Recent Obituaries

John David Ochs

Age 68, passed away on August 6, 2019 at his home near Ann Arbor, MI. He was born on December 27, 1950 in Olney, Illinois. John is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Susie Ochs, brother Sylvan, and sister Esther.  He is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Susan Leben Ochs, brothers Kenneth and Samuel (Debbie) Ochs, daughter Katharine (Kyle) Bracken, granddaughter Ella, and another granddaughter on the way. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1973 and soon went to work for the Bloomington Daily Pantagraph as a News Reporter, worked as a Farm Editor for Illinois Farm Bureau, and then as Press Secretary for the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

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Marian L. Havens

Age 97, passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 13, 2019 at her home in Chelsea Retirement Community, Chelsea, Michigan.

Marian, the daughter of Milo and Vera (King) Wiley was born May 26, 1922 in Kalamazoo.  She was a 1939 graduate of Western State High School, and attended Western Michigan University.  After her future husband, Howard H. Havens, returned from service in WWII, they were married in Kalamazoo in 1946.  They had known each other since kindergarten, and were lifelong friends.  The couple moved to Battle Creek, where they resided for nearly 40 years.  They moved to Lyon Lake in 1985, and lived there until moving to Marshall in 2000.

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Everett "Wayne" Hofmeister Jr.

of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, age 86, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, August 5, 2019 at Legacy Assisted Living. He was born March 6, 1933 in Dowagiac, Michigan, the son of Everett Wayne & Rose Cornelia (Talbot) Hofmeister.

A faithful member of Faith Baptist Church, Wayne loved his Lord, his family, and his church family very much and will be sorely missed by so many. Wayne was a construction inspector for the city of Ann Arbor for many years. He served in the US Army in Korea. In recent years, he helped teach chess to many people through the Chelsea Chess Club. Wayne was known for his sense of humor.

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Cynthia M. (Taylor) Josephson

of Interlochen, MI, formerly of Dexter, MI, age 52, died unexpectedly due to natural causes at her home on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. She was born January 30, 1967.  Cindy worked at Michigan Sign Company. She loved the outdoors, singing, and dancing. She also enjoyed cooking and watching Dr Phil.

Survivors include her mother and step-father, Joyce (Charles) McAulay of Manchester, IA; three children, Larry Allen (Caitlin) Josephson Jr. of Whittaker, MI, Anthony Thurston of Paducah, KY, Angela Thurston of Michigan Center; her boyfriend, Eddie Feaster; a brother, Mike (Nicole) McAulay of Manchester, IA; and 7 grandchildren, Adrianna, Chloe, Keiser, Bobby,  Mckayla, Hannah, and Ashlin.

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Deann Rosentreter

Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Deann Louise Rosentreter announces her sudden passing on Tuesday July 16, 2019 at the age of 49. Deann will be remembered by her children Natasha Plumley, Patrick Rosentreter and Mariah Rosentreter along with six grandchildren, Jaycee, Tripp and Rosalie Plumley, Aubrey Rosentreter, Kaylyn Rosentreter and Aliyah Elwood. Deann will be deeply missed by her mother Norine Collins. She will be forever remembered by her brothers John Collins, Chris Collins, Mark (Debbie) Collins, Tommy (Charice) Collins, her sisters Colleen (Dean) Thompson, and Beth (Jim) Fink, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Deann is pre deceased by her father John Richard Collins and brothers, John Alan Collins and Ronald Lee Collins.

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