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KENNETH A. ROBINSON

Kenneth A. Robinson, 89, of Lincoln Michigan, went to be with his Lord and Savior peacefully while sleeping in his home on Oct. 7, 2021. Beloved husband of the late Dolores Robinson, his bride of over 50 years, and loving father of eight children, Melanie Ericksen, Vivian Neumann, the late Keith Robinson, Tina Chamberlain, Connie Jones, Kirt Robinson, Pauline Burnham, and Kent Robinson. He was a proud grandfather of 20 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
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RONALD D. (RON) GARANT

On the morning of Oct. 13, 2021, Ron Garant, owner of Garant’s Office Supplies in downtown Alpena, died at 74 at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. He was born on Aug. 16, 1947 to Edgar “Ace” and Shirley (Kauffman) Garant in Alpena. On Sept. 8, 1973 he married Darlene Budnick and together they raised four children and enjoyed 48 years of marriage.
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EDWARD ANTHONY WERDA

Edward Anthony Werda, 58, of Alpena passed away Monday, Oct.11, 2021, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac. Edward was born on Aug. 17, 1963, in Alpena to John and Phyllis (Bryant) Werda. He served in the U.S. Army. Ed was an avid Detroit Lions fan. Surviving are his daughter,...
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Nancy A. Beyer

Nancy A. Beyer, 83, of Alpena, Michigan, passed away at home on Monday, October 11, 2021. Nancy was born in Cadillac, Michigan on March 6, 1938 to Gerald and Rose (Heil) Bostick. She married Alfred Beyer on March 7, 1975. Together they raised three children and enjoyed 46 years of marriage. Nancy was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Herron, Michigan.
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RUTH (RHODE) DeWYRE

Ruth (Rhode) DeWyre was born March 4, 1921. She was proud to have reached her 100th birthday! Living alone until a recent fall, Ruth was admitted to MediLodge for the last month of her life. Born to Garnet and Agnes (Probst) Rhode in Centreville, Michigan. Ruth was a hard-working young lady as she helped her parents on the farm after they moved to Sturgis, Michigan.
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WILLIAM ‘BILL’ ALLEN

William “Bill” Allen, 72, of Alpena, passed away Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. Bill was born March 10, 1949, in Alpena to the late Clarence and Bessie Allen. Bill was a lifetime resident of the Alpena area where he loved to hunt and fish. He was always eager to take the grandkids out on the boat for some fishing and was at his happiest when he was with family, especially his grandchildren. Bill could come across as gruff at times but without question he had a good heart. He will be dearly missed.
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Ronald D. Garant

GARANT, Ronald D., 74, of Alpena, died suddenly at Mid-Michigan Medical Center-Alpena on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. Complete information will be shared by Karpus-Hunter Funeral Home in a later edition of The Alpena News.
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TOM FRED BREITMEYER JR.

Tom Fred, Jr., 71, of Harrisville, Michigan, died at home on Oct. 10, 2021, following a brief illness. Beloved husband of Ilona (Muehlbeck) for 37 years. Loving father of Kim Breitmeyer (Chris) Dana of East Lansing, Michigan, Brittany (Dan) Rahman of Esko, Minnesota, and Thomas (“Trey”) Frederick (Heidi) Breitmeyer, III of Alpena, Michigan.
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JOHN MISIAK

John Misiak, age 94, of Posen, passed away at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena on Oct. 12, 2021. He was born Jan.7, 1927 in Posen to John and Mary (Purol) Misiak. On Sept. 2, 1946 he married Martha Wozniak at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Posen. They shared 70 years of marriage before Martha’s passing on Feb. 18, 2017. John began his career as the owner and operator of Johnnie’s Sunoco. During this he also was a bus driver for the Posen Schools for 41 years as well as the bus mechanic for 11 years. Upon retirement from the school and the selling of his business, he then began Johnnie’s excavating until his medical need for retirement. He enjoyed being at the hunting camp and especially being with his family and friends. John was a member of St. Casimir’s Ushers Club, Posen Chamber of Commerce and the Posen Knights of Columbus.
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John Misiak

MISIAK, John, 94, of Posen, died at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena on Oct. 12, 2021. Friends may visit at St. Casimir Catholic Church on Friday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. through time of his Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. with Fr. Arthur Duchnowicz officiating. Inurnment will follow at St. Casimir Catholic...
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JAMES W. (JIM) CARLS

James W. ‘Jim’ Carls, 77, of Alpena, Michigan, passed away at home, Saturday, Oct. 9. 2021. Jim was born on Nov. 8, 1943 to Harold and Doris (Houghton) Carls in Detroit, Michigan. On Feb. 3, 1979, he married Helen Rondeau in Roseville, Michigan. She preceded him in death on Jan. 15, 2020.
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ROBERT EUGENE DUMSCH

Robert E. (Bob) Dumsch of Alpena passed away Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 while in hospice care at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. Bob was born June 27, 1933 in Rogers City to the late Reynold and Catherine (Thompson) Dumsch. He was preceded in death by sister Bernadette (Tootie) Smith, and son Jeff Dumsch. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Sally (Platz), daughters Debbie VanMassenhove (Tom) and Tami Dumsch (Fred Reid), grandchildren Jaime Bieber (Shane), Ashley Repke (Jason), Mark VanMassenhove (Shannon Salaja), Jennifer Dumsch, and Dillon Ried, and great-grandchildren Rowen, Kaelyn, and Rory Repke.
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Edward Werda

WERDA, Edward, 58, of Alpena, died Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Bannan Funeral Home in a future edition of The Alpena News.
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CHERYL ANDREA MARVAR

Cheryl Andrea Marvar, 73, of Alpena died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on Jan. 12, 1948, in Detroit to Curtis and Nora (Collins) Fulk. She married Martin Marvar on June 13, 1970, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Roseville, Michigan and recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary.
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STANLEY ROBERT ANTKOWIAK

Stanley Robert Antkowiak, 72, of Lachine passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at his home with his loving family by his side. Stanley was born Sept. 30, 1949, to the late Walter and Anna (Mudrak) Antkowiak. Stanley graduated from Alpena High School and worked at Saginaw Steering Gear for six years, returning back home to Lachine where he farmed with his family and friend Larry Sumerix. On Sept. 26, 1970, he married Carolyn Woloszyk. Stan loved fishing and hunting with his wife, Carolyn, and shooting skeet with his friend Kurt Schultz. Stanley dedicated his whole life to his family and friends and will be dearly missed.
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CASSANDRA JESS DONAJKOWSKI

Cassandra “Sandra” Jess Donajkowski, 87, of Alpena passed away on Oct. 9, 2021. Sandra was at home surrounded by her loving family and closest friends. Sandra was born on April 10, 1934, in Liverpool, England to the late Leslie and Constance (Bascter) Law. On Jan. 23, 1954, in Liverpool, England Sandra married the love of her life Frank Donajkowski and moved to the United States in 1955. He preceded her in death on May 5, 1986. Sandra was very proud and loved to share her English heritage with everyone. She was known and truly loved for her quick wit, which she stated was due to keeping her mind sharp with crossword puzzle books and was always up for some fun banter. Sandra was very interested in history and loved sharing her experiences with growing up during WWII, always over a piping hot cup of English tea. She was a very talented knitter and enjoyed a good hearty meal. Above all Sandra loved spending time in her yard tending to many of her gardens and always looked forward to shopping for flowers in the spring. Sandra enjoyed traveling the world with her daughter Gillian and was always content sitting at her son Colin’s cottage on Long Lake.
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ANNE MARIE DELLER

Anne Marie Deller, 86, of Alpena passed away Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at her home. Anne Marie Badder was born on June 9, 1935, in Alpena to the late Clayton and Veronica (Martin) Badder. She graduated from Catholic Central in 1953 and North West School of Nursing in Traverse City. On Aug. 18, 1962, she married William E. Deller at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Ossineke where they made their home and raised three children. William preceded her in death on Jan. 3, 2013. Anne and Bill did many things together. They enjoyed their family, many friends in Florida, Tigers ball games, and were avid MSU fans.
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Patricia Keller

KELLER, Patricia, 90, Alpena, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Bannan Funeral Home in a future edition of The Alpena News.
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KAY LOUISE McCALL

Kay Louise McCall died on Sept. 16, 2021, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her family gathered at her side. Born in Flint, Michigan on Jan. 5, 1937, to Josiah and Audrey Jordan in the midst of the Great General Motors Sitdown Strike, Kay was always the one who gave back to others. With her parents caught up in the Great Depression, Kay was born in an uncertain time but surrounded by love. Her childhood in Clio, Michigan was stable, but she witnessed the homefront effects of World War II on her family as her uncles went off to fight, her father Joe worked long shifts in the tank factory, and her mother Audrey kept the household together. Can drives, rationing, parades, and newsreels from the frontlines filled her World War II years, spent with her little sister and life-long best friend Nan. Once peace returned, Kay and her family moved to Joe’s boyhood home of Cottonplant, Arkansas to open his own welding shop. Times were hard in Cotton Plant, and racism and poverty opened 10-year-old Kay’s heart to the needs of others, especially children. At a young age, she decided to become a teacher for those who had less than she did–a dedication to justice and education that never left her.
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