Shoemaker, Juanita

Written by David Green.

K. Juanita Shoemaker, 80, of Coomer Street, Morenci, Mich., died April 29, 2006 at Herrick Memorial Hospital in Tecumseh.

She was born Feb. 4, 1926 in Morenci, Mich., the daughter of Jonas and Mildred (Metcalf) Speelman. She married Oney Shoemaker on Feb. 9, 1946 in Weston, and he preceded her in death Oct. 8, 1990.

Juanita was a homemaker who lived all her life in the Morenci area. She was a member of the Seneca Community Church and a member of the Morenci Millinery Mavens.

Juanita is survived by two daughters, Patricia (and James) Baker of Clinton and Jaclynn (and Ralph) Reckner, Jr., of Morenci; two sons, Dennis (and Norma) Shoemaker and Larry (and Vicki) Shoemaker, both of Morenci; two granddaughters, Erica (and Kyle) Kruse and Marisa (and Tyler) Sutherland; seven grandsons, Brian and Gregory Shoemaker, Daryn (and Heather) Baker, Devyn Baker, Jason (and Amy) Reckner, Curtis (and Sharilyn) Shoemaker and Dustin (and Jenny) Reckner; 10 great-grandchildren, Brett and Joshua Baker, Emily, Rebekah and Rachel Shoemaker, Hannah, Collin and Emma Reckner and Destini and Ty Kruse; three sisters, Ella Barnhart of Adrian, Betty Pfund of Morenci and Florence ”Dutch” Lane of Hudson and four brothers, Arthur “Boze” Speelman and Earl “John” Speelman, both of Morenci; Wade “Popeye” Speelman of Fayette and Eugene “Gene” Speelman of Adrian.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Flora Montague.

Funeral services were May 2 at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Memorial contributions may be made to the Seneca Community Church.

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