Obituaries

Nancy Bell Caesar

Nancy Bell Caesar, age 67 died peacefully at her home in rural St. Johns on Sunday, September 16, 2018, after losing a courageous battle with cancer. Nancy was born in St. Johns, MI on May 20, 1951, the daughter of Lloyd and Edna (Pease) Haynes. She attended St. Johns School. On June 24, 1967, she married the love of her life Calvin Caesar at the United Methodist Church of St. Johns.

A nature lover, Nancy was an avid bird watcher. She enjoyed sharing her nature finds with her grandchildren. Nancy fully believed there was always room for one more at the dinner table. She loved throwing large gatherings with family and friends for the holidays or a summer BBQ.

Nancy is survived by her husband of 51 years, Calvin, her 2 daughters: Rebecca Caesar of St. Johns; Angela (Wade) Drury of Perrinton; and her son David (Leah) Caesar of Ashley, her beloved grandchildren: Brianna, Jordan, Nathan, Alana and Andrina, and her faithful dog Lily. She is also survived by her brother Denny Reeves of Carson City and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Gale VanBurger and other beloved family members.

Per her wishes, there will be no funeral services. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 1 P.M. at her home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hope Bible Baptist Church of Maple Rapids, MI. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.


Shirley Casler

Shirley Casler, age 83, of St. Johns; passed away Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Sparrow Hospital with her children by her side. She was born February 26, 1935 in Fulton Township the daughter of Dale and Ruby (Helms) Cumberworth. Shirley enjoyed being a homemaker for many years, and later became an exceptional secretary for Valley Marketing, Inc. where she was well liked by all. Shirley had a fun sense of humor and a quick wit that made everyone laugh. Shirley loved spending time with her grandkids and sharing stories with others about their many achievements. You could often find her curled up with a favorite novel or working a challenging crossword puzzle in her favorite chair with a tall glass of iced tea. Shirley also loved researching her genealogy and sharing the detailed results with family and friends.

Shirley is survived by two sons, Jeffrey (Mary) of Saginaw, MI; Bob (Lori) of St. Johns, MI; and a daughter, Susan (Dan) Wahl of Rochester, MI; 9 grandchildren, Andy (Audrey) Casler, Amanda Casler, Elizabeth Riley, Danny Wahl, Sophia Wahl, Douglas Casler, Steven Sybert, Ariel Sybert, and Ava Casler two great-grand daughters Eleanor Clark and Louise Casler. She is also survived by three brothers Marvin (Patricia) Cumberworth of Alma, MI; Max (Judy) Cumberworth of Ithaca, MI; and Gary (Carol) Cumberworth of Perrinton, MI, and special friend Richard Bouchamp. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 21, 2018 at 11 am at the Dodge Funeral Home, Middleton. Interment will be in Fulton Center Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 to 8 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made the American Cancer Society.


Larry A. Fess

Larry A. Fess passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the age of 66. He was born October 11, 1951 in Saginaw, MI the son of Harold and Dorothy (Hoernlein) Fess and was a graduate of Douglas MacArthur High School, Class of 1969.

Larry, in his younger years, enjoyed riding dirt bikes. He enjoyed playing softball especially 1st base, hunting and fishing, was a member of the NRA and was an Army veteran. He loved watching NASCAR, Tiger baseball, Lions football, was a graduate of MSU and avid Spartan fan. Larry retired earlier this year as an Agronomist with Caledonia Farmers Elevator, Lake Odessa Branch. On June 22, 2001 he married Sue Holm and she survives him.

Also surviving are three sons, Joshua (Tammy) Fess, Daniel (Amanda) Fess, and Troy Looney (Kylene Smale); two daughters, Laura (Nick) Schneider and Jessica Hethorn; nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren; his mother, Dorothy Fess; two sisters, Diane (Rick) Michael and Connie Fess (Dan Griffin) and a brother, Bill (Carol) Fess. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister Kathleen Fess.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns with Pastor Kathy Leydorf-Keck 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 Friday 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Great Lakes Hospice.