2017-10-08 / Obituaries


ERMA BURDINE (KENNEDY) CRINER, of Elsie, 100, passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at Hospice House of Shiawassee County, in Owosso. Erma was born in Chapin Township on November 15, 1916, the daughter of Chester and Elsie (Campell) Johnson. She graduated from Elsie High School with the Class of 1934. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University. Erma married James R. Kennedy in 1937 and he passed away in 1977. She later married Cal Criner in 1980 at Chapin United Methodist Church. Cal passed away in 1992. Erma was an elementary school teacher for 29 years; she spent most of her time teaching at Brady Elementary. She enjoyed bird watching, playing cards, puzzles and traveling all over the world. She was a lifelong member of the Chapin United Methodist Church, Chapin United Methodist Women’s Group and the Association of Retired School Personnel.

She is survived by her children, Kay McClelland of Racine, Wis., James M. Kennedy, of Fort Worth, Texas, Paul and Gayle Kennedy, of Parker, Colo., stepson, Ron and Peg Criner, of Davison, and stepdaughter, Rita McDonald, of Sanford; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren; sister, Edna (Hulbert) Meadows, of Roscommon; brother, Frank Johnson, of Elsie; brother-in-law, Paul Kennedy, of Worthington, Ohio; niece, Jane Morton of Beckley, W.V., niece, Carol Ussman, of East Lansing, nephew, Robert Kennedy, of Eaton Rapids, niece Judy Young, of Dallas, Texas, niece, Pat Kennedy, of Siletz, Ore., and nephew, Jonathan Kennedy of Charleston, W.V. She was predeceased by her par­ents; husbands, James Kennedy and Calvin Criner; infant sister, Nancy; son-in-law, David McClelland; grandson, Jeff McClelland; brother, Cy Johnson; and sister, Ellen Waggoner.

Funeral services were held at Smith Family Funeral Homes in Elsie, on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 11 a.m., with Pastor Herb Wheelock officiating. Burial took place at Ford Cemetery, in Gratiot County. Memorials may be made to the Chapin United Methodist Church. Online condolences can be sent to www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

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