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