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October 20th, 2010

Hugh A. DesErmia

Hugh A. DesErmia, age 87, of Tecumseh, passed away Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 at Herrick Medical Center.  Hugh was born Sept. 28, 1923 in Britton, Mich, the son of Lysle and Clara (Smith) DesErmia. On Feb. 14, 1944, he married Alice Boyd of Clinton and she survives.  Hugh graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1941.  

He worked for Philco Corp. and Ford Motor Co. before serving in the United States Army for 27 months.  Hugh graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering.   He worked in the Public Health field, with his father in the furniture business and retired from Ford Motor Company in 1987 after 32 years of service.  
Hugh is survived by his wife, Alice; three sons, Bruce (Kathryn) DesErmia of Traverse City, Mich, Brian (Lynn) DesErmia of Clinton and Bret (Ana) DesErmia of Brighton, Mich; two brothers, Keith DesErmia and Charles DesErmia, both of Venice, Fla; six grandchildren, Russell, Adam, Claire, Reid, Graham and Rhys DesErmia and three great grandchildren.  

Funeral services were 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010 at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh with Rev. Richard Mortimer officiating.  Burial followed in Brookside Cemetery, Tecumseh.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Tecumseh Kiwanis Club of which Hugh was an active member.   Condolences to the family may be made online at

Gerald “Tut” Tuttle

Gerald "Tut" Tuttle, age 94, of Devis's Lake, died Oct. 18, 2010.

He was born Aug. 25, 1916, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Raymond and Ona Tuttle.
On April 25, 1946, he married Blanche Garwood and she preceded him in death in 1988.
"Tut" attended Morenci High School.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps.
"Tut" retired from Buckeye Products in 1978. He built, owned and operated "Tut's Place", a snack bar at Devils Lake.  He enjoyed fishing, rafting, the outdoors, and traveling to the U.P.

"Tut" is survived by four children, Christine Tuttle of Adrian, Mike (Sherry) Tuttle of Onsted, Sandra (Chad) Butler of Jackson, and Dr. Calvin Tuttle of Tecumseh; 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife Blanche, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jack and one grandson, Michael J. Tuttle, Jr.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian, with Pastor Fritz Kruse officiating.  Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci, with military honors performed by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH.  

Visitation will also be on Thursday from 11 a.m. until time of funeral services at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian.

Condolences may be offered online at:

Deborah (Ruttkofsky) Lentz

Deborah  (Ruttkofsky) Lentz, age 56, of Ypsilanti, passed away October 18, 2010.
Debbie was born May 23, 1954, in Adrian, Mich, the daughter of of Fredrick Ruttkofsky, Sr. and Olive McQuirt who have preceded her in death.  

Debbie attended Tecumseh Schools and was a 1975 graduate of Ann Arbor Pioneer High School and a 1993 Associates graduate of Washtenaw Community College.  She was employed by the University of Michigan in 1983 and retired from the U of M Dental School in 2010.

Debbie  is survived by her brothers: Fred Jr. (Dianna) of Lake City, Mich, Douglas of Tecumseh, Robert (Clara) of Tipton, Jim Burrow of Hudson, Tim Andrews (Mary) of Hicksville, Ohio;   sisters, Tammy Schaff (Bob) and Sandy Harrel all of Baltimore Maryland; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncle and cousins; “Tommy and Tuxie” who were her constant companions;  life long friends Kim and Wesley Treaster;  caretakers, Laurie Clark, Sandy Smith and Theresa Greenly  and many friends too numerous to mention.  

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh with Pastor Bob Finkbeiner officiating.   Burial will follow at Lenawee Hills Memorial Park, Adrian.  Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh and from 11-1 p.m. Thursday, the time of service.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Ann Arbor Cat Clinic, 3690 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor, Mich, 48106.   Condolences to the family may be made online at

Herman A. “Herm” Wadke

Herman A. “Herm” Wadke, age 78 of Tecumseh, formerly of Ypsilanti, passed away Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010.  He was born March 12, 1932 in Ann Arbor to Herman and Caroline (Healy) Wadke.  On June 20, 1953, he married Priscilla Draper.  She preceded him in death on Jan. 22, 2003.

Herman was employed at Ford Motor Company as a Quality Engineer before retiring.  He was a member of the Tecumseh Kiwanis Club, Stephen Minister at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, and past member of the Tecumseh Historical Society.  He loved to play cards, listen to classical music, travel, and enjoyed volunteer work.  He enjoyed mentoring and tutoring the second graders at Sutton Elementary.  Herman served his country in the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include two daughters, Kelly (Randy) Brewer of Clinton and Suzanne Wadke of Tecumseh; one son, William (Carol) Wadke of Pinckney; seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Herman was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, and two brothers.  
At his request, cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Service for Herman will be Friday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Tecumseh.  The family will receive friends from 12 to 1 p.m.   Burial will take place at a later date at Highland Cemetery in Ypsilanti.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lenawee County Humane Society.  Condolences may be offered at

Elizabeth Marshall Witte

Elizabeth Marshall Witte, age 84 of Tecumseh, died Thursday, Oct. 14 at Lenawee Medical Care Facility.  She was born Nov. 4, 1925 in Detroit, Mich, the daughter of Charles McConachie and Esther (Marshall) McConachie.  She married Richard Witte on Sept. 11, 1954 and he survives.

Elizabeth earned a B.S. at Wayne State University and attained a nursing degree from Henry Ford Hospital.  She enjoyed gardening, reading – especially the great classics, and was an avid history buff.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband Richard; her two daughters, Meredith Witte of Ann Arbor and Martha Witte of Philadelphia, Pa.

At her request, cremation has taken place. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Emma L. Howard

Emma L. Howard, age 88, of Tecumseh, passed away Oct. 14, 2010 at the Lenawee Medical Care Facility. Emma was born March 26, 1922 in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Thomas C. and Harriet (Smith) Gallant. On July 27, 1940, she married Henry N. Howard in Tecumseh. He preceded her in death May 18, 1992. She and her husband were avid Square Dancers and members of the Shawnee Squares and the Maple City Swingers. She loved NASCAR and was a diehard Jeff Gordon fan.

Emma was dearly loved by her family and all who knew her. She will be greatly missed.
Emma is survived by a son Henry J. and his wife Marlene Howard of Tecumseh and daughter Sandra and her husband Bruce Moore of Howell; five grandchildren, Douglas (Shannon) Moore, Teresa (John) Bowen, Michael (Michelle) Howard, Jeffrey Howard and Lisa (Brendon) Holtz; 14 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; sister, Doris Muckenstrum; brother, Eugene (Georgia) Gallant and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, Henry N., she was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh, with Rev. Lloyd Jewett officiating.

Burial followed in Ridgeway Cemetery, Ridgeway. Condolences to the family may be made on line at

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