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April 21st, 2011

Phyllis M. Reasoner

Phyllis M. Reasoner, 85, of Adrian, passed away Friday, April 15, 2011, at Bixby Medical Center. She was born Feb. 1, 1926, in Adrian, the daughter of Elliott and Gertrude (Schwass) Bayles, Sr. In 1943, she graduated from Adrian High School.

Phyllis worked for Adrian Public Schools as a teacher's aide for many years. A dedicated Foster Grandparent at Maurice Spear Campus for over 15 years, she was recognized as 1999-2000 Foster Grandparent of the Year for Lenawee County. Phyllis was a lifetime member of the Adrian Alumni Association, and in 2008 she was the first recipient of their Outstanding Volunteer award. She enjoyed being the historian and event coordinator for the AHS Class of '43. For many years, Phyllis served as a Superintendent of Open Class Exhibits at the Lenawee County Fair. She was an avid genealogist.

Phyllis is survived by three sons, George (Mary Beth) Reasoner, Jr., of Tecumseh; Douglas Reasoner of Texas; and Paul (Tammie) Reasoner of Adrian; a treasured granddaughter, Leah Marjorie Reasoner; brother, Elliott Bayles, Jr., of Adrian; sister, Kathleen Aiston of Phoenix, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews, including Sue (George) North, Jr., of Adrian, who was like a daughter to her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Gertrude Reasoner, in infancy.

The funeral service for Phyllis was held on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Wagley Funeral Home with the Rev. Lloyd Jewett officiating. Burial followed at Lenawee Hills Memorial Park.

Condolences to the family may be sent to Contributions in memory of Phyllis may be made to Adrian High School Alumni Association, the Foster Grandparent Program or Alzheimer's Association. Envelopes are available at Wagley Funeral Home.

April 14th

Wilma Jean Barrett

Wilma Jean Barrett, 85, of Britton, passed away at home April 11, 2011. Wilma was born Oct. 6, 1925, in Britton, Mich., the daughter of Lenard and Myrtle (Underwood) Daykin.

She graduated in 1944 from Britton High School. On June 19, 1948, she married Jack Barrett in Britton.

Jean was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Tecumseh, Tecumseh Grange #166, 5th degree team for State Grange and leader of Britton-Macon 4-H Club. She worked for more than 35 years at Ford Motor Company in the Rawsonville and Saline Plants.

Jean is survived by her husband of 62 years, Jack; a son, Kevin (Kendra) Barrett and a daughter Karen (John) DeCoster, both of Britton; grandchildren, Kimberly Werstein, Kevin (Dawn) Barrett II, Kristin (Nick) Martin, Kendall (Angel) Barrett, John P. DeCoster; great-grandchildren, Kayleigh, Andrea, Allie, Cole, Clint, Steven, Dempsey, Natalie and Virginia; sister, Ruth Kleve of Florida; brother, Doug Daykin of Belleville, Mich.; Aunt Juanita Rieve of Tipton; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Beatrice.

Funeral services will be at noon on Friday, April 15, 2011, at the First Baptist Church in Tecumseh with Pastor Alan Maki and Dr. Kenneth Boyd officiating. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p. m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2011, at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Tecumseh or the Alzheimer's Association. Condolences to the family may be made online at

Robert E. Spence

Robert E. Spence, 73 of Britton, died peacefully on Monday morning, April 11, 2011, in his home under the care of his family and Hospice of Lenawee. He was born on June 12, 1937, in Hancock County, Ohio, the son of Chester and Bertha (Sterrett) Spence. He married Catherine Lewis on Aug. 29, 1959, and sadly, she preceded him in death on Oct. 20, 2005.

Bob was a Veteran of the United States Army and was a Draftsman for Tecumseh Products for over twenty years until he retired in 1999. He enjoyed camping up at Lighthouse Village, tinkering and putting together model cars, watching John Wayne military movies and drawing cartoons. He cherished his time with his family and friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Bob is survived by his son, Robert M. (Teresa) Spence of Britton; his daughter, Colleen (Terry) Stoddard of Deerfield; his sister, Louise (Robert) Pavey of Jonesville; and four grandchildren, Cory (Emily) and Kristin Spence and Nathan Stoddard.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers; William, Donald “Rex” and Garland.

At Bob's request, cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service to celebrate his life on Saturday, April 23, 2011, at the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes at 11 a.m. with Pastor Gary Miller of Tecumseh Church of the Nazarene and Pastor Michael Daniels of the Church Alive Ministries in Palmyra, officiating. Full Military Honors will be conducted at the funeral home following services by the Tecumseh and Britton American Legion(s) and the Tecumseh VFW. Inurnment of the cremated remains will take place at a later date in Ridgeway Cemetery, Tecumseh. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee. The family would like to give special thanks to Gloria and Melissa from Hospice of Lenawee.

Kathlene Ann Hunt

Kathlene Ann Hunt, 43, died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 10, 2011, at Herrick Medical Center in Tecumseh. She was born Feb. 13, 1968, in Omaha, Neb., to James Leroy Hunt and Judith Ann Dibble. She was a loving mother, grandmother and was willing to help anyone.

She is survived by her mother, Judith Powelke of Adrian; her son, Matthew Mackenzie of Clinton; a grandson, Dominik Heimerdinger; two brothers, Michael (Tammy) Hunt of Adrian and Richard Hunt of Palmyra; her grandmother, Ethel Hunt of Harrison, Mich.; her aunts and uncles; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Friday, April 15, 2011, at 3 p.m. at the Adrian Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Adrian Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Kathlene Hunt. Envelopes are available at the Adrian Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home.

Wayne Harold Jeffrey "Harold"

Harold Jeffrey, 80, of Britton, passed away suddenly April 8, 2011, at Bixby Medical Center, Adrian, Mich. He was born May 24, 1930, in Detroit, the son of James and Madie (Sloan) Jeffrey. On Sept. 19, 1950, he married Elsie L. Goings in Redford, Mich. and she survives.

Harold was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict. He was retired from General Motors Corporation. Harold was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, Britton, Mich.

In addition to his wife, Elsie, he is survived by his children, Janice (Fletcher) Herrin, Joyce (John) Lopez, Joel (Betsy) Jeffery, Jerry (Janice) Jeffrey, and Julie (Scott) Sellers, 18 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son and daughter-in-law, Jamie and Bonnie Jeffrey, and a granddaughter, Jolene.
Funeral services were held Wednesday April 13, 2011, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian, with Pastor Bob Wright officiating. Interment followed at Ridgeway Cemetery.

Condolences to the family may be made online at

George Ramon Torres

George Ramon Torres, 52, of Tecumseh, died Sunday, April 10, 2011, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was born Sept. 8, 1958, in Tecumseh to Manuel and Adelaida (Anaya) Torres.

George was a 1976 graduate of Tecumseh High School. He graduated from Jackson Community College with an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. He had been employed with GM in Tecumseh for 10 years. He was currently employed with the Michigan Dept. of Corrections for the past 22 years. George was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. He enjoyed spending time with his grandson, traveling, and hunting. He had a passion for riding his motorcycle with a group of his closest friends and family. George furthered his education and became a state certified motorcycle mechanic.

George is survived by his children, James R. (Laura) Torres of Adrian, Robert M. Torres (his fiancé Amanda Amaya) of New Mexico, and Tarah A. Torres of Ypsilanti; a grandson, Cruz R. Torres; his parents, Manuel and Adelaida Torres of Tecumseh; his former wife, Phyllis Adams of Adrian; and his brothers and sisters, Jose (Lynne) Lopez of Tecumseh, Maria (Larry) Dillon of Adrian, Arjela (Denton) Marsh of Adrian, Oscar (Elizabeth) Lopez of Adrian, Teresa (Richard) Hutchinson of Cincinnati, Ohio, Manuela Enriques of Detroit, and Felicidad Vasques of Detroit.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

The Funeral Liturgy for George will be held on Friday, April 15, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church with Father Dan Wheeler as celebrant. Burial will be in Lenawee Hills Memorial Gardens, Tecumseh. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home, where a Vigil Prayer Service will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be held on Friday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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