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May 10, 2001

Obituaries

TRAVERSE CITY - A Christian Celebration for Ethel White, 86, of Traverse City, who passed away on Monday, April 9, 2001, will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City with the Rev. Dean Bailey officiating.
      Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.
      Those who wish to honor her memory may consider Central United Methodist Church or Munson Hospice.
      Arrangements are being handled by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
     
      ELK RAPIDS - Dorothy Elizabeth Emma (Michelon) Wesoleck, 79, was called home to be with her heavenly Father on Monday.
      She was born on May 3, 1922, in Sebewaing, the daughter of William R.S. and Florence H.A. (Sting) Schwarzkopf.
      Residing in Elk Rapids for the past nine years, Dorothy had previously lived in the Flint area. She was a teacher with the Lutheran School System for 25 years and was also employed for seven years with the Genesee County Jail. Dorothy was a graduate of Concordia Teachers College, River Forest, and was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Elk Rapids and bible class. She enjoyed gardening, reading and traveling.
      She is survived by one daughter, Marie (Leon) Michelon Haas of Traverse City; two sisters, Margaret Schwerin of Mt. Morris and Marie (Robert) McClure of Grand Rapids; one daughter-in-law, Anne (Gerry) Eister of Elk Rapids; and four grandchildren, Rebecca Michelon, Sarah Michelon, Peter Haas and Victoria Haas.
      She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Cradeo Michelon in 1969 and Emil Wesoleck in 1991; and one son, Mark Michelon in 1994.
      Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 to noon at the Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes. Visitation will continue Friday from 2 p.m. until the time of service at the Grace Lutheran Church of Elk Rapids.
      Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 3 p.m. at the church with the Rev. James Weber officiating. Burial will be in the Sunset Hills Cemetery in Flint.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the Grace Lutheran Church Building Fund or Munson Hospice.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
      TRAVERSE CITY - David J. Harrigan, 51, of Traverse City, died Wednesday at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
      Born Dec. 18, 1949, in Traverse City, he was the son of John A. and Elinor L. (Crouch) Harrigan.
      David was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church; a graduate of St. Francis High School in 1968, and later Northwestern Michigan College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served his country proudly and with honor during the Vietnam War, receiving several medals including the Bronze Star. David was employed by Sara Lee for over 25 years, receiving the Employee of the Year award in 1992.
      David had a variety of interests; being a big Tiger baseball fan and knowing all the stats; an avid fan of country music, writing his own music and short stories; enjoying crossword puzzles and trivia; and was especially fond of his 1953 Ford Crestline.
      Along with his parents, he is survived by his four brothers, John Harrigan Jr. of Grawn, Thomas (Debbie) Harrigan of Traverse City, Stephen (Sharon) Harrigan of Traverse City and Daniel (Tammy) Harrigan of Grawn; two sisters, Linda Wurm (special friend, Keith Begin) of Traverse City and Melanie (Kurt) Coesens of Milford; and 11 nieces and nephews.
      He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
      David was a loving and loyal son, brother, uncle and friend, who cared deeply for his family and enjoyed playing with his nieces and nephews.
      Friends may call this evening (Thursday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, where a scripture service will be held at 7:30 p.m.
      A funeral mass will be offered on Friday, at 12 noon at the church with Rev. Fr. Jerry Micketti serving as celebrant. Burial will be in the Barnum Cemetery at a later date.
      In remembrance, memorial contributions may be directed to Michigan Vietnam Monument, 611 West Ottawa, 3rd Floor, Lansing, MI 48913
      The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
     
      TRAVERSE CITY - Harry E. Groesser, 79, of Traverse City, died Tuesday at Munson Medical Center.
      Born Dec. 10, 1921, in Traverse City, he was the son of Harry E. and Tillie (Thoreson) Groesser, Sr. and was extremely proud of being a Traverse City native.
      Harry served our country in the U. S. Army from July 6, 1942, until Jan. 3, 1946. He attained the rank of Sgt., serving in the Signal Corps in the Philippines and New Guinea. On Aug. 30, 1946, in Traverse City, he married the former Lorane Burdette, a union that spanned 54 years. Harry worked for Bell Telephone after he was discharged from the service and then had a long career in sales, including General Foods and retired in 1984 from Hills Bro. Coffee. He was a "people" person and always was willing to help with any project. He loved tools, garage sales, boating, and building and was known among his many friends as "Mr. Fix-it". A life member of the Elks Club, Harry enjoyed coffee chats at the AML, and also enjoyed his memberships in the Eagles and Cherryland VFW Post 2780.
      Surviving is his wife, Lorane; two children, Mike (Sharon Flees) Groesser and Sue (Jerry) Seidner, all of Traverse City; three grandchildren, Heather Seidner and Natalie and Austin Groesser, all of Traverse City; His brothers, Vern (Eunice), Ralph (LaVonne), Gary (Kay), all of Traverse City; Bob (Mary Ellen) of Manton and a sister, Eileen (Don) Hennrick of California; and many nieces and nephews. His family and grandchildren were an important part of Harry's life, as were his many friends.
      At Harry's request, cremation has taken place and services are not planned. Inurnment will take place at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
      For those considering a memorial contribution in Harry's memory, you are asked to consider The Elks Club Building Fund or the Local Affiliate of The American Cancer Society.
      The family is being served by The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
     
      VIRGINIA R. ELSENHEIMER, 86, of Traverse City, died on Wednesday, May 9, 2001, in Cheboygan.
      Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Traverse City.
      Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City, where a Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m.
      A full obituary will appear in Friday's Record-Eagle.
     
      ELAINE L. TONDU, 70, of Northport, died on Tuesday, May 8, 2001.
      Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. today at the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes. A funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Lewis Grettenberger officiating.
     
      GERTRUDE SCOTT, 79, of Traverse City, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
      Arrangements are pending at the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes. A full obituary will appear at a later date.
     
      KEITH NELSON SMITH, 74, of Suttons Bay, died on Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at Leelanau Memorial Health Center.
      Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. and the Martinson Funeral Home with Rev. James H. Beadle officiating. Burial will be in the Keswich Maple Grove Cemetery.
     
      A memorial service and military burial will be held Saturday, May 12, 2001, at 11 a.m. for ERNEST KALCHIK of Gills Pier, who died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001. The service will be held at St. Wenceslaus Church, 8500 E. Kolarik Rd., Gills Pier. Arrangements are being handled by Martinson Funeral Home in Suttons Bay.
     
      FRANK L. MCCLAIN, 70, of Bear Lake, died on Monday, May 7, 2001, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He was born on Dec. 27, 1930, in Roystown.
      Visitation will be held on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Edwards Funeral Home in Bear Lake. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Bear Lake. Burial will be in the Pleasanton Township Cemetery.
     
      Graveside services for ELSIE DEEREN, who died March 26, 2001, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2001, at Cornell Cemetery in Buckley. In case of rain, services will be held at Grant Methodist Church on Garland Road in Grand Traverse county. Cremation has taken place.