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Alice Mae Pline

Alice Mae Pline, age 92, passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at Grace Haven surrounded by her family and her amazing caregivers.

Alice was born on June 9, 1930, in Fowler, Michigan, the daughter of John and Helen (Halfmann) Kramer and grew up in and around the Fowler area. She graduated from Fowler High School, where she met the love of her life, Erwin Pline. They married on January 17, 1953 in Most Holy Trinity Parish in Fowler. Together they were blessed with four wonderful children, two girls and two boys.

Alice worked as a bookkeeper and as an insurance agent for many years. She was also a faithful member of Most Holy Trinity Parish and a beloved Cub Scout den mother and 4H leader. She loved crocheting, bird watching, square dancing, wintering in Florida, and spending time with family.

Alice is survived by her children, Deborah (Stan) Feldpausch, Marcia (Dean) Feldpausch, and John (Teresa) Pline all of Fowler; daughter-in-law, Trina Pline; grandchildren, Ashley (John) Halfman, Trent (Chelsea) Feldpausch, Kendall (Doug) Martin, Gwen (Jeff) Seguin, Laura (Tyler) Shook, Mickie (Dan) McCoy, Bobbi Jo (Bill) McQueen, John (Lindsey) Pline, Mason Pline, Carter Pline, Danielle (Logan) Reed, Derrick (Grace Elsea) Pline, twenty-five great grandchildren, one great great grandson and another on the way. Also surviving are in-laws, Therese Kramer, Arlene Thelen, Ellen Pline, Germaine (Gordon) French, Gladys Rademacher, and Roger (Ruth) Pline. She was preceded in death by her Erwin, her beloved husband of sixty-five years in 2018, her son, Richard “Dick” Pline in 2021, her parents, sisters, Arlene (Bud) Mueller, Eunice Wirth,, brothers, Alan Kramer, Donald Kramer, father and mother-in-law, Herman and Lillian (Miller) Pline; brothers-in-law, Hilary Thelen, Louis Pline and Jim Rademacher.

Special thanks to Grace Haven for their compassionate care for the last year, especially, Hannah, Jen, Lindsey, and all her caregivers Also thanks to CorsoCare Hospice, especially Carmen.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Most Holy Trinity Parish, 545 N. Maple Street, Fowler, on Monday, August 1, at 10:30AM with visitation beginning at 9:30 AM. Visitation will be held at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, 1500 Waterford Parkway, St. Johns, on Sunday, July 31 from 4-8 PM with a Rosary at 7:3 0PM. Committal will follow in Most Holy Trinity Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the wishes of the family.


William Rademacher

William “Bill” Rademacher, age 58, passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2022 in Omaha, NE.

A cremation has taken place and a private family graveside service will be held at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, Fowler, MI, at a later date.

William was born in St. Johns, Michigan, on November 24, 1963, the son of William Joseph and Adeline Dorothy (Goerge) Rademacher.

He is survived by three children: Matthew Rademacher, Marshal Rademacher, and Kaitlyn Rademacher; six siblings: Rosemary (Neil) Feldpausch, John Rademacher, Thomas Rademacher, Clement (Jeannie) Rademacher, Gery (Nancy) Rademacher, and Daniel (Linda) Rademacher. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to Smith Family Funeral Homes to help with funeral costs. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Goerge Chapel, Fowler, Michigan.


Gary Richard Lawrence

Gary Richard Lawrence, age 84 of St. Johns, died peacefully on July 24, 2022 in the presence of his family, his hospice nurse, Angela Christensen and the staff at Grace Haven Assisted Living for whom his family is very thankful for their amazing care.

Born in Ovid, Michigan on September 24, 1937, the son of Leslie Lawrence and Gladys Hartman Lawrence, Gary grew up on the family farm on Lowe Road and was a 1956 graduate of St. Johns High School. Following high school, he served in the National Guard.

He worked at the Ovid Creamery and as a press operator with Federal Mogul, before starting his own business, his pride and joy, Lawrence Painting & Decorating. On January 5, 1957, he married Darlene Smit and they made their home in St. Johns where they were blessed with the births of four daughters.

In retirement they enjoyed their home on the Manistee River in Fife Lake and wintered in Dade City, Florida. Gary had a “servant’s heart” and was always there to help family and friends with his talents. He had a great sense of humor and charm that will be dearly missed by all.

Gary was preceded in death by Darlene, his beloved wife of over sixty-four years, in August of 2021. He is survived by his daughters, Michelle (Rocky) Craig, Corinne (Troy) Trimbach, Lynette (John) Quigley, and Lisa (Tom) Ferguson; his grandchildren, Jeremy Craig, Nicole (Steve) Hurt, Darcie Pohl, Andy (Kara) Huss, Lex Villarreal, Steven (Galina) Villarreal, Sarah Villarreal, Rob (Chyane) Quigley, Caitlin (Steve) Wolfe, Michael (Leslie) Swagart, Brandon (Abigail) Swagart, and RaeLynne Ferguson; twenty great-grandchildren; brother, Allan (Sharon) Lawrence; sister, Janet Good; sisters-in-law, Lana Hardman and Jan Suchowesky, and many nieces, nephews, extended family members and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie Lawrence and Gladys Schultz, brother, Bob and sister-in-law, Beverly Lawrence, brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Karen Schultz, and brothers-in-law, Gerald Hardman, Stan Suchowesky, Bill Good.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, July 28 at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, 1500 Waterford Parkway, St. Johns. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 27, from 4-8 PM and on Thursday from 10 AM until the time of service. Memorials may be made in his name to Peter’s Sunny Day Foundation.


Tammy Jean McClain

Tammy Jean McClain of St. Johns died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Sunday, July 24, 2022 at Sparrow Clinton Hospital. She was 54 years old.

Tammy was born on May 23, 1968 in Lansing, Michigan, the second of four children born to Earl D. and Angela (Smith) McClain. She loved her time and teachers at Hartwood School in Mason from which she was the Valedictorian in 1994.

Tammy will forever be remembered for her jolly personality and loving nature. She enjoyed her animal card “homework”, watching television game shows, card games with her family and she played the piano and guitar. She also enjoyed fishing, basketball, Wii sports and was a medalist in the Special Olympics. Most of all, Tammy loved her family and was fond of her nickname “Butterball”. Holidays were very important to her, and she kept track of every holiday and birthday on her calendar.

Tammy will be missed by many, especially her mother, Angela; her sister, Sandra (Steven) Stanich; her brothers, Earl D. McClain, Jr. and Timothy (Heather) McClain; niece, Haley Phillips; nephews, Timmy Jr. and Hunter McClain, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her father, Earl D. McClain Sr. in 2008.

A Memorial Service will be held at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, 1500 Waterford Pkwy, St. Johns on Friday, July 29, 2022 at 11 AM, with visitation beginning at 10 AM.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Special Olympics.


Eric Donovan Kimmel

Eric Donovan Kimmel, age 49 and a resident of St. Johns, died peacefully at his home in the care of his family on July 22, 2022 after a hard fought two-year battle with cancer.

Born in Lansing on December 19, 1972, the son of Norma and Bernard Kimmel, Eric grew up in St. Johns where he was a graduate of St. Johns High School. Following high school he enlisted and proudly served his country in the U.S. Marines. After his service he worked with John Henry & Associates, and later Wolverton in Lansing before beginning his twenty-year career as a Supervisor with WestRock Multi Packaging Solutions in Lansing.

Eric practiced Martial Arts and was a Black Belt in Jeet Kune Do, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and enjoyed teaching at the Mid-Michigan Academy for the Martial Arts. He was one with the out-of-doors and loved riding his bike. Eric was always there to help those in need, often anonymously, and taught everyone around his the meaning of being generous and selfless. In the words of all who knew him “he was a good man” and he will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his mother, Norma Kimmel-Gorman; his sister, Brigid Kimmel; step-brother, Eddie (Karen) Gorman; step-sister, Beth (Roy) Brown; niece, Pharron Lace Kimmel; nephew, Benicio De La Cruz and many other nieces and nephews; uncles and aunts, Isrrael (Carole) Riojas, Dora Cordova, Janis (Ralph) Cuellar, many other aunts, uncles, cousins and very dear friends, including Mark Pittman, Matt Ernst, Mark Bailey, Nikki Bailey, Chris Johnson, Joe Cramer, and Brenda Bailey who all took amazing care of Eric.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bernard Donovan Kimmel; step-father, Ed Gorman; grandparents, Pedro and Brigida Riojas; niece, Gianna De La Cruz, a step-brother and step-sister, and many uncles, aunts and cousins.

A Funeral Service will be held at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, St. Johns, on Wednesday, July 27, at 1PM with Pastor Kathy Leydorf-Keck officiating. Burial and Military Honors will follow in Mt. Rest Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 11AM until the time of service.


Patrick Joseph Dennany

Patrick Joseph Dennany, age 57, of St. Johns was unexpectedly called home on July 20, 2022.

Pat was a beloved husband and brother, devoted father, and faithful friend. He graduated from Eastern High School in 1983 and worked at UPS from 1985 until his retirement in 2022.

He loved helping people and fixing things; along with riding and collecting bicycles. The highlight of his bicycling adventures came in August of 2021 when he biked down Keystone Mountain in Colorado with his wife, Kim, and their dear friends, Evan, and Noel Lyons.

Although our hearts are broken, we rejoice in the fact that he has been reunited with his mother, Elizabeth who passed away when he was a teenager.

Patrick is survived by his wife of 30 years, Kim, along with their children Alexander (Emily Caretti), and Maria, his brothers John (Linda) (CaryAnn), Mark (Carol), Tim, Mike, Dave (Stacy), Mother-In-Law Kathy Lear, Sister-In-Law Melissa (Rob) Griffin, Brothers-In-Law Chris (Jill) Lear, Jon (Heather) Lear and numerous treasured nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Donald and Elizabeth Dennany, and Father-In-Law Melvin Lear.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. by Fr. Eric Weber on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Westphalia. Rite of Committal will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with rosaries being prayed at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Funeral Chapel, 210 N. Westphalia Street, Westphalia.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Cancer Society or The City Rescue Mission of Lansing. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Home.

Frances Irene Burgess

Frances Irene “Fran” Burgess, age 71, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Monday, July 25, 2022, at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital, Lansing, MI.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, on Thursday, July 28, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Carl Hyzer officiating. Burial will take place at Eureka Cemetery, Eureka, MI. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home.

Fran was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on February 22, 1951, the daughter of Leroy and Irene (Fisher) Linscott. On February 18, 1982 Fran married Bruce at Eureka Christian Church. They have been blessed with 40 years of marriage.

Fran was a talented artist. She enjoyed drawing, painting, knitting and crocheting. She liked pulling tractors. She loved all animals and gardening. She was a peacekeeper and always willing to help others, especially the children at the Eureka School. Most of all, Fran loved her family and spending time with the grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Bruce, two sons: Ben (Jennifer) Taylor of St. Johns, MI; and Adam (Jamie) Burgess of St. Johns, MI; eight grandchildren: Ricole (David) Thomas, Morgan Taylor, Allyson Shuart, Alyssa Murphy, Allanna Murphy, Christian Jacobs, Dominick Jacobs, and Casey Jacobs; and three great-grandchildren: Karsyn, Graesyn, Everleigh. She is also survived by her siblings: Helen (Doug) Wiley, Lee Linscott, John Linscott, Tom Linscott, Katy (Ron) Aldrink, Mary Linscott, Sandy Linscott, and David Linscott; foster mom Karin and foster siblings: Elaine, Mark, and Jeff. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers: Mike Stevens, Jim Linscott, and Mark Nelson.

Memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.


Douglas Dean Staines

Douglas was a lot to many people. Most importantly he was a husband, a father and son, a grandfather, a brother, an uncle, and soon to be great-grandfather.

Doug was born November 8, 1946. He liked to spend his days working on his John Deere Tractors, bugging his wife, playing jokes on his grandchildren, and saying he doesn’t want another pet and then feeding them from his hand.

Douglas served the country in the Vietnam War during the years of 1966-1967. He left being decorated in a Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Marksmen (Rifle). Douglas was always willing to give the shirt off his back to anyone. He was kind, funny, the guy everyone came to if they needed advice or something fixed, and he was all too well known to be a stubborn bull, and his grandchildren were the light of his life.

Douglas is survived by his wife, Katherine (May) Staines, daughters, Shannon Staines and Dawn Parish (Jim Smith); his grandchildren, Emily (Parras) Baisden (David), Elizabeth (Parish) Baker (Brandon), Tabitha Parish, William Parish, and Jamie Smith, as well as his soon to be great-granddaughter, Selina Baisden. Doug is also survived by his sister, Julie Peters and Chuck, and countless nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Rosemary (Kimball) Staines, son-in-law, Alexander Parras, and beloved pets Molly and Bear.

A Memorial Service honoring Douglas will be officiated by Pastor Gary Coleman at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at the Lehman Funeral Home, 210 E. Bridge Street, Portland. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.