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    Kenneth Brandt

    Kenneth W. Brandt, 60 of Traverse City, died Friday, April 3, 2020 at home.  He was born Nov. 26, 1959 in Detroit, the son of William and Loraine (Young) Brandt.    Ken graduated from Weld Tech and worked in the oil fields and for the Detroit Free Press.  He also “worked” scrapping steel and anything else he could find of interest.  Ken enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, and boating.  He also enjoyed going to the…

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    Billie Johnson

    Billie Jo Johnson,  77,  of LaPeer, passed away on April 2, 2020 at McLaren Hospital in LaPeer.   Graveside services will be held Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Helena Township Cemetery in Alden.   The Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes is handling the arrangements.

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    Kathleen Dingman

    Kathleen Ann Dingman, 76 of Central Lake, went to be with the Lord April 1, 2020 at home.  She was born September 25, 1943 the daughter of Mondue and Wilma (Burlew) Thomas.  On September 3, 1961 she married the love of her life, Karl Dingman.    Kathy was strong in her faith in the Lord as her savior. She and Karl were members of the Church in The Hills in Bellaire.   Kathy enjoyed many activities with Karl through the years including flying, cycling and…

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    Bonnie Strauss

    Bonnie L. Strauss, 80 of Bellaire, died peacefully, Monday, March 30, 2020 at Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility.  She was born August 16, 1939 in Bellaire the daughter of Howard Lewis and Gladys (Gorham) Carey.     On June 14, 1958 in Bellaire Bonnie married the love of her life Gordon D. Strauss who survives.  Also surviving are her children Douglas (Nancy) Strauss and Susan Strauss, her grandchildren Michael and Melissa Strauss and Ashley Culp, her sister Sally…

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    Kenneth Fortney

    Kenneth G. Fortney,  79, of Mancelona, passed away on March 29, 2020 at his home.  At his request, there will be no services.  He will be buried in Hale, MI, along side his wife.  Arrangements are being handled by the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  Online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.

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    Gary Way

    Gary R. Way,  57, of Charlevoix, passed away on March 28, 2020 at his home.   Due to the circumstances surrounding our public health situation,  there will be a  private funeral service with the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.   Gary’s family would like to apologize for holding services private and under other circumstances it would not be handled this way.  It’s possible that at a later date there may be a celebration…

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    Beulah Polzin

    Beulah Barbara Polzin, 88, of Bellaire, passed away on Wednesday March 25, 2020.  She was born on August 11, 1931 in Flint, MI, the daughter of David and Marian (Callard) Azelton.  Service information will be announced in the near future. Memorial donations may be made to the Bellaire Community Food Pantry, 205 E Broad St., Bellaire, MI 49615. Arrangements are in the care of the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  Please sign her online guestbook at…

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    Makayla Barber

    Makayla Marie Barber,  13 of Alden, passed away at her home on March 23, 2020.    Makayla was born on July 10, 2006 the daughter of Barney and Jacklyn (Hammons) Barber.    She is survived by her parents, a sister Mystina Marie Barber of Germany (USAF), paternal grandmother, Marilyn Barber-Ciszewski (Chester Ciszewski) of Alden, aunt Candace Baker of Bellaire, uncles, David (April) Barber of Gaylord, Michael (Amanda) Hammons of Elmira as well as many great aunts and…

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    Mary Hamilton

    Mary Ann Hamilton,  93, of Charlevoix, passed away on March 20, 2020 at Munson Health Care, Charlevoix Hospital.    Mary Ann was born on August 29, 1926 in Ionia, MI, the daughter of Alger and Florence (Holcomb) Dean.    Mary Ann worked for Bell Telephone and Hoskins Manufacturing for many years.  She was a long time Charlevoix resident where she was a member of the Community Church of God.    She enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles.   …

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    Carol Haesler

    Carol J. Haesler,  73, of Mancelona, passed away on March 17, 2020 at her home.    Carol was born on December 15, 1946, in St. Charles, IL, the daughter of Harvey and Helen (Wiggins) Bates.    Helen worked as a lunch room supervisor for many years at the West Aurora School District 129, in Aurora, IL for many years before retiring and moving to Mancelona permanently in 2012.    On December 29, 1965, in Wasco, IL, she married James Haesler who…

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    Lennox Gee

    Lennox Dale Gee, 7, of Petoskey, passed away at his home, surrounded by his beloved family on March 15, 2020.  Lennox was born January 8, 2013 in Petoskey, Michigan.  Family was the most important thing to Lennox.  He adored his baby brother Logan very much.  Lennox gave the best hugs and had a contagious laugh, along with a personality that touched and drew in everyone he met.  He truly made everyone around him a better person.  A jokester by trade, having fun…

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    Lorraine Loveland

    Lorraine Janis Loveland, 77, of Bellaire, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2020.  She was born on April 8, 1942 in Howell, MI, the daughter of Harold and Clyda (Williams) Hierlihy. Lorraine graduated from the McPherson College of Nursing with her LPN, and immediately went to work at the University of Michigan Emergency Room.  She then worked at the McPherson Hospital Emergency room before finishing her career as a nurse in homecare.  In 2014, she moved to Bellaire to live…

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    Mary Willson

    Mary A. Willson,  66 ,of Bellaire, passed away on March 8, 2020 at her home.  Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church in Bellaire.  Visitation will be on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  A full obituary will be posted in the near future.  Arrangements are being handled by the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

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    Everett Tharp

    Everett A. Tharp,   86, of Central Lake, passed away on March 6, 2020 at Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility.  Funeral services will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Central Lake United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be from 12 noon until the time of services also at church.  A full obituary will be posted in the near future.  Arrangements are being handled by the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  

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    Richard Powell

    Richard J. Powell,  83, of Kewadin, passed away on March 5, 2020 at the Culver Meadows AFC Home in Traverse City.    Dick was born on January 13, 1937, in Kewadin, the son of Irvin and Gladys (Hull) Powell.    Dick was a wonderful husband, fearless father and influential community member.   He was an avid outdoorsman, especially fishing, hunting, mushrooming, boating, snowmobiling, cutting and splitting wood, and  camping to name a few.  He also…

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    Eloise Klooster

    Eloise Marie Klooster, 86, of Charlevoix, passed away March 1, 2020 at Grandvue Medical Care Facility.  Eloise was born April 12, 1933 in Muskegon Heights, MI to James Batchelder and Helen (Pedersen) Batchelder.    A full obituary will appear soon.    Funeral Services will take place Friday, March 6, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at the Community Reformed Church of Charlevoix, with Jan Boss officiating.  Visitation will take place Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 6:00…

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    Alberta Beyers

    Alberta C. Beyers,  85, of Charlevoix, passed away on February 29, 2020 at her home.  Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlevoix with visitation from 10 a.m. until time of mass at church.   A full obituary will be posted with further details in the near future.    Arrangements are being handled by the Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. 

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    Barry Wood

    Barry Wayne Wood, 87, of Charlevoix, passed away February 26, 2020 in Traverse City, MI.  Barry was born March 30, 1932 in Ferndale, MI to Harry C. Wood and Grace (Thompson) Wood.  Barry worked as a contractor in construction, as well as serving his community of Charlevoix in many ways once he and his wife moved up north permanently in 1954, as a volunteer Firefighter and ambulance driver, auxiliary Police Officer for the city of Charlevoix, and as an Eveline township zoning…

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    Dorothy Stites

    Dorothy Jean Stites, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and Bousha, passed away Monday, February 24th, surrounded by her loving family.  Dorothy was one of 13 children, born December 21st, 1932 in Cedar, MI to Frank and Bertha Winowiecki.  She married Harold L. Stites in 1952.  They were married for 68 years and together had five children.  Dorothy was a caretaker by nature.  Whether it be for her family, friends or community members, it was her true passion in…

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    Sherry Fisher

    Sherry Lynn Fisher, 66, of Ellsworth passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020. She was born on August 11, 1953 in Pontiac, MI, the daughter of Harvey and Joyce (Everett) Watros.  Sherry graduated from Central Lake High School in 1971.  Her family meant the world to her, especially her grandchildren.  She cherished every moment with them, particularly at family get-togethers and reunions.  Sherry will be remembered as a tough, independent – occasionally stubborn…

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    Jeanette Ketola

    Jeanette “Jan” Ketola,  71, of Bellaire, passed away on February 16, 2020 at Munson Medical Center.  No services are planned at this time.  There will be a celebration of life at a later date in Bellaire.   A full obituary will be posted in the near future.  Arrangements are being handled by the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.