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Mr. Larry K. Painter of Montague

Larry K. Painter, age 71, of Montague, passed away January 25, 2015, at home. He was born July 18, 1943, in Benton Harbor, to Sidney and Eva (Norter) Painter. On May 18, 1968, he married the former Linda Friday. Mr. Painter worked at Howmet Corp., in Whitehall, for 35 years until retiring 2001.

Larry proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps from August 1962 to March 1966. On March 8, 1965, he was a member of the Battalion Landing Team 3/9, the first official ground troops in Danang, Vietnam.

Larry was actively involved in the White Lake community. He was a Life member and Past-Commander of White Lake VFW Post #3256, where he served on the Honor Squad for many years, and he was a member of Algot Johnson American Legion Post #69. In 1980, he co-chaired the first Settler Days in the White Lake area. He was also actively involved in the Old Newsies.
Larry had many passions. He was an avid fan of all Montague athletics. He enjoyed transporting people to Wildcat games. He also loved music. He enjoyed spending time with his family at bluegrass festivals and karaoke events, and attending local talent shows. He organized several teen talent shows in the White Lake area.

Larry had a big heart and always wanted to help others. He found great pride and joy in supporting his daughter, Lara, in her teaching career at Shelby High School, and his daughter, Tara, in her singing endeavors. He loved his grandsons, Payton and Chase, and was learning to wear purple to support them in their participation in Shelby athletics.

Mr. Painter was preceded in death by five brothers, Russell, Sidney Jr., Robert, Ronald and Howard, and one sister, Donna, and his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda (Friday) Painter, of Montague; daughters, Lara (Keith) Kludy of Montague and Tara (Charlie) Mero of Rothbury; grandsons, Payton ad Chase Mero of Rothbury; brother, Frederick Painter of Muskegon; sisters, Dorothy Clayton of Montague, Loretta (Isaac) Rodriquez of Richmond, IN, and Phyllis Jackman of Richmond, IN; his mother-in-law, Jean (McGuire) Prochaska of Bean Station, TN. He was also blessed with several special brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

SERVICE: Saturday, January 31, 2015, at 4 PM, at CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake, 413 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall, with nephews Carl Cumings and John Painter delivering the eulogy. A MILITARY SALUTE will be conducted by White Lake VFW Post #3256 at the funeral home. Interment and graveside services will take place in the Spring at Hubbard Cemetery in White River Township.

VISITING TIME: Saturday, 2-4 PM, at the funeral home in Whitehall.

DONATIONS: White Lake VFW Post #3256, 9370 Walsh Rd., Montague 49437 or Old Newsboys, c/o Clock Funeral Home of White Lake, Box 128, Whitehall 49461.

CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake, (231)894-5676, was selected to assist with arrangements.

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Mrs. Helen M. Savoie of Whitehall

Mrs. Helen M. Savoie, of Silver Creek Road, Whitehall, died Wednesday evening, January 14, 2015, at Heartland Nursing Home, surrounded by family.

Born January 22, 1920, in Rudyard, Michigan, she was the youngest daughter of late Henry and Emma (Durwin) Mayer. She married Hildiage Gerard Savoie (Jerry) on September 30, 1939, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rudyard. The Savoies lived in Dafter, where Jerry had been partners with his brothers in a construction business between 1940-1984. Helen worked for 18 years at the family-owned Famous Holiday Inn. In 1981, the Savoies moved to Whitehall, where they were owners of Frenchie's Trout Pond and Helen worked at the Morat Bakery. Helen was a faithful communicant of St. James Catholic Church in Montague and formerly attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sault Ste. Marie.

Helen is survived by son, Joseph R. (J.R.) of Whitehall, daughter, Verona (Roni) and son-in-law, John Huizenga of Twin Lake, son, Marcel H. and daughter-in-law, Cathy Savoie, of Littleton, Colorado, eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Helen is preceded in death by five brothers, Louie, Bruno, Asa, Diamond and Homer Mayer, and three sisters, Semone LaPlante, Eva Savoie and Loretta Kendrick.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at St. James Catholic Church, Montague, with the Rev. Fr. Donn P. Tufts, Celebrant.

Visitations were held 6-8 PM on Friday, January 16, with Rosary recited at 7:30 PM, and 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday, at the church. Burial will be in Rudyard, Michigan.

Memorials in Helen's name can be made to St. James Catholic Church Building Fund, 5179 Dowling St., Montague 49437 or a memorial of your choice.

CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake (231-894-5676) was selected to assist with arrangements.

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Terry R. Ernst of North Muskegon

Terry R. Ernst, age 78, died January 20, 2015. He was born January 14, 1937, in Hastings, Nebraska, to Edward A. and Mary E. (Novell) Ernst. Terry earned an Engineering Degree and worked for Plastech for 10 years, retiring in 2009. On June 30, 2003, he married the former Mary Ann Smitterbergh, and they lived in Kentwood for a number of years. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Donna Yocke.

FAMILY: His wife, Mary Ann; his children, Christine House, Julie Ernst and David Ernst; his grandchildren, Jordan Ernst, Addison Ernst, Avery Ernst, Ethan House, Josh (Nicole) House and Cody (Sara Beth) House; great-grandchildren, Madeline House, Allison House and Gabrielle House.

SERVICE: Saturday, January 24, 2015, at 4:00 PM, at CLOCK Funeral Home, 413 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall.

VISITING TIME: Saturday, 3:30 PM until service time at the funeral home.

CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake (231-893-5676) was selected to assist with arrangements.

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Mr. Alan L. Raab of Whitehall

Alan L. Raab, age 60, died January 5, 2015, at his home. He was born January 16, 1954, in Muskegon, to Carl L. and Loretta (Koch) Raab. A graduate of Whitehall High School and Central Michigan University, Al had worked at Howmet Corp. for 24 years. He was preceded in death by his father.

FAMILY: His mother, Loretta Raab; his brother, William Raab; nephews, Adam Collins and Matthew (Heather) Raab.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: A Memorial Service will be held later in the Spring and announced at that time.

CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake (231-894-5676) was selected to assist with arrangements.

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Mrs. Margaret F. Kroll of Montague

Margaret F. Kroll, age 94, died January 4, 2015. She was born September 27, 1920, in Wayland Township, to Charles C. and Edith L. (Leece) Strayer. Margaret was a 1938 graduate of Montague High School and worked for Grover Fishery for several years. On October 3, 1941, she married Robert F. Kroll. Mr. Kroll preceded her in death. She had been a member of the White Lake VFW Post #3256 Ladies Auxiliary. Besides her husband, Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Bruce Strayer, sisters, Dorothy Gundersen, Bessie Lacomte and Betty Lundgrum and a son-in-law, Robert Belinger.

FAMILY: Her daughters, Dorothy Belinger and Sharon (Merle) Mcouth, her sons, Norman (Jan) Kroll and Dale Kroll, 6 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren, and her sister, Goldie Howard.

SERVICE: Private services have been held.

DONATIONS: Kroll Family, c/o Clock Funeral Home of White Lake, Box 128, Whitehall 49461.

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Margie Larson Benson

Margie Larson Benson passed on December 25, 2014 at 92 years of age at her home after a short illness. She was born in Scottville, Michigan, on February 21, 1922 to Edward Gilbert Larson and Pearl Kline.

Margie graduated from Muskegon Heights High School in 1939. During the war years she played the role of “Rosie the Riveter” at Anaconda, Kaydon, Continental and Continental Aviation and was a Red Cross volunteer. This latter venture inspired her to attend the Hackley School of Nursing from which she graduated in 1948. The day after graduation she married Carl Benson and they were married 56 years.

She loved her home on Duck Lake and was able to live there for 65 years! Margie enjoyed sewing, travelling, and dancing. She was always seen with a hat on her head and a smile on her face!

Margie is survived by her four children. Daughter, Carlet (Jack) Mitenbuler and their children Reid (Lauren Condoluci) of New York, Sara (Brian Busiek) of Portland Oregon, and Peter Mitenbuler of Indianapolis. Daughter, Corliss (Chuck) Mauke and her children Dale Schaub II (deceased in 1992), Chris (Bobbie) Schaub, Angela (Jerry Strobridge), and Anna (Ryan) Day. Two sons, Douglas (Marjorie) Benson and Benjamin Benson.

Margie’s family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to her round-the-clock caregivers Janet Christensen, Vina Dauten, Laura Shaw and Kelly Hatfield. Also very special thanks to Mercy Hospice for all their kindness and support.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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Mrs. Irene Peabody of Whitehall

Irene Peabody, age 94, died January 12, 2015. She was born August 29, 1920, in Muskegon, to Samuel and Anna (Marak) Micka. On June 6, 1944, she married John Peabody, who preceded her in death. A homemaker all her life, she was a member of Lebanon Lutheran Church.

FAMILY: Her son, Charles Peabody (Deb Statz); her grand children, Nina (Gary) Erdman and David (Sheila) Peabody; her great-grandchildren, Gabrielle Peabody and Luke Peabody; step-great-grandchildren, Wesley and Kelsey.

SERVICE: Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 1 PM, at CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake, 413 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall with the Rev. Douglas M. Ogden officiating.

VISITING TIME: Saturday, 12:00 (Noon) to service time.

DONATIONS: Food Pantry of Lebanon Lutheran Church, 1101 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall 49461.

CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake (231-894-5676) was selected to assist with arrangements.

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Violet A. Genson of Whitehall

Violet Genson, age 95, passed away on Friday, January 2, 2015. She was born July 19, 1919, in Boyne Falls, to Robert and Ida (Baker) Russell. She married Leland C. Genson on January 2, 1935, in Boyne City. He preceded her in death on May 29, 1986.

Violet worked for Alcoa in Whitehall for 18 years. Lee and Violet lived in Lakewood Club for 35 years before retiring to their cabin on the Little Manistee River. She lived there for 19 years before moving back to Whitehall. She enjoyed her family very much and also enjoyed hunting, fishing, sewing, crocheting and as all her family and friends were privileged to know, was and excellent cook.

SURVIVORS include daughter, Angela (Robert) Sliwinski of New Port Richey, FL, sons, Robert (Mary) Genson of Jacksonville, FL, Floyd (Cherry) Genson of Whitehall and Royce (Kathi) Genson of Lakewood Club. Twelve grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren;

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Leland "Jake" Genson, 2 brothers, 1 sister and 2 daughters-in-law, Doris Genson and Phyllis Genson.

The family will receive friends from Noon until service time, at 1 PM, Thursday, January 8, 2015, at CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake, 413 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall.

CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake (894-5676) was selected to assist with arrangements.

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Cathleen Powers of Beulah, MI (formerly of the North Muskegon area)

Cathleen Powers, age 76, died December 31, 2014. She was born to Frederick and Blanche (Bumpus) Mitchell on October 14 1938, in Wareham, MA. She was married to Angelo Giro for 59 years, on May 12, 1956. She had worked for the London Lamp Factory before retiring. After that, she loved to babysit her grandchildren.

FAMILY: Diannia Giro Norris, Wayne Giro, Paula Giro Woodland and Christopher Scott Powers; 9 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; siblings, Richard, Milton, Sarah and Phyllis. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Anthony Woodland, and siblings, Raymond Bumpos, Aleva, Freddrick, Gene and Melvin.

SERVICE: Sunday, January 11, 2015, at 1 PM, at Clock Chapel, 413 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall.

VISITING TIME: Sunday, 12 -1 PM, at the funeral home in Whitehall.

DONATIONS: Woodland Family, c/o Clock Funeral Home of White Lake, Box 128, Whitehall 49461.

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Cleo June Borema

Cleo J. Borema, age 92, of Custer MI died December 27, 2014 at Spectrum Ludington Hospital. She was born June 12, 1922 in the "great house" near Fountain Michigan to Edgar Eugene (Ted) and Ada Delila (Packer) Davison.

Following her graduation from Custer High School, Cleo took a 1 year course at Mason County Normal which gave her a limited teaching certificate. Her first teaching position was at a country school near Freesoil.

Cleo and Frank had been dating before he went into the Army and was stationed in Corvalis Oregon. She then followed her heart and drove to Corvalis where they were married March 13, 1943. Following his return from WWll they lived in Los Angeles for three years and returned to Fountain.

Cleo worked for the Wallace Blohm Insurance Agency from 1952 until her retirement in 1981. She enjoyed 30+ years wintering in Florida and loved spending time with her family. Cleo also loved music, loved to dance and her Thursday night friends at the Custer VFW.

She is survived by two sons Bruce and Lynn (Deborah) Borema, two grandchildren Nicole (Tom) Cory of Norton Shores and Shane Borema of Fountain. Great grandchildren Devon, Alex, Trevor and Olivia. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and special niece Karla Brown who was a huge help to her in her later years.

SERVICE: There will be a Memorial for her at the Custer VFW 2027 US Highway 10 Friday Jan 2nd at 3:00 and visitation from 1:00 to 3:00 prior to the service.

Arrangements were handled by The Clock Funeral Home of Ludington.

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Mr. Steven Albert Kauranen of Montague

Steven Albert Kauanen, age 61, ended his journey here on earth Friday, December 19, 2014, and began his extraordinary journey into eternity. He passed comfortably surrounded with the prayers, comfort and support of those who loved him.

Steve started his business, Masters Auto Maintenance, in 1979, serving the White Lake Community for 35 years. He enjoyed scuba diving and served on the Muskegon County Sheriff's Dive Team for 14 years. He had a strong passion for history which led to volunteering at the Montague Museum during the summers. He had an "impeccable" taste in music, loved his family, boating and was a "natural" born athlete. The impact he made on those who knew him will not be forgotten.

Steve was preceded in death by his son, Matthew Kauranen, his grandson, Justin Kauranen and broth-in-law, Andrew Mattson.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kathy (Mattson) Kauranen, his son, Nicholas (Andrea) Kauranen, his daughter, Leah Kauranen, mother-in-law, Patricia Mattson, brothers, Andrew Kauranen and Michael Kauranen, sisters, Marcy Rouse and Andrea Vargas, grand-daughters, Raquesl, 16, Kalysta, 12, Michaela, 13, Mia, 10, and Novalee, 4, sister-in-laws, Marsha (Dale) Allen, Barb (Bill) Sternburgh, and Shelley Ogren, brother-in-law, Sam Mattson, along with many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Steve's CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be held Saturday, December 27, 2014, at 11:00 AM, at the Evangelical Church of Whitehall, 900 S. Warner St., Whitehall.

DONATIONS: May be directed to the family, c/o Clock Funeral Home of White Lake, Box 128, Whitehall 49461.

CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake (231-894-5676) was selected to assist with arrangements.

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