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Sunday’s Obituary – Larry Daniel Sanelli
Jun 10th, 2012 by Jessica

Larry Daniel Sanelli

Our hearts go out to the Sanelli family.

Sanelli, Larry Daniel
63, of Cave Creek, Arizona, passed away suddenly May 22, 2012, at his home with his wife nearby. He was born November 6, 1948, in Elmhurst, Illinois, the son of Danny A. Sanelli and Wanda L. Helm. He was the oldest of 4 siblings. The family later moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1958. Larry graduated from Camelback High School in 1967 and proceeded to earn various degrees in computer science/technologies and programming. He married Carla Glober on Sept. 4, 1986 and the couple welcomed the birth of their son, Matthew Daniel Sanelli on August 29, 1991. The couple later divorced and Larry married Judy Landers on November 22, 2010 in Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona. Larry started with the State of Arizona in the Health Services department as a computer programmer. He then was promoted to the Department of Administration for many years, then took a promotion to American Express, then to PCS, then to Charles Schwab, then back to Department of Administration. He was very well-liked by his co-workers and made them laugh. Larry was very respected in his field and really had a razor sharp wit that everyone enjoyed. He was also an emotional, sensitive guy who really cared about his career and kept reaching for the pinnacle while striving for perfection. He was very bright and always fully believed that knowledge was power and success was forthcoming. Larry had a tender and giving heart and was always mindful of keeping family ties strong. One of his highest priorities was to spend quality time with family and friends and typically be the “life of the party” at any social event. He possessed a zest for living, was fun to be around, and was helpful to anyone in need. He enjoyed fast cars, speed boats, road trips, target practice in the desert, and loved animals, especially his beloved dog, “Scruffy” a rescue dog from the Animal Shelter. Any spare time was spent working on a variety of home improvement projects. Larry was talented mechanically and could fix anything and everything. Larry achieved many successes in life but also in the end, embraced a quieter, spiritual relationship with his Creator.He is survived by his wife, Judy Landers-Sanelli, son, Matthew Sanelli of Phoenix, AZ; father and step-mother, Danny & Eleanor Sanelli of Scottsdale, AZ; mother, Wanda Helm of Scottsdale, AZ; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth & Rachel Sanelli of Scottsdale, AZ; brother and sister-in-law, Mark & Cornelia Sanelli of Scottsdale, AZ; sister, Laurie Scott of Bozeman, MT; nephews, Steven Sanelli, Brent Scott, and Hunter Sanelli; niece, Cheryl Sanelli and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Larry is preceded in death by his step-father, William Helm. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 9th at 10:00am at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Paradise Valley, AZ.

Published in The Arizona Republic on June 6, 2012

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Sunday’s Obituary – Meta (Kunst) Buchinger
Apr 22nd, 2012 by Jessica

Obituary for Meta (Kunst) Buchinger

Obituary for Meta (Kunst) Buchinger

This is the obituary for Meta (Kunst) Buchinger. It was published in The Saginaw News on March 02, 1948 on page 18.

Meta Buchinger is the 3rd great-grandmother of my half-brother, Noah, on his maternal side.

BUCHINGER, MRS. META
Richville, Michigan
Died Monday a.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital after a short illness.  Meta Kunst was born Fe. 4, 1877 in Saginaw.  She married John Buchinger Nov. 15, 1896 in Richville.  He died in 1938.  She was a member of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Richville; a charter member of the Ladies Aid Society.  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Carl Mueller, Richville; three sons, Clarence, Elmer, Ernest Buchinger, Richville; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Henry Landskroener, Richville.  Funeral at 2 p.m. Thursday from the residence of her son, Ernest, 2:30 p.m. from St. Michael’s Lutheran Church.  Rev. William Schoenow officiating.  Burian in St. Michael’s Cemetery.  She may be seen at the home of her son, Ernest, after 2 p.m. Wednesday.  Arrangements by Nuechteklein Funeral Home, Frankenmuch, Mich.

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Sunday’s Obituary – Elizabeth Humes, 1864
Apr 8th, 2012 by Jessica

Death Notice for Elizabeth Humes in The Saginaw Weekly Enterprise, 13 Oct 1864

Death Notice for Elizabeth Humes in The Saginaw Weekly Enterprise, 13 Oct 1864

This is the death notice for Elizabeth Humes, published in The Saginaw Weekly Enterprise on October 13, 1964.  Elizabeth is listed in the second column, third from the bottom.  Her name is highlighted in a red box.

Elizabeth Humes is the 5th great-grandmother of my half-brother, Noah, on his maternal side.  I don’ t know her maiden name, or much about where she came from.  The family believes she may have been born in Scotland.  She was married to William Humes, born about 1801 in Scotland.  My half brother is descended from their son, Alexander D Humes (1832 – 1896).

Since this death notice simply states Elizabeth Humes died within the year, we are unsure of her exact death date.  I do not believe there was an actual obituary published for her in Saginaw.

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Sunday’s Obituary – John Michael Buchinger, Sr.
Mar 25th, 2012 by Jessica

Obituary for John Michael Buchinger, Sr.

Obituary for John Michael Buchinger, Sr.

This is the obituary for John Michael Buchinger, Sr. It was published in The Saginaw News on March 25, 1914 on page 7.

John Michael Buchinger, Sr is the 4th great-grandfather of my half-brother, Noah, on his maternal side.

Buchinger – John Buchinger died at the home of his won, William, in Richville Monday night at 12 o’clock of cerebral hemorrhage.  He was a well known and highly respected farmer and had been a resident of Richville for 44 years.  He was born in Bavaria, Germany Aug. 17, 1834.  His wife died May 29, 1906.  He was a member of St. Michael’s Lutheran church.  He leaves five daughters and five sons, Mrs. William Reichenpack, Bay City; Mrs. George Werdick, Minneapolis, Minn.; Mrs. George Rogner, Mrs. Otto Buetow, and Mrs. C. Miller, all of Richville; George, John G., Mike and William all of Richville; 35 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  The funeral will take place Friday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from the home and at 2 from the Lutheran church.  Rev. Beckmeier of Richville will officiate and the burial will be in Richville Lutheran cemetery.

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Sunday’s Obituary – Walter Anthony Dreffs
Mar 18th, 2012 by Jessica

Painter Dies As He Runs For Help

Painter Dies As He Runs For Help

This is the death notice for my mother’s father, Walter Anthony Dreffs.  He died on December 3, 1958.  The family story is that Grandpa died running through a field with a bucket of water, and his children joked that he “kicked the bucket.”  I never knew it was because he was the one who set fire to the house!  What a tragedy!

Painter Dies As He Runs For Help
SAGINAW, Dec. 4 (AP) – House painter Walter A. Dreffs, 58, of Milwaukee, died of a heart attack Wednesday while running for aid after his blow torch set fire to a house.
He had been using the torch to remove paint.  The house, owned by Miss Frances Dreier, suffered an estimated $2,000 damage.

Published in The News-Palladium, Benton Harbor, Michigan on 04 December 1958, page 20.

I’m still not clear on how this ended up in a newspaper in Benton Harbor when he was painting the house in Saginaw.  He lived in Zilwaukee which is near Saginaw, not Milwaukee as the article states.  Ironically, this is an Associated Press article and I couldn’t find it in The Saginaw News.

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Sunday’s Obituary – Frances May (Green) Fenner
Feb 12th, 2012 by Jessica

This is the obituary for my husband’s great aunt Frances May (Green) Fenner, the sister of Fred Ozro Green.  It was published in the Kalamazoo Gazette on March 9, 1958.

Obituary for Frances May Fenner

Obituary for Frances May Fenner

FENNER, Mrs. Frances M.,
2202 Parkview Ave.–

Passed away noon Saturday in Bronson Hospital. She was born May 23, 1891 in Kendall, Mich., the daughter of Abner and Marion Root Greene [sic]. Mrs. Fenner had resided around Kalamazoo for the past 42 years. She was married to Starr F. Fenner, Feb. 24, 1910 in Plainwell, Michigan. Mrs. Fenner was a 1908 graduate of Western Michigan University, and had been a school teacher in Plainwell. She belonged to Syracuse Temple, Pythian Sisters and Townsend Club, No. 1, in which she held several offices, and was a willing worker in several civic affairs. Surviving are her husband Starr F. Fenner; 4 daughters; Mrs. Walter (Velma) Dale, South Bend, Mrs. William (Doris) Lennon, Mrs. Donald (Theda) Allen, Mrs. William (Bethel) Burkam, all of Kalamazoo; one sister, Mrs. Nell Watkins, Kalamazoo; 3 brothers Fred Greene [sic], Kendall, and John Greene [sic], Corona Del Mar, Calif.; a step-brother, Francis Forbes, Otsego; 10 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Koldersma and Klein Funeral Home Sunday eve., where services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The Dr. Frank Crabb and Rev. Theron Jenne officiating. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell. Friends may make contributions to the charity or memorial of their choice.

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Sunday’s Obituary – Rachel Nellie (Green) Watkins
Feb 5th, 2012 by Jessica

This is the obituary of my husband’s great aunt, Rachel “Nell” Nellie (Green) Watkins, the sister of Fred Ozro Green.  It was published in the Kalamazoo Gazette on July 15, 1973.  I must admit, I have never seen so many spelling errors in a single obituary throughout all of my research…

Obituary for Rachel Nell Watkins

Obituary for Rachel Nell Watkins

WATKINS,
Mrs. Rachel Nell
Formerly of 346 S. Rose–

Passed away July 13, 1973.  She was born April 16, 1888 in Kendal [sic/Kendall], Michigan, daughter of Abner O. and Marian [sic/Marion] Root Greene [sic/Green].  She was a member of St. Augustine Church.  Was the widow of Wortherington [sic/Worthington] G. Watkins who passed away July 15, 1959.  She is survived by a step-brother, Francis Fobers [sic/Forbes] of Kalamazoo; one sister-in-law Mrs. John (Qave) Greene [sic/Green] of Yuciapa, Calif; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Friends are being received at Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home. Graveside Services will be held Monday at 10 O’clock at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Rev. Charles Crowley officiating.

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Sunday’s Obituary – Stephen Zit Green
Jan 22nd, 2012 by Jessica

This is the obituary for my husband’s great grand-uncle, Stephen Zit Green, the brother of Fred Ozro Green.  It was published in the Kalamazoo Gazette in Kalamazoo, Michigan on August 11, 1970.

Obituary for Stephen Zit Green

Obituary for Stephen Zit Green

GREEN, Mr. Stephen Z.
Kendall–

Age 85, passed away Monday afternoon at Lakeview Community Hospital, Paw Paw.  Mr. Green was born Feb. 27, 1885, in Kendall, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Abner Green and was a life resident of this area.  He retired from Ingersolls in Kalamazoo.  Mr. Green is survived by 4 sons and one daughter, Azel A. of Posen, Ill., Stephen D. of St. Petersburg, Fla., Francis W. of Niles, Chester A. of Kendall and Mrs. Bonnie A. Allen of Lawrence; one brother, John of California; one sister, Mrs. Rachel (Nell) Watkins of Kalamazoo; a step-brother, Francis Forbes of Rupert Lake; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife, 2 sons, a brother and a sister.  Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. from the Gobles Chapel of the Robbins Funeral Home, Rev. Paul Arnstrom officiating.  Burial in Kendall Cemetery.

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Sunday’s Obituary – Fred Ozro Green
Jan 15th, 2012 by Jessica

This is the obituary for my husband’s great-grandfather, Fred Ozro Green.  It was published in the Kalamazoo Gazette in Kalamazoo, Michigan on December 10, 1961.

Obituary for Fred Ozro Green

Obituary for Fred Ozro Green

GREEN, Mr. Fred O.
Kendall, Michigan

Age 79, Passed away at the Alamo Nursing Home last night. Mr. Green was born in Michigan and had been a lifelong resident of this area. His wife, Wava, preceded him in death. Surviving are: 4 sons, Ernest of Portland, Ore., Robert of Otsego, Max of Phoenix, Ariz. and Don of Gobles; 4 daughters, Wilma Wait of Kendall, Virginia Stech of Kalamazoo, Betty Leversee of Kendall and Helen Johnson of La Punde, Calif., 22 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Stephen Green of Kendall and John Green of Calif.; one sister, Rachel Watkins of Kalamazoo. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Kendall Church. Burial in Kendall Cemetery. The family suggests that donations may be made to the Kendall Methodist Church Memorial Fund. Friends may call at the Andre Funeral Home, Gobles, until 11 o’clock Monday morning.

 

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Sunday’s Obituary – James Kemmerly
Jan 8th, 2012 by Jessica

This is the obituary for James Kemmerly, the husband of my grandmother’s sister Katherine (Fitzgerald) Kemmerly. It was published in the Northwest Indiana Times in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Obituary for James Kemmerly

Obituary for James Kemmerly

James “Jim” Kemmerly
Crown Point
James “Jim” Kemmerly, 78, of Crown Point, passed away Sunday, October 1, 2000 at his home.  Survived by his wife Katherine, of 45 years; children: Linda Collins (Chuck) Leinonen of Crown Point, Charles Kemmerly of Crown Point, and Jami Kemmerly of Highland; grandchildren: Joel Collins, Jessica Collins, Aubrey Kemmerly and Derek Leinonen; great-grandchildren, Daniel Collins and Hailie Collins; special friend “Fritz”; and a sister, Gloria Simmons of Chicago.  Preceded in death by his parents, Sherman and Irene Kemmerly and son, James Earl Kemmerly.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 5, 2000, at 10 a.m. from the Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 8178 South Cline Ave., Schererville, Indiana, (one miles south of US 30).  Burial, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville.  Friends may meet with the family Wednesday, October 4th, 2 to 9 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home.
Jim was the owner of K & W Trophies in Crown Point; member of Navajo Saddle Club and numerous saddle clubs.  He was a member of the Lake County Agricultural Society and Superintendent of the Western Show.  He was retired from Chicago Flame Hardening.  A Lieutenant with the Merchant Marines.  Jim’s favorite past time was camping and trail riding with his friends.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the family.

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