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2009-03-26 / News

Obituaries 03/26/2009

Averil L. Taylor, 92, of Lapeer went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 20, 2009. She was a life-long resident of Lapeer and member of the First Baptist Church of Lapeer.
Averil attended Lapeer High School from which she graduated as the valedictorian of her class of 1935. She graduated with a bachelors degree from County Normal then went on to achieve a Masters degree in Education from Michigan Teachers College. She taught in the Lapeer rural school district for 33 years and advanced her teaching skills as a special education teacher in the Bentley school district. Averil thoroughly enjoyed reading and partaking in daily devotion. She also had a love for shopping and antiques.
She is survived by her son, Rodger (Janet) Hutchinson of FL.; daughter, Ruth (Jerry) Wilson of Davison; son, Howard Hutchinson of Lapeer; 9 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; also many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Hazel Elliot; son, David Hutchinson; brother, Daniel Brown; sister, Ardith Jackson.
Memorials to the First Baptist Church of Lapeer are greatly appreciated.
A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at the First Baptist Church of Lapeer. Pastor David Hill officiated. Interment Hunters Creek Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Capstick Chapel, 542 Liberty Park, Downtown Lapeer. www.LynchFuneralDirectors.com
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors
Capstick Chapel
542 Liberty Park
Lapeer, MI 48446
810-664-8282
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Joseph Geiser, 84, of Almont, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at Brian’s House Hospice Residence in Davison. Joseph Anthony Geiser was born on July 29, 1924 in Detroit. He was a 1943 Graduate of Almont High School. Joe married Mary Jane Muir on December 9, 1950 in Almont.
Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army. Joe served as a paratrooper with the 515 Parachute Infantry Regiment — 13th Air Bourne Division during World War II in Europe. He earned several commendations: the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the Bronze Star.
Joe retired from General Motors Truck and Bus Division in Pontiac in July 1988 after 25 years. He enjoyed fishing, golf, hunting (he was a member of the Almont Archery Club for many years). He also enjoyed camping with his family and was a skilled carpenter and craftsman. Joe enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and will be greatly missed by all.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Jane of Almont; daughters, Nancy Baruch of Baltimore, MD, Linda (Russ) Renaud of Fredericksburg, VA and Jane (Mark) Summers of Clarkston, MI; son, Dean (Cheryl) Geiser of Ojai, CA; sister, Leota (Bud) Redd of Hale, MI; grandchildren, Justin Geiser, Jessica Geiser, Michelle (Jason) Renaud-Sagan, Joseph Renaud, Nicole Summers and Katie Summers; great-grandchildren, Camden Sagan and Hanna Sagan; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Magdelina Geiser; sisters, Leona Geiser and Helen Wartikoff; son-in-law, Charles Winquest and a niece, Julie Redd Covert.
Those choosing to give memorial contributions may wish to direct them to the First Presbyterian Church in Lapeer or to Brian’s House Hospice Residence in Davison.
Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. and services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, March 27, 2009 at the Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Imlay City. Rev. Todd Smith, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Lapeer will be officiating.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Imlay City (810) 724-8285.
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Frederick William Swords, 68, of Columbiaville (formerly of Oxford and Rochester) died on March 22, 2009.
He is survived by Beatrice Bisett; his daughters, Melanie Swords and Janet Swords; grandchildren, Dwight and Olivia Beverly and Mitchell Formiller; and siblings, James and Martha Swords of Pontiac.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver C. Swords and Helen Cobb Swords; brothers, Dwight H. Swords and Oliver K. Swords; sister, Sally Moore Atwood (nee Swords).
Frederick was retired from GM Truck & Bus after 35 years. He was a Master Gardner and a member of the Michigan Thumbponders, Eastern Michigan Hosta Society, and the Lapeer County Horticultural Society.
Memorials to the Lapeer County Horticultural Society or Display Garden on Suncrest (C/O Lapeer County MSU) 287 W. Nepessing Street, Suite 1, Lapeer, MI 48446 are appreciated.
A funeral service from Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors Bossardet Chapel, 39 W. Burdick, Oxford will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 11:00 AM.
Friends may visit Friday, March 27, 2009 from 2-4 & 6-9 PM.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Bossardet Chapel,
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Peter Majocha, 54, of Imlay City (previously of Warren and Madison Heights) passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 17, 2009. Peter was born on June 28, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan. He was the son of Michael and Katherine Majocha. He grew up in Warren. Peter is a 1972 graduate of Fitzgerald High School in Warren. He has spent the past 11 years in Imlay City. He married Margaret Mary Verkest on April 14, 1978 in Warren, Michigan.
Peter has been employed as a Dyno Technician at Impco Technologies in Sterling Heights for 36 years.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle, working on cars, golfing and hunting.
Peter is survived by his wife, Margaret Majocha of Imlay City; son, Bradley (Michelle Eastway) Majocha of Howard City, MI; daughter, Jennifer Majocha of Imlay City; mother, Katherine Majocha of Warren; sister, Elizabeth (Donn) Hubbard of Washington Twp; mother and father in-law, Marion Verkest (Louis) Dunn of Port Huron.
He was preceded in death by his father, Michael Majocha.
Funeral Services were held on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Dryden. Father Wayne Ureel officiated.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Imlay City (810) 724-8285.
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Danielle Shannon Yambrick, 32, of Lapeer (formerly of Flint) died on Sunday March 22, 2009. She was an angel who blessed her families lives and has gone to heaven to be free. Danielle died at Brian’s House in Davison after complications from cerebral palsy. Danielle was born in Flint on June 23, 1976, where she resided for 28 years. She attended Marion D. Crouse Instructional Center for 23 years.
She is survived by her loving parents, Charles and Diana Yambrick of Lapeer; sisters, Michelle Yambrick of Flint and Christina Yambrick of Ashville, North Carolina; grandmothers, Marjorie Yambrick of Flushing and Joanne Edwards of Flint. Also surviving are 4 Uncles and 4 Aunts and many cousins that were in her life.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the family.
Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. Pastor Robert Lockhart officiated. Burial was in Flint Memorial Park Cemetery.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 1021 South Main, Lapeer, MI 48446 (810) 664-8111.
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Helen M. Novak, 79, of Lapeer passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on March 21. 2009. She was born on April 8, 1929 in Detroit, MI to (the late) Thomas and Christina Gibson.
Helen was a fun loving soul with an incredible sense of humor. She very much enjoyed playing cards with her many friends at Silver Maples. Her presence here will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
She was a loving mother to Joseph Novak and Christina Spielman; beloved grandmother to Jennifer, Joseph Jr. and Julie; loving great grandmother to Madison, Angelea and Ayden. Helen will also be missed by many of her loving nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorials to Suncrest Medical Care Facility or Brian’s House Hospice are greatly appreciated.
Private Services have already taken place.
A Memorial Service will be scheduled at a later date.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Capstick Chapel, 542 Liberty Park, Downtown Lapeer. www.LynchFuneralDirectors.com
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors
Capstick Chapel
542 Liberty Park, Lapeer, MI 48446
810-664-8282
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Richard L. Noble, 76, of Lapeer (formerly of Shelby Township) passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2009, surrounded by his loving family. Following a courageous fight, his heart weakened but his spirit remains strong and will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. He was born on November 10, 1932 in Detroit to Hubert and Alice (Hurst) Noble. He married Grace Campbell on June 30, 1956 in Waterford Twp.
Mr. Noble served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He retired after 30 years, from GMC Truck & Coach. He earned a Masters Degree from U of D. He will always be remembered for his love of classical music, books, the outdoors, camping and travel. Rich loved to laugh and was never short of a smile. He loved his family & God deeply.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Grace Noble; children, Chris (Ron) Roelant of Milford, Richard (Michelle) Noble of Baltimore, MD, Michael Noble of St. Cloud, MN, Cheri (Randy) Golda of Highland, William (Julie) Noble of Macomb Twp., Richelle (Tim) Lobodzinski of Highland; 10 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; siblings, Rosie (Don) Schlaff, Alan Noble, Dolores Albertson, Jerry Noble & special aunt, Margaret Williams.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, David & Earl Noble.
Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at the Immaculate Conception Church, Lapeer. Father Aaron Depeyster officiated. A military honor guard salute was held under the auspices of the American Legion Post #16 Honor Guard. Burial was in Christian Memorial Cemetery, Rochester.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, National Kidney Foundation or American Diabetes Association.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 1021 South Main, Lapeer, MI 48446 (810) 664-8111.
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Ramiro G. Galvan, 57, of Lapeer, MI passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 in Denton, TX. He was born on April 1, 1951 in Cadereita J. Nuevo Leon, Mexico to Emiliano and Josefa (Gonzales) Galvan.
He is survived by his mother, Josefa; significant other, Maria G. Guadalupe-Galvan; 3 sons, Ramiro Galvan Jr. of Seguin, TX, Steven Galvan of Krugerville, TX, and Daniel Galvan of Green Bay, WI; daughter, Leslie Casteaneda of Lapeer, MI; 4 brothers, Jose Galvan of Plano, TX, Geraldo Galvan, Greg Galvan, and Rudy Fuentes all of Dallas, TX; and 3 sisters, Sanguana Ramirez and Ruth Polanco of Dallas, TX and Maria Gonzales-Galvan of Plano, TX, as well as 8 grandchildren.
A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at Slay Memorial Funeral Center in Aubrey, TX, burial followed at Belew Cemetery. Pallbearers included: Alex Ramirez, Juan Ramirez, Robert Salazar, Hector Salazar, Juan Salazar and Eric Costillo.
To light a candle in memory of Ramiro, please visit www.familyowned.net.

Thomas Bitmas, 63, of Deckerville, Michigan passed away on March 12, 2009. Son of the late Frank and Helen Bitmas. Brother of Ronald Bitmas, Mary Billings and the late Irene Tast and the late Dorothy Foss.
Thomas lived at the Deckerville Pine House for 27 years. He had many friends. He loved to socialize and listen to polka music. A favorite past-time was riding to the dealers lots in Sandusky and looking for red sports cars. Every May, he would put on a tuxedo and ride in a limo with his Pine House friends to the May Ball to dance with many beautiful women who were his friends. He enjoyed his work at Sanilac County Community Mental Health. Thomas also had a strong love for giraffes and was an avid collector of them. He was loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
Memorials may be made to the Deckerville Pine House 3646 Pine St., Deckerville, MI 48427.
A Funeral Service was held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors – Capstick Chapel 542 Liberty Park, Lapeer, MI 48446 on Thursday, March 19, 2009.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Capstick Chapel, 542 Liberty Park, Downtown Lapeer. www.LynchFuneralDirectors.com
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors
Capstick Chapel
542 Liberty Park
Lapeer, MI 48446
810-664-8282
"A Family Tradition of Dignified Service"

Wayne Hollis DeGrow, 62, of Columbiaville, MI died on Friday, March 20, 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer. Wayne was born on September 26, 1946 in Brown City, MI, the son of Hollis and Edith (Seelye) DeGrow. Wayne lived and grew up in North Branch and graduated from North Branch High School in 1965. Wayne served his country as a Navy Seabee in the Vietnam War. On August 17, 1979 he married Connie Hebberd in Lapeer.
Wayne was a member of the North Branch American Legion Post. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing and spending time with friends, family and grandchildren. Wayne was the owner of DeGrow Construction from 1968 to 2009, he also worked for Lapeer Farm Bureau Insurance Co. for 3 years during that time.
Left to Cherish his memory are his wife, Connie; daughters, Leslie (Brian) Kozminski of Petoskey, Holly (Jeremy) Miner of North Branch, Christa (Jeff) Hudson of Boyne City and Shelly (Michael) Morey of Traverse City; sisters, Carol Riley of Colorado, Sharon Yale of Seney , Michigan; brother, Lynn (Linda) DeGrow of Charlevoix; grandchildren, Taylor and Madison Miner, Connor and Kaiden Morey, Lauren Hudson and Simone Kozminski; and many treasured friends and relatives.
Family suggests that memorials be made to the family for use at their discretion or to the North Branch American Legion Post.
The family will be present at the North Branch American Legion Post on Saturday, March 28, 2009 for a brief gathering from Noon until 1:00 p.m., with a memorial service to follow.
Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home

Carol Rose Garwold, 65, of Lapeer, died on Monday, March 23, 2009.
Carol owned and operated Flowers by Carol in Lapeer for many years until her retirement in 2000. After retiring, Carol and Wayne moved to Alabama for a short time but ended up back home in Lapeer.
Carol is survived by her husband, Wayne Garwold of Lapeer; grandson Taylor Busch who is currently stationed in Missouri with the US Army; brother, Ray (Jean) Wildey of Lapeer; sister, Katherine (Russell) Vollette of Waterford; sister-in-law, Maryann Wildey of Lapeer, and brothers-in-law, Gene (Martha) Garwold of Alabama and Alan (Joy) Garwold of Traverse City and her aunt, Helen Leigeb of Midland. Carol is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son, Lawrence Busch; brother, Richard Wildey; niece, Susan Whitman and her parents, Harold and Francis (Schymanski) Wildey.
Memorials contributions in memory of Carol may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Visitation will be from 2-4/6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2009.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2009 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 1021 South Main, Lapeer, MI 48446 (810) 664-8111.
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810-664-8111

Agnes L. (Vining) Ginger, 92, of Devonshire Village, Lapeer (formerly of Oscoda and Bonita Springs, Florida) died on Monday, March 23, 2009. Agnes was born in Flint to Simeon and M. Lena (Farrow) Vining on September 6, 1916. She married William Allen Ginger on April 3, 1937.
During her life Agnes enjoyed square dancing, playing cards, making crafts and taught round dancing. She was a member of the Flint Fire Dept Auxiliary, The First Presbyterian Church, Lapeer and Hurley Hospital Auxiliary.
Mrs. Ginger is survived by her sister, Joyce Prosch of Davison; Godchild, Jan Louise Gornik of Ann Arbor; special nieces, Debbie Smith of Lapeer, Virginia Dail of Burton and Phyllis Cupal of Newberry and; cousin, Jane Cook of Cadillac; brothers-in-law, Earl M. Ginger of Roswell, Georgia, Jim (Vera) Ginger of Millington; sister-in-law, Arlene (Gene) Poliskey of Flint; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Ginger was preceded in death by her husband, William Allen Ginger; parents, Simeon and M. Lena Vining; brother-in-law, Harold Prosch; sister and brother-in-law, Helena (Henry) Smith; brother-in-law, William D. Ginger; and sister-in-law, Emmeline E. Ginger.
In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The First Presbyterian Church, Lapeer.
Family will receive friends 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church Lapeer, Memorial Service will follow immediately at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at the church.
Agnes was the first resident of Devonshire Apartments in Lapeer and the family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the entire staff there, especially Sandy.
Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 1021 South Main, Lapeer, MI 48446 (810) 664-8111.
Muir Brothers Funeral Home — Lapeer
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810-664-8111

Barbara C. (NEE Parks) Whitmore, 58, died on March 20, 2009.
She graduated from Osborn High School in Detroit in 1969.
She was the loving mother of Garrett. Sister of Charles (Cathy) Parks and Craig (Denise) Parks. Survived by many other loving family members.
Visitation will be on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. and Friday from 2-8 p.m. at the A. H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave. at Vernier Rd., Grosse Pointe Woods.
Instate Saturday 9:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Mass will be at St. Martin De Porres, 31555 Hoover, Warren.
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