• Ionia,  Portland

    Eugene Platte

    View Eugene Platte Eugene Albert Platte, age 91, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019 . He was born on October 27, 1927 in Westphalia the son of Ferdinand and Antoinette (Arens) Platte. Gene was a member of St. Mary’s Church, and the Westphalia Fire Department. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a Corporal with the 43rd Army Infantry. He was a member of the the V.F.W. Post #3733, enjoyed going to horse races, traveling and fishing. Gene was  preceded in death by his wife, Betty; …

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Celeste Heckman

    View Celeste Heckman Celeste Mary Heckman, age 86, of Pewamo, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2019. She was born October 7, 1932 in Fowler, the daughter of Nicholas and Rose (Simon) Hufnagel. Celeste was a devoted member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She followed P-W sports and was a Spartan fan, despite most of her family’s love of U of M maize and blue. She always made sure others were taken care of and often drove them to doctor’s appointments. Celeste…

  • Ionia,  Portland

    William Pung

    View William Pung William David Pung, of Portland, age 67, passed away September 10, 2019. He was born April 26, 1952, the son of Louis J. and Florence L. (Miller) Pung. Bill was a faithful member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. He enjoyed going out to dinner and watching golf and Lawrence Welk. Most of all, Bill loved spending quality time with his family. Preceding Bill in death are his parents. He is survived by his siblings, Sr. Mary Pung CSJ, Lawrence (Ann Marie) Pung, Joseph (Jeane…

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Daniel DeMay

    View Daniel DeMay Daniel Edward DeMay, age 66, passed away on Friday, September 6, 2019. He was born in Lansing, Michigan, on September 6, 1953, the son of Donald L. and Colleen A. (Rando) DeMay. Private family services will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be mad at www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com. Daniel Edward DeMay, age 66, passed away on Friday, September 6, 2019. He was born in Lansing, Michigan, on September 6, 1953, the son of Donald L. an…

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Mae (Schrauben) Lehman

    View Mae (Schrauben) Lehman Mae Elizabeth (Schrauben) Lehman, age 96, of Portland, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 8, 2019. Mae was born on April 19, 1923 in Westphalia, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Pline) Fandel. She was a devoted member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Portland, the V.F.W. Post #4090 Ladies Auxiliary and she volunteered at the Portland Senior Center. Mae enjoyed playing cards, baking bread, walking, and playing bingo. She was a beautician for over 50 years i…

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Robert Minnis

    View Robert Minnis Robert Edward Minnis  Born May 28, 1947 and passed away September 6, 2019.  Bob was born to Max H. and Patricia R. (Brock) Minnis of Portland, MI.  After High School he joined the Army in 1965 and served for 3 and a half years, including 2 tours in Vietnam.  After Vietnam, he lived in various places and held odd jobs for a few years before settling back in Portland.  He and his ex-wife, Chris raised their family in the house he grew up in.&nbsp…

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    Carol Fox

    View Carol Fox Carol Marie Fox, age 88, of Pewamo, passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2019, surrounded by her family. Carol was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pewamo. She enjoyed baking and was known for her cookies, pies, and peanut brittle. Carol also enjoyed crocheting and embroidery, making doll blankets for the children of the Appalachia mountain region. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; daughter-in-law, Tammy (Fox) Thelen; great-grandson, Gunner The…

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Jerry Spangler

    View Jerry Spangler Jerry Lavern Spangler Born in Hillsdale, MI on October 4, 1947 to Eben “Bud” and Jean Spangler of Frontier, MI. He graduated from Camden-Frontier High School in 1965. He briefly attended Ferris State College (now University) before enlisting in the United States Air Force, being stationed in Guam, Thailand, Massachusetts, and North Carolina.  He served until 1972, attaining the rank of Senior Airman. On August 8, 1970 he married Diana Mocerin (of Elk Rapids, MI) …

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    Jean Bourcier

    View Jean Bourcier Jean Anne Bourcier, age 65, of Port Charlotte, Florida, passed away August 19, 2019. She was born June 24, 1954, the daughter of Lyle and Joyce (Thompson) Kenyon. Private family services will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be made at www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com.  Jean Anne Bourcier, age 65, of Port Charlotte, Florida, passed away August 19, 2019. She was born June 24, 1954, the daughter of Lyle and Joyce (Thompson) Ke…

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Martha Thelen

    View Martha Thelen Martha L. Thelen, age 94, of Ionia, formerly of Fowler, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at the Mother Teresa House in Lansing. She was born on June 27, 1925, in Westphalia, the daughter of William and Bertha (Goerge) Rademacher. She was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and was a lifelong homemaker known for her delicious cookies and treats. Martha married Martin Thelen on September 27, 1944, lived in Fowler and in 1974 moved to Ionia. He pre…

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Clyde Pulling

    View Clyde Pulling Clyde J. Pulling, age 95, of Portland, passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2019. He was born August 3, 1924, the son of Clyde and Ruby (Felton) Pulling. Clyde was a man of great service and his mission in life was always to help others. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren; he also enjoyed gardening and tractors. Clyde owned and operated Fargo Gas Station for many years, managed Muffler Man, and eventually retired from Oldsmobile after 33 years of service. He is pr…

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Mary Sandborn

    View Mary Sandborn Mary Elizabeth Sandborn, age 75, passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2019. She was born on October 25, 1945 in Lansing, the daughter of George and Norma (Atwell) Sandborn. Mary was a care taker, she never married and had no children, but she took care of her parents and made herself available to help with her sibling’s family during their time of need. Her “children” were her nieces and nephews and her younger brothers. Mary loved many people, routinely having lunch with……

  • Ionia,  Portland

    John Schmitt

    View John Schmitt John Henry Schmitt, age 90, of Westphalia, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 12, 2019. He was born on May 28, 1929 the son of William and Anna (Theis) Schmitt. John was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westphalia. He was a lifelong farmer and also worked at the Westphalia Milling Co. for 41 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; grandson, Shane Platte; sister, Dorothy Schneider; brothers-in-law, Hillary Feldpausch and Jerry Fox. Surviving are his …

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Hunter Wieber

    View Hunter Wieber Hunter John Wieber, age 22, of Lyons, passed away on Friday, August 9, 2019.He was born on April 1, 1997 the son of Jason and Kelly (Swain) Wieber. Hunter loved spending time with his aunt, April, camping with his family and being in the outdoors. He enjoyed listening to all kinds of music. He was preceded in death by his mother, Kelly; grandparents, Dennis Wieber and Delbert and Arla Swain. He is survived by his daughter, Ember; father, Jason Wieber; siblings, Lakin Ward, …

  • Ionia,  Portland

    James Kerr

    View James Kerr James William Kerr, age 83, of Ionia, passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2019. The Funeral Service will be conducted by Pastor Kenneth Harger at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 15, 2019 at the Lehman Funeral Home, 220 Rich St., Ionia. The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home. On line condolences may be made at www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com. A complete obituary will be posted soon. James William Kerr, age 83, of Ionia, passed away on Sunday, Augus…

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    Stephen Mooney

    View Stephen Mooney Stephen Mooney, 65, a lifelong resident of Ionia, lost his battle with lung cancer and died Friday, August 2 at Ionia Sparrow Hospital.  Steve was born May 4, 1954 to Joseph and Floy (Biddy) (Bradley) Mooney.  He attended Saints Peter & Paul School until 9th grade and then graduated from Ionia High School in 1972.   Steve retired from Wholesale Ticket Company in Saranac in May of 2018 after 38 years as a Master Pressman.  Steve never ventured a…

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    Virginia Goodrich

    View Virginia Goodrich Virginia “V.A.” Goodrich, age 88 of Portland, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. She was born on June 23, 1931 the daughter of Paul and Sena (Peterson) Spohn. V.A. was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. She enjoyed reading, writing letters, selling linens, traveling and going to the casino. V.A. loved visiting with people, many conversations included what is going on in their lives or just a good joke. She was often referred as the “neighborhood doctor” by… …

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    Norbert Fox

    View Norbert Fox Norbert William Fox, age 95, of Westphalia, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. He was born on December 1, 1923 in Westphalia the son of Henry and Theresa (Thelen) Fox. Norbert was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the K of C Council #2890.  He was born on the family farm and was a lifelong farmer, he worked for Westphalia Telephone Co. for 23 years and 15 years of those years he served as the Manager. Norbert is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp having serve…

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Darryl Wilkinson

    View Darryl Wilkinson Saranac Age 57, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Darryl enjoyed arts and crafts and won many awards from the Ionia Free Fair. He was a huge Nascar fan, enjoyed the Three Stooges, fishing, camping, hunting and family outings. He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Bonnie (Bell) Wilkinson. Surviving are his sister, Denise (Russell) McCarrick; brother, Christopher (Lynn) Wilkinson; uncles, Edwin (Shirley) Wilkinson, Richard (Tony) Wilkinson, Chr…

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Patricia “Diane” Pattison

    View Patricia “Diane” Pattison Patricia “Diane” Pattison, age 86, passed away July 18, 2019. She was born September 23, 1932 in Ithaca, Michigan, the daughter of Harold and Grace (Maxwell) McKinstry. Diane was a devoted member of the South Church in Lansing.  Preceding her in death are her parents; husband, Robert Pattison who passed away April 25, 1997; brothers, William McKinstry; and in-laws, Mary McKinstry and Clarence DuPuis. Surviving Diane are her sons, Mark (Mary Jo) Pattiso…

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    Mark Fockler

    View Mark Fockler Mark Christopher Fockler, age 53, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Ionia, passed away July 15, 2019. He was born June 16, 1966 in Ionia, the son of Benjamin and June (Roche) Fockler. A graveside service will be officiated by Rev. Kenneth Harger at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 19, 2019 at Balcom Cemetery, Ionia. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be made at www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com.  Mark Christopher Fockler, age 53, of Grand Rapids, for…

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Jur Ree Schneider

    View Jur Ree Schneider Jur Ree R. Schneider, age 88, formerly of Crystal, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. She was born on September 6, 1930 in Lansing, the daughter of Gregory and Irene (Lamp) Fernholz. Jur Ree belonged to the Ladies Auxilliary, V.F.W. Post #5065, Sheridan, Michigan. She was a charter member of St. Gerard Catholic Church, Lansing, and more recently was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Carson City. Jur Ree married her beloved husband Clemens Schnei…

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Genevieve Droste

    View Genevieve Droste   My Garden Prayer My garden beautifies my yard and adds fragrance to the air. . . But it is also my cathedral and my quiet place of prayer. . . So little do we realize That “The Glory and The Power” of He who made the universe lies hidden in a flower                                     -Helen Steiner Rice   Genevieve Catherine Droste passed away peacefully on Monday,… &…

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    Phyllis Lobdell

    View Phyllis Lobdell Phyllis Irene Lobdell, age 87, of Ionia, passed away Monday, July 8, 2019. She was born in Ionia on March 27, 1932, the daughter of Stephen and Lottie (McCoy) Donner. Phyllis attended Shiloh Community Church in Orleans and also volunteered at the V.F.W. and the Ionia County Commission on Aging. She enjoyed tending to her flowers and playing cards in her spare time. Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ken Lobdell; sister, Lucille Montgomery; and brother, …

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Roger Thelen

    View Roger Thelen Roger W. Thelen, age 77, of Westphalia, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019. He was born on April 22, 1942, the son of Alfred and Eleanor Thelen. Roger was a devoted member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, was an usher and a member of the church choir for many years. He was a past Grand Knight and member of the K of C Council #2890 in Westphalia. Roger worked as a Construction Supervisor for many years. He was an avid…

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Steven Greenhoe

    View Steven Greenhoe Steven Roy Greenhoe, age 64, of Ionia, passed away July 3, 2019. He was born in Ionia on November 5, 1954, the son of Roy and Ruby (Smith) Greenhoe. Private family services will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be made at www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com.  Steven Roy Greenhoe, age 64, of Ionia, passed away July 3, 2019. He was born in Ionia on November 5, 1954, the son of Roy and Ruby (Smith) Greenhoe. Private family servi…

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Albert Skwiercz

    View Albert Skwiercz Albert George Skwiercz, age 61, of Portland, passed away July 2, 2019. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 30, 1957, the son of George and Carole Jean (Streeter) Skwiercz. Private family services will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be made at www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com.  Albert George Skwiercz, age 61, of Portland, passed away July 2, 2019. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 30, 1957, the son of Ge…

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Roger Miller

    View Roger Miller Roger L. Miller, age 72, of Lowell, passed away July 1, 2019. He was born September 7, 1946, the son of Jacob R. and Hazel A. (Peckham) Miller in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Private family services will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be made at www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com.  Roger L. Miller, age 72, of Lowell, passed away July 1, 2019. He was born September 7, 1946, the son of Jacob R. and Hazel A. (Peckham) Miller in Grand…

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    Vearl Wizorek

    View Vearl Wizorek Vearl Elaine Wizorek, age 75, of Ionia, passed away June 30, 2019. She was born December 16, 1943 in Ionia, the daughter of Elton and Ruth (Witte) Griswold. Vearl married her beloved husband, Robert E. Wizorek on August 25, 1962 at St. John’s Episcopal Church. She loved going to the casino, cooking, traveling, and sewing. Vearl dearly enjoyed caring for her family, whom she treasured. She had a great sense of humor and always had a joke to tell, everyone will miss her beami…

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    Clark Nichols

    View Clark Nichols Age 73, of Orleans, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Arrangements are pending and a full obituary will be placed soon. Age 73, of Orleans, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Arrangements are pending and a full obituary will be placed soon. View   Send Flowers

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    Katherine Velcheck

    View Katherine Velcheck Age 98 of Portland, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. A full obituary will be placed soon. Age 98 of Portland, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. A full obituary will be placed soon. View   Send Flowers

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    Everett Vogt

    View Everett Vogt Everett Wilson Vogt, age 78, of Ionia, passed away June 21, 2019. He was born August 11, 1940, the son of Dale and Audrey (Davis) Vogt. Everett loved the outdoors; he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and woodworking. He was very hard-working, and a great provider for his family. Preceding Everett in death are his parents; son, Robert Vogt; sister, Helen Vogt; and brothers, Darwin and Robert Vogt. Everett is survived by his children, Bill (Donnette) Vogt of Lyons, Meli…

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Brandon Sherman

    View Brandon Sherman Brandon Layne Sherman, age 47, of Portland passed away June 12, 2019. He was born August 22, 1971 in Lansing, Michigan, the son of Ronald and Katherine (Canfield) Sherman. Brandon was a graduate of Grand Ledge High School Class of 1989. He was an avid outdoorsman; he enjoyed fishing, camping, kayaking, and grilling. Brandon was also a very talented woodworker and had a knack for having an abundance of “useless knowledge” and sharing it with his family and friends. Precedi…

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Edward Schmitz

    View Edward Schmitz Edward J. Schmitz, age 82, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 8, 2019 with his family at his side. He was born on January 9, 1937, the son of Michael and Regina (Feldpausch) Schmitz. He was a devoted member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Catholic Order of Foresters. Ed was a member of the Mello Tones for over 60 years, enjoyed bowling, puzzles, farming and attending auction sales. He is retired from General Motors and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was pre…

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Chester “Joe” Gurnee

    View Chester “Joe” Gurnee Chester “Joe” Gurnee, age 72, of Belding, passed away May 31, 2019. He was born September 16, 1946 in Lansing, Michigan, the son of Chet and Donna (Wiggins) Gurnee. Private family services were held. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be made at www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com. Chester “Joe” Gurnee, age 72, of Belding, passed away May 31, 2019. He was born September 16, 1946 in Lansing, Michigan, the son of Chet and Donna (Wiggins) …

  • Ionia,  Portland

    Sharon Hoppes

    View Sharon Hoppes Sharon L. Hoppes, age 80, of Portland, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019 surround by her family. She was born February 17, 1939 to Roy and Thelma (White) Porter. Sharon was a faithful member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. She enjoyed a good game of cards, fishing, camping, she loved the casino and the family’s annual trip to Brimley. Sharon also took pleasure in reading, gardening, and canning. She adored her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, …

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    Gery Beachnau

    View Gery Beachnau Gery Adam Beachnau, age 63, of Portland, passed away Monday, May 27, 2019. Gery was born May 14, 1956 in Lansing, the son of Esten “Red” and Jeanette (Pohl) Beachnau. Gery graduated from Pewamo-Westphalia High School in 1974 where he played football and was an allstate honorable mention running back and linebacker. He was a proud graduate of MSU in 1979 with a BS degree in Forestry. He worked for over 35 years for Kraft Foods managing key accounts for large national compani…

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    Tomi Jo “T.J.” Cline

    View Tomi Jo “T.J.” Cline Tomi Jo “T.J.” Cline, age 37, of Ionia, passed away May 20, 2019. She was born in Oklahoma on March 28, 1982. Private services will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be made at www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com. Tomi Jo “T.J.” Cline, age 37, of Ionia, passed away May 20, 2019. She was born in Oklahoma on March 28, 1982. Private services will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral… View   Send Flowers

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    Tami Jo “T.J.” Cline

    View Tami Jo “T.J.” Cline Tami Jo “T.J.” Cline, age 37, of Ionia, passed away May 20, 2019. She was born in Oklahoma on March 28, 1982. Private services will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be made at www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com. Tami Jo “T.J.” Cline, age 37, of Ionia, passed away May 20, 2019. She was born in Oklahoma on March 28, 1982. Private services will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral… View   Send Flowers