Obituaries

Deborah S. Lownsbery

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Deborah Sue Woodard, Lownsbery, age 53, of Eaton Rapids passed away April 1, 2020. Deborah was born in Albion, October 22, 1966. She was a 1984 graduate of Eaton Rapids High School. Deborah had been hairstylist since 1987, most recently working at Holt Hair and Nails. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, enjoyed working out at Healthworks at the ERMC, boating, walking, being outdoors and sitting by the fire pit.
Deborah is survived by her parents, Eddie and Sue (Chapman) Woodard; husband, David Lownsbery; sons, Eric (Audrey) Lownsbery of Paris, Mich., Evan (Kaylyn McGuire) Lownsbery of Eaton Rapids; grandson, Levi Lownsbery; sisters, Stacie (Pattrick) Yockey of Eaton Rapids, Nichole (Andy) Zasucha of Marshall; brother, Eddie (Kimberly) Moss of McKenzie, Tenn.; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; loving step-mother, Patricia Zasucha; her beloved dogs, Bella and Bernice and her beloved clients who were like family to her. She was preceded in death by her biological father, Thomas Zasucha; mother and father-in-law, Gail and Barbara Lownsbery and her grandparents.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the First United Methodist Church, 600 S. Main St. in Eaton Rapids, or New Hope Pet Rescue, PO Box 745, Charlotte MI 48813. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. Visit the website to place online condolences or to sign the guest book, millsfuneral.com.

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Deborah M. Lehman

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Deborah “Deb” M. Lehman, age 70, of Battle Creek passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence in Battle Creek with her loving husband at her side.
She was born November 7, 1949 in Battle Creek to George and Harriet “Betty” (Pike) Tidd. Deborah was a graduate of Bellevue High School where she met and then married Brian Lehman on June 7, 1969 at Bellevue United Methodist Church. She started her working career with Transamerica in Battle Creek and then onto The Ole Bakery Haus in Battle Creek as a clerk. Deborah worked at the Base Exchange, Air National Guard Base, Battle Creek as a sales clerk before starting at JC Penney in Battle Creek, where she worked in sales and then as a stock room manager for over 20 years.
Deborah was an Avon representative for over 50 years. She loved going to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, especially St. Ignace and Sault Ste. Marie. She enjoyed going on the Toonerville Trolley in Newberry. Reading, crossword puzzles, Tuesday morning breakfast at Firekeepers Casino, going to the county park, visiting lighthouses and crocheting Christmas stockings were some of her favorite things to do.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Brian; her son, Shawn Adam Lehman of New Hampshire, her sister, Barb Katts of Battle Creek; and her brother, Steve (Beth) Tidd of Delton. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Per Deborah’s request, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services in Bellevue. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Visit kempffuneralhome.com to view the online obituary, sign the online guest book or to leave the family condolences.

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Sharon L. King

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Sharon Lee King, age 79, of Charlotte passed away March 24, 2020, surrounded by family. She was born January 20, 1941 in Charlotte , daughter of Eldeen and Norma (Bodell) Jones. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1959. Shortly after high school, she met and married her husband of 52 years, Jack King.
After working as a bank teller at Eaton Federal for some time, she happily moved on to her true calling – mother. After the children were grown, she returned to work as a tax preparer, most recently at H&R Block. She was also a lifetime farmer. Sharon loved being a mom, often serving as chaperone for school field trips. She attended every school sporting event her children participated in through the years. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, who could always bring out her beautiful smile. She loved fishing and hunting – and even bagged an elk. After Jack retired, they started an antique business together and would often spend their time at auction sales. They also wintered in Ruskin, Fla., where she loved fishing and hunting for treasures at garage sales.
She is survived by her three children: Darrin (Amee) King of Grand Ledge, Beth (Eric) Pulver of Dimondale, and Jeff (Heather) King of Livonia; five grandchildren: Kyle King, Evan King, Danny Small, Rachel (Small) Reed and Addie King, and five great-grandchildren; as well as a sister, Beverly Wells of California. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her brother Darwyn Jones.
Due to the current mandate on public gatherings, a memorial service will be scheduled once the current restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, consider making donations to Hospice of Lansing Stoneleigh Residence, 3411 Stoneleigh Dr., Lansing MI 48910, the hospice facility where Sharon spent her last five months. To view Sharon’s obituary online, or to leave a condolence for the family, visit burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.

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Harlan B. Pauls, Jr.

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Harlan Benjamin Pauls, Jr., age 80, of Eaton Rapids passed away on March 25, 2020. Harlan was born in Williamston on June 6, 1939, the son of Harlan Benjamin Pauls, Sr. and Bernice Adell (Barnes) Pauls. He was a graduate of Williamston High School and proudly served with the U.S. as an airplane mechanic. Air Force After returning from the service, he worked for General Motors as an inspector and retired in 1991. Harlan was a proud member of the UAW Local 652, had a love for cars, enjoyed going to car shows and enjoyed watching all kinds of sports on television. But mostly, he enjoyed the time he spent with his grandchildren. Harlan is survived by his daughters; Tammie (Donald) Brown of Charlotte, Melanie (Christopher) Wood McCord of Eaton Rapids and Jessiey Pauls of Eaton Rapids; daughter-in-law, Melody Pauls; grandchildren, Cheyenne Moore, Harlan Brown, Devin Wood, Tayler McCord, Jorden McCord, Dustin McCord, Ezekial Pauls, Anne Marie Pauls; and sister, Judie (Larry) Gregg of Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 50 years, Judy Kay Pauls; his son, Benjamin Pauls; sister, Madelyn Mason and brother, Jerold Pauls. No services are planned at this time. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Eaton County Health and Rehabilitation Services, 530 Beech Street, Charlotte MI 48813. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. Visit the website at millsfuneral. com to place online condolences or to sign the guest book.

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Sallie Emmer

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Sallie Emmer, born April 14, 1929, passed away on March 19, 2020. Sallie was a retired teacher who taught at Eaton Rapids and Charlotte for many years. She married Gene Emmer in 1951 and had three daughters, Laura, Lisa and Leslie. She loved art and art history and was accomplished in watercolors and figure painting, something she Sallie Emmer fine-tuned in retirement. Sallie had the gift of giving. She truly cared for the happiness of others. She gave her all to make sure her family was taken care of. Sallie was a strong individual who wouldn’t budge if she thought she was right, despite her family pointing out how opposite her politics were. She was true to her beliefs and respected others as well and cared deeply for her daughters and their well-being. Sallie had a special place in her heart for her grandson, Mattias DeDoes. In the days of a stay-at-home mom, she worked fulltime, cared for her family and the home — something we all should respect. At the same time, she never met a cookie she did not like or a flower she would not plant. Like her husband, Sallie loved books and movies about Sherlock Holmes. Her kids liked nothing better than to take her to the latest Bond movie. Between movies she read mysteries, especially Detective Montalbano. She will be dearly missed. She is survived by her daughters, Laura (Patrick) Marutiak, Lisa Emmer (Steven DeDoes), Leslie (Jim) Long; grandchildren, Mattias DeDoes, Shelli Long; great-grandchildren, Margeaux (Will) Wing, Maci (Matthew) McNamara, Morgan (Ryan) Wing and great-great-grandchildren, Vaida, Norah and Claira. Due to current conditions, a private service will be planned. To share memories or leave condolences, visit skinnerfuneralhomes.com.

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Sandra L. Sevenski

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Sandra “Sandy” Linn Sevenski — a warm and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother  died unexpectedly at home in Elmira, Mich. Sandy was born January 4, 1949 in Onaway, Mich. She married Michael John Sevenski on February 25, 1967, and the two lived a life of love and happiness raising their four children. As an adult, Sandy Sandra L. Sevenski attended Olivet College and went to work for Eaton Intermediate School District in early childhood development, retiring after many years of service. Mike and Sandy remained active at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte throughout the years. Sandy loved singing, art and time spent at the casino. She was known to adopt dogs from family members and would always go out of her way to help others. Sandy loved time spent with her grandchildren, who lovingly called her “MeMe.” Following her husband Michael’s death in 2019, Sandy moved up north to the family property in Elmira, where she kept busy with her group of friends. They called themselves the “widow’s club,” and they played cards and took care of each other. Many will miss Sandy, especially her ability to make others laugh, even at inappropriate times. Sandy is survived by her children, Renee Sevenski, Michael John Sevenski II, Cami Sevenski, and Ryan (Dawn) Sevenski; grandchildren, Kelsey (Michael) Sailor, Konner Whitinger, Anna Marie Sevenski, and Steven Michael Sevenski; great-grandchildren, Michael and Ty Sailor; and several siblings, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Michael John Sevenski, in 2019. Friends are encouraged to support Sandy’s family. Memorial services will be planned at a later date, when quarantine and sheltering guidelines have been eased. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Special Olympics Michigan or Hospice of Lansing. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Sandy on her tribute page at prayfuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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John W. Franks

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John William Franks, age 90, of Eagle, formerly of Charlotte, passed away on March 14, 2020. He worked as a repairman for General Motors. Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at the Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

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Zelma L. McCrimmon

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Zelma Lorraine (Stickles) McCrimmon, age 77, of Midland died Sunday morning, March 15, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 25,1942 in Lansing, daughter of the late William and Zelma (Kikendall) Stickles. Zelma was a 1961 graduate of Charlotte High School. On May 14, 1977 she married James McCrimmon in Vermontville. Together, they spent 34 years until his passing in 2011.
In 1984, she received a certificate as a respiratory therapy technician and entered a career in Arizona which later took her to Louisiana and that would last 30 years. Zelma had a deep love of animals and gave over 200 dogs a loving home. She was a loving and caring woman that had a deep faith. She was always hard working and enjoyed crocheting, bee keeping and helping others.
She will be missed by her four children, Marvin Jr.(Diane) Humphrey, Darlene (Gene) Faylor, Rebecca Humphrey and Laura Humphrey; stepchildren, Deborah Funk, and Jason McCrimmon; 20 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers: William Stickles, Mervell Stickles, Royal Stickles, David Stickles, Robert Stickles and George Stickles. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her stepson, James “Buzz” McCrimmon.
In honoring Zelma’s wishes and keeping up with her tradition of helping people, her body will be donated to the University of Michigan Anatomical Donations Program. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Humane Society Of Midland County. Services were entrusted to Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Homes in Midland.

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Steven T. Kita

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Steven Thomas Kita, age 52, of Bellevue passed away Thursday, March 12, 2020, as a result of an accident. He was born February 7, 1968, in Marshall, the son of Stanley and Nancy (Key) Kita. Steve graduated from Olivet High School in 1986. Family was of the utmost importance to Steve. He cherished his daughter and loved each and every moment they spent together. Steve enjoyed deer hunting, snowmobiling, riding his quad, fishing and nearly every outdoor activity. He also looked forward to his regular trips to the Upper Peninsula. Above all else, his life with Mallory defined who he was. Steve was a worker in the truest sense of the word. He was always busy working with his hands and always enjoyed what he was doing. Steve worked for over 20 years for the Calhoun County Road Commission.
Steve is survived by his daughter, Mallory Kita of Bellevue; parents, Stan and Nancy Kita of Bellevue; brothers: John (Carla) Kita of Bellevue, Jeff (Jamie) Kita of Olivet; several nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins and close friends, including Lisa Kelley, Mallory’s mother.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: John and Delia Key, Stanley and Lillian Kita; and uncles: Elmer Key, Joseph Kita and Frank Kita.
Due to the new state mandate limiting crowd sizes, a private funeral service was held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home with Jon Doty officiating. There will be a public memorial service held at the funeral home at a later date. Interment took place at Lee Center Cemetery.
Those desiring may make contributions in Steve’s memory to the Olivet FFA Alumni or American Diabetes Association. To view Steve’s obituary online, or to leave a condolence for the family, visit burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.

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Daniel L. Smith

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Daniel Lee Smith, age 62, of Mason passed away on March 10, 2020. He was the owner of Sieloff Glass and Screen. Funeral services were held on March 17, 2020 at the Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

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