February 22, 2018

L. Jack Osie, Died Feb. 19, 2018



L. Jack Osie
Died February 19, 2018

LAKE LEELANAU – Leonard Jack Osie, 93, of Lake Leelanau passed away on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Munson Medical Center.
Jack was born Sep. 15, 1924 in Centerville Township the son of Roman and Veronica (Petrosky) Osie.  He served his country during WWII in the US Navy and was honorably discharged in 1945.
Upon his discharge Jack returned home to Lake Leelanau and became a house painter until his retirement in 1989.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing euchre and poker which, he had done for many, many years.  Jack also enjoyed people and had many wonderful friends especially Tom, Julie, Ted, Kathy and Mark Steimel.
Jack never married although many ladies chased him but never caught him.  He spent the past 42 years caring for his challenged brother.
Jack is survived by his brother, Albin and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings Walter, John, Donnie, Eleanor, Ester, Theresa, Veronica, Alicia, Marie and three infant siblings.
Per Jack’s wishes cremation has taken place.  Graveside services in St. Mary’s Cemetery Lake Leelanau will be announced in the spring.
In Lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to St. Mary’s Catholic Church and/or St. Mary’s Schools, both at PO Box 340, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653.
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February 21, 2018

Clyde E. Greene, Died Feb. 18, 2018



Clyde E. Greene
Died Feb. 18, 2018

SUTTONS BAY – Clyde Ellsworth Greene, 93, of Zephyrhills, Florida passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2018 in Traverse City, MI.

Clyde was born Dec. 4, 1924 in East Jordan the son of Leroy Greene and Louvina (McPherson) Greene.

As a young man Clyde served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army.  Clyde landed at Omaha Beach during the invasion of France with his unit, the 167th Engineering Combat Battalion Co B.  His unit was often attached to General George Patton’s Third Army as they made their way to the Rhineland.

He was a recipient of the American Theater Ribbon, the EAME (European-African-Middle Eastern) Theater Ribbon with three bronze stars, and the Victory Medal for WWII service.  Clyde served on three separate fronts during WWII and was very proud of serving his country.  When thanked for his service, his reply was always “I was just doing my job.”.

After his service Clyde worked with his brother in their construction company.  He built his own home and raised five children in it.  Clyde loved working with his hands; he never called a repairman to the house for anything, he would always fix it himself and often helped others when they needed things to be repaired.

Clyde loved sports and the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing trips with his brothers.  This love of the outdoors was passed on to all his children, as well as the skills of outdoor living.  Though Clyde grew up attending church, he chose to be baptized on January 2, 1983, to reaffirm his love and belief in Jesus Christ, at the Woodmere Church of God by Pastor Clifford Donaldson in a baptismal pool he helped to build.

Clyde is survived by his children, Pamela Louise Bergeron, Joseph Allen Greene, Tina Marie (John) Bevington, Lawrence David (Cathy) Greene, Norman Scott (Mary) Greene; his step-children, Teresa (Louis) Nowakowski, Kim (Rick) Reams, Daniel (Ruth) Bolles; his sisters, Margaret Bowen and Delores Malo; and his many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Katherine Greene, and his second wife, Berniece June Greene.

Cremation has taken place and a private family burial in Mona View Cemetery of Muskegon will be held at a later date.

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February 20, 2018

Amy Fleming Chatfield, Died Feb. 15, 2018



Amy Fleming Chatfield
December 6, 1921 - February 15, 2018

Amy Fleming Chatfield, 96, of Leland, Michigan, passed away peacefully at Effie’s Place in Leland.

Amy was born in Winnetka, Illinois, the second of five children born to Malcolm and Caroline Allport Fleming.  She married William H. Chatfield of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1946.  He preceded her in death in 1993.  In addition to her husband, Amy was preceded in death by brother Richard Fleming and sisters Harriet Withenbury, Lesley Redmond and Caroline Fibbe.

Amy grew up in the Hyde Park section of Cincinnati, graduated from Hillsdale School (now Seven Hills School) and Western College in Oxford, Ohio (now Miami University).  During World War II she was one of the first female air traffic controllers for the FAA, helping to guide military planes through the Midway International Airport in Chicago and the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Amy made a successful career as the owner of an antique business and clothing store, the Maindeck, in Leland.  She was a founder of the Leelanau Community Cultural Center (The Old Art Building) and long-time board member.  She also enjoyed many years in the Leland Women’s Civic Club and the Little Garden Club.  She was honored by the Zonta Club of Leelanau County as Woman of the Year in 2013.

Amy loved to sail, boat, and swim in the Leelanau waters and tend to her riverside flower gardens.  She was always up for an adventure or a party, especially if it involved costumes and dancing. Even in her later years, she was always at the front of the conga line!

Amy is survived by her four children William (Anne), Malcolm (Christine), Melancthon “Mank” (Laura), and Caroline “Cece” Chatfield; and ten grandchildren, Abby (Mike), Cam, Will, Fran, Rett, Cordie, Albie, Eliza, Iris, and Twyla, as well as adoring nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held this summer at the Old Art Building garden in Leland.

Memorials may be directed to the Leelanau Community Cultural Center Endowment Fund. P.O. Box 883, Leland, MI, 49654.

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Berta-Anna Steinkamp, Died Feb. 13, 2018


Berta-Anna Steinkamp

Died Feb. 13, 2018



LELAND – Berta-Anna Steinkamp, 97, of Leland, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at Medilodge of Leelanau.



Berta was born on March 3, 1920 in Buckeburg, Germany, the daughter of August and Luise Barkhausen.  She married Nelson Steinkamp who preceded her in death.



A celebration for Berta will be announced in the summer.



Memorials may be directed to Cherryland Humane Society, 1750 Ahlberg Road, Traverse City, MI 49686.



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February 14, 2018

Catherine Fairfield Died Feb. 14, 2018




Catherine Fairfield
Died Feb. 14, 2018

SUTTONS BAY – Catherine Fairfield, 93, of Suttons Bay and formerly of Roseville, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 at French Manor South in Traverse City.

Catherine was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 1, 1924 to the late Magdalena and Nicholas Ringler. On November 22, 1945 at the Sacred Heart Church of Roseville, she married Jack Fairfield, who is recently deceased this January 2018.

Catherine lived a full and happy life. She was married to her husband, Jack, for 72 years. Catherine graduated from Fraser High School in 1942 and shortly after began work at the Briggs Factory in Detroit. She worked as a riveter and secretary to help support the war effort and her soon to be husband. After the war Catherine spent her time as a devoted wife and mother to her four children. Catherine enjoyed traveling, spending time with her family, and working as a librarian for Romeo High School in Romeo, Michigan.

Catherine was a permanent resident of Suttons Bay for the last 30 years, spending her winters in Florida. Catherine was an accomplished painter and artist, an avid reader, she loved to fish, enjoyed playing bingo, was a lucky gambler, and was an expert at humming a tune.

Catherine is survived by her four children, Christine (Charles) Ginnard, Robert (Rebecca) Fairfield, Cynthia (Edwin) Reese, and Richard (Leslie) Fairfield; her brothers, Edward (Catherine) Ringler, William (Doris) Ringler; her nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and two grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 17 at 12 noon at Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery will be announced in the spring. Fr. Leonard Paul will serve as celebrant.

The family would like to thank the staff at French Manor South for their wonderful care of Catherine.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding Ave. SE, Ada, MI 49301-3701.



February 12, 2018

Mary Ann Hacker, Died Feb. 2, 2018


Mary Ann Hacker
April 15, 1927 - February 2, 2018
Mary Ann Hacker, 90, of Suttons Bay, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2018 at her Florida home surrounded by her loving children.
Mary Ann was born April 15, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan.  She married Donald Edward Hacker and enjoyed a loving marriage of sixty-seven years.  Her husband, friend, and soulmate, Don preceded her in death on November 27, 2017.
Mary Ann began visiting Suttons Bay with her family as a child in the early 1930’s.  Mary Ann graduated from Mackenzie High School (Detroit) and Albion College.  She brought her family to vacation in Suttons Bay throughout the years.  Mary Ann and Don became permanent residents of Suttons Bay upon Don’s retirement in the early 1980’s. 
Mary Ann made lifelong friendships with everyone she met through her activities and daily life.  She was an avid reader and longtime volunteer at the Suttons Bay – Bingham Township Library.  Mary Ann’s spirit was fed through church participation including, First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, The Presbyterian Church of Traverse City, Omena Presbyterian Church and Bradenton Florida Westminster Presbyterian Church.  She contributed and volunteered with many organizations such as ShareCare of Leelanau, Delta Gamma Sorority and P.E.O., a philanthropic educational organization.  Mary Ann volunteered and provided vision screening to elementary school children.
She was a wonderful loving mother of three children but also gave her heart to educating and teaching pre-school special needs children.  Mary Ann was an avid Tigers baseball fan, and seldom missed opening day.  A highlight was seeing the Tigers play and win in the World Series.  Her varied interests included worldwide travel with her husband Don, finding treasures: antiques, bargains, and shells; swimming in the Bay, gardening, playing bridge, music, parades and the circus.
Mary Ann is survived by her three children: daughter Mary and husband Eric Moorehead, son Donald and wife Sheri Hacker, and daughter Carole Carpenter.  Her six grandchildren are Leslie Knight, Ryan Moorehead, Alex Hacker, Reed Hacker, Kyle Carpenter, and Kaitlyn Carpenter.
Memorials may be directed to Interlochen Center for the Arts – School of Music via:
Online: www.interlochen.org/memorial  Select "In Memory of" and type in "Mary Ann Hacker" in Honoree Name.
By Mail:  Interlochen Center for the Arts, Mary Ann Hacker Memorial Gifts, PO Box 199, Interlochen, MI 49643
By Phone:   231.276.7623 - Staff can accept credit card information over the phone, please be sure to specify that the gift is in memory of Mary Ann Hacker.
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February 6, 2018

Mary Anne Roberts, Died Feb. 5, 2018


Mary Anne Roberts
Died Feb. 5, 2018

PESHAWBESTOWN – Mary Anne Roberts, 77, of Peshawbestown, walked-on to greet her relatives and ancestors on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family.
Mary Anne was born at home in Peshawbestown to the late Eno Joseph and Helen Agnes (Blackman) McSawby on Aug. 17, 1940.  Her family moved to Grand Rapids when she was five years old but returned every summer from June to September.  Despite the many years she lived and worked in Grand Rapids, Peshawbestown was always her home.
She often said that the happiest memories of her childhood and youth were spent in Peshawbestown, where she worked in the fields and orchards, frolicked in the lake and spent time with friends and relatives.  Mary Anne was a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and was extremely proud of her native heritage.
Mary Anne attended St. Alphonsus Elementary and Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids but dropped out in the eleventh grade.  She obtained her high school diploma in 1973 from Grand Rapids Public Schools Adult Education.  She obtained an Associate of Arts Degree from Grand Rapids Junior College in 1975, a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Western Michigan University in 1976 (a 2-year degree which she completed in 1 year) and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Social Work Degree from Western Michigan University in 1978.  She accomplished all of the beforehand as a divorced single parent raising five children and an infant grandson. 
Her professional employment was with Kent County Community Mental Health, Grand Rapids Inter-Tribal Council, Grand Rapids Public Schools Social Work Dept and 17th Circuit Court Family Division (formerly Kent County Juvenile Court).  During her professional career, she served on numerous non-profit native and non-native Boards of Directors in Grand Rapids and Lansing.
Mary Anne received accolades from these boards from the City of Grand Rapids for her dedicated service.  She retired in 2001 after twenty years of employment at the 17th Circuit Court, eight of those years as a family crisis counselor and twelve as supervisor of the Crisis Intervention and Adolescent Sex Treatment Programs.  She then fulfilled her life-long dream of returning home to her beloved Peshawbestown.
She enjoyed various activities at various times in her life playing softball, bowling, swimming, playing cards, attending friends, co-worker’s softball games, sailing, serving on pow-wow committees and participating in cultural activities and events.
Mary Anne was an avid reader of diverse publications and especially enjoyed reading the comic section of newspapers and magazines.  She appreciated good humor, expressing her appreciation with a hearty laugh.  She enjoyed listening to music and always had her car radio playing with driving.  Mary Anne’s favorite music was Motown and B.B. King-style blues.  She was kind, humble, respectful and cordial.
She enjoyed the simple pleasures of life and always put the needs of her family and others before her own.  She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  Mary Anne lost her mother to cancer at the age of 14 and all of her grandparents by age 5 so she knew the heartache of not having their wisdom and guidance in her life and made every effort to always be there for her family.
Mary Anne counseled, nurtured, advised, praised, consoled, transported and most of all, provided unending support, love and encouragement to her family.  She was a respected “auntie” to many GTB community members.  Mary Anne hoped to be remembered for her smile and warm hugs.  She cherished her trips to California to spend time with her oldest son, Joe and family through the years.  For many years, she walked the track and used other equipment at the Strong Heart Center.  It was a great honor and privilege for her to have served her tribe and community as a Tribal Court Appellate Judge for several years.
Mary Anne married Jerry Joe Roberts in a traditional Anishinaabe Midewiwin ceremony at George and Sidney Martin’s property in Hopkins, MI officiated by Mouz Pamp and Eddie Benton-Banai on Oct. 28. 1978.
They followed the Pow-Wow Trail throughout Michigan in their earlier years and maintained life-long friendships established during those times.  They sailed Lake Michigan and several in-land lakes.  After retirement, they were faithful and proud attendees at their grandson’s football and baseball games.  They had great adventures and thrilling experiences traveling to exotic destinations on fun-filled trips and cruises with their nephew, Rick, and the Hebel family.  They enjoyed participating in family gatherings, elder lunches and activities, and other GT events.  Their blended family included nine children.
Mary Anne is survived by her husband Jerry; her children, Helen Chippewa, Joseph (Petra) Ferrere, Michelle Stewart, Michael Ferrere, Lanelle (Curtis, Sr.) Vos, Chad Roberts, Shawn (Imo) Roberts, Elizabeth (Brandi) Roberts, Andrew Luna, and many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.  The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9 with the family greeting friends at 11 a.m., also at the funeral home.  Mary Anne’s cousin, Mr. Paul Raphael will officiate.  Burial in Kateri Tekakwitha Cemetery will be announced in the spring.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in honor of her family’s military veterans: her father (Army WWII), brother, Army Air-Corps, Korea), husband, Marine Corps, Vietnam), son Joseph (Marine Corps, peace time), and grandson Curtis (Army, Iraq); please direct memorials to Wounded Warrior Project,
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February 3, 2018

Edward R. Eckerle Died Jan. 31, 2018

Edward R. Eckerle
Died January 31, 2018

LAKE LEELANAU – Edward Ralph Eckerle, 70, of Lake Leelanau, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 at home surrounded by his family and friends.
Ed was born on August 21, 1947 in Traverse City, the son of Ferdinand and Mary Ann (Wahl) Eckerle.  On June 24, 1995 in Lake Leelanau, he married Donna Dunklow, who survives.
Ed graduated from Suttons Bay HS and served in the U.S. Army.  He then became a deputy and K-9 handler for his beloved dog, Chico, for the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Dept. and retired after 25 years of service.  After retirement, he re-established Eckerle Construction, doing numerous jobs for family and friends.  Ed was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He loved to golf (quarters), enjoyed traveling, and was co-owner of the 8-Ball club in Curtis, Michigan.
In addition to his wife, Ed is survived by his siblings, Alice (Jim) Cunningham, Albert (Liz Venie), James (Shirley), and Thomas Eckerle; many nieces and nephews; in-laws, Bill (Annie) Dunklow, Sue (Richard) Plamondon, Dave (Joan) Dunklow, Ron (Debbie) Dunklow, Gerry (Shirley) Dunklow, Sandi (Terry) Gilland, Lori (Wayne) Kilway, and Jeff (Angie) Dunklow.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Gerald; and sister-in-law, Bernadette “Bernie” Eckerle.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at from 4:30 p.m. to the start of the 6:30 p.m. Rosary at Martinson Funeral Home, Suttons Bay.  The memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church, Suttons Bay, with family greeting friends one hour prior to the mass.  Fr. Leonard Paul will serve as celebrant.  Private interment at St. Michael’s Cemetery will be held in the spring. 
The family would like to extend their gratitude to Angie and the staff at Munson Oncology D5 as well as to Dr. Word and the staff at CFCC, and Hospice of Michigan, especially Tonya, Ashley, and Shelley for their wonderful care of Ed.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Michigan, 10850 E. Traverse Hwy., Traverse City, MI 49686 and/or Munson Oncology c/o, Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation, 1150 Medical Campus Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684 and/or to St. Michael’s Church, P.O. Box 9, Suttons Bay, MI 49682.
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January 17, 2018

Jack R. Fairfield, Died Jan. 16, 2018



Jack R. Fairfield
Died Jan. 16, 2018

SUTTON BAY – Jack Robert Fairfield, 93, of Suttons Bay and formerly of Roseville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 at Tendercare of Leelanau.
Jack was born Feb. 27, 1924 in Kokomo, IN the son of Dewey and Mary Elizabeth (Hughes) Fairfield.  On Nov. 22, 1945 at the Sacred Heart Church of Roseville he married Catherine (Ringler) Fairfield, who survives.
Jack lived a full and happy life.  He was married to his beautiful wife Catherine for 72 years.  Jack served as a Machinist Mate in the U.S. Navy on the USS Ranger during World War II.  After his service he worked for the Roseville Police Department for 27 years and retired in 1979.
Jack was a permanent resident of Suttons Bay for the last 30 years, spending his winters in Florida.  Jack was an accomplished woodworker, builder, and teller of tales.  Always ready with a story or a joke, Jack brought happiness and laughter to all that met him.
Jack is survived by his wife Catherine; his four children Christine (Charles) Ginnard, Robert (Rebecca) Fairfield, Cynthia (Edwin) Reese, and Richard (Leslie) Fairfield; a sister, Patricia Garlock; nine grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 with the service starting at 3 p.m. at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.  Burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery will be announced in the spring.  Pastor Richard Fairfield will officiate.
Memorials may be directed to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.
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January 16, 2018

Donovan R. Kiessel, Died Jan. 13, 2018


Donovan R. Kiessel
Died Jan. 13, 2018

BINGHAM TOWNSHIP – Donovan Raymond Kiessel, 71 of Bingham Township, passed away Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Donovan was born Aug. 22, 1946 in Suttons Bay at the family farm house on the corner of County Road 633 and Fort Road.  He was the son of Frank Kiessel Sr. and Rita (Priest) Kiessel.

On July 3, 1965 at St. Michael’s Church of Suttons Bay he married Janet (Showers) Kiessel who was his best friend and love of his life for 55 years and had three children.  Don's Catholic faith was a very important part of his life, he was a life-long member of St Michaels Catholic Church.

Don worked as a lineman at Consumers Energy for 35 years.  He enjoyed seeing the smiles on people’s faces after he had helped turn their electricity back on.  Even after he “retired” Don worked another 10 years for other line companies as a contractor.  Don never complained about having to leave his family to go help others.  He would leave to far off areas that were affected by a storm or a natural disaster to help restore the power to those communities.

In addition to being a lineman he was a cherry farmer.  In 1976, Don and Jan with Don's brother Bill and his wife Betty started a small cherry farm that grew into a larger operation known now as Kiessel Farms.  He enjoyed every minute of his busy work and farm life with his family being involved, he taught them work ethic and farming knowledge.  Most recently, along with his brother they were awarded the 2018 Cherry Industry Lifetime Achievement award for outstanding service and exceptional leadership in the world of cherries.

Don was the founding member of the Rex Dobson Ruby Ellen Farm Foundation, his knowledge and wisdom guided the Ruby Ellen Farm Board of Trustees for 17 years.  Don was also a member of the Bingham Township Planning Commission and a 25-year member of the Suttons Bay Bingham Fire and Rescue Dept.   He was a 30-year member of the Knights of Columbus.

Don also enjoyed being with friends that he shared a lifetime of memories with.  A special event that he looked forward to every year for the past 30 years was their annual food Garbage Can Party.  This event was attended by many of their life-long friends.  Don looked forward to this day every year and the many stories that were always shared.  Some of these friends now continue their memories by wintering in the same community as Don and Jan did in Florida. 

A passion and hobby for Don was his love for hunting.  He enjoyed teaching his sons and grandsons the craft of hunting, on occasion he would get one of his grand-daughters out hunting in his blind with him.  He also enjoyed an annual trip to the Upper Peninsula in the fall to a "Kiessel Cabin" for deer camp, a tradition that was enjoyed by his Dad, brothers, sons, grandsons, and nephews.

Don's busy life had him building memories with his children and family, he was always a kid at heart.  He and Jan faithfully attended countless children's and grandchildren's school sporting and other events. 

When grandchildren came into his life Don would always be rolling on the ground, playing games, tricks, and getting in trouble with them, there was never a dull moment when Grandpa was around.  He loved amusement parks with his kids and grandkids and made sure that they were always running to be first in line and in the first seat of the highest and fastest roller coaster.

Don was a man with a foundation of faith with an unending love for his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  The family expresses their deepest thanks to Hospice of Michigan for the wonderful care to Don.

Donovan is survived by his wife, Janet; his children, Donovan L. (Diane) Kiessel, Edward J. (Dulce) Kiessel, Jody Kiessel; his grandchildren, Katie (Chris) Skowronski, Chris and Nick Kiessel, Shane and Shantel Francis, Camilla, Michka and Landen Kiessel; his great grandchildren, Mackenzie, Carter and Isaiah Skowronski; his siblings, Bill (Betty) Kiessel, Frank (Marilu) Kiessel, Janet (Ron) Send, Randy (Debbie) Kiessel, Gary (Betty) Kiessel, Vic (Janice Sue) Kiessel, Sue (Gary) Herman; his sister-n-law April Showers-Cox; and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Rita Kiessel.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to the 7 p.m. prayer service on Friday, Jan. 19 at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.  The mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 at St. Michael’s Church of Suttons Bay.  Father Leonard Paul will serve as celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Rex Dobson Ruby Ellen Farm Foundation, PO Box 492, Suttons Bay, MI 49682; Leelanau Conservancy, PO Box 1007, Leland, MI 49654 and/or Mass Intentions.

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January 13, 2018

Berniece Marie Winowiecki, Died Jan. 13, 2018


Berniece M. Winowiecki
Died Jan. 13, 2018

CEDAR – Berniece Marie Winowiecki, 94, lifelong resident of Cedar, passed away Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at Tendercare of Leelanau with her family at her side.
Berniece was born Aug. 26, 1923 in Cedar to the late William and Pelagia (Cerkowski) Mikowski.  On Sep. 1, 1941 at Holy Rosary Church she married, for sixty-six years, Frank J. Winowiecki who preceded her in death on Sep. 25, 2007.
She was a lifetime member of the Holy Rosary Church and was a member of the Rosary Society.  Berniece was the fourteenth of fifteen children and was the last survivor.
Berniece is survived by three sons, Ben (Virginia), Frank Jr. (Claudette) and William (Sue) Winowiecki; three daughters, Charlene (Richard) Kulanda, Mary (Ray) Savage, and Janet Winowiecki; eighteen grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by nine brothers, Anselm, Steve, Frank, Clement, Eddie, Leonard, William Jr., Janarius and Peter; five sisters, Mary Umlor, Polly Novak, Sister Mary Eugenia, Sister Mary Juliet and Loretta; one grandchild, John Paul Winowiecki; and one great-grandchild, Lucas Noonan.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16 with the Rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church of Cedar.  The mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17 with the family greeting friends at 10 a.m., also at the church.  Burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery will be announced in the spring.  Father Donald Libby will serve as celebrant.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Holy Rosary Church, 6982 S. Schomberg Rd, Cedar MI 49621, or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospitals, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 and/or Mass Intentions.
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Mary Alice Stachnik, Died Jan. 12, 2018



Mary A. Stachnik
Died Jan. 12, 2018

MAPLE CITY – Mary Alice Stachnik, 90, of Maple City, passed away Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 at Maple Valley Nursing Home with her family at her side.
Mary was born April 23, 1927 on the Cleveland Township family farm; the daughter of James Nachazel and Mary Rose Henrietta (Sindelal) Nachazel.  On May 17, 1958 at St. Joseph Church of Maple City she married William Stachnik who preceded her in death on Aug. 16, 1960.
Mary was a life long member of St. Joseph’s Church of Maple City.  For years she volunteered at Maple Valley Nursing Home before being welcomed into their care.
Mary is survived by her son, William (Jennifer) Edward Nachazel of Holland.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William and a brother, Charles.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at St. Rita/ St. Joseph’s Church of Maple City with the family greeting friends at 10 a.m.  Burial in Cleveland Township Cemetery will be announced in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Maple Valley Nursing Home, 1086 West Burdickville Rd, Maple City, MI 49664.
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January 9, 2018

Charlene M. Steimel Died Jan. 5, 2018


Charlene M. Steimel
Died January 5, 2018

BINGHAM TOWNSHIP – Charlene Marie Steimel, 91, of Bingham Township, passed away on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at Munson Hospice House.
Charlene was born on June 12, 1926 in Gills Pier, the daughter of Arthur C. and Anna M. (Kolarik) Houdek.  On Nov. 3, 1945 in Gills Pier, she married Donald Aloysius Steimel who preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 1999.
Charlene is survived by her daughter, Loraine (Gerald) McNeil; son, Alfred (Debbie) Steimel; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sons, Kenneth, Gary, and Dale; and daughter, Connie Maxon.
A memorial mass will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church, Suttons Bay, with family greeting friends one hour prior.  Fr. Leonard Paul will serve as celebrant.  Interment at St. Michael’s Cemetery will be held in the spring. 
Memorials may be directed to Mass Intentions and/or to Munson Hospice House, 1150 Medical Campus Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684.
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Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.

Terry R. Patton DIed Dec. 31, 2017


Terry R. Patton
Died Dec. 31, 2017

TRAVERSE CITY – Terry Russell Patton, 48, of Traverse City, passed away Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 at Munson Medical Center.
Terry was born on Nov. 28, 1969, in Bellaire, the son of Russell and Rhea (Gregory) Patton.  On Aug. 4, 2017 in Traverse City, he married Shannon Lynn Carter, who survives.
Terry was a giving man who had a heart of gold, always worried about others before himself.  He was a positive and optimistic man who was mechanically inclined.  If it ran on gasoline or had an engine – Terry could fix it.  He was also artistically gifted, and his talent can be seen on the wall of Ace Hardware in Traverse City where his colorful mural greets patrons.
In addition to his wife, Shannon, Terry is survived by his newborn daughter, Diamond Patton; brothers, Rick Lee Patton and Bradley James Patton; in-laws, Dan and Julie Carter; and aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Rhea, on April 12, 2009.
Private family services have been held.  Memorials may be directed to his wife, Shannon Patton, for the care of their newborn, P.O. Box 174, Grawn, MI 49637.
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December 22, 2017

Felix M. Rice II, Died Dec. 19, 2017



Felix M. Rice II
Died Dec. 19, 2017

MAPLE CITY – Felix Michael Rice II, 67, of Maple City, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 19. 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.
Felix was born Aug. 12, 1950 in Traverse City the son of Felix M. Rice and Cecelia E. (Bembeneck) Rice.  On July 17, 1971 at St. Rita’s Church of Maple City he married his loving wife of forty-six years, Diana M. (Shorter) Rice, who survives.
Felix was a man whose character was based on faith, family and hard work.  From the age of 17 until he retired at age 65 he worked as a mason.  He rose to become a master mason and for decades owned and operated his own company.
He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting; with his brother Leo, on the Rice family farm and his school lake property.  Felix’s friends knew him as an early morning fisherman with start times of 4:30 or 5:30 AM being the norm.  A treasured family memory is when his brother Leo and son Phillip took him on his first out of state trip to go Elk hunting in Montana.
Felix was a master cook and baker.  He crafted a lot of food from his giant garden.  He grew a lot and gave a lot away to help his friends and family.  Felix could cook soups, venison, and many other dishes. 
He was a man of faith who dedicated his skills and time to his church, the Holy Rosary Church of Cedar.  Felix thought of others before himself; he was called home with the treasure and enjoyment of his family, children and especially his grandchildren.
Felix is survived by his wife, Diana; his four sons, Matt (Amy) Rice, Michael Rice, Phillip (Stephanie) Rice, Felix M. Rice III; his siblings, Alfred Rice, Jim (Mona) Rice, Millie (Ronald) Evans, Harold Rice, Leo (Marilyn) Rice, Mark (Linda) Rice, Rebecca Houser; four grandchildren, Nick, Aubree, Kara, Tyler, a great grandchild, Braylon; and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Thomas Rice.
Visitation will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec 28 with the Rosary to be prayed at 7:30 pm at the Holy Rosary Church of Cedar.  The mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 29 with the family greeting friends at 10 a.m., also at the church.  Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  Father Donald Libby will serve as celebrant.
Memorials may be directed to St. Judes’ Children’s Research Hospital, and/or Shriners Hospitals for Children, and/or Mass Intentions.
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December 21, 2017

Betty J. Edwards, Died Dec. 20, 2017


Betty J. Edwards
Died Dec. 20, 2017

OMENA – Betty Jane Edwards, 90, of Omena passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family.
Betty was born June 20, 1927 in Northport the daughter of John and Ester (Jackson) Franklin.  In 1985 in Benzonia she married David William Edwards who preceded her in death in 1999.
Betty loved gardening, especially her flowers.  Betty enjoyed the outdoors and especially the birds that would visit her bird feeders.  She loved going to the casino, shopping until she dropped and putting together picture puzzles.  Betty also enjoyed playing cards and was unbeatable at 500 Rummy.
She was master seamstress, crafting clothes, baby blankets, matching cushions and curtains.  Betty loved to act silly and have fun.  She was a practical joker and loved her dogs, Buddy the jack russell terrier and her beagle, Jiggs.
Betty was never in a bad mood, a naturally nice loving person who never had a bad thing to say.
Betty is survived by her children, Joseph (Judy) Raphael, George (Marty) Bailey, Hank (Amy) Bailey, Randy (Faith) Bailey, Phyllis (Jim) Carr, June Bailey, Pauline (Tim) Koon, Cyndi (Michael Dargis) Bailey, Scott (Becky) Bailey; her step children, Judy Battle, Linda (William) Valleau, David (Michael) Edwards, Thomas (Sara) Edwards, Lorrie (Ken) Porte, Kristee (Wade) Mariage, Vince (Jill) Edwards, Jan (Steve) Bailey; thirty-eight grandchildren, fifty-one great grandchildren and sixteen great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, David; an infant son and a granddaughter, Joline.
Visitation will be held today, Dec. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.  The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 23 at the Northport Indian Mission Church.  Burial in Omena Hillcrest Cemetery will be announced in the spring.  Pastor Terry Wildman will officiate.
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