|Dale A. Martin||William G. "Bill" Lemke|
William G. "Bill" Lemke, 82, formerly of Cookston, Minn., and Elsie, retired IBW employee, died Wednesday October 9, 2002. Services 11 a.m. Saturday at Smith Family Funeral Homes Elsie Chapel.
Janet Sue Murray passed away on October 8, 2002 at the age of 70. She was born May 24, 1932 in St. Johns, Michigan the daughter of Charles and Helen (Stevens) Fowler. Janet had been employed by Clinton County and worked as a clerk for Register of Deeds.
Janet is survived by her husband of 52 years, Keith Murray, whom she married July 23, 1950 at the First Congregational Church. Also surviving are her children, Kris (Jeff) Koenigsknecht of Fowler, Lorene Knight, Kathy Paradise (friend Steve Zinn) all of St. Johns and Julie (Dennis) Angell of Ovid, grandchildren, Zack, Josh, Ben, and Miranda Ernst (fiance Mat Smith), Jason (Shelly) Knight, Aaron and Tyler Paradise, Ashley and Rachel Angell (friend Nathan Goodrich). Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Helen Fowler, and sister Phylis Franke.
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Friday, October 11, 2002 at the Osgood Funeral Home, St. Johns with Rev. Matt Olson officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Clinton Memorial Hospital or the American Cancer Society in her memory.
Mildred Park Pocuis, Bradenton, FL Formerly of St. Johns, MI Died October 5, 2002 in Bradenton, FL. at the age of 84. Born in Holt, MI, December 17, 1917 the daughter of Leo and Gladys (Park) Moldenhauer. She attended grade school in Lansing, graduated from Lansing Central High School in 1935, and earned her B.S. Degree in Home Economics from M.S.U. She taught Home Economics for 1 year in Bellevue. On June 15, 1940, Mildred married B. Stanley Pocuis. After raising their family, she returned to M.S.U. to earn a degree in Special Education which she taught until her retirement in 1975. She was a member of Beta Phi Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and a life member of the First United Methodist Church.
Mildred is survived by her husband, B. Stanley Pocuis of Bradenton, FL.; 1 daughter, Susan Kay Calva of Rochester, MN; 1 son, Dr. D. Leo Pocuis of Bremerton, WA. Mildred was preceded in death by 1 daughter, Lynne Pocuis.
There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place in Florida. Memorial Services will be held at a later date.
Dale A. Martin, Westphalia, MI Age 54, passed away on Monday, October 7, 2002. He was born on February 14, 1948 in Portland the son of John and Alvina (Arens) Martin. Mr. Martin was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Westphalia. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Martin; sister, Eileen Schafer.
Surviving are 2 brothers, Clifford (Adelene) and John (Marie) Martin all of Westphalia; 4 sisters, Genevieve (Clarence) Simon of Fowler, Pauline Goerge of Grand Ledge, Alice (James) Becker of Fowler, and Catherine (Clair) Thelen of Westphalia; sister-in-law, Bernadine Martin of Westphalia and brother-in-law, Bernard Schafer of Pewamo; many nieces and nephews.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Cecilio Reyna, Pastor at 10:30 AM, Thursday, October 10, 2002 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Rite of Committal following at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the St. Mary's Funeral Chapel, 210 N. Westphalia Street, Westphalia from 2-4 and 7-9 PM, Tuesday and Wednesday. The rosaries will be prayed at 3 and 8 PM both days. Arrangements are entrusted to the Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Portland.
Robert A. Gill passed away October 6, 2002 at the age of 83. He was born in Lansing on June 25, 1919, the son of George and Hazel (Devine) Gill. Bob worked in several capacities, including Personnel Director for the St. Johns Sealed Power plant from 1947- 1972. In the 1970's the Gill's lived in Atlanta, GA where they were in business and later moved to Naples, FL where Bob sold real estate and worked for Sears before retiring to St. Johns in 1984. Bob was active in the Pilgrim United Methodist Church and Forgotten Man Ministries. He was a WWII veteran that served in the U.S. Navy from April 1944 until January of 1946. Bob was also a member of Exchange Club, Lansing Industrial Personnel Association, and Greater Lansing Management Club. On January 17, 1939, he married his wife of 63 years Winnie Wing, and she survives him.
Also surviving are a daughter, Dee (Allan) Perrins of Freemont, CA, two sons, Dean (Gayla) Gill of St. John, Gary (Lee) Gill of Madison, WI, one sister, Muriel Strickland of Kalamazoo, eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, October 9, 2002, at the Osgood Funeral Home, burial at Mt. Rest Cemetery with Pastor Ray Sundell officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 P.M. Monday and 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pilgrim United Methodist Church in his memory.
Antonio Rositas died Sunday, October 6, 2002 at the age of 80. Antonio was born in Crystal City, Texas on June 13, 1922 to Felix and Maria Rositas. He was proud to have served in the U.S. Army as a combat Engineer, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was a Lifetime member of V.F.W. Post #4113. Antonio married Beverly (Marek) on July 14, 1972. He retired from Motor Wheel Corporation and was a part-time farmer.
Antonio is survived by four daughters: Olga (Larry) Burk and Lidia Decker both of St. Johns, Anita Lowe-Rositas of St. Louis and Margarita (Ken) McWilliams of Lansing; three sons Roberto (Dixa), Armando (Cindy)and Rodolfo (Rita) Rositas all of St. Johns and Joseph Marek, Linda (Patrick) Giane and Mary (Bob) DiVietri; 26 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Antonio was preceded in death by his wife Beverly (October 1999).
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, October 10, 2002 at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Eoin Murphy, officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Rest Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Osgood Funeral Home Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM. Sympathy may be expressed in the form of memorials to Hospice of Clinton County in memory of Antonio.
Eleonora M. Pline, Westphalia Age 93, passed away Friday, October 4, 2002. She was born on May 18, 1909 in Westphalia the daughter of Peter and Louisa (Goerge) Simon. Mrs. Pline was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Westphalia and the Christian Mothers. She was well known for her cookies and enjoyed tending to her flowers, playing cards, bingo, and quilting as well as other needlework. Mrs. Pline was preceded in death by her husband, Robert in 1982, daughter, Ann Heckman in 1988 and son-in-law, Larry Murray in 2002.
Surviving are her children, Robert (Alice) Pline of Pewamo, Marilyn Pline of Westphalia, Aggie (Jay) Graham of Eagle, Loraine (Phillip) Schmitt of Fowler, and Irene Murray of Portland; son-in-law, James (Ellen) Heckman of Grand Ledge; 22 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Fr. Cecilio Reyna, Pastor, at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 8, 2002 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Westphalia with the Rite of Committal following at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Westphalia. The family will receive friends at the St. Mary's Funeral Chapel, 210 N. Westphalia St., Westphalia from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday and Monday. The Rosary will be prayed at 3 and 8 p.m. both days. Arrangements are entrusted to the Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Portland.Gertrude C. (Barnes) Ruddy
Gertrude C. (Barnes) Ruddy, age 91, died Saturday, October 5, 2002 in Lansing. Born July 17, 1911 in Fowler the daughter of Albert and Tina (Hafner) Martin. Gertrude had worked as the plant secretary for Federal Mogul and was an accomplished seamstress & painter. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Floyd Barnes in July of 1968 and Leslie Ruddy in August of 1999.
Surviving are one daughter, Margaret Ann (Ted) Streukens of Florida, two sons, Michael (Jeannie) Barnes of Missouri, John (Linda) Barnes of Oregon, 12 grandchildren, Cathy, Steve, Tony, Tom, Bruce, Kristin, Greg, Matt, Keri, Luke, Jenni and Nick, 11 great grandchildren, brother, Robert (Barbara) Martin of Lansing, two sisters, Sister Rita Martin of Wisconsin and Alberta Irrer of St. Johns.
Memorial Mass was held Tuesday, October 8, 2002, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Eoin Murphy officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Educational Trust Fund. The family was served by the Osgood Funeral Home in St. Johns.
Stephen Francis Fedewa died October 3, 2002 at the age of 73. He was born in Pewamo on March 9,1929, the son of Pius and Mary (Stump) Fedewa. Steve had been employed by Motor Wheel, General Motors and then became a poultry farmer for 25 years. He later worked in home restoration and rentals. Steve was also a master woodcarver. He was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. Steve is survived by the love of his life, constant companion and wife of 52 years, Martha Schafer, whom he married August 12, 1950 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Also surviving are his children, Daniel Fedewa of LaMarque, TX, Debra (Richard) Rehmann, Linda (Robert) Shannon, Cheryl (Gerry) Arens, all of Fowler, and Colleen (Terry) Organek of Wacousta, twelve grandchildren, Mike, Jeff, Ken, Jenny and Brian Rehmann, Steve and Tom Shannon, Kelly, Dawn and Craig Arens, Jason and Kim Organek, two great grandchildren, McKenzie and Soenya Baczkiewicz Organek, brother, Ervin (Rose) Fedewa and sister, Adeline Bertram, all of Grand Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents, Pius and Mary Fedewa and sisters, Lillian Hauck and Julianne Blauwiekel.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 A.M. Monday, October 7, 2002 at Most Holy
Trinity Catholic Church, burial at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery with Rev. Fr. Timothy E.
MacDonald officiating. A Rosary will be prayed 3 and 8 P.M. Saturday and 3 P.M. Sunday
with a Vigil Service 8 P.M. Sunday at the Goerge Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Homes,
Fowler. Memorials may be made to Most Holy Trinity Educational Trust Fund, Hospice of
Carson City or Hospice of Clinton County.