OBITUARIES
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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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