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January 3, 2000

Obituaries


      THELMA C. HERKNER, 90, of Traverse City, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Bortz Health Care of Traverse City.
      Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City. Service information will in appear in an obituary in the Tuesday Record-Eagle.
     
      WILLIAM V. MCKAY, 72, of Traverse City, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
      Arrangements are pending at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
     
      DANIEL RICHARD REIHMER, 35, of Beulah, died at his home unexpectedly.
      The family is being served by the Perry Chapel, McElduf Funeral Homes in Benzonia.
     
      IRVING DONALD SHAW, 68, of Traverse City, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000.
      Arrangements are pending at the Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
      LYMAN STARR, 79, of Traverse City, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at his home.
      An obituary will appear in the Tuesday Record-Eagle. Arrangements are by the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
      Marian Elvera Bussa
      Died December 31, 1999
      MILTON TOWNSHIP - Marian Elvera Bussa, 72, passed away Friday at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
      A resident of Milton Township all of her adult life, she was a graduate of St. Joseph Academy in Adrian. Marian was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elk Rapids, the church's Altar Society, Rotary Partners and the American Cancer Society of which she was a past county chairman. She served as Milton Township's treasurer from 1976 until her retirement in 1996. Marian was an avid card player and enjoyed gardening.
      Born Nov. 18, 1927, in Detroit, she was the daughter of Joseph and Valentine (Carchon) Yuchasz. On Nov. 8, 1947, in Elk Rapids, she married Joseph W. Bussa who survives.
      Marian is also survived by four daughters, Phyllis (Bob) Chaphalkar of Lansing, Patricia (Gary) Sutter of Milton Township, Marie (John) Czarnecki of Milton Township, and Margaret (Brett) Baldwin of Elk Rapids; three sons, Joseph F. Bussa, Frank A. (Kathy) Bussa, and Robert (Becky) Bussa - all of Milton Township; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
      Marian was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Robert and Joseph, and a son, William John Bussa.
      Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elk Rapids; a rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. and immediately following will be an Evening Prayer from the Order of Christian Funerals.
      A Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church; the Rev. Robert J. Zuchowski will be celebrant.
      Burial will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Kewadin.
      Memorials may be directed to Dominican Sisters, 1277 E. Siena Hts. Dr., Adrian, MI 49221-1755.
     
      Fred William Craggs
      Died January 1, 2000
      TRAVERSE CITY - Fred William Craggs, 43, of Peninsula Township, Traverse City, died and went home with the Lord on Saturday. He lived into the millennium.
      Born Oct. 24, 1956, in Detroit, he was the son of Jack G. and Lois (Decker) Craggs. Fred was a carpenter and the owner of the Craggs Cabinets and Countertops. He was a member of the 14th Street Church of Christ and the Emmaus Christian Community. He assisted with the church youth group, where he participated in a backpacking trip with the youth group. He enjoyed riding his tractor and deer hunting. Fred's wife, Lisa, threw him a surprise birthday party at the City Opera House in Traverse City with 220 family members and friends in attendance. Fred danced to his wedding song with his wife and danced to "Daddy's Little Girl" with both his daughters. It was a night to remember.
      He most recently was taken on a Disney cruise by his mother-in-law, Helen Mann, where the entire family was with him. Fred and his entire family have been baptized as Christians; most recently he baptized his son, Jack, in the Grand Traverse Bay. Christianity was important in Fred's life.
      He married Lisa Suzanne Mann on July 13, 1979, in Farmington, she survives. Fred is also survived by his son, Jack William Craggs, and daughters, Amanda Suzanne and Candice Anne Craggs who are home schooled and all live at home; his parents, Jack and Lois Craggs of Traverse City; brother, Ken (Luanne) Craggs of Rochester Hills; twin sisters, Kathy (Kendall) Smith and Chris (Mark) Bowie of Traverse City.
      Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, at the 14th Street Church of Christ with Jeff Oster, Tony Beaverson and Jay Beery officiating.
      Memorial contributions may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018-4110, or the 14th Street Church of Christ, 225 W. 14th St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
      Arrangements were handled by the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
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      Milo C. Fleet
      Died December 30, 1999
      MANCELONA - Milo C. Fleet, 85, of Mancelona, died Thursday at Tendercare of Gaylord.
      Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in Mancelona. Pastor Mike McGlynn will officiate. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Mancelona.
      He was born March 1, 1914, in Mancelona, the son of Casper and Margaret (Elliott) Fleet. Milo graduated from Mancelona High School in 1933 and attended one year at Michigan State University. He served four years in the United States Navy during World War II. On April 26, 1947, in Volina, Mich., he married Evalyn Brown.
      Milo worked 30 years as a repairman for General Telephone in Alma. He was a member of the Mancelona Missionary Church.
      He was a real outdoorsman. Milo enjoyed cutting wood, hunting and fishing.
      Milo is survived by his wife, Evalyn Fleet of Mancelona; four children, Sally (James) Harrington of Portage, Merlyn (Mary) Fleet of Peru, N.Y., Linda (Gary) Travis of St. John, and David Fleet of Flint; nine grandchildren; one sister, Alice Lammons of Rochester; and numerous nieces and nephews.
      He was preceded in death by three sisters, Bulah Stewart, Tillie Elliott, and Margaret Brown; and seven brothers, Robert, Oakley, Arthur, Lloyd, Floyd, Merlin, and Hugh Fleet.
      The family received friends from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
      Memorials may be given to the Mancelona Senior Center.
     
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      Arlin I. 'Bud' Foster
      Died January 1, 2000
      TRAVERSE CITY - Arlin I. "Bud" Foster, 76, of Traverse City, died Saturday at his home.
      Born on the family farm in Isabella County on Oct. 5, 1923, he was the son of Arthur W. and Sadie (Demlow) Foster. On Aug. 21, 1948, in Cadillac, he married Margaret Jeannine Hurd.
      Bud is survived by his wife; daughter, Diane (Jeff) Brasie of Powell, Ohio; son, Mark (Ann) of Flint; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Laura Brasie and Mary Kay and Michael Foster; brothers, Milo and Charles of Blanchard, and Keith of Belding; and sister, Margaret Baskerville of Greenville.
      Bud retired from the composing room of the Record-Eagle in 1988. He served for three years in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of Eagles Aerie No. 383, Veterans of Foreign Wars Cherryland Post No. 2780 and the Bowen-Holliday Post No. 35 of the American Legion.
      Cremation has taken place.
      The family will meet with friends from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at The Presbyterian Church of Traverse City; a memorial service will follow at 1 p.m.
      Burial will be in the church's Prayer Garden.
      Memorials may be made to The Presbyterian Church or the charity of one's choice.
      Arrangements are being handled by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home of Traverse City.
     
      Agnes Anastasia Schmidt
      Died December 31, 1999
      TRAVERSE CITY - Agnes Anastasia Schmidt, 94, of Traverse City, died Friday at Birchwood Nursing Center, where she had been a resident for the past two years.
      Born Feb. 25, 1905, in Bay City, she was the daughter of Francis and Barbara (Paluszak) Gwizdala. On May 12, 1925, she married Edward J. Schmidt.
      Agnes was a homemaker all her life and she enjoyed crocheting, knitting, other crafts, gardening and reading. She moved to Traverse City to live with her daughters Romaine and Martha in 1987. Agnes was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
      Survivors include four daughters, Romaine Simon, Martha Roulund, Carol Ford, and Rosemary Wilber; two sons, Edward (Anna Marie) Schmidt and James (Geraldine) Schmidt; 26 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
      Agnes was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward in 1980; two brothers, Vincent "Bill" Gwisdala in 1990 and Francis Gwisdala in 1992; and two sons-in-law, Ira G. Roulund in 1973 and Marvin Wilber in 1997.
      Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
      A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church; the Rev. James Hayden will serve as celebrant.
      Graveside services will be held at St. Patrick Cemetery in Bay City at a later date.
      In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the Immaculate Conception Centennial Hall or Birchwood Nursing Center.
      Arrangements are being handled by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
     
      Loetta Taylor
      Died December 30, 1999
      TRAVERSE CITY - Loetta Taylor, 84, of Traverse City, died Thursday at Munson Medical Center.
      Born April 4, 1915, in Lansing, she was the daughter of Earl Lacure and Ida (Therrian) Lacure. On Sept. 1, 1932, in Grand Ledge, she married Cloyd "Buck" Taylor, who preceded her in death on July 31, 1972.
      Loetta loved the Lord and her family and was very devoted to them. She worked as a nurses aide at Munson Medical Center from 1972 to 1989 and loved every minute of it. Her family will miss her guidance, love, support, prayer and humor. They were truly blessed to have her in their family.
      Survivors include two daughters, Sandra (Hugh) Collier of Traverse City and Mary Tatom of Dallas, Texas; two sons, Dr. Charles Taylor of Howard City and Mark (Cindy) Taylor of Plantation, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
      Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Charles Lacure; and twin sons.
      Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Immanuel Baptist Church.
      Arrangements were handled by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
     
     
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