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Geraldine E. Larkin

Geraldine E. Larkin died July 17, 2006 at the age of 86. She was born in Gratiot County, Michigan on July 31, 1919, the daughter of Arthur C. and Fern (Sypher) Loudenbeck. She was a member of the Maple Rapids Congregational Christian Church, Womens Fellowship, and the AMICA Club. She retired in 1983 from the Michigan Department of Treasury, Taxpayer Registration Section after sixteen years.

She is survived by two daughters, Janet Meehling of Niles and Sharon (Darrell) Kadelsik of St. Johns, six grandchildren, Machel Meehling, Brian (Erlinda) Meehling, Rene’ Clark, Erick (Denise) Ames, Christopher (Rhonda) Ames, Cheryle Kadelsik and seventeen great grandchildren. Geraldine also has one sister, Dorothy (Percy) Smith and one sister in law, Merita Loudenbeck all of Perrinton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Donald Loudenbeck and one sister, Leota Chick.

Funeral Services will be 1:00 P.M., Saturday, July 22, 2006 at the Maple Rapids Congregational Christian Church, burial at Payne Cemetery immediately following with Pastor Jerry Kissling officiating. The family will receive friends 2-4 & 7-9 P.M., Friday at the Abbott Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Homes, Maple Rapids. Sympathy may be expressed in the form of memorials to Maple Rapids Congregational Christian Church.

Charlene K. Carter

Charlene K. Carter Laingsburg, MI. Age 62, died Friday, July 14, 2006, at the Norwalk Hospital. She was the wife of Jack Carter. Charlene was born April 17, 1944, in St. Johns, MI, daughter of the late Milton and Erma Argersinger Haruska. She was retired from General Motors where she had worked for over 20 years in several capacities, including telephone dispatch operator. She also enjoyed gardening, crafts and spending time with her family.

Survivors also include two daughters, Denise Vuoso and her husband Frank of Norwalk, CT and Michelle Wooten and her husband Glenn of Las Vegas, NV; a sister, Patricia Carter of Haslett, MI.; two grandchildren, Faith Vuoso and Cloudia Wooten; her dog Herschel and several nieces and nephews. Charlene was predeceased by a daughter, Amy Carter, and a granddaughter, Madison Vuoso.

A memorial service will be held Monday, July 24 at 11:00 a.m. at Williamston Free Methodist Church, 4400 N. Williamston Rd., Williamston MI. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made in memory of Charlene Carter to the American Cancer Society.

Joseph R. Riley

Joseph R. Riley Hubbardston, MI Age 82, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2006 at his home. Joseph was born March 11, 1924, to John and Louise (Rockey) Riley in Hubbardston. He served his country during WWII. Joseph married Ruth Parks on November 20, 1948 at St. John the Baptist Church in Hubbardston with Fr. Fox officiating. He was a member of the American Legion Post # 182 in Hubbardston. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and most of all spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth of Hubbardston; a daughter, Carol (Dan) Schrauben of Hubbardston; 2 sons, Mike Riley of Orleans, MI and Sam Riley of Hubbardston; 3 grandchildren, Tracey Doty, Holly and Justin Thelen; and one great-grandson, Tanner Doty; brothers and sisters, Betty (Carl) Geller, Lorene (Elmer) Barker, Helen Tait, Leonard Riley, Eugene (Audrey) Riley, Rita (Neil) Snyder, Janet (Pat) Burns; and a brother-in-law, Stanley Schafer. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Jack Riley and a sister, Patricia Schafer.

A Funeral Mass will take place Tuesday July 18, 2006, at 4:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Hubbardston. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday from 6-8 and Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. both evenings at the Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home in Carson City. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Mid Michigan Hospice.

Robert Lee Pokorny

pokorny_robert.jpg (4109 bytes)Robert Lee Pokorny age 52 of Corunna, Michigan died Thursday, July 13, 2006 at Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility Corunna, MI.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie Chapel Elsie, MI on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 11:00 AM. Pastor Eric Stanton will officiate with burial at Riverside Cemetery Elsie, Michigan. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 17, 2006 from 2-8 P.M. with family present 2-4 and 6-8 P.M.

Robert was born in St. Johns, Michigan on April 14, 1954 the son of Rudolph and Anna ( Demyanovich ) Pokorny. He resided most of his life in Elsie, Michigan. Robert worked for a time at the Junction of Hope Restaurant in Chesaning. He enjoyed listening to music, especially polkas. Robert was a member of the ZCBJ Hall of Bannister, Michigan and took part in the Special Olympics in running events.

He is survived by his sister Patricia and Oli Cech of Owosso, MI, 4 brothers; Edward and Loretta Pokorny of Elsie, MI, Rudy and Maxine Pokorny of Elsie, MI, Eugene and Alice Pokorny of Owosso, MI, Carl and Jeannie Pokorny of Ovid, MI, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, and brother Gary Pokorny.

Memorials may be made to ZCBJ Hall in Bannister, Michigan or the Carland Zion Brethren In Christ Church. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie Chapel.

Beatrice J. Jorae

jorae_beatrice.jpg (4197 bytes)Beatrice J. Jorae died July 13, 2006 at the age of 94. Born in Greenbush Township July 4, 1912, she was the daughter of Anthony and Christine (Mueller) Motz and lived most of her life in Greenbush Township. She was a graduate of St. Johns High School, County Normal and Central Michigan University. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Altar Society, co-organizer/charter member of St. Natalie Guild, member of Clinton County Farm Bureau, co-organized/charter member and life member of Clinton County Chapter of MARSP, member Rural Teachers Club, GFWC, Greenbush Golden Agers, Art Appreciation Presenter at St. Joseph School, a volunteer at Hazel Findlay Manor, Bement Public Library and St. Johns Public Schools. She retired as a elementary school teacher in 1971.

She is survived by a daughter Christine (Nicholas) Kurncz of St. Johns, two sons George (Frances) Jorae of Ionia and James (Jennifer) Jorae of St. Johns, 18 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, brothers, Arthur (Rita) Motz of St. Johns and Jack (Barbara) Motz of Missouri, many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Gerald Jorae in 1983, one son Oliver, one great granddaughter Chelsea Jorae, brothers Francis, Herman and Ronald Motz and sisters Marion Sohn and Hilda Hufnagel.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 A.M. Monday, July 17, 2006 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, burial at Mt. Rest Cemetery with the Rev. Fr. Eoin Murphy officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 P.M. Saturday, 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Sunday at the Osgood Funeral Home with a rosary/vigil service prayed at 7 P.M. Sunday. Sympathy may be expressed in the form of memorials to St. Joseph Education Fund or American Heart Association.

Richard Dale DuBois

dubois.jpg (4186 bytes)Richard Dale DuBois Lansing, MI Formerly of Eaton Rapids, MI father, grandfather, husband, brother, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 12, 2006. He was born August 25, 1920 in St. Johns, the son of George and Jessie DuBois. His wife, Virginia, infant daughter, Susan, brother, R.G. DuBois and Russell Grant preceded Richard in death. As a World War II United States Marine Corps veteran, Richard served in the 1st Marine Division, 3rd Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Regiment where he received high meritorious honors. He was previously employed by Lansing Dairy and State Beverage. He retired from the Eaton Rapids branch of the United States Postal Service.

Surviving Richard are one sister, Helen (Adam) Schaefer of Fowler, Michigan; three sons, William DuBois of San Antonio, Texas, Jay DuBois of Lansing, Michigan and Robert (Sheri) DuBois of Eaton Rapids, Michigan; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and longtime friends, Bill Wheelock and Chuck and Phyllis Trombley. He also had a very special relationship with his nephew, Keith Grant. Richard was an active member of the South Church of the Nazarene in Lansing, Michigan and also a lifelong member of VFW Post 701. In the past 10 years one of Richard's most fulfilling experiences was to reunite with the remaining Marines of his WWII battalion. Of this newly re-acquainted group, preceding him in death were J.C. Hayes, Albert Scott, Joe Bohnert and Ted Edens and surviving are Don Sering, Jessie Herrera and George Varley. Richard was an avid fisherman and hunter most of his life. In his most recent years he enjoyed spending his free time at the Miller Road Senior Center kicking butt on the pool table.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 15, 2006 at the South Church of the Nazarene with Pastor DeMott officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday, July 14, 2006 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Chapel In The Pines Funeral Home, 101 W. Jolly Rd., Lansing. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to Hospice of Lansing in memory of Richard D. DuBois.

Albert "Corky" Ensign

Albert "Corky" Ensign Bannister, MI Age 82, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at the Memorial Healthcare, Owosso, Michigan.

ensign_albert.jpg (4545 bytes)Funeral services will be at Bannister United Methodist Church, Bannister, Michigan on Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will be on Thursday 6-8 p.m. and Friday 2-8 p.m. with family present 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie Chapel. Pastor John Pohl will officiate with burial at Ford Cemetery, Gratiot County, Michigan. Corky was born in Turner, Michigan on March 4, 1924 the son of Eugene Cashius and Anna (Mangelman) Ensign. He graduated from the Elsie High School with the class of 1942 and resided most of his life in Bannister, Michigan. He was married to Alice Horton, the mother of his children.

On August 26, 1973 he married Arselia Block Sehler at the Hurd School in DeWitt, Michigan. He went with his father to sell chickens and produce at the Detroit Farmer's Market for many years. As an adult he milked cows for 17 years and he trucked cattle for area farmers for 28 years. He started working for MMPA in 1956 retiring in 1979 after 23 years of service. He enjoyed seeing his crops grow, and living in the old farmhouse. For his wife's convenience, he had an elevator installed. He took a strong interest in the three Assistive Technology Centers which his wife initiated. He made many friends while supporting those centers' activities. One of the more moving experiences in Al's life was appearing for five years in the Methodist Church dramatizations of the Last Supper, in which he played the role of Nathaniel. Corky will be fondly remembered by his outgoing personality, and his "trademark Hat." Corky was a member of Bannister United Methodist Church, where he held many different positions in the church and was a member of the United Methodist Men. He was involved with 4-H and he volunteered for the PAM Assistance Center in St. Johns, Michigan.

Survivors include his wife, Arselia Ensign of Bannister, Michigan; 2 sons, Larry and Orean Ensign of Holt, MO, David Ensign of Flagstaff, AZ; 3 daughters, Linda and Donald Rosser of Elsie, MI, Elizabeth and Vernon Elliott of Dansville, MI, Cathy and Duane Hampton of Portage, MI; 15 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Grace and Duane Green of Elsie, MI, Marjorie Glowney of Bannister, MI; 1 brother-in-law, Edgar Zimmerman of Tucson, AZ; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; 2 sisters, Mary Zimmerman and Lillian Terrell; and 2 brothers-in-law, King Terrell and Floyd Glowney. Memorials can be made to the Bannister United Methodist Church.  The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie Chapel.