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Jodi A. Harris

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Jodi Ann Harris, a woman with a generous heart who treated everyone equally, died unexpectedly at her home on Sunday February 21, 2021. Jodi, age 55, was born August 2, 1965 in Charlotte, the daughter of Troy and Doloras (Rossi) Harris. Jodi was a giving soul who was always willing to take care of others, even when she couldn’t take care of herself. Many of her friends remember her as an outgoing person who loved to be around her family. Her family members drew inspiration from her ability to overcome many of the difficulties she faced during her lifetime. She was most proud of her family, especially her son Joe, and her many nieces and nephews. They remember Jodi being there to root them on at wrestling matches, football games, cheerleading, and all of their many activities. Some of their favorite memories are of the wonderful times that they spent with Jodi taking part in some of her imaginative play times such as playing dress-up and making houses and cities out of cardboard boxes in the backyard.
Jodi is survived by her son, Joe (Libby) Harris; mother, Doloras Harris; sisters, Teresa Uhl, and Angela (Joe) Russell; brothers, Victor Harris, and Mark Harris; grandsons, Clark and Oliver Harris; and many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Troy Harris; brother Sylvester Harris; brother-in-law, Spike Uhl; and grandparents, Victor and Angelina Rossi, and George and Flora Harris; and niece and nephews Kayla Barnett, Kyle Barnett, and Curtis Harris.
Friends are encouraged to support Jodi’s family. Private family funeral services were held on Wednesday, February 24 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Charles Jenson officiating. The funeral was webcast so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to PrayFuneral.com, click on Jodi’s tribute, then click on photos and videos from your computer (or media from your smart phone). Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Jodi on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.
The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Rebecca Saylor

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Rebecca “Becky” Saylor, a beloved friend, a fun Mother who inspired all to be more kind, passed away on February 19, 2021. Rebecca, 78, of Charlotte, was born July 27, 1942 in Chester Township to Elmer Charles and Rena Mae (Scott) Halsey. In her early years, she was a hairdresser, but when asked she said her best job was at the Charlotte Chair Company where she was upholstery supervisor for many years. She went on to sew beautiful gowns at Marlene’s Bridal, for customers as well as her daughter, Tammy. Becky retired from Linn Products and enjoyed time with her granddaughters. She loved caring for the Saylor Farm after moving there, enjoying summer gardening and canning. Her leisure time activities included sewing clothing for her daughters, and then for her grandchildren, as well as for their Barbies. Cross-stitching and crafting was enjoyed along with baking wonderful Christmas goodies and homemade pies. She made the best dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls. She loved traveling with her daughters including trips to the U.P. and New York. Her last big visit was to the Halsey Homestead on Long Island to have a first-hand view of where her ancestors settled. Her devotion to her family was endless. Her high school girl friends enjoyed their monthly lunch gathering keeping their cherished friendships close to her heart. She would go without to be sure her kids had what they needed, and would drop everything to help a family member in need.
Rebecca is survived by her daughters, Tamera “Tammy” (Ryan) Halsey, Tina (Tom) Dunsmore, Teresa (Bryce) Madill; granddaughters, Sarah Rebecca (Sam) Montie, Gracelyn Mae Halsey, Taylor Joan Madill; great-grandson, Jackson Montie; brother, Stephen “Weezer” Halsey; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and several fur babies. She was predeceased by her parents, Elmer and Rena; husband, Jack F. Saylor; siblings, Stanley “Bub” (Droucilla) Halsey, David “Hap” Halsey, and Charles Halsey.
Friends are encouraged to support Rebecca’s family for visitation on February 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. A memorial service will be held March 1, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, followed by interment at West Carmel Cemetery with Pastor Dennis Weeks officiating. Mask, group capacity and distancing guidelines will be practiced. The funeral will be webcast so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to PrayFuneral.com, click on Rebecca’s tribute, then click on photos and videos from your computer (or media from your smart phone). If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Heartland Hospice. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Becky on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.
The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Betty M. Brown

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Betty Maria Brown, 58, of Charlotte, died unexpectedly on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Betty was born May 7, 1962, in Milwaukee, Wis., the daughter of Ray and Betty (Ashley) Winters. She graduated from Olivet High School and later completed trade school in electrical. Betty is a lifelong member of the South Cochran Church of God and is very devoted to the Lord. Her hobbies include anything Elvis Presley, watching NASCAR, crocheting, knitting, playing piano, adult coloring books and being with her cat Susie. Betty’s biggest enjoyment in life was time spent with her family, especially her kids and grandchildren.
Betty is survived by her children, Jerry Winters, Roger Winters, Juanita Mason; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; father and step-mother, Ray (Linda) Winters; siblings, Thomas Winters, Peggy (Dave) Gardner, Carla (Mike) Fell. She was predeceased by her mother, Betty Ruth; and grandmother Ruby.
Friends are encouraged to support Betty’s family. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 11 a.m. at The South Cochran Church of God in Charlotte with Pastor Mike Rysko officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service. Mask, group capacity, and distancing guidelines will be practiced. The funeral will be webcast so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to PrayFuneral.com, click on Betty’s tribute, then click on photos and videos from your computer (or media from your smart phone). If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Betty’s family to assist with funeral expenses, checks payable to Pray Funeral Home. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Betty on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.
The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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William J. Kleinfelt

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William John “Bill” Kleinfelt, age 90, of Charlotte, passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2021, in Marshall. He was born January 12, 1931, in Grand Ledge, the son of John and Rheta (Brazee) Kleinfelt. Bill graduated from Olivet High School in 1949. On February 16, 1951, he married Dolores Jane Crilly. Bill worked briefly at Oldsmobile, joined the National Guard and started working for Kleinfelt Well Drilling in 1950. Together Bill and Dolores eventually co-owned and operated Kleinfelt Well Drilling for many years and finally retired in 1999. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Bill’s hobby was working. He worked every day, any hour of the day because he loved it and didn’t want anyone to go without water. He enjoyed a variety of things after retirement, but he really liked mowing the lawn. He mowed his lawn, his grandson Thomas’ lawn because it was connected to his and he would mow way down the side of the road and back from his house. Bill and Dolores enjoyed many trips to the different casinos across the state and sometimes out of state. They were married 68 years.
Bill is survived by his children, Wm. Bryan (Wanda) Kleinfelt of Charlotte, Keith Alan (Kelli) Kleinfelt of Olivet, Jane (Steven) Sobleskey of Charlotte; grandchildren, Matthew (Rebecca) Kleinfelt, Ashley (JT) Britton, Sarah (Jeremy) Kemp, Liesl (Steve) Spence, Kali Kleinfelt, Thomas Sobleskey, Tyler Sobleskey; eight great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Carol Akins; brother-in-law, Nyle “Bub” Crilly.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dolores; siblings, David Kleinfelt, Nancy Leach, and Joan Kleinfelt.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 1, 2021, at 1 p.m. at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home. For those not able to attend, the service will be live-streamed at listentochurch.com/listen/bgk. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home just prior to the service. Burial will follow at West Carmel Cemetery.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Bill’s memory to Colonial House West AFC, 1302 W. Hughes St., Marshall, MI 49068.
To view Bill’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit Burkhead-Green-Kilgo.com.

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Virginia M. Potter

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Virginia Marie Potter, 69, of Charlotte, Mich., died Sunday, February 21, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. Virginia was born November 1, 1951, in Charlotte, the daughter of Albert and Nellie (Johnson) Brandon. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1969. On August 1, 1970 Virginia married Reginald “Reggie” Potter at the United Brethren Church in Charlotte and together spent the next 50 years creating their legacy. Virginia was a member of the local VFW and volunteered her time with their dinners, she also volunteered and assisted her daughter with her AFC home. She loved planning their annual family reunion. Virginia loved baking, she is known for her famous apple pies and oatmeal cookies. She adored time spent with her family, camping trips with grandchildren, visiting her mother at Tubbs Lake. Her biggest enjoyment in life was her children, grandchildren, and her marriage of 50 years. Some would say that Virginia was a feisty sweetheart who would let someone give their two cents but then she would jump in and speak her mind in a good caring way. Above all Virginia will be remembered for her unwavering love and support that she showed to her family and friends.
Virginia is survived by her husband, Reggie; children, Dena Jean (Robert) Cowick, Jason Joel (Lindsay) Potter, Adam Joseph (Jill) Potter; grandchildren, Jordyn, Sydney, Natalie, Olivia, Joel, Laine, Chase, Charlie, and Brody Boone; siblings, Sandra Eggleston and Ruth Lawcock. She was predeceased by her parents; siblings, Albert “Vern” Brandon, Mary Myers, Robert Brandon, Glen Brandon, Dixie Weaver, Donald Brandon, Ronald Brandon; grandson, Dylan Boone.
Friends are encouraged to support Virginia’s family. Funeral services were Friday, February 26, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to The American Cancer Society. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Virginia on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Verna B. Rood

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Verna Beth Rood, of Eaton Rapids, Mich. passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at the age of 87. Verna Beth was born on November 23, 1933 the youngest of six children born to Clayton and Iva (Strong) Ealy. She was raised in Stanton, Mich. where she graduated from high school class of 1950. Verna Beth married her high school sweetheart, John Rood in 1951 and together they had three children. She loved to sew and made baby clothes for all of her grandchildren. Verna Beth had a strong faith in the Lord and was always active in her church. Family was first and most important in her life; she cherished her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and the time she was able to spend with them.
Verna Beth is preceded in death by her husband, John; four brothers and one sister.
Surviving are her children, Deborah (Greg) Schwab, Michael (Ana Lil) Rood, Daniel (Nadine) Rood; 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Charles Szanto and sister-in-law, Marry Ann Ealy.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Country Acres Adult Care Home in Eaton Rapids. To share memories or leave condolences please visit SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.

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Carolyn (Jecks) Suckow

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Carolyn Faye (Jecks) Suckow was born on February 25, 1961 in Houston, Mo., to parents Lorena and Edward Jecks, and grew up in a busy, loving home with her six siblings in Eaton Rapids, Mich. She passed away on February 17, 2021.
After graduating from Eaton Rapids High School, she attained a Bachelor of Arts at Olivet College and later, a Master’s degree in Education at the University of Southern California. She went on to work as a Congressional Aide in Washington DC, as a lobbyist for the University of Michigan, and later as a Public Affairs and Marketing Director and Student Advisor at the University of Southern California School of Engineering in Los Angeles. She retired in 2016.
As an energetic, outdoor enthusiast, she enjoyed hiking, rock climbing, cycling, downhill skiing, and kayaking. She was an avid reader, as well as a champion for social justice, and an advocate for the protection of nature.
Carolyn married Stephen William Suckow on April 26, 1996 in Napili Bay, Hawaii. They shared a love for the outdoors and enjoyed many adventures and many good times in their 25 years of marriage. They lived in Hermosa Beach, California until their retirement in 2016 when they moved to Corvallis, Oregon.
Always one to see the beauty in life, her upbeat attitude and positive energy will be missed by her friends and family. Carolyn is survived by her husband, Stephen Suckow; her mother, Lorena (Risner) Jecks; brothers, Steve Jecks, Jim Jecks, Dan Jecks, Joe Jecks; and sister Sandy (Jecks) Martinez. She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Jecks; and sister, Linda (Jecks) Strang.
An intimate gathering of remembrance will be planned for later in the year.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in Carolyn’s name.
Please leave condolence messages for the family at mchenryfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Carolyn-Suckow.

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Judith R. Bursley

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Judith Rae Bursley, of Eaton Rapids, Mich. passed away unexpectedly on February 19, 2021 at the age of 79. Judy was born on January 21, 1942 in Eaton Rapids, Mich. the daughter of Dale White and Ruth “Maxine” (Burgess) Stanley. She graduated from Eaton Rapids High School class of 1960 and went on to work as a secretary for Dimond Rio. Judy spent the majority of her life raising her children and taking care of her home. She was a talented seamstress, knitter and cook who won several ribbons for her famous cherry pies when she was younger. Judy also loved animals and had numerous pets over the years, especially horses and dogs.
She is preceded in death by her husband, William Bursley; father, Dale White; and sister, Neola McBride.
Surviving are her mother, Maxine Stanley; children, William “Todd” (Melissa) Bursley, Robin (Donald) Freeman; grandchildren, Sara (Dustin) Bartel, Emily, Nicholas and Evan Freeman; great-grandchildren, Alexander and Jocelyn Bartel; and brother, Carl White.
She will be laid to rest with her husband, William at great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Mich. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family asked that memorial contributions be made to your local humane society or animal shelter because of Judy’s great love for animals. To share memories or leave condolences please visit SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.

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Patricia A. Kopack

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Patricia Ann (Grove) Kopack, of Eaton Rapids, passed away February 16, 2021 at the age of 71. Patricia was born in Charlotte, Mich. on May 15, 1949, the daughter of Charles and Betty (Lewis) Grove. She married her husband Gerald in Las Vegas on January 19, 1990. Patricia worked in manufacturing making mobile homes, and as a bookkeeper for AmeriGas. She enjoyed playing board games, playing slots at the casino, walking her dog, making apple pie and meatloaf, working in the yard, and shoveling Michigan snow. Patricia was a loving and kind-hearted person who will be missed by all.
Patricia is survived by her husband of 31 years, Gerald Kopack; children, Gerald Kopack, Robert (and Magda Stawkowski) Kopack, and Donald (Cindy) Kopack; siblings, Kathy Shepherd, Charles (Donis) Grove, Mary Prater, and Daniel Grove; her dog, Baron. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Debra Cauchi.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter, 600 Buhl St, Mason, MI 48854. The family has entrusted arrangements to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel. To leave online condolences or memories please visit millsfuneral.com.

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James “Jim” Simons

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James “Jim” Simons, age 69, of Onondaga, Mich. passed in his sleep Monday, February 8, 2021.
He enjoyed fishing, cars and had a love for the CB. Anyone who knew him knew his call sign as The Onondaga Hillbilly.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Ardena Simons of Onondaga; brothers, Richard Simons of LeRoy, and John Simons of Onondaga. He is survived by his son, Jamie Latoski; siblings, Jacqueline (Clare) Howell, Mitchell (Evelyn) Simons, Shirley (Alex) Mueller, Carl D. Simons, and Charlie (Helen) Simons. He also has two grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Let this be known, “The Onondaga Hillbilly is over and out.”

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