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June 16, 2002

Obituaries

VERDATH LUTHER ANDERSON, 96, formerly of Mesick, died Friday, June 14, 2002, in Stuart, Fla.
      Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the Covell-Smith Funeral Home in Kingsley.
      Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the Cornell Community Church in Buckley. Burial will be in Cornell Cemetery, Buckley.
      A full obituary will appear in the Tuesday edition of the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Covell-Smith Funeral Home in Kingsley.
     
      JOSEPHINE L. BAAK, 89, of Traverse City, passed away Friday evening, June 14, 2002, at Tendercare of Traverse City.
      The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
     
      MARGARET GROCKAU, 77, of Kalkaska, died June 14, 2002, in Traverse City.
      Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kalkaska.
      Arrangements by Wolfe Funeral Home, Kalkaska.
     
      BRIAN J. KILINSKI, 40, of Traverse City, died Saturday morning, June 15, 2002, at Munson Medical Center.
      Arrangements are pending with the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
     
      HELEN M. KNIGHT, 88, of Torch Lake Township, died Saturday, June 15, 2002, at home.
      Arrangements will be announced by the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.
     
      LAJUANA LASKY, 80, of Manistee, died Friday, June 14, 2002, at the home of her nephew, with her loved ones at her side.
      Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, June 17, at the Oak Grove Cremation Center in Manistee.
      Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the United Methodist Church of Manistee, with the Rev. Russ Garrigus officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 2 p.m. until the time of the services.
      The Oak Grove Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements.
     
      LARISSA R. MANUSZAK, 20, of Mancelona, died Thursday evening, June 13, 2002, in Traverse City.
      The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Penzien Funeral Home in Mancelona.
      Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 17, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Mancelona.
      Arrangements by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc., in Mancelona.
     
      ROBERT MORAN, 73, of Mancelona, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2002, at Kalkaska Memorial Hospital.
      A memorial service is scheduled at 1 p.m. Monday, June 17, 2002 at Wolfe Funeral Home.
     
      THERESA F. SOMMO, 91, of Elk Rapids, died Wednesday, June 12, 2002, at the Bortz Health Care Facility.
      There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Cremation has taken place.
      The Oak Grove Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements.
     
      BAY CITY - Diana Sue Dunham Kitchen, 46, of Bay City, and formerly of Traverse City, died Friday, June 14, 2002, at her residence in Bay City.
      Diana was born March 24, 1956, in Frankfort, the daughter of William and Helen (Milnickel) Dunham Sr. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing bingo and going to the casino. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
      Diana is survived by her daughter, Michele (Jeff) Kitchen of Pinconning; her two sons, Michael (Jennifer) Kitchen and Ben (Celina) Kitchen, all of Copemish; two grandchildren, Chelsea Sue Dunham and Alexis Kitchen; her mother, Helen Manville of Thompsonville; her brothers and sisters, Linda (Michael) Filhart of Bay City, William (Pam) Dunham of Thompsonville, Charlotte (Bill) Drake of Traverse City, Ralph James (Amy) Manville of Denver, Colo., John (Sheryl) Dunham of Thompsonville and Christina Strang of Traverse City; and numerous nieces and nephews.
      She was preceded in death by her father, William A. Dunham Sr.; her stepfather, Ralph Manville; and her sister, Sharlene Spears.
      Memorial services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, June 17, at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva.
     
      WILLIAMSBURG - Marcella Mae Plucker, 81, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2002.
      Marcella was born on Feb. 14, 1921, in Rapid City, the daughter of John and Florence (Hubbel) McFarren.
      Following her marriage to Glenn Plucker on October 13, 1943, she quickly became an Army wife and a Shrine wife serving in many capacities through World War II and the Korean War. Marcella served the war effort as a "Rosie the Riveter," receiving an award for her creative ideas to conserve sheet metal. She also volunteered her time with the Cub Scouts and the Girl Scouts in Japan and in the Panama Canal Zone from 1952 to 1973.
      Marcella and Glenn spent much of their 53 years together dancing their nights away.
      Marcella is survived by her sons, Michael (Inez) Plucker of Eugene, Oregon, (Michael was born in Traverse City), Richard (Nancy) Plucker of Cordova, Alaska, (Richard was born in the Panama Canal Zone), and Timothy (Patty) Plucker of Williamsburg, (Timothy was born in Salt Lake City, Utah); daughters Kathleen (Lester) Bernard of Bellville Texas, (Kathleen was born in Fort Knox, Ky.), and Debra (Dennis) Bouchard of Traverse City (Debra was born in Camp Zama, Japan); her sisters Leatha McFarren and Avenell "Nellie" Chase; her brother Lyle McFarren; and 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
      She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sisters, Leora Champney and Irene Carpenter; and her brother Eldon Way.
      Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 17, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
      Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the funeral home, with Stephan Hanna officiating.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the Saladine Shrine Foundation for Crippled Children Inc., 4200 Saladine Dr. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
      Arrangements by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
      GRAWN - Marie E. Hendges, 75, of Grawn, died Thursday at her home.
      Born April 16, 1927, in Empire, she was the daughter of George O. and Mary J. (Fortine) Haywood. On Nov. 25, 1946, in Traverse City, she married Donald K. Hendges, who survives.
      Marie attended Empire High School and served on the Grawn School Board for several years until the consolidation with Traverse City Schools.
      After years of providing a foster home and child day care, Marie made a career change. Marie retired after 23 years with Essex Wire Corporation, formally known at United Technologies. Marie was proud to be the first woman in Blair Township to work as an election official.
      In addition to her dedication to her family, Marie found joy in cooking, fishing, quilting and, most of all her garden.
      In addition to her husband of 55 years, Donald, other survivors include three children, Randall K. (Linda S. Komrska) Hendges, Salinda M. (Dennis L.) Manville, and Vanie L. Hendges; a sister, Jane F. (Robert) Boomer; two brothers, Robert L. (Nancy) Haywood and Leo G. (Carol) Haywood; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
      She was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Rita Susan; two brothers, Jack and William; and one sister, Bertha Hass.
      Visitation will be held between 6 and 8 p.m. today at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
      Funeral Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, June, 17, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Daniel Biteman officiating. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
      In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the charity of one's choice.
      Arrangements by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
     
     
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