Obituaries

Judy Dafforn

Judy Dafforn of Granbury, passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

Judy was born on March 22, 1946 to Donald and Ethel Sutliff. She graduated from St. John High School. She loved dancing and outdoors activities such as hunting, fishing, and camping. She also loved traveling throughout the United States and spending time with friends and family. She frequently spent time in California, Ohio, Michigan, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Florida.

She was a long term employee of the Kroger Company working in both Saint John’s Michigan and Granbury, Texas. She also owned and operated retail businesses including Sears, Montgomery Wards and JC Penny stores, a M&W Sporting Goods store and The Palomino Hotel in New Mexico. Judy was originally from central Michigan but has been living in the Southwest (Truth or Consequences, New Mexico and Granbury, Texas) since 1987.

Judy is survived by her Brother: Bud Sutliff (Patty), Children: Scott Forbes (Lynnette) and Ken Dafforn (Robin), Grandchildren: Scott Forbes Jr. (Kim), Michael Forbes, Jenniffer Dafforn, Kenneth Dafforn III, Julia Dafforn, Olivia Dafforn, Shannon Hilliard and Krystle Hilliard, Great -Grandchildren: Victoria Forbes, and Bricen Grindle, Niece: Tara Sutliff and Nephew: Jason Sutliff (Usha).

No services are planned at this time.


Ruth Marie Hankey

Ruth Marie (Dunham) Hankey, age 95 of Tucson AZ, formerly of both Elsie and Litchfield, Ml, passed away Friday, June 29, 2018.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 2:00 P.M., with Pastor Mona Kindel officiating. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery, Elsie, MI. Visitation will be on Saturday from 12:30 P.M. until time of the service.

Ruth was born in Shiawassee County, Elsie MI on June 4, 1923, the daughter of Clifford and Opal (Crom) Dunham. She graduated from Elsie High School with the class of 1941. On August 7, 1943, in Texarkana Arkansas, Ruth married Rolland G. Hankey of Eureka MI. They shared 73 years together before Rolland passed away on December 19, 2016. While Rolland served in England during WWII, Ruth worked at the State Savings Bank in Ovid. Following his discharge in 1946, they lived in St. Johns and Eureka before building a home in Elsie in 1954. When Aurora gasoline closed in Elsie in 1959, Ruth, Rolland and their young family moved to Litchfield, MI. There Ruth worked for Litchfield Community Schools from 1963-1980 as a cafeteria cook and later food service manager. Ruth was especially fond of doing gardening, needlework, many crafts and cooking. She also enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Following their retirements, they returned to Elsie for a number of years before moving to Tucson, AZ on a permanent basis in 2003.

Ruth is survived by her daughter Retha and James Davis of Tucson, AZ; 2 sons: Roger Hankey and Cheryll Brown of Eden Prairie, MN; Randall and Laurel Hankey of Oklahoma City, OK; 6 grandchildren: Oliver and Tara Davis, Logan and Lauren Davis, Rebecca and Ryan Dotson, Cassandra Hankey, Austin Hankey-Brown, and Adria and Mitchell Chavers; and 6, soon to be 7 great grandchildren, and sister in law Carolyn and Harold Slagell of St. Johns, MI. Ruth was predeceased by her parents, husband Rolland, brother Emerson and Jean Dunham, and nephews: John and Harold Dunham.

Memorials may be made payable to Christ Presbyterian Church, 6565 E Broadway, Tucson, AZ 85710 and noted for the Casa Maria feeding program. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI.


Charles E. Rasdale

Charles E. Rasdale died Friday, June 29, 2018 at the age of 90. He was born June 12, 1928 in Ashley, MI the son of Joseph and Ruth (Green) Rasdale. Charles was a graduate of Elsie High School, Class of 1946 and a Navy Veteran. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, traveling and trips to the casino. He loved spending winters in Arizona and Mississippi after retirement. Charles retired from Sealed Power Corp. in September of 1985 with 32 years of service. On February 16, 1949 he married Joan Wilcox and she preceded him in death in 2015.

Surviving are two daughters, Ruth Ann Rasdale and Mary Ann (Larry) Bosom all of Ovid; three sons, Edward (Diana) of St. Johns, Michael (Rhea) of Higgins Lake and Bob (Charlene) of Mason; daughter-in-law, Becky Rasdale of DeWitt; grandchildren, Sunshine Rasdale (Jake), Adam Rasdale, Brian Rasdale (Danielle), Andrea Rasdale (Nathaniel) Megan Rasdale, Taylor Bosom (Garrett) and Andrew Bosom; two great grandchildren, Drexel and Katherine and two sisters, Patricia Casurella and Linda (Arlan) Bushman. He was also predeceased by a son, Tom and two sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, July 6, 2018 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home with Pastor Kathy Leydorf-Keck officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery with military honors provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard. The family will receive relatives and friends 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday, July 5 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care 801 S. Waverly Lansing, MI 48917.


Wendy Smith Buonodono

Wendy Smith Buonodono, age 62, of Okemos, MI, passed away Friday, June 29, 2018, at Ingham County Medical Care Center, Lanisng, MI.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 1:00 P.M., with Pastor Dan Skirvin officiating. Burial will take place at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI.

Wendy was born in Lansing, MI on July 26, 1955, the daughter of Stuart and Arlene (Conley) Smith. Wendy graduated from St. Johns High School with the class of 1974. She received a BA in Interior Design from MSU in 1978 and a Masters of Divinity at Rhema Bible College in 2001.

Wendy married Anthony John Buonodono on June 9, 1978, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, East Lansing, MI. Together she and Tony were ministers in the Pentecostal churches in the Austin, TX area. Wendy was an interior designer for over 20 years.

Wendy is survived by her mother Arlene Smith, her husband Tony Buonodono, daughter Marla Buonodono, sister Cindy (Mike) Wright, and brother Jeff (Lisa) Smith. Wendy was preceded in death by her father Stuart Smith, and brother Barry Smith.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Wendy’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2111 University Park Drive, Okemos, MI 48864. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.


Margaret Jeannette Green

M. Jeannette Green of St. Johns, MI passed away Friday, June 29, 2018 at Grace Haven Assisted Living Center at the age of 99. She was born September 9, 1918 in St. Johns, MI and was a graduate of Rodney B. Wilson High School in St. Johns with the Class of 1937. Jeannette served during WW II in the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) and is an American Legion member.

She is survived by two sons, Rick (Judy) Green of Bay City, MI and Bob (Rosemary) Green of St. Johns; four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Richard and three siblings.

There will be no services. The family is being served by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home.


Isidore A. Rademacher

Isidore A. Rademacher died Thursday, June 28, 2018 at the age of 94. He was born February 24, 1924 in Fowler, MI the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Knoop) Rademacher. Isidore served in the Navy during WWII and was a member of VFW Post #4113 in St. Johns. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns and since moving to Lansing attended St. Gerard Catholic Church. During his working career he was an electrician. On August 22, 1950 he married Dorothy O’Connell and she preceded him in death in 2015.

Surviving are his five children, Michael Rademacher, Donna Rademacher, Cindy (Rick) Adams, Ann Rademacher and Connie Rademacher; two grandchildren, Lindsey Adams and Brock (Miranda) Adams; two great grandchildren, Madison and Jase Adams. He was predeceased by his wife, two sisters, Marcella Fedewa and Cecellia Platte and eight brothers, Arthur, Walter, Harold, Louis, Alfred, Norman, Roman and Jerome.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Monday, July 2, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 109 Linden St. St. Johns with Rev. Fr. Douglas Osborn as Celebrant. Rite of Committal will follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery with military honors provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard. The family will receive relatives and friends 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM Sunday, July 1, 2018 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.