamin Reid, Josh Force, Tyler Force, Kortenay Force, Caitlyn Force, Alainna Sarasin, Kya Sarasin, Matthew Reid, Bailey Massey, Madi Peterson, Lauren Peterson, Tanner Peterson, Alexis Green, Maci Green and Payton Green; sisters, Belvia Tornga, Shelby Ziegler Claus and Jean (Robert) Shaw: and several nieces and nephews. Also preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Carrie May Dougherty.
   Funeral services Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at 11:00 A.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan.
   Visitation Tuesday 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Memorials to Grandvue Medical Care Facility, for the Horizonvue Program, 1728 South Peninsula Road, East Jordan, MI 49727. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.penzienfh.com.


  Marie C. Rebec
, 92, died Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.
   Marie was born on May 25, 1918, in Jordan Township, Antrim County, the daughter of Joseph T. and Margaret (Divis) Chanda. She attended the "Little Red School House" across the street from her home and then graduated from East Jordan High School in 1937.
   She belonged to St. Joseph's Altar Society and the VFW. After she retired, she went on trips with other senior citizens, knitted afghans and sewed quilts for all of her children and grandchildren. Marie enjoyed "helping out". She loved flowers, cooking, reading her newspapers and watching romance movies. Throughout her life, she relied on her faith to keep her grounded and to get her through difficult times.
   Marie is survived by her children, Rebecca Rebec of Bloomfield Hills, Rudolph "Rudy" Rebec of East Jordan, Robert (Sandy) Rebec of Sunfield, Dianne (Jon) Mussman of Anderson, South Carolina, and Debbie (Steve) Bartlett of East Jordan; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; one brother, William Chanda of Owosso; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, George in 1988, her son, David Rebec in 1979, and two brothers, James and Joseph Chanda.
   A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, March 14, 2011, at 10:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes in East Jordan. Rev. Fr. James Gardiner will officiate with interment following at St. Joseph Calvary Cemetery, East Jordan, MI.
   The family will receive friends on Sunday from 4:00 to 7:30 P.M. at the funeral home. A rosary will be held at 7:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Grandvue Medical Care Facility, 1728 S. Peninsula Rd., East Jordan, MI. 49727. Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.penzienfh.com.


   William H. Midgett
, 73, of East Jordan, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Charlevoix Area Hospital.
   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Rev. James L. Jordan of the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan will officiate. Burial will be in Dunsmore Cemetery in Echo Township, Antrim County, MI.
   The family will receive friends on Monday from 3:00 to 5:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.penzienfh.com.




  Jerry L. Patton, 44, of Costa Mesa, California and formerly of East Jordan, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California.
   He was born on April 30, 1966, in Charlevoix, Michigan the son of George and Norma (Gee) Patton. He grew up in East Jordan and graduated from East Jordan High School in 1984. He worked five years at Allied Signal in Boyne City, now known as Honeywell International, Inc. He then moved to California. He worked for Jacob’s Engineering and then IMS in Brea, California in computer network design.
   He is survived by his mother, Norma Patton of East Jordan; brother, George Patton, Jr. of East Jordan; sister, Robin (Joe Walling) Patton of Boyne City; nephew, George Patton, III of East Jordan; nieces, Shianne Patton of East Jordan and Taylor Patton of Boyne City; maternal grandparents, Glen (Lillian Bricker) Gee of East Jordan; fraternal grandmother, Mary Ella Patton of Boyne City; his Fiance’, Yvette Shepherd of Indiana; numerous aunt and uncles; and a bunch of friends. He was preceded in death by his father, George Patton, Sr. in 1995 and a grandfather, Herman Patton in 1998.
   Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Rev. Rap Posnik of the East Jordan United Methodist Church will officiate.
T  he family will receive friends on Wednesday 3:00 to 5:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Patton Family, P.O. Box 504, East Jordan, MI 49727.




   Yvonne Combest, 84, went to be with her Lord, on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at her home in East Jordan.
   She was born on November 14, 1926 in East Jordan, the daughter of Henry James and Beatrice May (Wardell) McWatters. On June 12, 1943 in East Jordan, she married Everett L. Combest and raised six children.
Yvonne had worked at Mt. Clemens and retired from Dura in East Jordan after 20 years. She then worked at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan and retired after 14 years.
   Yvonne and Everett had also served as caretakers of Elm Pointe for two years. They had been a members of the East Jordan Snowmobile Club and loved to western square dance.
   She is survived by five children, Jean (Red) Lent of East Jordan, Ruth (Glenn) Crain of Charlevoix, Linda (Alvin) Merrill of East Jordan, Marilyn (Don) Williams of East Jordan and Everett Combest, Jr. of East Jordan; one son-in-law, David Russell of East Jordan; twenty grandchildren; twenty-four great grandchildren; one sister, Clara (Ervin) Prevo of East Jordan; three brothers, Dale McWatters of East Jordan and Jimmie (Toni) McWatters of East Jordan and Ronnie (Vicki) McWatters of Charlevoix; one sister-in-law, Effie Kern of Converse, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews; and her very close friends & neighbors, Bev and Martin Wiesler of East Jordan.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett L. Combest, Sr. in 2006; daughter, Beatrice Russell in 2008; one great granddaughter, Stormy Varney in 1994; sister, Mamie Bolser in 2001; and brother, George McWatters in 1987.
   The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan. Rev. James L. Jordan will officiate. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan.
   The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the Lighthouse Missionary Church. The family was served by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.



  Harold John Goebel, 93, of East Jordan, joined his Lord in Eternity on Saturday, February 12, 2011, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey, MI.
   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Jordan. Rev. Kurt Jensen, Rev. Harold Kruse, and Pastor Andy Goebel will officiate. Interment will be at Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan, MI.
   Harold was born on October 22, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Walter and Catherine (Wenderling) Goebel. He enjoyed growing up in Chicago with his brother Wally and sisters Ruth and Grace. He spent many summer days at Wrigley Field watching the Cubs and many Hall of Famers, which sparked his love of baseball. Harold served in the 134th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army during World War II. Upon returning to northern Michigan, he met his future wife Ometa, and they were married on December 15, 1945, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Boyne City. They enjoyed 63 years together. Ometa preceded him in death on November 20, 2009.
   Harold worked for the East Jordan Iron Works for 25 years and retired in 1980. He also farmed most of his life and owned and operated the Jordan Dairy Freeze, now known as Marty’s Cones & Carry Out, with Ometa in East Jordan.
   Harold enjoyed gardening, picking berries and mushrooms, cutting wood, collecting Petoskey stones, and watching the Pistons, Lions, Tigers, and Michigan State sports. He also loved fishing, walks in the woods, reading his Bible, and sharing stories and jokes. More than anything, he loved to spend time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Harold and Ometa spent twenty-five years as winter residents of Zephyrhills, Florida where they had many friends at Winters Park and Zephyrhills Wesleyan Church.
   He was a life member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of East Jordan, where his voice filled the sanctuary each Sunday. Through the church he forged life-long friendships that will continue in eternity.
   The family expresses thanks to Dr. Mark Richmond and the staff of Northern Michigan Regional Hospital, Len Mendel, PA., and the staff of the East Jordan Family Health Center, Denise Lundy of the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging, and especially Laurene Kooyer, who lovingly assisted Harold and Ometa for several years.
  He is survived by seven children, Jim (Esther) Goebel, Phil (Sue) Goebel, Janice (John) Domalski, John (Vranda) Goebel, Steve (Gretchen) Goebel, Joy (Bill) Murray and Dan (Christina) Goebel; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; one brother, Walter (Dolores) Goebel, Sr., one sister, Grace Jordan; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Ometa and sister Ruth Goebel.
  The family will receive friends on Monday, February 14th from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.
   Memorials may be directed to the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7855 Rogers Road, East Jordan, MI 49727. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.



 

   Betty L. Burt, 66, went to her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 in the arms of her husband at home in East Jordan. 
   She was born on March 5, 1944 in Charlevoix, the daughter of William and Geraldine (Adelblue) Healey. She grew up in East Jordan and graduated from East Jordan High School in 1962. She then attended North Central Michigan College in Petoskey. On August 24, 1963 in East Jordan, she married George W. Burt.
   She enjoyed spending time with her friends at the East Jordan Senior Center, the Coffee House and Darlene’s Restaurant all in East Jordan.
Betty had been a great athlete and played for “Kay’s Red Devils”, a women’s slow pitch team. She took great pleasure in spending time with her family, watching them grow up and play sports.
   She is survived by her loving husband, George W. Burt of East Jordan; four adoring children, Darrell Burt of East Jordan, Terry Burt of East Jordan, Kristy (Jeffrey) Sobleski of Petoskey and Jill (Joseph) Joyce of Howell; twelve grandchildren; one great grandchild; one brother, Robert (Thelma) Healey of Boyne City; one sister-in-law, Linda (Michael) Socia of Durand; one brother-in-law, Leroy Karsten of Oxford, Mississippi; and her favorite canine and companion, “Maggie”. She was preceded in death by her parents.
   Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church, 7874 Rogers Rd, East Jordan, MI 49727. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan.
   The family will receive friends on Saturday from 11:00 A.M. until service time at the church. Memorials may be given to North Country Community Mental Health, 06250 M-66, Charlevoix, MI 49720 or Lighthouse Missionary Church, 7874 Rogers Rd, East Jordan, MI 49727. Arrangements by Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.




Marian Alice Grutsch, 82, died Thursday, February 3, 2011 at her home in East Jordan.
She was born on April 8, 1928 in East Jordan, the daughter of Claud and Alice (Hott) Shepard. On October 1, 1947, she married Henry “Hank” Grutsch in East Jordan. They had three children and together raised Red Poll Cattle for 60 years. Marian had worked at the East Jordan Cooperative for 45 years, retiring in 1991.
  Marian was a 7th Degree member of the National Grange, a recipient of a 50 year Golden Sheaf by the National Grange, a 56 year member of the Peninsula Grange #706 in East Jordan and a member of the East Jordan United Methodist Church.
She is survived her children, Thomas (Sally) Grutsch, Nancy Brooks, Claudia (Kent) Libbey, and son-in-law, Richard Brooks; grandchildren, Aaron (Kate) Brock, Dawn Zimmer, Rick (Celia) Brooks, Mathew (Samantha) Libbey, MaryAlice Ruhling, Gary Brooks & Ashley Ferguson, Nathan Libbey, MaryAnn Brooks, Seth Grutsch, Kattie (Richard) White, Shawn (Lisa) Grutsch, Rebekah Grutsch and Alexander Grutsch; sixteen great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Naomi Shepard and Doris Grutsch.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry “Hank” Grutsch on May 3, 2009; her twin brother, Robert Shepard; brothers, Ralph Shepard, Sr. and Don Shepard; and grandson, Patrick Libbey.
  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Pastor Rap Posnik of the East Jordan United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan.
  The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2:00 until 7:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Memorial contributions may be given to East Jordan United Methodist Church, 201 Fourth Street, East Jordan, MI 49727 or Peninsula Grange # 706, c/o Nancy Brooks, 2282 S. Advance Road, East Jordan, MI 49727. Online condolences may be sent to www.penzienfh.com.

 

 

 

Donald K. Bahash, 76, died Thursday, January 27, 2011 at his home in Ellsworth. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. The family was serviced by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.

Ivah L. Weisler, 67, of East Jordan died Friday, January 28, 2011 at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. The family was served by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.

Jerry M. Brooks, 56, of East Jordan died Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan.
  In memory of Jerry M. Brooks, memorial contributions may be given to the benevolent fund at the Lighthouse Missionary Church, 7874 Rogers Road, East Jordan, MI 49727. Arrangements are pending at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.


Russell Phelps, 91, of Taylor died Monday, January 24, 2011 at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 4:00 P.M. at the Landmark Baptist Church, 1182 Kemp Road, Petoskey, MI 49770 (231) 347-2654 (www.landmarkbaptist.ws).  The family will receive friend on Saturday from 2:00 P.M. until service time at the church.
  Memorials may be given to the Landmark Baptist Church, 1182 Kemp Road, Petoskey, MI 49770 or Grandvue Medical Care Facility, 1728 S. Peninsula Road, East Jordan, MI 49727.  The family was served by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.


 




Angela Ann Malpass,
age 83, died Wednesday, January 19, 2011, at her home in East Jordan.
She was born Angela Ann Cooley, June 3, 1927, in Battle Creek, Michigan to Howard and Lillian Cooley. She attended Lakeview High School in Battle Creek through the 11th grade. Her family moved to East Jordan and she graduated from East Jordan High School in 1945. After graduation she worked in the offices of Bond Supply in Battle Creek and General Electric in Grand Rapids.
In 1948 she married F. Bruce Malpass of East Jordan and together they raised 5 children.
In past years she was active with First Presbyterian Church in East Jordan as a Sunday School teacher, Youth Group Leader and Director of the Youth Bell Choir. She also sang in the choir, was a Deacon, delivered Thanksgiving meals and visited the elderly in nursing homes on behalf of the church.
As a volunteer, Angela worked in the offices of the Charlevoix County Humane Society and played piano and served lunches for Rotary Club meetings. She was a member of the East Jordan Bridge and Garden Clubs.
She loved music and singing, interior decorating, fashion, movies and her dog, Jessie Rose.
She is survived by one daughter, Catherine Malpass (Fred Lake) of Plainwell, Michigan and four sons; Timothy of East Jordan; Todd (Marilyn) of Charlevoix; Tracy (Brenda K.) of East Jordan, and Tad (Brenda L.) of East Jordan.
She is also survived by eleven (11) grandchildren: Tam Clark; Michael (Allison) Mentzer; Brian (Kim) Malpass; Heidi (Stephen) Lewin; Rhett Malpass; Derek Malpass; Sara (Kevin) Vrondran; Lindsey (Nathan Skop) Malpass-Skop; Matthew (Natalie) Malpass; Kirsten Malpass and Keegan Malpass. In addition she is survived by twelve (12) great-grandchildren: Collin, Cameron, Madison, Abigail, Matthew, Jessica, Austin, Brittany, Devon, Eden, Meryn and Bristol.
She was preceded in death by her husband, F. Bruce Malpass, who was President of East Jordan Iron Works, Inc. at the time of his death in 1986. Also preceding her in death were her parents and her sister, Marilynn.
The family extends a special thank you to Barbara Balch of East Jordan who has been a devoted friend to Angela and her family for over 50 years.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to First Presbyterian Church, 207 Williams St, East Jordan, MI 49727, Hospice of Little Traverse Bay¸ 416 Connable Ave, Petoskey, MI 49770 or the Charlevoix Area Humane Society, 614 Beardsley St., Boyne City, MI 49712.
A private service will be held for her immediate family only. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan.
Arrangements are being handled by Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. of East Jordan.





Mildred Gocha, 76, of East Jordan died on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at home in Echo Township.
   She was born on March 14, 1934 in Flint, the daughter of Frank and Mae Stockinger. On September 22, 1949 in Flint, she married Dennis L. Gocha.
She lived in Clio until Dennis’ retirement in 1972 and then moved to the East Jordan area.
She was a member of the East Jordan United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, feeding wildlife and spending time with her family.
   She is survived by two daughters, Barb (Paul) Burks of East Jordan and Cathy (Jerry) Kowalski of Atlanta; two sons, Dennis J. (Linda K.) Gocha of East Jordan and Korie Gocha of East Jordan; twelve grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis L. Gocha, in 2009; her parents; one son, David Gocha in 2004; five sisters; six brothers; and several nieces and nephews.
   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Pastor Rap Posnik of the East Jordan United Methodist Church will officiate with interment at a later date in Dunsmore Cemetery, Echo Township, Antrim County, MI.
   The family will receive friends on Tues
day from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Memorials can be made to the Hospice of Northwest Michigan, 220 W. Garfield, Charlevoix, MI 49720.

 

 

 
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