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Briona Renee Ordway

Briona Renee Ordway, age 22, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Monday, September 19, 2022 as the result of a car accident.

A Memorial Service will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, with Dr. Brendan Holmquist officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 26, 2022, from 2-8 P.M. with the family present from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home.

Briona was born in St. Johns, Michigan on December 21, 1999, the daughter of Johnny and Niaomi (Ordway) Elias. She graduated from St. Johns High School with the class of 2018. Briona had a big heart and always tried to see the best in others. She loved to hang out with her friends. She enjoyed big trucks and going to mud bogs. She liked going camping with her family and friends. The joy of Briona’s life was her daughter Olivia, and she loved her immensely.

She is survived by her daughter Olivia Wood; parents Niaomi and Johnny Elias of St. Johns, MI; sister Maya Elias of St. Johns, MI; brother Jacob Heckaman of IN; grandparents: William and Londa Ordway of Bannister, MI; and John and Dora Elias of Lansing, MI; father T.J. (Nicole) Burns; the father of her daughter Lane Wood; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her “Great Grandma Meemer” Lucille Ordway.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for a fund to be established for the care and education of her daughter Olivia. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.


Guy Albert Lance

Guy Albert Lance, age 86, passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2022, in Duck River, TN.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, on Friday, September 23, 2022, 2:00 P.M. Burial will take place at Fairfield Township Cemetery, Fairfield Township, MI. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 23, 2022, from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

At a young age, Guy felt a deep calling to serve his country in the U.S. Navy. He was acknowledged for his bravery on many dangerous missions, receiving commendations and awards for his valor and devotion. Guy worked for the U.S. Navy as Chief Diesel Mechanic and dedicated twenty years until his retirement.

He was a member of the Tennessee Valley Branch 44 FRA, a fraternal organization comprised of Reserve, retired, and honorably discharged Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel.

As well as enjoying practicing with his Barbershop Quartet, Guy practiced relentlessly with his team for shows and organizations to make sure everything went perfectly. They are members of the Capital City Chordsman of Lansing, Michigan.

Guy was known as the jokester, “Goofy Guy”, as his mother would call him. His good humor and wholesome personality could make anyone crack a smile. He will be greatly missed by all the lives he touched.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Marlene Lance; sons: Dale (Cindy) Lance and Kevin (Lori) Lance; grandchildren: Kory Lance and Kari Lance; one brother Ernest (Maxine) Lance; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and nine siblings.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the FRA Scholarship Fund of Columbia. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.


Jason Michael Goerge

Jason Michael Goerge, age 48, of Fowler, MI, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2022, at Sparrow Health Systems, Lansing, MI.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler, MI, at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, September 22, 2022, with Rev. Fr. Eric Weber presiding. Burial will take place at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, Fowler, MI. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. and on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 from 1:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Goerge Chapel, Fowler, MI. A Rosary will be prayed at 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Jason was born in Carson City, Michigan on October 20, 1973, the son of George William and Beverly Ann (Bengel) Goerge. Jason graduated from Fowler High School with the class of 1992. He married LuAnn Schmitt on October 26, 1996, at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler, MI.

Jason worked for the Michigan Department of Corrections for 25 years. Jason’s true passion besides spending time with his family was coaching. He coached little league for many years and began coaching high school basketball in 2007. He was currently the head coach for the Portland Raiders’ boys’ basketball team. When not coaching, he was an avid Michigan State Spartan fan. Jason never left your house without a big hug, kiss, and an “I love you!” He was a lifetime member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church and involved in the Knights of Columbus and the Fowler Athletic Boosters.

He is survived by his wife LuAnn Goerge; children: Jamison Goerge and Morgan Goerge (Alex Pung); parents George and Bev Goerge; siblings: Brent Goerge, Nathan (Emily) Goerge, and Lindsey (John) Pline; father and mother-in-law Don and Joan Schmitt; in-laws: Steve (Jane) Schmitt, Donna (Al) Glowacki, Mike (Tracy) Schmitt, Jan (Dave) Feldpausch, and Bruce (Michelle) Schmitt. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Bernard and Jean Bengel and Roy and Josepha Goerge, and several aunts and uncles.

Memorials may be made to the Fowler Athletic Boosters or the Portland Athletic Boosters. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Goerge Chapel, Fowler, Michigan.


Suzanne Faivor

Suzanne’s Angels arrived on Saturday August 27, 2022, to guide her home to the gates of heaven.

Suzanne was the guiding light and the sunflower of our family. She had such a vibrant and sunny spirit. She would plant seeds of happiness and love everywhere she would go. Even in her darkest days, she would always stand tall, follow the light, and chose to live her life full of brightness which illuminated the paths of others. Sue was a shining example of love without conditions. Affection for all those who knew her, without limitations. Her smile was a ray of sunshine and could brighten any room she entered.

Suzanne was born in Bay Shore, New York and was 1 of 12 children. She would spend most of her childhood growing up in Cocoa Beach, Florida which is where she met and fell in love with her husband Larry. Soon after getting married, they moved to Michigan where they decided would be the perfect place to make their home and raise a family.

She was a loving and devoted wife for nearly 40 years, a mom to 3 children and a Gigi to 6 grandchildren with her 7th to arrive in January. She was full of beauty, faith and passion who devoted her life to Jesus and to the ones she loved. She loved to plan out small pockets of time to travel with her husband in their RV (her happy place) to the coast or water and relax in the beauty of Gods creations. They would often stay in North Carolina near their kids so that they could spend quality time with each of them and their grandchildren.

She overflowed with love and joy for each of her kids and grandkids, they were Gigi’s greatest treasures in life. She would always make it a priority to spend one on one time with each of her grandchildren letting them know how special each of them was to her. She cared deeply for her family and friends; she would give her love endlessly to those around her.

She was a compassionate person whose passion was caring for the ones she loved. Most of her life was spent thinking about others, that’s who she was. She cherished spending quality time with her family, dressing up for Halloween and her favorite holiday was Christmas. She loved taking sister trips to Florida in her RV, pottery painting, advocating for others, being a part of bringing awareness to the misconception that asbestos is not banned in the United States and continues to be put in our products. Most of all though, she had an unwavering love for Jesus. She loved sharing her faith with others and she was a part of Hope Covenant Church in Huntersville, North Carolina.

For everything she imparted, her legacy and spirit will live on in all who she touched for generations to come.

Suzanne has walked in God’s grace; divine love.

Family members left with many cherished memories and left to reunite with her again includes her husband, Larry Faivor; her children, Chris Faivor (Jessica), Jennifer Jakus (Zak) and Jamie Faivor (Latrone); her much loved grandchildren, Zander, Zoey, Owen, Quinn, Karlee, Cade and Dallas (Due January); her in-laws, Pete Faivor (Patti), Kent Faivor, Danny Faivor and Susan Faivor, her sisters, Trisha Harris, Kathy Chludzinski (Adam), Liane Faivor (Dave) and Kim Pless; her brothers, Greg, David and Robert (Ella); nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and extended family members.

Called before her; her parents, Girard Pless, Carole Hilbert (Ken); her in-laws, Thomas and Agnes Faivor, Tommy Faivor, Kay Faivor; her sisters, Betty Siegelin and Dorothy Hilbert; her brothers, Edward Michael and Steven Pless.

Thank you to McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel for all their assistance.

A Very special thank you to the following for all the support you have given Suzanne over the years; Sandy Selby, Marty Feldpaush, Tom and Marybeth Moldenhauer, Anne Macauley, Peter Blakemore, Aunt Eunice and the entire pung family.

Please join us for a celebration of life service and dinner on Friday September 23, 2022 at AgroLiquid Conference Center, 3055 W. M-21, St. Johns, MI 48879 at 4 PM.


Margaret P. Wise

Margaret P. Wise, age 77, of DeWitt, Michigan passed away Thursday, September 15, 2022, at Laurels of Fulton, Perrinton, Michigan

Memorial Service will be at the Maple Rapids United Methodist Church, on Monday, September 19, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Kathy Leydorf-Keck officiating.

Margaret was born in St. Johns, Michigan on February 20, 1945, the daughter of Francis and Gladys (Kidder) Cartwright. She graduated from Fulton High School, and she married Louis Wise, who passed away. Margaret enjoyed people, no matter where she went she would run into someone she knew; she also loved bowling and going to the casino.

She is survived by three sons: Rick and Jennifer Wise; Ron and Tracie Wise; Dan and Tamie Wise; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister Mary and Dave Redman; and her brother Bill and Linda Cartwright. She was predeceased by her parents, one son John Wise, three sisters: Joann, Jean Ann, and Susan, and two brothers: Charles and Thad.

Memorials may be made to Maple Rapids United Methodist Church, Maple Rapids, Michigan. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.


Divorce decrees filed the week of September 12, 2022

Giles, Jessica / Giles, Cody
Parmar, Jessica / Parmar, Dilesh
Dailide, Dayna / Dailide, Adam
Fore, Andrew / Fore, Madison
Beltran, Aimee / Beltran, Jofre