Archive - Obituary

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January 19th, 2011

Audrey H. Taylor

Audrey H. Taylor, 95, of Tecumseh, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at Herrick Manor.  She was born July 26, 1915, in Midhurst Sussex, England to Gabriel and Beatrice (Formhals) Green.  She was married to William A. Taylor on Oct. 13, 1943, in Keysoe, England. She was one of the first English War Brides to come to the U.S. in 1943.  William preceded her in death on April 30, 1995.  Audrey retired in 1977, from Sears and Roebuck in Toledo, where she had worked for 15 years as a Supervisor in the Customer Service Department.

She is survived by a son, Patrick (Barbara) Taylor of Las Vegas, Nev.; a daughter, Pamela Sue (Kenneth) Bollinger of Adrian; a sister, Blanche Brown of the UK; grandchildren, Andrew and Jeremy (Karla) Taylor, Jeffrey (Shayna) Staup, Jolie (Sean) Murphy, Sarah (Dan) Vomastek, Amanda Bollinger, and Jayme Shin; eight great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Patsy Applegate of Ill.; a brother-in-law, Richard (Gay) Taylor of Ill.; and many loving nieces and nephews.  

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

At Audrey’s request, cremation has taken place.  Memorial services for Audrey will be held Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at 1 p.m. at the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home, 1448 Short St., Tecumseh with Pastor Bolton officiating.  Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home. Burial of cremains will be in Brookside Cemetery Tecumseh.

You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomeadriantecumseh.com.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.  Envelopes are available at the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home.


Annie Ruth Worrick

Annie Ruth Worrick, 81, of Brooklyn, passed away, Jan. 17, 2011. She was born Aug. 18, 1929, in Deckard, Tenn., the daughter of Arthur and Mary (Brooks) Counts.  
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian.  Burial will follow in Lenawee Hills Memorial Park, Adrian.  Visitation will be on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian. 


January 12th

Jean Weitenhagen

Jean Weitenhagen, age 90, of Tecumseh, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, with her daughter by her side, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility, Adrian, where she had been for the past year.  She was born in Adrian, Mich., on Oct. 1, 1920, the daughter of Evan and Eva (Pilotte) Francoeur.  She married Burton Weitenhagen, the love of her life, on May 26, 1945, and he preceded her in death on September 4, 2004.

Jean was a lifelong resident of the area and was a perfectly devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  She leaves behind lasting memories and will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Jean is survived by her daughter Kathleen (Stephen) Rupley of Adrian; and her grandsons, whom she adored and lived for,  Brandon (Kim) Raupp of Adrian and Cody Raupp of East Lansing.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers Evan, Byron and Edmund Francoeur.

At Jean’s request, cremation has taken place.  A memorial service to Celebrate her Life will be held on Thursday, Jan. 13 at the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes at 1 p.m. with Deacon Ray Wood of the United Vision Baptist Church in Toledo officiating.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from noon until the time of the services.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of Jean’s husband Burton.  Inurnment of her cremated remains will be in Brookside Cemetery at a later date.  Condolences may be offered to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com.


Francisco A. “Fran” Hernandez

Francisco A. “Fran” Hernandez, age 88, of Tecumseh passed away Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at Tecumseh Place II. He was born Feb. 8, 1922, in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico, to Juan C. and Maria Antonieta (Pradeau) Hernandez.  

Fran served in the US Navy as a First Class Machinist Mate on the USS Cabot in the Pacific during WW II.  Fran was a manager at Ford Motor Co. for 33 years, involved with their racing efforts and Advanced Vehicle Development. On Sept.14, 1942, he married Patricia Rathbun in Los Angeles, CA, and she survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Randy (Kate) Hernandez of Tecumseh and Rick (Joan) Hernandez of Agoura Hills, CA; one daughter, Nancy Hernandez of Houston, Tex; one brother, Luis F. Hernandez of Los Angeles, Cal; and seven grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

There will be no public services or visitation.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomeadriantecumseh.com.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home.


January 5th

Orval Rose

Orval Rose, age 62, of Brooklyn, died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010. He was born March 6, 1948, in Kentucky to John and Martha (Stevens) Rose. He married Susan Aiuto on Jan. 16, 1967, in West Virginia and she survives. Orval retired from Clinton Public Schools on June 30, 2010, where he had worked in the building and maintenance department. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, loved going to his grandkids ball games, spending family time and he adored his family and wife.

In addition to his wife, Susan, he is survived by three daughters, Diane (Ron) Pickell of Britton, Denise (Jim) Floer of Brooklyn, and Debbie (Craig) Lee of Brooklyn; two brothers, Wilce (Maxine) Rose of Kentucky, and Bill (Carolyn) Rose of Indiana; two sisters, Liz Crace of Kentucky and Lou (Curt) Collins of Indiana; six grandchildren, Matt, R.J. (Katy), Brianna, Jacob, Justin, Kyle; and one great-grandson, Aiden Pickell. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Jim, Andy, Ben and Ed; one sister, Polly and one brother-in-law, Tom Aiuto.

Funeral services for Orval were held on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home with Pastor Vito Aiuto officiating. Cremation followed the services. Visitation was held Thursday, Dec. 30, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home, located at 1448 Short St., Tecumseh. Visitation was also held on Friday, Dec. 31, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomeadriantecumseh.com. Memorial contributions may be made to The Woman’s Center at Herrick Medical Center or Brooklyn Sportsman Club. Envelopes are available at the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home.


Rev. Donald Charles Porteous Sr.

Rev. Donald Charles Porteous Sr. passed into the Lord’s hands Dec. 27, with family at his side.  Born 7-9-1918 in New Brighton Pa., Don graduated from Asbury College and Asbury Seminary in Wilmore Ky. He met his partner and wife of 64 years, Betty, at Asbury. Betty died three years ago. He leaves three children — David in Conn., Donald in Tex, and Kathy in Fla. Donald was a retired minister of the United Methodist Church from Michigan. His devotion to Christ’s ministry continued through this year. They had three granddaughters and one great-grandson. Don’s gentleness, caring, humor, strength of character, and love will be missed. A memorial service was at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens in Palm Harbor on Sunday Jan. 2 at 3 p.m. Rev. David Landers of Heritage United Methodist Church led the service. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Rev. Don and Betty Porteous Scholarship Fund at Asbury University in Wilmore Ky., (800-888-1818 x2104), and/or the Rev. Don and Betty Porteous Fund at Heritage United Methodist Church, Clearwater, Fla., (727-796-1329) or to a church or charity of your choice.  




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