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September 23, 2003

Obituaries

      CADILLAC - Gladys Pauline Nolan, 67, of Boon, died Sunday at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac.
      She was born in Boon on Nov. 3, 1935, the daughter of George and Gladys May (Ward) Millen. She married Lester Nolan on June 18, 1955, in Boon.
      Mrs. Nolan had been employed at Mitchell-Bently of Cadillac and at Kickaway Garment. She attended Four Square Lighthouse Church in Boon.
      Mrs. Nolan loved to take care of her grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening, canning and fishing. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and will be greatly missed by everyone who ever met her. She looked forward to the day she could join Jesus and her family in heaven.
      Mrs. Nolan is survived by her husband, Lester Nolan of Boon; children, Debra (Morris) Cotton of Cadillac, Diana Payne (Richard Duda) of Mesick, Janice Nolan of Buckley, Sheryl (Mark) Beaudet of Cadillac, Daniel (Michelle) Nolan of Harietta, Kevin (Pennie) Nolan of Cadillac and Ronald (Doreen) Nolan of Cadillac; 25 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; brother and sisters, Steven Tidey of Manton, Lorraine (Robert) Bailie of Burton, Peggy Tidey of Manton and Evelyn Hoadley of Cadillac; and two sisters-in-law, Lois Millen and Inez Millen.
      She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Henry Tidey; and brothers, Darrel and Leonard Millen.
      Visitation will take place Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac.
      Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, at Four Square Lighthouse Church in Boon. Pastor Ed Gilbert will officiate. Burial will be in Boon Westside Cemetery.
      Memorial donations may be made to the family of Gladys Pauline Nolan. Envelopes are available at Peterson Funeral Home.

      THOMPSONVILLE - Wilbur E. Collingwood, 63, of Thompsonville, died after a long battle with cancer, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at The Maples-Benzie County Medical Care Facility in Frankfort.
      He was born in Joyfield Township Feb. 11, 1940, the son of Bert Leighton and Minnie Elizabeth (Six) Collingwood.
      At age 2, Wilbur lost his mother to cancer. He and his father then resided in numerous places around Benzie and Manistee counties, until his father passed away when Wilbur was 16. Wilbur then became the foster child of John and Betty Milarch in Bear Lake. He lived in the area his entire life.
      A 1959 graduate of Arcadia High School, Wilbur was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He worked as a milkman for Ideal Dairy, and for many years was an employee of Nugent Farms. In his spare time, Wilbur loved to hunt and fish, and also enjoyed making woodcrafts.
      Wilbur is survived by his children, Sally Ann (Fritz) Garvin of Newaygo, Connie Lynn (Brian) Lindsay of Beulah, Wilbur Leighton (Missi) Collingwood of Benzonia, Lisa Marie (Mike) McCatty of Traverse City and Jason Eugene Collingwood of Traverse City; nine grandchildren, Shaun and Megan Garvin, Jessica, Brianne and Andrew Lindsay, Kathleen and Leighton Collingwood, and Courtney and Alexander McCatty; his foster mother, Betty Milarch; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
      On March 9, 1963, in Beulah, Wilbur married Kathleen Marlain Sikorski, who preceded him in death in 1994. He was also preceded in death by his parents; foster father, John Milarch; three brothers, George Collingwood, Walter Mattison and Leslie Mattison; and two sisters, Iris Cole and Marie Morton.
      Visitation will take place Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah.
      Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, at the funeral home, with Pastor Dan Ingersoll officiating. Interment will be in the Homestead Township Cemetery.
      Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home.

      TRAVERSE CITY - William Lane Hall, 74, of Traverse City, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003, at Birchwood Nursing Center.
      A lifelong resident of the Traverse City area, Bill was a former employee of the Parsons Corporation, and retired from the maintenance department of Northwestern Michigan College after 28 years of service.
      Bill enjoyed photography, was a member of the Traverse City Camera Club, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
      Born May 21, 1929, in Kalkaska, he was the son of Leonard and Beatrice (Barklett) Hall. On June 17, 1950, at Long Lake, he married the former Donna M. Wilkins, who survives.
      Also surviving are three children, Theodore Hall of San Antonio, Texas, Tina Schichtel and Sandra (Steven) Lohner, all of Traverse City; five grandchildren, Todd and Scott Schichtel, Jessica Hall, and Bridget and Steven Lohner; four great-grandchildren, Carter and Drew Schichtel and Kaitlin and Devin Edinger; one sister, Betty Duffy of Oregon; and several nieces and nephews.
      Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Ben Hall in 1981.
      Friends may call at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City this evening, Sept. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.
      Funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Robert Zagore officiating. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
      In remembrance, memorial contributions may be directed to the Grand Traverse Area Commission on Aging or the Trinity Lutheran Church's Pastoral Fund.

      TRAVERSE CITY - Emily Joy Simmons, 95, of Traverse City, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, at Grand Traverse Pavilions.
      Known as "Joy" by her friends and family, she was born on April 17, 1908, in Leesville, near Detroit, and grew up in the Detroit area. She was the daughter of Percy Ralph "Rex" and Florence Loyola (Millar) Upton. In 1954, she married Carl D. Simmons in Ann Arbor and moved with him in 1962 to Port Charlotte, Fla. During their retirement years, they enjoyed many wonderful trips and Joy especially enjoyed the knitting class she taught through Port Charlotte "University."
      Joy worked at firms in both Detroit and Ann Arbor. She was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston, Mass., and was active in the Eastern Star and White Shrine for many years. Joy was made a lifetime member of the General Federation of Women's Club after 50 years of membership in the Strathmore (Detroit), Ann Arbor, Port Charlotte and Traverse City clubs.
      Joy moved to Traverse City in 1981. She volunteered at Munson Medical Center, was a member of the Mozelle Sawyer Bridge Group, and worked with RSVP. During her lifetime she enjoyed dancing, doing handiwork and playing cards. She was fond of cats and dolls. She will be remembered for her love, loyalty, sunny nature and independent spirit.
      Joy is survived by her son, Ronald A. (Janet) Whittington of Manchester; daughter, Sandra Joy (William) Cartwright of Traverse City; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and Carl's son, Charles Simmons of Birmingham.
      She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, in 1978; brothers, Robert and Frederick; sister, Catherine; and grandson, Thomas Cartwright.
      A private memorial gathering will take place at a later date.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the Women's Resource Center or the Grand Traverse Pavilions.
      The family is grateful for the care Joy received from the staff of Grand Traverse Pavilions for the past four years.
      Arrangements by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

      KINGSLEY - John L. "Jack" Knight Sr., 59, of Kingsley, died at his home Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003.
      Born July 6, 1944, In Kingsley, where he lived most of his life, he was the son of Lucas Henry and Dora Mae (Srackangast) Knight.
      Jack was a career truck driver, served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed building and flying model airplanes. His children describe him as being the best father there ever was.
      He is survived by four children, Kevin (Alonie) of Kingsley, Loretta (John "Sonny") Birgy of Kingsley, Jeanine (Steve) Knight of Kingsley, and John Lyle (Michelle) of Boston, Mass.; 10 grandchildren; three sisters, Bonnie (Richard) Deo of Kingsley, Eleanor (Ralph) Wasson of Lansing, and Linda (John) Luotonen of Sterling Heights; a brother-in-law, James Denoyer of Suttons Bay; and several nieces and nephews.
      Jack was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Eljay; and a sister, Lucy Denoyer.
      Visitation will take place today, Sept. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Covell-Smith Funeral Home in Kingsley.
      A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the funeral home, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Rev. Glen Waters will officiate. An AMVETS memorial service will be held immediately following at Evergreen Cemetery in Kingsley.
     
      TRAVERSE CITY - Leo A. Stevens, 73, of Traverse City, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at home.
      Born July 11, 1930, in Detroit, he was the son of Leo A. And Josephine V. (Ploszewski) Stevens. On Feb. 14, 1953, in St. Raymond Parish, he married the former Lorraine M. Lehman, who survives.
      Leo served his country honorably in the United States Army as an artillery officer with the 171st field artillery, 45th division in Korea. He later became employed as a mechanical site and project manager on various construction projects in the eastern United States and Canada for the automotive field and water/wastewater treatment industry.
      Leo was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, where he served on the finance council and as an usher. His other memberships included the Pipe Fitters Local 636 of Detroit, ESD-The Engineering Society, National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Sanitary Engineers, American Legion Post 24 of Bradenton, Fla., and the VFW Cherryland Post 2780 in Traverse City.
      Along with his wife, Lorraine, Leo is also survived by his children, Cynthia A. (James Hickerson) Stevens of Southfield, Gail (John) DeGrand of Orange, Conn., Mark Stevens of Virginia Beach, Va., and Geralyn Stevens of Doraville, Ga.; brother, Jerome Stevens of Warren; sisters, Margaret Edwartowski of Fraser, Mary Ellen (Tom) Shurtleff of Farmington Hills and Joyce (Jack) Cierpal of Roseville; and three grandchildren, Robert, Michael and Steven DeGrand.
      Leo was preceded in death by his parents. Cremation has taken place. A Mass of remembrance will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church. The Rev. Fr. Garth Hilmer will be serving as celebrant.
      In remembrance, memorial contributions may be directed to either Christ the King Catholic Church or the Father Fred Foundation.
      The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

      HAROLD E. JOHNSON, 82, of Grawn died Friday , Sept. 19, 2003.
      Arrangements will be announced by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, Traverse City.
     
      HARRY EDWIN OLIVER JR., 79, of Traverse City, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2003.
      Services will be private.
      Arrangements are being handled by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, Traverse City.
     
      LELAND PIERCE, 82, of Traverse City, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2003.
      Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, with visitation one hour prior to the service, at Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
     
      BARBARA JEANNE VOLAS, 58, of Beulah, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at Munson Medical Center.
      Friends may visit with family Sunday, Oct. 5, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Volas home, 2034 Eden Hill Rd., Beulah.
      Arrangements are being handled by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, Traverse City.
     
      DORANDA E. CROUCH SR., 85, of Traverse City, died suddenly Sept. 20, 2003, in Fort Wayne, Ind.
      The family will meet with friends Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Covell-Smith Funeral Home in Kingsley from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
      Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at the funeral home, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

      Kenneth Lamar Nelson
      Died September 21, 2003
      TRAVERSE CITY - Kenneth Lamar Nelson, 77, of Traverse City, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at Munson Medical Center.
      He was born June 2, 1926, in Williamsport, Pa., to Edward and Geraldine (Ostrander) Nelson.
      Ken was only 17 when he served his country with the United States Marines during World War II. He saw action in the Asian Pacific Islands, Okinawa, Rhykus Islands and North China. Ken was honorably discharged at the end of World War II, but 18 days later, he was called to serve again with the Marines in Korea. He was wounded and later was awarded two Purple Hearts. Ken loved his country, which was evident in the many activities he was involved with over the last 50 years.
      Ken graduated from the American University in the area of physics. He worked on the development of antenna for nose cones for NASA in the late '50s. An entrepreneur and inventor, Ken had a number of patents in the field of energy and presented papers in England and Europe. He was the founder of Accro Industries of Alexandria, Va., and worked for Aero Geo Astro Corporation, Divelpro, Inc., and Ryder & Co., a securities firm.
      Ken had a research lab in Grand Rapids and worked with Sunway Solar System in Petoskey and Grand Rapids. He later became involved with VaporMid, Solar Energy and Melpar (Scovill).
      Ken retired in 1989, and in 1999, he and his wife moved to Traverse City. He was an avid fisherman, huntsman and conservationist. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and Ducks Unlimited. In addition, he was a commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America in Battle Creek, and involved with the Battle Creek YMCA during the late 1960s.
      Ken loved his garden, enjoyed cooking and collecting cookbooks, time spent with friends at their hunting lodge on Slago Creek, and especially, time spent with his family and other friends.
      Survivors include his wife, the former Helen Ricarda Jacobs; children, Karyn Anderson of Woodbridge, Va., Peggy (Scott) Hensley of Amsville, Va., Fred Nelson of Palmyra, Va., Anne Marie Mosher of Midland and Stephen C. Olson of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; sister, Carol Bitzer of Maryland; brother, Dennis Cupp of Virginia; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
      Ken was preceded in death by his two sisters, Betty and Emily.
      Ken was creative, innovative and an excellent conservationist. He will be fondly remembered for his love of his country, his family and friends, and was a good friend to all.
      A memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian Church, 701 Westminster, Traverse City, on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Homer Nye will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date in Williamsport, Pa.
      In remembrance, memorial contributions in Ken's name may be directed to the Boy Scouts of America of Battle Creek or the Battle Creek YMCA.

      Michael Powenski Jr.
      Died September 22, 2003
      SESSER, Ill. - Michael . Powenski Jr., 78, of Sesser, Ill., and Kalkaska, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, at Franklin Hospital in Benton, Ill.
      He was born in Benton, Ill., Dec. 19, 1924, the son of the late Michael and Helen (Shibovich) Powenski Sr. He married Caroline Rozenski Powenski in September of 1950.
      A veteran of the U.S. Navy in World War II, Mr. Powenski was an employee of Shell Oil Co. for 40 years. He was a member of St. Mary of the Woods Church in Kalkaska, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and was a member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion in Kalkaska. He loved hunting and fishing, and also enjoyed gardening, woodworking and reading.
      Mr. Powenski is survived by his wife, Caroline Powenski; children, Larry (Kathleen) Powenski of Slaughter, La., and David (Sheryl) Powenski and their children, Zachary, Sarah and Andrew, of Walnut Hill, Ill.; brothers and sisters, John Powenski of Chicago, Stanley Powenski of Chicago, Louis Powenski of Herrin, Ill., and Marion Powenski of Benton, Ill.
      He was preceded in death by a brother, Leo Powenski.
      Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, Ill., with visitation one hour prior to the services. Fr. Steven Poole will officiate. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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