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Jane D. Knight

Jane D. Knight, age 77, of St. Johns, Michigan, a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014. She was born August 13, 1936 in Bristol, Virginia and lived her early years in Tennessee. Jane then moved to St. Johns where she attended Rodney B. Wilson High School graduating in 1954. That same year, on October 16th, Jane married Doug Knight and they were blessed with 59 years together.

Jane was a stay at home mother, but as her children grew older she decided to take a job in a place she frequented often, a fabric store. While working there, she had the opportunity to share her abilities as a seamstress with others. Jane then began a career working for Clinton Bank and Trust. While there for 19 years, she became a Bank Officer and truly appreciated the camaraderie of the people she worked with. Jane also spent four years as Treasurer for Bengal Township.

Jane’s hobbies were sewing, reading and cooking, but most of all, she enjoyed going to the many activities her children and grandchildren participated in. Jane had a way of making everyone she met feel special and she touched the lives of so many people. She was very proud of her family and her family has always been proud of her.

Surviving to cherish Jane’s memory is her husband, Doug; her children, Karen (Greg) Hoffman, Kendra (Ken) Klein and Kyle (Denise) Knight; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Also surviving Jane is her twin sister, Jean (Allen) Anthes; her beloved in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, and long time special friends, Barb and Walt Pierce whom she loved as family.

The family will receive relatives and friends 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. Private services will be held for Jane at a later date. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church 200 E. State St. Johns, MI 48879 or to the City of St. Johns to place a bench at the City Park to honor Jane and Doug Knight.


Lacey Holsworth

Lacey Holsworth died Tuesday, April 8th, 2014.

There will be a memorial service for Lacey Thursday, April 17, 2014 at The Jack Breslin Student Events Center located at 534 Birch Rd. East Lansing, MI 48824.

The family is being served by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.


Wayne K. “Bud” Ward Memorial Service

Wayne K. “Bud” Ward, went to be with his Lord on December 1, 2013 at the age of 89. He was born on April 22, 1924 in Allegan, MI, the son of Homer and Bertha (Chase) Ward. Wayne was a WWII Veteran serving as an Aviation Cadet in the Army of the U.S., a member of the American Legion Post #153 of St. Johns, MSU Alumni Assoc., American Society of Professional Engineers and the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers. He married Helen Mayer on May 10, 1950 and she preceded him in death on February 24, 2009.

Surviving him are his children, Wendy Ward of St. Johns, William Scott (Jeri) Ward of Tucson, AZ, 5 grandchildren, Todd, Nicholas, Kaelyn, Dylan and Sarah, many nieces and nephews, brother in law, Stan (Dottie) Sylwestrak, sister in law, Sue (Milo) Bernardon, Ursula “Uschi” Itschner (Swiss exchange student) and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Helen, 3 sons, James, John and Stephen and sister, Maureen Sylwestrak.

Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm with visitation 1-2 p.m. at Osgood Funeral Home, 104 East Cass St, St. Johns, MI., 48879. Following the Memorial Service, there will be a graveside service at Mt. Rest Cemetery. Military services provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Wayne’s name to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. of MI.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.


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