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Alice F. Allen

Alice Fairweather Allen, 90, of Cedar Springs, died at her home in the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 21, from complications due to congestive heart failure followed by a stroke. She was born in Cranford, New Jersey on July 18, 1930, the daughter of James and Alice (Vautier) Fairweather. She leaves behind her three children, four grandchildren, a sister and many, many friends in Cedar Springs and beyond.

A resident of Cedar Springs for over 50 years, after moving from East Grand Rapids, she was no longer an “outsider” to the people of this community. After the closing of The Register in the early 1980’s, Alice and husband Roger started and operated The Rockford Squire. She was also the original founder of the Cedar Springs Post Newspaper because she felt Cedar Springs deserved their own newspaper.  If not for her fierce dedication and extreme work ethic in which she worked long hours without pay, there would be no newspaper in Cedar Springs.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Allen, as well as a daughter, Kristan, who was born with Downs Syndrome. Also, four sisters, Isabelle, Betty, Ruth, and Emily, and a brother, James.

She is survived by her two daughters, Lois Allen, publisher of The Cedar Springs Post, and Elizabeth (Bill) Altena, publisher of The Rockford Squire, and a son, Mark (Michelle Bowman) Allen, who graduated from Cedar Springs and then from Alma University with a degree in chemical engineering and now resides in Seattle, Washington. Alice leaves behind four grandchildren, Will Altena, Ethan Altena, Benjamin Allen and Drew Allen. Also surviving is Alice’s sister, May Houtenville, of New Jersey.

Due to Covid, there was no funeral or visitation. Alice was cremated and her remains were sent back to Cranford, New Jersey, to join her husband, Roger, and daughter, Kristan “Krissy” who are currently interred in the Cranford Methodist Church Memorial Garden where her nephew, David LeDuc, serves as pastor.

A special thanks goes out to Hospice and the caregivers who took great care of her and allowed her to spend her final days on this earth in her own home along with her beloved cat, Bob.

A memorial service will be planned in the future.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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