Obituaries

Catherine Vinnie Smallwood, 88, of Grayling, passed away on December 22, 2020. She was born on July 4, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Mark and Molly Smith. She married Ben Smallwood on March 28, 1952. They were married for 56 years before he preceded her in death in 2009. Survived by her...
Jerry DeWitt, 85, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday December 19, 2020 at The Brook in Roscommon. Jerry Michael DeWitt was born in Pontiac on October 13, 1935 to William (Roy) and Anna (Polaski) DeWitt. Numbering 10th out of 11 children. Jerry moved with his family to Higgins...
Wendy Gay Thompson, 62, of Grayling, passed away on December 19, 2020. She was born in Cadillac on January 7, 1958 to Samuel and Betty Swinehart.  Wendy married Richard Thompson on February 2, 1974.  She proudly raised her family and then attended Bronson School of Nursing and graduated as a...
Dolores Jean "Grandma Chub" Mead, 89, of Grayling, passed away on December 16, 2020. She was born at home in Moddersville, Michigan on August 31, 1931 to the late Milford and Emma Campbell. She graduated from Merritt High School. She was a cheerleader and married her basketball star, Pete Mead on...
Ellen Mae Helsel, 81, of Beaver Creek Township, passed away on December 14, 2020. She was born on July 9, 1939 to the late Luther and Virgie Snyder in Fife Lake. She married Jacob Nevare Helsel in Lake City, Michigan. He preceded her in death in 1989. Ellen was a generous and giving person...
Donald Lloyd Gooch, 89, of Frederic passed away December 17, 2020. Donald was born to Emmett and Mary (Hull) Gooch on June 20, 1931 in Midland, Michigan. Donald is survived by his wife, Janet (Myers) Gooch; children, Thomas William Gooch and Beverly Jean Deardurff; grandchildren, Joshua Norviel...
A loving spouse and father, Lary “Coach” Schlaack, of Kalkaska, Michigan, was welcomed home to the loving arms of his Lord when he passed away peacefully at his home in the company of his family on the morning of Friday December 11, 2020. He was 84 at his passing and died of natural causes due to...
Robert Lane Gelinski, 52, of Grayling passed away unexpectedly December 8, 2020 at home. Bob was born to Wayne and Carolyn (Wilson) Gelinski on December 15, 1967 in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.   Known affectionately by his friends as “Moose” he was an active member of the Grayling community,...
Ellen Helsel, of Beaver Creek Township, passed away on December 14, 2020. Arrangements are not complete yet.   Please call Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home or go to www.sorensonlockwood.com for details that will be posted when complete. Arrangements by Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home.  
Barbara Chesebro, 77, of Frederic, Michigan, passed away at home December 10, 2020.  Her family will remember her privately at this time.  Arrangements by Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home.  

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