Monica Lee-Carman Coopshaw, Cathy Morrison, Carol A. Schautz, Curtis Eugene Luttig, Robert A. Frechen, Connie J. Chamberlain, Anja Maki

Monica Lee-Carman Coopshaw

Monica Lee-Carman Coopshaw, age 32, of Manistee (formerly of Ovid) passed away on Friday, February 17, 2012 at her home. Monica was born on March 24, 1979 to John Carman and Kathy (Fisher) Maier at Owosso Memorial Hospital. She attended Manistee High School until mid senior year and graduated from Ovid-Elsie High School with the Class of 1997. Monica was employed during high school at Oleson Food Store in Manistee. After graduation, she was employed by Waste Management and Cellular-One in Manistee and Security Alarm Company in Owosso.

On August 27, 2005, Monica married Ryan Coopshaw at the Ovid First Baptist Church. She was a member of the Ovid First Baptist Church. Monica loved the Lord. Monica enjoyed playing games and watching mud bogging with her sons , playing pool and reading. Spending time with her family was a priority.

Monica leaves to cherish her memory her sons: Travis Lee and Lukas Robert Coopshaw of Manistee; and a step-son Austin Ryan Coopshaw of Bear Lake; her parents: Tom and Kathy Maier of Weidman and John and Mary Carman of Ovid; brothers: Chad (Tara) Carman of Chapin, Brad and (Amy Jo) Carman of Elsie; a brother-in- law, Jason (Carey) Coopshaw; step-brothers: Pastor Tim (Marce) Dickenson and Tom (Stacy) Maier; step-sisters: Lori and Shelly Thompson, Amy Dickenson, Sherry (Chad) Hitchens and Tracy VanAtta; grandparent: Ken and Gwen Fisher, Marie and Jerry VanWormer and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Monica was preceded in death by her husband, Ryan (who passed away in 2006), grandfather, Donald Carman and grandparents, Rita and Clare Maier; great -grandparents, Max and Wilma Loynes , Earl and Gladys Frasier, George and Georgea Carman, and mother and father-in-law, Robert and Julie Coopshaw.

Funeral services for Monica will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at the Weidman Baptist Church on Airline Road in Weidman with Pastor Dean Willard and Pastor Aaron Hadley officiating. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, February 21 at 4:30 pm at Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee. The family will receive friends at a visitation to be held on Monday, February 20 at Maier Family Funeral Home in Weidman from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in Monica’s honor be made to a trust fund set up at the Isabella bank, Weidman for her sons, Travis and Lukas. The family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Maier Family Funeral Home, Verdun Family Funeral Home and Brigham Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be expressed to the family utilizing the guestbook on the Brigham Funeral Chapel website at http://brighamfuneralchapel.com/.


Cathy Morrison

Cathy Morrison of St. Johns passed away Friday, February 17, 2012 at the age of 64. She was born November 1, 1947 in Lansing, MI the daughter of Martin “Al” and Melba (Williamson) Hildabridle. Cathy married Dennis Morrison on August 17, 1968 at the First Congregational Church in St. Johns. Cathy dearly loved her family, friends and her career at M.S.U.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis; daughter, Ann (Ron) Shattuck; sons, Jon (Sara), Michael and Robert Morrison; grandchildren, Samantha, Layne, Mallory and Callie. Cathy is also survived by her siblings, Sandra (Tony) Tupper, Martin “Butch” (Jeanne) Hildabridle and David (Rosemary) Hildabridle. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Lee Roy; grandmother, Elsie Williamson; sister, Susan Hensley and brother, Jack Hildabridle.

Funeral services will be held 11 A.M. February 22, 2012 at Osgood Funeral Home in St. Johns, Pastor Kenneth Bremer will be officiating, burial will follow at South Bingham Cemetery. Her family will receive friends 6-8 P.M. Monday and 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310 White Plains, NY 10605 or to a charity of her family’s choice. To learn more about Cathy and view her Life Story film, visit her personal webpage at www.lifestorynet.com/memories/78150. Arrangements by the Osgood Funeral Homes, St. Johns.


Carol A. Schautz

Carol A. Schautz, passed away, February 14, 2012, at the age of 70. Born October 13, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, she was the daughter of Carl and Elsie (Petterson) Fredrickson. Carol was a member of Greenbush United Methodist Church, and volunteered at Rave as well as Meals on Wheels. Carol married Lloyd Schautz on January 18, 1985, in Clinton County, Michigan and he survives her.

Also surviving is her daughter, Lori Hogan Robertson of Perry, MI, son, Michael (Mayuri) Hogan of Eagle, MI, grandchildren, Bryce and Jordan Robertson, Chelsea and Zachary Fenner, Alyssa and Nicholas Hogan, one brother, James (Linda) Fredrickson, one niece, Kate Fredrickson, as well as a large extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 18, 2012, at Greenbush United Methodist Church in St. Johns, with Pastor Mona Dye officiating. The family will receive friends Friday from 2-5 PM at the church, as well as one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society.

The family was served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.


Curtis Eugene Luttig

Curtis Eugene Luttig, died on February 13, 2012 after a fearless fight against ALS, at the age of 43, while surrounded by his family and his very close friends. Curt was born on May 25, 1968 in St. Johns, the son of Paul and Patricia Luttig. He married Leslie Petter on August 14, 1993, in Shingleton, Michigan. Together they have three beautiful, spunky, loving children, Quinn, Brantae and Sadye. If you see their children, you will see a wonderful resemblance of Curt in each of them. He will forever live on.

Curt attended St. Johns High School and took several classes at Michigan State University in Microbiology, before realizing that his love of work was remodeling. After building their own home, Curt started his own business, Luttig Custom Homes and Remodeling and had several faithful customers who came to be more than just customers; they became his friends.

Living and enjoying life each day is what Curt took advantage of. He was passionate about his family and was the type of father that made us extremely proud, devoting every moment to them. He thoroughly enjoyed coaching his children in sports and also the children in the community. Curt made learning a sport enjoyable and made sure all participated. He even coached during the time when he could no longer talk, and continued to do so until it became impossible.

Curt embraced the outdoors, loved spending weekends at the cottage with his family, was a true MSU Spartan Fan and was a remarkable athlete. In high school he played Varsity basketball and tennis and he was an amazing golfer. Until ALS took his ability to be on the court, he actively played basketball with a great group of men who were fighting off middle age, known as the Dewitt Morning Hoopsters and the Sunday Group at St. Joe.

He never missed an opportunity to stop at various Speedways for a 44oz. Mt. Dew and a candy bar, and enthusiastically ate chips and dip for breakfast. Curt was extremely sarcastic, humorous and amazing at everything he set his mind to. He was the most kind, caring and handsome man, with beautiful eyes, and the softest smile.

Though ALS took all that was him on a physical level, mentally, through his writings and updates on the Luttig Family website, he was able to make people stop and enjoy all the little things before them… to embrace life. Curt maintained a positive outlook on life despite his illness, touched lives of people he never knew and fought harder than anyone we know. He was beyond courageous; he never gave up.

Curt will forever be loved, remembered and deeply missed by his wife, Leslie, son Quinn and daughters, Brantae and Sayde. Also surviving are his parents, Paul and Patricia Luttig, siblings, Ernie Luttig, Bill Luttig, Pam (Craig) Luttig-Stoltz and Linda (Dave) Lucas as well as several nieces and nephews.

“Life isn’t days and years. It’s what you do with time and with all the goodness and grace that’s inside you.”

Memorial service will be 3 P.M. Friday, February 17, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns. The family will receive friends 11 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. before the service at the Osgood Funeral Home in St. Johns.

In lieu of flowers and they are beautiful, in Curt’s words, “Flowers creep me out at funerals” so he has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Luttig Family (www.luttigfamily.org) for their children’s college and for a beautiful tree to be planted in his memory for his children to watch over the years. It will be a place of comfort for them to be close to their dad and for him to be close to them… only a memory away.

The family was served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.


Robert A. Frechen

Robert A. Frechen, 70 of St. Johns, MI passed away while at work, doing what he loved to do, on Saturday, February 11, 2012. Bob was born on October 10, 1941 in St. Johns, MI the son of Donald and Beatrice (Miller) Frechen. He graduated from Fowler High School in 1960 and on May 26, 1963 he married Carol Armbrustmacher in Fowler. Bob was a carpenter and after retirement he worked at Wieber Lumber in Fowler. He umpired little league ball, enjoyed hunting, playing cards and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Carol; daughters Cindy (Mark) Braun of Fowler and Melissa (Ray) Trevino of Pontiac, MI; grandchildren, Brianna and Marcus Braun; sister, Donna Goerge of Fowler and Mother-in-law, Marian Goodrich of St. Johns. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers-in-law Richard Fink and David Goerge, and Roy Armbrustmacher and nephew Scott Fink.

The family will receive friends and relatives at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home on Friday, February 17, 2012, 2-8 P.M. with a rosary being prayed at 8:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, February 18, 2012, Fr. Eoin Murphy as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, Fowler, MI. Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 30200 Telegraph Rd., Suite 105, Bingham Farms, MI 48025


Connie J. Chamberlain

Connie J. Chamberlain died Friday, February 10, 2012 at the age of 73. She was born October 15, 1938 in Ithaca, Michigan the daughter of Harold and Rena (Webster) Ebright. Connie enjoyed bowling and playing her guitar and loved spending time with her grandchildren. On May 23, 1955 she married Bernard “Corky” Chamberlain and he survives her.

Also surviving is one daughter, Sheila LaVere of Port Huron; two sons, Scott (Rhonda) and Robert (Debra) all of St. Johns; eight grandchildren, Dawn, Traci, Emily, and Anthony Chamberlain, Curtis, Kristen and Jeff Thornton and Joanne LeVere; two great grandchildren, Hallie and Noah Thornton; two sisters, Lois Reinsmith and Karen Little; two brothers, Lee Ebright and John Ebright; one stepsister, Sandra Louise Frazier and one stepbrother, George Henry Shaw Jr. “Chip”. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Penny Billings and Jane Reinsmith.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM Monday, February 13, 2012 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns with Pastor Ken Bremer officiating. Interment will follow at South Bingham Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends from 10:00 AM until service time on Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association 25900 Greenfield Rd., Ste. 610 Oak Park, MI 48237.


Anja Maki

Anja Marietta Punkari Maki passed peacefully to her heavenly home on January 29th surrounded by loving family.

She was born in Ylistaro, Finland on May 19, 1919. She moved to Ontario, Canada when she was 8 years old. It was in Canada where Anja had her first formal art lesson as a young child. Anja moved to the U.S. when she married her husband, Roy, who once was a teacher at St. Johns High School.

They shared over 60 years together in a loving marriage witnessed by many. He preceded her 6 years earlier. She leaves behind 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She will be missed by many more.

When she was a young mother with four small children, she was stricken in with multiple sclerosis, a disease which she overcame with her faith and artwork. Art was to become her lifelong passion. All who knew her and saw her artwork will agree that she was an extremely gifted artist. She lived life to the fullest right up to the last moment. The week before she died she was creating masterpieces of the local Utah scenery; Snow Canyon was her favorite site, much like Laguna Canyon in California where she perfected her craft.

The entire Maki family sincerely thanks the staff at Dixie Regional hospital and Zion’s Way hospice for their wonderful and loving care and support of Anja and her family.

A memorial will be held at 11 am on Saturday March 10 in Paradise Canyon, St George, Utah with a special ceremony in Snow Canyon to follow. Plans are being made to preserve her work and provide support for future generations to be encouraged to be able to, as she would say, “Paint what Smiles at You.”

Arrangements are made under the direction of Hilma Valtatie (530) 889-2510 and Lance Maki lancemaki@gmail.com.


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