Rita Ann Hoover

Rita Ann Hoover, age 56, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Sparrow Health Systems, Lansing, MI.

A Memorial Visitation will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 1:00 – 5:00 P.M. Burial will take place at South Bingham Cemetery at a later date.

Rita was born in St. Johns, MI on May 21, 1961 the daughter of Charles and Sharon (Baker) Hoover. She graduated from St. Johns High School with the class of 1979. Rita has been employed with Kroger in St. Johns since 2001; she loved her co-workers there who eventually became like family to her. She also spent many years babysitting for children in the area. Rita was a very active member of the Mint City Singers Choir Group and was a member of the First Baptist Church in St. Johns. Rita was a musician and enjoyed playing the guitar, mandolin and banjo. She liked reading, Jackie Chan movies, and attending the Renaissance Festival. Rita was a wonderful mother and looked forward to every moment spent with her grandchildren.

She is survived by twin sons: Andy and Lurah Flansburg of Ovid, MI, Danny Flansburg of St. Johns, MI, mother Sharon Hoover of Dewitt, MI, grandchildren: Aiden and Addison Flansburg, brother Al and Beth Hoover of Fowler, MI, family friends: Cris and Frank Golupski and Kathy Tolonen. She was preceded in death by her father and sister, Tina.

Memorials contributions may be made to the wishes of her family. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.

Duane G. Saylor Sr

Duane G. Saylor Sr, age 68 passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday, March 10, 2018. He was born on June 29, 1949 the son of Orin and Mary (Lucas) Saylor. Duane graduated from Ashley High School in 1968 and married Betty Patterson on December 6, 1969. Duane served in the US Army, serving in Viet Nam and had retired from Ashley Community Schools Maintance Dept. He enjoyed racing, sports and U of M events and was a member of Elsie American Legion Post.

Survived by his wife, Betty, son Duane (Theresa) Saylor Jr. of Swartz Creek and daughter Brenda England of Owosso; grandchildren, Cody and Taylor England and Averi and Graci Saylor; brothers, Stanley (Linda) Saylor of Bannister and Ray (Shirley) Saylor of Pompeii. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Tracey in 1991.

Graveside committal services will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Elsie on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. with Pastor Scott Seelhoff officiating. Arrangement by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns

John M. “Bud” Vaniman

John M. “Bud” Vaniman, 100, passed away on March 10, 2018 at Sparrow Clinton Hospital. He was born on January 28, 1918 In Ovid, MI the son of John and Blanche (Metherd) Vaniman. Bud graduated from Ovid High School in 1935 and was married to Barbara Upton on December 20, 1944. She preceded him in death on April 24, 1999. He owned and operated a registered Holstein dairy farm for many years in Ovid. He loved music and dancing, enjoyed a good joke and was a voracious reader.

Surviving are his girls, Linda (Daniel) Higgins of Longmont Colorado and Dawn (Craig) Thornton of Hudson, Ohio, grandchildren Kyle Thornton of Brooklyn, NY; Blake Thornton of Chicago, IL; sister, Anne Byrnes of Ovid and many nieces and nephews. Bud was preceded in death by sisters and brothers-in-laws, Maurine (John) Stanton, Elnore (LaMott) Field, Frances (Robert) Gumaer, Ilene (Joseph) Clark, Donna (Herbert) Smith and Larry Brynes.

A memorial service will be held at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. with Pastor Kathy Leydorf-Keck officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels or The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Jennifer Sue Hufnagel

Jennifer Sue Hufnagel, 52, died Wednesday, March 7, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born July 8, 1965 in Midland, MI the daughter of Donald and Dorothy (Welling) Hickerson. Jennifer was a graduate of Bullock Creek High School, Class of 1983 and continued her education at Eastern Michigan University earning a Bachelor’s Degree. She enjoyed cross fit, kickboxing, scrapbooking and loved spending time with her family. She was an avid supporter of her children’s athletic endeavors. Jennifer worked as an occupational therapist for Sparrow Clinton, Sparrow Ionia and Sparrow Carson Hospitals. On July 28, 1990 she married Kurt Hufnagel and he survives her.

Also surviving are two daughters, Jordan and Paige; one son, Brian; her mother, Dorothy Hickerson; six sisters, Judy (John) Gerhart, Vicki Sorensen, Beth (Roger) McIntosh, Kelly Kucharek, Kari (Kevin) Andrews and Jody (Dan) Greaney; Parents-in-law, Tony and Lana Hufnagel; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eric (Monica) Hufnagel, Jeneen (Dan) Savage, Carl “Bubba” (Kari) Hufnagel and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Donald.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns with Mitch Combs officiating. Following Jennifer’s wishes cremation will follow the funeral service. The family will receive relatives and friends 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday, March 16, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to a charity of donor’s choice.

Patricia K. Robinson

Patricia K. Robinson, 57, of Lansing, MI passed away unexpectedly at her home on Thursday, March 8, 2018. She was born on August 16, 1960 in Lansing the daughter of Frank and Barbara (Honey) Malusek. Patricia graduated from St. Johns High School in 1979 and worked for General Motors until her retirement in 1997. She loved being with her family, especially granddaughter, Emmalyn. She loved hunting, camping and motorcycle riding.

Survivors are her children, Franklin (Tanya) Robinson and granddaughter Emmalyn of Perry, and David (Alex) Franz-Robinson of Lansing; step daughter, Rhonda Moubray of TN, sister Mary Malusek of Laingsburg, brothers, Frank Malusek Jr. of Grand Ledge and John (Jill) Malusek of St. Johns; nieces and nephews, Meghan Malusek, Frank Malusek III, Carleigh (Freddie) Kirkland, Justin Malusek, Jordan Malusek, great nephews and nieces, Wren Kirkland, Naomi Malusek and Camren Evans. She was preceded in death by sister Kathi Malusek, sister in law Christine Malusek and parents, Barbara and Frank Malusek Sr.

The family will receive friends and relatives at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home in St. Johns on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Funeral services will be held at Faith Church, Eastwood Campus, 2300 Lake Lansing Rd., East Lansing on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Jordan Jones officiating. Memorial donations may be given to Faith Church.