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Ketchum, Clarence M. * - Mason  
88, of Mason, retired Ketchum Gravel and Redi-Mix Company owner/operator, died Dec. 16, 2013. Graveside services 9 a.m. today at Hawley Cemetery, Mason. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Ball Dunn Chapel, Mason.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Aug. 31, 2015

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Ketchum, Clarence M. * - Mason  
88, of Mason, retired Ketchum Gravel and Redi-Mix Company owner/operator, died Dec. 16, 2013. Graveside services 9 a.m. Monday at Hawley Cemetery, Mason. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Ball Dunn Chapel, Mason.
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Published in Lansing State Journal from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2015
Koster, Marion  
Marion Koster East Lansing Marion Koster, age 99, of East Lansing, formerly of Grand Rapids, passed into the hands of the Lord, Thursday, August 27, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cornelius J. and Elizabeth Koster; brothers, John C. Koster, Cornelius J. Koster, Jr.; sisters, Alice Koster Low, Katherine Koster Clark, Joan Koster Westrate; nephews and nieces, Steven J. Koster, Mark A. Westrate, and Sharon D. Koster Deemter. Aunt Mary will be fondly remembered by her brother-in-law, Roy G. Clark and by her surviving nieces and nephews: Mary Elizabeth Low Joseph, Jack (Jane) Koster, William P. (Zully) Westrate, Bruce C. (Sally) Westrate, Nancy (Gustavo) Westrate DeLuca, Joel Westrate, Eric (Barbara) Westrate, Charles J. (Carol) Koster, Cynthia L. (William) Koster Riek, Michael J. (Ellen) Koster; and numerous great nieces and great nephews. Marion was born and reared in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From 1946-51 she was employed in Tokyo, Japan, as a member of General MacArthur's civilian administration in Occupied Japan; she remained with the U.S. Department of Defense in Grand Rapids for the rest of her career. She was a founding member of Seymour Christian Reformed Church. Marion was a great lover of kitty cats serving a term as President of the Grand Rapids Cat Club. The family wishes to acknowledge Marion's wonderful caregivers: Laurie Gordon, Lydia Grescowle, Danielle Wilson, Nikki Kuri and the LTAC staff at Sparrow and Whitehills Health in East Lansing. The family is being served by Zaagman Memorial Chapel and memorial contributions may be made to your local Humane Society in Marion's name. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546 (616) 940-3022
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Aug. 30, 2015
Kras, Stephan  
Stephen Kras Brenham, TX Departed this life on August 10, 2015 at the age of 95. Born December 11, 1919 in Lansing, Michigan, son of Ukranian immigrant parents, Michael and Aliksandria (Brudkowska) Kras. Steve, a first generation American, attended Lansing Central High School graduating January 1939 where he was an All State left end.  He was proud to have played on the Central High 1937 football team that was later inducted into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame.  It was in high school that he met his wife to be, Rachel Maxey.  They married on December 25, 1940 at Lansing's Westminster Presbyterian church.  When Rachel died in 2010, they had been married for 70 years. Steve served in the navy during WWII, submarine service, stationed in Freemantle, Australia.  He was a terrible "sailor", always seasick!  He carried orders insisting he not be put to work for at least 5 days into any new assignment if it involved surface sailing. Upon his return to civilian life he worked first for the Lansing Board of Water and Light and then Simon, Iron and Steel (Summit Steel) retiring to the Carolina's to enjoy a warmer climate and golf.  They moved to Texas when twin granddaughters were born and enjoyed quality time with them, including their college graduations. Steve was involved with many organizations, especially during his 60 plus years in Lansing.  They include: member Westminster Presbyterian church, life member Lansing Commandery #25 where he marched on the tri-annual drill team alongside his best friend and brother-in-law Jack Schuon; Life member Elf Khurafeh Shrine Temple, R.A.M. Lansing Lodge #33, Lansing Board of Education from 59 thru 63, Greater Lansing Industrial Personnel Assoc., Lansing Metro Development Authority, Lansing Industrial Executives Club, YMCA, Downtown Coaches Club, member First Presbyterian Church Dallas.  Thank you to his many business and civic associates,  he enjoyed all as friends and shared mutual admiration.  Steve was actively involved in his community and church, celebrating the success of others and always a gentleman.   He was an avid MSU sports fan and loved to play golf. Steve was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, step mother, step brothers, brother and sister-in-law Jack and Mary Schuon, and his wife Allie Rachel (Maxey) Kras "Skipper".  He is survived by daughters Jaclyn Kras of Greytown, New Zealand and Colleen and Ron Hanna of Brenham, Texas.  Granddaughters Lindsey Hanna Burton and James Burton of Austin, Texas and Paige Hanna of Austin, Texas.  Nephews and their families including Rick and Bonnie Schuon, Michael and Cindy Krasnoselsky, John Schuon and David Schuon. Immediate family celebrated his long and happy life on August 11th in Brenham, Texas.   To honor Steve's life please consider volunteering at the non-profit of your choice.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Aug. 30, 2015

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Kernosek, Elizabeth "Bunny" * - East Lansing  
94, of East Lansing, formerly of Dearborn Heights, died Friday. There will be no services. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Aug. 26, 2015
Krohngold, Jacob L. * - East Lansing  
93, of East Lansing, retired Krohngold Upholstering owner and operator, died Saturday. Services 10:30 a.m. today at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, East Lansing. Arrangements by Estes-Leadley Funeral Homes, Greater Lansing Chapel.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Aug. 25, 2015
Krohngold, Jacob L.  
Jacob L. Krohngold East Lansing, MI Survived by wife, Betty Goodman Krohngold; children, Peggy (Bill) Jackson, Elaine (Don) Hochheiser, and David Krohngold; grandchildren, Charlie (Amy) Fox, Jeremy Olson, Stacey Olson (fiancé, Mike Hernandez), and zeda to great-grandsons, Dakota Brown and Keaton Fox. Jacob is also survived by Betty's family: sons, Ken (Sallie) Goodman, Tom (Zaira) Goodman, and David Goodman; grandchildren Aaron (Christine) Goodman, Evan Goodman, Keith Goodman, Ambra Goodman. Jacob is also survived by his special niece, Pennie Goldin Michelin, and her son, Joshua; many nieces and nephews from both of his marriages, as well as many friends in both the Detroit area and Lansing, where he and Betty have resided during their marriage. Preceded in death by first wife, Clarita Goldin Krohngold. Jacob was a custom upholsterer who owned Krohngold Upholstering. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 1924 Coolidge Rd., East Lansing. Interment will take place at Machpelah Cemetery in Ferndale at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Shaarey Zedek. Arrangements by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Aug. 24, 2015
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