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    ELIZABETH (BETTY) ANNE GRAY

    ELIZABETH (BETTY) ANNE GRAY NORTHPORT- Elizabeth (Betty) Anne Gray, 91 of Bay City, Michigan passed away peacefully in the loving presence of her family at the Northport Highlands on Saturday, January 4, 2020. Betty was born on February 11, 1928 in Summit Township in Jackson County, the daughter of Walter and Anne (Lumsden) Waite. Betty grew up in the Vandercook Lake area in Ingham County near Stockbridge. She graduated from Ingham Twp. High School in Dansville. She later graduated Hurley Nursing School as a RN in 1951. Om May 17, 1952, she married the love of her life and soul mate, Charles Roy Gray Jr. They had three children, Charles…

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    “RANDY” ELLA M. BROWN

      LELAND – “Randy” Ella M. Brown, 90, of Leland passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Munson Hospice House surrounded by her loving family. Most friends and acquaintances did not know Randy wasn’t her given name and wondered how that was derived from Ella M., but not so surprising given her maiden name of Randall. Randy was born April 8, 1929 in Chase, MI, the daughter of Earl Marvin Randall and Esther Louise (Wheeler) Randall. She grew up on her parents’ dairy farm in Reed City, where they grew certified seed potatoes and beans, and she helped with the usual farm chores before graduating from Reed City High School.…

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    ALICE BELLE JOHNSON THORNTON

    Alice Belle Johnson Thornton was born in Wilbraham, Massachusetts on August 24, 1928 to Doris Belle Tilton Johnson and Roy Johnson. She passed on at age 91 on January 4, 2020 surrounded by her 7 children in Suttons Bay, Michigan. Alice had a life well lived. She was raised in Wethersfield, CT with her parents and 3 brothers – Newell, Roy and Ken. In high school, she was a proud (and lifelong) member of the Bow Girls. She spent her summers at Hampton Beach at the family cottage. Throughout her life Alice was a member of the Congregational Church. After High School, she made her way to LaSalle College, University…

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    Alice L. Stackhouse

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at St. Francis Assist Church in Traverse City for Alice L. Stackhouse of Traverse City, formerly of Lake Leelanau, who died Jan. 5. She was 79. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. prior to the church service. The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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    Jack “Hox” Hoxie

    A celebration of life will be held at a later date for Jack “Hox” Hoxie of Suttons Bay who died Jan. 3. He was 91. Jack was born on Sept. 16, 1928 in Royal Oak to Oliver and Mildred Hoxie. He was a graduate of Wayne State University and retired as a manufacturer representative. Prior to that, Jack traveled to Alaska to work for the U.S., Fish and Wildlife Service. His true pride was his home he built and the solitude of his property he shared with his wildlife friends. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Russell and Rodger. He is survived by his brother and friend,…

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    Donna M. Donnelly

    Donna M. Donnelly of Traverse City died Monday, Jan. 6 at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City. She was 79. Service arrangements are bing made by Reynolds- Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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    BARBARA S. MATSON

    Barbara Matson, formerly of Bloomfield Hills, Alexandria, VA., Glen Arbor, passed away in Tucson, Arizona, November 23, 2019. Barbara was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, graduating from Walnut Hills High School and received her Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan. Barbara married Charles Matson August 29, 1957, celebrating 62 years of marriage. Barbara taught for more than 25 years including Brookside, Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. After receiving her Doctorate, Barbara worked as a Research Social Scientist with Stanford Research Institute, Washington, DC, assessing math and science. Barbara is survived by her husband, three children and three grandchildren.

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    KYRAN J. GILLAND

    KYRAN J. GILLAND LAKE LEELANAU – Kyran “ Hardwood” John Gilland, 83, of Lake Leelanau, passed away, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family and animals. Kyran was born Aug. 9, 1936 in Lake Leelanau the son of James and Julia (Horton) Gilland. On April 7, 1957 in Muskegon he married Lenora Mae (Botruff) Gilland who preceded him death on Nov. 7, 2018. Kyran was a loving dad and doting grandfather who was gracious to a fault. He would help anyone in need whether it be with money or a helping hand. Kyran could not drive by someone who needed help on the side of the…

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    RICHARD H. HOOVER

    RICHARD H. HOOVER NORTHPORT – Richard “Rich” H. Hoover, 71, of Northport, passed away, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family. Rich was born April 3, 1948 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Richard and Elaine (Howard) Hoover. On May 21, 1971 in Kirkwood, Missouri he married the love of his life Elizabeth (Frankel) Hoover. Rich graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1971. He proudly spent his entire career with Dow Corning Corporation in Midland, MI, holding a variety of jobs over 31 years including sales, marketing and administration. The work allowed him to live in Midland, New…

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    CHRISTINE “KIKI” L. ANDERSON

    CHRISTINE “KIKI” L. ANDERSON LELAND – Christine Lynn Anderson, 67, of Leland passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 at Medilodge of Leelanau. Christine was born April 24, 1952 in Traverse City the daughter of Harry and Fern (Grosvenor) Garthe. On Sep. 19, 1970 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Good Harbor she married R. Scott Anderson who survives. Kiki was a lady with a strong will who loved her children and grandchildren. She dearly loved spending time on South Manitou Island and her childhood and adult memories of time on the “island”. This love for the “island” started as a child with the many trips her grandmother, Della and her…

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    KEVIN C. RANEY

    KEVIN C. RANEY A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 with the family greeting friends at 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Traverse City for Kevin C. Raney of Traverse City, formerly of Suttons Bay, who died Dec. 23, 2019 at home. He was 52. Kevin was born in Traverse City on March 7, 1967 the son of Howard and Patricia (Sterk) Raney. On June 24, 200o in Traverse City he married Tricia J. (Dalzell) Raney who survives. He attended and Suttons Bay High School and graduated with the Class of 1985. Kevin was a family man, loved the Rolling Stones…

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    DOROTHY L. STANOW

    DOROTHY L. STANOW BINGHAM TOWNSHIP – Dorothy L. Stanow, 90, of Bingham Twp., passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 at Medilodge of Leelanau with her loving family at her side. Dorothy was born Aug. 4, 1929 in Detroit the daughter of Alfred and Mary (VanDriessche) Zink. On Oct. 2, 1949 in Detroit she married Luther G. Stanow who preceded her in death on June 23, 2012. In her youth Dorothy worked as a bank messenger, later she managed a dry cleaning business and worked in the dress department at Crowley’s in the Fraser/Roseville areas. She also was a Sunday school secretary and teacher. When family and friends asked for second…

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    BETTY SERAN

    BETTY SERAN Betty Seran, 97, of Empire, Michigan formerly of Davenport, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at her home. Betty was born on September 10, 1922 in Muscatine, Iowa to the late Elmer and Rosie (Blaesing) Doyle. She married the love of her life, John Edward Seran on April 15, 1950. He preceded her in death. Betty had a great work ethic, in her early years she worked for an investments and securities company in Davenport. She later became employed with the Americana Nursing Home. Over the course of her career, Betty became the Chief Administrator for the Americana. She always took wonderful care of people,…

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    PAUL WILLIAM SCHLUETER

    PAUL WILLIAM SCHLUETER Paul William Schlueter passed away October 31, 2019 in New Hudson, Ml. Paul was born March 4,1927 in Arcadia, Ml to August and Mildred (Hanson) Schlueter. Due to the untimely death of Paul’s mother in 1929, Paul was raised by his Grandfather and Grandmother Edward and Bessie Hanson in Hillman, Ml. Paul graduated from Hillman High School in 1945 and moved to Millersburg, Ml in 1957, Paul worked for Ford Motor Company in Novi, Ml while living in Milford, MI. Paul was predeceased by his parents, his sister Eleanor and brothers Carl and Harold. He is survived by his sisters, Helen Borgula of Commerce Twp, Mi and…

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    MAXINE L. KIRT

    Maxine Laverne Kirt, 95, of Jenison and formerly of Traverse City, passed away Monday, December 23, 2019 at American Home – Sandalwood in Jenison just shy of her 96th birthday. Maxine was born on Tuesday, January 1, 1924 to the late Christian and Hazel (Kropp) Wichern in Cedar. She was a 1942 graduate of Leland High School. On Saturday, December 29, 1945 in Leland, she married Carlos Ferdinand Kirt. Maxine lived in the area her entire life. She was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church and belonged to the Dorcas Society. Maxine enjoyed baking, visiting shut-ins from church, birdwatching, garage sales, the Detroit Tigers, U of M football and…

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    MINNIE MAY SCHROEDER

    MINNIE MAY SCHROEDER Minnie May Schroeder, 92, long term resident of Gill’s Pier, passed away at The Villages, FL on Monday, December 16, 2019. She was born to Thomas and Evelyn Wymond on July 5, 1927 and raised in Detroit where she met and married Robert C. Schroeder. Bob and Minnie spent a loving 64 years together, raising a family and enjoying many cherished friends. Minnie was preceded in death by her brother Thomas, husband Bob and son Thomas. She was the last surviving of five Wymond girls, whose love and support for each other was unwavering. Minnie is survived by her daughter Gail Marotte, son David Schroeder, four grandchildren…

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    JANET E. MUSOLF

    JANET E. MUSOLF NORTHPORT – Janet Elaine Musolf, 96, of Northport, passed away, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 in the home of her daughter, Janis Groomes, surrounded by her loving family. Janet was born Aug. 24, 1923 in Whittemore, MI the daughter of Charles and Jesse (Ruddock) McLean. On June 8, 1946 in Tawas City, MI she married her loving husband Julius, they were married for 67 years; Julius died in 2013. As a young woman, Janet was very accomplished musician having played the violin, piano, trumpet and was also an accomplished vocalist. She attended business school in Saginaw and worked for an attorney of a large insurance company. Janet was…

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    SANDRA R. MITCHELL

    SANDRA R. MITCHELL LAKE LEELANAU – Sandra R. Mitchell, 65, of Lake Leelanau, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 at home. Sandy was born Feb. 6, 1954 in Austell, GA the daughter of James Edward Richardson and Ruby M. (Helms) Richardson. On Nov. 30, 1974 at the Davis Chapel Baptist Church of Austell, GA she married Donald W. Mitchell. Sandy, an administrative assistant to the president of each, dedicated 25 years of service to the Leelanau School of Glen Arbor, where she impacted many student lives, and for 4 years for Munson Medical Center. She was a child of God with incredible grit and determination. Sandy’s declining health had…

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    ROBERT SANGER STEEL

    ROBERT SANGER STEEL Robert Sanger Steel, 58, passed away December 13, 2019 in Rocky Hill, Connecticut after a long illness. Born September 25, 1961, in Schenectady, New York, he was the son of Sanger B. Steel and Madeleine R. Steel. After graduation from Scotia- Glenville High School he attended Parsons School of Design and worked several years in New York City as an artist, photographer and bartender. Returning to his studies, he earned the Bachelor of Arts in history from Columbia’s School of General Studies and the Master of Arts in Social Studies Teaching from Columbia Teachers College. His mentor at Columbia was historian Kenneth T. Jackson, who recruited him…

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    ELIZABETH N. FOLEY

    ELIZABETH N. FOLEY Elizabeth N. Foley, 70, of Suttons Bay, MI was born in Detroit, MI on June 29, 1949 to John and Mae (Barko) Foley. Liz died November 21, 2019 at Munson Hospice House, Traverse City, MI. Liz was preceded in death by her husband, David Boner, and her parents. She is survived by her step-son, Dave (Cara) Ciancio, Rutherford, NJ and her grandson, Jack. Liz is also survived by her siblings, Anne (John) Colone, Chelsea, MI; Chris (Allen) Louks, Kalamazoo, MI; Mike (Karen) Foley, Eaton Rapids, MI; David Foley, Webberville, MI; Dan (Diane) Foley, Eaton Rapids, MI and Kathleen (David) Colburn, Delray Beach, FL. Liz had many beloved…

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    KAREN ANN MUDGETT

    Karen Ann Mudgett, 77 of Traverse City, passed away quietly in her home on December 9, 2019. Karen was born December 14, 1941 in Freeland, MI to parents Ludwig “Louie” and Anna (Pacek) Rau. Karen was a Registered Nurse who received her nursing degree from Saginaw General Hospital School of Nursing in 1962. After graduation, she worked at Midland Hospital where she met her husband Jim, who was an Intern. They were married on July 2, 1966. After living on both the east and west coasts while Jim was in the Air Force, they returned to Michigan and moved to Traverse City in 1970. After raising her two daughters, Karen…

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    SHIRLEY ANN WINOWIECKI

    SHIRLEY ANN WINOWIECKI Cedar – Shirley Ann Winowiecki, 83, of Cedar passed away on December 15, 2019 with her loving family by her side. Shirley was born on April 5, 1936 in Traverse City to the late Fred Justice and Mabel Marie (Rivard) Brown. On May 15, 1954, Shirley married Aloysius “Al” Stanley Winowiecki in Traverse City at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Shirley was an amazing mother and grandmother. She cherished all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Photos adorned her home of her beloved family. She will be remembered for her wonderful skills in the kitchen. Many of her great grandchildren are now making bread from her starter.…

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    Calvin R. Brown Jr.

    A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Dec. 21 in Evanston, Illinois for Calvin R. Brown Jr. of Chicago who died Dec. 1. He was 66. Calvin was born in Lakeview, Ohio, the first son of Calvin and Jean Brown. He was raised in Franklin, Michigan and attended Wylie E. Groves High School in Beverly Hills, Michigan. Calvin began visiting Leelanau County in his childhood and purchased a home on Glen Lake in 1995. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan and his medical doctor degree from Wayne State University. In 1982 he married his wife, JoAnn in Evanston, Illinois.…

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    ROBERT T. ANDERSON

    ROBERT T. ANDERSON SUTTONS BAY – Robert Theodore Anderson, 92, of Suttons Bay, passed away on Friday, December 13th, 2019 at the Munson Hospice House surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born on the family farm on Nov. 2nd, 1927, the son of Theodore M. Anderson and Rachel M. (Setterbo) Anderson. On June 8th, 1962 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Suttons Bay he married Effie A. (Green) Anderson, who survives. He graduated from the Union School in Suttons Bay (a.k.a. the Old Stone School). He served his nation in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and rose the rank of Sgt. First Class. SFC Anderson was attached…