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Finding the good in a delayed funeral service

Shared experiences are oddly comforting. It’s often nice to know we are not the only one going through something. One of the more unfortunate shared experiences of 2020-21 was losing a loved one. During the height of the pandemic, funeral or memorial services were not feasible like we’d come to know them.
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CAROL KLINE

Carol Kline, of Santa Monica, California, passed away on July 22, 2021. Carol was originally from Alpena and resided in California for many years. She worked as a nurse and later as a case manager at St. John’s. Hospital in Santa Monica. She is survived by her partner, Fred Daukantas,...
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JOYCE MILDRED JONES

Joyce Mildred Jones, formerly of Blue Springs, Missouri, died July 23, 2021, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. She was born in Columbus, Georgia on Feb. 2, 1927, the daughter of David and Quida (Harris) Melvin. She grew up in Juniper, Georgia with four siblings and graduated from high school in Buena Vista. She earned a scholarship to Martha Berry College but was unable to attend due to family responsibilities.
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BARBARA LEE NITCHMAN

Barbara Lee Nitchman, age 83, of Presque Isle passed away July 23, 2021 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. She was born Jan. 4, 1938 in Springfield, Ohio to Loren and Elizabeth (Gram) Randall. Barbara was a devoted wife, a loving mother and a person who was always willing...
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TIMOTHY ORBAN

Timothy Orban, age 65, of Alpena, passed away peacefully after battling cancer on Sunday, July 25, 2021, at Besser Senior Living Community. On April 12, 1956, Timothy was born to Florian and Geraldine (Nowicki) Orban in Alpena, Michigan. He worked for the American Steamship Company for 35 years. Timothy enjoyed spending his time outdoors in nature. He liked to watch NASCAR, loved his cats, and a good joke.
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WILLIAM (BILLY) E. ARPIN

William (Billy) Arpin, age 58, of Alpena, passed away on July 26, 2021. Billy was born to Carrie and William (Bill) E. Arpin on May 18, 1963. He is survived by his beloved cat, Croissant, his sisters, Charlotte Allen, Judi (Fred) Hart, and Dixie Hayes as well as several nieces and nephews. His nieces Carrie (Brian) Kane, Molina Allen, and Kezia Allen took great care of him during his illness.
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William ‘Billie’ E. Arpin

ARPIN, William ‘Billie’ E., 58, of Alpena, Michigan, died on Monday, July 26, 2021, at MediLodge of Alpena. He is survived by three sisters: Judy (Fred) Hart, Dixie Hayes, and Charlotte Arpin, all of Alpena, Michigan, along with several nieces and nephews. Per his wishes he has been taken from...
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James Dubey

DUBEY, James, 53, of Alpena, died Thursday, July 22, 2021, at home. Surviving are his husband, Marvin Dubey, brother, Lorrin (Karen) Rose Jr., aunts, Mary Shoemaker, Peggy Hill, Sherri Carpenter, uncle, David Langler, many nieces and nephews. Memorial visitation will take place on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at Immanuel Lutheran...
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DARLENE G. CHARRON

Darlene G. Charron, 86, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away July 20, 2021, at Mt. Forest Senior Living in Midland. The daughter of the late Lawrence & Olga Bellmore was born April 14, 1935 in Alpena, Michigan where she was raised. The same year she graduated from Alpena High School, Darlene moved to the Detroit area to pursue her medical secretarial career, which did not last very long because, while in Detroit, she met the love of her life, Jerry Charron, at a dance. The couple was married on June 25, 1955. Jerry and Darlene loved to dance and spent 46 amazing years together before he passed away in 2001. Jerry was an iron worker and those big jobs took them all over the country for months at a time; one of the favorite times of their life together. Darlene was an avid golfer while in Alpena, playing in leagues and in tournaments whenever she had the chance, but somehow she also found time to work for several years at H & R Block in Alpena during tax seasons. They were members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alpena for many years until Jerry’s death when Darlene moved to Sanford to be closer to family. Darlene lived in Old Oak Trails in Sanford where she made many wonderful friends through the years, including Dee and Duane Winslow whose friendship and support meant the world to her. Darlene loved playing cards, bingo, and jumping in a bus or anyone’s car that was heading to a casino.
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Timothy Orban

ORBAN, Timothy, 65, of Alpena, Michigan, died on Sunday, July 25, 2021, at Besser Senior Living Community. Per his wishes Timothy has been taken from the Karpus-Hunter Funeral Home for cremation. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the Karpus-Hunter Funeral Home in a future edition of The News.
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DAVID RAYMOND SANDERS

Mr. David Raymond Sanders, 52 of Hillman, Michigan died suddenly on July 22, 2021 at his home. He was born on May 27, 1969 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to David Sanders and Geraldine Elsey. He has resided in Hillman for the last 20+ years. David was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, collecting rocks and polishing them with his son. He was often referred to as a workaholic and enjoyed helping others when needed. His favorite hobby was riding on his Harley Davidson motorcycle and the time he spent with his children and family. David will be deeply missed.
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Allan B. Currie

CURRIE, Allan B., 81, of Hillman, died Sunday, July 25, 2021 at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Bannan Funeral Home in a future edition of The Alpena News.
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David Bernard Tomas

TOMAS, David Bernard, 64 of Metz Township, died Feb. 21, 2021 at home. Dave is survived by his six children, Stephanie Tomas, of South Carolina, Michael, of Rogers City, Matthew (Kristyn), of St. Johns, James, of Bellaire, Cecelia Tomas, of Virginia, and Zackary Wiertala, of Mackinaw City; four grandchildren, sister, Judy Sobieray, of Menominee, niece, Kristen Brunner, nephew, Andrew Sobieray, and many cousins.
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GERALDINE JANE KAISER

Geraldine Jane Kaiser, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 at Medilodge of Green View in Alpena, Michigan. Geraldine Jane Henski was born on Sept. 22, 1935 to the late Joseph and Jane (Romel) Henski. Gerry married Clare John Kaiser on Oct. 8, 1955 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alpena. They were married for 65 years and had four wonderful children.
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AGNES JULIA DUBIE

Agnes Julia Dubie, 93, of Alpena, Michigan, passed away peacefully at home on July 20, 2021. Agnes Julia Zbytowski was born on Sept. 21, 1927, to John and Cecelia (Bajdacz) Zbytowski on the family farm. She completed school through the eighth grade and later obtained her GED and attended ACC.
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Barbara Lee Nitchman

NITCHMAN, Barbara Lee, 83, of Presque Isle, died July 23, 2021 at Munson Medical Center-Traverse City. Barbara is survived by four children, Phillip, of Presque Isle, Gregory (Jeanne), of Charlotte, Douglas (Leslie), of Charlevoix, and Deborah (Bruce) Kundinger, of Gagetown, 11 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and one sister, Carole (Ed) Grote, of Columbus, Ohio.
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Joyce M. Jones

JONES, Joyce M., 94, of Alpena, died on Friday, July 23, 2021, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. She is survived by her son Mel (Kathleen), of Alpena, Michigan, one sister: Jeanette Jasper, of Columbus, Georgia, and several nieces and nephews. Joyce has been taken from the Karpus-Hunter Funeral Home for cremation....
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Frank L. Mays

MAYS, Frank L., 89 of Dade City, Florida, formerly of Rogers City, Michigan, died on Jan. 7, 2021 surrounded by family at Advent Health Hospital in Zephyrhills, Florida. Frank is survived by his children, Michael (Colleen) of Rogers City, Mark (Stephen Jacobson) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Frank of Brooklyn, New York, Eric (Donna) of York, Pennsylvania and Laine Mays of Tampa, Florida, five grandchildren, Michael R., Jacob, Joshua, James, and Jonah. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
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Duane Roger Rickle

RICKLE, Duane Roger, 85 of Rogers City, died at home surrounded by his loving family on Jan. 19, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Dolores; four children, Kathy (Ted) Momrik of Traverse City, Tom (Lisa) of Kalkaska, Tim (Cindy) of Rogers City and Jon (Erin) of Highland, nine grandchildren, Anthony, Kaitlyn, Rebecca, Tyler, Mason (Julie), Cameron, Jared, Brendan, Nate Rickle. He is also survived by a brother, Orville of California.
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James Dubey

DUBEY, James, 53, of Alpena, died Thursday, July 22, 2021, at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Bannan Funeral Home in a future edition of The Alpena News.