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Margaret Saunders

Jan 11, 1961 - Oct 26, 2023

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St. Ignace, MI

"Margaret Mary (Fenlon) Saunders, age 62, passed away at Mackinac Straits Hospital in St. Ignace, Michigan, on October 26, 2023, with her family around her. Mags was the 13th child of 14 children born to John and Rena Fenlon in Petoskey, MI on January 11, 1961. She attended Moran Township Schools through 8th grade, then St. Ignace Area Schools where she met the love of her life, Jeffrey Saunders. After high school they went west to look for work, and landed in Wichita, KS, where Jeff did ironwor...Read More

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Betty Ann Ledy

Sep 16, 1929 - Jan 17, 2024

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St. Ignace, MI

"Betty Ann Ledy, daughter of Clifford and Lillie Waldron, was born September 16, 1929, in Rochester, Minnesota. She passed away peacefully at the Straits Area Senior Living Community in St. Ignace, Michigan on January 17, 2024, at the age of 94. Betty met and married Milton (Bing) Ledy in 1981 and moved from Anaheim, California to Drummond Island. Prior to meeting Bing, she was married to Ray Schmidt until his passing. Betty worked for many years as Lead Bookkeeper for the Disneyland Hotel. In her earlier years she was a fashion model, a ballroom dancer and roller-skating champion. She played the viola and organ and was a talented painter. She embraced her life in Michigan and was an active member of the Drummond Island Lutheran Church. In addition to singing in the church choir, she sang at Lion’s Club and Veterans events. For several months prior to her passing she resided at the Straits Area Senior Living Community where she received exceptional care and made many friends with staff, residents, and Hospice caregivers. Her beloved and loyal (cat) companion, Misty, was with her throughout her stay at the center and at the time of her passing. Betty was preceded in death by first husband, Ray Schmidt and by Bing Ledy, her husband of 32 years, her parents Clifford and Lillie Waldron, her sisters Marguerite Sonnenberg and Anita Turner, brothers-in-law Harold Sonnenberg Roscoe Turner, Forrest Ledy, Lawrence Ledy, and Courtland Gore, sisters-in-law Donna Ledy, Lillian Ledy, Genevieve Ledy and Mamie Ledy, nieces Nancy Wascher, Martha Guzman, nephew Bill Sonnenberg, and step son-in-law Dave Dean. She is survived by nieces Kathy Turner and Marilyn Lewis, nephews Steve Turner and Danny Sonnenberg, brother-in-law Sam Ledy, sister-in-law Pansy Gore, stepchildren Lauren Dean, Randall (Lucie) Ledy, Mary Williams, Carol (Anthony) Mares and Candace (Chuck) Chambers as well as many step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren. Visitation at 11:00 a.m. and Funeral services at 12:00 p.m. will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at the Drummond Island Lutheran church with a fellowship luncheon to follow. A burial service will be held in the spring. Memorial donations can be made to the Drummond Island Ambulance Corps at: CARES for DIAC, P.O. Box 392, Drummond Island, MI 49726 or to the Drummond Island Lutheran Church. Obituary as submitted by family."

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Harold Richard Crisp Sr.

Mar 01, 1934 - Dec 26, 2023

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St. Ignace, MI

"Harold “Dick” Richard Crisp Sr., age 89, of Goetzville, Michigan, died at the Evergreen Living Center in St. Ignace, Michigan, on December 26, 2023. He was born on March 1, 1934, in DeTour, Michigan, to James Louis and Mildred (Izzard) Crisp. Dick grew up in Goetzville and attended the Leach School House. He joined the United States Army in 1956 and served until 1958. He married his childhood sweetheart, Cynthia Joyce (Patrick) Crisp, on June 13, 1959, at the Stalwart Community Church in Stalwart, Michigan. He worked as a farmer, in his young years, before working at the Quarry in 1966. He retired in 1996, spending his time gardening and hunting. Dick was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren and family. Dick is survived by his wife, Cynthia; daughters, Mary Crisp of Goetzville and Carolyn Jean (Harry) Reinfelder of Goetzville; son, Harold Richard Crisp Jr. of Goetzville; grandchildren, Justin Skipper, and Harry and Cody Reinfelder; great-grandchild, Lexi; and sister, Wilma Stephanski. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mildred; and siblings, Nona, Gladys, Audrey, Mildred, Marshall, Bob, Ken, and George. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2024, from 12:00 noon – 3:00 PM at the Stalwart Community Church in Stalwart, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending memorial contributions to Galer Funeral Homes, 24549 S. M-129 Pickford, MI 49774 to assist the family with funeral costs. Family Life Funeral Home assisted the family with"

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Nancy Laferier

Mar 08, 1951 - Dec 10, 2023

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St. Ignace, MI

"Nancy Kaye LaFerier passed peacefully on December 10, 2023, at the Evergreen Living Center in St. Ignace, Michigan. In her 72 years, she touched the hearts of countless individuals. She married her childhood sweetheart, Gary LaFerier at the young age of 16. After Gary\u0027s passing, Nancy made a life-changing decision to relocate to Mackinac Island in 1996, where she found solace, friendship, and a true sense of community as a year-round resident. In 2012, she moved to St. Ignace, where she left an indelible mark on the community. Ever the vivacious, friendly, compassionate, and kind soul, Nancy\u0027s presence brightened the lives of those around her, including devoting her time to the Mackinac County Victim Service Unit. In every sense of the word, Nancy was a fighter. Despite the most challenging days of her battle with ALS, she maintained her sense of humor. Even when words failed her, she happily greeted visitors with her signature salute. She is survived by her son, Tony (Virginia) LaFerier of Lansing, Michigan, her daughter, Aimee (Michael James) Williford of St. Ignace; grandson, Hunter; two great-grandchildren, and her adored grand dog, Princess. Her love extended far and wide, embracing numerous cherished friends and family members. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the compassionate staff at Evergreen for making Nancy feel at home, loved, and cared for during her time there. They would also like to thank the Mackinac Island and St. Ignace communities for their outpouring of love and support. A Celebration of Life will be held on December 21st at 1 PM at Little Bear Arena in St. Ignace with a luncheon to follow. Please join us in celebrating Nancy\u0027s remarkable life together. Let us remember and honor the beautiful soul who enriched our lives with her love and kindness. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Evergreen Living Center to support the activities Nancy enjoyed or to the Mackinac Animal Shelter, to continue her passion for caring for animals. Family Life Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left to the family at www. galerfuneralhomes. com"

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Dorothy Pechta

Mar 19, 1926 - Dec 01, 2023

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St. Ignace, MI

"Dorothy Lucille (Sangraw) Pechta, age 97, of St. Ignace, Michigan, died on December 1, 2023, at her son's home. She was born in Manistique, Michigan on March 19, 1926, to parents George A. and Gertrude M. (Utech) Sangraw. The oldest of four children, Dorothy grew up in the Manistique area with her family. She graduated with the class of 1943. She moved to Detroit, Michigan, with her aunt for a short time after graduation. During a trip to the train station, she met William Wesley Pechta, and it was love at first sight. After her return to Manistique, William would often take the train to visit her and her family. The couple married on April 20, 1946, and began their own family. They relocated an old schoolhouse to the Brevort Lake area near Moran, Michigan, and made it their family home with many remodels. They raised their six children, Robert, Barbara, Stephen, Susan, Laurie, and William in that home. After the kids were grown, Dorothy and Wes enjoyed spending the winter months in Arizona, California, and Florida. Dorothy was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Allenville, Michigan, a member of the Order of Eastern Star, as well as a longtime election inspector for Brevort Township. She was a homemaker while rearing their children and worked for Arnold Transit Company as a ticket seller for many years after. Dorothy deeply loved her family and often showed her love through cooking and baking. She often baked cookies for her children and grandchildren and was known for her corn pancakes and fresh sweet rolls every Saturday morning. She was always up for playing games with her kids and grandkids and enjoyed card games and cribbage. When out shopping, Dorothy loved hunting for a good deal; often clipping coupons and doing rebates. She was a person who never let a thing go to waste and always found a creative way to make sure everything was used properly. She was a very generous person. Dorothy enjoyed gardening and loved flowers--her dear friend, Doris, brought her flowers once a week to enjoy. Dorothy built many memories and friendships over the years and will be greatly missed, especially by her good friend and caregiver, Kellie. Dorothy is survived by her children, Robert Pechta, Susan (Kurt) Ney, Laurie (Dean) Steiner, and William (Gwen) Pechta; grandchildren, Wendy (Jon) Hicks, Erik Nelson, Hailey Ney, Kelly (Chris) Davidson-Adams, Brendon (Shannon) Steiner, Lewis Steiner LaVasseur (Jake), Alyssa Pechta, and William (Nikki) Pechta; seven great-grandchildren, and eleven great-great grandchildren, as well as several nephews and nieces. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, William Wesley; parents, George and Gertrude; brothers, Harold, Donald, and Raymond Sangraw; son, Stephen Pechta; and daughter, Barbara Nelson; in-laws, William and Lempi Pechta; brother-in-law, Arthur (Frances) Pechta, sisters-in-law, Jean (Bryce) Lindstrom and Effie (Alvin) Pollack, as well as several uncles and aunts and cousins. There will be a Celebration of Life near the end of July 2024. The final resting place will be at Brevort Township Cemetery. Family Life Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left to the family at www. galerfuneralhomes. com"

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Doris Mcfarlane

Jul 06, 1949 - Nov 06, 2023

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St. Ignace, MI

"Doris Frances (Colegrove) McFarlane, age 74, of St. Ignace, Michigan, died at her home, surrounded by loved ones, on November 6, 2023. She was born July 6, 1949, in Moran, Michigan, to Everett Charles and Mary Ann (Stempki) Colegrove. Doris grew up in Moran and met her late husband, Richard Owen McFarlane in early Spring 1963. They married soon after on November 22, 1963, in St. Ignace. Doris and her husband owned and ran the Country Corner Market, in St. Ignace, where she came to know and love so many members of our community. Doris retired from Mackinac Straits Health System; however, her most recent employment was at the Indian Village in St. Ignace. Doris was a member of the Assembly of God of St. Ignace, and the St. Ignace Moose Lodge. Doris loved spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren. She was a very hard worker who also enjoyed gardening, yard sales, the annual fair, and playing cards with her children and grandchildren. Doris is survived by her children: Richard and Lucinda McFarlane, Tina and Chuck Becker, Tammy Smith, Terri and Jay Allan, and Rochelle McFarlane/Chuck Ferguson; her grandchildren: Dessiree Allan, John McFarlane/Jackie Merritt, Brooke Allan/Shane McDonald, Zach McFarlane, Jagger McFarlane, Caleb McFarlane, Sarah Smith, Bailey Stratton, Brady McFarlane, and Jayce Causley; great-grandchildren: Natalie, Johnny, Jada, Owen, and Jaxson; sister, Helen Fisher of Trout Lake, Michigan; brother and sister-in-law, Alfred and Carol Colegrove of St. Ignace; sister-in-law, Frances Colegrove of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and special cousin and best friend, Sandy Thorin of St. Ignace. Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Mary; her husband, Richard McFarlane Sr. ; son, David McFarlane; siblings, James (Bobbi) Colegrove, Dorothy (Ron) Huffman, Glady (Ken) Belonga, Jackie McPherson, Bill Colegrove, Louise Beaudoin, and Patricia McPherson; son-in-law, Kevin Smith; brother-in-law, Joe Fisher; and sister-in-law, Marquita Lubitz. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 13, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the Lighthouse Assembly of God in St. Ignace, Michigan, with services to follow at 11:00 AM, with a luncheon and burial to follow. Final Resting Place will be at the Brevort Township Cemetery in Moran, Michigan. Family Life Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left to the family at www. galerfuneralhomes. com"

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Margaret Saunders

Jan 11, 1961 - Oct 26, 2023

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St. Ignace, MI

"Margaret Mary (Fenlon) Saunders, age 62, passed away at Mackinac Straits Hospital in St. Ignace, Michigan, on October 26, 2023, with her family around her. Mags was the 13th child of 14 children born to John and Rena Fenlon in Petoskey, MI on January 11, 1961. She attended Moran Township Schools through 8th grade, then St. Ignace Area Schools where she met the love of her life, Jeffrey Saunders. After high school they went west to look for work, and landed in Wichita, KS, where Jeff did ironworking. The couple was married in Wichita on May 10, 1980. Their two sons, Kevin and Ryan, were born there. When the boys were still toddlers Maggie was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which made it very hard for her to take care of the boys and herself. Jeff arranged to move the family back to the St. Ignace area, where the climate was better for Mags. Mags loved the outdoors, and from the time she was small she was a friend to every toad, frog and garter snake she met. As her disease progressed Jeff kept her at home where she wanted to be, and he came up with ways for her to stay mobile. She was hell on wheels in her modified golf cart, and if the boys got home from school and Mom wasn't home, she would be down the hill in the woods waiting for them to get her "unstuck". Margaret is survived by her husband, Jeff and sons, Kevin (Laura) Saunders and Ryan (Danielle) Saunders; siblings, Patricia Norwich of Alpena, Anne (Tom) Demske of Marquette, Mary Marriott of Charlotte, MI, Kathy (Mike) Hughes of Rogers City, Molly (Bud) Mathews of Hessel, Michael Fenlon of St. Ignace, Vicki Holdwick of Wexford Town, Ireland, Jane (Glen) Hampton of St. Ignace, Dan Fenlon of Texas and Susan (John) Krol of Gaylord. Margaret was predeceased by both her parents and brothers, Tim, John, and Joe Fenlon. As Maggie's wish, there will be no memorial service. Family Life Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left to the family at www. galerfuneralhomes. com. As submitted by family"

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Cynthia Pierson

Sep 15, 1957 - Oct 08, 2023

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St. Ignace, MI

"Cynthia "Cindy" Jean (Arbib) Pierson, age 66, of St. Ignace, Michigan, died on October 8, 2023, with friends and family by her side after a fierce battle with cancer. She was born on September 15, 1957, in Springfield, Illinois, to parents Eugene Arbib and Penny (Broida-Arbib) Wedding. In her youth, Cindy split her time between her home state of Florida and Mackinac Island, where she worked at the family business during the summer. Having worked at Thunderbird Gifts since the age of 12, she was well-poised to take over the business as she grew into adulthood, successfully running the store for decades until the family sold the property in 2022. She married the love of her life, Barry Pierson, in 1986 in St. Ignace, Michigan, where they raised their family. Her children and later grandchildren were the absolute light of her life. Cindy had a passion for traveling, especially to any place where she could read a good book on a sandy beach. More than anything, though, Cindy loved her family. She devoted her time and energy to showering her family with love, making wonderful memories through the years with her husband and their sons. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her and leaves behind a legacy of love and strength. Cindy is survived by her husband, Barry; children, Chase Pierson, Zachary (Kelsey) Pierson, Charlie (Christina) Pierson, and Hayley Pierson; grandchildren, Lucas and Madison, and siblings, Catherine Arbib, Allan Arbib, and Stephanie Arbib and mother, Penny Wedding. Cindy is preceded in death by her father, Eugene. A graveside service will be held Thursday, October 12, 2023, at Lakeside Cemetery in St. Ignace at 12:30 PM, and a luncheon to follow at the United Methodist Church in St Ignace. Memorials in Cindy's memory may be left to the Mackinac Straits Health System Foundation at 1140 N State St, St. Ignace, MI 49781 or online at www. mackinacstraitshealth. org/donate. A designation to the Oncology Department, who provided incredible care throughout Cindy's battle, or Hooping for a Cure, who provides financial assistance to local families battling cancer, would be Cindy's wishes. Family Life Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left to the family at www. galerfuneralhomes. com. "

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Robert Heywood

Jul 18, 1933 - Oct 11, 2023

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St. Ignace, MI

"Robert Wales Heywood, age 90, of St. Ignace, Michigan, died at home surrounded by loved ones, on October 11, 2023. He was born in Cohasset, Massachusetts, on July 18, 1933, to Hervey Wales and Sarah Eleanor (Teasdale) Heywood. Robert received his bachelor's at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and received his master's and Ph. D. from the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois. He worked as a professor of history at Kent State University, the University of South Florida and the University of Michigan-Flint where he met Irene K. Olson Roach. They married on May 25, 1978, in Flint, Michigan. He worked at the University of Michigan-Flint for twenty-four years before retiring in 1994. He and his wife moved to St. Ignace where they spent their peaceful retirement along the shores of the Great Lakes. Robert served as the academic dean, and four-time chair of the history department. He was also named Professor Emeritus. Robert was a lifelong learner and reader. He enjoyed sailing, traveling, camping, and spending time at the family's cabin. Robert is survived by his beloved wife of forty-six years, Irene; children, Deborah (Scott) Montgomery of Plymouth, Michigan, David of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Sarah (Brian) Gorner of Lakewood, Colorado; stepchildren, David Roach of Flint, Lori (Neil Ackles) Roach of St. Ignace, and Sandra (James Rogers) Roach of Hubert, North Carolina; grandchildren, Jessica, David, Kelsey, Andrew, Patrick, Laura, Ian, Reed, and Wyatt; six great grandchildren; his companion dog, Benjamin and the memories of many beloved dogs. No services are planned at this time. Memorial Contributions can be made out to St. Ignace United Methodist Church, 615 US-2 W. , St. Ignace, Michigan 49781 or the Mackinac Animal Aid Association, P. O. Box 71, St. Ignace, Michigan 49781. Family Life Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left to the family at www. galerfuneralhomes. com. "

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Michael Hamel

Feb 20, 1961 - Oct 05, 2023

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St. Ignace, MI

"Michael "Mike" Albert Hamel, a lifelong resident of Cedarville, Michigan, died on October 5, 2023, at Mackinac Straits Hospital in St. Ignace, Michigan, at the age of 62. He was born in Cedarville on February 20, 1961, to parents Edwin Frank Jr. and Ruby Jane (Waybrant) Hamel. Mike, affectionately known as "Buzz", spent his youth along the shores of Cedarville and graduated with the class of 1979 from Cedarville (Les Cheneaux) High School. He enjoyed all four seasons of the year, loved spending time at the family cabin on Big Lasalle, and boating on Lake Huron in the Les Cheneaux area. Mike had a great love for waterfowl and wildlife of all the Great Lakes, and found a lifelong career where he was never far from the water. He married his wife Cathy Hamel on August 23, 2001, and gained a wonderful family and became a grandfather. He worked for Flotation Docking Systems in Cedarville for over 40 years. Mike was an incredibly hard worker and the entire crew at Flotation were like family to him. Mike was an avid Detroit Lions Fan and caught every game he could. He recently attended the Lions versus Packers football game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, thanks to his son-in law, Tommy MacLean, and was able to see his favorite team win. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR and spending time with his family. He had a very special bond with his grandsons, Dakota, Kenneth and Nicholas whom he loved dearly. Mike was a great man and a loyal friend to many. He was loved by his entire community and will be dearly missed by all. Mike is survived by his wife, Cathy Hamel; stepdaughters, Danielle (Tommy) MacLean and Jennifer Havard; stepson Scott Cradduck; grandchildren, Dakota (Jillian) Fairchild, Kenneth Havard and Nicholas Fairchild; great-granddaughter, Kendall Fairchild; brother Gene (Brenda) Hamel; Aunt, Connie Waybrant; and a dear friend and very close cousin Lori (Wisner) Johnson; and many more wonderful cousins, nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Miss Molly. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Ruby, and his sister Lucinda "Cindy" Malkowski. Per his wishes, cremation will take place \u0026amp; no services are planned at this time. If you wish to pay respects to Mike, please consider aiding in the cremation costs through donation to the funeral home. When I Get Where I'm Going by Brad Paisley ft. Dolly Parton: "Yeah, when I get where I\u0027m going Well, there\u0027ll be only happy tears I will shed the sins and struggles I have carried all these years And I\u0027ll leave my heart wide open I will love and have no fear Yeah, when I get where I\u0027m going Don\u0027t cry for me down here" Galer Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left to the family at www. galerfuneralhomes. com. Obituary as submitted by Cathy"

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Michael Hamel

Feb 20, 1961 - Oct 05, 2023

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St. Ignace, MI

"Michael "Mike" Albert Hamel, a lifelong resident of Cedarville, Michigan, died on October 5, 2023, at Mackinac Straits Hospital in St. Ignace, Michigan, at the age of 62. He was born in Cedarville on February 20, 1961, to parents Edwin Frank Jr. and Ruby Jane (Waybrant) Hamel. Mike, affectionately known as "Buzz", spent his youth along the shores of Cedarville and graduated with the class of 1979 from Cedarville (Les Cheneaux) High School. He enjoyed all four seasons of the year, loved spending time at the family cabin on Big Lasalle, and boating on Lake Huron in the Les Cheneaux area. Mike had a great love for waterfowl and wildlife of all the Great Lakes, and found a lifelong career where he was never far from the water. He worked for Flotation Docking Systems in Cedarville for over 40 years. He obtained his boat pilot\u0027s license and often traveled throughout the Midwest installing marina dockage projects. He was an incredibly hard worker and the entire crew at Flotation were like family to him. Mike was an avid Detroit Lions Fan and caught every game he could. He recently attended the Lions versus Packers football game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and was able to see his favorite team win. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR and spending time with his family. He had a very special bond with his surrogate grandson, Dakota, whom he loved dearly. Mike was a great man and a loyal friend to many. He was loved by his entire community and will be dearly missed by all. Mike is survived by his brother Gene (Brenda) Hamel; "grandson" Dakota Fairchild; one Aunt, Connie Waybrant; a dear friend and very close cousin Lori (Wisner) Johnson; and many more wonderful cousins, nieces and nephews. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Ruby, and his sister Lucinda "Cindy" Malkowski. Per his wishes, cremation will take place \u0026amp; no services are planned at this time. If you wish to pay respects to Mike, please cheer a little louder for him at the next Lions Game. HIS JOURNEY\u0027S JUST BEGUN Don\u0027t think of him as gone away his journey\u0027s just begun, Life holds so many facets - this earth is only one. Just think of him as resting from the sorrows and the tears in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years. Think how he must be wishing that we could know today how nothing but our sadness can really pass away. And think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched, for nothing loved is ever lost and he was loved so much. ~ Ellen Brenneman Galer Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left to the family at www. galerfuneralhomes. com. "

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