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Gary William Schrauben

Gary William Schrauben, age 66 of Fowler, MI, passed away on Monday, November 21, 2022 at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler, MI, at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, November 26, 2022 with Rev. Fr. Peter Lawrence presiding. 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 Friday, November 25, 2022, from 2-8 P.M. with the family present from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. with a Rosary to be prayed at 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

Gary was born in St. Johns, Michigan on April 15, 1956, the son of William P. and Glenna J. (Willard) Schrauben. He was a graduate of Fowler High School. On April 19, 1986 he married Margaret M. Bozung in Hubbardston, MI, and she survives him.

Gary retired from General Motors after working for 30 years. He loved tractor pulling and enjoyed hunting. Old cars were his passion and enjoyed going to Car Shows. Gary will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor. He was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church Fowler, MI. 

He is survived by his wife Margaret Schrauben of Fowler, MI; daughter Emily Lane of Montrose MI; daughter Ann Schrauben of St. Johns, MI; son John Schrauben and Chelsea Bartley of St. Johns, MI; grandson Noah Schrauben; brother William Schrauben of Fowler, MI; sister Debra Franks of Fowler, MI; brother Dean and Sue Schrauben of Fowler, MI; brother Donald and Rebecca Schrauben of Fowler, MI. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Stephen Schrauben.

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


Marilyn Kaye Bernath

Marilyn Kaye Bernath, age 77, of Elsie, MI, passed away Sunday, November 20, 2022, at Divine Life Assisted Living of Haslett West, Haslett, MI.

A Memorial Service will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Elsie, MI at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 with Mr. Thomas J. Bradley officiating. Burial will take place at a later date at Riverside Cemetery, Elsie, MI

Marilyn was born in Ovid, Michigan on September 9, 1945, the daughter of John Wesley and Leila Belle (Mead) Moore. She graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School, St. Johns, with the class of 1963. On July 31, 1965 Marilyn married John Martin Bernath at St. Cyril’s Catholic Church in Bannister, Michigan. They were blessed with fifty-two years of marriage prior to his passing on December 3, 2017.

Marilyn loved garage sales. Her dogs were her constant companions and went everywhere with her. She enjoyed eating out and collecting Home Interiors items and dolls. Marilyn had a sweet tooth and always had a dish of candy to share.

She is survived by her daughter Kimberly (Jerry) Kimball of Eagle, MI; son Bruce (Deb) Bernath of Nashville, MI; four grandchildren: Melanie (Luke) Hemingway, Stephanie (Josh) Relyea, Gabrielle Bernath, and Danielle Bernath; ten great-grandchildren: Ethan, Jacob, Carter, Owen, Joy, Tiffany, Christian, Roman, Gideon, and Natalie; sister-in-law Helen Slowinski, brothers-in-law: Martin Bernath, and Mike Rademacher; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband John, and sister Janice Rademacher.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Okemos, MI 48864. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, Michigan.


Gail F. Williams

Gail F. Williams, 82, of Fowler, passed away on November 19, 2022 at Sparrow Hospice House in Lansing.

Gail was born on April 12, 1940, in Gobles, Michigan, one of three children born to Frederick and Martha (Davis) Williams. Gail served in the Michigan National Guard for six years and retired from Federal Mogul in 1996. He enjoyed nine winters in Arizona. He was a life member of the Michigan Masonic Lodge and a member of the Maple Rapids Congregational Christian Church.

He is survived by his beloved wife of sixty-one years, Sandra; sons, Scott (Gisa) and Allen (Joe Leung); granddaughters, Abigail (James) Jasser, Cassidy (Joe) Tolhurst, Anton (Mindy) and Alex Abiog; sister, Betty (RJ) Holmes, as well as extended family members and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert Williams.

Memorial Visitation will be held on Monday, November 21, 2022, from 3—7 PM at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, 1500 Waterford Pkwy, St. Johns.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Sparrow Hospice of Mid-Michigan, 1210 W. Saginaw St., Lansing MI 48915.


Shirley Ann Elliott Warstler

Shirley Ann Elliott Warstler, of St. Johns, died peacefully on November 16, 2022 at Grace Haven. She was 93 years old.

Shirley was born on January 27, 1929 in Lansing, Michigan, the youngest of three daughters born to William and Lula Mae (Lewis) Elliott. She moved to St. Johns as a teenager, graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School in 1946 and later attended business school.

Shirley married Donald Bruce Warstler on May 23, 1948 and enjoyed forty years of marriage. She was a stay-at-home mom, raising her four children, and also helped at the St. Johns Dry Cleaners after she and Don purchased the business from her father in 1960. She later took keypunch classes in Lansing and went on to work at Clinton National Bank, now Huntington Bank, and retired in 1988.

Shirley was an active member of First Congregational Church of St. Johns, singing in the choir for many years, participating in the Linda Scott Division, assisting with the monthly newsletter and attending bible study groups. She was also a volunteer at the Clinton County Baby Pantry. In 1964 the family cottage was built, and many summer weekends were spent making memories on Higgins Lake.

Shirley also enjoyed “swimming” with the “Aqua Therapy Group” at St. Johns High School. She and the ladies became great friends and enjoyed lunch together nearly every Friday.

Shirley loved to sing and loved music of most any kind, and she especially loved listening to her son John play the guitar. Her home was usually filled with music – on the radio, stereo or Shirley singing. Even in her last days on this earth, she sang Amazing Grace for her friends at Grace Haven, the place she called home for more than four years. She loved her home there and felt she was “the luckiest person alive to be living there with people who took such good care of her.”

Shirley loved her family above all. She was devoted to her children. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and they returned that love.

Shirley will be remembered by her family and friends for her gentle spirit, her positive attitude, her love of life and kindness to all.

She is survived by her children, Sue (Sid) Lounds of St. Johns; Tom (Mary Hertel) Warstler of Escanaba, John (Chris) Warstler of Boyne City and Nancy (Gary) Houseman of Marquette; former daughter-in-law, Pasqua Warstler of Escanaba; grandchildren, Jason (Keila) Lounds, Nathan (Melanie) Lounds, Tanna (Everett) McGee, Kendra (Will) Kneer, Rondi (Andy) Fillwock, Page (David) Steadman, Bailey Warstler, Whitney (Adam Griffis) Warstler, Elspeth (Sean Boes) Warstler, Kirsten Warstler, Alison (Shannon) Gillespie, Jacob Warstler, Jonathan (Jeana) Houseman, Eleni Houseman; great-grandchildren, Quintin, Jasiah, Grace, Aliah and Eliana Lounds, Ivan and Sydney McGee, Liam and Finn Kneer, Tyler and Dru Fillwock, Eliot Steadman, Hazel Warstler, Phillip and Lillian Griffis, Mabel Boes and Simon Gillespie; brother-in-law, Bill (PeriAnn) Warstler, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lula Mae Elliott and her sisters, Maxine Seifert and Mary Sievert.

A Memorial Service will be held at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, 1500 Waterford Pkwy, St. Johns on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 1 PM. Friends may visit the funeral home from noon until the time of the service. A luncheon will follow.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Clinton-Gratiot Habitat for Humanity or WKAR.


Brent Foster Shelton

Brent Foster Shelton, age 80, of St. Johns, MI, went to his eternal resting place on Thursday, November 17, 2022, at his home with his family by his side.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 with Rev. Fr. Michael Williams presiding. Burial will take place at a later date at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI. Visitation will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan, on Monday, November 21, 2022, from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home with a Vigil Service at 7:00 P.M.

Brent was born November 4, 1942 in Ann Arbor, MI, the younger son of John Orson and Agnes Veronica (Mynning) Shelton. He graduated from St. Thomas High School, Ann Arbor, MI with the class of 1961 where he was active in sports and served as class president all four years. He earned Bachelors Degree in Science from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Natural Science from Michigan State University.

On September 4, 1965, Brent married Marie Therese Anglim at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Ann Arbor, MI. They were blessed with nearly thirty-nine years of marriage and four children prior to her passing on July 4, 2004. On March 17, 2007 he married Mary Frances Rainsford at St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Johns, MI. They were blessed with fifteen wonderful years of marriage.

Brent taught Anatomy/Physiology at Ferris State University and Saginaw Valley State University for many years. He then worked for GM as a Production Supervisor for twenty-seven years, retiring in 2004. He was an active local leader in Alcoholics Anonymous and had the privilege of helping many others. He was also a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the St. Johns KofC #3281, and was a Vincentian with St. Vincent DePaul Society, St. Johns.

He loved crossword puzzles, reading and U of M Football, “Go Blue!”. He enjoyed spending time with Mary outdoors taking care of the yard, trees, and the resulting bonfires.

Brent is survived by his wife Mary, son Brent (Becky) Shelton II of Westland, MI; two daughters: Stephanie Shelton of Ovid, MI; and Bridgette Shelton of Phoenix, AZ; two grandsons: Jacob and Jack Nichols; his brother Preston (Ann) Shelton of Maryland; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Marie, infant daughter Meaghan, and son Lucas Christian Shelton.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Educational Fund or St. Johns Fog lifters Community Christian Church, 400 East State Street, St. Johns, MI 48879. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.


Dale Alan Kraus

Dale Alan Kraus, age 68 of St. Johns, MI, passed away Thursday, November 17, 2022. Dale was born in Lansing, MI on October 6, 1954, the son Ernest and Lucille (Kabelitz) Kraus.

Dale was a graduate of Sexton High School then later graduated from LCC with an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Mechanics and Welding. Also he obtained his Commercial Driver’s License from LCC. He loved driving truck and obtained the achievement of driving over millions of miles.

On August 29, 2008 Dale married Lori A. Cardy, at they were married at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Lansing, MI.

Dale enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also loved to ride his motorcycle and his jet skis. Dale enjoyed owning and running his farm and tending to the farm animals. Watching the sunrise and sunset on the farm was one of his favorite pastimes. Family was the most important to him and he loved the time he spent with family and friends joking around. Dale was involved with the Comb Bee Keeping Club. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Johns, MI.

He is survived by his wife Lori Kraus of St. Johns, MI; son Shawn Kraus of Lansing, MI; daughter Tonya Thompson of Fort Worth, TX; son J.J. (Francesca) Ambrose of Guam; step-son Justin and Dierdre Fudge of Milan, MI; step-daughter Kristin and Anthony Osborne of Lansing, MI; grandchildren: Taylor, Tyra (Amrik), Mariah, Tyler, Samantha, Kimberly, Greyson, Sydney, Natallie, Gabriel, Nash, Alexa, Asher, Wesley, Henry, Carter, and Delia; great-grandchildren, Anthony and Trinity Rose; sister Barb and Ken Birringer of Ypsilanti, MI; sister Carole and Steve Roberts of Evart, MI; sister Julie Kraus of Plainwell, MI; sister Faye Kraus of Lansing, MI. Dale was also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Dale was preceded in death by his parents and his cousin Wende Vsetula.

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


Elizabeth Lila Mack

Elizabeth Lila Mack, age 60, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 29, 2022 at her home in Michigan.

Elizabeth was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on May 14, 1962 the daughter of Eugene and Laurietta (Mumaw) Cooper. She was a woman who did things her own way. She worked her way through life with many jobs. She most enjoyed cooking and working customer service type jobs, being active and working with people. Along her path she never met anybody that didn’t like her; well, maybe a couple. She was always down to having fun. She was the life of the party. If she wasn’t cooking or baking something for somebody; she was pouring them up shots for the next game.

She is survived by Larry Ray (Jane), Anthony Ray (Jena), Mary Ray, Isaiah Huntley, Tierra Sturgil and Ava Ray and leaves behind many family and friends throughout the Florida, Michigan and Ohio; (“booo” as she would have followed with) areas. She was a woman who did things her own way.

She always enjoyed her sports, watching it with her beloved animals, win or lose it was “game on” all season long! She may have not always made the right decision, but she always stood strong to her belief. Sad is what a lot of people are feeling but that is not what she would have wanted. To everybody’s heart she touched, she would want them to know to “Cheer up! Move on! Love life! Celebrate the times I was here; don’t be sad that I am gone.” Liz will never be forgotten. Her presence will be felt through every Detroit/Michigan sports game played, every meal cooked or dessert baked at home, and every Alanis Morissette song we hear. Thank you for all you’ve done and for everyone you’ve touched! With forever love we’ll always remember you. GO BLUE!!

There will be no official funeral services being held as she was a woman of many areas with friends and family spread out far about. A celebration of life maybe scheduled on a later date. Interested parties can reach out or feel free to remember her in your own personal way. This was a choice she would have made, so it is one we will respect.

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