AVEY, MARK Of Whitmore Lake, MI, age 54, died February 28, 2015. Arrangements by Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel; call 810-231-0200 or visit www.borekjennings.com.
BUSER, MARY LOUISE Age 87 of Howell, and formerly of Fowlerville and Dearborn, passed away Saturday, February 28, 2015. Survived by her daughter, Debbie (Glenn Chapman) and granddaughter, Jeni. No services are being planned. Arrangements by MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell, (517-546-2800).
CASE, WILLIAM Pinckney, Michigan His Legacy...William A. Case, age 93, of Pinckney, Michigan, passed away February 25, 2015 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He was born to William and Laura (Stebelton) Case in Lennon, Michigan on February 12, 1922. William was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Howell, Michigan. William was a veteran and served our country willingly during World War II. He was a member of the Army Air Corps and helped retain our freedom during a pivotal time. He was a proud member of the Elks Club, American Legion, National Rifle Association and the Ford Old Times Club. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. His Family...William leaves behind his son, John (Vicky) of Fenton, Michigan; granddaughter Ryann (Case) Brege of Fenton, Michigan and grandson Jeff Case of Ft. Pierce FL. He is preceded in death by his wife Nellie, brother, Ernest J. Case and sister, Joyce E. Case. His farewell... Bill's family and friends will gather on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Lamb Chapel in Howell. His Community Farewell Service will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 11a.m. (gathering at 10a.m.) at First United Methodist Church 1230 Bower St. Howell, MI with Rev. George Lewis as celebrant. Memorial contributions are suggested to First United Methodist Church. Please leave a message of comfort to the Case family by calling 877-231-7900 or sign his guest book at www.borekjennings.com
GEISERT, MILDRED MAE Age 82 of Howell, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, February 3, 2015 at the Sanctuary at Woodland in Brighton. Born in Morganfield, Kentucky on August 20, 1932, she was the daughter of Lawrence F. and Delithia Z. (Lee) Goforth. A Howell area resident for the past 20 years, Mildred had been very active with the Catholic Church and the Archdiocese of both Detroit and Lansing. Beloved wife of the late Raymond A. Geisert who prececed her in death on January 9, 2009. Loving mother of Linda (Steve) McMahon of Birmingham, Cynthia Geisert of Ferndale and Paul (Lisa) Geisert of Louisville, Kentucky. Grandmother of Zera, Carleigh and Trevor McMahon; Jennifer, Jonathan and Alexander Geisert. Great-grandmother of Aiden, Lillian and Cailynn Skinner. Also survived by her siblings, Tom (Terry) Goforth of Orland Park, Illinois, Ellen (Lyle) Hathorn of Ottawa, Illinois, Sandra (Richard) Edwards of Hephzibah, Georgia and Phillis (Steve) Ahasic of Streator, Illinois. Mildred was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 440 E. Washington St. (at Fowler St.), Howell where a funeral mass celebrating her life will be held March 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. (her family will receive friends beginning 10 a.m.). Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Please visit the family's on line guest book at www. macdonaldsfuneralhome.com
VanLOOZEN GEORGE M., Springfield, MO: Rode proudly into the sunset on February 8th, 2015 at age 84. Predeceased by son, Tom (Bev); parents, Al and Clare; and brothers, Paul and David (Liz). Survived by sons, Bill and Mike (Roxanne); daughters, Jeanne Hunt and Kate (Hoang) Doan; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Elaine (Bill) Hauke and Kay; and brother, Jerry (Eileen). George grew up in Dearborn, MI where he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Jean Martin (div./deceased), developed his passion for football, hockey, and horses. George served in the U.S. Air Force and held a degree in Animal Husbandry from Michigan State University. He had a long career in animal pharmaceutical sales for which he travelled to 48 states and moved his family to CA, IA, and MO. George was an interesting man of great integrity and knowledge. On nearly any subject, he had a unique philosophy that would surely work its way back to horses, cattle, or the lay of the land. George and his stories will be greatly missed. Please send your fond memories of George and your condolences to VanLoozenFamily@yahoo.com
GROVER, ETHEL MAE "McCARTNEY" Age 93 of Hartland, Michigan, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at her home following an extended illness. She was born August 1, 1921 in Hartland a daughter of E. Lee and Bertha B. (Miller) McCartney. On April 25, 1942 she married Gale C. Grover in Hartland; he preceded Ethel in death on January 5, 1989. "Grams" as she was affectionately referred to by her granddaughter-in-law, Mindy (Jason) Harshbarger was able to remain in her home throughout her illness due to the undying compassionate care she received from Mindy as her primary caregiver for the past four years. Surviving are her children: Margie Lou (Bob) Clark of Lansing, Rosalie Ann Williams of Howell, and Gale Jr. (Linda) Grover of Clare; nine grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; and her loving and devoted sister, Donna Lee Bulloch. A memorial service to "celebrate her life" will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Highland Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Mike Hefner officiating. www.keehnfuneralhome.com
NORTHRUP, MARY LUX Age 97, gently passed away on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at Las Fuentes Resort Village in Prescott, Ariz. She was born on December 9, 1917, in Passaic, N.J., to her parents John Philip and Jenny Belle (Cockefair) Lux. Mary's beloved husband Francis B. "Frank" Northrup, Jr., whom she married in Nutley, N.J., on March 15, 1940, preceded her in death in 1984. She is survived by all five of their children and spouses: Francis B. "Ben" (Cynthia Collins) Northrup, IV; Michael A. "Mike" (Kay Plassman) Northrup; Miranda N. "Randy" (John) Cook; John P. (Sylvia Horton) Northrup; and Richard B. "Dick" (Patricia Mannino) Northrup; 13 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. Mary was a gracious, vibrant, and friendly lady, interested in everyone she met, and devoted to every friend. As a graduate of the McDowell Designing and Dressmaking School in New York City, she always enjoyed clothing design and was a gifted sewing teacher. She was a dedicated family caregiver, and a willing volunteer, always busy in church and community activities beginning as the youth choir director at the Franklin Dutch Reformed Church in Nutley. She later served as a Cub Scout Den Mother, being one of the first women to receive the Scouters 'A' Award, and also as a Campfire Girls Leader in West Milton, Ohio. Her public service continued through countless church activities and community activities in Howell, Mich.; Lakewood, Ohio; and finally Prescott, Ariz. Mary especially cherished her lifelong memberships in the Order of the Eastern Star and the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She loved to travel, taking great pleasure in visiting friends and relatives everywhere in the U.S.A. All her life she greatly enjoyed being outdoors: flower gardening, hunting for wildflowers, bird watching, hiking, camping, and exploring nature - traits she instilled in all her children and grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 23, at 11 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church of Howell, Mich., with Rev. George H. Lewis officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the service begins. Howell Chapter No. 372 Order of the Eastern Star will conduct a funeral ceremony for the family prior to the visitation. Following the Memorial service the family will gather for a private graveside service at the Lakeview Cemetery in Howell.
RYCHLIK, ELIZABETH November 29, 1916 -February 26, 2015. Arrangements by Phillips Funeral Home. www.phillipsfuneral.com.
SHADRICK, WILLIAM Age 83, of Fowlerville, died Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Services 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 at Niblack Funeral Home. Visitation 12-2 p.m. Tuesday.
YOUNG, DORIS Pinckney, Michigan Her Legacy... Doris Ruby Young, age 87, of Pinckney, Michigan, passed away surrounded by her family, February 21, 2015. She was born to Albert and Ruby (Kemp) Davison on March 22, 1927. Doris loved to socialize and her house was often the center of family gatherings. She enjoyed having them over to go swimming in the family pool. Doris owned Affair Hair Fashions in Ann Arbor where she worked diligently making others beautiful. She was generous and caring to everyone she knew. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Her Family... Doris leaves behind her children; Lyle (Sue) Young of Pinckney, Michigan, Marsha (Dennis) Mollard of Oscoda, Michigan, and Gary (Marlene) Young of Stockbridge, Michigan; Grandchildren Jeff Young, Marsha Wallace, Kenneth Young, Catherine Cisek, Anne Kucharzyk, Jayne Borenitsch, Jason Young and 10 great grandchildren. Doris also leaves behind her sister Maxine (Cyril) Davis of McBain, Michigan. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Kenneth Young; her daughter Sandy Bingham-Young; sister Elaine Robinson and brother Gene Davison. Her Farewell... Family and friends will gather on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 9- 11a.m. at Trinity Lutheran in Pinckney. Her Community Farewell service will be held at 11a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5758 West M-36, Pinckney with Pastor Mereyln Snider as celebrant. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Hospice. Please leave a message of comfort to the Young family at 1-877-231-7900 or by signing the guestbook at www.borekjennings.com
HODGE, JAMES J. Age 68, of Fenton, died February 19, 2015. Funeral services 1 p.m. Monday, March 2 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Road, Fenton. Interment at Great Lakes National Cemetery at a later date. Visitation 1-8 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday. Contributions suggested to the American Heart Association or a Veteran Organization of choice. Mr. Hodge was born November 8, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Roy and Gloria (Bohr) Hodge. He married Cheryl Young on June 2, 1984. James was a Veteran of the US Army serving in Vietnam. He was an Electrical Wholesaler and was owner and operator of Brightmoor Electrical Sales. He was a man of many hobbies. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; four children, Brett Hodge of Ferndale, Brady (Michele) Hodge of Waterford, Ashley Hodge of Fenton, Allison Hodge of Fenton; five grandchildren, Deven, Taylor, Courtney of Fenton, Zoey, and Zane of Waterford; four siblings, Mike Hodge, Marianne (Tom) Domako, Sheila (Richard) Bennett, David (Michelle) Hodge; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. www.sharpfuneralhomes.com
JAMES, W. HAROLD JR. Age 94, of Gregory, died Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Services 11a.m. Saturday, February 28 at Niblack Funeral Home, Fowlerville .
SMAIL, VAUGHN M. Age 87, of Brighton passed away February 25, 2015 with his loving family and nephew John (Cathy) by his side. He was born in Salem, Ohio the son of Ira and Gertrude (McMichael) Smail. On December 31, 1948 he married Mary Jane Mills in Detroit. Vaughn enjoyed playing cards, horseshoes, and feeding people when they stopped by and was always outside working in his yard. His greatest joy in life was his family, especially his grandchildren. Prior to his retirement in 1987 he had been employed by General Motors for 33 years. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Mary Jane; children: Troy (Nancy), Bob (Arlene), Joyce, Jane, and Don (Cindy); nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters: Helen, Sally, and Ada; and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Brighton First United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held Monday, March 2, 2015 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Keehn Funeral Home. Memorial contributions in Vaughn's name may be made to the U of M Comprehensive Cancer Center with envelopes available at the funeral home. Please visit Vaughn's Book of Memories at www.keehnfuneralhome.com
CLARKE, JANE CAROL Age 74, of Brighton passed away Monday evening, February 23, 2015 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor. She was born on March 20, 1940. On July 15, 1971 she was married to Edward D. Clarke in East Lansing, moving to the Brighton area in 1972. Mr. Clarke preceded her in death on April 15, 2014. Jane enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family. She earned a Bachelors and Masters Degree from Eastern Michigan University and she also earned a Masters Degree from Michigan State University. Jane served of the Board of the Brighton District Library and was the Director of Special Education with the Stockbridge Community Schools. Surviving are her five children; Suzanne (Scott) Dershem, Karla (Joe) Lintzenich, Jeff (Susan) Brakora, Ethan (Shelly) Clarke and Jeremy Clarke. 10 grandchildren also survive. Funeral Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Keehn Funeral Home, Brighton. The family will receive friends at the funeral home after 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mrs. Clarke's name are suggested to the Brighton District Library. Envelopes are available from the Keehn Funeral Home, Brighton.
HIBBARD, JOHN Age 73, of Howell, died Tuesday, February 24, 2015. Memorial service 2PM Saturday, February 28 at Oak Grove United Methodist Church with fellowship beginning at 1PM. Arrangements by Niblack Funeral Home, Fowlerville .
KLAUS, JOHNNIE Of Brighton, Michigan, age 56, died February 22, 2015. Arrangements by Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel; call 810-231-0200 or visit www.borekjennings.com.
MITCHELL, JAMES RICHARD August 9, 1929 - February 14, 2015. James R. Mitchell, 85, of Livonia, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on February 14. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Eunice; son Mark (Linda) Mitchell; daughter Lisa (Ed) Kadala; and two grandchildren, Anna and Ellie. Jim's love for the Lord and for his family guided his life and work as an architect and church organist. He studied the Word of God daily under the ministry of R.B. Thieme lll of Berachah Church in Houston, TX. Always a gentleman, his kindness and silly sense of humor touched all who knew him. He enjoyed music, airplanes, dogs, walking, biking, and observing the wonders of nature. His attention to detail ensured meticulous care of things around the house. He honorably served his country as a Seaman in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. A Service with military honors will be held at the Great Lakes National Cemetery at a later date. The Mitchell family would like to extend a special thank you to everyone at Brighton Gardens of Northville and Heart to Heart Hospice for their compassionate care. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16