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2007-01-25 / News

Obituaries -- 1/25/07

BEN KELLY, 46, lifetime Lapeer area resident, died January 18, 2007. He was born July 28, 1960, in Lapeer, to Richard and Sue Ann (Markwood) Kelly. He married LeeAnn Hudson at Trinity United Methodist Church in Lapeer on April 16, 1983.

Ben was a 1978 graduate of Lapeer East High School.

He is survived by his wife, LeeAnn Kelly of Lapeer; father, Richard (Joyce) Kelly of Lapeer; Godchild and special niece, Emily; sister, Jill (Chris) Rinna of Rockwood, brother-in-law, John (Anissa) Lyle of Davison; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sue Ann Kelly; and sister, Mary Lyle.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 21, 2007, at the Lapeer Free Methodist Church. Rev. Paul Parker officiated. Burial was in Stiles Cemetery, Lapeer.

Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer (810) 664-8111. Muir Brothers Funeral Home Our family serving yours for Generations 810-664-8111

EDWARD BURPEE, 62, of Lapeer, died January 17, 2007. He was born June 22, 1944 in Rochester, to Clarence E. and Priscilla R. (Ball) Burpee. He married Joyce Marie Sylvain at the First Baptist Church of Rochester on June 30, 1962.

Mr. Burpee owned and operated Burpee Building and Maintenance for many years.

He loved his grandchildren, gambling, casinos, and shooting.

He is survived by his children, Terrie Glassbrook of Flint, Cathy (Brian) Siuda of Davison, Joe (Michele) Burpee of Lapeer; grandchildren, Jimmy, Emily, Andy, Ashley, Brendan, Jocelyn; siblings, Lyle (Shirley) Burpee of Charlotte, Barbara Jean Bishop of Britton, Edith Lynch-Griffin of Shelby Twp. , Madeline Clore of Hazel Park, Ruth Ann (Roger) Wells of Hazel Park, Harley (Peaches) Burpee of St. Helen; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Marie Burpee; granddaughter, Elizabeth Short; sisters, Shirley Suvanto and baby Sylvia Rose Burpee; brothers, Lloyd Burpee and Roy Burpee; and parents, Clarence and Priscilla R. (Ball) Burpee.

Memorial contributions may be made to a college fund for Ed’s grandkids.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 20, 2007, at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. Chaplain Goodman Cox officiated. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Lapeer.

Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer (810) 664-8111. Muir Brothers Funeral Home Our family serving yours for Generations 810-664-8111

LAWRENCE S. WALTON, 88, lifetime Lapeer area resident, died Saturday, January 20, 2007. He was born April 3, 1918, in Imlay City, to Clarence Sidney and Emma (Schaaf) Walton. He married Mary Catherine Ross in Columbiaville on January 14, 1950.

Mr. Walton served his country in the U. S. Navy during WWII. He worked at Oakdale Center as a fireman and truck driver for 25 years. He was a member of Calvary Bible Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Walton of Lapeer; siblings, Norman (Ardith) Walton of Imlay City, Lenore (Joe) Strump of Grand Blanc, Kathleen Harsen of Attica, Joyce Wilt of Lapeer; sisters-in-law, Marie Walton of Attica, Edna Walton of IN, and Dorothy Walton of Imlay City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Emma Walton; brothers, Melvin Walton, Lyle Walton, Isaac Walton; sisters, Elaine Anderson, Lillian Lamphier; brothers-in-law, Jim Harsen, Irv Wilt, Norm Anderson, and Floyd Lamphier.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Bible Church, Lapeer.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. Rev. Peter DeKlerk officiated. Burial was in Stiles Cemetery, Lapeer.

Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer (810) 664-8111. Muir Brothers Funeral Home Our family serving yours for Generations 810-664-8111

AMOS STEPHEN BOWKER, Sr. , 86, of Lapeer, died January 18, 2007. He was born February 14, 1920, in Kingston, to Ernest and Vera Bowker. He married Eva Fern Putnam on March 23, 1940, and they enjoyed 50 years of marriage.

Amos was a builder while raising his family, but later fulfilled his calling by becoming an ordained minister in 1979. He was the sort of man who enjoyed the outdoors and all that it had to offer. He was interested in golf and motorcycles, but his true passion was his family.

He is survived by his son, Amos S. (Shari) Bowker II; daughters, Donna (Lee) Powell, Janet (Bob) Bradford, Lillian (Dick) Shanks, Leasa Todd; brother, Ward Bowker; sister, Lillian Bowker Kallas; 16 grandchildren; 30 greatgrandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. A special thank you is given to the medical staff at Lapeer County Medical Care Facility (Suncrest) for their excellent loving care.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Bowker; brothers, Perry Bowker, Chester Bowker, Earnest Lavern Bowker, Daniel Bowker; and great-grandson, Michael Bradford.

Memorial contributions may be made to Suncrest or Able Ministries.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at the Lapeer Free Methodist Church. Pastor Paul Parker officiated.

Arrangements entrusted to Lynch and Sons Funeral Directors, Capstick Chapel, downtown Lapeer (810) 664-8282.
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Capstick Chapel 542 Liberty Park, Lapeer, MI 48446 810-664-8282 “A Family Tradition of Dignified Service”

HAZEL G. RICE, 90, of New Mexico (formerly of Columbiaville), passed on to her heavenly home January 17, 2007, at her residence in Los Colinas Retirement Village in Albuquerque. She was born January 9, 1917, in Columbiaville, to George and Julia (Tibbits) Benedict. She married her one true love, Max B. Rice, on June 22, 1935.

Hazel was a member of the Columbiaville United Methodist Church, a past member of the Bethel Church Ladies Aide, and was employed for several years as the head cashier at the original JC Penny store in Lapeer. She was also a past member of the Village Players in Columbiaville, and lived her entire life in the Columbiaville area, only moving to Albuquerque a year and a half ago. Her memory will be forever cherished as a deeply loving and giving person. The beauty she created from her gardening skills continued through her entire life. Her wonderful sense of humor and gentle loving ways will be deeply missed.

Hazel is survived by her children, Maxim (Nancy) Rice of NM, Judith (Barrie) Barber of NM; brother, Keith (Hester) Benedict of OH; sister-in-law, Mildred Fox of Lapeer; brother-in-law, Darold Rice of Haslett; grandchildren, Julie (Jerry) Harahuc of Otter Lake, Randie (Ginnie) Kreger of Clio, Perrie (Olga) Kreger of GA, LT. Col. (USMC Ret. ) Marc (Lisa) La Clair of CA, Micah (Heather) Rice of GA, Amy (Jeff) Buerckley of WA; 7 greatgrandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Max; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Bill Kreger; siblings, Cecilia Benedict, Freddie Benedict; and granddaughter, Angie La Clair.

Memorial contributions in memory of Hazel may be made to the Angela Renee La Clair Memorial Scholarship or the charity of your choice.

A celebration of life was held Monday, January 22, 2007, at Jansen Family Funeral Home, Columbiaville. Reverend Amy Terhune officiated. Interment was held at Wood Lawn Cemetery, Columbiaville.

Arrangements entrusted to Jansen Family Funeral Home, Columbiaville (810) 793-6234.
Share memories or condolences with the family or view Hazel’s Life Tribute Video online at www. jansenfuneralhome.com.

BRIAN DAVID SMART, 54, of Lapeer for over 20 years (formerly of Royal Oak), died Sunday, January 21, 2007. He was born November 1, 1952, in Royal Oak, to Edwin Dermot and Velma Lucille (McNutt) Smart.

Mr. Smart was an electronics engineer. He was a member of the Planetary Society.

He loved anything to do with science or science fiction. Brian was an inventor. He also enjoyed golf.

He is survived by his parents, Edwin and Velma Smart of Lapeer; brothers, Stanley Smart of St. Clair Shores, Dale Smart of Waterford, Philip (Teiko) Smart of NC; nephew, Julian; and niece, Bianca.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army Rehab Center.

Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer (810) 664-8111.
Muir Brothers Funeral Home Our family serving yours for Generations 810-664-8111

IN MEMORY OF
LARRY CHARLES MINOR June 18, 1950 - January 31, 2006 It’s so hard to believe a year has gone by. It seems like just yesterday we said good bye. A moment has not gone by that I haven’t thought of you and missed you so very much. The nights have gotten easier because I know you’re watching over me near by. I’ve accomplished a lot of challenges, and I know you’d be very proud of me. You were my master of all trades. You’re in a much better place now and someday we all will meet again. You will be in our thoughts and prayers forever. Sadly missed and loved a lot.

Jud Babe Tommy, Jason & Joanie, Jeremy & Holly, Larry & Dee Your special grand kids: Taylor, Chloe, Mariah, Brandon, Alyssa, Madison, Alexandra, and in your names sake - Jacob Charles Many Family & Friends

VIRGINIA D. TAYLOR, 88, of Kingston (formerly of Clarkston), went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 16, 2007. Jesus came and took her into His arms as her daughter Barbara held her in her arms. Virginia had been living with her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Gary since August. Virginia was born Virginia Doris Alexander on December 13, 1918, in Detroit, to Frederick and Winifred Alexander. She married Basil Glenn Taylor on March 9, 1940.

Virginia and Basil made their home in Clarkston until 1981, and there they became faithful members of the First Baptist Church of Cass City. In 1951, they were blessed with a little red-headed baby girl, Barbara Jean. They brought her home to be their child when she was 17 days old.

Left to lovingly cherish her memory are her daughter and son-in-love, Barbara and Gary Fuller of Lapeer; devoted grandchildren, Rachael (Bret) Lopucki, Sheri (Daniel) Ruhlman, David (Gina) Fuller, Leah (Jeremy) Barager; great-grandchildren, Lauren, Morgan, Abigail, Rachael, Maxwell, Sabrena, Benjamin, Haley, Madison, Daniel, Nathan, Bryce, Amber, Brock; sisters, Laverle “Boots” Clark, Betty Blaine; sister-in-law, Vernitta Alexander; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Basil Glenn Taylor; great-granddaughter, Ashley Barager; parents, Frederick and Winifred Alexander; siblings, Wallace, Winifred, Edanna, Edward, and Ardis.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cass City First Baptist Church, 6420 Houghton St. , P. O. Box 141, Cass City, MI 48726.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at First Baptist Church, Lapeer. Pastor David Dee and Pastor Eric Holmgren officiated. Burial was held at Seymour Lake Cemetery, Brandon Twp.

Arrangements entrusted to Lynch and Sons Funeral Directors, Capstick Chapel, downtown Lapeer (810) 664-8282.
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Capstick Chapel 542 Liberty Park, Lapeer, MI 48446 810-664-8282 “A Family Tradition of Dignified Service”

HELEN ELIZABETH ABRUZZO, 91, of Lapeer (formerly of Northville, Wayne, and Plymouth), died Friday, January 19, 2007. She was born August 28, 1915, in St. Louis, MO, to Peter and Antoinette (Newell) Hodde. She married Anthony Michael Abruzzo in Mituchin, NJ on January 9, 1938.

Helen was a registered nurse and a loving homemaker.

She is survived by her children, Diane (John) Kecskes of Plymouth, Susan (Tom) Matlas of Northville, Michele (Michael) Beres of Lapeer, Michael (Janet) Abruzzo of Forest Park, CA, David (Kelly) Abruzzo of Eaton, OH, Pamela (Matthew) Schomer of Clarkston, Anthony (Jane) Abruzzo of Lapeer, Christopher (Katie) Abruzzo of Kalamazoo; 21 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and brother, James (Blanche) Hodde of Birmingham.

She was preceded in death by her dear husband, Dr.

Anthony M. Abruzzo; dear sister and brother-in-law, Florence and Stanley Patton; and parents, Peter and Antoinette (Newell) Hodde.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Suncrest Auxiliary, or the charity of your choice.

23, 2007, at Immaculate Conception Church, Lapeer. Father John Ortman officiated. Burial was at Funeral mass was held Tuesday, January Mt. Loretto Cemetery, Lapeer.

Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer (810) 664-8111.
Muir Brothers Funeral Home Our family serving yours for Generations 810-664-8111

WINIFRED E. MCDONALD, 80, of Lapeer (formerly of Beverly, MA, Detroit, and Ferndale), died Monday, January 22, 2007. She was born July 20, 1926, in Manitoba, Canada, to Robert and Beauna (Milner) Braid. She married John McDonald on December 26, 1958. Mrs. McDonald was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, John McDonald of Lapeer; children, Nancy (John) Reschke of Lapeer, Ned (Charlene) McDonald of Shelby Twp. , Kerry Southern of Lake Orion, Gerald McDonald of Toledo, OH, Brian (Cheryl) Southern of Royal Oak, Mark Southern of Lake Orion, Karen Hall of Rochester Hills, Kevin McDonald of Rochester Hills, Janice McDonald of Lapeer; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Arlene Crawford of Flint, Doris Getzane of Waterford; brother, William Braid of Lake Orion; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Randy McDonald; 3 brothers; and 3 sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to Suncrest Auxiliary.

Cremation has taken place.

Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer (810) 664-8111.
Muir Brothers Funeral Home Our family serving yours for Generations 810-664-8111

VICTOR GIFFORD, 77, of Otter Lake, died Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at Brian’s House, Davison. He was born December 19, 1929, in Otter Lake, to Richard L. and Marie B. (Giosso) Gifford.

Victor was a veteran of the U. S. Army. He was a member of the American Legion, Otter Lake Rhythm Rotters, and was affiliated with the Vassar Golf and Country Club. He was previously a member of the Otter Lake Village Council. Vic enjoyed golfing, deer hunting, attending all of his grandchildren’s sporting events, and working in the sugar bush at LakeVille Schools. Vic retired from the U. S. Post Office and LakeVille Schools Transportation Department.

He is survived by his children, Vicki and Eddie Church, Cindy and Tom Alsup, Barbara Goddard, Bob and Tina Gifford, Brenda Bain, Tony Gifford and Lisa Hagar; 16 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brother, Bob Gifford; sister, Rosie Candela; uncle, Don Giosso; several nieces, nephews, and special friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Winona Gifford; and son, Rod Gifford.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brian’s House, Davison.

Visitation will be held from 10 a. m. -9 p. m. Thursday and Friday, January 25 and 26, 2007, at Hudson Funeral Service, Otisville.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a. m. Saturday, January 23, 2007, at Hudson Funeral Service, Otisville. Pastor Jim Salo will officiate. Burial will be in Otter Lake Cemetery.

Arrangements by Hudson Funeral Service, Otisville (810) 631-2525. Hudson Funeral Service, Inc. 116 Grove St. , Otisville, MI 48463 810-631-2525

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