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March 10th, 2011

Virginia Shoemaker

Virginia Shoemaker, 84, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at her home with her daughter and family, in Tecumseh. She was born Oct. 10, 1926, in Warren, Ohio, to Scott and Shirley (Shaw) Willet. On Oct. 16, 1944, Virginia married William Duane Shoemaker in Weston, Mich.  He preceded her in death on Oct. 24, 2004, after 60 years of marriage. Virginia was employed as a youth specialist with Adrian Training School for 13 years, retiring in 1972. She was an avid gardener and served as a columnist for the Morenci Observer for 26 years. She also served on the Morenci City Council.

Surviving Virginia are three sons, William (Mickey) Shoemaker, Jr. of Concord, N.H., Thomas (Beth) Shoemaker of Pensacola, Fla. and Nick (Cheryl) Shoemaker of Adrian; two daughters, Linda Crow of Toledo, and Judith (Gary) Hicks of Tecumseh; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Duane, she was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Margaret, Audrey, Marian, and Marilyn; and two brothers, Scott and Russell.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service and celebration of Virginia’s life will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2011, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Milestones, 139 W. Main St., Morenci, Mich.
Condolences may be sent to the family at

Memorial contributions may be made to the Morenci Tree Planting Fund, the Morenci Library or Little Garden Club.. Arrangements are under the direction of the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home.

John W. Martin

John W. Martin, 74, died on Friday, March 4, 2011, at home with family following a final bout with cancer.  He was born March 1, 1937, to Bessie and E. C. Martin.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Billy W. Martin.

John lettered in football, basketball, and track before graduating from Ypsilanti High School in 1955.  He also played football for a period in the Army.  He was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles. Returning to Ypsilanti, he was employed by American Airlines, was a manager at Beneficial Finance Company, and attended Henry Ford Community College.  He retired from Local 512 of the Carpenter’s Union after 30 years.  During those years, he worked as a carpenter holding many offices in the Carpenter’s Union and became their Business Agent beginning in 1982.

After retirement, John moved to Elk Lake in Gladwin County, Mich., where he served on the Planning Commission for Clement Township.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Gladwin and the Lenawee County Conservation League.  He loved being with friends, hunting, fishing, reading, playing cards, and being with family, especially at the lake in the summer.  He spent parts of 15 winters in Venice, Fla., and changed to winters in Tecumseh in 2006 where his children and grandchildren reside.  He was a fun, devoted, supportive, and loving husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather.  He was loved and cherished in return.

Elizabeth Anna Royer

Elizabeth Anna Royer, 75, formerly of Adrian, went to be with her Lord on March 7, 2011.  She was born March 25, 1935, in Palmyra, Mich., to Donald and Beulah (Cornell) Jones.  She married Lewis Snedeker in 1958, who preceded her in death in 1986.  She married Stephen Royer in 1988, who also preceded her in death in 2005.

She will be known for her volunteer work and her dedication to The Salvation Army.  She loved working with young people and was a role model for many.

She leaves behind one brother, Carroll Jones; three children, Robin (Brian) Napieralski of Tecumseh, Pamela (Steve) Depew and Jeffrey (Kristie) Snedeker, both of Adrian; seven grandchildren, Jason (Megan), Steven (Jackie), Joshua, David, Matthew, Adam and Elizabeth; and two great-grandchildren, Emma and Ava.

In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Dorman; and two sisters, Frances and Donna.
A special thanks to the staff of Tecumseh Place for their loving care and to Hospice for the support they gave.

The funeral service for Elizabeth will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Wagley Funeral Home with Envoys Edward and Bett deBaptiste officiating.  Burial will follow at North Dover Cemetery.  Condolences to the family may be sent at

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee or The Salvation Army.  Envelopes are available at Wagley Funeral Home.

March 7th

Robert E. “Bobbie” Derr

Robert E. “Bobbie” Derr, 64, of Adrian, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, at Herrick Medical Center. He was born Sept. 25, 1946, in Hudson, to Harold E. and Syntha (Deakins) Derr.

He is survived by his mother, Syntha Derr of Adrian. He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Harold “Sonny” Derr.

Funeral services for Robert were held Saturday, March 5, 2011, at the Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Edmond Burkey officiating. Burial was in Lenawee Hills Memorial Park, Adrian.
You may send condolences to the family at

March 3rd

Raven Elisabeth Lamoreaux

Raven Elisabeth Lamoreaux, 20, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at Bixby Medical Center.  She was born Aug. 8, 1990, in Tecumseh to John Rupert and Elizabeth Ann (Perez) Solomonson.  On Nov. 1, 2010, she married Sgt. Brent Leland Lamoreaux, stationed in Fort Knox, Ky., in Toledo and he survives.  On May 21, 2011, a formal garden wedding was planned to be held at the home of her parents.  Raven was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. She was an avid animal lover and was involved in Pit Bull Rescue.
In addition to her husband, Brent, she is survived by her parents, John and Elizabeth Solomonson of Tecumseh; a brother, Rourke Ian Solomonson of Tecumseh; grandparents, Janet and Roland Von Kaler of Tecumseh, Gwendolyn “Penny” Solomonson of Grayling, and Antonio and Scherry Perez of Howard, Ohio; great-grandfather Jacob Cuevas of Adrian; aunts and uncles, Anthony (Laurie) Perez, Patricia (William) Powers, and Jennifer (Gabe) Lopez; several cousins, including two special cousins, Reeve and Ridge Powers; her in-laws, Alan Lamoreaux and Celeste Lamoreaux; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Lamoreaux. 
She was preceded in death by her great-grandmother, Blanca Cuevas.
The Funeral Liturgy was offered on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church with Fr. Dan Wheeler as celebrant.  Entombment was in Brookside Cemetery.  Visitation was held at the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home, 1448 Short St., Tecumseh, Mich., where a Vigil Prayer Service was held. 
You may send condolences to the family at  Memorial contributions may be made to the Lenawee Humane Society.  Envelopes are available at the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home.

Christine L. DeLaCruz

Christine L. DeLaCruz, 51, of the Christ Center Resident Home of Tecumseh, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at Herrick Memorial Hospital. She was born Aug. 18, 1959, in Adrian to Refugio “Cuco” and Sofia (Cortinas) DeLaCruz. 
She is survived by three sisters, Sophie DeLaCruz of Ohio, Va., (Lionel) Garcia of Pontiac and Susie (Richard) Weichman of Adrian; 18 nieces and nephews; 46 great-nieces and nephews; and 18 great-great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Refugio “Rufus” DeLaCruz Jr.; a sister, Andrea DeLaCruz-Flores; and her grandparents.
Private funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Bob Schramm presiding. Burial was in Lenawee Hills Memorial Park, Adrian.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements were under the direction of the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home.

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