Kristopher G. Skeans
May 8, 1970 – August 18, 2022

Kristopher “Kris” Galen Skeans, age 52, of Hulbert, Michigan, passed away peacefully at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital with his loving family by his side on August 18, 2022. He was born in Pontiac, Michigan, on May 8, 1970, to parents Samuel L. Skeans Sr. and Marie G. (Bushey) Skeans.

Kris grew up in Clarkston and Hulbert, Michigan with his siblings and graduated from Newberry High School, class of 1988. He went on to own and operate his own company, K&S Lawn Maintenance. He was also a member of the SAL of American Legion, Post 393.

Kris enjoyed going out to the woods to bird hunt, fishing, and truly loved spending time with his friends and family.

Kris is survived by his brothers, Sam Jr. “Jay” (Jennifer) Skeans of Holly, Michigan and Kevin (Jeannie) Skeans of Hulbert; step-brothers, Jack Estep of Argentine, Michigan and Roger Estep of Argentine, Michigan; step-sister, Pam (Ray) Smith of Byron, Michgan; aunt, Cathy Baker of Hulbert; uncle, Bobby Bushey of Hulbert; nieces and nephews, Tara Skeans of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Brittney (Skeans) Kabelman of Strongs, Michigan, Shayne Skeans of Hulbert, Tyler Skeans of Sault Ste. Marie, Heather Skeans of Waterford, Michigan, Jennifer “Lynn” (Skeans) Hofmeister of West Bloomfield, Michigan, Sam Skeans III of Waterford, Michigan, Robert Skeans of Holly, Michigan, Justin Skeans of Holly and Megan (Skeans) Brazier of Holly; as well as many many great nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Kris was preceded in death by his parents, Sam Sr. and Marie; step-mother, Phyllis Skeans; step-brothers, Leon Estep, Willy Estep, and Gerry-Lee Estep; grandparents, Orville & Sylvia Skeans and Denny & Marion Skeans; sisters, Sonya Skeans and Denise Skeans; niece, Amber; nephew, Cody; and great nieces, Serenah & Haden.

Memorial Services will be held on August 27, 2022, at 3:00 PM at the American Legion Post 393 in Hulbert.

Galer Funeral Homes & Cremation in Pickford, Michigan, is serving the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at


Fannie Bridget Aslin
March 18, 1922 – August 19, 2022

Lifelong Newberry resident, Fannie Bridget Aslin, 100, died Friday afternoon August 19, 2022 at her residence surrounded by her loving family and the care of North Woods Home Care and Hospice.

Born March 18, 1922 at the Caffey Lumber Camp in Rexton, Fannie was the daughter of the late Frank and Caroline (Derusha) Maddix.  Fannie was a 1942 graduate of Newberry High School and later received certification in the field of nursing.

Fannie was employed at the former Newberry Regional Mental Health Center for several years, retiring in 1976 as an Attendant Nurse.  She was a member of St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, life member of the American Legion Post #74 Ladies Auxiliary and life member of the V.F.W. Post in New Jersey.

Fannie enjoyed attending concerts, fishing, playing cards, cribbage, euchre, knitting dish cloths, watching game shows and westerns.

In addition to her parents, Fannie is preceded in death by her husband’s Robert Fitzgerald in 1966 and John Aslin in 1998; son James Fitzgerald; brothers Jessie, Frank, James and Leroy Maddix; sister Lola Davis; sons-in-law Carl Belonga and John Chippewa.

Survivors include her children Maryann Belonga of St. Ignace, Diane (Jerry) Menzia of Aberdeen, South Dakota and Roberta Chippewa of Newberry; 12 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Tina Fitzgerald of Cookstown, New Jersey.

Per her request, Fannie donated her body for medical study to the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating the life of Fannie will take place Thursday August 25, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the American Legion Post #74 in Newberry.  Rite of Committal will take place at a later date at Forest Home Cemetery in Newberry.

Condolences may be expressed at

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.


Cynthia Fae Soeltner
May 11, 1961 – August 16, 2022

Cynthia Fae Soeltner, 61, of Newberry, died Tuesday morning August 16, 2022 at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital following a courageous battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Born May 11, 1961 in Newberry, daughter of the late Herbert and Muriel (Saunders) Glenn, Cynthia was a graduate of Newberry High School and attended Lansing Community College receiving her certification in corrections.

Cynthia was formerly employed as a corrections officer at the Chippewa Correctional Facility in Kinross and, later in life, a devoted homemaker raising her family. Her hobbies included crocheting, crafting and flower gardening.

In addition to her parents, Cynthia is preceded in death by her grandson Christopher Sullivan and siblings Jerry Glenn, Joe Glenn, Joyce Glenn and Marie Sawade.

Survivors include her loving husband, Michael, whom she married October 5, 1995 in Las Vegas, Nevada; children Kelly Rye of Dafter and Josh Johnson of Kinross; grandchildren Kaylie Chingwa, John Sullivan, Karlee Rye, Marissa Parks, Joshua Johnson, Jacob Johnson and James Johnson; great-grandchildren Malorie Scott, Brady Chingwa and Stanley; siblings Linda Pease of McMillan, Robert Glenn of Grand Rapids, Tony (Kim) Glenn of Fenton, John (Cathy) Glenn of Fenton, Karen (Victor) Brown of Fenton, Ron Glenn of Chicago Heights, Illinois and Candy Johnson of Strongs.

Per request, cremation services were accorded.  A gathering of family and friends celebrating the life of Cynthia will be held Saturday September 10, 2022 from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm at the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry.

Condolences may be expressed at

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.