Jane F. Platte, Doris Jean Wieber, Raymond G. Parr, Dennis D. Kennedy, Juliann L. Miller

Jane F. Platte

Jane F. Platte died peacefully Tuesday March 27, 2012 at the age of 73 in her home, surrounded by her family. She was born October 14, 1938 in Portland, MI. She was the daughter of Charles and Evelyn (West) Mathews. Jane married Stanley J. Platte on May 23, 1959 in Portland Michigan and he survives her. She was a lifetime member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler and graduated from St. Patrick High School.

Stan and Jane have owned Mathews Elevator for over 50 years. Since her retirement, Jane could be found on a sunny day in one of her gardens or tending to her animals. On an inclement day she would be busily quilting, sewing or knitting.

In addition to her husband, Jane is survived by their children, Mark (Joy) Platte, Dean (Lynette) Platte, Gregg (Deb) Platte, Adam (Laurie) Platte, Joan (Chris) McQueary, Peter (Sheri) Platte, Nick (Gail) Platte, all of Fowler, 20 grandchildren, two great grandsons, her sister, Ann Donoghue, brother, John (Deb) Mathews, as well as many nieces and nephews. Jane was preceded in death by her parents, grandsons, Ben Platte, Lee Platte, sisters, Janice Mueller and Barbara Tichvon.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM Saturday March 31, 2012 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler with Fr. Dennis Howard presiding. The family will receive friends 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM Friday at the Goerge Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Homes in Fowler. Rosaries will be prayed at 3 PM and 8 PM. Memorial donations may be made in Jane’s honor to the Most Holy Trinity Educational Trust Fund.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.


Doris Jean Wieber

Doris Jean (Page) Wieber, age 82, passed away March 27, 2012 in DeWitt, Michigan. She was born September 17, 1929 in Elsie, Michigan the daughter of Avelyn and Mary (Mendenhall) Page. She married Herbert Wieber on December 1, 1962 in St. Johns and he preceded her in death on April 30, 2004. Doris was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns.

She is survived by her son, Charles ( Lisa) Wieber of St. Johns; brothers, Charles (Alma) King of Lansing, Ivan (Geneva) Page of Grand Ledge, Ray (Sonia) Page of Mayfield, KY and Elden (Mary) Page of AZ. Doris was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at a later date. The family is being served by Osgood Funeral Homes.


Raymond G. Parr

Raymond G. Parr died Monday, March 26, 2012 at the age of 87. He was born April 6, 1924 in St. Johns the son of Dart and Blanche (Karcher) Parr. He was a graduate of Rodney B. Wilson High School in St. Johns, Class of 1941 and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Ray was an active life member of First Baptist Church in St. Johns where he served in many leadership positions. Not only was Ray active in his church, he was very community minded and served on several board of directors in St. Johns.

He served on the St. Johns School Board for 20 years, 10 years as board president, served as board president on the Mt. Rest Cemetery Board for many years, was a member of the former Clinton National Bank Board, was a former City Commissioner for four years and was instrumental in the organization and building of Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor. He served on the Clinton Area Care Center Board and was the chairperson for several years.

In 1947 he joined his father in the pharmacy business and was owner and operator of Parr’s Pharmacy in St. Johns until 1999 when it was sold. On April 9, 1944 he married Elma Estes and they have shared nearly 68 years together.

Surviving are his wife Elma, two daughters, Barbara (Rodger) Bittner of St. Joseph, MI and Marcia (John) Richmond of Canadian Lakes, MI; one son, James (Linda) Parr of St. Johns; seven grandchildren; one step grandchild and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant son Thomas and two brothers, Lloyd and Ward.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, March 29, 2012 at First Baptist Church 512 S. US 27 with Pastor Tim Knaus officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Rest Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends 2-4 and 6-8 PM Wednesday at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church.


Dennis D. Kennedy

Dennis D. Kennedy, of St. Johns, MI passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan at the age of 59 following a 3 year battle with cancer. Dennis was born on March 9, 1953 in Flint, MI the son of Jay D. and Ida Mae (Kidd) Kennedy. He graduated from Bath High School in 1971 then enlisted in the U. S. Army and retired as a Captain from the U. S. Army Reserve in 1994. He received his Registered Nurse degree from Lansing Community College. On April 25, 1975 he married Charlene Flak at St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Dennis was an Elder at St. Peter Lutheran Church, loved trains, Tiger Baseball, MSU Sports, woodworking, crafting, photography, reading, listening to The Bible on Tape and had been working toward his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Dennis was a coach for St. Johns Falcons and started St. Johns Falcon wrestling. Dennis coached St. Johns Little League. He had worked as a Registered Nurse at Sparrow Hospital and later for the Michigan Dept. of Corrections, Ionia and St. Louis, MI, retiring in 2009.

He is survived by his wife Charlene, sons Joshua (Shannon) of Shelby Twp. MI, Matthew and David both of St. Johns; his father, Jay D. Kennedy, of Greenbush MI., brother Scott (Elizabeth) Kennedy of Pinckney, MI, father-in-law Albert Flak of St. Johns, sisters-in-law Phyllis (Vince) Moran of Lansing, Rita (Tom) Hollis of St. Johns, and Joanne (Ron) Montgomery of Lansing. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, great nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ida Kennedy and mother-in-law Neva Flak.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 1:30 P.M. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 8990 Church Rd., St. Johns, MI with Pastor Jeffrey Heimsoth officiating. Burial will follow at St. Peter Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns on Monday, March 26, 2012, 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church, St. Peter School or The American Cancer Society.


Juliann L. Miller

Juliann L. Miller died Thursday, March 22, 2012 at the age of 84. She was born January 7, 1928 in Pewamo, MI the daughter of Anthony and Dora (Cook) Simon. Juliann was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed, baking and cooking, crocheting, gardening, puzzles and word searches, playing cards and Skip – Bo, going to Florida in the winter and fishing with her husband. On October 26, 1949 she married Lester J. Miller and he preceded her in death in July 2011, after 62 years of marriage.

Surviving are six sons, James (Janet), Richard (Joyce), Ken (Brenda), Tom (Darlene) all of Fowler, Glen (Pam) and Terry (Joan) all of St. Johns; 20 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one sister, Rita Pung of Lansing; one brother, Hilary (Thelma) Simon of Westphalia; sisters and brothers in law, Mary Simon of Westphalia Hilary (Gerry) Miller of Lansing, Dolores (Don) Fox of Linden and Helen Marie Schafer of DeWitt. She was predeceased by five brothers, Alvin, Julius, Casper, Walter and Joseph Simon; one sister, Marian Wieber; six brothers and sisters in law, Loretta Simon, Florentine Wieber, Gerald Pung, Marvin and Julia Miller and Paul Schafer; one niece, Kathy Snyder and one nephew, Ronald Simon.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 AM Monday, March 26, 2012 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler with Rev. Fr. Dennis Howard as Celebrant. Rite of Committal will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends 6:00 to 9:00 PM Saturday with a rosary prayed at 8:00 PM and 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 9:00 PM Sunday with a rosary prayed at 3:00 and 8:00 PM at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Cemetery Fund.


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