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Peterson, Barbara Elaine* - Allegan  
Peterson, Barbara Elaine (McBride); age 68; was called to Heaven on June 7, 2015. Barb was born December 29, 1946, the eleventh child to Opal Rose (Emlinger) McBride and Emmitt McBride. Barb was born in the Mt. Pleasant, Michigan area and has resided in Allegan for the past thirty seven years. She married Joel Peterson on May 18, 1968 and dedicated her life to her husband and three children. Barb launched a successful fitness business, Aerobics by Barb, and taught fitness classes for 15 years. A talented seamstress and entrepreneur, Barb owned Barbara Elaine’s Formalwear where she created beautiful gowns for her daughters and patrons. She also designed costumes for professional and amateur world dance champions. An avid gardener in her spare time, her elaborate flower gardens were enjoyed and admired by friends, family and fellow gardeners. She also enjoyed traveling, going dancing with her husband and spending time with her grandchildren. Barb was loved and will be greatly missed by her husband, Joel of 47 years; her children, Jeannette Pratt, Theresa Hacker and Alison Peterson; three granddaughters; and two grandsons; her sister, Lorraine Davis; brother, Gary and sister-in-law, Julie McBride; brother, Lyle and sister-in-law, Sharon McBride; and many nephews and nieces. Barb devoted her entire life to her family and could always be counted on for love and support. She had a fun beautiful spirit, a resilient strength and a huge caring heart. The impact of her life will be felt for generations to come. She was an amazing wife and mother who was loved dearly by her family and friends and will be missed every minute of every day. A Gathering with family and friends will be held on Sunday, July 19, 2015 in Allegan, MI. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wings Home, 530 Linn Street, Allegan, MI 49010 or the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition at www.MultipleSystemAtrophy.org
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Published in TheMorningSun.com on July 5, 2015
Pietscher, Keith* - St. Louis  
Pietscher, Keith William; passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2015; at the age of 84. Keith (“Bill”) was born to Clarence and Bertha Pietscher on September 15, 1930 in St. Louis, MI. He earned degrees in education and school administration from Central Mich. University, University of Michigan, and Michigan State University. Bill was married to Joanne (Olmstead) and celebrated 60 years of marriage before her passing in Nov. 2012. Bill served as a principal and then superintendent at Bad Axe School District from 1959 to 1991. Bill and Jo retired to the Caseville area where they enjoyed many years of world travel, participating in community theatre, and spending winter months in North Carolina. Bill resided at the Porter Hills Village in Grand Rapids from August 2013 until his passing. Bill is survived by his four children: Kay (John) Neal of Oshkosh, WI, Mark (Lenette) Pietscher of Rockford, MI., Lynda Pietscher of Lakeland, FL., Kathy (Doug) Lewis of Redondo Beach, CA. Six grandchildren; Luke Pietscher, Kellie (Derrick) Lamphere, Stephen & Matthew Neal, Kate & Kelsey Lewis, and one great granddaughter, Annie Lamphere, 6 nephews and 3 nieces and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters Jane Pietscher and Anna Wyskowski. A memorial service will be held at the Bad Axe United Methodist Church later in July. (Details pending.) The family would like to extend a special thank you to Emmanuel Hospice of Grand Rapids and the staff and residents at Porter Hills Village Community for the friendship and care given to our father in his last days. pedersonfuneralhome.com
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Published in TheMorningSun.com on July 2, 2015
Plott, Jack Kerwood (Memoriam) - Alma  
In Loving Memory of Jack Kerwood Plott who passed away on July 2, 2014.
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Published in TheMorningSun.com from July 2 to July 3, 2015
Recker, Barbara J. (Memoriam) - Shepherd  
In Loving Memory of Barbara J. Recker who passed away on July 1, 2014.
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Published in TheMorningSun.com from July 1 to July 2, 2015
Rudoni, Steve* - Mt. Pleasant  
Rudoni, Steve J.; age 73; of Mt. Pleasant and Stanwood; passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at Spectrum Butterworth in Grand Rapids. A Funeral Mass for Steve will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Charles R. Lux Family Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. with the Vigil beginning at 7:30 p.m. Visitation continues at the church on Saturday one hour prior to Mass. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Academy Foundation, Isabella County Youth and Farm Fair, Michigan Republican Party, or Family Life Radio. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Steve was born October 30, 1941, in Niles, son of the late Steve L. and Mary A. (Rudoni) Rudoni. In 1959 Steve graduated from Buchanan High School and later received his bachelor’s in business from Michigan State University in 1965. He was married to Martha L. Alford and that union produced three children: Dana, Christie, and Steve After her death in 1975, Steve married Lynn A. VanderLugt on Oct. 15, 1976 at South Bend Christian Reformed Church in South Bend, IN. Together they had another daughter, Michelle. On September 30, 1976, Steve purchased the Mt. Pleasant KFC restaurant. Steve and Lynn would go on to purchase five additional KFC franchises: St. Johns, Houghton Lake, two in Traverse City, and finally, Cadillac. They were family owned and operated under the direction of Rudoni Management. Steve was very active in his community. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Lions Club where he served as past president, Chamber of Commerce, parishioner of Sacred Heart and former Parish Council member, and Knights of Columbus Council. He served on the Great Lakes KFC Association, KFC National Council Advertising Cooperative (NCAC), the Republican Party of Isabella and Mecosta Counties, State Republican Commission, and was a former Isabella County Commissioner, serving as chairperson for six years. He was a faithful supporter of many counties’ 4-H including purchasing Grand and Reserve Champion chickens in Isabella County for 33 years. Some of Steve’s favorite pastimes were fishing, dirt track racing and traveling to Italy to visit extended family. But most of all Steve loved being with his family. Steve is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lynn; four children, Dana (Jim Koss) Rudoni of Shepherd, Christie Rudoni of Farwell, Steve (Tina) Rudoni Jr. of Edmore and Michelle (Travis) Boggs of Lansing; and eight grandchildren, Alicia (Matt) Bollman, Arica Rudoni, Justin Powell, Steve III, Mikale and Sabrina Rudoni, and Annika and Jillian Boggs. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his first wife, Martha. To leave a condolence for the family or to sign the online guest book please visit www.charlesrlux.com
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Published in TheMorningSun.com on June 25, 2015
Sanford, Barbara Jean - Perrinton  
Sanford, Barbara Jean; age 68; of Perrinton; passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Dodge Funeral Home, Middleton.
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Published in TheMorningSun.com on June 27, 2015
Smith, Ruth Ann* - Rosebush  
Smith, Ruth Ann; age 77; passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. She was born in Rosebush, Michigan to Hazel and Jacob Bechdolt. Ruth was a wonderful mother and wife who used her creativity and love to make the world a better place for many people. Her stained glass work creations hold a place of honor in many homes. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence and is survived by her daughter, Roxann K. Bonta, her sister Glenna Darley and granddaughter Kamron Hernandez. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Clark Family Funeral Chapel. Graveside Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 29, at Two Rivers Cemetery in Isabella County. Donations in her honor can be made to Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center, 3020 Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland, FL 33803, or online at: www.cfshc.org You may view Ruth’s obituary online and send a condolence to the family or light a memorial candle at www.clarkfuneralchapel.com
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Published in TheMorningSun.com on June 27, 2015
Spiris, Linda M. (Memoriam) - Lake Isabella  
In Loving Memory of Linda M. Spiris who passed away on June 25, 2014.
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Published in TheMorningSun.com from June 25 to June 26, 2015
Spiris, Linda M. (Memoriam) - Lake Isabella  
In Loving Memory of Linda M. spiris who passed away on June 25, 2014.
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Published in TheMorningSun.com from June 25 to June 26, 2015
Sutherland, David Lloyd (Memoriam) - Shawano  
In Loving Memory of David Lloyd Sutherland who passed away on July 1, 2014.
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Published in TheMorningSun.com from July 1 to July 2, 2015
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