Rickie Allan Rivard, 68, of McMillan, died suddenly Sunday October 11, 2020 at his residence back in his woods doing what he loved. Born April 30, 1952 in Newberry, son of Alex and Mary (McInnis) Rivard, Rickie served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War in the 82nd Airborne Division receiving his Ranger Training until his honorable discharge on November 6, 1973. Following his honorable discharge, he was a 1972 graduate of Newberry High School and later received an associate’s degree in diesel mechanics from Texas State Technical Institute in Waco, Texas. Rickie was a resident of the State of Texas for over 30 years primarily in Waco and Houston. During his lifetime, he held several employments including as a supervisor at juvenile centers, a commercial fisherman and later as an armed security officer for homeland security until his retirement. Rickie moved back to the area in 2012 and was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and fishing. His passion for fishing awarded him several state records in Texas including a world record green sunfish. Rickie was a member of the American Legion Post #74 and a volunteer for the Luce County Veterans Services Office in Newberry. Rickie is preceded in death by his father Alex and brother Ken. Survivors include his loving wife, the former Laura Taylor, of McMillan; children Allen (Kristi) Rivard of Fort Worth, Texas, Tia (Scott) Pense of Milan, Tennessee, Carla (Andrjia) Malbassa of Denver, Colorado and Mary Mayfield of Hewitt, Texas; seven grandchildren; mother Mickey Rivard and brother Mark Rivard both of Newberry. Per request, cremation services were accorded. A gathering of family and friends celebrating the life of Rickie will be scheduled in the spring of 2021. Memorials may be directed to the Luce County Veterans Services Office, 407 West Harrie Street, Newberry, Michigan 49868 in his memory. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com.
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.
Pauline L. Schutz
Pauline L. Schutz of Plainwell, MI passed away peacefully in her sleep, October 6, 2020, in the comfort of her own home. Pauline was born on September 14, 1943 in Luce County, Newberry, Michigan. She was the daughter of the late John H. and Hilda (Goldthorpe) Zellar. She graduated from Manistique High School in 1961. Pauline grew up on her parents’ farm with her 7 brothers and 3 sisters in a 3 bedroom house. They all worked on the farm growing up. Pauline watched a lot of the kids in her neighborhood and worked at Applewood Manor, the local coffee shop in Germfask. On December 24, 1968, she married the love of her life, Walter F. Schutz and started their family in Plainwell. Pauline watched her grandkids along with lots of other kids which she loved doing. She then went to work for Burchette Manufacturing for years, than went back to watching her second set of grandkids. Later she worked at Harding’s Market in Plainwell in the deli department. She loved to cook and wait on her costumers. She always enjoyed herself. She was even Employee of the Month a few times. She retired on April 27, 2015. In her free time she loved to garden, cook, read, crochet and be with her family, especially her grandkids and great-grandkids, they were her life. Everyone just loved her, she had a way about her that you didn’t have to wonder if she liked you or not. That’s what people will remember about her along with her huge loving heart for everyone. She is survived by her loving family which includes daughters, Laurie (the late Ron) Rice of Plainwell and Julie (Jim) Cochran of Germfask; sons, Frank (Ola) Schutz of Gun Lake and Larry (Marilyn) Schutz of Kalamazoo; brothers, John (Barbara) Zellar of Germfask, Lawrence (Rose) Zellar of Germfask, Louie (Rose) Zellar of Flint, Stan (the late JoAnne) of Gulliver, Steven (Marilyn) Zellar of Germfask; sisters, Lucille (Bill) Nyman of Grand Marais and Laurie (Mike) Tansy of Germfask; sisters-in-law, Debbie (the late Kenneth) Zellar of Curtis and Debra (the late Wayne) Zellar of Germfask; grandchildren, Kodi (Marya) Cochran, Katie (Dale Jr.) Mattson of Germfask, Matthew Fales of Southfield, Shannon Green of TN, Jeff Schutz of AK, Missy Schutz of SC, Carrie (Jake) Vanmantgem of Delton, Becky Schutz of Galesburg, Amanda (Kevin) Washburn of Gwinn, Bobby Schutz of Gun Lake, Jason (Jada) Christensen of Bitely, Anne (Thia) Farnsworth, Jessica (Mark) Martin and Tonya Mason all of Kalamazoo; 24 beautiful great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter; brothers, Wayne Zellar and Kenneth Zellar; sister, Mabel Armstrong; brother-in-law, John Armstrong; sister-in-law, Joanne Zeller; son-in-law, Ronald Rice and grandson, Johnny Christensen. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 A.M., October 24, 2020 at Germfask Christian Fellowship, 8222 HM77 Germfask, MI 49836, with JD Livermore officiating. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
Vides Elizabeth King
Longtime Naubinway resident, Vides Elizabeth King, age 100 and three quarters as Vides would proudly say, died Tuesday morning October 13, 2020 at Golden Leaves Living Center in Newberry. Born January 22, 1920 in Pickford, daughter of the late Robert and Rhoda (Anderson) Whitford, Vides had been a resident of Naubinway since 1937. On November 16, 1940, Vides married Ernest “Pete” King in Engadine and made Naubinway their home. Vides co-owned and operated with her husband Kings Fishery Inc. and Kings Motel for several years until her retirement. Vides was a longtime member of the Engadine United Methodist Church, the Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club, the Manistique Women’s Club and the Engadine Sports Boosters. Her hobbies and interests included quilting, hunting and gardening. In addition to her parents, Vides is preceded in death by her husband Pete of December 23, 2004, son-in-law Russell Schultz, grandson Wade King, infant granddaughter Baby Schultz and sister Bessie Nelson. Survivors include her children Bob (Bev) King of Naubinway, Jay (Darcy) King of Naubinway, Sally Schultz of Naubinway, Tom (Deb) King of Engadine and Cindy (Kathy Jerde) King of Manistique; nine grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held Saturday October 17, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Naubinway Cemetery with Pastor Jackie Roe, of the Engadine United Methodist Church, officiating. Due to COVID restrictions, social distancing and masks will be required. Memorials may be directed to Engadine Consolidated Schools Scholarship Fund W13920 Melville Street, Engadine, Michigan 49827 or Top of the Lakes Snowmobile Museum, P.O. Box 2, Naubinway, Michigan 49762 in her memory. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.
Mary Lou Fulton
Mary Lou Fulton, 93, of Engadine, died Saturday morning October 10, 2020 at Newberry Assisted Living Community. Born August 12, 1927 in Napolean, Ohio, daughter of the late Francis and Fernelia (Kile) Farison, Mary Lou was a 1944 graduate of Napolean High School and attended Ft. Wayne International Business College. On September 29, 1946, Mary Lou married Edwin J. Fulton in Napolean, Ohio. Mary Lou was employed as a bookkeeper with General Tire in Wabash, Indiana for two years and later for the United Tool Company also of Wabash for 42 years until her retirement. Mary Lou had been a resident on Engadine since 2006 and a member of the Engadine United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, Mary Lou is preceded in death by her husband Edwin in 1987. Survivors include her son Aaron (Nancy) Fulton of Engadine and daughter Cheryl Ann (Randall) Rider of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; grandchildren Joshua Rider, Andrew (Jeannette) Rider, Micah Rider, Andrea Fulton and Doug (Kailey Poort) Fulton; great-grandchild Elijah Rider. A graveside service will be held Friday October 23, 2020 at 10:00 am at the LaFontaine IOOF Cemetery in LaFontaine, Indiana with Pastor Susan Shambaugh officiating. Memorials may be directed to Engadine United Methodist Church in her memory. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.
Gary Christensen Arthur
Gary Christensen Arthur, 78, of Coopersville, died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday October 14, 2020 at the family farmhouse in Portage Township. Born September 21, 1942 in Shawano, Wisconsin, son of the late Wesley and Mildred “Milly” (Chapman) Arthur, Gary was a graduate of Wheaton Academy in Chicago, Illinois. Gary continued his education graduating from Northern Michigan University in Marquette with a bachelor’s degree in education and furthered his studies at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. Gary’s employment career began as a high school teacher in the fields of English and Math for four years at Stephenson High School in the Upper Peninsula. Gary then moved to Coopersville where he was an audio visual/librarian at Coopersville High School for 25 years until his retirement. Gary was a member of Heritage Baptist Church in Kentwood where he served as Sunday school teacher and youth leader. He was an avid outdoorsman and lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Gary especially loved his family and was a devoted grandfather and great-grandfather. While spending time at the family farmhouse in Portage Township, Gary attended the Curtis Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, Gary is preceded in death by his sister Joanie Prall. Survivors include his loving wife, the former Marlene Barker of Coopersville, whom he married August 21, 1965 at the Curtis Baptist Church; daughter Nicole (Arthur) Rosel of Coopersville and Aaron (Christina) Arthur of Coopersville; grandchildren Austin Rosel, Taylore Rosel, Paige Arthur and Ty Arthur; great-grandchildren Maddix and Tucker Rosel; brother-in-law William Prall of Phoenix, Arizona. A gathering of family and friends will take place on Monday October 19, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Curtis Baptist Church. Funeral services celebrating the life of Gary will follow at 2:00 pm at the church with Pastor Ray White officiating. Interment will take place at the Woodlawn Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, social distancing and masks will be required in accordance of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Memorials may be directed to the Curtis Baptist Church in his memory. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.
Peggy Jo Nance
Longtime Germfask resident, Peggy Jo Nance, 78, died Saturday afternoon, October 17, 2020 at her residence with her loving family at her side. Born April 26, 1942 in Newberry, daughter of the late Michael and Lillian (Gareau) Smith, Peggy was employed as a Resident Care Aide at the former Newberry Regional Mental Health Center in Newberry. Peggy enjoyed knitting, crocheting, basketry, oil and water color painting, cross stitch and drawing. She was also an animal lover who for several years volunteered at the Eva Burrell Animal Shelter in Manistique. She also had a small hobby farm, loved gardening and attended the Curtis Baptist Church. Peggy enjoyed travelling with her husband Billy around the country in their 5th wheel spending the winters in the Southwest. Peggy also found immense joy in visits with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Peggy is preceded in death by her siblings, Michael Smith, Kenneth Smith, James Smith and Shirley Rockhold; grandson Bradley Cowen. Survivors include her loving husband, Billy, whom she married July 3, 1981 in Newberry; children Denise (Bill Sbonek) Mattson of Grayling, Michael Mattson of Republic, Patrick (Pilar) Mattson of Front Royal, Virginia, David (Cheri) Mattson of Germfask, Scott (Kris) Nance of Germfask, Teressa Nance of Mt. Pleasant and Chris Nance of Alanson; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; sister Kay (Phil) Ehn of South Lyon; several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held Monday October 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Forest Home Cemetery in Newberry with Pastor J.D. Livermore officiating. Due to COVID-19, social distancing and masks will be required in accordance of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Memorials may be directed to an animal shelter of one’s choice in her memory. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.
Mary Louise Freeman
Mary Louise Freeman, 54, of Jenison, died Thursday morning October 15, 2020 at the Holland Hospital in Holland. Born April 16, 1966 in Newberry, daughter of Boyd and Patricia (Kohler) Freeman, Mary was a 1984 graduate of Newberry High School. Mary resided in Cadillac working in the food and beverage industry for 31 years, before moving to the Holland area in 2017 where she continued employment as a route dispatcher for Keurig/Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group. In 2018, she moved to Jenison where she presently resided. Mary enjoyed baking, cooking, “girls” trips and especially loved spending time with her family and friends. Mary is preceded in death by her sister Susan. Survivors include her parents, Boyd and Patricia (nee Kohler) Freeman, of Newberry; siblings Mark (Carla) Freeman of Newberry, Joyce (Colin) Bergel of Manistee, Steven Freeman of Jenison and Joe (Theresa) Freeman of L’Anse; nieces Kayla Bergel of Portage, Emily (Trever Overbeck) Bergel of Muncie, Indiana, Courtney Almli of Gwinn, Anna Freeman of Harvey and Tunisha Teske of Escanaba; nephews Ian Bergel of Grand Rapids and Michael (Devi) Eichenlaub of Lynnwood, Washington; great nieces and nephew Kinsley, Tesla and Archer; several aunts, an uncle, numerous cousins and friends. A gathering of family and friends will take place Wednesday October 21, 2020 from 10:00 am 11:00 am at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Newberry. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am at the church with Fr. Marty Flynn officiating. Rite of Committal will follow at Forest Home Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, social distancing and masks will be required in accordance of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Memorials may be directed to St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in her memory. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.