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December 1, 2001

Obituaries


      TRAVERSE CITY - Frederick Twiest, 83, of Traverse City, formerly of Grand Rapids, died Thursday at Grand Traverse Pavilions.
      Born March 27, 1918, in Grand Rapids, he was the son of Frederick Sr. and Theresa (Opdendyk) Twiest. On June 26, 1948, in Grandville, he married the former Dorothy J. Carlson, who survives.
      Fred was a graduate of Grandville High School. He served his country honorably with the United States Army. He later owned and operated Twiest Grocery Store in Grand Rapids together with his wife, Dorothy. After selling the store, he went to work for Meijers also in Grand Rapids, retiring in 1985. Fred was a member of Faith Reformed Church and the American Legion.
      Other survivors include his daughter, Diane (Mike) Wallman of Traverse City; brother, Albert (Wilma) Twiest of Grand Rapids; sister-in-law, Joyce Twiest; six grandchildren, Chris (Mitch) Shoobridge, Laura (Rusty) Darter, Sarah Twiest, Jeff Twiest, Bryan (Marissa) Wallman, and Brooke (John) Konya; four great-grandchildren, Jenna and Grace Shoobridge, and Keegan and Luc Wallman; and nieces and nephews.
      He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert Twiest on Oct. 13, 1999; and his sister, Florence Brenner.
      Funeral services will be held at Faith Reformed Church today at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Phillip Noordmans officiating. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to either the Alzheimer's Association of Northwest Michigan, 531 S. Union, Traverse City, MI 49684, or to the Grand Traverse Pavilions.
     
      EAST LELAND - Carolyn Trueblood Russell passed away at Leelanau Memorial Long Term Care on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001.
      Carolyn was born in Freeport, Ill., on May 15, 1913, and spent many years as a resident. She then moved to Palmetto, Fla., and in later years to Lake Leelanau. She married Joe O. Russell in Ann Arbor on Sept. 22, 1934. Joe preceded her in death in 1973.
      Carolyn was a full-time resident of East Leland for almost 20 years and had spent 70 years as a summer resident on Lake Leelanau. She appreciated the beauty of Leelanau and enjoyed being an active part of the community that meant so much to her. Carolyn volunteered at the city public library, the school library, the Leland Museum and the hospital. She was an avid supporter of the Leelanau Conservancy.
      Carolyn is survived by four children, Joe B.T. Russell of Bikenibeu, Tarawa, Kiribati, Michael Morgan Russell of Sarasota, Fla., Pamela Duncan Russell Tibbitts of Eugene, Ore., and Carolyn Trueblood Russell Motlow of Baton Rouge, La.
      A memorial celebration will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Munnecke Room of the Leland Township Library/Leelanau Historical Museum, 203 East Cedar St., Leland, Mich.
      In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful if memorial contributions in Carolyn's name were made to the Leelanau Conservancy, P.O. Box 1007, Leland, MI 49654; Share Care, P.O. Box 217, Northport, MI 49670; or to the Leelanau Memorial Health Center Long Term Care, P.O. Box 217, Northport, MI 49670.
     
      BELLAIRE - Marilyn A. Proctor, 65, of Bellaire, passed away on Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, at home.
      Marilyn was born in Petoskey on Feb. 7, 1936, the daughter of Charles and Siree (Mattson) Friend. She resided in Grand Rapids for several years prior to moving to Bellaire.
      She was a deputy treasurer for the Antrim County Treasurer's Office for many years, retiring in 1999. Marilyn was a member of the Bellaire Community United Methodist Church.
      Marilyn is survived by her sister, Jeanne (Ward) Cary of Central Lake; two nephews, William (Dawn) Cary of Oxford, Fla., and Scott (Sandy) Cary of Central Lake; two nieces, Kathleen (Charles) James of Central Lake and Jill Cary of Traverse City; and four great-nieces and two great-nephews.
      She was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward Patterson; her second husband, David Proctor; and by her parents.
      The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, at the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.
      Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Bellaire Community United Methodist Church, with Rev. Mary Brown officiating. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Bellaire.
      Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellaire Community United Methodist Church.
      Arrangements are by the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.
     
      PIERPORT - John K. Cogger, 79, of Pierport, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001.
      John was born in Eaton Rapids on April 28, 1922. On Dec. 31, 1946, he married Ruth Handy, who preceded him in death in 1987.
      John was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.
      John retired as the senior vice-president of Michigan National Bank.
      He was a member of the Frankfort United Methodist Church, and the Central United Methodist Church in Lansing. John was also a member of the junior chamber of commerce from 1947 to 1956; the South Cedar Merchants Association, where he was president from 1959 to 1960; and the Frandor Merchants Association from 1954 to 1955. He was also a member of the Downtown Coaches Board from 1967 to 1970; the Midway Optimist Club where he served as president from 1956 to 1957; the Downtown Optimist Club, where he was president from 1977 to 1978; the American Institute of Banking, the Lansing Chapter from 1958 to 1959; and was a board member for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization.
      John was an avid Spartan fan, and enjoyed bird-watching, photography, reading, and loved the outdoors. He will be sadly missed by his family and his many friends.
      John is survived by his son, Ross D. Cogger of Traverse City; his daughter, Janice E. Strunk of Novi; two sisters, Lorraine (Eber) Knapp and Carolyn Darling.
      Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, from the Frankfort United Methodist Church, with Rev. Kathryn Coombs officiating. Burial will take place in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lansing.
      In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's name to the Frankfort United Methodist Church Organ Fund.
      There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Edwards-Oak Grove Funeral Home of Bear Lake is in charge of funeral arrangements.
     
      TRAVERSE CITY - Howard W. "Andy" Andresen Sr., 76, died suddenly Thursday at his Leelanau County home.
      Born Nov. 4, 1925, in Reed City, he was the son of L Peter and Bertha (Krueger) Andresen. On July 26, 1969, he married the former Virginia Snow of Traverse City, who survives.
      Howard served his country honorably in the United States Navy during World War II. He later worked for the Coca-Cola Company of Cadillac and Traverse City for many years, and retired in 1988 from Cherry Growers. Andy loved the great outdoors including camping, fishing, deer and turkey hunting, bird-watching and especially feeding wildlife in his yard. He was a member of the Eagles Club in Traverse City.
      Others survivors include his son, Howard (Terri Lynn) Andresen Jr. of Traverse City; daughter, Dawn (Ben) Downing of Baton Rouge, La.; grandchildren, Amber and Patrick Andresen of Traverse City and Joslyn and Ben Downing of Baton Rouge, La.; brother, Leonard Andersen of Traverse City; sisters, Eleanor Clementshaw of Reed City, and Mildred Mielens of Mt. Pleasant; mother-in-law, Anna Snow of Traverse City; and many nieces and nephews.
      Memorial services will be held at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Sunday at 2 p.m. where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Dr. David Gabel will be officiating.
      Cremation has taken place and private graveside services will be held at a later date at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
     
      CADILLAC - James E. Potvin, 82, of Cadillac, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, at Grand Traverse Pavilions in Traverse City.
      Jim was born in Alpena on March 8, 1919, the son of James E. and Jennie (Nilson) Potvin. He married Mariette Fletcher on Nov. 10, 1945, in Alpena.
      Jim attended St. Bernard School in Alpena and graduated from Alpena High School in 1936. He attended and graduated from Michigan State College.
      Jim served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force during World War II as a first lieutenant bombardier navigator who flew 51 missions over Africa. He received the insignia of one of the worlds' most exclusive clubs, The British Late Arrivals. He was presented with the "Winged Boot" along with the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with four oak leaves by the British Eighth Army.
      In 1946, Mr. Potvin moved to Cadillac, and with two other partners, Ivan N. Bernson and Emil Jantz, formed Western Concrete Products, where he served as president from 1972 until his retirement in 1988. Jim served on several boards including the Alpena Power Co., the Fletcher Paper Co., Cadillac Schools, and Cadillac State Bank, where he served for over 26 years. He was a member of the Cadillac Elks Lodge #680, the Cadillac Country Club, American Legion Post #94 of Cadillac, AMVETS Post #110 of Cadillac, the Michigan Consolidated Hunting League, and the High Banks Hunting Group. Jim was also a member of the St. Ann Catholic Church in Cadillac. Just 10 days prior to his death, Jim attended the groundbreaking and dedication ceremonies of the James E. Potvin Industrial Park.
      Jim is survived by his wife, Mariette Potvin of Cadillac; his son, Philip (Janet) Potvin of Cadillac; his daughters, Katherine (Bruce) Shurtz of Kalamazoo, Joan (James) Delamater of Woodbury, Minn., and Mariette "MiMi" (Gary) Borucki of Haslett; 11 grandchildren, James, Amy, Philip, and Emily Potvin, Jenny and Kerry Shurtz, Lara and Ashley Delamater, Ryan Katherine, and Jacob Borucki; three great-grandchildren, Andrea, Rachael, and Sarah Potvin; in-laws, Dr. Clayton (Gracie) Gordon of Bloomfield Hills; and several nieces and nephews.
      Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, J. Nelson, Thomas, and Carl Potvin; and a sister, Fern Masters.
      Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac, where there will be a prayer service held at 7:30 p.m. with Sister Hilda Sucher, RSM, officiating.
      There will be a Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for the Life of James E. Potvin at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, at St. Ann Catholic Church with the Reverends Francis J. Murphy and John Tamulis officiating. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Cadillac.
      Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, the St. Ann Catholic Church Building Fund, or to the Grand Traverse Pavilions Upper Elm Unit. Envelopes will be available at the Peterson Funeral Home.
      Jim's family was of prime importance in his life. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather; a loyal friend to those lives he touched with his kindness and honesty. A wink, a smile and the twinkle in his eyes were an expression of his sense of humor.
     
      LOUISE BODINE LEHR, 86, of Traverse City, passed away on Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, at home surrounded by family.
      A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, where visitation will be held one hour prior to the time of service. Burial will take place in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
      A full obituary will appear in the Sunday edition of the Record-Eagle.
     
      MELVIN "JAMES" STRAIGHT, 64, of Mancelona, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at Kalkaska Memorial Health Center.
      No services are scheduled at this time. The family was served by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in Mancelona.
     
      ANN THOMPSON, 71, of Manistee, passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at her home following a brief illness.
      Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Manistee.
      Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, at the First Congregational Church in Manistee.
      Arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home, P.C., Manistee.
     
     
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