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Donna Nichols, age 86, of Vernon, passed away Wednesday, November 15,2017. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 20, 2017 11:00 AM at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes Corunna Chapel with interment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends on Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 5-8PM and 1 hour prior to service.

Donna was born on February 27, 1931 to Phillip and Ruth Allen in Flint Michigan. She is survived by her children: Judy (Rod) Crawford of Onaway and Ruthann (Ric) Crawford of Corunna;10 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husbands Loid Cramer in 1983 and Benjamin Nichols in 2010 her son, Herbert Cramer in 2012 and daughter, Diane Wright in 2010.

Contributions are suggested to the Humane Society of Shiawassee County. Condolences can be left at www.WatkinsFunalhomes.com


Byron (Barney) Lynn Weaver, age 78, of Owosso, passed away on Thursday, November 2, 2017 surrounded by his family, at his home.  A celebration of life for Byron will be held on Saturday November 11th at the Webberville Masonic Temple located at 113 E Grand River Rd, Webberville, MI 48892 from 1pm until 4 pm. A luncheon will be provided.

Byron was born on May 11, 1939 in Williamston, Michigan to the late Howard Silas and Jeanne (Schaffer) Weaver.  He spent his life working in the restaurant business as a manager.  He entered the united states Army on August 15, 1958 and served his country faithfully as a medical specialist until he was honorably discharged on July 26, 1960.  Byron loved all sports, but most of all he loved his family.  He was always ready with his quick whit, and to put his two-cents in on a subject.  

Barney is survived by his wife of 48 years, Kaye, their three boys; Scott (Tamara) Weaver, Todd Weaver, and Erik (Brandie) Weaver.  His grandchildren; Jessica (Travis), Stephanie, Ashley, Christopher, Savanna, Sabrina, and TJ.  Great-granddaughter, Teagan, also his brothers, Howard Weaver and Rusty Weaver. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Kerry Weaver.
Memorial contributions in Byron's name are suggested to Memorial Hospice. 

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com

The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. 



Robert Eugene Ruhl, age 63 of Laingsburg, passed away on Monday, October 30, 2017 at Memorial Healthcare in Owosso.  A memorial service to honor and celebrate his life will be held on November 26, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bennington Twp. Hall, 5849 M-52, Owosso, MI.

Robert was born on August 15, 1954 in Owosso, Michigan to Robert Lewis and Virginia Eleanor (Escott) Ruhl.  He attended Morrice Schools and spent his life working in agriculture.  On May 22, 1976 he married Angela Jo Clapp at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owosso. 

Robert was a "jack of all trades" he was known to work until the job was done.  He would stay awake for days at a time just to finish a job.  Robert loved to talk to people, and would drop everything he was doing to help someone out.  He enjoyed his family, hunting, building sand-rails and farming.  He was the founder/president of the Mid-Michigan Trail Runners for 21 years. 

Robert is survived by his wife of 41 years, Angela, their children; Monisia (Thomas) Frayer, Jason (Lauren) Ruhl, Zach (Melissa) Ruhl, Chris (Elizabeth) Ruhl, and Aaron Ruhl.  Also his 12 grandchildren, his mother, Virginia, brother Dan (Karen) Ruhl, and sister Coleen (Randy) Brimley, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert and grandson, Skyler. 

Memorial contributions in Mr. Ruhl's name can be directed to the family for future designation.

online condolences can be shared with the family at, www.watkinsFuneralHomes.com


Corrine Elaine (Woodcock) Butcher, 93 years young, was reunited with her husband, Arlo and her Lord on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the Hospice House of Shiawassee County, with her family by her side.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11am at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel, burial will follow in Pine Tree Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 6-8pm and again on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 1-4pm.

Corrine "Corky" was born in Owosso, Michigan on August 31, 1924, the only child of Wesley George and Gardis Marguerite-Elaine (Langworthy) Woodcock.  She graduated from Corunna High School in the class of 1942 and continued her education at the Melba Beauty College.  She worked as a beautician during WWII, she was a homemeaker, and also worked as a teachers aide for the Corunna Middle School.  Corrine was a 4-H leader for 15 years, Girl Scout Leader for 8 years, and taught Sunday School at the Corunna United Methodist Church.  She volunteered many hours at the Red Cross, Pleasant View, and her church, Trinity United Methodist Church.  Corrine enjoyed golfing, bowling, gardening, traveling, card games, and reading the Argus-Press. 

Corrine married her high school sweetheart, Arlo J. Butcher on May 5, 1946 in Corunna.  They were lifelong residents of the Corunna community, they were married 52 years before Arlo's passing in 1998.  Arlo spent 25 years on the Corunna School Board, with Corrine  by his side.  In the 1940's, Corrine was the head Drum Major, in the band and loved to watch the band practice from her home near the school.  Corrine and Arlo were devout Cavalier and Spartan fans. 

Corrine is survived by her daughters; Debbie (Bob) Bentley of Corunna, and Cindie Butcher (Volker Heiner) of Charlevoix.  She was also loved by her grandchildren; Steve (Sarah) Bentley, and their four children, (Taylor, Aliyah, Brooklyn, and Brody) and Bobbi (Jeff) Pangborn and their four children (Jordyn, Brynn, Nolan, and Raelyn) also her special RESPITE friends, Chris Norder and Pat Elliott. 

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Butcher's name are suggested to; Hospice House of Shiawassee County, RESPITE, or Trinity United Methodist Church.

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


Dorothy Lee Stewart, 89, of Owosso, passed away on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Memorial Healthcare.  A memorial service to honor and celebrate her life will be held on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 4pm at the M-21 Church of Christ, 2511 E. M-21. Corunna.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Durand Senior Care and Rehab Centers, 500 unit.  The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel.  www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Linda Sue Wiley, 69, of Owosso, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Hospice House of Shiawassee County.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 24, 2017 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel, at 11am, burial will follow in Pine tree Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. 

Linda was born on June 12, 1948 in Henderson, Michigan to the late R.D. and Irene (Thompson) Sutliff.  On July 6, 1968 she married Robert Wiley in Corunna.  Linda enjoyed camping, craft shows, collecting angels, garage sales, and most of all, her grandchildren. 

Linda is survived by her husband of 49 years, Robert, her children; Kimberly (John) Steele, Michael Wiley, and Mark (Angela) Wiley.  Her grandchildren; Brandon (Megan) Gantt, Autumn, Cierra, John Jr. Steele, Bayleigh, Brodey, Kassady, Kadin, Mitchell, Connor, and Olivia Wiley, also two great-grandchildren, Annabelle and Abbigail Gantt.  Her siblings; Marion (Betty) Sutliff, Donna Schlaacter, Wayne (Cheryl) Sutliff, and Dianne Apsey.  Her sisters in-law; Dolores Sutliff, and Sherryll Sutliff and her special friends, Darryl and Lisa Stoner. 

Linda was predeceased by her parents, her son Kevin on November 4, 2009, brothers; Bob Sutliff, Shirley Vere, and Lee Sutliff, sister in-law Bernice Sutliff, and brother in-law, Jim Apsey. 

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Wiley's name are suggested to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County or a charity of your choice. 

Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.watkinsFuneralHomes.com


Wendy Michelle Seavey, 46, of Corunna, passed away at her home on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.  A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.  The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel.


Max Ansel King, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather was called home to be with his Lord on July 6, 2017, surrounded by his loving children.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Corunna Chapel with Pastor Jim Aydelotte officiating.  Burial will follow in Yerian Cemetery, Durand.  Family will receive friends on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Max was born January 26th, 1935, to Harvey and Irene (Potter) King. He lived his entire childhood in Durand, graduating from Durand High School in 1954.

On July 1, 1955, Max married Betty Lou Snow and they resided in a rural Durand home that Max built at the age of 20, until moving to the current family home in rural Corunna.

At the age of 17, he started working at Simplicity Engineering in Durand, as a bubble scraper in the welding department.  He also owned and operated his own portable welding business. Over the 43 years at Simplicity, he worked his way up to the title of Plant Supervisor.  Max loved his work!

In 1980, Max and his son, Bruce, started Max King and Son, Auto Repair and Body Shop in the back yard of the family home.  In 1985, they moved their operation to M-71 in Corunna.  They were joined in business by their daughter, Bonnie Bennett. The business serviced the Owosso/Corunna area until they suffered a fire in 2009.

Upon retirement, Max busied himself in his shop, fine-tuning his woodworking skills.  He was a master of so many things. His hobbies included woodworking, welding, hunting, fishing, golfing and camping with his wife, Betty and his extended family.

Max was a member of Faith Bible Church in Vernon. He also served as a deacon to the church.

He was the best provider anyone could ask for.  He worked hard to make sure his family had their every need met. He was a great friend and would help anyone in need. He loved to teach his skills to others.

He died a hero to his family and left an amazing legacy to be carried on. He loved the Lord and was looking forward to being reunited with his wife, Betty, daughter, Jessica and grandson, Tyler.

Max and Betty raised six children, Cindy (Kim) Van Pelt, of Harrison; Bonnie Bennett of Corunna; Bruce (Theresa) King of Corunna; Debbie Brewer of Morrice; Maxine (Doug) King-Talbot of East Lansing and Jessica King-Hose. He has 15 grandchildren, Jaime (Jarrod) Hoose; Ryan (Stefanie) Van Pelt; Mackenzie (Dan) Watson; Ashley (Andrew) Weaver; Patrick King; Karrie Brewer (Brian Kho); Trevor Brewer; Tanner Brewer; Taryn King; and, Kyle Hose. Max has 7 great-grandchildren, Aiden and Carolyn Hoose; Nolan and Willow Van Pelt; Liam Watson; Flynn Kho and Sebastian Brewer.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Max’s name to Faith Bible Church of Vernon or the Owosso Cancer Center On-line condolences can be sent to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Donald Eugene Gooding, 85, of Corunna, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Memorial Healthcare.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 1pm, at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna, Chapel.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11am-1pm the day of the service, Pastor Mike Donald will officiate, with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. 

Donald was born in Gaines Township, Michigan on April, 1, 1932 to the late Ide and Marjorie Belle (Coon) Gooding, he graduated from Gaines High School in the class of 1951.  He served his country faithfully in the United States Army, and on February 11, 1956 he married Devona Mae Baker at the Corunna Methodist Church.  Donald loved anything to do with the outdoors, especially gardening.  He enjoyed woodworking, trains, and had been bowling since 1981.  Donald spent his working life as a bridge builder. 

Donald is survived by his children; Denise (Rick) LaChappelle, Donald Jr. (Bobbi) Gooding, Diane (Curt) Johnson, Douglas (Wendy) Gooding and Daniel Gooding.  His 15 grandchildren; Jason (Jenna) Gooding, Shane (Melissa) LaChappelle, Heather (Derek) Montieith, Brandon (Mindy) Johnson, Ryan (Stephanie) LaChappelle, Amiee (Aaron Turnwald) Johnson, Megan Gooding, Joshua (Ashley) Gooding, Kaila Gooding, Tyler Gooding, Zachary Gooding, Daniel Gooding, Dylan Gooding, Dalton Gooding, and Drew Gooding, also 12 greatgrandchildren.  His sisters, Leona Whitcomb, Bernice Morse, Caroline Nashatka, and Elizabeth (Jerry) Springs. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Devona in 2010, two sisters, two brothers, and five brother in-laws.
Memorial donations in Donald's name are suggested to the American Heart Association or the Lung Cancer Association.  


Joan M. (Lucas) Warner of Corunna, MI, born April 7, 1933, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2017.  She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  She loved cooking for her family, but her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.
Joan is survived by children Deborah (Thomas) Beamish, Pauline (Louis) Krupa, Paulette Johnson, and Paul Warner.  Also surviving are her grandchildren Katie and Sarah Beamish; Lucas, Andrew and Allison Krupa; Michael and Andrea Myotte; Alexis and Scott Johnson; Paul, Alex, Matt and Austin Warner; and Paul and John DeWeese.
Joan is predeceased by her husband, Paul, of 59 years and a daughter, Jeannine DeWeese.
At her request, there will be no service.  Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice House of Shiawassee County,2005 Copas Road, Owosso, MI  48867.   Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Corunna.   Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Paul M. Warner of Corunna, MI, born January 31, 1929, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2017. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

Paul is survived by his wife Joan of 59 years, children Deborah (Tom) Beamish, Pauline (Lou) Krupa, Paulette Johnson, and Paul A. Warner. Also surviving are his grandchildren Katie and Sarah Beamish; Lucas, Andrew and Allison Krupa; Michael and Andrea Myotte; Alexis and Scott Johnson; Paul, Alex, Matt and Austin Warner; and Paul and John DeWeese.
 
Paul is predeceased by a daughter, Jeannine DeWeese.

At his request, there will be no service.  The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Cecilia Veronica Chapin, 94, of Corunna, passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Memorial Healthcare from an aortic aneurysm.  A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 12 noon at Pine Tree Cemetery in Corunna. 

Cecilia was born on December 21, 1922 in Melbourne, Australia to the late Walter and Isabella (Spencer) Brown.  On September 6, 1944 she married Dr. Ralph C. Chapin DDS.  She came to the United States in 1946 as a war bride; she spent her life as a homemaker.  Cecilia enjoyed gardening and time spent with her family. 

Mrs. Chapin is survived by her children; Marcia (Terry) Quast, Charles Chapin, Alicia Forsman, and John (Melody) Chapin.  Her grandchildren; Stephen Quast, Allison (Mike) Lents, and  Stacey Quast, also her great-granddaughter, Olivia Lents. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dr. Ralph C. Chapin DDS in June of 1999, her daughter, Rhonda Towne in January of 2015. She had three brothers and one sister.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Fred and Betty Bates for the care they gave their mother. 

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Chapin's name are suggested to the Corunna VFW Ladies Auxiliary.


Thomas Michael Shire, 70, of Corunna, passed away at his home on Thursday, May 18, 2017.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 1pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel, burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. 

Thomas was born on August 29, 1946 in Owosso, Michigan to the late Chester Raymond and Arlene Vera (Unverdross) Shire.  Thomas served his country faithfully in the United States Army, and was honorably discharged in 1967.  On June 21, 1969 Thomas married Janice Dawn Turner.  Thomas worked for Johnson Controls for 28 years before retiring, after retirement he went to work in the maintenance department at Kith Haven Nursing Home.  Thomas was a member of the American Legion, Eagles, and the Shiawassee County Sheriffs Posse.  He enjoyed camping with his family and fishing with his friends, Dale Newport and Don Lingo. 

Thomas is survived by his wife of 47 years, Janice, his two sons, Travis Shire of Owosso and Chris (Jennie) Shire of Laingsburg, his grandchildren; Ian Shire, Raven Shire, Devin Shire, and Jaylyn Galloway.  His siblings; Jeff (Char) Shire of Corunna, Brian (Cindy) Shire of Corunna, Suzanne Shire of Owosso, Pam (Dick) Hurrell of Bancroft, Brother-in-law Larry (Carol) Turner of Corunna, many nieces and nephews and many special friends from the Eagles.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, sister, Lori Shire, mother and father in-law, Evora and Jene Turner, nephew, Greg Shire, great nephew, Logan Turner, and his  beloved companion, Molly

Memorial contributions in Mr. Shires name are suggested to the Shiawassee County Humane Society, or the Shiawassee County Sheriffs Posse. 

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Della May Thomas, 83, of Warren, IN, passed away at 12:15 AM on Thursday, May 04, 2017 at Heritage Pointe in Warren, IN.  She was born on Saturday, May 13, 1933, in Gratiot County, MI.  Della graduated high school in Lansing  Michigan and a graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in Chemistry. She married James Lane Thomas on Tuesday, April 05, 1955 in Cheyenne, WY.  The two met while attending the University of Colorado. James passed away on January 15, 2012. James and Della moved along with James’ job living in Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota, Indiana and Colorado; before finding their way back to Indiana. Della loved to paint and starting a painting class while living at Heritage Pointe. She enjoyed traveling, camping, spending time with her family and her newest great grandchild in February.

Survivors include: Daughters - Lane (Allen) Bahney, Gilead, IN, Gwen (John) Mays, Raleigh, NC, Granddaughters - Sara (Kyle) Thomas, Denver, IN, Melanie Mays, Raleigh, NC, Bailie Martin, Raleigh, NC and 5 Great Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her: Mother - Inez Julia (Gary) Jenks, Father - Vern D. Jenks, Sister-Doris Jean Jenks and Husband - James Lane Thomas.

In honoring Della’s wishes she will be cremated and inurnment will take place at a later date in the Gilead Cemetery in Gilead, IN.

Preferred memorials:  Heritage Pointe Activities Department, 801 Huntington Ave.  Warren, IN  46792                          

Arrangements are being handled by Glancy - H. Brown & Son Funeral Home in Warren.

Online condolences may be made atObituaries - Glancy Funeral Homes


Janice O. Mallory, age 81 of Corunna, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017 at her home.  A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Owosso First Church of God, 2100 North M-52, Owosso, Michigan 48867 with Pastor Mike Harmon officiating.  Family will receive friends at the church from 1:30 until the time of the service.

Janice was born on December 9, 1935 in Saginaw to the late Ervin and Marjory (Sparks) Miller.  On December 29, 1953 she married Rolland L. Mallory and together had 8 children.  Janice worked nearly 30 years for Planned Parenthood as a Clinical Assistant.  She enjoyed gardening, flowers, sewing, cook-outs and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Janice is survived by 7 children: Connie (Robert) Reichert, Rolland (Dora) Mallory, Harry (Ella) Mallory, Marjory Oviatt, Yvette Mallory, Ja`neen Mallory-New, Jeffrey (Sandra) Mallory; 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 4 brothers, 2 sisters and her son, Phillip.

Memorial contributions given in Janice's name are suggested to The Children's Heart Foundation.  Online condolences may be shared with her family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Raymond Gordon Nichols, age 87 of Owosso, passed away peacefully at Hospice House of Shiawassee County on Sunday, April 16, 2017.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 1pm. at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel, Paul Holland will officiate.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11am until the service at 1pm. 

Raymond was born on August 17, 1929 in Lennon, Michigan to the late James and Minerva (Phelps) Nichols.  He served his country faithfully in the United States Army from 1944 to 1952.  On September 3, 1955 Raymond married Doris Marie Felker in Vernon, Michigan.  Raymond retired from Johnson Controls in Owosso. 

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Doris, his children; Judy Heiser, Peggy (Tom) Hawes, and Carla (David) Reynolds.  Eight Grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and his sister Doris Briggs. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters; Ruth and Gladys, brothers; Fred, Kenneth, Ben and Jerry.  His granddaughter, Jamie Smith, and great grandson, Hunter Smith. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice House of Shiawassee County. 


Mary Margaret Adams, age 92, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Owosso Memorial Healthcare surrounded by her family.   Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Corunna Chapel, 302 W. Corunna Ave with Pastor John Walworth officiating.   Burial will be in the New Haven Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday March 21, 2017 at the funeral home.

Margaret was born on October 16, 1924 to Frederick and Mary (McKay) Leader in Owosso, Michigan, the second of four children.   A graduate of Corunna High School Class of 1942, Margaret met the love of her life while roller skating at the McCurdy Park Casino; she married Arthur Lee Adams on March 10, 1944. Together they had four daughters and built their own home in Corunna and a cabin in Harrison, Michigan. Arthur passed away in 1967.

Margaret was devoted to her family and thoroughly enjoyed celebrating holidays and birthdays as well as spending time up north with her children and grandchildren. She also spent many hours attending school events and athletic events with them.   Margaret loved birds, especially cardinals, collected drummer boys, and enjoyed a good cup of coffee with family and friends. Over the years she cared for her parents,  grandchildren, and numerous dogs and stray cats.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband Arthur, infant daughter Sharon, sisters Betty Peyovich and Jeanne Kaltrider, and brother Lowell Leader, and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

She is survived by her daughters Diane (William) Yocum, Christine (Richard) Chapman, and Lisa (Michael) Gilna; grandchildren Meggan (Will) Davis, Martha (Brian) Holzheuer, Emily (Dale) Mills, Zachary (Alexandra) Gilna, Olivia (David) Crawford, Alaynie Gilna, and Isaac Gilna; great grandchildren Skylar, Decklan, Dae, and Lakein Davis; sisters-in-law Dorothy (William) Cross, Margie (Ray) Connor; brother-in-law William (Pat) Kaltrider and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial contributions in honor of Mary Margaret are suggested to the Shiawassee County Humane Society.   Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com

Her family would like to thank Dr. Thatikonda and the staff of Memorial Healthcare 4S and 5S Long Term Care Units for the warm and expert care and friendship provided to our loved one.


Eugene Lowell Sanderson, age 82 of Corunna, passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Hospice House of Shiawassee County.  Funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 10:30am at St. Paul Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Michael O'Brien will celebrate.  The family will receive visitors at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel, on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 3-8pm, with the Rosary being prayed at 7pm.

Eugene was born in Owosso on December 13, 1934 to the late Lowell and Magdalene (Powers) Sanderson.  He graduated from Corunna High School in the class of 1954.  the same week that Eugene graduated he entered the United States Air Force, and served his country faithfully until 1958, when he was honorably discharged.  On June 16, 1956 Eugene married Shirley Jean Sheler at St. Paul Catholic Church in Owosso.  Eugene worked for Midland-Ross for 26 years and then Davis Cartage.  Eugene loved anything to do with sports, he was an avid Spartans fan, but his biggest thrill was a good golf game. 

Mr. Sanderson is survived by his wife of 60 years Shirley, his son, Karl (Teresa) Sanderson, grandchildren; Eric (Amy Smith) Sanderson, Karon (Kurtis) Long, Jennifer (Joe) Sumbera, and Bobbi (Nate) Yerian.  Great-grandchildren; Koehn and Kinley Long, Kali Mattson, Jostyn, Mason, and Madison Yerian.  His brother, Phillip (Pat) Sanderson, and sister in-law Patricia Sanderson. 

He was predeceased by both of his parents, his son Michael Sanderson, his brother Richard Sanderson, and mother in-law, Mildred Brown.   

Memorial contributions in Eugene's name are suggested to his family for future designation. 


Carol Jean Hein, age 78 of Lennon, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2017 at Hurley Medical Center in Flint.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 11am at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel, Pastor Louis Canaday will officiate, with burial to follow in Pine Tree Cemetery.  The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm and 1 hour prior to the service on Friday.  A VFW Auxiliary service will be held on Thursday at 6pm.     

Carol was born in Owosso on December, 29, 1938 to the late August F. and Gertrude (Minnick) Weber.  She graduated from Corunna High School in the class of 1956 and spent her life as a homemaker.  On April 22, 1957 Carol married David Hein in Metz, Indiana.  Carol was a member of the Corunna VFW Ladies Auxiliary #4005, she was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans, and a charter member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Gaines.  She enjoyed baking, yard work, cooking, and making quilts for those in need. 

Carol is survived by her son; Michael (Dianna) Hein, her grandchildren; Jeremiah, Hannah, and Emily, also several nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband David in 2010, her siblings; Frederick, Kenny, and Barbara. 

Memorial donations in Mrs. Hein's name are suggested to the Corunna VFW, or the Calvary Baptist Church of Gaines


Jean Pierce, age 95 of Owosso, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2017 at Memorial Healthcare.  Private family services will be held at Pine Tree Cemetery in Corunna.  The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel.


Molly Jeanne Schmidt, age 94, of Corunna, died Tuesday, February 2, 2017 at Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 11:00 AM at Owosso First United Methodist Church 1500 North Water St. Owosso, MI, with Rev. Calvin Long officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Tree Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, February 3, 2017 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes in Corunna from 5-8 PM.

Molly was born October 16, 1922 to Bertram and Carrie Cox in Detroit Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University and worked as a Dietitian for Memorial Hospital and Pleasantview. Molly was very active in her community. She was a member of Owosso First United Methodist Church, Corunna Womans Club, a member of the Corunna Library Board and School Board, The Current Topic Club and was a Daughter of the American Revolution.

Molly is survived by her children: Nancy Louise Bortel, Frank Howard Schmidt D.D.S., Steven Charles Schmidt (Linda), Carolyn Anne Hess (Tim), Marilyn Jeanne Warren (Mark), daughter-in-law Karen Schmidt, grandchildren: Brian Lee Bortel, Geoffrey Howard Bortel, Mark Howard Schmidt, Paul Robert Schmidt, Timothy Edward Schmidt, Caleb Pennington Hess, Leah Rosemary Warren, Kerry Anne Warren, Alexander Anthony Warren, great grandchildren: Jacob Lee Bortel, Ashley Lynn Bortel, Henry Howard Bortel, Elodie Sarno Schmidt, David Howard Schmidt, Steven Howard Schmidt-Acosta, Emilia Jeanne Schmidt-Acosta and her cousin, Hartland Smith. Molly was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Lloyd Schmidt and her son, Daniel Edward Schmidt.

Contributions are suggested to: Memorial Healthcare Hospice or Corunna Public Library. On-line condolences can be sent to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Leonard Tkaczyk, age 91 of Owosso, died Monday, January 23, 2017. A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28 at the Corunna VFW, 416 Shiawassee St., Corunna.

Leonard was born on November 12, 1925 to Paul and Pearl (Papera) Tkaczyk. He served his country in the US Army during the invasion of Germany in World War II, where he achieved 2 Bronze stars and a Purple Heart. Leonard also loved visiting the casino any chance he could.

He is survived by his children: Linda Tkaczyk-Kinsey, Gary (Rosie) Tkaczyk, Grady "Jim" (Marilyn) Tkacyk, Rebecca (John) Good, Annette (Bob Nichols) Blisner, Patrick (Denise Taylor) Tkaczyk, Ted Peck; 14 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; sisters, Helen Tkaczyk and Jenny Pytlowanyj. Leonard was predeceased by his wife Mildred in 2007 and his son-in-law Ronald John.

Memorial contributions are suggested to he Tkaczyk family. Online condolence may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


John P. Austin, age 78 of Corunna, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Meadows of Owosso.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel.  Pastor Janet Larner will be officiating with burial to follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Owosso.  Family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 2-8 p.m.

John was born on February 23, 1938 in Corunna to the late Theodore C. and Virginia A. (Prout) Austin.  He attended Corunna High School, graduating in 1957.  On, May 17, 1958, John married Constance Kay Griffus in Owosso and together they raised 2 sons.  Connie later passed on February 13, 2013.

Before his retirement, John had owned and operated Austin Electric Motors for 45 years.  He was a member of the Corunna United Methodist Church where he was an active volunteer and a member of the Men's group there as well.  He was also a commissioner on the Corunna Historical Village where he gave much of his time.

Mr. Austin is survived by his 2 sons: Scott (Lorrie) Austin of Linden, Roger Austin of Corunna; 2 grandchildren: Fauna (Dave) Egle and Albert Widing, III; 2 great grandchildren: Nicholas and Madelin Egle; sister, Patricia Hickmott; 2 brothers: Theodore (Carol) Austin and Robert (Sabra) Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Connie and his sister, Ellen Jensen.

Memorial contributions given in Mr. Austin's name are suggested to the Corunna Historical Village or the Corunna United Methodist Church.  Online condolences may be shared with his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.


Lois Marie Lake, age 80 of Owosso, passed away peacefully at Memorial Healthcare in Owosso, on Sunday, January 1, 2017.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 11am, at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, January 5, 2017 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm.  Pastor John Walworth will officiate, burial will follow at Pine Tree Cemetery in Corunna.

Lois was born in Owosso, MI on April 4, 1936, the daughter of Earl and Hazel (Robinson) Lytle. On September 14, 1953 she married Ned Lake Jr. and they spent 53 years together before his death in 2006. Lois was a homemaker but also worked various jobs through the years, gathering lifelong friends along the way. Lois spent many years on a bowling league and in her free time she could be found at the bingo hall or trying to hit the jackpot on Blazing 7’s at the casino. She also enjoyed sharing her love of crocheting with her family.

She is survived by 5 children; Kathi Carnahan of Corunna, Ricky (Sue) Lake of Owosso, Rodney (Sandy) Lake of New Lothrop, Randy Lake of Owosso and Laura (John) Albring of Owosso, 12 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 2 sisters; Nancy (Don) Mulder of Harrison and Sallie Van Ever of Corunna, brother Jim (Joann) Lytle of Nebraska, 3 sisters-in-law; Doris Brady of Corunna, Debbie (Lenny) Wright of Owosso and Eva Lytle of Owosso, brother-in-law Richard (Sylvia) Lake of Owosso, many nieces and nephews and close friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, husband Ned, grandson Dave, great grandson Remington, brother Charles (Bud) Lytle, sister Margie Nourse, mother and father-in-law Ned and Frances Lake and sister-in-law Connie Blanchett.


Walter Glen Vondoloski, age 66 of Corunna, passed away peacefully at Hospice House of Shiawassee County on Thursday, December 29, 2016.  Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no services.  His family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel.


Joseph Wesley Williams, 71 of Corunna, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, December 29, 2016 after a long illness, through it all, he maintained his sense of humor.

Mr. Williams was born on April 4, 1945 in Louisville, KY, the son of John Wesley & Mary Nell (Tiller) Williams.  On January 27, 1967 he married Paula Dayle Shields in Bloomington, IN.  He was a Pastor in the United Pentecostal Church International, having pastored in Illinois, Kentucky, and Michigan.  He was pastor at the Owosso United Pentecostal Church from 1981 until 1991 and then at the Cornerstone Church in Jackson, MI where he was Bishop.  He was Sunday School Director for the United Pentecostal Church International, Illinois District and Youth Director for Assembly of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Joseph loved being with his children and grandchildren and serving his Lord in any capacity needed.

He is survived by his wife, Paula, son Joseph Paul (Kim) Williams of Owosso, daughter Jodi Lynn (David) Andres of Chesaning, grandchildren, Cole, Teegan and Broden.  He was predeceased by his parents.  

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.  Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Corunna Chapel.  Memorials are suggested to Cornerstone Church in Jackson at 1801 Cortland Blvd. Jackson, MI 49203 or to the family.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Keith Edward Little, Sr., 81 of Owosso, began his journey with the Lord on December 27, 2016 at Memorial Healthcare after a long illness.  Keith was born in West Branch, MI on February 6, 1935, the son of Edward Charles and Zeta (Rosavear) Little.  On October 23, 1954 he married Jacquelyn Mae DeLong in Owosso.  He was a member of the Owosso Eagles Club, UAW Local 659, enjoyed bowling, golf, hunting, fishing, softball and his many grandchildren.  Keith retired from General Motors.

He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by many, including the love of his life of 62 years, Jacquelyn (DeLong) Little and their children: Kitty Lyon of Corunna, Keith Edward, Jr. (Melanie) of Newberry, Dawn (Greg) Watson of Grand Ledge, Charles (Jacklyn) Little of Lennon, Cheryl (Edward) Cords of Owosso, Lisa (Terry) Mahoney of Corunna and Scott (Sharry) Little of Owosso, 16 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, brother James Little of West Branch, brother-in-law Loren DeLong of Corunna, sisters-in-law Carol (Don) Whitcomb of Leota, Janet Confer of Owosso.  He was predeceased by his parents, brother Ross Evear Little, mother and father-in-law, brothers-in-law Richard DeLong, Herb Confer, sisters-in-law Elaine DeLong, Mary DeLong and one granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Corunna on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 1:00 PM.  Pastor John Walworth will officiate with burial to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday 6-8 PM and on Friday 2-4 & 6-8 PM.  Memorials are suggested to the Owosso Eagles or the American Cancer Society.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Joyce A. Moiles, age 88 of Owosso, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Memorial Healthcare Center in Owosso. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. Norm Lecureux will be officiating with burial to follow in Pine Tree Cemetery, Corunna. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 2-8 p.m.

Joyce was born March 27, 1928 in Owosso to the late Ernest and Elizabeth (Welsley) Edwards. She married Otis E. Moiles on August 31, 1946 and together raised 11 children. For many years, Joyce and Otis owned and operated Moiles Yamaha on Corunna Avenue. Mrs. Moiles was a member of the Countryside Gospel Chapel. She enjoyed garage sales and collecting dolls to refurbish. She loved ice cream and kids, especially her grandchildren.

Mrs. Moiles is survived by 11 children: Derril Moiles, Darlene (Allan) Lecureux, Denise (Vern) Anderson, Duane Moiles, Delaine Hewitt, Don Moiles, Doreen (Kirk) Brookins, Dale (Laura Lambart) Moiles, Darla Sprague, Darrin (Angelica Cameron) Moiles, Daniel (Ward) Delbridge-Moiles; grandchildren: Troy (Tena) Moiles, Todd Moiles, Shelly Moiles, Tracy Lecureux, Julie Dubek, Brian (Donna Curtis) Lecureux, Melissa (Robby) Kimsel, Jill Lecureux, Liza Anderson, Jeff Moiles, Rita (Jim) Morais, Janet Moiles, Amy (Matt) Watson, Eric Truax, Travis Brookins, Jeremiah Brookins, Jessica (Adam) Bosarge, Kayleen (Jerry) Tkaczyk, Justin (Brandi) Spaleny, Chris Spaleny, Heather Spaleny, Ben Justice, Brandy Delbridge-Moiles, Chelsae Delbridge-Moiles, Justan (Mariah Murphy) Delbridge-Moiles; many great and great great grandchildren; sister, Beverly Alward; her beloved cat, Suki-Purrs as well as her many friends, caretakers and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Otis, on November 18, 2007; siblings: Ernest “Jack” Edwards, Arlie (Rosemary) Edwards, Doris (Bob) DeMoss, Alda (Bill) Keesler and brother-in-law, Grant Alward.

Memorial contributions given in Mrs. Moiles’ name are suggested to her family. Online condolences may be sent to her family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com

Catherine May Fraser, 73, of Durand passed away on 11/24/16. She is survived by her loving husband Dennis, and two sons Stewart and Bruce. She is also survived by Jennifer, her daughter in law and Cameron her only grandson. Her sister Ellen lives in Scotland with her husband and four boys.


Clayton Fuller Cook, age 92 of Corunna, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2016.  Private family services will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel.  Burial will follow in Maple River Cemetery. 

Clayton was born on April 4, 1924 in Owosso, Michigan to the late Clayton M. and Mildred (Fuller) Cook.  He graduated from Owosso High School and spent his working life as a farmer and a forklift driver.  Clayton was an avid deer hunter and outdoorsman, he was a member of the NRA, the Camera Club, and the Corunna Baptist Church.  He also enjoyed computers and computer games. 

Clayton is survived by his son, Clayton (Linda)Cook of Owosso, his daughter Barbara Cook of Corunna and his brother, Robert Cook of California. 

He was predeceased by his wife Mildred, his daughter Suzanne and most of his siblings. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shiawassee County Humane Society.


Donald Gene Eldridge, age 78 of Corunna, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2016 at his home.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 11am at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel.  Pastor John Walworth will officiate with burial to follow in Pine Tree Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, November 11, 2016 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. 

Donald was born on September 19, 1938 in Owosso, Michigan to the late Lee Elliott and Lillian Josephine (DeVorak) Eldridge.  He graduated from Corunna High School in the class of 1956 and worked at Woodard Furniture in Owosso until his retirement.  Don enjoyed the outdoors, he enjoyed fishing and deer hunting in his younger years, he was an avid bowler and always liked a trip to the casino. 

Don is survived by his brother, Richard (Maxine) Eldridge, his nephews, Richard (Tamara) Eldridge, Daniel Eldridge, Brian (Tara) Eldridge and Kevin (Tiffany Kozlin) Eldridge.  His aunt, Mary Prikasky, his niece, Janet Sterba, five great nieces, and one great-great niece.  He was predeceased by his parents, his sisters; Bonnie and Betty, his brother, Robert Eldridge, and his nephew, Bobby Eldridge. 

Online condolences can be sent to www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Clara K. Walker age 85 of Corunna passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at The Lodges of Durand. There will be no services at this time. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.

Clara was born September 20, 1931 in Detroit, MI a daughter of Clarence and Gladys (Block) Fischer. On October 21, 2000 she married Keith Walker. Prior to her retirement in 2001 she had taught Special Education all her career.

Clara is survived by her husband, Keith Walker; son, Kevin (Nita) Klonski; 4 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 5 step-children; 10 step-grandchildren; 3 step-great grandchildren; and sister, Gladys.

Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Sally Ann Schultz, 73, of Corunna passed away on Friday, September 16, 2016 at Pleasant View in Corunna.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 11am at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, September 23, 2016 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. 

Sally was born on June 29, 1943 in Owosso, Michigan to the late Harvey and Lydia (Chrest) Nolph.  She graduated from Owosso High School in the class of 1961, on September 30, 1961 she married Duane Lee Schultz in Corunna. 
Sally worked at several different jobs around the Owosso and Corunna area, she spent time at Redmonds, JC Penny, and was a caregiver at Pleasant View.  Sally was full of life, she always had a smile on her face and a big sense of humor.  She was a very giving person and always ready to help others.  She enjoyed cards, crossword puzzles, painting, baking, reading and SkipBo.  She was very family oriented, and always enjoyed the family reunions. 

Sally is survived by her husband of 55 years, Duane, her sons; Karl (Linda) Schultz and Kelly (Patricia) Schultz, her 9 grandchildren; Emilie (Benjamin Green) Schultz, Shalayne Schultz, Karl Schultz, Harley Schultz, Onalee Schultz, Blu Webb, Damian Schultz, Abigail Schultz, and Anson Schultz, 13 great-grandchildren.  Her sisters, Kay Caris, Becky (Ed) Saunders and Robin Simmet, also many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her both of her parents, her son Christopher, and sister Janice Laguire


Memorial donations are suggest to Karl Schultz for future designation. 


Tamera Lynn Landon age 61 of Corunna passed away Friday, August 26, 2016 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Corunna Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Darren Michael Deese, age 51 of Corunna, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.  A celebration of Darren's life will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016 from 5-9pm at the Shiawassee Dog and Gun Club, 155 Vitrified Highway, Corunna, Michigan 48817.

Darren was born in Flint, Michigan on October 4, 1964 to Clifton and Tena (Price) Deese.  He graduated from Troy High School in 1983 and earned a bachelors degree from Northwood University, he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.  Darren worked for CDK Global as a marketing project manager. 

Darren loved anything to do with the outdoors, whether it was watching his children play sports, or it was hunting and fishing.  Darren enjoyed his family, his friends, and was always the life of the party.
Darren is survived by his wife of 24 years, Kathi, his son, Tyler and daughter, Hannah.  His mother, Tena (Steve) Shelski and his father, Clifton (Sheila) Deese, his brother, Mike Jackson, stepbrother, Mike (Jenny) Lubin, stepsister, Staci (Tim) Chambers and many nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his brother, Todd Deese. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in care of Kathi Deese for a scholarship fund for their children's college.


Rodney Mark Gindlesperger, age 63 of Owosso, passed away at the VA Medical Center in Saginaw on Saturday, August 6, 2016.  A memorial service will be announced by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. 

Rodney was born on September 21, 1952 in White Township, Pennsylvania, to the late Dale Eugene and Gertrude Louise (Keener) Gindlesperger.  He graduated from Ferndale High School and attended a technical school.  Rodney spent most of his life as a truck driver, he drove for several different companies hauling freight.  Rodney also served his county faithfully in the United States Navy during the Vietnam Era. 

Rodney is survived by his children; Tracy (Jay) Bailey, Mathew (Trish) Gindlesperger, James (Joesy) Gindlesperger, Sheron (Darl) Boring, Kristy (Curt) Myers, and Shenna (Dave) Wylie.  14 grandchildren and 1 great-grand child.  His brother Jeff Gindlesperger, and his girlfriend Patricia Stevens.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his baby brother Richard Alan Gindlesperger.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the family. 

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com  


Richard F. Linabury, age 86 of Corunna, passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Hospice House of Shiawassee County.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 11am at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, July 31, 2016 from 5pm-8pm. 

Richard was born May 5, 1930 to Nelson and Carrie (Rigling) Linabury. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Rose Marie, his children: Connie (Hector) Lerma of TX., David (Mary) Linabury, of Owosso, Steven (Jackie) Linabury of Corunna, Debbie (Bob Spencer) VanHorn of Owosso, grandchildren: Jessica, Jamie, Janelle, Andrew, Cale, Whitney, Jordan, five great-grandchildren, his siblings: Rita Leavitt, Sue Teichman, William Linabury  and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ronald Linabury and his sister Barbara Linabury.  Richard graduated from Corunna High School in 1947 and served the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He spent over 42 years as a letter carrier for Corunna Post Office. Online condolences can be sent to www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Joseph Andrew Josling, age 78 of Owosso, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Mclaren-Flint.  Private family services will be held.  The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel.


Norma Lee Crego, age 83 of Owosso, passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, May 9, 2016. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 11am at Grace Lutheran Church; 4269 S. Durand Rd. Durand, MI 48429.  The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel on Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will follow in Pine tree Cemetery in Corunna, with Pastor AJ Kunde officiating.

Norma was born on October 8, 1932 in Owosso, MI to the late Edward and Nina (Rock) Feindt, she graduated from Owosso High School and spent most of her life as a homemaker. On August 11, 1951 she married Lawrence Edward Crego at St. Paul Catholic Church in Owosso and together they would raise seven children.  Mrs. Crego was confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Owosso and was a very active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Durand.

Norma is survived by her children; Edward (Sylvia) Crego, Jayne (Chris) Riemel, Mary (Tom) Murawa, Rick (Kaye) Crego, Joe (Karrie) Crego and Tom (Elaine) Crego, also 24 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by both of her parents, her husband Lawrence in 2010 and daughter Joanne Harris in 2003.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Grace Lutheran Church.

Online condolences can be sent to www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Roberta Mae Kerkes, age 73 of Owosso, passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at Shiawassee County Medical Care in Corunna. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel, burial will follow in Pine Tree Cemetery, Deacon Gary Edington will officiate.  Family will receive friend at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Roberta was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 24, 1943 to the late Thomas and Ethel (Feddler) Cook. She attended school in Chicago and spent her life as a homemaker.  On September 23, 1961 she married Stephen William Kerkes in Wheatfield, Indiana and together they would raise one son, Edward.

Roberta enjoyed being with people, loved country music and was an all-around great woman. She enjoyed bingo and her senior day program.

She is survived by her son, Edward Kerkes of Corunna and many friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Stephen in 1987 and her brother Lawrence Clark in 1966.

Online condolences can be set to the family at www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com.


Richard LeCureux, age 86 of Corunna passed away Friday, May 6, 2016 at his home.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel.  Pastor John Walworth will be officiating with burial to follow in Hawkins Cemetery, Corunna.  Richard's family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday evening from 6-8 p.m.

Richard was born on January 27, 1930 in Owosso to the late Leon and Gertrude (Brown) LeCureux.  On May 31, 1952 he married Alice Louise Sprague in Owosso and together they raised 4 children. 

Richard worked for Toledo Commutators as a machine set-up man for 42 years, retiring in the 90's.He enjoyed camping, bonfires and wienie roasts.

Mr. LeCureux is survived by his wife of almost 64 years, Alice; 3 children: Charlie (Dawn) LeCureux of Corunna, Laura Hatfield of Corunna and Richard (Shawn) LeCureux of Corunna; 9 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren;2 sisters: Barbara, Bernice and husband Bill; brother, LeRoy and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Wanda Bortel and siblings: Mike, Vern, Tootie, Agnes, Onie, Jo and twin brother Roger.

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


James Joseph Zwolensky, 59, passed away in FL on April 27, 2016 after a short battle with brain cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family. A Celebration of his Life will be held Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. The family will receive visitors from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service.

Jim was born February 10, 1957 to Joseph and Betty Zwolensky of Corunna, MI. He graduated from Corunna High School class of 1975. and attended Ferris State University. He resided in Rockledge, FL and worked as a Cardiac Cauterization Technologist at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, FL.

Jim will be remembered for his love, kindness and dedication to his family and his work.

Jim is survived by his wife Tracy; daughters, Christen, Rachel (Ben Epstein), Alyssa, Sara (Eric Freeman) and Darcey; sons, Daniel James, Correy (Jess), Fernando, Ivanildo, Reginaldo and Marcillo; sisters Betty Jo Zwolensky and Mary (Phil Caruso); ten grandchildren, Aunts; Jeanne (Jack) Boursmith, Billie Sleeper, Susie Zwolensky and June Zwolensky, and uncle Gary (Shirley) Schooley, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Alexander.

Memorial donations may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society, Defeat Giloblastoma Research Program in Honor of James Zwolensky.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Marvin J. Freeman, age 62 of Huntington, Indiana, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana with his family by his side. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel with Pastor Beverly Adcock officiating.  Family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 2-8 p.m.

Marvin was born April 1, 1953 in Owosso to the late John "Jack" and Josephine "Jo" (LeCureux) Freeman.  He attended Corunna High School, graduating in 1971.  Marvin later moved down to Indiana where he would spend most of his adult life.  Prior to his retirement, Marvin worked as a Mechanic for Jack Cooper Transport Company.  He was a life member of the Gold Wing Touring Association as well as GWRRA and was a member of Shriners International.

Marvin is survived by his sister, Sandra (Steve) Hall; brothers: Deryl (Erma) Freeman and Randy Freeman; nephews: Timothy Hall, Kyle (Rielly) Freeman, Chad Freeman, Mitchell Freeman, Matthew Freeman; great niece, Sidney Freeman; great nephew, Anden Siddock and several aunts, uncles and cousins.  Marvin is also survived by his Indiana family: Bruce and Linda, Brian and Dianne, Bob and Shawn, Diane and Tony and all of his GWTA family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions given in Marvin's name are suggested to his local Gold Wing Touring Association and checks can be made to GWTA Chapter P.  Online condolences may be sent to his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


David Craig Hazelton, 61 of Corunna, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2016.  David was born in Owosso, September 15, 1954 to Sherman and Norma (Craig) Hazelton.  He was a graduate of Corunna High School and attended Michigan State University.  He had a lifelong career in quality control management.  David was a devoted son, father, grandfather and friend.  He will be missed by many. 

David is survived by his mother, Norma Hazelton; daughter, Tara (Troy) Barrett; 2 grandsons: Landen and Weston Barrett; brothers: Sherman (Joan) Hazelton, Michael Hazelton; sister, Debra (Arnie) Kagle; ex-wife, Patricia Whipple and 3 nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father Sherman Hazelton.

David's life will be celebrated with a memorial service on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. with gathering beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shiawassee Service Center of the American Red Cross.  Online condolences may be shared with David's family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com

Bonnie Lou Radon, age 71 of Corunna, passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing.  Funeral arrangements will be announced by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel.


Norma Rae Timlick, age 81, of Owosso, passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family.  Funeral services will be held at 11am on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel.  Pastor Don Fields will officiate, with burial to follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-8pm. 

Mrs. Timlick was born on April 5, 1934 to the late Carl and Lillian (McCaffey) Nelson.  She worked as a nurses aide most of her life and also sold Avon for over 40 years. 

Norma Rae is survived by her 10 children; Raymond (Janis) Fuller, Carl (Pat) Gewirtz, Delores (Greg) Stone, Michael (Connie) Gewirtz, Glen (Tina) Gewirtz, Lillian Gewirtz, Steve (Noey) Gewirtz, Jerry (Barb) Gewirtz, Janette (Jeff) Bogart and Tracy Gewirtz.  Her stepchildren; Pat Mooney, Jeff Timlick, Mickey (Gus) Piliafas, Colette Timlick, and William (Tammy) Timlick, also many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She was predeceased by her parents, husbands; Clayton Timlick, George Gewirtz, and Donald Fuller, her sister Gladys Arnold and brother Myron Nelson. 

Memorial contrbutions are suggested to the donors choice.  Online condolences can be sent to www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Tony E. Cibula, age 88 of Corunna passed away Wednesday morning January 27, 2016 at Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Corunna Chapel with Pastor Mike McDonald officiating.  Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.  Family will receive friends on Friday from 4-8 P.M. at the funeral home.

Tony was born on July 15, 1927 in Detroit, the son of Joseph and Marie (Mano) Cibula.  Tony served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.  On December 3, 1949 he married Margaret Leona Bird in Owosso.  He retired from Midland Ross aftger 28 years, where he was a Machinist.    He was a member of the Shiawassee County Dog and Gun Club and the Owosso Eagles 851.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years Margaret,  children;  Christine (Stephen) Berry, Michael (Vickie) Cibula and Deidra (Dennis Knappen) Spaleny, grandchildren; Tricia (Dan) Wilson, Josh (Jessica) Somers, Brad (Valerie Bell) Hauk, Toni Hauk, Sarah Spaleny and Nick Spaleny, great-grandchildren; Zack, David, Nathan, Connor and Hailey and one sister; Mary Bird.  He was predeceased by one brother Joseph.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.  On-line condolences can sent to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Kevin Gilbert Sanders, age 46 of Corunna, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 12 noon at Owosso First Church of the Nazarene, 1865 S. M-52 Owosso, with Pastor Mike Black officiating. The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel on Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-8pm.

Kevin was born on April 26, 1969 to Gilbert and Evelyn (Bowers) Sanders; he graduated from Carmen-Ainsworth Schools in 1987. On September 29, 1989 he married Cindy Henderson at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Flint. Kevin was a union painter in Lansing and also held a journeyman’s card, the last 17 years he has spent at Genesys Regional Medical Center as a painter. Kevin enjoyed fishing, bird hunting with his German Shorthaired Pointers, his guitar, and being the grill master, specializing in BBQ ribs. He was member of the Shiawassee Dog and Gun Club and a devoted member of the Corunna-Caledonia Fire Department.

Kevin is survived by his mother Evelyn Sanders, his Wife of 27 years Cindy, his three sons; Andrew (Beth) Sanders, Adam Sanders and Aaron Sanders. His siblings; Gary (Kristy) Scherba, Dawn (Gary) Branson, Kathy (Lyle) Thomason and Karen (Scott) Johnson. His mother in-law Charlotte (Don McCurdy) Henderson, brother in-law Charles (Sandi) Henderson, sister in-law Kim (Matt) Bruner and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Gilbert; sister Kay Taylor, and father in-law Ted Henderson.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Corunna-Caledonia Firefighters Equipment Fund.


Josephine "Jo" G. Freeman, age 87 of Corunna, passed away Monday, December 28, 2015 at her home.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 31, 2015 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel.  Rev. Beverly Adcock will be officiating with burial to follow in Yerian Cemetery, Lennon.  Family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 2-8 p.m.

Jo was born June 28, 1928 in Owosso to the late Leon and Gertrude (Brown) LeCureux.  Growing up she attended Kerby School and later graduated from Owosso High School in 1946.  After graduation, Jo worked at Sears Roebuck Company in Owosso until 1952.  On March 10, 1951 Jo married John "Jack" Freeman in Owosso and together raised 4 children.  Jo and Jack were married nearly 58 years at the time of his passing on January 14, 2009.  Jo resided most of her life on her family farm where she helped with cattle for over 20 years.

She was a 4-H sewing leader for 10 years, a member of the Michigan State 4-H Extension in Shiawassee County, the Shiawassee Quilters Guild, and the Peacemakers Quilters Club.

In her earlier years, Jo did some gardening and flowers.  She enjoyed to sew for family and friends and loved the time she got to spend with her family and grandsons.

Jo is survived by her 4 children: Marvin Freeman of Indiana, Sandra (Steve) Hall, Deryl (Erma) Freeman, Randy Freeman; 5 grandchildren: Timothy Hall, Kyle (Rielly) Freeman, Chad Freeman, Mitchell Freeman, Matthew Freeman; 2 great grandchildren: Anden Siddock and Sidney Josephine Freeman; sisters: Barbara Wilde, Bernice Lulham; brothers: Richard and LeRoy LeCureux and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; brothers: LaVern, Paul, and Roger LeCureux; sisters: Minnie Wille, Agnes White, Leona Ritchie, 3 brothers-in-law and 2 sisters-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions given in Jo's name are suggested to the Corunna FFA, Durand FFA, DJ Root Recycling Center or to the Family.  Online condolences may be shared with her family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Patricia Ann (Sweet) VanStrate, age 82 of Corunna, passed away peacefully surrounded by all of her family, on December 24, 2015 at the Serenity House in Byron. 

Patricia was born August 21, 1933 in Battle Creek, Michigan to the late Max and Cynthia (Hendrickson) Sweet. In 1979 Patricia married Clifford VanStrate Sr. in Corunna.  

Patricia is survived by her three children; Brenda (Dale) Forsyth, Vickie (Brian) Forsyth, and Tommy Lee. Her six grandchildren; Michael (Justina) Miller, Gary (Kelly) Lee, Danielle Miller, Steven (Michelle) Miller, James (Drew) Lee, and Aimee Lee, also her ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  Her brother Robert Sweet of Port Huron and her sister Sandi (Dick) Delaney of Battle Creek.

She was preceded in death by her husband Clifford VanStrate Sr. and both of her parents.

Mrs. VanStrates family would like to thank the staff of 2 south at the Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility for the great care that they gave their mother while she was there. 

Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no services. 

Memorials are suggested to the Serenity House, 13326 S. Bliven Rd. Byron, Michigan 48418
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