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 Hugh Grannis

In Memory of ‘ol Dad:

 Hugh Grannis

12-10-1914 – 11-20-1988

You’ve been away for 30 years, which to me seems like only yesterday.

We all love and miss you.

I’ll continue to toot the horn when I go by the farm or East Nelson where you, Mom, Lou, Grandma & Grandpa are, now.

Love and sweet memories keep me going.

               Love, Sal, and the rest of your clan.

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Thank You

Pastor David Vander Meer  Rockford Springs Community Church  5815 Fourteen Mile Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341

I recently realized how powerful the phrase “thank you” is. Wow, just saying these two words can bring great changes.  Yes, I know, it must be honest and authentic.  It must be real and true and from the heart.  If it isn’t, indeed it loses its power.  But when this little phrase is used to communicate an honest appreciation, it has a tremendous power.

For example, thank you is a phrase that speaks grace to others. And others need a word of grace when they have done something nice, or needed, or noble. It is only right to seek to return good with good. When someone opens a door for us, there should be a responsive “thank you.” When someone cooks our food, mops our floor, washes our car, takes out our trash, brews our coffee, pays our salary, teaches our class, pushes our wheel chair, (shall I go on and on?) we need to communicate a word of grace. In a harsh world, a word of grace to each other is so needed. Just take your wife or husband’s hand tonight and tell them how much you appreciate them and watch the power this has on their life. Tell your son or daughter how thankful you are for their life and behold the power this simple word of grace will bring. Watch for ways to say thank you and you will see change occur all around you.

Also, thank you is a phrase that has the power to guard my heart. It sets up a wall around my heart from becoming bitter, arrogant, and self-focused. I do not want to become one of those cranky, touchy, unthankful people. Saying thank you is a heart discipline that protects me from an inner darkness. A life filled with thankfulness overflows with a deep beauty and respected honor. As you read this, have you thought of someone in your life that is noticeably thankful? Are they not a joy to be with? They have a power to bring smiles, raise dignity, and promote peace.

Finally, this thought, communicating thank you glorifies God. Saying thank you is an expression that is in response to something received. And so, when I say thank you to God, I am rightfully acknowledging that all that I have is from God’s good hand of mercy and grace. And how can we say thank you enough for God’s greatest gift, His only Son, Jesus Christ, given that we might be saved from a just judgment due our sin. What a grave injustice I do God when I do not express the simple phrase thank you for all His kindness to me. But when I do remember to say thank you to God, He indeed is glorified.  

What a powerful thing it is to say. So lets say it and then say it again. So, thank you, for reading!  

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Barbara J. Nuffesse, age 76, of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at her home. Barb was born March 6, 1942 in Mancelona, Michigan the daughter of Floyd and Orrilla (Bonney) Bisard. She had been a Cub Scout Den Mother in Cedar Springs and a member of the Red Hats. She enjoyed traveling, gardening and the outdoorsincluding hunting and shing. She was verydevoted to her family and friends. Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Joseph; sons, Michael (Linda) Nuffesse, Douglas (Amy) Nuffesse; grandchildren, Michael “Dennis” Nuffesse, Delilah Nuffesse, Kathryn Foss, Seth Nelson; brothers, Charles Bisard, Frederick Bisard; sisters, Peg Bonney, Shirley Merkle, Mary Sparks, Adah Osga, CarolBotma,GeraldineDavis;manynieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Bisard. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook St. SE, Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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

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Bessie E. (Bess) Russell died peacefully at

Angel’s Garden in Dacula, GA on November 2, 2018 at the age of 94. Bess was born on December 1, 1923 in Cedar Springs, MI to Edgar and Elsa Burg. Bess is survived by her children, Paula Jeanne (John) Rau of Sand Lake, Glenn (Betty) Russell of Grand Rapids, Donna Faye (Patrick) Valentine of Dacula, GA, Dale (J Ann) Russell of Phoenix, AZ; sister, Helen Pike of Sparta and brother, George of Cedar Springs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard E. Russell. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service as acting Postmaster in Conklin, MI, moving to Zephyrhills, FL before moving to Sun City Center, FL in 1994. She actively volunteered for many years at South Bay Hospital. In 2007 she moved to Lawrenceville, GA to be close to her daughter, Donna Valentine. She leaves behind 9 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great- grandchildren. As a young woman she was an original “Rosie the Riveter” in Ypsilanti. She was an avid Bridge player, still playing three times a week. Her children remember her as a driven worker who insisted they pursue their goals.

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Don’t ring the bell

Solon Center

Wesleyan Church

Pastor Bill Dixon

15671 Algoma Ave NE

Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Don’t ring the bell

For those of you who may not know, the Navy Seal or BUD/S training is one of the most difficult military training in the world. Here is a brief description of the training known as hell week from NavySeals.com: Hell week “is the defining event in BUD/S training. It is held early on in the third week of the first phase before the Navy makes an expensive investment in SEAL operational training. Hell week consist of five and half days of cold, wet, brutally difficult operational training on fewer than four hours of sleep. Hell week tests physical endurance, mental toughness, pain and cold tolerance, teamwork, attitude, and your ability to perform work under high physical and mental stress, and sleep deprivation. Above all, it tests determination and desire. On average, only 25 percent of SEAL candidates make it through Hell week.” 

Now, in order for a candidate to quit or to end his training, he has to walk over to a bell and ring it. My goal with this message is to encourage ALL of us not to Ring the Bell, meaning, not to give up, not to lose heart, not to lose hope. The reality is, life can be hard at times. Right? Jesus said in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble” (NIV). Jesus is not talking about lose your cell phone type of trouble here, he is talking about a type of trouble that has the ability to turn your world upside down and even shake your faith. Some of you reading this article might be facing what Jesus is describing here. Some of you maybe in a difficult season of life where it seems like nothing is working out, at least the way that you thought things would. Some of you might be struggling to find the motivation to get out of bed. Some of you might be thinking about ringing the bell—giving up. I’m here today to tell you, no matter what is going on, no matter what struggles you may be facing, DON’T RING THE BELL. Don’t give up. Don’t lose heart. Don’t lose hope. 

Here’s why. 

1: You are not alone. God knows what you are going through and He will NEVER leave you nor forsake you. (Deut. 31:6, Hebrews 13:5, Psalm 23:4) 

2: Your situation may look big but God is bigger. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith. (Hebrews 12:2) 

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December 9, 1955 – November 22, 2012

Today, like many other days

brings special thoughts of you

of happy times we shared

and caring things you used to do

And once more it’s a reminder

that life’s road is sometimes rough

because the time we shared

just wasn’t long enough

For you were someone special

who was thought so highly of

who’ll always be remembered

with affection, warmth and love

In Loving Memory

Sharon, Heather & Lindsay

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Thank You

Dear Community,

This summer has been especially hard on our DPW workers. While there are always the day to day operations, they have had to deal with a lot of extra work while being short-handed. They have also had to handle emergencies that most of us aren’t often aware of, without complaint.

The sidewalk construction project has demanded a lot of time from our Supervisor, Bill. The leaf vacuum broke down and the sidewalk project has run over into the fall making leaf pick-up even more difficult. Our DPW workers do a great job for us, they work hard every day so if you see them out and about give them a wave and a kind word to let them know you appreciate what they do for our community. Make someone’s day today!

Kathy A. Bremmer

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Terry Alan Shears

Terry Alan Shears, 70, of East Jordan formally of Greenville Michigan passed away November 11th 2018 in Kalkaska. Terry was born on September 16, 1948 in Grand Rapids Michigan to the late Otis and Lillian Shears. Terry is survived by his Wife Laura Shears. Married on June 20th 1969, at Algoma Baptist Church. He is survived by his children, Tina Scarbrough (Gary husband), and Laura Ensley (Patrick husband), his two grandchildren which he held close to his heart, Aubrianna Ensley and Jakon Fletcher. Survived by his brother, Harold Shears (Donna). Survived by several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by Jason Harold Shears. (Nephew) Terry worked at Gallmeyer and Livingston a number of years before opening his own business. Terry’s Used Cars in Cedar Springs Michigan. He ran the business with his daughter Laura Ensley for twenty years. He loved spending time at Lake Charlevoix during the summer, in the winter he lived in Florida. He was an amazing father, grandfather and husband. He loved fishing with his grandson and his buddy Pete. He loved riding motorcycle with his daughter Tina. He loved snowmobiling with the whole family. He really liked fast cars. He always looked forward to deer hunting every year with friends and family. He graduated from Sparta High School in 1966. A memorial service will be held at the Moose Lodge in Sparta Michigan. Greeting guests from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. November 17th. 11510 N. Division Ave.

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Duane Clyde Westervelt, age 79, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, November 4, 2018. He was born November 13, 1938 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Wayne and Luella Westervelt. Duane was raised on the family farm with his brothers and sisters, graduating from Howard City High School in 1958. He then served his country in the United States Air Force, from March 1959 to March 1965; as a weapons bomb air mechanic in Sidi Slimane Morocco Africa. After his discharge, Duane became an employee of Kelvinator in Grand Rapids retiring when their doors closed in 1981. Loving to travel, he changed careers and began driving over the road for A&M Trucking; soon becoming an owner/operator of his own rig until his retirement in 1998. He shared many stories of his truck driving days and how there were only a few states he had not driven through. During his life Duane enjoyed raising and riding registered pinto horses and was active with them in the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Posse. He was an avid hunter; owning and training many beagles and coon hounds. He shared this passion with his nephew Jerry Westervelt who carries on this legacy. Duane also spent many hours with friends and family fishing the local lakes. Duane moved to Coral in 2013 and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease shortly after. His nieces, Kristy Stevenson and Bethany Ehlert, cared for him during this time and shared many adventures as he fought this dreadful disease. Playing cards, putting together puzzles and watching his favorite John Wayne westerns were activities they enjoyed together. Duane was a past member of the First Baptist Church of Howard City and later attended Pierson Bible Church. He loved singing and listening to the old-fashioned hymns. Duane will be forever remembered and missed by his sisters; Mary (John) Buckley of Morley and JoAnn Bajema of Lynden, Washington. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and his good friend Steve Atwood. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Nancy Misner Westervelt, parents; Wayne and Luella Westervelt, sister; Barbara Jean Westervelt and brother; Larry Westervelt.

A celebration of Duane’s life will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Pierson Bible Church at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor Jeff Wallace officiating. Burial will immediately follow at the Sand Lake Cemetery with a luncheon afterward in the church. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Envelopes will be available at Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding where funeral care has been entrusted or at the service. Memorial contributions may be given to Pierson Bible Church. To share a message of condolence, light a candle or order flowers please visit the website of the funeral home www.jffh.com.

Arrangements by Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding

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On November 1, 2018, there was great sadness and anguish on earth, while in heaven there was a joyous homecoming as Cindy George was greeted by family and friends as she received her angel wings and entered into her eternal glory at the foot stool of her heavenly Father. For those of us left behind, there is great sadness as we say farewell to our friend and sister, but we are conforted in the knowledge that she suffers no more and has been warmly received in heaven. Cindy was born on January 31, 1957 to Eugene (Red) and June George in Bedford, Indiana. She was born with flaming red hair, just like her Daddy whom she never knew as he passed away shortly after her 1st birthday. Cindy graduated from Cedar Springs High School where she was a star basketball player. She attended Grand Rapids Community College and Western Michigan University where she continued to exhibit her basketball prowess. Cindy had a lifelong love of softball as well, have played on the Metro Merchants softball team and was an avid golfer. In 2017, Cindy retired from the State of Michigan after a career spanning over 30 years with the Department of Corrections and Family Services. Her long-anticipated retirement plans were upended when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Cindy was a fighter and fought the good fight to the very end. Cindy was a blessing to all of us fortunate enough to call her our friend. She displayed rare courage and grace in her fight against her insidious disease and as a champion for LBGT rights. She defended those least able to defend themselves and was a special blessing to her niece with special needs, Alyssa Knapp. Cindy is sadly missed by her siblings, Mark (Robin) Lester, Pam (Doug) Middleton, Joe (Maria) Lester, Ruth (Jeff) Scott, and Kathryn (Chuck) Gladen; stepfather, Ron Baron; plus many nieces and nephews. She leaves behind special friends, Lorie Norden, Connie Berles, Dorothe Rhodes, Norma Colborn, Sally Grayvold, Lucretia Gomez, and all her friends at Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church. Cindy will be sorely missed by her best buddy, Toby, her Boston Terrier. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, June Baron and Eugene George; stepfather Jack Lester, and special niece Autumn Neyome. There will be a memorial for Cindy on Sunday, November 11th at 2 p.m at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 3950 Leonard St., Walker, MI. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider donating to the following charities in Cindy’s memory: Pancreatic Cancer Network at 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Ste. 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or online at www.pancan.org; 5P-Society at P.O. Box 268, Lakewood, CA 90714 or online at www.fivepminus.org; Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, P.O. Box 68852, Grand Rapids, MI 49516.

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