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Anna Francine “Fran” Fowler

Anna Francine “Fran” Fowler, 67 of Lansing passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2017. Fran was born on November 14. 1950 in St. Johns, MI the daughter of Frank E. and Jimmie E. (Cothran) Fowler. She was a 1969 graduate of Ovid-Elsie High School and was a lifelong MSU Spartan including a 1979 trip to Salt Lake City aboard “The Spirit Plane”. She enjoyed reading, baking (of which many have enjoyed her famous fudge and cookies as a gift), being with family and friends. Children were a special joy to her. Fran was a clerical/technical employee of Michigan State University for 45 years, retiring on Nov. 15, 2015 and was the first CT to earn the prestigious “Excellence in Diversity Award ” in 1996. She was proud to represent MSU on the many trips she escorted the groups of students to landmark cities of the US.

Survivors include brother, Robert (Janice) Fowler, sisters Ginny (Jim) Shipley of Owosso, and Joan Dennison of Owosso. Nieces and nephews, Betty Fowler, Steve Waisenen, David (Karen) Fowler, Denise (Paul) Blake, Christine (Miles) Pilgrim, Robert (Denise) Dennison, Emily (Jeff) Richards. Great nieces and nephews, Ryan and Shane Waisenen, Devin, Morgan and Megan Fowler, Kyle and TJ Acre, Nathan Dennison and also Alexa Richards who gave her the nickname “Gafie”and they would eat turkey sandwiches and watch Disney movies. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother-in-law Warren and nephew, Jim. For 16 years Fran was a mom to a four pawed dog, Rosie.

The family will receive friends and relatives at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns on Tuesday. November 21, 2017, 12 noon until 2:00p.m. at which time a Memorial Service will be held. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the charity of the donor’s choice.


Christopher Robin (Robbie) Moore – Memorial Celebration

Christopher Robin Moore (Robbie), 54, dealt his last hand on September 11, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada after a brief illness. Robbie was born July 21, 1963 and is preceded in death by his parents James Allen Moore and Betty Ann Moore and brother James Allen Moore, Jr.

A Celebration of Robbie’s Life will be held on November 22, 2017 at 6 pm at the Roadhouse in St. Johns, MI. Condolences can be sent to mooreinspiredchange@gmail.com.

Robbie graduated from St. Johns High School in 1982 and from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he majored in journalism and advertising. He served in the US Army from 1984 to 1988 where he was stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington. He gained a love for gaming after working at the Greektown Casino in Detroit, Michigan and then moved to Las Vegas where he worked as a blackjack dealer for the Red Rock Casino and was beloved by many coworkers and customers.

Robbie is survived by brothers Paul Moore of Mayville, MI and Peter Moore of Ocala, FL and sister Anne Moore of Denver, CO. He is also survived by many treasured friends and cherished dog, his “little monkey” Charlie.

Robbie possessed a quick wit, a kind and thoughtful heart and loved making his friends, family and customers laugh with his amazing one liners. Although he preferred his privacy, Robbie was there in a heartbeat to help a friend in need or lend a listening ear. He enjoyed reading, going to the movies, scanning St. Johns obituaries and collecting vintage items to sell on eBay. While living in Las Vegas, he became passionate about gardening in the desert and achieved a Master Gardener Certification.


Eva Lorraine Weber

Eva Lorraine Weber, 83, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Johns, MI, on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11:00 A.M., with Rev. Fr. Michael Williams officiating. Burial will take place at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI. A rosary will be prayed at 7:00 P.M. on Friday evening at the funeral home. Visitation will also be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the funeral mass at the funeral home.

Eva was born in Corunna, MI on April 30, 1934, the daughter of Harold and Laura (Duant) Swarthout. She graduated from Owosso High School. Eva married Charles Weber on January 27, 1953; Charlie passed away on November 21, 2003. Eva and her husband Charlie owned and operated Hub Tire in St. Johns from 1963 – 1983 until they retired the business to their children; which remains in the family to this day. She loved going to the casino, traveling, the many years spent at their Houghton Lake Cottage, hunting and deer camp. She also enjoyed her Monday card playing at the Senior Center. She spent much time volunteering at St. Vincent’s and Knights of Columbus Hall for fish fry’s and funeral luncheons. Eva was a mom to not only her kids but to their friends as well and she loved the time spent with them. She was a lifetime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

She is survived by her children; Lynn and Patty Weber, Sandy Winn, Cathy and Doug Whitford, Dave and Sherry Weber, John and Sandy Weber, Jacque and Todd Meadows, 28 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, brothers; Jack Swarthout, and Gary and Ilene Swarthout. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers; David, Larry, Lewis and Bobby.

Memorials may be made to Clinton Area Ambulance Service Community Paramedic Program, St. Johns, MI or St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Johns, MI or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Online condolences can be sent to . The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.