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LEONARD J. HAGGERTY

6C-obit-haggertyLeonard J. Haggerty, 90, of St. Louis, Michigan, died Saturday, February 6, 2016 at his home. Mr. Haggerty was born May 9, 1925 in Pine Woods, New York, the son of Walter and Edith (Krebser) Haggerty. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II for 30 months. He completed basic training in Macon, Georgia, and then went to the Hawaiian Islands. After the service, Leonard worked at Darrick’s Greenhouse in Cooperstown, New York. In 1947 he left with Victor and Lee Sessions to come to Michigan. He met the love of his life, Charlotte and worked greenhouses in Chicago and Cadillac until he bought his own in Ludington, Michigan. He and Charlotte worked there for 30 years before retiring at age 67. They then moved to Conklin, Michigan near Ravenna. Charlotte passed away in 2009 and Leonard moved to St. Louis, Michigan in 2011.

Surviving are his sisters, Marjory Gregory, Dorothy Duncan, Flora Bennett, Arlene (Jim) Oliver, Marion (William) Royce, Irene Cook; brother, Kenneth (Sandra) Haggerty, all of New York; his adopted boy, Kenneth (Vickie) Sherlock; little helper, Timmy; cat Tiger; many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded by a brother, James Haggerty in 2009.

Visitation will be held Saturday, February 13 from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Randy Brandon officiating. Private interment in the spring at Solon Township Cemetery.

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

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BEATRICE ROELOFS

Mrs. Beatrice Roelofs, age 86, of Cedar Springs, went home to her Lord and Savior on Sunday February 7, 2016. She was born to Bert and Grace (Walma) Boersen on July 24, 1929 in Zeeland, Michigan. Beatrice enjoyed reading, word search puzzles, cross stitch, feeding the birds and gardening. However, most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her.

Beatrice is survived by her children, Linda (Bruce) McGoffin, Gary (Susan) Roelofs, Martin (Sally) Roelofs, Gloria (Gerry) Gebhardt, Sandra (Ron) Starr, Beth (Mitchell) Cole and Douglas Roelofs; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Richard (Thelma) Boersen. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard; infant daughter, Susan; son, Donald in 2015; and several brothers and sisters.

A time of visitation was held with the family from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service will be 11:00 am Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to donate to Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton SE, Bretwood Centre, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Virgil H. Tillottson

6C-OBIT-tillottsonVirgil H. Tillottson, 82 passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Mr. Tillottson was born March 4, 1933 the son of Aaron and Myrtle (Baker) Tillottson. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Army. He was a lifetime Mason and member of the Cedar Springs and Sparta Lodges. He was a great father and grandfather. Surviving are his children, Cindy (David) Emmorey, Sherry Tillottson, Scott (LuAnn) Tillottson, Shelly (Jeff) Minnick; wife, Darlene; 15 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; sisters, Violet (Foster) Brown, Vivene Wilson; brother, Verlo (Ruth) Tillottson; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Rocky Tillottson. The family will greet friends Sunday from 2-5 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Monday 11:00 am.  Ken Harger officiating. Interment in the spring at Elmwood Cemetery. Military honors by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard.

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

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Paczki’s and Ashes 

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Pastor Steve Lindeman

Cedar Springs United Methodist Church

140 S. Main St.

Cedar Springs, MI  49319

 

We’ve been seeing advertisements for the past few weeks—“It’s almost paczki time!” If it seems to you that the pictures of the traditional Polish pastries are showing up early, you’re right—Shrove Tuesday comes early this year. Also known as Fat Tuesday, this is the day that some people celebrate by indulging in rich foods. Making paczki’s is the tradition designed to use up any fat, or other rich foods that are in the home, prior to the fasting that is supposed to take place in the days after.

It is also on Fat Tuesday that the celebration of Mardi Gras culminates in a night of parties and revelry. The reason for these holidays is basically to get out our desires to eat, drink and be merry out of the way prior to the season of Lent.

You may not observe Lent in your faith tradition, but you may have acquaintances or coworkers who give something up for Lent. This is done in observation of the 40 days that Christ spent in the wilderness fasting. We seek to give up something in our lives—something that is not helpful to our spiritual or physical wellbeing. Some might give up chocolate or soda; others might give up fatty foods. We give up to deny a physical desire in our lives, so that we might focus upon the spiritual aspects. We give up in recognition that God has created each of us, not only as creatures that inhabit a physical world but as beings created with a spirit that will continue on into eternity.

This year, Lent will begin on February 10, which is Ash Wednesday. With the placing of the ashes on our foreheads, we are reminded of the words found in Genesis 3:19, “… for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

As we begin our Lenten journey this year, let us give up to help us prepare ourselves for the promise of spring, and the even greater promise held in Easter. Let us remember that, although we are in this world, we are not of this world. During Lent, let us focus upon the spiritual aspects of our lives as we walk this path together. Jesus set aside the temporary physical nature of the world through his time of trials—let us do the same.

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JOSEPHINE ROSE MORRIS

Josephine MorrisJosephine Rose Morris, age 90, of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, January 31, 2016. She was born in Ionia, Michigan on December 3, 1925 to H. Archie and Hilda (Hagni) Phillips. She retired from John Widdicomb Furniture Company. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and being surrounded by them with music and song. Josephine was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Morris; her daughters: Betty, Linda, Nancy, and Evelyn; and her great-grandson, Ryan Dalton.

She is survived by her children, Tammy, Becky, and Wanda of Michigan and Joann and Bob Shea of Florida; 14 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Josephine will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Wood Brook Cathedral, 1739 Providence Street, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.4

There will be a time of visitation from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Wood Brook Cathedral Ladies Guild.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home

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Happy 87th Birthday

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DONALD REED

January, 30, 1929

Happy 87th Birthday Donald Reed of Sparta.

Love Barb & your 7 kids

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ESTHER M. HEISS

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Esther M. Heiss, 87, of Cedar Springs, died Monday, January 25, 2016 at her home. Mrs. Heiss was born March 3, 1928 in Sand Lake, Michigan the daughter of Lee and Leona (Bremmer) Parker. She was a homemaker and along with her husband worked the farm and logging. She enjoyed reading, gardening and her flowers. She was a lifelong attender of the Solon Center Wesleyan Church. She loved her family and was a treasure for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are her children, Tracy Hawley, Trudy (Jerold) Bryant, Terry Leversay, Randy (Sandy) Heiss, Roy (Alicia) Heiss; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; several step grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Max Parker, Ken (Sue) Parker; sisters, Wanda Morris, Doris Martin, Edith (Dale) Johnson, Lois (Curt) Phillips; brother-in-law, David Newton; sister-in-law, Elaine Pyard; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray in 2005; son-in-law, Randy Leversay; great grandson, David Schlinz; brothers, L. B., Wyman, and Ronald “Barney” Parker; sisters, Kathleen Parker and Donna Newton. The family will greet friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 am. Chaplain Daniel Pflug officiating. Interment Crandall Cemetery, Ensley Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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DONALD WHITE

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Donald White, age 95, of Cedar Springs, passed from this life on Monday, January 25, 2016. Don was born in Montcalm County, Michigan on August 9, 1920 to Vern and Hazel (Rogers) White. At a young age Don and his family moved to Ensley Center where Don was raised. On September 19, 1941 Don married the girl of his dreams, Audrey Brownell. The couple resided on a farm in Courtland Township for 71 years until Audrey passed on February 2, 2013. Don White was a horse man. There was a sign in front of their home that said, “Horses for sale, by Don White.” Don farmed his land almost to entirety with horses, only using a tractor to run the belts of the thrashing machine. Don traveled the state with his wagon and team of horses, appearing in various parades, but most notably the Red Flannel Parade in Cedar Springs. For many years Don and Audrey were members of the Draft Horse Club that met in Blanchard, Michigan. Don was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife; his granddaughter, Kelly Jean Brophy; seven brothers, Ben, Wayne, Roy, Alton, Floyd, Alvin and Bernard White; four sisters, Mildred Barnes, Frances Johnson, Pauline Rebecca White and Virginia Reed. He is survived by his three children, Suzanne (Jennings) Johnson, Bonnie (Tom) Reynolds and Donald White, Jr. and special friend, Judy Sailor; his grandchildren, Scott (Michele) Johnson, Brian (Julie) Johnson, Mark (Veronica) Allen, Julie Anne Johnson, Jason Van’thof, Molly Goodman, Jordan White, Rebecca Reynolds and Thomas Louis (Audrey) Reynolds Jr.; 26 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren. Don is also survived by his brother, Robert White; his sisters-in-law, Stella White, Hattie White, Yvonne White, Esther White, and Yvonne Brownell Hendrick and many nieces and nephews. The family greeted friends Wednesday January 27 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ will be held Thursday 11:00 am at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs. Pastor Wayne Cash and Donald’s son-in-law, Pastor Jennings Johnson officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Springs Church.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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SANDRA A. JOHNSON

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Sandra A. Johnson, 73, of Cedar Springs, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. Sandra was born March 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. She was a dedicated employee of CS Manufacturing in the accounting department with 20 years of service. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, which was very important to her. She loved animals, sunshine, enjoyed gardening, and made amazing dill pickles. Surviving are her children, Bob (Paula) Johnson, Tim Johnson and Kathy Kay, Kathy (Ken) Coleman; grandchildren, Ryan Coleman, Kate Coleman, and Logan Armstrong; sisters, Kathy Carlson, and Ricci (Larry) Freeman; two nieces and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Luella Stine; sister, Judy Carlson Alden; infant sister, Nancy Jo. The family greeted friends Sunday, January 24 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home Cedar Springs, where the service was held Monday, January 25. Pastor Robert Eckert officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Kent County or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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MELVIN K. BROWN

 

Melvin K. Brown, age 93, of Big Rapids, Michigan, and formerly of Grand Rapids, died peacefully on December 1, 2015 at home. He was born May 3, 1922 in Sparta, Michigan, and was a graduate of Cedar Springs High School, Western Michigan University, and Michigan State University. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Rosemary, and is survived by his two sons, Steven and Timothy, and his two grandchildren, Cody (Angela) and Caitlin. As Melvin requested, cremation has taken place, and no memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the charity of your choice. A private farewell to Melvin for the immediate family will be planned at a later date.

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