December 15, 2004
TRAVERSE CITY - The Rev. Alan Craig South, 70, died unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
Craig was born Sept. 7, 1934, in Piqua, Ohio, to Roger and Evelyn (Frock) South, who preceded him in death. He married Amy Brown on July 25, 1959, in Clayton, Ohio. This marriage ended in 1975. He married Leslie Greene on Aug. 25, 1990, in Kalamazoo.
Craig devoted his life to serving and helping others. Called to the ministry at a young age (6 years old, he remembered), he graduated from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, and earned his Master of Divinity at United Theological Seminary in Dayton. He began his service in Evangelical United Brethren churches in the Residence Park area of Dayton, West Elkton and Vandalia, Ohio. In 1967, he brought his young family to Michigan to serve as associate minister at the First Congregational Church, UCC, of Battle Creek.
Craig did not anticipate a career change in 1973 when he moved to Kalamazoo and took up an administrative position, then began as a counselor at Borgess Hospital's residential alcohol and substance abuse unit, Midwest Recovery Center. When the center closed in 1991, he continued to practice at Kalamazoo Psychology, became credentialed as a certified social worker and, in 1998, retired as a substance abuse counselor and adjunct instructor from Western Michigan University.
However, Craig continued to think of himself as a clergyman and led several congregations either full-time or part time during his years in Kalamazoo. These included East Leroy, Cooper and Constantine in southwest Lower Michigan.
After his move to Traverse City with his wife, Leslie, in May of 1998, he served at Bellaire United Methodist and Grant Township United Methodist churches. He also continued substance abuse counseling for a short while with Addiction Treatment Services and Wedgewood Christian Counseling Center of Traverse City. Over the years, Craig presided at many weddings for friends and family, including his son, Roger, and daughter, Gina.
In 2001, Craig was inducted into United Theological's Eckels Society, recognizing 40 years of dedicated ministry. He transferred his membership from First Congregational Church in Kalamazoo to Traverse City's First Congregational Church in 1998. In the Traverse City church, he was active in the men's Bible study, and was valued there for his theological scholarship and his thought-provoking belief that "things are not always right or wrong - sometimes they're right or left." He challenged people to leave the comfort zones of their spiritual concepts. He could stir a lively debate, but also mediate the outcome. He felt a personal mission to teach, and approached all of his work with his own mixture of humor, spirituality and pragmatism.
Craig received a kidney transplant in 1989 after 3½ years of dialysis. The new kidney sustained him well until a series of protracted illnesses beginning in 1998 caused its permanent failure in 2001. He had been having successful dialysis since then, and had just completed a treatment this past Saturday when he was struck down by sudden cardiac arrest.
The Rev. South is survived by his wife, Leslie Greene South and mother-in-law, Maxine Greene of Traverse City; children, Roger (Lisa) South of Marshall, Gina South of Toledo and Rob (Dawn) South of Eaton Rapids; the mother of his children, Amy South of Battle Creek; two grandchildren, Christa and Sarah South (daughters of Roger); brothers, Tom (Patricia) of Piqua, Ohio, and Carl (Coralu) of Columbus, Ind.; half-sisters, Fran Johnson Motter, Mary Ann Johnson Conley and Cheri Lynn Johnson Leroux; and half-brothers, Bill, John and Jim Johnson; three first cousins, Chris (South) Isbell, Jo South and Jackie (South) Steeby; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; fraternal uncle and aunt, Paul and Dorothy South; and half-siblings Frank Johnson Jr. and Carol Johnson.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at the First Congregational Church, UCC, on Center Road, Traverse City. An additional service will be held in Kalamazoo at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, at the First Congregational Church, UCC, located at the corner of South Park St. and W. Michigan Ave.
He will be deeply missed by the many whose lives he touched.
Memorials in lieu of flowers will be to "One Great Hour of Sharing" or to the Craig South Memorial Fund for Theological Studies at Grant Township United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made payable to either the First Congregational Church, UCC, of Traverse City or Kalamazoo, with your fund preference noted.
Arrangements are being handled by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
SUTTONS BAY - Edna Rose (Deuster) Lind passed away Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, in Sarasota, Fla. She was born Sept. 3, 1920, in Suttons Bay, the daughter of John Michael and Lucile (Perry) Deuster.
Edna graduated from Suttons Bay Union High School in 1938, and attended the Theresa Manion Beauty Academy in Traverse City. She and her sister, Helen, opened the Deuster Beauty Studio, and worked together until 1947.
Edna married William Lind Jr. in Suttons Bay on Feb. 15, 1947. They moved to Muskegon, where Edna operated a beauty shop for more than 25 years. They wintered in Sarasota, Fla., for more than 20 years, and moved to Suttons Bay in 2000.
Edna is survived by her husband, William; two daughters, Vickie (Dave) Boeskool and Janine (Kim) Pavkovich of Venice, Fla.; two grandsons, Ryan (Jennifer) Boeskool of Lansing and Adam Pavkovich of Venice, Fla.; one granddaughter, Kara Pavkovich of Venice, Fla.; and a sister, Helen Wransky of Suttons Bay.
Edna was preceded in death by an infant son and a brother.
A Catholic memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, at the Martinson Funeral Home in Suttons Bay, with the Rev. Wayne Dziekan officiating.
Arrangements are by the Martinson Funeral Home in Suttons Bay.
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Roydon Lee Engle, 88, of Aberdeen, S.D., formerly of Traverse City, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, in the Arcadia Unit at ManorCare Health Services in Aberdeen.
Roydon and his identical twin brother, Raymond, were born Nov. 8, 1916, to Chester Horace Engle and Felicia (Detwiler) Engle in Alanson. Their childhood summers were spent on Mackinaw Island, which they fondly remembered as the best place in the world to be a kid. There they developed a love and appreciation for nature and learned how to bicycle, swim, ice skate, ski and golf. By the time they were 9 years old they began spending their winters in Traverse City.
In 1946, Roydon married Bette Nein in Detroit. They made their home in Detroit until 1955, when Roydon came back to Traverse City to work at the Peninsula Asphalt Corporation. He was a member of the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Sand and Gravel Association.
Roydon spent many years on bowling leagues in Traverse City and loved to golf as well, but most of his free time was spent with the family on East Bay, where friends will remember that he served as the Commodore of the Birchwood Yacht Club for many years.
In 1994, Roy and Bette moved to South Dakota to be closer to their daughter.
Blessed to have shared his life include his daughter, Jan (John) Weaver of Aberdeen; four grandchildren, Jessica, Joshua, Janine and Jordan; and three-great-grandchildren, who hope to always honor with their own lives a man who put his family first.
Roydon was preceded in death by his wife; two sons, John and Barry; sister, Ardis Carpenter; and his brother, Raymond.
A memorial service on East Bay will be planned this summer in Traverse City.
The family was served by Spitzer Funeral Home, Aberdeen, S.D.
TRAVERSE CITY - Stephanie Banners, 96, of Traverse City, died Sunday afternoon, Dec. 12, 2004, at Tendercare of Traverse City.
Born Oct. 28, 1908, in Carvena, Austria, she was the daughter of Ferdinand and Emilie (Waschenda) Sputa. On Oct. 12, 1929, in Detroit, she married Frank E. Banners, who died on Nov. 29, 1972.
A homemaker, Stephanie previously lived in Saginaw, Detroit, Harrison Township and Elk Rapids. While living in Harrison Township she was employed as a home care nurse and was affectionately known as the "Sunshine Girl."
Stephanie is survived by her very loving, caring and supportive family, which includes her sons, Del (Florence) Banners of Suttons Bay, Richard (Janie) Banners of Temple City, Calif., and Dennis (Alicia) Banners of Anchorage, Alaska; sisters, Emily Gross of Warren, Francis (George) Beecher of Huntsville, Ala., Jeanette (Clarence) Schindler of Flint and Beatrice Spennato of Fenton; grandchildren, Eric Banners, Candace Banners, Jacob Banners and Jeremiah Banners; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Frank, she was also preceded in death by her son, Gordon Banners; sister, Mary Skuta; and brothers, Harry Sputa, Tony Sputa, Steve Sputa and Frank Sputa.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, at 3 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, where friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of service. The Rev. Paul Kuhlman will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date in the Oakwood Catholic Diocesan Cemetery.
In remembrance of Stephanie, memorials may be directed to House of Hope, PO Box 5014, Traverse City, MI 49696-5014.
TRAVERSE CITY - Cora Belle Bell, 88, of Traverse City, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, at Munson Hospice House, in the company of her family.
Cora was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio, one of eight children of Emory and Anna (Theis) Morris. Cora married James Bell, who preceded her in death.
An employee of R. L. Polk and Company for over 30 years, Cora had lived and worked in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area prior to moving to Traverse City 6½ years ago. She loved the movies, animals, dancing and flowers.
Cora is survived by her dear companion and caregiver of 50 years, Roman Zych of Traverse City; her children, Jacqueline Cantalupo of Traverse City and Jim (Jackie) Bell of California; grandchildren, Carrie and John Sharp of Suttons Bay, Pam and Tom Norman of Pennsylvania, Nico and Mona Cantalupo and Michael and Donna Cantalupo, all of Montana, Lauri and Doug Fitz-Simmons of California; her great-grandchildren, John and Audrey Sharp, Thomas and Carly Norman, Gina Cantalupo, Steven and Payden Cantalupo and Patrick Fitz-Simmons. Many nieces and nephews also survive.
Cora was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and four brothers.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City, with The Rev. Pamela Fulton of Suttons Bay Congregational Church officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home one half-hour prior to services.
In accordance with Cora's wishes, cremation has taken place and her cremains will be placed at the cemetery in her hometown of Martins Ferry, Ohio, next summer.
The family would suggest that those who would care to remember Cora through a memorial contribution consider Munson Hospice House.
TRAVERSE CITY - Kathryn F. Wiest, 95, of Traverse City, formerly of Canton, Ohio, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2004, after a brief illness.
Born in Mt. Cory, Ohio, Kay was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star #23 of Findlay, Ohio, the Gyro Club of Canton and the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks 2029.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David Wiest, in 1997; a brother, Earl Hamilton; and a cousin, Kenneth Stauffer.
Kay is survived by a son, C. Douglas (Evelyn) Weist of Suttons Bay; two grandchildren, Kenneth and the Rev. James Weist; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Spiker-Foster-Shriver Funeral Home, 4817 Cleveland Ave. N.W., in Canton, Ohio. The Rev. Ken Moody-Arndt will officiate. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in North Lawn Cemetery in Canton.
ARTHUR L. BARNARD JR., 83, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, at Hope Village, surrounded by his family.
A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the Record-Eagle.
Arrangements are being made by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
RICHARD P. DuBOIS, 86, of Frankenmuth, formerly of Grayling, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, at the Saginaw Covenant Hospital in Cooper.
Memorial services will be held at noon Thursday, Dec. 16, at Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church.
Arrangements are being handled by Sorenson Funeral Home, McEvers Chapel, Grayling.
WANITA WINIFRED GRUBAUGH, 74, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004, at her son's home in Traverse City.
Cremation will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee.
Arrangements are being handled by Oak Grove Cremation Center of Manistee.
LEE ALLEN OMLAND, 57, of Las Vegas, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004, at his home in Las Vegas, Nev.
A joint memorial service for Lee and his mother, who died in March 2003, will be scheduled during the summer of 2005 at the family property in East Jordan.
MICKEY LOUIS WAHR, 65, of Kaleva, passed away Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, at West Shore Medical Center.
A celebration of Mickey's life will be held at 1 p.m. today, Dec. 15, at the Kaleva Baptist Church, 8856 Osmo Street, in Kaleva. The family will be present to greet friends at the church from noon until 1 p.m. Cremation will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery, Manistee.
The family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Oak Grove Cremation Center.
RAYMOND 'YEA' WICINSKI, 95, of Manistee, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004, at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility.
Visitation will take place Thursday, Dec. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, where prayers from the Order of Christian Funerals will be recited at 8 p.m.
Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 17, at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Manistee. Burial will immediately follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Manistee.