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September 29, 2001

Obituaries


      THOMPSONVILLE - Howard R. MacGirr, 70, of Thompsonville, died Thursday evening at Munson Medical Center.
      Howard was born on Nov. 21, 1930, in Boon, the son of Clifford and Jane Catherine Leona (Coon) MacGirr.
      Howard graduated from Benzonia High School in 1949, and shortly thereafter had a tryout with the Boston Red Sox. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and baseball. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City, I.O.O.F. #419 in Thompsonville, where he served as District Deputy. Howard was also a member of the Thompsonville Fire Department and served as chief for several years. He was also a charter member of the Thompsonville Sportsman's Club. He retired in 1993 after 30 years with the custodial department of the Benzie Central County High Schools.
      Howard served his country honorably during the Korean conflict, where he received the Silver and Bronze Stars serving with the U.S. Army.
      On July 20, 1974, he married Elizabeth (Betsy) Edgecomb, who survives. He is also survived by his sons, Harry Mark (Marilyn) Wareham of Interlochen, Clifford Ray "Kip" MacGirr of Thompsonville, Steven D. (Becky) MacGirr of Lake Ann; and a daughter, Margot L. (Dennis) Scheele of Interlochen; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson. He is also survived by his brothers, Daniel of Flint, Clifford (Sheila) of Lexington, S.C., Delmar (Gloria) of Frankfort and James (Joyce) of Thompsonville; sisters, Betty (Charlie) Blair of Etowah, Tenn., Gayla (Norman) Collard of Davison and Eleanor (Wayne) Nordbeck of Thompsonville.
      Howard was preceded in death by an infant son and a brother, Terry.
      Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Philip's Episcopal Church with the Rev. D. Edward Emenheiser officiating. Interment will follow at Thompsonville Cemetery.
      Friends may meet with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, at the Benzonia Chapel, McElduff Funeral Homes.
      Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Benzie Central County Educational Foundation.
     
      TRAVERSE CITY - A resident of Traverse City since 1987, Bea was 76 years of age. She was born in Detroit on Sept. 23, 1925, the third child of Alma and Wilfrid Rioux.
      Bea married John P. Kelley on Feb. 4, 1956. She died peacefully at Munson Medical Center.
      Bea is survived by her beloved husband, John Kelley; her son, Brian (Lee) Kelley; daughters, Kathleen (Edward) Dougherty, and Christine (Albert) Wesley; also seven wonderful grandchildren, Sean, Colleen, Kaitlyn and Ryan Dougherty, Elizabeth, John and Christopher Wesley. She was a dear sister to Evangeline Klein, Patrick Rioux (deceased), Geraldine de Waha (deceased), Leo Rioux, Helen Cockburn, Wilfrid (Bill) Rioux, and Theresa Bak; and a wonderful aunt to many nieces and nephews.
      Visitation will be on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City, where a rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m.
      Friends are invited to join Bea's family for a Mass at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service.
      Entombment will be in Oakwood Catholic Diocesan Cemetery in Traverse City at 3 p.m. Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Mass Intentions.
      Arrangements are being handled by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
     
      WARREN - Kathleen (Tynan) Dewan, 82, passed away on Thursday, surrounded by her loving family.
      Kathleen was born on Nov. 20, 1918, and was reared in a very Irish household with plenty of music, dance, and song. She was the daughter of Peter and Margaret (O'Donnell) Tynan, who hailed from the Emerald Isle, Counties of Longford and Clare, respectively. The Tynan household was a home filled with love and prayer and the site of many neighborhood gatherings. It was here that Kathleen developed her strong sense of community and commitment to her faith and family.
      Whether it was a loving smile, a handwritten note or a phone call to offer support and comfort, Kathleen Dewan always reached out to her friends and family. She was a caring and considerate friend, a loving and devoted wife and mother, and a deeply spiritual individual who prayed for the special intentions of many.
      In 1947, Kathleen married Francis P. Dewan, and began a love story that lasted for over 50 years. Kathleen and Frank's children include, James J. Dewan of Warren, Mary (Chris) Gordon of Clinton Township, Frank (Lynn) Dewan of Hazel Park, Kathleen (Daniel) O'Neill of Detroit, Judith (Thomas) Bruening of Macomb, Peter (Maura) Dewan of East Lansing and Patricia (Donald) Kenny of Traverse City. Kathleen and Frank were also blessed with 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
      Kathleen will be remembered for putting others before herself, her sense of humor, and her devotion to her family, friends, and faith.
      Visitation will be held on both Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 9 p.m., with a rosary each night at 7:30 p.m., at the A. H. Peters Funeral Home, 32000 Schoenherr, Warren, (810) 293-8030. There will also be a viewing on Monday, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, with Mass of Resurrection at 10 a.m. The church is located at 32000 Mound in Warren.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the Father Solanus Guild or the Michigan Kidney Foundation.
     
      DANIEL CLYDE BAKER, 64, of Kaleva, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at his residence. He was born on Oct. 6, 1936, in Berkley, the son of Robert and Iva (Mulligan) Baker.
      Funeral services will be conducted at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, 2001, at the Terwilliger Funeral Home, with the Rev. Russ Garrigus officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday from 4 p.m. until the time of the service at the Terwilliger Funeral Home.
     
      JOSEPH HEATH, 74, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., formerly of Ann Arbor, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, at Munson Medical Center.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
      LARRY KNISS, 56, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Bellaire, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001, at his home. He was born on Jan. 4, 1945, in Flint.
      Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at the funeral home.
      Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Kalkaska.
      Interment will be in Oliver Township Cemetery.
     
      ZELMA MCCULLOCH, 79, of Lansing and West Palm, Fla., formerly of Traverse City, died on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001.
      Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Tiffany's Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing.
     
      LORETTA M. SCHUELLER, 87, of Traverse City, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at Bortz Health Care.
      Arrangements will be announced by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
     
      SCOTT WURM, 33, of Traverse City, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at Munson Medical Center.
      Arrangements are pending and will be announced by the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
      TRAVERSE CITY - Jack Elery Hammond, 72, died Sept. 27, 2001, at home, in the house that his great-grandfather, Nelson Hammond, built in 1859. Jack had been a resident of Traverse City for the past 54 years.
      Jack was born on June 17, 1929, in Flint, the son of Floyd Elery and Revella M. (Campbell) Hammond. On Nov. 24, 1949, in Long Lake Township, he married the former Janette Marie Ritola.
      Jack worked as a salesman for various automotive warehouses. He enjoyed hunting, NASCAR racing, golfing, traveling, and camping with his family. He was a member of Eagles Aerie # 3701 of Newberry.
      Jack is survived by his wife, Janette Hammond of Traverse City; two daughters, Lynn Marie (Jeff Ameluxen) Larson, and Susan Revella Hammond; two sons, Chris Elery (Judy) Hammond, and Michael William (Vicki) Hammond, all of Traverse City; six grandchildren, Melissa Hammond, Rebecca Hammond, Keith Hammond, Krista Hammond, Jill (Robert) Daly, and Larry Larson; five great-grandchildren, Addison Hammond, Sierra Daly, Liam Daly, Brenna Daly, and Peyton Daly; one brother, Finley G. Hammond of Arizona; mother-in-law, Marie Ritola, two sisters-in-law, Joyce Pickard and Ricarda (John) Flees, all of Traverse City; three brothers-in-law, Terry (Gert) Ritola of Traverse City, John (Maureen) Ritola of California, and Jack (Arlene) Hahnenberg of Traverse City; two cousins, Joan (Earl) Moss of Marion, and Richard (Lila) Campbell of Traverse City; and one aunt, Dorothy Cooper of Traverse City.
      Jack was preceded in death by his infant son, Gregg Allen Hammond; mother, father; father-in-law, William Ritola; sister-in-law, Barbara Hahnenberg; and aunt, Mildreth Hammond.
      A Memorial Celebration of Life service will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Rev. Louis Grettenberger will officiate. Interment will be in Linwood Cemetery, Long Lake Township.
      Memorial Contributions may be directed to Family Intentions.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
      BENZONIA - Judy Lee Mead, 67, of Benzonia, died Thursday morning at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, in the long term care division.
      Judy was born on Aug. 27, 1934, in Honor, the daughter of Teddy R. and Evaline (Beeler) Mead.
      Judy was a loving and caring mom. She was a wonderful cook who cooked professionally for 27 years in the Benzie County community. Upon retiring, she was a receptionist for the Commission on Aging for Benzie County. She was a member of the Honor Congregational Church.
      Judy most enjoyed her grandchildren, cooking for family get-togethers, arts and crafts, and visiting with her many friends, including her special friend, Jerry Rockwell. She will be remembered for her great sense of humor and will be loved and missed by all.
      Judy is survived by her sons, Rod (Billie Jo) Moore of Honor, Peter (Shellie) Moore of Valdez, Alaska, Dan (Carol) Moore of Boone, Iowa, and Ted Moore of Benzonia; daughters, Cindra Moore of Honor, and Rene'e (David) Roberts of Anchorage, Alaska; eight grandchildren, Sara, Rodney, Brent, Samantha, Peter, Karalee, Sarah, and Justin; three brothers, Ted and Richard (Dorothy) both of Honor, and Gordon (Linda) of Traverse City.
      Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, at the Benzonia Chapel, McElduff Funeral Homes, with the Rev. Thomas Maher officiating. Interment will follow at Champion Hill Cemetery. Friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m.
      Love offerings in Judy's memory may be made to the Women's Fellowship Fund at the Honor Congregational Church, Grand Traverse Area Hospice or Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, LTC.
     
     
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