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26 Aug 2008 Lena F. Melching


Lena F. Melching was born on the 6th of June 1879 in Harbor Springs, Emmet, Michigan.

Her parents are August Frank Melching and Augusta Phenora Melching.

Her siblings are Augusta Christina, Henry William, Elizabeth, Emma Wilhelmine, August Carl, Lillian Helen, Elsie Susan, Julia Anna, Matilda Catherine and Frederick Melching.

She married Jesse Clarence Hill on 30 Aug 1901 in Harbor Springs, Michigan. (More...)

2 Sep 2008 Edna May Johnston

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Edna May Johnston was born Sept. 3, 1916, in Readmond Township, the daughter of Robert and May (Sheffield) Johnston. She attended Sogonosh School.

She married Stephen Swiss and he preceded her in death.

Mrs. Swiss made her home in the Harbor Springs area all of her life.

She operated a day care center out of her home, caring for many children from her family and her neighbors' families. (More...)

18 Sep 2008 Alonzo Marion Boothe

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Alonzo Marion Boothe was born 8 November 1911 in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio to James William Boothe and Anna Louise Rippel.

Lonnie had two brothers: Paul James and George Boothe.

He also had two half-sisters: Dorothy Fern Kelly Mastin and Pearl Boothe Sams.

After their father died their mother took him and his brothers to live at Union Bethel where the boys were put under guardianship of Dr. and Mrs. Ray G. (Ruby) DeVoist who were the Physician and Social Worker at Cincinnati Union Bethel Settlement House. (More...)

22 Oct 2008 Elizabeth Ann Ashby

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Elizabeth Ann Ashby was born Tuesday, September 26, 1876, at the St. George, Washington County, Utah home of Nathaniel and Martha Ann Truman Ashby.

She was the third child and oldest daughter in the family. She was named for her Grandmother, Elizabeth Boyes Truman.

Elizabeth was six years old when her father, Nathaniel, died. She was eight when her mother married John Powell in 1885. She always went by the name Libby. In 1888 the Powell/Ashby family moved up to Fillmore, Millard County, Utah. It was there that Libby finished her schooling and attended the Millard Academy. (More...)

9 Dec 2008 Charles Jackson Hitchings

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Charles Jackson Hitchings was born 27 March 1900 at Petoskey, Emmet, Michigan.

His parents are James Jackson Hitchings and Augusta Christina Melching.

His siblings are Frances M. Hitchings, James H. Hitchings, Mildred Lucile Hitchings, Glen Elon Hitchings, Ruth Elsie Hitchings and Katie Doris Hitchings

He married Beatrice V. Chattaway on 15 August 1924 at Petoskey, Emmet, Michigan. (More...)

29 Dec 2008 Ronald Joseph Keshick

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Ronald was born in Escanaba on June 4, 1960. He lived most of his life in this area and attended Petoskey schools. He graduated from Petoskey High School in 1979.

Ronald was a member of St. Francis Church.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John (Mary) W. Keshick, Sr., of Petoskey; four brothers, John Jr., of Lansing and Donald, Robert (More...)

11 Mar 2009 Johann Adolph Chudobba

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Johann Adolph Chudobba was born 9 Feb 1881 in Riesenburg, West Prussen, Germany.

His parents are Johann Adolph Chudobba and Justine Henriette Chudobi.

He was known in America as John Catob.

His siblings are Maria, Gustav and Helene, Paul
Karl Bruno Kube, Emma and Friedrich Chudobba.

Hans journeyed to the United States intending to work for his Uncle Fritz (Frederick Chudobba) and Aunt Minna (Wilhelmina) (More...)

5 May 2009 Robert Pope Woodruff

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Bob Woodruff probably was involved with more kids over more years than just about anyone in Petoskey.

He ran Petoskey recreation many years, some times having more than 950 men, women and children active in a variety of programs. He worked with Junior high school kids in many areas in addition to classroom teaching some 30 years. For 10 years he was director of Camp Daggett's non-profit boys and girls camp on Walloon Lake. And he was frequently active in boys and girls work in the Kiwanis Club since his retirement in 1975. (More...)

23 Aug 2009 Stanley Raymond Bodzick

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Stanley Raymond Bodzick was born on Dec. 4, 1910, at Larks Lake, the son of Joseph and Catherine Bodzick. He was raised at Larks Lake and attended Larks Lake School.

On Nov. 22, 1941, Stanley married his wife of 63 years, the former Stasia Skoczylas, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church at Larks Lake, and she survives.

Stanley worked on his dairy farm most of his life. He was a member of the St. Clement Parish in Pellston, the 4-H, the Farm Bureau, and was an active member of the Grange. He served as the Center Township supervisor for many years. (More...)

17 Oct 2009 Esther M. Powers

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Esther P. Roe, formerly of Grass Lake and Royal Oak, died June 5, 2000.

Esther was born Feb. 14, 1908, in Harbor Springs, the daughter of Edward and Leotta Powers.

Retiring at the age of 65, she taught school in Royal Oak for 35 years.(More...)

16 Dec 2009 Mary Agnes Wrona

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Mary Agnes Wrona Kushak was born March 31, 1907 at Larks Lake, Mi. the daughter of John and Agnes (Kosieniak) Wrona. She married Tony Kushak on May 21, 1943. Mary and her husband Tony owned the Pier Bar in Harbor Springs from 1956-1962. He preceded her in death in 1991. Mary was a lifelong resident of northern Michigan residing at Larks Lake, Beaver Island, Cross Village and Harbor Springs. She served as the unofficial family historian of the Wrona family...(More)

2 Jan 2010 William Quayle

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William Quayle a long time resident of Bear Lake County, Idaho, was born in Douglas, England, July 24, 1839. He was the son of John and Catherine Killip Quayle. They emigrated from Great Britain in 1841. They had a great belief in the new development in the west and wanted to be a part of the great enterprise. (More...)

12 Aug 2010 Joanne Marie Heinz


Joanne Marie Heinz was born on the 6th of December, 1942, in Little Traverse Hospital in Petoskey. Being the firstborn to her parents, Leslie Eugene Heinz and Donna (Price) Heinz she was the first grandchild of Donald Arthur Price and Dorothy Andrus Crane. Grandpa Price came to visit the newborn, in the hospital, and was quoted as saying "Where's the baby, all I can see is the nose!" Years later, he was horrified that this tidbit was passed along, however. Her daddy was quite satisfied with the nose, though, as it very much resembled his. (More...)

1 Jan 2011 Novacious M. Kellam


Novacious M. Kellam was born at Orland, Ind., and enlisted from there to serve his country during the Civil war. For many years he operated a store in Wolcottville, Ind., and after coming north operated a store in Alanson before going into the hotel business in Ponshewaing. He came to Petoskey as a summer visitor for many years before finally locating in the north country.

His hotel became widely known among railroad officials and fishermen and Mr. Kellam took keen delight in showing the visitors just where the big fish were to be found. (More...)

20 Feb 2011 Donna Joanne Price

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Donna Joanne Price was born Oct. 22, 1922 in Lansing, Michigan to Donald Arthur and Dorothy Andrus (Crane) Price. She moved to Harbor Springs with her family in 1933 and has made her home here since.

On June 13, 1941 she married Leslie Eugene Heinz and they made their home in Harbor Springs and have lived at their Lake St. home since 1949.

Donna was a gifted musician and artist, singing in the First Presbyterian Church choir for almost 50 years as well as the bell choir and Sweet Adeline barber shop quartet. (More...)

21 Jul 2011 Douglas LaVan Martineau

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Douglas Lavan Martineau was an author with several books under the publication of KC Publications, his best known work being The Rocks begin to Speak and The Southern Paiutes. He has also done works on Indian sign language, Indian archery and his most recent book, still in the publishing process, in The Great Migrations and the Indian Prophecies.

He had many interests in life, his favorite being his love for the great outdoors, with travels to Europe from Israel to Denmark and from the Northwest territories to Central Mexico and Belize, and everywhere else in between, learning as much as he could about the different cultures of the North American Indians. (More...)

20 Sep 2011 Beverly Keith

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Beverly Keith Golightly was born to William Jairus Keith, Jr. and LaVon Penrod Keith, April 17, 1927, in Elberta, Utah. Beverly attended the Franklin and Maeser Elementary Schools and graduated from Provo High School in 1945. While studying art at BYU in 1948, Beverly auditioned as a tap dancer for a varsity show, "Significant Spring," written and directed by the late Max C. Golightly. Max gave Beverly that part, and then a larger one. (More...)

29 Jan 2012 Fern Ashby

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On Thursday evening of last week [July, 1916,] the "Atequa Swarm" [of the Bee Hive girls] went on a hike to the "Lone Pine" farm in the mountains east of Fillmore, where they enjoyed a camp fire supper, a shower bath and a sleepless night's rest, followed by a hurried breakfast and a bouncing trip to town. Mrs. Jennie Ashby is the keeper of this swarm, Rose Davies her assistant and the members are Myrtle Brunson, Ruby Day, Florence Lyman, Fern Ashby, Fauntella Davies, Hazel Stott, Jane McBride and Margie Warner. (More...)

9 Jan 2013 Jeff Bodzik

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Jeffrey Peter Bodzick's service to our community as a law enforcement officer was significant, but the family would also like to remember the man. Jeff was a devoted and loving husband and father. His children, Jennifer and Jeffrey Jr., were very precious to him. Jeff was truly a gentle giant. This quality was most evident in his care for Jeffrey Jr., who is a special needs child. His loving and caring nature will be missed by all. (More...)

23 May 2013 Patricia Ellen Price

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Patricia Ellen Price played in the Harbor Springs Marching Band and was involved in various musical productions. While working on the Petoskey High School production of HMS Pinafore, Patricia met John Duvernay and they were married on May 19, 1945 in Petoskey.

She went to work for Michigan Bell Telephone Company and in 1977, retired after a career spanning 35 years. She was a Life Member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and CWA Local 4106. (More...)

25 Aug 2017 Marilyn Rae Davis

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Marilyn Rae Buffington, 78, of Midland, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005.

She was born Aug. 1, 1926, in Grand Rapids, daughter of the late J. Warne and Florence (Spidle) Davis. She was a cosmetologist, known as "Miss Marilyn" where she taught at the Mount Pleasant Beauty (More...)

29 Sep 2017 Nancy Ann Nelson

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Nancy Ann (Nelson) Stetson earned her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1956. She then earned her master’s degree from Middlebury College, in Vermont studying French.

Prior to her marriage to Gordon Stetson on August 15, 1959, Nancy spent the summer touring Ireland by bicycle. She also spent time in Paris, France, as part of her graduate work. An avid golfer and outdoors woman, she and her husband lived in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. (Read more...)

2 Nov 2017 Carl Henry Ludwig Kabelman

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The community was shocked to hear of the accident Friday evening in which Carl Kabelman, a Pleasantview farmer lost his life.

Mr. Kabelman had recently purchased a new Ford and was driving it into the barn which is 36 feet wide when he lost control of the machine, driving through the barn, making a drop of 14 feet, (Read more...)