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RICK PETERS

Rick Peters, age 59 of Sand Lake, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, September 12, 2020. He was born on May 20, 1961 and was raised in Sand Lake by Don and Delores Fisk. He graduated from Ionia High School and graduated from Michigan State in 1988. Rick was a hard worker and a “Jack of All Trades”. He loved fishing and hunting and also farming. Rick loved God and his family and put everyone and the happiness of others before himself. Rick is survived by his wife of 35 years, Lynn (Norton) Peters; his son, Ricky (Katherine) Peters, Jr., his daughters, Kandy Peters, Katie (Justin) Brown, and Kristina (Kevin) Harrington; his grandchildren, Kiera Walker, Amber Peters, Caleb Peters, Ian Peters, Brice Peters, Evelyn Brown, Madelyn Brown; his parents, Don and Delores Fisk; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Sally Norton; his brothers and sisters, Kim (Marilyn) Peters, Elizabeth (Larry) Abijah, Jeff (Sherri) Peters, Sonya (Tom) Cronkright, and Erika (Joel) Webster; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Larry (Judy) Norton, John (Amy) Norton, Marcie (Dan) Gladding, and Mark Norton. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carl “Shorty” and Dorothy Hunter. A memorial service to celebrate Rick’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 18, 2020 at City Church Rockford, 3233 10 Mile Rd NE Rockford, MI 49341. The family will receive relatives and friends at church one hour prior to the memorial service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. There will also be a reception and time of fellowship and refreshments immediately following the service at City Church Rockford. 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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HELEN CAROL BURNS

Helen Carol Burns age 76 of Kent City, died Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Metro Health Hospital, Wyoming. Carol was born January 30, 1944 in Benton Harbor, MI the daughter of Louis and Helen (Kraii) Appel. She was in the Girl Scouts growing up and loved to play bingo. She and her late husband, Glenn fostered many children through the years. She had a lot of compassion for others. Surviving are her children, Mary (Dan) Bleeker, William Burns, Karen (Willard) Slendebroek, Joseph (Mindy) Burns, Shawn Burns, Terry Marshall, Erma Mansfield; 15 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister, Linda Dancz. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Glenn; children, Michael Marshall and Lisa Burns; grandson, William Loyd Slendebroek. Services were held Wednesday, September 16 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Daniel McGrath officiating. Private interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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HOWARD WILLIAM HALL

Howard William Hall, age 74, of Lakeview peacefully passed away, with his family by his side, on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville. He was born in Cannonsburg on February 2, 1946, the son of Phillip Emory and Ethelyn (Westervelt) Hall. Howard was raised in Northern Kent and Newaygo Counties, where he attended Grant Public Schools. He met the love of his life, Starr Schoonmaker, at Bloomfield Gardens Roller Rink at the tender age of 14. They were married on June 1, 1968 at the Methodist Church in Sparta, after Howard returned from serving honorably, in the United States Army for six years during the Vietnam War. He was employed by Cempsi in Walker for 29 years, for Country Roads in Greenville and for Hope Network in Cedar Springs until his retirement in 2004. Howard enjoyed watching sports, hunting, fishing and mushrooming, but he especially loved those things when they involved his family. He found great joy in attending the grandchildren’s sporting events, and taking them out hunting and fishing.  He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Lakeview.  Howard will forever  be missed and is survived by his wife of 52 years, Starr Hall of Lakeview; his children, and their families, Amy (Scott) Betham of Six Lakes; grandsons, Trent (Kandice) Betham, Destiny, Kaydyn, Kylee, and Taelyn, Jordan (Hannah) Betham, and Eleanor;  Mandy (Andy) Hall of Lakeview, grandsons, Andrew (Chelsea) Hall, Brayden and Payton, Neil Hall-Baker; Shannon Demeyer of Lakeview, and granddaughter, Zoey; Steven Hall, and grandson, Lucas; his siblings, Rose Pluskhatt of Sparta, Faith Hawley Hollister, Chris Hawley Velting, Dorothy Hawley Veltcamp and Betty Jane Hawley Streeby; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Phillip and Ethelyn Hall, and Fred and Betty Hawley; his siblings, Haden Hall, Elvira Cook, Della Vasser, Eldonna Uhrbrock, Jamie Hawley, Alan Hawley, Freddy Hawley, and one infant brother, Arden Hall. A private family graveside service, with military honors, will be scheduled for a later date. Those wishing to contribute in Howard’s memory are asked to consider Lakeview Sports Boosters. Condolences to the family may be made utilizing the guestbook at www.brighamfuneralchapel.com      

Arrangements by Brigham Funeral Chapel, Lakeview 

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STEVEN G. ZINY

Steven G. Ziny age 69 of Ensley Township, Sand Lake went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at Mercy Health – St. Mary’s. Steve was born May 2, 1951 in Chicago, IL the son of Edward and Charlotte (Maujauskas) Ziny. He worked at Kent Foundry for 48 years. He loved the Lord and serving in his church, Pierson Bible Church. He was a fantastic husband, father and grandfather. Surviving are his wife, Pamela whom he married on August 27, 1976; children, Charles (Courtney), Stanley, Michael, Daniel, Kimberly (Nate) Leary, Karen; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, David and Andrew. He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey and a grandson, Stanley Jr. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m. at Pierson Bible Church, 101 Grand St., Pierson. Pastor Tom Ekkel officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Pierson Bible Church. 

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

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ROGER A. WRIGHT

Roger A. Wright age 80 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, September 4, 2020 at his home. Roger was born November 26, 1939 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Donald and Cornelia (VanHoven) Wright. He was a hard worker, lifelong farmer and worked until he passed away. He loved sweet corn, KFC and enjoyed fishing and eating fish. He attended Huggard Bible Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Ruth in 2017. He missed her dearly. He was a great father, grandfather and great great-grandfather. Surviving are his son, Alan (Lisa) Wright; grandchildren, Michelle (Kevin) Dettloff, Nicole (Josh) Hughes, Casey Wright and fiancee, Katie Duffy, Danelle Wright and fiance, Joe Hughes; great-grandchildren, Izzy, Alexis, Bentley, Ahri, Derek, Lily and Karoline; sisters, Sally (Dave) Meyer and Donna Wright; in-laws, Phillip (Mary Ann) Hanes, Dick (Mariea) Hanes, Karl (Kathy) Hanes, Phyllis Kling, Marcella (Roger) Schleder; many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded by his parents; in-laws, Max Hanes and Linda Brock. The family greeted friends Wednesday, September 9 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at Huggard Bible Church, 8860 – 21 Mile Road, Sand Lake. Pastor Rick Malone officiating. Interment Spencer Mills Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Huggard Bible Church. 

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

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CIRILO CERVANTES

On Saturday, August 29, 2020, Cirilo Cervantes passed away at the age of 53. Cirilo was born on February 8, 1967 in Mexico. He made the difficult decision in February 1999 to leave his family to venture to America for a better life. Michigan would become his new home. Once here he met Pamela Tanis. He loved gardening, cooking, and spending time with his family. Cirilo was known to all as a caring and hard-working man. Cirilo also enjoyed his time working at Olive Garden and Uccello’s. He was known to put all others ahead of himself. Cirilo will be sadly missed by his significant other of 20 years, Pamela Tanis; daughter, Ashleigh Cervantes-Tanis and son, Michael Cervantes-Tanis of Cedar Springs; his family in Mexico, sons, Cirilo and Alberto Cervantes and daughter, Elizabeth Cervantes. Cirilo is also survived by two granddaughters in Mexico, Melisa and Louisa; his mother, Virginia; many nieces and nephews, cousins and siblings. The family would like to welcome you to their home, 20704 Squires Rd., in Conklin for a celebration of his life on Saturday, September 5th at 2 p.m.

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ELIZABETH M. MILES

Elizabeth M. Miles age 96 of Cedar Springs went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at The Brook of Cedar Springs. Elizabeth was born August 4, 1924 in Thornapple Township, MI the daughter of Albert and Ivah (Cushman) Buhr. She was a member of Ensley Baptist Church and was the first to be married in the church in 1942. She loved to read. Surviving are her children, Maxine Barendreght, Jacqueline Larsen, Ellen (Greg) Osborn; son-in-law, Bill Wells; grandchildren, Shelly (Ralph) Boerema, Kelly (Steve) Guentert, Tammy (Chad) Gould, Julie (Chris) Fennema, Jenny (Blair) Orsatti, Christine (Ronald) Behrenwald, Brice (Christina) Larsen, Jessica (Bill) Cox, Derek (Michelle) Yarworth, Aaron (Audrey) Osborn, Ashley (George) Kinsella; 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; daughter, Charlotte Wells; son-in-law, Curtis Barendreght. The service was held Saturday, August 29 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Coral. Pastor Chris Kaufield officiating. Interment Coral Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice. 

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

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RICHARD SHINEW

Richard Shinew went to be with our Lord on August 21, 2020, after a long bout with Cancer. Richard was born on December 19, 1963, lived with his mother, Margaret and helped tend to family farm. He was a simple man with a caring heart. Other than his bond with family and friends, Richard is well known for his sense of humor and enjoyed working on vehicles. He is survived by his mother, Margaret Shinew; siblings, Suzanna Dines and Robert Shinew; half siblings, Charles Shinew and LeAnne Obersig. He was proceeded in death by his father, LeRoy. Richard’s final wishes were to be cremated. A celebration of life will be determined later.

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ROGER D. FIFIELD

Roger D. Fifield age 70 of Pierson died Thursday, August 20, 2020 at his home. Roger was born April 28, 1950 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Harold and Marguerite (Flintoff) Fifield. He retired from Denton Well Drilling but never slowed down. He was a hard worker who was always helping others in the neighborhood. He was the best dad and grandpa in the world. Surviving are his wife, Nance (VanOeffelen); children, Todd (Becky), Stacey (Josh) Meyerholtz; granddaughters, Sierra Fifield, Avery Meyerholtz; siblings, Robert (Lynn), Richard (Alice), Bonnie (Gary) Woodruff, Gary (Dixie), Jim (Sherry), Mary (Rix) Robinson, Gerald, Wayne (Terri), Janet (Gerald) Skelonc, Nancy (Jeff) Olsen, Dennis, Donnie, Patty (Jack) Price, Mark (Annette); many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Wayne. Visitation was held Tuesday, August 25 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. A private family service was held Wednesday. Rev. Fr. Lam Le officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital or the Renucci House.

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

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MILDRED N. McANALLY

Mildred N. McAnally, age 90 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at Bishop Hills Assisted Living, Rockford, MI. Mrs. McAnally was born November 12, 1929 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Charles and Mildred (Fletcher) McAnally. She received her Master’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University and taught biology at St. Anne’s School in Illinois for 25 years. She loved to write and paint. She had resided in Owosso, MI, Bourbonndais, IL and Cedar Springs, MI. Surviving are her sons, Donald (Roxanne) Hamblin, Steven (Debbie) Hamblin, Douglas (Janette) Hamblin; grandchildren, Carol (Curt) Steinebach, Lee (Lisa) Hamblin, Analise (David) Knott, Charlie Howie, Kenneth Phelps, Gerald Hamblin Jr., Jennifer (Barry) Amonett, Stacy (Tina) Hamblin, Jason Hamblin, James Hamblin, Rebecca Hamblin; many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her former spouse, Eugene Hamblin; son, Gerald Hamblin; brothers, Howard McAnally, Frances McAnally; grandson, Curtis Hamblin. Visitation will be held Saturday, August 22 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, 6727 Kuttshill Dr, Rockford, MI. Pastor Tim Hoyt officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. 

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

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