Obituaries

Rose Kaminski

Rose E. Kaminski, Age 87 of new Buffalo, Michigan died October 13, 2014 at the home she had lived in most of her life. Rose was born August 2, 1927 to Benjamin and Rose (Mertyl) Knytych in Chicago, Illinois. On October 12, 1946, she married Mack Kaminski in New Buffalo. Rose was a kind and caring wife to her husband and they celebrated 60 years of marriage. Rose was preceded in death by her parents, her sister; Ruth Sarabyn, and the love of her life, Mack Kaminski. Rose was a…

Janet Briggs

Janet Briggs

Janet Briggs, 77, of Sawyer, Michigan died Friday afternoon, September 12, 2014 at Hanson Hospice Center surrounded by her loving family. Janet was born July 12, 1937 in Buchanan to Bernard and Louise (Gast) Pazder. She attended elementary school and graduated from New Troy High School in 1955 with Fred Briggs, the man she would spend the rest of her life with. Janet and Fred were married August 30, 1956 in Three Oaks. She was a member of the little red brick Three Oaks Church of Christ. She loved caring…

Johnny Long

Johnny Long

Johnny Clarence Long, 67, formerly of Three Oaks, Michigan died peacefully on Monday morning, September 8, 2014 at his home in Michigan City, Indiana. Johnny was born October 4, 1946 in Tompkinsville, Kentucky to Cecil and Mary (Leamon) Long. The family moved to Michigan and made their home in Three Oaks. Johnny played Little League ball and attended school at Three Oaks. On August 17, 1963 he married Cookie “Dollie” Helms, they were blessed with three children. Johnny worked at the Brown Trailer Division of Clark Equipment Company in Michigan…

Jennie Florer

Jennie Florer

Jennie Florer, 84, of New Buffalo, Michigan died Monday morning, September 8, 2014. Jennie was born April 22, 1930 in Chicago to John and Frances (Hajak) Pawlowski. She was a graduate of New Buffalo High School. On November 9, 1957 she married Melvin Florer in Michigan City, Indiana. Mel preceded her in death on November 7, 2001. Jennie was employed at Michigan Bell Telephone Company in New Buffalo for many years. More recently, she was a clerk at the New Buffalo Township Library where she loved her work and the…

Lottie Dziepak

Lottie Dziepak

Lottie Dziepak, 97, was born February 13, 1917 and passed away August 30, 2014 at her home on the family farm where she lived for more than 60 years. Her life was spent around her family and home. She was a marvelous homemaker with a warm and positive outlook on life. Lottie loved working in her flower and vegetable gardens which were a beautiful reflection of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Phillip and her brothers Frank Rymarz and Stanley Rymarz. Surviving family members include her…

Lester F. Klute

Lester F. Klute

Lester F. Klute, 85, of Three Oaks, Michigan died Monday night, August 4, 2014 at Franciscan St. Anthony Hospice in Michigan City, Indiana. Les was born December 12, 1928 in Three Oaks to Albert and Emma (Kluth) Klute. He graduated from Three Oaks High School in 1946 and served his country in the U.S. Army. On May 29, 1952 he married Jean Brown in Indianapolis. They made their home in Three Oaks. Les was a carpenter, working for Big C. Lumber Company on home construction projects. Les was a life…

Marjorie Weller

Marjorie Weller

Marjorie Weller, 101, passed away Friday, August 1, 2014 at West Woods of Niles. Born Marjorie Louise Frost on April 13, 1913 in Pokagon, Michigan, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University, and taught elementary school. Marjorie began her teaching career in 1933 as the lone teacher at the one room school house on Avery Road, followed by teaching positions in Lakeside, Bridgman and at River Valley’s Chikaming Elementary, retiring in 1973. Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband Dayle E. Weller in 1991. They were married…

Stella Haack

Stella Haack

Stella Haack, 92, of Three Oaks, Michigan died Monday, July 28, 2014 at Country Manor Care Center in Bridgman, Michigan. Stella was born November 18, 1921 in Cicero, Illinois to Kajetan and Maria (Popski)  Wojcik. She married Jerald L. Haack on June 27, 1942 at the Three Oaks United Methodist Church. Stella enjoyed reading, crocheting, cooking, baking, caring for her home and spending hours in her flower gardens. Survivors include her daughter, Sharon (Patrick) McDonald of Three Oaks; grandchildren, Reney (Larry) Earnest of Iuka, Mississippi; Jerrod (Becky) Haack of Walnut,…

William L. Ross

William L. Ross

William L. Ross, 79, of Three Oaks, Michigan died Sunday, July 20, 2014 at LaPorte Hospital. Bill was born May 14, 1935 in Shady Springs, West Virginia. He was a self made man who learned by doing. Bill drove truck for Cassens Transport, first in Belvedere Illinois and later in Detroit, Michigan. He married Judith Hagen – Johnson on December 29, 1974 in Rockford, Illinois. They moved to Three Oaks and opened Jenny’s Antiques downtown. Bill had a knack for finding just the right antiques, restoring them, and selling them…

Emma Grosskopf

Emma Grosskopf

Emma Grosskopf, 87, formerly of Union Pier, Michigan died Sunday, July 20, 2014 at her home at The Whitcomb Towers in St. Joseph, Michigan. Mrs. Grosskopf was born October 13, 1926 in Lithuania to Adolph and Otillia (Anhalt) Meissner. She emigrated to the United States in 1960 and made her home in Union Pier, Michigan. She enjoyed tending her flower gardens, reading, cooking, and caring for her home. Survivors include her brother Wally (Marlene) Meissner of Three Oaks, Michigan sister, Irene (Mert) Heffron of Evergreen Park, Illinois and nieces and…