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Evelyn Jean Boyce

Thelma L. Ruehle

Brandon M. Seidel

Stanley N. Hengesbach

Helen Marie Gaffney

Leona I. Swender

Gert V. Simmon

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Hazel L. Sibrel

sibrel_hazel.jpg (4015 bytes)Hazel L. Sibrel, 85 died Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at her home after suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease for several years. Hazel was born June 11, 1922 in Terre Haute, IN the daughter of John O. and Hazel M. (Park) Winton, and graduated from Wiley High School in Terre Haute. She was married to William F. Sibrel on Sept. 25, 1943 in Orlando, FL. He died in Sept. 1995. She had worked for Clabber Girl Baking Company and was a homemaker.

Survivors include her sons, William O. (Susan) Sibrel of DeWitt and Steven P. (Lynda) Sibrel of South Lyon, MI. 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; brothers John and Paul Winton. She was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Mary K. Poorman, Alice M. Johonnott, and Dorothy I. Johnson.

The family will receive friends at Redeemer United Methodist Church, 13980 Schavey Rd., DeWitt, MI on Friday, April 25, 2008, 3:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held at Roselawn Funeral Home, 7500 N. Clinton St., Terre Haute, IN at a later date. The family is being served by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home in St. Johns, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice or National Alzheimers Assn.

Stanley N. Hengesbach

Stanley N. Hengesbach, age 79, went home to be with his Lord on April 19, 2008. Born October 26, 1928 in Westphalia, MI, the son of Lawrence and Theresa Hengesbach. Stanley retired from Lansing Fisher-Body on January 1, 1983 with over 35 years of service. He served in the Korean Conflict with the U.S.Army. He was a member of Holy Cross Church and a member of the St. Joseph Society in Westphalia. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, William and Reynold.

He is survived by his wife, Rosie, of 53 years, whom he married January 29, 1955 at Resurrection Church; his children, Diane (Larry) Brown, Mary Ann (William) White, Lawrence A. (Joan) Hengesbach, and Jane (Michael) VanAuken; 10 grandchildren, Neil, Jacquelyn, and Janette Brown, Stephanie and Sarah White, Lawrence Hengesbach, Christina, Nicholas, Rebecca, and Mary VanAuken; great-grandson, Ayden Brown; 2 sisters, Alice Hengesbach and Helen (William) Clark; 2 brothers, Linus (Patricia) and Albert (Wilma) Hengesbach; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday and from 2-4, 6-8 p.m. Friday with a 7:00 p.m. Vigil Rosary Service both Thursday and Friday in the Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing. Funeral Liturgy will be 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2008 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1611 W. Oakland, Lansing with Fr. Maurice Hayes presiding. Rite of Committal St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the staff of Sparrow Health System-Sparrow Campus I.C.U. and N.I.C.U. for their devoted care of Stanley.

Helen Marie Gaffney

gaffney_helen.jpg (4240 bytes)Helen Marie Gaffney died Monday, April 21, 2008 at the age of 80. She was born July 11, 1927 in Hancock, Michigan the daughter of Fred A. and Olive A. (Peltier) Miller. She was a 1945 graduate of Houghton High School and earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Michigan University in 1949. She was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Ithaca, MI and a member of the MEA. Helen loved children and was an elementary school teacher for 30 years retiring in 1992. She taught in the Haslett Schools at Wilkshire Elementary. She was then at St. Joseph Catholic School, Central Elementary and Riley Elementary in St. Johns for the remainder of her career. On June 21, 1949 she married John L. Gaffney in Houghton, MI and he preceded her in death on December 24, 1986. She was also predeceased by a sister Virginia Smith.

Surviving is one daughter, Kathleen A. Gaffney of Salem, AR; two sons, David J. of Eureka and James M. of St. Johns; three grandchildren, Chad R. (Natalie) Towns DVM of Nebraska City, NE, Aaron D. (Karrie) Gaffney of Charlevoix, MI, Brent F. Gaffney of St. Johns and six great grandchildren, Jack, Ella, Joseph, Caleb, Gwendolyn and Gabrielle.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 a. m. Saturday, April 26, 2008 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 121 N. Union, Ithaca, MI with Rev. Fr. Julius Spleet as celebrant. Rite of Committal will be at a later date in Forest Hill Cemetery, Houghton, MI. The family will receive relatives and friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday with a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the American Cancer Society or Sparrow Hospice.

Evelyn Jean Boyce

boyce_evelyn.jpg (4237 bytes)Evelyn Jean (Foote) Boyce died on April 22, 2008.   She was born on October 28, 1924 to Daisy (Bish-Fidler) and James L. Foote, Jr. in Lafayette Twp, MI. She graduated from Merrill High School where she was senior class president and editor of the school newspaper. She won varsity letters in basketball and softball. Members of her family formed a band, referred to as the Red Fidler Band, which played for high school and community events. She sang, yodeled, and played guitar and drums. Evelyn married James R. Boyce on October 14, 1942. He preceded her in death in 1994.

They had five children: Eileen L. (Tom) Herbst of Brighton, MI, Gary C. (Pam) Boyce of Grand Ledge, MI., Maynard J. (Laurie) Boyce of Bradenton, Fl., Andrea L.(Doug) Kurth of St. Johns, MI., and Lowell D. Boyce who also preceded her in death. She is also survived by ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

During World War II, she worked at Saginaw Steering Geer making B-24 Liberator bombers. She retired from Sealed Power in St. Johns after 25 years. Evelyn loved nature, her birds and deer herd on her farm in Fowler. She was a member of the Audubon Society. She had previously attended the United Methodist Church in St. Johns and more recently, the United Methodist Church in Maple Rapids.

Funeral services will be held, Thursday, April 22, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. at Osgood Funeral Homes, 104 East Cass St., St. Johns., with Rev. Kathy Leydorf officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home. Sympathy may be expressed in the form of memorials to The United Methodist Church, Maple Rapids or The Hospice House of Mid-Michigan.

Leona I. Swender

swender_leona.jpg (4237 bytes)Leona I. Swender, 96 died Tuesday, April 22, 2008. Leona was born April 8, 1912 in Ovid the daughter of Frank and Nellie (Drake) Smith. She graduated from Ovid High School in 1929 and from Owosso School of Nursing in 1933. She worked for 22 years for Dr. W. B. Fillinger in Ovid as office nurse, and assisted in the delivery of many babies. She returned to Memorial Hospital after Dr. Fillingers retirement, working in New Born Nursery and the OB Dept. until she retired in 1977. She married H. Lee Swender Feb. 3, 1934, was a member of Shepardsville United Methodist Church since 1956, The American and Michigan Nurses Association.

She is survived by son Norm and Rose Swender of Marshall, MI and daughter, Colleen and Rolla Gruesbeck of Ovid. 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Several nieces and nephews. Se was preceded in death by her husband Lee in 1997, brothers Leon and Robert Smith and sisters Ethel Simpson, Lorna Nicholas and Wilma Swender.

Funeral services will be held at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home on Friday, April 25, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Kathy Leydorf officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday 6-8 P.M. and Thursday, 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to Shepardsville United Methodist Church, Shiawassee Hospice, or Ovid Public Library.

Thelma L. Ruehle

ruehle_thelma.jpg (4415 bytes)Thelma L. Ruehle, 92 died April 20, 2008. Thelma was born on March 6, 1916 in Battle Creek, MI the daughter of Howard and Hazel (Betz) Hamp. She was a homemaker and worked as a riveter on B-24’s during WW II. On Feb. 29, 1952 she married Vearl Ruehle in Angola, Indiana. He preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 1994. She also was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, Joe and Dick Hamp and daughter Rhonda Rae in infancy.

Thelma was a member of Duplain Church of Christ, was an avid bird watcher, and had read the complete Bible 43 times. She enjoyed her family, grandchildren and was Grandma to many other young people.

She is survived by sons Hal and Sue Breakey of Knoxville, TN, Mike and Vicky Ruehle and Rex and Gayla Ruehle both of St. Johns; step-son Phil and Linda Ruehle of Owosso, 17 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

.Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2008, 11:00 A.M. at Duplain Church of Christ with Phil Beavers officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Ovid, MI. The family will receive friends at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, 989-224-4422 on Tuesday, April 22, 2008, 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to Rock Lake Christian Assembly, 7384 E. Vestaburg Rd., Vestaburg, MI 48891

Gert V. Simmon

simmons_gert.jpg (5624 bytes)In celebration of her life of 73 years, Gert V. Simmon went to be with our Lord, April 19, 2008. Gert was born September 9, 1934 to Albert and Leona (Simon) Witgen in Westphalia, Michigan.

She left behind her loving husband of 54 years, Mark, and seven children; Randy (Kathy), Dale (Barb), Janet (Luke) Pohl, Alan, Julie (Rod) Green, Curt (Shelly) and Scott and son-in-law, Kirk Robbins. She is also survived by her two sisters, Betty Thelen and Yvonne (Bill) Asher. Gert was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Patty Robbins; two grandsons, Garrett Pohl and Greg Simmon; sisters, Helen Witgen and Judy Witgen and brother, Jerome (Audrey) Witgen, as well as her daughter-in-law, Luann Simmon.

Gert loved to spend time with her 30 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She also enjoyed creating her many quilts, playing Scrabble and Yahtzee and reading. She was a member of Most Holy Trinity Parish in Fowler.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler, burial at Holy Trinity Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. on Sunday and 2-4 P.M. and 7-9 P.M. on Monday at the Goerge Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Homes, Prayer Service 7 P.M. on Monday and Rosary Services will be 3 P.M. and 7 P.M. Sunday and 3 P.M. on Monday. In lieu of acknowledgements the family will make a donation to a charity of the family’s choice. Memorial contributions may be made to Austin’s House, 15560 W. Hanses Rd. Westphalia, Michigan 48894 or the Most Holy Family Education Trust Fund.

“And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” - Anais Nin

Brandon M. Seidel

seidel_brandon.jpg (4671 bytes)Brandon M. Seidel was born March 4, 2008 and died at Sparrow Hospital on April 14, 2008. Brandon was the son of Jeff and Kim Seidel.

Brandon is survived by his parents, twin brother, Daniel Lee, grandparents, Carl and Pat Seidel of Ovid and Ernie and Shirley Cornell of Six
Lakes, MI.

The family received friends and relatives at
Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns, 989-224-4422 on Thursday, April 17, 2008 from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M.