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Grace Adele Forsyth

Grace Adele Forsyth (Austin) was born August 20, 1945, in St. Johns, MI to Vera Elizabeth Austin (Bleecker) and Charles W Austin. She graduated from Rodney B Wilson high school in 1963. Grace passed away at Church of Christ Assisted Living in Clinton Township, MI on October 18, 2020, at the age of 75.

She is survived by her 2 sons, Douglas and James, and 5 grandchildren, Katherine (20), Emma (17), Austin (15), Natalie (14), and Ashley (13) and her siblings, Charles Austin of Belleville, Michigan and Mary Austin Ripma of Santa Cruz, California.

Grace spent her professional life in service to others, working as a respiratory therapist from 1978-1988 at St. Joseph’s Macomb, and then operated a motel in West Branch, MI with her husband Charles, who passed away in 1993.

After selling the motel in 1996, Grace received a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Ann Arbor, MI in 1998 and a master’s degree from Concordia University, River Forest, IL in 2000. She worked as a hospital chaplain for the Mercy hospital system in Cincinnati, OH from 2001-2011, and became a deaconess in the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church in 2004. In 2011 Grace returned to Michigan and served as a chaplain at Providence Park Hospital in Novi, MI.

In 2012 Grace had a severe stroke but survived and continued her service as chaplain until her retirement in 2015. Grace was a board-certified chaplain and a member of the Order of Secular Franciscans.

Grace was a devoted mother, wife, and grandmother (“Nana” to her grandchildren) and lived a life of unwavering faith in the face of significant life challenges.

Grace’s life will be celebrated at a mass at Holy Name Catholic Church in Birmingham, MI on October 28 at 10:00 AM and she will be interred at the Ogemaw Springs Cemetery in West Branch after the funeral. In place of flowers, Grace’s family would like to encourage donations to the American Heart Association or Hospice of Michigan.


Janet C. Reed

Janet C. Reed, age 89, passed away on October 20, 2020. Janet was born in St. Johns, Michigan, to Merle and Martina (Winans) Ridenour.

Janet is survived by her niece, Pamela Slocum; nephews, Randy (Nancy) Slocum, Rick Slocum; great-niece, Kristin Slocum; and great-nephew, Mark Slocum. She was preceded in death by her parents; Walter, her husband of 25 years; and her sister and brother-in-law, Mildred (Richard) Slocum.

Janet was a teacher for 40 years. She started in the Maple Rapids school district and then moved onto teaching in Grand Ledge, specifically in Delta Center. After she retired, Janet and Walter enjoyed wintering in Florida and Arizona.

There will be no services. Janet will be interred next to her husband, in Delta Center Cemetery, in Grand Ledge, Michigan.


Janice H. Vandervest

Janice H. Vandervest died Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at the age of 82. She was born February 7, 1938 in Marshall, MI the daughter of Harry and Ruth (Bergstresser) Pardoe. Janice was primarily a homemaker but she worked for several years for the St. Johns Public Schools in the cafeteria at the former East Essex Elementary School. On September 1, 1961 she married Elmer Vandervest and he preceded her in death in 1994.

She is survived by her children, Tod Vandervest, Steven (Darlene) Vandervest, Dawn Wallace, Lori Burns and Andrew Vandervest; six grandchildren and her twin sister, Janet (Orville) Mund. She was also predeceased by a granddaughter, Tatum Wallace and two brothers, Lloyd and Jude Pardoe.

Funeral services for Janice will be held 12:00 PM Friday, October 23, 2020 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns with Pastor John Mattern officiating. Interment will follow at Union Home Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends 6-8 PM Thursday, October 22 and for one hour prior the funeral at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 2111 University Park Dr., Suite 200, Okemos, MI 48864.


Hazel Bell Munger

Hazel Bell Munger, age 95, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor, St. Johns.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. Burial will take place at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 23, 2020 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

Hazel was born in Ithaca, MI on January 19, 1925, the daughter of Ernest and Hazel (Bigelow) Groves. She graduated from St. Johns High School with the class of 1974. Hazel married Rolland Keith Munger on January 7, 1943 in St. Johns.

Hazel worked for Union Telephone Company from 1943-1948, Phosphate Company in DeWitt and Saylor Beall Co. for many years. Hazel was a Girl Scout leader for troop 43 and a Cub Scouts leader for troop 71. She enjoyed 10 years of modern western square dance with the St. Johns Hoe Downers. Hazel loved traveling by motorcycle and bus tours with her husband Keith. She liked baking pies and cookies for family and friends. She was a member of the Eureka Christian Church and Women’s Fellowship. She loved her Lord Jesus Christ, and dearly loved her husband, children and grandchildren, they were her life!

She is survived by daughters: Lynda and Rick Knight of St. Johns, Sandra and Doug Thorne of Lansing, son Michael and Brenda Munger of St. Johns, 7 grandchildren: Erica and Jay Bancroft, Sean (Shaun Rosenbeck) Knight, Gina Munger, Jaime Hall, Lindsay and Jeff Franklin, Elissa and Joel Ryan, and Shawna Johnson; great grandchildren: Shawna and Lauren Bancroft, Amaya Hall, Matthew Hall, Sophia Harper, Maxwell and Lillian Johnson, and Ellouise and Leah Ryan; one great great grandson Carter Flewelling; and 2 great great granddaughters: Aaliyah and Alaina VanWagoner. She is also survived by brother in law Reed Munger of Ohio, sisters in law: Marlene Groves of St. Johns and Gloria Groves of Owosso, and many close friends and caring neighbors. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 4 sisters and 4 brothers.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Lansing, MI or a Charity of the Donor’s Choice. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.


Terry M. Lewis Sr.

Terry M. Lewis Sr. died Monday October 19, 2020 at the age of 64. He was born October 23, 1955 in St. Johns, MI the son of Aubrey and Helen (Rhodes) Lewis. During his working career he was a construction worker for several different construction companies.

Surviving is his son, Terry (Becky) Lewis Jr.; two grandsons, Shane and Dylan Lewis and a great grandson, Bentley Kinney. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Following Terry’s wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no services. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan 1169 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. The family was assisted with these arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.


Paul Arnold Ulrich

Paul Arnold Ulrich, age 85, of Fowler, MI, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at The Laurels in Carson City, MI. Paul was born in Fowler, MI on February 1, 1935, and was the youngest of seven children. He was the son of Peter and Irene (Fineis) Ulrich. Paul graduated from Fowler High School with the class of 1953. Paul married Jane Frances Simon on June 6, 1959 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler, MI.

Paul was a lifelong gas and fuel oil delivery driver and worked for Pohl Oil Company of Westphalia, MI for over 40 years. He was a hard worker with a gentle smile and treated his customers with kindness and professionalism. Paul was awarded with the Pioneer Award for his 40 years of service in the petroleum industry by the Michigan Petroleum Industry and Michigan Association of Convenient Stores in December 2014.

He loved to bowl and play cards with his friends and family, enjoyed watching the Detroit Lions and Tigers, jigsaw puzzles, playing the harmonica, gardening with beautiful flowers, and watching game shows. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Paul was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church

Paul is survived by his loving wife Jane of 61 years, sons: Peter (Verna) Ulrich of Lansing, MI, Michael Ulrich of Charlotte, NC, and daughter Mary Beth (Brian) Thelen of Grand Ledge, MI, five adult grandchildren: Peter (P.J.) and Joseph Ulrich, Nicholas Thelen, Michelle (Korey) Thelen Righter, and Ashlyn Ulrich, and two great-grandchildren, Aila Williams Ulrich and Declan Righter. He is also survived by sisters-in-law: Lucille Cook of Lansing, MI, Kathleen (Bill) Thompson of Grand Blanc, MI, and Mary Catherine (Curt) Goerge of Fowler, MI, and many nieces and nephews. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, father and mother-in-law Herman and Revella Simon, and five sisters and one brother.

Due to the current pandemic, a private family Graveside Service will be held at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, Fowler, MI. Visitation will be held on October 23, 2020 from 2:00-5:00 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Goerge Chapel, Fowler, MI. Rosary will be prayed on Friday at 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Masks will be required at all times as well as proper social distancing and safe protocols.

The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Goerge Chapel, Fowler, MI.


Kenneth Ray Brownfield

Kenneth Ray Brownfield, 84, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, October 18, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 14, 1936 in Dimondale, MI the son of Fred and Margaret (Herner) Brownfield. Ken was proud of his service in the United States Marine Corps and his job for 33 years as a machine repair specialist at Motor Wheel.

He enjoyed working on antique tractors whether they were John Deere or Farmall and enjoyed spending his winters in Arizona with his wife and multiple friends. Ken was a very loving husband, father and grandfather. He provided his love, strength, guidance and kindness to all of us.

Ken is survived by his wife of 60 years, Darlene; two sons, Mark (Merna) and Brian (Phyllis) and a daughter, Terrie (Keith) Colborn. He was blessed with six life treasures, his grandchildren, Kenneth, Marisa (Cayden), Carson, Katie, Joseph and Phillip. Also surviving is a sister, Audrey Fryover-Swanson and a brother, Gene (Kathy). He was predeceased by his parents, a sister, Thelma and brothers, Junior and Robert Brownfield.

A graveside service for Ken will be held 2:00 PM Friday, October 23, 2020 at East Lawn Memory Gardens, Okemos with his nephew, Mr. Timothy Cooper officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends 2-4 and 6-8 PM on Thursday, October 22 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. A Celebration of Ken’s Life will be held May 14, 2021 with the time and place to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sparrow Hospice Services 1110 East Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI 48909.


Divorce decrees filed the weeks of October 12, 2020

Crandell, Dale A. / Love – Crandell, Hattie, M.

Lofton, Debra M. / Lofton, Hugh A.

Stewart, Loraine / Stewart, Jeffrey

Passick-Dalton, Linda L. / Dalton, Chip

Wood, Marie, L. / Wood, Shawn M.

French, Stacey A. / French, Derrick D.