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Teala Moon

Teala Moon, a long time resident of St. Johns, died on November 9, 2021 at the age of 74.
She was born on March 19, 1947 in Owosso, the daughter of Henry Besko and Dorothy McMaster. Teala grew up in Ovid and later St. Johns where she was a graduate of St. Johns High School. In May of 1966 she married John Moon with whom she was blessed with the births of four sons and enjoyed over fifty-four years of marriage.

Teala opened her home for daycare in St. Johns for over forty years. She loved children, hanging out with her friends, card games, and played volleyball and bowled for many years. She frequented the concerts at the park, and could often be seen enjoying long walks in St. Johns.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John L. Moon, on October 21, 2020, and is survived by her four sons, Thomas (Jennifer) of Virginia, Timothy (Heidi) of Indiana, Michael (Michelle) of Texas and Matthew (Amy) of Indiana; five grandchildren, Hannah, Rachael, Kayla, Morgan and Alaina; sister, Rita (Jennings) West; half-brother, Dirk Besko; half-sister, Sonya Latz; sister-in-law, Barbara Lewis, brothers-in-law, Gary (Judy) Moon, Randy Moon, Ron (Valerie) Moon and many dear friends including her ‘golden girls’ group. She was preceded in death by her brother, Bill (Fran) Besko, brother-in-law, Robert Moon, and her beloved cat, Mickey.

Visitation will be held at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, 1500 Waterford Parkway, St. Johns, on Thursday, November 11, from 2-4PM and 6-8 PM. A Graveside Service will be held at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns on Friday, November 12, at 1 PM with Chaplain Stephen Ezop officiating. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 2111 University Park Dr., Suite 200, Okemos, MI 48864.


James William Warner

James William Warner, of St. Johns, died on Monday, November 8, 2021 at Sparrow Hospital. He was 70 years old.

James was born on February 19, 1951 to William and Viola (Marrison) Warner in Lansing. He married Clara S. Kurncz on March 1, 1980 at First Congregational Church in St. Johns; they celebrated 41 years of marriage together.

James owned and operated Mint City Carpet Cleaning for many years. His family was the most important thing to him – he loved taking care of the family farm and he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, taking them on golf cart rides and attending their sporting events. James also enjoyed traveling, going to the casino and playing online poker.

James is survived by his wife, Clara Warner; his children, Brian (Tracy) Warner of DeWitt, Brandi Warner of Reno, NV, Jason (Brooke) Warner of DeWitt, Julie Warner and Scott Warner; grandchildren, Brooklyn & Brennan Warner, Camden & Emerson Warner, Addisyn Warner; and his sister, Janis Jipson. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Michael Warner.

A private memorial service will be held on Friday, November 12, 2021.

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


Lowell Edward Conklin, Sr.

Lowell Edward Conklin, Sr., age 91, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at Sparrow Health Systems, Lansing, MI.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, Friday, November 12, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Mona Kindel officiating. Burial will take place at Payne Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2021 from 5-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel.

Lowell was born in Gratiot County, MI on March 21, 1930, the son of Clarence and Althea L. (Smith) Conklin. He retired from General Motors after 32 years of service. Lowell was a hard worker- sometimes working two jobs to support his family. He loved riding motorcycles and did so until his late 80’s. He was a private pilot for many years and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his longtime companion Edna Kosik of Marquette, MI; son Ed and Ellen Conklin of St. Johns, MI; son Dave Conklin of Laingsburg, MI; daughter Merry Beard of Long Lake, MI; grandchildren: Jason (Dale Rouseau) Conklin of Florida; Brianna Thomas of Lansing, MI; Jon Beard of Lansing, MI; Jeffrey Beard of Grand Rapids, MI; and Rebecca Beard of Clinton, Iowa. He is also survived by his siblings: Shirley Craig, Duane Conklin, Ruth (Bill) Foersch, Erna White, George Conklin, and Carole (Dennis) Brauer and one brother-in-law Bernie Goodknecht. Lowell was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Helen Goodknecht.

Memorials may be made to Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints 300 East Townsend Road St. Johns, MI 48879. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.


Donna E. Loudenbeck

Donna E. (Woodbury) (Kirby) Loudenbeck, age 94, of St. Johns, MI, peacefully passed away Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor, Clinton County.

A Memorial Service will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 7, 2021, with Rev. Keith Whipple officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 1:00 p.m. Donna has been buried in Saranac Cemetery, Saranac, MI next her first husband Don Kirby.

Donna was born at her parents’ home in rural Gratiot County, Michigan on September 19, 1927, the daughter of Cecil and Marjorie (Smith) Woodbury. She graduated from Maple Rapids High School with the class of 1945. After graduation, Donna began her working career during WII as one of the original employees at Sealed Power Corp. in St. Johns and worked there over 30 years until her retirement.

On May 11, 1957, Donna married Donald E. Kirby. After nearly 31 years of marriage, Don preceded her in death on May 2, 1988. On April 29, 1990, Donna married Max A. Loudenbeck at Eureka Christian Church in Eureka, Michigan. They were blessed with 31 happy years of marriage. A lifelong Christian, Donna enjoyed reading, painting, jigsaw puzzles and singing in the church choir. Donna and Max wintered in Lake Wales, Florida for 25 years. Donna and Max were members of Eureka Christian Church.

Donna is survived by her husband Max A. Loudenbeck, 3 step-children: Kathy (Don) Duquette, Karen Foy, and Brad Loudenbeck; 3 grandchildren: Gail (John) Chapman, Nathan (Jackie) Loudenbeck, and Kyle (Rachel) Loudenbeck; a sister Mary Rumsey Andrews, 2 brothers: Loren Rumsey and Nelson Rumsey; and many nieces and nephews. Donna was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Don Kirby, and 3 sisters: Eulah Woodbury Blemaster, Ruth Rumsey Wesner, and Nancy Andrews

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Eureka Christian Church – P.O. Box 267, Maple Rapids, MI 48853. Condolences may be sent to Max A. Loudenbeck c/o Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor, 1101 S. Scott Rd. S-68, St. Johns, MI 48879. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.