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March 28, 2002

Obituaries

TRAVERSE CITY - Arne Shield, the last patriarch of a large extended family, was born in Stockholm, Sweden on March 23, 1917. He immigrated to the United States on July 4, 1922, and in passing, joined his Lord, his wife, his daughter, Sandy, and his parents on March 26, 2002.
      Arne lived a long and full, but most importantly, a happy and rewarding 85 years. He was the beloved father of Betty (Gary) Carden, Thomas (Candace) Shield, Barbara (Joe Vinson) Shield; the much loved grandpa of Christopher (Soona Kothawala) Carden, Michelle Carden (Dan) Riehl, William (Michelle) Brake, Todd Brake, Jeffrey Brake and Abraham Shield. As great-grandfather to Lila and Bohdan Carden and Cooper and Carter Riehl, he was lovingly, their "Papa Arne." He was the most favorite uncle to three generations of nieces and nephews and a special second father/grandfather to other "adopted" families in his life.
      Kathleen Morse and Arne Shield were married on Nov. 13, 1937. They spent the next 43 years raising their family and serving their community. Arne was widely known throughout the community and other worldwide areas for his work as a restaurateur and cook extraordinaire. His work life began in childhood helping his parents run a grocery, deli and tea room in Chicago, and continued after graduation from Traverse City Central High School in 1935.
      He worked with his mother at Shield's Café on Front Street. He then went on to co-manage the Traverse City Golf & Country Club with his wife, Katie from about 1945 to 1958. In 1958, he drove dunesmobiles at Sleeping Bear while the rest of the family managed and worked at The Sleeping Bear Inn. In the winters of the late fifties and early sixties, Arne managed the slopes of Holiday Hills and was the first snowmaking machine operator in northern Michigan. Arne and Katie opened Shield's restaurant on US 31 north in 1960. In 1964, he added the Keller in the restaurant's Michigan basement.
      Arne and the Keller are still widely talked about today as being truly important in the lives of many people. Arne retired from the restaurant business in 1973. He then focused his attention on the Traverse Area Scandinavian Society, where he became president and chief cook and bottle washer until 1999.
      He was a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary from 1969 to 2002, a member of the Michigan Restaurant Association, and during World War II, served in the Merchant Marines as a Cooks Steward.
      He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Anna Shield; his daughter, Sandra Kay Brake on Jan. 19, 1981; and his wife, Kathleen "Katie" on Jan. 17, 1979.
      A memorial service will held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in care of Betty Carden, P.O. Box 1227, Traverse City, MI 49685-1227.
     
      "Picture a young man floating across the sea. He's just said good-bye, farewell to friends and family. How did he get so strong? He'll be gone for so long. We wish you all the best though you're not like the rest My Dad" . . . Excerpt from the song "My Dad," by Jem Targal.
      Kami was born in Adana, Turkey, Jan. 5, 1923, to Mehmet Feridun and Ayse Murvet Targal. He graduated from Robert College in Bebek, Turkey. He left Turkey at the age of 18 to continue his education and received his master's degree in engineering at the University of Michigan. He met Barbara Jean Smith, a music major, at U of M. A most beautiful love story began. They were married in 1946, in Ann Arbor.
      He began working in Detroit at Smith Hinchman & Grylls in 1951. He was head of the Civil Engineering Department there until 1973, when he and "Barby" moved to Clearwater, Fla. There he worked as a civil engineer at C.A. Petersen until he retired in 1985. At that time, Kami and Barby moved to northern Michigan and began the lengthy process of building their retirement dream home with their own hands; a project that took many satisfying years.
      Kami was a gifted and devoted musician. Next to family, music was his life. He studied all the great composers and their music. He was a talented violinist, pianist and composer who, in his spare time, composed over a hundred pieces for himself, family and friends. On their 40 acres we would often hear the strains of his music drifting out through the woods and hills and into our hearts.
      He had a thirst for knowledge and a curiosity about life. He was very well versed on almost every subject. He enjoyed chess, debating and he loved to cook. In the last few years he became very interested in how the computer could help him record his music to CDs so that he might share what he loved the most with others.
      Kami is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barby. Also surviving are their children, Jem (Patti) Targal, Lisa (Jim) Favors, Ken (Melinda) Targal, Rami (Kathy) Targal and Mart (Gina) Targal; nine grandchildren, Jena Hale (Brendan) McMullen, Jay Targal, Skyler Nelles, Kenny Targal, Sean Targal, Renee Targal, Christina Targal, Craig Targal and Tanya Targal; five stepgrandchildren, Bart (Marlene) Favors, Ross Favors, Amy Collier, Jamie Collier, Alicia Collier; two great-grandchildren, Briggs McMullen and Marina Hale McMullen. He is also survived by his sister, Nihal (Vedat) Akat; two nieces, Hale Akat and Nil (Ed) Cain; and one nephew, Mehmet Akat.
      His parents preceded him in death.
      A celebration of his life is being planned for a later date at their home in Kewadin.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
      TRAVERSE CITY - Norma M. McCotter, 88 1/2, of Traverse City, died Wednesday morning at Munson Medical Center.
     
      Born Aug. 31, 1913, in Grawn, she was the daughter of Linus J. and Anna Maria (Peterson) Tooley. She married Elbert K. McCotter on Dec. 25, 1933, in Ann Arbor.
      Norma had been employed as a photographer and micro-filmer, and together with her husband, served as a foster family, caring for over 40 foster children in their home. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, gardening, canning and playing cards with her friends.
      One of Norma's proudest accomplishments was the sewing of 2,100 quilt tops for Lutheran World Relief. After the quilt tops were sewn, Norma and the other ladies of the sewing group assembled and tied the quilts.
      She is survived by her sons, Mark E. McCotter of Texas, Robert J. (Wanda) McCotter of Pinckney; daughter, Joyce (Arthur) Bayer of Farmington Hills; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
      Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert on Sept. 14, 1984; infant daughter, Lillian Marie; grandson, Michael; brothers, Norman, Frank, Peter and Mark; and sisters, Laura, Rovena and Lydia.
      Friends may call Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City. Visitation will continue Saturday at the church one hour prior to the services.
      Funeral services will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. David Gabel officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Acme Township Cemetery.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, Children's Programs, c/o Bethlehem Lutheran Church, or to the March of Dimes.
      The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
      ST. CLAIR SHORES - Margaret "Peggy" Davis, 74, of St. Clair Shores, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2002, after battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for eight years.
      Peggy was born Oct. 28, 1927, in Nanticoke, Pa., the daughter of Herbert and Margaret Semmer. On Nov. 17, 1956, she married Harry Richard Davis at Lake Shore Presbyterian Church in St. Clair Shores.
      Peggy worked as a secretary and audio visual technician for Lake Shore Public Schools for 31 years prior to retiring in 1986. She supported and worked for many causing including the Upper Keys Humane Society, St. Justin's Women's Club, Reading for the Blind, and other social groups. In 1989, she began to winter in Key Largo, Fla., and summer in Traverse City. Key Largo, Fla., was paradise to her and she enjoyed her winters there immensely. Following her retirement, she traveled extensively throughout the U.S., making and visiting friends at every stop.
      Peggy touched people's hearts with her love and always helped those in need the best she could. She had made many, many friends over the years with her outgoing, sincere personality, much like that of her own father. She enjoyed her family and especially adored her grandchildren who adoringly called her "Neema" and "Gamma."
      Peggy is survived by her children, Walter Herbert (Annie) Ogburn, Thomas Parham (Debra) Ogburn, Betsy (Jimmy) Zontini and Brian (Chris) Davis; her grandchildren, Crystal Dawn and Sarah Ogburn, Annmarie and Michael Zontini, and Amy and Patricia Davis; and her special pet, Scooter.
      Visitation will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 29, at Kaul Funeral Homes, 28433 Jefferson Ave., in St. Clair Shores.
      Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at the funeral home. Interment will be in White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.
      In lieu of flowers, the family suggest making memorial contributions to the Upper Keys Humane Society, P.O. Box 511, Key Largo, FL 33037, or to the Hospice of Florida Keys, 92001 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier, FL 33070.
     
      KALKASKA - Treva E. Bowerman, 65, of Kalkaska, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla., surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.
      Treva was born Nov. 13, 1936, in Kalkaska, the daughter of Clark and Ardis (Eckhardt) Seeley. She graduated from Kalkaska High School in 1953.
      Treva owned and operated the Kalkaska Ford Sales dealership from 1973 to 1986. At that time she was the only woman new car dealer in Michigan. Treva was a past member of the Kalkaska School Board, the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization, the Commission on Aging and North Country Hospice. Treva received numerous awards from North Country Hospice including their "Volunteer of the Year" award.
      Treva was a member of Quality Thyme Garden Club and the Kalkaska United Methodist Church. Through her membership in Quality Thyme Garden Club, she planted and cared for flowers and plants at the Kalkaska Chamber of Commerce Office, the Welcome signs on M-72 and U.S. 131, and the Kalkaska County Courthouse. She was a big supporter of Kair and the Kaliseum. Treva contributed much of her time and energy volunteering for various organizations and projects in Kalkaska County. She was also selected as this year's Grand Marshall for the 2002 National Trout Festival. Treva loved her friends, family and life to the fullest.
      Treva is survived by her loving family including her children, Christy (Richard) Cotton of Grand Rapids, Douglas W. (Lisa) Bowerman of Williamsburg, and Lisa (David) Kellman of West Palm Beach, Fla.; her mother, Ardis Seeley of Kalkaska; her sisters, Dorena (Richard) Raudman and Linda (Kent) Sieting, all of Kalkaska; and her six grandchildren, Anna, John, Michaela, Dan, Bret and Houston.
      Visitation will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 29, at Wolfe Funeral Home. Visitation will continue Saturday at the church one hour prior to the services.
      Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Kalkaska United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Robert W. Stark officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
      Memorial contributions may be given in behalf of Treva Bowerman to North Country Hospice, or to the Kaliseum.
      Arrangements by Wolfe Funeral Home.
     
      GLEN W. PARR, 67, of Manistee, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at West Shore Medical Center.
      A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, April 1, at St. Mary's of Mt. Carmel Shrine Church. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the Mass on Monday. Interment will follow the Mass at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
      Arrangements by the Herbert Funeral Home, P.C. in Manistee.
     
     
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