Our Obituaries

Robert P. Kuhlman

February 21, 1924 - January 23, 2018

Robert P. Kuhlman Sr., 93, passed away at home on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 surrounded by members of his loving family. Born February 21, 1924 in Kingsley to the late James and Catherine (Ockert) Kuhlman. He attended St. Mary's Hannah High School and upon graduation, enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II for 2 years. Using the G.I. Bill, he was able to attend Aquinas College in Grand...
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Evelyn Audry Weaver

July 21, 1929 - January 20, 2018

TRAVERSE CITY - Evelyn Audry Russell Weaver, age 88, passed on to her savior's arms on Jan. 20,2018.Born in Mishawaka, Indiana, on July 21,1929, she married Richard Weaver in 1947. He preceded her in death in 2006 after 58 years of marriage. Together they had six children. Two died in infancy. Their remaining children are Linda Freeman, of Manistee, Robert, of Houston, Texas, Randy, of Traverse...
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Gabriel Bennetts

August 31, 1927 - January 14, 2018

Gabe Bennetts of Traverse City passed away on Sunday, January 14,2018, at Birchwood Nursing Home. Gabe was born on August 31, 1927, in Ironwood, Michigan, to the late Thomas and Bertha Bennetts.On July 11, 1953, he married Joan (Lauzon) who resides in Traverse City. Gabe and Joan had three sons; Jeff of Traverse City, Glenn of Traverse City and Jim of Wasilla, Alaska. Gabe has eleven...
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Brenda Kay Soappman

March 14, 1947 - January 12, 2018


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Brenda K. Soappman

March 14, 1947 - January 12, 2018

Brenda Kay Soappman, 70, of Traverse City, Michigan passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.Brenda was born on March 14, 1947 in Traverse City, Michigan. Brenda is the daughter of Dell R. and Leona M. Wise Soappman who preceded her in death.Brenda was known as a loving, caring person with a smile that brightened the day of those around her. The sound of...
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Richard Edmond Vieau

April 27, 1969 - December 28, 2017

Richard "Rick" Vieau, age 48, of Traverse City passed away at home on Thursday, December 28, 2017 with family by his side.Rick will be remembered as a great man; a loving husband, father, brother, son and beloved friend. Right up to the end he was outgoing, always having a knack for making light of even the most awkward of situations; his contagious laugh filled the room. He always had a light...
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Richard Patrick Sleder

November 19, 1951 - December 16, 2017

Richard "Dick" Sleder, age 66, passed away peacefully Saturday, December 16, 2017 in Traverse City. He was born November 19, 1961 in Traverse City to George and Patricia (Draper) Sleder. On May 26, 1972, Dick married the love of his life, Linda Sheldon, in Traverse City. They were married 42 years and together raised two children. He worked for Olmstead Products and Oilgear, and when he...
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Thelma Sue Martinson

March 22, 1935 - December 13, 2017

Thelma Sue Martinson, 82 of Traverse City died Wednesday, December 13, 2017. Thelma was born on March 22, 1935 in Dalton, Georgia to Harlin and Addie (Babbs) Hall. She attended Milan High School and graduated in 1953. Following, she married Martin Martinson on July 2, 1954 in Ann Arbor, MI., and moved to northern Michigan in 1955.Thelma worked at the State Hospital in Traverse City for 20...
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Arvin Anthony Michalopoulos

November 29, 1961 - December 13, 2017

Arvin Anthony Michalopoulos, age 56, of Traverse City, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2017. Cremation took place. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun that summer bringsRemember me in the fallAs you walk through the leaves of goldAnd in the wintertime - Remember...
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Elizabeth Jane Sharp

September 19, 1921 - December 10, 2017

Elizabeth Jane Sharp, age 96, of Traverse City, passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017. Cremation took place. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun that summer bringsRemember me in the fallAs you walk through the leaves of goldAnd in the wintertime - Remember me -In the...
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Yvonne M. Amy

December 27, 1942 - December 4, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City, MI.
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Edward LeMoine Harris

August 8, 1920 - December 4, 2017

Edward LeMoine Harris, 97, of Ontonagon MI, passed away, Monday, December 4th 2017.Edward was born August 8th 1920 in Green Michigan to William J. and Julia A. (LeMoine) Harris. He graduated from Ontonagon High School and attended college at Ferris State University, Big Rapids Michigan. Ed served our country in the 5th recognizance of Army Air Corp and served in Burma during WWII.On May 5th 1948,...
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Delores Naomi Smith

June 19, 1917 - December 1, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City, MI.
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Mae Pearl Roberts

February 6, 1942 - November 29, 2017

Mae Pearl Roberts, age 75, passed away on November 30, 2017. She was the loving wife of the late Billy Ray Roberts for 42 years, mother of Billy Roberts and Sonya (Aloysius) Winowiecki, grandmother of Angela and Stephanie Roberts and Jerry J. Burd, step mother to Clay and Alicia Winowiecki and great grandmother of Ian Barger. Mae enjoyed shopping and watching the Hallmark Channel. She loved...
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Walter Eugene Field

December 1, 1950 - November 27, 2017

Walter Field, age 67, of Old Mission, passed away Monday, November 27, 2017. He was married to Gwyn Field for 47 years. He worked in redi-Mix for Elmers and Cornillie. Walter loved Michigan football, his travels throughout Mexico and fishing on the Two Hearted River. He had a passion for music and was a musician from an early age.He had an unbreakable faith in Christ, and like him, was gentle...
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Ruth Irene Reed

August 22, 1936 - November 22, 2017

Ruth Irene Reed entered this world on August 22, 1936, the second child to be born to William and Dorothy Reed. She departed this earthly life following a brief illness on November 22, 2017 in the presence of her loving family.Ruth attended grade school in Green Lake Township when the school was a one-room school house located on 10th Street in Interlochen. She graduated from Traverse City High...
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Gary L. Hull

January 18, 1955 - November 22, 2017

Gary L. Hull, 62, passed away November 22, 2017 after complications due to pneumonia at Munson Medical Center.Gary was born January 18, 1955 in Jackson, MI. to Orval and Phyllis (Lindley) Hull. He was a 1973 graduate of East Jackson High School. He retired from Sears after over 35 years of service. He especially enjoyed fishing with his sons and grandsons. He also enjoyed traveling, being...
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Harold James Petter

May 20, 1929 - November 17, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City, MI.
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Harold James Petter

May 20, 1929 - November 17, 2017

Harold James Petter, 88, of Traverse City, died Friday, November 17, 2017. He was born in Ellsworth, Michigan on May 20, 1929, the son of William and Blanche Petter. Harold graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1946 and married Helen Orcutt, who preceded him in death in July of 2011. Harold and Helen moved to Traverse City in 1951 and lived there until their deaths. Harold worked for the...
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Roland Normand Gagnon, Sr.

November 15, 1924 - November 16, 2017

Roland N. Gagnon Sr., age 93, passed away peacefully on November 16, 2017 with family at his side. He was the loving husband of the late Patricia Ann for over 63 years, father of Roland Jr (Michele), Randy (Sue) and Shelly Salisbury, grandfather of Norm, Kristen (Jason), Randy (Natalie), Amy (Denny), Stephanie and Todd, great grandfather of Sicora, Sianna, Rachelle, Sundae, Faith, Anthony, Ebony...
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Jack Howard Dorie

April 19, 1920 - November 13, 2017

Jack Howard Dorie passed away peacefully with his family at his side, November 13, 2017 at Traverse Manor, at the age of 97. He was the loving husband of 60 years to Agnes, who passed May 2, 2010. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.Jack was born April 19, 1920 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan to John and Daisy Dorie. The family then moved to Ishpeming where Jack spent his early...
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Nelson John Leach

October 1, 1922 - November 1, 2017

Nelson J. Leach, age 95, of Traverse City, formerly of Richmond, passed away on November 1, 2017.He was the loving husband of 68 years to Grace, who passed October 30, 2015; beloved father of Deborah (John Wakeman) Doyle, Christine (Paul) Deyo, and Jill (Timothy) Thompson; dear grandfather to Timothy, Nicholas, Peter, Grace, Jane and Hannah; great-grandfather of May and Murray.He was loved by...
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Pauline T. Labonte

June 6, 1921 - October 15, 2017

PAULINE T. (HARRAND) (LAMIE) LABONTETraverse City: Pauline T. (Harrand) (Lamie) LaBonte, 96, of Traverse City, passed away at Southridge Assisted Living on Sunday, October 15th , 2017. She was the 10th child born to Jacob and Mary Harrand on the Harrand Family farm in Hannah, MI on June 6th, 1921. Pauline was the Valedictorian of the first graduating class of St. Mary's High School of Hannah in...
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Fredrick Doyle Matthews

February 23, 1955 - October 12, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City, MI.
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Nancy Josephine Stark

August 6, 1933 - October 8, 2017

Stark, (née Nogrady), Nancy Josephine age 84; of Traverse City; died October 8, 2017; at Munson Hospital in Traverse City, MI. She was born August 6, 1933, in Grand Rapids, MI to Joseph and Mary Nogrady. Nancy grew up in Grand Rapids and was a proud Union High West Sider. She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in journalism and went to work as a reporter for the Royal Oak...
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Voldemar Tuulik

July 1, 1920 - September 30, 2017

Voldemar Tuulik, 97, passed away to be with our Lord on September 30, 2017 at the Glens in Traverse City. He was born on July 1, 1920 to Michael and Marie (Prii) Tuulik.Voldemar was born and raised in Poide, Saarema, Estonia. He served in the Estonian Army during WWII before immigrating to Detroit in 1950. He worked as a blacksmith, carpenter, mechanic and millwright at Cadillac Motor company...
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Virginia Reitman

May 15, 1949 - September 28, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City, MI.
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Cynthia Darlene Mehigh

July 27, 1953 - September 26, 2017

Cynthia D. Mehigh, age 64, passed away peacefully on September 26, 2017. She is survived by her siblings; Gina (Loren) Eckerdt, Laurie (Thomas) Sisco, Donna Smith and Lee Mehigh, 7 nieces and nephews, 13 great nieces and nephews and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Leon and Barbara (Duell) Mehigh and grandparents. Cynthia loved her cat Maggie. She enjoyed traveling and...
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Jo Bucco

January 7, 1942 - September 22, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City, MI.
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Christopher A. Kleehammer

June 2, 1969 - September 20, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City, MI.
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Christopher A. Kleehammer

June 2, 1969 - September 20, 2017

Christopher A. Kleehammer, age 48 of Traverse City died unexpectedly Tuesday, September 20, 2017.Chris was born on June 2, 1969 in Detroit, MI. to Willard and Caroline (Galster) Kleehammer. He was raised in the Detroit area, and attended and graduated in 1987 from L'Anse Cruese High School in Macomb.Chris loved spending time outdoors riding around Northern Michigan. He especially loved working...
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Dorothy Lorraine Hanna

September 19, 1925 - September 13, 2017

Dorothy Lorraine Hanna, age 91, of Traverse City, passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2017. A full obituary will appear in a later edition of the Record-Eagle. Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.
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Timothy Lee Denham

June 18, 1982 - September 12, 2017

Timothy (Timmy) Lee Denham II, age 35, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, September 12,2017 in Traverse City.Tim was born June 18, 1982 in Traverse City to Taylor(Hyde) Denham and Timothy Denham.Tim had a very big heart and a gentle, protective soul. He always fought for the underdog. Heloved kids and animals - and all little kids loved him.Tim was a talented mechanic. He loved working on vehicles...
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Karen Ruth Dahlen-Lacivita

November 26, 1939 - August 31, 2017

Karen Ruth Dahlen-LacivitaKewadin resident Karen Ruth Dahlen-Lacivita, 77, passed away peacefully August 31, 2017.She was born on November 26, 1939 in Detroit, MI to Carl and Ruth Dahlen. After graduating from Redford High School in Detroit and Luther College in Decorah, IA, Karen worked as an elementary school teacher for nearly 40 years. She taught in Michigan and California, before working...
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Marlene Williams

June 11, 1931 - August 27, 2017

Verna Marlene Williams, age 86, passed away peacefully on August 27, 2017. Marlene was born to Carl and Helen Callesen in Manistee, Michigan, on June 11, 1931. She married Hugh Williams in 1950. Marlene belonged to the First Baptist Church in Manistee and in Ocala, Florida. She enjoyed family camping trips, sewing and cake decorating. She worked as manager for the Little Red Shoe Store in...
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Lawrence Warren Adams

March 10, 1945 - August 20, 2017

Lawrence W. Adams, age 72, passed away peacefully at his home in Traverse City on August 20, 2017. Larry was born in Traverse City in 1945 to Ervin and Clariss Adams.After graduation from Traverse City Central High School, Larry entered the army where he served for four years. Upon returning home, Larry went to work at Chef Pierre, where he spent his career until his retirement in 2012.Larry...
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Melbourne Gene Apple

November 15, 1940 - August 19, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City, MI.
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Melbourne Gene Apple

November 15, 1940 - August 19, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City, MI.
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Mildred Dorothy Nesteruk

January 11, 1925 - August 19, 2017

Mildred Dorothy Nesteruk, age 92, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Culver Meadows in Traverse City. She was born January 11, 1925 in Hamilton, Ontario Canada to Russell and Kathleen (Goodall) Welby. Mildred married her husband of 52 years on January 8, 1965 in Farmington, Michigan. Mildred worked as a typist for the long-established company Burroughs...
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Brian Keith Rosebush

January 16, 1966 - August 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City, MI.
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Maxine Lucille Courtad

February 21, 1920 - August 14, 2017

Maxine Lucille (Loomis) Courtad, age 97, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully Monday, August 14, 2017 at Country Pleasures Assisted Living. She was born February 21, 1920 in Cedar Run Village to Marion and Sadie (Crain) Loomis. Maxine married Richard (Dick) Courtad on February 22, 1944 in Fort Custer, MI. She worked as a bookkeeper at the Park Place Hotel and later as a secretary in Traverse...
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Pauline Zimmerman Schultz

June 15, 1929 - August 8, 2017

Pauline Zimmermann Schultz, a resident of Northport and Santa Barbara, California, died August 8, 2017, at her home in Northport. Pauline lived a full and fruitful life. She was active until her last day but suffered multiple health problems and died peacefully in her sleep at home. Pauline was born in Detroit, the daughter of Fred and Helen Roller Zimmermann. She was raised in Bloomfield Hills...
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James J. LaHaye

December 10, 1930 - August 3, 2017

James Joseph LaHaye, age 86, of Lady Lake, Florida, was called home to our Lord, Thursday, August 3, 2017, in Traverse City, while surrounded by family. He was born December 10, 1930 in Detroit. Jim was very proud of his family and liked to let everyone know that he "started this clan." James is survived by his wife, Catherine LaHaye; children, Jim and Joyce LaHaye, of Holly, Michael...
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Clifford E. Durga

November 12, 1930 - August 2, 2017

Clifford E. "Pete" Durga, age 86, of Traverse City passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at his home. He was born November 12, 1930 in Traverse City to Alvin and Clara (Engle) Durga.Cliff was a veteran of WWII and Korea. He served his country for 10 years and attained the rank of Sgt. 1st Class. He was a member of the VFW Post 2780.Cliff is survived by one daughter, June (Jeffrey) Thompson of...
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Marie Irene Tompkins

July 31, 1921 - July 31, 2017

Marie Irene Tompkins aged 96, passed away peacefully on her birthday, July 31st, 2017 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Marie was a long-time resident of Northern Michigan, including the last 35 years at Noble Pines in Elk Rapids, Michigan. Born in 1921 in Chicago, Illinois, Marie spent over 30 years serving both patients and staff as a dedicated employee of Munson Medical Center in...
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Harry G. Janis

January 20, 1923 - July 29, 2017

Harry G. Janis, of Williamsburg, MI, died peacefully at home on July 29, 2017, surrounded by family. He was born in Chicago on January 20, 1923, and grew up in Oak Park, IL, with his parents, David and Rosa Janis, and his younger brother, Allen.He graduated from Oak Park High School at the top of his class, and then attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. There he met the love of his...
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Nancy Lynne Roberts

July 10, 1964 - July 28, 2017

A visitation will be held Friday, August 4, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City. A funeral will be held Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Living Hope Assembly of God in Traverse City. Burial will take place at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City.
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Glenn LeRoy Neumann

March 31, 1927 - July 24, 2017

Glenn LeRoy Neumann, aged 90 yrs., a resident of Elk Rapids, MI., passed from this life Monday, July 24, 2017 at the Grand Traverse Pavilions. Born Mar.31, 1927 at a family home just north of Central Lake, he was the son of William A. and Ethel (Hignite) and was the oldest of five children: sister Jean Blekkenk, brothers William, Don (deceased) and Gail (deceased).He married the love of his life,...
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Derry Lindy Williams

March 23, 1928 - July 14, 2017

Derry Lindy Williams, age 89, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, July 14, 2017.Derry was born on March 23, 1928 in Alanson, Michigan. He was a Boy Scout as a boy and earned his Eagle Scout. Derry enlisted in the US army on June 11, 1946 and was honorably discharged in 1947. In 1950, he began working at Cone Drive Gear until his retirement 38 years...
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Alice Rose Smith

April 10, 1931 - July 2, 2017

Alice Rose Smith, age 86, of Traverse City, died on Sunday, July 2, 2017, at the Grand Traverse Pavillions in Traverse City, Michigan. Alice was born on April 10, 1931, in Traverse City, Michigan, to Leo and Rose (Bosse) Gauthier. After spending her early years in Maple City, the family moved to Traverse City where she remained a lifetime resident. Alice married Irvin "Smitty" Smith on May 28,...
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Elizabeth Theresa Gajeski

April 4, 1923 - June 23, 2017

Elizabeth Theresa Gajeski, age 94, of Traverse City, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017. Arrangements were under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City, Michigan.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun that summer bringsRemember me in the fallAs you walk through the leaves of goldAnd in the wintertime - Remember me -In the...
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Weldon L. Borton

November 20, 1923 - June 18, 2017

Weldon L. Borton, age 93, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully June 18, 2017 at his home. He was born November 20, 1923 in Fayette, OH to Leon and Lura (Jacoby) Borton. Weldon attended Kanaeur County School until 8th grade and graduated from Fayette High School in 1940. After completing two years of employment in aircraft construction at Hudson Motorcar Co., Weldon was drafted into the US...
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Carole J. Beck

November 24, 1934 - June 17, 2017

Carole Jeane Beck, was born November 24, 1934, in Toledo, Ohio, and was returned to her creator on June 17, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Virginia Eppard of Toledo, Ohio; by her husband, Leroy Beck; by her sister, Patti Kasper; and her brother, David Eppard. She is survived by her son, Michael C. Beck; and daughter-in-law, Sandra J. Beck; daughter, Michelle L....
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Roger Wayne Buller

January 26, 1932 - June 14, 2017

Roger W. Buller, age 85, of Traverse City, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017. He was born Jan. 26, 1932 in Interlochen to Robert and Mildred (Burcholder) Buller. Roger graduated from Traverse City High School in 1949. After high school, Roger enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at various posts, including Hawaii, as a reconnaissance aircraft photographer. Following his military...
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Harlan Estill Hickerson

November 22, 1930 - June 14, 2017

Harlan Estill Hickerson, age 86, of Grawn passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun that summer bringsRemember me in the fallAs you walk through the leaves of goldAnd in the wintertime - Remember me -In the stories that are toldBut most...
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Carolyn T. Wright

February 24, 1943 - June 7, 2017

Carolyn Tedene Wright, age 74, of Traverse City, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun that summer bringsRemember me in the fallAs you walk through the leaves of goldAnd in the wintertime - Remember me -In the stories that are toldBut...
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Maxine Viola Pickard

April 10, 1951 - June 5, 2017

Maxine "Mic" V. Pickard, age 66, passed away peacefully Monday June 5, 2017. Mic was born April 10, 1951 in Traverse City, Michgan to Macks Pickard and Doris Haltley. Mic spent the majority of her life as a daycare provider in Kingsley, a career she was truly passionate about. She loved the magic that children bring to our lives and loved that they could find joy with her. This career allowed her...
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Kay Frances Otto

June 2, 1943 - June 2, 2017

Kay Frances Otto, age 74, of Traverse City, passed away Friday, June 2, 2017. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun that summer bringsRemember me in the fallAs you walk through the leaves of goldAnd in the wintertime - Remember me -In the stories that are toldBut most of...
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Franklin Hugh Rundquist

September 8, 1933 - May 29, 2017

Franklin Hugh Rundquist, age 84, of Kingsley, passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2017. He was born Sept. 8, 1933 in Detroit to Oxal and Pearl (Booth) Rundquist. Frank started life on the Rundquist Cherry Farm, and he could never get that farming life out of his blood. Once he was grown he went on to work for Morrison's Cherry Farm, and he worked there for over 25 years. He was a country boy at...
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Lucile Adele Kirkpatrick

January 29, 1920 - May 29, 2017

Lucile Adele Kirkpatrick, age 97, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017, at the Pavillions in Traverse City, Michigan. Cremation took place. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun that summer bringsRemember me in the fallAs you walk through the leaves of goldAnd in the...
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Doran Auscan Withrow

October 28, 1955 - May 24, 2017

Doran Auscan Withrow, age 61, of Kingsley, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun that summer bringsRemember me in the fallAs you walk through the leaves of goldAnd in the wintertime - Remember me -In the stories that are toldBut most...
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Robert Philip Schlegel

May 23, 1929 - May 19, 2017

Robert Philip Schlegel passed away peacefully May 19, 2017 at home in Beulah, MI surrounded by loving family and pets. "Buckeye Bob" is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marylou (Peters) Schlegel, his three children, Debra (John) Dur of Henniker, NH, Edward (Barbara) Schlegel of Lithopolis, OH and Dana (Richard) Lundewall of Beulah, MI, twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.Born in...
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MaryJane Jane Tezak

June 9, 1941 - May 18, 2017

MJ Tezak (nee Richter) beloved mother, friend, and longtime hostess for the Schelde Corporation and Boone's Long Lake Inn passed away May 18, 2017 after a courageous 2 year battle with Stage 4 Ovarian cancer. Mary Jane Richter (MJ) was born on June 9, 1941 at St. Mary's hospital in Saginaw, Michigan, to Wilbur O. and Jane S. Richter. MJ graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1959 and...
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Jackson S. Hanna

December 15, 1920 - May 17, 2017

Jackson Sidney "Jack" Hanna, age 96, of Williamsburg, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Willow Cottages in Traverse City. He was born Dec. 15, 1920 in Acme Township to Alfred Davy and Lily Elizabeth (Zeigler) Hanna. He was the fourth of eight children. Jack's father was a farmer who became a commercial fisherman and fish peddler....
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Harlan William Boone

May 12, 1941 - May 15, 2017

Harlan W. Boone, age 76, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, formerly of Hicksville, Ohio, and Kingsley, passed away May 15, 2017. He was born May 12, 1941 in Lansing to Kenneth W. Boone and Jennie (Chupp) Bisard Russell. Harlan enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country during the Vietnam War. He was stationed in Landshut, Germany, where he met his wife, Angelika Anft. The two were married there in...
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Betty M. Hubbell

September 29, 1933 - May 15, 2017

Betty Mary Hubbell, age 83, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully Monday, May 15, 2017. She was born in Hazelton, Pennsylvania on September 29, 1933 to John and Mary (Plaskonos) Mashack. She grew up in Minersville, Pennsylvania, graduating from high school in 1951. Soon after, she moved to Michigan. In 1952 she married Kenneth Hubbell of Elk Rapids.Betty enjoyed a long career as a...
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David Mathew Coville

November 27, 1950 - May 8, 2017

David Matthew Coville, age 66, passed away at his home on Monday, May 8, 2017. David was born November 27, 1950 in Queens, New York to Larry and Gloria (Bell) Coville. He moved north to the Traverse City area after graduating from Stetson University.David spent his career as an accountant - always an expert with numbers - but he most enjoyed his volunteer work with Inland Seas. He started with...
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Kathleen Ann Willacker

August 1, 1949 - April 27, 2017

Kathleen Ann Willacker, 67, of Buckley passed away suddenly Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Munson Medical Center. Kathleen was born August 1, 1949 in Ypsilanti to Alton and Charlotte (Preston) Boles. She attended Franklin High School in Livonia and on May 3, 1969, Kathleen married the late Martin P. Willacker III. Kathleen worked for United Technology and Tower Automotive. After retirement she...
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Julia Ann Babik

February 23, 1936 - April 27, 2017

Julia Ann Babik, age 81, of Kingsley, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun that summer bringsRemember me in the fallAs you walk through the leaves of goldAnd in the wintertime - Remember me -In the stories that are toldBut most of...
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Joy Verlene Behrendt

August 31, 1931 - April 14, 2017

Joy Verlene Behrendt, age 85, of Traverse City, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun that summer bringsRemember me in the fallAs you walk through the leaves of goldAnd in the wintertime - Remember me -In the stories that are toldBut...
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Delores Roche

July 21, 1945 - April 11, 2017

Delores "Dee" Kay (Moleski) Roche, 71, of Fountain, Michigan, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 11, 2017, at the Grand Traverse Pavilions with loved ones by her side. Delores was born on July 21, 1945 in Saginaw, Michigan, to the late Amelia and Peter Moleski. She graduated from Saginaw High School in 1963. Delores raised her boys in Muskegon before settling in Fountain, Michigan....
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Max Roy Merchant

August 1, 1933 - April 7, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City, MI.
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Marie Mae BAUMBERGER

May 31, 1924 - April 3, 2017

Marie Mae Baumberger passed away April 3, 2017. She was born May 31, 1924, in Mackinac City, Michigan, to Allen and Ruth Cain. She married Noel Eugene Baumberger on December 11, 1943. They owned and operated the family centennial farm from 1957 until 1975. They remained in Northport where Marie worked at Leelanau Memorial Hospital as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) until they moved to Arizona...
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Sean Adam McDonald

November 5, 1981 - March 31, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City, MI.
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Diane Myers

February 11, 1959 - March 30, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City, MI.
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Bonnie Ann Leiter

November 23, 1940 - March 30, 2017

Bonnie Ann Leiter of Williamsburg, Michigan, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City, Michigan.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun that summer bringsRemember me in the fallAs you walk through the leaves of goldAnd in the wintertime - Remember me -In the stories that are...
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Jackie Lucia Tooley

August 28, 1937 - March 28, 2017

Jacqueline "Jackie" Lucia Tooley, age 79, peacefully passed away with her family by her side on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the home of her daughter, Betty. She was born on August 28, 1937 at Munson Hospital in Traverse City, Michigan, to Leon and Edith (Belanger) Couturier. As a small child, Jackie could be seen hauling around chickens, cats or dogs. She felt like they were her best...
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Marilyn J. Byers

July 4, 1931 - March 27, 2017

Marilyn Jean Byers, 85, of Traverse City, passed away March 27, 2017 at Munson Medical Center.Marilyn was born July 4, 1931 at the family farm in Buckley to Wilbur LaVerne Bennett and Dorothy Douglas. She was a graduate of Buckley High School and attended nursing school in Petoskey before settling in Traverse City.She married Wesley Brown in 1951, and together they had two daughters who survive...
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Michael Dale Schmidt

March 6, 1961 - March 19, 2017

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Harry Joseph Kay

June 26, 1920 - March 16, 2017

Harry J. Kay, 96, of Elk Rapids, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017.Born June 26, 1920, Harry was the loving husband of 67 years to Dorothy. World War II veteran in the Army, he was awarded the purple heart of courage for his service. Harry's career was with Ford Motor Company, retiring in 1979 to northern Michigan. Family meant everything to him. Family and friends loved spending time with...
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Susan Gale Noland

July 30, 1944 - March 14, 2017

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Janet Marie Aylsworth

December 2, 1955 - March 11, 2017

Janet Marie Aylsworth, age 61, passed away surrounded by family on Saturday, March 11, 2017, joining her beloved husband, Warren. Janet was born Dec. 2, 1955 in Traverse City to Stanley and Marian (Stefaniak) Schopieray. She graduated from Traverse City Central High School, and on Oct. 31, 1991 she married Warren Aylsworth. Janet was fiercely protective and strong-willed - she had a huge heart....
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Andrew Fryxell

September 5, 1923 - March 9, 2017

Andrew Howard Fryxell, age 93, of Williamsburg passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun that summer bringsRemember me in the fallAs you walk through the leaves of goldAnd in the wintertime - Remember me -In the stories that are toldBut...
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Joyce Ferne Williams

April 3, 1938 - March 7, 2017

Joyce F. (Brady) Williams, age 78, of Traverse City passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the Traverse Victorian Senior Living Inn. She was born April 3, 1938 in Roscommon to Willard and Ferne (Silsby) Williams.Joyce was married to the late David S. Brady from 1958 to 1981. From that union two children, Mark and Aliess, were born.Joyce graduated from Roscommon High School and went on to the...
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Duard Raymond Peck

November 25, 1922 - March 5, 2017

Duard "Dewey" R. Peck, age 94, of Interlochen passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017. He was born November 25, 1922, in Traverse City, to Charles and Mildred (St. John) Peck.Duard enlisted in the US Army and served his country during WWII. He received a purple heart from the Battle of the Bulge. He served in Normandy, Northern France and throughout Europe.Duard married the late Mildred "Midge" Sheldon...
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Theodore Phelps

February 13, 1924 - March 4, 2017

Theodore L. Phelps, age 93, of Cedar, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Munson Hospice House with his family by his side. He was born February 13, 1924, in Saginaw to Leroy and Ezaleah (Berry) Phelps. Theodore married the love of his life, Dorothy Timerson, on June 28, 1947, in Redford, Michigan. Together, they would raise four daughters.At the age of 17, Theodore enlisted in the...
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Margaret Rita Pomianek

June 15, 1925 - February 28, 2017

Margaret Rita Pomianek, age 91, loving mother and grandmother, of Interlochen, passed away peacefully on Feb. 28, 2017, after a brief illness at Munson Hospice House. Margaret was born June 15, 1925 in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, to George and Margaret (Fetsko) Stiber. She was the eldest of five daughters and had the opportunity to work beside her parents in the family grocery store from a very...
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Jane Marie Strong

October 25, 1947 - February 17, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City, MI.
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Denise Michelle Alexander

April 28, 1954 - February 15, 2017

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Mary Bender

September 6, 1923 - February 11, 2017

Mary W. Bender, age 93, of Traverse City, passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. Burial has taken place. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun that summer bringsRemember me in the fallAs you walk through the leaves of goldAnd in the wintertime - Remember me -In the stories...
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Edward W. Haughn

October 18, 1929 - February 11, 2017

Edward William Haughn, age 87, of Traverse City passed away peacefully Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Munson Hospice House. He was born October 18, 1929 in Putnam County, Ohio to John Wilmer and Mildred (Rayle) Haughn.After graduating from Ottawa High School in 1947 he received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Findlay where he played football, baseball, and was introduced to...
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Gertrude Wisniewski

June 1, 1921 - February 11, 2017

Gertrude Alice Wisniewski, age 95, of Traverse City passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017. A funeral mass was held Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church with visitation one hour prior. Burial took place at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the...
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Kenneth Alfred Krogel

September 18, 1936 - February 11, 2017

Kenneth A. Krogel, age 80, of Williamsburg, passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017. He was born September 18, 1936 in Coloma, Michigan, to Arthur and Maybelle (Minshall) Krogel. Ken married Grace E. Ritchards on June 13, 1957 at his parent's family farm in Williamsburg.Ken graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1955. He enlisted in the US Army and served his country in Korea. Ken worked for...
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Kenneth M. Rowell

June 2, 1932 - February 10, 2017

Kenneth Malcolm Rowell, age 84, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at Munson Hospice House. He was born June 2, 1932 in Grosse Pointe to George Henry and Janet Kennedy (Steel) Rowell. Ken married the late Marianne Sylvester on Sept. 4, 1954 in Grosse Pointe. Together they raised two children. He married the late Roberta Greene on Aug. 23, 2003.Ken graduated from...
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Keith E. Sheldon

April 4, 1928 - February 10, 2017

Keith Elton Sheldon, age 88, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 10, 2017. He was born April 4, 1928 in Traverse City, to Harold and Adela (Ryon) Sheldon. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the Navy.Keith was the owner and operator of the Knollwood Motel and Shadowland Motor Lodge in Traverse City for over 25 years. He enjoyed woodworking, puzzles, and...
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Edith W. Laidlaw

December 8, 1919 - February 5, 2017

Edith Willys Laidlaw, age 97, of Traverse City passed away Sunday, February 5, 2017. She was born December 8, 1919 to William Pringle and Edith (Hilbert) Laidlaw. Edie, as she liked to be called, was born on the family farm in Leelanau County. At age 7, she and her parents moved to a farm near Traverse City which was her residence the rest of her life.She attended the old Elmwood Grade school and...
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Judith Kay Peel

October 21, 1942 - January 31, 2017

Judith Kay Peel, age 74, of Elk Rapids, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun that summer bringsRemember me in the fallAs you walk through the leaves of goldAnd in the wintertime - Remember me -In the stories that are...
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Paul O. Wilcoxen

November 1, 1921 - January 28, 2017

Paul O. Wilcoxen, 95, of Traverse City passed away Saturday, January 28, 2017. He was born November 1, 1921 in Petoskey to Jay and Rosa (Stradling) Wilcoxen. Paul graduated from Petoskey High school where he played drums for the marching band and the dance band.Paul enlisted in the US Army and served his country from 1941 to 1945. He was a part of the Army Signal Core during WWII. After his...
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Maria Dimitroff Donovan

January 9, 1945 - January 26, 2017

Maria Dimitroff Donovan, age 72, of Traverse City, passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at Munson Medical Center. She was born Jan. 9, 1945 in Detroit to Alexander and Catherine (Popoff) Dimitroff. She graduated from Wayne State, Grand Valley and Marygrove College. Maria worked for TCAPS and TBAISD as a special education teacher for over 20 years. She was an accomplished artist and an avid button...
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Sally Ann Dinger

September 8, 1927 - January 26, 2017

Sally Ann Dinger, age 89, of Grawn passed away Thursday, January 26, 2017. A memorial service was held Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 11 a.m., at the Grawn United Methodist Church. A visitation was held one hour prior to the service. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun...
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