Obituaries

Gerald L. Tipton

Gerald L. Tipton, 72 of rural Fowler passed away at Sparrow Clinton Hospital on May 16, 2018. He was born on December 30, 1945 the son of John and Margaret (Townsend) Tipton. He graduated from Fulton High School in 1964 and served in the U.S. Army. On July 13, 1966 he married Jacqueline S. Johnson in Maple Rapids, MI. She preceded him in death on March 16, 2015. Gerald had worked for General Motors as a truck driver. Gerald enjoyed his meetings with G. M. retirees, the breakfast club at McDonalds and riding his bike.

Survivors are his children Angela (Martin) Jernstadt of Maple Rapids, Jeremy (Janis) Tipton of St. Johns, Catherine (Jarrod) Ash of Rainbow Lake and grandchildren, Morgan, Lauren and Emma Jernstadt; James and Madison Tipton and Sydney and Leah Ash.

The family will receive friends and relatives at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home on Sunday, May 20, 2018, 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home on Monday, May 21, 2018 with Pastor Andy Croel officiating. Military Honors will be provided by Fowler V. F. W. Post 3733. Memorial donations may be made to Fowler V. F. W. Post 3733, PO Box 52, Fowler, MI 48835


Irene V. Langham

Irene V. Langham, age 88, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor, St. Johns, MI.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 1:00 P.M., with Pastor Mona Kindel officiating. Burial will take place at Lowe Cemetery, St. Johns, MI. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 6-8 P.M., and on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home.

Irene was born in Sanborn, PA on September 10, 1929, the daughter of Raymond Goss and Clara Ethel (Kline) Goss-Read. Irene married Charles R. Langham on December 15, 1946 in Clearfield, PA; Charles passed away on January 16, 2010. Irene enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, playing bingo and doing word search. Irene was always volunteering for her community.

She is survived by 3 daughters: Becky and Ernest Aughenbaugh of St. Johns, MI; Bonnie and Rodney Hale of St. Johns, MI; Beverly and David Masarik of St. Johns, MI; 1 son Richard Dail Langham Sr. of Elsie, MI; sister Emily Williams, and brother Warren “Rusty” Read. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, husband, son Charles William Langham, 2 grandsons: Christopher Kingman, and Joey Kingman, and one great granddaughter Laurah Kingman.

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


Robert Thomas Sheren

Robert Thomas Sheren, age 90 of St. Johns, MI passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the St. Johns VFW Post on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. Entombment of his urn will be at Mt. Rest Cemetery St. Johns, MI at a later date.

Robert was born in Baldwin, MI on March 28, 1928, the son of Thomas Jefferson and Gertrude (Lee) Sheren. Robert served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Robert married Gertrud Sauer on March 14, 1952; Gertrud passed away on October 3, 1984. He retired from the State of Michigan. He was active with the St. Johns VFW Post 4113. Robert and Gertrud ran the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon in St. Johns for 10 years. Until his 89th birthday he chaired the St. Johns Old Newsboys. Robert resided most of his life in St. Johns.

He is survived by his son Gary and Michelle Diane Sheren of Perrinton, MI; son Kevin and Shannon Marie Sheren of Lansing, MI; daughter Lois Lash of El Paso, TX; grandson Kirk John-Robert and Sunnie Sheren of Lansing, MI; brother David and Sara Winney of Cooksville, TN; and godson Michael Lynn Weber of St. Johns, MI. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his step-father Lewis Winney, his wife, brothers Claude, Lewis and Ted and sisters Mary and Luwanna.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Old Newsboys. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.


Janice I. Auten

Janice I. Auten, 79 of rural St. Johns passed away suddenly at Sparrow Clinton Hospital on May 11, 2018. Janice was born on August 21, 1938 in St. Johns the daughter of Arthur and Irene (Krumm) Witt. She graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School in 1956 and on October 20, 1956 she married Lyle L. Auten. Janice was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, loved flowers, animals, riding her golf cart and being with her grand and great grandchildren.

Janice is survived by her husband, Lyle, daughters, Janell (Bob) Barber, Kris (James) Teelander and Lynda (Kevin) Kissane all of St. Johns; grandchildren, Robert (Alisha) Barber of Jenison, Brittany Teelander and Justin (Tracy) Barber both of St. Johns and great grandchildren, Conner and Dakota Barber. She was preceded in death by brother, Ray Witt and two infant children.

The family will receive friends and relatives at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Pastor Quinton Nuttman officiating. Burial will follow at St. Peter Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 W. Grand River, Lansing, MI 48906 or the Charity of the Donor’s Choice.


Lewis Anthony Kramer

Lewis Anthony Kramer, age 93 of St. Johns, MI, passed away Friday, May 11, 2018 peacefully at his home surrounded by family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Johns, MI, at 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 with Rev. Fr. Michael Williams officiating. Burial will take place at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 14, 2018 from 4-7 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel. A Vigil and Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 P.M. Monday at the Funeral Home.

Lewis was born in Pewamo, MI on May 5, 1925, the son of William and Anna M. (Hanses) Kramer. Lewis married Sally Fedewa on October 29, 1949 in Westphalia, MI. Lewis resided most of his life in St. Johns. Family was most important to him and he was always there for his family. Lewis was the Service Manager and Co-Owner of Egan Ford of St. Johns. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed golf. Lewis served his country in the U.S. Army during WW II. Lewis was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife Sally Kramer of St. Johns, MI; daughter Sandy Kramer of Holt, MI; son Ken Kramer of St. Johns, MI; son Chris and Sue Kramer of Holt, MI; daughter Karen and Kevin Clark of Gaylord, MI; son Kevin Kramer of St. Johns, MI; daughter Jeanne Kramer of East Lansing, MI; daughter Margaret Kramer of St. Johns, MI; son David and Patricia Kramer of Plymouth, MI; 7 grandchildren Angela (Jed), Michael (Erin), Rachel, Zachary, Anthony, Sophia and Matteo; 6 great-grandchildren; sister Dorothy Bivins of Wyoming, MI. Lewis was preceded in death by his parents, brother: Tom Kramer and 2 sisters: Alice Morton and Kate Fedewa.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph School Tuition Scholarships. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.


Laura Loreta Powers

Laura Loreta Powers, age 97 of St. Johns, MI, passed away Friday, May 11, 2018, at her home.

Laura was born in Gratiot County, Michigan on December 17, 1920, the daughter of Francis H. and Ruby A. (Bolyard) Huss. She married Harold Powers on May 25, 1940 in St. Johns, Michigan. He passed away on September 17, 2005 after sharing 65 years of marriage together. She was a past member of the Lowe United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing cards and she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by son Ronnie Powers of St. Johns, Michigan, daughter Kay Mead of Ovid, MI, daughter Connie Henry of Alma, MI, 12 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and one son: Richard Powers and 11 brothers and sisters.

It was Laura’s wishes to be cremated and for there to be no services. There will be a joint burial of spouses as they are reunited in death at Lowe Cemetery beside their oldest son.

Memorials may be made to Sparrow Hospice Lansing, MI. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.


Lucille Marie Worrall

Lucille Marie Worrall, age 96 of Mc Millan, MI passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018 at her home.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 10:00 A.M., with Pastor Cayle Beagle officiating. Burial will take place at South Bingham Township Cemetery, St, Johns, MI. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 14, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 P.M. at the funeral home.

Lucille was born in Fenton, MI on November 13, 1921 the daughter of Walter and Florence (Bowser) Clymer. On March 10, 1945 she married Wilbur F. Worrall; he passed away on February 27, 1994. Lucille resided most of her life in St. Johns, MI until she moved to Newberry, MI in 1996. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in St. Johns. Lucille enjoyed gardening and reading in later years.

She is survived by 2 daughters: Sonja “Toni” Davis of IL; Nancy Worrall of Newberry, MI; 2 grandchildren: Elaine Griffin of IL; Chris and Pam Dunckel of IL; 6 great-grandsons; 2 great-granddaughters; and 8 great-great-grandchildren. Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters: Margaret “Peggy” Miller and Leone Moody, her brother Russell Clymer, 2 sons-in-law: Robert Davis and Roger Phillips, grandson Jeff Dunckel and Jeff’s step son, Matthew Peterson.

Memorials may be made to First Congregational Church St. Johns, MI or Helen Newberry Joy Hospital, Newberry, MI. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.


Allen Rudy Gillespie

Allen Rudy Gillespie, age 68, passed away Wednesday May 9, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family.

Allen was born May 23, 1949 in St Johns MI to the late Phillip and Annie Gillespie. He married Mary Ann Villarreal on March 11, 1967. Al loved to shoot pool and golf with his longtime friends, but most of all he loved to be around a bonfire with his children and grandchildren. Allen is a U.S. Army veteran and retired from Motor Wheel Corporation.

He is survived by wife Mary Gillespie of Elsie, MI; daughter, Carrie Ann Chapko (Charles Jr.) of St Johns MI; son, Todd Gillespie (Ruth) of Elsie MI; grandchildren, Keith Allen and Tyler Daniel Gillespie, Charles Joseph III and Christian Allen Chapko; brothers, Kerry Gillespie (Gloria) of Ashley MI and Glenn Gillespie of Honor MI; many nieces and nephews; and his quad riding pooch “Baby Girl.” He was preceded in death by his brother Ronbo and sister in law Lori Gillespie.

A Memorial Service and Luncheon will be held from 11 AM – 3 PM, Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Knights of Columbus, 1108 Old U.S. 27, St. John’s MI. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions to Great Lakes Hospice, Lansing MI. “Big Al from southern Cal, Little kids pal!”
To sign online guestbook, visit www.cremationsocietymidmi.com


Marriage licenses filed the week of May 7, 2018

Joshua Lee Melrose, 21 of East Lansing and Shelly Jean Hodges, 18 of East Lansing

Travis Wayne Wedley, 31 of Lansing and Monica Lynn Crawford, 31 of Lansing

Morris Allen Messer, 47 of Lansing and Joan Anna Croad, 47 of Lansing

Charles Allen Messer, 27 of Grand Ledge and Rachel Lynn McCormick, 26 of Grand Ledge

Andrew Craig Bissell, 31 of St. Johns and Mary Elizabeth McGinnis, 36 of DeWitt

Aaron Paul Diepenhorst, 27 of DeWitt and Allyse Danielle Downs, 26 of DeWitt

Kurt Lee Trierweiler, 48 of Eagle and Traci Ann Mines, 46 of Eagle

Jarrod Lee Rasey, 39 of St. Johns and Bethany Leigh Ouwinga, 36 of Grand Rapids

Christopher Robert Oeschger, 30 of Bath and Katie Marie Licht, 31 of Bath


Divorce decrees filed April 30, 2018

Pepin Michelle and Scott

Milner, Jessica Ann and Travis

Elsea, Joshua and Alexzandria


Divorce decrees filed the week of May 7, 2018

Smith, Danielle E. and Tyler Michael

Taylor, Carla Jean and Robert James

Smith, Renee Sue and Wilson Dean

Ross, Richelle Elizabeth and Michael Jack

Hulburt,Sarah Mae and Matthew Scott