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March 2, 2006

Obituaries

      ALICE M. BASIAGA, 69, of Traverse City, passed away March 1, 2006, at Grand Traverse Pavilions.
      Cremation has taken place.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.

      ALAN LYNN BOSTWICK, 62, of Traverse City, died at this home Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006.
      Visitation will be held on Friday, March 3, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A complete obituary with the time and place of funeral services to be held on Saturday, March 4, will be in Friday's edition of the Record-Eagle.
      The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

      DAVID "BUNGA" MIERAS, 54, of Mancelona, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006, at his home.
      No services are planned at this time.
      Arrangements are being handled by the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

      JOHN W. PARENT, 78, of Westland, formerly of Maple City, died peacefully Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at home.
      He will lie in state Friday, March 3, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral Mass at 10 a.m., at St. Theodore Catholic Church located downstate.

      JOHN W. "JACK" STILWELL, 72, of Bellaire, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006, at Kalkaska Memorial Health Center.
      No services are planned at this time.
      Arrangements are by the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

      JACK D. DELBERT WUNDERLICH, 60, of Traverse City, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006, at his home.
      Visitation for friends and family will be Friday, March 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 4, at 1 p.m., at the Central United Methodist Church. A full obituary will be in a future edition of the Record-Eagle.
      The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

Nellie Diana (Matthee) Cornelissen
Died February 28, 2006
      WILLIAMSBURG - Nellie Diana (Matthee) Cornelissen, 96, passed away Feb. 28, 2006, at Hope Village in Williamsburg.
      Nellie was born Dec. 16, 1909, in Zevenberger, Netherlands, the daughter of William and Johanna (Nouwens) Matthee. The Matthee family immigrated to Detroit in 1919. On April 7, 1932, in Detroit, Nell married Gerard H. Cornelissen Sr. at Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Church.
      In 1959, Nellie and Jerry moved to Elk Lake, where they enjoyed many sunsets over the lake. They later moved "in town" to Elk Rapids.
      Nellie was a homemaker who was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed sharing stories of her childhood, knitting, and baking the very best chocolate chip cookies and lemon meringue pie. Later, she enjoyed her many friends at Hope Village.
      She will be greatly missed by her children, Gerard (Joyce) Cornelissen of Fort Wayne, Ind., William (Roberta) Cornelissen of Washington Township and Mary (Sam) Chile of Elk Rapids; daughter-in-law, Roberta Cornelissen of Elk Rapids; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
      Nell was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry, in 1991; her parents; son, Herman; brother, John; sisters, Betty, Anna and Peggy; sisters-in-law, Gert, Marie, Mary Margaret and Evelyn; brothers-in-law, Ken, Herman, Francis, Joseph, Fred and Frank.
      Visitation will be Friday, March 3, 2006, from 3 to 6 p.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elk Rapids, where a Vigil Service from the Order of Christian Funerals will be held at 5 p.m. A Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated on Saturday, March 4, at 11 a.m., also at the church, with the Rev. Fr. Robert J. Zuchowski as presider.
      You may honor Nell with your love by contributing to Hope Village or Hospice.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Covell Funeral Home of Elk Rapids.

Richard K. Greenlee
Died February 25, 2006
      ANNANDALE, Va. - Richard K. Greenlee, 80, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, in Annandale, Va. He graduated from Traverse City Central in 1943.
      Richard is survived by his wife, Ethel; brother, Gerald (Dorothy); and many nieces and nephews.
      Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 5, 2006, at 2 p.m., at the Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home, 4646 Kalamazoo SE, Kentwood, where the family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the time of service.
      Condolences may be sent on-line at www.mkdfuneralhome.com.

Marie A. Heidebrink
Died February 28, 2006
      AU GRES - Marie A. Heidebrink, 72, of Au Gres, went to be with her God and into the loving arms of her husband, John W. Heidebrink, who predeceased her in 2000, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006, from St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw. Marie was born to Glee and E. Louise Cook on Aug. 6, 1933, in Perry.
      She was an active member of the Au Gres United Methodist Church and board member of the EMMAUS.
      Marie is survived by sons, Clifford (Susan) Warr and Joe (Margaret) Warr, both of Au Gres; daughters, Peggy (Ric) Brewer and Pattie (Bill) Davis, both of Kalkaska; stepson, Craig Heidebrink of Saginaw; stepdaughter, Connie Krogman of Highland, Calif.; brothers, Warren (Alice) Cook and Stanley (Ginger) Cook; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
      Marie was predeceased by stepdaughter-in-law, Linda Heidebrink; sister, Marian; and brother, Harold.
      Visitation will be today, March 2, 2006, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Friday, March 3, from 1 to 8 p.m., at the Forshee Funeral Home in Au Gres. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 4, at noon, at the Au Gres United Methodist Church, with interment at Roselawn Cemetery in Saginaw.
      In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Au Gres United Methodist Church.
      Arrangements are by the Forshee & Sons Funeral Home in Au Gres.

Catherine Peterson
Died February 27, 2006
      FLORA, Ind. - Catherine Peterson, 76, of Flora, Ind., formerly of Kewadin, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at Milner Community Health Care in Rossville, Ind.
      Born in Baltimore, Md., on March 11, 1929, she was the daughter of Frank and Lydia (Masamer) Sparrow. On Aug. 31, 1950, in Ellicott City, she married Bernhart E. Peterson.
      Catherine was a cashier at the Village Market in Elk Rapids. She loved to cook and bake. Most of all, she loved her family and grandchildren.
      She is survived by three daughters, Sharon A. (James) Hancock of Flora, Ind., Marion C. (Lee) Fluhr of Glen Bernie, Md., and Karen M. Robison of Brooklyn, Md.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one sister, June (James) Fischer of Baltimore, Md.
      Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bernhart in 1994; and sister, Peggy Ayres.
      Visitation will be today, March 2, 2006, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids. A funeral service will be held Friday, March 3, at 10 a.m., also at the funeral home, with the Rev. David Mellor officiating. Interment will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
      In lieu of flowers, contributions may be considered to the American Kidney Foundation or the American Heart Association.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids.

Richard Bernard Swift
Died March 1, 2006
      KEWADIN - Richard Bernard Swift, 69, of Kewadin, died at home Wednesday, March 1, 2006, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born May 18, 1936, in Belding, to Francis Xavier and Martha Augusta (Jacoby) Swift.
      In 1969, Richard moved to northern Michigan from the Holland area. Richard married Mary Kay Miller on Sept. 28, 1970, in Bellaire.
      A steamfitter by trade, Richard retired from Local 85.
      Richard loved his family and shared many of his hobbies with them. He enjoyed hunting deer and pheasant, and traveling out west to hunt antelope and deer. He also enjoyed fishing here and there, taking in pan fish in Canada and salt water fish in Texas. Richard's favorite boating lakes were Torch and Elk.
      A sense of adventure found Richard traveling in his camper, taking in everything from Mackinaw to Texas and Banaff, British Columbia, just to name a few of his destinations over the years. Richard was an avid NASCAR fan, enjoying the sport on television.
      Surviving are his wife, Mary Kay Swift of Kewadin; children, Richard Swift Jr. of Kewadin and Nancy (Jim) Eichorst of Granger, Ind.; grandchildren, Trisha (Kevin) Young of Central Lake, Richard III and Ben Swift of Kewadin, Cassie, Ryan and Connor Eichorst of Granger, Ind.; great-grandchildren, Lucas, Emily and Brooklyn; brothers, Frank (Janese) Swift of Holland and Robert (Bev) Swift of Walnut, Calif.
      Richard was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Brenda K. Swift.
      A Service of Remembrance will be held Friday, March 3, 2006, at 3 p.m., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Elk Rapids, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. The Rev. David Mellor will officiate.
      The family asks those wishing to give memorials to please remember Munson Hospice, 1105 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684 or "Lunch for Life" Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation, PO Box 6635, Bloomingdale, IL 60108. Envelopes will be available at the service.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
     

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