Tonight I’ll share with you three obituaries found in the scrapbook of Susan Viola (Leach) Sherman. Unfortunately I have no idea exactly where or when these obituaries were published….
And today, (October 25, 2010) I’ve added the obituary of Mary E. (Bunn) Leach, wife of Sylvester, who died in 1909
MARY (LEACH) GOODWIN
Mrs. Mary Goodwin, age 75, died Wednesday morning at her home on South Mill Street following an illness of six months’ duration. She was born in Arbela September 1, 1862, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Leach, and had spent her entire life in this community.
Surviving are her husband, Sylvester, three sons, Philo Thompson of Detroit, Lloyd Carr of Arbela and Harry Carr of Saginaw; three grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Susie Sherman of Montana, Mrs. Alma Coles of Millington, one brother, Grant Leach of California.
Funeral services were held last Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Free Methodist Church, Rev. C.B. Loree officiating. Burial was at Pine Grove cemetery.
Note: Alma Coles of Millington is the same person as Veiva Coles.
Mrs. Artie Leach died at her home in Clio, Monday, November 25, 1929 after a long illness. Artie Guthrie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Guthrie, was born in Mundy Township, April 6, 1855. She moved to Arbela with her parents when a young girl. The family were among the early settlers of Arbela and passed through the hardships of pioneer days. She was united in marriage to Enard Leach of Arbela, September 21, 1873, where they continued to live until 1911, when they moved to Clio, where she had since lived. Mr. Leach pased away February 20th, 1920. She was a devoted wife and mother and a kind neighbor and was very highly respected by all who knew her. She leaves to mourn two daughters, Mrs. Ora Allen of Millington, Mrs. John Nelson of New Lothrop, one son, M.C. Leach of Flint, and a stepson, Edgar Leach of St. Charles, and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral was held Wednesday from the family home. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Rev. Manahan officiating.
Allison Leach, son of Solomon and Susan Leach, was born on a farm in Arbela, Tuscola County, Michigan on the 12th day of September, 1857, and had been a lifelong resident of that township.
On December 21, 1890, he was united in marriage to Miss Ida Hossler of Millington.
For over 30 years he was a faithful worker in the Methodist church. He was a kind husband and father.
On April 16 he passed away very suddenly, the result of heart disease. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Althea, at home; three sisters, Mrs. Susan Sherman, of Drummond, Montana; Mrs. Mary Goodwin and Mrs. Veiva Coles, of Clio; one brother, Grant, of Long Beach, California; two half-brothers, Sylvester Leach, of Arbela, and Mose Leach, of Akron, Ohio.
Funeral services were held from the late home, Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Etsel Stubbs, of Tuscola, officiating. The choir sang his favorite hymn, “In the Sweet Bye and Bye,” and all that was mortal of our dear one was tenderly born to it’s last….. (remaining article destroyed).
October 25, 2010
Thank you to cousin Dale Leach for providing this obituary of Mary E. (Bunn) Leach 1847-1909
WHEN COUNTRY WAS NEW
Mrs. Sylvester Leach Settled With Husband in Arbela – Died Last Week
Central Arbela, June 30 – When the country about Arbela center was new, Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Leach settled one mile south of the center of the township and lived there in peace and happiness until Wednesday, June 23, when the wife and mother was called to her home.
Mary E. Bunn was born in Pennsylvania, but early in life moved to Ohio where she was married. Four children came to bless the union. Walter and William now live in Ohio; Louisa of St. Charles and Myrtle of Arbela.
She had been afflicted with cancer and had been a sufferer several months. She was a member of the M.E. church of Arbela and of the Grange; was a kind loving wife and mother, good neighbor and friend. She will be greatly missed in the circle in which she was an active figure and husband and children have the sympathy of all. Her last words were “I am going home.”
She was 62 years and 10 months old and the funeral services in the church conducted by her pastor, were largely attended and the floral offerings were many and beautiful. Burial was in Pine Grove cemetery.
Source: The Tuscola County Advertiser Newspaper – July 2nd, 1909 – p. 6 (microfilm copy). Courtesy of Dale Leach.
Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls Washington, October 28, 2010 All Rights Reserved.