Roy L. Andre

Roy L. Andre, died December 26, 2011, at the age of 86. He was born on May 16, 1925, in Detroit, the son of Floyd and Joan (Corby) Andre. Roy married Florence Lytle on November 18, 1972, and she survives him. He worked for Strohs Brewery as a delivery man and then worked for Duall in Owosso as a plastic welder when he retired in 1987.

Also surviving are his children, Paul (Marilyn) Andre of Farmington Hills, Mark (Marsha) Andre of Rogers City, Sue (Richard) Baker of Owosso, James (Valerie) Andre of Laingsburg, Robert (Chrissy) Andre of Morrice and stepson Troy (Ethel) Pratt of Pleasantville, NJ, stepdaughter, Laura (Barb) Pratt of Gulfport, MS, 9 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and sister, Yvonne (Robert) Relf. Roy was preceded in death by his parents, son, Michael and grandson, Cole Andre.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 30, 2011, at the Houghton Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes, 232 E. Oak St., Ovid.

Dorothy E. Shook

Dorothy E. Shook, age 89, passed away on December 24, 2011 in St. Johns, Michigan. Dorothy was born September 28, 1922 in Maple Rapids, the daughter of Vern and Reba (Underwood) Craig. Dorothy was married to Gilbert C. Ward on June 29, 1941 and after his passing, to Roy D. Shook in May 1970, Roy also preceded her in death. She was a member of the Maple Rapids Congregational Church.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Marilyn Courter and Barbara (Kenneth) Thelen; son, Donald (Mary Brewbaker) Ward; grandchildren, Andrew and Forrest Courter, Pamela (Patrick) Stump, Kenneth (Jaime) Thelen, Becky (Jack) Miller and Kerri (Chris) Tipps and 9 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Carol Barton and Joyce (Joe) VanSickle; brothers, Gene, Jack, Gaylord and Jim (Shirley) Craig. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Vern and Reba Craig, husbands, Gilbert Ward and Roy D. Shook; her great granddaughters, Jacklynn and Carly Miller and her brother, Clare.

Funeral services will be 12:00 p.m., Thursday, December 29, 2011, at the Maple Rapids Congregational Christian Church with Pastor Jerry Kissling officiating, burial at Payne Cemetery in Maple Rapids. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday at the Osgood Funeral Home in St. Johns and from 10 a.m. until service time on Thursday at the church. Contributions will be made to a charity of her family’s choice. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Marietta D. Van Etten

Marietta D. Van Etten died December 22, 2011, at the age of 82. She was born on March 2, 1929, in Fowler, the daughter of Albert and Irene (Thelen) Schueller. She married Eugene VanEtten on May 29, 1953, and he preceded her in death on June 23, 1991.

Marietta is survived by her daughters, Gloria (Russ) Brauher, Mary (Bob) Pratt, sons, Sam (Darlinda) VanEtten, Eugene VanEtten, David (Julie) VanEtten, fifteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren, sisters, Geraldine Geller and Theresa Fox, brothers, Richard (Kathy) Schueller, Jerome Schueller, Ambrose (Lorraine) Schueller and Gary (Rose) Schueller. Preceding Marietta in death along with her husband are her parents, sons, James and Paul, a grandson, sisters, Rita Skriba, Sr. Rosaline Schueller and brother, Joseph Schueller.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, burial to follow at Eureka Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions may be made in Marietta’s memory to Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor. The family was served by The Osgood Funeral Homes.

David Andrew Grant

David Andrew Grant, age 18, of Ovid, MI passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 21, 2011. David was born on January 26, 1993 to Michelle Robinson and Terry Grant. He was a 2011 Ovid-Elsie graduate who lettered in and enjoyed both tennis and bowling.

David worked and excelled in the family business, Bill Robinson Tree Service, as an apprentice tree trimmer. One of David’s passions was hunting which he shared and enjoyed with his step-father. In younger years David also enjoyed soccer and football. His family and friends meant everything to him and he enjoyed spending time with them all. David, beloved son, brother, grandson, and nephew will be missed by many whose lives he touched.

He is survived by his mother and step-father, Michelle and Bill Robinson of Ovid; father, Terry Grant of California; brother, Kevin Grant of Owosso; sister, Alicia Grant of Ovid; step-brother, Billy Robinson of Ovid; step-sister, Malleri Robinson of Arizona; step-sister, Jessica Grant of California; Grandmother, Cecelia Highstreet of Haslett; grandmother, Donna Ortega of California; step-grandmother, Cheryl Highstreet of Haslett; step-grandmother, Remi Werner of Owosso; great-grandmother, Lucille Nafrady of Florida; many aunts and uncles, and cousins. David was preceded in death by his grandfather, Andy Highstreet of Haslett; and grandfather Kurt Grant of Lansing.

Funeral services will be 11 A.M. Thursday, December 29, 2011 at the Houghton Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Homes with burial to follow. David’s family will receive friends 6- 8 P.M. Tuesday and 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Wednesday also at the Houghton Chapel in Ovid.

Please visit David’s personal webpage at to leave your memories of David for his family to treasure. Anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the family.

Martha L. Falk

Martha L. Falk of St. Johns, formerly of Fowler, died December 17, 2011 at the age of 92. Born March 8, 1919 in Bengal Township to Fred and Mary (Martin) Rowell, Sr. and lived near Fowler until 1996 when she moved to St. Johns. Martha was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aide in Fowler. She also worked as a Senior Companion in addition to being a homemaker. Martha married Edmund Falk on June 6, 1950 and he proceeded her in death on December 14, 1971. She was also proceeded in death by four brothers; Frank, Fred, Carl and Alfred Rowell; sister, Minnie Martens; and nephew, Lloyd Martens.

Martha is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, Ray (Catherine) Rowell, Lee (Sally) Rowell, Gale (Mary) Rowell, Paul (Shirley) Weber, Betty Montague, Stephen (Cheri) Rowell, Willard (Rosalyn) Martens, Elwin (Jane) Martens, Marilyn (Mel) Argersinger.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fowler with Pastor Paul Clark officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery in St. Johns. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2:00-8:00 PM at the Goerge Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Homes in Fowler. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Great Lakes Hospice.

Russell E. Johnson

Russell E. Johnson, age 65, passed away on December 15, 2011. He was born on March 31, 1946, in Bingham Twp., the son of Guy and Mardell (Claypool) Johnson. He was the owner of Cherry Blossom Manor. Russ married Sharon Bratton on Sept. 27, 1986, and she survives him.

Also surviving are children, Jennifer Garrod, Scott (Melva) LaBar, grandchildren, Courtney LaBar, Amanda and Emily Garrod, step-children, Rick (Christina) Moreno, Jeff (Cynthia) Moreno, Christopher Moreno, 9 step-grandchildren, 4 great step-grandchildren brother, Doug Johnson, in laws, Jim (Jackie) Bratton, sister-in-law, Linda (Mike) Buckley, brother-in-law, Mark Cockrum and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Dave, sister, Joanie, two sisters-in-law, Vicky Cockrum and Pam Cripps, nephew, James Buckley and niece Nicole Boron.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 19, 2011, at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St. Memorials may be made to Cherry Blossom Manor, 611 E. Main St., Hart, MI 49420. The family was served by Osgood Funeral Homes.

Edward L. “Ferd” Schafer

Edward L. “Ferd” Schafer, 84, died, December 14, 2011. Born on January 18, 1927 in Fowler Michigan. He was the son of Edward and Laura (Goerge) Schafer. Ferd Served in Germany and Korea and retired from G.M. in 1984.

Ferd is survived by his brothers, Michael (Irene) Schafer, John Schafer, Jerome (Connie) Schafer, sisters, Agnes Schafer, Theresa Stump and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Elizabeth Kramer, Rita Walker, Martha Fedewa, one brother, Joseph Schafer, and brothers-in-law, Clayton Kramer, Bernard Walker, Steve Fedewa, Delbert Schafer, and Leon Stump.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 19, 2011 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler, with Fr. Dennis Howard presiding. Burial will follow at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday, 7-9 p.m. with rosary being prayed 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. with rosary being prayed at 3 p.m., and a scripture service at 8 p.m., at the Goerge Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Homes in Fowler. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Most Holy Trinity Educational Trust Fund.

Kristie M. Lacina

Kristie M. Lacina, passed away December 13, 2011, at the age of 28, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born, March 2, 1983 in Owosso, MI. The daughter of Robert and Catherine (Dumond) Lacina.

Kristie is survived by her parents, Kathy and Bob Lacina of Ovid, sister, Jamie Lacina of Dewitt, Fiancé, Kyle Gregory, step-son, Carson Gregory, grandmother, Dorine Lacina, grandfather, Harry Dumond, aunts, Nancy Kozan, Jackie Hollenback, uncle, Steve (Donna) Lacina, and cousins, Traci Carroll, Nikki Fuller, Annette Tkaczyk, Jeff Hollenback, Billie Jo Hollenback, and Tracy (Ryan) Wildermuth, Michael Dumond and Mallory Dumond. Kristie was preceded in death by her grandfather, Robert Lacina, grandmother, Olive Dumond, and uncles, Gail Dumond and Eugene Hollenback.

Funeral Services will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 17, 2011, at the Houghton Chapel of The Osgood Funeral Homes in Ovid, MI, with Pastor Cal Emerson officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends, 2-4p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to family wishes.

To learn more about Kristie and view her Life Story film, please visit her personal webpage at The family was served by The Osgood Funeral Homes.

Nancy M. Rudy

Nancy M. Rudy died Sunday, December 11, 2011 in Charlotte at the age of 73. Nancy was born in Pellston, Michigan on April 14, 1938, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Greenier) Wilson. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Nancy loved to spend time with her family, her cat, Muffin, play cards and bingo, she also loved to go camping. Nancy married Duane Rudy, Sr. in Pellston, Michigan on June 27, 1955 and he preceded her in death on June 12, 2007.

Nancy is survived by her daughters, Denise (Joe) Bancroft of Perry, MI, Debra (James) Lumbert and Brenda (Terry) Birdsley of St. Johns; sons, Mark (Ellen) Rudy of Elsie, Duane (Mary) Rudy of Alanson, MI and Scott (Heather) Rudy of Charlotte, MI, 30 grandchildren, 51 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Nancy is also survived by brothers, Ronald “Pinkie” (Susan) Wilson, Donald “Blackie” Wilson, William “Billy” (Jill) Wilson and many nieces and nephews. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, great grandson, Dakota Rudy; sisters, Betty Jenkins, Maxine Clapp and Delores Jurstik; brothers, Wilbur, Bob, Harold and Chuck Wilson.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, December 14 at the Osgood Funeral Home in St. Johns. Rev. Fr. Eoin Murphy will be officiating. The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. on Tuesday with a rosary prayed at 7 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions will be made to a charity of her family’s choice. A very special thank you to Hospice Advantage and the Eaton Community Hospice. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Lisa Rice-Conklin

Lisa A. Rice-Conklin, age 43, was born in Lansing, MI on January 21, 1968, the daughter of Phillip and Rose (Corner) Rice, loving mother, sister, spouse and dear friend. On December 9, 2011 Lisa overcame (We don’t feel like she lost) her four year courageous battle with breast cancer. She arrived on the wings of angels to be greeted by those who have gone before her, Richard and Hazel Corner, Phyllis Fabella, Wilma Flynn, Mable McCullan, William Rice, Jr., Marjorie Eddie, Mary Wilcox, Ralph and Anna Peseka (Eric’s grandparents) and Tom Moore (Rhett and Randall’s grandpa) and many others.

In her transition, Lisa was surrounded by her 3 precious children, Rhett, Randall and Jakob Blemaster; her life long soulmate and best friend, Eric Conklin, parents, Phil and Rose Rice, sister/bestfriend, Brandi Blumerich, Eric’s mother, Phyllis (Paseka) Rewerts, Aunt Evelyn and numerous special friends including, the Blemaster and Moore families and her daily companions, Ruby and Weinna.

Lisa will not be remembered by where she lived, Maple Rapids or where she went to school, DeWitt High School, Class of 1986, or even for what she did for a living, but rather for the footprints she has left behind in the lives of each individual she encountered as she journeyed through life.

Known by many, what we will remember most about our mother, daughter, sister, friend and soulmate is her unforgettable laughter, her incredible smile, her strength and her ability to make complete strangers feel like life long pals.

Lisa had a love for the outdoors, especially when it involved her kids. Together they enjoyed gardening, canoeing, fishing, camping and walking the Mackinaw Bridge.

While she will be sorely missed by her children and many who knew her, there is no doubt that she slid into heaven with her boisterous voice and stomped her foot by saying “Let’s get this party started!!”

Lisa, we all say thank you for making this world a better and brighter place. We all love you…we all miss you, we all will see you again. Today beautiful one, we celebrate who you were in this life!

Please come and celebrate Lisa’s life with us. Share your stories and memories with her family and friends on Thursday, December 15 from 12 to 2 P.M., prior to the memorial service at 2 P.M. at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St. in St. Johns. The service will be officiated by Pastors Kathy Leydorf-Keck and Dennis Dupendorf.

Sympathy may be expressed in the form of donations to the American Cancer Society or the Hospice of Carson City. Her family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.


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