Edith G. Schavey

Edith G. Schavey, age 90, passed away on September 22, 2014. She was born on March 27, 1924 in Clinton County the daughter of Fred and Ida Eisler. Edith married Lewis Schavey on July 28, 1944 and he survives her.

Also surviving are grandchildren, Cole Schavey of Traverse City, Michigan, Raven (Brady) Bolinger of Wolverine, Michigan and Naomi Schavey of Traverse City, Michigan, three great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, Mabel Beck and Mildred Roof as well as many nieces and nephews. Edith was preceded in death by her parents, son, Lee Schavey, four brothers and one sister.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

John Skapik

John Skapik, age 87, passed away on September 21, 2014. He was born on November 7, 1926 in Clinton County, the son of Stefan and Marta (Vavara) Skapik. He was retired from Federal Mogul, but his heart was home on the farm.

He is survived by his niece, Ethel Kuhns and his great-niece, Lisa Hollis.

The funeral service will be on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 East Cass Street, St. Johns, MI with Earl Barks officiating. Burial will follow at Ford Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ford Cemetery.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

John L. Luttig

luttig_johnJohn L. Luttig, age 65, passed away on September 18, 2014. He was born on June 5, 1949 in St. Johns the son of the late Norman and Rosaline (Thelen) Luttig. He graduated from Lawrence Tech with a degree in architecture and was employed by the Federal Government doing architectural design for the U.S. Postal service. John was a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and established scholarship foundations for architectural and engineering students. He enjoyed traveling, cooking, bicycling and genealogy and was proud of his German heritage.

He is survived by his loving family, sisters, Janice (Sam) Simmon and Jean Luttig, nephew, Travis (Brenda) Simmon, niece, Lindsay (Nate) Simmon, step-great nephew, Tate and step-great niece, Kylee.

Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler with Fr. Eric Weber presiding. Burial will follow at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Goerge Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes, 11112 W. Ionia St., Fowler on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, MSU, 556 E. Circle Dr., Room 344, East Lansing, MI 48824 or the R.E. Olds Museum, 240 Museum Dr., Lansing, MI 48933.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

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.

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