John Clarence Evans Jr.
John Clarence Evans, Jr., age 65, passed away due to leukemia on September 4, 2021, surrounded by his family at his home in Eaton Rapids. He was born on November 21, 1955, in Lincoln, Nebraska to parents John Clarence Evans, Sr. and Sarah Marjorie (Cain) Evans.
He married Lavonna in 1985 and they shared 36 years together. He adored Lavonna and was the world’s best dad to his girls, Lynnsilee and Elise. His granddaughter, Nadia was the twinkle in his eye. He graduated from Harry Hill High School in 1973 and completed a degree in computer sciences at LCC. John started his career at Mobile TV in Lansing, MI, and then transitioned to Spartan Electronics in Jackson for over 20 years. He studied to become a Master CNE (one of only eight in the nation receiving this designation). He dedicated the rest of his career with Michigan State University as a Systems Administrator.
John was a very punny guy and his laugh was contagious to all around him. He was a wonderful friend to many. He shared a love for dad jokes, Astronomy, MSU, the Timeless series, good food, and his church, Thrive Church (formerly Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church).
John is survived by his wife, Lavonna Lee (Craig) Evans; his daughters, Lavonna Lynnsilee (Adrian) Alvera and Elise Evans; granddaughter Nadia Alvera; sisters, Sharon (Darren) Frye and Ruth (John) Slate; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and great aunts, Ruth Manion and Pearl Runyan, who were very dear to him.
The family would like to thank the caregivers on 5 West (Sparrow’s oncology floor), his MSU colleagues, Thrive Church, and extended family for all of their love and support for John.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center, 1140 East Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grlansing.com for the Evans family. The family was served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes.
A visitation was held last year on September 10, 2021, at Gorsline Runciman, 1730 East Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI followed by a graveside service at Evergreen Cemetery, 1709 East Mt. Hope Ave., Lansing, MI. A celebration of John’s life was held last year on Grandparents Day, September 12, 2021, at the MSU Horticultural Gardens (attendees were invited to wear their MSU attire and share a private dad joke or pun with the family).
Note from the family: It has been brought to our attention that there are some community members who are still not aware of John’s passing. Please accept our sincere apologies for neglecting to share the obituary in our local paper at that time. Though it has been nearly a year, our loss still feels recent, and an empty place resides in our hearts.
Nihl Charles Storey
Nihl Charles Storey of Jackson, MI passed away on Monday, August 1, 2022, at the age of 87. Nihl was born on October 4, 1934, in Jackson, MI the son of Nihl and Virginia (Wilcox) Storey. He was raised in Eaton Rapids where he excelled in sports and was named to his senior year (1953) Honorable Mention All-State Football Team. Nihl proudly served in the United States Navy from 1954 to 1957 where he was honorably discharged as an Aviation Electronics Technician. He moved to California where he continued his education at Santa Rosa Junior College and San Jose City College. Nihl worked for IBM while in California and upon moving back to Michigan he owned and operated numerous businesses including, Storey’s Sports Land, Storey’s Tree and Chimney Services, Storey’s Cart and Fix, Storey’s Pre-Cast and Storey Stone Company. Nihl was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the American Legion, The Moose Lodge and the Free Masons. He enjoyed flying and built three of his own planes, building model aircrafts, reading, golfing, bowling and leather crafting.
Nihl is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joan Dempsey; and brother, James Storey.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Diane Storey; children, Debra (Brad) Ommodt, Pamela (Mike) Rooney, Nihl (Lana) Storey II, Teri May; grandchildren, Corrie (Brandon) Whitsell, Travis Ommodt, Dillon (Meghan) Ommodt, Christopher Rooney, Meghan (Thomas) Weller, Nihl Storey III, Jared (Kristen) Storey, Wyatt Storey, Roy Storey, Justin May, Jeremy May; great grandchildren, Jailyn Storey, Ryan, Erica, Adam Whitsell, Bernard, Maeve Weller, Ava Ommodt and numerous extended family and friends.
Per his wishes, he has been cremated and the family will hold a private going home celebration of his life at a later date. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Jackson County Animal Shelter in memory of Nihl. To share memories or leave condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.
Marie Ilene DeFord
Marie Ilene DeFord of Eaton Rapids, MI and formerly of Lansing, MI passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 21, 2022, at the age of 88. Marie was born on September 21, 1933, in Lansing Michigan the daughter of William and Jessie (Evans) Gross. She was raised in Lansing where she graduated from Lansing Sexton High School class of 1951. Marie was the owner of Building Care Services out of Lansing where she did commercial cleaning for many large companies. She also worked briefly in real estate. Marie was a long-time member of Unity Church where she was involved in the Teddy Bear Project and a founding member of the Lighthouse Coalition with her late friend Theresa Hobbins. She loved gardening, painting ceramics, animals of all kinds and was an avid garage sale aficionado. Marie was known as “everyone’s mom” and was extremely generous, always looking for the perfect gift for a family member or friend.
Marie is preceded in death by her parents and seven siblings.
She is survived by her sons, Dane (Grace) DeFord, Jon (Shelly) DeFord; grandchildren, Derek (Melissa) DeFord, Monica (Adam) Shirey, Branden (Nicole) Cooper, Sonia Ybarra, Courtney (Blake) Weirauch, Christina Lopez, Steve Lopez, Jessica Lopez, Cortney Slusser, Kayla Slusser; 21 great grandchildren, three great great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 26, 2022, at Skinner Funeral Homes, Eaton Rapids Chapel with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. A luncheon immediately followed the service at Tompkins Township Hall in Rives Junction, MI. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Ingham County Humane Society in memory of Marie. To share memories or leave condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.
Becky (Rebecca) Sue Jones LaRose
Becky (Rebecca) Sue Jones LaRose, chef extraordinaire, lover of all things Halloween, Janis Joplin and classic rock, and tattoos, passed from this life on Thursday, August 18, 2022.
She was born April 26, 1981, the oldest of three siblings with parents Terry Jones and Wendy (Ten Eyck) Jones Allison; her brother, Daniel Jones, who passed away in 2012, and Benjamin Jones who she was a second mother to when he arrived. She was also the big Sissy to her much-loved twin sisters, Hannah and Olivia Jones, with her father and Susie (Loeffler) Jones. Her father, Terry Jones, predeceased Becky so she had loving arms to enter and her brother Dan to torture again! Listen for the rumbling!
Becky leaves behind three beautiful children: Mathias Stoecker, 21, of Charlotte, MI; Marah Jones, 17, of Lansing; and Malek LaRose, 14, of Mt. Morrice, MI. She married Brandon LaRose in 2009 and although they separated as a couple, they remained dear friends until the very end. She also leaves behind her parents, Wendy and Richard Allison, Jr., and Susie Jones, all of Lansing, MI, and her grandparents, Richard and Marjorie Gulliver of Eaton Rapids, now Grand Ledge. Also surviving are many loving aunties, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews along with countless friends, and her beloved puppy, Chunk, who loved her unconditionally. To Becky, everyone she loved was family and family was everything to her. Her heart was gigantic.
She was a force of nature, that girl, a real spitfire. She was a true and loyal friend for life. She loved her babies fiercely and was a true Mama Bear. Becky was a true master of mischief, and was an awesome gift giver, tucking away an idea that is long forgotten by the person until a wonderful, funny gift appears. She was born in the wrong decade because she had a true hippy heart. She loved movie quotes and there wasn’t one you could catch her on, she was so good at it. She was a true character in orange crocs! There wasn’t one thing that she could not figure out and do. She was an amazing woman and will be so greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her.
A memorial service will be held at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, MI, on September 24, 2022, at 1:00 p.m., with visitation an hour before. If you happen to have orange in your closet, please feel free to wear it! Tie dye welcome as always.
The family asks that you consider a donation to Glass House (Mid-Michigan Recovery Services) of Lansing, or the Greater Lansing Food Bank, which supplies food for the Glass House, in lieu of flowers.
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference”
Robert Anthony Limauro, 36, returned to the Lord, August 1, 2022, in Boerne, TX. He was preceded in death by his mother, Robin (Labo) Limauro. He is survived by his father Michael Limauro, step mother Martha, brothers Jacob Bloomhuff (Taylor) and Lucas Limauro, sister Chloe Byington (Brent), nieces Aisley and Giavanna, and nephews Bronson and Brooks.
Rob graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School in 2004, and received his BA from Florida State University in 2008. After graduating college, he moved back to Michigan to be close to his family. Rob always had a love for Texas and moved to Conroe near Houston in 2019. He then moved to New Braunfels for work and then to Boerne, Texas. He enjoyed bowling and played in numerous leagues throughout his life. He loved God, humor, automobiles, NASCAR, Indy and Formula 1 racing, cats, golf, nature, Star Trek, politics, Texas BBQ, music, and singing.
Rob loved people, and many remember him for his energetic laugh and big smile. He had a friendly personality and cherished his life-long friendships. He was intelligent and funny. Rob had a big heart and a gentle soul. He will forever be remembered and dearly missed.
A celebration of his life will be held September 24, 2022, at Pray Funeral Home Gardens, 401 W. Seminary Street, Charlotte, MI 48813 at 12:00 noon.
Donations in his honor can be made to the Crosswalk Teen Center, 103 W. Lawrence, Charlotte, MI through www.crosswalkteencenter.org.
The funeral will be webcast so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to www.prayfuneral.com, click on Robert’s tribute, then click on Photos and Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone).
Elizabeth Ann “Betsy” Fisher, 71, of Charlotte, a true American Patriot, died August 10, 2022. She was born November 29, 1950, in Battle Creek, MI to Harold and Rhoda (Woodland) Fisher. A graduate of Springfield High School, Betsy started her office career at Post Cereal, moved on to be Executive Secretary at GM Delco Electronics Detroit division and later became a homemaker, dedicating her time to being a mom and raising her two sons. An easy-going person, Betsy was a dog lover, a classic rock fan, and enjoyed going to DJ Bingo with the ability to name that tune in four notes. A big fan of the University of Michigan, she enjoyed watching college football, Hallmark Channel, and sharing evening quiz/game shows with family. Betsy adored and was adored by her grandson, and her family always enjoyed her witty one-liners and passionate advice. The gentle voice of “slow down and smell the roses” and the reassuring motherly response of “love you more” has gone to meet her Heavenly Father.
Betsy is survived by her sons, Matthew Bogusz, Brandon (Chellee) Bogusz; grandson, Blake Bogusz; siblings, Rhodie (James) Wiersma, Scott Fisher, and Carol Fisher; former husband, Michael Bogusz; along with many cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and close relatives. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to any favorite veteran organization, homeless shelter, pregnancy center or animal welfare society as Betsy was always a true giver.
Friends are encouraged to support Betsy’s family by sharing memories on her Tribute Page at www.prayfuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Jennifer Rae King, a dedicated, loving mother and hardworking employee passed away on August 20, 2022. Jennifer was born on December 16, 1975, to Gerald Lynn and Sandy (Eaton) Archer. Jennifer’s smile lit up a room and set people at ease. In her youth Jennifer was a member of the Community Riders 4-H club taking part in various activities including riding her horse and barrel racing during the 4-H rodeo. Jennifer was a 1994 graduate of Olivet High School.
Jennifer loved spending time in the kitchen especially at Christmas which was her favorite holiday. She is known for her Christmas cookies and baking and decorating cakes. Her favorite cake may have been the wedding cake she baked for her son Jacob and his bride Salena. Highly respected by her coworkers at Consumers Energy, Jennifer worked as an exceptional customer service agent for many years and was a trainer for new employees at Consumers. Family was the central part of her life and she will be missed by each one, even her two cats.
Jennifer leaves behind her parents, Gerald (Sandy) Archer; children, Jacob (Salena) Emery, Jared Emery, and Hannah King. She was preceded in death by her brother, Andrew Archer and nephew, Seth Archer.
The family hosted a celebration of her life on Friday, August 26, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. If desired, the family has suggested memorial contributions to the Gift of Life or The Humane Society in her memory. Memories may be shared on her tribute page at www.prayfuneral.com.
Jennifer’s funeral was webcast so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to www.prayfuneral.com, click on Jennifer’s tribute, then click on Photos and Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone).
In 2017 Lois Kennedy wrote: I am mindful of the brevity of life, having placed my faith and confidence in Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord, who redeemed my soul through His death upon Calvary’s Cross. He shed blood for my sins assuring me of eternal life. I ask my children and all my family, my living legacy, to remember that everything they have is a trust from God and they are stewards of what He has given to them.
Lois Elaine (Lutton) Kennedy was born in Flint, Michigan, on July 28, 1930, the daughter of Lee and Agnes (Uber) Lutton and went home to be with the Lord on Friday, August 12, 2022, in the comfort of her home.
Lois graduated from Flint Central High school in 1949, in 1951 married Arthur Ralph Hanje, and they became the parents of sons: Charles, Robert, and Marc. Arthur died in 1980. Their nearly thirty-year marriage was filled with raising their sons, dedication to their church and its various programs, travel across the United States as well as sites around the Gulf of Mexico, summers boating at Dewart Lake, and an open-door policy of genuine hospitality, with meals and desserts she prepared from her extensive collection of recipes.
It was also during these years that Lois discovered an aptitude for learning anything in which she was interested and adapted quickly to all technology and classes and training that aided her in expressing her artistry and fearless approach to athletic endeavors. She taught herself to play the organ and remained a lifelong music lover. Although Lois appeared to be quiet and shy, she discovered, with Art’s encouragement, that she was an adventurous extrovert. This trait led her to be a consummate host, always ready with her gift of hospitality that she shared with all who entered her door. Lois enjoyed playing cards, playing practical jokes, and all types of board games. Her dining table was constantly filled with laughter.
Lois’s biggest passion, however, was art and she continued taking lessons until just a few months before her death. Her love of painting began with her mother-in-law and grew into collaborating with various famous artists wherever she lived. She loved community painting and the many friends she made along the way. Lois’s talent for expression extended across all mediums, whether landscapes, animals, or places she had visited. Her works were featured in various exhibits in Michigan and Florida.
In 1984 Lois married Russel William Kennedy (died 2001). She welcomed a new set of grandchildren, and like all her grandchildren, she entertained them with overnight and vacation visits teaching them art, games, and taking them for adventures in Florida’s Panhandle. Lois and Russell divided their time between Noblesville, Indiana, and Panama City Beach, Florida. She put her mind to designing an ocean front home that would accommodate a houseful of guests at every opportunity. She studied basic architecture and built a home that reflected her life of hospitality. It was a dream come true for family, friends, and guests. Lois and Russell traveled to Europe, South America, and Alaska. They also worked together as certified counselors through a Christian counseling center and church in Indianapolis.
Lois was a Christian who appreciated her quiet time each day in prayer with Christ Jesus and writing in her journal. The public side of her Faith included helping to start a church in Noblesville, IN, being actively involved in Women’s Christian Fellowship, and involvement with Billy Graham and Campus Crusade Ministries. In her later years, she was a member of South Church in Lansing. Lois’s faith defined her life and her love of her family. Her life’s fulfillment was in sharing her time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
We, her family, do not feel left behind, we know she is waiting for us to join her, and in each other we will continue to see Lois and have stories to share. We love her and will cherish the memories. Her family is her living legacy that because of Jesus Christ we will all share Heaven together. Until we meet again:
Charles and Joyce Hanje and their children: Jessica (Kara); Amanda and William (Grace and Faith); and James and Maria (Arturo and Isaiah).
Robert (died 2021) and Coral Hanje and their children: Brittany & Scott Mathewson (Ella and Theodore); Justin and Alyssa (Jessa, Riley and Eli); and Jonathan and Emily.
Marc Hanje (died 2012) and former wife Paulette and their children: Hannah and Scott (Knox, Daisy, and Nash); Joshua and Sarah; and Zachary and Kiley (Silas, Reid and Lenna).
Sisters-in-Law: Jean Morris-Lutton and Joy House Hanje.
Nieces and nephews: Douglas and Ivy Morarity (Jay, Danielle, Sean), Debra Morarity-Libhart (Shannon, Darren, Kevin) and Neil Libhart, Patty Ann Moriarity-Huddleston and Steve Huddleston (Christa, Laura, David), Thomas Moriarity (Tonya, Christopher, Brandon, Mindy) and Theresa Swancey, Carol Lutton-Rose and David Rose, LeAnne Lutton-Conway (Nicolas, Sean, Damian), and Michael and Gail Lutton (Benjamin and Kimberly). Cousins: Catherine Ruth Davids and Marie Bernadette Davids (Scott, Patricia, and Michael).
Lois was preceded in death by her husbands, Arthur Ralph Hanje (1980) and Russel William Kennedy (2001); son Robert Hanje (2021); son Marc Hanje (2012); parents Lee and Agnes Lutton; sister Patricia Jane Moriarity-Haldin (2014); brother Lynn David Lutton (2015); beloved parents-in-law; Arthur and Alma Hanje; brother-in-law, Alfred Paul Hanje; sister-in-law Joyce Prescott Hanje (2015); and many other aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and cousins spanning many decades on both the Lutton and Hanje sides of the family.
Friends are encouraged to support Lois’s family by attending services or sharing memories on her Tribute Page at www.prayfuneral.com. A private family graveside will take place in September in Indianapolis. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Samaritan’s Purse, Campus Crusade Ministries, or the Chosen Ministry. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Jane Ellen Fox, a woman who had heart of gold, died on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. Jane, 87, of Charlotte, was born July 9, 1935, the daughter of George and Kathryn (Gallagher) Newman. From a young age growing up with seven siblings, Jane learned the importance of family. This carried throughout her life. On January 28, 1961, Jane married the love of her life, James Albert Fox. She worked for Eaton County doing clerical work with the District Court, where she retired in 1995 after 25 years. Jane also enjoyed trips to the casino, playing Bingo, and most importantly spending time with her family. Throughout her life Jane was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte.
Jane is survived by her children, Kathy (Rex) Fox, Bob (Debbie) Fox, and Joe (Carol) Fox; 13 grandchildren, Jimmy, Ashley, Brooke, Spike, Sarah, Matthew, Kelly, Bobby, Molly, Ben, Tiffany, Colleen, and Joey; nine great-grandchildren, Keegan, Colton, Talon, Trevor, Evelynn, Dakkota, Ryan, Audrey, Levi James, and Jaxton; siblings, Margaret Premo, Barb Dunneback, Diane Newman, John Newman, Mary Dewitt, and Jeff Newman. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Albert Fox; son, James Jeffery Fox; daughter-in-law, Lisa Fox; brothers, Mike Newman, and Joe Newman; and her parents.
Friends are encouraged to support Jane’s family by sharing memories on her Tribute Page at www.prayfuneral.com. Per her wishes cremation has occurred and no services for Jane will be held. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the St. Vincent de Paul Store in Lansing, MI at 1020 S. Washington Ave. Lansing, MI. 48910. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Eva J. Palmer, age 87, entered peacefully into the arms of her Lord, July 24, 2022, at her home. She was born March 13, 1935 in Beaverton, Michigan to Rev. George & Grace (Tolles) Huber. On January 12, 1957 Eva married Philip Palmer in Mt. Haley Church of God. Eva was a faithful to the Lord as well as a wife, mother, and grandmother.
Mom served many churches over the years as a Pastor’s wife in Colon, MI, Charlotte, MI., Ocala, FL, Cape Coral FL., and Burlington, MI. Mom taught Sunday School, played piano, and then the organ for many years in the church. Mom also served before her marriage with her parents who were pastors in several churches.
Mom worked as a lab tech at the Midland Hospital, clerk at State Farm Insurance in Marshall, MI, billing clerk at Community Hospital in Battle Creek, MI, and receptionist/administrative secretary at Eaton County Care Facility.
She is survived by a daughter Rebecca (Rev. Douglas) Douglas of La Fayette, GA; a son Thomas (Valerie) Palmer of Charlotte, MI; grandchildren: Nicole (Richard) Rivera, Curtis Palmer of Charlotte, MI, Gretchen (Ballard) Wood of Columbia City, IN, Charin (Mike) Hanlon of Wilmington, NC, Nathan (Jessica) Douglas of Ona, WV and Thomas Douglas of Ft. Wayne, IN; great-grandchildren: Audrey, Ethan, and Morgan Rivera, Chasity (Dallas) Puckett, Micah (Becca) Wood, Kaylee and Grace Hanlon, and Luke and Joey Douglas; and four great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Grace Huber; brothers, Gerald, Orville, Rex and Ron Huber; sisters, Merlene Wixom, Alice Krotzer; and her husband of 64 years, Philip B. Palmer.
A memorial service for Rev. Philip B. and Eva J. Palmer will be held August 27, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the South Cochran Church of God, 2470 S. Cochran Rd., Charlotte, MI 48813. If you have a story to share, please e-mail to email@example.com by August 24, 2022. Stories received will be shared at the memorial service.
Donations may be made in their honor to a charity of your choice.
The family is being served by the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home.