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Frank Alton Howard

Frank Alton Howard, 85, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI.

A Private Graveside Service will be held at Middlebury Township Cemetery, Ovid, MI on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Brendan Holmquist of Grove Bible Church officiating. Those wishing to view the service may watch it on the Smith Family Funeral Homes Facebook Page.

Frank was born in St. Johns, MI on July 20, 1935, the son of Frank and Ruth Victoria (Risley) Howard. He graduated from Laingsburg High School with the class of 1954.

On December 10, 1955, Frank married Theodora A. Christacopulos at the First Baptist Church in Laingsburg. They were blessed with nearly 50 years together prior to her death on June 13, 2005. Frank proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and Air Force for 20 years and then continued to serve as a civilian employee for many years.

Frank and Theodora enjoyed years of travel including living in Italy, Turkey, Israel and Korea. He liked spending time with his brothers in the great outdoors hunting, camping and fishing. He passed on his love of the outdoors to his children and grandchildren. Frank’s unwavering faith in God was the foundation of his life. He was an active member of Grove Bible Church for many years. His faith was a lasting example to everyone who knew him.

Frank is survived by 4 children: Catherine Reed of Lima, OH, Douglas (Sandra) Howard of Grand Rapids, Susan McGinnis of Perrinton, and Lisa Howard of Negaunee; 9 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren. He is also survived by 5 siblings: Wendell (Rose) Walker, Arthur (Linda) Howard, Ellis (Bonnie) Howard, Joyce (James) Turner, and Charles (Jeanne) Miller; and many nieces and nephews. Frank was preceded in death by his father Frank Howard, mother Ruth (Charles) Miller, wife Theodora, grandson Oakes Walker, great grandson Connor Strobridge, son-in-law Douglas McGinnis and siblings: Geraldine Swanson, Irvin Walker, Wayne Walker, and Carole Holk.

In Frank’s parting words… “Lord Bless!”

The family requests that Memorials be made to Salvation Army or Grove Bible Church. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.


Sharon Kay Dershem

Sharon Kay Dershem, a lifelong resident of St. Johns, died on January 20, 2021 after suffering a fall last week. She was 79 years old.

Sharon was born in St. Johns, Michigan on May 11, 1941, one of eight children born to Paul and Alice (nee. Sheldon) Orweller. Sharon married Richard Dershem on November 23, 1968 in Ovid, Michigan and they made their home on the family farm in St. Johns where they raised their family and was a quintessential “farmer’s wife”. She enjoyed working for over twenty three years at Hazel Findlay Country Manor. She had a generous heart, a giving nature and loved to care for, and make homemade meals, for family, friends, neighbors, pets, wildlife and all those she loved.

She will be missed by many, especially her husband of fifty two years, Richard Dershem; her sons, Lynn (Christie) Dershem and Peter (Cindy) Dershem; her daughter, Kirstin (Steve) Dershem; grandchildren, Tyler (Cassondra) Kinsey, LeeAnn (RJ Brown) Kinsey, Miriah Dershem, Dakota Dershem; great-grandchildren, Tucker Kinsey, Brynn Kinsey and one on the way; sisters, Paula (Dan “Cowboy”) Roberts, Sandra (the late Mike) Wing and Joyce (the late Alvin) Woodhams; sister-in-law, Emily Orweller; brother-in-law, Roger Arntz as well as and many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Jan Arntz and brothers, Leon, Dean and Gary Orweller.

A celebration will be held at Dick and Sharon’s home on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2 PM.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Lowe United Methodist Church, 5485 W Lowe Rd, St Johns, MI 48879.

For further information, phone McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel.


Katie Lynn Schafer

Katie Lynn Schafer, age 30, of Fowler, MI, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler, MI, on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:30 A.M., with Rev. Fr. Dennis Howard officiating. Burial will take place at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, Fowler, MI. Visitation will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes- Goerge Chapel, Fowler, MI on Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 2-8 P.M. with the family present from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. A Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 P.M. at the funeral home on Thursday.

Katie was born in Lansing, MI on June 19, 1990, the daughter of Dean G. and Cindy S. (Pline) Schafer. She graduated from Fowler High School with the class of 2009.

Katie had a smile that lit up the room and a laugh that was contagious. She brightened everyone’s day with her big personality and her acts of kindness to those around her. Katie made friends everywhere she went and always encouraged people to see the good in others. She will be missed by so many.

She is survived by her parents: Dean and Julie Schafer of Fowler, MI, Cindy and Wayne Karns of Ionia, MI, siblings: Nicole Schafer of Grand Rapids, MI, Holly Schafer of Grand Rapids, MI, Cody Schafer of Fowler, MI, step siblings: Stef and Scott Turner of Williamston MI, Lee and Rebecca Wieber of Fowler, MI, Lauren and Troy Feldpausch of Williamston, MI, Camie and Collin Miller of Eagle, MI, Macy and Mitch Mott of Alma, MI, Erin Karns of Lansing, MI, Ryan and Kelsey Karns of DeWitt, MI, grandmother Ellen Pline of Westphalia, MI, mema Helen Pung of Fowler, MI, and step grandparents Walter and Sharon Karns of Harrison, MI. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by grandparents Delbert and Agnes Schafer, her grandfather Louis Pline, and step-grandfather Roy Pung.

Memorials may be made in memory of Katie to the wishes of the family and will be shared to an addiction awareness cause of the family’s choosing. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Goerge Chapel, Fowler, MI.


Edith “Lorraine” Wright

Edith “Lorraine” (Underwood) Wright, of Lansing, MI and Zephyrhills, FL, age 97, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 in Zephyrhills, Florida as a result of a fall.

She was born on the family farm on April 7, 1923 in Essex Township, MI to Abram Lincoln and Edith Helen (Payne) Underwood. The youngest of 11 children, Lorraine maintained the family farm during World War II as her older brothers and sisters left the homestead for family or to serve in the war. Lorraine graduated from Maple Rapids High School in 1941 and from Cosmetology School in 1942.

She married Clinton Adderson Wright on November 10, 1945 in Maple Rapids, MI and they resided in Saginaw, MI until 1951. After living a year in Boulder City, NV, they moved to Lansing, MI where she resided for 63 years before moving in with her daughter. At marriage Lorraine immediately took on the mother role of raising 2 young step-daughters. Lorraine owned and operated her own beauty salon from 1955-1967. She then worked for Michigan State University until her retirement in 1985.

Lorraine had been an active member of the Maple Rapids Congregational Christian Church prior to moving to Saginaw. After moving to Lansing, she attended Gunnisonville United Methodist Church for many years. She assisted her husband as Mrs. Santa Clause for over 35 years and they were active in several square dance clubs over the years. She was a member of the Eastern Stars. As a mother, Lorraine was active in Girl Scouts, PTA, and all school activities. She enjoyed genealogy and was a member of the Hubbardston Area Historical Society, gardening and canning large vegetable gardens, traveling, and spending time with family and friends both here and at her second home in Zephyrhills, FL.

Lorraine was a caring, loving, selfless caretaker who spent many of her years caring for her family and loved ones and was like a mother to so many who called her “Mumsy”. She so enjoyed collecting family memorabilia and was the family historian who loved to tell tales of her family heritage and history. She authored several publications recording these stories of her past and the Underwood/Payne family history.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; husband Clinton Wright in 1988; second husband Joseph John “Ziggy” Zichittella in 1997; 5 sisters: Reba, Eva, Theda, Leda “Jack”, and Maple; 5 brothers: Acil, Anzil “Dud”, Merwin “Oak”, Robert “Bob”, and Eldon; step daughter Donna Jean Ueberroth Hodly in 1994; son-in-law Edward James Riedy in 2004; grandson Edward John Riedy III in 1984; granddaughter Keygin Jade Schulze in 1997. Surviving are: her daughter Sharon “Shari” (Karl) Schulze of Fowler, MI; step-daughter Mary Riedy of Lapeer, MI; 4 grandsons: Kevin of Diamondhead, MS, Kenton (Krista) of Dewitt, MI, Kristopher (Melissa) of Muskegon, MI, Kurtis (Darci) of Maple Rapids, MI; granddaughter Annette (Randy) Riedy-Sivertson of Lapeer, MI; great-grandchildren: Kortnie, Kendra, Keathen, Karley, Kamie, Kaiden, Kristina, Kenny, Addison, Kori, Kyler, Angela, Briggette, Bill and Tom; 15 great-great grandchildren; many, many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. A very close daughter-like dear friend Carol Freed and many, many friends in both Michigan and Florida.

The family will receive friends at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI on Friday, January 22, 2021 from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. The Funeral Service will be held at Christian Congregational Church in Maple Rapids, MI on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. with the family receiving friends from 11:00 am until service time on Saturday at the Church. The service will be live streamed on the Smith Family Funeral Homes Facebook page. Graveside services will follow at Payne Cemetery, Maple Rapids, MI. COVID19 safety protocols will be followed during all services and visitation to include wearing masks and social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice, in memory of Lorraine Wright. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.


Richard A. Bancroft

Richard A. “Rick” Bancroft age 83 of Ovid, passed away Monday, January 18, 2021 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

Private Services will be held with burial at Maple Grove Cemetery, Ovid, MI. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Rick was born in St. Johns, MI on July 27, 1937, the son of Guy F. and Helen M. (Shatto) Bancroft. He graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School with the class of 1955. Rick married Retha Ann Jones on June 11, 1960 at her family home in Ovid.

Rick worked for Federal Mogul for 47 years and retired in 2002. He enjoyed hunting, bowling, gardening, casino trips, watching the Detroit Tigers, and collecting sports memorabilia.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Retha Bancroft of Ovid, MI, children: Rick Bancroft of Lake Odessa, MI, Debbie and Mark Williams of Haslett, MI, and Sue and Mark Horak of Elsie, MI, grandchildren: Brooke and Ivan Harlow of St. Johns, MI, Alexander and Jennifer Williams of Deerfield, IL, Mychael Horak and Jeff Hickey of Ferndale, MI, Marques and Erika Horak of Elsie, MI, Macauley Horak and Evan McPherson of Grand Rapids, MI, Matthew Horak and Michaela Dowling of Leesburg, VA, Ryan Bancroft of East Haven, CT, Ericka Williams and Aaron Munoz of Northville, MI, Madalyn Horak of Elsie, MI, Sarah Bancroft of Grand Ledge, MI, and Maverick Horak of Elsie, MI, 5 great-grandchildren: Roy Harlow, Rylan Harlow, Kalen Williams, Logan Williams and Cooper Horak, sister Kay & Bob Gladstone, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Guy “Stub” Bancroft, and Bill Bancroft and infant son.

Memorials may be made to WOES Radio Station. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI.


Paul John Ladiski Sr.

Paul John Ladiski Sr., 89, of Elsie, MI, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021, at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI.

Due to the covid crisis, there will be no public services. Burial will take place at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI.

Paul was born in St. Johns, MI on June 11, 1931, the son of Victor and Augustina (Doganyoba) Ladiski. On February 27, 1954 Paul married Joan M. Brabender at St. Cyril’s Catholic Church, Bannister, MI. They were married for 41 years prior to her passing on September 20, 1995.

Paul worked at Federal Mogul for 38 years, retiring in July of 1993. He resided most of his life in the Elsie Area and was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Ovid.

Paul loved listening and dancing to Polka music. He could never be late for the Molly-B Polka Party Show RFD on TV. He enjoyed caring for his vegetable and flower gardens. He liked talking about his fruit trees and giving away what he grew. He also enjoyed woodworking crafts and bird watching.

Paul is survived by his special friend and companion, Doris Kibby, son Paul (Gesele) Ladiski of Grand Blanc, daughter Donna (James) Plowman of St. Johns, grandsons: Craig Plowman and Paul Ladiski III; step grandson Jason Burnette, sisters: Mary Cerny and Mildred Chapko; and many loving nieces and nephews. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, wife Joan, 3 brothers: John, Frank, and Pete; and sister Betty.

Memorials may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, 510 Mabbit Rd., Ovid, MI 48866. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI.


Richard Bushamp

Richard Bushamp, retired Lansing Police Officer and Army Veteran, died peacefully on January 18, 2021. He was 78 years old.

Friends may visit McGeehan Funeral Home – Keck-Coleman Chapel,, 1500 Waterford Pkwy, St. Johns, Michigan on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 10 AM – Noon.


Edward Joseph Ladiski

Edward Joseph “Ed” Ladiski, age 72, of Elsie, MI, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021, at Sparrow Health Systems, Lansing, MI.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, Ovid, MI, on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11:00 A.M., with Rev. Fr. Robert C. Bacik officiating. Burial will take place at Ford Cemetery, Gratiot County, MI. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 6-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes Elsie, MI. Rosary will be prayed on Wednesday evening at 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Visitation will also be held on Thursday at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service.

Edward was born in Owosso, MI on September 19, 1948, the son of Frank J. and Jennie M. (Horak) Ladiski. He graduated from Ovid-Elsie High School with the class of 1967. Ed married Theresa Ann Heckman on May 22, 1971, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Pewamo, MI; Theresa passed away on April 13, 2015. Ed married Donna Powell on November 7, 2020 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Ovid, MI.

Ed retired from General Motors in 1998. While working at General Motors and after retirement Ed was a volunteer EMT for Elsie Ambulance, Ovid Ambulance and Clinton Area Ambulance. Ed also worked at Walmart in St. Johns for many years. He enjoyed gardening, bowling, watching the Detroit Tigers, and attending concerts; he always enjoyed attending Ladiski Brothers and Whiskey Diski & the Barrel Boys Shows. He liked watching Law and Order and spent three evenings a week watching wrestling. Ed loved time spent with family, especially his grand girls.

He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Ovid, MI, helping with funeral dinners, serving as an usher and volunteering for other activities. He was also a member of the ZCBJ Lodge, Bannister, MI. Ed proudly served his country in the United States Army stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his wife Donna Powell of Elsie, MI, children: Cheryl and Shawn Premo, Jim and Jessi Ladiski, Randy Ladiski and Ana Seqcas, daughter-in-law Heather Ladiski, step- children: Sheila and Patrick Mitchell, Richard Powell Jr., grand girls: Breanna and Brooke Ladiski, Abigail Thomas, and Rachel Ladiski, brothers: Robert Ladiski, Frank and Connie Ladiski, Larry and Pat Ladiski, sister Joanne and Krystyn Gromek and sister-in-law Darla Ladiski. He is also survived by many step grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Theresa Ladiski, son Kevin Ladiski, brother Joe Ladiski, infant siblings: Carlita and James and sister-in-law Joanne Ladiski.

Memorials may be made to Elsie Fire and Rescue or Holy Family Catholic Church, Ovid, MI. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI.


Dennis George Scott

Dennis George Scott, age 74, passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior on January 17, 2021 after valiantly living with Parkinson’s Disease for over twenty years.

Dennis was born in Brighton, Michigan on May 28, 1946 to George Channing Scott and Dorothy Emily (Petsch) Scott, was a graduate of Brighton High School and attended Western Michigan University. In July, 1966 Dennis was drafted into the United States Army to serve in Vietnam with the Second Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment (Blackhawks). He was a decorated combat veteran receiving the Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service medal, 3 Bronze Service Stars, Sharpshooter qualification badge and Presidential Unit Citation. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and held various offices in all three organizations.

He proudly served as the Commander of the St. Johns Honor Guard for over thirty years. Dennis also served on the Clinton County Soldiers and Sailors Relief Committee and the Ingham County Veteran’s Trust Committee for over thirty years. He served as president of the Second Squadron, First Armored Cavalry Association of Vietnam Veterans for many years and enjoyed planning reunions with his veteran brothers. Dennis was honored with induction into the Lansing Community College Veterans Memorial in 2012 and into the Order of St. George in 2016.

Dennis served as Chairman for the building of the Clinton County Veteran’s Memorial on Clinton Avenue in St. Johns. He worked tirelessly and was instrumental in the fundraising, promotion, and encouragement needed to bring the Veterans Memorial to fruition. For him, it was a labor of love, and a privilege to do his part to forever honor all in Clinton County who selflessly served their country.

Dennis was always driven and worked hard in his sales career and enjoyed writing in the sports column for the St. Johns Reminder along with freelance writing for several magazines. Outside of work he loved deer hunting with his son and friends and neighbors at the cabin in West Branch. In St. Johns, he and Janet have enjoyed fellowship with Two Or More Christian Church for many years. Family was ever important to him and he was a loving husband and father. He was a humble, selfless, and honorable man who touched and shaped many throughout his life. He will be sorely missed.

In addition to Janet, his beloved wife of over fifty-years, he is survived by his son, Bill (Kendra) Scott; daughter, Elizabeth Scott; grandchildren, Levi Scott, Jessica Scott, Mitchell Van Note, Bryce Van Note, Jacob, Elijah and Noah Tillmann; sister, Doreen (the late Al) Lomik; sisters-in-law, Joyce Ball, Carol (Dennis) Wright; uncle, Kenny (Cheryl) Petsch and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Emma Joy Tillmann and brother, James (Faith) Scott.

A Memorial Service will be held at McGeehan Funeral Home – Keck-Coleman Chapel in St. Johns when it is safe to gather all of Dennis’ family and friends in his honor. Full Military Honors and interment will take place at Mt. Rest Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in his name to the Clinton County Veteran Memorial Fund.


Jean R. Dilts

Jean R. Dilts, born in Bengal Township on May 10, 1931, she was the daughter of Ernest and Audrey (Mankey) Marten and lived in Clinton County all her life. Jean passed peacefully on January 15, 2021. She was 89 years old.

She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and a retired medical records clerk for Clinton Memorial Hospital. She married Richard Dilts April 26, 1950 and he preceded her in death October 9, 1986.

Jean is survived by her daughter, Barbara Burke of Williamston; her son, Kevin (Kim) Dilts of Belleville; seven grandchildren, Jessica (Aaron) Cash, Timothy (Nicole) Dilts, Evan (Kaylee) Burke, Adele Burke, Ian Burke, Allison and Ryan Dilts, great grandsons, Cameron and Colton Dilts. She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Marvin Rhynard of Lansing as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Ronald Dilts, parents, brother, Harold (Bea) Marten, sister, Lois (Cletus) Thelen, sisters-in-law, Phyllis Rhynard and Alice (Bob) Cole.

A private gathering and Funeral Service will be held at McGeehan Funeral Home St. Johns, on Monday, January 18, 2021. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery. Memorials may be made in her name to Fight Colorectal Cancer.


Carol Sue Grubaugh

Carol Sue Grubaugh, a resident of Perrinton, Michigan, former resident of St. Johns, and native of Ashley died peacefully on January 15, 2021 in the care of her family and Rosewood AFC in Ithaca. She was born on May 14, 1940. She was 80 years old.

Carol spent her life looking for adventures and opportunities to give generously. She loved to cook and deliver meals and any other treasures she might of found to her family and friends. Carol was a loving grandma that filled her grandkids lives with activities of mischief and fun. She was loving and caring and will be missed, but her memory will live on as we tell these stories with laughter.

She is survived by her daughters, Debra (Gary) Shook and Tricia (Brian) Eyer; her grandchildren, Billi (Nic) Ney, Rob Shook (Alicia Flegel), Aubree (Jason) Akers, Rikki Zelinski, Tyler (Laura) Shook, Weston Shook, Spencer Shook, Gunnar (Jenna Loomis) Eyer, and Walker Eyer; great grandchildren, Mikayla, Carter, Brooklyn, Macie, Addy, Bryn, Rhylie, Drew, Teagan, Paisley, Sawyer, Nash, Hadley, Raygan, and Easton.

She was preceded in death by husband, Myron Lobsinger, son, Rick Lobsinger, son-in-law, William Bancroft, grandson, Mikie Upton, and sister, Linda (Junior) Bakos.

Her family will hold funeral services privately.

Memorials may be made in her name to Rosewood AFC whose staff took such great care of her in the last four years.

For further information please contact McGeehan Funeral Home – Keck-Coleman Chapel, St. Johns.


Divorce decrees filed the weeks of December 21, 2020 and January 11, 2021

Omar, Said A. / Omar, Abeer T.

Umpstead, Regina R. / Umpstead, Bruce W.

Gilbertson, Eric M. Sr / Gilbertson, Alyssa F.