William Lee Schmid

William Lee “Bill” Schmid age 57 of Perrinton, MI, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018 at his home.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will take place at Union Home Cemetery.

William was born in Carson City, MI on September 11, 1960 the son of Roland Lee and Fern Irene (Mills) Schmid. He graduated from St. Johns High School. Bill enjoyed NASCAR, hunting, fishing, and camping. He loved the time he spent with family, friends and his dog Penny. Bill had previously been employed at Lear Corporation in Elsie, MI.

He is survived by his sister Belinda and Jay Southwell of Laingsburg, MI; brother in law Mike Hulsey of Jasper, AL; aunt Dorthann and Kenny Teed of Pompeii, MI; uncle Dewayne and Lorraine Mills of Ithaca, MI; uncle Glen and Marilee Mills of Middleton, MI; aunt Linda and Roger Summey of Blanchard, MI; nieces and nephews: Melinda and Herbert, Jay Jr. and Tammy, Heather and Jay, Scott and Raydena, Dayton, Nicki, and Crate; step brothers and sister: Rob Burns, Ken Burns, Tim Burns, Kelly and Tom Cooks, half brothers and sister: Debbie Schmid, Dean Schmid, Mike Schmid, and step mother Carleen Schmid. He is also survived by great nieces and nephews: Lisa, Jay III, Hope, and Garrett. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, brother Scott and Jayne Schmid, and sister Janet Hulsey.

Memorials may be made to the wishes of the family. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Ithaca, MI.

Sherry Ruth Beck

Sherry Ruth Beck, age 71, of St. Johns, MI passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at her home after a short illness.

At Sherry’s request, cremation has taken place and no services will be held.

Sherry was born in Carson City, MI on December 10, 1946 the daughter of Evan and Ruth (Grubaugh) Jones. She graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School with the class of 1964. Sherry resided most of her life in the St. Johns area. Sherry loved her family and friends fiercely and had a passion for helping people. She enjoyed reading, gardening, home improvement projects, fishing, and antiquing. Sherry was a legendary cook and loved to prepare meals for family and friends. She was employed many years as a bookkeeper and took great pride in her work.

Sherry is survived by her two sons: Marty (Martha Snyder) Beck of St. Johns, and Matthew (Olivia) Beck of Lansing. She is also survived by her 5 grandchildren: Heather (Richard) Horton, Amber Burton, Tylerscott Alleyne, Brianna Beck, Elliot Beck; 6 great grandchildren: Kacey Beck Horton, Madison Horton, Autumn Horton, Emma Horton, Morgan Bower, and Erik Bower. Sherry was preceded in death by her parents.

The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.

Melissa Jean Zimmerman

Melissa Jean Zimmerman died Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the age of 55. She was born July 24, 1962 in St. Johns, MI the daughter of Harold and Joanne (Palmer) Zimmerman. Melissa graduated from St. Johns High School, Class of 1981 and worked as a Certified Nurse’s Aide for several nursing homes in Mid-Michigan.

Surviving are two daughters, Allison (Rob) Blunt and Danielle (Dustin) Dennis; grandchildren, Trenton, Rivenna, Jack and Easton; three sisters, Jenifer (Ralph) Abbott, Lisa Coffman and Nadine Zimmerman and special friends, Paul Snyder and Milo Ayen.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Monday, March 12, 2018 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns with Pastor John Sherrill and Erika Sparks officiating. Interment will follow at South Bingham Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends 5:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society 7095 W. Grand River Ave. Lansing, MI 48906.

Mary Catherine Borton

Mary Catherine Borton, age 89 passed away at Ovid Healthcare Center on Monday, March 5, 2018. She was born on March 24, 1928 in Owosso, MI the daughter of Chair and Margaret (Ford) Gorman. Mary graduated from St. Paul High School and was married to Chester Borton Sr. on July 9, 1946 in Owosso, MI. He preceded her in death on March 15, 1976, She was a homemaker, and member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

Surviving are her children, Dennis (Julia) Borton of Knoxville, TN, Cathy (Joe) Schermerhorn of Stanton, MI, James and life partner Loretta King of Ovid, and Shirley (Gary) Peterson of Olivet, MI; 15 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; brother Clare Gorman Jr. of Sidney, MI. She was preceded in death by son Chester Jr., brother Edward and sisters Rita Rann, Ruth Preston, Virginia Rolfe and Margaret Craig.

The family will receive friends and relatives at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home in St. Johns on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 4-8 P.M. A rosary will be prayed at 7:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Ovid. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery in Owosso.
Memorials may be given to Holy Family Catholic Church

Sandra Korkye Sternburgh

Korkye Sternburgh, age 71, of Twin Lake and St. Johns, Michigan, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2018 with her family by her side.

Korkye was born on August 29, 1946, in Muskegon, MI at Hackley Hospital, the daughter of Lorraine (Nielsen) and Harold Peterson. She attended Muskegon Heights High School, graduating in 1964. It was there she met her future husband, Joe Sternburgh—having undoubtedly captured him with her gorgeous blue eyes.

Together they attended Michigan State University, where “Kork”developed her outspoken advocacy for education and children’s rights, became a life-long Spartan fan, and in 1968 earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. She and Joe married that same year and over the course of a 50-year marriage they brought three more Spartans into the world: Jody, Allison, and Jacob.

Korkye taught elementary education in Muskegon Heights for two years after college and then, in 1971, moved to the St Johns Public Schools, where she taught for an additional 36 years, retiring in 2007. She was well known and highly respected in the community for her dedication to the betterment of thousands of second and third grade students, whom she lovingly thought of as “her kids”.

Over her lifetime, she continued to be a passionate advocate for a wide range of social and political issues. An inveterate doer, she believed that nothing was too difficult to take on, from installing flashing on the roof of her cottage to winterizing her own boat. Called “Koko” by her cherished grandchildren (Kendall, Molly, Andi, Dash, and Nora), it was her passion and joy to instill in them her love of learning, reading, and adventure; along with the significance of being kind and caring of others, values she embodied.

Korkye dedicated herself to making life better for all those who crossed her path, except for the Canadian geese that seasonally bombarded the Sternburgh’s Twin Lake home. If she cared about you, she cared about everything that was important to you. Her door was always open, her table always had space for another guest, and her helping hand and listening ear were always at the ready—along with a steaming cup of tea, a blueberry muffin, and her infectious sense of fun.

She leaves an amazing legacy for those who survive her her husband, Joe Sternburgh; daughter, Jody Wells, her husband, Corey and their children Kendall and Molly; daughter, Allison Bobby, her husband, Greg and their daughter Nora; and son, Jacob Sternburgh, his wife, Jessica and their children Andi and Dash. Her mother, Lorraine Peterson, and sisters, Janine Despres and Judith Geller also survive her.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Pilgrim United Methodist Church 2965 W. Parks Rd. St. Johns with Pastor Andy Croel officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns. The family will receive relatives and friends 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan P.O. Box 30480 Lansing, MI 48909 or St. Johns Public Schools 501 West Sickels St. Business Office St. Johns, MI 48879 with a notation of Korkye Sternburgh Gateway Library Memorial.

Allen H. Law

Allen H. Law died Friday, March 2, 2018 at the age of 92. He was born February 10, 1926 in Clinton County, MI the son of Thomas H. and Maude M. (Kaltrider) Law. Allen was an Army veteran serving during WWII, worked as an excavating engineer and was a member of the Operating Engineers Local # 324. He was a member of First Baptist Church in St. Johns.

Surviving is his spouse of 73 years and his children and grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, March 5, 2018 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns with Pastor Tim Knaus officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery with military honors provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard. The family will receive relatives and friends 2:00 to 4:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Gideon Memorial Bibles.

Richard E. Sloyer

Richard E. “Rick” Sloyer died Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the age of 65. He was born September 13, 1952 in Wichita, KS the son of Eugene and Edith (Hoskinson) Sloyer. Rick was an Air Force veteran and earned an Associate Degree from Ferris State University in avionics and electronics. For many years he enjoyed golfing and was an avid bowler, participating in several leagues. He worked as an industrial electrician for Mahle Corporation retiring with 40 years of service. Rick was a volunteer firefighter for the St. Johns Fire Department and retired from the department as a Lieutenant. On January 11, 1974 he married Joan Rosekrans, and they just celebrated 44 years together.

Also surviving is a son, Michael (Flavia) Sloyer of Dimondale; a daughter, Miranda (Jon) Kibby of Bath; grandchildren, Beatrice and Miles Kibby and a brother Dan (Eydie) Sloyer of IL. He was preceded in death by a sister Sarah.

A memorial visitation will be held Friday, March 9, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. Private interment will take place with military honors provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard.

Joan Ann Zimmerman

Joan Ann Zimmerman, age 85, of North Muskegon, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 1, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. She was the only child born in the house on Kinley Road, St. Johns, Michigan to Forest and Ruey (Cory) Swatman on January 15, 1933. She graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School in St. Johns in 1951. She met the love of her life, Marvel Zimmerman, when just a sophomore. They were married on February 3, 1952 at the Church of God in St. Johns. They made their home in St. Johns until 1965 when Marvel was transferred to Grayling, Michigan.

In 1976 they moved to Muskegon. They were members of Laketon Bethel Reformed Church. Marvel preceded her in death in 2009. Joan worked on the family genealogy for 30 years. She was so happy to provide all the families with extensive family trees, including stories and pictures. She was also a talented seamstress sewing clothes for her family and hand making many quilts. She knitted and crocheted many items for her loved ones. She taught basket weaving in her home and gave many beautiful baskets to family and friends. She and Marvel enjoyed working in the beautiful flower beds around their home. She loved feeding and watching the birds and squirrels out her window. They will miss her greatly.

She is survived by her daughter, Pamela (James) Rogers of Sheridan; her son, Kevin (Cora) Zimmerman of Twin Lake; three grandchildren, Kara Rogers of Ionia, Andrew Rogers of Holland, and Alexa Zimmerman of Twin Lake; brother, Forrest (Doris) Swatman of St. Johns; brothers and sisters-in-law; Orval Chambers, Lyle Zimmerman; Roy and Elizabeth Zimmerman, and Robert and Janet Redman; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death was her grandson, Christopher Rogers; four sisters, Eileen McGee, Effie McGee, Gladys Chambers, and Thelma Swatman; and two brothers, Richard and Russell Swatman.

Services will be 3:00 PM Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Laketon Bethel Reformed Church with Rev. Dr. Sherwin Brantsen officiating. Vitation will be one hour prior to her services. Burial will be 11:00 AM Monday, March 5, 2018 in Mount Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, Michigan. Memorials in honor of Joan may be directed to Laketon Bethel Church. Arrangements by The Sytsema Chapel, 737 Apple Ave., 231-726-5210.

Ronald L. Schrader

Ronald L. Schrader died unexpectedly Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Georgetown, KY at the age of 54. He was born July 18, 1963 in St. Johns, MI the son of Gordon and Shirley (Wright) Schrader. He was a graduate of St. Johns High School, Class of 1982. He continued his education earning an Associate Degree from Denver Automotive and Diesel College in Denver, CO. Ron was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and he enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and farming. He loved spending time with family and friends. Ron was a truck driver for Cassens Transport Co. based in Georgetown, KY which handles automotive transport. He had over 23 years of service for Cassens. On August 28, 1992 he married Debbie Sattler and she survives him.

Also surviving is their son, Holden of DeWitt; his parents, Gordon and Shirley Schrader of St. Johns; his brother, David (MariLou) of St. Johns; brothers-in-law, Donald (Rusti) Sattler of St. Louis, MI, Daniel (Dawn) Sattler of Farwell; sisters-in-law, Shelly (Ron) Kipp of Carson City, MI, Georgia (Dave) Fedewa of Perrinton, and Barb Sattler of Celina,OH. He was loved and will be missed by all his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Cecil and Josephine Henry; sister-in-law, Sherri Sattler and brother-in-law, Larry Sattler.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday, March 5, 2018 at St. Peter Lutheran Church 8990 Church Rd. St. Johns with Pastor Paul Clark officiating. Interment will follow at St. Peter Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association 271 Woodland Pass Ste. 110 East Lansing, MI 48823 or St. Peter Lutheran Church 8990 Church Rd. St. Johns, MI 48879.

Marriage licenses filed the week of February 26, 2018

Phillip Michael Shaw, 41 of Lancaster, Ohio and Megan Lawton Halstead, 28 of Gaston, South Carolina

Vincent Schimizzi, 56 of DeWitt and Jennifer Kathryn Bongard, 48 of DeWitt

Adam Woodruff Tury, 36 of New York, New York and Veronica Lucinda Briseno, 31 of New York, New York

Divorce decrees filed the week of February 26, 2018

Traux, Meghan K. and Brandon S.

Bushon, Ryan and Kimberly A.

Russell, Kimberly A. and Daniel A. Russell

DeRose, Kristopher and Chelsea