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November 3, 2004

Obituaries

Donald H. Metz
TRAVERSE CITY - Donald H. Metz, 71, of Traverse City, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at his home. Don was born in Neenah, Wis., and was the son of Harold and Irene Metz, who preceded him in death.
      Don graduated from Neenah High School and Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. While at Marquette, he majored in business administration and was a member of the Marquette Varsity Basketball Team. After graduating from Marquette, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the air-craft carrier USS Shangri-La.
      Don began his business career in the Neenah area before moving to Grand Rapids in 1980, as the president of American Actuaries. Don, however, spent the majority of his career creating and marketing unique products. Among his entrepreneurial accomplishments were the Birdola bird-feed system and, most recently, the Floodwater Bag.
      Don was an active participant in the community in which he resided, serving as board member and chairman of several organizations. His lifelong involvement with the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade started when he was a boy and continues yet today through his grandchildren.
      First in Don’s life was the love for his family. He is survived by his wife, Mary Beth; daughter, Susan (Tom) Volkmann of Grand Junction, Colo.; sons, Peter (Kathy) Metz of Grand Rapids, Philip (Bobbie) Metz of Destin, Fla., and John Metz and Dr. Frank Maggiacomo of Providence, R.I.; nine loving grandchildren, Katherine, Tyler, Peter and Benjamin Volkmann, Justin, Jennifer and Colin Metz, and Andrew and Alexander Metz; and sister, Bev (Glenn) Martin of Lakewood, Colo.
      Private family graveside services will be held at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Neenah, followed by memorial services and a celebration of Don’s life on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Menasha.
      In his memory and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade in Neenah, Wis.
      Arrangements are by the Kessler Funeral Home in Neenah, Wis.

Thomas H. Wisniewski
EMPIRE - Thomas H. Wisniewski, 69, of Empire, died Sunday, October 24, 2004, at his home in Empire.
      He is survived by his wife, Barbara; and two children, Paul of Oak Park and Beth Aileen-Marie Widgren of Grosse Pointe Woods.
      Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 4, 2004, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Stapish East Fu-neral Home in Bay City. Funeral services will be Friday, November 5, 2004, at 11 a.m., also at the funeral home.

Leona Mae Vask
CEDAR - Leona Mae Vask, 84, of Cedar, died Monday evening, Nov. 1, 2004, at the Grand Traverse Pavilions.
      Born May 25, 1920, in Flint, she was the daughter of Earl and Ruth (Porter) Ketchum. She spent her childhood in LeRoy. Leona was married in Detroit on Feb. 18, 1938, to Joseph Vask, who survives.
      Leona worked as a nurse for many years in Mesa, Ariz., before moving to Springfield, Mo., and then to Traverse City in 1965. She and her husband enjoyed many winters in Venice and Arcadia, Fla., before returning to Traverse City. She spent the last three years at the Grand Traverse Pavil-ions.
      She was the loving mother of two children, son, Joseph (Elaine) Vask Jr. of Springfield, Mo., and daughter, Susann (Donald) Bugai of Cedar. She is also survived by two grandsons, Robert D. (Katie) Bugai of Interlochen and Scott J. Bugai, currently serving with the U.S. Marines; and a brother, Everett Ketchum of East Lansing.
      Leona was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Erma Rague of South Bend, Ind.
      The family would like to sincerely “thank” the wonderful staff at the Pavilions for the love and care they gave our mom and wife. They are truly exceptional people.
      No services are planned at this time.
      Memorial donations may be directed to the Grand Traverse Pavilions, 1000 Pavilions Circle, Traverse City, MI 49684.
      The family is being served by The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

Benjamin H. Mendez
BENZONIA - Benjamin H. Mendez Sr., 74, of Benzonia, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004.
      He was born on Feb. 13, 1930, in Blue Island, Ill., to the late Henry and Carmen (Bazan) Mendez. He married Geneva Pearl Hamm on Sept. 26, 1979, in Pontiac.
      A lifelong upholsterer, he and his wife operated Geneva’s Upholstery in Benzonia until his retirement two years ago. He was an active member of the Eden Bible Church of Beulah, and will be missed by all.
      He is survived by his wife, Geneva Mendez of Benzonia; four sons and daughters-in-law, Benjamin and Aggie Mendez, Robin and Lori Mendez, Gary and Linda Mendez and Jeff Mendez, all of Minocqua, Wis.; and one daughter and son-in-law, June and Jim Orlikowski of Westby, Wis. He is also survived by two stepchildren, Leana (Keith) James of Alabama and Oneal (Darlene) Haysilp of Arkansas; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; three sisters, Penny (Jim) McMain of Clarkston, Ruth Cordray of Rochester and Pearl (Larry) Beard of Metamora; brother, Michael Mendez of Rochester; and many nieces and nephews.
      Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by a baby brother and baby sister.
      A celebration of the life of Benjamin H. Mendez Sr. will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, at 2 p.m. at the Eden Bible Church in Beulah, with Pastor Dan Ingersoll officiating. Interment will be on Nov. 20, 2004, at 2 p.m. in Square Lake Cemetery in Lake Orion. Cremation will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee.
      Memorial contributions can be directed to the missionary fund of the Eden Bible Church. Envelopes are available at the church.
      The family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Oak Grove Cremation Center of Manistee.

Robert Oliver Jenkins
TRAVERSE CITY - Robert Oliver Jenkins, 80, of Traverse City, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004, at Munson Medical Center. He was born June 23, 1924, in Flint, to Lawrence and Roberta (Shaw) Jenkins.
      Robert was raised in Flint, and worked as a chef at Big Boy and Denny’s. He moved to Traverse City in 1989, and worked as a chef at Sleders and Bloomers Restaurant. He loved cooking, especially chilies, beef stroganoff and chicken soup. During the last five years, he worked in the mail room at the Record-Eagle.
      Robert enjoyed taking walks and long drives in Northern Michigan.
      Robert married Linda (Baker) on Oct. 8, 1996, in Traverse City.
      Besides his wife, Linda, he is survived by his stepson, Eric Sedelmaier.
      Upon his request, services will be private.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Lung Association.
      Arrangements are being handled by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

Theodore Ralph Anderson
      SUTTONS BAY - Theodore Ralph Anderson, 71, of Suttons Bay, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004, at Munson Medical Center. He was born New Years Eve, Dec. 31, 1932, in the family home on Hillyside Farm in Suttons Bay.
      Teddy was a lifelong member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he was baptized and confirmed. He attended Suttons Bay Public Schools at the old stone schoolhouse.
      Teddy listened to country music through the speaker of an old tube-style, wooden radio, and especially liked songs by the late Ernest Tubb. He enjoyed playing the guitar and piano. Teddy grew up listening to stories of Norway, as told by both sets of his grandparents, who had immigrated from the old country in the 1800s, settling in the Suttons Bay countryside.
      He loved his mother’s cooking, with favorites being homemade chocolate pudding or steamed cherry pudding fixed in a copper boiler atop the wood-burning stove. The aroma of freshly baked bread always alerted Teddy to supper time.
      Teddy was raised with a simple lifestyle of family, faith and old-fashioned values. He fished for brook trout in the stream along Setterbo Road, rode horses with his siblings and just plain loved farm life. Whether it was gathering fresh eggs, feeding the animals or helping his dad with chores, he did so cheerfully, always wanting to be in his dad’s shadow.
      He is survived by his sister, Thelma (Steve) McClintock of Thompsonville; three brothers, Robert (Effie) Anderson, Clayton (Martha) Anderson and Gene (Christine) Anderson, all of Suttons Bay; his aunt, Louise Dobson of Suttons Bay; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
      He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore M. and Rachel M. (Setterbo) Anderson; and an infant sister, Rose.
      The family would like to thank the staff at both Birchwood Nursing Center and Munson Medical Center for their tender loving care of their brother.
      Visitation will take place today, Nov. 3, 2004, from 6 to 8 p .m., at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. A funeral and internment service will be held Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004, at 11 a.m., at the Lutheran Cemetery in Suttons Bay Township, with the Rev. Paul E. Kuhlman officiating.
      In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 203 N. Lincoln, Suttons Bay, MI 49682, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

William P. Moroski Sr.
      TRAVERSE CITY - William P. Moroski Sr., 79, formerly of Royal Oak, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004, at Grand Traverse Pavilions. He was born in Royal Oak on Aug. 11, 1925. On Sept. 18, 1954, in Centerline, he married Doris J. (Albertson) Moroski, who died in 2000.
      A resident of Royal Oak until 1996, William worked as a tank mechanic for General Dynamics for 30 years until he retired in 1982.
      He is survived by his children, Nancy (Richard) Warszawski of Traverse City and William P. (Mary Lou) Moroski of Oxford; three grandchildren; and a sister, Therese Cherer.
      In addition to his wife, William was preceded in death by his son, Craig S. Moroski.
      Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the William Sullivan and Son Funeral Home, 705 W. 11 Mile (four blocks East of Woodward) in Royal Oak. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, at 11 a.m., also at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dale A Hunter of Woodlawn Church officiating. Burial will be in Oakview Cemetery.
      Memorials may be considered to the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association of to the charity of one’s choice.

      FLORA SPINNER, 94, of Elk Rapids, died Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, at Munson Medical Center.
      Arrangements are pending and have been entrusted to the Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids.      

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