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Janice M. Urbanski, 77, of Durand passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Durand Senior Care and Rehab Center. As per the family's wishes cremation has taken place. 

Janice was born on January 23, 1941 in Everett, Massachusetts the daughter of William E. and Doris (Lundgren) DiVenuti. 

Janice is survived by her children, Lynne (Tom) Traub of FL. and Zane (Shane) Urbanski of FL. grandchildren, Rowe Schlosser, Kimmy Traub and William Traub all of FL. sister Nancy (Bob) Quirk of MI. She was preceded in death by her husband Gale in 2009 and her partner Kenneth Mikkola in 2017.

Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Kathleen A. Snyder age 78 of Durand passed away, Monday, July 23, 2018 at her home. There will be no services at this time. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Beryl A. Woodin age 71, a devoted wife, and mother has left us to be with her Lord on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Wellbridge of Grand Blanc. A private service will be held at a later date. Arrangements will be handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.
Beryl is survived by her husband of 50 years, Randy Woodin; children, Randy (Sue) Woodin and Shawn Woodin; grandchildren, Nathan, Natalie, Noah and Felicia; great grandchildren, Amyah and Colton; 4 sisters and 1 brother. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Emma Leonard; sisters, Leona and Janice.
Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Jack A. Rathbun age 52 of Durand, passed away Monday, July 16, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday, July 20, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. A private burial will take place at a later date to Great Lakes National Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Thursday, from 4-8 PM and one hour prior to the service. 

Jack was born October 30, 1965 in Owosso, MI a son of Jerry and Wanda (Louch) Rathbun. On September 16, 1995 he married Mary Chadwell. Jack enjoyed NASCAR, golf, deer hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of the Durand AMVETS. For the past 4 years he worked for Truck Hero.

Jack is survived by his wife, Mary Rathbun; children, Ryan (Kandice) Chadwell, Nicholas Kolm, Shelbie (Brent) Perrin, and Erika (Josh) Springs; grandchildren, Lahana Chadwell, Dakota Chadwell, Sophia Chadwell, Gabriella Kolm, Jacob Kolm, Quinn Perrin, Ella Perrin, Taggart Perrin, Damien Keesler, Hailey Springs, and Vanessa Springs; and sisters, Jill (Mark) Horton and Jenny Rathbun. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry and Wanda Rathbun; and grandson, Benjamin Perrin.

Memorial Contributions in Jack's name are suggested to the American Cancer Society or to Shiawassee County Hospice. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Maria Masner, 87, of Durand, passed away on Monday, July 16, 2018 at the Lodges of Durand. There will be no services at this time. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Patricia Jean Webb, 87, of Swartz Creek, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at McLaren - Flint. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Durand Chapel as well as one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Online condolences may be sent to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Chief T. graded his last papers and sailed his last US Navy ship on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Manor Care.

Joseph E. Tortoriello, 89, of Kenosha, Wis. was born in Newark, N.J. on Feb. 25, 1929. The son of the late William J. Tortoriello and Shirley Tortoriello. He served 21 and a half years in the Navy and retired in May of 1969.

He came home to Bancroft, Mich. and went to work for a year. He then went to Michigan State University where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Education and a Master Degree in Education Administration. He taught in the Durand Area Schools at the elementary school level and he also was a principal in the Junior High. After 15 years of teaching he retired in 1989.

He was involved with MidMichigan Medical Center Gladwin as a volunteer for many years at the reception desk, where he also managed the gift shop for 12 years. He was also very active in MARSP (Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel) at the local and State level and active in Gladwin VFW post #11256.

He is survived by two sons, Edward of Flint, Mich. and Shawn of Kenosha, Wis., two grandsons; Anthony and Nicolas both of Kenosha. 

He is preceded in death by his wife Edna.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation will take place and he will be interred at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI with his wife.

He requested that in lieu of flowers or memorials that a donation be made to Durand Area Schools Education Foundation at P.O. Box124 Durand, MI 48429. In memory for Edna and Joe. 


Christopher M. Peterson, 35 of Durand passed away on Saturday June 30, 2018 at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. Chris was born on December 15, 1982, the son of Karl & Margo (Karrer) Peterson. He attended Durand High School and on August 27, 2017 he married Shannon O'Hara at her parents home. Chris loved anything to do with sports along with hanging out with friends and spending quality time with his wife and children.

He is survived by his wife, Shannon, children Emily, Chance and Royce Peterson, his brother Karl (Jeannie) Peterson of Owosso, mother Margo (Edward) of Buchanan, TN and father Karl Peterson & Margie Krueger of Marine City, MI. He was predeceased by his grandparents.
There will be a memorial gathering on Monday, July 2, 2018 from 1-3 pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Durand Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Charles Allan Fisher
, 86, of Gaines, passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at St. Mary's of Michigan. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 11am at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel, Pastor Jeff Jaggers will officiate with burial to follow in Union Plains Cemetery in Byron. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, June 29, 2018 from 5-8pm and on Saturday from 10am until the service. 

Charles was born on January 28, 1932 in Durand, Michigan to the late Clayton and Ethel (Lahring) Fisher. He graduated from Durand High School in the class of 1950 and Michigan State University in 1961 with a bachelors degree in electrical engineering. Charles served his country faithfully in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. On August 27, 1960 he married Esther Dorothy Szakal in Bancroft, and together raised three children. Charles worked for General Electric and retired from the United States Department of Defense as the manager of the engineering branch. Charles and Esther are members of the Fenton United Methodist Church. Charles enjoyed woodworking, gardening, mowing the lawn, and spending time with his family.  

Charles is survived by his wife of 57 years, Esther, their children; Christopher (Kim) Fisher, Craig (Susan) Fisher and Elizabeth (Scott) Bontekoe. His grandchildren; Clayton (Priscilla) Fisher, Jack Bontekoe, Emily Bontekoe, Faye Bontekoe, Calvin Bontekoe, Cole Fisher, and Catherine Fisher, also his great-grandchildren; Caleb and Calix. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his only sibling, Robert Fisher.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Fisher's name are suggested to the Fenton United Methodist Church (Truran Hall) or St. Jude Children's Hospital.  

A luncheon will follow the graveside service. 


Susan Louise Smith (Grant) was born on May 28th, 1944 in Alma, MI to Wayne and Alice Grant. She passed away at home June 24th, 2018 after a well fought battle with cancer and surrounded with love.

Susan moved to Flint in 1958 and graduated from Southwestern High School in 1962. She was one of a kind, a play by your own rules kind of woman. She worked hard in the printing industry for more than 30 years mostly in the Flint area. They say it takes a village to raise a child. As a single parent our mother she was our village. She enjoyed living her life, bowling, playing euchre at the local bars, going to concerts, golf, crafting and even bought and taught herself how to ride a motorcycle while living in North Carolina until retirement in 2002 when she returned to Michigan and settled in Durand.

Sue leaves a legacy of 3 Loving daughters, Jennifer Dillon (Bill), Debbie (Mike) Osburn, Denise Smith-Vogt (Paul). 10 Amazing Grandchildren, 3 bonus grandchildren, and 12 beautiful Great-Grandchildren. She also leaves 2 sisters, 2 brothers, many other family, friends and loved ones.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bob, and her Great-Granddaughter Sadie Lynn.

In lieu of flowers, our Mother request donations are made to Susan.downthevent.com all money raised through Down the Vent is given directly to Children's Miracle Network via Extra Life.
A very special heartfelt thank-you to The Medical Team Hospice team for taking such loving care of our mother. A memorial service will be 1:00 PM Friday, June 29, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.


William H Brooks age 73 of Lennon passed away Friday, June 22, 2018 at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital. Mass of the Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Durand. Rev. Fr. Jonathan Perrotta will be officiating. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel and one hour prior to the service at the church. A rosary will be prayed on Wednesday at 7:00 PM.

William was born on December 1, 1944 in Durand, MI a son of Hazen and Dorothy (Cole) Brooks. He served his country in the United States Navy. On June 24, 1989 he married Deborah Culver. William was a member of the Boy Scouts of America as a scout master, the Durand V.F.W. and St. Mary's Catholic Church of Durand. He enjoyed rock collecting, traveling to the U.P., taking care of his lawn, road races and sports. Prior to his retirement he had been employed by General Motors for 37 years.

William is survived by his wife, Deborah Brooks; children, Sarah (Ivan) Espinoza, Jennifer (Rob Williamson) Brooks, Jennifer (Paul) Seeley and Andrew (Patty) Cochrane; and his grandchildren, Jake, Alec and Lily. He was preceded in death by both of his parents.

Memorial Contributions in William's name are suggested to the Durand V.F.W. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Conlin Q. Smith age 81 of Branch, MI formerly of Durand passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018 at his home. A mass of the Christian burial will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, June 14, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Durand. Burial will follow to Greenwood Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, from 2-8 PM at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. A rosary will be prayed at 7:00 PM.

Conlin was born November 3, 1936 in Crystal Falls, MI a son of Michael and Evelyn (Conlin) Smith. On December 28, 1962 he married Judith Hatt. He enjoyed all outdoor activities. Prior to his retirement in 1995, he was a teacher, coach and administrator at Durand Area Schools for 32 years.
 
Conlin is survived by his wife, Judith Smith; children, Michael Smith, Kelly (Christopher) Flood, Scott (Stacie) Smith and Jeffrey (Donna) Smith; grandchildren, Bryan, Jessica, Rachael, Branden, Ashley, Krystal and Sophia; sister, Jan Scott and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Michael and Evelyn Smith and his sister, Evelyn Ramseier. Memorial Contributions in Conlin's name are suggested to Hospice of Michigan, 5177 US-10 B Ludington, MI 49431 or Spectrum Health of Ludington, Oncology Department. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Nicholas A. Heiser, 31 of Madison Heights, formerly of Corunna, passed away on Friday June 8, 2018. A memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Catholic Church in Durand on Wednesday June 13, 2018 at 10:30 AM. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Fr. Dennis Spitzley will officiate.

Nicholas was born in Owosso, MI on September 1, 1986, the son of Joseph & Lorraine (Plashek) Heiser. He graduated from Corunna High School in 2005 and went on to earn his bachelor's degree in architecture. He was a craftsman, musician, guitar player, singer, liked carpentry and was an artist. A very talented young man.

Nicholas is survived by his mother, Lorraine Plashek of Durand, father Joseph Heiser of Durand, brother Matthew of Owosso, grandmother Frances Plashek of Owosso, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandfather Frank Plashek, and grandparents Michael & Emma Heiser. Memorials are suggested to Corunna High School Arts and Music Departments. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements By Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.


Mildred Joslin, 95, of Owosso, passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 11am, at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel, Rev. Chris Higgins will officiate with burial will follow in Pine Tree Cemetery in Corunna. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 2-6pm. 

Mildred was born March 1, 1923 in St. Johns, Michigan to the late Frank and Elizabeth (Ricic) Spaniel. She attended Corunna Schools and worked at Redmonds in Owosso for five years. Mildred met her husband Francis through a pen-pal type program during WW II, Mildred and Francis Joslin married in 1945. Mildred became a homemaker and enjoyed gardening while living on her mothers farm with her husband and children. 

Mildred is survived by her two daughters; Billie (Ron) Marshall and Betty Ann Joslin, her sister, Mary Domby, her nieces, Cindy (Bill) Domby-Withers, and Jeanne Mandoki and several children, her nephews, Bartholomew Domby Jr., and Steve Domby.

Mildred was predeceased by her parents and her husband Francis Joslin. 

Online condolences can be shared with the family at, WatkinsFuneralHomes.com 


Stanley E. Godley age 71 of Swartz Creek passed away Friday, May 25, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Pastor Shawn Eicher will be officiating. Burial will follow to Greenwood Cemetery in Vernon. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM and one hour prior to the service.

Stanley was born December 11, 1946 in Durand a son of Stanley G. and Gertrude (McCaslin) Godley. On February 3, 1967 he married Janet Bahr. Stanley was a member of the Swartz Creek Masons 458. He enjoyed wood carving, working on old clocks, family history, photography, and old cars. He dressed up as Santa Clause for the holidays for over 45 years. Prior to his retirement in 1995, he had been employed by General Motors for 30 years. 

Stanley is survived by his wife, Janet Godley; children, Barbara (Don Simpson) Wisley, Brenda (Jim) Austin, Greg (Marcia) Godley and Gerrad Godley; grandchildren, Andrew, Justin, Rose, Rachel (Tim), Joshua, Krista (Richard), Kayleigh (Noah), Kyle and Chaz; great grandchildren, Ivan and Alex; and his sister, Sheryl Dye. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Gertrude Godley.

Memorial Contributions in Stanley's name are suggested to the Old News Boys. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Ronald H. Kent Jr. age 69 of Lennon passed away Thursday, May 24, 2018 at his home. A gathering of friends will take place 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 7331 East Lansing Rd., Durand, MI 48429. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.

Ronald was born November 11, 1948 in Flint, MI a son of Ronald Kent Sr. and Theo Shelp. He served in the United States Army from 1967-1970. Prior to his retirement he had been employed by the Canadian National Railroad for 32 years.

Ronald is survived by his children, Toni Townsend, Janel (Shelley) Kenney, Kyley (Krystal) Kent and Nick (Heather) Taylor; grandchildren, Cami, Raegan, Avery, Hadley, Laklynn and Ace; sisters, Jane (John) Plashek and Nancy (Jack) Steele; brother, Dennis (Rebecca) Shelp; and significant other, Lori Grumley. He was preceded in death by his parents Ronald Kent Sr. and Theo Shelp.

Memorial Contributions in Ronald's name are suggested to the Purple Heart Foundation. They may be sent at www.purpleheartfoundation.org. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Herbert Eschendal, Jr., age 89, of Durand and Port Richey, FL, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Olive Branch Assisted Living in Perry. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a service will be held at a later date at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, MI.

Born to Herbert and Ardella (Reynolds) Eschendal on August 26, 1928. Herb served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War from October 1950 - July 1956, being honorably discharged with the rank of Sgt.

He married Nora Cook in June of 1953 in Pontiac, MI. He was a retired teamster with numerous years driving trucks.

Herb lived a happy life, devoting his time to his friends and family. He was a master at whistling which continued well into his 80's, whistling happy songs with every task. He was accomplished in using his hands and never walked away from a challenge. These include building his and Nora's first home, building from scratch an inboard/outboard wooden boat and later coming up with an early version of a snowmobile. He loved the outdoors and ensured his daughters had all they wanted or needed.

He is survived by his wife, Nora; daughters: Linda (Terry) Socia of Durand and Susan (Jim) Grohowski of Battle Creek; sister, Cheryl (Terry) Lewis of Waterford; 6 grandchildren: Renee Socia, Cory (Angela) Socia, Aaron Socia, Nicholas (Vanessa Paquin) Brietzke, James Brietzke, Casey Brietzke; great grandchildren: Hannah, Fawn, Carson, Braylon, Stella, Eva and Kai.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Herbert and Ardella Eschendal; step-mother, Iris Eschendal; brother, Jerry (Delores) Eschendal; sister, Alice (LJ) Westover.

Memorial contributions given in Herb's name are suggested to Grace Hospice of Lansing or the Olive Branch Assisted Living. Online condolences may be shared with his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Mark Gene Robertson, 63 of Durand, passed away suddenly on Thursday May 17, 2018. Mark was born in Flint, MI on August 13, 1954 the son of Miller & Edith (Welch) Robertson. He graduated from Clio High School in the class of 1973 and on August 31, 1974 he married Debra Ann Blake in Mt. Morris. He enjoyed hunting, fishing or anything to do with the outdoors. Mark retired from General Motors in 2006 where he was a test driver.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Debra, sons: Matthew (Kelly) Robertson of Elwell, MI and Jesse (Lisa) Robertson of Shepard, MI, 4 grandchildren: Emily, Megan, Kaydin, and Noah, brother Tony (Michaelene) Robertson of Spring Hill, FL. He was predeceased by his parents.

There will be a visitation at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Durand on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Juanita E. Doefer age 78 of Durand passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Durand Senior Care and Rehab Center. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday, May 18, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Burial will follow to Greenwood Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM and one hour prior to the service.

Juanita was born October 15, 1939 in Taylor, MI a daughter of Russell and Mildred (Stroub) Boelter. On January 10, 1959 she married Bill Doefer. Juanita was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Durand, and the Jaycees. She enjoyed bowling, traveling, spending weekends up north, playing cards with friends, B.I.N.G.O. and spending time with her family. Prior to her retirement she had been employed by Durand public schools as a bus driver for 26 years.

Juanita is survived by her children, Doug Doefer, Brian (Cathleen) Doefer, Deborah Doefer and Karla (Marc) Macelli; grandchildren, Alina, Amy, Jacob, Josie, Nicole, and Nico; brother, Dennis Boelter and sister, Trish Boelter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Doefer; infant daughter, Lisa Doefer; and both of her parents, Russell and Mildred Doefer.

Memorial Contributions in Juanita's name are suggested to the First United Methodist Church building fund. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Cynthia R. Wonch age 54 of Corunna passed away Monday, May 7, 2018 at her home. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Friday, May 11, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Pastor Ray Strawser will be officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

Cynthia was born May 11, 1963 in Livonia a daughter of Melvin and Charlene (Williams) Schneider. On August 25, 2001 she married Michael Wonch. She enjoyed gardening, swimming, camping and playing with her grandchildren.

Cynthia is survived by her husband Michael Wonch; children, Theresa (Russell) Andersonning, Trisha (Jeremy) Stanchina, David (Jessie) Dunning, Brian (Anna) Dunning, Stephanie (Matthew) Dunning, Makayla Wonch, and Michael Wonch Jr.; 12 grandchildren; mother, Charlene Schneider; brother, Mark Schneider; and sister, Carolyn VanNewkirk. She was preceded in death by her father, Melvin Schneider; and brother, Mike Schneider.

Memorial Contributions in Cynthia's name are suggested to M.Y.O.I. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Linda M. Morse age 69 of Durand passed away Monday, April 23, 2018 at Hurley Medical Center in Flint. There are no services at this time. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.

Linda was born July 9, 1948 in Durand a daughter of Stanley and Reva (Melear) Morse. She was a frequent patron of the Durand Public Library. Linda enjoyed reading, walking and spending time with her family. Prior to her retirement in 2005, she had been employed by Modern Bookkeeping for many years.

Linda is survived by her children, Shelley Tomlinson, Michael (Gina) Wadsworth, Melinda (Mike) Shoops and Melissa (Dan) Rutty; 9 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 2 sisters and 1 brother. She was preceded in death by 1 sister and 4 brothers.

Memorial Contributions in Linda's name are suggested to the Durand Public Library. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Roy Bochur, age 76 of Durand, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018 at his home. There will be no services at this time. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Brian Edward Thick age 51 of Swartz Creek passed away Monday, April 16, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Friday, April 20, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Burial to follow to Fremont Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Thursday at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-8 PM and one hour prior to the service.

Brian was born November 18, 1966 in Flint, MI a son of Thomas and Irene (Cobleiah) Thick. Although he was born the littlest brother to Tom, Matt and Laura, he came out weighing a whopping 11 pounds. Brian graduated from Morrice High School in 1985 and then enlisted in the United States Air Force. Brian loved to hunt, fish, watch Nascar, and work on automobiles. He would take them apart and then try to put them back together. He also took great pride in his job at Atrium in Howell where he had been employed for the last 21 years. Of all his journeys, his last path led him to his home in Swartz Creek where he spent his days with his wife and family.

Brian leaves behind his wife of 8 years, Jessica Thick; his son, Christian Thick of Fowlerville; step-daughter, Christina Buckner; stepsons, Christopher Hernandez of Fowlerville and Jeffrey Asmus of Swartz Creek; brother, Mathew (Candis) Thick of Bancroft; sister, Laura (Shannon) Norton of Bancroft and his mother, Irene Thick of Bancroft. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas L. Thick Sr.; and eldest brothers, Thomas L. Thick Jr. and Eric Allen Thick. Rest in peace Brian. You are loved.

Memorial Contributions in Brian's name are suggested to the family at this time. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Frieda E. Brothers, age 71 of Durand, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Memorial Healthcare in Owosso. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 5 at 1:00 p.m. at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel, Owosso. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until the time of service.

Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Eugene Friend, age 83 of Durand, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Durand Senior Care and Rehab Center. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday, April 16, 2018 at the Durand Nazarene Church. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. 

Eugene was born September 30, 1934 in Owosso, MI a son of Ivan and Rachel (Ware) Friend. On February 20, 1954 he married Bonnie McKone. Eugene was a member of the Durand Nazarene Church. He enjoyed gardening, building homes and carpentry. Prior to his retirement in 1990 he had been employed by General Motors Truck and Bus for 38 years.

Eugene is survived by his wife, Bonnie Friend; children, Danny (Darlene) Friend, Leane (Michael) Hoskins and Kristine (Dennis) Dagen; 8 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; sister, Janet (Dale) Carsten; and brothers, Bernard (Diane) Friend and Ronald (Shirley) Friend. He was preceded in death by both of his parents.

Memorial Contributions in Eugene's name are suggested to Heart to Heart Hospice or the Durand Nazarene Church. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Glen A. Widner age 81 of Burt, MI passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018 at St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw. A graveside service will be announced at a latter date. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.

Glen was born September 20, 1936 in Bell City, MO a son of Samual and Marie (Fisher) Widner. He enjoyed fishing, watching baseball and football games, and spending time with his family. 

Glen is survived by his brother, Jerry (Georgia) Widner of Linden; sister, Karen (Rodger) Stone of Clinton Township; and special friend, Joe Dunning of Owosso. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samual and Marie Widner; and brother, Max (Jan) Widner.

Memorial Contributions in Glen's name are suggested to the Parkinson's Foundation. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Norman Fredrick Williams, 89, of Durand, passed away peacefully at Hospice House of Shiawassee County on Friday, April 6, 2018. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 1pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel, Pastor John Walworth will officiate with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11am until the time of the service.

Norman was born on August 26, 1928 in Bancroft, Michigan to the late HN Williams and Frances “Frankie” Scott. He graduated from Durand High School in the class of 1947. Norman entered the United States Army on October 4, 1950 and served his county faithfully during the Korean War until July 3, 1952. While in the Army Norman earned the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge, two Bronze Stars, and the United Nations Service Medal. On August 16, 1952 he married Mary Ann Gomos at the St. Mary Catholic Church Rectory in Durand.  

Norman spent his life in the fuel and lumber business. He owned the Sunoco station on M-21 and Chipman St. in Owosso, and he was part-owner of Byron Lumber and Fuel. He was a talented woodworker, making many different things for his family, and even built the home where he resided until his passing.  

Norman is survived by his wife of 65 years, MaryAnn, his daughters; Paula Jo (Keith A.) Johnson and Lenora Kay (Delbert) Goodrich. His grandchildren; Heather (Harold) Morris, Tiffany (Duane) Johnson, and Chrystal (David) Cooley. His great-grandchildren; Alyssa Goodrich, Airica Morris, Brayden Johnson, and Connor Morris, and also his sisters; Sue (Roe) Weinshenk, Janet (David) Ward, and Penny (Harry) VanWoert.  

He was preceded in death by his, parents, sister, Yvonne Williams and his half brother, Gordon Scott. 

The family requests that no flowers be sent to the funeral home, and that you consider monetary donations to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County. 

Online condolances can be shared with the family at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com 


Sharon Anne Neubecker, age 86, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2018 at Lynn Home Sweet Home Senior Living in Farmington Hills, MI. She was born on May 10, 1931 in West Branch to Russell and Agnes (Gorman) Bohlinger. Sharon had lived in West Branch since 1993, formerly of Durand. She graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School in West Branch in 1949. Sharon went on to receive her Master’s Degree in education from Michigan State University and taught in Durand Public Schools for the majority of her teaching career. She also taught CCD at St. Mary’s in Durand and belonged to the Teachers Union, MEAR (Michigan Education Association Retired) and MARSP (Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel). Sharon enjoyed cooking, writing, and children’s literature. 

Sharon is survived by her children, James (Jill) Neubecker of Bancroft, David Neubecker of West Branch, Michael (Susan) Neubecker of Waterford, and Anne Neubecker of Franklin, TN; grandchildren, Robert, Jonathan, Kristen, Chelsea, and Alexandria; great grandchildren, Renee and Landon; brother, Charles “Skip” Bohlinger of Mio, MI; sister, Jane (George) Miller of Ponte Verda Beach, FL; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Neubecker; sons, Robert, Joseph, and John; and siblings, Jackie Bashaw, Michael Bohlinger, and Mary Sue Jackson. 

The Funeral Mass will be at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Branch on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation starting at 12:00p.m. and a Rosary at 11:45 a.m. Father Patrick Maher will officiate. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the St. Joseph School Endowment Fund.

Arrangements were handled by Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch. Online condolences can be shared at www.steuernolmclaren.com


Edward A. Dorrance Sr., age 66 of Durand, formerly of Corunna passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Family will receive friends on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM and on hour prior to the service.

Edward was born September 25, 1951 in Durand a son of George Dorrance and Elizabeth Wickenhiser. On May 23, 1975 he married Elizabeth Blair. He was a member of the Lions Club, North American Hunting Club and the Cooking Club. Edward enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on cars and riding motorcycles. Prior to his retirement in 2013 he had been employed by the Durand Milling Company for 4 years, Harrelson Chevrolet for 2 years and Toledo Commutator Company for 35 years.

Surviving Edward is his wife, Elizabeth Dorrance; children, Edward Dorrance Jr.(Maddy), Robert (Pam) LaMar Jr., Lucanda Hawkins (Andrew) and Bobbie LaMar; 7 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; half brother, George Dorrance; half sister, Verna (Steve) Grosso; aunt, Frances Stickler; brother-in-laws, Robert (Nancy) Blair, Fredrick (Donna) Blair, Raymond (Sharon Marie) Blair and Benjamin (Sharon Ann) Blair; sister-in-law, Judy (Bill) Bowers; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Dorrance and Elizabeth Libbey; sister, Alice; brother, Jerald and step-father, Jake Libbey.

Memorial Contributions in Edward's name are suggested to the family at this time. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Mary Elizabeth (Labb) Brown, age 86, died peacefully on Saturday, March 10, 2018 in Dearborn, Michigan.

Mary was born on March 6, 1932 in Durand, Michigan, to Floyd and Mildred (Hynes) Labb. She graduated from Durand High School in 1950 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Education from Michigan State College in 1954.

After graduation, Mary taught Model Business Office at Kimball High School in Royal Oak. She retired from teaching in 1963 to raise her children. Later in life, she and her husband had a second career as franchise owners of Fantastic Sam’s in Dearborn Heights and Inkster, Michigan.

Mary married her high school sweetheart, Robert James Brown, on November 10, 1956. She and Bob built a wonderful life together. They enjoyed traveling, theatre, golf, and many friendships. Mary’s pride and joy were her children and grandchildren.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Allyson (Steve) Hillman of Bonita Springs, Florida, and son Ted (Deanna) Brown of Birmingham, Michigan; four grandchildren, Jacob Hillman, Bridget Hillman, Marlena Brown, and Audrey Brown; her brother James Labb, and sister-in-law Ardis McLaren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; sisters-in-law Jean Labb and Donna Varblow, and brother-in-law Don Varblow.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 24th at St. Anselm Parish in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. The family will receive friends at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday until the time of the service. There will be a luncheon honoring Mary immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Mary’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Michigan Chapter 25200 Telegraph Rd., Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48033. Funeral arrangements made by Voran Funeral Home 23701 Ford Rd, Dearborn, MI 48126. Please share memories or leave condolences on Mary’s guestbook at www.voranfuneralhome.com


Linda P. Domby age 70 of Durand passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the Durand Senior Care and Rehab Center. A memorial service will be 12 noon on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Linda was born June 26, 1947 in Owosso a daughter of Clyde and Gloria (Jackson) Gulick. She enjoyed traveling, walking, bicycling and cooking.

Linda is survived by her children, Lisa Domby and Kevin (Sara) Domby; granddaughter, Katie Domby; and brother, Larry (Connie) Gulick. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Gloria Gulick.

Memorial Contributions in Linda's name are suggested to the family at this time. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Robert Marks age 83 of Owosso, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Pleasant View. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Family will receive friends on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM and one hour prior to the service.

Robert was born November 26, 1934 in Owosso, MI a son of Justin and Marjorie (Herring) Marks. On May 12, 1978 he married Rosetta Hopkins. Robert enjoyed woodworking, boating, fishing, and being a handyman. Prior to his retirement in 1988, he had been employed by General Motors for 35 years.
 
Robert is survived by his wife, Rosetta Marks; children, Barry (Debra) Marks, Kevin (Jackie) Marks and Kurt Marks; 7 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; brother, Kenneth Marks and sisters, Maxine Bohnsky and Jane Kirkman. He was preceded in death by both of his parents.

Memorial Contributions in Robert's name are suggested to The First Baptist Church of Durand. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com 

Helen Therese Clair Folsom was born October 3, 1926 in Guelph Ontario, Canada. She attended Marygrove College in Detroit, MI where she received her degree as a dietitian in 1947. After interning at Harper Hospital in Detroit she secured a position at Hurley Hospital in Flint. She married Russell Folsom from Flint at Fort Benning, Georgia May 12, 1956. Helen and Russ lived in Flint most of their married life where Helen continued to work at Hurley until January 1984.

Helen was spiritual, faithful and very devoted to her family. She enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, reading and making special birthday cards for her children and grandchildren.

For the last 6 years, Helen was lovingly taken care of by Jodi Miller, until Helen was peacefully raised up on Angels wings on February 27, 2018 surrounded by her family.

She is survived by her children, Diane Folsom, Edward (Julie) Folsom, Virginia (Paul) Williamson and Barbara Deering; grandchildren, Carl (Tonya) Trimble, Angela (Steven) Schultz, Sara Folsom, Anna Folsom, Katy Deering and Courtney Deering; and 4 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Folsom, grandson, Joel Trimble, both of her parents; and 7 siblings.

A Mass of the Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Friday, March 2, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Durand. Rev. Fr. Jonathan Perrotta will be officiating. Family will receive friends on Thursday at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Durand from 1-3 and 5-7 PM with a Rosary prayed at 6:00 PM.

Memorial Contributions in Helen's name are suggested to Heart to Heart Hospice of Swartz Creek. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Aiden B. Walters, 13 of Durand, died Saturday, February 24, 2018 due to an accident. Aiden was born in Flint, MI on March 3, 2004, the son of Bradley Walters and Denese (Plaschek) Franks. He was a student at Corunna High School.  

Aiden is survived by his father, Bradley, half-brothers Brandon & Andrew, half-sister Erin, Grandparents Margo & Bradley Walters, Danny Franks, aunt Stephie, great grandmother Fran Plaschek, cousins Chelsi & Lance, aunts Dawn & Ronald Jake, Tami & Kenneth Smith.

Aiden was preceded in death by his mother in 2010.

There will be no services at this time. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com

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