Obituaries

Duncan Keetch

KEETCH, Duncan Leroy, 50, of Hillman died at home on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. He is survived by his children, Rabecka Urbance, Brandinn Joeseph, Nickole Marie Keetch all of Alpena; their mother, Stacy Sue Urbance; and five grandchildren, Dawson, Carly, Preston, Spencer, and Ryleigh; three ...

Margaret Kline

KLINE, Margaret, 88, of Alpena died Friday, July 6, 2018, at University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Bannan Funeral Home in a future edition of The News.

IDA LOU MITCHELL

Ida Lou Mitchell, 87, of Alpena passed away July 4, 2018, at Davison Family Care Home. Ida was born in Detroit on March 29, 1931, to the late John and Thelma (Watchorn) Socia. She married Jack Mitchell on Nov. 5, 1976, who preceded her in death on Nov. 30, 1992. Surviving are her ...

Gordon Peters

PETERS, Gordon 57, of Alpena died unexpectedly at home Thursday, July 5, 2018. He has been taken for cremation with no services planned at this time. Arrangements are in the care of McWilliams Funeral Home.

Jeannette Oliver

OLIVER, Jeanette, 86, of Spruce died peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Thursday, July 5, 2018, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. She is survived by six children, Betty (Gary) Grandy, of Thompson’s Station, Tenn., Roseanne (Don) Colley of Black River, Nancy (Allan) Steube ...

LOUELLA GRAWEY

Louella Grawey passed away July 2, 2018, in Sault Saint Marie, Canada. She was born Aug. 8, 1932, to Arthur and Agnes (Kreft) Ohlrich in Rogers City and married Thomas Grawey of Alpena. She is survived by five sons and two daughters, Gary (Kathy) Grawey of Alpena, Karen (Gilbert) Bohn of ...

RICHARD ARCHIE OLIVER

Richard Archie Oliver, 81, of Lachine passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital. Richard was born March 6, 1937, in Alpena to the late Frank and Ellen (Barber) Oliver. On June 27, 1959, he married the love of his life, June Ella Howay. She preceded him in ...

Claude Bauer

BAUER, Claude Everet, 97, of Alpena died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, at The Country Home. He is survived by five children, Nancy Kowalski of Alpena, David (Cheryl) of Alpena, Kenneth (Darla) of St. Peters, Mo., Anthony (Brenda) of Midland, Andrew (Kerri) of Alpena; 12 grandchildren; one ...

ROBERT W. BECKER

Robert W. Becker, age 90 of Curran, Mich., passed away at Mid-Michigan Medical Center-Alpena on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Robert was born in Detroit, Mich. on Oct. 18, 1927, to Joseph and Rosslyn (Harrington) Becker. He served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard at the end of WWII. Joseph ...

Richard Oliver

OLIVER, Richard A., 81, of Lachine died Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Bannan Funeral Home in a future edition of The News.

HENRY BRUSKE

Henry Bruske, 86, of Ossineke, died Saturday, June 30, 2018, peacefully at home. Henry was born Nov. 3, 1931, in Ossineke to Carl and Ottillia (Hartman) Bruske. Henry lived his entire life on the family dairy farm in Ossineke and died in the same house he was born in. He played baseball for ...

DONALD R. CROWELL

Donald R. Crowell, age 84 of Curran, Mich., passed away at his home on Sunday, July 1, 2018. Donald was born on Jan. 31, 1933, in Curran, Mich., to Lyle H. and Lovda I. (Moore) Crowell. He graduated from Fairview High School in 1952. Donald worked for the DNR as a fire officer before he was ...

SAMUEL FREESE

Samuel Lee Freese, 64, of Alpena died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday June 17, 2018. Sam was born on Dec. 5, 1953, in Alpena, Mich., to Jack and Gloria (Montie) Freese. Throughout his life, Sam loved and accomplished many things. He enjoyed almost everything outdoors including, hunting, ...

LEONA KASCHNER

Leona Kaschner, 93, of Alpena, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 1, 2018, at Turning Brook. Leona was born June 4, 1925, on the family farm in Sanborn Township to Ralph and Meta (Gerke) Kindt. On Sept. 18, 1948, she married William Kaschner. Leona loved following the Detroit Tigers, ...

GRAYSON THOMAS JON ROMATZ

Grayson Thomas Jon Romatz, infant son of Mary (Fabis) and Matthew Romatz of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., born June 24, 2018, at North Shore University Hospital in Evanston, Ill., died Jun 27, 2018. Survived by grandparents Thomas and Paula Fabis of Alpena, Doug and Ann Romatz of Pickford; aunts ...

RICHARD THOMAS

Richard R. Thomas, 81, of Alpena passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena after a long courageous battle with COPD. Richard was born April 27, 1937, in Essexville, Mich., to the late William and Mildred (Barcia) Thomas. On Dec. 26, 1958, he married Geraldine ...

HENRY BRUSKE

Henry Bruske, 86, of Ossineke, died June 29, 2018, peacefully at home. Henry was born Nov. 3, 1931, in Ossineke to Carl and Ottillia (Hartman) Bruske. Henry lived his entire life on the family dairy farm in Ossineke and died in the same house he was born in. He played baseball for the ...

LAURA ELLER

Laura "Pat" Eller, 87, of Ossineke passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018, at Medilodge of Alpena. Laura Pierce was Dec. 24, 1930, in Spruce, Mich., to the late Earl and Laura (McCall) Pierce. On Feb. 5, 1949, she married Alfred Eller. He preceded her in death on April 30, 2017. Pat was a member ...

Grace Freel

FREEL, Grace I., 96, of Millersburg died Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Cambridge Manor, Grandville. She is survived by one daughter, Coleen (Dan) Rook of Hudsonville; one son, Paul (Rebecca) of Dillon, S.C.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren A memorial service will be held at ...

TRACY LOWELL GROTTO

Tracy Lowell Grotto, 58, of Rogers City passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018, at Angie's Adult Foster Care. Tracy was born Dec. 20, 1959, in Flint, Mich., to the late Arthur and Norma (Mathews) Grotto. He enjoyed being outdoors and fishing. Surviving are his son, Spencer and Jennifer M. ...