Joseph L. Simon

simon_josephJoseph L. Simon of Fowler died Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the age of 82. Born June 3, 1932 to Leonard and Anna (Wieber) Simon, he worked as a self-employed carpenter and farmer. Joseph was a US Army veteran. In 1959 he married Wanda Bolek and she survives him.

Also surviving are their children, Mike (Joni) Simon, Louie (Mary) Simon, Ron (JoAnn) Simon, Neil (Denise) Simon, Dale (Jodi) Simon, Keith Simon, Mary Jo (Tim) Platte, all of Fowler; 23 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; sisters, Joyce Karber, Ruth (Paul) Schafer, Marilyn (Jack) Fox, Linda (Fred) Epkey; sisters-in-law, Irene (Terry) Jensen, Joan Bolek, Theresa (Bob) Lock; and many nieces and nephews. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Sandra Simon, and father and mother-in-law, John and Helen Bolek.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler with Fr. Dennis Howard presiding. A military graveside service will follow at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Goerge Chapel from 7-9 PM Sunday, March 29th and 2-4 and 7-9 PM Monday, March 30th with a rosary being prayed at 3 PM and a Vigil Service being prayed at 8 PM Monday. Contributions may be made to VFW Post #3733 or Most Holy Trinity Educational Trust Fund in Joseph’s memory. In lieu of thank you cards, the family will make a donation to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan.

Edgar A. Thelen

thelen_edgarEdgar A. Thelen, age 83, died on March 11, 2015. He was born on November 13, 1931 in Clinton County, the son of Isidor and Susanna (Spitzley) Thelen. Edgar married Mary Ann Smith on October 5, 1968 and she survives him.

Also surviving are David I. (Leda) Thelen, Vernon (Bonnie) Thelen, Ann (Steve) Schafer, Lorraine (Duane) Piggott, Edgar D. (Susan) Thelen, Julie (Don) Simon, Christoper V. Thelen; twenty grandchildren and twenty-six great grandchildren; brother, Dennis (Margie) Thelen; sisters-in-law Ella Thelen, Mary Louise (Leslie) Leather, Sally Thelen and many additional sisters and brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Joan M. Thelen, son Neil R. Thelen and three brothers and one sister.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30am, Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler with Fr. Dennis Howard presiding. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 12 from 7–9pm with a Rosary at 8pm and Friday, March 13 from 2–4pm and 7–9pm with a Rosary at 3pm and Scripture Service at 8pm at the Goerge Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes in Fowler. Memorial donations may be made to the Most Holy Trinity Educational Trust Fund or Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Marie Wieber

wieber_marieOn February 21, 2015 Marie Wieber, loving mother, sister, and friend, left us after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on August 15, 1947, in St. Johns, MI, to Arnold and Dorothy Wieber of Pewamo. She graduated from Pewamo-Westphalia High School in 1965, and earned a business degree from Michigan State University in 1973. The blue skies and mountains of Colorado called Marie to spend the next 40 years as a self-employed CPA in Denver. Marie especially enjoyed traveling, hiking in the mountains, taking pictures, spending time with family and friends, and most of all, sharing her life and love with her daughter, Elly.

Surviving are her daughter, Elly; brothers and sisters, Phyllis Simon, John (Cheryl) Wieber, Bernita (Larry) Schafer, Lu (Ron) Smith, Jan (Hank) Klein, Gladys (Denny) Simon, Arlene (Ashley) Jones, Doris (John) Cook, Theresa (Gene) Pohl, Elaine Larson, Bruce (Judy) Wieber, and many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Arnold and Dorothy Wieber, brother-in-law, Ron (Butch) Simon, and niece, Sarah Jones.

Marie will be missed by everyone who knew her, from her family and friends in Pewamo to her friends in Denver. The Wieber family would especially like to thank Marie’s wonderful friends in Denver for their gracious support of her during this time, arranging the Denver memorial service, providing food, and generous volunteering of time to drive the Wiebers to and from the airport.

The family will receive friends on March 23, 2015, from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm with a Memorial Service beginning at 7:00 pm with Deacon Chuck Thelen officiating at the Goerge Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes, 11112 W. Ionia , Fowler, MI. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a college fund for her daughter, Elly.

Brian Lee Sievert

sievert_brianBrian Lee Sievert of Perrinton, MI died February 26, 2015 at the age of 69. Born March 6, 1945 to Reo and Mary (Elliott) Sievert, Brian was a Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League. He married Pamela Mahar Sievert in St. Johns on October 26, 1968 and she survives him.

Also surviving are his sons; Matthew Sievert of Farmington Hills, MI, Aaron (Laurie) Sievert of St. Louis, MO, Jeff (Gina) Sievert of Philadelphia, PA; his mother, Mary Sievert; four grandchildren, Domenic, Aevri, Haedyn, and Alyssa Sievert; sisters, Ann (Eldon) Whitford and Kay (David) Aughton; and many nieces and nephews. Brian was preceded in death by his father, Reo Sievert.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns with Pastor Bill Dye officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Monday, March 2, 2015 at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors Project at www.supportwoundedwarriorproject.org. To learn more about Brian and view his Life Story film, visit his personal webpage at www.lifestorynet.com/memories/106129.

Carolyn A. Koenigsknecht

k13_carolynCarolyn A. Koenigsknecht, of Fowler, MI died February 21, 2015 at the age of 74. Born March 10, 1940 to Joseph and Antoinette (Schneider) Trierweiler, Carolyn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was an avid gardener, especially loved her flowers, loved playing cards, and most of all spending time with her children and grandchildren. Carolyn was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Christian Mothers and Catholic Order of Foresters. In 1962 Carolyn married John Koenigsknecht and he preceded her in death in 2002.

Surviving are her children; Randy (Carol) Koenigsknecht, Jeff (Kris) Koenigsknecht, Kurt (Patty) Koenigsknecht, Dana (Dale) Schafer, Neil (Wendy) Koenigsknecht; 17 grandchildren; several great and great great grandchildren; brother; Matt (Maggie) Trierweiler; sisters, Mary Jane (Gene) Schoendorf, Kay Huston, Jean Thelen and twin sister, Marilyn (Bernard) Thelen; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, John, Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Joan (Ray) Thelen and Ernestine (Warren) Dolan; brothers-in-law, Murv Huston and Bruno Thelen.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 AM Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler with Fr. William Koenigsknecht presiding. The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 PM with a rosary being prayed at 8:00 PM Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Goerge Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Home, 11112 W. Ionia, Fowler.

Harvey P. Darling

darling_haveyHarvey P. Darling, age 91, of Ovid, MI passed away peacefully at home on February 21, 2015. Harvey was a vibrant citizen, local businessman and civic leader of Ovid for nearly all his life. He was the eldest son of Vern and Gladys (Thompson) Darling. Drafted at eighteen, Harvey served for almost three years as head electrician with the 233rd Army Engineer Combat Division in the Pacific theater during World War II. His division was tasked with building roads and supplying equipment to the Marines and infantry units seeking to recapture Japanese held Guam, Leyte in the Philippines and Okinawa, Japan.

After his return home, he married his wife, Doris (Pickering) Darling, originally of Flint, in 1947 and raised three children, Ronald, Pamela and Rosemary. He and his brother, Oliver, owned and operated Darling’s Inc., a hardware, electrical, plumbing and heating business in Ovid and Elsie until 1996.

Always active in the community, he served as a councilman and Ovid’s village president throughout the 1960’s, securing federal funding for the village’s first waste water management facility. He was also a volunteer fireman for thirty years. Harvey was a long standing member of the Masonic Lodge #105 of St. Johns-Ovid, the VFW #8964 of Ovid and the American Legion #502 of Elsie.

Even in the last year of his life, he was elected a trustee to the Ovid City Charter Commission, hoping to see his hometown achieve the status and benefits of a city. Along with Doris, his beloved wife of 63 years, he was also an active church member for the United Church of Ovid. He will be greatly missed by his family, who will always remember his dedication to service, his quiet optimism and his open heart.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Ronald Darling (Terry) of Florissant, MO, Pamela Tyner (Joseph) of Grafton, WI, and Rosemary Baese (Kirk) of Ovid, MI. He was a cherished grandfather to Ryan Baese (Jessica), Nicholas Darling (Erin), Breanna Baese Recker (Branden), and Kathryn Tyner Engler (Zachary), and great-grandfather to Jack Baese, Lucy Darling and Sadie Darling. He is also survived by his brother, Ivan Darling (Ruth) of Engadine, MI. He was predeceased by his wife, Doris, in 2010 and his brother, Oliver, in 2007.

The family would like to thank all the friends who have given so generously of their time to wish Harvey well, including the caring staff at Memorial Healthcare Hospice in Owosso for their kindness and compassion.

A gathering of family and friends will be held 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the Houghton Chapel, 232 E. Oak Street, Ovid, MI 48866. To learn more about Harvey and view his Life Story film, visit his personal webpage at www.lifestorynet.com/memories/105936.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the United Church of Ovid, 131 W. Front Street, Ovid, MI 48866 with Pastor Paul Damkoehler officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Ovid-Elsie Community Fund or the United Church of Ovid are appreciated.

Nellie B. Ryan

ryan_nellieNellie B. Ryan, age 94, passed away February 19, 2015. Born July 21,1920 in Essex Twp., the daughter of Carl and Castella (Mesevery) Ryan. Nellie worked at MacKinnon & Son Fabric Store until she retired and the store closed in 1984. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, and volunteered at Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor, Clinton Memorial Hospital, the Senior Center and was the Kiwanis Layperson of the year in 2001.

Surviving is sister, Margaret Ann Swanchara of Bannister and several nieces and nephews. Nellie was preceded in death by her brothers, Carl “Kenneth” Ryan and John Ryan, sisters-in-law, Mary “Kay” Ryan and Kathleen Wickiser Ryan and brother-in-law, Edward Swanchara.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 27, 2015 at First Baptist Church, with Pastor Tim Knaus officiating, burial at Payne Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, 6-8 p.m. at the Osgood Funeral Home, St. Johns. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

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