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April 28, 2002

Obituaries

TRAVERSE CITY - Janice Adele Roebuck, 75, of Traverse City died Saturday at Munson Medical Center.
      Born April 27,1926, in Chicago, she was the daughter of Carl and Adele "Mimi" (Vehmeyer) Upmeyer. On Oct. 21, 1950, at Christ Church in Bloomfield Hills, she married George Roebuck, who survives.
      Janice retired in Palm City, Fla. and Traverse City, after previously residing in Chicago, Los Angeles, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills, where she raised her sons. She had been employed as office manager for Jacobsons Furniture and Home Decorating Store. Janice enjoyed needlepoint and many other crafts, interior decorating, and volunteering at Blowing Rocks Nature Preserve in Jupiter, Fla. She will be fondly remembered for being a devoted homemaker, mother, and grandmother, which was exemplified by her happiness from spending time with her family.
      Other survivors include her sons, Chris (Doris) Roebuck of Traverse City, Keith (Ingunn) Roebuck of Sandnes, Norway, Craig Roebuck of Otter Creek, Maine; and her four grandchildren, Ethan and Caleb Roebuck, and Jannicke Adele and Therese Marie Roebuck.
      She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Jack Upmeyer.
      Private family services were held.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the Nature Conservancy, 574 S. Beach Road, Hobe Sound, FL 33455.
      Arrangements were handled by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
     
      TORCH LAKE - LaVerne L. Curry, 88, died Thursday, April 25, 2002, at his home, Torchcliff on Torch Lake. Previously of Mt. Pleasant, he had been a resident of Torch Lake since his retirement in 1975.
      LaVerne was born April 17, 1914, in Washtenaw County, the son of the late Leon and Nellie (Rockwood) Curry. On July 27, 1939, in Otter Lake, he married the former Catharine Palmer.
      LaVerne was a professor of biology at Central Michigan University, and became the head of the biology department prior to his retirement in 1975.
      He was a 32nd degree Mason, and past Master of the Mt. Pleasant and Torch Lake Masonic Lodges. He was also a member of the Traverse City Commandery #41, Knights Templar, Royal Arch, and was a past secretary of the Torch Lake Masonic Lodge #354. LaVerne was a past president of the Muscular Sclerosis Society of Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, served on the board of the Michigan Medical Examiners, as well as the Board of Review and Zoning for Torch Lake Township. He also served as a lay minister at the Westside Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant.
      He enjoyed doing water quality research and testing for the Chain-O-Lakes, reading, music, journalizing, watching wildlife and was an avid weather watcher. He was a loving husband, father and grandpa.
      LaVerne is survived by his wife, Catharine of Torch Lake; his four sons, Leon J. (Linda) of Gaylord, Karl L. (Marilyn) of Columbus, Ohio, Kenneth R. (Aprial) of Mt. Pleasant and Matthew A. (Chris) of Stanton; his two daughters, Catharine (Doug) Compson of Remus and Jane (Jack) Archiable of Elk Rapids; 19 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
      He was preceded in death by a dear family friend, Robert G. Fell.
      Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 29, at the Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes. A Masonic Service will be held at 7 p.m. under the auspices of the Torch Lake Masonic Lodge #354.
      The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Tom Pier-Fitzgerald officiating. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the Central Michigan University Biology Department, or to the Y.M.C.A.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
      Funeral services for VERLE KENDALL, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 29, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Visitation will be today at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
     
      WILLIAM JAMES TERRY JR., 46, of Cedar, died unexpectedly Thursday, April 25, 2002.
      Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
      A funeral ceremony will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, at Faith Missionary Baptist Church.
      A full obituary will appear in the next edition of the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
     
      ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Richard S. Viger, 28, of Englewood, Colo., and formerly of Central Lake, came home Sunday, April 21, 2002, in Seattle, Wash.
      He was born Aug. 3, 1973, in Garden City, the son of Richard W. and Susan L. (Stoianoff) Viger. He was a 1991 graduate of Central Lake High School where he excelled in football and track. Upon graduation from high school he attended Alma College, and then moved on to Central Michigan University where he earned his bachelor's degree in education. For the past three years he had taught middle school in Colorado.
      He enjoyed hunting and fishing and most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandfather, Bob.
      He is survived by his mother, Susan L. (Marty) Niswonger of Central Lake; his brother, Steven G. (Andrea) Viger of East Lansing; his maternal grandparents, Robert and Marjorie Stoianoff of Central Lake, his paternal grandfather, Leo Viger of Florida; his niece, Caitlyn Jackson Viger; and several aunts, and uncles.
      He was preceded in death by his father, Richard W. Viger.
      Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the Pleasant Valley Free Methodist Church, with the Rev. Daniel C. Clark officiating.
      Memorial contributions may be made to the Richard S. Viger Memorial Fund, c/o Citizens Bank, P.O. Box 456, Central Lake, MI 49622.
      Arrangements are being handled by the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.
     
      BOYNE CITY - Janet Darlene Keck Fish, 65, of Boyne City, died April 12, 2002, at Fuller's AFC Home in East Jordan under the loving care of Reva and Richard Fuller. Janet had resided there for the past 2 1/2 years.
      Janet was born Dec. 15, 1936, in Pioneer, Ohio, the daughter of the late Robert and Wilma (Welling) Keck. Her family moved to Bellaire where she graduated from high school in 1954. She attended Albion College and graduated in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in English and journalism. On Aug. 24, 1958, she married Richard Lee Fish, of Battle Creek. In 1964, they moved to Boyne City.
      Janet was involved in many community activities. She served as a board member of the Eta Nu Sorority and the Child Study Club. She was an accomplished writer and artist. She published a book of children's stories authored by her father, titled 'Whooflebird Waggery'. Along with her daughter, Roni, she operated the Side Door gift shop in Boyne City for several years. From 1981 until 1992, she served as the director of volunteer services at Northern Michigan Hospital, where she was involved in numerous volunteer services. It was here too that she was instrumental in developing the Children's Come and See Day.
      She will be remembered for her quick wit, warm smile, ever-caring personality and her unwavering faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
      Janet is survived by her husband, Richard Fish of Boyne City; her daughter, Roni Fish; and her granddaughters, Sydney and Perry Fish, all of Boyne City; her sons, Kyle (Michelle Strauss) Fish of Climax and Corey Fish of Belmont; her brother Jack, and his wife Nanette Keck of Mackinaw City; her long-time dear friends, Phyllis Korn, Bud and Ann Neidhamer and Donna Moll; as well as many other dear and supportive friends.
      She was also preceded in death by her dear friend, Robert Korn.
      A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, at St. Matthew's Church in Boyne City. A luncheon will follow in St. Matthew's parish hall.
      The family asks that memorial contributions be directed to Hospice of Northwest Michigan, the Alzheimer's Association of Northwest Michigan, or to the Charlevoix Area Hospital Building Fund.
      Funeral arrangements were handled by Stackus Funeral Home in Boyne City.
     
      SUTTONS BAY - Dorothy Nora Mork, 95, a lifelong Suttons Bay resident, died in Northport on Saturday, April 27, 2002.
      She was born Oct. 16, 1906, to the late Anton and Marit (Johnson) Solem. She was the last surviving member of their 14 children. On June 16, 1926, she married Harold Mork. Together they farmed, north of Suttons Bay, for 40 years, raising potatoes, cattle and fruit. Harold preceded her in death in 1968.
      Dorothy enjoyed gardening, painting, reading, and sewing. She was well known for her beautiful quilts, which have been displayed at the Leelanau County Museum, Traverse City Opera House, and the University of Michigan Museum. Her "Bible Quilt" is at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Suttons Bay where she was a long time member. Dorothy had taught Sunday school, was a member of the choir, and she liked helping make quilts for Lutheran World Missions.
      Dorothy volunteered for many years at the Penny Power Thrift Shop. She enjoyed doll restoration and sewing clothes for dolls to be given to children by social services. Dorothy was also gifted with an ability to draw and paint and her work is treasured by friends and family alike. She was a member of the Suttons Bay Friendship Center and played in the kitchen band.
      Dorothy is survived by her children, Otto and Betty Mork of Suttons Bay, Charles and Charlotte Guisgand of Garden City, Darwin Mork of Waterford, Jerry and Betty Mork of Northport, and Ray and Thea Kellogg of Northport. She also is survived by 20 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
      She was preceded in death by a great-grandson and a great-granddaughter.
      Visitation will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Monday, April 29, from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.
      A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Suttons Bay with Pastor Paul E. Kuhlman officiating. Interment will be in Lutheran Cemetery, Suttons Bay.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Suttons Bay Friendship Center, or Leelanau Memorial Health Care Facility.
      The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
     
      HUFFMAN, Texas - Mercedes Weaver Horner, 82, of Fife Lake, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2002, in the home of her daughter, Sylvia Bumstead, in Huffman, Texas.
      Mercedes was born July 8, 1919, in Grand Rapids, to Glen and Almeda Weaver. She grew up in Fife Lake with her sister, Shirley, and brothers, Ross, Ted, Lawrence and Glen. She attended school in Fife Lake through the tenth grade.
      Mercedes is survived by her daughter, Sylvia (Richard) Bumstead of Huffman, Texas; her son, Larry (Judi) Bjork of Dewey, Ariz.; her husband, Andy, and his children, Sharon (Doug) Black of Coldwater, Roger Horner of Fife Lake and Wayne Horner of Buffalo, N.Y.; her sister, Shirley (Donald) Marhofer; her brother, Ted (Opal) Weaver of Fife Lake; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
      She was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Almeda Weaver; her former husband, Howard Bjork and their infant son, Glen Bjork; her brothers, Ross, Lawrence and Glen Weaver; and two sisters in infancy.
      Mercedes was a member of the American Legion Post in Fife Lake.
      Mercedes was a poet and advocate of the "North Woods." She was a columnist for the Wayne Dispatch, where her poetry was published weekly under the column name "Nothing Personal" by "Anonymous." The National Library of Poetry published her award-winning poem, "Pool of Time." Her book, "Winds of Time," was published in 1995.
      "I was a child of the northern wilds with never a plumbers care...
      My grandfather was a dutchman bold; my grandmother was a Baer...
      Where the winds blow free through the great pine trees
      And the northern breezes blow,
      Where the wilds can tame both men and game,
      This is the land I know."
      A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2002, at the First Methodist Church in Fife Lake.
     
     

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