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Mary Ann Hoffman
Mary Ann Hoffman, 79, of Archbold, Ohio, died March 28, 2023, at Fairlawn Haven in Archbold.
She was born May 10, 1943, to Walter L. and Lucille (Cox) Wulff in Delta, Ohio. She married Jerry Hoffman on Aug. 5, 1962, in Delta, Ohio, and he preceded her in death Oct. 30, 2020.
Mary Ann was a housewife and also served as a pastor’s wife to Jerry, who pastored the Canandaigua Community Church. She enjoyed playing the piano, singing, sewing and gardening.
Mary Ann is survived by four sons, Jeffrey Hoffman of Fairlawn, Va., Daniel (and Tonia) Hoffman of Morenci, Mich., Michael (and Cynthia) Hoffman of Morenci, and Dick (and Rose) Hoffman of Adrian, Mich.; three daughters, Rose (and Richard) Hoag of Fayette, Ohio, Sue (and Todd) King of Onondaga, Mich., and Thelma (and Clark) Carncross of Johannesburg, Mich.; one brother, Thomas (and Sandy) Wulff of New York; 16 grandchildren; and 13 great -grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci Chapel. Funeral services will immediately follow visitation on at 3 p.m. with Rev. Darren Lemmon officiating. Burial will take place in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Canandaigua Community Church or Elara Caring Hospice.
Cherie Anne Snyder, 56, died March 28, 2023, at her home. She was born April 3, 1966, in Morenci, Mich., to Harold “Pete” and Janet (Brown) Shadbolt.
Cherie was a 1984 graduate of Morenci Area High School. On Aug. 10, 1990, in Toledo, Ohio, she married the love of her life, Michael Greg Snyder. He survives.
Cherie enjoyed gambling, and notably has played in every casino in the State of Michigan with the exception of Detroit. Her favorite pastime was traveling to the Upper Peninsula, where she had anticipated spending her retirement years. Most especially, she loved making memories with her beloved grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Cherie is survived by her parents, Pete and Jan Shadbolt of Bryan, Ohio; daughter Brandi Snyder (and Jason Sharrock) of Morenci; son Jacob Snyder of Morenci; sister Kim (and Bill) Gett of Lucerne Mines, Pa.; grandchildren Trinity, Braylee, Isaac, Raidon and JayLynn; brother-in-law Timothy (and Donna) Snyder of Reading, Mich.; and sister-in-law Renae (and Kim) Sabourin of Onsted, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Mark Shadbolt; her parents-in-law, Paul and Patricia Snyder; and a brother-in-law, Patrick Snyder.
Cremation will take place and there are no services planned at this time.
Arrangements are under the direction of Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.
Michael Joe Sonnenberg, 66, of Fayette, Ohio, died March 23, 2023, at St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio.
Michael was born Jan. 25, 1957, to Julian and Lorraine (Camera) Sonnenberg, in Toledo, Ohio. Michael proudly served his county in the Army. He married Gerda Krausch on Oct. 5, 1985, in Giesen, Germany.
Michael was very dedicated to the Army and was a member of the American Legion Post in Napoleon, Ohio, VFW, and AMVETS. He was a big Detroit Lions and Ohio State football fan. Michael enjoyed playing fantasy football. He especially loved spending time with his family.
Besides his wife Gerda, he is survived by sons Michael and William Rayburn; and daughters Angela Clark and Diana (and Robert) Somerlott; five grandchildren, William Webster, Nicole Somerlott, Jacoby Clark, Dillian Somerlott, and Kortney Somerlott; and brother Patrick (and Kristie) Sonnenberg.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter in infancy, Pamela Sonnenberg; and son-in-law, Jacob Clark.
Cremation has taken place.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future designation.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Hudson.
Norieta (Emmons) McMunn
Norieta Jean (Emmons) McMunn, 84, formerly of Conneaut, Ohio, died Thursday, March 2, 2023, at her home in London, Ohio, following a battle with metastatic breast cancer.
Norieta was born Sept. 3, 1938, in Fayette, Ohio, the oldest daughter of Ansel and Arlene (King) Emmons. She was a 1956 graduate of Chesterfield High School and graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in education.
Norieta was a retired elementary school teacher. She and her husband Charles were foster parents to more than 25 children. She was a former member of East Conneaut United Methodist Church in Conneaut, Ohio, and member of First United Methodist Church in London, Ohio. Norieta was a member of United Methodist Women for several years and always supported her church in any way she could.
She enjoyed reading, cross‐stitch, crocheting, word search puzzles, baking, and especially time spent with friends and family. She loved to socialize and had many close friends. She was a regular attender at the Madison County Senior Center and enjoyed exercise classes, movies, and other special events. Norieta was a member of the the Dazzzling Divas of Washington Court House—a chapter of the Red Hat Society—and a former volunteer for Heartland Hospice (now known as ProMedica).
Norieta was known for being such a kind and compassionate friend. She was always thinking of others, from checking on an ill friend, or offering to drive friends to their appointments, she always put others’ needs ahead of her own. She was a second Mom to so many children during her 10 years of fostering. She stayed in contact with many of the children she cared for, and as adults, they still looked to her for love, support and guidance.
She is survived by her son Todd McMunn (and Debbie Dunham) of Columbus, Ohio; her daughter Colleen (and Jeffrey) Miesse of Galloway, Ohio; two grandchildren, Gabrielle McMunn of Toledo, Ohio, and Clay Miesse of Galloway, Ohio; siblings Neree (and Geraldine) Emmons of Fayette, Ohio; and Marie (and Bruce) Cottrell of Morenci, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.
Norieta was preceded in death by her parents, and her loving husband of 59 years, Charles McMunn, whom she married June 13, 1959, and preceded her in death Dec. 2, 2018.
A memorial service is planned Saturday, March 25, at First United Methodist Church, 52 N. Main Street, London, OH 43140. Family and friends are welcome to pay their condolences from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the service to follow at 1 p.m.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the First United Methodist Church of London.
Ronald William Shaffer, 65, of Morenci, Mich., died March 2, 2023, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.
Ron was born Oct. 22, 1957, in Morenci, the son of George and Dora (Goff) Shaffer and was a graduate of Morenci Area High School with the class of 1976. On July 25, 1980, in Morenci, Ron married Joanne Deshler, and she survives.
Ron was employed as an auto body technician at Clift Pontiac for 33 years. Since 1988, Ron camped at Green Valley Campground where he loved to build fires. He was a member of the Morenci Eagles where he served as an officer for 32 years, the Morenci American Legion, and Adrian Moose. He loved to work, was a “jack of all trades,” teaching his son and grandsons the ropes. Ron never met a stranger and was a very friendly guy. He enjoyed bowling, golf, going Up North, morning coffee rides, and “Walmart” trips with family and friends.
In addition to his wife, Joanne, he is survived by one son, Devin (and Kelsey) Shaffer; two grandchildren, Reife and Trase Shaffer; three brothers, David (and Susan), Glen (and Marlan), and Roger (and Brenda) Shaffer.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece, Hillary Shaffer.
Visitation is planned from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci. A remembrance ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, March 6, at the funeral home. The family requests casual dress for both events. Cremation will follow.
Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Ronald Rae Ford, 60, of Pittsford, Mich., died Feb. 26, 2023, at his home.
Ronald was born March 2, 1962, in Fort Benning, Ga., to Richard and Arleta (Edmonson) Ford. He had been employed at Rima Manufacturing Company, retiring in June 2020. He enjoyed tractors, Harley Davidson motorcycles, classic cars and target shooting.
Surviving Ronald is his daughter Alyssa (and Glade) Turner of Metamora, Mich.; brothers Randy (and Lynn) Ford of Schoolcraft, Mich., Robert (and Kathy) Ford of Morenci, Mich., and Roger (and Carla) Ford of Morenci; sisters Rebecca Bismack of Morenci and Rhonelda (and David) Craig of Clayton, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law Bill Bismack and David McCullough; and nephew Dustin McCullough.
Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 2, with visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci. Burial will be held in Porter- Packard Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
James N. Fallon, 79, of Fayette, Ohio, died Feb. 18, 2023, at his residence.
Jim was born Dec. 25, 1943, in Morenci, Mich., to Harold and Verda (Ford) Fallon. He graduated from Morenci Area High School. On March 16, 1980, he married Joyce A. Bailey at the First Congregational Church in Morenci, and she survives.
Jim held several jobs in his lifetime, retiring from Sauder Woodworking.
Jim loved spending time with his grandchildren and his fur babies. He loved to collect antiques and signs, many of which he would lend to the Fayette Historical Society, of which he was a member. He was also a member of the Fayette Church of the Nazarene.
In addition to his wife, Joyce, Jim is survived children Shawn Quigley, Jennifer (and Cole) Landon, and Michelle Williams; grandchildren Damion and Trinidy Sell, Madison Landon, Steven (and Jolynn) Williams, and Chelsea (and Kyle) Erving; and sister Bonnie (and Larry) Elarton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son David Fallon; and son-in-law Alden Williams.
Cremation will take place and a memorial service will be planned at a later date.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future consideration.
Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel is handling arrangements.
Michael Francis Romanowski, 74, of Morenci, Mich., died Jan. 25, 2023, at his home, surrounded by family.
Michael was born June 7, 1948, in Jackson, Mich., the son of Frank and Stella (Kulas) Romanowski. On Aug. 28, 2007, in Sevier County, Tenn., he married Brenda S. Jewell, and she survives.
Michael had been employed at Martinrea International–Jonesville as a tool and die maker, retiring Oct. 1, 2021. Michael was a member of the Morenci Fraternal Order of Eagles. He enjoyed watching baseball, football and basketball, as well as attending the Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye games. He enjoyed traveling to Shipshewana for the flea markets and vacationing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in San Antonio, Texas, with his siblings. He liked going to the movies, country concerts and spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife, Brenda, Michael is survived by three sons, Tom (and Trina) Romanowski of Hudson, Mich., Bob (and Stacy) Romanowski of Tecumseh, Mich., and Mark (and Allison) Romanowski of Ypsilanti, Mich.; two brothers, John and Joe (and Holly) Romanowski, all of Jackson; two sisters, Suzanne (and Jerry) Fitzpatrick and Margaret Walicki, all of Jackson; two step-sons, Mike (and Vicky) Goodlock of Waldron, Mich., and Marty (and Nelly) Goodlock of Hinckley, Minn.; grandchildren Teá Shong, Bree Romanowski, Trey Romanowski, Ben Romanowski, Bailee Romanowski, Hanlin Romanowski and Stella Romanowski; step-grandchildren Victoria Goodlock, Robyn Goodlock, Hunter Goodlock and Tianna Bell; and step-great-great-grandson Jude Iris Bell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Francis “Bud” Romanowski; sister-in-law Bonnie Romanowski; and step-son Matthew Goodlock.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Hudson Community Center (Senior Center).
Memorial contributions are suggested to the family to help with funeral expenses.
Arrangements are under the direction of Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.
Sterling 'Wes' Clark II
Sterling “Wes” Wesley Clark II, 67, died Feb. 6, 2023, of a heart attack.
Wes was born Aug. 9, 1955, in Wauseon, Ohio. He grew up on a family farm near Wauseon and graduated from Wauseon High School in 1973. Following graduation, Wes attended barber school in Toledo, Ohio, and became a board certified barber. With his license, he initiated his life as an entrepreneur where he owned barbershops in Wauseon, Toledo and Morenci, Mich. Over time, Wes sold his barbershop business and started a new career as a flooring designer for both homes and businesses. He initiated this phase of this career by developing his own carpet and tile store in Morenci. Homeowners and businesses in Ohio, Michigan and Florida sought out Wes for his expertise on flooring design and high quality installation.
Wes lived in Florida for many years and recently returned to Michigan to be with his family. He was a friend to many, from a wide range of backgrounds. He looked out for the underprivileged and always wanted to help his friends and family. Wes enjoyed golf, bowling, the beach, his friends and family.
Wes married Emma Willingham and they had a daughter, Lindsey. He married Lisa Smith and they had a son, Sterling III, and a daughter, Jacqueline. Wes married Shannon Gore and they had sons Logan (and Sydney), Tyler and Caleb. Wes has eight grandchildren, Sabra, Kaylan and Zain, Gwendolyn, Vivienne and Eloise, Wyatt and Leo. Wes is also survived by two sisters, Beverly Clark-Wyse and Pamela Clark.
Wes was preceded in death by his mother and father, Sterling and Marilyn (Armbruster) Clark.
Visitation is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci, with funeral services starting at 3 p.m. Cremation will follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Eagle-Marry Funeral Home to help offset the cost of the funeral.
Kevin Ray Booher, 61, of Wauseon, Ohio, died Feb. 8, 2023, at his home.
Kevin was born April 14, 1961, in Hudson, Mich., to Janice Booher, and she survives. He married Pamela R. Waldfogel on April 15, 2008, and she survives.
Kevin was a 1979 graduate of Morenci Area High School and worked as a herdsman for Emmons Family Farms in rural Fayette, Ohio, until his early retirement due to illness.
He was very proud of each and every one of his children and grandchildren and they meant the world to him. He loved anything Harley-Davidson and loved to ride. He loved the outdoors and working out in the yard with flowers and plants.
Kevin also loved his little dog Harley, his constant companion. Kevin will be remembered as a kind soul who loved those around him deeply.
In addition to his wife, Kevin is survived by his mother, Janice Booher Lockwood of Hudson; children Leland (and Emma) Booher of Perrysburg, Ohio, Nicole (and Mike) Bays of Morenci, Kyle (and Abbie) Booher of Toledo, Ohio, Kevin (and McKenzie) Booher II of Wauseon; step-daughter Jennie (and Eric) Oyer of Wauseon; grandchildren Hayden, Harlee and Matthew Bays, Lincoln, Abel, Calvin, Lily, Colton, Weston, Ella and Titan Booher; step-grandchildren Darion Wade, Lane Oyer, Hunter Corley, Jaxson Oyer, Alayna Corley, Justice Corley and Evelyn Corley; step-great-grandchild Daxton Wade; siblings Kim (and Jeff) Roe of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Melvin (and Sheena) Bryan of Hudson, and Keith (and Jenny) Bryan of Florida.
Kevin was preceded in death by step-father Merle “Stub” Lockwood; grandparents Leland and Dorothy Booher; and step-daughter Krystal Corley.
Visitation is planned from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home, Wauseon, followed by a memorial service and celebration of life at 1 p.m. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Wauseon Union Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fulton County Humane Society.
Richard S. Phillips, 79, of Delta, Ohio, and formerly of Fayette, Ohio, died Feb. 8, 2023, at St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio, surrounded by his family.
Richard was born Jan. 16, 1944, in Hudson, Mich., to Howard and Eugina Phillips. On Oct. 2, 1965, he married the love of his life, Patricia Bittinger.
He worked as a farm hand during his school years, a job he very much enjoyed. Richard was a 1962 graduate of Waldron High School and attended Michigan State University the following year. After finishing school he spent time working in the manufacturing business and for Mobil Oil. He spent the majority of his time in the manufacturing business at Fayette Tubular Products in Fayette and Ohio Art in Bryan before transitioning to civil engineering at the Air National Guard base in Swanton where he retired.
He enjoyed camping, Michigan State football, spending time with family and friends, story telling, gardening, traveling with family, and attending Sunday morning service at the Fayette Nazarene Church with his wife.
As an outgoing and extremely friendly person, Richard loved to share a story and laugh with everyone he came across. He liked saying he never met a stranger, he only met new friends. His favorite pastime was tinkering in the garage. Richard also loved to help family with household projects such as remodeling, electrical work, dry walling, HVAC, repairing appliances, and all manners of handyman activities.
In addition to his wife, Richard is survived by two daughters, Sherri (and Dave) Harris and Christy Shadbolt; son Shane Phillips; sister Deb (and Mel) Schaedler; sisters-in-law Bonnie Bittinger, Pam Gambler and Barbra Phillips; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many members of his extended family.
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; parents; son Scott Phillips; son-in-law Mark Shadbolt; daughter-in-law Marquita Woodring; two older brothers; four older sisters, and four brothers-in-law.
Visitation is planned from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Fayette. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, with Pastor Andy Reynard officiating. Burial will follow at the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.
Memorial donations are suggested to the family for future designation.
Marjorie "Marty" Ely
Marjorie "Marty" LaFern Ely, 92, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 25, 2023.
Marty was born Aug. 5, 1930, the daughter of Orin and Verlah Keller.
Marty married Marvin Ely on Sept. 14, 1947, and lived the majority of her life in Morenci, Mich.
Marty was known as a very creative person. She was a wonderful seamstress, but also loved knitting, crocheting, smocking and quilting. Her creative talents also were expressed in painting and ceramics. Marty and Marvin loved to travel both in the United States and abroad. Later in life, they belonged to a local camping group. As parents, they wanted their children to explore the world, whether by camping or touring.
Marty was a lifelong member of the Morenci United Methodist Church. She was very active in the church, serving in many capacities. Marty and Marvin were also active in the Haines City (Fla.) United Methodist Church, where they worshiped during fall and winter months. After their retirement from farming and Keller’s John Deere Supply and Service, they relocated to Devils Lake.
Marty is survived by children Karen Londo and Jan Sprague; five grandchildren, Jeffrey (and Julie) Londo, Marcel (and Brad) Martin, Amanda (and Justin) Stroud, Sarah (and Eric) Salenbien, and Rachel (and Eric) Nichols; two step-grandchildren, Jason (and Kim) Decker and Steve (and Lucinda) Decker; eight great-grandchildren, Judah (Brooklin), Ella, Owen, Cora, Mira, Ryan, Adelaide and Lucas.
She was preceded in death by her husband; son Terry; sons-in-law Douglas Londo and Greg Sprague; and four brothers, Richard, Robert, Ron and Larry.
Visitation is planned from noon until the 1 p.m. service at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci on Saturday, Jan. 28. Interment will be private and burial will be in Morenci.
Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Darrel Lynn Joughin, 56, of Louisville, Ky., died Jan. 21, 2023, at his home.
Darrel was born Feb. 1, 1966, in Morenci, Mich., the son of Weldon and Carolyn (Rice) Joughin.
He was co-owner of Hays Auction House in Louisville. Darrel was a 1984 graduate of Sand Creek High School and a 1990 graduate of Eastern Michigan University. While attending Eastern, he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and had the opportunity to study abroad in England for a semester.
Darrel traveled the world extensively and was able to cross the Iron Curtain and dance in the fields of Austria where the Sound of Music was filmed. He was a jack-of-all-trades in carpentry and built a baby grand piano out of Legos that actually played. He was an avid University of Michigan fan and loved to play cards, especially euchre.
Darrel was known as a very proud and loving son, brother, uncle and great-uncle. He could talk to anyone, was great with kids as he was just a big kid at heart himself. He loved his Great Dane fur babies.
In addition to his parents, Weldon and Carolyn of Adrian, he is survived by his partner Ronnie Clark of Louisville; sister Donna (and Rodger) Kempisty of Columbia, Tenn.; brothers Danny (and Diane Shaffer) of Morenci and James Frederick of Louisville; niece Brittany (and John) Fee; and favorite nephew Brayden Fee.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Emerson and Mary Rice, and paternal grandparents Earl and Irene Joughin.
Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian. Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Friday, with additional visitation starting at noon until the time of the service at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian, with Rev. William Van Valkenburg officiating. Burial will be held in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or to the Great Dane Club of America.
Doyle Lee Beck, 74, of Morenci, Mich., died Jan. 8, 2023, at his home under the loving care of his family.
Doyle was born Feb. 15, 1948, at the family home in Morenci, the son of Quentin and Eva (Mansfield) Beck. He was a lifelong farmer, but had also been employed at Tecumseh Equipment as their service manager, Westfalia Dairy Equipment where he sold and installed dairy equipment, and he did carpentry work with Chris Merillat.
Doyle loved the Lord and was a very active member at the First Baptist Church in Morenci. He served on the church board as a trustee, was a deacon, Sunday school teacher, Youth Group Adventure Club leader, and ran the sound board.
He was a hard worker who loved to create and build things, even building his own house. Doyle was very good with computers, and if there was something that he didn’t know how to do, you better believe he would learn it. He loved snowmobiling, fishing and playing cards, especially Pepper and Canasta.
In addition to his wife, Melanie, Doyle is survived by two daughters, Stacy and Erin Beck, both of Morenci; one brother, Fred (and Caryn) Beck of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and two sisters, Cheryl Beck of Grand Haven, Mich., and Barbara Beck of Adrian, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee.
Arrangements are under the direction of Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.
Sandra Carol Lamley, 83, of Morenci, Mich., died Jan. 7, 2023, at home, surrounded by family, with the assistance of Hospice of Lenawee.
She was born Sept. 1, 1939, in Detroit, Mich., to Harold and Ann (Mark) Dorchy. She was a 1957 graduate of St. Theresa’s High School in Detroit, Mich.
Sandy married Gregory J. Lamley in Redford Township, Mich., on June 6, 1959. She attended Siena Heights College from 1958 to 1959 and later returned to Siena, graduating in 1973 with a degree in elementary education. Her teaching career at Morenci Area Schools included teaching second grade and coordinating the Chapter I reading program. She was part of a group that first organized fifth grade trips to Camp High Hope. Sandy retired in 1996.
Sandy enjoyed genealogy research, painting and creating in stained glass. She also attended Morenci athletic events throughout her adult life, supporting her family’s teams. Sandy and Greg enjoyed spending winters in Florida for many years.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughter Kym Ries of Morenci; sons Scott Lamley of Palm Bay, Fla., and Mark (and Erica) Lamley of Morenci; brother Robert (and Aggie) Dorchy of Novi, Mich.; grandchildren Alison Hanks of Rochester Hills, Mich., Adam Ries of Marysville, Ohio, Stefen (and Jillian) Lamley and Tatiana (and Justin Breen) Castro-Lamley of Springboro, Ohio, Destini Kruse of New Orleans, La., and Ty Kruse of Mount Pleasant, Mich.; great-grandchildren Cole and Callen Lamley, Mia Breen and two due in 2023; niece Amy (and Greg) Darby of Berkey, Mich., and nephew Brad (and Dena) Dorchy of Royal Oak, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and in-laws Rody and Elsie Lamley.
Cremation will take place and there will be a private gathering of the family. Memorial gifts are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee or the organization of the donor’s choice.
Eagle-Marry Funeral Home of Morenci is handling arrangements.
Barbara E. Johnston, 91, died Jan. 4, 2023, surrounded by her loving family.
Barbara was born May 3, 1931, in Fayette, Ohio, the daughter of James and Cora (Whitmore) D’Lameter. On Sept. 6, 1953, in Fayette, she married the love of her life, Wallace F. Johnston, and he preceded her in death.
Barb was a longtime member of Fayette and Weston United Methodist Churches. She was a faithful follower of Jesus and emulated that in all aspects of her life.
In her earlier days as a homemaker, she and Wallace enjoyed raising their children on their egg ranch. For fun the family all enjoyed spending summers together at Coldwater Lake and winters snowmobiling in Frederic, Mich.
Barb and Wally enjoyed one another’s company while dancing and going to car shows in their 1955 Studebaker President.
Barb is survived by daughters Kathleen (and Brad) Kebschull, of Wauseon, Ohio; Dawn (and Charlie) Pontious, of Wauseon; and Laurie (the late Kevin Hall) of Morenci, Mich.; and daughter-in-law Cindy Johnston, of Lyons; eight grandchildren, Kristina (and Lewis) Grant, Matthew Johnston, Brent (and Sarah) Kebschull, Marissa (and Aaron) Schmidt, Katherine (and Luke) Hutchinson, Jediah (and Kristin) Hall, Jade Pontious and Cody Pontious; 15 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, Barb was preceded in death by son Jeffery W. Johnston; siblings Wayne, Grace, Robert, Dorothy, Earl and Marvel.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is planned at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at Fayette United Methodist Church, with visitation beginning at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow the memorial service at the Morenci Eagles. Inurnment will be Saturday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m., in Butler Cemetery in Wauseon.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association, cancer research or diabetes research.
The Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci is assisting with arrangements.
Mary Lampe, 90, of Zeeland, Mich., died Dec. 30, 2022.
Mary was born May 13, 1932, in Jenkins, Ky. She married Howard McCann and eventually settled in Saline, Mich., where they raised their family. Mary worked in the medical records field in different hospitals. Mary met Bill Lampe in 1994 and they married later that year.
Mary and Bill spent most of their years together in the community of Morenci, Mich., where Mary was involved in the Eastern Star. She loved gardening and enjoyed sewing to make gifts for loved ones and people in need. Less than two years ago, she and Bill moved to Zeeland to be closer to their families.
In addition to her husband, Mary is survived by children Joseph and Nancy McCann, Barbara McCann and Margie Cashman; grandchildren Laura and William Sullivan and Rosie Cashman-McCann; great-grandchildren Keagan and Annabelle Sullivan; stepsons Brad Lampe and Tim Lampe; and sister Elizabeth Hall.
Mary was preceded in death by her first husband Howard McCann in 1988.
A private service will be held.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the World Wildlife Fund.
Judith Louise Derflinger, 67, of Fayette, Ohio, died Dec. 25, 2022, at Ayden Healthcare.
Judy was born March 21, 1955, in Morenci, Mich., the daughter of Leslie and Luella (Raker) Christenson. She was a graduate of Morenci Area High School. On Dec. 23, 1982, in Phoenix, Ariz., she married Kenneth Derflinger, and he survives. She had been employed at Circle K until her retirement in 2017. Judy was a member of National Threshers Women, and a former member of the Church of Christ in Phoenix. She loved crocheting, knitting and genealogy.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters Amanda Huisjen and Angela “Angel” Carter and brother Ted Christenson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Tom Christenson, and her grandparents.
Services for Judy are pending.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Derflinger Family for future designation.
Arrangements are under the direction of Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Fayette.
Mary Jane Storehalder
Mary Jane Storehalder, 91, of Lyons, Ohio, died Dec. 21, 2022.
She was born May 9, 1931, in Swanton, Ohio, to Orrin and Hilda (Halderman) Robinson. Mary Jane met the love of her life, Donald J. Storehalder, and they married on Feb. 16, 1950, in Swanton. He preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 2013.
Mary Jane worked hard all her life helping her husband manage the farm. In her later years she enjoyed gardening, sewing and fishing. Mary Jane was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in Assumption, Ohio, and the Rosary and Altar Society.
Mary Jane was as strong as she was compassionate. She was known to be forgiving and open hearted. Mary Jane was beautiful inside and out. She gave everything she had to help those around her.
Mary Jane is survived by children Richard Storehalder, Nancy (and Steve) Smith and Barbara Gerken; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sister Roberta (and Ronald) Burke; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Donald; her parents; sons Roger Storehalder, Robert Storehalder and William “Willie” Storehalder; daughters-in-law Anna Storehalder and Diane Storehalder; granddaughter Amanda Storehalder; sister Ida Selders and brother Jim Robinson.
Visitation is planned from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11, with Fr. Michael Dandurand presiding. Interment will Follow at Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery in Lyons.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Lyons Royalton Fire Dept., 409 E. Morenci St., Lyons, OH 43533.
Margie Ann Jennifer Ingall, 79, of Bryan, Ohio, formerly of Lyons, Ohio, died Dec. 15, 2022, at Bryan Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center where she was a resident for many years.
Margie was born Feb. 22, 1943, in Adrian, Mich., to Wilford Clark and Doris Irene (Dunbar) Ingall. Margie worked for many years as a secretary for her grandfather’s and father’s business, Dunbar-Ingall Chevrolet in Lyons. Margie was a member of Lyons Christian Church where she served as an organist and a Bible School teacher for many years. She enjoyed playing Bingo and won many prizes at the nursing center.
She is survived by her sister Jayne (and Jim) Steffel of Bryan; nieces and nephew Joanna Steffel of Defiance, Jody (and Billy) Garris of Holgate, Ohio, Jennifer Shoults of Westerville, Ohio, Troy Gleason of Chicago, Ill., Victoria Long of Adrian, and Alexia Long of Defiance; great-nieces and great-nephew Sam Shoults and Addie Shoults, Gracie Gleason and Olivia Gleason.
Margie was preceded in death by her parents and sister Annette Ingall Gleason.
Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Grisier Funeral Home, Stryker, Ohio. Funeral service will follow the visitation at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Celebrant Adam Grisier will officiate. Family and friends will gather 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at Lyons Cemetery for a graveside service and interment.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Central Mennonite Church, Archbold, Ohio.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Grisier Funeral Home, Stryker.
Kymberly Mae (Garcia) Baker, 52, of Stryker, Ohio, died unexpectedly Dec. 13, 2022, at her home
Kym was born Sept. 8, 1970, in Adrian, Mich., the daughter of Victor and Deborah (Masters) Garcia. Kym was a graduate of Pettisville High School and received a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Findlay. On May 12, 1994, in Bryan, Ohio, she married Daniel Baker, and he survives.
Kym was employed with Powers and Sons as their HR manager and enjoyed collecting antiques. She will be remembered for her goofy personality and selfless nature. She always took time to put others first, especially her family and fur babies.
Surviving Kym is her husband Dan; son Ethan (and Nancy Spangler) Baker; brothers Victor (and Julie) Garcia and Steven (and Joyce) Garcia; sisters Krys (and John) Griffiths, Janie (and Chris) Bailey, and Maegen (and Jay) Sheldon; mother-in-law Marsha Baker; brother-in-law Dave Baker; and sister-in-law Debbie (and Greg) Taylor.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Ashtyn Baker; and father-in-law Ron Baker.
Funeral services are planned at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec.19, with visitation beginning at noon until the time of the service at First Baptist Church in Bryan, Ohio, with Pastor John MacFarlane officiating. A private burial will be held in Pleasant View Union Cemetery, Fayette.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Baker Family for future designation.
Arrangements are under the direction of Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel.
Elizabeth 'Sis' Rowland
Elizabeth Ann “Sis” Rowland, 96, lifelong resident of Lyons, Ohio, died Dec. 10, 2022.
Sis was born Aug. 28, 1926, in Lyons to Harry and Beulah (Fetterman) Tredway. She graduated from Lyons High School in 1944 and attended medical business school in Elkhart, Ind. She was hired as a medical transcriptionist for the Toledo Hospital and later worked for a year as a teacher at Lyons School.
Her dream job, however, was working for the bank in Lyons—the bank her grandfather assisted in forming. Banking was her life. Over 45 years, she worked her way up the ranks before retiring as branch manager and assistant vice president.
Sis was married Dec. 23, 1947, to Elvin Rowland of Lyons. He preceded her in death in 1992.
Sis was a member of the Lyons Universalist Church. She was very involved in the community. Sis knew everybody, and everybody knew Sis. She served on the Lyons Historical Society and the election board, and was the first treasurer appointed to the Fulton County Fair Foundation. She was also a 75-year member of the O.E.S. and was a dedicated Detroit Tigers fan, as well as an avid card player.
Sis is survived by children Denton “Denny” (and Cheryl) Rowland, Laurinda “Rindy” (and Roland) Figley, Tred (and LeAnne) Rowland; honorary son David Boyd; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother Horace (and Liz) Tredway; sister-in-law Beatrice Tredway; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Sis was preceded in death by her parents; son Ora Randolph “Randy” Rowland; brother Frederick “Fred” Tredway; and nephew Michael Tredway.
Visitation is planned from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Lyons First Universalist Church, where services will begin at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Amboy Township Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lyons & Area Historical Society or the Fulton County Fair Foundation.
Arrangements were made with Weigel Funeral Home.
Donald Shaffer, Jr.
Donald Perry Shaffer, Jr., 62, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 9, 2022, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.
Donald was born July 27, 1960, in Morenci, the son of Donald, Sr., and Barbara (Fenton) Shaffer and was a graduate of Morenci Area High School. Donald had been employed at Metalloy in Hudson and then at Palm Plastics in Morenci until his retirement.
He was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed fishing and trapping. Donald was a shade tree mechanic and enjoyed going to Thursday night car shows in Morenci. He loved to play cards, especially in the Shaffer Card Tournament. Most of all, Donald cared for his cats, and was a great caregiver for his mom, “grannyma.”
Donald is survived by his mother, Barbara; sons Donald Perry Shaffer III, and Adam Shaffer; daughter Miranda (and Collin) Griesinger; grandchildren Damon and Stella Shaffer; brothers Jim “Brother Jimmy” (and Carmel) Shaffer, Bruce (and Sharon) Shaffer, and Brian “PeeWee” (and Molly) Shaffer; sisters Debby (and Ken) Walker and Diane “Bird” (and Dan Joughin) Shaffer; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Cremation has taken place. Inurnment of remains will be private at a later date.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lenawee Humane Society.
Arrangements are under the direction of Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.
Edith Helena Clemensen, 87, of Fayette, Ohio, died Dec. 9, 2022, at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home in Archbold, Ohio.
Born Dec. 27, 1934, in Fenton, Mich., Edith was the daughter of Harold and Vivian (Sanford) Warren. She graduated from Gorham Fayette High School with the Class of 1952 and went on to earn an associate’s degree from Hillsdale Secretarial School.
On Sept. 16, 1956, Edith married Marshall Clemensen at her parents’ home and they were blessed with more than 40 years together before his death Jan. 2, 1997.
Edith’s efficiency and communication skills were highly effective in her job as an executive secretary. Over the years she worked at Fayette Manufacturing, Fayette Tubular Products, Sauder Woodworking and most recently at Fairlawn Assisted Living. She was a member of Fayette Christian Church Disciples of Christ, where she had served on the Board of Trustees. Edith treasured her family and enjoyed taking her grandchildren to Ludington, Mich., on summer trips.
She is survived by her children, Darlene (and James R.) King, Lewis (and Leslie) Clemensen, Susan Ruffer (and Keith Sigg), Marshall A. Clemensen and Thomas Clemensen (and Angella Lopez); grandchildren Justin King, Jessica (and Ben) King, Lindsy (and Travis) Wyse, Cody (and Bridget) Ruffer, Marshall Clemensen (and Shea) and Grace Clemensen; and five great-grandchildren.
Edith was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall; her parents; a sister at infancy; and her son-in-law Derrick Ruffer.
A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Fayette Christian Church Disciples of Christ, with Pastor Vicki Raker officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the start of the memorial service at the church. Burial will be private at Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Fayette Christian Church Disciples of Christ.
Arrangements were made with Wagley Funeral Home, in Adrian.
Sidney T. Smith, 84, of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 5, 2022, at ProMedica Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Myers.
He was born Jan. 12, 1938, in Morenci to Triever and Flossie (Krontz) Smith. On May 10, 1986, he married Rose Mary Estep in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sidney worked at Fulton Tubing and ITT Higbie for many years as an inspector, retiring in 2000. In his free time, he enjoyed small engine repair and carpentry work.
Sidney is survived by his wife of 36 years, Rose Mary; sons Michael and Mark (and Kathi) Smith, Joseph (and Vicki) Ball, and David “Shane” (and Angela) Ball; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; a brother, Arnold Smith; and several nieces and nephews.
Sidney was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, one sister, and a sister-in-law.
Cremation will take place in Florida. Visitation is planned from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home in Adrian, Mich., followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. with Rev. William Van Valkenburg officiating. There will be no graveside service.
Memorial donations are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Barbara Dvorsky, 84, of Wauseon, Ohio, died Nov. 30, 2022, at Regency Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio, surrounded by her family.
She was born Sept. 13, 1938, in Morenci, Mich., to the late Jesse and Merriam (Ruhl) Bell. On July 9, 1960, in Morenci, she married Frank E. Dvorsky, Jr., and he preceded her in death Dec. 26, 2005.
Barbara worked several waitressing jobs in her lifetime, but also worked at Fayette Tubular Corporation, and retired from Kamco in 2000. She was a member of the Bryan Eagles Aerie 2223, and loved to read and crochet. Barbara loved to stay busy. During the summer months, she enjoyed mowing her yard and taking care of her pool. She also loved to take care of her fur babies.
Surviving are two daughters, Tammy Denudt (and Mike Fee) and Pamela Sowles (and Tom Simmons); brothers Francis and Larry Bell; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers John, Loyd and Arthur Bell.
Visitation is planned from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel. Cremation will follow visitation, and a graveside service is scheduled Saturday, Dec. 10, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci, with nephew John Bell, Jr., officiating.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, or to the family for future designation.
Theo Brewer, 98, of Morenci, Mich., died Nov. 22, 2022, at ProMedica Charlotte Stephenson Manor in Adrian, Mich.
Theo was born April 21, 1924, in Fayette, Ohio, the daughter of Elvin and Mildred (Everingham) McKinney. Theo was a graduate of Gorham Fayette High School. On Aug. 1, 1942, in Fayette, she married Roger A. Brewer, and they shared 72 years of marriage together before his death Dec. 23, 2014. Theo was employed with Morenci Area Schools as a cook, retiring in 1972.
A very devoted Christian, Theo was a member of Morenci Bible Fellowship and never missed her daily devotions. Her husband and her family were always her priority. She enjoyed hosting family gatherings around the dinner table, as well as boat rides and time spent at the lake house. She never learned to drive nor obtained a license, but she enjoyed special road trips with her husband behind the wheel. Theo kept a journal of life happenings and loved watching slide shows with the family.
An overall sports fan, she enjoyed watching the Detroit Tigers and rarely missed a sporting event for her grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking and baking and playing cards, and was an avid reader. Family and friends will always remember Theo for her sweet disposition, forgiving heart and always finding the good in others.
Theo is survived by daughter Nancy Ann (and David) Stutzman; son-in-law Myron Perry; daughter-in-law Mary Jo Brewer; grandchildren Mishelle, Tim (and Angela), Tonia, Lisa (and Bill), Julie (and Mark), Kendra (and Donnie), and Peggy (and Shawn); great-grandchildren James (and Jennifer), Erik (and Jennifer), David (and Emily), Daniel (and Macy), Hunter (and Kennedy Amsdill), Nick (and Jessie Wheeler), Hannah (and Garrett Brenke), Matthew, Nicole, Makenna, Noah, Ava, Desmond, Breken, Shamus, Nate, Avery, Zack and Cheyenne; great-great-grandchildren Ayden, Aryana, Keaton, Kynzi, William, Kingston, Joniyah, Xavier, Isabella, Owen and Luke.
In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by son David Brewer; daughters Judith Ann Perry and Susan Arlene Brewer; and brother Marvin McKinney.
Funeral services are planned at noon Monday, Nov. 28, with visitation beginning at 11 a.m. at Morenci Bible Fellowship Church, with Rev. William Van Valkenburg officiating. Burial will be held in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Stair District Library.
Arrangements are under the direction of Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.
Jerry James Landis, 79, of Fayette, Ohio, died Nov. 16, 2022, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.
He was born Oct. 28, 1943, in Wauseon, Ohio, to Bernard C. and Laura A. (Woodrum) Landis. Jerry attended and graduated from Gorham-Fayette Schools. On Sept. 11, 1962, he was inducted into the United States Army at Fort Hamilton, N.Y. He served his country, attaining the Sharpshooter medal, and was honorably discharged on Aug. 18, 1965.
Upon his return from service, Jerry met and eventually married the late Louise Sparks in September of 1968, in Fayette. Louise was the absolute love of Jerry's life, but their marriage was tragically cut short when she lost her life in an automobile accident.
Jerry was a truck driver his entire working career, working for several companies until he became a self-employed driver. He retired, with regret, from his love of trucking in 2012. In his free time, he loved to hunt woodchucks. Much of his hunting time was spent with his nephew, Jeremy Monahan, with whom he had a special bond. He also loved to fish, read Horatio Alger books, and was a very avid car and truck enthusiast. When he was much younger, he loved to teach his sister, Brenda, how to trap muskrats.
Jerry was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Alcoholics Anonymous, and, being a man of faith, attended many different churches in his lifetime. Drawing from his faith, he would never hesitate to help someone he felt was in need, whether it be spiritual help or taking someone to a doctor appointment.
Jerry is survived by sisters Rhonda (and Donald) Monahan, Brenda (and LeRoy) Goodro, and Joy Ries; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a nephew, John Thomas Gillett.
Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Dr. Sam Wickard officiating. Cremation will follow and inurnment of his remains will take place at the Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Ind., at a later date.
Monetary donations are suggested to Liberty Bible Church in Pittsford, Mich., or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Cathy Williams, 61, of Morenci, Mich., died Nov. 16, 2022, at CHP Home Care and Hospice in Defiance, Ohio.
Cathy was born June 22, 1961, in Morenci, to Rollin “George” and Elaine (Kleindenst) Pontious and was a graduate of Morenci Area High School. On July 7, 1979, in Morenci, she married the love of her life, Doug Williams, and he survives.
Cathy had been employed as a meter reader for Citizen’s Gas, retiring after 20 years of service. Cathy was a stranger to nobody and enjoyed fishing, softball, reading, and University of Michigan sports – especially football. She loved cheering on her “grandstuds” and Sinny, and spending time with her family and friends.
In addition to her husband, Cathy is survived by son Brandon (and Emily) Williams; daughter Jennifer (and Chad) Wagner; four grandchildren, Griffin and Sinaycian Williams and Tanner and Hayden Wagner; two brothers, Charlie and Roger (and Roxann) Pontious; six sisters, Cindy Coleman, Nancy (and Mike) Thompson, Carol (and Matt) Dunn, Tonya Pontious, Cheryl Pontious and Danielle Pontious; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister-in-law Teresa Pontious.
Cremation has taken place and there are no services planned at this time.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Williams family for future designation.
Arrangements are under the direction of Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.
William “Bill” Miller Gay, 80, of Morenci, Mich., died unexpectedly Nov. 3, 2022, at his home.
Bill was born June 4, 1942, in Detroit, Mich., the son of William and Mina (Miller) Gay. He was a graduate of Allen Park High School and proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. On Aug. 10, 2001, in Taylor, Mich., he married Deborah Lynn (Fox) Paris.
Bill had been employed at General Motors in the graphics department, retiring after 25 years of service. He was a member of the UAW and numerous archery clubs. Bill, an avid hunter, enjoyed bow hunting and being outdoors. He enjoyed watching the Red Wings and NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt, Sr. Bill was a very handy craftsman with quick wit who loved animals and his family dearly.
Bill is survived his wife, Deborah; children Susan Gay, Ann Marie (and Bob) Arthur, and Michele, Jennifer, Kimberly, Albert, and Jacklyn Paris; sister Susan (and Richard) Kar; grandchildren Erika Dupraw, Chelsea and Jacob Dean, Madison Swedren, and Conner and Kara Binge; and great-grandchildren Adrian and Aurora Dupraw and Mia and Eli Harrison.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Glen Mitchell Gay; and a granddaughter, Kaitlyn Michele Binge.
Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future designation.
Arrangements are under the direction of Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci.
Elva D. Evers, 87, of Morenci, Mich., died Nov. 13, 2022, at ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian, Mich.
She was born Oct. 8, 1935, to Darwood and Juanita (Ashton) DeMeritt and was a graduate of Morenci High School. She married John W. Evers on Feb. 12, 1954. He preceded her in death.
Elva enjoyed reading, crafting, and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They meant the world to her.
Elva is survived by two sons, John Evers of Waldron, Mich., and Craig (and Jeanne) Evers of Morenci; a sister, Margaret Beaverson of Adrian; four grandchildren, Jennifer, Renee, Candi (and Chris), and Anthony (and Amber); and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Chris; sister Mary and brother Gale.
Graveside services are planned at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci, with Pastor Nathan Elarton officiating.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee. Envelopes are available at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home.
Linda Kay Goll, 68, of Morenci, Mich., died Nov. 3, 2022, at Toledo Hospital.
Linda was born Feb. 19, 1954, in Pulaski, Va., the daughter of Otis and Ruby (Duncan) White. Linda was a graduate of Onsted High School, owned and operated Morenci Care Home for more than 20 years and was recently employed as a caregiver at Renaissance Community Homes.
She will be remembered by her family and friends for her big heart and the love she had for others.
Linda is survived by son Jeremy (and Rachel) Johnson; grandson Hayden Johnson; and sister Brenda Evers.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Cynthia Shippy; and brother Roger White.
Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family for future designation.
Arrangements are under the direction of Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.
Neil Russel Fletcher, PhD., 89, formerly of Tallahassee, Fla., died in Farmington Hills, Mich., on Oct. 27, 2022. He was born Oct. 17, 1933, the son of Russel and Florence Fletcher of Morenci, Mich.
Following graduation from Morenci High School, Neil completed undergraduate studies at Michigan State University, and earned a master’s degree and PhD at Duke University. He joined the Florida State University physics department as a post-doctoral research associate in 1961 and earned a Fulbright Scholarship in 1972.
Neil was an innovative experimental physicist and developed a new technique for measuring a nucleus that doesn’t exist as a stable product, but whose existence is a mid-way product to producing carbon of which we are made. He supervised the PhD research of more than 10 students and was a popular physics teacher at both the introductory level as well as being a part of a course that unified nuclear and high energy observables.
He had the idea of bringing together undergraduates from four-year colleges from around the Southern states to participate in research in the FSU nuclear accelerator lab. This effort then led to a National Science Foundation grant to fund the activity.
In June 2001 Neil retired following 40 years of research and teaching.
In retirement Neil and Jean traveled across Europe, Canada, Mexico and the United States. He embarked on a second career as an artist, creating acrylics featuring places he and Jean visited in their travels.
Neil was known as a loving and devoted grandfather who taught each one of his grandchildren how to swim. He happily accompanied them to various Florida State University athletic events and enjoyed every opportunity for teachable moments—especially in math and science.
Neil is survived by his wife Jean; his children Eric, Alex and Margaret (and Col. Russ) Ragan, as well as his bonus children, Cathryn Powell, David (and Paula) French and Christopher (and Bich) French; eight grandchildren, Kyle, Jake, John, Samantha (and Joe) Cox, Ethan, Noah, Mary and Paul.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Lyle and sister Doris.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Florida State University Department of Physics, attn. Kirby Kemper.
Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.
Judy Geisler Watts
Judy Geisler Watts, 81, of Cornwall, Vt., died Oct. 10, 2022, from Alzheimer’s disease at home under the care of Addison County Home Health and Hospice.
Judy was born and raised in Morenci, Mich., graduated from Alma College and received a Masters in Library Science (MLS) from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. After stints in the aerospace industry and at New York City Public Library, Judy served 25 years as a librarian at Middlebury College.
She married Jack Watts in 1966 and they lived in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Amherst, Mass.; Beltsville, Md.; and Edinburgh, Scotland, before locating to Glen Dale Farm, Cornwall, Vt., in 1980.
Judy served on the Cornwall Selectboard, the board of the United Way of Addison County, and was active in First Congregational Church of Cornwall. She had a passion for knitting and taught many other knitters. She also enjoyed travel, books, gardening, dogs and cats, and music.
She is survived by brother John (and Candace Ross) Geisler of Kalamazoo, Mich.; husband Jack; son Judson Watts and his fiancée Leah Campbell in Proctor, Vt.; daughter Alexis (and Joel) Cosper of Dolores, Colo., and grandson Jack Toles Cosper.
A memorial service is planned at 1 p.m. Nov. 6 at First Congregational Church of Cornwall. Memorial contributions are suggested to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, First Congregational Church of Cornwall, or United Way of Addison County.
Nancy J. Figy, 72, of Fayette, Ohio, died Oct. 6, 2022, at Mercy Health-St. Vincent Medical Center, with her family by her side.
She was born July 10, 1950, in Wauseon, Ohio, to Lloyd and Sara (Geesey) Miller. She graduated from Gorham Fayette High School with the class of 1968. Nancy played fast-pitch softball and was a cheerleader. On April 15, 1986, she married Jeffrey L. Figy in Wauseon, Ohio, and he survives her. Nancy was employed at City Loan, Ohio Citizens Bank and Farmer and Merchants State Bank before retiring.
Nancy enjoyed spending time with family and helping others. She had a strong work ethic, often working several jobs at once to help her family. Nancy worked at the french fry stand at Oakshade Raceway for many years and volunteered wherever she could be of service to others. She always put the needs of others before her own. Above all else, Nancy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and friend. She was a caregiver to her mother and her brother, Jerry. Nancy enjoyed attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. She had a soft spot for animals, especially dogs.
In addition to her husband, Nancy is survived by children Stephenie (and John) Wentworth, Spencer (and Heather) Lester, Shawn (and Kimberly Livingston) Lester, Jenna (and Andrew) Beaverson, and Haley Bentley; grandchildren Trey Homan, Tayah Homan, Brittani Schroeder, Branden Wentworth, Paige Wentworth, Sierra Lester, Spencer (and Lauren) Lester Jr., Skylar Lester, Seth Lester, Shawna Lester, Jermaine Livingston, Connor Wesley, Makenna Beaverson, Mika Beaverson, Gunther Bentley and Rutley Bentley; and great-grandson Sutton Lester.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her infant sister Shirley Miller, and her brother Jerry Miller.
Visitation is planned from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Fayette. The funeral ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Andy Reynard officiating. Visitation is also planned an hour prior to the funeral. Burial will be at the Wauseon Union Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette Church of the Nazarene, Fayette Volunteer Fire Dept. Association, or to Normal Memorial Library.
Carol Sue Cook, 71, of Lyons, Ohio, died Sept. 30, 2022.
Carol was born March 11, 1951, in Lancaster, Ohio, to Merle and Mary (Jenkins) Burroughs. She married Thomas Cook and he survives after 25 years of marriage in Lyons.
Carol is also survived by her children Mary (and Chris) Ryon, Tina (and Robyn Nitschke) Febre, Thomas (and Lori) Cook, Kevin (and Brooke) Cook and Marc Febre; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sisters Nina (and Roy) Mackey, Connie (and George) Xenakis and Lori Passmore.
Carol was a faithful member of the Lyons Christian Church and loved her family dearly.
Visitation is planned from 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, until the time of her Celebration of Life Service at 11 a.m. in the Lyons Christian Church, with Pastor Heather Schimmel officiating. Private interment will be held in the Lyons Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lyons Christian Church. Arrangements were made with Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory.
The handsome, All-State football player Albert Wesley Sallows, 85, of Morenci, Mich., went to be with his Lord and Savior Oct. 5, 2022, at home surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hospice of Lenawee.
He was born Aug. 17, 1937, in Seneca Township, Mich., to Benjamin and Bernita (Wheeler) Sallows. Albert was a 1955 graduate of Morenci High School where he excelled in football.
On May 16, 1959, Albert married the love of his life, Jeanette D. Keller, at the Morenci First Baptist Church. Over the years, Albert “Poppy” and Jeanette “Bana” traveled the world, with Switzerland being his favorite country they explored. When Jeanette’s health declined in later years, Albert showed his love and care for her daily, like the true angel he was on earth.
Early in his career, Albert worked as a carpenter. He then went to work as a chemical operator at Parker Chemical in Morenci, retiring after 25 years. Albert and Jeanette were active members of the First Baptist Church in Morenci for more than 50 years. After the church closed, they became members of Ogden Church in Adrian. Albert’s faith was important to him and he gave of his time and talents to the church in many ways. Albert had many interests including hunting, collecting guns and knives, attending football games, going to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. He especially liked buying gifts for Bana, sweets of all kinds, shopping and spending time with his family.
Albert is survived by his children Marc Sallows and Marnette (and Eric May) Sutherland; grandchildren Lyndrea (and Seth) Borton, Larissa Sutherland, Jordan Sutherland and Nicole Sallows; great-grandchildren Tatum, Ryder and Cruz Borton, and Harper Kneafsey; brother James Ross (and Nancy) Sallows, and sister-in-law Marilyn Bragg.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Jeanette, and three great-grandbaby angels.
Funeral services are planned at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel, in Blissfield, with Pastor Dan Crist officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation will take place from 12:30 until the start of the service.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee or 1Mosaic Church in Adrian.
Robert E. Mohr, 71, of Morenci, Mich., died Oct. 2, 2022, at Lynwood Manor in Adrian, Mich., under the care of Hospice of Lenawee.
Bob was born Nov. 8, 1950, the son of Fred and Geraldine Mohr. He was a graduate of Morenci Area High School, proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and was a devoted member of the Morenci Fire Department for more than 52 years, serving as chief for several years. He loved working on projects around the house and spending time with his kids and grandkids. He was an avid supporter of the Adrian College hockey team.
Bob is is survived by daughter Brenda Mohr; son Douglas (and Kaycee) Mohr; grandchildren AJ, Landon, Jase and Jemah; and special friend Shirley Vanderpool.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Bernice Marten; and brother-in-law Harold Marten.
Funeral services celebrating his life are planned at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, with visitation from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci, with Rev. William Van Valkenburg officiating. A fire department walk-through is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci, with military honors accorded by the Morenci American Legion, and fire department honors accorded by the Morenci Fire Department with assistance from Wauseon Fire Department and Gorham-Fayette Fire Department.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future designation.
Kathryn "KItty" Donahue
Kathryn "Kitty" Donahue, 90, of Lyons, Ohio, died Sept. 23, 2022.
Kitty was born March 13, 1932, to Omer and Minnie (Buckenmeyer) Langenderfer. On May 9, 1953, she married Bob Donahue in Richfield Center, Ohio. Bob and Kitty were married for 65 years.
Kitty was a 1949 graduate of Metamora High School and attended Miami of Ohio University for one year and then worked at Owens-Illinois for three years. After raising her family, she worked as a library aide for 21 years at Evergreen Elementary School. She was a member of the Lyons Literary League, the Lyons VFW Auxiliary Post 7574 and the Lyons Historical Society.
Kitty is survived by five daughters, Debbie May of Cleveland, Ohio, Kathie (and Bryon) Brock of Swanton, Ohio, Pattie (and the late James) Deakin of San Diego, Calif., Mollie (and Jeff) Youtzy of Metamora and Peggie (and Paul) Haywood of Lebanon, Ohio; siblings Kenneth (and Sallie) Langenderfer and Elaine Langenderfer; 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings Clifford (and Nelda) Langenderfer, Harold (and Joan) Langenderfer, June King, and Jean (and Mac) Simon.
Visitation is planned from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora, with services following at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be private.
Memorial donations are suggested to Evergreen Local Schools in honor of the Evergreen Elementary Library.
Carol Ann Culp, 72 of Morenci, Mich., died at her home Sept. 22, 2022.
She was born Dec. 2, 1949, in Hudson, Mich., to George S. and Delores E. (Cundiff) Cleghorn. She attended Weston Elementary School, then Sand Creek Schools, and graduated from Morenci Area High School. On Oct. 29, 1982, she married Mike Culp in Adrian, Mich., and he preceded her in death Jan. 27, 2016.
Carol work for many years at the Dari-ette in Morenci as a cook. Her number one priority was her family. She also loved to attend to her cats, bake, cook and go bargain shopping.
She is survived by son Tyson (and Candace) Sager; daughter-in-law Jessica Luck; grandson Jayme Sager; brothers George Cleghorn, Jr., and Leonard (and Gail) Cleghorn; and a sister, Connie Millron.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Triston Culp, on March 25, 2022.
As requested, Carol’s body was donated to the University of Toledo for medical research and there will be no services.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lenawee County Humane Society.
The Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel assisted with arrangements.
Judy Bach, 74, of Millington, Tenn., died Sept. 4, 2022, at Methodist North Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
A native of Mitchell County, North Carolina, Judy was born Jan. 31, 1948, the daughter of the late Roy and Joyce Vance. Judy was a long-time member of St. William Catholic Church and served as a parish religious education teacher and secretary of the Women’s Club. Judy was an avid painter, a world traveler, and a doting grandparent. She will be remembered for her sense of humor and positive/uplifting personality.
Surviving are her husband, Gerald (Joe) Bach of Millington; sister Eleen (and Dave) Dubis of Raleigh, NC; two children Jacqueline (and Victor Gischler) Bach and son Emery of Baton Rouge, La.; Joellen (and Dirk) Bisbee and children Anna and Aimee of Rogers, Ark.; aunt Una Mae Allen of Burnsville, NC; and Larry (and Barbara) Young of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and several cousins.
Funeral Mass took place Sept. 16 at St. William Catholic Church.
Memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
Ralph R. Ferris of Morenci, Mich., died at his home Sept. 15, 2022, at the age of 92.
He was born April 27, 1930, in Blissfield, Mich., the sixth child to Fred V. and Rita (Fancher) Holmes. At the young age of nine months, his mother, Rita, died and soon after, his father, Fred, died from complication of serving in World War I. Ralph was legally adopted at the age of one by L. Sherman and Florence M. (Hayes) Ferris of Morenci. His name was legally changed from Ralph Raymond Holmes to Ralph R. Ferris.
Ralph attended a one-room schoolhouse in the Morenci area and graduated from Morenci High School with the Class of 1948. He attended Adrian College for one year before enlisting in the United States Air Force. He proudly served his country for four years as an airplane mechanic and served one year in the Korean Conflict on the fire and rescue team. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, Ralph continued his interest in rescue and firefighting, serving with Hudson Fire Department and then Morenci Fire Department for more than 30 years. While on Morenci Fire Department, he attained the rank of assistant chief. He and his wife, Mary, were instrumental in organizing the rescue squad in Morenci. He held the rank of rescue captain and taught the EMT course to many.
He met his future wife, Mary Ellen Beaverson, in 1950 outside of Fayette, Ohio. On June 11, 1955, they were married at the Morenci United Methodist Church by the Rev. William Johnson. Together, they lived 64 of their 67 married years together in Morenci.
Ralph was an independent gas and fuel dealer serving farmers, commercial and residential clients with Cities Service, Sinclair and Union Oil. While continuing the oil business, Ralph and Mary purchased, co-owned, and operated Mary and Ralph’s Drive-In. Later, Ralph sold the business and he worked at Culligan as a salesman for more than 30 years, retiring at the age of 90.
Ralph was a life member of the AMVETS of Adrian, life member of the VFW Post 7424 in Wauseon and past commander of the former Morenci VFW, life member of the Fairfield (Mich.) Masonic Lodge, member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Fairfield, member of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of Scottish Rite of the Valley of Toledo, and a former member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
He was a member of the Morenci United Methodist Church since the age of 12 and held various positions in the church, most recently serving as trustee. Ralph was also past president of the Evelyn and Ronald Wirick Scholarship Board for more than 30 years. Until his death, he was still serving on the board.
In his free time, Ralph enjoyed photography, fishing, hunting and gardening.
In addition to his wife, Ralph is survived by son Durke E. (and Barbara) Ferris; daughter Carla R. (and Roger) Ford; grandchildren Durke T. (and Karen) Ferris, Na Dedra S. (aka Missy) Motley, Seth D., Connor D., and Lillie Rae Ford; step-grandchildren Heather Dawn (and Randy) Couch, and Travis, Haley, Johnathan and Victoria Anderson; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his biological and adoptive parents; sister Marian (and Lowell) Delcamp; and brothers Norman (and Ardyth), Fred (and Joan), Glennis (and Marvel) and Paul (and Mary Jo) Holmes.
Visitation is planned from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel. A fire department walk-through is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. and a Masonic service at 7 p.m., followed by an Order of Eastern Star service. Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Morenci United Methodist Church, with pastor and nephew Dean Leininger and pastor Bob Dister, officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Fulton County Honor Guard and fire department tribute by the Morenci and Wauseon Fire Departments.
Memorial donations are suggested to Morenci Fire Department, Morenci United Methodist Church, or VFW Post 7424 in Wauseon.
Imo May Russell
Imo May Russell, 91, died Sept. 14, 2022, in the presence of family at Gaslight Assisted Living Facility in Adrian, Mich.
Imo was born Nov. 9, 1930, to Harry and Shirley (Bragg) Tucker in Britton, Mich. She graduated from Britton Macon High School. Imo married Weldon Reed Russell on Sept. 30, 1950, in Angola, Ind., and lived most of her life in the Morenci area until moving to Manitou Beach in 2010. Imo and Weldon were married 63 years until his death in 2013.
Imo was employed for many years at Campbell Soup Company before working for Morenci Area Schools until retirement. After retirement, she and Weldon spent many years “snowbirding” between Winter Haven, Fla., and Morenci. She loved bus trips with Ollie and Ken, going out for breakfast, seeing grandchildren and great-grandchildren, playing cards, bird watching and fishing in Canada.
Imo is survived by daughter Michele (and Tom) McKnight; sons Allen (and Julie) Russell, Mark (and Maribeth) Russell; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Imo was preceded in death by her husband; granddaughter Sasha Elliott; brothers Wilford (and Irene), Virgil (and Marian), Bernard (and Pearl), Elwood (and Dorothy) and Roy, who died in infancy; and sisters Helen (and Gene) Flint and Norma (and Harold) Ries.
Graveside service are planned at 11 a.m. Oct. 10 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Elara Hospice in Adrian.
Funeral arrangements were made with Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci.
Charlotte 'Sherry' Griffin
Charlotte “Sherry” Rae Griffin, 84, formerly of Morenci, Mich., died Sept.11, 2022, at Tecumseh Place in Tecumseh, Mich.
Sherry was born July 13, 1938, in Adrian, Mich., the middle child and only daughter of Raymond and Evelyn (Kieger) Smith.
She married Lee Griffin in 1959 and they were blessed with 45 years together before his death in 2004.
After graduating from Adrian High School, Sherry attended cosmetology school and became a beautician. For more than 30 years, she worked as the beautician at Lenawee Medical Care Facility where she truly enjoyed being a part of the residents’ and staff’s lives. Her vibrant personality made her a favorite with everyone at the facility.
Sherry always found time to go to flea markets and estate sales looking for Steiff bears and porcelain dolls. She was skilled in restoring the dolls and would resell them at various markets. Her love of music was evident in her singing and dancing with the Irish Hills Sweet Adelines for many years.
She met her beloved Orville Metcalf at the Adrian Senior Center when she was dancing and they have celebrated more than 15 years together with many adventures. She was a member of the Irish Hills Car Club and the Morenci Sportsman’s Club where she volunteered her time and talents for many events. An avid reader, Sherry could easily go through four to five books a week.
Sherry is survived by her children, Laurie Brosamer and Ted (and Paige) Griffin; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and her partner, Orville Metcalf.
She was preceded in death by her husband and brothers Jim and Jack Smith.
Memorial services were Sept. 19 at Jasper Bible Church with Rev. Bruce Jewett officiating.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci Sportsman’s Club.
Arrangements were made with Wagley Funeral Home in Adrian.
Judith Baldwin Myers, 88, of Morenci, Mich., died Sept. 10, 2022, at Lynwood Manor under the care of her family and Hospice of Lenawee.
She was born March 13, 1934, in Morenci to John and Doris (Graffice) Kennedy. Judith married Donald Myers and he preceded her in death in May 1988.
She worked for several area businesses as a bookkeeper before retiring. Judith enjoyed shopping (especially for purses), baking, crocheting potholders and reading the Enquirer and other tabloid magazines. Most of all, family was very important to Judith. She enjoyed taking care of her family and spending time with her grandchildren.
Judith is survived by daughters Mindy (and Frank Cordts) Shirley of Morenci and Rosemary (and Bob) Miles of Morenci; sister Rosemary (and Frank) Tursak of Morenci; six grandchildren, Kylie Long, Jordan (and Vickie) Lambright, Donny (and Elizabeth) Lambright, Cabria Shirley, Callen (and Jimmy) Wright and Robert Miles; and nine great-grandchildren.
Judith was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Elizabeth Lambright; and her brother, Frank Kennedy.
A Celebration of Life is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Morenci.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee.
Scott A. Phillips
Scott A. Phillips, 55, of Wauseon, Ohio, died Aug. 22, 2022, at McLaren St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, Ohio.
He was born in Morenci, Mich., on July 30, 1967, to Richard and Patricia (Bittinger) Phillips, and they survive. Scott graduated from Gorham-Fayette High School in 1986, and then went on to further his education at Ross College, attaining an associate’s degree in medical coding. He then attended Stautzenberger College, completing his STNA certification.
Scott was a big fan of fantasy football and real-life football, with the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Pittsburgh Steelers as his favorite teams. He also enjoyed hunting, playing chess and driving around on his motorcycle or in his car. He is a past member of the Bryan Eagles Club Aerie 2233.
In addition to his parents, Scott is survived daughters Desteny Lamb and Madison Phillips; siblings Sherri (and David) Harris, Christy Shadbolt, and Shane Phillips; four grandchildren; and his ex-wife and friend, Janell Phillips.
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; a brother-in-law, Mark Shadbolt; a sister-in-law, Marquita Woodring; and many aunts and uncles.
Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel, with Rev. Andy Reynard officiating. Interment will follow in Wauseon Union Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, also at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the family to offset the purchase of a monument for his grave.
Laurie Kay Amos, 59, of Clayton, Mich., died Aug. 21, 2022, at ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital.
Laurie was born Sept. 7, 1962, in Adrian, Mich., the daughter of Orville and Phyllis (McKee) Goldsmith. On July 27, 1979, in Medina, Mich., she married Thomas Amos, and he survives.
Laurie was known as a hippie with a “green thumb” who enjoyed gardening, solving puzzles, flour fights with kids, camping, and attending festivals. She had a heart of gold and loved helping others and never left anyone out. Most importantly, Laurie loved her grandchildren more than and anything and her granddog, Zeus.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother; three daughters, Chrystal Amos, Melissa (and Richard) Radebaugh, and Daisy (and Scott) Rinck; six grandchildren, José Amos, Clayton Amos, Haley Daniels, Devinity Newsom, Rachel Amos and Audrie Amos; three brothers, Dale, Monty and Leslie Goldsmith; and one sister, Sheena Bryan.
She was preceded in death by her father; two brothers, Bradley and Kenneth Goldsmith; and a great granddaughter, Naomi Amos.
Cremation has taken place and all services will be private.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Salvation Army.
Arrangements were made with Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci Chapel.
John Cyrillious Herr, 86, of Morenci, Mich., died Aug. 14, 2022, at ProMedica Ebeid Hospice, in Sylvania, Ohio.
John was born in Metamora, Ohio, on March 7, 1936, to Sylvester and Margaret (O’Neil) Herr. John married Mary Madeline McVay June 14, 1969, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, in Fayette Ohio.
John was a lifetime dairy farmer in the Morenci area and enjoyed farming and gardening. Family was number one to him and at family gatherings he loved to give hayrides with his John Deere tractor.
He is survived by son Gary Herr, of Wauseon, Ohio; daughters Mary (and Eric) Hofbeck of Lynnwood, Wash., Janell (and Marco) Corallo of Salem, Ohio, and Jolene (and Allen) Stafford of Edon, Ohio; grandchildren Ian Hofbeck, Alise and Andrea Herr, Jude, Adam and Amelia Corallo, and Lillian Stafford; and sister Margaret Mary Elchinger of Holgate, Ohio.
In addition to his wife, John was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law JoAnne Herr; brothers Richard, Sylvester, Joseph and Vincent Herr; sisters Alice Mack and Veronica Kaufman.
The Funeral Mass is planned at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, in Fayette, with Father William Pifher as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Assumption, Ohio. Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Eagle-Mary Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel, with a 6:30 p.m. vigil service.
Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Vincent DePaul or Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church.
Mary Joanne Staelens, 86, of Adrian, Mich., died Aug. 14, 2022, at ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian.
Mary was born March 11, 1936, in Morenci, Mich., the daughter of William R. and Mildred G. (Bourn) Garrow. She married Edward Eugene Staelens on Oct 2, 1955, in Chesterfield Township, and he preceded her in death May 7, 1988.
Mary was a chaperone for Lions of Michigan All-State Band and volunteered at Bixby Hospital. She enjoyed going to church, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
Mary is survived by children Ronald (and Jan) Staelens and Pamela Staelens; grandchildren Nicholas (and Erica) Weatherbee, Ashleigh (and Neisha) Weatherbee, Brock Thering, Tyler (and Kelsie) Thering, and Whitney (and Tony Cafeo) Staelens; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; three brothers, Hal, James, Leslie Garrow; and one sister in infancy, Alice Ann Garrow.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, with visitation scheduled from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel, with Pastor Linda Farley officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.
Memorial contributions are suggested to First Christian Church of Adrian.
Larry Curtis Fox, 74, of Morenci, Mich., died Aug. 8, 2022, at Divine Rehabilitation and Nursing in Sylvania, Ohio.
Larry was born Nov. 19, 1947, in Hudson, Mich., the son of Harry and Margaret (Bowman) Fox. Larry proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy as an Honor Guard in Washington, D.C. at the White House, and then was aboard the USS Coral Sea carrier during the Vietnam War, and he visited ports in Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Australia and the U.S. before his honorable discharge in November of 1972.
On Nov. 14, 1970, Larry married Wanda Sue “Susie” Toshikian at Hamilton Air Force Base in Novato, Calif., and she survives.
Larry was employed with Merillat Cabinetry until his retirement in April of 2009. He was a member of the Morenci American Legion Post 368, enjoyed hunting, and loved Harley Davidson motorcycles and IH, Ford, Allis-Chalmers and Gravely tractors.
In addition to his wife of 51 years, Larry is survived by niece Michelle Williams; great-nephew Steven (and Jolynn) Williams; great-niece Chelsea (and Kyle) Erving; and sisters-in-law Deb Fox, Debbie Toshikian, Sharron (Gary) McCourt; and several other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers David, James and Ron Fox and Herman, Bill and Hubert Garland; sisters Sharon Fox and Shirlene Smith; and nephews David Fallon and Steven Merillat.
Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.
Memorial contributions are suggested to D.A.V. or to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
The Eagle-Marry Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Marilyn J. Eichler, 85, of Morenci, Mich., died Aug. 3, 2022, at Hospice of Lenawee, in Adrian, Mich.
Marilyn was born July 23, 1937, to Donald and Pearl (Williman) Snow, in Napoleon, Ohio. She married Robert Eichler on Sept. 25, 1955, at North Dover Church in Wauseon, Ohio. They were married for 58 years before his death in May 2014.
Marilyn was a member of the Medina Federated Church. She enjoyed going to the Morenci Senior Center and playing cards. She also enjoyed gardening and sewing in her spare time.
Marilyn is survived by sons Robert Lynn (and Annette) Eichler of Homestead, Fla., and Kirby (and Gwenda) Eichler of Morenci; daughters Dianna Eichler of Clinton, Mich., and Shelly (and Robert) French of Hudson, Mich., grandchildren Brittney Heilman, Lindsey Eichler, Ashley Eichler, Salem Eichler, Tyler Eichler, Drake Eichler-Kline and Riley Eichler; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Harold and James Snow; sisters Carol Sue Snow, Deloris Gasche and Betty Pao; and two grandchildren, Jason Eichler and Christopher Eichler.
Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci, with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee or to the Morenci Senior Center.
Julie Ellen (Borer) Kuney, 71, of Maumee, Ohio, died July 24, 2022, at home, surrounded by her family.
She was born Oct. 10, 1950, in Wauseon, Ohio to Frederick and Dorthiel (Valentine) Borer. Julie graduated from Evergreen High School in Metamora, Ohio, and the University of Toledo with a bachelor of science in chemistry. She was a long-time employee of the Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio, where she worked as a medical technologist. In 2001, she started her own business, Comfort Keepers, an in-home care company in Toledo, Ohio.
Julie enjoyed spending free time with her large extended family, especially her many nieces and nephews. She was a long-time member of East Chesterfield Church in Lyons, Ohio, where her parents were also members. Julie was also an excellent cook and a huge fan of Detroit Tigers baseball, always listening or watching the games. She traveled extensively with her family and friends, or just with her best friend and love of her life, husband Larry.
Julie is survived by her husband, Larry; son Todd; sisters Carol Gillen, Sara Sinex and Marcia Regan; and brother Philip Borer.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Chad; and brother LeRoy Borer.
Julie was known as a kind, joyful and intelligent person. She was a loving and patient mother, a supportive and caring sister, and a loyal and ever-joyful wife. Always a friend and tireless caregiver, the world is a better place for having had Julie in it. She fought her battle well, with courage, dignity and grace.
Visitation is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., Toledo, where a sharing of memories service will take place at 6:30 p.m. Interment will be private.
Memorial donations are suggested to Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance- give.ocrahope.org.
Kathi E. Tice-Taylor, 62, of Morenci, Mich., died July 23, 2022, at ProMedica Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio.
She was born July 15, 1960, at Bixby Hospital in Adrian, Mich., to Kelton and Barbara Tice. On Nov. 1, 1986, she married Paul Taylor in Clayton, Mich., and he survives.
Kathi worked at Lenawee Stamping for approximately 12 years before going to work for Consumers Energy as a meter reader for approximately 14 years. After retiring from Consumers she briefly worked for the Lenawee Department on Aging to help provide care for elderly adults. Kathi loved helping her clients and she became good friends with many of them. Even after a hard day’s work, Kathi would return home and still find time to care for her family and friends.
Kathi’s main passion in life was photography. Everywhere she went she packed her camera alongside her, never wanting to miss a shot. This love for photography grew and she established and operated her own photography business, My Wish Studio, named after her own personal dream to become a photographer.
From senior photos, family shoots, pet photography, and wildlife, Kathi enjoyed taking all kinds of pictures. However, nature and wildlife photography held a special place in her heart. Kathi would drive around in her truck to scope out areas in search of animals and she’d wait patiently for the perfect shot. Listening to the sound of the birds and nature while out in the field brought her a deep sense of peace and belonging. After each session she’d come home and show everyone all of the beautiful photos she captured. It was a joy seeing her eyes light up when she shared her work with others.
Painting was another passion and she would take every opportunity to spend time in her studio creating beautiful watercolor pieces. Her subjects included nature, animals, and even members of her family. Each unique piece she created carries a special part of herself forever within the artwork that she so lovingly shared with everyone.
Kathi also had a deep love for people and being a breast cancer survivor herself, she offered free photography sessions to cancer patients and their families. In addition, she participated frequently in the Relay For Life to celebrate cancer survivors and patients, encouraging them to fight back and find a cure.
Kathi was known as such a genuine and kind person.
In addition to her husband, Kathi is survived by her mother and step-father Barbara and John Scott; children Blaine and Ashley Taylor; brother Kenny Tice; and aunt Carol Rowley.
She was preceded in death by her father, Kelton Tice; brother Mike Tice; and sister-in-law Kim Tice.
Visitation is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the funeral home, with interment to follow at Packard Cemetery. Pastor Darren Lemmon will officiate.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future designation.
Harold "Bumper" perryman
Harold Dee “Bumper” Perryman, 79, of Morenci, Mich., died July 20, 2022, at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio.
Bumper was born in Long Lane, Missouri, on March 23, 1943, to the late Melvin M. and Mary E. (Henson) Perryman. He proudly served his country in the United States Army for three years. On Sept. 25, 1965, he married Patricia Willeman in Wauseon, and she survives. Bumper worked for 48 years at General Broach in Morenci, serving as a foreman and EDM technician, never missing a day’s work, retiring in September 2014.
Bumper loved to play cards, especially Euchre and Texas Hold ’Em. He also enjoyed trips to the casino. For approximately 40 years, Bumper and Pat camped at Green Valley Campground in Morenci where he loved to take golf cart rides with his grandchildren. Cooking was another of his pastimes. He was always searching for new recipes to try and was an exceptional cook.
Bumper was a faithful friend and would always do anything for anyone, never wanting anything in return. For many years he would take his friends and family on drives through the country when they were unable to drive just to get them out. He loved to hunt mushrooms, travel with his family, and had a love for older country music. Bumper was very interested in technology and was never afraid to try new things. Many problems were solved by YouTube and his favorite game to play on his pad was Candy Crush.
He was a member of Morenci Eagles Aerie #1297, the Morenci American Legion Post #368, and a past member of the Masonic Temple.
In addition to his wife, Pat, Bumper is survived by children Scott (and Crystal) Perryman, Sandra (and Neil) Van Brandt, and Stacy (and Brad) Feltz; grandchildren Dereck (and Shelby) and Nathan Perryman, Austin (and Emily), Ashley, and Allison Van Brandt, Brenen, Bladen (and Michaela), and Braxten Mellon, Aleigha Smith-Perryman, Shawn Feltz, and Jessica (and Charlie) Robinson; great-grandchildren Zander Mellon, Wade and Hattie Van Brandt, and Maverick and Saige Perryman; sisters Shirley Carpenter and Bonnie (and Craig) Bradley; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by step-father Forrest Hunt; brother Everett “Pete” Perryman; brother-in-law Verle Carpenter; and several step-siblings.
Visitation is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 23, and again on Sunday, from 11 a.m until the time of the service. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m., at the Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel, with Pastor Don Krieger, officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Morenci American Legion, Post 368.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci Eagles or the Morenci American Legion.
John Joseph “Bomber” Tejkl, 63, of South Rockwood, Mich., died July 16, 2022, at Hospice of Lenawee after a brief battle with lung cancer.
He was born Jan. 31, 1959, in Adrian, Mich., to John and Charlotte (Mossing) Tejkl. Bomber graduated from Sand Creek High School with the Class of 1977. He retired from Ford Motor Company in 2016 after 28 years of service, where he was a team leader on the door line.
Bomber was considered the “King of Euchre” and was a very competitive player. He guarded his left, right up until the end. He loved to play the lotto daily, often making friends with local gas station clerks and others buying their daily tickets. He was very much a people person, and would talk to any stranger, and go out of his way to help people.
Bomber is survived by his son Joshua J. Tejkl of Adrian and Joshua’s mother, Bonnie Tejkl; his companion of 10 years, Cynthia Slatten with whom he loved to travel, visit local casinos and Bingo halls; siblings Bill (and Michelle) Tejkl of Angola, Ind., Helen Tejkl, Ted (and Kim) Powers of Sand Creek, Patty (and Eric) Bubel of Heath, Ohio, and Karen (and Todd) McMordie of Manitou Beach, Mich.; along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation is planned from 2 to 7 p.m. July 22 at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home in Adrian. A funeral ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at the funeral home. Additional visitation is scheduled at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service. Cremation will follow.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee.
Donald George Sly, 90, of Fayette, Ohio, died June 21, 2022, after a prolonged encounter with cancer.
Don was born Feb. 28, 1932, to Edna and Lyndon Sly. He lived in Fayette from the age of five when his family moved from Toledo to Fayette to farm. He was a 1950 graduate of Gorham Fayette High School where he was a standout athlete on the basketball and baseball teams. He farmed and had a small dairy herd with his father and later his son, Joe, joined him in farming. He married his high school sweetheart, Grace Eckert in 1952.
Don was someone you could look up to, literally and figuratively. He was kind and gentle with a distinctive voice in a powerful 6-foot-plus frame. Don could fix just about anything using his huge collection of tools – which he alone could locate. He was also known for his knot-tying ability learned in FFA and used throughout his 90 years, and also for his light, fluffy pancakes.
After farming, Don worked in maintenance at Hayes-Albion and then at Sauder where he maintained forklifts. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Fayette and then in Wauseon when the lodges merged. He was also a member and elder of the Fayette Christian Church.
Don enjoyed his grandchildren and especially delighted in the great-grandchildren and always had ice cream for them, even without parental approval.
In addition to his wife, Don is survived by daughter Susan Sly Burke; daughter-in-law Linda Sly; grandchildren Rachel Putnam (and Ralph Rupp), Anjanette DuSold, George DuSold, Ben (and Jamie) Sly, Trevor (and Kayla) Sly, Carli (and Eli) Decker, Phillip Gamboe, Ward (and Aundrea) Gamboe, Logan (and Alyssa) Gamboe; great-grandchildren Zachery Putnam; Braylon, Brogan and Bexsly Sly; Brianna Feathers, Landyn and Lyneah Sly; Daniel and Charlotte Grace Decker; Cailynn, Ariya and Demi Jo Gamboe; Benjamin, Alaina and Ramsey Gamboe; Koen Gamboe.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; brother Richard who died in infancy; sister Lillian Wells; daughter Becky Sly DuSold; son Joe Sly; and niece Sandy Wells Klingler.
Visitation is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Fayette Christian Church. A Masonic service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 3 p.m. with Pastor Vicki Schnitkey.
Donations are suggested to Fayette Christian Church or the Fayette (Ohio) Opera House.
The Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Fayette Chapel, handled arrangements.
Thomas Dean Pobanz, 73, of Morenci, Mich., died June 16, 2022, at his home.
Tom was born Dec. 28, 1948, in Wauseon, Ohio, to Dorothy Clark and was a life-long resident of Morenci. Carl Pobanz adopted Tom when he married Dorothy.
After graduating from Morenci Area High School, Tom entered the Navy. After his service he worked in several factories in Morenci with 22 years of service at Morenci Engineered Rubber Products, until it closed. After several more factory jobs, he finished his working career at Wauseon Walmart as the counter person in Tire Lube Express.
Tom married Theresa Bates on May 16, 1981, and she survives.
Cremation has occurred and a small remembrance ceremony will be planned in the fall.
Frederick “Fred” Tredway, 97, lifelong farmer and resident of Lyons, Ohio, died peacefully in his home June 19, 2022, surrounded by his family.
Fred was born Jan. 11, 1925, in Lyons to Harry and Beulah (Fetterman) Tredway. Following graduation, Fred joined the United States Navy and was a World War II Veteran.
Fred was a 72-year member of the Masons of Ohio-Wauseon Lodge #349 and served as Past Master. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Order of Eastern Star, and the Wauseon American Legion Post #265.
After 25 years of farming, Fred fulfilled his dream of owning and raising Percherons draft horses. He showed them at county fairs and drove them in parades. Another fond hobby of his was caning chairs.
Fred married his first wife, Marcella Fruchey, in Lyons in 1946. They had three children, Michael (and Elizabeth) Tredway, Molly (and Jack) Lugbill and Matthew (and Evelyn) Tredway; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Fred is also survived by his second wife, Beatrice “Bea” whom he married in 1970. He is also survived by his stepdaughter Linda (and Joe) Miller and stepson William (and Bobbie) Simpkins; four step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; brother Horace (and Liz) Tredway; sister Elizabeth Rowland; and many nieces and nephews.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents; son Michael Tredway; son-in law Jack Graf and brother-in-law Elvin Rowland.
Visitation is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora, where a Masonic Service will begin at 6:45 p.m. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, with Pastor Heather Schimmel officiating. Interment, with military rites, will follow at Amboy Township Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Lyons Fire Department, Lyons Christian Church or Wauseon Masonic Lodge, # 349.
Doris Powell, 90, of Coldwater, Mich., formerly of Morenci, Mich., died June 6, 2022, at her home with her daughter and family.
Doris was born Oct. 23, 1931, at her parents’ home on Dewey Lake in Michigan. She was the oldest child of Harold and Alma (Archer) McKee. On April 3, 1948, Doris married the love of her life, Lloyd Powell. She and Lloyd lived and worked on their rural farms in Morenci for 65 years. In those early years, Doris could be found helping with hauling the grain to the elevator, or any number of jobs needed on the farm
For many years, Doris was the owner/operator of Dor-E-LL’s beauty salon in Morenci. Her passion was her extracurricular activity — bowling. She had been the local secretary and president of the Morenci Women's Bowling Association. Doris was inducted as a life member and also inducted into the Morenci Bowling Hall of Fame in 1988. The Women’s International Bowling Congress awarded Doris for her 35 years of attending national tournaments, and the Michigan Women’s Bowling Association Tournament presented her with a 40-year award for her years of participation.
She was a member of the Morenci Eagles and served in many positions including Madam President. Her devotion as a member of the Eagles led her to become an active officer at the state level. She also enjoyed membership in the Morenci Sportsman’s Club. Doris enjoyed watching her husband, Lloyd, participate in the clay shooting sport at the club.
Doris is survived by her daughter, Susan Merkle, of Coldwater; grandchildren Tiffany (and Rick) Fillmore and Thomas (and Shantell) Merkle, both of Quincy, Mich.; great-grandchildren Brody, Cady, Kody, Lucas, Maliyah and Brantley; siblings Earl (and Carol) McKee of Florida, Shirley Mutter and Phyllis Goldsmith of Alabama, and Donald (and Gloria) McKee of Tennessee.
She was preceded in death by her husband; brother John McKee and sister in-law Marie of Rockwood, Mich.; and brothers-in-law George Mutter and Orville Goldsmith.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at Eagle Marry Funeral Home in Morenci, with Bill VanValkenberg officiating. Visitation is planned for one hour before the service Saturday, beginning at 10. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Additional visitation is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Eagle Funeral Home George White Chapel in Quincy.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for a bowling scholarship in Doris’s name.
Dana Schoonover, 79, of Hudson, Mich., died June 6, 2022, at her home.
Dana was born Jan. 2, 1943, in Lyons, Ohio, the daughter of John and Irene (Fallor) Whipple. On July 2, 1960, Dana married Glenn I. Schoonover and he preceded her in death May 29, 1991. She was briefly employed at Morenci Rubber Products before deciding to stay home and care for her family. She was a member of Medina Federated Church. Dana always had a smile on her face, loved spending time with her family, loved animals of all kinds, and enjoyed collecting dolls.
Dana is survived her by daughters Teresa Keller of Montpelier, Ohio, and Lisa Hemmer of Grand Rapids, Mich.; six grandchildren, Cameron Garza, Heather Davis, Brandy Frank, Calista Garza, Anthony Hemmer and Matthew Hemmer; one sister, Donna Fox of Adrian, Mich.; one brother, Gary Whipple of Adrian; and 13 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; son Rollin Schoonover; and brother Leslie Whipple.
Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at Medina Federated Church, with additional visitation starting at 10:00. Pastor Darren Lemmon will officiate and burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Lenawee County Humane Society.
Wayne Revere Williams, 94, a lifelong resident of Fayette, Ohio, died June 5, 2022, at CHP Inpatient Hospice in Defiance, Ohio.
Born July 30, 1927, in Pioneer, Ohio, he was the son of Paul and Goldie (Mercer) Williams. Wayne graduated from Gorham Fayette High School with the class of 1945, after serving as class president. He immediately enlisted in the United States Navy, serving during World War II at the Great Lakes Naval Center He earned the the World War II Victory Ribbon before his honorable discharge. Upon returning to Fayette, he married the former Verna Mae Flory on April 30, 1949, at the Wauseon First Christian Church.
Wayne was known as a hard worker, and always had gainful employment throughout his life. In adolescence, he gathered and sold corncobs at the mill, sold magazine subscriptions, and raked leaves. Early in adulthood, he worked various jobs including a millwright at Menna Welding in Toledo, performed carpentry for Bill Boyers, and worked for several years at the General Motors Plant in Defiance. He then locally worked for Bob Vine at the Sohio Gas station before being a dealer himself for 23 years. In 1977, he began employment with the Village of Fayette, working at the water department before his retirement in 1989.
Wayne was always involved in his community. He served as bank director for Farmers State Bank in the 1960s, then Tiffin Valley National Bank for 15 years, and was on the advisory board when the same bank transitioned to First National Bank. He was a member of the American Legion John Dale Post 143, lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge 349, 50-year member of the Fayette United Methodist Church, Wauseon Elks Club and Fayette Chamber of Commerce, and was a faithful supporter of the Fayette Athletic Boosters. He and Verna were crowned King and Queen of the Fayette Bullthistle Festival in 1953, and was deservedly awarded Citizen of the Year in 2015.
Wayne loved to travel to Florida and Arizona, and was proud to have been present for the groundbreaking of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. He enjoyed model airplanes, gardening, and playing cards, specifically euchre, hearts and bug. His greatest aspiration in life was to have a loving family and provide for their every need, and to meet the public in honest and faithful service in all his occupations over the years.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 73 years are son Mark Williams of Fayette; sister Dorothy Clark of Angola, Ind.; daughter-in-law Susan Williams of Fayette; grandchildren Mason Williams of De Pere, Wis., and Maren Williams of Fayette; great-grandson Wyatt Williams; nephews Scot Clark and Vince Clark; and niece Debbie Clark.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Michael Williams, and a brother-in-law, Brice Clark.
A celebration of Wayne’s life is planned at noon Friday, June 10, at the Fayette UMC Family Life Center, with Pastor Jeff Bandy officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. until the service begins, and fellowship will continue immediately after the service during a luncheon that will be served. Interment will take place at a later date in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette United Methodist Church.
Arrangements were handled by Wagley Funeral Home, Adrian.
Donna Lee Baker, 93, formerly of Morenci, Mich., died May 29, 2022, at Hampton Manor in Dundee, Mich.
Donna was born Sept. 18, 1928, in Waldron, Mich., to Otis and Mable (Robison) Borton. On March 27, 1948, she married the love of her life, Walter J. Baker, in Angola, Ind., and he preceded her in death in 2020.
Donna worked for many years as a nurse’s aide at Detwiler Manor in Wauseon, Ohio.
Apart from her work, those who loved her will remember her most for the enjoyment she found in crocheting, sewing and reading. She was an active member of both the Morenci American Legion and the VFW. Aside from her hobbies and social engagements, she found the most enjoyment in spending time with those whom she loved, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Donna is survived by daughters, Peggy (and Brad) Jones, Idris (and Richard) Gurica, Dena (and Bill) Sauter, Denise (and Joseph) Calevro, Sally (and Hal) Holubik, and Veronica (and Dan) Perry; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Bruce Baker; brothers Dean, Paul, Max and Norman Borton; and her most cherished sister, Idris Roan.
A Sharing-of-Memories Service is planned at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian, Visitation will proceed the service, beginning at 11 a.m. Internment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.
Memorial contributions are suggested to ProMedica Hospice.
Betty Marie Weaver, 94, of rural Fayette, Ohio, died May 27, 2022, at Hillside Country Living near Bryan, Ohio, where she had resided for several years.
Betty was born Jan. 3, 1928, in Fayette, the daughter of Carl and Anna (King) Stockburger.
Betty was a 1946 graduate of Fayette and was a lifelong resident of her family farm. She married Wayne D. Weaver on April 17, 1948, in Fayette, and he preceded her in death Dec. 24, 2003.
Betty furthered her education at Fort Wayne International Business School, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Toledo, where she ultimately earned a master’s degree in education. She served her working career of 28 years with the Gorham-Fayette School District where she served as a reading teacher at the former Franklin Elementary School.
A lifelong devoted member of the Fayette Church of the Nazarene, Betty served as its pianist for more than 50 years, as well as represented its administration by serving tenures as a secretary and treasurer. She also presided over the Nazarene World Missionary Society and served as its district secretary. In addition to her love of music, she was an avid reader and loved to decorate the interior of her home, especially during the holiday seasons.
Surviving are three daughters, Nancy (and Rodney) Denham of High Springs, Fla., Paulette (and Mark) Polley of West Unity, Ohio, and Melody (and Philip) Zuver of Bryan; sister Barb Croninger of Archbold, Ohio; sister-in-law Carol Stockburger of Archbold; four grandchildren, Jennifer (and Steve) Redmer of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Kristin (and Brian) Smith of Atlanta, Ga., Betsy (and Johnnie) Torres of Bryan, and Michael (and Danae) Polley of Bryan; and nine great-grandchildren, Lauryn, Joshua, Rylan, Turner, Arianna, Brendan, Teagan, Kate and Eli.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Stockburger, and a brother-in-law, Marlin Croninger.
Visitation is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Fayette Church of the Nazarene. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m., officiated by Pastor Andy Reynard. Interment will follow in the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Fayette Church of the Nazarene or the Gideons.
The Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel handled arrangements.
Kyle Matthew Wilson, 27, of Morenci, Mich., died May 26, 2022.
Kyle was born Feb. 23, 1995, in Wauseon, Ohio, the son of Matthew and Janis (Horner) Wilson. He was a graduate of Morenci Area High School. Kyle loved his family, especially his kids, with all his heart. He was a jokester, however, his sisters say he wasn’t very good at it. He had a big heart and loved to read.
In addition to his mother, Kyle is survived by three sons, Hagen, Holden and Hayze Wilson, all of Fayette; two sisters, Courtney (and Shivam) Tapiawala and Chelsea (and Jacob Simmons) Constance; grandparents Mike and Stacy Wilson of Morenci and Dennis and Kris Swartz of Hudson; aunts and uncles Miranda Giberson, Ashley Wilson, Jason and Luke Wilson and their families; nieces and nephews Aryen Tapiawala and Peyton and Owen Crowder.
He was preceded in death by his father and Charles and Joyce Horner.
Visitation is planned from 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, until the time of service at noon at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci. Pastors William VanValkenburg and Jon Ruse will officiate.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Stacy Wilson for the future needs of Kyle’s children.
Sally (Moine) Allen
On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, Sally (Moine) Allen died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 81, after a brief illness.
Sally was born Dec. 23, 1940, in Hudson, Mich., to Ralph and Elizabeth (Fisher) Moine. Though christened Sarah Jane, she was always affectionally known as Sally to her family and friends.
Sally grew up in Morenci, Mich., and attended both Morenci High School and St. Joseph’s Academy in Adrian. She received her secondary education at Katherine Gibbs School in New York City and spent her life in various cities around the world including Montego Bay, Jamaica, Miami, Florida and, lastly, Toledo, Ohio.
She made friends and established roots wherever she landed, as her sense of humor and flair for storytelling solidly touched everyone with whom she came into contact. Sally had a knack for filling the room with love and laughter, always regaling family and friends with stories from her world travels and unique experiences. Sally always had a twinkle in her eye, and she shared that twinkle with everyone.
Sally was an avid lover of animals and held a very special place in her heart for cats. She loved her many pets, known as her “fur babies,” with an ardor and compassion that was and remains unmatched. Sally was very passionate about the ASPCA and supported their work whenever possible. Donations to the ASPCA in Sally’s memory will touch her up in heaven.
Sally is survived by her sister Judith (Moine) Donaldson of Woburn, Mass.; nephew Broderick Donaldson of Big Sky, Mont.; nieces Elizabeth Donaldson of Toledo and Shawn (Donaldson) Macannuco of Winchester, Mass.; many great-nephews, a great-niece, and several great-great-nieces.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Allie Marie Herman, 16, passed away peacefully May 22, 2022, surrounded by her family, after living with cancer for three and a half years.
Allie was born May 26, 2005, in Wauseon, Ohio, to Kent and Amy (Link) Herman. Allie was a sophomore at Fayette High School and a member of the Student Council, FFA and National Honor Society. Allie loved school and loved to be involved in everything she could. Allie especially loved FFA and everything that went along with it. She was proud to be a member of the officer team, loved participating in contests and going to the national convention. Allie also enjoyed swimming, camping, driving her car “Pearl,” playing video games, all things Star Wars and Marvel, and spending time with friends and family.
Allie had a rare determination and an unmatched ability to persevere. She adapted to each challenge she was faced with. Growing up, Allie enjoyed playing many sports including softball, basketball and her favorite, volleyball. When those sports weren't an option anymore, she learned to golf and earned her varsity letter her freshman year as well as the award for “Most Committed,” doing so while on chemotherapy. Before cancer, Allie also enjoyed showing feeder calves in 4-H. After she had leg surgery and couldn’t show calves, she tried her hand at something new and took a cake decorating project. She even took her supplies to the hospital to practice the different techniques while inpatient. Her hard work paid off and she was the county winner. She also was chosen the 2021 Fulton County Beef Queen where she once again was able to spend time in the show arena.
In her far-too-short 16 (almost 17) years, Allie demonstrated a grace that one can only hope to aspire to. She was determined to never give up and fought with everything she had. She endured so much, and throughout it all her love for God grew.
Allie is survived by her parents, Kent and Amy; her older brother Brayden; grandparents Kevin and Denise Link, Laura and Steve Knapp, Chuck and Kim Herman; great-grandmother Eleanor Herman; aunts and uncles Jennifer and Jeran Storrs, Kyle and Katie Link, and Kellie Dunson; and cousins, Demi, Kelsie and Josie Storrs, Kamy and Kassi Link, and Colton and Garrett; and many great-aunts and -uncles.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Curtis and Joy Link, and Marion and Marilyn Ricker, Edwin Herman and John and Thelma Strup.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at True North Church in Wauseon, with Pastor Rex Stump officiating. Interment will follow in the West Franklin Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled at the church on Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be given to the Benefit Account for Allie Herman at the Farmers and Merchants State Bank for a memorial scholarship in her name to be set up in the future, or to pediatric cancer research.
Joseph Lee Sly, 68, of Fayette, Ohio, died May 23, 2022.
Joe was born March 24, 1954, in Morenci, Mich., the first child of Don and Grace Sly. He lived his entire life in Fayette. He graduated from Gorham Fayette High School in 1973; was an FFA State Farmer and passed down his jacket to his daughter, Carli, when she was in FFA. He was a 4-H kid with crop projects and steers, and later a proud father as his kids showed pigs, feeder calves and rabbits in 4-H. He loved the Fulton County Fair, but going to the fair with him was torture – he seemed to know everyone, and they all wanted to stop and talk, trade jibes, and share a laugh.
Joe made and kept friends throughout life, from high school to the guys he worked out with at the gym. Geographically, he had friends all around. A drive with Joe within a 100-mile radius of Fayette could turn into a construction tour as he pointed out the pole barn he worked on, the factory floor he poured - it seemed he had a hand in concrete everywhere. He worked construction for most of his career with Krueger Construction. Even though he retired two years ago, he still did many side jobs, often with sons Ben and Trevor. Although he worked construction, Joe was, at heart, a farmer who loved the land and John Deere equipment. Nothing was more beautiful to him than a good field of corn.
Joe married Nancy Hardy in 1983 and they shared three children, Rachel, Ben and Trevor. In 1993 he met and eventually married Linda Bishop and they shared daughter Carli and Linda’s children from her previous marriage: Phillip, Ward Thomas and Logan. Growing up, Joe always wanted a large family, and he enjoyed his seven children and 17 grandchildren. His grandchildren adored their Papa Joe who gladly made time to attend sporting events, dance recitals, and just spend time with them. His children and many others knew they could count on him, and no matter what, he would love them fiercely.
He is survived by his wife Linda Bishop Sly; parents Don and Grace Sly; sister Susan Sly Burke; children Rachel Putnam (and Ralph Rupp), Ben (and Jamie) Sly, Trevor (and Kayla) Sly, Carli (and Eli) Decker, Phillip Gamboe, Ward (and Aundrea) Gamboe, Logan (and Alyssa) Gamboe; grandchildren Zachery Putnam, Braylon, Brogan and Bexsly Sly, Brianna Feathers, Landyn and Lyneah Sly; Daniel and Charlotte Decker; Cailynn, Ariya and Demi Jo Gamboe; Benjamin, Alaina and Ramsey Gamboe; Koen Gamboe; and many nieces and nephews.
Joe was preceded in death by his sister, Becky Sly DuSold; granddaughter Kloe Lynn Gamboe; and cousin Sandy Wells Klingler.
Visitation at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home is planned from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 26. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the Family Life Center, with Pastor Gene Sugg officiating. The family will greet friends beginning at noon. Internment will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.
Donations can be made to the family or donor’s choice. In honor of Joe, take time to visit with a family member or friend — the most precious gift you can share.
Terry Marvin Ely, 72, of Adrian, Mich., died March 22, 2022, at ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital.
Terry was born Dec. 20, 1949, in Morenci, Mich., the son of Marvin and Marjorie (Keller) Ely. On June 19, 1993, in Adrian, Terry married Mary Jane Decker. He had been employed as a truck driver with Keller Supply, becoming self-employed after Keller Supply closed in 1993. He retired in 2013.
Terry enjoyed farming, golfing, watching NASCAR, and the Young and the Restless. Terry will be remembered by his family as a very kind, loving, and quiet man.
Terry is survived by his wife of 28 years, Mary Ely; his mother, Marjorie; two stepsons, Jason (and Kim) Decker of Hudson and Steve (and Luci) Decker of Adrian; five grandchildren, Camryn and Dane Raper, Lydia, Winnie, and Tyler Decker; two sisters, Karen Londo of South Carolina and Jan (and Dick) Coveney of Manitou Beach, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers-in-law, Doug Londo and Greg Sprague.
Cremation has taken place.
Mary E. Weiss, 86, of Wauseon, Ohio, passed into the arms of Jesus May 22, 2022, at her home.
She was born Sept. 21, 1935, in Morenci, Mich., the daughter of Frank and Leona (Cottrell) Ramseyer. She married John F. Weiss on April 4, 1964, in Lyons, Ohio, and he survives.
Mary loved the Lord with all her heart and was a good Christian. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Mayflower, and she was very proud of the fact that she was related to Julia Childs, President Bush, and several other famous people. She was an excellent homemaker and cook, and loved to do crafts and paint.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Tommy Ramseyer.
Visitation is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel, with the funeral service beginning at 1. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.
Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Walter Dean (Walt) Sell, 67, of Adrian, Mich., and died April 13, 2022.
Walt was born Oct. 2, 1954, and grew up on the family farm near Morenci, Mich. He graduated from Morenci Area High School where he enjoyed music and played in the school band.
After high school Walt tried several occupations including factory jobs, selling insurance, food service, working at a music store, and playing and singing in a band. He always came back to his lifelong love of music.
He studied and became an accomplished guitarist and composer. He gave lessons and taught others to play the guitar. Walt also enjoyed hunting for and playing vinyl records and adding them to his large collection. He loved watching movies and could quote famous lines from many of them. In later years, he spent much time studying the Bible and discussing it with others.
Walt is survived by his son Brenton Sell of Traverse City and Cadillac, Mich.; brother Roger (and Connie) Sell of Napoleon, Ohio; sister Shirley (and Neil) Foreman of Jersey Village, Texas; sister Delores Wurst of Saline, Mich.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth Sell and Lynette Studer Sell, and brother-in-law Walter Wurst.
Visitation is planned from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 2, at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home in Adrian, followed by a celebration of life service beginning at 11, with Pastor Doug Leith officiating. Burial of cremains will take place in Lenawee Hills Memorial Park, Adrian.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Gideons International or Hospice of Lenawee.
Arrangements were handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.
John Carl Gillen, 88, went home to be with Jesus on May 17, 2022.
John was born April 27, 1934, to Elwood William Gillen and Wilma Blance (Hart) Gillen at the family farm. He graduated from Morenci High School as an honor student. For 10 years John farmed his grandparents’ farm. He also drove a milk route, meeting farmers with his winning smile.
On Sept. 4, 1953, he married the love of his life, Jane Keefer, in Angola, Ind. The opportunity came for him to work at Decker Hardware in Morenci and after seven years John and Jane bought the store and ran it while raising their children, Judy, John S., and Michael. After 22 years they sold out the store and John moved on to Stevenson Lumber in Adrian where he worked for 10 years. John was a member of Morenci Bible Fellowship in Morenci.
Besides his wife and son John (and Audrey) Gillen, John is survived by his sister Janis (and George) Becker; daughter-in-law Karen (and Michael) Gillen; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two siblings, Joanne Stiverson and James E. Gillen; daughter Judy Kauffman; and son Michael.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, May 23, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci, with Pastor Jim Yatzek officiating. Visitation is planned at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.
Richard K. O’Brien, 65, of Morenci, Mich., died May 19, 2022, at Charles and Virginia Hickman ProMedica Hospital in Adrian.
He was born Aug. 15, 1956, in Wauseon, Ohio, to Alvin and Barbara (Gault) O’Brien. On Sept. 12, 1981, he married Charlene Barden and she survives.
Richard was a man of many likes and talents. A true outdoorsman, he loved to hunt and fish, as well as tend to his garden. He could build anything for anyone and loved to help people. Richard was a down to earth county boy at heart and farmed for many years. He loved to travel — exploring and trying new things — as well as vacationing in Florida. Perhaps his most favorite thing was his family, especially his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by children Brian (and Renae) O’Brien and Brandy (and James) Benfante; grandchildren Madelyn, Steven, Nicholas, Jacqulyne, Kaleigh, Drake, Emilee, Brooklyn, Savannah, Danica and Brilee; great-grandson Dante; and sisters Roxann Skelton, Jackie VonSeggern, Leisa Kern and Julie Powell.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William O’Brien.
Visitation is planned from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel. At 1 p.m., a procession to Lime Creek East Cemetery will take place for graveside services, with Pastor Darren Lemmon officiating.
Memorial donations are suggested to the family for future designation.
Susan Jones, 73, of Morenci, Mich., died May 17, 2022, at her home in Morenci.
Sue was born Sept. 6, 1948, in Hudson, Mich., to Robert Amos and Barbara Jean (Vankin) Gibbs.
Sue loved to read and spend time with her family and friends. She mostly loved to spend time with her grandkids.
She is survived by her long-time partner, Jim Jones; daughter Barbie (and John) Kolodica; grandchildren Kennedy, John-Walter, and Mason Kolodica; and many other family members.
Sue was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charles Gibbs.
Cremation will take place and graveside services are planned at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Maple Grove Cemetery in Hudson.
Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee.
Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci handled arrangements.
Shirley F. Speelman, 84, of Morenci, Mich., died May 11, 2022, at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio.
Shirley was born Oct. 18, 1937, in Lyons, Ohio, the daughter of Earl and Dora (Schafer) Simpkins. Shirley was a 1955 graduate of Morenci High School. On March 24, 1956, she married Earl “John” Speelman and he survives.
In addition to her husband, Shirley is survived by children Ken (and Jackie) Speelman and Cindy (and Steve) Crowell; grandchildren Stacy (and Stephen) Fiddie, Justin (and Dawn) Crowell, Jessica (and Greg) Negrete, Kayla Speelman, KC Speelman, and Shane (and Kayla) Speelman; nine great-grandchildren; and siblings Betty Hall, Barbara Baker, Beverly (and Mike) Cowell, Sharon Schmidt, and Maurice (and Nancy) Simpkins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Arnold Simpkins, Ronald Simpkins and Lanny Simpkins; sister Wanda Anderson; and grandson Clint Crowell.
Visitation is planned from 11 a.m. Monday, May 16, until the service at 1 p.m. at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci. Rev. William Van Valkenburg will officiate.
Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association.
Rita Faye McCowan, 70, of Morenci, Mich., passed into the loving arms of her Savior on Tuesday, May 4, 2022, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.
She was born in Morenci on March 23, 1952, to Johnny and Thelma (Sing) Henson. On June 24, 1972, in Morenci, she married James McCowan, and he survives. Rita was self-employed, providing in-home care to those in need.
Rita was a member of Blissfield Baptist Church. In the Christian spirit, she had compassion for those around her, never passing judgement on anyone and always putting the needs of others before her own. Family was also important to Rita. She loved spending as much time as she could with them, and loved watching Ohio State Football with her grandson, Dalton. Her dogs, Christmas and cooking were also passions of hers. Her family says she made the absolute best fried chicken and biscuits and gravy. Rita also loved to dance, go to garage sales, play Bingo and go to the casino.
She is survived by her husband James; children Chris (and Jodi) McCowan and Rachel (and Jeremy) Johnson; grandchildren Dalton and Justis (and Austin Gilson) McCowan and Hayden Lee Johnson; and sisters Cathy (and Jeff) Sallows and Linda Sue Hobbs.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Eldon and Ward Hough; sister Wilma Schoonover; and brother-in-law Jon Hobbs.
Visitation is planned from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 9, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel. Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Pastor Tom Frantz officiating. Interment will follow in Packard Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future designation.
Winnie Kast, 85, of Wauseon, Ohio, died May 1, 2022.
She was born Edwinnie Smatts on Dec. 8,1936, and graduated from Chesterfield High School in 1955. She worked at multiple factories, including Handy & Harmon, and worked nearly 30 years as a waitress in Fayette, Ohio. Winnie loved teddy bears and hummingbirds, and enjoyed puzzles, bingo, and playing games with her friends and family.
She is survived by two daughters, Vicki Wheeler and Kandy (and Troy) Wood; grandson Wesley (and Kristin) Kast; granddaughter Kendra (and Rodney) Tussinger; younger sister Myrna Bates; great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews.
Winnie was preceded in death by seven older siblings and son-in-law Fred Wheeler.
Winnie did not wish to have a funeral and asked that her remains be cremated. Family and friends are welcomed to attend a memorial gathering at the Fayette American Legion at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Dementia Society of America (by mail: PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901 or online: www.DementiaSociety.org/donate).
Arrangements were handled by Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Fayette Chapel.
Allen “Al” L. Johnson, 86, of St. Joseph, Mich., formerly of Belding, Mich., died April 15, 2022, in St. Joseph, Mich.
Al was born Aug. 23, 1935, to Ernie W. and Adeline P. Pieplow in Adrian, Mich.
Al graduated from Morenci High School in 1954. While in high school he was active in and enjoyed sports. He attended Adrian College and graduated in 1960 from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. In 1975 he attended Wayne State Medical School and became the first mortician in Berrien County, Mich., to qualify for the procedure of eye enucleation.
Al had a lifelong career in funeral service, starting in 1956 at the Braun Funeral Home in Adrian. In 1961 Al and his family moved to Benton Harbor working at Florin Funeral Home. When living in St. Joseph he worked from 1963 to 1984 at the Kerley and Starks Funeral Home and was named manager in 1968. In September 1984 Al purchased the Charles M. Courser Funeral Home in Belding. In 2000 he sold Johnson Funeral Home to Bruce Feuerstein. He continued to work at the Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home until 2008 when he moved back to St. Joseph to be with family.
Al was a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.
Always civic minded, Al was involved in the communities that he lived. While living in St. Joseph he was a member of Lions Club, vice president of the North Lincoln Little League, a member of Napier Parkview Baptist Church and most recently the First Baptist Church of St. Joseph. In retirement Al loved serving on the St. Joseph Cemetery Board and taking advantage of the beautiful sunsets at Lions Park.
In Belding he was a member of the library board, Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, and Belding First Baptist Church. He served as Grand Marshall of the Labor Day Parade. For many years he has been a member of the Oldsmobile Club of America, driving and displaying his 1969 Cutlass Convertible in the annual Lansing car show.
Al is survived by his son Barcley (and Lori) of St. Joseph and granddaughter Parker; sisters Marlene (and Doug) Livingston of Adrian, Eileen Cadoo of Hudson, Mich., Karen Arquette of Adrian, Marilyn Bryant of Morenci, and Janet (and Gary) Walter of Adrian; brothers Larry (and Peggy) Johnson of Hudson, and Kenneth (and Joyce) Johnson of Sand Creek.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Virginia and husband Robert MacGeorge, Elaine and husband Wm. Smith; brothers Richard and wife Ilah Johnson and Loren Johnson; brothers-in-law George Bryant, Delmar Cadoo and Keith Arquette; and granddaughter Hadley Johnson.
Visitation is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 9, at Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding. Interment and a private family service will be at held on Tuesday, May 10, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci, with Pastor William Van ValkenBurg of the Canandaigua Community Church officiating.
Memorials may be given to St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation for Student Mental Health Awareness, the Belding Public Library, or the Canandaigua Community Church in Morenci.
Carol Simpkins, 78, of Morenci, Mich., died April 17, 2022, at her daughter’s house where she had been living since August 2021, surrounded by her daughter and son-in-law.
Carol was born May 7, 1943, to Harold and Evelyn (Dilyard) Shadbolt. She attended Blood School, Clayton School, and later Morenci School. On June 26, 1983, Carol married Lanny “Butch” Simpkins at First Congregational Church of Morenci. For many years, she worked at Little People’s Place as a cook, retiring in 2004.
Aside from work, she was a member of the American Legion Post #368 and a dedicated member of the Medina Federated Church. Carol found great enjoyment in baking, puzzles and the Empty Nesters Group at her church. Above all, she loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, making sure she made it to every possible sporting event.
Carol is survived by children Michael (and Robin) Wilson of Waterford, Mich., Carrie (and Dan) Joughin of Hudson, Mich., Colleen Smith (and Amanda) of Garden City, Mich; step-children Bruce Simpkins of Butler, Ind., and Colleen (and Todd) Vanderpool of Morenci; brother Harold “Pete” (and Janet) Shadbolt of Bryan, Ohio; brother-in-law John Simpkins of Morenci; sister Sharon Robinson of Adrian, Mich.; sisters-in-law Betty Hall, Shirley Speilman, and Sharon Schmidt, all of Morenci, Barbara Baker and Bea Treadway of Lyons, Ohio, and Beverly Cowell of Akron, Ind.; grandchildren Justin (and Ashley) Joughin, Emily (and Todd) Patriquin, Casey (and Jennie) Wilson, Kate (and Samuel) Butterfield, Katelyn (and Jacob) Pennington, Dana (and Alex) Craig, Julia (and Kyle) Middleditch, Parker Wilson, and Tyler Bishop; step-grandchildren Gavin Vanderpool, Erin (and Daiton) Lemmon, Dillon Simpkins, and Alliana Morgan; and great-grandchildren Evelyn, Drew, Maddox, Ben, Abby, Ward, Leah, Leo, Griffin, Fennec and Owen.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lanny Simpkins; sisters Beverly Wilson and Kathleen Hall; brothers-in-law Arnold and Ronald Simpkins; sister-in-law Wanda Anderson; and nephew Mark Shadbolt.
Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci. Visitation is also scheduled from 10 a.m. until noon Monday when funeral service begin at Medina Federated Church. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Medina Federated Church.
DeWayne C. Rendel, 91, of Morenci, Mich., died at his residence Friday, April 15, 2022, surrounded by his family.
He was born Oct. 15, 1930, in Adrian, Mich., Curtis and Velma (Grubbs) Rendel. On Oct. 21, 1951, he married Joan Yeagley in Hudson, Mich., and she preceded him in death Sept. 26, 2015.
After the death of his father, DeWayne left school to help his mother attend to his eight siblings. He entered the United States Navy in March 1949 and served his county for the next four years, being discharged in December 1953.
DeWayne ran two service stations in Morenci until he and his wife founded Rendel Oil Company. They operated the business together for the next 57 years.
DeWayne loved government. He served on Morenci City Council for approximately four years before serving as mayor of Morenci from 1971 through 1981. He was also a member of the Regional Planning Commission and the Merry Lake Property Board. DeWayne and Joan were named Citizens of the Year in Morenci in 1999.
In his free time, DeWayne enjoyed talking to people and carried on conversations with anyone he met. He loved to fish and was a garage sale shopper extraordinaire. He was known for buying trailers just to carry his garage sale treasures home. Spending winters in Florida and summers at Merry Lake were also passions for DeWayne and Joan. He was a member of the Morenci American Legion Post 368, the Morenci Sportsman’s Club, and the Fairfield Masonic Lodge.
DeWayne is survived by children Stan (and Marilyn) Rendel, Diane (and Jim) Johnston, Gail (and Leonard) Cleghorn, and Teresa (and Matt) Barrett; grandchildren Chris (and JoDee) Johnston, Lindsay (and Steve) Klein, Shane Cleghorn, Kerri (and Jason Brooks) Cleghorn, Zachary Rendel, Riley (and Libby) Barrett, and Brooke (and Ryan) Summers; great-grandchildren Cooper and Sutton Johnston, Carter and Addison Klein, Abigail and Wyleia Brooks, Sofia Summers and Annabelle Barrett; brother Curtis (and Janice) Rendel; sister Marion Miller; and sister-in-law Mary Jo Brewer.
Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by brothers Ronald, Lester and Virgil Rendel; and sisters Gladys Cole, Delores Fritz and Norma Sellers.
Visitation is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 22, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci, and also on Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of service. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m., with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee or to the Merry Lake Rendel Park Memorial.
Deborah Sue Kazmierczak was welcomed into the arms of her Lord, Jesus Christ, in the early morning of April 15, 2022. She put up a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer but came to the place where she advanced in a different direction.
Deb was born to Jerry and Marilyn Jones on May 31, 1964. She graduated from Morenci Area Schools with the class of 1982. She went on to earn an associate degree in early childhood education. Deb married Robert Kazmierczak on Sept. 11, 1982. The couple reared three daughters who survive, Jessica (and Louis) Belluomini, Charlotte (and Josh) Seegert and Lesley (and Eric) Whitehead; along with three grandchildren, Sophie and Cora Seegert and Silvio Belluomini; brother Scott (and Tammy) Jones; parents Jerry and Marilyn Jones; and mother-in-law Gloria Kazmierczak.
She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, James Kazmierczak.
Deb was a devout Christian woman who quietly lived out her faith in her generous caring for others. She had a heart for the dismissed, the overlooked, and the marginalized. She was a tireless and vocal advocate for justice for all of God’s children. Her interests were many and various. Deb was an outstanding cook and baker. She was an avid reader and movie buff, never forgetting a given movie’s actors, producer, and director. In her 15-year career at Lenawee Intermediate School District, Deb helped shape young lives and bring out the potential of many children who had special needs. Where many saw only challenges, Deb encouraged and nurtured unseen possibilities for these young lives. She was a true Difference Maker for many.
Funeral begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Lyons Christian Church in Lyons, with Heather Schimmel officiating and a luncheon following. Private burial will be in Lyons Cemetery. Visitation is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home in Adrian.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee or the family of Deborah Kazmierczak.
Donald E. Zuvers, 73, of Pioneer, Ohio, died April 13, 2022, at Bryan Hospital.
Donald was born June 20, 1948, in Morenci, Mich., the son of Verlin “Bus” and Delores “Skip” (Ries) Zuvers. On Feb. 5, 1966, in Morenci, Donald married Beverly Jean Cochrane and she survives.
He had been employed at General Broach in Morenci until his retirement in 2010 and was currently employed at Do It Best Hardware, Montpelier, Ohio. He was a member of Living Hope Methodist Church in West Unity, Ohio, and previously served on the Morenci City Council, Morenci Board of Education, and the Morenci Fire Department.
In addition to his wife of 56 years, Donald is survived by four daughters, Tanya Lynn (and Gary Frey) Zuvers of Morenci, Karri Ann (and James) Waters of Hudson, Mich., Jenny Lynne (and Todd) Sutherland of Elkhorn, Neb., and Tennille Rae McCain of Edon, Ohio; brother Merlin (and Bonnie) Zuvers of Morenci; one sister Shirley Vanderpool of Morenci; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Jack W. Zuvers; father-in-law Herbert Cochrane; mother-in-law Irene Cochrane; and brothers-in-law Joe Vanderpool and Robert Cochrane.
Visitation is planned from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 18, at Eagle Marry Funeral Home in Morenci. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at Morenci Bible Fellowship Church. Cremation will follow.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children at missingkids.org
Nora "Jane" Barber
Nora “Jane” Barber, 89, of Hudson, Mich., died April 9, 2022, at her home.
Jane was born July 30, 1932, in Palmyra, Mich., to Wilroe and Ethel (Bell) Coffey. She was a graduate of Morenci High School, class of 1950. On Jan. 19, 1952, she married John Barber and he preceded her in death Aug. 14, 1981.
Jane retired from Fayette Tubular Products after 32 years of service. In her free time, she enjoyed camping, traveling, cooking, crocheting, reading books and watching Westerns, with John Wayne being her favorite. Above all else, Jane loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her fur babies.
Jane is survived by her children Nancy (and James) Bowen, Polly (and Ben) Fish, Kathy (and David) Vanlerberg and Shirley (and Don) Myers; 23 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; nephew Victor Owens and niece Julie Andrews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Jane was preceded in death by her sons Mark Barber, Kevin Barber and Kelly Barber; daughter Theresa Gay; daughter-in-law Penny Barber; son-in-law Fred Gay; granddaughter Rachel Gehring and great-grandson, Zackary Gehring.
Visitation is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the Open Door Bible Church in Hudson. Visitation is also scheduled from 10 a.m. Saturday at the church until the funeral service at noon. Cremation will follow and she will be placed at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci at a later date.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Open Door Bible Church. Envelopes are available at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Hudson.
Dr. Triston C. Culp, PT DPT, 39, of Jerome, Mich., died March 25, 2022, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.
Triston was born Aug. 11, 1982, in Adrian, Mich., at Bixby Hospital to Gilbert and Carol (Cleghorn) Culp.
Triston had a passion for helping others and had been employed as a physical therapist at the Veterans Administration. He enjoyed hiking, exercising, kayaking, grilling and smoking foods for his family, and he was very patriotic. He was a veteran of the United States Army.
Triston is survived by his mother Carol Culp; his fiancée Jessica Luck; brother Tyson (and Candy) Sager; half-sisters, Candace (and Chad) Solomonson and Jody McCaskey; along with many nieces and nephews.
Triston was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Culp, and half-brother, Michael Culp.
Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday March 31, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci. Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, at the funeral home, with Rev. William Van Valkenburg officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci, followed by military honors.
Memorial contributions are suggested to his family for future designation.
Lowell W. Cox, 76, of Fayette, Ohio, died March 27, 2022, at Promedica Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio.
He was born Oct. 14, 1945, in Wauseon, Ohio, to Gaylord and Faye (Hopkins) Cox. Lowell attended Fayette Schools. On Sept. 5, 1965, he married Janice M. Sohn at Alvordton United Brethren Church and she survives.
Lowell was a lifelong farmer. He attended Solid Rock Community Church in West Unity. Lowell served as a maintenance worker for Millcreek Township and was also an honorary member of the Millcreek Fire Department.
In addition to his wife, Lowell is survived by sons Matthew (and Jeana) Cox of Fayette and Andy (and Tabitha) Cox of Mason, Mich.; grandchildren Tate, Abigail, Samuel, Levi and Alexander Cox; and one brother, Roger (and Sue) Cox. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation is planned from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at Solid Rock Community Church in West Unity. Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, at the church, with Pastor Rob Rodriquez officiating. Interment will follow at Floral Grove Cemetery in West Unity.
Memorials are suggested to Solid Rock Community Church or the Alvordton Fire Department.
Raymond Coe Fruchey, 71, of Fayette, Ohio, died March 21, 2022, at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania, Ohio.
Raymond was born Jan. 29, 1951, in Wauseon, Ohio, the son of Harold and Wilma (Sebring) Fruchey. After high school, Raymond proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971. On Aug. 23, 1986, in Fayette, he married Dawn Leupp and she preceded him in death Nov. 9, 2004.
He had been employed as a maintenance supervisor at Frozen Specialties, Inc, recently celebrating 50 years of service. Raymond was a member of the Wauseon VFW Post #7424, Wauseon American Legion Post #265, and the Defiance AMVETS Post 1991. He loved to be social, especially spending time with family and friends. Traveling to Las Vegas, hunting and fishing were other favorite pastimes of his. All in all, his family says he was a simple man.
Raymond is survived by his children Zachary (and Karissa) Fruchey of Fayette and Heather (and Ren) Ackerman of Archbold, Ohio; grandchildren Koby (and Bailey) Biddix, Kayden (and Kara Kistner) Kurth, and Kolton Ackerman; great-grandchildren Kaelynn Kurth and Grayson Biddix; and one brother, Jim Fruchey of Fayette.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Lyle, Gene, Charlie and Roger Fruchey; his sisters Carolyn Hill and Joellen Wiykovics; and sister-in-law Joyce Fruchey.
Visitation is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, March 25, also at the funeral home, with Pastor Darren Lemmon officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette, with military honors accorded by the Fulton County Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future designation.
Richard Arden Pennington was embraced in the loving arms of his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. His earthly race finished at a "young" 88 years.
Richard was the first born son to his parents, Clair Pennington and Theola (Ziegler) Pennington, arriving August 27, 1933 in Chesterfield, OH. He graduated in 1951 with his high school class at Chesterfield-Dover High School.
Richard fell in love with the "girl next door". On December 27, 1953, he married his sweetheart, Marvolene Schoonover. Their beautiful 67-year romance was focused on loving God and loving each other. Together they served the Lord and ministered to others in the church and throughout the community. Richard's wonderful legacy is marked by his generosity of both time and treasure, a heart for service, joy in his heart, laughter, funny songs, and "I'm so thankful for the plan of salvation".
in 1953, Richard and his father co-founded Pennington Gas Service. While raising a young family, Richard became the sole owner in 1967 with the passing of his father. Almost 30 years later, Richard "retired" in 1982, selling the business to his 5 sons.
Together Richard and Marvolene raised five sons, Mark and Beth (Rice) Pennington, Gary and Nancy (Clough) Pennington, Terry and Michelle (Adragna) Pennington, Keith and Sheri (Holbrook) Pennington, and Dean and Teda (Dixon) Pennington, all who survive. Richard was blessed with 17 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and many cherished nieces and nephews, all of whom survive.
Those who welcomed his heavenly arrival included his wife, Marvolene; his parents; sister, Doris Pennington; as well as great-grandchildren, Ella Rago and Evie Myers in infancy. Much loved sisters-in-law, Melba Barnes and Jan Schoonover survive.
Richard's funeral service is at the Morenci Church of the Nazarene on Monday, March 21, 2022, at 11:00 AM. The church is located at 751 N. Summit Street, Morenci, MI 49256. Pastor Dusty Pauken will officiate. Visitation is at the church on Sunday, March 20, 2022, from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Interment will immediately follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci, MI.
Memorial gifts are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee. Online condolences to the family may be offered at www.eaglemarryfuneralhome.com. The Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci, MI will assist in the arrangements.
John L. Keefer, 73, of Morenci, Mich., died at his residence Friday, March 11, 2022.
John was born in Fayette, Ohio, to Denver C. and Bessie L. (Smith) Keefer. On Dec. 16, 1967, he married Linda Davis in Munson, Mich., and she preceded him in death Aug. 11, 2008.
After receiving his GED, John attended Northwest State Community College to study industrial electricity and wiring, and programmable logic controllers. He also attended Jackson Community College to study welding, machine tool technology, CNC orientation, and other manufacturing trades. He retired from Sauder Woodworking as a motor repair maintenance senior technician. John previously worked at Allied Products in Hillsdale, Parker+Amchem in Morenci, O’Neil Implement in Lyons, and Milt Wagner in Adrian.
When John was a child, he began his journey of tearing apart and fixing things, starting with toys and later engines and motors. He acquired incredible talent and knowledge of all things mechanical. He attended Gorham Fayette schools. John enjoyed helping people by fixing their vehicles and farm equipment. His work ethic was incomparable. He farmed along with working a full-time job and in his free time he worked in his shop. He enjoyed working with his daughters and eventually his grandsons in his shop and tried to teach them all about mechanics.
He loved traveling to tractor shows with his wife Linda and collected antique engines and toy tractors. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting when he had a spare minute. His wife, daughters and grandchildren were the pride of his life. John accepted the Lord and was baptized in his final weeks and was welcomed into the arms of his savior upon his death.
Surviving John are his daughters Amy (and Lowell) Huepenbecker and Angie (and Scott) Hubinger; grandchildren Jonah, Jacob (and Tressa) and Jordan Huepenbecker; John, Jessica, Caleb, Malachi, Chloe, Elijah, Hannah and Linda Hubinger, great-grandchildren Isaac and Adaline Hubinger; sisters Marlene Eckel, Betty Henninger, Lois (and Walt) Hassenzahl, and Elaine (and Larry) Deck; and brothers Denver Ross (and Beverly), Carl (and Janice), Alvin (and Diane), and James (and Gwen) Keefer.
Along with his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lorraine Patterson.
Services for John will be graveside for immediate family.
Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee. Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel handled arrangements.
William "Bill" Moore
William “Bill” Alan Moore, 60, of Morenci, Mich., formerly of Bear Lake, Mich., died March 4, 2022, at Cleveland Clinic.
Bill was born July 7, 1961, in Cadillac, Mich., the son of Glen and Maureen (Miles) Moore. Bill was a 1979 graduate of Bear Lake High School and a 1983 graduate of West Shore Community College in Scottville, Mich. On July 24, 1999, in Bear Lake, Bill married Amy Sue Weber and she survives.
Bill was a member of the Lyons Christian Church in Lyons, Ohio, and the National Association of Rocketry. He served as a Deacon at the Assembly of God Church in Manistee, Mich., a county fair judge, and a leader for 4-H and the Royal Rangers. Bill enjoyed making balloon animals and building model rockets. He had been employed with the Michigan Space Center at Jackson Community College, and at Adrian Sears as a salesman in the hardware and lawn and garden departments until the closing of the store in 2011. Bill endured seven long years of dialysis treatment and in 2019 he was blessed to have a liver and kidney transplant at the Cleveland Clinic.
In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by siblings Dan (and Cathy) Moore and Sue Allen; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Janet and Joey Taylor; cousin Mary Coleman; nieces and nephews Kristin Allen and her children Jeremy, Jacob and Justin Oakley, Heather (and Jordan) Sell and their son Jensen Sell, Daniel Allen and his children Hunter and Courtney Allen, Andrew (and Brittnay) Moore and their children Lucca and Gannon Moore, Jennifer (and Andrew) Remlinger, Madalyn Moore and Lauren Taylor.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Dan Allen.
A memorial service is planned 11:04 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Lyons Christian Church, with Rev. Heather Schimmel officiating. A dinner will follow the service.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Moore family. Arrangements were made with Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.
JoAnne Louise Loyer Farley, 85, of Upper St. Clair, Pa., died March 9, 2022, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
She was born Jan. 3, 1937, in Toledo, Ohio, to William and Neva (Leech) Loyer. Growing up, JoAnne helped in the family grocery store, Loyer’s Market. While attending Libby High School in Toledo, JoAnne played piano and pipe organ at church, sang in the choir, and sold pianos at Grinnell’s Music Store. After graduating, she enrolled at Bowling Green State University, where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.
In 1958 she married, and soon after moved to Morenci, Mich., to pursue a teaching career. JoAnne taught home economics at Sand Creek and Waldron schools, then switched to teaching art and music in the Chesterfield and Metamora school districts in Ohio.
While raising two daughters and teaching, JoAnne returned to school and earned a master’s degree from Siena Heights College. She was honored to be awarded Teacher of the Year in the late 1970s.
JoAnne loved to travel, especially to Europe. She was knowledgeable about antiques, and took pride in her elegant home on Main Street, which was featured in Morenci's first Christmas Home Tour. Always impeccably dressed, JoAnne had fine sewing skills and created fabulous garments such as her sister Margaret’s prom dress, and outfits for her children.
Raised Lutheran, she later attended the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Morenci, where for a time she directed the choir. Often, she painted pictures while listening to Barbara Streisand, and in summer JoAnne loved to drive the country roads picking wildflowers and asparagus. From 1980 to 1984 JoAnne served as treasurer on the Morenci Board of Education. Then, for many years after she retired from teaching, JoAnne lived in Sylvania, Ohio, where she worked at the Chapman Art Gallery. In 2005, she moved to the Pittsburgh area.
Dear friends including Barbara Borton, Polly Stockwell, Bob and Mary Harris, Ann Sevcik and Walter Chapman all played important roles in JoAnne’s life.
JoAnne is survived by her two daughters, Christa (and Patrick) McDowell of Morenci and Lisa Sevcik of Sewickley, Pa.; grandchildren Benjamin Farquhar, Parker Sevcik, Scott McDowell and Ruby Sevcik; great-granddaughter Elizabeth Farquhar; sister Margaret Koon and brother-in-law C. E. (Sonny) Koon, of Upper St. Clair, Pa.; many nieces and nephews and their children.
JoAnne was preceded in death by her parents; brother James Loyer and his wife, Maxine; and son-in-law, Matthew Sevcik.
A celebration of JoAnne's life will be held this spring. Memorial donations are suggested to clearthoughtsfoundation.org, which funds research to cure diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Kathleen Perdue, 72, of Fayette, Ohio, died March 4, 2022, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.
She was born March 29, 1949, in Montpelier, Ohio, the daughter of Ross and Frances (Miller) Ford. She was a graduate of Montpelier High School. In October 1969, in Juneau, Alaska, she married Gerald Perdue and he survives.
Kathleen had been employed at Kmart, Morenci Laundromat, and she retired from the Morenci Deli. She was a member of Fayette Christian Church - Disciples of Christ, where she was also a Deaconess and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Kathleen enjoyed dancing, music, movies and art – especially drawing and sculpture – and had a great love for animals.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Ross S. (and Victoria) Perdue, Jay Henry (and Christy) Perdue, and Jerry L. (and Lizza) Perdue; two daughters, Donna Marie (and Ron) Green and Mary Beth Perdue; grandchildren Marissa, Jeffrey, Makayla, Sonia, Christina, Jojo, Angel, Andrea, Reane, Heather, Jessica, Ross M., Christopher, Jonah, Haley, Noah and Lucia; great-grandchildren Griffin, Aiden, Ashton, Allyha, Jeffrey Jr., Jasmine, Tyler and Anthony.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Flora Perdue; and sister Sandra Seager.
Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 7, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Fayette. The funeral service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the funeral home, with Pastor Darren Lemmon officiating. Burial will be in Fayette’s Pleasant View Union Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to Boys Town.
Ken D Bruner, 62 of Morenci, Mich., died March 6, 2022, at home.
He was born in Wauseon, Ohio, Aug. 13, 1959, to the late Harry and Jacquelyn (Spahr) Bruner. Ken attended and graduated from Delta High School. He then married Jadine R. Tittle in Morenci on July 5, 2002, and she survives.
Ken worked at Calphalon in Perrysburg, Ohio, for many years in their maintenance department. He could troubleshoot and fix anything that was put at him. He loved truck shopping even if he didn’t need a new truck, and always knew what was new and available on the market. He enjoyed puttering on his tractor at home and taking care of things around the home and yard. He loved the big dogs that he and Jadine shared as their “kids” and although he fussed a little when Jadine wanted yet another one, he never said no and always fell in love with them, too. He was a sucker for the big dogs.
He also was always up for a drive around the country to see what they could see. He and Jadine spent many hours out looking for eagles and spotting many new nests over the past few years. They also went just a couple weeks ago to find the snowy owl that they would search for each winter. Ken said, “Every time we head this way it’s like a treasure hunt and it seems crazy that most every time we find him, especially since they just aren’t known to be around this area much.”
But by far, he enjoyed and loved his children and the grandkids the most in his life. He scoured Facebook often to see a new photo or video posted of them. When his granddaughter would send him a crazy video message or photo, he was always quick to open it and smile. He always commented how smart Ashlyn is and how she loved her artistic stuff and her tumbling. With Winston he laughed that he always adamantly addressed him as Grampa Brooner, in sort of a long drawn out way, and always was planning to be a hockey star. It always made him smile that Harrison seemed to have an attachment to a John Deere hat Ken got him and that hat was always the go-to hat. And Henry said, “Wow, that kid’s got quite a personality and sure is a card.” He loved his grandkids with all his heart. He was always so proud that Shane and Erica had become successful happy adults and felt very accomplished that they could fend for themselves and are doing quite well in their lives. He said over and over that he must have done something right to have such great kids. He felt complete to know they were happy in their lives.
In addition to his wife, Ken is survived by children Shane (and Alyssa) Bruner and Erica (and Don) Daniels; grandchildren Ashlyn, Winston and Mason Daniels, and Harrison and Henry Bruner; brothers Lee (and Diane) Bruner, Jon (and Jenny), Lyn (and Sue); and sister Gay (and Bill) McFadden.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel. A memorial service will follow.
Memorials donations are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee or to the family for future designation.
Shirley Joan Tuttle, 88, of Celina, Ohio, died Feb. 27, 2022, at her home.
She was born Nov. 29, 1933, in Seneca Township, Mich., the daughter of Clarence L. and Ethel (Colegrove) Swartzendruber. She married Leland Stanley Tuttle and he preceded her in death.
Shirley was a 24-year member of Fairfield Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading, sewing and spending time with her loving family.
Shirley is survived by her children, Linda (and Gene) Doseck of Celina, Doug Taylor of Morenci, Carol (and Brad) Doyle of Bowling Green, Ohio, Kathy (and Bob) Ford of Morenci, and Natalie (and Andy) Kalnbach of Rapid City, S.D.; sister Kay Robb of Iowa; 14 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; sister Arlene Evers; and brothers Robert and Hal Swartzendruber.
Funeral service are planned at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci, with Pastor Steve Boley officiating. Burial will follow in Porter-Packard Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Fairfield Baptist Church.
Marlene J. Mock-Moriarity, 88, of Morenci, Mich., died March 1, 2022, at Charlotte Stephenson Manor in Adrian, Mich., with her family by her side.
Marlene was born April 21, 1933, in Bryan, Ohio, to Harvey and Gladys (Quidort) King. She graduated from Chesterfield High School in rural Lyons, Ohio, in 1951.
On Dec. 29, 1951, Marlene married her sweetheart, Wendell Mock. They were blessed with more than 39 years together in raising a family and creating many memories before Wendell’s death July 24, 1991. Marlene was fortunate to find love again, and on March 22, 1997, she married Myron L. Moriarity and they were just shy of celebrating 18 years together when he died March 7, 2015.
Marlene served as a teacher’s aide at Morenci Area Schools with the elementary students for almost 30 years, where she was loved by both the students and staff. Always physically active, Marlene enjoyed golfing and playing softball for many years. She loved to be outdoors and would spend hours working in her flower and vegetable gardens. Her nurturing disposition was evident to everyone who knew her, and she cherished the role of grandmother and great-grandmother
She is survived by her children, Marlan (and Glen) Shaffer of Adrian, Mich., Greg (and Becky) Mock of Morenci and Lisa (and Fred) Love of Morenci; grandchildren Karrie (and Ryan) Patten, Kristal (and Andy) VanZile, Ryan (and Shana) Love, Corey Love, Darcy Adams, Jacob (and Rebekah) Mock, Paige (and Duncan) Cuykendall; step-granddaughter Haley Easter; great-grandchildren Landon Patten, Allison Patten, Brytton Patten, Caiden Randall, Madelyn Randall, Carter Love, Liam Love, Brooklyn Love, Kyrie Love, Kason Love and Jeremiah Adams; and sister Janet Vernier of Oklahoma City, Okla.
Marlene was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Wendell Mock and Myron Moriarity; brother Gerald King; sister Jeanette Vernier; great-granddaughter Eden Adams and step-granddaughter Hillary Shaffer.
Funeral services are planned at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Wagley Funeral Home in Adrian, with Rev. Larry Betz officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is also on Sunday, from 1 p.m. until the service begins.
Contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee, Adrian First Nazarene Church, Alzheimer’s Association or Charlotte Stephenson Manor.
Roger U. Borton, 85, of Fayette, died Feb. 23, 2022, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, with his family by his side.
Born April 14, 1936, in Franklin Township, Ohio, he was the son of Ulna and Elvera (Rohrs) Borton. Roger was a proud 1955 graduate of Gorham Fayette High School. He enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country for several years while being stationed in Germany.
On April 23, 1960, Roger married Patricia Dibble at the Tipton Community Church. She survives to cherish over 61 years of love and memories.
Roger was employed at Morenci Rubber Products where he worked for more than 31 years until the company's closure. Roger and Pat then relocated to Monroe, N.C., where he was employed by the Scotts Company for several years, prior to returning to his home area. He began working at Kamco in West Unity in 1995 and continued his employment there until his formal retirement in 2000.
He was an active member of the Fayette United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, where he served as lay leader, Sunday school teacher, and choir member. Roger served as a village council member during the 1970s and was active in the planning of the Bicentennial Celebration. Roger and Pat also enjoyed 10 years wintering in Lakeland, Fla., where they were active in their retirement community.
In his spare time, Roger enjoyed golfing, fishing “up north,” and gardening. He was an avid Tigers and Buckeyes fan. In his younger years, he was active in coaching Little League. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, watching his children grow and spending time at his grandchildren’s sporting events.
In addition to his wife, Roger is survived by three children, Robin (and Dale) Pfund of Fayette, Kelly Borton of Birmingham, Ala., and Troy (and Gay) Borton of Monclova, Ohio; grandchildren Tricia Pfund (and fiancé Eric), Katie Pfund (and fiancé Andrew), Hailey Oeder, Caleb Oeder (and fiancée Kenzie), and Madi Borton; sister Brenda Humbert of Fayette; brother-in-law Herb Simon of Tecumseh; and many nieces and nephews.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Phyllis Simon and James Borton; and in-laws Merrick and Shirley Dibble, Bill Humbert, and Mary Lou Sutherland.
Cremation will take place. A memorial service for Roger is planned at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at Fayette United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jeff Bandy officiating. A memorial visitation is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Fayette United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Burial of ashes will take place in a private family ceremony in the spring of 2022 at Pleasant View Union Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Family Life Center.
Betty J. Rathbun, 88, of Morenci, Mich., and most recently a resident at Gaslight Village Assisted Living in Adrian, where she had resided for the past year, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022.
She was born July 15, 1933, to Muriel L. and Etta L. (Mock) Stewart. She married Harold R. Rathbun and he preceded her in death.
Betty was the owner of Betty’s Cake Decorating and Supplies and is remembered for the delicious birthday, graduation and wedding cakes she made for so many people in the community. After she retired, she enjoyed the winters she spent in Florida and the friends she made there. She volunteered for Hospice and was active in her church.
She is survived by two sons, Bill (and Marlene) Rathbun of Clayton, Mich., and Gary (and Nancy) Rathbun of Wauseon, Ohio; two grandchildren, David Rathbun and Kristy (and Jason) Jones; and great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Betty was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, William, Robert and James; and two sisters, Mary and Annette.
Cremation has taken place and no services have been planned at this time. Memorial gifts are suggested to Elara Caring Hospice, 730 Riverside Ave., Adrian, MI 49221. Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel handled arrangements.
Phyllis Nadine Borton, 71, of Morenci, Mich., died Feb. 17, 2022, at Fairlawn Haven, in Archbold, Ohio.
Phyllis was born June 3, 1950, in Morenci, the daughter of George “Dale” and Evelyn M. (Rock) Smith. She was a graduate of Morenci Area High School. On June 3, 1966, her 16th birthday, Phyllis married David Laverne Borton in Morenci and he preceded her in death Dec. 30, 2018.
Phyllis spent much of her life caring for others and could always be counted on to make those around her laugh. She was known as an amazing cook. She could always make something out of nothing at all. She loved to play cards and enjoyed gardening. Above all, her favorite pastime was her grandchildren.
Phyllis is survived by her son Curtis (and Trina) Borton of Morenci; daughters Christy (and Randy) Corkle and Carla (and Rich) Odneal, both of Morenci; five grandchildren, Lisa Borton, Louis Borton, Levi Miller, Trevor Corkle and Sophie Corkle; four great-grandchildren, Landen, Briana, Brielle and Brynn; sister Mary Jane (and Michael) Stahl; and niece Regina (and Ryan) Oxenhorn.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.
Visitation is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, also at the funeral home. Pastor Darren Lemmon will officiate. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Robin Elaine Eberly, 53, of Findlay, Ohio, died Feb. 12, 2022, at Bridge Hospice Care Center, with her family by her side.
She was born Sept. 21, 1968, in Morenci, Mich., to Robert and Dorma (Rettle) Eberly.
Robin was a homemaker and babysitter, and was employed at Whirlpool Corp. for more than 10 years. She was a member of Saint Michael Catholic Church.
She is survived by her father and step-mother Edith, and her mother Dorma; daughter Cheyenne Egbert of Findlay; her life partner Andrew John Schalk of Findlay; siblings Ryan Eberly, Tammy (and Steve) Mynhier, Dianna Coolman, Christine (and Bob) Hooks, and Barbara (and Patrick) Downing; and many nieces and nephews.
A visitation is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home, Findlay, followed by a Celebration of Life service beginning at 3 p.m., with Fr. Adam Hertzfeld officiating. Burial will be private.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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Cheryl Lynn Price, 65, died Jan. 30 in the Bryan Hospital COVID Unit.
Cheryl was born July 14, 1956, in Morenci, Mich., to Floyd and Betty (Fenton) Cole. Cheryl was the youngest of nine children.
Cheryl attended Morenci Area Schools until she was 16 years old. She gave birth to her eldest son, James Cole, in 1979. Shortly after she met her future husband, Edward Price, and they were married Nov. 1, 1982, in Wauseon, at the courthouse.
In 2015 Cheryl and Edward started to attend Living Hope Free Methodist Church in West Unity, Ohio. One of Cheryl’s favorite hobbies was playing cards together as a family. Her favorite NASCAR driver was Mark Martin. She loved watching Ohio State games and watching the Bears games with her son, John. She was an avid 49ers fan, right up to her passing. She also enjoyed fishing with her husband and going to concerts at her church. Cheryl was known as a loving wife, amazing mother, grandmother, a child of God, a friend to rely on, and a sister, who was always there in a time of need.
In addition to her husband, Cheryl is survived by three sons, James Cole, John Cole (and Lauren Smith), and Jessie Price; a sister, Linda (and Gary) Rashley; five grandchildren, Blake Cole, Jaedan Lincoln, Ezekiel Thunder-Cole, Autumn Cole and Chloe Cole.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Ronnie, Danny, Charles, Rodger, Terry, Jerry and David Cole.
Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci where family will greet friends beginning at 11 a.m. Jeff Christenberry will officiate. Interment will follow at Lyons Cemetery in Lyons, Ohio, and a funeral luncheon will follow at Living Hope Free Methodist Church in West Unity.
Floyd L. Emmons, 80, of Wauseon, Ohio, died Feb. 3, 2022, at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon.
He was born July 26, 1941, in Lyons, Ohio, the son of Alva “LeRoy” and Doris (Reichhardt) Emmons. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. On March 18, 1967, in Deerfield, Mich., Floyd married Carol J. Hill and she survives. Floyd had been employed with Pennington Gas as a truck driver, retiring after 28 years.
In addition to his wife, Floyd is survived by daughter Kimberly Emmons of Morenci, Mich., and son James Emmons of Wauseon; one sister, Delores Simpson of Tecumseh, Mich., five grandchildren, Colt, Jade, Jordan, Aliina and Jared Lange; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Marvin Emmons; and sister Phyllis Bender.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.
Carma Evelyn Sutton, 107, died Feb. 2, 2022, in her home in Liberty Center, Ohio, where she lived for the last two and one-half years with her great-niece, Amy Whalen-Buehrer and family.
She was born July 3, 1914, in Wauseon, Ohio, to Alfred and Violet Rice. She married the love of her life, Donald Sutton, on Sept. 1, 1938.
Carma was a homemaker and farmer. She loved her apple orchard west of Morenci where she and Don met so many wonderful people and friends. She loved God and her church family at Morenci Baptist Church where she attended for years. She also enjoyed working at the school cafeteria, traveling, camping, and volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul in Fayette, Ohio.
Carma was preceded in death by her husband, parents, siblings, daughter and one grandson.
Visitation and funeral services will be at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci at a date to be announced. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Morenci Bible Fellowship Church.
Alisha (Wanless) Lesage, 37, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Morenci, Mich., died Feb. 1, 2022.
Alisha lived most of her life in the Morenci before moving to Florida. She graduated from Morenci Area High School in 2002.
Alisha was born June 4, 1984, the daughter of Rick (and Lisa) Wanless of Blissfield, Mich., and Virginia (Daniel) Wanless who proceeds her in death.
In addition to her father, Alisha is survived by three sons, Ryder and Nash Lesage of Luna Pier, Mich., and Patrick Brown III of Florida; three sisters, Brittney Cooper, Kayla (and Jake) Graf and Carlee Wanless; aunts, uncles, cousins and her nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.