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Michael P. DAY

Died: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Age: 73
DAY, Michael P.; of Oxford; Entered eternal life on July 30, 2013 at age 73; Husband of Sandra (Monette) for 37 years; Brother of Ralph Day; Uncle to Heather (Curt) Murray, Conrad (Corin) Hessler, Miranda (Paul) Korpas and Chris (Jennifer) Monette; also survived by many great nieces and nephew; preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Adel (Alton, IL); Michael received a BSME from Bradley University and a MSA from Central MI University. He retired from General Motors Truck, Pontiac in 2002 after 38 years of service. He enjoyed retirement at Torch Lake and was on the Board of Directors for Antrim County Habitat for Humanity serving as President. Friends & family may visit at Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston Thursday 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. with a scripture service Thursday 4:30 p.m.; Funeral Mass Friday 10:00 am at St. Daniel Catholic Church, Clarkston where friends may visit at the church at 9:30 a.m. Rite of Committal Oxford Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Daniel Catholic Church for church kitchen remodeling or Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

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Lewis Eugene Morgan

Died: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Age: 69
in Jefferson Parish, La.

Lewis was born Jan. 16, 1944 to Zelma Ann Pearce and Elbert Martin Morgan and was raised in Antioch, Calif. He moved to Michigan after serving honorably in the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division. Lou married Marva Lee Featherston of Ortonville and they raised three children. “Big Lou” was handsome, kind, creative, and generous. He loved to fish, cook, and tell tales. He left behind many friends in Michigan and in his adopted home of New Orleans, where as a master plumber he worked to help restore the city after Hurricane Katrina.

Lou was preceded in death by his son, Christopher; his parents; his brother, Charles; and his sister, Penny. He is survived by his children, Matthew (Simone) Lewis Morgan of Ann Arbor and Elizabeth (David) Anne Weingarten of Oakland, Calif.; his grandchildren, Owen Morgan Weingarten, Anastasia Camille Morgan, and Sadie Ruth Weingarten; his sisters, Jean Grenier of Antioch, Calif., Deborah Clemente of Sacramento, Calif., and Zandra Blake of Enumclaw, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m., Aug. 4, at the Ortonville Cemetery.

David Steil

Died: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Age: 59
Steil, David; of Lake Orion; age 59; passed away July 23, 2013 at his home with his loving family at his side. Beloved husband of 39 years to Denise; loving father of Doreen; dear son of Henry Steil and the late Patricia; brother of Doreen (Steven) Steil Ferranti, Doyle (Teri), and Dennis; Son in law of Geneieve (Ronald) Stockel ; brother in law Donald (Cheryl) Stockel, Kenneth, Ben Gilles, and David (Michelle) Stockel and Charlie (Carey) Stockel; sister in law Kathleen (Michael ) Johnson and Cheri (Scott) Garder. He will also be missed by a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

David graduated from Utica High School and was honorably discharged as a Corporal in the USMC in 1977.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 26th at SPARKS-GRIFFIN FUNERAL HOME, Lake Orion. Reflections may be shared by visiting

Shirley F. Bonning

Died: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Age: 89
Bonning, Shirley F.; 89, (nee: LaGerould) passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in Big Rapids, Michigan at the age of 89. Shirley was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 3, 1923 to Burr and Minnie LaGerould.

She was raised in Hazel Park, Michigan and graduated from Hazel Park High School in 1942.

She married her husband William L. Bonning in 1946. Bill and Shirley recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on July 6.

During World War II, Shirley worked as a supervisor at Michigan Bell Telephone and later became a proofreader and associate editor for the Lake Orion Review and Oxford Leader newspapers. She retired from the Oakland County Legal News.

Shirley loved to travel and hike. On her retirement, Shirley and her husband Bill travelled extensively throughout the United States, visiting 47 states, as well as Europe, China, Mexico, and Canada.

Her most beloved travel destination was Big Bend National Park where for 11 years she travelled with her husband by rowboat across the Rio Grande to support the villagers of Boquillas, Mexico with medical and educational supplies, food and clothing.

It was one of her proudest and most joyful activities.

Shirley loved to play the piano; having learned to do so at the age of 13 but she was too modest to play for others. She enjoyed crossword puzzles.

However, her greatest love was her husband Bill, her 6 children, 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Staying true to her Christian faith, she loved unconditionally and always defended those who were criticized. She was a person of great charm and optimism and was always ready with a kind word or bit of encouragement. Anyone who met Shirley instantly fell in love with her.

Shirley and Bill raised their family of 6 children in Lake Orion, Michigan.

She was also a long-time resident of Big Rapids, Michigan. She is survived by her husband Bill; beloved brother Norman LaGerould and his wife Carol of Madison Heights; 6 children, Darlene Freeman (Doug), Chuck (Rachel), Barbara Ballou (Harold), Beverly Bonning (Jeff Lapinski), Christy Bonning-Wall (Tom), and Carolyn Wright-Ruppert (Matt), her many grandchildren, great grand-children and two nephews. She will be missed by her family and her many friends.

Funeral services for Shirley were held Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapid with Pete Alley officiating.

Interment at Highland View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, Big Rapids, Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor, or Habitat for Humanity, Big Rapids.

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Mary. E Bryant

Died: Monday, July 22, 2013
Age: 86
of Ortonville.

Mary was born March 1, 1927 in Jackson, Ky. to the late Toby and Mattie (nee: Short) Brewer. She married the late Herman Bryant on Sept. 19, 1944 in War Creek, Ky. She is survived by three daughters, Kathleen (Joseph) Spress, Deborah Bryant and Audrey (Everette) McClelland; one son, Edd (Carol) Bryant; two brothers, Dennis (Jackie) Brewer and Ance (Caroline) Brewer; one sister, Clara Ann McIntosh;10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Wilton “Gene” Bryant and seven brothers and sisters.

Mary was a caregiver, loved to garden and will be sadly missed by all.

A funeral service was held July 25 at Coats Village Funeral Home, Ortonville. Interment at Ortonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice. To send a condolence to the family go to

Laura Belle Childers

Died: Monday, July 22, 2013
Age: 84
Childers, Laura Belle; 84, of Murfreesboro, passed away Monday, July 22, 2013 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

Mrs. Childers was born in Franklin, North Carolina to the late Albert and Nellie Raby Hurst. She was a longtime member of the Grace Community Baptist formerly “Temple Baptist” in Lake Orion, Michigan and a current member of Rutherford County Baptist Church.

Mrs. Childers was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Clyde Reeves Childers. She is survived by her children, Patricia Leder of Pontiac, Michigan, Terry Childers of Strawberry Plains, TN, Kathy Qualls and Rose Place of Murfreesboro, TN, Dennis Childers of Lake Orion, Michigan; ten grandchildren; several great grandchildren and many other family members and friends.

Visitation with the family was at Murfreesboro Funeral Home last Thursday and at Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home, Lake Orion, last Friday, July 26. Funeral service was Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Grace Community Baptist in Lake Orion, Michigan with Terry Childers and Dr. Charles McNeely officiating. Interment followed at Perry Mount Park Cemetery, Pontiac, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be sent to VICKtory School for the Deaf in Ethiopia through Baptist International Outreach, P.O. Box 587, Jefferson City, TN 37760 and designate to VICKtory School for the Deaf Ethiopia. More information can be found at

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John Mirakian

Died: Monday, July 22, 2013
Age: 89
Mirakian, John; of Lake Orion; age 89; passed away July 22, 2013 after a short illness. Beloved husband of 67 years to Olga; dear father of Pamela (Larry) Tomaszewski (Mirakian), Diana (Clay) Dobson (Mirakian), Judy (Tim) Mac Atamney (Mirakian) and Jack (Laura) Mirakian; loving grandfather of Milssa Louwaert, Jimmie Scharf, Coleen Hartshorn, Brett Dodson, Sarah, Maghen, Christopher and Rachel; great grandfather of 18.

John was a Veteran of WWII and a master gardener. He will be loved and missed by many.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to SPARKS-GRIFFIN FUNERAL HOME, Lake Orion.


Died: Sunday, July 21, 2013
Age: 85
JOHNSON, Arthur L. “Art” of Clarkston; July 21, 2013; age 85; Loving

Husband of Gertrude “Gertie”; Beloved Father of Arthur L. Johnson,

III, Deborah (Ric) Mousseau and Catherine Ann Wilkowski; Grandfather

of 9; Great Grandfather of 5; Brother of Ruth (William) Kostich.

Preceded in death by his siblings Shirley Haughom, Arnold Johnson and

Owen Johnson. Art retired from Michigan Bell in 1983. He served in

the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Art was a member

of Clarkston Community Church. Friends may visit at the Lewis E. Wint

& Son Funeral Home, Clarkston Wednesday 3-5 & 7-9 pm. Funeral Service

Thursday 11 am at the Clarkston Community Church. Interment Great

Lakes National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Disabled

American Veterans. Online guestbook

Kenneth E. KEEL

Died: Sunday, July 21, 2013
Age: 67
KEEL, Kenneth E. “Kenny” of Clarkston; July 21, 2013; age 67. Loving Husband of Rita for 45 years. Father of Yvonne (Dan) McClelland, Keith (Mary Jo) Keel and Bradley (Angie) Keel. Grandfather of Christina, Joshua, Jaclyn, Christopher, Shayn, Trevor and Destyni. Great Grandfather of Elizabeth, Bella, Alana and Kaitlyn. Brother of Brenda Money. Preceded in death by his parents Joe and Dorothy and siblings Barbara, Phyllis, Laverne, Mervel and Deborah. Kenny proudly served in Vietnam with the United States Marine Corp. 1st MarDiv. Funeral Service Thursday 12:30 pm at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit Wednesday 3-5 & 7-9 pm. Interment Great Lakes National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to ASPCA. Online guestbook

JoAnn Kay BETTS, (Skarritt)

Died: Sunday, July 21, 2013
Age: 56
BETTS, (Skarritt) JoAnn Kay; of Roscommon, formerly of Clarkston; July 21, 2013, age 56. Preceded in death by her children Jason and Sarah Jo and parents Betty and John Skarritt. Grandmother of 4. Sister of John (Diane) Skarritt III, Jan (Mike) Groat, and Jeri Vanloon. Also survived by many family members and friends. Graveside Service Thursday 1 pm at Seymour Lake Cemetery (corner of Seymour Lake Rd. and Sashabaw) Ortonville. Online guestbook
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