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Wanda N. Burr

Died: Monday, February 25, 2013
Age: 92
Wanda N. Burr met her beloved Savior Jesus Christ face to face on Monday, February 25, 2013. She was 92.

Wanda was born in Racine, Wisconsin on June 30, 1920 to Maude and William Taylor. She moved to Oxford in October of 1936 and graduated from Oxford High School class of 1940.

She was married to Harry E. Burr in June of 1941 until his death in 1995. Living during the Great Depression was a factor in teaching Wanda to live frugally.

She valued people more than things. Wanda was very involved with her church Holy Cross Lutheran in Oxford where she had been a member for over 60 years.

She loved her cats and crocheted many a colorful rag rug.

Wanda is survived by only sister Theda L. Gragg as well as four children: H. James Burr (Janice) William Burr (Kriss) Melodee Dunn (Mike) Mark Burr (Allison) 18 Grandchildren 17 Great Grandchildren Wanda loved her Lord and her family and will be dearly missed. We rejoice that she has “finished the race and is finally home.”

A memorial service was held at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Oxford on March 2, 2013.

Arrangements were entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Oxford.

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Died: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Age: 71
FLORES, Jose H.; of Prudenville; February 24, 2013; age 71; Preceded in death by his wife Jean Frances; Father of Kimberly (Tom) Lockard and Chris (Kim VanDuinen) Flores; Grandpa of Nicholas Flores, Sabrina and Stephen Lockard, Ryann Caraway; Brother of Louie Flores and Maria (Tom) Pilant; Brother in law of Sandra Morales and Mary (Sidney) Graham; former father in law of Debbie Carson and Diane Bibb. Jose retired from General Motors after 30 years of service. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and his cat Lucky. Funeral service Saturday 12:30 p.m. at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit Saturday 11:30 a.m. until time of service; Memorials may be made to Mid-Michigan Hospice or Animal Rescue League. Online guestbook

Katherine F. Beaty

Died: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Age: 90
Katherine (Katie) F. Beaty, of Oxford, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. She was 90.

Wife of the late Jack R. Beaty. Mother of Sally (John) LaLone; grandmother to Kenneth E. (Jennifer) LaLone Sr., Susan (John) Caruso; Peggy (Kyle) Gilbertson; great-grandmother to Jeffrey W. Chenoweth; Kenneth E. LaLone Jr. and Russell J. Lalone.

A funeral from Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors in Oxford was held February 28, 2013. Pastor Kevin Miles officiating.

Interment Ridgelawn Cemetery.

Gail Marie ELAM

Died: Friday, February 22, 2013
Age: 56
ELAM, Gail Marie of Waterford; February 22, 2013; age 56; wife of Nathan; mother of Nathan and Matthew; sister of Alice (John) Nicholson, Don (Rhonda) Mears and Nancy (Larry) Davis; Funeral service Tuesday at 12:30 pm at the Lewis E. Wint and Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit Monday from 3-5 and 7-9pm. Interment Lakeview Cemetery, Clarkston. Online guestbook

Victor Duyane FIFE

Died: Friday, February 22, 2013
Age: 91
FIFE, Victor Duyane; of Clarkston formerly of Carrier Mills, IL; February 22, 2013; age 91. Preceded in death by his wife Julia and grandson Matthew Greene. Loving Father of Victoria Fife-Greene and Dan (Jan) Fife. Grandfather of Todd (Stephanie) Murray, Dugan (Katie) Fife, Nikole (Ryan) Moore, Jeremy (Jennifer) Fife and Dane (Blair) Fife. Also survived by 17 great grandchildren. Victor retired from Ford Motor Company. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Friends may visit Monday 5- 9 pm at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston. Interment Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Salem Cemetery in Carrier Mills, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Clarkston Athletic Boosters. Online guestbook

Wencil Shagena

Died: Friday, February 22, 2013
Age: 93
Wencil Jacob (Shag) Shagena passed away February 22, 2013 after an extended illness. He was 93.

Beloved father of Rita Wencel (James) and Renae Shagena; beloved grandfather of Jimmy Wencel, John Wencel, Nikki Wencel, and Holly Luft (Jason); beloved uncle of Jerry Shagena, Donald Shagena, Jack Shagena, Marlene Kritzman (Hank), and Carol England; beloved friend of Vera Shagena. Mr. Shagena was preceded in death by his parents, Felix and Sarah (Litt), and brothers Cyril Shagena, Jerry Shagena, and Francis Shagena.

Mr. Shagena retired after 33 years from Pontiac Motor Division of General Motors Corporation where he worked as a polisher. He was an army veteran of WWII, stationed in the Philippines as a cook. Born in Argyle, MI, Mr. Shagena settled in Oxford after the war where he lived until his death. He was a member of American Legion Walter Frasier Post 108 for 49 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger days.

After his retirement, he enjoyed walking and taking his shared dog Sparky for car rides, sitting outside of his home and playing the lottery.

A funeral was held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors in Oxford on February 25, 2013.

Father Stephen Pullis officiated. Interment Ridgelawn Cemetery in Oxford with military honors provided. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Tamera T. ZAHNER

Died: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Age: 50
ZAHNER, Tamera T. “Tam”; of Clarkston; February 21, 2013; age 50; Loving wife of Larry Zahner Jr., Beloved mother of Lawrence III; Daughter of Donald (the late Jane) Tibbits; Sister of Tim (Shelley) Tibbits and Terri (Maria) Tibbits; Daughter in law of Dolly (the late Lawrence) Zahner; sister in law of Darlene Schalk, Keith (Donna) Zahner, Glenn (Kasey) Zahner, Jeff (Tammy) Zahner, Michelle Franklin and Wayne (Roman) Zahner; Aunt of Lauren, Franklin, Brandy, Lauren, Jillian, Jenna, Jonathan, Sophia, Garrett, Ashlea, Jeffrey, David, Caitlyn, Nicole, and Danielle. Tam a graduate of GMI and Michigan State University worked her entire career for General Motors. Tam loved the lake, boating and giving of herself to her family, as a devoted mother and wife. Tam surrounded herself with people, friends all, helping where she could and always organizing the crowd to keep people together. Her home had a revolving door. Tam was loved by all and will be missed by everyone. Friends may visit at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston Sunday 3-5 & 7-9 pm. Memorial Mass Monday, February 25 at 10:30 am at St. Daniel Catholic Church, Clarkston. Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers, to the Pentwater Artisan Center, 780 East Park Street, Pentwater, Michigan 49449 or to the charity of your choice. Online guestbook

Joseph Charles Katchuba

Died: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Age: 87
of Lake Suzy, Fla., formerly of Ortonville.

Joseph was born Nov. 2, 1925 in Hamtramck to the late Charles and Anna (nee: Babicz) Katchuba. He is survived by his loving wife Virginia of 65 years, whom he married Nov. 29, 1947 in Hamtramck; two children, Michael Katchuba and Patricia (Thomas) Hoyes; three grandchildren, Jeramy Katchuba, Rebecca Ramseyer and Jennifer Hoyes; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister.

Joseph retired from American Aggregates in Oxford and was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, World War II. He was a longtime member of Ortonville Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping.

A funeral service was held Feb. 26 at Coats Village Funeral Home, Ortonville. Interment in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Oakwood. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart and Stroke Association or Disabled American Veterans. To send a condolence, go to

Andrew Peter “Andy” Kline

Died: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Age: 60
of Ortonville.

Andy was born June 21, 1952 in Pontiac to the late Eugene and Amelia (nee: Moliskey) Kline. He is survived by one sister, Juanita (Bill) Crake and two brothers, Doug and Ron Kline.

Andy retired from GM Metal Fab, Grand Blanc. He loved to garden, cook and fish and he shared the bounty of these hobbies.

A funeral service was held Feb. 23 at Coats Village Funeral Home, Ortonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Karmanos Cancer. To send a condolence to the family go to

Elizabeth Anne Savage

Died: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Age: 45
Elizabeth Anne Savage, of Oxford, passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2013. She was 45.

She was born in Pontiac, September 14, 1967 and raised in Hadley, Michigan. Elizabeth is the loving mother of Whitney; beloved daughter of Gregory and Pamela (Skalnek) Savage; dear sister of Anthony, Stephanie (Doug) Sokol, and Andrew. She is also the loving companion of Kevin Clark; aunt of Shelby, Brandon and Blake; and she also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her grandparents George and Regina Skalnek and Grace Savage.

Elizabeth loved the outdoors, tending to her flowers, big fan of rock and roll concerts, and fishing was her passion. Elizabeth will be deeply missed and loved by all who knew her.

Funeral Services were held Thursday, February 28, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lake Orion. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to SPARKS-GRIFFIN FUNERAL HOME Lake Orion. Reflections may be shared with family by visiting www.
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