Sharon Janice (Green) LeMaire
Sharon Janice (Green) LeMaire died peacefully on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at her Allegan residence with her husband Alfred W. LeMaire Sr. at her bedside. Sharon was born on July 24, 1940 in Newberry, Michigan, the daughter of the late Frank Lloyd and Zona Green. She was a graduate of Newberry High School. After high school Sharon attended the Bronson School of Nursing and graduated as a Registered Nurse. Later she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Administration from Western Michigan University. Sharon was proud to be a registered nurse. Women, Infant & Pediatric nursing was her area of specialty when she worked at both Bronson and Holland Hospitals. She also worked at Allegan General Hospital rising to the position of Director of Nursing. In her next role, she provided Home Healthcare Nursing for Luce, Mackinac, Alger and Schoolcraft counties. Sharon was a lifetime member of Newberry United Methodist Church. She loved to read and enjoyed sewing, knitting, cross-stitching, quilting and cooking. She is survived by her loving husband Alfred W. LeMaire Sr.; daughter, Stephanie Turner of Lansing, step-daughters, Piper (James) Raab of Allegan, Lora LeMaire of Portage, and step-son, Alfred (Jill) LeMaire Jr. of Allegan; seven grandchildren, Brecken Terry of Lansing, Turner Terry of Lansing, Rebecca (Jessie) Hatfield of Allegan, Tara LeMaire of Allegan, Alfred LeMaire III of Allegan, Walter Valdez of Portage and Giovanna Valdez of Portage; sisters, Mary (Jeff) Heller of Allegan, Sandra (Menzo) Caswell of Newberry and Elizabeth Daniels of Newberry. She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Frank Green Jr. of Newberry. Due to COVID-19 virus, there will not be a public service. Burial arrangements have been made for Sharon to be placed at her families plot in Newberry, Michigan. In memory of Sharon, memorial gifts may be sent to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, 222 N Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007. The family is being served by Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home. To leave a condolence and more information, please visit www.langelandsterenberg.com.
Tammy Ann Bedell
Lifelong Eckerman/Paradise resident, Tammy Ann Bedell, 56, of Whitefish Township, died Saturday morning September 19, 2020 at U.P. Health Systems in Marquette. Born October 3, 1963 in Sault Ste. Marie, daughter of the late Will and Bonnie Jean (Monk) Bedell, Tammy was a 1981 graduate of Whitefish Township School in Paradise. Tammy was employed as a waitress for the Paradise Restaurant and later with J & S Lodging Inc. for several years until her retirement due to her declining health. Tammy formerly served as a trustee and board member for the Whitefish Township School Board holding various positions. She also served as the cheerleading coach and member of the Paradise Boosters. Tammy was a member of the Paradise United Methodist Church and enjoyed party decorating for local school events and weddings, crafts and spending time with her family. Tammy is preceded in death by her parents Will and Bonnie Jean; sister Bonnie, brother Floyd; brother-in-law LeRoy Murley and sisters-in-law Karyn Bedell and Claudia Bedell. Survivors include her sons Jameson (Emily Chartrand) Pigeau of Sault Ste. Marie and Liam Pigeau of Paradise; siblings Carol Murley of Fenton, Leon (Janet) Bedell of Chino Valley, AZ, Donald Bedell of Frankfort, Dennis Bedell of Paradise, Roy Bedell of River Junction, AZ, Linda Richards, Karen (Alan) Smith and Terry (Tom) Clark all of Paradise; several nieces and nephews.
Per request, cremation services were accorded. A gathering of family and friends will take place on Saturday October 17, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the Whitefish Township School in Paradise. A memorial service celebrating the life of Tammy will follow at 11:00 am at the school with Pastor Mary Brooks, of the Paradise United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will take place at the Paradise United Methodist Church Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family in her memory. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.
Denis Alan Mahar
Senior Master Sergeant (Retired USAF) Denis Alan Mahar, 74, peacefully went to be with our Lord Sunday September 20, 2020 from his home with his loving family by his side. Born June 17, 1946 in Newberry, son of the late Norris Mahar and Ruth (Marshall) Mahar, Denis was a 1964 graduate of Newberry High School and throughout the years rarely missed a chance to attend and to support Newberry Indians sporting events. Denis proudly served our country in the United States Air Force for 21 years, 4 months and 21 days retiring with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. Upon his retirement, he returned to Newberry where he raised his family. He loved to cook Asian style but BBQ was by far his favorite. He enjoyed being outdoors cutting down dead trees and tending the land. He valued his family and friends and spent many hours searching for old Air Force buddies and reuniting many of them, coming together at GEEIA conventions. Denis was a longtime member of the American Legion Post #74 and the McMillan Lodge #400 Free and Accepted Masons. In addition to his parents, Denis is preceded in death by a daughter, two grandchildren and one great grandchild. Survivors include his loving wife, Kay, of Newberry; children Lisa Hanes of Newberry, Michelle (Larry) Wells of Newberry, Jaynie (Dennis) Kisro of Newberry, Nicole Quinn of Newberry, Casey (Michael) Merrington of Wasilla, Alaska, Dennis (Nicole) Kropp of Newberry, Vickie (Scott) Texada of Fort Walton Beach, Florida and Daisy, the little black poodle who has been in the family 14 years 9 months; 21 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; sisters Jeannie Christiansen of McMillan and Doreen (Gordon) MacDonald of Lakeport.
Per Denis’ request, a private family gathering will take place Saturday October 3, 2020 at 11:00 am at the family camp north of Newberry where full military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post #74 and the United States Air Force Honor Guard. A spring picnic celebration of Denis’ life will be announced at a later date for friends of the family. Memorials may be directed to the American Legion Post #74 or the Newberry Sports Boosters in his memory. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufunerahome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family,