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Randy H. Driver

Randy H. Driver age 62 of Fowlerville, passed away September 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor.  Randy was born on March 1, 1953, to Burrill and Daisy (Grieve) Driver.  He was a farmer and enjoyed John Deere tractors and going to auctions.

Preceding him in death was his father and brother David. He is survived by: his mother Daisy Driver of Fowlerville; 2 brothers, John Driver and Tim Driver; 3 sisters, Sharalene (Craig) Hacker, Linda Graham, Jan (Randy) Huffine; and several extended family members.  Visitation was held on Friday, Oct. 2, from 2:30 – 8 p.m. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday at 11: 00 a.m. at Herrmann Funeral Home, Niblack Chapel.  Burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery.  Memorial contributions are suggested to: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital of Ann Arbor.  Arrangements by: Herrmann Funeral Home, Niblack Chapel.

Nita R. (Dey) Speidel

Nita R. Speidel, 74 of Durham, New Hampshire, died Sept. 21, 2015, of pancreatic cancer at the home of her daughter, Anne Kaiser, in Cooksville, Maryland.

Nita was born Dec. 17, 1940, and was raised on a farm in Fowlerville, Michigan. She was the oldest of seven children of the late Ted and Marion Dey.  Nita graduated from Fowlerville, High School in 1958.  She attended Sparrow Hospital School of Nursing in Lansing and received her RN degree in 1961.  She travelled throughout the United States, working as a traveling nurse in the areas of oncology, hematology with both adults and children, and also as a missionary nurse in Africa, India and Europe.

Nita is survived by her daughter Anne Kaiser and son-in-law Joel; four grandsons: Harry Clark, and Robert, Owen and Lucas Kaiser; three sisters: Dorothy Lott, Thea and Rex Graves, and Carol Oliver; two brothers: Roy Dey and Ward and Peggy Dey; and sister-in-law, Deborah Dey.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Roger Speidel; her daughter, Desiree Clark; and her brother; Rick Dey.

A Memorial Service will be held at Fowlerville United Brethren Church on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at: or Brain Tumor Research Foundation c/o Dr. Jorg Dietrich, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

Michael Dale Dolezal

Michael Dale Dolezal, 54, passed away early Wednesday morning, September 30, 2015. He was born on February 13, 1961, to Jeri Dianne Musser and the late James Dale Dolezal. He is the beloved father of Savannah Lynne Downing (Luke), Taylor Rene Dolezal, Alyson Fayth Dolezal, Rebekah Rae Dolezal, and the dearest grandfather of Parker Allan Edward Downing. He is also survived by his sister Debbie Dianne Kirchen (Bruce) and his brother Stephen Ray Dolezal (Charlene). He was a hardworking man who adored his family and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, check donations for college tuition can be made to Chase Bank in Alyson or Rebekah's name.  Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at 4:30 pm at Herrmann Funeral Home, 1005 East Grand River Avenue, Fowlerville, MI 48836. Visitation preceded the service from 2-4:30 p.m.

Troy Lee Branch

Troy Lee Branch, 41, passed away at home early Sunday morning, September 27, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his grandparents: Leland and Peggy Oesterle, grandmother: Ernestine Branch, and sister: Angela Branch.

He is survived by his daughter: Addison Branch, who was the light of his life, grandfather: Richard Branch, parents: Gordon and Kay Branch, two brothers: Mike (Nadine) Branch and Rich (Danielle) Branch and sister: Mandy (Kyle) Bergeron as well as three nephews: Peyton, Dylan and Keegan; one niece: Adalyn and an unborn niece/nephew on the way, along with many cousins, uncles and aunts.

Troy was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He loved the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.  He could often be found watching his favorite sports teams: the Detroit Tigers and MSU Spartans.  He was an amazing father and will be missed dearly by many.

Visitation was held from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Rowley Wesleyan Church on Friday, Oct. 2.  Funeral services took place on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 11:00 a.m. at the Rowley Wesleyan Church with Pastor Les Kephart officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to and payable to: Addison Branch Education Fund and mailed to MSU Federal Credit Union C/O Addison Branch Education Fund, P.O. Box 1208, East Lansing, MI  48826.  Arrangements by: Herrmann Funeral Home, Niblack Chapel.

Robert LeRoy

Robert Virgil LeRoy, of Lake Ann, Michigan and Travares, Florida, passed away on Sept. 25, 2015. Mr. LeRoy, who was born on March 10, 1934, was a former resident of Webberville.

He was preceded in death by his son, Kent LeRoy.

He is survived by his sister, Patrica Atley, of Leesburg, Florida; and his daughters, Kim Hayter, of North Port, Florida, Kathy Knowles, of Port Charlotte, Florida, and Kristina Hooper, of Traverse City. He is also survived by his grandsons, Luke LeRoy, Adam Wilson, Larry Boyd and Tyler Knowles.

Robert believed in doing things the right way, “My Way.” He was an avid gardener, pilot, ship’s captain, scuba diver, roller blader, sky diver and bowler. He divided his time between Michigan and Florida, traveling with the weather. He was a masonry contractor in Traverse City for 30 years, retiring in 2002. He served three years in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Monssen DD789 as a gunner’s mate. He was a devout Christian man.

A life celebration is being held on Oct. 10, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Montague Estate Vineyard, 9674 Montague Road, Traverse City, MI 49686. A brief military service will be held at 3 p.m. by the Cherryland VFW Post 2780 and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard.


Friends of the Webberville Library holding Euchre Fun Night on Oct. 10 PDF Print E-mail

The Friends of the Webberville Library is sponsoring a Euchre Fun Night, fund-raiser on Saturday, October 10. Registration at 6:30 p.m. and playing begins 7 p.m. at the Webberville Cultural Center. The entry fee is $10 person to play. Prizes will be awarded and there will be a 50/50 raffle.

Snacks and beverages will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and non-alcholic beverages. Please join us for our Webberville Library euchre fund raiser.

The Salvation Army of Livingston County needs help to stock Food Pantry PDF Print E-mail

The Salvation Army of Livingston County hosts a number of services to those in need, including providing food from our food pantry each year. According to the Hunger Council of Livingston County, 10,137 Livingston County residents receive government food assistance. With this many people in need, the county collaborates together to help. In 2014 The Salvation Army of Livingston County helped over 430 families with pantry food.

The Salvation Army’s Summer Lunch Bunch feeding program, the supply of fresh vegetables from our community garden, and the farmers market donations have come to an end. With that in mind, The Salvation Army will need to restock their pantry soon. However, before we use the already struggling general funds to purchase pantry foods, we would like to ask the community to “Help Stock the Pantry!”

6th Annual 5K Run/Walk being held at St. Mary School in Williamston PDF Print E-mail

The tradition is running strong! The 6th Annual St. Mary 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Fun Run is Saturday, Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. Sign up by Oct. 1 for early registration: $20 for the 5K; $8 for the Kids’ Run. This also guarantees a t-shirt in your size. Registration continues to the start of the 5K ($25for the 5K; $10  for the Fun Run). Awards and prizes for the overall winner; prizes for top finishers in each age group! Find more information online at or contact Jenny Thomson at 248-470-7009.

St. Mary’s School is located at 220 N. Cedar St., Williamston

Caughtcha Doing Great Ann McCardell—School Crossing Guard PDF Print E-mail

A familiar and welcome face for Fowlerville kids walking to school is Ann McCardell, the crossing guard at East Grand River and Hibbard Street. (With the current construction project having closed part of that street, Ann is now located a block to the west at East Grand River and Collins Street.)

“I work at the crossing from 7 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., although I usually arrive early,” Ann said. “I love the kids. They’re always the same; if you speak to them, they’ll speak to you. I ask them how their school day was.”

Ann said that fewer and fewer kids are walking to school. “The parents drive them. I have some junior high kids and a couple of high schoolers who cross here, but mostly elementary students. They’re a lot of fun.”

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