Delores Henrietta Robinson

Delores Henrietta Robinson, 83, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor, St. Johns, MI.

A Graveside Service will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery, Ovid, MI, on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 4:00 P.M. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Houghton Chapel, Ovid, MI.

Delores was born in Lansing, MI on September 4, 1937, the daughter of Henry and Doris (Darby) Sherman. She graduated from Bath High School. Delores married Dick L. Robinson on February 22, 1969 in St. Johns, MI. They celebrated 39 years of marriage prior to his passing on August 14, 2008. She was a homemaker. She loved Jesus and she also enjoyed gardening, Elvis and cats. She was a person who wanted to care for everyone in her family.

She is survived by her son Terry Robinson of Williamston, MI; 2 grandsons: Terry C. Robinson of St. Johns, MI; Thomas Robinson of St. Johns, MI; 3 great grandchildren; and 2 brothers: Dan and Martha Sherman of Bath, MI; and Ernie and Candy Sherman of Perry, MI. She was predeceased by her parents, husband, 3 brothers and 1 sister.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Houghton Chapel, Ovid, MI.

Kenneth LeRoy Welch

Kenneth LeRoy Welch, age 85 of Shelbyville IN formerly of St. Johns, MI passed away peacefully on March 29, 2021 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral Services will be held at the St. Johns Lutheran Church, St. Johns, MI on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Jim Pearl officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 5, 2021 from 4-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.

Ken was born in St. Johns, MI on December 3, 1935, the son of Lloyd and Leah (Stevens) Welch. He was a 1954 graduate of Rodney B. Wilson High School. He worked at Story Oldsmobile for a short time before proudly serving his country in the United States Army. After returning home he furthered his education in the accounting field and started working at the Michigan Medical Society where he worked for five years. He then began working at the Union Building at Michigan State University where he worked for 11 years, finishing his 25 year career with MSU in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resource Building as the head accountant of the finance department before retiring in 1989.

In true Ken style he continued to work to keep himself busy, he was a courier for the Clinton County Bank, custodian for the St. Johns Lutheran Church (he really liked that job), worked at the Dairy Barn and Uncle Johns Cider Mill in the Pie Barn.

Ken met his soul mate Maryann on a blind date on August 7, 1965; he asked her to marry him on September 11, 1965 and they were married January 22, 1966 in Columbus, OH. He said for him it was love at first sight. They were married for 55 years. Together they raised three children, kept a beautiful home, had many fun family vacations and loved traveling with friends.

He enjoyed their Florida home for many years, playing pool and shuffle board with the guys; he loved to compete with his buddies! Miniature golf was always a special time saved for when the grand kids came.

Ken was a very loyal servant to the Lord and wanted to serve him well. Ken and Maryann were very involved in their church (St. Johns Lutheran) and for many years hosted the annual Christmas Eve Party at their home. He was a church elder, Sunday school teacher, on the committee for the new front window, Vice President of the congregation for one year, and he was in the choir; Ken had a beautiful singing voice. He was also a member of the St. Peters Lutheran Church, and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Shelbyville IN.

He loved working in his flower beds and took great pride in his gardens. He was known as “Mr. Perfect”.

Ken loved his family first and foremost, always watching over Maryann. He and Maryann were very involved with their kids swimming activities and school events. But it’s the grandchildren who had won his heart over the past 20 years. He loved his family more than anything and taught them unconditional love, bad jokes, lots of laughter and an amazing strength that he didn’t know he had.

Ken is survived by his wife and best friend, Maryann (Shockey) Welch, his children, son Steven Welch (Jennifer), daughters: Elizabeth Goodman (Michael), Christine Brammer (Brian), his granddaughter Katie Brammer, grandsons: Jack Brammer, Justin Goodman, Kenny (Kenneth Leroy) Welch, his sister Carol (Welch) Andrus (Darrell) and many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and brother, Lloyd “Bud” Welch and his mother-in-law Marion Shockey.

Memorials may be made to St. Johns Lutheran Church, 511 East Strugis Street, St. Johns, MI, 48879 or St. Marks Lutheran Church, 1560 North Michigan Ave. Shelbyville, IN 46176. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.

Alvah Mullen

It is with great sadness the family of Alvah E. Mullen announces his peaceful passing at home on Friday, March 5, 2021 at the age of 92 yrs. He was residing at Clinton Commons in St. Johns, MI.

Alvah “AL” was born on August 1, 1928 to Irving and Bess (Empson) in Owego, NY. He graduated from Alfred-Almond Central School then entered the military, joining the Army in 1945 for 2 yrs. stationed part of his time in South Korea during the Korean War. On February 12, 1955, Al married Pauline (Knouff) Mullen, who predeceased him on September 16, 2014.

He is survived by their 3 children; Carol (Victor) Lotycz, St. Johns MI, Donna (Richard) Hogan, Farmington Hills, MI, Douglas Mullen, Columbus, IN and 6 grandchildren; Rebecca (Jody), Nickolas (Misty), Alex, Abby, Greg, Kara (Tyler) and 5 great-grandchildren; Kody, Shelby, Ella, Anthony and Chole Lynn along with a sister Wilma and a brother James. Al was preceded in death by his parents, 6 siblings and a son-in-law Allen VanDerStuyf.

In 1950, Al joined the Navy retiring in 1975 after 23 yrs. of service. During his Naval career, Al achieved the high rank of Master Chief, along with numerous awards, certifications and achievements. He served on several US Destroyers as a boiler technician in the engine rooms. While stationed at Newport, RI, Al was an instructor at the US Naval Destroyer School, sharing his knowledge and expertise of the workings of the engine rooms with Naval officers. During his time in the military he served in WWII, The Korean War, The Cuban Missile Crisis and The Vietnam War. After his retirement from the Navy, Al worked 18 yrs. at DresserRand as a foreman in the boiler room.

In 1997, he and Pauline moved from Almond, NY to DeWitt, MI, to be closer to their children and grandchildren. During his Navy career, Al traveled twice around the world, visiting many countries. However, he always said his favorite travels were family vacations throughout the United States and summers spent with family in cottages on Lake Huron. Al enjoyed spending time with those he loved; family and friends. Al’s friendly and outgoing personality shown brightly when talking with people and learning about their lives. He was loved by all and he will be greatly missed. The above picture shows Al, age 90yrs., proudly wearing his Navy uniform at a Veteran’s Day celebration. We are grateful for his many years of service.

A celebration of Alvah’s life is planned for the summer of 2021. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Homes for Our Troops, 6 Main St. Taunton, MA 02780. For further information, phone McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, St. Johns at 989-224-4422.

William D. McElroy

William D. “Bill” McElroy, age 87 went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, March 29, 2021 after suffering a stroke.

Bill was born on December 9, 1933 on a farm in Steuben County, Indiana, one of six children born to Rush and Annie (Currie) McElroy. The family moved off the farm to Hillsdale, Michigan where he graduated from Hillsdale High School. Bill was an accomplished athlete and lettered in football, baseball and basketball, earned multiple scholarships and was scouted by the baseball pros.

Bill and Sally Bly were high school sweethearts, were married in 1953 and enjoyed sixty-five years of marriage. They made their home in Lansing and together they raised five children. Bill’s greatest joy and happiness came from spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He loved to attend and support his grandchildren in their sporting events.

Bill’s dedication, honesty and hardworking demeanor suited him well in his twenty-five-year career with the Lansing Fire Department. He retired as a captain in 1986. In 1968, the family moved to a small farm in the St. Johns area, and Bill was back to country living, which he truly loved.

Bill and Sally were active, longtime members of Pilgrim United Methodist Church and Bill had many fond memories of his month-long mission trip to Haiti.

He will be forever remembered for his quiet demeanor, dry sense of humor and humble, friendly, honest nature.

He is survived by his children, Ronald (Sharon) McElroy of DeWitt, John McElroy, Bill (Kathleen) McElroy and Kim (Ben) Swanchara all of St. Johns and Kelly (Larry) Ward of Minnesota. 12 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren with one on the way; brother, John (Vickie) McElroy; sister, Barbara Sloan; sister-in-law, Nancy Taylor, as well as extended family members and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sally on March 17, 2019, his parents and three siblings.

A Memorial Service will be held in the future.

Memorials may be made to the Michigan State Fireman’s Association Memorial, msfassoc.org, C/0 Jeni Binkley, 8826 E. Huron Line Road Ruth, MI 48470 or to the Pilgrim United Methodist Church, 2965 W. Parks Road, St. Johns MI 48879.

For further information, phone McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel at 989-224-4422.

Jeanette Louise Gruesbeck

Jeanette Louise Gruesbeck, 85, of Ovid, MI, passed away peacefully Monday, March 29, 2021 at Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor, St. Johns.

Funeral Service will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Houghton Chapel, Ovid, MI, on Friday, April 2, 2021 at 7:00 P.M., with Elder Dan Earl officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday from 2-8 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be held at a later date at Maple Grove Cemetery, Ovid, MI.

Jeanette was born in Ovid, MI on June 17, 1935, the daughter of D.O. and Georgia E. (Thompson) Wakefield. She graduated from Ovid High School with the class of 1953. On December 26, 1953, Jeanette married Rolland D. Gruesbeck in Angola, IN. He passed away on September 1, 2014 after nearly 51 years of marriage.

Jeanette’s family was the most important thing to her. She enjoyed camping and taking the grandchildren on trips. She liked to eat frostys, cheeseburgers, french fries and ice cream. Jeanette was an avid reader and a faithful follower of her soap operas. She was a great cook and always enjoyed fixing big family meals. She and Rolland enjoyed Friday game nights with family and friends. She was one of the last surviving “Ovid Rejects” camping group.

Jeanette is survived by 3 children: Joanne Hauk, Bryan (Char) Gruesbeck, and Rick (Judy) Gruesbeck; 5 grandchildren: Adam (Brandi) Gruesbeck, April (Chad) Crane, Ashley (Dallas) Day, Kira (Robert) Adams, and Bryn (Dmitry) Hauk; 8 great grandchildren: McKenzie, Ryan, Kamryn, Brayden, Payten, Reagan, Oliver, and Rowan; and 3 great great grandchildren: Max, Trinity, and Cason. She is also survived by 2 siblings: Donna Allen and Ronald (Sue) Wakefield. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Rolland, and infant sister Connie.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Houghton Chapel, Ovid, MI.

Jerome Edward Smith Sr.

Jerome Edward Smith Sr., a long time resident of Westphalia, died at home in the care of his loving family on March 28, 2021 at the age of 81.

He is survived by Carlene his beloved wife of over sixty-one years; his daughters, Geralyn (Terry) Trierweiler, Shelly (Steve) Spohn, Debbie Platte, Cheryl (Jack) Smith, Denise Cook, Chris (Todd) Smith, Kathy (Ryan) Channell, Beth (Fran) Thelen, MaryKay (Kurt) Weber; his sons, Doug (Brenda) Smith and Jerome (Kim) Smith Jr.; thirty-five grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and one on the way. Also surviving are his sisters, Mary Schafer, Lucille Fedewa; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marilyn Smith, Joyce Houska, Diane (John) Kusnier, Mary Jane Feldpausch, Donna Seay, Eileen Schneider, Judy (Bruce) Cameron, Lynn (Janet) Thelen and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Antoinette Smith; his son-in-law, Gregg Platte; an infant grandson, Joseph Michael Brown; brothers, Carl (Rose), Delbert (Roselyn) and Jimmy Smith; sisters, Loretta (Alvin) Thelen, Joann (Ernie) Thelen, Violia (Francis) Fedewa; in-laws, Carl and Laurene Thelen; brothers-in-law, Gerald Fedewa, Marvin Schafer, John Seay, Joe Houska, Dale Feldpausch and Ron Schneider.

Jerome’s family would like to extend special thanks to his nurse Shellie and his physical therapist, Ryan.

Jerome was a life long member of St. Mary Catholic Church where he was a member of the St. Joseph Society. He was a hard worker who worked his dairy farm for many years and was a wealth of knowledge in many areas of life. When he wasn’t hard at work he loved trips to the family cottage on Chippewa Lake and family gatherings where he always made sure everyone had a good time. He enjoyed trips to the casino and playing cards with friends and family. In his words, “life is simple, treat others like you would like to be treated, and you will do alright.”

Visitation will be held at St. Mary’s Chapel in Westphalia on Tuesday, March 30, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Mary Parish, Westphalia, on Wednesday, March 31, at 10:30 AM. *Mass may be viewed via Livestream on the St. Mary Parish Facebook page. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. For further information please contact McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, St. Johns.

Wreatha Ann Chant

Wreatha Ann Chant, 89, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Sunday, March 28, 2021, at Rosewood Assisted Living in DeWitt, MI.

A Public Graveside Service will be held at Fulton Township Cemetery, Perrinton, MI on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 1:00 P.M.

Wreatha was born in Perrinton, MI on December 24, 1931, the daughter of Orley and Wealthy (Leddick) Chaffin. Wreatha graduated from Fulton High School, Middleton, MI with the class of 1950. She married Donald Lee Chant in Fulton Township, on December 7, 1950. They were blessed with 67 years of marriage before Don passed away on July 17, 2018.

Wreatha received her real estate license and owned and operated Stony Creek Reality. They also owned the Kwik Kook Restaurant in St. Johns, MI. Wreatha and Don enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas and spending winter in Florida. They also enjoy going to the Buckley Steam Engine Show. She was a member of Pilgrim United Methodist Church. Wreath loved music and taught music to the one room schools in the early days and played piano and organ at the church. She also enjoyed gardening and watching birds.

She is survived by her children: Donald Lee and Janice Chant Jr. of Harrison, MI; Christie and Alvin Russell of St. Johns, MI; Brian “Buck” and Jodie Chant of Laingsburg, MI; Sarah and Todd Wharton of Royal Palm Beach, FL. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren: Suzanne (Ryan) Fletcher, Rachel Chant, Ken (Amy) Walters, Kenneth (Jamie) Chant, Bentley Wharton, Maxwell Wharton, Hudson Wharton; 3 great-grandchildren: Anna Chant, Samuel Fletcher, and Owen Fletcher, and brother Hubert (Velma) Chaffin. She was predeceased by her parents, husband, 3 brothers: Robert, Alethan and Glee Chaffin, and sister Greta Sali.

Memorials may be made to Rosewood Assisted Living, 1070 Webb Road, DeWitt, MI 48820. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.

Therese A. Weber

I began life on this earth in Fowler, Michigan on February 14, 1927 and left this earth from there on March 26, 2021. My parents were Frank and Rose (Thelen) Wieber and the house I was born in is now the headquarters for the V.F.W. Post 3733 in Fowler. For ten years I went to Most Holy Trinity Catholic School and graduated from Fowler High School (1945). My high school years were during World War II, so I remember a lot about the men and women who served our country.

My brothers, Giles and Leon, and sister, Jeanette “Midge”, were in the service as was George Weber, my husband, who enlisted in the Navy in 1945 before graduating from high school.

George (son of Albert and Bertha (Pohl) Weber) and I were high school classmates. We were married August 18, 1948 and had ten children, all of whom were raised on Elm Street. The street was called “Fertile Valley” because of all the kids who lived there. For over twenty years, I worked at Fowler Plumbing and Heating.

At age 77 I sold that home to a grandson and moved to senior housing in St. Johns, Michigan. With my health declining, in December 2020, I moved back to the homestead on Elm Street where we had lived for 50 years.
Our children are Cheryl (Ken) Arens; Marilyn (Rich) Vitek; Ann Marie (Jerome) Pohl; Joy (Hilary) Stump; Chris (Lori) Weber; Curt (Sharon) Weber; Therese (Dale) Koenigsknecht; Mary Beth Weber; Steve (Kim) Weber and Julie (Glenn) Jandernoa.

George preceded me in death on January 26, 2001 as did my parents and siblings (Rosalyn (Walter) Brown; Mark (Lucy, Dorothy) Wieber; Giles (Mary Ann) Wieber; Carl (Rita) Wieber; Jeanette “Midge” (John) Omahen; Leon (Geraldine) Wieber; Joan (Charles) Simon and 3 infant brothers). I am survived by one sister, Judith (Jesse) Castillo.
As of March 26, 2021, I had 27 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and another great-grandchild “on the way”. I am also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

I have much to be proud of especially my family, my Fowler roots and my involvement with Most Holy Trinity Parish. There I was a choir member, lector and eucharistic minister to the homebound and was a member of the Christian Mothers and Daughters of Isabella. My life was blessed in countless ways. It was a gift to know and love you all.

Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as possible.

Contributions can be made to Most Holy Trinity Catholic School(Fowler), Dallas Township Fire and Rescue (Fowler) and Braille and Talking Book Library (Lansing, Michigan).

The family is being served by McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, 1500 Waterford Parkway, St. Johns, Michigan 48879. Phone: 989-224-4422.

Her children would like to add a side note to Mom’s obituary. Over the years, whenever someone would ask Mom to pray for them, she would pray The Rosary. Or as Mom would say, “Run the Beads.”

Divorce decrees filed the week of March 22, 2021

Simpson, Jeremy J. / Jones, Hillary

Bancroft, Heather M. / Bancroft, Ronald G.

Brown, Madison N. / Brown, Allen W.

Butcher, Breanna / Butcher, Mark

Arzberger, Amanda G. / Arzberger, Erick W.