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Orsborn, Gerald  
Gerald "Ozzie" Orsborn Wacousta Gerald "Ozzie" Orsborn, 73, passed away December 18, 2014 in Lansing, MI.  He was born March 25, 1941 in Lansing, MI, son of the late James and Lillian Orsborn.  Ozzie was a graduate of Webberville High School, class of 1959; earned his associates degree from Lansing Community College and was a retired computer technician for Michigan Hospital and Health Association.  He was a member of Wacousta Community United Methodist Church; member and secretary of Wacousta Lions Club; past master of Wacousta-DeWitt Masonic Lodge #359 F & A.M., member, and past patron of Wacousta O.E.S. #133; also Past President of The Board of General Purposes of the Grand Lodge of Michigan. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Carol, sister Kay Ance, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Evelyn and Don Morrow, Marie and Chuck Openlander, DeAnn and Fred Openlander; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, also many cousins. A Memorial service along with Masonic services will be held Monday, December 22, 2014 - 11:00 a.m. at Wacousta Community United Methodist Church, 9180 Herbison Road, with Rev. Amee Paparella officiating. The family will begin to receive friends one hour prior to service time.  For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Wacousta Community U.M.C. Memorial Fund, Wacousta-DeWitt Masonic Lodge or Wacousta O.E.S. Scholarship Funds.  Online condolences may be shared at www.petersandmurrayfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Lansing State Journal from Dec. 19 to Dec. 28, 2014
Robison, Norman  
Norman Lee Robison DeWitt Norm was born at home in Lansing, September 15, 1934 (his mother's 34th birthday), to the late Herbert and Mildred Lamb Robison. He died in Lansing at Sparrow Hospital December 19, 2014 at the age of 80. He attended Millett School, West Junior, and Sexton High School, class of 1952. The next 4 years he attended MSC. This was a very exciting time during which MSC became MSU, joined the Big Ten, and went to 2 Rose Bowls, winning both. Norm went to the first in 1953, winning 28-20 against UCLA on a blocked punt by Ellis Duckett. After graduating from MSU in 1956, he worked for Dun and Bradstreet and Washburne Travel Agency, before returning to MSU to become a teacher in 1964. He taught 33 years (mostly 5th grade) at Oak Park, Foster, and Mt. Hope Elementary schools. In 1969 he earned his M.A. in Education, also from MSU. On July 14, 1962  he married the love of his life, Mary Rachel Bishop, and they enjoyed 52 ½ wonderful years together. They raised 4 children, Rand William, Jonathan James, Ethan Edwin, and Rachel Lee. They were also blessed with 7 grandchildren, Nicolas, Nolan, Jack, Macy, Lane, Logan, and Blake. Norm was a longtime member of both Plymouth and Mayflower Congregational Churches. When he asked about singing in the choir, Mr. Klausli suggested he become an usher! Norm was very active in his community, serving as longtime chairman of DeWitt Parks and Recreation, and also serving on the DeWitt Tree Commission. Soccer became a passion for Norm after being introduced to DeWitt in 1980. Knowing nothing about soccer, he was one of the first coaches, coaching some of his kids' teams. He later took a team of Lansing area players to a tournament in Vildbjerg, Denmark. He also played on a men's team and coached a women's team. Norm and Mary were 2 of the many parents who fought at a School Board meeting for the inclusion of soccer in the DeWitt athletic program and won! For his many community activities he was recognized as the DeWitt Citizen of the Year in 1994. After retirement Norm volunteered at Mt. Hope School and  at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan where he made delicious meals and desserts. In 2010, he and his wife both won gold medals (in the bench press) in the Michigan Senior Olympics. Norm and Mary loved to travel, went to weddings in Italy and Japan, took cooking classes in Tuscany and Sicily, and visited many European countries, Japan, and Korea. They also hosted many German students through the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp international program and Japanese and Korean students studying English at MSU through the home-stay program. Norm loved his old farmhouse, built in 1847. He painted it 6 times (during summer breaks from teaching). He loved his gardens, cooking, and the DeWitt Library (where he taught cooking classes 6 years). Norm loved life, his dear wife, his children and grandchildren, and his many friends. He leaves behind an Earth he hopes is a little better for his having been here for the last 80 plus years. He was a blood donor and he had hoped to donate his body to Gift of Life, but due to his last infection he could not. In Norm's honor memorial contributions may be made to Gift of Life,  Transplantation    Society of Michigan, 2203 Platt Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104  or to the DeWitt Public Library, 13101 Schavey Rd., DeWitt, MI 48820. Norm will be cremated and some of his ashes strewn "on the banks of the Red Cedar" to help MSU continue to "grow green"! A memorial service will be held at Plymouth Congregational Church, 2001 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing at 11:00 am Saturday, December 27, 2014, with a luncheon following. Please feel free to wear green and white! The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes DeWitt Chapel. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.grdewitt.com
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Dec. 22, 2014
Saba, Charles A. * - Lansing  
90, of Lansing, retired Oldsmobile employee, died Friday. Services 10:30 a.m. today at St. Gerard Catholic Church, Lansing. Arrangements by Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Delta Chapel.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Dec. 22, 2014
Schulz, Paul Theodore * - Bannister  
81, of Bannister, retired construction employee, died Sunday. Services 11 a.m. Dec. 30 at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie Chapel.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Dec. 22, 2014
Smith, Harold  
Harold John Smith Westphalia Harold John Smith passed peacefully from this world at Sparrow Hospital on December 19, 2014, with his family at his side.  He was born in Westphalia on April 2, 1936, to Leonard and Pauline (Schrauben) Smith, and was the eldest of eight.  He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Catholic Order of Foresters, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, "Vigilantes", Westphalia Historical Society, Saint Joseph Society, was a volunteer firefighter, served in the army, and retired from Consumers Power. On November 23, 1957, he married Clara Pung and together they raised seven children. Harold was preceded in death by his parents, his sister and brother in law Elaine and Ron Gamble, and his brother Leon.  He is survived by Clara, his wife of 57 years, his seven children: Terry (Maureen), Kevin (Marsha), Lisa Grove, Sherry (Charlie) Thelen, Brenda (Bill) Schafer, Tina (Kevin) Baldwin, Karla (Paul) Evansen and and his twenty-one grandchildren.  He is also survived by his siblings:  Norman (Mary Jane), Barb (Jake) Eager, Marie (John) Scheurer, Betty (Pat) Cavanaugh, and  Gladys (Chris) Starr, in laws: Sandy Smith, Larry (Suzy) Pung, Elaine Gaffney, Diane (Peter) Arzberger, Don (Pam) Pung, Teresa (Ken) Quartermus, and many nieces and nephews. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Westphalia, with Rev. Eric Weber presiding.  Rite of Committal will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Westphalia.  The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Sunday, and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, at the St. Mary's Funeral Chapel, 210 N. Westphalia Street, Westphalia.  Rosaries will be prayed at 8 p.m. Sunday and 3 p.m. Monday, and a Scriptural Wake Service held at 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral chapel.  Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes, Portland.  On line condolences may be made at www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in Lansing State Journal from Dec. 21 to Dec. 28, 2014
Smith, Harold J. * - Westphalia  
78, of Westphalia, died Friday. Services 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Westphalia. Arrangements by Lehman Funeral Homes, Portland Chapel.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Dec. 22, 2014
Stallings, Francis - Forest Hill  
Francis Stallings On December 18, 2014, Francis G. Stallings, of Darlington, beloved husband of Margaret Stallings (nee Spampinato); devoted father of John Stallings and his wife Terry, Christine Stallings, Rosemary Branson and her husband Christopher, Lorraine Davidson and her husband Craig and the late Richard, Joseph, Alfred and William Stallings; dear brother of Walter Stallings; loving grandfather of Michael Stallings, Angela James, Carl Walter, Jr., Joshua Walter, Nikol Branson, Natasha Branson, Abbygail Smith, Cheyenne Davidson and the late Isabella Branson; great grandfather of Tyson Moore, Sydria James, Liam James, Mariah Pritt and Dakota Walter. Family and friends will honor Francis's life at the family owned Evans Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services - Bel Air, 3 Newport Drive (Rt. 23 & Rt. 24), Forest Hill on Monday, December 22, 2014 from 3-5 and 7-9 PM. A Funeral Liturgy will be held on Tuesday at St. Margaret's Catholic Church at 10:00 A.M. Interment St. Ignanatius Catholic Church Cemetery. Memory tributes may be sent to the family at www.evansfuneralchapel.com .
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Dec. 22, 2014
Trump Jr., Clarence Anthony "Bud" * - Lansing  
94, of Lansing, Waverly Schools teacher, died Friday. Private services will be held. Arrangements by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.
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Published in Lansing State Journal from Dec. 22 to Dec. 23, 2014
Turkus, Robert Vasile * - Waterford  
64, of Waterford, self-employed sales person, died Friday. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel, East Lansing.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Dec. 22, 2014
Veltema, Corneal * - East Lansing  
91, of East Lansing, retired residential builder, died Friday. Visitation 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel, East Lansing.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Dec. 22, 2014
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