Mildred Elizabeth Corey, 93, Battle Creek, MI, died Dec. 27, 2009.
Mille was born Feb. 13, 1916, in Portland, OR, to Edward and Elizabeth (Anderson) Kurzit.
The family moved to Stephenson where Mildred graduated from Stephenson High School.
After high school she attended fashion design school and was a seamstress in Chicago be fore marrying high school classmate H. Kenneth Corey May 25, 1940. The couple owned Coralan Farm, an award-winning dairy farm in the Upper Peninsula.
The Coreys were leaders in agriculture. She helped found the Extension pro grams for women in Menominee County, was a 4-H leader for 35 years and a founding member of the Menominee County 4-H Foundation and its endowment. In 1971 she repre sented Michigan at the Associated Countrywomen of the World meeting in Oslo, Norway.
After the Coreys moved to Battle Creek in 1991, Mille became a Master Gardener and was a volunteer of the Leila Arboretum Society and the Veteran's Administration, where she worked in the greenhouse and mended flags. She volunteered until age 92 and re ceived the Arboretum's 2008 Silver Trowel Award, honoring a volunteer.
Mille was the first woman chosen for the Menominee County Farm Bureau Women's Hall of Fame. In 2006, she received the Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring individuals who have made service a way of life. She and Ken were named to the Michigan Farmers Hall of Fame in 1993.
She is survived by daugh ters, Judith E. (Robert) Cappiello, Ovid, June K. (Gerald) Troyer, Flint, and Jan Corey (Doyle) Arnett, Battle Creek, six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; daughters, Melody Sue Corey and Lois N. (Henry) Porras; brothers, Edward and Alfred Palmer, and sister, Lucy (Herbert) Hauns.
A Blossoming will be held in the spring of 2010 to honor her life of service.
Memorials may be made to the Ken and Mille Corey Tribute Funds of the Leila Arboretum, the Corey Tribute Fund at the Michigan 4-H Foundation, In-House Hospice of Kalamazoo, Yorkville Community Church or the charity of one's choice. Visit website www.bachmanhebble.com to leave personal messages and stories for the family.
Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service. Selected Independent Funeral Homes, Battle Creek.
Ruth V. Blomquist Anderson Kollross, 99, Wallace, died Dec. 24, 2009, at Roubal Care and Rehab Center, Stephenson.
She was born Oct. 9, 1910, in Wallace, to Jonas and Marie Blomquist.
Ruth married Carl G. Anderson July 1, 1933. He preceded her in death. They had four children, Charles, Ruth Marie, Elizabeth and David. She later married Tony Kollross. He also preceded her in death.
She worked on her father's farm until going to Evanston, IL, and then Menominee to cook for wealthy people.
Ruth learned to cook for others and then carried those special dishes to her com mon friends and family.
She served the Lord in her church.
She is survived by her children, Charles (Shirley) Anderson; Betsy Evans, and David (Vicki) Anderson, nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Lilian and Marie; and two brothers, Lars and Helmer; her daughter, Ruth Marie (Mrs. Albert Borns) and her husband Carl.
A funeral service will be held at the Bethel Mission Covenant Church, Wallace, at 5 p.m. Jan. 16. Visitation will be at the church from 2 p.m. until time of service. Supper will be served after the service. Pastor John Lindt is leading the service assisted by Pastors Kris Borns and Chuck Anderson.
Burial will be in Mellen Township Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Covenant Women.
Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, is assisting the family.
Loren (Fireball) Steer, 91, 701 Willow Street, Peshtigo, died Dec. 22, 2009, at Rennes Health Center East, Peshtigo.
Loren was born Aug. 13, 1918, in Beaver, WI, to the late Albert and Anna (Hanneman) Steer.
He worked for many years as a farm hand on the Charlie Salewsky farm in Menominee. He later went to work for D.C. Equipment in Menominee as a me chanic. Loren retired in 1986. He enjoyed hunting with his hounds, spending time at his camp with friends, gardening and listening to country and western music.
He is survived by one sister, Eleanor (Lester) Kamin, Escanaba; one brother, Milton (Delores) Steer, Pound, WI, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four sisters and brothers-in-law, Gladys and Edwin Behrendt, Laura (Les Tonn) and Joe Vanderlashoot, Linda and Mark Schuller and Agnes and Clarence Winternhimer; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Everett and Mabel Steer, Clarence Steer, Myron and Sharon Steer and Albert Steer III, three nephews, Dale Tonn, Kevin Winternhimer and Kenneth Treptow.
Family and friends gathered Dec. 27 at the Anderson Kell Funeral Home, Menominee. Funeral services were held in the funeral home chapel with The Rev. Roberta Skelly officiating.
Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee.
Mary R. Treichel, 85, Green Bay, died Dec. 21, 2009, at a local nursing home.
She was born Jan. 28, 1924, in Peshtigo, to Thomas and Iva (Leslie) Davis.
Mary graduated from Peshtigo High School, Class of 1942. On Feb. 17, 1943, she married Frederick Witak. He preceded her in death Sept. 12, 1969. On July 24, 1971, she married Norbert Treichel. He preceded her in death May 25, 1996. Mary was a longtime member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and was active with the Checkerettes kitchen band at the church. She had volunteered at Bethesda Thrift Shop for many years.
She is survived by five children and their spouses, Sandra and Earl Miller, Menominee, Dale and Jean Witak, Green Bay, Duane (Zeke) and Cathy Witak, Neenah, Kathleen and Dennis Tackmier, Coleman, and Colleen and John Schroeder, Crivitz; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two step-children and their spouses, Gerald and Marilyn Treichel, Freedom, and Joyce and Tom Brantmeier, Kaukauna; a brother and his wife, Richard and Beverly Davis, Marinette; a sister, Carol Drys, Houston, TX; two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law; Annette and Jerry Degeneffe, Green Bay, and Agnes Witak, Peshtigo; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands; sister, Beaulah Nicklaus; three brothers, Cleo, William and Tom Davis.
Friends called at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Green Bay, where services were held Dec. 26. The Rev. Paul Pett officiated.
Burial was in Glenwood Memorial Gardens, Town of Peshtigo.
Memorial fund has been established in her name.
Blaney Funeral Home, Green Bay, assisted the family. Condolences may be expressed at http://www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com
Vincent M. White, 49, Stephenson, died Dec. 24, 2009, at home.
He was born Dec. 29, 1959, in Chicago, to Patricia (LaChance) and John White.
He worked for Yar-Craft.
He is survived by his parents; four sisters, Janice White, Princeton, WI, Julie White, Sarasota, FL, Brenda Duka, Homer Glen, IL, Connie Atkinson, Montello, WI; two brothers, Brian (Jessy) White, Stephenson, John White, Plainfield, IL, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held in the Memorial Room of Precious Blood Catholic Church Dec. 31 from 10 to 11 a.m. Services will be held there at 11 a.m. Father Corey Litzner will officiate.
Burial will be in Holy Rosary Catholic Church Cemetery, Banat.
Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, is assisting the family.