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Arenac County, MI
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Lillian Marie Bissonette
LILLIAN MARIE BISSONETTE, 85, of Standish passed away April 19, 2004 at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Mich. She was born on March 21, 1919 in Bay City, Mich. to Edward and Thressa (Geister) Wainwright. On September 5, 1936 she married Henry S. Bissonette in Standish. He preceded her in death on January 24, 1998. Mrs. Bissonette was a member of Grace Episcopal Church and was a Standish area resident for most of her life. Surviors include four children, Gloria (Owen) Graham of Clio, Mich., Ronald (Janet) Bissonette of Swartz Creek, Mich., Robert (Joy) Bissonette of Gladwin, Mich. and Kathryn Bissonette of Fenton, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Lavina Conrad of Davison, Mich., Ethel Klein of St. Cloud, Fla. and Eva Schultz of Munith, Mich. She was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2004 from the R.O. Savage Funeral Chapel in Standish with Rev. Mary Delaney Officiating. Burial will be at Pine River Cemetery, Standish. [unknown newspaper, c. April 2004; Contributed by Lisa Mandeville]

Elsie Mae Black
Elsie Mae Black, 71, of Zephyrhills, died Friday at her residence. A native of Arenac County, Mich., she moved to this area 13 years ago from West Branch, Mich. She was a homemaker, a member of the First United Methodist Church of West Branch, the Zion-Rose No. 117 Order of the Eastern Star and a past Guardian of Jobe's Daughters Bethal No. 3. She is survived by her husband, Melvin; one son, Donald of St. Clair Shores, Mich.; three daughters, Nancy Black of Lansing, Mich., Sue Hamilton of West Branch, and Linda Marvel of Flint, Mich.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Oakley Funeral Home, Dade City. [The Tampa Tribune (FL) - December 19, 1993; Contributed by BZ]

Joyce A. Brubaker
JOYCE A. BRUBAKER passed away Sunday, November 30, 1986 at the Rose City Geriatric Village. She was born February 10, 1903 in AuGres to Albert H. and Martha (Hempton) Townsend. Surviving is one sister, Mrs. Connie Bronson of Turner; many nieces and nephews, among them, Mrs. Robert (Connie) Gillings of Prescott, Mrs. William (Jean) Williams of Rose City, Mich., Mrs. George (Nancy) Wainwright of Oscoda, Mich., Mrs. Max (Grace) Potter of Pontiac, Mich., Mrs. Grant (Vicki) Duley of Sandusky, Mich., Gerald Bronson of Cheboygan, Mich., Mrs. Virginia Brondstetter of Twining, Mrs. Vivian Bowen of Bay City, Mrs. Verla Bessinger of Davisburg, Mrs. Matilda Hollister of Twining, Verneal Hollister of Twining, Betty Jean Tobin of Atlanta, Ga., Dorothy MacRae of Palm Springs, Fla., and Herbert Townsend of Miami, Fla. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 3, 1986 at the Forshee Funeral home in Twining. Rev. Lillian Richards officiated with interment in the Cedar Valley Cemetery in Twining. [unknown newspaper, c. Nov 1986; Contributed by Lisa Mandeville]

Kenneth R. Chamberlain
KENNETH R. CHAMBERLAIN, age 70, of Standish died early Friday morning, August 18, 1995 at Tendercare Nursing Home in Tawas City, Michigan. Mr. Chamberlain was born on October 10, 1924, the son of Floyd and Ann (Dining) Chamberlain. He was employed by General Motors Corp. in Bay City, Mich., retiring in 1974. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Surviving are a daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Gary (Betty) Bellor of Standish; two grandchildren, Jeremy and Stacy Bellor of Standish; brother, Donald Chamberlain of Linwood, Mich.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lou Wainwright; and two brothers, Clare and June Chamberlain. Funeral services will be held at the R.O. Savage Funeral Chapel, Standish, on Monday, August 21, 1995 at 11 a.m. with burial in Alger Cemetery. [unknown newspaper, c. Aug 1995; Contributed by Lisa Mandeville]

William Holden
Standish, Mich.,Nov. 10. – Will Holden, 55 years old, of Port Huron, brother of Judge C. R. Holden of this city, and who has brothers prominent in business at Yale, Detroit and other points, died suddenly this morning of acute indigestion. Internment will be at Port Huron. He owned a big cattle ranch near Gladwin. [Source: Kalamazoo Gazette (11 Nov. 1915) transcribed by MZ]

Lyle Hollister
LYLE HOLLISTER, 46, of Twining was killed almost instantly Thursday evening, November 10, 1966, when his car swerved off the highway just north of Linwood and crashed into a tree. The accident occurred at 7:26 p.m. while he was heading north along US-23. Coroner Leslie Squires pronounced the victim, who was the father of three children, dead at the scene of a compound skull fracture. State Police reported that witnesses stated after he stopped at the traffic light at Linwood corner, Hollister accelerated to pass a car. When he pulled back into the driving lane he apparently went of the road to the right. The car sheared off 11 guard rails and crashed into a tree near the edge of the highway. Mr. Hollister was born in Twining on August 9, 1920, and was employed by L. E. Meyers Electrical Construction Co., Flint, Mich. He was a World War II veteran and a member of the Rudolph-Frank-Beauch VFW Post in AuGres and the IBEW Union. Surviving are his widow, Matilda; three sons, Lyle, George and Gregory, all at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hollister of Twining; three sisters, Mrs. Vivian Bowen and Mrs. Virginia Brondstetter of Bay City, Mich. and Mrs. Vera Bessinger of Clarkston, Mich.; and one brother, Verneal Hollister of Twining. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the Forshee Funeral Chapel in Twining. Rev. Richard Reece officiated with burial in the Cedar Valley Cemetery in Twining. [unknown newspaper, c. Nov 1966; Contributed by Lisa Mandeville]

Virgil Hollister
Another auto accident claimed the life of an Arenac County boy last Thursday, August 25, 1943, when Virgil Hollister, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hollister of Twining, died at the Omer Hospital from injuries received in an auto crash two miles south of Whittemore the night before. His car collided with a truck loaded with posts. C.N. Walker of Davison, Mich. was the driver of the truck. Posts extending out from the load, with no clearance light, tore off the top of the Hollister car and fractured the driver's skull and caused other injuries. He was taken to the office of Dr. E.A. Hasty at Whittemore for emergency treatment and removed to the Omer Hospital where he died at 5:15 a.m. Thursday morning. Robert Ostrander, 18, of Twining, a passenger in the Hollister car, received a minor head injury, while Archie Connor, 18, of Twining, another passenger, escaped injury. Deputy Sheriff Ivan O'Farrell, Whittemore, and Sheriff Edgar Shaffer of Arenac County investigated. An inquest was held Friday night and cause of death was officially named as being brought about by an auto accident. Mr. Hollister is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hollister of Twining; two brothers, Cpl. Lyle Hollister of Camp Gordon, Ga., and Verneal Hollister at home; three sisters, Mrs. Leonard Bowen of Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Wendell Brondstetter and Mrs. August Bessinger of Twining; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Townsend of Twining; as well as aunts, uncles, and a host of friends. Funeral services were held Sunday from the Forshee Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. and at 2 o'clock from the Methodist Church. Rev. H.E. Cole, officiated. Interment took place in the Cedar Valley Cemetery. His chums, Bob Ostrander, Archie Connor, Elwood Young, Lawrence Konarz, Alfred March and Clarence Sheldon, acted as pall bearers. This is the third child Mr. and Mrs. Hollister have lost through tragic deaths. They were Roberta and Charles. A second brother, Leon, also preceded Virgil in death. [unknown newspaper, c. Aug 1943; Contributed by Lisa Mandeville]

Ruth James
RUTH JAMES, 32, of Pinconning ran in front of and was killed by a Pen Central freight train early Saturday, April 1, 1972. The death was ruled a suicide. The former Ruth Joseph, she was born in January 1940 at Hubbard Lake, Mich., one of twelve children of the late Lyman and Tina Joseph, who were full-blooded Chippewa Indians. She attended Caledonia School in Alcona County. Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Rosemary, 15, and Rebecca, 14; three brothers, Allen, Albert and Paul Joseph of Hubbard Lake; and two sisters, Mrs. Eugene Oliver (Jennie) of Spruce, Mich. and Nancy Joseph of Hubbard Lake. Her mother died in 1971. Funeral services were held Monday at the Lee Funeral Home in Pinconning with interment in the township cemetery there. [unknown newspaper, c. April 1972; Contributed by Lisa Mandeville]

David J. Kaplenski
Age 67, of Elcho, Wis., died Monday, April 18, 2016, at home under the care of his family and LeRoyer Hospice. He was born on May 23, 1948, in Standish, a son of Joseph and Mary (Kasumba) Kaplenski. He married his soulmate Connie Dyer on Aug. 26, 1992, in Las Vegas, Nev. David was a truck driver for 46 years, most recently for Prochnow Trucking. Along with his wife, he owned Koni K's Restaurant and the Korner Pub in Elcho. He loved spending time with his family and telling jokes. Survivors include his beloved wife, Connie; mother, Mary Kaplenski of Standish; a brother, Nick (Gail) Kaplenski of Bay City; daughter, Christine Hamer of South Sioux City, Neb.; three stepsons, Steven (Ronda) Etherington of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Gary (Debra) Etherington of Antigo, Wis., and Bob Morrison of Elcho, Wis.,; three stepdaughters, Tammy Etherington of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Shelly Visser of Appleton and Kim (George) King of Parrish, Wis.; and a brother-in-law, Ken Woloszyk of Muskegon. He is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Kaplenski; and sister, Roxanne "Sandy" Woloszyk. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 24, at 3:30 p.m. at Bradley Funeral Home in Antigo, Wis. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the funeral home. The family extends a special thank you to Sharon, Diane and Shelley of LeRoyer Hospice for the loving care they provided to Dave in his final days. [unknown newspaper, c. April 2016]

Amber Lucynski
Age 29, of Standish died suddenly Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Saginaw St. Mary's Hospital. Amber was born Sept. 8, 1986, in Bay City, the daughter of Elizabeth and Mike Findlay Sr. and Brian and Heather Lucynski. She graduated from Arenac Eastern High School in 2004, and shortly thereafter enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard and later Reserve, working full-time in the private sector while proudly serving her country for eight years. Upon completion of her service, she put her training into practice in the private sector by doing security work, and later, when she became a mother, she supported her children by working hours more suitable to parenting at Globe Sprinkler in Standish. Always a lover of children, Amber considered herself blessed beyond belief by being the mother to four beautiful, beloved children, Cambree, Kylee, Cameron and Alexander. Amber adapted quickly to her life as a mom, doting on her children and (more days than most) genuinely reveling in the joys of parenting. She washed, cleaned and cooked enough to survive (no one starved or got attacked by dust bunnies), played nurse, packed school lunches, refereed fights and came to view her weekly grocery shopping trip - the only time she was without at least two or three children around - as the high point of her week. Through it all, she was never too busy to read a bedtime story or to play with her babies. Amber may have worked at Globe, but her passion and true career were her children. She was a fervent believer in the notion that the village provides roots to anchor, but moms provide the wings to soar. Amber appreciated her vast, extended family, and readily took part in organizing, hosting or pitching in to help in celebratory events, be they birthdays, anniversaries or graduations. She'd forgo paying her own bills in order to help someone in need, and a birthday didn't go by that she wasn't among the first to acknowledge! Her smile was infectious, and her energy seemingly boundless. Being the center of attention was something Amber relished, though didn't generally push for, being content to let others shine as well. She formed an incredible network of friends who became her "heart family," and together they shared the joys and sorrows of life, supporting each other in their parenthood challenges, providing a listening ear or a warm hug of support whenever needed, and most of all celebrating life. Dancing, singing karaoke, going to the beach and water parks are just a few of the memories they created together. She was baptized Catholic and received her sacraments at Resurrection of the Lord Church of Standish, and although she was not actively attending church, she lived her faith daily. Her quiet strength and inherent kindness were and are an example to all who knew her. In times of loss, she provided her friends and her family with a listening ear and a steadfast heart -  and quite often a really tasty taco salad. In times of joy, she offered a ready smile, a quiet laugh and a genuine pleasure in being with friends and family. Amber was a happy mother who loved her children deeply, her extended family truly, and her friends unconditionally. In addition to her parents, Amber is survived by grandparents, Marjorie and the late Stanley Jasik, Judy and the late Floyd Lucynski, Dave and Ann Findlay, Elsie and the late Mick Neorr, and Corrine and Doug Gildner. Also mourning her loss are her siblings, Brianna (Glenn) Lyons, Caitlin (Shawn) Lucynski, Siara (Jason) Lucynski, Shawna Butler, Shelby Gage, Jasik Lucynski and Michael Findlay Jr. Additionally, surviving Amber are many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and special friends, including Scott Davis and Nick Johnson. Preceding Amber in death and greeting her in heaven are grandpas, Stan and Floyd; and Aunt Cyndi. Funeral arrangements for Amber are being handled by Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home, 127 N. Forest St., Standish. On Thursday, April 14, 2016, visitation will take place from noon to 9 p.m. Funeral services will take place at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until time of service. [unknown newspaper, c. April 2016]

James K. Lynch
Age 46 years, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2005 in AuGres, Mich. He was born March 27, 1959 in Bay City, Mich. the son of Robert and Marie Lynch. Jim farmed in AuGres for many years and loved to hunt and fish. He is survived by his wife, Diane; son, Cole; daughters, Jenae and Krystle; brother, Jeff (Debbie) Lynch; sisters, Mary Jo (Randy) Cianek, Annette (Michael) Militello and Patty (Tom) Henika; mother-in-law, Delores Syring; brothers-in-law, Donald (Audrey) Syring and Dennis (Bonnie) Syring; sisters-in-law, Donna (Duane) Jacobs, Denise Knipp and Sandy Metzger; several nieces and nephews; and special uncle, Louis Lynch. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Bob; and father-in-law, Wayne Syring. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2005 at St. Mark's Catholic Church in AuGres, Michigan. [Unknown newspaper, c. June 2005; Contributed by Lisa Mandeville]

Bella McGready
Mrs. Bella McGready, of Twining, died at Detroit following a week's illness with pneumonia and the remains were brought here for burial last Friday. She is survived by her husband, Henry McGready, one son, Dewey of Detroit and a daughter Ruth of Bentley. [Friday, January 21, 1921; Bay City Times (Bay City, Michigan) Page: 8]

Helen C. Montrull
Helen C. Montrull - Age 74, of Mt. Morris, died Wednesday, April 17, 1996 at her residence. Funeral services will be held 11AM Saturday, April 20, 1996 at Brown Funeral Home, 1616 Davison Rd., Rev. John E. Senn of the New Apostolic Church officiating. Interment will be at Flint Memorial Park. Family will receive visitors from 5-9PM today, 9AM-9PM Friday, and from 9AM until the time of service Saturday. Mrs. Montrull was born March 23, 1922, the daughter of Fred and Gladys (Durham) Cole in Arenac County. She graduated with honors, was involved in the choir, 4-H, and many other school activities at Mt. Morris High School. She married Ebert Montrull June 26, 1943 in Milford, MI, who preceded her in death on July 4, 1992, after 49 years of marriage. They lived in Burton prior to moving to Mt. Morris, and have resided there for 43 years, raising 4 children. She was a Girl Scout leader, loved camping, fishing, bowling, bingo, making crafts, and playing euchre. Mrs. Montrull retired from Smith-Bridgmans after many years of service in the drapery department. She leaves to cherish her memory: 4 children, Victor and wife Barbara, Dennis and wife Carol, Barb McKeon, and Mike and wife Shawn; 15 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters; 2 brothers; and 20 nieces and nephews. she also leaves many friends, including the Mt. Morris Senior Citizens, her camping friends, and her euchre buddies. Those that knew Helen, loved her. She was also preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother, and 2 sisters. [The Flint Journal(MI) - April 18, 1996; Contributed by BZ]

Mrs. C. Perron
Mrs. C. Perron, wife of the leading tailor of Standish, died of consumption after a lingering illness, aged 45. She leaves a husband and a large family of children. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (8 Sept. 1904) transcribed by MZ]

Donald R. Rulason
DONALD R. RULASON, age 31, died Tuesday, May 3, 1994 at Bay Medical Center following severe injuries from an auto accident. He was born in Standish, Mich. on September 7, 1962. He graduated from Pinconning High School in 1981 and from Nashville Auto Body Diesel School in 1982. Surviving is special friend, Linda Franklin; parents, William D. and Elaine Rulason of Standish; grandmother, Leona Rulason of Standish; one brother and sister-in-law, Darren and Cozette Rulason of Grand Rapids, Mich.; six sisters and brothers-in-law, Darlene (Mike) Staley of Sterling, Mich., Pam (David) Pomaville of Bentley, Mich., Dawn (Chris) Hendon of Pinconning, Mich., Penny (Rick) Staley of Bentley, Mich., Shirley (David) Konecheck of Pennsylvania and Sherri (David) Ritter of Oklahoma; and 16 nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 6, 1994 at 2 p.m. from Pinconning Wesleyan Church with Pastor Dwight Kingsbury officiating with burial in Pinconning Township Cemetery [Unknown newspaper, c. May 1994; Contributed by Lisa Mandeville]

Richard Sheldon
Standish, Nov. 18. – Richard Sheldon, aged 84, is dead at Alabaster, north of here. He married Jane Ann Bradley, a daughter of Au Gres' first settler of this county in 1865, and the couple had 16 children, nine of whom, with the widow, still survive him. [Source: Saginaw News (Wednesday, 18 Nov. 1908) transcribed by MZ]

William F. Skrzypek
Age 83 years, passed away on Sunday, May 16, 2004 at Bay Regional Medical Center. William was born in Hamtramck on January 24, 1921 to Joseph and Anna Skrzypek. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and married Rita Perreault at St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church in Detroit on September 12, 1953. He worked for many years in the auto industry, retiring from Chrysler in 1976. He and Rita moved to Standish in 1980. William was a member of Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church and the Standish V.F.W. Post. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Rita; one daughter, Denise (Mike) Droptiny of Standish; two grandchildren, Michael William and Dayna Lynne; a brother, Stanley Skrzypek of Pinconning and three sisters: Lottie Gall of New York, Helen Reinhart of Omer and Florence Jaroszyk of Omer. He was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph. The Rev. Fr. James Fitzpatrick will conduct the rite of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 20, 2004 from Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church in Standish. Friends may call at the R.O. Savage Funeral Chapel in Standish on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. William will also lie in state at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be at St. Edward's Cemetery in Omer. R.O. Savage Funeral Chapel Standish, Michigan.  [The Bay City Times,(MI) - Wednesday, May 19, 2004; Contributed by Maurene Richard Miller]

Albert Herbert Townsend
ALBERT HERBERT TOWNSEND, 80, one of Arenac County's early settlers and former drain commissioner and AuGres and Twining merchant, passed away last Sunday, September 21, 1947 after an illness of three months at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Hollister, at Twining. Funeral services were held from the Methodist Church at Twining Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Roland Brooks of the Whittemore Methodist Church officiated. Burial took place in the Cedar Valley Cemetery. The Omer Masonic Lodge had charge of the services a the grave. Born May 23, 1867, in Canada, he came to Arenac County and located first in AuGres. Thirty-nine years ago he went to Twining where he conducted a mercantile business for several years, retiring several years ago from active business. For several years he was the county drain commissioner, he and James P. Baike of Omer carrying on several interesting campaigns and each winning from the other on almost equal terms. He was also supervisor of Turner Township at various times and was long a member of the Twining Village school board. He also held several township offices. Mr. Townsend was a member of Omer Masonic Lodge No. 377, Grace Chapter O.E.S. No 41 and a life member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge. Mr. Townsend was married to Miss Martha Hempton in Canada in February of 1886. She passed away may 29, 1921. He later was married to Mrs. Marguerite Agans and they made their home in Twining together until she passed away in August of 1945. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Mabel Hull of Lake Worth, Fla., Mrs. Mildred Hollister of Twining, Mrs. Joyce Brubaker of Oscoda, Mich. and Mrs. Constance Bronson of Turner; two sons, Herbert Townsend of Miami, Fla., and Merle Townsend of Turner. [Unknown newspaper, c. September 1947; Contributed by Lisa Mandeville]

Marguerite Dorothy Townsend
The former Marguerite Carrigan was born at Buffalo, N.Y., November 16, 1844, and passed away at her home in Twining on August 17, 1945. Funeral services, by her request, were conducted at the house with Rev. Alick Morgan and the Omer O.E.S. No. 41 officiating. Eastern Stars assisting in the burial were Mrs. Hilda Dreyer and Mrs. Edna Ullman of AuGres, Mich., Mrs. Ida Rahl and Mrs. Helen Staebler of Turner, Mrs. Percy Crawford, Mrs. Desmond Lammy and Mrs. Henry Etherington of Twining, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Corneil of Arenac, Mrs. Jennie Henry, Bess, Lillian, Carrie and Vera MacKenzie, Mrs. Ida Warren, Mrs. Myrtle Baike, Mrs. Myrtle Hatcher and Mrs. And Mrs. Clarence Noggle of Omer. Final resting place is Cedar Valley Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, A. H. Townsend of Twining; two brothers, James Carrigan of Bay City and Charles Carrigan of Mt. Morris, Mich.; 11 nephews and nieces; six step children; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Mr. Agans. Out of town relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Carrigan, son, William Carrigan, daughter, Mrs. Marguerite McKenzie of Flint, Mich.,Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Tonsend and sons, Glenn and Herb, Mrs. Erma Thompson and daughters of Flint, Mich., Merle Townsend of Fenton, Mich., James Carrigan of Bay City, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. Leo Carrigan of Bay city, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Brondstetter of Bay City, Mich., Mrs. Vivian Bowen of Bay City, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Bronson and family of Turner, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. August Bessinger and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hollister and son, Verneal of Twining attended the service. [Unknown newspaper, c. Nov 1844; Contributed by Lisa Mandeville]

Benjamin Trombley
Benjamin Trombley, age 63, and for years a resident of Turner died suddenly at his home in Tower MI. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Joseph of Onaway and Harold of Port Huron and four sisters, one of whom, Mrs. Frances Townsend lives in Twining. The funeral service was held in this village at the Methodist church. [Friday, January 21, 1921; Bay City Times (Bay City, Michigan) Page: 8]

Margarette H. Yocum
Age 86, of Sterling passed away Saturday, April 23, 2016, at West Branch Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. She was born in Roseville to the late Walter and Olga (Witt) Paestch. She married R.C. Yocom in 1955; he preceded her in death on April 13, 2005. She enjoyed being with her family, sewing, knitting, fishing, music and playing her guitar. She was a member of the American Legion Post 104. She is survived by her four sons, Roy and Cathy Yocom, Paul and Mikie Yocom, Randy and Melissa Yocom and Verlin Yocom; 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Clarence Paestch, Richard Paestch, Delores Bader, Lorraine Bramon and Sheryl Pickler. Celebration of her life will be held Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home Standish Chapel with David White presiding with inurnment at Sterling Cemetery. Family will greet friends and family on Thursday from 9 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. [From the Arenac County Independent, c. April 2016]


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