Macomb County Obituary Index

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NELLIS -- John Eakins Nellis, dean of the Macomb county newspaper fraternity and senior proprietor of the Mt. Clemens Monitor, died suddenly January 26, 1904, in Mt. Clemens. Mr. Nellis was born near Brantford, Ont., August 31, 1828. There, fifty years ago, he married Eleanor Griffin, and in 1865 they came to Michigan. For some time he was one of the owners of the Wyandotte Enterprise, and was well known in Wayne county, but in 1879 he came to Mt. Clemens and with his son Frank bought the Monitor. He has been for years one of the most influential men of the city, as well as one of the most respected; was a member of the M.E. church and also of the Masonic fraternity. He leaves five children -- Frank E. and Miss Jessie Nellis and Mrs. Grace Jenney of Mt. Clemens; Mrs. Nellie Quintus, Buffalo; Mrs. George Stalker, Detroit.

Cannon, George H. "Memorial Report - Macomb County," in Michigan Historical Collections, v.34 (1904), pp.769-770.

From the Detroit News
Monday, October 26, 1959
Section 6B


Elsie, Oct 24 of 115 Market St., Mt. Clemens. Daughter of the late Joseph J. Noeker; sister of Mrs. J.J. Lynn. Services Tuesday at 9:30 from the Groesbeck Funeral Home, 226 Crocker Boulevard, near Harper in Mt. Clemens, and 10a.m. St. Peter's Church. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Detroit News, January 8, 1969
NOMER, FREDERICK, of 6331 Newhall, Detroit; dear father of Frederick R,; dear brother of Mrs. Loretta Howland, Mrs. Henrietta Dimok, Mrs. Julia Mayrend, Edward Nummer, Mrs. Mildred Bodwen. Services Saturday 11 a.m. Clyne Funeral Home, 22322 Gratiot, East Detroit.

Thank you to Ruth B. Haire for this obituary.

Mt. Clemens Press, Feb 28 1895
Roseville. Mrs. B. NUMMER died on Saturday the 23rd. Funeral services at the Lutheran church were largely attended.

Erin Twp Deaths, (a loose paper from Erin Twp filed with the County, & recently given to the Roseville Public Library). Mrs. Henriette NUMMER, nee Rein died Feb 23 1895, buried Feb 26 1895

Bernhardt C. Nummer
Mt Clemens Monitor May 27 1911
Halfway - Bernhardt C. Nummer, one of our old settlers, died Tuesday afternoon, after a long illness, age the age of 87 years. The funeral services were held at St. Peter's Lutheran church, and the remains were laid to rest at the old cemetery of the church, where his wife and one son are buried.

Funeral Card:

Mr. Nummer passed away January 3, 1977 at the age of 69 years. He was born April 23, 1907 in Warren Twp., Michigan and had been a resident of Warren for 64 years.

He leaves his wife Mabel, four daughters, Mrs. Theodore Warfield, Mrs. Kenneth Wood, Mrs. Mary Slaught, and Mrs. Joseph Witkowski; one son Edward, one brother Elmer; four sisters, Mrs. Julia Mayrend, Mrs. Lillian Howland, Mrs. Mildred Bodwen and Mrs. Henrietta Szmania; 23 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Spiller-Spitler Funeral Home, 836 North Main St., Royal Oak,Friday, January 7, 1977 with Pastor E.N. Schulte officiating. Burial will be in Cadillac Memorial Gardens,East.

Thanks to Ruth B. Haire for this obituary information.

The Detroit News-February 27,1918

Numer,George,suddenly,Feb.25. beloved husband of Mary. Funeral from his sister's residence, 1987 Mt. Elliott ave.,Friday,2 p.m. Interment Forest Lawn cemetery via auto.

Thanks to Ruth B. Haire for this obituary information.

Detroit News -December 24,1966

George B. Nummer, age 65, brother of Mrs. Clark (Loretta) Howland,26 East Bernhard, Hazel Park, died today in Sinai Hospital Detroit. He made his home at 20230 Omira, Detroit. Mr. Nummer was born October 14, 1901.

Also surviving are his wife Marie: five children, Marylouise, Ruth, James, Sharon and June, all at home: three sisters, Mrs. Julia O. Mayrand of Fraser, Mrs. Henrietta Diniock of Warren, Mrs. Joseph (Mildred) Bodwen of East Detroit; two brothers , Elmer of St. Clair Shores, and Edward and Frederick of Detroit. Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Hopcroft Funeral Home, 23919 John R, Hazel Park. Interment will be in Oak View Cemetery.

Thanks to Ruth B. Haire for this obituary information.

Detroit News, May 7,1963

NUMMER, HENRY B., 6331 Newhall. Beloved father of Yvonne; dear brother of Mrs. Loretta Howland, Mrs. Henrietta Dimock, Mrs. Julia Mayrend, Mrs. Mildred Bodwen, George,Edward, Frederick and Elmer. Services Thursday, 2:30 p.m. from the Brockmann Funeral Home, 26429 Gratiot, Roseville. Burial White Chapel.

Thanks to Ruth B. Haire for this obituary.

Mabel L. Nummer
Royal Oak - Macomb Daily Newspaper Sept 9, 1981

Mabel L. Nummer,72, died Saturday at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. Mrs. Nummer is survived by a son Edward of Drayton Plains; daughters, Mrs. Ted (Pat) Warfield of Lake Orion,Mrs. Ken (Ruby) Wood of Fraser, Mrs. Jerry (Mary) Knoblock of Roseville and Mrs. Joe (Meridith) Witkowski of Royal Oak; 24 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and sister, Mrs. Paul (Ruby) Kuzma of Skidway. Her husband, Edward predeceased her.

A funeral service was conducted Monday at the Spiller-Spitler-Morelock Funeral Home, 836 N. Main St.,Royal Oak, with the Rev. E.N. Shulte officiating. Burial was in the Caddilac Memorial Gardens East, Clinton Township.

Thanks to Ruth B. Haire for this obituary.


February 9,1936 at residence. 20735 Chalmers. Dear Mother of George,Fred,Henry,Edward,Mrs. H. Van Haverbeck, Mrs. L. Howland,Mrs. J. Mayrend and Mrs. M. Kecskes. Funeral from above residence Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Thanks to Ruth B. Haire for this obituary.

William Nummer
Mt Clemens Monitor, August 25 1911
The estate of Wm Nummer, who Aug. 16th, on his deathbed, married Hattie Schroeder, and died the day following, has come into probate court for administration. His estate is valued at $1,400, including 10 acres of land and some personalty. His widow is only 18 years of age, while he was 24.

Halfway - Probably the largest attended funeral ever held here was that of William Nummer, which took place Sunday afternoon. The deceased was held in love and esteem by all who knew him, for he was an honest, upright, diligent, and kind hearted young man. His departure is deeply mourned by a young bride to whom he had been married the night before his death; by his mother to whom he had been an obedient and dutiful son, her help and support since the death of her husband; by a sister, Mrs. F. Selerds, who in him has lost an only loving brother; and also by the member of St. Peter's Lutheran church, of which he also was a good and faithful member. Friends and relatives from detroit, Mt. Clemens, Sebewaing, Fraser, and other places, attended the funeral services in such numbers that the church could not hold them all, and many had to remain outside. The burial was at the cemetery of the church. Four cousins of the deceased and two of the widowed bride acted as pallbearers.

Macomb Co Deaths, Vol.C, Erin Twp, p.5.
William Nummer d Aug 17 1911 Erin, ae 24y 8m, gall stones, md, b Mich, s/o Fred Nummer & Lydia Oldenburg of Halfway.

Mt Clemens Monitor, Apr 26, 1907
Jefferson Ober died at his home south of Utica, Wednesday, April 24th, aged 60 years. Mr. Ober was taken sick last fall. He underwent an operation at St. Joseph’s Sanitarium at Mt Clemens hoping to better his condition, but he rapidly grew weaker until the end came. Mr. Ober has spent the greater part of his life in and around Utica, and was much respected by all who knew him. He leaves a wife, and one daughter, Jennie, and a maiden sister, Mary, to whom we extend sincerest sympathy.

Macomb Co Deaths, Vol.A, p.263
#11 Harriett S OLNEY d Feb 3 1887 Armada of heart disease, ae 65y 10m 5d, md, b NY, d/o of Saben Lewis dead & Sarah Lewis of Lenox.

Richards Cemetery - Richmond Twp.
OLNEY FM Harriet S., w/o David d Feb 3 1887 ae 66y
David S d at 90y 2m (no dates)
Sarah, w/o Laban Lewis d at 99y 11d (no dates)

Liber C, p.59
19 Jan 1829 Felix (X) Peltier & w Marie (X) Peltier to the Bishop and Parishioners of the Parish of St. Francois de Sales, $1, being one arpent or french acre square situated between the public highway and the orchard on the farm he now resides on, the same piece of land being for a grave yard or burial ground and no other purpose and the said Peltier further agrees and promises to leave the space of ten feet wide of land so as the said parrishmen may have free access the said burial ground provided always that the said parishioners shall make a good and sufficient fence on each side of the space of the ten feet land leading from the public highway to the said burial ground or graveyard. Wit: P J Dejean pret, James Meldrum, Francis Labady, Joseph X Potvin.

The tombstone for Felix Peltier in St. Peter Cemetery has the following inscription:
St. Peter Catholic Cemetery
The remains of Felix & Mary Peltier & heirs, removed from the Peltier Cem, Harrison Twp, Macomb Co Apr 23 1909: Felix Peltier, age 66, d Apr 3 1830; Wife, Mary Peltier, age 56, d Apr 15 1843.

PROPER, Frederick "Sam"
(Printed in Mt. Clemens Daily Leader, January 27, 1947)

Death Claims "Sam Proper" - Long Illness Fatal to Popular Figure
Frederick "Sam" Proper, a familiar figure in Mount Clemens since the days he first tended bar at the old Fenton House and the famous Sherman House, died Monday afternoon in St. Joseph Hospital, where he had been confined by a lingering illness. He was 57 years old.

For some 40 years "Sam" had mixed drinks, told stories and served as hunting camp companion to business men of Mount Clemens. He was known as a sportsman and his skill at billiards and pool in his younger years was a town legend.

Old timers tell of how Frederick Proper came by his nickname of "Sam" when a young man delivering mail on a rural route near his native community of Richmond. The town sports jokingly called him "Uncle Sam", so the story goes, as he drove his horse-drawn mailwagon to the farms in the district, and the name stuck until only a few of his wide circle of friends and acquaintances knew the real one.

"Sam" was proud of his bartending ability and stuck to the business most of his life. He started at the Fenton House, and later transferred to the Sherman House, where he served for many happy years the drinks upon which he prided himself. With the repeal of Prohibition, he returned to his familiar position behind the bar, serving at several downtown establishments. Usually at deer hunting season, Proper would accompany a northward party of local businessmen as chef and general master of ceremonies.

Surviving Proper are his father, William, a tavern keeper before him; his widow Grade, and four children, Frederick, Robert, George and Mary. A sister, Mrs. Guy Bradford, of Mt. Clemens also survive. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the LaCroix and Groesbeck Funeral Home, with burial in Clinton Grove Cemetery.
This obituary & photo submitted by Bill & Jan Proper

Proper, William C.
(Printed in Mt. Clemens Monitor Leader, June 8, 1942)

William C. Proper, 87, former North Macomb county hotel keeper and one time race track driver, is dead today at the age of 87. Mr. Proper, long known to county sportsmen, died at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at a local hospital where he had been confined a week.

Born in Brantford, Ontario, he came to the United States in 1895. From 1898 until 1900 he operated the Barton Hotel in Memphis, from 1900 until 1904 he ran the Commercial House in Richmond and from 1904 until 1906 he was manager of the Glenwood in Lenox.

Coming to Mount Clemens in 1906, he was employed by the old Iron City Club at the Macomb-Broadway intersection. Always a lover of horse flesh, Mr. Proper frequently rode a sulky in races at the old Mount Clemens track. Of late years he had been employed by Donaldson Brothers.

He was the father of Sam Proper, well known Mount Clemens bartender, who died in February of this year. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Guy Brafford, of Mount Clemens; a sister, Mrs. Ida Harris, of St. Helen, Oregon; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Hubbard Funeral Home with the Rev. J. L. Kennedy, pastor of First Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial will be in Clinton Grove Cemetery.
This obituary submitted by Bill & Jan Proper

Daily Leader, Thur. Jan 10 1946
Wilhelmina Puffpaff
Mrs. Wilhelmina Puffpaff, a lifelong resident of Macomb County passed away at her home, 3829 15 Mile road, Clinton township on Wednesday evening. She had been in ill health for several years and for the past two and one-half years increasing blindness confinered her to her home.

Mrs. Puffpaff was born in East Detroit on August 26, 78 years ago, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Gerlach. Following her marriage to Christian Puffpaff in 1887, she and her husband first moved to Detroit, later to a farm at 12 Mile and Mack road. Thirty-nine years ago they moved to the present farm in Clinton township. Mr. Puffpaff passed away on Dec. 5, 1932.

She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. August Bohm, Sr., of Utica; Mrs. Otto Klein, of Fraser; Mrs. Walter Gerlach, of Detroit; Mrs. Henry Nieman, of Mount Clemens; and Mrs. Rubin Schroeder, of Washington; three sons, Bernard of Mount Clemens, Otto, of Saginaw; and Theodore, at home. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Prayer services will be conducted from the home on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 12:30 o'clock. The remains will then lie in state at St. John's Lutheran Church, Fraser, until the hour of services at 2 o'clock. Reverend E. C. Weber officiating. Burial will take place in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit.

Mt Clemens Monitor Page 5 4 May 1934
Martha Rampton
Utica Woman Dies

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in Utica for Mrs. Martha Rampton, 84, for many years a resident there, who died Sunday at the home of her son, Edward, in Big Rapids, where she had been living for the last 3 years. Most of Mrs. Rampton's life had been spent in Utica, but she moved to her son's home in Big Rapids 3 years ago because of advanced age. A brother, John Coots, of Utica, also survives. Burial was in Utica Cemetery.

Thank you to Loretta Dunham for contributing this obituary.

Mt Clemens Daily Leader, Feb 1 1929

Shot with a 12 gauge shotgun in the hands of his 17 year old, William, who had aimed at a rabbit, Charles Reiter, 40, a farmer, of near Ray Center, died in a local hospital at 10:30 o'clock this morning from loss of blood. Reiter and his son were returning home from a woods near where they had been felling trees at 4:10 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Young Reiter had taken a gun with him in order to shoot game if any were seen. On the way back his father kicked a brush heap and a rabbit jumped out. The boy shot and the contents of the gun discharged into his father's right leg between the knee and thigh. The boy ran to his home approximately a quarter of a mile away from the scene of the shooting and summoned his grandfather William Neiman screaming "I've shot dad, Hurry and get him." Neiman, who is 66 years old, and the boy's mother, took an automobile and drove through the fields to a place near a small mound where the wounded man lay. Unable to drive their car into the mound, the aged man and Reiter's wife attempted to carry the injured man to the automobile. He was too heavy for the man and woman so they dragged him for a distance of about ten feet to the car and loaded him in the vehicle. He was taken home and a physician called who gave Reiter first aid and sent him to St. Joseph's hospital here where he died today from loss of blood. County Coroner Duncan B Hubbard was called and after viewing the body and making an investigation announced that the shooting was accidental and an autopsy will not be necessary. The body was turned over to William Will, a mortician of New Haven. Funeral arrangements have not been made.

The deceased man is a life-long resident of Macomb county. He was born near Ray Center October 9 1888, and has resided there ever since. He is survived by his widow Mrs. Lydia Reiter; three daughters; two sons; three sisters and two brothers. The children are: William Reiter, 17, Hilda 15; Edward 13; Frances 11; Edith 6 years old all at home. Mrs. Arthur Bauerman, Mrs. Harry Coats, sisters and Robert and David Reiter, brothers, all of Richmond also survive.

Progress- March 23, 1955

Arnold G. Renshaw

Utica- Funeral Services for Arnold G. Renshaw, 62, who died unexpectedly last Tuesday at his home, 43330 Ryan Road, Sterling Township, following a heart attack, were held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Schwarzkoff- Milliken Funeral Home, Utica.

The Rev. G. MacDonald Jones, pastor of the Utica Methodist church, officiated, with burial in the Troy Cemetery (Union), Oakland County.

A resident of Sterling Township for over 50 years, Mr. Renshaw was born May 21, 1892 in Troy Township, a son of the late Eli and Martha Prager Renshaw(see her obituary, below). He was married to Gertrude Adams June 23, 1915. Mr. Renshaw was a farmer.

Besides his wife, Gertrude, the deceased is survived by town sons, Ivan, of Utica; and Neil, of Auburn Heights; a daughter, Mrs. June Snyder (see June Snyder obit further down), of Utica; and three grandchildren. He also leaves a brother, Stowall, of Ottisville, Mich.

Submitted by Eric J. Graham

Macomb Daily- July 1981

Gertrude H. Renshaw

Sterling Heights- Gertrude H. Renshaw, 86, died Wednesday at William Beaumont Hospital, Troy.

A lifelong resident of the Utica area, she was a former school teacher at Maple Grove School at Kleino and Utica Roads. After her marriage in 1915, she worked at her farm at 19 Mile and Ryan Roads.

Mrs. Renshaw is survived by her sons, Ivan of Utica and Neil of Auburn Heights; daughter, Mrs. June Snyder of Utica; six grandchildren and one great- grandson. She was predeceased by her husband, Arnold.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the William Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 8459 Hall Road, Utica, with Dr. Robert K. Harris of the Utica Evangelistic Center officiating. Burial will be in Troy Union Cemetery, Troy.

Submitted by Eric J. Graham
See ADAMS obituaries for related family members

Mrs. Martha Renshaw Passes Away

Dies at her home on 18 Mile, Dequindre Mrs. Martha Renshaw (nee PRAGER), age 65, widow of the late Eli Renshaw, died this morning at her home, 18-Mile road and Dequindre, after an illness of several years.

She leaves three sons, Clyde, Arnold, and Stowall, and eleven grandchiildren, besides three sisters, and three brothers.

Funeral Services will be held from the family home Thursday at 2 p.m., with the Rev. H. Magahay officiating. Burial will be in the Union Corners Cemetery (Troy).

E. A. Schwarzkoff mortician, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Submitted by Eric J. Graham

Frances S. RINTZ -Clinton Township. Services for Frances S. Rintz, 80, of 17374 Millar, will be at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at Kaul Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at St. Thecia's Catholic Church with Rev. Mario DiGuilo celebrating mass. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit. A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Mrs. Rintz, who was born on Feb. 22, 1890 in Detroit, died Monday at the Harrison Community Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, in 1955. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Max (Helen) Dean of Detroit; six sons, Leo of East Detroit, Edward of Clinton Township, Leonard and Melvin of Warren, Frank and George of Detroit; one sister, Mrs. Catherine Brenda of Detroit; 15 grand children and 11 great grand children. This appeared in the Macomb Daily 5/12/1970 and was submitted to the Macomb page by Susan Ryntz

RINTZ, Frank E.
Frank E. RINTZ, 76, of Warren died March 8 and was buried March 12 at St. Mary Cemetery in Royal Oak following services at William Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 705 W. Eleven Mile, Royal Oak and at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Hazel Park. Mr. Rintz was born Feb. 22, 1897 in Madison Heights. He had the Shady Grove Bar in Warren for 25 years. He was a World War I veteran and a member of St. Mary Magdalen parish. Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Metty, of Warren; two grandchildren; two brothers, John of Royal Oak and William of Warren and a sister, Mrs. Anne Felmlee of Royal Oak. This appeared in The Macomb Daily 3/15/1973 and was submitted to the Macomb page by Susan Ryntz

Leon M. RINTZ, 48, a Warren resident 24 years, died Thursday at St. Joseph Hospital East, Mount Clemens. A U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, he was an employee of Mount Clemens Bank and a former employee of Beneficial Finance Corp. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; son Michael of Roseville; daughters, Theresa Irwin of East Detroit, Leslie of Warren; one grand son; parents, Leo and Helen Rintz; and sister, Frances Lumley. Services will be 9 a.m. Saturday at the A. H. Peters Funeral Home, 32000 Schoenherr, Warren, and 9:30 a.m. at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Warren, with the Rev. Gerald Britz officiating. Burial will be in the Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township. A Rosary will be recited 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. today. This appeared in The Macomb Daily 3/21/1986 and was submitted to the Macomb page by Susan Ryntz

Leonard J. RINTZ -Roseville. Leonard J. Rintz, 61, a horticulturist for the Detroit Institute of Arts and Macomb County resident for 21 years died Wednesday at his home here. Survivors include his wife, Mary; one son, Dennis; one sister, Helen Dean; and four brothers, Frank, Leo, Edward and Melvin. Services will take place 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kaul Funeral Home, 27830 Gratiot, Roseville. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit. This appeared in The Macomb Daily 11/3/1978 and was submitted to the Macomb page by Susan Ryntz

(Rintz?)RYNTZ, Edward F.
RYNTZ, Edward F. Age 86. March 4, 1998. Beloved husband of the late Stella. Dear father of Edward, Jr. (Mary Ann), Charles (Carol), Jo Anne Prieur and the late Thomas (Betty). Brother of Theresa Okonoski and Sister Joseph Ann. Also survived by 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Instate Saturday 10 a.m. at St. Martin DePorres Church until time of service at 10:30 a.m. Visitation Thursday 5-9 p.m. & Friday 1-9 p.m. at the D. S. Temrowski & sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Rd at Common. K of C Rosary Friday 7:30 p.m. This appeared in the Detroit News and was submitted to the Macomb page by Susan Ryntz

Emeline Roberts
Daily Monitor Leader, Jan. 3 1946
Macomb County's oldest native resident, Mrs. Emeline Roberts, who spent her entire life in Chesterfield Township, is dead at the age of 101 years and 12 days. She died Wednesday evening at her farm home, 8060 Meade-Fairchild road, less than a mile distant from the old Cotton farm on Gratiot road where she was born Dec. 21 1844. Remants of Indian tribes roamed Macomb County and traded with the early settlers during her childhood.

She joined the Baptist Church at the age of 22 and remained a member for 79 years. Throughout her lifetime, until extreme old age weakened her, she attended the old pioneer chesterfield Baptist Church; on Fairchild road a short distance north of Whisky road. The old church, long since disused by the Baptist faith, will be reopened for her funeral Sunday afternoon, and Rev. Joseph Grosa, Mount Clemens Baptist minister, will conduct services there. An evangelist has recently conducted interdenominational services at the church. The burial will take place in the old churchyard, where her parents and members of te old Cotton and Fairchild families were interred for more than four generations.

Mrs. Roberts was the daughter of the late Otis W., and Martha Fairchild Cotton, who settled in Chesterfield in the 1830's and were pioneer farmers on the Gratiot turnpike. They came from Vermont and New Jersey. As a child Mrs. Roberts was familiar with the Indian visitors who visited at her parents' farm and bartered their goods for farm products. The elderly woman retained her mental faculties until a late age, and up to a few years ago would recount many interesting tales of pioneer times.

She was married at the age of 40, on Dec. 1884 to Samuel Newton Roberts, who died on May 4, 1903 after 19 years of marriage. They had two children, Helen Louise Stroup and Carrie Lorraine Schonschack, who both predeceased their mother.

Mr. and Mrs. Roberts were married in Chesterfield Township by the late Rev. John Russell, who lived on the Gratiot road. Rev. Russell, a notable cleric of the early settlement, once was a candidate for President of the United States on the Prohibition ticket.

Mrs. Roberts had been confined to her bed for several months on her farm which is operated by her son-in-law, Arthur Stroup. She is survived by three grandchildren: Mrs. Walter Smith, of Detroit; Eunice Stroup of St. Clair Shores, and Hazen, of Mount Clemens. Their are nine great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Many old families of Chesterfield and Mount Clemens will attend the funeral services at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Chesterfield church. Arrangements are in charge of Duncan B. Hubbard of Mount Clemens. The remains will rest at the Hubbard Chapel, North avenue at Grand, Mount Clemens until the services Sunday afternoon.

The Cotton family, of which Mrs. Roberts was a member, had its roots deep in the Church and Law of England, and its members were prominent and strict Puritans. Records of the family back to 1550 reveal their connections with notable churches and universities. Rev. John Cotton, their forebear who came to the United States to seek religious freedom, entered Trinity College, Cambridge, at the age of 13, and became a Cambridge University lecturer and Dean of Emanuel Church, england, before he left his native land. He landed at Boston with his family in 1633 and was later active in that town's early history. The rest of the detailed family history, up to the time Otis White Cotton married Martha Fairchild (also a pioneer family) is a recital of American history.

Men of the Cotton family were leaders of the Minute Men of Lexington and officers in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Records show that Mrs. Robert's parents were married in Chesterfield Township on August 2, 1833. Their nine children of whom Mrs. Roberts was the sole survivor were: Louisa Cordelia Hayden, Martha Harriett Loucks, Almiron Leander, Owen White, Jonathan (Jay) Franklin, Ellen, Emeline Amelia, Helen Eliza and Ward.

Mt Clemens Monitor, November 16 1900
Ransom Rowley, died 25 Oct 1900, at Garland, Maine. All Around - Ransom Rowley, an aged resident of the village, passed away last week at the age of 86 years. He has been feeble some years, and lame. Several weeks ago he fell on the floor and broke his hip, from which accident he never recovered, but laid helpless in is bed, a great deal of care to his wife and others. His funeral was attended by his pastor, Rev. J.G. Fischer. He came less than three years ago from Utica, Mich., in order that his wife might be near her son, Charles Cole, of this place. -[ Eastern Gazette, Dexter, Maine.

Mt Clemens Monitor, May 11 1906
Mr. A J RUNYAN died at his home in Utica, Saturday, May 5, aged 80 years. Mr. Runyan has been sick for a long time and death came as a welcome relief from pain and suffering. he leaves one daughter, Miss Vina, and two brothers, Hiram and Gardner, all of Utica, and two sisters in the far West. The funeral was held at the house Tuesday conducted by Revds, Wilson and Beach. Miss May Brownell of Detroit, furnished beautiful music, and the Masonic order, of which he was a charter member, performed the last sad rites of the brotherhood and laid him to rest amid beautiful flowers in Utica cemetery.

Macomb Co Deaths, Vol.A, p.164.
Wm P Russell d 7 May 1880 Richmond, age 67y 9m 3d, md, apoplexy, minister, b NY par: dead.

Probate file 1443, roll 35 William P. Russell.
William P Russell d testate Tue 11 May 1880 in the Village of Memphis leaving $8200 in real estate. His heirs were Mary E Davis of Port Huron, Charlotte P Chatfield of Bay City, Ida B Ide of Rochester, Charles S Russell of St. Helen and dau Nettie S Russell of Memphis & your petitioner his widow Lucinda G Russell.

I believe that Lucinda was his 2nd wife and that his first wife E. P. ---- and the mother of his children died by 1870.

Mt Clemens Press, October 4, 1894
Bruno Ryman

An easier to read transcription of the above obituary:
John Briggs had a sudden call to the bed-side of his brother-in-law, Bruno Ryman, who expired Sunday night. Mr. Bruno Ryman expired September 30, 1894. In consequence there is a young wife and child left, who do not share the sorrow alone for he was dearly loved by all. He was born in New Baltimore Feb. 17, 1860 and married Miss Jessie Barrett, Aug. 23, 1892, since then he has been a resident of New Haven, where he has been active in the Baptist church. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Mrs. Clark of Armada, Oct. 2. In the Free Baptist church where many friends paid the last tribute of respect to their much loved friend.
Thank you to Liz Askew for this obituary.

Mt Clemens Monitor, April 10 1914
Martin Sachs, recently deceased in Erin, was born in Germany and came here with his parents when an infant. He was 73 years of age and leaves a widow, one son, and three daughters. He was a representative citizen.

Mt Clemens Monitor, Apr 17 1914
Estate Notice. In the matter of the estate of Martin Sachs. 9 Apr 1914 Nicholas Trombley and Jennie Sachs having filed in said court a petition praying that a certain instrument in writing, purporting to be the last will and testament of said deceased, now on file in said court be admitted to probate, and the execution thereof and the administration of said estate be granted to the said petitioners ........

Mt Clemens Monitor, Aug 2 1912
Casper Schiller, an aged and respected citizen of Mt. Clemens, died Monday night, in his 83d year. The funeral was yesterday from St. Peter's church. Mr. Schiller was born in Germany. He came to America early in life and settled at Niagara Falls, on the Canadian side. Forty-eight years ago he came to Macomb county, settling in the township of Macomb, where he was a successful farmer. Seventeen years ago he came to Mt. Clemens to live at ease. He leaves two children, John Schiller and Mrs. Caroline Bantle.

From The Daily Monitor-Leader, Mt Clemens, Michigan, November 7, 1955:


John Schiller, 95, a lifelong Macomb county resident, died Friday at the home of his son, 101 Clair street.
He was born in Clinton township Jan. 29, 1860, a son of the late Casper and Anna Schmidt Schiller. On Oct. 30, 1881, he married the former Louise Goodman.

The couple lived on a farm in Macomb township until moving to New Haven in 1916. They settled in Mount Clemens in 1926. Mrs. Schiller died in 1935.

Mr. Schiller was a lifelong member of St. Peters Catholic Church.

He is survived by his son, John, 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. Three children, Casper Schiller, Mrs. Gertrude Foss and Mrs. Anne Schwaberow, preceded him in death.

Services will be at the Will and Schwarzkoff Funeral Home at 9:30 a. m. Tuesday and at St. Peters Church at 10, the Rev. Paul C. Heenan officiating. Burial will be in St. Peters cemetery.

The Rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 8:30 tonight.

From the Macomb Daily, Monday, December 2, 1968:


MOUNT CLEMENS -- Mrs. Cora Schiller, 76, of 101 Clair, died Saturday in St. Joseph Hospital after a long illness.

She was born in Macomb Township on May 29, 1892, a daughter of the late George and Mary Gerlach Schrade. On Oct. 27, 1917, she was married to John J. Schiller.

The couple made their home in Detroit and in 1922 they moved to the present address. Mrs. Schiller was a member of Zion United Church of Christ and the Dorcas Society.

SURVIVING are her husband, John, and four children; Miss Louise Schiller and John of Mount Clemens; Kenneth, of Sandusky, and Mrs. John (Jean) Smith, of Dodson, La. Six grandchildren, a brother, Paul Schrade, Sun City, Calif.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Will & Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, 233 North Gratiot, with the Rev. H. F. J. Rest officiating. Burial will be in Clinton Grove Cemetery.

From The Macomb Daily, Tuesday, August 10, 1965:


Phillip H. Schuck, 79, a former Lenox township resident, died unexpectedly Monday at his home, 2307 Stone, Port Huron. Born March 6, 1889, in Lenox Township he lived in Lenox township until 1944, when he moved to Port Huron.

Mr. Schuck is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Mayland (Marion) Skinner, of Richmond, and two sons, Harold, of Port Huron, and Kenneth, of Wheaton, Ill. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, and one grandchild (sic). His wife, Mabel predeceased him.

Mr. Schuck was a member of Richmond Masonic Lodge 187 F.&A.M. for 52 years. The lodge will conduct graveside services. Services will be conducted at 2 p. m. Thursday at the Duncan Funeral Home, New Haven, with the Rev. Ben Hollis officiating. Burial will be at Centennial cemetery, New Haven.

From The Mt. Clemens Press, June 26, 1884:


One of the oldest landmarks of New Baltimore, Mr. Paul Sears, who has been an old man since the infancy of the present generation, and supposed to be nearly one hundred years of age, has passed to his 'home beyond the grave". At one time, Mr. Sears was considered to be the wealthiest man in the town.

Apparently the Rev. Seelye spent many of his years christening, marrying, and burying the residents of nineteenth century Macomb County. I thought, therefore, that the following might be of general interest. Note: Brooklyn is the old name of Davis, in Ray County. The date attached to this clipping is January 12, 1895. It was in a scrapbook so I do not know in which newspaper it originally appeared.

Rev. Thomas Seelye This good man, after a ministry of over fifty-one years in the conferences of Michigan, was translated on Thursday, the 3d inst., from his home in Ann Arbor. The wonder is that with his frail constitution he tarried on earth so long, and wrought so much. As a child he was sickly, and his parents had little expectation of keeping him long, and if he should survive, they anticipated his becoming a confirmed invalid. Several times he passed through ordeals of illness, twice or thrice was given up as dying. Despite expectation and appearances he attained to seventy-two years and eleven months of life, spending a third of a century as a pastor, and preaching at times during the eighteen years he was on the superannuate list.

Bro. Seelye was born in Oneida county, at Westmoreland, N.Y., Feb. 3, 1822. His father’s name was Cornelius, and his mother’s maiden name Rachel Smith. They moved to Lorain county, Ohio, when Thomas was just past his first year. His conversion occurred in 1837. Between then and 1843 he came to Michigan, and began his ministry in the early part of 1843 as a supply on the Dundee circuit, Josiah Brakeman being presiding elder of the district. In the fall of that year he united with the conference on trial. Three years later he was ordained deacon by Bishop Morris, and two years later still elder by Bishop Hamline. His pastorates have been at Hillsdale, Brooklyn, Almont, Lexington, New Haven, Washington, Oxford, Hadley, South Flint, Grand Blanc, Flushing, Hartland, Richmond, Brandon, Swartz Creek, Romeo, Dixboro, and Augusta. The years of respite from pastoral labors were spent upon his farm near Armada, and latterly at Dexter and Ann Arbor. He was married at Romeo in 1848 to Miss Naomi D. Sutherland, by his former colleague, Rev. Caleb A. Bruce. Of six children, five are still living: Rev. M. T. Seelye, pastor of Leoni; Prof. O.C. Seelye, of Racine, Wis.; Mrs. S. A. Kendrick, widow of the late Dr. Warren Kendrick, of Plymouth; and Misses Carrie and Jennie Seelye.

Bro. Seelye was of a very retiring nature, unassuming, quiet, diligent, devoted, sensitive in conscience, pure in motive and character, and spotless in his life. Because of his modest bearing and simplicity of tastes he did not press himself upon the attention of others, nor manifest at conference gatherings his worth and abilities as fully as some would have done. These virtues, however, endeared him all the more to the people of his charges, and to his friends. As a preacher he was clear and faithful, rather than showy. Revivals attended his ministry. At Hadley the conversions during his pastorate numbered some 300. At Lexington the meetings roused such universal interest that all the usual amusements of the season had to be abandoned. A man who had just built a new hotel arranged for a brilliant ball in his new dance hall, even sending to a neighboring city for his musicians. But when the night came the musicians were all who were present, as the young people had flocked to the revival meetings. The proprietor was so angry that he threatened to prosecute Mr. Seelye for interfering with his business, but venturing one night into the meetings he himself was convicted and gloriously converted, and invited Mr. Seelye to transfer his meetings from the little schoolhouse to his large dance hall.

His early educational advantages had been in the district school and in the Norwalk seminary at the time when Bishop Thompson was principal. Infirm health, however, interrupted his seminary studies, and did not permit a completion of the course. He had a fondness for learning, and pursued his studies alone with diligence. His self-distrust led him to resist the call to the ministry, which came to him when about nineteen years old. He thought he would be unable to preach, and declared that he would not consent to becoming a minister, let the consequences be what they might. While in this state of rebellion a very remarkable experience came to him, and he thought it a providence intended to save him from the mistake and sin of final refusal to preach the gospel. He was taken very ill, and all his friends supposed him to be dying. At this time he had a vision, or seemed to be passing through a spiritual transportation. Two angels came and escorted him to the other world. He was borne by them upward along a pathway of light. Supreme peace and the most exquisite joy filled his soul, brightness ineffable shone down from above; he was drawn by an attraction of delight toward the celestial world. The glory of heaven was within and without. Suddenly he was stayed in his approach to heaven, and his angel companions were told that he must return, as his life-work was not done. Back from the brightness he receded to the darkness of earth, and was re-established in his physical tenement. Even then his will did not bend to the divine all.

In a second illness, some time after, a disclosure of hell was made to him, and a voice seemed to say that it was his to choose between that place of final abode and obedience to the call of duty. Then he surrendered and the prolonged controversy ended. His religious experience exemplified childhood religion, and a later conversion. From very early years he prayed, read the Bible, and cultivated friendship with God. In his teens this early fervor was chilled, and at the age of fifteen he was clearly converted during a great revival which, in 1837 swept through Ohio. Bro. Seelye was deeply religious. Inheritance and environment contributed to it. His grandfather was a prominent local preacher in New York, and his parents among the first members of the little church in Lorain county, Ohio. Of his wife’s family, four brothers were ministers, sons of Col. Andrew Sutherland, of Cambria, Niagara County, N.Y. He transmitted to his own family the lessons and benedictions of piety that he received, and his five children are all devoted members of the church, one being in the ministry. Of two institutions he cherished the same estimate as the Puritans – the church and the schoolhouse. Religion and education were, to his mind, the greatest wealth a parent could lead his children into. Hence he not only sought the conversion of all his children, but afforded them the means of this higher education.

His domestic life was one of unusual beauty and blessedness. At family prayers on New Year’s day, after singing, “My Faith Looks Up to Thee,” he said to the family: “Now let us repeat some texts of Scripture that give our experience, and I want to say for myself, ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits to me.’”

At the church New Year’s service that same evening this singularly sweet testimony was given by him, and has been sent to us by his pastor, Rev. Dr. Cobern. This is the substance of it:

“This is the happiest New Year of my life. I am all the Lord’s. He directs my steps. Whether I live the entire year or but two days of it, I am determined to make each day the best day of my life. I cannot only say that I do not fear death, but I can say that I shall be glad to depart when it is the Lord’s will, for while to live is Christ, to die is gain.” It is remarkable that it was just two days later that he died, the cause of his decease not being very clear.

The funeral services were held in the First M.E. church, Ann Arbor, Sunday afternoon, Jan. 6, Rev. J. W. Crippen, Rev. F. Ohlinger, Rev. E. Steele, and Rev. F. A. Soule assisting the pastor. The remarks of our aged Brother Steele, who had been long associated with Brother Seelye, being particularly affecting."

From the Macomb Daily, Wednesday, July 8, 1970:
MOUNT CLEMENS -- Lena E. Smith, 84, of Mount Clemens and former resident of Macomb Township died Tuesday morning.

She was born in Macomb Township on August 23, 1885, a daughter of the late Frederick and Sophia Foss. She married Charles Smith on October 6, 1904. The couple settled in Ray Township and later moved to a farm home on Twenty-Five Mile Road in Macomb Township.

Mr. Smith died on November 14, 1941. For the last several years she made her home with her grandson, Roy Smith. Surviving is her son, Charles W. Smith of Mount Clemens; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Will & Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, 233 North Gratiot Avenue, with the Rev. Wilbert Winkler officiating. Burial will be in Meade Cemetery
This obituary contributed by Jim Arnold

Postmaster G. H. Snook
Mt Clemens Monitor May 12, 1911
[from the Monitor, May 6th 1881]
Dr. W. D. Dicker, Postmaster G. H. Snook, Chas. Wood and Morey Axtell, young, promising men and prominent citizens, are drowned in Lake St. Clair, April 27th, while attempting to cross the lake between Strawberry Island and Clinton River in a small boat. The details of the awful tragedy could never be known. Morey's body was found adrift in the boat, and the bodies of the others were subsequently recovered from the lake.

ETHEL E. SNYDER (Partial Obituary)
Mt. Clemens Monitor-Leader October 15, 1956 Page 8
"Funeral services will be held on Wednesday for Mrs. Ethel E. Snyder, 77, who died early today in her home, 74 Washington, following a long illness."
(Thanks to Loraine DiCerbo for contributing this, and the next, obituary).

Macomb Daily- July 16, 2001

June A. Snyder

June A. Snyder, 76, of Utica, died Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at William Beaumont Hospital, Troy. She was born Jan. 14, 1925, in Sterling Heights.

Mrs. Snyder was a homemaker and a graduate of Utica High School.

She is survived by her son, Robert (Shirley) Scott of Utica; and brothers, Ivan (Sharlene) Renshaw of Utica and Neil Renshaw of Auburn Hills. She was predeceased by her husband, George Snyder.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Wm. Sullivan and Son Funeral Home, 8459 Hall Road, Utica. Burial will be in Utica Cemetery, Utica.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today and 1-8 p.m. Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Mrs. Snyder was the daughter of Arnold Renshaw and Gertrude Adams Renshaw.(see Renshaw obituaries, above)

Submitted by Eric J. Graham

Tuesday November 10, 1959
William F. Stanswick

Funeral arrangements for William Francis Stanswick, 60, who died Monday afternoon in an auto accident, were being made today by Groesbeck Funeral home, to be announced later.

Mr. Stanswick, who retired last November as a rural mail carrier after 31 years of service, lived at 39289 Ormsby street, Mount Clemens. Surviving him are his wife, Frances, and the following sons and daughters; Mrs. Mary Perry, William H. and Thomas, all of Mount Clemens; Mrs. Aileen Michael of Chicago, Edward Wallace and Mrs. Kathleen Sunntag of Detroit. One son, Robert, predeceased him.

Also surviving are a brother, Claude, of Green Island, N.Y. and a sister, Mrs.Andrew Capone of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

A member of the Metropolitan Club and the Letter Carriers Association, Mr. Stanswick was born in Cohoes, N.Y., a son of the late William and Martha Stanswick.

Thanks to Loraine DiCerbo ( for this obituary.

The Detroit News
Thursday March 16 1978 Page 12 D

suddenly. Beloved wife of Leo, dear mother of Mary Stanik,Frieda Raskin, Michael Van Haverbeck and Jeanette Epstein; stepmother of Robert Szmania and Sister Mary Ann,IHM; nine grand- children and one great-grandchild also survive; sister of Elmer Nummer, Lily Howland,Julie Mayrend and Mildred Bodwen. (Henrietta Nummer/Vanhaverbeck/Szmania was the daughter of George W. Nummer and Mary Wirth.)Reposing at the Leo T. Sobocinski Funeral Home 22121 Kelly Road (between Eight- Nine Mile) until 9:15 a.m. Saturday. To St. Basil Church at 10:00 a.m. Burial Mt. Olivet. Prayer Service Friday , 830 p.m.

Thank you to Ruth Haire for submitting this obituary.

Mount Clemens Monitor Leader - Jan. 11, 1907
Several times during the past few weeks mention has been made of the serious illness of Mr. Edward Teats, one of Macomb county's sturdy pioneers. In sad postscript to these paragraphs comes the announcement of his death on the evening of Jan. 2, aged 79 years. Mr. Teats was born in Dutchess Co., N.Y., in 1829. He removed with his grandparents to Michigan when thirteen years old, locating in Harrison township, this county. The story of his boyhood is much the same as that of other boys of that period, but by the time he arrived at manhood and married Miss Harriet Rackham (daughter of Simon Rackham of All Saints, Sussex Co., England) in Mt. Clemens in 1850, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. Geo. W. Newcomb, pastor of the Presbyterian church, his magnetic personality and sterling qualities had so endeared him to the hearts of his fellowmen that he was urged to accept generalship in municipal affairs. Political honors came to him repeatedly. Year after year he represented his constituency in affairs of state and history making. In business life he ever exhibited that integrity and uprightness which always bring success, he thus comparatively early in life securing a competency. But it was in domestic life that honors him greatest, because of his untiring efforts to "make childhood sweet" and his motto, "If you have a friend worth loving, love him; yes, and let him know you love him, ere life's evening tinge his brow with sunset glow." Why should good words ne'er be said of a friend--till he is dead? He loved him home, he loved his fellowman. Mr. Teats united with the Presbyterian church in 1860, (was an elder for many years) and remained in that faith until he passed beyond to enjoy with unclouded brightness the sunshine of that better land. He resided on his farm in Harrison township until 1896 when he sold the place to William Cole and came to make his home with his daughter Grace, in this city. Few men of his day and denomination have been more popular and few will be lamented more. His funeral was held from his late home with Rev. Kennedy in charge of the services who paid eloquent tribute to the memory of his co-laborer. Nine children remain to mourn his loss: Mrs. Chas. Fries, of Utica, Mrs. Henry Generecuix, of Saginaw, Mrs. Thomas Houghton, of Erin, Arthur Teats, of Harrison, Mrs. Chas. Fields of Hamtramck, Mrs. Robert Fox, of Clinton, Mrs. Anson Harris, of Hamtramck, Mrs. Allen Houghton, of Croswell, and Mrs. Jos. M. Danby, of this city. There are 29 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, also one sister, Mrs. Alice Campau of this city, and two brothers, Jacob Teats, of Kansas, and Philip Teats, of Montana.

Throop Family Monument at McCafferty Cemetery in Macomb County

Daniel H Apr 28 1835 - Oct 20 1897
Mercy A, his wife, July 4 1842 - Apr 22 1918
Ralph B 1895-1926
Aura M, his wife, 1895-no date
Harry E 1869-1941
Elizabeth, his wife, 1873-1952

Dixon Telegraph News Paper, Dixon, Lee County, IL Monday 25 March 1918.
A.H. TILLSON CALLED BY MAKER THIS MORN. Veteran Druggist of Dixon Passed Away This Morning. WELL KNOWN CITIZEN.
A.H. TILLSON, a veteran druggist of this city, passed away at 9:30 o'clock this morning at his home, 208 North Dixon Avenue, death resulting from a complication, augmented by old age.
Alonzo Herbert TILLSON was born at Mt. Clemens, Mich., July 22, 1841, and was married to Miss Nellie DOWNS in Battle Creek, Mich. 4 children were born to this union, 2 of whom survive; Mrs. Mae T. HOWELL of this city and Herbert TILLSON of Gwinn, Mich. Mr. TILLSON was one of the first vestry men of the Episcopal church, and helped to build the present church edifice. He was Senior Warden of the church at the time of his death, and was always faithful in every demand of church work. His cheerful presence and helpful ways will be sorely missed by all who knew him, and especially in the business world and in the church.

Mt Clemens Monitor, Feb 27 1911
Mary Townsend
Mary Townsend was born in Pilton, Somerset, England, August 10th 1929. Came to Michigan in 1850 and settled in Chesterfield township, this county. She was the youngest of five children, three girls and two boys, and survived them all. Miss Townsend was married to Joseph Lusk in 1854, and has since lived in Mt. Clemens and Detroit, until hr death, Feb. 16th. To Mr. Lusk were born two children, Clarence M of Detroit and Mrs. Florence e Lemmon of New Haven, who survive her.

The Daily Monitor Leader, January 2, 1948
Von Boeselager
Funeral services will be held in Mount Clemens on Monday for Mrs. Mary Gabrielle von Boeselager, age 65 years, who died this morning at her home, 21 Miller street, following and illness extending back several years.

The deceased was the widow of August von Boeselager, owner for more than 30 years of the famous Rock Garden Greenhouses, North Gratiot, who died in 1936 in the 32nd year of their married life.

She was a native of Detroit, a daughter of the late Joseph and Christine Noeker, who maintained their summer home near the Clinton river mouth.

Since her residence in Mount Clemens, and up until failing health recently prevented, Mrs. Von Boeselager was an active member of St. Peter's Catholic parish.

She is survived by the following children: Mrs. James Randolph Doll, and Beatrice von Boeselager, of Mount Clemens; August Jr., and Joseph, of Chicago; Mrs. William Compton, of Albuquerque, N. Next., and Mrs. A. F. Riha, of Austin, Tex. There are nine grandchildren.

Surviving also are two sisters, Miss Elsie Noeker, of Mount Clemens, and Mrs. J. J. Lynn, of Detroit.

The remains will be at the Groesbeck funeral home after 7 p.m., Saturday, where prayers will be conducted at 8 o'clock Saturday and Sunday, The funeral will be on Monday at 9 a.m., from the funeral home, with requiem high mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter's church, with pastor Rev, Fr. Paul C. Heenan officiating. Burial will be in the family mausoleum, Mount Olivet Cemetery, Detroit.

From the Mt. Clemens Daily Monitor-Leader
June 13, 1936

DEATH TAKES AUGUST VON BOESELAGER Pioneer Florist was in Business Here Since 1901
Was Son of Baron
August Von Boeselager, prominent citizen and pioneer florist of Mount Clemens, died at his residence on North Gratiot avenue early this morning. Mr. Van {Von} Boeselager had been ill for two weeks.

He spent brief periods of employment in Detroit, Battle Creek, Port Huron and Buffalo. In each city he showed an inclination towards the floral industry. In 1901 he came to this city and became associated in that year with the Robert Klagge greenhouses. In 1903 he established his own greenhouses at the present location on Aviation boulevard, at North Gratiot avenue. Its original area of 21,000 square feet under glass was later increased and much modern equipment installed.

In the floral industry, the name "Von Boeselager" is known throughout the United States. Mr. Von Boeselager was one of the best known producers of nursery stock, plants and shrubs.

In his civic life, the deceased was active in all local movements for the betterment of Mount Clemens; being always relied upon to donate his time, services and equipment to every public enterprise. He was associated with the Knights of Columbus and the active member of St. Peter's church.

Mr. Von Boeselager was born May 16, 1875 and was in his 62nd year. He was the son of Baron Maxmillian Von Boeselager and Baroness Clare Von Oer, of Hanover, Germany. The Von Boeselager family has been prominent among German families for more than three centuries.

Surviving is the widow, the former Miss Gabrielle Noeker, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. J. J. Noeker, Detroit; two sons, August Von Boeselager, Jr., Chicago, and Joseph , Mount Clemens; four daughters, Mrs. J. Randolph Doll and Mrs. William Nunneley, Mount Clemens, and Miss Frances and Miss Luella, at home. There are four grandchildren. Three sisters of Mr. Von Boeselager also survive. They are Mrs. Gordon O'Keefe, Detroit; Mrs. Maria Von Knoblauch, Germany, and Sister Philipine, Ursuline Order, Dorslun, Germany.

The funeral will take place at St. Peter's church Tuesday at 10 a.m. with a solemn requiem high mass. Burial will take place in Mount Olivet cemetery, Detroit. Prayers will be said at the residence Sunday and Monday at 8 p.m.

Mr. Von Boeselager attended schools and military college in Germany and at the age of 18 years left his native land for the United States. Submitted by Marge Burkheiser,
Thank you Ann Faulkner

Mt Clemens Monitor, Oct. 21 1904
Ottis Warren, of New York, grandson of Rev. and Mrs. E. W. Howe, who were buried last week, arrived here on Monday and with two daughters, Mr.s J. M. Warren, of Olivet, and Mrs. L.P. Warren of Capac, are settling the affairs of the deceased.(see also the obit for Rev. Elijah W. Howe)

Macomb Daily
Mount Clemens, MI
11 Nov 1991, p. 4A


Royal A. Wegner, 69, of New Baltimore, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 1991, in St. Joseph Hospital, Mount Clemens. He was born May 25, 1922, in Detroit.

Mr. Wegner, a 21-year area resident, retired in 1978 as a superintendent for the Macomb County Road Commission. He was a member of the New Baltimore Civic Club, Macomb Township Lions and St. John Lutheran Church, New Haven.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Shirley; son, Kerry of Washington Township; sister, Mrs. Delmay Redlawsk of New Haven; brother, Lyle Wegner of New Haven; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Visitation, 1-9 p.m. today in Gendernalik & Sebold Funeral Home, 35600 Main St., New Baltimore; service, 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Tony Troup, pastor of St. John Church, officiating; burial, Meade Cemetery, New Haven.

This obituary contributed by Yvonne Shultis

Macomb Co Deaths, Vol.C, Ray Twp, p.5
Lewis Judson Whitcomb d Mar 21 1914, md, 43y 10m 19d Ray Twp, b Mich, pernicious anemia, par: Sidney Whitcomb & Elizabeth Allison.
Davis Cemetery Readings
L J Whitcomb 1879-1914

Eva is shown as Minnie in the 1870 and 1880 censuses.

She was definitely the daughter of Albert Snover and Electra Remington, and had died prior to 11 Sep 1917, which is the date of for Albert. Albert's petition for probate names his grandson Guy A Whitcomb of Detroit and granddaughter Elizabeth Whitcomb Corlett of Pontiac. Electra died 8 Nov 1838 (date needs confirming) "of Romeo" and her probate record names her grandchildren Guy A Whitcomb of Cleveland and Elizabeth Whitcomb Cronk of Denver, children of Minnie B Whitcomb a deceased daughter.

Minnie evidently married a Murphy after the death of Louis Whitcomb. She is buried in Washington Center Cemetery with her parents. I have not searched for either her marriage or death.

Snover-Murphy FM (no dates)
Albert S Snover
Electra M Snover
Minnie B Murphy
Jesse P Ayer
No doubt Jesse P Ayer was connected with Minnie's sister Maude who had married an Ayer and lived in Grand Rapids.

Macomb Co Deaths, Vol C, Romeo, p.5. George S WHITE d Nov 5 1911 Romeo, md, ae 50y 2m 13d, pneumonia, b RI, lake captain, s/o H S White and Nancy Hutchinson of Romeo.

Macomb Co Deaths, Vol.C, Romeo, p.5. Nancy A/H WHITE White d Nov 14 1911 Romeo, md, 81y 8m 3d, pneumonia, b NH, d/o Stearns Hutchinson & Nancy Houston, dead.

Macomb Co Deaths, Vol.C, Romeo, p.22. Henry S WHITE d Dec 12 1915 Romeo, wid, 87y 8m 5d, of old age, b NY, retired clergyman, s/o Newman S White b Mass & Abigail Stark b VT.

Mount Clemens Monitor, Dec. 17, 1915.
Rev. Henry S. WHITE died at his home, Minot street, Sunday morning. He would have been 87 years old in April, and his had been a long an eventful career until the entire breakdown, a few years ago, since which time the faithful son Dr. F.N. White has sacrificed business and health for the care of his enfeebled father. Rev. White had been one of the so-called "wheel-horses of Methodism" for many years, in the way of building churches and parsonages, conducting revival services, and along all lines of aggressive pastoral work. He was pastor of the Romeo church about 40 years ago, and since his retirement has been a loyal co-worker with each succeeding pastor here. he was an active chaplain during all the civil war and has held that position in the local G.A.R. for many years, the soldier's monument at the cemetery, being one of the results of his labor. The estimable wife, who had been as closely identified with the Relief Corps. died about five years ago. Funeral services were held Wednesday, at the home of his son, with a discourse by Rev. W.M. Ward and the remains were taken to the family lot in Ann Arbor for interment.

Most likely in the Romeo Observer Press.. This clipping saved by a family member. GONE (March 30, 1924 death)
Succumbing to anaemea, Joseph M. WICKER, life-long resident of Washington died at his home here Sunday morning in his seventy fifth year.

Mr. WICKER had been suffering from anaemea for about a year and a half. In January he was overcome one night by gas fumes from a defective stove since which time his health has failed rapidly.

He was born near Holly, Michigan, July 27, 1848 and save for a few brief sojourns, has lived in Michigan all his life. All but two years of that time he was a resident of Washington. When he was two years of age his parents (Lent WICKER- Laura MILLER) moved to Utica and there occurred the unique experience which brought him here. While playing near the canal at the latter village he fell into the water narrowly escaping death by drowning. His grandmother (Orilla PERKINS MILLER, wife of Joseph MILLER), much concerned lest the experience be repeated, induced his parents to send him to an uncle and aunt living in Washington. The latter (Unn MILLER- Mary Miranda WHITCOMB) became attached to him and he never returned to the home of his parents.

Mr. Wicker was married three times. His first marriage occurred in 1882 to Ella PHELPS who died in 1890. In 1892 he married Mrs. Manda (ALDRICH,CURTIS)REED who died in 1912. His last matrimonial venture was in 1913 when he married Medora (LOOMIS) ALDRICH. The last named obtained a divorce from him several years ago. Two daughters survive him, one of which, Mrs. Mary Mower of Flint, kept house for him in Washington until about three years ago.
This obituary was submitted by Jeanne M. Gorlick

Macomb Co Deaths, Vol.D, p.116
#16 Calista Maria WILDER d Dec 6 1919 Village of Armada, ae 91y 3m 23d of senility, wid, b Mass, d/o Labon Lewis b New Hampshire & Sarah Tarble b Mass.

Obituary: Calista M. Lewis was born in Shelburn, Mass. on August 13, 1828. She was married to Barnard C. Wilder, December 1, 1852. They came from Freedom, New York to Armada on April 1, 1867 and have since lived in this vicinity, her husband preceeding her by death twenty-eight years ago. Two children, Josie of Pittsburg, and Charles E. of Armada, besides ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren, survive her.

Card of Thanks follows obituary: We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for their many kindnesses and the beautiful flowers; also the pastor and bearers for the kind helpfulness during the sickness and death of our mother and grandmother. Signed Mr. & Mrs Charles E. Wilder and Mr. & Mrs. Alsey Finch.

Bernard d Jan 16 1892 ae 71y 2m 17d
Calista 1828-1919

Thanks to Douglas Spencer for supplying this obituary.

Macomb Daily
Tuesday, Dec 24, 1974 page 4A

Macomb Township- Clara Wirth, 78, died Monday at Maccabee Gardens Nursing Home, Saginaw. Born in Detroit, she resided in Macomb Township for 42 years. Mrs. Wirth is survived by her son, Norman of Detroit; daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Della) Luchtman of Saginaw; three grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Mrs. Emma Worth of Detroit and Mrs. Rose Engel of Alabama.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Macomb Township, with Rev. Calvin Harm officiating. She will lie in state until 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Will and Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, 233 N. Gratiot, Mount Clemens, and from noon until the time of services Thursday at the church. Burial will be Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit.

Thank you to Ruth Haire for submitting this obituary. She in turn thanks Karin King who did the actual lookups!

Macomb Daily
Tuesday, January 25, 1966 page 4A

Mount Clemens - Services for William F. Wirth, 55166 Romeo Plank, Macomb Township, will be held Thursday. Mr. Wirth died Monday at St. Joseph Hospital at the age of 48. Mr. Wirth, known to his friends as Butch, was born in Detroit, on Sept. 23, 1917, a son of Clara Goetz Wirth and the late William Wirth. United in marriage with Ruth Moore on May 18, 1937, in Detroit, the couple had lived in Macomb Township since that time.

Mr. Wirth was the owner and operator of the Macomb Bar at Macomb Corners since 1939. A member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Macomb, he is survived by his wife, Ruth; three sons; William F. Jr. of Warren, Robert A., and Arnold both of Washington; and his mother, Mrs. Clara Wirth of Mount Clemens. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, a brother, Norman; and one sister, Mrs. Kenneth (Della) Luchtman of Armada.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Calvin Harm officiating. Burial will be in Cadillac Memorial Gardens East. Mr. Wirth will rest at the Will and Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, 233 North Gratiot, Mount Clemens, until 11 a.m. Thursday and will then lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

Thank you to Ruth Haire for submitting this obituary. She in turn thanks Karin King who did the actual lookups!

Monitor Leader
Wednesday, May 17, 1961 page 12

William Wirth, 66 of 18825 Twenty-Five Mile Road, Macomb Township, died at his home onTuesday morning after a long illness.

Mr. Wirth was born on April 5, 1895 in Detroit, a son of the late George and Caroline Gunthner Wirth. On March 18, 1915 he was united in marriage with Clara Goetz and in 1932 the couple moved to the present farm home. He was a member of Martini Lutheran Church, Detroit.

Surviving besides his wife, Clara, is one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Della) Luchtman, two sons, Norman and William, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Three sisters, Mrs. Katherine Glied, Mrs. Pauline LaBarre and Mrs. Frieda Bernstein, all of Detroit, also survive. Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Martini Church, 3901 Miller Street, Detroit, with the Rev. Arnold Twenhavel officiating. The body will be at the WIll & Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, 233 North Gratiot Avenue, Mount Clemens until 11 a.m. Friday and will then lie in state at the church from 1 o'clock until the time of service. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit.

Thank you to Ruth Haire for submitting this obituary. She in turn thanks Karin King who did the actual lookups!

Obituary, May 25,1838

Passes Away At Age of 55; Long Ill Fred WIRTH, age 55, died early this morning at his home, 6700 Runyan road, Shelby Township. He had been ill for several months. Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Mrs. Floyd Kelley and two grandchildren. He also leaves two brothers William and George, and three sisters, Mrs. Kate Glied, Mrs. Fred LaBarre, and Mrs. Arnold Bernstein. Mr. Wirth's body will be at his home until Thursday, when it will be removed to the home of his sister, Mrs. Bernstein, 6337 Newhall avenue, Detroit, where funeral services will be held on Saturday afternoon. Burial will be in Detroit. E.A. Schwarzkoff, mortician, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

WIRTH- Fred, aged 55, dear husband of Louise,dear father of Mrs. Floyd Kelley, grandfather of Frederick and Robert Kelley, dear brother of Mrs. Kate Glied, Mrs. Fred LaBarre and Mrs. Arnold Bernstein, William and George Wirth, the late Mrs. Mary Nummer and Carl Wirth. Services from the sister's home, 6337 Newhall Ave.,Detroit Saturday at 2 o'clock and 2:30 at the Martini Lutheran Church,3901 Leuschner Ave. Burial at Forestlawn Cemetery.

Thanks to Ruth B. Haire for supplying this obituary.

Charles Wood
Mt Clemens Monitor May 12, 1911
[from the Monitor, May 6th 1881]
Dr. W. D. Dicker, Postmaster G. H. Snook, Chas. Wood and Morey Axtell, young, promising men and prominent citizens, are drowned in Lake St. Clair, April 27th, while attempting to cross the lake between Strawberry Island and Clinton River in a small boat. The details of the awful tragedy could never be known. Morey's body was found adrift in the boat, and the bodies of the others were subsequently recovered from the lake.

WOOD -- Deacon George Wood, one of the oldest residents died Jan. 4, 1904, at Mt. Clemens. He was born in England February 10, 1816, and came to this country when he was 27 years old and has lived on the farm where his death occurred ever since. He was married two years after his arrival in Macomb county, and is survived by his wife and eight children. The children are Mrs. Elizabeth Wolvin, of Davis; Mrs. Mary Warren, Davison; Mrs. S. Cashner, Spearfish, Dak.; Mrs. Fanny Kohler, Lapeer; Mrs. James G. Tucker, Mt. Clemens; Mrs. Jennie Foote, Harbor Springs; Mrs. Martha Ineson, Dallas Center, Iowa, and James Wood, who lived on the home farm and tenderly cared for his father in his declining years.

For over a half century Deacon Wood was identified with the Baptist church of this city. He was a man with fine natural ability, besides being unusually well red, and he represented a type which is fast disappearing in this country.

Cannon, George H. "Memorial Report - Macomb County," in Michigan Historical Collections, v.34 (1904), p.771.

Mt Clemens Monitor, Jan 25 1935 Romeo -- Mrs. Phoebe WOODMAN, 84, died at her home here Sunday night after having been in poor health for some time. Surviving are a son Orrion, and three sisters, Mrs. Adell Switzer of Ypsilanti, Mrs. Herman Curtis of Flint, and Mrs. Ida Wheeler of Pontiac. She was a member of long standing with the Methodist church. The Rev. A.F.T. Butt officated at the funeral Wednesday with burial in the Davis cemetery. (note: Phebe was the daughter of John G Dicken & Alice Cornelia Banister, and widow of William Nelson Woodman)

Daily Monitor, Oct 18 1940
Word has been received in Washington by relatives of the recent death of Dr. Wellington Yates, of Detroit. Dr. Yates was a former resident of Washington and attended high school at Romeo. He was 73 years of age. He is survived by his widow, Edna; daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Coates, Westerfield, Conn.; a son Bruce, of Detroit; and eight brothers and sisters. They are Mrs. Minnie Hartley and Mrs. Maude McCutcheon, both of Washington; Albert Yates, Yonkers, N.Y.; Mrs. Mary Springstein and Mrs. Nancy Jean, both of Detroit; R. J Yates, Erie, Pa. and Mrs. Helen Childs, Chicago. Funeral services were held at Detroit.

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