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Roy L. Elwood II

John Glowacki

Sherry R. Meredith

Marian C. (Hicks) Baker

Elizabeth Hess

Barbara P. (Bennett) Parsons

Charles L. Thomas

Dale “Joe” Simmons

Ronald D. Fowler

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Roy L. Elwood II

elwood_roy.jpg (4152 bytes)Roy L. Elwood II age 50 of Ovid, Michigan died Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at his home.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel Corunna, MI on Friday, August 4, 2006 at 1:00 PM. Pastor LaDonna Stewart will officiate with burial at Newburg Cemetery Shiawassee Township, Michigan. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2006 from 2-8 P.M.

Roy was born in Owosso, Michigan on January 31, 1956 the son of Roy L. and Thelma I. ( Harper ) Elwood I. He resided most of his life in Ovid, Michigan. Roy married Carrie A. Green on March 18, 2005 in Owosso, Michigan. He worked as a Tin Knocker for Local 7 in Lansing. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and all that the outdoors had to offer. Roy attended church at Cornerstone Church of God in Owosso.

He is survived by his wife Carrie A. Elwood of Ovid, MI, son Roy L. Elwood III of Corunna, MI, son Jeremy J. Elwood of Ovid, MI, daughter Tiffany A. Elwood of Owosso, MI, daughter Colleen B. Green of Ovid, MI, son Justin B. Green of Ovid, MI, daughter Skyler L. Green of Ovid, MI, 3 grandchildren Alexander and Aundrea Amman, and Dakota Elwood, mother Thelma I. Elwood of Ovid, MI, sister Teresa Elwood of Rochester Hills, MI, sister Bonnie and John Gall of Bannister, MI, brother Ricky Elwood of Ovid, MI, brother Randy Elwood of Ovid, MI, and best friend Mike and Lisa Mead of Elsie, MI. He is predeceased by his father, brother Rodney Elwood, and his grandparents.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel.

Richard M. Henning

henning_richard.jpg (4380 bytes)Richard M. Henning, 60 of Ovid, MI. died Wednesday, August 2, 2006. He was born Nov. 3, 1945 in Clinton County the son of Lawrence M. and Irene M. Ley Henning. On Jan 8, 1966 he married Karen L. Sutliff in St. Johns, MI. Dick worked at Federal Mogul and retired in 1986. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Ovid.

He is survived by his wife Karen; daughter, Kimberly and Chris Mulligan of St. Johns; sons, Craig and Stephanie Henning of Kendallville, IN, Rex and Caren Henning of Noblesville, IN and Darcy Henning of Ovid; 6 grandchildren, Tristen, Hannah, Bryce, Bailey and Breana Henning and Joshua Mulligan; brother, Gale and Donna Henning of St. Johns; sisters, Bernice and Leonard Mitchell, Joyce and Kenneth Russell and Barbara Rewerts all of Ovid and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dale and Gerald and sisters, Beverly Henning and Madonna Lepard.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, Ovid on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006 at 10:30 A.M. with Fr. Ray Urbanek officiating. Burial will follow at Middlebury Cemetery. A Rosary will be prayed at 6:00 P.M. on Friday evening. The family will receive friends at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, 989-224-4422 on Thursday and Friday, 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to the family or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Barbara P. (Bennett) Parsons

parsons_barbara.jpg (5371 bytes)Parsons, Barbara P. (Bennett) age 83, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother went to be with the Lord on August 1, 2006. She was born on November 5, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Fredrick H. and Myrtle M. (Barnum) Bennett. Barbara graduated from the St. Johns Highs School Class of 1942. She married Richard A. (Dick) Parsons on November 28, 1942 and resided in St. Johns. In 1957 moving to Fowler, where she and her husband owned and operated Fowler Plumbing and Heating. In 1962 Barbara suffered a major stroke changing her life forever. She will always be remembered for her incredible spirit, her remarkable courage and ability to persevere in trying circumstances. She was an avid baseball fan of the Atlanta Braves, member of the Ladies Auxiliary Unit #0153, enjoyed her TV, reading, traveling with her husband, spending time with her family and the simple things in life. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Fredrick A. (Tom) Bennett, husband Richard A. (Dick) Parsons and grandson Jeffrey L. Parsons.

Surviving are son James R. Parsons Sr. and fiancÚ Mary Lee Hosford, Ionia, daughter Marsha J. (James O.) Koenigsknecht, Fowler, brother-in-law R.E. (Virginia) Parsons, Clare, MI, dear and very best friend Leola (Wilbur) Thurston, St. Johns, 6 grandchildren Richard J. Koenigsknecht, Naples, Florida, Scott M. (Jennifer) Koenigsknecht, James R. Jr. (Amy) Parsons, Jean Ann Zuwala, Jackie Kipp, all of Fowler, and Joyce (Duane) Cole, Portland, 14 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Friday, August 4, 2006 at the Goerge Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Homes, 11112 W. Ionia, Fowler, with Rev. Fr. Timothy E. MacDonald officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI. The family will receive visitors from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. Wednesday and Thursday at the funeral home. Pall bearers will be grandsons, Richard J. Koenigsknecht, Scott M. Koenigsknecht and James R. Parsons, Jr. and great grandsons, Jason Gage, Jordan Gage, Jeff Kipp, Jamison Kipp and Josh Parsons. A heart felt thank you to the caregivers at Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor for their loving care over the years. Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed, still very dear.

John Glowacki

John Glowacki died July 31, 2006, at the age of 81. Born in Clinton County on June 10, 1925, the son of Albert and Julia (Pietruszka) Glowacki. He was a retired farmer who owned Mobile T.V. Service and Glowacki Airport. John married Sybil Smith in St. Johns on October 1, 1955 and she survives him.

Also surviving are his sons, Allen (Donna) Glowacki, Philip (Cindy) Glowacki, all of St. Johns, Bryan (Shirley) Glowacki of St. Petersberg, FL and Greg Glowacki of St. Johns, eight grandchildren, Jeff, Jamie, Stephanie, Cassandra, Melissa, Jessica, Amber and Dustin, sisters, Stella Ostrowski and Esther Bills, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Frank, Michael and Ted, sisters, Carolin Kazak, Eva Bohil and Mamie Glowacki.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 A.M. Thursday, August 3, 2006 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, burial at Mt. Rest Cemetery with the Rev. Fr. Eoin Murphy officiating. The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Wednesday at the Osgood Funeral Home with a rosary prayed 7 P.M. Wednesday. Sympathy may be expressed in the form of memorials to the American Lung Association or the American Heart Association.

Charles L. Thomas

thomas_charles.jpg (5128 bytes)Charles L. Thomas, age 78, GM Fisher Body retiree, passed away Sunday, July 30, 2006 at his home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Born September 1, 1927 in Rodgersville, PA to Delbert and Mary E. (Hostuttler) Thomas, Chuck married Mary A. Banks August 17, 1946 in Oswayo, PA.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Mary A., his dog, Sassy, sister, Mary (Harold) Morris of PA, brother, Kenneth (Carol) Thomas of PA and sister, Elizabeth (Donald) King of Weidman; children Terry (Nancy) Thomas of Rixford, PA, Gregory Thomas of Crystal, Barbara (Gordon) Spitzley of Charlotte, Jeanette (Lonnie) Abbott of Carson City, Kay (Fred) Riley of Concord, Charles Michael (Karen) Thomas of St. Johns and Darrell (Melinda) Thomas of Maple Rapids; 21 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Chuck enjoyed being with his family, hunting, fishing and camping. He was a retired member of the Maple Rapids Volunteer Fire Department.

A service in celebration of our husband and father will be held 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at the Abbott Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes, 509 E. Main Street, Maple Rapids with Pastor Steve Lang officiating. Interment will be in Sowle Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Funeral Home Tuesday 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Sympathy may be expressed in the form of memorial contributions to Hope Bible Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society in memory of Charles Thomas.

Sherry R. Meredith

Sherry R. Meredith,  52, nurse, died Friday. Services 1 p.m. Tuesday at United Church of Ovid. Arrangements by Osgood Funeral Homes, Houghton Chapel, Ovid.

Dale “Joe” Simmons

simmons_dale.jpg (4378 bytes)Dale “Joe” Simmons died July 28, 2006, at the age of 54. Born in Edmore, Michigan on August 26, 1951 the son of Joe and Viola (LeFever) Simmons. He was a former employee of the Clinton Co. Maintenance Dept.

Surviving are his children, Joe (Jill), Justin (Missy), and Amber. Four grandchildren, mother, Vi Simmons, sisters, Darla (Bob) Lewis and Barb (Bob) Kurtz, and brother, Steve, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Simmons.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 P.M. Monday, July 31, 2006 at the Osgood Funeral Home, burial at Mt. Rest Cemetery with Gary Bird officiating. The family will receive friends 7-9 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home. Sympathy may be expressed in the form of memorials to the American Heart Association.


Marian C. (Hicks) Baker

baker_marian.jpg (4521 bytes)Marian C. (Hicks) Baker Maple Rapids, MI Marian died July 26, 2006 at the age of 90. Born in Essex Township, Michigan on April 28, 1916, the daughter of Robert and Anna (Roberts) Hicks. She was a homemaker and attended the Maple Rapids Congregational Christian Church. Marian married D. Dale Baker in Clinton County on January 21, 1935 and he preceded her in death on June 16, 1993.

Surviving are her daughters, Linda Taylor and Bonnie (Charles) Henry, all of Maple Rapids; sons, Alan D. (Barbara) Baker of Yorktown, IN, Guy (Emmajean) Baker of Gaylord, MI, Mitchel Baker of Goldsboro, NC, R.J. (Faye) Baker of Hohenwald, TN and Jeff (Mary Ann) Baker of Delta Township, MI; 30 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Stanley (Doris) Hicks of Bandera, TX; and sisters, Ella Griffin of St. Johns, Anna May Conklin of Owosso and Hazel Johnson of Maple Rapids. She was preceded in death by her parents, former husband, brothers and sisters-in-law, Elston (Alberta and Margaret) Hicks, F.D. (Delight) Hicks, brother-in-law, Ernest Conklin and grandson, Brett Bramer and nephew, Curtis Hicks.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 31, 2006 at the Abbott Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Homes, 509 E. Main St., Maple Rapids, with David Hudgens officiating, private commital service will be at a later date at Sowle Cemetery. The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Sympathy may be expressed in the form of memorials to Sparrow Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Ronald D. Fowler

fowler_ronald.jpg (4609 bytes)Ronald D. Fowler Westphalia, MI Age 62. Ron, a loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away after a courageous battle against interstitial pulmonary fibrous on Wednesday, July 26, 2006. Ron was born February 21, 1944 the son of Donald and Ruth Fowler. He attended St. Louis High School, was a graduate of Ferris State University and a Vietnam veteran. Ron spent the majority of his working life as a manager and a Senior Buyer for General Motors. He enjoyed bowling, woodworking, golfing, camping, boating and traveling. He was member of St. Joseph Society, Knights of Columbus #2890, and a lifetime member of the Fowler, Pewamo, Westphalia V.F.W. Post #3733. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ron is survived by his wife of 41 years, Margaret and their children, Bryan (Patti) Fowler of Mt. Pleasant and Christine Fowler of Westphalia; brothers, Dan (Paula) Fowler of Kentwood, Gael Fowler of St. Louis, Darryl (Pam) Fowler of St. Louis; grandchildren, Rachel and Brittany Fowler with special adopted family, Constance, Katherine, and Chad Klein were also a great source of joy to him.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Cecilio Reyna at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 29, 2006 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Westphalia. Rite of Committal will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Military Graveside Honors will be provided by the V.F.W. Post #3733. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m., Thursday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Friday at the St. Mary's Funeral Chapel, 210 N. Westphalia St., Westphalia. The Rosaries will be prayed at 8 p.m., Thursday and 3 p.m. Friday. The Scriptural Wake Service will be prayed at 8 p.m.. Friday. For those wishing, memorial contributions may be to U of M Transplant Center-Adult Lung Transplant Center, Fr. Al Miller Trust Fund, St. Mary Educational Scholarship Fund or the Gift of Life in memory of Ron. Arrangements are being handled by Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Portland.

Elizabeth Hess

hess_elizabeth.jpg (5396 bytes)Elizabeth M. Hess age 86 of Elsie, Michigan died Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at The Courts of Holt Nursing Home Holt, MI.

Funeral Services will be held at Elsie United Methodist Church Elsie, MI on Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 1:00 PM. Pastor Edwin Snook and Pastor Fred Fischer will officiate with burial at Duplain Township Cemetery Duplain Twp., Michigan. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 28, 2006 from 2-4 and 6:30 - 8:30 P.M.

Elizabeth was born in St. Johns, Michigan on October 12, 1919 the daughter of Lyman and Estella ( Grenlund ) Cobb. She resided most of her life in Boston, Norfolk Virginia, San Francisco and Elsie, Michigan. She graduated from Elsie High School with the class of 1938 and from Michigan State College with the class of 1942. Elizabeth married Lawrence Hess on November 19, 1944 in Elsie, Michigan at the Cobb Farm. He died on January 1, 1992. She taught school in Sebewaing and Elsie and worked as a substitute in the Ovid-Elsie School System. Elizabeth was a member of the Elsie United Methodist Church as well as the Womens Literary Club, Elsie Historical Society, Clinton County Historical Society, Former Chairman of the Elsie Public Library Board, member of the Clinton County Library Board, and Former Elsie Village Assesor.

She is survived by her daughter Barbara and Richard Hall of Mason, MI, granddaughter Carrie and Richard Breslin of Mason, MI, grandson Tim Hess Hall of Mason, MI, great granddaughter Kallie Elizabeth Breslin of Mason, MI, loving niece Bonny McVeigh of Davisburg, MI, and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, husband, and one brother, Andrew Cobb.

Memorials may be made to Elsie Public Library or the Elsie Historical Society. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes,, Elsie Chapel.