Lewis E. VanDeusen

Lewis E. VanDeusen, born July 20, 1912 in Fairfield Twp., Elsie, MI, the son of Andrew and Minnie (Webb) VanDeusen passed away at Ovid Healthcare on August 1, 2015 at the age of 103. He worked for Douglas Trucking for 13 years and Cal’s Merchandise of Ovid for 20 years. His marriage to Dorothy F. Good on May 2, 1936 ended with her death July 3, 1986.

He is survived by two daughters, Linda (John) Bona of Webster, N.Y. and Patricia (Bert) Leland of Owosso, four sons, Jack (Georgene) of Kentwood, Calvin (Doris) of Bannister, Jerry and friend Mary Hehrer of Elsie, and Bill (Clara) of Fowler. Also surviving are many grandchildren and great grandchildren and special friend Dorothy J. Phillips of Owosso. In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by three sons, Richard, Douglas and Larry VanDeusen, grandsons, Lynn VanDeusen and infant David VanDeusen , two brothers, Glen and Ernest VanDeusen and two sisters, Hattie VanDeusen and Shirley Tomlinson.

There will be a private Graveside service at Maple Grove Cemetery at 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 15, 2015 with Pastor Scott Seelhoff officiating. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Mildred Roof

root_mildredMildred Roof passed away at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital on July 24, 2015 at the age 88. She was born on May 31, 1927 in Greenbush Township, the daughter of Frederick and Edna (Bartlett) Schavey. She married William Roof on March 10, 1948 and he preceded her in death in 1994.

Mildred is survived by her daughter, Anna Roof of Elsie, MI, her sons, James (Lynda) of St. Johns, Thomas (Denise) and Roger Roof both of Elsie; eight grandchildren,17 great grandchildren; brother, Lewis Schavey; sister, Mabel Beck; sister-in-law, Coralee Roof and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Mildred was preceded in death by sisters Vera Ward, Viola Overfield and Dorothy Whittaker; infant brother, Theodore and brother, Gaylord Schavey.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Monday, July 27, 2015 at Osgood Funeral Home, 104 East Cass Street, St. Johns, MI with Rev. Phil Beavers officiating. Burial will follow at the Eureka Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday, July 26 from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm. Contributions will be made to a charity of the family’s choice.

Richard Jerome Cram

cram_richardRichard Jerome Cram, age 66, died on July 22, 2015. He was born in Traverse City, MI, on October 31, 1948, the son of Howard and Clare (Kingscott) Cram. He was a dedicated 38 year employee of General Motors and a loyal Spartan fan. Go Green!

He is survived by his wife, Carol Jean Catlow, children, Jennifer Lynn Cram of Breckenridge, CO, Stephanie Ann (John) Cieszkowski Jr., of Cleveland, OH, Clarissa Kay (Mitchell) Czubak of Lansing, MI, granddaughter, Dilana Jean Czubak, step-children, Lori Lynn Catlow of Colgate, WI, Eric Leslie (Suzana) Catlow of Rochester Twp., MI, Angela Lyn Garza of St. Johns, step-grandchildren, Sage Maxim Catlow, Amilija Menka Catlow, Anthony Enrique Garza, his siblings, Nicholas (Denyce) Cram, Bruce Cram, Kim (Dave) Tompkins, Patricia (Jeff) Jennings and many loved nieces and nephews. Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Clare Cram.

Memorial services will be Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 1:00 p.m., at Greenbush United Methodist Church (corner of Scott and Marshall Rd., St. Johns) with Pastor Mona Dye officiating. Visitation from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family, as they will make a donation in Rick’s memory to the Heifer Project International.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Gertrude A. Schueller

schueller_gertrudeGertrude A. (Miller) Schueller, 95, of Jenison, Michigan, formerly of Fowler, Michigan passed away Monday, July 20, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents Edith (Feldpausch) and Fredrick Miller of Fowler, and her husband Ronald Schueller.

She is survived by her sons and their families, Bill (Linn) Schueller of Jenison, Tim (Shirley) Schueller of New Hampton, Iowa; grandchildren Ross (Krista) Schueller, Brooke (Jason) Sikkema both of Jenison, Amanda Schueller of Iowa; great grandchildren Haley Schueller, Davis Schueller and Paige Sikkema; one sister Theresa (George) Fox of Lansing, several sister in laws and nieces and nephews.

She retired from General Motors Alpine plant, where she met her best friend Lorilee Hull. The family would like to thank American House (formerly Oakcrest) Cottonwood Manor in Jenison for their loving care of mother for the last four years.

Visitation will be at the Goerge Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes in Fowler Michigan on Friday July 24, 2015 at 9:30 to 11:30 with graveside services to follow officiated by Father John Klein.

Joan M. Becker

becker_joanJoan M. Becker passed away July 16, 2015. She was born in Fowler on July 7, 1928, the daughter of Martin and Matilda (Thelen) Fox. Joan was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She married Luke E. Becker on November 26, 1946 and he preceded her in death.

Surviving are her children; Julia Becker of Portland, OR, Beth (Ronn) Thelen of Fowler, Yvonne (Francis) Perry of Nashville, TN, Guy Becker of Lansing, Gary (Judy) Becker of Pewamo, Mark (Laurie) Becker of Fowler and Robert (Sally) Becker of Fowler; 18 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; brother, Dennis (Millie) Fox; brother-in-law, Clark (Sharon) Becker; sister-in-law, Elaine Fox and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Joan was preceded in death by grandchildren Brooke Becker and Gavin Becker; sister, Grace Kaulfuss; brother, Gerald Fox and father-in-law and mother-in-law Frank and Eva Becker.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30am Monday, July 20, 2015 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler with Fr. Dennis Howard presiding. The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 18 from 6–9pm with a Rosary at 6pm and Sunday, July 19 from 2–4pm and 6–9pm with a Rosary at 2pm and Vigil Service at 6pm at the Goerge Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes in Fowler. Memorial contributions may be made to the Most Holy Trinity Education Trust Fund.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Lyle M. Floate

floate_lyleLyle M. Floate of Greenville and formerly of Maple Rapids, MI died July 10, 2015 at the age of 77. Born July 12, 1937 to Clare and Maxine (Smith) Floate, Lyle served in the US Air Force and worked as a Production Controller at Federal Mogul. He married Marjorie Hylbak Floate on December 14, 1958 in Fremont, NE and she survives him.

Also surviving are his children; Michelle (Jeff) Roepke of East Lansing, MI and Timothy (Diane) Floate of Huntsville, AL; grandchildren, Kendra (Ryan) Radcliff, Cody, Jantzen and Gabrielle Floate; sister, Liane Tyler; sister-in-law, Birdie Floate; and many nieces and nephews. Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Larry Floate; infant sister, Dorothy Floate; and brother-in-law, Carroll Tyler.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at the First Congregational Church – Greenville, MI with Rev. Ian Macdonald officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass, St. Johns. Contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church, 126 E. Cass St., Greenville, MI 48838 in Lyle’s name.

Donald Dennis, Jr.

dennis_donaldjrDonald Dennis, Jr., 48, of Moro, Ill., passed away at 1:05 p.m. Monday, July 6, 2015 at Christian Hospital Northeast in St. Louis, Mo. Born June 13, 1967 in Owosso, Mich., he was a son of Donald Dennis, Sr. and Joette (Jelinek) Dennis, both of Ovid, Mich. He served in the U.S. Army for 15 years and continued civil service, then retired. He married Bella Vergara April 9, 1996 in Vicenza, Italy. She survives.

In addition to his wife and parents, also surviving are his 2 children, Steven Dennis and Samantha Dennis, both of Moro; a brother, Eddie Dennis of Ovid; a sister, Tonya (Brent) Heyer of DeWitt, Mich.; and a niece and nephew, Jacob and Jenna Heyer of DeWitt.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 pm Sunday, July 12, 2015 at the Houghton Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes with a Mass of Christian burial at 11:00 am, Monday, July 13, 2015 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Ovid, MI followed by burial with military honors at Middlebury Cemetery.


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