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December 29, 2004

Obituaries

      BESSIE R. BEACH, 89, of Traverse City, died at Bortz Health Care Dec. 28, 2004.
      A Memorial gathering will take place Sunday, Jan. 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
      A complete obituary will follow in Friday's edition of the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

      KELLY ANN (FOTIS) PRODEHL, 37, of Traverse City, died at home Monday morning, Dec. 27, 2004.
      Arrangements are pending at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, Traverse City.

      ELIZABETH M. SCHNEIDER, 91, of Lake Leelanau, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004.
      She is also survived by two great, great grandchildren
      A Catholic Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Rev. Jerry Hunko will officiate.
      Arrangements are being handled by Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.

      Funeral services for BETTY J. WORM, 78, of Traverse City, who died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, will be held today, Dec. 29, at 3 p.m. at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
     
Lucy E. Haggerty
Died December 27, 2004
      THOMPSONVILLE - Lucy Ellen Haggerty, 88, of Thompsonville, died at home from the effects of stroke and dementia Monday, Dec. 27, 2004.
      She was born Dec. 10, 1916, in Birmingham to Dorr and Verla (Sharp) Stack. She attended school in Manton and later graduated from Lansing Eastern High School in 1935. She also attended Michigan State University in East Lansing.
      On April 3, 1937, she married Harry Haggerty in LaGrange, Ind. They resided in Lansing and had two children, John (Catherine) Haggerty of Thompsonville and Susan Kludt of Grawn.
      Lucy was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She volunteered to help with Cub Scouts, Brownies, PTA and charity fund drives. She was a housewife and loved to shop and go to garage sales. Finding a bargain was a thrill.
      She loved children and animals, especially raccoons. She raised an orphaned raccoon once and after that collected dozens of statues and pictures of them.
      Lucy was very independent, living alone with her little dog until she was 84, after her husband died in 1981.
      Lucy is survived by her children; her sister, Helen (Al) Stumpfig of Lake Leelanau; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
      She was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother, Marion Stark; husband, Harry Haggerty; sister, Doris Unruh; and her brother, Charles Stack.
      Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at the Gorsline-Runciman Co. East Chapel, 1730 E. Grand Rive Ave., East Lansing. Interment will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens, Lansing. The family will receive friends at the chapel one hour prior to the service.
      In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Buckley Rescue Squad, 106 Industrial Dr., Buckley, MI 49620, or to the Cherryland Humane Society, 1750 Ahlberg Rd., Traverse City, MI 49686, in memory of Lucy.

Barbara Jean Otto
Died December 27, 2004
      GLEN ARBOR - Barbara Jean Otto passed away at home surrounded by family Monday, Dec. 27, 2004.
      Barbara was born in Lansing April 17, 1926, and grew up in East Lansing sharing a childhood room and her life with her sister, Bunnie.
      Barbara graduated from East Lansing High School and from National College of Education, and taught kindergarten in the Lansing School System for three years before having her own children.
      Barbara married her high school sweetheart, Jack Otto, on Dec. 20, 1947, and together they had five wonderful children.
      Barbara devoted her life to her family and to many volunteer activities, including 13 years as a Girl Scout leader. She served on the Board of the American Cancer Society in Traverse City, acknowledging gifts for many years, and participated in numerous fund-raisers.
      Serving as Altar Guild chairperson for St. Philip's Episcopal Church and baking the communion bread were high on her priority list. She was active with the Friends of the Glen Lake Library and the Glen Lake Woman's Club.
      Barbara assisted Jack in their efforts as co-chairs of the Glen Lake Preservation Fund campaign. To really understand Barbara, please read Proverbs 31:10-31, which describe this beautiful woman, who leaves us with so many wonderful memories. She also loved her shelties: Duchess, Duchess II, Molly, Olgilthorpe (Ogie), Ogie II, and most recently our golden retriever, Ginger.
      She is survived by her devoted husband, Jack; her children, Linda (Bob) Senese of Jackson, Jim (Gail) of Clarkston, Julie (Dan) Fritzsche of Kalkaska, Tom of Sterling Heights and Nancy (Frank) Zeller of Cody, Wy.; 15 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, with three more on the way, and all are suffused with Barb's spirit.
      Barbara was preceded in death by her mother and father, Grace and Charles Rowley; two sisters, Mary Nancy and Bunnie; and a daughter-in-law Valerie (Tom) Otto.
      A private service will be held Thursday, Dec. 30, at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Beulah. A celebration of her life will be held in May 2005.
      Arrangements are being handled by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
      Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be directed to St. Philip's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 26, Beulah, MI 49617; American Cancer Society, 525 W. Fourteenth St., Traverse City, MI, 49684; or the Glen Lake Woman's Club (for scholarships), P.O. Box 303, Glen Arbor, MI 49636.

Duane Wilson
Died December 24, 2004
      FLINT - Duane Wilson, 70, of Flint, passed away Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, after a long illness. He had been residing at his son's home in Jackson the last few years.
      Duane was born in Kingsley on Feb. 13, 1934, the son of Ivan and Bessie Wilson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean Conflict. Duane retired from Grand Truck Railroad after 43 years of service, and was active in many community organizations.
      He is survived by four children, Steve (Karen) Wilson of Jackson, Bryon D. Wilson of Flint, Dan (Karen) Wilson of Liberty, Mo., Joyce "Beauchesne" Wilson of Flushing; 15 grandchildren; nine siblings, Muriel, Jim, Sandy, Jackie, Nancy, Diane, Gloria, Denise and Jenny; numerous nieces and nephews; special friend and mother of his children, Mary Jo (John) Greenwood; and other special friend, Beverly Wilson.
      According to his wishes, Duane has been cremated and a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at the Covell-Smith Funeral Home in Kingsley.
      "Duane was a man who loved to plant trees so future generations could enjoy their beauty and rest in their shade."
      The family asks that those wishing to make memorial contributions please consider the Kingsley Library Fund. Envelopes will be available at Covell-Smith Funeral Home.
     
     

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