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Jennie Mae Ringler-Holton

 

Jennie Mae Ringler-Holton, 97, of Morley, passed away on August 16, 2017 in Cedar Springs, Michigan.  She was born on January 4, 1920 to Henry and Marvella (Craigmyle) Wilson in Woodville, Michigan. On November 13, 1937 she married Floyd Ringler in Kalamazoo, Michigan and was a loving homemaker.  Jennie is survived by two daughters: Wanda Carlson of Jenison, Leatha Francis of Dorr; two sons: Hal (Karen) Ringler of Cedar Springs, Dale (Cheryl) Ringler of Morley; son-in-law Keith Sherman of Morley; 19 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd Wesley Ringler, daughter Joyce Sherman, and son Lyle Ringler and his wife Patsy.  Visitation will be held Friday, August 18, 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, funeral services on Saturday, August 19, 2017, 11:00 all at the Fields-McKinley Funeral and Cremation Services Newaygo Chapel.  Burial will take place in the Big Prairie-Everett Cemetery.  Please share your memories of Jennie online at www.fieldsmckinley.com.

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CHRISTOPHER DAVID COX

Christopher David Cox age 45 passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017 at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Chris was born July 21, 1972 in Manchester, New Hampshire but grew up in Sand Lake, Michigan. He always had a smile on his face. He loved the outdoors and spent a lot of time hunting and fishing. He also loved playing the guitar. He loved all children but especially his sons, nieces, and nephews. Chris was the greatest son, dad, brother and grandson you could ever ask for and will be deeply missed by his family. Chris is survived by his sons, Christopher and Kevin; mother, Susan (Ken) Whitney; father, Bruce (Maureen) Cox; sister, Michelle (Joe) Murdoch; brother, Paul Cox; step sister, Leslie (Josh) Lille-Whitney; grandparents, Carol Cox, Betty Fath and Earl Fath; nieces and nephews, BreAnne, Seth, Bernadette (Naddy), Sullivan, Ike, Ian, and Asher; great nephew, Oliver; special friend Sharon Kahn; the Faylor family; so many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Virgil Cox and Ted Green; grandmother, Arlene Eden; great-grandmother, Evelyn Cox; niece, Halee. The family will meet with friends Friday 11a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to his sons for their education at any Independent Bank.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs 

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MAX EDWIN HOVEN

Max Edwin Hoven, 87, passed away July 18, 2017 in California. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Lois (Lee); his 6 children, Max (Bobbi) Hoven, Marcia Chase, Dan (Gayle) Hoven, Cindy (John) Karafa, Terry Hoven, Michael (Kelly) Hoven; 3 step-children, Sher Gustafson, Rick (Tammy) Roehl, Julie (Heinz) Strahl; 28 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren; sister Margene Swanson; brother Hugh (Connie) Hoven. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 26, at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St. at 4:00 p.m.

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RUTH MAE COOPER

11/11/26 – 8/18/11

Wife of Royal Cooper, mother of Ken & (Deb) Cooper, Helen & (Steve) Smith, Don Cooper & (Nancy) Sowerby, Jo-Ann & (Dave) Fowler, Nancy Samsel and Dale Cooper. Plus lots of grandkids, great-grandkids & great-great-grandkids. It’s been six years since we last saw your smiling face. We all miss you so much.

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Thank You

Thanks to everyone that participated and attended the annual Joel C. Stone Memorial Golf Outing The money made goes to a deserving Cedar Springs High School Senior to continue their education. Also, a BIG thanks goes to Nick Pope, Duke Saboo and Tom Cargill for organizing this event. Thanks as well, goes to the following people for the great prizes they donated. Grandma Del, Uncle Ger, Aunt Jo, Aunt Lisa, Phil DeVries, Lisa Synder, Pat VanderHyde, Denise Jourdan, Debby Hume and from Illinois, Alex and Sandra Moreno. Great time had by all!!

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Self love

Pastor Ryan Black

Cedar Springs Christian Church

340 West Pine Street, Cedar Springs

 

While it is a great good to seek self-sacrifice and self-denial in our relationship with God and others, we also want to be weary of demeaning ourselves to the point of self-hatred. While we are called to be lowly in Spirit (Proverb 16:19) and to lay down any self-pride, we must also be careful not to demean our own selves. We must recognize and embrace the value given to us by our Father who made us good.

In the Bible, Paul illustrates the idea of not despising ourselves but the flaws and effects of our brokenness. (Romans 7:14,15, 20, 24, 25).  In this way, Paul shows us how to apply to ourselves the saying, “Hate the sin, not the sinner.” He then goes on to share that even with the guilt of doing what we hate, we still preserve great value as children of God. “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God…and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:14, 17).

We cannot hate what God loves, whether this refers to others around us or ourselves. We need to hinge on God’s love for us to overcome the temptation of self-hatred. God loves us, and sent his son Jesus on the cross to prove it. The whole gospel message is built on His love for us. This love should remind us of our true value as humans. When we keep in mind our worth, it helps us to love ourselves in the balanced way that we are meant to.

We should not misunderstand this love with the modern day notion of self-esteem, which is simply an artificial “good feeling” about oneself. This balanced love of self is not feeling good about the nice things we can do. This is a love of self in which we seek the true good for ourselves, forgiving ourselves when we fail, and accepting ourselves totally with all of our talents and weaknesses, realizing that we are not perfect, but we are also not hopeless. Remember, God told us to love our neighbors as ourselves. How can we do that if we do not have respect for ourselves? We are created in His image in which we find our identity. That would indicate a whole lot of worth.

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ZOLA LEE DART

Chris and Trisha Dart of Cedar Springs would like to announce the birth of their daughter Zola Lee Dart. Zola was born on June 28, 2017 at Butterworth Hospital at 11:37 p.m. She weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. and was 19 inches long. She was welcomed home by her Big Sister Kora, Grandparents Lee and Chris Mullennix of Cedar Springs, Michigan, Ron and Carol Marr of Rodney, Michigan, Great-grandparents Phill Hallock of Cedar Springs, Michigan, Marilyn Nance of Cedar Springs, Michigan, Mary Korreck of Palm Bay, Florida, and Dave and Diane Pollock of Pratts, Virginia. She was also welcomed home by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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Jeffrey L. Shick

 

Jeffrey L. Shick 61 of Sand Lake, died Monday, August 7, 2017 at Mercy Health – St. Mary’s, Grand Rapids. Jeff was born September 21, 1955 in Muskegon, Michigan the son of William and Carol (Durkin) Shick. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving as a SeaBee. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and playing cribbage with his father. He was a very kind and generous person who loved his family and grandchildren. Surviving are his children, Ryan Shick, Nyha (Antonio) French; grandchildren, Lezzette, Aubrie, Olivia, Ethan and Natalie; parents, William & Carol Shick; brothers, Mike (Cindy) Shick, Pat (Sue) Shick; sisters, Shannon (Mike) Silva, Wendy (Brian) Bradley; 10 nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, September 16 from 1-5 p.m. at the VFW Hall in Sand Lake. Memorial contributions may be made to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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ROGER G. CAVNER

 

Roger G. Cavner, 80 of Sand Lake, died Sunday, August 6, 2017 at his home. Roger was born May 31, 1937 in Sand Lake, Michigan the son of Emmett and Nina (Tisdel) Cavner. He had worked at Helms Lighted Pictures, Brick & Block Layer, Kelvinator, Cedar Springs Public Schools and was a custodian at Tri-County Schools for 29 years retiring in 2002. He had served as sexton for East Nelson and Punches Cemeteries for many years. He enjoyed working at the West Michigan Whitecaps as an usher from 2002 until now. Surviving are his wife, Joyce (Parker); children, Dawn Seif, Mark (Kim) Cavner, Brian (Susan) Cavner; grandchildren, Jessica (Andrew) Mercer, John Seif, Lauren (Chad) Williams, Brent and fiancee, Katie Esakson, Stephen, Matthew and Aaron; one great-grandson and one on the way; sisters, Kathleen (Leonard) Woodman, Patti (Philip) Starr; mother-in-law, Martha Parker; in-laws, Gerald Parker, Lucinda (Max) Cole, Reta (Charles) McKee; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Charles; father-in-law, Wendell Parker; son-in-law, Timothy Seif; grandson, Ryan Doyle; sister-in-law, Beverly Parker; nephew, Kevin Cole. The family greeted friends Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the memorial service will be held Thursday 11:00 a.m. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Meijer Heart Center.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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CHRISTINA M. JOHANSEN

 

Christina M. Johansen, 68 of Big Rapids passed and went to be with the Lord on July 31,2017 at Covenant Nursing Home in New Orleans Louisiana. Christina was born in Big Rapids, Michigan on August 2, 1948.The daughter of Roy and Ruth (Lavance) Hanson.She was a hairdresser, loving wife, mother, aunt, great aunt, and grandmother. She enjoyed being around her many friends playing dominos and cards. She also enjoyed being around and loving on her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was well liked and loved by everyone she met and made a lasting impression on everyone. Surviving are her children Timothy (Jennifer) Johansen of Muskegon, Tiffany (Collyn) Martinez of New Orleans, Louisiana; her three grandchildren Zane, Zander, and Xavier; her brother Lynnwood (Della) Hanson of Paris Michigan; sister Barbra Hanson of Traverse City; brother Bill (Deb) Hanson of Bay City Michigan. Also many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Dennis and her parents. There will be a small service at Interment Park Hill Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on August the 19th and then a Celebration of life at the Paris Snowmobile Club located at 22531 20 Mile Road, Paris Michigan at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

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