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Shelton, Varylynn "Dee Dee"  
Varylynn "Dee Dee" Shelton of Long Lake passed away Dec. 15, 2014 at 67 years of age. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Donald Shelton; her mother, Vida St. Louis Hebert of Tecumseh Ontario, Canada; and her three children, Joyce (Allen) Farley of Belfast, Tenn., Tammy (Thomas) Baltrusaitis of Clarkston and Randy Estrada of Waterford. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren along with many nephews and nieces. Private cremation has taken place and Dee Dee will be laid to rest at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to Hospice Advantage in West Branch. Arrangements entrusted to the Hale Chapel of Buresh Funeral Home, www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 15 to Dec. 23, 2014
Smith, Janet M.  
Janet M. Smith of National City passed away Dec. 8, 2014 at Iosco Medical Care Facility at 74 years of age. Janet was born to Wendel and Lucille Black on June 29, 1940 in Saginaw. She married Rogers S. Smith on July 8, 1961, her survives her. Mrs. Smith worked for Chamberlain Drugs while in high school. Upon graduation she began work at Saginaw Community Chest and worked there for three years. In 1963 she began work with Midland Hospital in the pharmacy. Later she moved to Midland Hospital Family Practice medical records. She remained with Midland Hospital well into the 1990s before retiring. After retirement she worked for Sav-Mor Drugs in Tawas. She leaves one brother, James Black of Midland; and two sons, Trayton Smith of Gladwin and Brett Smith of Jackson; along with four grandchildren, Jasmin, Danella, Ronan and Toryn Smith. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother, Roderick. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 at the Hale Chapel of Buresh Funeral Home, 121 S. Washington. The family will receive friends Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will take place in Pioneer Cemetery.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 11 to Dec. 23, 2014

Obituaries from the Past Week

Bean, Terry Van  
Terry Van Bean of East Tawas passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, age 61 years. Terry was born on June 22, 1953 in Tawas City to Nelson and June (VanSickle) Bean. He graduated from Tawas Area High School, Class of 1971, then continued on to study at both Delta University and Olivet University. Terry joined the United States Navy, proudly serving for six years, stationed aboard the USS Nimitz in Norfolk, Va. Thereafter he worked as a postal carrier for nearly two full decades. He married his best friend, Mary Kay (Dupuis), on Jan. 19, 1977 at the chapel on Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Oscoda. Together they have celebrated nearly 38 beautiful years of marriage. Terry was very crafty with his hands and enjoyed woodworking and building many different things. He had a passion for radios and was training to be a certified HAM operator. Terry loved people and giving back to his community. He was an active member of the Tawas Moose Lodge No. 2400, he belonged to the Free & Accepted Masons and was a member of the Tawas Masonic Lodge. Terry was also a member of Tawas United Methodist Church He and Mary enjoyed traveling all over and visiting the many wonderful places our country has to offer. Most importantly, Terry absolutely adored and cherished his family and spoiling his grandchildren. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him. Terry is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Bean of East Tawas; his two loving children, Cameron (wife, Gayla) Bean of Watertown, N.Y. and Christine (fiance Edward Entwistle) of Owosso; two grandchildren, Emily Trusty and Emil Tamm III; his sister, Rancy Beuthin of Auburn, his nephew, Scott Bode; and so many very special friends. Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Nelson and June Bean; and his brother-in-law, William "Bud" Beuthin. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at Tawas United Methodist Church in Tawas City with Pastor Dan Gonder officiating. Military honors will take place to honor his service to our country. His family will welcome friends at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are encouraged to give to Tawas United Methodist Church in his name. An on-line guest registry is available at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com. Cremation arrangements are by Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 8 to Dec. 16, 2014
Bischoff, Howard Earl  
Howard Earl Bischoff, age 90, a lifelong resident of Baldwin Township, died on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 at his home. He was born on March 28, 1924, the son of Herman and Freida (nee Schwerin) at his home in Baldwin Township. Howard graduated from East Tawas High School in 1941. In his early years he worked on the family farm and was later self employed as a carpet installer retiring in 1994. Howard enjoyed spending time outside in his garden, caring for his farm animals and he very much enjoyed driving his John Deere tractors. He liked to play cards, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Howard is survived by his wife, Mildred (Ross) Bischoff, whom he married in Tawas City and together they shared 64 years of marriage; his daughter, Gail and her husband Bob Bailey of Grand Ledge; grandchildren, Brooke Bischoff, John (Trista) Bischoff, Beth Bailey, Alisa (Aaron) Bobzien, Stephanie (Jordan Rash) Bailey, Rebecca Bischoff and Danielle (John) VanDaele; six great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and his close family friend, Lester Sutherland. Howard was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; five sisters; and two sons, Michael and Bruce Bischoff. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be shared at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 8 to Dec. 16, 2014
Brandt, Dr. Frans M.J.  
Dr. Frans M.J. Brandt, age 82, of East Tawas, former resident of Oscoda, died on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. He was born the son of Frans and Maria Johannes (nee Petschij) Brandt on Jan. 7, 1932 in the Netherlands. Frans proudly served our country in the United States Air Force and retired after 27 years of service. He was a counselor in the East Tawas area with a private practice and additionally authored several books. Frans is survived by his son, Peter G. Brandt of Hudsonville; his sister, Joke Kok and her husband Jan Kok of the Netherlands; grandchildren, Christian, Zachary and Faith Brandt; and many nieces and nephews in the Netherlands. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Ria Brandt-Kiers. Funeral services with military honors will be held on Friday, Dec. 19 at noon at Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will take place in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army. Condolences may be shared at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 4 to Dec. 16, 2014
Carlson, Dr. Arvid John  
Arvid John Carlson, he has fought the good fight and gone home to Valhalla. Dr. Arvid John (Jack) Carlson, respected historian, died Dec. 4, 2014, in Dallas, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Mary N. Carlson; children, Victoria Carlson Kemp (Peter) and John Austin Carlson (Jean); step-children, Brett Baker (Bonnet); Brenda Baker Wood (Bryan), Craig Baker, and Kristine Baker; grandchildren, Christopher Sean Kemp, Cameron Jane Kemp, Michael Austin Carlson, Sarah Elizabeth Carlson, Brett Wayne Baker, Jr., Karalynn Baker and Nathaniel Baker. Jack was preceded in death by his first wife, Jane Tomlinson Carlson (Feb. 19, 1983). Born Sept. 12, 1928 in East Tawas, he graduated high school in 1946, and attended the University of Michigan. As a member of the UofM Band, he performed in both the 1948 and 1951 Rose Bowls. Playing his coronet and marching at 180 steps a minute, he loved the Maize and Blue and remained a Michigan fan for the rest of his life. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1962 as a fellow of the Danforth Foundation. In 1962, he joined President John D. Moseley at Austin College to debut a new way of teaching history, using a holistic approach that encompassed all aspects of the humanities. He played a key role in designing the interdisciplinary courses in the Heritage of Western Culture sequence and then revising them over a 30-year period. He also served the college in numerous leadership roles, including dean of the humanities division for two decades and acting vice president of academic affairs for one year. He often taught January Term courses in England. Jack was a favorite among students and influenced generations of scholars at Austin College. His impressive record of scholarship included numerous published articles and formal papers presented at professional meetings and he was awarded several important fellowships and research grants. He was named an Outstanding Educator of America in 1971. The Board of Trustees of Austin College honored him with the Homer P. Rainey Award for outstanding service in 1982. When the Texas Committee for the Humanities was organized, he served as its first chair. Upon his retirement in 1994, Jack continued to travel and teach continuing education courses, and remained active in Rotary International and the Presbyterian church. He was active in the Sherman, Texas community, serving as president of Community Series and a member of Goals for Sherman. His love of music and talent for singing kept him active in two local choirs after retirement. In lieu of flowers, the family asks any memorial contributions be made to the AJ Carlson Scholarship for International Studies, Box 6G, Austin College, Sherman, TX 75090. To date, the scholarship has been awarded to 15 students. Services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church, 901 N Grand Ave., Sherman. A light repeat will be served at 2:30 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3:30. Interment will follow at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, 5805 Texoma Pkwy., Sherman.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 8 to Dec. 16, 2014
Eckel, William J.  
William J. Eckel of South Branch passed away suddenly Dec. 7, 2014 at 37 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Shawn; and children, Anastacia Mosca, Christi, Kalista, Ashleigh and Jonathan Eckel; along with siblings, William, George and Misty. He is also survived by his grandfather, Johnnie Grubbs. He was preceded in death by his brother, Glen "Skeeter" Eckel; and grandmother, Joyce "Nanny" Grubbs. Will was a Navy veteran. He loved wolves, enjoyed working on cars and mostly spending time with his kids and his brothers at Nelson Tree Service. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16. Call funeral home for more information at 989-728-2571, www.bureshfuneralhomes.com. Fair winds and following seas, Rest easy Will, I've got the watch.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 8 to Dec. 16, 2014
Friz, Martineke Johanna "Tina"  
Martineke "Tina" Johanna Friz passed away Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 after a brief and courageous battle with cancer at her home surrounded by her loving family. Tina was born June 4, 1941 to Nico and Maartje Blokker on the island of Java which was then the Dutch East Indies, where her father was a pilot with the Royal Dutch Navy. At the age of nine months, Tina and her mom were taken prisoner of war by the Japanese where they endured 4 ½ years of unspeakable abuse and atrocities. These years as a POW resulted in health issues that plagued Tina in her later years. After the surrender of the Japanese to the Allied Forces in August 1945, Tina and her mother remained in the POW camps for several months for their own safety due to Indonesian uprising of Dutch Colonialism and the killing of Dutch citizens. They were then taken by boat to the West side of Indonesia to a military port where they accidentally were reunited with her father. They returned to the Netherlands in 1946 where they lived until the family immigrated to Lansing in May of 1957 where she attended JW Sexton High School, graduating in 1959. She met the love of her life, Richard Friz, and married him in June 1966 in Lansing. Together they spent many wonderful years together, traveling and experiencing life. When Richard retired they settled in Oscoda which Tina loved. Tina had an enormous heart and a profound love of nature and animals, especially cats. She loved the simple things in life and was content to just sit outside watching the birds and sitting amongst her flowers. She was an exceptional artist, although she always down played her talent. She loved music of all kinds and in her earlier years was quite the dancer. Tina was also very proud to be an American citizen and was very patriotic although she kept her Dutch roots close to her heart. Tina had a unique wit and was always quick to laugh and smile which was infectious and even in her last days she never missed the chance to throw out a "one liner" that made everyone around her laugh. Besides her husband that survives her, Tina also leaves behind her sister, Laura Riley; niece, Jennifer Marni; nephew, David; sister, Beatrice (Tom) DeForest; nephew, Aaron; brother-in-law, Max (Jody) Friz; nephews, Jared and Davis; and niece, Jordan; cousins, Rob (Ineke) Blokker, Ruud (Monique Doense) Blokker, as well as several other family members in the Netherlands, South Africa and Australia. Tina was a good friend to many and will be sorely missed. Tina was preceded in death by her parents, Nico and Maartje; and her niece; Amanda DeForest. The family wishes to acknowledge the staff of Reverence Home Health and Hospice Care for their wonderful compassion and attentiveness during this very difficult time. A memorial service will be held at Buresh Funeral Home on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Rob Nordin officiating. In lieu of flowers, make contributions to a local humane society or animal shelter. Condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 5 to Dec. 16, 2014
Huitema, Jacob John  
Jacob John Huitema of East Tawas passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 under the loving care of his family and hospice, age 66 years. Jacob was born on Jan. 4, 1948 in Goshen, Ind. to John and Mary Huitema. He graduated from high school in New Paris, Ind. and soon after, enlisted in the United States Air Force. He proudly served our country for 8 1/2 years. After his honorable separation from the Air Force, Jacob moved to Michigan and later became employed at U.S. Gypsum where he worked until his retirement as a quarry shop supervisor. Jacob was a very talented man, both with his hands and his mind. He was skilled with carpentry, wood working, and playing with local music ensembles. He had a passion for the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and traveling to various scenic destinations. He also enjoyed involvement and giving of his time with volunteer groups and helping anyone in need. Above all, Jacob truly adored and cherished his grandchildren and the time spent together. He will be truly missed, but never forgotten. Jacob is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Sharon Huitema of East Tawas, to whom he married on Aug. 15, 1970; two loving sons, Chuck Huitema of East Tawas and Matt (Carrie) Huitema of East Tawas; three grandchildren, Taylor, Zachary and Nathan Huitema; his parents, John and Mary Huitema of New Paris, Ind.; and siblings, Tom, Lucinda and Betty. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in East Tawas with Reverend Phil Seitz and Reverend Rebecca Owlsley officiating. His family will welcome friends at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Those wishing to make a memorial are encouraged to consider Christ Episcopal Church in his name. An on-line guest registry is available at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com. Cremation arrangements are by Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 8 to Dec. 16, 2014
Jansen, Newell H.  
Newell H. Jansen of Hale passed away Dec, 4, 2014 at 77 years of age. He is survived by his children, Newell (Robin) Jansen Jr., Ruth Keezer, Lorie (Mike) Kopina, Kenneth Jansen, John Jansen and Jeanne (Karman) Ouderkirk; along with 23 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. He ass preceded in death by his wife, Janet; one daughter, Vickie; and his grandson, Christopher Brunett; along with his siblings. Mr. Jansen loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed small engine repair, mechanics, cooking, carpentry and helping others. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8 at the Hale Chapel of Buresh Funeral Home, 121 S. Washington. The family will receive friends Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will take place in Esmond-Evergreen Cemetery.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 5 to Dec. 16, 2014
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