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    Martinus John Letts

      Martinus John Letts, 62, Roscommon, died March 20, 2020, at his home, in the presence and comfort of his family. His family will have a memorial service at a later date. Burial will be in Pioneer Cemetery, Roscommon. Arrangements have been entrusted to Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors, Roscommon. He was born Nov. 17, 1957, in Muskegon, to Clarence and Yvonne (Meyers) Letts. He and Toni Sue West were married Oct. 20, 1979, in Roscommon. Mr. Letts was a wrecker operator for W and W Auto Parts for 42 years, and was also a groundskeeper at White Deer Country Club in Prudenville. He enjoyed camping, boating, NASCAR and, of…

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    Daniel Lee Sentell

      Daniel Lee Sentell, 65, died March 16, 2020, at Select Specialty Hospital in Saginaw, after a hard-fought battle with an extended illness. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later time. Memorial contributions can be made to Charlton Heston Academy towards the athletic department. Arrangements were handled by Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home, West Branch. He was born Aug. 4, 1954, in St. Petersburg, FL, to Everett and Helen (Dennett) Sentell. He had lived in St. Helen for most of his life. On Dec. 31, 1999, he and Ellen K. Bell were married in Deerfield Beach, FL. He graduated…

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    Max Marshall Sluiter

      Max Marshall Sluiter, Houghton Lake, died March 22, 2020, at his home at Houghton Lake. He was 49. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Hitesman-Holdship Funeral Home handled arrangements. He was born May 25, 1970, in Cadillac, to Greg and Eva (Hendrick) Sluiter. He was formerly of the Cadillac area. In May 1991, he and the former Wendy Nikolitch were united in marriage in Cadillac. He enjoyed listening to music, especially classic rock. Mr. Sluiter spent his career working as a carpenter, and excelled tremendously. He adored his two special dogs, Zoey and Marley, who were like children to…

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    Dale Alan Pozehl

    Dale Alan Pozehl, 58, Prudenville, died March 20, 2020, at home. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel, handled arrangements. He was born Aug. 19, 1961, in Mount Clemens, the son of Walter and Charmaine (Reaves) Pozehl. He was a former heavy equipment operator for many years. He moved to the Prudenville area 10 years ago from Shelby Township. Mr. Pozehl was a member of the Houghton Lake Moose Lodge #1616. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and especially enjoyed living at Houghton Lake. Preceding him in death were his parents; and brother, Ronald “Mike” Pozehl. Surviving are his brother,…

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    Charles L. Smithson

    Prudenville resident Charles L. Smithson, 91, died March 16, 2020, at Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital. In accordance with his wishes, he will have a military honors service at a later date. Christler Funeral Home, Prudenville Chapel, handled arrangements. He was born Dec. 10, 1928, in Flint, to Oshel and Lena Smithson. He retired from the U.S. Air Force and served from 1948 to 1968. He was a member of Houghton Lake VFW Post 4034. Mr. Smithson was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and a sister.

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    Cynthia Jean Buntt

      Cynthia Jean Buntt, 68, Houghton Lake, died March 19, 2020, at her home. A family service will be conducted. Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel, is serving the family. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Roscommon County Animal Shelter. She was born Sept. 29, 1951, in Hollywood, CA, to Ronald and Madeline (Staats) Calvin. She grew up in California, graduating from high school in Downey, CA. She moved to the Houghton Lake area from California 27 years ago. She had worked at the front desk of the Super 8 Motel for the past 20 years. She and Jimmy Buntt were married in Las Vegas. Her husband preceded her…

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    Douglas Leroy Ferguson

      Douglas Leroy Ferguson, 73, Prudenville, died March 19, 2020, at The Villa of Rose City. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and a military honors service will be held at a later date at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. Christler Funeral Home, Prudenville Chapel, handled arrangements. He was born July 17, 1946, in Hazel Park, to Herbert and Virginia (Domina) Ferguson. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He and Suzanne M. Haslacker were married June 6, 1969. The couple moved to Prudenville two years ago from Gladwin. He was a retired truck driver. Mr. Ferguson was a member of the Gladwin…

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    Christopher Thomas Flint

      Christopher Thomas Flint, 33, Houghton Lake, died March 17, 2020, at home. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Interment will be in Gerrish Township Cemetery, Higgins Lake. Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel, handled arrangements. He was born July 12, 1986, in Cadillac, to Richard and Susan (Shagena) Flint. He grew up in the Houghton Lake are, graduating from Houghton Lake High School in 2004. He worked in the construction industry for The Home Depot. He enjoyed baseball, softball and bowling and was an avid fisherman. His joy was spending time with his son, Deklan. Preceding him in death was his father, Richard…

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    Avangeline Mae Lewis

      Roscommon resident Avangeline Mae Lewis, 86, died March 13, 2020, at home in the presence and comfort of her family and dog. A service was held March 17, at Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors, Roscommon. Born to Clive J. and Evelyn May, she was the fourth eldest of 18 children. She married her high school sweetheart, Richard Lewis, when she was 17. How could she resist a man whose proposal included the famous Elvis song “It’s Now or Never?” They were happily married for 59 years until his death in 2009. Together they had four beautiful children, Mary Jean, Benjamin Richard, Eve Marie and Matthew Paul. Her children fondly…

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    Betty L. Shudark

    Betty L. Shudark, 81, died March 12, 2020, at her Prudenville home surrounded by her family. Cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled at this time. Christler Funeral Home, Prudenville Chapel, handled the arrangements. Born March 6, 1939, in Mentor Township, Oscoda County, she was the daughter of Edwin and Ruth (Remington) Hunt. She and Donald A. Shudark were united in marriage Feb. 8, 1971, in Bay City. The couple moved to Prudenville in the early-1970s from Bay City. Mrs. Shudark worked at Hub Supermarket for many years. She enjoyed antiquing, crafts and playing BINGO. Preceding here in death were her parents; husband, Donald Shudark; and son, Rick…

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    Maureen Clair Otterson

      Maureen Clair Otterson, 87, Houghton Lake, died March 10, 2020, at The Lighthouse of Roscommon Health and Rehabilitation Center. A Mass of Christian Burial was held March 14 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church with Fr. Peter Eke officiating. Interment will be in Roscommon Township Cemetery, Houghton Lake. Memorial contributions may be made to Children International, 2000 E. Red Bridge Road, P.O. Box 219055, Kansas City, MO 64121(www.children.org). Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel, handled the arrangements. Born on Sept. 28, 1932, in Detroit, she was the daughter of Clair and Eileen (Lane) Otterson. She grew up in the Detroit area where she graduated from high school.…

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    Oscar ‘Alby’ Albaugh Jr.

      Oscar “Alby” Albaugh Jr. died March 1, 2020, at the age of 102, in Wildwood, FL. A memorial will be held later this spring. Memorial contributions may be made to AuSable River Center, P.O. Box 363, Roscommon, MI 48653. He was born in Murray City, OH, Nov. 25, 1917. During the depression Mr. Albaugh worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps, which was a source of pride. He moved to Detroit and worked for Ward Baking Company, then for New Era Potato Chip Company. He was kept on during the merger with Frito-Lay Company, eventually becoming a vice president of sales, from which he then retired. He served in the…

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    Donald Alan Herbers

      Prudenville resident Donald Alan Herbers, 60, died March 6, 2020, at Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital. Memorial services for Mr. Herbers will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Herbers family, in care of Mrs. Evelyn A. Herbers. Arrangements were handled by Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison. Born Jan. 27, 1960, in Owosso, he was the son of Roy and Rosemary (Jones) Herbers. Mr. Herbers was united in marriage to Ms. Evelyn Annette Murray July 6, 2017, in Roscommon. He had resided in Prudenville since 2018, moving from Houghton Lake. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching “old western movies,” cooking and idolizing his two children. Mr.…

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    Harry Burton ‘Michael Kassett’ Cooper

      Harry Burton ‘Michael Kassett’ Cooper, 72, Houghton Lake, died March 13, 2020, at home with his family by his side. Memorial services for Mr. Cooper will be conducted at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice. Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel, handled arrangements. He was born Sept. 25, 1947, in Flint, the son of Harry and Patricia (Cassett) Cooper. He grew up and attended school in the Flint area. His interest in and love for the entertainment industry led him to move to California and the Los Angeles area. He worked as an actor under the stage name of Michael…

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    Faith Ann Sandow

      Faith Ann Sandow, 53, Roscommon, died March 11, 2020, at home, in the presence and comfort of her family. A funeral service was held March 16 at Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors, Roscommon. Burial will be at Campbell Hills Cemetery, West Branch. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Born Aug. 11, 1966, in Wayne, she was the daughter of Charles and Wanda (Herrick) White. On Oct. 9, 2004, she and James Sandow were united in marriage. She will be missed by her family and friends. Mrs. Sandow was preceded in death by her parents. Surviving are her husband of 16 years, Jim; children, Daniel (Katie)…

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    James Paul Braid

      James Paul Braid, 70, died March 11, 2020, at his Houghton Lake home. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of a public service, the family asks that you remember Mr. Braid as the generous and happy person he was. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was born Sept. 27,1949, in Wyandotte, to David and Dolores (Lowndes) Braid. He moved from Wyandotte to Houghton Lake in the mid-60s. He had many friends, ran his own business, Jim Braid Sand and Gravel, and left his mark on many properties in the area. He always had dogs and they often accompanied him on the job.…

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    James Robert Olive

    James Robert Olive, 78, died suddenly at his home in St. Helen, March 6, 2020. His wishes were to have his ashes buried at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. A committal service with military honors will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Arrangements were handled by Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home, St. Helen. He was born April 13, 1941, in Detroit, to Benjamin and Virginia (Patterson) Olive. He had lived in St. Helen for the past 26 years and was previously of Washington. He served in the United States Army during Vietnam from 1962 to 1965. He enjoyed boating, old cars…

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    Bruce D. Hyler

    Bruce D. Hyler, 77, Roscommon, died March 6, 2020, at Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital, with his family by his side. In accordance with his wishes, no services will be held. Christler Funeral Home, Prudenville Chapel, handled arrangements. He was born Aug. 22, 1942, in St. Johns, to E.O. and Mildred (Wiggins) Hyler. He and Peggy Padgett were married Feb. 18, 1967, in St. Johns. He retired from Federal Mogul after 40 years of service. In 2002, he moved to Roscommon from St. Johns. He enjoyed hunting. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Peggy Hyler; and sister, Marie Boyd. Surviving Mr. Hyler are his daughters; Michelle (Ken) Chvojka…

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    Neil Ray ‘Butch’ Anderson

      Neil Ray “Butch” Anderson, 77, Harrison, died Feb. 27, 2020, at MidMichigan Medical Center, West Branch. A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 31, at 1 p.m., at KB Ranch, 5323 North Old State Ave., Harrison. Arrangements were handled by Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison. He was born March 14, 1942, in Harrison, the son of Edwin Earle and Ada C. (Cain) Anderson. He graduated from Harrison High School, Class of 1961. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and honorably served his country in Korea. Mr. Anderson was a lifelong resident of Harrison. Many will remember his early years of employment at the Music Box of…

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    Joanne L. (Britton) Loesser

    Joanne Loesser Joanne L. (Britton) Loesser, Houghton Lake, died Feb. 20, 2020, at King Nursing and Rehabilitation Community at the age of 88. Cremation has taken place. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. She was born Jan. 14, 1932, in Willard, OH. She and her husband, the late Thomas E. Loesser, moved from Cincinnati, OH, to Houghton Lake in 1979, where they owned and operated Foughts Resort. They transformed the family-oriented summer resort into a year-round resort, catering to snowmobilers, skiers, ice fishermen and hunters. The couple retired to Florida in 1998 when they sold the resort. Her husband died April 9, 2008. Because of declining health,…

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    Kurt Harry Micensky

    Kurt Micensky Kurt Harry Micensky, 64, Houghton Lake, died March 2, 2020, at home. A service will be held Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m., at Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel, with the Rev. George Spencer officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be in Roscommon Township Cemetery, Houghton Lake. He was born May 26, 1955, in Detroit, the son of Harry and Loraine (Dollins) Micensky. He grew up in the Detroit area, where he graduated from high school. He then worked for General Motors in the Cadillac Plant, downtown Detroit. Following a motorcycle accident…

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    Joanne L. Loesser

    Joanne L. (Britton) Loesser, Houghton Lake, died Feb. 20, 2020, at King Nursing and Rehabilitation Community at the age of 88. Cremation has taken place. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. She was born Jan. 14, 1932, in Willard, OH. She and her husband, the late Thomas E. Loesser, moved from Cincinnati, OH, to Houghton Lake in 1979, where they owned and operated Foughts Resort. They transformed the family-oriented summer resort into a year-round resort, catering to snowmobilers, skiers, ice fishermen and hunters. The couple retired to Florida in 1998 when they sold the resort. Her husband died April 9, 2008. Because of declining health, Mrs. Loesser…

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    Alice H. Ream

    Lansing resident Alice H. Ream, 85, former longtime resident of Prudenville, died March 2, 2020, in Lansing. A graveside memorial will be held at a later date. She was born Nov. 17, 1934, in Mackinac County. Surviving are family members and many friends in the Houghton Lake area.

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    Doris I. Maitland

      Doris I. Maitland, 80, Prudenville, died Feb. 21, 2020, at Munson Medical Center, Traverse City. Cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Jackson. Born Sept. 23, 1939, in Jackson, she was the daughter of Thomas and Maude (Phetzing) Carlson. She married William V. Maitland in Jackson in 1962. She retired from Foote Hospital in Jackson where she worked as a lab tech. She moved to Prudenville in 2012 from Michigan Center. She enjoyed arts and crafts, sewing and spending time with her family. Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; daughter, Marcy Owens; and sister, Deloris. Surviving are…

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    Donald M. Yarrington

      Donald M. Yarrington, 94, Roscommon, formerly of Midland, died Feb. 20, 2020, at home. A funeral service was held Feb. 25, at First Congregational Church, Roscommon, with Pastor Brad Williams presiding. A private interment will be held at a later date. Born July 7, 1925, in Marion, OH, he was the son of Max and Olive May (Shipley) Yarrington. He enjoyed the outdoors, walking with friends and feeding the animals around his house. They soon relied on his feeding them two to three times a day and would watch for when he was coming with his coffee can of “goods.” He was a member of First United Methodist Church…

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    Brian William Curry

      Brian William Curry, 56, Kalkaska, died Jan. 23, 2020, along with his wife of 38 years, Sheryl Renee (Ramey) Curry, at their home. A service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were handled by Kalkaska Funeral Home and Cremation Services. He was born Feb. 4, 1963, at Seaway Hospital in Trenton. He grew up in Rockwood, where he attended Monroe Catholic Central until the family moved to Florida, where he continued his education at Clearwater Catholic. The family relocated to Baton Rouge, LA, where he graduated from high school and met his wife. They were married July 25, 1981. Mr. Curry was active in sports. He enjoyed…

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    Beatrice Ellen Cameron

    Beatrice Ellen Cameron, 89, Roscommon, died Feb. 21, 2020, in Roscommon. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Lupus Foundation of America. She was born in Grayling June 7, 1930, the daughter of Neil and Myrtle (McEvers) McDaniel. She and William D. “Bill” Cameron were married June 2, 1951, in Grayling. Her husband preceded her in death in 2019. She was a homemaker. Preceding her in death besides her husband, Bill, were her brothers, Douglas McDaniel and Richard McDaniel. Surviving Mrs. Cameron are her son, Lance (Lorraine) Cameron of Okemos; sister, Gloria Jean Neilson; and grandchildren, Mark and John Cameron.

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    Geraldine Heacock

      Geraldine Heacock, 81, Roscommon, died Feb. 20, 2020, in Farmington Hills. A memorial service will take place at a later date. She was born July 24, 1938, in Detroit. She leaves behind many family members and friends. Her husband of 52 years, George Heacock; and son, Brian Heacock, preceded her in death. Surviving are her children, Dawn (Jeff) Gatewood, Terry (David) Kolliker and George P. Heacock; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren, with one on the way. Fred Wood Funeral Home, Livonia, handled arrangements.

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    June Elizabeth Derocher

      June Elizabeth Derocher, 88, Roscommon, died Feb. 19, 2019, at home, in the presence and comfort of her family in White Cloud. Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral Mass noon at St. Michael Catholic Church, Roscommon. Burial will be in Gerrish Township Cemetery, Gerrish Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Harbor Hospice of Muskegon and St. Michael Catholic Church. Arrangements were handled by Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors, Roscommon. She was born June 26, 1931, in Port Huron, the daughter of George and Emily (Sheffield) Barshaw. She married Donald Derocher July 9, 1949, in Pinconning. She enjoyed sewing,…

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    Richard Alan McGregor

      Richard Alan McGregor, 73, St. Helen, died Feb. 19, 2020, at King Nursing and Rehabilitation Community, Houghton Lake. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Arrangements were handled by Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home, St. Helen. He was born Dec. 8, 1946, in St. Clair. He had lived in St. Helen since 1978 and was formerly of St. Clair. He and Denise DeSnyder were married Aug. 20, 1985, in Roscommon. He graduated from St. Clair High School and worked as an auto mechanic for his family in Canada before moving to the St. Helen area. He enjoyed snowmobiling and watching Jerry Springer. His parents preceded him in…

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    Richard Paul “Dick” Martin

      Longtime Roscommon Township Fire Chief Richard Paul “Dick” Martin, 83, Houghton Lake, died Feb. 16, 2020, at Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital with his family by his side. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, Feb. 21, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Prudenville. Father Bernard Tyler will officiate the 11 a.m. service. Visitation will be held today (Thursday) from 4 to 8 p.m. at Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel. Interment will be in Roscommon Township Cemetery. He was born April 30, 1936, in Pontiac, to Romeo and Mary (Vachon) Martin. He grew up in the Pontiac area and graduated from St. Michael’s High School…

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    David L. Dankert

      David L. Dankert, 66, Prudenville, died Feb. 10, 2020, at home. He was born Jan. 26, 1954, in Chesaning, to Fendon and Donna (Cundy) Dankert. He graduated from Chesaning High School and later studied at Ferris State University. Mr. Dankert worked as a mental health counselor for McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint before moving to Prudenville more than 10 years ago. He worked as a real estate agent for Real Estate One and later Houghton Lake Realty. He enjoyed going four wheeling, hunting and fishing. Mr. Dankert is survived by his mother, Donna Dankert of Houghton Lake; brother, Fendon (Lisa) Dankert of Hartford; sister, Janis (Ken) Reichert of…

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    Richard Allan Duan

      Richard Allan Duan, 85, died Feb. 13, 2020, at his St. Helen home. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held in the spring. His ashes will be buried in a national cemetery in Colorado. He was born Jan. 22, 1935, in Rockford, IL, to Earl and Evelyn (Baker) Duan. He have lived in St. Helen since 2006, formerly of Alorgando, NM. Mr. Duan served in Vietnam and retired after more than 21 years with the United States Air Force. He was a member of the Eagles at Houghton Lake and also New Mexico. He married Margaret LaFortune Oct. 11, 2001. Mr. Duan enjoyed golfing, puzzles…

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    Judith Fay Wineman

      Judith Fay Wineman, 70, Roscommon, died Feb. 11, 2020, in Roscommon. Her family has chosen to remember her privately at this time. Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors, Roscommon, handled arrangements. She was born Aug. 16, 1949, in Grayling, to Richard and Coral (Mains) Gardiner. She enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowers. Most of all, she loved her family and loved to spend time with them, especially at cookouts. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents; brother, Dennis; and longtime companion, Steve. Surviving are her children, Channon Gust, Richard (Corinna) Wineman and Rebecca Skagerberg, all of Roscommon; grandchildren, Victoria, William,…

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    Penny Ann Alexander

    Penny Ann Alexander, 61, Roscommon, died Feb. 4, 2020, in Weatherford, OK. Visitation as held Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors, Roscommon. A service will be held today (Thursday, Feb. 13) at 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be in Village of Roscommon Cemetery, Roscommon, in the spring. She was born Sept. 2, 1958, in Grayling, the daughter of Elmer and Maxine (DeLisle) LaPlaunt. The former Penny Hartwell married Thomas Alexander Sept. 2, 1989, in Gladwin. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents; brothers, Ricky, Elmer and Lennie; and sister, Angie.…

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    Beulah V. Bradley

      A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, for Beulah V. Bradley, 94, Roscommon, who died Jan. 29, 2020, in Roscommon. The service will be held at First Congregational Church, 109 South Main St., Roscommon, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Born Jan. 26, 1926, at Lake Odessa, she was the daughter of Robert “Chet” and Clara (Leopard) Hesterly. She married Max A. Bradley Feb. 14, 1946, at Lake Odessa and moved to Roscommon that same year. Mrs. Bradley’s passion was her family. She was very proud and supportive of them. Besides being a homemaker, she showed her…