ST. MARTINS POINT ASSOCIATION
ST. MARTINS POINT ROAD
HESSEL, MI 49745
Lenore Winifred Milan, of St. Martin’s Point, Hessel, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, surrounded by her family from around the world. She was born October 8, 1930 in Utica, Michigan to Leo Burkel and Louise Miesel Burkel.
Lenore, known as Lee, led a full and active life that was centered on her husband, her children, her faith and her community. A beloved wife of 62 years to one, a dear mother to eight, a cherished grandmother to 19, and a loving great-grandmother to seven. She was a longtime member of Our Lady of the Snows parish of Hessel. Lee enjoyed the many rituals of daily life: conversations over an early morning coffee outside on the deck overlooking the lake; cooking dinner and chatting over a glass of wine with her daughter; having dinner with her husband and a close circle of friends; roasting S’mores and sharing stories with her grandkids around a bonfire. She celebrated the whole cycle of family religious events - baptism, holy communion, confirmation, marriages - and was repeating that cycle with a third generation. She was always up for an adventure, whether it was crosscountry skiing in the deep snow of the National Forests, accompanying her children on a canoeing adventure, or even bouncing around on oversized balls with her grandchildren. Lee was a master Scrabble player - closely monitoring clever attempts at cheating, and she spent many hours crafting quilts for her children. She traveled extensively with her husband to destinations such as Alaska, Morocco, Poland, Kuala Lampur, Thailand, as well as numerous trips to Gaylord, Michigan.
Lee will be celebrated by Phil Milan, her husband of 62 years; Her daughter and son-in-law Barb Milan Wilson and Gary Wilson of Cleveland, Ohio; son and daughterin law Daniel and Sharon Milan of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; son and fiancée Kevin Milan and Deden Aniana of Chandler, Arizona and Calbayog City, Philippines; son and daughter-in-law Michael and Siriporn Milan of Bangkok, Thailand; son and daughter-in-law Dr. Christopher and Joyce Milan of Gaylord, Michigan; son and daughter in-law Keith and Candice Milan of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; son and partner Mark Milan and Dave Savini of Boston, Massachusetts; son and daughter-in-law Phil and Jane Milan of Shenzhen, China; Grandchildren Alicia, Joe, Alex, Jenni, Nathan, Micah, Matt, Laura, Katalaya, Ellyn, Jayna, Ian, Levi, Birdi, Bac, Zachary, Winnie, Elijah, and Isadora; Great-grandchildren Alyssa, Aziza, Evalyn, Aiden, Zoeli, Brianna, and Lillian.
Visitation and Mass of Christian Burial were held March 14, at Our Lady of the Snows Church in Hessel. Burial will be in Cedar Cemetery in the spring.
Contributions in memory of Lee may be made to the Les Cheneaux Lions Club, P.O. Box 172, Cedarville, MI 49719 or Les Cheneaux Education Foundation, P.O. Box 132, Cedarville, MI 49719.
Reamer Galer Funeral Home, 24549 S. M-129 in Pickford, Michigan is serving the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.reamergalerfuneralhome.com.
In Memory of
March 17, 1955 - December 31, 2012
It's impossible to express the deep sadness for Susie's passing on Monday, December 31, 2012. Caring, compassionate and full of life, she was the beating heart of our family, until she lost her courageous battle with cancer. Susan E. Moerdyk was born on March 17, 1955 in Grand Rapids to Mary and Jim Moerdyk. She was a beautiful, competitive athlete in high school and went on to win national competitions, in a time when women's sports were not commonplace. She married Chuck Saur in 1985, and together they raised two sons, Dan and Nick, and a couple great Labradors, Scupper and Moose. Susie's passion for helping kids with disabilities...
It's impossible to express the deep sadness for Susie's passing on Monday, December 31, 2012. Caring, compassionate and full of life, she was the beating heart of our family, until she lost her courageous battle with cancer. Susan E. Moerdyk was born on March 17, 1955 in Grand Rapids to Mary and Jim Moerdyk. She was a beautiful, competitive athlete in high school and went on to win national competitions, in a time when women's sports were not commonplace. She married Chuck Saur in 1985, and together they raised two sons, Dan and Nick, and a couple great Labradors, Scupper and Moose. Susie's passion for helping kids with disabilities led to her part in creating a school, in partnership with Aquinas College at the Conductive Learning Center. Her big smiles and fun nature would delight every child. Susie loved her cabin in the U.P., Spartan sports, cruising on the boat, happy hours and her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Moerdyk and many loving aunts and uncles. Susie is survived by her husband, Chuck, and sons, Dan and Nick Saur; brother, Steve (Annie) Moerdyk and nephew Jimmy Moerdyk and niece, Carly (Kia) Obudiyat; sister and best friend, Lori Moerdyk; and a big, loving gang of cousins and other friends. We all miss our Susie.
A memorial visitation in celebration of the life of Susie will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. and again from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Reyers North Valley Chapel, 2815 Fuller Ave. N.E., Grand Rapids. A private family service will be held at 3:00 p.m. The family will host a happy hour in honor of Susie later in the Spring of 2013.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to The Conductive Learning Center Aquinas College, 2428 Burton St. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI, 49546 in memory of Susan Saur.
Maurice A. Brady, 83, of Payne, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at a place he loved, Pleasant Valley Golf Course. He had designed the golf course, which he owned and operated. The family also resides in the Les Cheneaux area, with homes on Park Avenue in Cedarville and St. Martin’s Point in Hessel.
Mr. Brady was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, January 1, 1929, to Miriam (nee Castelman) and Harry Michael Brady. Mr. Brady was a graduate of St. Francis Preparatory School of Spring Grove, Pennsylvania.
He was a farmer and owned Brady Elevator in Payne, retiring in 1964. He was a member of the Hoosier Turf Grass Association, and the Knights of Columbus of Fort Wayne and Divine Mercy Catholic Parish. He was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, having flown his own plane from 1977 to 1999. Mr. Brady had been the president and chairman of the Board of Directors of Union State Bank.
In 1950 he married Helen Stabler, who passed away in 1969.
Mr. Brady married Carol Osborne in 1970.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; five children and their families, Kathleen and Gary Cadwallader, Susan Johnson, Michael and Sue, Nelson Snellenberger, and Jeffrey and Jane Snellenberger; seven grandchildren and their families, Jennifer Cadwallader, Stepanie and Jason Cox, Joshua Johnson, Kimberly and Gino Farnham, Lisa Johnson, Brian Brady, and Sonya Snellenberger; two great-grandchildren, Jacob Johnson and Brady Cox.
Mr. Brady was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Harry Brady, who was a navigator in World War II.
Visitation was Monday, April 9, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the Rosary recited at 8 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home in Payne. Visitation was also Tuesday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Payne at 10 a.m. Tuesday, with the Very Reverend G. Allan Fillman officiating. He was laid to rest at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Masses, Payne EMS, or the Payne Branch Library.
Ralph W. Sommers, 74, of Hessel, was a Vietnam War veteran who went on to a career as a hospital administrator. Mr. Sommers passed away Friday afternoon, November 18, 2011, at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie following a lingering illness.
He was born July 11, 1937, in Coleman to Warren and Opal (nee Tobey) Sommers.
Mr. Sommers was graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology. He served in the U.S. Navy as a medic during the Vietnam War.
He married Jean Randell March 5, 1960, in Mt. Kisco, New York.
He retired in 1997 as a hospital administrator, serving at University of Michigan Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital in Pontiac, and also Appleton, Wisconsin.
Mr. Sommers moved to St. Martins Point in 1997 after owning property there since 1969. He was an active member of the Les Cheneaux Snowmobile Club, and had traveled by snowmobile in Alaska, Canada, and many parts of the Midwest. He was a member of First Union Church of Cedarville. He and his wife of more than 51 years raised dogs for Leader Dogs for the Blind program.
He is survived by his wife; four children and their families, Bonnie and Roger Lautner of Traverse City, Russell and Christy Sommers of Brighton, Reid and Sue Sommers of Milan, Joel and Amy Sommers of Whitmore Lake; a brother and his family, Gary and Simone Sommers of Salem, New Hampshire; five grandchildren, Carmella, Jacob, Tevis, Taryn, and Megan; and one great granddaughter, Lillyanna.
He was preceded in death by father in 2005 and his mother in 2004.
Services were Tuesday, November 22, at First Union Church in Cedarville at 1 p.m. with Pastor Jeff Meyers officiating. Friends called at the church one hour prior to services.
Memorials may be directed to the Leader Dogs for the Blind program, with envelopes available from Dodson Funeral Home in St. Ignace, which assisted the family with arrangements.
Greg Heintz passed away.
Clifford M Deaner, Jr
December 3, 1948 – February 19, 2011
Clifford “Mark” Deaner, born and raised in Tecumseh, Michigan, passed away Saturday evening in Crystal River, Florida. He was the son of the late Clifford M Deaner, Sr. and Marie (Willard) Deaner. Known as Mark to family and friends, he grew up with his brothers Fred and Mike and sister MaryB in the family home on Outer Drive. He was a proud “River Rat” and entertained his kids and grandkids with stories of the Raisin River and Fifth grade.
He has resided in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on St Martin Point for over 20 years, retiring from the Michigan Department of Corrections as an Officer, having served many years “behind the walls” of Jackson Prison and then at the Kinross Facility. He is the former owner of Cabin Fever Computers of Hessel in the Les Cheneaux Islands.
Mark leaves behind many who loved him and will miss him forever, particularly his wife of 30 years, Susan (Lehman) Deaner of Hessel, Sons Mark David of California and motorcycle bud Paul “PK” of Cleveland, Ohio; step son and business partner Leslie Hensley and only daughter Kelly Hensley, both of Jackson, Michigan.
Grandpa Deaner leaves 2 generations of grandchildren: Caitlin Butterfield-Bell of North Carolina and Claire Deaner of Cleveland Ohio, Holden Deaner of Washington; Joseph D Brown, Jr. and his son Hayvin of Fenton, Michigan; Erin Marie Hensley and her son Kenneth of Roscommon Michigan; Grandsons David R. Hensley of Perry and Joshua W. Brown of Stockbridge; Sara Bethany and Luke Andrew Hensley of Kingsport Tennessee, and Autum A Hensley of Pleasant Lake.
Those who also are part of his grieving family are Brother Michael Deaner of Brooklyn, New York; Father in law Wayne M Lehman of Jackson Michigan; Brother in law Paul Lehman and Wife Karen of Chelsea Michigan, Mother of his sons, Micki Delisle of Ohio; nieces and nephews; the many friends he had “on the Point” and lastly, his two wiener dogs, Poker and Sparky.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial celebration will be held this summer on the shore of St Martin Bay, the place he called Home.
Memorial donations may be sent to AA World Services, Inc. PO Box 459, New York, NY 10163; St Jacobs Evangelical Lutheran Church, 12501 Reithmiller Rd, Grass Lake, Mi 49240, and St Martin Pointers Pavilion Fund, PO Box 266, Hessel MI 49745.
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ST. MARTINS POINT ASSOCIATION
ST. MARTINS POINT ROAD
HESSEL, MI 49745