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Mary Lou (Johnston) Fisk, age 83, of Vestaburg, passed away on Saturday, September 16, 2023 under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Michigan at her daughter’s home in Lake. The daughter of William Henry & Edith Pearl (Weatherby) Johnston, she was born on June 15, 1940 in Montcalm County. On April 19, 1958 in Stanton, she married Ronald J. “Pete” Fisk, and together they enjoyed forty-three years of marriage and raised four children.

Mary worked at High-Q in Edmore until the plant closing, and in retirement, enjoyed being a Foster Grandparent with Eight-cap at Montabella Schools. She was a long-time member of the Pine Grove Church in Stanton, gifted her talents of knitting and crocheting to bless others with blankets and mittens, enjoyed cooking and baking, and she and her late husband often camped while attending steam engine shows…however, her time spent with  family was cherished above all else.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents William & Edith Johnston; her husband, Ronald “Pete” Fisk in 2001; three brothers, Andrew Johnston, Kenneth “Bud” Johnston, and Clarence “Cookie” Johnston; two sisters, Arlene “Peg” Cable, and Katherine Mae Smith; three infant grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Darrell Fisk; and her sister-in-law, Marilyn Lohr.

Surviving are her four children, Ronald J. “Ronnie” Fisk, Jr., Kenneth L. “Kenny” & Karen Fisk, Teresa K. & Lonnie Donley, Sr., and Robert W. Fisk; seven grandchildren, Brittany, Chelsea, Brandon, Pattie, Lonnie Jr. & Cassie, James & Toni, and Hannah; eight great-grandchildren; her life-long friend, JoAnn Dehnert; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Honoring Mary’s wishes for simplicity, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at The Pine Grove Church (480 N. Pine Grove Road, Stanton) with a time of food and fellowship to follow at the church.  Pastor Bruce Anna of The Pine Grove Church will officiate, and burial will take place privately next to her husband at Ferris Township Cemetery.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.



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  1. Sandra A on September 18, 2023 at 12:09 pm

    Aww my heart goes out to the family. I had the pleasure of getting to know Grandma (as I called her even tho she wasn’t mine) She was such a hoot. Loved her cookies she used to bake. Will be missed.

  2. JoAnn Dehnert on September 18, 2023 at 4:43 pm

    Mary Lou was my best friend.
    Went to high school together,
    She babysit my 3 boys while I worked we done some camping together.
    I am going to miss her.
    Prayers for the family.
    Love you all.

  3. Kim Klein on September 18, 2023 at 5:17 pm

    My prayers go out to you ken and Karen. May god comfort you threw these difficult times. Sending prayers for you all

  4. Tammie (Funsch) Henning on September 19, 2023 at 7:56 pm

    Loved your mom …and dad. So many good memories! The fun we had as kids growing up. My heart goes out to each of you from what’s left of “the Funsch Bunch”

  5. Paula Fisk Fardulis on September 19, 2023 at 10:29 pm

    Love to all of you children of Mary’s. I know she will be greatly missed.

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