Obituaries



Arlene Barbara Smith

Arlene Barbara Smith, age 88, passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at her home in St. Johns, MI.

Arlene was born in Clinton County, MI on August 21, 1931, the daughter of Harry and Jessie (Payne) Conley. She married Stuart M. Smith on October 10, 1948 in St. Johns.

Arlene was involved in genealogy with the Clinton County Historical Society, the Mount Rest Cemetery Association, and she enjoyed working at the Senior Citizen Center in St. Johns.

Arlene is survived by her daughter Cindy and Michael Wright of Fowler, MI; son Jeffrey and Lisa Smith of St. Johns, MI and brother Edgar Conley of St. Johns, MI. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Spencer and Melissa Wright, Michelle Wright, Melissa and Aaron Hetherington, Marla Buonodono, Barry Smith, Tyler Smith, Andrea Orth, Rachel Reyes, Devin Smith, Tyson Smith, Taya Smith, and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Barry Smith, daughter and son-in-law: Wendy and Anthony Buonodono, two great-granddaughters: Stacy Wright and Cindy Buonodono, and her sister Pauleen Spiece.

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


Robert Judd Altvater

Robert Judd Altvater, age 84, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Monday, November 11, 2019, at Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor, St. Johns, MI.

Private family services will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery, Ovid, MI.

Robert was born in Ovid Township, MI on March 15, 1935 the son of Bismark and Doris (Denison) Altvater. He was a graduate of Ovid High School Class of 1953. Robert married Sharon Jacobs on March 2, 1954. He resided all of his life in Ovid Township.

Robert was a farmer and worked for Oldsmobile for 17 years. He loved nature and being outside, deer hunting, snowmobiling and camping. Robert belonged to the Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor Association for many years. He also collected and restored antique tractors.

He is survived by his wife Sharon Altvater of St. Johns, MI; 2 sons: Kim Altvater of St. Johns, MI; Mark and Frances Altvater of St. Johns, MI; grandson Paul Altvater of Lansing, MI; granddaughter Amanda and Aaron Demmon of Italy; 2 great-grandsons Kadin Demmon and Uriah Altvater; sister Joyce and Joe Mesh of St. Johns, MI; 1 niece and 5 nephews. Robert was preceded in death by his parents.

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


Cindy A. Horman

Cindy A. Horman died Sunday, November 10, 2019 at the age of 62. She was born August 2, 1957 in Lansing, MI the daughter of Larry and Yvonne (Jennings) Rogers. Cindy was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and enjoyed quilting and flower gardening. She loved spending time with family and friends especially her grandchildren and was instrumental in founding Peter’s Sunshine Project. She was an insurance agent for the Reed Insurance Agency in DeWitt for several years.

Surviving is her husband, Bill; son, Jacob (Jamie) Horman of Sheridan; three daughters, Jennifer Horman of Huntersville, NC, Stacey (Peter III) Kurncz of Elsie, Erica (Joel) Edwards of Franklin, TN; five grandchildren, Kirk, Nolan and Margo Edwards, Brody and Kooper Kurncz; one sister, Cathy (Gary) Moubray; two brothers, Mike (Beth) Rogers and Paul (Kim) Rogers. She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Peter Kurncz IV.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, November 14, 2019 at St. Peter Lutheran Church 8990 Church Rd., St. Johns with Pastor Timothy Bayer officiating. Interment will follow at St. Peter Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends 6-8 PM Tuesday and 2-4 and 6-8 Wednesday at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. Memorials may be made to Peter’s Sunny Day Foundation or St. Peter Lutheran Church.


Janet Ann Smith

On Saturday, November 9, 2019 Janet Ann Smith, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed away at the age of 83. She was born September 26, 1936 to Carl and Eleanor Whitford. Janet was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns. Her lifetime work included working at the St. Johns Furniture store, Michigan State Police, but she was primarily a homemaker taking care of her family, home and family business. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, taking trips to the casino and playing cards. She leaves behind her special hen friends, class of 1954 at Rodney B. Wilson High School.

On September 28, 1957, Janet married Richard Smith and raised 5 children. Surviving is her husband of 62 years, Richard; her children Lori (Tim) Knaus, Mark (Amy) Smith, Lisa (Bean) Barrett, Gina Prior, and Gail (Randy) Pitt; grandchildren Heather (Dustin) Wells, Michael (Kallie) Knaus, Andy (Jill) Knaus, Josh Prior, Greg (Lyndsey) Knaus, Emily Knaus, Logan Smith, Carlie Smith, Madison Pitt and 8 great grandchildren with one on the way and one brother Glenn (Lois) Whitford. She was preceded in death by her parents Carl and Eleanor, brother Jack Whitford, and son in law Rick Flegel.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church 109 Linden, St. Johns with Rev. Fr. Michael Williams as Celebrant. The family will receive relatives and friends at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home on Monday, November 11, 2019, 4-8 P.M. A Vigil service will be held at 7:30 P.M. Burial will be at Mt. Rest Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Roger Dershem Hospital Equipment Fund or St. Joseph Catholic School.


Joy Ann Kelley

Joy Ann “JD” Kelley, age 66, of Elsie, MI, passed away Friday, November 8, 2019, at Sparrow Health Systems, Lansing, MI.

Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of Joy’s life will take place at a later date.

Joy was born in St. Johns, Michigan on February 27, 1953, the daughter of Hazel Marietta (Dush) Larsen. She graduated from St. Johns High School with the class of 1971. Joy married Rodger Kelley on October 16, 1992, in Ithaca, MI.

She enjoyed camping, fishing, reading, arts and crafts and was a wonderful cook. She loved the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and dog Miiko.

She is survived by husband Rodger Kelley of Elsie, MI; daughters: Patti A. Dershem of St. Johns, MI; Angela M. and Victor Ward of Elsie, MI; son Douglas M. “Buck” and Stacy Dershem of Ovid, MI; siblings: Jim and Kathleen Larsen of St. Johns, MI; Judy and Bob Moon of Ithaca, MI; Janet Dershem of Ithaca, MI; Jack and Janine Larsen of St. Johns, MI; brothers and sisters-in-law: Alan Kelley of Owosso, MI; Dale and Penny Kelley of Elsie, MI; Connie and Wayne Underhill of Ovid, MI. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren: MacKenzie, Skylar, Devon, Hunter, Logan, Hilary, Haley, John, Dale, Mellissa, and Wyatt; 3 great-grandchildren: Blakely, Blake, and Brailen, and by many nieces, nephews, and special friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, in-laws Don and Dorothea Kelley, sisters-in-law: Cindy Craig, Mary Jane Larsen, and Mary Kelley, nephews: Jim Larsen and Kenny Larsen.

Memorials may be made to the wishes of the family. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, Michigan.


Melvin R. Sehlke

Melvin R. Sehlke, passed away on November 8, 2019 at the age of 88. Mel was born on August 23, 1931 the son of Richard A. and Regina L. (Marten) Sehlke and was a veteran of the U. S. Army. He had worked as a salesman of industrial tools and farming. He was a very generous and nice man who loved to dance, take walks every day and was a very avid sports fan, especially loving MSU sports. Mel was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, American Legion, VFW Post 701 and the Eagles Lodge #1039.

Mel is survived by his children, Mary (Martin) Ciezadlo of Florida, Allan (Susan) Sehlke of St. Johns, David (Patsy) Sehlke of Holt and Pamela (Rodney) Jackson of Lansing and special friend, Jane Jolly; grandson, Jordan Martin and great grandchildren, Jordan Martin Jr. and Jaden Martin and several step grand and step great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 11, 2019 at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Pastor Timothy Bayer officiating at 2:00 P.M. Burial will follow at St. Peter Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home on Sunday, November 10, 2019, 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church.


Divorce decrees filed on November 4, 2019

Gruber, Karl F./Gruber, Susan M.

Droste, Ashley A. / Droste, Trent R.

Mobley, Robin A. / Mobley, Benjamin P.

Nobach, Jeremy / Nobach, Lyndie