Obituaries

Carl Holben

HOLBEN, Carl A., 79, of Alpena died peacefully at home on May 24, 2017. Arrangements are being handled by the Karpus-Hunter Funeral Home and are incomplete at this time. Complete obituary information will be announced by the Karpus-Hunter Funeral Home in a future edition of The News.

Kathleen Kowalski

KOWALSKI, Kathleen, age 94 of Rogers City, died May 25, 2017 at MidMichigan Medical Center in Alpena. Beck Funeral Home will announce a complete obituary when the arrangements are finalized for her memorial service which is tentatively set for late summer. Online condolences may be ...

Cynthia Royer

ROYER, Cynthia, 65, of Alpena died Thursday, May 25, 2017, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Bannan Funeral Home in a future edition of The News.

MARY ANN TOWNSEND

Mary Ann Townsend (Lamp), 88, of Alpena went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at Tendercare Greenview. Mary Ann Lamp was born on May 6, 1929, in Alpena to the late Bernard and Miriam (Thorne) Lamp. She married Russell Townsend, Jr., her high school sweetheart, on June ...

PHYLLIS ROSALIE KOPPAL

Phyllis Rosalie Koppal, 88, of Shelby Township, passed away peacefully on March 16. Phyllis was born on Jan. 30, 1929, in Alpena Mich., to James and Florence (Maciejewski) Szejbach. Wife of the late Edward Koppal (2004). Mother of James (Jim) Koppal, Edward R. (Rick) Koppal, Karen Pulte ...

Mary Alice Lefebvre

LEFEBVRE, Mary Alice Yvonne, 90, of Belknap Township died May 24, 2017, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. She is survived by eight children Ann Lefebvre of Belknap Township, Charles (Donna) of Fowlerville, Christine Lefebvre of Lansing, Maria Lefebvre of Belknap Township, Stephen ...

JAMES FENT

James Fent of Owosso, Mich., was taken home by his Lord on May 22, 2017. He was born June 23, 1935, in Flint, Mich. He was married to Trudy Arthur in Alpena on Aug. 3, 1957. He is survived by his wife; and three children, Steven Fent, Sue (Mike) Wesseldyk, Cindy (Rick) Brummette; 10 ...

JOAN A. LEHNER

Joan A. Lehner, 92, formerly of Alpena, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2017, at the Marlborough Health Center in Marlborough, Conn., where she had been a resident for the last year. She was born Sept. 23, 1924, in Detroit, Mich., to Ernest and Lou Lillian Piper. Prior to moving to ...

Audrey Soper

SOPER, Audrey Eileen, 90, of Rogers City died May 18, 2017, at Rogers City Tendercare. She is survived by a daughter, Terry (Jack) Crim of Rogers City; and six grandchildren. Private services will take place at a later time. Arrangements in care of the Beck Funeral Home. Online ...

Ignace Donajowski

DONAJKOWSKI, Ignace Joseph, 76, of Posen died on Jan 3, 2017. A memorial mass will take place on Friday, May 26, 2017, at St. Casimir Church in Posen at 10 a.m.

Irene Prano

PRANO, Irene, 96, of Alpena died Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Tendercare Greenview. She is survived by eight grandchildren: Joan, Richard, John, Benito Jr, Rachel, Jerie Jr, Rebecca, Timothy; 13 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren. Memorial visitation will take place at Word ...

Erma Wyers

WYERS, Erma Helen, 86 of Traverse City and Hubbard Lake, died Thursday, May 18, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 17, 2017, at the Huron Shores Fellowship Church, Alpena. The family will greet friends starting at 10 a.m. Visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the ...

NEALE EVAN BANKS

Neale Evan Banks, 52, of Athens, Mich., formerly of Alpena County, passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2017 in Kalamazoo County from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. A celebration of Neale’s life will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Bannan Funeral Home in ...

GERALD ANTHONY KRAJNIAK

Gerald “Jerry” Anthony Krajniak,75, of Posen, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Jerry was born on Sept. 12, 1941 in Detroit to the late Anthony and Elizabeth (Szymanski) Krajniak. He was a welder for most of his life in Detroit, eventually moving to the Posen area and ...

DORIS ELAINE LANCE

Doris Elaine Lance, 87, known to her friends as “Dodi,”passed away on Monday, May 15, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City following a heart attack. Familiar to many as a local artist, massage therapist, exercise leader for seniors, dancer and choreographer, Dodi Lance was an ...

CHARLES LEE LABELLE

Charles Lee LaBelle, formerly of Alpena, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. He was a former Marine, and joined the Michigan State Police in 1954 and retired from there in 1984 at the rank of Sergeant, last serving at the Alpena Post. He ...

Gerald Krajniak

KRAJNIAK, Gerald Anthony, 75, of Posen died peacefully on Thursday, May 18, 2017. He is survived by his daughter, Yvonne (Michael) Faupel of Kalamazoo; two sons, Gerald Kowalski of Ferndale, and Corey (Rosemary) Kowalski of Gibraltar; six grandchildren, Nathan, Nikki, Ashley and Zackery, ...

MARY JANE PETERS

Mary Jane Peters, 94, of the South end of Hubbard Lake, Mich., and Ft. Myers Beach Fla., passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017. Born at home in Ferndale, Mich., on May 12, 1923, she was the daughter of Raymond and E. Gladys (Milford) Golden. Mary Jane was a long-time resident of Alcona ...

Irene Prano

PRANO, Irene, 96, of Alpena died Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Tendercare Greenview. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Bannan Funeral Home in a future edition of The News.

VIRGINIA THERESA WESCOTT

Virginia Theresa Wescott, a long-time resident of Alpena, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 18, 2017. She was 85 years old. Virginia was born on June 15, 1931, in Saginaw to Joseph and Margaret Kwapis. She later settled in the Saginaw/Bridgeport area with her husband John and later moved to ...