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Joseph Rudolph Wesley, “Gramps,” passed on peacefully, on February 22, 2019 in Owosso MI, at age 98. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 11am at St. Mary Catholic Church in Morrice. Monsignor George C. Michalek will celebrate with burial to follow in Bethany Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel on Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm, the Rosary will be prayed at 7:30. Prayers will be said at the funeral home at 9:30am on Monday, then there will be a procession to the church for funeral Mass. 

Joe was born March 15, 1920 in Oakley, MI to John and Hermina (Svedlik) Wesley. At 18, he left home to ride the rails. In search of grand adventure during the Great Depression, he hopped freight trains picking up work as a cowboy, farm hand, steam engine coal shoveler, and wild fire fighter in Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada, and Kansas. In 1940 he returned to Michigan and married his sweetheart, Rose E. Polash on August 24th, 1940. They bought a farm and worked together, raising 6 children. Joe also worked at GM in Flint, retiring after 30 years at age 58. He was a member of Eagles Club of Owosso and St Mary’s Catholic Church in Morrice. 

Joe loved polka dancing, throwing epic Christmas parties, telling wonderful stories, spending time with his family, watching boxing, hunting, gardening and tending his chickens. He enjoyed his cabin in the U.P. He hand delivered birthday cards to each of his adult children, and went to the hospital to greet each newborn grandchild. Joe never stopped moving. He was hard working and tough as nails, wise, welcoming, encouraging, and forever young. 

Joe is survived by his children Judy and Jerry Stehlik, Elaine and Don Barta, Joe and Jane (Marks) Wesley, John and Dawn (Maytas) Wesley, Mary and George Leykauf, Steve and Rita (Cox) Wesley, nearly 100 grandchildren, great grand children, and great great grandchildren, and his brother Fred Wesley. 

He is predeceased by his dear wife Rose, grandchildren John Boy Wesley and Dana Wesley, his parents, 4 sisters and 3 brothers. 

Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice House of Shiawassee County, 2005 Copas Road, Owosso, MI 48867.


Roma Jacqueline (Rothley) Corbin, age 81, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Memorial Hospital in Owosso. Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM, Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, 520 W. Main St., Owosso, MI 48867. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 3:00-7:00 PM and one hour prior to the service. 

Roma was born October 9, 1937 in Holcomb, Missouri to James and Vesta (Wright) Rothley. Her family relocated to Flint where she attended and graduated top of her class from Bendle High School. It is in Flint she met and married the love of her life Marshall Corbin on December 14, 1956. She spent much of her time devoted to her growing family of five and eventually ventured to work outside of the home as an office manager. Roma always had her focus on her family. Marshall passed away on December 15, 1989. Roma was such a compassionate person she decided she would devote time to others by volunteering at Memorial Health Care as well as with their Respite Care Program; with over 25 years of service to others. 

Surviving to cherish her memory are her children; Laura (David) Mayer, Timothy (Penny) Corbin, Victoria (Stephen Hilty) Reynolds, her grandchildren; Jennifer (Jeffrey) Richardson, Tara (Geoffrey) Nelson, Jamie Corbin, Joshua (Karis Olney) Mayer, Samantha (Benjamin) Stanhope, and Mya Reynolds, great-grandchildren: Harper, Brooklyn, Eleanor, Asher, Jayden, and Jaxson, her sister Mona J. Rothley, her cousin LaDonna (Ron) DeWitt, sisters-in-law; Barbara Johnson, Viola Wallace, Constance Rothley, Patricia Corbin, brothers-in-law; John (Carolyn) Corbin, William (Cathey) Corbin, many nieces, nephews and friends. She was pre-deceased by her parents, her loving husband, brother, James L. Rothley in 2018, her mother and fathers-in-law; Guy (Daisy) Corbin and Clara Lauretta in 1994 and John L. Breeden in 1965, five sisters-in-law and nine brothers-in-law. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials at suggested to Memorial Health Hospice Care, 826 W. King St., Owosso, MI 48867 or VFW Post 9455, 519 S. Chipman St., Owosso, MI 48867. 

Those wishing to leave online condolences to the family may do so at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.


Marilynn D. Dillsworth, age 81 of Owosso, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019 at her home. A private family service will be held at a later date. The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel. 
Online condolences may be shared with the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Lillian Mae Jones, 101, of Owosso, passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Pleasant View. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 1-5pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Owosso Chapel. Private burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Vernon. 

Lillian was born in Peotone, Illinois to the late Elmer Scott and Jessie I (Bovee) Colton. She graduated from Corunna High School and married Bradford Jones on June 15, 1940. She spent her working career as a x-ray technician for Dr. McKnight. 

Lillian is survived by her daughter, Judy (Jim) Hardin and her son, Larry (Diane) Jones. Her grandchildren; Jim (Kendra) Nichols, Jennifer Wright, Julie Spencer, Josh (Amy) Nichols, Brad (Lauren) Jones, Heather (Chris) Goatee, and Brent Jones. Her great-grandchildren; Vaughan (Courtney) Nichols, Janae Spencer, Dalton Nichols, Laken Williamson, Yvonne Wright, Pete Wright, Corey Nichols, Cody Nichols, Samantha (Kevin) Doyle, and Amanda Hall, also, many nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her parents, husband, Bradford, and her siblings; Charlie, Phil, Fred, Audrey, and Helen. 

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Jones name are suggested to St. Jude 

Online condolences can be shared at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Our beloved mother, Helen Margaret Meyer, passed away at the age of 101 on January 29, 2019. 

She was predeceased by the love of her life, her husband, Ernest W. Meyer. They celebrated 68 years of marriage before he died February 27, 2008. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving children; Ted and Sally Meyer, Tom and Marti Meyer, Denny and Sue Matznick, Tony and Kathy Rohac, and Janet Robison; grandchildren Steve and Sylvia Meyer, Jeff and Karen Meyer, Julie Van Sickle, Carolyn Meyer, Sarah Meyer, Jennifer and Steven Gottlieb, Eric and Angie Matznick, Jessica and Jamil Bazzy, Meghan Rohac, Johanna Rohac, Chris and Leah Robison, Heather and Rob Hackett and Amy Robison; 15 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and her dear friend for over 50 years Ruth Rohac. 

Helen was born to William and Ludie Nesbitt in Port Huron, MI on May 23, 1917 and grew up in Bay City, MI. She was the second oldest of 8 children and the last surviving child. She married our father on November 16, 1940. 

Our mother had a beautiful life spending her golden years with our father in Houghton Lake, MI, Gulf Shores, AL and Mountain Home, AR where they enjoyed their shared passion for golf. 

One of mother’s greatest joys was the friendships she shared with so many people from the delivery person at her door to her fellow parishioners and her neighborhood girlfriends. She nourished these friendships and cherished you all. 

She taught us to find purpose in our day, to encourage others and to cultivate friendship. Her devotion to her Catholic faith, her fun-loving spirit and strong determination will remain with us. We are left with a deep sense of gratitude for her life. 

A mass of resurrection and celebration of her life will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owosso, at 10am on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, with visitation at 9am, Rev. Fr. Michael O'Brien will celebrate. 

Our heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Visiting Physicians Association, Grace Hospice and Care ‘N Assist. Thank you for your loving care of our mother in her final years and days. 

The family requests that no flowers be sent, and that you would please send memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or St. Joseph Catholic Church. 

On-line condolences may be sent to WatkinsFuneralHomes.com. The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel, Owosso.


Catherine I. Woodworth of Owosso, age 99, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Sunday, January 27, 2019 at Welcome Home Assisted Living in Owosso. Services are pending. 

The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Jennings-Lyons Chapel, Owosso, MI 
Those wishing to offer online condolences to the family may do so at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Roberta Kay Goodrich, 80, of Ovid, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at her home. A memorial service to honor and celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 1pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso, Pastor John Walworth will celebrate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11am until the time of the service. 

Roberta was born on March 11, 1938 in Perry, Michigan to the late Mulford and Alma Marie (Hakasaari) Grey. Roberta married Harold Goodrich and together they raised 4 children. She was a very active lady, she was a member of the Eastern Star, Jobes Daughters, and Redeemer Church. She enjoyed sewing for her children and grandchildren, and loved attending her grandchildren's sporting events. 

Roberta is survived by her children; Todd (Joanne) Goodrich of Laingsburg, Dean (Marissa) Goodrich of Ovid and Tami Goodrich of Valparaiso, Indiana, also her 17 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 5 great-greatgrandchildren. Her brother, Bob (Sandy) Grey, sister, Norma Bodary, and sisters in-law, Sarah (Ron) Woodruff, Betty Morden, Thelma Goodrich and her brother in-law, Roland Bernson. 

She was predeceased by her husband Harold in 2011, her son Doug in 2016, her brothers, Harold and Norvel Grey, and her sisters, Ann Bernson, Betty Rodgers, and Carol Liberty. 

The family would like to express their thanks and gratitude to the caregivers and staff of Sparrow Hospice. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to Pat's Place in Corunna, or a Hospice center of your choice. 

Online condolences can be shared at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Mildred B. Korf, age 107 of Owosso and Florida, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Durand Senior Care and Rehab Center. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso with Pastor John Walworth officiating. Family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. 

Mildred was born February 17, 1911, the daughter of the late Cyrus and Sylvia (Mitts) Rathbun. She and Ermal Collard were married June 10, 1928 at the Corunna Avenue Methodist Church. He passed away December 11, 1979. She later married Elmer Korf of rural Chesaning. He passed away April 26, 1986. 

Mildred is survived by her son, Harold (Joan) Collard; daughter-in-law, Beverly Collard; 12 grandchildren: Mike, Rick, Tracy, Michael Paul, Dawn, Greg, Lisa, Mike, Dale, Richard, Dana, Jennifer; many great, great great and great great great grandchildren; sister, Barbara Martin and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husbands; son, Donald; 3 grandchildren: Tom, Cheryl, Mark and 5 siblings: Jim, Red, Pudge, Cy and Harry. 

Memorial contributions given in Mildred's name are suggested to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be shared with her family at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Karl Fredrick Fultz, age 58, passed away peaceful Thursday, January 10, 2019 in Ovid, Michigan. Private services will be held at a later date. The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes ~ Jennings Lyons Chapel, Owosso, MI. 

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, 2413 S. Linden Road, Ste. A., Flint, MI 48532 or at www.cancer.org


Betty LeReign Coy, age 97, Passed away January 9 in Owosso. The family will receive friends at a visitation Sunday, January 13 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 14 at 11:00 am at the First United Methodist Church in Owosso. 

Betty was born February 16, 1921 to Alwilda and Charles Jeffords of Owosso. She had an older sister, Berniece Dean, of Ann Arbor. Betty graduated from Owosso High School and married F. Lawrence (Larry) Coy. Together they raised two sons, Jeffrey of Cave Creek, AZ and Roderick (rick) of East Lansing, MI 

Betty was a teller at Owosso Savings Bank and a retailer for Wren's Jewelry prior to opening a men's clothing store, Larry Coy Toggery, with her husband Larry in 1958. 

Throughout her life, Betty was active in the Order of Eastern Star, Job's Daughters, DeMolay and the First Methodist Church of Owosso. In 1940 she was initiated into the Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star of Michigan. Betty served as Worthy Matron in Owosso and a travel companion for Larry who served as Worthy Grand Patron of Michigan. In 1987 she was granted honorary life membership. She remained active through 2011. Friends remember both Betty and Larry dancing, ballroom style, around the Grand Chapter room floor. They were Michigan's own Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Betty was also a master decorator and event coordinator. 

Betty's reputation as a master hostess carried over to May Breakfasts at the First Methodist Church which she attended every year since age 11. As an adult every year she hosted a table at the May Breakfast and everyone wanted to be at Betty Coy's table. It was the best and you got a gift to take home. She also earned the title of chocolate-pusher. She was always tempting you to have a piece of candy--right up to her final days. 

Left to cherish Betty's memory in addition to sons Jeff and Rick are daughters-in-law Jane Coy and Dede Coy along with grandchildren and spouses-- Christopher & Julie of Minneapolis MN, Amanda & Mark of Reno NV, Ryan of Minneapolis MN, Steven & Cassey of Boston MA and Matt of Boston along with great grandchildren Harper, Rowan and Cassidy. 

The family wishes to thank her caregivers who were an important part of her life in the last few years especially: Diane, Dean, Sue, Pat the Visiting Angels and Pleasant View.


Betty Jean Bailey, age 78 of Owosso, passed away Monday, January 7, 2019 at Pleasant View. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Friday, January 11, 2019 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso. Pastor John Walworth will officiate with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Owosso. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 5-8 pm. 

Betty Jean was born August 28, 1940 in Owosso to the late Frank and Agnes (Hromek) Klabak. She attended Owosso High School, graduating in 1958. Betty Jean was a lover of all animals, especially all of the family pets. She enjoyed her time with family, playing bingo and putting together puzzles. 

Betty Jean is survived by her 2 daughters: Lisa (Frank) Tew of Owosso, Leslee (Steven) Klem of Owosso; 4 grandchildren: Kylie Tew, Taylor Engel, Brendan Tew, Cassidy Engel; great granddaughter, Payton McComb; 2 brothers: Frank (Jean) Klabak, Jr. of Chesaning, Gene Klabak of Owosso as well as several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Helen Luft. 

Memorial contributions given in Betty Jean's name are suggested to the Shiawassee Humane Society. Online condolences may be sent to her family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Tommy L. Warner age 70 of Lennon passed away Friday, January 4, 2019 at McLaren Hospital of Flint. Funeral services will be 4:00 PM Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until the time of the service. 

Tommy was born January 2, 1949 in Owosso, a son of Clyde and Marie (Chrest) Warner. On July 15, 1967 he married Jackie Speers in Owosso. Tommy enjoyed hunting, fishing, motorcycles, building engines, computers, and taking things apart so he knew how to fix them. He retired from General Motors in 2003 after being employed for 34 years. 

Tommy is survived by his wife, Jackie Warner; children, Tom Warner, Bob (Kathy) Warner, and Michelle Warner; 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; sister, Barb Skodak; and brothers, Larry (Lorraine) Warner and Bill (Mary) Warner; sister-in-law Denise Warner, several nieces and nephew, and his cat Weezer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Marie Warner; and brothers, Duane (Marion) Warner and Ron Warner. 

Memorial Contributions in Tommy's name are suggested to the family at this time. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Patti Ann Tuttle, 86, of Owosso, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 28, 2018 at Memorial Healthcare, surrounded by her 8 children. A memorial gathering will take place on Thursday, January 3, 2019 from 5-8pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel. A graveside service will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 1pm at the Lambertville Cemetery. 

Patti was born on November 22, 1932 in Sylvania, Ohio to the late Julius R. and Catherine L. (Schissler) Gempel. She graduated from Burnham High School in the class of 1950, and on July 25, 1953 she married Francis Tuttle at the Olivet Lutheran Church in Sylvania. Patti was a creative person, she loved any family time as she spent her life caring for her nine children. Patti had an artistic side, she enjoyed making greeting cards for family and friends, writing her "worse-verses" and poems. When her family wasn't around, she enjoyed the solitude and quietness of the country life. Patti was very proud of her large family and was always proud of the fact that she had nine children in ten years. 

Patti is survived by her eight children; Sherri (Mark) Legler, Steven Tuttle, Barbara (David) Vane, John (Lisa) Tuttle, Mark (Lori) Tuttle, Jennifer Tuttle, Joan (Jamie) Brusso, and Nanci (Edward) Grzesiak, also many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her brothers; Jack (Nan) Gempel, Tom Gempel, and sister in-law Dianne Gempel. 

She was predeceased by her husband Francis in 1992, her daughter Paula Reideman, two grandchildren, and her brothers; William Gempel and Charles Gempel, her sisters; Sally Hidtman and Mary Dennis. 

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Tuttle's name are suggested to a Hospice program of your choice. 

Online condolences can be shared with the family at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Brent Allen Albring, 32, of Elsie, passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Sparrow Health System in Lansing. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 12-noon at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, burial will follow in Ford Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Hillcrest Mausoleum from 10am-12.


Evelyn Marie Cross, 82, of Owosso, passed away on Monday, December 10, 2018 at Memorial Healthcare. Private family services will be held. She will be laid to rest with her husband in the Cleon Township Cemetery. Her family is being served by, Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel. WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Ivan D. Sisson, age 88 of Owosso, passed away Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the Regency West of Lansing. Funeral services will be held at 11:oo am Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso. Dr. Tim Graham will officiate with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Family will receive Friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 2-8 pm and again Thursday one hour prior to the service. 

Ivan was born December 14, 1929 in Cadillac, Michigan to the late Garl M. and Martha M. (DeJean) Sisson. He served his country faithfully in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, being honorably discharged in 1953. On October 22, 1951, while still in the Army, Ivan married Billie Jean Swallow in Clare, Michigan and together raised 3 children. Prior to his retirement in 1989, Ivan worked 34 years for the Tuscola-Saginaw Bay Railroad as a Switchman and later a Conductor.

Mr. Sisson is survived by his wife of 67 years, Billie; 3 children: Jeffrey (Valerie) Sisson of Grand Rapids, Jacqueline (Tim) Graham of Rogers, KY, Peggy (Bruce) Johnson of Lenox Township; 4 grandchildren: Wayne (Anna) Graham, Rebeckah Graham, Michael (Richard) Beecher-Johnson, Achcy Johnson; 2 great grandchildren: Stella and Caroline Graham as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Melvin and sister, Mildred Edgerly.

Memorial contributions given in Mr. Sisson's name are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Wounded Warriors Project. Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Robert "Bobbie" Wedge, 81, of Owosso, passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Welcome Home Assisted Living. Arrangements through Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel. www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Janie Sue Keating, 66, of Corunna, passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at McLaren-Flint. A memorial service to honor and celebrate her life will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 3pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel, her niece, Beth Bowers will celebrate. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. 

Janie was born in Owosso on November 4, 1952 to the late William Kenneth "Ken" and Dorothy Lee (Francis) Stewart. She graduated from Corunna High School in the class of 1970, and continued her education at Mott Community College graduating with a bachelors degree. Janie enjoyed gardening, movies, antiquing, and art. Janie shared her gift of art by making her children prints for their homes. 

Janie is survived by her children; Sarah (Mitch) Holmes, Becky (Will) McNamara, Wallee (Allan Taylor) Keating, and Briklan Keating. Her grandchildren; Ethan, Liam, and Julian McNamara, Kortnee (Sean) Davis, Kyle (Samantha) Holmes, Kara Holmes and Gavin Holmes, also her great-grandchildren; McKenna, Isla, Charlie, and Emilia. Her siblings; Bob (Vivian) Stewart, Larry (Lynne) Stewart, Julie (Randy) Arnett, Susie (Peter) Longbottom, and Ken (Lorie) Stewart, also many nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

She was preceded in death by both of her parents. 

Memorial contributions in Janie's name are suggested to the Shiawassee Council on Aging/Meals on Wheels. 

Online condolences can be shared at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Shirley M. Spencer age 74 of Owosso passed away Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Sparrow Hospital. There will be no services at this time. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso.

Shirley was born February 24, 1944 in Owosso, a daughter of Benard and Edith (Gross) Spencer. She enjoyed gardening, yard work, crocheting, and her dogs. Prior to her retirement in 2013, she worked for a truck driving company for 10 years and was owner of a cleaning company for 20 years.

Shirley is survived by her son, Rob (Kim) Spencer; grandson, Jeff (Katie) Spencer; sisters, Diane, Betty and Pat; and brothers, John and George. She was preceded in death by her sister, JoAnn. 

Memorial Contributions in Shirley's name are suggested to the Shiawassee County Humane Society.


Charles B. Ostrander age 88 of Owosso, passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at his home. There will be no services at this time. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel.

Charles was born August 10, 1930 in Owosso, a son of David and Dora (Croft) Ostrander. He graduated Owosso High School in 1949. After high school he entered into the National Guard. As his children were growing up he was active in youth sports and scouting. Prior to his retirement, he had worked for Woodard's in Owosso and General Motors for many years.

Charles is survived by his daughters, Cheri English and Dora Lawyer, and his sister, Maxine Burr. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Dora, and sons, Larry, Dan and Doug.


Beverley I. Hawn age 91 of Owosso passed away Monday, November 19, 2018 at the We Care Assisted Living Facility. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Monday, November 26, 2018 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Perry. 3333 W. Britton Rd., Perry, MI 48872. Pastor Johnson will be officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso.

Beverley Cooper was born October 16, 1927 in Owosso, a daughter of Clayton and Margaret (Bowden) Cooper. On October 18, 1947 she married Hubert Hawn. She loved sewing, knitting, reading and spending time with her family.

Beverley is survived by her children, Clayton Hawn, David Hawn, Martha (Gary) Melrose and Nancy (Carl) Stringhum; grandchildren, Matt and Adam Melrose, Bryan and Andrew Stringhum, Hilary, Aaron, Scott and Sara Hawn and Susan (Paul) Bigham; and several great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Hawn; and daughter, Pamela Siegman.

Memorial Contributions in Beverley's name are suggested to the Shiawassee County Humane Society.


John Peter VanGeertruy December 15, 1940 November 19, 2018


Vonaleen Louise VanderMolen, 84, of Owosso, passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at

Hospice House of Shiawassee County. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 1pm. Pastor John Miller will officiate with burial to follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 2-8pm. 

Vonnie was born on March 10, 1934 in Remus, Michigan to the late Roy and Lilah (Ross) London. She graduated from Remus High School in 1951 as the Salutatorian of her class and spent her life as a homemaker. On November 28, 1953 she married Clyde Jim James VanderMolen in Augusta, Georgia and together they raised four boys. She enjoyed canning, baking, and her family. 

Vonnie is survived by her children, Ronald (Tammy) VanderMolen, Bert (Ellen) VanderMolen, Rick (Karin) VanderMolen, and Randy VanderMolen, and her grandchildren, Faith and Matthew VanderMolen. 

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Clyde on November 23, 1994, and her siblings, Lela, Wayne, Barbara, and Arlene. 

Memorial contributions in Mrs. VanderMolens name are suggested to Hospice House of Shiawassee County 

Online condolences can be shared at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Richard Canfield, age 66 of Owosso, passed away Friday, November 16, 2018 at Memorial Healthcare in Owosso. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements through Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso. www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Gena L. Kissner, age 51 of Owosso, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, November 19, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm and again Monday one hour prior to the service.


Joan Lucille Hopkins memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso. Family will receive friends Saturday one hour prior to the service. A luncheon will be served at Stoney Creek Village, 1694 N. M-52 following the service. www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Charles Howard Peters, age 73 of Owosso, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 pm Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso with Pastor John Walworth officiating. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 12:00pm until the time of service.

Charlie was born on March 17, 1945 in San Francisco, California to the late R.B. and Blanche (Pugh) Peters. He attended West Memphis High School in Arkansas, graduating in 1963. Charlie served his country faithfully in the United States Navy during the Vietnam Era, being honorably discharged in 1970. That same year on July 16th, Charlie married Herminia Martinez and together raised 4 children. Mr. Peters worked over 33 years for General Motors at the V-8 Engine Plant in Flint before retiring in 1998.

Charlie was a life member of the Owosso VFW Post #9455 and will be given military honors at a later date at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. He was known by many as "The Mule Man", traveling to many states by a mule driven wagon. His goal was to thank fellow Veterans for their military service. He also enjoyed motorcycles and going on long trips with his wife and friends. Mr. Peters was an absolute optimist, always finding the best in a situation and would always go above and beyond when he set his mind to doing something. He touched many lives, whether it be through his travels, selling homemade soaps at the local farmers' markets, and especially in the love that he showed for his family, friends, and veterans.

Mr. Peters is survived by his wife of 48 years, Herminia "Snookie" Peters; 4 children: Nanette (Jeremy) Howard of Owosso, Ralph Martinez of Grand Rapids, Carol (Dan Jones) Peters of Owosso, Charles (Stacy) Peters of TN; 10 grandchildren: Amanda Hubert, Kirstie (T.K.) Cook, Taylor (Stephen) Sovis, Michael Howard, Cayla Scott, Asa Martinez, Cassidy Jones, Luke Jones, Madelyn Peters, Marcus Peters; 6 great grandchildren, who affectionately knew him as Papa HoHo; sister: Carol (Thurston) Wilson; special niece and nephew: Cindy (David) Duckworth, Cameron (Courtney) Watson; uncles: Billie Maxwell, Jr., Jessie Maxwell, Dickie Maxwell; aunt, Betty DiMeglio; brothers-in-law: Robert (Carla) Alvarez, Barney (Penny) Alvarez, Stephen (Fe) Alvarez.

Memorial contributions given in Charlie’s name are suggested to the Owosso VFW Post #9455. Online condolences may be shared with his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


John R. Bundy, 73 of Owosso, passed away on Saturday November 3, 2018 at Durand Senior Care and Rehab. John was born on September 9, 1945 the son of Richard & Mildred Mary (Werman) Bundy. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and served in the Army. He was a gravel train driver and had worked for Ocenasek Trucking. He is survived by his son, John Bundy and 3 grandchildren, his sister Mary Venner of CO. There will be no services, cremation has taken place. Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Jennings-Lyons Chapel of Owosso.


Roland Dykema, age 78, passed away Friday, October 26, 2018 at Hurley Medical Center in Flint. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time. Arrangements through Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso. WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Timothy James Shafer, 58, of Owosso, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018 at his home. A private family service will be held, Tim will be laid to rest in Union Plains Cemetery, Bancroft. 
Tim was born on July 28, 1960 in Owosso, Michigan to John Leroy and Mary Louise (Euvrard) Shafer. Tim graduated from Owosso High School in the class of 1978, and attended Ferris State University and Baker College. Tim spent his life as an airline pilot, he loved traveling, NASCAR racing, and motorcycles. Tim has a 1949 Harley Davidson that he fully restored; he has won numerous trophies and awards at different shows. 
Tim is survived by his parents, John and Mary, his half-sister, Jacqueline (James) Long of Union City, TN. his girlfriend, Sue Gillhespy, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. 
Tim was predeceased by his grandparents, and three siblings. 
Memorial contributions in Tim's name are suggested to the Shiawassee County Humane Society.
Online condolences can be shared with the family at, WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Robert Colebank, age 69, passed away Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Genesys Regional Medical Center. Arrangements will be announced by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso. www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Gaston "Gus" Gosselin, age 90 of Durand, formerly of Detroit, passed away peacefully at Hospice House of Shiawassee County on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 pm on Friday, October 5, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso. His son, Rev. John Gosselin will officiate. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 pm until the time of the service.

Gus was born in Disraeli, Quebec on January 16, 1928 to the late Honore and Marie Louise (LaMontagne) Gosselin. He married Bernadette Sauvageau in LaSarre, Quebec on March 5, 1951. 

Gus was a lineman, recruited by Electrical Power Contractor from Canada. He belonged to the IBEW Local 17. Gus was a charter member of the Professional Archer Association, enjoyed hunting and taking his children to the park every weekend when they were little.

Gus is survived by his children; Gaston (Nancy) Gosselin of Perry, Rev. John (Joyce) Gosselin of Hubbardston, Paul (Erin) Gosselin of Saranac, Carole Doll of Wilson, North Carolina, Denise (David) Voshell of Cookeville, Tennessee, Sylvie (Karl) Swift of Lincoln Park, Robert (Elisa) Gosselin of Waterford and Louise (Henry) Uzarek of Lincoln Park. 17 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Gus was preceded in death by his wife in 2001, 12 brothers and sisters and his great granddaughter Jasmine Gosselin.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Children's Leukemia Foundation of MI, 27240 Haggerty Rd. Farmington Hills, MI 48331. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com  


Robert Eugene LeFevre, 86, of Clio, passed away peacefully at the Hospice House of Shiawassee County on Monday, October 1, 2018. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 10am at St. Mary, our Lady Queen of Families (previously St Clement Catholic Church) 25295 Van Dyke, Center Line, Michigan 48015. Internment immediately following at St Clement Cemetery. ( behind the church). 

Robert was born in Center Line, MI. on Monday, September 19, 1932; the 7th of 10 children, to Edmund LeFevre and Agnes (Beste) LeFevre. Robert married Marian D. (Gietzen) LeFevre on February 16th of 1952. They raised 4 children. He attended Michigan University, co-owned a party-store in Troy, MI and worked for Canada Dry Corporation for many years. He also worked for Confederation Life Insurance Company, and ended his career at Leaseway Trucking Corporation in Troy, MI. 

Bob retired in 1992 when he was just 60 years old, and moved to the Tampa, Florida area where he enjoyed playing golf, and bridge, gaining the coveted title of Bridge Master. Bob was a relaxed fisherman, enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, and was an avid crossword puzzler. He was sponsored in a Michigan crossword puzzle contest at one point, and came in 7th place out of over 120 players. He moved back to Michigan in 2010 to be nearer to his family. Bob enjoyed all Senior activities, especially hosting his notorious Bingo tournaments at his Senior residence. He was very social, and quite the reader and intellect. A grade school friend of his in thanks to him, setup the Robert E. LeFevre scholarship fund at De La Salle High School in Michigan to assist with tuition costs for low income students. In his later years, Bob volunteered at a grade school close to his home, and helped the children with their reading, spelling, and grammar. He adored small children, and always had a kind word for both friends and strangers. Bob always said he was “A Very Lucky man.” He loved his wife, and told everyone how beautiful she was, and he talked about his children and grandchildren with pride. He enjoyed reminiscing about days gone by, and was an avid storyteller about life....with 7 sisters and 2 brothers in one small home in Center Line, MI. 

Bob is survived by 3 sisters; Lori, Pat & Geraldine, his brother Tony, his children; Robert R. LeFevre (Beverly), daughter, Mary (Betsy) Krause (Gary), and daughter Irene LeFevre (Mike Moody). Robert has 6 Grandchildren, Phil Hayden (Jenna), Nikki Jones (Jay), Sean Conlin, Alex Yax, Adam LeFevre (Holly), Zac LeFevre (Rachel), and 11 Great-Grandchildren that he was so proud of. Logan, Matteo, Tristan, Alexis, Adrian, Robbie, Sorah, Ella, Emersyn, Broc and Hayden, also, many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends from Roxbury Senior Apartments. 

Robert was preceded in death by his wife Marian D.(Gietzen) his eldest son Stephen R. LeFevre, his parents Edmund and Agnes, 4 sisters; Francis, Rita, Eileen and Lucky (Agnes), and 1 brother Edward.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please make a donation to The Hospice House of Owosso, in Owosso, Michigan. Jan and the staff there were so very patient and kind to our family, and especially to our father, in his final hours. Words cannot express our gratitude to Jan and the entire staff at Hospice House of Owosso. 

Roberts family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel.  


Roxann Martin, age 65 of Owosso, formerly of Pontiac, passed away Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Memorial Healthcare Center in Owosso. A memorial service will be held 3:00 - 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Pontiac Missionary Baptist Church, 1281 Giddings Rd. Pontiac. Family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso. www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Kenneth M. DeLong, 94, of Owosso, passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Memorial Healthcare Center in Owosso. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 2-8 pm and again Saturday from 11:00 am until the time of service.

Kenneth was born on July 9, 1924 in Laingsburg to the late George and Bertha (Nelson) DeLong. He served his country faithfully in the United States Army during World War II, being stationed in Germany and was honorably discharged. On July 3, 1947, Kenneth married Elizabeth "Betty" Harrington in Chapin and together raised 4 children. They were married for 58 years until Betty's passing in 2006.

Prior to his retirement in 1980, Mr. DeLong worked at the General Motors Fisher Body Coldwater Rd. Plant for over 28 years. He was a member of the Corunna VFW Post #4005, the American Legion, enjoyed golfing, playing cards and spending his winters down in Zephyrhills, Florida for over 20 years.

Mr. DeLong is survived by his children: Katherine "Kitty" (Patrick) Howard, Kenneth G. DeLong, Gary DeLong, Karen DeLong; 10 grandchildren: Julie (David) Rickard, Brian (Amanda) Howard, Andrea Howard, Geoff (LaNae) Howard, Stephanie Howard, MaLissa (Mike) Schutt, Jennifer DeLong, Aimee DeLong, Nathan (Kara) DeLong, Chase (Mari) DeLong;18 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson. He was also survived by 2 sisters: Verla Barnes Roberts, Beverly Barnes Woods and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty; 8 siblings: Duane, Donald, Madeline Minear, Lucy Perina, Frances Ross, Wanda Tkaczyk, James, Lorraine Barnes Conklin and daughter-in-law, MaLinda DeLong.

Memorial Contributions given in Mr. DeLong's name are suggested to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Andrew Frederick Wright, 37, of Owosso, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Henry Ford Hospital. As per the family’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life for Drew which will be announced at a later date. Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel, Owosso.

Andrew was born in Owosso on October 25, 1980 to Frederick H. and the late Linda R. (Dean) Wright. He graduated from Corunna High School and worked as a plastics welder. Andrew enjoyed spending time fishing, hunting and operating remote control airplanes.

Drew is survived by his father, his sisters; Sharon Brewer and Amanda (Eric Cody) Wright, two nephews; Jeremy Jr. and Logan Sawvel, his former wife; Michelle Leatherman and his favorite dog, Sarge. 

He was preceded in death by his mother and his sister, Candice. Memorial contributions in Drew’s name are suggested to the family.

Online condolences can be family at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Norman Frank Goschke, 93, of Owosso, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Owls Nest Assisted Living. Funeral services will be held at 11am, on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel, Mr. Del Detief will officiate with burial to follow in Riverside Cememtery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10am until the time of the service. 

Norm was born in Owosso on July 28, 1924 to the late Herman Frank and Mabel (Gray) Goschke. He attended the Goss Country School and spent his life as a farmer. Norm married Maxine Fox on June 26, 1948 in Hemlock. 

Norm is survived by his wife of 70 years, Maxine, their children; James (Debbie) Goschke, and Susan (Bill) Dodge. His grandchildren; Justin Goschke, Ryan Goschke, and Troy (Cindy) Johnson, and his great-grandchildren; Cater and Norah Johnson, also his favorite cat, Thomas Henry. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, son in-law, Ron Johnson, granddaughter, Jennifer Johnson, his brother, Ernst Goschke, and his sisters; Flora Freeman, and Goldie Lighthill. 

Memorial contributions in Norm’s name are suggested to the Shiawassee County Humane Society.  
Online condolences can be family at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Edith "Lucille" Couzynse, age 95 of Owosso, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Memorial Healthcare Center in Owosso. Private family services will be held. Family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso.

Mrs. Couzynse was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on June 22, 1923. She graduated from Scottsbluff High School, and received her Master Degree from Western Michigan University. She resided in Muskegon until 1969 when she moved to Owosso. She and Robert Couzynse were married on June 10, 1946. Prior to her retirement, Lucille taught Home Economics at Muskegon High School and also substitute taught for several years in Owosso.

Mrs. Couzynse was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Muskegon, then a member of the First Congregational Church, Owosso. In Owosso she belonged to the Shiawassee Historical Society and the Shiawassee County Genealogical Society. Since retirement she also volunteered as a driver for the D.S.S. Lucille loved genealogy and helping at the Shiawassee county historical society museum and archives. Lucille loved her Thursdays at the archives with her friends whether is was getting ready for the annual yard sale, indexing obituaries, or just talking with her friends.

Lucille is survived by her 2 sons: Ronnie Couzynse of Petoskey, Jerry (Julie) Couzynse of Florida; grandchildren: Tiffany Harte and Travis Couzynse; great grandchildren: Kiana and Caitlin Harte and Vincent Couzynse.

Online condolences may be shared with Lucille's family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


William Matthew “Matt” Ijames, born October 7, 1981, left this earth due to natural causes to be with his Heavenly Father on June 26, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 13 years Elizabeth (Egedus) Ijames, children Jocelyn Isabella, Levi Matthew and Lucas Christopher, his mother Isabel (Godina) Ijames, sisters Victoria Lynn Ijames and Rebecca Diffin (Jonathan, Geno Anthony, Ivy and David Jeffrey), and many more grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Matt was a hardworking, dedicated and loving man who knew no strangers. He loved to travel and explore new places and foods. Matt shared his passion for all things outdoors with his children, especially hunting, fishing, guns and archery. Some of their favorite things to do together include snowboarding, hunting, fishing, shooting guns, shooting bows and arrows, making bullets, camping, swimming, playing baseball and basketball, building things together, riding roller coasters and water slides, competing to see who could finish eating first, and so much more. It gave him such joy to be able to shower them with gifts, experiences and opportunities. He had a servant’s heart and would spend his spare moments helping others. He enjoyed spending weekends up at Ma’s doing yardwork, odds and ends and experiencing the outdoors. Matt also enjoyed many yearly hunting and fishing trips with his best friends and looked forward to bringing his children along when they became old enough. He was so proud of Jocelyn for shooting her first deer (a buck!) and processing it from start to finish, hunting for turkeys in the early morning hours with Levi and fishing with Lucas who would not give up casting the next line to slay another one. He loved his family dearly and gave everything he had in him to provide for them and his mom and sisters.

Matt worked his way up from a degree in avionics to an unexpected detour of working on truck scales, which he hated with a passion. But he did it because he knew if he worked hard, he could provide for a potential future family. From there he met some amazing people and moved on to Electron Microscopes. Working in the field, he became determined to move up to Manager status. After many years of travel, he was honored for his loyalty, hard work and dedication by becoming a manager at Carl Zeiss Microscopy a few months before his untimely death.

Respected and loved by so many, work and family were not the only things that made him. Matt was also very involved in his church and alma mater, Spring Vale Christian School. Soon after graduating, he went back to work at the school as the Assistant Boys Dean and Athletic Director. Matt was on the school Board of Directors for 10 years, the last 2 of which he was Chairman. Always available to others, Matt mentored and made an impact on countless teens and young adults. He made a difference to so many just by being himself – the man of God he was created to be. No one could replace him and he will be greatly missed.

We may never understand why Matt had to leave us so early in this life. So, in the words of his favorite old hymn:

Farther along we’ll know all about it. Farther along we’ll understand why. Cheer up my brothers, live in the sunshine. We’ll understand it all by and by.

Funeral services will be held at 1pm on Friday, July 6, 2018 at Springvale Christian School, 4150 S. M-52, Owosso. Pastor Whaid Rose will officiate with burial to follow in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

The family asks if anyone wishes to make a donation in his honor to please do so to:

Spring Vale Christian School
4150 S. M-52
Owosso, MI 48867
www.springvale.us


Timothy J. Murphy, age 72 of Durand, formerly of Detroit, passed away Monday, June 18, 2018 at the Lodges of Durand. graveside services will be announced by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso.

Tim was born on March 30, 1946 in Detroit to the late George and Helen (Schwab) Murphy.

He is survived by his 2 brothers: Pat (Anne) Murphy of Owosso and Terry Murphy of Lansing; niece and nephews: Kelli, Mike, Chris and Sean.

Online condolences may be shared with Timothy's family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Theresa Marie Wing, 88, of Owosso, passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Hospice House of Shiawassee County. Private family burial will take place at St. Paul Catholic Cemetery. The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel. WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Gayle L. Preece, age 80 of Owosso, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the Hospice House of Shiawassee County. A memorial service to honor and celebrate her life will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 11am at the First Congregational Church of Owosso, Pastor Deb Grazier will celebrate, she will be laid to rest with her husband Ray in Great Lakes National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. 

Gayle was born on May 20, 1938 in Battle Creek, Michigan to the late Clifford and Vivian (Moore) Pierce. Gayle married Ray Preece on September 15, 1962 in Battle Creek, Michigan and together raised two children. Gayle spent her life as a home maker. She enjoyed line dancing, garage-saleing with her grandchildren, music, and Owosso Community Players theater. She was an active member of the First Congregational Church and the UCC Women's Group, the Red Hat Society, and the Corunna Country Kickers line dancing group. She loved her neighbors, and her coffee gang. 

Gayle is survived by her children; Marla (Dirk) Welte, and Michael (Dena) Preece. Her grandchildren; Stephanie (Chris) Paul, Jordan Preece, Jonathon Elliott, Jack Welte, and Katee Welte, also four great-grandchildren, and her brother, Gary (Karen) Pierce. 

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Ray on October 7, 2011 and her brother, Richard. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County or the First Congregational Church. 

The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel. 

Online condolences can be shared with the family at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Neil Leslie McGinn, age 79, passed away peacefully in his Clarkston home Saturday, May 26, 2018. A celebration of Neil's life will be announced by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel at a future date.

Neil was born March 31, 1939 to the late Neil Dolphin and Bernadette (Burley) McGinn. Originally from Owosso, Neil attended Western Michigan University where he received his BS in Mechanical Engineering. He spent over 40 years in the automotive industry working for Ford and General Motors. Neil was also a successful entrepreneur, owning Midas Muffler Shop in his hometown of Owosso.

Neil had a passion for boating and enjoyed being out on the water. This passion for boating led Neil to become a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Key West, where he and Barbara spent their winters. He also worked several years in the aerospace industry for LTV. This fueled his passion for airplanes and flying. 

Neil is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara (Hurrell) McGinn; daughter, Meghan McGinn; two sons: Neil James McGinn, Scott (Kathy) McGinn; grandchildren: Jordan and Mackenzie McGinn; his brother, James Lee McGinn and many nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions given in Neil's name are suggested to Wounded Warriors (HelpOurVeterans.org). Online condolences may be shared with his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Allen E. Wisenbaugh, 62 of Owosso passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Memorial Healthcare Center. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time.

Allen was born in Owosso on August 31, 1955, the son of Floyd & Eleanor (Hija) Wisenbaugh. He graduated from Owosso High School in the class of 1973 and resided in Owosso his whole life. On October 14, 1978 he married Laura Lee Jennings and this year they would have celebrated 40 years together. Allen enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing with his grandchildren. He worked for Johnson Controls in Owosso and then Case Steel in Flint.

He is survived by his wife, Laura, children: Sara Anne (William) Fuller of Owosso, Elizabeth Rose Jones & Karl Burr of Owosso and Genny Ellen (Jeff) Palmer of Harrison, grandchildren; Victor, Mitchell, Sunny, William, Howard and Katherine, brothers Floyd Allen (Teresa) WIsenbaugh of Omer, Tony Lee Wisenbaugh of Owosso and mother-in-law Genevieve Jennings. He was predeceased by his brothers Richard, David, Lonnie, his parents, and father-in-law Howard Jennings. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com Memorials are suggested to the family. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel of Owosso.


Belicia I. Licholat, 98, of Corunna, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at Durand Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 3pm and the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, 9754 E. Lansing Rd. Durand. The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel. Online condolences can be shared with the family at, WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Catherine M. McAvoy age 76 of Owosso passed away Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Hospice House of Shiawassee County. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Memorial Contributions in Catherine's name are suggested to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Cathy Sue Hall
, age 68 of Owosso, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Hospice House of Shiawassee County. A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Owosso VFW Hall, 519 S. Chipman St. Owosso. Family will receive friends at the hall from 12:30 pm until the time of the service. 

Cathy was born March 18, 1950 in Plymouth, Michigan to Vernard and Violet (Hall) Conant. She attended Byron High School, graduating in 1969. On January 24, 1970, she married Bruce I Hall, Jr. in Owosso and together raised 2 children. Prior to her retirement, Cathy worked for many years at Toledo Commentator. She was a member of the Owosso VFW Ladies' Auxiliary where she was a past president and worked VFW bingo. Cathy was an avid bowler. She enjoyed traveling with Bruce and their visits to various casinos. But above all, she loved her time with her family and the many trips they all shared together.

Cathy is survived by her husband of 48 years, Bruce; 2 children: Patrick (Linda) Hall of Virginia, Rachel (Scott) Fishback of Indiana; 5 grandchildren: Christopher Hall, Stacie Hall, Lauren Hall, Kathryn Fishback, Garrett Fishback; great granddaughter, Elizabeth Martinez; 4 siblings: Gary (Candie) Conant, David (Sandra) Conant, Judy (Dave) Hicks, Mary Ellsworth as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Vernard and her sister, Verna Rodebush.

Memorial contributions given in Mrs. Hall's name are suggested to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County. Online condolences may be sent to her family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Helen M. Myron, age 82, of Owosso, MI, departed to be with her Lord and Savior on May 6, 2018.
 
Helen a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, lead a fulfilling life. She was dedicated to her Lord Jesus Christ, husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister and friends. Helen was a reserved, soft spoken person who gave of herself to others through many acts of kindness. 

Helen was born to Joseph and Bernice Walker in Pleasant Valley, Montmorency County, MI, on October 5, 1935. She graduated from Hillman High School and attended County Normal, receiving her Teaching Certificate. She taught in Grand Rapids and Shiawassee County Schools. In 1959 she married Robert E. Myron of Owosso MI. Together they raised three children, Bob, Claudette and Vonda. Once married she became a devoted homemaker taking care of her family as they traveled to many states with her husband being in the U.S.A.F. until retirement. They made their home in Owosso in 1972. As her children grew, Helen began to grow also and became accomplished in many occupations such as a large product seamstress, bookkeeper and a nursing home administrator. Helen also had so much joy with her hobbies of growing her own vegetables, fruits and flowers, canning, baking and loving on her grandchildren. Helen attended the Owosso First Free Methodist Church.

Helen is survived by her beloved husband Robert, E, Myron, two daughters; Claudette F. Ebe, Vonda L. (Richard Jr) Gillett, six grandchildren; Erica (Mitch) Brooks, Kevin Myron, Bill (Ami) Ebe III, Jolene (Josh) Alto, Matthew (Andrea) Gillett, Angela (Brandon) Eckerle. Ten great-grandchildren, Liam, Gwyn, Rhi, Caroline, Helena, Alex, Abby, Emmy, Aleigha, and soon to be Baby G. A sister Clarabelle Parker, sister-n-law Dorothy Kalbfleisch and many nieces, nephews, cousins.

  Helen is predeceased by her son, Robert N. Myron, June 2, 2016, her Father, Mother, two Brothers, and six Sister’s.

Services will be 11:00 am on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Jennings-Lyons Chapel with Pastor Nathan Struble and Pastor Mark Green officiating, burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, May 11th from 2-8 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am until the time of service. The family would like to extend our gratitude to all the staff at Genesys-Hurley Cancer Institute and McLaren Hospice for their attentiveness and loving support. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made in Helen’s name to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Corunna High School swim team. www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Jefferson Donald Serr, age 88 of Owosso, passed away Friday, April 27, 2018 at Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso. Pastor John Walworth will officiate with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm. 

Jefferson was born May 30, 1929 in Owosso to the late Frank and Annie (Kirby) Serr. He was known as Don by family and friends prior to his time in the military, and those who met him later knew him as Jeff. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean conflict and was honorably discharged in 1952. While stationed at camp Atterbury in Indiana, he met the love of his life, Mary Pepper, and they married on July 11, 1953.

His Depression-era childhood was spent on the farm. He tried his hand at several jobs before settling on a career with General Motors as Die Maker, where he worked for 40 years before retiring in 1992. Mary passed 2 short years later, on September 7, 1994. 

Mr. Serr was a meticulous craftsman. He built the family home where he lived and raised his family, and he was always working on a mechanical or building project. He enjoyed spending time at his cottage up north, and had a talent for telling stories. 

He is survived by 4 children: Martin Dean (Debbie) Serr of Alabama, Julie Anne (Martin) Finucane of Owosso, Todd Andrew Serr of Virginia, Brenda Jean (Jeff) Draher of Ovid; 6 grandchildren: Jordan and Nicholas Serr, Devon (Anthony) Smith, Winston Finucane, Brad and Mary Draher; sister, Phyllis Dumond and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary; infant son, Mark Allen Serr; brother James and sister, Frances Serr Bolter.

Memorial contributions given in Mr. Serr's name are suggested to the National Arthritis Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Olga "Vickie" Jolley, age 98 of Owosso, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 23, 2018 at her home. A memorial service to honor and celebrate her life will be held on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 11am at the First Congregational Church of Owosso. Pastor Deb Grazier will officiate and burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 10am until the time of the service. 

Vickie was born on March 24, 1920 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Yakim and Tatiana (Radukevich) Kohan. She graduated valedictorian of her class in 1937 from Goodrich High School and attended what is now Baker College. On June 16, 1946 she married James B. Jolley in Detroit and together they raised three children.

In the early 1940’s during WWII, her adventurous spirit led her and a group of girlfriends from the Flint area to pick up and move to Beverly Hills, CA. Her stories of her time there include running into the likes of John Wayne, Clark Gable, and Betty Grable, singing at the Cocoanut Grove, and dancing the night away at the Hollywood Palladium.

Near the war’s end, Vickie made plans to return to Michigan. Just before she left to come home, she went dancing one more time on a whim. She walked into the Palladium and out of the corner of her eye watched a handsome young WWII veteran follow her to the dance floor. They spent the whole night dancing and the rest is history.

Vickie and her husband settled in Owosso shortly after they were married. She worked at Redmonds and Universal Electric and was very active in her community. She was on a bowling league and traveled often with the Kerr Travel Club. A long-time member of the First Congregational Church of Owosso, she enjoyed singing in its choir.

She was a life member of the DAV Auxiliary and the Ex-Prisoner of War Auxiliary, as well as a member of the Shiawassee Arts Council and Red Hat Society (Scarlett Belles) for 16 years.

Left to cherish Vickie's memory is her family that she loved so much. Her daughter, Sharon (Rex) Vaughn, her son, Craig (Terri) Jolley, and son-in-law, Kirk McCall. Her grandchildren; Heidi Snyder, Chris (Betsy) McCall, Kelly (Dale) King, Julie Vaughn, Kerry (Vickie) Jolley, Korey (Katy) Jolley, Bryan Jolley, and Jaime (Dan) Abell. Her great-grandchildren; Bailey, Jordan, Dawson, Jared, Emily, Isaac, Luke, Carter, Mac, Jaxson, Deklyn, and Wimberly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James; daughter, Judy McCall; her sisters; Anna and Mary, her brothers; Nick, Al, John, Fred, Mike, and Harry. 

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Jolley's name are suggested to the First Congregational Church of Owosso. 

Online condolences can be shared with the family at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com.


Marjorie May Hudson, 87, of Owosso, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Pleasant View. Burial has taken place in Yerian Cemetery and there will be no services. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel. WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Frankie Jeanette Lorencz, 51, of Owosso, passed away at her home on Monday, April 9, 2018. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 12-noon at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. 

Frankie was born on December 29, 1966 in Bloomingdale, Michigan to Frank George McNeal and Jacqueline Jeanette Voss. She graduated from Owosso High School in the class of 1985 and attended Baker College and earned an associates degree. Frankie loved to bake, make chocolates, and spoil her nieces and nephew. 

Frankie is survived by her mother; Jacqueline (Tim Sr.) Selbig, her grandmother; Mildred Palmer, her brother; Theodore Worthington, her aunt; Linda (Gary) Hudson, her uncle; Spencer (Julie) Bacon, and her nieces and nephew; Breanna, Jolie, and Theodore Jr. Worthington. 

Frankie was preceded in death by her father, Frank, grandma and grandpa McNeal, step-brother, Timothy Selbig Jr., her aunts; Terri Voss, Lucky Voss, and Susan Bacon, also, her uncles, Van Voss, and Ben Voss. 

Memorial contributions in Frankie's name are suggested to the family for future designation. 


Richard M. Twomley age 82 of Durand, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018 at his home. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 2415 Bagley St. Flint, Michigan 48504. Family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to mass. Arrangements through Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel of Owosso. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Joan Alice Melzow, 95, of Owosso, passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the Chelsea Retirement Community. A visitation with the family in memory of Joan will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 4-8pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel. A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 2pm at the First United Methodist Church in Owosso. 

Joan was born on February 13, 1923 in Flint, Michigan the only child of the late Harry B. and Nellie M. (Collard) Dillon. She graduated from Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw and earned a Bachelors degree in education from Central Michigan University. On June 6, 1945 she married Leroy W. Melzow in Saginaw and together raised four daughters. 

Joan was a member of the First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, she was a Girl Scout Leader, a member of the Shiawassee Historical Society, the Shiawassee Arts Center, and she also played many years for the Shiawassee Chamber Orchestra. 

Joan is survived by her four daughters; Martha (Gerry), Peggy, Mary (Dave), and Sally. Her grandchildren; Kristin (Brett), Brian (Michelle), Sean (Jamie), Sarah (Joe), Matt, step-grandson, David, and her great-grandchildren; Christopher, Kyle, Reece, and Max. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Leroy, her parents, and son in-laws; Steve and Mike.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mrs. Melzow's name are suggested to the Alzheimer's Foundation or the American Cancer Society.  

Online condolences can be shared with the family at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Gregory A. Cole, 60 of Owosso, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Funeral services will be held a Salem Lutheran Evangelical Church on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Pastor James Bare will officiate. Memorials are suggested to the Church. Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Jennings-Lyons Chapel.

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