Obituaries



Sally Elaine Perry

Sally Elaine Perry, age 66, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at Sparrow Health Systems, Lansing, MI.

Funeral Services will be held at Pilgrim United Methodist Church, St. Johns, MI, on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Andy Croel officiating. Burial will take place at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.

Sally was born in Detroit, MI on June 29, 1953, the daughter of Ralph and Joyce (Barber) Whittaker. She graduated from Cass City High School and went on to Northwood University receiving her masters in business administration. Sally married Phillip Perry on October 15, 1983, at Woodview Nazarene Church, Dewitt, MI.

Sally retired from the State of Michigan. She enjoyed quilting, painting, basket weaving, crocheting, jewelry making, and flower gardening. She was very passionate about singing. Sally collected pottery and had a dish collection for every season. She made each of her grandchildren a quilt that was unique to each of them. She loved her dogs: Maddie, Daisy, and Gabby. She was a member of the Pilgrim United Methodist Church and the Women’s Choir.

She is survived by her husband Phillip Perry, children: Heidi Ruppert and Pat McGee, Kyle and Denise Fullhart, Amy Jo and Robert Fraker, Eric Perry, Chad and Jessica Perry, grandchildren: Bob (Breanne) Fraker, Zachary (Mallory) Fraker, Tristen Perry, Olivia Ruppert, Griffin Perry, Eric Perry, Julia Ruppert, Makala Perry, Gavyn Perry, Hunter Wylie, Wyatt Fullhart, brother Dennis and Diana Whittaker, sister Diane and Jim Schweigert, brother Tim and Carolyn Whittaker, and sister Jeannie and Andy Altman. She was preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Joyce Whittaker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pilgrim United Methodist Church, St. Johns, MI. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.


Catherene Elizabeth McNeilly

Catherene Elizabeth (McCamly) McNeilly of St. Johns passed peacefully on January 11, 2020 in Charlotte, Michigan at the age of 98. She is survived by her four children, Gail Lyn Miller of St. Johns, David (Sharon) McNeilly of Bear Lake, Dr. Paul (Julie) McNeilly of Clare, and Cathy (Andy) Rudnitsky of Charlotte. Grandchildren include: Teri (Wey) Miller Looney, Mandy (Kyle) Miller Koop, Kelly (Dave) Miller Myers, Stacy (Mark) McNeilly Peery, Jennifer (Mark) McNeilly Novak, Meghan (Keith) McNeilly Swayman, Andrew (Kathy) McNeilly, Thomas Rudnitsky and Anna Rudnitsky. She also has twenty great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Catherene was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Gordon McNeilly, her only brother, Derrol McCamly and son-in-law, Paul Floyd Miller.

Catherene was born on December 28, 1921 in Homer, Michigan to Myron and Ethel (Hyman) McCamly. She married Gordon Louis McNeilly on June 28, 1941. She started Michigan State at the age of 16 and after three years she took time off to get married and have her family. Catherene completed her bachelor’s degree in Home Economics at Michigan State University in 1969. Her children remember her as a person who loved life, was always very kind and positive, and she always encouraged them to further their education to reach their goals. Catherene loved to travel with family and friends and she was an avid sports fan.

To honor Catherene’s wishes, there will be no funeral. The immediate family will have a private celebration of her wonderful life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: MSU College of Education https://givingto.msu.edu/gift/index.cfm?SID=704 or MSU Veterinary College https://givingto.msu.edu/gift/?sid=1694 or the charity of your choice. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.


David A. Barber

David A. Barber died Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the age of 73. He was born August 30, 1946 in Greenville, MI the son of Arthur and Carol (Lehman) Barber. David attended First Congregational Church in St. Johns and was a talented woodworker. During his working career he was a truck driver primarily working as a milk hauler for Carnation and he also worked for Green Meadow Farms near Elsie.

Surviving are two daughters, Janice Barber (Stewart Buskirk) and Courtney Barber; twelve grandchildren, Leah, Mason, Lexi, Annie, Katherine, Jessica, Kimmy, Michelle, Brad, Lindsay, Dustin and Ricky; many great grandchildren; three brothers, Jeff (Connie) Barber, Al and Vic Barber; a nephew, Willie Barber and his dog Mia.

Following David’s wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

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


Jeanette Fern Hatta

Jeanette Fern (Favier) Hatta went to the Lord, Thursday, January 9, 2020 at the beautiful age of 98. She was born September 17, 1921 in St. Johns, MI, the daughter of Clyde and Flossie (Palmer) Faiver. She was a graduate of Rodney B. Wilson High School, married Michael Hatta December 27, 1939 and had two daughters. Jeanette was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was a resident of St. Johns, MI until the year 2000 when blindness forced her to move closer to her daughters. She cherished her family, friends, her home of St. Johns, and her St. Joseph Catholic Church community. Her strength came from her faith in God and devotion to His mother, Mary.

She is survived by her daughters: Mary Lou DeLauney (Lee) Nauert and Monica Hatta; three granddaughters: Monique (Stewart) Tan, Renee (Mark) Smith, Nicole (Robert) Jacobs; eight great-grandchildren: Dayna Tan, Adam Tan, David Tan, Murielle Smith, Madeline (Andrew) Johnson, Juliette Smith, Brett Jacobs, Rockne Jacobs; and one great-great-grandchild Clementine Johnson. She is preceded in death by her husband Michael Hatta, brother Gerald Faiver, sister Opal (Faiver) Mattson, and son-in-law Rockne (Mary Lou) DeLauney.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Johns, MI, on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 11:00 A.M., with Rev. Fr. Doug Osborn officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM with a Rosary being prayed at 7:00 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic School, 201 E. Cass, St. Johns, MI 48879. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI


Divorce decrees filed on January 6, 2020

Young, James Nicholas IV / Young, Leslie Lynn

Brewer, Abigail / Brewer, Joshua

Kenney, Emily/Kenney, Michael

Briggs, Lisa M./Briggs, Erik D.