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May 8, 2002

Obituaries

**PHOTO** Virginia Ruth Gardner
      Died May 7, 2002
      TRAVERSE CITY - Virginia Ruth Gardner, 82, formerly of Grand Rapids, with her husband of 60 years by her side, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Tuesday at Grand Traverse Pavilions.
      Born March 13, 1920, in Grand Rapids, she was the daughter of Herman and Kate (Vanderweele) Meyer. On Sept. 13, 1941, in Grand Rapids, she married Robert Gardner.
      Virginia was a graduate of Butterworth Hospital of Nursing, earning her diploma as a licensed practical nurse, and was employed as a private duty nurse in Grand Rapids. She was a member of John Knox Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids. Virginia enjoyed golfing, reading, knitting, baking, and especially spending time with her grandchildren. Virginia will be fondly remembered for always being there for her family and loving them unconditionally through all circumstances.
      Other survivors include her children, Janet (Thomas) Locke of St. Ann, Ill., Christy Gardner of Anchorage, Alaska., Tracy L. (Fred) Truschke of Traverse City, Jack Gardner of Empire; brother, Gordon (Pat) Meyers of Grand Rapids; sister-in-law, Mildred Meyer of Kalamazoo; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
      She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Howard Meyers.
      Funeral services will be at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City on Thursday, May 9, at 4 p.m. where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Pastor Jim Roe will be officiating.
      In remembrance, memorial contributions may be directed to your local church or the Alzheimer's Association.
      **PHOTO** Ella Amanda Gurd
      Died May 5, 2002
      WILLIAMSBURG - Ella Amanda Gurd, of Williamsburg, died on May 5, 2002, at Birchwood Nursing Home.
      She was born Feb. 12, 1901, in Reed City, the daughter of Charles and Emma (Roggow) Slesdet. On Aug. 27, 1918, in Battle Creek, she married James S. Gurd. In 1930, they moved to a farm in Mancelona. When her husband entered the Veteran's Hospital in 1941, she moved to Lincoln Park to be near him. He died there in 1943.
      During World War II, Ella worked at the Willow Run Bomber Plant and often told the story of having the opportunity of sitting in the cockpit of a B-24 Bomber she had helped to build. When the war was over she worked in the mailroom at the Allen Park Veteran's Hospital where her husband had been a patient. She retired in 1956, and later moved to Williamsburg where she lived with her son on Elk Lake.
      She is survived by her children, James C. Gurd of Williamsburg and Virginia (Lyle) Johnson of Traverse City; four grandchildren, Elaine (Leonard) Hawley, Barbara (John) Barron, Jennifer (Richard) Steiner and James K. Gurd; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Gilbert (Wilma) Slesdet; and several nieces and nephews.
      Ella was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Eva and Viola; and two brothers, Erwin and Karl.
      Memorial services will be held Friday, May 10, at 11 a.m., at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Traverse City. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the services.
      In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Munson Medical Center, or to the charity of one's choice.
      **PHOTO** Dyoblyn Rein Stroh
      Died May 4, 2002
      COPEMISH - Dyoblyn Rein "Reine" Stroh, 12, of Copemish, passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 4, 2002, in Ann Arbor.
      Reine was born March 5, 1990, in Traverse City, the daughter of Todd and Prudence (Rokos) Stroh. Reine was involved with the D.A.R.E. program at her school in Platte River. She was always there to volunteer and help in her community in any way she could. Reine was in sixth grade at Platte River School in Honor. Reine was an active member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Benzonia.
      She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather Harold "Jack" Stroh.
      Reine is survived by her parents, Todd and Prudence; two brothers, Sky and Greyewolf Stroh; her paternal grandmother, Vivian Stroh; maternal grandparents, Gaylord and Janet McCaffrey; Jude and Cinda Lamie; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
      Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, May 10, at Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah, with the Rev. Potter from the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Benzonia officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home two hours prior to the services on Friday.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the D.A.R.E. program in Beulah, c/o the Benzie County Sheriff's Department.
      Mary Alice Greiner-Elek
      Died April 15, 2002
      CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. - Mary Alice Greiner-Elek, 47, beloved daughter of Calvin and Joan Greiner of Rapid City, died Monday, April 15, 2002, at San Ramon Regional Hospital in San Ramon, Calif. It was a sudden loss due to acute respiratory distress syndrome.
      Mary was born April 1, 1955, in Traverse City, and grew up in Elk Rapids. She graduated from Elk Rapids High School. Mary loved all sports and had played women's softball in her younger years. Mary had lived in Florida, Nevada, and for the last 24 years, she had lived in Castro Valley, Calif., where she worked for Marriott Hotels and volunteered at a "no kill" cat shelter.
      Mary is survived by her parents; her brothers, Michael (Anita) Greiner of Traverse City, Mark (Joanne) Greiner of Elk Rapids and Calvin (Tandra) Greiner II of Gladstone; her sisters, Kathleen Greiner of Kalkaska, Patricia Greiner-Ash of Kewadin and Susan Greiner of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; her sister-in-law, Rhonda Greiner of Elk Rapids; her cherished nephews and nieces, Ryan, Al, Travis, Michael, John and James, Jayna (Steve), Karisa, Tara, Anna, Jamie, Gina and Michelle; along with aunts, uncles and cousins.
      She was preceded in death by her brother Charles in 1992; her maternal and paternal grandparents; and her ex-husband, George Elek.
      Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Kewadin, with the Rev. Father James Holtz officiating.
      The family will meet friends at Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Elk Rapids following the services.
      Memorial contributions may be made to your local humane societies.
      The graveside service for EDITH D. BLACKHURST, who died March 5, 2002, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at Evergreen Cemetery in Kingsley.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell-Smith Funeral Home in Kingsley.
     
      TINA J. FLEES, 43, of Traverse City, died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at Munson Medical Center.
      A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 10, at the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes. The family will greet friends at 9 a.m., at the funeral home Friday.
      A full obituary will appear in the Thursday edition of the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
      HAZEL I. RANUSCH, 84, died Monday evening, May 6, 2002, at the home of her son in Traverse City.
      A service of remembrance will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, May 13, at the home of her granddaughter, 4232 Holiday Rd., Traverse City.
      A complete obituary will appear in the Thursday edition of the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
      JAMES VAN EVER 'JOSE' YATES, 69, of Traverse City, died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at his home.
      Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
     
     
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