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Lenore M. VanNortwick, age 81 of Perry, passed away Friday, September 13, 2019 at the Durand Senior Care and Rehab Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, September 20, 2019 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Pastor John Walworth will officiate with burial to follow in East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Okemos. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8pm and again Friday one hour prior to the service.

Lenore was born on February 11, 1938 to the late Robert and Lenore (Fritz) Lieber. On June 4, 1955 she married Kenneth Raymond VanNortwick in Indiana and together raised 4 children. Lenore enjoyed reading and spending time with her family.

Mrs. VanNortwick is survived by her husband of 64 years, Kenneth; 3children: Jeffery Eric (Kendra) VanNortwick of Wellsville, KS, Penny Leigh Dale of Perry, Scott James (Raunay) VanNortwick of Owosso; 6 grandchildren: Shannon VanNortwick, Russell (Jennifer) VanNortwick, Jennifer Dale, Michael VanNortwick, Breanna Kidd, Megan Jecks; 5 great grandchildren: Jaidyn, Abigail, Hunter, Gabriel, Tyler; sister, Judith and brother, Robert (Marilyn) Lieber.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Russell Gene VanNortwick and brother, William Lieber.

Memorial contributions given in Mrs. VanNortwick's name are suggested to ALS of Michigan. Online condolences may be sent to her family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Gerald L. Barnhart, age 92 of Perry passed away Monday, September 9, 2019 at Olive Branch Senior Assisted Living Facility in Perry, Michigan. A funeral service will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel, 214 S. Main St., Perry, MI 48872 on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM. The Rev. Dr. Harold DeMott will officiate the service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 11:00 AM till the time of service.

Gerald was born February 17, 1927 in Pulski, Michigan to Emory and Faye (Loveless) Barnhart. He attended and graduated from Hanover High School in 1944. He went on to serve his country in the United States Air Force entering in 1947 and being honorably discharged in 1949. He married the love of his life Marilyn (Wild) and settled in Williamston, Michigan to raise his family. Gerald worked his entire life in farming; raising animals and growing crops. He loved to hunt, shoot skeet, square dance, play golf, cards and games with friends and family in his spare time.

Gerald is survived by his children; Linda (Tim) McDaniels and Dean (Christine) Barnhart, his seven grandchildren; Ron McDaniels, Jerry (Jennifer) McDaniels, Heath (Robyn) Barnhart, James (Kara) Barnhart, Jason (Stephanie) Barnhart, Chad (Rachel) Barnhart, and Amber Barnhart, nine great-grandchildren, three great great-grandchildren, and his twin sister: Geraldine Chambers, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Emory and Faye Barnhart, his wife; Marilyn, and sister Phyllis Dubina, and his brother Dale Barnhart.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to Olive Branch Assisted Living Center and Grace Hospice for their compassionate care, love and support over this past month.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.


Bonnie Joy Wylie Slanker was born October 6th 1949 and passed away after a brief, but courageous battle with cancer on September 7th 2019. Per her wishes cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life open house will be held from 1-5:00 PM on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at the Webberville Cultural Center, 115 S. Main St., Webberville, MI 48892.

Bonnie was born in Howell MI, the oldest of four children born to Bert and Rose (Neumann) Wylie. Bonnie grew up in rural Livingston County and attended Pinckney schools graduating from PHS in 1967. After high school she went to work for the state of Michigan first at the Hillcrest Regional Center for Developmental Disabilities and then at the Michigan School for the Blind. On December 16, 1972 she married George Slanker. Bonnie and George settled in Webberville MI where they raised their children and a passel of sheep. In 1984 Bonnie achieved her life long dream of becoming a registered nurse. Above all else Bonnie was a devoted mother, who despite working full time and going to nursing school, never missed a teacher conference, performance, concert , or game. She dedicated herself to 4-H as both a member and a leader for her children and grandchildren. Bonnie was an avid storyteller, and enjoyed telling the same ones repeatedly so you felt like you lived it yourself. She enjoyed U of M football, MSU basketball and was a loyal fan of the Detroit Tigers to the very end. Bonnie loved being a grandma and was beyond proud of all her grandchildren, especially because they were better than everyone else’s.

Bonnie is survived by her children Jill (Trent Hull) of Bancroft and Eric Slanker of Charlotte. Her grandchildren Bridget, Gracelyn, and Owen Hull, James Korn, and Allison, Brenden, and Blake Slanker. Sister Janet Wylie of Webberville, brothers William (Carol) and David (Mary) Wylie both of Pinckney. She loved and was loved by numerous nieces and nephews and the many friends she made over the years. She was proceeded in death by her parents, her husband George, special friend Rex Pierce, niece Michelle Jackman and nephew Nathaniel Wylie.

If you would like to make a donation in Bonnie’s name please donate to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Those wishing to leave online condolences to the family may do so at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.


Richard J. Olson, age 76 of Haslett, passed away on Monday September 2, 2019 at his home. Services will be held at St. Martha Catholic Church, 1100 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos on Thursday September 5, 2019 at 2:00 PM. The Rev. Fr. Mike Murray will officiate. Interment will be in South Haven at a later date.

Richard was born on August 26, 1943 in South Haven, Michigan, the son of Edgar William & Irene Therse (Wiatrowski) Olson. He was a graduate of South Haven High School and attended Michigan State University. Richard served in the United States Navy from 1968 until 1972. He Married Carol C. Ryan and together raised 3 boys. Richard was an accountant for All State Management Company for 41 years, retiring in 2013. He was a former member of St. Basil Catholic Church of South Haven, MI and St. Martha Catholic Church of Okemos, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1006 of Okemos, MI.

> He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially during holiday celebrations in South Haven, Michigan. He was always full of energy chasing around his grandchildren. He loved to play cribbage and golf, as well as volunteer at Michigan State Football games. He was a dedicated member of Knights of Columbus and will be dearly missed by his Brothers. He also was a loyal attendee of St. Martha’s Parish.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Christine, son Patrick Scott of Chicago, son William (Karly) of Saline, son Derek (Rebecca) of Grand Rapids, brothers Robert, Dennis and Kevin, all of South Haven, MI, grandchildren Kailey, Lucas, Ellory, and Quinton. He was preceded in Death by his father William and mother Irene. Donations are suggested to the Knights of Columbus.


Nora Jean Wright, age 92, of Owosso, Michigan, passed away September 2, at home, surrounded by her loved ones.

Nora was a homemaker and truly loved her family and friends. She was a gifted artist and enjoyed many hours with her oil paints and canvases. Everyone who knew Nora called her a 'prayer warrior.' She is so happy to be with Jesus.

Funeral services will be held at Perry Baptist Church on Friday at 11:00 AM with Pastor Adam Grass of Perry Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be at Maple River Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday evening from 5-8 PM.

Nora was born August 26, 1927, in Owosso, MI, the daughter of Harry Frederick and Gladys (Brigham) Schultz. She graduated from Owosso High School.

On June 28, 1947, she married William Charles Wright in Owosso.

She was a member of the Community Evangelical Presbyterian Church and also attended Perry Baptist Church. In her last years she lived under the loving care of her granddaughter, Tracie Grass, and her husband, Adam Grass and their children.

Survivors include: children, Bill Wright, daughter-in-law Mary Jane Wright, Leonard (Deborah) Wright, Chuck (Deb) Wright, Jeanne (Ron) DeHaas and Bob Wright; grandchildren, Julie (Chad) Jennings, Christa (Dan) Starkey, Erin (Brian) Spraker, Mark (Eldiva) Lathrup, Scott (Jamie) Wright, Faith (Michael) Allen, Kimberly (Jim) Schliefke, David Wright, Jana (Mike) McCreadie, Karyn (Brian) DeLorge, Robbin (Dave) Larner, Tracie (Adam) Grass, Matthew (Jessica) Wright, Amy (Chris) Schuyler, April Graham, Hannah (Collin) Rose, Andrew (Rachel) Wideman, Thomas (Ryah) Wideman, Abigail (Nathan) Johnson, Steven Wright, Phillip (Hannah) Wright, Mark Wright, Anna (Rueben) Gitonga, and Lydia (Joel) Rudasumbwa. 39 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.

Nora is predeceased by: her beloved husband, William Wright; son David Wright; three grandchildren: Joel Wright, Mary Wright and Nathan Taylor; and three brothers. Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer's Association or Pregnancy Resource Center of Owosso. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel


Jerry L. Preadmore, age 50 of Perry, passed away Friday, August 9, 2019 at his home. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel with a luncheon to follow at the Perry Township Hall, 2770 W. Ellsworth Rd. Perry, MI 48872. Family will receive friends at the funeral home 1 hour prior to the service. Luncheon to follow at the Perry Township Hall, 2770 Ellsworth Rd. Perry.

Jerry was born on May 10, 1969 in Lansing, Michigan, a son of Kenneth A. and Judith A. (Verhoeven) Preadmore. Jerry loved the outdoors, whether it be hunting, fishing or golfing. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR. He worked for Professional Metal Works in Haslett for the past several years.

Jerry is survived by his parents, Ken and Judy Preadmore of Perry; brother, Michael Preadmore of Haslett; sister, Dawn Cherry of Bath; special friend, Mary Birdsal; nieces: Morgan and Lauren Cherry; nephew, Jesse Preadmore and special aunt, Karol Ball.

Memorial contributions given in Jerry's name are suggested to the Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter, 600 Curtis St. Mason, MI 48854. Online condolences may be shared with his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Born September 15, 1953, Scott Sheridan Pendergast was a blessing to those who were fortunate enough to be his relative or friend for 65 years. He was surrounded by those lucky enough to call him both when his beautiful soul departed in peace on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.

Whether it was for work or play, Scotty found his place in the world outdoors. At 18, he discovered his lifelong passion for excavating and, with his father Jack, started J and S Backhoe Service in Perry. Later, he became the owner and operator of Pendergast Excavating. With the exception of a few short years where he drove semi for Wayne Davis (Randy Alexander), there was never a day where he wasn’t out “playing” in the dirt.

If he wasn’t moving dirt, he was likely hurtling down a drag strip at a high rate of speed. Ever an avid snowmobiler, it didn’t take Scott long to figure out that the top speed on his Yamaha was greatly enhanced with his mechanical knowledge, custom parts, and a healthy dose of nitrous. He was a pioneer in asphalt drag racing, performing at a level that garnered him attention in the racing circuit.

A man with a penchant for living on the edge, whether it be going over 160 mph in the quarter mile or literally hanging off a ledge with a piece of heavy machinery, Scott’s personality was notoriously infectious. That charm — coupled with his wild hair, baby blue eyes, charismatic smile, and determination — brought his stars in line with his best friend and love of his life Cindy. Their union brought nearly 36 years of adventures, learning and growth.

Scott shone as a business owner and friend, but his greatest strengths were in being a husband and father. Together, Scott and Cindy brought one child into the world — their beloved daughter Ashley. Scott supported his girls in everything they love. He wanted to see every craft and painting; never missed a single band concert or rock show; helped in the gardens and when projects required his manly expertise; listened to stories, poems and speeches; and even ended up loving their tiny dogs. He was never polarized with college teams, but he bled green the moment Ashley was accepted into Michigan State University. There was never any doubt that he loved his family beyond measure — and they him.

Scott was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Norma, who have certainly welcomed him to heaven with open arms. He took a huge part of the hearts of his adoring wife Cindy, loving daughter Ashley, and loyal dog Dakota (Putt Putt) with him. They will miss him every day for the rest of their lives, but vow to do their best to make him proud. Scott’s legacy will also live on through his sister Holly Boertman-Weymouth and nephew Isaac; and brother Matthew, sister-in-law Elizabeth, nephews Jacob and Joel, and niece Hannah.

A celebration of Scotty’s life will be held at noon, August 17, 2019 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, 214 S. Main St. Perry, MI 48872. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. A luncheon at the VFW will follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.


Lucille J. "Lucy" Harper of Perry, Michigan, passed away at Olive Branch Assisted Living in Perry, Michigan; Heaven welcomed her home on August 6, 2019. If you didn’t have the opportunity to become well acquainted with Lucille during her lifetime, you indeed missed out on a great blessing. She was certainly one person who was different from the ordinary. Lucy celebrated her 105th birthday on July 9, 2019. Lucy had many loves in her lifetime:

She loved her parents, Edward Ernest and Lucille Mae (née Perchuette) Caldo who preceded her in death. Lucy kept their memory alive and honored them through stories Lucy passed along to her family.

Lucille loved her sister, Annabelle (Adolph) Cunico whom she shared a special love and friendship that will last throughout eternity. Annabelle and Adolph Cunico preceded her in death.

Lucy was a loving and devoted wife who held her husband, Gordon, in highest regard. On July 8, 1936, Lucy married Gordon Maurice Harper. They were together for 58 years when Gordon passed away in 1994. They shared a love that cannot be fully described in words. She and Gordon lovingly raised 3 sons, 2 of whom survive her; Gordon M. (Connie) Harper of Avila, IN., and Robert (Doris) Harper of Perry. Allan (Sal) Harper preceded her in death. Lucy is survived by six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren, nieces; Rosalie Daniels and Betty Jane Cunico; each of whom will carry forth her legacy in their own way.

Lucy loved and touched many lives. Her far reaching impact will go on far beyond her years, as well as inspire many of those whose lives she touched with her kindness. Lucy will be remembered for many things to include her infectious smile, wonderful sense of humor, loving and thoughtful ways, impeccable dress, Sunday and holiday dinners, sleepovers, movies, hot tea, avid card playing, soap operas and so much more. She was a wonderful seamstress and surprised unsuspecting newlyweds with special gifts. Lucy’s love of flowers made her flower garden the envy of the neighborhood. She attended the Shaftsburg United Methodist Church for many years. Lucy was an active member of the Red Hat Society. Her Canadian home and the Cowdy family will be forever in her heart. She never forgot her birthplace and went back home in 1995.

Lucy worked at Universal Electric in Owosso retiring in 1976. After retiring, Lucy and Gordon traveled extensively throughout the United States including the Baja of California.

A lover of sports from an early age have left the MSU Spartans and Detroit Tigers with an empty space.

May her kind and loving spirit live on in all of us.

Special thanks to Grace Hospice and the following ladies for their special care: Sarah Lucille, Liz and Darlene.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, August 12, 2019 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, 214 S. Main Street, Perry, Michigan 48872. Grace Hospice Chaplain Lyle Heaton will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2-4:00 PM and 6-8:00 PM on Sunday, August 11, 2019 as well as one hour prior to the service on Monday. Interment immediately following at Rose Cemetery in Bath, Michigan.

Lucille's family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of Olive Branch for all their care and support for Lucille.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Perry Garden Club, 315 East Second Street, Perry, MI. 48872 c/o Linda McDaniels. Lucy was the longest tenured member to date.


Mary N. Cole, age 84 of Perry, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2019 at Burcham Hills Retirement Community in East Lansing. Funeral services will be held at 6:00 pm Friday, August 9, 2019 at Bethany Bible Baptist Church, 811 S. Oak St. Durand, MI 48429. Family will receive friends at the church Friday from 4:00 pm until the time of service.

Mary was born on October 18, 1934 in Rochester, Michigan to the late Clarence H. and Delta P. (McKinstrey) Partrick. On May 5, 1985 she married Walter A. Cole in Clarkston, Michigan. Mary was a member of Bethany Bible Baptist Church where she had also sang in the choir. She was a Medical transcriptionist for over 35 years, working with various hospitals and offices throughout that time. Mary was a member of the Master's Book Club in Morrice and enjoyed traveling.

Mrs. Cole is survived by her daughter, Teresa (Wayne) Brandon of Perry, their children: Katie (Monty) Spears, Chris (Simone) Brandon; her son, Edward (Susan) Marciniak, Jr. of North Carolina and their children: Nicholas Marciniak, Jordan Marciniak; her daughter, Laura Marciniak of South Dakota and her son, Rain Rowell; 4 great grandchildren; sister, Linda (Don) Camper as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter; 2 infant sons; 4 brothers and 2 sisters.
 
Memorial contributions given in Mary's name are suggested to Bethany Bible Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to her family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Lisa Irene Cornell, age 49, of Williamston passed away on Wednesday July 31, 2019 at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing. Lisa was born in Lansing, MI on March 9, 1970 the daughter of Ross J. & MaryAnn (Cords) Cornell. She graduated from Perry High School in the class of 1988. Lisa worked until her illness at Burcham Hills in Lansing as an administrative assistant. She enjoyed traveling, going up North, concerts and her animals. Lisa is survived by her brother Ron (Jennifer) Cornell of Williamston, niece Emily (Erik) Cornell and nephew Jakob. She was predeceased by her brother Mark Cornell and her parents. There will be no services at this time and the arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel. Memorials are suggested to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan or the Humane Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Milton W. Hartig, recently of Okemos, MI, passed away in his sleep at the age of 101 on July 30th, 2019. Up until the very end, his mental faculties were intact, and he could still get around with the help of his walker. The cause of death was heart failure.

Milton was born in Sioux Falls, SD, and raised there and in St. Paul, MN, where his talents for music and art became apparent early. Milton served in the U.S. army in WWII in the 36th general hospital, which was first stationed in northern Africa, then Italy, and finally France. At the end of the war, he married Margaret Sheehan, also of the 36th general hospital, in Paris. After the war, they settled in the Detroit area and had 6 children. Milton is survived by 5 of them, by 11 grandchildren, and by 10 great-grandchildren. (He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret, son Kevin, grandson David, and brother Leo.)

Apart from a U.S. Army hospital in wartime, Milton’s places of work included Montgomery Ward, Gardner and Schumacher Furniture, and the Michigan League for Nursing (he worked for about 40 years after the war; he was retired for 36 years!) He and Margaret (who spent her career as a nurse) found time for their love of music and opera, art and nature, books and design. They also loved to entertain old friends and extended family and did so often.

Services will be held at St. Martha's Catholic Church,1100 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864 on September 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., after which his ashes will be interred at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Southfield. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting memorials to be made to the donors choice.


Darren Webster Dunning, 52, of Durand, passed away at Sparrow Health System on Sunday, July 28, 2019. A gathering of family and friends will take place on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 from 5-8pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Online condolences can be shared at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Galeta Arlene Leach, 87 of Haslett, passed away on Saturday July 27, 2019 at the Ingham County Medical Care Facility of Okemos. Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel on Wednesday July 31, 2019 at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Michael Black will officiate with burial to follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Perry. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Galeta was born in Perry, MI on October 8, 1931, the daughter of Fred & Louise (Strong) Stevens. She graduated from Leslie High School in the class of 1949 and on March 29, 1952 she married Fred Leach, Jr. She enjoyed crafts, bowling and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.

She is survived by her son, Philip A. (Priscilla) Leach of Rochester Hills, MI, her daughter Peggy A. (Thom) Nichols of Maiden, N.C., 6 grandchildren; Benjamin Leach, Katherine Leach, Brandon Nichols, Elliot Nichols, Erika Wilson, Kevin Nichols, 8 great grandchildren, sisters Leota Stevens Gee and Barbara Griffin both of Holt, MI. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred, 8 brothers and 1 sister. Memorials are suggested to the Ingham County Medical Care Facility or the Family Life Wesleyan Church in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Ted Disbrow, age 58 of Morrice, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Pleasant View in Owosso.
Ted was born November 12, 1960 in Owosso MI to Louie and Stella (Smith) Disbrow. He lived all of his life in the Morrice and Owosso area.
Ted was a 1979 graduate of Morrice High School. He played football and was on the Track Team as a shot putter. He spent 2 years in the Army as a mechanic.
Ted is survived by: His father and step mother Louie and Mary Jane Disbrow of Zephyrhills FL,
4 Children of MI
Sister: Brenda (Jon) Goodrich of Shelbyville TN
Brother:Joe (Kim) Disbrow of Northville, MI
Nephews: Jeff (Kim) Goodrich and Andy Goodrich of Shelbyville TN
Jessie and Josh Disbrow of Northville MI
Great Nephew: Evan Louis Goodrich of Shelbyville, TN
Step Siblings: Douglas (Virginia) Sego
Pat (Tim) O'Bryant
Tom (Kim) Sego
Aunts and Uncles and cousins.
Special Friend and Caregiver: Kim Kinney-Trimm
He was pre-deceased by: his mother Stella Jean (Smith) Disbrow
Grandparents: T.D. and Iva Fern Disbrow
Kenneth and Juliette Smith

Memorials in his memory can be made to:
The Morrice Elementary Library or a school library of your choice in his memory.
The Morrice Field of Dreams Track Fund To purchase a Hurdle in his memory.


A graveside memorial service for family and friends will be held Saturday September 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Roselawn Cemetery.


Robert J. Ridenour, age 90 of Perry, formerly of Williamston, passed away at his home on Thursday July 25, 2019. Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel on Monday July 29, 2019 at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. Burial will be at Summit Cemetery in Williamston.

Robert was born in St. Johns, MI on April 25, 1929, the son of Donald & Alice (Farrier) Ridenour. He graduated from Haslett High School in the class of 1947. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Robert was a Barber for many years in East Lansing where he owned the Red Cedar Barber Shop. On August 14, 1976 he married Doris Jean Keesler combing their two families. They had also owned the Concrete Concepts in Williamston.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Doris, 7 children; Melinda (Jim) Lard of Lake, MI, Kerrie Lang of Villard, MN, Kris (Wendy) Ridenour of Haslett, Kurt Ridenour of Howell, Scott (Kari) Lipka of Warren, IN, Barb Flick of Perry, and Mike (Nicole) Lipka of Grand Blanc, MI, 10 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild. He was predeceased by his brothers Ron and Bobby Ridenour. Donations are suggested to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Gregory C. Bannan, age 66 of Perry, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time. His family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.

Gregory was born September 16, 1952 in Lansing to the late Donald and June (Hart) Bannan. He attended Grand Ledge High School graduating in 1971. He married Kathy Jones in Lansing on March 4, 1972 and together raised 4 children. Prior to his retirement, Gregory worked for General Motors for 34 years at Plant 3 in Lansing, retiring as a crane operator.

Mr. Bannan is survived his wife of 47 years, Kathy; 4 children: Deborah Bannan, Christian (Stacey) Bannan, Jeremy Bannan, Tara Bannan; 10 grandchildren: Mecquella, Darien, Brynna, Gregor, Ian, Abby, Keeghan, Jake, Liam, Ethan; 1 great grandson, Grayson; 2 brothers: Dennis (Margaret) Marshall, Gary Marshall; 2 step-brothers: Terry Hazlewood and David Hazlewood.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Delores Pratt; step-father, Wiiliam Marshall; sister, Patricia Kelley and grandson, Evan Bannan.

Online condolences may be shared with Gregory's family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Justin L. Cochrane, 33 of Morrice, passed away on Friday July 12, 2019. Funeral services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 1588 N. Hickory St. In Owosso on Friday July 19, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at Laingsburg Cemetery in Laingsburg. The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.

Justin was born in Bessmer, MI on September 13, 1985, the son of Yul & Danette (Young) Cochrane. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and was a Corrections Officer for the State of Florida before returning to Michigan. He enjoyed playing poker and watching football.

He is survived by his parents, Yul Cochrane of Charlotte, MI and his mother Danette Cochrane of Morrice, brother Jason (Erika Reeves) Cochrane of N. Dakota, sister Heather (Matthew) Jamieson of Morrice, nieces and nephews; Jessica, Alexandra, Parker, Myles, Katelynn, Brielle, Jordy, Mariah, Liam, Lauryn, Grandmothers Charlene Shroad of Laingsburg and Patricia Young of Charlotte, bonus brothers Trevor Anderson and Austin Gros. He was predeceased by his grandfathers. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


John B. Dempsey, Sr. passed away after his battle with dementia at his home on Saturday July 6, 2019 in Morrice at the age of 75. He was predeceased by both his parents Harrison and Charlene Dempsey. John is survived by his loving wife Nancy Dempsey to whom he has been married 56 years. He is also survived by his 2 children; John B. (Tanya) Dempsey, Jr of Warren, MI, Lori Dempsey of Morrice, his grandchildren Jaymee (Gregg) Huffman of Morrice, Jessica (Jeff) Tobias of Perry, Jennifer (Chris) Wilder and John B. of Perry. Great grandchildren Owen, Logan, Brooklyn, Gemma, Natalie, Audrey, Gabe & Michael, his brother Charles "Jerry" Dempsey and nephew Troy Dempsey, many other family members that loved him deeply.

John was born on February 2, 1944 in Freeborn, KY. He graduated from Perry High School in 1966. He worked at GM for 40 years before retiring. He was a devoted father and grandfather who would have done anything for his family. He loved deeper than most. He was a hard worker that worked 40 + hours a week. He also loved his "Toys" such as his quads, boats, campers, snowmobiles but his most favorite hobby was his model trains and riding his pedal bike every year in the Demiac. He was also a very religious man who was always an active member in his church.

There will be a viewing at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Wednesday July 10, 2019 from 1-2 PM for all friends and family. Memorials are suggested to American Parkinson's Association or to the family for expenses. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Brady Michael Lantis, 21, of Perry, formerly of Bay City, passed away at his home on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 1pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel, the family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11am until the time of the service. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Floral Gardens Cemetery in Bay City at 2pm.

Brady was born on January 30, 1998 in Lansing, MI to Michael James Lantis and Anissa Jean Cnudde. He graduated from Perry High School in the class of 2016 and worked for Paul's Enterprises of Perry, Paul was a great support to Brady. Brady's first love of baseball began at the age of 5 with Little League. He played on the SWLL AllStars for 4 years, he also played for the Saginaw Bay Riverdawgs and Perry High School. He was a sportsman; he enjoyed hunting and fishing, and in the winter, snowboarding. Brady loved children and giving people encouragement when they needed it, he often said “do as I say, not as I do” Brady was a kind and sensitive young man who loved his family and friends.

Brady is survived by his parents, Michael (Jennifer) Lantis, and Anissa (Nick) Zaucha. His siblings; Blake Lantis, Hannah Shellenbarger, Cole Zaucha, and, Brayden Zaucha. His grandparents; Patricia Peltier, Pamela Zaucha, Peggy Lantis, Wayne Zaucha, and Catherine and Robert Hahn, also his girlfriend Zoeie Curtis. Brady will also be missed by several aunts, uncles and cousins who loved and supported him and will be forever heartbroken by his passing.

He was predeceased by his grandfathers; Gerald Cnudde, Ronald Lantis, and Robert Peltier

Memorial contributions in Brady’s name are suggested to his family, and will be split between several organizations. Online condolences can be shared with the family at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Thelma Ruth Grider, age 83 of Perry, Michigan passed away at Hospice House of Shiawassee County on June 30, 2019. A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. 

Thelma was born October 29, 1935 in Paris, Arkansas to Archibald and Lydia Bowers. She met and married John Grider in 1954, settling in Perry, Michigan to raise their family. Thelma became licensed in cosmetology and operated her own beauty salon in her Perry home. Thelma attended the Adult and Continuing Education Program in Perry, receiving her diploma when she was in her 50’s and she was extremely proud of herself. She loved spending time with family and friends playing tennis and golfing as well as watching Family Feud. She also loved participating in arts and crafts; making tennis visors, t-shirts, painting bird houses, sewing gardening and the outdoors. Thelma loved her poodles; Peaches and Sandy. In 2001 Thelma had breast cancer, she had expressed the desire to have her namesake carried through to one of the beloved great-grandchildren, her granddaughter Karen gave birth to a beautiful baby girl who was fortunate enough to be named, Allison Ruth. 

Surviving to cherish her memory is her husband; John of 65 years, her children; John G. Grider, Jr. and Jacquelyn Ruth (Bruce) Spencer, her grandchildren; Becky Queen, Karen Grider, Bruce (McKinzy) Spencer and Tyson Spencer, her great-grandchildren; Felisha, Danielle, and Elizabeth Queen, Kaitlynn Hernandez, and Allison Ruth, Madison McKinzy, Spencer and Alexia Jo McKinzy Spencer and Daxton Alan Spencer, many nieces, nephews and friends. 

Thelma is predeceased by her parents; Archibald and Lydia Bowers, her sisters; Bessie Mae Boney, Wanda Jane Taylor, Jessie Dean Griffen, her half-sister, Leona and half-brother; Riley, her mother and father-in-law John and Dorothy Grider. 

The family extends a special thank you to Memorial Hospice Health Care and their team of doctors, nurses and staff for their love and support. 

The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. 

Those wishing to leave online condolences to the family may do so at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.


Rhonda Ann Stallcup, 48 of Haslett, MI passed away at her residence on Friday June 28, 2019. She was born in Flint, MI on July 24, 1970, the daughter of Jack Stallcup & Victoria (Bulliner) Koppa. Rhonda had worked at a consignment shop and is survived by her children; Mackenzie Brown of Davison, and Donovan Stallcup-Beezer of Owosso, grandson Karter Hamlin, sisters; Dana (Brian) Eva of Owosso, Lora Bulliner of St. Johns, Jacqueline (Daniel) Bissonette of Rising Sun, OH, brother Jason Stallcup of FL, her mother Victoria Koppa of Rising Sun, OH. She was predeceased by her father. The family will receive friends on Saturday July 13, 2019 from 1-5 PM with a memorial remembrance at 3 PM.


Richard Cowles, 63 of Perry, passed away on Wednesday June 19, 2019 surrounded by his loving family at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan. Richard was born in Lansing, MI on June 10, 1956, to the late Robert & Viola (Green) Cowles. Richard graduated from Mason High School in 1975 and received his degree from Ferris State. On June 18, 1977 he married Bridget Lynn Hass. Richard worked for Trane Air Conditioning in Lansing as a representative before retiring in 2018. He enjoyed dirt track racing and was a devoted MSU fan.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Bridget, son Eric & Marissa and grandson Everett of Stuart, FL, daughter Karianne & Geffrey Gismondi and grandchildren Avery, Addison, and Grayson of Grand Island, NY, sister Robin Cooper & Tom Meyer, loving sister-in-laws, life long friend & brother-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents.

Funeral service will be held at the Perry Nazarene Church on Saturday June 22, 2019 at 11:00 with Pastor Timothy Harmon officiating. The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Friday from 6-8 PM. Memorials are suggested to Special Olympics in honor of his niece, Jenna. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Mary Danaher Roscoe, age 65 of Fowlerville, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Sparrow Health System in Lansing, Michigan.

A Memorial Service celebrating Mary's life will be held at 6:00 PM, Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Family Life Wesleyan Church, 3720 Rowley Road, Williamston, Michigan 48895. The family will receive friends at the church from 5-6:00 PM with a time of fellowship immediately following the service. 

Mary was born August 8, 1953 in Fakenham, England to the late William Francis and Jewel Love (Troutman) Danaher. She attended and graduated from the University of North Carolina obtaining her degree in Family Economics. She was a teacher at L.E.S.A. Head Start Programs. She was a former Michigan Head Start Teacher of the Year. She retired after 28 years but still enjoyed working with children and inspiring others to reach their potential. She loved to read, going to yard sales and the beach. Mary had many good friends, who she cherished. Mary also attended Family Life Wesleyan Church where she worked with many ministries, including teaching Sunday School. Mary was a very social person and loved doing things and traveling with her friends and family. She loved animals, and they loved her. Mary was always willing to help others and was a wonderful friend. 

Mary is survived by a sister, Janet Morrison, brother, Bill Danaher, and sister-in-law, Karen Hyde Weissman. She is also survived by two nieces, Nicole Gray and Donna McCullough (husband, Andre), and two nephews, Hank Chapman (wife, Shanika) and Anthony Morrison. She also had a great niece and nephew, and four great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, William Francis Danaher, her mother, Jewel Troutman Danaher, and her brother, Thomas Danaher. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Family Life Wesleyan, 3720 Rowley Road, Williamston, MI 48895 or you may go to m52church.com. 

The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Those wishing to leave online condolences to the family may do so at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.


Betty Jean Schultz, age 64 of Perry, Michigan passed away Monday, June 3, 2019 at Memorial Healthcare in Owosso. Per her wish’s cremation has taken place and private services are to be held. 

Betty was born November 6, 1954 to the late Elmer and Dora (Koenders) Manarky in Detroit, Michigan. She later married the love of her life; Norman Kenneth Schultz, who predeceased her in 2003. Betty enjoyed going to the casino, playing the slots on her iPad, watching Jerry Springer, Shark Tank and the news. She also enjoyed watching and interacting with her parakeet, Alex. Betty was a selfless person; she was always putting others needs first and was elated when everyone around her was happy. Another of her redeeming qualities she possessed was her honesty; many time telling people exactly what she was thinking but this is what made her special to all those around her, she was true to herself. 

Betty is survived by her Gang to include her children; Susan (Gary) Lewis and Norman (Jessica) Schultz Jr., her grandchildren; Michael Schultz, Angel (Jackson Courtier) Schultz, Ashley Schultz, Gary Lewis Jr., Shawn Lewis, Kristina Schultz and Alexander Schultz, many cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her parents; Elmer and Dora Manarky, her husband; Norman Sr., and her beloved sister; Frances. 

The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Those desiring to leave online condolences to the family my do so at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


John H. McLennan, age 88 of Perry, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, St. Lawrence Campus in Lansing. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 AM, Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, 214 S. Main St., Perry, MI. 48872 with military honors immediately following. The family will receive relatives and friends at the funeral home from 2-4:00 PM and 6-8:00 PM, Friday, June7, 2019. Internment is scheduled at Washington Twp. Cemetery, Carsonville, MI. at 3:30 PM.

John Henry McLennan was born February 5, 1931 in Carsonville, MI., son of George and Esther (Erbe) McLennan. He served in the United States Army and was station in Germany during the Korean War. On May 17, 1952 he married the love of his life, Catherine (Katie Schumaker) in Mount Clemens, MI. During retirement John and Katie enjoyed traveling around together in their RV visiting the southern and western areas of the United States. They celebrated 51 years of marriage until her death in 2003. He worked for Ford Motor Company for 34 years but his lifelong passion was farming. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his children; Douglas (Barbara) McLennan, Christine McLennan, and Pamela (Ray) Howse, four grandchildren; Danielle McLennan, Steven McLennan, Emily Howse, and Sarah Howse, one sister; Jannett Conant, many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and special friends.


Nicole Lynn Fisher, 24, of Perry, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at her home. Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel on Tuesday May 28, 2019 at 2:00 PM. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. Deacon Gary Edington will officiate. 

Nicole was born in Lansing, MI on November 24, 1994, the daughter of Matthew A. & Miranda J. (Sperry) Fisher. She was a very social person who loved everyone, especially her children, Isiah Michael Blair and Josiah James Fisher. She is also survived by her parents, Miranda Jo Speery and her husband Oliver Jimerson of Perry and Matthew Fisher and his wife Jessica of Morrice. Her siblings: Austin Alan Fisher, Maddison Marie Fisher, Joe Anthony Fisher, Cody James Fisher, Jordan Benjamin Fisher, grandmother Linda Booth of Morrice, grandfather William Welch of Lansing, great grandmother Rose Mary Fouts of E. Lansing. Aunts and Uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins. Memorials are suggested to the family for her children. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Lawrence "Larry" James Kingsbury, 68, of Haslett, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Sparrow Health System. In accordance with his wishes, he has been cremated and there will be no services. His family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. 

Larry was born on October 3, 1950 in Clinton Massachusetts to the late Frank W. and Mary A. (Leathers) Kingsbury. Larry graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in computer technology from Michigan State University, and spent his life as a computer consultant. He was the owner of Kingsbury and Associates in Okemos. On January 31, 1986 he married Pamela Aho in Woodland, Michigan and together they raised a son, Alexander. 

Larry is survived by his wife of 33 years, Pamela, and their son, Alex and his wife Alicia. Also his brothers, Bill and Dan. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Rosemary. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Red Cedar Church, 550 W. Grand River Rd. Okemos, MI 48864 

Online condolences can be shared at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Randal Scott Dippold born in Billings, Montana on November 2, 1953 died tragically on Sunday May 12, 2019 at 65 years of age, and was instantly welcomed home by His Savior, Jesus Christ. A memorial service to honor and celebrate his life will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 3pm at the Graham Community Church, 7320 W. Beard Rd. Perry, MI 48872, Pastor John Schlaack will officiate. The family will receive friends at the church from 12-noon until the service, a dinner will follow the service.

He is preceded in death by both his parents Walter and Shirley Dippold and his father and mother-in-law Stanley and Catherine Burkhart. He is survived however by an astonishing legacy who love and miss him dearly. His most beloved wife, Lois and their four children: Adam and (Lacey) of Cheyenne, WY; Andrew and (Rebecka) of Brighton, MI; Anna of Perry, MI; and Arisa and (Theophilus) Handrich of Fairview, MI. Twelve amazing and young grandchildren: Skylar (13), Nadia (8), Lillah (6), Norah (3), Allison (10), Lillian (6), Benjamin (4), Mahala (2), Amelia (11 months), Arabella (5), Ian (3), and Isaac (3). Randy was also welcoming foster grand children into the family. Along with his siblings Debra and (Chaz) Gates, Sheri and (Gordon) Marshall, and Brian and (Sharon); also, brother-in-law Rodney and (Linda) Burkhart. In addition to many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

He graduated from Pinckney Highschool in 1972, during which time he first learned to fly. He went on to acquire his A&P License from Detroit Institute of Aeronautics at Willow Run Airport. He then earned his instrument and flight instructor rating in Lubbock, TX in 1984. Over the many years, he accrued over 30,000 hours of pilot-in-command. Randy loved and fully invested in his life’s work when he became owner and operator of Airservice Enterprise Inc., in the mid 1980s, which he managed with the utmost integrity and worked faithfully until his last day. He was a faithful member at Graham Church where he served in many capacities and loved the body of Christ.

Randy’s ultimate love was for his family, which was expressed in his generous giving and serving in ways such as attending multiple events and activities, serving in all of our homes, and seemingly able to answer every question asked. His character was known to be quiet and meek, yet filled with humor and joyful contentment in life. He was marked by humility and love. He loved camping at Higgins Lake during the summers and spending as much time playing on the boat as possible - spoiling his kids, grandkids and guests alike. His passion for flying touched the lives of many, over the years and across the miles.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Randal's name are suggested to the family for future designation. WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


James (Jim) William Aldrich, 67, of Perry, passed away suddenly at his home on Sunday, May 12, 2019. A celebration of Jim's life will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 3pm at the Perry Township Hall, 2770 W. Ellsworth Rd. Perry, MI 48872. The family will receive friends at the hall starting at 2pm. A lunch will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Salvation Army, or the Pregnancy Resource Center.


Thomas Allen Overton, 72 of Perry, passed away suddenly at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, MI on Tuesday April 30, 2019. Thomas was born in Lansing, MI on February 13, 1947, the son of Jack & Rose (DeMarco) Overton. He graduated from Perry High School in the class of 1966. He worked for General Motors in Flint and then retired from Machine Tool & Gear in Corunna. He enjoyed motorcycles, corvettes and playing euchre. Tom served in the U.S. Army being awarded the Purple Heart and various other medals of Valor. He is survived by his daughter Kelly Overton of Owosso. Per his request he is being cremated and there are no services scheduled at this time. Memorials are suggested to Saginaw Veterans Hospital. Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel


John E. "Bonzie" Nanasy, age 47 of Williamston, formerly of Perry, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2019 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 11:00 am until the time of service. 

Bonzie was born September 9, 1971 in Owosso to David and Charlotte Nanasy. He was musically inclined and enjoyed playing the drums. He was also artistic and a phenomenal wood worker. He attended the Windsor Institute to learn to build Windsor furniture. Bonzie enjoyed fishing, skateboarding, loved his family and adored his daughter, Taylor. 

Johnny is survived by his daughter, Taylor Nanasy; father, David Nanasy; mother, Charlotte Nanasy; his siblings: Teresa (Jeff "Opie") Peterson, Rick Nanasy, Krisan (Kurt) Watkins, Lynette (Jeff) Buck; nephews: Jared Buck, Jonah Hayes, Jared Nanasy, Jordan Nanasy, Cooper Watkins and the special gift that was recently brought into Johnny's life, Kristi. 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and 2 uncles: Gerry Grabowski and Dick Nanasy. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for Johnny's daughter, Taylor. Online condolences may be shared with his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Terry Earl Eaton, 69, of Perry, passed away at Memorial Healthcare on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 11am at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, one hour prior the service.

Terry was born on March 9, 1950 in Charlotte, Michigan to the late Earl and Donna (Sayles) Eaton. He was a member of the Perry High School class of 1968 and on August 29, 1969 he was drafted into the United States Army and served faithfully until being honorably discharged on July 13, 1971. On August 28, 1976 Terry married Vanessa Polhemus in Perry and together they raised three children.

Terry worked for Oldsmobile for two years before going to lawn irrigation installation. Terry loved his job, and being outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and was always up for anything to do with fast cars. He enjoyed car shows, Back To The Bricks, NASCAR Races, Drag Races, and his truck named Pearl, that he and his grandson restored.

Terry is survived by his wife of 42 years, Vanessa, their children; Monica (Kurt) King, Angela (Jason) warren, and Kenneth Eaton. Their grandchildren; Taylor, Hunter, Brody, CJ, Trenten, Brooke, and Braylon. His Siblings; Cindy (Tom) Potter, Dan (Cindy) Eaton, Frank Speers, Sherry (Joe) Merrill, and Marie Palucki.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions in Terry's name can be directed to Disabled Veterans.


Kyle Lee Haley, age 38 of Perry, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing, Michigan. A Celebration of Life will be held on May 11, 2019 from 2-6 PM at 6382 Bath Road, Perry, MI 48872.

Kyle was born January 15, 1981 in Lansing, Michigan to George Lee and Karen Sue (Zielke) Haley. He attended school in Perry and went on to Lansing Community College and Baker College to study Diesel Mechanics, Jackson Community College where he took piloting classes, and most recently he was taking HVAC classes. Kyle enjoyed taking things apart that needed fixing and making the repairs. This was always a passion of his since he was a young boy. Kyle, together with his father built a plane which took over two years to complete, and it flew beautifully. His greatest love in life was children, which he enjoyed spending time with; going on trips, fishing whenever they could and playing basketball.

Kyle leaves behind three wonderful children; Jenna Marie Haley, Preston Lee Haley, and Delton Lee Haley, his parents; George and Karen Haley, his sisters; Alison Marie Haley-Oesterle and Meesha Lee (Byron) Schartzer, his step-brother; Richard (Clarissa) Castro, his nieces; Kayla, Jada, Taya, Aria, Arabella, and Angelina, his nephew; Jadin, his uncle Donald Edward Zielke, many cousins, friends and his dog Ash. He was predeceased by his grandparents; John Nelson and Vivian Marie (Douville) Haley and Edward Frederick and Marian Elizabeth (Cuatt) Zielke, his uncles; John Edward Haley and Robert Keith Haley.
Memorial contributions in his name are suggested to the family for his children's education. Those wishing to leave online condolences to the family may do so at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Rev. Fr. John M. Bosco, 75, formerly of Morrice, passed away at his home in Georgia on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 11am, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Morrice, Monsignor George C. Michalek will celebrate, with burial to follow in Bethany Cemetery in Morrice. Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 4-8pm at St. Mary Catholic Church. The Chaplet of Devine Mercy will be prayed at 4pm and the Holy Rosary will be prayed at 7:30pm. Visitation will also be on Monday from 9:30-10:30 at the church. Fr. Bosco's family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. 

John Manickam Bosco was born in Vallavila, Kerala India on Feb. 25, 1944. He received a Bachelors in Philosophy, a License in Philosophy, a Bachelors in Sacred Theology and a License in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Atheneum in Pune, India. 

He was ordained a priest on October 22, 1971 in Trivandrum, India for the Diocese of Trivandrum. From October 1972—August of 1979, Fr. Bosco was Associate Pastor at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Trivandrum, India. He was also Chaplain at the State Hospital, Youth Counselor of the Parish and Student Counselor of the Catholic Students’ Federation. He taught Liturgy and Church History at the Biblical, Catechetical & Liturgical Institute in Trivandrum, India. 

1973-1978—Spiritual Director at St. Vincent’s Minor Seminary, 
Trivandrum, India 

1974-1979—Vocational Counselor at St. Louis Catholic Hostel, 
Trivandrum, India 

Fr. John came to the United States in August of 1979 

Aug. 1979-1980—Associate Pastor at St. John’s Church, Newark, New Jersey 
Aug. 1980-Sept. 1985– Chaplain at Mercywood Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI 
Aug. 1985– Jun. 29, 1998—Director of Religious Education, Immaculate Conception Church, Milan, MI 
Jun. 29 1988– Jun. 21, 2001—Administrator, Immaculate Conception, Milan, MI 
On October 20, 1996 Fr. John celebrated his 25th year of Ordination at Immaculate Conception in Milan, MI 
Jun. 21, 2001—Jun. 28, 2017—Administrator, St. Mary, Morrice, MI. 

Fr. John is predeceased by his parents: Manickam & Fideli and sister Annette George. 
He is survived by his brothers: Eugine M. Bosco & Rockin M. Bosco, and sisters: Pancreas M. Bosco & Alphonsa Joboy, nieces and nephews.


Carl Clyde Hill, 89, of Perry, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 22, 2019 at Hazel Findlay in St. Johns. Per Carl’s wishes, cremation has taken place and he will be laid to rest at RoseLawn Cemetery. His family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.

Carl was born on February 22, 1930 in St. Johns, Michigan to the late Henry Osborn and Orpha Phila (Salters) Hill. He attended Perry Schools and spent 40 years as a road grader operator for the Shiawassee County Road Commision. On July 10, 1953 he married Mae Parks in Laingsburg, Michigan and together they raised a son and a daughter.

Carl is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mae, their son Steven Sr. and their daughter, Sharon. Three grandchildren; Jennifer Gray, Steven Jr. (Megan) Hill and Tim (Kris) Hill. His great-grandchildren; Scott, Phoenix, Sierra, and Eliza Gray, Makayla, Brie, Lillianna, and Tessa Hill, also five step grandchildren, Preston, Mason, Abbott, Sophia, and Fiona Knight, also his brother; Andy (Margaret) Hill.

He was predeceased by his parents, sisters; Ida May, Ann, and Grace. His brothers; Wayne and Gary, and two grandsons; Andrew Hill, and Dan Randall.


Karen L. McDaniels-Davis, age 66 of Perry, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019 at University Hospitals in Ann Arbor. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Roselawn Cemetery in Perry.

Karen was born on July 9, 1952 in Ypsilanti to the late Floyd and Rita (Larabell) Hoagland. On September 4, 1970 Karen married Lyle McDaniels and together raised 2 daughters. Lyle passed on February 3, 1990. Later on February 21, 1993, Karen married Bill Davis, Jr.

Since 2008, Karen worked in Food Service for Perry Public Schools and served on the Perry City Council for 6 years. She enjoyed cooking, working out in the yard and in her flower gardens, fishing and spending time with her family.

Karen is survived by her husband of 26 years, Bill; 2 daughters: Shirley (Travis) Smith, Jenny (Tim) Smith; grandchildren: Katelynne (David) Turpin, Kyle Smith, Ryan Smith, Caleigh (Bobby Wallen) Smith; great grandchildren: Mila and Isabella Turpin; brother, Gary (Dianna) Hoagland; niece, Martina Hoagland and nephew, Jason Hoagland.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Lyle and 2 brothers.

Karen's family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to her family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Laura Kach of Perry passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 16, 2019 at her home. There will be no services at this time. Laura was born in Wyandotte, MI on July 2, 1962, the daughter of Leonard & Margaret (Maggie Czarnecki) Knizewski. She earned her BS degree from MSU in Criminal Justice. On July 11, 1998 she married Brett Kach. Laura was an executive secretary for the State of Michigan. She is survived by her husband, Brett and her sister Valerie Shaeffer of Richmond, Virginia. Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel.


Max Richard Whitmyer, 73, of Williamston, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Sparrow Hospital. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 2pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Pastor Duane Allison will officiate with burial to follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12-noon until the service at 2pm.

Max was born on January 17, 1946 in Lansing, Michigan to the late Richard Perry and Rita Addie (Spalding) Whitmyer. He graduated from Ovid High School in the class of 1964 and obtained a bachelors degree in Building and Construction Management in 1979 from MSU. On August 10, 1968 Max married Maro Lynn Ridenour in Perry. Max served his country faithfully in the United States Army from August 11, 1966 to May 15, 1968 in the 716th MP Battalion during the Vietnam War. He spent most of his working life at General Motors as a machine repairman. He enjoyed woodworking, reading, and puzzles. He was an avid sports fan, he loved the Spartans and the Detroit Tigers.

Max is survived by his wife of 50 years, Maro Lynn, their children; Kristine (Chris) Roush of Traverse City, Kelly (David) Zolinski of East Lansing, Karen (Jack) Milito of Portage, Kortney (Jessica) Whitmyer of Okemos, and his 9 grandchildren. His siblings; Marjorie Whitmyer of Memphis, MI. Duane (Kathryn) Whitmyer of Lillian, AL. and Phyllis Whitmyer (Lew Lowden) of Ithaca.

He was predeceased by his parents, Richard and Rita Whitmyer and his sister, Joyce Whitmyer.

Memorial contribution are suggested to a fund for Pancreatic Cancer, www.pancan.org (patient/caregiver support) or www.lustgarten.org (research)


William F. (Smooth) Hicks, 70 of Perry passed away peacefully at his home this past week with his loving wife at his side and the sun coming through the window. He was born in Dansville, MI on November 10, 1948 the son of John & Helen (Mastic) Hicks. On November 17, 2000 he married Simonie Bywater. William was a crane operator for Midwest Bridge, C.A. Hall and then with Tobey before retiring.

He is survived by his wife, Simonie, children: Jennifer Hicks of Eaton Rapids, Gwen Hicks of Holt, William (Lindsey) Hicks of Lansing, Wesley (Shyla) Hicks of Stockbridge, 6 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, sister Susan Chuck) of Williamston, brother Herbert (Dawne) Hicks of TX. He was predeceased by his sister Carol Kerley and his parents.

There will be no services at this time, cremation has taken place as he requested.


Scarlett Leeanne Tarrow after 5 short days on this earth died at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing on Wednesday March 27, 2019. She was born on Saturday March 23, 2019 the daughter of Jillian Lee Decator & Keith Allen Tarrow. She is survived by her parents of Perry, brother Kirk, grandparents Annette Decator of Perry, Keith Patrick Decator of Reed City, Bob & (Suzanne) Tarrow of Brighton. Memorials are suggested to the family. Scarlett's celebration of life will be held at the Morrice Senior Center Sunday March 31, 2019 from 2-4 PM. We would like everyone to wear pastel or bright colors instead of the traditional black attire.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Robert E. Kever, age 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Meadows of Owosso. A memorial service will be held at the Perry Baptist Church on Saturday March 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Pastors Adam Grass and Desmond Bell will officiate. The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the service.

Robert was born July 10, 1930 in Rosebush, MI the son of Earl & Ellen (Trussell) Kever. He graduated from Perry High School and on April 1, 1950 he married Dorothy Marie Scholl. Robert worked various jobs including a bus driver for Perry Schools, Atlas Drop Forge in Lansing, Kevers Electric, TV repair business in downtown Perry, Farming, and retired after 30 years at MSU at the Plant Biology Research Lab as a electrician, retiring August 1, 1995. He also was with the Boy Brigade, Word of Life Leader, a Deacon at Perry Baptist Church for over 60 years, helped build Perry Baptist Church which was completed in 1976, a driver for Young at Heart. Robert enjoyed playing softball, soccer, hunting, traveling and tinkering.

He is survived by his children: Randall (Laurita) Kever of Nashville, TN, Dawn (Casey) Grennell of Perry, Karen (Carl) Barber of Perry, Robin (Greg) Church of Owosso, Annette (Jim) Kingsley of Perry and Bobbi (Bill) Brandt of Morrice, 27 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, sisters Ethel Cole of Lansing, Shirley (Clayton) Church of Lansing and Janet Carpenter of Eagle, MI. He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy in 2018, sisters Rose Marie Borrow and Mary Hemstead. Memorials are suggested to Perry Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Rhonda G. Hilts, 52 of Perry, passed away suddenly on Monday March 4, 2019 at Memorial Healthcare. Rhonda was born in Kalyn, TX on December 6, 1966, the daughter of Richard & Clara Ann (Patterson) Flippo. She graduated from Perry High School in 1986 and attended college to become a certified nurses aid. Rhonda resided most of her life in the Perry area. She worked at the Willows of Okemos and Foresters Wood Adult Day Center in Williamston.

She is survived by her daughters; Casey Hilts of Perry, Brittany Hilts of Perry, grandson William, brother Danny Lee of Owosso, her father Richard Flippo of Kentucky. She was predeceased by her mother and her brother Richard Dagget. Memorials are suggested to Breast Cancer.

There will be a memorial service held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel on Saturday March 9, 2019 at 12:00 Noon. Pastor John Walworth will be officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Gerald Lee Adair, 77, of Perry, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Hospice House of Shiawassee County. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 11am at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Pastor Tim Harmon will officiate, with burial to follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm.

Gerald was born on November 21, 1941 in Perry, to the late Raymond and Kathleen (Benson) Adair. He graduated from Perry High School and spent his working life at Motor Wheel in Lansing. On December 27, 1960, Gerald married Angeline Ann Jagodzinski in Webberville, and together they would raise three children.

Gerald was an outdoors kind of guy, he enjoyed fishing and hunting with his sons and nephews, there was also a lot of good memories made at deer camp in Houghton Lake. He spent time in the National Guards, he and Angeline enjoyed trips to Gulf Shores, Alabama to see the Blue Angels, and Traverse City. He enjoyed mowing the grass, watching the History Channel, and westerns. He liked to cook for his family, especially for the holidays.

Gerald is survived by his three children; Brian Adair, Lynette (Scott) Rathbun, Rodney (Susan) Adair, and his granddaughters; Rebecca and Kaitlyn Rathbun.

He was predeceased by his wife, Angeline on December 15, 2017, his granddaughter, Amanda Rathbun, and his siblings; Margaret Wright, Don Adair, and Jackie Brookins.

Memorial contributions on Gerald's name are suggested to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County, 2005 Copas Rd. Owosso, MI 48867

Online condolences can be shared at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Baby Leonardo Alexander Nekaien passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Sparrow Hospital. There are no service at this time. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Karen M. Depew, age 69 of South Branch, formerly of Harrison and Laingsburg, passed away Monday, February 25,2019 at the Michigan Medical Center in West Branch, MI. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time. Arrangements through Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Robert "Bob" Harris, age 63 of Perry, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the Hospice House of Shiawassee County. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Perry Church of the Nazarene. Family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

Bob was born on December 9, 1955 in Lansing to the late Robert and Mary (Aldrich) Harris. He attended Perry High School, graduating in 1974. On July 23, 1977, Bob married Carrie VanOstran in Perry and together raised 2 daughters.

Bob was a Carpenter by trade and even designed and built his own home. He enjoyed camping, fishing and anything to do with being outdoors.

Bob is survived by his wife of 41 years, Carrie; 2 daughters: Brandy and Sarah Harris, both of Garden City, Kansas as well as many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions given in Bob's name are suggested to Hospice House of Shiawassee County. Online condolences may be sent to his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Lorie L. Bennett, age 54 of Galesburg, formerly of Lansing, passed away on Thursday February 14, 2019 at the Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo. Lorie was born in Lansing, MI on July 28, 1964, the daughter of Gordon & Pollyanna (Willis) Forgar. On March 18, 1988 she married William W. Bennett. Lorie was an office manager and homemaker. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Bill and their children Margaret and Will. 

There will be a memorial service on Thursday February 21, 2019 at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 3000 W. Main St. in Kalamazoo at 11:00 AM.


Georgia Roberta Yordy, 89 of Grand Rapids, formerly of Haslett, passed away on Wednesday February 13, 2019 at St. Marys in Grand Rapids, MI. Georgia was born in Lansing, MI on April 19, 1929, the daughter of George & Helen (Madden) Wooden. She graduated from Byron public schools and in 1966 she married Gerald Guinan who predeceased her in 1983. She was a bus driver for Durand Area Schools and head baker for Perry IGA, past entertainment director at Grange Acres #450 of Haslett. 
She is survived by her daughters Judy Daniher of Grand Rapids, Candace (Craig) Fisher of Baldwin, MI 3 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 10 great great grandchildren, her sister Alice Schultz of CA. Cremation has taken place as she requested.


Patricia Ann Nurnberger, 72 of Bath Township passed away suddenly at her home on Sunday February 10, 2019. A memorial service will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Perry on Friday February 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Rev. Randall Johnson will officiate. A light luncheon will follow the service. 

The Lord called Patricia Ann Nurnberger to her heavenly home on Sunday, February 10, 2019.  

Pat was born in Pittsburg, PA on September 15, 1946, the daughter of Theodore & Margaret (Born) Johnson. She was born again by the water and word of Holy Baptism shortly after birth. She made her confirmation vows into the Lutheran faith at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Ridgecrest, CA in 1969. On December 26, 1966 she married William D. Nurnberger, Jr. in Pittsburg. The Lord blessed their marriage with three children, Michael, Amy, and Charlotte. 

She spent her working career as a school teacher, having taught high school math in California, and then kindergarten and eighth grade algebra for many years at Emanuel Lutheran School in Lansing. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Math, Teaching Certificate, and Master’s Degree in Education from Michigan State University. 

When she wasn’t teaching, Patricia also enjoyed sewing and gardening. She was a joyful and active member here at Our Savior in Perry since transferring here from Emanuel in 2011. 

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, William, their children; Michael (Janet Lou) Nurnberger of Springfield, VA, Amy Nurnberger & Alex Bowers of Manhattan, NY and Charlotte (Brett) Jeltema of Spring Lake, MI, granddaughter Aydan Jeltema, brothers Jim (Diane) Johnson of Pittsburg, PA and Robert (Monica) Johnson of New Jersey. She was predeceased by her parents. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Our Savior Lutheran Church of Perry. The mortal remains of Patricia Nurnberger will be laid to rest at a later date. 
“Blessed are they who die in the Lord from henceforth.”


Diane Marie Peterson, 60 of Perry, passed away at her home on Sunday February 10, 2019. A memorial service will be held at the Perry VFW Hall on Saturday March 9, 2019 at 1:00 PM. Pastor Bill Fenton will officiate. 

Diane was born in Garden City, MI on August 28, 1958, the daughter of William & Shirley (White) Madley. Diane was a truck driver. She is survived by her children; Marie Madlyn Dabney & David Berry, Jr. and Terry Dean (Christina) Dabney, Jr., all of Missouri, 4 grandchildren, 2 sisters; Debra (Carl) Calhoun of FL, Kristine Madley of Perry, 4 brothers; William (Debbie) Madley, Jr of Iowa, Michael (Sharon) Madley of Troy, MI, Patrick (Tina) Madley of Missouri and Geore (Doreen) Madley of Howell, MI. She was predeceased by her parents.


Ronald Duane Morse, 74 of Bancroft, passed away on Friday February 8, 2019 at Pleasant View Medical Care Facility. A memorial service will be held at Perry Township Hall on Saturday February 23, 2019 at 1:00 PM. Deacon Gary Edington will officiate. A luncheon will follow the service 

Ronald was born in Perry, MI on May 29, 1944, the son of Robert & Florence (Mitchell) Morse. He graduated from Morrice High School in the class of 1962. On December 28, 1963 he married Judy Lynn Edington. He enjoyed golfing, racket ball, dirt bikes, was an avid hunter and enjoyed the outdoors. Ron was a Journeyman for General Motors retiring in 1996 and then was a consultant for General Motors after retirement. 

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judy, daughters Mary Reeves of Brownsville, IN and Rhonda (Scott) Simmons of Owosso, son Phillip (Tracey) Morse of Bancroft, 6 grandchildren; Kylee Reeves-Bunnell, Corey Reeves, Hunter Simmons, Colten Simmons, Shantel Morse-Conner and Shelby Morse, 4 great grandchildren, siblings; Carolyn Kane, Robert Morse, Diane Clay, Sandra Edington and Wayne Morse. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Pauline Silvers. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to Michigan Parkinson's Foundation at 30400 Telegraph Road Suite 150, Bingham Farms, MI 48025


Kathryn Kay Gewirtz, age 67 of Perry, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. 

A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Paul Catholic Church in Owosso on Saturday February 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM. The Rev. Monsignor George C. Michalek will officiate. The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. A rosary will be prayed at 7:00 PM Friday evening. 

Kathryn was born in Owosso, MI on October 5, 1951 the daughter of Frank & Geraldine (Brandt) Gewirtz. She graduated from Perry High School in 1969. On September 11, 1971 she married Joe Travis, Jr. and were married until 1998. Kathryn was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church of Owosso and enjoyed crocheting, cooking and baking. She loved her grandchildren and was a very selfless lady that wanted to help others. She was a mail carrier for 13 years in Williamston and retired from MSU as an administrative assistant after 25 years. 

She is survived by her 3 children: Tracy (Rod) Hart of Perry, Tammy (Roy) Munro of Morrice, and Joe (Melissa) Travis, III of Laingsburg, 7 grandchildren: Nathan, Nicholas, Courtney, Timothy, Mallory, Gracie and Tyler, her sister Susan Cook of Grand Blanc. She was predeceased by her parents, sister Julie and brother Gary. Memorials are suggested to Safe Center of Owosso, 1300 N. Hickory St. Owosso, MI 48867. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Evelyn Maxine (Kline) Carl, age 93, of Haslett passed away Thursday,  January 31, 2019 at Burcham Hill Rehabilitation facility. The family will be receiving guests at 10:00 AM with a Celebration of Life at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Shaftsburg United Methodist Church, 12821 Warner Rd., Perry, MI 48872. A luncheon will follow. Pastor Nancy Powers will officiate.  
Evelyn was born March 3, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri to Clayton and Annetta (Hahn) Richner. She graduated from high school in South Bend, Indiana and married Julius Kline on January 3, 1944. Evelyn worked in a factory during WWII building tank parts for the United States military.  They started a family while in Indiana, eventually moving to Michigan so Julius could continue work with General Motors. Evelyn stayed home to care for her ever growing family of 6 children. Julius passed away in 1991. She married Robert Carl in October of 1992. They enjoyed many years of traveling together until his death in May of 2006. Evelyn enjoyed sewing for her family, gardening, needlepoint, birdwatching, as well as reading in her spare time. Her greatest love was always her family. She was a member of Meridian Senior Center and Shaftsburg United Methodist Church.  
Evelyn is survived by her sons: Frederick (Marjorie), Michael, and Donald (Geri), her daughter, Julie (William) Mosher; grandchildren: Jacqueline (Matthew) VandenBosch, Andrea (Tim) Stempien, Jennifer (Mark) Keddle, Andrew (Brandy) Kline, Eric (Jessica) Kline, and Laura Kline; great grandchildren: Lila, Evan, Avery, Luke, Kaedyn, Joscelyn, Raelyn, Cole, Drew, Harlow and Finn; her brother Donald (Shirley) Richner, sister, Beverly (Mack) Baker. She was predeceased by both her parents, her husbands and two sons; Ralph and Richard.  
Memorial contributions are suggested to Shaftsburg United Methodist Church. Those wishing to leave online condolences to the family may do so at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.


Ruth Ann Duncan, 87 of Frostproof Florida formerly of Perry, Michigan passed away Thursday January 31, 2019. 

Ruth Ann was born July 11,1931 in Perry Michigan to Merle and Norma (Boutell) Spangler the first of seven children. 

She graduated from Perry High School class of 1948 as Salutatorian. On July 22, 1949 she married Kenneth O. Duncan who predeased her in 2016. Together they raised four children Paul K. of Grand Ledge, Michigan;Marilyn Peters of Orleans, Massachusetts; Roger A. of Perry, Michigan; Sharon K. of Ithaca, Michigan. Ruth Ann worked all her life with a variety of jobs dealing with numbers. She first held employment with the State Bank of Perry and went in to work at P.J. Aldrich Stores, Diamond Reo parts company, and her own business Duncan bookkeeping and tax service. She also served on Perry Public School Board something she was very proud of. She retired from Duane Bone Builders in 1992. And she and Ken did some traveling before deciding Lily Lake was where they wanted to be. 

Besides her four children who survive her she is also survived by four granddaughters Kimberly Clemons and Tessa Svenningsen of Orleans, Mass.; Lesley Peters of Raleigh, NC; Philimine of Ithaca, Mi. Three great grandchildren with another due in April. 

Also survived by her siblings Betty Manwaring of Fulton, TX; Robert Spangler, Phyllis Robertson of Lansing, Michigan; Shirley Mankin, Clare Spangler and Carol Nama of Perry.


Georgiena L. Wyzlic, age 66, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019 at her home in DeWitt, Michigan. 

Georgiena was born at Edward Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan on April 16, 1952, the daughter of William Floyd and Elenor (Briggs) Ridenour. 

Georgiena was married to Steven W. Wyzlic. They met at Clark Engineering in 1991 and were married on August 3, 1996. Steve and Georgiena had a truly loving marriage for 22 years. 

She is survived by her siblings: William (Daniela) Ridenour, Raychel Bentley, Phillip (Sue) Ridenour and Joann Ridenour; children: Troy (Micki) and Daniel (Sarah) Davis; 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her sister, Rainelle V. Ridenour. 

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be announced at a later date. 
Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society. 

The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Lucy Bell Chapman, 86 of Morrice passed away on Monday, January 21, 2019 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Friday January 25, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Pastor Adam Grass will officiate with burial to follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Perry. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 5-9 PM.

Lucy was born in Kelso, Virginia on September 20, 1932, the daughter of Carl & Rosie Bell (Parker) Maye. On September 13, 1948 she married Junior Chapman. She enjoyed planting flowers and doing word problems. She was very proud of her family and loved her grandchildren, great grand and great great grandchildren. Lucy had worked at the Owosso Country Club as a cook assistant for several years and also worked at Universal Electric for 30 years before retiring.

She is survived by her children: Helen Martin, Darrel (Glenda) Chapman, Neil Chapman, JoAnn (Lawrence) Gasper, Annette Stanfield and Norma Tejkl, 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Junior Chapman, sister Thelma and brother Arron Maye. Memorials are suggested to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Suzanne B. Carr, 77 of Morrice, passed away on Sunday January 20, 2019 at St. Marys Hospital in Saginaw. Funeral services will be held at Perry United Methodist Church on Saturday January 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Pastor Nancy Powers will officiate with burial to follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Perry. The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. 

Suzanne was born in Detroit, MI on October 26, 1941, the daughter of Gerald William Polley and Florence Theodora Marcotte. She graduated from Perry High School in the class of 1959. On January 27, 1962 she married James William Carr. Suzanne was a member of the Perry United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, enjoyed spending time with friends and family, exploring new places, traveling and singing in the Choir. She worked at various companies including Sears, Physician Billing, Synders IGA and Michigan Surgical Center. 

Suzanne is survived by her children; Dianna Carr of Owosso, JoAnne (Donald) Hudson of Laingsburg, James (Jennifer) Carr of Morrice, 14 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, her sister Beverly (Arden) DeZess of Laingsburg and her brother Gerald (Marilyn) Polley of Mesquite, NV. She was predeceased by her husband, James in 2003 and her son Jerry in 2015. In lieu of flowers Memorials are suggested to the Perry United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Brock J. Turner, age 20 of Lansing, formerly of Perry, passed away on Sunday January 20, 2019. Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel on Thursday January 24, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Pastor John Walworth will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. 

Brock was born on May 24, 1998, the son of Mark J. Turner and Dawn Warfle. He graduated from Perry High School in the class of 2016. On August 23, 2016 he married Rachel L. Temple in Corunna. He enjoyed playing the guitar and banjo, loved music, playing video games and his Job. He will be deeply missed by his family. Brock worked for J & M Well Drilling. 

He is survived by his wife, Rachel, son Keegan, his parents Mark Turner & Dawn Warfle, his sister Staci Turner, grandparents Art & Pauline Turner of Morrice. He was predeceased by his grandparents William & Theresa Warfle. Memorials are suggested to his wife and child. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Betty Ann Hayes, age 93, of Shaftsburg, passed away on January 16, 2019 with her husband of nearly 75 years by her side. 

Born the youngest of three to the late James and Sarah (Selfridge) Shaw on August 28, 1925 in Williamston, Michigan. She was predeceased by her two siblings, Hubert and Frances. Betty graduated second in her class at Haslett High School and worked for General Motors and various local floral shops. On February 19, 1944, she married James Hayes and together they raised three daughters, Reva, Sue, and Louise. 

Though she stood barely 5 foot tall, Betty's presence was anything but small and she left a big impression on family, friends and strangers alike. Outgoing, quick-witted, determined and genuinely compassionate, she was a source of strength for her family and a large network of friends throughout the years. She enjoyed playing cards, Tigers baseball and she was always singing. She also loved flowers and, together with her husband, ran a small local floral business at their farm in Shaftsburg, Michigan that serviced members of the community during times of both joy and loss. A devoted Mother and Grandmother, she loved spending time with her family and they would often visit with her while she was working. Her family will always remember receiving fresh flowers on special occasions and that there were always flowers on her table. 

Forever remembered by her loving husband Jim, daughters Reva (Richard), Sue, Louise (Gary), nine grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Her family is both saddened by their loss and extremely proud of the life that she lived. Special thanks is given to Welcome Home Assisted Living in Owosso, Michigan for their compassionate care in the past weeks. A memorial service will be held at a later date. 

Online condolences can be shared with the family at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Diane Lynn Clark, age 71 of Morrice, passed away on Monday, January 14, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at the Perry Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 1:00 PM. Pastor Colleen Wilsdon will officiate with burial to follow at Looking Glass River Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. 

Diane was born in Owosso, MI on January 13, 1948, the daughter of Clarence C. & Helen M. (Huff) Campbell. She graduated from Durand High School in the class of 1965. On September 23, 1967 she married Dwight (Doug) Clark at the Vernon Methodist Church. Diane worked at various factories and was a member of the Morrice United Methodist Church. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who always had a smile on her face and a true kindness that showed others that God and family came first. 

She is survived by her husband and best friend of 51 years, Doug, son Travis (Angela) Clark of Morrice, granddaughters Brianna (Jon Russell) Cain of GA and Brittany Clark of Morrice, great grandson Sawyer Cain, sisters Nancy Montague, Sue Miller, Sandra (Delbert) Rodgers, brothers James & John Campbell. Diane was predeceased by her son Timothy in 2000. Memorials are suggested to Morrice United Methodist Church or Morrice Sports Boosters. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Ann Elaine Dise, 96, of Perry, formerly of AnnArbor, passed away at Olive Branch Assisted Living on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Per her wishes she has been cremated, and no services will be held. Online condolences can be shared at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Arlene (Sue) Jones, age 84 of Morrice, passed away at her home on January 3, 2019. Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Pastor John Walworth will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. 

Arlene was born in Detroit, MI on January 23, 1934, the daughter of William R. & Armella E. (Jensen) Richmond. She graduated from Clarenceville High School. On March 14, 1953 she married Ernest V. Jones in Detroit. Arlene loved to ride horses and was on the the original Poka Dot Procession Drill Team and a member of the Shiawassee Trail Riders, past member of 4H and loved the farm life. She was a homemaker. 

Arlene is survived by her husband and best friend of 65 years, Ernest, 4 children; Gail (Larry) Schroth of Crossville, TN, George (Kacey) Jones of Morrice, Douglas (Claudyne) Jones of Kimball, Nebraska, Lynn (Doug) Collett of Dunedin, FL, 6 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother and a sister. Memorials are suggested to Shiawassee County Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Charles Everett Reynolds, 68, of Prescott, formerly of Morrice and Durand, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, December 31, 2018. A memorial service to honor and celebrate his life will be announced by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. 
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Hazel May Munro, age 85 of Morrice, passed away on Sunday evening, December 30, 2018 at Memorial Healthcare Center. Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Pastor John Walworth will officiate with burial to follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Perry. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm.

Hazel was born in Charlotte, MI on November 8, 1933, the daughter of Fred & Marion (Guidete) Losey. On December 6, 1952 she married Jack Munro in Morrice. Hazel was a homemaker, caring for her six children and watching her legacy grow with grandchildren and great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Spending time with her family gave her great joy and comfort. On March 20, 2000 her beloved husband, Jack, died after 48 years of marriage.

Hazel is survived by her children: Robin (Martin) Sloan of Williamston, Carolyn Hopper of Morrice, Debra Munro of Williamston, Donald (Byllejo) Munro of Perry and Sheryl (Gary) Robedeau of Perry, 12 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 17 great great grandchildren, and her companion John Vincent. She was predeceased by her husband, Jack, son John and 9 siblings. Memorials are suggested to the family.


Milan James Griffes, 87, passed away at Medi-lodge of Okemos, Michigan, on December 25th. Milan was preceded in death by his parents Archie and Genevieve Griffes; his first wife Sylvia Young Griffes; his brothers John (Marge), Melbourne (Mary), and Russell; his brothers and sister in-law Brandt Young, Shirley (Fred) Swegles, Charlotte (Lyman) Hitchcock, Maurice (Beth) Piper, Bonnie (Robert) Smith, Roy Piper, and Sue Griffes; and his stepson Kendall Force.

Milan is survived by his wife of 39 years, Jean, his children James, Michael (Louisa), Edward, Keith, Betsy, and Susan (Jamie) Simons; his brothers Royal (Jan) and Paul; sisters in-law Pat Piper and Anne Young; his stepchildren Kathy (Jaime) Pavlica and Rodney (Laurie) Force; 11 grandchildren; 6 step-grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren, 10 step-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Milan was born in Ingham County on December 14, 1931, and lived his entire life in the area. He graduated from Williamston High School. Over the years he worked as a farmer, steel hauler, and car salesman. He enjoyed playing cards and good-hearted pranks. For a number of years he restored antique cars – one of his great memories was traveling from Michigan to San Francisco, California, in a 1930 Packard roadster he had restored. He was never happier than in his Chevy truck, fifth wheel attached, traveling the 48 states, wintering in Florida and Texas. He was a life-long member of the Webberville Lions Club.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. January 5th, at the New Family Life Wesleyan Church, 3720 Rowley Road, Williamston, MI. 48895. Luncheon to follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Webberville Lions Club, P.O. Box 615, Webberville, MI. 48892 or Family Life Wesleyan Church.


Richard “Dick” E. Dodson, age 78 of Haslett, passed away Friday, December 21, 2018 at Grange Acres in Haslett. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday 1 hour prior to the service.

Dick was born November 8, 1940 in Durand to the late Lester and Berniece (Wagner) Dodson. On January 24, 1970 he married Jean Bellgowan in Lansing and they would have celebrated 49 years of marriage in January. Jean passed earlier this year on May 25, 2018.

Prior to his retirement in 1993, Mr. Dodson worked 30 years for General Motors at the Oldsmobile Plant in Lansing. He enjoyed car shows and restoring cars as well as camping and hanging out with friends.

Mr. Dodson is survived by his children: Tammie (Brian) Day, Wayne (Chellie) Goodrich, Lynn (Rob) Stuart, Dyana (Michael Davis) Dodson; grandchildren: Danielle (Rounak) Day Rawal, Nathan Day, Madisyn Goodrich, Ana Goodrich, Alexis Stuart, Parker Stuart, Kelsey Stuart, Hailee Gruden, twins Joe and Jake Thivierge, Erika Davis; 2 great grandsons: Bryson Miehlke and Braxton Ike-Davis; 3 brothers; 2 sisters and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jean and brothers: Bill Dodson and Butch Cross.

Online condolences may be shared with his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Donny D. Webb, age 67 of Perry, passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Friday, December 28, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel with Pastor Tim Harmon officiating. Family will receive friends at the funeral home 1 hour prior to the service.

Donny was born on February 25, 1951 in Flint, Michigan. He attended Perry High School, graduating in 1969. That same year on November 8th he married Vivian E. Hart in Perry and together raised 2 children.

Donny was a lifelong learner and liked to dabble in many things. He worked 25 years for General Motors before retiring in 2005.

Mr. Webb is survived by his wife of 49 years, Vivian; 2 children: Donnavon (Gail) Webb of Washington, Amy (Jeremy) Korzecke; 5 grandchildren: Riley Webb, Domonic, Cameron, Zosha and Japhy Korzecke; siblings: Duane Webb, Patricia (Michael) Lehner, Michael (Jannete) Lester and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Estelle Lester and step-father, Vernon Lester.

Memorial contributions given in Mr. Webb's name are suggested to the Perry Church of the Nazarene. Online condolences may be sent to his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Dorothy Jean Finger, 77 of Bath, MI passed away on Saturday December 15, 2018 at Brookdale Meridian Nursing Home. Dorothy was born in Hunters Creek, MI on March 13, 1941, the daughter of William & Deloris (Meadows) Snyder. She graduated from Lapeer High School and earned an associates degree to be a Registered Nurse having worked for the State of Michigan at Jackson State Prison. On January 26, 1961 she married Robert C. Finger, Jr. in Saginaw. She was a member of the Lake Lansing Baptist Church and enjoyed gardening, land scaping and helping out in her son Bob's shop.

She is survived by her children; Kristine Finger of Perry, Kimberly (Bruce) Zapor of Brighton, and Robert (Christy) Finger, III., 5 grandchildren; Dylan Simons of Grand Rapids, Benjamin Simons of Tacoma, WA, Luke Zapor of Brighton, Robert C. Finger of Fowlerville and Cheyanne Finger of Fowlerville. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband and brother Edward. 

A Memorial service will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Pastor Robert Grimwood will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday 2-4 & 6-8 PM and 1 hour prior to the service on Friday. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Lansing. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Mary Ellen Ancel, age 59, of Perry, MI (formerly of Hastings, MI) went to heaven on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at Sparrow Hospital after a brief fight with cancer. She was born in Lansing, MI, to Robert and Jerri (Cole) Wardwell. 
Mary was a true friend to anyone in need. She was a great wife, mother, and cook. She was active in her church and loved her family, friends, and her pets Sadie and Stella. 
She is survived by her devoted husband of 31 years Tom Ancel, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and many nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins, Ancel family in-laws, and a host of long-time friends. She was preceded in death by her son Jason Laux, her parents, brother Robbie Wardwell, father-in-law Darwin Ancel, and sister-in-law Debbie Peake.
The family will welcome friends to celebrate her life on December 15, 2018, at Wayside Baptist Church, 2567 Elm Rd, Webberville, MI. Visitation is at 12:00 p.m., and funeral service is at 1:00 p.m. followed by a luncheon. Condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Betty Irene Britton, 85, of Perry, passed away on Monday, December 10, 2018 at McLaren-Lansing Hospice Center. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 11am at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.

Betty was born in Owosso, Michigan on March 9, 1933 to the late Howard and Virginia (Neuman) Frazier. She graduated from Owosso High School in the class of 1951, and on August 28, 1953 she married Merle Vance Britton in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Betty enjoyed her grandchildren, gardening, bird watching, music, and baking. 

Betty is survived by her children; Robert (Sharon) Britton, Rodney Britton, Raymond (Tina) Britton, and Joann (Dennis) Velting, also her 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 4 great great-grandchildren. Her brother Ted (Gwen) Frazier, and her sister, Norma Shoup. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Vance in 1992, her sons, Mark and Matthew, her brother John, and her sisters; Nancy and Mary. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donors choice.


Edward Guy Franklin, age 80 of Haslett, MI passed away on Monday, December 10, 2018 at Medi Lodge of Okemos. Edward was born in Lansing, MI on November 19, 1938, the son of Guy & Idela ( Price) Finch. He was a member of the Perry Nazarene Church and enjoyed sports, bowling, softball, his horses and western movies. He served in the Army and was a truck driver.

Edward is survived by his children; Jim (Kathy) Dexter of OK, Kim (Mark) Shipman of Mason, Kelly (DJ) Hart of Perry, Shelly (Phillip) Burch of Lake City, Kathy Franklin of Lansing and Jodi Hudson of Lansing, 21 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, 2 sisters, Lou (Bill) Perry and Peggy LaClear, brother Ernie (Kathy) Finch. He was predeceased by his wife, Janee, sisters Mona, Mary and Judy, brother Leonard, son-in-law Danny Hudson and his grandson Joshua VanSickle

There will be a funeral service on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Perry Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Timothy Harmon will officiate. Burial will take place at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Dimondale, MI. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Dorothy Marie Kever, 86 of Perry, MI passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the Meadows in Owosso surrounded by her loving family. Dorothy was born on February 14, 1932 in Lansing, MI the daughter of Virgil & Dorothy (Vaughn) Scholl. She graduated from Perry High School and on April 1, 1950 she married Robert E. Kever. Dorothy worked as a receptionist at MSU for 20 years and then became a fulltime mother and grandmother. She was a member of the Perry Baptist Church where she was extremely involved and loved her Lord. Dorothy enjoyed sewing, crocheting, housekeeping, traveling, singing, cake decorating and baking. She lived for her grand and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Robert, their children; Randall (Laurita) Kever of Nashville, TN, Dawn (Casey) Grennell of Perry, Karen (Carl) Barber of Perry, Robin (Greg) Church of Owosso, Annette (Jim) Kingsley of Perry and Bobbi (Bill) Brandt of Morrice, 21 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by 2 brothers, Dwight and Virgil and 3 sisters, Ethel, Helen and Ruth. Memorials are suggested to Perry Baptist Church. 

There will be a memorial service at Perry Baptist Church on Saturday December 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM with Pastors Adam Grass and Desmond Bell officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.


Julia Malitz (Rogers), of Laingsburg, MI, died peacefully in her home on the 9th of December, 2018. She was 89. Born on May 21, 1929 in Lansing, Michigan, daughter of Wadsworth W. and Gladys L. Rogers (Williams). She graduated from Lansing Sexton High School in 1947, going on to attend DePauw University in Indiana, the Arthur Jordan Music Conservatory and Interlochen Music Camp. In 1952 she married Howard Malitz Jr., and together they had 5 children, Dana, Merrie, Marcy, Howard III (Skip) and Michael. They lived happily together until Howard’s untimely death in 1979. Judy was a dedicated homemaker and mother who took enormous pride in her children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She worked as a teacher at Ovid-Elsie Public Schools and for over 13 years as an instructional aide at Laingsburg Elementary School. She was proud of her work as Charter Member and Co-President of the Laingsburg Volunteer Service as well as being the financial secretary for the First Congregational Church in Laingsburg for over 15 years. Later she spent many rewarding years as a docent at the Michigan Historical Museum and the Meridian Historical Village. A caring and giving soul, Judy was loved and known as “Grammy” by several generations of Laingsburgers who will miss her wit and wisdom. Judy requested that no memorial service be held for her, but her family hopes that friends will keep her generous spirit in their hearts. Memorial contributions in Judy’s name would be gratefully appreciated to the Laingsburg Public Library or Memorial Healthcare Hospice of Owosso, from whom she received wonderful care from people who truly became her beloved friends at www.memorialhealthcare.org/donations. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Linda Marlene Slocum, 78, of Perry, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Hospice House of Shiawassee County. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 11am at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Pastor Tim Harmon will officiate with burial to follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery in Perry. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. 

Linda was born on February 22, 1940 in Lansing, Michigan to the late Lester Lavern and Helen (Stevenson) Larson. She graduated from Eastern High School in Lansing, in the class of 1958 and spent 30 years at Perry Schools as an accountant, retiring in 1999. On March 15, 1985 she married Larry Slocum in Corunna. Linda enjoyed family time, she especially enjoyed her grandchildren and any time she could spend with them. She enjoyed camping, being on the water, fishing, boating, and was a huge sports fan, the game was always on. 

Linda is survived by her husband of 33 years, Larry, her son; Chris (Jenny) Daniher, step-sons; Matt (Jennifer) Slocum, and John (Regina) Slocum. Her grandchildren; Lizzy (Mike) Cary, Logan Daniher, Amanda, Ciara, and Elizabeth Slocum, also her great-grandchildren; Ethan and Rylee, also many cousins and close friends. 

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Gary, and her granddaughter, Caitlyn. 

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Slocum’s name are suggested to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County, 2005 Copas Rd. Owosso, Michigan 48867. www.HospiceHouseShia.org

Online condolences can be shared with the family at, WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Sharon Kay Dudley, 78, of Howell, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan. The family will have a private family burial. The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.


Kelly Deschepper, 55 of Laingsburg passed away at her home on Sunday November 25, 2018. Funeral services will be held at Perry Church of the Nazarene on Thursday November 29, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Pastor Timothy Harmon will officiate. The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. 

Kelly was born on August 5, 1963, the daughter of James & Judith (Gardner) Wells. She married Ray Deschepper on August 2, 1982. She enjoyed taxidermy, fishing, hunting, 4-H, quilting and cooking. Kelly was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Ray, children: Jennie (Willie) Heist of Haslett, Missy (Randy) Martin of Laingsburg, Shawn (Chelsea) Deschepper of Perry, Bobbi Jo (Dennis) Wells of Morrice, Dianna (Chad) Deschepper of Webberville and step daughter JoAnn Deschepper of Lansing, many grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, brothers Jimmy (Andrea) Wells and Todd (Karen) Wells, her father James. She was preceded in death by her mother and her son baby Ray. Donations are suggested to the family.


James Dale Woodbury, 67 of East Lansing, passed away on Wednesday November 21, 2018 at McLaren Hospital in Lansing. He was born in Perry, MI on March 7, 1951, the son of Ernest N. & Genevieve (Updyke) Woodbury. He married Terry Lynn Morey on December 5, 1970 in Perry. Jim loved racing cars, off roading at Silver Lake Sand Dunes, and had his pilots license. He worked as a machinist for Perry Automotive and later was a truck driver for MDT. Jim was an inventor, a dreamer, a builder and a thrill seeker.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Terry, their two children; Alan Woodbury and his fiancee' Kim Strong and Brandy (David) Knowlton of Schoolcraft, MI, 3 grandchildren; Alex & Alisha Woodbury, Valerie Bauer, 2 step grandchildren; Justene & Gavin Knowlton, great grandson Toby Blakely. He was predeceased by his parents. There will be no services, burial will be at Rose Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Arlene Ruth Carr, 92 of Bath passed away on Tuesday November 20, 2018 at Medilodge of East Lansing. There will be no services, cremation has taken place.

Arlene was born in Flint, MI on January 19, 1926 the daughter of Harry & Margaret (Burr) Spinney. She graduated from Kersley High School in Flint and married William O. Carr. She was a homemaker and mother to 3 children, grandmother to 8 and great grandmother to 15. She was predeceased by a daughter and her husband.


Linda S. Eldridge age 70 of Bath passed away Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Sparrow Hospital. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Pastor David Voss will be officiating. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.

Linda was born September 25, 1948 in Owosso, MI a daughter of Lester and Ethel (Warren) Kosbar. On September 7, 1968 she married David Eldridge. She was a member of the Memorial Lutheran Church in Williamston, Owosso V.F.W. Post 9455 and WomenHeart of Lansing. Linda enjoyed reading, word search, watching movies, traveling and cooking. She retired from the State of Michigan in 2010 after 13 years. 

Linda is survived by her husband, David Eldridge; children, Erin Eldridge and April Eldridge; sister, Pam Starkweather; brother-in-law, Doug (France) Eldridge; sister-in-law, Jane Eldridge-Joslin; mother-in-law, Judith Eldridge; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Ethel Kosbar.

Memorial Contributions in Linda's name are suggested to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.


Judy Ann Gerard Galbavi, 76 of Perry, passed away on Thursday July 19, 2018 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She was born in Owosso on March 17, 1942, the daughter of Cyrille Blanchard & Mae Louise (Palmer) Gerard. She graduated from Perry High School in 1960 and married Gary L. Galbavi on August 22, 1959 in Morrice. Judy had many pursuits and hobbies. She enjoyed creating and even had her own store to sell her crafty creations. Gardening brought her happiness and was always willing to share her plants with friends and neighbors. Reading was a priority, and though late to technology her kindle was with her at all times.

Judy is survived by her husband of 59 years, Gary, daughter Michelle Burns, son Michael (Theresa), daughter Marcelle Johnson (Kraig) and son Matthew. Grandchildren, Jacob, Robert & Jessica Burns, Brandon, Emily & Adam Galbavi, Derek & Kameron Johnson, numerous great grandchildren.

 Judy was predeceased by her parents, Cyrille & Mae Gerard, brother Gordon Gerard and 
granddaughter Samantha Galbavi.

There will be a private family graveside service. Memorials are suggested to Sparrows Palliative Services Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Harold "Butch" Snell, of Perry, passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Monday July 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Pastor Aaron Brawner will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.

Harold was born in Midland, MI on January 19, 1944, the son of Harold & Verlie (Mitchell) Snell. He grew up in Frankfort and later moved to Haslett where he graduated. Harold served in the Navy from 1962-66 and married Peggy Ann Grennell on October 1, 1966 in Bath, MI. He enjoyed camping, fishing, bike riding, walking, and upholstery work. He retired from General Motors in Lansing after 30 years of service.

Harold is survived by his wife of 51 years, Peggy, their daughters; Kimberly (Edward) Bowman of Fowlerville, Kelly Klimek of Haslett and her fiancée Greg Joslin, Kari (Michael) Bushard of Perry, grandchildren; Chelsea, Ashlea, Alicia, Rolande, Courtney, Emily, Kirsten, Robert, Zachary, great grandchildren; Alexander, Connor, Marleigh, Luke, Gunner, sister Linda (Dale) Grennell of Perry and brother Lawrence (Jaquie) Snell of Grand Haven, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Janet Jones. Memorials are suggested to Pleasant View or Veterans of Foreign Wars. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Paul J. Pavlica, age 68 of Leslie, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am Thursday, July 12, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 509 N. Main St. Morrice, MI 48857. Msgr. George C. Michalek will officiate with final rest in Bethany Cemetery, Morrice. Family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel on Wednesday from 5-8 pm. 

Paul was born on October 17, 1949 in Owosso to the late Frank and Mary (Montin) Pavlica. He was raised in Morrice where he would graduate from high school in 1967. Paul served his country faithfully in the United States Air Force, being honorably discharged in 1975. Paul worked as a fork truck operator for several years with General Motors in Lansing. He would later become a Landlord, obtaining several houses through the years and started from the ground up American Auto Sales in Leslie.

Paul was a vintage car and a motorcycle enthusiast. He enjoyed playing poker, shooting pool, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his 4 children: Amy Pavlica, Dillon (Chelsea) Moore, Michelle DeRoover, Lance Tyler; grandchildren: Devrik, Trystan, Jordyn, Jaidyn and one on the way and sister, Debra Rosbeck.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers: Ernest and Alan.

Memorial contributions given in Paul's name are suggested to St. Mary Catholic Church in Morrice. Online condolences may be shared by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Baby Miriam King went to be with the lord on Monday, July 2, 2018. A funeral service will be 11:00 AM Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the House of Prayer. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Lee E. Gotcher age 75 of Perry, passed away Monday, July 2, 2018 at Memorial Healthcare Center. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. A private burial will take place at a later date. Family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until the time of the service.

Lee was born July 19, 1942 in Monroe, MI a son of Eugene and Virgilene (Buhr) Gotcher. On February 16, 1985 he married Paula Johnson. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, cutting and splitting wood, gardening and working in his yard. Prior to his retirement in 1997 he had been employed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for 25 years.

Lee is survived by his wife, Paula Gotcher; brother-in-laws, Gary (Linda) Johnson and James Johnson and many extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Virgilene Gotcher and sister-in-law, Charlene Johnson.

Memorial Contributions in Lee's name are suggested to the family at this time. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Dennis Jack Young, 58 of Morrice, formerly of California, passed away on Thursday June 28, 2018 at McLaren Hospital in Flint. He was born in San Francisco, CA on September 1, 1959 the son of Roy & Ann (Anzelc) Young. Dennis was quite artistic with jewelry and with a wood lathe. He is survived by his 2 sisters; Lorraine Young and Kristen Kennedy, both of CA. He was predeceased by brothers Steven & Michael. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services. Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel. 


Elijah David Arrington, 33 of Laingsburg passed away suddenly on Wednesday June 27, 2018. Elijah was born in Lansing, MI on November 10, 1984, the son of David & Nancy (Bowers) Arrington. He graduated from Morrice High School in 2003 and most recently worked at Van Attas Greenhouse. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and cooking.
Elijah is survived by his father, David of Laingsburg, sisters; Echo (Brent) Braden of Vermontville and Lacey Arrington of Laingsburg, his grandmother Corabelle Arrington of Laingsburg. He was predeceased by his mother. Donations are suggested to Shatterproof.
A memorial service will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends one hour before the service.


Lloyd Allen Ripley, age 57 of Bath, passed away due to a motorcycle accident on June 18, 2018 in North Carolina. Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the House of Prayer, 9974 Old M-78 Haslett, Michigan 48840 with Pastor Dave Cokonougher officiating. Family will receive friends at the church Saturday from 11am-12pm with an open casket and then from 12-1pm with the casket closed until the time of service. 

Lloyd was born in Ingham County on September 11, 1960 to Gary and Margarita (Klingenmeier) Ripley. At the age of 18, Lloyd went to work for General Motors at the Oldsmobile Plant in Lansing for 28 years, retiring in 2002. After General Motors, Lloyd started up his own lawn care business that he ran for several years. 

Lloyd was hardworking and a very talented man. He built all of his homes, including a log cabin from trees that he cut down up north. He had a passion for motorcycles but above all, loved his family. 

Lloyd is survived by his 3 daughters: Lindsey (Todd) Nelson of Perry, Kayla (Jarrod) Smith of Morrice, Tabitha Million of Lansing; his long-time spouse, Julie Ripley; 6 grandchildren; mother, Margarita Hicks; sister, Suzanne Falsetta; 2 brothers: Gary (Tyann) Ripley, Paul (Angie) Ripley as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Gary. 

Memorial contributions given in Lloyd's name are suggested to the House of Prayer. Online condolences may be shared with his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Mark Bozzo of Dewitt, MI was born on August 22, 1958 in Lansing, MI to the late Victor and Ann Bozzo, Mark passed away peacefully in his sleep, on June 13, 2018 in Dewitt, MI. He graduated from Everett High School in 1976. Mark was married to the love of his life, Angelique Bozzo. He is survived by his son, Mark Bozzo, Jr.; daughters, Heather Bozzo (Mike Kaspar), Ann Embree (Scott), Chelsea Bozzo (Jared Vandermoere), Nina Bozzo, and Enrica Bozzo; brother, Victor Bozzo; sisters, Judy Bozzo and Christine Doolittle; granddaughter, Hayley Embree. He also leaves behind his faithful dog, Kong Bozzo. Mark was a member of House of Prayer, and was the Founder of Lansing City Outreach. He is remembered as a Hero to those who loved him; known for acts of selflessness with the homeless. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM at the House of Prayer, 9974 East Old M-78 Haslett, MI 48840. Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Mark Bozzo Memorial Fund, payable to Angelique Bozzo, 605 South Capitol Ave., Lansing, MI 48933.


Troy Eddy Schroeder, 45, of Swartz Creek, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at his home. A memorial service to honor and celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 3pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2pm until the service. Also a Memory of Troy's life will be held on Sunday, June 24 at 2pm at Jan's Bar in Swartz Creek.
Online condolences can be shared with the family at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Sara Jane Smith, 27 of Vermontville, MI passed away on Tuesday June 5, 2018 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She was born on January 4, 1991 in Charlotte, MI the daughter of Robert J. & Kelly (Dickie) Smith. Sara Jane loved music, tattoos, had the best friends, a very excitable girl who was a free spirit and her own person. She is survived by her father, Robert of Madisonville, TN and step father, Tom Williams of Vermontville, MI. She was predeceased by her mother. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time.


Leo M. Willett, 95 of Morrice, passed away on Monday June 4, 2018 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Saturday June 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6-8 PM and on Saturday from 9 am until the service. Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Perry. Leo was born on August 27, 1922 in Ann Arbor, MI the son of Sidney & Mary (Cain) Willett. He graduated from Morrice High School and on November 23, 1946 he married Glenda A. Turner. Leo served on the Morrice Area School Board of Education from 1980-86. He was a member of Morrice United Methodist Church and worked for General Motors for 37 years at the Oldsmobile Plant in Lansing, he also farmed.

Leo is survived by his daughters; Deborah (Bruce) Cadwallender of Perry and Lisa (Steven) Freeland of Rochester Hills, MI, grandchildren: Heather Nevicato & Steven Brown, Scott Cadwallender, Ryan, Paige and Emily Freeland, great grandchildren: Parker & Faith Nevicato, sister-in-law Donna Willett. He was predeceased by his wife, Glenda, brother Charles, sister Jean Kostoff. Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer's Foundation in memory of his beloved wife, Glenda. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Clyde Edward Wilder, 75 of Shaftsburg passed away on Tuesday May 22, 2018 at Hospice House of Shiawassee County. He was born in Lansing, MI on May 15, 1943, the son of Theo & Laura (Warner) Wilder, Sr. He served in the Navy for 20 years and was a semi-truck driver. He is survived by 3 daughters, 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.


Patricia Jean Edington, 83, of Owosso, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2018 At McLaren Hospital, Flint. A memorial service to honor and celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 11am at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel, Deacon Gary Edington will celebrate, with burial to follow in Bethany Cemetery in Morrice. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Friday, June 15, 2018 from 5-8pm. the rosary will be prayed at 7pm. 

Patricia was born March 20, 1935 in Montrose, Michigan the daughter of Ralph and Ella (Huggins) Markell. She retired from Johnson Control, Owosso, MI.

Patricia is survived by her sons, Douglas (Brenda), Jeffrey (Sharon) and Timothy (Carron); grandchildren, Lindsey, Michael, Nicholas, David, and Bryan; great grandchildren, Riley and Wesson, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents, her daughter Pamela and son Rod.
  
 In lieu of flowers memorial are suggested to St. Paul's. Online condolences can be shared with the family at, WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Robert Youmans, Sr. 65, of Byron, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family, on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Funeral services will be held at Perry Baptist Church on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Pastor Adam Grass will officiate. The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.

Robert was born in Detroit, MI on September 10, 1952, the son of Robert E. & Geraldine A. (Zaryac) Youmans. He attended Plymouth High School and on October 3, 1970 he married Lula D. Heinrich in Westland, MI. Robert worked for Ford Motor Company for 38 years as a material handler and retired in 2008 where he then went to work for R & F of Morrice. He enjoyed hunting, golf, camping, snowmobiling, and baseball.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lula, their children: Vicki (Ken) Aubuchon of Fowlerville, Bobby (Jennifer) Youmans of Wayne, Dawn Leech of Howell, Renee (Kevin) Aubuchon of Webberville and Rachel (Brian) Denman of Fowlerville, 12 grandchildren, sisters Lorraine (Joe) Griffin, Denise Hussain, Debbie Dean and brother Chuckie (Sandy) Youmans. He was predeceased by his parents. Memorials are suggested to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Roger D. Cook, age 71 of Perry, passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel with Pastor John Walworth officiating. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 6-8 pm and again Saturday one hour prior to the service.

Roger was born on December 6, 1946 in Lansing to the late Robert and Dorothy (Ulrey) Cook. He attended Everett High School in Lansing, graduating in 1965. On May 26, 1988 he married Elaine Helps in Lansing.

Roger was a mechanic for many years, retiring from Penske in 2001. He was a member of the Looking Glass River Sportsman Club and enjoyed hunting.

Mr. Cook is survived by his wife, Elaine, of almost 30 years; children: Thomas Cook of Perry, Jody (Ken) Dilday of Pickford, Duane (Amanda) Helps of Perry, Jason (Michelle Davis) Helps of Swartz Creek, Karen Kalmar of Fowlerville; daughter-in-law, Katherine "Kat" Cook; 15 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 3 siblings: Susan (Michael) Roberts, Wesley (Rae Clise) Cook, Richard (Phyllis) Cook.
He was preceded in death by both parents and son, Wesley who passed on November 1, 2017.
Memorial contributions given in Mr. Cook's name are suggested to the American Liver Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Vicki Ann Williams, 75 of Bancroft, passed away on Monday May 14, 2018 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Friday May 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Pastor Aaron B. Kesson will officiate with burial to follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.

Vicki was born in Perry, MI on September 23, 1942, the daughter of Russell & Ruby (Beebe) Colby. She graduated from Perry High School in the class of 1960. On December 8, 1961 she married Dale E. Williams and together celebrated 56 years of marriage this past December. Vicki enjoyed sewing, gardening, baking, reading and watching movies. She was a member of the Across the Fence Post Garden Club of Perry. She was a homemaker for her husband and children.

She is survived by her husband, Dale, children Valerie (Kevin) Hart of Bancroft, Daryll (Tracie) Williams of Bancroft and Vanessa (Mark) Decker of Durand, 6 grandchildren; Joshua, Amanda, Lily, Rose, Blake and Marilynn, brothers; Bill Colby of Perry, Greg Colby of Shaftsburg, Rory (Sue) Colby of Perry, sisters Debbie Strachan of Laingsburg and Marie (James) Fike of Morrice. She was predeceased by her parents, brother Junior Colby and sister Connie Hubbard. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Allen A. Hempstead
of Perry, MI passed away on May 10, 2018 in Lansing, MI. Allen is survived by his beloved wife, Judie. Three children: Teresa (Larry) Campbell, Robert Hempstead, and Victoria (Craig) Howery. Three step sons: Mark (Kelly) Schmidt, Billy (Valerie) Schmidt, and Kevin (Sandy) Schmidt. Five adoring grandchildren: Curt (Sarah) Campbell, Katie (Ryan) Powell, Alicia Campbell (John Vitkuske), Gabriel and Bronson Howery. Six step grandchildren: Nathan, Brittney, Bergin (Ian), Rachel (Bobby), Derek and Broque. Eight great grandchildren: Abrianna, Ava, Carter, Jay, Myles, Shaun, Jackson, and Madelyn. Three step great grandchildren: Zola, Cameron, and Brandon. Allen is preceded in death by his mother, Vermilda Hempstead (Allen), his father, Elisha Benjamin Hempstead and all of his siblings, Max Hempstead, Alberta Dubendorf, Eleanor Anderson, and Norman Jean Dreysse.

On April 14, 1952, Allen enlisted in the US Air Force Reserve. While enlisted as private first Class, Allen received a National Defense Service Medal, along with a Navy Occupation Service Medal. In September 1956, Allen left the US Air Force to join the United States Marine Corps. While serving 9 years in the USMC as a Corporal, Allen achieved 8 medals of Honor. Those honors included: Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, European Occupation, National Defense, Cold War Commemorative, Over Sea Service Commemorative, US Marine Corps Commemorative, and Honorable Service Commemorative.

After leaving the Marine Corps in 1963, Allen started working for Pepco, a public utility company in Washington D.C. In the early 1970's, Allen left Washington D.C. to move to Leslie, Michigan where he served as The Chief of Police for 16 years. Allen left the city of Leslie to move to Perry, Michigan where he served as the Chief of Police for 7 years. For the last 8 years, up until his passing, Allen was employed as a Security Officer for the Aldi Warehouse in Williamston, MI.

A military Memorial Service will be held on May 25, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry, MI. Visitors are invited to come between 12:00 and 1:00 with the service beginning at 1:00. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Helen Grabowski, age 91, passed away Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Durand Senior Care and Rehab Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Pastor John Walworth will officiate with burial to follow in Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 6-8 pm.

Helen was born on November 21, 1926 in Lansing to the late John and Ruth (Wheelock) Fellows. On September 30, 1944 she married Edward J. Grabowski in Howell. He later passed on January 4, 2000. Prior to her retirement in 1985, Mrs. Grabowski worked for Stanley Tools in Fowlerville for 25 years. She enjoyed playing cards, board games and spending time out in her yard.

Mrs. Grabowski is survived by 3 daughters: Jeannette Walton of Lennon, Charlotte Nanasy of Perry, Cathy (Larry) Allen of Arizona; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Gloria Fellows, Betty (Robert) Kleinschmidt.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward and 2 sons: Gerry and Jimmy.
Online condolences may be shared with Helen's family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Kenneth "Turk" B. Turkington, Jr., age 73 of Arizona, formerly of Perry, passed away Monday, May 7, 2018 at Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing. Prior to his recent retirement, Ken was the owner of Turk's Mini Storage in Perry. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Family will receive at the funeral home Sunday from 12:00 pm until the time of service.
   
Turk is survived by his wife Pat Turkington, son Ken (Michelle) Turkington, granddaughters Kennedy and Kaylee Turkington, sister Sharon (Tom) Ryan, and niece Kelly (John) Makarewicz.
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Darla Jean Brown, 72 of Williamston, formerly of Charlotte, MI passed away on Friday May 4, 2018 at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital. She was born in Charlotte, MI on August 19, 1945, the daughter of Bennie & Ida B. (Oesterle) Hooghouse. She graduated from Charlotte High School in the class of 1965. On June 25, 1965 Darla married William L. Brown in Charlotte, MI and have lived in the Webberville & Williamston areas since 1980. Darla loved to bake, cook, paint and spend time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons: William (Derelda) Brown, II of Perry, Christopher (Michelle) Brown of S. Lyon, 4 grandchildren: Bill (Kacie) Brown, III, Zoe, Tyler, and Sierra, brothers Dan (Sandra) O'Shay of Ithaca, Fred Hooghouse of FL, Dale (Linda) Oesterle of Webberville, sisters; Coleen (Jim) Sommer of Jackson and Kay (Gordon) Branch of Webberville. Many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, William in 2016, brother Leland Oesterle and sister Mary Esch.

There will be a private graveside service on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 3:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to the humane society. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Gene Elmer Erickson, 80, of Haslett, passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Burcham Hills Rehabilitation Center. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Glendale Cemetery in Okemos for family and friends. Gene was born in Lansing, MI on October 24, 1937, the son of Abert L & Hilda (Swanson) Erickson. He graduated from Haslett High School in 1956 and served in the United States Army and he lived in the Lansing area most of his life. On September 26, 1964 he married Carol Spalding in E. Lansing.

Gene worked in construction as a heavy machine operator, he enjoyed camping, his dog Jackie, country music, reading Louis L'Amour books, crossword puzzles and hanging out with his family.

He is survived by his children: Brian (Lawna) Erickson of Kendallville, IN and Lisa Erickson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his dog, Jackie. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol in 2015 and his sister Marilyn Ryder. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Lorraine Schafer of Lansing, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 at her home. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time. Arrangements through Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Pamela L Davis age 67 of Perry passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at her home. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Burial to follow to Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM and one hour prior to the service.

Pamela was born December 13, 1950 in Owosso a daughter of William and Edna (Daniels) Weller. On June 6, 1981 she married Paul Davis. She enjoyed riding motorcycles, traveling and spending time with her family.

Pamela is survived by her husband, Paul Davis; children, Nicholas (Tracy) Davis and Keely (Chad) Cunningham; grandchildren, Abby and Spencer Davis and soon to be born, Cash Cunningham. She was preceded in death by both of her parents, William and Edna Weller.

Memorial Contributions in Pamela's name are suggested to the American Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Joyce Celeste (Teller) Kirkland, age 90 of Haslett, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Hospice of Lansing, Stoneleigh Residence. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 11am at Perry Baptist Church. Burial will take place at Sanford Cemetery in Howell at 3pm. The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 6-8pm.

Joyce was born October 25, 1927, the third daughter of R.C. and Ruth (Gilland) Teller. After her mother’s passing when she was 2 years old, she was raised by her grandparents, Ed and Ella Teller, in the small community of Cohoctah, Michigan.

She married George Kirkland on June 22, 1945, and they were blessed with three children, Donald, Denise, and Darci. George and Joyce were active members of Perry Baptist Church, and their faith in Christ defined them, both individually and as a married couple. Joyce exemplified the love of Christ and was always willing to overlook a person’s flaws because she was more concerned about whether that person had a relationship with Jesus Christ. It was her caring and compassionate spirit that made her a wonderful medical assistant, and she faithfully served the Perry community in the offices of Dr. Dale Figg and Dr. James Morgan for many years. Joyce was full of joy, always pointing out the good in every person or circumstance, and always singing praises to her Father in Heaven. She was devoted to her family and friends, and anyone who knew Joyce couldn’t help but love her.

She is survived by her daughters, Denise Kirkland and Darci (Todd) Brooks; her grandchildren, Melissa (Doug) LaVoie, Amy (Lars) Carlson, Matt (Wendy) Kirkland, Brittany (Nick) Nyboer, Breanne Mason, Blake (Lauren) Mason, and Nicholas Brooks; her sisters, Alice Sholtz, Georgia Yordy, and Norma Jean Phelps; nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild on the way, also many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband George, brother James Teller, sister Juanita Barton, son Donald, and daughter-in-law Norma. She will be dearly missed.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Kirkland's name are suggested to the Youth Haven Ranch, Camp Barakel, or Hospice of Lansing, Stoneleigh Residence.

Online condolences can be shared with the family at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com 


John David Haas, 83 of Morrice, passed away on Wednesday March 14, 2018 at Memorial Healthcare. Funeral services will be held at Perry Baptist Church on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM. Pastor Desmond Bell will officiate. The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.

John was born in Perry on April 18, 1934, the son of John & Ruth (Britten) Haas. He was born and raised on a 136 acre farm. On June 12, 1976 he married Gertrude Disbrow in Perry. He was a member of Perry Baptist Church and an avid sportsman, hunting and fishing. John worked 29 years at General Motors before retiring.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Gertrude, children: David (Nancy) Haas of Morrice, Gordon (Dawn) Haas of Bancroft, Tracey (Thomas) Sims of Laingsburg, Theresa Jo (Patrick) Rainey of TX, Kevin Morey of AZ, Kelli (Andy) Markell of Farwell, MI, and Kay (John Patterson) Morey of Eaton Rapids, 20 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, sisters Janet (Dick) Bixler, Portland, OR, Ann Voorhees of Lakeland, FL, Sandra (David) Dempsey of Lakeland, FL, and Joan (Terry) Sauer of Washington. He was predeceased by daughter Kitti Morey, daughter Tammy Hamper, grandsons Bradley Haas, Dylan Sykes & Adam Haas, granddaughter Grace, sister Ardis Haas and his parents. Memorials are suggested to the Morrice High School Field of Dreams. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Tyler J. Jones, 31 of Perry, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 11:00 AM until the time of the service.

Tyler was born in Lansing, MI on August 14, 1986, the oldest son of Vinton & Sandra (Smith) Jones. He graduated from Perry High School in the class of 2005, liked to skeet shoot, fish, woodworking, model cars and his dog, Ruger. Tyler was supportive of Suicide Awareness Watch.

He is survived by his parents: father Vinton (Denise) Jones of Perry, mother Sandra (Terry) Shauver of Perry, brother Michael Shauver of Bath, sister Amanda (Tom) Gwilt and their daughter Emery of Keego Harbor, special friend Brianna Edwards, grandmothers Colleen Smith of Lansing and Mollie Long of NV. Lots of cousins, aunts and uncles who loved him. He was predeceased by his brother Ryan Joseph Jones in 2003, grandfathers Neil Jones and James Smith, grandmother Laura Jones, cousin Ethan Smith. Memorial donations are suggested to the Troy Eaton Memorial Skeet Shoot. The family suggests casual attire please. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com