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2006-11-23 / News

Obituaries -- 11/23/06

Felix Sanchez, 73, of Lapeer, died Friday, November 17, 2006. He was born August 11, 1933, in Three Rivers, TX, to Santos and Francisca (Garza) Sanchez. He married Romona Oliveraz in Attica on September 13, 1952. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2002.
Felix retired from GM and enjoyed selling vegetables. He also loved to fish and play bingo, which he called “going to the movies”. What he loved most was his family and helping others.
He is survived by his children, Maryann Hernandez of TX, Felix (Lisa) Sanchez, Jr. of Hadley, Santos (Stephanie) Sanchez of OH, Steve (Barb) Sanchez of Mayville, Florinda (Danille) Andrade of Lapeer, Mark (Madeline) Sanchez of Lapeer, Eward (Lisa) Sanchez of Lapeer, Felica (Jim) Gower of Memphis, William Sanchez of Mt. Morris, Louis (Chris) Sanchez of OH, John (Lisa) Sanchez of Clarkston, Jesse (Chris) Sanchez of Columbiaville; 49 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; siblings, Dora (Albert) Amordor of OH, Magie (Jr.) Rosas of Capac, Dominga Solano of Holland, Dionicia (Raymond) Broon of Holland, James (Gloria) Sanchez of Port Huron, Peter (Porfia) Sanchez of Port Huron.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Romona Sanchez; brothers, Eberesti, Jose, Santos, Jose, Gilbert; sister, Madalena; parents, Santos and Francisca Sanchez.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Funeral mass was held Wednesday, November 22, 2006, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lapeer.
Arrangements entrusted to Lynch and Sons Funeral Directors, Capstick Chapel, downtown Lapeer (810) 664-8282.
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George R. Houghtaling, 70, of Lapeer, died November 15, 2006. He was born January 25, 1936, in Lum, to Joseph and Elva “Marion” (Goodrich) Houghtaling. He married Louise G. Hotchkiss at the Methodist Church in Lapeer on February 28, 1956.
George was a lifetime Lapeer area resident. He was a 1953 graduate of Lapeer High School. George served his country in the U.S. Army. He owned and operated George and Bernie’s Boron Service for 11 years, and then Northgate Radiator Service for over 20 years.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Houghtaling of Lapeer; children, Brenda (Brad) Martin of Lapeer, Ron Houghtaling of Lapeer; siblings, Isabel (Chris) Rauh of Lapeer, Francis “Bill” (Nadine) Houghtaling of Lapeer, and Norma (Art) Salisbury of Charlotte.
He was preceded in death by his son, Gordon Lee Houghtaling in 2002; parents, Joseph and Elva “Marion” (Goodrich) Houghtaling; and sister, Elva Ostrander.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Funeral services were held Friday, November 17, 2006, at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. Pastor Randy Hotchkiss officiated. Burial was at Stiles Cemetery, Lapeer.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer (810) 664-8111.
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Perry F. Noake, 91, of Hadley/Lapeer for 75 years, passed away Sunday, November 19, 2006. He was born February 13, 1915, in Pontiac, to Charles and Grace (Perry) Noake. He married Kathleen Campbell.
Mr. Noake was a farmer all his life. He was a master mechanic, repairing and manufacturing parts for his own equipment and other farmers. Many years ago, he even cut ice out of Lake Nepessing for cold storage. Perry was a member of the Elba Volunteer Firemen for 23 years, and a member of Elba United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Noake of Hadley/Lapeer; children, Mary (Patrick) Cronin of Lapeer, Nancy (JR) Lomerson of Attica, Bob (Donna) Williams of Lapeer, Jim (Gloria) Williams of Attica, John Williams of Lapeer; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and brother, Richard (Elaine) Noake of Lapeer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Grace Noake; grandson, Daniel Williams; and brother, Franklin Noake.
Memorial contributions may be made to Suncrest Auxiliary or Elba United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 22, 2006, at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. Pastor Jay Montney officiated. Burial was held at Green Corners Cemetery, Hadley.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer (810) 664-8111.
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Iva May Barber, 85, lifetime resident of Hadley and Lapeer, died Monday, November 20, 2006. She was born March 8, 1921, in Hadley, to Alexander and Mabel (Richards) Wagner. She married Donald Ray Barber in Davison on November 9, 1940.
Mrs. Barber was a loving homemaker.
She is survived by her children, Shiela (John) Rensberger of Oakbrook Terrace, IL, Randall “Randy” (Barbara) Barber of North Branch, Kristine (Jeffrey) Goldblatt of Lansing; grandchildren, Randy, Elizabeth, Jemery, Jennifer, Jessica, Kelley; great-grandchildren, Tabitha and Samantha; brothers, Duane Wagner of Davison, and Robert (Pat) Wagner of Davison.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Barber in 2002; parents; 4 sisters; and 6 brothers.
Memorial contributions may be made to Burcham Hills Retirement Community, 2700 Burcham Drive, East Lansing, MI 48823.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 22, 2006, at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. Pastor Peter DeKlerk officiated. Burial was at Stiles Cemetery, Lapeer.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer (810) 664-8111.
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Judith A. Erwin, 64, of Columbiaville, died Monday, November 20, 2006, in FL. Judy was born August 26, 1942, in North Branch, to Alton and Frances (Hickie) Gould. She married Paul O. Erwin in North Branch on July 8, 1961.
Judy was an avid gardener, enjoyed art and playing cards. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Columbiaville Red Hat Society, Columbiaville United Methodist Church, Moose Lodge and Elks Lodge in Palmetto, FL. She also served on the Lapeer Fine Arts Council and Lapeer County Planning Commission. She was also a Blue Star Mother with 3 sons serving in the Marines.
Judy is survived by her children, Ron Erwin of Columbiaville, John (Kim) Erwin of Clio, Laurie (Joe) Peto of Burton, Dan (Michele) Erwin of Otisville, Ben (Kathy) Erwin of Columbiaville; siblings, Donald (Chris) Gould of North Branch, Ellen Henry of Brighton; sister-in-law, Janet Gould of Lapeer, Dotty (Gerald) Williams of Flint, JoAnne Hack of Millington, Janet Hack of OH; grandchildren, Emily, Geoffrey, Rachel, Elizabeth, Danny, Erin, O’Ryan, McKenna, Meagan, Spencer, Andrea, Stephanie; great-grandchild, Gabriel and one on the way; and a host of other family and friends.
Visitation will be held from 1-9 p.m. Friday, November 24, 2006, at Jansen Family Funeral Home, Columbiaville.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 25, 2006, at Jansen Family Funeral Home, Columbiaville. Rev. Amy Terhune will officiate. Interment will be held at Wood Lawn Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Jansen Family Funeral Home, Columbiaville (810) 793-6234.
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Sonja F. Balla, 80, of Lapeer since 1969, died Friday, November 17, 2006. She was born November 11, 1926, in Knoxville, TN, to Paul and Belva (Amann) Watson. She married William Balla in Pasadena, CA on December 31, 1943.
Sonja met Bill at a USO dance during WWII. She worked as a key punch operator for General Electric. Mrs. Balla enjoyed gardening, spending time with her family, and cooking, especially desserts.
She is survived by her children, Phil Balla of San Francisco, CA, Anita Davidson of Dayton, OH, Steve Balla of Lapeer, Denise (Rick) Lewis of Knoxville, TN, Bill (LuAnne) Balla of Haslett, Becky (Jim) Dillon of Lapeer, Greg Balla of OK, Dan (Becky) Balla of Dallas, TX; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Wilma Ward of CA, Betty (Tom) Hardesty of AZ, and Ann (Bob) Jones of AZ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Balla, 2006; daughter, Ginny Wrable; son, Mike Balla; sons-in-law, Joey Wrable, Byron Davidson; and her parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to Suncrest Auxiliary.
Funeral mass was held Tuesday, November 21, 2006, at Immaculate Conception Church, Lapeer. Father Richard Lewnau officiated. Burial was at Mt. Loretto Cemetery, Lapeer.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer (810) 664-8111.
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Rhonda Schlund, 47, of North Branch, passed away suddenly on November 15, 2006, at Cedars Medical Center in Miami, FL, while on vacation. Rhonda was born June 30, 1959, in Lapeer, to William and Marjorie (Dockham) Avery.
Rhonda grew up in Dryden and spent most of her life there. She graduated from Dryden High School in 1977, and earned a Business Management degree from Davenport University. Rhonda had been employed with Lapeer County Human Services as a caseworker and counselor, working for 25 years in Oakland and Genesee Counties. She was a member of the Lapeer County Horticultural Club, and was also involved with the North Branch Athletic Boosters.
She is survived by her fiancé, Mike Kujawski of North Branch; sons, Daniel (Nichole) Schlund of Raleigh, NC, Nathan Schlund of Saginaw; parents, Bill and Marge Avery of Gladwin; sisters, Brenda (Robert) Weir of Lapeer, Robin (Steven) Smiley of Hillman, Bonnie (Bradley) Bos of Charlevoix; nieces, Jordon Weir, Bethany Weir, Lindsay Smiley; nephews, Eric (Nicole) Avery, Brenton (Alyssa) Bos; and great-niece, Katelyn.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 19, 2006, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Imlay City. Pastor Alan Casillas officiated.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Imlay City (810) 724-8285.
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Alan J. Carabell, 49, of Otter Lake, died November 13, 2006, at Hurley Medical Center. He was born August 29, 1957, in Flint, to Alvin J. and Barbara Carabell. He married Gloria Lara in Lapeer on December 17, 2004.
Alan worked for General Motors. He was a member of AA and enjoyed Nascar. He was a snowmobile and boating enthusiast, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Alan is survived by his wife, Gloria; children, Alan Jr. (Nadine), Jeff, Anna; mother, Barbara; siblings, Gary (Becky), Barbara, Wendi (Mark), Carol, JoAnn, Rhonda, Beverly, Alvin, Annie; grandchildren, Alan Jr., Briana; close friends, Kat, Wesley, Jesse, Frank, Jean, and a host of other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin J. Carabell; daughter, Alice; and brother, Kerry.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service has been held.
Arrangements entrusted to Jansen Family Funeral Home, Columbiaville (810) 793-6234.
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Allan “Bud” Fuller, 83, of Columbiaville, died Saturday, November 18, 2006, at Lapeer Regional Medical Center. He was born October 21, 1923, in Flint, to Charles and Mabel (Thayer) Fuller. He married Elaine Vyskocil in Chicago, IL on April 27, 1946.
Bud served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during WWII, receiving a purple heart. He worked at the Fisher Body Plant in Grand Blanc until retiring in 1988 after 37 years of service. He was a member of the Caro Moose Lodge, Lapeer Eagles Club, VFW, and American Legion Post of Pine Island, FL, Otisville Masonic Lodge #401, the Shriners- Elfkharefeh, and UAW Local #1292. Bud served on the Columbiaville Fire Department for 31 years. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and bowler, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his children, Allan (Sherry) Fuller, Cathy (Ron) Clark, Rod (Darlene) Fuller, Kevin (Tammy) Fuller, all of Columbiaville; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; close friends, Bill and Colleen Iverson; and a host of other family and friends.
Bud was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine; parents, Charles and Mabel Fuller; sisters, Bettie, Gene, and Charlene.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Columbiaville Fire Department.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 22, 2006, at Jansen Family Funeral Home, Columbiaville. Rev. Amy Terhune officiated. Interment was held at Wood Lawn Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Jansen Family Funeral Home, Columbiaville (810) 793-6234.
Share memories or condolences online with the family at
www.jansenfuneralhome.com.


Carl Wayne Johnson, 71, of North Branch, died Tuesday, November 21, 2006, at his home in the loving care of his family. Carl was born May 23, 1935, in Lapeer, to William and Irene (Wagor) Johnson. He married Marilyn Nutt in Lapeer on April 9, 1955.
Carl retired from Fisher Body in Flint in 1988, after 33 years of service as a fork lift driver. He was a member of the UAW Local 581. Carl enjoyed NASCAR racing, and working on and repairing small engines.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughters, Janet Waggoner of Mayville, Karletta (Craig) Kimmel of Caseville; sons, Alvin (Mary Kay) Johnson of North Branch, Jeff Johnson of Lapeer; sister, Mary Leona Butterfield of Mayville; brother, Bernard Glenn Johnson of North Branch; 13 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and special granddaughter, Jakki Caldwell.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to Brians House, 1515 Cal Drive, Davison, MI 48423.
The family will have a gathering from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, November 26, 2006, at Deerfield Hall.
Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home, North Branch (810) 688-3232.

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