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Blankenship, Celestine      86, 04Aug1923 - 08Jan2010,           (72),                                                 MI-377-26-7242

Blankenship, Rodney L.    57, 24Jun1953 - 03Sep2010,            (FO),                                                MI-375-58-9064




+2011, Bay City, Bay Co., MI, Obituary

The Bay City Times, (MI) - August 25, 2011

Mersdorf, Roy C. of Bay City, Michigan. Mr. Mersdorf passed away Saturday, August 20, 2011 at Brian's House at the Age of 86 years. The son of the late Charles and Lillian (Jacobs) Mersdorf was born July 4, 1925 in Bay City.

He worked for many years at Bay Refinery and retired from Dow Ziploc Bags. He had a great love for his family; he played on a pool league, enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and camping. Mr. Mersdorf served in the U.S. Army with Headquarters Battery 78th Armored Field Artillery Battalion during WWII with his twin brother Ray. They were both tank drivers in Italy.

He is survived by six children: Linda (David) Blankenship of Bay City, Elizabeth "Becky" (Dennis) Malusi of Cedar Springs, MI, Theresa (Ron) Perkins of Canyon Lake, TX, Ellen Switala of Bay City, Dwight "Ike" Mersdorf of Canyon Lake, TX and Virginia"Gina" (John) Syring of Bay City; one daughter-in-in-law, Alicia Mersdorf; sixteen grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; his twin brother with whom he was inseparable, Ray Mersdorf.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his wife, the former Virginia S. Richardson whom he married October 14, 1946. She passed away July 2, 2008; one son, Roy Edward Mersdorf, who passed away March 15, 2011; his sisters and brothers: Argetta Cousins, Clifford and Charles Mersdorf and Eleanor Barteau; his sister-in-law, Cecelia Mersdorf.

The funeral service took place Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Gephart Funeral Home, Inc. Officiating was Rev. Fr. Craig Albrecht with interment following in Floral Gardens Cemetery followed by Military Honors conducted by the Bay County Veterans Council.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2011, Kawkawlin, Bay Co., MI, Obituary

The Bay City Times, (MI) - February 17, 2011

Mildred Jean of Kawkawlin, Michigan. Age 68 years, died February 14, 2011. She was born in Bay City on October 2, 1942 to the late Melvin G. and Elodia (Roupe) Peterson.

Survivors include four children: Dawn (Robert) Sachs, Eugene (Amy) Ballor Jr., Jeanette (Kenneth) Stoller and Douglas (Brenda) Ballor; eight grandchildren: Brandon (Kayla) Hitch, Autumn and Robert Sachs, Kourtni and Heather Stoller, Zachary and Cameron Ballor and Leatha (Tony) Smerdon; six great grandchildren; two brothers, Melvin (Nita) Peterson and Kenneth (Carolyn) Peterson; a sister-in-law Evelyn Johnson and a special friend Joyce Blankenship.

She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene Ballor, Sr. and three brothers: Robert, Donald and Roger Peterson.

Funeral service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Salvation Army Church. Capt. Shirley Myers and Kenneth Peterson will officiate. Burial will be at Floral Gardens Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2012, Pinconning, Bay Co., MI, Obituary

Published in Bay City Times on August 28, 2012

Tristin J. Brazeau, Pinconning, Michigan Infant son of Jason and Kimberly (Blankenship) Brazeau passed away Friday August 24, 2012 at Covenant Health Care-Harrison. He was born on July 30, 2012 in Saginaw.

He is survived by his parents; a brother Jean-Gabriel Brazeau; a sister Jasmine Brazeau; grandparents Michael Brazeau, Alana and Dennis Beyer, Brenda Studer and Carl Blankeship and great grandmothers Blankenship and Taylor also many aunts and uncles and cousins.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11 am Wednesday August 29, 2012 at St. Michael's Church with Rev. Fr. George Serour presiding with inurnment at Sunset Valley Crematory.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com




2011, Benton Harbor, Berrien Co., MI, Obituary

The Herald-Palladium, (St. Joseph, MI) - August 4, 2011 obituary

Otherine "Billie" Horton, 92, formerly of Benton Harbor, passed away early on Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Orchard Grove Extended Care Centre in Benton Harbor.

Funeral services celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at the Fairplain Chapel of Florin Funeral Service, 1153 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, with Pastor Roy Jeffrey and Harold Puckett officiating. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery in Bridgman.

Billie was born on Nov. 12, 1918, in Judsonia, Ark., to William and Alpha May Cartwright. On April 22, 1946, she married William Horton and together they had six children. Billie enjoyed playing bingo, sewing and quilting in her leisure time. Most of all, Billie cherished time spent with her friends and family - particularly with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Billie is survived by her children, Sylvia (Jim) Blankenship of Bangor, Linda Copeland of Paragould, Ark., Thomas (Sherry) Horton of Watervliet and Luzette Stump of St. Joseph; 22 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Billie was preceded in death by her husband, William; by her children, Craig and Patricia; and by her brothers and sisters. 

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2013, St. Joseph, Berrien Co., MI, Obituary

The Herald-Palladium, (St. Joseph, MI) - August 1, 2013

Juanita N. (Gillham) Tanke, 84, of St. Joseph passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Royalton Manor Nursing Home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Nov. 29, 1928, in Judsonia, Ark., to the late Clayton C. and Cealie Mae (Head) Gillham.

On Feb. 8, 1947, Juanita married Robert Tanke at a ceremony in their pastor's home in Benton Harbor. A bookkeeper for many years, Juanita worked for Pyramid Oil Co., Roti Motors and Ace Hardware. Her hobbies included gardening and reading. Spending time with her beloved family was her greatest treasure.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clayton Gillham; her mother, Cealie (Girlie) Fisher, and stepfather; her husband, Robert Tanke; a son, Robert E. Tanke; a daughter, Debra Tanke-Dupuie; a grandson, Daniel Blankenship; and two brothers, Forrest Lee Head and Clayton Gillham.

Juanita is survived by her son, Bruce (Beverly) Tanke of Benton Harbor; grandchildren: Robert (Sue) Tanke, Susan (Rob) Lausch, Daniel (Michelle) Knapp, Amanda Dupuie, and Jamie and Stephen Dupuie; great-grandchildren: Justin (Deborah) Blankenship, Kyle Blankenship, Samantha Blankenship and Ryan Knapp; and a great-great-grandson, Thomas.

In keeping with Juanita's wishes, a private family gathering will be held at North Shore Memory Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com




2013, Woodland, Barry Co., MI, Obituary

Lakewood News (Hastings, MI) - November 9, 2013

Judith Kathryn Wolfgang, age 62, went home to our Heavenly Father on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo [Kalamazoo Co., MI]. She was born January 2, 1951 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Carl and Angeline (Bauer) Martin and a 1969 graduate of Beal City Schools.

She married Richard Dean Wolfgang on July 25, 1969 at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Rosebush. Judy worked for Farmers Insurance beginning in 1987 starting out in the mailroom and working her way up to the CT&I department, retiring in 2011. She enjoyed working, learning, and the time she spent with her coworkers and friends. She was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church in Lake Odessa. She loved going to church and helping out any way she could. In her free time she would be reading, knitting, crocheting, shopping, and spending time with her family whom she loved dearly. She had such a big heart and sweet spirit, always giving and helping whomever she could.

Judy is survived by her husband of 44 years, Richard Wolfgang of Woodland; children, Thomas James Wolfgang of Dorr, Tammy Jo (James) Halliwill of Delton, Terri Lynn Wolfgang of Lake Odessa, and Timothy Edward Wolfgang of Hastings; grandchildren, Ashley, Zach, Brooke, Kate, Austin, Liz, Andrew, Gwen, and Cody; great grandchildren, Alivia, Adelyn, and "Brooke's baby". She is also survived by sisters, Betty (Don) Russell and Sylvia (Howard) Boulis; sisters-in-law, Ruth Martin, Glenda Pumford, Linda Ryckman; brothers-inlaw, Alan Wolfgang and Larry (Deloras) Wolfgang.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Angeline Martin; twin brother, Thomas Martin; brother, Russell Martin; sisters, Joan Blankinship, Janet Flynn, and Patricia Sweet.

A funeral mass was held Friday, November 8, 2013.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com




2013, Albion, Calhoun Co., MI, Obituary

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Dec. 16, 2013

M. Lynn Colon, 66, of Albion passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Allegiance Health Care while her family surrounded and cared for her. Lynn was born to the late Kelly J. Sr. and Nellie I. (Anthony) Young on November 14, 1947 in Kimble, West Virginia.

Efrain "Frank" Colon swept Lynn off of her feet and on August 5th, 1967 they wed and their love only continued to grow. In 1987 Lynn went back to school and received her diploma from Albion High School. Lynn enjoyed crafts, shopping, baking and traveling, especially to ladies conferences.  She had a deep faith in God and testified often of the many miracles God performed in her life.  Next to her love for God, Lynn was passionate about her family, and was an awesome homemaker.  She was a devoted wife, a dedicated mother, and no one could spoil her granddaughters more than her.  Lynn's health declined for many years; however, her love for her family kept Lynn fighting.  She was an active member of Christ Apostolic Church for over 50 years. Lynn had a smile that could light up a room and could make any event a party.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Thurl "Sonny" Young and Kelly James Young.

She is survived by her husband Frank Colon of Albion; her two daughters, Scarlette (Rev. Douglas) Fleury of Battle Creek, Missy Colon of Albion, and one son Rocky Colon of Lady Lake, Florida . She is also survived by her three sisters; Syble Hackworth, Scarlet "Dickie" Blankenship both of Albion and Cathy (David) Elkins of Concord; one brother, Neal (Faye) Young of Olive Branch, Mississippi; two granddaughters Chantilly and Olivia Fleury both of Battle Creek; grandson Narciso Colon of Lady Lake, Florida and great grandson Armani Colon. Lynn opened her heart many years ago and adopted a daughter to her family, Tina (Gerald) Johnson of Battle Creek, as well as their daughter, Arianna, along with a host of nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends whose lives are enriched from knowing her.

Services for Lynn will be on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Christ Apostolic Church 503 N. Superior Street, Albion, Michigan. An interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2010, Battle Creek, Calhoun Co., MI,


John Alvin Vandegriff, Sr., 90, of Battle Creek, passed away Sunday, October 3, 2010 at Battle Creek Health System surrounded by his children. He was born April 16, 1920 in Bethel, OH the son of Alvin and Sarah (Daley) Vandegriff.

He married the late Virginia (Chingwa) Vandegriff on September 21, 1952 in Northville, MI. John served in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years in addition to working other jobs like a night watchmen at Knappen-Milling to provide for his family. After retiring from the U.S. Air Force he worked and retired from Clark Equipment. He had been a member of a number of organizations including the Saladin Shriners, Scottish Rite Lodge, Free & Accepted Masons, 33 Degree Mason, Lodge 398, VFW, American Legion, and The Eagle's. John was also a member of the St. Jerome Parish. John loved tending to his plants, cooking, spending time with his family, and especially playing cards. For many years he looked forward to his bi-weekly meetings at the Knights of Pythians and made sure he was on there time.

John is survived by his children, Eileen (Duane Blankenship) Yeager, John (Linda) Vandegriff, Jr., Grant (Tammy) Vandegriff, and Laura Ure; he was especially proud of his grandchildren, Larry, Tony, John III, Sean, Alexis, Jenny, Samantha, Shalyn, and Alec; great granddaughter, Alaila; good friends, John Forney and Jo McClenney.

He was preceded in death by his wife Virginia; parents; grandson, Daniel Yeager; favorite son-in-law, Tim Ure; his brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held Monday, 9:00 A.M. at the Bachman Funeral Chapel with Pastor Robert L. Zuhl of First Wesleyan Church officiating. Burial will be at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2011, Battle Creek, Calhoun Co., MI, Obituary


Elton “Coach” Burris, 93, born September 26th, 1917, passed quietly March 8, 2011 surrounded by so many who loved him very much.

His family: wife, Hazel of 63 years; sister, Ella Gex; children: Larry Burris, David Burris and Sue Blankenship; grandchildren: Andy (Sarah) Blake, Ben (Maggie) Blake, Rachael Bird and 8 great-grandchildren, who Elton called “a bunch of cuties”.

Visitation will be held Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the Baxter Funeral Service 375 W. Dickman Rd. Battle Creek, MI from 2-4PM & 5-7PM, with funeral services on Monday March 14, 2011 at 1:00PM at the funeral home. Al, Bucky, Dad, Big-D, G-pa, Great Grandpa, and most of all, our loving “COACH” will be carried proudly to Fort Custer National Cemetery following the service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2012, Battle Creek, Calhoun Co., MI, Death,

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on February 28, 2012

Robert R. Blankenship, Battle Creek, 62, died February 26, 2012.        

Services are pending.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2012, Battle Creek, Calhoun Co., MI, Obituary

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on March 1, 2012

Robert R. Blankenship, age 62, died February 26, 2012, at the VA Medical Hospital in Battle Creek, MI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Elaine Blankenship. Robert attended Lakeview Schools until joining the Marines in 1969. He served in the 1st Marine Division in the artillery in Vietnam. Robert held various jobs throughout the years, one of his favorites was being a grounds person at Fort Custer National Cemetery

Robert is survived by a brother, Gary Blankenship; and sisters, Gail Myers and Jane Rouse; nine nieces and nephews; and many cousins.

Services will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery on March 1, 2012 at 11:00.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2013, Battle Creek, Calhoun Co., MI, Funeral

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Nov. 29, 2013

Dallas Ray Blankenship, Sr. age 67 went to be with his Lord Tuesday afternoon November 26, 2013 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo

Funeral services, 2:00 p.m. Monday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes - Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI. Burial, Ontario Cemetery in Ontario, Indiana.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2013, Battle Creek, Calhoun Co., MI, Obituary


Dallas Ray Blankenship, Sr. age 67 of Battle Creek, Michigan went to be with his Lord Tuesday afternoon November 26, 2013 at the Borgess Medical Center Emergency Room in Kalamazoo [Kalamazoo Co., MI]. He was born November 20, 1946 in McDowell, Kentucky son of the late Henry and Ruth (Gayheart) Blankenship.

On September 23, 1971 he married Patricia Fair in LaGrange, Indiana. Dallas was employed as a truck driver his entire working life, driving for several companies over the years until a work related accident caused him to no longer be able to drive his semi-truck. Dallas also owned and operated a wrecker service with his wife and later his children.

He attended the Green Chapel in Wolcottville, Indiana and he loved racing, hunting, telling stories and fishing with his grandsons. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife: Patricia; daughters: Theresa Brady of Auburn, Indiana, Lisa (Richard) Roth of Union City and Christina (Nathies) Williams Battle Creek; sons: Keith (Pam) Blankenship of LaGrange, Indiana, Ronnie (Melanie) Blankenship of Summerfield, Florida, Dale (Rose) Witham of Missouri and Dallas Blankenship, Jr. of Battle Creek; one brother: Rodney Blankenship; two sisters: Linda (Pete) Pierson and Lisa Prior; 21 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son: Rodney; one brother: Ronnie and granddaughter: Catherine.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI. Pastor Melvin Heinger of the Green Chapel will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at the Ontario Cemetery in Ontario, Indiana.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


1930 Census, District 3, Floyd Co., KY,

Gayheart, Barth                 39, M, KY, Head,

Gayheart, Bell                   35, F, KY, Wife,

Gayheart, Chester             18, M, KY, Son,

Gayheart, Mory                 13, M, KY, Son,

Gayheart, Green                12, M, KY, Son,

Gayheart, Osie                   11, F, KY, Dau,

Gayheart, Jack                   10, M, KY, Son,

Gayheart, Theorn                             08, M, KY, Son,

Gayheart, Rezonel             06, M, WV, Son,

Gayheart, Martha              03, F, WV, Dau,

Gayheart, Ruth                  02, F, WV, Dau,

Gayheart, Rubia                05, F, WV, Dau,





2010, Bath, Clinton Co., MI, Obituary,

Lansing State Journal , January 2, 2010

Judy A. Blankenship 64, of Bath, died Monday.

Services 2 p.m. today at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Laingsburg.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2013, Bath, Clinton Co., MI, Funeral

Published in Lansing State Journal on June 2, 2013

John W. Blankenship, 68, of Bath, retired General Motors supervisor, died May 17.

Memorial services 1 p.m. June 14 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2013, Bath, Clinton Co., MI, Obituary

Published in Lansing State Journal on July 20, 2013

Merrian "Josephine" (Cushman) Vail, born June 1, 1913 in Bath, Michigan to Albert and Nellie May (Tyler) Cushman, passed away July 18, 2013 at age 100.

Mrs. Vail was one of the last survivors of the Bath School Disaster. She loved her 7 children and their families, farming and painting. Her hobbies included painting, both china and oils.

Josephine was preceded in death by her husband, Clare, in 2000; daughters, Betty Stull and Judy Blankenship; brother, Ralph Cushman; sister, Annabel Evert; and grandsons, Spencer Stull and Trevor Vail.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her children, Joyce (Glenn) Svendsen, Nancy Miller, Martha (Dan) Sherman, Claude (Shirley) Vail and Hewitt (Barbara) Vail; many beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Vail's funeral will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 22, at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 East Grand River Avenue in East Lansing, with Rev. Brian West officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com




2013, Charlotte, Eaton Co., MI, Obituary

Published in Lansing State Journal on Jan. 3, 2014

Anna (Spagnuolo) Baldino Garvey, beloved mother and grandmother went home to be with her Lord on Monday, December 30, 2013. She died peacefully with her loving children by her side. Anna was born on May 27, 1926 to Andrew and Josephine (Fabiano) Spagnuolo in Lansing, MI. She graduated from St. Mary Catholic School in 1945.

Anna married Samuel S. Baldino, Sr. on May 15, 1948 in Lansing and became a widow in 1955. On July 15, 1961, she married Edward H. Garvey whom she had 48 years with until his death in 2010. Anna's main occupation was caring for her family and being a homemaker. Her family was her joy and happiness. She also worked for various stores including Federal's Department Store and Knapp's in Lansing. She was a long time member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte where Anna was a member of the St. Mary Altar Society. She was also active in her neighborhood ladies farm guild.

Anna is survived by her son, Samuel S. Baldino, Jr. of Charlotte, MI; daughter Laurie (T. Scott) Blankinship of Marshall, MI; 3 granddaughters whom she adored - Bethany Hannah, Andrea Joy, and Olivia Rose Blankinship. Anna was also very fond of her nieces and nephews and their children.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Samuel S. Baldino, Sr., her second husband, Edward H. Garvey, sister, Theresa Preston, and granddaughter, Bella Rae Blankinship.

Funeral mass services will be celebrated on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 11:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. David Rosenberg officiating. Anna felt close to Fr. Francis Mossholder from St. Andrew Church in Saline who sends his thoughts and prayers and will say a mass for Anna at a later date. Burial will take place in the Maple Hill Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2014, Delta Twp., Eaton Co., MI, Obituary

Published in Lansing State Journal on Apr. 3, 2014

Marjorie A. Blankenship 88, of Delta Township, died Wednesday [02Apr2014].

Memorial services 11 a.m. Saturday at Dimondale Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2014, Delta Twp., Eaton Co., MI, Obituary

Published in Lansing State Journal on Apr. 4, 2014

Marjorie Ann Blankenship of Delta Twp. Age 88, died April 2, 2014 in Grand Ledge after a short illness. She was born in Lansing on March 26, 1926, the daughter of Estelle and Roy Wilhelm, and was a graduate of Everett High School.

She married Albert C. Blankenship in December 1945. They were married for 55 years until his death in 2001.They lived in Lansing, Dimondale, Traverse City and Grand Ledge before retiring in 1976 and moving to Traverse City where they lived for more than 25 years. They also lived for several years in Surprise, Az., where Albert died in 2001. She later returned to live with family in Grand Ledge.

Marjorie was an avid seamstress and an accomplished quilter. She also enjoyed playing the piano, history and travel. She was deeply religious and an active member of several Presbyterian churches throughout her life.

She is survived by five children, Karen Moore (husband, Donald), Allan (wife, Linda), Randy (wife, Ivy), Gary (wife, Helen) and Karl (wife, Kathleen). Besides her children, she is survived by two brothers, Arthur and Raymond, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Presbyterian Church in Dimondale.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2011, Grand Ledge, Eaton Co., MI, Obituary


James D. Blankenship, age 81, and longtime Grand Ledge area resident, passed away April 23, 2011 in Troy, Michigan. James was born August 5, 1929 in Conway, Missouri to the late Frank and Clara (Gann) Blankenship. He served in the Navy from 1946 through 1950 and was later employed, as a computer programmer, by Diamond Reo and Oldsmobile in Lansing. He enjoyed golfing and gardening and was a lifelong supporter of the educational pursuits of his children and grandchildren.

His wife of 57 years, Edith, and sister, Frances, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his children, Linda (Ray) Leyko, Brent (Sherry) Blankenship, Susan and Lori Blankenship; grandchildren, Aaron, Beth, Jenny, Jamie, Lucas, Jana, Travis, Trenton, and Hunter; and great-grandchild, Maddox. He is also survived by his sister, Alice (Jim) Keesling; and numerous nephews and nieces, including Sharon Smith.

The family will receive friends Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, 12:00 pm until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 pm. Interment with military honors will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Grand Ledge.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2010, Potterville, Eaton Co., MI, Obituary


Dorothy L. Rickle, 91, of Potterville, MI died Saturday, September 25, 2010. Mrs. Rickle was born November 5, 1918 in Lexington, TN, the daughter of Rev. Deward and Florence (Cox) Blankenship.

She is survived by her sons; Michael (Beth) Rickle of Potterville, Robert (Alice) Rickle of Silver City, NM, Gregory (Nina) Rickle of Midland, Steve (Kathy) Rickle of Dimondale; 6 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert in 2006. Dorothy enjoyed her flowers, pets and loved her family. She was a member of Eastern Star in Potterville. She remembers crossing the Mississippi River in a covered wagon at the age of 4.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM on Friday, October 1, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment will be at Deepdale Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com




+2013, Bliss Twp., Emmet Co., MI, Obituary

Petoskey News-Review (MI) - July 22, 2013

Ronald "Steve" Justice, 75, of Bliss Township, died July 19, 2013, at the McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey [Emmet Co., MI]. Steve was born on Oct. 20, 1937, in Panther, W.Va., the son of Burl and Viola (Blankinship) Justice and was raised in Panther before moving to Flint with his father and went to work at General Motors as a die setter.

Steve purchased property in Bliss and spent time there on the weekends before moving there permanently in 1993 when he retired from GM after 35 years of service. On July 19, 1997, Steve married Diane Tippett at his home in Bliss and they have resided there since. Steve was a member of the Shriners and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; five children, Steven Wayne (Linda) Justice of Swartz Creek, Ron Justice of Linden, Mich., Steven Ray (Amanda) Justice of Burton, Mich., Scott (Trista) Justice of Bowling Green, Ky., and Sandy (Jamie) Sweet of Flint; two stepchildren, Valerie (John) Hutchinson of Levering and Barbara Worthington of Mackinaw City; sister, Mary Taylor, of Smyrna, Ga.; 19 grandchildren, four step grandchildren, a great-grandchild with another on the way in October; and by several nieces and nephews.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Roy Justice.

A funeral service celebrating Steve's life will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the Bliss Missionary Church with Pastor Rob Rhiner officating. Burial will be in the Bliss Township Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


1940 Census, Sandy River District, McDowell Co., WV,

Justice, Burl                       27, M, WV, Head,

Justice, Viola                     26, F, WV, Wife,

Justice, Mary Ellen           06, F, WV, Dau,

Justice, Ronald                  02, M, WV, Son,





+2014, Burton, Genesee Co., MI, Death

Published in Flint Journal from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2014

Karen Sue Blankenship-Smith, age 53, of Burton, died January 5, 2014 at Genesys Health Park.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Sharp Funeral Homes, 8138 Miller Road, Swartz Creek.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2014, Burton, Genesee Co., MI, Obituary

Published in Flint Journal from Jan. 7 to Jan. 12, 2014

Karen Sue Blankenship-Smith, age 53, of Burton, went home to be with the Lord and other loved ones January 5, 2014 surrounded by her loving husband, all her children, family, friends, and special nieces and nephews.

Services will be held in her honor at 2 PM Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road Chapel, 8138 Miller Rd., Swartz Creek.

Karen was born on November 30, 1960 in Flint. On January 6, 1994 she married Frank Smith at Trapper Joe's in Burton. Karen loved to sing and it was through their combined love of music that the two met and fell in love.

She is survived by husband, Frank; sons, James and Jesse Foust, Blake Smith; step-sons, Jonathan, Joshua, and Jeremy Smith, Timmy Plummer; step-daughter, Jamie Damman; one granddaughter, Taelyn Smith; mother, Mildred Blankenship; brother, Alvin Blankenship; sisters, Debi and husband, Chris McGlashen, Pamela Crafts; in-laws, Herman and Thelma Smith; brothers-in-law, Glenn and Timmie Smith; special children she held close to her heart, Brian Mahaffey, Peyton Turner, and Courtney Morgan; as well as many more family and special friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Elmer Blankenship; sister, Sherrie Deskins; and nephew, Aaron Blankenship.


2011, Fenton, Genesee Co., MI, Obituary

The Flint Journal, (MI) - December 23, 2011

Lusk, Jack M. - Age 79, of Fenton, died December 21, 2011 at Caretel Inns, Linden. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Fenton Church of God, 14569 North Rd., Fenton, with Pastor Eugene Blankenship officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

Jack was born February 5, 1932 in Princeton, WV, the son of Oakley and Stella (Miller) Lusk. He retired from General Motors. Mr. Lusk enjoyed hunting, spending time with family and friends and loved Bluegrass Music.

Surviving are: daughters, Linda Lusk, Rhonda (Michael Nelson) Lusk, Karen (Harry) Haag; step daughters, Carol (Dale) Blankenship Daggett, Michele Lusk Corry; sisters, Sandra Lusk Charles, Judith Lusk Fleming; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Violet; brother, Bobby.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2011, Flint, Genesee Co., MI, Obituary

The Flint Journal, (MI) - January 25, 2011

Orla "Grant" Payne, - Age 50, of Flint, died Sunday, January 23, 2011 at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road, 8138 Miller Road, Swartz Creek. Burial in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly.

Mr. Payne was born February 2, 1960 in Flint, the son of Carroll and Margaret (Hart) Payne. He was a 1978 graduate of Carmen High School. He has resided in Flint for most of his life. Mr. Payne married Pamela Blankenship October 4, 2003 in Farwell. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Surviving are: wife, Pamela Crafts; four children, Sarah Crafts of Flint, Angie Payne of Iowa, Krystal Payne of Iowa and Preston Payne of Alabama; two granddaughters, Chloe and Leah; brother, Mike Payne of Cass City; two sisters, Margo Payne of Farwell and Beth Little of Farwell; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and favorite sister-in-law, Sherrie Deskins.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2011, Flint, Genesee Co., MI, Obituary

The Flint Journal, (MI) - February 13, 2011

Davidson, Peggy Blye (Ellison) – Age 79, died at home Thursday, February 10, 2011 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Peggy was born in Ghent, W. Virginia December 29, 1931, the daughter of Frank and Hattie (Martin) Ellison. She married Bryan Davidson September 14, 1968 and lived in Flint all her married life.

Surviving are husband Bryan, two sisters; Josephine Hope of Swartz Creek, Rosemary Blankenship of W. Virginia; daughter Tammy Thomas; brother-in-law, Bud (Judy) Davidson; sister-in-law, Wilma (Thomas) McCabe; one niece and several nephews.

The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, February 14, 2011 at the Reigle funeral home. Pastor Steve Wood will officiate. Burial will follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2011, Flint, Genesee Co., MI, Obituary

The Flint Journal, (MI) - October 23, 2011

Daggett, Garth Dale - Age 74, of Flint and Swartz Creek, died Saturday, October 22, 2011 at home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at Sharp Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 6063 Fenton Rd., Flint. Rev. Daniel Blankenship will officiate. Burial will follow in Sunset Hills Cemetery.

Garth was born January 9, 1937 in Flint, the son of Arlo and Estella (McDonald) Daggett. He was a 1956 graduate of Flint Central High School and was married to Lois Margaret Stoddard on August 24, 1957. Mr. Daggett retired from McDonald Dairy with 45 years of service.

 Left to cherish his memory: wife of 54 years, Lois; children, Dale (Carol) Daggett of Swartz Creek, Robin (Wade) Hitchcock of Genesee, Dawn (Rev. Dan) Blankenship of Flint; nine grandchildren, Andrew (Jacqueline) Music, Adam (Jennifer) Daggett, Jodie Daggett, Alicia (Jeremy) Shaver, Shawn (Nicole Verran) Blankenship , Matthew Daggett, Alex (Hilliary) Blankenship , Jessica Blankenship , Emily Daggett; six great-grandchildren and two on the way; sister, Joann (Richard) Landrum; extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nora Shroader; son, Bob Daggett.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2012, Flint, Genesee Co., MI, Obituary

Published in Flint Journal from September 15 to September 19, 2012

Blankenship, Elmer, Age 77, of Flint, passed away Saturday, September 15, 2012 at home.

Funeral Services will be 11:00AM Tuesday at Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road Chapel, 8138 Miller Rd., Swartz Creek. Interment in Caro Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Millie; four children, Alvin, Debbie, Karen and Pam; several grandchildren and a great-grandchild; four brothers; three sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sherrie. The family extends special thanks to Dr. Kiran and longtime friend, Henry Rife for their love and support.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2012, Flint, Genesee Co., MI, Obituary

Published in Flint Journal from September 19 to September 20, 2012

Lorraine L. NizioL, of Mt. Morris, Age 93, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at her great granddaughter, Katrina's house.

Funeral service will be held at 12 noon Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road. Burial in Flint Memorial Park

Mrs. Niziol was born in Phelps, Wisconsin on April 15, 1919, daughter of the late W. John and Emma (Maybe) Duckworth. She married Frank Niziol in 1968 in Flint and he preceded her in death in 1993. She loved going to the casino and spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are daughter, Carol; grandchildren, Dave Trowbridge, Cathy Blankenship, Dan Trowbridge, Lorri and husband Merle Whipple; 6 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by four sisters.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2013, Flint, Genesee Co., MI, Obituary

Published in Flint Journal from July 24 to July 25, 2013

William Robert "Bob" Fortune, of Flint, age 85, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at McLaren-Flint.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2013 at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint, Bishop Jeffrey Lambert officiating.

Bob was born in Flint, Michigan on May 20, 1928, the son of the late William Russell and Lillian (Cadieux) Fortune. On November 17, 1966 he married Diane (Blankenship) Kimball in Burton. He was a skier, golfer and motorcyclist. Bob loved CB radios and snowmobiles. He was a member of Flint Elks Lodge and was a Shriner and Mason.

Surviving are wife, Diane Fortune of Burton; children, Candace Fortune, Melissa Fortune, both of Baltimore, MD, Cynthia and husband Bud Holzer of Burton, Charles Allan and wife Ellie Kimball of North Carolina, Annette Kimball and Marcy Kimball, both of Burton; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Coral (Fred) Earl, Ursula (Bill) Miller, Mary (Ken) Richardson and Gail (Denny) Maxwell; brother, Fred (Lynn) Fortune; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bob was preceded in death by granddaughter, Wendy Renee and son, Randy.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2013, Flint, Genesee Co., MI, Obituary


Helen Lucille Blankenship, of Flint age 91 died Dec. 29, 2013 at Regency at Grand Blanc.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 am Friday, Jan. 3rd at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 2415 Bagley St. Flint. Burial in Sunset Hills Cemetery. Fr. T. Firestone officiating.

Helen was born June 26, 1922 in Lorain, OH, the daughter of Joseph and Nellie Beattie. She came to Flint in 1934 and graduated from St. Michaels High School and from St. Joseph School of Nursing Syracuse, NY. Helen was joined in marriage to Thomas P. Blankenship October 8, 1949 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. She was a member of St. John Vianney church, St. John Altar Society and Handmaidens of the Altar and the Genesee Star Quilt Guild. Helen worked as a Registered Nurse in public health and worked for the City of Flint at St. Joseph and McLaren Hospitals, retiring from McLaren in 1995. Quilting and hand sewing gave her the greatest joy later in life.

Helen is survived by children Mary G. (Allen) Pomerantz, Betsy (Denny) Camp, Ann (Duke) Stowe, Peter (Verna) Blankenship, Bill ( Pattie) Blankenship, Virginia (John) Hultquist, Matthew (Lisa) Blankenship, 19 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, sisters Joyce Weitzel and Rose Stevens.

Helen was preceded in death by husband Thomas Nov. 27, 1996, sisters Betty Lancaster, Blanch Saunders and brother Jim Beattie.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2011, Grand Blanc, Genesee Co., MI, Obituary

Herald-Citizen (Cookeville, TN) - November 10, 2011

Funeral services for Virginia (Faye) Hall, 68, of Grand Blanc, Mich., will be held at 2 p.m. (EST) on Friday, Nov. 11, at Swartz Funeral Home in Flint, Mich. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from noon until 8 p.m. (EST) today, Thursday, Nov. 10, and from 10 a.m. (EST) until time of services on Friday at the funeral home.

Ms. Hall died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, at her residence. She was born Sept. 5, 1943, in Bakerville to the late Jessie and Bessie Brake Woods. Ms. Hall was a resident of Cookeville for the past 25 years. She was employed with Hamady Brothers in Grand Blanc. Faye loved gardening, woodworking, sewing crafts and fishing.

Her family includes three daughters, Deborah Brown and friend Kenneth Brown, Kimberly Ritter and Dorinda and husband Robert Sosh; two sons, Delano Jr. and wife Holly Hall and Jerry Ritter and friend Janie Moore; three brothers, Jerry, Jim and Robert Woods; 13 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and many loved nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Moureen Ritter; a brother, Steven Woods; and two sisters, Betty Chappell and Linda Blankenship.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


Grand Blanc, Genesee Co., MI, Memorial


In Memory of Robert Wayne Blankenship, May 3, 1944 - December 21, 2012

Brown Funeral Home-Grand Blanc Chapel, 1480 East Hill Road, Grand Blanc, MI

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2011, Linden, Genesee Co., MI, Obituary

Tri-County Times (Fenton, MI) - November 9, 2011

Carrie A. (Quick) Blankenship - age 91, of Linden, died Monday, November 7, 2011 at Avalon Hospice. Graveside services will be held 11 AM Friday, November 11, 2011 at Fairview Cemetery, Linden.

Carrie was born August 1, 1920 in Sterling, the daughter of John and Carrie G. (Fox) Ellison. She married Donald W. Quick October 15, 1939 in Standish and he preceded her in death January 9, 1979, she then married Woodrow Blankenship in 1992 and he preceded her in death July 27, 1995. She had resided in Linden since 1948. Carrie had been employed by Linden Presbyterian Church for 25 years as a custodian and also did upholstery and restored furniture. She was a member of Linden Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed farming with her husband Donald from 1949 to 1978. She especially enjoyed crocheting.

Surviving are: daughter, Geraldine Kay Coppler of Linden; 2 grandchildren, Richard Coppler, Jr. and wife Victoria of Swartz Creek and Janice Coppler of Linden; 4 grandchildren, Jacqulyn, Aaron and Andrew Coppler and Nicholas Adams; 3 stepsons, Eugene and wife Barb Blankenship, Oscar and wife Pat Blankenship and Mark Blankenship; stepdaughter, Shirley and husband E. G. Politte; 2 brothers, Jack Ellison of Sterling and Douglas Ellison; 3 sisters, Virginia Myer, Mary Watson and Polly Avery and husband Robert; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Charles H. Quick; son-in-law, Richard Coppler, Sr.; stepson, Ron Blankenship .

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2011, Linden, Genesee Co., MI, Obituary

Tri-County Times (Fenton, MI) - November 11, 2011

Douglas E. Smith - age 83, of Linden, died Thursday, November 10, 2011. Funeral services will be held 1 PM Monday, November 14, 2011 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Linden Chapel, 209 East Broad Street, Linden. Chaplain Steve Hittle, of Heartland Hospice will officiate. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Linden.

Mr. Smith was born in Pulaski, VA on September 20, 1928. He worked in the radio and TV industry for over 60 years and was well known in the Flint and Detroit areas. He was named Country Music Disc Jockey Of The Year in 1953 and conducted teen dances in the 1950's and 60's all over Michigan. He was the past commander of the VFW Post 4642 in Linden and was a veteran of the Naval Reserves.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Helen F. Smith (Byrd); father and mother, George and Stella Smith; brothers, Earl and Edgar and sister, Ethel.

He is survived by his son, Mark and Dawn Smith of Linden; daughters, Lisa and Bill Montgomery of Linden and Teah Samek of Corunna; grandchildren, Rachel Medicus and Charity Montgomery of Sebring, FL, Veronica and KEllen Samek of Corunna and Jordan, Jade and Marquis Smith of Owosso; nephews, John and Lucy Blankenship of Frankenmuth, Joe and Monica Blankenship of Owosso, Steven Smith of Rocky Gap, VA; nieces, Pamela Morrison of Pulaski, VA and Vicki Kraus of Midlothian, TX.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2013, Lennon, Genesee Co., MI, Obituary

Published in Flint Journal from February 28 to March 6, 2013

Paula Lynn (Taylor) Eckstein, age 49, of Lennon, died February 26, 2013.

Funeral Services will be 11 AM Saturday, March 2 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road Chapel, 8138 Miller Rd., Swartz Creek, Pastor Ron Nelson officiating. Interment in Yerian Cemtery, Durand.

Paula was born October 30, 1963 in Royal Oak, MI the daughter of Joe Taylor and Neoma (Blankenship) Taylor. She went to Durand High School and Baker College in Owosso. Paula married David Eckstein on October 14, 1983; he preceded her in death December 9, 2008. She worked as a Radiology Technologist for Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon. Paula was a wonderful woman and great mother. She loved to fish.

Surviving are: three daughters, Shawnda (Steve) Dykes, Shanyn Eckstein, Samantha Eckstein; three grandchildren, Ayden, Ashlynn, Avalee; father, Joe Taylor; mother, Neoma Taylor; siblings, Joe Taylor, Sandy (Patrick) Donohue, Melissa Taylor, Charla (Ron) Nelson, Tom Taylor; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband David; sister, Mary Jo; and daughter Shana.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com




2011, Pittsford, Hillsdale Co., MI, Obituary

The Hillsdale Daily News, (MI) - May 24, 2011

Benjamin F. "Ben" Porter, age 75, of Pittsford, passed away May 19, 2011. Ben was born Feb. 12, 1938, in Hudson the son of Frank and Nora (Sines) Porter.

On Feb. 19, 1973, he married the love of his life, Darlene. He was an avid gardener and loved to fish. In addition to his wife, Darlene, Ben is survived by his children, Darlene (Carl) Blankenship, Benjie Porter, April (Jack) Patterson, Shawn (Laurie) Porter, Teresa (Dale) Sharrar, Todd Porter and Tadd (Melissa) Porter and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson and a great granddaughter.

At his request, cremation has taken place and there will not be any services.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com




+2012, Lansing, Ingham Co., MI, Obituary

Published in Lansing State Journal on January 20, 2012


Shirley Anne Blankenship, Lansing; Shirley Anne Blankenship, age 88, went to be with our Lord on January 17, 2012. She was born March 13, 1923 to Leonard and Cecille Stephens in Lakeview, MI. Shirley graduated from Lansing Sexton High School June 23, 1943.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Harold; son, Kenneth W. (Patricia) of Rutherfordton, NC; 2 grandchildren, Kristin and Kyle of Linden, NC; 2 great-grandchildren, Adam and Jordan also of Linden, NC; 2 sisters, Donna Harder (Bill) of Lansing, and Barbara Smith of Mason. She enjoyed camping, crafts and golfing. She was a member of the Delta Mills United Methodist Church.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 23, 2012, at the Delta Mills United Methodist Church, 6809 Delta River Drive, Lansing with Rev. Brian Blankenship officiating.


+2013, Mason, Ingham Co., MI, Obituary

Published in Lansing State Journal on April 5, 2013

Barbara J. (Stephens) Lyon-Smith Mason Age 83, our loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother went to the Lord on April 4, 2013. Born November 2, 1929 in Charlotte, MI. Barbara was a dairy farmer, and later she was manager of several clothing stores. She was a volunteer with the "HOSTS Program" at North Aurelius School. She was a member of the Ingham County Genealogy Society. She was a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader when her children where in scouts.

Surviving are her 6 children, Stephen (Jill) Lyon, Jeffery (Tonya) Lyon, Janet (Tim) Smith, Lyle (Roxanne) Lyon, Joyce (George) Banks, and Linda Lyon-Fitzgerald; numerous beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Donna (William) Harder; brother-in-law, Harold Blankenship; and many other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by 2 husbands, Wayne R. Lyon in 1974, and Raymond R. Smith in 1991; parents, Leonard and Cecile (Ranney) Stephens; sisters, Norma Kelley, and Shirley Blankenship; brother, Hugh Stephens.

Visitation is from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday with funeral services 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 8, at the Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing with Pastor Gerald Garcia from the Church of the Nazarene - Mason, MI officiating. Interment Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com




2011, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI, Obituary

Kalamazoo Gazette (MI) - February 2, 2011

Jirgens, Elaine E. "Aunt Smokie" Of Kalamazoo, Elaine began her life's journey on March 6, 1934, in "Phoenixville", PA, and took her final coffee break in "Phoenix" AZ, January 26, 2011, with her husband of 60+ years, Zigfrids, by her side.

Elaine leaves behind five children, William (Robin) Jirgens, Maija (Steve Bird) Jirgens, Ziggy Jirgens, Jr., Peter (Chris) Jirgens, and Rita Jirgens. Elaine loved her jewelry, but her true gems were her five grandchildren, Dana Blankenship , Ryan Blankenship , Jennifer Rayman, Chad Jirgens, and grandma's princess, Zoe Jirgens-Smalla; three great grandchildren, Mason Blankenship , Morgan and Gavin Rayman; Godchild, Silvia Fride; nieces, nephews, and Morris, her cat.

Elaine's interests included taking care of her first love, Zigfrids, her family and friends. She loved cooking, making snack-os, scrapbooking, shopping, traveling, dancing, and entertaining. She always worried about others instead of herself, giving above and beyond. She was kind hearted, and always called every day to see what was happening. Elaine enjoyed working at Perrigo Pharmaceutical Company for 27 years, where she made lifetime friends.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 1:00 PM in the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 S. 9th St.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2013, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI, Obituary

Published in Kalamazoo Gazette on January 6, 2013

Sharon Kay Blankenship peacefully departed this life Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Kairos Dwelling. Sharon was born March 16, 1949 in Kalamazoo to the union of Everette and Jessie Blankenship. Sharon was a graduate of Davenport University and was employed at Guardian, Inc. for 15 years as a social worker. Sharon had a love for gardening and was known for being a master gardener.

Sharon is survived by her step-father, David McClendon of GA; the love of her life, Robert Gates; her dog Charlie; sisters Pauline (George) Channells of Martin, MI, Shirley Johnson of Paw Paw, MI; a brother, Harm (Marilyn) Troff of New Mexico; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Sharon is preceded in death by both parents and a sister; Minnie Gordon.

In accordance with Sharon's wishes, cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


SSDI; Blankenship, Everette, 72, 06Aug1906 - ??Jan1979, Paw Paw, Van Buren, MI, MI-368-03-9238




+2013, Ada Twp., Kent Co., MI, Obituary

Published in Kalamazoo Gazette on Dec. 15, 2013

Thomas Joe Hart, of Ada, formerly of Caledonia. Passed away Thursday, December 12, 2013. He was born December 6, 1930 in Lauderdale County, AL, the son of Joseph Henry and Minnie Myrtle (Austin) Hart.

He lived in Caledonia, coming from Auburn, IN. He also resided in Vicksburg, White Pigeon, and spent his early life in Alabama. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On October 30, 1954, in White Pigeon, he married the former Eleanor Jean Blankenship. She preceded him in death on May 10, 2006.

He worked at Folding Carton Business for most of his life. He was also employed at the Auburn, IN Packaging Company, the Rockford Paper Mill, Sturgis Carton, Kirsch Co., and he owned two other Carton Companies. He attended the United Methodist Church and Baptist Church. He enjoyed working with his hands, woodworking, repairing items, gardening, his John Deere tractor, and building his own homes.

He is survived by his son, Thomas Joe Hart, II, of Byron Center; three daughters, Elizabeth Joan (Jack) Boyko of Ada, Brenda Jayne (Jerry) Stenstrom of Schoolcraft, Lori Jeanine (Dave) Meisner of Scotts; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild; two sisters, Nora Ford of White Pigeon, Virginia White of Florence, AL; several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Melvin Hart.

Services will be held at 1 PM on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at the Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon, MI. Rev. Scott Manning of the United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will take place in White Pigeon Township Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2013, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI, Obituary

Published in Grand Rapids Press on July 30, 2013

Mr. Ralph H. Herpolsheimer, aged 85, of Grand Rapids, passed away at the Christian Rest Home on Monday morning, July 29, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Herpolsheimer; his children, Ralph and Linda Herpolsheimer, Roy and Jackie Herpolsheimer, Glenn and Pam Herpolsheimer, Lee and Ildi Herpolsheimer; his nine grandchildren, Joel (Mandy Joy) Herpolsheimer, Mandy Lyn Meyer, Vicki (Michael) Blankenship, Jason (Karen) Herpolsheimer, Kyle (Ragean) Herpolsheimer, Justin (Christina) Herpolsheimer, Samantha Herpolsheimer, Tony Herpolsheimer, Erica Herpolsheimer; 18 great grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Iris Heyt and many friends.

Ralph was a member of Grace Fellowship Church, 735 Buth Dr. NE Comstock Park, MI, where a service to celebrate his life will be held on Thursday, August 1, at 11:00 am. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com




2011, Lapeer, Lapeer Co., MI, Obituary

The Flint Journal, (MI) - August 28, 2011

Blankenship, Gloria J., age 80 died August 24, 2011 in Lapeer.

Gloria lived most of her life in Flint, the loving mother of Larry Lovelace of Jefferson City, TN and Tim (Beth) Lovelace of Burton, MI. Dear grandmother of Brian, Amy, Rachel, Stephen and Matthew. And the special aunt to many nieces and nephews. Gloria retired from McLaren Regional Medical Center where she worked many years.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2013, Lapeer, Lapeer Co., MI, Obituary

Published in Flint Journal from January 12 to January 13, 2013

Leo Carmon Hitt, 80, of Lapeer (formerly of Flint), died Saturday, January 12, 2013. Leo was born July 11, 1932 in Flint to parents Milburn and Ethel (Dalton) Hitt. Leo served his country in the US Army during the Korean War. He married Kathryn Harmon on April 29, 1978. Leo owned and operated Clover Leaf Homes of Davison. Leo was an avid fisherman.

Mr. Hitt is survived by his children: Gloria Dow of Flint, Tim Hitt of Mt. Morris, Mike (Rebecca) Hitt of West Jefferson, NC and David Hitt of Rimrock, AZ; step-children: Janice (Herm) Klein of Flint and Lori (Bill) Schmidt of Attica; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren; three sisters: Geneva Blankenship of California, Geri (Robert) Merrow of Flint and Joyce Hitt of Pontiac. Leo is also survived by many, many nieces & nephews.

Leo was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Hitt; three brothers: J. W., M. G. and Chuck Hitt and his parents.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday January 19, 2013 at the Grace Episcopal Church, Lapeer, the Rev. Sue Rich officiating. Interment will be in Stiles Cemetery, Lapeer.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


Lapeer Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Gloria J.       80, 01Mar1931 - 24Aug2011,          Lapeer, Lapeer, MI,                         MI-377-28-6397




2010, Tipton, Lenawee Co., MI, Obituary


Rodney L. Blankenship, age 57, of Tipton, passed away unexpectedly on September 3, 2010, at his home. He was born June 24, 1953, in Roseville, Michigan, the son of Rod and Dolores (Settles) Blankenship.

He was a graduate of Wayne State University. He was married to Donna Permenter on July 21, 1983, in Toledo, Ohio and she survives. Rod enjoyed volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. He retired from the Center for Forensic Psychiatry as a training instructor in 2006. He was currently a CPR instructor for Lenawee County and coordinator for CERT.

He is survived by his wife, Donna (Permenter) Blankenship; his parents, Rod and Dolores Blankenship; and one brother, Greg Blankenship. He is also survived by three children, Jeri (Alex) Parker, Josh (Brandi) Blankenship, and Jamie Marr; and four grandchildren, Breanna and Michael Blankenship and Lexi and Nick Marr.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com




2014, Fowlerville, Livingston Co., MI, Obituary

The Detroit News, (MI) - February 11, 2014

Hugh G. Miller III, Age 28, lifelong resident of Fowlerville, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Born on June 11, 1985 in Pontiac, he was the son of Hugh G. Jr. and Melissa M. (Huzarski) Miller.

Hugh was a graduate of Fowlerville High School in 2003. He was owner/operator of H.G. Miller's Custom Carpentry and was very dedicated to his daughters and family.

Beloved son of Melissa (Ronald II) Howard of Howell and Hugh G. Miller of Novi. Loving father of Clarissa Rae Anne; brother of Vanessa Miller of Lansing, Zoe Langan of Novi, Ron Howard III of Lansing and Chris Howard of Webberville. Loving companion of Christina Cox and her daughters, Josalyn and Vanessa Cox. Grandson of Edward and Kathy Huzarski, Janet Bursott and Patricia and David Blankenship, numerous aunts, uncles, niece, cousins and friends.

Hugh was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Hugh G. Miller, Sr. and Murray Bursott.

A Funeral service celebrating Hugh's life will be held Thursday February 13, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at the Fowlerville United Brethren Church, 9300 W. Grand River Ave., Fowlerville, MI.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


Public Records; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KYHR-PPQ 

David Lesley Blankenship – b.01Jul1944, Residence 2008: Highland, MI, -

Relatives: Lillian Jeanette Blankenship, Patricia Rae Blankenship


Public Records; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KYHR-PGR

Patricia Rae Blankenship – b.01Jul1942, Residence 1999: Berkley, MI.

Relatives: David Lesley Blankenship, Lillian Jeanette Blankenship




2014, Centerline, Macomb Co., MI, Obituary

The Detroit News, (MI) - January 19, 2014

Arthur Walkowiak, 61, Centerline, MI passed away suddenly. He was the dear son of Dr. Arthur and Nina Walkowiak; and the oldest brother to his eight siblings: Nanette Strobl, Heidi, Mark, James, Richard, Sally Blankenship , Amy Mastromatteo and Michael Walkowiak. He is also the uncle of seven nieces and six nephews. Art will be missed by lifelong friends Brien and Lynn Fausone, Tom Clarke, Ron and Michelle Schwarz, Steve Kyle, and Johnny and Nancy McKinley. Art truly loved his family and close friends.

His interests were music, anything outdoors, his gardens, classic movies, cooking, crossword puzzles, cigars and Miller beer. Art would lend a hand to whoever needed it, period. We love and miss you, God bless you.

Memorial to be announced.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2012, Lenox Twp., Macomb Co., MI, Obituary


Barbara Marie Blankenship, April 3, 1927 - October 23, 2012 Age 85.

Beloved wife of the late Elmer (2004). Loving mother of Caryl (Dan) VanWingerden, Nancy (Richard) Thibodeau, John (Kelly), and the late Beth Ann. Dear companion of Edward Werner. Proud grandmother of 8 and great-grandmother of 13.

Visitation Thursday 3-9pm at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile Rd). Funeral Friday instate 10;am at Bethesda Christian Church 14000 Metro Parkway (Enter off Schoenherr) until time of service 11am. Intermemt Forest Lawn Cemetery

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2012, Roseville, Macomb Co., MI, Obituary

Published in The Macomb Daily on May 22, 2012

Rodney T. Blankenship, age 79, a resident of Roseville, passed away May 19, 2012.

He was the beloved husband of Dolores Blankenship; loving father of the late Rodney Blankenship and Gregory Blankenship; and devoted grandfather of Joshua, Jeri Lynn, and Jaime.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 24, at the Kaul Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2013, Roseville, Macomb Co., MI, Obituary


Kenneth Blankenship, December 8, 1949 - June 16, 2013

Kenneth Blankenship, age 63, passed away June 16, 2013.

He was the beloved fiancé of Kathy Beck. Loving father of Ken (Jennifer) Blankenship and Rich (Kelly) Blankenship. Best Papa in the world to Kody, Ryder, Luke, Lexi and Samantha. Dear brother of Sue (Robert) Rick, Rollie (Sandy) Blankenship and Sandy Blankenship (Ken Wilde).

Kenny was a proud member of the Red Wing Motorcycle Club and will be missed greatly by many family members and friends.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with an evening funeral service at Kaul Funeral Home, Roseville.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2010, Warren, Macomb Co., MI, Obituary


Emil Pauline Baker, 83 years of age of Warren, Michigan passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at the Clinton Aire Nursing Home in Clinton Township. Born at Haysi, VA, she was the daughter of the late King Solomon and Nancy Coleman Blankenship.  She was a loving Mother and a wonderful Homemaker.

Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her husband: John D. Baker.

She is survived by: 2-Daughters: Maryann Woodard and Janet (Dan) Houston, 2-Sons: Edward (Dee) Baker – Kenneth (Nancy) Baker, 4-Sisters: Opal Jackson, Imal Eickler, Ollie Blankenship, Carol (Ernest)  Blankenship. Also, survived by 11-Grandchildren, 19 Great-Grandchildren, several Nieces and Nephews.

Preceded in death by her daughter: Dorla June Baker -  Siblings: Ethyl (Fred) Deel, Clinton Blankenship, Eula (Armis) Hill and Lawrence Blankenship

Funeral Services will be conducted Monday, November 15, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. with Elder Roger Coleman officiating with burial to follow in the Howard Coleman Cemetery on Greenbrier, Rt. #1, Vansant, VA.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


Macomb Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Celestine A. 86, 04Aug1923 - 08Jan2010,           Saint Clair Shores, Macomb, MI,         MI-376-26-4251




Mason Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankinship, Joseph R.      80, 01Dec1930 - 18Mar2011,          Ludington, Mason, MI,                    MI-385-26-8245




+2014, Dundee, Monroe Co., MI, Obituary

The Monroe Evening News, (MI) - February 15, 2014

Kay King, 56 years, of Dundee, Michigan, was promoted to Glory, on Thursday, February 13, 2014 in her home surrounded by her loving family. Born September 17, 1957 in Welch, West Virginia, Kay was the daughter of the late Hershel and Thelma (Church) Blankenship.

Kay graduated from high school in Flint, MI. On January 25, 1984, Kay married her beloved husband Richard Lewis King in Texas. In July of 1991 the family moved to Dundee. Kay worked as a rural route mail carrier for the United States Post Office for 16 years, from which she retired in February of 2011. Kay was a very active member of Summerfield Baptist Church in Petersburg, MI. Kay was the Nursery Director, sang in the choir and taught Sunday School. Kay enjoyed traveling and mowing the lawn. More than anything Kay loved family, especially her grandchildren.

Kay is survived by her beloved husband of 30 years Richard Lewis, three loving children: Wayne Richard (Lindsay) King of Lambertville, MI, Adam Ray (Codi) King of Britton, MI and Tasha LyLynn (Paul) Globensky of Temperance, MI, seven cherished grandchildren: P.J., Damian, Mercedes, and Lexi Globensky, Karlie, Landon, and Cooper King, with another on the way, two brothers: Alda (Betty) Blankenship of Sand Springs, OK and Allen (Robin) Blankenship of Stillwater, OK, a sister: Patty (Terry) Hill of Galax, VA, two nieces, six nephews and many close friends and family members.

In addition to her parents, Kay was preceded in death by a brother: Autry, three grandchildren and a great niece Skye Danielle Blankenship.

Funeral services celebrating her life will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM. in the Bacarella Funeral Home, 1201 S. Telegraph Rd., Monroe, MI, 48161. Kay's close friend Deacon Jeff Samples of Summerfield Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will follow at Pleasantview Cemetery in Petersburg, MI.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com




2013, White Cloud, Newaygo Co., MI, Obituary


Donald “Southrin” Lofquist, age 60, of White Cloud passed away on Tuesday August 6, 2013, at his home. Donald was born on October 13, 1952 in Grand Rapids to Jack and Virginia (Spridgeon) Lofquist.

He married Barbara Ann Blankenship on July 3, 1999 in White Cloud and was a member of Open Sky Ministries.

Donald is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Donald Richard (Angie) Lofquist of Wyoming, Shannan (Carl) DuShane of Allendale, Amanda Douglass of Byron Center, Monica Blankenship of Grand Rapids, Gunnar Lofquist of Rothbury, and Amanda Bixby of Muskegon; 9 grandchildren, Alexis, Chase, Mason, Kennedy, Madison, Blake, Alivia, Riley, and Austin; 2 brothers and 4 sisters; many nieces and nephews; his dog “Fuzzy”; and many many friends.

There will be graveside service at 11AM on Thursday August 8, 2013 at the Morley Cemetery (Aetna Township Cemetery).

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com




2013, Royal Oak, Oakland Co., MI, Obituary

Published in Daily Tribune on March 29, 2013

Alice Marie Zubeck, age 92, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. Born on April 15, 1920 to Frances and Carl Hultquist in Flint, Michigan.

Marie was a 60 year resident of Royal Oak, Michigan and worked for the Royal Oak City Hall and retired from The Lincoln Press. She had a love for books and bingo, but her greatest passion was quilting. She was a member of The Happy Quilters Club for over 25 years. Her memory lives on in all the stitches of quilts that she lovingly created for every member of her family. She was a wonderful listener to her grandchildren and cherished the moments that she spent with her entire family. She truly was the heart of it all and will be greatly missed.

Survived by her children, Barbara (Frank) Neff, Theodore J. (Leslie), Robert M. (Laura), Paul S. (Donna) and Mark T. (Kim) Zubeck; grandchildren, John Neff, Mimi (Paul) Toutant, Joe, Emma, Amelia, Annie, Paul, Mark and Teddy Zubeck; great-grandchildren, Victoria and Joshua Toutant; sister, Jeanette Blankenship and sister-in-law, Kathleen Hultquist.

Preceded in death by her husband, Paul M. Zubeck, whom she married November 16, 1946; sister, Helen Blankenship; brothers, Bud, Walter and Bob Hultquist.

The family would like to thank the staff at Ambrosia Villa, Bloomfield. Also, a heartfelt thank you to Marty and the staff at Chester Street Residence, Royal Oak. You brought back her smile for all of us to enjoy.

Funeral Mass Monday, April 1, 2013 at 10 a.m., instate at 9:30 a.m. at National Shrine of The Little Flower, Royal Oak.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2013, Waterford, Oakland Co., MI, Obituary

Published in The Oakland Press on April 14, 2013

James V. Carro of Waterford, passed on April 7, 2013, at the age of 63. James lost his courageous battle to brain cancer; born February 3, 1950 in Pontiac, MI. Son of the late James and Leda Carro

The of husband of Lori M. Carro of 29 years; father of Angila Patel (Hetul) and Courtney Carro; grandfather of Sophia and Julia; brother of Joanne Hine (Bill), Sharon Blankenship (Ray), Dianne Jarois (Bob), Dorene Melvin, Dorothy Conway and Judy Barnett (Ken); also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends.

James retired from ANR Freight and Bloomfield Hills Public School System and was a member of Teamsters Local #714. He served in the U.S. Navy and loved to play Texas Hold-Em at Motor City Casino.

At James request no Funeral Service will be held. There will be a Life Celebration at OverTyme Bar and Grill, 4724 Dixie Hwy, Waterford, Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 2 to 6 p.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


Oakland Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, James D.      81, 05Aug1929 - 23Apr2011,          Rochester, Oakland, MI,                  MO-487-32-1097

Blankenship, Bessie M.     87, 10Sep1922 - 17Jul2010,            Waterford, Oakland, MI,                 MI-375-16-7322




2012, Hart, Oceana Co., MI, Obituary

Ludington Daily News (MI) - July 17, 2012

Mrs. Ethel Marie Sobers, 97, of Hart, passed away Friday, July 13. She was born November 11, 1914, in Scottville, to Alonzo and Mary (Stull) Swihart.

On September 5, 1942, she married Earl L. Sobers in Hart. They were married thirty-three years before his passing on September 12, 1975. Mrs. Sobers was a member of Hart Wesleyan Church, where she played the organ. She was an outgoing person who loved gardening and flowers.

Ethel is survived by one son, Noel (Judy) Sobers of Hart; two granddaughters, Lisa (Scott) Agens of Bitely and Andrea Sobers of Hart; three great-grandchildren, Monica Blankenship and Michael and Corey Agens; one sister, Flossie Roth of Muskegon; one sister-in-law, Ethelyn Swihart of Hart; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband; two brothers, Ernest and Wayne Swihart; and three sisters, Pauline King, Fern Swihart, and Freda Peeraer.

The funeral service for Mrs. Sobers will be held Wednesday, July 18, at 11 a.m. at Hart Wesleyan Church, in Hart, with Pastor David Gray officiating. Interment will be in Hart Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com




2011, Saginaw, Saginaw Co., MI, Obituary

Saginaw News (MI) - April 24, 2011

Osuna, Jesus "Jesse" Beloved father, grandfather, brother and uncle of Saginaw, Michigan passed away on Friday, April 22, 2011 at St. Mary's of Michigan, age 68 years. Jesse Osuna was born on August 28, 1942 in Harlingen, Texas to the late Julio and Guadalupe (Esquivel) Osuna.

He married Teodora Hernandez on August 30, 1963. She predeceased him on April 4, 2003.

Surviving are his five children: Cyndi (Rick) Mosqueda, Jesse Osuna, Jr., Belinda (Frank) Blankenship, Julio Osuna and Thomas (Vicky) Osuna; grandchildren: Jessica (Manison), Stephanie (Ruben), Carrie, Seth, Rainelle, Kamiya and Danyelle; two great grandchildren, Lily and Marcus; and two brothers and five sisters: Abel (Mary), Homer, Frances, Janie, Elena, Ophelia, Gloria. Also surviving is a special nephew, Tony Botello. The Osuna family would like to give a special thanks to aunts Ophelia, Martha, and Janie for their love and support. Jesse was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Christina Elizabeth Osuna; and a brother, Pastor Reyes Osuna.

Jesse's Funeral Service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at the Deisler Funeral home, 2233 Hemmeter Rd. (off State). Rev. Jerry Flores will officiate with the burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2011, Saginaw, Saginaw Co., MI, Obituary

Saginaw News (MI) - May 1, 2011

Mosqueda, Ricardo of Saginaw, Michigan. Heaven has lifted another angel. Beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and friend Rick went to be with the Lord on April 23, 2011. Rick was born on November 16, 1959 in Saginaw, Michigan where he resided.

He graduated from Saginaw High School in 1977 and worked for the City of Saginaw for 21 years. Rick was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Rick was also an avid bowler for many years and was known by many throughout the bowling community. Anyone who knew Rick, knew he loved his family, bowling and the University of Michigan, the "maize and blue". Go Blue!

Surviving is his wife Cynthia Mosqueda and three daughters; Jessica (Manison) Toney of Auburn, Indiana; Rainelle and Danyelle Mosqueda, at home. Siblings: Ramon (Rosario) Mosqueda, San Antonio, TX; Emma (David) Chantaca, Birch Run; Sonia Mosqueda and Ruben Silvas, Holland; Ruben (Marcella) Mosqueda, Saginaw. In-laws: Jesse Osuna, Jr., Belinda (Frank) Blankenship, Julio Osuna and Thomas (Vickie) Osuna, all of Saginaw; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents Ruperto and Delores Mosqueda and his in-laws Jesse and Teodora Osuna. Rick enjoyed spending time with his wife and children, taking his daughters bowling and listening to Mexican/Tejano music.

Funeral Liturgy will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 915 S. 6th Avenue. His family will receive friends at the W. L. Case & Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road, from 2:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Monday, and then at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of funeral Mass.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


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2011, Constantine, St. Joseph Co., MI, Obituary

The Goshen News, (IN) - July 8, 2011

Robert Dean Anglemyer, 63, died Wednesday at his home.

He is survived by his four sisters, Frances (Emmeth) Engeseth and Carol Anglemyer, both of Delton, Judy Anglemyer, Elkhart, Ind., and Kathy Blankenship, Grand Junction; and four brothers, Donald (Ruth) Anglemyer, Decatur, Jerry Anglemyer, Cassopolis, Tom (Marcia) Anglemyer, Union, and Dennis Anglemyer (Bonnie Walma), Dora.

A graveside service will take place July 15 at 10:30 a.m. at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Cassopolis. There will be a memorial gathering at Victory Missionary Baptist Church, Decatur, following the graveside service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2010, Mendon, Saint Joseph Co., MI, Obituary


Marion Blankenship, 66, of Mendon, died Friday, July 1, 2010 at the Three Rivers Health, Emergency Room. She was born in Dowagiac on April 27, 1944 the daughter of Clyde W. and Dorothy M. (Johnson) Davis.

She was married to Benny Blankenship on Jan. 21, 1960 in Goshen, Ind. They resided in Marcellus and Jones before moving to Mendon in 1963. Marion was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening, reading, and her cats.

Marion is survived by a daughter, Doris Blankenship of Sturgis; a son, David Blankenship of Mendon; a brother, Jerry Jacobs of Ludington; four sisters, Linda Jacobs, Lou Ann Olsen both of Marcellus, Marie Sears, and Mary Riggs both of Niles; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Benny in 1983; two brothers, Richard and Ray Davis; and two sisters, Meredith Bainbridge and Marguerite Cleland.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 7 at the funeral home followed by burial in Mendon Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2013, Sturgis, St. Joseph Co., MI, Obituary

Sturgis Journal (MI) - July 13, 2013

William F. Gibson, age 91, of Sturgis passed away Monday morning, July 8, 2013, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. He was born May 28, 1922, in Coldwater, a son of the late Frank and Rosetta (Byers) Gibson. Mr. Gibson resided in Sturgis for over 60 years.

On Sept. 7, 1940, he married Mabel J. Granger in Bryan, Ohio. She died April 21, 1989. Bill was a truck driver by trade retiring from Key Line Freight in Grand Rapids after more than 40 years of dedicated employment. Following his retirement he drove part time for Penske Leasing in Elkhart, Ind., for several years. He was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sturgis and Deacon Jerry Mix Council #2508 Knights of Columbus. Bill was also a member of Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW, Loyal Order of Moose #574, Eagles Lodge #1314 and he loved to fish. Mr. Gibson was proud to have served his country in the United States Marine Corp during World War II earning the rank of Private First Class.

He is survived by one daughter, Sharon Blankenship of Hudson, Ind.; one son, Larry (Mona) Gibson of McKinney, Texas; six grandchildren, Kellie Gibson, Karrie Davenport, Kevin (Marianne) Gibson, Kurt Gibson, Richard "Flip" (Lisa) Samuels and Ryan (Tisha) Samuels; 11 great-grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; five sisters, Dorothy Hughes of Zephyrhills, Fla., Lillian Anslinger of Lake Placid, Fla., Vivian Quimby of Quincy, Carol McRae of Quincy and Bonnie Van-Horn of Alma; four brothers, Paul Gibson of Bronson, Norman Gibson of Coldwater, David Gibson of Montgomery and Jerry Gibson of Huntington, Texas and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Helen Eyre and two brothers, Robert Gibson and Earl Gibson.

In accordance with his wishes there will be no visitation. Private burial will take place at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis where full military honors will be conferred by Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW and the U.S. Marine Corp Honor Guard. A memorial Mass celebrating the life of William Gibson was held Friday at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Father German Perez-Diaz officiated.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2013, Sturgis, Saint Joseph Co., MI, Obituary

Sturgis Journal (MI) - November 12, 2013

Doris Marie Blankenship, age 52, of Sturgis, and formerly of Mendon, died Saturday Nov. 9, 2013, at Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers. She was born Dec. 6, 1960, in Three Rivers, a daughter of Benny and Marion (Davis) Blankenship, and had been a lifetime resident of St. Joseph County.

She graduated from Mendon High School with the class of 1979. Doris had been employed as a secretary at Armstrong Machine Works in Three Rivers and retired from Sturgis Tool and Die Company. She enjoyed reading and writing poetry, latch-hook rug-making and sketching. She enjoyed her cats and had Garfield, Unicorn and dolphin collections.

She is survived by a brother, David Blankenship of Mendon; and by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family will receive friends from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Clint Zehr officiating. Burial will follow in Mendon Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


SSDI: Blankenship, Benny, 48, 29Sep1935 - ??Dec1983, (Mendon, Saint Joseph, MI), MI-366-36-1592

SSDI: Blankenship, Marion P., 66, 27Apr1944 - 02Jul2010, Mendon, Saint Joseph, MI, MI-385-42-0577


Saint Joseph Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Marion P.     66, 27Apr1944 - 02Jul2010,            Mendon, Saint Joseph, MI,               MI-385-42-0577


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+2013, Paw Paw, Van Buren Co., MI, Obituary

Kalamazoo Gazette (MI) - September 1, 2013

Miriam F. Cronk, of Paw Paw, was reunited with Ed, her lifelong friend and husband Friday evening, August 30, 2013 at her home. She was born April 16, 1924 in Paw Paw, the daughter of the late Earl and Ella (Vickers) Passmore.

Miriam enjoyed working at Dillon Drug Store, Paw Paw until her retirement. She was a member of the Paw Paw United Methodist Church and the Paw Paw Carnegie Community Center Board. While her children were growing she was a Girl Scout Leader and Cub Scout Den Mother. After her retirement, she enjoyed her flower garden, feeding and watching birds.

On July 8, 1944 in Durham, NC, she was united in marriage to Edward F. Cronk who preceded her in death on September 27, 2000. She was also preceded in death by a son, Charles Cronk; daughter, Susan Fahndrich; and a sister, Margaret Blankenship.

Surviving are three sons: Thomas (Brenda) Cronk of Battle Creek, MI, John (Kim) Cronk of Kalamazoo, MI and Craig (Penny) Cronk of Decatur, MI; daughter: Virginia Cronk of Bangor, MI; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Miriam had many friendships which she nurtured thru all the years.

Family will receive friends Wednesday morning, September 4th, 12 noon to 1 PM at the Adams Funeral Home Paw Paw where funeral services will be held at 1 PM following the visitation. Interment will follow in Glendale Cemetery, Paw Paw.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com




2010, Ypsilanti, Washtenaw Co., MI, Obituary


Jacqueline Sue Johnson was born on November 23, 1946 in McRoberts, Kentucky. She was one of eight children born from the union of the late Creed Johnson and the late Ada (Johnson) Johnson. She attended school at Lookout and Virgie Elementary Schools. She married Junior Rollyson on March 13, 1964. He passed away in 1968. She then married Paul Hunt. Later she married Victor Campbell in 2002 and he passed away June 30, 2003.

Sue loved to go to church, and she had found a church home when attending the Community Freewill Baptist Church in Ypsilanti. She also loved to just sit and enjoy the outdoors. She enjoyed shopping, and loved collecting angels. Music was another of her favorite pastimes whether it was just listening, playing the piano, or even dancing, which her family stated she could out-dance every one of them, music brought her joy. At one time she enjoyed crafts, but her all time favorite was her grandchildren.

Jacqueline Sue Campbell age 63 of Ypsilanti, formerly of Monroe, Warren and Prosperity, WV passed away at 5:15pm, Monday, April 5, 2010 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti. In addition to her parents and two husbands her passing was preceded by a brother: Robert Johnson and a sister: Illine Blair.

Friends may gather from 10:00am until 1:00pm, Thursday, April 8, 2010 at Merkle Funeral Service, 2442 North Monroe Street (734) 384-5185. A Celebration of Her Life will take place at 1:00pm with the Rev. Milford Byrd Interim Pastor of First Freewill Baptist Church in Ypsilanti officiating. Procession will follow to Ridgeway Township Cemetery in Ridgeway for burial.

She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters: Tammy (Keith) Mullins of Oakboro, NC and Tina Johnson of Beckley, WV; two sons: Paul (Heather) Hunt of Ypsilanti, MI, and Richard (Tammie) Hunt of Ypsilanti, MI; three sisters: Faye Johnson of Newport and Wilma (Roger) Chandler of Newport, and Judy (Vertine) Malone of Eaton Rapids, MI; two brothers: Tim Johnson of Macomb Township, MI and Tom (Rose) Johnson of Greer, SC; ten grandchildren: Amber, Tylor, David, Miaya, Joshua, Austin, Bailey, Jacob, Tonya, and Olivia; one great grandson: Tommy Blankenship; and many nieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com





2013, Grosse Pointe Woods, Wayne Co., MI, Obituary


Grosse Pointe Woods resident Nina Barbara Walkowiak, 83, died peacefully Friday, April 12, 2013, at Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe after a short illness. She was born Aug. 7, 1929, in Detroit, to Zygmund and Sally Sipowicz. She grew up in Hamtramck and was a 1947 graduate of Hamtramck High School. She worked a short time at Michigan Bell Telephone Co. before she married Arthur Walkowiak D.D.S.

Her family said Mrs. Walkowiak was an excellent cook who kept busy and active caring for her nine children, husband and home. An avid tennis player, she was a charter member of Wimbledon Racquet Club in St. Clair Shores.

Mrs. Walkowiak is survived by her children, Nanette Strobl (Gary), Arthur, Heidi, Mark, James (Jayne), Richard (Rose), Sally Blankenship (Brian), Amy Mastromatteo (Don) and Michael; 13 grandchildren, Gary Strobl Jr., Harrison Walkowiak, Allasandra Walkowiak, Stefania Walkowiak, Laura Blankenship, Sarah Blankenship, Jamie Mastromatteo, Dominic Mastromatteo, Matthew Mastromatteo, Carly Walkowiak, Summer Walkowiak, Jackson Walkowiak and Michael Walkowiak Jr.; and brother, Ted Sipowicz (Louise).

She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur.

A private service was held.


2014, Livonia, Wayne Co., MI, Obituary

The Detroit News, (MI) - January 19, 2014

Lorraine C. McKaig, Age 88, January 15, 2014.

Beloved wife of the late James A. McKaig. Loving mother of Sue (Dennis) Modzelewski, Ellen McKaig and Kathleen (Robert) Parks. Dear grandmother of Jean (Tim) Inman, Steve Parks and Jodie Blankenship . Great grandmother of Samantha and Alex Inman and Sierra Blankenship . Sister of Ann Falcon and the late Wilfred, Joseph, Gerald and Daniel Curley and Helen Skelton.

A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Aidan Catholic Church, 17500 Farmington Rd., Livonia, Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2012, Redford Twp., Wayne Co., MI, Obituary


Shirley Adeline Goerke, a lifelong resident of Redford Township, Michigan, was born in Detroit on June 6, 1924 to the late James and Nettie Martin. She passed away in her Redford, Michigan home on September 20, 2012 at the age of 88.

Shirley was the beloved wife of the late Richard Robert "Pick" Goerke for over 50 years until his death in 1994. Loving mother of Barbara (the late Daniel) Scheck, Carl (Cynthia) Goerke and the late Martin Robert Goerke.

Shirley is survived by her brother Donald (the late Irene) Martin. She also leaves behind her grandchildren; Charlene Sierakowski, Joseph Goerke, Julie Freigang, Marci Blankenship, Karen Benz, Meghan Jamerino, Laurel Eisen, Erin Lowery, Carly Goerke, Kevin Goerke, Kimberly Delorme and Matthew Emerick. Great-grandchildren; Martin Sierakowski, Luke & Grace Freigang, Liesl, Marta, James, Emma & Heidi Blankenship, Abigale & Caleb Benz, Dylan Eisen, C J, Anna & Mackenzie Lowery, Justin Goerke, Kevin & Cassandra Neidenthal. A large extended family and her special friends; Donald and Bella.

Shirley was predeceased by her parents, her brother Norwood Martin, her sister Elsie Martin, her son Martin Goerke, and her great-grandchild Kendall Lowery.

There will be a Memorial Service at 11:00am, led by Reverend Milton R. Schemm, on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. Gathering and Visiting will begin at 10:30am until the time of the service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com