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2008-03-27 / News

Obituaries --3/27/2008

Gary Elden Lomerson, 69, passed away suddenly Thursday, March 20, 2008. Gary was a resident of Mio, Michigan since 1995, previously of Lapeer, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army 7th Calvary from 1963 to 1968. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Mio. He loved horses and enjoyed bowling and golf.
Gary is survived by his wife of 46 years, Helen Lomerson of Mio, MI; daughter, Shawna (Gary) Sawyer of Lake Orion, MI; son, Bryce (Corinne) Lomerson of Lapeer, MI; 2 granddaughters, Alexis Sawyer and Zoe Lomerson; 5 brothers, Ed (Kathy) Lomerson of Florida; Al (Lorene) Lomerson and Lonnie (Sandy) Lomerson both of Casco, MI; JR (Nancy) Lomerson of Attica, MI; and sister-in-law, Carol Lomerson of White Lake, MI.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Claudia and a brother, Roger Lomerson.
A memorial visitation is scheduled for Thursday, March 27, 2008 from 4-8 P.M. at the Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 1021 S. Main Street Lapeer, MI 48446.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home, 109 E. Houghton Ave., West Branch, MI 48661.
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Gerry Paslean, 67, of Oxford, passed away March 15, 2008.
Loving husband of Cathy for 42 years; father of Debbie (Glen) Sedam and Jon (Jennifer) Paslean; proud grandfather of 8 grandsons, Glen, Dalton, Keith, Garrison, Drew, Gavin, Jason, and Justin; brother of Bev (Jack) Bremmer, Sharon (Joe) Rhein, Dave (Carolyn) Paslean, Karen (Lanny) Wixsom, Sue (Dick) Wozniak, Janet (Gary) Chamberlain, Ruth (Bob) Hillier; as well as several by several nieces and nephews.
Entered the Navy in 1958 after high school, serving on the U.S.S. Walker and retired from G.M. in ’92. Gerry was an avid fisherman, master gardener, participated in Oxford Youth Baseball as president from ’80-81, a huge supporter of Oxford High School Athletics, but most of all enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Memorials to the American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House or Heartland Hospice Care appreciated.
Funeral from Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors Bossardet Chapel, 39 West Burdick, Oxford, MI., on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 11:00 AM. For further information please visit www.lynchfunderaldirectors.com or call 248-628-3100.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Bossardet Chapel, www.LynchFuneralDirectors.com
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Thomas B. Calvert, 72, of Columbiaville, a lifetime area resident. He was born on July 1, 1935 in North Branch to Edward and Leola (Willson) Calvert. He married Ida Margaret Leal on December 31, 1957 in Caseville.
Tom graduated from Lapeer High School, Class of 1954. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army. Tom owned and operated Calvert Sales in Mt. Morris and Pontiac with his partners, Lee Sutherland and brother, Bob Calvert. After 58 years in the implement business, Tom retired in 1999. Tom was a lifetime member of Immaculate Conception Church.
He is survived by his wife, Ida Calvert of Columbiaville; daughters, Constance (Mark) Hatfield of Columbiaville and Susan (Rodney) Quick of Columbiaville; grandchildren, Carla and Thomas Hatfield and John Quick; brother, Michael (Stephanie) Calvert of Lapeer; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert and Richard and sister, Joann Stone.
Memorial contributions may be made to Brian’s House of Davison, Immaculate Conception Church or Masses.
Funeral Services were held on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at Immaculate Conception Church, Lapeer. Father Douglas Terrien officiated. Burial was in Mt. Loretto, Lapeer.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 1021 South Main, Lapeer, MI 48446 (810) 664-8111.
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Mary Grace Kohler (Bader) 74, of North Branch, Michigan, was born on October 17, 1933, died on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. She died peacefully like an angel in the presence of her five beloved daughters. She fought a courageous battle of various cancers for the past five years.
Mary Grace was a wife, mother, grandma, great-grandmother and homemaker. She also worked in partnership with her husband Bernie at Kohler Insurance Agency. She was a religious education teacher for SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church CCD program and was a member of the Altar Society. She was a member of the North Branch Garden Club; in which she was a charter member and volunteered in earlier years for Friends of the Library. She served on the North Branch Village Council and served on the North Branch Downtown Development Authority.
She spent the last 19 years providing care for her beloved husband Bernie. When she wasn’t caring for her husband, she enjoyed gardening, antiquing and shopping. She traveled many times to see her children and grandchildren who are located throughout the United States. Making special events like First Communions, Confirmations and birthdays. She liked to go to the casinos, volunteering and being a member of boards. She helped her family and neighbors whenever she could. When Bernie was well, they spent almost every evening holding hands and taking a walk around the cherished family farm, where the family enjoys yearly reunions and gatherings. She loved Jesus and was a lifelong member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Valerie Marie Kohler-Lyons.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bernard George Kohler; children, Bernardeen Kohler-Cook (James) of Fairview Heights, IL, Linda Thomas (Kimothy) of Fort Wayne, IN, Laurine Kohler-Tiedeman (Forrest) of Melrose, MA, Anthony Jerome Kohler (Donna) of North Branch, MI, Denise Kohler-Kolesar (Brian) of Grand Rapids, MI, Connie Kohler-Smith (Herman) of Grand Rapids, MI and Daniel Paul Kohler of Lapeer, MI; 20 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 1 sister, Darlene Hamlin and 4 brothers, Glenn (Vivian), Jerry (Dolores), Ronald (Mary Lou) and Kenny (Linda); sister-in-law, Mary Ann Bader, many special in-laws and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Special thanks to her dear friends and caregivers, Linda Young of North Branch and Bernice Copeland of Kingston, Ronald Ward and Ron Riedel.
Many special thanks to the community of North Branch for the love and support through meals, cards, visiting, telephone calls and prayers. Our hearts are filled with loving gratitude. Thank you North Branch.
Memorials can be made to the North Branch Garden Club or Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Altar Society.
Visitation will be held at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home at 4216 Huron Street, North Branch, MI, on Friday, March 28, 2008 from 4-8 P.M.
Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in North Branch, MI with Fr. Charles Zeeb officiating. There will be a Christian burial at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery on Jefferson Road immediately following Mass.
Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home

David W. Whitby, 72, of Columbiaville (formerly of Clawson) died on March 21, 2008 at home surrounded by his family. David was born on August 6, 1935 in Detroit. The son of the late Fred and Laurel Whitby (McNabb). He later married Phyllis E. Warren on June 8, 1963 in California.
David served his country honorably in the US Air Force for 21 years, serving in Vietnam. He also worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 16 years, retiring from the Royal Oak GMF. He operated the Columbiaville Flea Market from 91-97, and for the last 12 years he delivered medication and comforted many homebound patients as a driver for Active Infusion. David was a member of the Otter Lake VFW Post 2409. He enjoyed junk collecting and finding many treasures throughout the area.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Phyllis; children, Lynn (Paul) Scalzi, Machele (William) Kukuk, David Whitby, Renee Whitby (Denise Greninger) and Jeremy Whitby; grandchildren, Tamara, Heather, Anthony, Jenia and Chase; siblings, Irene, Gerald, Ed, Art and Ron.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Glenn; and brother, Carl.
Memorial contributions in memory of David may be made to Genesys Hospice.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life is planned on March 29, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. from the Lapeer Apostolic Church (2500 N. Lapeer Rd.). Pastor Spencer McCool & Bishop William Parent will be officiating.
Arrangements entrusted to Jansen Family Funeral Home, Columbiaville.
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Shirley J. (Miller) Jefferson, 78, of Port Charlotte, Florida passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2008. She moved to Florida in 1986. She was born in North Branch on May 3, 1929, the daughter of Leland and Mabelle (Jenkinson) Miller. Shirley worked up to the last week of her life at Sorrentino Construction of Port Charlotte. She was a member of the VFW, AMVETS, Eagles and the Moose Lodge in Port Charlotte.
She is survived by her daughter, Constance J. (Hunt) (Michael) Hughs of Battle Creek; grandchildren, Michael W. Hughs of Maricopa, Arizona, Angela J. Hughs and Kimberly M. Jetter both of Battle Creek; great-grandchildren, Tayman Anderson and Trayvan Jetter; step-sons, Daniel Jefferson of LaVern, California and Richard Jefferson of Garden City; friend, Roger Dash of Port Charlotte; brother, Stanley (Mary) Miller; sister, Doris (Irwin) Rappuhn; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Marsha Miller and Faith (Harrison) Mongomery; and brother, Fred Miller.

William J. Parrott, 88, of Otter Lake (Formerly a lifetime Lapeer resident) died Sunday, March 23, 2008. He was born on December 15, 1919 in Wallaceburg, Ontario to James and Ellen (MacIntyre) Parrott. He married Charlotte Raymond on September 5, 1942 in Lake Orion.
Mr. Parrott served his country in the United States Army during WWII. He was a Staff Sergeant in the European Theater, wounded in Normandy and awarded the Purple Heart. He was involved with the Department of Veteran Affairs in Florida. William was a member of the Otter Lake VFW Post 2409. He worked as a press operator for G.M. for 23 years, retiring in 1973 and was a member of the UAW Local 659. He enjoyed fishing and camping. Mr. Parrott loved being around his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a loving husband for 65 years and was looking forward to 66 and more.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Parrot of Otter Lake; children, Betty (Larry) Bonner of MacLenny, Florida, Larry (Pamela) Parrott of Otter Lake, Linda (Robert) Kovach of Davenport, Florida, Judy (Robert) DeLong of Lapeer; 9 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Triplett of Bay City and Viola M. (Larry) Calkins of Davison.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, James, Robert and Betty Parrott.
Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Post 2409, Otter Lake.
A Memorial Service will be scheduled at a later date. Cremation has taken place.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 1021 South Main, Lapeer, MI 48446 (810) 664-8111.
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Clifford E. Keefer, 88, of Lapeer died on Tuesday, March 25, 2008. He was born on October 30, 1919 in Lindsey, Ohio to Harold R. and Lida L. (Blocker) Keefer. He married Louisa Mae Overmyer on June 26, 1941 at the United Brethen Church, Elmore, Ohio.
Mr. Keefer served his country in the United States Navy during WWII. He entered service on 8/22/1944 as an Apprentice Seaman, serving aboard the U.S.S. Melena and attaining the rank of Radarman-3rd Class Petty Officer, discharged 2/9/1946. Mr. Keefer started as a manager for Farm Supply & Hatchery in Freemont, Ohio. He then worked as a district sales manager for Ralston Purina Company, in livestock feed, retiring in 1984 after 34 years. Cliff received a Honorary Future Farmer of America Degree. The Keefers had been recognized as Friends of the Lapeer County 4-H Program for their continued support of the program.
He is survived by his children, Nelson R. Keefer of Lapeer, Dennis Keefer of Lapeer, Susan L. (Edward) Patterson of Lapeer, Burton E. (Linda) Keefer of Pigeon; 9 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Geraldine Keefer of Fremont, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Louisa in 2001; parents; brother, Calvin L. Keefer; and daughter-in-law, Garnet J. Keefer.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hometown Hospice, The Alzheimer’s Association or Lapeer County 4-H Program.
Visitation will be from 6-8 P.M. on Thursday, March 27 and 2-4 P.M. & 6-8 P.M. on Friday, March 28, 2008 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. Pastor Todd D. Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Stiles Cemetery, Lapeer with a military graveside service under the auspices of the American Legion Post #16 Honor Guard.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 1021 South Main, Lapeer, MI 48446 (810) 664-8111.
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