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January 1, 2002

Obituaries

Michael E. Trager
      Died December 31, 2001
      KINGSLEY - Michael E. Trager, 57, a lifelong resident of Kingsley, died on Monday.
      He was born on June 21, 1944, in Lansing, the son of Charles Austin and Rosie Ella (Kreihm) Trager. On October 24, 1964, in Lansing, he married the former Rita G. Padgett.
      Michael was an avid gardener, and especially enjoyed spending time with his triplet grandchildren.
      He is survived by one son, Scott Michael (Connie) Trager of Cadillac; and three grandchildren, Brian, Laurie and Lisa Trager.
      He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one brother; and one sister.
      Private family services will be held later.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the Unity Church of Traverse City.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Covell-Smith Funeral Home in Kingsley.
      GORDON WILLIAM SPOELMAN, 74, of Bear Lake, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at West Shore Medical Center.
      Gordon's family will be at the Edwards-Oak Grove Funeral Home to meet with friends on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Thursday at the Heritage Baptist Church in Manistee one hour prior to the service. The funeral service will be held on Thursday at 1 p.m. at the church with Pastor T. Eric Struble officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasanton Township Cemetery in the Spring.
      The Edwards-Oak Grove Funeral Home of Bear Lake is serving the family.
      NEIL ALTONEN, 87, of Eastport, died on Monday, Dec. 31, 2001, at home.
      Arrangements are pending at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City and a full obituary will appear in the Record-Eagle at a later date.
      THOMAS COURTADE, 62, of Traverse City, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001.
      Private family services are planned. A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the Record-Eagle.
      The Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes has been entrusted with arrangements.
      FREDERICK DOELKER, 84, of Traverse City, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001.
      Arrangements are pending at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City and a full obituary will appear in the Record-Eagle at a later date.
     
      **FLAG** John Wayne Bearss
      Died December 26, 2001
      TRAVERSE CITY - John Wayne Bearss, 49, of Traverse City, died on Wednesday.
      He was born on July 31, 1952, in Holland, the son of Leo W. Bearss and Sarah (Sally) Healy.
      John worked as a truck driver and was employed by Consumers Power as a meter reader and tree trimmer. He served in the Army from Nov. 4, 1970, to April 20, 1972, with service in Vietnam.
      He is survived by his two sons, Joseph and David of Traverse City; brothers, Pat (Toni) of Traverse City, Mike (Linda) of Grayling and Bill (Lindy) of Charlevoix.
      He was preceded in death by his parents.
      Special services will be held later in Spring.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
     
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