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100th Birthday

Lois Ives

Lois Ives was born in Illinois on 9/23/1920. She will be turning a 100 y/o on 9/23/2020. Her maiden name was Pressor. Lois has 3 boys, 4 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. She grew up working on her farm and raising farm animals most of her life. In her friendship circle she was known for being a card shark and making hand fruit and jelly’s. She is very well known in her community. She enjoys collecting leaves and talk about how they change colors. She loves being outdoors, nature, taking walks, and playing bingo. Please use this address to send birthday cards to her. Lois Ives c/o Mission Point, 400 Jeffrey St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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Thank You

A special “thank-you” to two special readers, Vern and Lenora Lanning, for brightening our day. Your note of appreciation, along with your donation, was just what the doctor ordered! Also, our thanks here at The Post to Jeffrey and Ashley Uhen, also from Cedar Springs, for their contribution to their hometown weekly newspaper.

And, not to be forgotten, to Ranger Steve for his wonderful articles that he writes (pro bono) on our world of nature. We especially appreciate last week’s article. You’re a great guy Ranger Steve!


Lois Allen, Publisher of The Post

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Rick Peters, age 59 of Sand Lake, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, September 12, 2020. He was born on May 20, 1961 and was raised in Sand Lake by Don and Delores Fisk. He graduated from Ionia High School and graduated from Michigan State in 1988. Rick was a hard worker and a “Jack of All Trades”. He loved fishing and hunting and also farming. Rick loved God and his family and put everyone and the happiness of others before himself. Rick is survived by his wife of 35 years, Lynn (Norton) Peters; his son, Ricky (Katherine) Peters, Jr., his daughters, Kandy Peters, Katie (Justin) Brown, and Kristina (Kevin) Harrington; his grandchildren, Kiera Walker, Amber Peters, Caleb Peters, Ian Peters, Brice Peters, Evelyn Brown, Madelyn Brown; his parents, Don and Delores Fisk; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Sally Norton; his brothers and sisters, Kim (Marilyn) Peters, Elizabeth (Larry) Abijah, Jeff (Sherri) Peters, Sonya (Tom) Cronkright, and Erika (Joel) Webster; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Larry (Judy) Norton, John (Amy) Norton, Marcie (Dan) Gladding, and Mark Norton. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carl “Shorty” and Dorothy Hunter. A memorial service to celebrate Rick’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 18, 2020 at City Church Rockford, 3233 10 Mile Rd NE Rockford, MI 49341. The family will receive relatives and friends at church one hour prior to the memorial service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. There will also be a reception and time of fellowship and refreshments immediately following the service at City Church Rockford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Helen Carol Burns age 76 of Kent City, died Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Metro Health Hospital, Wyoming. Carol was born January 30, 1944 in Benton Harbor, MI the daughter of Louis and Helen (Kraii) Appel. She was in the Girl Scouts growing up and loved to play bingo. She and her late husband, Glenn fostered many children through the years. She had a lot of compassion for others. Surviving are her children, Mary (Dan) Bleeker, William Burns, Karen (Willard) Slendebroek, Joseph (Mindy) Burns, Shawn Burns, Terry Marshall, Erma Mansfield; 15 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister, Linda Dancz. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Glenn; children, Michael Marshall and Lisa Burns; grandson, William Loyd Slendebroek. Services were held Wednesday, September 16 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Daniel McGrath officiating. Private interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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Howard William Hall, age 74, of Lakeview peacefully passed away, with his family by his side, on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville. He was born in Cannonsburg on February 2, 1946, the son of Phillip Emory and Ethelyn (Westervelt) Hall. Howard was raised in Northern Kent and Newaygo Counties, where he attended Grant Public Schools. He met the love of his life, Starr Schoonmaker, at Bloomfield Gardens Roller Rink at the tender age of 14. They were married on June 1, 1968 at the Methodist Church in Sparta, after Howard returned from serving honorably, in the United States Army for six years during the Vietnam War. He was employed by Cempsi in Walker for 29 years, for Country Roads in Greenville and for Hope Network in Cedar Springs until his retirement in 2004. Howard enjoyed watching sports, hunting, fishing and mushrooming, but he especially loved those things when they involved his family. He found great joy in attending the grandchildren’s sporting events, and taking them out hunting and fishing.  He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Lakeview.  Howard will forever  be missed and is survived by his wife of 52 years, Starr Hall of Lakeview; his children, and their families, Amy (Scott) Betham of Six Lakes; grandsons, Trent (Kandice) Betham, Destiny, Kaydyn, Kylee, and Taelyn, Jordan (Hannah) Betham, and Eleanor;  Mandy (Andy) Hall of Lakeview, grandsons, Andrew (Chelsea) Hall, Brayden and Payton, Neil Hall-Baker; Shannon Demeyer of Lakeview, and granddaughter, Zoey; Steven Hall, and grandson, Lucas; his siblings, Rose Pluskhatt of Sparta, Faith Hawley Hollister, Chris Hawley Velting, Dorothy Hawley Veltcamp and Betty Jane Hawley Streeby; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Phillip and Ethelyn Hall, and Fred and Betty Hawley; his siblings, Haden Hall, Elvira Cook, Della Vasser, Eldonna Uhrbrock, Jamie Hawley, Alan Hawley, Freddy Hawley, and one infant brother, Arden Hall. A private family graveside service, with military honors, will be scheduled for a later date. Those wishing to contribute in Howard’s memory are asked to consider Lakeview Sports Boosters. Condolences to the family may be made utilizing the guestbook at www.brighamfuneralchapel.com      

Arrangements by Brigham Funeral Chapel, Lakeview 

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What do you want from me?

Pastor Kristi Rhodes

Hillcrest Community Church

5994 18 Mile Rd NE, Cedar Springs

Have you ever wondered how faith fits in an increasingly corrupt and violent society? If we only look at the circumstances revealed in today’s media, it may appear as though God is distant and uninvolved.  I’ve been reading the book of Micah, a short book with only seven chapters. Micah is one of the minor prophets who reminds us that no matter what it looks like, God still cares and offers hope for those who choose to remain faithful to Him. He also reminds us that God is still active in this world and will not allow sin to hinder His purposes.

Micah had a poetic way of expressing God’s divine attributes, beautifully balancing justice and mercy.  Many of his figures of speech make his messages vivid and create a profound emotional impact. Take time to read it for yourself.  I know there’s a message in there especially for you if you are truly seeking.  

So, what does it look like to remain faithful to God? What does God require of us? God, what do you want from me?

God wants his people to live lives that measure up to his moral and ethical standards. Through faith in Christ’s death, not good works, God graciously saves us from the penalty of sin and makes peace with us.  But there’s so much more to the story! He saves us so that we might do good deeds that mirror God’s character. He wants us to treat others fairly and with compassion. He wants us to live humble, obedient lives. Most of all, He wants our heart; our whole heart!!

Many of God’s people failed to live up to God’s high standards in Micah’s time. God had delivered the Israelites from Egypt and established them as a nation. He called them to be a model society that would attract other nations to him (Deut. 4:5-6).  Instead they exploited the poor, selfishly pursuing their own interests. They rebelled against God’s authority and rejected his prophets.

Despite their crimes, many Israelites actually thought their lame sacrifices would make God happy!  Micah attacked their faulty thinking. Empty ritual worship means nothing to God. God wants hearts of genuine ethical and moral integrity.

“What can we bring to the Lord? Should we bring him burnt offerings? Should we bow before God Most High with offerings of yearling calves? Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins? NO, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and THIS is what he requires of you:  to do what is right, (act justly), to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:6-8, NLT; emphasis mine).

If we give God our whole heart—do what is right—love mercy—and walk humbly with our God, then we must trust Him to take care of everything else; no matter what it looks like—God IS working and ultimately wins!  

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Thank you

The family of Roger Fifield would like to thank everyone for the cards, flowers, meals, donations to Helen Devos Children’s Hospital and Renucci House and for the support during the recent loss of a great husband, father, and grandfather. We take comfort from the sympathy you have given to our family and from the memories that were shared. We ask that you love those that are dear in your life, because the time you share is precious. Do not wait for tomorrow because tomorrow may never come.

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Shirley Hart

Our Mother/Grandmother, Shirley (Waite Larsen) Hart will welcome a new decade (9th) of life on October 3. We are very grateful for God’s gift of her to us. If you wish to send her a note, it can be sent to 4170 Solon Rd., Apt. D6, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or give her a call at 616.644.6702. 

The Waite Family

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Steven G. Ziny age 69 of Ensley Township, Sand Lake went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at Mercy Health – St. Mary’s. Steve was born May 2, 1951 in Chicago, IL the son of Edward and Charlotte (Maujauskas) Ziny. He worked at Kent Foundry for 48 years. He loved the Lord and serving in his church, Pierson Bible Church. He was a fantastic husband, father and grandfather. Surviving are his wife, Pamela whom he married on August 27, 1976; children, Charles (Courtney), Stanley, Michael, Daniel, Kimberly (Nate) Leary, Karen; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, David and Andrew. He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey and a grandson, Stanley Jr. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m. at Pierson Bible Church, 101 Grand St., Pierson. Pastor Tom Ekkel officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Pierson Bible Church. 

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

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Roger A. Wright age 80 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, September 4, 2020 at his home. Roger was born November 26, 1939 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Donald and Cornelia (VanHoven) Wright. He was a hard worker, lifelong farmer and worked until he passed away. He loved sweet corn, KFC and enjoyed fishing and eating fish. He attended Huggard Bible Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Ruth in 2017. He missed her dearly. He was a great father, grandfather and great great-grandfather. Surviving are his son, Alan (Lisa) Wright; grandchildren, Michelle (Kevin) Dettloff, Nicole (Josh) Hughes, Casey Wright and fiancee, Katie Duffy, Danelle Wright and fiance, Joe Hughes; great-grandchildren, Izzy, Alexis, Bentley, Ahri, Derek, Lily and Karoline; sisters, Sally (Dave) Meyer and Donna Wright; in-laws, Phillip (Mary Ann) Hanes, Dick (Mariea) Hanes, Karl (Kathy) Hanes, Phyllis Kling, Marcella (Roger) Schleder; many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded by his parents; in-laws, Max Hanes and Linda Brock. The family greeted friends Wednesday, September 9 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at Huggard Bible Church, 8860 – 21 Mile Road, Sand Lake. Pastor Rick Malone officiating. Interment Spencer Mills Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Huggard Bible Church. 

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

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