Evelyn L. Thocker
Evelyn Lucinda Thocker, of Eaton Rapids, Mich. passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at the age of 78. Evelyn was born on November 30, 1942 in Traverse City, Mich., the daughter of Robert and Margaret (Woodcock) Boring. Her family moved to Lansing where she attended school and later worked for General Motors, retiring in 2000 after 30 years of service. Evelyn enjoyed cooking and her time spent in northern Michigan near Big Star Lake. But more than anything she loved her time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her brothers, Bill and Ronnie; sisters, Dorothy and Denny.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Thocker I; children, Rob, Rachel (John) and Jeri; grandchildren, Zakary, Robert, Alexis, Spencer, Amy, Andrew and Maggie; brothers, Pete, Chuck, Bobby; sister, Toni and numerous nieces and nephews.
No services are planned as this time. Evelyn’s remains will be buried in Delta Center Cemetery. To share memories or leave condolences please visit SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.
Sandra M. Orr
Sandra Marlene Orr, of Eaton Rapids, Mich. passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at the age of 82. She was born on June 22, 1938 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Lloyd and Marguerite (Gay) Dawley. Sandy graduated from Eaton Rapids High School class of 1956. She was extremely hardworking and often worked multiple jobs while she and Ward raised their seven children. She was a bookkeeper for a group of East Lansing and Okemos eye doctors and worked 47 years for Old Mill Furniture. Sandy owned and operated K’s Place, a children’s clothing store in Eaton Rapids. She was a member of the Community Christian Church in Eaton Rapids. Sandy enjoyed gardening, reading, often pegged “speed reader” as she read thousands of books in her lifetime. She loved to do puzzles, and play cards and games, especially cribbage. Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Ward; brother, Richard Dawley; sisters; Loraine Clark and Janet Jones.
She is survived by her children; daughters, Kristie Bailey, Kandice Shaw; sons, Ken (Jane) Orr, Kraig (Kristy) Orr, Kevin (Kim)Orr, Kyle (Kristina) Orr, Kirk (Jayne) Orr; grandchildren, Ashley (Eric) Engstrom, Morgan (Jonathan) Rapley, Anthony (Theresa) Orr, Tyler Orr, Cara (Giannai) Massaro, Jayme (Tony) Davis, Josh Orr, Derek Orr, Karlee Orr, Cody Madsen, Searra Madsen, Cole Madsen, Uriah Orr, Blake Shaw, Sydney Shaw, Evan Oslund, Emelia Oslund, Ethan (Julie) Oslund, Erik Lieberman, Elijah Lieberman; great-grandchildren, Addilyn Engstrom, Isla Engstrom, Emerie Engstrom, Liam Orr, Evelyn Orr, Riley Davis, Uriah Orr, Harper Shaw, Natalie Orr, Gabriella Orr; sisters, Beverly Bouts, Sandra Scott; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Visitation was held Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids chapel. Private family services were held Thursday, January 21, 2021. For those wishing, memorial contributions can be made to McLaren Hospice 2316 South Cedar Street, Lansing, MI 48910, in memory of Sandra. To share memories or leave condolences please visit SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.
Edmund R. Cupp
Edmund Ronald Cupp, of Eaton Rapids, Mich. passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021 at the age of 82. Ed was born on May 22, 1938 in Lansing, Mich., the son of Don and Myrtie (Freer) Cupp. He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School class of 1956 and went on to serve four years in the Army National Guard. Ed married Dora Jean Meyer in 1958 and together they had three sons. He was a hard-working man who farmed dairy from the age of 13. Ed was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Charlotte where he ran the soundboard for many years. He enjoyed camping, fishing, snowmobiling and loved to cook, especially for his family and friends.
Ed is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Donald Cupp, Helen Whitmore, Doris Long and Roy Cupp.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Dora Jean; sons, Kevin Cupp, Keith (Paula) Cupp, Don (LeAnn) Cupp; grandchildren, Justin (Jessica Pizion) Cupp, Carissa (Kyle) Reece, Ross Cupp, Kevin (Cassie) Cupp II, Caitlin (Christopher) Lea, Theodore (Sarah) Doukakos, Anthony (Jody) Doukakos, Amber (Andy) Jones, Alex Martin; great-grandchildren, Halle Mitchell, Quinn Reece, Haelyn and Tucker Cupp, Ariya Taylor, Logan Lea; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 22, 2021 at the First Baptist Church of Charlotte. The family received friends at Skinner Funeral Homes, Eaton Rapids chapel
on Thursday. To share memories or leave condolences please visit SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.
Eunice E. Bateman
Eunice Eloise Bateman passed away peacefully on January 13, 2021 due to non-COVID illness. She was the youngest of three children born to Edna and Elijah Evans on November 1, 1933 at the home of her uncle Roy Parker in Battle Creek, Mich. She spent her early years in Fruitport, Mich. until going to live at the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids. She graduated ERHS class of 1952. In high school she met, dated and married K Strong Bateman.
Eunice was preceded in death by her husband, K Strong Bateman in 2005; her daughter, Kimberly Sue in 2019 and special friend and companion, Doyle Woodward in 2016.
She is survived by two sons, David (Diane) Bateman, Mark (Laurie) Bateman; grandchildren, Ryan Perritt, Jennifer Schneider, Melissa (Casey) Wallick, Andrew Bateman, Evan (Lauren) Bateman, Christopher Bateman; great-grandchildren, Braedon Schneider, Izzy Perritt, Jasper Wallick, Finn Bateman and another expected July 2021.
A private family graveside service will be held. The family will have a public memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Palliative Care in memory of Eunice. To share memories or condolences please visit SkinnerFuneralHomes.com
Shannon L. Sharp
Shannon Linette Sharp, of Eaton Rapids, Mich. slipped into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the age of 51. Shannon was born on February 13, 1969 in Eaton Rapids the daughter of Dennis McManus and Sonja Higbie. She graduated from Eaton Rapids High School class of 1987 and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. Shannon worked as a lab technician at Sparrow Hospital for 18 years. She also worked for the Red Cross and most recently was the Bioterrorism Training Coordinator for the State of Michigan. She loved her job and the opportunity it provided her to travel. She loved music and was a talented musician playing the piano and the French horn in high school. Shannon enjoyed baking holiday pies and her special sugar cookies. She was a lifelong student absorbing all she could learn about science and health topics. Shannon was involved in the children’s and women’s ministry at Robbins United Methodist Church and served as president for the Eaton Rapids Band Boosters when her children were in school. Shannon was a cat lover and a true MSU fan but nothing brought her greater pride than her children. Faith and Brendan’s wellbeing was always central as they were the world to her. Shannon had been attending the First Baptist Church and professed her strong faith in her Lord when she was recently baptized. Shannon is preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Sharp in 2015.
Surviving are her children, Faith Sharp, Brendan Sharp; boyfriend, Josh Hill; parents, Dennis McManus, Sonja and John Oatley; sister, Melissa (Jimmy) Scott and numerous nieces and nephews, including Jessie (Steve) Foley, Travis (Melissa) Burgess.
Funeral services were held on Monday, January 18, 2021 at First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids. The family received friends at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids chapel on Sunday, January 17. To share memories or condolences please visit SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.
Amanda J. Gatica
Amanda Jean (Hill) Gatica, born August 27, 1983 to Kevin and Belinda Hill, passed away January 15, 2021 after a long and hard-fought battle with cancer. Amanda was born in Eaton Rapids where she was raised, attended school and graduated in 2002. She went on to work for Walmart in Charlotte for the next 17 years and spent the last 12 of those years in the pharmacy, working as their best pharmacy technician. Her greatest joy in life was being Carlijean’s mom. At family gatherings, Amanda was always the one who wanted to play some sort of game, usually winning because of her competitive nature. The family joked that she was the biggest kid. Amanda was always late to everything! She was the cool aunt/mom, always wanting to go out and do fun things with the kids, such as visit the zoo, paint pottery, have sleepovers, go to water parks, or the movie theater. You could say Amanda was a hoarder of yarn! She loved to crochet. Amanda was always finding new patterns to try and new colors of yarn to buy. She married the love of her life, Juan, on May 7, 2016. Her loss will be felt deeply, and she will be missed dearly.
She is preceded in death by her grandmother Carol Jean Wright and grandfather Paul Anderson. She is survived by her parents; daughter, Carlijean Benson; husband, Juan Gatica; sisters Ashley (Evan) Gruesbeck and Brittney Hill; nieces and nephew, Evelyn and Liam Gruesbeck, and Olivia Adkins; In-laws, Juan Gatica Sr., Ofelia and Randy Glasgow; sisters-in-law, Jessica (Loren) Seaton, Jolene Glasgow; brother-in-law Ricky Glasgow; and nieces Kelsey, Alysia and Maya; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids chapel. The family received friends at the funeral home on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to her daughter, Carlijean Benson, in care of Ashley Gruesbeck. To share memories or leave condolences please visit SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.
Joyce Irene Adleman, of Eaton Rapids, Mich. passed away January 14, 2021 at the age of 82. Born January 24, 1938 in Evart, Michigan, one of six children, to Arnold and Irene (Bruff) Knoop. Joyce graduated from Evart High School class of 1956 and married her husband Paul in 1957. She later worked for Farm Bureau in Lansing as an internal auditor and retired after 26 years of service. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved to “mother her girls.” Joyce also enjoyed gardening, canning, baking cakes and feeding the birds and wildlife in her yard.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Virgil and Franklin. She is survived by her husband, Paul Duane; sons Tim (Sue) and Ron (Barb) Adleman; daughter, Kathy (Dennis) Desgrange; sisters, Betty (Ray) Pier, Sandy Shraft and Dorlis Gibson; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at Munger Cemetery with a visitation at Skinner Funeral Home prior to services. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Elara Caring Hospice in memory of Joyce. To share memories or leave condolences please visit SkinnerFuneralHome.com.
Pamela Scofic of Onondaga, formerly of Mason and Eaton Rapids, passed away on January 14, 2021 after a hard-fought battle with COVID.
Pam has been reunited with her son, Michael Scofic, who passed away in 2014. She is survived by her daughters Heidi Brininstool (Jesse) and Diane Nelson (Phillip) and her honorary daughter Deena Bunce. Pam was the loving grandmother (G-Ma) of Beth (Kevin), Steven, Justin, Emily (Dustin), Kaylee, Kyle and Jonah, and was the great-grandmother to Preston, Dustin, Lakyn and Bentley. She was the sister of Gay (Jack) and Dave (Cathy), and was the dear friend of Dorene, Pat and many, many, many others.
Pam was a gift to the world and spent her life doing good works. She cared for and treated thousands of children as a pediatric nurse in the Lansing area for nearly 50 years, and eventually retired as an immunizations nurse with the Ingham County Health Department. After retiring, Pam became an active and lively volunteer at City Rescue Mission in Lansing, where she cared for homeless guests by serving meals, cleaning, distributing supplies, and performing any other tasks that were asked of her.
She was an ardent MSU football and basketball fan, and lost her voice more than once yelling at or cheering for her teams. She was also an avid gardener and dedicated untold hours to her flower beds and garden. She loved knitting, playing cards, reading smutty books, eating at Cracker Barrel, socializing with friends and family, and making new friends.
Pam loved her family and friends fiercely and unconditionally. She was kind, generous, funny and thoughtful. Pam loved talking with everyone, even complete strangers! She had a great sense of humor and could take a joke just as good as she gave them. She loved being more-than-a-little naughty, had a mile-wide stubborn streak, and was beyond feisty. Pam was strong beyond measure, raising three kids completely on her own, and throughout her life, overcame obstacles that would have destroyed most others. She was also a safe space for anyone to turn to, and was always willing to provide support, guidance and a shoulder to lean on for anyone going through tough times. Her heart had no limits. Her love had no boundaries. Her loyalty was unbreakable. And her sass was untamable.
Pam’s passing has left a hole in the hearts of all who knew her. Her light and her love will be forever missed.
Visitation was held on Monday, January 18, 2021 at Mills Funeral Home, 518 Main Street, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the City Rescue Mission, 2216 S. Cedar Street, Lansing, MI 48910 in Pam’s memory. She would be comforted knowing that her friends and family are continuing to support the shelter, which was so important to her. To leave online condolences, please visit MillsFuneral.com.
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