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Gaudard, William X. (Memoriam) - Midland  
In Loving Memory of William X. Gaudard who passed away on July 27, 2014.
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Published in TheMorningSun.com from July 27 to July 28, 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
Gross, Norman* - Beal City  
GROSS, NORMAN CHARLES; age 86; of Beal City; died peacefully surrounded by his family on July 23, 2015, in the same home where he was born on July 22, 1929. A Funeral Mass for Norman will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Fr. Rick Varner officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. A luncheon will follow Committal Services at the Eagles Club in Weidman. The family will receive friends from 1 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 24, and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. There will be a Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic School or Woodland Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the church and Clark Family Funeral Chapel. Norman was the son of Charles J. and Alma (Fox) Gross. He graduated in the Class of 1947 from St. Philomena High School in Beal City. He married Margaret Breuer on September 30, 1950, at St. Philomena Church in Beal City. Norman was a dairy farmer all his life, operating the family farm with his sons. He was a founding member of the Isabella County Dairy Boosters as well as a member of the Michigan Milk Producers Association and the state and national Holstein Association. He was a Nottawa Township Trustee and a long-time Nottawa and Sherman Township Fire Department board member. Norman was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. He was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3651 and also was a past Grand Knight. Norman loved attending his grandchildren’s musical concerts, school and sporting events. Above all else, the focus of Norman’s life was faith, family, and farming. Norman is survived by his children, William (Marilyn) Gross of Beal City, Thomas (Marylyn) Gross of Beal City, Paul (Karen) Gross of Mt. Pleasant, Jeanne (Charles) Schafer of Beal City, Stephen (Stephanie) Gross of Beal City, Peter (Deb) Gross of Beal City, Mary Fields of Shepherd, Barbara (Bernard) Schafer of Beal City, Carolyn (Steven) Schumacher of Beal City, Philip (Julie) Gross of Beal City, Norma (Terrence) Reihl of Beal City, Kay (Neal) Hauck of Mt. Pleasant, Kathleen (Gregg) Schafer of Beal City and Diane (Ryan) Fussman of Beal City; 60 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; sister, Elaine (Larry) Maxon of Mt. Pleasant; sister-in-law, Donna Breuer of Mt. Pleasant; and many nieces and nephews. Norman was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret B. Gross on August 13, 2001; son-in-law, Ron Fields; and sisters, Theresa (Fran) Schafer and Irene (Bernie) Kellicut. You may view Norman’s obituary online and send a condolence to the family, light a memorial candle, or place a memorial donation at www.clarkfuneralchapel.com
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Published in TheMorningSun.com on July 24, 2015
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