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Shirley (Phelps) Roberts passed away unexpectedly on July 8, 2019 at her home in Howard City. She was born on August 26, 1942. She was a graduate of Cedar Springs High School. She was proceeded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Helen Phelps; husband, Arthur Roberts and brother, Ronald Phelps. Shirley worked in retail and finished her career at Hospice of Michigan. Some of her greatest pleasures in life were spending time with her family, her grandkids and siblings. She had a knack for canning, sewing and caring for everyone around her. She was survived by her children, Chris (T. Scott Jewett) Karen ( Bill Misner) Mike (Terri Roberts) and Sheryl Parker; brother Dan (Henri Phelps); her sisters, Susan (Bill Sigel) Sandra (Bill Ives) and brother Kenneth (Cindy Phelps). Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was loved by so many people, and will forever be missed. She had such an everlasting bond with everyone she knew. Friends, family and others whose lives Shirley touched are invited to Heckman Funeral Home in Howard City for a viewing Friday, July 12 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Funeral will be held at Croton Grace Community Church on Saturday July, 13th 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Donations can be made to Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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Kathleen Ann Britton, age 69 of Pewamo, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019. Kathleen was born on November 18, 1949 to William and Helen Beebe in Grand Rapids. Kathleen married James Britton September 9th, 1972. She enjoyed reading and gardening and loved her time spent with grandchildren. Kathleen is survived by her husband, James Britton of Portland; mother, Helen Beebe of Cedar Springs; sons, Shawn (Kelli) Britton of Hubbardston and Chad Britton of Belding; brothers, Bruce (Connie) Beebe and Fay Beebe; sisters, Harriet Harris (Chuck Eisenlohr) and Sandy Patin; and sister-in-law’s, Larain (Harold) Irish and WendyJo (Bob) Barr; and grandchildren, Wyatt Britton, Alisha Britton and Chase Britton. Kathleen is preceded in death by her father. A Memorial Luncheon will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 12th, at the Pewamo Fire Department, 137 E Main St, Pewamo , MI. 

Arrangements in care of Lake Funeral Home of Ionia. Online Condolences can be made at www.lakefuneralhomes.com.

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Selma Bertha Reed, age 95, of Sand Lake, passed away at home on July 3, 2019 in Sand Lake, Michigan. She was born on July 19, 1923 to Karl and Jessie (Smith) Schnicke in Winfield Township, MI. On July 1, 1942 she married Harold Reed in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Selma worked as a Assembler for Kelvinator for many years until she retired in 1972. She was a long time member of Huggard Bible Church. Selma enjoyed sewing and quilting. She also enjoyed camping and being with family. Selma is survived by her children, George (Roberta) Reed, Paul (Donna) Reed, Virgil (Wilma) Reed, Dale (Rita) Reed, Jane (Al) Sadler; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; twelve great-great-grandchildren; sister, Madelin (Charles) Reed; sister-in-law, Alice Sluijer; brother-in-law, Lester Ridgeway. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold Reed in 2014; sister, Bernice (Bruce) Armstrong; brother, Karl Schnicke. Funeral services were held on Monday, July 8, 2019, 11:00 a.m. at the Huggard Bible Church, 21 Mile Rd, Sand Lake, MI 49343, with Pastor Rick Malone, Pastor Ron Workman and granddaughter Angie West officiating. A time of visitation with the family was held one hour prior to the funeral service at church. Burial will be in the East Nelson Cemetery. Memorials contributions are suggested to Huggard Bible Church Kitchen Fund. Please share your memories of Selma online at www.pedersonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Terry A. Rizzon, age 68, of Cedar Springs, died Monday, July 1, 2019 at Metro Health Hospital, Wyoming. Terry was born May 14, 1951 the son of the late Anthony and Florence (Swarthout) Rizzon. He was a member of the Michigan National Guard for 20 years serving in Desert Storm. He enjoyed restoring military trucks. Surviving are his wife, Donna; children, Terry Rizzon Jr., Jamie (Ron) Hoppa, Anthony (Beth) Rizzon; grandchildren, Abby, Ron Jr., Hannah, Brenden, Tyler, Alexander. Cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will be held. Private interment East Nelson Cemetery. 

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

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Diana L. Thompson of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 71, passed away on Friday, June 28, 2019. She was born to Louis and Marjorie (Heath) Rinks on December 8, 1947, in Grand Rapids, MI. Diana enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and spending time with friends and family. She especially enjoyed time spent with her grandkids and animals. Diana is survived by her beloved husband of 52 cherished years, Robert G. Thompson; her children, Denise Thompson, Robert (Brandi) Thompson Jr., Aaron Thompson, and Danielle Thompson; many grandchildren, including Skylar and Serenity; and her sisters, Janice Thompson, Mary Rinks, and Joanne Kramer. Diana was preceded in death by her brother Darwin and both parents. Please check back for family directed service information at www.pedersonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Pederson 

Funeral Home, Rockford

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John David Brigham, age 59 of Sand Lake, Spencer Township, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019. He was born in Kalamazoo, MI on March 15, 1960, the son of Malcolm C. and Joyce A. (Gorby) Brigham. John was a graduate of Lakeview High School and was married to Pamela S. Olmstead on February 14, 1986. He was a taxidermist for over 20 years and a dredge operator for the King Company of Holland and for the last 13 years the owner of the Harvard Tavern where he enjoyed serving his people skills with the public. He loved to hunt, fish, trap, golf and boating and was a big U of M fan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pam, and is survived by his daughter, Katie Brigham; his mother, Joyce (Bing) Downer; father, Mick Brigham; sisters, Julie Brigham and Cindy (Shane) Jenkins; significant other, Becky Balder; children, Rochelle Hunter, Braden Hunter, Kierston Moorman and Preston Yoder; grandchildren, Logan, Olivia and Shaylee; nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services were on Saturday, June 29, 2019 with Allen Christensen officiating. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association or National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. Memories and condolences may be sent via www.hurstfh.com.

Arrangements by Hurst 

Funeral Home, Greenville

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Edwin L. McIntyre, age 77, of Cedar Springs died Monday, June 24, 2019 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. Edwin was born March 15, 1942 in Cedar Springs, the son of George and Beulah (Hunter) McIntyre. He worked his entire forty-four year career at Meijer. Ed was an avid hunter, enjoying many hunting trips with his brothers and friends. What he loved the most was time spent with friends and family. He also belonged to the Rod & Gun Club. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rosalind (Johnson) McIntyre and children, Julie (Daniel) Bayer, Mark (Christine) McIntyre; grandchildren, Chelsea (Ty) Criswell, Spencer Bayer, McKenna McIntyre, Kaitlyn McIntyre; 3 great-grandchildren, Hollis Criswell, Lucy Criswell, Conner McIntyre; siblings, Chuck (Shirley) McIntyre, John (Arlene) McIntyre, Joyce (Arch) Gamm, Fred (Betty) McIntyre, George McIntyre, Ruth Ann (Orville) Russell, Floyd (Virginia) McIntyre, Leon (Pamela) McIntyre, Gene (Deborah) McIntyre, Norma Parker, Kenny (Mary Ann) McIntyre, Carl McIntyre, Cindy (Bill) Ludtke; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Brad; parents; siblings, Raymond McIntyre, Rose Pennington, Yvonne Flood. The family will greet friends Thursday, June 27 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be Friday 1:00 p.m. at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Pastor Bill Johnson, officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions to City Impact, 288 N. Main, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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

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Del W. Blumenshine II, age 64, of Cedar Springs, died Monday, June 17, 2019 at his home. Del was born May 23, 1955 in Cedar Rapids, IA the son of Del and Mary Jane (Janzam) Blumenshine. He was a technical analyst at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. He was an active bike rider and loved the Mackinaw area. He enjoyed the Detroit sports teams, the music group Genesis and trains of any size. He was very kind and loving. Surviving are his wife, Elaine; children, Heidi Thill, Rebecca Marvin, Jennifer (Kevin) Stremler, Holly (Jason) Fetterhoff, Kenneth Gregerson II; 17 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy O’Brien; and numerous longtime friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Karen; 2 grandchildren. The family will greet friends Thursday, June 20 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. There will be no formal service. Memorials may be made to the Childlife Program at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital.

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

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Douglas R. Glerum, age 56, of Cedar Springs went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at his home with his family after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born March 31, 1963 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Roger and Sandra (Kastelin) Glerum. Doug graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1981 and was an active member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Coral where he taught Sunday School. He enjoyed hunting, woodworking, sports, camping, up north, and working outdoors. He was a jack of all trades and would always take care of others. He is survived by his wife, Gael; children, Stefanie Glerum and Spenser Glerum; father, Roger Glerum; brother, Brian (Janie) Glerum; sister, Bonnie (Geoff) Vermeulen. He was preceded in death by his mother. The family will greet friends Saturday, June 22 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Sunday, June 23 at 3:00 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 9920 Reed Road, Howard City. Pastor Chris Kaufield officiating. Interment Aetna Cemetery, Morley. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to help with expenses.

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

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Mary P. (Post) Smith, age 68, of Big Rapids, died Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Mary was born September 1, 1950 in Grand Rapids MI, the daughter of Hugh and Doris (Ruppert) Grannis. She graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1968 where she excelled in her classes, band and basketball. She then attended Central Michigan University and graduated with a bachelor of Science in Education. Mary then worked for Triple A Travel in Mt. Pleasant and eventually moved to the Big Rapids Branch, ending as Branch manager of AAA in Kentwood where she finished a 29 year career. Her favorite past time was visiting with her son and family in Florida. In 2013, she moved to the home of the love of her life, Jim Fisher of Big Rapids. There they summered in Michigan and wintered in Florida with a wonderful group of friends. She enjoyed traveling to Alaska and Europe and many trips of leisure. She enjoyed many visits with son Jasen Post, wife Angela, and two granddaughters Taylor and Jorden who were the light of her life. Life was a gift to Mary. She cherished each day!!! In October of 2017 she was diagnosed with cancer and began treatments. She fought strongly for almost two years. She had many supporting relatives, friends, and neighbors for which she was thankful and grateful. Two who kept her on her toes were Jan and Judy. Surviving Mary are her dearest love, Jim Fisher; son, Jasen, wife, Angela; and two granddaughters, Taylor and Jorden. She also leaves sisters, Sue (Phil) Harrison, Sally Grayvold, Dena (Jeff) Wright; brothers, Dan (Sally) Grannis, Jon (Venita) Grannis; sister exchange student from Australia, Ginette; five nephews, four nieces, three grandnephews, and six grandnieces. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law, Lou Grayvold; niece, Erin Jeanne Grannis. The service was Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Susan P. Wheatlake Wellness Center, 4499 – 220th Ave., Reed City, MI 49677.

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

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