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Helen Davies Prohaska

Helen Davies Prohaska, a former resident of Louisville, Kentucky, Grand Rapids & Dewitt, Michigan, and native of Chicago, Illinois, died in Hollywood, Florida on July 13, 2021, at the age of 91.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard H. Prohaska, in 2014, and a grandson, Curtis Prohaska, in 2013. She is survived by her four sons, John (Joann), Richard D. (Evelyn), Ronald (Bonnie), and Scott (Becky) Prohaska; two daughters, Sandra Olson and Jane (Raul) Villalba; nineteen grandchildren, thirty-five great grandchildren, and a great great grandchild.

A Graveside Service will be held at South Bingham Cemetery, 1324 West Taft Road, St. Johns, on Monday, July 19, at 2 PM. The family is being served by McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel.


Bonnie Jean Lutz

Bonnie Jean Lutz, age 86, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Thursday, July 15, 2021, at Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor, St. Johns, MI.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, with Pastor Mike Briggs officiating. Burial will take place at Payne Cemetery, Fulton Township, MI. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 19, 2021 from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. and on Tuesday from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Bonnie was born in Fulton Township, Michigan on September 19, 1934, the daughter of Hugh J. and Beulah P. (Gray) Payne. She graduated from Fulton High School with the class of 1953. Bonnie met Stanley A. Lutz 70 years ago at Fulton Center Methodist Church. They were married on February 19, 1954 in Drayton Plains, MI. They were blessed with 67 years of marriage together.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, where she was a former choir member, AWANA leader, and was active in the music program.

She is survived by her husband Stanley Lutz of St. Johns, MI; children: Mark A. and Patricia Lutz of St. Johns, MI, Marci and Lee Walker of Crestwood, KY, Pamela and Kenneth Scobell of Valley Mills, TX, and Jeana and Ray Snyder of Laingsburg, MI; 6 grandchildren: Meghann (Jeremy) Courliss, Nathaniel Lutz, David (Nicole) Walker, Mandi Walker, Will Snyder, and Luke Snyder and 6 great-grandchildren: Samuel and Jonathan Courliss, Tristan and Zoe Walker, and Libby and Wren Lutz and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings: Winton (Marlene) Payne, Wayland (Zelma) Payne, and Dona (Larry) Grubaugh.

Memorials may be made to Youth Haven Ranch 3796 Perrine Rd, Rives Junction, MI 49277. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.


Elon J. Hufnagel

Elon J. Hufnagel, age 92, of St. Johns, passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at home.

Elon was born on June 22, 1929 the oldest of nine children to Roman and Dolores (Droste) Hufnagel. He married Wanda Eaton on September 9, 1950. They raised 7 children and celebrated 65 years together before she passed in 2015.

He worked at Sealed Power Corporation for 44 years, starting at the age of 18, and continuing until he retired at the age of 62. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the City of St. Johns. He loved seeing his children and grandchildren. He liked playing golf and euchre. He liked his hot food, VERY HOT and his cold food ICY COLD!

He is survived by his 7 children: Denise (Michael) Dault, Val (Lisa) Hufnagel, Marc (Ann) Hufnagel, Pam (Denny) Baese, Stacie (Brian) Ocenasek, Elon (Michelle) Hufnagel, Jr., and Dean (Lori) Hufnagel; 20 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his special friend Millie, his sister Karen Schafer, his brothers: Carl (Joan), Jerry (Diane), Larry (Gail), and Frank; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother John, two sisters: Ann Pahl and Janice Parker, and one granddaughter Alicia Hufnagel.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will take place at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI, at a later date. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 2-8 p.m. with the family present from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI. A Vigil will be prayed on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations of a may be made to a local blood bank through the American Red Cross or Monetary donations may be made to the St. Johns Fire Department. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.


Joanne Margaret Simmonds

Joanne Margaret Simmonds died on July 9, 2021. She was born on April 16, 1937 to Lou and Lottie (Barr) Magnolia in White Plains, NY. She moved with her parents and brother, Lee, to San Marino, CA, when she was a young girl, graduating from South Pasadena High School. She graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA, and went on to pursue post-graduate studies at San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, CA, where she met her future husband.

She married Donald Lee Simmonds on July 28, 1960, and the young couple moved to Montana where both of their girls, Beverly Allison and Christine Lee, were born. In 1972 the family moved to Mason City, IA, where Joanne spent most of her adult life and developed her most treasured friendships. In 2018 she moved to East Lansing, MI, to be closer to Chris.

Joanne was a very creative person and pursued the arts as a painter, weaver, and textile designer through her company, Soundweave Studio LLC. She also worked with special needs children as a teacher’s aid while the girls were being raised. As a woman of great conviction, she was passionate about political activism, diplomacy, world peace, and protecting our world and its creatures.

She was an avid reader, loved music, and had a great appreciation for astronomy and our oceans. She was a tender-hearted and sensitive individual who was quick to extend a helping hand to others. She filled her days with music, books, and conversation and was known for her kindness, patience, and gentle spirit.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel in St. Johns, MI. Visitation will take place from 2:00 p.m. until the service.

Joanne is survived by her daughters, Beverly Allison Simmonds Beatty (Roger), Christine Lee Andrew (James), grandsons, Ethan Beatty and Ryan Beatty, and great-granddaughter, Katelyn Andrew. She is predeceased by her parents, her former husband, and her brother.

Joanne’s family asks that anyone who is so moved donate to their favorite charitable cause in her honor.


Jeannette Pearl Argersinger

Jeannette Pearl Argersinger, age 87 of St. Johns passed away on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at Grace Haven.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 13 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Jeannette was born on January 14, 1934 to Marshall and Velma (Maystead) Cook in St. Johns. She married Laverne LaVerne H. Argersinger on October 6, 1956; they celebrated 64 years of marriage last year.

Jeannette worked in banking for many years, retiring as Vice President of human resources. She was a member of the National Association of Banking Women and helped to start the St. Johns Business Professional Women. Jeanette was very involved in the community. She volunteered as a 4-H leader, Boy Scouts leader, Band Booster, and with the PTO. She enjoyed gardening, crafting, Snowmobiling, and camping. They were members of the Weekenders RV Club. JeanNette was also an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers.

Jeannette is survived by her husband, LaVerne Argersinger; her children, Pam (Mat) Gove and Marvin (Amber) Argersinger; Grandchildren, Rae Lynne (Chris) Bergman, Leigh Anne Argersinger, Nicolaus (Samantha Dick) Gove, Cameron Gove, Kyla Argersinger, and Eli Argersigner; Great-grandson, Jayden Bell; and many other loving family and friends. Jeannette is predeceased preceded in death by her Parents, a Sister Beulah Clark and a Grandson Andrew Marvin Argersinger.