May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Dennis LaNore - July 22, 1966 - Lance Corporal US Marine Corp, Killed in action in Vietnam. LCPL LaNore
was awarded the Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service and Vietnam Campaign medals
Jeffrey "Jeff" Jasicki November 15, 2019 - Jasicki, Jeffrey Adam 7/24/1946 - 11/15/2019 Muskegon - Jeffrey A Jasicki, age 73, passed away on Friday November 15, 2019 at the Poppen House. He was born in Muskegon, MI on July 24, 1946 to Raymond and Genevieve (Hronek) Jasicki. He graduated from Muskegon Catholic Central and attended MTU where he received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. He retired from S D Warren in 2005. On April 15, 1977, he married Eileen Witkop. She passed away on December 17, 2013. Besides his family, his greatest love was music. He played guitar in several area churches. Survivors include, his daughter, Lorra (Jim) Schippers; his Brother Raymond (Linda) Jasicki; 5 Grandchildren;10 Great Grandchildren; one Godchild, and other family and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday November 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church 3252 E. Apple Ave. Muskegon, MI. Father Douglas Braun presiding. Visitation will be one hour prior to the Funeral Service at the Church.
Marie (Holub) Cooper September 24, 2019
Kathleen (Funk) Brown - June 20, 2018 - Kathleen Ann Age 71 of Miamisburg passed away Wednesday June 20, 2018 at Ohio's Hospice of Dayton. Kathleen worked for Care Source as an IT Analyst. She was preceded in death by her husband William Carson Brown in 2010. Also preceding her in death was her Father Edward Funk and Sister Linda Harrell. She is survived by her Mother Gail Funk, 2 children; Marcia Brun (Rick Dunfee) and Kimberly Trevor (Devin), 2 brothers; Bill Funk (Ann), Clifford Funk (Shelley), sister; Phyllis Riley (Jamie), 4 grandchildren; Tyler Brun (Jordan), Rachel Brun, Caden Trevor, Morgan Trevor, sister and brother-in-law; Jackie and Lloyd Howison, 5 nieces and 5 nephews. Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday July 21, 2018 at 11 a.m. from St. Henry Church, 6696 Springboro Pike, Dayton, OH 45449 with Fr. Jim Romanello celebrant. The family will receive family and friends 1 hour prior to Mass (10-11 a.m. Saturday). Internment will be the following Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 4 p.m. at Saylor's Cemetery in Sparta, TN. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are asked for Ohio's Hospice of Dayton or Children's Cancer research Fund. Envelopes will be available at the church. Arrangements Sanner Funeral Home, West Carrollton.
Daniel Cameron - February 17, 2018 - Daniel was 71 and lived in Pentwater, MI and died at Spectrum Health Blodgett Campus in Grand Rapids. He was born July 10, 1946, in Muskegon, the son of Robert and Eileen (Brunke) Cameron. He had diabetes and was on kidney dialysis and also contracted sepsis. Dan was not married but had a nephew and nieces. Dan Taught in Alaska & had a lot of memorabilia from there. Dan had an eight stall garage with cars in Pentwater. Cremation has taken place and interment will take place in the Pentwater Township Cemetery in the spring.
Tim Younkman - November 4, 2017 - Tim Younkman passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region surrounded by his family. Age 71 years. The son of the late Sidney and Catherine (Bethune) Younkman was born July 12, 1946 in Hazard, Kentucky. Mr. Younkman was retired from the Bay City Times as a journalist and was a writer, author, historian, musician and a member of the Civil War Round Table. Mr. Younkman enjoyed doing lectures at S.V.S.U. and coached basketball and softball for over 20 years. Mr. Younkman is survived by his seven children, Julia Rivera, William Younkman, Lee (Heather) Younkman, Jonathon Younkman, Laicy (John) Madrid, Catherine Younkman and Sarah Younkman; fourteen grandchildren; one sister, Judy (Phillip) Kell; one niece and one nephew. In addition to his parents Mr. Younkman was also preceded in death by the love of his life, Eileen Stout and his aunt Mary and uncle Ken. Funeral and Committal services will take place at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Mt. Olive Ev. Lutheran Church. Officiating will be Rev. Steven Korth with private interment in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the Gephart Funeral Home, Inc. on Monday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the wishes of the family. www.gephartfuneralhome.com
Ronald Kolenic - October 31, 2017 - Kolenic, Ronald Allen 6/2/1946 - 10/31/2017 Austin, TX Ron went to be with the Lord on Oct 31, 2017 at Hospice Austin Christopher House where he was well cared for and comforted. Ron was born in Muskegon, MI in 1946 to Rudolph and Stephanie Kolenic. Ron was raised in a loving and Christian environment. His youth was spent attending Sacred Heart Catholic School, Muskegon Catholic Central and Baker College all in the Muskegon area. Enlisting in the Navy, Ron served during the Vietnam era in Japan and Oahu in top- secret cryptographic communications. Honorably discharged, Ron used the G.I. Bill to fund his college education, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Accountancy with Highest Distinction from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI. A licensed CPA in Texas and California Ron spent half his career in corporate finance in both California and Texas. His path started as an auditor in banking which led to becoming a manager in a big CPA firm Deloitte - Touche Ross. That exposure gave him opportunities as a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in retail, then the fast-paced, fast growth business start-up arena that he never abandoned when he moved into the non-profit sector. This was the most treasured part of his career. Ron was VP Finance of Special Olympics Texas in Austin, Director of Finance at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. He held the roles of Senior Director of Finance and Operations, and Director of Endowment and Planned Giving at the LiveSTRONG Foundation, Austin. Ron was a 13-year prostate cancer survivor. Ron felt he could never give enough of his time, his compassion, his respect or advocacy the constituents deserved. Ron's outreach to others included his former role as Board of Director for Honor Flight Austin and Love Hope Strength Foundation. An avid golfer, carding a hole-in-one, Ron could be observed finding more golf balls in the water, the scrub or the woods than he'd lose. An addicted runner who spent his life since middle school running the school track, running the Trails of Town Lake, Austin or running the Boardwalk in Grand Haven, Michigan. Ron is survived by his wife Diana Ramsdell Kolenic, son Scott Kolenic (Golnaz), daughter Kristin Kolenic daRoza (Joey), son Sean Crowley (Anne) and 5 grandchildren, Ryan, Arianna, Caden, Brandon and Chance. Ron is also survived by his sister Maryanne Rigney(Bob), brother Gregg Kolenic (Becky) and sister Barbara Antekeier (Kirk). A rosary will take place on Monday November 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. The mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Austin, TX. Muskegon Catholic Central Ron Kolenic Memorial Scholarship Fund 1145 W. Laketon Ave Muskegon, MI 49441 www.muskegoncatholic.org St. John Neumann Catholic Church Endowment Fund in honor of Ron Kolenic 5455 Bee Cave Rd. West Lake Hills, TX 78746 www.sjnaustin.org Harrell Funeral Home, Austin, TX
Carol (Lewandoski) Fidler - May 10, 2017 - Carol A. Fidler, 70, passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Fort Myers, Florida. She was born on August 13, 1946 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Carol was a devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and the love of her life was her pets (Pistal, Pixie-lee and Pumpkin). She cherished her grandchildren and enjoyed boating and fishing. She was an avid Miami Dolphins fan and rarely missed a game on television. She is survived by her 2 daughters; Kim (Tim) Wheeler, and Rhonda (Todd) Camron; 7 siblings, Mary Jo (Jerry) McCurry, Bob (Carol) Lewandoski, Julie (Brad) Dagen, Larry (Joyce) Lewandoski, Frank (Tammy) Lewandoski, Nancy (Orrie) Schindlbeck, and Matthew (Lynn) Lewandoski; 7 grandchildren, Justynne, Jordan, Neal, Brhyde, Burdilla, Deaglan and Dwyer.
Joan Marie (Windberg) Strange - April 28, 2017 - Joan Marie (Windberg) Strange, age 71, of Spring Lake passed away Friday, April 28, 2017, at The Leila and Cyrus Poppen Hospice Residence. She was born March 19, 1946, in Muskegon to Joseph Peter and Marie Elizabeth (Hildebrand) Windberg and she married Richard William “Dick” Strange on August 16, 1974, at St Mary’s Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on March 5, 2014. Joan retired from Anlaan Corporation as office manager. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spring Lake. Joan especially enjoyed reading, traveling, boating and most of all, spending time with her family. She is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Leandra (Eric) Bowers of Spring Lake; granddaughter, Erica Bowers of Spring Lake; her sister, Rita Dyke of Spring Lake; her brother, Thomas (Frances Hall) Windberg of Austin, TX; sister-in- law, Carol Randall of Marion, OH; and her special dog “Greta”; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Anthony Windberg, and brother-in- law, Donald Strange. A memorial service for Joan will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions to the Noah Project are appreciated. The family is being served by The Spring Lake Chapel, 213 E. Savidge., 616-842- 6100. Share memories with the family at their online guest book at www.sytsemafh.com.
Michael "Mike" Majeski - November 30, 2015 - Michael Charles Majeski, age 69, passed away unexpectedly Monday, November 30, 2015 at his home.
Mike was born September 20, 1946 to Lucian and Ruth (Worden) Majeski in Muskegon. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. On June 14, 1975 he married the former Donna M. Dunham and she survives him.
Mike taught for the Reeths-Puffer School System for 28 years prior to his retirement in 2000. He was an avid golfer and had been golfing since the age of twelve. Lincoln Golf Course was Mike's second home.
Along with his wife of 40 years, he is survived by his sons, Brian (Colleen) Majeski of Fort Collins, CO and Michael (Renee) Diepen of Grand Haven; two grandsons, Andrew and Eric; four great-grandchildren; his sister, Debbie Majeski of Sand Lake; sister-in-law, Virginia Dunham; brother-in-law, Louis Dunham; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Edward; and sister, Karen.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be/was held 11 AM Friday, December 4, 2015 at The Lee Chapel, 6291 S. Harvey St., 231-798-1100 with Pastor John H. Brown officiating with Full Military Rites afforded under the auspices of VFW Muskegon County Council. VISITATION will be one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association
William "Bill" Pyka - April 18, 2015 - From the Vail Daily Enterprise - It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Vail Valley local Bill Pyka.
Born William Walter Pyka to Walter and Stephanie Pyka, of Muskegon, Michigan, Bill lost his battle with cancer after a short diagnosis. As many know, Bill came to the valley for his love of skiing.
He worked for the town of Vail as finance director before moving on to begin his own financial advising business, but his dedication to this town never faded. He was an active Rotary member, a participant in the many Vail Symposiums, a board member at the Vail hospital and an enthusiastic attendee of countless Vail Valley social events. He will also be remembered as a seminar director for EST Training events.
He was a powerful speaker and a natural coach. Bill recognized right from the start what a magical valley he had found, and as such, he raised his eldest daughter, Jaime, amidst the cozy streets of East Vail, and recently his younger son and daughter, William and Isabella, in sunny Edwards. He never for a moment questioned the quality of his home here, and when he talked about Vail it was always with a wild intensity bordering fanaticism.
The only thing he could speak of with greater fervor were his children. Bill was an adoring father, one who knew the importance of attending dance recitals, participating in Buddy Werner ski days and enjoying father-daughter dances. His kids will keenly feel his loss.
Bill is survived by wife, Evelyn J. Baca, of Santa Fe, New Mexico; children Jaime Pyka, William Baca-Pyka and Ava Isabella Baca-Pyka, of Vail; grandson Jaycee Winegarden, of Loja, Ecuador; and brothers Robert Pyka, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Walter Pyka, of Redbank, New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his ex-wife and good friend Jackie Pyka.
A memorial has not been announced as of yet, but condolences may be sent to the family at 16 Millers Loop, Edwards, CO 81632.
Colleen (Paul) Hickman - December 17, 2014 - Colleen was part of the student council all 4 years, she was Vice President in her Freshman year and Student Council President in her Senior year. She was also part of YCS, the Booster Club and Choral. She was student of the month and student of the year in her Junior year.
Colleen was born April 4, 1946 and passed away gently into the loving arms of her Savior on December 17, 2014. She leaves an unmatched legacy of love in those who survive her including her children, Dean Hickman, Heidi and Nat Henson, and Shannon and Matt Goebel; grandchildren, Abbie (7), Nora (3), Henry (1), Maxton (1), and Baby Goebel; sister, Tammy Hickey; and nieces, Kim and Kurt Minko (Kathy, Konnor, Kennedy and Kelsey) and Amy and Dave Gootjes (Hayley and Collin). Colleen is also survived by countless life-long, dear and treasured friends.
Colleen lived a life of service to others, working as an x-ray technician for over 30 years. She retired into her most celebrated role: that of Nana. She was the epitome of love, tenderness, and fun that few grandchildren ever really get to experience. To her friends, she was a confidant, a memory-maker, and an angel. To her children, she was a hero who lived by faith, taught self-sacrifice, joked about the silliest of things, and embodied love. Colleen will be truly missed by family and friends alike.
Daniel Beckmann - October 25, 2014. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend lost his battle with cancer (he was diagnosed last month) in the comfort of his own home with his family present. “Big Dan” was a faithful and devoted husband to Maggie, his wife of 36 years. He was the loving father of five children Marianne (Paul) Barkholz, Thomas (Amy) Beckmann, Daniel (Lyndsey) Beckmann, Brooke (David) Karl, and Bryan Beckmann. Dan has five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Dylan, Nicole, Melissa, and Alyssa; and nieces and nephews Melanie, Colleen, Ben, Mark, Matt, Jeff, and Matt. Dan’s parents, Hubert and Mary, preceded him in death. Dan has three siblings Diane Beckmann, David (Charlene) Beckmann, and Denise (Randy) Hassen, all of Muskegon.
Dan proudly served in Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 13th Marines in Vietnam in 1966-67. He retired as CFO of Ionia County Community Mental Health Center in May of this year, and was looking forward to a relaxing retirement with his wife and family.
Dan was a sports enthusiast watching every sport. He coached hockey and baseball for many years in Marquette, MI. He was an avid University of Michigan fan, flying their flag proudly in spite of their win-loss record. He shared this passion for 40 years with his closest friends David and Diane Horling.
Dan’s most endearing qualities were his humility and strength. He was quiet, but caring and supportive, and never wanted to be the center of attention. He had a subtle sense of humor that made us all laugh. He truly will be missed.
Jerome "Jerry" Zadel - October 10, 2014. He began his Catholic education at Sacred Heart. He is survived by his loving wife Kathy along with his son, Jeremy (Sonja) Zadel, daughters, Tonya (Gabe) Heeres and Christina Smith, 10 Grandchildren, his brother Tony (Joan) Zadel, and several nieces and nephews.
Jerry was very passionate about his career in social work. He had earned two Master degrees in Social Work and Psychology from Western Michigan University.
Jerry loved his family and always shared the love he had for them by bragging about them. Having Jerry as a co-worker was a blessing and had made many co-workers a better all around person.
Jerry was an inspiration and loved by all of his co-workers. He retired from the State of Michigan after 32 years on the job and had been working at County Mental Health in Muskegon for 12 years. Yes, he was still working, and said he would never retire. His co-workers say they are all better off for having known this kind and gentle man, but will feel his void at work and in their hearts everyday. Jerry was a special soul, kind and genuine. Never a bad word from his mouth. He touched so many lives and truly made a difference.
Jerry helped anyone who needed it. He was a great colleague and a soul who cared about others. He comforted many in times of loss. He was good for a laugh and a joke to ease the tensions of work. He never failed to give a knowing smile or a nod of understanding. His smile, his gentle look, his kindness, his quick humor and readiness to listen and help will always be remembered.
Jerry dedicated his career to coming alongside those who were challenged with serious mental disorders. If there was ever a co-worker in need Jerry would be there for them. He kept pushing himself to continually pursue more education in order to do the very best for those he served. Jerry was a genuine good person.
Stan Richards - August 14, 2014 - Stan was born on August 30, 1946 and passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Stan was a resident of Boynton Beach, Florida. A wake service and military honors were held.
Regina "Reg" McClurg - July 2014 - Regina was born in Lake Charles Louisiana to Herbert and Alberta (Goheski) McClurg on October 21, 1946. The family moved to Muskegon when Reg was a young child She began her Catholic education at St. Francis DeSales elementary school.
After graduation from MCC, Reg earned degrees at Muskegon Community College and Western Michigan University. She taught at various levels in the education system. Reg then went to work for the Gerontology Network in Grand Rapids for more than 20 years. Her last position was the Gerontology Director of the Michigan Older Adult Network Leadership. She touched many lives with her compassion, intellect, warmth, humor and caring. Reg was also known for the various trainings and workshops she presented across the nation.
She loved the times that were spent in the deserts and national parks in Utah, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico. Reg had an almost encyclopedic knowledge of science fiction movies.
Reg had two sisters Nancy (Dale) Wheeler and Paula (Ray) Ziemelis, both of Muskegon. She also had many cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives as well as many close friends. Reg passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents.
James Dusnik - December 2013 - Mr. James Paul Dusnik, age 67, died on December 17, 2013. He was born to Chester and Lillian (nee Durda) Dusnik on March 31, 1946 in Muskegon, Michigan and was a long-time resident of the Grand Rapids area. James loved spending time on the golf course and collecting antiques. He was also a veteran of the United States Air Force. James is survived by his beloved children, Reeve Dunsik and Erin (Juan) Rodriguez; adored grandchildren Julie and Maxiliano Rodriguez; brothers Chester, Mike and Dan Dusnik; and sister Gloria Dusnik. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Brian Kelly - August 2013 - Brian Kevin Kelly, age 67, of Kentwood, formerly of Muskegon, was killed in a car accident on the way home from a Tigers game with his son, Daniel Kelly and grandson, Keeland Johns on August 18, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Leo Kelly; sisters, Jeanne and Kathy. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 34 years, Mary; children, Jesse Joe Casarez, Andrea and Tyler Emmons, Erin Kelly; grandson, Kelly Emmons; 9 brothers and sisters; many nieces and nephews.
Pat Dabrowski - January 2013 - Patricia Ann Dabrowski-Scribner-Dennert, 66, of Muskegon passed away on January 30, 2013. Patricia was born to the late Anthony and Helen Dabrowski. A graduate of Muskegon Catholic Central High School and the University of Louisville with a degree in elementary education. She will be greatly missed by her two daughters, Laurie (Erik) Huffman, Mary (Kevin) Douglas, beloved grandchildren: Mkena, Jaxon, and Addisyn Huffman; her true love Jerry Dennert; sister Michelle Kasper (Brent Worms); brothers, Anthony Dabrowski; Steve (Nancy) Dabrowski; sister-in-law, Janis Sheggrud; nephews and nieces, Andy and Caitlin Dabrowski, Eric Sheggrud, Jana Quinn, Connie Timmer, Kristine Temple, and Mitch Sheggrud; and her stepchildren, Jenna Hickman, Adam and Amber Dennert.
Wendy Keefer - January 2013 - Mrs. Wendy Ann Robertson, age 66, born July 28, 1946, in Muskegon to loving parents, Preston and Ann (Eder) Keefer, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, January 20, 2013. Wendy is survived by her husband, Theodore "Ted" Robertson, Jr. of Muskegon; her daughter, Beth Robertson of Muskegon; her son, Kevin (Rebecca) Robertson and their two sons, Bryce and Rafe Robertson of Portage, MI; her brother, Dennis (Diane) Keefer of Faribault, MN; sisters-in-law, Judy Prins of Norton Shores and Alice (Robert) Foster of Spring Lake; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and life-long friends. Wendy is predeceased by her parents, in-laws, Theodore and Lois (Kampenga) Robertson, Sr., her grandparents, William and Mary (DeWitt) Keefer and Charles and Anna (Hotwagner) Eder. Wendy married Ted on April 26, 1969 in Muskegon Heights.
Excluding nursing school (Holy Cross School of Nursing in South Bend, IN), Wendy was a life-long resident of Muskegon County. Wendy retired in 2008, after her 45 years of service as a Registered Nurse (a most fitting profession choice for such a selfless, caring person), most recently at Mercy Hospital of Muskegon. Wendy loved her annual vacations to Florida, spending time at the family cottage in Walhalla, MI, her frequent dinners with her close friends "the girls" and spending time with her family who she loved above all else.
Andrew Kaiser - August 2012
James Dilla - June 2012 - James "Jim" M. Dilla, age 66, of Grand Haven passed away early Sunday, June 3, 2012, at the Leila & Cyrus Poppen Hospice Residence in Muskegon. He was born March 7, 1946, in Chicago, IL, to Charles and Mary (Trembuch) Dilla. Jim earned an Associate Degree in Earth Sciences from Grand Valley State University and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army while stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion Kurdel-Cigoi Post #1110 of Chicago, IL. Jim was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, and he retired from the maintenance staff at G.V.S.U. in 2011. He enjoyed photography, traveling in Europe, collecting rocks, and he especially enjoyed hiking in National Parks in both the U.S. and Canada. He is survived by two sisters, Carol (Leon) Cieslak of Des Plaines, IL, and Andrea Bosse of Hart, MI; and two brothers, Charles (Carole) Dilla of Potomac, MD, and William Dilla of Jackson, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mike Holtz - April 2012 - Michael F. Holtz, age 66, lost his battle with Sugar Diabetes and Retinol Failure April 10, 2012 in Muskegon, MI. He was born on May 2, 1945 in Muskegon, MI. to Michael A. and Peggy J. (Willard) Holtz. Michael graduated from Muskegon Catholic Central High School and was on the Freshman football squad. Michael worked at Sealed Power and the Mart Dock. Michael is survived by six children, Christopher Holtz, Tom Holtz and JoAnne (Holtz) Chambos, Michael J. Holtz, Brent Holtz, Carolyn Holtz and brother Patrick (Karen) Holtz. According to Michael's wishes a memorial breakfast was held with family and friends at Whitlow's Restaurant on May 8th. 2012. Father Michael Olson gave a brief tribute about Michael's life.
Marcia Mason - January 2012
Fred Duguay - August 2011 - Fredrick William DuGuay, "Freddie Mae," 65 of Traverse City, joined Ernie Harwell and Sparky Anderson in God's Ballpark on August 12, 2011. We can all be comforted by the thought of Fred behind home plate, with Ernie in the broadcasting booth and Sparky chipping at Fred to make his strike zone smaller.
Freddie was born in Muskegon, MI on July 29, 1946. He was raised by his beloved parents the late Bill and Margaret (Merbs) Duguay.
After Graduating from Muskegon Catholic Central as an athletic star, Freddie attended St. Bernard's Collage in Cullman, AL on a basketball scholarship. He graduated Grand Valley State University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Sociology and Anthropology. Fred also attended the University of Michigan Master of Social Work program.
Fred spent his career helping others, with a love for assisting the chronically mentally ill and a concentration on drug and alcohol addictions counseling. Some of the numerous institutions that benefited from Fred's services were: Catholic Social Services, Ottawa County Mental Health Board, Fruitport Community Education Department, Muskegon/Oceana Community Action Against Poverty, Antrim/Kalkaska Community Mental Health Board, Dickinson/Iron Mountain Community Mental Board, Grand Traverse Project, Stevens Homes, Mesick Public Schools, The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Lutheran Social Services of MI, Suttons Bay Public Schools, M&H Centers/Impact Weekend. Fred also developed a private practice, specializing in substance abuse services.
Freddie took great pride in his 40 years of officiating MHSAA baseball, softball and basketball. There are not many Northern Michigan Officials that were not "Under the Wing" of Freddie Mae at one point in their officiating career. Fred also traveled to Florida each spring to officiate NCAA women's fast pitch softball. He truly treasured the camaraderie that was created as well as a love for the game.
Although an avid Notre Dame Fan, Freddie loved professional sports and only one city-Detroit: Tigers, Pistons, Redwings and yes even the Lions. He would take ANY seat in Tiger Stadium or Comerica Park or the next best mode, listen to the rich sound of Ernie Harwell's voice on the radio.
One of Fred's finest attributes was his sense of humor. He had many friends. His wife referred to him as, "Everyone's Farm Dog," he just loved to be around people. His kind and fun seeking nature could always be counted on, as he was the center of any gathering. People would gravitate toward him for laughs or to test his expansive knowledge of 50's and 60's era rock-n-roll. Freddie also loved to camp, was an avid reader and enjoyed going for an evening swim, followed by a Cookie Dough Flurry.
Fred met the love of his life, Jana (Anderson) on the softball field. After 8 years of fun, laughter, companionship and spontaneous adventure (aka "Oceans Two"), they continued the course and were married on July 5th, 2003. Their marriage was blessed in the Catholic Church on March 6, 2010. The greatest miracle in Fred's life was becoming a father again at 63. Joseph James DuGuay was born on December 31, 2009. It was from this day forward that both Jana and Fred knew for certain that God truly loved them! Fred enjoyed walking with Joey in the stroller down Eighth Street to get coffee and donuts- but don't tell Mom!
Freddie is survived by his wife Jana, and their 20 month old son Joseph James. Fred is also survived by his two adult children, Jean of Traverse City, Dannielle and her companion of California.
Terry Fox - December 3, 2010 - Shortly after high school Terry moved to Southfield, MI where he worked for Ford Motor Co. While living there he met the love of his life, Anne Gust, they were married in February 1971. That same year Terry & Anne decided to move to California, they just packed their bags and headed West without knowing where they would work or live! They ended up in West Hollywood just blocks away from Sunset Strip. Terry found a job as the manager of Brown Brothers Body Shop where he worked right up until his illness which forced him to retire (he was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer). Terry & Anne enjoyed exploring California, traveling to the many scenic locations. It was not long before they found their real passion, sailing....they bought a sailboat which they named "FoxSea", the boat was docked in Long Beach and became their second home often spending weekends there. Terry & Anne joined the Shoreline Yacht Club in Long Beach and were very active members serving on numerous boards and committees. I think Virginia Antekeier has captured how Terry should be remembered, he truly was a nice guy, quiet and nice to everyone he ever met.
Susan Englund - September 2010
Peggy Wydra - May 2009 - Peggy was born in Muskegon, Michigan to Joseph and Elaine (Schulz) Wydra. She attended St Michael's Elementary School. While a student at MCC Peggy received the Science Fair Award in her sophomore and junior years. She was on the honor roll her sophomore, junior and senior years and a member of the Honor Society her junior and senior years. Peggy graduated Cum Laude from Nazareth College with a BS in teaching and taught at Hopkins Public Schools for 30 years for which she received a 30 year service award. She retired in 1998. She was an avid reader and gardener, maintained over two dozen bird feeders and loved to do various crafts. She also had two Shih-Tzus that she adored.
Tom Majeski - December 2008 - Tom was born in Muskegon to William and Florence (Kulesza) Majeski, he lived in Muskegon his entire life. Tom attended St. Michaels Elementary School. While a student at MCC, Tom was very active in sports. He played baseball as a junior and senior, basketball in his freshman and sophomore year, golf as a freshman and football all but his junior year. He also played hockey during his senior year. After graduation from Catholic Central, Tom served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. After the Army Tom worked as an accountant, last at International Aid. Tom married the former Judy Beekman and they had 4 boys, Tom, David, Todd and Troy and 3 grandchildren. Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, drag racing and bowling.
Patricia Hurrell - End of 2008 - Pat came to Muskegon Catholic Central from St. Francis grade school. She was very active in high school activities. During her freshman and sophomore years, Pat, belonged to YCS, Booster Club and JCL. As a sophomore and junior she participated in Future Nurses and Choral. As an adult, Pat lived in Jackson, MI
Don Hesling - August 2008 - Don was born in Muskegon to Donald M. and Rheata (Peterson). He was a student at St. Jean's Elementary School and was a lifelong resident of Muskegon. While a student at MCC Don participated in JCL and was on the Honor Roll both his junior and senior years. After graduation, Don attended Michigan State University where he graduated with a B.S. degree. He was a physics and chemistry teacher for the Mona Shores Public School System for 27 years. He also taught at Muskegon Community College for 20 years. Don directed the Parks and Recreation for the City of Roosevelt Park. Don married the former Patricia Adair and they had three sons, Charles, Don, and James.
Carolyn Dykema - March 2007 - Carolyn was born in Muskegon to Clarence and Arlene Dykema. She began her Catholic education at Sacred Heart Elementary School. While a student at MCC Carolyn participated in the Booster Club and was on the Honor Roll during her junior year. Carolyn attended Muskegon Community College and received her LPN degree from the University of Minnesota. She was employed at the Idaho County Nursing Home in Grangeville, ID. Carolyn married Donald Sokolowski of Muskegon and had 2 sons Andrew and Timothy and daughter Cathy. She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Marilyn.
Sandy Berry - February 2007 - Sandy was born in Muskegon to Gil & Kate Berry. She attended St. Francis DeSales grade school. While attending MCC, Sandy was on the honor roll her freshman, sophomore and junior years. She participated in the JCL and GAA and in her senior year Sandy was on the Yearbook staff and belonged to Junior Achievement. Sandy married Robert Ruppel and had 3 children, DeAnna, Robert and Brian. At the time of her death, Sandy lived in Clarkdale, AZ
Art Hall - June 2006 - Art was born in Muskegon to Arthur and Betty (Schoemaker) Hall. While a student at MCC Art participated in track for 4 years and football when he was a freshman and sophomore. Art served in the U.S. ARMY for 2 years. He worked at Muskegon Piston Ring for 17 years and was last employed at Old Channel Trail Golf Course as a mechanic. Art married the former Patricia Morehouse and had one daughter Renee. Art was truly a friend and companion to all around him. He loved life and nature.
Craig Davis - March 2005 - Craig was born in Muskegon to Darrell and Mary Alice (Miller) Davis. He attended St Joseph Elementary School. During his junior and senior years at MCC Craig was on the Honor Roll and involved in track and Junior Achievement. After being paralyzed at age 22 Craig received his master's degree in Computer Science. He worked 21 for years at the National Security Agency. Craig married Marilyn Marquis and had 2 stepsons Christopher and Edwin. Craig was an inspiration to many for his fortitude in overcoming his handicap.
Larry Lapomarda - September 2004 - Larry was born in Portland, ME to Joseph & Camilla (Trepanier) Lapomarda and he lived in Muskegon since childhood. He attended St. Francis De Sales Elementary School. Larry played basketball all four years that he attended MCC. He also played baseball his junior and senior years, and was awarded a Magazine Drive award during his sophomore year. After graduation, Larry received his bachelor's and master's degrees in history and English from Western Michigan University. He was a high school teacher at Orchard View High School. Larry was also a coach and referee for boys and girls. Larry was known as "the voice of the Cardinals" having announced Orchard View varsity football for years. Larry married the former Carol Chaney. He had two daughters, Jessica and Nicole and two grandchildren.
Paula Fitzpatrick - December 2003 - Polly was born in Muskegon to Paul and Dorothy (Delaney) Fitzpatrick. She began her Catholic education at St. Joseph's Elementary School. While attending MCC Polly was involved in YCS; JCL and GAA during her freshman and sophomore years, she also belonged to the booster club. Before receiving her Bachelor's degree from Western she owned Polly's Beauty Salon in E. Muskegon. After graduating from college she went on to be a substance abuse counselor and owned the Recovery Corner Bookstore in Buford, Georgia. Polly had 3 boys, Timothy, Patrick and Michael. She also had 3 grandchildren.
Frank Rushcamp, Jr. - July 2003 - Frank was born in Muskegon to Francis & Selma (Solokis) Rushcamp. He began his Catholic education at St. Joseph's Elementary school. While a student at MCC Frank participated in Young Catholic Students and Choral. Frank was on the Homecoming Court his freshman year. After graduation, Frank worked at Paragon Pattern. He was the founder of the Muskegon Outrider Club. Frank enjoyed the outdoors. Frank had three daughters, Patty, Cindy and Cheryl and four grandchildren. Frank's high school friends remember him as funny, intelligent and a good guy - "the tops".
Betty Mason - April 2003 - Betty was born in Muskegon to Joseph & Margaret (Takats) Mason. She lived in Muskegon her entire life and started her Catholic education at Sacred Heart Elementary School. Betty was a very active student at MCC. She participated in Booster Club, JCL, Junior Achievement, GAA, Debate Club and Betty was on the Year Book staff as a senior and on the honor roll her sophomore and junior years. After graduation, Betty received a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University. She remained a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Church. In 1968 Betty married Ronald Dugas. She had three sons, Ron, Robert and Ryan.
Tom DeJohn - November 2000 - Tom attended St. Michael's Elementary School. While a student of Muskegon Catholic Central Tom participated in football his freshman year and basketball as a freshman and sophomore. During his junior year Tom belonged to the Spanish Club and also received a Science Fair Award.
VeeAnn Harmon - February 1999 - VeeAnn was born in Muskegon to Leo and Patricia (Boucher) Harman. She attended St. Francis DeSales grade school. VeeAnn was employed as a Facility Assignment Clerk for GTE. She had 2 sons Scott, and Robert, 1 daughter Tea and also 3 grandchildren
Mike Bailey - October 1998 - Mike was born in Muskegon to Leroy and Cecil (Breen) Bailey. He began his Catholic education at St. Mary's Elementary School. While a Student at MCC Mike was participated in YCS, the Booster Club, Bowling and was a member of the French Club and Junior Achievement. Mike was on the Honor Roll during his Junior and Senior years. After graduation, Mike attended Western Michigan University where he graduated with a B.X. in business administration and education. He was employed by Thomas & Betts Co. of Spring Lake. Mike married the former Shirley Cochran of Muskegon. He had two children, Greg and Shellie. Mike Bailey will be remembered by his family as a wonderful husband and father - he will be remembered by all who knew him as a kind and gentle person.
Ken Chaney - October 1995 - Ken was born in Muskegon to Kenneth & Gertrude (Peterman). He began his Catholic education at St. Mary's Elementary School. While a Student at MCC Ken was participated in basketball and wrestling. After graduation, Ken moved to Wisconsin and worked in the car business for over 25 years. He was an avid golfer. Ken married the former Sandra Radmer in Waukesha, WS. He had four children, Scott, Christopher, Eric and Tracey. Ken is remembered by his family as a wonderful husband and father - he is remembered by his classmates as a funny and very nice guy.
Mary Mullen - March 23, 1946 ~ May 4, 1995 - Mrs. Mary A. Morningstar, 49, died Thursday, May 4, 1995 in Muskegon. She was born March 23, 1946 in Ludington and had been a life resident of Muskegon. She was employed as a Billing Representative for GTE and was a member of the Catholic Daughters. The former Mary Mullen, she married Robert Morningstar on March 7, 1969 in Muskegon. SURVIVORS include her husband, Robert; two children, Aileen Morningstar of Muskegon and Michelle (Daniel) Pierce of Bailey; her mother, Beatrice Mullen of Muskegon, a brother, Patrick (Elaine) Mullen of St. Petersburg, FL and a special uncle, Kenneth Sullivan of Muskegon. SERVICES were held at The Walburn Chapel Sytsema Funeral Homes with Father Thomas Hack officiating. Burial was at the Sunrise Memorial Gardens. For a more lasting memorial, please consider the American Cancer Society.
Mary attended St. Francis DeSales grade school. During her high school years Mary participated in the French and Library clubs. She was on the honor roll her junior year and won a Magazine Drive Award while a senior at Catholic Central.
Suzanne Kapla - Pre 1994 - Susie was born in Muskegon to Harry and June (Hopka) Kapla. She attended St. Mary's Elementary School. While a student of Muskegon Catholic Central Susie participated in JCL, Booster Club, Future Nurses, Student Print Staff and Crusettes. During her sophomore year she was on the honor roll. Susie lived in East Hartford, CT for 20 years. She had two daughters, Julie and Debbie McLean.
Dennis Cook - Pre 1994 - Dennis came to Muskegon Catholic Central from Sacred Heart Parrish. Dennis participated in Band during his freshman year at MCC.
Mark Adamczak - April 1994 - Mark was born in Muskegon. He began his Catholic education at St. Michael's Elementary School. As a junior at MCC, Mark participated in JCL and in his senior year Junior Achievement. He was on the Honor Roll his junior year. Mark had lived in Tampa, FL with his wife, Catherine.
Dave O'Neal - August 1993 - Dave was born in Muskegon to Darrel & Kay (Ryznar), he lived in Muskegon his entire life. Dave attended St. Michaels Elementary School. While a student at MCC, Dave played baseball and basketball as a sophomore, football his junior and senior years and he wrestled as a senior. Dave was on the honor roll his sophomore year and was on the homecoming court as a junior. Dave was in the Army and a veteran of the Vietnam War. After the Army he became a master plumber and last worked at Newkirk Electric. Dave was survived by his wife, Kristine and his two children Brian and Tracy.
Carol Jean Schmitt - January 1993 - Carol was born in Ecorse, Michigan to Eugene and Winifred (Duguay) Schmitt. During her childhood she lived in Spring Lake and attended St. Mary's Elementary School in Spring Lake. After graduation, Carol was employed at the Meat Block, Inc. and as a Veterinary Assistant at Norton Shores Veterinary Clinic. She was very fond of her 3 Newfoundland dogs. Carol married David Anderson and had 2 sons, Aaron and Andrew.
Tom LaBash - December 1991 - Tom was born in Muskegon to Henrietta LaBash. He attended St. Michael Elementary School. While at MCC Tom participated in sports -- football during his freshman year, wrestling when he was a sophomore and baseball his freshman, sophomore and junior years. At the time of his early retirement Tom had been a Sergeant for the Muskegon County Sheriff's Department. Tom was a U.S. Army Veteran having served in the Vietnam War and Agent Orange Conflict. Tom married the former Linda Kay Lindrup and had 2 sons Robert and David and 1 daughter Cindy.
Vance Sims - March 1987 - During his freshman and sophomore years at Muskegon Catholic Central, Vance was on the track team and the football team. As a junior he was involved in the Spanish Club and during his senior year Vance belonged to Junior Achievement and was on the Student Prints Staff.
Tom Grabinski - March 1986 - Tom graduated from WMU and received his Masters in Education from MSU.
He coached football at Spring Lake for 18 years, 10 of which were as Head Coach. He led the Lakers' Program to several of its most successful seasons, including his 1982 squad that went 9-0 and outscored its opponents 266-6. His teams had an overall 61-28-1 record during his tenure as Head Coach and earned the Seaway Conference championships for 5 years. Tom was named Regional Football Coach of the Year in Class B by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association, and was also the recipient of the Class A and B Muskegon Chronicle Coach of the Year Award for 2 years.
Tom also coached wrestling and basketball, and was a junior high counselor. He was the Ski Club Advisor, and annually took the club to Colorado.
Tom was an integral part of the community, and after his death, the football field was re-named the Thomas E. Grabinski Field, in his honor. In 2012, at the 50th Anniversary of the Lakers' program, Tom's 2 children, now grown, presented the game ball to the officials at the start of the game. Tom now has 2 grandchildren.
Marsha Vitkus - Pre 1984 - Marcia came to Muskegon Catholic Central from Sacred Heart Elementary School. While at MCC, Marcia participated in Bowling and Future Nurses.
Martha Herman - Pre 1984 - St. Catherine’s of Ravenna was Martha’s home parish. At Muskegon Catholic Central Martha participated in JCL her sophomore year, Future Nurses as a junior and while a senior, Junior Achievement.
Marilyn Dykema - Pre 1984 - Marilyn was born in Muskegon to Clarence and Arlene Dykema. She began her Catholic education at Sacred Heart Elementary School. As a student at MCC Marilyn participated in the Booster Club while a freshman and sophomore and GAA her freshman, sophomore and junior years. Marilyn was the twin sister of classmate Carolyn Dykema.
Alan Green - Pre 1984 - Allan was a member of Sacred Heart parish. As a student at Muskegon Catholic Central Allan was a member of the band for all four years. He was also a member of YCS his freshman year and the Library Club his sophomore year.
Born September 17, 1945. In Muskegon, MI
Muskegon Catholic Central graduate - 1964. Denny was an All-State wrestler in 1964, his senior year. Denny was the first to die from Muskegon Catholic Central in the Vietnam War, and the ninth from Muskegon County.
Denny attended grade school at Sacred Heart School, where he lived 1 block away on Bakers Street in Muskegon Heights, where he lived in a small 3-bedroom home. The oldest of eight children born to Kenneth and Helen LaNore, his siblings include: Wayne LaNore, Judy (LaNore) Schalk, Bonnie (LaNore) Jones, Debra (LaNore) Null, Gene LaNore, Tom LaNore, and Tammy (LaNore) Nummerdor.
Died on July 22, 1966 In hostile gunfire in the Quan Tri Province during the Vietnam War. Denny joined the Marines just after graduation with a childhood buddy Mark Langlois in the “buddy system”, but went separate ways after boot-camp for military service. He was in the Marines. 3rd/5th. Denny received an award for being the #1 in boot-camp physical fitness training out of 350 marines.
His family coordinated a platoon reunion called; “Celebration of Life” on July 10, 2004 at Mona Lake Boat club and “Final Approach” park and invited Denny’s platoon (via the miracle of the internet) from all around the country, along with over 350 family and friends to celebrate Denny’s life and memories. His platoon was reunited here in Muskegon, for the first time in over 35 years, and was a heartwarming and tearful event.
Denny’s family heard stories from his military brothers that were touching, and gave greater depth to his Christian faith. Denny’s friendship with his platoon bothers was a life testament, which had lifelong effects on each of them. In Denny’s family’s heart, he was a hero, but after finding out it was Denny’s actions that actually saved his platoon brothers by being the point scout that July day, that affirmed his heroic spirit.
His Sargent, Vernon Ford; a close friend, George Langlois, and brother, Tom, all named sons after Denny.
Email messages sent from marines in Dennis’s company detailed his smile, work ethics, and high morals. (Attributed to his Catholic upbringing and his strong faith).
His name is on Panel 9E Line 58 of the Vietnam Wall, in Washington, DC.
Denny loved: God, family, friends, and country. His favorite sport: Wrestling, & weight training. Favorite songs: “Mony -Mony”, “Sugar Pie Honeybunch”. Other favorites: Boating, skiing, Tootsie rolls, dancing…just to name a few.
Charles Fusch - September 1961 - Charles was electrocuted when he was attempting to guide a 30-foot section of pipe into an underground casing which brushed up against a 7,200 volt line. Charles was an altar boy at Sacred Heart Church and was active in the Children of Mary Society of the Church. He was active in Little League Baseball, Scouting and played basketball at Catholic Central. Altar boys were pallbearers at a Solemn Requiem High Mass ... 78 Altar Boys took part in this event.