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Rev. Michael E. Long

Michael Edward Long was welcomed home, into the arms of his Jesus, Thursday, January 7, 2021. In his own words, this is not a goodbye, just a see you later! Born May 17, 1955 in Riverside, California, he spent a few formative years in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, with the remainder of his childhood… Continue Reading Rev. Michael E. Long

Beverly Wright Rice

Beverly Wright Rice was born April 14, 1934 in Pontiac, MI and passed away January 2, 2021. Loving wife for 64 years of Charles W. Rice, beloved mother of Charles David (Carole Woods), Elizabeth (Janet Neubecker) & Amy Rice-O’Rourke (David O’Rourke) and amazing Grandmother to Jesse & Isaac. Beloved sister to Gary (Kitty) Wright.  … Continue Reading Beverly Wright Rice

FaithAnne Marie Sawicki

FaithAnne Marie Sawicki, a beautiful “cup of sunshine” and living testimony to God’s abounding love and grace, died unexpectedly on Friday, January 8, 2021 as the result of a sudden and undetected shunt malfunction leading to a catastrophic brain injury.  Born on August 15, 2002, FaithAnne was the youngest daughter of Pastor Michael T. (Midland:… Continue Reading FaithAnne Marie Sawicki

Rev. Dr. Richard A. Selleck

The Rev. Dr. Richard Arlan Selleck, born in Breckenridge, Michigan on December 21, 1929, died peacefully of natural causes, on December 29th, 2020, at the Clark Community Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a week and a day after his 91st birthday. As a young man, Richard moved from Breckenridge, with his parents, to Lansing and… Continue Reading Rev. Dr. Richard A. Selleck

Rev. William D. Schoonover

Rev. William D. Schoonover Rev. William D. Schoonover, age 94, stepped into heaven on December 29, 2020. Bill Schoonover, the son of Carl and Hilda (Houghten) Schoonover, was born on a Saturday morning on a farm near Utica, MI on August 3, 1926. After graduating from Utica High School in 1944, he joined the U.S.… Continue Reading Rev. William D. Schoonover

Lisa K. Berlanga

On Monday, December 21st, 2020, Lisa Berlanga finished her battle with ALS at the age of 58. Lisa was long time Lay Equalization Member of the Detroit Annual Conference and then the Michigan Annual Conference and the wife of Rev. Nick Berlanga, appointed to Ann Arbor First UMC.   Lisa was born on January 30,… Continue Reading Lisa K. Berlanga

Rev. Philip P. Steele

Rev. Philip Paul Steele, 83, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at Park Place Assisted Living in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Born February 17, 1937 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Alice Eugenia (Bishop) and Philip Hoyt Steele, Rev. Steele graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1955.  He attended Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of… Continue Reading Rev. Philip P. Steele

Rev. Verne C. Summers

Rev. Verne C. Summers, 93, passed away from COVID-19 on his birthday, December 7, 2020, at Grand Ledge, Michigan. Verne was born on December 7, 1927, at Port Huron, Michigan, to Carl J. and Velma (Lewthwaite) Summers. Verne, a United Methodist minister, was a graduate of Almont High School, Vennard College, Central Michigan University, and… Continue Reading Rev. Verne C. Summers

Ruth A. McCully

Ruth Alida Lounsberry was born in Port Huron, Michigan on February 13, 1933.   She was the only child of Rachel (DeSerano) Lounsberry Maser and the adopted daughter of Leon Eugene Lounsberry.  She was a 1951 graduate of Port Huron High School. Ruth married the love of her life, Donald Cecil McCully, on February 8, 1952… Continue Reading Ruth A. McCully

Rev. Paul K. Scheibner

Paul K. Scheibner, age 92, died December 10, 2020 in Roscommon, MI in the arms of his wife. A celebration of his life will be held when a gathering can safely take place. Born July 28, 1928 in Detroit, he was the son of Herbert and Elsa (Holden) Scheibner. He married Elaine Lowe June 17,… Continue Reading Rev. Paul K. Scheibner