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Jacob James Wendling

Jacob James Wendling, age 34 of Holland, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital following a short battle with and complications from Chordoma. He faced his medical issues with a positive attitude, kindness and perseverance, the same way he approached his life. He bravely endured countless surgeries, scans and pokes as well as the loss of many abilities without complaint. The loss of Jacob is immense and will be felt forever by those who love him. We find comfort knowing that he is now fully healed, free of pain and that he is in heaven which is filled with peace, joy and praise.

Jacob was born on July 31, 1986 in Lansing, MI to Kevin and Jo Lynn (Spitzley) Wendling and he grew up in St. Johns, MI. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Neoma Wendling, and Daniel and Carolyn Spitzley.

Jacob is survived by his wife Shyla Nash-Wendling; two children at home, Hazel (4) and Hendrix (1),and baby Wendling due in March; his parents Kevin and Jo Lynn Wendling; parents-in-law Robin Nash and Doug Nash; siblings Rob (Katie) Barrera, Levi (Leslie) Rost, and Casey (Lance) Rost-Danzy; in-laws Amanda Aho and Doug Haveman, Jacob Nash and Myra Baumeister, and Emma Rutgers; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family and friends.

If you asked Jake what his biggest accomplishment was, he would quickly answer that it was his family. He was a wonderful, loving and supportive husband, who always had a joke ready as well as a supportive word. He was the best dad to Hazel and Hendrix and was so looking forward to the arrival of Baby Wendling. Jacob’s favorite part of the day was coming home from work, to play with the kids. He stepped seamlessly from one role to another, and found genuine joy playing with his children. He was a special kind of dad who showed up for the hard stuff and made childhood magical.

Jacob grew up in St. Johns, Mi and graduated from St. Johns High School in 2004. From there he continued on to Central Michigan University where he received his bachelors degree in Spanish Language Education in 2010. He has worked at SPI Pharma for 8 years, working his way up from the line to his most recent position of Quality Assurance Supervisor.

Jacob will always be remembered for his love of character based and story telling video games such as Sea of Thieves, ARK and Red Dead Redemption. He so enjoyed the comradery of relaxing after the day was done with some cheap whiskey or a good IPA and video games with his friends. He passed his love of video games to Hazel and they spent many hours playing Mario 64 together.

Jake was a excellent cook and bartender or as we called him ‘Head Chef at Casa d’Wendling’ who loved to put new dishes together and make big breakfasts on the weekends.

Jacob was a genuinely kind man, who always made sure the people around him were happy and having a good time. He loved to make people laugh and had an amazing sense of humor. He could always find the silver lining and was positive even in the face of his diagnosis. No one will forgot his silly laugh and goofy smile!

We are asking that friends and family write their favorite memory or description of Jake in a card or note for each of his children to read in the future (please create one for each child). We will keep them sealed and in the children’s memory boxes for them to read in the future. Cards or notes may be sent to 14777 James St, Holland, Mi 49424.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private gathering by invite only will take place Wednesday, August 12th at 2 p.m. We invite you to watch the services via Facebook live if you are not in attendance. The livestream will be on Lakeshore Memorial Services Facebook page. A future event will be planned for those unable to attend the memorial service in a way that Jake would want us to celebrate and remember his life.

Memorial contributions may be made to a educational fund set up for the Wendling children at any Fifth Third Bank, or to the Chordoma Foundation.

Please visit www.lakeshorememorial.com to share a memory or message with the Wendling family.


Rosalind L. Kanaski

Rosalind L. Kanaski of Aberdeen, NC formerly of St. Johns, MI died Monday, July 20, 2020 at the age of 89. She was born July 18, 1931 in St. Johns, MI the daughter of Richard and Huberta (Rice) Pilmore. Rosalind was a stay at home mom. She was very active in her St. Johns community. She made puppets, animals and hats for the Hospital Auxiliary, made costumes for the High School Drama Department and worked with the ladies group at her church.

She married Leonard Kanaski in Fowler, MI on June 17, 1950 and he preceded her in death 20 years ago.

Surviving Rosalind are her children; MaryAnn (Daniel) Henning of Battle Creek, JoAnn (Wallace) Wiles of Portage, Diann (Rodney) Holt of Riverdale, Leonard Kanaski of Albany, OR, Michael (Bobbie) Kanaski of North Charleston, NC and Russell (June) Kanaski of Tucson, AZ. Also surviving are 21 grandchildren, Kurt, Eric and Jeffrey (Morgan) Henning; Adam (Maria), Aaron (Fallon) Wiles; Kristen (Matt), Riley, Wendy, Patrick (Janet Lepalla) and Katie Holt; Kevin, Timothy and Lisa (Pedro Moreno) Kanaski; Amanda (Chad) Podolak and Sean Kanaski; Jessica, Sabrina Kanaski and Tabbatha (Justin) Tidwell; Megan (Chris) Shupp and Joshua Howell and Alina and Sloan Kanaski. Lastly surviving are sixteen great-grandchildren; two sisters, Wanda Nelson and Kathy Cudzial and several nieces and nephews. Rosalind was also predeceased by her parents, four brothers and two sisters.

Following Rosalind’s wishes cremation has taken place and an online funeral service will be held at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. Rosalind’s granddaughter, Pastor Alina Kanaski, will be officiating the service. For information as to how to access the online service please contact a family member for the access code. A private interment will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI. The family was assisted with these arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.


Jill Ann Gritsavage

Jill Ann Gritsavage, 50, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side, Monday, August 3, 2020. She was born May 16, 1970 in Lansing, MI the daughter of Fred and Judy (McClintic) Gerhardt. Jill had an infectious laugh and she had an absolute love of life and everyone in her life.

Anyone who met her would leave feeling blessed. She loved traveling with her husband and family all over the U.S. She enjoyed girls’ weekends with her daughter and friends and loved camping or as she put it GLAMPING (glamorous camping) with family and friends on most weekends in the summer. She and family had many memorable cross country camping adventures. Some of her favorite things were, Friday night movie night with family, watching Bruce Willis, James Bond and X-Files, dragonflies and panda bears and 80’s classics (movies and music) and don’t forget Coke Zero.

Jill had the most amazing crafting abilities and could turn any item into a work of art. She used that talent as a craft instructor at Michael’s Craft Stores. She worked for the St. Johns Public Schools, mostly at Oakview Elementary as a Title I para-professional assisting students with their math education.

Surviving her is her husband and best friend of 24 years, Reid Gritsavage; daughter, Cassondra Gritsavage; son Mitchell Gritsavage; father, Fred Gerhardt; brother, Steve (Sherri) Gerhardt; her beloved chihuahuas, Snowball and Coconut and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Judy Gerhardt.

Following Jill’s wishes cremation has taken place and a Celebration of her Life will be held in the near future. The family was assisted with these arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. Please check back to the funeral home’s website for updated information as to time and place for her Celebration of Life.


Edward J. Ernst Jr.

Edward J. Ernst Jr. died Saturday, August 1, 2020 at the age of 87. He was born June 23, 1933 in St. Johns, MI the son of Edward Sr. and Margarette (Woodruff) Ernst. Ed was a graduate of Rodney B. Wilson High School in St. Johns, Class of 1951 where he was a part of the undefeated football teams of 1949, 1950 and 1951. Those teams were inducted into the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and is a member of VFW Post #4113 in St. Johns.

Ed retired from Oldsmobile with 34 years of service as an engineer in the wood model shop. He was a founding member and past president of the Oldsmobile Outdoor Club. Ed was active in many groups throughout his life. He loved spending time outdoors and was an avid snowmobiler, motorcycle rider, boater, and quad rider, if it had a motor he was on it. Ed was a private pilot and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Experimental Aircraft Association. He was a lifetime member of Lansing Masonic Lodge #33, an honorary member of St. Johns-Ovid Lodge # 105, F&A.M. of Michigan and the Elf Khurafeh Shriners in Saginaw. On August 11, 1953 he married Geraldine Brand and she survives him.

Also surviving is one son, Glenn (Karen) of St. Johns; two daughters, Linda (Russ) Chaney of Lake City and Lisa (Jeff) Maidlow of Grand Ledge; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one sister, Jan Chick of Harrison; one brother, Chuck of MN and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Molly Bacon.

A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at Reed Cemetery 6770 Alward Rd. Laingsburg with Pastor Kathy Leydorf-Keck officiating. Military honors will be provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children. The family would like to thank the staff at Eaton Community Palliative Care Center for the excellent and compassionate care they provided to Ed. The family was assisted with these arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.


Janet Ann Alward

Janet Ann Alward passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at the age of 82. She was born August 23, 1937 in Lansing, MI. She was an active member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing, where she enjoyed serving and making arts and crafts with a special group of women who met weekly. She married her high school sweetheart, Richard Alward, on July 9, 1955.They were married 64 years until Richard’s death in 2019.

Surviving are her children, Dawn (Jack) Brown, Richard J. (Stephanie) Alward, Valerie Jane (Patrick) Mertz and Sandra Brettrager; thirteen grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; her siblings, Joe Densteadt, Marilyn Sweet, Mary Rita Wilson, Bill (Linda) Densteadt, and Ruth Densteadt.

Janet loved gardening, sewing, crocheting, painting and traveling. At age two, Janet was diagnosed with Polio and spent the next six years enduring surgeries and, eventually, a leg brace. At age eight a school nurse was instrumental in Janet’s transfer to Walnut Street School in Lansing. The school was equipped to educate handicapped children while providing physical and occupational therapy, and was very special to Janet. During this time, Janet realized her greatest gift; the importance and obligation of serving others, especially those with greater disabilities than her own. After retiring, Janet became an avid Detroit Tiger fan in the summer, and an MSU basketball fan in the winter.

A graveside service for Janet will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, August 22, 2020, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery,14410 Webster Rd. Bath, MI.The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Special Olympics Area 28, 10100 Williams Rd., DeWitt, MI 48820. The family was assisted with these arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.