Kenneth Wilson Riley Sr.
Kenneth Wilson “Ken” Riley Sr., age 78, of Eureka, MI, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI.
Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, on Monday, October 22, 2018, at 1:00 P.M., with Pastor Doug Jones officiating. Burial will take place at Eureka Cemetery Eureka, MI. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home.
Ken was born in Lansing, MI on January 21, 1940, the son of William and Minnie (Haines) Riley. Ken proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On August 13, 1966, Ken married Linda Linley in Missouri. They celebrated 52 years of marriage this year. Ken worked for Motor Wheel for 27 years before they closed. Ken was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved his family and had a special love for his daughter Anita. Ken liked his squirrel dogs and teaching them tricks. He enjoyed gardening with straight rows and the fresh vegetables that he produced. Ken always enjoyed a good laugh or a one-liner. He was a humble man who was loved by all who knew him.
Ken is survived by his wife Linda of Eureka; children: Tammy Sims of Stanton; Kenneth “Jr.” (Scott) Riley-Biggs of Stanton; Kelli Simmon of Crystal; Christopher (Chastity) Riley of La Center, KY; Anita Jean Riley of Eureka; and Rich Linley of St. Johns; 11 grandchildren: Brock Sims, Courtney Sims, Cheryl VanAmburg, Kaleb Riley, Britney Riley, Hunter Simmon, Cody Simmon, Jordan Riley, McKaylee Allen, Shyanne Riley, and Christopher Riley; 3 great grandchildren: Savannah Sims, Ava Mendiola, and Ariana Mendiola. He is also survived by his sister Glenda Sue (Lloyd “Hop”) Jackson and brother Michael Riley. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, grandchildren: Hannah Sims, Angel Riley, Ember Riley, Emily Riley, and Andrew Riley; sister Maxine Fausett; and brothers: William Riley, and Charles Riley.
Memorials may be made to the Riley family for Ken’s headstone. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.
Donna Rae Culverhouse
Donna Rae Culverhouse (neé Harris), 84, of St. Johns, Michigan died on October 13, 2018 surrounded by people who loved her.
Donna was born on May 2, 1934 in Riverside, Michigan. She retired from Benton Harbor Area Schools after many years as an Inventory Control Secretary. She was an avid reader, prolific writer and an enthusiastic moviegoer. She was a fan of all kinds of music and loved going to concerts, including her favorite, Johnny Mathis. She was a sports fan and especially enjoyed cheering on her son’s Little League baseball team, as well as the Detroit Tigers. Donna enjoyed adventures, whether it was travelling around America or relocating to Portland, Oregon for a few years.
Donna’s proudest achievement, however, was being a mother to Vicki and Roger and grandmother to Amanda. She was blessed to have a loving relationship with both her children, as well as her granddaughter, and counted the time she spent in their company the best part of her life. She had a soft spot for her son-in-law, Paul, and loved spending time talking sports and shooting the breeze with him.
Donna’s capacity for love was limitless. If she loved you; you knew it. She always greeted family and friends with a big hug and a warm smile. She had many lifelong friends, most notably Molly Curry of Columbia, South Carolina, with whom she maintained a close bond despite decades of living in different parts of the country. Donna looked forward to getting cards with newsy notes from high school buddy, Patricia Day. Donna regularly wrote long letters to her friends and family, filling them with funny anecdotes, details about her life, and opinions on everything from politics and culture to the latest Hollywood heartthrobs. She always observed birthday and Christmas holidays with staggering generosity.
During the last years of her life, Donna lived at Country Meadows Adult Foster Care home where she became a part of the family. Marlene Auten and Dianna McMurphy-Shellito doted on Donna while they provided for her every need, and roommate, Cheryl Tickner, was Donna’s friend and spiritual guide.
Donna is survived by her children, Vicki (Paul) Shaver of Haslett, Michigan and Roger Culverhouse II of Stevensville, Michigan; her grandchild, Amanda (Matthew) Koch; her three great-grandchildren, Emma, Abram and Eva of St. Joseph, Michigan, and a sister, Carole (Larry) Rennick of Tampa, Florida as well as several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Roger Culverhouse; her parents Ray Harris and Clarice Hamilton; and her brother, Ronald Harris.
The family would like to thank Hospice nurse, Cindy Dole, BSN, whose care and guidance provided comfort to Donna and her family.
A private service is planned to honor Donna. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Donna’s memory be made to Hospice of Lansing, 3186 Pine Tree Lansing, Michigan, https://hospiceoflansing.org/. Those wishing to sign Donna’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
F. Colleen Kuntz
Surrounded by her family, Heaven gained a special angel on Monday, October 15, 2018 at the age of 83. Colleen was born on June 12, 1935 in Morrice, Michigan to the late Victor and Maxine (Warden) Spaniola. She retired from the State of Michigan’s DLAD for the Secretary of State in 1991. Colleen was very active within her parish St. Gerard Catholic Church. She was instrumental in the support and education of so many parishioners in her many roles at the church. She was a caring, generous, faithful women, who put her whole heart passionately into her family and church.
She is survived by her devoted and caring husband of 42 years Vincent Kuntz, four children, Teresa (Dennis) Goodman, Sharon (Melvin) Rademacher, Daniel (Brenda) Benson, Steven (Lisa) Benson; six grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, a brother Chuck (Linda) Megill, sister-in-law Merry Megill, many special nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends Sally and Jim Wresinski. She is preceded in death by a brother Steven Megill and a sister Thressa Hudnut.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10:30 AM at St. Gerard Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. John Klein as celebrant. Interment will follow at Delta Center Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4:00-8:00 PM at the Palmer, Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Delta Chapel with a vigil to be done at 7:30 PM. Visitation will continue at the church Thursday at 9:30 AM. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made St. Gerard Catholic Church or the Arthritis Foundation-Michigan Chapter in memory of Colleen.
James Floyd Adair
James Floyd “Jim” Adair, age 72, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Sparrow Health Systems, Lansing, MI.
Jim was born in Big Rapids, MI on October 28, 1945, the son of James Adair and Doris (Randall) and Richard Shong. He graduated from Portland High School with the class of 1964. On July 3, 1965 he married his high school sweetheart Sharon Williams in Eagle, MI. Jim retired from General Motors in 1994. Jim enjoyed antique cars, attending car shows with his 1979 FORD Bronco, collecting license plates and woodworking. He was very patriotic and displayed the American Flag all around his home. He loved jig saw puzzles, cross word puzzles and drawing. His family was very important to him and he cherished the time spent with them. Jim attended Pilgrim United Methodist Church, was a member of the Fowler Conservation Club and the Hub Antique Car Club.
He is survived by his wife Sharon Adair of St. Johns; daughters: Karen and Chris Beard of Portland; Tammie Demarais of Fowler; grandchildren: Haley (Keith Perizzolo) Demarais of Granby, CO; Joshua (Georgia Krebs) Beard of Findlay, OH; Breana and Ira Carbone of St. Johns; Jordan (Abi Mason) Beard of Portland; sisters in law: Treva Chambers, Annette and George Kroeze, Kathy and Pat Osier, Sharon Williams and brother in law John and Esther Williams. He is also survived by step brothers: Dennis and May Shong, Tom Shong, David Shong, brother Bill Adair, sister Jane Scutt and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers in law: Richard Williams, Neal Chambers, and Ken Scutt.
Funeral Services will be held at Pilgrim United Methodist Church on Friday, October 19, 2018, at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Andy Croel officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 3:00-5:00 P.M. and 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns. Memorials may be made to Pilgrim United Methodist Church, St. Johns, MI. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.
Jean Ione Gibson
Jean Ione Gibson died Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the age of 92. She was born August 22, 1926 in St. Johns, MI the daughter of John and Nellie (Foley) Farrier. Jean earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Western Michigan University and taught in several country schools in Clinton County before becoming employed by St. Johns Public Schools retiring with 21 years of service. Jean collected Shawnee pottery, enjoyed traveling and especially loved spending winters in Texas. She assisted her husband, Melvin operate the Gibson family farm which has been in the Gibson family for over 180 years. On December 19, 1948 she married Melvin Gibson and he preceded her in death on February 27, 2014.
Surviving are two daughters, Paula Pettigrew and Beckie Price; two sons, Tod and Lon (Renee’) Gibson; daughter-in-law, Cristina Gibson; 17 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren and a special nephew, Robert Ridenour. She was also predeceased by a son, Ted and a son-in-law, Michael Pettigrew.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns with Pastor Kathy Leydorf-Keck officiating. Interment will follow at DeWitt Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday and one hour prior to the funeral, Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.
Wilbur Merton Massey
It is with sorrow but also great celebration that the family of Wilbur Merton Massey (Pops) announce that he received the Crown of Glory on Friday, October 12 2018 at the age of 83 after a brief illness. He was carried gently from his earthly life to the loving embrace of Jesus under the tender care of Mother Teresa House in Lansing, Michigan.
Bill was born on April 22, 1935 to Carl Massey and Margaret (Edmonds) Massey in Cheboygan Michigan. He was the youngest of 5 children – Gladys (Bobbi), Shirley, Royal, and Dorothy. He later had two younger siblings after his mother was remarried to Raymond Becker – Raymond, Jr. and Bonnie. Bill and his brother Royal were particularly close and shared many adventures that threatened the mental welfare of their mother.
Bill was baptized on April 1, 1950 and confirmed April 2, 1950 at Grace English Lutheran Church in Flint, Michigan. After moving to Blanchard, Michigan he met the love of his love – Mary Ellen Tucker. The two high school sweethearts were united in marriage on August 8, 1954 and raised 5 children: William, Jeff, Diane, Steve and Brad. Much like their father, the Massey children also had many adventures that threatened the mental welfare of their mother.
Bill joined the ranks of the Michigan State Police in the spring of 1957 and served the people of Michigan with distinction for 25 years before retiring at the age of 46 with the rank of Detective/Lieutenant in the Fire Marshall Division. During his career he served at posts in Reed City, Battle Creek, Pontiac, Northville, and Lansing. Upon his retirement he worked another 15 years for INS Investigations.
Throughout his life, Bill and Mary took great joy in witnessing the performances and accomplishments of their 5 children, 8 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. Tirelessly, they traveled to countless sporting events, recitals, choir concerts, band and orchestra concerts, football marching band shows, theater productions, and other school activities. Bill and Mary took great delight in cheering for their ever growing family. His children and grandchildren, in turn, took great joy in performing for Mom and Dad and came to affectionately refer to Bill as “Pops”.
Bill was a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod his entire adult life and had a deep and passionate faith that allowed him to look forward to his final days confident he would be called to share eternal life with his Lord and with all fellow believers.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years Mary Ellen Massey, sister Dorothy (Bob) Gerholz, sister-in-law Marie Massey, and by his children: William (Gail), Jeff (Nita), Diane (Robert) Hunt, Steven, and Brad (Alaine), 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents: Raymond and Margaret Becker, his sisters Gladys, Shirley, and Bonnie, his brothers Royal and Raymond Jr, and daughter-in-law Jill.
The family will receive friends for visitation on Wednesday October 17 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at St. Johns Lutheran Church in St. Johns Michigan. A Christian funeral service will be held at the church on Thursday, October 18 at 11:00 a.m. There will be a private internment service for family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the St. Johns Lutheran Enrichment Fund or to Mother Teresa House in Bill’s name.
Joseph Martin Glowacki
Joseph Martin “Joe” Glowacki, 83, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Grace Haven Assisted Living, St. Johns.
Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, with Rev. Fr. Michael Williams officiating. Burial will take place at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 15, 2018 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel.
Joseph was born in St. Johns, Michigan on September 18, 1935, the son of Michael and Stephanie (Sage) Glowacki. On October 20, 1956, Joe married Lois “Sue” (Good) Glowacki at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns. Sue preceded him in death in 2002 after 45 years of marriage. Joe resided in St. Johns all of his life.
Joe worked for General Motors for 32 1/2 years, retiring in 1999. He had a passion for tractors and enjoyed tractor pulls. Joe loved to work with his hands and spend time working on his farm.
Joe is survived by his daughter Renee’ (Bill) Thelen, of St. Johns, grandson Nathan (Amy) Thelen of St. Johns, and grandson Adam (Janet) Thelen of Kalamazoo, and 3 great grandchildren: Troy, Abby, and Lauren. Joe is preceded in death by his parents, wife Sue, and sister Mary Ann Glowacki.
Memorials may be made to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan 1210 W Saginaw Hwy, Lansing, MI 48915. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.
Thomas Gilbert Hufnagel
Thomas Gilbert “Tom” Hufnagel, 78, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Friday, October 12, 2018, at Sparrow Health Systems, Lansing, MI.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Johns, MI, at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, October 18, 2018, with Rev. Fr. Mike Williams officiating. Burial will take place at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, Fowler, MI. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 2-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel. A Vigil and Rosary will be held at 7:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Thomas was born in Fowler, Michigan on June 22, 1940, the son of Nicholas and Rose (Simon) Hufnagel. He married Nancy Sackrider. Tom worked 13 years at Gordon Food Service out of Lansing. He had retired after 16 years of service from St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Johns, MI. He loved his family very much. Tom was an all-sports enthusiast, liked gardening and woodworking. He always enjoyed attending family sporting events and activities. He was a member of Big Brother, Big Sister, Knights of Columbus, and St. Joseph Catholic Church where he was also an usher and a Eucharistic Minister. Tom felt that a stranger was just a friend you hadn’t met yet.
He is survived by his wife Nancy Hufnagel, children: Patty and Steve Baxter, Carol Boak, and Jeanette Dubendorf; grandchildren: Brandi, Erin, Nathaniel, Megan, Alex, Monica, Derrek, and Trevor; great-grandchildren: Clara and AJ; brothers: Clem and Marie Hufnagel, Frank and Kay Hufnagel, and Jim and Carrie Hufnagel; sisters: Celeste Heckman, Esther Eisler, and Helen Hungerford. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Dawn, and his brother Chuck.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38148-0142. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.