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Beulah Grace Clark

Age 82 of Owosso passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 at Memorial Healthcare.

A memorial service will be held 11am Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Owosso Church of Christ, 2005 S. M-52. A light lunch will follow the service at the church.

Beulah was born September 11, 1931 in St. Johns, the daughter of Marshall and Velma (Maystead) Cook.

She graduated from Elsie High School. Beulah was an avid fan of all Detroit sports; including Tigers, Pistons and Lions. She looked forward to bowling and traveling to bowling tournaments and camping; Beulah was even a member of a camping club.

She married Stanley L. Clark at Eureka Christian Church on December 10, 1950.

Beulah retired from Straw sine's Manufacturing Company where she had been employed from 1952 until 2000 and spent time working at Redmonds.

She is survived by her son Stanley M. (Judy) Clark; daughter Sandra (Ken) Hollenback; grandchildren Matthew (Jessica) Clark, Jenny (Kevin) Palmer, Troy Hollenback and Erica (Tony) Everette; great-grandchildren Weston Valkoun, Chloe Clark and Callie and Cavin Clark, Meadow Ellis, Aden Palmer and Aston and Ayla Palmer; sister Jeannette (LaVern) Argersinger.

Beulah was predeceased by her parents.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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David Dumond


Age 82 of Owosso passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Memorial Healthcare.


Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, April 14, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Rusty Merrill officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Tree Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 6 to 8pm and Sunday from 1 to 8pm.


David was born December 28, 1931, the son of Hugh and Marjorie (Swartzout) Dumond. He was raised on the family farm in New Haven Township; farming it alongside his father for 26 years. His son Todd and family now live on the homestead which has been in the family for over 150 years.


David married Mary (Serr) Dumond on April 26, 1958. They have been married for 55 years and together owned Skilled Services of Owosso for many years.


He graduated from Owosso High School, attended Michigan State University to study Agriculture and earned an Associate's Degree in Accounting and Business Management from the International Correspondence School.


David was a member of St. Paul Episcopal Church in Corunna and the Economic Development Board for the City of Corunna. He was a big supporter of the Community Center at McCurdy Park and was also active on the Corunna City Council for 6 years, the Corunna Athletic Club for 10 years, 4-H Leader for many years and he and his family were in on organizing the first 4th of July Celebration in Corunna along with Founders Day and Family Fun Day in Corunna.
David enjoyed working around the house doing many projects and loved the out of doors and taking his dog Dewee for walks. He was always willing to help out his neighbors and friends. David wrote a book that his whole family was proud of called the Great Depression, WWII and a Medical Miracle in the life of Dave Dumond. Most of all he looked forward to time with his family and would travel many miles to watch them in all of their events.


David is survived by his wife Mary; sons Timothy and wife Susan Dumond of West Bloomfield, Thomas and wife Judy Dumond of Brighton, Todd and wife Beth Dumond of Owosso and Terry and wife Dana Dumond of Owosso; daughter Tami and husband Joe Sawyer of Corunna; grandsons Matthew and Nathan of West Bloomfield, Colin and Benjamin of Brighton, Logan, Jesse, Justin and David Dumond of Owosso and Nick Thompson serving in the United States Army; granddaughters Briana Dumond, Tailor and Courtney Fronek of Corunna; great-granddaughter Emmalyn Thompson; sister Betty Liebengood of Corunna; niece Debbie Liebengood; nephew Wayne Liebengood.


Memorial contributions are suggested to the Corunna Athletic Club or Corunna Historical Village.

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Irene R. Goodrow

Age 100 of Owosso passed away Monday, April 7, 2014 at her home.


A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11am Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Ovid with Rev. Charles Kohlerman, CSC and concelebrant Rev. Ray Urbanek officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 7pm.


Irene was born June 9, 1913 in Waterloo, Ontario, the daughter of Alfred and Rose (Bierschbach) Gatschene.
She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Ovid, Memorial Healthcare Auxiliary, Daughters of Isabella, Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee, Volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Florida, and Manitee Memorial Hospital, Florida and loved to make word search puzzles.


She married Clifford E. Goodrow at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Flint on January 18, 1936; he predeceased her on August 8, 2006.


Irene was a secretary for Holy Redeemer Church in Flint for 17 years.


She is survived by her daughters Pat (Michael) Elliott of Owosso and Sister Rose Edward C.S.C. of Indiana; 7 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.


Irene was predeceased by her husband, daughter Barbara J. Huff, 2 granddaughters Jacqueline J. Huff Geraci and Maryann Huff Davis, 1 sister and 2 brothers.


Memorial contributions are suggested to Memorial Healthcare Hospice.

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Bruce Coppersmith

Age 63 of Owosso passed away Friday, April 4, 2014.

Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time.

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Wilma J. Stickel

Age 84 of Oakley passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Memorial Healthcare.

Funeral services will be held 4pm Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Ross Fulton Sr. officiating. Burial will take place at West Haven Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 12pm until the time of service.

Wilma was born February 13, 1930 in Greenfield, Ohio, the daughter of Cary and Laura (Gibson) Cornwell.

She was a member of the Eagles Club, Extension Club and Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor Association. Wilma enjoyed reading, listening to country music, shooting pool, bowling and visiting with her family.

She married Edmund Stickel Jr in Owosso on July 5, 1947.

Wilma retired from Universal Electric in1991 after 30 years of service.

She is survived by her husband Edmund, daughter-in-law June Stickel; grandchildren Michael (Amy) Stickel and Elyse Miller; step-granddaughter Makalia Stickel; step-grandson Bradley Mabaugh; great-grandchildren Courtney, Chloe, Nixon, Kendall, Kylee and McKenzie; brother Donald Cornwell of Waverly, Ohio; sister Dorothy Anne Smith of Portsmith, Ohio; many nieces and nephews.

Wilma was predeceased by her son David; sisters Edith Ryan, Marjorie Hyback and Evelyn May; brother James Cornwell; several brothers and sisters-in-laws.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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Wilbur J. Simpson


Age 101 of Owosso passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014.


Funeral services will be held 1pm Friday, April 4, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Herb Wheelock officiating. Burial will follow at Union Plains Cemetery in Byron later this spring. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 11am until the time of service.


Wilbur was born December 15, 1912 in Bancroft, the son of Erle J. and Almeria (Anthony) Simpson.
He graduated from Byron High School, class of 1930.


He was a life member of the Eagles and former member of the Shiawassee Gem and Rock Club. Wilbur was an avid golfer and bowler and enjoyed all kinds of dancing.


He spent his life farming along with being employed with Midland Ross where he retired after 21 years of service.
Wilbur is survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews and friends.
He was predeceased by his wives Pauline Bemiss, Anna Zelinka and Mildred Pile; brothers Harold and Harry Simpson; sisters Leone Heeney, Hazel Frasa, Cleo Orr and Wilma Arnold.


Memorial contributions are suggested to the Salvation Army or Burns Grange 160 or Memorial Healthcare Cancer Center.

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Nancy Lee (Spencer) Hawkins


Age 68, of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., formerly of Owosso, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at her home.


A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Nelson-House Funeral Home.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.


Nancy had worked for the U.S. Park Service in Hyde Park, N.Y., at the Roosevelt House, Meals on Wheels
and Indian Point Entergy Center in Buchanan, N.Y.


She was involved with the Arc in special needs at the local and state levels and also Special Olympics.
Nancy was born June 11, 1945, in Owosso, the daughter of Dewey and Lillian (Gurden) Spencer. She
graduated from Owosso High School in 1963.


Nancy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in April of 1964 and was honorably discharged in September of 1967 at
the rank of Sgt. E4. She received the following decorations: the Air Force Good Conduct Medal and the
National Defense Service Medal.


She and Walter Hawkins were married in San Antonio, Texas, in July of 1965. Her husband remained in
the service and they were stationed at several places including San Antonio, Rantoul, Ill., Adana, Turkey,
Riverside, Calif. and Minot, N.D. After her husband’s retirement from the Air Force they lived in Monroe,
Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Ocala, Fla. and finally Hopewell Junction.


Survivors include her husband Walter; daughter Wendy Sue, also of New York; sister Sue (Al) Walworth
of Pinckney; sister-in-law Joyce Spencer of Owosso; nieces and nephews Ron (Michele) Spencer of Ovid,
Shelly (Todd) Watkins of Chapin, Cory Spencer of Owosso, Anderson (Ammerah Saidi) Walworth of Detroit,
Sarah (Jacob) Bleisner of Owosso; two grandnieces, three grandnephews; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Nancy was predeceased by her son Aaron, her mother in 1986, her father in 2006 and brother James
“Jake” Spencer in 2012.


Memorials are suggested to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

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Ruth Marguerite Weeks

Ruth Marguerite Weeks, 93, of Owosso died peacefully March 30, 2014 at Tendercare-West in Lansing.


Ruth was born December 18, 1920 in Owosso, Michigan daughter of Arthur and Gladys (Dillon) Speers. Ruth married Lt. Carl C. Hoenshell in 1943 and he was killed in action during WWII. She married Warren Weeks in 1946 and the marriage was dissolved.


Ruth worked for many years in the administrative offices of Woodard Furniture Company, retiring in 1985. She belonged to the King's Daughters and did their bookkeeping. She also did bookkeeping and auditing as a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Owosso.


Ruth is survived by her brothers George (Evelyn) Speers of Dewitt and Robert (Sandra) Speers of Owosso. She is also survived by four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.


Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Carl Hoenshell, her daughter Catherine Leonard and her sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Robert Sensabaugh.


Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Nelson House Funeral Home with Pastor Susan Kingsley officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in New Lothrop. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10am until the time of service.


Donations in memory of Ruth can be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Katherine "Kate" Marie Zemla


Age 100 of Owosso passed away Monday, March 31, 2014 at her home.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11am Thursday, April 3, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Schweda officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 6pm.


Kate was born February 25, 1914, the daughter of Paul and Mary (Cervenka) Sipka.


She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Kate took great joy in tending to her yard and flower and vegetable gardens. She loved animals and spending time with her family and friends.


Kate married Joseph F. Zemla in Lansing on July 1, 1944; he predeceased her on October 30, 1970.


She was employed at Redmonds during war times and spent her life raising her family and helping on the family farm.
Kate is survived by her children Lillian (Jim) Budzynski, Edward (Sally) Zemla, Frank (Touya) Zemla and Agnes (Ken) Meksula; grandchildren Scott Budzynski, Lori (Colin) Clive, Shannon Zemla (Dennis Wood), Angela Zemla, Abe Zemla, Jeremy Zemla, Joe (Amy) Zemla, Kristina (Troy) Reister and Kevin Meksula; 8 great-grandchildren.


She was predeceased by her husband Joe; granddaughter Makala Taylor; 5 sisters; 6 brothers.
The family would like to thank all those who sent a card or message to their Mother on her 100 birthday. It truly meant a lot to her.


Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church or Memorial Healthcare Hospice.

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Donald James


Age 83 of Webberville passed away March 27, 2014 at the VA Hospital of Ann Arbor.


Funeral services will be held 12:30pm Monday, March 31, 2014 at St. Philip Lutheran Church with Pastor Brian Heidt officiating. Burial will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan. The family will receive friends at the church on Monday from 11am until the time of service.


Donald was born June 12, 1930 in Berea, Ohio, the son of John and Mildred (Lederer) James.


He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing with his family and working; he loved being busy. Donald looked forward to time with his family.


He served in the United States Navy and married Joyce Ruff in Ohio on May 8, 1954; she predeceased him.


Donald spent his life farming and was a tool and die maker for NASA.


He is survived by his sons Dan (Deb) James and Dave (Denise) James; daughter Donna (Mike) Meyer; grandchildren Dave, Kirsten, Jon and Adam James and Tommy Meyer; 3 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way in July; many other loving family members.
Donald was predeceased by his wife Joyce.


Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Philip Lutheran Church or the Owosso Food Bank.

 

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William Yanna

 

Age 83 of Stanton passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014.


William was born August 26, 1930 in Standish, the son of Cecil and Ferne (Hudson) Yanna.


He was an outdoors man, loved to hunt and fish and was particular about his yard work. Most of all William looked forward to spending time with family and get-togethers.


He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and married Marion Yanna on October 2, 1964; she predeceased him in 2010.


William retired from Federal Mogul where he was employed in Security and had been employed previously at Diamond Rio.


He is survived by his children William (Karen) Yanna Jr., James (Jean) Yanna, Ronnie (Pam) Wiborn and Ginger (Dave) Williams; 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; brother Harold (Ann) Yanna.


William was predeceased by his wife Marion; daughter Dorothy Yanna; sister Marjorie.

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Joan E. Thomas

Age 79 of Owosso passed away Friday, March 21, 2014 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

A memorial service will be held 11am Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor John Walworth and Vicky Bryant officiating.

Joan was born June 13, 1934 in Owosso Township, the daughter of Harold and Mary (Miller) Winterly.

She was a 1951 graduate of Owosso High School and attended Owosso First Baptist Church.

Joan married Elden D. Thomas in Owosso on June 21, 1958.

Joan enjoyed sewing and she also taught sewing and stitch through the years.

She is survived by her husband Elden.

Joan was predeceased by her parents.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of donors choice.

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Donald Norman Elliott



Age 82 passed away on Friday, March 21, 2014

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, March 31, 2014 at the First Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Brad Stockton officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 8pm. A Private Memorial Service was held on Sunday March 23, 2014 for Don's family and friends in Stuart, Florida officiated by Rev. Ralph Baynum.

Donald was born on August 12, 1931 to Lawrence E. and Alberta G. (Stace) Elliott in Owosso. He attended the Owosso College. From 1950-1954, he served in the United States Air Force. While serving, he married the love of his life Geraldine Bonnin on March 29, 1951 in San Antonio, Texas.

Don worked in managerial positions for many Owosso businesses in his lifetime, including Branch Manager for A.G. Edwards, Circulation Manager the Argus Press, District Manager for Investor Diversified Services, Branch Manager for W.H. Moeller & Co., among others. He was also a Registered Representative with the New York Stock Exchange, American Stock Exchange, and Midwest Stock Exchange.

Don loved Owosso, and he was very active in the community. He served on the Owosso City Council from 1968-1972. He also served on the Board of Directors for both the YMCA and John Wesley College. Donald was a member of Owosso Chamber of Commerce, Owosso City Club, Owosso Country Club, John Wesley Endowment, YWCA Century Club, Owosso Exchange Club, Owosso Rotary, and Owosso Kiwanis Club, and he was active in the Owosso First Church of the Nazarene.

Don is survived by his wife, Geri; his son, Michael Elliott of Owosso; his daughter, Mikki and her husband Dan Geiersbach of Port Huron; his eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; his brothers, Lawrence and his wife June Elliott of Owosso, and Richard and his wife Judy Elliott of San Clemente, California; and his sister, Glenna Mae and her husband Chester "Chet" Cram of Sun City West, Arizona; special family member Brett Ruess; many other loving family members and friends.

He is predeceased by his infant brother Roger Keith and son-in-law Tony Northcutt.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Don Elliott Benevolent Fund.

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Myron W. Cummings


Age 62 of Owosso passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at his home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church, Monday,
March 31, 2014 at 10am with Fr. Tom Thompson officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Saturday from 4 to 8pm and on Sunday from 12noon until 8pm with a rosary prayed at 5pm.

Myron was born May 18, 1951 in Saginaw, the son of Wayne A. and Ludon (Thompson) Cummings.

He graduated from Buena Vista High School, class of1969 and earned a Bachelor Degree from Michigan State University in 1973.

Myron was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, the Nash Car Club, the Durant Club, and member and Master Judge for the AACA (Antique Auto Club of America).

He married Teressa Cantu in Owosso on December 11, 1976.

Myron was a manager of Antcliff Windows since 1972.

He is survived by his wife Teressa; children Martina (Tony) Valdez, Myron D Cummings and Roger (Laurel) Cummings; Father Wayne Cummings, sister Doris (Gary) Miller and Cheryl (Tim) Lachcik; 5 grandchildren; Adrian, Marina, and Rosalin Hall and Brendan and Brady Cummings.

Myron was predeceased by his mother Ludon, mother in law Isabelle Cantu,
and father in law Joe Cantu.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Cora Hudecek

Age 87 of Owosso passed away Monday, March 24, 2014 at Memorial Healthcare.

Funeral services will be held 11am Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Eugene Numeric officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 8pm.

Cora was born November 16, 1926 in Cadillac, the daughter of Elmer and Lila (Sibray) Bigelow.

She was a homemaker and spent her life raising and caring for her family. Cora enjoyed crafts and reading and looked forward to spending time with her friends and family; most of all her children and grandchildren. She had a love for animals; especially her dogs.

Cora married Charles Hudecek Sr. in Owosso on June 12, 1969; he predeceased her.

She is survived by her children Frank (Deann) Markva, Gary (Linda) Marsh, Judith Ann (Charles) Greer and Rose Freeman; daughter-in-law Darlene Markva
brother Orville (Sandy) Bigelow; 23 grandchildren and many great and great-great grandchildren.

Cora was predeceased by her husband; son Douglas Markva;
brothers Leonard, Clifford and Elmer.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shiawassee County Humane Society.

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Bertha Goodwin




Age 93 of Caledonia Township passed away on March 22, 2014.

Funeral services will be held on 11am Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 6pm.

Bertha was born on August 4, 1920 to Joseph Bocek and Anne Prokup. She later married Stephen Russell Goodwin in Owosso.

Bertha worked for General Motors for much of her life, and she was active in the ZCBJ in Owosso for more than 50 years.

She enjoyed polka music, dancing and traveling. Bertha looked forward to time spent with her family; especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Saundra McNinch; her son, Elson Goodwin; her brother Frank (Carol) Bocek; her sister, Francis Hoyt; her 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 5 step-great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her husband Stephen, parents, great-grandchild Jonathan McNinch-Kribley and siblings Joseph and Jerry Bocek, Mary Fisher, Helen Bocek, Mildred Bocek, Martha Chapko and Jenny Bocek.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the ZCBJ Hall.

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Donald Hauck



Age 82 of Owosso passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Durand Senior Center.

Funeral services will be held 11am Friday, March 28, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Marlene Webster officiating. Burial will follow at Crestwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6 to 8pm and Thursday from 2 to 8pm.

Donald was born September 8, 1931 in Flint, the son of Herman and Dorothy (Gotwell) Hauck.

He was an avid Detroit Lions fan and enjoyed watching his grandchildren and their many activities and sporting events. Donald looked forward to time with his family and grandchildren.

Donald married Audrey D. Carter in Flint on June 30, 1958; she predeceased him in 2004.

He retired from Carmen-Ainsworth School District.


Donald is survived by his children Debra Lowry, Ruth (James) Frey, April (Phillip) Crans, Theresa Pease (Mark Conner) and Timothy (Melba) Hauck; 17 grandchildren Michael, Heather, Rebecca, John, Jacob, Elizabeth, Sandra, Jimmy, Shannon, Donnie, Kelly, Beth, Becky, Stephanie, Scott, Stacy and Trisha; 42 great-grandchildren; brother Paul (Lou) Hauck; sister Rosemary Hilsebeck.

He was predeceased by his son Steven Hauck; daughter Susan (Steve) Davis; grandson James Frey

Memorial contributions are suggested to family.

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Thomas Edward Osika



Age 87 of Lennon passed away March 22, 2014.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, March 26 at 11am at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father David Fisher officiating. Burial will take place at St. Paul Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4-8pm with a Rosary prayed at 6pm.

Thomas was born on March 11, 1927 to Joseph and Anne Osika on his dad's 40-acre farm in Swartz Creek. He graduated from Owosso High School with the Class of 1947. He then graduated from the Flint Junior College in 1949 with an Associate's Degree in Engineering. He later worked as an inspector at Buick Motor Division from 1949 to 1952, and then received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Detroit Tech in 1953. He also took classes at GMI in 1955-56. Tom also spent some time working for NASA in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Tom served in the United States Army from June 1945 to November 1946. He was a loyal member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and he was also involved with the Owosso Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his sisters, Helen Nieman, Anne (Bob) Liddell, and Julie (George) Kobryn; his brother, Paul (Kate) Osika, several nieces and nephews, and other loving family and friends.

He is predeceased by his parents, his sisters, Margaret Abbe, Maryann Slonczka and Sophia Osika, and his brothers, Stephen Osika, Joseph F. Osika, Francis Osika, and Vincent Osika.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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William F. Binschus



Age 72 of Owosso passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 2pm at Nelson-House Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Monday from 11-8pm and Tuesday 11am until the time of service.

William was born on September 20, 1941 to Edward (Bud) and Josephine (Levandowski) Binschus in Jackson, Michigan. On October 14, 1988, he married Yvonne Smith in Flint.

William worked for General Motors as a bus and truck welder for many years; he loved working with his hands, and he could fix anything. He also loved the outdoors, and often went hunting, fishing, and camping. Above all, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

William is survived by his wife, Yvonne Binschus; his brother, Edward Binschus; his children, Edward Binschus, Ray Joe (Karen) Binschus, Timothy (Melissa) Binschus, Todd Binschus, Robert Wagner, Krista Bruce, Jennifer (Rusty) LaMay, Constance (James) Carr, Clinton Binschus, Kerrigan Binschus, and Edward Binschus; his grandchildren, Charles, Sunshine, Crystal, Jessica, Kylee, Jennifer, Samantha, Timothy, Robert, Christopher, Trisha, William, Brianna, Warren, Kathryn, McKenzie, Riley, Mya, Allyson, James, and Alexandria; several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other loving family and friends.

He is predeceased by his father, Edward (Bud) Binschus, his mother, Josephine (Levandowski) Lis, and his sister, Patsy Durham.

Memorials are suggested to the family.

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Mary L. Bender



Age 93 of Corunna, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Memorial Healthcare Center surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at First Church of the Nazarene with Pastors Brad Stockton and Jerry Walden officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 to 8pm.

Mary was born January 18, 1921 in Corunna, the daughter of Frank D. and Lillian F. (Maurer) Kennedy.

She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene and married Harold W. Bender on June 14, 1941 in Corunna.

Mary enjoyed playing card games, crocheting and listening to Christian music. She looked forward to traveling and fishing trips with her husband. Mary loved gardening and tending to her flowers. Most of all she loved spending time with her family.

She spent her life raising and caring for her family. Mary worked on the family farm along with being employed at Damm's Dime Store in Corunna and Emery Pratt in Owosso where she retired. She also spent time driving bus for Corunna Public Schools.

Mary is survived by her daughters Judy Jones of Lancaster, CA. and Peggy (Larry) Bulemore of Corunna; son Greg Bender of Williamston; grandchildren Jeff (Lisa) Jones, Julie Cassady, Jody (Jessica) Jones, Mike (Mende) Samson, Tim Samson, Dustin and Devin Bender; great-grandchildren Danielle, Matt, Steven, Mara, Justice, Sophia, Lucas and Derrick; several nieces and nephews and loving family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Harold, sons-in-law Joe Samson and Lynn Jones, siblings William, Duane, Ronald, Frances, Amelia and Joyce.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice or charity of donors choice.

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Hendrina Inhulsen


Age 91 of Owosso passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at home surrounded by her loving family.


Funeral services will be held 4pm Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor John Walworth. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at Nelson-House Funeral Home Saturday from 2 to 8pm and Sunday from 12noon until the time of service.


Hendrina was born March 7, 1923 in the Netherlands, the daughter of Gerrit and Johanna (Groeneveld) Molenaar.
She graduated high school in the Netherlands and married Lambert Inhulsen on September 7, 1940 in the Netherlands; he predeceased her in 2007.


Hendrina was a homemaker and spent her life raising and caring for her family.


She enjoyed gardening, tending to her flowers, playing cards and cribbage, crocheting, and being with her dog, Mackie.
Hendrina is survived by her daughters Marie (Ron) Schaar of Owosso, Joek (Theo) Plomp of the Netherlands, Rena (David) Schwartz of Owosso; sons, Lambert (Carol) Inhulsen of Owosso and Dennis (Jane) Inhulsen of Grand Blanc; 17 grandchildren and many great and great-great grandchildren.


Her husband Lambert, daughter Johanna and 14 brothers and sisters predeceased her.


Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shiawassee County Humane Society, Great Lakes Hospice or Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee.

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Frank J. Ocedek

Age 90 of Owosso passed away Monday, March 17, 2014.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 12pm Saturday, March 22, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Phillip Schweda officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 6pm.

Frank was born March 21, 1923 in Perry, the son of Martin and Mary (Pavlica) Ocedek.

He was a graduate of Perry High School, class of 1941 and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where he was an usher for over 60 years, the Knights of Columbus and UAW Retirees Local 754. Frank was a dedicated blood donor; donating 20 gallons of blood in his life.

He did many charitable acts of kindness and was always there to help when help was needed. Frank "Old Grampa" really enjoyed spending time with his family; especially his grandchildren. He will be remembered by his loved ones as a frugal, hardworking man who was a loving husband, father and friend.

He married Mary Chmelar at St. Mary Catholic Church in Durand on August 25, 1945; she predeceased him in 2009.

Frank retired from Johnson Control after 37 years of service.

He is survived by his daughters Carolyn (Bob) Brown and Mary (Patrick) Davis; grandchildren, Angela, Melissa, Natalie and Jason and 11 great-grandchildren; sister Bessie Plulik; special nephews Frank and John Meyer.

Frank was predeceased by his wife Mary; siblings, Joe, Ernie and Martin Ocedek and Julia Plulik, Mary Meyer and Anna Zilinek.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church and St. Vincent DePaul.

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Grace E. (Lane) Whitesell

Grace, of Owosso, formerly of Roscommon, passed away March 17, 2014, at the age of 94, at the home of her son Gary, surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Ron Wilson officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

She was born in Ovid Dec. 31, 1919. Her parents were Dennis and Mary Lane.
Grace graduated from Owosso High School in 1938.
Grace and George Whitesell were married Oct. 4, 1940, celebrating their 53 years together until his death in 1993. Together they raised their two sons.
Grace worked at Memorial Hospital (now Memorial Healthcare) for 26 years, retiring in 1988. After retirement, Grace and George moved to their home at Higgins Lake, where she lived until 2012. Grace's lifelong passion was reading, spending time at Higgins Lake and watching football.

Grace is survived by her sons Gary (Sue) Whitesell of Owosso and Garth Whitesell also of Owosso; grandchildren Brent (Sandy) Whitesell of Kansas City, Mo. and Kelly Whitesell of Reno, Nev.; great-grandchildren Ellie and Mason Whitesell; sister Hilda Kennedy of Ovid, who is 100 years old. She is also survived by many dear friends at Higgins Lake.

Grace was predeceased by her husband George, parents, brothers Georgie, Basil and Raymond Ridsdale and sister Mildred Hastie.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Hospice Memorial Healthcare or Shiawassee County Humane Society.

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Ray W. Rubelman Jr.


Age 75 of Owosso passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Muskegon.

A service will be held at 1pm Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor John Walworth officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 11am until the time of service.

Ray was born August 14, 1938 in Owosso, the son of Ray W. and Lelah (Giffie) Rubelman Sr.

He was a graduate of Owosso High School, class of 1957, a past member of St. Paul Catholic Church and served in the United States Army Reserves.

He enjoyed bowling, being outdoors in nature and cutting firewood. Ray was an avid NASCAR fan, coin and baseball card collector.

He retired from General Motors in 1994 after 32 years of service. He then became owner and operator of Pirates Cove an Ice Cream Shop and Convenience Store. He loved working with the public. He retired again in 2012. One of the joys of his life was volunteering at Pound Puppies and walking all his furry friends.
He was famous for the "look" he gave you when he thought he was getting away with something. He will be greatly missed.

Ray is survived by his wife Sharon (Kuchar) Rubelman; brother Michael (Becky) Rubelman; sisters-in-laws
and brothers-in-law Jan Rubelman, Sandy (Larry) Noble, Larry Kuchar, Suzanne (Mike) Olsen, Sallie (Bud) Perry and Jeff Kuchar; several nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents and brother Bill Rubelman.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County or Pound Buddies of Muskegon.

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Phyllis Daenzer

Age 74 of Owosso passed away February 6, 2014 at Hazel Findlay Country Manor in St. Johns.

A memorial service will be held 1pm Saturday, March 22, 2014 at St. Philip Lutheran Church with Pastor Brian Heidt officiating. The family will greet friends from noon until the time of service.

Phyllis was born August 22, 1939 in Sturgis, the daughter of Russell and Bernadine (Barr) Kroll.

She was a graduate of Jackson High School, attended Nursing School and married James Daenzer in Jackson on September 7, 1963.

Phyllis was a volunteer in the adult literacy program, Teacher's Aid for Central Elementary School and Owosso Middle School.

She was a homemaker and spent her life raising and caring for her family along with working as a registered nurse for Planned Parenthood, American Red Cross and Foster Care Home Director.

Phyllis is survived by her husband James; daughters Carmen (Curtis) Herald and Andrea (Jeff) Kidd; sisters Doris (Roy) Gundrum and Amanda Teadt; mother Bernadine Kroll.

She was predeceased by her son Ryan Daenzer on January 6, 2010 and father Russell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Philip Lutheran Church Owosso for the Pipe Organ Fund.

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Charlene Ann (Jacobs) Pasik



Age 72 of Owosso was carried into the arms of her Savior by the Angels on Thursday, March 13, 2014.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11am Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Dave Fisher officiating.
Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery . The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Monday from 4 to 8pm.

Charlene was born December 13, 1941 in Brooklyn , Michigan , the daughter of Charles and Neva (Ayers) Jacobs.
Charlene is survived by her loving husband, Martin B. Pasik with whom she raised their children on the family farm in New Lothrop.
Their children are Tammie (Pasik) Golias and husband Stephen of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Rebecca (Sipka) Cornell and husband Christopher of Owosso, Andrew S. Pasik and wife Anita (Hammond) of New Lothrop, Tracy (Pasik) Lorenz and husband James of Chesaning, Kelly K Pasik of Owosso and Shelly Ann Sipka who greeted her at Heaven's gate. Charlene and Martin have also been blessed with 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She loved them also very much.

Charlene was employed by Pleasant View-Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility for 20 years, she enjoyed her work very much and will deeply miss her best friend was Anita Garcia.

Charlene has touched so many lives with her love, faith and kindness. Words cannot express how much Charlene will be missed.

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Cecelia "Sally" Whiting


Age 80 of Corunna passed away Friday, March 14, 2014 at Hurley Hospital.


Funeral services will be held 1pm Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor John Walworth officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 2 to 8pm.


Cecelia was born April 5, 1933 in Fenmore, Michigan, the daughter of Stephen and Anna (Benedict) Mokrany.
She married Cecil "Rocky" Whiting in Owosso on June 20, 1953; he predeceased her in 1992.


Cecelia was a past member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and retired in 1996 from General Motors after 43 years of service.


Cecelia loved technology and especially enjoyed staying in touch with friends and family via Facebook.


She is survived by her son Steve (Tracy) Whiting of Wentzville, MO; daughter Debora (Bob Morrison) Remo of Pompano Beach, FL; grandsons Alec and Brandon; granddaughter Dana; several special nieces and nephews and exceptional neighbors and friends.


Cecelia was predeceased by her husband Cecil, parents; brother Mike; sisters Mary Radosa, Ann Klasek and Pauline Ustishen.


Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Dayle V. Elsworth

Age 93 of Owosso passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Ovid Healthcare Center.

Funeral Services will be held 1pm Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Salem Lutheran Church with Pastor James Bare officiating. Burial will follow at Ridge Road Cemetery in Oakley. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 4 to 8pm and Monday 2 to 8pm.

Dayle was born in Carland, the son of Walter and Georgia (Vincent) Elsworth on September 29, 1920. Dayle's parents moved to Chapin where he grew up and attended Booth School and graduated from Elsie High School, class of 1939.

Dayle worked at Redmonds and helped his father on the farm until World War II started and was drafted in September 1942 into the United States Army and completed his training in Fort Custer. After training, Dayle was transferred to Camp Atterbury Indiana. During camp Dayle became friends with Cecil Reed and Frank Knightlinger both from Kentucky. They remained together all through the war, going over seas together into Europe. Dayle was in the medics and helped set up hospitals in the war zone and also assisted doctors with injured patients. Dayle was also there during the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war ended, Dayle and his two buddies returned to the states and were discharged December 9, 1945.

Once Dayle returned home he bought a 120 acre farm of his own. He farmed until 1970. His brother Jay owned a roller skating rink in Fenmore and spent a lot of time there, which is where he met his wife Betty Witt. They were married at Salem Lutheran Church by the late Pastor Kenneth Vertz on November 29, 1946.

In 1954, Dayle went to work at Ternstedt, GM of Flint and worked 17 ½ years when he retired with a disability.

In 1970 Dayle joined the National Campers and Hikers Association. That same year he joined the Showboat Wheelers Camping Club of Chesaning. Dayle camped with them for 35 years.

In the early 80's Dayle and his wife Betty became snow birds and traveled to Florida every year for the winter months. This went on about 22 years. While in Florida Dayle worked on many crafty projects. He worked making snack trays, floor lamps, novelty shelves and then got interested in stained glass lamps, bowls, vases, birds of all kinds and also crosses, which each of his pastors received one of.

Dayle's pride and joy project was the vintage car he made from the bottom up using a lawn mower motor for power. He was so proud of his accomplishments, he took the car home. He was very very proud and took it to various camp outs and gave rides to friends and neighbors.

Dayle is predeceased by his daughter Denise Elsworth.

He is survived by his wife Betty; daughters Peggy Bearup and Karen Elsworth both of Owosso; grandchildren Herbert Cramer of Owosso, Warren Bearup of Wichita, KS, Tammy Apted of Owosso and Deanna Pearson of Bay City; great-grandchildren Amanda Cramer and Stephen Cramer, Jacob Seacris and Alexandria Bearup; Andrew Palmer, Alex Palmer, Adam Palmer and Rylee Vincent; brother Jay Elsworth and his wife Bertha of Oakley; sister Shirley Bates of Oakley; brother-in-law Charles Witt of Marion Springs.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Robert "Bob" John Schneck

Robert "Bob" John Schneck, age 86 of Ontonagon MI, living in Owosso, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Memorial Healthcare Center with family present.
Bob was born January 27, 1928 in White Lake, Wisconsin, to John and Emma (Krueger) Schneck. He graduated from Ontonagon High School, served as a medic in the United States Air Force 82nd Airborne 325th Division, and attended Acme School of Tool and Die. He married Judith Wanece White on October 27, 1962 in Ontonagon. She preceded him in death on December 3, 2008. Robert worked for UPPCO (Upper Peninsula Power Company) as a service man and a meter reader and retired after 30 years of service.
After retiring he and Judy became snow birds. They traveled to Lake Havasu, Arizona each winter where they enjoyed rock hunting in the desert and playing Bocce with old and new friends. Bob (also known as Yonder) was active in a bowling league, Stein Club, ski patrol, and Boy Scouts. He was an avid photographer and loved being in the outdoors. He was often seen taming chipmunks and getting birds to eat out of his hand. Some of his favorite times were hiking into the Porcupine Mountains, taking a carload of kids skiing, building floats for the Ontonagon Labor Day parade, making maple syrup, golfing, and occasionally making a casino trip. He and Judy both loved to dance and could always be found on the dance floor no matter what was playing. Bob was also known for making pancakes for breakfast almost every Saturday morning and enjoying a bowl of ice cream every night.
He is survived by his children Jon (Lorrie) Schneck and Jacalyn (Lance) Little; grandchildren Emilie Anne and Allie Rose Schneck and Everett Jackson Little; sister Ethel Zartner; brother-in-law James White; sisters-in-law Judy White and Karen White and numerous nieces and nephews. Robert was predeceased by his wife, parents, sisters Hazel Barry and Ruth Hebert and brother Raymond Schneck.
Bob will be missed by family and friends and remembered as being "the fun one." He always had a smile on his face and was either laughing, singing or whistling.
To say goodbye we use a quote often heard from Bob "bye, bye - buy bonds."
Funeral services will be held at Cane Funeral Home in Ontonagon at 11:30 am on Saturday, March 22nd, Pastor Neider presiding. Visitation will be from 5pm to 8pm Friday, March 21st and one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions are suggested to Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee and Shiawassee Council on Aging. Online condolences may be sent to the family at Nelson-House.com.

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Warren E. Dennison



Owosso resident Warren Ernest Dennison, 84, died on March 13, 2014.


Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, March 17 at Burton United Methodist Church with Pastor Herb Wheelock officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Nelson House Funeral Home in Owosso.


Warren was born December 29, 1929 in Owosso to Ernest and Helen (Warren) Dennison. He graduated from Ovid High School in 1948 and was a member of the Burton United Methodist Church.


Warren married Joan L. Fowler on August 27, 1960.


Warren worked on his father's farm, hauled milk for Borden's and later for Michigan Milk Producers Association and worked in a factory for a few years. On October 31, 1973, he bought the farm his parents had rented for 40 years, which he farmed until he retired in 1992.


In retirement Warren enjoyed gardening, yard work, tending the grounds of his church, repairing things and collecting John Deere memorabilia.


Warren is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joan; daughters Denise (Paul) Blake and Christine (Miles Pilgrim) LaPrairie; son Robert "Bob" (Denise) Dennison, daughter-in-law Shannon (Steve) Dennison-Loomis; sisters Harriet (Lare) Hardy, Katherine (Harold) Michelson and Thelma (Raymond) Jacobs; grandchildren Kyle Acre, TJ Acre, Nathan Dennison, Jacob LaPrairie, Jordan LaPrairie, Jessica LaPrairie and Faith Loomis; great-grandchildren Levi Acre and Olivia Acre; special friend Jody Purvis, several nieces and nephews, and many other loving family and friends.


Warren was preceded in death by his son, James "Jim" Dennison, his parents Ernest and Helen Dennison, and two brothers-in-law, Harold Michelson and Lare Hardy.

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Terriane "Terri" Blunt


On March 13th our beloved Terri, 59, went to be with her Lord and Savior after a brief illness at Sparrow Health System.

A memorial service will be held 3pm Saturday, March 15, 2014 at First Church of Christ with Pastor Mark St. Louis officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Friday from 3 to 8pm.

Terri was born November 29, 1954 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Al and Donna Spoors.

Terri was a devoted mother and homemaker, while also working various part-time jobs. Terri enjoyed spending time with her grandson Elijah and vacationing at the ocean in Myrtle Beach. She will be remembered by her family for her zest for life and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She graduated from Owosso High School, class of 1972. Terri married her high school "sweetheart" Gary Blunt on February 10, 1973 in Owosso. Their marriage was a string, a three braided cord with God being the center.

She is survived by her husband Gary; daughter Shaunna (Nik) Pietraszewski; daughter-in-law Jackelyn (Kevin) Thon; grandson Elijah Blunt; mother Donna (Russ) Braxmaier; father Al Spoors; siblings Tom (Terri) Spoors, Tracie Kellicut and Tamie (Richard) Ward; nephews Joshua Spoors, Nicholas Spoors, Jordan (Laura) Kellicut and Sam Benjamin; nieces Marissa Kellicut and Louise Benjamin; great-niece Emery Kellicut.

Terri was predeceased by her son Troy Blunt.

Memorial contributions are suggested to M.S. Foundation or charity of donor's choice.

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Nancy Marguerite Conklin

Age 86 of Corunna passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014 at McLaren Hospital in Flint.

A memorial service will be held 1pm Monday, March 17, 2014 at Juddville United Methodist Church with Pastor Danny Bledsoe officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 8pm.

Nancy was born May 10, 1927 in Owensboro, Kentucky, the daughter of George and Esther (Stone) Lay.

She graduated from Flushing High School, class of 1945 and married Bruce Howard Conklin in Flushing on August 30, 1947.

Nancy was an active member of Juddville United Methodist Church and Women's Club and a member of the Extension Club along with serving on the Shiawassee County Fair Board for many years.

She had been employed through the years at various company's including Julie K's and Consumers Energy.

Nancy is survived by her husband Bruce; sons Dave (Donna) Conklin, Dan (Janis) Conklin and Kurt (Barbara) Conklin; 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Merri Lay.

She was predeceased by her parents and brothers Jim and George Lay.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Juddville United Methodist Church or Shiawassee County Fair Grounds.

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Hila June (Doty) Beaufore



b. August 13, 1935 - d. March 12, 2014

Loving wife of Darwin for 58 years, and mother of Cindy Beaufore, Reggie Beaufore and Shelly Winchester passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the age of 78.

She was preceded in death by her parents Russell and Ora (Parks) Doty, her step-father Loree Wolcott and her youngest brother Gaylord.

She is survived by her husband and three daughters, her son-in-laws Jeff Winchester of Owosso and Ron Magin of Richland, her older brother Russell (Joan) Doty of St. Johns, two younger sisters Freda (Al) Sober of North Port, Florida and Mary Thelen of Belding.

She is also survived by all of her grandchildren Kyle, Collin and Annie Magin, Melanie (Steve) McDonnell, Israel (Susie), Isaac (Makailey) and Evan deAlmeida, Miles and Ian Winchester and great-grandchildren Audrey and Kiersten deAlmeida, Charleigh, Mike, Zack, Matt and Nicole McDonnell and Brigit de Almeida; brother-in-law Wayne (Agnes) Beaufore, sister-in-laws Jerry Ann Beaufore, Sharyl (Harry) Powers and Joyce Doty .

Hila worked as a nurse tech at Owosso Memorial Healthcare in critical care, home health and hospice for 29 years and was a respite volunteer after retirement.

She loved to travel with her husband from the Arctic Circle to Mexico and Labrador to California in their 5th wheel.

Hila was a life-long, active member of the First Congregational Church.

She enjoyed outings with friends such as the Red Hatters, the Friendship Club, and former co-workers.

Most of all, Hila loved time with her family; always attending her grandchildren's many events and activities.

Funeral services will be held 1 pm Saturday, March 15, 2014 at First Congregational Church in St. Johns with Rev. Matt Olson officiating. Burial will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Thursday from 6 to 8 pm and Friday from 2 to 8pm.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Congregational Church in St. Johns.

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Lois Ann Coppersmith

Age 63 of Owosso passed away Monday, March 10, 2014 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be held 11am Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Ken Herbruck officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8pm.

Lois was born September 2, 1950 in Owosso, the daughter of Gerald and Ellen (Sutton) Wriggelsworth.

She graduated from Owosso High School, class of 1968. Lois retired from the Ingham County Sheriff Department where she was employed as a correction officer.

She enjoyed camping and spending time with her family; especially her grandchildren. She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother.

Lois is survived by her son LeRoy Coppersmith; grandchildren Connor and Cortney Coppersmith; brothers Gene (Sandy) Wriggelsworth and Wayne (Darcie) Wriggelsworth; niece Shyla Bair, nephews Mike, Scott, Mark and Josh Wriggelsworth; other loving family and friends.

She is predeceased by her parents, sister Faye Grout and nephew Charles Grout.

Memorial contributions are suggested to American Heart Association.

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Aaron Kristoffer McGeehan

Aaron was born on May 1, 1970 at Owosso Memorial Hospital and was raised in Boulder Creek, California. He was a kind and caring man who was happiest outdoors among the giant Sequoia and Redwood forests of his youth. He worked as a sheet metal design specialist in new construction, and he always said that if he had to work, at least it was outdoors.

Aaron was preceded in death by his parents Karen Sue Stefoff and James T. McGeehan. He is survived by his twin sister Anne Katherine of Magalia, California, and his son Kristoffer Aaron of Ben Lomond, California.

He will be remembered and missed by friends and numerous family members, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and especially by his nieces Sadie, Lilith, and Riley, and his nephew Bone.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

 


Patricia Ann (Springsdorf) Lumbert

Age 81 of Owosso passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 12 at 4pm with Reverend John Walworth officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 5-8pm. Burial will take place at Restlawn Cemetery in Muskegon at a later date.

Patricia was born on February 2, 1933 to Thomas G. and Mary (Lintjer) Kooi in Muskegon. She graduated from Muskegon High School with the class of 1950. In 1953, she married Donald W. Springsdorf in Muskegon; he preceded her in death in 1976. In 1979, she married Charles B. Lumbert; he preceded her in death in 2010.

In 1959, Don was transferred by General Telephone and the family moved to Owosso. Pat worked for Owosso Memorial Hospital for many years. She and Charlie enjoyed Motor Home camping and loved spending time with her family.

Patricia is survived by her four sons, Steve (Judy) Springsdorf, Tom (Shelley) Springsdorf, Bob (Kim) Springsdorf, and Brian (Tammie) Springsdorf; her 11 grandchildren, Eric, Bethany, Jonn (Erica) Springsdorf, Erin (Tory) Springsdorf, Sarah (Damon) Palmer, Dylan, Kaitlyn, Gerritt, Brant, TJ, and Delaney Springsdorf; her great-grandchildren, Ella, Diesel, and Dirk; her sister Marilyn Zimmer of Muskegon, and many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husbands, parents, and sister Donna Augustin.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Memorial Healthcare Foundation.

 


Frances Jurica


Age 96 of Owosso passed away on March 7, 2014 at Oliver Woods.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, March 12 at 11:00am at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father David Fisher officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2-8pm with a Rosary prayed at 6pm.

Frances was born on March 25, 1917 to Anthony and Anna (Yesterbik) Bursik in Owosso. On October 23, 1943, she married Carl Jurica at St. Joseph Catholic Church. He preceded her in death in 1997.

Frances worked at Redmond's for five years before going to work for Universal Electric, where she retired after 30 years of service. She loved gardening, tending to flowers, canning, and freezing vegetables for her family. All enjoyed her wonderful baked goods. She volunteered at Memorial Healthcare Center, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Frances is survived by her son, Robert (Holly) Jurica of Washington State; her daughters, Betty ( Jim Hahn) Jurica, Joanne (Mike) Rohde of Owosso, Marie Jurica of California, and Janice Paisano of Arizona; her grandchildren, Brett, Krista, Jennifer (Michael) Trout, Christopher, Leah, and Alena; her great-grandson Oliver, as well as many nieces and nephews, and other loving family and friends.

She is predeceased by her husband, Carl, her sisters, Kathryn (Jack) Fairbanks and Mary (Andrew) Hanulcek, and her brother, Frank (Clarice) Bursik.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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William (Bill) W. Jones

Age 81 of Owosso passed away on March 6, 2014.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 4 to 8pm at Nelson-House Funeral Home.

William was born on February 14, 1933 to Walter and Josephine (Hefpy) Jones. He married Virginia Ornelas on May 21, 1966. He served in the United States Army, and was honorably discharged in September 1955.

He was well-known in Owosso for riding his bike around town: snow, rain or shine. He also enjoyed gardening, and was a collector of many different things. William worked for Genessee Stamping; he also did masonry and other various types of work, including yard maintenance and gardening for many local businesses and residents.

William is survived by his two sons, Bill Jones, Jr., and Bruce Jones, his grandson, Brandon Jones, his sister Mary Lou Crippin, many nieces, nephews, and other loving family and friends.

He is predeceased by his wife, Virgina, his daughter Connie Jones-Frank, his parents, and his two brothers, Gene and Clayton Jones.

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Martha Strachota

Of Owosso passed away Friday, March 7, 2014 at Oliver Woods Retirement Village.

A funeral service will be held Monday, March 10 at 2 pm at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Father David Fisher officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for visitation on Sunday from 2-8 pm.

Martha was born the daughter of Frank and Lena (Janousky) Vaydik. She married Jerry Strachota at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owosso.

She is survived by her children David Strachota, Janet (David) Jacobs, Dennis (Lucy) Strachota, and Carolyn (Mark) Tarrant; grandchildren David Strachota, Jr., Teresa (Aaron) Eldred, David (Jenny) Jacobs and Brian (Angie) Jacobs, Garrett Strachota, Chelsey (Zack ) Goodrich, and Jennifer and Ryan Tarrant; great-grandchildren Nicholas Strachota, Wesley and Joshua Eldred, Kaylee Strachota, Conner and Taylor Jacobs, and Wyatt and Macie Jacobs.

Martha was predeceased by grandson Douglas Strachota, and brothers Frank, Joe, and Chuck Vaydik.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Grace Hospice or a charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at Nelson-House.com.

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Bernice Evelyn Hooven

Age 76 of Wellston, Michigan, formerly of Owosso, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, surrounded by her children.

Funeral services will be held at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Monday, March 10 at 11am. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 6-8pm and Sunday from 2-8pm, with the family present from 2-4 and 6-8pm.

Bernice was born in Judson, West Virginia on February 28, 1938 to Millard and Evelyn (Yates) Stanley. She was a true coal miner's daughter, living in the coal camps, cooking and caring for her father and brother while her mother was at home caring for the rest of their family.

The search for work took her to North Tonawanda, New York where she met Wayne Hooven. They were married on April 14, 1962. Once again, the search for work brought them to Michigan, settling in Owosso, where they remained until they retired to the Wellston area in 2001. She worked in several Owosso area factories, but eventually retired from the Family Tavern in Oakley.

Her hobbies included cooking, crocheting, fishing, gardening and spending time with family.

Bernice is survived by her children, Franklin Thomas of Henrietta, Michigan, Susan (Fred) Hampton of Owosso, and Candy Freeman (Deanna Menard) of Saginaw; six grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; brothers, Henry (Delores) Stanley, Paul (Maureen) Stanley, and Jim (Stephania) Stanley; sisters, Gail (Richard) Stutzman and Sarah Craft; brother-in-law Frank Forman; sister-in-law Donna Halfacre; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, parents, sisters Glenna Mae and Ava Forman, and brother Jack Stanley.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Munson Hospice of Traverse City, Michigan.



Marion Pearl (Russell) Sutton

On February 26, 2014, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Marion Pearl Sutton's precious time on this earth ended and she peacefully joined her family and friends in eternal life.

Marion was the youngest daughter born to Otis and Mary (Kettler) Russell on January 28, 1918, in Chesaning, Michigan. She graduated from Chesaning High School in 1935 and received a business degree from the Owosso Business School in 1937. On June 22, 1940, she married Clyde Sutton. They were married 46 years before his death on April 1, 1987. Marion and Clyde raised three wonderful sons, David, William, and Grant, and were very involved in all their activities during their younger years.

Marion began her secretarial career for Earl Lancaster, county superintendent of schools, and subsequently worked for Redmond Manufacturing, the county drain commission, and the county health department. Her distinguished court reporter career began with Probate Judge Clark Shanahan after working as a secretary in the Juvenile Division. She then was the court reporter for Probate Judge Joseph Linden, and subsequently in the newly formed 66th District Court for Judge Peter J. Marutiak, followed by Judges Raymond Basso, James M. Teahen, Jr., and George BeGole. She prided herself on being one of the last court reporters in the state of Michigan who used Gregg shorthand, and eventually retired at the age of 72. Prior to her retirement, she was the recipient of the Liberty Bell Award presented by the Shiawassee County Bar Association for her service to the legal community.

Marion enjoyed volunteering at Memorial Healthcare for six years and was the first female courtesy cart driver. She was a life member of the Order of Eastern Stars and was involved with the Owosso Community Players. She was a volunteer with the Shiawassee Humane Society in their Pets on the Street annual event with her beloved Boston Terrier dogs, Ramona the turkey, and pet pygmy goats Reba and Sebastian.

She collected numerous humorous news clippings over the years and used them in stand-up comedy routines which she began upon retirement. She won her first stand-up routine at a Grand Ledge talent show. Some of her favorite performances were for the Shriners in Corunna, a Bay City convention and various local school, church and community organizations. She continued to perform 'sit-down' comedy for a Grand Valley State University student group and various other Grand Rapids community groups. It brought her much joy to make those around her laugh!

Family was of the utmost importance to her and she so enjoyed cooking for holiday and family events. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were especially precious to her.

Marion is survived by her children, William (Carol) Sutton of Montrose, Grant (Dinah) Sutton of Grand Rapids, and daughter-in-law, Martha Sutton of Vernon; five grandchildren, David Sutton, Melanie (Michael) Stapleman, Melissa Sutton, Jordan (Rachael) Sutton and Madelyn Sutton; four great-grandchildren, Brandon Stapleman, Emelia Panter, Alison McClellan and Celia Sutton; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Sutton, and son David O. Sutton; her parents Otis and Mary Russell; and sisters Frances Hamlin and Letah Andres; brother-in laws, sister-in-laws and numerous cousins.

Funeral services will be held at Nelson-House Funeral Home in Owosso on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held Friday from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm. Burial will take place in Pine Tree Cemetery in Corunna.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Pound Buddies Rescue or the University of Michigan Transplant Education Fund.

The family would like to gratefully acknowledge the love and care she received from the wonderful staff at Whispering Woods in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Wilbur "Glenn" Pressler

Age 95 of Corunna passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Oliver Wood Retirement Village.

Funeral services will be held 11am Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Grace Bible Church with Pastor Jerry Walden officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2 to 8pm.

Glenn was born November 26, 1918 in Hillsdale, the son of Homer and Grace (Eisenhower) Pressler.

He attended Grace Bible Church and married Virginia (Kroh) in Hillsdale on August 15, 1941; she predeceased him in 2002.

Glenn retired from Dana Company as a skilled tradesman in 1978. He enjoyed working with wood and wood carving.

Glenn is survived by his daughter Pat (Fremont) Schroth; grandchildren Greg (Nancy) Schroth, Renee (John) Judson, Judy (Gene) Davis and Connie (Ken) Stockford; 12 great-grandchildren and many great-great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife Virginia and grandson Benjamin Schroth.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family or Grace Bible Church.

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Judith "Judy" Wrigglesworth

Age 69 of Henderson passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Memorial Healthcare.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Salem Lutheran Church with Pastor James Bare officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4 to 8pm.

Judy was born May 22, 1944 in Cedarville, the daughter of Ernest and Loretta (Wirgau) Bruning.

She attended school in Cedarville, Roger City, Michigan's Lutheran Seminary and Lansing Community College.

Judy was a member of Salem Lutheran Church and enjoyed bingo, pool and bowling on her league in the Owosso/Corunna Area and Capital Bowl. She looked forward to trips to the casino.

Through the years Judy was employed at V.G.'s Food Center and did social work and adult foster care.

She is survived by her children Clifford Morecroft III, Bonita Bowers (Theodore) and Texanne (Victor) Turk; grandchildren Kenzie, Ryley, Katlyn and Kiersten; sisters Elaine Grulke, Betty Cole and Nancy (Tom) Bennett; brothers Ron Bruning and Pep (Charlotte) Bruning; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Judy was predeceased by her husband Forest Wrigglesworth.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Salem Lutheran Church.

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Martha "Molly" Menefee

Age 69 of Owosso passed away Friday, February 21, 2014 at Memorial Healthcare.

At Martha's request cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time.

Martha was born August 1, 1944 in Owosso, the daughter of George and Margaret (Miller) Miller.

She was a graduate of Owosso High School and a member of Salem Lutheran Church.

Molly enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowers and will be remembered by her family as a fun loving person with a great personality. Molly looked forward to traveling and taking cruises. Most of all she loved spending time with her family.

Molly had been employed with Owosso Pubic Schools through the years working in food service and as a hall monitor.

She is survived by her sons Brad Gareau and Todd Gareau; sister Sue (Gary) Schultz; brothers Jack Miller and George Miller; sisters-in-law Sandy Miller and Kathy Miller; several nieces and nephews and many other loving family members and friends.

Molly was predeceased by her husband William Menefee, parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters-in-law.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Kathryn Castle Forbes

Age 91 of Ovid passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014 at her home.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Scott Thrasher officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friend at the funeral home on Wednesday from 12pm until the time of service.

Kathryn was born February 8, 1923 in Willard, Kentucky, the daughter of Claude and Hattie (Holbrook) Castle.

She was a graduate of the Bible Holiness Seminary High School.

Kathryn was a godly woman who with her husband ministered to several churches. She was active in her church where she taught Sunday school and was involved with the Children's Ministry. She served each church playing the piano and organizing the music department. Most of all Kathryn loved spending time with her family and especially looked forward to hosting family dinners. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and touched many lives with her kindness and willingness to help others.

On November 22, 1945 Kathryn married Ervin Forbes in Ludington; he predeceased her in 2007.

She was an advertising manager for Olan Mills and was involved with home health care and hospital care at Lansing General

Kathryn is survived by her son Leonard (Sue) Forbes of Grand Ledge; daughters Marilyn (David) Parkhouse of Six Lakes and JoAnn Forbes of Ovid; grandchildren Amy (Jason) Miller, Doug Parkhouse, Michele (David) Elms and Mike (Sherri) Forbes; 7 great-grandchildren; sisters Franke Farley of West Virginia and Joyce Carrol of Florida; many nieces, nephews and other loving family members.

She was predeceased by her husband, 2 sisters and a brother.

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Margrit M. Harvey

Age 84 of Corunna, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Memorial Healthcare.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10am Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at St. Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Michael O'Brien officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm and Monday from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 7 pm.

Margrit was born June 30, 1929 in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of Oskar and Erna Hoffmann.

She married Earl W. Harvey in Berlin, Germany in 1948 and on June 2, 1959 Margrit proudly became a permanent citizen of the United States of America.

She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, St. Catherine Guild and Rosemary's Circle. Margrit enjoyed knitting, crocheting and playing bingo and card games. She was an avid sports fan and especially loved Detroit Tigers baseball. Most of all Margrit looked forward to get-togethers and spending time with her family.

She had been employed through the years for Dr. Claude Weston and Dr. Roland Phillips.

Margrit is survived by her sons Dave (Rose) Harvey of Corunna and Gary (Debra) Harvey of Haslett; grandchildren Chad (Karen) Harvey, Nathan Harvey, Stacie (Jeffrey) Yoder, Jennifer Harvey and Jason Harvey; great-grandchildren Angel, Lauryn and Madison; sister Christel Zapf of Germany; special niece Monika Hohl-Lax of Berlin, Germany; numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family members.

She was predeceased by her husband, parents, sister Ruth Schulz and brother-in-law Gunter Schulz.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Vincent DePaul.

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Yvonne June Sawicki

Age 84 of Owosso passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Ovid Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be held 4pm Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Alice Lewis officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8pm and on Saturday from 2pm until the time of service.

Yvonne was born June 9, 1929 in Owosso, the daughter of Reginald and Emma (Cleland) Balcom.

She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church and a member of Owosso Eagles 851. Yvonne enjoyed bowling, playing bingo, going for walks, camping and traveling. She loved children and looked forward to spending time with them and babysitting.

Yvonne married Raymond James Sawicki on June 28, 1952 in Owosso.

She had spent time working for Miracle Maids and Woodards through the years along with raising and caring for her family.

Yvonne is survived by her husband Raymond; children Cathy Steege, Cheryl (Daryell) Natzel, Ellen Frantz and Karen Brown (Steve Nicoletti); 13 grandchildren; several great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; sisters Pauline Kiskie and Martha (Nik) Ardelean; many other loving family members and friends.

She is predeceased by an infant son, her parents and brother Jerry Balcom.

Memorial contributions are suggested to charity of donors' choice.

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Victor "Butch" Voris

Age 70 of Flushing passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at McLaren Hospital.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, February 24, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Dietzel officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 8pm.

Butch was born November 15, 1943 in Shelbyville, Illinois, the son of Victor Milton and Jeanne Avis (Ruff) Voris.

He was a proud member of Local 598, Owosso Eagles Club and Masons of Durand. Butch loved camping, traveling and riding his motorcycle. Most of all he looked forward to time with his friends and family; especially time spent with his grandchildren.

Butch married Daniela "Dee" Spencer in Owosso on June 9, 1984.

He retired from General Motors Truck and Bus Plant.

Butch is survived by his wife Dee; children Brent (Linda) Voris, Brian Voris and Rita (Dean) Cunningham; grandchildren Douglas Voris, Crystal (Jason) Oaks, Jackson Cunningham, Taylon Earle, Sonny and Lillie Watson and Chloe Voris; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Nylia (Glenn) Fisher; brothers-in-law Dan (Teena) Spencer and Joe (Debra) Spencer; several nieces, nephews and other loving family members.

He was predeceased by his parents, mother and father-in-law and son Milton Douglas Voris.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Dustyn "D-Fro" Frolka

Age 19 of Owosso passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014.

A memorial service will be held 12noon Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Marlene Webster officiating.

Dustyn was born June 21, 1994 in Owosso, the son of Sherry Frolka and the late Louis Hincka.

He graduated from Owosso High School, class of 2012 and was a sophomore at Michigan State University studying Business Management.

Dustyn loved music and especially enjoyed singing, rapping and DJ-ing. He looked forward to being with his family and friends.

He is survived by his daughter Melody; mother Sherry; grandparents Don and Shelby Kurylowich; step-mother Eileen Hincka; step-brothers and sisters Brenden, Jason, Pam and Colleen Hincka; several aunts, uncles, cousins and other loving family members and friends.

Dustyn was predeceased by his father.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Lloyd Matthews

Age 92 of Corunna passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2014.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, February 17, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor John Walworth officiating. Burial will follow at West Haven Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 1 to 8pm.

Lloyd was born November 9, 1921 in Owosso, the son of Lloyd Sr. and Gladys (Burkhart) Matthews.

Lloyd spent his life farming.

He is survived by his son Dennis (Lorna) Matthews; son-in-law Gary Woodruff; grandchildren Megan (James) Belprez, Tanya (Rob) Green, Amber Matthews, Blain (Tabitha) Woodruff; brother Loren Matthews; sister Phyllis Snavely; many other loving family and friends.

Lloyd was predeceased by his wives Maxine (Butcher), Verna (Riley) and Mary (Samson); daughter Elaine and granddaughter Sandy.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Corunna Educational Foundation.

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Alpha E. Schlarf

Age 95 of Owosso passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Monday, February 17, 2014 at Owosso Church of Christ with Minister Steve Lockwood officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Henderson. The family will receive friends at Nelson-house Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 8pm.

Alpha was born February 10, 1919 in Rush Township, the daughter of Fred L. and Bertha A. (Irland) Sawer.

She was an Owosso High School graduate and a member of Owosso Church of Christ. Alpha enjoyed her activities at the Shiawassee Council on Aging and spending time with her church "chums"; especially playing dominos. Most of all she looked forward to trips to the cabin at Higgins Lake, traveling with her husband to Texas for the winter and time spent with her family.

Alpha married L.G. Schlarf in Owosso on February 10, 1937; he predeceased her in 2005.

She is survived by her son Gary (Mary Jo) Schlarf of Covington, IN.; grandson Eric (Tammy) Schlarf; granddaughter Ursula Schlarf; great-granddaughters Kate and Jenna.

Alpha was predeceased by her husband and sisters Pauline Sawer, Ella Mae Fritzler and Irene Delaney.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Owosso Church of Christ.

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Nancy Jane "Aunt Noodle" White

Went home to her Lord and Savior at the age of 70 years young.

Nancy was born September 14, 1943 to the late Ralph J. and Amy E. (Hozak) White in Flint, Michigan.

Nancy was a Medical Assistant and worked for the late Dr. J.E. Harroun M.D. and Dr. Russell Brown D.O. and Dr. A.W. Dettman D.O. and retired in 2004.

Nancy was a beautiful artist of water color and oil paintings. She also enjoyed working in her beautiful flower gardens. She was a graduate of Chesaning High School, Class of 1962. Nancy enjoyed spending time with all her family and friends and was a great cook who loved to cook for everyone. She will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her.

Nancy is survived by her twin sister Rutheve J. Donahue; brother Ralph J. (Kay) White III; many loving nephews Paul (Trisha) Donahue and family, Dean (Sandy) White and family, Ralph J. White IV and family, Wayne Dumond and family and loving nieces Lori Dumond and family, Saunie (Nevio) Barbarossa and family, Tamie (Bob) Pickney and family; many loving cousins, friends and neighbors.

Nancy was a member of Salem Lutheran Church. Per her request private graveside services officiated by Pastor James Bare with burial in the Easton Cemetery took place Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

We thank Pastor Bare for all his prayer visits and prayers to Nancy during her illness and Memorial Healthcare Hospice and all the nurses on 2 North and Dr. Mahmood and Dr. Raus, Dr. Ponzie and Dr. A.W. Dettman for all their loving care of Nancy.

Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Lutheran Church and Memorial Healthcare Hospice.

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Marilyn Ann Thomas

On Thursday, February 6th, Marilyn Ann Thomas peacefully journeyed to join her family and friends in eternal life. She was a lifelong resident of Owosso. Marilyn was the youngest child, and only daughter, born to Charles and Anna Wietzke on July 23, 1930. She was raised in the family home on Corunna Avenue and graduated from Owosso High School, Class of 1948.

In her early twenties, Marilyn was planning to go to Washington D.C. with some girlfriends where they had lined up job opportunities in the federal government. She received a phone call from Lieutenant Charles Thomas Jr. asking her to please come visit him in San Antonio, Texas, where he was serving in the Air Force. He had just received orders to ship out to war in a few days. She got permission from her parents and ventured to Texas. Upon her arrival Lieutenant Thomas proposed marriage. Within 48 hours they had a military wedding at Lackland Air Force Base on January 19th, 1952. Their marriage lasted 56 years until Snip's passing in January of 2008.

Marilyn's first priority was always her family. Her career would be officially described as a "homemaker" or "stay at home mom" but that does not do justice to all of the roles she filled for her family and the myriad of responsibilities she accepted within those roles. Early on she modeled for us the importance of family by caring for the needs of her dad and brother Bob for over thirty years. She did this while also raising a family of her own. She was ever-present and always willing to give. Amazingly, Mom never seemed to have sick days or bad days even while those of us around her seemed to have plenty of them. She was part of the "Greatest Generation" and prided herself on being reliable, loyal, patriotic, resilient, and positive.


Mom was never in a hurry about life. She enjoyed "stopping to smell the roses" and talking with people anywhere and at any time. It could be exasperating at times for the rest of the family but, in hindsight, it offered us great balance and another lens on life. She loved to chat; any porch, Salem Lutheran church, Bannan's Market, Fanny/Jimmy's gas station, Tom's Restaurant or Greg and Lou's were just a few of her favorite spots. Her usual line was, "Lets just stop a minute and say hello." Another favorite response from Mom when asked if she was hungry was, "I could eat a little something." Mom was a northern girl with Midwestern values packaged around a southern pace and grace.

She loved spending time going "up north" with her family to the Frankfort/Beulah area where the family still maintains cottages. She took great satisfaction in her family and their friends enjoying themselves at the lake. She would rock in the swing, gaze at the water and chat for hours . Mom also loved to travel. She and Charlie were able to join friends and family on many memorable vacations. Mom enjoyed sports, especially Michigan State basketball and Detroit Tiger baseball. We fondly remember the radio in the kitchen being tuned to WJR so she could listen to JP McCarthy in the morning or Ernie Harwell and Paul Carey broadcasting Tiger games as she was going about her day. Not surprisingly, Mom always offered her full attention and encouragement to the interests and activities of her children and grandchildren. She let us learn to be ourselves while still having clear expectations. There were times when she would thoughtfully or directly convey to her children or husband that she may not have liked a choice we had made but she always made it clear through her words and actions that she loved us unconditionally. Mom was always tough-minded and resilient which belied her appearance but those traits have served as the glue for our family for years.


Marilyn loved her family, especially her six grandchildren. We are not surprised that Mom chose to depart this life the day before our family welcomed her first great-grandchild into this world. Her Alzheimer's did not allow her to acknowledge the impending birth but we know Mom planned the cycle of life by making some space for Sophie Anne Tipton in the family.

Marilyn is survived by her children; Anne (Rich) Tipton of Owosso, and Mark (Pam) Thomas of Ada, Michigan; six grandchildren; Molly, Abbie, and Andrew (Rachael) Tipton; Kyle, Ethan, and Elizabeth Thomas, great granddaughter Sophie Anne Tipton, brother Ted (Kay ) Witke and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Charlie (Snip) Thomas, her parents, Charles and Anna Wietzke, and her two older brothers Donald and Robert.

Funeral services will be for immediate family only with a remembrance ceremony to be scheduled in the spring. Memorial contributions are suggested to Salem Lutheran Church or Memorial Healthcare Hospice. Our family would like to acknowledge the wonderful love and attention Mom received from her caregivers. We have great respect and appreciation for them and consider them to be a part of our family.

Mom/Grandma,
Nothing can ever replace the loss of someone who has loved you. Thanks for loving us so well and please know how much you are loved and appreciated by all of us. We know where you are and the roses smell divine and there are plenty of family and friends you have wanted to see for a long time. Relax... Find a comfortable chair and take all the time you like, you have no place else to be and nothing needs to get done. We love you.
Your Family

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Robert "Kels" Klco



Age 73 of Owosso passed away Thursday, February 06, 2014 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11am Monday, February 10, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Dave Fisher officiating with the assistance of Deacon Frank Klco, younger brother of Bob. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 7 pm.

Bob was born July 4, 1939 in Owosso, the son of Joseph and Francis (Slahunek) Klco.

He attended St. Paul High School, served in the United States Navy, was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree. Bob enjoyed deer hunting, golf and playing pool especially the annual Shop Rat party. He looked forward to dancing and playing slow pitch softball for many years up into his 50's. He enjoyed time spent at Leisure Lake, spending time with his grandchildren, watching the Detroit Tigers and MSU sports..

Bob married Jo Ann Atwell at St. Joseph Catholic Church on July 11, 1964.

He retired from General Motors, Buick City where he had been employed as a tool and die maker until 1995.

Bob is survived by his wife Jo Ann; children Robert (Julie) Klco, Scott (Chris) Klco, Mark Klco and Dawn Klco (special friend Tony Colavecchi); 9 grandchildren Kelsey, Justin, Kourtney, Robbie, Megan, Lindsey, Abbi, Olivia, and Elishia; siblings Joseph Klco, Betty (Jerry) Strauss, Mary Jane (Harold) Stephens and Frank (Daly) Klco; sisters and brothers -in-law Barb (Alonzo) Cross , Tom Atwell, Karen (Gary) Rice, Janice (Mike) Chaltraw, Debbie (Bob) Cartier and many nieces and nephews and special friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, his mother and father in law Geraldine and George Atwell, sister in law Mary Klco and brother in law Aldowayne Atwell.

Memorial contributions are suggested to MS Society, St Paul's School, or St Joseph Roof Fund.

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Joyce Marilyn McAllister

Age 65 of Owosso passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at Sparrow Health System.

Funeral services will be held 4pm Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Eric Rogers officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 2pm until the time of service.

Joyce was born February 16, 1948 in Warren, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Mary (Zerbey) Sneary.

She was an active member of the Cornerstone Church of God and enjoyed baking and cooking. Joyce loved helping her children and church. Most of all, she looked forward to spending time with her family; especially her grandchildren.

Joyce was previously employed as a cashier at Walmart.

She is survived by her children Valesha Dailey, Frank Galvin, Jim Galvin and Dona McAllister; sisters Janet Mead, twin Judy Turner and Mary Graham; brother Richard Goodard; many other loving family members and friends.

Joyce was predeceased by her mother and sister Sandy Putnam.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for funeral expenses.

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Joseph P. Gasparovic

Age 96 of Owosso passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at his home.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11am Saturday, February 8, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Dave Fisher officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 6pm.

Joseph was the son of John and Katarina (Yellen) Gasparovic born in Akron, Ohio on August 21, 1917.

He was a resident of Akron til 1932 and resided in Owosso until now. Joseph worked at Pontiac Motor for 42 years and retired in 1983.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where he was an usher for 50 years and Flint Catholic Slovak Union (Jednota).

Joseph was always thinking of beautifying the homestead. He loved his garden and worked in it all these years.

Joseph is survived by his sisters Clara and Helen Gasparovic, brother-in-law Rudy Dvorski and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, brothers John, Frank and Paul Gasparovic and sisters Anna Dobrovic, Mary Fabian, Frances Dvorski and Agnes Maybik.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church for Mass or the Roofing and Parking Lot Fund.

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Marcy (Shattuck) Hosford


Age 70 of Mokelumne Hill, California, formerly of Owosso passed away January 22, 2014 in California.

A memorial service was held at San Andreas Memorial Chapel on Saturday, January 25, 2014 in California, Pastor Glenn W. Moore of First Baptist Church, Angels Camp, California officiated.

Marcy was born July 9, 1943 in Owosso, the daughter of Burdette and Maxine Shattuck.

She graduated from Owosso High School, class of 1961 and married Peter Hosford in Owosso in 1965.

Marcy was very involved in the Mokelumne Hill and Calaveras County, California community where she was owner and operator of Hosford Real Estate.

She is survived by her husband Peter; daughters Teri (John) Gaita and Denise (Peter) Keller; grandsons Johnny and Nick Gaita; granddaughters Mackenzie, Kylie and Paisley Keller; brother Maurie (Pam) Shattuck; nephews Maurice (Jennifer) Shattuck Jr., Owen (Kimberly) Shattuck and Byron (Amanda) Shattuck; and many other loving family and friends.

Marcy was predeceased by her parents and several aunts and uncles.

Memorials are suggested to American Lung Association of the Valley Lode Counties, 1231 W. Robinhood Dr., Suite A, Stockton, CA 95207.

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Betty Jane VanAmburg

Age 84 of Owosso passed away Monday, February 03, 2014 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be held 11am Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Rev. Ray Strawser and Rev. Carol McCleary officiating. Burial will follow at Bingham Cemetery in St. Johns. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 to 8pm.

Betty was born December 26, 1929 in Owosso, the daughter of Walter and Neva (Hoag) Patterson.

She graduated from Owosso High School, class of 1948.

Betty enjoyed sewing and reading. She was a member of the El Said Court #28, American Legion Auxiliary and 8 and 40 where she served as a past president. Betty was a volunteer for Elsio Court Lady Shriner's and Memorial Healthcare and Cancer Center.

She married Leon VanAmburg in Owosso on April 15, 1950.

Betty retired from Shiawassee RESD after 30 years of service.

She is survived by her son Leon (Butch) VanAmburg of Vassar; daughter Carol Ann VanAmburg (Don Rogers) of Corunna; grandchildren Sam (Kellee) Shuster, Shannon (Steve) Kaudle, Jeff VanAmburg and Brian VanAmburg; great-grandchildren Alexis, Madisen and Lilianna Shuster, Jasmine and Spencer VanAmburg and Shelby and Oliva VanAmburg; siblings Bob (Pat) Patterson, Marlene (Dave) Edgar; sister-in-law Phyllis Patterson; many nieces, nephews and other loving family members.

Betty was predeceased by her husband Leon and brother Jim Patterson.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shiners' Hospital.

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Frederick Charles Weber


Age 71 of Lennon passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at his home with his family at his side.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, February 3, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Louis Canaday officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 6 to 8pm and Sunday from 2 to 8pm.

Frederick was born September 12, 1942 in Owosso, the son of August Fred and Gertrude Marie (Minnick) Weber.

He attended Corunna Public Schools and was a past member of Flushing Presbyterian Church.

Fred enjoyed cooking and tinkering around the yard. He was an avid NASCAR fan and looked forward to being in the out of doors. Most of all Fred loved spending time with his family and friends.

He retired from General Motors Buick Plant after 30 years of service.

Frederick is survived by his sons Steven Weber and Anthony Weber (Melissa Prout) both of Corunna; daughter Susie McEldowney of Morrice; 10 grandchildren Jordan Ostipow, Logan and McKenzie Weber, Tony and Tessa Weber; James and Jessica Young and Brian, Jeffrey and Patrick Curry; sister Carol Heine; brother Gary Weber; many other loving family members and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents and brother Ken Weber.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Family.

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Carl Francis Delaney

Age 86 of Owosso passed away Monday, January 27, 2014 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10am Friday, January 31, 2014 at St. Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Larry Delaney and Fr. Michael O'Brien officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 7pm.

Carl was born June 8, 1927 in Shiawassee County, the son of Frank and Hazel (Shelp) Delaney.

He was a graduate of St. Paul High School, served in the United States Navy and was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Carl married Ann Svarc at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Owosso on November 6, 1948. Carl and Ann resided in the Owosso area all of their lives.

He retired from Universal Electric in 1990 after 43 years of service, but continued to be very active in his retirement years.

Carl was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed Detroit Tigers baseball and any of his grandchildren's sporting events. He looked forward to trips and traveling throughout the United States, Europe and Ireland. Carl would spend countless hours tinkering and being a handyman; there was nothing he couldn't fix. He will be remembered by his loved ones as a kind man who was always willing to help anyone in need. Most of all, Carl loved gathering and spending time with his family; especially his grandchildren.

Carl is survived by his wife of 65 years Ann; sons Daniel (Catherine) Delaney of Charlotte, North Carolina and Richard (Lisa) Delaney of Williamston; daughters Carla (Edward) Vyskocil of Hillsborough, North Carolina and Lisa (Michael) Spencer of Sparta; grandchildren Erik Delaney (Cash Okeke), Tara (Jimmy) Casey, Ryan (Katie) Delaney, Michael Delaney and Steven Delaney and Brian (Julie) Vyskocil, Laura (Phillip) Weeks and Melissa Vyskocil, Chadd Spencer, Zachary Spencer and Kylie Spencer ; great-grandchildren Savannah, Drew, Taylor, Norah, Caroline, Shelby, Parker and Porter Grace; brother James Delaney of Flint; brothers and sisters-in-law Richard (Teri) Svarc, Lillian Worthington, Blanche Rawley, Marie Garcia, Frances Svarc, Eleanor Delaney, Mary Ann Delaney and Beverly Delaney; many nieces, nephews and other loving family members; close family friend Grace Gill; and many other special friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Paul, Leo, Max, Jack and Patrick.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Paul Catholic Church or Memorial Healthcare Foundation for the Emergency Services Fund.

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Oliver Clayton Weekley



Age 90 of Owosso passed away on January 26, 2014.


Funeral services will be held at Northgate Wesleyan Church on Thursday, January 30 at 11am. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 29 from 2 to 8pm.


Oliver was born in Odaville, West Virginia on October 29, 1923 to Jacob and Flora Jane (Andrews) Weekley. He grew up in West Virginia, the youngest son out of 11 children. His niece Margaret Sowle was also raised with him.


Oliver served two tours-of-duty in the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star. He then moved to Owosso with his mother and father, his niece Margaret, and his brother Hoyt in 1952, and began working for Buick in Flint, retiring after over 30 years from General Motors. Oliver also painted houses and barns when there were long periods of lay-offs.


Oliver met and married Roselyn Levin in the summer of 1954. They had six children: Gregory Weekley, Wendy Weekley, Judith (Mark) Constine, Kathy (Darin) Snow, John (Shawnda) Weekley, and the late Timothy Weekley.


In 1984, he moved to the house that he loved, as it reminded him of West Virginia with its hills and surrounding trees, and the creek below that flowed into the Shiawassee River.


Oliver's greatest enjoyment was being outside in the summer on his tractor, and cutting down fallen trees so that he could enjoy a warm fire on cold nights. He took great pride in stacking firewood, and he also taught his 6 grandsons how to help him.


Oliver is survived by his wife, Rose, his five children listed above, his 13 grandchildren, and his 10 great-grandchildren.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at Nelson-House.com.

 

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Richard J. Selleck

Age 86 of Owosso passed away Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Sparrow Health Systems.

A Memorial Mass will be held 10am Thursday, January 30, 2014 at St. Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Michael O'Brien officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 7pm.

Richard was born July 22, 1927 in Owosso, the son of Horace A. and Mary Ellen (King) Selleck.

He was a graduate of St. Paul Catholic School, served in the United States Navy during World War II and a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, the Owosso Country Club, Elks and the Knights of Columbus.

Richard married Joan Jean Ellerbrock in Owosso on August 25, 1951.

He was owner and operator of Richard J.Selleck & Sons Agency Inc.

Richard is survived by his wife Joan; daughters Kristine (Richard) Smith of England; Mary Selleck of Denver, Colorado; sons Jim (Debbie) Selleck of Owosso, Pat (Shelly) Selleck of Owosso, Mike (Kari) Selleck of Owosso, John Selleck of Newport Beach, California, Mark (Teresa) Selleck of Denver, Colorado, Bob Selleck of Owosso and David Selleck (Shawn Merkel) of Grand Rapids; grandchildren Jason (Beth), Michael (Jen), Faith, Steve, Jonathan, Sara, Lluvia (Oscar), Kaila (Ivan), Jay, Billy, Rosie, Jenessa, Casel and Malan; great-grandchildren Collin, Cryselin, Meara Rose, Isabella and Oscar; many other loving family members.

He was predeceased by his parents and 3 brothers.
William, Robert & Burton Selleck

Dick enjoyed Sunday dinners, a good game of setback and spending time with his grandchildren and their friends.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Paul Church or St. Paul School Athletics'.

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Roger W. Norder



Age 75 of Gaines, Michigan, formerly of Owosso, passed away Friday, January 24, 2014.


Funeral services will take place 11am Wednesday at Salem Lutheran Church of Owosso. The family will receive friend Tuesday from 2 till 8pm at Nelson House Funeral Home.


Roger was born on January 22, 1939 to Raymond and Anna (Schleef) Norder in Onarga, Illinois. He attended Owosso High School and graduated with the class of 1957, and he served in the United States Army. On October 6, 1984, Roger married Joyce (Dee) Domanski in Owosso.


Roger worked for Ann Arbor Railroad and Tuscola and Saginaw Bay Railroad for much of his life, retiring in 1998. He was active at the Salem Lutheran Church of Owosso, and he was a member of American Legion. Roger enjoyed golfing and hunting, especially at his regular camp up north hunted for 50 years. He also loved spending time with his family.


Roger is survived by his son, Danny Cross of Choctaw, Oklahoma; his daughter Robin (James) Makin of Caddo Mills, Texas; his grandchildren, Danielle, Adam, Joe, and Carrie, and his six great-grandchildren; his brothers Delwood Norder, Wendell (Mavis) Norder, Virgil (Kathy) Norder, Gordon Norder, Allan Norder, and Roland (Marsha) Norder, Eugene Norder, and James (Ann) Norder; his sisters, JoAnn Southwell and Marilyn (Mike) Thornburg, Wanda (Dale) Potter; his sisters-in-law, Dolly Demory, Dee (Don) Witherell; his brother-in-law, Farrell (Becky) Cross; and his best friend, Bud Light.


He is predeceased by his parents, his wife, two brothers, Delmer and Leslie Norder, and two sisters, Rosalie and Marcia.


Memorial contributions are suggested to the Salem Lutheran Church or Genesys Hospice.

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Stanley S. Pirochta



Age 87 of Owosso passed away Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 1pm, Monday, January 27, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Dave Fisher officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Catholic Cemetery . The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Saturday from 5 to 8pm
and Sunday from 2 to 8pm, with rosary prayed at 6pm.

Stanley was born January 1, 1927 in Alba Township, the son of Anton and Apolonia (Janku) Pirochta.

He served in the United States Navy during World War II and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and UAW local 581.

Stanley married Cecelia Nelson at St. Joseph Catholic Church on February 7, 1948.

He was employed with Fisher Body for 31 years as a repairman.
He was a talented carpenter designing his home of 53 years, which he built with the help of friends and family.

Stanley enjoyed traveling, reading, crossword puzzles, playing card games and especially time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Cecelia; children Judy (Gordon) Elliott, Thomas (Lynnette) Pirochta, Larry (Terri) Pirochta, Kevin Pirochta (Craig Stowe); 9 grandchildren and their spouses with 18 great-grandchildren; brother Frank Pirochta; sisters-in-law Verna Pirochta and Helen Peck; and many nieces & nephews.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Joseph Church Roofing and Paving Fund or Hospice.

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Hunter Arthur Reed

2 months old of Owosso passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Scott Reed officiating. Burial will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8pm.

Hunter was born November 14, 2013 in Lansing to Nicole A. Reed.

He will be missed very much by his loving mother Nicole (Jason Parker); grandparents Jeff and PennySue Reed; aunt Leslie Reed (Ken Bennett); great-grandparents Edie Weller and Shirley and Toby Aldrich; great-great grandmother Mildred Fotchman; great aunts, uncles and cousins; Jason's family and his daughters Alyson and Kristen, Sheryl and Ken Parker, Dan and Jamie and family and Shaun, Kara and boys; many other loving family members.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Bernard Arthur "Bernie" Butcher Jr.



Age 65 of Corunna passed away Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10am Monday, January 27, 2014 at St. Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Michael O'Brien officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 6 to 8pm and Sunday from 2 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 5pm.

Bernard was born June 4, 1948 in Owosso, the son of Bernard "Guzz" and Merlus (Sanderson) Butcher Sr.

He was a graduate of St. Paul Catholic School and a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus where he enjoyed the camaraderie and looked forward to helping on Fish Frys. Bernie was also a member and past president of Shiawassee County Conservation Club. He loved planning hunting and fishing trips with his sons and grandsons. He especially enjoyed his fishing trip to Canada. Bernie looked forward to time with his family; most of all time spent with his grandchildren.

He married Deborah Kay Jorae on June 9, 1994 at The First Church of Christ

Bernie was a lifelong Excavator spending more than 20 years working for Holzhausen Excavating along with being Shiawassee County Drain Commissioner for 14 years.

Bernie is survived by his wife Deborah; stepfather Robert Blount; daughters Mishelle (Joseph) Diedrich of West Virginia and Darcie (WJ) Williams of Corunna; sons Brett (Jennifer) Butcher of Owosso, Joshua Fowler of Owosso, and Noah Fowler of Colorado; 8 grandchildren Arron (Emily), Alex (Leandra) and Lucy Diedrich and Aleigha, Taylor and Austin Williams and Brittney and Michael Butcher; great-grandchild Osiris Diedrich; sisters Nancy Worden and Barb Butcher both of Owosso; brothers Fred (Deb) Butcher of Tennessee, Pat (Nancy) Butcher of Owosso and Dan (Pam) Butcher of Owosso; many other loving family members.

He was predeceased by his parents

Memorial contributions are suggested to University of Michigan Transplant Center Camp Michitanki.

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Wayne L. Sherrard


Age 76 of Owosso went Home on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 listening to heavenly music being played on the violin by his little girl. He entered Heaven to be welcomed Home by Jesus, his parents and grandparents.

Home Coming Celebrations will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Mike McCarty officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Tree Cemetery. The family will receive friends and loved ones at the funeral home on Thursday from 6-8p.m. and Friday from 2-8p.m.

Wayne was born June 26, 1937 in Owosso, the son of Crescen and Marie (Totems) Sherrard.

He graduated from Corunna High School, class of 1956 and married Janet Gabriel in Owosso on January 28, 1973.

Wayne enjoyed watching sports and playing games. He enjoyed spending time with his family and most especially loved hearing his little girl play her violin.

Wayne never retired and spent his life first as a dairy farmer then as a cash crop farmer the last several years.

He is survived by his wife, Janet (Gabriel) Sherrard; son Woodrow William Sherrard; daughter Michelle Sherrard; and honorary daughter Dorie Johnston. Beloved nieces Esther and Susannah Johnson, and Elsie, Faye, Grace, and Irene Johnson, several nieces and nephews, and loving friends and family.

Wayne is predeceased by his parents and grandparents.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County, Durand Nazarene Church or Methodist Children's Home of Detroit.

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Kevin Huff

Age 24 of Owosso passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014 at his home.

Funeral services will be held 11am Friday, January 24, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Marlene Webster officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 to 8pm.

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Tracey Lynette Ellis

Age 44 of Owosso passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sparrow Health System.

A memorial service will be held 11:30am Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastor Susan Kingsley officiating. The family will receive friends from 10am until the time of service.

Tracey was born December 27, 1969 in Owosso, the daughter of Dale and Karen (Brown) Ellis.

She graduated from Owosso High School, class of 1988 and was a member of Trinity United Church.

Tracey looked forward to fishing up north and traveling. She enjoyed crafts especially crocheting. Tracey loved her pets; they were her kids.

She is survived by her husband Don J. Dumond; parents Dale and Karen; siblings Tammy Sutton (Kirk Lonnie), Teresa (Todd) Wiegel and Troy (Jennifer) Ellis; father and mother-in-law Don and Ruth Dumond; sisters and brothers-in-law Diana Kanan, Julie Dumond and Lorrie (Greg) Gaudard; several nieces, nephews and other loving family members.

Tracey was predeceased by her grandparents Howard and Florence Brown and Jay and Virginia Ellis and nephew Gary L. Kanan.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Diana "Diane" Lee Korrey

Age 66 of Owosso formerly of Lansing passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sparrow Health Systems.

Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time.

Diane was born September 20, 1947 in Lansing, the daughter of David Korrey and Violet Burrows.

She graduated in 1965 from Eastern High School and attended Cooley Law School and was employed by Lansing Police Department and Eaton County Sherriff Department before becoming disabled.

Diane loved spending time with her family and her granddog. She spent part of her life as a cheerleading coach and mentor to elementary school children, as she loved kids. Diane was also a huge Elvis fan and had a special place in her heart for bacon cheeseburgers and chocolate long johns (with cream, not custard).

She is survived by her daughter Andrea Albert of Owosso; granddaughter Alyssa Albert of Owosso; sisters Terri (Bill) Lowry of Lansing, Sue (Barry) Jubeck of Laingsburg; brother Dave Korrey of Owosso; many nieces and nephews.

Diane was preceded in death by her mother Violet Burrows and father David Korrey; nephew Billy Lowry and Donald Albert.

The family would like to thank the ICU at Sparrow including Dr. Ely and her team as well as the nurses Shelley, Gracie and Calvin for the excellent care they provided. A special thank you is extended to Oliver Woods Retirement Village for the genuine care and support. As well as a thank you to Laurie Hemgesberg for the prior care of Diane.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Jon Vernon Greenway

Age 68 of Owosso passed away Thursday, January 16, 2014 at
Memorial Healthcare Center.

Per Jon's request, cremation has taken place and there will be
a celebration of Jon's life on March 8, 2014 at The Comstock Inn, Owosso.

Jon was born April 7, 1945 in Flint, the son of Russell
and Thelma (Davis) Greenway.

He graduated from Flint Northern High School, class of
1965 and attended GM Institute for skilled trades.

Jon was a current City Council Board Member and an
Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce.

Jon married Elaine M. (Nunnemaker) Harrison in Flint on November 20,
1982.

He has been an AFLAC agent for the past 16 years alongside
his wife Elaine. Jon retired from General Motors after 35
years of service where he had been employed as an
electrician.

Jon was never afraid to express his opinion. He was very involved
in the Owosso community and worked hard to make a difference.
Jon was well liked by everyone who knew him and his humor kept
everyone entertained always.

While on Owosso City Council, newly elected as of November 2013, Jon
had several goals. One was to "level out" water and sewage rates. He also
wanted to clean up the brush along the river and use the natural asset
to the city's advantage. He was adamant as well that the dams not be removed.

Jon's passions included helping those in need, those who were an underdog or
those who had fallen on hard times and just needed a little help. Throughout
Jon's life, he was involved in helping many people, organizations and his biggest
passion of revitalization to the City of Owosso. Jon also was involved in every
organization and project right along with Elaine and they had a lot of fun
working together.


Jon loved traveling and one of his favorite spots was Key West.

He is survived by his wife Elaine; sons John (Theresa) Greenway and Craig (Andrea) Greenway; step-children Keith
(Leigh) Harrison, Karen Mills and Kim Grant; 16
grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; sisters Janet
Frost, Sally Baily, Meredith Sadowski and Myrna Kelly.

Jon was predeceased by his parents, brother Russell
Greenway and step son-in-law Bill Grant.


Memorial contributions are suggested to the Safe House of
Owosso, located at 1300 N. Hickory St or The Healing Nest,
located at 100 S. Norton St., Corunna.

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Phillip F. Andre

Age 73 formerly of Owosso and Lansing, passed away Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Ovid Healthcare Center.

Graveside services will be held 11am Monday, January 20, 2014 at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens with Pastor James Bare officiating.

Phillip was born February 29, 1940 in Owosso, the son of Florian and Marie (Radon) Andre.

He attended Salem Lutheran School.

Phillip had been a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Lansing and had recently transferred to Salem Lutheran Church in Owosso.

He was employed through the years at ACKO Services in Owosso and Goodwill Industries in Flint.

Phillip is survived by special friends Chery and Michael Brown.

He was predeceased by his parents Florian and Marie.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Salem Lutheran Church of Owosso.

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Virgil E. Warren

Age 89 of Owosso passed away Thursday, January 16, 2014 at his home.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Monday, January 20, 2014 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Corunna with Pastor Doug Levesque officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Saturday from 2 to 5pm and Sunday from 1 to 6pm.

Virgil was born December 14, 1924 in Lapeer, the son of Ralph and Ruby (Heckman) Warren.

He attended Perry High School, served in the United States Army during WWII and was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Corunna.

Virgil married Doris Wallace in Lansing on November 22, 1947.

He was a "handy man" and enjoyed working in his garage on cars and anything else that needed to be fixed. Virgil has remained very active in his church as a Sunday school teacher, bus driver, deacon and trustee and of course he was always willing to fix whatever was needed at the church.

He retired from Buick Motor Division after 33 years of service.

Virgil is survived by his wife Doris; daughters Vicki (Phil) Kiger and Jacquelyn Warren; grandchildren Sahn (Allison) Kiger, Scott (Michele) Warren and Shannon Warren; great-grandchildren Kelly, Ty, Morrigan, Maeve and Justin; sisters Dorothy (Paul) Filan, Barbara Casper and Vera (Jesse) Anderson; brother Lawrence (Carolyn) Warren.

He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Ralph Warren Jr and Kenneth Warren and sister Violet Brendahl.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Immanuel Baptist Church.

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John D. Florinchi

Age 88 of Corunna passed away Monday, January 13, 2014 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be held 12 noon Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Marlene Webster officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Tree Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 8pm.

John was born August 22, 1925 in Wellsburg, West Virginia the son of Teodor and Savetta (Varco) Florinchi.

He served in the United States Navy during World War II and was a member of the V.F.W. John enjoyed playing with his band in Arizona.

He married June Wetherbee in Corunna on July 6, 1947.

John was owner and operator for Central Transport along with being employed at Douglas Trucking as a mechanic.

He is survived by his wife June; sons Mickey (Betty) Florinchi, Randy (Renee) Florinchi and Dennis Florinchi; daughter Cheryl Tyra; 16 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; sister Sue Zwolenski.

John was predeceased by his daughter Diane Bachman, daughter-in-law Nancy Florinchi and son-in-law Bob Tyra.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Gerald Thomas Goldbeck

Age 63 of Owosso passed away Monday, January 13, 2014 at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, January 17, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Cal Long officiating. Burial will follow at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Friday from 11am until the time of the service.

Gerald was born January 4, 1951 in Bloomington, Illinois, the son of John and Ruth (Bird) Goldbeck.

He attended Owosso High School and served in the United States Navy as an aviation electronics technician.

He was a member of the VFW and the Disabled Veterans of America.

Gerald is survived by his sisters Nona (Bob) Whitehead of Byron and Ellen Goldbeck of Owosso; many nieces and nephews and other loving family members.

He was predeceased by his parents, sister Laurie Rathburn and brother Jon M. Goldbeck.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Palliative Care Hospice at the Saginaw VA Hospital.

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Jerry C. Zemcik

Age 84 of Owosso passed away Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held 11am Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Dave Fisher officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 6pm.

Jerry was born January 6, 1930 in Detroit, the son of Anthony and Antoinette (Marek) Zemcik.

He attended Owosso High School and served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1953 to 1955.

Jerry married Helen A. Barta at St. Joseph Catholic Church on September 13, 1958.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, American Legion 40 & 8 and the Knights of Columbus.

Jerry was always willing to lend a helping hand and enjoyed listening and dancing to polka music, trips and traveling with family and friends and morning coffee with the guys. He looked forward to spending time with his family; especially get-togethers and his grandchildren's many activities.

He had been employed through the years at Midland Ross, Oldsmobile in Lansing and Saginaw Steering Gear.

Jerry is survived by his wife Helen; sons Dennis Zemcik of Owosso and Ronald (Kathy) Zemcik of Middleton; grandchildren Aaron and Adeline Zemcik; brothers Stephen Zemcik and Richard (Sandy) Zemcik both of Owosso; sister Janet (Jeff) Hoose of Owosso; several nieces and nephews and other loving family members.

He was predeceased by his parents and sisters Rosemary and Mary Ann.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church Parking Lot Fund.

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Wendy Lynn Harris

Age 55 of Owosso passed away Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the Hospice House of Shiawassee County.

Graveside services will be held 3pm Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Oak Grove Cemetery with Pastor Ilko Tchakarov officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 to 8pm.

Wendy was born November 21, 1958 in Owosso, the daughter of Donald and Sandra (Sperow) Simmons.

She was a 1977 graduate of Owosso High School later attending Baker College and Michigan State University where she received her Master Gardner Certificate.

Wendy loved the out-of -doors where she always enjoyed nature, canoeing, mud bogging, bonfires and gardening were favorites. She could always be counted on to "go all out" in decorating for the holidays.

Wendy had been employed through the years a various companies in town including Chiefton's, Toledo Commutator and Clark Engineering.

She is survived by her daughter Reanna Harris; son Dustin Harris; grandchildren Grant, Marietta and Bryan; parents Donald and Sandra Simmons; brothers Donald (Liz) Simmons and Jason (Jamie) Simmons; nieces Kennedi, Katelyn and Karlee.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Wendy Lynn Harris Memorial Fund.

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Thomas Paul Harkema



Age 56 of Owosso passed away Monday, January 6, 2014 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

Funeral services will be held 11am Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Owosso High School with Pastor Cal Long officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Thursday from 6 to 8pm and Friday from 2 to 8pm.

Tom was born August 23, 1957 in Owosso, the son of Elson and Jeanette (Gorte) Harkema.

He graduated from Owosso High School, class of 1975, earned a Bachelor Degree from Grand Valley State University in 1979 and a Masters Degree from Central Michigan in 1992.

Tom was the loving father of Anne Nicole and Madaline Michelle Harkema; both talented, intelligent daughters of whom Tom was most proud. Tom coached his daughters' sports' teams and was honored to start the middle school swimming team.

Tom was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he was on various committees such as running the sound system and participating in the Living Nativity. He also did missionary work that took him to India to vaccinate children against polio through the Owosso Rotary Club, which he was an active member of. He was also a member of High School Football Association, Michigan Interscholastic Track Association, and proud Owosso Education and Michigan Education Associations.

A new chapter began for Tom when he married Susan Marie Biergans in Owosso on December 22, 2012. This day marked a joyous and happy time for both Tom and Susan, although it was cut far too short. Whenever Tom spoke at the many athletic banquets or celebratory events, he always made special thanks to Susan and referred to Susan Marie as his "loving wife and best friend". Susan, a beloved OPS kindergarten teacher, together with Tom, an OPS mathematics and physical education teacher, formed a radiant bond. Tom was a gracious step-father to Sue's beautiful daughters, Kennedy Lauren and Maddie Sue Krantz.

Tom spent many of his 25 plus years in education as the Varsity Football and Track Coach for Owosso High School. His leadership and dedication to the youth of the Owosso area was unquestionably a gift that he shared with thousands. His kind and generous spirit was always present and his life motto to "always do the right thing" was central to everything he did. Tom was a role model for goodness.

Tom is survived by his loving wife Susan Marie; children Anne Nicole and Madaline Michelle Harkema, Kennedy and Maddie Krantz; mother of his daughters Pam Harkema, siblings E. James (Jacquie) Harkema, Mary Kay (Andrew) Kenney, Anne Hawn and Jan Harkema; sister-in-laws Sally Harkema, Mary Brown (Bill Nichols), Barbie (Joe) Doucette and Teresa (John) Cook; brother-in-law Robert (Allison) Biergans; nieces Susie Harkema (Van Gunter), Julie Harkema (Tommy York), Sallie Harkema (Mark Cesarz), Kathy (Pat) Waldie, Amiee (Matt) Vondrasek, Hillarie (Norm) Holm, Jenny Hawn, Tara (Chris) Pugh, Kari Winters, Kristen Winters, Kaylee Biergans, and Anna Biergans; nephews Brent (Andrea) Kenney, Andy (Karrie) Kenney, DJ (Heidi) Kenney, Matt Winters, Collin Krizmanich, Taylor Krizmanich, and William Biergans; and many other loving family members and friends.

Tom was predeceased by his parents, his sister in law, Merrell Harkema, his brother in law Tim Hawn, and his brother William "Bill" Harkema (passing away one hour prior to Tom after a long battle with multiple sclerosis).

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Coach Tom Harkema Athletic Scholarship Fund.

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Ronald Max Korf



Age 72 of Owosso passed away Sunday, January 5, 2014 at the Hospice House of Shiawassee County.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM on Saturday January 11, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor John Walworth officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 5 to 8pm and on Saturday from 11am until the time of service.

Ron was born February 23, 1941 in Owosso, the son of Karl and Hannah (Brainerd) Korf. He was a lifelong resident of Shiawassee County, a graduate of Corunna High School, and a member of the Corunna Baptist Church. He was a founder of the YMCA 35 and over basketball league. He was a member of the ELK's club, America Legion and the Owosso Country Club. Ron was a huge supporter of Corunna High School sports, especially basketball. Ron will be remembered by his loved ones as someone who liked to play cards and visit with friends, he never met a person he did not like. He loved the people of Shiawassee County, especially those he sold cars to in his 32 year career at Harrelson Chevrolet Sales.

Ron is survived by his daughter Kara Joyce Korf and her mother Cheryl Korf; sister Karla (Philip) Ogden, Tennessee and other loving family members.

He was predeceased by his Mother.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Elk's Club of Owosso or the Hospice House of Shiawassee County.

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William "Bill" Bruce Harkema

Age 60 of Laingsburg passed away Monday, January 6, 2014 at Sparrow Healthcare System.

Funeral services will be held 11am Friday, January 10, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Tice officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 8pm.

Bill was born January 13, 1953 in Owosso, the son of Elson and Jeanette (Gorte) Harkema and married Sally Swan in Lansing on January 15, 1977.

God gives people different gifts. Bill's was his love of family. He grew up in a loving family of coaches who taught him how to build others up, make them stronger, always encouraging people to get back up and try again. It's no surprise that Bill fell in love with Sally, his ever-giving, ever-encouraging bride of almost thirty-seven years. Their family grew with the birth of their daughter, Hillarie, her marriage to Norm, and the birth of their grandchildren - Logan and Brooklyn. Bill took care of them all with his quiet wisdom, his witty humor, and his ability to put life in perspective. As MS took its toll on Bill's body, he found joy in the devotion of his grandson and the laughter of his granddaughter. Their beloved "Pa" gave them the precious gift of his time.
We are blessed to know that MS doesn't exist in Heaven. We know that Bill is walking with joy in his heart and he's golfing on the most beautiful greens with his brother, Tom. He's watching over his family from his forever home in Heaven.

He was employed by Michigan National Bank for over 20 years as Vice-President of Communications.

He is survived by his wife Sally; daughter Hillarie (Norman) Holm; grandchildren Logan and Brooklyn Holm; siblings E. James (Jacquie) Harkema, Mary Kay (Andy) Kenney, Anne Hawn and Jan Harkema; sister-in-law Sue Harkema; father and mother-in-law Charles and Bernice Swan; many nieces, nephews and other loving family members.

Bill was predeceased by his parents, brother Tom who passed minutes after Bill on the same day, brother-in-law Tim Hawn; sister-in-law Merrell Harkema.

Memorial contributions are suggested to MS Society or Christopher Reeves Foundation.

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Harold "Lefty" Tozer

Harold "Lefty" Tozer age 87 passed away Tuesday, December 3lst, 2013 at his home.

Military honors will be held at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly and a memorial luncheon will be held at a later date.

Harold was born January 23, 1926 in Owosso, the son of Chester and Anna (Baleja) Tozer.

He was an Owosso High School graduate, a member of the Owosso V. F. W. and served in the United States Army during World War II.

Harold married Doris May Porter in Corunna on January 23, 1971.

He was owner and operator of Tozers Service Station and a Union Carpenter and worked for Cordier Construction and Carl Lamphere through the years. Harold truly was a jack of all trades and was proud of the home he built for himself and Doris, and his family will always cherish the bits of his carpenter skills they have in their homes.

He enjoyed his fishing trips to Canada, Houghton Lake, Ludington and Indian River where the big one never got away. In later years he and Doris enjoyed bus trips to the casino.

He is survived by his wife Doris of 42 years; nieces, Patricia (Martin) King, Shelia Steinke, and Kathy (Rick) Washburn, Beverly Smith, nephews: Gerald (Sheryl)Vozar, Paul (Jato) Davis, and Jeffery (Sue) Taylor; sister-in-law, Eleanor Wilson; many great nieces, nephews and other loving family members.

Harold was predeceased by his parents and sister, Anne Vozar, brother-in-law Joseph Vozar; sisters and brothers-in-laws; Laura (Cecil ) Burley, Marian (Vernon) Bowers, Joan (Ted) Collinson, and Theodore Wilson.

In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to the Shiawassee County Humane Society.

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Kristine L. (Hall) Arriaga

Age 60 of Owosso passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2013.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Bethel Evangelical Church.

Kristine was born December 20, 1953 in Owosso, the daughter
of Marvin "Moe" and Eleanor (Weir) Hall. She graduated
from Owosso High School and married Felix "Flex" Arriaga
on April 20, 1974. Kristine lived for God and found
peace in the assurance of God's promises of the Heavenly
home that awaited her arrival. Kristine adored her children,
grandchildren, and her family. She enjoyed cooking, baking,
embroidering, and sewing. She looked forward to being
outdoors; mushroom hunting, fishing, camping, and was a
passionate heirloom gardener.

She started and owned a successful state licensed
children's daycare; Arriaga's Daycare, Bradenton
FL. She was employed at Shiawassee County Medical
Care Facility, Corunna, MI; Dietary Manager, Circleville OH,
and The Women's Diagnostic Center, Brandon, FL

Kristine is survived by her husband Felix; son Matthew
Arriaga; daughter Jodie (John) Hyvonen; grandchildren Lydia
Kristine, Ella Renea and Mason Dean; mother Eleanor;
brothers Jon Hall, Randy (Darrah) Hall and Steven (Edith) Hall;
sisters Cindy (Dave) Place, Lynn Sexton and Dani (Dave)
Shaw; father and mother-in-law Felix and Sarah Arriaga.

Kristine was predeceased by her father Marvin "Handsome
Moe".

Memorial contributions are suggested to Bethel Evangelical
Church located in Owosso at 1564 N Hickory Rd, Owosso MI
48867.

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Judy Ann Callard



Age 73 of Owosso passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at her home.


Funeral services will be held 1pm Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Cal Emerson officiating. The family will receive friend at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 8pm and on Saturday from 11am until the time of service.


Judy was born May 8, 1940 in Owosso, the daughter of Lloyd and Catherine (Ordway) Rees.


She graduated from Owosso High School and married Larry Callard at the Easton Church on June 19, 1956. Judy was a member of the V.F.W. Women's Auxilary and Salvation Army Golden Agers.


Judy enjoyed sewing, playing Bingo at the Council on Aging and putting together jigsaw puzzles. She looked forward to spending time with her family and friends.


She was a homemaker and spent her life raising and caring for her family along with spending time as a Foster Grandparent at Noah's Ark Day Care.


Judy is survived by her children Daniel (Donna) Callard of Owosso, Tamorah Callard (Jeremy Young) of Owosso and Stephanie (Jon) Bensinger of Owosso; sisters Nancy (Bill) Maurer of Harrison and Lauretta (Mike) Shuster of Corunna; 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.


She was predeceased by her husband Larry and sons Larry Jr. and Lee; parents; sisters Darlene Adams and Ruth Rees; brothers William Rees and Raymond Rees.


Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Jean M. Makara

Age 92 of Owosso passed away Monday, December 30, 2013.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Friday, January 3, 2013 at Owosso First Congregational Church with Pastor Deb Grazier officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 8pm.

Jean was born October 7, 1921 in Sumner, the daughter of Lawrence and Mary (Payne) Conklin.

She graduated from Maple Rapids High School, class of 1941 and was a member of the First Congregational Church, the Order of the Eastern Star in New Lothrop #312, Golden Agers, SCOA, Red Hat Club and Kerr Travel Club in Flint. Jean enjoyed doing ceramics and spending time with her family.

She married Amiel L. Makara in Freemont, Ohio on June 23, 1945.

Jean retired from Universal Electric after 28 years of service.

She is survived by her daughter Kay Johnson(Ed Sutton); grandchildren Michelle (Tim) DeRoche and Scott (Paulette) Johnson; 7 great-grandchildren Hunter Johnson, Trevor Wilkinson, Kirsten Wilkinson, Alexis Johnson, Scotty Johnson, Michael Myotte and Andrea Myotte; great-great granddaughter Aubree Wilkinson.

Jean is predeceased by her husband Amiel; infant son David Ernest, parents; brother Ernest.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family or Owosso First Congregational Church.

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Irene J. Buckley




Age 83 of Grand Haven formerly of Owosso, passed away Friday, December 27, 2013.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place 10am on Saturday, January 4 at Saint Paul Catholic Church with Father Michael O'Brien officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 8pm with a Rosary prayed at 7pm.

Irene was born on October 28, 1930 to Patrick and Sarah (Coe) Sinnott in Owosso. She graduated from Owosso High School, and she married Jerry J. Buckley on January 27, 1951. He predeceased her in January 1994.

Irene worked in secretarial positions for much of her life. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, a member of the Eagles, and a member of the Daughters of Isabella. She also often volunteered at the hospital. Irene was a beloved daughter, sister, friend, aunt, mother and grandmother.

Irene is survived by her children, Jerry J. Buckley, Jr. of California, Brenda (Dan) DeVeau of Grand Haven, David (Sue) Buckley of Grosse Pointe Park; Cynthia J. Buckley (Marty Shankland) of Champaign, IL., and Richard J. (Darlene) of Holland; sisters, Rose Senrud of Owosso, Margaret Britton of Las Vegas, and Patricia (Mike) Worth of Spokane, Washington; 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, and many nieces and nephews and other loving family and friends.

She is predeceased by her husband, Jerry; her children, Laura, Michael, Marsha, and Linda; and her beloved brothers and sisters.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to St. Paul Catholic Church.

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Kristie A. Goettl

Age 61 of Elkton, Florida, formerly of Owosso passed away Saturday, December 28, 2013 at her home.

Funeral services will be held 11am Friday, January 3, 2014 at Nelson-House Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Vernon. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 8pm.

Kristie was born June 6, 1952 in Owosso, the daughter of William and Gloria (McIntyre) Kerr.

She attended Vernon and Corunna Area Schools, Mott Community College and earned a nursing degree from St. Reynolds Nursing School.

Kristie enjoyed arts, crafts, cross stitch and crochet. She loved motorcycles and looked forward to going for rides. Most of all Kristie loved spending time with her family and friends.

She married Larry R. Goettl on January 26, 1980.

Kristie loved nursing and was employed for the past 20 years as a Registered Nurse.

She is survived by her husband Larry; children Larry (Becky) Goettl, Kory Goettl and Kyle Goettl; grandchildren Kaytlynn and Larumie; father William "Bill" Kerr; brother Gary (Nena) Kerr; sisters-in-law Becky (David) Elston; brother-in-law Tom (Pat) Goettl.

Kristie was predeceased by her mother Gloria.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Community Hospice of St. Augustine, Florida.

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Jimmy M. Sawyer

Age 69 of Owosso passed away Friday, December 27, 2013 at his home.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, December 30, 2013 at Salem Lutheran Church with Pastor James Bare officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Saturday from 6 to 8pm and Sunday from 12noon to 8pm.

Jimmy was born March 28, 1944 in Genesee, the son of Richard John and Madelyne Anna (Bache) Sawyer.

He was a 1962 graduate of Genesee High School and a member of Salem Lutheran Church, and spent many years as a Cub Scout Leader, Little League Baseball Coach and Redeemer Mens Group along with being active with the Corunna Jaycee's.

Jimmy married Judy Welch in Owosso on October 7, 2000.

He retired from General Motors Chevrolet Engine Plant in Flint after 30 years of service.

Jimmy enjoyed hunting and fishing. He will be remembered by his family for his story telling and loving personality.

Jimmy is survived by his wife Judy; children Jeffrey (Lori) Sawyer, Joseph (Tami) Sawyer, Joy (John) Graham, Brian DePeal, Kevin (Tricha) DePeal and Jeffrey (Amy) Welch; grandchildren Sarah (Andy) Bauer, Tailor Fronek (Matt Krembs), Shaina (Danny) Roy, Haley Sawyer, Dakota Dennison, Courtney Fronek, Felecia Graham, Abigail Welch, Shane Dennison, Zach Sawyer, Braiden Graham, Corey Welch, Myah Graham, Gavin Graham, Michael Forrester and Raeanne Forrester; great-grandson Sawyer Bauer; aunt Margaret Azelton; cousins Mike (Cheryl) Azelton and Jill (Sean) Simpson.

He was predeceased by his parents, brother Larry Sawyer and uncle George Azelton.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Salem Lutheran Church or Hospice.

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Ronald Raymond Amidon


Age 58, of Owosso was reunited with his family in Heaven along with his brother Bob 3 years ago to the day on December 27, 2013, at Memorial Healthcare in Owosso, Michigan.


A Celebration of Life service will be held 3pm Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Rev. Alan Casillas officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 1pm until the time of service.


Ron was born on February 8, 1955, in Owosso, the son of Charles Raymond "Bud" Amidon and Patricia Marie [Bruckman] Amidon. He attended Owosso High School.


Following high school, Ron joined General Motors where he worked at the Lansing Oldsmobile plant and, later, the LGR Cadillac plant. He faithfully served GM for 33 years before retiring in 2012.


Ron was a talented carpenter and an avid gardener. He also loved to camp.


On June 10, 2000, Ron married Michelle [Shelly] Craig Waltz in Owosso.


Ron is survived by his wife, Shelly; daughters Kara Amidon and Stefanie Amidon; step-sons Troy [Crystal] Waltz, and Brian [Laura] Waltz and Craig Waltz; by 9 special grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brothers Rick Amidon of Spring Lake, Michigan, and Randy Amidon of Owosso; sister Pamela Amidon of Owosso; father and mother-in-law Robert [Judy] Craig; sisters-in-law Penny Amidon and Connie [Mike] Piper; Kari (Tim) Smeltzer; and brothers-in-law Bob [Judy] Craig, David [Terri] Craig and Alan (Kellee) Casillas. He was predeceased by his parents and brother Robert [Bob] Amidon.


Ron loved life and is remembered by being a very "creative" instigator-all in the name of fun-a great big heart, and he had more friends than can be counted.


Memorial contributions may be made in Ron's Memory to pancreatic cancer research at www.cancer.org/donate or Hospice of Shiawassee County.

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William Graves

Age 61 of St. Johns passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at his home.

A graveside service will be held at 1pm on April 12, 2014 at Middlebury Township Cemetery.

William was born April 24, 1952 in Owosso, the son of Russell and Wavia (Kidd) Graves.

He graduated from Grand Blanc High School, attended Northwestern Michigan University and served in the United States Navy.

William married Patricia Perry in Toledo, Ohio on December 31, 1984.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and looked forward to traveling and camping trips.

William was an Auto Tech for 40 years.

He is survived by his wife Patricia; children Christine, William II Graves, Angela (Tim) Hayes and Amy (Bill) Perry; 9 grandchildren and one on the way; mother Wavia Graves; mother-in-law Jean Perry; brothers Gene (Romaine) Graves and Gary (Patricia) Graves; brother-in-law Steve (Paula) Perry; many nieces, nephews and other loving family members.

William was predeceased by his father Russell Graves and father-in-law Ted Perry.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Great Lakes Hospice.

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Jack Leston Oliver

Age 87 of Owosso passed away Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be held 11am Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at the First Church of Christ with Ron Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Wildwood Cemetery in Chesaning. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 6 to 8pm and Monday from 2 to 8pm.

Jack was born September 23, 1926 in Chesaning, the son of B. Earl and Golda (Hewitt) Oliver.

He was a 1947 graduate of Owosso High School, attended the Industrial Training Institute in Chicago and served in the United States Army 27th Division.

Jack was an active member of the First Church of Christ where he served as the Chairman for the Building Committee and treasurer for 18 years. He was also a member of the Genealogy Society and the Owosso VFW. He enjoyed computers and even built his first in 1978. Jack enjoyed muzzle loading and traveling in his motor home.

He married Wilma jean Nixon in Chesaning on September 6, 1947; she predeceased him in 1997.

Jack retired from Buick after more than 30 years of service.

He is survived by his son Jack (Janet) Oliver; grandson Jack (Stephanie) Oliver II; great-grandchildren Jacob Earl Oliver and Jaclyn Jean Oliver; several nieces and nephews and other loving family members.

Jack was predeceased by his wife Wilma, son James, parents and siblings Earl, Harold and Leland Oliver and Beverly Ann Speers.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Owosso First Church of Christ.

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Kathryn Lou Cummings

 

Age 86 of Corunna passed away Monday, December 23, 2013 at Ovid Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be held 5pm Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Marlene Webster officiating. Burial will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 12noon until the time of service.

Kathryn was born August 29, 1927 in Owosso, the daughter of Fred and Lavina (Graham) Dixon.

She graduated from Corunna High School, class of 1946. Kathryn enjoyed sewing quilts and Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. She was a member of the VFW in Owosso.

Kathryn had been employed through the years at Yankees Department Store, TSC and Electro Wire.

She is survived by her sons Dan (Denise) Cummings, Bill (Cheryl) Cummings and Fred Cummings; grandchildren Kelly, Debbie, Mike, Robert, Tracie, Amie, Jim, Marisa and Jennifer; great-grandchildren William, Annalynn, Ella Kay, Emma, Abigal, Codie, Jacob and Avery; brothers Art (Judy) Dixon and Jack Dixon; sister-in-law Lois Dixon.

Kathryn was predeceased by her parents; daughter-in-law Karen Cummings; sister Esther (George) Surik, brother Arnold Dixon and sister-in-law Betty Dixon.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice House of Shiawassee County.

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Jerry Frederick Francis

Age 81 of Corunna passed away Sunday, December 22, 2013.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Saturday, December 28, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Dave Fisher officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Thursday from 6 to 8pm and Friday from 2 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 6pm.

Jerry was born May 6, 1932 in Owosso, the son of Lyle and Eugena (Lenz) Francis.

He was a graduate of Owosso High School, attended Flint Junior College and served in the United States Navy for 8 years.

Jerry was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was a 4-H leader and Gun Safety Instructor. Jerry raised Irish Setters and Dachshunds. He spent many years as the booking agent and treasurer for the ZCBJ Hall in Owosso.

Jerry married Patricia LaFave at St. Paul Catholic Church in June of 1962.

He spent many years employed at Genesee Ceramic Tile as a salesman and installer along with managing the Sunset and Dedics. Jerry was also owner and operator of Jerry's Hideaway in Clio.

He is survived by his son Donald Francis of Owosso; daughter Diane Francis of Owosso; brothers Jack (Teresa) Francis of Owosso and Carl (Judy) Francis of Owosso; sister Lila Furnish of Owosso; nieces, nephews and other family members.

Jerry was predeceased by his wife Patricia; parents; 3 brothers Albert, Lester and Larry.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to ZCBJ Hall in Owosso.

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Christhop Luft

Age 75 of Lennon passed away Sunday, December 22, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be held 11am Friday, December 27, 2013 at Juddville United Methodist Church with Pastor Danny Bledsoe of Juddville and Pastor Nancy Powers of Perry officiating. Burial will follow at Yerian Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 8pm with family present from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm.

Christhop was born August 23, 1938 in Owosso, the son of Christhop and Irene (Stull) Luft Sr.

He was a 1957 graduate of Owosso High School and attended General Motors Institute. Christhop was a member of the Juddville United Methodist Church for most of his adult life; serving on the Administrative Board and Staff/ Parish Relations along with being a Lay Speaker. He was a Boy Scout Leader for 40 years and a 4-H leader and supervisor at the fair earning a 25 year award. He was a volunteer at Memorial Healthcare Center where he organized the courtesy cart. Christhop enjoyed woodworking and spent time as a UAW Chaplin.

He married Sally Ann VanWagoner at St. John's United Church of Christ in Owosso on September 21, 1957.

Christhop retired as a tool and die maker from General Motors.

He is survived by his sons Michael (Judith) Luft and David (Janice) Luft; grandsons Gregory and Nicholas; several step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Christhop was predeceased by his wife Sally.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Memorial Healthcare Courtesy Cart or the Shiawassee County Fair.

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Geraldine "Geri" Elaine (Fuoss) Quintel

Age 85 of Owosso passed away Sunday, Decemeber 22, 2013 at We Care Facility in Owosso.

Funeral services will be held 11am Friday, December 27, 2013 at Salem Lutheran Church with Pastor James Bare officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 6pm.

Geraldine was born July 28, 1928 in Owosso, the daughter of Leo and Alma (Foess) Schautz.

She graduated from Owosso High School, class of 1946, attended New Haven Country School and was a member of Salem Lutheran Church. Geraldine was an accomplished oil painter and looked forward to spending time with her family.

She married Harry Fuoss in 1946; he predeceased her in 1972, she then married Norm Quintel in 1974.

Geraldine was a beautician and the owner of Professional Beauty Salon in Corunna.

She is survived by her husband Norm; sons James (Cindy) Fuoss, Jon Fuoss and Ron Fuoss; grandchildren Jeff Fuoss, Jason Fuoss, Katie Fuoss and Kris Fuoss; sister Lelia Luft; many nieces, nephews and other loving family members.

Geraldine was predeceased by her husband Harry Fuoss, son Michael Fuoss and brother Alywin "Butch" Schautz.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Salem Lutheran Church.

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Lois M. Walker


Lois M. Walker went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on December 19, 2013. Lois has been reunited in heaven with her husband Frank, sons James and Matthew and daughter Susan.

Lois was born November 4, 1930 in Adrian, the daughter of the Rev. Carl and Bertha (Klenk) Schmelzer.

She graduated from Blissfield High School and was a member of St. Philip Lutheran Church of Owosso.

She married Frank "A" Walker in Riga, Michigan in October 22, 1950.

Lois was a homemaker and spent her life raising and caring for her children and husband. She enjoyed cooking, baking and learning new things through the internet. She was an avid gardener and loved time spent with her husband tending to their gardens

She is survived by her sons Mark (Sharon) Walker and Brian (Joey) Walker; 5 grandchildren Beth (Jason) Nash, Jacob Walker, Katie Walker, Andrew Walker and Jaclyn Walker; 1 great-granddaughter Ada Nash; brother Norman (Karen) Schmelzer; nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.


Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, December 23, 2013 at St. Philip Lutheran Church with Pastor Brian Heidt officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Saturday from 6 to 8pm and Sunday from 2 to 6pm.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shiawassee Arts Council.

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Onalee R. Lader

Age 92 of Owosso passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor John Walworth officiating. Burial will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 12noon until the time of service.

Onalee was born October 16, 1921 in Flint, the daughter of Ora Wesley and Ada (Burton) Gray.

She enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowers and will be remembered for her famous family kolachi's. Onalee loved spending time with her family and was the "Rock" that kept her family together.

She was a homemaker and spent her life raising her family along with working in various factories during War Time.

Onalee is survived by her children Sheila (Nuray) Baydar, Charles L. (Jacquelyn) Lader and Gene (Sandra) Lader; 6 granddaughters Angela, Stephanie, Stacey, Vanessa, Sheena and Alyssa; grandson Adam; 3 great-grandchildren Alex, Nathaniel and Isabelle.

She was predeceased by her husband Charles, son Scott Lader, 5 brothers and a sister.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association.

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Marie K. Herrick



Age 78 of Hudsonville passed away at her home Tuesday, December 17, 2013. She was born to Vesta (Kersey) and Emmett Gillett on January 7, 1935 in Owosso

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Marlene Webster officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 8pm.

Marie is survived by her husband, Larry Herrick; her sons Bruce and Yvonne Ford and James and Anna Herrick; grandchildren Heather and Jeff Williams, Jeremy and Lauren Dutcher, Eric and Rian Ford, Rachel Ford and Jessica Herrick; brothers Emmett Gillett, Richard and Rose Gillett and Wayne and Mary Gillett.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lester Ford, daughters Linda Dutcher and Kathy Ford, and brother Robert Gillett.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Cancer Center @ Metro Health, In care of Metro Health Foundation, P.O. Box 916, Wyoming, Michigan 49509.

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Rose Sharon (Wirth) Ahern


7/25/35 - 12/15/13

Rose was born in Lapeer, MI the fourth child of Raymond H. Wirth Sr. and Helyn L. (Wilson) Wirth. She spent the majority of her youth in Owosso, MI where she met and married Adrian Terry Ahern with whom she shared 52 years of marriage. They moved to Muskegon, MI in 1968 where they raised four children; Sharon (Mike) Brown, Patrick (Valerie) Ahern, Brian Ahern and Adrian J. Ahern. Rose also had six grandchildren, Erin Cline, Megan (Ken) Slocum, Ariel Ahern, Robert Ahern, Jillian Brown and Kaylin Brown. Rose is survived by all of her children and grandchildren as well as a brother Myron (Patty) Wirth, a sister Mary Cone and a sister-in-law Jackie Wirth.
Rose and Terry retired to Lakeland, FL in 1993. Rose loved arts and crafts and her home reflected her skill in decorating. She taught pre-school religion at St. Francis de Sales Church in Muskegon, MI for many years and several of her students still remember her.
A mass of Christian burial will be held 11am Friday, December 20, 2013 at St. Paul Catholic Church. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 7pm.
In lieu of flowers Rose Sharon requests memorials to Cornerstone
Hospice, 2590 Havendale Blvd. Winter Haven, FL 33881
www.cornerstonehospice.org

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Donald George Laing

Age 70, of Corunna, passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.
Services will be held at a later date.
Donald was born Jan. 26, 1943, in Lansing, the son of George and Mabel (Swift) Laing.
He enjoyed walking and watching movies and TV shows.
Donald was employed in maintenance with Duall.
He is survived by his sisters Janet Hunter, Sharon Frantz, Helen (Frank) Robinson and Mary Jo Shaw; many nieces and nephews.
Donald was predeceased by his parents and brother Gary Laing.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Calvin J. Kilburn



Age 88 of Henderson passed away Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be held at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Wednesday 11 am with Pastor Carol McCleary officiating and burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8pm


Calvin was born December 8, 1925 in New Haven Township, the son of Bruce and Lillian (Brenner) Kilburn.

He was an Owosso High School graduate and served in the United States Navy in the Submarine Service as a torpedo mechanic. Calvin was a member of the First Baptist Church and enjoyed gardening, hunting, playing golf and traveling. Most of all Cal looked forward to time spent with family.

He had been employed through the years at Midland Ross and retired from Johnson Control.

Calvin is survived by his beloved companion and dearest friend Veronica, to whom he was married for over 50 years; children Howard (Sheila) Hein, James (Jan) Hein, Bonnie, Debbie and Diane; 8-grandchildren and 8-great-grandchildren; sister- in-law Millie Kilburn; sister Doris (Don) Cole.


Those who predeceased Cal are his parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters

Memorial contributions are suggested to Shiawassee Council On Aging

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Alma K. Wing

Age 94 of Corunna passed away Friday, December 13, 2013 at Oliver Woods Retirement Center.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Rev. Eric Wing officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 2 to 8pm.

Alma was born November 28, 1919, the daughter of Emmett and Olivia (Christiansen) Elwell.

She graduated from Owosso High School, class of 1938 and was a member of Corunna United Methodist Church, Corunna Womens Club and Corunna Chapter of The Order of the Eastern Stars.

Alma married Ervin H. Wing at the Corunna Avenue Methodist Church on June 1, 1940.

She was a homemaker spending her life caring for her family. Alma also spent time working at Redmond's.

She is survived by her children Russell and Dorothy (Bosserdet) Wing of Owosso and Ed and Sally (Wing) Danhoff of Long Beach, CA., grandchildren Eric and Susie (Nelson) Wing of Midland, Matt and Rachelle(Wing) Brown of South Lyon, Jason and Kim (Ball) Danhoff of Long Beach, CA., and Casey Danhoff of Long Beach, CA., great-grandchildren Katie and Jolie Wing, Emma and Stuart Brown and Josie Danhoff; siblings Dot Wing, Theresa Wing, Mary Wing, Gordon and Phyllis Brown, Charles and Nancy Wing and Robert Parks; many nieces, nephews and other loving family members.

Alma was predeceased by her husband Ervin; sisters Aurelia Bower and Gladys Batteen; brothers-in-law Elmer Wing, John Bower, Lloyd Wing, Royal Batteen, Cliff Wing, Merton Wing and Ray Hoddy; sisters-in-law Doretta Wing, Maxine Wing, Audrey Hoddy and Virginia Parks.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Grace Hospice.

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Margaret C. LaJoice



Age 94 of Linden formerly of St. Ignace, Chesaning, and Owosso, Michigan passed away Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Argentine Care Center in Linden, Michigan.

Funeral services will be held 6pm Sunday, December 15, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Deacon Bill Sirl officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday from 3pm until 5:30pm with a rosary prayed at 5:30pm.

Margaret was born June 2, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of James and Helen (Martin) Gallagher.

She enjoyed shopping, crocheting, history, and keeping up with current events. Most of all Margaret loved spending time with her family.

She married George F. LaJoice in St. Ignace on September 1, 1936; he predeceased her in 2007 after 70 years of marriage.

Margaret was a homemaker and spent her life raising and caring for her family.

She is survived by her children Robert, Patrick, Anthony, and Linda Niemi; many grand, great-grand, and great-great grandchildren.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband George, her daughter Myrna King, and son-in-law Edward Niemi.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Argentine Care Center.

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Lexie Octava Bell

Lexie Octava Bell, 89, went home to the Lord on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Pleasant View nursing home in Corunna, Michigan, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. A memorial service will be held at a later date. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arie (Bow) and Willard Beaty, and her younger brother Ralph Beaty. She is survived by her sister Ruth Holloway of Crossville, Tennessee, her four children, Lew (Reta) Bell, Van Buren, Arkansas, David (Janette) Bell, Owosso, Michigan, Carolyn (Michael) Rains, Greenville, South Carolina, and Mark (Patty) Bell, White Lake, Michigan. In addition, she is survived by 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces, and many loving friends

 

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Jannette "Jan" Dennis

Age 63 of Owosso passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013 due to an automobile accident.

Funeral services will be held 11am Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Owosso First Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Marlene Webster officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 6 to 8pm and Monday from 2 to 8pm.

Jan was born November 1, 1950 in Lansing, the daughter of Virgil and Sarah (King) Anderson and married Cecil Dennis in Lansing on February 11, 1966.

She enjoyed bingo and shopping. Jan looked forward to spending time with her family and especially enjoyed time with her grandchildren.

Jan was a waitress at Greg and Lou's Restaurant.

She is survived by her children Michael (Jennifer) Dennis, Michele Dennis, Lynda (Joshua) Spencer, Ashley Johnson and John Edge; grandchildren Rene, Michael Jr., Kimberly, Joshua, Curtis, Erika, Makayla, Cadee, Jayveon, Kayli, Avery, Bailey, Caitlin, David and Steven; great-grandchildren Connor, Madilyn, Lynzie, Ellianna, Lealand, Layna and Levi; siblings Diana Hollenbeck (significant other Michael Byrd), Karen Anderson, Pamela Anderson and Alfred (Sharon) Anderson; many nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.

Jan was predeceased by her husband Cecil; parents; sister Alice.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Dennis L. Jones



Age 61 of Owosso passed away Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 4pm with a Time of Sharing at 4pm.

Dennis was born October 1, 1952, the son of Anna Marie Harrow. Graduated from Corunna High School, class of 1971. Dennis married Patricia Kildea on January 1, 1987 in Las Vegas.

Retired from General Motors Truck Assembly in 2003 after 30 years of service. Owner of DJ's Snowplowing and Lawnmowing.


Dennis enjoyed working and always had to keep busy. He loved Mowing and his motto was "Mow till you can't Mow no More"! He had a great compassion for hunting and fishing; he especially enjoyed Deep Sea Fishing when he vacationed. Dennis enjoyed his time on the farm, volunteering at the County Fair and traveling with his wife. He will be remembered by his loved ones as a kind and loving man who was always willing to help others in need.

Dennis was a member of Shiawassee Dog & Gun Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and UAW Local 598.

He is survived by his wife Patricia; siblings Joan (Aaron) Dougherty, Penny (David) Gerrard, Diana (Andrew) Vernier, Dean (Kim) Jones, Terri (Steve) Hetfield and Rob Jones; special friend Ann; father Bob and his wife Lynn; sister-in-law Sue VanWagoner; several nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.

Dennis was predeceased by his mother Anna and brother Arthur VanWagoner.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shiawassee County Fair.

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Sandra Kay Lucas

Age 71 of Perry and Owosso area passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Welcome Home Assisted Living.

The family will have a time of visitation on Friday at Nelson-House Funeral Home from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm.

Sandra was born January 31, 1942 in Owosso, the daughter of Donald and Frances (Saunders) Campbell.

She graduated from St. Paul High School, class of 1960 and was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Laingsburg American Legion and Eagles Club in Clare. Sandra was an avid MSU sports fan and looked forward to watching the game at Café Sports with her husband. She enjoyed shopping, trips and traveling with her husband, time at the cabin, and going to the casino. Sandra would spend countless hours in her yard raking leaves and tending to her famous raspberries.

Sandra married Richard Land Lucas in Corunna on May 16, 1964.

She had been employed for 22 years with Perry Public School District in Food Services.

Sandra is survived by her husband Dick; children Sheri (Mike) Rambo, Sheila (Terry) Fox, Richard (Dawn) Lucas Jr., Michelle (Rafael) Soliz and Michael (Heather) Lucas; step-children Kimberlee Ariss and Teresa Holmquist; 16 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; sisters Elaine Crane, Janice (Paul) DeRoche, Donna Campbell, Christine LaFay and Roxanne Campbell; brother Robert (Carol) Campbell; many nieces, nephews, and other loving family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, sister Ferol (Ernie) Fuhr and brother-in-law Bob Crane.

Memorial contributions are suggested to your local American Legion Post or Hospice.


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Catherine "Kay" L. Collamer (nee Wright)


Age 84, of Owosso, MI, died Friday, December 6, 2013 in Tucson, AZ after a valiant battle with Alzheimer's disease. Kay was born September 25, 1929 in Owosso to Emily and Charles Wright. On August 11, 1951, she and Gerald "Jerry" Collamer were married in Owosso. She resided her entire life in Owosso until recently moving to Tucson, AZ.


Kay was an avid golfer, bowler, card player, and loved spending time with her "gal pals" at the Owosso Country Club. She was a lady who loved to laugh, shop, and visit her family all over the United States. We have been blessed to share our lives with her!


Kay was predeceased by her husband Jerry (former Mayor of Owosso) in 1994, as well as her mother Emily in 1997 and father Charles in 2000. Her survivors include: three sons, Kirk (Melody) Collamer of Tucson, AZ, Rick (Laura) Collamer of Frisco, TX, and Brian (Elaine) Collamer of West Chester, OH; grandchildren, Natalee, Jenna, Jerry, Kellie, and Ian Collamer, Connor Miller, and Jamee Dalton; great grandchildren Chloe (Jason) Detwiler and Matthew Holmes; great great grandchild Wyatt Detwiler; sister Barbara Whitely of Charlotte, MI; sister-in-law Jean (Louis) Sweet of Lansing, MI, and numerous nieces and nephews.


A celebration of Kay's life will take place during Spring/Summer 2014 in Owosso, MI for family and friends to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Memorial Healthcare Foundation, 826 W. King St., Owosso, MI 48867 or online at www.memorialhealthcare.org.

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David George Turner


Age 75 of Laingsburg passed away Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Hospice House of Shiawassee County.


Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Rev. Ray Strawser officiating. Burial will follow at Putnam Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2 to 8pm.


David was born October 8, 1938 in Owosso, the son of Leon and Edna (Cole) Turner.


He graduated from Owosso High School, class of 1955 and attended the University of Michigan-Flint.


David was a member of Michigan Brown Swiss Dairy Cattle Association, Michigan Townships Clerks Association, N.R.A., Pheasants Forever, Michigan Steelheaders, Van Ettan Lake Sportsmen Association and Trout Unlimited. He enjoyed being outdoors and was passionate about his garden.


David married Laura Ann Smith at Owosso First Baptist Church on July 25, 1959; she predeceased him on September 17, 2007.


He spent 22 years as Sciota Township Clerk and 25 years working at Midland Ross along with being a dairy and crop farmer.


David is survived by his son Mark (Barbara) Turner of Brethren; grandchildren Jacob, Dustin, Brittany, Zeon and Trent; 7 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Theresa Turner of Owosso; brothers Dale (Rowena) Turner, Gerald Turner, Richard Turner and Keith (Linda) Turner; sister Lola Smith; life partner Michaelene "Micky" Jordan; nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.


He was predeceased by his son Michael Turner on November 14, 2007.


Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County.

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Michelle A. Rose


Age 43 of Vernon passed away Sunday, December 8, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.


Funeral services will be held 7pm Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6pm until the time of service.


Michelle was born October 21, 1970 in Romulus, the daughter of Richard and Patricia (Patterson) Replogle.


She attended Mount Carmel Catholic High School and was a semester away from earning a teaching degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.


Michelle enjoyed photography, bowling and friends. She was an animal advocate and loved all animals; never turning away any stray. Michelle will be remembered by her loved ones as a kind compassionate person who was always willing to give to someone in need.


She married Rick A. Rose in St. Clair Shores on September 2, 1994.


Michelle was an Activities Director at Homewood Village in Flint and also spent time being a substitute teacher; she was also continuing her education at U of M - Flint.


She is survived by her husband Rick, father and many other loving family members and friends.


Michelle was predeceased by her mother Patricia, and her grandparents.


Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County, and the Humane Society of Shiawassee County.

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Temple E. Clapp

Age 76 of Owosso passed away Thursday, December 05, 2013.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Monday, December 9, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Reggie Adkins officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 6 to 8pm and Sunday from 2 to 8pm.

Temple was born February 17, 1937 in Flint, the son of Franklin and Edna (Anderson) Clapp.

He attended High School in Flint, Michigan, was a member of Gilead Baptist Church and served in the Michigan National Guard from 1954-1958.

Temple was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a NASCAR fan and taught Hunters Safety for several years. Temple was a family man and looked forward to spending time with his family and friends.

He married Sharon Santa on December 3, 1960 in Flint, Michigan.

Temple retired from General Motors after 49 years of service.

He is survived by his daughters Mona (Richard) Mitosinka and Laura (Ronald) Eastman; sons Steven (Lisa) Clapp and Michael (Mary) Clapp; 7 grandchildren Ryan and Ashley Mitosinka, Temple and Dillon Clapp, Megan (Jeff) Poll, Kevin Pavlo and Aaron Clapp; 3 great-grandchildren Madison, Brendon and Reagan; brother Timothy Clapp and sisters Joann (Ed) Burke and Diana (Charles) Wirsing.

Temple was predeceased by his wife Sharon, parents and brother Tyrone Clapp.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Memorial Healthcare Hospice.

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Vanessa E. Skym

Age 56 of Owosso passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

Funeral services will be held 5pm Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Marlene Webster officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 1pm until the time of service.

Vanessa was born February 24, 1957 in St. Johns, the daughter of Carl and San Juanita (Medina) Smith.

She graduated from Owosso High School and was employed as a secretary with the State of Michigan MDOT.

Vanessa married Thomas Skym in Owosso on August 18, 1979.

She enjoyed reading and yoga and looked forward to traveling; camping trips and just being out doors. Most of all Vanessa loved being with her family and especially loved time spent with her grandson.

Vanessa is survived by her husband Thomas; daughters Hillary Skym (fiancé Kenny Stevens) and Courtney Skym; grandson Jak Stevens; 3 brothers Kent (Monica) Smith, Chris (Mary Jo) Smith and Kevin (Patty) Smith; sister Connie (Philip) Klinkoski; ;many nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents Carl and San Juanita and brother Kurt Smith.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County.

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Charles J. Weller

Age 87 of Owosso passed away Thursday, December 05, 2013.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Monday December 9, 2013 at Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastor Susan Kingsley officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 8pm.

Charles was born December 6, 1925 in Owosso, the son of Charles and Dora (Hill) Weller.

He attended Owosso Schools and served in the United States Navy during WWII.

Charles was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he worked as custodian and sang in the choir.

He enjoyed fishing and loved to bake; especially cookies and his famous cinnamon rolls. Charles enjoyed carpentry work; building four family homes through the years along with helping on various family projects.

Charles spent 9 years each working construction and for Redmonds later retiring from Midland-Ross after 20 years of service.

He married Gwendolyn Bailey on July 14, 1945 at Owosso Baptist Church.

Charles is survived by his wife Gwen; daughters Carol Smith of Grand Rapids, Diane (Norman) Campbell of Durand and Darlene Jaquays of Lansing; 7 grandchildren Stephen Smith, Michael (Denise) Smith, Kenneth Smith, Walter "Tony" Smith, Kim Holzhausen (Brian Buys), Erich (Amy) Holzhausen and Nathan (Laura)Campbell; 7 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; brother Clarence Weller; numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family members.

He was predeceased by his parents, 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Trinity United Methodist Church or Memorial Healthcare Hospice.

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James "Jim" Hayward Sr.

Age 66 of Owosso passed away December 1, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

Visitation will be held Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 2pm until 8pm.

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Arthur "Art" Joseph VanWagoner

Age 59 of Owosso passed away Monday, December 2, 2013 after battling a long courageous fight to brain cancer.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, December 9, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Andrew Vernier officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 6 to 8pm and Sunday from 2 to 8pm.

Art was born November 16, 1954 in Owosso, the son of Jack and Marie (Harrow) VanWagoner.

He was a 1973 graduate of Corunna High School and attended Lansing Community College and Michigan State University.

Art enjoyed reading books and being out in nature riding bikes. He had a love for music; both listening to and playing and looked forward to playing with the Owosso Drum Circle. Most of all Art loved time with family and he especially enjoyed his "special" time with his grandson.

He married Sue Nover at St. Paul Catholic Church on December 13, 1975.

Art retired from General Motors in 2006 after more than 31 years of service where he worked as a Benefit Representative. After retiring he spent time being a substitute teacher in the Shiawassee County area.

Art is survived by his wife Sue; daughter Sara (Jason) Clark; grandson Hunter Joseph; father Bob Jones and his wife Lynn; mother-in-law Beverly Nover; siblings Dennis (Patty) Jones, Joan (Aaron) Dougherty, Penny (David) Gerrard, Diana (Andrew) Vernier, Dean (Kim) Jones, Terri (Steve) Hetfield and Rob Jones; special friend Ann; many loving nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.

He was predeceased by his son Paul Arthur VanWagoner, parents and father-in-law Nate Nover.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for a College Education Fund for his grandson.

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Eathel Marguerite Cox

Age 100 of Owosso passed away Sunday, December 1, 2013.

Graveside services will be held 1pm Friday, December 6, 2013 at Greenwood Cemetery in Vernon.

Eathel was born October 15, 1913 in Livingston County, the daughter of Eathel Martin and Emma (Sweeten) Stewart.

She married Alvis Preston Cox in Flint on December 31, 1932; he predeceased her on May 30, 1970.

Eathel moved to Owosso in 1972 after living in the Durand area for 25 years, coming there from Flint. She was a member of Owosso Wesleyan Church and retired from Genesee Bank and Trust in 1976 after 17 years of service. Eathel had attended high school through 10th grade and at the age of 85 she enrolled in the Adult Education Program at Lincoln High School and earned her High School diploma.

Eathel is survived by her son Edson (Sally) Martin Cox Sr.; daughter-in-law Donna Humphries; grandsons Edson Cox Jr. and Jay D. Cox; granddaughters Janet (John) Bloomfield and Julie Rio; 4 great-granddaughters and 3 great-grandsons.

She was predeceased by her husband; son Jay Dorton Cox in 1966; sister Dorothy Potter; brother Ralph Stewart.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Olive Branch Memorial Fund.

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Russell Lester Conklin

Age 59 of Owosso passed away Friday, November 29, 2013.

Funeral services will be held 11am Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Connection Christian Church in Owosso with Pastor Kevin Maginity officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Thursday from 6 to 8pm and Friday 2 to 8pm.

Russell Lester Conklin was born November 17, 1954 in Lancashire, England, to Richard and Brenda (Rumens) Conklin.
The son of an American father and an English mother, Russell's parents came to Michigan where Russ was raised and had dual English / American citizenship until he was twenty-one years old. Russ graduated from Owosso High School, class of 1973 and married Patricia Ann Culver on August 26, 2000 at Owosso St. Johns United Church of Christ.

Russ had a quick smile and a ready willingness to listen and make friends quickly. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, tending his livestock, and taking long drives in the countryside. He was a pioneering member of the Flint NA organization and brought meetings to Owosso. Russ enjoyed listening to music and the classic rock vinyl record collection he began preserving as a teenager.

He attended the Connection Church where Celebrate Recovery has drawn many people together in celebration of new life and renewal and the changes that can take place where there is meaningful hope and transformation. His faith in Christ was joyously infectious and wanted others to know the real peace and joy of the Lord that had changed his life. He survived three heart attacks over the last eight years and finally succumbed to liver cancer after fighting the good fight and passed away at home in peace and dignity into the arms of his Savior, with family by his side . Faith and family were most important to Russell. He is deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Russ was employed with Danek's Ice for more than 20 years as a faithful driver and deliveryman.

Russell is survived by his wife and best friend Patricia; children Zachary Corral, Ryan (Nikki) Conklin, Vanessa Conklin and Joseph Doherty; special friend Susan Conklin; grandchildren Kevin and Madison Conklin; sister Sherrie (Davis) Etheridge; brothers Michael Conklin and Richard Conklin; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles and other loving family and friends; special niece Destiny.

He was predeceased by his parents and brother Paul Conklin.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family or Connection Christian Fellowship, 1482 North M-52, Owosso, Michigan 48867.

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Emily June Kelley

Age 25 of Owosso passed away Saturday, November 30, 2013.

Funeral services will be held 11am Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Owosso First Church of the Nazarene with Pastors Brad Stockton, Matt Hastings, Marlene Webster, and Michael Watson officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5 to 8pm and Wednesday from 9am until 8pm with family present 2 to 8pm.

Emily was born July 31, 1988 in Owosso, the daughter of Keith and Lynnae' (Weisenburger) Kelley.

She graduated from Owosso High School, class of 2007 and attended Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Emily loved the Lord and her Church family. She especially loved children, from teaching them to mentoring them. Emily looked forward to get-togethers and spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed being active in 4-H since she was little.

Emily worked at Rutherford Winans Academy in Detroit as a teacher and had also spent time working at Central Elementary School in Owosso.

She is survived by her parents; Brother Josh (Heidi) Kelley; Grandmother Sherrill Weisenburger; Fiancé Neal Lewis; Aunts Shana Prieur (fiancé Jim LaPaugh), Deborah (Charles) Hooper and Kathy (Allen) Lisk; Uncles Tom (Pam) Weisenburger, Matthew (Cathy) Kelley, Mark (Kelly) Kelley and dear Uncle Mike (Lynelle) Kelley; Cousins, Sister-Cousins and many other loving family and friends.

Emily was predeceased by her Grandparents Mark and Jean Kelley and Grandfather Charles "Beebs" Weisenburger.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family. They are starting a memorial fund in Emily's honor that will be used to benefit the children of Rutherford Winans Academy.

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Elizabeth Ann (Condra) Guzman

Age 46 of Harrison formerly of Owosso passed away unexpectedly Saturday, November 23, 2013 at her home.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Deacon Gary Edington officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 12noon until the time of service.

Elizabeth was born February 8, 1967 in Owosso, the daughter of Oliver "Charles" and Patricia (Miller) Condra.

She graduated from Owosso Highs School, class of 1986 and married Justo J. Guzman in 1991 and later had 2 children daughter Blair Guzman, who is expecting Elizabeth's first granddaughter Olivianna Mae Guzman in February and she was very excited to meet her. Elizabeth also leaves her son Justo C. Guzman Jr., along with his girlfriend Audrey Risch, all of Harrison.

She is survived by her husband Justo Sr., children Blair and Justo Jr.; step-daughters Angie Guzman(Bobby Boyer), BJ Guzman (Tommy Church), Christina Guzman and Tonia (BJ) Schlaud; 8 step-grandchildren; 3 step great-grandchildren; brother David (Kim) Condra; aunt Grace (Bobbie) Frazier; loving companions Diesel and Code Blue.

Elizabeth was predeceased by her grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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James Alfred Hardwick


Age 86 of Owosso went to be reunited with his wife in Heaven, Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.


Funeral services will be held 11am, Tuesday November 26, 2013 at the Cornerstone Church of God with Pastors Eric Rogers and Christopher Hardwick officiating, burial to be held at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly Michigan.
The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Monday from 3pm to 8pm.


James was born March 2, 1927 in Iuka, Mississippi, the son of James A. and Elizabeth (Rice) Hardwick.
He attended Iuka High School in Mississippi and was an active member of the Cornerstone Church of God. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing and snowmobiling and served his country during WWII in the United States Army.


Jim worked most his life as a carpenter and many years in construction, which opened the door to being the Owosso Twp Zoning Administrator and Building inspector.


He was also the founder of "King of King" video productions for over 20 years, providing community programs for local public access TV.


James married Betty Jean Curtis in Corinth, Mississippi on October 4, 1945; she predeceased him on May 15, 2012.


He is survived by his children Susan (Roger) Smith, Rebecca (Mike) Rubelman, Sandra Bremer, James (Laurie) Hardwick and Christopher (Yvonne) Hardwick; 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; Brother Billy Hardwick; half-sister Dianna Randolph.


James was also predeceased by his parents and brother Dale Hardwick.


Memorial contributions are suggested to the Cornerstone Church of God.

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Nancy E. Newell

Age 65 of Owosso passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at the Hospice House of Shiawassee County.

Funeral services will be held 11am Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Susan Kingsley officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Henderson. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8pm and on Saturday from 10am until the time of service.

Nancy was born August 7, 1948 in Owosso, the daughter of Jay and Virginia (Cline) Casteel.

She graduated from Owosso High School, class of 1966 and married Timothy Newell on March 29, 1994.

Nancy enjoyed working in her yard and gardening and looked forward to spending time with her family; she especially loved time with her grandson.

Nancy had been employed through the years at various companies' including Deluxe Trophy and Mitchell Bentley.

She is survived by her husband Tim; sons Ron Forrester (Dar Montgomery) and Tim Newell Jr. ; grandson Michael Motroni; brother Jim (Christine) Casteel; mother-in-law Thelma Newell; sisters-in-law Mary Jo Newell, Marsha Newell and Charlotte Kirk; many other loving family members and friends.

Nancy was predeceased by her parents, sisters Jane and Jean Casteel and brother-in-law Bob Newell.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County.

 

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Joseph A. Tomasik



Age 66 of Ovid passed away Friday, November 15, 2013 at his home.

There will be no services at this time.

Joseph was born November 25, 1946 in Owosso , the son of Joseph and Anna (Blahut) Tomasik.

He graduated from Elsie High School, class of 1965 and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Joseph married Sue Morris in Owosso on May 18, 1973; they recently celebrated 40 blissfull years of marriage.

He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Joseph looked forward to family time and especially loved time with his grandson.

He is survived by his wife Sue; son Kirk Marrison [Elise Des Jardins] of East Lansing grandson Urian Des Jardines; sister Joan Vacik; mother-in-law Mary Morris; brother and sister-in-laws Dennie (Diane Boegner) Morris and Joe (Theresa Schoeder); several nieces and nephews and other loving family and friends.

Joseph was predeceased by his parents.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Charles "Charlie" Nunez

Charles "Charlie" Nunez, Sr, (90 years old) of Perry, MI (formerly of Tampa, FL) found eternal rest with his Savior Sunday morning, November 17, 2013. "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise!" (Psalm 100:4)

Charlie was born July 1, 1923 in Puerto Rico. He was a devoted father and loving grandfather characterized by his kindness to all. He joined the Army Air Corp after Pearl Harbor and served with distinction for 26 years in the Air Force and Army. During WWII as the assistant flight engineer for a B-24 Liberator in the South Pacific, he was part of a cutting-edge group called the "Snoopers." He also served in both the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.

Charlie is survived by his beloved wife, Zuila P. Nunez; son Charles Nunez Jr. (Carol) of Perry, MI; daughter Debbie (Brad) Badal of NJ; his step-daughter Mary Feliciano of Tampa, FL; seventeen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held 2pm Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Oak Plains Cemetery in Shaftsburg.

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Lucille A. Granger

Loving wife, mother and grandmother, age 87 of Owosso passed away Friday, November 15, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Lucille was born January 7, 1926 in Owosso, the daughter of Frank and Anna (Hebekeuser) Fisher. Lucille was a graduate of St. Paul Catholic School and member of St. Paul Catholic Church.

She married Louis A. Granger at St. Paul Catholic Church on June 9, 1956. Lucille was a homemaker and spent her life raising and caring for her family along with working the family farm with her husband. Lucille was a great cook, loved being outdoors tending to her flower gardens and looked forward to trips to the casino and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Lucille was predeceased by her parents, brother Leo Fisher and infant sister Margaret. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years Louis; children Marie (Michael) Donley of Howell, MI, Robert Granger (Bill Bailey) of Eaton Rapids, MI and Sue (Robert) Friedlein of Eaton Rapids, MI; grandchildren Dr. Joe Donley of Gross Pointe, MI and Haley Friedlein; brother Frank (Joana) Fisher, sisters in-law Lois Fisher, Dorothy Bloss, Evelyn (George) Dzurak, Marian Granger and Mary Lou Granger; special niece Margaret Burl who always made sure her hair was in style; many other nieces, nephews and other loving family members.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at St. Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Michael O’Brien officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 6 to 8pm and on Monday from 2 to 8pm with the rosary prayed at 7pm.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Paul Catholic Church or Owosso Memorial Cancer Center whose care helped Lucille become a cancer survivor.

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Charles Harold Weisenburger


Age 74 of Owosso passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Sparrow Hospital.

Funeral services will be held 3pm Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Owosso First Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Jim Britt officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 8pm and Saturday at the church from 12noon til the time of service.

Charles was born June 12, 1939 in Hull, North Dakota, the son of Arthur and Genevieve (Goward) Weisenburger.

He served in the United States Air Force during Vietnam and married Sherrill Lawrence in Flint on May 16, 1959.

Charles was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Flint. He spent many years being a Leader for 4-H, Hush Puppies dog club along side his wife and a woodworking club "Sparks-N-Knots" and Boy Scouts (Weblos). He was an avid deer hunter and looked forward to the opening morning of deer season making his way to the woods and just taking in all that nature had to offer and of course finding a nice tree to lean on and rest his eyes.

Charles was employed with Universal Electric/ Magnetek and retiring after 33years as a machinist.

He is survived by his wife Sherrill; children Thomas (Pam) Weisenburger, Lynnae (Keith) Kelley and Shana Prieur (James LaPaugh); grandchildren Travis (Lori) Weisenburger, Josh (Heidi) Kelley, Emily Kelley and Maegen, Abigal, Rebecca and Rachel Prieur; great-grandchildren Payton, Claire and Tyler and many other loving family members and friends.

Charles was predeceased by his parents and sister Sara Kelly

Memorial contributions are suggested to Shiawassee County 4-H.

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Harold L. Dolehanty

Age 87 of Rose City passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

A mass of Christian burial will be held 11am Saturday, November 16, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gaines with Fr. Jeff Pohl officiating. Burial will take place at Lane Heights Cemetery in Lupton, Michigan on Monday. The family will receive friends on Saturday at the church from 10am until the time of service.

Harold was born August 26, 1926, the son of Daniel and Alma (Brown) Dolehanty.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Branch and loved to be outdoors in nature; especially deer hunting with both bow and gun, snowmobiling and 4 wheeling. Church was very important to Harold. He looked forward to trips and traveling with his wife. Most of all Harold was happiest when he was with his family and he especially loved being with his grandchildren.

Harold served in the United States Navy during World War II and Korean War and retired from Grand Trunk Railroad after 44 years of service.

He married Betty Jean Davis on September 19, 1953; she predeceased him in 2008.

Harold is survived by his five children Fred (Nancy) Dolehanty, Trudy (Gary) Reetz, Lonne (Robert) Brown, Teresa (Robert) Krieger and Laura (Steve) Zyber; many grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother Paul Delehanty; sisters Helen Aurand and Ruth Bennetts; several nieces, nephews and other family members.

He was also predeceased by his grandson Colin, a sister and five brothers.

The family wishes to express a special thank you to the doctors and staff at Memorial Healthcare Center for the loving care their father was given.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Owosso Memorial Healthcare Hospice or Operation Injured Soldiers.

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Dale L. Austin

Age 75 of Owosso passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at the Hospice House of Shiawassee County.

A memorial service will be held 4pm Friday, November 15, 2013 at the American Legion.

Dale was born November 20, 1937 in Ovid, the son of Frank and Violet (Curtis) Austin.

He was a 1956 graduate of Ovid High School and enjoyed tinkering with small motors, deer hunting and ice fishing. Dale was an avid bowler and looked forward to league bowling with his wife.

Dale married Frances Jenc on May 28, 1960 at St. Joseph Church in Owosso.

He was employed in his earlier years at Universal Electric and retired from General Motors Flint where he had worked as a maintenance supervisor.

Dale is survived by his wife Frances; children Kelley (Deb) Austin and Stephan (Joell) Austin; grandchildren Darcy (Don) Miller, William (Michelle) Wisner, Curtis Wisner, Kaylee Slingerland and Zarah Austin; great-grandchildren Tyler, Bailey and Mercedes; siblings Eva (Gordon) Roy, Jerry (Linda) Austin, Leona (Jack) Lawback , Dauane (Susan) Austin and Michele Slathamus; many other loving family and friends.

He was predeceased by his daughter Shelley Wisner, brother Lyle Austin and sister Virginia Godley.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County.

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Matthew Christopher Guetschow

Age 32 of Mt Morris (formerly of Owosso) passed away unexpectedly due to natural causes Saturday, November 9, 2013 at his home.

A memorial service will be held 1pm Friday, November 15, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor David Knox officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 11am until the time of service.

Everyone who met Matthew liked him. He loved to laugh and to make other people laugh. He enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews who adored him. Matthew was an avid reader of the novels of Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft. He also liked collecting comic books, playing video games and watching movies. He was always up for board games and lawn games with his family.

Matthew was born May 25, 1981 in Monroe, Michigan, the son of Gregg and Susan (Bohner) Guetschow.

He graduated in 1999 from Owosso High School where he played trumpet in the band. Matthew completed the Pharmacy Technician program at Baker College of Owosso. He was pursuing a bachelor's degree in Psychology at University of Michigan, Flint at the time of his death.

Matthew married Christina Potter in Owosso on July 13, 2002.

He was employed as a security guard by University of Michigan, Flint and by G4S of Livonia.

Matthew is survived by his wife Christina; parents Gregg and Susan; sisters Jessica and Emily; grandmother Betty Bohner; in-laws Richard and Lorraine Potter; many special nieces, nephews and other loving family members and friends.

He was predeceased by his grandparents Russell and Virginia Guetschow and Robert Bohner.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Owosso Band Boosters.

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John Christopher Jordan


Age 47 went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 8, 2013. He was born and raised in Owosso.

Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor John Walworth officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Perry. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2 to 8pm.

John graduated from Corunna High School, class of 1984. He was known for his great smile and his ability to be a friend to everyone. John was witty and quick and could tell you any trivia fact you needed to know. He was a sports trivia expert, spent most of his leisure time watching sports and was "Go Blue" all the way.

He was employed through the years at various companys in the community including Woodards and Chelmar.

John took great pride in his daughter Jayce Lyn, brother Michael and "little" sister Jill (as he always referred to her) and he couldn't be more pleased with his #1 nephew Zane. John was all about family and was happiest when all was well with all of them.
He was always proud of his family and of their strong family ties and togetherness.

John is survived by his daughter Jayce Lyn Jordan of Owosso; parents David and Sharon (Ferry) Jordan of Owosso; brother Michael (Mistie) Jordan of Owosso; sister Jillyn Jordan of Owosso; nephew Zane; special friend of the family Brad Halladay of LeRoy, Michigan; special uncles and aunts Duane (Irene) Ferry of Chesaning and Bob (Brenda) Jordan of Corunna; many dearly loved cousins and great cousins Don (Joyce) Miller and family of Perry.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Frances (DeLong) Ross


Age 91 of Owosso died Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Owosso on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 11am with Rev. Carol McCleary officiating.

The fifth child of George and Bertha (Nelson) DeLong, Frances was born in Flint, Michigan on September 15, 1922 and became a long time resident of Owosso.

Frances married Max O. Ross August 1, 1942, at First Baptist Church, Corunna, Michigan. An employee of Redmond's and Universal Electric, she also owned "Fran's Beauty Shop" for several years. She enjoyed reading, china painting, dancing and playing Euchre with family and friends.

Survivors include her son Max and Sandi Ross of North Fort Meyers, Florida and their five children Max III (Danette), Desiree (Dennis), Janie (Jeff), Tim (Stacey) and John (Gary); her daughter Linda and John Erkkila of Hoschton, Georgia and their two children Kate and Matt; seven great-grandchildren Brian, Brandy, Austin, Cody, Kaily, Bailey and Tamsin; one great-great grandchild Payton Lynn Ross; one brother Kenneth DeLong of Owosso; two sisters Verla Roberts of Lake and Beverly Woods of Flint; many nieces and nephews.

Frances was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 54 years Max O Ross Sr.; an infant daughter Katherine Frances; brothers Duane, Don and Jim; sisters Madeline, Lucy, Wanda and Lorraine.

Frances' children wish to thank the staffs of Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility and Oliver Woods Retirement Village for the loving care their mother received in the final days of her life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Owosso or Memorial Home Health and Hospice, Owosso.

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Harry "Hank" Jesse Mosher, Jr.

Harry (Hank) Jesse Mosher, Jr., age 60, died Monday, November 4th, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 8th, at St. Paul
Church in Owosso. Burial will follow at St. Paul Catholic Cemetery. Hank's
family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home, 120 East Mason Street
in Owosso from 2 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 7th, with 7 to 8 p.m. set as a
time of remembrance.

Hank Mosher was born on April 7, 1953, in Detroit, and was the youngest child of
Harry J. Mosher Sr., and Evelyn (Rice) Mosher. He was a 1971 graduate of Utica High School. He earned a B. S. in occupational therapy from Eastern Michigan University, and two graduate certificates in orthotics and prosthetics from Northwestern University.

On February 7, 1976, Hank Mosher and Mary Ann Fox married at St. Paul Church in Owosso. The couple spent the rest of their life together in Portland, OR., Springfield, OH., Park Forest, IL. and, since 1981, in Birch Run, MI. Hank Mosher finished his working career at St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw.

Hank is remembered by all who knew him as a wonderful father and as a humble, kind and caring man. He loved backpacking, long bike rides, keeping bees, baking bread and chocolate chip cookies, and brewing kombucha. It brought him great joy to share his interests and his passions with others, and to teach them what he knew. Hank Mosher was a member of Saginaw's Men of Music Choir, and he devoted much time to Boy Scout Troop 304 in Saginaw.

Hank Mosher is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Mosher, his daughters, Cassidy
Mosher and Anna Mosher, his sons, Jesse Mosher and Billy Mosher, his grandson,
Zain, his sisters, Kaye (John) Olinik and Alice Counts, and twenty-one nieces and nephews.

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Bruce P. Haak Jr.

Age 66 of Afton, NY passed away unexpectedly October 29, 2013. Bruce was born in Owosso, Michigan, one of three children to Bruce and Muriel Haak.

He is survived b his wife Joyce; son Brian and grandson Corbin of Swartz Creek, Michigan; daughter Kathleen of Pittsburgh, PA; sister Marilinda Schor of Newark, Ohio; brother and sister-in-law Tim and Mary Ann Haak of North Muskegon, Michigan.

He was a graduate of Owosso High School where he was a proud member of their wrestling team. Graduating from Cal Pol Tech in California as an equine podiatrist, Bruce chose this occupation as his career for 45 years.

Through the years he bred, raced and trained top level Quarter horses, Appaloosas and Thoroughbreds. His passion in later years was carriage driving where he met a wide array of people and drove different breeds of horses. Bruce was known for his willingness to share the love of that sport to all. As he was loved, so shall he be missed.

Friends are invited to call from 12pm until 3pm on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Athelas Therapeutic Riding, 1179 County Hwy 5, Otego, NY 13825.

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Agnes Ann Vogl

Age 88 of Henderson, was called home on Sunday, November 3, 2013. She was born on October 7, 1925 in the New Lothrop, Michigan area, the last surviving child of the late John and Katherine (Sumichrast) Krcmarik.

Agnes married Anton "Tony" Vogl on January 15, 1949 and he predeceased her on October 8, 1990. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owosso and was an officer for the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association (FCSLA) Local Lodge #451 for nearly 50 years. Agnes retired in May 1997 at age 71 from Motor Products/Allied Motion in Owosso with over 33 years of service.

As a young girl on the family farm she helped with taking care of chickens, picking pickles, canning, milking cows and the many other activities of farm life. When she was 17 years old she went to work at Bendix in Owosso building parts for the WWII effort. She also worked at Buick in Flint and Redmonds in Owosso. God blessed her with a very warm, caring spirit. Visitors were always welcomed with a smile, a snack or a meal, coffee and conversation.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her daughter Evelyn (David) Knauf of Mason and son Dennis Vogl (Patty Entrekin) of Henderson; two grandchildren Mark (Brenda) Knauf of St. Johns and Marcia (Jacob) Meyers of Mason; five great-grandchildren Madison Knauf, Morgan Hollern, Calder, Blake and Tristan Meyers; two sisters-in-law Lorraine Krcmarik and Marian Krcmarik; many nieces and nephews; one first cousin Emily Barton of Wisconsin and several, more distant cousins.

Agnes was preceded in death by all her siblings, nine brothers John (Anna Kunik), Francis (Mary Murgas), Joseph (Dorothy Wanek), Cyril M (in childhood), Cyril (Stasia Slamka), Steve (Julie Tomasek), George, August "Gus", and Edward (Elsie Konecny) Krcmarik and sister Cecelia (Harvey) Jamick.

A special thank you to Patty Entrekin, Kevin Kasik, Jeff and Brett Vogl for their help through the course of the years.

A mass of Christian burial will be held 11am Thursday, November 7, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Phillip Schweda officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6 to 8pm and Wednesday from 2 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 7pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Joseph Church Roofing/Parking Fund.

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Karen F. Friday



Karen F. Friday age 70 of Corunna, our mother, grandmother, aunt and friend has gone to be with her Lord and all her loved ones. She passed on Friday, November 1st 2013 in Battle Creek,Michigan. She leaves behind many memories with each and everyone of us.

She had the best care provided by Bronson Hospital, Battle Creek, by their dedicated and compassionate staff.

Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at First Congregational Church-UCC of Owosso, Michigan. Pastor Deb Grazier will be officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Monday November 4th from 6 to 8pm and on Tuesday November 5th from 2 to 8pm.

Karen was born February 19th, 1943 in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Mervin and Helen Kelley Davis. She graduated from Atlanta, Michigan High School and attended Interlochen Art Academy. She married Leroy Friday in Atlanta, Michigan on February 15, 1964. He predeceased her in 2007.

Karen was a member of First Congregational Church- UCC of Owosso, Michigan where she was employed as secretary for 16 years and was very active in the Women's Fellowship, as well as the United Church of Christ, Michigan Conference. Karen was an active in the Owosso Musicale and Shiawassee Arts Council.

Karen gave the most precious gift we can offer anyone, her attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love they bloom like flowers. She will be engrained in the hearts of her family, friends, and strangers because of her spark, her smile, and the joy within her soul which she so freely gave.

Karen is survived by her fiancé and best friend Ron Marlatt; son Kevin (Charlene) Friday; daughter Lesha Friday (fiancé Dr. Richard Stacey); grandchildren Kyle (Jen Hamilton) Friday, Erik Friday and Kelley Friday; great grandchildren Avarie and Dylan; brother Dennis (Janet) Davis; sisters-in-law Lyn McBride and Barbara McBride; many nieces, nephews and loving family and friends.

She was predeceased by her Husband Leroy and brothers Delmar McBride and Charles McBride.

Memorial contributions are suggested to First Congregational Church- UCC of Owosso or the Shiawassee Arts Council.

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Delores J. Dysinger

Age 57 of Owosso passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at her home.

There will be no services at this time.

Delores was born September 1, 1956 in Owosso, the daughter of Joseph and Faye (Stilson) Salava.

She graduated from Owosso High School, class of 1974 and attended Lansing Community College where she studied Radiology.

Delores was an avid bowler and enjoyed camping; she looked forward to camping at Sleepy Hollow. Delores had a love for animals and especially loved cats. She was a fan of Tom Petty and Jimmy Buffet. Most of all Delores loved spending time with her family and grandson Landon.

She is survived by her sons Justin (Kristen) Salava and Brett Dysinger; grandson Landon; brother Randy (Kathy) Salava; many other loving family members and friends.

Delores was predeceased by her husband Robert Dysinger.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Barbara Ann Carnahan

Age 85 of Owosso passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2013.

The family will receive friends at the Nelson-House Funeral Home on Saturday from 2 to 4 pm with a private family service to follow.

Barbara was born October 31, 1927 in Mohawk, Michigan, the daughter of Arthur and Hazel (Colling) LeSage.

She graduated from Northern High School in Flint and married William M. Carnahan in Tawas on May 20, 1959.

Barbara most enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening and looked forward to trips to the beach.

Barbara is survived by her husband William of 54 years; children Janet (Kim) Aitcheson, Laurie (Alan) Perkins, Scott (Nancy) Aitcheson, David (Deb) Carnahan, Dara (Bob) Siddock and Lisa (Dave); 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and other loving family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Arthur and sister Mary.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Memorial Healthcare Hospice, 1488 N. M-52, Owosso, Michigan, 48867.

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Troy Anthony Thomas

Age 46 of Owosso passed away Monday, October 28, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

Services will be at a later date with Family & Friends

Troy was born July 1, 1967 in Owosso, the son of Larry Thomas and Etta (Pirochta) Maxwell.

He enjoyed camping and looked forward to spending time with his family; especially his daughter.

Troy is survived by his daughter Kaitlyn Rose Thomas and her mother Shawn Worden of Flushing; sisters Laura (Kelly) Rodgers of North Carolina, Leslie (Daryl) Krawczak of Michigan, Tracy (Eric) Root of South Carolina; brother Larry (Tosha) Thomas of Michigan; nieces and nephews Carli, Christopher, Amanda, Ronald, Devon, Jonathon, Robert, Cassandra and Travis; great niece Kaydence; loving family members of the Pirochta and Smith Families, and many friends.

He was predeceased by his father Larry in 2006 and his mother Etta in 2010.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Rena Sutton

Age 88 of Owosso passed away Thursday, October 24, 2013 peacefully surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, October 28, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 8pm.

Rena Ellen was born August 30, 1925 in Illinois. She was the daughter of Robert and Rena (Davison) Shears. Rena was always proud of her Native American heritage and loved to tell family stories.

She attended Corunna Schools. Rena married Kelly J. Sutton on November 21, 1949 in Corunna. Rena's goal in life was to have a large family and be a homemaker. She accomplished that with having eight children.

Rena worked as a nurse technician and then a licensed daycare provider and foster parent to many children. She traveled around the state with her musician husband playing country music. Rena loved playing bingo, going to the casino, crocheting and painting her windows for the holidays or a special birthday greeting to a relative.

Left to cherish her memory are Robert J. (Wanda) Miller of Prudenville, Kellene (Joseph) Hedrich of Farwell, Kelly Jr. (Judith) Sutton of Owosso, Edward (Kay Johnson) Sutton of Owosso, Carolyn (Walt, Jr) Lawrence of Owosso; grandchildren Robert Miller Jr., Rhonda Smith, Amanda DuBuis, Joseph Hedrich Jr., Tammy Carlson, Christopher, Kellene, Colleen, Timothy Lawrence, Rena Zieba, James Miller Jr., Ted Miller and Ronnie Miller; step-grandchildren Carl Miller, Francis Miller and many great and great-great grandchildren; brother and sister-in-laws Margaret Shears of Clio, Arthur Sutton of Owosso, Barbara Smith, Ronald and Diana Delong of Owosso; special nieces, nephews and friends; special friend Lenore Rowell of Owosso. Rena loved her two pugs, Tika and Philmore.

Rena was predeceased by her husband Kelly; parents; sons James Miller, Ronald Miller and Paul Sutton; grandchildren Edward Miller and Christian; brothers Arthur, James, Ralph and Jack Shears; sisters Mary Ann and Jane; sister-in-laws Minnie Young, Lois Shears, Gladys Shears, Andrea Sutton and Jean Sutton; brother-in-laws Donald Smith and Lloyd Sutton.

Memorials may be made to the family.

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Beverly Jean Ash

Age 78 of Owosso passed away Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Hazel Findlay Country Manor.

Funeral services will be held 3pm Sunday, October 27, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Cal Emerson officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 5 to 8pm.

Beverly was born December 2, 1934 in Flint, the daughter of Carl and Alice (O'Deal) Kirbyson.

She was a member of the Davison V.F.W. Color Guard.

Beverly loved to dance and enjoyed spending time with her family; she especially liked being out of doors and fishing.

She married Bernard W. Ash in Flint on September 10, 1950

Beverly retired from General Motors after 30 years of service along with working along side her husband on the family farm.

Beverly is survived by her children Wayne (Jean) Ash, Wade (Gail) Ash, Warren (Marcel) Ash and Mary (Randy) McEwen; grandchildren Wayne, Cody, Michelle, Mindy, Mary Kay, Nathan, Alexis, Megan, Myla and Mariah; 11 great-grandchildren; sister Jeannette (Max) Shock; many other loving family members and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Bernard, parents and brother Eddie.

Memorial Contributions are suggested to Grace Hospice.

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Shirley A. Pappas

Age 78 of Owosso passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be held 3pm Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Kathy Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 8pm.

Shirley was born April 18, 1935 in Spokeane, Washington, the daughter of Peter and Bertha (Brunelle) LaChapelle.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Shirley enjoyed reading and baking and will be remembered for her "famous" apple pie. Most of all she looked forward to time with her family and especially loved being with her grandchildren.

Shirley married Robert Pappas in Spokeane, Washington on July 13, 1951 and was employed through the years at various shops including White's Bakery.

She is survived by her husband Robert; children Robert Pappas Jr, Robin Brown, Judy Pappas, Maryanne Pappas and Renee Smith; grandchildren Mallory (Jason) Harbitz, Parker Brown, Charity Smith, Jeffery Tithof, Kristen Tithof and Taylor Tithof; great-grandson Dalton Davies; many other loving family and friends.

Shirley was predeceased by her son Steven Pappas.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Peggy Moorhead

Age 91 of Owosso passed Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be held 1:30pm Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Deacon Gary Edington officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Hemlock. The family will greet friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 4pm with a rosary prayed at 5:30 and visitation continuing until 8pm.

Peggy was born January 10, 1922 in Hemlock, the daughter of Emory and Mary Ann (O'Hara) Fuller.

She graduated from St. Mary's Catholic High School in Hemlock in 1939 and then attended and graduated from Owosso Business College. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church.

Peggy looked forward to spending time with her family and friends.

She married Fritz Gerald Moorhead in Hemlock on November 20, 1941; he predeceased her on March 25, 1994.

Peggy was a secretary who worked for Harris Milling Company and Olincraft (Georgia Pacific) retiring in 1970 after many years of service.

She is survived by her daughters Jeanne Harrelson of Corunna and Judy (Mike) Caverson of Owosso; sons William Moorhead of Flint, Robert (Linda) Moorhead of New Hampshire and Joe (Amelia) Moorhead of Grand Blanc; 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and other family members.

Peggy was predeceased by her husband Fritz, four sons Fritz Jr., Don, Jim and Tom, two sisters and three brothers.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Peggy Moorhead Memorial Fund.

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Betty L. Welsh

Age 89 of Owosso passed away Monday, October 21, 2013 at her home.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Betty was born November 25, 1923 in Tarahoe, Indiana, the daughter of Bruce and Edith (Farmer) Meyers.

She graduated from Howe High School in Indiana and was a member of the First Church of Christ.

Betty looked forward to taking trips and attending church. She was an avid swimmer and set several swim records in high school.

Betty had been employed at Toledo Commutator in Owosso, Michigan and RCA Incorporated in Indiana.

She is survived by her children Carolyn (Douglas) Ehlen, Debbie (Joe) Coleman and Robert (Joe) Rollings; grandchildren Helena Ochodnicky, Duane (Kelly) Ochodnicky, Eric Ochodnicky, Sharon (Kevin) Adams, Rodney Morgan and great-grandchildren Colin, Jonah, Ricky, Duane III, Andrew, Dakota, Eric Jr, Olivia and Zachary; many nieces and nephews and other loving family members.

Betty was predeceased by her son Bruce Lewallen; great-granddaughter Brandi; sisters Juanita Foster and Carolyn Meyers.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Church of Christ.

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Donald C. Peterson Jr.

Age 58 of Owosso formerly of Ann Arbor passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013 at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

A memorial service will be held 3pm Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Knox Presbyterian Church, 2065 S. Wagner Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103.

Donald was born July 14, 1955 at Castle AFB, Merced, California. In his youth he lived 6 years in Alexandria, Virginia and enjoyed the Washington DC area activities and sights. He graduated from Tullahoma High School in Tennessee and briefly attended the University of Tennessee before moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan and graduating from Eastern Michigan University. After graduation he spent several years working in sales and marketing.

Donald enjoyed running marathons, playing tennis and watching college athletics. He was a kind and likeable man and will be remembered by his loved ones for his friendly smile and nice personality.

Donald married Audrey McGarvey on March 24, 2012.

He was employed at Home Depot where he worked in sales.

Donald is survived by his wife Audrey; children Alexander, Ashley and Kaitlyn; parents Don and Dorothy of Ann Arbor; brother David Peterson of Ann Arbor; special cousins James O'Keefe of Madison, Alabama and Tom O'Keefe of Superior, Wisconsin; many cousins and other loving family and friends.

His grandparents preceded him in death, both his grandfathers were immigrants, one from Sweden and the other from Norway.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Robert "Bob" Robinson

Of Chapin, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend passed away Monday, October 21, 2013 at the age of 59 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be held 11am Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Marlene Webster officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Elsie. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 6 to 8pm and Friday from 2 to 8pm.


Bob was born November 24, 1953 in St. Johns, the son of Nettie (Robinson) and Gordon Tobias.

He enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing and camping. Most of all Bob looked forward to spending time with his family and friends.

He married Kelley Zachar in Toledo, Ohio on September 12, 1986.

Bob was employed with Chips Place and Shiawassee Council on Aging where he delivered meals.

He is survived by his wife Kelley; daughters Samantha Soliz, Michelle Wyon, Bobbie Wherry and Tonya Heckman; son-in-law Howie Wherry; grandchildren Seth Soliz, Alexander Bosley, Michael (Samantha) Davis, John Davis, Chaine Wyon, Tyler and Bailey Wherry, Cameron Cords and Alexah Heckman; great-grandson Jaden Davis; father and mother-in-law John and Mary Zachar; brothers Rick Tobias, Terry (Corine) Tobias, Dan (Sandy) Tobias, Lonny (Carolyn) Tobias, Marty (Polly) Tobias and Randy (Patty) Tobias; sisters Janet (Joe) Cosgrove, Tammy (James) Verburg; sister-in-law Stephanie (Brian) Pardee; special cousins Mark and Bill Black; many nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.

Bob was predeceased by his parents, infant son Robert Jr, daughter Shannon and great granddaughter Hope.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shiawassee Council on Aging.

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Lucille Joyce Fisher

Age 83 of Durand passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

At Lucille's request there will be no services held.

Lucille was born April 10, 1930 in Owosso, the daughter of George and Esther (Boudot) Webster.

She enjoyed crafts and spending time with her family.

Lucille married James R. Fisher in Indiana in 1951.

She is survived by her son Robert of Flint; 7 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; 2 sisters Jean Webster of Phoenix, AZ and Bessie (Bud) Scott of Owosso; brother Richard (Karen) Webster of OK; many nieces and nephews.

Lucille was predeceased by her husband James in 1985 and 3 brothers.

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Dorothy Braden

Age 93 of Owosso passed away October 17, 2013 at Durand Senior Care and Rehab Center.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 am Monday, October 21, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Deb Grazier officiating. Burial will follow at Union Plain Cemetery in Bancroft. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 10am until the time of service.

Dorothy was born May 23, 1920 in Byron, the daughter of Clifton Braden and Flossie Devereaux.

She was a graduate of Byron High School, enjoyed gardening and looked forward to church and other activities at First Congregational Church.

Dorothy retired from Universal Electric in Owosso.

She is survived by her nieces Janet (Richard) Mieczkowski and Carol Case; great niece and nephews Christopher, Keith and Alison; cousin Bob Braden.

Dorothy was predeceased by her parents and two sisters Barbara Braden and Norma Case.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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Donna J. Kingsbury


Age 79 of Owosso passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Genesys Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held 12noon Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor John Walworth. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 3 to 8pm.

Donna was born June 16, 1934 in Owosso, the daughter of Wayne and Viola (Nolph) Sworthwood.

She graduated from Corunna High School, class of 1952 and married Lavere Kingsbury at St. Paul Christ Episcopal in Corunna on June 21, 1952.

Donna had a love for raising horses and especially enjoyed watching them race at the track. She looked forward to trips in the motor home and traveling to Arizona, Vegas and wintering in Florida.

Donna was a homemaker and spent her life taking care of her family along with helping on the family farm. After her kids grew up she found her niche to go with her gift and found herself selling Tupperware and Amway.

She is survived by her husband Lavere; children Connie (Bill) Pugh, Pam (Steve) Hamilton and Mike (Jodi) Kingsbury; 7 grandchildren Jason (Allison) Eicher, Jennifer (Kevin) Price, Jamie (Mike) Richmond, Brandon Mead (Jennifer Wisenbaugh), Bradley (Jessica) Mead, Adam Kingsbury (Megan Pagelkopf), and Ashley Kingsbury; 7 great-grandchildren Camus, Aries, Emmry, Austin, Evan, Bryce and Nicholas; sister-in-law Judy Hocking; brother Gary (Carol) Sworthwood.

Donna was predeceased by her brother Marvin Swarthwood.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Shiawassee County 4H or Shiawassee County Fairgrounds.

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David Harold Delger



Age 78 of Owosso passed away Monday, October 14, 2013 at his home.

A celebration of David's life will be held @ 2pm Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 12 noon until the time of celebration.

David was born August 13, 1935 in St. Charles, Missouri, the son of William and Dorothy (Pollard) Delger.

He graduated from Toledo High School, attended Albion College and served in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954. He was employed in different manufacturing positions at various companies, including Baron Drawn Steel and Tranner Manufacturing in Toledo, OH. He retired as the president of Union Steel in Albion, MI.
David was an avid sports fan and golfer and enjoyed card games; especially bridge and euchre. He enjoyed living on Duck Lake, taking pontoon rides and being with family and friends on the Lake.

David married Carolyn Jane Kinzel on January 8, 1955.

He is survived by his children David (Anita) Delger, Deborah Delger, Douglas Delger and Dennis Delger (Jean); five grandchildren Chrystle (Dan) Evanson, Megan Delger, Bradley Delger, Holly Delger and Chelsea (Joe) Genovese; 3 great-grandchildren Ryan, Leigha and Landyn; brother Daniel Delger; several nieces, nephews and other loving family members.

David was predeceased by his wife Carolyn; parents; brother William.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of donor's choice.

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Janice M. Smith

Age 64 of Owosso passed away Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Salem Lutheran Church with Pastor James Bare officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday from 9am until the time of service.

Janice was born May 29, 1949 in Kewaunee, Wisconsin, the daughter of Elmer and Ruth (Kudick) Prodell.

She graduated from Casco High School in 1967 and attended North Eastern Wisconsin Tech College and Ferris State University.

Janice looked forward to time spent with her family and friends; she especially loved time with her grandchildren.

Janice married Ronald Walter Smith at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Rio Creek, Wisconsin on October 5, 1974.

She worked as a registered nurse at Memorial Healthcare Center for 38 years.

Janice is survived by her husband Ronald; sons Benjamin, Christopher, and Andrew; daughter-in-law Christine; grandchildren Emma, Jackson, and Evelyn; siblings Marilyn, Lila, Sheldon and Ronald; parents Elmer and Ruth Prodell.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Salem Lutheran Church.

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Lorraine Thompson


Age 87 of Owosso passed away Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.


Funeral services will be held 11am Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Marlene Webster officiating. Burial will follow at Yerian Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 8pm.


Lorraine was born October 14, 1925 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of Stanley and Esther (Goltz) Reed.


She was a graduate of Durand High School and a member of the Golden Agers, SC
OA and Joy Group Nazarene.


Lorraine married Harold Thompson in Owosso on February 18, 1971.


She was a homemaker and spent her life caring for her family.


Lorraine is survived by her children Judy (Herb) Hiscock of Grand Rapids, Norman (Diane) Harrod of Owosso, Geary LaMar Jr of Daytona Beach, Florida and Helen Bailey of Daytona Beach, Florida; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother Richard (Helen) Reed of Alpena; niece, nephew and other loving family and friends.


We wish to thank two special friends Mary Jurstik and Pam Perry for the love, care and devotion to Mother over the years.


She was predeceased by her husband Harold, infant daughter, parents Stanley and Esther, and step-mother Etta Reed.


Memorial contributions are suggested to the Joy Group/SCOA.


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Marjorie O. Osburn

Age 97 of Corunna passed away Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be held 11am Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Rose officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Tree Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 3 to 8pm.

Marjorie was born September 22, 1916 in Ann Arbor, the daughter of Roy and Ella (Marquardt) McLaren.

She graduated from Owosso High School and attended the University of Michigan for music arts.

Marjorie loved fiddling and music; it was her passion. She was involved with the Lansing Civic Symphony for many years and started Shiawassee Strings. At age 16 she was in the first all-girl band. She also served as choir director for surrounding area churches throughout the years. Marjorie won many awards for her music and enjoyed playing at jamborees and camping trips.

She married Max Albert Osburn in Oscoda on January 25, 1942; he preceded her in death on March 14, 1998.

Marjorie spent her life teaching music at Osburn Music Center, Owosso Country Schools and private lessons until her retirement in 2008.

She is survived by her children Alex (Paula) Osburn, M. Anne Hale, Susan Cavanaugh and Betty (Larry) Douglas; 12 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren; brother, James (Irene) McLaren; several nieces, nephews and other loving family.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband Max, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters.

Memorial contributions are suggested to charity of donor's choice.

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William C. Roka

Age 87 of Owosso passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2013 surrounded by his family.

A mass of Christian burial will be held 10am Monday, October 14, 2013 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Owosso with Fr. Mike Depcik officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home of Owosso on Sunday from 2 to 8pm with a rosary prayer at 6pm.

William was born on July 14, 1926 in Saginaw, the son of William and Theresa (Forro) Roka.

He graduated from Michigan School of the Deaf. William was a devout Catholic and member of St. Paul Catholic Church. William married Patricia Donahue on June 22, 1963 and celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary this past summer.

He enjoyed playing card games and woodworking. He was a past member of Owosso Association of the Deaf. William loved vacationing with family and enjoyed watching sports, whether it was on the television or his grandchildren playing.

William retired from Roycraft Industries of Chesaning where he had been employed as a pipe fitter.

He is survived by his wife Patricia; children Karen (Robert) Zambiasi, Sam Roka, Patrick (Karen) Roka and Jason Roka (Morgan); six grandchildren Hannah, Lauren, Evan, Logan, Aidan and Emery; sister Ethel Becker; many other loving family and friends.

William was predeceased by his parents; brother Charles Roka; sisters Mary Bauman, Teresa Mitas, Elizabeth Finch and Ester Mack.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Diocese of Lansing Office of Deaf Ministry.

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Anita Thompson

Age 92 of Owosso passed away Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, October 14, 2013 at the Owosso Wesleyan Church with Pastor Wes Coffey officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 8pm.

Anita was born August 7, 1921 in Isabella County, the daughter of Fay and Veva (Bellanger) Strong.

She was a graduate of Lansing Area Schools and attended Owosso Bible College for one year.

Anita was a member of the Owosso Wesleyan Church, a lifelong member of W.C.T. and the Missionary Society.

She married Lloyd W. Thompson on January 1, 1942 at Pilgrim Holiness Church in Lansing; he predeceased her on July 12, 1998.

Anita was a homemaker along with working throughout the years in the office at the family business Thompson Carpet Center and other area businesses.

She is survived by her daughter Jean (William) Byrd; sons Phillip (Linda) Thompson and Jerel (Sharon) Thompson; many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.

Anita was predeceased by her husband Lloyd and brother Lyle Strong.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Owosso Wesleyan Church Memorial Fund.

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Rebecca "Becky" Saunders

Age 55 of Owosso passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Sparrow Health Systems.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Friday, October 11, 2013 at Northgate Wesleyan Church with Pastor Ron Heiler officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Friday from 1 pm until the time of service.

Becky was born August 10, 1958 in Owosso, the daughter of Wencel and Margaret (Mellentine) Soupal.

She graduated from Owosso High School, class of 1976 and attended Baker College and Northgate Wesleyan Church.

Becky enjoyed reading, watching old films and TV programs and being outdoors; she especially looked forward to get togethers, cooking and camping. Most of all she loved spending time with family; especially her grandson Jacob, and looked forward to the new baby coming in March.

Becky married Kirk Saunders on March 21, 1998.

She was employed through the years at various businesses including Mid West Abrasives and ITT Lear Corporation. Her first job was cashier at the Printed Word book store in Owosso.

Becky is survived by her husband Kirk; daughter Hillary Johnson (John Bellomy) and son Keegan Saunders; grandson Jacob Johnson and grandbaby to be; brother Bob (Jan) Soupal; sister Mary Lou Robinson; mother-in-law Dorothy (late Edwin Saunders); many other loving family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, brother Greg Soupal and sister Judy Smakal.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Donovan Wilson Ormiston

Age 58 of Owosso passed away Friday, October 4, 2013 in Washington State.

Funeral services will be held 11:30 Friday, October 11, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Marlene Webster officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 to 8pm.

Donovan was born July 6, 1955 in Owosso, the son of Gerald and Shirley (Greenhoe) Ormiston.

He graduated from Owosso High School, served in the United States Army and enjoyed fishing and playing poker. Most of all Donovan loved spending time with his family; especially his grandchildren.

He had been employed through the years as a United States Postal Carrier and most recently a Drywall Contractor.

Donovan is survived by his children Krinn Howe (Mike Stressman), Carrie Howe, Aimee (Josh) Clark and Meegan Estes (Shawn Spencer; grandchildren Nick Ormiston, Taylor Estes, Steve Smith, Logan Holmes and Ella Speers; brothers Dale (Esther) Ormiston and Darrell Ormiston; sister Nadean (Mike) Stanfield; many other loving family and friends.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Robert "Rob" McGraw


Age 59 of Owosso passed away on October 7, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

A Celebration of Rob's Life will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 2 to 8pm at Nelson-House Funeral Home with a Time of Sharing at 7pm.

Rob was born January 5, 1954 in Owosso, the son of Harold and Mildred (Hart) McGraw.

He was graduated from Owosso High School and was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church.

Rob had a passion for music and loved playing the guitar and being a disc jockey. He could do anything with his hands and looked forward to long drives up north just for the scenery.

Rob was a truck driver for many years for Wickes Lumber and most recently was owner and operator of Five Star Window Cleaning and Special Occasions Disc Jockey Service.

The most enjoyment in his life was being a musician and making music with many of his good friends. He will be missed by all those who loved him and enjoyed his sense of humor. He thanks all those who loved him and believed in him and touched his life.

Rob leaves to cherish his memory, his son Christopher McGraw; daughter Sarah McGraw; special friend Jeanette Gatewood; sisters Patti (Larry) Dumond and Janis (Ron) Green; many nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents and brother Michael.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shiawassee Arts Council.

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Virginia L. Dvorak

Age 85 of Owosso passed away Friday, October 4, 2013 at Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Deb Grazier officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 12noon until the time of service.

Virginia was born in Owosso on February 23, 1928, the daughter of Lewis and Dorothy (Morgan) Simpkins.

She graduated from Owosso High School and was an avid golfer; playing on the Ladies League at the Owosso Country Club. Virginia enjoyed arts and crafts and playing card games; especially bridge and solitaire.

Virginia married Kenneth "Gene" Dvorak in Owosso on February 4, 1951; he predeceased her in 2004.

She was a homemaker and spent her life raising and caring for her family.

Virginia is survived by her children Mark (Karen) Dvorak of Rochester Hills and Holly (Scott) Waters of Owosso; grandchildren Anna, Erika and Ian Dvorak and Brenden Welte; brother Wayne Simpkins.

She was predeceased by her husband Gene and brother Lewis Simpkins.

Memorial contributions are suggested to First Congregational Church.

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Norman DeWeese

Age 82 of Owosso, at home with his wife and children by his side, went to be with The Lord on Sunday, October 6, 2013.

Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at the First Church of Christ in Owosso with Nelson Gates officiating. Interment, led by Thadd Sparrow, Student Minister, will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 to 8pm, and on Wednesday at the church from 10am until the time of service.

Norm was born August 21, 1931 in Eminence, MO, the son of Herald and Nell (Parker) DeWeese.

He graduated from Ovid High School, attended Michigan State University and served 4 years as a submariner in the U.S. Navy. Norm served 4 years on the Owosso City Council and was a Past President of the Owosso High Band Boosters. He was a member of First Church of Christ, Jaycees, Owosso Kiwanis Club, Gideons International, River Association, Westown Merchants, and an associate member of the WWII Submarine Veterans of Flint. Norm also served the community as an insurance agent for 37 years. Known as "The Largest Insurance Agency West of the Tracks", he retired in 1995.

Norm never met a stranger and will be remembered for his incredible sense of humor and knack for storytelling. He loved music, cars, boats and motorcycles, and most of all, spending time with church, family and friends.

He married Jacqueline "Jackie" Castle at Grace Bible Church in Owosso on August 30, 1958.

Norm is survived by his wife of 55 years Jackie; sons Bob (Julie) DeWeese and Dale (Joyce) DeWeese; daughter Diane (Eric) Erskin; sister Wanda Willison; 10 Grandchildren and 6 Great-Granddaughters.

He is predeceased by his parents Herald (Myrtle) DeWeese and Nell (Parker) DeWeese; brother David.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Gideons International.

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Margaret D. Gregoricka

Age 82 of Owosso passed away Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Sparrow Health System.

A mass of Christian burial will be held 10am Monday, October 7, 2013 at St. Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Michael O'Brien officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Saturday from 6 to 8pm and Sunday from 2 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 7pm.

Margaret was born June 20, 1931 in Lennon, the daughter of Frank and Dorothy (Misjak) Ocko.

She graduated from St. Michael's Church in Maple Grove and was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Jednota and the Altar Society.

Margaret loved reading and tending to her garden and baking; especially kolache. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Margaret married Joseph M. Gregoricka at St. Robert's Church in Flushing on October 3, 1953; he predeceased her in 1997.

She was a homemaker along with helping her husband on the family farm.

Margaret is survived by her daughters Patricia Gregoricka, Elaine Gregoricka and Anne (Robert) Osmer; sons Michael (Karen) Gregoricka and David Gregoricka; grandchildren Theresa (Eric) Graf, Kathryn Osmer, Bethany Osmer, Allison Osmer, Holly Osmer, Joe Gregoricka, David Gregoricka, Mark Gregoricka, Elizabeth Gregoricka and Thomas Gregoricka; sister Pauline Chaprnka; sisters-in-law Elle Gregoricka, Vicky Malik and Millie Duchi;many other loving family and friends.

She is predeceased by her husband Joseph, parents, brother and sister-in-law Paul (Joann) Ocko and brothers-in-law Joe Chaprnka, Jerry (Liz) Gregory, Cy Gregoricka, John Duchi and Charles Malik.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Paul Catholic Church.

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Eulala Miller


Age 102 of Owosso peacefully went home to her heavenly Father Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center, Long Term Care surrounded by her family.


Funeral Services will be held at Owosso First Church of the Nazarene, Tuesday October 1, 2013 at 11am, with Rev. Ralph Baynum officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Monday, September 30, 2013 from 2 to 8pm, at Nelson-House Funeral Home.


Eulala was born in Snyder, Texas on August 22, 1911, the daughter of Walter and Pearl (Bynum) Cox. She married Edwin Miller October 24, 1931 in Flint; he predeceased her August 11, 2000.


She was a graduate of Bible Holiness Seminary, Class of 1929 and a member of the Owosso Wesleyan Church. She was employed by the D.M. Christian Co., and Woodard's Furniture.


Eulala enjoyed quilting, crocheting, reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She was thankful for her many years with her loved ones; Eulala was especially grateful for being a Breast Cancer survivor at the age of 90.


She is survived by her children Karl (Myra) Miller and Robert Miller, of Owosso. Grandchildren Karl (Gillsa) Miller, Jr., Linda (Terry) Dignan, Lori (John) Kimble. Great Grandchildren Lindsey, Patrick & Erik Dignan, Karly & Branson Kimble, Adam (Kelli) Sequest and Great-Great Granddaughter Alana Sequest and Brother Dr. Walter H. Cox of Birmingham, AL and several special nieces and nephews.


Eulala was predeceased by her parents, husband Edwin, brothers, Alvis, I.D., Norman, Doyle and Loy Cox and two infant sisters.


The family would like to express their sincere appreciation and thanks to the caring staff of 5th floor Long Term Care.


Memorials are suggested to The Arc Shiawassee or the American Cancer Society.

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Leonard Charles Walter

Age 83 of Corunna passed away Saturday, September 21, 2013 at his home.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, September 28, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Corunna. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 8pm with a Knights of Columbus rosary prayed at 6pm.

Leonard was born February 14, 1930 in Owosso, the son of Glen and Catherine (Flynn) Walter.

He graduated from Owosso High School, served in the United States Air Force and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Corunna V.F.W.#4005, Knight of Columbus #1139 where he was a past Grand Knight , the U.A.W. Local 754 and was a honorary F.F.A. member.

Leonard married Elizabeth Kuchar in Owosso on February 5, 1955; she predeceased him on January 6, 1996.

He was employed through the years a several area businesses including the Capital Theater and Mid West Abrasive and retiring from Johnson Controls after more than 34 years of service.

Leonard is survived by his children Cheryl Winchell, Michael Walter, Ronald Walter and Richard (Jill) Walter; grandchildren Jeremy Kildea, Jason Kildea, Drew Walter, Brandon Walter, Brittany Walter, Bryce Walter, Dylan Walter, Taylor Walter and Morgan Walter; siblings Katherine Gray, Gerald (Flo) Walter, Marjorie DeFlice, Joan Kebler and Dorothy Hamilin; many other loving family members.

He was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth, 5 brothers and 2 sisters.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church or Memorial Healthcare Cancer Center.

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Russell Steinke

Russ took the Lord's hand and walked from his veil of pain after a two year battle with cancer. Russ was born January 31st, 1945 to Gustav and Florence (Komm) Steinke in Owosso. He grew up on the family farm. Russ married Shelia Hall November 6th, 1965 at Salem Lutheran Church in Owosso.


Russ was a jack of all trades and mastered them all and the true epitome of a workaholic. Russ spanned his work experience from Oldsmobile to Allied Tool, Olan Matheson and Universal Electric where he obtained his state tool and die card, he they went on to AC Sparkplug (Delphi) for thirty-two years. Upon leaving Delphi after the bankruptcy Russ always knew you were never too old to learn, went on the No Worker Left Behind Program and went back to Lansing Community College to obtain his certification in CNC tooling and obtained employment with Clark Engineering of Owosso where he was presently employed in between hospital trips. Russ' fondest wish through life was to teach anyone what he had learned, whether it was chopping wood, fixing pumps, laying cement, building a garage or a home, he wanted to teach " do it right the first time", the quality of your work is the quality of your life. He would help anyone with anything at anytime.


Work was not Russ' only love, his family came first and he provided well, not just financially but the hug you always needed, the pat on the back for a job well done and the pride he took in everything his children did. His grandchildren were his life, from his granddaughter's college experiences to his grandson's "tada" moments. Russ loved to spend time at his cabin at Higgins Lake, fishing, hunting, reading but always working.


Russ is survived by his wife Shelia of forty-seven years, daughter Heather (William) Brooks, son Hans (Tamara) Steinke of Ferrara, Italy, grandchildren Cheyenne Brooks, Preston Steinke (and Preston's brother or sister to be born in February 2014), brother Martin (Pam) Steinke and many nieces and nephews.


Predeceasing Russ was his parents, step-father John McFarland, sister-in-law Donna Steinke, sister Diane Steinke Merrill, nephew Daniel Steinke and niece Lisa Steinke.


Russ, family sincerely thanks the Hospice team of Adel, John and Beth for the dignity and quality of care given in just the short time they were needed. Also to Chad Heckler and Clark Engineering who never wavered in allowing Russ to do his job whenever he could, this allowed Russ to keep his positive attitude in fighting this condition. And to all Russ' family and friends and Pastor Bare and the church for being there with us during this difficult time, you are loved and God Bless you.


Funeral Services will be held 1pm Friday, September 27, 2013 at Salem Lutheran Church, 330 N. Washington Street, Owosso with Pastor James Bare officiating. Burial will follow at Middlebury Township Cemetery with a luncheon to be held at Salem Lutheran School, 520 W. Stewart Street, Owosso. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 8pm.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Salem Lutheran School Roof Fund, Ovid-Elsie High School FFA Program attention Tracey Hoffman, Memorial Healthcare Hospice, or American Cancer Society, 2413 S. Linden Road Suite A, Flint, MI 48532.

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Jean Elizabeth (Billmeier) Bach


Jean Bach, a deeply devoted and equally beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, community member and friend, died peacefully on the afternoon of Friday, September 20 at Silver Maples Retirement Community in Chelsea with family by her side. She was 90.

A homemaker who set aside her own nursing career in order to raise a large family-she was the proud wife of Dr. Norman F. Bach, a prominent Owosso physician-Mrs. Bach navigated the demands of family life with an abundance of love, grace and humor.

Famously slight in stature and large in enthusiasm, Mrs. Bach was adored for her omnipresent cheerfulness, sociability and empathy. In Owosso, her home for more than five decades, she established herself as a well-known community member through her affiliation with numerous local organizations, including the Salem Lutheran Church, the Altar Guild, the Red Cross, Shiawassee County Medical Care Auxiliary, and Memorial Healthcare Auxiliary. In Chelsea, her home the last decade of her life, she enjoyed visiting family members, attending her grandchildren's various activities, solving crossword puzzles, playing bridge with her many friends, and being involved with local cultural and social life.

Jean Elizabeth Billmeier was born January 19, 1923 in Saginaw to George Michael John Billmeier and Martha Julia Kube, the youngest of four children. After graduating from Saginaw High School, she enrolled at Bay City Junior College and then the University of Michigan, where she earned a B.S. in Letters and Nursing and attended the School of Public Health. She met her future husband at the university's Lutheran Chapel; they were married for more than 60 years, until his death in 2007.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Bach was preceded in death by her sister Dorothy and brothers Alton and Willis.

She is survived by her five children, Susan Muller of Philadelphia, William (Helen) of Portland, Oreg., Martha Shaw (Franklin) of Washington, D.C., Carl (Janice) of Chelsea, and Douglas (Muriel Nagle) of Madison, Wisc.; seven grandchildren, Peter Muller (Jen), Elisabeth Muller, Emily and Margaret Shaw, and Katie (Nathan Cmiel), Trevor, and Diana Bach; two great grandchildren, Lucas and Tyler Muller; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Friday, September 27 from 4:30 - 8 pm and a funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, September 28 at Salem Lutheran Church in Owosso.

Memorial donations may be made to the Salem Lutheran Church and Doctors Without Borders.

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Virgil LeRoy Green

Virgil LeRoy Green of Owosso, Michigan passed away
on Saturday, September 21, 2013.
He was 93 years old.

Virgil was born February 18, 1920, in Laingsburg,
Michigan, to Claude and Bessie Greene. He was
raised on the family farm in Laingsburg, Michigan and
was the 2nd of 6 children. His older brother Bernard,
his sisters Joyce, Norma, and his brother Keith passed
away before him. His youngest sibling, Clare, survives him.

On January 12, 1942, he was inducted into the
U.S. Army for World War 11. He served until November
20, 1944, as Staff Sergeant in Supply, when he was honorably discharged. He received the American Service medal, Good Conduct Medal, Europe/African/Middle Eastern Service Medal, and World War II Victory Medal.

During his bivouac in New York, he met Ruth Caroline Alice Steiger in College Point, New York, where he was stationed until
he was sent overseas. Ruth and Virgil were married
on October 3, 1943 in New York. During his service, his
wife, Ruth, lived with her in-laws in Laingsburg, Michigan. After his return, they settled in Owosso, Michigan.

Virgil worked as a carpenter and in house construction after
returning home from WWII. Eventually, he obtained further
education as an automotive mechanic and worked in this
job for over 30 years with two different dealerships in Owosso.
He enjoyed attending car races and watched/listened to NASCAR races regularly until his death. Virgil also remodeled
a 1936 Ford and kept it in a garage especially built for it.

He enjoyed vegetable/fruit gardening, where he planted and harvested sweet corn, cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries, and purple grapes. Virgil sold his excess fruits and vegetable during his summer garage sales.

His survivors include two children: his oldest daughter, Dianne Green Fleagle of Rochester Hills, Michigan, and Gary Green of Huntington Beach, California. Also surviving are his grandson,
Brian Green, son of Gary Green, and a host of extended family members and friends.

There will be no viewing times and no service per Mr. Green's
Wishes.

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William "Bill" Otto Krause

Age 73 of Owosso passed away Thursday, September 19, 2013 at his home.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Monday, September 23, 2013 at the Cornerstone Church of God with Pastor Josh Adams officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church from 9:30am until the time of service.

Bill was born October 1, 1939 in Midland, the son of Otto and Luella (Marshall) Krause.

He graduated from Corunna High School and served in the United States Army.

Bill was a member of Cornerstone Church of God and married Reva Kirby on December 25, 1957 in Owosso.

He loved music and especially enjoyed playing his guitar.

Bill had been employed as a mechanic with Midwest Bus.

He is survived by his wife Reva; children Corrine "Corky" (Jeff) Adams of Owosso, Tina Gokee of Owosso, William "Bubba" (Sue) Krause of Chapin and Stanley "Stan" (Bretigny "Brett") Krause of Port Saint Lucie, Florida; 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Elizabeth "Liz" Gross


Age 54 of Durand went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Liz was born May 24, 1959 in Owosso, the daughter of Harold Gross and Patricia Hathaway.

She graduated from Owosso High School and earned an Associates Degree from Lansing Community College.

Liz enjoyed traveling especially trips Up-North and looked forward to shopping and going out to dinners. Most of all Liz loved reading and studying the Bible.

She was employed through the years at Universal Electric, Durand Police Department and Johnson Controls.

Liz is survived by her long time companion Ronald Fuoss; sisters Robin Steenckne and Jeanine Thommson; brother Allen "Dean" Gross and Harold Gross Jr.; many nieces, nephews and other loving family members.

She was predeceased by her father.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Margaret Helen (Slamka) Guyski

Age 91 of Owosso passed away Thursday, September 19, 2013 at Hazel Findlay Country Manor.

A mass of Christian burial will be held 11am Monday, September 23, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Phillip Schweda officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 6pm.

Margaret was born March 2, 1922 in Ashley, the daughter of Stefan and Viktoria (Gombar) Slamka.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and enjoyed gardening, polka dancing and looked forward to sharing a laugh with friends and family over a good joke.

Margaret married John Carl Guyski at St. Cyril Catholic Church in Bannister on June 26, 1943.

She was raised on a farm along with being employed through the years at Redmond's and Universal Electric. After the birth of her daughter she became a homemaker and spent her life caring for her family.

Margaret is survived by her daughter Rita (Steve) Gill; granddaughter Devin Grace Gill; grandson Jared John Gill; sister Allie (Joseph) Fabus of Bannister; brother Tony Slamka of St. Johns; many other loving family and friends.

She is predeceased by her husband John, parents, brother Steve Slamka Sr., sisters Theresa Sefl and Anastasia Krcmarik; brother-in-laws Frank Sefl and Cyril Krcmarik; sisters-in-law AnneMarie Slamka and Josephine Slamka.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Charity of Donors Choice or St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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LeRoy Bruce Kilburn



Age 91 of Owosso passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at Olive Branch in Perry.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Sunday, September 22, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Deb Grazier officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 2 to 8pm.

LeRoy was born June 17, 1922 in New Haven Township, the son of Bruce and Lillie (Brenner) Kilburn.

He attended Owosso High School and proudly served in the United States Army during WWII, 13th Armored Division spending 7 months in Europe. LeRoy was a life member of the Shiawassee Conservation Club and the Corunna V.F.W. #4005, life member of Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor Association, Inc. of Oakley, MI. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved tending to his garden. LeRoy was a talented wood carver and enjoyed carpentry, building 4 houses throughout the years while working fulltime as a mechanic.

LeRoy married Mildred "Millie" E. Young at the parsonage of the Evangelical Church of New Haven Township on June 20, 1942.

He had been employed through the years as a mechanic working from his own garage for many years and Harrelson Chevrolet for 22 years. LeRoy retired in 1985 from Johnson Control after 16 years of service.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years Millie; sons William "Bill" (Paula) Kilburn of Owosso, Richard "Rick" (Charlene) Kilburn of Key West, FL and; grandchildren LeRoy (Stacy) Kilburn, Craig Kilburn, Micol (Sergio) Corbo, and Carla Kilburn; great-grandchildren Brenden and Michael Kilburn, Alek and Daisy, Virginia Corbo, Niccolo' Corbo; sister Doris (Don) Cole of Owosso; brother Calvin (Ronnie) Kilburn of Henderson; brother-in-law Leland Warner of Owosso; many other loving family and friends.

Leroy was predeceased by an infant son Gregory, parents Bruce and Lillie, brother Orville Kilburn, sisters Mable Cathey and Mildred Warner,
grandson Kevin Kilburn, and granddaughter Julie Kilburn.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice Advantage of Flint, Corunna VFW #4005, the Shiawassee Conservation Club or Olive Branch in Perry.


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Mary Jo Maginity

Age 80 of Owosso passed away Thursday, September 19, 2013 at her home.

A mass of Christian burial will be held 10am Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at St. Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Michael O'Brien officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Monday from 2 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 7pm.

Mary was born in Owosso on January 21, 1933, the daughter of Francis and Florence (King) Clary.

She was a graduate of St. Paul High School and a lifetime member of St. Paul Catholic Church. In 1954 she graduated from St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing in Saginaw. She was employed by Memorial Hospital/ Memorial Healthcare Center in Owosso for 40 years.

Mary married Keith E. Maginity at St. Paul Catholic Church in Owosso on July 9, 1955.

She is survived by her children Kevin (Lori) Maginity, Michael (Karen) Maginity, Molly (Thomas) Carswell, JoEllen (Terry) Smith, Nora Chahbazi and John Maginity; grandchildren Angela (Shawn), Bridget, Molly (Randy), Hannah, Brianna, Colleen, Katie, Caroline, Bridget, T.J., Meghan, Allison, Kelly, Shannon, Andrew, Shane and Matthew; great-grandchildren Claire, Ronin, Eli, Dakota and Alexa; sisters-in-laws Barbara Karhoff and Ann Maginity; several nieces and nephews and other loving family members and friends.

Mary was predeceased by her husband Keith and sisters Jondeen Johns and Loretta Neill.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the wonderful caregivers from Care N Assist, Memorial Healthcare Hospice, and the 3 South Staff at Memorial Healthcare Center.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Paul School.

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Walter E. Horton

Age 80 of Owosso passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at his home.

Private family services will be held.

Walter was born April 2, 1933 in Glennie, Michigan, the son of Elmo and Ella (Walter) Horton.

He married Shirley Ann VanWagner in Elsie on November 1, 1952.

He enjoyed crafts, woodworking and card games; especially euchre tournaments. Walter looked forward to spending time with his family and friends and loved riding his Harley Davidson with his wife.

He was employed for more than 30 years with General Motors as a supervisor and spent much of his life as an avid and skilled wood worker.

Walter is survived by his children Gerald Horton, Debbie Simon, James (Brenda) Horton and Bradley (Rebecca) Horton; grandchildren Mindy Mallard, Dan Horton, Sarah (James) Keihl, Andrew Horton, Shana Simon, Holly Horton, Kyle (Terri) Horton and Bryce Horton; great-grandchildren Jacob, Nick, Adrianna, Kaitlyn, Logan, Reese and Mackenzie; other loving family members and friends.

He is predeceased by his wife Shirley, parents, siblings, daughter-in-law Georgia and grandson-in-law Rob.

Memorial contributions are suggested to charity of donors' choice.

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Janis M. Kazen

Age 72 of Owosso passed away Monday, September 16, 2013 at her home.

A memorial Mass will be held 10am Friday, September 20, 2013 at St. Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Michael O'Brien officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 7pm.

Janis was born June 12, 1941 in Owosso, the daughter of Frank and Francis (Hufnagel) Bishop.

She graduated from Owosso High School, class of 1959 and earned an Associates degree from Lansing Business School.

Janis was a gifted Artist and enjoyed painting scenic water color portraits. She was a member of the Owosso Arts Council and volunteered teaching all ages to paint at area schools and Pleasant View. Janis will be remembered by her loving family as a passionate, loving and giving person with a "unique" sense of humor.

She married Kenneth Kazen at St. Paul Catholic Church in Owosso on August 26, 1961.

Janis is survived by her husband of 52 years Kenneth; daughter Kristin (Patrick) Gillespie; son Joseph Kazen; grandchildren Nicholas and Madelyn; siblings Maureen (Richard) Gilna, Fred (Lyn) Bishop, Jim (Stella) Bishop, Marleen (Mike) Eager, Christine Cauchi and Rev. Alice (Richard) Lewis; nieces and nephews Michele (Erwin) Lenamen, Cheryl (Christopher) Lozen, Christine Gilna, Jennifer (Matt) Edmonds, Lisa (Brett) Lorius, Tim Bishop, Mike (Lisa) Gilna, Anne (Keith) Andrykovich, Mickie Lewis and Lynn Lewis; many other loving family members and friends.

She was predeceased by 2 daughters Vicky Jo Kazen and Kelley Marie Kazen; brother Joe Cauchi; nephew Andrew Bishop.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Daniel Pratt

Age 52 of Owosso passed away Friday, September 13, 2013 at his home.

The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 4 to 8pm.

Daniel was born April 3, 1961 in Flint, the son of Carl Pratt and Lucille (Jones) Hornaday.

He enjoyed riding motorcycles, hunting and fishing.

Daniel had been employed throughout the years at Owosso Bait and Tackle Shop and most recently Owosso Dry Cleaners.

He is survived by his wife Ranee; children Daniel Pratt, Keith Pratt, Janel Pratt and Krystin Pratt; brother Carl "Poncho" Pratt and Victor (Teresa) Pratt; sister Sarah Ross; many nieces, nephews and other loving family members.

Daniel is predeceased by his parents.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Gerald J. Dowell

Age 74 of Elsie formerly of Owosso and St. Helen passed away Sunday, September 15, 2013

Funeral services will be held 11am Thursday September 19, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Vicky Torrey officiating. Burial will be held at Richfield Cemetery, St. Helen, Michigan. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

Gerald was born September 2, 1939 in Owosso, the son of Fred and Elnora (Miller) Dowell.

He served in the United States Air Force and was a member of the Shiawassee Conservation Association, the Moose Lodge and the N.R.A.

Gerald enjoyed the outdoors hunting, fishing for walleye and salmon on his charter boat, most of all he enjoyed the time he spent with his family especially the time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Gerald married Sue Ann (Krantz) Dowell on October 6, 1962 in Owosso.

He had been employed with General Motors as a supervisor and a Great Lakes charter boat captain.

Gerald is survived by his daughter Clyde (Linda) Christmas; granddaughter Jason (Jennifer) Freeman; grandson Chad Christmas; great-grandchildren Austeen Freeman and Jaidyn Christmas; siblings, twin Harold (Sandy) Dowell, Elsie (Richard) Walser, Adelia (Gary) Brockway, Shirley (Robert) Chalker, Barry Dowell, Barb Ackley and Fred (Debra) Dowell; several nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife Sue and his parents, brother, niece and nephew.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Gentiva Hospice.

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Dorothy Jane LeValley

Age 92 of Owosso passed away Monday, September 09, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be held 11am Thursday September 12, 2013 at St. Johns United Church of Christ. Burial will follow at Fairfield Township Cemetery. The family will receive friends and visitors at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm.

Dorothy was born September 29, 1920 in Ann Arbor, the daughter of Ella (Luft) Wildermuth.

She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Owosso Musical and an Associate Member of Edison Congregational Church in Fort Myers, Florida. Dorothy taught piano before and after marriage and for a short time she was the librarian for the Village of Morrice. Over the years, she served as president of the Morrice Women's Club, the Shiawassee Federation of Women's clubs and twice as president of the Michigan West Central District Federation of Women's Clubs. In church work, she served terms as District President of United Church of Christ Women and State Chairman of World Missions.

Dorothy married Clyde LeValley at St. John's United Church of Christ on April 12, 1941; he predeceased her in 2008.

She was a homemaker spending her life raising and caring for her family.

Dorothy is survived by her children Paul LeValley of Tallahassee, Florida, James (Susan) LeValley of Laingsburg and Alice LeValley of Owosso; 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; sisters Rose (Richard) Latz of Elsie and Helen (Louis) Kunkel of Ovid; sisters-in-laws Sally Wildermuth and Ruth Ann Pahr; many other loving family members.


She was predeceased by her husband Clyde, daughter Mary Jane Hoag; granddaughter Sarah Lynn LeValley; sister Katherine Latz; brothers Loren and Gilbert Wildermuth; brother-in-law Albert Latz Jr.


Memorial contributions are suggested to St. John's United Church of Christ.

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Theodore "Ted" Samuel Crowe

Age 41 of Owosso passed away Sunday, September 8, 2013 at his home.

A memorial service will be held 7pm Friday, September 13, 2013 at Henderson United Methodist Church with Pastor Herb Wheelock officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Friday from 6pm until the time of service.

Ted was born September 9, 1971 in Owosso, the son of Samuel Boyd and Patricia Eliane (Muscott) Crowe.

He graduated from New Lothrop High School, class of 1989 and attended Baker College of Owosso.

Ted was an avid golfer, enjoyed tending to his tropical fish and snowmobiling with his daughter Laci. Most of all Ted loved spending time with his family and friends.

He married Heather Ann Sawer in Owosso on August 28, 2011.

Ted had been employed through the years at Memorial Healthcare Center and most recently with McLaren Hospital.

He is survived by his wife Heather; daughters Laci Spencer and Ashleigh (Andrew) Galvin and Allison and Kelsey Jackson; granddaughter Gracelynn; mother Patricia; brothers Timothy (Aaron) Muscott and Bill (Karen) Muscott; nieces and nephews Chyanne and Morgan Muscott of Niceville, FL and Aron and Austin Muscott of Springcity, TN.

Ted was predeceased by his his father, Samuel Crowe of New Lothrop, grandparents Joseph and Marbel Crowe of Grand Rapids and Felton and Francis Muscott of Riverdale.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shiawassee County Humane society or Laci Spencer for her continuing education.

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Eugene Robert Ward

Age 64 of Owosso passed away Friday, September 06, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

A memorial service will be held 11am Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the United Church of Ovid with Pastor Paul Damkoehler officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday from 9am until the time of service.

Eugene was born May 25, 1949 in Jackson, Michigan, the son of Russell and Beatrice (Wyman) Ward.

He graduated from Leslie High School, class of 1968, then joined the United States Army serving in Vietnam during the Vietnam Comflict. He was a member of the United Church of Ovid, the V.F.W. and the American Legion. Eugene was a past Lions Club member and a former Life Scout.

He married Alene Marie Every on August 1, 1970 in Leslie.

Eugene is survived by his loving wife of 43 years Alene; daughters Jillaine (Tim) Richardson of Owosso and Janell (Paul) Kebler of Ovid; grandchildren Mario Perez, Alexis Richardson, Robert Kebler and Elizabeth Kebler; sisters Marilyn (Steve) Kitchen of Hudson and Jane Rosner of Portage; brother James Ward of Leslie; father-in-law Willard (Louise) Every of Dansville; sisters and brothers-in-laws Lois (Gary) Darling of Rives Junction and Betty (Michael) Miller of Leslie; many nieces, nephews and other loving family members.

He was predeceased by his parents; brother Bruce Ward; sister Betty Ward; mother-in-law Jean Every; brothers-in-laws Tom Every and Paul Sherwood.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the United Church of Ovid.

 

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William "Bill" O. Arnold

Age 66 of Owosso passed away Thursday, September 5, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Monday, September 9, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor John Walworth officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 3 to 8pm.

Bill was born September 18, 1946 in Owosso, the son of Oren and Marion (Spayde) Arnold.

He graduated from Owosso High School and served in the United States Navy.

Bill loved to cook for family and friends and looked forward to a good party. He had a great life and loved being at his cabin up-north on Ford Lake. Bill was an avid football fan; especially U of M football and enjoyed working with wood. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and his best friend Shadow.

He married Judith Davison in Lake City on June 6, 1987; she predeceased him in 2009.

Bill retired from General Motors Buick City in 1994 after 30 years of service.

He is survived by his children Bill (Mitzi) Arnold Jr., Shannon (Darin) Schultz, Linda (David) Hartman, Kevin (Lisa) Fike and Sherry (Matt) Stock; grandchildren Katie, Brittany, Johnathon, Chelsea, Carly, David (Ashley), Nichole, Daniel, NaDeana,Tatum, Kayla and Jennifer; great-grandchildren Mason, Jacob and David; his loving sister Linda Tew; brothe Jim Wing; his little buddy Shadow; many nieces and nephews and other loving family and friends.

Bill was predeceased by his wife, parents and 2 sisters Carolyn and Ruth.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the V.F.W. or charity of donors' choice.

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Theodora Jacobs

Age 87 of Owosso passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Oliver Woods Retirement Village.

Private family services were held at St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery.

Theodora was born May 28, 1926 in Owosso, the daughter of Gus and Charlena (Cooper) Theos.

She graduated from Owosso High School and was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church.

Teddy loved tending to her flower garden. She spent time teaching and tutoring and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Most of all Teddy looked forward to time with family and friends.

She married Al Jacobs Jr. on May 28, 1948 and predeceased her October 12, 1998
Teddy retired from Shiawassee County Mental Health with over 20 years in bookkeeping,
where she had met several of her close friends.

Teddy is survived by her children Laura Jacobs (Richard Davio), Gail (Greg) Limbaugh, Karen (Cal) Johnson and Mike (Sheri) Jacobs; five grandchildren Cori (Josh) Parker, Zac and Sarah Johnson and Hannah and Cooper Jacobs; 2 great-grandchildren Autumn and Kailee Parker.

She was predeceased by her husband Al, infant son Sidney Robert, granddaughter Julie Limbaugh and sister Anne King.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Memorial Healthcare Center Hospice or Oliver Woods activity program.

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Frank Svarc

Frank Svarc, loving husband, father, and grandfather, age 92, of Owosso passed away Thursday September 5, 2013 at Shiawassee County Medical Care Center. He will be sadly missed by his loving family and friends.

Funeral Services will be held 11am Monday September 9, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Russell Merrill officiating, burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 4-8pm.

Frank was born October 31, 1920 in Owosso, the son of William and Bertha (Ton) Svarc.

Frank attended school here in Owosso, where he also met his loving wife of 71 years Frances A. Charvat; they were married July 25, 1942.

Throughout the years Frank was active with several groups and organizations. He was a Life Member of the Mid-Michigan Gas Tractor Association, Central Michigan Polka Association, and the Polka Hall of Fame. Frank loved to dance with the love of his life, Frances. They spent many Sunday afternoons at polka dances and would sing along with the Czech songs that he knew so well. He was a member of the ZCBJ for 50+yrs serving as Vice-President for 5yrs and as President for 8yrs. One of his greatest pleasures was preparing Czech meals for lodge functions.

Frank was a founding partner of Stewart Street Auto Service in 1960 in Owosso. The business is now owned and operated by his son Gary Svarc.

He is survived by his wife Frances, son; Gary W. (Opal) Svarc of Oakley, 3 daughters; Geri and (the late Wayne) Mogg of Owosso, Diana (Ariston) Bautista of Haslett and Susan McLosky of Owosso, son in-law Michael McLosky of Higgins Lake. 16 grandchildren; Brandon Bautista, Breanne Bautista, Brittany Viscomi, Brenna Walker, Justin McLosky, Jamie McLosky, Kristi Zimmerman, Benjamin Mogg, Nicholas Mogg, Cari Galeziewski, Kelli Swain, Bryan Svarc, Gary William Svarc, Tyler Svarc, Chad Whiteherse and Bryna Mellott and several great-grandchildren, 4 sisters; Lillian Weberg of California, Blanche Rawley of Indianapolis, Ind, Ann (Carl) Delaney of Owosso and Marie Garcia of California, brother; Richard (Terri) Svarc of Durand, several nieces, nephews and loving family and friends.

Frank was predeceased by his parents, brothers, William and George, sisters
Lucille Svarc and Mamie Phillips

The Family suggests memorials to Michigan Parkinson Association or
the ZCBJ #242 in Owosso

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Herbert E. Abbott


Age 85 of Winter Haven, Florida formerly of Owosso passed away Sunday, September 1, 2013 at his home.


Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, September 9, 2013 at Owosso First Church of the Nazarene. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 6pm.


Herbert was born September 3, 1927 in Globe, Kentucky, the son of Cleon F. and Nora (Littleton) Abbott.


He enjoyed reading and spending time with his family. He liked repairing things and was always willing to help others when they were in need. Herbert was a loving, godly man who served his Lord faithfully.


Herbert married Edna Mae Neff in Lansing on June 28, 1952. They enjoyed over 60 years of marriage together before she predeceased him on March 31, 2013.


He is survived by his daughters Sharon (Rev. Gary) Voss of Winter Haven, Florida, Marcia (Rev. Mark) Green of Belle, West Virginia and Karen (Greg) Bontrager of Atlanta, Georgia; 7 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; sisters Arvye Reeh and Naomi Garber; brother Dan Abbott.


Herbert was predeceased by his wife Edna Mae, sister Mary Lou Endara and brother Cleon Abbott.


Memorial contributions are suggested to the Gideons International for Bibles distributed in memory of Herbert Abbott. Checks made payable to the Gideons International and given to the funeral home.

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Virginia Margaret Schneider

Age 92 of Owosso passed away Wednesday, September 04, 2013 at her home.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday 12noon St. Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Michael O'Brien officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Friday 4-8pm with the Rosary to be prayed at 6pm.

Virginia was born June 21, 1921 in Fairfield Township, the daughter of Charles Nelson and Ruby Fern (Vincent) Snyder.

She graduated from Ovid High School and was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, St. Paul Altar Society and St. Ann Guild and was a past president for ABWA. She was a volunteer for the Ministry to the Sick and Homebound, Community Kitchen and funeral dinners. Virginia enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling and in her earlier years being a Cub Scout and Girl Scout troop leader.

Virginia married Robert A. Schneider at St. Paul Catholic Church in Owosso on June 22, 1940; he predeceased her in 2000.

She was a homemaker spending her life raising and caring for her family along with working at General Telephone and selling Avon door to door.

Virginia is survived by her children Beverly (Will) Hedin, James (Audrey) Schneider, Barbara (Joseph) Stawicki and Thomas Schneider; grandchildren Larry Wallace (Bruce Green), Timothy Wallace, Daniel (Linda) Wallace, Dave (Christine) Schneider, Doug Schneider, Duane (Lyna) Schneider, Laura Stawicki, Kevin (Tina) Stawicki and Dennis Stawicki and 12 great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to express a special thank you to all of her caregivers; especially Betty Church and Della Mae Good.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Paul Church or St. Paul School.

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Angeline "Angie" Marion Yokobosky

Age 88 of Frankenmuth passed away Monday, September 2, 2013.

A mass of Christian burial will be held 10am Saturday September 7, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Phil Schweda officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Friday from 2 until 8pm with a rosary prayed at 6pm.

Angie was born in New Lothrop, Michigan on December 8, 1924. She married Joseph Yokobosky on June 5, 1948 in Owosso. They spent most of married life in Swartz Creek and Prudenville. Angie enjoyed decorating her home, cooking for family, bingo, casino excursions, wintering in Florida and visiting with family. Before moving up north, she was a member of St. Mary Queen of Angels in Swartz Creek and then Our Lady of the Lakes in Prudenville.

Surviving are her children Joe (Ann) Yokobosky, Alan (Donna) Yokobosky and Debby (Tom) Hessell; eight grandchildren and spouse, six great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Nellie Mekis and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph on February 27, 2013, her parents Florian and Magdeline (Kujovic) Kondel; brothers Joe (Ann) Kondel, Frank (Jeanette) Kondel and Tony (Anna) Kondel; sisters Madge (Ed) Repik, Mary (Charlie) Sivosky, Ann (Lawrence) Horvath, Elsie (Jerry) Velat and Helen (Bob) Schultz; brothers-in-law Anthony (Sophie) Yokobosky, Steve (Marie) Yokobosky, George Mekis; sisters-in-law Genevieve (Bruno) Dembowski, Jean (Martin) Olosky, Frances (Louie) Quasada and Sophie (Joe) Durish-Casebolt.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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Tony R. Batora


Age 90 of Owosso passed away Sunday, September 1, 2013.


A mass of Christian burial will be held 11am Friday, September 6, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Phillip Schweda officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 8pm with at rosary prayed at 6pm.


Tony was born August 27, 1923 in Bannister, the son of John and Pauline (Sipka) Batora.


He attended Ashley Public Schools, served in the United States Army during WWII and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. Tony enjoyed working as a volunteer for the American Red Cross and retired from General Motors after 30 years of service.


He married Agnes Frolka on February 8, 1947 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.


Tony will be remember by his family as an outdoorsman who loved camping and fishing and was an avid deer hunter.


He is survived by his children Ann Batora of Owosso, Patricia (late Tom) Thon of Owosso, Betty (Jack) Davis of Owosso, Rudy (Sue) Batora of Henderson and Margaret Batora of Chicago; 7 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sister Rose Overman; several nieces, nephews and loving family and friends.


Tony was predeceased by his wife Agnes and son-in-law Tom.


Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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Neil W. Durfee


Age 58 of Owosso passed away Friday, August 30, 2013.


A memorial service will be held 7pm Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with visitation form 1pm until the time of service.


Neil was born November 27, 1954 in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Boyd and Carolyn (Beverlin) Durfee.


He attended Corunna High School and spent his life working construction mostly roofing, siding and home repairs. Neil loved to build things from houses to fast cars and looked forward to hunting and fishing. Recently he had begun making web designs using his newly learned computer skills.


Neil is survived by his son Neil Durfee II; daughter Shelley (Ryan) Drury; grandchildren Neil, Hedi, Ericka, Issac and Lydia; father Boyd; siblings Joe Durfee, Kathy (Don) Porter, Terri Langdon, Jan (Bill) Stanhope and Tim (Becky) Durfee; special friends Russ (Lynda) Mallory and John "Buzzy" Ziegler.


He was predeceased by his mother and son Michael Spencer


Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Troy K. Duquette

Age 50 of Owosso passed away Thursday, August 29, 2013 at his home.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor John Walworth officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 2 to 8pm.

Troy was born December 10, 1962 in Saginaw, the son of Gerald and Bonnie (Kearns) Duquette.

He graduated from Owosso High School, class of 1980 and attended Grand Rapids Jr. College and served in the United States Marines.

Troy was an outdoorsman and enjoyed all sports; especially softball and looked forward to hunting, fishing and attending car shows with his brother Vince.

He was employed with Michigan Asbestos Removal Local 47.

Troy is survived by his daughter Casy; mother Bonnie; brother Vince; aunt Judy (Pete) Vanderhaar; special friend Dan (Michelle) Martin; many cousins and other loving family and friends.

He was predeceased by his father.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Edna L. Arend

Age 85 of Owosso formerly of Buchanan, Michigan passed away Monday, August 26, 2013 at Durand Senior Care Center.

The family will receive friends Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 2 to 6pm at Nelson-House Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held 2pm Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Huntley Memorial Baptist Church in Niles, Michigan with the family receiving friends from 12pm until the time of service.

Edna was born October 25, 1927 in Buchanan, Michigan, the daughter of Herman and Henrietta (Koenig) Hattenbach.

She married Duane E. Arend on April 27, 1946; he predeceased her in 1986.

Edna was a homemaker and spent her life raising and caring for her family and home.

She loved Lake Michigan; especially Ludington and looked forward to her morning coffee, reading the Bible and visits to light houses. Edna enjoyed trips and traveling with friends. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children Linda Kaup, Carol (Ken) Watson, Jon (Jill) Arend; 9 grandchildren Tina Blumka, Jeremy (Kathy) Arend, Brad (Char) Watson, Dan (Mindy) Watson, Rikki (Mike) Jones, Robyn Kaup and Nathan, Olivia and Benjamin Arend; 8 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other loving family.

Edna was predeceased by her husband Duane; son Tim; son-in-law Rich Kaup; twin sister Ina and 5 brothers and sisters.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Friends of Ludington State Park.

 

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Dave "Woody" Butcher

Husband, father, grandfather and brother to many, of Owosso passed away Saturday, August 24, 2013 at his home at the age of 54.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Thursday, August 29, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Kincaid officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 6 to 8pm and Wednesday from 2 to 8pm.

Dave was born September 29, 1958 in Owosso, the son of Dale Butcher Sr. and Onalee (Pugh) Churchill.

He graduated from Corunna High School, class of 1977 and attended First Free Methodist Church.

Dave married the love of his life Doreen Wing in Corunna on September 12, 1998.

He was an avid biker and loved to ride hard and live fast. Dave enjoyed bowling and golf; participating in many leagues through the years, hunting with his father in-law and fishing with his grandson. He was a member of Lansing Survivors MC and Owosso V.F.W. Mens Auxiliary Post 9455 where he was a past Chaplain and always looked forward to preparing the Sunday morning breakfast at the V.F.W. He always had his brother's back; making sure he was always there when needed. Dave will be remembered by his family for his sharp tongue, witty sense of humor and willingness to give the shirt off his back to someone in need. He looked forward to time spent with his family and friends, most of all his wife, children and grandchildren.

Dave is survived by his wife Doreen; children Sharlie Butcher, Eleanna and Aaron Valenzuela and Alexandra Parks; grandchildren Tyler and Alyssa; brothers Dale (Sue) Butcher Jr., Dennis (Bev) Butcher, Dan (Diane) Butcher and Darrel (Becky) Butcher; sisters Ranae Abee, Kandi Bostain and Lyla (Mark) Webster; in-laws Floyd (Lydia) Wing; special family friend Gloria Phillips; sister-in-laws Marcy (Jim) MacDonald, Shelley (John) Goss, Tonya Wing and Esmeralda Ortega; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and other loving family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Dale Butcher Sr. and Onalee (Wendell) Churchill, grandparents and brothers-in-laws Paul Bostain and Orlando Amaral.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Eric Scott Southwick

Age 10 of Owosso passed away Monday, August 19, 2013 at Motts Children Hospital in Ann Arbor.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Tuesday, August 27 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Marlene Webster officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 12pm until the time of service.

Eric was born July 24, 2003 in Cadillac and attended Bryant Elementary School where he would be in 4th grade.

He loved football and was an avid U of M fan. Eric enjoyed playing video games and spending time with his family; especially his "Grammy" and "Papa".

Eric is survived by his family Teresa and Allan Ramer and Josh Ramer; sister Breanna; brother Chance; G-G Hoff; special friends Paula Lee and Todd Blevins; several other aunts, uncles, cousins and loving family members and friends.

Eric was predeceased by grandparents Earl Walters, Hilda Ensing, and Arthur Ramer.

His family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mark Russell, Diane Gaffney, Penny Vreibel and the staff on 10 and 11 West at Motts Children's Hospital for the loving care Eric was given.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Betty L. Cook



Age 97 of Owosso passed away Friday, August 23, 2013 at Oliver Woods.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.

Betty was born April 6, 1916 in Hudson, Michigan the daughter of Charles and Terris (Baskerville) Baker.

She graduated from Owosso High School and attended Delta College. Betty was a member of the Woman's Club in both Owosso and Shepard. She was a grand marshal of the Maple Syrup Festival Parade and was named "Outstanding Citizen" by the Lions Club in the 90's. Betty also enjoyed being a wedding planner with The United Methodist Church in Shepard.

Betty married Gerald Cook in Owosso on October 26, 1941.

She was employed through the years at Memorial Hospital, Redmonds, Shepard State Bank and her hardware store in Shepard.

Betty is survived by her son Bill (Virginia) Cook; grandchildren Angela (David) Reid, Lisa (Kevin) Edwards, and Beth (Chris) Hutchison; great-grandchildren Anna, Emma, Ella, Kathryn, Jacob, Nathan, and Madilyn; and sister-in-law Sharon Baker.

She was predeceased by her husband, parents, brothers C. William Baker and Jack A. Baker, and sister-in-law Dorothy Baker.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Shepard Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice.

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Carol Sue Gundlach

Age 73 of Owosso passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at her home.

Funeral services will be held 6pm Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastors Chris Higgins and Brian MacKay officiating. Burial will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens on Monday at 11am. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 1pm until 6pm.

Carol was born September 13, 1939 in Durand, the daughter of Floyd and Leola (Forsythe) Kimble.

She graduated from Durand High School and had attended Victory Biker Church and First Church of Christ where she was an active member.

Carol married Theodore Gundlach in Owosso on July 4, 1996.

She was employed through the years at Universal Electric, Home Health Care and Electro-Wire.

Carol is survived by her son Todd (Laura) Morence and John (Traci) Morence; grandchildren Kaitlyn and Colleen Morence and DJ (Ashley) Kline, Derek Kline and Hannah Kline and Cameron, Caleb and Cassidy Morence; special friends Novell Clifford and Lynn Beamish.

She was predeceased by her husband and son Floyd Morence.

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Ellen M. Seale

Age 86 of Owosso passed away Monday, August 12, 2013.

A time of sharing and celebration will be held 3pm Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 2pm until the time of service.

Ellen was born February 19, 1927 in Rapids City, South Dakota, the daughter of Clyde and Josephine (Budde) Lane.

She enjoyed reading, word find puzzles, plastic canvas crafts and watching sporting events. Most of all she enjoyed being with her family and grandchildren; especially her granddaughter Kaylee.

Ellen married Frederick Seale in Rapid City, South Dakota on July 10, 1973.

She is survived by her son James (Pat) Riley; daughter Cynthia Riley-Glassburn; granddaughters Meghan Riley, Sarah Riley and Kaylee Glassburn; sister Barbara Glassburn; many nieces, nephews and other loving family.

Ellen was predeceased by her husband Frederick; parents; 5 brothers.

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Floyd W. Harden

Age 98 of Owosso passed away Thursday, August 15, 2013 at his home with his wife of 60 years by his side.

A memorial service will be held 12noon Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor John Walworth officiating.

Floyd was born December 4, 1914 in Bay City, the son of Willie and Elizabeth (Heorauf) Harden.

He graduated from Durand High School, class of 1933 and married Patricia Deschamps in St. Louis, Michigan on November 4, 1953.

Floyd was past president of Shiawassee Home Builders Association and president of H & H Construction; building many homes in the Shiawassee County area and he was known for his quality of work. Floyd was an outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and golfing. He will be remembered by his family as a loving husband and father.

Floyd is survived by his sons Patrick Harden, Dale (Paula) Harden, Dean (Joann) Harden, Dennis (Judy) Harden and Brent (Mary) Harden; daughter Renee (Michael) Jacobson; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother Harry Harden; sister Elaine Andrews; many other loving family members.

He was predeceased by his brother Earnest; sisters Lela and Iloa.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shiawassee County Humane Society or the Salvation Army.

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Iray Joseph Louch



Age 89 of Owosso, born July 5, 1924, the son of Claude and Lillian (Richards) Louch went home to his Lord while surrounded by his family on Saturday, August 17, 2013.

Mr. Louch has been a resident of Owosso his entire life. He married Dorothy Ford on March 14, 1945 at Camp Shoemaker in California. They have been married 68 years. He served his country in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1945 serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters as a Petty Officer 3rd Class. He served as a Cub Scout pack leader at Washington Elementary School and an assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout troop 85 for 30 years. Iray was very active with Habitat for Humanity in Shiawassee County, helping to raise funds and build homes. He has been a member of Trinity United Methodist Church serving as a trustee, on the administration board and many other positions in the church. He put in many years as a staff member at Simpson Park Church Camp in Romeo, Michigan.

Mr. Louch was employed for 32 years as a machine repairman and leader with General Motors at Flint Metal Fabricating; retiring on disability in 1981. He celebrated many years of retirement with his 3 children Timothy (Arlette) Louch of Owosso, Gregory (Chris) Louch of Cortez, Florida and Cindy (William Jr.) Nosis of Owosso.

He enjoyed spending time with his 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren who loved spending time with their Papa.

He will be greatly missed by them all.

He was preceeded in death by an infant son Mark, his parents and brothers LeRoy Louch, Kenneth Louch and Rollo Louch.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastor Rod Godley officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 6 to 8pm and Monday from 2 to 8pm.

Memorial contributions in Iray's name can be made to: Trinity United Methodist Church of Owosso or Memorial Healthcare Hospice of Owosso.

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Sarah E. Kilbourn

Age 87 of Saginaw formerly of Hemlock passed away Saturday, August 17, 2013.

Funeral services will be held 11am Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Hauser officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Saginaw. The family will receive friends on Tuesday at the funeral from 10am until the time of service.

Sarah was born July 20, 1926 in Detroit, the daughter of Charles and Margaret (Willoughby) Bird.

She earned a bachelor degree from Michigan State University where she enjoyed playing in the Symphonic Orchestra and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Hemlock.

Sarah married Edwin Kilbourn in Detroit in 1947.

She taught at Owosso Public Schools and Hemlock Public Schools and enjoyed volunteering at Saginaw Community Hospital.

Sarah is survived by her son Gregory (Debbie) Kilbourn of Owosso; daughter Debra (Robert) Voss of Ann Arbor; 4 grandchildren Kerry (Todd) Spero of Hartland, Courtney of Asheville, North Carolina, MacKenzie of East Lansing and Mitchell Kilbourn of Owosso; brother George Bird of Jackson; sister Jean Meyers of Midland.

She is predeceased by her husband Edwin; parents; brothers Charles and Jack Bird; sister Margie (Bird) Tisdale; special long time friend Donna Kreger.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Owosso High School Band.

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Ruth Anna Thornton

Age 76 of Owosso passed away Saturday, August 17, 2013.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, August 19, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Ron Heiler officiating. Burial will follow at New Haven Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 8pm.

Ruth was born December 12, 1936 in Detroit, the daughter of Martin and Maxine (Bussell) Jandik.

She graduated from Owosso Bible College in 1955 and was a member of Northgate Wesleyan Church.

Ruth enjoyed crafts especially knitting and crocheting and looked forward to women's activities with her church and baking for her friends and family.

She married Irvin D. Thornton on December 10, 1960 in St. Johns.

Ruth spent her life raising and caring for her family along with working crafts shows and selling Avon and Watkins.

She is survived by her children Duane (Jami) Thornton, Diane (Mike) Potter, Scott (Dalane) Thornton and Suzanne (Todd) Hayes; 8 grandchildren; 5 great-granddaughters; sisters Audrey (Jim) Simison and Bethany (Carl) Snider; brothers Glenn (Sharon) Jandik and John (Janet) Jandik; sister-in-law Ruth Jandik; many other loving family members.

Ruth was predeceased by her husband Irvin, brother David Jandik and her parents.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County.

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Rosemary Dietrich

Age 81 of Owosso passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

A memorial service will be held 11am Friday, August 16, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Melanie Young. The family will receive friends on Friday at the funeral home from 10am until the time of service with additional visitation and a light reception following the service.

Rosemary was born August 14, 1931 in Minneapolis, MN, the daughter of Oliver and Mary (Lissanti) LaBo.

She graduated from Franklin High School in Minneapolis in 1948 and married Robert Dietrich in Coeur d'lene, Idaho in 1949.

Rosemary was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and looked forward to bible study. She enjoyed reading, music and collecting books.

She was employed with Owosso Savings Bank as a teller for 10 years later retiring from Memorial Healthcare Center where she was a secretary for 17 years.

Rosemary is survived by her daughters Renay Dietrich and Rochelle (Mitchell) Young; sons Robert (Ruth) Dietrich and Randy (Julie) Dietrich; grandchildren Ryan Dietrich, Amanda Dietrich, Heather (Arthur) Hallman, Aaron Dietrich and Adam Dietrich, Chase (Amber) Young and Caitlyn Young; sister Joan (William) Maddox.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert; son Rory; brothers William LaBo, Robert LaBo and James LaBo; sister Betty Jean Wood.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Trinity United Methodist Church.

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Louis "Leo" Stanley Sysak Sr.


Age 59 of Owosso entered eternal life Saturday, August 10, 2013 surrounded by his children.

Leo was born in Owosso to Stanley and Virginia (Mudar) Sysak, May 29, 1954. He attended Owosso Public Schools and worked for Woodards Company for 32 years. He was a talented welder in the Research and Development Department. Leo often talked about the ladies he worked with, in how they presented him with a diamond stud earring for his birthday.

Leo enjoyed the simple things in life such as fishing, playing pool and playing cards with his family. He will be remembered best by his generous heart and quick wittedness.

He is survived by his daughter LeAnne (Abram) Alguire; son Louis "Leo" Sysak Jr; grandson Anderson Alguire; parents Stanley and Virginia of Mancelona, Michigan; sister Bonnie (Larry) Peters of Houghton Lake; special friends Tom Newell and family; caretaker Lisa Frolka, the mother of his children; several loving family members and friends.

He was predeceased by a brother David Sysak and a dear sister Magdalene "Meg" (Sysak) Brown. Also a special aunt Jane O'Dea and God Mother Olga (Sysak) Mudar.

To honor Leo's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be a memorial luncheon planned for Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the VFW Post 9455 in Owosso at 2:30pm.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Robert "Bob" Wisler

Age 69 of Owosso passed away Monday, August 12, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be held 11am Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor John Walworth officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 8pm.

Bob was born July 19, 1944 in Mishawaka, Indiana, the son of Richard Wisler and Lydella Brockus.

He graduated from Owosso High School and served in the United States Navy. Bob was active in the community serving as Mr. Owosso 1996 and participating in the Shia Alley Clown Klub where he was known as EZ and spent many years as Owosso's Santa Claus. He enjoyed many years as a coach for Owosso Little League Baseball and was a member of the American Legion, the Democratic Party and served as President of UAW for Johnson Control.

Bob married Kathy Dorsey on July 21, 1990 in Onaway, Michigan and retired from Johnson Control after 27 years of service.

He is survived by his wife Kathy; sons James (Alayna) Wisler and Richard (Debbie) Wisler; daughter Misty (Jon) Youngson; 12 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brother Richard Wisler; sister Janet Vagg.

Bob was predeceased by his parents.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at Nelson-House.com.

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Wayne "Mike" Lloyd Harris

Age 83 of Owosso passed away Friday, August 9, 2013.

A memorial service will be held 12noon Monday, August 12, 2013 at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Cal Long officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday at the church from 11am until the time of service.

Wayne was born October 15, 1929 in Owosso, the son of Alexander Harris and Laura Chase Harris.

He graduated from Owosso High School, class of 1948 and served in the United States Army 2nd Armored Division in Germany as a Corporal from 1951 to 1953.

On June 27, 1953 Wayne married Linda Semans of Ovid at the Ovid United Church.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, a 20 year member of the Kiwanis Club of Owosso, Elks and the Buick Salaried Retiree Club.

Wayne retired from Buick Motor Division in August 1986, after 38 years of service. In his retirement he worked 19 years at Young Chevrolet Cadillac which was his dream job.

He is survived by his wife Linda; children Michael Franklin (Linda) Harris, Monica Leigh (David) Polakowski and Margo Lin (David) Smith; grandchildren Austin Laura Polakowski, Carson Elizabeth Polakowski and Payton Margo Polakowski; step-grandchildren Zachariah Smith, Jessica Smith, Christopher Smith, Shea (Carrie) Masterson and Renee Fernd; several step great-grandchildren; sister Beverly Harris (Tad) Taphouse of Owosso.

Wayne was predeceased by his parents, sister Alice Harris Broker, brother-in-law Richard Broker, and an infant sister and brother.

In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to The Kiwanis Club of Owosso, First United Methodist Church or The Shiawassee Humane Society.

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Margaret A. Williams

Loving Wife, Mother and friend to all who knew her, of Ovid passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the age of 58.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church 10am Monday, August 12, 2013 with Fr. Raymond Urbanek. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Ovid. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Saturday from 6 to 8pm and Sunday from 12noon to 8pm with a scripture service at 6pm and at the church Monday from 9am until the time of service.

Margaret was born December 23, 1954 in Owosso, the daughter of James and June (Hamp) Byrnes.

She graduated from Laingsburg High School, class of 1973 and married Kim J. Williams on November 27, 1976 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Ovid.

Margaret looked forward to camping and traveling and especially enjoyed trips to Disney World. She looked forward to attending County Fairs, shopping and visits to the Casino. She was an avid fan of both Detroit Tigers Baseball and Detroit Pistons Basketball. Margaret lived life to the fullest and had a passion for her friends and family. She will be missed by all of her family and her many friends.

Through the years, Margaret had been a member of Shiawassee County Jr. Live Stock, Ovid Carriage Days, Owosso Curwood, Odyssey of the Mind, Ovid Village Council, past president of Corunna Rotary Club and had served on the Ovid Board of Appeals Commission and Ovid Middlebury Fire Auxiliary.

She retired from Fifth Third Bank formerly known as Owosso Savings Bank, Pacesetter Bank and Old Kent Bank after 33 ½ years of service as a Personal Banker. For many years she was honored to be voted best of the best personal banker.

Margaret is survived by her husband Kim; daughter Heather Williams; sisters Liz (Bob) Waltz and Mary (Dick) Criner; 4 honorary grandchildren Cami, Chole, Bill and Dee Dee Harris; several nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.

She is predeceased by her parents; brother Henry "Junie" Schuetz; sister Carol George; special aunt Phyll Anderson.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Ovid-Elsie Athletics or Relay for Life.

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Howard L. Edwards

Age 89 of Owosso formerly of Harbor Beach, died on August 7, 2013 surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Monday, August 12, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Thadd Sparrow officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 8pm.

Howard was born December 14, 1923, the son of Floyd A. and Katherine A. (Frank) Edwards in Harbor Beach, Michigan. On January 7, 1961 he married Lovica "Vicky" Woodruff and had two daughters, Kathryn and Kimberly. Vicky predeceased Howard 2 months before their 20th wedding anniversary in November 1980. He then married Verna L. (Ewing) Silvers on December 18, 1982 and welcomed 5 step-sons into his family, Guy, Rod, Darrin, Allan and Mark. Howard and Verna enjoyed nearly 27 years of marriage before Verna's death in October 2009.

Howard and his 4 siblings were raised on a farm during the depression and were no strangers to hard work. He became a seaman with the Merchant Marines on the Great Lakes in 1940. He returned to the Great Lakes after WWII, where he had served in the South Pacific Theater. Howard retired in 1985 from the Merchant Marines after serving on several ships during his career. Howard loved to "people watch", play his harmonica, tell jokes and make paper boats. He always had a smile and a laugh ready for anyone who would open their heart to him. Howard had a big heart and a lot of compassion for people.

He was predeceased by his parents; both wives; sister Marie (Louise) Koehn of Harbor Beach; brother Frank (Alice) Edwards of Baltimore, Maryland; sister Eleanor (Charlie) Schroeder of Standish; twin brother Harold Edwards of Harbor Beach; stepson Guy Silvers; brother-in-law James "Woody" Woodruff; brother-in-law Ray Ewing.

He is survived by his daughters Kathryn J. Edwards and Kimberly L. (Ronald) Pearsall; step-sons Rod (Rose) Silvers, Darrin (Karen) Silvers, Allan (Connie) Silvers and Mark Silvers; 18 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; many friends, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was a member of Gilead Baptist Church of Owosso, a life member of VFW Post 4005 and the American Legion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Long Term Care Unit at Memorial Healthcare or the Alzheimer's Foundation.

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Mary Stechschulte

Age 78 of Owosso passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at Genesys Regional Medical Center.

A mass of Christian burial will be held 10am Saturday, August 10, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 7pm.

Mary was born December 2, 1934 in Bronx, NY, the daughter of John and Julia (Ocedek) Plulik.

She attended St. Joseph Catholic School thru 8th grade and graduated from Owosso High School, class of 1952.

Mary was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and had a great love for her faith and church. She enjoyed puzzles and reading; especially novels and magazines. Mary looked forward to traveling and taking trips with each of her children. She loved spending time with her family; especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She spent her life raising and caring for her family along with being an organist for St. Joseph Catholic Church and working through the years at Shiawassee County Court and Stechschulte Gas and Oil.

Mary is survived by her children David (Lori) Stechschulte Jr., Diane (Jack) Ostipow, Monica (Mike) Constine, Richard (Robin) Stechschulte, Mark (Sue) Stechschulte, Ruth Ann (Bob) Marks, Jim (Samantha) Stechschulte and Robert (Kelly) Stechschulte; her childrens' father Dave Stechschulte Sr.; grandchildren Sarah Jo (Tom) Moore, Amanda (Josh) Atkinson, Meagan (Joe) Merlo, Karen Ostipow, Steven (Jacki) Ostipow, Stacey (Beau) Parmenter, Christine Constine (Andy Zarkovich), Nichole Constine, Samantha Stechschulte, Craig Stechschulte, Aubrey Stechschulte, Ryan Stechschulte, Alex Stechschulte, Brooke Stechschulte, Zachary Marks, Alexa Stechschulte, Samuel Stechschulte and Riley Stechschulte; great-grandchildren Leah, David, Elijah and Claire; sisters Francie Flynn and Linda (Rick) Dibean; several nieces and nephews and other loving family members.

She is predeceased by her parents John and Julia; brother Johnny; brother-in-law Gerald Flynn.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Paul Catholic Church or donors choice.

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Jeffrey M. Toole

Age 49 of Thompsonville formerly of Owosso perished along with his brother Joel W. Toole Friday, August 2, 2013 as result of an automobile accident.

A memorial service will be held 2pm, Friday, August 9, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Chris Higgins officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 12noon until 2pm.

Jeff was born January 26, 1964 in Owosso, the son of Harold and Carol (Conner) Toole.

He graduated from Owosso High School, class of 1982, Kendall School of Design in Grand Rapids and was employed with Materne North America Grawn Michigan.

Jeff was passionate about music, movies and art and enjoyed photography and writing. He was a good story teller, easy to talk with and had a great sense of humor. Jeff was an avid fan of both Detroit Tigers baseball and the MSU Spartans. Most of all Jeff enjoyed spending time with his family and precious grandchildren Madison, Samuel, Jacob, Bradlee and Karlee.

He is survived by his children Ryan Toole, Justin (Fran) Toole and Hannah (Ben) Seitz; grandchildren Madison, Samuel, Jacob, Bradlee and Karlee; sister Cynthia (Richard) Young and Jennifer (Ken) Gillett; grandmother Oliver M. Connor-Routson; aunt Martha (Joe) Preloznik; nephews Hunter and Michael; niece Jessica; several cousins and other loving family members and friends.

Jeff is predeceased by his parents; grandparents Mary and Watson Toole and Forrest Connor; uncle Gary Toole; aunt Mary Sue Fesko; cousins Michael Toole, Debbie Luna and Tracey Luna.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Joel W. Toole

Age 43 of Thompsonville formerly of Owosso perished along with his brother Jeffrey M. Toole Friday, August 2, 2013 as result of an automobile accident.

A memorial service will be held 2pm, Friday, August 9, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Chris Higgins officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 12noon until 2pm.

Joel was born September 22, 1969 in Owosso, the son of Harold and Carol (Connor) Toole.

He attended Owosso High School and Lansing Community College.

He enjoyed gardening, playing the guitar, hunting and lending a helping hand to anyone in need. Joel was a fan of the Detroit Tigers and MSU sports and will be remembered as a kind and compassionate person.

Joel is survived by his wife Tina; stepson Steve Cripps; sisters Cynthia (Richard) Young and Jennifer (Ken) Gillett; grandmother Olive M. Connor-Routson; aunt Martha (Joe) Preloznik; nieces and nephews Ryan, Justin (Fran), Hannah (Ben), Hunter, Jessica, Michael, Madison, Bradlee and Karlee.

Joel is predeceased by his parents; grandparents Mary and Watson Toole and Forrest Connor; uncle Gary Toole; aunt Mary Sue Fesko; cousins Michael Toole, Debbie Luna and Tracey Luna.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Tina Toole for funeral expenses.

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Austin Gage Underhill

Age 21 of Owosso passed away Sunday, August 4, 2013.

Funeral services will be held 11am Friday, August 9, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Marlene Webster officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 8pm.

Austin was born June 16, 1992 in Lansing, the son of Donald and Lisa (Hayward) Underhill.

He was a graduate of Owosso High School, enjoyed hunting whitetail's at his grandparents and fishing. Austin was a skilled mechanic and looked forward to working on cars; especially his 67 Chevy. Most of all he loved hanging out with his family and friends and niece and nephew.

Austin is survived by his parents Donald and Lisa; sisters Alyssa Underhill and Jacqueline Underhill; brother Jordan Underhill; nephew Braydon Lindsey; niece Madalyn Lindsey; grandparents Donald and Leann Underhill and Darryl and Eleanor Hayward; aunts and uncles Ronald (Lynda) Underhill, Darryl Hayward, Tina (Dennis) Albert, Debbie Hayward (Joe) and John (Sue) Fritze; many cousins and other loving family and friends.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.


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Rev. Clifford J. Furness

Age 76 of Corunna passed away Sunday August 4, 2013 at Sparrow Healthcare Center.

A memorial service will be held 11am Thursday, August 8, 2013 at Corunna United Methodist Church with Rev. David Strobe officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4 to 8pm.

At Clifford's request, his body was donated to Michigan State University to be used for research.

Rev. Furness was born August 23, 1936 in Avoca, Michigan, the son of Melford and Marie (Bubel) Furness. He graduated from Port Huron (MI) High School, Owosso Bible College, Adrian College and Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. During his seminary years he served at Columbia Drive and Milstead United Methodist Churches. He was ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church in 1971. All churches he served after ordination were on the Flint District (now Crossroads District) of the Detroit Annual Conference. Churches he served were: Northwest Venice and Oakley, Juddville and New Lothrop; and Lake Fenton United Methodist Churches. Clifford married Jerie Hebner on July 12, 1957 in Port Huron at Griswold Street Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife Jerie; daughters Myrna (Drew) Spencer of Sebring, Florida and Elaine (Dean) Tobey of Midland, Michigan; grandchildren Jordan and Jama Tobey and Rebecca Spencer.

Clifford was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Harold Furness and sister Armetta Samson.

In lieu of flowers, Clifford requests you make donations to: PET (Personal Energy Transportation) PET Missouri-Columbia 1908 Heriford Drive, Columbia, MO 65202-1940.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at Nelson-House.com.

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Gladys I. Webster


Gladys I. Webster passed away Sunday, Aug 4, 2013 at Oliver Woods Retirement Center and went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was born June 13, 1917 to Herman LeRoy "Roy" and Lottie "Tanner" Lewis in Allegan County, Michigan, near Green Lake and moved with her family to Owosso in 1924. She attended the Owosso Public Schools and graduated from the Owosso High School in 1936. She and Lloyd A. Webster were united in marriage April 6, 1963 by her brother Lieutenant Colonel LeRoy H. Lewis, Chaplain, U.S. Air Force and the Reverend Marvin R. Jewel, Pastor of the Owosso Evangelical United Brethren Church (EUB).


The Nelson-House Funeral Home will handle funeral arrangements with visitation on Tuesday August 6, 2013 from 2 to 8pm and family present from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm. A Memorial Service will be held 11am Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the Owosso First Free Methodist Church with the Reverend Mark Kincaid and Reverend Burton Kincaid officiating. Interment will be at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens


She was active in church activities having taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir. She was a born again Christian and a loving, devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and homemaker. She had worked for Montgomery Ward then GTE, most recently Verizon where she retired after 21 years of service.


She is survived by her husband Lloyd; son James "Jim" (Suzanne) Brown of Owosso; daughter-in-law Gracie Brown of Folsom, California; stepchildren Robert "Bob" (Jane) Webster of Montrose, Larry (Linda) Webster of Keymar, Maryland, Linda (David) Staub of Port Orange, Florida and Ruth (Paul "Chip") Wagoner of Daytona Beach, Florida; 17 grandchildren and their spouses; 25 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law Ann Lewis and Patricia "Pat" (Russell) Maurer.


She is predeceased by her parents, son Marshall E. Brown, great-grandson Marshall Lee Brown, Jr. and stepson Paul E. Webster, Sr., sister Marie and her husband Leroy "Ted" Tedder and brother Lt. Col. LeRoy H. Lewis.


Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Owosso First Free Methodist Church.

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Fern Ruth Neil

Age 90 of Owosso passed away Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Monday, August 5, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor RB Ouellette officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Cemetery in Saginaw. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 11am until the time of service.

Fern was born December 11, 1922 in Passaic, New Jersey, the daughter of Francis and Adrianna Ruth (Bell) Thompson.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Saginaw and in her earlier years she played the baritone horn and sang with the Salvation Army Songsters. She enjoyed playing her organ, doing crafts and puzzle books. Most of all she looked forward to time spent with her family; she especially loved being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Fern married Charles Arthur Neil in Saginaw on May 26, 1973; he predeceased her in 1999.

She had been employed through the years at various Saginaw businesses, the most recent being Severence Tools where she spent 15 years working.

Fern is survived by her step-daughters Roberta (Rolland) DePeal of Corunna and Floy Beth Dean of Owosso; 8 grandchildren Charles (Cindy) DePeal, Rolanda (Joe) Sweatland, Philip (Robin) DePeal, Chris (Laurie) Ordway, Janena (Kevin) Kregger, Debbie (Brian) Lingle, Davina (Mike) Rumple and John (Lori) Dean; 21 great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her husband Charles, step-daughter Patricia Ordway in 2000 and step son-in-law David Dean in 2011.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church of Saginaw or the Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility.

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Helen Mlynek

Age 93 of Perry formerly of Owosso passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Olive Branch Senior Assisted Living in Perry.

Services will be held 11am Monday, August 5, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Fr. Dave Fisher officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 4 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 5pm and and Eagles Memorial Service at 7pm.

Helen was born December 11, 1919 in Ionia, the daughter of George and Julia (Langa) Lukas.

She graduated from Lyons High School and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Eagles Auxiliary851 and the R.E.A.C. Club.

Helen enjoyed polka music, dancing and gardening. She looked forward to trips and traveling with her girlfriends.

Helen married George F. Smith on June 1, 1946; he predeceased her on July 26, 1960. She then married Joseph K. Mlynek on November 22, 1968; he predeceased her on March 31, 1986.

Helen had been employed at several businesses throughout the years including Redmond Motors, Universal Electric and Swanson's Manufacturing.

She is survived by her son Phillip E. (Linda) Smith; daughters Carol (Tom) Brown and Lori Mlynek; step-daughter Julie (Ed) Stenger; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother Edward Lukas; many nieces, nephews and other loving family members and friends.

Helen is predeceased by husbands George and Joseph, brothers Frank and George Lukas and sister Ann Griswald.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Helen's home care givers, the staff at the Olive Branch in Perry and Grace Hospice.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Grace Hospice or Alzheimer's Association.

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Colleen Buchele

Age 82 of Owosso passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility.

Funeral services will be held 11am Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Fr. Dave Fisher officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 7pm.

Colleen was born September 25, 1930 in Owosso, the daughter of Cecil and Mildred "Peggy" (Swinderman) Hayes and resided all of her life in Owosso.

She graduated from Owosso High School in1948 married Keith Herbert Buchele and they started their family in 1949; having many happy years together until he passed on March 29, 2006.

Colleen retired from Magnetek also know as Universal Electric in 1992 after 29 years of service. She was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Owosso, loved ceramics as well as sewing, crocheting and all handicrafts. Colleen looked forward to spending time with her family and sharing her wonderful cooking and baking with them.

The last nearly 7 years of her life were spent in and out of the hospital and we would like to express sincere thanks to all the people who became close to her with their tender loving care; Dr. Wendy King, Dr. Sergio Ponze and their staff, as well as everyone at Memorial Healthcare, Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility and the caregivers at her home.

She will be dearly missed for her quick wit and sense of humor.
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Colleen leaves to cherish her memory; sons David Buchele of Corunna and Richard (Julia) Buchele of Owosso; daughters Mrs. Cheryl (John) Cappiali of Milford, CT and Suzan (Edward) Chrenka of Laingsburg; grandchildren Lori Hurst, Teresa (Jason) Hagy, Keith R. Buchele and Lesley Buchele; great-grandchildren Madeline Hurst, Zachary Hurst, Lyndsey Hagy and Keanah Buchele; two special nieces Jennifer (Don) Beck and Tricia (Scott) Ordway; step-grandchildren Jeremy, Kirk, Jessie, Ricky and Marcia; many loving family and friends.

In addition to her husband Keith, she was predeceased by her parents; brothers Terry Hayes, infant brother Richard Hayes and great-grandson Ryan Hurst.


Memorial contributions are suggested to Memorial Healthcare Cancer Center.

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Veronia M. Rothe



Age 75 of Owosso passed away peacefully, Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Oliver Woods Retirement Center surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Rev. David Holdren officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 8pm. Veronia was born August 26, 1937 in Fort Fairfield, Maine, the daughter of Joseph and Letha (Faye) Bouchard. She graduated from Fort Fairfield High School Maine and married Elden Rothe on March 15, 1957. Veronia enjoyed reading and singing, especially in the church choir. She also enjoyed working in her flower gardens and loved spending time with her family. Her greatest times were spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Veronia retired from Corunna Public Schools in 1997 after serving 27-years; 12-years as a bus driver and 15-years as Transportation Supervisor. She is survived by her husband Elden; sons Michael (Virginia) Rothe and Randall (Jeanine) Rothe; daughter Cheryl (Ted) Ockerman; grandchildren Heather (Matt) Minton, Ian Rothe and Sarah Ockerman; great-grandchildren Haley, Caden, Owen and Elley; 11 brothers and sisters; several nieces, nephews and other loving family members. Veronia was predeceased by her infant son Rodney, parents and grandparents. Memorial contributions can be made to the Corunna United Methodist Church or Memorial Healthcare Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at Nelson-House.com.

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Lenora Jane Berndt



Lenora, age 88 of Owosso, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 26, 2013 surrounded by her family.

Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 29, 2013 at the Owosso Assembly of God Church. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens with Pastor Kenneth Herbruck officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Saturday, July 27th from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 28th from 1 to 6 p.m.

Lenora was born April 18, 1925 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Jacob and Jenny (Schoterman) VanLoon. She loved living in Grand Rapids with her family. She accepted Christ at a young age.

At God's leading she came to Owosso at the age of 16 to finish high school. She continued her college education at Owosso Bible College, graduating with the class of 1947. While there she made many life-long friends who nicknamed her Norrie and Blondie. While in college she majored in voice, using it to praise her Lord.

She was later employed at many places including Owosso Memorial Hospital where she met her husband-to-be, Laverne J. Berndt who was the love of her life. The two were married in Grand Rapids on October 23, 1948. She worked at Owosso High School as an aide, eventually retiring from Pleasant View Hospital where she had worked as both an aide and a payroll assistant.

Lenora had a great passion for missions and went on several missions trips to Russia, Siberia and China. When she wasn't doing mission work she was active in her church making sure the Word was proclaimed in a myriad of ways. She had a special love in her heart for Calvary Baptist Church and the church she attended for the last 30 years, the Owosso Assembly of God Church.


She is survived by her children Laurel (Keith) Haase of Owosso and Linnell (Tom) Fais of Lansing; Linda Haubert, who was like a daughter to her; grandsons Joshua (Michele) Fais, David Fais; granddaughters Jenny Spear, Megan (Ryan) Ijames, Bethany Haase; great-grandchildren Cameron, Matthew, Logan, Madison, Bradly and Marshal; brother Robert (Shirley) VanLoon; as well as many other loving family and friends.

Lenora is predeceased by her parents, her husband Laverne and her two sisters.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Owosso Assembly of God Church or Life Publishers.

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John Alban Emmendorfer Sr.


Age 76, of Owosso, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013, at home, with family at his side.

John was born May 11, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Adam F. and Marie (Beck) Emmendorfer. He attended St. Joseph's High in Detroit, earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Detroit, and attended the University of Michigan Masters of Business Administration majoring in Finance and Accounting.

John served his country with the Michigan Air National Guard during high school and was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1955 assigned to the 537th Field Artillery Battalion at Fort Sill Oklahoma.

John married Josephine M. Tortomasi on November 15, 1958 in Detroit, Michigan at St. John Berchman Catholic Church.
He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and very active in his church all his life.

He enjoyed hunting with his brother Adam and fishing with anyone who would join him in his boat. His favorite hobby was to design and make custom furniture from small cutting boards to bedroom furniture.

For many years he volunteered as set designer and builder for the Owosso Community Players and was the recipient of numerous awards for set design and construction. He also received awards for best supporting actor on several occasions.

John enjoyed gardening and taking care of the lawn and shrubs. He enjoyed the rewards from his black raspberry and red raspberry collection as well as fresh strawberries, zucchini, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

John's most rewarding accomplishments can be found in his wife of 55 years, his children, grand children, great grandchild and the many long lasting friendships he made during his life.

John is survived by his wife, Josephine, his four daughters, Catherine (Peter) Marcus, Karen Janisse, Carol Holmes, and Julie Yager. He is also survived by his son John A. Emmendorfer, Jr. Other survivors include 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Surviving siblings include his sister, Dolores (James) Quin, and brother, Adam Emmendorfer. He was predeceased by his mother and father as well as his brother Vincent and sister Mary Ellen Yokley.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, July 29, 2013 at St Paul Catholic Church. Burial will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly at a later date. The family will receive friend at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 6pm with a scripture reading at 5pm.

Donations can be made to St. Paul's Catholic School and Hospice.

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Diane Kay Zachar

Age 62 of Owosso passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013 at McLaren Hospital in Lansing.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Kincaid officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 8pm.

Diane was born April 14, 1951 in Owosso, the daughter of Harry Shuster
and Dorothy Hollenback.

She was a 1969 graduate of Owosso High School and enjoyed gardening; Diane especially loved her flowers. She loved going Up North to the cabin; canoeing and having bonfires with her grandchildren. Diane enjoyed getting her toenails done and treating herself to cheesecake.

She had been employed through the years at Jumbo's and most recently was employed with Shiawassee County Mental Health.

Diane is survived by her fiancé Terry Bigger; sons Patrick Zachar and Christopher Zachar; grandson Taylor Zachar; mother Dorothy; brother Terry Shuster; extended family Gregg (Wendy) Bigger and Scott (Lesa) Bigger and Kaylee, Riley, Avery and Aliyah Bigger; many other loving family members and friends.

She is predeceased by her father and sister Toni Newell.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shiawassee County Humane Society or Shiawassee County Mental Health.

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Mary Ellen Klco

Age 77 of Owosso passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility.

A mass of Christian burial will be held 10am Saturday, July 27, 2013 at St. Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Thomas Thompson officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 8pm with at rosary prayed at 7pm.

Mary Ellen was born April 26, 1936 in Owosso, the daughter of William and Dallas (Hoag) Morrissey.

She graduated from St. Paul Catholic School and earned a nursing degree from St. Joseph Hospital McAully School of Practical Nursing in Pontiac in 1956.

Mary Ellen enjoyed all crafts including sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and ceramics and loved making stuffed animals for needy children in Texas where she and her husband wintered. She looked forward to playing bingo, card games and cribbage with family and friends. Mary Ellen always wanted a big family so she invited everyone to gathering and get-togethers. Her greatest love was for her family and being a grandmother and great-grandmother.

She married Joseph Klco, Jr. on October 6, 1956 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Owosso.

Mary Ellen was employed through the years with Memorial Hosital, Redmond's Manufacturing and Duall.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years Joseph Klco, Jr.; daughter Mary Rodabaugh; granddaughter Heather (Adam) Boone; great-grandchildren Justyn and Tyler Boone; sister Rita (Clifton) McFarland; brother-in-law Ed Klapko; 4 step-grandchildren; 12 step great-grandchildren; 8 step great-great grandchildren; in-laws Betty (Jerry) Strauss, Robert (Joann) Klco, Mary Jane (Harold) Stephans and Frank (Delly) Klco; many nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.

Mary Ellen was predeceased by her parents; sisters Martha Klapko and Patricia Shea; son-in-law Jim Rodabaugh Jr.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Pleasant View Auxiliary, St. Paul Church or Memorial Healthcare Hospice.

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Antonia Ann Ocedek

Age 89 of Owosso passed away Monday, July 22, 2013 at Durand Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center.

A mass of Christian burial will be held 11am Friday, July 26, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Dave Fisher officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friend at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 8pm with a rosary prayed at 6pm.

Antonia was born May 21, 1924 in Owosso, the daughter of Martin and Anna (Kadubec) Hornak.

She attended Corunna and St. Joseph Schools and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Altar Society.

In her earlier years, Antonia enjoyed ceramics and gardening. She looked forward to holidays and spending time with her family; especially her grandchildren. Antonia was a homemaker and took a lot of pride in her family and home.

She married Joseph Francis Ocedek at St. Joseph Catholic Church on August 5, 1944; he predeceased her in 1999.

She worked at several businesses throughout the Community and used this as an opportunity to meet new people. Antonia was a friendly, faithful person who never met a stranger and was always willing to give.

Antonia is survived by her daughter Joanne and husband Joseph Hojsak; son Joseph Ocedek; grandchildren Jennifer and husband Robert Foote, Jeffrey and wife Stacey Hojsak and Jason Hojsak; great-grandchildren Ashlyn Hojsak, Allison and Brayden Foote; sister Mary Kus; special niece Shirley Chalker.

She is predeceased by her husband Joseph, brothers Frank and Martin Hornak, sisters Lillian Hedrich and Ann Sumbera.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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Debora Marie Wilson

Age 50 of Durand most recently Owosso passed away July 21, 2013 at her home.

A Celebration of Debbie's life will be held Thursday at Nelson-House Funeral Home from 12noon until 6pm.

Debbie was born September 3, 1962 in Flint, the daughter of Robert and Barbara (Beacham) Kleitsch.

She was a Durand High School graduated and a member of St. Mary's Church in Durand and Catholic Charities of Owosso.

Debbie loved animals and her door was always opened for animals that needed a home. She had a special place in her heart for cats.

She married Gary Wilson in Las Vegas in 1991; he predeceased her in 1999.

Debbie is survived by her son Erik Wilson; parents Robert and Barbara Kleitsch; sisters Diane Lott and Darcy Kleitsch; 6 nieces and nephews; many other loving family members and friends.

She is predeceased by her husband Gary.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shiawassee County Humane Society.

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Virginia L. Bullard

"Ginger"



Age 79 of Owosso passed away Friday, July 19, 2013 at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Friday, July 26, 2013 at Salem Lutheran Church in Owosso with Pastor James Bare officiating. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Thursday from 4 to 8pm and Friday morning at the church from 11 am to 1 pm.

Virginia was born November 15, 1933 in New Haven Township, the daughter of
William and Lena (Cool) Holzhausen.

She graduated from Chesaning High School in 1952, earned an Associate's Degree from Baker College (1993) and was a lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church.

Virginia enjoyed reading, sewing, and spending time with her grandchildren. She loved bright colors and was always seen in beautiful colorful outfits. Her children will always remember her homemade stewed tomato soup on cold winter days and her holiday fudge. She loved family gatherings. Giving gifts and sending cards to those she loved was important to her; even if small the gift, she always wanted people to know she was thinking of them.
She always had a smile on her face.

She was employed through the years at Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility (formerly Pleasant View), Salem Lutheran School, Baker College Bookstore and Walmart. She also helped out at the Shiawassee Council on Aging.

Virginia is survived by her children Christine Heinig (Owosso, MI), Connie Bullard (Bridgman, MI), Carla (Mike) Marcou (Owosso, MI), Carrie (Barry) Kray (Bridgman, MI & Sedona, AZ), Candie (Dennis) White (Belleview,FL) and Catrina Bullard (Owosso, MI); 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; one sister (Frieda Mellentine), many nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, son-in-law William Heinig; siblings Mildred Ludington, Eldred Holzhausen, Ethel Dennis, Elmer Holzhausen, George Holzhausen, Fred Holzhausen, Dorothy Butcher and Lucille Denton.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Shiawassee Council on Aging or Moore Living Connections (non-profit that operates homes for disabled adults such as the Middleton Home in Owosso)

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Ronald J. Smith Jr.


Age 57 of Corunna, passed away, peacefully, at home after a short battle with cancer on Friday, July 19, 2013. Cremation has already taken place. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at The Owosso Assembly of God on North M-52.


Ron was born on June 8, 1956 in Owosso, the son of Ronald J., Sr. and Mary (Wazny) Smith. Devoted and loving son, father, and grandfather.

Ron is survived by his mother, children, grandchildren, sister, brothers, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. His son, Ronald "Joey" J. (Kelli) Smith, III, and his children, Selena, Tabitha, Chloe-Jo, Kylee-Ann, and Ronald "LJ" J., IV. His daughter, Rikki (Noah) Cocke, her children, Brooke, Karli, and Jensen. His sister, Mary (Dave) Bates, and brothers, John (Deb) Smith, and Tom (Melanie) Smith. He was preceded in death by his father on December 6, 2000 and beloved friend, Les (Bubbles) Zimmerman on July 20, 2009 .


Ron graduated from Corunna High School, class of 1975. He loved being outdoors, fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping. He also loved to travel, spending most of his recent winters in New Mexico with his Mom. He especially loved being surrounded by his family and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


A benefit will be held in his honor on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Sportsmen's Inn, 1011 W. Main St., Owosso, MI 48867.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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Wonieta Elizabeth Warner South

Wonieta was born in Newburg, Michigan on January 28, 1921 to William and Alice (Latimer) Warner. She attended Corunna Public Schools through the 9th grade until her parents moved to East Lansing, Michigan.

Wonieta married G. Leslie Shaw in 1947 and lived in Clare; he predeceased her in 1964. In 1966 she married Clarence M. South; he predeceased her in 2003. Wonieta enjoyed working with Clarence and the children in the Head Start program in Owosso.

She is survived by her family Bill and Sherie Phillips, Dan Luick and Ryan Phillips; sister Bontiea Shaw of Lansing.

Wonieta was predeceased by her parents; two husbands, four sisters and three nieces.

She was a lifetime member of the Council on Aging and considered it a pleasure being in the Red Hat Society and the Merry Widows and having monthly lunches with the class of 1939 Alums. Crocheting, bingo and crossword puzzles were her favorite past times.

Funeral services will be held 12noon Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Rev. John Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Cherry Grove Cemetery in Clare, Michigan. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10am until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to a Memorial Fund for Wonieta.

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Jacqueline K. "Jackie" Leone

Jacqueline was born April 19, 1948 in Owosso, the daughter of Frederick J. and Evelyn R. (Fromm) Miller.

She attended the one-room Hintz, then Kelly schools, the latter until the rural and city schools consolidated, then Corunna Middle School for eighth grade, graduating from Corunna High School in 1966. Jacqueline began employment at The Argus-Press Aug. 15, 1965 as a CHS cooperative education student as a perforator (typist), becoming a full-time employee after graduation and moving to the editorial department, first filling in as State Editor and then assuming those duties, as well as that of a reporter, with the title being changed to Area Editor. She remained in that position for many years, also accepting responsibility for content and production of The Argus Weekly, retiring as Copy Desk Chief after 42 years in 2007. Later that same year, Jacqueline accepted part-time Staff Writer position with The Independent Newspaper Group. During her journalism career, she earned numerous Associated Press, Michigan Press Association and Michigan Press Women awards for writing, page layout and photography.
Jacqueline also attended Lansing Community College. She served as Second Vice President of the Michigan Press Women and for several years on the Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee Board, including holding the office of Board Secretary. She also served two terms on the Shiawassee County Housing Rehabilitation Advisory Committee. Jacqueline was involved in the Curwood Festival as a volunteer and chairman, having originated, then coordinated the Festival's Curwood Saga writing contest for youth for 15 years. She served on the Curwood Festival Board of Directors for eight years, including as Festival President in 1999 and 2000. She was a past Honored Queen of Corunna Bethel #41, International Order of Job's Daughters. Jacqueline was a member of the National Council of Corvette Clubs, Inc., and is a former member of the Shiawassee Corvette Club, having the distinction of being elected the club's first and, subsequently, only female president in 1979. She was also a member of the Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor Association.

She and Barry R. Leone were married July 21, 1986 in Kissimmee, Fla., during a NCCC convention.

Jacqueline had a love of dogs her entire life, was a staunch supporter of the Shiawassee Humane Society's efforts and Michigan Samoyed Rescue, providing a MSR foster home for numerous abused Sammys and adopting three from the organization herself.

Served on the Public Relations Committee of the Shiawassee Homeless Coalition and received 4th and 11th annual Building Hope Awards for her support and writing efforts on behalf of the Coalition. Jacqueline worked for many years with Relief After Violent Encounter (now SafeCenter) in an attempt to bring awareness to the community of domestic violence through her newspaper articles, earning a Making a Difference Award from that agency. Jacqueline also worked closely with Capital Area Community Services, including serving on the Walk for Warmth planning committee.
She enjoyed driving her Corvette, NASCAR, mowing lawn with her 1948 International BN tractor and puttering in her flower gardens but the real love and joy of her life was her granddaughter Kayla.

Jacqueline is survived by her husband Barry; daughter Melissa (Chad) Shepard; granddaughter Kayla Lyn; mother Evelyn Miller; aunts Joan Fromm and Alice Miller; special dog Peaches; several other loving family and friends.

She was predeceased by her father.

Funeral services will be held 11am Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Nelson-House Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 8pm.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shiawassee County Humane Society.

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Timothy R. Greenhoe

 

Age 55 of Owosso passed away Saturday, July 13, 2013.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will take place at a later date.

Tim was born October 9, 1957 in Owosso, the son of Duane and Yvonne (Skutt) Greenhoe.

He graduated from Owosso High School and studied Political Science at Saginaw Valley State University.

Tim enjoyed Horse Races, riding horses and 4-H Shows and he had a love for trading Stocks.

Tim was self employed as a drywall contractor.

He is survived by his mother Yvonne (Henry) Giberson; sister Cindy (Jim) Civille; brother Jerry Greenhoe; nephew Justin Greenhoe; niece Katie Civille.

Tim was predeceased by his father Duane Greenhoe.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Memorial Healthcare Foundation Silver Stars Free Cancer Screening.

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Dale Hollenback

 

Age 79 of Owosso passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013.

A memorial service will be held 11am Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor Don Fields officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday from 10am until the time of service.

Dale was born February 21, 1934 in Owosso, the son of Nick and Grace (VanHorn) Hollenback.

He graduated from Owosso High School, class of 1952 and attended Calvary Baptist Church. Dale loved being outdoors; fishing, gardening, boating and hunting; deer, pheasant and rabbit. He looked forward to traveling and cooking for his family and friends.

Dale married Jane R. Newport on September 26, 1952 and celebrated 60 loving years of marriage and 3 beautiful children.

He was a carpenter and spent his life building homes and other construction.

Dale is survived by his wife Jane; children Dennis (Christine) Hollenback, Kenneth (Sandra) Hollenback and Denise (Richard) Blust; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sisters Dorothy (Robert) Parcher, Marcella (Lawrence) Yeiter and Donna (Phillip) Banghart; several nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.

He was predeceased by siblings Leona Ostipow, Loretta Gorman, Kenneth and Eugene Hollenback.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Gift of Life.

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