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May 9, 2005


      ANN E. BOYD, 61, of Wellston, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2005, at West Shore Medical Center in Manistee.
      There will be no services at this time and cremation has taken place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee.
      The family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Oak Grove Cremation Center.

      JUANITA COWELL, of Traverse City, died Sunday, May 8, 2005, at Munson Medical Center, surrounded by her family.
      Visitation will take place Tuesday, May 10, 2005, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, Traverse City.
      Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the funeral home, with Rev. John Ellinger officiating.
      A complete obituary will appear in the Tuesday edition of the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

      GENEVIEVE GRACE MADDEN, 88, of Traverse City, passed away Friday, May 6, 2005, at Birchwood Nursing Home.
      Cremation has taken place.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.

      AIMEE MARIE McDOUGALL, 30, of Manistee, died Saturday, May 7, 2005, at home surrounded by her loving family.
      Evening prayers will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee. The family will be present from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. to receive friends.
      Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Shrine Church in Manistee, with Fr. James Bearss and Rev. Russ Garrigus officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Manistee.
      Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of arrangements.

      ELVIN S. OLSEN, 76, of Frankfort, died Sunday, May 8, 2005, at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Long Term Care.
      Arrangements are pending.
      The Benzonia Chapel of McElduff Funeral Homes and Cremation Service is handling the arrangements.

      ROBERT W. "BOB" SHOCKLEY, 54, of Saginaw Township, passed away suddenly Friday afternoon, May 6, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center-Harrison.
      Friends may call at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road (off State), today, May 9, 2005, from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will take place Tuesday, May 10, 2005, at 11 a.m., also at the funeral home, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Walter David will officiate. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Elk Rapids on Friday, May 13, 2005, at 1 p.m.
Mary Arlene Appelhof
Died May 4, 2005
      KALAMAZOO - Mary Arlene Appelhof, 68, of Kalamazoo, died Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at Rochester Methodist (Mayo Clinic) Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Mary was born June 11, 1936, to Gilbert Jr. and Hilda Appelhof in Detroit.
      She was raised in Alma and Berea, Ohio, graduating from Berea High School in 1954. She continued her education at Michigan State University, graduating with honors in 1958, with a bachelor's of science degree, having majored in biology. She achieved a master's degree from MSU the following year. Mary went on to teach at the high school level at Central High in Kalamazoo and at Interlochen Arts Academy. She left IAA to return to MSU, where she achieved a second master's degree, then continued on for five years of Ph.D. studies.
      These advanced studies in biology led her to a fascination with worms and the potential they might have for recycling waste food. She developed a worm composting system, then began raising and marketing worms, along with her specially designed composting bins, on a commercial scale. She promoted her environmentally-friendly process with the publication of her book entitled, "Worms Eat My Garbage." Originally published by Flowerfield Enterprises, her own publishing company, the book has been widely distributed nationally and now internationally.
      Her scientific studies have led to her recognition as the leader in the field of vermicomposting and her reputation has led to her affectionate title, "Worm Woman." Mary shared her life and her home with her closest friend, Mary Frances Fenton, of Kalamazoo. Mary Frances illustrated the first book and co-authored and illustrated a sequel, "Worms Eat Our Garbage: Classroom Activities for a Better Environment."
      She is survived by her brothers, Alan (Joanne) of Beulah and David (Diane) of Independence, Minn.
      Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Gilbert and Hilda Appelhof.
      Private graveside services will be held at the Benzonia Cemetery. A memorial service will be held in Kalamazoo at a later date.
      Memorial donations may be made to the Crystal Lake Watershed Association, PO Box 89, Beulah, MI 49617.
      Arrangements are being handled by the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah.

Kathryn M. LaRue
1935 - 2005
      TRAVERSE CITY - Kay LaRue, a former Benzie County resident, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2005, from complications following angioplasty. She had just celebrated her 70th birthday.
      A former figure skater, Kay enjoyed making dolls and painting, and was an avid reader. She loved spending time with her large family and many dear friends.
      Kay was born May 1, 1935, to Walter and Lila (Mersman) Krause, in Mt. Clemens. Kay was a office manager for several years at Frankfort Plumbing and Heating, and retired in 1999.
      She is survived by her beloved Charlie Johnson; her children, Connie (Mark) Grace Shumacher, Marilyn (Dale) Blum, Charles (Karen) Schneider, John (Aliza) Schneider, Michael (Jennifer) Laurie, Evanne (Mark) Hepler and Aimee (Gary) Eller; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her sisters, Mildred (James) Butts and Margaret Ann (George) Dunlap; and brother, James (JoAnn) Krause.
      Kay was preceded in death by her husband, Alan W. LaRue; her son, James W. Schneider; and a sister, Rosemary Krause.
      Visitation will be held today, May 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.and 6 to 8 p.m. at McElduff Funeral Home in Frankfort.
      Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Benzonia Twp. Cemetery.
      The Frankfort Chapel of McElduff Funeral Home & Cremation Service is handling the arrangements.

Donald James Walsh
Died May 7, 2005
      BELLAIRE - Donald James Walsh, 66, devoted husband, father and grandfather, departed this world on May 7, 2005. He went to be with his Lord surrounded by his family at his home, following a long illness with brain cancer.
      Don was born Jan. 16, 1939, in Owosso, the son of James Daniel and Mary Frances (Letavis) Walsh. On April 27, 1963, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flint, he married Elaine Kuchar, his sweetheart for 42 years and his caregiver for the past three years.
      Don resided in the New Lothrop area, where he was a volunteer fireman for 25 years. He was a co-founder, board member and volunteer emergency medical technician for Twin Township ambulance. He also worked part-time for over 20 years as a police officer with Hazelton Township.
      After Don retired with 24 years service from General Motors Parts Division in Swartz Creek, the family moved to Antrim County and settled in on beautiful Thayer Lake.
      Don continued work and joined the Antrim County Sheriff's Department, where he enjoyed doing marine patrol. He was a Helena Township Trustee for four years and also worked on the planning and zoning committees. He later worked for Butch's Tackle and Marine for four years, until his illness.
      He was active in his church, St. Luke, where he was on the finance council and served as an usher.
      Don was active with Ducks Unlimited and was a member of the committee. He was an avid hunter and loved fishing, being in the outdoors and taking Maggie, his Lab, friend and companion, for rides in the truck. He enjoyed cards, especially poker and euchre, and loved playing the accordion. Most of all, he loved being with his grandchildren and baby-sitting them.
      He is survived by his wife, Elaine; four sons, Steven, James (Anne), Michael (Erin) and Robert (Kelly Emerson), all of Bellaire; four grandchildren, Mary and Hunter Walsh and Jacob and Aubrey Walsh, all of Bellaire.
      Also surviving is a sister, Shirley (Fred) Vasicek of Corunna; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mildred Kalisek of Flint, Richard and Stacy Klatt of New Lothrop, Thomas and Joanne Scheid of Watervliet, Victoria Kuchar of New Lothrop, Michael and Jonilyn Bruff of New Lothrop; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
      Don was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Michael Walsh, in 1970.
      Visitation will take place today, May 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes, where a wake service will be held at 8 p.m.
      A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, at St. Luke Catholic Church in Bellaire. Fr. James Gardiner will officiate. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery in Bellaire.
      Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Luke Building Fund or Northwest Michigan Community Health Agency.
      Accommodations for the Walsh funeral can be made at the All Seasons Motel in Bellaire, (231) 533-8323.

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