Robert A. Ebert, Jr.

Robert A. Ebert, Jr. (Bob) passed away on March 20, 2020 from myelofibrosis, just 6 days before his 76th birthday. Bob was born in St. Johns, Michigan to Robert A. (Bob) Ebert, Sr. and Kathleen (Kay) J. (Smith) Ebert. Both preceded him in death.

He graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School in 1962 where he played football and was President of his Senior Class. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1966 where he was an RA in his Junior and Senior years. Bob attended Valparaiso Law School in 1966-67 before moving to California, where he attended Western State University College of Law. Bob received his Juris Doctor degree from WSU in 1971. Bob did not practiced law but became a Registered Financial Consultant and owned his own business, Ebert Associates in Santa Ana for over 40 years.

Bob was a man of service. He was the Voice of the Foothill Knights in Tustin, California from 1987 to 2018 announcing football and boys’ and girls’ basketball games. He served as President of Tustin Kiwanis and was on the board and President of Living Stones Ministries. He also served twice as Elder of Trinity United Presbyterian Church.
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Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Leslie (Day), daughter Shannon (Chuck) Copeland, son Chad Morgan Ebert, grandchildren Amanda, Carissa and Caleb Copeland, and sister Celia Ebert of Traverse City, Michigan.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana, California on May 16, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity United Presbyterian Church’s Marjorie Day Evangelism Fund or The Michigan State University Alumni Fund.


Carolyn Kay Peters

Carolyn Kay Peters, age 80, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020, at Sparrow Clinton Hospital, St. Johns, MI.

Due to the current health concerns, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will take place at Payne Cemetery, Middleton, MI.

Carolyn was born in Lansing, Michigan on November 22, 1939, the daughter of Elden Fred and Evelyn Mae (Melton) Peters.

Carolyn loved people; everyone who knew her loved her. She enjoyed her trips to Florida, time at the pool. She liked to be outside, having BBQs with her friends and family. Carolyn also enjoyed playing BINGO during her time at Hazel Findley. She especially loved her time with her family.

Carolyn is survived by 5 daughters: Louann Sproat, Sue (Dean) Sorrell, Karen (Gordy) McFarland, Barbara Roush, and Linda (Jeff) Rogers; a son Ron (Linda) Sproat, 8 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. She is also survived by 2 brothers and a sister. Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister Barbara.

The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.


Roy Peter Smith

Roy Peter Smith, 83, of Fowler, MI, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020, in Lansing, MI.

Due to the current health concerns, a private family graveside service will be held at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, Fowler, with Fr. Dennis Howard officiating. A memorial mass will be held at a later date.

Roy was born in Pewamo, Michigan on July 8, 1936, the son of Reynold and Irene (Schueller) Smith. He graduated from Pewamo High School with the class of 1954. Roy served his country in the United States Army. He was an electrician for General Motors for 42 years, retiring in 1997.

Roy married Arline Rose Kloeckner on June 25, 1960 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler, MI. They celebrated 56 years of marriage prior to her passing on July 3, 2016. Together they were members of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Roy loved serving his community in numerous capacities including 50 years on the Dallas Twp Fire Department with many years as chief. He was on the Fowler Village Council, a member of the Knights of Columbus and the VFW. Roy could often be found helping others with their electrical needs. Roy was a proud Husband, Dad and Grandpa. He was very involved in the lives of his family. He was always ready to offer a helping hand and attend activities.

Roy is survived by 4 children: LuAnn Renney of Eaton Rapids, Geralynn (David) Jackson of Lansing, Eric (Tricia) Smith of Grand Ledge, and Jeremy Smith of Fowler; 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by 3 sisters: Patricia Smith, Wilma (George) Whitehead, and Judith (David) Thelen; brother Peter (Linda) Smith, and sisters-in-law: Sue Smith and Mary Jane Smith. Roy was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Arline Smith, son Kevin Smith, siblings: Arlene (Hilary) Schafer, Delbert Smith, Alice Smith, Catherine Smith, Dennis Smith, and Joyce Thelen. Roy will be dearly missed by his old hunting buddies.

Memorials may be made to Dallas Twp Fire Department. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Goerge Chapel, Fowler, Michigan.


Doris J. Walter

Doris J. Walter age 91 of St. Johns, MI passed away at Oliver Woods in Owosso, MI on Friday, March 27, 2020. She was born on October 3, 1928 in Ovid, MI the daughter of Clifford and Noldine (McMaster) Beeman. Doris graduated from Ovid High School with the class of 1946. She married Elmer Walter on September 13, 1947 and he preceded her in death in 2009.

Doris was a homemaker and is survived by her children, Nancy (Jeff) Debo, Marsha Walter, Pam Grasso, and James (Kara) Walter; Sister Beverly Saxton, 10 grandchildren, Cory Wilson, Dante and Tony Grasso, Erin Bonnett, Shawn Debo, Jackie Houghton, Mindy Blunt, Ben Walter Caitlyn Walter and Amber Drury and 11 great grandchildren. Doris was preceded in death by son Mark Walter and grandson, Derek Wilson.

Due to the current pandemic, private services will be held. Burial will be at Fairfield Cemetery. Arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home.


Martina J. Suidgeest

Martina J. Suidgeest, age 90, known to friends and family as Tiny, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at her home in St. Johns, Michigan after a two year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Tiny was born in 1929 to Adrianus and Catharina van Adrichem in Maasland, The Netherlands. The eldest of eight children, Tiny grew up on a farm in Maasland and was a teenager during WWII and the German occupation. She learned sewing at an early age, and was an excellent seamstress. After a whirlwind pen pal courtship, she was married to Han Suidgeest in 1964 and moved to the United States with him. Tiny learned English from retired schoolteacher Bess Osgood who also helped her start her home-based seamstress business. Tiny quickly became the “go-to” seamstress in St. Johns.

Tiny loved to spend time with family and friends and was always excited to have company. She was proud to be called Oma by her grandchildren, as well as their friends.

Tiny was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and sang in the choir. Each spring Tiny planted and maintained one of the most beautiful flower gardens in town. She was a member of the Garden Club and was especially proud of her orchids. She liked to play cards and was a member of the same card club for almost fifty years.

Tiny is survived by her sons, Ted (Lisa) Suidgeest of St. Johns and Marty Suidgeest of Las Vegas; grandchildren, Jamie, Lauren, David and Jacob Suidgeest of St. Johns; brother Aad (Ria) van Adrichem; sisters Ien van Adrichem, Jeanne (Cok) Oolsthorn, and Corry van Adrichem; and sister-in-law Toos van Adrichem, all of the Netherlands; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Han Suidgeest, her parents Adrianus and Catharina (Dingemans) van Adrichem, her brothers Leo van Adrichem and Ton van Adrichem, and her sister Annie (Leo) van der Hoeven.

Funeral Mass and burial will be at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society of St. Johns. Arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home.


Wayne Olney McCausey

Wayne Olney McCausey, 78, of Fowler, MI, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI.

Due to the current crisis, a Private Family Graveside will be held at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, Fowler, MI with Fr. Dennis Howard officiating. Visitation will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Goerge Chapel, Fowler, MI on Sunday, March 29, 2020 from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

Wayne was born in Portland, MI on February 26, 1942, the son of Floyd D. and Bernice (Weatherbee) McCausey. He graduated from Portland High School with the class of 1961. He served his country in the United States Army Reserve. Wayne worked for TRW in Portland for 35 years, retiring in 1997.

On May 15, 1965, Wayne married Arlene Theresa Spitzley at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler. They were preparing to celebrate their 55th anniversary this year.

Wayne enjoyed the out of doors, especially fishing. He was a devoted husband, father and grandpa. He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed playing with them. They will always remember his humor and laughter! Wayne was a friend to all who knew him and was well-known for his smiles and kindness. Wayne was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church Fowler, MI.

Wayne is survived by his wife Arlene McCausey of Fowler; 3 children: Greg (Cathy) McCausey of Holt; Michele (Joe) Hanses of Westphalia; Daryl (Latina) McCausey of Lansing; son-in-law Larry Feneis of Pewamo; 9 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren. His is also survived by brother Charles (Mary) McCausey. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Connie Feneis, grandson Benjamin Hanses, and 4 brothers: Fred (Doris) McCausey, Martin (Alice) McCausey, Bob (Kate) McCausey, and Leo (Betty) McCausey.

Memorials may be made to a Charity of your choice. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Goerge Chapel, Fowler, MI.


Fred B. Shaull

Fred B. Shaull, age 89, of North Star, MI, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at Grace Haven Assisted Living, St. Johns, MI.

Fred was born in North Star, MI on August 28, 1930, the son of Hal and Elva (Simmons) Shaull. Fred married his high school sweetheart, Billie McCormick.

Fred owned and operated his own barber shop in North Star for many years and he also owned a small farm. Fred and his brother Don owned standard bred horses for harness racing. He enjoyed playing golf with his buddies during his many retirement years. Fred loved spending time with his family especially his devoted wife of 70 years, Billie.

He is survived by his children: Terri and Jim Russell of Stevensville, MI; Mark and Coleen Shaull of West Bloomfield, MI; Pam and Allan Brunmeier of Grand Blanc, MI; 4 grandchildren: Courtney and Eric Linenberg, Casey and Boby Testini, Erin and Josh Reed, Robert Brunmeier; 6 great grandchildren; sister June Sipkovski; and brother Dick and Bernice Shaull. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Billie, and siblings: Ron Shaull, Bob Shaull, Ruth Newton, Ellie Cowdrey, Ray Shaull, and Don Shaull.

Fred has been cremated and a Private Family Graveside Service for both Fred and Billie, who passed away April 16, 2019 will be held at North Star Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Care Team Hospice of Michigan, 30600 Northwestern Highway, Suite 245, Farmington Hills, MI 48334. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.