Agatha A. Mankey

Agatha A. Mankey, age 86, passed away on October 29, 2014. She was born on June 27, 1928 in Fowler, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Pohl) Witgen. She married Bernard Mankey on January 12, 1949 and he preceded her in death in August of 1986. Agatha was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

She is survived by her son Larry (Val) Mankey of Maple Rapids, three grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, two sisters and many nieces and nephews. Along with her husband, Bernard, she was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, David and Dale Mankey.

Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 1, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Michael Williams presiding. The family will receive friends Friday, 6-8 p.m., at Osgood Funeral Home in St. Johns with a vigil service at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Educational Trust Fund in memory of Agatha.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Gary Dean Whitford

whitford_garyGary Dean Whitford of St. Johns, MI died Friday, October 24, 2014 at the age of 70. Born March 13, 1944 to Eugene and Dorothy (Slagell) Whitford, Gary worked as a drafter/designer for General Motors for over thirty years. On October 30, 1965 Gary married Judith Jane Gantz Whitford and she survives him.

Also surviving are his children; Marianne (Larry) Schloegl of DeWitt, Kristi (Mike) Moore of Holt, Timothy Whitford of Seoul, South Korea, and Jeffrey (Aubree) Whitford of Fayetteville, NC; grandchildren, Nathan, Brianne, Molly and Laura Schloegl, Elijah and Joshua Moore, and Westley Whitford; parents, Eugene and Dorothy Whitford; siblings, Leslie Whitford, Barbara Elaine (Eugene) Slagel; and Eldon (Ann) Whitford; brothers-in-law, Lyle (Pat) Gantz and Bill (Wanetta) Gantz; and many nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Delphine and Jay Gantz, and sister-in-law, Marilyn Whitford.

Gary’s passion was missions work, and he took missions trips to Russia, Colombia, New York City, and many trips to Hungary where he helped build Rosegarten Baptist Church. He was a missions board member and Elder at Trinity Church. Gary was also on the board of Pregnancy Services of Greater Lansing, where he also volunteered his time re-building and delivering hundreds of cribs for families in need. He served on the St. Johns School Board for several years as well. Gary loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was a man of many interests including, cars and motorcycles and had the ability to fix anything. He was an avid bicyslist and rode the DALMAC tour many times. Gary deeply loved his wife, his family and friends, and most of all he loved the Lord.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Trinity Church, 3355 Dunckel Rd, Lansing, MI 48911 with Pastors Marvin Williams and Royce Allen officiating. A private burial will take place at a later time. The family will receive friends from 2- 4 and 6-8 PM Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, MI 48879. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Gary’s name to Serving A Nation, 6161 E. Longview, East Lansing, MI 48823. S.A.N. is a Hungarian Missions Organization.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Violet M. Baker

baker_violetViolet M. Baker, age 92, passed away on October 21, 2014. She was born in Ovid on March 22, 1922 the daughter of Edward L. and Anna M. (Eiserman) Anderson. She was a homemaker, formerly owned/operated Baker’s Lazy B Resort in Crystal, MI, and Dol Jac Enterprises, Inc. in Ovid with her husband, Leonard “Jack” Baker, whom she married on October 13, 1937. He preceded her in death on August 2, 1999.

She is survived by her son, Dolan (Kaye) Baker of Ovid, daughter Karon Kay (Jess) Wallace of Schoolcraft, MI, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and one great great granddaughter. In addition to her husband, Violet was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Sandra Lambert, and four sisters, Alice Anderson, Opal Terryberry, Doris Hyde, and Helen Reichert.

Graveside services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Ovid with Pastor Paul Damkoehler officiating. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 PM Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Houghton Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes, 232 E. Oak St., Ovid, MI 48866. Memorial donations will be made to Hospice Advantage, 801 S. Waverly Road, Suite 304, Lansing, MI 48917 or the charity of one’s choice.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Kenneth C. Thelen

thelen_kenKenneth C. Thelen, age 69, passed away peacefully at home on October 9, 2014. He was born in Portland, MI, on March 19, 1945, the son of Alvin and Loretta (Smith) Thelen. Ken married Barbara Ward in St. Johns on April 3, 1971 and she survives him.

Also surviving are their children, Pam (Patrick) Stump, Ken (Jaime) Thelen, Becky (Jack) Miller, son-in-law, Chris Tipps, grandchildren, Kendra, Taylor and Kyle Stump, Kenny Thelen, Damien and Holly Miller, Hailey, Emma and Breeann Tipps, five brothers, Alan (Sandy), Chuck, Leon (Grace), Dale (Barb) and Dan, three sisters, Mary Ann (Mike) Schneider, Linda (Bob) Hoppes, Sharon Droste and many nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Loretta, daughter, Kerri Thelen Tipps and granddaughters, Jacklynn and Carly Miller.

Ken’s sense of humor kept a smile on the face of all who knew him. His colorful phrases and quick wit will be remembered and allow his spirit to remain close in the hearts of those who loved him. Ken worked as a mason all his life but he wasn’t just a bricklayer, he was a true artist. His talents and physical presence will be missed greatly.

Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Fr. Dennis Howard officiating, burial to follow at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Goerge Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes in Fowler on Sunday from 7-9 p.m., with a rosary at 8 p.m., and on Monday, 2-4 p.m., with a rosary at 3 p.m., and 7-9 p.m., with a vigil service at 8 p.m. Donations may be made in memory of Ken to the Dallas Twp. Fire Dept. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Robert Speidel

speidel_robertRobert “Spider” Speidel, age 71, passed away October 6, 2014. He was born in Clinton Co., on January 20, 1943, the son of R.G. and Ida Mae (Thompson) Speidel. Bob was a loyal friend, loving son, devoted father and caring brother whose heart was filled with humor and joy, he loved the woods and enjoyed making maple syrup.

He is survived by his daughter, Sara (Kirk Anderson) Markman of Grand Rapids, sister, Carolyn (Robert) Bough of West Bloomfield, MI, two brothers, Paul Speidel of Alto, MI, and Roger Speidel of St. Petersburg, FL, his mother, Ida Mae Speidel and two nieces, Kathryn Bough of Northville, and Cynthia (Dennis) Kubert of Livonia. He was preceded in death by his father, R.G. Speidel.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the UAW Hall, 117 W. Walker St., St. Johns at 11:30 a.m. The family was served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Deborah A. Harvey

harvey_deborahDeborah A. Harvey, age 59, passed away October 7, 2014. She was born in Kalamazoo on October 16, 1954 the daughter of Douglas and Joy (Winters) Hart. She married Mark Harvey in Eureka on September 30, 1978 and he survives her.

Also surviving Debbie is her sister, Dawn Hart-Allen of St. Johns, forty-six nieces and nephews, two grandchildren, Aidan and Avelyn and their parents – James and Jennifer Johnson, brothers and sisters-in-law, Karen (Al) Latimer, Mike Harvey, Stephan (Cheryl) Harvey, Keith (Claire) Harvey, Bob (Carol) Harvey and brother, Rick Hart. She was preceded in death by her parents, Douglas and Joy Hart, son, Douglas Cole Harvey, brother, Randy Lee Hart, brother-in-law, David Harvey and sister-in-law, Janet Harvey.

Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m., Sunday, October 12, 2014 at the Osgood Funeral Home, St. Johns, with Pastor Tim Knaus officiating with burial to follow at Union Home Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Contributions may be made in Deborah’s memory to Sparrow Hospice. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Lillian Marie Bass

bass_lillianLillian Marie Bass daughter of Terry and Brittney (Smak) Bass, passed away on October 3, 2014 at the age of 5 ½ weeks old. She was born in St. Johns on August 25, 2014.

Along with her parents she is survived by her sisters, Kiara Belle Parker and Olivia Lindsey Smak, grandparents, Bill Smak of St. Johns, Carolyn Tokarchick of St. Johns, aunts, Dawn Zepeda, Nichole Smak, Amanda Smak, Erica Call, Megan Tokarchick, uncles, Barney Bass, Donald Zepeda, Dustin Pierce, Corbin Tokarchick, Jacob Tokarchick, Bradley Bullard and Ryan Heinlen, Godfather, Lynn Thelen and great grand mother, Lillian Smak.

Funeral services were held Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 10:00a.m. with Pastor Virginia Wickwire officiating at the Osgood Funeral Home in St. Johns.

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