Dawn Frost, age 74, of Murfreesboro, TN, formerly of St. Johns, MI, passed away Friday, January 1, 2021, at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, Murfreesboro, TN.
Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 12:30 P.M., with Pastor Kathy Leydorf-Keck officiating. Burial will take place at Sowle Cemetery, Essex Township, MI. Visitation will be held on Friday from 11:00 A.M. until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Dawn was born in Lansing, MI on November 13, 1946, the daughter of Earl W. and Doris M. (Funnell) King. On August 6, 1965 Dawn married Charles L. Frost in St. Johns, MI. Charles passed away on January 1, 2013.
Dawn retired from Regions Bank as the president’s secretary. In her retirement, she enjoyed scrapbooking, gardening, crafts and baking. She liked traveling, attending festivals with her friends, watching her grandson play baseball, and spending time with her dogs. She was a member of the Red Hats Society.
She is survived by her daughter Angie and Brian Hostetler, grandchildren: Madison and Drew Hostetler, brother Doug and Christine King, nieces and nephews: Cheryl Miller, Steve and Grace King, Ryan King and Chris King, Brent and Chad Johnson, and Alex Frost; and her uncle George Secord. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Gregory Frost, and brother Wayne King.
Memorials contributions may be made to Rutherford County Pet Adoption and Welfare Services (PAWS), 285 John R. Rice Boulevard, Murfreesboro, TN. 37129. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.
Albert Joseph Pontack
Albert Joseph Pontack, age 89, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at Pathway Home of Elsie, MI.
Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes Elsie, MI, on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 1:00 P.M., with Rev. Fr. Michael Williams officiating. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery, Elsie, MI. Visitation will be held on Friday from 11:00 A.M. until the time of the funeral service.
Albert was born in Bannister, MI on March 27, 1931, the son of Joseph Albert and Anna (Nemcik) Pontack. Albert married Daleta Dawn George on August 1, 1953 in Bannister, MI. They were blessed with 63 years of marriage before Daleta’s passing on May 10, 2017.
Albert retired from General Motors as a supervisor after 36 years of service. After retirement Albert and Daleta spent winters in Fort Pierce, Florida. Albert was a member of the Elsie American Legion, Elsie Lions Club, the Shriners and also the Owosso Knights of Columbus. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
He is survived by his son James and Julie Pontack of St. Johns, grandchildren: Carrie and Jeremi Sutliff of Ovid, MI, Chad and Trina Pontack of Elsie, MI, Colleen and Matt Nethaway of Laingsburg, MI, Joseph and Courtney Pontack of DeWitt, MI, and Jamie and Tate Coleman of St. Johns, MI. He is also survived by great-grandchildren: Keaghan (Lacey), Karscen, KayLee Sutliff, Carley, Hayden, Landon, and Elijah Pontack, Mattison, Mya, and Cole Nethaway, Isabelle, Caiden, and Logan Pontack, and Mila Coleman. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Daleta, son Mark “Gator” Pontack, brother Robert “Bugs” and Louise Pontack, and brother and sister-in-law Eldon and Jean Baese.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Johns, MI. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI.
Donald Dwight Randolph
Donald Dwight Randolph, a lifelong resident of St. Johns, died unexpectedly at his home on January 2, 2021. He was 71 years old.
An always wanderer and non stop putterer, he enjoyed the outdoors, the solitude of nature and all things green. He never met a stranger he wouldn’t “listen to”, he never saw a plant he didn’t nurse back to health. He was always daydreaming about the next big adventure, always had a vision, and was interested in whatever you were interested in. A kid at heart, he loved to play. But most important to his heart he spent the day to day doing what he loved best, time with his family and grandsons.
Don is survived by Kathy, his beloved wife of over forty-seven years; his daughters, Erin (Gary) Randolph-Pupurs, Emily (Chris) Hyzer, and Liz Randolph; his son Jason (Emilie) Randolph; grandsons, Zach (Julie) Olson, Calvin and Benjamin Hyzer, Xander Pupurs, Jackson and Owen Randolph; his siblings, Robert (Joann) Randolph, Kathleen (Bob) Bumgardner, David (Dawn) Randolph, and Kenneth Randolph; mother-in-law Yvonne Asher; sisters and brothers-in-law, Karen (Tom) Mizer, Judy Cornell, David (Azra) Asher, Maureen (Eric) Silm, and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald Dwight Randolph Sr. and Rose (Zumda) Randolph, brother Richard Randolph and Father-in-law, William Asher.
Visitation will be held at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, 1500 Waterford Parkway, St. Johns, on Tuesday, January 5, from 2-8PM with a Vigil Service at 7PM. Due to Covid 19 restrictions please contact the funeral home or Don’s family to plan a time to visit. Face Masks and social distancing required. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 109 Linden St., St. Johns, on Wednesday, January 6, at 10 AM. Cremation will follow.
Memorials are encouraged in Don’s name to the St. Vincent DePaul Society or to St. Joseph Catholic School.
For further information please phone 989-224-4422 or visit McGeehan Funeral Home for more information.
Gerald F. Horan
Gerald F. “Jerry” Horan died peacefully on Monday, January 4, 2021, at home surrounded by those who loved him best. Born June 17, 1931 in Detroit to Francis W. and A. Ella (Ahern) Horan, the eldest of three sons. Parents and brothers Tom and Dick predeceased him.
Jerry grew up loving all things motorized, especially cars, a passion he pursued personally and professionally his entire life. Mechanical drafting learned at Cooley High School prepared him to work for Chrysler Motors and serve as a cartographer at the front during the Korean War. Discharged as Master Sergeant in 1953, Jerry returned to work in chassis design at Chevrolet and Oldsmobile. He became a farrier along the way and in 1973, brought his family to an 80-acre farm in St. Johns.
While overseas, Jerry successfully courted Patricia A. “Patsy” McCarthy, a Detroit girl introduced by his future sister-in-law Loretta Whalen shortly before he was drafted. They married in 1955 and enjoyed 65 years together. This fierce Irishman was dearly loved by his daughters Judy of Bangor, ME; Mary of Winona Lake, IN; Peggy of Ada; and Molly of Clinton Twp.; who laughed at all his jokes and suffered his endless teasing. Jerry leaves behind sons-in-law, Joe Howard and Rob Simmons, husbands of Judy and Peggy, and grandchildren Mary and Henry Simmons. He was foster father to Connie (Kosztowny) Moratta of Winter Park, FL.
Jerry was a devout Catholic, active in the Synod and Cursillo movements while at St. Scholastica Parish in Detroit. He met monthly with friends from St. Joseph Parish and Father Ken MacDonald to talk about faith and social justice, a lifelong passion.
The family would like to thank Compassus and Home Instead for their excellent care, as well as pharmacist and friend Lisa Failor and neighbors Todd and Mishelle Pagels, Doris and Al Bower, and Darcy and Tim Montel for their generous help during Jerry’s battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Jerry will be interred with military honors at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly later this year. A celebration of his life will be held when it’s safe to gather.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to St. Vincent DePaul Society, 1009 S US 27, St, Johns, MI 48879, (989) 224-8852. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.
Sandra L. Jaquish Katz
Her wings were ready; our hearts were not. On Saturday, December 26, 2020 Sandra (Sandy) L. Jaquish Katz, formerly from St. Johns was met with open arms by her parents, daughter, Janice Bancroft, grandsons, Dereck Bancroft and Erik Warner, son-in-law Leo Drinkwine and many other family members as well as her Lord and Savior. Imagine the reunion!
Sandy was born on January 20, 1938 in Lansing to Richard and Mabel Baldwin. She lived her life in Haslett just a block off of Lake Lansing. Sandy loved the water; in her younger years she enjoyed water skiing and ice skating.
Sandy met her first love at a high school dance, John Jaquish. They were married on March 18, 1955. Soon after they began their family. Sandy and John were blessed with 4 daughters in 5 years. They had a busy, happy life for 25 years before John died in 1980.
After John died, Sandy met and married a family friend, Gordon Katz . They were married on July 17, 1982. Sandy and Gordon enjoyed 26 years of marriage before Gordon passed away.
Sandy worked at Meijer in Lansing and then Mt. Pleasant for 30 plus years before retiring to their home at Diamond Lake, Barryton. After retiring Sandy and Gordon became snowbirds. They purchased a small mobile home in Central Park Rv, Haines City, Fl. She was very active in the park. She helped with Euchre nights and Bingo at community hall. She made many dear friends over the years while in Florida.
When she was home at the lake she and several of her lady friends-AKA Diamond Lake Dollies went to play Bingo. Some even called her extremely lucky. They also would get together and play cards. She loved her girl time. Her older grandkids knew her as grandma. They spend many weeks up at the lake with her. Oh, the stories they would tell! Her great grandkids knew her as GG and they enjoyed playing UNO with her. Though they knew she gave them no mercy, she was truly quite competitive. Sandy also loved her lake Loons and looked forward to their return every spring. She spent alot time bird watching, squirrel watching and even the occasional turkey in the yard. She was even known to shoot a deer or two. She was also an avid Hallmark movie watcher! Beat watching the news any day!
Sandy left behind 3 daughters, Debbie (Bob) Chamberlain, Vanessa (Lynn) Warner of St. Johns, Jill Drinkwine of Alden and son-in-law, Mark Bancroft of St. Johns, one brother, Bob (Marge) Baldwin. Sandy was blessed with 22 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husband, John, parents, parents-in-law, daughter, Janice, grandsons Dereck and Erik, Son-in-law, Leo and second husband Gordon and many other family members and dear friends.
A Memorial/Celebration of life will be held a later date to be determined. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan.
Rosemary “Rosie” Cecil, age 97, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2021, at Grace Haven Assisted Living, St. Johns, MI.
Cremation has taken place and the family will have a private gathering. Burial of Rosemary and John’s cremains will take place this summer in Creede, CO.
Rosemary was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 14, 1923, the daughter of Charles Frederick and Virginia (Kindig) Shumway.She graduated from McKenzie High School in Detroit. Rosemary married John Cecil on November 6, 1982, in Colorado. Rosemary and John resided in Creede, Co; Prescott, AZ, and St. Johns, MI. John passed away on May 2, 2017.
Rosemary was a wonderful cook and was famous for her pies. Rosemary and John owned and operated a restaurant for a short time in Creede, CO. She was a church secretary for many years at Ward Memorial Presbyterian Church. She retired as a secretary from Ford Motor Company. Rosemary was a very talented organist, sharing her many gifts with her church. She served the Lord faithfully over her 97 years here on this earth and she is now resting with her Savior and loved ones gone before her.
She is survived by daughters: Gail and Bob Brown of St. Johns, MI, Judy Mann of St. Johns, MI, son Chuck and Nancy Cascaden of New Baltimore, MI; step-children: Beth Cecil-Hanna of Detroit, MI, Brad and Suely Cecil of Ft. Worth, TX, Brian Cecil of Wheatridge, CO, Laura and David Detloff of Naples, FL; 20 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. She is also survived by her sister Virginia Ruth and Andrew Paschall of Ashboro, NC, and her brother James Shumway of Sun City Center, FL. Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents; husband John, son Richard, and her sister Bette Hartzell.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.
Casilda Mary Ann Meredith
Casilda “Sill” Mary Ann Meredith, age 79, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Thursday, December 31, 2020, at Ashley Care Center, Ashley, Michigan.
A private family service will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 1 p.m. for immediate family only at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, Michigan. Online viewing of the funeral service will be available through Facebook live at the time of the service. Burial will take place at Duplain Township Cemetery, St. Johns, Michigan.
Casilda was born in Elsie, Michigan on April 7, 1941, the daughter of Roy and Casilda (Pearce) Flanner. She graduated from Elsie High School with the class of 1959. On November 4, 1961 she married Gary Meredith in Elsie, Michigan. They were blessed with 49 years of marriage; before Gary passed away on July 11, 2001.
Her grandchildren were the light of her life. She was passionate about helping others, and before her illness she was very involved in the Elsie Baby Pantry, the Elsie Food Bank, and the Elsie United Methodist Women serving as president for a time. She worked at H & R Block in Chesaning for 25 years and cherished her time there with her clients and wonderful coworkers who remained dear friends. Many benefited from her kindness and generosity. She was a woman of deep, unwavering faith.
Casilda is survived by her daughter Tracie and Tom Bolton, grandchildren David Alen Bolton and partner Grant Koenigsknecht, and Meredith Kay Bolton, siblings: Charlotte Griffith, Kathleen Hower, Lewis and Zeffy Flanner, Patrick and Sandy Flanner, Helen and Bob Rittenhouse, and in laws Judy Flanner, Bonny Flanner, Bob and Karen Meredith and Margaret Rose. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who were very special to her. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gary, sisters: Margery Roy, Nina Sessions, and Alice Hoisington, brothers Roy Flanner Jr, Bob Flanner, Leroy Flanner, Richard Flanner, and George Flanner.
Memorials may be made to the Elsie Baby Pantry, 160 W. Main Street, Elsie, Michigan 48831. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, Michigan.