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Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those that we've lost in our community. We have a list of resources that may be able to help you during the grieving process. They are posted in the right column of this page.

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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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