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August 26th, 2010

Iva M. Kotts

Iva M. Kotts, 88, of Adrian, formerly of Clinton, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, in Bixby Emergency Room, Adrian.  She was born April 8, 1922, in Clinton, the daughter of Wesley and Lulu (Kotts) Scofield.  She married Charles Kotts Oct. 12, 1953, in Kingsland, Ga., who sadly, preceded her in death in 1978.

Iva is survived by two nephews; Johnny Kotts and Richard Tarte; her special friends and caregivers, and her church and funeral home families.  

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.

Iva was a longtime, and very active, member of the Clinton United Methodist Church, and the Semper Fidelis Circle.  She had worked in the Tecumseh and Clinton area during her lifetime and for the Handler (Proctor/Couture) Funeral homes for over 25 years.  She also had past memberships in the Southern Michigan Railroad Society and Clinton Chamber of Commerce.  When you hear the chimes in the clock tower of the Clinton Inn, think of Iva.
Visitation was held on Monday, Aug. 23, at the Clinton United Methodist Church until the time of her services.  Pastor Faye McKinstry officiated and burial followed in Riverside Cemetery, Clinton.  Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Clinton United Methodist Church.  

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Brenda Jean Brown

Brenda Jean Brown, 66, of Tecumseh, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. She was born May 7, 1944, to John L. and Mildred H. (Patrick) Nichols. On Feb. 15, 1975, Brenda married Ray Brown and he survives.

Brenda was a member of the First Baptist Church in Astor, Fla., where she was a part of the Winning Women's group. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society.

In addition to her husband, Brenda is survived by one son, Harry “Buddy” Swank and his wife, Lorraine of Milan; two daughters, Melanie (Brown) Scheich and her husband, Douglas of Tecumseh and Deanna Swank; one brother, John D. Nichols and his wife LouEllen of Woodbury, Tenn.; one sister, Nina “Faye” Stucky and her husband Joe of Peabody, Kan.; and four grandchildren, Chad Swank, Hunter Swank, Gavin Burstall, and Korin Burstall.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents, John D. and Mildred Nichols; and two brothers, Jerry and David.

Funeral services for Brenda were held on Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, at Anderson Funeral Home, 1448 Short St, Tecumseh with Rev. Richard Burstall officiating. Cremation followed the services.

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Sammy Dean McCarley

Sammy Dean McCarley, 65, of Tecumseh, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, in his home surrounded by his family.  Dean was born June 12, 1945, in Bexar, Ala., the son of Denton and Gladys McCarley.  On Aug. 1, 1964, he married Bonita L. Buchheimer in Tecumseh.

Dean is survived by three sons, Samuel (Tammi), Scott (Kelly), and Stephen (Kathleen); four grandchildren, Logan, Griffin, Anna and Seamus; and two sisters, Ann (Bill) Bridges and Lee (David) Francoeur.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie; his parents, Denton and Gladys; and his brother, Dale.

He spent his career at Tecumseh Products and retired from their Engineering Department.  His hobbies included bonsai trees, antiquing with his wife, collecting and selling guns, knives and duck decoys.  

This comes with great sadness and he will be deeply missed.  A memorial service will be held 1 p.m.  Saturday,  Aug. 28, 2010,  at the J. Gilbert Purse funeral home, Tecumseh. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Lenawee County or to the American Cancer Society.  Condolences to the family may be made online at

Goldie Ann Zarnoch

Goldie Ann Zarnoch was 67 when cancer took her life on Aug. 23, 2010.  Her brother and sister were at her side.   Her friends and family will agree she was aptly named.   Her spirit, soul, and attitude on life were Golden. She gave unconditional love to those she met and had unconditional acceptance and thankfulness for what came her way. Her happiness came from within. She touched the lives of many.

Survivors include mother, Goldie Glory Zarnoch; brother, Walter Zarnoch; sister, Mary Kay Zielinski; uncle, Peter (Earline) Zarnoch; cousins, Terry Chorzempa, and William (Mary) Werynski.   

Goldie was preceded in death by her father, John S. Zarnoch and her grandparents, Joseph and Goldie E Fishburn and Teofil and Constance Zarnoch.

She is a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Saline.  Goldie took pride in being an editor at ProQuest LCC (formally UMI) where she was employed for 47 years.  She was a dedicated employee. She was most happy in nature and loved bird watching, gardening, cooking, and especially the companionship of her many loving friends.  

Visitation is Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, from  2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.  at Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home in Saline.   Following a viewing from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., a Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Friday,  Aug. 27, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Saline, Mich., with the Rev. Fr. William J. Stevenson as Celebrant.  Immediately following the Mass there will be a luncheon where friends and family can share their Goldie stories.   

Following the luncheon Interment will be at Brookside Cemetery in Tecumseh Michigan.   In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Humane Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, or a charity of one’s choice.

Imogene I Nation

Imogene I Nation, 84, of Tecumseh, passed away Aug. 17, 2010. Imogene was born July 23, 1926, in Detroit, Mich.,  the daughter of Ecla and Irene (Nixon) Justice.  She retired from the Atlantic & Pacific Tea  Company after 32 years of service.   

Imogene is survived by her son, Mark (Lisa) Nation of Clinton; brother, Robert  (Beverly) Justice of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Mark Nation II, Danielle Nation, Wendy Hiser and Martha Baker; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Loyal and her husband.

A private family burial has taken place in Brookside Cemetery, Tecumseh.  Arrangements were entrusted to the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh.  
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Geraldine Mieduch

Geraldine Mieduch, age 84, of Clinton died Tuesday, August 24, 2010 in Toledo Hospital. She was born April 18, 1926 in Detroit, the daughter of Kasmier and Jeanette Klenczar. She was married to Stanley Mieduch on July 27, 1946 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Detroit.

Geraldine was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Clinton. She was a homemaker and worked in the family business, Pike Inn Bar and Motel at the corner of U.S. 12 and Tipton Highway for twenty-one years. Geraldine enjoyed gardening, sewing and her greatest joy was her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Geraldine is survived by her husband, Stanley; two sons, Michael Mieduch of Clinton and Daniel (Rhonda) Mieduch of Scottsdale, AZ and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Ernie.

At her request cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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