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    Phifer, Gary

    65, of Kingsley, died Nov. 3, 2019. He was the father of Adam (Michelle); grandfather of Grant and Aliza; and son of Priscilla. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond; and brother, Danny. Gary retired from the Traverse City Schools. Private burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Traverse City. Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to share your thoughts and more. The family chose Life Story Funeral Home.

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    KORB, Mary Feb 2, 1935 – Oct 16, 2019

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Mary Lou Korb, age 84, lifelong resident of Traverse City, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 at Rose Arbor Hospice of Kalamazoo. Mary Lou was born on Feb. 2, 1935 to John and Evelyn (Bohrer) Robinson. On Sept. 19, 1952 she married Robert C. Korb. Mary Lou was an avid gardener and active participant in community events. She always celebrated everyone’s birthdays by sending cards. Mary Lou lived in Grand Blanc for over two decades. While there, she was a bus driver, a bowler and member of the square dance club. In 1992, Mary Lou and Bob co-founded the…

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    MATHISON, Lavonne Sep 6, 1922 – Nov 6, 2019

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Lavonne Ann (Koenig) Mathison, 97, a lifelong resident of the Traverse City area, died on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. She was the fourth generation of the Koenig family to live in the area. She was born at home on Sept. 6, 1922 as the daughter of Ben H. and Frieda (Muchow) Koenig. She was a 1940 graduate of Traverse City Central High School. On Sept. 14, 1941 she married Frank Edmund Mathison, who died in 2008. Lavonne was primarily a homemaker but enjoyed many creative endeavors. Her writing appeared in a large variety of publications. Her artworks, primarily paintings, are in collections all across the United States…

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    TOBIN JR., Sgt. Walter Dec 2, 1950

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Services for Sgt. Walter H. “Babe” Tobin Jr. will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at Life Story Funeral Home, where the family will greet friends starting at 10 a.m. The family will hold a private burial. Babe attended Empire School and graduated from the Ford Trade School in Detroit in 1945. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and doing mechanical work. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Sept. 14, 1948 for a three-year period, taking basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington. He was sent to Japan on June 7, 1950 and to Korea Sept. 7, 1950. He was listed as missing in action while fighting…

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    COOPER, Ann Feb 6, 1950 – Nov 6, 2019

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Ann Elizabeth Cooper, 69, of Traverse City, passed away as the result of pancreatic cancer Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City with her husband and son at her side. Ann was born on Feb. 6, 1950 to the late Milton Luther and Grace Elenora (Cilley) Heininger in Ann Arbor. Following her graduation from Saline High School, she continued her education at the University of Michigan, where she earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. She married James H. Cooper on Nov. 26, 1971 in Ann Arbor. An educator, Ann had taught at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor prior to her and…

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    CONCANNON, John Apr 28, 1948 – Nov 4, 2019

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] John Dennis Concannon, 71, of Traverse City, passed away Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 at Munson Medical Center with his loving wife at his side. John was born on April 28, 1948 in Hamtramck to the late Patrick and Mabel (Fisher) Concannon. John honorably served our country in the United States Army. Following his return home from the service he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education from the University of Michigan and remained a lifelong Wolverines fan. He worked in admissions counseling at the U of M before moving to Mt. Pleasant to work in the education department for the Saginaw Chippewas.…

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    DILLON, Emily Sep 19, 1932 – Nov 6, 2019

    ELK RAPIDS [mdash] Emily Mae Dillon passed away peacefully at her home on Nov. 6, 2019 while surrounded by her loving family. She was born Sept. 19, 1932 in Kewadin to Cecil and Velma (Bussa) Goodman. Emily graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1950. She married Dale Dillon on Jan. 6, 1951. Emily was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Church. She loved to paint, and there are many treasured oil paintings hanging in her family’s homes. During the hectic years of raising a large family, Emily and Dale made sure to save every Saturday night for square dancing. In retirement, Emily loved sit on her deck with her dog,…

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    HARTENBACH-HANSON, Thelma Jul 25, 1921 – Nov 2, 2019

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Thelma Irene Hartenbach-Hanson, 98, of Traverse City, passed away Nov. 2, 2019. Thelma was born on July 25, 1921 in Unadilla Township, Gregory, to the late Paris and Eula (Hopkins) Giltner. She started school in Brighton, where the family lived while General Motors employed her father at the proving grounds in Milford. In 193l the family moved to Glen Lake in Leelanau County. She graduated salutatorian from the Glen Lake High School in 1940 and lettered in basketball. She was employed at the Leelanau for Boys and Pine Brook for Girls, where she skied, hiked, and snowshoed during her high school years. After graduation the family relocated…

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    LANNING, Lloyd May 25, 1956 – Nov 3, 2019

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Lloyd Francis Lanning, 63, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully Nov. 3, 2019 at the age of 63. He was born in Cadillac on May 25, 1956 the son of Lloyd Laverne and Frances Lola (McBrian) Lanning. Lloyd was a loving father and grandfather. He enjoyed playing softball and spending time with his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed building sets and being the stage manager for the ballet studio, as well as being outdoors. He really loved playing jokes on people. An employee of Munson Medical Center for 36 years, Lloyd worked in security at both Menards and Sara Lee after he retired from Munson. He is…

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    BARRY, Sally Oct 30, 1943 – Oct 29, 2019

    OWOSSO [mdash] Sally Ann Barry, age 75, of Owosso, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 at Memorial Healthcare. A time of sharing will be held at 1 p.m., with visitation from noon until the time of sharing, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Nelson-House Funeral Home, Owosso. Sally was born Oct. 30, 1943 in Detroit the daughter of Stanley W. and Alvena (Galla) Popa. She graduated from East Detroit High School, class of 1962. Sally had a passion for gardening and looked forward to garage sales, antiquing, traveling and crafting back in the day. She is survived by her daughters, Deborah Adkins and Michell Barry; grandchildren, Anthony Adkins, Sarah (Justin) Bahrman…

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    BROTT, Kristin Jan 3, 1969 – Nov 5, 2019

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Kristin Joy Brott, of Traverse City, was born Jan. 3, 1969 of Bonnie (Hunt) and Robert Slaven. She passed away on Nov. 5, 2019 from a sudden illness. She enjoyed movies, crocheting and was fluent in the German and Turkish languages. She loved entertaining and introducing different cultured foods with family and friends. Most especially, she loved spoiling her cat, Vladimir. She had many friends from all over the world. She was born in Traverse City and lived here all her life other than approximately five years spent living in Berlin, Germany. She is survived by her husband, Wilson Brott; daughter, Leyla (Andrew) Melton; mother, Bonnie Slaven;…

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    MARKEY, Robert Jul 26, 1944 –

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] We celebrate the life of Robert Markey, born July 26, 1944. He died peacefully at home on Oct. 9 while surrounded by his wife of 56 years, Sharon, his daughters and two of his grandchildren. He was born July 26, 1944. He and Sharon traveled to the area in 1963 on their senior skip day and a shared love for one another and Leelanau County ensued. In 1968 Robert started Traverse City’s first advertising agency, Gauge Public. Creative director continued to be his main occupation for the next three decades. Always the renaissance man, Rob was a person of many talents and varied interests. He sailed the…

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    GINTHER, June Oct 29, 1934 – Oct 31, 2019

    GRAYLING [mdash] June Louise Ginther, 85, of Grayling, passed away Oct. 31, 2019, in the comfort and peace of her home, with her family. June was born Oct. 29, 1934, in Fife Lake, to Clifford and Zina Crouch. June was preceded in death by her brothers, Bill, Peter, and Bernard; and her grandson, Joshua Halstead. June met Gary Ginther in 1954 at Dawson’s in Grayling. They were married six months later at the “little stone church” (Garfield Country Church) in Sharon, and then moved to Romeo. They moved back to Grayling in 1974, to start an industrial manufacturing business, Deane Systems. Together they worked hard to make Deane Systems a…

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    Brott, Kristin

    50, of Traverse City, passed away Nov. 5, 2019. A full obituary will appear in a later edition of the Record-Eagle. The family is being cared for by the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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    PRACHER, Frank Jun 7, 1945 – Nov 3, 2019

    THOMPSONVILLE [mdash] Frank Joseph Pracher died peacefully in his home on Nov. 3, 2019 in Thompsonville. He was 74. Frank was born on June 7, 1945 to his parents, Frank and Lottie (Evans) Prachar. He married Barbara Landis on June 16, 1973, and together they raised five children. Frank was truly a jack of all trades, working as a machinist, carpenter, auto body technician, plumbing/heating assistant and maintenance technician. His favorite activities included day-trips with his wife, spending time with his children and grandchildren, hunting and fishing. He restored several antique vehicles and a tractor over the years. He was especially proud of the dream home he built for his…

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    Reed, Marian

    91, of Traverse City, passed away Nov. 6, 2019. Visitation will take place today, Nov. 7, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home. A funeral will take place Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 at 2 p.m., with visitation a half-hour prior, also at the funeral home. The family is being cared for by the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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    Jelinek, Mary

    98, of Gills Pier, died Nov. 2, 2019. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. with the rosary at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. The Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, at St. Wenceslaus Church.

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    Mitchell, Michael

    75, of Traverse City, died Oct. 14, 2019. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 at 2 p.m., at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home; www.Reynolds-jonkhoff.com.

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    LUFT, Donna Oct 17, 1927 – Oct 31, 2019

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Donna J. Luft was born on Oct. 17, 1927, to Howard and Nina Ouderkirk of Petoskey. Donna was an identical twin to Doris Foster Rutherford, who preceded her in death in June 2016. Donna was granted her wings to be with her Lord Jesus Christ in the early evening on Oct. 31, 2019. She was surrounded by family. After a long battle, she succumbed to dementia. Surviving family members include her brother, Robert Ouderkirk, of Ironton; daughter, Dolly Luft Abbey, of Traverse City; son, Theron Bruce Luft, of Kalkaska; granddaughters, Kristi Abbey Jones and Heather Abbey Diehl, both of Traverse City; five great-grandchildren, Angelika, Austin, Ashley, Alexandra,…

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    KELLETT, Ellamarie Nov 2, 1931 – Oct 31, 2019

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Ellamarie Kellett (Foubister), 87, of Traverse City, passed away Oct. 31, 2019. She was born Nov. 2, 1931 in Jefferson City, Missouri, the daughter of Arthur and Leona (Hoffman) Foubister. After meeting her future husband, Donald Kellett, at a service club in Jefferson City, Missouri the couple married on Nov. 23, 1952 in Montgomery County, Maryland. At this time, Donald was completing Officer Candidate School. At the time of Donald’s tour of duty in Korea the couple moved to Clawson, where Ella had to be introduced to her in-laws, learn how to drive, set up an apartment and find employment. Upon Donald’s welcomed return, the family began…

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    SHUTLER, David Nov 2, 2019

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] David Edward Shutler, life-long resident of Traverse City, retired Grand Traverse Sheriff’s deputy and entrepreneur, passed away on Nov. 2, 2019; he was 79. Dave spent several years self-employed with Holiday Builders before working with the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Department, where he retired in 2000. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed camping, RVing, traveling and especially, spending time with family. Since retiring, Dave spent winters in Florida and the last 10 years working at Disney World, where he enjoyed meeting all the different people. David will be fondly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Bobbi; as well as his sons, Tom, Carl, Tim (Wendy), Kevin (Linda),…

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    Pracher, Frank

    age 74, of Thompsonville, passed away at his home on Nov. 3, 2019. A memorial service will be held at Fresh Wind Christian Community, 18201 Honor Highway (U.S. 31), Interlochen, on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m.

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    JELINEK, Mary Oct 28, 1921 – Nov 2, 2019

    GILLS PIER [mdash] Mary Louise Jelinek, 98, of Gills Pier, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at home while surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born Oct. 28, 1921 in Lansing the daughter of Basil and Louise (Harris) Brady. On Oct. 9, 1954 at the Church of the Resurrection in Lansing she married Martin Thomas Jelinek, who preceded her in death on July 28, 2011. Mary was a graduate of Lansing Eastern High School in 1939. She attended Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) until she was old enough to enter nurses’ training at the Saint Lawrence School of Nursing in Lansing, where she received her registered nurse…

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    GRAF, Richard Jul 24, 1936 – Oct 30, 2019

    GRAWN [mdash] Richard August Graf, age 83, of Grawn, died peacefully in his sleep on Oct. 30, 2019 at Munson Medical Center. Richard was born July 24, 1936 in Wauseon, Ohio, to the late Lowell and Geneva (Falor) Graf. On Oct. 12, 1957 he married Ruth Ann Weidenhamer. They shared 62 years together. Richard spent many years as a licensed builder in the Grand Traverse area building homes and garages. He was also known to many for providing affordable housing. Richard is survived by his wife, Ruth; one brother, Gale (Mary) Graf; his children, Jared (Elizabeth) Graf, Pamela (Van) Dorman, Rebecca (Gary) Hunt and Mark (Eleanor) Graf; 13 grandchildren; and…

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    SIMON, Carole Jun 4, 1952 – Oct 6, 2019

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] In the presence of close friends and family, Carole Jean Simon, of Traverse City, transitioned to ancestorhood on Oct. 6, 2019 at 6:20 a.m. at the age of 67. Both daughters, Elizabeth (Lillie) Jean Wolff and Sarah Simon Wolff, were beside her at Munson Hospice House as she departed this plane. In her words, she had to “drop the body” after gracefully facing the course of a rare and incurable cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends throughout her final weeks, including her older siblings, Stephen Simon and Sharon Frank, and her dear friend and former husband, Glenn Wolff. Carole approached her final years on her…

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    BAKER, Frances Jul 30, 1928 – Oct 24, 2019

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Frances “Fran” Whyte (Cameron) Baker, 91, was surrounded by her loving family when she was welcomed through the gates of heaven on Oct. 24, 2019. Born July 30, 1928 in Dearborn to James and Anne (Dickson) Cameron, she was a first-generation American who was proud of her Scottish heritage. Fran attended Dearborn Fordson High School, where she was the editor-in-chief of the yearbook and received her diploma at the age of 16. She married the love of her life, Stuart C. Baker, on May 8, 1948. They raised five children in their Dearborn home. Fran was the leader of her Women’s Circle and facilitated the Sunday school…

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    Wood, James

    passed away from natural causes in his Florida home. Funeral services will be held for Jimmy in Traverse City in the spring of 2020. More detailed information will be provided at a later date. Services will be provided by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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    LOOMIS, Sue Apr 20, 1931 – Oct 7, 2019

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Sue Elaine Loomis, 88, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 at Grand Traverse Pavilions. Sue was born on Monday, April 20, 1931 to the late George and Ruth (Israel) Wright in Eldon, Iowa. She grew up in Clio but spent many summers and one full school year in Eldon with her grandparents, Ira and Madge Israel. In Clio she met Russell “Russ” H. Loomis. They became sweethearts and married Sunday, Sept. 7, 1952 in Eldon. They were married for 59 wonderful years prior to Russ’ death in April of 2011. Sue and Russ lived in Traverse City since 1967, having moved here from…

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    MAROIS, Deborah Feb 28, 1956 – Oct 25, 2019

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Deborah Maureen Marois, 63, of Traverse City, was unexpectedly called home to glory on Oct. 25, 2019. Deborah was born Feb. 28, 1956 in Grand Rapids, daughter to Rufus and Antoinette (Bastiaens) Yount. Some of Mom’s earliest and happiest memories were of times spent at her Grandma and Grandpa Yount’s near Mesick, swimming and fishing in Grandpa’s trout pond and playing with beloved cousins. Mom was a hard worker, never doing anything halfway. She always did things properly, even if it made for a more difficult task. This commitment to excellence could been seen in every occupation she held. Mom worked for a number of companies over…

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    WECKSTEIN, Stephen Nov 12, 1932 – Oct 6, 2019

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Stephen E. Weckstein was born Nov. 12, 1932 and died on Oct. 6, 2019 at age 86. Most recently Stephen Weckstein was residing in northern Michigan. Stephen was born in Canton, Ohio. He lived there until moving to Michigan, where he attended college. While in college Stephen met the love of his life, Beverly Feldstein. After graduating from college Stephen spent his entire career in labor relations and personnel. Upon retirement he and Beverly moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, where they resided for approximately 30 years. Always energetic Stephen served as a judge pro tem and special education hearing officer in Arizona. In addition, he and Beverly owned…

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    FEDORINCHIK, Jeanne Nov 8, 1921 – Oct 16, 2019

    SPRING, Texas [mdash] Jeanne Theresa Fedorinchik, 97, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her loving family on Oct. 16, 2019 in Spring, Texas. Jeanne Theresa (Murphy) Fedorinchik was born in Detroit on Nov. 8, 1921 to parents, Theresa and Michael Murphy. She graduated from St. Gregory High School in 1940. In 1941 Jeanne married George Fedorinchik, and together they had three children, Sharon (Michael) Murphy, of Houston, Texas, Dennis (Barbara) Fedorinchik, of Traverse City, and William (Cecilia) Fedorinchik, of Oxford. Jeanne adored her 12 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Everyone lovingly referred to her as “Grandma Jeanne” or “GJ,” young and old alike. She will be greatly missed by each and…

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    GROESSER, Joyce Oct 1, 1938 – Oct 31, 2019

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Joyce Anne Groesser passed at her home while surrounded by loving family on Oct. 31, 2019. Joyce was 81. Joyce Anne Conine was born on Oct. 1, 1938 to Walter and Alice (Porter) Conine. She grew up in Leelanau County and graduated from Traverse City High School. On Oct. 6, 1956 she married G. Richard Groesser at the First Christian Church, Traverse City. Joyce was a sweet, kind, non-judgmental person who was a “counselor” to many, who easily shared in their joys as well as their troubles. She came to know many people at the Stop ‘N Shop, the store that she and Dick owned and operated…

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    ANCE, Kay Apr 22, 1937 – Oct 30, 2019

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Kay L. Ance, 82, of Traverse City, passed away at her home with her family by her side while under the gentle care of Hospice of Michigan on Oct. 30, 2019. Kay was a fighter and had bravely battled cancer three times in her life, most recently tackling a rare squamous cell carcinoma. Through it all, she fought with a smile, “It is what it is.” Kay was born on April 22, 1937 in Lansing to the late James H. and Lillian (Ross) Orsborn. She was a graduate of Williamston High School, married at the young age of 19 and started her family. After divorce she married…

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    NELSON, Norman Oct 29, 2019

    HONOR [mdash] Norman B. Nelson, of Honor, died Oct. 29, 2019 in Traverse City at the age of 93. He was the loving husband of Lois (deceased 2016); dearest father of Dawn Strich, of Alpena, Sandi Harms, of Romeo, Norman J. Nelson (deceased 1992) and Chris (Joli) Nelson, of Ortonville; grandfather to six; and great-grandfather to five. Norm retired from Michigan Bell after 35 years of service. He was also World War II veteran, serving a year in the U.S. Army, then another in the Air Force. He made it to Europe as the war was winding down. He and Lois moved to Honor and enjoyed living on the Platte…

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    MCKINLEY, Patricia Aug 15, 1928 – Oct 28, 2019

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Patricia Ann (Lauterhahn) McKinley passed quietly at the age of 91 on Oct. 28, 2019. Patricia Ann was born in Grand Rapids on Aug. 15, 1928. She made her way to Williamsburg at the young age of 5, where she began her life as a country girl. She truly had a passion in playing her violin and had opportunities to study at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Pat graduated from Traverse City High School in 1946, where she met Scott Wayne McKinley, marrying him two years later on Sept. 5, 1948. Raising her five children and farming cherries became her life! She thoroughly enjoyed gardening, cooking and taking…

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    SCHAUB, Arthur Dec 11, 1925 – Oct 30, 2019

    CEDAR [mdash] Arthur William Schaub, 93, of Cedar, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 at The Villa at Traverse Point. Art was born Dec. 11, 1925 in Chester, Montana, the son of William and Violet (Thiselle) Schaub. On Aug. 15, 1982 he married Dina (Catanduanes) Schaub, who survives. As a young man Art lived in Montana with his grandparents during the Great Depression. He was drafted for World War II service. Art served his country in the U.S. Army with the 101st Airborne, seeing service in the African and European Theaters. He saw combat during the Battle of the Bulge, The Ardennes and was a prisoner of war. After his…

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    GARVIN, Proxes Jun 17, 1935 – Oct 31, 2019

    MAPLE CITY [mdash] Proxes Garvin, 84, of Maple City, passed away on Oct. 31, 2019. Proxes was born in Maple City on June 17, 1935 in her home to William and Helen Skipski. On July 28, 1961 Proxes married Stan Garvin, of Cedar. They were married 58 years and had three children, Jackie (Donn Smallish), Roger (Anne Snider) and Perry. Proxes followed her husband to Detroit and got a job at Shatterproof Glass Co., where she worked as a keypunch operator as well as being a major leader in organizing the union at Shatterproof Glass. Proxes loved her flower and vegetable gardens. She kept an immaculate house and said the…

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    SOMMER III, John May 11, 1947 – Oct 28, 2019

    EMPIRE [mdash] John Anthony Sommer III, of Empire, died peacefully on Oct. 28, 2019 while surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his children, Krista (Roger) Grotefendt, Jenny Sommer (Paul Rumengan) and Katie (Mark) Neil; and grandchildren, Emma, Hannah, Penelope, Miles and Ethan. He is also survived by Karen (Robert) Christensen, Marjorie (Andrew) Cooke and Rebecca Sommer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Betty (Blanchard) and John Sommer Jr.; and his beloved wife, Barbara J. Sommer. John was born on May 11, 1947 in Sturgis and grew up in Battle Creek. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master of Business Management and worked…