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JAMES ROBERT BREEDLOVE

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James Robert Breedlove age 72 passed away Sunday April 16, 2017 at his home surrounded by family. He was born February 7, 1945 in Grand Rapids to James and Nellie (Newton) Mol, Sr. Surviving are his children Debra (Robert) Halston, James (Angie) Breedlove II, Melissa (Rick) Anderson and Shellie (Bradley) Frey; grandchildren TJ, Vanessa, Jennifer (Ben), Albert, Brandon (Brittany), Tia, Brittany, Kyle (Anna), Savannah, Taylor, Hannah, Haley; great-grandchildren Payton, Roxanne, Daiton, Bentley, Lilliana, Issaac, Payslee, Raelyn, Olivia, Kyron, Carter; brothers Vern (Barb) Mol and Robert Mol. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother Chuck. Jim’s family will celebrate his life with a luncheon at his home Saturday April 22, 2017 from 3-7 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice.

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

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TROY “JAMIE” POLING

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Troy “Jamie” Poling 51 of Grand Rapids, died Sunday, April 16, 2017 at his home. Jamie was born May 3, 1965 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Melroy and Marie Poling. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1984 and enjoyed working as a computer operator for Pitney Bowes and CU*Answers. He enjoyed reading, especially anything history related and spending time with family and friends especially around a firepit. Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Linda (DiCesare); daughters, Paige and Bailey; parents, Melroy and Marie (Tomlin) Poling; sister, Ronna (Keith) Wiseman; brother, Shawn Poling; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathy DiCesare, Joe (Raquel) DiCesare, Anna DiCesare, Rich (Linda) DiCesare, Rocco (Garry) DiCesare, Paula DiCesare (Mike) Leaf and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Ralph and Margaret DiCesare; brother-in-law, John DiCesare; nephew, Nicholas Wyatt. The family will greet friends Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be Saturday 11:00 am with viewing at 10:00 am. Pastor Rick Ferris officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Meijer Heart Center.

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

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RUTH L. WRIGHT

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Ruth L. Wright, 75 of Cedar Springs, beloved wife and mother, went to be with her Lord on Friday, April 14, 2017 at Sanctuary of St. Mary’s after a courageous battle with dementia. Mrs. Wright was born August 23, 1941 in Ensley Township, Michigan the daughter of Ted and Lillian (Cook) Hanes. She was very talented with many interests including being an excellent cook, enjoying her grandchildren, helping her husband on the farm, working in the yard and flowers and talking with her neighbors. She had worked at GR Controls for over 20 years and attended Huggard Bible Church. She will be dearly missed by her husband of 51 years, Roger; son, Alan (Lisa) Wright; grandchildren, Michelle Wright and Brian Ngo, Nicole (Josh) Hughes, Casey Wright and fiancee, Katie Duffy, Danelle Wright and fiance, Joe Hughes; great-grandchildren, Izzy, Alexis, Bentley, Ahri, Derek and Lily; brothers, Phillip (Mary Ann) Hanes, Dick (Mariea) Hanes, Karl (Kathy) Hanes; sisters, Linda Brock, Phyllis Kling, Marcella (Roger) Schleder; sisters-in-law, Sally (Dave) Meyer and Donna Wright; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Max Hanes. A special thanks to Sanctuary at St. Mary’s for the excellent care they gave. The family will greet friends Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be Saturday 11:00 a.m. at Huggard Bible Church, 8860 21 Mile Road, Sand Lake. The family will greet friends at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Rick Malone officiating. Interment Spencer Mills Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Huggard Bible Church or Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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JAMES J. PATIN

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James J. Patin 67 of Sand Lake, died Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Jim was born March 29, 1950 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the son of Joseph and Ruth (Horter) Patin. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and had worked at Knape & Vogt for 41 years retiring 2013. He was a member of the Wolverine Skyhawks and enjoyed taking motorcycle trips. Surviving are his wife, Sandra; children, Melissa Patin, Jim (April) Patin, Gina (Craig) Dillon, Matt Patin, Becky (Rob) Baker, Jill Patin, Collin (Michelle) Patin; 20 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brother, Donald (Maureen) Patin; sisters, Catherine Patin, Marie Patin, Patricia Patin, Gerri (Ralph) VanOcker, RoseAnn Patin; mother-in-law, Helen Beebe; many nieces and nephews and his dog, Teddy. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Mark. The family greeted friends Tuesday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday at Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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

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EARL J. GORBY

 

C--obit-gorbyEarl J. Gorby 80 of Kent City died Friday, April 7, 2017 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Earl was born June 6, 1936 in Kent City, Michigan the son of Ray and Crystal (Uhrbrock) Gorby Sr. He attended Trufant Elementary School and graduated from Lakeview High School in 1954 and served in the U.S. Army from 1959-61. He was a member of the Cedar Springs American Legion and retired from Sparta Foundry. He enjoyed deer hunting, golfing and watching and playing sports. He loved kids, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are his children, Dawn (Fred) Groenke, Kenneth Pope, Betty (Brad) Kahrs; 9 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce (Bing) Downer; brothers, Pete (Gerry) Gorby, Harold Gorby; sister-in-law, Ardis Gorby; good friend, Steve Pope; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley in 2012; sisters, Erma Rowland and Verma Osburn; brother, Gordon Gorby. The family greeted friends Wednesday, April 12 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was Thursday 11:00 am Plainfield Christian Church. Pastor Bruce Wilson officiating. Interment Idlewild Cemetery, Kent City. Memorial contributions may be made to Renucci Hospitality House.

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

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ROSEMARY HATFIELD

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Rosemary Hatfield, 65 of Sand Lake, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Rosemary was born April 14, 1951 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Kenneth and Virginia (Smith) Johnson. She enjoyed shopping at Dollar Stores and Goodwill and was very proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are her daughters, Kimberly (Mark) Cooper, Michelle (Bob Hardin) Feikema; grandchildren, Ashlie (Glenn Ross) Feikema, Amanda (Richard) Oliver, Matthew Cooper; great-grandchildren, Maddelyn and Sebastian Oliver; sister, Carol (Larry) Sawyer; nieces, Lisa (Shawn) Scott, Shannon (David) Swan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nathan in 2014. The family greeted friends Monday, April 3rd from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Eva Walter officiating.

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

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ARTHUR EMORY CAMPBELL

 

C-obit-CampbellArthur Emory (Pete) Campbell, age 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Pete proudly served his country while in the U.S. Navy. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Joyce; children, Denise & Jim Lockridge, Gary & Linda Campbell, Todd & Jody Campbell, Kevin & Teresa Campbell, Julie & Bill Jackomino, Lee & Becky Campbell; 31 grandchildren; many great and great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Paul & Linda, Ted; sisters, Linda Misner, Judy Laso; several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services were held on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Plainfield Christian Church with Rev. Bruce Wilson Officiating. Military honors under the Auspices of the Kent County Honor Guard. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Plainfield Christian Church.

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MARILYN ANN STONER

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Marilyn Ann Stoner, age 79, a longtime resident of Cedar Springs, Michigan, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2017, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her family. Marilyn was born on September 6, 1937, in Cedar Springs, Michigan, to the late Edwin and Treva Mae (Stout) Hoven. She was the fourth of five children born on her family farm. Marilyn was a graduate of Cedar Springs Public Schools and she trained as an x-ray technician, which led to her position at Dr. Branyan’s office in Cedar Springs where she met her husband Gordon. They were married on October 6, 1961. Marilyn enjoyed many things in life, she utilized her green thumb in the garden and belonged to the local garden club. Marilyn loved to plan parties for family birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays, because she loved proving for her family, and her love for them was immeasurable. Marilyn was also a woman of deep faith, seeing the Lord in everything she did, and walked with him daily. Marilyn is survived by her loving children Debra Stoner, Kathy (Bruce) Proctor, Susan (Joseph) Blood, Lisa DeRuyscher, Sam (Stephanee) Stoner, and Amanda (Chad) Hoke; grandchildren, Debra (Scott) Ploeg, John (Kerry Halloran) Proctor, Katrina (Timothy) Chaffee, Jared Proctor, Lauren (Austin) Jackson, Jayce Kraus, Nicholas DeRuyscher, Maxwell Stoner, Anderson Stoner, Madalyn Hoke, Katelyn Hoke, and Nathan Hoke; great-granddaughter Aurora Proctor; brothers Max (Lee) Hoven; sister Margene Swanson; brother Hugh (Connie) Hoven; and numerous, nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends, and other beloved members of the Stoner and Hoven families. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gordon D. Stoner; and sister Shirley (Charles) Dean. There was a time of visitation from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service was celebrated by Rev. Dan Hoven at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017, at Pederson Funeral Home. There was also a one hour visitation prior to the service. Marilyn will be laid to rest in Blythefield Memory Gardens, Belmont, Michigan. The family would like to thank the individuals at the Lacks Cancer Center and Faith Hospice for their exceptional care and support over these last four months. Those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Saint Mary’s Foundation for the Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center, 200 Jefferson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503; or to Faith Hospice – Development Office, 2100 Raybrook Street SE, Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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LUELLA O. JENSEN

 

Luella O. Jensen, 96 of Morley, passed peacefully into heaven on Thursday, the 23rd of March, 2017 with family at her side. She was truly loved by all her family and dear friends. She was born Luella Ora Gill, April 8, 1920 to the late Wm. and Mary (Wilson) Gill near Altona, Michigan. She was the ninth of ten living children. Luella married Walter “Mike” Jensen on March 4, 1940 in Big Rapids. They celebrated 65 years together making their home in the Mecosta County area and in 1963 made their home in Cedar Springs. She is survived by her three children, Walter & (Pat) Jensen of Cedar Springs, Carol & (Nelson) McGahan of Morley, Bonnie & (Duane) Cranney of Big Rapids; 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren, a brother-in-law Bob & (Betty) Jensen of Stanwood, a sister-in-law Alice Bigelow of Morley, and many nieces and nephews. Luella was preceded in death by her husband, Walter “Mike” in 2005; a son Lewis Jensen; a grandson, Ross Cranney; 5 brothers, 4 sisters and their spouses. Funeral services were held on Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with burial at Stanwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Luella’s name can be made to Hospice of Michigan. Share a memory online at www.daggettgilbertfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home, Big Rapids

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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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