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Light, Robert J.  
Beloved husband and father Robert J. Light, 89, passed away on May 17, 2015 in East Tawas with family by his side. Robert was the youngest child of Floyd and Cecelia (Greig) Light, born on Oct. 21, 1925 in Reese. After graduating from St. Andrew's High School in Saginaw, Robert served in the U.S. Army. When World War II came to an end, Robert returned to Michigan to attend the University of Detroit, where he received an engineering degree. Robert married Therese Y. Roy on Aug. 31, 1948. They raised their eight children in Florida and in Michigan, eventually settling in Saginaw while Robert worked for Roycraft Industries in Chesaning. Robert and Therese then moved to Bay City in 1983 after establishing General Housing Corporation. Upon retirement in 1989, he and his wife enjoyed many winters in South Carolina and Florida, while spending summers back in Michigan. Bob fulfilled his passion for music by singing in many church choirs and community groups throughout his life. He also enjoyed golfing with friends, traveling with his wife, playing games with his children and grandchildren, and making them laugh with his many antics. Robert was predeceased by his sisters; Agnes Kunz and Cecelia Westhoven; and brothers, John, Wayne, Norman, Albert and Melvin; along with sons-in-law, Earl Hartman, Doug McDonnell and Kevin McConnel; and grandson, Andrew Light. He is survived and loved dearly by his wife, Therese; children, Brad (Susan) Light, Pam McDonnell, Denise (Steve) Davenport, Kevin (Clare) Light, Renee McConnell, Teri (John) Doyle, Tania (Rod) Kurzawa and Tina Light; along with 13 grandchildren, one great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will take place at 11 a.m., Friday, May 29 at Holy Family Church, East Tawas. Friends may visit with the family at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Condolences may be shared at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from May 20 to June 2, 2015
McMahon, Carl W.  
Carl W. McMahon, age 78, of Oscoda passed away on Friday, May 15, 2015 at Tendercare Nursing Home in Tawas City. He was born on June 19, 1936 in Burlington, Vt. to the late Walter and Madeline McMahon (nee Laflash). He met the love of his life, Rosemary Bland, in England and they married 1960. Carl worked and retired through the United States Air Force as a B-52 gunner. He enjoyed golfing and building new projects. Carl is survived by his loving wife, Rosemary McMahon; children, April (Gary) Esquibel, Carl Jr. (Josie) McMahon and Cheryl Sapp; brother, Reid McMahon; sister, Mary Royce; and grandchildren, Chris Esquibel, Brandon McMahon, Mitchell Sapp, Michael Sapp, Cody Sapp and Roy McMahon. He is also survived by five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Roy McMahon; and numerous brothers and sisters. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 22 at 11 a.m. until the time of service beginning at 1 p.m. at Buresh Funeral Home in Oscoda. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association and condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from May 18 to May 26, 2015
Nivison, Dr. Gerald James  
Doctor Gerald James Nivison, age 51, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 21. 2015 at his home in Gilbert, Ariz. He was born Nov. 1, 1963 in Wayne Memorial Hospital in Wayne to James Jay and Ann Lenore Nivison. Gerald was a 1981 graduate of Tawas Area High School, Tawas City. In 1982 he entered Michigan State University where as a freshman he was awarded an Eastman Kodak Academic Scholarship. At MSU he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering before working as a chemical engineer at Eastman Kodak Corporation in Rochester, N.Y. Interest in semiconductor processing led Gerald to further his scientific study at Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz., where he was awarded the Dodge Phelps Competitive Scholarship. He earned a Master of Science (Physics) degree in 1993 and also married Bethany Jeanne Swanson. Gerald completed a doctoral program in 2000 earning a PhD in science of engineering and materials. While pursuing his degrees, he was employed as a device engineer-physics and simulation in semiconducting and processing at Motorola/Freescale Corporation. He was a resident of Gilbert, Ariz. from 2000-2015. Gerald loved coaching football, especially as head coach of Pop Warner football (2004-2008) and assistant football coach at Gilbert Highland High School (2008-2009). Gerald also enjoyed competitive heavyweight body building (2011-2013). Of his life accomplishments, Gerald was most proud of his four sons, Gerald James Nivison III, Nolan David Nivison, Geoffrey William Nivison and Nathaniel S. Nivison. During a three-year struggle with kidney cancer, he remained employed until December 2014. During those years he also continued his responsibilities as a single father. Gerald was predeceased by his father, Dr. James Jay Nivison; and brother, James Jay Nivison II. He is survived by four sons, Gerald James, Nolen David, Geoffrey William and Nathaniel Scott; grandson, Kaden James Nivison; two sisters, Julia Anne Gracik and Ingrid Nivison; his mother, Ann Lenore Reasner; and step-father Robert Charles Reasner; as well as numerous descendants from the family of great grandfather Wesley Jordan, grandfather Earl Edgar Jackson and grandfather Gerald James Nivison. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 26 at 11 a.m. a.m. at Gilbert United Methodist Church, 331 S. Cooper Rd., Mesa, Ariz. with burial to follow in Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, 1562 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, Ariz. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider American Cancer Association or the Kidney Foundation. Memories and condolences may be made by visiting the online obituary guest book at www.queenofheavencatholicmortuary.com. Arrangements entrusted to Queen of Heaven Catholic Mortuary, Mesa, Ariz.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from May 22 to June 2, 2015
Reed, Barbara J.  
Barbara J. Reed, age 67, of Tawas, died May 16, 2015. She was the loving wife of 19 years to Ken; beloved mother of Beverly (Gary) Willhite and Robert (Pam) Trainor; daughter of Maxine Drinkhorn; loving grandmother to 11 and great grandmother to one; and sister of John, Louis (Linda), Ronald (Barbara) and Russell. She was preceded in death by her previous husband, Robert Trainor; twin sister, Beverly Rumble; brothers, Donald and Robert; and father, Russell. Funeral service was held Wednesday, May 20 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1892 E. Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills. The family received guests Tuesday, May 19 at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Dr. in downtown Rochester. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, www.pixleyfuneral.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from May 20 to June 2, 2015
Robarts, Austin Ray  
Austin Ray Robarts, age 25, of Whittemore died on Monday, May 11, 2015. He was born the son of Charles and Kelly (Badour) Robarts on October 22, 1989 in Tawas City. Austin graduated from Hale High School in 2007, after graduation he joined the Air Force and later returned home to be closer to his family. Austin enjoyed fishing, and hunting but most of all he loved being a big brother to his younger siblings, he loved teaching them how to fish and ride dirt bikes and all things big brothers teacher their younger siblings. He loved being surrounded by his family and spending time with them. Austin is survived by his loving parents, Kelly Robarts and Charles and Denise Robarts; his adored siblings, Marilyn Robarts, Timothy Ashmore, Ethan Robarts and Charlotte Robarts; his beloved grandparents, Gary and Marilyn Badour, Judy and Al Travis, Karen Robarts and Don and Lynn Ouvry; special aunts, uncles cousins; his girlfriend, Alexis, and her son, Mason; and many dear friends. Austin will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his dear grandpa, Warren Robarts; and other loving family members left behind. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at Buresh Funeral Home in AuGres. The family will receive friends on Friday from 4 p.m. until the time of service. Following the service the family would like to welcome everyone to join them from a dinner at the Whittemore Chamber of Commerce. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from May 14 to May 26, 2015
Vifquain, Laura Agnes  
Laura Agnes Vifquain, age 90, of Oscoda passed away on Monday, May 18, 2015 at the Iosco County Medical Care Facility in Tawas, City. She was born on June 2, 1924 in Phillip, S.D. to the late Frank and Gertrude O'Dea (nee Babcock). Laura worked and retired as a registered nurse in the pediatrics unit at Rapid City Regional Hospital. She enjoyed going to garage sales and antique stores, crocheting and most importantly, spending time with her family and friends. Laura is survived by her son, Ed Vifquain of Rapid City, S.D. and daughter, Susie Vifquain of Oscoda; sister, Joanne Oltmanns of Dickenson, N.D.; grandchildren, Dirk Vifquain, Matt (Saboin) Vifquain, David (Annmarie) Wetsel, Scott (Laura Leigh) Wetsel, Nikki Wetsel, Coty (Kourtnee) Nolff and Erika (Chris) Pittman; and great grandchildren, Zoe Wetsel, Taylor Wetsel, Michael Wetsel, Lillian Nolff, Logan Pittman, Raven Pittman, Danny Vifquain, Oakley Vifquain and Rhys Vifquain. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Vifquain; sisters, Annette Votroubek and Mae Crocker; and brothers, John O'Dea, Patrick O'Dea and Mike O'Dea. A visitation service will be held on Friday, May 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Buresh Funeral Home in Oscoda. Visitation will also be held on Tuesday, May 26 at 6 p.m. at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home in Rapid City, S.D. Funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at 10 a.m. at Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help with Father Ed Vanorny officiating. Interment will take place in Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, S.D.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from May 21 to June 2, 2015
Wozniak, Harriet Alvesia  
Harriet Alvesia Wozniak of Grand Ledge, formerly of Tawas City and Lansing, passed away on May 12, 2015, joining her husband, Leo, who passed away on Jan. 17 of this year. Harriet was born on Sept. 17, 1929 to the late William and Alvesia Rodgers. After many years as a full time wife and mother, she became employed at the J.W. Knapp Company, Wallace Opticians and Kositchek's in Lansing. She was an active member of St. Casimir Catholic Church. Harriet was blessed with a beautiful voice and enjoyed singing in church choirs and as a soloist for weddings and funerals throughout her life. She was an excellent seamstress and loved all types of needlecraft. Harriet and Leo moved from Lansing to Tawas City in 1987 where Harriet worked at Young Appliance. She became involved in community theater and was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church where she sang in their choir and the choir of Tawas Area Presbyterian Church. She and Leo loved living Up North and enjoyed many friends and activities in the Tawas area before moving to Grand Ledge in their last years. Harriet is survived by her daughters, Kathleen Bricker (Jack Killeen), Linda (Gregory) Wittmann, Victoria Parsons and Judith (Patrick) Siegert; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, June 6 at 11 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, Grand Ledge by the Reverend Fr. James Eisele. The family will receive friends at the church Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. On Sunday, June 7 Leo and Harriet will be remembered at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas. A graveside service will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in East Tawas at 1 p.m. Contributions may be given to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan or the Michigan Parkinson's Foundation. Arrangements are by Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge. Share your memories and condolences online at www.holihanatkin.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from May 15 to May 26, 2015
Youngs, Helen Lenora  
Helen Lenora Youngs, age 95, of Saginaw, a former resident of East Tawas died on May 19, 2015 at Hoyt Nursing Home in Saginaw. She was born the daughter of Samuel and Nora (Emanuel) Bradford on Sept. 10, 1919 in Tawas City. Helen was a manager for Kaul Glove Company in Tawas and then Oscoda for 40 years before retiring at the age of 70 in 1989. After retirement she enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting and crafts. She loved sharing her time and entertaining residents at area nursing homes with her singing group Nuts and Bolts. Helen is survived by her children, Sonda (Marty) Dumont of Freeland and Harvey Van Patten of Alaska and Canada; her grandchildren, Dana (Matthew) Haller and Shari Fresorger; and great grandchildren, Alyssa and her fiancé Chase Clifford. Andrew Haller and Hunter Fresorger. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husbands, Ralph Van Patten and Cortland Youngs; her daughter, Gloria Van Patten; and her brother and sister, Edgar Bradford and Violet Dorey. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 23 at 1 p.m. at Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City. The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Iosco County Animal Shelter or the Old Town Christian Outreach Center in Saginaw. Condolences may be shared at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from May 21 to June 2, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Week

Abbott, Maynard Madison  
Maynard Madison Abbott, 79, of Maple City, passed away on May 8, 2015 at Munson Hospice House with his loving wife and his daughters, Jacqueline and Rebecca, at his side. Maynard was born on Feb. 10, 1936 in Tawas City (Wilber Township) to the late Alton and Alice (Rollin) Abbott. He married Marlene H. Yiirs on Feb. 22, 2008 in Bizbee, Ariz. Maynard honorably served our country in the United States Army. He owned his own contracting business, building both commercial and residential buildings. He was a life member of the Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree Masons, a Shriner and a life member of the Knights of Columbus. Maynard loved to fly and enjoyed golfing, reading, motorcycles and playing euchre. Surviving Maynard are his wife, Marlene; daughters, Jacqueline Abbott, Camella (Matt) Hinckley and Rebecca (William) Wagner; grandchildren, Brandon Gingerich, Thomas and Tyler Rudolph and Sarah HySinger; sibling, Richard Abbott; stepdaughter, Juliet (Don) Wichern; grandchild, Hannah Wichern; stepdaughter, Renee (Jason) Klingelsmith; grandchildren, Tyler, Megan and Darcy; and many other loving family members and friends. A memorial service was held for Maynard on Monday, May 18 at 11 a.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, with visitation held one hour prior. Memorial contributions may be directed to Munson Hospice House, the Cherryland Humane Society or a charity of choice. Share your thoughts and memories of Maynard by way of his online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com. The family is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from May 11 to May 19, 2015
Alejski, Theodore Ray  
Theodore Ray "Ted" Alejski, 78, of Whittemore passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015 at McLaren Hospital in Bay City. He was born on Oct. 12, 1936 in Detroit. He was proceeded in death by his mother, Alice Alejski; mother- and father-in-law, Mary and Clarence Kaltz; daughter, Katherine Claire; brothers, Edward, Chester, John, Clarence, David and Bill; sisters, Helen and Florence; and son-in-law, Gordon Revord. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Dorothy (Kaltz) Alejski; daughters, Mary Alice Revord of Whittemore, Julie (Rob) Anderson of East Tawas, Kelly (Phillip) Mackenzie of Turner, and adopted daughter, Linda Macdougall of Hamtramck; grandchildren, Nathan, Ryan (Michelle) Revord, Amanda Rahkola, Andrea (Matt) Turner, Michael Anderson, James Stachlewicz, Samantha Hudson, Jordan (Angi) Mackenzie, Mackenzie, Colyn Mackenzie and Miranda Macdougall; great grandchildren, Gordy Revord, Camden Turner, Madilynn Stachlewicz, Jayden Hudson, Benjamin and Dominic Mackenzie; nephew, Donald (Diane) Androsuk; brother, Bob (Colleen) Kaltz; and sister, Mary Ann Kaltz; as well as many nieces, nephews, family members, friends and "granddogs." For years Ted owned and operated "Caravan Radiator" in Whittemore. He was a member of the St. James Catholic Church parish. He loved fishing, cars, watching the races, playing cards with friends, auctions, Lionel Trains and ice cream. His greatest love of all was that of family, friends, and his wife, Dorothy. He is remembered as a good man: a loving father, husband and friend to many. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. (instate at 10 a.m.) on Saturday, May 16 at St. James Catholic Church in Whittemore. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 15 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Buresh Funeral Home in Twinning. Memorial contributions may be made to the family and will go towards funeral arrangements. Condolences may be shared at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from May 11 to May 19, 2015
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