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November 9, 2002

Obituaries

WILLIAM CLAYTON BARBER, 87, of South Boardman, died Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at the home of his son on Torch Lake.
      Arrangements will be announced by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
      VIRGINIA 'GINNY' BURLEY, 78, of East Jordan, and formerly of Traverse City, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002 at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.
      Visitation will be held Monday, Nov. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
      Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the funeral home.
      A full obituary will appear in the Sunday edition of the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
      KATHLEEN 'KATY' B. HAWLEY, 64, of Grayling, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
      Visitation will be held Sunday, Nov. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Sorenson Funeral Home, McEvers Chapel in Grayling.
      Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the funeral home. Interment will be in Beaver Creek Township Cemetery.
      DONALD R. LAPEER, 24, of East Jordan, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at his home.
      Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of services on Monday.
      ROY WILLARD LENZ, 82, of Kaleva, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, at West Shore Medical Center in Manistee.
      Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of services on Sunday.
     
      JOAN MEVIS, 69, died Nov. 7, 2002, at her home in Kalkaska.
      Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Wolfe Funeral Home, Kalkaska.
      Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
      ALICE ANNA MUNCHBACH, 102, of Mancelona, died Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at her home.
      The family will receive friends from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in Mancelona.
      Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the funeral home.
      The family was served by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in Mancelona.
      FRANK J. SEMER, 79, of Traverse City, died early Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at Munson Medical Center.
      A family memorial is planned for Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m.
      Arrangements are being handled by the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.
      AMY BEA ZUNIGA, 13, of Florida, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002.
      Visitation will be held today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
      The celebration of Amy's life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the First Baptist Church, 244 Washington St., Traverse City.
      A complete obituary will appear in Sunday's edition of the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
     
      Esther S. Huffman
      Died November 6, 2002
      KINGSLEY - Esther S. Huffman, 91, died Nov. 6, 2002, in Kingsley.
      Esther was born Sept. 16, 1911, in Buckley to Bernard and Stella (Olszewski) Sarske. She married Thomas Huffman on April 4, 1933, in Traverse City. A lifelong resident of the Buckley and Kingsley areas, Esther was a homemaker.
      She is preceded in death by her husband Thomas in 1974; one daughter, Shirley Borders; one brother, Bernard Sarske; and two sisters, Helen Taylor and Frances Piasecki.
      Esther is survived by her daughter, Evelyn Potter, of Traverse City; three brothers, Alex Sarske, of Kingsley, John Sarske, of Nebraska, and Norman Sarske, of Roseville, Mich.; and two sisters; Sophia Yak of Traverse City, and Agnes Deratany, of East Detroit. She also is survived by several grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
      Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Covell-Smith Funeral Home, Kingsley.
      Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the funeral home. Elder Douglas Wallace will officiate. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Kingsley.
      Blair D. Morse
      Died November 6, 2002
      STURTEVANT, Wis. - Blair D. Morse, 77, of Sturtevant, Wis., died Nov. 6, 2002, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Racine, Wis.
      Blair was born on Jan. 8, 1925, in Traverse City, the son of the late Lloyd and Edith (LaPlante) Morse.
      On Jan. 10, 1970, he was united in marriage to Helen M. Reading Schultz in Racine, Wis. Blair was a longtime employee of the J. I. Case Company where he retired in 1978 due to ill-health. He was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and the Local #180 Retirees. He was an avid bowler, bingo player and woodworker. His greatest love came from his family including his daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Scott Balcer and grandchildren, Celeste, Nicholas and Edward, with whom he lived.
      He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, on Jan. 9, 1999; by his granddaughter, Jennifer Strygulec; grandson Albert Sanchez Jr.; son-in-law, Michael Wilson; and brothers Dale and Ralph Morse.
      Surviving are his children Dawn (Scott) Balcer of Sturtevant; Darlene (John) Proctor of Pewamo, William (Linda) Schultz, Jane Wilson, Nancy Zeno, all of Racine, Wis.; Jeffery Schultz of Mauston, Wis.; Kris (Al) Rose of Gleason, Wis., Lisa (Tom) Stevens of Union Grove; 22 grand children; 14 great-grandchildren; his brother Roy (Dorothy) Morse of Traverse City; sisters Jean Nicholson of San Jose, Calif., Irene Riskey of Traverse City, Velda (Ed) Carlson of Lake City, Fla.; sister-in-law, Mary Morse of Oklahoma; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
      Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Draeger Langendorf Funeral Home, 1910 Taylor Ave. in Racine, Wis.
      Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 2417 Drexel Ave., with the Rev. Karen Kastler officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery.
      The family would like to publicly thank Dr. Howard Short and Dr. Steven Johnson and the entire staff of the Dialysis Unit at St. Mary's Medical Center.
      Arrangements by the Draeger Langendorf Funeral Home in Racine, Wis. (262) 637-6514.
     
      Warren Harold Putney
      Died November 7, 2002
      FRANKFORT - Warren Harold Putney, 78, of Frankfort, passed away after battling cancer, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
      He was born on a cold Jan. 23, 1924, in Arcadia, the son of Harold and Mae (Matteson) Putney. Warren was raised in the farming community of Dry Hill, east of Arcadia and attended Arcadia High School. He always teased that the Cherry Festival should be held at Putney Corners instead of Traverse City since his great-grandfather along with others brought many cherry trees to this sandy plateau.
      On Nov. 24, 1944, at Crystal Lake, Warren married Mary Ann Juricek and they settled down on the Chic-Ah-Gami Farm North of Frankfort and raised cherries, apples and made maple syrup. He enjoyed nature and knew all the wild flowers in the woods and was a natural weatherman, spending his time outside all day. He kept track of the weather for the National Weather Service for 40 years sending in his temperature and precipitation reports every month. They often called him from Gaylord, for his reports during storm fronts passing over Lake Michigan. He loved winter, blizzards and plowing snow. Warren also loved movies and collected them and often visited the downstate silent film festivals. His favorite movies were those by the comedy team of Laurel and Hardy.
      Warren is survived by his wife Mary; his son, Warren Lee (Jane) of Arcadia; and his daughter, Patricia Putney (David Westphal) of Traverse City; granddaughter Tami Putney of Frankfort, and grandson Jeff (Brandi) Putney of Bear Lake; great-granddaughter, Emma of Bear Lake; his sister Neysa (David) Anderson of Frankfort; and many nieces and nephews.
      He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Beulah Hanmer and Phyllis Stiles.
      Cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life will be held at cherry blossom time in the spring of 2003.
      Memorial contributions may be made to Munson Oncology Department.
      Arrangements are in the care of Edwards Oak Grove Funeral Home in Bear Lake.
     
      Fitch R. Williams
      Died November 5, 2002
      CARLISLE, Pa. - Former Traverse City attorney, Fitch R. Williams, 88, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002, at his home in Carlisle, Pa.
      He was born in 1914, in Elk Rapids, to Fitch R. and Margaret (Morrison) Williams. In June of 1940, Fitch married Louise M. Parmelee.
      Fitch was a well-known Traverse City attorney who retired to Carlisle, Pa. in January of 1993, at the age of 78. Fitch was the third generation of lawyers to practice law in the Elk Rapids and Traverse City areas. He started his law career in Traverse City in 1939, following his graduation from the University of Michigan Law School. Over the years his practice focused mostly on tax and corporate law, and he was best known for his mastery of banking law and federal regulations. Fitch was a member of the Traverse City Rotary and an active Mason.
      He was a very vital and active gentleman who enjoying the outdoors. Fitch was an ardent sailor, horseback rider and tennis player until suffering a stroke on the eve of his 80th birthday. Fitch was also an avid reader throughout his life.
      Fitch is survived by his wife of 62 years, Louise Williams of Carlisle, Pa.; his four children, Elizabeth (William) Bjork of Grand Rapids, Mary Josephine (Larry) Neidlinger of Carlisle, Pa., Anne Louise (Greg) Brower of New York and Fitch R. (Nedra) Williams III of Acton, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
      A memorial service will be held today, Saturday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. at Cumberland Crossing Retirement Center, 1 Longsdorf Way, in Carlisle, Pa.
     
     
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