|Claude W. Pilmore
Claude W. Pilmore died
April 3, 2006, at the age of 99. Born in Bingham Township, Michigan October 11, 1906 the
son of Nelson Claude and Nora (Rahl) Pilmore and lived in Lansing and Grand Rapids before
moving back to St. Johns 1993. Claude co-owned/operated Michigan Termite Service covering
western Michigan, formerly worked at M.S.U. for 11 years and was a Kiwanis member in Grand
Rapids for 17 years. He married Beatrice Scott August 31, 1929 and she preceded him in
death on October 18, 2004.
Surviving is a son, Roger (Nancy) Pilmore of Arizona, daughter-in-law, Kaye Pilmore of
Pewamo, seven grandchildren, Robert Pilmore, Patricia Pilmore, of Wisconsin, Roger (Marie)
Pilmore, Todd Pilmore, of Arizona, Barbara (Russell) Braman of New York, Mike (Kim)
Pilmore of Texas and Starr Ann Pilmore of Arizona, eight great grandchildren, and one
brother-in-law, Bernard Harris of Florida, several nieces and nephews. In addition to his
wife, Claude was preceded in death by one son, Dennis Pilmore and three sisters, Gladys
Rhynard, Beryl Birdsley and Lilas Harris.
A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 P.M. Friday, April 7, 2006 at the Osgood Funeral Home, St. Johns
with Roger Pilmore officiating. Contributions may be made to St. Jude Childrens
Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Juliana Mary Simon
Juliana Mary Simon
Westphalia, MI Age 91, passed away Monday, April 3, 2006. She was born on November 1, 1914
in Fowler, the daughter of Frank and Rose (Thelen) Koenigsknecht. Mrs. Simon was a member
of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Westphalia, the Christian Mothers Society and volunteered
at many parish functions. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, reading and quilting but most
important was her faith and family, especially the grandchildren. She married Melvin Simon
on April 23, 1946 and he preceded her in death. Mrs. Simon was also preceded in death by
her parents; brothers, Msgr. Albert Koenigsknecht and Paul Koenigsknecht; and sister,
Surviving are children, Rose Mary Simon (deceased), Agnes
Simon (Richard Murphy), Martin Simon, Marvin Simon (Teresa), Rita Simon (Larry Dukerich),
Mel Simon and Mark Simon (Diana); close friend of the family, James Chow; grandchildren,
Meghan, Leah, Zachary Dukerich, Nicholas and Traci Simon and Jessica, Jacob, Benjamin
Simon; sister, Mary Klein (John); brother, George Koenigsknecht (Joan); brothers-in-law,
Mark Schrauben and Celestine Simon; sisters-in-law, Pat Koenigsknecht and Norma Simon; and
many nieces and nephews and close friends.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be con-celebrated by the
Rev. Cecilio Reyna, Pastor and the Rev. John Klein at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 6, 2006
at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Westphalia. Rite of Committal will be in St. Mary's
Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on
Wednesday at St. Mary's Funeral Chapel, 210 N. Westphalia St. The Rosaries will be prayed
at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and 3 p.m. on Wednesday. A Scripture Wake Service will be held at 8
p.m., Wednesday. For those wishing, contributions may be made to Maryknoll Fathers and
Sisters or to the Kellogg Eye Clinic at the University of Michigan in memory of Mrs.
Simon. Arrangements are being handled by Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home,
Norma Lee Ramsay
Norma Lee Ramsay St. Johns, MI
Age 83, was born April 9, 1922 to the late Harry and Eliza (Walker) Younglove Baker on a
farm near Albion, Michigan. On March 24, 1955, Norma was born again when she embraced
Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Saviour. On April 2, 2006, she met her Saviour face
to face. Norma was a wonderful wife, mother and homemaker. She was a faithful servant for
her Lord for many years, namely at East DeWitt Bible Church, Church of the Open Bible and
was currently a member of First Baptist Church in St. Johns. She had been a Sunday School
teacher, Awana leader, deaconess and a hostess for CEF 5-day Bible clubs. Norma
entertained missionaries in her home. She also was a faithful prayer warrior and financial
supporter of Billy Graham and Franklin Graham's Samaritan Purse. Norma was preceded in
death by her sisters, Vivian Heisler and Leona Younglove and her brother, Clifford
Younglove. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints, Psalm 116:15.
Surviving are her husband, Carroll Ramsay; children,
Lavonne (Philip) McKerihan of Vermilion, Alberta, Canada, Marvin Ball of Salem, Oregon,
Kurt (Angie) Ramsay and Craig (Karen) Ramsay, both of St. Johns; grandchildren, Lisa
(Miles) Kayfish, Brad McKerihan, Andy (Brenda) Ball, Sara (Pat) Boettger, Nick Ball,
Shannan (Manny) Moreno, Heidi (Brian) Geller, Melissa (Ed) Phillips, Rachel (Joe)
Hergenrather, Jenny Ramsay, Carl Ramsay and Amy Ramsay; great-grandchildren, Daly and
Taylor Kayfish, Cameron, Cayden and Carter Ball, Coleton Boettger, Sidney Phillips, Cole
and Brook Hergenrather and Gabriella Geller; and her special daughter-in-law, Joyce Ball.
Memorial services 11 a.m. Thursday, April 6, 2006 at First
Baptist Church, St. Johns, with Pastor Tim Knaus officiating. Memorial contributions may
be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Leonard S. Krauchenko died April 2, 2006, at the age of 74.
Born in Saginaw on December 19, 1931, the son of Samuel and Elenore (Krouse) Krauchenko.
He was an employee of Fisher Body for 30 years and a member of the U.A.W. Local #581.
Leonard married Debra Houck in Owosso on March 15, 2001 and she survives him.
Also surviving are his daughters, Kay (Robert) Fetterman, Luann (Tracy) Nolph, all of
Owosso and Beverly (Mark) Kennard of Lansing, sons, Leonard (Janet) Krauchenko, Jr. of
Owosso and James (Kim) Krauchenko of Florida, 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren,
brother, Harold Krauchenko and sister, Donna Galarno. He was preceded in death by his
parents, son, John Krauchenko and daughter, Lynn Combs.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday, April 6, 2006 at the Houghton Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Homes, 232 E. Oak
St., Ovid, burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens with Alex McCleland officiating. The
family will receive friends 6-8 P.M. Tuesday, 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral
May (Barnhart) Messer
(Barnhart) Messer died April 2, 2006, at the age of 75. Born in St. Johns on July 27,
1930, the daughter of Glenn and Pearl (Stevens) Barnhart. She was a devoted wife and
mother, worked for the Secretary of State for 9 years, loved music, rabbits, birds,
bridge, golf and gardening. Catharine married Donald Messer in St. Johns on November 23,
1968 and he preceded her in death on November 27, 2004.
Surviving are her children, Stephen (Julie) Parker of New Jersey, Marilyn (Duane) Becker,
Kevin Parker, all of St. Johns and Bryan (Charlene) Messer of Grand Rapids, 10 grandkids,
Christopher Parker, Jeffrey Parker, Glenn Becker, Gregg Becker, Brent (Kelly) Warner, Troy
(Sandy) Warner, Logan Messer, Amber Gill, Brigitte (Matthew) Rottman and Victoria (Donald
III) Hardy, two brothers, Jack (Rita) Barnhart and Neil (Gene) Barnhart, brother-in-law,
Floyd (Wava) Messer, several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was
preceded in death by her parents and two children, Dawn and Shawn Messer.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 6, 2006 at the Osgood Funeral Home, burial at
South Bingham Cemetery with the Rev. Stephen Ezop officiating. The family will receive
friends 6-8 P.M. Tuesday and 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home. Sympathy may
be expressed in the form of memorials to Heartland Hospice, 700 W. Ash St., Mason, MI
Harriet M. Scott
Harriet M. Scott died March
30, 2006, at the age of 92. Born in Clinton County on March 27, 1914, the daughter of
Spencer and Ethel (Halstead) Moss. She was a member of the Congregational Church
Womens Fellowship AMECA and a flower and bird lover who was able to whistle bird
calls. Harriet married Howard Scott on October 31, 1943 and he preceded her in death in
Surviving is her daughter, Linda (Richard) Blemaster of Maple Rapids, son, Lawrence
(Clarice) Scott of St. Johns, eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. In
addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Wanda
Blackmer, brothers, Bud Moss, Loyal Moss, Spencer Moss and sisters Arzella
Mann, Avis Messer, Lida Hoover and Marian Seaver.
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Monday, April 3, 2006 at the Abbott Chapel of the
Osgood Funeral Homes, 509 E. Main St., Maple Rapids, burial at Payne Cemetery with the
Rev. Martin Cobb officiating. The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 P.M Saturday and
Sunday at the funeral home. Sympathy may be expressed in the form of memorials to the
Laurels of Fulton.
Spitzley Lansing, MI Age 101, died March 30, 2006. Born September 28, 1904 in Westphalia,
Michigan to Nicholas and Olivia Wohlscheid. She married Herman Spitzley, January 11, 1927.
Caroline's many interests in life were her religion, alternative nutrition, violin,
flowers and floral arranging. Caroline was preceded in death by her husband, Herman and
sons, Mathias, Eugene and Bruce.
Surviving are her daughters, Marjorie (Joe) Halfmann of St.
Johns, Marilyn Mulcahy of Pontiac, and Katherine (David) Courter of Hastings; and
daughter-in-law, Catherine Spitzley of Lansing. Caroline has 19 grandchildren, 48
great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday with a
Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at the Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 West Saginaw, Lansing.
Funeral Liturgy will be Monday, 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1611 W. Oakland
Ave., with Father Maurice Hayes officiating. Visitation at the church from 10-11 a.m.
prior to the service. Interment in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,
contributions can be made to St. Vincent Children's Home, Mother Teresa Home, or Masses in
memory of Caroline.
Joseph V. Thelen
Joseph V. Thelen passed away March 29, 2006 at the
age of 82. He was born on September 20, 1923 in Westphalia and lived in the area all of
his life. He was a farmer and a union carpenter #1449, retiring in 1983. He then helped
his son at Marks Auto Service for 10 years. He was a member of the Catholic Order of
Foresters and St. Joseph Society. He loved playing cards with his family, friends and
grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Frances (Simon) Thelen whom he married on April
He is also survived by four sons, Mike (Marie) Thelen of Franklin, Tennessee, Ken (Ann)
Thelen of Cincinnati, Ohio, Marty Thelen of Westphalia and Mark (Cathy) Thelen of Eagle;
seven grandchildren, Brendan, Brigid, Joseph, Joel, Zachary, Emily and Abigail; two step
granddaughters, Amy (Ryan) Akin and Dawn (Joshua) McFarland; four step great
grandchildren, Nash and Tyler Akin, Gage and Ethan McFarland; sister, Mary Hedden,
sisters-in-law, Aileen, Betty and Adeline Thelen and many nieces and nephews. He was
preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Margaret (Rademacher) Thelen; four brothers;
six sisters and daughter-in-law, Deanne Thelen.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at St.
Marys Catholic Church, Westphalia with burial at St. Marys Cemetery,
Westphalia, with Rev. Fr. Timothy MacDonald officiating. The family will receive friends
2-4 and 7-9 P.M. Thursday and Friday at the Goerge Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Homes, 11112 W.
Ionia St., Fowler, with rosaries prayed 3 & 8 P.M. Thursday, 3 P.M. Friday and a vigil
service 8 P.M. Friday.
William J. Setterington
William J. Setterington died March 28, 2006, at the
age of 63. Born at Clinton Memorial Hospital in St. Johns on September 9, 1942, the son of
John A. and Dorothy A. (Heller) Setterington. He was a lifelong resident of Maple Rapids,
a graduate of Fulton High School and the president of the 50th class reunion. William
received his B.A. in accounting from Michigan State University, retired from the State of
Michigan as an accountant after 31 years of service, having held various positions with
the Department of Transportation. He was drafted into the U.S. Army, attended OCS and was
commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. During his time in the Army he served as a Combat
Infantry Officer in both Viet Nam and Cambodia and was awarded the Combat Infantry Medal,
was the recipient of the Bronze Star medal with valor before being honorably discharged as
a 1st Lieutenant. William enjoyed his family and good friends, loved to dine
out-especially Chinese, had a good sense of humor which stayed with him until the end of
his life. He also became an avid local historian and collector of local facts and pictures
as well as a skilled genealogist having developed genealogy books, for both the
Setterington and Heller sides of the family. These books included detailed history and
pictures and he put together a book for each family member and gave it to them.
Surviving is his brother, Edward (Carla) Setterington, sister, Joan (Robert) Hart,
nephews, Jason Setterington, Nick Setterington, Jon (Diane) Hart and Todd (Rebecca) Hart,
nieces, Jennifer Setterington, Sondra Setterington, Karen (Marty) Dack and Laura (Greg)
Shackleford. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Graveside services will be held 12 noon Thursday, April 6, 2006 at Sowle Cemetery with
Pastor Jerry Kissling officiating. In lieu of flowers you may honor him with a
contribution to Hazel Findlay Country Manor, 1101 S. Scott Rd., St. Johns, MI 48879 or
Maple Rapids Congregational Christian Church, 401 S. Maple, Maple Rapids, MI 48853. The
family was served by the Abbott Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Homes, Maple Rapids.
Ardis M. Elliott
Ardis M. Elliott died March 28, 2006 at the age of 89.
There will be no services or visitation. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Home.
Roy Edward Maki, 89, of Palm Desert died March 22, 2006,
in Rancho Mirage. He was born May 16, 1916, to Frank and Hilma Kriikku Maki in Sault Ste.
Marie, Mich. He married Anja Punkari on Dec. 17, 1943, in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He
served in the Army Air Corps from 1941 to 1946, attaining the rank of staff sergeant, and
received the Good Conduct Medal as well as other decorations.
An educator for 35 years, he was a teacher at St. Johns High School in Michigan and
Pioneer High School in Whittier, and a professor at Cerritos College in Norwalk for 20
He is survived by his wife, Anja Maki of Palm Desert; two daughters, Hilma Valtatie of
Auburn and Lynne McWilliams of St. George, Utah; two sons, Lance Maki of Merritt Island,
Fla., and Stephen Maki of Huntington Beach; a brother, Howard Maki of Michigan; seven
grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at FitzHenry Funeral Home Palm Desert Chapel. Inurnment will be private
under the direction of FitzHenry Funeral Home Palm Desert Chapel. The family suggests that
donations be made to the Roy Maki Scholarship Fund Foundation at Cerritos College.