Kendra Joanne Mahar

mahar_kendraKendra Joanne (Paksi) Mahar, age 51, passed away on September 11, 2014. She was born on April 23, 1963, in Temple, Texas, the daughter of Robert and Joyce (Heibeck ) Paksi. Kendra enjoyed fishing, theatre, music and crafts. She was a social worker for the Salvation Army and it gave her great joy in helping others. Kendra married Kayle Mahar on March 8, 1986, and he survives her.

Also surviving are their children, Erica (Michael) Roberts, Jeffrey Allen Mahar and Joshua Gordon Mahar, three grandchildren, Kaidyn, Sophia and Estella Roberts, parents, Robert and Joyce Paksi, brother, Robert (Christine) Paksi, sister, Michelle (Richard) Swinson, nieces and nephews, Jessica Vasquez, Ricky Swinson and Rheanna Swinson. Kendra was preceded in death by her father and mother-in-law, Gordon and Lela Mahar.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 15, 2014, at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, with Dan and Amy Voss officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Contributions may be made to the family in memory of Kendra.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Joan Carol Griffith

griffith_joanJoan Carol Griffith, age 79, died on September 2, 2014. She was born on September 16, 1934, in Duluth, MN, the daughter of John and Irene (Peterson) Bolander. She married Kenneth Leroy Griffith in Hawaii on February 26, 1954, and he preceded her in death on February 21, 2005. Joan was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her children, James (Dawn) Griffith, Katherine (John) Love and Patricia Griffith all of St. Johns, 7 grandchildren, Erik Love, Kristin (Dan) Slough, Jamie (Riley) Thelen, Kaitlyn (Anthony) Sickelka, Haley Griffith, Hilary Griffith and Cole Thomas, 1 great grandson, Kelton Slough, brother, Pete Bolander, special niece Bobbi Jean (Alex) Sisto, sister-in-law, Carol (Greg) Bauer and brother-in-law, Edward (Carol) Griffith, as well as many nieces and nephews. Along with her husband Kenneth, she was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Athlyn Gardner and brothers, Darwin and Gordon Bolander.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at St. Johns Lutheran Church with Dr. Bryan Salminen officiating, burial to follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday, 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Johns Lutheran Church.

To learn more about Joan and view her Life Story film, please visit her personal webpage at www.lifestorynet.com/memories/101779 . The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

E. Arlene Holden

holden_arleneE. Arlene Holden of St. Johns, MI died at the age of 100. Born April 27, 1914 to Russell E. and Blanche L. (Cross) Ash, Arlene grew up on a farm in rural Duplain Township. She was a long-time member of Duplain Church of Christ and the VFW Auxiliary. After 29 years of service, Arlene retired from the General Telephone Company. On October 21, 1940, she married Charles D. “Wayne” Holden and he preceded her in death on February 23, 1985. Arlene was also preceded in death by her parents, sister, Lucille Wade, and brothers, Larry and Robert Ash.

Surviving are her sister, Geraldine (Jack) Hawes of Elsie; nephews, Gary (Carole) Hawes of Laingsburg and David Ash of Saginaw; niece, Lois Wade of Owosso; great nephew, Brad (Lynne) Hawes of Lansing; great nieces, Bethany (Matt) Schantz of Caledonia, Becky (Shawn) Hale of Midland; 10 great great grand nieces and nephews and her special church family at Duplain Church of Christ.

Arlene’s life centered around her church. She was a former Sunday School teacher, and although she and Wayne had no children of their own, Arlene thought of her nieces and nephews and Sunday School students as her children. In addition to her church, Arlene had a love of flower gardening and entertaining both friends and family.

Funeral services will be held 12:00 noon Monday, September 1, 2014 at the Duplain Church of Christ, 5565 E. Colony Rd., St. Johns, MI with Brad Hawes and Gary Hawes officiating. Burial will follow at Duplain Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Michigan Christian Campus Ministries, 1171 Trowbridge Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Joan Hudson Gibbs

gibbs_joanJoan Hudson Gibbs, age 92, passed away peacefully from natural causes on August 27, 2014. Joan was born the only daughter of Lucius E. and Georgina (Reberger) Sharrock in Bonzi Beach, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on February 20, 1922. Joan had one brother, Benjamin, who together with her parents preceded her in death.

Joan married John (Jack) Hudson on October 14, 1944, in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, during World War II. Joan served in the Women’s Australian Air Force and Jack was in the United States Army Air Corp from 1942-1945. Joan and Jack settled in St. Johns and raised their family until Jack’s death in June of 1968. She was a long time member of the St. John’s Episcopal Church. Joan met Phillip Arthur Gibbs in the winter of 1969 and they were wed on Valentine’s Day, 1970. Phil and Joan resided in Haslett, Michigan until his death in 1975. Joan returned to St. Johns, and worked at the Lansing Sears, Roebuck & Co. until she retired in 1992.

Joan is survived by her four children, Robyn (James) Rehmann of Anchorage, AK; Cynthia (James) Lang, St. Johns, MI; Rick (Jeanne) Hudson, Ionia, MI; and Todd (Cecilia) Hudson of North Pole, AK, and 2 step-daughters, Connie and Kristine , 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Friday, September 5, 2014 at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, MI., with Rev. Karen Lewis officiating with a private family burial to follow. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service from 12 – 1 p.m.

In recognition of Joan’s service during WWII, the Australian flag was presented to her family by the St. Johns Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joan’s memory to the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Dorothy Anna Heckman

heckman_dorothyDorothy Anna Heckman, our gracious mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother, age 103, passed away on August 17, 2014 in St. Johns, Michigan, a long-time resident of Pewamo, Michigan. She was born on May 27, 1911 in Riley Township, Clinton County, Michigan, the daughter of John and Mary (Trierweiler) Schneider. She enjoyed playing cards, knitting and crocheting, cooking, crossword puzzles and reading. She especially loved her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchild.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Altar Society of Pewamo. She was married to her loving husband, Joseph on May 31, 1934, who preceded her in death, as did her daughters, Marie (Lawrence Fernholz), Joann (Robert Ladiski), son Donald, and daughters-in-law, Ann (James) and Linda (Edward). Her brothers, Leonard (Regina), Herman (Mary), Richard (Marian), Joseph (Midge), Raymond (Jackie), Edwin (Florence), Harold (Marie), John (Bernice) and sister Loretta preceded her in death also.

Surviving are her sons and daughters, Jean (Louis) Schafer, John (Sherry), James (Ellen), Edward (Joan), Thomas, Theresa (Edward) Ladiski, Kenneth (Joyce), Joseph (Ruth) and sons-in-law, Lawrence (Maggie) Fernholz and Robert (Joann) Ladiski. Sisters-in-law, Midge (Joseph) Schneider and Bernice (John) Schneider also survive her. She was the happy and proud grandmother of 32 grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild and through extended families, 10 additional grandchildren, 14 additional great grandchildren and 1additional great-great grandchild.

Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 21, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pewamo with Rev. Fr. Larry King presiding, burial to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Pewamo. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., with a rosary being prayed at 8 p.m., Wednesday at the Goerge Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes, 11112 W. Ionia St., Fowler. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Winnie Gill

gill_winnieWinnie Gill died at home on August 10, 2014. Winnie was 95 years old, born June 2, 1919 in Kalamo MI. She was the daughter of Floyd and Lola (Burkett) Wing. She was a long time member of the Pilgrim United Methodist Church in St. Johns. Winnie was married to Robert A. Gill in Angola IN on January 17, 1939 and he preceded her in death on October 6, 2002.

Surviving is her daughter Dee (Allan) Perrins of Fremont, CA, and sons Dean (Gayla) of St. Johns and Gary (Lee) of Madison, WI, eight grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, her parents and two sisters, Bernice Mead and Gaila Stewart preceded her in death.

Winnie lived much of her life in the St. Johns area, and considered St. Johns home. Early in her childhood her family lived for a brief time in Yucaipa CA, but for most of her childhood and early teen age years she lived in Lansing moving to St. Johns in her Junior year of High School. In her later adult years she lived for a time in Atlanta, GA and Naples, FL returning 28 years ago to the St. Johns area.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, August 15, 2014 at the Osgood Funeral Home with Pastor Andy Croel of the Pilgrim United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be at the Mt. Rest Cemetery in St. Johns. The Family will receive friends at the funeral home 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Thursday. Memorials may be made to Pilgrim United Methodist Church Caravan Children’s Ministry, 2965 W. Parks Rd., St. Johns, MI 48879 or the Forgotten Man Jail Ministry, 3940 Fruit Ridge Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49544.

The family was served by Osgood Funeral Homes.

William B. Swears

swears_billWilliam “Bill” B. Swears, age 77, passed away on August 10, 2014. He was born on September 21, 1936 in Morley, Michigan, the son of Clifford and Edna (Waters) Swears. He married Beth Schrauben in Belding, Michigan on June 23, 1977, and she survives him.

Also surviving are their children, Jeffrey (Deb) Swears of Midland, MI; and Dana Swears of Sacramento, CA; 3 grandchildren, Jordan (Sarah) Swears, Greg (Jamie) Swears, Kate (Eric) Winer; and 1 great granddaughter, Brooklyn Swears. Other survivors include his sister-in-law, Susan Christopher; nephew, Zachary Swears; and in-laws, Dennis (Gayla) Phillips, Brian Phillips and Gregg Smyth, and Steve Phillips. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brother, James Swears and first wife Sandra Casselberry.

Bill taught and coached at St. Johns High School beginning in 1958. He was the Principal of St. Johns High School for 17 years until he retired in 1994 and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He graduated from Big Rapids High School and Ferris Institute (now FSU) with a B.S. in Business Education. He earned his Masters of Education at MSU. He was an avid golfer at the Emerald and he will be missed by his Monday morning golfing buddies.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Michael Williams presiding. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a Vigil Service being prayed at 7 p.m. at Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, MI 48879. Contributions may be made in Bill’s name to St. Joseph Educational Trust Fund, St. Johns Schools Foundation of Excellence, or Sparrow Clinton Hospice.

To learn more about Bill and view his Life Story film, please visit his personal webpage at www.lifestorynet.com/memories/101340 . The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

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