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November 15, 2001

Obituaries

KALEVA - Ellen Sofia Wuori, 87, of Kaleva, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001, in Traverse City.
      Ellen was born in Kaleva on Aug. 14, 1914, the daughter of John and Josefiina (Mantylla) Hakala. On Dec. 31, 1937, she married Rauni V. Wuori, in Kaleva.
      Ellen earned her bachelor's degree in education from Wayne State University. She started teaching at the one-room schoolhouse on Healy Lake Road and later went on to teach first grade at Madison Heights, retiring in 1974, after 28 years of teaching in elementary schools. Ellen was also a loving caregiver, taking care of her mother, sisters, aunts and other family members in their time of need. For the past five years, Ellen had been living with her daughters.
      Ellen was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, where she had been very active. She was also a member of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel. She enjoyed playing the piano, gardening, reading and traveling. Wherever she was involved, she was one who built in the truest sense, wisely, compassionately and with a warm Christian appreciation of people as people.
      Ellen is survived by three daughters, Constance "Connie" (Clyde) Hietikko of Troy, Suzanne (Carl) Lehto of Traverse City and Jean (Albert) Samuel of Middletown, Md.; seven grandchildren, David (Angela) Hietikko of Grand Rapids, Julie (James) Patterson of Lake Orion, Kenneth (Kelly) Lehto of Eaton Rapids, James Lehto of Traverse City, Paul Samuel of College Park, Md., Joseph (Susan) Samuel of Chicago and Mark Samuel of Middletown, Md.; nine great-grandchildren, Alexa, Joshua, Jim, Trisha, Brent, Kaitlin, Amber, Joshua and Elizabeth; one brother, Martin Hakala of Rochester Hills, three sisters-in-law, Ellen Hakala of Perrysburg, Ohio, Ann Hakala of Clarkston and Viola Hakala of Las Vegas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
      Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Rauni V. Wuori, in 1971; eight brothers and sisters, Emil Hakala, Selma Engleman, Mary Wienands, Matt Hakala, Lempi Ahlskog, Jack Hakala, Lillian Hakala and Wayne Hakala.
      Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Kaleva, with the Rev. Kenneth H. Lein officiating. Interment will be in Maple Grove Township Cemetery.
      Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, or to the Alzheimer's Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
      Arrangements are being handled by the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva.
     
      INTERLOCHEN - Violetta M. Hoover, 87, of Interlochen, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
      Violetta was born in Pennsylvania on Nov. 13, 1913, the daughter of Merritt T. and Catherine E. (Jury) Hoover. She married Walter C. Hoover in Southfield on Jan. 17, 1944.
      Violetta is survived by her daughters, Bernadine (John) Apsey, Barbara (Wesley) Benner and Carole (Jack) Henninger, all of Interlochen, and Lynda (James) Loucks of Okemos, and her son, Charles (Stacey) Hoover of Arkansas; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
      She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, in 1979.
      Memorial services are planned for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 13271 Honor Hwy., in Beulah. Mr. Darryl McNiff will be officiating. Friends may call at the time of the services.
      Arrangements were handled by the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home of Beulah.
     
      CENTRAL LAKE - Suzanne L. Gibbard, 77, of Central Lake, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
      Suzanne was born in Clio, Wash., on June, 10, 1924, the daughter of Herbert and Marie (Ludbrook) Purdy.
      She was a lifelong resident of Central Lake, retiring from Central Lake Industries (DeStaco) in 1981. She also worked for many years at the Carpet Barn in Central Lake as a receptionist.
      Suzanne was a member of the Central Lake United Methodist Church.
      Suzanne is survived by three children, Michael (Carol) Gibbard, Janice (Gary) Buffman and Nancy (Mark) Sulz, all of Central Lake; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Max (Gail) Gibbard and their children, Rachel, Lauren and Nicole, all of Wyoming, Mich., Michele Mashburn of Indianapolis, Ind., Timothy (Teressa Potter) Buffman and their son, Trevor, Luke (Jennifer) Buffman and their children, Dylan and Delaney, Hannah Gregory, Victoria Sulz, Sherry (Dean) Rogers and children, Ryan and Kyle Hiltunen, Jennifer (Todd Bloom) Nemeth, all of Central Lake; one brother, Charles (LouAnne) Purdy of Central Lake; three sisters, Dorothy Gibbard of Colorado, Betty Bedell of Bellaire and Cleo Purdy of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.
      Suzanne was preceded in death by her husband, Lynn M. Gibbard; and two brothers, Laverne and William Purdy.
      The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, at the funeral home.
      Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes, with the Rev. Daniel C. Clark officiating. Interment will be in Southern Cemetery in Central Lake Township.
      Memorial contributions may be made to Our Fathers Closet in Central Lake, or to the Central Lake United Methodist Church.
      Arrangements by the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.
     
      TRAVERSE CITY - Barbara Adams passed away at home on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer.
      She was born in Clare on March 26, 1929. She grew up there, graduating from Clare High School in 1947, and married her husband of 53 years, David, in 1948. Barbara made her family her career and she was proud that she had stayed home to raise their children. She moved with her family to Traverse City in 1965, where she resided until her death. She was a kind and thoughtful person, and always had time to help her friends and family.
      Barbara is survived by her husband, David R. Adams of Traverse City; her sons, Michael (Marie) Adams of Beulah, Steven (Sally) Adams of Traverse City; grandsons, Joseph and John Adams of Traverse City; and sister, Mrs. Joyce (Donald) Blackledge of Costa Mesa, Calif.
      A memorial service will be held at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City on Friday at 11 a.m. Rev. Dean Bailey will be officiating.
      Friends may call at the funeral home at the time of the service.
      In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Munson Hospice.
     
      CHARLES EDWARD FIELDS, 58, of Grayling and formerly of Waterford, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001, at his residence.
      Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Sorenson Funeral Home, McEvers Chapel in Grayling.
      Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pioneer Cemetery in South Branch Township.
     
      LOUIS J. SHOTKA, 83, of Creswell, Ore., and formerly of Michigan, passed away on Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, in Oregon.
      He was a millright with the Ford Motor Company for 42 years. A family memorial service was held on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Shotka's residence.
      Arrangements by Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel and Crematorium in Cottage Grove, Ore.
     
      LARRY DEE SMALL, 67, of Evart, passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2001, in Evart.
      A memorial service will be held at a later date. No visitation is planned at the funeral home.
      The Oak Grove Cremation Center of Ludington and Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements.
     
      EVELYN MAE WYSOCKI, 82, of Traverse City, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001, in Traverse City.
      Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, at the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
      A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at St. Francis Catholic Church.
      A full obituary will appear in the next edition of the Record-Eagle.
     
      TRAVERSE CITY - Louise Mae McLenithan, 66, of Traverse City, died Tuesday at Munson Medical Center.
      Born Sept. 8, 1935 in Grand Rapids, she was the daughter of Stanley Burnita and Dorothy (Hall) Barker Burnita.
      On Oct. 10, 1958 in Grand Rapids, she married Thomas C. McLenithan who survives.
      Louise and Tom had formerly lived in Texas, Glastonbury, Conn., and Montville, N.J. Louise was a member of the First Congregational Church where she and her husband were very involved in numerous volunteer activities at the church. She would do whatever she was asked to do. Louise was also a volunteer at Child and Family Services in Traverse City and two years ago, she was honored as Volunteer of the Year. Her hobbies included quilting, basket weaving, arts and crafts of all kinds, and reading.
      Along with her husband, Tom, she is also survived by her son, Michael J. (Karen) McLenithan of Enfield, Conn.; daughter, Michelle A. (Steven) Perkins of Phoenix; grandchildren, Chauntelle, Cassandra and Elyse. Louise also leaves behind a multitude of extended family and friends.
      She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, B. Eunice Piersma.
      A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church on Saturday, Nov. 24 (after Thanksgiving), at 2 p.m. with visitation at the time of the service. The Rev. Dr. Gary Hogue will be officiating. Interment will be in the church's Garden of Remembrance.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the First Congregational Church Memorial Fund.
      The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
     
     
     
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