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Violet M. Kearns
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Violet Cater Knauff Kearns 

Age 90 of Owosso passed away Monday, October 9, 2017 at Memorial Healthcare after a 10 year long battle with Alzheimer's.

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10am Monday October 16, 2017 at St. Paul Catholic Church with Father Dieudonne Ntakarutimana officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 4pm to 8pm with a rosary being prayed at 7pm.

Violet was born November 23, 1926 in Kaleva, one of nine children born to Edward B. and Mary E. (Sturegon) Cater.

She graduated from Kaleva Rural High School and then continued her education at the Medical Assistant School in Mission Hills, California.
She married Jim Knauff in 1947 at St. Paul's Catholic Church and they raised four children together, Joseph, Thomas, Mary and Jane.  Jim predeceased her in 1965.  Later in life she married Clarence Kearns and he predeceased her on November 18, 2015.

Violet was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church.  She was also involved with the Altar Society, Daughters of Isabella, St. Martha's Guild and the Red Hat Flashers.

Violet is survived by her daughter Mary E. (John) Phillips; grandchildren Jayme (Michele) Robinson, Robert Robinson, Amanda (Andy) Warner, Laken Pruitt (Sean Spaleny), Madison Pruitt; great-grandchildren Logan (Anthony) Reale, Kennadie (Edison) Krish, Bailey Warner, Alieya Robinson, Jadyn and Macey Spaleny; two half brothers Leonard (Mary) Cater and James (Macey) Cater, sister Rosalie (Martin) Reed; sister-in-laws Joanie Cater and Martha Crackel; several nieces and nephews in northern Michigan and many other loving family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husbands; her children Joseph, Thomas and Jane Marie Pruitt; her parents and seven siblings.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Memorial Healthcare 5th Floor Long Term Care.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Owosso Chapel

120 E. Mason Street
Owosso, MI 48867

Funeral Service




10:00 AM
St. Paul Catholic Church

111 North Howell Street
Owosso, MI 48867

Cemetery Details


St. Paul Catholic Cemetery

Chipman Street
Owosso, MI 48867

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To the Family


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