Mildred I. Smith

smith_mildredMildred I. Smith, age 106, passed away on December 15, 2014. She was born in St. Johns on November 16, 1908, the daughter of John and Stella (Price) Gilson. Millie moved back to St. Johns in 1995 after living in the Detroit area and working for Decorative Interiors for 17 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and a former volunteer for Hazel Findlay Country Manor and Huron Valley Hospital in Commerce Twp., and Open Door in Union Lake. Her marriage to Reginald Bacon in 1927 ended with his death in 1946. She then married Earl Smith in 1950 and he preceded her in death in 1992. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Marilyn Graff, son, Richard (Henrietta) Bacon, granddaughter, Kandi Graff and brother, Lawrence Gilson.

She is survived by two grandchildren, Gail (Dennis) Shilling of Stigler, OK, Larry (Peggy) Bacon of Pheonix, AZ, three great grandchildren, seven great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, burial at Mt. Rest Cemetery with Pastor Ellen Zienert officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church in memory of Millie.

The family was served by the Osgood Funeral Homes

Rita C. (Faivor) Cuthbert

cuthbert_ritaRita C. (Faivor) Cuthbert, age 93, passed away on December 12, 2014. She was born on Sept. 25, 1921, in St. Johns, Michigan, the daughter of Louis and Rose Anna (Heiler) Faiver. Rita was a loving wife, mother, and homemaker. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the St. Rita’s Guild. Rita married Ronald James Cuthbert on July 26, 1952, and he preceded her in death on August 6, 2014.

Surviving are her children, Ronald G. (Bonnie) Cuthbert of Ithaca, Don Cuthbert of Lansing, Dick (Debbie) Cuthbert of St. Johns, Patrick James (Sandy) Cuthbert of DeWitt, Mark (Christine) Cuthbert of Farmington Hills and Jeff Cuthbert of St. Johns; daughter-in-law, Jean Cuthbert of St. Johns; 10 grandchildren, Angie (Bob) Moon, Amy (Chris) Western, Mathew, Derek (Erin), Daniel (Maria), Justin, Chris, Sonya, Adam (Becky) and Cheryl Cuthbert; 9 great grandchildren, Jacob, Cain, Dana, Taylor, Chloe, Camren, Karigann, Madisyn and Peyton; her Siberian Husky, Koda, and many nieces and nephews. Rita was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jack Cuthbert; step-father, Ferdinand Miller; five brothers, John, Tom, Charles Faivor, Leon and Joey Miller.

Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns, with burial to follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery with Fr. Michael Williams presiding. The family will receive friends at Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., with a Vigil service being prayed at 7 p.m.

Contributions may be made to St. Joseph Educational Trust Fund in memory of Rita. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Ronald Benjamin Heibeck

heibeck_ronaldRonald Benjamin Heibeck of St. Johns entered into the gates of Heaven Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the age of 94. Born in St. Johns on July 16, 1920 to William Benjamin and Mabel Viola (Hicks) Heibeck. Ron’s life passions included his family, church, and farm. He enjoyed feeding the birds, reading, riding his Gator, being out on his tractor, and taking in God’s gift of nature. Ron liked to watch sports on TV and he also enjoyed following the grandchildren’s sports.

He escorted Bonnie to her music events and was her best critic and a patient listener. Although Ron worked for Diamond REO and Motor Wheel before retiring from Federal Mogul, he was a lifetime farmer. His favorite response to asking about his love of farming was, “Farming is in my blood…once a farmer, always a farmer.” He was a member of Pilgrim United Methodist Church, Maple Twirlers Square Dance Club, Farm Bureau, and Local 925 UAW. On June 14, 1947 Ron married Bonita “Bonnie” Pope Heibeck and she survives him after 67 years of marriage.

Also surviving are his children: Candice (Jim) Pierson, R. Scott Heibeck, Judith (Stuart) Hazle, and Mark (Barbie) Heibeck; grandchildren, Dwight (Anne) Pierson, Chad Pierson, Scottie (Colleen) Heibeck, Sterling (Kaylena) Heibeck, Sean (Becky) Heibeck, David (Bridget) Hazle, Rebecca (Jonathan Ramirez) Gearld, John (Jessica) Hazle, Jason (Molly Demott) Heibeck, Jamie (Theron) Miller, and Britney Heibeck; 21 great grandchildren; brother, Lawrence Heibeck; sisters, Kathryn Peck and Francis Halitsky; and brother-in-law, Dean Pope. Ron was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Beatrice Heibeck; brothers, Robert, Kenneth, and Conrad; sisters-in-law, Alice Heibeck, Hazel Heibeck, Zelma Heibeck, and Martha Pope; brothers-in-law; Nick Halitsky, and Robert Peck.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, December 15, 2014 at Pilgrim United Methodist Church, 2965 W. Parks Rd., St. Johns, MI 48879 with Pastor Andy Croel officiating. Burial will follow at South Bingham Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 PM Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of Lansing Stoneleigh Residence, 3411 Stoneleigh Dr., Lansing, MI 48910.

Iladene F. Urban

uban_iladeneIladene F. Urban of St. Johns, died December 7, 2014 at the age of 94. Born in Grand Ledge, MI on January 13, 1920, she was the daughter of Charles and Addie (Dalius) Colby and was a retired inspector with Federal Mogul for 27 ½ years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Methodist Women’s Society. She married Richard Urban on August 25, 1940.

She is survived by her daughter Leilani Flower of Harrison; son, Gary (Jean) Urban of Holland; grandsons, John (Darla) Urban of Cincinnati, Paul (Jen) Urban of Muskegon and Andrew (Regan) Urban of Howell; as well as 10 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Iladene was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, a daughter, Vickie Maureen Urban, half-brother, Myron Kebler, half-sister, Lucille Colestock, and son-in-law, Howard Flower.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns with Pastor Paul Urban officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 200 E. State St., St. Johns, MI 48879 or to Hometown Hospice, 3145 W. Mt. Hope Ave., Lansing, MI 48911.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Terry Lee Dubendorf

dubendorf_terryTerry Lee Dubendorf of St. Johns died Monday, December 1, 2014 at the age of 48. Born February 7, 1966 to Terrence and Peggy (Schieding) Dubendorf, Terry served in the US Army and worked as a security guard. He was a loving father and will always be remembered for his gift of making people laugh.

Surviving are the mother of his children, Jeanette Dubendorf; children, Monica (16), Derrek (12) and Trevor (10) Dubendorf; mother, Peggy Schieding; sisters, Rhonda Haubert and Tonya Dubendorf; brothers, Chad and Clint Dubendorf; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Terry was preceded in death by his father, Terrence Dubendorf.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, December 7, 2014 at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns with his uncle Pastor Denny Dubendorf officiating. Military services will be provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 PM Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Terry’s children c/o Jeanette Dubendorf.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Bonnie Rae (Eisler) Myers

myers_bonnieBonnie Rae (Eisler) Myers, age 53, passed away on November 29, 2014. She was born on April 1, 1961, in Lansing, the daughter of Raymond and Donna (Harvey) Eisler. Bonnie was employed by the City of St. Johns for 14 years as an Administrative Assistant. Bonnie was a volunteer for St. Vincent De Paul, Safe Kids and at Sparrow Clinton Hospital, and supported many other community organizations and events.

She is survived by her children, Kyle (Erin) Myers of Kalamazoo, Sara Myers of St. Johns and Bret Myers of Coeur d’Alene, ID, her mother, Donna Eisler, brother, Joseph Eisler, father and mother in law, Ross (Sharon) Myers, brother in law, Grant (Leslie) Myers, sisters in law, Robin (Mark) Ingalls, Holly (David) Beveridge and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Eisler, mother in law, Catherine Myers, two uncles and three aunts.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 5, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns with Fr. Michael Williams presiding. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., on Thursday, December 4, 2014, with a scripture service at 7 p.m., at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns. Memorial contributions may be made to Bonnie’s family. To learn more about Bonnie and view her Life Story film, visit her personal webpage at www.lifestorynet.com/memories/103770. The family is being served by Osgood Funeral Homes.

Mark Louis Fox

fox_markMark Louis Fox passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at the age of 96. He was born in Fowler, on April 23, 1918, the son of Urban and Dorothy (Feldpausch) Fox. He married Marie Rehmann on July 26, 1943 in St. Johns, MI, and she preceded him in death on December 12, 2010. Surviving Mark are his children, Don Fox, Bob Fox, Dianne (Patrick Mullins) Fox, Beth (Terry) Kret, and Michael Fox; grandchildren, Nicole, Amy, and Sara Adams, Marcus, Jennifer and Andrew Kret, Mark Fox, Joe Mullins and Ann Mullins, great grandchildren, Stella Kraus and Cooper Kret; brothers, John (Shirley) Fox and Louis Fox; half-brothers and sisters, Rosemary (Gideon) Marsal, Jim (Bernie) Fox, Marvin (Sue) Fox, Clare (Nancy) Fox and Marlene (Larry) Kreiger, and sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Ione Fox. Preceding Mark in death along with his wife Marie, are daughter, Marilyn Adams, his parents, step-mother, Martha (Lenneman), siblings, Paul (Helen), Hugo (Lucille), Claude and Lloyd Fox. Mark especially engaged with small children and loved to tease and joke with neighbor kids and those of special friends. He even had two “adopted grandchildren” Carolyn and Madi whose grandpas had passed away.

fox_mark2Mark attended Most Holy Trinity School. At the age of 14 his mother passed away and he left high school to work at home helping care for his father and six brothers. In 2004 Fowler Board of Education awarded Mark a Fowler High School Diploma. In 1939 and 1940, Mark completed flying lessons at Davis Field in Lansing and, with his buddy Larry Motz, purchased a Taylor Craft, 90 horse power 2-seater aircraft with fabric-covered wings and enjoyed flights over Clinton County and central Michigan. March 1941, World War II broke out and Mark was drafted to the US Army – the first person from Fowler.

Following extensive training, Sergeant Fox was assigned to the 92nd Signal Battalion and shipped to Europe in December 1943, where he worked to establish communication systems and operated switchboards as troops marched from Normandy through France, Germany, and Salzburg, Austria. Generals Patton and Eisenhower knew him by name because of his switchboard responsibilities. Throughout his life he recounted in great detail senses numbing details of things he witnessed during that time – including the hell he witnessed at Dachau concentration camp outside Munich, Germany. May 1945 Victory in Europe was declared and August 1945 Japan surrendered. Shortly thereafter he was honorably discharged and sent home for a joyous reunion with his wife Marie and his 13 month old son Don whom he got to meet for the first time. Mark was issued a “Thank-You-America” certificate from the French government for his role he played in liberating the country from Hitler’s armies.

For a couple years Mark worked for his father-in-law at Rehmann’s Clothing Store in Saint John’s. In 1947, the family moved to Fowler when Mark joined his brother Paul and together they purchased Fox Implement, the International Harvester Company franchise owned by their father Urban, and Uncles Martin and Clements Fox. The business previously was known as Fox Brothers and was located in what today is the Dallas Township Fire station on South Main Street Fowler. At this time he took advantage of the GI Bill and completed business classes in Lansing. The business was franchised to sell International Harvester tractors and farm machinery, Gehl farm equipment, Whirlpool appliances, and propane. In addition, Mark and Paul together worked a farm of 60 acres north of town on French Road. In 1985 Paul and Mark sold the business and retired.

There was no higher priority in Mark’s life than his family. He attended kid’s ball games, organized Sunday visits to grandparents and cousin’s homes, picnics at Potter Park Zoo, vacations at Grandpa Rehmann’s cabin at Houghton Lake, and July 4th visits with relatives who lived in Stevensville, at Lake Michigan. He enjoyed hunting with his brothers, sons, and friends, in later years he played golf and pool, he especially liked to play cribbage and found great pleasure winning a round of Euchre or Pinochle, croquet.

Mark was active in the community serving as Fowler Village Clerk, Post Commander of Veterans of Foreign War Post #3733 from 1951-1953, and was active in Knights of Columbus and served as an usher at Most Holy Trinity Church.

In their retirement years he and Marie spent winters in Mesa, AZ with many close friends from Clinton County, visiting children and grandchildren, and traveling to Great Britain, France, Germany, and Austria to visit places he traveled through during WWII.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 24, 2014, at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler with Fr. Dennis Howard presiding; burial to follow at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., with a rosary being prayed at 3 p.m., and a vigil service at 8 p.m., at the Goerge Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes in Fowler. Military Services will be provided by VFW Post #3733.

For years Dad talked about the joy and challenge, the freedom and thrill of flying and seeing Fowler from the air. Six years ago, April 2008, on his 90th birthday, he went up with an instructor for a ride over Fowler in a single engine plane for the first time in 68 years. As Dad’s plane flew low and slow over rural central Michigan and the village of Fowler family and friends waved to him from the backyard and he was overcome with waves of joy and wonder and peace.

The song “Soar like an Eagle”, from the album “A voice cries out”, by Dianne Stough, says it all. “ . . . I’ll soar like an eagle . . . the Lord is my strength. He gives rest to the weary . . . and power to the weak. He fills my life with goodness . . . He blesses me with peace . . . He blesses me with peace.” Once again, Mark, Dad, Papa, Brother, Uncle, Friend, Comrade may you soar like an eagle. May you rest in Peace!

The family is being served by Osgood Funeral Homes. Memories and condolences may be shared with family, relatives, and neighbors at osgoodfuneral.com Donations may be made in Mark’s memory to VFW Post #3733.

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