June 20, 2018

Martha H. Czerniak, Died June 18, 2018



Martha H. Czerniak
Died June 18, 2018

CEDAR – Martha Helen Czerniak, 77, of Cedar, passed away Monday, June 18, 2018 at Munson Medical Center.

Martha was born July 27, 1940 in Cedar the daughter of John and Matilda (Popa) Laskey.  On May 2, 1959 at the Holy Rosary Parish of Isadore, she married Joseph Peter Czerniak who preceded her in death on June 26, 2016.  Joe would buy her a new snowmobile or a new truck that was a “present” to her, that she never got to drive!

Martha was a life-long member of Holy Rosary Parish and was a fixture of their chicken dinners and a member of the committee.  She was also a lector and eucharist minister at the church.  She was a 20 year member and past vice president of the Glen Lake School Board.

She and Joe ran their family farm where she was the strawberry harvest manager of over ten acres and in addition did the farm’s payroll.  She worked at R.L. Polk in Traverse City.  She was a night manager at Mikowski’s IGA/Bunting’s Market.  As an employee at SugarLoaf Resort she was a housekeeping supervisor and a hostess in the dining room.  Martha also helped Joe out as the secretary for Czerniak Masonry.

Martha catered many Leelanau County weddings and today her meatball recipe is a family treasure.  Her kids remember her as the best carpooler, she would pick up her kids and half of the team and take them home.  She was a second mom to all of her children’s friends.

She shared Joe’s love of the Detroit Tigers.  She enjoyed country music and was a Patsy Cline fan.  She enjoyed tending to her rose bushes.

Martha is survived by her children, Linda (Jeff) Baltz, Brenda (Jim) Stricker, Christopher Czerniak, Sheila (Scott Buchholz) Czerniak, Alison (Jason) Beebe; a sister Jackie (Ed) Budd; her grandchildren, Tyler, Luke, Jake, Justin, Cierra, Carter and Tyler Bucchholz.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 57 years, a son in infancy, Bernard Joseph Czerniak; her mother Matilda Laskey, her father John Laskey, her siblings, Mary Ann (Robert) Dezelski, and John Laskey.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. with the Rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 22 at the Holy Rosary Parish of Isadore.  The mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 23 also at the church.  Burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery will follow.  Father Donald Libby will serve as celebrant.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Holy Rosary Church, 6982 S. Schomberg Road, Cedar, MI 49621 and/or Cowell Family Cancer Center, 217 S. Madison Street, Traverse City, MI 49684.

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June 15, 2018

Helen L. Bahle, Died June 12, 2018


Helen L. Bahle
Died June 13, 2018

SUTTONS BAY – Helen Louise Bahle, 100, of Suttons Bay, passed away Wednesday June 13, 2018 at the Toy House Retirement Home surrounded by her loving family.  Mother lived her whole life in preparation for this day.



Helen was born on July 12, 1917 in Stanhope, Iowa.  Her parents Issac and Patrina (Satre) Oppedal were both born in Norway.  In 1941 she married Kenneth Esten Bahle; they were to have sixty three years together.



She moved to Suttons Bay in 1946 after Kenneth returned from serving in Italy during World War II.  Together they owned and operated Ken's Market from 1949 to 1968.  Helen later was employed by the Suttons Bay schools (generations of kids remember her as the Lunch Lady), until her retirement a dozen years later.  Through all those years she was also a dedicated basketball Mom, never missing a game.



She was a life-time member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and was a member of the Ladies Aide.  It was their bake sales where she earned the reputation as "the best pie baker ever."  Those who remember her will also remember her considerable talents as a quilter and a braider of rugs.  Her beautiful quilts were not only admired but sold to many happy customers.



Like many of her generation, Helen's domestic skills were in constant service for her family and her community.  More importantly, she will be remembered for her kindness and compassion...unless you happened to be sitting across the table from her with a Scrabble board between you.  And of course for many Christmases, the lutefisk and the lefse would command the dining room table, a tradition to honor with gratitude...and a side dish of ham.



Helen's family expresses their grateful thanks for all those who helped celebrate Mom's 100th birthday last July.  They also express their deepest appreciation to Bob and Fran Jelinek, and Christine Anderson of the Toy House Retirement Home for their care and compassion for the last eight years of her life.



The last time we were with Mother she was in and out of awareness, as people are near the end, but something very surprising happened.  All of a sudden, she woke up and in a clear strong voice said, "I'm all right" and her last words to us were, "I think I should go home."  Was this just rambling?  Or was it "enlightened" words from someone who, more than anyone we know, had lived her whole life in preparation for that moment.



Helen is survived by three sons Phillip (Sherrill), David (Jean) and Craig Bahle; two grandchildren, Todd (Mindy) Bahle, Trenton ”TJ” and Casey Bahle; three great-grandchildren Dylan, Ella, and Anna Bahle; and a sister Dorothy Ahlquist.



She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth, two brothers Gerald and Earling and three sisters Ione, Elaine and Phyllis.



Graveside services in the Lutheran Cemetery of Suttons Bay will be announced at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Heartland Hospice, 4020 Copper View, #113, Traverse City, MI 49684.
 
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Thomas A. Butler, Died June 14, 2018




Thomas Allen Butler
Died June 14, 2018

SUTTONS BAY – Thomas Allen Butler , 82, of Suttons Bay, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Munson Medical Center.

Thomas was born January 28, 1936 in Grand Rapids, the son of Oliver Butler and Louise (Fuslier) Butler. On Aug. 30, 1957 at St. James Lutheran Church of Grand Rapids he married Karol Ann (Schmelz) Butler.

Tom served his nation in the US Navy and got to see the world as a young man.  Later He and Karol would travel the world to such places as Hawaii, Aruba, Venezuela, Spain, Morocco among other countries.  Tom was an independent insurance agent and ran his own agency for many years.

An avid hunter and fisherman, Thomas enjoyed his time outdoors. He and his brothers (the Butler Clan) took annual hunting trips to Kalkaska.  He shared his passion with his kids, by taking them out rabbit hunting.  Tom would take the shirt off of his back to help someone, whether he knew the person or not.

Tom’s love for his family was immense.  He was very family oriented, and they spent as much time together as possible. 

Thomas is survived by his sons, Michael (Barb) Butler, Tim Butler, and Pat (Tammara) Butler; his two grandchildren, Thomas II and Taylor; his brothers, Oliver Jr. (Lori) Butler and Jack (Charlene) Butler.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Karol Ann Butler, on June 12, 2018; also by his parents, and his brothers Bill Butler, Bob Butler, Ed Butler and Dick Butler.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 with the family greeting friends one hour prior at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Suttons Bay.  Friends are welcome afterwards to a reception in the church basement.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 206, Suttons Bay, MI 49682.

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Karol A. Butler, Died June 12, 2018



Karol Ann Butler
Died June 12, 2018


SUTTONS BAY – Karol Ann Butler , 81, of Suttons Bay, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Munson Medical Center.

Karol was born April 16, 1937 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Elmer Schmelz and Edna (Brandt) Schmelz. On Aug. 30, 1957 at St. James Lutheran Church of Grand Rapids she married Thomas A. Butler.

She was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, and a well-known figure in the community. Karol spent twenty-eight years as Sutton Bay School’s Secretary, before she retired.

Karol loved knitting; she made mittens for the kids, and quilts for the beds. She was a very caring and compassionate person, who was always there for whoever was in need.

She was the neighborhood caretaker.  Karol would take friends to medical appointments, cook them meals and make quilts for them.  Karol was exceedingly proud of her sons, and anyone who talked with her knew it.

She and Tom loved to travel, all around the world to places such as Hawaii, Aruba, Venezuela, Spain, Morocco among other countries.  Lately her and Tom loved trips to California to see her beloved grandchildren.

Karol is survived by her sons, Michael (Barb) Butler, Tim Butler, and Pat (Tammara) Butler; her two grandchildren, Thomas II and Taylor; and her two sisters, Karen (Frank) Sanders and Kay (Richard) Pollie.

She was followed in death by her husband, Thomas Allen Butler, on June 14, 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 with the family greeting friends one hour prior at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Suttons Bay.  Friends are welcome afterwards to a reception in the church basement.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 206, Suttons Bay, MI 49682.

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James R. Brubaker, Died June 13, 2018


James R. Brubaker
Died June 13, 2018

LAKE LEELANAU – James R. Brubaker, 61, of Lake Leelanau, died June 13, 2018 at MediLodge of Leelanau.

A full obituary will be published as soon as it is approved by the family.

Memorials may be sent to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 21311 Civic Center Drive, Southfield, MI 48076 or www.nationalmssociety.org

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Lucille DeYoung, Died June 13, 2018


Lucille DeYoung
Died June 13, 2018

TRAVERSE CITY – Lucille DeYoung, 94, of Traverse City, passed away, Wednesday, June 13, 2018 in Traverse City where she had lived with her husband since 1961.

Lucille was born in Bolsward, Netherlands to Hendrick and Afke (Alice) Pomper.  She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Marvin H. DeYoung, who passed away in 1974.  Also deceased are her siblings, Oene Pomper, Henry Pomper Jr., Sue (Pomper) Klok, and Greta Janet (Pomper) Breukink.  She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

A sincere thank you to the wonderful staff of Culver Meadows for the compassionate care given to Lucille over the past six years and to the Hospice caregivers during her final days.  Also a special note of thanks to the Grassa sisters for their kindness, help, understanding and support throughout this long journey.

Per her wishes, there will not be a funeral service.  Internment was held in Ogdensburg Cemetery of Traverse City.

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Donald F. Van Thomme, Died June 11, 2018


Donald F. Van Thomme
Died June 11, 2018

SUTTONS BAY – Donald Francis Van Thomme, 66, of Suttons Bay, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at home.

Don was born June 2, 1952 in Pontiac, the son of Edmond A. Van Thomme and Patricia (Blomme) Van Thomme.  On February 2, 1974 in Mount Clemens, Michigan, he married Tina M. (Varney) Van Thomme, who survives.

Don--called “Farmer Don" by friends and "Bunka" by his grandchildren--was a hardworking man.  He was always keeping busy with some project, whether it was fixing things around the house or building things by hand.  A self-taught carpenter, Don loved creating things with his hands and made furniture for each of his kids.  With the help of his boys, he built the greenhouses at Plant Masters, pole barns, and a cabin in the Upper Peninsula--for which he did all the concrete, plumbing, and electrical himself. 

Outside of carpentry, Don loved anything with a motor.  In his teens, he drove demolition derby cars at the Armada Fair.  He owned 12 powerboats throughout his life.  He was also an avid snowmobiler, toured much of the U.S. and parts of Canada in a motorhome, and traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, and Mexico as well.  He enjoyed hunting deer and elk, fishing for salmon, and being out on the water.

He was a well-loved man, who knew a million people.  His sense of humor made him the King of One-Liners and could always get you to smile.  He had a way of making you feel special and appreciated.  Whenever he gave a gift to someone, you knew how much time and effort he put into making sure it was just right – because he truly cared.

In losing Don, the Suttons Bay community loses more than a hardworking man; it loses a friend of everyone.

Don is survived by his loving wife, Tina; his children, Eric (Tara) Van Thomme, Brendon (Carly) Van Thomme, and Tristan (Crystal) Van Thomme; six grandchildren, Rachel, Joshua, Aubrey, Jessica, Dahlia, and Lilly; his siblings, Charles (Connie) Van Thomme, Marlene (Lynne) Zienert, and Corinne (John) Bultynck; and his four-legged kids, Pepper, Bandit, Sally and Levi.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The memorial mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 3 at St. Mary of the Assumption, Lake Leelanau, with family greeting friends one hour prior.  Burial to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Isadore.  Fr. Bryan Medlin will serve as celebrant.  

Please Note:  

All are welcome to a celebration of Don's life with food and drinks from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Saturday, August 4 at the Van Thomme residence.  In true Don style!

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Don’s honor may be directed to Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue, 8841 Bishop Road, Brighton, MI 48116  and/or to the Suttons Bay/Bingham Fire & Rescue, PO Box 280, Suttons Bay, MI 49682.

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June 8, 2018

Gerald R. Herman, Died June 7, 2018



Gerald R. Herman
Died June 7, 2018
SUTTONS BAY – Gerald Robert Herman, 81, of Suttons Bay passed away Thursday, June 7, 2018 at his home with his loving daughter by his side.



Gerald was born March 14, 1937 in Suttons Bay the son of Robert and Ella (Steimel) Herman.  On Aug. 22, 1959 in Suttons Bay he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Alice (Moe) Herman who preceded him in death on Jan. 19, 2009.



His children cherish the memories of growing up on property on west bay.  Family, friends, and neighbors would show up every weekend for cookouts and good times

at their private beach.  Gerald and kids would snowmobile, ride motorcycles and take yearly trips to the U.P for vacations.  Gerald and Mary Alice gave their children a perfect Up North childhood.



Gerald would donate his time to his church, St. Michael’s Parish of Suttons Bay and was a life-long member.  His kids remember Saturday night masses at church followed by visits to grandpa and grandma Stowe; and Sunday’s were for visits to grandpa and grandma Herman.  Family was very important to Gerald.



He was a hard-working man and taught those work ethic values to his children.  He would work all day at the moving company and then attend his kid’s sporting events, both home and away.  He usually went straight from work to the games so he could be there to support his kids.



Gerald is survived by his three children, Bryan (Kris) Herman, Mark Herman, Marsha (Mike) Antal; his grandchildren, Kelsey, Courtney, Zachary and Ella Antal, Connie (David) Elenich, Scott Mickelson, Tina (Matthew) Groleau; two great grandchildren, Ryan and Paul Elenich; and special friends, Geri Pool and Dodie Mikowski.



He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Mary Alice; his parents, a daughter-in-law, Thelma “Jo” Herman; and his siblings, Pete, Bill, Ray and Walt Herman.



Visitation will be from 5-8 pm on Friday, June 15 with the Rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m. at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.  The mass to celebrate Gerald's life

will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 16 at St. Michael’s Parish of Suttons Bay.  Burial will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Suttons Bay.  Father Leonard Paul will serve as celebrant.



Memorials may be directed to St. Michael’s Parish, PO Box 9, Suttons Bay, MI 49682.

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June 7, 2018

David R. Campbell, Died June 3, 2018


David R. Campbell
Died June 3, 2018
LAKE LEELANAU – David Rhodes Campbell, 81, of Lake Leelanau, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Munson Hospice House.
Dave was born Oct. 10, 1936 in Detroit and was lovingly adopted by his parents, Dudley R. Campbell and Elise (Hatt) Campbell.
David’s was the silver spoon outlaw whose life was full of adventures and stories that would fill a book.  As a young man he worked at a funeral home and their ambulance service.  He attended Arizona State University.  During those college years he earned his pilot’s license and eventually became a commercial pilot.
Dave had a love for speed, he was the driver of a rocket car that went over 365 mph on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats and was also a drag car racer.
He then spent decades as a long haul truck driver working as an owner-operator for Ennis Trucking and United Van Lines.
David is survived by his son, Dudley (Andrea) Campbell III, a sister, Bonnie Magnuson; a granddaughter, Sloane Campbell; and three nieces, Elizabeth Elise and Kate Magnuson.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Graveside services have been held in Beechwood Cemetery.
Memorials in David’s memory may be directed to Cherryland Humane Society, 1750 Ahlberg Road, Traverse City, MI 49686.
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May 30, 2018

Jack H. Chambers, Died May 29, 2018



Jack H. Chambers
Died May 29, 2018

SUTTONS BAY – Jack Henry Chambers, 88, of Suttons Bay, passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Jack was born Oct. 8, 1929 in McMillan, MI the son of Samuel H. Chambers and Zella F. (LaBar) Chambers.  After high school Jack served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the U.S. occupational forces in Japan.  He later joined the Marine Corps and served during the Korean Conflict.  He served as an armorer and rifle coach while in the services.

Jack returned to Michigan became a skilled heavy equipment operator and life-long member of the  International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324, A, B, C & D.  He could operate any tracked vehicle and was one of a few skilled operators to operate the Model 6 North West Drag Line. 

He was a deputy sheriff for Luce County, MI, a member of the mounted patrol and a Corporal for the Grand Traverse Band Tribal Police. 

Jack was an excellent musician, there wasn’t a string instrument he wasn’t proficient at.  He wasn’t just good at many instruments but proficient at them.  Jack could play the mandolin, guitar, banjo, bass, fiddle among other instruments and sometimes he would join bands and play with them for hours.

Jack’s musical artistry and recordings have been archived with the Smithsonian Institute.  His musical artistry was also featured in two documentaries, “Good Man in the Woods and Medicine Fiddler.”

Jack is survived by his children, Jack C. (Linda) Chambers, James G. (Audrey) Chambers, Joseph S. Chambers, Sr.; his grandchildren, Clayton J. Chambers, Anita K. (Carl) Melberg; Andrew S. Riutta, Lynette (Gregory) Kempf; Deanna M. Chambers, Brianna L. Chambers; Joseph (Becky) Chambers Jr., Jacob K. Chambers; Desmond (Anita) Berry; his great grandchildren, Jessica, Jordan, Christopher, Alexander, Issabella, Brenna, Brandon, Kara, Kyle, Rose, Kallie, Jayce, Alexis, Jacob, Josh, Leilah, Joey, Angelica, Brandon, Kristen and Kaleb.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Rose Chambers in 1989; a daughter, Rosemary Antoine in 2017; and his siblings, Vera, Kenneth, Hazel, Rae, Jerald, Edith, Wilford, Phyllis, Milton, Dewayne and Clinton.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to the 1 p.m. funeral service at the Beaulieu Funeral Home of Newberry on Monday, June 4.  Burial in Forest Home Cemetery, Newberry, MI will follow.  After graveside services, friends are welcome to a luncheon at River of Life Church, Newberry.

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May 29, 2018

Candace L. Nedow, Died May 24, 2018


Candace L. Nedow
1986-2018
SUTTONS BAY – Candace Lee Nedow, 31, of Suttons Bay, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at her home.

Candace was born on May 26, 1986 in Traverse City, the daughter of Joel T. Nedow and Carol J. (Bunek) Stowe, who survive.

Strong-willed and fiercely independent, Candi lived her life on her own terms.  It was not uncommon for her to put other’s happiness ahead of her own and once she considered someone her friend, she would give them the clothes off her back if they were ever in need.  Those who knew her best were constantly reminded of her quirky sense of humor and her endless supply of smart-&#@ remarks and comebacks she always had for any occasion!   

Candi attended Leland Public Schools where she excelled in softball and basketball during her playing career.  She especially prided herself on her ability to give her favorite teacher, Ed Wodek, as much grief as humanly possible.  Upon graduating, Candi attended Northern Michigan University where she received dual Associate degrees in Art History and Marketing.  She spent several years living in the Marquette area, especially enjoying and exploring the Lake Superior shoreline and hiking the many trails with her furbaby Caeser, who was her constant companion before moving back to Leelanau County. 

In addition to her parents, Candace is survived by her brother, Wade Nedow; stepmother, Julie; stepfather, Steve; paternal grandmother, Mary Nedow; paternal grandparents, John and Marge Bunek; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and especially her furbaby, Caeser.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, William Nedow.

A Celebration of Candace’s life will be held on Sunday, June 10 at the Lake Leelanau St. Mary’s Church basement from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Instead of flowers, the family is asking those who will be attending the Memorial Service to bring a bag or cans of dog food for the Cherryland Humane Society in Candi’s memory.

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May 25, 2018

Mark W. Holtz, Died May 25, 2018


Mark W. Holtz
Died May 25, 2018

NORTHPORT – Mark Walter Holtz, 60, of Northport passed away Friday, May 25, 2018 at his family home.

Mark was born June 14, 1957 in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Raymond and Louellyn (Meinke) Holtz.  On April 25, 1981 he married his best friend Susan M. Galante, who survives.

Mark was known as an honest, caring and incredibly hard-working man.  A lifelong mechanic, there wasn’t a car or boat that he couldn’t handle.  For 26 years, he and Susan co-owned and operated Northport Bay Boat Yard with Mark’s family. When they retired in 2009, they became avid travelers with their motorhome, exploring the United States. They were happiest in Marathon, Florida.

After traveling for five years, Mark wanted to be near boats and the water again so he became Northport’s Harbor Master. He thoroughly enjoyed mentoring his dockhands and talking with the boaters,  his friends. For over 30 years, Mark was also a volunteer for the Leelanau Township Fire Department, where he became lifelong friends with many.

Mark loved spending time in his ever so organized garage with his family and friends. If you were to be in Northport, you would find Mark and Susan happily riding in their golf cart daily. Mark loved his NASCAR racing and reciting lines from all of his favorite movies.

Mark was a loving family man, who cherished his wife and children. He treasured being Bailey and Owen’s Papa.

Mark is survived by his loving wife of thirty-seven years ("370 years"), Susan; his children, Timothy Holtz, Kristen (Brad Krolik) Holtz, Meghan (Bryan) Morgan; two sisters, Rae Ellen (Don) Thyer, Caryl (Jim) Fancher; Dana Nielsen; his dog Rosie; and his beloved grandchildren, Bailey Holtz and Owen Morgan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, mother in law, Patricia Galante and his dog, Haley “Hale-Bop.”

The family will greet friends from 4 to 8 p.m. with a sharing of memories at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6 at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.  A celebration at the Northport Marina will be held on Sunday, June 24 at 12 noon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Leelanau Township Emergency Services, PO Box 338, Northport, MI 49670.

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Mary J. Siddall, Died May 16, 2018


Mary J. Siddall
Died May 16, 2018

LELAND – Mary Joan Siddall, 86, of Leland, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Effie’s Assisted Living surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born Feb. 5, 1932 in Ottumwa, Iowa the daughter of Michael J. Grogan and Bernice G. (Eason) Grogan.  On Sep. 11, 1954 in Chariton, Iowa she married D. Gene Siddall who preceded her in death on May 12, 2013.
Mary’s kindness and patience were incarnate.  Mary did attend and graduate from Iowa State University, where she met Gene, and earned a Bachelor’s in Science degree in Dietetics in 1954.
While moving fourteen times in the early years of her and Gene’s marriage, Mary became, and remained, the glue that held the family together.  The kids fondly remember Mac and Cheese Fridays and Mary’s Brownie Waffles topped with ice cream on Sunday evenings.  They also remember eating so much tuna fish casserole, that it felt like year-round lent at the Siddall house!
Mary was not a natural athlete, but taught herself to snow ski, bowl, and golf because Gene liked it.  The two of them spent many days out boating together.  She was a skilled bridge player and was an active member of the Tri-Delta Sorority.  Every time she moved, she would find a local chapter and join—even if only for a month.

She was musically talented, playing the trombone, violin and piano.  She imparted the love of music to her children, and she even taught her husband, Gene, to play the piano piece, Claire de Lune.  Mary loved to sing and would join the choirs at each parish she attended during her many travels.

Mary’s character was built on kindness, faith, and a deep unwavering love for her family. She was loved by all that knew her.

Mary is survived by her seven children, Katherine (Hayward) Draper, Jane (William) Lievense , Stephen (Stacia) Siddall, Mary Anne (Khosrow) Parvaresh, William Siddall, Mark (Deirdre) Siddall, John (Nicole) Siddall; eighteen grandchildren, Christopher, Michael, Betsy, Laura, Jacob, Niklaus, Samantha, Michael, Stephen, Sarah, Andrew, Christine, Emma, Joseph, Bernard, Samuel, Maddie, and Ella; and eleven great-grandchildren, Ethan, Nyala, Stirling, Calvin, Malcolm, Peter, Gordon, Sal, Piper, Emmett, and James.

Mary was preceded in death by her sister, Rita Donelle Cusack.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary on Friday, June 1 at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.  A mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 2 with the family greeting friends at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption in Lake Leelanau.  After the Mass, there will be a procession to and burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Fr. Bryan Medlin will serve as celebrant.

Memorials in Mary’s honor may be directed to St. Mary Church, P.O. Box 340, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653.

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May 24, 2018

Judith Denoyer Died May 23, 2018


Judith A. Denoyer
Died May 23, 2018

LAKE LEELANAU – Judith Arlene Denoyer, 78, of Lake Leelanau went to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Medilodge of Leelanau surrounded by her loving family.

Judy was born Nov. 11, 1939 in Bay City, the daughter of Wilbur and Hazel (Loose) Walling.  On June 13, 1992 at the Old Settlers Park in Glen Arbor she married Dennis A. Denoyer, who survives.

Judy and her sister, Jean, grew up in Bay City, where their parents ran a funeral home in the early years.  Then Wilbur and Hazel moved to Alden and became cherry farmers.  Their cousins would come up every summer to spend time in the orchards.

Judy loved studying scripture and being faithful to God. She always had a love for the water; she would spend time in the sun, listening to the waves, and hunting for heart shaped stones. Her gardens were very special to her, and she enjoyed looking out her window to watch the birds.

She took great pride in her home. She loved to decorate, rearrange furniture, and update the interior. Her doors were always open, though, it felt like a new home every visit.

She and Dennis loved taking road trips to Frankenmuth and Sault Saint Marie. Together they would sit and watch the boats coming in and out of the Locks and wave to the sailors. They loved their Polka music and would go to festivals for the concerts and dancing.

She would spend hours on the phone with her family. Judy lived a full life raising her children, later becoming a doting grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed her circle of friends from her church, and the connection they shared.

Judy is survived by her husband, Dennis Denoyer; her children, Julia (Peter) Coleman, Joni McCondra, Jeannette Safronoff, Jimmy Conway II, Jacqueline (Lawrence) Schaub, stepson Frank (Addie) Denoyer; her grandchildren, Chad, Christopher (Wai Ting), Donald, Drew, Haley, Tiffany, Christina, Jimmy III, Wade, Caine, Jeremiah, Clayton, Jordan and Lonnie; her greatgrandchildren, Rory and Alex, and a baby boy on the way; along with nieces, nephews and cousins.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Hazel (Loose) Walling, her brother-in-law, Dick Hoxie, and her son-in-law, Stephen McCondra.

The funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Friday, June 1 at the West Side Community Church with the family greeting friends at 11 a.m.  Burial in Helena Township Cemetery, Alden will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Medilodge of Leelanau, Attn: Resident Activities Fund, 124 W. Fourth St, Suttons Bay, MI 49682 and/or Hospice of Michigan, 10850 E. Traverse Hwy, Suite 1155, Traverse City, MI 49684.

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Candace L. Nedow Died May 24, 2018


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May 22, 2018

Edith W. Farnham Died May 21, 2018



                                                     Edith W. Farnham
                                                    Died May 21, 2018


TRAVERSE CITY - Edith May Farnham, 98, of Traverse City, passed away Monday, May 21, 2018 at the Willows Cottage with her loving family at her side.Edith was born in Belle Plaine, Iowa, on May 12, 1920 the daughter of Christian and Mary (Carlsen) Jensen.

Edith attended 1st grade in Hartley, IA, until the family moved to Sutherland, IA, where Edith graduate from high school in 1937. After staying home for one year to help in the family home, she attended Morningside College Conservatory of Music in Sioux City, IA, for two years. She then transferred to the Lawrence College Conservatory of Music in Appleton, WI, where she received her Bachelor of Public Schools Music degree in 1942.

Edith enjoyed teaching vocal and instrumental music in the public school and directing community summer band concerts in Belmond, IA. It was there that she met and married Leland Lieuwen in 1944. Though they were farming she was able to continue teaching part time in neighboring schools for a number of years. They also spent a couple of years farming at Corwith, IA.

They left Corwith and moved to Kirksville, MO, to assist family members in the operation of the Mitchell Dairy Company following the accidental death of Edith’s older brother. While Leland was in the service during WWII, Edith helped on the family farm driving the tractors, cultivating corn and soybeans. When Leland returned from service, they continued farming in Corwith. While living in Corwith, Edith took flying lessons and earned her pilots license in 1954. Due to irresolvable differences the couple divorced in 1955.

Edith worked in Nebraska for a few months and then moved to Hammond, IN, where she had accepted a contract teaching vocal music in the city schools. Edith was thrilled to live in the Chicago area. Here she and her friends enjoyed attending operas, symphonies, plays, musical productions, and concerts of all kinds.

In 1960 Edith married Dr. Edward Watson and moved to Lexington, NE, where his medical practice was located. A year later, Edith’s prayers were answered when they were given the opportunity to adopt a baby girl, Mary Jane. They lived in Lexington until 1967 when they moved to Seward, AK.

In Seward she was an organist for the Resurrection Lutheran Church. Edith directed the community choirs and helped with other musical productions. The family fell in love with Alaska and were sad when they had to move back to the states in 1972, due to Ed’s failing health. They made their home in Hastings, NE, near Ed’s parents. Edith was able to continue teaching music in the public and district schools in Hastings. It was here that Ed died in 1978.

On June 1, 1985 she married F. William Farnham and they decided to make Hastings their home. She was kept very active with volunteer work, something she always said filled her retirement years with much happiness. Her family also brought much joy to her life, her loving daughter, and loving step-children.

Edith was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Hastings where she was an ordained deacon. She was honored by the Presbyterian women for her volunteer work in the church as well as the community. Other organizations to which Edith belonged include Kappa Delta Sigma Iota International Music Fraternity for Women, Eastern Star, Shrine Hospital Auxiliary, Daughters of the Nile, PEO Chapter EM. She was also an associate member of the Suttons Bay Congregational Church. Edith moved to Suttons Bay, MI to be near family in 2004 following Bill’s death. Like many previous places that she lived, Edith quickly made friends with the SB Congregational and PEO families. She was a school grandmother extraordinaire attending her grandchildren’s various school events.

Edith is survived by her daughter, Mary J. Hartman; stepsons, Ted (Emma) Watson and Ed (Katie) Watson Jr.; a sister, Maryellen Dietz; a brother, James Jensen; six grandchildren, Matthew, Ryan, and Sarah Hartman, Geoffrey, Ann, and Ted Watson Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Adeline and Virginia Watson; and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward Watson; her husband, Bill Farnham; two brothers, Herluf and Norman Jensen; a sister, Anna Jordan; a grandson, Aaron Watson; and brother-in-law, Robert Dietz.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 31 at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 1 at the Suttons Bay Congregational Church. Rev. Dr. Robin Long will officiate. Burial in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings, NE, will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to Suttons Bay Congregational Church, PO Box 70, Suttons Bay, MI 49682 and/or Grand Traverse Pavilions Resident’s Fund, 1000 Pavilions Circle Dr., Traverse City, Mi 49684 and/or Munson Hospice c/o Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation, 1150 Medical Campus Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684.

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John Riley Beck Died May 7, 2018


John Riley Beck

1952 ~ 2018



John Riley Beck, 65, of Empire, passed away peacefully to join his mother and father in Heaven on May 7, 2018.

John was born on Oct. 8, 1952 in Traverse City, the son of Lyle and Ardith (Lake) Beck.

John was a fun-loving jokester that always brought a smile to your face, he had a big heart and would help out anyone in need.  He will be remembered and missed by all that knew him.  John will always remain a legend of Empire and Stormer Road.

John is survived by his dog and best friend, George; brother, Ed Beck; uncle, Erwin Beck; stepson, Jake Schaub; nephew, Jason Ihme and family; caregivers and best friends, Jack Gardner and the late Cheryl Sweet.

Many thanks to Dawn Kantz and Robin Shoenheit (ACT Team), Steve Swagger (Helplink and Glen Lake Church), Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels, Shelly and staff of Hospice of Michigan, Munson Medical Center, and Glen Lake and Empire Fire Dept.

A gathering in his honor will be announced at a later date.  He will be laid to rest at Maple Grove Cemetery next to his parents.

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