Richard L Salters

Richard “Dick” L Salters, loving Husband, Brother, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and Friend, age 79 of Owosso passed away Monday, November 28, 2022.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 2, 2022 at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Rev. Ray Strawser officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Richard was born August 18, 1943 in St. Johns, the son of Keo and Dorothy (Bowen) Salters. He graduated from Ovid High School the class of 1962. After graduating from high school, Richard went on to proudly serve in the United States Army overseas in Vietnam.

Richard loved the outdoors, whether he was hunting, fishing, spending time at the lake house, watching fireworks, tending to his garden, golfing, coaching softball, or traveling to Florida. You could always find him outside. He enjoyed going to watch his grandchildren and all their events as their number one fan. Richard was a huge Tigers and U of M fan “GO BLUE!” Most of all he looked forward to the time he spent with his family.

He married the love of his life Patricia Samson in Owosso at St. Joseph Catholic Church on September 9, 1967. Richard worked at GM for over 36 years.

Richard is survived by his Wife, Patricia Salters; Daughters, Tricia Ewald, Kellie (Roger) Raymond, and Carrie Salters; Grandchildren, Nicole (Jacob) Reyna, Cassidy (Trey) Draper, Jarred Raymond, Heidi Ewald, Kaylin Ewald, Adrian Ewald, and Dorathy Peschel; Great-Grandchildren, Amelia and Willow; Sisters, Norma Crowell and Pat Putnam; several nieces and nephews and other loving family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Keo and Dorothy Salters, Brothers, Tom and Keo.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Legion and Veterans Affairs of Shiawassee County.

Dennis John Mills

Dennis John Mills, a lifelong resident of Bridgeville, Michigan, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on November 29, 2022 at the age of 77. Dennis was born in Bridgeville on August 10, 1945, the son of Leon and Eileen Mills, and passed as Bridgeville’s oldest original resident.

On New Year’s Eve of 1978 he met Elaine Miller. They quickly fell in love and were wed on March 31, 1979. Together, they ‘raised a village’ and Dennis loved his big family dearly. He enjoyed his farm, and in addition to growing cash crops and maintaining his dairy herd, he worked as a welder and held many other positions with General Motors in Lansing for over thirty years. He retired from GM in 2000.

Dennis loved opportunities to take in fishing trips to Canada, collect arrow heads and deer hunt on the family property, and loved sitting at his table at home where he watched the animals, birds at the feeders, and visited with family for whom he was ever ready with tales of wisdom and oral history of the area. He will be dearly missed.

In addition to Elaine, his beloved wife of over forty-three years, he is survived by children, Kandy Hale (Kenny Evans), Tammy Martinez, Pennie Mathias (Rich), Michele Cooley (Scott), Leon Mills (Celena), Kasey Robinson, Danielle Wells (Jeffrey), nine grandsons, five granddaughters, thirteen great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, dear friends, and his dogs, Ruger and Scout. He was preceded in death by a son, Leon Sidney Mills “Little Jake”, his parents, brothers, Darrell (Phyllis) Mills, Douglas (Mary) Mills, sisters, Betty (Tom) Gehringer and Estella (Ed) Hagerman.

A Funeral Service will be held at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, 1500 Waterford Parkway, St. Johns, on Tuesday, December 6 at 11 AM with Pastor Tim Knaus officiating. Burial will follow in North Star Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, December 5, from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM. Memorials may be made in his name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Laree E. Geller

Laree E. Geller, age 89, a lifelong resident of St. Johns, died on November 28, 2022 at Hazel Findlay Country Manor surrounded by her family.

Laree was born on January 27, 1933 in St. Johns, the oldest of three children born to Gaylord and Cleo (Moinet) Desprez. She graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School in 1952 and met Raymond Geller at a Grange Hall dance. The young couple married on May 23, 1953 at St. Joseph Catholic Church and made their home in St. Johns. They raised three children and enjoyed twenty-four years of marriage until Raymond’s passing in 1977.

Despite life’s challenges, Laree was stoic, steadfast, responsible and detail oriented. For over thirty years she worked for Mid-Michigan District Health Department as a clerk, program director and March of Dimes fund raiser. She loved spending time with her family. She held Tuesday night dinners at her house and maintained a special, close relationship with her brother, Gayle, over the years. Laree was an avid reader of mysteries, loved to garden and work on crossword puzzles. She played the organ, enjoyed watching movies and completed hundreds of puzzles.

She is survived by her children, Marie Geller, Mark (Mary) Geller and Marcia Geller; grandchildren, Rebecca (Dustin) Daman, Andrew (Sarah) Geller and Stephen (Shelby) Geller; great-grandchildren, Jack and Charlie Daman, Millicent Geller and one on the way; brother, Gayle (Phyllis) Desprez as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; her parents, Gaylord and Cleo Desprez; sister, Carol Desprez and sister-in-law, Sally Desprez.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, December 2, 2022, 11 AM at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, 1500 Waterford Pkwy, St. Johns. Burial Mt. Rest Cemetery. Friends may visit the funeral home on Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 2—8 PM and on Friday from 10 AM until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to: Hazel Findlay, March of Dimes or to Briggs District Library, St. Johns for large print books.

John William Redmond

John William Redmond, age 88, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Monday, November 28, 2022, at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital, Lansing, MI.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, December 1, 2022, with Pastor Mona Kindel officiating. Burial will take place at Deepdale Cemetery, Delta Township, MI. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 from 6-8 P.M. and also on Thursday morning from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service at the funeral home. 

John was born in Lansing, Michigan on March 12, 1934, the son of Clarence and Alice (Townsend) Redmond. John graduated from Bath High School with the class of 1957. He married Elaine Coffey in September 1958; they were blessed with fifty-six years of marriage prior to her passing on June 6, 2015.

John enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time outdoors, loved animals, gardening and windmill cookies. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR races on TV. John and Elaine loved attending old country music concerts together. His grandchildren and great grandchildren brought a smile to his face. He proudly served his country in the United States Army in Germany from August of 1956 until July of 1958. While serving he earned a sharpshooter badge and a good conduct medal.

John’s family would like to thank the Fresenius Kidney Care St. John’s Michigan for the excellent care and service. They would also like to thank Big Boy Restaurant staff of St. Johns for making John feel so special during his multiple weekly visits. 

He is survived by his children: Lori and Lynn Thurston of St. Johns, MI; Jack and Sally Redmond of Lansing, MI; Penny and Richard French of St. Johns, MI; Melody and Dan Hyland of Muir, MI; and Darla and Dan Fabus of Elsie, MI. He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, his sister Ann and Tony Weber of Lansing, MI and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Elaine, and his brothers: Ed and Don Redmond.

Memorials may be made to Fresenius Kidney Care St. John’s Michigan, 975 E Townsend Rd St. Johns, MI 48879. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.

William Francis Kissane

William “Bill” Francis Kissane, a lifelong resident of St. Johns, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on November 27, 2022. He was 84 years old.

Bill was born on December 23, 1937 in St. Johns, Michigan, the third of five children born to Byron Edward and Mary M. (Motz) Kissane. He graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School in 1956. Following High School, Bill continued farming with his family and bought his first farm in St. Johns. In 1967 on a 4-H trip, Bill met Judith Rivest and they married on October 25, 1968 at St. Cyril’s Church in Bannister. Together they raised eight children on their farm in St. Johns. He was the FFA State Vice President Region 4 and held leadership roles in Clinton County 4-H and Farm Bureau.

Birdwatching and photography were among his favorite hobbies. He was a founding member of the local Camera Club. Many summers were spent at the family cabin in Harrison, that he helped to build with his dad and brothers in 1961. The cabin has paths throughout the woods with birdwatching stations and blinds. Bill loved to travel. Summers were spent at the cabin, winters were spent in Texas and together, Bill and Judy visited all fifty states. He was also a big MSU football fan.

Bill was kind, happy and humble. A man of strong faith, he was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He also had strong convictions of right and wrong, was always available to help and was selfless and patient. These qualities made him the best dad. He was a dad to everyone, the one you called when you needed help and was always calm and collected. Bill also cherished time spent with his grandchildren, whether it was feeding the baby cows, fishing at the cabin, or teaching them about birds. Everyone looked forward to the annual New Year’s Eve party or the Father’s Day baseball game in the front yard.

He will forever be remembered for his love of his family, his stoic nature and upbeat personality.

He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty four years, Judy Kissane; children, Kevin (Lynda) Kissane, Kathy (Dave) Maier, Maria Kissane, Ryan Kissane, John (Shelly) Kissane, Leilani (Brad) Ross, Renae (Bart) Churches, Melinda (Christian) Jordon; grandchildren, Brett Kissane, Rachel Maier, Chris Maier, Dakota Kissane, Brie Kissane Rowley, Jack Ross, Jacob Taylor, Mason McLean-Kissane, Samantha Ross, Cadence Jordon, Quinn Jordon, Bennett Jordon; sisters, Marge Minarik and Rose Mary (Fred) Eldridge; sister-in-law, Marilyn Kissane; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family members, dear friends, and his beloved dog, Bella Kissane. He was preceded in death by his parents; Byron and Mary Kissane; father and mother-in-law, Frank and Mary Gene Rivest; brothers, Robert Kissane and Francis Kissane and brother-in-law, Andy Minarik.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, 1500 Waterford Pkwy, St. Johns. 7 PM Rosary. Michigan State apparel is encouraged during the day of visitation.

Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 11 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church, 510 Mabbit Rd, Ovid. Burial Mt. Rest Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at Knights of Columbus Hall, St. Johns.

Memorial Contributions may be made in his name to Clinton County 4-H Council or to St. Joseph Catholic School.

Jerome Weber Jopke

Jerome Weber “Jerry” Jopke passed away Wednesday November 23, 2022 at McLaren Bay Region. He was born in St. Johns, MI on April 22, 1939 to the late Jerome H. and Florence E. (Weber) Jopke.

Jerry was a 1957 graduate of Bay City Central High School and a member of its reunion committee. He graduated from Western Michigan University and was a founding member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity-Michigan Delta Chapter. He served in the United States Army Reserve. Jerry retired from Oldsmobile Division, General Motors Corporation sales department after 36 years. As a young man he was a fast pitch softball pitcher. Jerry was an antique tractor and toy tractor collector and was a member of the former Salem Evangelical United Brethren Church.

Jerry is survived by his goddaughter, Jessica Claire Sams of London, England and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Janet H. Jopke, Ed.D.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, December 2, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Elm Lawn Cemetery. The Rev. Brenna Overland will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bay Area Community Foundation or the American Diabetes Association.

Services provided by Penzien-Steele Funeral Home.

Joseph Walter Schmidt

Joseph Walter Schmidt, age 50 of St. Johns, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2022 at his home.

Joseph was born on October 18, 1972 to Robert and Donna (Witt) Schmidt in Saginaw, Michigan.

He married Julie Keilen on March 7, 2013. They shared 11 years of marriage together this year.

During his life Joseph loved being outdoors. He enjoyed going to the U.P. especially to Mackinaw, working on cars, riding his motorcycle with his brother and playing the drums. He loved old cars and would always drool over a 1967 Chevelle.

He is survived by his wife; step son, Cameron Sinclair; mother; siblings, Robert (Carol) Schmidt II, Barbara (Brent) Brown, Bill (Lynette) Schmidt, Tanya (Ben) Follett; as well as many nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. He is predeceased by his father.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Family. The family is being served by McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, 1500 Waterford Pkwy, St. Johns.

Divorce decrees filed the weeks of November 14 and November 21, 2022

Gallagher, Daniel / Gallagher, Cheryl

Wedley, Travis / Wedley, Monica