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Frederick Prentice of Michigan

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Frederick Prentice of Michigan
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2014 and Revised 18 Jul 2015

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1. Frederick Prentice was b. c. 1914, probably Michigan where he d. 31 Aug 2008 in Blackman Twp., MI. His obituary reads as follows:

    Jackson Citizen Patriot (MI) - Tuesday, September 2, 2008.

    PRENTICE, FREDERICK L.- Aged 84, of Blackman Township, formerly of Michigan Center, passed away at his home August 31, 2008 under the loving care of his family and Great Lakes Hospice.

    He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Monabelle M.; two children, Michael (Linda) Prentice and Janet Yates; three stepchildren, Vern (Nancy) Kurts, Janet Glessner and Virgil Kurts; eleven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and his sister, Phyllis Raut.

    He was preceded in death by his brother, Ted Prentice.

    He was a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran of World War II, retired Design Engineer from Gilbert-Commonwealth after 20 years of service, member of the American Legion Post #29, Jackson and the BPOE (Elks) Lodge #113, Jackson. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

    At his request cremation has taken place. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at the funeral home Thursday 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to service time. Veterans Honors will be performed by the Jackson County American Legion Ritual Team. Contributions in his memory are directed to the Great Lakes Hospice. www.MLive.com/obits Nichols-Arthur Michigan Center

He m. 1st Unknown. They had 2 or more children, including:

  1. Michael Prentice. He m. Linda.
  2. Janet Prentice. She m. Mr. Yates.

Frederick m. 2nd Monabelle Kurts who was previously m. to LeRoy Kurds. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Monabelle Prentice: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Jackson Citizen Patriot (MI) - Friday, November 29, 2013.

    PRENTICE, MONABELLE M. (KURTS) age 93, of Jackson, passed away at Bethany November 27, 2013. She is survived by two children, Vern (Nancy) Kurts and Janet Glessner, two step-children, Mike (Linda) Prentice and Janet Prentice, nine grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her son Virgil, her husbands, Leroy Kurts and Frederick Prentice, her parents, Albert and Minnie Denbrock and eight siblings. She was a retiree of Wrigleys, longtime member of the Jackson BPOE (Elks) and enjoyed golf, knitting and crocheting.

    Mrs. Prentice has been cremated. A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held at the funeral home Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 11 AM with Rev. Richard Brooks officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service time. Contributions in her memory are directed to Bethany, 1000 East Porter, Jackson, MI 49202. Nichols-Arthur Michigan Center www.nicholsarthurfuneralhome.com

The children of Monabella by her prior prior marriage are also set out in the obituary of their daughter, Janet M., below:

  1. Janet M. Kurts, b. 19 Jan 1941 and d. 11 Feb 2014. She m. Glarence F. Glessner who d. before 2014. Children per her obituary, below:
    1. Debra K. Glessner of Brooklyn, MI.
    2. Benjamin F. (Bonnie Jo Gagliano) Glessner. Children per obituary:
      1. Brittanie Glessner, Pueblo, CO.
      2. Brianna Glessner, Pueblo, CO.
    3. Kimberly A. Glessner.
  2. LaVern (Nancy) Kurts of Jackson, MI.
  3. Virgil Kurts.

Janet M. (Kurts_ Glessner's obituary reads as follows:

    Janet M. Glessner, 73, born Jan. 19, 1941, passed on to heaven on Feb. 11, 2014.

    She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Clarence F. Glessner; parents, LeRoy and Monabelle Kurts Prentice; step-father, Frederick Prentice ; and brother, Virgil Kurts.

    Survived by children, Debra K. Glessner of Brooklyn, Mich., Benjamin F. (Bonnie Jo Gagliano) Glessner, Kimberly A. Glessner; granddaughters, Brittanie and Brianna Glessner, all of Pueblo; brother, LaVern (Nancy) Kurts of Jackson, Mich.; brother and sister-in-law, Marlin and Nancy Huston of Windber, Pa.; step-brother, Mike (Linda) Prentice; step-sister, Janet Yates of Florida; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many church family and friends of New Hope Worship Center in Albion, Mich.

    She enjoyed using her quilting and sewing abilities to make quilts for her grandchildren and children. She was an active participant at New Hope Worship Center, volunteering her time and sewing abilities toward costumes for their annual Holiday programs.

    The family would like to thank the staff of Life Care Center for the friendship, comfort and care given to Janet during her stay, and to all of the physicians who cared for her during her illness. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Interment, Albion Memorial Gardens, Albion, Mich. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society through the funeral home. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com. - See more at: http://search.ancestry.com/search/obit/viewbody.aspx?db=web-obituary&pid=245435588 &kw=prent*&cpp=2014%5c02%5c16%5ccp_14604194.html&bhr=http%3a%2f%2fwww.chieftain.com% 2fnews%2fobituaries%2f2294925-120%2fglessner-brother-janet-mich#sthash.wtJQ7JYN.dpuf

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