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Dennis E. Harr

harr_dennis.jpg (6104 bytes)Dennis E. Harr died July 12, 2008, at the age of 61. Denny was a very loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was born in St. Johns on July 21, 1946, the son of Melvin and Irene (Koenigsknecht) Harr. He was a retired stores clerk for General Motors, a Veteran of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division serving in Vietnam, a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church and V.F.W. Post #3733. Denny married Celine Martin in Westphalia on May 20, 1972 and she survives him.

Also surviving are his daughters, Michele (Joe) Cook, Nicole (Dan) Thelen, all of Portland, and Jamie (Scott) Nurenberg of Westphalia; 3 grandchildren (Papa’s little men), Brice and Devin Cook and Charlie Thelen; godson, Kacey Feldpausch; siblings, Lloyd (Sandy) Harr, Judy (Charlie) Armbrustmacher and Joyce (Brian) Feldpausch; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Christopher and parents, Melvin and Irene. Denny enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed camping, hunting, golfing and especially fishing with “Papa’s little men”.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 A.M. Thursday, July 17, 2008 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, in Fowler, burial at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery with Rev. Fr. Dennis Howard officiating. The family will receive friends 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Goerge Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Homes, in Fowler, with a rosary prayed at 3 and 8 P.M. Tuesday and Wednesday. Sympathy may be expressed in the form of memorials to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Leon Wieber

wieber_leon.jpg (4351 bytes)Leon Wieber died Sunday, July 13, 2008 at the age of 88. He was born July 11, 1920 in Fowler the son of Frank and Rosa (Thelen) Wieber. He was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, a Navy Veteran of WWII serving in the signal corps and a member of V.F.W. Post #3733. He enjoyed woodworking, playing cards and wine making and was a retired co-owner / operator of Wieber Lumber Co. in Fowler. On August 23, 1944 Leon married Geraldine Braun and she preceded him in death July 8, 2006. He was also predeceased by an infant son, Bruce; two brothers, Mark and Giles; three sisters, Jeanette "Midge" Omahen, Rosalyn Brown, and Joan Simon and three infant siblings.

Surviving is one daughter, Diane (Dr. Bruce) Beachnau of Portland; four sons, John (Vicki) and Jeff (Julie) all of Fowler, Paul "Tom" (Colleen) of South Bend, IN, Terry (Jan) of Westphalia; 17 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; one brother, Carl of Fowler; two sisters, Therese Weber of St. Johns and Judy (Jesse) Castillo of Lansing; sister-in-law Mary Ann Wieber and brother-in-law, Charles Simon both of Fowler.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2008 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler with Rev. Fr. Dennis Howard as celebrant. Rite of Committal will follow at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery with military honors provided by V.F.W. Post # 3733. The family will receive relatives and friends 2-4 and 6-8 Wednesday and 5-8 Thursday at Most Holy Trinity Church Activity Center, 11159 Kent St. Fowler. A Rosary will be prayed at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. Wednesday with a Vigil Service at 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Activity Center. There will be no visitation on thursday afternoon. Memorials may be made to Great Lakes Hospice or the National Kidney Foundation. Arrangements and service provided by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.

Helen M. Panos

Helen M. Panos, died on July 10, 2008 at the age of 83. She was born on November 9, 1924, in Raceland, KY, the daughter of Luther and Nancy (Begley) Burroughs. She married Eugene Panos on December 23, 1946 and he preceded her in death on August 19, 2007. Helen was an elementary school teacher in Wellston, OH, worked as a buyer for Lazarus Department Store and later owned the Tick-Tock Restaurant in Hastings, MI. She was an avid reader and a good bowler who never complained and of whom it was said, “She had the sweetest disposition”.

Helen is survived by her son, Jim (Sandy) Panos of Delton, MI, daughter, Julia (Michael) Davis of St. Johns, 5 grandchildren, Rachel (Craig) Kulesza, Steve Matel, Tim Panos, Luke Panos and Clay Panos. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her 4 brothers and her sister.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2008, at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI. Sympathies may be expressed in the form of memorial contributions to Hospice of Clinton County. Arrangements by the Osgood Funeral Home, St. Johns.

Edna Zell

zell_edna.jpg (4528 bytes)Edna Zell, 92, of St. Johns, went to be with her Lord on July 9, 2008. She was the second child born to Alfred and Elfrieda (Jasmund) Nobis on May 14, 1916 in Arnzville, Illinois. She came to Michigan in 1934 after graduating from high school. She was married to Lorenz Zell on December 8, 1939 in Valpraiso, Indiana, and he preceded her in death in 1996. They lived on a farm in Bengal Township until 1963 and then moved into St. Johns. Mrs. Zell was a faithful member of St. John's Lutheran Church. She was also a homemaker and a wonderful mother and grandmother. She loved her flower beds and quilting.

Surviving are three sons, David (Sharon) Zell of Ovid, Gary (Ruth) Zell, and Mark Zell; and two daughters, Lois Thompson and Joyce (Howard) Kimball, all of St. Johns. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; one sister, Alma Boak; sisters-in-law, Virgie Zell and June Nobis; caregiver, Bonnie Vance; many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends and a loving church family. In addition to her husband, mother, father and step-mother, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Melvin Nobis, Eldore Nobis and Harold Nobis.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 14, 2008 at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor George Brinley officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Rest Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Osgood Funeral Home in St. Johns. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John’s Lutheran Church Choir or Altar Guild.