Thursday, December 12, 2013
Clifton L. Collins Jr.
BUFFALO CITY, Wis. — Clifton Lee Collins Jr., age 87, died Dec. 2, 2013, at Lake Winona Manor in Winona, Minn.
He was born on Jan. 9, 1926, to Clifton L. and Lucy (Stanton) Collins in Henderson, N.C. At the young age of 17, he enlisted in the Marines to serve his country in World War II. He was involved in the battle of Okinawa and the occupation of Japan. He also witnessed the peace treaty being signed as it took place on Tokyo Bay. He proudly served until 1946.
After the service he lived in Maryland and worked as a commercial plumber. Clifton met and married Mary Grotjahn in Maryland, and it was there they lived and raised their four children, until he retired in 1991.
Clifton and Mary then moved to Buffalo City in Mary’s home state of Wisconsin. Clifton took up gardening and his favorite pastime, fishing. His passion, though, was his family, especially his grandsons. He spent countless hours fishing and camping with them. A highlight in recent years was the Freedom Honor Flight he took with his son Lee in May 2012, one of the last flights for World War II veterans.
Clifton will be sorrowfully missed by his wife Mary; his children, Lee (Sherri) Collins of Alma, Wis., Brenda Collins of Salisbury, N.C., Denise (Billy) Sisemore of Missouri and Cherri Collins of Salisbury, N.C.; and his grandsons, Timothy Collins of Salisbury, N.C., Joshua Collins of Alma, Wis., Billy Sisemore of Missouri and Jacob Sisemore of Missouri. He will also be missed by his sisters, Margie Hendley of Henderson, N.C., and Betty Connell of Richmond, Va.
Clifton was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Rachel Jones, Audrey Collins and Jenny Schuster.
A memorial gathering with Clifton’s family and friends will be at Tranquility Chapel at Lake Winona Manor on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5:30 p.m. until the time of service at 6:30 p.m. with Pastor Greg Ferriss officiating.
A memorial service will also be held at a later date in Henderson, N.C.
Memorial donations may be designated to Freedom Honor Flight, P.O. Box 505, La Crosse, WI 54602.
Arrangements are by Talbot Family Funeral Homes – Scenic Rivers Cremation Center, which accepts online condolences at talbotfuneralhomes.com.
Janice D. Boretti
OXFORD — Janice Decré Boretti died unexpectedly on Dec. 9, 2013, at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh.
She was a native of Harrison, N.Y., and was the daughter of the late Fred Decré and Rita Orèiller Decré.
Mrs. Boretti was a retired registered nurse and spent many years teaching and developing Catholic religious education programs for children and adults.
Surviving are her daughter, Jennifer Decré Boretti; her son, John Joseph Boretti Jr.; daughter-in-law Brenda Faye Boretti; and grandson Ian Joseph Boretti.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Joseph Boretti Sr., and her brother, Richard Decré.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at 1 p.m. in St. James Catholic Church by Father Carlos Rodriguez. Burial will follow at Eagles Wing Farm in Oxford.
The family will receive friends at Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home in Oxford on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, from 9 to 11 a.m. At other times they will be at home on Eagles Wing Lane, Oxford.
Flowers are accepted.
Arrangements are by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home, which accepts online condolences at hallwynne.com.
HENDERSON — Edmond Owens, 74, of 403 West Orange Street, died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2013, at his residence.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Davis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church by Pastor Charles Turrentine Sr. Interment will follow at Blacknall Cemetery.
Viewing is today from noon to 6 p.m. in the chapel of Davis-Royster Funeral Service and at the church one hour prior to the service.
The family is receiving friends at 242 Belmont Drive.
Arrangements are by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.