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Glen Forrest Kerr, 101

  Glen Forrest Kerr, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather died on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at Wellspring Lutheran Services of Frankenmuth. Glen was born to loving parents Martin and Mary (Forrest) Kerr in Taymouth Township, Birch Run, and lived a long and active life of 101 years. He attended rural schools during early childhood and graduated from Birch Run High School in 1933 at age 16. He was the last living member of his graduating class.

  Glen was a graduate of Central State Teachers College (CMU) and the University of Michigan and followed a public school teaching career.

  Glen married Ivah McIntosh, his high school sweetheart, on August 5, 1937. She survives him. They have resided their lifetime in the Birch Run area (Taymouth Township)

  Glen was a faithful member of St. Lorenz Lutheran church in Frankenmuth. Glen loved music and sang in a choir from age 15 and was a member of the St. Lorenz Male Choir until almost age 90. He also sang for several years in the Kingsman Quartet and the Norton Male Chorus of Flint. Both he and Ivah enjoyed playing their violins.

  Glen served in public education for 40 years both in classroom teaching and administration, retiring in 1975 from the Beecher Public Schools. Following retirement from public education, Glen was elected to serve four terms as Taymouth Township Supervisor, from 1976 until 1988.

  Besides his wife, Ivah, Glen is survived by one daughter, Jeanne Marie (Robert) Moore and one son, Glen Thomas “Tom” (Joannie) Kerr, both of Frankenmuth; grandchildren Mark Moore, Camas, Washington; Paul (Pamela) Moore, Birch Run, MI; Kelly Kerr, Frankenmuth, MI; Karri (Gary) Darling, Fenton, MI; and great grandchildren, Christopher Kerr, Caleb Kimsel, Alexis Moore, Abigail Darling, Ryan Moore and Lindsey Moore; brother, Jack E. Kerr, Frankenmuth.

  Glen was preceded in death by infant son James Martin Kerr and sister Annabelle Periard.

  Private family services will take place. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Lorenz Male Choir, St. Lorenz Media Ministry or to the ministry of one’s choice. Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at


Vera. A. Kern, 101

  Vera Anita Kern completed her walk on this earth as she was called to her heavenly home on Tuesday, August 7, at the age of 101.

  Born June 3, 1917, daughter of Lorenz and Hilda (Knoll) Keinath, she was baptized on June 17, 1917 and confirmed on March 29, 1931 at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth. Her confirmation verse is Matthew 6:33, 𠇋ut seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  Vera married Helmuth 𠇍ick” Kern on her birthday in 1945.  He predeceased her on March 26, 1991.
  She was a member of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Richville, where she was a charter member of their Mary Martha Missionary Guild, served on the Altar Guild, was involved in Thursday morning Bible class and quilters, and was a church office volunteer.  She also volunteered at the Bethesda Thrift Shop for many years. She was an avid walker around Richville long before walking was considered a healthy recreation.
  She is survived by two daughters: Sharon (Ken) Block and Pauline (Mark) Nuechterlein; five grandchildren: Amy (Gregg) Garrett, Erin (Charridan) Wascher, Bryan (Jane) Block, Darby (Kevin) Tozer, Garrett (Heather) Nuechterlein; eleven great-grandchildren: Levi, Hagan and Dierk Wascher; Spencer and Caleb Garrett, Griffin and Sylvie Block, Charlotte, Eloise and Gibson Tozer, and Penelope Nuechterlein; a sister-in-law, Lorna Kern.
  She was preceded in death by brothers Wilmer Keinath and Harlan Keinath, and sister Elsie List; brothers-in-law Clarence, Bert and Arnold Kern and Fred List; sisters-in-law Milda Keinath and Lorine Keinath.
  Funeral services will take place on Friday, August 10, 2018 at noon at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 3455 S. Van Buren Road, Richville, MI.  The Rev. Wesley Gillaspie and Rev. Rob Gadeken will officiate with burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

  Vera’s family will receive visitors on Friday at the church from 9am until the time of service. Arrangements entrusted to Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth.

  In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Mary Martha Guild of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church of Richville or to a charity of their choice.

  Vera’s family extends their gratitude and thanks to the caring staff at Independence Village for the kindnesses shown to her. Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at

Clifford E. Ross, Jr., 79

  Clifford E. Ross, Jr. passed away Friday, August 3, 2018 at Cartwright Hospice in Saginaw, Michigan; age 79 years.

  Clifford was born on October 6, 1938 in Midland, MI to the late Clifford and Eleanor (Gibbs) Ross. Cliff was married to Kathryn Bernthal on October 5, 1985; she survives him. Cliff honorably served in the US Marine Corps, he was a member of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth. He worked at GM as a millwright for 37 years. He enjoyed being outdoors, boating, photography, camping and helping on the Bavarian Bell. Cliff was a member of the UAW and he also enjoyed solving jigsaw puzzles.

  Surviving besides his wife Kathy are his children: Clifford (Kelly) Ross, Dawn Flint, Robert (Tricia) Ross, Julie Johnston and Daphne Arango, and Rachel (Ben) Graham; grandchildren: Susan Rowbottom, Steven Doyen, Justin, Chelsy and McKennah Ross, and Casey, Zack and Zoey Ross; great-grandchildren: Wyatt and Malcolm.

  Clifford was preceded in death by two grandchildren: Bryce Ross and Bobbi-Anne Ross.

  A memorial service will take place on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 1:30pm at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, 1030 W. Tuscola, Frankenmuth. The   Rev. Shawn Fenske will officiate.  Cremation has taken place.

  Clifford’s family will receive visitors at the church on Sunday from 12:30pm until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth Wickson District Library or a charity of donor’s choice.

  Arrangements entrusted to Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St. Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at

Debbie M. Wilkes, 58

The feistiest of six siblings passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2018 surrounded by family at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital; age 58 years. Deborah Ouellette was born on September 13, 1959 in Detroit, MI to Thomas and Rita Ouellette; they survive her. She was employed by Yazaki North America until her previous stroke in 2013. Debbie attended Blessed Trinity Catholic Church. She loved spending time with her family and friends and her dog Gracie Lou.

  Surviving besides her parents are daughter; Kristen (Keely) Zuri, New Hudson, MI, three sisters; Carolyn (Dave) Schmuker, Taylor, MI, Patty (Frank) Oddo, Grosse Pointe, MI, Tracy (Bob) Robinson, Frankenmuth, MI, brother; Doug (Amy) Ouellette, Mt. Pleasant, MI, five nieces; Michelle, Christina, Lindsey, Sarah and Chelsea, four nephews; Zackary, Jacob, Sean and Kyle, two great-nieces; Sophia and Elsie.

  Deborah was preceded in death by a brother Michael Ouellette.

  Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Frankenmuth, Michigan.  Fr. Robert Byrne officiated with burial in Frankenmuth Township Cemetery.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Michigan Humane Society.

  Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at

John Francis Higgins, 76

  John Francis Higgins of Frankenmuth, age 76, died on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at his home with family by his side.

  Born in Greenwich, CT, John was the son of James and Frances Higgins. In 1964 he married his true love and best friend, Margaret (Marnie/Maggie) Train. After graduating from the University of Connecticut, John began a successful 22-year career in sales. In 1987, he and Marnie began opening their own retail stores, “Pilgrim Home Accents” and 𠇍oolittles”, which they operated until their retirement in 2014.

  John missed the daily connection with people, so he and Marnie started up a hot dog cart, “Poppy’s Place”. In addition, John worked at the Castle Museum in Saginaw, volunteered as a reading buddy at List Elementary and as an ad hoc helper at the Frankenmuth Farmers Market.

  With the birth of his grandchildren, John transformed into “Poppy,” a role he was born for, and the name by which most Frankenmuth friends know him. Family always came first for Poppy; he attended every game, play and band concert to cheer on his (and everybody else’s) grandkids. He brought smiles and joy to so many; he is dearly missed. We love you, Poppy!

  John is survived by his wife Margaret; son Peter (Amy), Ann Arbor; daughter Anne (Jon) Webb, Frankenmuth; and grandchildren Brennan, Shafer and Sarr Webb, Frankenmuth; Doyle Webb, Columbus, OH.; Clare Higgins, Hollywood, CA; and Sean Higgins, Ann Arbor;  a brother, James Higgins, Sarasota NY; and his many loving nieces, nephews and brothers and sisters-in-law; and by his loyal dog, Murphy.

  John was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Kathleen H. Steele and his brother Peter Higgins.

  A celebration of John’s life will be held at 11am on Saturday, September 22 at the home of his daughter, Anne, at 195 Clarmarc Drive, Frankenmuth, MI 48734. All friends are welcome.

  Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy, please consider donating through the Frankenmuth Community Foundation to either the Frankenmuth Farmers Market or the List Elementary reading programs.  Mail to Frankenmuth Community Foundation at P.O.  Box 386, Frankenmuth MI 48734 or donate online at (Designate on check or in comments Farmers Market or List Elementary Reading Program - in memory of John Higgins).



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