Shirley Wright

wright_shirleyShirley (Egleston) Wright, age 83, of St. Johns, MI died Saturday, April 19, 2014. Born July 28, 1930 to Lloyd B. and Lenore C. Egleston, Shirley was a graduate of J.W. Sexton High School in Lansing in the class of June 1948. Her love of music brought her to join the Choir and she sang second lead in two operettas. She also sang in the Sextet which took them to perform in nursing homes and the like.

Through her Mother’s line, she came from James Coon line who was with the First Michigan Sharpshooters, Company E, Grand Army of the Republic. Upon return to Michigan, after being wounded and released in Washington DC, he was one of the 12 soldiers alive when the monument was placed on the grounds of the Capital honoring their sacrifices. It stands there today. Because of the interest in genealogy, she also completed the Egleston genealogy which had previously been completed and made into a bound book dated 1918. This section took 5 years to complete from 1965 to 1970.

On July 9, 1977, Shirley married Gerald N. Wright and became instant step-mother to his six children. Daniel (Kathy) Wright of Harrisburg, SD; Steven W. Wright (Deceased); Rosann Frazier of Lansing, MI; Joseph (Dee) Wright of Albuquerque, NM; Charles E. Wright of Grand Ledge, MI; and Phillip H. (Shirley Spaulding) Wright of Lansing, MI.

While working for the Department of Natural Resources, Forest Management Division, one of her jobs was answering the Smokey Bear letters that school children sent to him via the DNR. She was instrumental in designing and making Smokey Bear footprint which is still in use today. Shirley was a member of Christ United Church of DeWitt, MI.

Memorial Services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, MI 48879 with Pastor Terry Williamson officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lansing. The family will receive friends from 10-11 AM Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the charity of donor’s choice in Shirley’s name.

Eliseo Ornelas

ornelas_eliseoEliseo “Chum” Ornelas, age 88, of Grand Ledge, MI and formerly of Ovid, MI died Saturday, April 19, 2014. Born August 17, 1925, he was the son of Edward and Maria (Luna) Ornelas. Chum served in the US Army, worked in a factory in the automotive industry, was a member of the UAW #605 and the Grand Ledge Baptist Church.

Chum is survived by his sons, Gordon Ornelas of Seattle, WA and William Ornelas of San Diego, CA; step-children, Terry (Toni) Ornelas of Elsie, MI and Sheryl (Victor) Carbone of Shadyside, MD; brother, Oscar (Dorothy) Ornelas, sisters; Anita Kiter, Josephine Sheldon, Emma Gordoa, Rosemary Ornelas; 4 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Edward and Alfred Ornelas; and sister, Helen Martinez.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Ovid, 301 S. Main, Ovid, MI 48866 with Pastor Andrew Ford officiating. A military graveside service will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 PM Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Houghton Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Homes, 232 E. Oak St., Ovid. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice of Greater Lansing, 865 S. Cedar St., Mason, MI 48854.

The family was served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Wayne K. “Bud” Ward

ward_wayneWayne K. “Bud” Ward, went to be with his Lord on December 1, 2013 at the age of 89. He was born on April 22, 1924 in Allegan, MI, the son of Homer and Bertha (Chase) Ward. Wayne was a WWII Veteran serving as an Aviation Cadet in the Army of the U.S., a member of the American Legion Post #153 of St. Johns, MSU Alumni Assoc., American Society of Professional Engineers and the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers. He married Helen Mayer on May 10, 1950 and she preceded him in death on February 24, 2009.

Surviving him are his children, Wendy Ward of St. Johns, William Scott (Jeri) Ward of Tucson, AZ, 5 grandchildren, Todd, Nicholas, Kaelyn, Dylan and Sarah, many nieces and nephews, brother in law, Stan (Dottie) Sylwestrak, sister in law, Sue (Milo) Bernardon, Ursula “Uschi” Itschner (Swiss exchange student) and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Helen, 3 sons, James, John and Stephen and sister, Maureen Sylwestrak.

Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm with visitation 1-2 p.m. at Osgood Funeral Home, 104 East Cass St, St. Johns, MI., 48879. Following the Memorial Service, there will be a graveside service at Mt. Rest Cemetery. Military services provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Wayne’s name to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. of MI.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Geraldine M. Fleck

Geraldine M. Fleck, age 82, passed away April 2, 2014. She was born on June 7, 1931 in Alma, MI. Geraldine worked in Grand Rapids for many years and retired from DW Foods.

Private family graveside services will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in memory of Geraldine to any Veteran’s association.

The family was served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Marie Plaza

plaza_marieMarie Plaza died March 31, 2014 at the age of 92. She was born in Chicago, IL, on August 13, 1921, the daughter of John and Mary (Charnota) Spess and lived most of her life in the St. Johns area. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Sylvia Guild, and served as a Clinton Memorial Hospital volunteer in the gift shop and as a puppet lady. Marie married Stanley Plaza in Bannister on October 5, 1940 and he preceded her in death April 18, 1997. She loved playing cards at the Coming Home Senior Center and also loved her dogs, especially Dutchess and Stella. She spent retirement years in Harrison, MI and Zephyrhills, FL., prior to returning to Michigan.

Marie is survived by her daughter Jerry Ann Beaufore of St. Johns and special friend, Paul Shauger of Sanford, two granddaughters, Nicole (Ho Ba) Le of Leland, IL, and Andrea Lynne Beaufore of Ypsilanti, two great granddaughters, Jessica (Dave) Worby and Ginni Rae Brzak, two great grandsons, Dillon Thomas Day and Casey Patrick Day, great great granddaughters, Lily Skye Worby and Jordan Paige Worby, and great great grandson, Henry Arnold Lewis Worby. In addition to her husband, Marie was preceded in death by son in law, Lynne Beaufore, brother, Steve Spess, sister, Ann Brown, two half-brothers, Frederick Koshko and John Koshko, Jr., and four half-sisters, Elaine and Rose Koshko and two infant sisters.

Funeral Services will be at 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2014 at Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, burial at Mt. Rest Cemetery with Fr. Michael Williams officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 6-8 p.m. on Thursday. Memorials may be made to Coming Home Senior Center or St. Joseph Church. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Dorothy T. Coger

coger_dorothyDorothy T. “Dot” Coger, age 84, passed away March 28, 2014. She was born in Washtenaw County on August 20, 1929 the daughter of Oscar and Alice (Hankerd) Ulrich. Dorothy was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She married Raymond L. Coger on December 1, 1964 and he preceded her in death on November 8, 1993.

Dot is survived by her children, Tom Hoskins of Mt. Dora, FL, Joe Hoskins of St. Johns, Kent (Monica) Hoskins of Ovid, Linnette Cook of Mt. Dora, FL, Elizabeth (John) Casey of Apollo Beach, FL, stepson, James (Colleen) Coger and stepdaughter, Patricia (John) Gordon, 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

Dot’s wishes were to be cremated with no visitation or services. The family was served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Joan Feldpausch-Pohl

pohl_joanJoan Feldpausch-Pohl, age 85, passed away March 27, 2014 in St. Johns. She was born in Westphalia on September 3, 1928, the daughter of Anthony and Gertrude (Simon) Halfman. Joan married Louis Feldpausch, August 17, 1949 and he preceded her in death in September of 1989. She married Gerald Pohl on September 2, 1994 and he preceded her in death in February of 2014. Joan was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, an active member of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers and the Daughters of Isabella. She loved quilting and embroidery work, providing her family with many heirlooms throughout the years and donating items for parish festivals. She played all sorts of card games, enjoyed fishing with Louis and traveling with Gerald. In later years her family, as well as Gerald’s children and grandchildren, were her pride and joy.

She is survived by her children, Marcia (Ray) Roberts of Ishpeming; Karen (Alan) Kalis of DeWitt; Ellen (Glen) Feldpausch of Fowler; Robert (Tami) Feldpausch of Fowler; and Gene (Brenda) Feldpausch of Westphalia; brother, Joseph (Marjorie) Halfmann of St. Johns and sister, Marie Thelen of Westphalia; 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Gertrude, brothers, Leon and Allan, her husbands, Louis and Gerald and infant daughter, Janet.

A Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2014 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler with burial following at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery, with Fr. Dennis Howard presiding. The family will receive friends 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Sunday, with a rosary being prayed at 3 p.m., and a Vigil service being prayed at 8 p.m., at the Goerge Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Homes, 11112 W. Ionia St., Fowler, MI. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Most Holy Trinity Educational Trust Fund, 545 N. Maple St., Fowler, MI 48835.

The family is being served by Osgood Funeral Homes.

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