Saturday, January 22, 2022

 Fowlerville District Library

Upcoming Events

Monday – Wednesday: 9:30 am to 7:00 pm

Thursday: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm

Friday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

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For questions or more information on any of our materials or programs, email or give us a call at (517) 223-9089.

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Adult Game Night

Third Mondays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Play new board games, cards, and trivia here at the library. Meal provided.

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Fitness/Yoga with Belinda

Mondays, 10:00 am– 10:45 am

Practice postures to strengthen and promote flexibility in all parts of the body with an emphasis on balance and core strengthening. This class is for all levels of fitness. Bring bottled water and your yoga mat.

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Monthly Book and Coffee

Monday, January 24, 1:00 pm

Join Zoe in the afternoon for a traditional book club that includes coffee and dessert. This month’s selection is Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline. Registration required.

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Monthly Beyond the Book

Thursday, January 27, 6:30 pm

Join Zoe in the evening for a book discussion of Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, followed by some extra special materials. Registration required.

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Tabletop Wednesday

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Drop in and play your favorite tabletop RPGs. Play with your friends or have out teen librarian Connor run a one-shot. All are welcome, no registration required.

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Teen Craft Wednesday

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Mary has her finger on the pulse of what teens are into. Dabble in fun and free arts and crafts, such as beaded bracelets, fairy angels, and other top secret projects.

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Friday Gaming

Fridays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for free play on the Nintendo Switch. Enjoy multiplayer classic like Smash and Mario Kart or choose games from the library’s collection.

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Teen Book Club

Tuesday, January 25, 4:00 pm

January’s theme is Book Turned Into a Movie. Read a book that fits that theme and then join Zoe after school for a lively discussion accompanied by snacks and a craft.

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Drop in with the kids for any of our revamped storytime programs – open to everyone!

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Preschool Storytime (ages 3 to 5 with caregiver)

10:00 am Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Join our wonderful Mrs. D. for engaging stories, sing-a-longs, neat crafts, finger plays, and so much more!

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Toddler Storytime (ages 1 to 3 with caregiver)

10:00 am Thursdays & Fridays

Get ready to move and groove with some funky tunes and stories with our dynamic youth librarian Storm.

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Baby Lap Sit (ages 0 to 2 with caregiver)

9:30 am Fridays

Come and make some new baby friends in this musical storytime led by Storm. Babies and their caregivers will socialize, sing songs, and play together.

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Facebook Live Storytime (ages 2 to 8)

12:00pm Thursdays on Facebook

Join LIVE on our Facebook page for this amazing program where kids can interact with Storm from home! Build some early literacy skills in your pajamas.

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My First Escape Room: Pokémon(Ages 5 -9)

Friday, January 28, 4:00 pm

Can you catch them all? Perfect for younger kids with curious minds who love puzzles! No previous knowledge of Pokémon is required. Registration required.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Rodney Lee Sober

On January 24, 2020, Rodney Lee Sober, age 75 passed away peacefully after a battle of cancer. A longtime resident of Fowlerville, MI, he was born on October 26, 1945 to Hubert and Audrey (Shoup) Sober.

Rodney proudly owned the Hair Barn in Fowlerville for many years. He had a passion for gardening, and he took much pride in his yards and gardens and giving a helping hand to whoever needed it. He enjoyed volunteering at the Fowlerville Fairgrounds. You could find him fishing anytime he had a chance or hunting. He had a contagious laugh and loved making his grandchildren giggle anytime possible.

Rodney was preceded in death by his brother Richard Sober, sister Patricia Devlin, niece Nancee Sanville and his parents Hubert and Audrey Sober. He is survived by his sister Jacqueline (Jack) Calkins, daughters Rachelle (Matt) Henney of Sunfield, MI and Roni (Jeremy) Henney of Lake Odessa, MI; grandchildren Cameron Winter, Aubri, Addison, Taylor, Lucas & Reid Henney, as well as many nieces, nephews and a dear close friend Les Crampton.

There will be a mass in the repose of Rodney on January 23, 2022 at the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Fowlerville, MI. at 11 a.m. 

 Judith Lynn BeVier-North

Judith (Judi) Lynn BeVier-North, age 63 of Howell, passed away on Jan. 11, 2022 at St. Joseph Hospital in Ann Arbor. She was born May 4, 1958 in Wayne MI, the daughter of Bruce & Marion (Horton) BeVier. She was a retired school teacher.

A Celebration of Life is being held this Saturday, Jan. 22, at Herrmann Funeral Home in Fowlerville, with a visitation from 10am-12 noon and services starting at 12 noon. She is being cremated with interment at Greenwood Cemetery in Fowlerville.

Full obituary will be published in Jan. 23, 2022 issue of the newspaper.

Judith A. (Miner) Forster

March 31, 1949 ~ January 7, 2022 (age 72)

Judith A. (Miner) Forster was called to eternal life to be with our heavenly father on January 7, 2022. She was born the daughter of the late William and Lucille (Finlan) Miner. She was the loving wife of Harry H. Forster for 49 years and 9 months. She is survived by her daughters: Bridget (Todd) Russell and Kendra Forster; granddaughters: Alexis and Emmalee Russell, Betsy Jo and Chloe Reighard; her siblings: Thomas (Bonnie) Miner and Susan (Dennis) Kreeger. She was honored to be an aunt to Gary K. Miner and Sandra (James) Boggio and Nathan (Teresa) Kreeger and Jessica (Jonathan) LaCross while being a Great Aunt to their six children. She will be remembered fondly by numerous cousins, too many to count, of the extended family whom she was very close with.

Judy was a lifelong Fowlerville resident and member of St. Agnes Catholic Church. She graduated from Fowlerville High School in 1967, married and began her family in 1972. She was a dedicated employee at local banks working the teller line and retiring from First National Bank of Howell in 2015 in their customer service department.

Music was an integral part of her life, one that was shared and passed down the generations; her musicality is no surprise being part of the Finlan sister family consisting of Lucy, Jo, Fran and Mary. She was active in the church choir, golfed many years with friends and family on the Monday Night Ladies League at Oak Lane, picked up whittling as a hobby and was known for her handcrafted knicknacks, canes and walking sticks. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, making various items from blankets and one-of-a-kind clothing for her grandchildren and their dolls. She was skilled at games and card playing, spending hours at the table beating her friends. Judy’s life has been gifted with many close friends, life-long relationships where any place she went she was greeted by familiar faces. Her red hair and spitfire personality will be part of her legacy by those who knew her.

Judy was blessed with a strong faith and a loving, caring personality. She left friends and family with lasting memories to be cherished.

A visitation for Judy will be held on January 20th, at St. Agnes Church in the Lothemer Parish Center in Fowlerville from 4:00-8:00pm, with a 7:00pm Rosary. A funeral service will be held Friday, January 21st, at 10:30am at St. Agnes Church and a burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a charity that helps children such as Schriners Hospital, St. Jude’s, something more local like Ele’s Place or foundation of your choice. Helping children was always a priority in Judy’s life and taking care of them in her name would be celebrated. 

 Thomas Rodney Stage

Thomas Rodney Stage, age 83 of Fowlerville died at his home on January 6, 2022. He was the son of Gleason & Lynette Stage. He married Jenell House on June 28, 1959. She survives him.

A 1956 graduate of Fowlerville High School. He served his country in the Air Force where he was a communication specialist. Upon discharge from the service he returned home to continue the family farm for over 40 years. He loved to go camping and enjoyed his grandchildren.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Jenell. 2 daughters: Kay (Ed) Latson of Byron and Lori Stage of Morrice and 1 son: Tim (Patty) Stage of Fowlerville. 4 Grandchildren: Catherine Mirling, Ryan (Jessica) Stage, Melanie (Eric) Szczepanski, and Christa Latson and 2 step-grandchildren Tessa (Patrick) Perla and Joshua (Natasha) O'Connell. 3 Great grandchildren: Abby Mirling, Addison Mirling and Rodney Lee Stage and 2 step-great grandchildren: Nicholas and Mathew O'Connell. Brother; Floyd (Carol) Stage, Sister; Rachel Dickie and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Theodore, brother-in-Law Terry Dickie, brother-in-law Elliott House & sister-in-law & brother-in-law Idalene and AJ Lindquist & and their son John Lindquist.

Visitation took place Monday, January 10, 2022 at the Herrmann Funeral Home from 3-7pm. Funeral services was held on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, with a visitation from 10-11am and the service starting at 11am at the Fowlerville First United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Elara Caring, 3100 W. Road #110, East Lansing 48823.

 Mary Lou Burge

Mary Lou “Luey” Burge 62, of Fowlerville, Michigan passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 6, 2022 with her family by her side. Mary Lou was born October 18, 1959 to the late Howard W. Goetterman and Shirley A. (Major) Goetterman-Harder. On August 4, 1984 she married the love of her life, Darwin “Dar” L. Burge.

Mary is survived by her husband Dar Burge and her son Darwin James “DJ” Burge, both of Fowlerville, MI. She is also survived by her siblings: Sharon (Larry) Chimovitz of Flint MI, Ralph Goetterman of Fenton MI, Ronald Goetterman of Webberville MI, Robert (Debi) Goetterman of Beaverton MI, Lori (Patrick) Grover of Morrice MI, and Ryan Goetterman of Burton MI. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews that she dearly loved as well as her special childhood and lifelong friends JoAnne Epp and Lori Wakefield who are among so many friends, too numerous to mention.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Nancy, Howard, James, and Richard Goetterman as well as her special sister-in-law Cheryl Goetterman, niece Joanne Goetterman and nephew Howard J. Goetterman.

Mary worked several years as a materials handler for TRW as well as in housekeeping and food service for McPherson Community Hospital, now known as St. Joseph Mercy Livingston. She was forced into medical retirement upon the onset of multiple debilitating medical conditions which she considered a blessing as it allowed her to spend time with and care for her son DJ, who was her pride, joy and beacon of light in her life.

She enjoyed playing her online games and engaging in constant conversation via facebook with her huge network of friends and family. She also loved her time outdoors planting and tending her garden, canning and preserving the herbs and vegetables she nurtured there.

Cremation and related services were provided by the Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home in Saline. A memorial service will be held later in the year. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to be utilized for her final expenses. To sign Mary’s guestbook, to leave a memory, or for more information or directions please visit

 Patricia Shepherd

Patricia Shepherd of Howell, MI passed away peacefully on Friday, January 7, 2022 with family by her side. She is preceded in death by her husband, Herman, daughter, Penny and granddaughter, Katie.

Pat was born on September 15, 1937 in Wooten, KY to Lawrence and Kate Turner. She married Herman Shepherd on July 28, 1958 and had 4 children: Tammy (Chris) O’Doherty, Herman Talmadge Shepherd, Penny (Robert) Cox and Greg (Jennifer) Shepherd. She had 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly.

Pat was extremely proud of the years she dedicated to being a working mother; volunteering in her spare time and thriving for over 30 years of labor on assembly lines in various factories. She was the type of person that would give anyone the shirt off her back or the money out of her sock.

In her spare time, Pat loved teaching family and friends how to make fried chicken and hand pies, decorating for holidays and collecting antiques. In her golden years, she devoted herself to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who were truly the light of her life.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, January 13th at Herrmann Funeral Home in Fowlerville at 1:00pm. There was a private family viewing from 10-10:30am, followed by an open viewing from 10:30am-1:00pm. Burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at