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October 31, 2000

Obituaries

JOSEPH JOHN BAKHAN, 83, of Manistee, died this past weekend at his home.
      A Time of Fellowship to remember and honor Joe will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Stronach Township Hall. Arrangements are by Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee.
     
      JOSEPH FRATCZAK, 72, of Traverse City, formerly of Buckley, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at Grand Traverse Pavilions in Traverse City.
      Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cornell Cemetery in Buckley. Arrangements are by Hitesman Funeral Home in Cadillac.
     
      ALBERTINE M. SAWYER, 80, of Traverse City, died Monday, Oct. 30, 2000.
      Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be announced. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
      Janice M. Derenzy
      Died October 29, 2000
      KEARNEY TOWNSHIP - Janice M. "Jan" Derenzy, 60, of Kearney Township, died Sunday at home.
      Jan was born May 25, 1940, in Cedar Springs, the daughter of George and Sylvia (Bruce) Nowak.
      She moved to Bellaire from Cedar Springs in 1960.
      She attended Ferris State University and worked for the Bellaire Pharmacy and the Central Lake Pharmacy for many years as a pharmacy technician, assisting people and making friends.
      She was a past member of the Bellaire Lioness Club and enjoyed sports, especially golf, bowling, softball and football. She was instrumental in founding the Shaun Patrick Davies Sports Complex in Bellaire, named for her deceased son.
      She will be loved and missed by her many friends and family.
      Surviving are one son, Bryan M. (Christine) Davies of Bellaire; two brothers, Michael (Jan) Nowak of Roscommon and Len (Ann) Nowak of Virginia; two grandchildren, Christopher J. and Delaney J. Davies of Bellaire; five nieces and nephews; and her many granny children.
      She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Maurice Davies; her second husband, Karl Derenzy; her son, Shaun Patrick Davies; and recently, her trusty steed, Ranger
      Memorial services will be held Thursday, November 2, 2000, at Eleven a.m. at the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes, the Rev. Dale Collison and Sister Kathy Lange officiating.
      Please wear casual dress per Jan's request.
      Following the service there will be a potluck Wake at the Derenzy barn on Derenzy Road.
      Interment will be in Eldred Cemetery in Kearney Township.
      The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
      In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Jan Derenzy Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 402, Bellaire, MI 49615.
      Harriett DuBois
      Died October 29, 2000
      FRANKFORT - Harriett DuBois, 74, of Frankfort, died Sunday at her home.
      Harriett was born on August 14, 1926, on her grandparents' farm in Curtisville, Mich., the daughter of George Henry and Grace (Bell) Edwards.
      Harriett had been a resident of Frankfort since 1976, moving from Royal Oak. She was the former owner of the DuBois Insurance Agency, The Paper Clip, and Frankfort Laundromat - all in Frankfort. Harriett was civic-minded, working as election inspector and serving on the zoning board of appeals for the city of Frankfort. She served on the loan committee of the Frankfort Credit Union and was a volunteer transporter for the Family Independence Agency.
      Harriett was a former member of Crystal Down Country Club and the Frankfort Golf Club.
      On December 18, 1965, in Royal Oak, Mich., she married Ronald DuBois who preceded her in death on June 3, 1985.
      Harriett is survived by her aunt Arbutus (Robert) Milholin of Curtisville; nieces, Sandra Milholin of Britton, Mary Ann Martin of Alverado, Texas, Martha Milholin of Pontiac, and Ruth Versnick of Britton; and several great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.
      Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. from the First Congregational Church in Frankfort with the Revs. Dinah Haag and Richard Stoddard officiating.
      Friends may meet with the family one hour prior to the service at the church.
      Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider either First Congregational Church of Frankfort, Grand Traverse Area Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
      The Frankfort Chapel, McElduff Funeral Homes are handling services.
      Angeline P. DuRocher
      GRAND RAPIDS - Angeline P. DuRocher, born Oct. 11, 1920, aged 80, has entered Eternal Life on Oct. 24, 2000. Angeline had lived in Grand Rapids for the last 9 years and is survived by sons Gary (Paula) DuRocher, Traverse City, MI; Ron (Diane) DuRocher, Capistrano Beach, CA; daughters Joyce DuRocher, Tucson, AZ, Arlene (Donald) Duncan-Deuling, Fremont, MI; 14 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Vincent Gabriel 1984, and son Vincent Joseph 1976.
      Patricia A. Frank
      Died October 29, 2000
      LELAND - Patricia A. Frank, 74, of Leland, died Sunday at home.
      Born March 13, 1926, in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter of Judge Clarence and Mary (Buddeke) Spraul. She married Dr. Donald J. Frank in Cincinnati.
      Patricia was very active in a variety of civic and charitable endeavors including serving on the Board of Directors for her alma mater, the College of Mount Saint Joseph, and as committee member for the Leland County Club and the Leland Community Center Old Art Building.
      "She considered her children and grandchildren to be her most important life's work and all of us feel extremely fortunate to have been blessed with her unwavering love and devotion, " said son Tom.
      "Mom touched many lives with her generosity of spirit and wonderful sense of humor," added daughters Mimi and Shelley.
      Survivors include two daughters, Madeleine P. (Stephen F.) Deters of Cincinnati and Mary Michelle (John B. Jr.) Watkins of Leland; a son, Thomas F. (Patricia M.) Frank of Mercer Island, Wash.; six sisters, Rosemary (William) Reyering, Marian Smith, Jean (Al) Masset, Elaine Brown, Mary Carol Spraul, and Annette Klear - all of Cincinnati; a brother, Richard Spraul of Cincinnati; a daughter-in-law, Sarah C. Frank of Cincinatti; and eight grandchildren, Joshua E. Deters, Catherine A. Deters, Jamieson F. Deters, Jennifer H. Watkins, Caitlin P. Watkins, Claire P. Frank, Donald J. "Tripp" Frank III, and Alexander M. Frank.
      Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Dr. Donald J. Frank Jr.; and two brothers, Dr. James Spraul and Thomas Spraul.
      Friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
      A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lake Leelanau St. Mary's; the Rev. Chad Zielinski will officiate.
      Burial will be in Beechwood Cemetery in Leland.
      Memorials may be directed to the Great Lakes Childrens Museum, 1211 S. Front St., PO Box 177, Traverse City, MI 49686, or to the Munson Health Center Foundation, 1105 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
      Hazel A. Gee
      Died October 29, 2000
      ALDEN - Hazel A. Gee, 80, of Alden, died Sunday at home.
      Born Jan. 6, 1920, in Cedar, she was the daughter of Harry and Bertha (Peters) Peck.
      On April 11, 1937, in Grand Rapids, she married James V. Gee.
      Hazel had been a resident of Alden for 62 years. She loved planting trees and flowers and enjoyed yardwork.
      Survivors include two daughters, Darlene (Earl) Paige of Alden and Carole Savage of Williamsburg; a son, James G. (Marsha) Gee of Wyoming, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
      Hazel was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James, in 1973; three brothers; and a sister.
      Visitation will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
      Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
      Interment will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens in Traverse City.
      In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association or the Scholarship Fund at Alden United Methodist Church.
     
      Anna 'Ann' Helton
      Died October 28, 2000
      MAYFIELD - Anna "Ann" Helton, 67, of Mayfield, died Saturday at her home.
      Born Oct. 13, 1933, in Traverse City, she was the daughter of Sherman I. and Viola M. (Duell) Pickard.
      On Feb. 26, 1955, she married James P. Helton of Flint. She spent her years as a homemaker in the Flint area and moved to the Mayfield area in 1987.
      She was a member and officer of the Spark Plug City Citizens Band Radio Club in Flint which raised funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
      Survivors include three daughters, Janet Pennell of Mayfield, Susan (Thomas) Abshier of Pennsylvania, and Jayne Jacot of Columbiaville Mich.; two sons, Ricky Helton Sr. of Burton, Mich., and Paul Helton of Flushing, Mich.; one brother, Macks D. (Marian) Packard of Interlochen, l7 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
      She was preceded in death by her husband, James, in 1999; parents; and four brothers, Kenneth, Norman, Howard, and Jack Pickard.
      Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be announced at a later date.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
      Richard G. 'Dick' Lerchen
      Died October 29, 2000
      TRAVERSE CITY - Richard G. 'Dick' Lerchen, 67, of Traverse City, died Sunday at Munson Medical Center.
      Born Aug. 23, 1933, in Detroit, he was the son of Frank and Viva (Wallace) Lerchen.
      On Aug. 27, 1955, in Detroit, he married Marjorie MacDonald.
      Dick served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Retired from Munson Medical Center, he was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.
      Survivors include his wife, Marjorie of Traverse City; six children, Catherine (Phil) Anderson of Maple City, Nancy (John) Hoadley of Kingsley, Jeanne (Jim) Donnellon of Sterling Heights, Patricia (Lance) Leach of Maple City, Charles (Pam) Lerchen of Traverse City, and Frank (Mary) Lerchen of Empire; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, John Lerchen of Carmel, Ind., and Thomas Lerchen of Rockwood, Wash.; and many special nieces and nephews.
      Dick was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Frank Lerchen.
      Friends may call today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home where a scripture service will be held at 7:30 p.m.
      A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church; the Rev. Father Jerry Micketti will serve as celebrant.
      Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
      Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
      Doris Mae Radtke
      Died October 29, 2000
      TRAVERSE CITY - Doris Mae Radtke, 81, a resident of Traverse City all her adult life, died Sunday.
      Born Jan. 31, 1919, in Dexter, she was the daughter of Fred M. and May E. (Bolt) Covert.
      On March 24, 1937, in Dexter, she married Norman Radtke.
      Doris worked at Munson Medical Center in central supply for 51 years. She loved raking leaves and cooking.
      Survivors include eight children, Mae (Larry) Smith of Traverse City, Harold (Betty) Radtke of Fresno, Texas, Marvin (Barb) Radtke of Traverse City, Karl Radtke of Traverse City, Loren (Mary) Radtke of Fresno, Texas, Raymond (Marsha) Radtke of Newberg, Ore., Larry Radtke of Traverse City, and Walter Radtke of Traverse City; a brother, Fred Covert of Holliday, Fla.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
      Doris was preceded in death by her husband in 1977, a sister and a son, Bobby.
      Visitation will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes. A Celebration of Life Service will follow immediately; the Rev. Louis Grettenberger will officiate.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the Munson Medical Center Memorial Fund.
      Phyllis L. Simmons
      Died October 29, 2000
      TRAVERSE CITY - Phyllis L. Simmons, 82, of Traverse City, died Sunday in Traverse City.
      She was born May 20, 1918, in Henrietta, Mich., the daughter of Paul and Genevieve (Spoor) Meyers.
      In 1944, she married her beloved Elbert "Al" Simmons in Warren, Mich.
      Phyllis was active in the Church of the Living God in Warren and her life was full of travel with her husband. They traveled all around the world, including spending 16 winters in Hawaii. She attended Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Traverse City. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed volunteer work and spending time with her family.
      She is survived by her devoted sisters, Rachel M. (Bob Sr.) Franke and Marion (Norm) Grueber, both of Traverse City; a stepdaughter, Bea Pouliot of Tennessee; stepgrandchildren, David (Cathy) Pouliot of Harrison Township, Chris (Pouliot) Alwardt of St. Clair Shores, and Todd (Lisa) Pouliot of Detroit; her aunts, Carrie (Bob) Parker and Jean Spoor - both of Traverse City, and Midge Thompson of Cass City; a sister-in-law, Jean Meyers of Onalaska, Wis.; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
      She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Myrna Ford; and brothers, Arthur and Hank Meyers.
      Funeral services will held at 11 a.m. Wednesday from the Reynolds-Jonkhoff FuneraI Home with the Rev. Stanley Hayes officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home this evening from 6 until 8 p.m.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to Munson Hospice or to the Father Fred Foundation.