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May 11, 2003

Obituaries

ELK LAKE - Mary Urchek, 88, of Elk Lake, formerly of Grosse Pointe Woods, died Friday, May 9, 2003, at Tendercare Traverse City.
      Mary was born Aug. 14, 1914, in Kingston, Pa., the daughter of Anthony and Helen (Shusharaba) Pritiscotch. On Aug. 1, 1936, in Kingston, she married Joseph Urchek, who preceded her in death.
      Mary is survived by her daughter, Dorothy (Dale) McCleary of Elk Lake; two sisters, Kate and Julia; and a brother, Joseph.
      In addition to her husband, Mary was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Urchek Jr.
      Visitation will be held on Monday, May 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
      A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 15, at Holy Ghost Carpatho Russian Orthodox Church, located at 38500 Ryan Rd., Sterling Heights, with visitation one hour prior to the Mass.
      Burial will take place in Forest Lawn Cemetery, located at Outer Drive and VanDyke Rd. in Sterling Heights.
      Memorials may be directed to Holy Ghost Carpatho Russian Orthodox Church, 38500 Ryan Rd., Sterling Heights, MI 48310; or, Antrim County Commission on Aging, P.O. Box 614, Bellaire, MI 49615.
      Arrangements were entrusted to the Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
      TRAVERSE CITY - Janet Marie Moir, 96, of Traverse City, passed away Friday, May 9, 2003, at Concord Place.
      Janet was born Sept. 11, 1906, in Huron County, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Gertrude L. (Powers) and George Moir Sr.
      Janet moved to Traverse City in 1912 and attended Traverse City schools, graduating from Traverse City High School. Following graduation, she moved to Grand Rapids to pursue a career in nursing, becoming an L.P.N. Janet returned to Traverse City, became a U.S. citizen, and became an employee of the Traverse City State Hospital. She retired in 1966 from her position as supervisor.
      Janet attended Asbury United Methodist Church and was a member of the State Hospital Retirees Association. She also enjoyed spending winters in Largo, Fla.
      Janet is survived by her sister, Edith Welnack of Largo, Fla., and by her niece, Geraldine "Betty" Edwards of Gainsville, Fla.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
      At her request, no services will be held and burial will be in the family lot at Oakwood Cemetery.
      For those desiring to express their sympathy through a memorial donation, the family suggests Asbury United Methodist Church, or the American Cancer Society.
      The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
     
      YUBA - Arthur 'Art' Harju, 69, of Yuba, passed away in his sleep Friday evening, May 2, 2003.
      Born April 13, 1934, in Detroit, he was the son of Arthur Enoc and Mary (DeAngelis) Harju.
      Art was a member of the Elk Rapids Sportman's Club and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
      According to his wishes, cremation has taken place and no services are planned.
      The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
     
      TRAVERSE CITY - William Oville LaCourse, 72, of Traverse City, passed away at Munson Medical Center on Thursday, May 8, 2003. Bill was born in Wyandotte on July 6, 1930, the son of Ione (McConnell) and Arthur Joseph LaCourse Sr.
      On Oct. 6, 1951, in Wyandotte, Bill married the former Betty J. Plachta at Mt. Carmel Catholic Church. Betty preceded Bill in death on Feb. 10, 1980.
      Bill was a chartered life underwriter and licensed insurance counselor. He began his career with Prudential Life Insurance Co. and later joined Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.
      A veteran, having served with the United States Air Force during the Korean War, Bill was a member of American Legion Post 35 and Disabled American Veterans. He also served on the Grand Traverse Veterans Affairs Committee and on the Munson Medical Center Development Council.
      An active volunteer with the National Cherry Festival, Bill had served on the board and was a past president of the festival. He was a former member of the Kiwanis Club, a current member of the Elks Lodge, and was a founding member of the 5 Bears Lodge in Sigma. An avid fisherman and hunter, Bill enjoyed the out-of-doors and especially enjoyed camping with his family at Agawa Bay and Bay Mills.
      Bill is survived by his children, Shayrrl An McCready, Peter W. (Lisa Dopke) LaCourse, all of Traverse City, Gregory L. LaCourse of Traverse City and Sheridan, Wyo., and Michelle M. (Dr. Richard W. Kowalski) LaCourse of Northhampton, Mass.; his grandchildren, Aryn An McCready, Lucas W. McCready, Jessica L. LaCourse and Lyndsay M. LaCourse. Also surviving is a former son-in-law, John H. McCready; a former daughter-in-law, Barbara Knudsen Teter, both of Traverse City; his sister, Joan LaBadie of Lincoln Park; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
      In addition to his wife, Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Monica Novak; and a brother, Arthur J. LaCourse, Jr.
      A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 14, at St. Francis Catholic Church, with Father Patrick Maher serving as celebrant. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
      Visitation will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the Munson Medical Center Development Fund, 1105 Sixth Street, Traverse City, MI 49684.
     
      TRAVERSE CITY - Eldon F. Burton, 90, of Traverse City, died Thursday, May 8, 2003, at Munson Medical Center.
      Born Jan. 8, 1913, in Imlay City, he was the son of Charles and Rose (White) Burton.
      Eldon and his wife, the former Betty Mulder, met in Honor and married on June 27, 1971, in Saugatuck.
      Eldon served his country honorably with the United States Air Force. He was later employed as a park ranger for the Department of Natural Resources.
      He loved gardening, birdwatching and handiwork around the house, especially helping others with their repair projects.
      Along with his wife, Betty, he is also survived by his daughters and sons, Suzanne (Greg) Damenio of Bradenton, Fla., James VerBerkmoes of Englewood, Fla., Michael VerBerkmoes of Interlochen, William (Randi) VerBerkmoes of Northport, Fla., and Judith (James) DePew of Biloxi, Miss.; and a sister, Grace Schoenmaker of Mesick.
      Eldon was preceded in death by his parents; a stepson, David VerBerkmoes; several brothers and a sister.
      Memorial services will be held at Emmanuel United Methodist Church on Monday, May 12, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Doug Pedersen will officiate.
      Burial will be in Yuma Cemetery.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to Emmanuel United Methodist Church.
      Arrangements are by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
     
      Memorial services for CLAUDE LORRAINE PORTER of Traverse City, who died on Jan. 16, 2003, in Niceville, Fla., will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 24, at Keswick United Methodist Church in Suttons Bay.
      The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
      Graveside services will follow in Bingham Township Cemetery, with full military honors under the auspices of Cherryland VFW Post 2780.
      Arrangements by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
     
      MAXINE L. MAKOWSKI, 73, of Traverse City, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2003, at Munson Medical Center.
      Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 13, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
      Visitation will be held on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Covell Funeral Homes, Traverse City Chapel.
      A full obituary will appear in the Monday edition of the Record-Eagle.
     
      ROBINETTE M. (CORNELL) RAEBURN, 80, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Traverse City, died Jan. 13, 2003.
      A committal service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 15, in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Karl Marsh (ret.) of Grace Episcopal Church will officiate.
     
     

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