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Jim Shearer (#46589264)
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Bio Photo I am an retired electrical engineer who got into family research a few years ago. Now am an adict on finding family history I live in Michigan, which itself is a font of history, and have found that my family were pioneers and have famous connections, much of which I hadn't known about. Taking pictures of headstones connected to the family has helped tidy up family relationships, since with the headstone dates, a person can go and look up old newspapers for more data. Along with some other sites like, findagrave is a nice way to leave some of that history to be found by others.
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Jana Marie Lashmit
RE: Mathias Kruzel
Hi Jim,

Thanks for the changes. Appreciate it. Does get somewhat confusing trying to figure out some of the family when names are so differently spelled too.

As for Joseph and Josephine Kruzel, I will search around and find out more info on if he was married twice to two different Josephine's. Possibly she was married twice??

Thanks also for the many transfers of the families I requested in the past.

Will keep you posted when I find for info...

Added by Jana Marie Lashmit on Mar 08, 2015 2:02 PM
Jana Marie Lashmit
Catherine Kruzel- Sobleski

Meant Joseph's sister Catherine married John Sobleski.
Added by Jana Marie Lashmit on Mar 05, 2015 10:36 AM
Jana Marie Lashmit
RE: Fabian Kruzel
Hello there,

I do not see Joseph's parent's listed in his obit.

The Sobleski son you are referring to was Joseph's daughter's husband. Catherine Kruzel married John Sobleski.

I found this on the LDS family search:

Name: Joseph Krusell
Age (Expanded): 45 years
Birth Year: 1845
Birthplace: Germany
Spouse's Name: Josephine Hoboski
Spouse's Age (Expanded): 45 years
Spouse's Birth Year: 1845
Spouse's Birthplace: Germany
Event Date: 21 Jul 1890
Event Place: Cross Village, Emmet, Michigan
Father's Name: Mathaias Krusell
Mother's Name: Francis Karamell
Spouse's Father's Name: Mike Mcdonnel

For Fabian's parent's it lists Matthew and Martha Karomel. So I am thinking her name must've been Martha Frances or Frances Martha????

Thank you for your reply.
Added by Jana Marie Lashmit on Mar 05, 2015 10:20 AM
Petoskey History 1852-2002
RE: Mrs. Homer...etc
Thanks, Jim. I understand. I also enjoy the research and very much appreciate having you to consult with on our various departed friends in the Little Traverse Bay area. I believe the biography on Mrs. Homer was originally written by me prior to the discovery her biography already existed. I then deleted mine and sent the information to person who had originated her memorial, and he posted it for me. It would however be great to have more information about the family. They first came to my attention via a newspaper article sent to me about Mr. Homer. I vaguely remember the Emmet Lunch either through being their or from my ancestors recollections. Not sure. If you have additional information, i am sure the originator (Tom ?) would add it. He is good about such matters. Thanks again!
Added by Petoskey History 1852-200... on Feb 26, 2015 9:27 AM
Petoskey History 1852-2002
Mrs. Homer
Thanks, Jim for the updates! I deleted the other one.
Added by Petoskey History 1852-200... on Feb 24, 2015 1:45 PM
Michelle Engle
Engle graves
Thank you so much for adding these, I don't know a lot about my ancestors my father and I haven't been close so i have to do studying on my own, these help a lot! My grandpa George was wonderful to me but he was my only source of help so i am now on my own...
Added by Michelle Engle on Feb 02, 2015 12:42 PM
Petoskey History 1852-2002
RE: Dorothy Behans
Hello, again. This is what I had for Dorothy. I will also send my copy for Jim. I thought this might make it easier if you have not already completed her biography.

Name: Behan, Dorothy Marie
Age: 84
Date of Birth: 6/27/1921
Date of Death: 7/14/2005
Cemetery: St. Francis, Petoskey

With her family by her side, Dorothy
Marie Behan left this world
peacefully at her home in Vero Beach,
Fiorida. Born in Detroit, as a young girl her
family moved to Boyne City, where
she graduated from Boyne High School.
After moving to Petoskey in 1943, she
met the love of her life James Francis Behan.
Together they raised nine children. She took
part in a number of businesses, but is best
remembered as an excellent tailor and as co-owner
of the popular home and furnishing business known as PUMCO. Dorothy and Jim were happily married for 41
years until his passing in 1984.
She is remembered not only as a
gracious and loving wife and grandmother,
but a person with whom people quickly fell in love.
She was known for generosity,and
strength of character and fondly recalled
for the wonderful meals she prepared
for her family and friends. She was survived by many family members and friends. The complete obituary can be read at Petoskey's Greenwood Cemetery Genealogical Site:

Added by Petoskey History 1852-200... on Jan 17, 2015 6:04 PM
Petoskey History 1852-2002
RE: Behan Family
Hello again!

I just realized I had not included the Behan’s in my Chamber of Commerce/Business People. I think the ones I have in mind are owned Pumco’s (Dorothy and Jim) and many other businesses. They invested also. There was also Ed Behan’s Tweed Shop, and a radio announcer by the name of Behan (perhaps owner of WMBN. Any ideas how we could enhance their memorials? I would guess that Greenwood would have obituaries on all of them.

M. S.
Added by Petoskey History 1852-200... on Jan 16, 2015 10:34 AM
Petoskey History 1852-2002
RE: John Karamol
Oh, Jim. This is terrific! (Sorry about the mix-up on the names-I worked with the Karamol names for so long last night my brain jammed.) I am excited and looking forward to see what you do with on the bios, and hope you add your personal information about the candy store. I have added virtually, a number of the Karamol family to the Petoskey History-1852 to 2002. (I think they are all yours.) I knew of the family from when I was a kid, but am amazed at how deeply engrained they were in our business community. Please take a look at how I have used them and perhaps you will come up with ideas that will improve “Our Chamber of Commerce/Business Owners.” Thanks again!
Added by Petoskey History 1852-200... on Jan 15, 2015 11:58 AM
Maurice Eby
RE: Stephen Moser
Yes, that would be nice. Maybe I will find some more links. Maurice
Added by Maurice Eby on Jan 13, 2015 4:59 PM
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