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Obituaries

PETER CHRISTIAN MADSEN

Peter Christian Madsen, 52, of Lachine, passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. Peter was born March 16, 1967, in Sault Ste. Marie to Neil and Diane (Deuman) Madsen. On June 29, 1991, he married Pamela Lumsden. Pete played in local bands including the ...

Mary Crick Spence

SPENCE, Mary Crick, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 at her home. Mary is survived by her daughter, Laurie Termaat, and her husband, Peter, son, Hugh, and his wife, Gwen, daughter Angie Spence, son, Shane, and his wife, Patricia, son, Brodie, and five grandchildren, Mackenzie, Ashley (Daniel), ...

ROBERT E. SAROLI

SAROLI, Robert E., 70, of Alpena, died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. A celebration of life gathering will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Samaritas of Alpena. Interment has already taken place at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan. ...

RITA J. WETZEL

Rita J. Wetzel passed away peacefully after an extended illness on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 at the WellBridge Care Center in Pinckney, Michigan. She was born Sept. 4, 1935 the daughter of Stephan and Della Donajkowski. Rita was one of 12 children who grew up on a farm in Alpena, Michigan. At ...

PATRICIA BAUER MINIER

BAUER MINIER, Patricia, 91, of Onaway, died on Aug. 27, 2019 in Troy, Michigan. She is survived by three daughters, Elaine (Tome) Burks, Cynthia Zellner, and Cathy (Lyle) Doughtery, and three sons, Robert W. Jr. (Thelma Ramos), Patrick J., and Raymond C., loving friend, Dennis Bauer, and ...

EARL S. HOFFMEYER SR.

HOFFMEYER, Earl S. Sr., 82, of Onaway, died on Sept. 17, 2019 at home. He is survived by his wife, Christine, of Onaway, two daughters, Patti (Blair) Nolde and Kelli (Bob) Anderson, two sons, Allan (Barbara) and Earl Jr. (Diane), all of Onaway, 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two ...

ROBERT SAROLI

SAROLI, Robert, 70, of Alpena, died on Aug. 17, 2019 at home. A celebration of life gathering will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 at Samaritas of Alpena, 210 Wilson St. McWilliams Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements.

DELORES SPANGLER

SPANGLER, Delores, 84, of Hubbard Lake, died on Aug. 16, 2019. A celebration of life gathering for family and friends will be held at Woody’s Restaurant, Grand Lake, on Sept. 21, 2019 at 10 a.m. Interment will be at the Presque Isle Township Cemetery. McWilliams Funeral Home assisted ...

NORMAN E. GAPSKE

Norman E. “Norm” Gapske, of Battle Creek, passed away on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. He was born in Alpena, Michigan on July 31, 1932 to parents, Emil and Alma (Hartman) Gapske. He was preceded in death by one sister at birth, both parents and one sister, Betty Gapske Keen. He is survived by ...

KENNETH D. LIGHTHALL

Kenneth D. Lighthall, 81, formerly of Alpena, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Bradenton, Florida. Ken was born on June 7, 1938 in Dearborn to the late Marvin and Velma (Hoag) Lighthall. He attended Onsted High School, where he was an outstanding athlete. On Oct. 17, 1958, he ...

JAMES G. MILLIGAN

James G. Milligan, 65, of Alpena, was called home by his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 after passing away at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland. Jim was born in Alpena on April 24, 1954 to the late Lloyd and Mildred (Bromund) Milligan. He was a lifelong resident of the area. ...

ALLEN LEE EGENRIETHER

EGENRIETHER, Allen Lee, 68, of Maple Ridge Township, died Sept. 14, 2019. Beck Funeral Home will announce a complete obituary when funeral arrangements are finalized. Online condolences may be addressed through beckfuneralhome.org

BONNIE JEAN TILLER

TILLER, Bonnie Jean (Misiak), 70, born in Alpena but living out of state for over 35 years, died in Brighton, Colorado on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 after a short battle with lung cancer. Bonnie is survived by her son, Scott McFall, and daughters, Kelly (McFall) Kirby and Jessica (Mark) Bush, ...

JAMES G. MILLIGAN

MILLIGAN, James G., 65, of Alpena, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 at MidMichigan Medical Center Midland. Arrangements will be announced by McWilliams Funeral Home in the next edition of The Alpena News upon completion.

SHIRLEY M. HILLA

Shirley M. Hilla, age 92, of Rogers City, died at Medilodge of Rogers City on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. Born and raised in Alpena, Shirley was the daughter of Charles and Mabel (Pake) Rosbeck. After graduating from Alpena High School in 1945, Shirley furthered her education by training to ...

ESTHER JOHNSON

JOHNSON, Esther, 91, of Alpena, died on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 at home. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Evergreen Cemetery with Rev. James Erickson officiating. Online condolences may be registered at mcwilliamsfh.com.

KENNETH D. LIGHTHALL

LIGHTHALL, Kenneth D., 81, formerly of Alpena, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Bradenton, Florida. Visitation will take place Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at Bannan Funeral Home from 2 p.m. until the funeral service at 4 p.m. with Rev. Eugene Bacon officiating. Inurnment: Evergreen Cemetery

FREDERICK ALLEN KIMBLE

Frederick Allen Kimble, 55, of Alpena, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. Fred was born on May 14, 1964 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late Allen and Sara (Junkins) Kimble. Following his college graduation from West Virginia ...

EDMUND E. DeSMET

DeSMET, Edmund E., 86, of Lincoln, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 at Lincoln Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Community. Edmund is survived by six children, JoAnne Marie (Michael) Waldoff, Barbara Ann (Richard) Ouillet, William James (Sheri), Edmund Edward (Susan) Jr., Patrick Michael, and Tracy ...

SHIRLEY M. HILLA

HILLA, Shirley M., 92, of Rogers City, died at MediLodge of Rogers City on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. Surviving are her daughter, Wendy (Dan) Glomski, of Hawks, sons, Butch, of New Mexico, Charlie (Mindy), and David (Kathy), both of Rogers City, grandchildren, Paul (Katia), Sam (Stephanie), ...