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Clem C. Bergstrom

Clem C. Bergstrom, 79, of Fond du Lac, went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 21, 2020 at his home with his wife (best friend of 57 years) and three daughters by his side. Clem was born on September 29, 1941 to the late Charles and Ruth (Cronk) Bergstrom. Clem married Sharon Wittock on April 29, 1963 at St. Mary and St. Joseph Church in Iron Mountain, MI. They were very active members until moving from the area.  Clem graduated in 1960 from Newberry, MI. He was honorably discharged from the National Guard in 1966. Clem was certified in HVAC and partnered with D & L Heating and Plumbing in Iron Mountain and you can check my link to know more about it. Eventually he became sole owner and served the community until he retired in 2001.  Online condolences may be shared at www.zacherlfuneralhome.com.

Patricia Edith Plue

Patricia Edith Plue, 82, of Naubinway, died Thursday evening December 24, 2020 at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital. Born May 7, 1938 in Conneaut, Ohio, daughter of the late George and Jackie (Bricker) Payne, Patricia married Clyde Plue on November 16, 1957 in Berlin Heights, Ohio.  Patricia was employed at Fanny Farmer in Norwalk, Ohio for several years until her retirement.  A resident of Naubinway since 2007, Patricia was a member of the Christian Fellowship Church in Naubinway and enjoyed Christian literature, jigsaw puzzles, bird watching, and games with family and friends. Pat wanted everyone to know that she loved them.  Pat and Clyde spent many years camping with their family at Pymatuning State Park. After retirement they spent their summers camping there and spending their winters in Naubinway.   In addition to her parents, Patricia is preceded in death by her husband Clyde in 2013; siblings Warren Payne, George Payne and Meril Lago. Survivors include her children Daniel Plue of Naubinway, Laureen (Timothy) Wyse of Naubinway, Wilson Plue of Brimfield, Massachusetts, Warren (Lachelle) Plue of Olivet, Michigan, Kenneth (Kelly) Plue of Greenwich, Ohio and Richard Plue of Perrysburg, Ohio; 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; sister Myrna Violet of Wingo, Kentucky, sister-in-law Shirley Zellner of Berlin Heights, Ohio, brother-in-law Terry Plue of Sandusky, Ohio and many nieces and nephews. Per her request, cremation services were accorded.  A memorial service celebrating the life of Patricia will be held in the spring of 2021 at the Christian Fellowship Church of Naubinway and at a location in Ohio. Notifications will be sent at a later date.  Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

Richard John Williams

Richard John Williams, 77, of Newberry, died Tuesday morning, December 15, 2020 at his residence. Born October 23, 1943 in Newberry, son of the late Donald and Beatrice (Styes) Williams, Richard was employed at Motor Wheel in Romulus for over 30 years until his retirement.  Following his retirement, he moved back to Newberry to be closer to his family and enjoyed puzzles and playing solitaire on his laptop.  Richard served in the 1437th Army National Guard until his honorable discharge on May 11, 1962. In addition to his parents, Richard is preceded in death by his siblings Dorothy Adkins and Robert Williams. Survivors include his siblings Barbara Keinonen of Newberry and Donna Menominee of Tecumseh; several nieces and nephews. Per his request, cremation services were accorded.  A public graveside service will be held Sunday, June 20, 2021 at the Forest Home Cemetery in Newberry as Richard will be laid to rest at the Williams family lot. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

Sylvia A. Maki

Sylvia A. Maki, age 81, of Scottville went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, December 26, 2020. She was born August 3, 1939 in Newberry, MI to Henry and Trinnie (McAlpine) Maki. Sylvia attended Pratt Elementary School in Newberry, a one room schoolhouse, and later graduated from Sault Area High School. She married Richard L. Maki on August 25, 1956 in Newberry. They recently celebrated their 64th anniversary.  Together they raised three children. Due to Richard’s occupation, the family moved around a lot. They spent many years living in the Upper Peninsula, in Roscommon, and in 2004, Richard and Sylvia moved to Scottville to be closer to their daughter, Sharon.  Sylvia had many jobs. She worked for three different radio stations, WSOO, WSMM, and WSGW, where she was a clerk and ran the FM station. She was also the voice of many commercials. Sylvia worked at Montgomery Wards in Saginaw in the credit department and she was also an Activities Director at a nursing home. She also taught Sunday School for many years, and sang at the Pentland Township Hall as a little girl.  Most of all, Sylvia was a proud mother and home-maker. She loved to cook “real food” and she taught her children how to properly hang their clothes on the clothesline, and how to iron. She was a talented seamstress and could make anything. Sylvia also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. When she wasn’t busy with all that, she was a stamp collector, a Tole Painter, and she loved to read. But her favorite thing to do was to go fishing.  She and Dick spent many hours at Lake Superior fishing for Menominee and agates.  Over the years she collected dozens of Lake Superior agates.  Sylvia had compassion for all living things, but she especially loved her cats. Most of them lived into their twenties, and were real family members. Sylvia was a very spiritual person. She and her family were members of WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod). She was an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Scottville. She believed that her Lord had carried her many trying times with illnesses throughout her life, and that he had showered her with His amazing grace. She was blessed, and wished nothing more than that for her family to feel the same way. Sylvia will be greatly missed by her husband, Richard of Scottville, her children, Richard (Stephanie) Maki Jr. and Sharon (Elmer) Spencer, her three grandchildren, her three great grandchildren, her sisters, Sandra and Gail, and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Sylvia was preceded in death by her daughter, Shirley Ilene, her siblings, Evelyn, Robert, Anna, and Linda. A memorial service will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 409 Main Street on Tuesday, December 29 at 11:00.

Memorial contributions in Sylvia’s name may be directed to Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington,
www.oakgroveludington.com.

Rachel Gibson

Gibson, Rachel. Born on July 8, 1935 in Glasgow, Scotland. Passed on December 23, 2020. Age 85 of Dearborn Heights.  Beloved mother of Carol Liss, Karen (Jim) Thomas, Michael (Laura) Gibson, Craig (Cathy) Gibson, and Kim (Dave) Markey.  Dear sister of Nan (David) Goodwin, Bill (Betty) Turnbull, and Patsy Stephenson. Dearest grandmother of 22. Loving great-grandmother of 23. Sweet great-great-grandmother of 1.  Rachel was preceded in death by her husband Roy Gibson, her daughter Rachel “Shelly” Bessy, and her parents. She will be deeply missed by many loving family and friends.  Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Dearborn Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23701   Ford Road. (313) 278-5100.  Rachel was buried alongside her husband at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan. Please share memories and leave condolences on her online guestbook at www.voranfuneralhome.com

Bubba Anderson Popa

Bubba Anderson Popa, vibrant wife and mother passed away at the age of 50 on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.  Bubba was born to Don and Tudy Anderson on September 23, 1970 in Escanaba, Michigan. Bubba was raised in Gaylord and was a four-sport athlete (volleyball, cross-country, track and basketball) at Gaylord High School, where she graduated with honors in 1988.  She was named Miss Otsego County 1988 and won the talent portion with her sharp-witted ventriloquist dummy, Nicholas.  She later attended Michigan State University and Alma College, studying Interior Design.  Afterward, she started Bayview Interiors and found herself drawn to kitchen design.  Bubba married her best friend, Roger Popa, on August 16, 2003, in Newberry at her family’s centennial farm.  It was a three-day affair that suited Bubba to a T – filled with laughter, family, friends, food and fireworks.  The couple settled in Traverse City, where their family grew by two.  Their daughter Ava was born in 2007, and Rutger in 2010.  Bubba was a stay-at-home mom who also managed Petoskey Pete’s, their clothing store in Glen Arbor.  Over the years, she and Roger tackled countless remodeling and refurbishing projects at their home and business. Family was very important to Bubba.  As often as possible, the foursome enjoyed the short walk from their Glen Arbor home to the shore of Lake Michigan, where Bubba cherished every moment with her husband and kids.  She loved competition and sporting events, traveling far and wide to cheer for her nephew and nieces, and hosted gatherings at their house near the lake when family came to town.  Bubba loved all water sports; in particular, she was an avid sailor and accomplished water-skier.  Ever the lover of a challenge, Bubba grew up riding a unicycle more often than her regular bike and teamed up with her sister to run her first triathlon at the age of 44.  She also played ice hockey with the men’s rec league in Traverse City for many years.  She will be remembered for her sense of humor, her infectious and unmistakable laugh, and her can-do attitude.  In her final days, Bubba was known for her strength and her smile. Bubba is survived by her husband, Roger Popa; daughter, Ava (13); son, Rutger (10); parents, Don and Tudy Anderson; and sister, Deana (John) Dutcher; mother-in-law, Ruthie Popa; sisters-in-law, Mindy (Steve) Scherr, Brenda (Tim) Nicol, Marcia Popa; brother-in-law, Alan Popa; nieces, Elizabeth and Paige Dutcher, Macy and Siri Nicol, Adriana Popa Puchal; nephews, Tom Dutcher, Cooper and Riley Scherr, and Izan Popa Puchal.  She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Tommy Popa. While no memorial service is currently scheduled, a celebration of life ceremony will be announced in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Roger Popa Family, PO Box 159, Suttons Bay, MI 49682. Please share condolences with Bubba’s family at www.martinson.info Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Leelanau.