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Viola Bernadine Minarik

Viola Bernadine Minarik, 91, of Fowler, MI, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at home surrounded by her family.

Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Mass will be held at a later date at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler, MI. Burial will follow at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery.

Viola was born in Fowler, MI on January 19, 1929, the daughter of Ferdinand J. and Caroline “Carrie” (Weber) Geller. She married Joseph John Minarik on August 22, 1953 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler. They were blessed with 66 years of marriage prior to Joe’s death on May 15, 2020, just four days before Viola passed away.

Viola enjoyed playing cards, trips to the casino, and doing Word Search puzzles. She like gardening and canning the produce she grew. In her earlier years, she made many quilts. Viola and Joe loved to go camping with their family.

Viola is survived by 5 children: Paul Minarik, Cindy and Eddie Trevino, Janet and John Enos, Melinda Rossell, and Mary Beth Minarik; 4 grandchildren: Christopher Soyka, Jared and Allison Trevino, Kali Trevino, and Nichole Enos; 3 great-grandchildren: Hunter, Caden, and Kyle; and many nieces and nephews. Viola was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe (May 15, 2020), daughter Brenda, granddaughter Sheena Soyka, and 7 siblings: Rosaline (Herman) Theis, Bernida (Les) Fedewa, Lillian (Frank) Kobel, Marie (Walter) Hufnagel, Laurina (Edwin) Thelen, Roman (Geraldine) Geller, and Jerome (Adrianne) Geller.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials may be made to Sparrow Hospice Services, Lansing or to Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Goerge Chapel, Fowler, MI.


Daesha Rae Tate

Daesha Rae Tate died unexpectedly Saturday, May 16, 2020 at the age of 22. She was born August 28, 1997 in Fremont, MI the daughter of Marcus Tate and Candy Hicks. Daesha was a 2016 graduate of St. Johns High School where she was a cheerleader and a member of the competitive cheerleading team. She was very artistic and loved art especially drawing.

Surviving is her son, Davontae Rae Smith; her father, Marcus Tate; her mother and stepfather, Candy and Germaine Schaub; paternal grandparents, Mahdi and Phyllis Tate; step grandparents, Celestine and Joan Schaub and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Clifford and Candace Hicks and her beloved cat, Sophia.

The family will receive relatives and friends noon to 3:00 PM on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. In following with the Governor’s executive orders, those that come for visitation will be required to have a face covering, keep their time inside as brief as possible and the number of people in the building will be monitored to keep within the limit of 10. A private funeral service will be held for Daesha.


Joseph John Minarik

Joseph John Minarik, age 90, of Fowler, MI, passed away Friday, May 15, 2020, at his home.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial mass will be held at a later date. Burial will take place at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery Fowler, MI.

Joseph was born in Blairsville, Pennsylvania on April 29, 1930, the son of Andrew and Anna (Koreni) Minarik. He graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School with the class of 1950. Joe married Viola Geller on August 22, 1953 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler.

Joe worked at Federal Mogul for 59 years. He was recognized as the longest employed employee at the St. Johns plant. He also owned and operated Joe Minarik Excavating for many years. Joe enjoyed being out in his pole barn tinkering and attending auctions. He loved visiting with friends and family over a cup of coffee. He was a member of the Fowler VFW and American Legion #380. He was also a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Joe proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife Viola Minarik; children: Paul Minarik, Cindy and Eddie Trevino, Janet and John Enos, Melinda Rossell, and Mary Beth Minarik; grandchildren: Christopher Soyka, Jared Trevino, Kali Trevino, and Nichole Enos; great-grandchildren: Hunter, Caden, and Kyle, and brothers: Andrew and Marge Minarik, Vince and Margo Minarik. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Brenda, granddaughter Sheena Soyka, and two brothers: Steve and Paul Minarik and one sister Betty Kirby.

Memorials may be made to Sparrow Hospice Services, Lansing or to Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler . The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Fowler, Michigan.


Norma Marie Delo

On May 15, 2020 Norma Marie Delo went home to be with Jesus. Norma was born in Bolton, England on May 25,1941 and moved to the USA at the age of 4. She resided in Saint Johns, MI with her loving husband Ron Delo. Norma worked at Clinton Memorial Hospital and Jean’s Beans. She also took care of a community house (Belrockton). She served as a caretaker for her elderly neighbor. She was a loving and super busy mother of 8.

Norma loved to camp and hang out by the fire spending time with her family and grandchildren. She loved nature, flowers and hummingbirds. Norma also acquired her Certificate of Naturalization in September 2005. Recently, Norma traveled back to England with her daughter Padi, and granddaughter Amy. They explored 1000 miles of the country and visited relatives for the first time. It was a dream come true to journey back to her hometown.

She is survived by her husband Ron Delo-Saint Johns, MI, her children Padi Lewis-Saint Johns, MI, Jeff Cantwell-Saint Johns, MI, Doug Cantwell-Cedar Springs, MI, Kim Delo (Roberta)-Leroy, MI, Robin Delo-Elsie, MI, Bradley Delo-Elsie, MI, Calvin Delo-Elsie MI She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Maggie Paquet-British Columbia, Canada, Ray Paquet-Holt, MI, Anne Paquet-Howard (George)-Lansing ,MI, Jim Paquet (Diane)-Crystal River, FL, Mike Paquet-Haslett, MI, Andrew Paquet (Sue)-Green, OH, Kathi Ruble-Haslett, MI, John Paquet-Cleveland, TN and Mary Paquet-Taylor (Calvin)-Lansing, MI. She is also survived by many Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews. She was preceded in death by her Mother, (Florence) Mary Paquet, Baby brother Teddy and Son Jim Cantwell (Maria).

Norma will be forever in our hearts. Private family services will take place at a later date.

The family was assisted with these arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home.


Stephanie F. Moubray

Stephanie F. Moubray age 78 passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020. She was born on February 11, 1942 in Lansing, MI the daughter of Henry Burke and Floy E. (Farish) Ingersoll. Stephanie graduated from Dimondale High School and received her teaching credentials from Michigan State University. She was a special education teacher at Waverly Public Schools. She was active in the St. Johns United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, was a foster parent, and was the Boy Scout Camp Cook at West Branch for several years. She also enjoyed studying the Bible.

Survivors are her daughter, Melissa Wilkins of St. Johns, grandchildren Calie Bunker, Jarred Moubray and Amaya Moubray; nieces Kellen Robinson and Kerri (Tim) Getter; great nieces and nephews, Josh Robison, Kayti Getter and Danielle Getter and cousin and one brother Stephen Ingersoll and her much loved cat, Sophie. The was preceded in death by her sister Kaye Robison and brother Charles Ingersoll.

Cremation has taken place and memorials may be made to the Great Lansing Food Bank. Arrangements were entrusted to Keck-Coleman Funeral Home.


Ralph W. Watts

Ralph W. Watts died Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at the age of 76. He was born November 13, 1943 in Fowler, MI the son of Fred and Margaret (Siltman) Watts. Ralph graduated from Fowler High School, Class of 1961. He served in the Army National Guard and attended Calvary Lutheran Church in Carson City.

Ralph was an avid sports fan following Michigan State sports, Detroit Lions football and especially Fowler sports. During his working career he farmed and worked for over 20 years for the St. Johns CO-OP. On June 6, 1964 he married Connie Lucas and she survives him.

Also surviving are his children, Todd Watts, Jill (Andrew) Keebaugh, Eric (ToniAnn) Watts and Lucas (Nicole) Watts; grandchildren, Courtney (Mike) Vance, Napoleon Watts (Jordyn), Austin Gray, Taylor (Walter) Kun, Dallas Watts (Maddy), Sierra Watts, Quinn Watts, Charlie Watts, River Watts and Chamberlain Watts; four great grandchildren, Remi, Brinlee and Siler Vance and Winrey Kun; one sister, Margaret Ann Stevens. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, John Watts and a great grandson, Ryder Vance.

A private graveside service will be held at Mt. Rest Cemetery with Pastor Roger Straub officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends 2-4 and 6-8 PM Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. In following with the Governor’s executive orders, those that come for visitation will be required to have a face covering, keep their time inside as brief as possible and the number of people in the building will be monitored to keep within the limit of 10. Memorials may be made to the Fowler Athletic Boosters.