|Juan Riojas||Carl Sinclair Joslin|
Carl Sinclair Joslin, St. Johns, MI Age 25, died Sunday, February 16, 2003 as a result of an automobile accident at Sparrow Hospital. He was born December 21, 1977 in Seattle, Washington to Gary Fee and Jane Ellen (Eldridge) Joslin. He attended school both in Sacramento and San Bernardino, CA before moving to St. Johns where he graduated from St. Johns High School with the Class of 1996. He graduated from Lansing Community College and was pursuing his BA at Central Michigan University. He was employed at Westside Deli and was a substitute teacher for several surrounding school districts. Carl was a Packer fan who always spoke what was on his mind and had the most unique sense of humor. He always touched the lives he came in contact with.
Survivors include mother, Jane (Scott) McQueen of St. Johns, MI; sister, Tristan Ruddy of Fowler, MI; brother, Chas Eldridge of St. Johns, MI; grandmother, Judith Eldridge of Jennings, MI; uncles, David (Linda) Eldridge of East Lansing, MI, J. Douglas (France) Eldridge of Edwardsburg, MI; cousins, Erin Eldridge of East Lansing, MI and April Eldridge of Kalamazoo, MI; niece and nephew, Alyson Ruddy and Kyle Feldpausch of Fowler, MI; and very special friend, Jenny Presocki of St. Johns, MI. Carl also leaves behind a special group of friends, who were like brothers to him, Kerry Holmes and Sam Shango. He was predeceased by his father, Gary Joslin, grandparents, Howard Eldridge, Francys Hurd and Robert Hurd.
Funeral services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Johns Chapel on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 11 AM, Rev. Merlin Pratt officiating. Burial in Duplain Township Cemetery, Duplain Township, MI. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3-8 PM at the funeral chapel. Memorials to the family for future memorials to be set up at St. Johns High School.
Juan Riojas, 71, of Burbank, Calif., and formerly of St. Johns and Lansing, died Feb. 15, 2003. He was born in Texas March 30, 1931, the son of Pedro S. and Brigida (Carrizales) Riojas. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. Juan married Jean Parsons in Indiana in 1962 and she survives him.
Also surviving are three sons, Juan Riojas, Felipe Riojas and Tomas Riojas; one daughter, Estellita Riojas, all of Burbank, Calif.; two brothers, Israel (Carole) Riojas of Laingsburg and Pedro (Sandra) Riojas, Jr. of Cleveland, Tenn.; and three sisters, Maria (David) Swanson of Maple Rapids, Norma Gorman and Doralicia (Socorro Portillo) Cordova, all of St. Johns.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jose Maria Riojas.
A memorial service was held Feb. 19 at the First Church of God, St. Johns, with Pastor Paul Daniels officiating.
Elaine Kay Penoyer, DeWitt, MI Born November 26, 1950, in Lansing; died February 15, 2003, at the age of 52. Elaine was employed by Okemos High School as Head Custodian and also worked in the grounds department and then at Hiawatha Elementary School. She enjoyed bowling, darts, gambling and fishing. Elaine was preceded in death by her mother, Jewel Clark.
Surviving are Howard, her husband of 13 years; 1 daughter, Tammy Jackson of Columbus, OH; 1 son, Peter (Lynette) Tharnish of Morrice; 2 grandchildren, Peter and Jessica; her father, Dale Clark of Marion; 3 brothers, Louie (Marsha) Clark of Bath, Frank Clark and Jeff (Patty) Clark both of Lansing; and 2 sisters, Delli (Bob) Hewitt of Haslett and Sherry (Dave) Lightner of Cadillac.
Graveside Services will be held Wednesday, February 19, at 11 a.m. in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bath. The family will receive friends at the Gorsline-Runciman Co. Lansing Chapel, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Those desiring may make contributions to Alzheimer's Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, 107 Aprill Dr., Suite 1, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103-1903, in memory of Elaine.
Eric R. Winter, DeWitt, MI Born September 25, 1990, in Lansing; died unexpectedly February 16, 2003, at the age of 12.
Eric is survived by his parents, Dick and Judy Winter of DeWitt; 1 sister, Jenna Winter of Ventura, CA; grandparents, Ken and Mary Winter of DeWitt; 4 aunts, Sue (Mike) Winter of Harbor Springs, Ann (Bruce) Grambau of DeWitt, Kathy (Dave) Rilett of Grand Rapids, and Janice (Jeff) Kash of West Hills, CA; many cousins; and his best friend, Sam Hadar of DeWitt.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, February 19, at 11 a.m. at Redeemer United Methodist Church, 13980 Shavey Rd., DeWitt, with the Rev. Rodney J. Kalajainen officiating. Interment will follow in DeWitt Cemetery, DeWitt. The family will receive friends at the Gorsline-Runciman Co. Lansing Chapel, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
Eric's family would like to extend special thanks to the many people who shared their gifts and talents with Eric throughout his life, especially Cindy Edgerton and the students at the M.S.U. Music Therapy Clinic; Andrea Benyovsky and the Conductive Learning Center staff in Grand Rapids, and the Lansing Pediatrics staff. Eric was a great teacher to all who knew him and he will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the M.S.U. Community Music School for Music Therapy, c/o Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 48824-1043, in memory of Eric.
Clayton "Jr." Isenhath, 80, retired General Motors electrician, died Sunday February 16, 2003. Services 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home, Riverdale.
Esther M. (Bedenbender) Thelen, Westphalia, MI Age 86, passed away February 14, 2003 surrounded by her family. She was born on April 22, 1916, in Westphalia the daughter of Joseph and Katherine (Simon) Nurenberg. Esther lived her entire life in the Westphalia area. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Westphalia and active member of St. Mary's Christian Mothers and the Catholic Order of Forestors. She married Louis Bedenbender on October 4, 1938, he preceded her in death on March 21, 1978. Mrs. Thelen is also preceded in death by 3 brothers, Oscar, Alfred, and Harold Nurenberg and 4 sisters, Philomena and Vera Nurenberg, Mathilda Thelen, and Laurine Schueller.
Surviving are a son, Jack (Nancy) Bedenbender; 7 daughters, Patricia (Francis) Leik, Jan Maxwell, Betty (Joe) Peters, Nancy (Gary "Dewey") Schrauben, Susan (Jon) Arendsen, Debi Bedenbender and Sheila (Steve) Kemp; 11 grandchildren; brother, Arnold Nurenberg; brother-in-law, Edwin Schueller. On November 23, 1985 she married Sylvester Thelen, he survives her. Also surviving are a stepdaughter, Elaine Fox; 5 stepsons, Michael (Pat), Charles (Sue), Steve (Mary Lou), Alan (Mary), and Luke Thelen; numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Cecilio Reyna, Pastor, at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Westphalia. Rite of Committal will be St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends at St. Mary's Funeral Chapel, 210 N. Westphalia St., Westphalia on Sunday and Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Rosaries will be prayed at 3 and 8 p.m., both days. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fr. Al Miller Trust Fund for St. Mary's School or Hospice of Clinton Co. in memory of Mrs. Thelen. Arrangements are entrusted to Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Portland.
Harold Denoise Maag, Jr. Hohenwald, TN Formerly of St. Johns, MI Born June 14, 1929 in Lansing, MI; died February 13, 2003 at the age of 73. Mr. Maag was a United States Air Force Veteran and General Motors retiree. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Sr., mother, Gertrude (Carr), 1 brother, Charles, 1 sister, Laura Watson, and 2 sons, Michael and David. He survived by his wife, LaRaine (Hopkins); son, James (Judy); daughter, Michelle Harter; 2 brothers, Richard (Bertha), Ernest (Joan); 4 sisters, Marion Goda, Mary Miller (Stan), Judy Sleight (Duane), Anna Jean Schlicklin (Paul), Shirley Wood (William); 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. No services will be held.
Gerald B. Latimer, 71, died February 12, 2003.
He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Donna (Argersinger), 4 children, Julie (Mike) Hopkins, Daniel, Jennifer (Wayne) Newsom and Amy, daughter-in-law, Cindy (Tom) Moore, 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren that brought him constant joy. He also leaves behind 1 brother, 2 sisters, many nieces and nephews as well as numerous neighbors and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman Latimer and Dorotha Latimer, his in-laws, Fay and Olive Argersinger, 1 sister and son Kalem B. Latimer.
Jerry served in the United States Air Force. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church. He retired from the St. Johns Public Schools maintenance department after 31 years of dedicated service. Family was the center of his life. All those that knew and loved him will miss him deeply.
A memorial service will be held 1:00 P.M. Saturday, February 15th at the First United Methodist Church in St. Johns. The family will receive friend from Noon - 1:00 P.M. Saturday at the church. Contributions may be made to The American Diabetes Association or First United Methodist Church in his memory.