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Obituaries Archives for 2015-11

Lois Lorraine Lutzke of Big Rapids

Lois Lorraine Lutzke, 93, of Big Rapids, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at Altercare of Big Rapids.    She was born June 26, 1922, in Big Rapids, the first child of Walter & Myrtle (Potter) Pettit, and graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1940.  Lois attended (then) Ferris Institute for secretarial training, working for Hanchett Manufacturing, before finding a long career with William T. (Bill) McElwain, Attorney-at-Law.      

Lois met Robert Lutzke in 1954 when he moved here from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and started a music business.  On September 5, of that year they were married, and she became a baptized member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on February 20, 1955.  They were married a few days short of 50 years when Bob died in 2004.  Lois was a loving care-giver for Bob during the 14 years after he suffered a disabling stroke in 1990.   

She is survived by 2 sons, Walt (Cindy nee Gibson) and Robert F. II “Buzz”, both of Big Rapids; grandsons Jim Lutzke of Portland, OR, and Alex (Jackie) Lutzke, and their children Oliver and Margot of Indianapolis, IN; 2 sisters-in-law, Barbara and Janice Petitt, and many nieces and nephews.  Lois was also preceded in death by her 4 brothers, Jack (and Louise), Carl, Harold (And Florence), and Leon Pettit.      

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 28, 2015, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Big Rapids, with Pastor John Bookshaw officiating.  Following cremation, burial will fbe in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Stanwood.  Lois’ family will greet friends after 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church.  Memorial contributions in her name may be made for St. Peter’s Lutheran Church or to Alzheimer’s Research (


Lisa C. Dulyea of Barryton

Lisa C. Dulyea (Gerber), age 37 of Barryton, MI, formerly of Paddock Lake, WI, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 in Grand Rapids. She was born on March 16, 1978 in Burlington, WI to Jack and Karen (Olson) Gerber. Lisa graduated from Westosha Central High School in 1996 and enlisted into the United States Army. She was honorably discharged from the Army in 1997 and was proud to have served. Lisa loved the outdoors and looked forward to hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, going to the beach and the enjoyment of animals. She was good at drawing, coloring and writing. When it came to movies, a Disney movie was her favorite and she always saved time to wrestle with her boys. Lisa and Tim spent time volunteering at God’s Helping Hands at Westosha Lakes Church in Paddock Lake, WI. Recently she had been attending New Hope United Methodist Church in Mecosta, MI. Lisa married Timothy S. Dulyea on July 25, 2015 and they made their home in Barryton, MI where they resided with her two sons, Lane and Johnathan Myers. Lisa’s parents Jack and Karen Gerber; two brothers, Shane (Michelle) and Tory Gerber; niece Chelsea and nephew Christopher all of Paddock Lake; maternal grandmother Fern Howell; Tim’s children, Timothy II of Grand Rapids, MI, Devin of Carson City, MI and Rose Dulyea of Evart; 8 grandchildren, that she treasured: Aiden, Karia, Donte, Morgan, Blake, Ryan, Jace and Jax; and many aunts, uncles, and friends who will continue to hold the memories they have close to their hearts. Lisa was preceded in death by her grandparents, Elmer (Ruth) Gerber and Fred Olson. A celebration of Lisa’s life will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the Daggett Funeral Home in Barryton, MI, concluding with a short reflection of Lisa’s life and military honors at 3:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Lisa’s name can be made to the D.A.V.


Columbus Lee Cosby of Big Rapids

Big Rapids – Columbus Lee Cosby, 71, of Big Rapids, passed away Monday, November 23, 2015 at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital.  He was born in Madison County, Mississippi on July 16, 1944, the son of Cleveland and Aleen (Burks) Cosby.  Columbus moved to Chicago where his met his wife of 49 years, Diane.  They moved to Big Rapids nearly two decades ago to raise their family.

Columbus is survived by his wife, Diane; five children, Dawn, Sonia, C.C. (Timbree), Courtney, and Alicia; fifteen grandchildren; four great grandchildren; six sisters; two brothers; and many cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Major Graham; great granddaughter, Aaliyah; and two brothers, Johnny and Lorenzo.

A memorial gathering for Columbus will be 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cosby family.


DeAnna Jane Allers of Big Rapids

DeAnna Jane “De” Allers, age 71, of Big Rapids passed away on November 21, 2015 at home surrounded by her loving family.


She was born on December 4, 1943 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Woodrow L. and Helen (Shinel) Luckey. De grew up in Traverse City, then graduated from Vista Maria High School in Dearborn. She met her future husband, Frank Allers, in 1965 at her cousin’s wedding. They married on January 8, 1966. She was very involved with the Eagles State youth group, serving as a counselor and cool at summer camps. De worked as a waitress at Bowers Restaurant and later at East Gate Lanes. For the last six years, she volunteered at the Crossroads Charter Academy concession stand at sporting events, where she was affectionately known as “Grandma” to the students and “Momma De” and their parents. In 1999 DeAnna was given the “Home Town Hero” award by the Mecosta County Convention and Visitors Bureau for her work with organizing bowling tournaments. She enjoyed camping, dancing and helping others, especially children. De is survived by Frank, her husband of 49 years; three daughters, Vicki Allers of Chase, Terri (Jim) Walkley of Freesoil, and Jennifer Worth of Big Rapids; eight grandchildren, Sarah, Kurt, Heather, Phillip, Katie, Ethan, Mykayla, and Hanna; six great grandchildren, Michael, Danny, Shelby, Jada, Zander, Lily Mae, and one more on the way in March.
Also surviving are two brothers, Jim and Tim Luckey plus many in-laws, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jerry and Mike; and one grandson, BJ.


A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the Big Rapids First Methodist Church with Pastor Rebecca Morrison officiating.


Her family will greet friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made in De’s name to Spectrum Home Hospice or American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.


Shirley M. Graham of Paris

Shirley M. Graham, 93, of Paris, passed away Friday, November 20, 2015, at Evergreen Terrace in Big Rapids.


Shirley was born December 9, 1921, in Big Rapids, the daughter of Hugh and Madge (Peepers) Thompson, and lived in the area most of her life. She attended elementary school in Paris, and high school in Big Rapids. During the 1970’s, Shirley was head of housekeeping at Reed City Hospital. She was a longtime active member of the Paris United Methodist Church. On October 7, 1938, she married William Graham, who preceded her in death on November 4, 2001. Surviving are 3 children, Robert (Bernice) Graham of Reed City, Beverly Ellis of Hersey, Gary (Janalee) Graham of Linden; 7 grandchildren, Sherry (Loren) Merklinger, Mike (Erin) Ellis, Randy Graham, Ricky (Carol) Graham, Vicky Piper, Erin Graham, and Sarah Graham; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Shirley was also preceded in death by her sister Delores Hurst.


Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids, with Pastors Kim DeLong and Mike Reigler co-officiating. Burial will be in the Davenport Cemetery in Paris. Shirley’s family will greet friends at the funeral home on Monday, November 23, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., and prior to services on Tuesday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Paris United Methodist Church or Great Lakes hospice, with envelopes available at the funeral home.


Ardith Creighton of Stanwood

Ardith “Ardie” Creighton, age 66, went to be with her Lord and her son Gary on Friday, November 20, 2015 at her home near Stanwood.

Ardie was born December 29, 1948 to Mike and Doris (Hollenbeck) Dysard in Big Rapids. She attended Morley/Stanwood Schools. On February 25, 1967 she married Mike Creighton and they were blessed with five children plus a foreign exchange student, Simone Melo from Brazil, that has forever remained a family member. They lived their entire married life in the Morley-Stanwood area.

Ardie and Mike were foster parents for ten years. She was a member of the Stanwood Eagles and was active in many local civic organizations such as the Buffalo Barbeque Committee and the Mecosta Memorial Hospital Guild. Ardie greatly enjoyed their cabin at Wolverine, surrounded by family and friends.

Ardie is survived by her husband of 49 years, Mike; son Ron (Julie) Creighton of Stanwood; daughters, Laura Cox of Morley, Mandy (Dennis) VanderZand of Lakeview, April (Brent) Stressman of Morley and Christina (Ron) Thurston of Morley; 14 grandchildren, Shane Stewart, Steven Creighton, Shelby Creighton, Shian Creighton, Veronika Creighton, Devin Thurston, Blake Thurston, Mikey VanderZand, Erin VanderZand, Fred VanderZand, Derek Stressman, Kenady Stressman, Kelsey (Matthew) Zemaitis and Courtney Cox; six great-grandchildren; Brody, Ellie Raye, Emily, Klayton, Skylyn and Keygan; two brothers; Bernard (Jean) Elandt of Florida and Ken (Leanne) Dysard of Saranac; two sisters, Estelle Derwin of Newaygo and Roxana Peacock of Rodney; father-in-law, Frederick Creighton of Stanton and many special nieces and nephews.

Ardie was preceded in death by her parents Mike and Doris Dysard, a son Gary Creighton and a brother-in-law Louis Derwin.

Funeral services will take place 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 23, 2015 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Pastor Lynn Winans officiating. The family will greet friends on Sunday, November 22nd from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home.    

Burial will be at the Stanwood Cemetery.


Rena Floy Merrill of Remus

Rena Floy Merrill, age 82 of Remus passed away Wed., Nov. 18, 2015 at her home. Services will be held Sat., Nov. 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM, at Janowicz Family Funeral home in Remus with Pastor Richard Eldred officiating. The family will receive friends on Fri., Nov. 20, 2015 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the funeral home and again on Sat. from 10:00 AM to the time of service. Burial will follow at Pine River Cemetery, Blanchard.

Rena was born Sept. 27, 1933 in Blanchard, the daughter of Clifton and Flora (Maxon) Oberlin. She was an active woman in her younger years when she enjoyed snowmobiling and riding motorcycle. Rena was a great cook and was frequently asked for her recipes. She made her family fudge every year around Christmas, which was her favorite time of year.

Feisty, loving, welcoming and a great sense of humor were all words used to describe Rena. She will be remembered by many for her ability to make everyone feel like family.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Nona Sellers and Violet (Ronald) Welsheimer; sons, Duane (Diane) Pendell, David (Linda) Pendell and Danny (Gina) Merrill; 19 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great great-grandson.

Rena was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Andrew Merrill in Sept. 2014 and one sister, Ethel Moore.

Those desiring may direct memorial contributions to Woodland Hospice.



Margaret E. Slocum of Rodney

Margaret E. Slocum, age 91 of Rodney, passed away Sunday, November 15, 2015 at her home. She was born June 27, 1924 in Stanton on the family farm to Carl and Welcome (Ellsworth) Drake. Margaret graduated from high school in Stanton.
She married Kenneth R. Slocum on February 14, 1946; together they made their home throughout the state of Michigan. Ken’s career was in sales and Margaret was a home maker caring for her family. In 1976 they settled in Mecosta to live permanently.

She was a member of the Mecosta VFW Auxiliary Post 2335, Mecosta Lion’s Club, and God’s Helping Hands in Remus. Margaret was a member of the Chippewa Lake Community Church. She had an excellent sense of humor. Margaret enjoyed helping people, cooking, and crafting. She loved her family and spending time with them.

She is survived by her 3 children, Ken (Cindy) Slocum of Nevada, Karol Klinger of Rodney, Kate (John) Scheer of Lake Isabella; a granddaughter, Nicki (Jim); three grandsons, Joshua (Jodi), Anthony, and Sidney (Afton); eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; husband Kenneth Slocum on July 27, 1997; three brothers, Rod, William, and Bud Drake; a sister, Ann Alexander; and a son-in-law, Bud Klinger.

A memorial service will take place 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Chippewa Lake Community Church with Pastor Roger Bennett officiating. The family will greet friends at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service on Thursday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made in Margaret’s name to God’s Helping Hands in Remus.


Jason Daniel Bull of Grant Center

Jason Daniel Bull, age 30, of Grant Center passed away Monday, November 16, 2015 as a result of a car accident. He was born on July 9, 1985 in Big Rapids, the son of Gregory L. and Joan M. (Peterson) Bull.

Jason graduated from Reed City High School in 2003 where he was two time runner-up and two time State Champion in wrestling. He then wrestled for Linwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He loved to hunt, fish, garden, and spend time with his family and friends. Jason was currently employed by the King Company in Holland, Michigan, doing construction.

He is survived by his parents, Greg Bull of Hersey and Joan (Jeff) McCrory of Big Rapids; one brother, Ryan (Jenna) Bull of Reed City; and one special niece, Preslee Bull. Also surviving are grandmothers, Patricia Bull and Betty Peterson, plus several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Jason was preceded in death by his grandfathers, David Bull and Harry Peterson.

A memorial service for Jason will be 11:00 am Friday, November 20, 2015 at the Grant Center United Methodist Church with Pastor Lyle Ball officiating. Jason’s family will greet friends beginning at 10:00 am.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Center United Methodist Church. Jason was a “Gift of Life” donor.


William Chapman of Big Rapids

William Chapman, 69, of Big Rapids, passed away on Monday, November 16, 2015.

Cremation has taken place. A private memorial service will take place at a later date.


Karen I. Smania Big Rapids

Karen I. Smania, 74, of Big Rapids went to be with her Lord on Saturday, November 14, 2015. She was born on June 25, 1941 in LaSalle, Illinois the daughter of Ivan A. and Lorraine R. (Kelsey) Haas.

Karen loved to sew and garden. She had done costuming for Stage M.

She was a long time member of St. Paul’s Chapel and volunteered at local schools.

Karen is survived by Peter Smania, her husband of 56 years, two sons, Jim (Mary) Smania of Dewitt, MI and Ron Smania of Big Rapids, three grandchildren; Lindsay (Adam) Zeeb, Matt Smania and Megan Smania, plus two great grandchildren, twins, Leah and Aubrey Zeeb. Also surviving is one brother Frank (Susan) Haas, plus several cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister Mary Haas.

A memorial service will be held at a later date


William E. Phillips of Barryton

William E. “Mr. Bill” Phillips age 86, went home to his Lord on Friday, November 13, 2015 at his home in Barryton. Bill was born on August 8, 1929 in Mason, MI to Ralph and Vera (Dean) Phillips. He attended Kalkaska High School until the age of 16 when he entered the work force and forged the year of his birth to 1927. Bill was employed by GM in the skilled trades and was a Union negotiator. He retired in 1978 and moved to Barryton. While residing in Lansing, Bill served on the Lansing Twp. Fire Dept. and was a former Chief at Winchester Fire Dept. Bill played softball with the National Die Sinkers Team, earned his golden gloves in boxing, enjoyed golfing and golfed with Arnold Palmer, and was an avid bowler for 60 years. When Bill was 65 he had his first 300 game in Evart, MI. He owned and trained harness horses for 27 years and was a member of the Michigan Harness Assoc. and the National Harness Racing Assoc. Bill was employed as a bus driver for the Chippewa Hills School District for 22 years. Bill was a 43 year member of the Eagles Aerie 1039 in Lansing and couldn’t resist following the Detroit Tigers.

He married Pam Bailey on December 16, 2004 at the Barryton Church of God and together owned and operated Barryton Hardware for 7 years closing the store in 2011. Bill and Pam were currently attending the Wheatland Church of Christ.

Bill is survived by his loving wife Pam; six children, William (Marilyn) Phillips, Cindy Phillips, Jeffrey Phillips, Billie Jean (John) Turner; Stacie (Micah) Bretzinger, Jennifer (Billy) Johnson; four siblings, John, Stan (Dot), Don (Shirley), Elmer (Jean); 31 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, his beloved in-laws Ralph and Cecelia Hetherington and many nieces, nephews and close friends who will continue to treasure the memories they have.

Bill’s parents, two wives, siblings: Ron, Ralph and Hilda Goulding all preceded Bill in death.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Daggett Funeral Home in Barryton with Pastor JD Saunders officiating.

The family will greet friends from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18th and two hours prior to services on Thursday at the Funeral Home.


Doris M. Ervin of Barryton

Doris M. Ervin, age 91, passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2015, at her home in Barryton. She was born February 13, 1924 to Roy C. and Mary E. (Tice) Hoffman, in Coldwater Twp., Isabella Co., MI. Doris was born a twin with her sister Dora Marie, dying in infancy.
Doris was united in marriage in 1938 to Cloyce G. Miller of Weidman. To this union, two children were born. Carolyn Ruth and Cloyce Carl Miller.
While raising her children, she worked as a nurses’ aide in Mt. Pleasant and Lakeview, after the children’s graduation from high school, Doris moved to Illinois. Doris graduated from Alton Junior College in 1962 at the age of 38 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. In 1972, at the age of 48, she graduated from Olney Central College with an associate Registered Nurse degree.
Doris returned home to the family farm in 1981 and immediately went to work at the Mt. Pleasant Regional Center, for the State of Michigan, retiring in 1988 after 33 years of employment.
Her parents; daughter, Carolyn (Keith) Weimer; a brother, Franklin; her sister, Esther Goodno; two grandsons, Duane Cross, Steven Miller; a great-granddaughter, Molly Miller; her niece Maxine McIntyre; nephew, Douglas Goodno; and a great-niece, Tanya Harrington preceded her in death.
Doris leaves behind a son, Carl Miller of Greenville, SC; grandchildren, Sally (Clint) Giles, Daniel Cross, Barbara Cross, David (Theresa) Cross, Kathy Keith, Lynn (Jennifer) Keith, Frank (Shawna) Miller, Roger (Deana) Miller, David (Becky) Miller, Scott (Andrea) Miller, Matthew (Cris) Miller, Josh Miller, Karianne Drayer and Jenny (Chad) Lake; 2 step grandchildren Cindy (Bryan) Hayward and Kenneth Keith; numerous great-grandchildren; great-great grandchildren and friends here and in Illinois.
Doris was a pillar of the Barryton Lighthouse Free Methodist Church for many years and had been attending the Steadfast Baptist Church in Barryton when able.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at the Sherman City Church (19 Mile Rd./W. Vernon and Allen Rd.) Weidman, MI with Pastors Matthew Miller and Tom Doherty officiating.

The family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16th at the Daggett Funeral Home in Barryton and one hour prior to services at the Sherman City Church. Interment will take place at the Sherman City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Doris’ name can be made to the Sherman City Church.


Shirley Ann Fuller of Big Rapids

Shirley Ann Fuller, 72, of Big Rapids, left peacefully with the Lord on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at home surrounded by family and friends. She was born October 18, 1943 in Clifford, Michigan, the daughter of Michael and Agnes (Lipke) Gondick.

Shirley attended Catholic School in Reed City, then worked at Wolverine World Wide. In the mid 60’s, she enjoyed making lots of friends and serving food to the locals at Casa Nova. In the early 70’s, she became a secretary at Reith-Riley. Later she was educated as a bituminous (asphalt) technician. Shirley continued her training as an aggregate and concrete technician. These skills were used to create proper road and highway specifications throughout the state. She was employed by Reith-Riley, Wilcox & Associates in Cadillac, and Elmer’s Asphalt in Traverse City. After retiring from Elmer’s, Shirley was a monitor and later an instructor at Ferris State University, training others for bituminous, aggregate, and concrete certification.

Shirley had a great love for horses. She enjoyed raising and training many horses. Her horses’ offspring continue to win ribbons now in Tennessee. Shirley also enjoyed gardening, quilting, and attending her grandchildren’s activities and athletic events. She was a member of the Big Rapids First Baptist Church, the Big Rapids Garden Club, and a ladies quilting group. The last goal she set out to reach and accomplished was making ten quilts, one for each of her children and grandchildren.

Shirley is survived by her loving family including three children, JoAnn (Ray) Smith of Shelbyville, TN, Tammy (Dave) Mercer of Remus, and Mark (Linda) Fuller of Big Rapids; grandchildren, Christopher, Cory, and Chase Smith of Shelbyville, TN, Andrea Hanford of Livonia, Shawn Hanford of Big Rapids, Haley and Michael Mercer of Remus, and Remington and Wyatt Fuller of Big Rapids; as well as many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by brothers, Michael (Margaret) Gondick of Gowen, Bert Gondick of Chase, and Robert Gondick of Taylor. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and sister, JoAnn Gondick.

A celebration of Shirley’s life will take place at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at the First Baptist Church of Big Rapids with Pastor Bruce Peterson officiating. Family will greet friends from 10:00 am until the time of service. A luncheon will follow the service. Visitation will be 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and again from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, November 16, 2015 at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids. Shirley’s ashes will be spread on the farm in Grant Center where she enjoyed raising her children and horses as well as the family farm in Chase where she grew up. Memorial contributions in Shirley’s name may be made to the Mecosta County 4-H program with envelopes available at the funeral home.


Duane E. Totten of Rodney

Duane E. Totten, age 78, of Rodney, passed away November 8, 2015. He was born February 21, 1937 in Rodney, the son of William E. and LaVonne (Lee) Totten. Duane graduated from Mecosta High School in 1955. He loved to farm and the Detroit Tigers.

Duane is survived by Janet (Kilbourne) Totten, his wife of 59 years; two children, Marc (Alicia) Totten of Millville, PA and Michelle (Dave) Zwiers of Pensacola, FL; six grandchildren, Mitch (Angie) Totten, Michael (Destiny) Totten, Derek (Amber) Zwiers, Matthew Totten, Brooke (Josh) Sagen, and Kirk Zwiers; plus ten great grandchildren.

There are no services planned at this time.


Sherry Batchelder of Rodney

Sherry (Lutjens) Batchelder, age 55, passed away at her home in Rodney Sunday, November 1, 2015. Sherry leaves behind her husband Richard Batchelder, son Dustin Young of Rodney, grandson Dylan Cook of Big Rapids, mother Ruth Lutjens of Cadillac, 2 brothers Robert (Donna) Lutjens of Tenn. and Dennis (Charlene) Lutjens of Chase, 1 Sister Kathy (Dennis) Hewitt of Cadillac, 7 nieces and nephews. Sherry was preceded in death by her father Robert Lutjens, grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles.

A memorial gathering will take place from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Colfax Township Hall in Rodney.


William C. Langworthy of Grant Center

William C. “Bill” Langworthy, age 78 of Grant Center, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2015 at his home. He was born January 13, 1937 in Big Rapids, the son of George and Ruth (Larsen) Langworthy. Bill graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1955 and enlisted into the United States Air Force two years later.

He married Maria Cusworth on May 29, 1959 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Bill honorably served his country during the Vietnam War. He retired from the Air Force in 1977 and began his civil service as a Base Fuels Manager POL until he retired in 1996.

Bill had a passion for hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed watching University of Michigan Football. Bill was a member of the Big Rapids AmVets Post 1941 and the Big Rapids Eagles 2535. He loved his family; especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Maria Langworthy of Grant Center; four children, Michael J. (Alissar) Langworthy M.D. of Boston, Theresa Martino of Houston, Texas, Karen (Dib) Langworthy-Hankins of Mt. Clemens, and Diana “Dudley” (Jon-Thomas) Burgess of Grant Center; six grandchildren, Nadia and Alissar “Katie” Langworthy, Paige Martino, Thomas-Jay and Breanna-Lee Burgess, and Kreszentia Hankins; four siblings, Ardith Smith of Big Rapids, Marlene Waddell of Mecosta, Terry (Kay) Langworthy of Big Rapids, and Jeannie (Bernie) Snider of Remus; many nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, George Langworthy and Ruth Langworthy-Borstler; stepfather, Pete Borstler; two brothers, Johnny and Thomas Langworthy.

Funeral services will take place 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids. The family will greet friends from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 6th at the funeral home. Bill will be laid to rest at Highland View Cemetery in Big Rapids.

Memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made to Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center, God’s Helping Hands, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


Konda Kay Zuern of Big Rapids

Konda Kay Zuern, 68, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, October 29, 2015.


She was born on June 1, 1947 in Big Rapids. Konda is survived by one son, Jamie Zuern of Big Rapids, plus 2 brothers Gary and Donald Sweet of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Buffin Dixon, two brothers, Jim Sweet, Jerry Sweet and one sister, Marty Sweet.


A memorial gathering is being planned for a future date.


Philena J. Stine of Morley

Philena J. Stine, age 68 of Morley, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at her daughter’s home in Indiana; surrounded by her beloved family. She was born April 19, 1947 in Lakeview, the daughter of Lewis and Betty (Deyo) Anderson. Philena graduated from Morley Stanwood High School in 1965. She married Bernard “TD” Stine on April 10, 1965 in Morley.

Philena earned her cosmetology license from Tracey Beauty Academy in Grand Rapids. She owned and operated her own beauty salon, Kut N Kurl Korner. Philena was also employed by Morley Stanwood Public Schools as a bus driver until she retired in 2014. She served the Village of Morley for 25 years as a Trustee. Philena was also the Chief of Police, the Mayor Pro Tem, and a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Post 554 in Morley.

She enjoyed painting, sewing, and going to the casino. Philena loved traveling and family gatherings at the cabin.

She is survived by her loving daughter Melinda Stine (Tina Alcala) of Indiana; granddaughter, Philena N. (Joshua) Snider of New Baltimore; great-grandson, William Harvey; sister, Kathie (Russ) Detloff of Swartz Creek; brother, Lewis John (Catherine) Anderson of Hastings; brother-in-law, Charlie Baisch of Grosse Pointe Park; aunt, Eleen Hall of Morley; several nieces and nephews.

Philena was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bernard “TD” Stine on October 14, 1972; sister, Linda Baisch; and brother, Michael “Mickey” Anderson.

Funeral services will take place 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 2, 2015 at Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Pastor Bruce Peterson officiating. The family will greet friends from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 1st at the funeral home. Philena will be laid to rest at Altona Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Philena’s name to the family to be given to the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Post 554 in Morley.


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