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Watson Funeral Chapel - Jackson: A Beacon of Comfort and Support in Times of Need

Located at 2590 Spring Arbor Road, Jackson, MI, 49203, Watson Funeral Chapel - Jackson is a trusted and compassionate funeral home that has been serving the local community for years. With a deep understanding of the importance of honoring loved ones with dignity and respect, the dedicated team at Watson Funeral Chapel provides personalized funeral services that cater to the unique needs of each family.

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Watson Funeral Chapel - Jackson has built a reputation for excellence and compassion, earning the trust of families from all walks of life. Their commitment to providing exceptional service is reflected in every aspect of their operations, from the initial consultation to the final farewell. The funeral home's experienced staff takes pride in their attention to detail, ensuring that every ceremony is a meaningful tribute to the deceased.

Watson Funeral Chapel - Jackson

Address: 2590 Spring Arbor Road, Jackson, MI, 49203
Phone Number: 1-517-782-7144
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Lucille Marie Tumlinson - February 18, 1937 - April 21, 2022

Departed: 04/21/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Lucille M. Tumlinson of Jackson, MI passed away peacefully at home on April 21, 2022. Lucille was the daughter of Walter and Floiela (Weber) Baker, born on February 18, 1937 in Wolf lake, IN. She is survived by her children, Timothy (Sheree) of Lexington, KY, Dr. Walter (Nancy) of Jackson, MI, Robert (Lynn) of Middle Point, OH, Lisa (Jim) of Fort Wayne, IN, Mindy of Ossian, IN; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and sister, Anne Garte. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, David Tumlinson; grandchild, Benjamin Baldwin; parents, Walter and Floiela Baker; and sister, Linda Whitacker. Lucille graduated from Wolf Lake High School. She went on to work in retail and sales and retired from Consumers Energy. Lucille enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren, knitting and crocheting, and going on fishing trips with her husband. She was also an animal lover. According to her request, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of her Life will be held at a later date.
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Marlin Wade McMinn - October 04, 1945 - April 20, 2022

Departed: 04/20/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Marlin W. McMinn of Parma, Mi, our loving husband, dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa passed away at home with his family on April 20, 2022 at the age 76.  Born October 4, 1945 in Herman, PA.  Marlin retired from Spring Arbor University after 24 years of service.  He also worked for Spring Arbor Township for over 15 years.  He attended The Arbor Church.  Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Doris A. McMinn; 2 children, Matthew McMinn, and Rebecca “Shawn” (Jimi) Freed; 3 grandchildren, Tiffany (Mike Henley) McMinn, Kyle Jackson, and Dakota “Cody” Jackson; 2 great-grandchildren, Connor and Liam Detgen with 2 more on the way.  Marlin was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Ethel McMinn.  A Memorial Service will be held later this summer.  Contributions may be made to the Free Methodist Mission through The Arbor Church, in memory of Marlin.
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Gregory Joseph Wilson - May 21, 1936 - April 17, 2022

Departed: 04/17/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Gregory (Greg) J. Wilson, of Jackson, MI, loving husband of 64 years to his Sweetie Pie, Maureen, died peacefully in the presence of his family on Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022 at the age of 85. He is the brother of Lee Wilson of Tucson, AZ and Joe Wilson of Medina, OH; father of Cathy Taylor (Scott), Susie (Daniel Noel), Patty Miles (Jim), Nancy, and Alison Walczak (Joe); grandfather of Jenny Miles, Susie Miles (Richie), Mike Taylor, Rebecca Miles Lantzy, Stef Taylor, Erica Taylor, Catherine Noel, Andrew Walczak, Juliette Noel, Thomas Miles, Lindsay Walczak, Isabelle Miles, Mary Therese Miles, and Marie Walczak; great-grandchildren Brendan, Eric, Nathan, Ellie, and Maddie; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and godchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Arthur Stanley, and sisters-in-law Barbara and Terry.  Greg loved his faith, his family, and fixing things. He was a daily mass goer who you could find reading at St. Mary’s during the week. He loved the Holy Spirit and was a man of service to all. There wasn’t a problem he couldn’t solve by sleeping on it. He was an aeronautical engineer who in his retirement loved to bake pies and cookies for his family, friends, and church.
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Phillip Michael Fracker - October 09, 1945 - April 14, 2022

Departed: 04/14/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Phillip Michael Fracker of Jackson, MI went home to be with the Lord on April 14, 2022. Phillip (Phil) was the son of Stanley Jr. and Esther (Bamm) Fracker, born on October 9, 1945 in Jackson, MI. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Susan (Peek) Fracker; children, Daniel (Amy) Fracker, Matthew (Amanda) Fracker; grandchildren, Kieran, Amelia; siblings, Stanley III (Helga) Fracker, Richard (Lynne) Fracker, Ellen (Rick) McKenzie; brother-in-law, Byron (Thelma) Peek; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Phillip was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley Jr. and Esther Fracker; his beloved grandson, Luke Fracker; and siblings, Anne Marie Fracker, Ronald Fracker.
Phil graduated from Michigan Center High School in 1963 and went on to the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 1967. Phil served in Vietnam in 1969 with the United States Army and was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Silver Star. He then spent his working career as the Director of the Jackson Housing Commission. Phil was a lifelong Lutheran and an active member at Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he loved serving and spending time with his church family. He was also involved with Witness IV with friends Jack Gahagan and Geoff Williams, New Wine singing group, Jackson Chorale, Guys and Dolls Dance Club, CROP/CWS for World Hunger, Immanuel food pantry, and many other organizations. Phil enjoyed singing, playing guitar, crossword puzzles, the Detroit Tigers, University of Michigan sports, Army football, bird watching, walking, and ice cream. He was beloved by his friends and family.
A Celebration of his Life will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1505 W Michigan Ave, Jackson, MI on Tuesday April 19, 2022 11:00am, with Reverend Kate Schroeder officiating. Interment will be held at North Dover Cemetery in Clayton, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to Lutheran World Relief, 700 Light St, Baltimore, MD. Visitation will be on Monday, April 18, 2022 at Watson Funeral Chapel, 2590 Spring Arbor Rd, Jackson, MI from 4:00-7:30pm and Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at Immanuel Lutheran Church from 10:00am until the time of service. “Life is mostly froth and bubble, two things stand like stone, kindness in another’s trouble, courage in your own.” -Adam Lindsay Gordon
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Linda Ann Zimmerman - January 28, 1947 - April 12, 2022

Departed: 04/12/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Linda Ann of Jackson, MI passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at the age of 75. She was the daughter of Orland and Mary (Ely) Gallup, born, January 28, 1947 in Hudson, MI. Linda is survived by her husband, Ronald Zimmerman; two daughters, Lisa and Michele; several grandchildren; sister, Jane Frederick; and brother, Dave Gallup. She was a graduate of Sand Creek High School. Linda loved to spend time with her family and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A celebration of her life will be held at the Hilltop Chapel, 11700 Spring Arbor Road, Concord, MI 49237 on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 5:00pm with Pastor Adrian Rosa officiating.
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Nancy Jean Bostwick - December 08, 1957 - April 11, 2022

Departed: 04/11/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Nancy “Midge” Jean Bostwick of Jackson, MI went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 11, 2022 at the age of 64.  Nancy was the daughter of John and Mildred Sprangel, born on December 8, 1957 in Jackson, MI.   She is survived by her husband, James Bostwick, being together for 37 years and married for 25 years; daughters, Amanda, and Dana (Dan “Sparky”) Mandrelle; grandchildren, Tyler and Haley; brother, John Sprangel; and sister, MaryAnn “Mad Dog” Ilse; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Nancy was a graduate of Parkside High School.  She worked and retired from Blue Cross/Blue Shield after 30 years of employment.  Nancy enjoyed softball, bowling, and family cookouts.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Watson Funeral Chapel in Jackson on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 12:00pm with Chaplain Greg Grotbeck officiating. Contributions may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123.  The family will receive friends at the Watson Funeral Chapel in Jackson on Monday, April 18, 2022 from 4:00-7:00pm and on Tuesday from 10:00am until the time of service at 12:00pm.
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Carolyn Eloise Callendar - November 18, 1924 - April 10, 2022

Departed: 04/10/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. And rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
Carolyn Callendar, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, teacher and lifelong student, passed away peacefully at the age of 97 on April 10th.  Carolyn was born in Zanesville, Ohio to Frank and E. Ethyl (Cox) Dietz. She is pre-deceased by her husband of 54 years, Howard, brother Fred Dietz, and sister Florence (Dietz) Longshore.  Carolyn graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University. She began her 38 year teaching career in Fostoria, Ohio where she met and married Howard after he returned from service after WWII. Carolyn and Howard soon welcomed two children, Kelly (Linda) Callendar, and Christine (Patrick) Nolan. The family moved to Michigan after starting their family, where Carolyn taught high school English and various other classes. Carolyn taught in both the Grass Lake and Northwest School Systems, retiring  from Northwest Schools in 1988. After retirement, Carolyn and Howard moved to Jekyll Island, Georgia where they enjoyed many happy years entertaining friends and family.
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Robert Karl Reynolds, Sr. - June 27, 1941 - April 10, 2022

Departed: 04/10/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Robert (Bob) Karl Reynolds, Sr. passed away unexpectedly on April 10, 2022. Bob was born on June 27, 1941 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, the oldest son of Karl S. and Harriet (Skip) Florence Fuhry Reynolds. Bobby, Tommy, and Jeffrey had big sister Barbara from Karl’s first marriage to keep them in line. Bobby became “man of the house” when his father Karl died in a flying accident in 1948. The years of growing up in Sturgeon Bay and associations with the Reynolds Brothers Cherry Orchard and Canning Company ended when Bobby’s mother, Skip, married Colonel Joseph J. Peot. The new family moved several times to different Army bases. Living in so many places left Bob with an internal map of the continental U. S.— decades later he still remembered the highway systems and rivers. Bob had a long list of schools he’d attended before graduating from Sandia High in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Bob returned to Wisconsin and met his Beth at a fraternity party on the campus of University of Wisconsin. He fell backwards into a vat of beer and Beth pretended not to be impressed but they were “going steady” shortly after. Bob made many  trips to Chicago where Beth worked after graduation and they had weekend adventures including stumbling into a bar to hear Bob Dylan (they weren’t impressed).
Bob married Alice Elizabeth (Beth) Verner and they settled in Wausau with their only child, Robby. Bob sold insurance and Beth made a home. In 1976 a job opportunity brought them to Jackson, Michigan where they made a family out of their new friends. Bob was “voluntold” for a lot of things including becoming a scout master for his son’s den and an usher at church (St. Paul’s Episcopal). He prided himself on a neatly kept lawn, a strong gin martini, and a good joke when the conversation lagged.  Bob was the best man in his son’s wedding. He and his daughter-in-law made great fun of being the “out laws” of the family. Terri called him Padre when she was 15 and it stuck— “Mr. Reynolds” seemed too formal for the guy that always came down to eat a slice of pizza in the basement with Robby’s friends. The nickname was used by the next generation, too— with Terri’s nieces and later friends finding “Padre” to be the perfect thing to call him.  Bob loved the Packers (and hated The Cowboys).
He loved Douglas Lake and sitting on the dock or in a lounge in the backyard. He took us all for rides on the Chris-Craft. He loved chocolate-chip meringues and spicy Mexican food (“not Beth’s ‘Spanish rice’” because that was just tomato sauce and rice…) When he retired Bob settled into his chair with a book and the remote control— checking the weather channel and the local news and rarely missing his afternoon stories.  Bob’s only grandchild, Jack, was most of the reason he quit smoking his beloved pipes. Whenever Jack would ask “how old are you, Grandpa?” The reply was the same, “older than dirt.” He survived lung cancer, two hip replacements, and a cardiac valve replacement. He was the toughest man we knew with the softest heart.
Bob is survived by his son Robby (Terri); grandson, Jack; brother Karl Jeffrey Reynolds and  brother-in-law Sydney Pope Jones; sisters-in-law, Marlene Reynolds and Bonnie Verner; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and so many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beth; parents and step-father; brother Thomas; and sister Barbara.  Robby, Terri, and Jack are so sad to have lost both “Sr. Reynoldses” in such a short time but are grateful that they are together again— no doubt arguing about something.  We hope to celebrate Bob’s and Beth’s wonderful lives with friends and family this summer.
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Carol Batterson - January 21, 1949 - April 06, 2022

Departed: 04/06/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Carol Batterson of Jackson.  Our loving wife, mother, and grandma passed away on Tuesday, April 6, 2022 at the age of 73 to go home to be with the Lord.
She is survived by husband, Marvin Batterson; daughters, Betsy (Jeff) Batterson Weidner and Donna Batterson Lynch; grandchildren, Kevin Wilson, Brittany Batterson, Tony Boss, Brandy Lynch, David Ostandor, Hunter Weidner; and many great-grandchildren; brothers, Gene (June) Standley, Richard (Jane) Standley, and Henrey Antone; sister, Mary Morton; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.   She was preceded in death by daughter, Tina M. Batterson; son-in-law, Damon J. Lynch; father, Gust Antone; mother, Olive Rown (McGee); sisters, Mary Jane Heart.
She was a stay home mother then worked as a housekeeper/caregiver for many years.  She loved camping, gardening, bowling, and spending time with her daughters and grandchildren.
The Celebration of Carol’s Life will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 13, 2022 in the Watson Funeral Chapel, 2590 Spring Arbor, Jackson, MI with Pastor Ray Torres officiating.  The family will receive friends from 10-11 A.M. Wednesday at the funeral chapel. Private interment will be in South Jackson Cemetery.
For those wishing, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Christopher Dane Yanke - March 06, 1998 - April 04, 2022

Departed: 04/04/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Our loving son, brother, uncle, nephew, and friend passed away unexpectedly on April 4, 2022.  Born March 6, 1998 in McMinnville, Tennessee.  Dane graduated from Northwestern High School.  He was looking into to be recruited by the U.S. Navy.  He loved spending time working with everything electronic and dealing with computers. He would often enjoy working on cars too.
Surviving are his mother, Linda M. Yanke; sister, Sarah (Jason) Barlow; 2 brothers, Aaron (Erin) Yanke, and Morgan Yanke; 5 nieces and nephews, Katelyn, Lily, and Evan Barlow, Evelyn Yanke, and Leighom Yanke; aunts & uncles, Jacqueline Diehl, Jimmy Teets, Owen and Kathy Boyagian, Patricia and John Chestnut, and Dane and Kim Woodruff; best friend and roommate, Tristan Klahn; and many other family members and friends.  Dane was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Theresa Teets.
The celebration of Dane’s life will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 9, 2020 in the Watson Funeral Chapel, 2590 Spring Arbor Road, Jackson with Michael D. Mason officiating.  Visitation is from 5:00-8:00 P.M. Friday, April 8, at the funeral home.
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Donald Gene Hall - January 23, 1933 - April 03, 2022

Departed: 04/03/2022 (Jackson)
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Jerry Lee Brown - February 18, 1942 - April 02, 2022

Departed: 04/02/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Jerry Lee Brown, age 80, of Jackson, Michigan peacefully passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Jerry was born in Jackson, Michigan on February 18, 1942 to Harry and Emily Brown. He graduated from Jackson High School in 1961 and worked at Yard Man in Jackson and Thetford Corporation in Dexter, Michigan as a Manufacturing Engineer. Jerry served in the Army Reserves for six years. He lived a very active life and could often be found on a ball field, a golf course, a tennis court, or at the lake, but he most loved spending time with his family, whom he cherished. Jerry loved the Lord and his family and was blessed with many dear friends. He was a man of integrity who lived by example. He was often described as selfless, kind hearted, humble, loyal, generous, and devoted.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Kay (Hendrickson) of 57 years and his daughters and their spouses, Janelle (Scott) Buchler and Carolyn (Andrew) Clements. He found great joy in his five grandchildren, Hadleigh (Adam) Houghton, Bryce Buchler, Brogan Buchler, Hope Clements and Bennett Clements. Jerry is also survived by his brothers, Tom Brown and Jack Brown; his brother and sister-in-law’s, Jim (Bonnie) Hendrickson, Janet (Marty) Ritsch, and Mary Lou Dominick; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.
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Susan King Gruel - October 11, 1944 - April 02, 2022

Departed: 04/02/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: On April 2, 2022, Susan (Sue) Gruel died peacefully at home with her family.  Born in Adrian, Michigan, on October 11, 1944, her parents were William and M. Sue (Big Sue) King. Her Father died in the battle of Saipan four months before Sue was born. After World War II, her mother married Leonard Schober, who was her Dad. Sue’s grandparents, Robert and Vera King, remained a key part of the Schober family.
Sue grew up in Adrian and was a graduate of Adrian High School and of Eastern Michigan University. Her husband, John Gruel, and Sue started their lifelong love and friendship in high school. It lasted 61 years, the last 57 married. In 1968, they moved to Jackson where she worked as a middle school librarian until their family started. Sue was an avid reader all her life.
In addition to her husband, Sue is survived by her daughter, Kristin (Larry) Smith of Charlotte, NC; son Tom (Carrie Barley) Gruel and their twins, Audrey and Ben, of St. Charles, IL; and her sister, Peggy (Steve) Gorsage of Broomfield CO. Kristin was born in Jackson and Tom at the Detroit Zoo. Sue loved being a grandmother. A special family of friends also survive.
During summers in her and her children’s childhoods, much time was spent at Schober’s family cottage at Round Lake. During the rest of the year, she was active in Kristin’s and Tom’s various schools.  As a family, the Gruels travelled throughout the U.S. After Kristin and Tom graduated from Jackson High and from Michigan State, Sue travelled extensively with John and friends at home and abroad. She was a Master Gardener and member of Diggers Garden Club, Friday Club, and Jackson and Lenawee country clubs. Sue was a synchronized swimmer, a certified scuba diver, and a licensed motorcyclist. Sue preferred the gas pedal to the brake. Blessed with good taste, she loved colors whether in her clothes, in her home, or growing in her yard.
After a private family service, Sue’s cremains will be interred in Oakwood Cemetery in Adrian. A celebration of her life is planned for June 4th in the early afternoon at the Country Club of Jackson. Memorial contributions may be made to Jackson Community Foundation, Lenawee Community Foundation, or the charity of your choice. Please visit to sign the guest book and/or send a condolence. The family is grateful for all that the caregivers Kim, Stephanie, and Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice did to make Sue comfortable.
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Carol Marie Gundy - Unknown - April 01, 2022

Departed: 04/01/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Gundy, Carol Marie (Lemmon)
Of Jackson, MI went home to with the Lord on Friday, April 1, 2022 at the age of 78.  She was born to Norman and Winnifred Lemmon in Big Rapids, MI.  She attended Lake City Area Schools, Houghton Lake Schools, and graduated from Western High School in 1961.  On July 20,1968, she married Gary L. Gundy and they raised three sons.  In 1973, she attended Select Beauty Academy where she was licensed as a cosmetologist.  Upon completion, she opened her own beauty shop, Her Crowning Glory, which she operated in her home until retiring.  She was a member of Bethe Church in Jackson where, over the years, she served as Deaconess, AWANA Director, and in small group bible studies.
Carol is survived by her husband of 53 years, Gary; sons, Michael and Christopher (Brandy) Gundy of Jackson, MI; Stephen (Kim) Gundy of Granger, IN; grandchildren, Alexis, Daniel, David, and Philip Gundy of Jackson, MI, Aubri and Bryce Gundy of Granger, IN, and Austin Bentley of Fishers, IN; sister, Norma Steinbacher of Port Angeles, WA; brother, John (Sherry) Lemmon of Jackson, MI; step-sister, Judy Jamison of Walla Walla, WA; sister-in-law, Marjorie Mitts of Spring Arbor, MI; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
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Scott Anthony Walling - April 04, 1988 - April 01, 2022

Departed: 04/01/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Scott Anthony Walling passed away unexpectedly in Lansing, Michigan on Friday, April 1, 2022, at the age of 33 years.  He was born in Jackson, Michigan on April 4, 1988.   he is survived by his parents, Sherry Walling and Marley Walling, Jr., his brother, Brandon Walling, his nephew, Eli March-Walling, and his very special friend, Monica Nieves.  He is also survived by his grandparents, Marley Walling, Sr. and Eunice Walling, his aunts and uncles, Chris and Mel Johnston, Bud and Pam Moull, Sue Palmer, and Michael and Sue Walling, numerous cousins and second cousins, and an abundance of very close friends.  He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Leonard (Bud) Moull and Shirley Moull.
He very much enjoyed spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities, vacationing at Myrtle Beach, snowboarding and spending time on the lake with his “momma.”  Scott was an extremely loving and caring guy with a huge heart, who would go out of his way to help anyone in need.  He had a special way of melting your heart with his gorgeous smile,  and he was loved by all who knew him.
Cremation has taken place.  A Celebration of his Life will be held at the home of his mother at a later date and time. Scott will be sadly missed by all who knew him!!!
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Connie Lynn Kelly - April 13, 1973 - March 31, 2022

Departed: 03/31/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Connie Lynn Kelly passed away unexpectedly on March 31st, 2022. She was preceded in death by her father Kenneth Wayne Kelly, grandparents Lawrence and Dexter Kelly of Closplint, Kentucky, and Bob and Alice King of Norvell, Michigan. She is survived by her mother Linda Reber and stepfather Randy, her brother Bob Kelly and wife Debbie, and her nephew Karsen Kelly. She was also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Connie was born on Friday, April 13th 1973, in Jackson, Michigan. She graduated Michigan Center High School. A great deal of her childhood memories were filled with wonderful times spent in Norvell with her many cousins, as well as frequent trips to Kentucky and Florida with her family. Connie had a great love of nature and would spend her free time driving around in the country looking for wildlife to watch and photograph. She had a tremendous love of all animals, but especially dogs. From her first Maltese-poodle Muffin, to her oldest and longest companion, her Great Pyrenees Bindi. Over the years, Connie would rescue countless number of dogs and spend her time and resources finding them loving homes. Connie enjoyed thrift shopping, and was always trying to find something people could use, or beautiful artwork or jewelry that someone had overlooked. She was an avid reader of all things and could carry on a conversation on many topics. She was fascinated by genealogy, history of Harlan County, creation and afterlife, and all things relating to animals. She was beautiful, funny, talented, smart, and tough all at the same time. She loved her friends deeply, and she would do anything for them if needed. Her smile, laugh, wittiness and joy of life will be missed by many. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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Patricia Ann Terry - January 01, 1935 - March 28, 2022

Departed: 03/28/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Patricia Ann Terry of  Jackson, MI went home to be with the Lord at Allegra Nursing & Rehab on March 28, 2022. She was the daughter of Anthony and Gertrude (Baader) Long, born on January 1, 1935 in Jackson, MI. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Gerald Terry; children, Mark (Kellie) Terry, Peter (Martha) Terry, David (Pamela) Terry, John (Karen) Terry; grandchildren, Andrew (Melissa), Marisa, Louis (Bri), Joseph (Stephanie), Christian, Owen, Nicholas, Olivia, Madison, Luca, Gianni; great-grandchildren, Maren, Brennan, Norah, Cameron, Calvin, Elenore; brother, John (Nan) Long; many nieces, nephews and cousins, and many special friends. Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Gertrude Long; siblings, Tony Long, Mary Jo (Long) Dailey.
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Alvin "Al" Lee Cummer - June 08, 1931 - March 27, 2022

Departed: 03/27/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Alvin Lee Cummer of Horton, MI passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at the age of 90. He was the son of Lynn and Esther (Haviland) Cummer, born June 8, 1931 in Jackson, MI. Alvin was preceded in death by his wife, Marylyn (Watkins) Cummer; his parents; and sister, Betty Doney. He is survived by one daughter, Sheryl (Bill) Tucker; two sons, Ron (Beth) Cummer, and Rick (Sue) Cummer; grandchildren, Scott Tucker, Chad (Erin) Tucker, Abbey (Lance) Tiffany, Joel Cummer, Brieann (Jake) Hauri, Jenna Cummer, Carley Majewski, Caitlin (Jamie) Senk, and Jami Barr; 10 great-grandchildren with one on the way in July. Alvin was a graduate of Vandercook Lake High School.
He served his country honorably in the United State Air Force during the Korean War. Following his service, he worked for the Albion Newspaper, and then for the Jackson Citizen Patriot as a Computer System Analyst for 35 years. Alvin enjoyed golfing, bowling, and boating. He was a lifetime Detroit Lions Fan and loved to spend time at his home at Farwell Lake. Alvin was a kind and dedicated caregiver to his wife through her 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s. He loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren. Alvin will be greatly missed by all who knew him. According to his wishes, cremation has taken place.
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Marjorie Jeanette Friend - December 26, 1936 - March 22, 2022

Departed: 03/22/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Marjorie Jeanette Friend of Jackson, MI receive her wings on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at home with her family by her side at the age of 85. She was born December 26, 1936 in Rockford, IL and was the youngest of seven children. Marjorie is survived by her daughter, Debra Piper of Jackson, and one son, Steve Friend of Detroit; and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Friend; her parents, Ben and Letha McGrew; and her brothers and sisters. Per Marjorie’s request no funeral services will be held.
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Margaret Lee Blomberg - August 23, 1933 - March 20, 2022

Departed: 03/20/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Margaret Lee Blomberg (Struven) of Spring Arbor passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 20, 2022 under the care of Hospice and her loving family. Marge was born on August 23, 1933 in Loves Park, Illinois. She was one of eleven children born to Edward and Lucille Struven. Marge was preceded in death by her dear husband of 67 years, Marshall Blomberg and her grandson, Christopher Blomberg. She is survived by her daughters Marsha Brown and Shelly (Bob) Stowe, sons Matthew (Kelly) Blomberg and Mark (Paula) Blomberg, grandchildren Alex Brown, Ryan and Adam Stowe, Molly, Issiac, Noah and Brodie Blomberg and great grandson, Milo.
Marge was a member of Skiff Lake Bible Church and a long-time resident of Spring Arbor. Before she was married, Marge was employed as a long-distance operator for Illinois Bell. She was very proud that she was handpicked by management to train new operators due to her expertise in customer service. Marge had a wonderful eye for interior decorating and took great pride in her home. She also loved being outside walking, riding her bike with Marshall and, together with him, taking care of their beautiful yard. Each Spring Marge loved adding to her lily collection. She loved traveling, shopping and spending time with her family.
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Gerald Robert Woodward - February 27, 1934 - March 16, 2022

Departed: 03/16/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Of Rives Junction, MI passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at the age of 88. Gerald was the son of Ralph and Lenna Woodward, born February 27, 1934 in Jackson, MI. He is survived by four sons, Tim (Joyce), Jay, Mick (Michelle), and Mark (Christy); and four grandchildren. Gerald served his country honorably in the United States Marines during the Korean War. Following his service, he worked as a Lab Supervisor at Aeroquip for 33 years. Gerald enjoyed woodworking. According to his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no services held at this time
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E. David Humphreys - October 07, 1933 - March 12, 2022

Departed: 03/12/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: E. David (Dave) Humphreys, residing at the Jackson County Medical Care Facility in Jackson, Michigan, went home to be with the Lord on March 12, 2022. He was born on October 7, 1933 to Elmer and Cressie Humphreys in Portsmouth, Ohio. His parents preceded him in death.  Dave is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia Anne Humphreys, his 6 children and many grand and great-grandchildren. His surviving children are as follows; David Humphreys of Whiteville, NC, Matthew Humphreys of Windsor, CA, Pamela Hunter of Lima, OH, Victor Humphreys of Jackson, MI, Patrick Humphreys of Bay City, MI and Marcus Humphreys of Jackson, MI. Dave graduated from Portsmouth High School and then studied at Ohio State University and Syracuse University. He then joined the United States Air Force where he served as a Russian Translator overseas. Upon his honorable discharge from the USAF, he had a career in heating and cooling followed by a career as a Bridge Tender in Florida where he and his wife lived for 32 years. Dave enjoyed traveling, fishing, boating, classic cars, helping his fellow veterans and playing his trumpet and bagpipes. Per his request, cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Jackson, Michigan, with visitation from 10-11:00 am followed by a mass at 11:00 am. Interment will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 12:00pm.
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Daniel Clifford "Papa Dano" Fuller - April 10, 1955 - March 10, 2022

Departed: 03/10/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Daniel Clifford “Papa Dano” Fuller was born in Jackson, Michigan April 10, 1955 and passed away March 10, 2022 at the age of 66.   He is survived by his Son Jesse Fuller, Grandson Boyd Fuller, Brother Mark (Julee) Fuller, Sister Deb (Ken) Crittenden, along with nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.  He is preceded in death by his father Edward Fuller and his mother Evelyn Fuller.
Dan graduated from Parkside High School in 1973. He worked for many years at Diecast Corporation in Jackson and was active in the U.A.W.  Dan loved fishing and the outdoors. He would often fish on ice far too thin and loved trips to any lake. He enjoyed spending time listening to music with his Grandson Boyd.  To Tom and Shirley Lubahn, a sincere thank you for taking in my Dad and giving him a warm home for so many years. Your generosity and hospitality are appreciated.
Cremation has taken place and Dan’s ashes will be spread at Lake Independence this summer.
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Jeffery Allan Standley - January 19, 1969 - March 09, 2022

Departed: 03/09/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Jeffery Allan Standley of Horton, MI passed away suddenly on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at the age of 53. He is the son of Richard and Janet Standley, born January 19, 1969 in Jackson, MI. Jeff is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Kelly Standley; his parents Richard and Janet Standley; one sister, Vicki (Greg) Lange; three nieces, Ashlee (Sean) Trombley and their daughter, Evie, Haylee (Jacob) Lange, and Jennafer Lange; and many special friends. He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Joan Bertalon, father in-laws, Roger Bertalon and Robert White; and sister-in-law, Paula Bertalon.
Jeff was a graduate of Concord High School Class of 1987. He worked for 34 years at Dawn Food Products in Production and the Print Shop. Jeff enjoyed woodworking, classic rock (especially Kiss), and classic cars (especially Chevy).  He was an avid bowler and has bowled ten 300 perfect games. Jeff was interested in the collection of football cards, watching MSU Football, and NASCAR (Dale Earnhardt Sr.). He loved animals (especially cats) and spending time with his wife and family. Jeff was a loyal and loving husband and friend, and would do anything for anyone. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
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Richard "Dick" Henry Giluk - May 23, 1945 - March 07, 2022

Departed: 03/07/2022 (Jackson)
Obituary Preview: Dick Giluk, age 76, from Jackson, MI passed away unexpectedly after a fall in his home on March 7, 2022.  He was the son of Henry and Ann Giluk born May 23, 1945 in Jackson, MI.
Survived by:  Wife of 55 years, Judy (Kistka) Giluk and daughters Wendy (Greg) Dancer, Tamara Giluk and grandchildren Griffin and Connor Dancer.  Sisters Catherine (Bob) Nichols, Jane Novak and Patti (Dan) Swing.  Sister-in-laws Patricia Miskowski, Bernadette (Gary) Matz, brother-in-laws John (Marcia) Kistka, Danny (Mary) Kistka, Bill Kistka and Kenny (Barb) Kistka, and many nieces, nephews & cousins.  Dick had so many friends no matter where he went, and the list of them is too numerous to mention. Preceded in death by:  Parents, Henry and Ann Giluk, in-laws John and Agnes Kistka, brother-in-laws Jerry Miskowski and Richard Novak.
Dick graduated from Northwest High School in Jackson, MI and attended Jackson Junior College.  He was a skilled machinist in the aerospace test lab at Aeroquip (now Eaton) and retired after 28 years.  He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and playing poker with his longtime friends.  One of his favorite pastimes was playing the lottery and submitting second chance tickets.  More recently, he enjoyed going to casinos with Judy, and enjoyed not having to mow his lawn at their new condo.  Many friends and strangers alike will remember Dick as the chatty and funny guy who rang up their morning coffee at Cindy’s 128 Marathon & Deli in Parma.  He loved working with his cousin Bill Dullock for many years after his retirement in this capacity.  There wasn’t a person that Dick could not connect with and he enjoyed every minute of his post retirement.
Dick was a true blue Michigan and Detroit Lions fan who would rearrange his schedule so as not to miss a game.  He was easy to spot in his beloved yellow Michigan hat wherever he went.  Dick was also an avid Lumen Christi Titan fan for over 40 years.  He rarely missed a football game in any type of weather.  In fact, he was spotted at his daughter’s wedding reception with headphones on getting the score of the game.  His greatest joy was to finally see his grandsons in the green & gold jerseys on the gridiron, basketball court and baseball field.  His face always beamed with pride at their accomplishments and he was always willing to share the pictures and videos of their big plays.
As a husband, you could never find a more loyal and dedicated man to his wife Judy.  His love for her was immediate and he pursued her until she finally agreed to go out with him.  Their wedding day was as epic as his love for her:  getting married during the biggest blizzard of 1967.  As a Dad, Dick took such pride in his two daughters.  Through thick and thin, he was at all major life events and jumped at any opportunity to help his daughters move across many states, supporting their every decision.  He was dedicated and worked harder than anyone to provide for his family.  He was their resourceful, wheeler dealer who made things happen no matter what and he was loved beyond measure.
A celebration of life and Catholic Funeral Mass will take place at Queen of the Miraculous Medal Church on Saturday, March 12 at 11 am.  The family will receive friends and family in the church at 10 am.  Father Timothy MacDonald will be officiating.
A visitation for family and friends will take place on Friday, March 11th from 5pm – 8pm at Watson Funeral Home.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an obituary?

An obituary is a written notice that announces the death of a person, typically including their name, age, date of birth and death, and a brief biography. It may also include information about their surviving family members, funeral arrangements, and other relevant details.

Why are obituaries important?

Obituaries serve as a way to inform friends, family, and community members of a person's passing, allowing them to pay their respects and offer condolences. They also provide a sense of closure and help to celebrate the life of the deceased.

Who typically writes an obituary?

In most cases, the family of the deceased or a close friend will write the obituary. Funeral homes or mortuaries may also assist in writing and publishing obituaries.

What information should be included in an obituary?

A typical obituary should include the person's full name, age, date of birth and death, place of residence, occupation, hobbies, and surviving family members. It may also include information about their education, military service, achievements, and any charitable organizations they were involved with.

How long should an obituary be?

The length of an obituary can vary depending on the publication or online platform. Typically, it should be between 100-500 words. However, some publications may have stricter word limits or requirements.

Can I include photos in an obituary?

Yes, many publications and online platforms allow you to include one or more photos with the obituary. This can be a great way to personalize the tribute and help readers remember the person who has passed away.

How do I submit an obituary to a newspaper or online platform?

The process for submitting an obituary varies depending on the publication or platform. Some may require you to fill out an online form, while others may need you to email or fax the information. Be sure to check with the specific publication or platform for their submission guidelines.

How much does it cost to publish an obituary?

The cost of publishing an obituary varies widely depending on the publication or platform. Some newspapers may charge by the line or word, while others may offer package deals that include additional services such as funeral announcements or online memorials.

Can I write my own obituary?

Yes, it is possible to write your own obituary in advance. This can be a therapeutic exercise and ensure that your life story is told in the way you want it to be remembered. However, it's essential to share your wishes with your loved ones so they know what you want.

What is the difference between an obituary and a death notice?

A death notice is a brief announcement of a person's passing, usually including only basic information such as their name, age, and date of death. An obituary provides more detailed information about the person's life and accomplishments.

Can I include humor in an obituary?

Absolutely! Humor can be a great way to celebrate a person's life and personality. Just be sure to keep it respectful and tasteful.

How do I handle sensitive information in an obituary?

If there is sensitive information about the deceased that you're unsure about sharing, it's best to err on the side of caution and omit it. Remember that an obituary is intended to honor and celebrate the person's life, not cause discomfort or distress for their loved ones.

Can I include quotes or lyrics in an obituary?

Yes! Quotes, lyrics, or poems can add depth and meaning to an obituary. Choose something that resonates with the person's personality or values.

What if I'm struggling to write an obituary?

If you're having trouble writing an obituary, consider enlisting the help of a friend or family member. You can also seek guidance from a funeral home or mortuary staff. Remember that it's okay to take your time and don't hesitate to ask for support.

How long after death should an obituary be published?

The timing of publishing an obituary varies depending on cultural traditions and personal preferences. Typically, it's best to publish within a few days of the person's passing, but this can vary depending on circumstances.

Can I make changes to an obituary after it's been published?

In some cases, changes can be made to an obituary after publication. However, this may depend on the publication or platform's policies. Be sure to check with them before making any changes.

What if I want to publish an obituary in multiple newspapers or platforms?

You can definitely publish an obituary in multiple places. Just be sure to check each publication's submission guidelines and fees before doing so.

Can I include charitable donations in lieu of flowers in an obituary?

Absolutely! Many people choose to include this information as a way to honor their loved one's memory and support a worthy cause.

How do I ensure accuracy when writing an obituary?

To ensure accuracy, verify facts with family members or other reliable sources before publishing. Double-check dates, names, and other details to avoid errors.

What if I'm dealing with complex family dynamics when writing an obituary?

If you're navigating complex family relationships when writing an obituary, try to focus on celebrating the person's life rather than dwelling on conflicts or controversies. Seek support from trusted friends or professionals if needed.

Can I include pets in an obituary?

Yes! Pets are often considered part of the family and can be included in the list of survivors or mentioned separately as beloved companions.

How do I handle cultural or religious differences when writing an obituary?

Be respectful of cultural and religious traditions when writing an obituary. Research customs and practices associated with the person's heritage or faith community to ensure sensitivity and accuracy.

What if I'm unsure about what information to share in an obituary?

If you're unsure about what information to share in an obituary, consider seeking guidance from a trusted friend, family member, or funeral home staff. Remember that the goal is to celebrate the person's life and provide comfort to those who are grieving.

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About Jeffery Isleworth

Jeffery Isleworth is an experienced eulogy and funeral speech writer who has dedicated his career to helping people honor their loved ones in a meaningful way. With a background in writing and public speaking, Jeffery has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting heartfelt and authentic tributes that capture the essence of a person's life. Jeffery's passion for writing eulogies and funeral speeches stems from his belief that everyone deserves to be remembered with dignity and respect. He understands that this can be a challenging time for families and friends, and he strives to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Over the years, Jeffery has helped countless families create beautiful and memorable eulogies and funeral speeches. His clients appreciate his warm and empathetic approach, as well as his ability to capture the essence of their loved one's personality and life story. When he's not writing eulogies and funeral speeches, Jeffery enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and traveling. He believes that life is precious and should be celebrated, and he feels honored to help families do just that through his writing.