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April 21, 2003


CLARA J. DAHLKE, 81, of Manistee, died Friday, April 18, 2003, at West Shore Medical Center in Manistee.
      Visitation will take place Wednesday, April 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, with an Evening Prayer Service at 8 p.m.
      Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 24, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
      FIFE LAKE - Francis Strzynski, 81, of Fife Lake, formerly of Flint, died Friday at Munson Medical Center. He was born in Flint on Feb. 19, 1922. On Nov. 30, 1946, in Flint, he married Maxine Sires.
      Mr. Strzynski served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He had retired from Buick Motor Division.
      Surviving are his wife, Maxine; three daughters, Nancy (Lynn) Golden of Comstock Park, Kathy (Glenn) Freel of Flint and Laurie (Kirk) LaCharite of Byron Center; son, Donald of Traverse City; eight grandchildren, Dylan, Jennifer (Shane), Stephanie, Matthew, Kimberly, Michael L., Madison and Michael D.; a great-granddaughter, Abigail; and numerous nieces and nephews.
      A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22, at All Saints Catholic Church, G-4063 W. Pierson Road, Flint. The Rev. Anthony Majchrowski will serve as celebrant.
      Visitation was on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m., and today from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. at Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Rd., Flint. Visitation will continue at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass.
      Burial will be in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery with military graveside service under the auspices of Chevrolet VFW Post #3087 honor guard.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to Fife Lake Area Ambulance Authority or Munson Healthcare.
      FRANKFORT - Colleen Helen (Gray) Fewins, 89, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, died April 19, 2003, at The Maples in Frankfort.
      Colleen was born Feb. 28, 1914, in Lake Ann, the eldest daughter of Deo and Imo (Bare) Gray. She graduated from Honor High School in 1932. On April 11, 1936, she married Art Fewins, who preceded her in death in 1993.
      Colleen had a foster- and daycare center license for almost 50 years, and was known as grandma by many. She ran a laundry in Beulah for many years; she was head cook at The Maples and also worked at Smeltzer's, Pets, Inc. and Money's Old Country Store.
      Colleen's greatest love and joy was her family. She is survived by her children, Arthur Leon and Sandie of Interlochen, Derryl and Jan of Kentwood, Alice of Frankfort and Lucinda McGregor of Thompsonville; grandchildren, Arthur Fewins III and Kay Hack, Sandra (Henry) Smith, Vicki (Ken) Burgess, Imo (Andy) Davis, Michelle (Troy) Carr, Melanie (Jeff) Gifford and Angela McGregor; great-grandchildren, Heidi, Kirk and Noelle Fewins, Sarah Davis, Madison Gifford and Rylee Carr; and many step-great-grandchildren.
      Colleen is also survived by her brothers, Bryce (Darlene) Gray and Zane (Virginia) Gray; her sisters, Mary (Merlin) Lautner and Alice Gates; and numerous nieces and nephews.
      She was preceded in death by an infant son; her brothers, Carl "Jack" and Clarabelle Gray, and Edwin and Helen Gray; brother-in-law, George Gates; sisters-in-law, Mary (Frank) Reno, Lena (Frank) Jones, Jessie (Denzel) Shutt, Daisy (William) Deemer and Mildred Fewins.
      Friends may call at the Benzonia Chapel, McElduff Funeral Homes, this evening, April 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
      Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Marv Rosa officiating. Interment will follow in Inland Township Cemetery.
      Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Education Fund of Kelly Feiger, c/o The Maples in Frankfort, or Lake Ann Methodist Church.

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