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CHRISTINE LYNN SCHOEPPE

March 26, 1953 – June 10, 2018

Christine “Chrissy” Lynn Schoeppe, age 65, of Maricopa, Arizona passed away into eternal life with her family by her side on Friday, June 10, 2018. Christine was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Lyman and Joan Gates, of Cedar Springs, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her brother, Steve, and father, Lyman. She is survived by her mother, Joan, and brothers, Curt and Bryan, along with her husband of 18 years, Jay. There are also may aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in-laws and dear friends. Chrissy will be dearly missed by everyone she came in contact with, a loving and caring person who never complained about anything or anyone. She loved traveling with her husband Jay, as they were always seeking adventure in the USA and abroad with warmer climates in the winter months, and making many friends along the way. She was wonderful homemaker, cook, and gardener and truly loved to do all things with a positive attitude! A memorial gathering will be held at the Rockford Community Cabin on Sunday, August 19, from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., 220 N. Monroe, Rockford, MI  49341.

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CAROL GOETSCH

 

Carol Goetsch, age 77 of Howard City, passed away on July 3, 2018 at Metron of Cedar Springs.

She was born April 18, 1941 in Greenville Michigan, the daughter of Tom and June Mulkins Sutphen.  During her working years she worked as a bus driver and hair dresser as well as working with her husband and family for many years on their tree farm. She enjoyed time with her family as well as training her horses. Surviving are her mother June; four children, Deborah (Michael) Ensley, Mark (Camie) Goetsch, Bruce (Lisa) Goetsch and Arno Goetsch (Significant Friend – Michelle).  Also, seven grandchildren, Bradley, Ashley, Ryan, Adam, Jessica, Kyle & Aleshia and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, her father Tom, and her brother Tom. Memorial services will take place on Saturday July 7 at 10 a.m., luncheon following, at Heritage United Methodist Church with Pastor Terri Cummins officiating. The family will greet friends from 9 a.m. until time of service.  

Arrangements are entrusted to the Heckman Funeral Home of Howard City.

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GARY LEE RITTER

Gary Lee Ritter age 57 passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018 with his family at his side. He was born in Big Rapids on October 30, 1960 to Alan and Clara (Ten Eyck) Ritter. Gary was very mechanical, he could fix and build anything. He always put his heart and soul into his family, work and community. Gary literally gave the shirt off his back when someone needed it! He loved his family and will be greatly missed. Gary is survived by his loving wife of 37 years B.J.; daughters, Erica and Laura (Adam) Birks, Christy; grandsons, Oliver and Jamie; brothers and sisters, Bruce, Tony, Don, Ron, Nancy and Laurie; sister-in-law, Teri Ritter; the Stone family and many nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his son, Jacob; parents, Alan Ritter, Clara Ritter Davis and Tom Davis; brother, Mark and sister Susie. The family will meet with friends Sunday, July 8 from 2-4 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. There will be no funeral service. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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KATHERINE J. VERHEEK

 

Katherine J. “Jane” Verheek, age 91, of Coker Creek, Tennessee and formerly of Greenville, Michigan went home to be with the Lord Thursday, June 21, 2018 at her home while surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband, George J. Verheek; parents, Emerson and Amelia Bulcher Brown; sisters, Arlene Dielman and Margaret Moss and sons-in-law, Frederick Philippus and Ronald Kroes. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan then for 40+ years Greenville, Michigan was home where she partnered with her husband in “Three Seasons RV Park”. The last 4 ½ years Jane has lived on a mountaintop in Coker Creek, Tennessee with her daughter, Merrisue and late son-in-law, Ron. Jane loved her family and God. A Christian woman of deep faith, Jane can now rest peacefully. She is survived by her daughter, Carol (Richard) Engstrom of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; son, Gary (Sandra) Verheek of Winter Haven, Florida; daughter, Merrisue Kroes of Coker Creek, Tennessee; son, Jeffery (Susan) Verheek of Greenville, Michigan; sister, Eleanor Kiley of Chicago, Illinois; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and her special friend for Monday morning telephone calls, Carol Scott. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date in Coker Creek, Tennessee. If you are unable to attend, you may sign the guest registry on our website at www.myersfuneralhometn.com.

Arrangements by Myers Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, Tennessee

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JOHN BLUE

 

John Blue, 77, of Cedar Springs, Michigan passed away peacefully at home on June 12, 2018. His wife, Deloris, of 58 years, was by his side. John is survived by his children; Lora, Rodney, Jody and Shawn. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. As he wished, cremation has taken place. Please join the family to celebrate John’s life on July 12, 2018 from 4 to 8 p.m. at White Creek Country Estates community building.

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WANDA REYBURN

 

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. Please join us for a celebration of a life well lived. A memorial service will be held in memory of our beloved Mother, Wanda Reyburn, at the Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home in Sparta, Michigan, on July 14th, 2018, at 11 a.m. followed by a lunch at the Sparta Community Center at 12:30 p.m.

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EVELYN J. MAXSON

Evelyn J. Maxson 88 of Cedar Springs, died Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Evelyn was born January 23, 1930 in Evanston, Illinois the daughter of Ellsworth and Florence (Lee) Norton. She was a longtime Cedar Springs resident and had worked at several area restaurants including the A&W Drive-In and baking pies for many years at Kelly’s. She enjoyed listening to music, ice cream and watching traffic go by. She loved her family and grandchildren and hosting family gatherings at holidays and during the Red Flannel Festival. Surviving are her children, Steve (Mary) Maxson, Randy (Robin) Maxson, Dave Maxson, Pat Bartaway, Mike Maxson; 18 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter-in-law, Cindy Maxson; brother, Frank Norton; sister, Marilyn Tennant. The Maxson family would like to thank the staff at Metron of Cedar Springs and Hospice of Michigan for their care. The family greeted friends Tuesday, June 12 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Wednesday. Pastor Tim Mauriello officiating. Interment Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to WGVU Public Television and Radio.

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

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GARY RITTER

Coming soon to a funeral home near you:

GARY RITTER

The Myth, the Legend, the Corpse

Gary Ritter is the man in the casket. Join friends and family in a once in a lifetime event sure to move you to tears. This is a single performance full of love and good will. Rumors say Gary bought a farm to take up gardening (he’ll be pushing up those daisies any day now).

Message provided by his daughter, Erica. Preceded in death by (parents) Alan Ritter, Tom Davis and Clara Ritter Davis; brother, Mark; sister Susie; son Jacab. Surviving brothers and sisters, Bruce, Tony, Don, Ron, Nancy and Laurie; sister-in-law, Teri and daughters, Erica and Laura.

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BARBARA J. GRUTTER

Barbara J. Grutter 58 of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at her home. Barb was born May 20, 1960 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Cyril “Gene” and JoAnn (Overley) Adams. She enjoyed quilting and quilt designing and was a member of the West Michigan Quilter’s Guild and the Cedar Springs Friends of the Library. Surviving are her husband, Michael whom she married on May 9, 1980; children, Allison (Mark Dilday) Grutter, Chad-Michael Grutter; siblings, Jacqueline (Rick) Ransom, Brian (Mary) Adams; mother-in-law, Judith Grutter; brothers-in-law, John Grutter, James (Michelle) Grutter, Lawrence (Kim) Grutter. She was preceded in death by her parents. Visitation and service was held Sunday, June 10 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Mack Strange officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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ANGELA (WALDORF) NICHOLS

 

Angela (Waldorf) Nichols age 37 of Pierson passed away unexpectedly on June 7, 2018. She was born March 28, 1981 in Greenville the daughter of Rick and Colleen (Cook) Waldorf.  She graduated from Tri County High School and went on to be a Medical Asst. for ten years.  She enjoyed camping, karaoke, scrap booking, crafts and crocheting.  Angie loved her family and friends. In 2017 she married Boyd Nichols who survives.  Also surviving are a son Cade of Pierson; father Rick (Rhonda) Waldorf; Colleen Adams and Billy Wayboer; two brothers, Jeff (Nicole) Waldorf of Mt. Pleasant; Jimmy Wamser of Greenville; a half sister Cori Acker of Greenville; grandparents Gerald and Janet Waldorf; Judy Skiff and Henrietta Cook; mother and father-in-law Joe and Brenda Nichols of Sand Lake; brother and sister-in-law Brad (Heidi) Nichols of Rockford; Chris (Shannon) Fryover of Lakeview; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandmother Judy Waldorf and grandfather Dennis Cook.  Funeral services were held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Grace Community Church with Pastor Joel Cooper officiating with burial in the North Ensley Cemetery.  The family  greeted friends at the Heckman Funeral home on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and prior to services on Tuesday at the church.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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