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Jim Martin, Jr.

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Charles “Jim” James Martin, Jr., age 78, of Eaton Rapids passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Jim was born on November 2, 1941 in Okemos, the son of Charles and Zola (Cooley) Martin. He graduated from Okemos High School class of 1958 and immediately enlisted in the United States Navy. He served on the USS Hissem during the Cuban Blockade and played football for the Newport Navy Islanders while stationed in Newport, R.I. Jim retired from General Motors as a die maker after 32 years. His great passion in life was raising and breeding race horses. Jim would regularly have 20 horses, and upwards of 50, that he would race all over Michigan and into Canada.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Betty King and Sue Newland.
Surviving Jim are his children, Timothy (Toni) Martin, Chuck (Sue) Martin, Beth Martin, Krista (Rock) Gervais; grandchildren, Kyle Martin, Tyler (Gina) Martin, Bronson Martin, Erin Whitely, Veronica (Jason) Schmidt; great-grandson, Liam Martin; brothers, Duff (Nancy) Martin, Ralph (Jan) Martin; sister, Zoanna (Robert) Riley; special friends, Jim and Shirley Rhodes and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with visitation starting at noon. Jim will be laid to rest at Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later date. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Humane Society. To share memories or condolences, visit skinnerfuneralhomes.com.

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Linda L. Cook

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Linda Lou Cook, age 65, passed away on March 7, 2020 of health issues. She was born on April 6, 1954, the daughter of James Paul and Lorene Opal (Snodderly) Kreischer. Linda devoted her life to being a wife and homemaker for her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 42 years, Kenneth A. Cook; great-grandchild, Maia; siblings, Robert, Leonard and Richard Kreischer; and sister-in-law, Mabel Kreischer and niece, Uytovia Kreischer.
Surviving to cherish her memory are her partner of four years, Donald L. Smith; children, Stacy L. (Travis) Bristow, Kenneth A. Cook Jr., and Sarah L. McGillis; grandchildren, David, Travis Jr., Troy, Kayla, Savanah, Desmond, Kelli, Mercedes, Hailey and Jasmine; great-grandchildren, Aria, Malia, Emma, and Maddox; siblings, Milo (Inez) Kreischer, John Kreischer; sisters-in-laws, Evelyn, Margaret and Grace Kreischer; special nephews, James Ross and Doug Kreischer; and many other nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
A luncheon to celebrate Linda’s life will be held Saturday, April 11, 2020, at 2 p.m., at the American Legion, 1000 Lawrence Highway in Charlotte. Arrangements are entrusted to Vickers Springport Funeral Home.

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Michael F. Munro

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Michael Frederick Munro, age 68, of Lansing, and formerly of Onondaga, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Mike was born on February 29, 1952 in Jackson, the son of Frederick and Elmira (Miller) Munro.
He was a graduate of Leslie High School class of 1970 and went on to receive an electrical trade degree from MSU. Mike worked as a journeyman for Trine Electric in Albion before taking a position with Mobile Pipeline, where he spent two years in Saudi Arabia. He also worked for Conoco Oil, Omimex Energy and retired from ANR Gas Storage in 2012 to assume his new role as full time Papa. Mike was currently the electrical inspector for Leslie, Onondaga, Bunker Hill and Aurelius townships. He was a man that lived his life by the motto, “If you have the ability and means to help someone in need, why wouldn’t you?”
Mike was a trustworthy, generous and caring soul who would drop everything in an instant to help a family member or friend in need. He was the rock of his family and the glue that held them together. Mike was a loving husband, father and Papa whose memory will be cherished by all who loved him.
Mike is survived by his wife of 40 years, Cyndi (Smith) Munro; mother, Elmira Munro; sons, Michael (Sarah) Munro, Tyler Munro; grandchildren, Michael, William and Benjamin Munro; sister, Retha (Bill) House; brothers, Steven (Tina) Munro, Kevin (Dawn) Munro and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father and sister, Janice Westbrooks.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Skinner Funeral Homes, Eaton Rapids Chapel. The family was scheduled to receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. To share memories or condolences, visit skinnerfuneralhomes.com.

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Jeanne Sherman

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Jeanne Sherman went home on March 9, 2020. Jeanne loved life, and life loved her right back. She was a woman of great kindness, generosity, creativity and enthusiasm. Born February 6, 1927 to Thelma and Bert Van Ark, she grew up in Eaton Rapids. Graduating from Albion College with a degree in social work, she married Eber Sherman in 1949. After working for Michigan Children’s Aid Society, and while raising six children, she returned to school in 1977, receiving a second degree in education from Michigan State University. She then taught and volunteered in Eaton Rapids school system for many years.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband, Eber; daughter, Mindy; grandson, Matthew Sherman; and son-in-law, Peter Nestor. Surviving are daughters, Karen Nestor, Jan (Rick) Hettich, Mary Beth (Jeff) Morgan; sons, John (Lynn), Mark (Trish); 12 beloved grandchildren, Sean, Elizabeth, Daniel, David, Maggie, Brendan, Jane, Molly, Clara, Kyle, Zachary, Sofia; and five great-grandchildren, Emmett, Mary, Iris, Sage and Anna. She also leaves sisters, Ginnie Scott and Judy (Bill) Babbitt; plus, many treasured nieces and nephews.
Her greatest loves were family, good friends, all children, gardening and birding. In lieu of flowers, send gifts to any cause that offers nourishment and loving care to needy souls such as Heart and Hands, in Eaton Rapids, and Manna Food Project, in Harbor Springs.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids (FUMER) with visitation starting at 10 a.m. To share memories or condolences, visit skinnerfuneralhomes.com.

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Marilyn G. Hartsuff

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Marilyn Gail Hartsuff, age 90, of Charlotte passed away on March 4, 2020. She worked as a telephone operator. Funeral services will be held at a later date. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Connie Cullen-Guzy

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Connie Cullen-Guzy, age 76, passed away peacefully on February 26, 2020, in her hometown of Charlotte. She is survived by her loving husband, Stan; daughter, Autumn; son Brad and his wife, Renee: son Marty and his wife, Leigh; and three grandchildren, Cullen, Asher and Trenton.
Connie was genuinely caring, compassionate and selfless, which led her to a long and successful career in nursing where she was able to fulfill her passion for helping others. As a mother of three, she was a beautiful, fun-loving, supportive parent who taught her children how to live a life full of love and laughter. One of her greatest joys was being grandmother to three grandsons who will always cherish her playful and whimsical spirit.
Connie and her husband Stan shared a very special and genuine love. They lived their life together traveling, exploring nature, gardening and enjoying every minute they spent in each other’s company.
Connie will be forever remembered for her sense of humor, love of life and beautiful smile.

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Louise N. Mann

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Louise Natalie Mann, age 103, of Jackson, formerly of Olivet, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2020, at Henry Ford Allegiance Hospital. She was born June 11, 1916, in Glen Arbor, Mich., the daughter of John and Alvina (Billiau) Hunsberger. Louise was the consummate lady. She was a caring and thoughtful person who was always looking out for the needs of others. She kept a beautiful home that functioned as a well-oiled machine. She enjoyed cooking and preparing delectable meals for anyone who visited. Louise enjoyed quilting and crocheting. She made thousands of mittens and hats that she lovingly donated to different churches and hospitals throughout her life. Louise was a member of the Olivet Rebekah Lodge #96 since 1958.
Louise is survived by her children: Natalie Benson of Leslie, Richard (Katherine) Mann of Leslie; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Norman V. Mann; children: Ella Mann, Martha Mann, Daniel Mann, Martin Mann, Nita Smith; siblings: Orval Hunsberger, Elsie Lauer, Leo Hunsberger, Johnny Hunsberger, Barbara Hunsberger and Virginia Baxter.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 1 p.m. at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home with Pastor Rich Mitterling officiating. The family was scheduled to receive friends on Friday, March 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Olivet Cemetery.
Those desiring may make contributions in Louise’s honor to Henry Ford Allegiance Hospital.
To view Louise’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family visit burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.

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Albert W. Kienutske Jr.

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Albert William Kienutske Jr., age 75, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 23, 2020. Born in Lansing, on May 21, 1944, he was a lifelong resident of Nashville. He was the beloved husband of Gayla Kienutske for 42 years and loving father of five children — Tim (Becky) Kienutske, Brian (Wendie) Kienutske, Jowana (Dale) Begerow, Larry Kienutske and Robin(Jim) Fletcher. He is survived by 14 grandchildren, five great grandchildren; siblings Lonny (Gloria) Kienutske, LaVern (Cherry) Decker, Lorraine Carter(Harold), Rose (Floyd) Cook and Ruth Decker; mother-in-law Audrey Steward; sister- in-law, Nina Glasscock; brother-in-law Lester (Linda) Steward; step sisters, aunts, uncles, several nieces, nephews, cousins, longtime friends Melvin Kellogg and Lonnie Ackley, and many family members in the Owosso area, as well as his beloved dogs.
He was preceded in death by father Albert Kienutske Sr.; mother Dorothy Baker-Kienutske-Decker; son Larry Kienutske; step-parents Hubert (Phoebe) Decker and Leona Decker; father-in-law Clare Steward; grandson Joshua Fletcher; nieces Samantha Cornwell and Lona Cannon.
He was known as ‘Al’ or ‘Billy’ to friends and family, also as ‘K-9’ to those he worked with at GM Oldsmobile in Lansing for more than 42years, where he retired in 2005. He was a huge die-cast car and motorcycle enthusiast, collecting many both big and small over the years as well as a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump. Al was a big man with an even bigger heart, who was loved and adored by many with an endless love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was a proud father and splendid husband whose absence is deeply felt by his family.
In honor of his wishes, donations were made to Gift of Life. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at noon at the Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8436 W. Grand Ledge Hwy. in Sunfield, with a luncheon immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Barry County Animal Shelter.

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Joyce E. Cole Hoedeman

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Joyce Elaine Cole Hoedeman of East Lansing, formerly of Mason and Charlotte, passed away on February 24, 2020. Joyce was born in Grand Ledge on May 10, 1941, the second daughter of Darwin and Helen (Carrow) Cole. As an infant, she moved to Charlotte and lived there until she married David Hoedeman and moved to Mason where they raised their three sons.
Her love of music and drumming started as a young girl and her participation in the Charlotte Oriole Band was a great source of enjoyment for her; she was a proud graduate of the Charlotte High School Class of 1959. Her husband, David, preceded her in death in 2006, after being married 46 years.
She is survived by her three sons, Mike (Kathy), Matt (Karen), Marc (Sarah); her 5 grandchildren, Jessica (Dustin), Brad (Nicole), Jason, Patrick (Corinne), and Nicholas; great-grandsons, Keegen and Jayce; great-granddaughters, Renay and Mackenzie; 2 sisters, Janet (Jim) Dunn and Judy (Doug) Badgley. Many nieces and nephews also survive, plus her Chippewa Indian cousins, Injun Jim Carrow, Eddie Two-Toes Carrow, Jill Carmondy; and her best friend, Rodney Rodgers, also survives her.
Funeral Services were held on Friday, February 28, 2020, at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Mason Chapel. Interment was held in Hawley Cemetery in Mason. Instead of floral tributes, Joyce’s request was for donations to be made to the Lakeside Chapel Reachout Center, 5800 Park Lake Rd., Bath MI 48808.

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Jaqueline M. Hicks

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Jaqueline “Jackie” May Hicks went to be with our Lord on February 24, 2020. Jackie was born in Charlotte on December 21, 1940, to Harold and Edna Clark. She was one of five children. Jackie married the love of her life, James Hicks, on May 6, 1961. Jackie dedicated her life to raising her four children, spreading the word of God while being a missionary in Mexico and Honduras and being a caregiver to whomever needed her help. She was such an inspiration and wonderful example of pure selflessness. Jackie enjoyed cooking, playing games, and if there was a rocking chair in sight, you would find her rocking. However, her greatest pastime was spending time with family and friends, exchanging stories and memories.
Jackie was preceded in death by her husband James and her three brothers Elwood, Jerry and Richard. She is survived by her sister Donna Compton; her children Kimberly (James) Owens, Edward (Murielle) Hicks, Rodney (Cherie) Hicks and Jodi Lincoln; grandchildren Nicolas (Sara) Lincoln, Jacob Lincoln, Charissa Owens, Merissa Owens, Christopher Hicks, Schasta (Kyle) Cross, Jeremy Hicks, Melinda Hicks, Robert Hicks, Andrew Hicks, Samuel Hicks and Charity Hicks; as well as her five great-grandchildren Emma, Camdynn, Grace, Caroline and Cadence.
There will be a celebration of life ceremony on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 2236 Narrow Lake Rd. in Charlotte beginning at 1 p.m. After the ceremony, there will be a gathering at the Thirsty Bird located at 208 S. Cochran Ave. in Charlotte.

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