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September 3, 2003


      ELK RAPIDS - Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Howitson, 81, died Aug. 28, 2003, at Munson Medical Center.
      Betty will join her deceased husband, Don Howitson, to whom she was married for 53 years.
      The beloved mother of Dan (Margo) Howitson of Farmington Hills and Linda Howitson of Seattle, Wash., Betty was grandmother to Shawn Howitson, Amy Elsasser, Abby Flack and Nicole Fryling; and great-grandmother to Alex, Christian, Josh, Cedar and Sequoia. Betty also leaves a sister, Barbara Green; and dear friend, Dorothea Shotts.
      She was an active member in the Elk Rapids community and will be missed.
      Memorial services will be held at a later date. Please, no flowers, but contributions in Betty's name to Munson Hospice, 1105 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684, will be appreciated.
      The family was served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

      MESICK - Gladys M. Moon of Mesick died Monday, Sept. 1, 2003, at her home. She was 92. She was born April 1, 1911, in Traverse City, to Charlie and Violet (Milliron) Cotton.
      Gladys was employed at the National Music Camp for several years, then Munson Hospital for 10 years, and then she cared for Mrs. Stanley of Mesick. During that time and during retirement, she worked at the Sherman Store and the Mushroom Bar, cleaning, and then at the Mesick Laundromat. She also worked and volunteered for the Department of Social Services with volunteer services.
      Gladys loved her grandchildren, her garden, canning and sewing. She was a member of Sherman Gospel Hall, Sherman Pioneers and the Golden Ages Club of Mesick.
      Survivors include her children, Gary (Alicia) Moon of Sherman, Charles (Lori) Carroll of Muskegon and Karen (Frank) Naples of Mesick; 21 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
      Gladys was preceded in death by two daughters, Ethel (Carroll) Boysen and Marion (Carroll) VanMaren; a sister, Luella Dinger; and a brother, Elmer Cotton.
      Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, from Grant United Methodist Church in Buckley, with Pastor Jim Breihaupt and Pastor Stuart Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Grant Township Cemetery, Buckley.
      Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac.
      Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

      TRAVERSE CITY - Helen C. Scheidel, 83, a lifelong Traverse City resident, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2003, at her home.
      Helen was born July 26, 1920, in Solon Township, the daughter of Clara (Mann) and Monte Fouch. She married Leonard Scheidel on Jan. 19, 1946, in Traverse City.
      Helen served her country as a barber in the United States Navy during World War II. Her most important work was caring for her family. She enjoyed collecting antiques, gardening, needlework, traveling, and canning all sorts of vegetables, fruits, jams and jellies. One of her favorite pastimes was fishing.
      Survivors include her children, Christine and Scott Frary, John and Dolores "Lulu" Scheidel and Thomas Scheidel, all of Traverse City; her grandchildren, Leonard Scheidel of Grand Rapids and Amber Scheidel of Traverse City; and a brother, Edward and his wife Betty Fouch of Saginaw.
      Helen was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Leonard.
      A gathering of friends and family, to share memories and food together, will take place at a memorial open house on Friday, Sept. 5, from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m., at the Grand Traverse Heritage Center, 322 Sixth St., Traverse City.
      Visitation will take place Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
      For those desiring to make a memorial contribution in Helen's name, the family asks that it be directed to the Hospice House Project, in care of Munson Hospice, 1105 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684.

      HOLLAND - Leonard Van Dam, 85, of Holland, went to be with his Lord on Monday, Sept. 1, 2003. He had been residing at the Inn of Freedom Village in Holland.
      Mr. Van Dam was a veteran of the United States Army, serving his country during World War II in England and Germany. He was a life member of the Reformed Church.
      He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, on March 17, 2003.
      He was a loving and devoted father to his daughter, Judith, and son-in-law, David Koch of Lake Ann. He is also survived by his sister, Wilma Carpenter of Northville; and his brother, Jack Van Dam of Florida.
      A memorial service will be held in the Freedom Village auditorium in Holland on Saturday, Sept. 20, at noon. Officiating will be the Rev. Dr. Arthur Van Eck.
      Memorial contributions may be made to Petsafe Rescue Mission, 1205 Anderson Rd., Traverse City, MI 49686.
      Arrangements are by the Downtown Chapel, Dykstra Funeral Homes, 29 E. Ninth St., Holland.
      Please visit Leonard's personal Web page at
      HOWARD L. CHILSON, 86, of Traverse City, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2003, at Munson Medical Center.
      A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the Record-Eagle.
      The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
      DANIEL JOHN MARZINSKI, 72, of Manistee, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2003, at Munson Medical Center.
      Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, with evening prayers at 8 p.m.
      A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. Burial will follow the Mass in Mount Carmel Cemetery.

      MAPLE CITY - Blanche Mildred Less, 90, of Maple City, longtime resident of Flint and her summer cottage near Ortonville, died Aug. 28, 2003, at the Maple Valley Nursing Home in Maple City.
      She was born Sept. 11, 1912, in Chicago, Ill., daughter of the late David and Amy (Johnson) Jacobson. She graduated from Pullman Technical School in 1930.
      Blanche married Leo A. Less in 1930 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Chicago, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 1983. She had been a member of the Flint Community Players and Flint Community Chorus.
      Blanche is survived by two daughters, Judith Davis of Cedar and Janet Photinos of Concord, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Elisabeth Less of Ortonville; and two sisters, Grace Radtke of Chandler, Ariz. and Myrtle Bolt of Phoenix, Ariz. Also surviving are four grandsons, Jeff Davis of Marquette, Matt Davis of Leland, Greg Davis of Wilton, Maine, and Nicholas Photinos; three granddaughters, Wendy (Davis) Kennedy of Maybee, and Anna Maria and Stefanie Photinos of California; and 14 great-grandchildren.
      Blanche was also preceded in death by a son, Daniel M. Less; and a brother, Ronald D. Jacobson.
      Graveside services will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, at noon, in Sunset Hills Cemetery, Flint.
      The Oak Grove Cremation Center of Manistee is serving the family.

      TRAVERSE CITY - Frederick W. Salensky, 92, a retired letter carrier of Traverse City, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, at Munson Medical Center.
      Born Sept. 28, 1910, in Traverse City, he was the son of Ernest and Grace (Chahoc) Salensky. On July 4, 1933, in Traverse City, he married the former Irene Parks, who preceded him in death on March 13, 2002.
      A Traverse City native, Mr. Salensky was a member of the Traverse City Masonic Lodge #222-F&AM, Rural Carriers Association and the National Association of Federal Employees.
      His interests included golfing, traveling, photography, serving as a Boy Scout leader, as well as Explorer adviser for Troop #35. He was also instrumental in starting Traverse City's first Sport and Boat Show.
      Survivors include his children, Beverly Peterson of Traverse City, Douglas (Millie) Salensky of Cadillac, Celeste Hoppe of Traverse City and Sue Barber of Miami, Fla.; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
      In addition to his wife, Mr. Salensky was also preceded in death by his parents; and his grandparents, Wensel and Amelia Chahoc, who raised him.
      Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday evening, Sept. 4, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City, where friends may call one hour prior to services. The Rev. Daniel Herlein will officiate. Following services, a candlelight Masonic service will be conducted by Traverse City Masonic Lodge #222-F&AM.
      Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery at a later date.
      In remembrance, memorials may be directed to the Scout Tribute Fund, Scenic Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America; or, Grand Traverse Pavilions or the Traverse City Senior Center.

      TRAVERSE CITY - James E. Sheehan, 76, of Traverse City, died Monday evening at Grand Traverse Pavilions.
      Born Sept. 4, 1926, in Ferndale, he was the son of Thomas and Grace Sheehan. On Sept. 6, 1952, in Oakland County, he married Irma Race.
      Jim was raised in the Ferndale area, where he graduated from Lincoln High School. He was employed by Standard Oil from 1952 until 1966, when he became an operator of his own service station until his retirement in 1985. Jim was always on the go and loved to play golf and watch football. A loving and caring man, Jim was especially devoted to his family and will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor.
      Survivors include his wife, Irma; his children, Sandy (David) Wilt of Florida, Janet Sheehan of Royal Oak, Peggy (Mark) O'Brien and Jim Sheehan, all of Traverse City; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
      Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Dick, John and Tom; and his infant sister, Virginia.
      A memorial service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. David R. Wilt officiating.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association or Munson Hospice.
      The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

      TRAVERSE CITY - Frankie C. Bolling, 90, of Traverse City and Tequesta, Fla., passed away peacefully at her home Sept. 1, 2003. Born Oct. 7, 1912, in Egypt, Ga., to Thomas E. and Daisy (Marsh) Mingledorff, Frankie spent most of her youth in Tampa, Fla.
      She graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa., where she received her degree in dental hygiene. She also graduated from the New York School of Interior Design and remained a member of the American Society of Interior Designers throughout her life. After working as a dental hygienist, Frankie turned her attention to interior design and opened a studio at Tudor City Place in New York City, directly across from the United Nations Plaza. She named her business Frankie's Red Balloon, specializing in interior design, antiques and accessories.
      After the death of her husband, Gerald P. Rock, she married George W. Bolling II on July 7, 1962, owner of Bolling & Co., a radio and television advertising business. When George's parents died, leaving him Bolling Hill Orchards on Old Mission Peninsula, Frankie and George moved from a Manhattan apartment to the family farm in 1969. Upon George's sudden death in 1972, Frankie became solely responsible for the orchard operations until she sold the farm in 1997.
      During her 34 years in Traverse City, Frankie became well known for her orchard operations, gardening and floral arranging, gourmet cooking, interior design and her love for entertaining and travel. An area orchardist once described her as "an expert at whatever she does." Her determination and grit were legendary.
      She has been a member of Traverse City Golf and Country Club, Tequesta, Fla., Country Club, Grace Episcopal Church, Trillium Garden Club, lkenobo Garden Club and President's Club of lnterlochen Center for the Arts.
      Mrs. Bolling is survived by her brother, H. Cooper (Nina) Mingledorff; niece, Martha (Dr. Robert) Ause; and numerous other nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She also leaves behind many dear friends in Michigan and Florida.
      Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, in Oakwood Cemetery, with the Rev. Barbara Hoig officiating. Following the services, family and friends are cordially invited to the Traverse City Country Club for a light lunch and time of sharing memories of Frankie.
      Memorials may be directed to lnterlochen Center for the Arts Scholarship Fund.
      Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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