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August 26th, 2010

Barbara Benko Middlebrook

Barbara Benko Middlebrook, died March 24, 2010.  She was born in Hungary.  
She worked at Peerless Gear in Clinton for many years.

Her remains will be placed at Riverside Cemetery in Clinton at a future date.

LuLuBelle Anderson

LuLuBelle Anderson, 83, of Tecumseh, died Friday,  Aug. 20, 2010, from complications of Alzheimer's Disease.  LuLuBelle was born in Liberty County, Fla., the daughter of Enoch and Rossie (Turner) Stanfill on Feb. 11, 1927,  and moved to Michigan in 1946.  

Lou was the hostess at the Tecumseh, Mich., McDonald's in the late 70's/early 80's, where hosting birthday parties were a special pleasure of hers.  She was a longtime, active  member of the Tecumseh FW Ladies Auxiliary, as well as a member of several bowling teams in Tecumseh and Adrian.

Lou is survived by her siblings, Enoch "Mac" Stanfill and Helen (Stanfill) Revell; children, James (Carol) Anderson, Jon (Tamara) Anderson, Janet Marsh Wickstrom, Nancy Marsh Wolfe and Linda Marsh; grandchildren, Sean, Kimberly, Chad, Nathan, Terri and Christina; great-grandchildren, Elias, Emily, Nathan, Tristan and Hailey.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Chester Ray Marsh and Louis Anderson; and siblings, Rosa Lee and Myrdell.

Funeral Services were held Wednesday, Aug.25, 2010, at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh, with Pastor Mike Dunson officiating.  Burial followed in Brookside Cemetery, Tecumseh.

Condolences to the family may be made online at

Lynard Leon Jones

Lynard Leon Jones, 82, of Tecumseh, died Aug. 22, 2010.  He was born March 21, 1928, in Black Oak, Ark., the son of Lynard and Opal Marie (Carter) Jones.  On Oct. 31, 1955, he married Laura Anspach of Tecumseh and she preceded him in death on March 6, 1997.
Lynard lived in the Tecumseh area since 1945, and served with the U.S. Army Engineers during the Korean Conflict.  He retired from the Tecumseh Products Co.  He was a member of the Lower Light Church in Tecumseh.

Lynard is survived by his children, Mark (Rachael) Jones of Morenci and Kathy (Tim) Widman of Ohio; two granddaughters, Maria Knotek of Hudson, Mich., and Karen Jones of Adrian, Mich.; a grandson, Carter Widman; two great-grandchildren, Cody Wyse of Morenci, Adriana Knotek of Hudson; and a cousin, Craiglyn Newell of Linden, Mich.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; a brother; and a granddaughter, Michelle.

Graveside services were held Wednesday at Lenawee Hills Memorial Gardens, Tecumseh  with the Rev. Phil Arnold officiating.

Funeral arrangements were made by the  J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh.

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.  

Condolences and memories of Iva may be sent to

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.

You may send condolences to the family at

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

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