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March 7, 2003

Obituaries

KINGSLEY - Pamela Ann Niebylski, 56, of Kingsley, died Wednesday, March 5, at Munson Medical Center.
      Born Oct. 31, 1946, in Highland Park, she was the daughter of Ronald and Virginia (Mitchell) Hankinson. On Nov. 7, 1964, in Detroit, she married Anthony B. Niebylski, who survives.
      Formerly of Wayne County, she had been a resident of Kingsley since 1996. Pamela was a 1964 graduate of Frank Cody High School in Detroit, and worked as a receptionist for Henry Ford Health Systems, also in Detroit.
      Pamela touched many lives while employed as the appointment scheduler in the office of Dr. Nowak at the Women's Health Pavilion in Acme and will be greatly missed by her dear friends and co-workers.
      She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City and enjoyed bowling in the women's league at Timberlanes.
      In addition to her husband, Pamela is also survived by her daughter, Sheri (Joseph) Kamykowski of Westland; her parents, Ronald and Virginia Hankinson of Mesa, Ariz.; her sister, Alice (David) Pauch of Pickford; a grandson, Austin Kamykowski of Westland; and many nieces and nephews.
      Services will be held at Grace Episcopal Church on Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. D. Edward Emenheiser officiating.
      Friends may call today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
      Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
      In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 525 W. 14th St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
     
      WILLIAMSBURG - Ronald C. Hough, 89, of Williamsburg, passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at his home with his family by his side.
      He was born April 27, 1913, in Belding, the son of Bert and Lena (Pennels) Hough. Ronald married Avis L. DeLano on March 10, 1934, in Grand Rapids, and she preceded him in death.
      He retired from General Motors of Willow Run after 30 years of service. Ronald was a resident of Bear Lake Township after moving from Fenton in 1974.
      Ronald was a life member of Masonic Lodge #109 of Fenton, and a member of the Community of Christ Church of Grayling. He was also a past trustee of Bear Lake Township.
      Surviving Ronald are his children, James A. (Florence) Hough of Grayling and Marcia G. (Mike) Spitzley of Williamsburg; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Marjorie Cole of Traverse City, Mary Davis of Flint and Opal Hartman of Kalkaska.
      Visitation will be held today from 5 to 7 p.m. at which time a Masonic service will be held at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Kalkaska.
      The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, at the funeral home with Elder Carol Stephan of the Community of Christ Church of Grayling officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Grayling.
      Ronald loved his family, which included his friends at Hope Village, who filled his last four and one-half years with love and contentment. "To know him is to love him."
      Memorials may be given in behalf of Ronald C. Hough to the Community of Christ Church of Grayling, 1030 Glenn Road, P.O. Box 1188, Grayling, MI 49783; or to Hope Village, 4354 Hope Rd., Williamsburg, MI 49690.
      Arrangements were made by Wolfe Funeral home, Kalkaska.
     
      TRAVERSE CITY - Millie Campbell, 82, of Traverse City, died Wednesday morning, March 5, 2003, at Munson Medical Center.
      Millie was born the daughter of James and Emily (Weir) Kalvoda on Feb. 17, 1921, in Crestline, Ohio. In 1941, she married David M. Campbell in Detroit.
      Millie is survived by her husband David; a daughter, Marilyn (Al) Wuerful of Traverse City, and a son, David (Karen) Campbell of Brentwood, Calif.; grandchildren, David, Kelly, Jimmy, Robbie, Robert and Kelly Richard; great-grandchildren, Allie, Lezzie and Robbie.
      She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, James Kalvoda.
      Cremation has taken place. No services are planned at this time.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 525 W. 14th St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
      The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, Traverse City.
     
      GRAND RAPIDS - Judith Smith, 64, died Wednesday, March 5, 2003, surrounded by her family at her daughter's home in Grand Rapids.
      Judy was a native of Lansing and while raising four children, graduated from Michigan State's College of Nursing in 1982. Following a 12 year career as a public health nurse, Judy spent the past two years residing in her sanctuary in Omena. She treasured her family and loved gardening, fishing, traveling and had a lifelong passion for learning. All who knew her will miss her thoughtfulness, abounding love and wisdom.
      She is survived by her husband, Dick; her children, Jodi (Mark) Hall, Thad (Cindy) Tomlinson, Thomas (Anne) Smith, Sean Tomlinson and Amy Smith; her precious grandchildren, Jacob, Matthew, Patrick and Brianna; and her beloved dog, Barkley.
      A memorial service celebrating Judy's life will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2700 Fulton, Grand Rapids.
      Those planning an expression of sympathy are encouraged to consider donations to the Michigan State University College of Nursing payable to MSU Nursing, A-213 Life Sciences, MSU, E. Lansing, MI 48824.
     
      DORIS M. AUSTIN, 84, of Bellaire, died unexpectedly Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at the Charlevoix Area Hospital.
      Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.
      Funeral services will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the funeral home.
     
      LORRAINE MAE HELMS, 61, of Grayling, died Thursday, March 6, 2003.
      Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sorenson Funeral Home, McEvers Chapel, in Grayling.
      The funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, March 8, at Grayling Assembly of God. Burial will be in Oakview Cemetery.
     
      ELK LAKE - Gene Edward Overbeck, 73, and June Patricia Overbeck, 72, of Elk Lake, died unexpectedly together Saturday, March 1, 2003, at home.
      Gene was born June 16, 1929, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Harry and Edna (Kessler) Overbeck. Patty was born July 7, 1930, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Lovell and June (King) Bay. They met while attending the University of Michigan and married on Oct. 5, 1957, at Elk Lake.
      Gene did his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and attended the U of M Law School, where he received his Juris Doctorate. He had the honor of being first in his class, and later became the first in-house lawyer for American Airlines. Gene enlisted in the U.S. Army and served proudly in the Judge Advocate Corps.
      He was an advocate and supporter of the U of M and loved the outdoors and gardening.
      Patty was raised in Traverse City, where she was a Cherry Queen and graduated from Traverse City High School in 1948. She was a graduate of the University of Michigan in 1952 with a degree in English and later became employed as a flight attendant for American Airlines for a number of years. She was an avid reader and writer of local history and lore and her favorite was their family genealogy. Patty took a special interest in following the activities and accomplishments of her children and grandchildren.
      Together, they lived in New York City and later moved to Larchmont, N.Y., where Patty became a homemaker to raise their family. In 1980, they moved to Dallas, Texas, for six years and then to Georgetown in Washington, D.C., where Gene retired as senior vice-president from American Airlines. The Overbecks moved to the Traverse City area in the spring of 2001. They had a great love for northern Michigan and especially their summer home at Rex Terrace on Elk Lake, where they completed a new home last May. Gene and Patty were devoted to each other and were especially loving parents and grandparents, who contributed their time and treasures to many charities and organizations. They will be greatly missed by their many family and friends.
      Survivors include their four children, Dr. Richard B. (Kristine) Overbeck and their children, Cory and Alexandra, and their dog, Homer, of North Muskegon, Thomas M. (Carol) Overbeck and their children, Nicholas, and two stepsons, Christopher and Chadrick Williams of Mesquite, Texas, Elizabeth B. Overbeck of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Katherine (Jack) Caress and their children, Jacob and Lucas of Santa Anna, Calif.; sister-in-law, Karen Bay of Cincinnati; Patty's brothers, John C. (Ruth) Bay of Traverse City and Kenneth (Jane) Bay of Moneta, Va.; half-brother, William Bay of California; and many nieces, a nephew and cousins.
      Gene was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Robert and Richard Overbeck.
      Patty was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Robert Bay.
      Services will be held at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home at 4 p.m., Saturday, March 8, 2003, where friends may call at the time of the service. The Rev. Dr. Gary Hogue and the Rev. William Elliott will be officiating the service.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 525 W. 14th St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
     
      TRAVERSE CITY - Charles A. Parker, 83, of Traverse City, formerly of Elk Rapids and Waterford, died March 5, 2003.
      Husband of Clara; preceded in death by his first wife, C. Fern. Father of David (Marcia) Parker of Macomb and Steven (Sharon) Parker of Waterford; grandpa of Dawn (Russ) Schultz, Lisa (Joe) Johnston, Ronald Jr. (Shannon), and Julee. Great-grandpa of Kailey Johnston and Andrew Schultz. Brother of the late Marion Zormeier; stepfather of Randy (Tari) Powell, Nancy (Jeffery) Hubert, Sheryl Powell, Jon (Jo-Lee) Powell, Judith (Dan) Guith and Karen (Colin) Husband. Also survived by many stepgrandchildren.
      Charles retired from the Oakland County Sheriff's Department.
      The funeral service will be Saturday, March 8, at 12:30 p.m. at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston, (248) 625-5231, where friends may visit today from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church in Traverse City at a future date. Interment in White Chapel Cemetery.
      Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
     
     

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