Dorothy Anna Heckman

heckman_dorothyDorothy Anna Heckman, our gracious mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother, age 103, passed away on August 17, 2014 in St. Johns, Michigan, a long-time resident of Pewamo, Michigan. She was born on May 27, 1911 in Riley Township, Clinton County, Michigan, the daughter of John and Mary (Trierweiler) Schneider. She enjoyed playing cards, knitting and crocheting, cooking, crossword puzzles and reading. She especially loved her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchild.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Altar Society of Pewamo. She was married to her loving husband, Joseph on May 31, 1934, who preceded her in death, as did her daughters, Marie (Lawrence Fernholz), Joann (Robert Ladiski), son Donald, and daughters-in-law, Ann (James) and Linda (Edward). Her brothers, Leonard (Regina), Herman (Mary), Richard (Marian), Joseph (Midge), Raymond (Jackie), Edwin (Florence), Harold (Marie), John (Bernice) and sister Loretta preceded her in death also.

Surviving are her sons and daughters, Jean (Louis) Schafer, John (Sherry), James (Ellen), Edward (Joan), Thomas, Theresa (Edward) Ladiski, Kenneth (Joyce), Joseph (Ruth) and sons-in-law, Lawrence (Maggie) Fernholz and Robert (Joann) Ladiski. Sisters-in-law, Midge (Joseph) Schneider and Bernice (John) Schneider also survive her. She was the happy and proud grandmother of 32 grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild and through extended families, 10 additional grandchildren, 14 additional great grandchildren and 1additional great-great grandchild.

Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 21, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pewamo with Rev. Fr. Larry King presiding, burial to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Pewamo. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., with a rosary being prayed at 8 p.m., Wednesday at the Goerge Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes, 11112 W. Ionia St., Fowler. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Winnie Gill

gill_winnieWinnie Gill died at home on August 10, 2014. Winnie was 95 years old, born June 2, 1919 in Kalamo MI. She was the daughter of Floyd and Lola (Burkett) Wing. She was a long time member of the Pilgrim United Methodist Church in St. Johns. Winnie was married to Robert A. Gill in Angola IN on January 17, 1939 and he preceded her in death on October 6, 2002.

Surviving is her daughter Dee (Allan) Perrins of Fremont, CA, and sons Dean (Gayla) of St. Johns and Gary (Lee) of Madison, WI, eight grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, her parents and two sisters, Bernice Mead and Gaila Stewart preceded her in death.

Winnie lived much of her life in the St. Johns area, and considered St. Johns home. Early in her childhood her family lived for a brief time in Yucaipa CA, but for most of her childhood and early teen age years she lived in Lansing moving to St. Johns in her Junior year of High School. In her later adult years she lived for a time in Atlanta, GA and Naples, FL returning 28 years ago to the St. Johns area.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, August 15, 2014 at the Osgood Funeral Home with Pastor Andy Croel of the Pilgrim United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be at the Mt. Rest Cemetery in St. Johns. The Family will receive friends at the funeral home 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Thursday. Memorials may be made to Pilgrim United Methodist Church Caravan Children’s Ministry, 2965 W. Parks Rd., St. Johns, MI 48879 or the Forgotten Man Jail Ministry, 3940 Fruit Ridge Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49544.

The family was served by Osgood Funeral Homes.

William B. Swears

swears_billWilliam “Bill” B. Swears, age 77, passed away on August 10, 2014. He was born on September 21, 1936 in Morley, Michigan, the son of Clifford and Edna (Waters) Swears. He married Beth Schrauben in Belding, Michigan on June 23, 1977, and she survives him.

Also surviving are their children, Jeffrey (Deb) Swears of Midland, MI; and Dana Swears of Sacramento, CA; 3 grandchildren, Jordan (Sarah) Swears, Greg (Jamie) Swears, Kate (Eric) Winer; and 1 great granddaughter, Brooklyn Swears. Other survivors include his sister-in-law, Susan Christopher; nephew, Zachary Swears; and in-laws, Dennis (Gayla) Phillips, Brian Phillips and Gregg Smyth, and Steve Phillips. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brother, James Swears and first wife Sandra Casselberry.

Bill taught and coached at St. Johns High School beginning in 1958. He was the Principal of St. Johns High School for 17 years until he retired in 1994 and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He graduated from Big Rapids High School and Ferris Institute (now FSU) with a B.S. in Business Education. He earned his Masters of Education at MSU. He was an avid golfer at the Emerald and he will be missed by his Monday morning golfing buddies.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Michael Williams presiding. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a Vigil Service being prayed at 7 p.m. at Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, MI 48879. Contributions may be made in Bill’s name to St. Joseph Educational Trust Fund, St. Johns Schools Foundation of Excellence, or Sparrow Clinton Hospice.

To learn more about Bill and view his Life Story film, please visit his personal webpage at www.lifestorynet.com/memories/101340 . The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Ronald James Cuthbert

cuthbert_ronaldRonald James Cuthbert, age 91, passed away on August 6, 2014. He was born on Sept. 30, 1922, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the son of Daniel and Anna (Swan) Cuthbert. Ronald retired from General Motors after 34 years of service, and continued to farm full time. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a member of UAW #652. Ronald served in the US Army during WWII and was awarded 3 Bronze Stars and the Meritorious Unit award. He married Rita Catherine Faivor on July 26, 1952 and she survives him.

Also surviving are their children, Ron G. (Bonnie) Cuthbert of Ithaca, Don Cuthbert of Lansing, Jack (Jean) Cuthbert of St. Johns, Dick (Debbie) Cuthbert of St. Johns, Patrick James (Sandy) Cuthbert of Elsie, Mark (Chris) Cuthbert of Farmington Hills and Jeff Cuthbert of St. Johns, 10 grandchildren, Angie (Bob) Moon, Amy (Chris) Western, Matthew, Derek (Erin), Daniel (Maria), Justin, Chris, Sonya, Adam (Becky) and Cheryl Cuthbert; 9 great grandchildren, Jacob, Cain, Dana, Taylor, Chloe, Camren, Karrigan, Madisyn and Peyton. Also his Siberian husky, Koda and many nieces and nephews. Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, Rose McNab, Hannah Cameron, Irma Prescott-Stuber, Barbara Frost, Shirley McComb and infant brother, Leo Cuthbert.

Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 11, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns, with burial to follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery with Fr. Ken McDonald presiding. The family will receive friends at Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a rosary being prayed at 7 p.m. Military Services will be provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard. Contributions may be made to St. Joseph Educational Trust Fund in memory of Ronald. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

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.

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