Manistee County Deaths
Reported by Area Funeral Homes

This list, unfortunately, does not tell which newspaper may have run an obituary on the deceased.

The Manistee News-Advocate no longer has obituaries online. I have no access to local obituaries at this time.

I have also included deaths reported in neighboring counties - where the deceased is brought to Manistee County for funeral services. This could indicate local family, or a burial in this county.

On rare occasions, I may include names from neighboring counties that echo the names of past Manistee Co. residents, just in case the family name might make a connection for a researcher. I cannot prove any connections to Manistee Co., however. I'm just trying to help.

Week of April 11, 2004

Name     Age Place of Residence Date of death. place of death if given Funeral Home and place of burial if given
Ralph Leslie Lawson 74 of Bear Lake died Monday, April 5, 2004, at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital in Frankfort Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at Edwards Oak Grove Funeral Home in Bear Lake. Cremation at Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee. Final intermant in Onekama Village Cemetery.
Lillian M. Steppig 91 of Manistee died Friday, April 2, 2004, at Manistee County Medical Care Facility. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 8, at Heritage Baptist Church in Manistee.
Johnson Funeral Home in Manistee
Patricia A. Quinn 78 of Manistee died April 5 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Mildred Liola Graves 93 of Kaleva died April 6 Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva
Robert Bryson McDougall 70 of Eastlake died April 6 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee

Week of April 18, 2004

Carl A. Hanson, 96 of Manistee died April 10 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Alice Irene Pringle 86 of Kaleva died April 11 Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva
Lawrence "Larry" Frechette 92 of Manistee died April 13 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee

Week of April 25, 2004

Stephen Farrell Hulett 48 of Manistee died April 9 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Charles Fredrick Peters III 75 of Brethren died April 17 Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva
Evelyn Mildred Knuth 95 of Manistee died April 18 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Eric J. Krause 26 of Bear Lake, formerly of Manistee died April 18 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Florence E. Schuelke 89 of Manistee died April 19 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Celia Kathryn Lokovich 81 of Onekama died April 23 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee

Week of May 2, 2004

John R. Field 59 of Manistee died April 23 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Marshall 'Matt' Matthews 45 of Manistee died April 24 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee

Week of May 9, 2004

Donna Marie Steinberg 80 formally of Manistee died April 29 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Mary Lenora Zoscsak 55 of Manistee died April 30 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Raymond Henry Alten 91 of Manistee died May 1 Oak Grove Cremation Center
Floyd I. Bowling 69 of Bear Lake died May 1 Edwards Oak Grove Funeral Home, Bear Lake
Francis Dale Ballard 87 of Manistee died May 2 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Ayvonne Mae Cook 79 of Bear Lake died May 2 Edwards Oak Grove Funeral Home, Bear Lake
June Perski 81 of Manistee died May 5 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Clarence 'Mickey' Fausz, 81 of Manistee died May 6 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee

Week of May 16, 2004

Robert A. Radtke 86 of Kewadin, Antrim Co. died May 6 Wm. Hamilton & Co. Funeral Directors, Birmingham
Note: I have no idea if Robert is related to the Radtke families from Manistee County, but felt he should be included just in case... these are all local counties.
J. David Marchi 73 formerly of Bear Lake died May 4 Edwards-Oak Grove Funeral Home, Bear Lake
William Henry Krasean 88 of Manistee died May 9 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee
Mary Alice Hansen 56 formerly of Kaleva and Manistee died May 10 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee

Week of May 23, 2004

Marjorie (Potter) Six 77 of Bear Lake died May 17 Edwards-Oak Grove Funeral Home, Bear Lake
Melvin C. Zergoski 75 of Manistee died May 19 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee

Week of May 30, 2004

Albert 'Al' Walton 80 of Onekama died Jan 7 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Peter Prunski Jr. 94 of Wellston died May 1 Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva
Laura M. Figgels not given of Bear Lake died May 20 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Valeria 'Peggy' Hushes 92 of Manistee died May 21 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Lorraine L. Edklund not given of Manistee died May 22 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Mildred O. Senger 80 of Manistee died May 24 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Jack W. Decker 82 of Copemish died May 25 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee
August 'Toots' Miehlke 91 of Manistee died May 26 Oak Grove Cemetery, Manistee
David L. Nelson 81 of Arcadia died May 27 Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva
Robert Theodore 68 of Cadillac died May 22,
Reported Wexford County
Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee

Week of June 6, 2004

Melvin Eugene Rugg 50 of Brethren died May 28 Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva
Barbara J. Carnahan 69 of Wellston died May 30 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Bernice Joy Miller of Eastlake died May 31 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Gary Allen Chapman 57 of Wellston died June 1 Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva
Helen M. Marsh 91 of Manistee died June 2 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Bernard J. Perski Jr. 75 of Manistee died June 2 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee

Week of June 13, 2004

Helen M. Marsh 91 of Manistee died June 2 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Bernard J. Perski Jr. 75 of Manistee died June 2 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee
Larry Hutchinson 73 of Manistee died June 7 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Elsie J. Kott 73 of Manistee died June 7 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Lucille Hoxie 87 of Manistee died June 8 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Victor Sekanina 87 of Dublin, formerly of Manistee died June 9 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee
Francis J. Bartosiewicz 81 of Manistee died June 10 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee

Week of June 20, 2004

Ellen Evans Dawkins 97 of Leland died June 18 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee
Carl Earnest Carlson 90 of Irons died June 13 Martinson Funeral Home, Suttons Bay
Mary J. Helfrich 53 of Manistee died June 14 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee
Paul E. Throne 63 of Bear Lake died June 17 Wolfe Funeral Home

Week of June 27, 2004

Dorothy J. Roessler 72 of Manistee died June 15 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee
Carolene Goble 67 of Wellston died June 20 Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva
Christie Bloomer 87 of Onekama died June 22 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Veronica "Verna" Dufon 93 of Manistee died June 22 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Mary Francis Wolfe 73 of Kaleva died June 23 Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva

Week of July 4, 2004

Donald Edward Durtche 71 of Wellston died June 29 Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva
Ruth H. Oleniczak 91 of Manistee died June 30 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee

Week of July 11, 2004 

Eugene G. Ruggles formerly of Kewadin died June 3, reported in Antrim County Unsure if he is related to the Ruggles family of Manistee County or not...

"A former Kewadin resident who attended Elk Rapids schools, Eugene Ruggles died June 3, 2004, in Petaluma, Calif.

A Pulitzer Prize nominee, Ruggles wrote "Lifeguard in The Snow" in 1977. His poetry won wide acclaim.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, former poet laureate of San Francisco, said, "His most astounding characteristic is his heart."

Ruggles attended the University of Detroit and Lake Superior College, and served in the U.S. Marines."

Arlene M. Stamp 65 of Manistee died July 3 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee

Week of July 18, 2004

Daniel H. McKinley 73 of Kingsley died July 12, reported in Grand Traverse Co. Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee
Marlene M. Swainston 81 of Traverse City. Reported in Grand Traverse Co. died July 13 Oak Grove Cemetery, Manistee
Gertrude J. Weaver 87 of Manistee died July 7 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Floyd Raymond Hilliard 81 of Kaleva died July 9 Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva
Norman Charles Geist Jr., 69 of Manistee died July 10 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Diane Dawn Schwandt 62 of Manistee died July 10 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee
Jane L. Krause 74 of Manistee died July 11 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
William "Bill" Garland 62 of Manistee died July 16 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee

Week of July 25, 2004

Philetus "Phil" Alba Smith ,77 of Thompsonville, reported by Benzie Co. died July 21 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee
Marie K. Laskey 78 of Manistee died July 22 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Joyce Marie Kumm 73 of Mesick, reported in Wexford Co. died June 21 Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva
Ray Thomas Hutchens Jr. 40 of Mesick, reported in Wexford Co. died July 23 Terwilleger Funeral Home, Kaleva

Week of August 1, 2004

Gerald Peter Hayhoe 76 of Filer City died July 28 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee
Tony Grybok, 83 of Kaleva died July 29 Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva
Editha M. Engwall 94 of Manistee died July 30 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Michael Frederick Kautz 65 of Manistee died July 30 Oak Grove cremation Center, Manistee
Diana Lee Pettits not given of Arcadia died July 30 McElduff Funeral Home, Frankfort
Christian Olaf Olafsson 75 of Mesick, reported Wexford Co. died July 29 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee

Week of August 8, 2004

Diana Lee Pettis of Arcadia died July 30 McElduff Funeral Homes, Frankfort
Melony Gaye Kaczanowski 49 of Bear Lake died Aug. 5 Edwards Oak Grove Funeral Home, Bear Lake
Russell W. Krause 69 of Bear Lake and Bonita Springs, Fla. died Aug 5 Edwards Oak Grove Funeral Home, Bear Lake
Mary Harju 90 of Traverse City, reported by Grand Traverse County died July 26 Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, Traverse City

Week of August 15, 2004

Gloria A. (Meyer) Cady 75 of Frankfort, reported in Benzie County died Aug. 10 McElduff Funeral Homes, Benzonia
Elsie Jane Kott 73 of Manistee died June 7 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Robert E. Powell 77 of Onekama died Aug. 1 Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva
Patricia Ann Archer 66 of Brethren died Aug. 9 Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva
Sylvia E. Hajec 98 of Manistee died Aug. 9 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Mildred L. Gerlach 87 of Manistee died Aug. 10 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Leonard D. Beard 74 of Kaleva died Aug. 12 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee

Week of August 22, 2004

Jack A. Sundling 75 of Manistee died Aug. 12 Johnson Funeral Home
James Gordon Hathaway Jr. 47 of Manistee died Aug. 13 Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva
Gladys J. Schepperly 78 formerly of Mancelona died Aug. 13 Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Home
Beatrice Jane Baatz 70 of Manistee died Aug. 14 Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center
Donald A. Kolandowski 81 of Manistee died Aug. 15 Herbert Funeral Home

Weel of August 29, 2004

Dale J. Hansen 70 of Manistee died Aug. 23 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Mary L. Thebault of Manistee died Aug. 23 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Jean Marie Davison 53 of Manistee died Aug. 25 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee
Oscar "Doc" Francis Warren 81 of Mesick, reported by Wexford County died Aug. 27 Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva

Week of September 5, 2004

Dorothy P. Zientek 82 of Manistee died Aug. 30 Herbert Funeral Home, P.C., Manistee
Barbara E. Bailey 79 of Manistee died Sept. 2 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Ethel M. Yankee 68 of Manistee died Sept. 3 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee

Week of September 12, 2004

Winifred Mary Chapman

93 longtime summer resident of Portage Point, Onekama died Aug. 18
Barbara E. Bailey 79 of Manistee died Sept. 2 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Crawford ‘Todd’ Spencer 75 of Manistee died Sept. 2 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee
Harold William Usher 82 of Marilla Township died Sept. 3 Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva
Ethel M. Yankee 68 of Manistee died Sept. 3 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Dawn M. Schroeder 62 of Manistee died Sept. 10 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee

Week of September 19, 2004

Cleomae Mary Robbins 70 of Bellaire - death reported in Antrim County, MI died Sept. 16 Oak Grove Cemetery, Manistee
Douglas E. Richards 67 of Elberta (by Frankfort, MI) - death reported in Benzie County, MI died Sept. 12 Edwards-Oak Grove Funeral Home, Bear Lake
John F. Kaiser 71 of Manistee died Sept. 11 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Robert John Nickleson 74 of Manistee died Sept. 17 Oak Grove Cemetery, Manistee

Week of September 26, 2004

Hugh Gene Duford 70 of Honor died Sept. 21 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee
Gregory J. Townsend 47 of Manistee died Sept. 17 Herbert Funeral home, Manistee
Robert Eugene "Bob" Tondu of Arcadia died Sept. 19 McElduff Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Frankfort
David L. Merkey 69 of Brown Township died Sept. 20 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Kenneth "Ken" Pearsall of Mesick, reported by Wexford Co, MI died Sept. 21 Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City

Week of October 3, 2004 

Jane M. Jensen 82 of Manistee died Sept. 16 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Joseph T. Roossien 73 of Manistee died Sept. 23 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Gerard "Gerry" J. Finney 72 of Manistee died Sept. 29 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Robert T. Clark 41 of Bear Lake died Sept. 30 Herbert Funeral Home P.C., Manistee
Dianne K. O'Herron 54 of Manistee died Sept. 30 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee
Thelma H. Purgiel 68 of Kaleva died Sept. 30 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee

10 October, 2004

T. Anath Bhaskaran 76 of Manistee died Oct. 3 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee
Angeline A. Novak 75 of Manistee died Oct. 3 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Warren C. Johnson 78 of Manistee died Oct. 4 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Patricia Catherine Lewartowski "Pat Lewart" 73 of Arcadia died Oct. 4 Edwards-Oak Grove Funeral Home, Bear Lake
Stacey L. Skiera, 33 of Manistee died Oct. 4 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee

17 October, 2004

Billie D. Malmgren 65 of Manistee died Oct. 10 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Ethel Mae Kaap 71 of Manistee died Oct. 11 Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee
Charlene Joan Gramza 67 of Manistee died Oct. 12 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee
Raymond "Pops" Janowiak 82 of Manistee died Oct. 13 Herbert Funeral Home, P.C., Manistee
Franklin Schwandt 70 of Manistee died Oct. 13 Herbert Funeral Home, P.C., Manistee
Elaine Lucille Somsel 68 of Manistee died Oct. 13 Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva
Alice M. Iverson 92 of Manistee died Oct. 15 Johnson Funeral Home, P.C., Manistee
Linda L. Kubiskey 64 of Manistee died Oct. 15 Johnson Funeral Home, P.C., Manistee

Week of October 24, 2004

Elizabeth "Betty" Gendernelle 94 Place of residence not given; repported in Grand Traverse Co. died Oct. 21 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee
Louis Henry Krieger 83 of Manistee died Oct. 18 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee

Week of October 31, 2004

Benjamin Henry Mendez 74 of Benzonia died Oct. 28 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee
Elizabeth Ann (Crawford) Miller 67 of Onekama died Oct. 24 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee
Joyce L. Waitner 58 of Eastlake died Oct. 24 Herbert Funeral Home, P.C., Manistee
Helen S. Alfred 78 of Manistee died Oct. 25 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Myrlin Dodge Sturgeon 85 of Bear Lake died Oct. 29 Edwards-Oak Grove Funeral Home, Bear Lake

Week of November 7, 2004

Edwin T. Piotrowski 83 formerly of Manistee
(place of death not given at this source)
died Oct. 28 A.J. Desmond and Sons Funeral Home, Troy
Edward Kroepel 78 of Manistee died Nov. 1 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Lavern F. (Wahr) Oren 70 of Manistee, died Nov. 3 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Russell Frederick Mehlberg 88 of Copemish, died Nov. 4 Oak Grove Cremation Center, Manistee

Week of November

Brain S. Schweitzer 34 of LaVergne, Tenn., formerly of Manistee, died Nov. 3 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Ruth Anne Welsh 76 of Manistee died Nov. 5 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Arthur L. Green Jr. 69 of Wellston died Nov. 7 McElduff Funeral Home and Cremation Chapel, Benzonia
David Scott Johnstone of Onekama died Nov. 7 William R. Hamilton Company, Birmingham
Lillian Katrina Meyers 90 of Manistee died Nov. 7 Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva
Regina Marie Moffat 71 of Manistee died Nov. 10 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Clare Eugene Putney, 78 of Bear Lake died Nov. 11 Bennett-Barz Funeral Home, Beulah
Stella B. Franckowiak 101 of Manistee died Nov. 12 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee
Helen Catherine Makinen 87 of Manistee died Nov. 12 Herbert Funeral Home, Manistee

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