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July 28, 2002

Obituaries

ROSE M. ARVIDSON, 82, of Thompsonville, passed away at her residence on Saturday, July 27, 2002.
      The family is being served by the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home of Beulah.
     
      JOSEPH A. DELORME, 94, formerly of Traverse City, died June 30, 2002, at J.F.K. Memorial Hospital in Lake Worth, Fla.
      A memorial service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City. Visitation will take place at the time of service.
     
      DOELKER-WOCHHOLZ MEMORIAL planned. The family of Frederick Doelker and Daphne Wochholz Doelker will host a memorial service in their honor at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the First Congregational Church Chapel on Old Mission Peninsula.
     
      JOSEPH JOHN KURINA, 78, of Lake Ann, died Friday, July 26, 2002, at Munson Medical Center.
      Arrangements are pending and will be announced by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
     
      MARY E. 'LIZ' WOLBERS, 73, of Manistee, died Saturday, July 27, 2002, at her residence.
      Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation.
      Graveside services will take place at a later date.
      The Herbert Funeral Home, P.C. in Manistee is in charge of arrangements.
     
      BENZONIA - Robert "Bob" Frederic Crain, 74, of Benzonia, died Thursday, July 25, 2002, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, following a long and courageous battle with lymphoma.
      Bob was born in Monroe Center, on June 20, 1928, to Norman and Hazel (Saunders) Crain. The family farmed in the area for a number of years. Following his father's death, the family moved to Charlevoix where Bob graduated from high school in 1947. After graduation he entered the U.S. Army and served proudly in the 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper and a trombonist in the Division's dance and marching bands. After the end of World War II, he returned to Northern Michigan and was employed in various auto body shops as a skilled "bump man." He also drove a cab in Traverse City. He returned to the Army for a year and a half during the Korean conflict. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, he met Joan Marie Green. They were married in Fulton, Ill., on Easter Sunday, 1952.
      The couple settled briefly in Cadillac, moving to Benzonia in 1955. Bob began a long career with the Prudential Insurance Company that spanned over 30 years. He was loved and respected by his customers for his honesty and integrity.
      Bob served on the Benzonia Village Council in the late 50s. He was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Copemish.
      His passion in life was for his BMW motorcycle, either riding alone or more frequently with his riding friends. His standard for riding in any season was "45 degrees and dry roads."
      One of his grandest accomplishments was the complete restoration of a 1949 Harley-Davidson motorcycle over a span of several years in the mid-1970s.
      Bob is survived by his sons, Tom of Gwinn, Tim (Sheila Pierce) of Nessen City and Jim (Jackie) of Byron; his daughters, Pat (John) Pawlak of Kalamazoo, Mary (Brenda Dillingham) Crain of Tom's River, N.J., and Jean (Charlie) Sessoms of Frankfort; his grandchildren, Aaron, Andrew, Shawn, Sara, Chaz, Lauren, Rob, Kaitlyn, John and Jacob; special friends and neighbors, Tim and Toni Flynn of Benzonia; as well as many loving and treasured friends and neighbors.
      His parents; wife, Joan Marie Crain; and two brothers preceded Bob in death.
      A Memorial Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Copemish, with Fr. Richard Kosterman as celebrant.
      The family will conduct a memorial service and celebration of Bob's life at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah.
      In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions in Bob's name be made to the Oncology/Hematology Department at Munson Medical Center, or to a charity of one's choice.
      The Bennett-Barz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
     
      JOYFIELD TOWNSHIP - June Elaine Lathwell, 76, of Joyfield Township in Benzie County passed away Thursday, July 25, 2002, at The Homesteader.
      She was born Aug. 8, 1925, in Bear Lake, to Victor and Samantha M. (Hunt) Johnson. June married Clarence B. Lathwell in Bear Lake on Aug. 25, 1945.
      June was a member of the Christian Women's Fellowship, the Farm Bureau and the Triginta Club. She also volunteered at the Historical Museum and the Benzie County Community Chest, and also the extension.
      June is survived by her four sons, Gary (Mary) Lathwell of Frankfort, Larry (Deanna) Lathwell of Frankfort, B.J. (Kathy) Lathwell of Campobello, S.C., and Kim (Jo Ellen) Lathwell of Schoolcraft; her two daughters, Melanie (Wayne) Brock of Lansing, and Julie (Rick) Zych of Honor; and her 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
      She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Clarence, in 1985; her parents; her brother, Douglas Johnson; and her sister, Irene Bond.
      Friends may call today from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah.
      Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, July 29, at Blaine Christian Church, with the Rev. Robert Larimer officiating. Interment will be in Joyfield Township Cemetery.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to Blaine Christian Church, or to The Homesteader Activity Fund.
      Arrangements were handled by the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah.
     
      TRAVERSE CITY - Margaret M. McChrystal, 80, of Traverse City passed away Thursday, July 25, 2002.
      She was born Jan. 5, 1922, in Port Washington, N.Y., to Willard and Margaret (Barrett) Boat. On Feb. 1, 1944, she wed John E. "Jack" McChrystal, in Milwaukee, Wis.
      Margaret was employed as a registered nurse and became the director of nursing at both the former Traverse City Osteopathic Hospital and the Grand Traverse Medical Care Facility. She was a founding member of the Grand Traverse Area Hospice and established the Grand Traverse Area Expectant Parent Classes. She was very active in the intensive care unit for premature and other critically ill newborns. She also delivered many babies in the area. Margaret was a delegate with the American Medical Nurses Association and the Michigan State Nurses Association. In 1973, she was named as the Grand Traverse Area Nurse of the Year. She also taught nursing classes at Northwestern Michigan College.
      Margaret was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She was a former member of Zonta and loved to plan trips for Zonta and her family. She enjoyed traveling, painting and reading. Margaret dearly loved her family and grandchildren.
      Margaret is survived by her son, Michael McChrystal and his wife, Alison Barnes-McChrystal of Milwaukee, Wis.; her two daughters, Mary Brown-McChrystal and her husband, Mike Brown of Traverse City, and Sheila McChrystal-LaPan and her husband, Mark LaPan of Lake Ann; daughter-in-law, Dierdre Keenan of Milwaukee, Wis.; and grandchildren, Kate McChrystal, Caz McChrystal, Ryan Brown and Shawn Brown.
      She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack McChrystal, and their son, Terry McChrystal.
      A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. James Hayden as celebrant. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the Mass on Friday. Inurnment will be in the Oakwood Catholic Diocesan Cemetery.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the Grand Traverse Area Hospice, or the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Munson Medical Center.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
     
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