Susan H. Pease

Susan H. Pease of Ovid, died at her home on Tuesday March 14, 2023, surrounded by her loving family at the age of 75.

Susan, or Sue as she was known, was born on April 7, 1947, in Lansing MI, the daughter of Warren and Geraldine (Neal) Preston. She was the oldest of five siblings, together growing up in and around the Lansing area. After graduating high school she enjoyed an adventurous life working for many cattle ranches in the Western U.S. where she would develop her skills with horses. Also during her career, she worked as a secretary for the Girl Scouts of America, and helped inmates get back on the right track at the Clinton County jail during her time working for the Sheriff’s department. Later, she met the love of her life Harold Peace. They were married on Jan 2, 2000 and together they enjoyed over 23 years of marriage, through it all they were by each other’s side until her final breath.

During her life Sue could often be found with her beloved horses. She had a passion for taking care of horses at her farm, where at one point she had over 30 horses on her property, and grew an enthusiasm for teaching others how to ride and take care of their animal. She found great joy in sharing her love of horses to others as she was an active member in the Clinton County 4H horse program. She led the Pony Posse riding group where she was remembered as being a wonderful instructor. Sue had a very fiery soul and if you knew Sue you knew she would put one hundred percent of her effort into everything she did. Most of all Sue will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, as she would always be there for her family no matter what.

Sue is survived by her husband Harold; children Russ (Michelle) Merritt, Jeff (Sherry) Merritt, Dan Hough, Kevin (Mary) Pease, Shari (Mike) Yawn, and Steve (Michelle) Pease; sisters Kathy Preston and Peggy Neal; and many loving grandkids and great grandkids. She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter Leanna Merritt; and sister Pamela Graham.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Clinton County 4H, in honor of Sue. The family is being served by McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel.

Mary Louise Rhynard

Mary Louise Rhynard, age 101, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Monday, March 13, 2023, at Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor, St. Johns, MI.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Johns, MI, at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 18, 2023, with Rev. Fr. Michael Williams presiding. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Westphalia, MI. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the mass at the church.

Mary Louise was born in Westphalia, Michigan on October 30, 1921, the daughter of Oscar and Philomena (Schafer) Martin. On June 8, 1944 Mary Louise married Gerald E. Rhynard. They were blessed with sixty-five years of marriage prior to his passing on October 17, 2009. She and Jerry were lifelong members of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Mary Louise dedicated her life to her family and caring for her home. She loved gardening and raised a garden until in her mid-nineties. She canned a lot of her produce and always had beautiful roses. She was a talented seamstress and created many gifts for her family. She was a great baker and her family loved her apple pie. Mary Louise was a hard worker and always busy.

She is survived by her son Dale (Denna Aldrich) Rhynard; granddaughter Jennifer May Ann; three great-grandchildren: Kiara Paige, Domanic, and Miquel; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gerald, siblings: Marcella (Richard) Gensterblum, Harold (Fran) Martin, Urban (Genevieve) Martin, and Elmer Martin.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.

Stuart Lynn Fitzpatrick – Update

Stuart Lynn Fitzpatrick, age 81, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Friday, October 7, 2022, at the Hospice House of Shiawassee County, Owosso, MI.

A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns, MI on Friday, March 17, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Fr. Michael Williams presiding. Burial will take place at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI.

Stuart was born in St. Johns, Michigan on June 9, 1941, the son of Glendon Hayes and Helen Louise (DeVries) Fitzpatrick. He graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School with the class of 1959. He proudly served his country in the U. S. Air Force. On April 30, 1966 Stuart married Sharon Kay Motz at St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Johns. They were blessed with 56 years of marriage.

Stuart enjoyed cold coffee and playing cards, especially Pinochle, Cribbage and Solitaire. He always looked forward to the family trips to the Lodge in Colorado to see family and friends. Most of all he loved his family and faithfully supported his grandchildren’s school activities.

He was member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and involved in many their activities. His family was recognized as International Family of the Year for the Knights of Columbus. He was very active in his community, served on many boards, and involved in many activities. He was a very caring person and had many friends in the community.

He is survived by his wife Sharon, four children: Sean (Amanda) Fitzpatrick of Waterville, OH; Soni (Chris) Ambrose of Lansing, MI; Shannon (Amy) Fitzpatrick of DeWitt, MI; and Sharissa (Nate) Canfield of St. Johns, MI; thirteen grandchildren: Brendan Fitzpatrick, Kieran Fitzpatrick, Corbin Fitzpatrick, Emily Armstrong, Joe Ambrose, TJ Havens, Landon Fitzpatrick, Ella Fitzpatrick, Greyson Fitzpatrick, Austin Clark, Clare Fitzpatrick, Connor Fitzpatrick, and Logan Bearden; and three great-grandchildren: Leilah, Jordan, and Trip. He is also survived by one brother Bruce (Norma) Fitzpatrick, five sisters-in-law: Sally Fitzpatrick, Gail Kohlhase, Jane Motz, Barb (Mark) Parbs, and Deb (Jeff) Wilcox; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Stephen Fitzpatrick, four siblings: Shirley (Henry) Attwell, Norman (Diane) Fitzpatrick, Roger Fitzpatrick, and David Fitzpatrick; in-laws: Edward and Genevieve Motz; and Sharon’s siblings: Betty (Barry) Bauer and David Motz.

Memorials may be made to St. Vincent DePaul or Hospice House of Shiawassee County or American Cancer Society. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.

Jon L. Rise

Jon L. Rise passed away at his home, the Village at Northridge, on March 5, 2023. Those at the Village always commented how kind he was and how much he appreciated his family.

Jon is survived by his daughter, Kathryn Garrett Rise Humphrey, son-in-law, Reginald Humphrey, and grandchildren, Landis and Saxon. He is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Elaine Janet Rise, his brother, Dr. Noel Rise, his mother, Virginia Tyroler Rise and father, John Louis Rise.

Jon was born and raised in Waterford, MI in 1940. He graduated from Waterford High School and attended Albion College where he played football and was part of the 1961 undefeated team. After graduating from Albion, he earned his Juris Doctor from Wayne State University and was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1966. He began his career at Manufacturer’s Bank. In 1971, he, Elaine and Kathy moved to Lewiston where he began practicing law and secretly planned to go fishing every Friday. Unfortunately, he never got to fish as much as he planned, but he did on occasion, and Kathy remembers catching many a Blue Gill alongside him.

Jon loved building “the cottage” at Double Lake with Elaine, attending Kathy’s sporting events and the hunt club, and being a member of the Lewiston Curling Club.

Jon and Elaine later moved to St. Johns, MI where they spent their time restoring a historically registered house, and enjoyed the winter months in Scottdale, AZ. In 2001 he retired from practicing law after 35 years. While Jon was never very effusive, he loved his friends in Lewiston and St. Johns, and was fiercely proud of, and loved his family.

Please take a moment to remember Jon in your own way and have a cup of coffee in his name.

Divorce decrees filed the weeks of February 27 and March 6, 2023

Dollman-Jersey, Sean / Dollman-Jersey, Cassandra

Crist, Michelle / Crist, Bradford

Smith, Calyx / Smith, Dustin

Trygier, Todd / Trygier, Brenda

Thompson, Mark / Thompson, Paula

Hunt, James / Hunt, Melissa