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Thomas Anthony VanEtten

Thomas Anthony VanEtten, age 73, of Bannister, MI, passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes Elsie, MI, on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 1:00 P.M., with his brother Dan VanEtten officiating. Burial will follow at Eureka Cemetery, Eureka, MI. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home.

Tom was born in St. Johns, MI on June 5, 1947, the son of Samuel and Mary Ellen (Stambersky) VanEtten. He attended Elsie High School and resided in the Eureka/Bannister area most of his life. Tom proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the VFW Post #5315 in Peacock, MI for many years.

On April 19, 1975, Tom married Sandra Kay Spousta at the First Congregation Church of St. Johns. They were blessed with nearly 46 years of marriage.

Tom was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, and mushrooming. He loved his classic cars and attending swap meets with good friend Doug Cook and his brother Dan. He enjoyed traveling and always looked forward to his Canadian trips to spend time with his good friends Michel and Juley Dillon. Tom was a story teller and could captivate an audience with his tales.

Tom dearly loved his family. He treasured his times with his children and grandchildren. They spent many hours fishing on his ponds and boats. Tom and Sandy enjoyed their time in Florida fishing and happy hours with good friends.

Tom is survived by his wife Sandra, daughters: Tina (Alan) Bird, and Tomi Ann; grandchildren: Zachary Dick, Ayden Thomas Bird, Lindsey Bird and Christian Bird; and great granddaughter Maeve Taylor. He is also survived by his sisters and brother: Jane Marek, Joy (John) Jelinek, Jo Wheeler, and Dan (Elaine) VanEtten. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI.


Isaiah Clark McKinley

Isaiah Clark McKinley, the beloved son of Daniel Grady and Rebekah Rose (Becker) McKinley was received into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, April 3, 2021. He is the grandson of Scott amd Becky Becker and James amd Lynnette McKinley.

.A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 1:00 P.M., at Beach Cemetery. 5098 N. Wacousta Rd., Fowler, MI. with Pastor Jerry Kissling officiating.

.The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes– Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.


Joyce Cora Buehler

Joyce Cora Buehler, a lifelong resident of St. Johns, died peacefully on Sunday, April 4, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. She was 86 years old.

Joyce was born February 11, 1935 in St. Johns, MI, the daughter of Willis and Inez “Bobby” (McClow) Hettler. She graduated from St. Johns High School and attended Michigan State Nursing School. She married Paul W. Buehler in St. Johns, Michigan on October 15, 1955, enjoyed sixty-two years of marriage and together raised three daughters.

Joyce’s greatest joy was the family she and Paul built. Her daughters were the center of her life. She was a loving wife, a devoted mother, doting grandmother and great-grandmother, and exemplary aunt and friend. Joyce also enjoyed spending time with her life long friends sharing joys, sorrows and a lifetime of memories.

She is survived by her daughters, Robyn (Jim) Hughes of Saline, MI, Tammie Buehler of Spring Lake, MI and Suzann (Chris) Painter of Palm Harbor, FL; 3 grandchildren, Zachary (Jenaye) Hughes, Ashlynn Hughes and Mallorie (Doug) Renker; great-grandchildren, Oliver, La’Mya and Za’Riyah; sister-in-law, Shirley Buehler as well as nieces, nephews, extended family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul W. Buehler, her brother, Willis “Junior” Hettler, brother-in-law, Bob Buehler and her parents.

Memorial contributions can be made to West Florida Foster Care Services, 23110 State Road 54 #515, Lutz, FL 33549. Memo: Joyce Buehler Memorial Fund or at https://wffcs.org/joyce/.

A Memorial Service will be held at Mt. Rest Cemetery, 701 E. Steel Street, St. Johns on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 1 PM. Pastor Andy Croel officiating. Friends and family may gather at the cemetery from noon until the time of the service.

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


Donald Joseph Goerge

Donald Joseph Goerge, age 82, of Fowler, MI, passed away Monday, April 5, 2021, at his home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler, MI, on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Fr. Dennis Howard presiding. The Mass will be live-streamed on the Most Holy Trinity Church Facebook page. Burial will take place at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, Fowler, MI. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 2-8 p.m. with family present from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Goerge Chapel, Fowler, MI. Masks will be required at the funeral home and the church.

Donald was born in Fowler, MI, on October 23, 1938, the son of John Louis and Eleanor Catherine (Thelen) Goerge. On October 22, 1960 he married Doris Halfmann at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Westphalia, MI.

Donald worked on his father’s farm until 1961; and then worked for General Motors retiring in 1991 after 30 years of service. He enjoyed tinkering in his garage and gardening. Donald was a jack of all trades. He was a lifetime member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler, MI.

He is survived by his wife Doris Goerge of Fowler, MI; his children: Diane and William Burton of St. Johns, MI; William and JoAnn Goerge of Lansing, MI; Judith and Roger Fox of Pewamo, MI; Carol and Scott Rademacher of St. Johns, MI; Thomas Goerge and Sue Gilbert of Perrinton, MI; Dale and Nancy Goerge of St. Johns, MI. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren: Jon Burton, Katherine Burton, Michael Burton, Sarah Burton and Francesco Tonini, Rebecca Fox (Andrew Cook), Jennifer and Michael Jewett, Douglas Fox, Emily Rademacher, Anna Rademacher, Danielle and Kaylea Goerge, Melanie Goerge (Grant Platte), Ryan Goerge, Megan Goerge, Joey Goerge, and Bobby Goerge; 1 great grandchild Mason; brother Gene and Agnes Goerge; and 3 sisters-in-law: Helen Goerge Thelen, Clarita Goerge Fedewa, and Marcia Goerge. Donald was preceded in death by his parents, 3 infant children: Marilyn, Carolyn, and Donald; and 7 siblings: Reynold (Rita) Goerge, Robert Goerge, Adeline (William) Rademacher, Arlene (Ray) Griffin, Anthony Goerge, Henry Goerge, and Janet Martin.

Memorials may be made for the wishes of the family. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Goerge Chapel, Fowler, MI.


William A. Daman

William A. Daman, age 69, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2021, at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital, Lansing, MI after a long battle with health issues.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. Burial will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, from 4-8 P.M. at the funeral home.

William was born in Battle Creek, MI on January 12, 1952, the son of Mark Daman and Joy (DeGroot) Mazurek. Bill graduated from St. Johns High School with the class of 1970. On May 21, 1983 he married Deborah Starry Case in St. Johns MI. Bill served his country in the US Army in Vietnam.

Bill loved life and his family. His idea of a great day was spending it outside cutting wood. He and Debbie made many trips out west and for 8 years they made the trip on their motorcycle enjoying all the beauty of the country. He had a huge heart and loved doing things for others without them knowing. Bill enjoyed watching his grandchildren in all their sporting events.

He was a member of the Patriot Guard Riders and was a member of the St. Johns Fire Department for 13 years. Bill coached youth sports in St. Johns and worked for Federal Mogul for 35 years, retiring in 2007.

He is survived by his wife Deborah Daman of St. Johns, MI; 4 children: Dustin and Rebecca Daman of St. Johns, MI; Michael and Stephanie Daman of Ovid, MI; Mona and Conrad Vincent of Grand Ledge, MI; Chelle Smith of St. Louis, MI. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Megan and Dave Johnson, Javin Frost, Andrea Smith, Tyler, Brandon and Sophia Vincent, Carson, Jack, Macey and Charlie Daman; great grandson Spencer Smith; sister Shirley and Bill Bailey; step mother Pat Daman; mother in law Betty Rice; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Breanna, and infant brother and sister.

Memorials may be made to Hazel Findley Country Manor 1101 South Scott Road, St. Johns, MI, 48879. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.


Mary Louise Zuker

Mary Louise (Hammond) Zuker passed from this world peacefully on March 29, 2021, to be with her Lord and Savior and join her beloved husband, Bob.

Mary was born on August 02, 1929 to Kenneth Clare and Mable Adelaide (Feazel) Hammond in St Johns, MI. She and her two sisters were raised in the home of her Feazel grandparents, just one block away from the home where she passed. Mary graduated from Rodney B Wilson in 1947. She worked as a secretary for the St Johns City Manager. Following marriage to Robert William Zuker on September 03, 1949, she left employment to begin raising a family.

Together Mary and Bob raised 9 children: Kathleen, Patricia, Lawrence (Teresa Wood), Daniel (Cindy Lanterman), Elizabeth (David Vogel), Mary (Rick Blackmer), Cecilia (Steve Southard), Linda (Bob Karek) and Martin (Rose Sayles).

Laughter, chaos and abundant joy were added to their lives with grandchildren: Jony (Jon) Labrado, Zachary (Ursula) Zuker, Emily Zuker, Adrian Green, Amanda (fiancé Chris Emery) Zuker, Sean (Kim) Vogel, Ryan (Sarah) Vogel, Nick (Lindsay) Blackmer, Courtney (Joseph) Pontack, Kathleen (Devin) Reitz, Lucas (fiancé Thao Ha) Southard, Andrea (fiancé Austin Wilson) Southard, Matt (Stephanie) Karek, Andy (Jamie) Karek, Ben (Erica) Karek, Will Zuker, Jess Zuker and Jake Zuker.

Compounding this circle of love, 17 great grandchildren were added to the crew: Jade, Liam, Sigrid, Hayden, Cooper, Isabelle, Caiden, Logan, Beckett, Caitlyn, Elijah, Vivian, Harrison, Emerson, Carter, Brayden and Jack.

As you can imagine, Mary was a busy full time mother and homemaker. She returned to the work force when her youngest began first grade. During the next 22 years, Mary worked in various positions at, and retired from the St Johns Reminder in 1991. Mary has been a member of St Joseph Catholic Church since 1949, and was an active member of the Altar Society and the church choir for many years. From its inception in St Johns, she volunteered at St Vincent DePaul and assisted many families in need, as a Vincentian. As the children matured and established their own traditions, Mary and Bob helped prepare and serve community holiday dinners with the Volunteers of America in Lansing. Mary was always the chief organizer and accountant for Bob’s volunteer adventures, including the Old Newsboys, the Maple Twirlers square dance club, and helping with the Knights of Columbus Fish Fries.

Because Bob never met a stranger and Mary was unflappable, the home they made was always open to anyone in need. He invited and she provided accommodations and meals to neighborhood children, the occasional homeless person, a new person from church or a family of 5 whose car had broken down. All were joyfully welcomed and well fed in their home.

Mary was predeceased by her parents, her sisters Jean Green and Charline (Wieber) Blizzard, her in-laws Fred Green, Lloyd Wieber and Ken Blizzard; in-laws William and Gertrude Zuker, Russ (and Arlene) Zuker, Leon, Kenneth and Clare Zuker, Cecilia (and Joe) Kuripla and Frances Barrett; son-in-law James Jarzabkowski, daughter-in-law Joanie (Idzkowski) Zuker, and granddaughter Mariah Southard.

Mary is survived by her children and their spouses, grandchildren and their spouses and great grandchildren listed above, sisters-in-law Peg, Pat and Elsie Zuker as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, church, community and even some life-long friends.

In addition to her love and dedication to her family, friends and community, Mary’s other interests included cooking and baking, gardening, bird watching, a love of music, singing, dancing, collecting antique dishes, walking her furry-legged “kids”, traveling, cheerleading for the kids and grandkids, crocheting, collecting pretty rocks, swimming and fishing at Higgins Lake, and a “high-stakes” penny-ante poker game with family.

Special thanks for the songs, the prayers and the superlative care from Mary’s favorite Irish tenor, Fr. Eoin Murphy, the best doctor and all-around good guy, Dr Lars Andersen, caregiver Tammy Hernandez, Sparrow Hospice Nurse Pam Neumann and all Sparrow Hospice Staff.

Those wishing, may consider a donation in Mary’s name to the St Joseph School Scholarship Fund, the St Johns Area Community Fund or Sparrow Hospice Services.

A Celebration of Lives will be held for Bob and Mary in the future.

The family is being served by McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel.