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2006-01-26 / News

Obituaries -- 1/26/06

Arnold “Arnie” Stephens, Jr., 63, of Imlay City, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2006, at his home. He was born January 19, 1943, in Gainesville, TX, to Arnold M. and Vesta (Linder) Stephens. He married Ann Burke in Baltimore, MD on June 26, 1965.
Arnie graduated from high school in TN, and attended the Detroit Institute of Technology. Arnie served his country in the U.S. Army. He was an engineer for TRW in Washington, MI, designing seat belts and air bags. He retired in 2002.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Stephens of Imlay City; daughter, Jamie (Michael) Hampton of Liberty, IN; sons, Arnold Stephens III of Richmond, VA, John (Cindy) Stephens of Washington, Michael Stephens of Imlay City, Christopher Stephens of Imlay City; grandchildren, Caroline Stephens, Connor Stephens, Christian Stephens, Justin Stephens; sister, Sherry Stephens of Warren; brothers, Ray (Betty) Stephens of Warren, Dave Stephens of TN, Ted (Cathy) Stephens of Warren; in-laws, Maureen Elton of Kansas City, and Tim Burke of Indianapolis, IN.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 23, 2006, at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Imlay City. Father Gerald Frawley of St. Nicholas Catholic Church officiated. A Military Salute was held in honor of Arnold’s service to his counry in the U.S. Army during the early 1960’s. Interment was held Tuesday, January 24, 2006, at Sims Cemetery, Liberty, IN.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Imlay City (810) 724-8285.
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Clarence C. Owens, 88, of Metamora (formerly of Clinton Township), died Monday, January 23, 2006, at his home in Metamora. He was born May 19, 1917, in Buchanan County, VA.
Clarence retired as a custodian for Centerline Public Schools after 24 years of service. He previously worked for Dodge Truck on Mound Rd. in Warren for 13 years, and the H.E. Harmon Coal Company in Harmon, VA for 7 years. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Clarence was a member of Old Regular Baptist Church in Ray Township.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Eunice (Compton) Owens; children, Clarence R. (Lois) Owens, Shirley Jean Finch, Norma Lee Owens; 7 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 1321 S. Linden Rd., Suite B, Flint, MI 48532.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 26, 2006, at Gramer Funeral Home, Diener Chapel, 48271 Van Dyke, Shelby Township. Elder Rick Akers will officiate. Burial will be in Utica Cemetery, Shelby Township.
Share condolences online at: www.gramerfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Gramer Funeral Home, Diener Chapel, Shelby Township (586) 731-4150.

Dean Edward Asselin, 57, of Imlay City (formerly of Roseville), passed away suddenly on January 16, 2006, at Port Huron Hospital. He was born April 10, 1948, in Detroit, to Eugene Joseph and Margaret (Freda Van Damme) Asselin. He married Cynthia “Cindy” Wojno in St. Clair Shores on February 28, 1986.
Dean served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era from 1966-1969. He moved his family to the Imlay City community in 1999. Dean joined the Imlay City Fire Department in September of 2000, and went through the Fire Academy in 2001, along with his daughter, Danielle Asselin. He has served the community and the fire department ever since. Dean will be sorely missed by the Imlay City Fire Department. He had been employed as a Security Guard for Guards Marks at Ford Motors Proving Grounds in Romeo.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Cindy Asselin of Imlay City; daughters, Lisa (Mark) Miller of Marine City, Danielle (Phillip) Witherspoon of Algonac, Susie Strickland of Lapeer; 9 grandchildren; mother, Margaret Asselin of Port Huron; brothers, Ken (Diane) Asselin of Waterford, David (Michelle) Asselin of Greenwood; sisters, Sandee (Bob) Boyd of Glennie, Suzy (Tim) Horan of Port Huron; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Joseph Asselin.
Funeral mass was held Friday, January 20, 2006, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Imlay City. Father Richard Lewnau officiated.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Imlay City (810) 724-8285.
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Frank Thomas Dombrowski, 55, of Attica, passed away January 13, 2006, at his home. He was born September 11, 1950, in Almont, to Felix and Susie (Grabowkas) Dombrowski. He married Rhonda Lynn Slingleland in Brown City on September 12, 1980.
Frank was a graduate of Imlay City High School, and spent most of his life in the community. For 10 years, Frank was employed at Todd Grinding, Dryden.
He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Dombrowski of Attica; son, James “Jimmy” Dombrowski of Brown City; daughter, Karen Dombrowski of Lapeer; 1 grandson; brothers, Victor (Lisa) Dombrowski of Rose City, Andrew (Annette) Dombrowski of Attica; sisters, Janet Swain of Lapeer, Mary (Dennis) Martz of Attica.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Felix and Susie Dombrowski; brothers, James, Felix, Jr., and Donald Dombrowski; and sister, Rosemary Dombrowski.
A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, February 4, 2006, at the Attica Township Hall. Chaplin Burt Davis will officiate.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Imlay City (810) 724-8285.
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Mark T. Mullins, 45, of Pontiac, died Sunday, January 21, 2006, in Royal Oak.
Mark enjoyed art and spending time with his 2 boys. He previously worked at General Motors in Warren. He most recently worked at GM Powertrain in Pontiac. He was a member of the UAW #594 in Pontiac.
He is survived by his mother, Shirley (Richard) Knight of Otter Lake; sons, Marc of Warren, Levi of Carrollton; brothers, Brett and Patrick, both of TX; and many other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Buddy.
Memorial contributions may be made to his children.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2006, at Jansen Family Funeral Home, Columbiaville. Pastor Rick Yarbrough will officiate. Friends may visit 2 hours prior to the service.
Share condolences or memories online with the family at: www.jansenfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Jansen Family Funeral Home, Columbiaville (810) 793-6234.

Joyce Viges, 77, of Lapeer for 22 years (formerly of Lansing), died January 17, 2006. She was born August 10, 1928, in St. Clair Shores, to Earl and Mabel Parker. She married Donald R. Viges at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lansing on June 18, 1949.
Joyce was a charter member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Lansing. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Lapeer where she volunteered as the church librarian. She was also a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Lapeer. While in Lansing, Joyce was a library technician in the children’s room at the Lansing Public Library. In Lapeer, she worked at the Marguerite DeAngeli Library and Lapeer Regional Hospital as a Medical Librarian until her retirement in 1990. Joyce loved reading, library work, gardening, and traveling. She was a member of the Lapeer Horticulture Society, the Lapeer County Historical Society, and the Southeast Michigan Church and Synagogue Library Association.
She is survived by her husband, Donald Viges of Lapeer; sons, David (Julie) Viges of Lansing, Allan (fiancÈe, Leslie) Viges of Portland, OR, and James Viges of Hong Kong, China; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Mabel Parker; brothers, Earl Parker and 1st Lieutenant USAF Robert Parker; sister, Emma Wood; and son, John H. Viges.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Church or Christ the King Lutheran Church, both of Lapeer.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 21, 2006, at Grace Episcopal Church, Lapeer. The Rev. Susan Speir and Pastor Niklaus Schillack officiated.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer (810) 664-8111.
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Theresa Ann Swan, 50, of North Branch, died January 18, 2006, at Providence Hospital. She was born December 3, 1955, in Pontiac, to Clarence and Donna (Buckley) Pizzala. She married Jim Swan in Pontiac on May 19, 1979.
Theresa grew up in Pontiac and was a 1974 graduate of Pontiac Northern High School. She received her Bachelors Degree from Central Michigan University in 1978. She began working for the Department of Human Resources in 1993 as a Social Worker. She was a member of the Mackinac Associates. She enjoyed camping, cross country skiing, gardening, and was a big fan of the Detroit Lions.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jim; mother, Donna; sister, Nancy Pizzala of Waterford; brother, Doug Pizzala of Hunting Woods; and her special dog, Sam.
She was preceded in death by her father, Clarence.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mackinac Associates, P.O. Box 567, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-0567.
There will be a gathering from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., with a memorial service at 12 p.m. Saturday, January 28, 2006, at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home, North Branch.
Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home, North Branch (810) 688-3232.

Ruth Yost, 71, of Lapeer, died January 19, 2006. She was born October 31, 1934, in Imlay City, to William and Florence (Sawgle) Strasburg. She married Clifton “Junior” Yost in Imlay City on July 20, 1951.
Ruth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children, Charles (Sally Hubert) Yost of Lapeer, Chryl (Mike) Papke of Cass City, Janet (Charles) Kelley of Lapeer, Roger (Rachelle Carpenter) Yost of Lapeer; grandchildren, Gerald (Heidi) Yost, Aimee Walker, Kris (Norell) June, Anna Yost, Michael Walker, Joshua June, Cindi Walker; great-grandchildren, Serenity Yost, William Walker, and Zoey Yost.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifton “Junior” Yost; children, Deborah Yost, Melissa Yost, Clifton “Jerry” Yost; grandson, William June; siblings, William Strasburg, Hazel Withun, Myron Strasburg; parents, William and Florence Strasburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 21, 2006, at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. Rev. Ed Chandler officiated. Burial was in Stiles Cemetery.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer (810) 664-8111.
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Terry Lee Scramlin, 52, of Columbiaville, died Saturday, January 21, 2006. He was born September 23, 1953, in Lapeer, to Carter and Doris (Mead) Scramlin. He married Susan Delmas at the Lapeer Church of Latter Day Saints on November 6, 1981.
Terry was a lifetime Lapeer area resident. He was a 1971 graduate of Lapeer High School. He worked for Pontiac Metal Fabricators as a welder and had worked for General Motors for a total of 35 years.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Scramlin of Columbiaville; sons, Erik Scramlin of Kalamazoo, Ryan Scramlin of Columbiaville, Cody Scramlin of Columbiaville; sisters, Jo-Anne (Butch) Morell of Cass City, Carol Ross of Lapeer, Valda Goss of Lapeer; mother and father-in-law, Leo and Ramona Delmas of Pellston; and brother-in-law, Mark Delmas of Pellston.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carter and Doris (Mead) Scramlin; and brother, Richard “Dick” Scramlin.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 24, 2006, at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. Pastor Tim Ross officiated. Burial was in Deerfield Township Cemetery.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer (810) 664-8111.
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Wade Edward George, 40 of Grand Blanc, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 22, 2006, at Genesis Hospice Care Center in Davison. He fought a courageous battle with cancer. He was born July 21, 1965, in Lapeer, to Roy George and Patricia Gonda.
Wade leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Deanna Ross-George; daughter, Amanda George of NC; step-children, Danae A. Jeppert, Dean R. Jeppert, Dilenn J. Jeppert, “Daddy’s special baby girl”, Ellie Kess; mother, Patricia Lindquist. Wade will never leave her heart and soul until she sees him again in heaven. He is also survived by his sister, Teresa Hill; brother, Michael George; second “mom”, Dolly Lewis; best friend, Tom Edwards.
He was preceded in death by his loving step-father, Karl H. Lindquist in 1999; and baby niece, Madison Page Boger in 2001.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Visitation will be held from 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2006, at Lynch and Sons Funeral Directors, Capstick Chapel, 542 Nepessing St., downtown Lapeer.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2006, at Lynch and Sons Funeral Directors, Capstick Chapel, downtown Lapeer.
Arrangements by Lynch and Sons Funeral Directors, Capstick Chapel, downtown Lapeer (810) 664-8282.
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