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Linda Michaels

4C-Obit-michaelsLinda Michaels, 72 of Rockford, unexpectedly went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Casa Grande, AZ.  She was a loved wife, mother, aunt, sister, grandmother, expectant great-grandmother and friend.  She was born August 16, 1944 to the late Ralph and Alice Pratt and she lived her entire life in Kent County.  She was a middle child, placed right between two loving sisters, Ann Scott (Jim) and Carolyn Reed (Mike).  She married Gene Michaels on September 13, 1991 and they recently celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.  She will be missed by many family members including her husband, two sisters, many nieces and nephews and her children, Christine Hofstra (John), Dan Rogers (Theresa), Ann VerWys (Jim) and Shannon Novak (Russ) in addition to her eight grandchildren, Zachary Rogers (Ashley), Lauren Linde (Chase), Ben Rogers (Maaret), Annalyse Haarer (Brandon), Austin Stevens, Nate Rogers, Lucy and Josie Novak. Linda was a loving, funny, spunky and caring woman.  She was a long-time employee at Hartwell Mortgage Company.  Some special memories include her incredible cooking ability and the meals she shared with friends and family alike. There was a fresh cookie for every occasion.  She enjoyed reading, studying, and was actively involved in a women’s Bible study.  We are thankful that she is in heaven with her Savior. There will be a memorial service at a later date.

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

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DONALD J. REED

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Donald J. Reed age 79 of Morley went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Spectrum Health-Big Rapids Campus. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 24, 1937 to Clarence and Beatrice (Robinson) Reed. Don worked for General Motors on Alpine for 31 years. Don’s passion was being an evangelist who loved to tell you about Jesus. He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Della Mae; children, Donald (Diane) Reed, Jr., Timothy Reed, Jack (Kathy) Briggs, Mike (Matilda) Briggs, Timothy (Rhonda) Briggs, James (Dianne) Reed Briggs, Ken (Kim) Addis, Kerry (Deb) Stout, Scott (Brenda) Osbun, and Robert (Sandie) Farmer; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Matthew Reed; and his siblings. The family greeted friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Wednesday 11:00 a.m. at Cedar Creek Community Church, 2969 14 Mile Road NE, Sparta with viewing beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pastors Richard Nichols and Steve Finn officiating. Interment Algoma Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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JOHN “TOM” THOMAS VANWAGONER

 

Tom left this life to be with his wife Mary, brother Vernon, sister in law Barb, Mom and Dad on January 12, 2017.  Tom spent his life enjoying outdoor activities with his family and friends. Tom will be missed by his children Gail & Joe VandenBerg and Jim & Teresa VanWagoner. He will also be missed by his step children Lynette & Doug Smith, Karl Steinebach, Teri & Brent Jones, Kim & John Hooper and Tim Steinebach;  his grandchildren Matt, Gabrielle, Rena, DJ, Emme, Kalli, Evan, Zane, Deklyn, Adam, Cody, Brandon, Denver, Dale and Cory will especially miss his smiling face and unending love. Tom’s sisters and brothers-in-law Marie & Jim Jorgensen and Vera & Clinton Sanders will miss the enjoyable games of cards, meals together and regular chats. Over the years Tom’s nieces and nephews Sue, Don, Peggy, Vickie, Tim, Barb and Nick have been a great source of enjoyment.  Croquet and golf won’t be the same without their uncle. The family celebrated Tom’s life from 6 p.m. To 8 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street in Rockford. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Pederson Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home   

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DEBRA BODEN

 

Debra Boden age 60 of Howard City passed away January 14, 2017 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus.  She was born August 4, 1956 in Grand Rapids the daughter of Clifford and Barbara (Wood) BeVier.  During her working years she owned and operated Pizza Time in Howard City for 12 years with her husband William.  She enjoyed quilting, gambling, and she loved her dog Dexter.  In 1991 she married William Boden who survives. Also surviving are her children David Boden, Robin Boden, Heather Boden all of Grand Rapids; three grandchildren, Talan Boden, Kole Kopka, Kaleb Kopka; four brothers, Larry Ellis of Cedar Springs, Dutch Ellis of Grattan, Dennis BeVier of Cedar Springs, Dave BeVier of Caledonia, two sisters, Cindy Wiggins of Howard City, Mildred BeVier of Caledonia and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert.  Funeral services took place on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Heckman Funeral home with Pastor Teri Cummins officiating with burial in the Reynolds cemetery.  The family greeted friends on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. And 6-8 p.m. and prior to services on Wednesday.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home

 

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SUE A. WILSON

 

Sue A. Wilson, 81 of Cedar Springs, died Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Samaritas Senior Living, Grand Rapids. Mrs. Wilson was born September 11, 1935 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Edward and Irma (Hale) Cummings. She drove bus for Cedar Springs Public Schools for 11 years. Surviving are two sons, Edward and Robert; three grandchildren, Daniel, Sara and Jennifer; a cousin, Paul Cummings. Visitation will be held Friday, January 20th  from 12 noon until time of committal service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Darryl Miller officiating. Interment Fairplains Cemetery, Grand Rapids.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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MARGARET G. ELDRED

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c-obit-eldred-2Margaret G. Eldred 98 of Cedar Springs, passed safely into Jesus’ arms Monday, December 26, 2016 at Metro Health Hospital. Mrs. Eldred was born March 19, 1918 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the daughter of Howard and Muriel (Ferguson) French. During her life she had enjoyed horseback riding, hunting, ice fishing, gardening, mushroom hunting and agate picking. She was a lifelong member of the Free Methodist Church and was a loving and caring mother and grandmother. Surviving are her daughters, Tanya Eldred and Terri Matz; grandchildren and the light of her life, Riley Keith and Lucina Margaret; brother, Merlyn (SangKi) French; sister-in-law, Wilma Eldred; many nieces and nephews; special friends, Patricia Patin and Leah Sims Battle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Keith in 1997 and a brother, Kenneth French. A private family service will take place at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Pastor Wayne Cash officiating. A memorial service will be announced in the summer. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Indian School or Cedar Christian Academy.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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LARRY O. WOODHULL

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Mr. Larry O. Woodhull, aged 71, a lifelong Cedar Springs area resident, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Larry was born February 13, 1945 in Grand Rapids, the son of Kenneth and Lila (Bowers) Woodhull. He was a 1963 graduate of Cedar Springs High School and attended Solon Center Wesleyan Church. He served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, and worked for many years as a carpenter. Surviving are his brother Gary (Barbara) Woodhull; a niece Ann (Darryl) Stock and a nephew Patrick (Kristin) Woodhull, two grandnieces and two grandnephews. There will be a time of visitation on Thursday, December 22, 2016 starting at 10:00 a.m. with the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford followed immediately with Military Honors. Interment Algoma Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions to St. Jude Hospital or Solon Center Wesleyan Church would be appreciated.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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FAWN SPIDEL RYAN

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Fawn Spidel Ryan, 55, of Danville, passed away Friday, December 2, 2016 at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center from complications of cancer. She was born on August 5, 1961 in Ashland, Ohio to the late Marvin Henry and Patsy Siferd Spidel. Fawn is survived by her husband of 32 years, Marty Ryan. Also surviving is a daughter, Mandy Ryan (Kyle Ayres) of Danville; two brothers, John Spidel (Phoebe) of Ohio and Ted Spidel (Cindy) of Alabama; two sisters, Marva Odren (Keith) of Michigan and Jill Chance (Dave) of Indiana; numerous nieces and nephews, beloved pets: Re-Re, Madeline, Petunia, Beauregard, and a grand-puppy, Penny. Fawn lived her life first for her Lord and secondly for her family and friends. She was known for her generosity and kindness. She had the heart of a lion and would always fight for those she loved. In her young adult life, she spent 4 years in missions. She raised a beautiful daughter. She helped establish a family business and went on to work as an accountant for other firms. Her life and vivacious spirit will be greatly missed. Visitation was Friday, December 9 from 5-8 p.m. at Preston Pruitt Spurlin Funeral Home, 331 South 4th St, Danville, Kentucky. Funeral services were Saturday, December 10 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with George Smith and Dave Chance officiating. Burial and graveside service was held Tuesday, December 13 at 10 a.m. at the East Nelson Cemetery, 8601 18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs, Michigan. Pallbearers will be John Spidel, Ted Spidel, Dave Chance, Keith Odren, Kyle Ayres, and Troy Anderson. Donations in her honor can be made to YWAM Louisville or Heritage Hospice (please include “In memory of Fawn Ryan”). Cards may be sent to: The Ryan Home, 173 Candlewood Dr, Danville, KY 40422.

Arrangements by Preston Pruitt Spurlin Funeral Home

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CAROL LEE KIDDER

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Carol Lee Kidder, 78 of Cedar Springs, passed away Thursday, December 8, 2016 at her home. Mrs. Kidder was born January 13, 1938 in Lansing, Michigan the daughter of Roy and Carol (Lankton) Dudley. She graduated from nursing school in 1958 as a Registered Nurse and worked at Edward W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She was an avid Michigan State Fan and enjoyed golfing, traveling and trips with friends. Surviving are her children, Sharon (Todd) Freeland, Steven (Lisa) Kidder, Wilma Brown, Clare (Constance) Kidder, Carol (James) McInnis; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard and a sister, Judy Rosenberger. The family will greet friends Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Monday 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Private interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding Avenue, Ada, MI 49301.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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KEVIN C. QUIST

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Kevin C. Quist 56 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, December 5, 2016 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Kevin was born April 5, 1960 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Chester and Dorothy (Fryling) Quist. He had worked for Amway Corp. since 1994 as a fabricator and welder. He enjoyed being an artist welder as a hobby. Surviving are his wife, Kimberly, whom he married on August 7, 1982; children, Jason Kohn, Korey Kohn and her fiancé, Philip Borrelli, Kevin M. Quist; parents, Chet and Dorothy Quist; sister, Jackie Mourer; cousins, nieces and nephews. Kevin had many special friends at Amway who have been very good to him during his illness. He recently connected with some friends from high school, and Dave Nester who helped him meet Kim years ago. The family will greet friends and celebrate his life on Saturday, December 10th from 11 – 2 p.m. at Pilgrim Bible Church, 361 Pine St., Cedar Springs with a short memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Wayne Cash officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

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

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