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Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 19, 2003

Obituaries

SWEETWATER, Tenn. - Evart A. Crain, 66, formerly of Bendon and Traverse City, departed this earth on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, in Sweetwater. Evart was born in Bendon to Charles and Ethel (Huddleston) Crain on Sept. 19 1936, and he lived in the Traverse City area most of his life.
      Evart retired after 20 years employment with the City of Traverse City, and then moved to Sweetwater, Tenn., where he joined the First Methodist Church.
      He served in the Army Reserve before and during the Berlin crisis.
      Evart is survived by his wife, Eldora (Burnett) Crain, of Sweetwater; a brother, Walter Crain of Melvindale; three sons, John and Charles Crain of the Lansing area and James Crain of Florida; three stepchildren, Mrs. Ronald (Dawn Conley) Richardson of Virginia, Mrs. Robert (Angela Conley) Bryan of Traverse City, and James Conley; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
      Preceding Evart in death were two brothers, William and Lowell Crain, a sister, Joyce Epply, and a son, Robert Crain.
      A celebration of Evart's life will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, from noon to 4 p.m., at the home of Angela and Robert Bryan, 4172 Holiday Rd., Traverse City.
     
      TRAVERSE CITY - James V. Dohm Sr., 68, of Traverse City, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003.
      He was born in Ionia Dec. 14, 1934, the son of Ray and Margaret (Kroupa) Dohm. On Dec. 28, 1957, he married Rosalie Saul.
      James served in the U.S. Army from 1958-59. He worked for more than 40 years as a cherry farmer on Old Mission peninsula, and was also a real estate agent. He was an avid snowmobiler and loved baseball and football.
      James is survived by four children, his daughter, Kathy Dohm of Traverse City; sons, James (Laura) Dohm of Vancouver, Wash., Thomas (Lisa) Dohm of Traverse City, and Steven (Mary) Dohm of Traverse City; and seven grandchildren.
      He was preceded in death by his parents.
      Visitation will take place this evening, Aug. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes, with a rosary service beginning at 7 p.m.
      Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Immaculate Conception Church, with Fr. James Hayden as celebrant.
      The family asks those wishing to give memorials to remember a charity of one's choice.
     
     
      SUTTONS BAY - Dagny Kristine Durdel, 56, of Suttons Bay, died Sunday, Aug. 17, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
      She was born in Traverse City May 12, 1947, the daughter of Haakon Emil and Realpha Beatrice (Bahle) Clausen. On Feb. 15, 1992, she married John Paul Durdel.
      A realtor assistant, Dagny was retired from Ameritech. She will be fondly remembered for her cooking, which she loved. Dagny was a former member of Sweet Adelines and continued to sing in church choirs. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Suttons Bay.
      Dagny was salutatorian of her Suttons Bay High School class, and remained active at the school as an adult. She was a member of Friends of the Fine Arts at the high school. She was also a member of the sports Boosters Club at Suttons Bay High School and was very active volunteering for all the children's sports.
      She is survived by her husband, John Paul Durdel; children, Lindsay Aleccia, Meredith Aleccia, Chris Aleccia, Mike Aleccia, Holly (Al) Karafa, and Matthew Durdel; two sisters, Mary (Lin) McNett and Laura Clausen; her mother, Realpha Clausen; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
      She was preceded in death by her father; and her first husband, Michael Aleccia.
      Visitation will take place Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Martinson Funeral Home, Suttons Bay.
      Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Immanuel Lutherna Church, Suttons Bay, with Rev. Paul E. Kulhman officiating. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery, Suttons Bay.
      Memorial contributions may be made to the Durdel Foundation at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Suttons Bay.
     
      BROADHEAD, Wis. - Eunice Ann (Hemming) Haas passed away unexpectedly at her home Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003.
      She resided in Broadhead, Wis., with her four children and a companion, Glen.
      Born Dec. 26, 1956, in Traverse City, she was raised on a cherry farm on Old Mission peninsula, and graduated from Traverse City Senior High School.
      Eunice filled her life with her two loves, reading and animals, and later with her children and grandson.
      Eunice is survived in Wisconsin by her four children, Stephen, Katherine, Virginia, and James; her grandson, Jacob; and her companion, Glen; and in Michigan by her parents, John And Virginia Hemming; her brothers and sister, Jed Hemming, John Hemming, and Sara Bachelor; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
      A memorial service will be held today, Aug. 19, at Everson Funeral Home in Broadhead.
      Memorial donations may be sent to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, or to the National Humane Society.
     
      LAKE ANN - M. Frances Odle, 87, of Lake Ann, died Saturday, Aug. 16, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
      She is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Woodrow, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
      Services will be held today, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m. at Lake Ann United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
     
      TRAVERSE CITY - Katherine B. "Kay" Patton, 86, of Traverse City, passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at her home at Hawthorne Cottage.
      Kay was born Sept. 12, 1916, in Detroit, the daughter of Florence B. (Moss) and Alfred G. Benke. On June 12, 1937, in Detroit, she married Jack K. Patton.
      A member of Central United Methodist Church, Kay had been a member of the Ogdensburg United Methodist Church and enjoyed playing in the handbell choir there. She enjoyed being active in Girl Scouts years ago and was a former leader. Her passion was volunteering, which she did with The American Red Cross and R. S. V. P., but she particularly enjoyed her time volunteering with the Munson Auxiliary and had served as their membership chairperson.
      Kay is survived by her grandchildren, Lance (Allison) Correia of Traverse City and Heather Correia of Chicago; and by her son-in-law, Peter (Shirlanna "Charlie") Correia of Traverse City.
      She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, in 1995; by her daughter, Barbara Correia, in 1976; by a brother, Dr. Robert Benke; and a sister, Marion Stadler.
      Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Central United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Ellinger officiating. Visitation will take place at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the Grand Traverse Pavilions or to Central United Methodist Church.
      The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
     
      MUSKEGON - Mrs. Arthel Mae Simmons, 87, of Muskegon, died Thursday evening, July 31, 2003.
      She was born in Traverse City Oct. 21, 1915, to Carl and Mae (Tottenham) Seaberg and moved to Muskegon from Vero Beach, Fla., in November 1999. She married Frederick Simmons Jr. in Traverse City on Jan. 31, 1945, and he preceded her in death in 1998.
      Mrs. Simmons was a member of First Congregational Church in Traverse City, where she had served as the financial secretary.
      She is survived by a son, Frederick Simmons III of Muskegon; a daughter, Penny (Brian, Sr.) Barnett of Tallahassee, Fla.; four grandchildren, Frederick Simmons IV, Michelle Barnett-VanEtten, Brian Barnett, Jr. and Michael Barnett; and a great-grandson, James VanEtten, Jr.
      In accordance with Mrs. Simmons' wishes, there will be no visitation or service.
      Arrangements were provided by the Lee Funeral Home, Muskegon Heights.
     
      TRAVERSE CITY - Alma 'Jane' Thursby, 73, of Traverse City, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, at home.
      Born Sept. 9, 1929, in Pontiac, she was the daughter of Gordon and Demaris (Redman) Wood.
      Alma had been employed as an adult foster care supervisor for the Cades Sun Day Lodge for 15 years. She enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.
      Survivors include her children, Valerie (Elmer) Lowder, Diane (Jim) Akin and Russell (Theresa) Brantley, all of Indiana, Donna (Jacob) Megdell of Michigan, Angela (Dan) Austin and Timothy (Deb) Brantley, all of Traverse City, and son, Daniel (Cheryl) Brantley of Lansing; her mother, Demaris Wood of San Francisco, Calif., 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Tracy Miller of Traverse City.
      Alma was preceded in death by her father.
      Memorial services will be held at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, with the Rev. Larry Ross officiating. Burial will follow in Cornell Cemetery in Buckley.
      In remembrance, memorial contributions may be directed to Munson Hospice.
     
      MARGARET ANNA BORSCH, 88, of Little Traverse Lake, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at her home.
      A complete obituary and service arrangements will be announced at a later date.
      Arrangements are pending at Martinson Funeral Home, Suttons Bay.
          
KARA ANN CLARK, infant daughter of Jolene Cozart and Ryan Clark, died Aug. 17, 2003, in Grand Rapids. She was born Aug. 15, 2003.
      Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Inland Twp. Cemetery.
      Arrangements have been provided by the Benzonia Chapel, McElduff Funeral Homes.
          
ROBERT OSWALD DITTMER, 72, of Onekama, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, at West Shore Medical Center in Manistee.
      Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Onekama Village Cemetery, following cremation at Oak Grove Cemetery.
      Arrangements were made by Edwards-Oak Grove Funeral Home, Bear Lake.
          
DORCAS V. ENAULT, 93, of Manistee, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, at the Gran Care Adult Foster Care Home in Custer.
      Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Manistee, with visitation from noon until the time of services at the funeral home.
          
MAYBELLE R. HAZEL, 91, of Interlochen, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, at her home.
      Visitation will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Covell-Smith Funeral Home in Kingsley.
      Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Grant United Methodist Church, with visitation from 11 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Owosso.
      A complete obituary will appear in the next edition Record-Eagle.
          
WILLIAM LEE 'BILL' HUFF, 39, of Traverse City, died unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, in Petoskey.
      Local arrangements are being handled by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
          
RANDY E. RAKAN, 40, formerly of Traverse City, died at his Wyoming Park home.
      Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, Traverse City.
          
THELMA 'SANDY LEE' SHEEHY, 72, of Mesick, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
      Cremation has taken place. memorials services will be held at a later date.
      Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee, is in charge of arrangements.
     
      NINA FAYE SHEPHARD, 62, of Williamsburg, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
      A complete obituary will appear in Sunday's Record-Eagle.
      Arrangements are being handled by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, Traverse City.
          
WANDA M. ZIENTEK, 88, of Manistee, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, in Manistee.
      Visitation will take place Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at 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, Aug. 21, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will immediately follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Manistee.
     
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