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DELLA L. SHIRLEY

 

C--obit-ShirleyDella L. Shirley, 84 of Sand Lake, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Hospital. Mrs. Shirley was born January 27, 1933 in Green Township, Michigan the daughter of Nelson and Catherine (Palmer) Swiger. She had worked at General Motors Alpine Avenue Plant for over 30 years and was a member of the Rockford Sportsman’s Club and the UAW Retirees. She enjoyed many winters in Florida and spending time with her grandchildren. Surviving are her husband, Edward whom she married on July 30, 1965; children, Rocky (Mary) Dorey, Linda (Bruce) Yeakey, Johnnie (Rita) Simon, Steven Simon; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Les Swiger; sister-in-law, Geraldine Swiger; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Shirley; sister, Leona Sperlik; brothers, Melvin, Gilbert and Albert Swiger; 3 nephews. The family greeted friends Sunday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the services were held Monday. Pastor Ralph Kilpatrick officiating. Interment Crapo Cemetery, Green Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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GERTRUDE J. GUST

 

C--obit-GustGertrude J. Gust, 99 of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Gertrude was born November 27, 1917 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Peter and Hattie (Huber) Koster. Her father died at a young age and her mother raised the children. She loved baseball and had played the violin. She enjoyed housekeeping and cleaning and for many years she volunteered to clean the Baptist Church each week. She was the oldest living member of First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. Surviving are her son, James (Carol) Gust; grandson, Jason (Heather) Gust; two great-grandchildren; brother, Donald Koster; brother-in-law, Robert Remer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred; sisters, Jane May, Madeline “Betty” Remer; brother, Robert Koster. Visitation and funeral was held Tuesday, March 21st at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Robert P. Smith officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs.

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

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DOUGLAS M. GORDON

 

C--obit-gordonDouglas M. Gordon, 67 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at his home. Doug was born December 28, 1949 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of E. Raymond and Janet (Gunnell) Gordon. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1968 and Michigan Tech University with a bachelor degree in Forestry. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, morel hunting, golfing and playing cards. Surviving are his children, Mark Gordon, Sara (Will) Shepard, Matthew (Katie) Gordon, Molly Gordon; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Susie (Ken) Parker, Pam (Tim) Covell; brother, Joel Gordon; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Tom Gordon. The family will greet friends Saturday from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Jane Duffy officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Parks and Rec.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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GREGG SCHIEVINK

 

C--obit-SchievinkGregg Schievink, age 62 of Cedar Springs, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep at his home on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Gregg was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to George and Arlene (Reynhout) Schievink on October 13, 1954. He graduated from East Kentwood High School and worked for several years in commercial construction throughout the United States. Gregg was employed by Triangle Associates for 27 years and for Wolverine Building for the last year. Gregg is a survived by his wife of 35 years, Judy (MacTavish) Schievink; his brothers, Kim Schievink, Brian (Jan) Schievink, Todd (Sue) Schievink, Ron (Julie) TerMolen, and Al (Toni) TerMolen; his sister-in-law, Sandy (Bill) Boeve, and Bob (Sherrie) MacTavish; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service to celebrate Gregg’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341. A time of visitation with the family was held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the Pederson Funeral Home. 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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EVELYN VANDERZEE

Evelyn VanderZee age 99 of Holt passed away March 4, 2017 in Holt, Michigan. She was born January 16, 1918 in Diller Nebraska the daughter of Walter and Anna (Roseman) Eberhardt. She lived in Cedar Springs for many years. During her working years she worked at the Homestead Grocery Store where she assisted in the family business. She loved bowling, puzzles, the Kardashians, playing cards. She didn’t start driving until she was in her late 50’s. She also assisted her daughter at Peacock Pet Parlor as well. Surviving are her children, Andrew VanderZee of Florida, Robert (Betty) VanderZee of Cedar Springs, Dorothy Conner of Lansing, Judy (Mike) Peterson of Ravenna, Sharon (Derrick) Peacock of Stanwood; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband Andrew VanderZee Sr., a first born child Edwin, two infant grandchildren, a great-grandson Matt, a daughter-in-law Betty, and a brother Elmer. Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Heckman Funeral Home with pastor David Davis officiating with burial in the Aetna Cemetery in Morley.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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BONNIE KAY GUTHRIE

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Bonnie Kay Guthrie, age 67 of Coral, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville. She was born February 3, 1950 in Mount Pleasant. Many people knew Bonnie as a longtime Howard City hairdresser. After 30 years of styling and befriending clients at area salons, she retired from Renaissance Salon and Spa, where she especially loved working. Bonnie was full of life and full of love. She had a big personality- she loved music, she had a wonderful sense of humor, and was more than a little sassy. She was always beautifully put together, makeup immaculate and hair perfectly coiffed with a colorful outfit to match. She will be deeply missed, especially by her children, Jim (Becky) Guthrie of Pierson and Jodi (Cheryl Nemeth) Guthrie of Coral; grandchildren, Tiffany Guthrie, Trenton Satterlee, Meghan (Bob) Kessel, and Hunter Guthrie, great-grandchildren, Mayhem and Charlie; brother, Billy Ward; and countless other relatives, friends, and clients. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Monday, March 13, 2017 at Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville, with visitation Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Interment will be in West Pine Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to a charity of one’s choice, and memories and messages of condolence may be shared at www.hurstfh.com.

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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ANNA BELLE  PELLOW

 

Anna Belle (Annable) Pellow, 95 of Sand Lake, died Saturday, March 4, 2017 at her home. She was born July 18, 1921 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the daughter of Cyril and Louisa (Spaulding) Remington. She worked at Lear Siegler for 33 years retiring in 1986. Surviving are her children, Gloria Rayman, Larry (Beth) Annable; daughter-in-law, Joy Annable; 9 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Opal Lewis, Harriet Beth Vogel, Virginia Staal; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husbands, William A. Annable and Robert Pellow; son, William R. Annable. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, March 18th from 1-4 p.m. at the Pierson Village Municipal Building, 190 Grand St., Pierson. Private interment Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Grand Rapids. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Santa Claus Girls with whom she worked with many years.

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

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EVELYN VANDERZEE

 

Evelyn VanderZee age 89 of Holt passed away March 3, 2017 in Holt, Michigan.  She was born January 16, 1918 in Diller Nebraska the daughter of Walter and Anna (Roseman) Eberhardt.  She lived in Cedar Springs for many years. During her working years she worked at the Homestead Grocery Store where she assisted in the family business.  She loved bowling, puzzles, the Kardashians, playing cards.  She didn’t start driving until she was in her late 50’s.  She also assisted her daughter at Peacock Pet Parlor as well.  Surviving are her children, Andrew VanderZee of Florida, Robert (Betty) VanderZee of Cedar Springs, Dorothy Conner of Lansing, Judy (Mike) Peterson of Ravenna, Sharon (Derrick) Peacock of Stanwood; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by Husband Andrew VanderZee Sr. a first born child Edwin, two infant grandchildren a great-grandson Matt, a daughter in law Betty and a brother Elmer.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Heckman Funeral Home with pastor David Davis officiating with burial in the Aetna Cemetery in Morley.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

  

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MICHAEL RANDALL

 

Michael Randall, 62, of Kalamazoo Michigan lost his long battle with cancer on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Michael was born in 1954 to William and Norma Randall. He was a graduate of Rogers High School, Wyoming Michigan, and served in the Army. He is survived by his children, Michael Randall, Jr. and Amanda Randall of Kalamazoo; brothers, Kerry (Penny) Randall, Eugene (Darlene) Randall, Donald (Jane) Randall, Eric Randall, all of Howard City and Daniel (Mary) Randall of Sand Lake; sisters, Polly Merritt of Howard City, Patricia Randall (Dick Schutter) of Newaygo, Mary (Gary) Portvliet, and Susan (Timothy) Fieberg of Cedar Springs; many nieces and nephews.  Michael was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Linda.  A memorial service will held at Fort Custer, 1559 Dickman Rd., Augusta, Michigan 39012 on Thursday, March 9th at 1:30 p.m. with internment at Fort Custer.

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JAMES “TIM”OTHY BOWERS

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August 21, 1962 – February 21, 2017

Tim Bowers, 54, of Kent City, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, February 21, 2017. He was the son of Jim & Sharon (Van Liew) Bowers of Cedar Springs where he graduated from High School in 1981. He was employed at Knape & Vogt for 17 years before earning his plumbers license at Van’s Plumbing & Heating Inc. Recently he was employed as a Kent City Community Schools’ bus driver and worked at The Rogue Golf Club. He attended Kent City Baptist Church and was involved in various activities including AWANA, softball, basketball, and golf league. Other hobbies included more sports, working outdoors, and deer hunting. Survivors include: wife Jill Evers-Bowers, his parents, brothers Jeff (Shawn) and Jay (Becky) Bowers, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Jack & Ardath Bowers and Stuart & Geraldine Van Liew. Services were held at Kent City Baptist Church Monday, February 27, 2017.

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