Archive - 2009

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December 3rd

Vesta V. Rothfuss

Vesta V. Rothfuss, 98, formerly of Wamplers Lake, died Nov. 21, 2009, in Jackson at Vista Grande Villa.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 6, at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Cambridge Junction. She was a registered nurse at Herrick Hospital in Tecumseh and a former member of the Tecumseh Players.


Duane K. Bock

Duane K. Bock, 84, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. He was born Sept. 10, 1925, in Garden City, Mich. to Joseph and Lelia (Klatt) Bock. On Oct. 9, 1948, he married Jean Clark and she survives.  

Survivors also include two sons, Ray Bock of Milan and Tim (Julie) Bock of Tipton; grandchildren, Amber, T.J., Zack, and Rikkell Bock, Jennica, Mackenzie, Jaron and Kamryn Warner; a brother, Ed (Betty) Bock; and a sister, Shirley Riggs.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Raymond; sisters, Marian Dicks and Virginia Davis; and brothers-in-law, Loren Dicks, Frank Riggs and Jack Davis.                                        

Duane attended Lincoln and Milan schools, he drove truck for 41 years and was a retired teamster.  He was a member of the Milan Moose and he and his wife Jean volunteered many hours with the Milan and Saline American Legion.  Duane was well known to many, his jovial personality will be missed by all who knew him.
Cremation has taken place, a celebration in his memory was held at the Saline American Legion 320 W. Michigan Ave on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, North Hampton, MA 01061.  Arrangements by Ochalek-Stark Funeral home, Milan.


Rudolph J. Clum

Rudolph J. Clum, 83, of Holland, Ohio, formerly of Van Wert, Ohio, and Monroe, Mich., passed away at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Hospital.  He was born Aug. 4, 1926, in Toledo, Ohio, to Joseph and Anna Bartus Clum.

Rudy is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marie Miller Clum; children, Susan (Greg) Beckman of Jupiter, Fla., Kevin Clum of Adrian, Mich., and Sharon (Ken) Shaw of Redmond, Wash.; four grandchildren, Amy (Rob) Phorence and Wendy (Josh) Hackler of Fla., Karl Clum of Fla., and Damian Clum of Adrian, Mich.; and three great-grandchildren, Brittney Watson, Spencer Hackler, and Marissa Hackler all of Florida.  Also a brother, Arthur Clum of Florida.  

He was preceded in death by his dad, Clarence H. Fitzgerald, of Monroe, Mich.
Rudy is a 1945 graduate from Monroe High School, Monroe, Mich., and attended the University of Toledo for two years.  He is a World War II veteran, serving in the South Pacific and Uriyang, Korean.  He was a member  of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, an usher and Eucharistic  minister at Our Lady of Lourdes, and a member of the Stone Oak Country Club.  

Rudy and Marie were married on June 17, 1950, at St. Mary’s Church in Monroe, Mich.  Rudy is a 34-year veteran of the corrugated box industry with Consolidated Packaging in Monroe, Mich., and Tecumseh Corrugated Box Company in Van Wert, Ohio, and Tecumseh, Mich., retiring in 1990.  He was an enthusiastic sportsman, greatly enjoying and excelling at semi-pro basketball, golf (four holes in one), and bowling.


Marilyn “Mickey” Lindsley Fuller

Marilyn “Mickey” Lindsley  Fuller, 77, of Lady's Island, S.C. died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.  She was born in Tecumseh, Mich., the daughter of the late Louis Earl and Henrietta Morgan Lindsley.

She was a graduate of Tecumseh High School, where she was the drum majorette.  She received her bachelor of arts degree in social work and her master of education in counseling from Siena Heights College in Adrian, Mich. and was awarded a Ph.D. in education (counseling) from Wayne State University.

Throughout her career, she worked as a clinical psychologist and was a certified rehabilitation counselor, a licensed professional counselor and was a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors.

Prior to moving to Beaufort, she was a resident of Orr's Island, Maine.
Mickey volunteered her time abundantly, having been appointed to the Beaufort County Drug and Alcohol Commission in May of 2009.  She was also a past board member of Beaufort County Disabilities and Special Needs, and was a very active volunteer with Beaufort Memorial Hospital and the Beaufort County Republican party.

She was an accomplished pianist and often hosted Hausmusik in her home. Twice each week, she played songs from the 40's on the piano for the residents of Summit Place and Morningside of Beaufort. Mrs. Fuller was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Beaufort Area Music Teachers, Lady's Island Business and Professional Association, Royal Pines Homeowners Association, Royal Pines Garden Club and the Marsh Hatters. She was a former member of the Brenda Club and had a passion for bridge.

She was a member of Beth Israel Synagogue in Beaufort.


Frank J. Popelar

Frank J. Popelar, 89, of Britton, passed away Nov. 30, 2009.  He was born June 25, 1920, the son of Frank and Genevieve (Trinacty) Popelar.  On May 25, 1947, he married Doris M. Stokes in Monroe, Mich. and she survives.

In addition to his wife, Doris, Frank is survived by three daughters, Marcia (Les) DeMoss of Colorado, Nancy E. Bale of Tecumseh, and Patricia (Jim) Pilbeam of Tecumseh; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Wright-Davenport and two sisters, Frances Thompson, and Mary Kozumplik.

Frank was a World War II veteran, serving in the United States Army Air Force.  He was retired from the Tecumseh Products Company after 42 years of service.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh with the Rev. Lloyd Jewett officiating.  Interment will follow at Marble Park Cemetery, Milan, Mich. with military honors by Michigan Army National Guard Honor Guard Team.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh.  Condolences to the family may be made on line at www.pursefuneralhome.com.


Donna Jean Krzyzaniak

Donna Jean Krzyzaniak,  82,  of Tecumseh, went home to our Lord and her beloved Johnny on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Herrick Medical Center, Tecumseh.  She was born Aug. 1, 1927, in Bridgewater Township, the daughter of Maurice and Helen (McHenney) MaLady.  On Oct. 12, 1946, she married John S. Krzyzaniak.

Donna is survived by one sister, Marilyn; one son, John A. (Carrie) Krzyzaniak of Tecumseh; four daughters, Barbara (Rick) Piercy of Tipton, Patricia (Jim) Harvey of Tecumseh, Cynthia (Jerry) Piercy of Tecumseh, and Helen (David) Frayer of Seminole, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, John, she was preceded in death by her parents, and a daughter, Pamela.

 
A Memorial Mass will be held at 12:30 p.m.  Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Tecumseh with Fr. Daniel Wheeler officiating.  Burial will immediately follow at Brookside Cemetery, Tecumseh.   

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Lenawee County Humane Society. Condolences to the family may be made on line at www.pursefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh.




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