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Died: Monday, September 03, 2012
Age: 43
MILLER, JANINE M. of Clarkston. September 3, 2012 at 43 years of age. Cherished daughter of Linda (the late Karl) Brinson. Dear sister of David (Tabitha) Brinson, Rob (Melissa) Brinson and Scott Wygal. Granddaughter of Arbutus (the late Walter) Miller and the late Floyd (the late Jean) Vieau. Aunt of Eliana, Sophia, Halen, Devin, Cody and Austin. Also survived by her loving caregiver Shelly (Eric) Johnson. Dear niece of Irene Vieau, Marcia (Charlie) Travis, Eileen (Bob) Guffy. Cousin of the late Joe Radford, Jim (Jaimie) Radford, John (Trish) Radford, Lisa (Chris) Eubanks and Ann (Tom) Gendich. Janine was a pure, sweet, beautiful daughter. It was a privilege to be her mother and care for her in this world. I know she will be with me always and waiting to welcome me in the next. She is joining her brother, Paul, my little boy, who died from the same rare terminal illness, Mucopolysaccaridosis, Sanfallipo Syndrome, Type A. She will be so happy to be with her step daddy Karl, again who loved her very much and will welcome her with open arms. Funeral service will be Friday, September 7, 2012 11:00 a.m. at COATS FUNERAL HOME – CLARKSTON (8909 Dixie Highway, Clarkston). Burial will follow at Ottawa Park Cemetery in Clarkston. The family will receive friends Thursday 4-9 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the MPS Society or American Cancer Society. To send a private condolence go to www.coatsfuneralhome.com/obituaries.


Died: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Age: 58
JANSEN, Kay L.; of Clarkston formerly of Ferndale; September 1, 2012; Age 58; Wife of Patrick for 35 years; Mother of Carolyn (Darryl) Carrico and Mike (Vicki) Jansen; Grandma of Devon, Dylan, Brett, Tiffany, Lexi & Tyler; Sister of Kathy Chawa and Keith Hallas; Like a sister to Beth Champagne; also survived by many nieces and nephews; Preceded in death by her parents Leonard & Corrine Hallas and siblings Howard & Debbie; In her retirement, Kay enjoyed gardening and shopping. Funeral service Thursday 10:00 a.m. at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit Wednesday 3 – 8 p.m. Interment All Saints Cemetery. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Gwen Koss

Died: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Age: 56
As a lifelong resident of Ortonville, Gwenn was well-known and made many friends, with a positive attitude and her winning smile. The Ortonville Community Emergency Fund food pantry director also played a vital role in helping those in need in the area.

She died peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family. Gwen Louise Koss was born Sept. 27, 1955 in Pontiac to Richard and Shirley (nee: Lange) Koss.

“She had an infectious smile, a trademark smile,” said Loraine Travis, volunteer coordinator for Genesys Hospice, where Koss was a volunteer. “The thing I loved most about her is she found good in every single person she met. Even people difficult to get along with, she would find something positive and that is rare these days. There will be a huge hole in the community and in the hearts of everyone who knew her.”

Koss became a volunteer at Genesys Hospice in 2008, and used her computer skills to assist the organization, which Travis recalls was almost a punishment, as Koss loved to talk with people.

In June 2010, Koss was hired as the Christian Services Coordinator at St. Anne Catholic Church and the OCEF food pantry director, “her true calling,” said Travis.

“She was so dedicated to helping others,” said Margaret Lee, OCEF treasurer. “She just went at it with more energy than you would think. We knew early on she had a health issue and she still found ways to help others. She put energy and dedication into making sure the client base was well-served.”

Koss battled cancer, but remained committed to putting others first, most recently directing her efforts to the OCEF school supplies drive, collecting backpacks and other items for children in the community. Her efforts helped result in OCEF getting everything the kids needed to get back to school.

Terry Gebauer, a good friend, noted that Gwen went above and beyond helping those in the community in need in any way she could, be it a hug, comforting word, or just the fact that she offered to listen.

“She always had the right thing to say, she just had a gift,” Gebauer said. “Beyond work, she was a genuine, giving person inside and out. She made me want to be a better person.”

Besides her parents, Gwen Koss is survived by three sisters, Teresa (Rick) DeWitt, Shirley (Patrick) Matthews and Carrie (John) Pilarski; one brother, Greg (Anne) Koss; 16 nieces and nephews, Ann, Cole, Rita, Robert, Lynndsy, Camelle, Matt, Brent, Tim, Mary, Bridget, Margaret, Jake, Kelly, Claire and Kate; one great-niece, Evelynn; and her beloved dog, Bailey. Preceded in death by one brother, Fred (Suzy) Koss.

She enjoyed bicycling, walking her dog and spending time with her nieces and nephews who adored her.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 5 at St. Anne Catholic Church, Ortonville. Fr. James Swiat and Fr. Masih Shafique officiated. Memorial donations may be made to the Care and Share Fund or Genesys Hospice. To send a private condolence, go to www.CoatsFuneralHome.com/Obituaries.

Caroline A. RUPPEL

Died: Friday, August 31, 2012
Age: 90
RUPPEL, Caroline A.; of Rochester Hills; August 31, 2012; Age 90; Preceded in death by her husband Arnold; Mother of Clifton, Nathan (Matilde) & Murray; Grandma of Craig (Tanya) O’Neil & Haley Graves; Great Grandma of Aiden; Friends may visit at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston Tuesday 3-5 & 7-9 p.m.; Funeral service Wednesday 11:00 a.m. at St. Trinity Lutheran Church, Clarkston where friends may visit directly at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Interment Lakeview Cemetery, Clarkston. Memorials may be made to St. Trinity Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or American Cancer Society. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Prudence G. KUNSE

Died: Friday, August 31, 2012
Age: 93
KUNSE, Prudence G. “Penny”; of Tarpon Springs, Florida formerly of Clare; August 31, 2012; Age 93; Preceded in death by her husband Elmer; Mother of Ronald (Barbara), Janet (Fred) Boston, Sharon (Lee) Lazenby, Judith (Bernard) Baer and Steven (Denise); Also survived by 15 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren and 1 sister; Preceded in death by her granddaughter Lori Boston. Funeral service Saturday, September 8th at 10:30 a.m. at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until time of service. Entombment Ottawa Park Cemetery, Clarkston. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Pinellas County, FL. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com


Died: Thursday, August 30, 2012
BELL, JUANITA LEONA of Clarkston; born July 9, 1937 in Amherstburg, Ontario Canada passed away after a long illness on August 27, 2012. She is survived by her husband Robert Ray Bell Sr. her children: Robert Ray Bell Jr. of Pontiac, Linda Faye Bell of Clarkston; her grandchildren: Dali and Christian Bell; her mother Waneta (late Chester) Harris-Towns of Amherstburg, Ontario; her sisters: Denise (Brian) Strachan of Whitby, Ontario and Cynthia (Wilbur) Mulder of Amherstburg, Ontario and a host of Uncles and Aunts. Also survived by adopted children: Jonathon Washington and Dr. Carol Hunt. Friends may visit Friday, August 31, 2012 from 5-8 pm at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston. Funeral Service Saturday 12 noon at Mt. Zion Church 4900 Maybee Rd. Clarkston where friends may visit directly at the church Saturday 11:30 am until time of service. Interment All Saints Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Peter John Bono

Died: Thursday, August 30, 2012
Peter John Bonol,of Lake Orion, passed away Aug. 30.

He was the loving husband of Stephanie. Dear father of Jennifer, John, and Michael. Son of Jack and Diane Crocker. Brother of Jeff (Sherri) Bono, Kim (Todd) Britt, Angela (Paul) Halik, Dominic (Emily) Bono, Kevin (Shari) Crocker, and Stacey Crocker. Grandson of Milton and Bettie Bayagich. Son-in-law of Mick and Mary Steiner. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and very large extended family and friends. The family will receive friends Monday 4-9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. service at the Modetz Funeral Home, 100 E. Silverbell Rd., Orion. In lieu of flowers memorials may made to the family for Peter’s Children’s Education. Online guestbook www.modetzfuneralhomes.com

Charles Weichel

Died: Thursday, August 30, 2012
Age: 81
Charles H. Weichel, 81, of Bradenton, passed away Aug. 30, 2012.

Born in Pontiac, Mich., he moved to Bradenton, Fla., from Clarkston in 1993. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lois Weichel of Bradenton; sons Jeffrey C. Weichel of Clarkston, and Craig H. Weichel of St. Helen, Mich., and Bradenton, Fla.; daughters Karen Weichel of Southfield, Mich., and Kristin Springs and her husband Tom Springs of Palmetto, Fla.; sister Mary Butz of Sarasota, Fla.; and one grandchild Courtney Weichel.

He was a veteran of the Army Air Force and was employed by General Motors for 38 years. A service was Sept. 2 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bradenton.


Died: Wednesday, August 29, 2012
HALL, RICHARD A. "DICK" of Clarkston; August 28, 2012; age 82. Loving Husband of Dolores "Dee" Hall for 58 years. Beloved father of Bernadette Delap and Gregory Hall. Preceded in death by his siblings William (Connie) Hall and Beverly (Stuart) Munsee and his beloved companion Marley. Richard was a Charter Member of St. Daniel Catholic Church where he served as a eucharistic minister, lector and usher. He was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Dick was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus Clarkston Council #5436. The family wishes to acknowledge the loving and professional care of Heather Pines and Season’s Hospice. Knights of Columbus Rosary Thursday 7 pm at the Lewis E. Wint and Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit Thursday 3-5 & 7-9 pm. Funeral Mass Friday 11 am at St. Daniel Catholic Church, Clarkston. Private Inurnment Lakeview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Daniel Catholic Church or Heather Pines. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Annie B. BROWN

Died: Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Age: 90
BROWN, Annie B.; of Onaway formerly of Clarkston; August 29, 2012; Age 90; Preceded in death by loving husband Cleo, 2 sisters and 6 brothers; Mother of Helen (James) Houser, Charles (the late Debbie), Joseph (Devon); also survived by 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Funeral service Tuesday 12:30 p.m. at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit Monday 3-5 and 7-9pm. Interment Ottawa Park Cemetery, Clarkston. Memorials may be made to Paralyzed Veterans or Hospice of the Sunrise Shore, Alpena.

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