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Cherylyn SPENCER

Died: Saturday, December 07, 2013
Age: 51
SPENCER, Cherylyn “Subbie”; of Clarkston formerly of Waterford; December 7, 2013; Age 51; Daughter of Harry & the late Sharon; sister of her twin Carolyn and her brother Matthew; preceded in death by brother Mark; aunt of Alyssa; Friends may visit at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston Thursday 4:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Mary Kushing Butler

Died: Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Age: 83
of Ortonville.

Born June 21, 1930 in Charlotte, N.C. to the late John W. and Isabel (nee:Francis) Kushing. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, John J. Butler. She is survived by eight children, Jack Butler, Mary Butler, Cecilia Matheson, Michael Butler, Elizabeth Moss, Kathleen Adkins Daniel Butler and Eileen Butler; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 6 at St. Anne Catholic Church, Ortonville. Interment at Ortonville Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Coats Village Funeral Home, Ortonville. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society. To send a condolence, go to

www.CoatsFuneralHome.com/Obituaries.

Lois McPhee WRIGHT

Died: Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Age: 88
WRIGHT, Lois McPhee of Clarkston; formerly of Flint; December 4, 2013; age 88. Loving Mother of Martha (Tim Pobuda) Wright and Omelia. Beloved Mimi of Emily and Sarah Pobuda. Dear Sister of David (Judy) McPhee, Elaine Spencer and Edmund (Gail) McPhee. Preceded in death by brother Donald Cameron McPhee, USMC. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Lois was born in Stratford, Ontario and came to Flint as a young girl. After attending Kalamazoo College, she earned a BS in Education from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Arts from Michigan State University. She was an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Human Development, College of Human Medicine at MSU, a Speech and Language Pathologist and Early Childhood Specialist in the Flint Community Schools and the first female head of the Department of Education at the Mott Children’s Health Center. She served on numerous community boards including the Greater Flint/Thumb Area 4C Association and Easter Seals. Lois was an enthusiastic patron of the Arts, a friend of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, a member of the Smithsonian and the Flint Institute of Arts. She traveled the globe, visiting every continent, and loved theater, movies, books, dolls, miniatures, her garden, knitting, sewing and her granddaughters. Memorials may be made to the Stratford Festival P.O. Box 520 Stratford ON N5A 6V2

Private arrangements entrusted to the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Violet Thiele

Died: Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Age: 62
Violet Lucille Thiele, of Oxford, died Dec. 4, 2013 quietly at home surrounded by family. She was 93.

She was a wonderful wife and mother.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Lester August Thiele. Violet is survived by her six children; Sharon Stone, Allen (Cathy) Thiele, David (Marge) Thiele,

Gail Thiele, Marsha (Tom) Tanis and Gary (Dee) Thiele. Also survived by 14 grandchildren, 15 great-granchildren, sister Mary Teer, brother Dennis Lupien and sister-in-law Jean Lupien.

Funeral from Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, 39 W. Burdick, Oxford, MI 48371, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at 3 PM with visitation beginning at 12 noon. Pastor Bob Service will be officiating. Interment Ridgelawn Cemetery, Oxford. Memorials may be made to the K9 Stray Rescue League, 2120 Metamora Rd, Oxford, MI 48371.

Flossie L. Barnard

Died: Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Barnard, Flossie L.; of Orion - Oxford; passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2013. Our family lost a pillar of faith and prayer warrior. She is now speaking face to face with Jesus the same conversation she has been having for years on our behalf.

Beloved wife of the late Rossie; dear mother of Wayne (the late Nell) of Alabama, Wanda Faye (Walt) Jensen, Barbara (Bill) Kirk, Joe (Nancy), Randy (Kathy), Terri (Jack) Cleeves and the late James “Jimmy”; loving grandmother of 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and sister of Woney Key of Alabama.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 6, 2013 at Lake Orion Chapel, Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home (248-693-8336) with visitation Thursday, December 5. Burial Christian Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Journey Community Church - Building Fund or Mercy Hospice. Memorial reflections made be shared with the family by visiting www.sparksgriffin.com

Leona C. VERKERKE

Died: Monday, December 02, 2013
Age: 90
VERKERKE, Leona C.; of American House, Pontiac; formerly of Clinton Township & Rochester; December 2, 2013; age 90; preceded in death by her husband John; mother of Carol, Barbara “Bonnie” (Bill) Maine, Tom, Paul (Beth), Sue Belt, Steve (Cindy) and Ellen; also survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; sister of Laura DeJonckheere. Memorial service Friday 10:00 a.m. at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit Thursday 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Inurnment Great Lakes National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

RICHARD L. CHRISTIANSEN

Died: Sunday, December 01, 2013
Age: 95
CHRISTIANSEN, RICHARD L., of Arizona, Minnesota and formerly Clarkston, died December 1, 2013 at 95 years of age. Beloved husband of the late Helen E. Christiansen and Helen Moore Christiansen; loving father of Larry (Norma) Christansen, Lynn (Keven) Anderson and Cindy (Vern) Hawley; dearest grandfather of 9, great grandfather of 12 and great great grandfather of 1. Preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, 1 brother and 1 grandson. Mr. Christiansen was the former owner and operator of Concrete Step Co. He is a member of Trinity Methodist Church and a former member of the Clarkston Rotary Club. Funeral Service 11:00 AM Saturday December 7, 2013 at Trinity Methodist Church, 6440 Maceday Dr., Waterford. Rev. Dr. Theodore D. Whitely officiating. Burial at Ottawa Park Cemetery, Clarkston. Family will receive friends Friday 4:00 – 9:00 PM at COATS FUNERAL HOME-WATERFORD. To send a condolence message go to www.CoatsFuneralHome.com/obituaries. Memorials may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church.

Cynthia Sue FAY

Died: Sunday, December 01, 2013
Age: 63
FAY, Cynthia Sue; of Clarkston formerly of Sylvan Lake; unexpectedly December 1, 2013; age 63; preceded in death by her parents Lloyd and Barbara Fay; sister of Lloyd “Chip” (Norma) Fay; aunt of Adrianna Fay; also survived by many other family members and friends. Cindy retired from Cranbrook Schools as an Administrative Assistant. Private burial has taken place at Perry Mt. Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Michigan Humane Society. Arrangements entrusted to the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

SONYA CAROL FUNCK

Died: Saturday, November 30, 2013
Age: 49
FUNCK, SONYA CAROL of Clarkston, died November 30, 2013. She was 49. Born December 14, 1963 in Pontiac to George “Glenn” and Gwen (nee:Cherry) Funck. She is survived by her parents; one brother, Darrel Funck; aunts and uncles, Monie and Carol Funck, Ken and Jay Funck, Don Funck, Joe and the late Carlene Wood. Sonya was a graduate of Clarkston High School. Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 2013 at COATS FUNERAL HOME-WATERFORD. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. To send a condolence go to www.CoatsFuneralHome.com/Obituaries.

CAROLYN LEE DISTEL

Died: Saturday, November 30, 2013
Age: 52
DISTEL, CAROLYN LEE, of Clarkston, age 52, died following a brief battle with cancer. Dear sister of Alex (Dona) Distel, Jr., Margo (John) Keblaitis, Pam (Wendell) Evans and Richard (Shauna) Distel. Preceded in death by her parents Alex Sr. and Margaret Distel. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews including her special niece, Kristi (Nate Gheen) Fruit. Carolyn was a former manager of the family business, Superior Water Conditioning in Waterford. Funeral service Wednesday, December 4, 2013,t 1:00 p.m. at COATS FUNERAL HOME – WATERFORD. Family will receive friends Tuesday 5:00-9:00 p.m. Memorial donations to Michigan Animal Rescue League. To send a condolence go to www.CoatsFuneralHome.com/obituaries.
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