Michigan Trails through Chippewa County

CHIPPEWA CO MI OBITUARIES

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ARCHARGE LALONDE BARBEAU , widow of the late Hon. P. B. Barbeau, died at her residence on Water street Monday morning at 6 o'clock. The deceased was 85 years of age. Mrs. Barbeau was one of the oldest residents in the city and had lived for 55 years in the house wherein she died. Two daughters, Mrs. J. P. Pendill, of Marquette, and Mrs. M. W. Scranton, of this city, besides nine grand children and six great grandchildren, survive her. She left considerable property

The funeral of the late Mrs. A. L. Barbeau was held from the St. Mary's church at 10 o'clock last Saturday morning..... The remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery


AUGUSTA A. BARBEAU (Died) - At the Saut de Ste. Marie, July 22nd, Augusta, daughter of P.B. Barbeau, Esq., aged four years. She was a child of intellectual development of mind, but has been suddenly removed from us to realms of brighter day.
Source: Lake Superior News, 20 Jul 1847, vol. 1 no. 17, p. 3.


EDNA (NETTLETON) BAWKS , age 86, of Pickford passed away Monday, October 23, 2006, at Tendercare in Sault Ste. Marie. She was born November 23, 1919, in Pickford to Samuel James and Laura Emma (Blair) Nettleton. A lifelong Pickford resident, Edna was a homemaker and, along with her husband Ken, a farmer. They were married October 9, 1940, in St. Ignace and celebrated more than 60 years of marriage before his death in 2002. Edna was a member of the Pickford Presbyterian Church. She loved visiting with friends and family, cooking, baking cookies for her grandsons, canning and sledding. Edna made any visitor feel welcome in her home. Edna is survived by two grandsons, Kenneth Bawks and Randy Bawks and one daughter-in-law, Betty Bawks, all of Pickford. Also surviving are two sisters, Mary Anderson of Pickford and Eva Anderson of Minnesota; one brother, Barney (Marjorie) Nettleton of Pickford; and many loving nieces and nephews, including Sandy Hill, who has been Edna's guardian for the past few years. Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Allen Bawks in 2002; one son, Kenneth Wayne Bawks in 1996; two daughters, Adrianne Bawks in 1974 and Ada Bawks in 1978; and three brothers, Harry Nettleton, Russell Nettleton and Glen Nettleton. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 26, at 1 p.m. at Reamer Galer Funeral Home in Pickford with Captains Mike and Shirley Myers of the Salvation Army officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service. Burial will be at Oaklawn Chapel Gardens in Bruce Township.


DORA (NORTON) BEAMISH , of Dafter, Michigan, passed away at the age of ninety-five at War Memorial Hospital Long Term Care in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on Thursday night, March 5, 2009. Dora Norton, the daughter of Alfred Norton and Laura (Atkinson) Norton, was born in Dafter on January 14, 1914. She was married to William Beamish for sixty years. He predeceased her in October 1995. Dora Beamish was survived by a son Alva Beamish of Dafter, a daughter Julia (Robert) Bell of Sault Ste. Marie and Alpena, and a grandson Alan (Jill) Bell of Davisburg, Michigan. She is also survived by great grandchildren Avery and Brendan Bell, a brother Clayton (Muriel) Norton, and a sister-in-law Clara Johnson. She is survived as well by many cherished nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband in 1995, and great granddaughter Peyton Bell in 2002. Funeral services conducted at First United Presbyterian Church in Sault Ste. Marie with Commissioned Lay Pastor William R. Bennett officiating. C.S. Mulder Funeral Home in Sault Ste. Marie. Dora Beamish was a member of the Dafter Presbyterian Church. She was a Golden Sheaf member of Dafter Grange # 1157 for eighty-one years and served as its Master for many years. Dora was a longtime 4-H leader and taught sewing to many young women of the community. She was a talented seamstress and known for her baking skills.
Source: "Twist" at Find-A-Grave


RICHARD BEAMISH , known as "Dick" Beamish, age 56, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Wednesday evening, June 27, 2007 in Marquette, Michigan. He was born in Sault Ste. Marie, on February 2, 1951 to Wilmer and Frances (Veyette) Beamish. Dick enjoyed hunting deer at the Dam Beaver Camp, fishing, camping, four-wheeling and listening to his country music from morning till evening. He also enjoyed cutting the grass and attending to the Donaldson Cemetery, where he, and his wife and kids were caretakers since 1972. Most important to Dick, was spending time with his four grandchildren, who were his pride and joy. He worked for Snowden Construction, Palmer Excavating, Frank Huyck Trucking and Excavating, and he worked maintenance at the Super 8 Motel for four years. He also helped his father-in-law with his hobby farm, and his father with his dairy farm. He was an exceptional mechanic, there wasn't a vehicle that he couldn't fix. Dick was survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Margaret Beamish whom he married on June 27, 1970 at the Pickford Presbyterian Church; one son, James Richard Beamish of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and one daughter; Terri Ann (Scott) Matheny of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Four grandchildren; Austin, Cassie Jo, Josie Ann, and Dakota, Two sisters; Leona (Bob) Beckette of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Mary (Ron) Hassler of Oklahoma, many wonderful nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews, his mechanical buddy; Ron Kibble, and his best friend; Charlie McGahey. He was preceded in death by his parents; Wilmer Beamish (1994) and Frances Beamish (1983) and a good friend; "Freddie O." (Ogston).
Source: "Twist" at Find-A-Grave


CUMINGS CLINTON BERNARD - Funeral services for Cummings Benard infant son of Mr and Mrs John Benard of Stalwart were to be held at 2 p.m. today at the home of his parents. Burial was to be in the family lot in Barbeau cemetery. Cummings Benard died Monday December 26,1938 at 11:30 p.m. at the home of his parents following a short illness from whooping cough. The parents were unable to come to the Sault to prepare for the services because of a snow storm until Wednesday.The baby was born in Barbeau September 10,1938


HAZEL MAY BERNARD , of Route One, Dafter died at 4:20 P.M. today.Thursday,February 1,1951,in the War Hospital. She was born in Flint,Michigan,July 3,1936,and was a student in the Barbeau school,and a member of the Holy Family Church in Barbeau.The body will rest at Bailey-New house Funeral home beginning Friday afternoon where prayers will be said Friday evening at 8:00 o'clock. Surviving are her parents, Mr.and Mrs.John Bernard; three brothers,Stanley,Robert and Ruben,at home,and four sisters,Lois of the Sault and Anna, Carleen and Violet all at home. Also surviving are her grandfather,Louis Bernard of Flint,and grandmother,Mrs. Rose LaVictor of Barbeau. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 3,at 9:00 A.M.in St.Isaac Jogues Church on Marquette avenue,the Rev.John F.Byrne officiating.The body will be placed in the municipal vault until Spring when burial will be made in the family lot in the Barbeau Cemetery
Larry and Audrey Staffen at Find-A-Grave


JOHN V. BERNARD , 64, 322 West Montcalm Street died this morning at United Memorial Hospital. Surviving are his widow,Viola, and 5 daughters, Mrs.John (Lois) Cooper, Greenville, Mrs. Robert (Susan) Smith, Saginaw, Mrs. Martin (Carol Lee) Swartmiller, Entrian, Mrs. William (Mary) Parcher, Wheeler, amd Mrs. Arthur (RoseMary) Bristol, Riverdale. Also surviving are 3 sons,Stanley, Flint,Robert D. St charles, and Ruben Stanton; a sister Mrs Agnes Lamurse, Sault Ste.Marie;2 brothers,George, West Branch, and Howard, Entrican, and 37 grandchildren.Mr. Bernard was born June 7, 1908 in West Virginia. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St.Charles Catholic Church.The Rev Fr Dennis P Nash will officiate. Burial will be in Barbeau Cemetery, near sault Ste.Marie. The body is at Marshall Funeral Home where the family will receive friends and relatives Tuesday from 7 to 8:30pm. The rosary will be recited Tuesday at 8 p.m.at the funeral home
Larry and Audrey Staffen at Find-A-Grave


VIOLA (LaVICTOR) BERNARD , 92, Greenvile,formerly of Sault Ste.Marie area passed away Thursday, November 22,2001 at the home of her granddaughter,Audrey and Larry Staffen, who were taking care of her. She was born September 6,1909,in Sault Ste,Marie,the daughter of Pete and Rose LaVictor.She is survived by five daughters and son-in-law,Lois Cooper and Donald Steele of Pickford, Anna and Bob Smith of Saginaw, Carol and Cliff Roy, Rosemarie and Clarence Reynolds,all of Lakeview, Mary Parcher and Mike Farrell of Stanton;three sons and daughters-in-law, Stanley and Alice Bernard of Flint,Robert and Marlene Bernard of Corunna,Ruben and Barbara Bernard of Sault St.Marie;Several grandchildren,great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren;a sister,Matilda Cody of Sault Ste.Marie;three sisters-in-law Rose LaVictor of Pickford, Ella LaVictor of Barbeau and Eleanor LaVictor of Petoskey. She was a preceded in death by her husband,John V.,on November 6,1972. She was a member of St.Mary's Catholic Church,Sault Ste.Marie. Services are noon Monday at Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. and running until time of services. Burial will be in Barbeau Cemetery
Larry and Audrey Staffen at Find-A-Grave


KILLIAN C. BESANT , of James Terrace, died at 12:45 a.m. today at War Memorial Hospital after an illness of one month. He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on July 23, 1889, and was married in 1909 in Philadelphia to the former Margaret Gabriel who predeceased him. He was a marine electrician and worked as an electrician in downtown stores for many years. There are no children surviving. He is survived by two brothers and one sister. He was a member of St. Mary's church and of St. Mary's Holy Name Society. Friends may call at Bailey-Newhouse Funeral Home from 7 until 10 p.m. today with prayers at 8 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's church, with the Rev. Robert J. Monroe officiating and burial will be in Riverside cemetery.
Source: Jerry at Find-A-Grave - Evening News Sault Ste. Marie, MI April 5, 1972


MARGARET (GABRIEL) BESANT , 54, wife of Killian G. Besant of 551 Bingham Avenue died today, August 17, 1940 at 11 a.m. at the War Memorial Hospital. She was admitted to the hospital a week ago for an emergency appendectomy. Mrs. Besant was born August 18, 1885 in the Sault, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N.V. Gabriel. Mr. Gabriel was one of the city's earliest furniture dealers and undertakers. She was married 31 years ago to Killian G. Besant at Philadelphia. The Besant's returned six years ago and have made their home here since. Mrs. Besant attended Sault schools and completed her education at Chatham and Windsor academies for girls where she became an accomplished pianist. Surviving Mrs. Besant besides her husband is a sister, Miss Agnes Gabriel and two brothers, Joseph and Victor Gabriel all of the Sault. She was a member of St. Mary's church, the Altar Society and the League of the Sacred Heart. Funeral services have been tentatively set for Tuesday with services at 9 a.m. at St. Mary's Church and burial in Riverside cemetery. The body will lie in state at the family residence.
Source: Jerry at Find-A-Grave - Evening News Sault Ste. Marie, MI Aug. 17, 1940 pg 3


MARGARET (St.GEORGE) BODIE , mother of Mrs. Frank Sobraro and Mrs. Amelia Hassell, died last evening. The deceased was 91 years of age and was one of the oldest soo residents, having lived here for 45 years. Mrs. Bodie was a good motherly old lady and her death well be a source of regret to all who knew her. She was buried in the Catholic cemetery Tuesday. The services were held at St. Mary's Cathedreal and the Rev. Father D. Donovan officiated.
Source: Jerry - Find-A-Grave: November 11, 1893 Page 1 Sault Ste Marie (MI) Evening News


EDMUND ROY BOWERS - Funeral sevices for Edmund Roy Bowers of 1080 Maple Street in the Sault will be held Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Hovie Funeral Home with Evangelist Timothy Rader, great-nephew of Mr. Bowers officating. He was born April 14, 1917 in Petoskey. He worked at Union Carbide for 25 years until 1963 and retired from the Sault Post Office in 1979. He was also a member of the V.F.W. Surviving are his wife Mary Amila of the Sault; son Edmund Roy Jr. of the Sault; daughters Mrs Ray (Nancy) Savoie of Dafter and Mrs Neil (Carol) Reed of the Sault; children at home, David Milton and Mary Sue; a brother Leland Bowers of the Sault; sister Normal Metkiff of the Sault; and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister Esther Bowers, a brother Lester and a half brother Earl. V.F.W, services will be held at 7:30 with prayers at 8 this evening. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.
Contributed by Carol Cairns Sault Evening News Oct. 29,1980


WILLIAM BRADY , a former long-time resident of Sault Ste. Marie, passed away at his home in Dansville, Mich. after a courageous battle with prostate cancer and severe heart problems surrounded by his loving and devoted family on November 9, 2006. Bill was born September 14, 1921 in Sault Ste. Marie. He graduated from Sault High School with the class of 1938. He worked with the Soo Carbide Company before establishing the Mackinac Wallmaster Company. He owned and operated the Marshall Motel in Grayling, Mich. with his wife Catherine (Katy). After retiring from the hospitality business, Bill and Katy returned to the Soo in 1971, worked with Champion Realty, and built a home in the Lakeshore Subdivision. They enjoyed the company of family and friends, and spent winters with other snowbirds in Gulf Shores, AL. In 2001, Bill and Katy relocated to Dansville, Mich. to spend more time with their children and families, and special dogs Pele and Ginger. Bill was a board member of Loretto Catholic Central High School, a life member of Elks Lodge No. 552, and an active member of Nativity Catholic Church and St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church. He was presently attending St. James Catholic Church in Mason, Mich. His enjoyments in life were painting, poetry, and music; hunting and fishing; cribbage; horseshoes; and good jokes. Bill closely followed politics and loved to watch sporting events, especially the Soo Lakers and Red Wing hockey teams, and Tiger baseball. He mastered computer technology to the amazement of many, and excelled in growing vast vegetable and decorative gourd gardens. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Catherine (Tallion), one son Dan (Karen) of Sheboygan, Wisc.; four daughters, Patricia McCafferty of Okemos, Mich.; Nancy (Ward) Staffeld of Dansville, Mich.; Colleen (Irv) Gossman of Mason, Mich.; and Janet Mouw of Dansville, Mich.; 12 grandchildren, Kara, Marty, Kristin, Mike, Jeff, Doug, Lisa, Carrie, Loren, Angela, Hannah, and Will; 9 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a very close and special sister, Margaret Kamm, of Englewood, Fla.; and his faithful dog, Ginger. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anne; three brothers, Jack, Leo, and Dick; and dog, Pele His wish for cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at St. Isaac Jogues Church in Spring 2007. The date and time of the memorial service will be announced at a later time. Contributions may be made in Bill's memory to Eaton Rapids Medical Center, 1500 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827; or to Heartland Hospice, 865 S. Cedar, Mason, MI 48854. The family is being served by Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Homes, 621 S. Jefferson, Mason, MI 48854.


GUY NORBERT BRASSAR , of E. Spruce Street in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at Tendercare Nursing Home after a brief stay. He was born March 21, 1909 in Sault Ste. Marie. Mr. Brassar was a longtime member of the Elks, Veteran of World War II and former member of the Sault Ste. Marie County Club. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, June (Aube) Petrow Brassar; a daughter, Linda (Delbert) Storms of Marquette; two step-sons, Jon Petrow of Rockford, Ill., and Paul (Brenda Ely) Petrow of Battle Creek, Mich.; two grandchildren, Brad Muscoe and Samantha Muscoe; one great-grandson, Izaak Avery; eight step-grandchildren, Joseph (Heidi) Petrow, Paula (Bruce) LeVasseur, Jeffrey (Darlene) Petrow, James Petrow, Christy (John) Olson, Nicole (Garrett) Contreras, Stephanie Petrow and Shannon (David) Martin. Also surviving are eight step-great-grandchildren. Mr. Brassar is predeceased by sisters, Gladys Manville and Beatrice Karvi; brothers, Lawrence, Herbert, John and Walter Brassar; and parents, Antoine and Mary (LaLonde) Brassar. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 16, from 6:30 until 9 p.m. at Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home with an Elks Memorial Service at 7:30 p.m. and Prayers at 8 p.m. Services will be held on Friday, August 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's ProCathedral Church with Father Ted Brodeur officiating. Final resting place will be in Riverside Cemetery.
Source: Jerry at Find-A-Grave / Sault Ste. Marie (MI) Evening News Index August 16, 2001


MARY JUNE (AUBE) PETROW-BRASSAR , of E. Spruce St., Sault. Ste. Marie, Mich. passed away January 2, 2007, at her home. June was born June 14, 1918, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. to Joseph and Maude Aube. June was employed by Michigan Bell as a telephone operator for 33 years, retiring in 1978. She remained active with the Telephone Pioneers and KIT (Keep in Touch) for many years into her retirement. She was a member of St. Mary's Church and looked forward to contributing her baked goods and crafts to its bazaars and bake sales. June was most at home in the kitchen and looked forward to events that brought family together around the table. She is survived by her sons Jonathan (Barbara) Petrow of Rockford, IL, and Paul (Brenda) Petrow of Battle Creek, MI, and her daughter Linda (Delbert) Storms of Marquette, MI. She is also survived by her grandchildren Joseph (Heidi) Petrow, Jeffrey (Darlene) Petrow, Paula (Bruce) LeVasseur, James Petrow, Christy (John) Olson, Nicole (Garrett) Contreras, Shannon (David) Martin, Stephanie Petrow, Brad (Holly) Muscoe, Samantha Muscoe, Tracy (Brian) Suszek, Trevor (Melissa) Storms, Jessica Dunquist, Jacob Storms, Jodie Storms, and 20 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by husbands John Paul Petrow in 1947 and Guy Norbert Brassar in 2001. Visitation will be Sunday Jan. 7, 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home with prayers at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be Monday Jan. 8 at noon at St. Mary's ProCathedral Church. Internment will take place at a later date at Riverside Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Community Action Agency or the Best of Friends Humane Society in Sault Ste. Marie.
Source: Jerry at Find-A-Grave /


JAMES BROCKELHURST - Miss Emma Brockelhurst received word Saturday that her brother James F. Brockelhurst was drowned at the Soo on Oct. 6 (1891). The remains were taken for burial in hishome in Port Colborne Ont., where he has resided in the winter for the past ten years. He was the eldest son of Peted Brockelhurst of this city. Mr. Brockelhurst recently buried his second eldest son in Dakota. James was well known in this city and well liked by all who knew him. He had just written to his sister stating that he was about to return to his home for the winter and on his way was to stop over in Port Huron and see his friends.
A CURIOUS DEATH
A Dredgeman Dies, While the Circumstances Little Prove the Manner of Death
Last Sunday James Brockelhurst, a cranesman for Dunbar & Sullivan on their way work left the dredge to consult an indian doctor. He was not heard of until Tuesday when someone in a row boat reported at the dredge that they saw the body of a man laying on the shore about 500 feet above St. Joe Island Light House. When the report was brought to Mr. Sullivan, and knowing that Brockelhurst was missing he sent Tom Heffren to ascertain, if possible, the identity of the body. Mr. Heffman took a few men with him and rowed to the locality described where he found Brockelhurst dead with his face in the sand several feet above the water. His overcoat lay .. feet from the shore where the waves had not apparently washed and his undeercoat was on a rock four feet from the water and several feet above it. The coat had one sleeve inside out. Near by where the body was found, was the boat on the beach but half filled with water. As said before, the body was in the sand face down, but the beach near by showed that there had been a struggle of some kind, as the sand was torn up all around him. The body was brought to the Soo yesterday and sent to his wife, who lives in Humpertstone, Canada. The deceased had been in the employ of the DUnbar's for fourteen years.
The Soo Democrat - Saulte Ste. Marie MI Thursday Oct. 8, 1891 Pg 7
( Deceased born 1856 - died 1891)
Contributed by Mary Kahkola - The Port Huron Daily Times - Thursday Oct. 15, 1891 Pg. 5


MERLE SCOTT BROOD , age 89, of Rudyard, Michigan passed away early Monday morning, April 10, 2006 at War Memorial Hospital. Merle was born on December 13, 1916, in the family farmhouse north of Rudyard, Michigan. He was the son of the late Clifford Peter and Ella May (Scott) Brood. He continued to farm his entire life, raising sheep and Holstein cattle. On December 19, 1945, he married Helen (Vinkemulder) at the original log Rudyard Community Building. Merle was a man of integrity, who trusted in Christ as his Savior. He loved and prayed for his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren daily by name. Merle served his country in the United States Army, 164th Infantry, Americal Division in the South Pacific during WWII, achieving rank of Staff Sergeant. He saw action at Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He was active in the community, being recognized by the Governor for his 24 years of service as Rudyard Township Treasurer. He drove bus for the Rudyard Area Schools. He also served on the Rudyard Co-op Board, CEF board, and Rudyard Bible Church Board where he was a charter member. He enjoyed gardening, bird watching, and collecting information for the US Weather Service. He was also an avid Tiger fan. He often said, It's a good day, the Tigers won. He is survived by his six children: D. Scott (Kathy) Brood of Olivet, MI, Pauline (Mark) Nelson of Columbia, SC, Rodney (Deborah) Brood of Rudyard, MI, Audrey Brood of Curtis, MI, Wayne (Claudia) Brood of Cedarville, MI, and Joyce (Bert) Nettleton of Grayling, MI, 12 grandchildren; Becky (Chris) Postma, Stacy (J.B.) Grey, Josh Brood, Martin Nelson, Arthur (Karen) Brood, Jonathan (Dyane) Brood, Rachel (Dan) Foster, Norman (April) Brood, Judson Brood, Katie (Jeremy) Bigelow, Morris Nettleton, and Anne Nettleton, and 12 Great Grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother; Leonard (Elouise) Brood of Buena Vista, CO, and 5 sisters; Agnes (Jack) Dorie of Traverse City, MI, Opal (Bill) Olson of Hammond, IN, Lois Brood of Sault Ste. Marie, MI, Ardith (John) Leino of Gettysburg, PA, and Verna (B.C.) Quick of River Head, NY. He was preceded in death by his wife; Helen Brood (2000), his parents, two brothers; Glen and Willis "Bill" Brood and three sisters; Nellie Black, and Marilyn and Marian Brood. Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 8:00 PM on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at C.S. Mulder Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, April 13, 2006 at Rudyard Bible Church with Pastor Stephen Peters officiating. Friends may call at the church from 12:30 until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to Wycliffe Bible Translators, CEF, or Fort Wilderness Ministries.
Contributed by Verna Quick


E. RUTH (ATKINS) BROWN , of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Adrian, age 86, died Jan. 5, 2007, at her home in Chelsea. She was born May 21, 1920, in St. Louis, MO, the daughter of Burch and Edith (Alexander) Atkins. She was the beloved wife of the Rev. Robert L.S. Brown of Chelsea. They were married July 16, 1949, in St. Louis, MO. Ruth was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Chelsea. She taught Sunday school and Bible study much of her adult life, in addition to participation in many other church activities. She was a longtime active member of League of Women Voters and of United Methodist Women. Ruth earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis, and a master's degree in Christian education from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, after studying at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston. It was at Garrett that she and Robert met. She was employed for five years at Purina Mills in St. Louis, researching grain futures, before leaving to attend seminary. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, and by two brothers, James Atkins and Ralph Atkins. She was survived by her loving husband; son Gerald (Suzanne) Brown of Germantown, MD; daughters Barbara (Jonathan) Carlisle of Jackson, Roberta (John) Schmidt of Lino Lakes, MN, and Virginia (Richard) Shepler of San Jacinto, CA; sisters-in-law Margaret Atkins of St. Louis, MO, Arelisle Henrickson of Savoy, IL, and Claudine Brown of San Jose, CA; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral: First United Methodist Church, Chelsea, with the Rev. Joy Barrett officiating.
Contributed by "Twist" at Find-A-Grave


GERALD LEROY BUCHANAN , age 75, succumbed to his illness Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Bullhead City, Arizona. He was born April 14, 1934 in Portland, Oregon. Gerald Buchanan was raised in Goetzville, Michigan. As an older teen he went to the Detroit area where he met and married Mildred "Betty" Mae Dennis. They started their family in the outlying area of Detroit. Early in the 1960's they moved to California. Gerald was a machinist and opened his own business in 1970. After much success, he retired in 1986 and moved to Kansas. After having difficulties with illness, Gerald and Betty sold their home and moved back to Goetzville in 1999. Betty passed away in 2002, and for the first time in fifty years, Gerald felt the loneliness of being without her. After his health began to fail, he decided to move near his daughter in Arizona. He is now with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in his new perfect body, and is reunited with his beloved wife. Dad you will be missed. Gerald enjoyed his family, gardening, playing his guitar and harmonica, shooting pool and playing cards. He was survived by his daughters, Debbie Weaver and Cindy (Guy) Martin; sons, Mark (Leslie) Buchanan and Mike Buchanan; nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. He is also survived by his twin brother, Robert (Sandra) Buchanan; Aunt Ann, and many other family and friends.


ESTHER IRENE (COX) BUMSTEAD , age 90, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, died Friday, March 2, 2007, at Chippewa County War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. She was born November 4, 1916, in Sault Ste. Marie, to John and Grace Sophia (Hubbert) Cox. A lifelong area resident, Esther worked as a rural mail carrier for 30 years, retiring in 1982. She also worked at the Tannery and, for ten years, she owned and operated Mitchell's Corner Store located at Nine Mile and Riverside Drive. Esther attended the Rosedale Church, the Salvation Army and Sault Area Senior Citizens. She enjoyed bowling, sewing and traveling. Esther regularly hosted “Tea's” for her neighbors at the Avery Center where she lived since 1997. Esther is survived by two daughters, Elaine (Walter) Wojciechoski of Santa Marie, California, and Irene (Joseph) Cryderman of Dafter, Michigan; two sons, Kenneth (Shirley) Mitchell of Clarksville, Michigan and David Mitchell of Zephyrhills, Florida; one stepdaughter, Cheryl (Brent) Johnson of Roseville, Minnesota; one stepson, Larry (Mary Ann) Bumstead of Sault Ste. Marie; 14 grandchildren, Julie Delling, Lorrie Fraley, Lynn Moreno, Kent Wojciechoski, Debbie Nurmi, Kim Cryderman, Patricia Vink, Bonnie Cryderman, Frank Mitchell, Todd Mitchell, Cheryl Walters, Bjorn Johnson, Ryan Johnson, and Wendy Traffie; 23 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Truman Mitchell in 1980; her second husband, Clyde Bumstead in 1999; two sisters, Dorothy Campbell and Marie Fulton; and one brother, Robert Cox. Visitation will be Sunday, March 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Monday, March 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Reamer Galer Funeral Home in Pickford, Michigan. Funeral services will be Monday, March 5, at 11 a.m. at Reamer Galer Funeral Home with Esther's nephew, Major Bill Cox of the Salvation Army officiating. Spring burial will be in Rockview Cemetery in Marquette Township, Michigan.

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