2013-02-24 / Obituaries


BRIAN L. JAPPINEN, 64, of Lapeer, died Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

Brian was born September 13, 1948, in Duluth, MN, to Waino and Siiri (Suomela) Jappinen. Brian spent his early years in Two Harbors, MN, then moving to Duluth, where he graduated from high school.

Mr. Jappinen proudly served his country in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, serving in Thailand. He married Barbara E. Spellerberg in Lapeer, they were members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lapeer since 1987. Mr. Jappinen was a kitchen designer for over 40 years, most recently working for Home Depot. Brian enjoyed singing, guitar and tying his own flies for fly fishing.

Mr. Jappinen is survived by his wife, Barbara of Lapeer; children, Christine Jappinen of Billings, MT, Jenene Lantz of Exton, PA, Brian Scott Jappinen of Collinsville, CT, Jennifer J. McLeod of Sterling, VA, and Nicole A. Jappinen of Attica; step-children, Kristine VanderPloeg of Wyoming, MI, Amy Dosh of Otisville, Andrea Matthews of Davison and Joseph Steiner, Jr. of Goodrich; grandchildren, Rachel Jappinen and Jacob Jappinen of Collinsville, CT; 11 step-grandchildren; sisters, Judith (Gerald) Asplund of Avon Park, FL, and Vicki (Ronald) Hoerner of Billings, MT.

Brian was preceded in death by his parents, Waino Jappinen and Siiri Jappinen Bakke.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church Choir or General Fund.

A memorial service for Mr. Jappinen was held Saturday, February 23, 2013 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 90 Millville Rd., Lapeer, MI 48446. Rev. Andrew Johnson officiated. Muir Brothers Funeral Home - Lapeer Muir Brothers Funeral Home - Lapeer Our family serving yours for Generations www.MuirBrothersLapeer.com 810-664-8111

JESSICA L. HUTCHINSON, 32, of North Branch (formerly of Lapeer), died Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

Jessica was born July 4, 1980, in Pontiac, to Douglas and Peggy (Alsup) Hutchinson. Ms. Hutchinson enjoyed her children and her pets.

Ms. Hutchinson is survived by her children, Eva Fick of North Branch and Ethan Fick of North Branch; parents, Douglas and Peggy Hutchinson of Lapeer; siblings, Joe Kern of Caro, Scott Hutchinson of Caro, Erin Hutchinson of Midland, Niki Choate of North Branch and Jamie Hutchinson of Los Angeles, CA; special friend, Eric Young; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to Paradise Animal Rescue Inc., 5380 N. Lapeer Rd. Columbiaville, MI 48421.

A private family memorial service will take place. Muir Brothers Funeral Home - Lapeer Our family serving yours for Generations www.MuirBrothersLapeer.com 810-664-8111

MARION GRACE KIRSCH, 90, of Lapeer (formerly of Caseville), died Saturday, February 16, 2013.

Marion was born December 5, 1922, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, to Edgar W. and Grace (Yake) Elliott. She married Glenn Edwin Kirsch in October 1951 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit. Mrs. Kirsch was a member of Cross Lutheran Church in Pigeon. She was also a member of the Caseville Fraternal Order of Eagles #3690.

Marion is survived by her sons, Harold (Alice) Kirsch of Lapeer and Randall Kirsch of New Hudson, MI; grandchildren, Jill (Dr. Timothy) Strittmatter and Julie (Andrew) Goldstrom; step-grandchildren, Paul (Lorraine) Zuhlke and Nicholas (Elizabeth) Zuhlke; 8 great-grandchildren; siblings, Harold Elliott of Royal Oak and Gertrude Morato of Roseville.

Mrs. Kirsch was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Kirsch in 2000; parents, Edgar and Grace Elliott; siblings, Jack Elliott, William Elliott, Hilda Parker and Betty Woodworth.

Memorial contributions may be made to Suncrest Auxiliary,1455 Suncrest Drive, Lapeer, Michigan 48446.

Marion’s funeral service was held Monday, February 18, 2013 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Lapeer. Rev. John Kaiser officiated. Burial followed at Glen Eden Cemetery in Livonia. Muir Brothers Funeral Home - Lapeer Our family serving yours for Generations www.MuirBrothersLapeer.com 810-664-8111

NOEL KIPP, 79, of Lapeer, died Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

Noel was born January 28, 1934, in Flint, to parents Miles and Helen (Waldron) Kipp. He married Vita Chirco on September 18, 1971 in Detroit.

Mr. Kipp graduated from Flint Central High School, class of 1954. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserve. He was a transport engineer for General Motors in Flint, where he operated many types of machinery. Noel was an animal and nature lover. He enjoyed attending Celtic Festivals, traveling and reading all sorts of books, especially history. Mr. and Mrs. Kipp enjoyed boating, they even took a circle cruise with their boat from Michigan down the East Coast to Florida and back. Noel was a member of the Tin Can Sailors - a Navy Reunion Group, the Lake Fenton Moose Club and Lapeer Eagles.

He is survived by his wife, Vita Kipp of Lapeer; children, Eric (Amy) Kipp of Oxford and Kyle (Catherine Bunker) Kipp of Ypsilanti; grandchild, Kayla Kipp of Lapeer; and brothers, Russell (Elizabeth) Kipp of Los Gatos, CA, and Ronald (Jan) Kipp of Flushing.

Mr. Kipp was preceded in death by his siblings, Elvin (Sophie) Kipp and his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lapeer District Library, 201 Village West Dr, S., Lapeer, MI 48446.

His funeral service was held Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. Muir Brothers Funeral Home - Lapeer Our family serving yours for Generations www.MuirBrothersLapeer.com 810-664-8111

JERRY L. THORNSBERRY, 59, of Columbiaville, died February 16, 2013 surrounded by his loving family at United Hospice in Marlette.

Jerry was born June 1, 1953, in Piqua, Ohio, the son of Salmer and Thelma Thornsberry. He married Janet E. Thorold on February 24, 1994. Jerry was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed woodworking and carpentry. He had a love of music, especially singing and playing on his guitar. However, his greatest accomplishment in his words was, “Being a father.”

Jerry is survived by his wife, Janet; father, Salmer Thornsberry; children, Mindy (Ed) Barnett, Cheron Thornsberry, Shad Thornsberry, Jerry II (Mandy) Thornsberry, Nathan (Kayla) Thornsberry, Katie Thornsberry; siblings, Tony (Mary) Thornsberry, Dave (Diane) Thornsberry, Tim Thornsberry, Salmer Jr. (Brenda) Thornsberry, Elaine (Mike) Miller, Bruce Thornsberry, Jenienne Allison; grandchildren, Aaron, Cassie, Keegan, Remington, Caden, Lucas and Derek.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma; son, Ken; siblings, Kenneth, Randy and Teresa.

Memorials in memory of Jerry may be made to United Hospice of Marlette.

Cremation has taken place and a private family memorial service has been held.

Arrangements entrusted to Jansen Family Funeral Home - Columbiaville. Share memories or condolences online with the family at www.jansenfuneralhome.com

ARDITH J. WESTENDORF, 77, of Lapeer, died Saturday, February 16, 2013.

Ardith was born September 8, 1935, in Dryden, to William and Freda (Thiemkey) Ferrier. She graduated from Dryden High School in 1953. Ardith married John Westendorf on April 1, 1960 at Grace Episcopal Church in Lapeer. Mrs. Westendorf owned and operated Village Printing, here in Lapeer, for many, many years. Ardith was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she was the former Worthy Matron and the Representative to Utah from Michigan. She was also a member of the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America, actively supporting the Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children.

Mrs. Westendorf is survived by her husband, John Westendorf of Lapeer; son, John W. (Marsha Samus) Westendorf of Ann Arbor; grandson, John W. Westendorf, II of North Dakota; and sister, Alice Ferrier of Lapeer.

Ardith was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Freda Ferrier; and sister, Lorna Hess.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, P.O. Box 3261, Saginaw, MI 48605.

A Memorial Service for Mrs. Westendorf will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday March 16, 2013 at Grace Episcopal Church 735 West Nepessing St., Lapeer. The Reverend Sarah Parks will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service at the church. Muir Brothers Funeral Home - Lapeer Our family serving yours for Generations www.MuirBrothersLapeer.com 810-664-8111

BELVA WILSON, 89, of Clifford, died Saturday, February 16, 2013 at McLaren Lapeer Region.

Belva was born on January 5, 1924, in Marlette Twp., the daughter of James and Effie (Hastings) Grow. Belva grew up in the Marlette Area and attended Marlette School. She married William “Bill” G. Wilson on September 15, 1941 in Marlette. She attended Clifford Methodist Church. Belva enjoyed knitting and she enjoyed selling Avon for over 25 years.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Betty (James) Richmond of Mio and Janet Wilson (husband Steven Bassett) of Clifford; sons, John (Judy) Wilson of North Branch, Alvin (Sally) Wilson of Tennessee, Donald (Rebecca) Wilson of Clifford and Ronald Wilson of Clifford; sisters, Bessie Davis of Lapeer, Esther Chappel of Silverwood and Evelyn Radzwion of North Branch; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren, many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; 3 brothers; 1 grandson.

Memorials may be made to the Paradise Animal Rescue or the charity of your choice.

Pallbearers are Scott Wilson, Michael Wilson, Douglas Wilson, Brian Wilson, Earl Brooks and Eric Hansen.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. Pastor David Pratt officiated. Burial was in West Burlington Cemetery, Silverwood.

Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home

You may share an online condolence www.blackburnchapel.com

JOHN MARTIN MCGLATHERY, 73, of Gladwin, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

He was born March 28, 1939, in Gadsden, Alabama, the son of James and Louise (Beaird) McGlathery. He married Joan Ryals on August 8, 1959. He was employed as a salesman with Purchases Sales in Gaylord. He had lived in Gladwin County since 1984, previously residing in West Bloomfield, and enjoyed fishing and traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Joan McGlathery of Gladwin; son, John Jr. (Sandy) McGlathery of Romulus; daughter, Sherri (John) O’Henley of Lapeer; 9 grandchildren, Vickie, Angelica, John, Ashleigh, Faith, Emily, James Jr., Joshua and Sean; 3 great-grandchildren, Liam, Jacob and Gabriella; 1 sister, Betty of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In honor of his wishes, cremation will take place and a Memorial Service will be conducted by Pastor Brad Lower at 1 p.m. Monday, February 25, 2013 at Hall- Kokotovich Funeral Home, Gladwin. The family will receive friends on Monday, February 25, 2013 from 12 noon until the time of service at Hall-Kokotovich Funeral Home, Gladwin. http://www.hall-kokotovichfuneralhome.com

JAMES CALVERT, born April 2, 1942 in Lum, died February 19, 2013 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was a loving husband, best friend and great dad. Jim will be missed so much by his family and friends.

Mr. Calvert was an auctioneer for 45 years, he loved his job. Most importantly,

Jim loved taking care of his family. He enjoyed everything to do with his children, they were his life - he was so proud of them. In his spare time, he liked his tractors and harness horse racing was his passion. Mr. Calvert drove horses and also announced horse races, where he met good friend Orin Engelhardt. Jim was a very good friend to many, his best friend from school is Doug Kennedy. He also used to be a car salesman at Fuller Oertel in Lapeer, there he met dear friend Denny DeView. In high school, he started out working for Dick Arnold. Jim also served in the Army Reserves and was part of the Detroit riots. Mr. Calvert had a very dry sense of humor that only his good friends could understand. Once you became Jim’s friend, you were his friend for life. He was very thoughtful, caring and helped anyone in need.

Jim leaves behind the love of his life, his wife Brenda; sons, Justin, Nathan (friend Devon Benner) and Chance; daughter, Mariah; special sister and brother-inlaw, Virginia and Fred Snoblen; father and mother-inlaw, Martin and Gladys Laarman; cousin, Mike (Stephanie) Calvert; many other dear family and friends.

Mr. Calvert was preceded in death by his parents, Esper and Grace (Ruddock) Calvert; brother, Jack Calvert.

Please, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the family - for the children.

Funeral Mass took place at Thursday, February 21, 2013 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in North Branch. Burial followed in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery in North Branch. Muir Brothers Funeral Home - Lapeer Our family serving yours for Generations www.MuirBrothersLapeer.com 810-664-8111

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