Obituaries

JOYCE M. FITZPATRICK

Joyce M. Fitzpatrick of Grand Ledge passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 25, 2017. Joyce was born Sept. 22, 1943, in Alpena to the late Joseph and Jane (Romel) Henski. She had 15 brothers and sisters who graduated from Alpena Catholic Central in 1961. Joyce married the ...

PRISCILLA JO FOURNIER

Priscilla Jo Fournier, 75, of Alpena passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017, at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. Priscilla Jo Jones was born on Aug. 23, 1941, in Caro, Mich., to the late Allen and Luella (Howard) Jones. On Aug. 10, 1963, she married Bob Fournier. He ...

Dale Hallman

HALLMAN, Dale Gordon, 68, of Alpena, died Tuesday, March 21, 2017. A memorial service will be announced in a future edition of The News. Arrangements are in the care of McWilliams Funeral Home.

RITA M. MAKOWSKI

Rita M. Makowski, age 77, of Alpena passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, March, 27, 2017, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland. Rita was born on May 30, 1939, in Rogers City, Mich., to Jack and Genevieve (Markey) Robarge. Rita married Donald V. Makowski on Jan. ...

Loretta McEwen

MCEWEN, Loretta (Lorie), 61, of Lachine, died Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Bannan Funeral Home in a future edition of The News.

Raymond Roznowski

ROZNOWSKI, Raymond C., 87, of Metz, died March 27, 2017, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. He is survived by five sons, Casimir (Linda) of Alpena, Wayne C. (Janet) of Metz, Bernard (Bonnie) of Posen, Michael C. (Vicki) of Hawks and Ernest of Alpena; 21 grandchildren; 32 ...

RODNEY NELSON RUELL Rodney Nelson Ruell, “The Iron Fireman,” 66, of Presque Isle, died Saturday, March 18, 2017, at home. Rodney was born Oct. 3, 1950, in Alpena, Mich., to R. Charles and Elizabeth (Gray) Ruell and has been a life-long resident of the area. After graduating from Posen ...

Shirley Whitener

WHITENER, Shirley I., 93 of Onaway, died Sunday March 26, 2017, at Autumn Woods Health Care in Warren. She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne (Thomas) Bobola of Onaway and William (Linda) Van Conant of Royal Oak; and two grandchildren, Tara and Brian Van Conant. Cremation arrangements ...

BERTINA EVELYN BLAIR

Bertina Evelyn (Dekett) (Graber) Blair, age 96, of Benton, formerly of Rose City, Mich., passed away on March 21, 2017. Bertina was born June 4, 1920, to the late, Guy and Vera DeKett in Alpena, Mich. She was a former school teacher in Michigan, where she was voted most outstanding ...

BARBARA BLANCHE KEETCH

Barbara Blanche Keetch, 69, of Hillman passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at home. Surviving are her four sons, Duncan, Larry, Dan (Tina), Doug (Elena); nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Alex, Bobby; sisters, Carol and Rosie. Mrs. Keetch was preceded in ...

Rita Makowski

MAKOWSKI, Rita M., 77, of Alpena died Monday, March, 27, 2017, at MidMichigan Health Center-Midland. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Karpus-Hunter Funeral Home in a future edition of The News.

Mitchell Miller

MILLER, Mitchell Henry, 54, of Lachine died on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at his home. He is survived by his daughter, Katryna; granddaughter, Brooklyn; father, Allen; siblings, Wayne, Carol, Wanda, Brian, and Dan. Cremation arrangements have been handled by the Bannan Funeral Home.

KAREN F. MOLDENHAUER

Karen F. Moldenhauer, 66, of Alpena passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 24, 2017. She served in the United States Army. Surviving are her husband, Dennis; four children, Lisa (Larry) Angst, Jason (Mary) Moldenhauer, Dennis (Heather) Moldenhauer, Kim (Jason) Habermehl; 13 ...

LOUIS RAYMONDA NIEDZWIECKI

Louis Raymond Niedzwiecki, 80, of Alpena passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017. Louis was born on June 29, 1936, in Alpena to the late Zygmund and Martha (Yarch) Niedzwiecki. On April 22, 1994, he married Barbara Mott. He was employed at Huron Portland Cement for many years up to his ...

John Tierney

TIERNEY, John J., 43, of Midland died unexpectedly on Thursday morning, March 23, 2017, at Mid-Michigan Medical Center-Midland. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; three children, Ellyana, Ayden, and Hayes; his father and mother, John and Helen (Berwanger) Tierney of Onaway; his brother, ...

SANDRA LEE PUTKAMER-DISLER

Sandra Lee Pukamer-Disler of Pottersville, Mich., originally of Alpena, passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Sandra was born on Dec. 9, 1951. Surviving are spouse Dennis Disler; siblings Dale (Judy) Putkamer, Carol Putkamer, Rita (Pat) Washburn, John (Joette) Putkamer; a sister in law, ...

JAMES F. DROOGER

James F. Drooger (March 14, 1927-March 21, 2017) a long term resident of Hubbard Lake died peacefully on March 21, 2017, at the Alpena Tendercare Nursing Home. Predeceased by his spouse Mary E. Drooger (2010), he is survived by his nieces and nephews (and extended family) — Pati (Dennis) ...

Josephine Tavernier

TAVERNIER, Josephine M., 91 of Rogers City, died March 25, 2017 at Rogers City Tendercare. She is survived by two children, Diane (Ernie) Weigand of Rogers City and Ronald Tavernier of Flint. Beck Funeral Home will announce a complete obituary when the date and time is set for a ...

Karen Moldenhauer

MOLDENHAUER, Karen F., 66, of Alpena died peacefully at home on Friday, March 24, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Dennis; four children, Lisa (Larry) Angst, Jason (Mary), Dennis (Heather), Kim (Jason) Habermehl; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Karla Staggs of ...

Rodney Ruell

RUELL, Rodney, 66, of Presque Isle died Saturday, March 18, 2017, at home. A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at McWilliams Funeral Home - Alpena at 4 p.m. until the time of the service at 6 p.m. A complete obituary will be in a future edition of the News.