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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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