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Agatha A. Mankey

Agatha A. Mankey, age 86, passed away on October 29, 2014. She was born on June 27, 1928 in Fowler, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Pohl) Witgen. She married Bernard Mankey on January 12, 1949 and he preceded her in death in August of 1986. Agatha was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

She is survived by her son Larry (Val) Mankey of Maple Rapids, three grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, two sisters and many nieces and nephews. Along with her husband, Bernard, she was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, David and Dale Mankey.

Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 1, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Michael Williams presiding. The family will receive friends Friday, 6-8 p.m., at Osgood Funeral Home in St. Johns with a vigil service at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Educational Trust Fund in memory of Agatha.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.


Nancy Eunice Dunkel

Nancy Eunice (Dershem) Dunkel slipped into her eternal sleep in Zephyrhills, FL, October 20, 2014. Nancy was born June 22, 1942, the daughter of Harold and Louis (Bingham) Dershem.

She is survived by her husband Eugene W., 3 sons, Jay of St. Johns, Steven (Judi) Gansevoort, NY, and Rex of Zephyrhills, FL, 1 daughter Nicole of Perrinton, MI, 7 grandchildren; Jessica Dunkel, Tanner and Carson Dunkel, George and Kayleigh Glidden, Corelia and Trevor Dunkel, 1 brother Richard (Sharon) Dershem of St. Johns, 3 sisters; Margaret (Al) McDunnell of Grawn, MI, Marilyn Speer of Elsie, MI, and Phyllis (Alan) Moore of Bannister, MI.

Nancy lived in St. Johns most of her life, raising her family. She drove bus for Clinton County Intermediate School District, and she owned Special Occasions Limo service in St. Johns. In November of 1997 she and Gene moved to Zephyrhills FL. Nancy enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing and cooking for her family and neighbors. While in Florida she held many jobs; she enjoyed the people and the work. She will be missed by many.

A memorial is being planned for April of 2015. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Johns, Michigan.


Richard Lloyd Diethrich

Richard Lloyd Diethrich I, age 51, of St. Johns, MI passed away on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at his brother’s home in Howell.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the UAW Hall in St. Johns, MI. on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11:00 A.M.

Rick was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on June 30, 1963, the son of Mary Beth Diethrich and Richard White. He graduated from Perry High School and served in the U.S. Army National Guard as a SSG for 22 years. He resided most of his life in St. Johns. Rick was employed by RSI Home Improvement for 25 years. He enjoyed dirt track modified racing, fishing, hunting, and doing anything outdoors with his family.

Rick is survived by his mother Mary Beth and William Fisher of New Port Richey, FL, son Christopher Diethrich and Tori Newhall of Ovid, MI, daughter Amanda Diethrich and Ryan White of Lansing, MI, son Andrew and Ashley Diethrich of Lansing, MI, son Richard Diethrich II and Taylor Galloway of Lansing, MI, stepchildren; Rob Hoover of Holt, MI, Carrie Hoover and Randy Brown of Lansing, MI, Chris Hoover and Lanae Maybe of St. Johns, MI, Matt Newton and Jessica Lewis of Lansing, MI, 13 grandchildren, brother Chuck White and Cathy Ferguson of Howell, MI, brother Kevin White of Missouri, sister Nicole and Jason Cook of Durand, MI, uncle George and Annie Diethrich of Marcellus, MI, long time companion Kimberly Diethrich and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Richard “Dick” White, grandparents Wilbur and Marjorie Diethrich, and father in law Herman Behl.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Johns, Michigan.


Stephen P. Powers

powers_stephenStephen P. Powers, 71, of DeWitt, passed away October 26, 2014 at the age of 71. Steve was born June 4, 1943 in Wausau, WI to James and Elsie (Prosser) Powers. Steve loved to travel with the love of his life Ruth, and spend time with all of his grandchildren. Recent travel highlights include a train tour out West and an Alaskan cruise. Steve was a huge Green Bay Packer fan, an avid snowmobiler, and he rarely turned down a chance to go fishing. He also volunteered each month as a cook at the Senior Center in St. Johns. Steve was a member of the Catholic Community of St. Jude in DeWitt.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife of 51 years, Ruth (Paksi); sons, Michael (Becky) Powers, Russell Powers, Mark (Kitty) Powers; sister, Kathleen Green; five grandchildren, Matt, Cassandra, Brianne, Samantha and Maggie; and one great grandchild, Emma. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jerome Powers; and sister, Patricia Powers.

A funeral mass will be held at the Catholic Community of St. Jude on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at the church. Father Bob Irish will officiate. The family will also receive friends on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 E. Washington, DeWitt, MI. In lieu of flowers, the family requests Memorial Contributions be made in Steve’s memory to the Catholic Community of St. Jude, 801 N. Bridge St., DeWitt, MI 48820 or at online giving link. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes DeWitt Chapel.


Gary Dean Whitford

whitford_garyGary Dean Whitford of St. Johns, MI died Friday, October 24, 2014 at the age of 70. Born March 13, 1944 to Eugene and Dorothy (Slagell) Whitford, Gary worked as a drafter/designer for General Motors for over thirty years. On October 30, 1965 Gary married Judith Jane Gantz Whitford and she survives him.

Also surviving are his children; Marianne (Larry) Schloegl of DeWitt, Kristi (Mike) Moore of Holt, Timothy Whitford of Seoul, South Korea, and Jeffrey (Aubree) Whitford of Fayetteville, NC; grandchildren, Nathan, Brianne, Molly and Laura Schloegl, Elijah and Joshua Moore, and Westley Whitford; parents, Eugene and Dorothy Whitford; siblings, Leslie Whitford, Barbara Elaine (Eugene) Slagel; and Eldon (Ann) Whitford; brothers-in-law, Lyle (Pat) Gantz and Bill (Wanetta) Gantz; and many nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Delphine and Jay Gantz, and sister-in-law, Marilyn Whitford.

Gary’s passion was missions work, and he took missions trips to Russia, Colombia, New York City, and many trips to Hungary where he helped build Rosegarten Baptist Church. He was a missions board member and Elder at Trinity Church. Gary was also on the board of Pregnancy Services of Greater Lansing, where he also volunteered his time re-building and delivering hundreds of cribs for families in need. He served on the St. Johns School Board for several years as well. Gary loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was a man of many interests including, cars and motorcycles and had the ability to fix anything. He was an avid bicyslist and rode the DALMAC tour many times. Gary deeply loved his wife, his family and friends, and most of all he loved the Lord.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Trinity Church, 3355 Dunckel Rd, Lansing, MI 48911 with Pastors Marvin Williams and Royce Allen officiating. A private burial will take place at a later time. The family will receive friends from 2- 4 and 6-8 PM Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, MI 48879. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Gary’s name to Serving A Nation, 6161 E. Longview, East Lansing, MI 48823. S.A.N. is a Hungarian Missions Organization.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.


Violet M. Baker

baker_violetViolet M. Baker, age 92, passed away on October 21, 2014. She was born in Ovid on March 22, 1922 the daughter of Edward L. and Anna M. (Eiserman) Anderson. She was a homemaker, formerly owned/operated Baker’s Lazy B Resort in Crystal, MI, and Dol Jac Enterprises, Inc. in Ovid with her husband, Leonard “Jack” Baker, whom she married on October 13, 1937. He preceded her in death on August 2, 1999.

She is survived by her son, Dolan (Kaye) Baker of Ovid, daughter Karon Kay (Jess) Wallace of Schoolcraft, MI, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and one great great granddaughter. In addition to her husband, Violet was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Sandra Lambert, and four sisters, Alice Anderson, Opal Terryberry, Doris Hyde, and Helen Reichert.

Graveside services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Ovid with Pastor Paul Damkoehler officiating. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 PM Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Houghton Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes, 232 E. Oak St., Ovid, MI 48866. Memorial donations will be made to Hospice Advantage, 801 S. Waverly Road, Suite 304, Lansing, MI 48917 or the charity of one’s choice.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.


Richard Eugene Bradley

bradley_richardRichard Eugene Bradley “Dick”, age 81, was called home unexpectedly to his Lord on October 15, 2014. Dick was born June 1, 1933 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Charles and Margaret Bradley. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School, and his education included Western Michigan and Michigan State University where he obtained teaching degrees.

He taught English and Business classes at St. Johns Michigan, Lansing Everett High School and retired from Lansing Waverly, where he oversaw the creation of the year book and the school paper. He taught tennis in the summers and worked with the basketball and football teams keeping the statistics. Organizations included, Past President of Michigan Outdoor Writers, Jaycees, The Lansing Skalldic Society and Bass unlimited. Dick also served in the Army from 1955-1957, where he was involved in “Exercise Sagebrush”. He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a published author with writings appearing in the Community News, Michigan Outdoors Magazine and many others.

He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Shirley; son, James and Renae Bradley; daughter, Kay Kniahynycky; step-children, Doug and Bonnie Little, Bob and Lucy Little, Julie and Dan Chapko, and Scott Little; and many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was very proud of them all.

Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday in the Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing. Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 18, at the First United Methodist Church, 3827 Delta River Dr., Lansing with Pastor Lori Sykes officiating. Viewing will be from 10 to 11 A.M. Saturday at church. Interment will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and doctors of McLaren Hospital for their compassionate care of us during our time in the E.R. Also the doctors at the T.L.C. for years of working to save Dick’s eyesight. You are all special to us. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to the Greater Lansing Food Bank, the City Rescue Mission, or First United Methodist of Lansing.


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