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Jeffery Dale Stauffer

Jeffery Dale Stauffer, age 63, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at his home.

A Graveside Service will be held at Richland Township Cemetery, Vestaburg, Michigan at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, December 15, 2023, with Greg Stauffer officiating.

Jeffery was born in Lansing, Michigan on May 12, 1960, the son of Melvin and Alberta (Fralick) Stauffer. He was a graduate of St. Johns High School with the class of 1978. Jeff served his country in the U.S. Army. Jeff married Suzanna J. Studer on June 22, 2007; they were married in St. Johns, MI.

Jeff built his home from scratch. He was always there to help his daughter whenever needed and referred to her as his junior. Jeff loved to go camping and quad riding. When he and his family went camping, they rustic camped in tents with no running water and no electricity. Jeff was a devoted father and husband, his first priority was his family. It was important to him to gather his family prior to his death to celebrate his life and happy memories. Jeff remembered the importance of having date nights with Suzanna.

He is survived by his wife Suzanna Stauffer; daughter Abigail Stauffer; sister Linda Stauffer; brother Tom Stauffer; brother Daniel Stauffer; father and mother-in-law Robert and Beth Studer. Jeff was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Richard Stauffer.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.


Dawn Marie Kajdas

Dawn Marie Kajdas, age 63, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Friday, December 1, 2023, at her home.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes Elsie, MI at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, December 4, 2023, with Pastor Mona Kindel officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2023, from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home.

Dawn was born in St. Johns, MI on December 6, 1959 the daughter of Stanley C. and Leota M. (Stewart) Kajdas. She was a graduate of Ovid- Elsie High School and later earned an Associate’s Degree at Davenport University.

Dawn worked at Capital Area Community Services in St. Johns as a Homeless Assistance Program Specialist. She was an avid reader. Dawn loved her two dogs, Akita and Apollo. She enjoyed camping and boating. Dawn also had a love of scrap booking.

She is survived by her son Cory Sheldon of St. Johns, MI; her siblings: Ronald Kajdas of Elsie, MI; Susan and Dr. Robert Peterson of Elsie, MI; Diane and Dr. Douglas Saylor of Chicago, IL. Dawn is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorials in Dawn’s honor may be made to the Elsie Food Pantry. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI.


Maurice E. Schmitz

Maurice E. Schmitz, a lifelong resident of Fowler, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on November 30, 2023. He was 82 years old.

Maurice was born at home in St. Johns, Michigan on June 1, 1941, the youngest of twelve children born to Peter and Mary Catherine (Feldpausch) Schmitz. He attended Fowler High School and proudly served in the United States Army. In 1969 he met the young Darlene Wirth while playing pool, and after a brief courtship the couple married on August 22, 1970 and made their home in Fowler. For over forty five years he worked as a skilled tradesman with General Motors, and owned his own farm.

Maurice was an expert at fixing anything that came his way, a skill he honed through years of tinkering and problem-solving. His love for the outdoors was evident in his passion for farming and tractors. He relished the tranquility of being outside and the fulfillment derived from hard work. He shared his love of the out-of-doors by taking his family on camping trips all around Michigan. He enjoyed life’s simplest pleasures: playing games or cards with his grandchildren, taking rides in the golf cart, or taking a Sunday drive.

Maurice was a parishioner of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church and a longtime member of the Fowler VFW. He was a devoted family man, known for his dry sense of humor and hardworking, steadfast nature. Maurice, often stubborn and set in his ways, was always driven by love and dedication. He was a loyal and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be missed by many.

He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty three years, Darlene Schmitz; his children, Michelle Carroll, Doug (Cindy) Schmitz, Dan (Natalie) Schmitz, Lisa (Nick) Hensel; dear grandchildren, Rachel Carroll, Nolan, Shannon and Taryn Schmitz, Emma, Allison, Bailey Schmitz, Garrett Johnson, Kinley and Brycen Hensel; sister, Eunice (Clare) Pung; sisters-in-law, Marcia (the late Hilary) Schmitz, Fay (the late Richard) Schmitz and Marcia (the late Peter) Schmitz; in-laws, Diane (Larry) Kohagen, Donna Schafer and Daria (Joe) Thelen, as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Catherine Schmitz and siblings, Freda (Ed) Bauer, Stella (Tom) Kinney, Agnes (Tom) Faivor, Stanley (Pat) Schmitz, Donald (Mary Lou) Schmitz, Richard Schmitz, Justin (Sharon) Schmitz, Eletha Schmitz, Peter Schmitz and Hilary Schmitz.

Memorial Visitation will be held at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, 1500 Waterford Pkwy, St. Johns on Monday, December 4, 2023 from 2—4 and 6—8 PM. Rosary 7 PM. 

Memorial Mass will be held at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 545 N Maple St, Fowler on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 10:30 AM. The Rev. Fr. John Whitlock officiating. Interment of ashes Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, Fowler.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to: Most Holy Trinity Church or to Fowler Fire and Rescue.


Patsy Linda Lynn

Patsy Linda (Ferguson) Lynn, age 84 of St. Johns formerly of Swartz Creek, escaped the clutches of Alzheimer’s surrounded by the love of her family on November 28, 2023 at Hazel Findley in St. Johns.
            
Celebration of life for Patty will be held at Swartz Funeral Home in Flint Michigan, 1225 W. Hill Rd at 1 pm on Saturday December 9th 2023, with visitation prior to service 11am to 1pm. Cremation has taken place. Family graveside service will be held at a later date at Beach Cemetery in Essex Township.

Patty was born on July 1, 1939 to Ethel Lottie (Aldrich) and George Ferguson along with her twin Peggy. They were born in Bloomfield Missouri but grew up in Dexter Missouri, known as “the cotton belt.” Patty had a total of five sisters and later in life a half-brother.

In 1955 the twins were given the chance to leave the cotton belt for a summer of adventure. They headed up to Flint Michigan to stay with some cousins and pick strawberries. That is when she met the love of her life, Husted! They continued their courtship even after she went home. Husted driving on weekends 700 miles just to see her for a few days then turn right back around and head back to Flint to work at General Motors. Those drives continued for a couple of more years until they married on July 6, 1957, five days after Patty turned 18. This meant leaving her twin for the first time in their lives, both in tears. Only to have her twin join her in Michigan two months later as her twin married Husted’s brother.

Patty and Husted settled down in Michigan and raised three children- Tony, Tonya and Tamra.

Patty was a devoted mother, which is an act of personal sacrifice unto itself. She was a Boy Scout leader, a home room mother, a Sunday school teacher, a seamstress, a doll maker, a cake decorator and a devoted wife. Patty made it her responsibility to tell her children about Jesus. This was something she was taught by her mother at a very young age. Her memories of her mother laying a Baptist pallet down in the yard during those hot humid summer evenings so her and her sisters could lay there and listen to their mother telling Bible stories. Her mother could not read or write but she took them to any church that was open no matter the denomination just to learn Bible stories so she could continue to tell her girls about the love and goodness of Jesus. Patty took that love of her mother and Jesus with her throughout her life and made her mission to find a church to worship as a family and live in the faith.

The family set roots in Swartz Creek in 1969 and started attending First Baptist Church of Swartz Creek where all three of her children were saved and baptized. Patty was known to say many times throughout her life…”we are blessed Husted, God has been good to us.”

Once Patty raised her children she wanted to venture out into the workforce. She found her perfect place at Walmart in St. Johns in the fabric department of all places and worked there for 15 years. Applying her talent and love for people daily, made her the perfect example of a dedicated employee that Sam Walton strive for back in the day, which was acknowledged several times in her career by the company.

Patty was known to take home shirts of the elderly and sew on their buttons that they had purchased but couldn’t see well enough to do it themselves. She also loved to open her farmhouse for the Walmart yearly employee summer picnic. You had to be careful to say you liked anything of hers because if you did she would want to give it to you. Patty had a servant’s heart.

Patty is survived by Husted her loving husband of 66 years; her sweet baby sister Betty Tipton, her three children and their families: Tony and Jamie of Plymouth, Tonya and Tim of Mundy Township and Tamra and Rick of Wayland. Her grandchildren- Naomi, Bethany, Andrew, Zak and Kelsee, Lindsey, Heather, Ryan, Kelly and Karly, Brandon, Blake and Hannah. Along with 19 great grandchildren.

Patty is preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Pauline, Verline, Virginia and her twin Peggy. She is in heaven rocking all the babies, her heart is full.

The family would like to thank the very caring staff at Hazel Findley the caregivers took loving care of her. Forever indebted to all of you.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the place Patty was loved and well taken care of – not for profit Hazel Findley for them to use towards bettering the care and surroundings of the Alzheimer’s patients.

Your condolences may be shared with the family at swartzfuneralhomeinc.com