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Lois Irene Sillman

Lois Irene Sillman resident of St. Johns, a former resident of Riley Township and a lifelong dedicated member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. She was 92 years old.

Lois was born at home in Riley Township on August 24, 1928, the eldest of two children born to John and Hannah (nee. Krumm) Witt. Lois graduated from St. Johns High School in 1947 and began working at Clinton National Bank and Trust in Fowler Mi. After raising four children with her husband on the farm on Dexter Trail, she returned to work at Clinton Bank and Trust in St. Johns and retired from there.

Lois met Stuart Sillman through mutual friends and the young couple married on August 25, 1948 at St. Peter Lutheran Church. The couple were dedicated to their church family and were involved in many church functions and offices. Lois was a member of the St. Peter Lutheran Ladies Aid. She was a loving and supportive mother who instilled great moral values in her children and was a doting grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be forever remembered for her sweet and loving nature and generous heart.

She is survived by her children Diana (Wayne) Woodbury of St. Johns, Richard (Jan) Sillman of Pewamo and Laurie (Randy) Pollock of Kalkaska; 13 grandchildren, Aaron (Kami) Woodbury of St. Johns, Jason (Amy) Woodbury of Lawrence, Kansas, Martin (Sarah) Woodbury of Holt, Angela (Jason) Schumaker of Hortonville, WI, Scott Sillman of Pewamo, Richard Jr. (Sara) Sillman of St. Johns, Katrina (Aaron) Shattuck of Sunfield, Amy (Derrick) Taylor of St. Johns, Justin Conley of Missouri, Michael Conley of Lansing, Rachel Chant of Naples, FL, Jamie (David) Johnson of Eaton Rapids, Lacy (Shane) Sailor of Grand Ledge; 27 great grandchildren, as well as extended family members and dear friends. She was also preceded in death by her parents and brother, Lawrence Witt. She was preceded in death by her husband M. Stuart Sillman in 2005 and a son Charles Sillman in 2004.

Visitation will be held at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, 1500 Waterford Pkwy, St. Johns on Friday, March 5, 2021 from 4 – 8 PM For those friends attending the visitation, please call the funeral home at 989-224-4422 to schedule an hour between 4 and 8 to attend.

A Funeral Service will be held at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 8990 Church Rd, St. Johns on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 11 AM. Friends may visit at the church from 10 AM until the time of the service. Burial to follow at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to St Peter Lutheran Church.


Ellen Marie Martens

Ellen Marie Martens, a resident of St. Johns, died at home in the care of her family on March 3, 2021 at the age of 85.

Visitation will be held at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, 1500 Waterford Parkway, St. Johns, on Saturday, March 6, from 3-8 PM and on Sunday, March 7, from 2-8 PM. *For those friends attending the visitation, please call the funeral home at 989-224-4422 to schedule an hour to attend on Saturday or Sunday.

A Funeral Service will be held at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 8990 Church Rd., St. Johns, on Monday, March 8, at 11 AM with Pastor Tim Bayer officiating.


Rodney F. Sutfin

Rodney F. Sutfin died surrounded by his loving family Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at the age of 81.

He was born January 10, 1940 in Alma, MI the son of Jack and Joy (Nye) Sutfin. Rod loved golfing and bowled on leagues for many years. He was a retired General Motors employee with 28 years of service. On July 18, 1971 he married Joan Bond and she survives him.

Also surviving are four daughters, Roxanne (Chaz) Lord, Korine (Robert) Kristofferson, Rochelle (Kevin) Caslavka and Renee Gibson; two sons, Steven (Alicia) Sutfin and Stacy (Barb) Sutfin; 17 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; one sister, Julie Sutfin-Hanlon (Pat) and brother-in-law, John (Kay) Bond. He was preceded in death by a son, Mart Smaltz.

A Funeral Service for Rod will be held 10:00 AM Saturday, March 6, 2021 at West Lansing Church of Christ 5505 W. St. Joe Hwy. Lansing, MI with Pastor Ron Klepal officiating. Interment will take place at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens at 2:00 PM. The family will receive relatives and friends from 9:00 AM until service time at the church. Memorials may be made to the family.

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


Roberta Lyne Ley

Roberta Lyne Ley, longtime resident of St. Johns and beloved member of the Mint City Patchers and the Munising Bay Quilt Guild, died Tuesday, March 2, 2021 surrounded by her family after a valiant battle with cancer. She was 72 years old. 



Roberta was born on August 12, 1948 in Munising, Michigan, one of six children born to Harris and Beatrice (nee. Mogg) Raymond. She was a 1966 graduate of Mather High School in Munising and was retired from Michigan Bell/AT&T with whom she worked as a dispatcher in Lansing and Grand Rapids for many years.

She is survived by her son, Robert (Nevada) Borkowski; her daughter, Janet (William) Baughn; step-son, Kent (Maria) Ley; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; sisters, Janet (the late Don) Miron and Sandra (David Sr.) Case; brother, Terry Raymond (Jeri McGovern) and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
 She was preceded in death by her husband of twenty years, Douglas Ley in 2012, and brothers, Robert (Betty) Raymond and Jeff (Donn) Raymond.



Friends may visit at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, 1500 Waterford Parkway, St. Johns, on Friday, March 5, from 10 AM to 2 PM. For those friends attending the visitation, please call the funeral home at 989-224-4422 to schedule an hour between 10 AM and 2 PM to attend. A Memorial Service for her family and interment in Mt. Rest Cemetery will follow the hours of gathering. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Elara Caring Hospice.


John Anthony Fisher

John Anthony Fisher, a native of Waucoma, Iowa, and resident of St. Johns, Michigan where he loved his old farm house and worked as a livestock buyer for many years, died on February 28, 2021 after battling cancer this past year. He was 70 years old.

He is survived by his daughters, Amie (Mike) Rausch, Nissa (Andy) Strottman, Bronwen (Tony) Steinlage, ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren; brothers, Jim (Janelle) Fisher and Marty (Judy) Fisher; sisters, Mary (Marty) Miller and Liz (Dave) Robinson, and many nieces, nephews, and his dear friend, Annette Falor with whom he enjoyed many adventures. John had a big heart, was fun to hang out with, and will be dearly missed. He was preceded in death by his son, John Christian Fisher, his parents, Carl J. Fisher and Lorraine L. (Huber) Fisher, and brothers, Joe, Bob (Susan), Jerry, and Walter Fisher.

Services will be held privately. The family is being served by McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel.


Brandon William Chunko

Brandon William Chunko, age 21, of DeWitt Township, MI, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, February 27, 2021, at Sparrow Hospital – Clinton, St. Johns, MI.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Johns, MI, on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 11:00 A.M., with Rev. Fr. Michael Williams officiating. Brandon will be buried near his great-grandfather at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 2-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI. Those unable to attend mass may view it live on the Smith Family Funeral Homes Facebook page.

Brandon was born in Lansing, MI on September 9, 1999, the son of William Briant Chunko and Heather Michelle (Chunko) Cook Fisette. He graduated from St. Johns High School with the class of 2018. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns.

Brandon was a very compassionate and caring young man who loved his friends and family. He loved riding motorcycles, and playing guitar and banjo. He enjoyed reading and history. Brandon possessed a creative imagination and was very artistic. He really enjoyed working with his dad restoring his 1969 Ford Fairlane and old motorcycles.

Brandon is survived by his mother Heather (Michael) Fisette of DeWitt Township, father Will (Casie) Chunko of St. Johns, brother Justin “Hunter” Chunko of Haslett, girlfriend Taylor McCall of Charlotte and 4 step-siblings: Dane, Sierrah, Mikaylah, and Laylah Fisette. He is also survived by his grandfather John Chunko, grandfather Frederick (Armeda) Cook II, grandmother Jeannie (Gordon) Shipley, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Brandon was preceded in death his great-grandfather Frederick Fleischer and grandmother Laura Chunko.

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


Mary Ann Koenigsknecht

Mary Ann Koenigsknecht, age 88, of Fowler, MI, passed away Friday, February 26, 2021, at her home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler, MI, at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, with Rev. Fr. Gary Koenigsknecht officiating. Burial will take place at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, Fowler, MI.

Mary Ann was born in Westphalia, Michigan on January 22, 1933, the daughter of Ferdinand and Pauline (Arens) Martin. She graduated as the valedictorian of her class from St. Mary’s High School in Westphalia, MI. Mary Ann married Roman Koenigsknecht on April 11, 1955, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Westphalia, MI. They celebrated 65 years of marriage together.

Mary Ann retired from the State of Michigan Secretary of State in St. Johns after 15 years of service. After retirement she volunteered at St. Vincent De Paul for 20 years. Mary Ann and Roman enjoyed traveling. She liked cooking, reading, and gardening. She was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler, MI where she taught Sunday school. She was also a member of the Christian Mothers.

She is survived by her husband Roman Koenigsknecht, children: Carol and Jim Maddox, Diane and Steve Wheeler, Tom and Sandy Koenigsknecht, Daniel and Janet Koenigsknecht, Denise and Rick Smith, Debra and Christopher Stellwag; 15 grandchildren and 5 great- grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters: Mildred Droste, Phyllis Thelen, Linda and Paul Armbrustmacher, Janice and Alvin Feldpausch; sister-in-law Genevieve Martin, and sister and brother-in-law Agnes and Leon Keilen. She was preceded in death by her parents Ferdinand & Pauline, siblings: Norma Simon, Vernon Martin, Tony Martin, Frederick Martin, and David Martin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Most Holy Trinity Catholic School Trust Fund. he family is being served by SSmith Family Funeral Homes – Goerge Chapel, Fowler, Michigan.


Kay O. Howard

Kay Orine Howard, longtime resident of Tustin and formerly of Saint Johns, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at home surrounded by her family. She was 71.

Kay was born on January 7, 1950, in Saint Johns, Michigan to Clyde “Snuffy” and Dorothy (Shirey) Smith. Kay grew up and attended school in St. Johns, becoming a graduate with the class of 1968. Shortly after which she entered into holy matrimony with Bert Franklin Howard on April 2, 1968, just before Bert was drafted for service in the Vietnam War. The two celebrated nearly 53 years together.

Upon Bert’s return to the States they began their family adding four sons, and eventually moving from her hometown to Northern Michigan in 1979. While raising the four boys of her own, Kay stayed busy working as a librarian and playground aide. She could often be found passing the time crocheting, doing needle work or embroidery. Kay was giving of her time and talents, donating many baby blankets over the years to her grandkids, neighbors, friends, or those through her church. She also volunteered her time as the treasurer for the church and was extremely strong and active in her faith. Kay served as assistant superintendent for Sunday school and loved to be a positive influence for any child. She was a member of Cherry Grove Church of the Nazarene and former member of Cadillac’s First Church of the Nazarene. She will be deeply missed and remembered for the love she gave to others.

Kay is survived by her husband, Bert Howard, Sr. of Tustin; her sons, Bert (Jodi) Howard Jr. of Tustin, Frank (Kristi) Howard of Cadillac, Dale (Toni) Howard of Cadillac, and Peter Howard of Tustin; six grandchildren, Randi, Lexi, Tansen, Dylan, Chase, Shane; her first great-grandchild eagerly anticipated in April; her two sisters, Ruthann (Joe) Wallos and Barb (Walt) Knickerbocker; as well as many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Clyde “Ed” Smith Jr.

Per her wishes cremation will take place and memorial services will be held on March 13 at 1:00 p.m. at Cherry Grove Church of the Nazarene. Memorial contributions may be made to Cherry Grove Church of the Nazarene.

The family is being served by the Hitesman-Holdship Funeral Home.


Divorce decrees filed the week of February 15 and 22, 2021

Mueller, Katie / Mueller, Blake

Aaron, Fawn M. / Aaron, Charles L.

Darracott, Bryan J. / Darracott, Alicia J.

Mikek, Danielle L. / Mikek, Tristin W.

Draher, Jonathan W. / Draher, April D.

Zehner, Mark A. / Zehner, Sabrina F.

Fitzpatrick, Jennifer / Fitzpatrick, John