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WALTER KILTS

 

C-obit-KiltsWalter Kilts, 89 of Cedar Springs, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at his home. Walter was born March 2, 1927 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Howard and Emma (Fisk) Kilts. Walter served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army stationed in Darmstead, Germany. On May 18, 1951 he married Dorothy Fries, living in Solon Township for 55 years. Walter then moved to the Cedarfield Community. He worked for 37 years at Michigan Plating and Stamping “The Bumper”. He enjoyed life on the farm with his family and his vegetable and flower gardens. Surviving are his children, Deborah (Duane) Stendel, Terri (Wayne) Fifield, Allen (Barb) Kilts, Rita (Kevin) Dines; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandson; several step grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara Jean Wainright; sisters-in-law, Betty Kilts, Lois Kilts, and Marilyn Sidlauskus; brothers-in-law, Donald (Carol) Fries, Alvin (Carol) Fries; many nieces and nephews; special friend, Lucille Middleton. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Dorothy in 2000; brothers, Norman Kilts, LaVern Kilts; sister, Maxine Powell; brothers-in-law, Russell Powell, Jack Wainright, Raymond Fries, Bob Sidlauskus; sister-in-law, Marcia Fries. The family will greet friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 a.m. Chaplain Dan Pflug officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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WILLIAM TETZLAFF

 

C-obit-tetzlaffWilliam Frederick Tetzlaff, age 75 passed away, Saturday, August 20, 2016, from lung cancer, in his home at the lake surrounded by loved ones. Bill was one of seven children born to William and Marion Tetzlaff on March 14, 1941 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As the eldest son he was expected to work in the family grocery store where he learned his butchering skills and developed a strong work ethic – it’s where he also developed hands of steel and the superman strength that took Belding’s football team to the Championships and ultimately the Hall of Fame. After graduating from Creston High School, he entered the US Navy and worked on a supply ship during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He came home to West Michigan and began his civilian life as a butcher at D & W and finally found his calling as a fireman for the city of East Grand Rapids retiring as a public safety officer. This was not his only job; on days off he was a Jack of all Trades including butcher, window washer, tree cutter, house painter, chicken slayer, and the list continues. The man could fix anything with duct tape & wire – he was the original MacGyver. Along with working hard, he played hard; hunting for sport and to provide “mystery meat” for his family as well as fishing, camping, playing cards, and whatever adventure resulted from having five kids. What we all most appreciated about our dad is he accepted us for who we are and we could count on his unconditional love, loyalty & support. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Deborah; grandson, Kyle; his parents and brother-in-law, Geary Rummler. He is survived by his five children, whom he shared with his former wife, Sandy (Wiersum) Lyon (now deceased); Dawn Wolfe (Mark), Amber Toews (Kirk), Amy Wiersema (Ray), Billy Tetzlaff (Colette) and Jennifer Dunleavy (Jim). His grandchildren who he loved to throw high into the sky – missing only occasionally; Ashley (Joel), Brittany (David), Owen (Rosey), Justin (Angelina), Morgan (Tim), Nick, Paige, Mikey, Beth(John), Kymber (Aaron). He also leaves behind 12 great-grandchildren; Anthony, Ava, Molly, Hendrix, Reese, Sadie, Elianna, Tyler, Adalynn, Zaden, Melaina, Ryker, and another due in October. His Magnificent 6 siblings, Margaret, Richard (Jane), Charles (Karen), Sue (Chris), Christine (Dave), Connie (Gary), stepsisters, Bonnie, Shari (Tim), and stepmother, Sally. Bill loved his place on the lake and the friends he had there were like family. Their support during his illness is appreciated beyond words. A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 26, 5:00 p.m. at the Wabasis Lake Park Shelterhouse, 11220 Springhill Dr, Greenville. Cremation has taken place. The family will be available for visitation two hours prior to the service, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., with dinner to follow. In lieu of flowers, and in the spirit of his unending generosity to others, please perform a random act of kindness or pay it forward in his memory.

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

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HUGH D. MABIE

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Hugh D. Mabie, age 80 of Cedar Springs, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. Hugh was born in Cedar Springs, Michigan on March 12, 1936, the son of Roy and Margaret (Pierson) Mabie. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Hugh retired from Keeler Brass as a Master Die Maker after 43 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Genevieve Imanse; and his brother, Roy Mabie. Hugh is survived by his wife of 47 years, Janet (Posthumus); his children, Timothy Vander Heide, Mary Jean Mabie, Jill (Nick) Landers, Beth (Craig) Brown, Matthew (Shannon) Vander Heide Mabie, and Samantha (Michael) Mabie-Tuinstra; his thirteen grandchildren; his five great-grandchildren and one on the way; his sister-in-law, Beverly Covell and his brother-in-law, Jerry (Janet) Posthumus; and many nieces and nephews. At Hugh’s request, his family will be holding private services.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Lawrence K. Cook

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Lawrence K. Cook (Larry), age 69, of Sand Lake, passed away on Thursday July 28, 2016 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital surrounded by family. The son of Allen & Dorothy (Walker) Cook, he was born March 10, 1947 in Kanab, Utah. A proud U.S. Navy veteran of Vietnam, Larry served aboard the U.S.S. Galveston. After 30 years, Larry retired form Burke Porter Machinery as a mechanical engineer. Larry was a private pilot, as well as a member of the Air Corps Association and EAA. He was a member at the Cedar Springs American Legion Post 287. Larry was also a fan of Bob Seger and loved to tinker with anything old he might be able to fix. Larry was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Gary; Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Linda; daughters, Kimberly Cook, Jill Lindgren, Jody Lindgren, and Jayme Lindgren; grandson, Kyan Lindgren; and siblings, Ruth (Chuck) Pifer, Sam (Kathy) Cook and Ron (Linda) Cook. A committal service with full military honors will be at North Ensley Cemetery on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 11am with a luncheon at the Cedar Springs American Legion following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to David’s House Ministries, 2390 Banner St. SW, Wyoming. Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place.

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.

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BEVERLY E. MULHOLLAND

C-obit-mulhollandBeverly E. Mulholland, 80, of Howard City passed away Sunday, August 14, 2016. When my body goes back to the dust of the earth where it came from, my soul will go to heaven to be with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Beverly was born September 13, 1935 in Howard City, Michigan the daughter of Harry and Alta (Kunde) Opper. She passed away in the same home she was born in. She graduated from Lakeview High School Class of 1953. On September 14, 1953 she married Kenneth Mulholland and he preceded her in death in 2009. She grew and sold flowers at her home and was known as the Flower Lady. She has gorgeous gardens, loved to travel, play croquet and research genealogy. She enjoyed visiting the local nursing homes and cheering up the residents. She stayed active with dance and big band music. Surviving are her children, Catherine & Steven Hyrns, Kenneth Mulholland & Dan Edwards; grandchildren, Kamie & Stephen McGuire, Jason & Michelle Hyrns, Benjamin Hyrns and fiancée, Jen Langley; great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Faith, Hunter and Hudson; brothers-in-law, Robert Menke, Charles (Judy) Mulholland; sisters-in-law, Donna Mulholland, Leona Harriman, Janet (Clare) Morrow; neighbor and caregiver, Linda Smith and family; special friend, Ray Furman; many nieces and nephews; and many special friends and neighbors. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Harold (Joanna) Opper and a sister, Betty (Norman) Frantsen. The family greeted friends Wednesday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Thursday at Spencer Mills Church. Pastor Alan Flowers officiating. Interment Coral Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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

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EARL WALL

 

Earl Wall, 91, of Albany, Georgia died March 2, 2016 in Georgia. Earl was born August 18, 1924 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Nathan and Rachel (Simmons) Wall. He joined the U. S. Marine Corps in 1942 and retired in 1963. He moved to Albany, Georgia in 1984 and was employed with the Marine Corps Logistics Base for 14 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jimmie Mae; three brothers, Lyle, Jack and Kenneth Wall; two sisters, Lillian Ryder and Dorothy Shaw. Surviving are a son, Patrick (Peggy) Wall; sister, Betty Jean Kilts (Vance Miller); granddaughters, Jennifer Wall, Tricia Wall and husband, Garth Grahame; many nieces and nephews and his extended family in Georgia. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 20 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church hall. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church.

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

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ALMA VAN DEN HOUT

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Alma Charlotte Hagenah Van Den Hout of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 95, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2016. She was born on November 16, 1920 to James H. Hagenah and Alma Kibbe Hagenah on the family farm in Solon Township, Kent County, Michigan. Alma, the fourth of five children, attended Christian Hill School and later graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1939. On May 2, 1940, Alma married C. Vernon Rider, who was killed in combat in Europe on November 16, 1944. On April 10, 1947, Alma was married to Clifford “Bunch” Van Den Hout; they were married for thirty-eight happy years. Bunch Van Den Hout passed away on December 18, 1984. Alma is survived by two nieces, Jan Weston and Sue Lindhout; and three nephews, James, Gene, and Larry Hagenah; three granddaughters, Nancy (Phil) Keller, Lou Ann Jacobson, and Fiona Van Den Hout; two grandsons, Thomas and Dennis (Amy) Traxler; two cousins; and numerous great-grandchildren and great nieces and great nephews. Alma was preceded in death by her husbands, C. Vernon Rider and “Bunch” Van Den Hout; daughter Doris (Bill) Traxler; son Roger Van Den Hout; one sister; and three brothers. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2016 at Solon Township Cemetery. Those who wish to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Cedar Springs Museum and Historical Society, P.O. Box 296, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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ELLA MAE KNOCH

 

C-obit-knochElla Mae (Mosher) Knoch, 89, of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Vista Springs. Ella Mae was born October 29, 1926 in Cadillac, Michigan the daughter of Clifford and Lavona (Stark) Joslin. She was a longtime member of Pilgrim Bible Church and had served as secretary and treasurer. She enjoyed sewing and taught a sewing class at Pilgrim Bible Academy. She had been active working the voting booths for Ensley Township. She loved the Lord, her church and her family. Surviving are her husband, Walter Knoch Sr. whom she married on December 12, 2010; son, Rodney (Sue) Mosher; seven stepchildren; grandsons, Kenneth (Stephanie) Mosher, Peter (Grace) Mosher; great grandchildren, Greyson, Hazelle, Kiptyn, Hunter, Bosten and a granddaughter on the way; many step grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers, Harry (Sarah) Joslin, Elwyn (Goldie) Joslin; sister, Orpha Nicholson; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a husband, Maynard Mosher; daughter and son-in-law, Connie (Richard) Tiede; great-granddaughter, Emery Mosher; brother, Leon Joslin; sister, Olive Hurst. The family will greet friends Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Monday 11:00 am at Pilgrim Bible Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Michael Shiery officiating. Interment Crandall Cemetery, Ensley Township. Memorial contributions may be made the Alzheimers Association or Pilgrim Bible Church.

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

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Julie Ann Balcom

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Julie Ann (Williams) Balcom (50) passed away on June 12, 2016 from heart failure.  She was born September 23, 1965 at Navy Hosp. Paris Island, South Carolina. Preceding her in death was her father Staff Sgt. Roscoe J. Williams USMC, cousin Jonathan C. Landrum, and uncle Calvin Landrum.  Julie is survived by husband L. Charles Balcom; daughter Mary Ann (Eric) Martinez; mother Janet Roemer; sisters Mary (James) Prentice, Minette Merritt, Amy (Michael) Mulcreevy; nephews Roscoe Merritt,  Liam Dykhouse, Clyde Dykhouse, and niece Cliona Mulcreevy. Julie was forever happy and helpful, sometimes teasing her sisters, drawing or playing with her horse (Jack) as a teen.  She rode Jack in many parades where she could make him rear and whistle, which made other horses nervous.  Julie always loved a joke and provoking laughter.  For an art class project Julie and others were each assigned a 6 foot long wall section to create a mural in the elementary school.  Julie chose a Smurf Village with homes, businesses, and people doing all sorts of activities.  In 10th grade she was a Brownie Scout Leader. In her senior year she had a one person art show at a local college and was accepted at Julliard School of the Arts. In order to be closer to home Julie attended Ferris University majoring in commercial art for one year. She then worked at several manufacturing jobs.  As early onset arthritis advanced she moved to California for better weather.  For several years she worked at Woods & Waters Campground as a maintenance person where she enjoyed her talent for fixing things.  Julie injured her back and began working as security guard and care person for the elderly.  Julie enjoyed this job the most, saying, it was the best job she’d ever had. Julie will be greatly missed by her family and dear friends.   A celebration of life was held in the church where Julie loved to sing, with Pastor Mike Murphy and friends at the Aguanga Christian Fellowship Church on June 25, 2016.  A grave side memorial will be held at the family plot, on Aug. 13th at 2 p.m., led by Pastor Jim Barnhart, from Wesley Chapel, Midland, Michigan.   Julie will rest with her grandparents, uncle, and cousin in Middlebranch Township Cemetery, 7 miles West of U.S.10 on East 14 Mile Rd., off of M-66.

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LORETTA BRANHAM

 

C-Obit-BranhamLoretta Branham, age 83, of Gowen passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, July 25, 2016. She was born the daughter of Wick & Arlene (Cornett) Sizemore on December 28, 1932 in Kentucky. They along with her husband, Rass Branham and many sisters and brothers have preceded her in death. Loretta is survived by her three daughters, Brenda Craigmyle of Cedar Springs, Tina (Todd) Hansen of Cedar Springs, Teresa Branham of Sevierville, Tennessee; four sons, Marty Jackson of Cedar Springs, Verne (Barb) Branham of Cedar Springs, Tom (Christina) Branham of Grand Haven, Robert Branham of Grand Rapids; brother, Herman (Lee) Sizemore of Florida; twenty one grandchildren; twenty eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Loretta was a hard working lady who worked and retired from Dollywood in Tennessee after 10 years. She also retired from C-Tec in Grand Rapids after many years of service. In her spare time she loved crocheting and especially enjoyed working on bed dolls and afghans. She collected cabbage patch dolls and loved to go fishing. Loretta loved her coffee and always insisted everyone stay for at least one cup with her. She was a huge Detroit Tigers fan and loved spending time with her grandchildren and her dog “Dani.” She will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her. Memorial services for Loretta will be held at a later date. Special thanks to Brenda Jackson-Black for supporting the family and all Loretta’s caregivers.

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