• Grand Haven

    Gerald ‘Jer’ Smant

    Gerald “Jer” Smant passed away at home on March 15, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. On August 11, 1953, Gerald and Connie (Kamp) Smant brought Jer into the world. During the 65 years in between, he spent his life trying to make the world a better place. He had a pure heart of gold, and knew no greater joy than rolling up his sleeves to help others. When he entered heaven, God said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” He found his true calling working as a lab supervisor for Grand Valley State University, where he spent every day going the extra mile to help students learn, grow and…

  • Grand Haven

    Joan Marie Japenga

    Joan Marie Japenga, age 92, of Grand Haven passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019, at North Ottawa Care Center. She was born March 12, 1927, in Grand Haven to Joseph and Marion (Witherell) Susterich. As a teenager, she loved tap dancing and writing for the school newspaper. One of her stories was published in a national magazine. She attended Grand Haven High School, where she played clarinet in the band, was a drum majorette and graduated in 1945. Joan married Bob Japenga on March 28, 1950, raised four children, and worked for the Grand Haven school lunch program. She and Bob moved to their house on Taylor Street in 1956,…

  • Nashville

    Betty Downing

    Betty Downing Mrs. Betty Downing, age 90, of Nashville passed away Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 at Thornapple Manor, in Hastings, MI. Betty was born in Battle Creek, MI on January 8, 1929, the …

  • Battle Creek

    Perikli Pazik

    Perikli Pazik, 83, of Battle Creek, passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2019. He was born April 6, 1935 in Krusevo, Macedonia the son of Miha and Ziska (Pare) Pazik. Perikli’s passion was wood worki …

  • Harrison

    Irene Taylor

    Irene Grace Taylor 97 of Harrison passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Gladwin Nursing and Rehabilitation Community, Gladwin, Michigan. Irene was born November 28, 1921 in Port Ar …

  • Fraser

    Luke Weiss

    Luke Michael Weiss, baptized child of God, is singing praises to Jesus in heaven just 14 hours after coming into this world. He passed peacefully in the loving arms of his parents, Rebecca and Th …

  • Saginaw

    Cheryl Jo Haas (Hoggard)

    Cheryl Jo (Hoggard) Haas Saginaw, Michigan Passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019. Age 53 years. The daughter of the late JoAnn (Benkert) and Donald F. Hoggard was born November 21, 1965 in …

  • Alpena,  Hillman

    Virginia Cayler

    Virginia Cayler Virginia Cayler, 88, of Alpena passed away Sunday, March 17, 2019 at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. Virginia Tadajewski was born July 1, 1930 in Alpena to the late Leo and Gertrude (Stoinski) Tadajewski. She married Robert Dodd in 1947 and he preceded her in death on May 22, 1967. She later married Allen Cayler on April 22, 1972. He preceded her in death on February 5, 1998. Virginia enjoyed Bingo, the casino, watching the Detroit Tigers, and attending her grandchildren’…

  • Alpena,  Hillman

    Lawrence Aube

    Lawrence Aube Lawrence Henry Aube, 87, of Ossineke passed away Sunday, March 17, 2019, at Mackinac Straits Health Hospital in St. Ignace. Lawrence was born March 10, 1932, in Ossineke to the late Alderic and Anna (LaBonte) Aube. On February 23, 1952, he married Lavona Wirgau. Lawrence worked at Huron Portland Cement, retiring in 1986. He was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and Friends Together. Lawrence was very active selling tickets for American Cancer Societ…

  • Bruce Crossing,  Ontonagon

    Karen Plutchak

    Karen Plutchak Karen Plutchak, 68, of Greenland, MI, passed away on March 10, 2019 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Karen was born in Goodrich, Michigan to Fred and Gloria Koon on April 10, 1950.  She graduated from Goodrich High School.  Karen married Jerry Plutchak on December 13, 1975, and relocated to the Upper Peninsula where she and Jerry raised their family.  Karen was employed at Maple Manor Nursing Home for many years as a CNA. Karen is survived by her children:  Shann…

  • Boyne City,  Cheboygan,  Indian River

    Veronica High

    Veronica Ann High, 88 of Petoskey, gracefully passed away at home surrounded by her loving family. Veronica was born on July 26, 1930, the daughter of Joseph Foster Otto and Christine (Baker) Otto. She attended Catholic School until the 10th grade and eventually went on to earn her GED. She married Howard John Chingwa, Sr. and together had eleven children. Later, Veronica met John J. High they were happily married until his death in 2003. She worked in housekeeping at the hospital in…

  • Escanaba

    Esther Eliza Erickson

    Esther Eliza Erickson March 18, 2019 MANISTIQUE — Esther Eliza Erickson, 95, of Manistique, Mich., passed away March 13, 2019 at her home with her family by her side. The daughter of John T. and Josie (Schnurer) Watson, she was born in Manistique on Feb. 13, 1924. She attended and graduated school at Manistique High School. …

  • Flint

    Dennis D. Coselmon

    COSELMON, Dennis D. – Of Mt. Morris Township, formerly of Flint, age 63 died Saturday, March 16, 2019 at home. Memorial service will be held View full obituary

  • Flint

    Carolyn Anne Dittman

    Carolyn Anne Dittman age 75 died March 14, 2019 at Heartland Healthcare Briarwood.  Cremation has taken place at the request of her family.  She was View full obituary

  • Greenville

    Harold Stidham

    Harold Stidham Harold E. Stidham, age 77, of Jackson, passed away Monday, March 18, 2019 at Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson.  The son of Woodrow & Minnie (Turner) Stidham, he was born on October 11, 1941 in War Creek, Kentucky. Harold was a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving stateside at Fort Bragg during the Vietnam War.  After his honorable discharge, he made his home in Missouri where he worked as a school bus driver. He was preceded in death by his pare…

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Enrique “Rick” Luna, Sr.

    View Enrique “Rick” Luna, Sr. Enrique “Rick” Luna, Sr. Rick left us suddenly on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Rick was born February 29, 1952 in Ionia, Michigan to Floyd R. and Virginia H. (Hernandez) Luna. Rick was a lifelong Portland resident. On May 22, 1971, he married his high school sweetheart, Cheryl A. Ryerson. Rick is survived by their children, Enrique “Rick” (Theresa) Luna, Jr., Christopher Luna, Andrea (Luke) Simon, Stephanie (Poon) Hinmon; grandchildren, Xavier and Elliot Luna, McKayla…

  • L'Anse

    Rosamond Bianco

    Rosamond Bianco Rosamond Marie Bianco, age 89 of L’Anse, MI passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born June 16, 1929 in Copper City, MI daughter of Albert and Rose (Schmidlin) Rolof. Rosamond graduated from L’Anse High School in 1947. While in high school she worked at Mazda Theatre, then after graduation she worked for Dr Guy as a receptionist. Rosamond married Joseph Bianco on September 17, 1949 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in L’Anse. She… …

  • Marquette

    James Richard Johnson

    James Richard Johnson March 18, 2019 MARQUETTE, MI – James Richard Johnson, age 77, of Marquette, entered eternal life Friday, March 15, 2019 at U.P. Health System Marquette, in the loving care of his family. Arrangements will be announced by the Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral & Cremation Services, where condolences may …

  • Marquette

    Bernard ‘Bernie’ Paul DeRoche

    Bernard ‘Bernie’ Paul DeRoche March 18, 2019 LIMESTONE, MI – Bernard “Bernie” Paul DeRoche, age 66, of Limestone, died following a brief illness on Saturday afternoon, March 16, 2019 at UPHS Marquette. Services will be held at the Bowerman Funeral Home in Munising on Friday, March 22, 2019. Visitation will be from noon until 3:00 …