Obituaries

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Gerald Moyer

Gerald Moyer, 75, of Morenci, Mich., died Aug. 2, 2021, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, Ohio.

He was born Sept. 24, 1945, in Morenci, the son of Kenneth and Ada (Eichler) Moyer. In November of 1976, in Tecumseh, he married Donna Stevens and she survives. Gerald owned and operated the Pizza Pit in Lyons, Ohio.

He enjoyed going to the races with his sons and grandsons and loved spending time with his wife and family. He also loved anything outdoors, such as hunting and fishing, as well at watching, driving, or wrenching hotrods.

 In addition to his wife, Gerald is survived by three sons, Robin Moyer, Robin Price, and Rodney (and Amanda) Price; two daughters, Danielle Ledesma and Heather Price; a brother, Burton Moyer; a sister, Janice Keefer; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lowell and Arnold Moyer.

 Funeral services are planned at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. until the time of the service at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci, with Pastor Tom Ordway officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Moyer family for future designation.

Arrangements were made with Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.


James Johnson

James Leroy Johnson, 66 of Morenci, Mich., died July 22, 2021, at his home, surrounded by family.

Jim was born April 8, 1955, in Hudson, Mich., the son of Richard and Ilah (Livingston) Johnson. He graduated from Morenci Area High School with the Class of 1973, and served in the National Guard for 22 years from October 1981 until August 2002. On Oct. 17, 1987, Jim married Susan M. Huff in Morenci and she survives.

Jim was a member of the Canandaigua Community Church and the American Legion. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, being outdoors, mechanics, and tinkering around with stuff.

In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by son Jeremy (and Rachel) Johnson of Morenci; daughters Christine (and Todd) Taylor of Adrian and Miranda Johnson of Morenci; grandchildren Hayden and AJ; brother David (and Phyllis) Johnson of Fayette, Ohio; and sisters Barbara Parker of Cheboygan, Mich., Cindi Kennedy of Cheboygan, Mary (and Ron) Walworth of Hudson, and Patricia (and Raymond) Youtzy of Fayette; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, July 26, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, with Rev. William Van Valkenburg officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.

 Arrangements were handled by Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.


Virginia Wanless

Virginia M. (Daniel) Wanless, 61, of Hudson, Mich., formerly of Morenci, Mich., died July 22, 2021, at the Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania, Ohio.

Virginia was born Nov. 30, 1959, in Lafayette, Ind., the daughter of Victor Daniel, Sr., and Edna “Lorene” (Wohlgemuth) Daniel. Both preceded her in death.

Virginia lived most of her life in Morenci and graduated from Morenci Area High School in 1978. She lived five years in Jacksonville, Fla., before returning to Michigan.

Virginia is survived by her daughter, Alisha (Wanless) Lesage of Jacksonville; three grandsons, Ryder and Nash Lesage of Luna Pier, Mich., and Patrick Brown III of Jacksonville; two sisters, Victoria and (Daniel) Smith of Adrian, Mich., and Vanessa (and Daniel) Korte of Clinton, Mich.; and one brother, Victor Daniel, Jr., of Fairfield, Mich.

A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to your local Hospice.

Betty deatrick rector

Betty Jean (Price) Deatrick Rector, 96, of Adrian, Mich., formerly of Morenci, Mich., died July 17, 2021, at Brookdale Assisted Living  under the care of Hospice of Lenawee. 

Betty was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Morenci, the daughter of James and Lottie (Zimmerman) Price. On Nov. 11, 1945, she married Robert Deatrick in Morenci. He preceded her in death Dec. 24, 1989. On Aug. 8, 1993, she married Robert Recto. He preceded her in death July 9, 2005.

Betty grew up in Morenci and was raised like a daughter by her aunt and uncle, LeRoy and Ethelyn Price. She graduated from Morenci High School with the Class of 1942. After earning a cosmetology license, Betty owned and operated Be-Dea Beauty Salon in Morenci for 20 years.

Betty was a member of Medina Federated Church, where she served in many capacities through the years. She loved the Lord and was passionate about sharing her faith in Christ. Betty loved raising her three children and her family was the cornerstone of her life. She loved to sew, crochet, take photographs, host family gatherings and travel. Betty had a card ministry with which she would encourage many people and make them feel loved. 

Betty is survived by three children, Kent Deatrick of Morenci, Kirk (and Connie) Deatrick of Livingston, Texas, and Karen Vereecke of Adrian; step-children K (and Jake) Roemmich of North Dakota, Cinda (and David) Metcalf of Arizona, John (and Jana) Rector of Indiana and Martin (and Jenny) Rector of Florida; nine grandchildren, Leslie Deatrick, Holly (and John) Jackson, Adam (and Emily) Vereecke, Alyssa (and Jacob) Shumaker, Austin Vereecke, Aubrey Vereecke, Alexis Vereecke, Anna Vereecke and Ashla Vereecke; several step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Price; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her uncle and aunt who raised her; husbands Robert Deatrick and Robert Rector; son-in-law Jeffrey Vereecke; granddaughter Ashlee Vereecke; and siblings Elizabeth Smith, William Price, Vernon Harper, Walter Price and Arnold Price.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Friday, July 23, at Medina Federated Church, 12603 Medina Rd., with Pastor Darren Lemmon officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci. Visitation is scheduled Thursday, July 22, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, 2959 N. Adrian Hwy., Adrian, and also Friday at the church from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Robert & Betty Deatrick Memorial Scholarship. 

Michael Anderson

Michael Keith Anderson, 72, of Fayette, Ohio, died July 7, 2021, at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio. 

Mike was born Jan. 26, 1949, in Lima, Ohio, to Woodrow and Betty Anderson. He attended Camden-Frontier (Mich.) schools. In 1969, Mike was drafted into the United States Army to serve in Vietnam.  

 He was a devoted husband to Barbara (Powers) Anderson for 49 years. 

For more than 45 years, Mike owned and operated Anderson Specialized Hauling. He was an active member of the American Legion Post 265 and the local VFW. He was a strong advocate for local veterans. 

In addition to his wife, Mike is survived by children Samuel Stuckey, Michael Anderson, Jr., and Richard (and Rachel) Anderson; seven grandchildren; brothers Robert Cody, Everett (and Lynn) Anderson and Dean (and Kim) Anderson; and sisters Barbara Hankinson and Becky Stine.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Roger (and Brenda) Anderson; and sisters-in-law Sharon Cody and Connie Anderson. 

 Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 11, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel.  Funeral services are scheduled at 1 p.m. Monday, July 12, also at the funeral home, with Pastor Kim Repp officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette, with military honors accorded by the Fulton County Honor Guard.

 In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior project. 

service for Peter Ambs, Jr.

A celebration of the life of Peter Ambs, Jr., is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 18, at the Ridgeway Township Hall, 103 W. Chicago Blvd, Britton, Mich.

Peter, a resident of Britton, died Feb. 26, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family.

Richard "Chick" Lumbrezer

Richard A. “Chick” Lumbrezer, 79, of Fayette, Ohio, died July 7, 2021, at CHP Inpatient Hospice in Defiance following a brief illness, with his family by his side.

Born at home Aug. 11, 1941, in Swanton, Ohio, he was the son of Cletus and Christine (Eisel) Lumbrezer. Chick graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Assumption, Ohio, with the class of 1959.

On July 27, 1963, he married Virginia “Ginger” Spenthoff at Our Lady of Lourdes in Toledo, Ohio.

Chick worked as a farmer for many years before an accident caused him to change his course. He retired from Defiance Precision Products after working for 28 years. Never one to sit still, Chick volunteered his time and talents as a 4-H advisor in Fulton County for 32 years. During this time, he helped his children and other 4-H members prepare for the fair and work with their livestock. Chick started camping at the Fulton County fairgrounds and the National Threshers Reunion with his family and they have shared over 50 years of laughter and memories.

He was a member of St. Caspar’s Catholic Church in Wauseon, Ohio, and belonged to the Knights of Columbus for more than 50 years. He was a devoted “Papa” and never missed his grandchildren’s activities.

In addition to his wife, Chick is survived by four children, Lisa (and Steve) Gustwiller of Wauseon, Laurie (and Larry) Naveau of Napoleon, Ohio, Matt Lumbrezer (and Cathy Parrish) of Fayette, and Luanne Lumbrezer-Strauss of Wauseon; grandchildren Stephanie (and Kunle) Lawson, Kendra (and Brian) Courtney, Caleb (and Emily) Gustwiller, Kallie, Mallorie and Madison Strauss, and Natalie Lumbrezer; great-grandchildren William Courtney, James Lawson and Jaxon Gustwiller; siblings Ruth (and Charlie) McGhee-Mika, Bill (and Judi) Lumbrezer and Joan (and “Boomer”) Rice.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son David; and brothers-in-law William McGhee and Robert Spenthoff.

Visitation is planned from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Caspar Catholic Church Parish Life Center in Wauseon. Mass of Resurrection for the soul of Richard will be celebrated by Father Todd Dominique at St. Caspar Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Monday, July 12, with a one-hour visitation prior to the start of Mass.

Arrangements were handled Wagley Funeral Homes, Adrian, Mich.

Memorial donations are suggested to CHP Hospice of Defiance, St. Caspar Catholic Church or the Fulton County 4-H Endowment Fund.

Thomas stambaugh

Thomas Alan Stambaugh, 66, lifelong resident of Fayette, Ohio, died peacefully at his home Thursday, July 1, 2021.

Born Aug. 26, 1954, in Wauseon, Ohio, Thomas was the son of Bill and Bea (Walters) Stambaugh. He attended Gorham-Fayette and Four-County Vocational Schools and was a graduate of the class of 1973. Tom spent his career on the road as a self-employed truck driver.

In his spare time, Tom enjoyed watching NASCAR and was an avid Dale Earnhart, Sr., fan. He raised cattle, was a farmer, and was a proud 4-H supporter, helping his children and grandchildren with many of their projects. He enjoyed classic muscle cars and had a passion for politics. Known as a “penny-pincher,” Tom had an eye for bargains and loved spending time at auctions.

Tom is survived by his children Nick (and Lacy) Stambaugh of Lyons, Ohio, and Ashley (and Michael) Schwiebert of Toledo, Ohio; siblings Jim (and Jean) Stambaugh of Wauseon and Susan Hulshof of Archbold, Ohio; foster-sister Janet (and Joe) Brown of Montpelier, Ohio; three grandchildren, Cooper Stambaugh, Amre Branson and Calleigh Schwiebert; nephew Jason (and Bridgette) Stambaugh of Sylvania, Ohio; great-niece Elle Stambaugh; and the mother of his children, Jane Schultz.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Bill Hulshof.

Cremation will take place. A memorial visitation is planned from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, July 12, at Fayette United Methodist Church Family Life Center. “Last Call” by the Gorham-Fayette Volunteer Fire Department, where Tom was a lifetime member, will begin at 6 p.m. and a memorial service will immediately follow.

The family suggests memorial contributions to his family to help with funeral expenses.

Ralph Reckner

Ralph Wayne Reckner, Jr., 68, of Morenci, Mich., died June 30, 2021, in Pontiac, Mich.

He was born May 2, 1953, in Wauseon, Ohio, to Ralph, Sr. and Ivagene (Rathburn) Reckner. On July 7, 1973, in Morenci he married Jaclynn S. Shoemaker and she survives.

Ralph was a Reserve Captain for the Morenci Fire Department and a master builder. He enjoyed history, especially World War II and Indian artifacts. He enjoyed working on brain puzzles, was a Checkers master and enjoyed watching baseball. Ralph was a very proud dad and grandpa who loved watching all the sports his grandchildren were involved in.

In addition to his wife, Ralph is survived by two sons, Jason (and September) and Dustin (and Jennifer) Reckner; a daughter, Maris (and Tyler) Sutherland; grandchildren Hannah, Collin, Emma, Lennie and Jeannie Reckner, and Bryson, Lydia, and Rosson Sutherland.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, David Reckner; and his in-laws, Oney and Katherine “Juanita” Shoemaker.

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, with visitation beginning at 11:30 a.m., at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home. Burial will be in Porter-Packard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lenawee County Humane Society.

Ryan Kast

Ryan Wayne Kast, 54, formerly of Morenci, Mich., died unexpectedly June 21, 2021.

He was born April 7, 1967, in Wauseon, Ohio, the son of Larry Kast and Joyce Jackson.

Ryan was a proud 1985 graduate of Morenci Area High School. He had many occupations throughout his lifetime which included electrician, farming, maintenance and construction. Ryan had a passion for the sport of wrestling and truly loved working as a wrestling official for many years.

His is survived by sons William and Jackson Kast; father Larry (and Karen) Kast; mother Joyce (and Gary) Jackson; brothers Tracy Kast (and Michele Taylor) and Pat (and Alyssa) Kast; step-brothers Jared (and Heather) Fee, Justin (and Cassey) Fee; step-sisters Angela (and Steve) Case and Melissa (and Adam) McLaughin; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother Lindsay Kast, and step-sister Rebecca Hernandez.

Arrangements for cremation were handled by Wagley Funeral Homes, Adrian, Mich.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for his sons, William and Jackson.

Randall Dominique

Randall J. “Randy” Dominique, 64, of Fayette, Ohio, died June 2, 2021, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo.

He was born on Aug. 11, 1956, in Wauseon, Ohio, one of 10 children born to Richard and Martha (Fouts) Dominique.

Randy was a 1974 graduate of Gorham-Fayette High School and a lifelong resident of Fayette. He worked in maintenance at Arrow Tru-Line in Archbold, Ohio, until he became medically disabled. Catholic by faith, Randy received his sacraments at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Fayette and was currently a parishioner at St. Peter Catholic Church in Archbold. He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus Council in Wauseon.

A simple man, Randy is remembered as a loving brother who cared deeply for his family. When he was younger, he enjoyed rides on both his bicycle and his motorcycle. He was an avid Ohio State Buckeye football fan and always rooted for Denny Hamlin in NASCAR. Going out to local eateries brought him great pleasure in recent years.

Randy is survived by his mother, Martha Dominique of West Unity, Ohio; biological son Joshua (and Annie) Oswald of Defiance, Ohio; biological daughter Jennifer (and James) Nelson of West Unity; seven siblings, Michelle Bingman (and Gene Crites), Robert (and Debbie) Dominque of Katy, Texas, Patricia (and Roger) Pinette of Kunkle, Ohio, Tracey (and Roger) Johnson of Madisonville, La., Trent (and Angelique) Dominique of West Unity, Richard Thomas Dominique II of West Unity, and Katrina (and Paul) Baughman of Kunkle; and four grandchildren, Tate, Dillon, Dakota and Johnny.

He was preceded in death by his father; two brothers, Michael and Anthony Dominique; and three nephews, Ronald James Bingman II, and Roman and Drake Dominique.

A Mass of Resurrection for the soul of Randy Dominique will be celebrated by Father Stephen Stanbery at 11 a.m. Monday, June 7, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Archbold. Rite of Committal will follow in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the church and continuing until Mass.

Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice or given to the family.

Arrangements were handled by Wagley Funeral Home, Adrian, Mich.

Marybeth cottington

Marybeth Cottington, 53, of Adrian, Mich., died May 18, 2021.

Marybeth was born Dec. 2, 1967, in Adrian, the oldest daughter of Ronald and Jennifer (Camp) Ball. She graduated from Hudson High School in 1986 and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Siena Heights University.

On Jan. 23, 1998, Marybeth married Levi “Jim” Cottington and they were blessed with 23 years together and many adventures. Marybeth, Jim and their children traveled the world together, visiting many countries in Europe and Asia, and put down roots living in Germany and India for several years.

Marybeth was the owner of The Posy Shop in Hudson, where she was able to express her creativity and market her works of floral art. Always appreciating flowers and their grace, Marybeth spent a good deal of time outdoors working in her flower beds at home. When she wasn’t with her flowers, Marybeth was spending time with her grandchildren.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was involved with the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce. Marybeth cared about others and served as a past treasurer for Habitat for Humanity and delivered for Meals on Wheels.

In addition to her husband and parents, Marybeth is survived by children Philip Michael Newell, David Andrew Newell, Megan (and Sara Heath) Cottington and Anthony Cottington; grandchildren Tegan Newell, Elijah Newell, Harold Cottington, Ray Cottington, Oliver Newell and Frances Cottington; and siblings Anne Vanderhoff, Michael Ball and Andrew Ball.

A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated by Fr. Todd Koenigsknecht at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hudson at 11 a.m. Monday, May 24, with a one-hour visitation prior to the Mass. Visitation is also planned at 1 p.m. Sunday at Wagley Funeral Home, Adrian, concluding with a Rosary at 5:30 p.m. The Rite of Committal will take place in St. Joseph, Mich.

In honor of Marybeth’s love of flowers, the family encourages sharing the beauty of flowers by buying locally and visiting the Blossom Shop in Hillsdale.

Harriet 'Ann' Johncox

Harriet “Ann” Johncox, 88, of Adrian, Mich., formerly of Morenci, died May 9, 2021, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility.

She was born Jan. 3, 1933, in Franklin Township, Lenawee County, to Leland and Ethel (Renner) Wilson.

Ann was employed by Fulton Industries, Inc., in the quality control department. She found great joy in reading and sharing those stories with her book club friends. Ann was particularly fond of written works by her favorite author, Gladys Tabor. Ann was also employed as a library assistant at Stair District Library in Morenci. She also enjoyed time spent quilting, crafting, gardening and bird watching. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and several book clubs.

Ann is survived by five daughters, Patty (and Mike) Horning of Brooklyn, Mich., Kathy (and Mike) Ziegler of Maumee, Ohio, Marcia Ries (and Mark Jarosemich) of Adrian, Brenda (and Tim) Long of Adrian, and Karen (and Steven) Strain of Sequatchie, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill (and Betty) Wilson; and a sister, Vicki (and Larry) Taylor.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Sheila and Winona; and a brother, Lee.

Funeral services were May 13 at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Tecumseh, Mich., followed by burial at Franklin Township Cemetery, Tipton, Mich.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Stair District Library in Morenci.

Paul Stockburger

Paul Frederick Stockburger, 91, of Fayette, Ohio, died May 11, 2021, at Fairlawn Haven in Archbold, Ohio.

He was born Dec. 7, 1929, in Fayette, to Carl and Anna (King) Stockburger. He married Carol Lydia Merillat on June 15, 1957, at Fayette Church of the Nazarene, and she survives.

Paul was a 1948 graduate of Gorham Fayette High School and a lifelong resident of Fayette. Throughout his working career he farmed and was also self-employed as a semi-truck driver for his former business, Stockburger Trucking. In his retirement, he worked nearly 15 years as a maintenance man and groundskeeper at 4H Camp Palmer near Fayette. He was a faithful member of Solid Rock Community Church in West Unity, Ohio, where he was an avid supporter of its missionaries. Paul and Carol also selflessly opened their home to nurture several foster children for almost 10 years.

In addition to his wife, Paul is survived by children Connie Lester of Angola, Ind., Fred (and Dawn) Stockburger of Fayette, and Teresa (and Mike) Knisely of Sylvania, Ohio; two sisters, Betty Weaver of Fayette and Barb Croninger of Archbold; nine grandchildren, Zach (and Lauren), Merinda (and Jake), Alissa, Hilary (and Austin), Parker (and Destiny), Cady, Erica, Josh (and Katelyn), and Mac; and nine great-grandchildren, Owen, Emersyn, Lydia, Layn, Kohlton, Mikey, Izzy, Evelyn and Jace.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law, Wayne Weaver and Marlin Croninger.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at Solid Rock Community Church with Pastor Randy Evers officiating. Private family burial will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled at the church from 11 a.m. until the service.

Arrangements were handled by Wagley Funeral Homes, Adrian, Mich.

Memorial donations are suggested to Solid Rock Community Church Missionary Fund.

Dorthy Mowery

Dorthy J. Mowery, 86, of Lyons, Ohio, died May 3, 2021, at Swanton Healthcare and Retirement Center in Swanton, Ohio. 

She was born Nov. 24, 1934, in Fulton County, Ohio, to Edward and Ethel (Myers) Davis.  

Dorothy was a 1952 graduate of Metamora High School.  She retired from Evergreen School District where she served as a school secretary.  She was a member of East Chesterfield Christian Church.

Dorothy is survived by son Scott (and Donna Elliott) Mowery; daughter Jeri Mowery; granddaughter Hannah Grace Mowery; and sister June (and Max) Seigneur. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Bernice Schaffner.

A memorial service is planned at 1 p.m. Monday, May 10, at East Chesterfield Christian Church, with Pastor Jim Mann officiating. Visitation is scheduled from noon until the time of service.  Interment will be private in Lyons Cemetery.

Memorial donations are suggested to Assistance Dogs of America, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, or East Chesterfield Christian Church. 

Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel handled arrangements.

Ivan Miller

C. Ivan Miller, 82, of rural Fayette, Ohio, died April 24, 2021, at CHP Inpatient Hospice near Defiance, Ohio.

He was born July 23, 1938, at home on the family farm, the son of Henry and Ethel (Keefer) Miller.

A lifelong resident of Fayette, Ivan was a proud graduate of Gorham-Fayette High School with the Class of 1956. He enjoyed the special bonds of his fellow alumni throughout the remainder of his life.

On April 19, 1958, he married the former Joan Morrison. They were blessed with 63 years of marriage, four children, and happy memories celebrating family.

In addition to crop farming his entire life, Ivan also worked for 36 years selling livestock at the former Lugbill Sale Barn in Archbold. Upon formal retirement in 2000, Ivan and Joan reaped the fruits of their labor with the construction of a new home nearby the family homestead. Ivan was a hard worker who instilled a deep sense of work ethic in his family, of whom he was most proud.

In addition to his wife, Ivan is survived by four children, Sherry (and Jean) LaFountain of Wauseon, Ohio, Richard (and Kathy) Miller of Fayette, Melanie Wyse of Fayette, and Dennis (and Denise) Miller of Fayette; a sister, Maxine (and Jim) Crawford of Wauseon; a brother, Elmer (and Carol) Miller of Wauseon; four grandchildren, Ashley Miller, Carrie (and Matt) Vascik, Tyler Miller, and Melinda (and Mike) Cobb; and two great-grandchildren, Ivan Michael Vascik and Joanna Lily Cobb.

Ivan was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Keith Allen Miller; three sisters, Christine Riegsecker, Mary Ellen Haeck; and a sister in infancy.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, at the Family Life Center in Fayette (306 E. Main St.), with his nephew, Mark Haeck, officiating. Burial will follow in Waldron Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, also at the Family Life Center.

Arrangements were made with Wagley Funeral Homes, Adrian, Mich.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Fayette Volunteer Fire Department Association or CHP Inpatient Hospice.

Dorothy Bernath

Dorothy Dean (Pearce) Bernath, 81, of Waldron, Mich., died April 21, 2021, at the Hospice Center of Northwest Ohio in Toledo, Ohio.

Dorothy was born Jan. 7, 1940, in Southfield, Mich., the daughter of Raymond and Elizabeth (Hughes) Pearce.

Dorothy was raised on a farm in Camden and graduated from Camden-Frontier High School in 1958. She married Dale W. Bernath of Waldron on Nov. 25, 1959, in her hometown of Camden. 

She was known as a deeply devoted wife and loving mother, who was fastidious and quite a perfectionist. In addition to spending time with her family, Dorothy loved to read, sew, quilt and make needlepoint artwork in her spare time. She enjoyed cooking, baking and gardening and she took great interest in the performing arts. 

 Dorothy also loved to take leisurely roadside day trips with her husband, Dale. She and Dale would regularly visit Amish Country towns throughout the tri-state area and frequent her favorite country shops with collections of arts and crafts. Dorothy was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren, and loved to brag about them to just about anyone, even complete strangers.

She is survived by son Mark (and Lucinda) Bernath of West Unity, Ohio; two daughters, Malinda (and Vincent) Bernath-Simon of Pleasant View, Tenn., and Shelly Tengler of Beverly Hills, Mich.; five grandchildren, Rachel (and Matt) Yoder, Lauren (and Dan) Hurd, and Grant, Colin and Hunter Tengler; five great-grandchildren, Jacob, Oliver and Wilbur Yoder, Marigold and Liam Hurd; sister Florence (and Lyle) Hukill; and sister-in-law Donna (Lemieux) Pearce.

In addition to her husband, Dale, she was preceded in death by her parents; sister Patricia Gillette; and brothers Mike, Frank, Glen and Victor.

Cremation will take place, and due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions, no public services are being planned for at this time. 

Interment will be made at a later date in the Waldron Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice Center of Northwest Ohio, Wright-Waldron Fire EMS or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements were handled by Wagley Funeral Homes, Adrian, Mich.

wilma huff

Wilma Jean Huff, 93, of Morenci, Mich., died April 18, 2021, at her home, under the loving care of her family.

She was born Aug. 20, 1927, in Pittsford Township, Mich., to Samuel and Luella (Spohr) Lockwood. She married Roscoe Huff on Dec. 20, 1946, in Morenci and he preceded her in death.

Wilma enjoyed quilting, sewing, beadwork, other various crafts, baking, camping, going out to eat, and square dancing with the Borderline Squares.

Wilma is survived by two daughters, Judith Ann (and Tom) Hephner and Janet (and Rex Livingston) Shoemaker; son William (and Mary Lou) Huff; two brothers, Samuel and Russell Lockwood; two sisters, Beverly Weber and Karen Miller; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Wilma was preceded in death by granddaughter Jennifer Hephner; sisters Lucille Ferguson and Barbara Hassenzahl; and brothers Merle, Harold, Kenneth, Donald and Richard Lockwood.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, with visitation beginning at noon and continuing until the time of the service at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci, with Rev. William Van Valkenburg and Pastor Jon Ruse officiating. Burial will be in Canandaigua Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Fairlawn Haven or to Elara Caring. Arrangements were handled by Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.

John hanawalt

John F. Hanawalt, 68, of Morenci, Mich., died April 17, 2021, at his residence. 

John was born in Morenci Nov. 5, 1952, to Ford J. and Caroline R. (Spencer) Hanawalt.  On May 22, 1971, he married Victoria Jean Woodby and she preceded him in death in 2010.

He worked at TRW in Fayette for 40 plus years, retiring in 2017.  John loved being outdoors—including hunting and fishing—and gardening.  He also loved being with his family.

John is survived by his sons Cody (and Lisa) and Ryan (and Angie) Hanawalt; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Pamela (and Larry) Rump. 

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents. 

Visitation is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel.  Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, with Rev. Aden Porter officiating.  Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. 

Memorial gifts are suggested to the John & Vickie Hanawalt Scholarship Fund.

Arrangements were handled by Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel.

Donald Emmons

Donald C. Emmons, 86, of Sand Creek, Mich., died April 16, 2021, at Swanton Valley Rehabilitation Center.

Don was born Jan. 21, 1935, in Jasper, Mich., the oldest of the six children of the late Carl and Pearl (Smith) Emmons and graduated from Sand Creek High School in 1952.

On March 12, 1955, he married Anita “Joan” Roth at her parents’ home. Don and Joan celebrated more than 57 years together before her death in 2012.

Don worked on the family dairy farm, milking cows until 1996, and was a member of the Holstein-Friesian Association of America. After selling the cows, he continued crop farming until just a couple of years ago. Don retired in 2008 after 55 years of driving bus for Sand Creek Community Schools. He loved his work and watched generations of Sand Creek families grow up and graduate. While driving bus, he worked at both Sand Creek and Packard cemeteries. Don was a faithful member of Weston Baptist Church where he served on the board. He also served as a trustee for Seneca Township. Additionally, Don served in the Army National Guard for eight years.

Don is survived by three children, Janis Emmons of Sand Creek, Judy (and Andrejs) Kalnmals of Chicago, Ill., and Curtis (and Julie) Emmons of Midland, Mich.; grandchildren Amanda (and Paul) Young, Christopher Kalnmals, Michael Emmons and Liena Kalnmals; great-grandchildren Parker and Hudson Young; siblings Mary Helen (and Hershel) Love, John (and Cheri) Emmons, Janet (and Douglas) Bennett, Norman (and Gloria) Emmons; and sister-in-law Mary Emmons.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Emmons.

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m., Monday, April 19, at Wagley Funeral Home, Adrian, with Reverends Duane Cross and Robert Farison officiating. Burial will follow at Sand Creek Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. until the service at the funeral home Monday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Weston Baptist Church or Camp Selah.

For those unable to attend the service, a live streaming will be accessible at www.WagleyFuneralHome.com, where a link to view the recording will be available for 90 days.

DonOVAn cool

Donovan James-Bovee Cool, 27, of Morenci, Mich., died April 10, 2021, in Jackson Mich.

He was born Feb. 16, 1994, in Adrian, Mich., to Sarah Margaret Cox Cool and Anthony Bovee.

Donovan will be remembered by many family members and friends as a fun-loving person who enjoyed video games and hanging out with his friends.

He is survived by his father; adopted father Everett Cool of Morenci; three siblings, Christopher Cool, Samuel Cool and Mary Cool; and a daughter, Autumn Storm Clough.

He was proceeded in death by his mother.

Due to Covid restrictions, his initial memorial and Mass services will be private for family members.

Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci next to his mother. Friends are welcome to pay their respects at the cemetery after April 24.

Patricia Keller

Patricia Jane (Reppert) Keller, 81, a committed follower of Jesus Christ all her life, died April 9, 2021.


She was born Nov. 13, 1939, to Theo G. and Twila (Shoup) Reppert in Morenci, Mich. Her father died in a car accident when she was seven years old; her mother then married Herbert Marks Knoblauch. The family members were active in the Morenci United Methodist Church.


Pat (Patty) graduated from Morenci High School in 1957. She attended Albion College in Michigan. Pat married the Rev. Ron L Keller on June 22, 1958. She then attended Heidelberg College in Ohio and studied music and elementary education. She taught private piano lessons to many children through the years and gave her oldest son his start as a professional jazz musician.


Later in life Pat graduated from Grand Rapids Medical Education School. She worked as a medical assistant in several doctors’ offices for 20 years and dearly loved working with patients. She also worked as an assistant to the director of the Southwest Michigan Music Center in Battle Creek for three years.


Pat enjoyed quilting, playing the piano, reading, playing card and board games, and watching her children’s and grandchildren’s musical concerts and ball games. She remembered great camping trips all over North America in their motor home with family and friends. Pat was fun-loving and quick to smile. She was known as a sweet, generous, compassionate, caring person with an amazing positive attitude, which she inherited from her mother and her grandmother. She was admired and respected by everyone who knew her. She was especially adored by her family and many friends.


Pat and Ron served in United Methodist ministry in Battle Creek, Republic (Ohio), Union City, Rockford, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Flint. After retiring, they lived eight years in Florida. Pat was a member of the Genesis class and United Methodist Women of Court Street United Methodist Church in Flint.


Patricia is survived by four children and seven grandchildren: Paul (and Michelle) and children Leah and Nathaniel of Saline; Laurel of Ypsilanti; Brad (and Lauren) of Kalamazoo and children Erin and Benjamin of Ann Arbor; and Brent (and Adrienne) and children Noah, Jonah, and Julia of Goodrich; cousins Suzanne Stevens of Dexter, Mich., and Joan (and Allen) Schuetz of Towson, Md., sister-in-law Kathie Knoblauch of Clayton, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather; husband Ron; sister Marlene Baker; and brothers Darrell and Mark Knoblauch.


Visitation is planned from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road Chapel, 8138 Miller Road, Swartz Creek, MI 48473. The funeral is scheduled at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 21. The funeral will be live-streamed through the Sharp Funeral Home website and all are welcome to attend virtually. Private interment will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci at a future date.


Memorial contributions are suggested to Court Street United Methodist Church of Flint, Mich., and/or Crossover Downtown Outreach Ministry of Flint.

michael cox

Michael Robert Cox, 80, of Morenci, Mich., died April 11, 2021, at his home.

He was born June 23, 1940, in Fairfield Township, Mich., to Robert and Ethel (Sallows) Cox. Mike graduated from Morenci High School in 1958 and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1961. He served as a radar maintenance technician until December of 1964. After returning home, he farmed with his father and was employed at various factory jobs until he and his father went into the excavation business in 1972. He continued to do excavating for the next 30 years and farmed until 2020.

He was a lifelong member of the National Farmers Organization. As a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, he celebrated more than 30 years of sobriety and shared his experience with others. He married the mother of his children, Nancy Meier, in 1965 and then on July 1, 2000, he married Carol Newcomer.

Mike is survived by his wife, Carol; his children, Loretta Cox and Perry (and Amanda) Cox; a grandson, Colton Cox; two sisters, Ann (and Kenn) Lemley and Mary (and Dan) Gilson; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Larry and Charles Cox.

Mike was a lifelong faithful member of Lyons Christian Church, where his funeral service is planned at 11 a.m. Friday, April 16, with Pastor Heather Schimmel officiating. Interment will be in Lyons Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, also at the church.

Memorial gifts are suggested to Lyons Christian Church.

Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel handled arrangements.

Evangeline Robinson

Evangeline Hope (Schoonover) Robinson, 78, of Ridge Farm, Ill., died April 4, 2021.

She was born Sept. 17, 1942, in Adrian, Mich. She was married to William Robinson of Ridge Farm.

Evangeline is survived by three children, Melinda (and Terry) Grindle of Terre Haute, Ind., Renee Bentley of Montezuma, Ind., and Matthew (and Patricia) of Clinton, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband William; daughter Vicky Marshall; son-in-law David Bentley; a grandson; and a great-grandson.

She was a member of the Nazareth Church in Ridge Farm. She was very active in kher community and love donating to charitiesk. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and other crafts. She loved playing Bingo and collecting anything to do with cats. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.

A private family service took place at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Georgetown, Ill. Donations are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Maurice Fenner

Maurice D. Fenner, 77, of Pettisville Ohio, died March 28, 2021, after a short illness.

He was born May 5, 1943, in Morenci, Mich., to Kenneth L. and Ruth E. (Carncross) Fenner.

Maurice graduated from Pettisville High School in 1962. After high school, he attended a semester of college and followed that with working a variety of jobs, including his last position at Granite Industries where he retired in May 2020.

On Nov. 14, 1970, he married the love of his life, Judith L. Thomson, who preceded him in death Aug. 26, 2015. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by sisters Mollie (and Gary Baur) Fenner of Florence, Ariz., and Denene (and James) Messinger of Virginia Beach, Va.; sisters-in-law Pamela (and Michael) Yoder of Clarklake, Mich., and Sandra (and Harold Menke) McManus of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughters Renee Wohlfarth of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Rebecca (and Dennis Wright) Fenner of Pettisville; three granddaughters, Deanna, Lucretia and Vania Wohlfarth; and many nieces and nephews.

No visitation is planned and a celebration of life service will be announced at a later time. Burial will be at North Pettisville Cemetery, also known as Amish Mennonite Cemetery, located on US 20A just outside of Pettisville.

The family suggests memorial gifts to CHP in Defiance, Ohio, or to a local animal shelter.

linda Opdycke

Linda J. Opdycke, 62, of Fayette, Ohio, died March 19, 2021.

Born April 22, 1958, in Montpelier, Ohio, she was one of eight children born to Fred and Betty (Smith) Nowak.

Linda lived her early years in West Unity, attending grade school at the former Alvordton School before graduating from Hilltop High School with the class of 1976. On July 28, 1979, she married Lyle “Butch” Opdycke at the Fayette United Methodist Church, and his family farm in Fayette became her permanent cherished home.

Linda selflessly joined Butch in business operations of the family farm, alongside raising three children. Possessing all of the qualities of a nurturing, loving and protective mother, she naturally assumed the respected role of the matriarch of the family. Her greatest honor, however, was granted to her upon receiving the title of grandmother, and she adored each of her grandchildren with every ounce of her being, dropping everything when opportunities arose to spend time with them.

In addition to farming, Linda also worked part-time positions at Fayette Tubular Products and in the kitchen at Fairlawn Haven in Archbold. Linda also enjoyed many years working at R&H Restaurant in Fayette, where she was able to market her domestic talents of delectable cooking, baking and pie making. She also loved travelling, cross-stitching, shopping excursions with her sisters, and trying her luck at nearby casinos.

In addition to her husband of 41 years, Linda is surived by sons Austin (and Hilary) Opdycke of Fayette and Adam Opdycke (and Jaime Stembridge) of Pioneer, Ohio; daughter Lindsey (and Jason) Ferguson of Adrian, Mich.; grandchildren Caleb, Carly and Camryn Ferguson, Owen, Emersyn, Lydia and Layn Opdycke, and Nathan and Kaitlyn Stembridge; seven siblings, Cheri Beagle of Bryan, Ohio, Cindy (and John) Merillat of Fayette, Teresa (and Ken) Watson of West Unity, Sheila (and Galen) Siegel of West Unity, Angela (and Mick) McGuire of Belmont, N.C., Laura (and Greg) Fleming of West Unity, and Chad (and Denise) Nowak of Stryker, Ohio; and numerous extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter McKinley Opdycke; brothers-in-law Bill Beagle, Albert “Buddy” Merillat, and Alan Lichtenwald; and parents-in-law Floyd and Hutoka Opdycke.

Visitation is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 22, at Fayette UMC Family Life Center (306 E. Main St.). Funeral services will be private, with Pastor Jeff Bandy officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Arrangements were handled by Wagley Funeral Homes, Adrian.

A live streaming of the service will be accessible from Linda’s tribute wall on www.WagleyFuneralHomes.com, beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday. A link to view the recording will be available for 90 days.

Jerry bach

Gerald J. “Jerry” Bach, Sr., 94, of Morenci, Mich., died at his residence March 15, 2021.

He was born in Lorain, Ohio, on Aug. 29, 1926, the son of John J. and Margaret (Lescher) Bach. Jerry proudly served his country in the United States Army. On March 3, 1948, he married Lucy Jane Smyth in Murray, Ky., and she preceded him in death Sept. 14, 2016. They were the parents of 12 children.

Jerry was a teacher of music his entire career. He taught for approximately 12 years at LaGrove Schools in Farina, Ill., before moving to Morenci and teaching there approximately four years. He retired from Tecumseh Public Schools after 16 years of service.

Aside from teaching, Jerry and his wife owned the former LBJ Whatever General Store (which started as a flea market) on Main Street in Morenci from the 1996 until 2005. The name stemmed from their names, Lucy, Bach and Jerry. The store sold many items, including wooden items made by Jerry himself.

Jerry was a member of the Morenci American Legion Post 368, the United Veteran Council, the 40 & 8, Veteran’s Executive Affairs, and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. Apart from music, he was a Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts, loved baseball, hunting, fishing, coin collecting and woodworking.

Jerry is survived by sons Gerald, Jr.(and Judy), Robert (and Kelly), Peter, Sr. (and Candy), James, and Thomas (and Christine); daughters Margaret (and Edward) Hill, Cynthia (and Dale) Fisher, Mary Jane (and Kearney) Neal, Theresa Perrault, and Gena Sproul; a sister, Beatrice Hovinetz; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, Jerry was preceded in death by daughter Grace; son John; granddaughter Roxanne; brother Raymond (and Mary Ann); and brother-in-law John Hovinetz.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel, with a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. A Mass of Resurrection is scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Caspar Catholic Church in Wauseon, Ohio, with Father Todd Dominique as Celebrant. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery in Lyons, with military rites accorded by the Morenci American Legion Post 368 Honor Guard.

Memorial gifts are suggested to the American Cancer Society or St. Caspar Catholic Church.

Jerry Valentine

Jerry Ray Valentine, 80, of Morenci, Mich., died March 12, 2021, at his home.

He was born Oct. 20, 1940, in Delta, Ohio, to Gerald and Mary Jane (Holman) Valentine. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1960. On Dec. 10, 1966, in Morenci, he married Linda Borton and she preceded him in death Aug. 10, 2016.

Jerry worked for TRW as a machine operator, retiring in 1997. He was a member of Morenci First Baptist Church, enjoyed fishing and nature, and was a lover of animals, especially cats.

Jerry is survived by two daughters, Lisa and Amy Valentine, both of Morenci; a brother, Dennis Valentine of Paw Paw, Mich.; and a sister, Sue (and Louis) Boilini of Pagosa Springs, Col.

In addition to his wife, Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Michael Valentine.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life is planned at 1 p.m. May 15 at Morenci Bible Fellowship church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee or the Lenawee Humane Society.

Arrangements are being handled by Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.

Margaret Sutton

Margaret L. Sutton, 91, of Archbold, Ohio, formerly of Fayette, died March 10, 2021, at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center, with her family by her side.

Born Sept. 9, 1929, in Deshler, Ohio, she was the daughter of George L. and Mary E. (Wright) Krohn. Margaret was a lifetime resident of Fulton County. Following high school, Margaret attended Ohio State University where she earned a bachelor of science degree.

On Oct. 14, 1951, Margaret married Wendell E. Sutton. They shared almost 65 years of marriage before he preceded her in death Feb. 2, 2016.

She was a die-hard NCAA football fan, never missing an Ohio State University game.

Margaret served as a teacher for the Evergreen School District for more than 28 years, where she taught home economics education. In her retirement, she continued to share her talents of cooking and baking. Lovingly known as the cookie lady, she would travel around her neighborhood in the “Cookie Patrol” (her golfcart) where she was the goodwill ambassador to her friends and neighbors, sharing a cookie and smile wherever she went. A gracious hostess, she loved entertaining in her home and all were welcome to sign her well-known guest book.

Margaret is survived by two daughters, Luann Bacon of Archbold and Karen (and Milt) Whitmer of Maumee, Ohio; brother Richard (and Sandra) Krohn of Burnsville, Minn.; five grandchildren, Tyler (and Erica) Bacon, Treasure (and Brandon) Sullivan, Rachael (and Jimmy) Martin, Rebekah (and Daniel) Kostreva, and Gabe (and Katelyn) Whitmer; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A public graveside service is planned at Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 13, with Pastor Jesse Kahler officiating. A memorial service will be private. Live streaming of the service will be accessible from Margaret’s tribute wall at www.WagleyFuneralHomes.com, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday where a link to view the recording will be available for 90 days.

Memorial contributions are suggested to WLMB, specifically the Share-a-Thon program; the Archbold Evangelical Church; and CHP Inpatient Hospice in Defiance.

Wagley Funeral Home, Adrian, Mich., handled arrangements.

Neva Shadbolt

Neva Leone (Camron) Shadbolt, 94, of Medina, Mich., died March 5, 2021.

Neva was born April 10, 1926, in Wauseon, Ohio, the daughter of Lester Edwin Camron and Ethel May (Milliman) Camron.

She graduated from Gorham Fayette Ohio High School in 1944 and entered into the Army Cadet Nursing Corps and was part of that organization through early 1946. On May 17, 1946, Neva married LaMoyne Richard Shadbolt, the love of her life. They were blessed with 67 years of marriage before LaMoyne’s passing in 2013.

Neva was a member of the Canandaigua Community Church, in which she held offices of deaconess and the missionary secretary while helping many years as a Sunday school teacher. Neva enjoyed being around children and volunteered with the Child Evangelism Fellowship Organization—an important cause for her. Neva served 18 years as a committee secretary and more than 20 years helping lead Good News Clubs for the youths in the area community. In the latter years Neva became a member of the Medina Federated Church and loved her church family.

Neva enjoyed traveling, the outdoors, family gatherings and being a mother, a homemaker and grandmother.

She is survived by five children, David (and Connie) of Mesa, Ariz., Stanley (and Rebecca) of Tipton, Mich., Janice Deline of Adrian Mich., Bonita Shadbolt of Edgecliff, Texas, and Brian (and Linda) Shadbolt of Adrian; 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Harry, Harold, Lloyd and Mahlon; two sisters, Alice McRoberts and Annabell Crippen; and son-in-law Royce Deline.

A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Friday, March 12, at Medina Federated Church in Medina, with Pastors Darren Lemmon and Bill Van Valkenburg officiating. Burial will follow at Medina Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church. Memorial donations are suggested to Medina Federated Church.

Arrangements were made with Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home.

Edith Dwyer

Edith O. Dwyer, 80, of East Jordan, Mich., and formerly of Morenci, Mich., died March 2, 2021, at her daughter’s home in East Jordan.

She was born Jan. 14, 1941, in Morenci, the daughter of Jerald and Pauline (Schaeffer) Johnson. She was the third of five children and was raised to work and cherish the country life.

Edith went to Morenci High School and it was there that she met her future husband, Duane. She and Duane married right out of school and moved to Lincoln Park and then to New Boston as he worked for Ford Motor Company.

Edith raised her children in New Boston, but moved with Duane back to her roots in Morenci in 2001. In Morenci she was an active member of the Garden Club and was known locally for her beautiful gardens. She spent many a day beautifying her home with plants and flowers. She was an avid canner of the rich produce from her yearly gardens.

Her daughter Jodie was born in 1963 and Edith was thrilled to be a mother. Though she couldn’t have a large family, she and Duane adopted a son, Mitchell, in 1969. The whole family enjoyed boating, hunting, fishing, canoeing and travel. Duane often said that Edith was the best fishing partner he ever had. She wasn’t afraid to bait a hook or land a catch. On one particular fishing trip Edith and Duane went to a remote fishing camp in Canada and were blessed to find themselves fishing and lodging with hockey star Gordie Howe and his sons.

Edith nurtured her daughter and other local girls by volunteering in a leadership position with the Girl Scouts. She enjoyed bowling with her many friends, enjoying the highest average most any particular night.

She suffered with Stargardt Disease from an early age. This rare disease affected her eyesight and rendered her legally blind for much of her adult years.

Edith had a wonderful sense of humor and was a friend to all. She was compassionate to her neighbors and total strangers. She visited and offered food to anyone whom she heard was in need.

She and her friend Yvonne had a small housecleaning business for a number of years as well as working for a local orchard making donuts and Christmas wreaths. Edith was always busy and worked from sun up until sundown.

Edith and Duane welcomed and hosted many of Jodie and Mitch’s friends. The Dwyer household was a refuge for anyone who befriended their children. Even when Mitch was tragically killed in 1988 by a drunk driver, Mitch’s friends were forever welcome at the Dwyer house.

When Duane passed away in July of last year, Edith moved in with her daughter and her husband in East Jordan and lived out her final days relaxing in her recliner and spending hours watching the fire in the hearth.

Edith loved her seven grandchildren. Since her eyesight restricted her reading from a book, she made up beautiful stories to her grandchildren. They looked forward to her visits and thoughts of new fictional adventures.

She is survived by her daughter Jodie (and Jeff) Crane of East Jordan; grandchildren Joshua Atwood of Brooklyn, N.Y., Jenna (and Kevin) Atwood-Tarczon, Janie Atwood and Julie Atwood, all of Portland, Ore., Jordan (and Anny) Atwood of Bozeman, Mont., Jilliann Atwood of Detroit, Mich., and Joseph Atwood of East Jordan.

In addition to her husband and her son, she was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Samuel, Robert, Audrey and Raymond.

Edith will be buried with her husband and son in Morenci’s Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Oregon Center for the Blind, Moms and Tots of Ellsworth or Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Arrangements are by Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Joan 'Tiger' Klier

Joan “Tiger” Amanda Klier, 87, of Lyons, Ohio, died Feb. 20, 2021, at her daughter’s home.

She was born Feb. 13, 1934, in New Bremen, Ohio, to Clifford and Lilas (Tontrup) Quellhorst.

Joan married the love of her life, William Richard Klier, Jr., on Nov. 20, 1951. In 1979, they moved to Lyons and owned and operated Carl Smith & Son Insurance Agency. Joan was a member of the Fulton County Historical Society and served on Lyons Village Council. In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting afghans and gave them away to veterans throughout the area.

Joan is survived by her son Bill Klier of Toledo, Ohio, and daughter Lori (and Roy) Wiegand of Perrysburg, Ohio; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother Kim Quellhorst; sister Bonnie Elsass; and many nieces and nephews.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter Cheryl; son Randall and sister Nancy Heitkamp.

Services at Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora will be private. Interment will follow at Lyons Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions are suggested to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551.

Glenn Flint

Glenn Elmer Flint, 59, died Feb. 18, 2021, at his home in Angola, Ind., surrounded by his family.

Glenn was born April 16, 1961, in Morenci, Mich., to Royal and Janet (Davis) Flint.

Glenn graduated from Waldron (Mich.) High School and also graduated from Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Mich., and Huntington University’s Graduate School of Christian Ministry in Huntington, Ind.

He married Jean A. Huffman on Dec. 18, 1982.

Glenn was an associate pastor, director of music and worship ministries and a member of Fairview Missionary Church in Angola since 2002. Prior to his work at Fairview, he worked at three other churches since 1983, when he and his wife joined the ministry. Glenn was licensed and ordained with the Church of the United Brethren Christ.

He loved music, harmonica playing and pointing people to Christ through music. Glenn enjoyed singing patriotic songs for many area churches and also for community and sports events.

He worked with the Steuben County Literacy Coalition reading to the children at Hendry Park Elementary School for the program known as “Real Men Read.”

Glenn enjoyed fishing and leisurely bike rides and was an enthusiastic photographer. He was a Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, and University of Michigan football and basketball fan.

In addition to his wife, Glenn is survived by his mother, Janet Flint Tinney of Angola; daughters Anna (and Levi) Marti of Sycamore, Ill., and Lyndee (and Greg) Neumayer of Goshen, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Layden, Alletheia, Esther, Mathias, Anastasia, Marshall and Sophia; brother Dr. Stephen (and Suzanne) Flint of Chambersburg, Pa.; stepsister Kathy (and Mark) Towers of Fayette, Ohio; and stepbrother Ric Tinney of Texas.

He was preceded in death by his father Royal Flint; stepfather Richard Tinney; and stepbrother Michael Tinney.

Visitation is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Fairview Missionary Church in Angola. Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church, with Pastor Norman Fuller and Pastor Joel Greenwood officiating.

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Steuben County, Ind.

Memorials are suggested to the Steuben County Literacy Coalition for the “Real Men Read” program or to Fairview Missionary Church for the music and drama ministries.

Stanley Berger

Stanley Berger, 69, of Morenci, Mich., died Feb. 18, 2021, at ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital, Adrian, Mich.

Stanley was born July 13, 1951, in Adrian to John and Katherine (Sallows) Berger. On Aug. 17, 1986, in Morenci, he married Susan A. Double and she survives. Stanley attended Weston United Methodist Church, enjoyed watching TV, going to fairs, festivals and movie theaters, and he loved to eat. Stanley loved his dogs and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Cheryl (and Tommy) Workman, Scott (and Rebecca) Berger, Jason Berger, and Sheila (and Jesse) Moyer; siblings Lawrence Berger and Linda Mort; niece Sarah Cole; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Shirley Pfeffer; sister-in-law Pam Berger; and brother-in-law George Mort.

Visitation is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci. The funeral service will be private, with Pastor Donna Galloway officiating. Burial will be held in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lenawee County Humane Society.

Arrangements were made with Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.

debra wheeler

Debra S. Wheeler, 79, of Bryan, Ohio, died Feb. 15, 2021, at McLaren St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, Ohio.

Debra was born Jan. 28, 1942, in Charleston, West Virginia, to Andrew and Pauline (Blankenship (Faber)) Litchfield. On April 1, 1970, she married William “Bill” L. Wheeler, on his birthday, in West Unity, Ohio, and he preceded her in death Jan. 3, 2018.

Debra worked at the former Beatrice Foods in Archbold; served as the dietary supervisor for Oral Roberts University, University Village in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and most recently worked and retired from Kamco in West Unity.

In her free time, she loved to spend time with her grandchildren. Her other hobbies include crocheting, cooking and watching the Hallmark Channel. Her favorite movie was “A Country Wedding.” She was a member of Restoration Tabernacle in Defiance, Ohio.

Debra is survived by children Karen (and Vic) Potter, Curt (and Laura) Coffman, Carol (and Alan) Warner, Kevin (and Lisa) Coffman, and Billie Wheeler; 23 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother Richard (and Dongsu) Litchfield; and sister Teresa Funk.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Courtney Sue Vincent and Nicole Elizabeth Wheeler; three brothers, Charles Martin, Ronald and Michael Litchfield; and two sisters, Patricia Legg and Judy Terry.

Visitation is planned from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel. Funeral services will be private at noon Saturday, with a public interment to follow at Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Pastor H. G. Strickland will officiate.

Memorial gifts are suggested to Restoration Tabernacle.

Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel is handling arrangements.

maynard Raker

Maynard P. Raker, 85, of Fayette, Ohio, died Feb. 10, 2021, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.

He was born April 1, 1935, in Archbold, Ohio, to Marion Paul and Isabel (Taylor) Raker. He graduated from Gorham-Fayette High School, and then served his country in the United States Army. On Jan. 18, 2015, he married Vicki Schnitkey, and she survives.

Maynard farmed and trained race horses his whole life. He was a member of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, the Indiana Harness Horsemen's Association and the United States Trotting Association. When he wasn't farming or training horses, he loved to spend time with his family and have coffee at the round table at Smith's Restaurant in Wauseon.

In addition to his wife, Maynard is survived by daughters Pam (and Carl) Farough, Annette (and Scott) Whitmer, Kimberly (and Brad) Nofziger, and Mara (and Matthew) Hoadley; son Mike Raker; grandchildren Kevin (and Erin) Raker, Ashley (and Matthew) Thorn, Erin (and Aric) Young, Caden, Grahm and Mila Nofziger, and Aria Hoadley; and great-grandchildren Jameson Raker and Tatum and Scarlett Young.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Luella Christianson.

A memorial service is planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at Fayette Christian Church, with Pastor Mary Jo Bray officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

Memorial gifts are suggested to Gorham-Fayette Fire Department.

The Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel handled arrangements.

David Fausey

David L. Fausey, 62, of Morenci, Mich., died Feb. 8, 2021, at Toledo Hospital.

David is survived by sisters Linda and Theresa Fausey; son John R. Fausey; daughter Carrie Ashbaugh; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Fern Fausey, and two grandchildren.

There will be no services and cremation has taken place.

Memorial contribution are suggested to the family at 610 Sycamore St., West Unity, OH 43570.

Short Funeral Home in Archbold, Ohio, handled the arrangements.

Betty Erbskorn

Betty Jean (Essex) Erbskorn, 91, of Morenci, Mich., died Feb. 4, 2021, at her home under the loving care of her family.

She was born March 5, 1929, in Elkhart, Ind., to George and Sylvia (Dirr) Essex. She graduated from Chesterfield High School with the class of 1947. Betty married John Fredrick Erbskorn on Nov. 27, 1948, in Seward, Ohio, and he preceded her in death March 4, 2006.

Betty was a member of the Morenci Congregational Church and Morenci Senior Center, and was a life member of the Morenci Garden Club. She was a co-writer of Gardener’s Grapevine in the State Line Observer and loved her co-workers and the kids at Morenci Area High School.

She spent most every day with her great-grandsons, Max and Ro, who put as much joy in her life as she did in theirs. She enjoyed watching her great-grandchildren who live far away on Facebook and FaceTime during the COVID pandemic. The time that she spent with her family and friends was her greatest joy.

Betty is survived by two sons, Kenneth (and Viola) Erbskorn of Milford, Ohio, and Arthur (and Jo) Erbskorn of Morenci; five grandchildren, Jacquie, Nicholas, Kara, Jacob and Kyle; and seven great-grandchildren, Maximus, Roman, Sage, Everett, Jolea, Keegan and Alex.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Mayline Hartman, Ruth Pike, Helen Piercy, Sylvia “Dolly” Boulis and Nina Fackler; and brother Earl Essex.

Services for Betty will be private, with Pastor Greg Morrison officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee.

Arrangements were made with Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel.

sandra Berry

Sandra Sue Berry, 65, of Fayette, Ohio, died Feb. 3, 2021, at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born on April 17, 1955, in Adrian, Mich., the daughter of LaVon and Marilyn (Huntley) Campbell. She was a graduate of Gorham Fayette High School and had been employed by M&S Corporation in Hudson as a secretary.

Sandra loved her horses and all animals. She enjoyed being outside whether it was for fishing, camping, showing her horses, or watching her grandchildren’s ball games.

In addition to her father, Sandra is survived by her two children, Adam (and April) Bailey and Tonya Bailey; four grandchildren, Alexis Mapes, Shawna Lester, Tyson Bailey and Reilly Bailey; brother Tom (and Bonnie) Berry; four sisters, Brenda (and Bill) Dickey, Lisa Meyers, Rebecca Shadbolt and Vickie Betz. She was preceded in death by her mother and grandparents.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Fayette. Funeral services will be private at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with Pastor Donna Galloway officiating. Public burial will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

Memorial contributions may be given to the family through the Crowd Funding link on the Eagle-Marry website.


chad Miller

Chad A. Miller, 80, of Morenci, Mich., died peacefully Feb. 1, 2021, at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Lenawee.

Chad was born Dec. 15, 1940, in Madison Center, Mich., to Charles and Lucille (Stevens) Miller. On Aug. 21, 1960, he married Carol Jean Munk in Hudson, Mich., and she survives.

Chad served his country with the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965. He worked as a barber at Varsity Barber Shop in Morenci for many years, retiring in 2006.

When Chad wasn’t working, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing golf, bowling, and playing slo-pitch softball, until he tripped over the chalk line, breaking his shoulder, and ending his career.

He also enjoyed playing cards, including euchre and pedro, and watching sports events, especially his beloved Detroit teams. Above all that, his greatest joys were his family and keeping a “perfect” yard, which only became more impeccable as the years went on.

In addition to his wife, Chad is survived by his children, Daniel (and Kathy) Miller of Pittsford, Mich., and Donna (and Bruce) Merillat of Morenci; a brother, James (and Marguerite) Miller of Hillsdale, Mich.; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings, Wendell Miller, Earl Miller, Blanch Bancroft, Bonnie Doran and Daniel Miller.

Visitation is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel. Private family funeral services are scheduled at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pastor and nephew Gary Miller will officiate.

Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci, at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee.

Ramona campbell

Ramona Dale Campbell, 70, of Bryan, Ohio, died Jan. 20, 2021, at St. Vincent's Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.

She was born on Aug. 18, 1950, to Ivan R. and Virginia I. (Kemp) Ford in Morenci, Mich.

Ramona was a 1968 graduate of Gorham Fayette High School and went on to take some college classes to further her education. She worked as a rural carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.

Ramona had a strong faith and love for her God, her country and her family. She was a member of the New Life Worship Center in Bryan. She enjoyed crafts, drawing and creating watercolor paintings. Ramona also loved to cheer on her beloved Ohio State Buckeyes during football season.

She is survived by three children, William “Ty” (and Heather Lee) Campbell, Shelby Walters and Allison Taylor; sister Rose (and Dave) Reade; 11 grandchildren, Logan Smith, Andrea Taylor, Sebastian Walters, Chelsey Taylor, Sierra Walters, Carly Smith, Brittney O’Niell, Addison Campbell, Blaze Campbell, Fisher Campbell and Stella Campbell; six great-grandchildren, Blayk-Rose Taylor, Divinity Rain Smith, Quinton Garza, Maci-Ann Taylor, Delilah Mackenzie and Ava Stites.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Roland Dean Ford; and a sister, Roxanne Smith.

Visitation is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Fayette Chapel. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the New Life Worship Center.

MATTHEW 'jim' bower

Matthew James "Jim" Bower, 74, of Hudson, Mich., died Jan. 22, 2021, at his home.

Jim was born Aug. 11, 1946, in Canton, Ohio. At the age of 12, he was adopted and became the son of Ernest and Leola (Erchlacher) Bower. After graduating from Addison High School, he studied at Jackson Business University and Jackson College, and also enrolled in online Bible courses.

On Nov. 25, 1967, at Manitou Beach Bible Church, Jim was married to Susan Merillat by Pastor Jack Nickelson. Jim had been employed with Jackson Die Cast, then owned and operated Baron Insurance in Toledo, Ohio, for more than 20 years, retiring in 1999. He attended Medina Federated Church and loved squaredancing with the Onsted Turnabouts. He enjoyed quilting, fishing, gardening, traveling, and collecting priceless treasures, especially teddy bears. Jim's greatest blessings were his three girls and fur babies.

In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his daughter Abbie Bower (and Ron Lundin) and granddaughter Angel Bower.

He was preceded in death by his parents and father- and mother-in-law, Dale and Dorothy Merillat.

Memorial services are planned at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at Medina Federated Church, with Pastor Darren Lemmon and Pastor Dan Stokes officiating. Inurnment will take place in Lime Creek Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Medina Federated Church or to the family via the CrowdFunding link. Arrangements are under the direction of Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Hudson Chapel.

Wanda Thompson

Wanda I. Thompson, 92, of rural West Unity, Ohio, died Jan. 21, 2021, at the home of her daughter while under the care of CHP Hospice.

Born March 14, 1928, in Munson, Mich., she was the only daughter and eldest child of Lowell and Amanda (King) Borton.

Wanda grew up near Fayette and graduated with the Class of 1946 from Gorham-Fayette High School. On Dec. 1 of that year, she married the love of her life, Bernard “Red” Thompson. They first made their home north of Alvordton, Ohio, before settling in rural West Unity in 1955, which remained the family home until earlier this year.

Wanda found joy in always keeping busy, whether raising her children or working outside of the home. She first worked in Morenci at the school cafeteria. After her children became adults, she worked for Sauder’s Barn Restaurant in Archbold, Ohio, where she was known for her signature personal birthday mini-cakes. When Sauder’s Heritage Inn opened, she worked in laundry and at the breakfast bar. Her combined tenure at Sauder exceeded 30 years before she retired only for health reasons in 2015 at the age of 87.

She was also locally renowned for her elegant and delicious cakes for various occasions, especially weddings. Wanda previously played the piano at Munson United Brethren Church, where she was then a member, and was currently a faithful member of Fayette Church of the Nazarene.

Wanda is survived by her children Linda (and Sherman) Hathaway of West Unity, Larry (and Donna) Thompson of West Unity, Rick (and Tina) Thompson of West Unity, and Lori (and Tom) Waidelich of Archbold; a brother, Jim (and Retha) Borton of Adrian, Mich.; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Wanda was preceded in death by her husband Bernard on Oct. 3, 1995; her parents; and son Danny Thompson.

Visitation is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at Fayette Church of the Nazarene. A private family funeral service will take place with Pastor Andy Reynard officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Arrangements were handled by Wagley Funeral Homes of Adrian.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Fayette Church of the Nazarene.


Ruth Smith

Elda “Ruth” Lewis Smith, 96, died Dec. 12, 2020, at Arcadia Care in Clifton, Ill.

Ruth was born July 25, 1924, in Lenawee County, Mich, the daughter of Arthur and Evelyn (Richard) Lewis. A lifelong learner, Ruth was valedictorian of her graduating class from Waldron High School. On Nov. 22, 1944, she married John (Jack) Peter Smith in Kalamazoo, Mich., and they settled in Morenci, Mich., where they resided for more than 50 years. In 2007, Jack and Ruth moved to Bourbonnais, Ill., to be near family.

Ruth worked in the medical office of Dr. Keith Whitehouse and Dr. Rebilo Diccion and did the bookkeeping for Smith’s Good News, the business she owned with Jack in Morenci.

Ruth was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She will always be remembered as an amazing homemaker, gifted seamstress, talented baker and sharer of poetry. She enjoyed healthy living, traveling, reading, sewing, playing games and participating at the First Baptist Church in Morenci where she was a member for many years.

Ruth is survived by son Mark A. (and Cheryl) Smith of Bourbonnais; daughter Becky L. (and Casey) Hamill, of Englewood, Col.; five granddaughters, Jennifer (and Alun) Champion of Lake Barrington, Ill., Jessica (and Andy) Corbus of Bourbonnais, Hillary (and Rob) Humphreys of Nashville, Tenn., Libby (and Ethan) Antonson of Denver, Col., and Heidi Hamill (and Brent Cowles) of Denver; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and nine siblings, Arthur Lynn Lewis, Helen Marie Lewis, Glen Lewis, Maureen Sterling, Virginia Welch, Thelma Mercer, Velma Davis, Betty Jean Wagner and Roberta Brock.

A graveside service will be scheduled in Morenci at a later date.


Elizabeth Ladd

Elizabeth Clara (Wiederkehr) Ladd, 99, of Waldron, Mich., died Jan. 15, 2021, surrounded by her family, at her son’s home where she had resided for the past 13 years.

She was born May 25, 1921, in Stryker, Ohio, the daughter of Benjamin J. and Clara E. (Weber) Wiederkehr.

In 1925, she moved with her family to Adrian, Mich. After attending several area churches, she along with her parents and a small group of people started the South Branch Chapel, now the Berean Baptist Church, in 1942 at the corner of Main and Beecher. Elizabeth served as the pianist and first organist and the last living charter member of the church.

It was at this church she met the love of her life, Earnest L. Ladd and they were married there on Feb. 1, 1947. In 1954, the Ladds joined the Ridgeville Bible Church (now Jasper Bible Church) to run the music program there. After doing a dual music program for a few months in early 1955 with the Brotherhood Tabernacle in Adrian, they soon realized they could only do one and stayed at the Tabernacle to assist with their live Sunday morning worship service on WABJ until the church closed in the early 1960s.

They then took a hiatus from music for a few years while attending Clayton Bible Church. In 1965, they moved to their farm on US-127 near Waldron and started attending Prattville Community Church, where Elizabeth served as a deaconess, mission board member, and treasurer for many years. After purchasing an organ in 1974, she served as the organist for more than 40 years. In addition, she served as the treasurer on the Board of Child Evangelism Fellowship in Lenawee County in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Elizabeth attended Adrian Public Schools where she graduated in 1939. She worked for a lawyer in Adrian for $5 a week and considered that her college education.

In the 1940s, she was one of three office personnel at Emma L. Bixby Hospital in Adrian and in the 1950s she was a bookkeeper at Gordon Burgess Bookkeeping in Adrian. While working there she also assisted every Tuesday in the office at Adrian Livestock Auction where she frequently closed out the sale.

She worked as a funeral planner, bookkeeper and organist at Everiss Funeral Home in the early 1960s. After moving to Waldron in the late 1960s, she was secretary and bookkeeper for the superintendent at Waldron Area Schools. After this, the 1970s and early 1980s brought her back to the now Everiss-Wagley Funeral Home doing the same as before. In addition to this, she ran Ladd’s Bookkeeping and Income Tax Service out of her Waldron residence for more than 40 years.

Elizabeth is survived by sons Stephen (and Dixie) Ladd of Waldron and Mark (and Janet) Ladd of Bryan, Ohio; grandsons Matthew (and Vicki) Ladd of Cuba, Mo., Joseph (and Erin) Ladd of Waldron and Nicholas (and Shari) Ladd of Hesston, Kan.; granddaughters Amanda (and Donald) Achenbach of Waldron and Tina Ladd of Adrian; 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandsons; one step-great-grandson and one step-great-great grandson; sister-in-law Helen Bennett of Adrian; and brothers-in-law Richard Ladd of Tennessee and Dan Ladd of Kentucky.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; youngest son, John Earnest Ladd; and her oldest grandson, Michael Stephen Ladd; and siblings Ruth Shrader, Margaret Diller-Abshire and Wayne Wiederkehr.

Funeral services are planned at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Prattville Community Church with her grandson, Pastor Nicholas Ladd, officiating. Burial will follow at Tedrow Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Prattville Community Church and again Friday at the church from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Memorial donations are suggested to Prattville Community Church or Hospice of Lenawee. Arrangements were handled by Wagley Funeral Home.

Gene Beaverson

Gene W. Beaverson, 83, a lifelong resident of Fayette, Ohio, died Jan. 16, 2021, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo.

He was born Nov. 1, 1937, at the family home in Gorham Township, the first of two sons born to Willard and Irene (Schroeder) Beaverson.

Gene was a 1955 graduate of Gorham-Fayette High School. He earned licensure as a real estate agent and broker. An entrepreneur at heart, Gene founded Beaverson Realty, a business he successfully ran for his entire life. The word “retirement” was not in his vocabulary. A lifetime of dedication and hard work included formerly serving as supervisor of the 50 + 5 in West Unity and as an auctioneer. He worked in construction and developed and managed several apartments, duplexes, rental homes, and self-storage units within Fayette and the surrounding area. He was also instrumental in bringing the Sterling Company (now Circle K) to Fayette.

On New Year’s Day 1975, Gene married the former Barbara Smith, and she survives. He attended the Lauber Hill Reformed Mennonite Church and was a former member of the Morenci Area Hospital board, the Fayette village council, and the Morenci Eagles.

In his spare time, Gene enjoyed spending time fishing on the family pond. His favorite pastime was meeting friends for coffee in Alvordton and discussing day-to-day happenings. He enjoyed exercising and walking his dog while he visited around town, as well as finding great pleasure in mowing his yard. He also enjoyed riding his scooter around town with his dog by his side. Gene was very proud of his family and loved them beyond measure.

In addition to his wife, Gene is survived by five daughters, Barb (and Kent) Lester of Fayette, Fawn Schaffner of Fayette, Cindy (and Tracy) Mitchell of Pickerington, Ohio, Chris (and Tim) Pennington of Fayette, and Danni (and Brian) Keefer of Fayette; 16 grandchildren, Natasha, Andrew, Chad, Ryan, Hillary, Lindsey, Wes, Nathan, Brittany, Aaron, Austin, Alec, Adriana, Tyler, Paige and Trey; and 22 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his son, Michael G. Beaverson, and his brother, Donald Lee Beaverson.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, from at the FUMC Family Life Center in Fayette. Funeral services will be private for family members and private burial will take place Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lauber Hill Cemetery Fund or the Gorham Fayette Fire Department.

Arrangements were made with Wagley Funeral Home, Adrian, Mich.

A live-stream of the service will be accessible at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at www.WagleyFuneralHomes.com and will be available for the next three months.


Wally Borton

Wallace (Wally) Borton, 95, of Morenci, Mich., died Jan. 11, 2021, with his wife by his side.

Wally was born Dec. 29, 1925, in Fayette, Ohio. He graduated from Fayette High School in 1943. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and fought in World War II. Upon returning to the states, he fell in love with Iola Markel, and they spent 72 years together in marriage faithfully loving and serving each other, their family and God.

Wally leaves behind a legacy of faith and family for his children and grandchildren to carry on. He loved fishing, watching ball games, and playing tennis. Wally had a strong work ethic and spent 30 years working his own construction business. He spent his life proclaiming the truth of Jesus and serving those around him, including serving in prison ministries and the Morenci Moody Adam Crusades. He and Iola raised their family in the Baptist Church. Throughout his life, he had a peaceful confidence about him that came from knowing his identity in Christ. His favorite verse to share with others was Proverbs 15:1, “A soft answer turns away wrath.”

Wally is survived by his wife Iola of Morenci; five children, Becky Miller of Morenci, Thomas (and Robin) Borton of Morenci, Shelly (and Peter) Larsen of Holland, Mich., Lorie (and Haines) Dennis of Otisville, Mich., and Karrie (and Dave) Rydzinski of Adrian, Mich.; siblings Mac Borton of Fayette, Martha Wyse of Archbold, Ohio, Helen Turnow of Curtis, Ohio, and Dan Borton of Columbus, Ohio; 16 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

Visitation is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The celebration of life service will follow at 1 p.m. Both events are scheduled at the Morenci Church of the Nazarene, 751 N. Summit St.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Holt International or Hospice of Lenawee.

Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Tracy Gleason

Tracy L. Gleason, 57, of Swanton, Ohio, died Jan. 4, 2021, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Morenci, Mich., on Sept. 26, 1963, to Joanna (Wood, Gleason) Spiess and the late Norman Gleason.

Tracy was a 1982 graduate of Evergreen High School. In 1999 he married Lisa (Guyer) Witte, who survives.

He was a union member of Carpenters Local 351 for more than 35 years and owned/operated Green Acres greenhouse in Archbold, Ohio, for more than 20 years. His passions included carpentry, agriculture, horticulture, and his various pet dogs. He will be remembered for his hard-working, helpful, and generous nature – he was always willing to lend a hand.

In addition to his wife, Tracy is survived by his mother, Joanna (Chalmers) Spiess of Delta, Ohio; sister Terrie (and Kevin) Freeman of Delta; step-children Josh Witte of Napoleon, Ashley Witte of Napoleon, and Matt (and Maria) Witte of Delta; step-grandchildren Caleb and Alex Zamora and Sophia Witte; and nephew and niece Gabe and Abby Freeman.

Tracy was preceded in death by his father in 2001 and father-in-law, Renwick Guyer in 2018.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Heartland Hospice in Toledo.

Larry Snow

Larry D. Snow, 71, of rural Archbold,Ohio, formerly of Pettisville, Ohio, died Jan. 3, 2021.

Born Aug. 2, 1949, in Morenci, Mich., he was the son of Clifford and Doris (Bacon) Snow.

Larry lived his formative years in Fayette and graduated from Gorham-Fayette High School with the Class of 1967. He furthered his education by obtaining an associate degree at Jackson Business College.

He married the love of his life, Sheryl Lea Apple, on April 24, 1971, in Bryan, Ohio, in a ceremony led by Pastor Richard Keese, and she preceded him in death April 11, 2017. Larry and Sheryl raised their family in West Unity, Ohio, before later building a home in rural Pettisville. Larry spent his professional career working as the vice president of Handy & Harmon of Archbold, and later as a purchasing manager for Sauder Manufacturing Company.

Larry was called to ministry in 1988 and pastored for 32 years at West Franklin Church of Christ near West Unity. He was known as a selfless servant who loved to share the love of Jesus with everyone he encountered. He was a current board member for Team Expansion Mission Project.

Larry was skilled at woodworking and made many crafts and treasured keepsakes for his family. Larry and Sheryl marketed their crafts at various craft shows. They also co-owned a puppy business, Snow’s Poodles and Doodles.

At age 60, Larry received the gift of life from his son, Eric, through a necessary kidney transplant and was an advocate of Donate for Life ever since. Larry was an avid Detroit Tigers baseball fan, to state it lightly. Larry’s greatest passion, however, was his family whom he adored.

Larry is survived by son Eric (and Brooke) Snow of Defiance, Ohio; daughters Melissa (and Dan) McKeever of Archbold and Angie (and Mark) Billups of Fayette; brother Roger (and Kathy) Snow of Huntsville, N.C.; two sisters, Janet Reynolds and Myrna (and Richard) Brown, both of Wauseon, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, Zach, Grant (and Hannah), Marina (and Michael), Logan (and Sami), Morgan (and Matt), Brennan, Ashton, Drake, Kendyl (and Chris), and Summer; two great-grandchildren, Emma and Wynter; mother-in-law Joyce Apple of Alvordton, Ohio; four sisters-in-law, Cindy (and Rob) Heller, Connie (and Kent) Landis, Sandy (and Troy) Carpenter, and Jan Seymour; a brother-in-law, Dave Apple; and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family.

Larry was preceded in death by wife; parents; father-in-law Richard Apple; two brothers-in-law, Jerry Reynolds and Ron Apple; and sister-in-law Sherry Apple.

Visitation is planned from noon until 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Church of Christ at West Unity. A victory celebration will follow at 6 p.m. with son-in-law Mark Billups and nephew Larry Kennedy officiating. Cremation will follow and burial will take place at a later date at the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

Arrangements were handled by Wagley Funeral Home, Adrian, Mich.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Donate for Life.

For those unable to be present, a live streaming of the service will be accessible from Larry’s tribute wall on www.WagleyFuneralHome.com, where a link to view the recording will be available for 90 days.

Jackie Green

Rachel Jacqueline “Jackie” Green, 96, formerly of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 30, 2020, at Charter Senior Living in Sylvania, Ohio, where she had resided since May 2019.

Jackie was born Oct. 13, 1924, in Detroit, Mich., to Elton and Florence (Woodison) Barret. She was the third of four daughters and remained close to her sisters throughout her life.

A few highlights of her childhood included winning a freckle competition and serving as a drum major for her high school band after the family moved to Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Working through high school, she saved money for college and graduated from Central Michigan University in 1946 with a physical education degree. Her love of dance led her to involvement in university productions.

During college she met her future husband, Robert Green, at a MSU/CMU fraternity-sorority social. They were married in Highland Park, Mich., on June 19, 1948.

After living briefly in Port Huron, Mich., the couple moved to Bob’s home town of Morenci, Mich., where he began serving as publisher of the Morenci Observer.

When the last of her children was in school in 1962, she began teaching physical education at Morenci Area Schools. She soon began studying for an elementary school teaching certificate and served as a second grade teacher for many years.

Jackie enjoyed making connections and helping people, and she was active in community services and events. She joined the local Child Study Club shortly after arriving in Morenci. She was a member of the Morenci Social Services Committee that formed in the 1970s to aid families in need at Christmas.

She was active in committees and functions through the First Congregational Church, was a member of the Morenci Garden Club, the Morenci Area Hospital Auxiliary, and the Red Hat Society.

In 1998 she organized the first Dixieland worship service at the Congregational Church and served as the Second Line Leader with the Ecumenical Jazz Band.

She was a Soft Aerobics instructor in Morenci for several years and served as a volunteer with Hospice of Lenawee. She and her husband were chosen Morenci Citizens of the Year in 1999.

Jackie is survived by sons David (and Colleen Leddy), Daniel (and Liz Rambus) and Thomas (and Ginny Gadbois Green); a son-in-law, Richard Ball; grandchildren Lisa (and Travis) Schmid, Megan (and Seth) Murphy, Janell (and Paul) Troutman, Benjamin (and Sarah) Green, Rosanna (and Taylor) Ballinger, Madelyn (and Travis Heeren) Green, Erin (and Jack McFarland) Green and Kerry (and Mart Viirand) Green; great-grandchildren Caroline and Elizabeth Ballinger, Ryland, Holden and Barret Green, and Evelyn Murphy; and sister Joan Neuwirth; and many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters Lois Traverse and Naomi “Toni” Wright; and a daughter, Diane Ball.

No funeral services are planned during the pandemic. A memorial stone will be erected at Morenci’s Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorial donations are suggested to Stair District Library or Morenci’s First Congregational Church.

John D. Van Havel

John Dennis Van Havel, 59, of rural Hudson, Mich., died at home Dec. 24, 2020.

He was born Aug. 22, 1961, to John Jay and Gayle (Hunt) Van Havel. He attended Morenci Area High School, where he excelled in track and auto mechanics, graduating in 1980.

John was a man of many trades. For years he ran his own trucking business (Van Havel Transfer). He was a skilled diesel mechanic and licensed welder, and he enjoyed farming.

John loved old western movies and participated in competitive cowboy shooting. He loved to collect and restore old firearms. He spoke passionately about politics and history, and in his leisure time, he enjoyed reading historic books.

John was active in the Sons of the American Legion and had many friends there. For the past decade he held many positions within the group, most recently the Zone 2 Commander. He was also on the Medina Township Planning Commission.

John loved to share a good laugh with family and friends and could always be counted on for a new raunchy joke to share.

On July 30, 1982, he married Karen Tejkl, and they had two daughters, Holly and Lacy. On June 12, 1999, he married Deborah Garcia.

John is survived by his daughters, Holly (and Broc) Nichelson and Lacy (and Brooks) Allen; father, John Jay (and Carol); brothers, Jeffrey (and Teresa), Jerry (and Lisa), Jason (and Misty); grandchildren, Braedon, Brielle, Natalie, Kendall and Henley; numerous nieces and nephews; step-children Victor (and Julie) Garcia, Steven (and Joyce) Garcia, Kym (and Dan) Baker, Krys (and John) Griffiths, Janie (and Chris) Bailey, and Maegen (and Jay) Sheldon and their families.

He was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing regulations, only a limited number of individuals will be allowed in the chapel at a time and face coverings will be required.

A private memorial service is scheduled Wednesday at 11 a.m., with public inurnment to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorial gifts are suggested to the Morenci American Legion Post 368 or the Sons of the American Legion.

The Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel handled arrangements.

Deborah Van Havel

Deborah Kay Van Havel, 71, of rural Hudson, Mich., died Dec. 24, 2020, at her home.

She was born Jan. 25, 1949, in Morenci, Mich., to Roger and Iva (VanArsdalen) Masters. Deborah had been employed with Hitt Trophy, National Can, Fayette Tubular Products, and retired from Sauder Woodworking in 2011.

She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary, Morenci Post #368, and she loved her dogs, Baby and Girly, that were always by her side. Among her other favorites were gardening, being outside, baking (she was known as having the best pie crust recipe), tractor pulls and fishing, and was an avid bowler.

Deborah is survived by her six children, Victor (and Julie) Garcia of Wauseon, Ohio, Steven (and Joyce) Garcia of Fayette, Ohio, Kym (and Dan) Baker of Stryker, Ohio, Krys (and John) Griffiths of Fayette, Janie (and Chris) Bailey of Marengo, and Maegan (and Jay) Sheldon of Blissfield, Mich.; grandchildren Victor Ray, Kylee, and Logan Garcia, Ashley (and Joel) Link, Ethan Baker, Taylor and Hunter Griffiths, Makaylin and Wyatt Bailey, and Kaydence Sheldon; great-grandchildren Aiden, Carli and Ella Link; step-daughters Holly (and Broc) Nichelson and Lacy (and Brooks) Allen and their children; brother Mark (and LuAnn) Masters of Morenci; and sister Mary (and Mike) McDowell of Morenci.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband Victor Ruiz Garcia; and granddaughter Ashtyn McCrae Baker.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Fayette Chapel. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing regulations, only a limited number of individuals will be allowed in the chapel at a time and face coverings will be required

Funeral services will be private at 1 p.m. Monday, with public burial to follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Morenci American Legion, Morenci Post #368, or to the Legion Auxiliary.


Lloyd harris

Lloyd R. Harris, 60, of Seneca, Mich., died Dec. 27, 2020, at Allegiance Henry Ford Hospital, in Jackson, Mich.

Lloyd was born Feb. 29, 1960, in Morenci, Mich., to Lloyd H. and Betty I. (Bryan) Harris. He married Diana Sandahl on May 20, 1988, in Toledo, Ohio, and she preceded him in death Dec. 29, 2013.

Lloyd was known to have a generous heart. He enjoyed hunting and being outdoors. His great joy was the sound of a dog’s howl on a late-night coon hunt. However, lately he would stop everything and do anything for his grandkids.

Lloyd is survived sons Lloyd Harris, Jr., and Mathew (and Stacy) Sandahl; sisters Brenda (and Terry) Sharp and Vickie (and Russell LaFountain) Baker; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four nieces and three nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Brad and Shelby Harris.

Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at a later date at Packard Cemetery, with Rev. Bill VanValkenburg officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Arrangements were handled by Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.


Frederick Sneider

Frederick “Fred” Alexander Sneider, 72, of Perrysburg, Ohio, died Dec. 19, 2020, at his home.

He was born in Toledo on Oct. 21, 1948, to Francis Bernard and Marie (Smith) Sneider.

Fred married his sweetheart, Dorothy Daoust on June 20, 1969, and they spent 48 years together until her passing Jan. 16, 2018.

Fred enjoyed bowling, golfing, playing cards (especially poker), camping and spending time with his family. Fred was a fan of Toledo Rocket football and loved to go dancing with his girlfriend. He retired from Marathon Specialty Projects as a controller. He was a member of the Elks and a faithful member of St. John XXIII Catholic Church.

Fred is survived by his children Pamela (and Steve) Miller, Cheryl (and Geoff) Plummer, Marilyn (and Mike) Trafelet, Becky (and Sean) Stover, Angela (and Billy) Horn, Vincent Anthony Sneider, Veronica Charlene (and Pete) Millon, Joseph (and Kayla) Sneider; 22 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; siblings Jim (and Fran) Sneider, Larissa Sneider and Jan (and Mike) O’Rouke; girlfriend, Linda McKinsey.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother Thomas Sneider; and son-in-law Timothy Ort.

A memorial mass is planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at St. John XXIII Catholic Church, 24250 Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. Burial will follow in Fort Meigs Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. John XXIII Catholic Church.

Arrangements were handled by Walker Funeral Homes.

Margaret Porter

Margaret Louise Porter, 93, of Morenci, Mich., passed into the arms of Jesus Dec. 26, 2020, at her residence.

She was born in Jeffersonville, Ind., Sept. 15, 1927, to Jacob Frank and Matilda Catherine (Kaelin) Hutt. On March 24, 1949, she married Roger Lewis Porter. He preceded her in death Sept. 5, 2010.

Margaret was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Morenci and attended Morenci Church of the Nazarene. Margaret enjoyed time with her family, music—especially playing organ and piano—reading and walking.

Margaret is survived by son Randall (and Jeannie) Porter; daughters Catherine (and Todd) Walker, Nancy (and James) Walker, and Anne (and David) Fowkes; 17 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Jean Brooks.

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Morenci Church of the Nazarene, with son-in-law Todd Walker officiating. Private interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation is also scheduled at the church from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. until noon Wednesday.

Memorial gifts are suggested to Africa Inland Missions for the ministry of Jamie and Kim Viands. Contact Randall Porter for information.

Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel is handling arrangements.

Barbara Jane Kruse

Barbara Jane Kruse, 80, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 16, 2020, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility in Adrian, Mich.

She was born in Seneca Township, Mich., on April 22, 1940, to Donald and Marie (Richardson) Roth. Jane attended and graduated from Morenci High School. She married William Kruse, Jr., in Seneca Township on Jan. 25, 1959, and he preceded her in death Dec. 6, 2019.

Jane worked for more than 25 years as a housekeeper at Morenci Area Hospital. In her spare time, she enjoyed yard work, playing Bingo, and square dancing. Her two favorite pastimes were her grandchildren and riding the motorcycle with her husband.

Surviving Jane are sons Jack (and Peggy) Kruse of Wauseon, Ohio, and Dale (and Dawne) Kruse of Richlands, N.C.; two granddaughters, Taylor (and Benjamin) Van Gorden and Kailey (and Seth) Burkholder; brother Jerry (and Lizbeth) Roth; sister Jean Brazee; and brother-in-law Don Emmons.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters Joan Emmons and Janet (and Alan) Livingston; and brother-in-law Ross Brazee.

Private funeral services are planned Monday, Dec. 21, and Rev. William Van Valkenburg will officiate. Public interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Public visitation is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and social distancing regulations, only a limited number of individuals will be allowed in the chapel at a time and facial coverings are required.

Memorial gifts are suggested to Morenci Area EMS.

Almeda Overmyer

Almeda Faye Thompson Overmyer, 85, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 18, 2020, surrounded by her family at home.

She was born June 13, 1935, to Ella (Stover) and Arnett Williams in Artie, W. Va. She was proud to be the oldest of 11 children. She married Vernon Thompson and had two sons, David and Michael. Almeda and Vernon parted ways and he died in 1983. Almeda then married the love of her life, Russel Overmyer, on June 10, 1978, and he preceded her in death Sept. 18, 2004.

Almeda worked at Morenci Rubber Products from December 1965 until the factory closed in October 1991. She then worked as a cook at Morenci Area Hospital from October 1991 until 1996.

Almeda loved spending time with her family, spoiling her grandkids and great-grandkids, quilting, reading her Bible, baking, gardening, sitting in her chair in the front yard and taking walks to look at the nature that God created. Almeda was known as a remarkable woman who would do anything for anyone.

She is survived by children Dave (and Brenda) Thompson and Mike (and Nancy) Thompson, both of Morenci, Nancy Loop of Tipton, Mich., Cheryl (and Bruce) Stricklin of Hudson, Mich., and Joe (and Diana) Overmyer of Morenci; siblings Kenneth (and Pat) Williams, Lowell Williams, Doug (and Cathy) Williams, Sandra Borton and Greta Peterson, all of Morenci, Junior (and JoAnn) Williams of Wauseon, Ohio; sisters-in-law Darlene Williams of Clear Creek, W. Va., Mary Merillat of Fayette, Ohio, Jackie Overmyer and Michelle Williams, both of Morenci; 14 grandchildren, Angela Fipps, Heather Speiser, Kristie Thompson, Jason Thompson, Cody Thompson, Amy Dunn, Kassi Crawford, Brad Stricklin, Josh Overmyer, Melissa Overmyer, Sara Loop, Jamie Longman, Lisa Wandel and Kaylee Overmyer; 24 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Almeda was preceded in death by her parents; her first and second husbands; three brothers, Gary Williams, Alden Williams and Dennis Williams; sister Judith Cornell; and son-in-law John Loop.

Visitation is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing regulation, only a limited number of individuals will be allowed in the chapel at a time and facial coverings are required. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Seneca Community Church, with Pastor Jon Ruse officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee.

Sue Double

Sue A. Double, 82, of Wauseon, Ohio, died, Dec.14, 2020, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.

She was born Oct. 15, 1938, in Edon, Ohio, the daughter of Ernest and Pauline (Case) Keller. She married Wayne Double on April 20, 1957, and he preceded her in death May 1, 1998.

A lifelong resident of the Archbold/Wauseon area, Sue was a homemaker and worked at the former Globe-Weiss Systems in Wauseon. She also served as a babysitter for area families.

Sue enjoyed camping, baking, reading, and monthly outings at Loma Linda Restaurant with her girlfriends. She was a lifelong member of the Nazarene Church in Archbold and recently attended the Wauseon Community Church.

Sue is survived by four children, Ronald (and Julie) Double of Bryan, Ohio, Johnna Richmond of Delta, Ohio, Troy (and Julie) Double of Archbold, Ohio, and Jody Sands (and Dale Baggemes) of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Melvin (and Rosie) Case of Wauseon and Steve (and Brenda) Case of Archbold; and one sister, Joan Westfall of Archbold.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two great-granddaughters; and a brother, Jerry Case.

Due to COVID-19, there will be no visitation. A public graveside service is planned at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Archbold Cemetery, with Pastor Jeff Sheldon officiating. Short Funeral Home in Archbold handled the arrangements.

Ronny Pickering

Ronny Charles Pickering, 76, of Jerome, Mich., died Dec. 6, 2020, at his home.

He was born Feb. 20, 1944, in San Diego, Calif., to Benjamin and Mary (Rodriguez) Pickering. He served in the U.S. Marines from 1963 to 1967.

Ronny had been employed by American Chain and Cable and most recently by General Motors in Adrian, Mich., before retiring June 1, 2001. He was a member of the VFW Post #1584 and the Onsted American Legion Post #550. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, and playing scratch-off tickets.

Ronny was known to have a great sense of humor. He enjoyed helping and caring for others and loved spending time with his family.

Ronny is survived by daughters Mary (and Eric) Johnson of Morenci, Mich., and Amy DeLine of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; brothers Steve (and Debbie) Pickering of Dallas, Ore., Phillip Pickering of Dallas, Jeff Pickering of Dallas, Scott Pickering of Dallas, Terry (and Peggy) Pickering of McKenzie River, Ore.; Jamie (and Rebecca) of Aumsville, Ore.; sisters Karen Romano of Chandler, Ariz., and Jodi Anderson of Dallas; eight grandchildren, Lucas and Zachary Johnson, Madison (and Mark) Mathis, Sage Satterfield, Kennedy Satterfield, Kendal (and Aaron) Hendrickson, Kayla DeLine and Shea Glaw; great-granddaughter Ofelia Satterfield; cousin Barb (and Harvey) Lloyd; and niece Lorrie Pickering (Ritz) of Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents Edna and Charles Randolph; brothers Larry Pickering and Michael Pickering; sister Linda Pickering; and grandson Ethan Satterfield.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be planned in the spring of 2021.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee. Arrangements were handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

Stephen Borton

Stephen Stanley Borton, 77, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 9, 2020, at Oasis at Adrian.

He was born Aug. 22, 1943, in Adrian, Mich., the son of Kirk and Barbara (Judson) Borton. After graduating from Morenci High School. After graduating from Morenci Area High School, Steve joined the U.S. Army, serving during the Cuban Missile Crisis from December 1962 to December 1965.

Steve married Cynthia Howard and she preceded him in death. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Morenci. Steve had an adventurous soul. He loved riding motorcycles and lived in many different areas throughout the U.S. He was a horticulturist at heart and had a gift for growing houseplants that took over sections of his home. Most of all, Steve had a kind heart and he loved his family.

Steve is survived by his children La Cinda (and Jeff) Womack of Novi, Mich., Justin Pigg of Toledo, Ohio, and Sara (and David) Lynch of Warner Robins, Ga.; two sisters, Mary Jane (and Steve Geer) Dopp of Tecumseh, Mich., and Lisa (and David) Stambaugh of Fayette, Ohio; four grandchildren, Adam Bedingfield, Dashal Womack, Astrid Pigg and Rudy Pigg; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be private and burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Congregational Church in Morenci or to Hospice of Lenawee.

Arrangements were handled by Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.

Ruth Nyce

Ruth Opal Yoder Nyce, 93, formerly of Fayette, Ohio, died Dec. 10, 2020, at Fairlawn Haven in Archbold, Ohio.

She was born March 21, 1927, in Louisville, Ohio, to Fred and Emma (Miller) Yoder. She married Robert W. Nyce on Aug. 2, 1950, in Louisville.

Ruth grew up in Louisville and graduated from Louisville High School in 1945. After high school, she attended Goshen College where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in music.

After their marriage, Ruth and Bob moved to Pennsylvania where Bob attended Hahnemann Medical school in Philadelphia. Ruth taught music during this time in multiple country schools and in Blooming Glen High School. In July 1956, the Nyces moved to Fayette where they lived for 50 years.

Ruth was very involved in the community. She served on the Fayette Opera House board of directors, performed as a member of the Pretenders, and was a member of the Fayette Woman’s Club. Ruth was very supportive of “Doc Nyce’s” medical practice for 47 years.

Music was an important part of Ruth’s life. She directed women’s choirs, mixed choirs, accompanied musicals at school, and directed the bell choir at Zion Mennonite Church for 20 years where she was a member. She accompanied many local soloists throughout the years.

Ruth enjoyed camping trips, cooking and entertaining. She spent time each summer with the “Lake Gang” which included her good friends from Fayette.

Ruth is survived by four children, Karen (and Randy) Stuckey of West Unity, Ohio, Richard (and Eileen) Nyce of Pettisville, Ohio, Susan (and Kirk) Stiffney of Goshen, Ind., and Philip (and Maribeth) Nyce of Jones, Mich.; 10 grandchildren, Emily, Jonathan, Rustin, Matthew, Hope, Kyle, Joshua, Aaron, Peter and David; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years and by a son, William Jay Nyce, in 1986.

Private interment will be at Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Memorial gifts are suggested to Archbold Fish Pantry, P.O. Box 5, Archbold, OH 43502.

Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel is handling arrangements.

Franklin Stover

Franklin M. Stover, 81, of Lyons, Ohio, died Dec. 6, 2020, at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio.

He was born Nov. 4, 1939, in Ameagle, W.V. to Clifford and Flossie (Williams) Stover. He married Bonnie J. Platt on Aug. 25, 1958, and she preceded him in death Sept. 23, 1973. On Sept. 11, 1991, in Greenup, Ky., he married Sharon K. Ferris and she survives.

Franklin had been employed by the Miller Brothers Construction Company as a road construction truck driver. Franklin loved sports, especially football and baseball. He was an avid New York Yankees fan, enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Roger (and Barb) Stover and Terry (and Autumn) Stover; three daughters, Deborah (and Charles) Beck, Carol Mynhier, and Amy (and Steven) Bennett; a brother, Buddy Stover; 20 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his first wife and his parents, Franklin was preceded in death by his son Clifton; sister Jacquline Andrews; brother Rudy Stover; and granddaughter Abigail Eller.

A private graveside service is planned Thursday, Dec. 10, at Canandaigua Cemetery, with Rev. Dr. Sam Wickard officiating. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Memorial gifts are suggested to Morenci Athletic Boosters.

The Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci handled arrangements.

Suzanne Adams

Suzanne “Sue” Adelle Adams, 71, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 5, 2020, due to complications of a stroke, at home under the care of Hospice of Careline Health Group, Comfort Care and her loving husband of 37 years, Mike Adams.

Sue was born March 23, 1949, in Adrian, Mich., to Clair and Verla Nadine (Clark) Sower. She graduated in 1968 from Blissfield High School.

Sue married Mike Adams of Morenci Dec. 16, 1983, in Fayette, Ohio, and he survives.

Her family was very important to her as were her nieces and nephews and many cousins. Sue loved to help people and her heart was filled with kindness for others. She loved to garden, play softball, make ceramics and paint. She loved to read Steven King books and do crossword puzzles. Her mind was said to be the equivalent of the modern day Google.

Sue worked hard all her life at various businesses, including Peter Stamping in Fayette, Dura in Adrian, Mich., Draper Decor in Monroe, Mich., and JaDo Campground in Irish Hills, Mich.

In addition to her husband, Sue is survived by two children, Angela (and Brian) Roe of Grand Haven, Mich., and Jacob Adams of Kalamazoo, Mich.; three granddaughters, Kelsey Kuhn of Adrian, Kendall Kuhn of Adrian and Kyle Kuhn of Grand Haven; three brothers, Charlie (and Janice) Sower of Holt, Mich., Donald (and Lois) Sower of Adrian and Steven (and Lynne) Sower of Tuscon, Ariz.; and one sister, Kay (and Doug) Miller of Irish Hills.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will planned at a later date.

Arrangements were handled by J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home in Adrian.

Ann Warner

In the arms of her loving husband, Rosalie Ann Warner, age 82 passed from this life to her heavenly home Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.

Ann, as everyone knew her, was born March 25, 1938, to Everett and Aldyth (Tuttle) Barnes. She attended Morenci High School, a graduate in the class of 1956. On Oct. 3, 1987, Ann married Woodrow (Woody) Warner in Seneca. After years of dedicated work in positions from secretary to estimator, she retired from Swenk-Tuttle Press in 1996.

Surviving Ann, in addition to her husband, Woody, are daughters Judy (and Steve) McHan of Dahlonega, Ga., Jacquie Crow of San Antonio, Texas, Lucy Warner of Dallas, Texas, Melissa (and Mark) Garland of Marengo, Ohio, and a daughter-in-law, Cathy Schoonover of Hudson, Mich. She was also blessed with eight grandchildren, Mark (and Nawana) McHan, Sam (and Ashley) McHan, Garrett (and Mayela) Schoonover, Hannah Schoonover, Joshua (and Cassie) Garland, Michael (and Alex) Garland, Jeremiah (and Steven) Garland and James Garland. Ann is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Jeff Schoonover.

Ann lived nearly all of her life in the Morenci and Seneca communities. She was a former member of Seneca Community Church and current member of First Baptist Church of Weston. She shared her gift of music, singing in choir, small groups, and solos. She was a Sunday School teacher where she touched many lives. Ann was also known for her green thumb, and until her health prevented it, she could be found tending her rose garden. Continuing her love of nature, Ann enjoyed watching a variety of birds visit the feeders outside her windows. An avid reader throughout her life, she was never far from her current book, and usually would read with one of her beloved cats snuggled on her lap.

Friends and family are welcome to visit Thursday, Dec. 10, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci Chapel. Funeral services are scheduled Friday, Dec. 11, with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and social distancing restrictions, only 25 individuals will be allowed in the chapel at a time, and masks are required.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Weston. Envelopes are available at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci Chapel, where arrangements have been entrusted.

Rose Sallows

Rose Sallows, 88, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 4, 2020, at Caring Dunn Right, the residence of her granddaughter.

She was born March 19, 1932, in Clayton, Mich., to Clyde and Stella E. (Simpson) Flint. On Nov. 29, 1954, she married Robert Sallows in Toledo, Ohio, and he preceded her in death in 2006.

Rose worked for many years as a waitress in various local restaurants. She was fun-loving, enjoyed music and dancing, and planting flowers. Another one of her favorite pastimes was shopping ’til “we” dropped. She was always there to lend a helping hand for anyone.

Rose is survived by daughters Sue (and Bill) Fee and Clara Moore; sons Jeffrey (and Cathy) and David (and Carla Repp) Sallows; grandchildren Jessica (and Heith) Dunn, Tonya, Paula and James Moore, Cheri (and Craig) Kent, Mindy Sallows, Stephanie Mossing, Michelle Jarell, Shane Curtis, Christopher(and Maria) Curtis, Shelly Jones, Leather Sallows, Kristen (and Joe) Hiller; and many great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers Delbert, Clyde Jr., and Eugene; sisters Vivian Smith, Gertrude Bailey, Joanne Poll, Shirley Brock, Virginia Blohm and Margarete Fox; and sons-in-law, Jerry Curtis and James Moore.

Cremation will take place. Services and inurnment at Oak Grove Cemetery will be planned at a later date. Memorial gifts are suggested to Morenci Food Pantry or the Salvation Army.

Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci handled arrangements.

Herbert Mansfield

Herbert Mansfield, 92, died Dec. 4, 2020, at Traverse Manor Assisted Living in Traverse City, Mich., after battling the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Herb was born Oct. 4, 1928, to Wayne and Ida May (Johnson) Mansfield on the family farm near Morenci, Mich. He was a graduate of Morenci High School. After graduation, Herb married the love of his life and best friend Evelyn May (Porter) on Aug. 16, 1947, in Morenci. Together they raised a loving family on their crop and dairy farm in Lenawee County, raising dairy and beef cattle and eventually just crop farming before retiring. During his farming days, he would tend to the needs of the cattle and crops and take a break long enough to drive a school bus for the Morenci Area Schools district.

For 38 years, Herbert and Evelyn enjoyed their winters in Leesburg, Fla., where they were very involved in the Holiday Mission Church. After arriving back home to Michigan, it didn’t take long for Herbert to have the truck packed back up ready for another traveling adventure.

Herbert is survived by son Thomas (and Donna) Mansfield of Traverse City; daughters Carol (and Marv) Studinger of Traverse City and Emilie (and Mike) Calvert of Broken Arrow, OK; daughter-in-law Susie Mansfield of Newaygo, Mich.; grandchildren Brook (and Bill) Yeager of Windermere, Fla., Aaron (and Lori) Mansfield of Traverse City; Abigail (and Aaron) Shier of Fort Mill, S.C., Lindsey (and Gym) Hinderer of St. Louis, Mo., Amber (and Steve) Yarber of Charlotte, N.C., Major Luke (and Andrea) Calvert of Parker, Col., Bree Gail (and Brandon) Stuk of Jenison, Mich., Corinn (and Nick) Kowalski of Traverse City, Dr. Bryton (and Jillian) Mansfield of Grand Rapids, Mich., and SPC Seth (and Amy) Calvert of Broken Arrow, OK; great-grandchildren; Cameron and Boden Mansfield, Will Yeager, Judson, Julia and Adeline Stuk, Nola, Bronson, Brecht and Lakeland Mansfield, Lincoln, Alexis and Raelynn Shier, Will and Hank Hinderer, Porter, Weston, Elliott, Lilli, Hudson and Genevieve Kowalski, Anniston Yarber and Olivia and Penelope Calvert; sister Maureen Mansfield-Smith; sister-in-law Margaret Porter; many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife; son Brad Mansfield; grandson Bronson Mansfield; granddaughter Shannon Brook Suydam; sister Eva Marie Beck Boydston; brother Nored Mansfield; sister-in-law Merle Mansfield-Speiser; his parents; and a son-in-law, Robert Suydam.

A memorial service honoring Herbert’s life will take place at a later date.

Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Michigan or Love Thy Neighbor Grand Traverse.

Arrangements were handled by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home of Traverse City.

Reva Miller

Reva Mae Miller, 87, of Gaslight Village Assisted Living in Adrian, Mich., died Dec. 6, 2020, at ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital from the COVID-19 coronavirus. She lived at Gaslight Village for the past three years.

Reva was born Aug. 9, 1933, in Lyons, Ohio, the daughter of Ralph and Lola (Robinson) Seigneur. On Sept. 7, 1952, in Lyons, she married William J. Miller.

She lived most of her life in the Lyons area and was known as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was a graduate of Lyons High School. Before her retirement, Reva was employed with the Toledo Blade newspaper in Toledo, Ohio. She was a member of the East Chesterfield Christian Church.

Reva is survived by a daughter, Cheryl (and Francis) Ladd of Sand Creek, Mich.; two sons, Ken (and Sheri) Miller of Hollywood, S.C., and Mark (and Patricia) Miller of Archbold, Ohio; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Vava Campbell and Vivian Seigneur; and three brothers, Paul (and Joyce) Seigneur, Lyle Seigneur and Max (and June) Seigneur.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. A private burial will take place in Lyons Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to East Chesterfield Christian Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Michigan. Arrangements were handled by Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.

Scotty Frey

Scotty Joe Frey, 58, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 3, 2020, at his home.

He was born Oct. 18, 1962, in Morenci, to Donald and Joanne (Redman) Frey. He was a graduate of Morenci Area High School. On April 16, 1983, in Morenci, he married Kelly Machelle Merillat and she survives.

Over the years, Scotty had been employed with Morenci Super Valu, Morenci and Hudson hospitals, and Sauder Woodworking. Scotty attended Medina Federated Church, was a lifetime member of the NRA, Morenci American Legion Post 368 SAL, and the Masonic Lodge Fairfield Lodge #125.

He enjoyed trap shooting, hunting and fishing with his son, restoring tractors, trips to Fletcher’s Pond, and family trips. Scotty loved the Lord, spending time and providing for his family, and serving others.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Dr. Chas Frey, DPT; daughter, Kelsey Frey; two brothers, Gary Frey and Tony Frey; sister Janie Frey; mother and father-in-law Donald and Carol Merillat; grandmother Mary Merillat; brothers-in-law Chris (and Molly) Merillat and Kent (and Jeanelle) Merillat; several aunts and uncles; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

All services will be private. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorial gifts are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci Chapel, is handling arrangements.