Obituaries

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Douglas Keller

Douglas Allen Keller, 72, of Douglasville, Ga., died Jan. 16, 2022.

Douglas was born June 25, 1949, in Morenci, Mich., the son of the late Robert and Alice Kibler Keller. He graduated from Morenci Area High School in 1967 and played football for Ferris State University during the first undefeated year in 1968.

In 1969, Doug joined the United States Air Force and served until his retirement as a Master Sergeant. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Walsh College. Doug was passionate about aviation and worked as an avionics supervisor for the Federal Aviation Administration. Doug was a member of the Douglasville First United Methodist Church.

Doug enjoyed life. He loved to travel with his late wife, Jan, and family, in his RV to various places across the United States. He was known as a loving husband, dad, brother and granddad. He loved college football, camping and making s’mores, playing cards, watching Westerns—especially those with John Wayne. He loved cherry slushies, frozen meals, and all things John Deere. He was passionate about his home based business. He was very proud of all of his children and grandchildren. Doug was a structured man who had rules and he loved his rules.

Doug is survived by children Michael (and Cheryl) Keller, Christina (and Sean) Martelino, Nicholas (and Kimberly) Keller and Jonathon (and Carrie) Keller; siblings Carol (and Paul) Swartz, Dave (and Deb) Keller and Dan (and Jackie) Keller; grandchildren Erynn (and Matt) Palmer, Elizabeth (and Bradley) Clure, Breanna Keller, Kyle Martelino, Ryan Martelino, Jacob Keller, Jude Keller, Jill Keller, Joshua Keller, Luke Keller and Claire Keller; great-grandson Hudson Clure.

In addition to his parents, Doug was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Janet Marie Stutzman Keller.

Visitation is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Funeral services will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Rosehaven Chapel, with Dr. Nicholas Keller officiating. For those unable to attend, click Join the Livestream button below the service details.

Interment with Air Force Honors is planned at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. Douglas will be laid to rest in Georgia National Cemetery.

The family suggests contributions to Pine Valley Baptist Church for the Janet Keller Memorial Playground: online at https://pinevalleybc.churchtrac.com/give or by mail to: 63 Pine Valley Road, Hiram, GA 30141.

Mary Bell

Mary Imogene Bell, 46, of Morenci, Mich., died Jan. 19, 2022, at St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo, Ohio.

She was born April 16, 1975, in Adrian, Mich., to Larry R. and Marilee A. (Petry) Cox. On June 22, 1993, in Wauseon, Ohio, she married James Bell and he survives.

Mary had a great love for the Lord and was a devout Catholic. She loved spending time outdoors in her garden, at the fish pond, and tinkering in her she-shed. She enjoyed reading, doing puzzles, watching different Netflix series and supernatural movies. Mary will be remembered by her family for a fun-loving and outgoing personality.

In addition to her husband, Mary is survived by her children Jared Bell, Jade Bell, Jesse Bell and Jackie (and Derek) Reid; five grandchildren, Phillip, Urban, McKayla, and Olivia Reid, and Vincent James; four brothers, Joseph (and Karen) Cox, John (and Lisa) Cox, James (and Sandy) Cox, and Marty (and Tanya) Cox; and two sisters, Rebecca (and Darrin) Piercy and Rachel (and John) Barron.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Sarah Cool.

A memorial service is planned at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, with visitation beginning at 3 p.m. until the time of the service at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci, with Fr. Stephen Stanbery officiating. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci, with Fr. Stephen Stanbery officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future designation.

Joyce dwyer

Joyce Ann Dwyer, 80, of Morenci, Mich., died Jan. 17, 2022, at Drews Country Living in Hillsdale, Mich.

She was born May 30, 1941, in Adrian, Mich., the daughter of Henry Carl and Emma V. (Smith) Davis. She was a 1960 graduate of Morenci High School and received an associate degree in nursing from Toledo Nursing School. Joyce married Michael Lee Dwyer on June 23, 1962, in Fayette, Ohio, and he preceded her in death June 1, 2020.

Joyce had been employed as a nurse at Blanchard Hospital and Morenci Area Hospital, and she retired from Fulton County Heath Center in 2011.  She was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Fayette. She enjoyed helping with 4-H, her craft and hobby club, bluebirds, working outside in her garden, camping, dancing and singing. Most importantly, Joyce was a devoted mother and grandmother.

Joyce is survived by her four daughters, Michelle (and Gary) Dwyer-Miron, Kathleen Dwyer, Colleen Dwyer-Martinez, and Loreen Dwyer; grandchildren Ashley (and Josh Piercy) Smith, Brennan Smith, Scott (and Melissa) Martinez, John Michael (and Tailor Maynard) Martinez, Salena (and Kenny) Jenkins, Dustin (and Andrea) Pilbeam, Kyle (and Katelyn) Pilbeam, and Michael Root II; one brother, David (and Joan) Davis; three sisters, Carol (and Ora) Hatcher, Delores Rayer, and Lillian (and Roland) Warren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters Clara Jeanette Herman, Mary Ellen Bretthauer, and Diane Mundhenk; and brothers Oscar “Bus” Herman, Edward Herman, Paul Herman, Richard Herman and Bobby Davis.

Visitation is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, with a Rosary prayed at 6 p.m., at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci. The funeral mass is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Fayette, with Fr. Stephen Stanbery as celebrant. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, Diabetes Association, Our Lady of Mercy Church, or Elara Hospice.

jason tew

Jason Michael Tew, 51, of Morenci, Mich., died at his residence Jan. 17, 2022.

He was born in Morenci on Oct. 27, 1970, the son of Howard and Susan (Robinson) Tew.  Jason attended Morenci Area High School, graduating in 1990.  He began working at Wauseon McDonald’s and most recently was working at Hudson McDonald’s where he was a cook and did some maintenance. 

In his free time, Jason loved to read books, especially horror and sci-fi. He also loved to play video games and go to Renaissance Festivals and Comic-Con Events.

 Jason is survived by his father, Howard; brother Derrek (and Jessica) Tew; niece Bianca Tew; nephew Grayson Tew; and aunts Shirley Moll, Alice (and Frans) VanStavern, Brenda Scott, Linda (and Doug) Harris, and Barb Palmer.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Susan, on Oct. 29, 2021; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

 Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel, with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating.  Interment will follow in Canandaigua Cemetery.  Visitation is scheduled from noon until the time of the service. 

Monetary donations are suggested to Jason’s family for future designation.

Calvin Teal

Calvin R. Teal, 68, of Lyons, Ohio, died Jan. 5, 2022, at St. Anne’s Hospital in Toledo, surrounded by his family

Cal was born Dec. 20, 1953, in Holton, Kansas, to Kenneth Roy and Nelda (Lamberson) Teal. He graduated from Hayden High School and enlisted in the United States Army where he was stationed in Hawaii. On April 7, 1979, Cal married the love of his life, Barbara Barden.

Cal was known as a dedicated son, husband, father and friend, and also for a strong work ethic and dedication to General Motors, where he worked for 36 years, often working holidays and weekends. When not at work, he carried on myriad conversations with the many, many friends he developed over the years.

He also enjoyed going to flea markets and collecting petroleum nostalgia. Cal remained an active member of the Catholic War Veterans Post #306 in Assumption and the Fulton County Honor Guard. He served as past president of the Lyons and Area Historical Society and wrote the book “20 On The Run, Then and Now.”

Cal will be remembered for always putting others’ needs before his own. He would do anything for anyone. He was dedicated to giving apheresis and donated more than 98 gallons of blood.

In addition to his wife, Cal is survived by sons Jason (and Laura) Teal and Jake Teal; daughters Jackie (and Michael) Warren and Jenna (and Tyson) Andrews; 11 grandchildren, Katelyn, Aidan, Breah, JJ, Taylor, Allison, Colin, Maxwell, Hank, Jack and Millie; brother Kenny (and Shirley) Teal; and mother-in-law Margaret Barden Brown.

Cal was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.

Visitation is planned from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora, where a Catholic War Veterans Service is scheduled at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption, where visitation will be one hour prior. Father Michael Dandurand will preside. Interment, with military rites, will follow at Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Catholic War Veterans Post #306 in Assumption.

Joyce Sauber

Joyce Ann Sauber, 78, of Fayette, Ohio, died Jan. 1, 2022, at the Toledo Hospital. 

She was born June 26, 1943, in Jackson, Mich., to Arthur and Elizabeth (Gallaway) Allen. She married Donald Beaverson, the father of her children, and he preceded her in death.  Joyce married Gerald “Tom” Sauber in 2001 and he survives her. 

Joyce partnered with her daughter Kristy to own and operate their own bakery, “The Bake Shop.” She enjoyed baking, cooking and reading.  Family was very important to Joyce; her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were her world. Joyce liked to play cards, watch scary movies and put on puppet shows.  She was a devout Christian and attended Betzer Community Church. Joyce often shared her home with others, always having coffee or a meal ready for her guests. Joyce was the matriarch of her family.

In addition to her husband, Joyce is survived by her children, Jill (and John) Nichols, Julie (and Mark) Hausch, Kristy Clouse, Joel (and Amy) Beaverson and David Beaverson; step-sons Bruce (and Cindy) Sauber, Brian (and Victoria) Sauber, Eric (and Jody) Sauber and Sam Sauber; brother Ned (and Bonnie) Bernstein; sister-in-law Barb Bernstein; 22 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many extended family members.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; step-father Lester Bernstein; late husband and father of her children, Donald Beaverson; brother Rex Bernstein; niece Heather Bernstein and step-son Ben Sauber. 

Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, and on Friday, Jan. 7, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Fayette. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with burial to follow at St. Peters Catholic Cemetery in Archbold, Ohio.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

Michael "Mo" Mohler

Michael “Mo” Lawrence Mohler, 61, died Dec. 27, 2021, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital, surrounded by his family, following a five-week battle with COVID-19.

Mo was born Nov. 7, 1960, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Lawrence Mohler and Margaret (Gintzer) Miller. He married the love of his life, Ronda Livingston, on May 3, 1986, in Morenci, Mich., and she survives.

Mo was known as a hard worker and dedicated many years of his life working for Consumers Energy.  He also proudly served six years in the Ohio National Guard.

 Mo was an avid Cleveland Browns fan and loved NASCAR. Some of his favorite hobbies included camping, volunteering for 4-H, going to Lake Michigan, playing with all the children who came through his home in daycare and spending time with his grandsons. Mo was one of the happiest people you would have ever met and always saw the best in every situation. Even through his battle with cancer he never lost hope and remained the cheerful man everyone around him knew and loved. His bright spirit, kind heart and radiant smile will serve as cherished memories to those who cared about him.

Mo would do everything in his power to ensure that those around him were happy and would ask that people not cry for him, but that everyone remembers the good times and cherish those they hold dear.

In addition to his wife and mother, Mo is survived by his children, Jennifer (and Brandon) Carpenter of Adrian, Mich., Emily (and Hunter) Fenby of Novi, Mich., Collin Mohler (and Brienna Scott) of Perrysburg, Ohio, and Taylor Mohler (and Joel Hess) of Onsted, Mich.; two grandsons, Owen and Isaac Carpenter; four sisters, Pam (and Phil) Burgard, Lisa (and Randy) Drager, Mary (and Jason) Baumeister and Dawn (and Jim) Montri; two step-siblings Terry (and Carol) Miller and Lori Miller; his step-father Charles Miller; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents, Arden and Erma Mohler and Harry and Viola Gintzer.

Funeral services were Jan. 3, 2022, at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home in Adrian. Burial followed in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Weston Methodist Church, where Mo was a member of the congregation.

Charles Schoonover

Charles L. Schoonover, 89, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 23, 2021, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility, surrounded by his loving family. 

He was born in Morenci on May 17, 1932, to the late James and Iva Belle (Turner) Schoonover. Charles attended and graduated from Chesterfield High School. He married Martha Watters in 1957, and she preceded him in death in 1988. He then married Evelyn Smith in 1995, and she preceded him in death in 2004.

Charles enjoyed helping his dad work on the family farm in Chesterfield Township. He also worked at Morenci Rubber Products for at least 34 years. He loved to do woodworking and building replicas of farm tractors from memory. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed mowing yards and removing snow for people. He had a special bond with his dog, Bruiser. They could be seen walking around town almost every day. Charles also loved to build radio-controlled airplanes and fly them with his brother. He was a longtime member of the Morenci Church of the Nazarene, where he served as Sunday school teacher for 49 years.  He also was treasurer and janitor for several years. 

He is survived by sons David (and Racinda) and Kevin (and Teresa) Schoonover; step-daughters Angela Smith and Sondra (and Jason) Duby; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister Sarah Schoonover Miller; brothers Moody (and Mary Lou) and Modie Schoonover; and several nieces and nephews. 

Besides his parents and wives, he was preceded in death by a brother, Calvin Schoonover, and a sister, Esther Schoonover.

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, at Morenci Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Dusty Pauken, officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, also at the church. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to Morenci Church of the Nazarene or Hospice of Lenawee. 

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

Gaylord Alan Schaffner

Gaylord Alan Schaffner, 84, of rural Fayette, Ohio, died peacefully in his home Dec. 29, 2021.

He was born March 8, 1937, at home in Fayette to the late Gaylord and Helen (Rollins) Schaffner.

Alan was a graduate of the Gorham Fayette High School Class of 1955. He realized early in life that farming was what he wanted to do, earning the 1955 Ohio State Farmer award in FFA. Alan started out farming with his father and raising cattle, however, he quickly changed to focus on raising hogs. Alan raised hogs for commercial purposes and was very invested in the quality of pork, serving on the Ohio Pork Council for more than 10 years.

He married the love of his life, Virginia “Ginny” Gillen, on Easter Sunday, April 6, 1958. She preceded him in death Aug. 2, 2018. Together they raised a family in his hometown of Fayette. Alan was a devout Christian his entire life, involved with Gideons and spreading the word of God. Alan and Ginny were active members of the Fayette United Methodist Church.

Alan believed in giving back to his community as he was involved as a 4-H club leader for the Fayette Boosters for several years and was a Fulton County Health Center board member. He could always be found in the stands for all his children’s and grandchildren’s games, and he continued his support of the local youths by attending games and voicing encouragement to the teams in later years. He and Ginny spent close to 40 winters in Lakeland, Fla. An avid sports fan, Alan enjoyed cheering on his favorite teams, including the Ohio State Buckeyes, Detroit Tigers and Lions. When it was time to relax, Alan could be found on the golf course.

Alan is survived by a daughter, Melanie Glover of Indianapolis, Ind.; three sons, Mark Schaffner of Fayette, Mitch (and Renae) Schaffner of Fayette, and Marty Schaffner of Morenci; three siblings, Gayle (and Diana) Schaffner of Fayette, Sharon Hartsell of Wauseon, Ohio, and Janet Sue (and David) Sheeley of Hudson, Mich.; grandchildren Abby (and Ben), Jenna (and Brad), Lindsey (and Mike), Wes (and Katie), Nate and Zach; and 10 great-grandchildren, Hannah, Wyatt, Kennedy, Kasen, Maysa, Luke, Bryne, Mick, Isabella and Myla.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Ginny; brother Jon Schaffner and brother-in-law Mick Hartsell.

Visitation is planned from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, at the Family Life Center on the campus of the Fayette United Methodist Church. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, at the Fayette United Methodist Church, with Pastor Jeff Bandy officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

Memorial donations are suggested to Fayette United Methodist Church or the Fulton County Senior Center.

Vern Lowe

Vern W. Lowe, 88, of rural Wauseon, Ohio, died at home Dec. 21, 2021.

Vern was born in Morenci, Mich. Jan. 4, 1933, the son of Truman and Eliza (Sands) Lowe. On Nov. 19, 1952, he married Esther E. Stites, and she survives.

Prior to his retirement he worked as a farmer and a self-employed semi driver.

Vern was a member of the Zion United Methodist Church and a former member of the former North Dover United Methodist Church. Vern loved working in his lawn and garden.

In addition to his wife, Vern is survived by children Linda Patterson of Jackson, Mich., Martin (and Rosalia) Lowe of Mexico, Darlene LeVeck of Spring Lake, Mich.; daughter-in-law Susan Lowe of Wauseon; 16 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Mildred Kime of Lyons, Ohio, and Donna Holt of Clayton, Mich.; and brother Maynard (and Liz) Lowe of Wauseon.

He was preceded in death by one son, Dennis W. Lowe; son-in-law Steve LeVeck; his parents; four brothers and four sisters.

Visitation is planned from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon. The funeral service will immediately follow at 1 p.m., with Pastor Don Krieger officiating. Interment will follow in the Ottokee Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the benevolence of the family.

Robin Vehmeier

Robin Kaye Vehmeier, 66, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 22, 2021, at Hospice of Lenawee surrounded by her family.

She was born May 1, 1955, in Adrian, Mich., the daughter of Milford and Catherine (Swank) Ferguson. On May 21, 1977, she married David W. Vehmeier in Britton and he survives.

Robin was a graduate of Britton High School, enjoyed traveling, sewing, babysitting the neighbor kids, and loved shopping. She loved her dogs and took great care of her family.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Nick and Stacey Vehmeier and her brother, Rick (and Annette) Ferguson.

She was preceded in death by her parents and in-laws.

Cremation has taken place. A graveside service is planned at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci, with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee.

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

Kenneth Dillon

Kenneth Michael Dillon, 50, of Morenci Mich., died Dec. 19, 2021, at ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian, Mich., after a courageous battle with COVID-19.

 Ken was born April 13, 1971, in Wauseon, Ohio, to Mary (Garcia) McCowan and  the late Sammy G. Dillon. He graduated from Morenci Area High School with the Class of 1990. He married the love of his life, Sherri A. Dillon (Diener), on April 16, 1999, in Toledo, Ohio. She preceded him in death Oct. 20, 2016.

 Ken worked in the road construction business for nearly 30 years. He started on a bridge crew for SE Johnson and Sharp Testing, and remained with the companies as they were purchased by the Shelly Materials Company in 2002. 

 He was passionate about being a part of his community, and assisted in coaching soccer and summer league baseball for many years. If he wasn’t on the sidelines coaching, Ken could be found in the bleachers cheering on his sons, or at the concession stand helping his wife feed the crowds. Ken would always be among the first to respond whenever help was needed, going above and beyond to lend a hand to anyone in need. 

 Ken is remembered for his love of family. He took any opportunity to gather those closest to him and celebrate. No matter the weather he would be at his grill making an array of barbecued foods for his family gatherings. As summer turned to fall, Ken enjoyed going out to the woods to go deer hunting and take in the changing of the seasons as his favorite time of year approached, Christmas. When the holiday season came around he pulled out all the stops, decorating both the interior and exterior of his home with an extensive collection Christmas lights, figurines and miniature village houses. Multiple times a day he could be found taking his three dogs—Aria, Boss and Magnum—for walks, where he would chat with neighbors. 

 Ken is survived by two sons, Kenneth Dillon II of Orlando, Fla.; and Koty Dillon of Morenci; his mother, Mary (and Tom Monday) McCowan; five sisters, Carrie Dillon, Tina (and Rob) Geiner, Trina (and Lou) O’Brien, Lillian McCowan, Heather (and Jeff) Parker; two brothers, Eugene McCowan, and JR (and Jody) McCowan; a stepfather, Millard (and Peggy) McCowan; as well as several nieces and nephews. 

 He was preceded in death by his father and his wife, Sherri A. Dillon. 

A funeral service is planned at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci, with Pastor Darren Lemmon officiating. Burial will follow at Porter (Packard) Cemetery near Seneca. Visitation is scheduled from 2 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, at the funeral home. 

 Memorial contributions may be made to his family. The family asks that those attending the service wear a mask while indoors.

doris farison

Doris Irene Farison, 93, of Sand Creek, Mich., went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Dec. 16, 2021, with her loving and supportive family by her side.

She was born at home Dec. 2, 1928, to Edward and Nellie (Herr) Neilson in Henry County, Ohio.

On April 23, 1949, Doris married Robert Farison in McClure, Ohio, and they were blessed with 72 years of marriage. Together, Doris and Robert raised their two daughters and shared their faith with many.

Nurturing was just a way of life for Doris and a person never left her home hungry or empty handed. She was a wonderful seamstress and often made clothes for her family when they were younger. In later years she enjoyed embroidering and made beautiful pillowcases. Doris went about her life selflessly doing for others, taking the time to help those in need and supporting her husband as a pastor’s wife.

In addition to her husband, Doris is survived by daughters Becky (and Keith) Meckley and Gloria (and Norman) Emmons; grandchildren David (and Rachel) Meckley, Amy (and Jason) Wilson, Scott (and Wendy) Meckley, Wendy (and Mark) McCready, Mark (and Shelley) Emmons, Joy (and Josh) Casper; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Whitney, and granddaughter, Julie Emmons.

Funeral services are planned at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Wagley Funeral Home, Adrian, with her grandson, Mark Emmons, and Pastor Duane Cross officiating. The service will be live-streamed and accessible from her tribute wall on the funeral home website. Visitation is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. until the start of the service. Burial will be private at Hockman Cemetery in McClure, Ohio.

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

Marion Vernier

Marian Marie Vernier, 66, of Adrian, Mich., died Dec. 11, 2021, at home. 

She was born July 22, 1955, to Richard and Leona (Galarneau) Ward in Dearborn, Mich. She was married 30 years to Steven Vernier of Adrian and he survives her.

Marian loved her family and loved nature; she was at her happiest when combining the best of both of these worlds. Fond memories of her childhood trips to the family cabin in Northern Michigan presented themselves in the adventures she shared with her own children and her granddaughter Skylar. She loved when her brothers and sisters and their families would gather together for a family vacation, exploring wilderness trails in the Tahquamenon Falls area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

 She had a passion for painting, and her granddaughter Skylar was one of her favorite subjects. Her other favorites included horses and nature; places that she had visited or someday hoped to visit. Her passion even went international when an art collector in Austria purchased one of her paintings of Tahquamenon Falls for a gallery there.

 Marian also had a love of literature. When her children were in elementary school, she served as a librarian at the school they were attending. She always wanted to be close by if her children needed anything. She later served at Adrian District Library and would bring home books she found that she knew her family would be interested in. If anyone ever had a question that needed answers, Marian could find a book that would lead to it. She especially enjoyed extensive, heated debates with her son-in-law. 

In addition to her husband, Marian is survived by children Reid (and Arianna) Vernier and Sarah (and Ben) Hutchison; siblings Sharon (and Richard) Moore, Gary (and Doris) Ward and Charlotte (and Joe) Brown; and grandchild Skylar. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Richard Ward and Leona Pegg; brothers Michael Ward and a brother lost in infancy.

Visitation is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian. Funeral services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Friday at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, with additional visitation an hour before the service.  Cremation will follow services. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to Lenawee County Humane Society.

Virgil Rowley

Virgil “Poppa Burr” L. Rowley, 50, of Fayette, Ohio, died Dec. 10, 2021, at Fulton County Health Care Center in Wauseon, Ohio.

He was born Oct. 31, 1971, in Adrian, Mich., the son of Vernon and Rose (Double-Paulsen) Rowley. On Oct. 18, 2008, he married his soulmate and best friend, Louann Simpson, in Morenci, Mich., and she survives.

Virgil had been employed by Elmer Gubbe, LLC. Virgil enjoyed motorcycle rides, hunting and fishing. He had a great work ethic, loved to tell stories and then say, “just kidding,” loved TikTok, and would give anyone the shirt off his back. Virgil loved his wife, Louann, endlessly, and was a great father. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and his three dogs

In addition to his wife and father, Virgil is survived by two sons, Brad (and Courtney Wyse) Williams and Daniel (and Kayla) Williams; two daughters, Jenifer (and Erik) Hilton and Amanda (and Duane) Fletcher; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother; grandparents Caroline Rowley and George W. Rowley; and a grandson in infancy, Easton Hilton.

Funeral services are planned at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, with visitation beginning at 2 p.m. until the time of the service at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel, with Pastor Darren Lemmon officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Rowley family.

James Topps

James Calvin Topps, 72, of Hudson, Mich., died Dec. 9, 2021, at ProMedica Flower Hospital.

He was born April 23, 1949, in Hudson, the son of Calvin and Elizabeth (Salamin) Topps. He was a 1967 graduate of Hudson High School and proudly served his country in the United States Army after graduation. On March 1, 1969, James married Deborah A. Farquhar in Morenci and she survives.

James had been employed by General Broach of Morenci for 21 years, then as the VA&R Director with American Legion Department of Michigan, retiring in 2014. Jim was a member the American Legion and was a past fire chief for the Morenci Fire Department. He enjoyed coaching youth baseball, keeping book for Morenci football and basketball, and most of all, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by son James “JJ” (and Amber) Topps; daughter Michelle Arnold; grandchildren Colin, Lizzy, and Ashton Desgranges, and Evan and Emma Topps; sister Sue (and Ted) Miton; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather Russell; and nephew Jerry Wayne Loveland.

Visitation is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Hudson. The memorial service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Hannan-Colvin American Legion Post 180 in Hudson, with Rev. William Van Valkenburg officiating and military rites conducted by the Hannan-Colvin American Legion Post 180.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hudson athletics, with checks payable to Deborah Topps.

Rosie Brehm

Rosie T. Brehm, 81, of Alvordton, Ohio, died Dec. 6, 2021, at her home with her family at her side.

Rosie was born at home Feb. 28, 1940, in Ottawa Lake, Mich., the daughter of the late Morris J. and Rose (Lakatos) Van Brandt. She married Marvin “Butch” J. Brehm on Aug. 22, 1964, in Fayette, Ohio, and he survives.

Rosie was a homemaker and farmer’s wife. She also was a registered nurse, employed by St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo and Morenci Area Hospital, Morenci, Mich. She was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Fayette. Rosie enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles and watching birds.

 In addition to her husband of 57 years, Rosie is survived by two sons, Andrew (and Diane) Brehm of West Unity, Ohio, and Jacob Brehm of Alvordton; four grandchildren, Junior Brehm, Ivan Brehm, Chascity Brehm and Emmy Brehm, and their mother, Nicole Krueger; two sisters, Violet (and Edward) LaNew of Morenci and Esther Ball of Wauseon, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Marvin J. Brehm, Jr., and Samuel Jay Brehm; one brother, Cyril Van Brandt, and one brother-in-law, Jim Ball.

Funeral services will be private with interment in Fayette’s Pleasant View Union Cemetery, with Chaplin Michael Gilbert officiating. Arrangements were made with Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home West Unity, Ohio.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Stephen Rutkowski

Stephen (Steve) Raymond Rutkowski, 59, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 5, 2021, surrounded by family following a long battle with brain cancer. 

Steve was born Dec. 29, 1961, in Detroit, Mich., to Raymond and Joanne Rutkowski (Reynolds). He graduated from Farmington High School in 1980.

He married Christine Rondeau Jan. 15, 1983. They met while both working at K-Mart. He often referred to her as his “Blue Light Special.”

Steve enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1982 as a Seaman, serving for 30 years and climbing the ranks to retire as a Master Chief Petty Officer. Steve continued this course working for various companies that did contract work for the United States Navy, including American Systems, ATRC Dahlgren, and his final position as a systems engineer at Valkyrie.

Steve was a man of adventure in his personal life. From cookouts and golfing with his friends, sunny days spent poolside with his children, to spontaneous day trips with his wife, Steve always kept those he loved entertained. Some of his fondest memories were roaming the back roads of Northern Michigan in his truck.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Christine Marie Rutkowski; children Daniel Stephen (and Margaret) Rutkowski; Nathan James (and Audrey) Rutkowski; and Rachael Jeannette (and Amanda Glassford) Rutkowski; granddaughter Genevieve Rose Rutkowski; siblings Jennifer (and Bob) Wilk, Mary Grace (and David) Robbins; Rae Anne (and Tom) Rutten, Joe Rutkowski, Aggie (and Marianne) Wood, and outlaws Jeff (and Joey) Rondeau, Cindy (and Dwayne) Ridenour; and many niece and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of life is planned at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Morenci American Legion as Steve requested. Memorial contributions are suggest to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Linda jean Shadbolt

Linda Jean (Neill) Shadbolt, 65, of Adrian, Mich., originally from Morenci, died Dec. 6, 2021.

Linda was born April 14, 1956, in Wauseon, Ohio, the daughter of LeRoy (Bud) Neill and Elva Almeta (Ford) Neill.

Linda graduated from Morenci Area High School in 1974. On Dec. 12, 1975, she married Brian Curtis Shadbolt, her best friend and love of her life. They were blessed with almost 46 years of marriage.

Linda was a member of the Canandaigua Community Church, the location where she accepted Jesus as her Savior on June 17, 1972.  She enjoyed her church and the church family very much, always willing to help and pitch in where and when the need arose. She could always be heard whistling as she went about the current task at hand. Linda worked for Morenci Area Schools at the elementary building and joined full-time retirement in the fall of 2012.

Linda enjoyed listening to music, reading, the outdoors, watching and feeding the local wildlife, and working with Brian on a home, yard or garden project.  Some of their best days were working hand and hand together. She also loved being a mother, a home maker, and a grandmother. 

In addition to her husband, Linda is survived by two sons, Ryan (and Kerry) of East Lansing, Mich., and Chad of Dundee, Mich.; one grandson, Scout Bryce Shadbolt; sister Debra Williams; brothers-in-law David and Stan Shadbolt; and sisters-in-law Janice Deline and Bonita, Connie and Rebecca Shadbolt.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her mother- and father-in-law, Neva and LaMoyne Shadbolt; three half-brothers, Burnell, Ronald and Rodney Venia; and a brother-in-law, Royce Deline.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel, with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, also at the funeral home.

Memorial donations are suggested to Canandaigua Community Church or Care Pregnancy Center of Lenawee, 308 N. Broad St., Adrian, MI 49221.

Ryan Bachman

Ryan Matthew Bachman, 9, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 5, 2021, at University of Michigan Health after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born Oct. 25, 2012, to Matthew S. and Veronica L. (Benschoter) Bachman, Ryan was a kid with a kind heart and a soft soul. His jokester spirit was his way of always trying to make people smile. He would always turn things into play, and if he wanted your attention, he would “tag” you.

Ryan was Scooby Doo’s self-proclaimed biggest fan. He loved to go bowling, but above all, he loved his family very much. He never complained–even during the course of his treatments. His spirit never wavered and he fought his battle head-on.

Ryan loved going camping and taking big adventures. Hiking and playing at the parks were another love of his. Being with family gave him comfort and happy memories.

He was a third grader at Sand Creek Schools where the whole school rallied behind him and his battle with T-shirts encouraging him to be Aggie Strong.   

In addition to his parents, Ryan is survived by sisters Isabella and Breanna; brother Benjamin; grandparents Mark and Julie Bachman, Diane Benschoter, and Don Haggit; and great-grandmother Carol Bachman.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, James Bachman, and great-grandmothers, Wilma Gould and Barbara Hemdinger.

Funeral services for Ryan are planned at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel, with Pastor Dan Sharp officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, also at the funeral home. Face masks are requested while attending visitation and funeral services.

Monetary donations can be made via the Crowd Funding link on Ryan’s obituary page to defray funeral expenses.

Helen Woodby

Helen Louise (Smith) Woodby, 84, formerly of Morenci, Mich., died Nov. 29, 2021, in her home at Brookdale Senior Living Community, Adrian, Mich.

She was born Jan. 8, 1937, to Thomas R. and Helen B. (Commers) Smith in Johnstown, Pa. Helen graduated from Ebensburg-Cambria High School in 1954 and from Windber Hospital School of Nursing in 1957. Her nursing career included working at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Md.; Morenci Area Hospital; and Dr. Robert Nyce’s office in Fayette, Ohio.

She married Richard Woodby Oct. 11, 1958, at First Brethren Church in Vinco, Pa. They were blessed with 57 years together before Richard’s death. As a city girl turned country girl, Helen poured her life into her family:  husband, children, grandchildren, then great-grandchildren.  Her gifts of hospitality and generosity blessed many friends and neighbors through the years.  She continued to care for others and serve during her residence at Brookdale Senior Living in addition to acting as treasurer for the Residence Council and serving on the Welcoming Committee. 

Having accepted Jesus as Savior as a child, Helen, along with her husband, faithfully attended and served in their local church, currently First Baptist Church of Weston. In addition to her church, she also served on the Southeast Michigan Chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship Committee. She remained active with the Lenawee County Farm Bureau “156 Sodbusters” until earlier this year.   

Helen is survived by children Connie (and Curt) Gordon of Hermitage, Pa., Cindy (and Scott) Graham of Adrian, Richard L. (and Sue) Woodby of Grand Haven, Mich., and Gloria (and Bob) Curtis of Allendale, Mich.; 19 grandchildren, Andrew (and Chelsey) Gordon, Daniel (and Danae) Gordon, Eric (and Courtney) Graham, Ryan (and Amy) Graham, Julie (and Jon) Seneker, Tyler Graham, Kate (and JP) Layug, Karin (and Luke) Bylsma, Kristin (and Nathan) Muse, Thomas (and Rachel) Woodby, Michael (and Jadee) Woodby, Benjamin (and Beth) Curtis, Joshua (and Stacy) Curtis, Zachary (and Alison) Curtis, Alicia (and Nate) King, Caleb Curtis, Ethan (and Evie) Curtis, Christina Curtis and Samuel Curtis; 36 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Tom (and Mildred) Woodby of Chattanooga, Tenn., sister-in-law Joyce Woodby of Kendalville, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews.

 She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Thomas and William Smith; brothers-in-law Frank, Carrol, Howard and Gordon Woodby; great-grandchild Sarah Graham; and four others as early losses in pregnancy

 Funeral services were Dec. 4 with Pastor Curt Gordon and Pastor Duane Cross officiating. Burial followed at Porter-Packard Cemetery.

Memorial donations are suggested to First Baptist Church of Weston or Children’s Outreach Ministries.

Beverly Fortney Pawson

Beverly Fortney Pawson, 79, of Adrian, Mich., died Nov. 29, 2021, at her home under the loving care of her family and hospice. 

She was born March 7, 1942, in Wauseon, Ohio, to Curtis E. and Christine (Leininger) Kime.  On Dec. 6, 2014, she married Richard Pawson in Jasper, Mich., and he survives.  She had been employed by Peters Stamping in Fayette and also managed the Brookview Apartments in Toledo. Beverly enjoyed sewing and crocheting. 

 In addition to her husband, she is survived by sons David C. (and Carol) Smith of Middletown, Del., and Dennis (and Angela) Smith of St. Robert, Mo.; daughter Crystal (and Kenneth) Tucker of Adrian; step-sons David (and Julie Laughlin) Pawson of Hudson, Mich., Daniel (and Cathy) Pawson of Blissfield, Mich., and Darin (and Donna) Pawson of Adrian; grandchildren Steven, Christina, Alexa, Destiny, Austin, Caitlyn, Kendra and Nichole; 11 great-grandchildren; sister Lois (and Jim) Smith of Wauseon; two brothers, Curtis (and Sue) Kime of Grosse Pointe, Mich., and Robert (and Margaret) Kime of Montague, Mich.; and sister-in-law Becky Kime of Bryan, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Marvin Fortney; brother Roger Kime; and son Kirk Douglas Smith.

 Funeral services were Dec. 6 at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian, with Pastor Bruce Jewett officiating. Burial followed in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lenawee Special Olympics or to Hospice of Lenawee.

cynthia figgins

Cynthia G. Figgins, 67, a lifelong resident of Fayette, Ohio, died Dec. 3, 2021, at McLaren St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, with her family by her side.

Born Oct. 9, 1954, she was the eldest of four children to Edward and Grace (Cully) Figgins.

Cindy graduated from Gorham-Fayette High School with the Class of 1973. She entered the workforce immediately after, working at Fayette Tubular Products until its closure. She then worked for Balser Industries in West Unity and Bryan prior to her retirement.

A QVC shopping enthusiast, Cindy enjoyed crossword puzzles and rooting for Jeff Gordon in NASCAR. Annual trips Up North to Mackinaw City and Sault St. Marie were greatly anticipated when her son Brock was a child. Cindy was a lifelong member of the Fayette United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her son Brock (and Tonya) Figgins of Wauseon, Ohio; her siblings Mike (and Daun) Figgins, Beverly Figgins and Barbara Figgins, all of Fayette; six grandchildren, Amber Falor (and David Weaver) of Archbold, Ohio, Brianna Burgoon of Delta, Ohio, Ashtyn Falor of Wauseon, Jonah Figgins of Fayette, Andrew Figgins of Wauseon, and Gavin Figgins of Fayette; two great-grandchildren, Ellis and Evita Delgado of Delta; step-siblings Kathy Amos, David (and Becky) Lichtenwald, Ronald (and Melody) Lichtenwald, Karen (and Curtis) Bentley, and Ella Lichtenwald; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Collin Figgins; her step-mother, Irene (Lichtenwald) Figgins; and step-siblings Allan Lichtenwald, Vicki Lichtenwald and Bill Amos.

A Celebration of Life is planned at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Family Life Center on the campus of the Fayette United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jeff Bandy and Mackalyn Figgins officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow. Visitation is scheduled from noon until the service begins.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette Volunteer Fire Department Association.

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

carol cornell

Carol Jean Cornell, 87, of St. Johns, Mich., died Nov. 17, 2021, at home with her family.

She was born Feb. 7, 1934, in St. Johns, the daughter of Arthur and Beatrice (Rowe) Munro. She married Keith Harvey Cornell in 1955 and he preceded her in death Dec. 1, 2002. 

Carol was a graduate of St. Johns High School. She had a strong nurturing side, showing it in her position as a teacher’s aide at St. Johns High School and also as a nurse’s aide at Clinton Memorial Hospital and Hazel Finley Care Facility. Carol was active in her Lutheran church by attending the weekly Ladies Bible Study. She felt so fortunate to have a new group of wonderful friends of her age. 

Carol loved people and loved her Lord. She participated in the Owosso Christian Singles group for many years. She was private about her faith in younger years, but she and Keith raised their children in the  Episcopal Church. It was her strong faith and family that enabled Carol to survive the devastating loss of her son, Mark, last year.

Carol wanted her children to be the best they could be, and gave all she could to them. She was generous of her time with her children and their friends. She shared her talent for having fun by playing games with them, teaching them to cook, and creating scavenger hunts. Carol provided her children with opportunities to explore their own passions, such as music, writing, painting and sculpting. Carol would join her family in sledding during snowy winter days on Crow Mountain despite her well known dislike of cold weather. Family members recall her baking hundreds of Christmas cookies for her children, grandchildren and their friends to decorate.

Carol loved entertaining for family gatherings and traveling with her husband. They visited their daughters, Connie and Suzy in Texas many winters. Their husbands, Kirk and Pat, chauffeured them all to rodeos, concerts and musicals. They explored caves, went on abundant bluebonnet wildflower road trips, and dined out with gusto. Carol’s son, Keith, and his wife, Michelle, lived nearby. Carol was tickled by the energy of their young children and enjoyed their birthday celebrations. Michelle and Keith were both kind caregivers for Carol during her later years.

Carol and her lifetime friend, Marlene, shared many creative endeavors. They designed clothing and decorated for family graduations and weddings, and spent many joyful times together redecorating Carol’s home.

Carol said that she loved beautiful things, nature, birds and especially flowers. She was a classy lady. She took pleasure in dressing up sharp with all the accessories, and making people smile with her unique and surprising wit. Shopping with her daughters and granddaughters was a special treat for Carol. She liked to keep up with fashion they had no trouble convincing her to buy a pair of blue jeans with sparkles on her back pockets.

Carol was feisty and determined. She enjoyed getting out and experiencing it all. She really loved to live life to the fullest. Carol could become frustrated when her body wouldn’t do what she wished, but she was not one to complain about her pain and illnesses. She taught her family to revel in the simple things in life, such as spending quiet time with family. She fostered a competitive spirit in her children during games of Monopoly, Clue and card games. Her recipe for soothing them from a troubled day was ice cream or chocolate cake or both. Some of her many enjoyments included swimming and floating on the lake, reading, gardening, playing cards, a summer bonfire and campouts. Carol made people laugh with stories of her life adventures. She was a talented writer and artist.

Carol is survived by her children, Constance E. (and Kirk) Deatrick, Suzanne K. (and Patrick) Palmer and Keith M.  (and Michelle) Cornell; her grandchildren Shelly (and Jeff) Neifert, Kelly (and Irl) Lutz, Heather (and Justin) Eldridge, Mark A. Cornell, Keith F. Cornell and Matthew Cornell; and her great-grandchildren Lyndon Lutz, Aidan Lutz, Brendan Eldridge, Mallori Eldridge, Kadrian Neifert  and Riley Cornell.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her eldest son Mark Douglas Cornell; her parents; and siblings June, Phyllis, Bruce and Kay.

A memorial service is planned at noon Dec. 11 at St. John's Lutheran Church. Visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Luncheon and rememberances are planned from 1 to 2:30 p.m. followed by a celebration of life and sharing of memories from 2:30 to 5 p.m. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to Carol’s family for final expenses.

Martha Randall

Martha M. Randall, 99, of Fayette, Ohio, died Nov. 26, 2021, at Fulton Manor Nursing Home in Wauseon, Ohio.

She was born in Fayette on March 23, 1922, to Richard and Elisa Riviere. On March 21, 1938, she married Darrell Lee Randall in Bryan, Ohio, and he preceded her in death Jan. 25, 1972. Martha worked at the former Fayette Tubular Products, retiring in April 1985.

Being the wife of a farmer, Martha would help on the farm with butchering, raising her garden and canning the harvest. In her free time, she loved to work puzzles and coloring books. She also loved to watch Western movies.

She is survived by children Jerry and Paul Randall, Alice (and Dave) Lonis, and Sonja Morrison; grandchildren Chad (and Laurie) Schisler, Brad (and Julie) Lonis, Darrell Randall, Sherry (and Tim) Wagler, Tracy (and David) Knisley, Richard (and Rhonda) Vereecke, and Rebecca (and Stewart) Williams; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. 

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers Andrew, Oscar and Paul Riviere; grandsons Stacy Vereecke and Paul Randall; great-grandson Robby Morris; daughters-in-law Barbara and Corine Randall; and son-in-law Bob Morrison. 

Funeral services are planned at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel, with  Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating.  Burial will follow at a later date in Pleasant View Union Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. preceding the service. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

Robert Price

Robert “Bob” Neil Price, 95, of Morenci, Mich., died Nov. 16, 2021.

He was born Oct. 9, 1926, in Morenci to LeRoy and Ethelyn (Mann) Price.

Bob graduated from Morenci High School on June 7, 1945. He enrolled in the Army immediately after graduation and served for two years.

In 1948, on his 22nd birthday, Bob married the love of his life, Jeannine Beem of Paris, France. They enjoyed 59 wonderful years together before Jeannine’s passing Nov. 23, 2007.

Bob lived his entire life in Morenci where he and Jeannine raised two daughters. It was a wonderful life filled with memories and beautiful grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandsons.

Bob worked for 40 years at M&S Corporation in Morenci, retiring as plant supervisor in 1989. After retirement, he filled his time assisting Jeannine with her passion for painting. He restored and prepared antique items for Jeannine who then painted scenes on them. They were then shown at various arts and crafts shows.

What Bob enjoyed most during retirement was traveling. He and Jeannine traveled extensively all over the world. He especially enjoyed cruises and trips to France. His last trip was in September 2011 when he visited Paris at age 85.

Bob is survived by daughters Rosine (and Bob) Downing and Chris (and Eric) Wood, both of Morenci; grandchildren Patrick, Sabine, Alexe and Mackenzie; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Jeannine; brothers Walter and Arnold “Barney” Price; and sister Betty Rector.

A private family service is planned Friday, Nov. 19, at Eagle-Marry Funeral home in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci Senior Center.

Wilfred "Willie" Wilson

Wilfred E. “Willie” Wilson, 78, of Fayette, Ohio, died Nov. 12, 2021. 

He was born July 16, 1943, in Athol, Ky., to Wallace B. and Minnie L. (Toler) Wilson. He attended and graduated from Lee County High School in Beattyville, Ky. After graduation, he moved to Northwest Ohio, where he met and married Carolyn Dilyard, and she survives.

Willie worked at the Sohio gas station in Archbold, Ohio, for many years, as well as Dinner Bell Foods. He retired as plant manager from Gendron in Archbold.

Besides his family, animals were the love of his life. He was know for feeding the many cats that roamed around his “man cave” as well as the birds. Following in his mother’s footsteps, he loved to garden and can his harvest.  He was an International Harvester buff, loved to hunt deer, play cards, and ride horses. 

In addition to his wife of 57 years, Willie is survived by children Kevin (and Lori) Wilson and Kelli (and Mike) Bartick; grandchildren, Brittany Timberman, Tiffany (and Anthony) Barron, and Nick (and Celia) Wilson; seven great-grandchildren; sister Myrtle (and Robert) Brehm; brothers Danny, Charles (and Betty), Joe (and Bonnie), Bert (and Lulu), and Larry Wilson; sister-in-law Sharon Schang; and brothers-in-law Larry Mick and Tom Dilyard. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; father- and mother-in-law Calvin and Betty Dilyard; sisters Mary Lou Mick and Bonnie (and John) Elkins; brothers Bobbie and Garry Wilson; and sisters-in-law Carol Wilson, Laurie Wilson and Sandra Stewart. 

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel, with  Pastor Rosene Mosely officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery.  Visitation, also at the funeral home, is scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future designation.

Ben bates

Ben A.  Bates, 77, of Fayette, Ohio,  died Nov. 10, 2021, at Advent Health Hospital in Haines City, Fla., where he and his wife resided for the winter months. Ben was surrounded by his loving wife and granddaughters at the time of his death. 

Ben was born Sept. 5, 1944, in Wauseon, Ohio, to Frank and Emily Bates. He was born into a large family of 12 children, including himself.

Ben graduated from Chesterfield High School in 1962. Two years later he married the true love of his life, Nancy (Keefer) Bates and they shared just shy of 57 years of marriage.

Ben could be very opinionated and a bit intimidating by his height and deep voice, yet within this man was a gentle giant. He leaves behind a wealth of wonderful memories. 

Ben worked in road construction for 33 years as a road paver operator. He also devoted his life for more than 30 years selling and buying furs. Ben was a gem on supporting the many adventures of his wife, Nancy. There were countless trips mushroom hunting, fishing at the lake, and grabbing deals at Shipshewana. He loved playing euchre with his partner, granddaughter Trisha, against Nancy and granddaughter Tiffany. Ben enjoyed taking rides to watch the crops grow and watching a good race at Oakshade Raceway. Ben and Nancy also enjoyed their winter home in Haines City, something they both worked hard to achieve.

Ben had no problem learning to play Crazy Eights because that was what his great-granddaughter Lilah wanted to play. Likewise, he had  no problem dipping cookies into his coffee for great-granddaughter Hadley to eat while sitting on his lap.

Ben was a lifetime member of the North American Trappers Association, a lifetime member of the Fulton County Sportsman Club, and a member of the Wauseon Elks.

In addition to his wife, Ben is survived by son Dale (and Jenny) Bates; granddaughters Trisha (and Brodie) Youtzy and Tiffany Bates; great-granddaughters Lilah and Hadley Youtzy; siblings Lyle (and Shirlee) Bates and Edith (and Derald) Seiler.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Alvin, Elmer, Wayne, Chester, Jerry, Bob, Agnes, Carol and Betty Bates; and nephew Butch Bates. 

A private burial for the family will be held in the spring of 2022. Memorial donations are suggested to the Gorham Fayette Fire Department.

Wayne Gillespie

Wayne M. Gillespie, 66, of Fayette, Ohio, died Nov. 7, 2021, at McLaren St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, Ohio.

He was born Sept. 30, 1955, in Adrian, Mich., to Harley K. and Eva M. (Davis) Gillespie. Wayne attended Gorham-Fayette Local Schools, graduating in 1974. He worked for Peter Stamping and Perfection Finishers for many years, however, he spent a lot of time at Fayette Auto Repair fixing other people’s cars.

The love of Wayne’s life was cars. He enjoyed watching them race, attending car shows, building models of cars, and was everyone’s go-to for working on them. He was a big Ford guy and worked on his own Mustang and Cougar. Wayne also greatly enjoyed model trains and all types of music, even working as a DJ for many years. 

Wayne is survived by daughter Sherry (and Steve) Miles; sons Daniel Gillespie and Roy “Jay” Ely; grandchildren Desmond Alcock, Kalab and Taran Gillespie, and Savanna Miles; brother Chuck (and Tina) Powers; sisters Wendy (and Arthur, Jr., “Rabbi”) Miller and Charlene Powers; and former wives, Pamela Rump and Laura “Lori” Ely.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel. Cremation will follow. A Celebration of Life is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, at the Morenci American Legion Post 368. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future designation.

Susan Tew

Susan Tew, 75, of rural Hudson, Mich., died Oct. 29, 2021, at ProMedica Hickman Hospital in Adrian.

She was born in New Martinsville, W. Va., on May 17, 1946, to the late John William and Mary Frances (Turner) Robinson. Susie graduated from Paden City High School in West Virginia and later furthered her education at Northwest State Community College in Archbold, Ohio, earning a nursing degree. On Sept. 30, 1967, she married Howard Tew and he survives.

Susie’s working career spanned many facets. She began working for the Anderson Chemical Plant in Adrian as a lab technician. She also worked for Silbond (the former Stauffer) Chemical Plant and the Parker Company in Morenci, also as a lab technician. After she earned a nursing degree, she worked for Fulton Manor in Wauseon, Ohio, then moved to Archbold Medical Group, retiring in 2008.

Susie was a member of Canandaigua Community Church, where, in past years, she played the piano for services. In her free time, she loved to play Bunco and sell her crafts at shows. Her crafts were items that she told Howard to make, and she would paint them upon his completion. Susie was a weight recorder for the T.O.P.S. Group of Onsted, and she and Howard were active in the Lenawee County Farm Bureau.

In addition to her husband, Susie is survived by sons Derrek (and Jessica) and Jason Tew; grandchildren Bianca and Grayson Tew; and sisters Brenda Scott, Linda (and Doug) Harris, and Barb Palmer. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-mother Lahoma; and brothers Bill Robinson, Eugene McKinney and Paul Robinson.

 Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel, with Rev. William Van Valkenburg officiating.  Interment will follow in Canandaigua Cemetery.  Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, also at the funeral home.

 Memorial contributions are suggested to Canandaigua Community Church.

Choyce Quigley

Choyce Ann Quigley, 81, of rural Hudson, Mich., died peacefully Oct. 25, 2021, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.

Born Dec. 26, 1939, at Thorn Hospital in Hudson, Choyce was the daughter of Harold Abling and Jane (Webster) Strayer. Choyce graduated from Morenci High School in 1957.

She had the opportunity to attend Interlochen Music Camp near Traverse City in the summers of 1955 and 1957. She then studied voice at the University of Michigan Music School and Adrian College. Choyce was humbled when she was asked to be a member of the committee to save the Croswell Opera House. She was the office manager at the Croswell from 1969 to 1970 and would often take her daughter, Cathy, with her to explore the theatre and look in all the dark corners.

Singing was Choyce’s passion. She was honored to be a member of the Lenawee Community Chorus for more than 40 years, performing many soprano solos. Her dream growing up was to perform in the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. However, as time went on, God had other plans. Choyce’s Christian walk grew very strong as she directed church choirs and sang in church. This was her way of telling others about her love for Jesus. Choyce was an active member of the Morenci Church of the Nazarene.

Choyce married the love of her life, Jack Quigley, on Aug. 16, 1969, at the Nazarene Church in Adrian. They shared a marriage filled with love, compatibility, and a strong faith. They often spoke of their many wonderful family memories. At every opportunity Choyce had to share her gift of singing, Jack was always in the audience cheering her on. Following her retirement from office work in Adrian, she and Jack opened a log home bed and breakfast on the family farm. Together, they welcomed guests from all over the world for more than 20 years.

Choyce is survived by her children, Jacqueline (and Eddie) Cansler of Hartford, Ind., Shelley (and Mark) LeRoy of Townsend, Del., Cathy Hoberty of Westfield, Ind.; and Patrick (and Billi Jo) Quigley of Hudson; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Martha Reppert.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack, on Sept. 14, 2018, after more than 49 years of marriage; son Russell Quigley; and brother-in-law Charles Reppert.

A memorial service for Choyce is planned at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Wagley Funeral Home, Adrian, with Rev. Dusty Pauken and Rev. Larry Betz officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, 27240 Haggerty Rd., Ste. E-15, Farmington Hills, MI 48331, Attn: Kelly Conen.

Leland Emmons

Leland G. Emmons, 86, of Clayton, Mich., died Oct. 23, 2021, at ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital.

Leland was born Sept. 7, 1935, in Jasper, Mich., the son of Kenneth and Leah (Sell) Emmons. He was a graduate of Morenci High School, attended Michigan State University, and proudly served his country in the United States Army.  He married Darlene Ries on March 10, 1956, in Seneca, Mich., and she survives.

Leland had been employed at Standard Register, retiring in 2005. He attended Jasper Bible Church and was a member of the Morenci American Legion. Leland enjoyed being outdoors doing anything from grilling, gardening, cutting wood, or just having fun with his grandchildren. But his greatest love was his bountiful garden that he shared with everyone

In addition to his wife, Leland is survived by his children Lee (and Patty Collar) Emmons, Margaret Waltz, Chris (and Melinda) Emmons, and Eric (and Sandy) Emmons; brother Roger Emmons; two sisters, Joyce Garwood and Rosemary Chisholm; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Bertha Emmons and Marjorie Kintner; brother Bruce Emmons; and two great-grandchildren, Koryn Emmons and Tyler Price.

Visitation is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci, with Rev. Bruce Jewett officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci, where full military rites will be accorded by the Morenci American Legion.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Jasper Bible Church.

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

Mary Jane Randall

Mary Jane Randall, 87, of Fayette, Ohio, died Oct. 24, 2021, at Hillside Country Living in Bryan, Ohio, where she was a resident for the last four years.

Mary Jane was born July 23, 1934, in Pioneer, Ohio, the daughter of Glenn and Faye (Johnson) Smith. On April 19, 1952, she married Blaine D. Randall and he preceded her in death April 15, 2003.

Mary Jane enjoyed gardening, canning, flowers, going out to eat, shopping, playing cards, and listening to music–especially Patsy Cline, country and Christian. She loved to take fruits and vegetables to fairs and won numerous ribbons throughout the years.  Mary Jane loved spending time with her grandchildren and buying them things.

Mary Jane is survived by her three sons, Dennis, Richard and James (and Penny) Randall; four daughters, Phyllis (and Rollin) Shipman, Diane (and Murry) Schaffner, Sheila Favorite, Brenda (and Chris) Stuckey; a brother, Bill (and Carole) Smith; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; daughter-in-law Bonnie Randall; son-in-law Alan Favorite; sisters Mildred Clay, Lois Smith, Dorothy Simmons and Corma Hopkins; brothers Forrest, Bob, Donald and Glenn Smith; and a sister-in-law Millicent Belding.

Funeral services are planned a 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, with visitation beginning at noon until the time of the service at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Fayette, with her daughter, Pastor Diane Schaffner, officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette Volunteer Fire Department Association.

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

Philip Hart

Philip Hart, 54, of Morenci, Mich., died Oct. 23, 2021, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, Ohio.

He was born May 15, 1967, in Morenci, the son of Richard and Juanita (Bair) Hart. He was a 1992 graduate of Addison High School, was the Michigan Outstanding Student of the Year, and had the honor to be the “Guest DJ of the Day” for Q95 Country. Philip was an avid University of Michigan fan, enjoyed horticulture, flowers, drawing tulips for people to cheer them up, writing get well cards, and serving his community. He loved his Lord and loved praying for and with others.

Philip is survived by siblings Danny Hart, Alice (and Ric) Stiekes, and Dorothy Stockwell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Steven Hart; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci. Funeral services are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home with Rev. Bruce Jewett officiating. Burial will be held in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future designation. Arrangements were made with Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.

Goldie Byard

Goldie L. Byard, 83, of Morenci, Mich., died Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, at the Fulton County Health Center.

She was born May 17, 1938, in Morenci, the daughter of Elmer, Sr., and Edna McClain. She married Dannie Gene Byard and he preceded her in death on Sept. 17, 2001. 

Goldie served as a nurse's aide for more than 30 years and continued helping anyone in need after she retired. Others learned by her example to work hard and to be loving, caring, faithful and giving.

Goldie is survived by her children Angela Byard, Teresa Taylor, David Byard, and John (and Connie) Byard; grandchildren Michael A. (and Nikki) Bays and Sarah M. (and Jon) Gonzalez; great-grandchildren Matthew S. Bays, Hayden Bays, Harlee Bays and Joshua Gonzalez; and great-great-granddaughter Olivia Bays.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; brother Richard Stevens; stepbrother Terry Poorman; and grandson Joshua J. Donnelly.

A celebration of life is planned at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at Fayette Church of the Nazarene. Visitation is scheduled from 3 p.m. until the service begins. A meal will follow the service for family and friends to share stories and remember Goldie.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or to the Lenawee Humane Society.

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

Donna Moyer

Donna J. Moyer, 72, of Morenci, Mich., died Oct. 19, 2021, at her home.

She was born June 24, 1949, in Adrian, Mich., to John and Gladys Stevens. In November 1976, Donna married Gerald L. “Jerry” Moyer in Tecumseh, Mich., and he preceded her in death Aug. 2, 2021. 

She attended St. Steven’s Lutheran School and then graduated from Adrian High School. Donna and Jerry owned and operated the Pizza Pit in Lyons for many years.  In her free time, she loved to garden, cook, bake, and draw (she was always doodling). Square dancing, traveling and roller skating were among her other pastimes. Perhaps her most favorite was spending time with her family.

Donna is survived by her three sons, Robin Price, Rodney (and Amanda) Price, and Robin Moyer; daughter Heather Price; step-daughter Danielle Ledesma; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers Clifton and Stanley (and Carol) Stevens, and Timothy (and Sharon) and Roger Norden; and sisters Beverly Gregory and Patricia (and Charles) Kope. 

In addition to her husband, Donna was preceded in death by her parents; brother Donald Stevens; sisters Josephine Lapidus and Joan Millet; and brother-in-law Benny Gregory.

Funeral services are planned at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, with visitation beginning at 2 p.m. until the time of the service,  at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel.  Pastor Tom Ordway will officiate.  Inurnment of Donna and Jerry will take place at a later date in Canandaigua Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future designation or the Lenawee County Humane Society. 

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

Muriel Pennington

Muriel Reinier Pennington, 74, died Oct. 19, 2021, surrounded by her family.

Muriel was born March 17, 1947, to Roy and Muriel Reinier in Toledo, Ohio. She married Larry Pennington on Oct. 2, 1965. Muriel lived out her childhood dream of being a farmer’s wife in rural Wauseon, Ohio, helping care for not only their orchard but also her family and countless members of her community. She could be found in her home any given evening making baby blankets, preparing food for various charity or community events, writing cards to parents who just lost a child, or preserving the fruits of her labor on the farm to feed her family and friends. During any free time remaining, she volunteered at her church and St. Vincent de Paul in Fayette, Ohio. Muriel was a friend to all she met, always ready to share a laugh.

She is survived by her husband, Larry; two children Todd (and Karen) and Mathew (and Robin); six grandchildren, Rose (and Galo), Noah (and Kate), Abby (and Jonah), Evan, Beatrice and Henry; one great-grandchild, Violet; her sister Rosemary (and Jim); and several cousins both in the U.S. and England; and nieces and nephews.

Muriel was preceded in death by her parents and two children, Anna and Scott.

The funeral liturgy is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Parish in Fayette, with Father Stephen Stanberry as Celebrant. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Fayette Chapel, with a Rosary Prayer Service beginning at 6 p.m. Interment will be at Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery near Lyons.

Memorial Contributions are suggested to Our Lady of Mercy Building and Maintenance Fund.

Arrangements were made with Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel.

colenzo Short

Colenzo Jay Short, 86, of Fayette, Ohio, died peacefully Oct. 15, 2021, surrounded by his family.

He was born Nov. 29, 1934, at home in Pettisville to the late Harold and Ruth (Grieser) Short. After moving to Fayette, Colenzo attended Gorham-Fayette Schools, where he graduated in 1952. He was happy to call Fayette home ever since. Colenzo proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army Reserves.

After meeting the former Joy Hesselschwardt at a dance, he quickly fell in love—and the rest is history. They married on May 30, 1958, in Delaware Bend, Ohio.

Colenzo held in high regard the value of hard work. He learned the trade of woodworking and cabinetry while he was employed for 12 years at the former Leininger Home Supply in Elmira. Possessing an entrepreneurial spirit, he then took a risk to go out on his own, and became the sole owner and operator of Short’s Cabinet Shop in Fayette, which yielded him much success for more than 40 years. His meticulous and quality craftsmanship is displayed in hundreds of kitchens and bathrooms in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

At the same time, he also worked as an independent licensed real estate agent and sold aluminum frame windows. Never idle, Colenzo spent his spare time maintaining his yard and working around the home.

Colenzo proudly built his family home where he and Joy raised their children and made countless memories over the years as the family grew. His talent at woodworking was expressed in treasured keepsakes he personally crafted for each member of his family.

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Fayette was Colenzo and Joy’s church family. Colenzo was a member of the Gorham-Fayette Volunteer Fire Department for more than 25 years, and served as a member of the Gorham-Fayette School Board in the 1970s. He loved to travel and was blessed to have visited each state in the Union as well as extensive traveling in Western Europe. For the past 10 years, Colenzo enjoyed each winter at South Padre Island, Texas.

Colenzo will be missed for his loving nature, his wisdom and sensible advice, and his quick-witted sense of humor.

Surviving in addition to his wife of over 63 years, Joy, are three children, Jerry (and Linda) Short of Fayette, Jon (and Judi) Short of Antwerp, Ohio, and Julie Schumacher of Cincinnati; a daughter-in-law, Brigid Short of Cincinnati; two sisters, Shirley (and Larry) Stuckey and Connie Short, both of Archbold; seven grandchildren, Kyle (and Mandy), Kurt (and Nicole), Kody, TJ (and Erin), Sierra (and Anthony), Peyton and Alexandra; a step-grandson, Alex; four great-grandchildren, Scarlett, Mercy, Ryker and Tate; and a step-great-granddaughter, Nyara.

Preceding Colenzo in death were his parents; two sons, Terry and Jeffrey Short; a brother, Harold Short, Jr.; and a son-in-law, Mark Schumacher.

Visitation is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at the Family Life Center on the campus of the Fayette United Methodist Church. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday, also at the Family Life Center, with Father Stephen Stanbery officiating. Rite of Committal will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette Volunteer Fire Department Association, Our Lady of Mercy Church, or the Family Life Center.

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

Jeanne Laser

Jeanne P. Laser, 83, of Waldron, Mich., died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at her home.

She was born Jan. 12, 1938, in Adrian, Mich., to John P. Rorick, Jr., and Julia (Farquhar) Rorick. She graduated from Morenci High School with the Class of 1955. On Dec. 20, 1955, Jeanne married Bob Laser in Angola, Ind., and he preceded her in death Jan. 3, 2014. 

Jeanne was employed as a teacher’s aide for Waldron Area Schools and also worked for Community Action Agency in Hillsdale County and the Adrian Training School. She was a faithful member of the Pythian Sisters Chapter 74, Lucy Wolcott Barnum Chapter of the DAR and Waldron Church of Christ. She loved dancing, playing the piano, cake decorating, planning parties, bands and parades, but most of all the get-togethers with her family.

Surviving Jeanne are her children Bartly (and Lesa) Laser, Bradley (and Debbie) Laser, Bently (and Wendy) Laser, Barry (and Sandra) Laser and Julie (and David Pawson) Laughlin; a sister, Margaret (and Jack) Beach; 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband, parents and a brother, John P. Rorick III.

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at Waldron Church of Christ, with Pastor Jason Martin and Steve Masters officiating. Burial will be in Waldron Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 at the Waldron Church of Christ.  All people attending are asked to wear masks. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to Waldron Community Days Festivities.

Arrangements were made with Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Hudson, Mich.

Louis Dale Knisely

Louis Dale Knisely, 92, died Oct. 11, 2021, in hospice care, in Durand, Mich.

He was born in Monroe, Mich., Jan. 22, 1929, the son of Charles H. and Myrtle J. Knisely.

Dale, as he was known, was an avid sportsman. He loved to hunt and fish. He supplied many blue gills, rabbits, squirrels and venison and sometimes even frog legs for family meals.

Dale’s childhood was spent living and working on the family farm near Munson, Mich., with his parents and five siblings. He graduated from Gorham-Fayette (Ohio) High School. He joined the U.S. Army on Dec. 5, 1950, and transferred to the Reserves Dec. 5, 1952. His final discharge was Jan. 7, 1957.

Dale worked for many years at Morenci Rubber Products. In 1969 he moved his family to Brighton, Mich., and owned the Gambles Hardware store for several years.

Dale was loved by so many. He was always a helping and able hand, wherever he was asked or offered.

He was the handiest of handymen, and his daughters thought he could solve any task. Dale loved the outdoors, and spent many a Mother’s Day mushroom hunting with anyone who would go into the woods with him, especially his brothers Dean and Duane.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Mack; sister Eva B. Clendenen; brother Duane A. Knisely; four daughters, Camilla (and Robert) Stevens, Kimberly (and Jerry Williams) Knisely, Lorraine Killen and Yvonne Geeting; grandchildren Lindsay Estep, Alicia Hicks, Shallan Stevens, Aaron Stevens, Angelina Sider, Sierra Sider, Steven Sider, and Aaron Geeting; and eight great-grandchildren, Olivia and Mikenna Estep, Adeline, Hadlee and Hudson Hicks, Linus and Gia Thalman and Kaiden Sider.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three siblings, Dean, Darrel and Lynn Knisely.

Dale will be greatly missed, for his always loving smile and helping hands. He has been whisked into the arms of His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And we rejoice for his sweet home-going.

Adam Mapes

Adam William Mapes, 40 of Fayette, Ohio, died Oct. 9, 2021, at University of Toledo Medical Center in Toledo. 

He was born Feb. 20, 1981, in Adrian, Mich., to William J. and Sheila F. (Ashby) Mapes.  Adam was employed as a farmer with Marvin Brehm. He loved Ohio State football, the Green Bay Packers, NASCAR, fishing and tormenting his nieces and nephews.  Adam was know as a big jokester and was considered everyone’s favorite uncle. He was always a great protector of his six sisters and was the best dad ever. Adam was also the worst, best babysitter there was, always packing his nieces and nephews with all kinds of sweets.

Adam is survived by his parents, William (and Sally) Mapes and Sheila Mapes; two sons, Kennith Mapes and Austin Lopez; two daughters, Kylie Mapes and Alexis Mapes; six sisters, Jennifer Goble, Stephanie (and Mike) Sager, Kate (and Brooke) Thatcher, Stacie (and Ken) Ramay, Sasha (and Josh Miller) Shell and Mary Alcock; a brother-in-law, John Goble; and many nieces and nephews and one great-nephew. 

Adam was preceded in death by his grandparents, Tony and Barbara Ashby and Kenneth and Marie Mapes; a niece, Mikayla Smith; and two nephews.  

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Fayette, with Pastor Darren Lemmon officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the funeral home.  Interment is pending.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family of Adam Mapes or through Crowdfunding.

LynN Richardson

Lynn Dee Richardson, 77, of Delta, Ohio, died Oct. 1, 2021, at his home with his wife holding his hand.

Lynn was born Sept. 1, 1944, at home in Delta, Ohio, to Gaylord and Rosella (Chamberlain). He graduated from Chesterfield High School in 1962 and studied telegraphy at the Iowa Institute of Telegraphy. He married the love of his life, Linda (Sinks), on Sept. 7, 1963, and she survives.

After marriage, Lynn began working in a factory and did farming. He was also a manager at an A&P store. In 1979, he achieved his goal of owning a business, LYN-DA’S Party Store in Morenci, Mich., where he made many lifelong friends. He ultimately retired from Roth Fabricating as head of sales and foreman.

In his younger years, Lynn’s hobbies included drag racing and motorcycles. As he got older, he continued to enjoy working on old tractors and cars. He could often be found at an auction with his son and oldest grandson looking for the “next great deal.” He belonged to the Heritage Farmers Antique Tractor Club where he showed and pulled tractors.

Lynn was the biggest fan of his grandchildren’s sporting events and activities, and he was always sure to wear his “fancy” lucky hat. He took great pride in maintaining the family farm and pond where he looked forward to hosting many family parties.

Lynn will be remembered as a true family man whose pride and joy were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved and accepted all and found the good in everything and everyone.

Lynn is survived by his wife of 58 years, Linda (Sinks) Richardson; siblings Ivan (and Pam) Richardson and Sharon (and Joe) Eich; children Jeffery Richardson, Lisa (and Jerry) VanHavel, and Crystal (and Roger) Bloomer; grandchildren Cody (and Ashley), Rebecca (and Ken), Erika (and Jarrett), Erin, Emily (and Chase), Jarrett (and Sami), Kaley, and Rylie; great-grandchildren Kenny, Elena, Sophia, Alessia (Rose), Jhett, Steven and Shawn; in-laws Bobby, Donny (and Sandi), Johnny (and Karen), Nancy (and Kim), and Carol (and Brad); and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Henry and Geneva Sinks; brother-in-law Roger; and nephew Dale Lynn.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at Morenci Bible Fellowship church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

michael Gillespie

Michael Allen Gillespie, 39, of Morenci, Mich., died Sept. 21, 2021, at ProMedica Hickman Hospital after an extended illness.

He was born May 27, 1982, in Adrian, Mich., the son of Robin Gillespie and Susan (Sands) Zook. Michael enjoyed attending Hope Community Center, graduating in 2008.

In addition to his parents, Michael is survived by his stepfather William Zook; sister Amie Gillespie; and nephews Hunter Gillespie and Nolan Nortley.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Leroy Gillespie, Clarabell (and Pete) Gillespie, and Wilma Gould; great-grandparents Clarence and Wava Gillespie; uncle Richard Gillespie; and aunt Ardyth Sands.

Cremation has taken place. Visitation is planned from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci. A memorial service will begin at 5 p.m. with the Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hope Community Center, Morenci Sportsman’s Club, or to the Gillespie family.

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

Donald Lyle Seigneur

Donald Lyle Seigneur, 94, of Lyons, Ohio, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, at Kingston Care Center in Sylvania, Ohio.

Lyle was born Jan. 9, 1927, in Lyons to Ralph and Lola (Robinson) Seigneur. Lyle was a graduate of Lyons High School, and on March 16, 1952, he married Yvonne Driskell. She died Nov. 18, 2016.

Lyle was drafted in the United States Army during World War II and served as a Merchant Marine on a ship transporting supplies. He later was called back to serve in the Korean Conflict. Lyle was a recipient of two Purple Hearts. He was member of Lyons VFW Post #7574 and served on the Burial Squad. Lyle was often seen working at the VFW Post he was so proudly an active member of, setting up for events, doing repairs, keeping the hall clean and preparing for fish fries where he worked as a smiling server.

Lyle was an avid athlete and played baseball and basketball in school. He continued to play baseball after returning from military service and dreamed of playing professional baseball. Instead, he knew being a devoted husband, father, and overall family man was more important. After returning from service Lyle also became an avid golfer. He enjoyed playing with family and friends and traveled to play at a variety of courses and in local leagues. He loved playing with his father and the family started its own family tournament when his siblings also became hooked. He worked all year at honing his game so he could take on his family at the “Seigneur Open.”

Lyle worked for Metamora Elevator, formerly known as Lyons Grainery. He walked to and from home daily, greeting everyone along the path. At Christmastime Lyle would hoist thousands of lights to form a 30-foot Christmas tree with a star atop the grain silo. Each year the display grew to include lights forming a moving angel and a variety of season’s greetings written in lights. What started as using lights from home to decorate the silo railing became a display that could be seen for miles around and which was featured in several newspapers and television news.

Lyle was a life-member of the Lyons Christian Church, where he served as church deacon. He took pride in the appearance of the outside of the church and was responsible for keeping the lawn looking immaculate. In addition to his active role in the church, he also took great pride in the Lyons community. He was known by most residents as the “Face of Lyons.” He loved his home town and its people where by choice he would have lived until the end.

Lyle is survived by his son Stephen (and Sherry Decker) Seigneur and daughter Ann (and Mark) Seigneur-Harris; daughter-in-law Sara Seigneur Koch; grandchildren Shelly Beckman, Nichole (and Chris) Dale, Chantel (and Rico) King, Jordan (and Allyson) Harris and Brittany (and Marshall) Kupresanin; great-grandchildren Kimberly Beckman, Kaya, Callie and Ryder King, Aiden and Lilly Foreman and Oliver Kupresanin; great-great grandchild Skyler; brothers Paul and Max and sisters Vava and Vivian.

In addition to his wife, Lyle was preceded in death by his parents; son Gary Seigneur; and sister Reva Miller.

Visitation is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora. Funeral services are schedule at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Lyons Christian Church, with Pastor Heather Schimmel officiating. Interment, with military honors, will follow at Lyons Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Lyons Christian Church.

curtis cooley

Curtis Dee Cooley, 78, died Sept. 9, 2021, at St. Luke’s Hospital, with his family by his side.

Curt was born April 23, 1943, to Kenneth Earl and Vera Marie (Schaffner) Cooley. A 1961 graduate and valedictorian of Gorham-Fayette High School, Curt served as class president and enjoyed playing flute in the band. Known as Diesel, Curt’s sharp elbows and dominance in the paint were well-known by his opponents on the basketball courts in Fulton County. His love of animals and the land were instilled at an early age through FFA and 4-H.

He married Nancy Powers, his high school sweetheart, on Aug. 23, 1964, at Fayette Methodist Church. Curt graduated from Ohio State University in 1965 with a degree in animal science and then completed a master’s degree in education at the University of Toledo. Curt and his wife continued their family farming traditions as grain and livestock farmers for their 57 years of marriage.

Three generations of Wauseon High School students benefitted from his 40-year teaching career. His passion for biology and human anatomy and physiology inspired hundreds of students and health professionals across the U.S. Active in his community, Curt volunteered as the church financial secretary for more than 30 years, participated as a member of the Fulton County Farm Bureau, and served on the advisory board of the local Fayette bank.

Curt loved to travel the country with his young family in their Pace Arrow motorhome. In later years, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends at Devils Lake and on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Mackinac Island was a treasured destination where he celebrated his honeymoon and many special occasions with his children and grandchildren. As a former Eagle, Buckeye and Indian, Curt converted to a Bluestreak fan during the last 20 years as he devoted his energies in supporting his grandchildren’s sports and extracurricular activities.

In addition to his wife, Curt is survived by children Cristin (and Mark) Hagans of Archbold, Ohio, Caryn (and Jeff) Theobald of Archbold, and Brad Cooley of Norwalk, Ohio; a brother, Richard Cooley of Stryker, Ohio; a sister, Kaylene (and Drew) Ashbridge of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandchildren Connor, Ethan and Carsyn Hagans and Trey and Elizabeth Theobald.

Visitation is planned from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Family Life Center in Fayette. Funeral services are scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at Fayette United Methodist Church, with Pastor Jeff Bandy officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

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

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette United Methodist Church or the Gorham-Fayette Fire Department.

Alberta 'Bert' Bradley

Alberta “Bert” Bradley, 81, of Fayette, Ohio,  died Sept. 9, 2021.

Alberta was born May 25, 1940, to George and Hazel Waters.

As a devout Christian woman, Alberta was a member of Fayette Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed spending time reading the Bible, doing word searches, visiting with family, embroidering and reading books. 

Alberta is survived by her children Ellen (and Dan) Shock of Fayette,  Belinda Daily of Bryan, Ohio, Coe Bradley of Pittsford, Mich., and Annette Bradley of Archbold, Ohio; grandchildren Joe (and Cindy) Lantz, Jennifer (and Daniel) Perez, Brad (and Amy) Merillat, Justin Bradley, Mark Merillat, Maggie (and Micah) McGee, and Danielle (and Kyle) Vaughn; great-grandchildren Autum, Lilliana, Dravin, Anthony, Kendall, Graysen, Keara, Chase, Cambrin, Mark, Autumn, Vey, Katheryn, William, Davis, Nathan and Jaleen. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Helen, Estella, Pauline, Dorothy and Martha; brothers Bill, Frank, George (and Bonnie) and Richard; grandson Luke Merillat; son-in-law Randy Daily and sister-in-law Phyllis Waters. 

Visitation is planned from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at Fayette Nazarene Church, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in  Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. 

Flowers and memorial contributions can be sent to Fayette Church of Nazarene.

Karensue Lauffer

Karensue Darlene Lauffer, 64, of Morenci, Mich., died Sept. 9, 2021, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center.

She was born April 15, 1957, in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Russell and Darlene (Sengstock) Knoblauch. On April 18, 1975, in Sand Creek, Mich., she married DeWitt Joseph Lauffer and he survives. 

In addition to her husband and father, Karen is survived by her son, DeWitt Jr. (and Tabatha) Lauffer; four daughters, Darlene Lauffer, Daisy (and Charles) Hegwood, DeAnna (and Thomas) Stretch, and Delilah (and Jeramy) Webb; a brother; four sisters; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother; two brothers; and a sister-in-law.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future consideration.

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

LeRoy Gillespie

LeRoy Richard Gillespie, 87, of Morenci, Mich., died Sept. 5, 2021, at his home.


He was born in Morenci on Nov. 1, 1933, to Clarence and Wava (Metcalf) Gillespie. After graduating from Morenci High School, he married Clara Clark, and she preceded him in death.


LeRoy's number one love was his grandson, Michael. He enjoyed spending time with him and they were inseparable. His other loves were farming, hunting, fishing, and going to his cabin Up North. As a founding member of the Morenci Sportsman's Club, LeRoy – a life member of the club – enjoyed spending time there as well.


He is survived by a son, Robin Allen Gillespie; grandson Michael Gillespie; granddaughter Amie Gillespie; great-grandchildren Hunter Gillespie and Nolan Nortley; and a niece, Maliea "Sis" Hall.


He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son Richard Lynn Gillespie; brother- and sister-in-law Lyle and Mary Ann Gillespie; and nephew Allen Gillespie.


Cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering is planned at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at Morenci Sportsman Club, with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Inurnment of LeRoy and Clara will take place at a later date in Lyons Cemetery. Memorial donations are suggested to Morenci Sportsman's Club or the family.


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

Jerrie Zook

Jerrie Lee Zook, of Morenci, Mich., died Aug. 28, 2021, at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio.

Jerrie was born March 14, 1943, at Junction City, Kans., to William and Marieta (Janke) Hartung. Jerrie married Richard Zook, Sr., on Feb. 4, 1962, in Junction City, and he preceded her in death Feb. 15, 2019.

Jerrie served her family as a housewife and homemaker. She enjoyed traveling to Kansas to see family, doing word search puzzles, traveling Up North in May to mushroom hunt, and especially loved spending time with the grandkids and the great-grandkids.

Jerrie is survived by son Richard (and Ruthanne) Zook, of Nobleville, Ind., a daughter Diana (and Russell “Joe”) Overmyer, of Morenci; two sisters, Marjorie Wahle, of Junction City and May Jean Stittsworth, of Kansas City, Kans.; three grandchildren, Josh (and Halee), Melissa (and Travis), Kaylee (and Paul); and many great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Jerrie was preceded in death by her parents; her parents-in-law, Robert and Josephine Zook; and a grandson, Daniel Zook. 

Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m., Sept. 2, at the funeral home, with Rev. Bill Van Valkenburg officiating. Burial will follow at the Packard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family to help with expenses.

Phyllis Bockert

Phyllis Ann Bockert, 88, of Lyons, Ohio, formerly of Sylvania, Ohio, died July 27, 2021.

Phyllis was born in Toledo, Ohio, on Nov. 21, 1932, to Harry D. and Beulah (Howard) Wilson, both from Butler, Ind. She was the youngest of 13 children. She met the love of her life, William Bockert, at Sylvania Burnham High School and they were married Aug. 27, 1949. They were the parents of six sons and one daughter.

When their children were young, Phyllis worked off and on as a saleswoman for Sears Department Store and Robert Hall. She was also busy helping out at the Good News Club, a children’s Bible study club for the Sylvania schools, and she drove a school bus for vacation Bible clubs at her church.

Phyllis served as the executive director for the 1968 National Hemophilia Foundation’s campaign in the Toledo area. In 1990 Phyllis served as president of the Lyons Literacy League and in 1991 she became the founder of the Lyons and Area Historical Society, which remains thriving.

She and her husband moved to Lyons in 1984 and restored a large house. She loved to decorate the house and she grew beautiful gardens. She was happiest when it was filled with family and friends. She loved to feed people and a person couldn’t get out of their house without their hunger satisfied and a gift in hand.

Phyllis especially loved all holidays. On Christmas Eve, the house was filled with family singing Christmas carols with her at the organ, followed by gifts galore. Phyllis cherished her husband and loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, always spoiling them. She and Bill were active members of Jasper Bible Church. She knew the Lord and shared her faith with others.

Phyllis is survived by her children William H., Wayne (and Tish), Warren (and Cindy), Westley (and Barb), Walter (and Jan), Wayde (and Debbie) and Sandra (and Dan) Smith; brother Jerry (and Mary) Wilson; 21 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Along with her parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, William; brothers Ronald, Lavon, Howard, Matthew (Bud), William, Jack and Jim; sisters Etta Belle Snyder, Virgina, Mary Wright and Donna; and grandson Jeremy Bockert.

A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Aug. 28, at Jasper Bible Church, 8230 S. Adrian Hwy., Jasper, Mich., preceded by visitation 10:30 a.m. A luncheon will follow at 11:30 a.m.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

MatThew Goodlock

Matthew James Goodlock, 44, of Waldron, Mich., died Aug. 13, 2021.

Matthew was born in Morenci, Mich., on Sept. 27, 1977, to Philip A. and Brenda S. (Jewell) Goodlock, and they survive.

Matthew enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially fishing. He loved cars, anything that he could drive, but especially his Nova, and listening to ACDC and Metallica. He could be found watching races at Oakshade Raceway near Wauseon or at a muscle car show. His true passion was riding his Harley, even in the winter in Michigan.

Matthew is also survived by two brothers, Mike (and Vicky) Goodlock and Marty (and Nelly) Goodlock; nieces and nephews Victoria, Robyn, Hunter Goodlock and Tiana (and Jake) Bella; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Philip and Bonnie Goodlock and Jack and Janis Jewell; stepmothers Sherri Goodlock and Cindy Vandusen; and aunt Sylvia Shearer.

A memorial gathering is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at the Hannan-Colvin American Legion Post 180 in Hudson, Mich.

Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Hudson, Mich., handled arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family to help with funeral expenses.

Cleantha Joughin

Cleantha M. “Cle” Joughin, 86, longtime Morenci, Mich., area resident, died Aug. 11, 2021, at Country Living of Hillsdale – Drews Place.

She was born Aug. 22, 1934, in Riga, Mich., to George and Edna (Kolz) Rehklau. Cle grew up in Riga and attended Blissfield Schools where she graduated from high school in 1951. She married Ward Clark Joughin on Jan. 28, 1961, in Riga. He preceded her in death Feb. 17, 2016. 

 In addition to being a homemaker and raising her children, Cle worked with Ward at the family business, Ward’s Grain Company, as well as serving as a secretary to the plant manager at the former Tecumseh Products for almost ten years. 

Cleantha was very involved in the activities of Trinity Lutheran Church in Morenci, where she was a member and substituted as an organist. She and Ward belonged to the International Flying Farmers of Michigan club and maintained a small landing strip on their farm. She was active as a 4-H leader and enjoyed working outside on the farm and in her garden.  

A lover of music, Cle enjoyed singing and was skilled at many instruments, including the accordion and harp, and she performed at numerous local events and nearby nursing homes. She was an avid card player and enjoyed square dancing and sewing. She was blessed with numerous trips across the country and abroad. She and Ward wintered in Florida for more than 25 years. 

 Cle is survived by three sons, Bill Joughin of Morenci, Dan (and Carrie) Joughin of Morenci, and Tom (and Darcie) Joughin of Niles, Mich.; 10 grandchildren, Justin, Katelyn, Dana, Taylor, Tessa, Raven, Jake, Clark, Kayla and Carson; ten great-grandchildren, Evelyn, Drew, Maddox, Benedict, Abigail, Ward, Hailey, Jake, Jr., Leah and Oakley; daughter-in-law, Shana Joughin of Fayette, Ohio; and nephews that she helped raise, Robert and Marvin Rehklau of Collinsville, Ill. 

 In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Richard; two brothers, Herbert and Kenneth Rehklau; and a granddaughter, Sierah Joughin. 

 Visitation is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Morenci. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m., also on Monday, at the church, with Pastor Michael Bater officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. 

 Memorial donations are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or Trinity Lutheran Church. 

Patricia Morningstar

Patricia Ann Morningstar, 81, of rural Fayette, Ohio, died Aug. 13, 2021, from the comfort of her home while under the care of Elara Caring Hospice.

Born on Christmas Eve 1939 in Alvordton, Ohio, Pat was the daughter of Lester and Beulah (Stahl) Borton.

Pat lived her formative years in Alvordton where she attended grade school before graduating from Hilltop High School in West Unity with the Class of 1958. Later that same year, on June 21, she married the love of her life, Verl L. Morningstar, in Fayette. He preceded her in death Feb. 9, 2017.

Pat was known to keep busy and was always gainfully employed. She worked for many years at the former Fayette Tubular Products before its closing. This was followed by a nine-year tenure at MIG (Palm) Plastics until its relocation out of state. Most recently, she served for 14 years as a cook for 4-H Camp Palmer near her home by Harrison Lake. Additionally, for several years she helped her husband Verl raise turkeys and other livestock, farm, and operate a retail greenhouse on their property each spring.

Pat enjoyed gardening and baking, and was an avid reader of both fiction and nonfiction. She was also skilled in processing her homegrown grapes into delicious wine that she graciously shared in the company of her dear friends and family.

Pat is survived by her three children, Paul Morningstar (and Pam Holley) of Fayette, Teresa Morningstar and Bryce Morningstar, both of Winter Park, Fla.; a sister, Wynona Schilt of College Station, Texas; a granddaughter, Felica Nofziger of Swanton, Ohio; and five great-grandchildren, Valerie, Carter, Lincoln, Kaylin and Seger.

In addition to her husband, Pat was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Earl, Kenneth and Otis O’Neil Borton.

A private graveside service is planned at the Lauber Hill Cemetery in German Township, Fulton County, Ohio.

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

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Bible Society.

Florence HaLSEY

Florence Lydia Halsey, 97, of Adrian, Mich., died Aug. 6, 2021, at Caring Dunn Right in Morenci, Mich., the last of eight siblings.


She was born Jan. 24, 1924, in Romulus, Mich., to Elwood and Ethel (Hulbert) Lapeer. She married Percy Halsey and he preceded her in death.


Florence had been employed at the Kroger Egg Plant where she candled eggs, at her home as a switchboard operator, at the aircraft engine plant in Battle Creek during World War II where she sang during lunchtime, and she retired from Morenci Rubber Products where she served as an inspector.

As a member of Medina Federated Church, Florence had a passionate love for Jesus and read her Bible faithfully every day. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, reading, and solving crossword puzzles. Florence will be remembered by her family and friends as a spunky and witty woman, who had a great love for animals.

Florence is survived by her son Steven Halsey. She was preceded in death by her parents and son Elwood Penfold.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. at Medina Federated Church, with Pastor Darren Lemmon officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Medina Federated Church. Arrangements were made with Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.


Gerald Moyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


James Johnson

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

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

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

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

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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


Virginia Wanless

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

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

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

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

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

Betty deatrick rector

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Anderson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

service for Peter Ambs, Jr.

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

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

Richard "Chick" Lumbrezer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrangements were handled Wagley Funeral Homes, Adrian, Mich.

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

Thomas stambaugh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph Reckner

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lenawee County Humane Society.

Ryan Kast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Randall Dominique

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marybeth cottington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harriet 'Ann' Johncox

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial contributions are suggested to Stair District Library in Morenci.

Paul Stockburger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dorthy Mowery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel handled arrangements.

Ivan Miller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dorothy Bernath

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

wilma huff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John hanawalt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donald Emmons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DonOVAn cool

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

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

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

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

He was proceeded in death by his mother.

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

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

Patricia Keller

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

michael cox

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial gifts are suggested to Lyons Christian Church.

Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel handled arrangements.

Evangeline Robinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maurice Fenner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

linda Opdycke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jerry bach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jerry Valentine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Margaret Sutton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neva Shadbolt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrangements were made with Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home.

Edith Dwyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrangements are by Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Joan 'Tiger' Klier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glenn Flint

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stanley Berger

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lenawee County Humane Society.

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

debra wheeler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial gifts are suggested to Restoration Tabernacle.

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

maynard Raker

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial gifts are suggested to Gorham-Fayette Fire Department.

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

David Fausey

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

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

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

There will be no services and cremation has taken place.

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

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

Betty Erbskorn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee.

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

sandra Berry

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

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

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

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

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

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


chad Miller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee.

Ramona campbell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial contributions are suggested to the New Life Worship Center.

MATTHEW 'jim' bower

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wanda Thompson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial contributions are suggested to Fayette Church of the Nazarene.


Ruth Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Elizabeth Ladd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gene Beaverson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Wally Borton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracy Gleason

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial contributions are suggested to Heartland Hospice in Toledo.

Larry Snow