Obituaries

KAREN M. VALLEY

Karen M. Valley, 85, of Alpena died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. Karen was born Nov. 8, 1932, in Millersburg, Mich., to the late Burdette and Edna (Wendt) Valley. He served in the U.S. Navy with shipboard time spent overseas. He married Carol Phillips on ...

RUSSELL ALBERT PAGE

Russell Albert Page, 87, of Alpena passed away Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, at his home. Russell was born Dec. 26, 1929, in Detroit to Jessie and Alberta (Bass) Page. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. On April 16, 1949, he married Beverly McLaren. They moved from Detroit ...

Emily Seaton

SEATON, Emily Anne, 29, of Ossineke died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. She is survived by her mother, Polly; sister, Olivia Seaton; and fiance D.J. Homant. A memorial will take place at Sanborn Township Hall on Saturday, Dec. 30, from 4-7 p.m. Cremation arrangements have been handled by the ...

KAY DON SELKE

Kay Don Selke, age 82 of Rogers Township passed away at home on Dec. 24, 2017. He was born Nov. 24, 1935, in Rogers City to Louis and Ruth (Pake) Selke. Kay Don graduated from Rogers City High School in 1953. He served in the Polar Bear Division at the Yukon Territory while in United ...

Karen Valley

VALLEY, Karen M., 85, of Alpena died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. He is survived by his wife, Nellie; two children, John (Laura) of Carson City, Nev., Ron (Sue) Valley of Herron; two step-children, Pam (Steve) Lemorie of Lansing, Craig (Rhonda) Buhl of ...

Steven Wirgau

WIRGAU, Steven, 39, formerly of Alpena died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at University of Kentucky Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Bannan Funeral Home in a future edition of The News.

DAVID CHARLES JANOSKO

David “Shorty” Charles Janosko, 75, of Alpena, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. Shorty was born Dec. 13, 1942, in Clymer, Pa., to the late Charles and Anna (Henry) Janosko. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He married Patricia Ann ...

Russell Page

PAGE, Russell, 87, of Alpena died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Bannan Funeral Home in a future edition of The News.

Diane Schram

SCHRAM, Diane Arleen, 70, of Alpena died Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 at Tendercare - Greeenview. She is survived by two children, Arlene (James) Huseltine and Craig Stantesly; and granddaughter, Abigail. Cremation arrangements have been handled by the Bannan Funeral Home.

Kay Don Selke

SELKE, Kay Don, 82, of Rogers Township died at home on Dec. 24, 2017. Memorial visitation will take place at the Beck Funeral Home on Thursday, Dec. 28, from 4 until 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Family and friends may gather at Peace Lutheran Church on Friday from 10 a.m. through ...

JOAN ALICE PATTERSON

Joan Alice Patterson, 81, Roscommon, died Dec. 14, 2017, at King Nursing and Rehabilitation Community, Houghton Lake. A private family service will be held at a later date. Born April 18, 1936, in New Boston, she was the daughter of Carl Frederick and Ada Emma (Knope) Russow. She had ...

JUDITH KATHRYN THOMPSON

Judith Kathryn Thompson, 73, of Alpena passed away Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at Altercare of Big Rapids Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing Care following a short battle with brain cancer. Judith was born March 2, 1944, in Alpena to the late Fred and Josephine (Kotwicki) Thompson. She was ...

GREGORY WILDER

Gregory Wilder, 65, of Harrisville passed away Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, at his home. Gregory was born May 17, 1952, in Alpena to Ross and Frances (McConnaughey) Wilder. He enjoyed fishing, bicycling, wild life, and yard work. Surviving are his parents, Ross and Frances Wilder; two ...

ROSS WILDER

Rev. Ross Wilder, 90, of Hillman passed away Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at his home. Ross was born in Muskegon on May 23, 1927, to the late Mark and Violet (Klein) Wilder and married Frances McConnaughey on Sept. 1, 1949. Ross served in the United States Marie Corp during WWII. He served 5 ...

STANLEY ZABORNEY

Stanley Zaborney Jr., age 88 of Posen passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 23, 2017. He was born Feb. 14, 1929, in Long Rapids Township to Stanley and Agnes (Berant) Zaborney. Stan graduated from Alpena High School in 1947. On Nov. 12, 1949, he married Virginia Wcisel at St. Casimir ...

ALFRED EDWIN BLOCK

Alfred Edwin Block, 93, of Hillman, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at Hillman’s Haven. Alfred was born Oct. 1, 1924, in Saginaw to Frederick and Emma (Schmittgen) Block. He began his military service in June of 1944 as a Private First Class in the 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division. He ...

LOLETA IRENE BROTZKE

Loleta “Leda” Irene Brotzke, 77, of Lachine, entered eternal rest Saturday Dec. 16, 2017, at Mid-Michigan Medical Center-Alpena surrounded by her loving family. Leda was born June 26, 1940, in Paris, Tenn., to Harry and Hilda (Hurt) Waters. On Sept. 9, 1961, Leda married the love of ...

GENEVIEVE K. CHABOT

Genevieve K. Chabot, 83, of Alpena passed away Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. Katherine Genevieve Couillard was born Feb. 18, 1934, in Alpena to the late Charles and Anna (Lipski) Couillard. On June 21, 1952, she married Arnold Dodd. He preceded her in death on ...

CHRISTOPHER TANNER COWDIN

On the 20th of December, 2017, the world lost an amazing husband, father, grandfather and friend. Christopher “Chris” Tanner Cowdin, 78, of Harrisville Mich., succumbed to pancreatic cancer at this home on beautiful Lake Huron with his family. Chris was born to Robert Cowdin and Phyllis ...

Shorty Janosko

JANOSKO, Shorty, 75, of Alpena, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McWilliams Funeral Home in a future edition of The News.