Archive - 2009

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November 25th

Thanksgiving dinner serves over 350 at Clinton church

To the Editor,

On Saturday, Nov. 21, the Clinton United Church of Christ hosted our ninth Thanksgiving dinner for the senior citizens of our community. Over three hundred and fifty dinners were served. The idea behind this dinner is to provide our senior citizens with an opportunity to socialize with each other and enjoy a home cooked meal with friends. We don’t want our senior citizens to think that it’s only for the needy or those who are unable to prepare their own meal.

We were able to provide this meal free of charge because of a number of local businesses and individuals who donated food or money. Thanks to Busch’s in Clinton for donating 10 large turkeys and 20 pumpkins pies.

Thanks to DuRussell Farms of Manchester for donating all the potatoes. Thanks to Carolyn Dicks and Jim and Wanda Fish for donating the vegetables. Thanks to all the men and women of the United Church of Christ and a number of people from other local churches who worked throughout the day. Thanks also to the Clinton Brownie troop for helping with clearing and resetting the tables. Thanks also to a number of Clinton Rotarians who helped on Friday and Saturday.

Thanks to a number of members of the Clinton Baptist Church who came and did a fantastic job in helping to clean up. And finally, a really big special thanks to Shirley Fraley and Marianne Steffens and their group who did a tremendous job preparing all the food.

This is a special event for the seniors of our community. It was a pleasure to see their smiling faces and know they enjoyed the time they shared with their friends. It was also an enjoyable experience for those of us who worked. We hope to serve more next year.

Jim Pittman

Marilyn Jean Baaske

Marilyn Jean Baaske, 84, of Tecumseh, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, in Flower Hospital, Sylvania, Ohio. She was born Oct. 4, 1925, in Ann Arbor, the daughter of Frederick and Alice (McKinley) Meyer. On May 31, 1947, she was married to Arthur Baaske and he survives.

Marilyn was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir. She had been a Bell Telephone Operator in Ann Arbor, worked for Double A Products in Manchester, and then  was a teacher's aide at Porter Center for more than 10 years. She was a member of the American Legion and Herrick Medical Center Auxiliaries, the 50 Plus Exercise Club, and delivered Meals on Wheels. Marilyn was a supporter of the Tecumseh Center for the Arts and was a Girl Scout Leader and a Cub Scout Den Mother. Her family was the love of her life, as was her church, and friends. She enjoyed travelling, flower gardening, and cooking.

In addition to her husband, Arthur, Marilyn is survived by one son, Bruce (Denise) Baaske of Tecumseh; two daughters, Linda (Chuck) Iott of Deerfield and Susan (John) Gibson of Tecumseh; eight grandchildren, James and Jennifer Baaske, Kevin Iott, Shane, Sarah, Justin, Marisa, and Alyssa Gibson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Kevin; one brother, Marvin Meyer; and two sisters, Helen Knickerbocker and Joanne Eversole. Marilyn will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

The funeral service was held on Monday, Nov.  23, 2009, at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Tecumseh with the Rev. Richard Web officiating. Burial followed in Brookside Cemetery in Tecumseh.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or to the Charity of Donor's Choice. Condolences may be offered to the family at    

James Barry Fielder

James Barry Fielder, 75, of Onsted, formerly of Tecumseh, passed away Nov. 18, 2009, at his home, with his children by his side.  He was born Aug. 11, 1934, in Clinton, one of nine children to William and Lillian (Middlebrook) Fielder.

Mr. Fielder owned Fielder Construction and built such things as Adams Park and sidewalks for the City of Tecumseh.  He coordinated and produced the 4th of July fireworks for Tecumseh for many years.  He was a member of the Jaycees and the Tecumseh Club.  He was a past president of the Hot Rod Club.

He is survived by his children, Jody (Scott) Badder of Brooklyn, Jennifer (Charles) Mapes of Holland, Jackie (Tom) Hubbard of Summerfield, Fla., Jill Timms of Adrian,  Tammie (Andy) King of Saline, Jason (Tabitha) Barlow of La Quinta, Calif., Kathy (Chris) Smith of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Linda (Tim) Saylor of Adrian; 22 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Roumell of Onsted and Jean Snyder of South Carolina; sister-in-law, Julia Fielder of Onsted; brother-in-law, Jerry Eggleston of Adrian; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Judith Whiting Fielder; his parents; and several brothers and sisters.

A short funeral service immediately followed the visitation on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh. Condolences to the family may be made on line at

Duaine M. Murphy

Duaine M. Murphy, 78, of Tecumseh, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Aug. 6, 1931, in Tecumseh, the son of Merrill and Hazel (Beevers) Murphy. He was married to Eris Baily on July 4, 1952, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 29, 2006.

Duaine served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was employed at Tecumseh Products for 43 years, retiring in 1993. He was a member of Tecumseh American Legion Post #34, Tecumseh F & AM Lodge # 69, and the Tecumseh Club. His greatest joy was his family along with camping, hunting, golfing, traveling, woodworking, and cooking and was also an avid sports fan. He loved baking cookies for his kids and grandkids and will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Duaine is survived by two sons, Michael (Vicki) Murphy and Joseph Murphy both of Tecumseh; one daughter, Nena (Bill) Viers of Tecumseh; two sisters, Karen Hyder of Tecumseh and Cora Alcock of Britton; five grandchildren, Linzie, Chandra, Shae Anne, Emily, and Merrill; and three great-grandchildren, Ethan, Sarah, and Marielena.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and three brothers.
Visitation was on Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes with the Rev. Lance Ness of Macon United Methodist Church officiating. Burial followed in Brookside Cemetery in Tecumseh with full Military Honors under the auspices of the Tecumseh American Legion Post #34 and the Tecumseh VFW Post #4187.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Peter Jovanovic

Peter Jovanovic, 86, of Southgate, passed away Nov. 11, 2009.  Peter was born in Batkovica-BosnaHercegovina, Yugoslavia.  He was a high school graduate and worked as a photographer, paralegal and  tool and dye maker.  

His survivors are Svetlana Jovanovic of Germany, Andre Jovanovic of NYC  and Melinda Jovanovic  of  Calif.

Services were held Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, officiated by Fr. Daniel Wheeler at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh.   Burial will be in Bosnia.  

Dean Everett McKenzie

Dean Everett McKenzie, 57, died unexpectedly at his home on Oct. 30, 2009, in Surprise, Ariz.  Dean was born March 22, 1952, to the late Everett and Eleanor (Sayler) McKenzie.

Dean graduated in 1970 from Tecumseh High School.  He also earned two master’s degrees from Western International University.  Dean worked as a senior test engineer for Honeywell Corp. and most recenty ACSS.

He is survived by three sisters, Sandy (Jerry) Hayes, Donna (Jerry) Hendershot, Cheryl (Rainey) Lopez and one brother, Garry (Vicki) Sharp.  He is also survived by a very special step-mother, Joyce McKenzie; a step-sister, Connie Allen; and a very special person in his life, Bonnie Allen.

A service to celebrate Dean’s life will be held on Dec. 5, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Clinton United Methodist Church.  Interment will be at Brookside Cemetery at a later date.

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