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October 26, 2000


FRED A. BACKING, 98, of Freesoil, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, in Grand Rapids. A retired farmer, he was born Aug. 11, 1902, in Mason County.
      Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Johnson Funeral Home in Manistee, where visitation will take place from 9 a.m. Saturday until the time of service.
      A graveside visit for URSULA BARTON, of Glen Arbor, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens. A formal memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Park Place Hotel, where a reception will follow. Ursula passed away on Sept. 14, 1999.
      Mrs. Barton's stepson, MICHAEL RUST BARTON, will also be remembered at this service. Michael passed away on May 25, 2000.
      DENNIS A. BLADZIK, 74, of Manistee, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at his home in Manistee. A retired machinist, he was born July 7, 1926, in Oakhill.
      A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, where visitation will be from 9:15 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements are being made by The Herbert Funeral Home, PC in Manistee.
      THE REV. COLIN DUANE KEYS, 69, of Ames, Iowa, formerly of Traverse City, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, in Ames due to congestive heart failure.
      Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John's By the Campus Episcopal Church in Ames. Burial will be in St. John's Columbarium, also in Ames. The family is being served by Adams Funeral Home in Ames, Iowa.
      ERNEST F. SAUNDERS, 88, of Detroit, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, in Mesa, Ariz. Born Sept. 1, 1912, in Scotland, he was employed as a chauffeur for Michigan Bell Telephone Company.
      Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the chapel at Grand Lawn Cemetery, 23501 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Burial will follow the chapel service. Arrangements are being handled by Melcher's Chapel of the Roses in Mesa, Ariz.
      Natasha Douglas
      Died October 23, 2000
      ALDEN - Natasha Douglas, infant daughter of Kevin S. and Marcia A. Douglas of Alden, died Monday at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.
      Surviving are her parents; a sister, Diondra; paternal grandparents, Donald and Arla Douglas of Alden; maternal grandparents, Sherry Fales and John Ciofani of Mancelona and Charles Cryderman of Mancelona; paternal great-grandmother, Lois Robinson of Alden; maternal great-grandparents, Walt and Leila Fales of Alba and Donna Cryderman of Mancelona; maternal great-great-grandmother, Mereta Rhode of Mancelona; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
      Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday. Interment will be in Clearwater Township Cemetery.
      Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
      Alvin O. Janssen
      Died October 24, 2000
      FIFE LAKE - Alvin O. Janssen, 65, of Fife Lake, died Tuesday at the Kalkaska Memorial Health Center.
      Born in Detroit on Jan. 27, 1935, he was the son of Joseph and Alwina Evers Janssen. On June 11, 1962, in Green Bay, Wis., he was married to Carol Lealiou.
      Mr. Janssen resided in Pinckney until 1985, when he moved to Fife Lake where he operated the Breezy Hills Buffalo Ranch. He was a retired operating engineer, and a member of Operating Engineers Local 324 and the American Legion.
      Surviving are his wife, Carol; two sons, Joseph (Liz) Janssen of Wellston and Brian Janssen of Fife Lake; two daughters, Katherine (Duane) Houck of Pinckney and Carol (Jeffery) Thomas of Westland; a brother, George Janssen of Owendale; a sister, Mary Thomas of Kalkaska; ten grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
      He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph, and a sister, Barbara.
      Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Kalkaska. Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Saturday at the funeral home with Father Jim Holtz officiating. Cremation will follow funeral services.
      George A. 'Bud' McQueer Sr.
      Died October 24, 2000
      MAYFIELD - George A. "Bud" McQueer, Sr., 65, of Mayfield, died Tuesday.
      Born Aug. 24, 1935, in Cedar, he was the son of Floyd and Florence (Goddard) McQueer. On April 15, 1972, in Rapid City, he married the former Rose Arlene Manville.
      A lifelong resident of this area, Bud was employed as a truck driver for Hansen Produce for 30 years. He enjoyed hunting and was an avid gardener.
      Survivors include his wife, Rose Arlene McQueer, of Mayfield; 14 children from two marriages, George (Audrey) McQueer, Jr. of Traverse City, Daniel (Lori) Durga of Traverse City, Kevin (Mikki) McQueer of Cocoa, Fla., Shelley (Norm) Potvin of Traverse City, Charlene (Ken) Soper of Traverse City, Dennis Durga of Traverse City, Jan Wagner of Interlochen, Dale Durga of Traverse City, JoAnne (Doug) Fouch of Honor, Joni Sue (Bruce) Smith of Yuma, Sheryl (Mark) Potvin of Mayfield, Sue (Dave) Kantz of Mayfield, David McQueer of Traverse City and Kim McQueer of Mayfield; siblings, Shirley Zick of Traverse City, Virginia (Bill) Alpers of Traverse City, Don (Bev) McQueer of Kingsley, Francis (Earl) Schaub of Muskegon, Dave (Lenda) McQueer of Traverse City and Gary (Judy) McQueer of Marine City; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by 42 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
      He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Floyd McQueer, Jr.; and two grandchildren, Marsha McQueer and Robbie Durga.
      Visitation will be from noon until 9 p.m. Friday at Covell-Smith Funeral Home in Kingsley. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Pastor Char Minger officiating. Cremation will follow.
      Memorials may be directed to the American Lung Association.
      George Albert Rohdy
      Died October 24, 2000
      TRAVERSE CITY - George Albert Rohdy, 74, of Traverse City, formerly of Dowagiac, died Tuesday at home.
      Born May 25, 1926, in New Castle, Ind., he was the son of Jules "Sarge" and Mary (Weisse) Rohdy. On Aug. 21, 1948, in Traverse City, he married the former Betty Akey.
      George served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. From 1946 to 1957 he worked in parts manufacturing in Traverse City. He then moved to Dowagiac to work as an electrician for Consolidated Die Cast from 1957 to 1964. In 1964 to 1988 he was employed with Sunstrand Heat Transfer, retiring in 1988. George was a post commander and life member of the VFW Post No. 1855 of Dowagiac and a boyscout leader in both Dowagiac and Traverse City. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing.
      Survivors include his wife, Betty, of Traverse City; two daughters, Cynthia (Richard) Herthoge of Clarksville, Tenn. and Susan Townsend of Dowagiac; three sons, Stephen Rohdy of Traverse City, Curtis (Debra) Rohdy of Dowagiac and Scott Rohdy of Traverse City; five sisters, Marlyn (Hollis) Brown of Matlache, Fla., Arlene (Ken) Kirsch of Fulton, Texas, Caryol (Leonard) Lautner of Traverse City, Barbara (Lon) DeNeff of Livingston, Texas and Patricia (Bill) Wurm of Traverse City; four brothers, Gene (Vera) Rohdy of Traverse City, Robert Rohdy of Paw Paw, Donnie (Sharon) Rohdy of Interlochen and Fred (Sue) Rohdy of Lake Leelanau; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
      He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Howard and Richard; and two sisters, Mary Rau and Fern Batten.
      Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Bradley Will officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the VFW Cherryland Post No. 2780. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the Peninsula Township Fire Department.