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Vincent Pena Alvarado, age 31 of Owosso, Michigan passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2019. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, August 5, 2019 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, 302 West Corunna Avenue, Corunna, Michigan 48817. The Reverend Dr. Harold DeMott will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 2-4:00 PM and 6-8:00 PM. Finial interment will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Great Lake National Cemetery, Holly, MI. 

Vincent was born May 29, 1988 in Flint, Michigan to Anthony and Lynnette (Ford) Alvarado. He attended Corunna High School and graduated in 2007. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged after six years of service. During his time he earned many medals for the various skills he acquired. Vincent enjoyed karate, judo, and Krav Maga fighting systems. He also loved going to the movies with family and friends as well as playing video games. 

Surviving to cherish his memory is his mother; Lynnette Alvarado, his sister; Cindy Alvarado, his grandmother; Jeanette Ford, two nieces, one nephew, two great nieces, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, his dog; Max and cats; Spaz and Midnight. 

Vincent was preceded in death by his father; Anthony (Tony) Alvarado, his brother; Thomas (Tommy) Alvarado, his grandfathers; Anthony Alvarado and Jack Ford, grandmother; Josephine Alvarado, uncles; Mike Ford, John Alvarado and Lindy Moore, aunt; Cruz Alvarado and his cousin; Kevin Newbegin. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to National Alliance on Mental Illness, 401 South Washington, Suite 104, Lansing, Michigan 48933 or you may go to namimi.org or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516. 

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


Gerald Francis Hall – 84 years old, fell asleep in death peacefully July 17, with his family by his side. He was predeceased by his loving wife Billie Sue just six short months ago; his parents, two sisters and a brother. 

Gerald was born in Durand, Michigan in 1935. He was the son of Lee Hall and Ella Behnke. He grew up in Farwell Michigan. As a young man, he served in the Navy and when he was discharged lived in California for a short period of time. Returning to Michigan, he met and married Billie Sue and worked for many years at Simplicity Engineering in Durand Michigan. 

He is survived by his children Gerald (Patricia) Hall, , Marion (Garnet) Patsey, Joanne Hall, many brothers and sisters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday July 27, 2019 at 12:00 noon. Family will receive visitors starting at 11:00 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, 302 W Corunna Ave, Corunna MI 48817. 
In lieu of flowers, make any memorial gifts to the family. Those wishing to leave online condolences to the family may do so at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.


Charles Adrian Wilkerson Sr., 69, of Corunna, passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at McLaren-Flint. Respecting his wishes, a private family service will be held. His family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel.


Margaret (Peggy) Ann Hanlon, 72 of Owosso passed away at her home on Friday June 14, 2019. She was born in Owosso on January 22, 1947, the daughter of Donald G. & Florence R. (Allan) Dutcher. Peggy graduated from the Morrice High School in 1965 and graduated from the Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL in 1993. In 1985 she married Richard Allen Hanlon in Corunna and together raised 5 children. She attended the Corunna United Methodist Church, was a member of the United Methodist Women's Association and was a nurse. 

Peggy is survived by her husband, Richard, children; David (Robin) Hoag of Owosso, Michael (Colleen) Hoag of Morrice, Tamera Nuttle of Royal Oak, Larry (Tawny) Hanlon of Plainfield, IN and Linda (David) Issen of Conyers, GA, 10 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 2 nephews, 1 niece, 3 great nieces, 3 great nephews, sister-in-law Beth Dutcher. She was predeceased by her parents and brother Allan Dutcher. 

Funeral services for Peggy will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Corunna Chapel, on Friday June 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Pastor Don Wentz will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm. Donations are suggested to the Multiple Sclerosis Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Rebecca Jo Johnson, age 48 of Corunna, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2019 as the result of an automobile accident. Rebecca was born on February 9, 1971, the daughter of Chris & JoAnn (Thiel) Adolf. She graduated from Corunna High School in the class of 1989. On June 11, 1994 she married Scott D. Johnson at the New Lothrop Church of the Nazarene. This past Tuesday they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Rebecca worked for Memorial Hospital as an X-ray technician. She was a member of the New Lothrop Nazarene Church and enjoyed playing the piano. 

She is survived by her husband, Scott, daughter Caitlyn and son Callen, her brother Nicholas Camden (Tracy) Adolf of Brevard, NC, her father Chris (Charlotte) Adolf of Bancroft. She was predeceased by her mother, JoAnn and her brother Christopher. Memorials are suggested to the Kid's Zone at New Lothrop Nazarene Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com. 

A memorial service will be will be held at the New Lothrop Church of the Nazarene at 7406 Saginaw Street, New Lothrop, MI 48460 on Saturday July 13, 2019 at 4:30 PM.


Betty Jean Smith, 96, of Owosso, passed away peacefully at Pleasant View on Friday, May 31, 2019. 

Betty was born on august 8, 1922 in Corunna, Michigan to the late Frank B. and Bessie M. (Harper) Johnson. She attended schools in Lansing and Flint, and graduated from Corunna High School in the class of 1940. On May 2, 1942 Betty married Clare A. Smith at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Corunna. Betty was a homemaker and a bookkeeper, she worked with Clare at Smith Automotive and retired from Oakes Insurance. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, she was active in Sunday School, the Alter Guild, and St. Marys Guild. 

Betty is survived by her children; James (Kathy) Smith and Jean (Tom) Dugalech. Her grandchildren; James Smith, Paula Smith, Holly (Rob) Gilroy, Jennifer (James) Braun, Janice Palmer, and Bradley (Jessica) Dugalech, and her 7 great-grandchildren. 

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Clare, son, Jeffrey, sister, Beverly Howe, and her brother, James Johnson. 

A private graveside service will be held at Pine Tree Cemetery in Corunna. The Smith family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Evelyn Arlene Simpson, age 90 of Corunna, passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Hospice House of Shiawassee County in Owosso, Michigan. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 3, 2019 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, 302 West Corunna Avenue, Corunna, MI 48817. Pastor John Walworth will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 3:00 - 5:00 PM on Sunday, June 2, 2019 and one hour prior to the service Monday. 

Evelyn was born June 28, 1928 in East Jordan, Michigan to the late Russell Allen and Carrie Alice (Barlow) Thomas. She graduated high school in East Jordan and went on to meet and marry Mr. Charles Hazard whom preceded her in death in 1972. Evelyn not only raised three boys from that marriage she also worked for and retired from A.C. Spark Plug, a Division of GM. She was lucky enough to find someone to share her life with when she met Anthony “Tony” Simpson, whom she married in Flint, Michigan on June 28, 1974. Evelyn was a former member of the Hale American Legion for some time as well as attended the First Church of God in Owosso with Tony until his passing on February 11, 2011. She enjoyed nature, birdwatching, doing crossword puzzles, watching the Detroit Tigers Baseball and her cat Suzi. Her greatest love was spending time with her friends and family. 

Surviving to cherish her memory is her sons; Charles F. Hazard, Randy J. Hazard, and Michael P. Hazard, her grandchild; Sarah (Lynn Hofacker) Hazard, step-sister; Vera Harris, step-grandchildren; Lynn Hascall, Becki Hascall and Andrea Herrmann, great-grandchildren; Manuella Woodard and Charlize Woodard, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband; Charles Hazard and second husband; Tony Simpson, her brothers; Harold, Sherman, and Gabriel “Bud” Thomas, and sister; Pansy Thomas. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice House of Shiawassee County, 2005 Copas Rd, Owosso, MI 48867 or to a Cancer Society of the donor’s choice. 

Online condolences to the family may be made at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com 


Helen V. Palasio age 75 of Corunna passed away Friday, May 3, 2019 at Memorial Healthcare Center. A gathering of friends will take place from 12-3 PM on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. 

Helen Sturk was born on September 14, 1943 in Owosso, a daughter of Howard and Marian (Harvey) Sturk. On September 14, 1963 she married Silverio Palasio. She is survived by her husband, Silverio; children, William, Lisa, RaeNae and Reno (Mindy) Palasio; and grandchildren, Zachary, Kelsey, Nicholas and Abree. 

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


John Earl Cummings, 69, of Owosso, passed away at his home on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Funeral service will be held on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 1pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. 

John was born in Owosso, Michigan on October 31, 1949 to the late Earl Robert and Mary Annie (Bukovick) Cummings. He graduated from Corunna High School in the class of 1968, and on May 3, 1969 he married Barbara Jean Lowrie at the Morrice United Methodist Church. John retired from the Johnson Controls Battery Plant, and went on to drive semi-truck. He loved vintage cars and could often be seen riding around in his 1966 Ford Falcon. He enjoyed the outdoors and a good game of cards with his grandchildren. 

John is survived by his wife of 50 years Barbara, their children; Tim, Craig, Jeff (Jessi Seadorf), Randy and Jennifer. His grandchildren; Natasha (Josh), Billy, Timmy, Chris, Andrew, Charity, Maddison, Bailey, Ellie, and Christa. His great-grandchildren; Jonathan, Carter, Aden, Penelope, and one on the way, also his brothers, Mike and Steve (Marcey) Cummings. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Linda VanDeusen. 

Memorial contributions can be made to the family for future designation.


Verna A. Kramer, age 100 of Corunna, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Memorial Healthcare Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel with burial to follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Vernon. Family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. 

Verna was born on March 25, 1919 in Lowell, Michigan to the late Earl and Jennie (Lynch) Brown. On February 10, 1945, she married Otto Kramer in Owosso and together raised 3 children. Otto later passed on May 25, 2000. Verna was a member at St. Paul Catholic Church in Owosso and had taught special education there for several years. She enjoyed baking. 

Mrs. Kramer is survived by 3 sons: Fredrick Earl Kramer, Terry Lee (Maxine) Kramer, Jerry Lynn (Monalisa) Kramer; grandchildren: Amy Jo, Christina, Lonnie, Brian Lee, Brandon Michael, Meghan Elizabeth, Jeray; great grandchildren: Logan Lee, Chloe Ann, Nevan, Sophia Faye, Carter Michael, Kaiden James, Amelia Mae. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Otto; daughter-in-law, Luann, Brother, Edgar Brown and sister, Esther Brown. 

Memorial contributions given in Mrs. Kramer's name are suggested to St. Paul Catholic Church. Online condolences may be shared with her family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Gene Elmer Cornell, Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great-Grandfather passed away at the Meadows in Owosso on April 26, 2019. 

Gene was born on a quiet farm in rural Perry, Michigan on April 1, 1934. Besides being Easter Sunday, it was also April Fools’ Day (for which he was always reminded when celebrating his birthday). His parents were Elmer and Ethel (Graham) Cornell. 

Graduating from Perry High School in 1952, Gene was honored as the Michigan Future Farmer of the Year for a pine tree forestation project he planted on Ruess and Winegar Roads in Perry Township. Gene entered the United States Army in 1955, where he was stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Gene also served in Germany as part of Operation Gyroscope with the 3rd Armored Division as a mechanic. 

Upon returning home from the Army, he started his own business as the sole proprietor of a Surge milking equipment dealership, which he ran with the help of his family for 25 years. Gene was very active in the Corunna Rotary. Needing more time for bowling, fishing and hunting, Gene took a positon at Pleasant View Medical Care Facility in Corunna as the Plant Operations Supervisor. Gene retired from Pleasant View to spend time with his grandchildren, mow his lawn, bowl, and watch any Tiger’s game or NASCAR race on television. In addition, Gene was the volunteer director of Youth Bowling for many years at the Riverbend Bowling Center in Corunna. 

Gene was an avid bowler who belonged to many leagues. He was a member of the Owosso USBC Hall of Fame. Gene also ran a well-organized deer camp at his property in Manistee County, providing ample eggs, bacon, and coffee for those who shared his passion for hunting. 

Gene was pre-deceased by his wife Selma (Lindquist) in 2011 and his brothers Kenneth, James, and Duane Cornell. Gene was survived by his three loving children, Kimberley (Richard) Dodd , Windermere, Florida; Douglas (Carol) Cornell, Corunna; and Eric (Brooke) Cornell, Corunna; his grandchildren, Caitlin (Corey) Green, Lansing; Chris Stephens, Dakar, Senegal; Brian Cornell, Lansing; and Brady Cornell, Corunna; his sisters Audrey Kraemer and Donna Nozar, his brother Donald Cornell, and his great-grandchildren Ciaran, Callum, and Caila Green and Ali Stephens. 

Gene never said no to any family member or friend who needed his help. He will be missed by all. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to Hospice or Youth Bowling. 

The family will receive visitors at the Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Corunna on Tuesday, April 30, from 4 to 6 PM. A brief memorial service will begin at 6 PM.


Kenneth Duane Bacon, age 72, of Corunna, passed away Friday, March 8, 2019 at McLaren Hospital, Flint, Michigan. Memorial service will be held 11:00 AM,Saturday, March 23, 2019 at New Covenant Church, 13176 N. Linden Rd. Clio, Mi. 48420. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services with a luncheon to follow. 

Ken was born January 30, 1947 in Saginaw County, Michigan to Albert Lee and Betty Lou (Boetcher) Bacon. He was one of five children. He had a love for the game of chess and published chess moves for the Argus Press newspaper. He also had a passion for fishing; catching a forty-three-inch Pike at one point. He enjoyed many outdoor activities especially tennis and basketball. Ken met the love of his life Gloria Jean Burkhardt at a high school basketball game. He went on to graduate from Corunna High School in 1965 and attended Lansing Community College to study Art. In March of 1967, Ken joined the Army to serve his country in the Vietnam War, he was honorably discharged in January of 1970. Upon his return he married Gloria on February 28, 1970 at New Haven Methodist Church in Owosso, Michigan. Ken retired from A. O. Smith Corporation in Owosso with 28 years of service as a Quality Control Engineer. Together they raised a daughter, Tamara Lynn Bacon. Ken’s greatest love was spending time with his family. Because of Tammy's interest in running he joined her and they ran distance races for fun. 

Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife of forty-nine years, Gloria, his granddaughter; Dominique Pisani, his brothers; Richard (Kathy), Robert (Gail), Gary (Colleen), his sister; Barb (Randy) Sturtevant, many nieces, nephews and friends. Ken was predeceased by his daughter, Tammy in 2016, his mother Betty in 2011 and his father Albert in 1985 
Memorials are suggested to the Gary Sinise Foundation at www.garysinisefoundation.org to support Our Veterans and First Responders. 

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

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


Diantha M. Dutcher, age 63 of South Carolina, formerly of Owosso, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Regency Medical Center in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. Pastor Mike Prince will officiate with burial to follow in Pine Tree Cemetery in Corunna. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday 1 hour prior to the service. 

Diantha was born on February 5, 1956 in Owosso, to the late Harvey and Geraldine (Edmonds) Dutcher. Diantha was a huge Detroit Tigers fan. She loved Elvis Pressley, Donny Osmond and enjoyed bowling and dancing. She was loved by all the nurses and residents at the Calhoun Convalescent Center in St. Matthews, SC where she lived. 

Diantha is survived by her siblings: Robert Dutcher of Gainesville, FL, Nancy Dennis of Clarkston, Arlene Henderson of Columbia, SC, Jean Switzer of Lakeland, FL, David (Pearl) Dutcher of Port Republic, MD, Gerald (Kelly) Dutcher of Green Cove Springs, FL as well as many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Harvey Roy Dutcher. 

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


Joseph William DeCaire, age 68, of Corunna passed away Friday, February 15, 2019 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, 302 West Corunna Ave., Corunna, MI 48817. The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 and from 5:00 to 7:00 PM as well as one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. 

Joseph was born July 14, 1950 in Alpena, Michigan to Leonard and Florence (Kennedy) DeCaire. He was a graduate of Alpena Catholic Central High School. He married Barbara Baryo on January 30, 1971 and relocated to the Corunna area to raise a family. He worked for General Motors in Flint as a skilled tradesman in for nearly 40 years but his passion was working as the Township Supervisor for Caledonia Charter Township for nearly 15 years. Joe also gave his time in volunteering for numerous organizations; the American Red Cross, the National Weather Service, Corunna Parks and Recreation Department, the Shiawassee County Library System, and the Democratic Party to name a few. He loved to garden, sing, and was an avid listener of music. 

Surviving to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Barbara of 48 years, his children; Stroh, Scot, Brien DeCaire and Amanda Root, his grandchildren; Madisyn, Lilly, Micah, Lennon, Isabel and Harper, brothers; Pat and Don, sisters; Marie, Suzanne, Rosie, and Janet, as well as many brothers and sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is pre-deceased by his parents Leonard and Florence (Kennedy), his brothers; Jim, Jack, Jerry, Tom, Charlie, and Mike, his sisters; Elaine and Sally and his son-in-law Dj Root. 

Memorials are suggested to The American Red Cross, 1484 N. Michigan 52 #1, Owosso, MI 48867. 

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

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


Carl James Plashek, age 62 of Durand, passed away Friday, February 8, 2019 at his home. A memorial service to honor and celebrate his life will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel, visitation will begin at 1:00 until the time of service. 

Carl was born in Owosso, Michigan on June 29, 1956 to Frank and Frances (Fuller) Plashek. He graduated from Corunna High School in the class of 1974 and spent his working career in factory jobs. Carl was a free spirit and did things his way. He loved the outdoors, camping, fishing, and being in the water. He also loved classic cars, and trips on his Harley. 

Carl is survived by his mother, Frances Plashek, his son, Christopher James (Stacey) Plashek, his daughter, Jennifer Susan (Matthew) Lightle, his grandchildren; Anastasia Lightle, Hazel, Tristian, and Oliver Plashek. His siblings; Patricia (Milan) Nechvil, Stephanie Plashek, and Lorraine Plashek. 

He was preceded in death by his father Frank Plashek, and his sister, Diane Susan Plashek. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future designation. 

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


Alice M. Delgado, age 47 of Corunna, formerly of Flushing, passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Hurley Medical Center in Flint. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at the VFW Hall, 3131 Elms Rd., Swartz Creek, MI. from 12-4 pm. Everyone is asked to wear purple in honor of the family wishes. Alice's favorite flowers were Daisey's and Lilly's. Those wishing to attend or help with the Celebration are asked to contact Maryah Marran. Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. 

Alice was born on May 24, 1971 in Flint, the daughter of Larry and Eileen (Tier) Guiling. She was a graduate of Flushing High School. On July 4, 1998, Alice married Ray Delgado in Las Vegas. 

She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Ray; 2 children: Ashly (Gary) Meade, Sarah (Maryah) Marran; 2 granddaughters: Maci Marran and Eliza Delgado; her parents: Larry and Eileen Guiling; brother, Chris (Maria) Guiling and her beloved dog, Sadie. 

Memorial contributions given in Alice's name are suggested to the American Liver Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to her family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Gregory Joseph Hoenshell, age 41 of Ovid, formerly of Owosso, slipped away from us on January 29, 2019. A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, 302 W. Corunna Ave., Corunna, MI 48817. The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00PM. 

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


Billie Sue Hall, age 77 of Corunna, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at her home with her husband of nearly 49 years and family by her side. 

Billie was born the second of five children to the late Leo and Flossie (Russell) Vaughn on June 4, 1941 in West Memphis Arkansas. 

Surviving are Barbara Hall and Daniel (Janet) Vaughn. Preceded in death by a sister, Delores McAffee, and a brother Eugene Vaughn. 

She married her devoted husband, Gerald F Hall on April 29 1970. 

Billie Sue had 5 Children. Yvonne (Kenneth) Wiley, Robert (Karen) Allen, Scott Allen, Marion (Garnet) Patsey, Joanne Hall, and one stepson Gerald (Patricia) Hall. Both Yvonne and Scott preceded their mother in death. 

Billie Sue was known to be a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved nature: both plants & animals; crafts & crocheting; and CANDY MAKING! Forever remembered by her loving husband Gerald, children Robert, Marion, Joanne and Gerald and 16 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren. The family greatly appreciate the loving care by Reverence Hospice and the many loving friends and family that helped care for her. Cremation has already taken place. 

A memorial service will be held on February 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm. Visitation 12:00-1:00 for family and starting at 1:00 for the public at the Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, 302 W Corunna Ave, Corunna MI 48817. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the family. Those wishing to leave online condolences may do so at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Norma Iolene Merry, 76, of Lennon, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 18, 2019 at Mclaren-Flint. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 1pm, at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. Pastor Brad Stockton will officiate with burial to follow in Pine Tree Cemetery, Corunna. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, January 21, 2019 from 3-7pm. 

Norma was born on October 13, 1942 in Alma, Michigan to the late Lawrence E. and Wilma Minerva (Hammond) Housel. She graduated from St. Louis High School in the class of 1960 and went on to earn an associates degree from Baker College in Flint. Norma worked in the accounting department at Hurley Medical Center and also taught at Baker College in Owosso. On September 16, 1983 Norma married George Edward Merry at Calvary Baptist Church in Durand. Norma loved her family, she loved being around her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she enjoyed camping and traveling. Norma was born to shop, she could window shop for hours, and would not pass up a garage sale. 

Norma is survived by her husband of 35 years, George, their eight children; Dale Warner, Scott (Kim) Bowen, Robin (Bob) Hartoon, Tammy (Buddy) Harper, Dianna (Mike) Hein, Monica (Steve) Frank, Scott (Liz) Merry, and Karen Merry, also her 30 grandchildren, and 31 great grandchildren. 

She was predeceased by her parents, her granddaughter, Laura Harper, and her brother DuWayne Housel. 

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

Paula Martha Smith, 65, of Corunna, passed away on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Memorial Healthcare in Owosso. Cremation has taken place, and no services are planned. Online condolences can be shared at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com

Robert "Bob" Eugene Beckwith, age 98 of Lansing, formerly of Corunna, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the Bickford of West Lansing. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, December 27, 2018 at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 1629 Brady St. Chesaning, Michigan 48616. Rev. Timothy Woycik will officiate with burial to follow in Pine Tree Cemetery in Corunna at 3:00 pm. Family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel Wednesday from 3-7pm. 

Bob was born April 2, 1920 to the late Bidger and Grace Beckwith in Corunna and would spend most of his life there. He was a successful dairy farmer in Shiawassee County for many years. Bob served faithfully in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. He was an active member of Corunna United Methodist Church, New Lothrop United Methodist Church, and Trinity United Methodist Church in Chesaning. After his marriage to Marjorie, he became a member of South Baptist Church in Lansing.

Bob was involved in several community service organizations including a chapter of the Shiawassee County Farm Bureau. For nearly 20 years he volunteered as a tax consultant with the Owosso Senior Citizens. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Mr. Beckwith is survived by his wife, Marjorie; five children: Norman and wife Chris; Sarah Pease; Roy and wife Terri; Kathy jones; Roberta Smith and husband John; stepsons George and wife Tonda Potter; Tom and wife Tammy Potter; 9 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step great grandchildren. Also surviving are one sister, Alzina Seeley; one brother Harold and his wife, Lilah; several nieces and nephews and their families.

Robert was preceded in death by his beloved wives, Ella (Holstead) and Margaret (Phipps), one sister, Armina, his parents, Bidger and Grace Beckwith.

Memorial contributions given in Mr. Beckwith’s name are suggested to Heartland Hospice or the wishes of the family. Online condolences may be sent to his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Patricia Ann Bogue, age 73 of Owosso, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time. Arrangements through Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Charles R. Yount, Jr., age 60 of Flushing, passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 6, 2013 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel with Rev. Mike McDonald officiating. Mr. Yount's family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 5-7 p.m. Charles was born June 18, 1953 in Seattle, WA, the son of Charles R. and Geraldine (Lawson) Yount, Sr. He served his country faithfully and honorably in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. On September 1, 1994 Charles married Charlene Backstrom in Las Vegas. Mr. Yount was a very social man and could start up a long conversation with anyone. He enjoyed cooking and watching his television shows. But above all things, he loved his wife and daughters and was a proud grandpa. Charles is survived by his wife, Charlene; 4 daughters: Sonya Parks, Amber (Travis) Watkins, Crystal Yount, Amanda Hougen; 3 granddaughters: Amara and Piper Hougen and Ella Watkins; step-mother, Eunice Yount; 2 sisters: Debbie (David) Stewart, Diana Yount; brother, Mike Yount; sister-in-law, Susan Yount and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and 3 brothers: Clyde Entzmieger, John Yount and Joe Yount. Memorial contributions are suggested to Mr. Yount's family. Online condolences may be sent to his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Shirley Ann Birchfield, age 76, passed away Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Pleasant View in Owosso. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 12:00 pm until the time of service. 

Shirley was born July 13, 1942 in Smoot, West Virginia to the late Lacy and Mae (Martin) Shafer. She married Doss Birchfield on September 3, 1960 and together raised 2 children. Doss later passed on July 30, 1992.

Shirley loved her flowers and enjoyed spending time out in her gardens around her home. Later on in life she tried her hand at painting and it was realized that she was very gifted, leaving behind some beautiful treasures for her family. 

Mrs. Birchfield is survived by her children: Bev White, Michael "Ross" (Julie) Birchfield; 6 grandchildren: Stacie (Jeremy) Becker, Matthew White, Stephanie White, Brooke (Aaron) Justice and twins, Tyler and Devin Birchfield; 6 great grandchildren; 2 brothers: Rick and Melvin Shafer; brother-in-law, Sheldon Thomas and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Doss and sister, Ruth Thomas.

Memorial contributions given in Mrs. Birchfield's name are suggested to the American Heart Association or the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Online condolences may be shared with her family at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


William Elson Golombisky, 83, of Corunna, passed away at his home on Monday, September 24, 2018. Funeral service will be held on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 12-noon, at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel, Pastor Norman Beckwith will officiate with burial to follow in Yerian Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 2-8pm. 

Bill was born on December 13, 1934 in Corunna, Michigan to the late Clarence A. and Vivian M. (Goodwin) Golombisky. He graduated from Owosso High School in the class of 1953 and attended Michigan State University. On June 5, 1954, Bill married Ruth Ann Smith at the Vernon United Methodist Church, and together they raised six children. Bill spent his life as a truck broker, he enjoyed working on trucks, playing the violin, and flying his airplane. 

Bill is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ruth, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; William (Jessie) Golombisky and their daughter Leah, Dr. Jeffrey (Katya) Golombisky his children; Jane and daughter Goldie, Andrew (Melony)and Nancy and Jeffrey and Katya' s children, Ginger, and Roberta, Lisa Cruse and her children; Cody, Lucas (Karissa) Keira, Caleb, Levi, Kyleigh, Christian, and Kaysa (Nate) Beappy and their children, Violet and Colton, Elly (Glenn) Fujii and their children; Erik, Lauren, and Kristofer, Amy Golombisky and her children; Tatum and Piper, and Joseph (Jennifer) Golombisky and their children; Ethan and Isaac. His brother, Dan Golombisky, and sister, Sharon (George) Lawcock. 

William was predeceased by his parents, his grandson Clarence, and his sister in-law. 

Memorial contributions in Bill's name are suggested to the Northwest Venice United Methodist Church, or a charity of your choice. 

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


Case Jacob Marshall, passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Hurley Medical Center. A memorial service will be announced by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. watkinsFuneralHomes.com 


Frieda E. (Caverson) Lamrouex, age 84 of Owosso, passed away Friday, September 14, 2018 at Hospice House, Owosso, MI.

Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel on September 29, 2018 at 2:00 PM. The Reverend Ray Strawser will be officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Frieda was born in Caledonia Twp., Michigan on February 25, 1934. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Smith. Frieda married Kenneth Lamrouex on July 30, 1950 in Owosso, MI. She resided most of her life in Corunna.

Frieda retired from Johnson Controls of Owosso and Meijer of Corunna. She enjoyed ceramics and gardening, baking her famous kolachis and chocolate chip cookies. She loved her cat Molly.

She is survived by her son; Jody Lamrouex (Debbie Lashaway) of Owosso, her daughter; Lori Lamrouex (Rob Henry) of Owosso, son-in-law; Dave Winegardner, grandchildren; Jody and Stacy Lamrouex Jr., Cory and Heidi Lamrouex, Adam and Kate Lamrouex, Tory Turner (Chris), Russ Berry Jr. and Courtney Blair, James Berry, Ashley Bobier, Jason Bobier, great-grandchildren; Taylor Lamrouex, Bailey Lamrouex, Hank Sizemore, Levi Lamrouex, Isabella Turner, Lincoln Lamrouex, Lennox Lamrouex, Brookelynn Blair, Aubrie Blair.

Frieda was preceded in death by her husband, Ken; her parents; her daughter Beth and ten siblings.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolence may be sent to the family at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by the Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel.


Robert J. Dunn age 60 of Corunna passed away Monday, August 27, 2018 at his home. There will be no services at this time. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com

Mary Lou Gillett, 75, of Owosso, passed away peacefully at Hospice House of Shiawassee County on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 11am, at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel, Rev. Ray Strawser will officiate with burial will follow in Great Lakes National Cemetery on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 10am. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. 

Mary was born on March 15, 1943 in Owosso, Michigan to the late Raymond Charles Farley and Ruth (Baker-Farley) Garant. Mary graduated from Owosso High School in the class of 1961, and on July 21, 1962 she married Wayne Alvin Gillett at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Owosso. 

Mary is survived by her brother, Ray Farley, sisters, Janet (Richard) Moss, and Nancy (Michael) Flagg, as well as brothers and sisters in-laws, also many special nieces and nephews, and special cousins, Karen Camel and Susie and Jerry Johnson. 

Mary was predeceased by her husband, Wayne on March 28, 2015, her parents, step-father, Andrew Garant, and her brother, Don Farley. 

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Gillett's name are suggested to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County. 

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


Michelle Lynn Wilkerson, 41, of Corunna, passed away on Monday, August 13, 2018 at McLaren-Flint. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 2pm, at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. The family will receive visitors from 11am until the time of the service. 

Shelly was born on April 13, 1977 in Owosso, Michigan to Michael Lee Middleton and the late Terry Lynn Mudar. She graduated from Corunna High School, and followed her love for hair, by becoming a licensed cosmetologist. On July 5, 1996 Shelly married Charles Adrian Wilkerson Jr. in Corunna, and together they raised two children. Shelly enjoyed cooking, fishing, and any time that she spent with her family and friends. 

Shelly is survived by her husband of 22 years, Charlie, their children, Hailey Ann, Hunter Lee, and Taylor Dominic Todd . Her father, Michael Middleton, her siblings; Daniel (Amanda) Tryens, Vincent (Shannon) Oginski, and Donald III (Emily) Burman, also her mother and father in-law, Charles Sr. (Mary) Wilkerson and numerous, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. 

She was predeceased by her mother Terry in 2016, and her grandparents.

Memorial contributions in Shelly's are suggested to Charlie, for future designation. 

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


Janette "Betty" Story, 95, of Corunna, passed away on Monday, July 16, 2018 at Wildwoods Assisted Living in Corunna. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 11am at the Shiawassee Harvest Church, 322 S. Dutcher St. Corunna. Her son, Pastor Rick Story will officiate with burial to follow at 3pm in Woodlawn Cemetery in Clio. The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel, from 4-8pm. 

Betty was born on March 7, 1923 in Flint, Michigan to the late Edwin S. and Margaret (O'Connor) Vincent. She graduated from Flint Northern High School in the class of 1941 and on July 12, 1941 she married Martin George Story of Flint. Betty spent 28 years working for General Motors, she started in the offices and worked her way up to the supervisor position. Betty cared deeply about people and their wellbeing, she spent many hours in prayer, and loved time with her family. She enjoyed music, singing, and was a great story teller. 

Betty is survived by her children; Thomas (Joanne) Story, Pastor Rick (Rena) Story, and Robert (Dorene) Story. Her grandchildren; Diana, Linda (Gerard), Kevin (Krista), Kim (Eric), Daniel (Keri), Anna (Steve), Kate (James), James (Whitney), Robert II, Rachel, Natalie, and Nicki. Also, her 21 great-grandchildren, 5 great great-grandchildren, and her brother in-law Paul Story. 

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Martin George Story on April 11, 2002, as well as her two brothers and three sisters. 

Memorial contributions in Betty's name are suggested to the Shiawassee Harvest Church, 322 S. Dutcher St. Corunna, MI. 48817

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


Rose Marie Linabury, 85, of Corunna, passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2018 at Pleasant View in Owosso. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 1pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel, pastor Norm Beckwith will officiate with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, July 5, 2018 from 5-8pm.

Rose was born on May 27, 1933 in Owosso, Michigan to the late David and Bernice (Latson) Bushman. She graduated from Corunna High School and was a cashier at K-Mart. 

Rose is survived by her children; Connie (Hector) Lerma, of San Antonio, Texas, David (Mary) Linabury, of Owosso, Steven (Jackie) Linabury, of Corunna, and Debbie (Bob Spencer) VanHorn, of Owosso. Her seven grandchildren; Jessica, Jamie, Janelle, Andrew, Cale, Whitney, and Jordan, also several great-grandchildren, her brother, Thomas Simmington, of Owosso, her sister, Ruth (Garret) VanderMeer, of Battle Creek and special caregiver and friend, Matthew. 

She was predeceased by her parents, and her husband of 62 years, Richard, in 2016. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Corunna United Methodist Church, or Memorial Hospice. 

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


Janice K. Spencer age 79 of Corunna passed away Thursday, June 20, 2018 at the Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility. Funeral will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. Pastor Herb Wheelock will be officiating. Burial to follow to Sunset Hills in Flint. Family will receive friends on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM and one hour prior to the service.
Janice was born July 14, 1938 in Flint, MI a daughter of John and Alice (Weaver) Warner. She enjoyed reading, playing with her dogs and sewing scrub tops for employees at Memorial Healthcare Center. Prior to her retirement she had been employed by Memorial Healthcare as an X-Ray Technician after 32 years.
Janice is survived by her daughters, Becky Gilmore, Cindy (Joel) Fleming, Tracy (Carl) Chant and Allison (Ed) Juntunen; grandchildren, Tim, Jennifer, Jackie, Susan, Robbie, William and Ian; 8 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Alice and her brother, Tallon.
Memorial Contributions in Janice's name are suggested to the American Alzheimer's Association. https://act.alz.org/donate Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Lilah “Arlene” Tower, 81, of Owosso formerly of Byron, passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Pleasant View. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. WatkinsFuneralHomes.com 


Leo Wm White, age 80 of Corunna, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Hospice House of Shiawassee County. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be a private family gathering at a later date. 

Leo was born on March 27, 1938 in Elsie to the late Vernon and Leona (Wyman) White. He served his country faithfully, being honorably discharged from the United States Navy. On March 2, 1961 he married Linda Taylor in Owosso and together raised 3 children.

Prior to his retirement in 1994, Leo had worked at Johnson Controls for 28 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed gardening and taking care of his property.

Mr. White is survived by his wife of 57 years, Linda; 3 children: Mark W. White, Julie (Alan) Brockway, Kathy (Brion) Dickens; 7 grandchildren: Tanya (Matt) Bromley, Alan Brockway, Jr., Stacie (Jeremey) Becker, Matthew William White, Stephanie Ann White, Chelsea Dickens, Aubrey Dickens and 6 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and all 8 of his siblings.

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


Margaret L. Cibula
age 89 of Corunna passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Memorial Healthcare Center. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. Pastor Ray Strawser will be officiating. Burial will follow to Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends on Monday from 5-8 PM and one hour prior to the service.

Margaret was born January 22, 1929 in Corunna, MI a daughter of Charles and Florence (Yeager) Bird. On December 3, 1949 she married Tony Cibula. He preceded her in death in 2016. Margaret enjoyed flower gardens, her bird feeders, reading, doing word search books, playing the organ and violin. Prior to retirement, she had been employed by Pleasant View for 25 years as a nurse's aide. 

Margaret is survived by her children, Chris (Carl) Berry, Mike (Vickie) Cibula and Dede (Denny) Knappen; grandchildren, Tricia, Josh, Brad, Toni, Sarah and Nick; great grandchildren, Zack, David, Nathan, Connor and Hailey; brother, Richard Bird; sisters, Eileen Barber and Florence King; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; Tony Cibula; both of her parents; 3 brothers and 1 sister.

Memorial Contributions in Margaret's name are suggested to Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Duane L. Schultz age 81 of Corunna passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Pleasant View. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Monday, May 14, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Harriet M. Podolan
age 96 of Owosso passed away Friday, May 4, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. Burial will follow to West Haven Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM and one hour prior to the service.

Harriet was born April 28, 1922 in Owosso a daughter of Philander and Cleo (Parcher) Smith. She was raised by Jim and Emma Riley since the age of 8. On May 15, 1943 she married Martin Podolan in New Haven Township. She enjoyed gardening, baking, cooking, canning, listening to polka music and spending time with her family.

Harriet is survived by her children, James (Kathy) Podolan, Kenneth Podolan, Joyce (Doug) Fivecoat, Connie (Larry) Matthews, Frances (Mark) Wolf, Mark (Irene) Podolan and Patrick Podolan; 11 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Podolan; son, Jack Podolan and daughter, Marilyn Jean Podolan.

Memorial Contributions in Harriet's name are suggested to the Shiawassee County 4-H Program. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


William "Scotty" Halme, age 46 of Morrice, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at his home. Cremation has taken place and the will be no services at this time. Arrangements through Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel. www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Kathleen Rose Norman
, 73, of Corunna, passed away peacefully at home with her loving family by her side, on Friday, March 9, 2018. Kathleen was born in Owosso, MI on June 28, 1944, the second of four children (Patricia, Kathleen, Jim, and Joe) born to the late Stuart and Marguerite (Carmody) Nichols. She graduated from Perry High School in the class of 1962 and obtained her Licensed Practical Nursing degree from Lansing Community College. Throughout her nursing career she delivered skilled patient care with grace, compassion, and a wonderful sense of humor.

Kathleen married Lawrence Myles Norman in Riverside County, CA in 1983, they moved back to Michigan in 1994. 

Kathleen is survived by her beloved husband of 35 years, Lawrence, their three children; Julie Kosier-Pickell, Brett (Alison) Xavier Kosier, and Jeni Kosier-Miranda; three Grandchildren; Travis (Sarah) Pickell, Kai Miranda & Makana Miranda; three great grandchildren, Ruby Grace, Ryann, and Emily Pickell; A sister Patricia (Ted) Scott, two nieces, three nephews, and numerous cousins and cherished friends. The family of Kathleen would like to extend a special thank-you to Heart to Heart Hospice Care. 

Kathleen was predeceased by her parents, and her brothers, Jim and Joe.  

Cremation has taken place and a Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owosso at 10am on March 21, 2018. Burial will follow after lunch at St. Paul Catholic Cemetery.  

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


Lisa Janel (Miros) Beacham, 56, of Corunna, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Sparrow Health System in Lansing after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 11am, at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel, burial will follow in Pine Tree Cemetery in Corunna. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 2-8pm. 

Lisa was born on November 12, 1961 in Owosso, Michigan to John Joseph and Colleen Joan (Beamish) Miros. She graduated from Corunna High School in the class of 1979 and on July 18, 1981 she Married Dewey Beacham at the First Church of Christ. Lisa spent 37 years as the office manager for Wakeland Oil in Owosso.   

Lisa is survived by her husband of 37 years, Dewey, daughter; Kelsie, mother; Colleen, brother; Kevin Miros, sister; Rene’ (Michael) Chmiko, aunt and uncles; Diane Calder, Carolyn (David) Kildea, Phyllis (Wayne) Nesbit, and Lillian (Robert) Stehlik, nieces; Madison Chmiko, Ashley Conley, and Katie Miros, and her nephew; Adam Chmiko. She also leaves to cherish her memory, many friends and extended family.     

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, father; John, son; Nicolas Beacham, and her uncle; Don Calder.

Memorial contributions in Lisa's name are suggested to the American Cancer Society, or to the Beacham family for future designation.   

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


Long time retired DPW worker, Richard E. Sleeseman, 87, of Owosso, passed away peacefully at Pleasant View in Corunna on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

Dick led a very adventurous life. He started work at the City of Corunna DPW on February 3, 1947 at the age of 17, he worked his way up to be the head foreman there. After several years he would learn that his lack of education would interfere with his employment, so he left the City of Corunna and became a legend of his own. Dick taught himself the “tricks of the trade,” he became skilled in many areas and landed several jobs, everything from factory work to construction work and anything in between. He took a job with the Village of Byron DPW as head foreman, but left there after several years to start his own business, Sleeseman Excavating. Dick moved back to Owosso from Byron in 2001. Dick accomplished a lot in his life, even though he had very little reading and writing skills.   

Dicks family and friends will remember him as somewhat of a daredevil. Dick loved to work on cars, and would modify anything that could move, he drove race cars at the Owosso Speedway, and built his children a working wooden ferris wheel in the backyard.   

Dick is survived by his children; Rick (Terri) Sleeseman, Edd (Paul) Sleeseman, and Jo Lawrenz, his daughter in-law, Robin Sleeseman. His five granddaughters; Tonya (Bob) Riddle, Julie Davis, Sara Sleeseman, Courtney (Justin) Johnson, and Melissa Sleeseman. Also his five great-grandchildren, his first wife Beverly Graim, and his ex-wife, friend, and caregiver, Judy Horton.   

He was preceded in death by his son, James Sleeseman, daughter, Susan Sleeseman, and his brother, Max Sleeseman.   

A memorial service to honor and celebrate his life will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 1pm at the Historical Church in McCurdy Park, Pastor John Walworth will officiate, with burial to follow in Pine Tree Cemetery, Corunna. A luncheon will follow the burial at the Community Center in the park.  

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Dicks name are suggested to McCurdy Park, checks payable to the City of Corunna. 

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


Services for
Ethan Moses Noble will be Friday, January 26,2018 4PM at Oakwood Cemetery on the corner of Bennington and M52. Online condolences can be shared at www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com 


William Kenneth (Ken) Stewart
left this world to be with Dorothy, his beloved wife of 70 years, on Thursday, January 11, 2018. He was ill for only six weeks and was provided excellent care during that time at the VA and UofM Hospitals in Ann Arbor, Mich. A memorial service to honor and celebrate his life will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 12-noon, at the M-21 Church of Christ, 2511 E. M-21, Corunna. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Mr. Stewart's family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Corunna Chapel.  

Ken was born April 28, 1925 in Cookeville, Tenn. to William Herschel Stewart and Edna (Lewis) Stewart. He grew up in a family of eight children, living in many homes in Tennessee and Florida, surviving the Great Depression and WWII without any casualties to their family. They moved to Owosso, Mich. in the 1940s, settling in Corunna after Ken joined the Navy in 1943. At age 16, Ken dropped out of school, moved to his own room, financed a bicycle at Western Auto, and began to work for a living, becoming manager of Meyers Ice Cream in Owosso by the time he was 17. 

As the owner of Ken's Shoes in Corunna for 35 years from 1952 to 1987, Ken was an integral part of Corunna’s prosperity, serving as a leader in the Chamber of Commerce and being involved in community projects. People greeted him wherever he went, whether customers of the shoe store with its “13th Pair Free” or visitors to his booth at the Shiawassee County Fair. 

Ken was a WWII veteran of the South Pacific, serving from 1943 to 1946. He was a diesel mechanic near Tulagi until the war ended, then a landing craft pilot for a time in Shanghai. He was honorably discharged as a 3rd Class Petty Officer, Machinist Mate 3. In 2011, Ken was an honored addition to Corunna’s WW-II Memorial in McCurdy Park. In 2016, Ken was escorted by his son Ken for Michigan’s Talons Out Honor Flight, visiting war memorials in Washington DC and being greeted by a crowd of well-wishers upon their return home. He was always amazed that so many cared when he felt he simply did his part. 

Shortly after the end of WWII, Ken married Dorothy Francis of Corunna on June 8, 1946. They were soul mates. Dorothy went home to heaven August 29th, 2017. They raised their six children in Corunna. They enjoyed driving, camping with the family, and more driving. A week’s vacation for the pair was a drive to the Florida Keys and back. 

In recent years, Ken drove the aged and infirmed to their appointments and was also a volunteer at Owosso Memorial Healthcare as a parking lot shuttle driver. It was important to him to keep busy after Dorothy went into care for dementia. This past summer, Ken put over 2,500 miles on his motorcycle, enjoying life to fullest until he became ill early in December. He was a frequent, much-welcomed visitor to friends and family all over lower Michigan and as far away as New Hampshire. 

Ken was best known for his passion for Christ. Ken and Dorothy became Christians in 1957. They spent the rest of their lives trying to bring Christ and be Christ to the lost via the M-21 Church of Christ. Hundreds of lives are forever changed by their interaction with Ken and his passion for their souls.

Surviving are children; Bob and Vivian Stewart of Wilton, NH; Larry and Lynne Stewart of Rochester Hills, Mich.; Janie Keating of Owosso, Mich.; Julie and Randy Arnett of Owosso, Mich.; Susie and Peter Longbottom of Bradford, England; Ken and Lorie Stewart of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Sister Fern (Jim) VanLuven of Chesaning, Mich.; Sister-in-law Donna Kviz of New Lothrop, Mich.; 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and church family. 

Memorial contributions in Ken's name are suggested to the Fisher House of Michigan, 3250 Plymouth Rd. Ste: 103, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105

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