Obituaries

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Kathryn "KItty" Donahue

Kathryn "Kitty" Donahue, 90, of Lyons, Ohio, died Sept. 23, 2022.

Kitty was born March 13, 1932, to Omer and Minnie (Buckenmeyer) Langenderfer. On May 9, 1953, she married Bob Donahue in Richfield Center, Ohio. Bob and Kitty were married for 65 years.

Kitty was a 1949 graduate of Metamora High School and attended Miami of Ohio University for one year and then worked at Owens-Illinois for three years. After raising her family, she worked as a library aide for 21 years at Evergreen Elementary School. She was a member of the Lyons Literary League, the Lyons VFW Auxiliary Post 7574 and the Lyons Historical Society.

Kitty is survived by five daughters, Debbie May of Cleveland, Ohio, Kathie (and Bryon) Brock of Swanton, Ohio, Pattie (and the late James) Deakin of San Diego, Calif., Mollie (and Jeff) Youtzy of Metamora and Peggie (and Paul) Haywood of Lebanon, Ohio; siblings Kenneth (and Sallie) Langenderfer and Elaine Langenderfer; 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings Clifford (and Nelda) Langenderfer, Harold (and Joan) Langenderfer, June King, and Jean (and Mac) Simon.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora, with services following at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations are suggested to Evergreen Local Schools in honor of the Evergreen Elementary Library.



Carol Culp

Carol Ann Culp, 72 of Morenci, Mich., died at her home Sept. 22, 2022.

She was born Dec. 2, 1949, in Hudson, Mich., to George S. and Delores E. (Cundiff) Cleghorn. She attended Weston Elementary School, then Sand Creek Schools, and graduated from Morenci Area High School. On Oct. 29, 1982, she married Mike Culp in Adrian, Mich., and he preceded her in death Jan. 27, 2016.

Carol work for many years at the Dari-ette in Morenci as a cook. Her number one priority was her family. She also loved to attend to her cats, bake, cook and go bargain shopping.

She is survived by son Tyson (and Candace) Sager; daughter-in-law Jessica Luck; grandson Jayme Sager; brothers George Cleghorn, Jr., and Leonard (and Gail) Cleghorn; and a sister, Connie Millron.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Triston Culp, on March 25, 2022.

As requested, Carol’s body was donated to the University of Toledo for medical research and there will be no services.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lenawee County Humane Society.

The Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel assisted with arrangements.



Judy Bach

Judy Bach, 74, of Millington, Tenn., died Sept. 4, 2022, at Methodist North Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

A native of Mitchell County, North Carolina, Judy was born Jan. 31, 1948, the daughter of the late Roy and Joyce Vance. Judy was a long-time member of St. William Catholic Church and served as a parish religious education teacher and secretary of the Women’s Club. Judy was an avid painter, a world traveler, and a doting grandparent. She will be remembered for her sense of humor and positive/uplifting personality.

Surviving are her husband, Gerald (Joe) Bach of Millington; sister Eleen (and Dave) Dubis of Raleigh, NC; two children Jacqueline (and Victor Gischler) Bach and son Emery of Baton Rouge, La.; Joellen (and Dirk) Bisbee and children Anna and Aimee of Rogers, Ark.; aunt Una Mae Allen of Burnsville, NC; and Larry (and Barbara) Young of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and several cousins.

Funeral Mass took place Sept. 16 at St. William Catholic Church.

Memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society.



Ralph Ferris

Ralph R. Ferris of Morenci, Mich., died at his home Sept. 15, 2022, at the age of 92.

He was born April 27, 1930, in Blissfield, Mich., the sixth child to Fred V. and Rita (Fancher) Holmes. At the young age of nine months, his mother, Rita, died and soon after, his father, Fred, died from complication of serving in World War I. Ralph was legally adopted at the age of one by L. Sherman and Florence M. (Hayes) Ferris of Morenci. His name was legally changed from Ralph Raymond Holmes to Ralph R. Ferris.

Ralph attended a one-room schoolhouse in the Morenci area and graduated from Morenci High School with the Class of 1948. He attended Adrian College for one year before enlisting in the United States Air Force. He proudly served his country for four years as an airplane mechanic and served one year in the Korean Conflict on the fire and rescue team. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, Ralph continued his interest in rescue and firefighting, serving with Hudson Fire Department and then Morenci Fire Department for more than 30 years. While on Morenci Fire Department, he attained the rank of assistant chief. He and his wife, Mary, were instrumental in organizing the rescue squad in Morenci. He held the rank of rescue captain and taught the EMT course to many.

He met his future wife, Mary Ellen Beaverson, in 1950 outside of Fayette, Ohio. On June 11, 1955, they were married at the Morenci United Methodist Church by the Rev. William Johnson. Together, they lived 64 of their 67 married years together in Morenci.

Ralph was an independent gas and fuel dealer serving farmers, commercial and residential clients with Cities Service, Sinclair and Union Oil. While continuing the oil business, Ralph and Mary purchased, co-owned, and operated Mary and Ralph’s Drive-In. Later, Ralph sold the business and he worked at Culligan as a salesman for more than 30 years, retiring at the age of 90.

Ralph was a life member of the AMVETS of Adrian, life member of the VFW Post 7424 in Wauseon and past commander of the former Morenci VFW, life member of the Fairfield (Mich.) Masonic Lodge, member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Fairfield, member of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of Scottish Rite of the Valley of Toledo, and a former member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

He was a member of the Morenci United Methodist Church since the age of 12 and held various positions in the church, most recently serving as trustee. Ralph was also past president of the Evelyn and Ronald Wirick Scholarship Board for more than 30 years. Until his death, he was still serving on the board.

In his free time, Ralph enjoyed photography, fishing, hunting and gardening.

In addition to his wife, Ralph is survived by son Durke E. (and Barbara) Ferris; daughter Carla R. (and Roger) Ford; grandchildren Durke T. (and Karen) Ferris, Na Dedra S. (aka Missy) Motley, Seth D., Connor D., and Lillie Rae Ford; step-grandchildren Heather Dawn (and Randy) Couch, and Travis, Haley, Johnathan and Victoria Anderson; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his biological and adoptive parents; sister Marian (and Lowell) Delcamp; and brothers Norman (and Ardyth), Fred (and Joan), Glennis (and Marvel) and Paul (and Mary Jo) Holmes.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel. A fire department walk-through is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. and a Masonic service at 7 p.m., followed by an Order of Eastern Star service. Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Morenci United Methodist Church, with pastor and nephew Dean Leininger and pastor Bob Dister, officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Fulton County Honor Guard and fire department tribute by the Morenci and Wauseon Fire Departments.

Memorial donations are suggested to Morenci Fire Department, Morenci United Methodist Church, or VFW Post 7424 in Wauseon.



Imo May Russell

Imo May Russell, 91, died Sept. 14, 2022, in the presence of family at Gaslight Assisted Living Facility in Adrian, Mich.

Imo was born Nov. 9, 1930, to Harry and Shirley (Bragg) Tucker in Britton, Mich. She graduated from Britton Macon High School. Imo married Weldon Reed Russell on Sept. 30, 1950, in Angola, Ind., and lived most of her life in the Morenci area until moving to Manitou Beach in 2010. Imo and Weldon were married 63 years until his death in 2013.

Imo was employed for many years at Campbell Soup Company before working for Morenci Area Schools until retirement. After retirement, she and Weldon spent many years “snowbirding” between Winter Haven, Fla., and Morenci. She loved bus trips with Ollie and Ken, going out for breakfast, seeing grandchildren and great-grandchildren, playing cards, bird watching and fishing in Canada.

Imo is survived by daughter Michele (and Tom) McKnight; sons Allen (and Julie) Russell, Mark (and Maribeth) Russell; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Imo was preceded in death by her husband; granddaughter Sasha Elliott; brothers Wilford (and Irene), Virgil (and Marian), Bernard (and Pearl), Elwood (and Dorothy) and Roy, who died in infancy; and sisters Helen (and Gene) Flint and Norma (and Harold) Ries.

Graveside service are planned at 11 a.m. Oct. 10 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Elara Hospice in Adrian.

Funeral arrangements were made with Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci.



Charlotte 'Sherry' Griffin

Charlotte “Sherry” Rae Griffin, 84, formerly of Morenci, Mich., died Sept.11, 2022, at Tecumseh Place in Tecumseh, Mich.

Sherry was born July 13, 1938, in Adrian, Mich., the middle child and only daughter of Raymond and Evelyn (Kieger) Smith.

She married Lee Griffin in 1959 and they were blessed with 45 years together before his death in 2004.

After graduating from Adrian High School, Sherry attended cosmetology school and became a beautician. For more than 30 years, she worked as the beautician at Lenawee Medical Care Facility where she truly enjoyed being a part of the residents’ and staff’s lives. Her vibrant personality made her a favorite with everyone at the facility.

Sherry always found time to go to flea markets and estate sales looking for Steiff bears and porcelain dolls. She was skilled in restoring the dolls and would resell them at various markets. Her love of music was evident in her singing and dancing with the Irish Hills Sweet Adelines for many years.

She met her beloved Orville Metcalf at the Adrian Senior Center when she was dancing and they have celebrated more than 15 years together with many adventures. She was a member of the Irish Hills Car Club and the Morenci Sportsman’s Club where she volunteered her time and talents for many events. An avid reader, Sherry could easily go through four to five books a week.

Sherry is survived by her children, Laurie Brosamer and Ted (and Paige) Griffin; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and her partner, Orville Metcalf.

She was preceded in death by her husband and brothers Jim and Jack Smith.

Memorial services were Sept. 19 at Jasper Bible Church with Rev. Bruce Jewett officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci Sportsman’s Club.

Arrangements were made with Wagley Funeral Home in Adrian.



Judith Myers

Judith Baldwin Myers, 88, of Morenci, Mich., died Sept. 10, 2022, at Lynwood Manor under the care of her family and Hospice of Lenawee.

She was born March 13, 1934, in Morenci to John and Doris (Graffice) Kennedy. Judith married Donald Myers and he preceded her in death in May 1988.

She worked for several area businesses as a bookkeeper before retiring. Judith enjoyed shopping (especially for purses), baking, crocheting potholders and reading the Enquirer and other tabloid magazines. Most of all, family was very important to Judith. She enjoyed taking care of her family and spending time with her grandchildren.

Judith is survived by daughters Mindy (and Frank Cordts) Shirley of Morenci and Rosemary (and Bob) Miles of Morenci; sister Rosemary (and Frank) Tursak of Morenci; six grandchildren, Kylie Long, Jordan (and Vickie) Lambright, Donny (and Elizabeth) Lambright, Cabria Shirley, Callen (and Jimmy) Wright and Robert Miles; and nine great-grandchildren.

Judith was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Elizabeth Lambright; and her brother, Frank Kennedy.

A Celebration of Life is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee.



Scott A. Phillips

Scott A. Phillips, 55, of Wauseon, Ohio, died Aug. 22, 2022, at McLaren St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, Ohio.

He was born in Morenci, Mich., on July 30, 1967, to Richard and Patricia (Bittinger) Phillips, and they survive.  Scott graduated from Gorham-Fayette High School in 1986, and then went on to further his education at Ross College, attaining an associate’s degree in medical coding. He then attended Stautzenberger College, completing his STNA certification. 

Scott was a big fan of fantasy football and real-life football, with the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Pittsburgh Steelers as his favorite teams. He also enjoyed hunting, playing chess and driving around on his motorcycle or in his car.  He is a past member of the Bryan Eagles Club Aerie 2233.

In addition to his parents, Scott is survived daughters Desteny Lamb and Madison Phillips; siblings Sherri (and David) Harris, Christy Shadbolt, and Shane Phillips; four grandchildren; and his ex-wife and friend, Janell Phillips.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; a brother-in-law, Mark Shadbolt; a sister-in-law, Marquita Woodring; and many aunts and uncles.

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel, with Rev. Andy Reynard officiating.  Interment will follow in Wauseon Union Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, also at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family to offset the purchase of a monument for his grave.



Laurie Amos

Laurie Kay Amos, 59, of Clayton, Mich., died Aug. 21, 2022, at ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital.

Laurie was born Sept. 7, 1962, in Adrian, Mich., the daughter of Orville and Phyllis (McKee) Goldsmith. On July 27, 1979, in Medina, Mich., she married Thomas Amos, and he survives.

Laurie was known as a hippie with a “green thumb” who enjoyed gardening, solving puzzles, flour fights with kids, camping, and attending festivals. She had a heart of gold and loved helping others and never left anyone out. Most importantly, Laurie loved her grandchildren more than and anything and her granddog, Zeus.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother; three daughters, Chrystal Amos, Melissa (and Richard) Radebaugh, and Daisy (and Scott) Rinck; six grandchildren, José Amos, Clayton Amos, Haley Daniels, Devinity Newsom, Rachel Amos and Audrie Amos; three brothers, Dale, Monty and Leslie Goldsmith; and one sister, Sheena Bryan.

She was preceded in death by her father; two brothers, Bradley and Kenneth Goldsmith; and a great granddaughter, Naomi Amos.

Cremation has taken place and all services will be private.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Salvation Army.

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



John Herr

John Cyrillious Herr, 86, of Morenci, Mich., died Aug. 14, 2022, at ProMedica Ebeid Hospice, in Sylvania, Ohio.

John was born in Metamora, Ohio, on March 7, 1936, to Sylvester and Margaret (O’Neil) Herr. John married Mary Madeline McVay June 14, 1969, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, in Fayette Ohio.

John was a lifetime dairy farmer in the Morenci area and enjoyed farming and gardening. Family was number one to him and at family gatherings he loved to give hayrides with his John Deere tractor.

He is survived by son Gary Herr, of Wauseon, Ohio; daughters Mary (and Eric) Hofbeck of Lynnwood, Wash., Janell (and Marco) Corallo of Salem, Ohio, and Jolene (and Allen) Stafford of Edon, Ohio; grandchildren Ian Hofbeck, Alise and Andrea Herr, Jude, Adam and Amelia Corallo, and Lillian Stafford; and sister Margaret Mary Elchinger of Holgate, Ohio.

In addition to his wife, John was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law JoAnne Herr; brothers Richard, Sylvester, Joseph and Vincent Herr; sisters Alice Mack and Veronica Kaufman.

The Funeral Mass is planned at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, in Fayette, with Father William Pifher as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Assumption, Ohio. Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Eagle-Mary Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel, with a 6:30 p.m. vigil service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Vincent DePaul or Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church.



Mary Staelens

Mary Joanne Staelens, 86, of Adrian, Mich., died Aug. 14, 2022, at ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian.

Mary was born March 11, 1936, in Morenci, Mich., the daughter of William R. and Mildred G. (Bourn) Garrow. She married Edward Eugene Staelens on Oct 2, 1955, in Chesterfield Township, and he preceded her in death May 7, 1988.

Mary was a chaperone for Lions of Michigan All-State Band and volunteered at Bixby Hospital. She enjoyed going to church, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mary is survived by children Ronald (and Jan) Staelens and Pamela Staelens; grandchildren Nicholas (and Erica) Weatherbee, Ashleigh (and Neisha) Weatherbee, Brock Thering, Tyler (and Kelsie) Thering, and Whitney (and Tony Cafeo) Staelens; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; three brothers, Hal, James, Leslie Garrow; and one sister in infancy, Alice Ann Garrow.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, with visitation scheduled from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel, with Pastor Linda Farley officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to First Christian Church of Adrian.



Larry Fox

Larry Curtis Fox, 74, of Morenci, Mich., died Aug. 8, 2022, at Divine Rehabilitation and Nursing in Sylvania, Ohio.

Larry was born Nov. 19, 1947, in Hudson, Mich., the son of Harry and Margaret (Bowman) Fox. Larry proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy as an Honor Guard in Washington, D.C. at the White House, and then was aboard the USS Coral Sea carrier during the Vietnam War, and he visited ports in Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Australia and the U.S. before his honorable discharge in November of 1972.

On Nov. 14, 1970, Larry married Wanda Sue “Susie” Toshikian at Hamilton Air Force Base in Novato, Calif., and she survives.

Larry was employed with Merillat Cabinetry until his retirement in April of 2009. He was a member of the Morenci American Legion Post 368, enjoyed hunting, and loved Harley Davidson motorcycles and IH, Ford, Allis-Chalmers and Gravely tractors.

In addition to his wife of 51 years, Larry is survived by niece Michelle Williams; great-nephew Steven (and Jolynn) Williams; great-niece Chelsea (and Kyle) Erving; and sisters-in-law Deb Fox, Debbie Toshikian, Sharron (Gary) McCourt; and several other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers David, James and Ron Fox and Herman, Bill and Hubert Garland; sisters Sharon Fox and Shirlene Smith; and nephews David Fallon and Steven Merillat.

Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.

Memorial contributions are suggested to D.A.V. or to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

The Eagle-Marry Funeral Home handled arrangements.



Marilyn Eichler

Marilyn J. Eichler, 85, of Morenci, Mich., died Aug. 3, 2022, at Hospice of Lenawee, in Adrian, Mich.

Marilyn was born July 23, 1937, to Donald and Pearl (Williman) Snow, in Napoleon, Ohio.  She married Robert Eichler on Sept. 25, 1955, at North Dover Church in Wauseon, Ohio. They were married for 58 years before his death in May 2014.

Marilyn was a member of the Medina Federated Church. She enjoyed going to the Morenci Senior Center and playing cards. She also enjoyed gardening and sewing in her spare time.

Marilyn is survived by sons Robert Lynn (and Annette) Eichler of Homestead, Fla., and Kirby (and Gwenda) Eichler of Morenci; daughters Dianna Eichler of Clinton, Mich., and Shelly (and Robert) French of Hudson, Mich., grandchildren Brittney Heilman, Lindsey Eichler, Ashley Eichler, Salem Eichler, Tyler Eichler, Drake Eichler-Kline and Riley Eichler; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Harold and James Snow; sisters Carol Sue Snow, Deloris Gasche and Betty Pao; and two grandchildren, Jason Eichler and Christopher Eichler.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci, with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee or to the Morenci Senior Center.



Julie Kuney

Julie Ellen (Borer) Kuney, 71, of Maumee, Ohio, died July 24, 2022, at home, surrounded by her family.

She was born Oct. 10, 1950, in Wauseon, Ohio to Frederick and Dorthiel (Valentine) Borer. Julie graduated from Evergreen High School in Metamora, Ohio, and the University of Toledo with a bachelor of science in chemistry. She was a long-time employee of the Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio, where she worked as a medical technologist. In 2001, she started her own business, Comfort Keepers, an in-home care company in Toledo, Ohio.

Julie enjoyed spending free time with her large extended family, especially her many nieces and nephews. She was a long-time member of East Chesterfield Church in Lyons, Ohio, where her parents were also members. Julie was also an excellent cook and a huge fan of Detroit Tigers baseball, always listening or watching the games. She traveled extensively with her family and friends, or just with her best friend and love of her life, husband Larry.

Julie is survived by her husband, Larry; son Todd; sisters Carol Gillen, Sara Sinex and Marcia Regan; and brother Philip Borer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son Chad; and brother LeRoy Borer.

Julie was known as a kind, joyful and intelligent person. She was a loving and patient mother, a supportive and caring sister, and a loyal and ever-joyful wife. Always a friend and tireless caregiver, the world is a better place for having had Julie in it. She fought her battle well, with courage, dignity and grace.

Visitation is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., Toledo, where a sharing of memories service will take place at 6:30 p.m. Interment will be private.

Memorial donations are suggested to Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance- give.ocrahope.org.



Kathi Tice-Taylor

Kathi E. Tice-Taylor, 62, of Morenci, Mich., died July 23, 2022, at ProMedica Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio.

She was born July 15, 1960, at Bixby Hospital in Adrian, Mich., to Kelton and Barbara Tice.  On Nov. 1, 1986, she married Paul Taylor in Clayton, Mich., and he survives.

Kathi worked at Lenawee Stamping for approximately 12 years before going to work for Consumers Energy as a meter reader for approximately 14 years. After retiring from Consumers she briefly worked for the Lenawee Department on Aging to help provide care for elderly adults. Kathi loved helping her clients and she became good friends with many of them. Even after a hard day’s work, Kathi would return home and still find time to care for her family and friends.

Kathi’s main passion in life was photography. Everywhere she went she packed her camera alongside her, never wanting to miss a shot. This love for photography grew and she established and operated her own photography business, My Wish Studio, named after her own personal dream to become a photographer.

From senior photos, family shoots, pet photography, and wildlife, Kathi enjoyed taking all kinds of pictures. However, nature and wildlife photography held a special place in her heart. Kathi would drive around in her truck to scope out areas in search of animals and she’d wait patiently for the perfect shot. Listening to the sound of the birds and nature while out in the field  brought her a deep sense of peace and belonging. After each session she’d come home and show everyone all of the beautiful photos she captured. It was a joy seeing her eyes light up when she shared her work with others.

Painting was another passion and she would take every opportunity to spend time in her studio creating beautiful watercolor pieces. Her subjects included nature, animals, and even members of her family. Each unique piece she created carries a special part of herself forever within the artwork that she so lovingly shared with everyone.

Kathi also had a deep love for people and being a breast cancer survivor herself, she offered free photography sessions to cancer patients and their families. In addition, she participated frequently in the Relay For Life to celebrate cancer survivors and patients, encouraging them to fight back and find a cure.

Kathi was known as such a genuine and kind person.

In addition to her husband, Kathi is survived by her mother and step-father Barbara and John Scott; children Blaine and Ashley Taylor; brother Kenny Tice; and aunt Carol Rowley. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Kelton Tice; brother Mike Tice; and sister-in-law Kim Tice.

Visitation is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the funeral home, with interment to follow at Packard Cemetery.  Pastor Darren Lemmon will officiate. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future designation.



Harold "Bumper" perryman

Harold Dee “Bumper” Perryman, 79, of Morenci, Mich., died July 20, 2022, at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio. 

 Bumper was born in Long Lane, Missouri, on March 23, 1943, to the late Melvin M. and Mary E. (Henson) Perryman. He proudly served his country in the United States Army for three years. On Sept. 25, 1965, he married Patricia Willeman in Wauseon, and she survives.  Bumper worked for 48 years at General Broach in Morenci, serving as a foreman and EDM technician, never missing a day’s work, retiring in September 2014. 

 Bumper loved to play cards, especially Euchre and Texas Hold ’Em. He also enjoyed trips to the casino. For approximately 40 years, Bumper and Pat camped at Green Valley Campground in Morenci where he loved to take golf cart rides with his grandchildren. Cooking was another of his pastimes. He was always searching for new recipes to try and was an exceptional cook. 

 Bumper was a faithful friend and would always do anything for anyone, never wanting anything in return. For many years he would take his friends and family on drives through the country when they were unable to drive just to get them out. He loved to hunt mushrooms, travel with his family, and had a love for older country music. Bumper was very interested in technology and was never afraid to try new things. Many problems were solved by YouTube and his favorite game to play on his pad was Candy Crush. 

 He was a member of Morenci Eagles Aerie #1297, the Morenci American Legion Post #368, and a past member of the Masonic Temple.

 In addition to his wife, Pat, Bumper is survived by children Scott (and Crystal) Perryman, Sandra (and Neil) Van Brandt, and Stacy (and Brad) Feltz; grandchildren Dereck (and Shelby) and Nathan Perryman, Austin (and Emily), Ashley, and Allison Van Brandt, Brenen, Bladen (and Michaela), and Braxten Mellon, Aleigha Smith-Perryman, Shawn Feltz, and Jessica (and Charlie) Robinson; great-grandchildren Zander Mellon, Wade and Hattie Van Brandt, and Maverick and Saige Perryman; sisters Shirley Carpenter and Bonnie (and Craig) Bradley; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by step-father Forrest Hunt; brother Everett “Pete” Perryman; brother-in-law Verle Carpenter; and several step-siblings.

Visitation is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 23, and again on Sunday, from 11 a.m until the time of the service. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m., at the Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel, with Pastor Don Krieger, officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Morenci American Legion, Post 368. 

 Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci Eagles or the Morenci American Legion.



John Tejkl

John Joseph “Bomber” Tejkl, 63, of South Rockwood, Mich., died July 16, 2022, at Hospice of Lenawee after a brief battle with lung cancer. 

He was born Jan. 31, 1959, in Adrian, Mich., to John and Charlotte (Mossing) Tejkl. Bomber graduated from Sand Creek High School with the Class of 1977. He retired from Ford Motor Company in 2016 after 28 years of service, where he was a team leader on the door line.

Bomber was considered the “King of Euchre” and was a very competitive player. He guarded his left, right up until the end. He loved to play the lotto daily, often making friends with local gas station clerks and others buying their daily tickets. He was very much a people person, and would talk to any stranger, and go out of his way to help people. 

Bomber is survived by his son Joshua J. Tejkl of Adrian and Joshua’s mother, Bonnie Tejkl; his companion of 10 years, Cynthia Slatten with whom he loved to travel, visit local casinos and Bingo halls; siblings Bill (and Michelle) Tejkl of Angola, Ind., Helen Tejkl, Ted (and Kim) Powers of Sand Creek, Patty (and Eric) Bubel of Heath, Ohio, and Karen (and Todd) McMordie of Manitou Beach, Mich.; along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members.  

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 7 p.m. July 22 at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home in Adrian. A funeral ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at the funeral home. Additional visitation is scheduled at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service. Cremation will follow.  

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee.



Donald Sly

Donald George Sly, 90, of Fayette, Ohio, died June 21, 2022, after a prolonged encounter with cancer.

Don was born Feb. 28, 1932, to Edna and Lyndon Sly. He lived in Fayette from the age of five when his family moved from Toledo to Fayette to farm. He was a 1950 graduate of Gorham Fayette High School where he was a standout athlete on the basketball and baseball teams. He farmed and had a small dairy herd with his father and later his son, Joe, joined him in farming. He married his high school sweetheart, Grace Eckert in 1952.

Don was someone you could look up to, literally and figuratively. He was kind and gentle with a distinctive voice in a powerful 6-foot-plus frame. Don could fix just about anything using his huge collection of tools – which he alone could locate. He was also known for his knot-tying ability learned in FFA and used throughout his 90 years, and also for his light, fluffy pancakes.

After farming, Don worked in maintenance at Hayes-Albion and then at Sauder where he maintained forklifts. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Fayette and then in Wauseon when the lodges merged. He was also a member and elder of the Fayette Christian Church.

Don enjoyed his grandchildren and especially delighted in the great-grandchildren and always had ice cream for them, even without parental approval.

In addition to his wife, Don is survived by daughter Susan Sly Burke; daughter-in-law Linda Sly; grandchildren Rachel Putnam (and Ralph Rupp), Anjanette DuSold, George DuSold, Ben (and Jamie) Sly, Trevor (and Kayla) Sly, Carli (and Eli) Decker, Phillip Gamboe, Ward (and Aundrea) Gamboe, Logan (and Alyssa) Gamboe; great-grandchildren Zachery Putnam; Braylon, Brogan and Bexsly Sly; Brianna Feathers, Landyn and Lyneah Sly; Daniel and Charlotte Grace Decker; Cailynn, Ariya and Demi Jo Gamboe; Benjamin, Alaina and Ramsey Gamboe; Koen Gamboe.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; brother Richard who died in infancy; sister Lillian Wells; daughter Becky Sly DuSold; son Joe Sly; and niece Sandy Wells Klingler.

Visitation is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Fayette Christian Church. A Masonic service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 3 p.m. with Pastor Vicki Schnitkey.

Donations are suggested to Fayette Christian Church or the Fayette (Ohio) Opera House.

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



Thomas Pobanz

Thomas Dean Pobanz, 73, of Morenci, Mich., died June 16, 2022, at his home.


 Tom was born Dec. 28, 1948, in Wauseon, Ohio, to Dorothy Clark and was a life-long resident of Morenci. Carl Pobanz adopted Tom when he married Dorothy.

After graduating from Morenci Area High School, Tom entered the Navy. After his service he worked in several factories in Morenci with 22 years of service at Morenci Engineered Rubber Products, until it closed. After several more factory jobs, he finished his working career at Wauseon Walmart as the counter person in Tire Lube Express.

Tom married Theresa Bates on May 16, 1981, and she survives.

Cremation has occurred and a small remembrance ceremony will be planned in the fall.



Frederick Tredway

Frederick “Fred” Tredway, 97, lifelong farmer and resident of Lyons, Ohio, died peacefully in his home June 19, 2022, surrounded by his family.

Fred was born Jan. 11, 1925, in Lyons to Harry and Beulah (Fetterman) Tredway. Following graduation, Fred joined the United States Navy and was a World War II Veteran.

Fred was a 72-year member of the Masons of Ohio-Wauseon Lodge #349 and served as Past Master. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Order of Eastern Star, and the Wauseon American Legion Post #265.

After 25 years of farming, Fred fulfilled his dream of owning and raising Percherons draft horses. He showed them at county fairs and drove them in parades. Another fond hobby of his was caning chairs.

Fred married his first wife, Marcella Fruchey, in Lyons in 1946. They had three children, Michael (and Elizabeth) Tredway, Molly (and Jack) Lugbill and Matthew (and Evelyn) Tredway; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Fred is also survived by his second wife, Beatrice “Bea” whom he married in 1970. He is also survived by his stepdaughter Linda (and Joe) Miller and stepson William (and Bobbie) Simpkins; four step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; brother Horace (and Liz) Tredway; sister Elizabeth Rowland; and many nieces and nephews.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; son Michael Tredway; son-in law Jack Graf and brother-in-law Elvin Rowland.

Visitation is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora, where a Masonic Service will begin at 6:45 p.m. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, with Pastor Heather Schimmel officiating. Interment, with military rites, will follow at Amboy Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Lyons Fire Department, Lyons Christian Church or Wauseon Masonic Lodge, # 349.



Doris powell

Doris Powell, 90, of Coldwater, Mich., formerly of Morenci, Mich., died June 6, 2022, at her home with her daughter and family.

Doris was born Oct. 23, 1931, at her parents’ home on Dewey Lake in Michigan. She was the oldest child of Harold and Alma (Archer) McKee. On April 3, 1948, Doris married the love of her life, Lloyd Powell. She and Lloyd lived and worked on their rural farms in Morenci for 65 years. In those early years, Doris could be found helping with hauling the grain to the elevator, or any number of jobs needed on the farm

For many years, Doris was the owner/operator of Dor-E-LL’s beauty salon in Morenci. Her passion was her extracurricular activity — bowling. She had been the local secretary and president of the Morenci Women's Bowling Association. Doris was inducted as a life member and also inducted into the Morenci Bowling Hall of Fame in 1988. The Women’s International Bowling Congress awarded Doris for her 35 years of attending national tournaments, and the Michigan Women’s Bowling Association Tournament presented her with a 40-year award for her years of participation.

She was a member of the Morenci Eagles and served in many positions including Madam President. Her devotion as a member of the Eagles led her to become an active officer at the state level. She also enjoyed membership in the Morenci Sportsman’s Club. Doris enjoyed watching her husband, Lloyd, participate in the clay shooting sport at the club.

Doris is survived by her daughter, Susan Merkle, of Coldwater; grandchildren Tiffany (and Rick) Fillmore and Thomas (and Shantell) Merkle, both of Quincy, Mich.; great-grandchildren Brody, Cady, Kody, Lucas, Maliyah and Brantley; siblings Earl (and Carol) McKee of Florida, Shirley Mutter and Phyllis Goldsmith of Alabama, and Donald (and Gloria) McKee of Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her husband; brother John McKee and sister in-law Marie of Rockwood, Mich.; and brothers-in-law George Mutter and Orville Goldsmith.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at Eagle Marry Funeral Home in Morenci, with Bill VanValkenberg officiating. Visitation is planned for one hour before the service Saturday, beginning at 10. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Additional visitation is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Eagle Funeral Home George White Chapel in Quincy.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for a bowling scholarship in Doris’s name.



Dana Schoonover

Dana Schoonover, 79, of Hudson, Mich., died June 6, 2022, at her home.

Dana was born Jan. 2, 1943, in Lyons, Ohio, the daughter of John and Irene (Fallor) Whipple. On July 2, 1960, Dana married Glenn I. Schoonover and he preceded her in death May 29, 1991. She was briefly employed at Morenci Rubber Products before deciding to stay home and care for her family. She was a member of Medina Federated Church. Dana always had a smile on her face, loved spending time with her family, loved animals of all kinds, and enjoyed collecting dolls.

Dana is survived her by daughters Teresa Keller of Montpelier, Ohio, and Lisa Hemmer of Grand Rapids, Mich.; six grandchildren, Cameron Garza, Heather Davis, Brandy Frank, Calista Garza, Anthony Hemmer and Matthew Hemmer; one sister, Donna Fox of Adrian, Mich.; one brother, Gary Whipple of Adrian; and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; son Rollin Schoonover; and brother Leslie Whipple.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at Medina Federated Church, with additional visitation starting at 10:00. Pastor Darren Lemmon will officiate and burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Lenawee County Humane Society.



Wayne Williams

Wayne Revere Williams, 94, a lifelong resident of Fayette, Ohio, died June 5, 2022, at CHP Inpatient Hospice in Defiance, Ohio.

Born July 30, 1927, in Pioneer, Ohio, he was the son of Paul and Goldie (Mercer) Williams. Wayne graduated from Gorham Fayette High School with the class of 1945, after serving as class president. He immediately enlisted in the United States Navy, serving during World War II at the Great Lakes Naval Center He earned the the World War II Victory Ribbon before his honorable discharge. Upon returning to Fayette, he married the former Verna Mae Flory on April 30, 1949, at the Wauseon First Christian Church.

Wayne was known as a hard worker, and always had gainful employment throughout his life. In adolescence, he gathered and sold corncobs at the mill, sold magazine subscriptions, and raked leaves. Early in adulthood, he worked various jobs including a millwright at Menna Welding in Toledo, performed carpentry for Bill Boyers, and worked for several years at the General Motors Plant in Defiance. He then locally worked for Bob Vine at the Sohio Gas station before being a dealer himself for 23 years. In 1977, he began employment with the Village of Fayette, working at the water department before his retirement in 1989.

Wayne was always involved in his community. He served as bank director for Farmers State Bank in the 1960s, then Tiffin Valley National Bank for 15 years, and was on the advisory board when the same bank transitioned to First National Bank. He was a member of the American Legion John Dale Post 143, lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge 349, 50-year member of the Fayette United Methodist Church, Wauseon Elks Club and Fayette Chamber of Commerce, and was a faithful supporter of the Fayette Athletic Boosters. He and Verna were crowned King and Queen of the Fayette Bullthistle Festival in 1953, and was deservedly awarded Citizen of the Year in 2015.

Wayne loved to travel to Florida and Arizona, and was proud to have been present for the groundbreaking of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. He enjoyed model airplanes, gardening, and playing cards, specifically euchre, hearts and bug. His greatest aspiration in life was to have a loving family and provide for their every need, and to meet the public in honest and faithful service in all his occupations over the years.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 73 years are son Mark Williams of Fayette; sister Dorothy Clark of Angola, Ind.; daughter-in-law Susan Williams of Fayette; grandchildren Mason Williams of De Pere, Wis., and Maren Williams of Fayette; great-grandson Wyatt Williams; nephews Scot Clark and Vince Clark; and niece Debbie Clark.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Michael Williams, and a brother-in-law, Brice Clark.

A celebration of Wayne’s life is planned at noon Friday, June 10, at the Fayette UMC Family Life Center, with Pastor Jeff Bandy officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. until the service begins, and fellowship will continue immediately after the service during a luncheon that will be served. Interment will take place at a later date in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were handled by Wagley Funeral Home, Adrian.



Donna Baker

Donna Lee Baker, 93, formerly of Morenci, Mich., died May 29, 2022, at Hampton Manor in Dundee, Mich.

 Donna was born Sept. 18, 1928, in Waldron, Mich., to Otis and Mable (Robison) Borton. On March 27, 1948, she married the love of her life, Walter J. Baker, in Angola, Ind., and he preceded her in death in 2020.

Donna worked for many years as a nurse’s aide at Detwiler Manor in Wauseon, Ohio.

Apart from her work, those who loved her will remember her most for the enjoyment she found in crocheting, sewing and reading. She was an active member of both the Morenci American Legion and the VFW. Aside from her hobbies and social engagements, she found the most enjoyment in  spending time with those whom she loved, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 Donna is survived by daughters, Peggy (and Brad) Jones, Idris (and Richard) Gurica, Dena (and Bill) Sauter, Denise (and Joseph) Calevro, Sally (and Hal) Holubik, and Veronica (and Dan) Perry; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Bruce Baker; brothers Dean, Paul, Max and Norman Borton; and her most cherished sister, Idris Roan.

 A Sharing-of-Memories Service is planned at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian, Visitation will proceed the service, beginning at 11 a.m. Internment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to ProMedica Hospice.



Betty Weaver

Betty Marie Weaver, 94, of rural Fayette, Ohio, died May 27, 2022, at Hillside Country Living near Bryan, Ohio, where she had resided for several years.

Betty was born Jan. 3, 1928, in Fayette, the daughter of Carl and Anna (King) Stockburger.

Betty was a 1946 graduate of Fayette and was a lifelong resident of her family farm. She married Wayne D. Weaver on April 17, 1948, in Fayette, and he preceded her in death Dec. 24, 2003.

Betty furthered her education at Fort Wayne International Business School, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Toledo, where she ultimately earned a master’s degree in education. She served her working career of 28 years with the Gorham-Fayette School District where she served as a reading teacher at the former Franklin Elementary School.

A lifelong devoted member of the Fayette Church of the Nazarene, Betty served as its pianist for more than 50 years, as well as represented its administration by serving tenures as a secretary and treasurer. She also presided over the Nazarene World Missionary Society and served as its district secretary. In addition to her love of music, she was an avid reader and loved to decorate the interior of her home, especially during the holiday seasons.

Surviving are three daughters, Nancy (and Rodney) Denham of High Springs, Fla., Paulette (and Mark) Polley of West Unity, Ohio, and Melody (and Philip) Zuver of Bryan; sister Barb Croninger of Archbold, Ohio; sister-in-law Carol Stockburger of Archbold; four grandchildren, Jennifer (and Steve) Redmer of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Kristin (and Brian) Smith of Atlanta, Ga., Betsy (and Johnnie) Torres of Bryan, and Michael (and Danae) Polley of Bryan; and nine great-grandchildren, Lauryn, Joshua, Rylan, Turner, Arianna, Brendan, Teagan, Kate and Eli.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Stockburger, and a brother-in-law, Marlin Croninger.

Visitation is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Fayette Church of the Nazarene. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m., officiated by Pastor Andy Reynard. Interment will follow in the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

 Memorial contributions are suggested to Fayette Church of the Nazarene or the Gideons. 

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



Kyle Wilson

Kyle Matthew Wilson, 27, of Morenci, Mich., died May 26, 2022.

Kyle was born Feb. 23, 1995, in Wauseon, Ohio, the son of Matthew and Janis (Horner) Wilson. He was a graduate of Morenci Area High School. Kyle loved his family, especially his kids, with all his heart. He was a jokester, however, his sisters say he wasn’t very good at it. He had a big heart and loved to read.

In addition to his mother, Kyle is survived by three sons, Hagen, Holden and Hayze Wilson, all of Fayette; two sisters, Courtney (and Shivam) Tapiawala and Chelsea (and Jacob Simmons) Constance; grandparents Mike and Stacy Wilson of Morenci and Dennis and Kris Swartz of Hudson; aunts and uncles Miranda Giberson, Ashley Wilson, Jason and Luke Wilson and their families; nieces and nephews Aryen Tapiawala and Peyton and Owen Crowder.

He was preceded in death by his father and Charles and Joyce Horner.

Visitation is planned from 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, until the time of service at noon at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci. Pastors William VanValkenburg and Jon Ruse will officiate. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to Stacy Wilson for the future needs of Kyle’s children.



Sally (Moine) Allen

On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, Sally (Moine) Allen died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 81, after a brief illness.

Sally was born Dec. 23, 1940, in Hudson, Mich., to Ralph and Elizabeth (Fisher) Moine. Though christened Sarah Jane, she was always affectionally known as Sally to her family and friends.

Sally grew up in Morenci, Mich., and attended both Morenci High School and St. Joseph’s Academy in Adrian. She received her secondary education at Katherine Gibbs School in New York City and spent her life in various cities around the world including Montego Bay, Jamaica, Miami, Florida and, lastly, Toledo, Ohio.

She made friends and established roots wherever she landed, as her sense of humor and flair for storytelling solidly touched everyone with whom she came into contact. Sally had a knack for filling the room with love and laughter, always regaling family and friends with stories from her world travels and unique experiences. Sally always had a twinkle in her eye, and she shared that twinkle with everyone.

Sally was an avid lover of animals and held a very special place in her heart for cats. She loved her many pets, known as her “fur babies,” with an ardor and compassion that was and remains unmatched. Sally was very passionate about the ASPCA and supported their work whenever possible. Donations to the ASPCA in Sally’s memory will touch her up in heaven.

Sally is survived by her sister Judith (Moine) Donaldson of Woburn, Mass.; nephew Broderick Donaldson of Big Sky, Mont.; nieces Elizabeth Donaldson of Toledo and Shawn (Donaldson) Macannuco of Winchester, Mass.; many great-nephews, a great-niece, and several great-great-nieces.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Allie Herman

Allie Marie Herman, 16, passed away peacefully May 22, 2022, surrounded by her family, after living with cancer for three and a half years.

Allie was born May 26, 2005, in Wauseon, Ohio, to Kent and Amy (Link) Herman. Allie was a sophomore at Fayette High School and a member of the Student Council, FFA and National Honor Society. Allie loved school and loved to be involved in everything she could. Allie especially loved FFA and everything that went along with it. She was proud to be a member of the officer team, loved participating in contests and going to the national convention. Allie also enjoyed swimming, camping, driving her car “Pearl,” playing video games, all things Star Wars and Marvel, and spending time with friends and family.

Allie had a rare determination and an unmatched ability to persevere. She adapted to each challenge she was faced with. Growing up, Allie enjoyed playing many sports including softball, basketball and her favorite, volleyball. When those sports weren't an option anymore, she learned to golf and earned her varsity letter her freshman year as well as the award for “Most Committed,” doing so while on chemotherapy. Before cancer, Allie also enjoyed showing feeder calves in 4-H. After she had leg surgery and couldn’t show calves, she tried her hand at something new and took a cake decorating project. She even took her supplies to the hospital to practice the different techniques while inpatient. Her hard work paid off and she was the county winner. She also was chosen the 2021 Fulton County Beef Queen where she once again was able to spend time in the show arena.

In her far-too-short 16 (almost 17) years, Allie demonstrated a grace that one can only hope to aspire to. She was determined to never give up and fought with everything she had. She endured so much, and throughout it all her love for God grew.

Allie is survived by her parents, Kent and Amy; her older brother Brayden; grandparents Kevin and Denise Link, Laura and Steve Knapp, Chuck and Kim Herman; great-grandmother Eleanor Herman; aunts and uncles Jennifer and Jeran Storrs, Kyle and Katie Link, and Kellie Dunson; and cousins, Demi, Kelsie and Josie Storrs, Kamy and Kassi Link, and Colton and Garrett; and many great-aunts and -uncles.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Curtis and Joy Link, and Marion and Marilyn Ricker, Edwin Herman and John and Thelma Strup.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at True North Church in Wauseon, with Pastor Rex Stump officiating. Interment will follow in the West Franklin Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled at the church on Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be given to the Benefit Account for Allie Herman at the Farmers and Merchants State Bank for a memorial scholarship in her name to be set up in the future, or to pediatric cancer research.

Joseph sly

Joseph Lee Sly, 68, of Fayette, Ohio, died May 23, 2022.

Joe was born March 24, 1954, in Morenci, Mich., the first child of Don and Grace Sly. He lived his entire life in Fayette. He graduated from Gorham Fayette High School in 1973; was an FFA State Farmer and passed down his jacket to his daughter, Carli, when she was in FFA. He was a 4-H kid with crop projects and steers, and later a proud father as his kids showed pigs, feeder calves and rabbits in 4-H. He loved the Fulton County Fair, but going to the fair with him was torture – he seemed to know everyone, and they all wanted to stop and talk, trade jibes, and share a laugh.

Joe made and kept friends throughout life, from high school to the guys he worked out with at the gym. Geographically, he had friends all around. A drive with Joe within a 100-mile radius of Fayette could turn into a construction tour as he pointed out the pole barn he worked on, the factory floor he poured - it seemed he had a hand in concrete everywhere. He worked construction for most of his career with Krueger Construction. Even though he retired two years ago, he still did many side jobs, often with sons Ben and Trevor. Although he worked construction, Joe was, at heart, a farmer who loved the land and John Deere equipment. Nothing was more beautiful to him than a good field of corn.

Joe married Nancy Hardy in 1983 and they shared three children, Rachel, Ben and Trevor. In 1993 he met and eventually married Linda Bishop and they shared daughter Carli and Linda’s children from her previous marriage: Phillip, Ward Thomas and Logan. Growing up, Joe always wanted a large family, and he enjoyed his seven children and 17 grandchildren. His grandchildren adored their Papa Joe who gladly made time to attend sporting events, dance recitals, and just spend time with them. His children and many others knew they could count on him, and no matter what, he would love them fiercely.

He is survived by his wife Linda Bishop Sly; parents Don and Grace Sly; sister Susan Sly Burke; children Rachel Putnam (and Ralph Rupp), Ben (and Jamie) Sly, Trevor (and Kayla) Sly, Carli (and Eli) Decker, Phillip Gamboe, Ward (and Aundrea) Gamboe, Logan (and Alyssa) Gamboe; grandchildren Zachery Putnam, Braylon, Brogan and Bexsly Sly, Brianna Feathers, Landyn and Lyneah Sly; Daniel and Charlotte Decker; Cailynn, Ariya and Demi Jo Gamboe; Benjamin, Alaina and Ramsey Gamboe; Koen Gamboe; and many nieces and nephews.

Joe was preceded in death by his sister, Becky Sly DuSold; granddaughter Kloe Lynn Gamboe; and cousin Sandy Wells Klingler.

Visitation at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home is planned from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 26. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the Family Life Center, with Pastor Gene Sugg officiating. The family will greet friends beginning at noon. Internment will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

Donations can be made to the family or donor’s choice. In honor of Joe, take time to visit with a family member or friend — the most precious gift you can share.

Terry Ely

Terry Marvin Ely, 72, of Adrian, Mich., died March 22, 2022, at ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital.

Terry was born Dec. 20, 1949, in Morenci, Mich., the son of Marvin and Marjorie (Keller) Ely. On June 19, 1993, in Adrian, Terry married Mary Jane Decker. He had been employed as a truck driver with Keller Supply, becoming self-employed after Keller Supply closed in 1993. He retired in 2013.

Terry enjoyed farming, golfing, watching NASCAR, and the Young and the Restless. Terry will be remembered by his family as a very kind, loving, and quiet man.

Terry is survived by his wife of 28 years, Mary Ely; his mother, Marjorie; two stepsons, Jason (and Kim) Decker of Hudson and Steve (and Luci) Decker of Adrian; five grandchildren, Camryn and Dane Raper, Lydia, Winnie, and Tyler Decker; two sisters, Karen Londo of South Carolina and Jan (and Dick) Coveney of Manitou Beach, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers-in-law, Doug Londo and Greg Sprague.

Cremation has taken place.

Mary Weiss

Mary E. Weiss, 86, of Wauseon, Ohio, passed into the arms of Jesus May 22, 2022, at her home.

She was born Sept. 21, 1935, in Morenci, Mich., the daughter of Frank and Leona (Cottrell) Ramseyer. She married John F. Weiss on  April 4, 1964, in Lyons, Ohio, and he survives.

Mary loved the Lord with all her heart and was a good Christian. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Mayflower, and she was very proud of the fact that she was related to Julia Childs, President Bush, and several other famous people. She was an excellent homemaker and cook, and loved to do crafts and paint.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Tommy Ramseyer.

Visitation is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel, with the funeral service beginning at 1. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.

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

Walter Sell

Walter Dean (Walt) Sell, 67, of Adrian, Mich., and died April 13, 2022.

Walt was born Oct. 2, 1954, and grew up on the family farm near Morenci, Mich. He graduated from Morenci Area High School where he enjoyed music and played in the school band.

 After high school Walt tried several occupations including factory jobs, selling insurance, food service, working at a music store, and playing and singing in a band. He always came back to his lifelong love of music. 

He studied and became an accomplished guitarist and composer. He gave lessons and taught others to play the guitar. Walt also enjoyed hunting for and playing vinyl records and adding them to his large collection. He loved watching movies and could quote famous lines from many of them. In later years, he spent much time studying the Bible and discussing it with others.

Walt is survived by his son Brenton Sell of Traverse City and Cadillac, Mich.; brother Roger (and Connie) Sell of Napoleon, Ohio; sister Shirley (and Neil) Foreman of Jersey Village, Texas; sister Delores Wurst of Saline, Mich.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth Sell and Lynette Studer Sell, and brother-in-law Walter Wurst.  

Visitation is planned from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 2, at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home in Adrian, followed by a celebration of life service beginning at 11, with Pastor Doug Leith officiating. Burial of cremains will take place in Lenawee Hills Memorial Park, Adrian.

 Memorial donations are suggested to the Gideons International or Hospice of Lenawee.

Arrangements were handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.



John Gillen

John Carl Gillen, 88, went home to be with Jesus on May 17, 2022.

John was born April 27, 1934, to Elwood William Gillen and Wilma Blance (Hart) Gillen at the family farm. He graduated from Morenci High School as an honor student.  For 10 years John farmed his grandparents’ farm. He also drove a milk route, meeting farmers with his winning smile. 

On Sept. 4, 1953, he married the love of his life, Jane Keefer, in Angola, Ind. The opportunity came for him to work at Decker Hardware in Morenci and after seven years John and Jane bought the store and ran it while raising their children, Judy, John S., and Michael. After 22 years they sold out the store and John moved on to Stevenson Lumber in Adrian where he worked for 10 years. John was a member of Morenci Bible Fellowship in Morenci.

Besides his wife and son John (and Audrey) Gillen, John is survived by his sister Janis (and George) Becker; daughter-in-law Karen (and Michael) Gillen; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. 

 He was preceded in death by his parents; two siblings, Joanne Stiverson and James E. Gillen; daughter Judy Kauffman; and son Michael. 

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, May 23, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci, with Pastor Jim Yatzek officiating. Visitation is planned at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.

Richard o'Brien

Richard K. O’Brien, 65, of Morenci, Mich., died May 19, 2022, at Charles and Virginia Hickman ProMedica Hospital in Adrian. 

He was born Aug. 15, 1956, in Wauseon, Ohio, to Alvin and Barbara (Gault) O’Brien. On Sept. 12, 1981, he married Charlene Barden and she survives. 

Richard was a man of many likes and talents. A true outdoorsman, he loved to hunt and fish, as well as tend to his garden. He could build anything for anyone and loved to help people. Richard was a down to earth county boy at heart and farmed for many years. He loved to travel — exploring and trying new things — as well as vacationing in Florida. Perhaps his most favorite thing was his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by children Brian (and Renae) O’Brien and Brandy (and James) Benfante; grandchildren Madelyn, Steven, Nicholas, Jacqulyne, Kaleigh, Drake, Emilee, Brooklyn, Savannah, Danica and Brilee; great-grandson Dante; and sisters Roxann Skelton, Jackie VonSeggern, Leisa Kern and Julie Powell.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William O’Brien.

Visitation is planned from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel. At 1 p.m., a procession to Lime Creek East Cemetery will take place for graveside services, with Pastor Darren Lemmon officiating.

Memorial donations are suggested to the family for future designation. 

Susan jones

Susan Jones, 73, of Morenci, Mich., died May 17, 2022, at her home in Morenci.

Sue was born Sept. 6, 1948, in Hudson, Mich., to Robert Amos and Barbara Jean (Vankin) Gibbs. 

Sue loved to read and spend time with her family and friends.  She mostly loved to spend time with her grandkids.

She is survived by her long-time partner, Jim Jones; daughter Barbie (and John) Kolodica; grandchildren Kennedy, John-Walter, and Mason Kolodica; and many other family members.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charles Gibbs.

Cremation will take place and graveside services are planned at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Maple Grove Cemetery in Hudson. 

Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee. 

Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci handled arrangements.

Shirley Speelman

Shirley F. Speelman, 84, of Morenci, Mich., died May 11, 2022, at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio.

Shirley was born Oct. 18, 1937, in Lyons, Ohio, the daughter of Earl and Dora (Schafer) Simpkins. Shirley was a 1955 graduate of Morenci High School. On March 24, 1956, she married Earl “John” Speelman and he survives.

In addition to her husband, Shirley is survived by children Ken (and Jackie) Speelman and Cindy (and Steve) Crowell; grandchildren Stacy (and Stephen) Fiddie, Justin (and Dawn) Crowell, Jessica (and Greg) Negrete, Kayla Speelman, KC Speelman, and Shane (and Kayla) Speelman; nine great-grandchildren; and siblings Betty Hall, Barbara Baker, Beverly (and Mike) Cowell, Sharon Schmidt, and Maurice (and Nancy) Simpkins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Arnold Simpkins, Ronald Simpkins and Lanny Simpkins; sister Wanda Anderson; and grandson Clint Crowell.

Visitation is planned from 11 a.m. Monday, May 16, until the service at 1 p.m. at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel.  Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci. Rev. William Van Valkenburg will officiate.  

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association.

Rita McCowan

Rita Faye McCowan, 70, of Morenci, Mich., passed into the loving arms of her Savior on Tuesday, May 4, 2022, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. 

She was born in Morenci on March 23, 1952, to Johnny and Thelma (Sing) Henson. On June 24, 1972, in Morenci, she married James McCowan, and he survives. Rita was self-employed, providing in-home care to those in need. 

Rita was a member of Blissfield Baptist Church. In the Christian spirit, she had compassion for those around her, never passing judgement on anyone and always putting the needs of others before her own. Family was also important to Rita. She loved spending as much time as she could with them, and loved watching Ohio State Football with her grandson, Dalton. Her dogs, Christmas and cooking were also passions of hers.  Her family says she made the absolute best fried chicken and biscuits and gravy.  Rita also loved to dance, go to garage sales, play Bingo and go to the casino.

She is survived by her husband James; children Chris (and Jodi) McCowan and Rachel (and Jeremy) Johnson; grandchildren Dalton and Justis (and Austin Gilson) McCowan and Hayden Lee Johnson; and sisters Cathy (and Jeff) Sallows and Linda Sue Hobbs. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Eldon and Ward Hough; sister Wilma Schoonover; and brother-in-law Jon Hobbs.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 9, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel. Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Pastor Tom Frantz officiating. Interment will follow in Packard Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future designation.

Winnie Kast

Winnie Kast, 85, of Wauseon, Ohio, died May 1, 2022.

She was born Edwinnie Smatts on Dec. 8,1936, and graduated from Chesterfield High School in 1955. She worked at multiple factories, including Handy & Harmon, and worked nearly 30 years as a waitress in Fayette, Ohio. Winnie loved teddy bears and hummingbirds, and enjoyed puzzles, bingo, and playing games with her friends and family. 

She is survived by two daughters, Vicki Wheeler and Kandy (and Troy) Wood; grandson Wesley (and Kristin) Kast; granddaughter Kendra (and Rodney) Tussinger; younger sister Myrna Bates; great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews.

Winnie was preceded in death by seven older siblings and son-in-law Fred Wheeler.

Winnie did not wish to have a funeral and asked that her remains be cremated. Family and friends are welcomed to attend a memorial gathering at the Fayette American Legion at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Dementia Society of America (by mail: PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901 or online: www.DementiaSociety.org/donate).

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

allen johnson

Allen “Al” L. Johnson, 86, of St. Joseph, Mich., formerly of Belding, Mich., died April 15, 2022, in St. Joseph, Mich.

Al was born Aug. 23, 1935, to Ernie W. and Adeline P. Pieplow in Adrian, Mich.

Al graduated from Morenci High School in 1954. While in high school he was active in and enjoyed sports. He attended Adrian College and graduated in 1960 from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. In 1975 he attended Wayne State Medical School and became the first mortician in Berrien County, Mich., to qualify for the procedure of eye enucleation.

Al had a lifelong career in funeral service, starting in 1956 at the Braun Funeral Home in Adrian. In 1961 Al and his family moved to Benton Harbor working at Florin Funeral Home. When living in St. Joseph he worked from 1963 to 1984 at the Kerley and Starks Funeral Home and was named manager in 1968. In September 1984 Al purchased the Charles M. Courser Funeral Home in Belding.  In 2000 he sold Johnson Funeral Home to Bruce Feuerstein.  He continued to work at the Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home until 2008 when he moved back to St. Joseph to be with family. 

Al was a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

Always civic minded, Al was involved in the communities that he lived. While living in St. Joseph he was a member of Lions Club, vice president of the North Lincoln Little League, a member of Napier Parkview Baptist Church and most recently the First Baptist Church of St. Joseph. In retirement Al loved serving on the St. Joseph Cemetery Board and taking advantage of the beautiful sunsets at Lions Park. 

In Belding he was a member of the library board, Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, and Belding First Baptist Church. He served as Grand Marshall of the Labor Day Parade. For many years he has been a member of the Oldsmobile Club of America, driving and displaying his 1969 Cutlass Convertible in the annual Lansing car show.

Al is survived by his son Barcley (and Lori) of St. Joseph and granddaughter Parker; sisters Marlene (and Doug) Livingston of Adrian, Eileen Cadoo of Hudson, Mich., Karen Arquette of Adrian, Marilyn Bryant of Morenci, and Janet (and Gary) Walter of Adrian; brothers Larry (and Peggy) Johnson of Hudson, and Kenneth (and Joyce) Johnson of Sand Creek. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Virginia and husband Robert MacGeorge, Elaine and husband Wm. Smith; brothers Richard and wife Ilah Johnson and Loren Johnson; brothers-in-law George Bryant, Delmar Cadoo and Keith Arquette; and granddaughter Hadley Johnson.

Visitation is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 9, at Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding.  Interment and a private family service will be at held on Tuesday, May 10, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci, with Pastor William Van ValkenBurg of the Canandaigua Community Church officiating.

Memorials may be given to St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation for Student Mental Health Awareness, the Belding Public Library, or the Canandaigua Community Church in Morenci. 

Carol Simpkins

Carol Simpkins, 78, of Morenci, Mich., died April 17, 2022, at her daughter’s house where she had been living since August 2021, surrounded by her daughter and son-in-law.

Carol was born May 7, 1943, to Harold and Evelyn (Dilyard) Shadbolt. She attended Blood School, Clayton School, and later Morenci School. On June 26, 1983, Carol married Lanny “Butch” Simpkins at First Congregational Church of Morenci. For many years, she worked at Little People’s Place as a cook, retiring in 2004.

Aside from work, she was a member of the American Legion Post #368 and a dedicated member of the Medina Federated Church. Carol found great enjoyment in baking, puzzles and the Empty Nesters Group at her church. Above all, she loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, making sure she made it to every possible sporting event.

Carol is survived by children Michael (and Robin) Wilson of Waterford, Mich., Carrie (and Dan) Joughin of Hudson, Mich., Colleen Smith (and Amanda) of Garden City, Mich; step-children Bruce Simpkins of Butler, Ind., and Colleen (and Todd) Vanderpool of Morenci; brother Harold “Pete” (and Janet) Shadbolt of Bryan, Ohio; brother-in-law John Simpkins of Morenci; sister Sharon Robinson of Adrian, Mich.; sisters-in-law Betty Hall, Shirley Speilman, and Sharon Schmidt, all of Morenci, Barbara Baker and Bea Treadway of Lyons, Ohio, and Beverly Cowell of Akron, Ind.; grandchildren Justin (and Ashley) Joughin, Emily (and Todd) Patriquin, Casey (and Jennie) Wilson, Kate (and Samuel) Butterfield, Katelyn (and Jacob) Pennington, Dana (and Alex) Craig, Julia (and Kyle) Middleditch, Parker Wilson, and Tyler Bishop; step-grandchildren Gavin Vanderpool, Erin (and Daiton) Lemmon, Dillon Simpkins, and Alliana Morgan; and great-grandchildren Evelyn, Drew, Maddox, Ben, Abby, Ward, Leah, Leo, Griffin, Fennec and Owen.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lanny Simpkins; sisters Beverly Wilson and Kathleen Hall; brothers-in-law Arnold and Ronald Simpkins; sister-in-law Wanda Anderson; and nephew Mark Shadbolt.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci. Visitation is also scheduled from 10 a.m. until noon Monday when funeral service begin at Medina Federated Church. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Medina Federated Church.

dewayne Rendel

DeWayne C. Rendel, 91, of Morenci, Mich., died at his residence Friday, April 15, 2022, surrounded by his family.

He was born Oct. 15, 1930, in Adrian, Mich., Curtis and Velma (Grubbs) Rendel. On Oct. 21, 1951, he married Joan Yeagley in Hudson, Mich., and she preceded him in death Sept. 26, 2015. 

After the death of his father, DeWayne left school to help his mother attend to his eight siblings. He entered the United States Navy in March 1949 and served his county for the next four years, being discharged in December 1953. 

DeWayne ran two service stations in Morenci until he and his wife founded Rendel Oil Company. They operated the business together for the next 57 years.

DeWayne loved government. He served on Morenci City Council for approximately four years before serving as mayor of Morenci from 1971 through 1981. He was also a member of the Regional Planning Commission and the Merry Lake Property Board. DeWayne and Joan were named Citizens of the Year in Morenci in 1999.

In his free time, DeWayne enjoyed talking to people and carried on conversations with anyone he met. He loved to fish and was a garage sale shopper extraordinaire. He was known for buying trailers just to carry his garage sale treasures home. Spending winters in Florida and summers at Merry Lake were also passions for DeWayne and Joan. He was a member of the Morenci American Legion Post 368, the Morenci Sportsman’s Club, and the Fairfield Masonic Lodge. 

DeWayne is survived by children Stan (and Marilyn) Rendel, Diane (and Jim) Johnston, Gail (and Leonard) Cleghorn, and Teresa (and Matt) Barrett; grandchildren Chris (and JoDee) Johnston, Lindsay (and Steve) Klein, Shane Cleghorn, Kerri (and Jason Brooks) Cleghorn, Zachary Rendel, Riley (and Libby) Barrett, and Brooke (and Ryan) Summers; great-grandchildren Cooper and Sutton Johnston, Carter and Addison Klein, Abigail and Wyleia Brooks, Sofia Summers and Annabelle Barrett; brother Curtis (and Janice) Rendel; sister Marion Miller; and sister-in-law Mary Jo Brewer. 

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by brothers Ronald, Lester and Virgil Rendel; and sisters Gladys Cole, Delores Fritz and Norma Sellers.

Visitation is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 22, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci, and also on Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of service. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m., with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating.  Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee or to the Merry Lake Rendel Park Memorial.

Deborah Kazmierczak

Deborah Sue Kazmierczak was welcomed into the arms of her Lord, Jesus Christ, in the early morning of April 15, 2022. She put up a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer but came to the place where she advanced in a different direction.

Deb was born to Jerry and Marilyn Jones on May 31, 1964. She graduated from Morenci Area Schools with the class of 1982. She went on to earn an associate degree in early childhood education. Deb married Robert Kazmierczak on Sept. 11, 1982. The couple reared three daughters who survive, Jessica (and Louis) Belluomini, Charlotte (and Josh) Seegert and Lesley (and Eric) Whitehead; along with three grandchildren, Sophie and Cora Seegert and Silvio Belluomini; brother Scott (and Tammy) Jones; parents Jerry and Marilyn Jones; and mother-in-law Gloria Kazmierczak.

She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, James Kazmierczak.

Deb was a devout Christian woman who quietly lived out her faith in her generous caring for others. She had a heart for the dismissed, the overlooked, and the marginalized. She was a tireless and vocal advocate for justice for all of God’s children. Her interests were many and various. Deb was an outstanding cook and baker. She was an avid reader and movie buff, never forgetting a given movie’s actors, producer, and director. In her 15-year career at Lenawee Intermediate School District, Deb helped shape young lives and bring out the potential of many children who had special needs. Where many saw only challenges, Deb encouraged and nurtured unseen possibilities for these young lives. She was a true Difference Maker for many.

Funeral begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Lyons Christian Church in Lyons, with Heather Schimmel officiating and a luncheon following. Private burial will be in Lyons Cemetery. Visitation is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home in Adrian.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee or the family of Deborah Kazmierczak.

Donald Zuvers

Donald E. Zuvers, 73, of Pioneer, Ohio, died April 13, 2022, at Bryan Hospital.

Donald was born June 20, 1948, in Morenci, Mich., the son of Verlin “Bus” and Delores “Skip” (Ries) Zuvers. On Feb. 5, 1966, in Morenci, Donald married Beverly Jean Cochrane and she survives.

He had been employed at General Broach in Morenci until his retirement in 2010 and was currently employed at Do It Best Hardware, Montpelier, Ohio.  He was a member of Living Hope Methodist Church in West Unity, Ohio, and previously served on the Morenci City Council, Morenci Board of Education, and the Morenci Fire Department.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, Donald is survived by four daughters, Tanya Lynn (and Gary Frey) Zuvers of Morenci, Karri Ann (and James) Waters of Hudson, Mich., Jenny Lynne (and Todd) Sutherland of Elkhorn, Neb., and Tennille Rae McCain of Edon, Ohio; brother Merlin (and Bonnie) Zuvers of Morenci; one sister Shirley Vanderpool of Morenci; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Jack W. Zuvers; father-in-law Herbert Cochrane; mother-in-law Irene Cochrane; and brothers-in-law Joe Vanderpool and Robert Cochrane.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 18, at Eagle Marry Funeral Home in Morenci. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at Morenci Bible Fellowship Church. Cremation will follow.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children at missingkids.org

Nora "Jane" Barber

Nora “Jane” Barber, 89, of Hudson, Mich., died April 9, 2022, at her home. 

Jane was born July 30, 1932, in Palmyra, Mich., to Wilroe and Ethel (Bell) Coffey. She was a graduate of Morenci High School, class of 1950.  On Jan. 19, 1952, she married John Barber and he preceded her in death Aug. 14, 1981.

Jane retired from Fayette Tubular Products after 32 years of service. In her free time, she enjoyed camping, traveling, cooking, crocheting, reading books and watching Westerns, with John Wayne being her favorite. Above all else, Jane loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her fur babies.

Jane is survived by her children Nancy (and James) Bowen, Polly (and Ben) Fish, Kathy (and David) Vanlerberg and Shirley (and Don) Myers; 23 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; nephew Victor Owens and niece Julie Andrews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Jane was preceded in death by her sons Mark Barber, Kevin Barber and Kelly Barber; daughter Theresa Gay; daughter-in-law Penny Barber; son-in-law Fred Gay; granddaughter Rachel Gehring and great-grandson, Zackary Gehring. 

Visitation is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the Open Door Bible Church in Hudson. Visitation is also scheduled from 10 a.m. Saturday at the church until the funeral service at noon. Cremation will follow and she will be placed at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci at a later date. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Open Door Bible Church. Envelopes are available at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Hudson.


Triston Culp

Dr. Triston C. Culp, PT DPT, 39, of Jerome, Mich., died March 25, 2022, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.

Triston was born Aug. 11, 1982, in Adrian, Mich., at Bixby Hospital to Gilbert and Carol (Cleghorn) Culp.

Triston had a passion for helping others and had been employed as a physical therapist at the Veterans Administration. He enjoyed hiking, exercising, kayaking, grilling and smoking foods for his family, and he was very patriotic. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Triston is survived by his mother Carol Culp; his fiancée Jessica Luck; brother Tyson (and Candy) Sager; half-sisters, Candace (and Chad) Solomonson and Jody McCaskey; along with many nieces and nephews.

Triston was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Culp, and half-brother, Michael Culp.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday March 31, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci. Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, at the funeral home, with Rev. William Van Valkenburg officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci, followed by military honors.

Memorial contributions are suggested to his family for future designation.

Lowell Cox

Lowell W. Cox, 76, of Fayette, Ohio, died March 27, 2022, at Promedica Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio.

He was born Oct. 14, 1945, in Wauseon, Ohio, to Gaylord and Faye (Hopkins) Cox. Lowell attended Fayette Schools. On Sept. 5, 1965, he married Janice M. Sohn at Alvordton United Brethren Church and she survives. 

 Lowell was a lifelong farmer. He attended Solid Rock Community Church in West Unity. Lowell served as a maintenance worker for Millcreek Township and was also an honorary member of the Millcreek Fire Department.

In addition to his wife, Lowell is survived by sons Matthew (and Jeana) Cox of Fayette and Andy (and Tabitha) Cox of Mason, Mich.; grandchildren Tate, Abigail, Samuel, Levi and Alexander Cox; and one brother, Roger (and Sue) Cox. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

 Visitation is planned from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31,‬ at Solid Rock Community Church in West Unity. Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, at the church, with Pastor Rob Rodriquez officiating. Interment will follow at Floral Grove Cemetery in West Unity.

Memorials are suggested to Solid Rock Community Church or the Alvordton Fire Department.

Raymond fruchey

Raymond Coe Fruchey, 71, of Fayette, Ohio, died March 21, 2022, at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania, Ohio.

Raymond was born Jan. 29, 1951, in Wauseon, Ohio, the son of Harold and Wilma (Sebring) Fruchey. After high school, Raymond proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971. On Aug. 23, 1986, in Fayette, he married Dawn Leupp and she preceded him in death Nov. 9, 2004.

He had been employed as a maintenance supervisor at Frozen Specialties, Inc, recently celebrating 50 years of service. Raymond was a member of the Wauseon VFW Post #7424, Wauseon American Legion Post #265, and the Defiance AMVETS Post 1991. He loved to be social, especially spending time with family and friends.  Traveling to Las Vegas, hunting and fishing were other favorite pastimes of his.  All in all, his family says he was a simple man.

Raymond is survived by his children Zachary (and Karissa) Fruchey of Fayette and Heather (and Ren) Ackerman of Archbold, Ohio; grandchildren Koby (and Bailey) Biddix, Kayden (and Kara Kistner) Kurth, and Kolton Ackerman; great-grandchildren Kaelynn Kurth and Grayson Biddix; and one brother, Jim Fruchey of Fayette.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Lyle, Gene, Charlie and Roger Fruchey; his sisters Carolyn Hill and Joellen Wiykovics; and sister-in-law Joyce Fruchey.

Visitation is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, March 25, also at the funeral home, with Pastor Darren Lemmon officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette, with military honors accorded by the Fulton County Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future designation.

Richard Pennington

Richard Arden Pennington was embraced in the loving arms of his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.  His earthly race finished at a "young" 88 years.

Richard was the first born son to his parents, Clair Pennington and Theola (Ziegler) Pennington, arriving August 27, 1933 in Chesterfield, OH.  He graduated in 1951 with his high school class at Chesterfield-Dover High School.

Richard fell in love with the "girl next door".  On December 27, 1953, he married his sweetheart, Marvolene Schoonover.  Their beautiful 67-year romance was focused on loving God and loving each other.  Together they served the Lord and ministered to others in the church and throughout the community.  Richard's wonderful legacy is marked by his generosity of both time and treasure, a heart for service, joy in his heart, laughter, funny songs, and "I'm so thankful for the plan of salvation".

in 1953, Richard and his father co-founded Pennington Gas Service.  While raising a young family, Richard became the sole owner in 1967 with the passing of his father.  Almost 30 years later, Richard "retired" in 1982, selling the business to his 5 sons.

Together Richard and Marvolene raised five sons, Mark and Beth (Rice) Pennington, Gary and Nancy (Clough) Pennington, Terry and Michelle (Adragna) Pennington, Keith and Sheri (Holbrook) Pennington, and Dean and Teda (Dixon) Pennington, all who survive.  Richard was blessed with 17 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and many cherished nieces and nephews, all of whom survive.

Those who welcomed his heavenly arrival included his wife, Marvolene; his parents; sister, Doris Pennington; as well as great-grandchildren, Ella Rago and Evie Myers in infancy.  Much loved sisters-in-law, Melba Barnes and Jan Schoonover survive.

Richard's funeral service is at the Morenci Church of the Nazarene on Monday, March 21, 2022, at 11:00 AM.  The church is located at 751 N. Summit Street, Morenci, MI 49256.  Pastor Dusty Pauken will officiate.  Visitation is at the church on Sunday, March 20, 2022, from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM.  Interment will immediately follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci, MI.

Memorial gifts are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee.  Online condolences to the family may be offered at www.eaglemarryfuneralhome.com.  The Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci, MI will assist in the arrangements.

John Keefer

John L. Keefer, 73, of Morenci, Mich., died at his residence Friday, March 11, 2022.

John was born in Fayette, Ohio, to Denver C. and Bessie L. (Smith) Keefer. On Dec. 16, 1967, he married Linda Davis in Munson, Mich., and she preceded him in death Aug. 11, 2008.

After receiving his GED, John attended Northwest State Community College to study industrial electricity and wiring, and programmable logic controllers. He also attended Jackson Community College to study welding, machine tool technology, CNC orientation, and other manufacturing trades. He retired from Sauder Woodworking as a motor repair maintenance senior technician. John previously worked at Allied Products in Hillsdale, Parker+Amchem in Morenci, O’Neil Implement in Lyons, and Milt Wagner in Adrian.

When John was a child, he began his journey of tearing apart and fixing things, starting with toys and later engines and motors. He acquired incredible talent and knowledge of all things mechanical. He attended Gorham Fayette schools. John enjoyed helping people by fixing their vehicles and farm equipment. His work ethic was incomparable. He farmed along with working a full-time job and in his free time he worked in his shop. He enjoyed working with his daughters and eventually his grandsons in his shop and tried to teach them all about mechanics.

He loved traveling to tractor shows with his wife Linda and collected antique engines and toy tractors. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting when he had a spare minute. His wife, daughters and grandchildren were the pride of his life. John accepted the Lord and was baptized in his final weeks and was welcomed into the arms of his savior upon his death.

Surviving John are his daughters Amy (and Lowell) Huepenbecker and Angie (and Scott) Hubinger; grandchildren Jonah, Jacob (and Tressa) and Jordan Huepenbecker; John, Jessica, Caleb, Malachi, Chloe, Elijah, Hannah and Linda Hubinger, great-grandchildren Isaac and Adaline Hubinger; sisters Marlene Eckel, Betty Henninger, Lois (and Walt) Hassenzahl, and Elaine (and Larry) Deck; and brothers Denver Ross (and Beverly), Carl (and Janice), Alvin (and Diane), and James (and Gwen) Keefer.

Along with his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lorraine Patterson.

Services for John will be graveside for immediate family.

Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee. Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel handled arrangements.

William "Bill" Moore

William “Bill” Alan Moore, 60, of Morenci, Mich., formerly of Bear Lake, Mich., died March 4, 2022, at Cleveland Clinic.

Bill was born July 7, 1961, in Cadillac, Mich., the son of Glen and Maureen (Miles) Moore. Bill was a 1979 graduate of Bear Lake High School and a 1983 graduate of West Shore Community College in Scottville, Mich. On July 24, 1999, in Bear Lake, Bill married Amy Sue Weber and she survives.

Bill was a member of the Lyons Christian Church in Lyons, Ohio, and the National Association of Rocketry. He served as a Deacon at the Assembly of God Church in Manistee, Mich., a county fair judge, and a leader for 4-H and the Royal Rangers. Bill enjoyed making balloon animals and building model rockets. He had been employed with the Michigan Space Center at Jackson Community College, and at Adrian Sears as a salesman in the hardware and lawn and garden departments until the closing of the store in 2011. Bill endured seven long years of dialysis treatment and in 2019 he was blessed to have a liver and kidney transplant at the Cleveland Clinic.

In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by siblings Dan (and Cathy) Moore and Sue Allen; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Janet and Joey Taylor; cousin Mary Coleman; nieces and nephews Kristin Allen and her children Jeremy, Jacob and Justin Oakley, Heather (and Jordan) Sell and their son Jensen Sell,  Daniel Allen and his children Hunter and Courtney Allen, Andrew (and Brittnay) Moore and their children Lucca and Gannon Moore, Jennifer (and Andrew) Remlinger, Madalyn Moore and Lauren Taylor.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Dan Allen.

A memorial service is planned 11:04 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Lyons Christian Church, with Rev. Heather Schimmel officiating. A dinner will follow the service.

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

JoAnne Farley

JoAnne Louise Loyer Farley, 85, of Upper St. Clair, Pa., died March 9, 2022, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

She was born Jan. 3, 1937, in Toledo, Ohio, to William and Neva (Leech) Loyer. Growing up, JoAnne helped in the family grocery store, Loyer’s Market. While attending Libby High School in Toledo, JoAnne played piano and pipe organ at church, sang in the choir, and sold pianos at Grinnell’s Music Store. After graduating, she enrolled at Bowling Green State University, where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

In 1958 she married, and soon after moved to Morenci, Mich., to pursue a teaching career. JoAnne taught home economics at Sand Creek and Waldron schools, then switched to teaching art and music in the Chesterfield and Metamora school districts in Ohio.

While raising two daughters and teaching, JoAnne returned to school and earned a master’s degree from Siena Heights College. She was honored to be awarded Teacher of the Year in the late 1970s.

JoAnne loved to travel, especially to Europe. She was knowledgeable about antiques, and took pride in her elegant home on Main Street, which was featured in Morenci's first Christmas Home Tour. Always impeccably dressed, JoAnne had fine sewing skills and created fabulous garments such as her sister Margaret’s prom dress, and outfits for her children.

Raised Lutheran, she later attended the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Morenci, where for a time she directed the choir. Often, she painted pictures while listening to Barbara Streisand, and in summer JoAnne loved to drive the country roads picking wildflowers and asparagus. From 1980 to 1984 JoAnne served as treasurer on the Morenci Board of Education. Then, for many years after she retired from teaching, JoAnne lived in Sylvania, Ohio, where she worked at the Chapman Art Gallery. In 2005, she moved to the Pittsburgh area.

Dear friends including Barbara Borton, Polly Stockwell, Bob and Mary Harris, Ann Sevcik and Walter Chapman all played important roles in JoAnne’s life.

JoAnne is survived by her two daughters, Christa (and Patrick) McDowell of Morenci and Lisa Sevcik of Sewickley, Pa.; grandchildren Benjamin Farquhar, Parker Sevcik, Scott McDowell and Ruby Sevcik; great-granddaughter Elizabeth Farquhar; sister Margaret Koon and brother-in-law C. E. (Sonny) Koon, of Upper St. Clair, Pa.; many nieces and nephews and their children.

JoAnne was preceded in death by her parents; brother James Loyer and his wife, Maxine; and son-in-law, Matthew Sevcik.

A celebration of JoAnne's life will be held this spring. Memorial donations are suggested to clearthoughtsfoundation.org, which funds research to cure diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Kathleen perdue

Kathleen Perdue, 72, of Fayette, Ohio, died March 4, 2022, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.

She was born March 29, 1949, in Montpelier, Ohio, the daughter of Ross and Frances (Miller) Ford. She was a graduate of Montpelier High School. In October 1969, in Juneau, Alaska, she married Gerald Perdue and he survives.

Kathleen had been employed at Kmart, Morenci Laundromat, and she retired from the Morenci Deli. She was a member of Fayette Christian Church - Disciples of Christ, where she was also a Deaconess and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Kathleen enjoyed dancing, music, movies and art – especially drawing and sculpture – and had a great love for animals.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Ross S. (and Victoria) Perdue, Jay Henry (and Christy) Perdue, and Jerry L. (and Lizza) Perdue; two daughters, Donna Marie (and Ron) Green and Mary Beth Perdue; grandchildren Marissa, Jeffrey, Makayla, Sonia, Christina, Jojo, Angel, Andrea, Reane, Heather, Jessica, Ross M., Christopher, Jonah, Haley, Noah and Lucia; great-grandchildren Griffin, Aiden, Ashton, Allyha, Jeffrey Jr., Jasmine, Tyler and Anthony. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Flora Perdue; and sister Sandra Seager.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 7, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Fayette. The funeral service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the funeral home, with Pastor Darren Lemmon officiating. Burial will be in Fayette’s Pleasant View Union Cemetery.

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

Ken bruner

Ken D Bruner, 62 of Morenci, Mich., died March 6, 2022, at home. 

He was born in Wauseon, Ohio, Aug. 13, 1959, to the late Harry and Jacquelyn (Spahr) Bruner.  Ken attended and graduated from Delta High School. He then married Jadine R. Tittle in Morenci on July 5, 2002, and she survives.

Ken worked at Calphalon in Perrysburg, Ohio, for many years in their maintenance department. He could troubleshoot and fix anything that was put at him. He loved truck shopping even if he didn’t need a new truck, and always knew what was new and available on the market. He enjoyed puttering on his tractor at home and taking care of things around the home and yard. He loved the big dogs that he and Jadine shared as their “kids” and although he fussed a little when Jadine wanted yet another one, he never said no and always fell in love with them, too. He was a sucker for the big dogs.  

He also was always up for a drive around the country to see what they could see. He and Jadine spent many hours out looking for eagles and spotting many new nests over the past few years. They also went just a couple weeks ago to find the snowy owl that they would search for each winter. Ken said, “Every time we head this way it’s like a treasure hunt and it seems crazy that most every time we find him, especially since they just aren’t known to be around this area much.”

But by far, he enjoyed and loved his children and the grandkids the most in his life. He scoured Facebook often to see a new photo or video posted of them. When his granddaughter would send him a crazy video message or photo, he was always quick to open it and smile. He always commented how smart Ashlyn is and how she loved her artistic stuff and her tumbling. With Winston he laughed that he always adamantly addressed him as Grampa Brooner, in sort of a long drawn out way, and always was planning to be a hockey star.  It always made him smile that Harrison seemed to have an attachment to a John Deere hat Ken got him and that hat was always the go-to hat.  And Henry said, “Wow, that kid’s got quite a personality and sure is a card.” He loved his grandkids with all his heart. He was always so proud that Shane and Erica had become successful happy adults and felt very accomplished that they could fend for themselves and are doing quite well in their lives. He said over and over that he must have done something right to have such great kids. He felt complete to know they were happy in their lives.   

In addition to his wife, Ken is survived by children Shane (and Alyssa) Bruner and Erica (and Don) Daniels; grandchildren Ashlyn, Winston and Mason Daniels, and Harrison and Henry Bruner; brothers Lee (and Diane) Bruner, Jon (and Jenny), Lyn (and Sue); and sister Gay (and Bill) McFadden.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel. A memorial service will follow.

Memorials donations are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee or to the family for future designation.

Shirley Tuttle

Shirley Joan Tuttle, 88, of Celina, Ohio, died Feb. 27, 2022, at her home.

She was born Nov. 29, 1933, in Seneca Township, Mich., the daughter of Clarence L. and Ethel (Colegrove) Swartzendruber. She married Leland Stanley Tuttle and he preceded her in death.

Shirley was a 24-year member of Fairfield Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading, sewing and spending time with her loving family.

Shirley is survived by her children, Linda (and Gene) Doseck of Celina, Doug Taylor of Morenci, Carol (and Brad) Doyle of Bowling Green, Ohio, Kathy (and Bob) Ford of Morenci, and Natalie (and Andy) Kalnbach of Rapid City, S.D.; sister Kay Robb of Iowa; 14 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; sister Arlene Evers; and brothers Robert and Hal Swartzendruber.

Funeral service are planned at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci, with Pastor Steve Boley officiating. Burial will follow in Porter-Packard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Fairfield Baptist Church.

Marlene Mock-Moriarity

Marlene J. Mock-Moriarity, 88, of Morenci, Mich., died March 1, 2022, at Charlotte Stephenson Manor in Adrian, Mich., with her family by her side.

Marlene was born April 21, 1933, in Bryan, Ohio, to Harvey and Gladys (Quidort) King. She graduated from Chesterfield High School in rural Lyons, Ohio, in 1951.

On Dec. 29, 1951, Marlene married her sweetheart, Wendell Mock. They were blessed with more than 39 years together in raising a family and creating many memories before Wendell’s death July 24, 1991. Marlene was fortunate to find love again, and on March 22, 1997, she married Myron L. Moriarity and they were just shy of celebrating 18 years together when he died March 7, 2015.

Marlene served as a teacher’s aide at Morenci Area Schools with the elementary students for almost 30 years, where she was loved by both the students and staff. Always physically active, Marlene enjoyed golfing and playing softball for many years. She loved to be outdoors and would spend hours working in her flower and vegetable gardens. Her nurturing disposition was evident to everyone who knew her, and she cherished the role of grandmother and great-grandmother

She is survived by her children, Marlan (and Glen) Shaffer of Adrian, Mich., Greg (and Becky) Mock of Morenci and Lisa (and Fred) Love of Morenci; grandchildren Karrie (and Ryan) Patten, Kristal (and Andy) VanZile, Ryan (and Shana) Love, Corey Love, Darcy Adams, Jacob (and Rebekah) Mock, Paige (and Duncan) Cuykendall; step-granddaughter Haley Easter; great-grandchildren Landon Patten, Allison Patten, Brytton Patten, Caiden Randall, Madelyn Randall, Carter Love, Liam Love, Brooklyn Love, Kyrie Love, Kason Love and Jeremiah Adams; and sister Janet Vernier of Oklahoma City, Okla.

Marlene was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Wendell Mock and Myron Moriarity; brother Gerald King; sister Jeanette Vernier; great-granddaughter Eden Adams and step-granddaughter Hillary Shaffer.

Funeral services are planned at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Wagley Funeral Home in Adrian, with Rev. Larry Betz officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is also on Sunday, from 1 p.m. until the service begins.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee, Adrian First Nazarene Church, Alzheimer’s Association or Charlotte Stephenson Manor.

roger borton

Roger U. Borton, 85, of Fayette, died Feb. 23, 2022, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, with his family by his side.

Born April 14, 1936, in Franklin Township, Ohio, he was the son of Ulna and Elvera (Rohrs) Borton. Roger was a proud 1955 graduate of Gorham Fayette High School. He enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country for several years while being stationed in Germany.

On April 23, 1960, Roger married Patricia Dibble at the Tipton Community Church. She survives to cherish over 61 years of love and memories.

Roger was employed at Morenci Rubber Products where he worked for more than 31 years until the company's closure. Roger and Pat then relocated to Monroe, N.C., where he was employed by the Scotts Company for several years, prior to returning to his home area. He began working at Kamco in West Unity in 1995 and continued his employment there until his formal retirement in 2000.

He was an active member of the Fayette United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, where he served as lay leader, Sunday school teacher, and choir member. Roger served as a village council member during the 1970s and was active in the planning of the Bicentennial Celebration. Roger and Pat also enjoyed 10 years wintering in Lakeland, Fla., where they were active in their retirement community.

In his spare time, Roger enjoyed golfing, fishing “up north,” and gardening. He was an avid Tigers and Buckeyes fan. In his younger years, he was active in coaching Little League. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, watching his children grow and spending time at his grandchildren’s sporting events.

In addition to his wife, Roger is survived by three children, Robin (and Dale) Pfund of Fayette, Kelly Borton of Birmingham, Ala., and Troy (and Gay) Borton of Monclova, Ohio; grandchildren Tricia Pfund (and fiancé Eric), Katie Pfund (and fiancé Andrew), Hailey Oeder, Caleb Oeder (and fiancée Kenzie), and Madi Borton; sister Brenda Humbert of Fayette; brother-in-law Herb Simon of Tecumseh; and many nieces and nephews.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Phyllis Simon and James Borton; and in-laws Merrick and Shirley Dibble, Bill Humbert, and Mary Lou Sutherland.

Cremation will take place. A memorial service for Roger is planned at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at Fayette United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jeff Bandy officiating. A memorial visitation is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Fayette United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Burial of ashes will take place in a private family ceremony in the spring of 2022 at Pleasant View Union Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Family Life Center.

Betty Rathbun

Betty J. Rathbun, 88, of Morenci, Mich., and most recently a resident at Gaslight Village Assisted Living in Adrian, where she had resided for the past year, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022. 

She was born July 15, 1933, to Muriel L. and Etta L. (Mock) Stewart. She married Harold R. Rathbun and he preceded her in death. 

Betty was the owner of Betty’s Cake Decorating and Supplies and is remembered for the delicious birthday, graduation and wedding cakes she made for so many people in the community.  After she retired, she enjoyed the winters she spent in Florida and the friends she made there.  She volunteered for Hospice and was active in her church.

She is survived by two sons, Bill (and Marlene) Rathbun of Clayton, Mich., and Gary (and Nancy) Rathbun of Wauseon, Ohio; two grandchildren, David Rathbun and Kristy (and Jason) Jones; and great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. 

In addition to her husband, Betty was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, William, Robert and James; and two sisters, Mary and Annette.

Cremation has taken place and no services have been planned at this time. Memorial gifts are suggested to Elara Caring Hospice, 730 Riverside Ave., Adrian, MI 49221. Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel handled arrangements.

Phyllis Borton

Phyllis Nadine Borton, 71, of Morenci, Mich., died Feb. 17, 2022, at Fairlawn Haven, in Archbold, Ohio.

Phyllis was born June 3, 1950, in Morenci, the daughter of George “Dale” and Evelyn M. (Rock) Smith. She was a graduate of Morenci Area High School. On June 3, 1966, her 16th birthday, Phyllis married David Laverne Borton in Morenci and he preceded her in death Dec. 30, 2018.

Phyllis spent much of her life caring for others and could always be counted on to make those around her laugh. She was known as an amazing cook. She could always make something out of nothing at all.  She loved to play cards and enjoyed gardening.  Above all, her favorite pastime was her grandchildren.    

Phyllis is survived by her son Curtis (and Trina) Borton of Morenci; daughters Christy (and Randy) Corkle and Carla (and Rich) Odneal, both of Morenci; five grandchildren, Lisa Borton, Louis Borton, Levi Miller, Trevor Corkle and Sophie Corkle; four great-grandchildren, Landen, Briana, Brielle and Brynn; sister Mary Jane (and Michael) Stahl; and niece Regina (and Ryan) Oxenhorn.

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

Visitation is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, also at the funeral home. Pastor Darren Lemmon will officiate.  Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Robin Eberly

Robin Elaine Eberly, 53, of Findlay, Ohio, died Feb. 12, 2022, at Bridge Hospice Care Center, with her family by her side.

She was born Sept. 21, 1968, in Morenci, Mich., to Robert and Dorma (Rettle) Eberly.

Robin was a homemaker and babysitter, and was employed at Whirlpool Corp. for more than 10 years. She was a member of Saint Michael Catholic Church.

She is survived by her father and step-mother Edith, and her mother Dorma; daughter Cheyenne Egbert of Findlay; her life partner Andrew John Schalk of Findlay; siblings Ryan Eberly, Tammy (and Steve) Mynhier, Dianna Coolman, Christine (and Bob) Hooks, and Barbara (and Patrick) Downing; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home, Findlay, followed by a Celebration of Life service beginning at 3 p.m., with Fr. Adam Hertzfeld officiating. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project.

cheryl lynn price

Cheryl Lynn Price, 65, died Jan. 30 in the Bryan Hospital COVID Unit.

Cheryl was born July 14, 1956, in Morenci, Mich., to Floyd and Betty (Fenton) Cole. Cheryl was the youngest of nine children.

Cheryl attended Morenci Area Schools until she was 16 years old. She gave birth to her eldest son, James Cole, in 1979. Shortly after she met her future husband, Edward Price, and they were married Nov. 1, 1982, in Wauseon, at the courthouse.

In 2015 Cheryl and Edward started to attend Living Hope Free Methodist Church in West Unity, Ohio. One of Cheryl’s favorite hobbies was playing cards together as a family. Her favorite NASCAR driver was Mark Martin. She loved watching Ohio State games and watching the Bears games with her son, John. She was an avid 49ers fan, right up to her passing. She also enjoyed fishing with her husband and going to concerts at her church. Cheryl was known as a loving wife, amazing mother, grandmother, a child of God, a friend to rely on, and a sister, who was always there in a time of need.

In addition to her husband, Cheryl is survived by three sons, James Cole, John Cole (and Lauren Smith), and Jessie Price; a sister, Linda (and Gary) Rashley; five grandchildren, Blake Cole, Jaedan Lincoln, Ezekiel Thunder-Cole, Autumn Cole and Chloe Cole.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Ronnie, Danny, Charles, Rodger, Terry, Jerry and David Cole.

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci where family will greet friends beginning at 11 a.m. Jeff Christenberry will officiate. Interment will follow at Lyons Cemetery in Lyons, Ohio, and a funeral luncheon will follow at Living Hope Free Methodist Church in West Unity.

Floyd Emmons

Floyd L. Emmons, 80, of Wauseon, Ohio, died Feb. 3, 2022, at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon.

He was born July 26, 1941, in Lyons, Ohio, the son of Alva “LeRoy” and Doris (Reichhardt) Emmons. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. On March 18, 1967, in Deerfield, Mich., Floyd married Carol J. Hill and she survives. Floyd had been employed with Pennington Gas as a truck driver, retiring after 28 years. 

In addition to his wife, Floyd is survived by daughter Kimberly Emmons of Morenci, Mich., and son James Emmons of Wauseon; one sister, Delores Simpson of Tecumseh, Mich., five grandchildren, Colt, Jade, Jordan, Aliina and Jared Lange; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Marvin Emmons; and sister Phyllis Bender. 

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be announced at a later date. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

carma sutton

Carma Evelyn Sutton, 107, died Feb. 2, 2022, in her home in Liberty Center, Ohio, where she lived for the last two and one-half years with her great-niece, Amy Whalen-Buehrer and family.

She was born July 3, 1914, in Wauseon, Ohio, to Alfred and Violet Rice. She married the love of her life, Donald Sutton, on Sept. 1, 1938.

 Carma was a homemaker and farmer. She loved her apple orchard west of Morenci where she and Don met so many wonderful people and friends. She loved God and her church family at Morenci Baptist Church where she attended for years. She also enjoyed working at the school cafeteria, traveling, camping, and volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul in Fayette, Ohio.

 Carma was preceded in death by her husband, parents, siblings, daughter and one grandson.

 Visitation and funeral services will be at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci at a date to be announced.  Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Morenci Bible Fellowship Church.

alisha Lesage

Alisha (Wanless) Lesage, 37, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Morenci, Mich., died Feb. 1, 2022.

Alisha lived most of her life in the Morenci before moving to Florida. She graduated from Morenci Area High School in 2002.

Alisha was born June 4, 1984, the daughter of Rick (and Lisa) Wanless of Blissfield, Mich., and Virginia (Daniel) Wanless who proceeds her in death.

In addition to her father, Alisha is survived by three sons, Ryder and Nash Lesage of Luna Pier, Mich., and Patrick Brown III of Florida; three sisters, Brittney Cooper, Kayla (and Jake) Graf and Carlee Wanless; aunts, uncles, cousins and her nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.

Donald Merillat

Donald D. Merillat, 80, of Morenci, Mich., died Jan. 29, 2022, at his home in Morenci. Donald was born Nov. 20, 1941, in Medina Township, Mich., to Donald J. Merillat, Sr., and Emma R (Warren) Merillat.

He married the love of his life, Carol Joughin, on Dec. 3, 1960, in Hudson, Mich.

Donald served as a pastor for Victory Chapel in Liberty Center, Ohio. He also served as superintendent of the Tri-State United Brethren Conference.  He owned his own carpentry business, Merillat Construction, from 1974 to 1982.

Donald enjoyed spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. In his spare time, he liked gardening, woodworking, fishing, or just tinkering.  Most of all he enjoyed sharing his love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and that’s how he will be remembered.

In addition to his wife, Donald is survived by sons Christopher (and Molly) Merillat of Morenci and Kent (and Jeanelle) Merillat of Midlothian Va.; daughter Kelly Frey of Morenci; brothers Ronald L. (and Susan) Merillat of Hudson, Jack E. (and Rosie) Merillat of Hudson; and sister Mary (and Dennis) Austin of Clayton, Mich.; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents and son in-law Scotty Frey.

Visitation is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, with pastor Darren Lemmon officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Medina Federated Church or Hospice of Lenawee.

Judy Hicks

Judy Shoemaker Hicks, formerly of Tecumseh and Morenci, Mich., died Jan. 18, 2022, at her home in Monroe, Mich., after a brief battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family.

Judy was born Dec. 17, 1948, in Hudson, Mich., to Duane and Virginia (Willett) Shoemaker and attended Morenci Area High School, graduating in 1967. She continued her education at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich., where she earned a bachelor’s degree.

On Jan. 18, 1969, Judy married the love of her life, Gary Hicks. Judy and Gary were serial entrepreneurs, successfully owning and operating multiple businesses including Sudzy Duz It Car Wash and Gary’s Quick Lube businesses in Tecumseh.

After retiring from the direct operations of these businesses, Judy discovered her true calling as a poet and author. She founded the Destiny House non-profit organization and became a prolific scribe of God-inspired “prayoems” that resulted in content for more than 40 books. Judy’s greatest desire was to share the tangible and intimate love of God with every single person she met, often found striking up conversations in hotel lobbies, restaurants and checkout lines. She was known as a kind, generous and gentle spirit who lived life in the fullness of God’s love.

Judy’s number one priority in life was praying for and caring for her family and she especially valued her one-on-one time at home with her granddaughter Brianna. Watching her grow and mature into a phenomenal dancer was one of Judy’s greatest joys. She and Gary loved to watch Brianna, as well as the entire Haja Dance family, perform and they regularly attended national-level competitions to show their support.

Judy is survived by son Joshua and daughter Molly.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother William Shoemaker, and many aunts and uncles.

Private services will be planned at a later date.

Arrangements were made with Merkle Funeral Service.

Linda Dewey

Linda Marie Dewey, 67, of Morenci, Mich., died Jan. 25, 2022, at Swanton Valley Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Swanton, Ohio.

She was born Sept. 15, 1954, in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Olen, Sr., and Betty (Wimple) Good. Linda married Richard Dewey on Nov. 19, 1977, in Delta, Ohio, and he survives.

Linda attended Morenci United Methodist Church and was a member of the Morenci Sportsman’s Club. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, crafting, gardening and reading. Linda loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Linda is survived by children William Bailey and Rebecca (and Philip) Mercer; two brothers, John and Dale Good; one sister, Sandra Goin; six grandchildren, Casey Bailey, Desiree Bailey, Nadine Rains, Guadalupe Bailey, Kendra Welsh and Austin Welsh; and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Olen Good, Jr.; and grandson Rudy Bailey.

Cremation has taken place.  A celebration of life will be scheduled for a later date at Morenci United Methodist Church.

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

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 P