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2007-06-28 / News

Obituaries -- 6/28/07

Edwin T. Butler, 83, of Lapeer, formerly of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, died Monday, June 25, 2007. He was born August 1, 1923 in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania to Edwin T. and Elizabeth L. (May) Butler. He married Mary Dillon on September 24, 1943 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Butler served his country in the United States Army during WWII. He worked in construction, primarily managing the building of churches. Ed even built the initial portion of the First Baptist Church, Lapeer, where he has been a long-term member. His family said he truly loved his church, Ed was even a Deacon for many years. He enjoyed playing guitar as well as singing along. Edwin was a loving husband and father.
He is survived by his wife; Mary Butler of Lapeer, children; Joyce (Frank) Bombaci of Lapeer, Judy (MacArthur) Layne of Goodrich, Beverly (Dean) Rose of Clio, Jeffrey M. (Ruth) Butler of Lapeer, 15 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and a sister; Lois (Robert) Worbois of Irwin, Pennsylvania.
He was preceded in death by his son; Edwin T. Butler, III, grandson; Shawn Rose, his parents, Siblings; Robert and Harold Butler, Helen Floyd and Thelma Beale.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at the First Baptist Church, Lapeer. Pastor Joseph Bower and Pastor Andy Burak officiated. Burial was held in Stiles Cemetery, Lapeer.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer (810) 664-8111.
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Thomas Baker, 78, of North Branch, died Friday, June 22, 2007 at his home in the loving care of his family. Tom was born July 20, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Adam and Lucille (Morris) Baker.
Tom grew up in the North Branch area and attended school at North Branch. On April 14, 1956 he married Ella Marie Blackmer, she preceded him in death October 20, 1993. Tom retired from General Motors in 1988 after 39 years of service, and was a member of the UAW Local 653. Tom served his country in the Army during the Korean War, and was a member of the American Legion Post #457. Tom enjoyed all sports, but he was especially a big fan of The University of Michigan Football Program. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and socializing with friends and family.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughter; Rashawn (Steve) Ankley, sons; Randy (Joan) Baker, Ron (Annette) Baker all of North Branch and Rod (Deanna) Baker of Fenton, sisters; Barbara (Dale) Summersett of North Branch and Nancy (Earl) Runnel of Quinnesec, Michigan, brother; Roy (Debbie) Baker of Florida, 10 grandchildren; Jonathan, Jacquelyn Ankley, Michelle, Stephanie Baker, Spencer, Deane, Cade Baker, Zach, Garret, Alexsis Selves, and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or the Visiting Nurse Hospice.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 25, 2007 at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. Fr. Richard Treml officiated. Cremation has taken place.
Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home

Paul Madeline, 65, of Lapeer passed away suddenly Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at his home. Paul Francis was the son of Augustine P. and Vera M. (Willin) Madeline born on August 21, 1941 in Attica, Michigan. He spent most of his life in Attica and the Lapeer area. Paul graduated from Imlay City High School class of 1960. Paul had been involved with the Boy Scouts and was an Explorer Scout.
He was employed at Pontiac Motors Foundry for 27+ years as a Parts Inspector. Paul retired in 1990.
Paul is survived by his sisters; Doris (Duane) Schwerin of Attica, Carolyn (Richard) Weber of Fostoria, Ohio, brothers; Phillip (Frances) Madeline of Attica, Earl (Judy) Madeline of Attica, Nicholas (Patricia) Madeline of Lake Orion, Jack (Cheryl) Madeline of Nevada, Reginald (Marlene) Madeline of Attica.
He was preceded in death by his brother; Patrick Madeline, sisters; Marcia Madeline, Margaret Madeline, Christine Trudeau (May 2007) and parents; Art and Vera Madeline.
Funeral services were held June 23, 2007 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 225 N. Main Street, Imlay City. Father Matt Kafka with St. Cornelius Catholic Church officiated. Interment followed at Attica Township Cemetery.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Imlay City (810) 724-8285.
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Jackie Schocke, 76, of Imlay City recently of Buford, Georgia, passed away Saturday, June 23, 2007 in Buford, Georgia. Jacqueline Joyce Romine was the daughter of Harry V. and Mary Ann (Pettit) Romine born on May 9, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan.
She spent most of her life in Imlay City. She graduated from Imlay City High School. Jackie married Clarence Carl Schocke on February 5, 1949 in Imlay City. Clarence passed away in April 1996. She was co-owner with her husband of Gambles Store in Imlay City from 1971-1983. She had also worked as a bank teller for Imlay City State Bank, Security Bank NE of Imlay City and a secretary for a local attorney for many years.
Jackie is survived by her sons; Larry Schocke of Lapeer and Dale (Pam) Schocke of Buford, Georgia, grandchildren; Timothy (Tiana) Schocke, Nicholas Schocke, Casey Schocke, Lexa Schocke, Kayla J. Schocke, Hannah Schocke, Taralynn Schocke, Makenna Schocke, 4 great-grandchildren; Kayla M. Schocke, Kory Schocke, Devin Pruett, Ansley Pruett, brothers; Richard (Deloris) Romine of Imlay City, Thomas (Sue) Romine of Imlay City, brother-in-laws; Michael Klein, Elton (Delia) Schocke, Raymond (Peggy) Schocke, Harold (Edith) Schocke, sisters-in-laws; Marian Campbell, Mary Ann Schocke.
Jackie was preceded in death by her husband; Clarence Schocke, sister; Lona Jean Klein and her parents; Harry and Mary Ann Romine.
Friends may call Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 225 N. Main Street, Imlay City where the family will be available for visiting from 1-5 and 6-9 P.M. Thursday, June 28, 2007.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, June 29, 2007 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 225 N. Main Street, Imlay City. Pastor Kevin Harbin of Imlay City United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial of ashes will be at Imlay Township Cemetery.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Imlay City (810) 724-8285.
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Rowena Faye Brown, 67, of Flint, Michigan died June 23, 2007. She was born August 1, 1939 in Modesto, California, to the late Joseph and Pauline Miller.
Rowena had an incredible love for life and her family. She was an avid Detroit sports fan with a wonderful sense of humor. She thoroughly enjoyed all the pleasures that nature had to offer. She also played volleyball on a women’s league for 20 years. In her spare time she loved to read and travel.
Rowena is survived by her loving husband; Louis E. Brown of 50 years, daughters; Melinda (David) Piersall, Rebekah Herington, sons; David (Sue) Brown, Danyel (Trish) Brown, Bryan Brown, 19 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, brother; Joseph (Lavonne) Miller, sister; Wanda (Don) Rogers, sister-in-law; Lois (Bill) Ludwig, brother-in-law; Doug (Alyce) Brown. Also many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her brother; Leonard Miller, father and mother-in-law; Gordon and Marion Brown.
Memorial contributions made to the American Diabetes Foundation greatly appreciated.
Funeral services will be held Thursday 2:00 P.M. at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Capstick Chapel, 542 Liberty Park, Downtown Lapeer. Friends may visit Thursday 11:00 until time of service.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Capstick Chapel, 542 Liberty Park, Downtown Lapeer.
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Spencer E. Wilson, 90, a lifelong resident of North Branch died Monday, June 25, 2007 at his home in the loving care of his family. Spencer was born July 4, 1916 in North Branch Twp., the son of Ernest and Grace (Spencer) Wilson. He married Frances McGinnis on February 22, 1938 in North Branch, Michigan, together they celebrated 69 precious years of marriage. He retired from Michigan Milk Producers Association as a fieldsman with 35 years of service. Spencer was a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in North Branch. He enjoyed golfing, yard work, word search puzzles, reading, woodworking, and was the handyman around the house.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife; Frances, daughters; Jane (Gene) Stevens of North Branch and Patricia Wilson of Shelby Twp., son; Spencer (Pat) Wilson of Dryden, grandchildren; Lisa (Larry) Clarkson, Lori (Dan) Adamic, Christopher (Julie) Wilson, and Steven (Julia) Wilson, 7 great-grandchildren, sister; Mary Ellen and brother; Joe.
He was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.
Memorials may be made to the Avalon Hospice, 2360 Stone Bridge Dr., Flint, Michigan 48532, Mass cards to SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, North Branch, or to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Cardiac Unit.
A private funeral service will be held.
Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home

Dustin Savage, 14 days, of North Branch died June 22, 2007. He was born June 8, 2007 in Flint, Michigan.
Dustin’s mom and dad considered him their “angel baby.” The family was so happy to be able to have him home, even for the short time. He was so loved and will always be remembered.
He is survived by his parents; Russell Savage, II and Brandy Bular, brother; Brayden Bular all of North Branch, grandparents; Edward and Cathy Bular of North Branch, Russell and Sherry Savage of North Branch, Aunt Rachel Bular, Uncle John Savage and Aunt Alison Savage.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer (810) 664-8111.
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Thomas E. Wiswell, Sr., 56, of Lapeer since 1990 (formerly of Florida) died Sunday, June 24, 2007. He was born September 14, 1950 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to Russell and Eleanor (Archery) Wiswell. He married Margaret E. Brooks on July 14, 1969 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Tom served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War (1969-1972). He worked for Seniors Unlimited in Pontiac for many years, retiring in 2005. Tom was a bus mechanic most of his career and in more recent years was a computer analyst for the company.
He is survived by his wife; Margaret E. Wiswell, children; Christine (John) Pennybacker of Mayville, Thomas “Ed” Wiswell, Jr. of Lapeer and Tina (Robert) Terry of North Branch, grandsons; Barry and Brady, siblings; Russ (Jan) Wiswell of Jacksonville, Florida, Carol (Ralph) Mitchell of Colorado and Larry (Nancy) Wiswell of Austin, Texas and his mother and father in-law, C.L. and Betty Brook of Belton, South Carolina.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Russell and Eleanor Wiswell.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
The family will receive friends and family one hour prior to the Memorial Service on Thursday.
Memorial services will be held 11:00 A.M. Thursday, June 28, 2007 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. Pastor Jimmy Keys will officiate.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer (810) 664-8111.
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Mary Sarka, 87, of Imlay City passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at Marlette Hospice. Mary Chifor was born on October 19, 1919 in Norwood, New York. She married George Sarka in Romania. George passed away in 1982. Mary was a homemaker and live in the community since 1968.
She is survived by her sons; James “Jim” Sarka of Imlay City and Charles “Charlie” (Sally) Sarka of Imlay City, 5 grandchildren; Michael Sarka, Adam Sarka, Robert Sarka, Greg Sarka and Jennifer Willard, 4 great-grandchildren; Ronald, Dillan, Travis and Jamie.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband; George Sarka, 3 brothers and a sister.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Thursday, June 28, 2007 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 225 N. Main Street, Imlay City. Pastor James Langebartels with the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of Imlay City will officiate. Interment will follow at Imlay Township Cemetery.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Imlay City (810) 724-8285.
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Candace Evelyn Bieri Otte Ingram, 63, of Lapeer.
Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt went home to be with her Lord on June 21, 2007. She had an adventurous career in nursing and teaching for forty years. She was very devoted to her family and believed in higher education. Even after retiring she found herself continuing her service at Ferguson’s Nursing Home in Lapeer.
She leaves behind her husband; Geoff Ingram, children; Lynn Irelan, Steven Otte and Jeffery Otte, 12 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, brother; Michael Bieri, sisters; Suzanne Waugh and Connie Bieri, also 7 nieces and nephews.
She will be sadly missed by all who loved her.
In lieu of flowers Candace would be honored to have donations sent to a Nursing Scholarship of your choice.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, June 30, 2007 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, MI. For further information please contact Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Capstick Chapel, 542 Liberty Park, Downtown Lapeer.
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810-664-8282
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