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May 23, 2005

Obituaries

      EATHEL M. BLACKMORE, 95, of Onekama, died Saturday, May 21, 2005, at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility.
      Cremation will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Vassar.
      The Edwards Oak Grove Funeral Home is serving the family.

      RAYMOND W. ELSEY, 84, of Grayling, died Saturday, May 21, 2005, in Grayling.
      Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Grayling.
      Arrangements are being handled by Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home, Grayling.

      SARA L. JASIN, 97, of Traverse City, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2005, at the Grand Traverse Pavilions.
      Funeral arrangements are pending at the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.

      BARBARA F. 'JACH' MADSEN, 67, of Manistee, died Saturday, May 21, 2005, at West Shore Medical Center in Manistee.
      The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge if funeral arrangements.

      BEAULAH E. PEPSIN, 82, of Grayling, died Friday, May 20, 2005, in Grayling.
      No services are planned at this time.
      Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home of Grayling is handling arrangements.

      CLARENCE EUGENE RICKETT, 77, of Frankfort, died Saturday, May 21, 2005, at his residence on James Street.
      Private committal services will be held at the Springdale Township Cemetery, with military honor services conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Navy.
      The Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah is in charge of arrangements.

      JOSEPH E ROUSH, 31, of Mancelona, died Friday, May 20, 2005, in Mancelona.
      Funeral services will be held at noon Tuesday, May 24, at the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the time of services.
     
Michael M. 'Mike' Knapik
Died May 20, 2005
      BENZONIA - Mike Knapik, 85, died Friday, May 20, 2005, at his home.
      He was born Aug. 13, 1919, in Chicago, the son of Jacob and Anna (Janos) Knapik. Mike married Josephine on April 19, 1946; she preceded him in death Nov. 22, 2000.
      Mike was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the Middle Eastern Theatre. He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, the V.F.W. and the P.R.A.
      In 1981, Mike retired from Jenks Machine Shop. He was an avid fisherman and loved to grow a garden and raise honey bees
      Surviving is his favorite nephew, Richard (Lorraine) Knapik of Alabama; two brothers; and several other nieces, nephews and cousins.
      A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, at St. Ann Catholic Church, with Father Ray Cotter officiating. Interment will be in the Benzonia Township Cemetery.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the Michigan Heart Association.
      The Benzonia Chapel of McElduff Funeral Homes & Cremation Service is handling the arrangements.

Samuel Leroy Leckrone
Died May 21, 2005
      COPEMISH - Samuel Leroy Leckrone, husband, friend and sweetheart of the late Lucy Leckrone for 66 years, went to be with his eternal Father on Saturday, May 21, 2005.
      Sam was known for his sense of humor and his great love of fishing, hunting, nature and the outdoors.
      Sam's life was no ordinary life. His was a life well-lived and well-loved, and he will be deeply missed by family and friends.
      Sam was born on Oct. 31, 1912, in Brethren, to Daniel and Lowerta Leckrone. On Nov. 26, 1936, Sam married Lucy Senya Lehto. He was a long-time member of the Marilla Church of the Brethren.
      Sam was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy; daughter, Joan; brothers Ivan, Calvin, Elmer and Cliff; sisters, Mary and Opal; grandsons, Cris Leckrone and Jason Bullock.
      He is survived by his children, Bob (Marilyn) Leckrone of Thompsonville, Kay (James ) Bullock of Owosso, Arlene (Marv) Prepejchal of Copemish and Ruth Leckrone of Lake Ann; his grandchildren, Bonnie (Jerry) Brown of Onekama, Shelly Leckrone of Benzonia, Cindy (Scott) Cole of Mt. Pleasant, Kim (Douglas) Indovina of Webster, N.Y.; Tammy Bullock and Woody Bullock, of Owosso, Rebecca Prepejchal of Ann Arbor, and Jeffrey (Lynn) Prepejchal of Interlochen; his great-grandchildren, Ryan, Danny and Jaylee Brown, Zach Gilbert, Whitney Nowak, Sam and Taylor Cole, Nicholas, Christopher, Lindsey and Jason Indovina, Lauren, Joshua, and Nicolas Prepejchal; and numerous nieces and nephews.
      Visitation will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. this evening, May 23, at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva.
      A celebration of Sam's life will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 24, at the Marilla Church of the Brethren, with Pastor Chuck Towersey officiating. Interment will be in the Marilla Township Cemetery.
      Memorial contributions may be made to the Marilla Church of the Brethren. Envelopes are available at the Terwilliger Funeral Home.

Carol Irene Maginity
Died May 20, 2005
      BENZONIA - Carol Irene Maginity, 71, of Benzonia, died unexpectedly Friday, May 20, 2005, at West Shore Medical Center in Manistee.
      She was born April 26, 1934, in Benzonia, the first daughter of Harriett and Ernest (Smeltzer) Johnson. On June 6, 1957, Carol married Larry Dean Maginity, and they celebrated 48 years together.
      Carol spent her whole life in the Benzonia area, and therefore had many great close friends who will certainly miss her warm smile and thoughtfulness. She enjoyed reading and baking, spending time with her family, and trips to the casino.
      The highlight of Carol's last four years was helping taking care of, nurturing and loving her grandson, Jacob.
      Carol is survived by her husband, Larry; her children, Brenda Maginity of Frankfort, Bonnie (Tim) Finch of Empire, Kim (Mary Garber) Maginity of Frankfort, and Lisa (Dan) Taber of Thompsonville; two grandchildren, Jessica (John) Armstrong-Baglien of Osseo, Wis., and Jacob Taber of Thompsonville; her great-grandson, Bryce Armstrong-Baglien of Osseo, Wis.; her brother, John Johnson of Benzonia; and her sister, Mary Lou (Michael) Thompson of Sawyer.
      Carol was preceded in death by her parents and a younger brother, Gary Johnson.
      Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, May 23, at the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah, with Evangelist Robert Bodell officiating.
      Visitation was held Sunday, May 22, at the funeral home.
      Memorial contributions may be made to the Munson Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
      The Bennett-Barz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
     
     

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