Elsie Cardella, of Elk Rapids, age 99, passed away peacefully on October 15, 2017. She was the loving wife of the late Joseph Stephen Cardella, beloved mother of Joseph (Betty) of Tecumseh, Michigan, Sara (Phillip Maag) of Palm Springs, California, Daniel (Donna) of Warren, Michigan, Mary of Rochester Hills, Michigan and John (Sandi Breeden) of Atlanta, Georgia, daughter-in-law Sally Cardella of St. Clair, Michigan and sister of Jeanette of Port Huron, Michigan, grandmother of eight, great grandmother of 22, and great-great grandmother of five. She was preceded in death by her late husband John Parrott, son Samuel, and siblings Pauline, Ruby, Margaret, Katherine, John, and Daniel.
Elsie enjoyed spending her winters in Florida, where she made many friends. She liked to bake and cook, and had a passion for breads and soups. She enjoyed square dancing in Elk Rapids and Florida. She was a devout Lutheran and had a deep faith that has cascaded through the generations in her family. She had a large part in bringing her husband to the church when they moved to Elk Rapids. Elsie and Joseph thought of Elk Rapids as their little piece of heaven on earth. Elsie loved parties and the highlight of her year was the annual family reunion that took place every August at her home on Bass Lake. More than anything, Elsie loved to spend time with her family and many grandchildren.
Visitation will take place at Covell Funeral Home, 312 Pine St., Elk Rapids, Michigan 49629 on Friday, October 20th from 5-8 p.m. The funeral service will be at Grace Lutheran, 16194 Wanigan Dr., Williamsburg, Michigan 49690 on Saturday, October 21st at 10 a.m. with an instate time of 9 a.m. Interment at Maple Grove Cemetery.
Donations of money will be used for Lutheran World Relief and for the Elk Rapids Senior Center.
Glenn Ivan Ruggles
Glenn Ivan Ruggles husband, father, grandfather. Glenn, age 86, of Commerce Township, Michigan, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, October 12, 2017.
Glenn was born to Beryl and Christena Ruggles in Grand Blanc, Michigan on October 20, 1930. He is survived by his devoted wife of 61 years, Margaret (Margee) (nee: Vermeersch), sister Margaret Walton, children Scott (Janet), Julie (Gary) Filipic, Tim (Peggy), Suzy, Angela (Albert) Shay, Marissa Penrod and 14 beautiful grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Mary and brothers Charles and Eugene.
Glenn was a proud graduate of Elk Rapids High School. He served his country in the Air Force from 1951 to 1955. Glenn earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Detroit and later received a Master’s degree in Education. A beloved teacher, Glenn taught history for 35 years at Walled Lake Central High School. He is remembered fondly by students over four decades and was particularly proud of his founding of the Model United Nations program at Walled Lake Central. Glenn was dedicated to family and friends, especially enjoying summer days spent with family on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay. He was a renowned oral historian who published numerous books and produced several movies on Michigan history.
A funeral mass was held at St. Patrick Catholic Church in White Lake, Michigan on Tuesday, October 17. Glenn was laid to rest at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. Memorials to Team Joseph TeamJoseph.org appreciated. Expressions of sympathy and memories may be shared at www.LynchFAMILYFuneralDirectors.com
Julian Hal Wheeler
H. Richard Emmett, 91, of Elk Rapids, Michigan, died Monday, October 9, 2017. He is survived by wife Joanne of 59 years and three daughters, Leslie (Mark) Vanderwerf, Linda Jensen (Joe Bronk) and Laura (Brian) Derusha; eight grandchildren, David (Bre), Jenny, Katie, Nicole, Alec, Lauren, Brandon (Emily) and Delaney; and three great grandchildren, Cameren, Alex and Stella. He was preceded in death by parents, Russell and Dorothy, three sisters, one brother and an infant son.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Elk Rapids. Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Robert J. Zuchowski presiding. A graveside service will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery in Elk Rapids immediately following mass. There will also be a luncheon at the church following the graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be directed to Hospice of Michigan, 10850 E. Traverse Hwy, Suite 1155, Traverse City, Michigan 49684, or Cherry Suite Assisted Living, 10774 S. US 31, Williamsburg, Michigan 49690.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories with the family. The family is being cared for by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.