Recent Obituaries

James "Andy" Andrew Sanders

died Friday morning, July 19, 2019 at Arbor Hospice Residence in Saline. He was born and names James Andrew Sanders on March 29, 1971 at the old St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. His mother Linda Sanders Allen of Grand Haven, Mi and father Gordon L Sanders of Pentwater, MI both survive him.

He leaves his two sisters; Tina Sanders Tilton of Grand Haven and Charity Allen Beeman of Chelsea; two brother-in-laws, Matt Tilton of Spring Lake, MI and Eric Beeman of Chelsea; and twin nieces, Sophia and Eva Tilton of Grand Haven. He also leaves his Aunt, Linda Gentle; Uncle, Gary Anderegg; and cousins, Jennifer Anderegg and Kimberley Wright. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Robert Allen; Uncle, Jesse Sanders; cousin, Gordy Wright; and all of his grandparents.

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Doris Elaine Kope

of Ann Arbor, MI, age 82, died Friday, July 19, 2019 at St. Joe Ann Arbor. She was born March 15, 1937 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of William H. & Sophia (Oesterle) Winter. Doris was a member of Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor. She was a paralegal and secretary - receptionist at several law firms and for Alpha Solutions.

She married  Paul E. Kope on Nov. 3, 1956 in Grass Lake and he preceded her in death on March 10, 2009. Survivors include a son, David Bryan Nickerson and his wife, Lori; a daughter, Dawn Marie Gray (Kope); three grandchildren; two great grandsons; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five siblings, Victor Winter, Herman Edwin Winter, Irene Harrison, Betty Moon, and Marie Riplow.

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Mary Woodruff

of Brevort Township, MI, formerly of Monroe, age 73, died peacefully at the cabin she loved in the U.P. with her family surrounding her on July 15, 2019. She was born in Havana, Cuba on December 24, 1945 to Evaristo and Maria Teresa (Garcia) Rodriguez.  She and her family moved to Detroit, MI in 1951 where she graduated from Holy Redeemer High School in 1963 and then from the University of Michigan in 1967.  She taught Biology at Airport High School for more than 30 years.  She was a life-long learner and loved everything about nature especially plants, frogs, and birds.  She loved the cabin that she built with her husband and was grateful to spend her last month there surrounded by many family and friends, hummingbirds and loons.  

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Gene LeRoy Swank

Of Tecumseh Twp, MI, formerly of Grass Lake and Jackson, age 68, passed away Friday, July 12, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was born December 13, 1950 in Jackson, Michigan, the son of Harold “Red” & Dorothy Jane (Beck) Swank.

 Gene went to Grass Lake schools, and graduated from Scottsburg High School in Indiana in 1969. He attended Jackson Community College. Gene was an ordained minister. He coached youth sports for many years. Gene played slow-pitch softball for Manchester Stamping. He was a drummer, and played at many locations. Gene loved walking. He brought up four kids by himself, and would do anything for them.

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Kathy Anne Freyre

of Chelsea, MI, age 71, died Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice in Jackson. She was born July 14, 1947 in Monroe, Michigan, the daughter of Harry & Virginia (Taylor) Smith.

Kathy was an Estimator for Edwards Brothers for 37 years.  She was baptized in the First Congregational Church in Dundee.  Kathy loved watching NHRA drag racing. She enjoyed collecting recipes. Kathy did a lot of reading. She was a big fan of Jeopardy, and could have competed. Kathy liked to participate in lake adventures, especially water skiing. When younger, she enjoyed snowmobiling in the winter.

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