Dennis Anthony Schafer

Dennis Anthony Schafer, age 62, of Fowler, MI, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018 surrounded by his family. Dennis was born in St. Johns, MI on January 1, 1956, the son of Norbert and Mary (Thelen) Schafer. He graduated from Fowler High School with the class of 1974. Dennis married Tamra West on October 25, 1991 at Portland United Methodist Church. Dennis retired from Mahle (formerly Sealed Power) in 2010 after 37 years. He was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church Fowler, MI.

Denny was a fun loving man who enjoyed practical jokes and making people laugh. He had a quick wit and his one liners could not be beat. He loved his family, muscle cars, camping and especially his motorcycles. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and anyone who had the privilege of knowing him.

He is survived by his wife Tammy Schafer of Fowler; children: Chad and Kary Schafer of Canton, MI; Stacey and Eric Simon of Portland, MI; Daric and Angela Schafer of Brighton, MI; Travis Schafer of Williamston, MI; grandchildren: Carson and Alaina Simon, and Makenna and Peyton Schafer; siblings: Marie and Dan Halsey, Bob and Sue Schafer, Kathy and Dave Berquist, Jerome and Deb Schafer, Theresa and Mike Walker; brothers and sisters in law: John and Karen West, Liz and Scott Blundy, Dan and Patty West, and father in law John West. He is also survived by many wonderful nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Norbert and Mary Schafer, sister Jeanne Schafer, and mother in law Janean West.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler, MI, on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:30 A.M., with Rev. Fr. Dennis Howard officiating. Burial will take place at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, Fowler, MI. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 2:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Goerge Chapel, 11112 West Ionia Street, Fowler, MI 48835. A Rosary will be prayed at 8:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Make-A-Wish in support of Wish-A-Mile/Team Emily. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Goerge Chapel, Fowler, MI.


Edward Adelbert Osga Jr.

Edward “Ed” Adelbert Osga Jr., 52, of St. Johns, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan after a short battle with cancer.

Ed was born May 10, 1966 in Lansing, grew up in St. Johns, and graduated from St. Johns High School. He spent his life welding, wrenching, constructing autos and industrial equipment, working the past couple of decades for CMTE1.

Ed enjoyed northern Michigan whether he was exploring the woods for morels, hanging out at the farmhouse or checking out the festivals in Boyne City. He always had a project car or six going at all times. Ed spoke sarcasm fluently and had a great sense of humor. He was a true friend and would drop everything to help someone out. If you were trying to find him, you usually didn’t have to go much further than the Wheel Inn. Ed will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his loving fiancé Kathy Rood; parents Adah and Edward Osga; two sons, Michael (Elizabeth) Bacon-Maas and Matthew (Jamie) Osga; his grandsons, Aidin, Austin, Gavin, Davin Eli, Damien, and Dominic; sisters Ronda Osga and Roxanne Osga; nephews Jesse Osga-Groves and Maxwell Osga-Groves; along with hundreds of aunts, uncles and cousins combined.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 11, 2018 St. Thomas Cemetery in Elmira, Michigan. A luncheon reception will follow next to the Osga house at 3517 Camp Ten Rd in Elmira. In lieu of flowers, donations in Edward’s name can be made to the hospice at www.sparrowfoundation.org/give


Paul W. Buehler

Paul W. Buehler, age 83 passed away at his residence on Thursday, June 14, 2018. Paul was born March 14, 1935 in Owosso, MI, the son of Paul D. and Gertrude (Johnson) Buehler. He graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School and received his BS degree from Michigan State University. Paul was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp and October 15, 1955 married Joyce C. Hettler in St. Johns, MI. His caring, fun loving personality lead him to the grocery business, where he and his brother Robert owned 2 Brothers Grocery Stores in Owosso and St. Johns. Paul moved to a successful career selling Harvester Silos and Dairyland seed. He was a life member of Owosso Masonic Lodge and was inducted into the Michigan High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Paul greatest accomplishment was the family, he and Joyce built. He loved being a father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Uncle and Friend. Family was the center of his life. He made sure every member of the family and their friends were loved and supported.

Survivors are wife, Joyce, children, Robyn (Jim) Hughes of Saline, MI, Tammie Buehler of Kentwood, MI and Suzann (Chris) Painter of Palm Harbor, FL.; 3 grandchildren, Zachary (Jenaye) Hughes, Ashlynn Hughes and Mallorie (Doug) Renker; Great grandson Oliver Hughes and sister-in-law, Shirley Buehler and her four daughters’ families. He was preceded in death by brother, Robert Buehler, on February 1, 2018.

The family will receive friends and relatives at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home on Friday, June 22, 2018, 10:00A.M. until service time at 12:00 Noon. Pastor Rod Kalajainen will officiate and burial will follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Wisconsin Special Olympics, 2310 Crossroads Dr., Suite 1000, Madison, WI 53718.


Josefina Villarreal

Josefina Villarreal passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the age of 96. She was born November 12, 1921 in Schumansville, Texas the daughter of Santana and Juanita (Espinoza) Gonzales. She lived most of her life in the St. Johns area. She was married to Jose Villarreal in Guadalupe County, TX, on October 25, 1941. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a homemaker.

She is survived by her loving family, Joe (Mary Ann) Villarreal, Frances (Ray) Cavasos, John (Kara) Villarreal, Jesse (Kay) Villarreal, Mary Helen (Bill) MacKorell, Gloria Santellan, Mary Ann Gillespie, Rose (Dave) Vallin, David Villarreal, Richard Villarreal, Carmen (Kevin) Thayer, Albert Villarreal and Carolyn (Dean) Karber and by her step-children, Eugene (Patti) Villarreal, Julian (Jo) Villarreal, Bertha Stoimenoff, Cosme (Maria Elena) Villarreal and Christina Rodriguez; 38 grandchildren; 53 great grandchildren; two sisters, Martha (Domingo) Villegas and Santos Rodriguez. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jose; a daughter, Alice Green, one stepson, Don Villarreal, four sons-in-law, Rudy Rodriguez, Larry Stoimenoff, Joe Santellan and Allen Gillespie; two daughters-in-law, Lisa Villarreal and Senaida Villarreal, one sister, Eluteria Villarreal, four brothers, Alejos, Fidel, Rogelio and Domingo Gonzales.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM Thursday, June 21, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church 109 Linden St., St. Johns. Rite of Committal will follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends 6-8 PM on Tuesday, June 19 and 2-4 and 6-8 PM Wednesday, June 20 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home. A Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 PM on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Great Lakes Hospice, Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor or St. Joseph Catholic Church.


Richard G. May

Richard G. May, a.k.a “The Lone Ranger”, age 84 of St. Johns, MI passed way at Hospice House in Lansing on Friday, June 15, 2018. Richard was born on October 16, 1933 in Lansing, MI the son of Leroy and Marie (Ramsey) May. He graduated from Eastern High School, was a veteran of the U.S. Army Military Police and had worked in Law Enforcement all his life. He had retired in 1996 from the Clinton County Sheriff Dept. working as a patrol officer, undersheriff and detective. Then to continue his passion to drive he worked at Bee’s Chevrolet as a car porter. He was a member of the National Sheriff’s Association and life member of The Central Michigan Law Enforcement Assn. He loved searching the roadsides for cans and bottles, spending time with friends, neighbors, family and especially with his grandson, Tyler.

Richard is survived by his wife, Judith( Hopp) May of 50 years whom he married on May 25, 1968, Children, Kathy Jo (Mark) McPherson of Gaylord, MI., Anna May of Alaska and Darren (Gina) of West Bloomfield, MI. His grandson, Tyler Richard May of Sterling Heights, and his sister- in-law Connie May of Lansing, MI. He was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Memorials may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice or St. John’s Lutheran Church.

The family will receive friends and relatives at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home on Monday, June 18, 2018, 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Funeral services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Paul Clark officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Rest Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard.