March 19, 2018

Ralph A. Steimel, Died March 17, 2018

Ralph A. Steimel
Died March 17, 2018

SUTTONS BAY – Ralph Alphonsus Steimel, 90, of Suttons Bay, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018 at home.

Ralph was born Feb. 23, 1928 in Suttons Bay in the apartments behind today’s Ice Cream Factory.  He was the son of the late Howard A. Steimel and Nellie (Borgerson) Steimel.  The Steimel’s, along with the Walter’s and Kohler families, were some of the original settlers of Suttons Bay; with all three families originating from the same town in Germany.

He was the son of a commercial fisherman and at a young age was introduced to fishing on their property at what is today’s Suttons Bay swimming beach near the Marina.  He began trapping at an early age to make extra money.  Ralph always regretted not buying a camera when he was young so that photos of his father’s docks, boat and ice houses could have been passed onto his family.

Ralph graduated from Suttons Bay Schools valedictorian of his class and attended Central Michigan University.  He retired from Consumers Energy after 40 years of employment in the Accounting Department.  Ralph continued to love the outdoors through his adulthood making time to hunt and fish and taking annual hunting trips to Wyoming with his wife and sons.  His sons and grandchildren credit him with teaching them all they know about hunting and fishing.  He continued his outdoor life well into his eighties, going alone in his aluminum boat casting lines in Suttons Bay and other area lakes or creek fishing.

He loved organizing picnics and enjoying the company of family.  Ralph never forgot a birthday or mailing holiday cards.  Ralph would make a special Easter Egg for his kids, even into their adult years.  He was a Detroit Tigers fan and enjoyed watching every game he could on TV.  In recent years he stayed active with weekly Polka Dances at the Leelanau Sands Casino.

Ralph loved his dogs, especially his dog “Skip”.  He was a life-long member of St. Michael’s Church of Suttons Bay and long-time usher.  Ralph was a man whose character was based on faith, family and being a personal example of doing the right thing to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ralph is survived by his children, Kathy (Craig) Omo, Allen (Marjorie) Steimel, Mark (Shelly) Steimel; his grandchildren, Amy (Adam) Rodriguez, Daniel (Tammy) Hazel, Megan (Benjamin) Aubry, Nicholas Steimel, Jason Steimel; his great grandchildren, David Ranta, Eddie Monske, Otto Monske, Isaac Monske, Jose Rodriguez, Alexis Rodriguez, Benjamin Hazel, Kadence Hazel and Eleanor Aubry.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence (Reicha) Steimel, their infant daughter, Eleanor Steimel; his second wife, Eleanor M. (Johnson) Steimel in 1998, his sister and brother in law, Edna (Lloyd) Zeilman; and a special friend, Patricia Johnson Frisk.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. with the Rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 23 at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.  The mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 24 at St. Michael’s Church of Suttons Bay.  Burial will be announced in the spring.  Father Leonard Paul will serve as Celebrant.
Memorials may be directed to St. Michael’s Church, PO Box 9, Suttons Bay, MI 49682.

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March 17, 2018

James F. Niessink, Died March 14, 2018

James F. Niessink
Died March 14, 2018

SUTTONS BAY - James Frederick Niessink, 73, of Suttons Bay, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at his home with family at his side. Jim was born on July 4, 1944 in Detroit, the son of Richard and Katherine (McCoy) Niessink.

Jim graduated from Portage High School in 1962 and spent summers working for Van’s Garage in Leland.  A graduate of Albion College (BS, Physics, 1966) and University of Michigan (MS, Aeronautical Engineering, 1969), Jim was a member of a Grumman Aircraft team, in New York, designing the cockpit of the F14.  Jim returned to Leelanau County where he made use of his mechanical abilities working with Kropp Well Drilling, Gillespie Enterprises (Beaver Island), and various machine shops in northern Michigan. When Electro-Optics Technology, Inc moved to Traverse City in 1992, Jim became their technology designer.  In 2013, Jim was awarded a patent for one of his designs. 

An avid aviator, Jim flew his Cessna 170 for pleasure, sometimes work, he particularly loved making trips to the Manitous, Beaver and North and South Fox Islands.  Together with his first wife, he owned property on South Manitou, where he maintained the island’s grass airstrip.  In an effort to avoid city traffic, he would often make the quick flight from Suttons Bay to Traverse City, when EOT was located near the airport. 

Jim leaves a legacy of his music.  His voice, guitar, and banjo abilities were well known throughout the Grand Traverse Region.  Jim was a single act at The Keller (Shields Restaurant) and at Bill’s Dills.  He also played Dixie Land with the Back Room Gang on and off for 20 years.  Most recently, Jim and his close friend, John Rutherford, hosted a weekly musical gathering at Dick’s Pour House, in Lake Leelanau. 

Jim delighted in his granddaughters’ love of the arts and shared his engineering expertise with Suttons Bay youth as a mentor with their Robotics Team, working with them on several award-winning designs.  His generosity was admirable, his talents unmatched, and his genuine kind and calm nature will be sorely missed.

Jim is survived by his wife, Mary; his son, Geoffrey (Annie) Niessink; grandchildren, Abby and Olivia Niessink; his brother, John (Kathy) Niessink, and his apple-chasing dog, Harvey.

Per Jim’s wishes, cremation has taken place and private family services have been held.

For family and friends, a celebration of Jim’s life and music will be held on Saturday, June 23rd from 3-7pm at Jim’s home.

Those wishing to give a gift in Jim’s name, please direct it to St. Mary’s School: PO Box 340, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653

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March 13, 2018

Marie T. Richards, Died March 11, 2018

Marie T. Richards
Died March 11, 2018

TRAVERSE CITY – Marie Therese Richards, 91, of Traverse City and formerly of Suttons Bay, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Munson Medical Center.

Marie was born on Dec. 14, 1926 in Detroit, the daughter of Alphonsus and Anna (Ruetz) Baumann.  On Aug. 21, 1948 in Detroit, she married her loving husband of 67 years, Donald Lloyd Richards, who preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 2015.
Marie attended St. Mary's High School of Redford.

She then attended and graduated from Marygrove College and continued on to achieve her Master’s Degree in Education.  Marie briefly taught at Immaculate Conception School in Detroit.

After moving to Suttons Bay in 1966 Marie then taught at St. Michael's School.  She then taught at Suttons Bay Public Schools until she retired in 1991.  Marie and Don enjoyed traveling, boating around Suttons Bay and winter trips to Florida.

Marie is survived by her four children, Joanne M. Brown, Janet L. Pugh, Thomas E. Richards, Donald Paul Richards; nine grandchildren, Brian, Maria, Mike, Randy, Jonathan, Erica, Meghann, Allison, and Katelin; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles J. Baumann; and sister, Pauline A. Wright.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 16 from 4 p.m. to the 7 p.m. rosary at Martinson Funeral Home, Suttons Bay.  The memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel, Suttons Bay.  Burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery will be at a later date.  Fr. Leonard Paul will serve as celebrant.

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

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Eugene N. Hadjisky, Died Feb. 27, 2018

Eugene N. Hadjisky
Died Feb. 27, 2018

LELAND – Eugene Nicholas Hadjisky, 93, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 at 5:31 pm, just as the sun was beginning to set.  He was at peace, at home, with his wife and his son beside him.

Gene, or “Hadj”, was born Aug. 13, 1924 in Birmingham, the son of Joseph Nicholas Hadjisky and Elizabeth “Libby” (Appleby) Hadjisky.  On Aug. 4, 1962 he married Maryellen (Gould), who survives.

Hadj enlisted in the US Naval Reserve after high school.  He trained at Alma College, served aboard minesweepers in the American theater, and attained the rank of Lieutenant, JG.  He was “headed for Tokyo” when the war ended.  Under the GI Bill, he attended Wayne State University.

He became a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Giffels Associates of Detroit and Southfield. Hadj was especially proud of his work on a closed-loop water purification system for IBM in East Fishkill, NY and a uranium processing project in Paducah, Kentucky.

He supported Rotary International, served on the Leland Township sewer commission,
and founded the Leland Gleaners.

Hadj and Maryellen retired in 1990 to Northill, their Lake Michigan home in

He met Maryellen at an engineers picnic in Birmingham.  A year later, in 1962, they were married at the Leland Methodist Church by a moccasin-wearing, Unitarian-Universalist minister.  With a memorable reception at the Leland Country Club, Hadj became a golfer by marriage.

They raised their only son, John, in Grosse Pointe and spent every summer in Leland.  Hadj loved cooking and carving at the Leland Yacht Club’s annual Bar-be-cruise. He loved Leelanau County, especially the rows of orchard trees as they span the uneven hills.

The son of immigrants from Yorkshire, England and Sofia, Bulgaria, Hadj was a life-long Unitarian Universalist.  He was an unassuming man, kind, interested, and open to all manner of diversity in friends and occasions.  Maryellen’s “silent soldier” beat cancer once, and with quiet strength, outlasted all the predictions for the second cancer.

Hadj is survived by his loving wife of fifty-five years, Maryellen; his son, John Hadjisky, and many nieces and nephews in the US, England, and Bulgaria.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his elder sister Margaret “Peggy” (Tom) Muzik, and his twin sister Joan (Bill) Boniface.

Cremation has taken place. Burial at Beechwood Cemetery, Leland, and a memorial on or near his birthday, August 13, will be announced at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the Suttons Bay Rotary Club, PO Box 45, Suttons Bay, MI 49682 in support of their Youth Exchange and International Service programs.

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March 6, 2018

Maxine A. Wyatt, Died Jan. 29, 2018

Maxine A. Wyatt
Died Jan. 29, 2018

SUTTONS BAY – Maxine Armstrong Wyatt, 99, of Suttons Bay, passed away January 29, 2018 in her home surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Wyatt was born on October 12, 1918 in Lake City, MI, the daughter of Arthur and Zora (Hatch) Armstrong. She married Dr. Joseph H. Wyatt in 1950 in Detroit. He preceded her in death in 2015 at the age of 94.

Born a month before the end of WW I, Maxine’s family moved to Detroit when she was very young and lived in relative poverty made worse by the depression. Her father died in her late teens. She worked in the office of Northwestern High School while in school herself, then within two years of graduation she was the head secretary, a position she excelled at for the next ten years. She took on a great deal of responsibility at a very young age, becoming the breadwinner for her family until well into her mid-20’s.

Maxine loved her job, particularly the freedom it afforded her in the summers when she would take a packed bag to work on her last day of school, then hop in the car, alone or with a friend, to head out to explore the country. By the time she was in her late 20’s she had visited 47 of 50 states.

She married Joe Wyatt, a physician, when she was 31. They quickly started a family and all four kids were born in the next 6 years. As a mom, she insisted that her kids respected and cared for each other growing up and all four of her children agree that this is one of the greatest gifts she gave them.

Maxine cherished the friendships she made with eight wonderful women as they grew up together in Detroit and those friendships lasted an entire lifetime. She was a loyal friend making many more in every phase of life, including those she met through PEO.

Strikingly beautiful, Maxine often modeled, most notably in the period fashion shows put on by Goodwill Industries. She loved the big band era, loved to dance and if “Mac The Knife” was playing, there was no keeping her in her chair. She was in her heyday as a smart shopper. She was the kind of person who knew the produce manager at Kroger and the commercial fishermen at the docks in Florida, always getting the best strawberries in season and the best fish.

Maxine went on to travel the world where she rode elephants and swam in every major body of water throughout India, Pakistan, Israel and more. She participated vehemently in environmental issues, particularly around wetland preservation, after she and Joe moved to Florida in the late 70’s. She lived a healthy life with exercise as a centerpiece, leading exercise and water aerobic groups well into her 80’s and even winning the Senior Olympics in swimming one year.

Maxine loved convertibles and driving fast, loved water in every form, loved her family fiercely and took enormous joy in her five grandchildren.
She is survived by her children Pam (David) Bradshaw, Wendy Wyatt, Stephen Wyatt and Deb (Neal) Fellows and five grandchildren; Charlie Wyatt, Ben Fellows, Peter Fellows, Austin Fellows and Olivia Fellows.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Garnette Dwyer, and her brother, Rheul (Jack) Armstrong.

A summer graveside ceremony will take place with family and friends.

Memorials may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project at, the Leelanau Conservancy, 105 1st Street, Leland, MI 49654 and Planned Parenthood, 1135 E. Eight St., Traverse City, MI 49686.

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March 5, 2018

David A. Nordstrand, Died Feb. 24, 2018

David A. Nordstrand
Died Feb. 24, 2018

NORTHPORT – David Allen Nordstrand, 69, of Northport, passed away suddenly Saturday, February 24, 2018.

He was born in Manistee, Sep. 10, 1948, the son of Ivan and Marjorie (Nelson) Nordstrand who have preceded him in death.  David is survived by his wife, Yvonne; his children Clara (Seth) Kritzman, Alexandra Lowery, and Michael (Rebecca) Dujanowicz; grandchildren, Ethan, Zachary, Matthew, Trey, and Charlie; mother-in-law, Teresa Wilk; and brothers, Mark Nordstrand and Philip (Linda) Nordstrand.

David was a Head Engineer, Subject Matter Expert in Environmental Control at DTE Energy.  He was a specialist in solid fuel blending and spent a portion of his early career in noise pollution.  He retired after more than 35 years with DTE Energy.  In his retirement, David was active in the Village of Northport’s civic life.  He made contributions to the planning commission, Village council, and addressed environmental issues.

David was raised on the Old Mission Peninsula.  He spent summers as a teen working as a foreman at local cherry orchards.  David loved the out of doors.  He enjoyed every season on the Leelanau Peninsula – not just the four.  He was an avid bicyclist and cross-country skier.  A kayaker, the Muskegon River and The Bay were favorites.  In the evenings, you could find David, sitting in his favorite chair by the fireplace reading a political biography or historical non-fiction.

David enjoyed bringing weary houses back to life.  The “go-to-guy” for just the right tool and ready consultant on any home repair project.  Like a true Engineer, David believed anything could be fixed- from small electronics to household items.  Even a forgotten bicycle left at the street corner found new parts and new life in his shop.

A beloved husband, father and friend, David had the gift of being able to apply his good nature, wit and intellect, to assist anyone with any sort of issue, no matter how major or minor.  He was always willing to help.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the Bethany Lutheran Church, 220 W Nagonaba St; Northport, Michigan 49670.  The family will greet friends starting at 10:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Lawrence Technological University in David’s name. Lawrence Technological University 21000 W 10 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075 or at

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February 28, 2018

Frederick B. Hawley Died February 26, 2018

Frederick B. Hawley

Died February 26, 2018

SUTTONS BAY - Frederick Burton Hawley, 90, of Suttons Bay, passed away Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at his home.

Fred was born July 24, 1927 in Victory, the son of Arthur and Volberg (Petersen) Hawley.

Fred moved from Ludington to East Leland as a young man.  At Leland HS he became an accomplished athlete playing center position on the basketball team and his team made a prolonged run to the 1945 Class D state semi-final game.  The coach stayed home as he was also the school superintendent.  A veteran, he joined the U.S. Navy at the end of WWII and aboard the ship USS Callen helped shuttle the troops home, traveling widely across the Pacific until his honorable discharge.

Later the family moved into Leland village, near Indiana Woods, where he commuted to work with co-workers to Parsons Corp. (later Cone Drive Gear) where they manufactured helicopter blades and fiberglass boats, and then pinons and reduction gears at Cone Drive Gear.  One winter while laid off, he even fished out of the Fishtown with his commercial fishermen friends for whitefish and chubs.

In 1960, looking for change, Fred purchased the 40-acre Harold Smith cherry farm on Stoney Point and began his dream job as a cherry grower while still working his day job in Traverse City, often working 16-18 hour days.  Success came with hard work and the conversion of the cherry business to mechanical harvesting, cooling pads, steel tanks to haul fruit, close planting of trees and new cultural practices pioneered by the MSU Extension.  With consistently higher prices he bought surrounding farms, planting thousands of trees each year becoming one of the largest northwestern Michigan growers in the state.  Teaching seminars attended by northwestern Michigan farmers from adjacent counties were regularly held in his orchards led by visiting MSU Horticultural professors.  He served for numerous years on various cherry industry boards advising processors and growers alike.  He also hosted many Chery Festival Queens and their courts for splashy mid-summer orchard film tours.

Fred was an avid outdoorsman and excellent deer hunter with much time spent in the woods with both sons and daughters and was an avid ice fisherman during the winter off season.  His summer passion was his expansive flower and vegetable gardens – reputed to be sufficient to feed the entire Village populace – always generous.  Near the end of his life he reacquired a special friend and former neighbor and spent many meaningful moments reminiscing about times past.  He had a green thumb and was a handful…we will miss him.

Fred is survived by his children, Randy, Jim, and Karen (Mark) Drake; his grandchildren, Megan (Eric) Bowden, Melissa and Josh Drake.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandy Burkholder; and sisters, Helen and Janet.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to the start of the 1 p.m. funeral service on Saturday, March 3 at Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.  Father Bryan Medlin will serve as celebrant.

Memorials may be directed to Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center, 6686 S. Center Hwy., Traverse City, MI 49684 and/or Mass Intentions.

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February 23, 2018

Maximillian J. Popp, Died Feb. 21, 2018

Maximillian J. Popp
Died Feb. 21, 2018

LAKE LEELANAU – Maximillian Joseph Popp, 88, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 surrounded by family at Munson Medical Center.

Max was born Nov.18, 1929 in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin the son of Albert and Myrtle (Hahnenberg) Popp.  On Jan. 8, 1955 at St. Mary’s Church of Lake Leelanau he married Emma Marjorie (Schaub) Popp who preceded him in death on Aug. 18, 2017.

As a young man Max served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.
He was a 1951 graduate of the United States Merchant Marines in which he was a member of the sailing team and Catholic choir.  During his enrollment he traveled to Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal.

Max was full of wit and humor along with a positive attitude which carried him through each day.  He often amazed his friends, family, and caregivers with his knowledge of occurrences past and present.
Max is survived by his children, Elizabeth Szymczak, Ann (Paul) Belanger, Mary (Scott) MacDonald, Frank (Jacqueline) Popp, Pamela (John) Maurer; his siblings, Mark (Lois) Popp of Tucson, AZ; Monica (Richard) Houdek of West Allis, WI, Mary Jo (Lou) Gundrum of Hales Corners, WI, Alice (Frank) Formolo of Brookfield, WI, Jane (Richard) Groff of Salem, OR; and many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-two years, Emma; and two sons, Maximillian Popp in infancy, and Joseph Gerard Popp; his siblings, Virginia (James) Kalchik, James (Theresa) Popp, Albert (Pat) Popp, and Thomas (Barbara) Popp.

Visitation will be held from 4 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 with the Rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m. at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.  The mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 9 with the family greeting friends at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church of Lake Leelanau.  Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery will be held in the spring.  Father Bryan Medlin will serve as celebrant.

Memorials may be directed to St. Mary’s Church, PO Box 340, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653.

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Patricia A. Stratton, Died Feb. 18, 2019

Patricia A. Stratton
Died Feb. 18, 2018

SUTTONS BAY – Patricia Anne Stratton, 91, of Suttons Bay, passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 at MediLodge of Leelanau (formerly TenderCare of Leelanau).

Pat was born June 8, 1926 in East Jordan the daughter of Ralph and Dorothy (Williams) Fuller.  The family moved to Traverse City in 1937 and eventually settled in Suttons Bay in 1942.  She was the treasurer and valedictorian of the Suttons Bay Class of 1944.

On May 6, 1963, Pat married her high school sweetheart Charles J. Stratton Sr. who preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 2000.

In her early years Pat worked as a telephone operator in Suttons Bay, in Dr. Kitson’s dental office, and for Belfour Stulen Computer Services.  She was also the secretary for Arai and Hummel Architects, elected Suttons Bay Village Clerk, and lastly Secretary to the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners in 1975.  She retired from that position in 1996 after 21 years of service.

Pat loved animals, especially cats and dogs.  She enjoyed walking her dogs around town and was known as the “Corgi Lady” of Suttons Bay.  Pat also enjoyed drawing, painting, knitting, sewing and playing the piano.  But, her true passion was numbers and very evident in her accounting abilities.

She is survived by her children, Teri (Dennis) McCourtney of Davison, Liz (Edwin) Hart of Brea, CA, Tim Olson of Suttons Bay, Charles Stratton Jr. of Beulah, Tom (Carla) Olson of Colorado Springs, CO, Cheri (Dave) Durdel of Traverse City; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her family.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Ralph “Bud” Fuller; son-in-law, Edwin Hart and grandson, Eddie Hart.

The family will greet friends on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. until the 2 p.m. memorial service at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.  A graveside service and urn burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 6 in Suttons Bay Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Suttons Bay-Bingham Twp Fire and Rescue, PO Box 280, Suttons Bay, MI 49682 or the Cherryland Humane Society, 1750 Ahlberg Rd, Traverse City, MI, 49686.

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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:  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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