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Lawrence James Leiby

Lawrence James “Larry” Leiby, age 59, of Maple Rapids, MI, passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at his home with his family by his side.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Maple Rapids United Methodist Church, Maple Rapids, MI, at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 15, 2022, with Pastor Kathy Leydorf-Keck officiating.

Lawrence was born in Carson City, Michigan on May 4, 1962, the son of Melvin Chancy and Sharon Gertrude (Hastings) Leiby. Larry graduated from Fulton High School with the class of 1980, where he held many sports records. On June 21, 1997, he married Shari Lynn Henry at their home in Maple Rapids.

He was an avid sports fan, especially golf and NASCAR. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. Larry loved spending time with his family. He loved his dogs, Molly and Lexi. He enjoyed driving the back roads looking for wildlife.

He is survived by wife Shari Leiby; his children: Lawrence and Emily Leiby II, Michael and Haley Leiby, Samantha and Kody Smith-Womboldt, Daniel (Goob) Leiby and Paige Kushion; grandchildren: LJ Philip, Abgail, Norah and Tucker Leiby, Pheonix and Emery Leiby, Hailie Smith-Womboldt; and his siblings Michael Leiby and Karrin Deal, Michelle Mosher, Mitch and Kelly Leiby, Lori and Karl Verwey; and step-father John Foster. He is also survived by brothers-in-law James and Bona Henry and Randy and Diana Henry and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by father and stepmother, Melvin and Darlene Leiby, and his mother, Sharon Foster.

Memorials may be made to Maple Rapids Ball Fields. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.


Jerome Joseph Feldpausch

Jerome Joseph Feldpausch, a long-time resident of Fowler, MI died on January 11, 2022, at the age of 91.

Born in Westphalia, Michigan on October 27, 1930, the son of Frederick and Dorothea (Thelen) Feldpausch, Jerome grew up in Westphalia on the family farm. He served his country as a medic in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Fowler VFW Post. On June 23, 1953, he married Jeanette Harr in Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church. They were blessed with twelve children and over fifty-one years of marriage. He retired from Federal Mogul after 31 years with a perfect attendance record. He enjoyed spending time with family, playing cards and farming.

He is survived by his children; Deb Smith, Keith Feldpausch, Kevin Feldpausch, Ken (Marlene Kohlmeyer) Feldpausch, Brenda (Dale) Feldpausch, Pam (Rick) Fink, Dale (Kathie) Feldpausch, Beth (Mike) Endres, Dean Feldpausch, Wendy (Pete) Cushman, Bruce (Toni) Feldpausch, Lynette Feldpausch; twenty grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren, brother Francis (Marie) Feldpausch, brother-in-law Leon (Sue) Harr, card partners/nephews Lyle and Alan Simon, and dozens of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Jeanette, daughter Marie, grandson, Lysle A Smith III, brothers, Elmer (Regina), Marvin (Marcella), Hilary (Anna) and sister Dolores (Bernard Simon, Bernard Schueller).

Visitation will be held at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 545 N. Maple St., Fowler, on Saturday, January 15 from 8:30 AM to 10:30AM with Rosary at 9 AM.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Saturday, January 15, at 10:30AM with The Rev. Fr. Dennis Howard presiding. Committal Prayers and Military Honors will follow in Most Holy Trinity Cemetery.

The family is being served by McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel.


Mark Daniel Baker

Mark Daniel Baker, age 47, of St. Johns, MI, passed away unexpectedly from complications following surgery Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 1:00 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, with Pastor Tyler Barlage officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 from 11:00 A.M. until the time of service.

Mark was born in Carson City, Michigan on March 2, 1974, the son of Victor Baker and Vicky (Curns) Searles. He graduated from Harrison High School with the class of 1993. Mark had a passion for riding quads (4-wheelers). He enjoyed cooking and using his family as guinea pigs for new recipes! They will remember his pigs in a blanket, “trailer trash” tater-tot casserole, and hot chili. He liked to fish and hunt. He had many friends and loved to talk to them on the phone. He was a mechanic both professionally and in his free time. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix other than the crack of dawn and a broken heart. Most of all, he loved to spend time with his daughter.

Mark is survived by daughter Kelsie Baker, mother Vicky Searles, siblings: Vic (Sheila) Baker, Katrina (Jeff) Pease, Jeremy Baker and Charlie Witherell; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Smith Family Funeral Homes for Mark’s funeral expenses – 104 E Cass St, St Johns, MI 48879. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.


Divorce decrees filed the week of January 3, 2022

Varner, Samantha / Varner, Gregory

Ostipow, Jordan / Ostipow, Kayla