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Ronald Shockey

Ronald Shockey died Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at the age of 81. He was born June 30, 1938 in Detroit, MI the son of Bill and Elenore (Thompson) Shockey. Ron is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and enjoyed landscape painting. He loved hunting and fishing and was a passionate carver of duck decoys. Ron retired from General Motors Service Parts in Livonia in 1995 with 30 years of service.

Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Judith; two sons, John E. (Kelly Duling) and Ronald L. (Beth) and one sister, Judy (Gary) Aili. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Gary and Brent.

Following Ron’s wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or services. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

The family was assisted with these arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.


Margaret “Joyce” Geller

Margaret “Joyce” Geller, age 76, of DeWitt, MI, passed away Monday, May 25, 2020 at home of natural causes.

Cremation has taken place and the family will host a Celebration of Life later this year.

Joyce was born in Detroit, MI on August 19, 1943, to Paul and Marion (Jackson) Cyrus. She was the wife and soulmate of David F. Geller for over 40 years. David and Joyce were married in St. Johns, MI on June 2, 1979.

Joyce received her bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University. Joyce retired as a Production Manager after 35 years at Melling Forging Co. She then pursued her true passion managing at Abbott Rd. Animal Clinic for another 13 years.

Joyce loved her dogs and her birds. She worshiped her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and was never shy about telling them how much she loved them or how proud she was of them. She will be missed deeply by all of them as well as all who knew her.

She is survived by the love of her life David F Geller, her children who she loved dearly: Deb (Gregg) Bishop, Scott (Leanne) Fischer, Stephanie Slep; her grandchildren whom she adored: Gregory (AJ) Bishop, Trista (Nick) Price, Elizabeth (Tony) Lyon, Luke Bishop, Zakary (Hannah) Snyder, Benjamin Fischer, and Zane Snyder; and her beloved great grandchildren who were her world: Nathan, Hailey, Kaden, Wyatt, Austyn, Nicholas, Liam, Lily, Alexa Joy, and Kaiyah. Joyce is also survived by her eldest sister Judy Tipper and numerous nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and younger sister Jacqueline Hembree.

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


Larry Joseph Sykora

Larry Joseph Sykora, age 76, of Lansing, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at McLaren Greater Lansing. The son of Virginia (Mahoney) and Joseph Sykora, he was born on April 30, 1944.

He attended Michigan School for the Blind, graduating in 1963. Larry was a state wrestling champion for three years straight, from 1961-1963. He was inducted into the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, along with the members of the 1963 MSB championship wrestling team.

In 1967 he married Sheila Ann Barker of St.Johns, MI. They enjoyed camping with friends and summers at the lake. Larry worked for the MI Liquor Control Commission for 30 years, retiring in 1997.

Larry loved the Upper Peninsula, Lake Superior, and the Green Bay Packers. His happy place was in Marquettte. He will be missed by his friends at the Dry Dock and Coaches.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Sheila; sisters, Diann Zeil and JoAnn (Karl) Littlewood; brothers, Dan (Woodie) Sykora and Elmer aka Butch (Jeri) Hoskins; special friend John Frantom; many brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, A. Lorraine and Elmer Barker; and special family friend Mary Ann Frantom.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the organization of your choice. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Larry’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.NeptuneSociety.com.


Divorce decrees filed the weeks of May 11, 2020 and May 18, 2020

Skriba, Laura M. / Skriba, Gary J.

Schmitz, Shawn / Schmitz, Stephanie

McAdams, Eugene E. Jr. / McAdams, Barbara I

Schafer, Russell E. / Schafer, Cathy A.

Ebert, Darcy A. / Ebert, Alain A.

Miller, Tiffany / Miller, Taylor

Loynes, Jenna Marie / Loynes, Victor Joseph

Thomas, Jessica Lynn / Thomas, Brian Michael

Natesan, Prakash/ Krishnan, Asha

Vanantwerp, Danielle M / Vanantwerp, Jeffrey P