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Curtiss, Mary B.* - Wheeler  
Curtiss, Mary B.; age 68; of Wheeler; passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at the Mid Michigan Medical Center in Midland. Funeral Services for Mary will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Merrill Tuesday August 4, 2015 at 11 a.m. with Fr. Dennis Kucharczyk and Dr. Jerry Green officiating. There will be a visitation Monday, August 3, 2015 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Berry Funeral Home in Shepherd. There will be a Scripture Service Monday at the Berry Funeral Home at 7 p.m. Cremation to follow Funeral Services with ashes to be buried at the Salt River Cemetery. Mary was born December 7, 1946 in Lima, Ohio, the daughter of Eugene and Catherine (Moeggenborg) Hohlbein. She graduated from Shepherd High School in 1965. She married Gordon Curtiss January 6, 1967 at St. Vincent DePaul in Shepherd. Mary started working at the age of 15 at Gould Drug Store in Shepherd for 5 years. She then worked at Farmers State Bank (Isabella Bank) for 20 years. Mary also drove school bus for Breckenridge Schools for 5 years. After working at the bank, Mary was rural mail carrier for Breckenridge and Wheeler. Mary enjoyed spending time with her family and rooting for the Green Bay Packers. Mary is survived by her husband, Gordon; daughter, Dondi (Clay) Bigelow of Wheeler; and her grand- daughter, Desarae (Kyle) Vaughn of Wheeler. Her 10 siblings, Tom (Liz) Hohlbein of Shepherd, Ed (Barb) Hohlbein of Shepherd, Dan (June) Hohlbein of Shepherd, Jan Hetherington of Shepherd, Lee (Pattie) Hohlbein of Shepherd, Gordon (Dawn) Hohlbein of Shepherd, Luann (Dave) Stanke of Clare, Helen Rogers of Alma, Patty (Jerry) Saidinski of Grand Rapids, and Mike Hohlbein of Shepherd.
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Published in TheMorningSun.com on July 31, 2015
Dailey, Irene* - Haines City  
Dailey, Irene; age 87; of Haines City, Florida; went to be with her Savior on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Good Shepherd Hospice Facility in Auburndale, FL. She was born April 7, 1928 in Crystal the daughter of Homer and Marie (Dalrymple) Bloss. On January 26, 1946 she married Donald Dailey in Pine Castle, FL. They took up residence in Gratiot County, Michigan where they raised their family and lived for over 40 years. Irene was a dedicated Christian lady her entire life and most recently attended the Winter Haven, FL Church of the Nazarene. She was a member of the Landmark Baptist Church Senior Patriots and enjoyed participating in Bible study.Irene is survived by her husband of 69 years, Donald Dailey of Haines City, FL; 3 sons, Dennis (Caroline) Dailey of Titusville, FL, Mervin (Ellen) Dailey of Edmore and Ronald Dailey of Haines City, FL; 10 grandchildren; many great and great great grandchildren; and a brother, Dean Bloss of Marietta, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Doris Pular and Clo Mae Hall.Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 11 a.m .at Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home, Riverdale with her daughter-in-law, Elder Ellen Dailey officiating. Interment will follow in Ferris Center Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.To view Irene’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.luxfuneralhomes.com
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Published in TheMorningSun.com on July 31, 2015
Dionne, Mary Marguerite* - Traverse City  
Dionne Mary Marguerite; age 91; died July 19, 2015. “Mikki”, the daughter of John and Mary (Witkam) Grosskopf, was born August 11, 1923 in Alma. She graduated from Alma High School class of 1942. She married Francis “Frenchy” Dionne on July 31, 1943, and lived in the Grand Traverse area for the last 45 years She is survived by her children, Michael (Marie) Dionne, James (Tricia) Dionne and David Dionne; four grandchildren; five great grand- children; and one great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter-in-law, Tammy; brothers, Gerald, Everett, Theodore, Anthony (Hank), Alfred, Wilbur and John Grosskopf; and sisters, Loretta Grosskopf, Iola Mitchell, and Irene Overmeyer. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 23, 2015 at St. Francis Catholic Church. Entombment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City. Share condolences and memories at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com
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Published in TheMorningSun.com on Aug. 2, 2015
Fisher, Arthur Eugene (Memoriam) - Breckenridge  
In Loving Memory of Arthur Eugene Fisher who passed away on July 30, 2014.
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Published in TheMorningSun.com from July 30 to July 31, 2015
Goetzinger, Virgil Leonard* - Alma  
Goetzinger, Virgil Leonard; age 94; of Alma, Michigan; passed away peacefully on July 29, 2015, after a short illness. He was met in his heavenly home by his parents, 13 siblings, and many close friends and family members. Virg was born in Defiance, Iowa, to Joseph and Catherine (Blum) Goetzinger. Together with his 9 sisters and 4 brothers, he was raised on the family farm and attended a small country school. He attended school through the eighth grade and then did farm labor to help with family expenses. Virg enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and proudly served for five years in the South Pacific, including Peleliu Island, during World War II. He considered his service to the country as one of his greatest accomplishments. Virg worked in the mobile home business for 25 years and then worked as a carpenter in his own business, Goetzinger Remodeling, until his retirement. Virg married his sweetheart, Irene Gaul, in 1946; they recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. Together they raised 6 children, Allen (Monica) Goetzinger, Donald (Mara) Goetzinger, Diane (Jorge) Pena, Judy (Randy) Zamarron, Gary (Debbie) Goetzinger, and Joseph (Linda) Goetzinger. Virg was a Cub Scout leader for his boys, a long-time member and past commander of Alma VFW Post 1454, a life member of the Alma Elks, member and past Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus, and member and past Faithful Navigator for the 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus. Together, he and Irene enjoyed being actively involved in their community and Nativity of the Lord church. Virg was known to have “buck fever” every November and enjoyed all types of hunting and fishing. He loved gardening and just planted his last garden in June. He and Irene enjoyed an occasional trip to the casino and traveled throughout the country. More than anything, Virg enjoyed many family trips and gatherings with his children, grandchildren, and extended family. Virg will be sadly missed by his wife; 6 children; 23 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; his loyal canine companion, Brutus; and many special nieces and nephews.The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Rakesh Saxena and the staff of the MidMichigan Medical Center emergency room and hospital and that of the Masonic Pathways Rehab Center for the loving care and respect shown to Virgil in recent years. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 12 Noon at Nativity of the Lord Parish, St. Mary site with Fr. Nate Harburg celebrating. Interment will follow on Sunday at Chapel Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. with an Elks Service starting at 8:30 p.m., followed by a Rosary Service conducted by the Knights of Columbus all at the Lux-Moody-Wolfel Funeral Home, Alma. Visitation will also be held Saturday from 11 a.m. until time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s School in Alma or the Alma VFW Post 1454. To view Virg’s obituary or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.luxfuneralhomes.com
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Published in TheMorningSun.com on July 30, 2015
Lancaster, Robert* - Traverse City  
Lancaster, Robert “Brick”; passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the Traverse Victorian Assisted Living in Traverse City, Michigan. He was born July 20, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan to Jack and Ruth Lancaster. Brick was a devoted alumnus to Lincoln Park High School and Central Michigan University.In 2004, Brick married Becky Wheeler in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They resided in Atlanta, GA and Kewadin, MI until his retirement in 2012 with a diagnosis of Dementia, beginning full time residence in Kewadin. Brick is survived by his wife, Becky; son, Marc Lancaster (Sarah and grandson, Patrick) of Charlotte, NC; daughter Amy Lancaster of Commerce, GA; also surviving are Audra Wheeler of Smyrna, GA, Jordan Wheeler (Railee Johnson-Wheeler) of Boston, MA; brother-in-law, Bill Prentice of Kalamazoo, MI; the Hood and Lancaster cousins; dear friends and cherished colleagues from around the world. Last but not least, his furry pal, Baxter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Ruth Lancaster; brother, Dennis. Brick spent his entire professional career in the field of Public Health. Beginning in positions with local public health departments in Mt. Pleasant and Grand Rapids, he then reached state level positions in Michigan, Arizona, elevating to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA as his final employer for 20 years. In his 40 year devotion to the field of public health education, Brick served as visiting faculty with public health education programs to the University of New Mexico, Emory University, Atlanta, GA; and Central Michigan University. Career long participation on expert panels, advisory committees, workgroups and consultations locally, nationally and internationally provided him with wonderful travel opportunities. He was a contributor to books, chapters and co-authored 4 editions of “Community Health Education: Settings, Roles, and Skills”. Keynote speaker to more events than can be counted, with long listed professional affiliations and offices held lends to the understatement that his passion for impacting the nation’s health policies and practices were what he lived for. He spent his entire career mentoring and supporting students in the field to care and engage. Above all the academic and professional accolades; most important to Brick was engaging with people, enjoying a lot of attention himself, with the true focus of giving attention to others. He will be remembered as a master at networking, never an unkind word, and a generous spirit for others. A Celebration of His Life will be held in October of 2015 in Atlanta, GA. Heartfelt gratitude from Brick and his family is extended to the staff at Traverse Victorian Assisted Living and Munson Hospice. Arrangements entrusted to Covell Funeral Home, Elk Rapids.
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Published in TheMorningSun.com on Aug. 2, 2015
Nowland, Richard* - Beulah  
NOWLAND, RICHARD J. “Rick”; age 69; of Beulah, Michigan; died peacefully on Saturday, July 26, 2014. A Memorial Service will be held at the Calvary Cemetery Chapel in Mount Pleasant, Michigan at 2:00 p.m. on August 4, 2015, which date is the 55th anniversary of the passing of his mother. Rick is survived by his sisters, Judy (Chris) Rossman and Shirley (the late Sonny) Helber; and his brothers, Tom (Evelyn) Nowland and John “Jack” (Heather) Nowland. Rick was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Richard S. and Edna L. Nowland; and his sister, Bridgete LaVoye (Pamela Sue Nowland). His ashes will be laid to rest at the Memorial Service along side of his parents and sister. Rick was devoted to nature and loved his daily walks in the woods with his dogs. Contributions may be made to the Cherryland Humane Society, 1750 Ahlberg Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686.
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Published in TheMorningSun.com on Aug. 3, 2015
Wyman, Margarita Antoinette (Memoriam) - Lansing  
In Loving Memory of Margarita Antoinette Wyman who passed away on July 30, 2014.
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Published in TheMorningSun.com from July 30 to July 31, 2015

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Dyer, Thelma I. (Memoriam) - Scott'S Grade  
In Loving Memory of Thelma I. Dyer who passed away on July 28, 2014.
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Published in TheMorningSun.com from July 28 to July 29, 2015
Hoffman, David E.* - Mt. Pleasant  
Hoffman David E.; age 85; of Mt. Pleasant; passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Medilodge of Mt. Pleasant. Funeral Services will Friday, July 31, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Shepherd with Fr. Fred Kawka and Deacon Mike Smith officiating. Visitation will be Thursday July 30, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. at the Berry Funeral Home. There will be a Scripture Service at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Berry Funeral Home in Shepherd. David was born April 10, 1930, the son of Herman and Frances (Meyer) Hoffman. He graduated from Shepherd High School in l947, following graduation he served in the U.S. Army. Dave married Karolyn Howes September 14, 1957. He worked at Dow Corning as a security officer, retiring in 1991 after 37 years of service. Dave was a member of the American Legion Post in Rosebush. He was an avid sportsman, he followed his children and grandchildren’s sporting events and had also coached little league. Dave is survived by his wife, Karolyn; and 3 children, Susan (Rich) Dominick of Shepherd, William (Theresa) Hoffman of Mt. Pleasant and Jerry (Jill) Hoffman of Browns Town; and 10 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Raymond (Anna) Hoffman of Shepherd and Ted (Judy) Hoffman of Alma; and one sister, Phyllis Roy of Warren. He was preceded in death by an infant son; his parents; and two sisters; and four brothers. Memorials may be given to Heartland Hospice or the Parkinson Foundation.
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Published in TheMorningSun.com on July 29, 2015
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