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Geisenhaver Clippings, Part 6

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Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Geisenhaver
Geisenhaver Clippings, Part 6
Kempf and related families, Part 10

216. Copied from Lansing State Journal; Lansing, Michigan;
Wed.Dec.27-2000, page 7-B.

Larry J. Atlee
Age 62, died Tuesday, December 26, 2000. Mr. Atlee graduated from Lansing Eastern High
School Class of 1956 and served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He
worked for the past 3 years at Hudson's Department Store in the Men's Clothing Department.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary in 1995. Surviving are his 4 children, Damon, Kecia,
Kirstin and Audra (Christopher) Tormala; 2 grandchildren, Elijah and Coryn Tormala; 2
brothers, Dallas (Linda) and David (Ingrid). The funeral services will be prayed Friday at 2 p.m.
at the Palmer-Bush Lansing Chapel. Interment will be in Markham Cemetery. Visitation is
Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American
Heart Association.

Notes: He was the son of Ralph F. and helen Marie (McCue) Atlee.
Marie was the daughter of Rev. John W. and Louise (Geisenhaver) McCue.

217. Copied from Lansing State Journal; Lansing, MI; Mon.Dec.13-1982, page 2-B.

Rudolph Michitsch
757 Roosevelt St.
Age 68, died Dec. 11, 1982. He was born June 2, 1914 in River Rouge, MI and had spent all of
his life in the Mason area. Mr. Michitsch was employed at Wyeth Laboratories Inc. for 42
years, retiring in 1979. He was a veteran of W.W. 2 serving with the U.S. Army Air Force,
member of the W.B.C.C.I. Caravan Club, Michigan Unit, and Mason Senior Citizens. Surviving
are his wife, Edna L.; 1 daughter, Mrs. John (Betty) Gingas of Holt; 1 granddaughter, Ganell; 3
brothers, Charles of Lansing, William of Farmington Hills and Harry of Mason; 2 sisters,
Elizabeth Aseltine of IL and Doris Way of Jackson. Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m.
Tues. at the St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, 546 W. South St., Mason with the
Rev. Fr. Gerald W. Smith officiating. Interment in Maple Grove Cemetery, Mason. Friends who
desire may make contributions to Sparrow Hospital, Cardiac Care Unit, c/o Administration,
1215 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 48909. The family is being served by the Ball Dunn Chapel,
Gorsline Runciman Co., Mason.

Note: His wife, Edna L. (LeSeney) Michitsch, was the daughter of William H. and Anna A.
(Geisenhaver) LeSeney.

218. Copied from Lansing State Journal; Lansing, MI; Fri.Oct.29-1993, page 2-B.

Edna L. Michitsch
Age 77, died Wednesday, October 27, 1993. She was born March 20, 1916 in Aurelius and
was a resident of the Mason area her entire life. Edna worked for Ingham County for 38 years,
retiring in 1979 as Deputy Treasurer. She volunteered her time at the hospital in Mason and at
the American Red Cross Blood Bank at the First Nazarene Church of Mason; member of the
Mason Women's Club and Mason Chapter #150 O.E.S. She devoted her life in helping raise
her grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph in 1982; she is survived by
daughter, Betty (John) Gingas of Holt; grandchildren, Janell and Jonathan; brother, Harold
(Catherine) LeSeney of Texas; sister, Dorothy (Ivan) Towns of Battle Creek; several nieces
and nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday 11 a.m. at the Gorsline-Runciman Co.,
Ball-Dunn Chapel, Mason, with The Rev. Jeffrey D. Weenik, Pastor of the Holt Presbyterian
Church officiating. Interment in Maple Grove Cemetery, Mason. Friends may call at the Chapel
beginning 2 p.m. Friday where the family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with special
services at 7 p.m. provided by the Michigan Chapter #150 O.E.S. Contributions in memory of
Mrs. Michitsch may be made to the American Red Cross, 1800 E. Grand River, Lansing, MI

219. Copied from Lansing State Journal; Lansing, MI; Thu.Oct.28-1993, page 2-B.

Edna Michitsch, deputy treasurer
By Gisgie Davila
Lansing State Journal
Edna Michitsch, an Ingham County chief deputy treasurer for 17 years, died Wednesday. She
was 77. Michitsch worked for the county for nearly 39 years, retiring in 1979.
She was very efficient as chief deputy treasurer, two former county co-workers said. "She was
wonderful to be with," said Harry Spenny, a former Ingham County treasurer who worked with
Michitsch for about 14 years. "She was a very kind, very devoted person. She just couldn't be
better. She took her work very seriously."
Former Ingham County Treasurer Donald Moore said she was very happy to inherit her as his
deputy treasurer when he took office. "She was a very strong lady, a hard worker. She was a
determined businesswoman."
In 1979, Moore dedicated his 1978 annual report to his retiring deputy. "Edna's expertise has
helped provide Ingham County with one of the most efficient county treasurer's offices in
Michigan," it read. "She has provided this service with efficiency, competence and good nature.
Our hats go off to Edna Michitsch, hard worker, considerate person, loyal employee and
Michitsch attended Eaton Rapids High School and worked in a dime store there. She was
queen of Eaton Rapids' Centennial in 1936. She attended Ingham County Normal and trained
for a teaching career, spending several years teaching in rural schools. In 1940, she had a
contract to teach at the Pink School west of Mason, but her pending marriage to Rudolph
brought about a change in plans.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Gorsline-Runciman Ball-Dunn Chapel in

220. Copied from Lansing State Journal; Lansing, MI; Fri.Jan.25-1985, page 2-B.

Alice Buckingham
Formerly of Leslie
Passed away in FL, Jan. 21, 1985 at age 82. Survived by 1 son, Vance Keener of Ormand
Beach, FL; 2 grandsons, Vint Keener U.S.C.G. and Kris Keener both of Sand Diego, CA. Mrs.
Buckingham has been cremated, memorial services will be conducted at Patience
Montgomery Luecht Funeral Home, Leslie, Sat. 2 p.m. Rev. Gerald W. Bowen officiating.

Note: Alice was the daughter of William H. and Anna A. (Geisenhaver) LeSeney.

221. Copied from Kalamazoo Gazette; Kalamazoo, MI; Sat.April 13-1985, page B-5.

Mr. Beryl W. Albertson
11335 E. "CD" Ave.
Passed away Friday evening, April 12, 1985. Mr. Albertson was born March 17, 1908 in Hope
Township, Barry County, Mich., the son of John W. and Isabelle Maude Wilson Albertson, and
was a lifelong resident of the Gull Lake area. He was self-employed as a tax accountant for
many years, was a past member of the Kalamazoo Accountants' Assoc., and a past School
Board member of the W.K. Kellogg Consolidated Schools. On Oct. 20 of 1933, he was married
to Ruth E. McCue, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra M. and
Donald Merriner of Eagle, Wisconsin; a son and daughter-in-law, John Wellington and Sue
Albertson of Portage; five grandchildren; Michael, Martin and Scott Merriner; Kathleen and John
W. Albertson Jr.; two sisters, Mrs. Donald (Inez) England of Kalamazoo and Mrs. Harold
(Doris) Gerstenkorn of Florida; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by
three sisters, Beulah Sutherland, Mildred Triestram and Elsie Albertson. In accordance with his
wishes, Mr. Albertson has been cremated. Memorial services will be held Monday at the
Langeland Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick. Memorials may be made to a charity of your

222. Copied from Kalamazoo Gazette; Kalamazoo, MI; Thu.July 25-1996, page C-6.

John W. Albertson, Sr.
Of Portage
(veterans flag)
John was born January 1, 1941, in Delton, MI, the son of the late Beryl and Ruth (McCue)
Albertson. He served in the US Navy, and retired as an Insurance Sales Representive from
Western & Southern Insurance Company after 22 years there, and was currently with the
Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company. John was a very loving husband and father who was
very proud of his family. He was involved in the activities of his children as a former board
member and soccer coach in AYSO and MISL, a coach in rocket football and West Portage
Little League, and a member of the Portage Athletic Foundation. He was also a former Vice
President of the PNHS Football Boosters. John was a member of the Kalamazoo Corvette
Club and an avid U of M fan.
His family includes his wife, Sue Ann (DeHollander) Albertson, whom he married on
November 9, 1963 in Richland, MI; his 2 children, Kathleen Sue and her husband, William
McDonald of Carol Stream, IL, and John Wellington Albertson Jr. and friend, Allyson Therell,
both of Palm Springs, CA; a sister and husband, Susan and Don Merriner of Eagle, WI; 1
brother-in-law and 2 sisters-in-law and spouses, Robert and Shirley DeHollander of Dallas, TX,
Jean and Don Seman of Grand Rapids, and Donna and Val Eichenlaub of Kalamazoo; and
several nieces and nephews.
John died suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 24, 1996 in Kalamazoo. Friends
may visit with his family and say their goodbyes 2-4 and 7-9 pm Friday at the Rupert, Durham,
Marshall & Gren Funeral Home, Portage Chapel, where a Celebration of Life service will be
held 11:00 am Saturday. Memorial gifts in John's memory may be made to the American Heart
Association or a charity of choice.

223. Copied from Detroit Free Press; Detroit, MI; Fri.Oct.24-1980, page 11-C.

Vera C. McCue, Oct. 21, 1980, age 64. Beloved wife of the late Lindon; dear mother of Linda
Brenner and Elaine (Dolly) Greene; grandmother of Kim and Sherri Brenner, and Darren and
Kerri Greene. Funeral service Saturday 11 a.m. at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 25450
Plymouth Rd. (3/4 mile west of Telegraph). Family will appreciate memorials to the Michigan
Diabetes Association. Interment Parkview Memorial Cemetery.

224. Copied from Flint Journal; Flint, MI; Wed.Sept.25-1985, page C-5.

Flint Twp.

Lena W. McCue - 3700 Rue Forest, age 84, died Tuesday, September 24, 1985 at Hurley
Medical Center. Funeral services will be held 3pm Thursday at the Riegle Funeral Home,
Sunset Chapel, Dr. Paul Hammer officiating. Private interment will be Friday at the Augusta
Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the
Cardiac Care Unit at Hurley Medical Center. Mrs. McCue was born in Augusta, Michigan,
January 27, 1901. She has been an area resident for the past 61 years. She was a School
Teacher for many years having taught at the Dort School and retired in 1961 from the Weston
School in Kearsley School District. Surviving are: son, James and wife Jean McCue of Bay
City; 3 grandchildren, Brian and Robert McCue of Bay City, Judy and husband Jeffrey Ottarson
of Kansas City, Kansas; sister, Nancy Gilley of Battle Creek; several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. McCue was preceded in death by husband, Francis L. McCue in January 1979.

225. Copied from Lansing State Journal; Lansing, MI; Thu.Nov.21-1985, page 2-B.

Flossie M. Thompson
Formerly of Eaton Rapids
Age 80, died November 20, 1985. She was a retired employee of Horner and Davidson Woolen
Mills. She is survived by 1 daughter, Mary Wilkinson of Lansing; 4 grandchildren, Lou and
Sheila Wilkinson of Lansing and Leroy and Susan Cupp of Eaton Rapids; 4 great grandchildren;
2 sisters, Dorotha Towns of Battle Creek and Edna Michitsch of Mason; 3 brothers, Raymond
Leseney of Rose City, Glenn of Charlotte and Harold of Payson, AZ. Funeral services will be
Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Skinner Chapel, Eaton Rapids, with interment in Markham Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Visiting Nurses Services of Greater

226. Copied from Battle Creek Enquirer; Battle Creek, MI; Fri.Oct.11-1996, page 4-A.

Dorotha E. Towns
Battle Creek
Dorotha E. (LeSeney) Towns, 90, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1996, in Calhoun
County Medical Care Facility.
She was born April 28, 1906, in Ingham County to William H. and Anna (Geisenhaver)
LeSeney. She moved to Battle Creek in 1929 from Eaton Rapids and previously had resided in
Niagra Falls, N.Y. She was employed at Kroger Co., L.W. Robinson Co., Jacobson's and First
Federal Savings.
She married Ivan Towns on June 28, 1924. He died in 1995. She was also preceded in death
by sons, Ivan A. Towns Jr. in 1987 and David L. Towns in 1989; brothers, Glen and Raymond
LeSeney; and sisters, Edna Michitsch, Alice Buckingham and Flossie Thompson. Surviving
are seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Harold LeSeney of Green
Valley, Ariz.
Community involvement, hobbies: Past Worthy Matron of Order of the Eastern Star Chapter
355. Member of Daughters of the Nile 504, White Shrine of Jerusalem and Saladin Temple.
Affiliated with Masonic Lodge 12. Enjoyed gardening, needlepoint, golfing, painting and
Airstream trailer rallies.
Visitation: 3 to 9 p.m. at Royal Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 5 to 7
p.m. Services: 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial: Springport Cemetery. Memorials:
Masonic Temple Building.

227. Copied from Battle Creek Enquirer; Battle Creek, MI; Sat.Jan.21-1995, page 2-A.

Ivan A. Towns
Battle Creek
Ivan A. Towns, 92, of Battle Creek, died Friday, Jan. 20, 1995 at home. He was born Feb. 23,
1902 in Hamlin Township to Israel and Lora (Aultman) Towns. He came to Battle Creek in 1929
from Eaton Rapids.
He was a butter-maker and had worked at a creamery in Eaton Rapids. He previously had
been employed by Dawn Donut Co. in Niagra Falls, N.Y., then returned to Eaton Rapids to
work for A.M. Smith and Co. He also was employed by Kroger Co. in Battle Creek as a
management trainer. He owned and operated a Standard Oil Co. service station on Michigan
Avenue and later a Sinclair Oil service station at Capital Avenue and Summer Street. He also
owned and operated Econoway Abrasive Co., retiring in 1965. He was a 32nd-degree Free and
Accepted Mason and a member of Lodge 12 for more than 60 years. He was a past worthy
Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star. He enjoyed hunting, his grandchildren and great-
He married Dorotha LeSeney on June 28, 1924. She survives. Also surviving are seven
grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren,
two step-great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sons, Ivan A. Towns Jr. in
1987 and David L. Towns in 1989; five brothers; and two sisters.
Visitation: 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Royal Funeral Home,
where family will be present from 2 to 4 p.m. today and 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Services: 1 p.m.
Tuesday at Royal Funeral Home, the Rev. David Graham officiating. Burial: Springport
Cemetery. Memorials: Masonic Temple Building Fund.

228. Copied from The State Journal; Lansing, MI; Thu.Sept.15-1966, page G-5.

Mrs. Nancy Castle Littrell
578 DeSoto Drive
Alpena, Michigan
Age 35, died at a hospital in Ann Arbor, September 14, 1966. She had been a resident of
Lansing for 27 years, living in Alpena the past year; a member of Christ The King Lutheran
Church of Livonia and formerly a member of Christ Lutheran Church of Lansing; a graduate of
Michigan State University and a teacher at East Detroit High School and Lowery High School in
Dearborn. Surviving are her husband, Richard V.; 5 sons, Richard Jr., Walter, Robert, Douglas
and Christopher; parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. Douglas Castle of Lansing; 2 brothers, R. Daniel
Castle of Rochester, Minn. and Robert D. Castle of Seattle, Washington. Religious services will
be conducted by Rev. E. L. Woldt of Christ Lutheran Church at the Estes-Leadley Colonial
Chapel at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Notes: Nancy was the daughter of Arlene Leona (Geisenhaver) Castle.
In the next day's paper, Fri.Sept.16, page D-5; mentions interment at Evergreen Cemetery.
Pallbearers were to be Jack Earley, Dick Geisenhaver, Jim Geisenhaver, Thomas Davenport,
Frederick Horning, Richard Kettles.

229. Copied from The Detroit News; Detroit, MI; Wed.April 23-1975, page 4-E.

Ruth I. Geisenhaver, April 21. Beloved wife of Rollen; dear sister of Linnie Shane, Mary
Roberts and Laura Self. Funeral from the J. A. DeSantis Funeral Home (Warren Chapel),
11470-13 Mile Road near Hoover Friday at 11 a.m.

230. Copied from Flint Journal; Flint MI; Sun.Feb.15-1987, page D-4.

Grand Blanc
Ivan A. Towns Jr. - Age 61, died Friday, February 13, 1987 at the Henry Ford Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 1 pm Tuesday, February 17, 1987 at the Hill Funeral Home,
Grand Blanc, Pastor James Thomas officiating. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery. A Masonic
Memorial Service will be held at 7 pm Monday. Suggested visitation hours 1-9 pm Sunday and
9 am-9pm Monday. Mr. Towns was born in Niagra Falls, New York, July 12, 1925, the son of
Ivan and Dorotha Towns. He was a resident of Grand Blanc since 1960. He was a naval
aviator during the Korean War. He was a member of the MSU Varsity Club, the Flint Elks Club,
Fellowship Lodge, #490 F&AM, Flint Chapter #138 O.E.S., the Bay City Consistory, and the Elf
Khurafeh Shrine Temple. He was a consultant for the Modern Engineering Co. He retired from
Buick Motor Division in 1982. Surviving are: son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Michele
Towns of Columbia, Missouri; 4 daughters and a son-in-law, Kathy and Ben Kahrnoff of
Brecksville, Ohio, Kerry Towns of Flint, Kam and Karol Towns, both of Chicago; parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Ivan Towns Sr. of Battle Creek; brother and sister-in-law, David and Carmen Towns
of Battle Creek; several nieces and nephews. Hill Funeral Home, 11723 S. Saginaw.

231. Copied from Battle Creek Enquirer; Battle Creek, MI; Sun.Feb.15-1987, page 2-B.

Ivan A. Towns Jr., 61, of Grand Blanc and formerly of Battle Creek, died Friday in Henry Ford
He was born in Niagra Falls, N.Y., and grew up in Battle Creek, graduating from Battle Creek
Central High School in 1943. He had lived in Grand Blanc since 1960.
He was a consultant for Modern Engineering Co. In 1982, he retired from General Motors
Corp.'s Buick Motor Division in Flint. He was an aviator in the U.S. Navy during the Korean
War. He was a member of the Michigan State University Varsity Club, Flint Elks Club,
Fellowship Lodge No. 490, F&AM, Flint Chapter No. 138 OES, and Elf Khurafeh Shrine
He is survived by a son, Kevin Towns of Columbia, MO.; daughters, Kathy Kahrnoff of
Brecksville, Ohio, Kerry Towns of Flint, and Kam and Karol Towns, both of Chicago; his
parents, Dorotha and Ivan Towns Sr. of Battle Creek; and a brother, David L. Towns of Fine
Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Hill Funeral Home, 11723 S. Saginaw St., Grand

232. Copied from Battle Creek Enquirer; Battle Creek, MI; Fri.Dec.1-1989, page 4-A.

David L. Towns
Fine Lake
David L. Towns, 56, of Fine Lake, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, in Community Hospital after
being admitted earlier that day. He had been ill five years.
He was born in Battle Creek and was a lifelong area resident. He had served as a captain with
the Army Transportation Corp. He was a 1951 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School
and a 1955 graduate of Western Michigan University, where he received a degree in industrial
supervision. He had worked for Eaton Manufacturing Corp., was director of CBS Musical
Division from 1965-78, worked one year for Parker-Hannifin, Otsego, owned a dental lab in
Charlotte and had been a manager of the LUVAC Building, now the Old Kent Bank Building.
Since 1983, he had owned and operated Williams Dental Lab in Battle Creek. He was a
member of Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Masonic Lodge, and had
served in the Army Reserve at Fort Custer.
Surviving are his wife, the former Carmen F. Elmendorf; daughters, Teresa M. Custer of
Pismo Beach, Calif. and Kimberley F. Long of Battle Creek; three grandchildren; and his
parents, Ivan A. and Dorotha Towns of Battle Creek.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. Memorial
donations may go to Leukemia Foundation or the Intensive Care Unit at Community Hospital.

233. Copied from Lansing State Journal; Lansing, MI; Wed.Dec.13-2006, page 5-B.

Vaun E. Kempf
Grand Ledge, MI
Age 76, passed away December 2, 2006 in East Lansing, MI. She was born January 9, 1930 in
Ingham Co., MI, daughter of Arthur and Beulah (Palmer) Hazen. Vaun was a proofreader for
the Community News for 20 years, a member of the Grand Ledge First United Methodist
Church and former J.C. Auxiliary member. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Alvin
A.; daughter, Jaynee (Ron) Collins of Pflugerville, TX; son, Quentin Colby of Lake Odessa; 5
grandchildren; brother, Clyde (Pat) Hazen of Ridgecrest, CA. Memorial services will be held
Saturday, December 16, 2006 - 11:00 a.m. at the Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand
Ledge, with Pastor Molly Turner of the Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church officiating.
Interment will be at North Eagle Cemetery, Eagle Twp., Clinton Co., MI. The family will receive
friends at the funeral home Saturday at 10:00 a.m. until service time. For those desiring,
contributions may be made to the Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church (F.U.M.C.); to
the Fibromyalgia Research or to any charity of your choice that benefits animals would be
greatly appreciated.

Note: Her husband, Alvin A. Kempf, is the son Andrew Kempf, and
grandson of Caroline (Geisenhaver) Kempf.


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