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William H. Cunningham

Died: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
William H. Cunningham of Lansing, formerly of Ortonville, died July 16, 2014.

He was 67.

Private family committal services and burial will be held at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly.

www.dryerfuneralhomeholly.

Judith Ann Beardslee

Died: Sunday, July 13, 2014
Age: 72
Judith Ann Beardslee, of Shelby Township; and formerly of Lake Orion; passed away July 13, 2014 at the age of 72. Beloved wife of the late Clarence. Dear mother of Kelly (Ken) Nicks of Shelby Township and Jeanine (Jason) Schrader of Alabama; loving grandmother of Ryan, Dakota, Rachel, and Garrison; great-grandmother of Lilly; sister of Robert Noneman, Louis (Elaine) Noneman, and Sharon (Erza) Adkins.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 10:30am at Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home, Lake Orion. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm. Interment White Chapel Cemetery. Family requests memorials be made to Karmanos Cancer Institute in lieu of flowers. Memorial reflections may be shared by visiting www.sparksgriffin.com.

Zelda B. SEAMAN

Died: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Age: 103
SEAMAN, Zelda B.; of Clarkston; passed away July 12, 2014; age 103; preceded in death by her husband Robert; mother of Shirley (Marvin) Landry; grandmother of Joseph (Cheryl) Landry, Anthony (Sue) Landry & John (Kelly) Landry; great grandmother of Richard (Kelly) Landry, Marvin Landry, Matthew Landry & Lyndsey Boyer; great great grandmother of Aydden, Ashlyn, Annastin, Tyler & Courtney; sister of Joyce Ziesemer; aunt of Linda Guerrieri and Ellis Ashby. Burial Christian Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston.

Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Mary Agnes Kesler

Died: Friday, July 11, 2014
Age: 98
Mary Agnes Kesler of Ortonville was born July 4, 1916 in Tams, West Virginia to the late Joseph Steven and Anna (nee: Martin) Pachuta. Devoted wife for 50 years to the love of her life Hoten Kesler, who has waited in heaven since 1988. Mary and Hoten raised 4 children, David (Darlene) Kesler, Paul (Diana) Kesler, Nancy Newhard and the late James Kesler in 2006. These children blessed Mary’s life with 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Mary came from a large, happy family of 10 children and she will be missed by 2 surviving sisters, Margaret Walters and Anna Farthing; 1 brother, Mike Pachuta. She is also a beloved aunt to many nieces, nephews and extended family. Mary was a founding member of St. Anne Church in Ortonville. 7 women from those early days who have dubbed themselves “The Breakfast Group” have continued to meet for lunch and a card party every month. This kinship over the past 56 years has cemented a rare bond and the group will miss Mary’s stories, jokes and her sweet funny outlook on life. Mary was an artist who created a genre of sculpture she named “creativity of rocks”. This is a type of folk art made with natural stone that she put together to awaken the beauty of the stones, while fashioning them into recognizable shapes, such as birds, frogs, turtles, etc. She collected and glued the rocks together herself, mostly from Michigan beaches; her work has been displayed all over the United States. She also lectured and conducted workshops on her art for the past 45 years. Mary was also a renowned winemaker for over 70 years. She loved raising flowers, fruit trees and her backyard is a work of art itself. She was an authority on antique pewter and her extensive personal collection was her pride and joy. She was a proud Michigan transplant and adored her adopted state. She and Hoten spent 20 years after his retirement visiting the campgrounds and beaches of Michigan. They spent many happy hours walking the trails and sunsets in their little camping trailer. Memorial Mass of the Resurrection will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at COATS VILLAGE FUNERAL HOME-ORTONVILLE. Fr. Gerard Frawley, Celebrant. She will be buried beside Hoten at Ortonville Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Tuesday at the funeral home from 12 noon until the time of the Mass. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anne Catholic Church or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Please walk outside tonight and admire the sunset for her. To send a condolence, go to www.CoatsFuneralHome.com/Obituaries.

Mary Agnes Kesler

Died: Friday, July 11, 2014
Age: 98
Kesler of Ortonville was born July 4, 1916 in Tams, W.V. to the late Joseph Steven and Anna (nee: Martin) Pachuta. Devoted wife for 50 years to the love of her life, Hoten Kesler, who has waited in heaven since 1988. Mary and Hoten raised four children, David (Darlene) Kesler, Paul (Diana) Kesler, Nancy Newhard, and James Kesler (whom preceded her in death in 2006). These hildren blessed Mary’s life with eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Mary came from a large, happy family of 10 children and she will be missed by two surviving sisters, Margaret Walters and Anna Farthing and one brother, Mike Pachuta. She is also a beloved aunt to many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Mary was a founding member of St. Anne Church in Ortonville. Seven women from those early days, who have dubbed themselves “The Breakfast Group,” have continued to meet for lunch and a card party every month. This kinship over the past 56 years cemented a rare bond and the group will miss Mary’s stories, jokes and her sweet funny outlook on life. Mary was an artist who created a genre of sculpture she named “creativity of rocks.” This is a type of folk art made with natural stone that she put together to awaken the beauty of the stones, while fashioning them into recognizable shapes, such as birds, frogs, turtles, etc. She collected and glued the rocks together herself, mostly from Michigan beaches. Her work has been displayed all over the United States. She also lectured and conducted workshops on her art for the past 45 years.

Mary was also a renowned winemaker for over 70 years. She loved raising flowers, fruit trees and her backyard is a work of art itself. She was an authority on antique pewter and her extensive personal collection was her pride and joy. She was a proud Michigan transplant and adored her adopted state. She and Hoten spent 20 years after his retirement visiting the campgrounds and beaches of Michigan in their little camping trailer. They spent many happy hours walking the trails and viewing sunsets. Please walk outside tonight and admire the sunset for her.

A memorial Mass of the Resurrection was July 15 at Coats Village Funeral Home, Ortonville, Fr. Gerard Frawley, Celebrant. She was buried beside Hoten at Ortonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anne Catholic Church or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. To send a condolence, go to

www.CoatsFuneralHome.com/Obituaries.

Died: Thursday, July 10, 2014

Peggy Jean Boggis

Died: Thursday, July 10, 2014
Age: 79
Peggy Jean Boggis; age 79; of Lake Orion; passed away July 10, 2014 and is now at rest after a long battle with Dementia. Born December 8, 1934 in Port Huron (Spencer) she was the loving wife of the late William Boggis. Mother of Mark, Lee Anne (Tim) Marriott, Stephanie Deridder and Dave Walters; grandmother to Greg and Katelyn Deridder; beloved in-law to Pete (Pat) Marriott of Lake Orion and Jim (Jan) Boggis of Roseville; also survived by her sisters Connie Achee of Texas and Judy Brossette of Louisiana.

Her Family is grateful to the staff of Lake Orion Nursing for their care given over the last four years and to “QT” Elcine Long of Pontiac for her exemplary care and friendship during her stay at Lake Orion Nursing.

Her Children will cherish all of the wonderful childhood memories their parents provided with the many wonderful camping trips made from Madison Heights to Metamora. After experiencing the wonderful “up north life” through their camping trips in Metamora, the family moved to lovely Beach Drive on Tommy’s Lake in Lake Orion.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 12am at Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home, 111 E. Flint Street, Lake Orion. The family will receive friends from 11am until time of service. A luncheon will follow at Christi’s Restaurant 95 E. Clarkston Road, Lake Orion. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association 25200 Telegraph Rd Ste 100 Southfield, MI 48033-7443 www.alz.org/gmc phone 800-272-3900

Darrell D. LAPE

Died: Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Age: 52
LAPE, Darrell D. of Clarkston; July 9, 2014; age 52. Loving husband of Lenore; son of Herb Lape; brother of Denise and David (Bonnie) Lape; step father of John (Dori) Zawacki and Austin Aenis; step grandfather of Kaylee. Also survived by many extended family and friends. Funeral Service Monday 10 am at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit Sunday 2-8 pm. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Elwyn “Red” Saunders

Died: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Age: 90
Elwyn “Red” Saunders of Grand Blanc, formerly of Ortonville, died July 8, 2014.

He was 90.

Born March 22, 1924 in Ortonville to the late Leslie and Jennie (nee: Howell) Saunders. He was married to the former Lucille Westerby for 62 years. He is survived by five children, Karen (Bob) McArthur, Sharon Lowes, Kevin (Carol) Saunders, Jennifer (Larry) Orr and Elwyn (Barb) Saunders; two siblings, Kathleen (Elwyn) Leece, Jean (Ray) Long; sisters-in-law, Elaine Westerby, Dorthy Feenstra and Phyllis Saunders; also survived by 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and his first great-great-grandchild due in October; many nieces, nephews and friends in Palmetto, Fla. including close friends, Marian Whitte, John and Pat Gillium, Evelyn Humphrey and the Breakfast Club. Preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Saunders; brother, Merlin Saunders; and granddaughter, Melissa Lowes. He graduated from Ortonville High School and retired from Pontiac Motor Division Plant 14 with 37 years of service. He was a member of Hillside Bible Church, life member and past Master of Ortonville Masonic Lodge #339 F & AM, life member and past Patron of Ortonville Eastern Star # 286 OES.

A funeral service will be 11 a.m. today, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Coats Village Funeral Home, Ortonville. Burial will follow at Ortonville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hillside Bible Church or Ortonville Masonic Lodge #339. To send a condolence to the family go to

www.CoatsFuneralHome.com/Obituaries

Paul J. Kessler

Died: Saturday, July 05, 2014
Age: 81
Paul J. Kessler of Clarkston, formerly of Ortonville. Husband of the late Vilma; beloved father of Paul A. Kessler and Lisa Marion; proud grandfather of Michael Marion and Anne Marie Marion; dear brother of Hannelore Bugby, Rosemarie (Richard) Harper and Carol (Edward “E.J.”) Sands. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements by Simple Funerals.
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