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Carolee Jo Fenner

Carolee Jo (Snyder) Fenner was among the most kind, caring, and thoughtful people one could ever know, beloved by many. She lived her life in service of others as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and friend. She was an avid reader and longtime member of an active book club consisting of many friends and colleagues. She also loved to travel and did so frequently throughout her life. Studying birds and enjoying flowers were other passions.

Carolee met her loving husband, James L. (Jim) Fenner, as a teen when they both participated in youth fellowship. They became a couple shortly afterwards while attending St. Johns High School in St. Johns, MI. From then forward Carolee was Jim’s devoted sweetheart. They married in the fall of 1958 and were partners and best friends for nearly 63 years.

After marrying, Carolee worked to help put Jim through MSU, while also starting a family. Son Jim A. was born and Carolee became an adoring mother. Daughter Rhonda joined the family two years later and her young family was complete.

Carolee began attending Oakland University when her children started school. She graduated with honors in 1971 with a BA in Elementary Education. She joined husband Jim working for the Troy School District. She was loved and respected at Wattles Elementary, teaching many grades, but fourth grade was her favorite. She remained at Wattles for her whole career, retiring at the same time as Jim in 1997, after a successful 26 year career.

Carolee and Jim’s love for travel began when Jim attended graduate school in Seattle, Washington. Additional graduate work led them to Potsdam, New York, and the chance to visit the eastern states. They enjoyed taking their children to new places and, as teachers, were able to spend their summers traveling to nearly all of the states in the union, mostly by tent camping. They adhered to their rule that it didn’t count unless they stayed at least one night in the state! They also visited several countries in Europe, including attending the Fenner Family reunion in Germany four times.

In retirement Carolee and Jim shared their time between their principle home in Troy, a home in Ludington, where they operated a fishing charter service during the summer months, and a mobile home in Hobe Sound, Florida, where they resided during the coldest winter months. Also during retirement, they were able to visit Alaska and Hawaii, to complete their travel to all of the United States.

Carolee is survived by her loving family, husband Jim L., son Jim A. (Sue), daughter Rhonda (John) Sienkiewicz, and grandchildren Matthew Sienkiewicz, and Paige Bennett (Nick). She is also survived by a brother, Richard (Annette), and sister, Clara. Carolee was preceded in death by her parents Guy and Esther Snyder, brother Guy Jr., and sisters Mae, Barbara, Donnis, and Ellen.

A Celebration of Life Reception to honor Carolee will be held from 1 to 4 PM on Saturday, August 21, at the MSU Management Education Center, 811 W Square Lake Rd, Troy, MI 48098.


Jane Ann Brock

Jane Ann Brock of St. Johns, Michigan, passed away on May 29, 2021, in Ft. Worth, Texas, surrounded by her family. Jane was born July 20, 1933, in a farmhouse south of St. Johns, the third child of Charlie and Marian Steavens.

Jane graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School in 1952 and went to work for the General Telephone Company until the birth of her daughter in 1963. Later, she worked at Federal Mogul where she met her second husband, Dick Brock, and they married in August 1965. Jane also worked at Michigan Milk Producers in Ovid before returning to the D & C Store in St. Johns where she’d worked as a teen, until the store closed in the 1990s.

Jane was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in St. Johns where she shared her love of singing with the church choir. She was also an avid reader and loved tending her garden.

In 2003, Jane pulled up stakes and moved to Texas to be with her daughter’s family, though she always missed her beloved St. Johns and the countless friends and relatives she left behind.

Jane is survived by her daughter, Mindy (Melinda) Obenhaus and her husband, Richard, of Texas, five grandchildren, Amy Haysler of Oklahoma, Rachel Schubert and her husband, Stephen, Danielle Tanner and husband, Dayton, Ryan and Michael Obenhaus, all of Texas, and eight great-grandchildren, Brycen and Caden Crofoot, Gavin and Elijah Haysler of Oklahoma, Aila Sherman, Isabelle and Maximilian Schubert, and Taegan Tanner, all from Texas. Jane was preceded in death by her husband Richard (Dick) Brock, her parents, Charles and Marian Steavens, her brother, Richard Steavens, and sister, Wilma Nickelson.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 23, 2021 at the First Baptist Church of St. Johns, MI at 10:30 AM with a burial beside her husband, Richard (Dick) L. Brock (passed 1996) at South Bingham Cemetery immediately afterwards.