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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
Sprygada, Chester Michael  
Chester Michael Sprygada, age 90, of Fenton, formerly of Long Lake, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at Genesys Convalescent Center. Mr. Sprygada was born Feb. 23, 1924 in Bay City, the son of Michael and Agnes (Kowalski) Sprygada. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II. Mr. Sprygada married Vera Elizabeth Peters on Oct. 9, 1948. He retired from Consumers Energy. Surviving are his wife, Vera of Fenton; daughter, Lou Ann Coder of Holly; daughter-in-law, Leann Sprygada; two grandchildren, Kristen and Karie Sprygada; brother, Donald Sprygada; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Dale Edward and Wayne Francis Sprygada; and a sister, Evelyn Wiesnewski. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 W. Silver Lake Rd., Fenton. Friends may share an on-line tribute on the obituaries page of www.sharpfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 8 to Dec. 16, 2014
Valent, Eric John  
Eric John Valent, 33, of Whittemore passed away unexpectedly Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. Eric, better known as, "Uncle E," "EV" and "Little Rico," lived every moment to the fullest, loved everyone he met and left a smile on their hearts. He enjoyed the thrill of competition, whether it was three fast turns on his Pony, sliding through the curves in his blue and white go-cart, or the famous No. 11 seen on the 4-cylinder factory stock. He raced every minute to the finish line. Eric was an adventurous outdoorsman from fishing, hunting, sailing, deep sea diving, sky diving, or exploring on his motorcycle. Eric loved every moment of his 33 years of life. He worked hard to be able to play hard. He could run a machine, direct a crew, sail a boat or build anything that you needed. Eric was a generous soul who would change his plans in a heartbeat to help out family or friends in need. He leaves behind many cousins, friends across the country and a legacy that will race on forever. Eric was a beloved son to Ricky and Theresa "Teri" (Hewett) Valent of Whittemore; devoted brother of Cynthia and Stoffer Cowles of Lewiston; and the fun uncle of Carlene and Krista Cowles; devoted grandson to Viola Valent of Whittemore; nephew to Dan and Linda Valent of Whittemore, Richard and Donna Miracle of Whittemore, James and Gloria Hoffman of Sandusky, Gary and Judy Streeter of Missouri and Nancy Hewett of Whittemore. Eric was preceded in death by grandparents, John Valent and Earl and Jennie Hewett; aunts, Karen Blanchard and Marlene Hewett; uncles, Dave Hewett and Dick and Ann Hewett; and cousins, Jason Pace and Ricky Voss. Visitation for Eric will take place Monday, Dec. 8 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Twining Chapel of Buresh Funeral Home, 15 W. Maple Ridge Rd. and again on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. The funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. Minister Brent Ferns will officiate with interment following in Reno Township Cemetery/Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family to be dispersed to the charity of choice at a later date. On-line condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 8 to Dec. 16, 2014
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