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Alice Allen is turning 90!

July is here! It’s hot! It’s also the month my mother was born in 1930. Alice Allen, co-founder of the Cedar Springs Post helped me when I took over operations by working for free, laying out the paper and screening photos in the very beginning when I couldn’t afford a staff.

Over thirty years later, The Post is still here thanks to her efforts to get it up and running.

She doesn’t want a party, so I tried to think of how to honor her on her 90th birthday that she would enjoy. She has no television, but she loves to read and is one of the Cedar Springs Library’s best customers. Just ask Donna (Clark), she’ll tell you.

I know she loves getting cards in the mail. Not email, ‘cause she doesn’t have one, or the internet. I know it takes more time and trouble to send an actual non-virtual card now a days, but that makes them even more special to the recipient.

Her birthday is on the 18th of July. It would mean the world to her if our Post “community” would show their appreciation for this great little local paper by sending her a birthday card.

You’ve got time, so don’t delay! Please send to: Alice Allen, 8860 16 Mile Rd.,   Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

Thanks so much!

Lois Allen

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PETER NAFFZIGER

In loving memory of our dear father, Peter Naffziger, who passed away July 5, 1966, 54 years ago.

A father is someone who gives you his best 

and shares all his wisdom and skill. 

In everyone’s heart, there’s a place set apart 

that only a father can fill.

Sadly missed by Children and Grandchildren

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ALTON & IRENE WHITE

In loving memory of our dear father, Alton White, who passed away 55 years ago June 14, 1965, and our dear mother, Irene White, who passed away 45 years ago July 10, 1975.

You filled our hears with happiness, 

And gave us all your love.

For all the years we shared with you,

We thank the Lord above.

Sadly missed by Roger and Diane White

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ELWYN & GOLDIE JOSLIN

65th wedding anniversary

Elwyn and Goldie Joslin are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married June 25, 1955 in the Free Methodist Church of Cedar Springs. Children of the couple are Dennis and Connie Joslin, Tom and Denise Raisch, Jim and Darla Stroup, Daniel and Tammie Joslin, Darrell (deceased) and Sherry Joslin, DeWayne and Renee Joslin, and Danella Joslin. They have sixteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

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Thank you

Please forgive me for my procrastination. I couldn’t, and still can’t find the words to sufficiently express my gratitude to everyone for your heartfelt condolences following the death of my son, David MacKinnon. My family and I truly appreciate all the cards, food, phone calls, gifts and prayers.

Thank you very much.

Dorothy Bishop and family

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Pray-a lot!

Pastor Inge Whittemore

East Nelson United Methodist

This Coronavirus (Covid19) is affecting many people in many ways. I’ve been praying for my family, church community, those who have the virus, the caregivers and essential people working hard to help us all. Will you join me in prayer each and every day until this virus is gone?

In the book of Daniel we find a faithful, praying man. Daniel didn’t just occasionally lift his eyes to the heavens and mutter a word or two. No, Daniel prayed a lot! He prayed in his room. He prayed when he was in the lion’s den. He prayed for wisdom and guidance. He prayed for the people of Israel and, towards the end of his life, we find he’s been praying for 21 consecutive days because he’s troubled. He prayed for 21 straight days! Then Daniel heard these words, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them” (Daniel 10:12 NIV). Have you ever prayed consistently for something, for like 21 days?

In Luke 18:1-7 (The Message) Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. He said, “There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. A widow in that city kept after him: ‘My rights are being violated. Protect me!’ He never gave her the time of day. But after this went on and on he said to himself, ‘I care nothing what God thinks, even less what people think. But because this widow won’t quit badgering me, I’d better do something and see that she gets justice—otherwise I’m going to end up beaten black-and-blue by her pounding.’ Then the Master said, ‘Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help.’”

I know that it’s easy to despair right now. But please know that our anxiety can be allayed by relying on and trusting in God’s word and promises found in the scriptures. Keep on keeping on! Keep on praying through this time of crisis.

Look at what God says to Daniel: “Your words were heard.”  God hears our prayers! It’s when we “set our minds to gain understanding and to humble ourselves before our God.” We need to continue seeking God and humbly sit at His feet. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that those who seek Him will ever be turned away.

Please do not let the fear of this deadly virus deceive you. God will never, never fail those who seek Him. God will always be at our side. Stay focused on walking in His way, no matter how this virus obstacle presents itself. No matter how discouraged you may be sometimes, continue your journey with Him.

May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace in this time and in all times.  The Lord be with you.

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MARIANNE BLANCHARD

Marianne Blanchard, age 89, of Cedar Springs, passed away Thursday morning, June 11, 2020 at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was born June 8, 1931 in Sand Lake, Michigan to George Arthur and Isabel (Moyle) Blanchard. She grew up in Sand Lake and was Valedictorian of the Sand Lake High School Class of 1949. She attended Michigan State University earning a degree in Home Economics and Education. In 1958 she earned her Master’s Degree in Home Economics Curriculum from Michigan State University. Marianne was employed for 35 years at Battle Creek Public School District, during which time she updated the curriculum guide both in 1953 and 1970. She taught Home Economics at Southeastern Junior High and Battle Creek Central High School and Nutrition at Kellogg Community College. She also taught math and English at Southeastern. She was one of the first Home Economic teachers to establish a Home Economics class for boys. In 1985 Marianne was chosen as the Home Economics Teacher of the Year for the State of Michigan and selected in the top 12 Home Ec. Teachers in the country. When microwaves were new to kitchens she taught microwave cooking at Kellogg Community College, talked weekly on Live at Five Radio and Television Show and also had a television show called “Microwaving with Marianne.” Marianne was a member of the First Congregational Church and its Ruth Vore-Susan Winslow Circle. She served on the Town Hall Board six years serving as president for two years and also served on the Y-Center Board of Directors for five years. She could be seen swimming laps most mornings at the Y-Center. She volunteered for the American Red Cross for 33 years and the Cayman Red Cross for five years in the Cayman Islands where she spent her winters. She was a member of N.E.A., M.E.A. and B.C.E.A., MSU Alumni Organization, Battle Creek Retired Teachers, Electrical Women’s Round Table and The Cedar Springs Order of Eastern Star. She was selected to be a “Kentucky Colonel” in 1969 by Kentucky Governor Louie Nunn. Marianne enjoyed traveling, adventure and domestic activities. She enjoyed scuba diving and para sailing and painted murals and totem poles along with being a sculptress. She was called upon by friends to do seamstress work or bake cakes for events. In 1983 she was the Ladies Champion Skeet Shooter at the Battle Creek Gun Club. Recently, taking an interest in genealogy and working with a genealogist she traced the Blanchard family back to the Mayflower. Surviving are nieces, Darlene Barlass of Spring Lake, Ml and Cheryl (Bill) Green of Rockford, Ml; nephews John (Beth) Blanchard of Jefferson City, MO and George Blanchard of Sarasota, FL; great-nieces and nephews: Amy Donaldson (Bill) and Mark Hoskins (Rebecca), Kristine Thaxton (Jon), Keri Gibbons (James) and Katie Seymour (Ken), Hailie Casteel (Cris), and Renee Blanchard; Robert Jr., and cousins Joan Brown, George Miller, and Tom, David and Meryl Hudson; also survived by a bunch of “adopted” grandchildren who referred to her as “Grandma Blanchard”. Marianne was preceded in death by her parents. She survived her five brothers, George Arthur Jr., Arden Moyle, Ward Douglas, John Moyle and Paul Steward; nephews, Ward Douglas Blanchard Jr. and Robert Blanchard; a niece Kelly Green and her special friend, James A. Shouldice. Due to the COVID-19 virus, a service will be held later when it is safe for family and friends to be together and celebrate Marianne’s life. Inurnment will be held at Sand Lake Cemetery, Sand Lake, MI. Donations can be made in Marianne’s name to The Y Center of Battle Creek and Meals on Wheels of Calhoun County. 

Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.

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Eadie 50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary

Phil and Deborah Eadie

Phil and Deborah Eadie are celebrating their 50th Anniversary.

June 24, 1970 – June 24, 2020

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Barbara Newland Berndt’s 90th Birthday

Happy 90th Birthday

BARBARA NEWLAND BERNDT

Barbara Newland Brendt will be turning 90 on June 23rd. She graduated from Lakeview High School in 1948. Her family would like to suprise her with a card shower. Her address is: 51230 Sunny Hill Dr., Shelby Township, MI 49316

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GINA CRAMER

Remembering my sweet mom, Gina Cramer, who passed away 22 years ago on June 18, 1998.

Although time has eased the initial shock, there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of her. She was the type of person who always had time to listen without judging. She loved her family and her home and grew the most beautiful flowers. I miss her so much.

Love you, Mom. Rest well.

Your loving daughter, Robin

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