Obituaries

Lester Chroninger

CHRONINGER, Lester David, 80, of Alpena died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at The Country House in Ossineke. He is survived by his wife, Janet; three children, Peggy Tomaszewski, Doug (Staci), Amy (David) Chidester; five grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Taylor, Rachel, Douglas, Allison; and a sister, ...

Aiden Gagnon

GAGNON, Aiden R., 9 days, of Onaway died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids. He is survived by his mother, Katelin Gagnon of Onaway; father, Mark Hitchcock of Onaway; sister, Bailey Gagnon of Onaway; grandparents, Janelle and Cliff Peters, and Kitty ...

WILLIAM TUCKER

1932-2017 William “Bill” Edmond Tucker, 85, died peacefully at the Health Alliance Hospital, Broadway Campus, in Kingston, N.Y. on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. He was born into a large family in the Midwest on a farm in Long Rapids, Mich. As early as 10 years old, Bill shared the ...

Kimberly Benaske

BENASKE, Kimberly Rene, 45, died Aug. 13, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Larry; three children, Calla Lily Anastacia, Avery Lawrence and Brendan Patrick Paul; parents, Paul and Brenda Roebuck; brother Paul Wayne (Shelly) Roebuck; one nephew and one niece. Her life's Rejoice Party ...

ERICK WILLIAM ERICKSON

Erick William Erickson Jr., 37, of Lachine passed away Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at home. Erick was born on Sept. 28, 1979, in Alpena to Erick and Valerie (Zdybel) Erickson. He had been working at Besser Company as a press operator. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working on ...

Onni Kuhna

KUHNA, Onni, 98, of Alpena died at home Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. He is survived by two sons, Gordon (Kelly) of Alpena, Steve of Fenton; a brother, Douglas of Roseville; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He has been taken for cremation with no services planned at this ...

Lester Chroninger

CHRONINGER, Lester D. 80, of Alpena died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at The Country House in Ossineke. Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Janet; three children, Peggy Tomaszewski, Doug (Staci) Chroninger, Amy (David) Chidester; five grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Taylor, Rachel, Douglas, Allison; and a ...

Maxine French

FRENCH, Maxine, 82, of Rogers Township died at Rogers City Tendercare on Sept. 8, 2017. She is survived by two sons, Brian (Maria) of Oxford and Robert of Rogers City; three grandchildren, Corine (fiance, Andrew Peplinski) Smith, Katie (James) Stuart and Jason; brother, Richard (Vicki) ...

Onni Kuhna

KUHNA, Onni, 98, of Alpena, died at home Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Arrangements will be announced by McWilliams Funeral Home in a future edition of The News.

Valerie Shields

SHIELDS, Valerie, 51, of Hillman, died Sept. 8, 2017 at Tendercare of Gaylord. She is survived by her sister, Marsha (Gary) Veihl of Cheboygan; brothers, Tom (Vickie) of Chassel; Perry of West Branch; Dennis (Suwanna) of Hillman; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in ...

EUGENE A. HOCHREIN

Eugene “Gene” A. Hochrein Jr., age 54, a lifelong resident of Alpena, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. On Dec. 25, 1962, Eugene was born in Alpena, Mich., to Eugene and Katherine (LaPointe) Hochrein Sr. He married Patricia L. Urbaniak on July 21, ...

Dennis Kreft

KREFT, Dennis Allan, 63 of Rogers City died Feb. 15, 2017, at Rogers City Tendercare. He is survived by three children, Dennis Allan Kreft Jr. of Atlanta, Stanley David (Alaina) Kreft of Alaska and Phillip Henry Kreft of Atlanta; eight grandchildren; caregiver and friend, Kim; eight ...

Larry Sorget

SORGET, Larry Allen, 52, of Bismarck Township died Sept. 5, 2017 at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. He is survived by his wife, Maria; daughter, Jade Sorget of Colorado; son, John of Nevada; six siblings, Carl (Julie) of Kentucky, Ed (Tina) of Rogers City, Kathleen Zinke of Charlevoix, ...

William Tucker

TUCKER, William Edward, 85 died peacefully at health Alliance Hospital Broadway Campus in Kingston, N.Y., on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. He is survived by his wife Jean; daughter Susan; son William; grandchildren Liam and Feona; brothers Cecil of Garshen, Ind., Tom and Maurice of Hillman; and ...

DONALD C. COUSINEAU

Donald C. Cousineau, 95, of Escanaba, passed away early Wednesday morning, Sept. 6, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital. Don was born Sept. 4, 1922, in Alpena, Mich., son of Wilfred and Irene (Dougherty) Cousineau. He was raised in Alpena and moved to Escanaba in 1960. On June 10, 1950, he ...

John Gill

GILL, John Walter, of Alpena died on Tuesday, Sept 5, 2017. He is survived by his brother, George (Marie) of Alpena; and many nieces and nephews. He has been taken for cremation and no services are planned at this time. McWilliams Funeral Home-Alpena assisted the family with ...

Jerrylean Ivester

IVESTER, Jerrylean, 89, of Onaway died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, at Bay Bluffs, Harbor Springs. She is survived by her daughter, Shirley Ittu of Onaway; son, Michael (Shirley) of Allegan; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Jane Moffitt of Cape Girardeau, Mo. Visitation ...

PATRICK RICHARDS

Patrick Richards, 68, of Alpena, Mich., died at home Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. Pat graduated from Alpena High School in 1966 and enlisted in the Army. He fought in the Vietnam War where he was wounded in battle and returned home. Pat would later marry Cynthia McCallum on Aug. 29, 1970, in ...

LEONARD T. ZOLNIEREK

Leonard “Len” T. Zolnierek, age 79, of Alpena passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, from Myelodysplastic Syndrome which progressed into acute Leukemia. On Sept. 23, 1937, Leonard was born to the late Selama (Thelma) Szymanowicz and Joseph ...

GERALD STEPHEN BUSHEY

Gerald Stephen Bushey, 74, of Black River, Mich., passed away Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. Gerald was born Aug. 21, 1943, in Pinnebog, Mich., to the late Leo and Bernice (Champagne) Bushey. Gerald grew up in Alcona County where he graduated from Alcona Community Schools. Gerlad loved to ...