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April 14, 2005

Obituaries


      GORDON G. KRUSE, 82, of Manistee, died Monday, April 11, 2005, at his winter home in St. Petersburg, Fla.
      Visitation will take place Saturday evening, April 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, April 17, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Manistee.
      Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 18, at the funeral home.
     
      RONALD STORY, 63, of Traverse City, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2005.
      Arrangements are pending with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.
     
      CHARLES P. TAFELSKY, 76, of Suttons Bay, died Wednesday, April 13, 2005, at his home.
      Arrangements are pending with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.
     
      MARGARET ANNE TERRY, 74, of Traverse City, died Monday, April 11, 2005, at home after an extended illness.
      Private family services will be held at a later date.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
Tim Lee Borgen
Died April 10, 2005
      CEDAR - Tim Lee Borgen, 39, of Cedar, died Sunday, April 10, 2005, at home.
      Tim was an extraordinary man who was renown to many. Those who have known Tim respected him highly. He was a hero to children and a friend to all.
      Tim is survived by his daughter, Abby; his fiancee, Angie Ames, and her son, Alex. Tim was engaged to be married this fall. He is also survived by his four brothers and his mother, who are comforted to know that Tim no longer suffers but rejoices in eternity.
      Services will be held Friday, April 15, 2005, at 12:30 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, where friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of service.
     
Esperanza "Hope" Gomez Crespo
Died April 11, 2005
      TRAVERSE CITY - Esperanza "Hope" Gomez Crespo, 82, passed away Monday, April 11, 2005, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
      She was born May 24, 1922, to Joseph and Rose (Rio) Gomez in Boston. Hope married Paul Crespo on May 30, 1941, in Bronx, N.Y.
      She was a previous resident of West Brookfield, Mass., moved to Traverse City in 1996, and has been under the care of Michelle DuMont ever since. Hope was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and loved to travel.
      She is survived by a sister, Rose Brodeur of Massachusetts; two brothers, Robert (Marian) Farmosa of Massachusetts and Herman (Lou) Farmosa of Florida; two daughters, Sandra Cullen of Connecticut and Rosemary "Ginger" (Ron) Moody of Traverse City; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
      Hope was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; and son, Paul H.
      A burial is to be held at Pine Grove Cemetery in West Brookfield, Mass.
      The family requests that no flowers be sent. Memorials may be directed to Hospice or the Alzheimer's Association.
      Arrangements were entrusted to the Covell Funeral Homes of Traverse City.
     
     
Charles F. Crumpton
July 11, 1927-April 10, 2005
      TRAVERSE CITY - "For God so loved the world, that gave his only begotten Son so that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16. Charles F. Crumpton, believing this with his whole heart and soul, now resides with Jesus Christ and has seen the face of God.
      Charles left this earth after a short illness, surrounded by the love of his family who were at his side. Leaving to cherish his memories are his best friend, wife and love of his life for 57 years, Barbara L. Crumpton. Karen C. Feole of Wyoming, Mich., Cindy (Robert) Kennel of Grandville, Connie (Chris) Armijo of Grand Rapids and Janet (Paul) Erlandson of Byron Center are proud to have been his daughters and have also lost a part of their hearts. Granddaughter, Sara Gainey and grandson, Jimmy Gainey were also at his bedside.
      Charles was born in Battle Creek to Claude J. and Joy Belle Crumpton, who have preceded him in death. He grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Lakeview High School.
      He joined the United States Navy in World War II, and graduated from Michigan State University after serving his country.
      Charles and his brother, Edward, owned and operated NAPA Auto Parts stores in Battle Creek, starting with one store on Kendall Avenue. Charles worked to expand the stores to other locations in Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Portage, Hastings and Three Rivers.
      He was a former member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Battle Creek.
      His primary residence was in Traverse City after retirement, where snowmobiling, water skiing, boating and golfing kept him busy with his wife, Barbara, and where he was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.
      His love of golf led to a second home in Hilton Head, S.C., where he enjoyed the beauty of God's handiwork and was an associate member of Island Lutheran Church.
      Charles, Charlie or Chuck will be remembered by all who knew him for his love of God and family, hard work ethic, wonderful sense of humor and a smile that could light up a room. Chuck just loved to laugh! These are gifts that he passed on to his daughters, who are so proud he was their father on earth.
      Private services have been held and Charles' earthly remains now rest at the National Cemetery at Fort Custer in Battle Creek.
      Cards of condolence may be sent to Barbara, c/o Cook Funeral Home, 4235 Prairie SW, Grandville, MI 49418, or e-mailed to www.cookfuneralhome.com.
      Contributions in Chuck's memory may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 1003 South Maple St., Traverse City, MI 49684 or Cherryland Humane Society, 1750 Ahlberg Rd., Traverse City, MI 49686.
      "And Jesus replied, Today you will be with me in Paradise. This is a solemn promise." Luke 23:43.
     
Robert J. Kouts
Died April 11, 2005
      TRAVERSE CITY - Robert J. Kouts, 71, of Traverse City, formerly of Marshall, died Monday, April 11, 2005, at Munson Medical Center.
      Bob was born Sept. 21, 1933, in Flint, to Clarence J. and Helen (Mayer) Kouts. Shortly after his birth, his mother died and Bob was raised by his grandfather, Frank Kouts, and his aunt, Lucille Mayer, in Saginaw.
      He graduated from Saginaw High School. He then attended Albion College, from where he graduated in 1955. While at Albion, he played on the college baseball and football teams. Bob was a member of the 1952 Albion College football team that was honored with induction into the Albion College Athletic Hall Of Fame.
      Bob was drafted into service after college graduation. He served in the United States Navy as a teletype operator. He was honorably discharged in 1957.
      He was married on Sept. 21, 1957, in Dearborn, to Lynn Shirley. The couple moved to Marshall in 1958, when Bob started his career with State Farm Insurance Company at their Regional Office. He retired in October of 1993 as manager of Fire Company Commercial Lines. The couple then moved to Rennie Lake near Traverse City.
      Bob was active in Marshall Bowling and Golf Leagues. As a young man, he also played in Marshall fastpitch softball leagues. He was a former member of Marshall Country Club, as well as a lifetime member of Marshall Moose Lodge #676. After his retirement he remained an avid golfer, in addition to time spent fishing, traveling and cooking.
      Surviving are his wife, Lynn; daughter, Susan (Tim) McCloskey of Marshall; son, Jim (Pat) Kouts of Jackson; and four grandsons, Patrick McCloskey, Colin McCloskey, Andrew Kouts and Jared Kouts.
      Friends may call on Friday, April 15, 2005, after 2 p.m., where the family will be present to greet visitors and share memories from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home, 103 E. Mansion, Marshall, MI 49068. Services to celebrate and remember Bob's life will be held on Saturday, April 16, at 11 a.m., also at the funeral home.
      Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to Munson Medical Center. Assistance with memorials is available at Kempf Funeral Home.
     
Jean Russell Lannen
Died April 12, 2005
      ANN ARBOR - Jean Russell Lannen, 86, died Tuesday, April 12, 2005, at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor.
      Jean was born in Newark, N.Y., on April 7, 1919, the daughter of Stephen Tracy McCallum and Mella Russell McCallum. She graduated from Banning Union High School in Banning, Calif., in 1936. She attended Stanford University and the University of Missouri before graduating from Michigan State College, MSC, with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1942.
      On New Year's Eve in 1941, Jean married Richard Patrick "Dick" Lannen, a 1941 graduate of the MSC Veterinary School and moved to Elsie, where she and Dick raised their four children, and lived and worked for more than 30 years. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2001.
      In Elsie, Jean was active in her children's school activities, served on the Elsie Library Board and enjoyed raising dachshunds. After retirement, she and Dick moved to Fife Lake in 1975, where she was involved in obedience dog training, volunteering to help disabled children learn to swim, and trail riding and cross country skiing with Dick and their many friends.
      After Dick's death in 2002, she moved to Corvallis, Ore., to live with her daughter, Katherine, and in 2004 she moved to Ann Arbor to live with her son, Jim.
      Animals were a big part of Dr. Lannen's life. She loved raising dogs and training them, and always had at least one dog as a companion until her health precluded it. She enjoyed sharing her horses with disabled children at Camp Roy-El near Traverse City.
      Jean loved books and reading and was very curious about the meaning of words. She loved using the dictionary. Writing poems and letters to her children and friends was another favorite pastime.
      Jean Lannen is survived by three children, James Richard "Jim" Lannen of Ann Arbor, Katherine Jean Inman of Corvallis, Ore., and Charles Roy "Charlie" Lannen of South Boardman; seven grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
      In addition to her husband, Dick, her daughter, Dana Grace Lannen, and her brother, Stephen Edward McCallum, preceded her in death in 1986 and 2003 respectively.
      Jean's family and friends will celebrate her life in June in Traverse City.
      In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made in her memory to the Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation, 1105 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684, for the Carls Speech and Hearing Clinic, or to Michigan State University Development Office, 4700 S. Hagadorn Road, Suite 220, East Lansing, MI 48823-5399, for the School of Veterinary Medicine.
      Jean's children will always remember her as a devoted, loving parent and a courageous person with high standards and keen sense of humor. We will miss her dearly.
     
Edward H. Musil
Died April 12, 2005
      MAPLE CITY - Edward H. Musil, 84, of Maple City, died Tuesday, April 12, 2005, in his ancestral home.
      Edward was born Nov. 27, 1920, in his ancestral home, the son of Edward and Agnes (Dvoracek) Musil. He was born in the Bohemian Valley of Maple City. In Empire, on Dec. 18, 1954, he married his wife, Bessie (Plowman), who survives.
      As a young man he served in the Army during World War II. He was a life-long farmer of his family's farm, a carpenter, and a man who loved working with his hands.
      He is survived by his spouse; his brother, John of Traverse City; and many loving nieces and nephews.
      Edward was preceded in death by his sisters, Margaret Atkinson and Rose Huffman; and a brother, Charles.
      Visitation will be Friday, April 15, 2005, from 10 to 11 a.m., with a funeral service at 11 a.m., at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. Burial will immediately follow the service at the Cleveland Township Cemetery in the Bohemian Settlement.
      Memorials may be directed to the charity of your choice.
     
Bert L. Widrig
Died April 12, 2005
      BUCKLEY - Bert L. Widrig, 78, of Buckley, died Tuesday, April 12, 2005, at Munson Hospice House.
      Bert was born in Blair Township Sept. 6, 1926, the son of George and Rose (Homrich) Widrig. On May 12, 1945, he married the former Jean M. Arnold at Asbury United Methodist Church in Traverse City.
      Bert was a farmer and drove truck for Peninsula Fruit Exchange. He was a member of the Northern Michigan Spiritual Church and the Good Sam Club; was a charter member of the American Legion; and was a Life member of the Cherryland VFW Post #2780. A veteran of World War II, Bert served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Hunt.
      Bert was very talented and could fix anything. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
      Bert is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean M. Widrig of Buckley; two daughter, Linda Lee Widrig of Traverse City and Cosie L. (Bill) Allen of Grand Rapids; two sons, Lewis G. (Debbie) Widrig and William A. (Bernice) Widrig, both of Traverse City; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; his sister, Mary Thomas of Traverse City; and numerous nieces and nephews.
      Visitation will take place Friday, April 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
      Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at the funeral home, with Rev. Cosie Allen officiating. Burial will be in Monroe Center Cemetery, with full military honors under the auspices of the Cherryland VFW Post #2780.
      Memorial contributions may be made in Bert's name to Munson Hospice House.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
     

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