Dorothy Jean Sirrine

sirrine_djDorothy Jean “DJ” Sirrine died July 3rd, 2015, just 3 days short of her 93rd birthday. Born in St. Johns July 6, 1922, Dorothy was the first of four children of Glenn W and Gladys Fay (Stitt) Osgood. DJ was an advanced student and completed Rodney B Wilson High at the age of 16. She earned a Home Economics Degree from MSU in 1942.

Dorothy Jean married a local Navy pilot named Robert Sirrine on August 13, 1944. Returning from the war Bob and DJ eventually worked together and acquired the family funeral business from the Osgood family.

DJ had a lifetime interest in music, getting started early as a church bell ringer. She had a wonderful voice and was a regular church and funeral soloist and taught music in area country school houses. She spent much of her time as a 50’s and 60’s homemaker while regularly involved in serving others through funeral and church service.

Dorothy’s later years focused on her grandchildren and giving care to both her husband Bob and her extended family as they needed. Bob died in 2003 after 59 years of married partnership.

The couple’s four children, John, Bill, Mary Pat and Angela all survive as do nine grandchildren and many great grandkids.

Her family will hold a birthday reception at Osgood’s on DJ’s birthday, Monday, July 6th from 4-8 pm with funeral services from Osgood Funeral Home in St. Johns at 11 am on Tuesday, July 7th.

To recognize the generations of community support for her family, memorial contributions may be made to the endowment at the St. Johns Area Community Fund, PO Box 33, St. Johns, MI 48879.

To learn more about Dorothy Jean and view her Life Story film, visit her personal webpage at

Gary McNamara

mcnamara_garyWhether you called him Gary, Butch, Hoss, Mac, Dad, or Grandpa, Gary McNamara passed away on June 24, 2015. He was born on July 4, 1946, in the yet untamed wilderness of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the second son of Clarence “Scoop” and Freida (LaVance) McNamara.

Hoss attended Tahquamenon Area schools in Newberry where his involvement in sports and social activities were the only reasons he went. After high school, he moved below the bridge to attend Besser Technological School at Alpena Community College where he studied welding and machining.

Butch worked at various places as a welder, but it was when he worked at R.E. Olds Diamond REO that he lived in Lansing and ended up meeting the love of his life. Gary was a real piece of work and she had to put a lot of work into him. He had to learn how to treat a lady right, how to see things in a different light, and how to be a family man. He must have been a quick study, because in a little less than a year from meeting, Gary married Joanne Miller on September 17, 1966 in Fowler.

Soon after, Gary was drafted into the army where he trained and served as a Specialist in Explosive Ordinance Disposal. After his enlistment, he opened a business. He owned and operated McNamara’s Welding & Machining in Fowler, MI, where he was renowned for being able to fix most any item that others wouldn’t even attempt. He repaired every kind of farm implement. He designed and built wood stoves. He fixed everything from hitches to axles to furniture. And he never turned away a kid who needed a lawn mower blade sharpened or a bike tire inflated. In the late 1980’s, Mac closed the shop and took a job with the State of Michigan.

He was a Correction’s Officer at MTU in Ionia and later at DRF in Carson City. Curiously, he got great satisfaction from taking out work crews. Because he always treated others how he wanted to be treated, the inmates worked hard for him and never gave him any trouble. He retired from the state in 1999. Gary kept busy in his retirement by holding other jobs as well. He loved driving the blue bus for Clinton Transit. He also received great pleasure from driving all over the state as a courier for Fuji film.

Throughout his life, Gary was a total sports fan. He sponsored many local sports teams. He enjoyed attending HS football games on Friday nights, as well as watching every kind of sport on TV, especially the MSU teams. The Spartans will forever have a fan on high.

Gary’s family meant everything to him. He loved spending time with his brothers and sisters and their families in the UP. There were family reunions, birthday celebrations, holiday parties, deer camp, and the annual Labor Day Corn Roast. He enjoyed seeing his grandchildren play sports, perform in dance recitals, pageants, and school concerts, and celebrating all the holidays. He received special enjoyment from giving the grandkids rides on his electric scooter.

Gary is survived by his loving wife, Joanne; son, Patrick McNamara of Springport, MI; daughters, Julie (Kory) Gould of Lakeview, MI, Teri (Roger) Skaggs of Ithaca, MI, Susan (Burt) Ramsey of Maple Rapids, MI, and Cheryl (Scott) Kus of Perrinton, MI; thirteen grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers, Clarence “Mick” McNamara, and Richard (Marie) McNamara; sisters, Annie Holbrook, and Patricia (Jack) Thomas; brothers-in-law, Alan (Sheila) Miller, Martin (Luann) Miller, Charles (Joanne) Miller; sister-in-law, Lois (Richard) Rodgers, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leslie Lyle McNamara; grandson, Spencer Ramsey; brother-in-law, Melvin Holbrook; sister-in-law, Beverly McNamara; and father and mother-in-law, Marvin and Julia Miller.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am, Monday, June 29, 2015, at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler. The celebrant will be his nephew, Fr. Mathias Thelen. The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 28 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm with a rosary at 7 pm at the Goerge Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes in Fowler.

Mary Beth Henning

henning_marybethMary Beth Henning, of St. Johns, died Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the age of 81. Born September 26, 1933, she was the daughter of Carson and Eva (Matthews) Shinabery. Mary Beth was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. On June 8, 1957 she married Dale L. Henning and he preceded her in death in 1995.

Surviving are her children Linda (Kevin) Whitbeck of DeWitt, Lori (David) Gantz of Greenville, Mike Henning of Elsie, Lisa Rushin of Alma, Mark Henning of St. Johns, Leslie (Robert) Zache of Niles; 10 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; brothers, Kent (Joyce) Shinabery, Robert (Sue) Shinabery; sister-in-law, Chris Shinabery; and many nieces and nephews. Along with her husband, Mary Beth was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Max Shinabery.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 AM Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Johns with Fr. Michael Williams presiding. Burial will follow at Eureka Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Monday, June 15 and 2-4 and 6-8 PM Tuesday, June 16 at Osgood Funeral Home. A Vigil service will be prayed at 7 PM Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mary Beth’s name to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, 1210 W. Saginaw St., Lansing, MI 48915. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, MI 48879.

Marian Rademacher

rademacher_marianMarian Rademacher passed away June 11, 2015 at the age of 89. She was born in Fowler on September 15, 1925 the daughter of Frank and Dora (George) Weber. Marian married Clarence Rademacher on September 22, 1948 in Fowler and he preceded her in death on May 12, 1987. She was a proud member of Ladies Auxiliary and Christian Mothers. She enjoyed going to the casino, playing bingo, spending time with friends at the V.F.W. #3733 Club and birthday celebrations for her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Marian is survived by her children, Gerald (Rita) of Okemos, Claud (Judy) of Fowler and Linda (Frank) Spitzley of Westphalia; grandchildren, Sarah (Glenn) Simon, Jake (Kate) Rademacher, Curt (Jill) Rademacher, Adam (Tracy) Spitzley, Neal (Amber) Spitzley, Dale (Lindsay) Spitzley, Scott Spitzley, Michael (Kimberly) Rademacher, Matthew Rademacher; 13 great grandchildren; sisters, Regina Martin, Frances (Bill) Schneider, Aggie Cole; brother, Mark (Tootie) Weber, many nieces and nephews and special neighbor and friend, Penny Craig. In addition to her parents and husband, Marian is preceded in death by son, Kenneth and daughter-in-law, Christine Rademacher and six brothers.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am, Monday, June 15, 2015 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler, with Fr. Dennis Howard presiding. Burial will follow at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 13 from 7-9 pm and Sunday, June 14 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm with rosary at 3 pm and vigil service at 8 pm at the Goerge Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes in Fowler.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Carlton “Deak” Watters

watters_carltonBeloved father and grandfather Carlton “Deak” Watters born November 15, 1930 in Holt Michigan to Carlton Sr. and Helen (Nelson) Watters. Died June 8, 2015. Deak is survived by his friend and longtime partner, Fran Kelsey of St Johns, sister, Patricia (Keith) Hamilton of Mecosta and special aunt, Louise Allen of Mason.

Deak proudly served his country as a signalman aboard the USS Albemarle from 1948 to 1950. Deak is survived by his three children: Tim (Candy), Steve (Charlene) and Susan (Tim) Piper. Surviving grandchildren are: Heather (Erik) Walley, Angie (Jay) and Andy Watters, Scott (Amber), Danny (Kim), Kevin (Michelle) and Shanna O’Berry and Jason (Tina) Wise. Numerous great grandchildren also survive. He could be found on the sidelines for most of the grandchildren’s sports activities and also loved hearing about the adventures of the great grandchildren.

In his professional life he excelled as a tool and die maker for both General Motors and Michigan State University during the early years of the cyclotron project. He retired from Michigan State in 1990. He had been an Elk for the past 50 years, and held numerous positions with the Elks including, Secretary and Past Exalted Ruler. He continued to support the Alma Lodge until his death.

Deak loved sports especially his Detroit Tigers and MSU Spartans. He enjoyed motorsports and took his boys to the Indy 500 in the 1960s. He was also an expert jitterbug dancer, cardshark and slot machine player. While we mourn his loss, we know he is free from the diseases that eventually overtook his body.

Family requests donations be made to National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association. Private services will be held at a later date.


Elaine L. Redmond

redmond_elaineElaine L. Redmond of St. Johns and formerly of Bath, died June 6, 2015 at the age of 74. Born March 18, 1941, Elaine was the daughter of David Nelson and Ada Mae (Anderson) Coffey. In September 1958 she married John “Jack” Redmond and he survives her.

Also surviving are their children, Lori (Lynn) Thurston of St. Johns, Jack (Sally) Redmond of Lansing, Penny (Richard) French of St. Johns, Melody (Dan) Hyland of Muir, Darla (Dan) Fabus of Elsie; 14 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; sisters, Norma (Dave) Peterson, Marjorie (Bob) Baldwin; special friend and sister-in-law, Ann (Tony) Weber; brothers, Ron Coffey, Clifford (Patty) Coffey; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Loraine Charles and Linda Coffey.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, MI. with Pastor Kathy Leydorf-Keck officiating and Burial to follow at DeepDale Cemetery at 2:00 PM. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Monday, June 8, 2015 at the funeral home.

Clarence Fox

fox_clarenceClarence “Pete” Fox, died May 27, 2015 at the age of 82. He was born on November 20, 1932 in Kincaid, West Virginia, the son of Frank and Virginia Fox. He was a member of First Church of God in St. Johns and retired from the State of Michigan as an Elevator Division Chief. Pete married Barbara Capon on September 15, 1956 in Detroit and she preceded him in death on January 4, 2010.

Surviving are his children, Pamela (Gary) Flones of Indian River, Peggy (Peter) Carter of Grand Rapids, Brad (Cathy) Fox of Dearborn, grandchildren, Cindy Flones, Cheri (Kevin) McSherry, Scott Flones, Arielle Carter, Garrett Carter, Brandy (Tom) Tudor and Bradly (Kim) Fox, great grandchildren, Jaiden Tudor and Jeremiah Fox, brother, Kenneth Fox, sisters, Leona (Jim) Piercy, Shelby (Ronnie) Wolford, sister in law, Cathy Fox and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Barbara, son, Jonathon Fox and brother, Sheldon Fox.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at the First Church of God in St. Johns, with Pastor Perry Purcell officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday, 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Osgood Funeral Home in St. Johns. Contributions may be made in memory of Pete to the charity of the donor’s choice.

To learn more about Pete and view his Life Story film, visit his personal webpage at, where you can share a memory or photo, and sign his memory book. The family was served by Osgood Funeral Homes.


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