, 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
, 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.
, 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.comKenneth 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.comAndrew 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.comNorman 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.comEdith "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.usTimothy 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.comTheresa 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.comGayle 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.comNeil 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.comAllen 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.comCatherine 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.comHelen 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.comJefferson 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.comFrankie 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.