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Mary Agnes Kesler

Died: Friday, July 11, 2014
Age: 98
Kesler of Ortonville was born July 4, 1916 in Tams, W.V. to the late Joseph Steven and Anna (nee: Martin) Pachuta. Devoted wife for 50 years to the love of her life, Hoten Kesler, who has waited in heaven since 1988. Mary and Hoten raised four children, David (Darlene) Kesler, Paul (Diana) Kesler, Nancy Newhard, and James Kesler (whom preceded her in death in 2006). These hildren blessed Mary’s life with eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Mary came from a large, happy family of 10 children and she will be missed by two surviving sisters, Margaret Walters and Anna Farthing and one brother, Mike Pachuta. She is also a beloved aunt to many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Mary was a founding member of St. Anne Church in Ortonville. Seven women from those early days, who have dubbed themselves “The Breakfast Group,” have continued to meet for lunch and a card party every month. This kinship over the past 56 years cemented a rare bond and the group will miss Mary’s stories, jokes and her sweet funny outlook on life. Mary was an artist who created a genre of sculpture she named “creativity of rocks.” This is a type of folk art made with natural stone that she put together to awaken the beauty of the stones, while fashioning them into recognizable shapes, such as birds, frogs, turtles, etc. She collected and glued the rocks together herself, mostly from Michigan beaches. Her work has been displayed all over the United States. She also lectured and conducted workshops on her art for the past 45 years.

Mary was also a renowned winemaker for over 70 years. She loved raising flowers, fruit trees and her backyard is a work of art itself. She was an authority on antique pewter and her extensive personal collection was her pride and joy. She was a proud Michigan transplant and adored her adopted state. She and Hoten spent 20 years after his retirement visiting the campgrounds and beaches of Michigan in their little camping trailer. They spent many happy hours walking the trails and viewing sunsets. Please walk outside tonight and admire the sunset for her.

A memorial Mass of the Resurrection was July 15 at Coats Village Funeral Home, Ortonville, Fr. Gerard Frawley, Celebrant. She was buried beside Hoten at Ortonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anne Catholic Church or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. To send a condolence, go to


Died: Thursday, July 10, 2014

Peggy Jean Boggis

Died: Thursday, July 10, 2014
Age: 79
Peggy Jean Boggis; age 79; of Lake Orion; passed away July 10, 2014 and is now at rest after a long battle with Dementia. Born December 8, 1934 in Port Huron (Spencer) she was the loving wife of the late William Boggis. Mother of Mark, Lee Anne (Tim) Marriott, Stephanie Deridder and Dave Walters; grandmother to Greg and Katelyn Deridder; beloved in-law to Pete (Pat) Marriott of Lake Orion and Jim (Jan) Boggis of Roseville; also survived by her sisters Connie Achee of Texas and Judy Brossette of Louisiana.

Her Family is grateful to the staff of Lake Orion Nursing for their care given over the last four years and to “QT” Elcine Long of Pontiac for her exemplary care and friendship during her stay at Lake Orion Nursing.

Her Children will cherish all of the wonderful childhood memories their parents provided with the many wonderful camping trips made from Madison Heights to Metamora. After experiencing the wonderful “up north life” through their camping trips in Metamora, the family moved to lovely Beach Drive on Tommy’s Lake in Lake Orion.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 12am at Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home, 111 E. Flint Street, Lake Orion. The family will receive friends from 11am until time of service. A luncheon will follow at Christi’s Restaurant 95 E. Clarkston Road, Lake Orion. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association 25200 Telegraph Rd Ste 100 Southfield, MI 48033-7443 www.alz.org/gmc phone 800-272-3900

Darrell D. LAPE

Died: Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Age: 52
LAPE, Darrell D. of Clarkston; July 9, 2014; age 52. Loving husband of Lenore; son of Herb Lape; brother of Denise and David (Bonnie) Lape; step father of John (Dori) Zawacki and Austin Aenis; step grandfather of Kaylee. Also survived by many extended family and friends. Funeral Service Monday 10 am at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit Sunday 2-8 pm. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Elwyn “Red” Saunders

Died: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Age: 90
Elwyn “Red” Saunders of Grand Blanc, formerly of Ortonville, died July 8, 2014.

He was 90.

Born March 22, 1924 in Ortonville to the late Leslie and Jennie (nee: Howell) Saunders. He was married to the former Lucille Westerby for 62 years. He is survived by five children, Karen (Bob) McArthur, Sharon Lowes, Kevin (Carol) Saunders, Jennifer (Larry) Orr and Elwyn (Barb) Saunders; two siblings, Kathleen (Elwyn) Leece, Jean (Ray) Long; sisters-in-law, Elaine Westerby, Dorthy Feenstra and Phyllis Saunders; also survived by 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and his first great-great-grandchild due in October; many nieces, nephews and friends in Palmetto, Fla. including close friends, Marian Whitte, John and Pat Gillium, Evelyn Humphrey and the Breakfast Club. Preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Saunders; brother, Merlin Saunders; and granddaughter, Melissa Lowes. He graduated from Ortonville High School and retired from Pontiac Motor Division Plant 14 with 37 years of service. He was a member of Hillside Bible Church, life member and past Master of Ortonville Masonic Lodge #339 F & AM, life member and past Patron of Ortonville Eastern Star # 286 OES.

A funeral service will be 11 a.m. today, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Coats Village Funeral Home, Ortonville. Burial will follow at Ortonville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hillside Bible Church or Ortonville Masonic Lodge #339. To send a condolence to the family go to


Paul J. Kessler

Died: Saturday, July 05, 2014
Age: 81
Paul J. Kessler of Clarkston, formerly of Ortonville. Husband of the late Vilma; beloved father of Paul A. Kessler and Lisa Marion; proud grandfather of Michael Marion and Anne Marie Marion; dear brother of Hannelore Bugby, Rosemarie (Richard) Harper and Carol (Edward “E.J.”) Sands. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements by Simple Funerals.

Niles E Olsen

Died: Friday, July 04, 2014
Age: 75
Niles E. Olson, of Lake Orion; passed away July 4, 2014 at the age of 75. Niles is the beloved husband of Eleanor of 54 years; loving father of Lori (Eric) Williams and Lana (Rick) Seidel; papa extraordinaire of Sam, Ericka, Joe, Tommy, John Paul and Nicole; and dear brother of Ano (Isabel), Bill (Kareen), George (Caroline), Sharron Reyes, and the late Robert.

Niles was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was retired from General Motors after many years of service. Mr. Olson also served ten years as Oakland County Commissioner. A committed follower of Christ, deep thinker, and passionate poet with a charismatic wit and entrepreneurial spirit, Niles ventured into many diverse jobs and hobbies throughout his well-lived life.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at the Gingellville Community Church. The family received friends on Tuesday, July 8th at SPARKS-GRIFFIN FUNERAL HOME, Lake Orion, and on Wednesday at the church before the service. Interment Eastlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to On Goal Ministries/Niles Olson Memorial Fund. Reflections may be shared with the family by visiting www.sparksgriffin.com..

Arthur W. Trowbridge

Died: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Age: 69
Trowbridge, Arthur Ward; 69, of The Villages, FL was born July 23, 1944 in Pontiac, MI and passed away June 27, 2014. A loving and devoted husband and father, he is survived by: his wife of 40 years Sheila of The Villages; daughter Brooke Noel Trowbridge of Michigan and son Scot Arthur Trowbridge of California; as well as a loving extended family and many friends.

He was a corporate pilot and the Director of Aviation for Volkswagen of America until his retirement in 2005 and during his career was a mentor and role model for many young pilots. He co-founded the Rainbow Connection in Michigan, a charitable organization for children. He was an avid Harley rider and enjoyed golf, as well as being a people person who never met a stranger. In 2006, he and his wife Sheila moved to The Villages to enjoy retirement.

A Memorial Service was held on Sunday June 29, 2014 at 10 AM in the chapel of Beyers Funeral Home in Lady Lake, FL. For those who wish and in lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to : The Rainbow Connection, www.rainbowconnection.org, 621 W. University, Rochester, MI 48307 or The Lifetime Foundation, foundation@lifetimefitness.com.

Died: Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Dotty Sutherland

Died: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Age: 70
Dotty Sutherland, a long-time resident of the Lake Orion area, passed to her

reward with her Lord on Wednesday, July 2 following a devastating stroke after

several weeks of hospitalization for other ailments. Dotty was born on July 20, 1944 and grew up in Washington Township, later attending Romeo secondary schools and graduation from Romeo High School in 1962. She graduated from MSU in 1966 with a degree in Special Education and lovingly taught special needs children in several area districts, retiring from Almont Schools in 2009. Dotty was an avid gardener, tending to the many perennial flowers in the gardens of her vintage home in the Village overlooking Lake Orion. She also has a reputation as a great cook. Dotty and her husband, Jeff, are the proud parents of Michael and Jennifer. Mike and his wife Lisa reside in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with granddaughters Rowan (3 1/2) and Ivy (1 1/2). Jenn and her husband Mark Germain live in Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan. Dotty is a devoted and active member of King of Kings Lutheran Church in Lake Orion. Dotty is also survived by her loving siblings Carolyn Smith of Romeo, Edward Hewelt (Barbara) of Arlington, Texas, and Ronald Hewelt, as well as several nieces, nephews, and their families. Memorial gifts are requested for King of Kings Lutheran Church or the Karmanos Cancer Institute. Services will be directed by Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home at 111 East Flint Street, Lake Orion, MI 48362 with viewing from 1 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, July 5. Funeral service will be conducted on Sunday, July 6, at 2pm, King of Kings Lutheran Church at 1715 S. Lapeer Road, Lake Orion, MI 48360.
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