Ethel Leona Holm

Ethel Leona Holm, 91, of St. Johns passed into eternal life Wednesday, February 19, 2020 of natural causes. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, March 2, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church 511 E. Sturgis St. Johns, MI with visitation starting at 9:00 AM until service time. Burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery, Manistique, MI at a later date.

Ethel was born in Chicago in 1928 to Swedish immigrants, Albert and Elsie (Kullander) Ericson. She was always proud of her Swedish ancestry. Her father died when she was young, and she moved with her mother and sister to the UP of Michigan to be near family, settling in Manistique. There she graduated from high school in 1946. She married Orvis Holm of Manistique on August 21, 1948 at Zion Lutheran Church. They were married until his death in 2007. Ethel held secretarial jobs throughout her work life, most recently in the Clinton County Zoning Office, retiring in 1987. After retirement, she and Orvis enjoyed winters in the Lady Lake area of Florida for several years.

She had many roles in her life: Girl Scout, senior class secretary, stenographer, wife, Cub Scout leader, 4-H leader, seamstress, master pie and cookie maker, church volunteer (in many capacities), quilter, bridge/card player, retail clerk, administrative assistant, knitter of mittens/Christmas stockings/baby things, coffee/chocolate/caramel corn/lemon meringue pie aficionado, and the most important, but most thankless role was 68 years of being a mom/grandmom. She thought she never did much extraordinary in her life, but she was always there for us, supporting, teaching, being strong, faithful and dependable, and leading by example. She had expectations of us and taught responsibility, compassion, perseverance, and excellence.

Ethel was a loving mother to Richard Holm (Cindy) and Julie Day (Joel) all of Holt, Sue Fess of St. Johns, and Chris Grimes of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; grandchildren, Erik Holm (Katie) of Maryland, Alissa Kitchens (Brian) of Georgia, Andrew Grimes, Emily Kraemer (Phillip) of Wisconsin, Troy Looney (Kylene Smale), Jessica Olin of St. Johns, Rachel and Caleb Day of Holt; great grandchildren, Aliyah Hethorn, Ashton Kohagen, Harper and Hadley Holm, Keelin Kitchens and Everett Kraemer. She was predeceased by her parents, a sister, Carol Carlson and her husband Gene, brother, Henning O. Erickson, stepfather, Henning J. Erickson all of Manistique, son in law, Larry Fess of St. Johns, and nephew/godson, David Carlson of Burt Lake, MI.

The family suggests memorials be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church Altar Guild 511 E. Sturgis St. Johns, MI 48879 or Zion Lutheran Church Restoration Fund 435 Oak St. Manistique, MI 49854. The family was assisted with these arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.


James G. Becker

James G. Becker passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the age of 79. He was born September 23, 1940 in St. Johns the son of Lawrence and Theda (Redman) Becker. Jim was a graduate of Rodney B. Wilson High School in St. Johns, Class of 1958 and continued his education at Michigan State University earning a Bachelor’s Degree. During his time at MSU he was a member of the Farm House Fraternity and ROTC.

He was an active member of the Pilgrim United Methodist Church for several years. Jim was a lifelong farmer and enjoyed spending his time outdoors; the great love of his woods was demonstrated with many woodworking projects. He was also an active member of several agricultural groups, serving on the Board of Directors for the Clinton County Farm Bureau and was Past President of Ovid Local Michigan Milk Producers Association. He was loved by all of his family and friends, far and near; Jim always had a good story or joke to tell.

Surviving are his wife Vickie, two daughters, Jill (Chris) Weber and Jamie (Andy) Hall; stepchildren, Daniel (Sue) Rittersdorf, Donald (Lori) Rittersdorf, Kenneth (MaryAnn) Rittersdorf and Deborah (Randy) Knapp; grandchildren, Bailey (Chris) Sikora and Josh (Mercedes) Hall; ten step grandchildren; three great grandchildren with two more to arrive soon and a brother, Gerry (Wilda) Becker. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister and brother-in-law, Muriel and Bill Fitzpatrick.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Pilgrim United Methodist Church 2965 W. Parks Rd. St. Johns with Pastor Andy Croel officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends 2-4 and 6-8 PM Friday, February 21 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. Memorials may be made to Pilgrim United Methodist Church or Sparrow Hospice.


Sandra Mae Costello

Sandra Mae Costello, age 69, of Eagle, formerly of The Villages Florida, passed away peacefully February 17, 2020. She was born May 24, 1950, in Lansing, to Robert A. and Lillian (Thompson) Woodcock.

Sandra graduated from Eastern High School in 1968. She worked for Meijer for 11 years, retiring in 2004, moved to Florida for 13 years, and then returned to Michigan to be closer with her family. Sandra was incredibly passionate about her grandchildren. Her ability to spoil them will go unmatched. Sandra was an avid doll collector and coffeeholic, with an inability to function without at least 2 cups per day.

Sandra is survived by her beloved husband Frank “Ron” Costello of 47 years. She is also survived by her loving children Scott (Andrea), Neil (Cheryl), and Blake (Nicole) Costello, dear grandchildren Lexi (Bryce) Wickware, Alyssa, Kaylee, Ashton, Olivia, Isabella and Anna Costello, great-grandson Oliver Wickware, loving mother Lillian Woodcock, and sister Jan (Bill) Dumas. She was preceded in death by her father Robert A. Woodcock.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation. A Celebration of Sandra’s life will be held at a later time.


Mary Lou Rademacher

Mary Lou Rademacher, 89 of St. Johns, died February 12, 2020. Born May 2, 1930 in Fowler, MI to Jerome and Viola (Wieber) Simmon, she dearly loved her 10 younger brothers and sisters.

She married Denis Rademacher on April 11, 1950. Together they raised their 10 children on their farm where Mary Lou filled their home with kindness, love, security and faith.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was active in the Altar Society and the Lansing Council of Catholic Women. In 1989 she was named Volunteer of the Year by Hazel Findlay Country Manor. Throughout her life she liked to sew, crochet, bake and garden.

Left to cherish her memory are daughters Sandy (Ernie) Steffen, Deb (Gary) Hufnagel, Marcia (Dan) Whitmore, Linda (Dan) Rademacher, Karla Bellingar, and sons Larry (Carol) Rademacher and Leon (Nancy) Rademacher; daughters-and-sons-in-law Kevin Thelen, Rose (Darryl) Schmitz and Diane (Roger Miller) Rademacher; 29 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Ellen Pline, Mark Simmon, Dave Simmon, Aggie Beaufore, Lucy (Denny) McCrumb and Mike Simmon, sisters-in-law Genie (Alban) Arens and Marcella Rademacher. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years and her precious sons and daughter, Ron, Dave and Dee. She also was predeceased by brothers Tom, Danny, Steve, and Francie Simmon and cherished in-laws and many friends. We were all blessed to know her.

The family will receive guests on Sunday, February 16 from 2:00 to 8:00 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home in St. Johns. Mary Lou’s funeral will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns on Monday, February 17 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Michael Williams as celebrant. Burial will be at Mt. Rest Cemetery.


Edward Paksi

Edward Paksi, age 90, passed away in Sarasota, FL on February 11, 2020 following a short illness. Ed was born on December 3, 1929 in Pompeii, MI the son of Adam and Anna (Vandlik) Paksi. He graduated from Ashley High School and served in the U.S. Navy.

On October 11, 1955 he married MaryAnn Fesko in Angola, IN. Ed worked for General Motors for several years, retiring in 1984. He loved hunting and fishing, but his family was his passion.

Survivors are his wife MaryAnn and children, Pamela Sue (Randy) Caltrider of Holt, Edward (Tara) Paksi, Jr. of Grand Ledge and Rodney (Kelly) Paksi of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren, Tom (Ashley), Jason (Tiffany), Crystal Laskowski, Allison Paksi, Chelsey Paksi, Jennifer (Alex) Nash and Paula Caltrider; several great grandchildren and brother, Robert (Char) Paksi of Ashley. He was preceded in death by one sister and five brothers.

The family will receive friends and relatives at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home in St. Johns on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:00 a.m. until service time which is 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Kathy Leydorf-Keck officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Holly National Cemetery on Wednesday. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.