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February 16th, 2011

Guy C. Spreeman

Guy C. Spreeman, 47, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Bay Regional Medical Center with his family at his side. Guy suffered a cardiac arrest on Feb. 8, 2011, while helping a friend out of a snow drift. He fought for five days to regain the generous life he was known for but was unable to do so. He was born in Tecumseh on Dec. 21, 1963, to Charles and Yoshi (Arime) Spreeman. He married the former Lezlee E. Michelson on June 20, 1992, in Tecumseh, Mich. and she survives him. Guy was co-founder and co-owner of Surveying Solutions Inc. (SSI) of Standish and a member of many business connected organizations including the American Council of Engineering (ACEC) and Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA).

He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever and Whitetails Unlimited. Guy was very active in the community with youth league sports as a coach and supporter and in his children's sports and band activities.

He was a loving husband, dad, son, brother, uncle and friend survived by his wife of 18 years and their children, Emily Spreeman and Mason Spreeman; his parents, Charles and Yoshi Spreeman; two sisters, Mary and Pete Moilanen and Anna Spreeman and Pete Minuz; grandfather, Tokuei Arime; father and mother-in-law, Andy and Doris Michelson; sister-in-laws, Lora and Bill Davis; Gretchen and Mark Coutcher; and very special nieces and nephews, Rachel, Jacob, Isaac, Meagan and Carter.

Raymond H. Winzeler

Raymond H. Winzeler, 83, of Tecumseh, passed away Feb. 12, 2011, at Magnum Health Care in Adrian.  He was born Feb. 3, 1928, in Nampa, Idaho, to Raymond M. and Harriet M. (Bashaw) Winzeler.

Raymond was a graduate of Britton High School.  He worked for Tecumseh Products for 45 years before retiring in 1991.  He loved to hunt, ride motorcycles, and go camping.  He was a past member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Tecumseh and Adrian. 

Raymond is survived by his brother, Jim (Mary Jane) Winzeler of Tecumseh and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his only son, Michael Raymond; and his brother, John Lee.

At Ray’s request, cremation has taken place.  A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Home at 1 p.m. with Pastor Tom Hawkins of New Song Community Church officiating.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11 a.m.  until the time of the service.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Care Hospice of Jackson. 

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Doris Jean Mukensturm

Doris Jean Mukensturm, age 85, of Tecumseh, died Saturday, February 12, 2011 at her home. She was born Dec. 11, 1925, in Ann Arbor, to Thomas Calvin and Harriette Jane (Smith) Gallant. On March 20, 1943, in Deerfield, she married Ronald Guy Mukensturm and he preceded her in death on Sept. 7, 1989. Doris attended the First Church of the Nazarene in Tecumseh.. She enjoyed crafts, and was a member of the Pythians Sisters, The Jolly 18 Card Club and the Tecumseh Eagles Club. Doris also enjoyed cooking, caring for her family and collecting beautiful angels and butterflies. Doris went home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ leaving behind a wonderful legacy. She has touched many people’s lives, for which all of her family, friends and loved ones are very grateful, blessed and honored to have had her  a part of our lives.

Doris is survived by her children, Ronald E. (Sharon) Mukensturm of Larwell, Ind., Barbara L. (Gary) Mills of Elmyra, Mich., and Beth A. Mukensturm-Malik of Tecumseh; one brother, Eugene (Georgia) Gallant of Adrian; one sister, 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Ronald, she was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Suzanne Mukensturm, a son, Bill Mukensturm and three brothers, Thomas, Donald and Edwin Gallant, sister, Emma Howard, and a grandson.

Funeral services for Doris were held on Monday, Feb. 14, in the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home, 1448 Short St., Tecumseh with Pastor Pete Valdez officiating. Burial was in Tipton Cemetery.

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Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Parkinson’s Disease  Association. Envelopes are available at the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home.

Olga F. Onisko

Olga F. Onisko, 86, of Tecumseh, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at her home surrounded by her loving family, caregiver, Nancy Perry and the devoted care of Hospice of Lenawee. She was born Oct. 31, 1924, in Flint, Mich., to Ignatius and Constance (Rubnikowicz) Fedoruk. On Oct. 13, 1951, she married Ernest J. Onisko.  He preceded her in death on July 23, 2009.  She was a member of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church.

Olga is survived by two sons, Kim Onisko of Long Beach, California and David (Susan) Onisko of Adrian; a brother, Leo (Evelyn) Fedoruk of Sterling Heights, Mich.; a sister, Elizabeth Fedoruk of St. Clair Shores, Mich.; two granddaughters, Samantha and Sydney Onisko; and a step-grandson, Andrew Snow. 

In addition to her husband, Ernest, she was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Lydia Borsodia.

The Funeral Liturgy for Olga will be held Thursday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church with Father Dan Wheeler officiating.  Burial will follow at Brookside Cemetery in Tecumseh.  Visitation was held at the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home, (1448 Short St. Tecumseh). Visitation will also be held on Thursday at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. before the Funeral Liturgy at 11 a.m.

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D. Margaret “Peg” Rathke

D. Margaret “Peg” Rathke, 95, of Clinton, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.  She was born May 31, 1915, in Bridgewater Township, Mich., the daughter of Clifford and Gertrude (Anglemyre) Brown.  In the mid 1930s, she married Leon D. Schwartz and he preceded her in death in 1962.  She then met and married Ellsworth “Red” Rathke in April of 1965.  Sadly, he also preceded her in death Jan. 4, 2003.

“Peg” graduated from Michigan Normal College and received her M.Ed and Specialist from Eastern Michigan University.  She worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” at the Willow Run plant during WWII.  “Peg” was a longtime member of the Clinton Congregational (U.C.C.) Church.  She taught elementary school in Lenawee County for 36 years before retiring in 1980.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed many things in life, gardening, teaching children, her cats, spending time on her farm, skiing, motorcycle riding, and she especially loved spending time with her family, particularly her grandchildren.

“Peg” is survived by her two daughters, Melinda Trout of Clinton and Julie (Steve Whittier) Schwartz of Heber, Utah; her son, Roy William (Chris) Schwartz of Ann Arbor; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; an infant child;  and her sister, Hope Bingham.

Upon her request, cremation has taken place and the family will receive friends on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Smith-Kimball Community Center in Clinton from 2-5 p.m. with food and fellowship to celebrate Peg's life.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. 

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February 11th

Violet I. Patterson

Violet I. Patterson, age 88, of Tecumseh, passed away Feb. 1, 2011 at home.  Violet was born July 9, 1922, in Jackson, Mich.,  the daughter of Samuel DeWaters and Hazel (Burleson) Yax.  On March 23, 1940, she married Orlo Cheever and on July 29, 1955 she married Samuel Patterson and both preceded her in death. Violet was a member of the Tecumseh Assembly of God Church and the Red Hat Society.

She enjoyed attending the Tecumseh Senior Citizens,  the Senior Exercise Class, her gardening, bingo, line dancing, playing cards and trips.  She retired from Ford Motor Company, Ypsilanti, after many years of service, Violet is survived by her children, Kathryn (Cheever) Gibson and Russell Cheever; grandchildren, Christopher (Stacy) Gibson,  Christina (Joe) Murray, Troy Cheever and Shawn (Sue) Cheever; great grandchildren, Skylar, Lucas, Madelyn, and Alexis and numerous other grandchildren and great grandchildren;  step children, Nancy (Robert) Phelps, Doris (Cecil) Tolliver, Paula Geesey and others and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by  brothers, Warren and Milo DeWaters;  sisters, Dorothy Searing, Hattie Bookier and Evelyn William and three stepdaughters.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Feb. 19, 2011, at the Tecumseh Assembly of God Church with Pastor Tom March officiating.  Visitation will be ay 10 a.m., one hour before the service.   Burial of ashes will be in Highland Cemetery, Ypsilanti, at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tecumseh Assembly of God Church. 

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