Richard Michael “Brooks” Schmitz

schmitz_richardRichard Michael “Brooks” Schmitz, of Fowler, MI died Friday, July 18, 2014 at the age of 80. Born September 28, 1933 in Bengal Township, MI, Richard was the son of Peter and Catherine (Feldpausch) Schmitz. He served in the US Army and was a member of VFW Post #3733. Richard was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler and the Knights of Columbus. He owned and operated Schmitz Service/Party Store & Car Wash. He was a member of the Dallas Township Fire Department for 37 years. He was inducted into the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame as part of Fowler’s 1952 championship boys basketball team. On October 13, 1962, Richard married Fay Myers Schmitz and she survives him.

Also surviving are his children; Dean (Cindy) Schmitz of Fowler, Chris Schmitz of Fowler, Jimmy (Bev) Schmitz of Pewamo, Kathy Jo (Jeremy) Boak of Fowler; grandchildren, Dylan, Cassie, Kaitlyn, Holly, Brady, Kelsey, Trevor, Zachary, and Cameron Schmitz, and Savannah and Charlie Boak; siblings, Frieda Bauer, Stella (Tom) Kinney, Donald (Mary Lou) Schmitz, Hilary (Marcia) Schmitz, Justin (Sharon) Schmitz, Eunice (Clare) Pung, Pete (Marcia) Schmitz, Maurice (Darlene) Schmitz, many nieces and nephews and members of the Herman and Mira Myers family. Richard was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Agnes (Tom) Faivor and Eletha Schmitz; one brother, Stanley Schmitz, and Godson Joe Schmitz.

Dad touched the lives of many people. He led by example. He was humble and hardworking, a jack of all trades and a master of many. Dad preferred to give attention rather than receive it. He was quick with a joke or to lend a helping hand to someone in need. He loved a good meal, loved to dance and was always singing. He was known as “Grandpa” to many kids, not just his own. He loved and adored his grandchildren more than anything and they will miss him immensely. Of all things Dad has given to his family in friends, his faith in God has always been first and foremost.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 AM Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 545 N. Maple St., Fowler with Fr. Dennis Howard and Fr. William Koenigsknecht concelebrating. Burial will follow at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 PM Sunday, July 20 and Monday, July 21 at the Goerge Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Homes, 11112 W. Ionia, Fowler. Scriptural rosaries will be prayed at 3 and 8 PM Sunday and 3 PM Monday. A Vigil Service will be prayed at 8 PM Monday. Please bring your red or blue hankie to services as a way to honor Dad. Contributions may be made to the charity of Richard’s family’s choice.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Fred Blink

blink_fredFred Blink, age 100, passed away on July 11, 2014. He was born February 15, 1914 in Kalamazoo, the son of Maynard and Elsie (Klepper) Blink. He formerly lived in Kalamazoo and Jackson. Fred was a member of First United Methodist church of Sebring, Florida and served in the National Guard from 1933-1936 and the Army Air Corps from 1936-1939. He was a retired radio technician from the Michigan State Police after 36 years of service. Fred married Marie Rickard, September 11, 1937 and she preceded him in death on July 1, 2008.

Surviving are two sons, Donald (Janice) Blink of Indianapolis, Indiana and Richard (Barbara) Blink of St. Johns, five granddaughters, Donnell (Larry) Elsner, Deanne (Douglas) Campbell, Debra Blink, all of Indiana, and Gretchen (Chris) Mensing of Lansing and Karen Blink of St. Johns, and seven great grandchildren. Fred was also preceded in death by four brothers, Jacob, Thomas, Andrew and Richard Blink.

There will be no visitation as Fred will be cremated. His cremains will be interred at Roseland Memorial Gardens in Jackson. Memorials may be made to Michigan State Police, 333 S. Grand Ave., P.O. Box 30634, Lansing, MI 48909. The family was served by Osgood Funeral Homes.

D. Wilbur Thurston

thurston_wilburD. Wilbur Thurston of St. Johns died Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the age of 94. Born July 5, 1920 to Forest and Myrtle (Darling) Thurston, Wilbur was a life-long and active member of the First Congregational Church of St. Johns. On November 1, 1942, he married Leola Mareen Rhynard Thurston and she survives him.

Wilbur was a man who deeply loved his family and the St. Johns community. Wilbur was involved with the Clinton County 4-H Fair and Future Farmers of America, was a member St. Johns Masonic Lodge # 105, and had a life-long passion for horses. In 1979, Wilbur and Leola built a pond on the family farm. The pond would become Wilbur’s pride and joy as he was able to spend many, many days and evenings with his family and friends around the pond fishing.

Also surviving are his grandsons; Derek Thurston, Forrest (Andrea) Thurston, and Caleb Thurston; great grandchildren, Kaelyn May and Douglas Lynn Thurston; and nephews; Terry (Barbara) Thurston and Keith (Winnie) Thurston. Wilbur was preceded in death by his daughter, Denise Thurston Patterson, son, Douglas Lee Thurston, and parents, as well as, brother and sister-in-law, Otto and Fritz Thurston.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the First Congregational Church with Rev. Matt Olson officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, MI 48879. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church, 100 Maple St., St. Johns, MI 48879.

Irene Zeeb Pierce

pierce_virginiaIrene Zeeb Pierce of DeWitt, MI died Thursday, July 3, 2014 at the age of 89. Born December 9, 1924, to Everett and Marjorie (Lane) Benson, Irene worked for Michigan Bell Telephone right after high school. She married Virgil Zeeb in 1943 and together they owned DeWitt Elevator until it was destroyed by fire in 1955 and then Zeeb Fertilizer for 25 years. They operated the DeWitt Theatre (now the present location of Relli’s) for several years. Irene was a former Treasurer of the DeWitt School Board.

She was a member of the Clinton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and was the first women to hold the position of Trustee, to serve on the Board of Directors, and to be elected as Chairman on the Board at Clinton Memorial Hospital. After Virgil’s death Irene married Albert Pierce in 1984. A loving mother and grandmother, she enjoyed playing golf, traveling, entertaining, and shopping.

Surviving are her children; Brian (Debra) Zeeb of DeWitt, Christine (Marty) Levy of Santa Clara, CA; step-children, Mike (Carol) Pierce, Pat Pierce, Brenda (Raymond) Wade; 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; brother, Elwin (Mirilyn) Benson; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to Virgil and Albert, Irene was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Joyce Furgala.

A Celebration of Life will be held 12:00 PM Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Prairie Creek Banquet Center, 800 E. Webb Rd., DeWitt, MI 48820 with Dr. Jack Clarkson officiating. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made the American Cancer Society, 3315 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, MI 48910.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Lucille C. Mueller

mueller_lucilleLucille C. Mueller of Fowler, MI died Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at the age of 95. Born March 29, 1919 to William and Rosalia (Schafer) Miller in Riley Township, MI Lucille was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church and Christian Mothers. On January 14, 1946, she married Henry Mueller in Westphalia and he preceded her in death in 1986.

Surviving are her children; Mary Lou (Mike) Smith of Pewamo, Steve (Ronda) Mueller of Lansing, Pat (Tom) Kremenski of Pleasant Plain, OH, John Mueller of Fowler, Sue (Joe) Schafer of Westphalia, Gary Mueller of Perrinton; 14 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Along with her husband, Henry, Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Linda Mueller, one sister and three brothers.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 AM Saturday July 5, 2014 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Fr. Dennis Howard celebrating. Burial will follow at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 PM Thursday, July 3, 2014 with rosaries prayed at 3 and 7 PM at the Goerge Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Home, 11112 W. Ionia, Fowler, MI 48835. The family will also receive friends from 6-8 PM on Friday, July 4, 2014 with a Vigil Service being prayed at 7 PM at the funeral home.

Joan H. Raddatz

radditz_joanJoan H. Raddatz, age 82, died on June 24, 2014. She was born June 9, 1932 in Pewamo, the daughter of Casper and Vera (Schafer) Cook. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pewamo, and Church of Resurrection Choir. Joan retired from the Michigan Dept. of Treasury-Income Tax Division in 1999. Joan was an avid reader and a devout Catholic all of her life. She was a very loving person and always said “thank you” to everyone who helped her during her lengthy stay at the Ashley Care Center and at Ovid Healthcare. We wish to thank them for their kindness and loving care during her stay there. She married Ray Raddatz on Sept. 8, 1978 and he preceded her in death October 12, 1986.

Joan is survived by two sisters, M. Eileen Thelen of Fowler and Bertine (Leon) Thelen of St. Johns, nineteen nieces and nephews, step-daughter, Janean (Steven) Lonsdorf of North Carolina, step-daughter-in-law, Virginia Raddatz of Stanton, two step-grandchildren, Roxanne Gorland and Amelia (Jeremy) Springer, four great grandchildren and one sister-in-law, Neva Plourde of Webberville. In addition to her husband, Joan was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Amelia Cook, one brother, Philip (Rona) Cook, one sister-in-law, Bea Schneider, step-son, Terry Raddatz and one brother-in-law, Marvin Thelen.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 27, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pewamo, burial at St. Joseph Cemetery, with Fr. Charlon Mason officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., at the Goerge Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes, Fowler, with a rosary being prayed at 3 p.m. and a vigil service at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic School in Pewamo. The family was served by Osgood Funeral Homes.

Kayla May Buckley

buckley_kaylaKayla May Buckley, age 26, died June 22, 2014. She was born on December 19, 1987 the daughter of Randy and Julie (Tomlinson) Buckley.

She is survived by her two children, Ariel Jean Buckley and Damien Duane-Edwin Brinson, fiancé, Joseph E. Brinson, parents, Randy and Julie Buckley, sister, Katral (James) Stevens, niece and nephew, Tehya and Tryton Stevens, and grandmother, Alice Buckley. Kayla was preceded in death by grandparents, Arthur Buckley and Dorothy (Keith) Tomlinson.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Houghton Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes, 232 E. Oak St., Ovid, with Pastor Scott Seelhoff officiating, burial to follow at Maple Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, 6-8 p.m. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Pearl “Peggy” Williams

williams_pearlPearl “Peggy” Williams, age 84, passed away on June 17, 2014 in St. Johns, MI. She was born on October 11, 1929, in East Detroit, the daughter of George and Pearl (Naismith) Hayter. She married Vernon Williams on March 5, 1948 in Dearborn, MI, and he preceded her in death on June 18, 2003. Pearl was a loving wife and mother and she loved to sing. She was a long time member of Calvary Baptist Church in Plymouth, MI, where she was active in music ministry. Pearl was also a prayer warrior for widows, and currently a member at St. Johns First Baptist Church.

Surviving are her children, Richard (Carol) Williams of Indiana, David (Cindy Hartzell) Williams of Constantine, MI, and Patricia (Mark) Lutz of St. Johns, 9 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, sister in law, June Hayter and many nieces and nephews. Pearl was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon, her parents and brother, George Samuel Hayter.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014 at St. Johns First Baptist Church with burial to follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery, Pastor Tim Knaus officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, MI. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Pearl to First Baptist Church/Beacon of Hope.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Andrew Michael Hanacek

hanacek_andrewAndrew “Andy” Michael Hanacek, born December 28, 1923, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing at the age of 90.

Surviving him are one brother, Mike Hanacek of Wayland, one sister, Dorothy Hackett of Wayland, 3 sisters-in-law, Mary, Stella and Cathy and many nieces and nephews. Andy was preceded in death by his parents, John and Elizabeth Hanacek, brothers, Steve, John, Joe and sisters, Thelma and Judy.

Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Doug Osborn presiding. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery in Wayland, MI for the family at 3 p.m. The family will receive friends on Thursday, 6-8 p.m. at Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, MI. Contributions may be made in memory of Andy to the American Legion #153 or St. Joseph Catholic Church. The family is being served by Osgood Funeral Homes. Military services provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard.

Jane Marie Sloat

sloat_janeJane Marie Sloat, of Ovid, MI, died May 30, 2014 at the age of 86. She was born November 29, 1927 in Flint, MI to William and Florence (Freeman) Vanaerman. On October 28, 1944 Jane married Victor “Pete” Sloat at the Central Methodist Church in Flint and he preceded her in death. She was a past Matron of Morningstar #279 of Ovid, and the Past President of the Clinton County Association of Order of the Eastern Star. Jane became a nurse in 1969 and worked at several hospitals and nursing homes during her career. She was also active in volunteer work and her church, Sonshine Community Church, where she was a long-standing member.

Surviving are her sons; William (Linda) Sloat of Johannesburg, MI, Rick (Betty) Sloat of Elsie, and Robert (Cindy) Sloat of Ovid; 8 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren. Jane was preceded in death by her son; Benny, husband; parents; one brother, William and one sister, Maxine.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the Houghton Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Home, 232 E. Oak St., Ovid with Pastors Robert Prange and Scott Seelhoff officiating. Burial will follow at Middlebury Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 PM Monday, June 2, 2014 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Sonshine Community Church, 2615 N. Ovid Rd., Ovid, MI 48866. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

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