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CAROLYN GREEN

C-obit-Green-fcMrs. Carolyn Green, age 88, left us on Sunday November 16th, 2014 surrounded by her adoring family after a short but valiant battle with cancer. Carolyn grew up in Ensley Center, Michigan, in the loving care of her parents who were dairy farmers. Carolyn was valedictorian of the 1944 class of Sand Lake High School. Upon graduation, she moved to Cedar Springs to live with Dr. and Ruth Branyan where she worked as a receptionist and practical nurse. She met her late husband, Tom Green, at a Bingo stand on Farmer’s Day in Cedar Springs. After a short courtship they were engaged on Christmas day, 1946, and were married on March 2nd, 1947. For several years, side by side, they owned and operated The Rockford Body Shop in Rockford, Michigan. Carolyn was an extraordinary seamstress, making matching dresses for her girls, prom dresses, wedding dresses, and everything in between. One of her favorite past times was playing penny slots at the casino. Their most enjoyable activity was camping with their grandchildren and spending time at Lincoln Lake. Tom and Carolyn enjoyed traveling together, often visiting their grandchildren wherever they went. Carolyn’s priority and joy in life was taking care of her family, putting their needs above all else. She was an example of unconditional love to all she met. Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Lillian Gillette, her brother Roger Gillette, and her beloved husband, Tom Green. Carolyn is survived by her children, Patricia and Phil Cranney of Morley, Holly and Jack Frey of Sand Lake, and Sherry Williams of Grandville; her “daughter” Penny Harvey; five grandchildren, Chad Cranney and Nicole Mason, Dirk and Nicole Cranney, Nicole and Mark Robinson, Tom and Krista Frey, and Wade and Elizabeth Green; nine great-grandchildren, Katelynn, Brooke, Sophia, Gage, Erika, Lane, Luke, Ethan, and Alexandria; and her great-great-grandsons, Ronan and Damian; brother, Ralph Gillette; nieces and nephews; and honorary granddaughters, Taylor and Allison. A funeral service for Mrs. Green will be Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 2:00pm at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street in Rockford with Fr. John Kirkman officiating. Relatives and friends met with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8pm. Interment will take place in Elmwood Cemetery in Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Humane Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson NW, Walker, MI 49544.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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WILMA M. SCHALK

EPSON scanner imageWilma M. Schalk, 77 of Henrico, VA formerly of Cedar Springs, died Friday, November 7, 2014 in Virginia. Mrs. Schalk was born on July 10, 1937 in Canton, Ohio the daughter of Harold and Ottillia (Branch) Karns. She was a homemaker and worked for her husband at their Veterinary Clinic. She loved spending time with her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and had enjoyed camping and horse racing. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Surviving are her husband, Dr. Lawrence Schalk; children, Debra (Dean) Parker, Robert (Dennise) Schalk, William (Leah) Schalk; grandchildren, Johnathan Schoommaker, Sarah, Samuel, and Savannah Schalk, Jason (Cyndi) Parker, Julie (Bob) Robinson, Jeremy (Haley) Parker, Rebbecca (David) McDonald, Laura, Kristin, and Ryan Schalk; 13 great grandchildren; sister, Barbara (Jerry) Dennis; brother, John (Raylene) Karns; cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents. The family will greet friends Friday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Saturday 11:00 am. Pastor William Schalk officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Virginia, 1700 Bayberry Court, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23226.

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

 

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Terrance N. “Terry” Bengtson

C-OBIT-bengtsonTerrance N. “Terry” Bengtson 72 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, November 6, 2014 at his home after a long fight with non-hodgkins lymphoma, stage IV since 1994 with many good years in between. Terry was born March 22, 1942 in Traverse City, MI the son of the late Alvin and Jean (Chapman) Bengtson. He graduated from Mancelona High School and Northwestern Michigan in Traverse City. He was a State Farm Agent in Cedar Springs for 39 years, retiring in 2008. He had been a member of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, Sand Lake Eagles, Sparta Moose and past president and member of the Cedar Springs Rotary. Terry loved many years of sailing on Lake Michigan on his boat, “Premium Fund” as a member of the Muskegon Yacht Club, where many friendships developed. He also golfed on a league with his son, Jeff for many years. Surviving are his wife, Diane, whom he married on March 23, 1963; children, Christine (Rodney) Klenk, Jeffrey (Robin) Bengtson; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Natalie, Rock and Tori; step grandson, Trey Dunlap; brother, Jerry Bengtson; sisters, Julie (Joe) Hoskins, Debbie Richards, Cheryl (Mike) Coy; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Louis Marks, MD, Kathleen Yost, MD, Julie Kowacz, MD, and special nurse, Cathy Forest of Spectrum Health Hospice. The family will greet friends Saturday, Nov. 22 from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church or Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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Janice Graves

 

Janice Graves age 65 of Morley passed away on October 30 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. She was born March 27, 1949 the daughter of Charles and Arlyle (Plumb) Phipps. During her working years she worked in customer service, a waitress and even day care. The last fourteen years she has worked for Rite Aid in Cedar Springs. She enjoyed bowling, camping, golfing and kayaking. Janice was a member of the Cedar Springs UMC. She loved spending time with family and friends. In 1988 she married Robert Graves who survives. Also surviving are her Mother Arlyle Phipps of Greenville; children Ronda Smith of Cedar Springs, Bill (Kim) Shepard of Cedar Springs, Bob (Cecelia) Graves of Kalamazoo, Dawn (John) Kennebeck of Whitehall, Ken (Cheryl) Graves of Howard City; Several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; Her loving pet dog Spanky; Three brothers Gale Phipps, Alex Phipps, and Craig Phipps; Five sisters Delberta Windiate, Ethel Palmer, Geneva Dean, Valerie Green, Cheryl Hellar; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and a brother Jerry and sister-in-law Dixie. Funeral services will take place on Tuesday at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church with Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Visitation will take place on Sunday from 4-6 pm and on Monday from 6-8 pm and prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

 

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JOHN J. GOLLER

C-obit-GollerMr. John J. Goller, aged 89, formerly of Rockford passed away Friday October 17, 2014. He was born June 16, 1925 in Solon Township, attended the former Briggs School and Cedar Springs High School. During WW II he served with the 35th Division, US Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of the Rockford United Methodist Church, V.F.W. Post 3946 and Glenn Hill American Legion Post 287. Surviving are his wife Peggy; his sons and their wives John M. (Debra) Goller and David (Deborah) Goller; his grandchildren Andrea (Erich) Staman, Lynee’ (Pete) Buhl, Aelise Goller, Amy (Steve) VanBeekom, John D. Goller, Kathleen Goller; he was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Funeral services for Mr. Goller were held on Tuesday October 21, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Rockford United Methodist Church. Visitation was held on Monday, October 20th from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Pederson Funeral Home. Those desiring an expression of sympathy are asked to consider with the Rockford United Methodist Church or the Michigan Home for Veteran’s, 3000 Monroe N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49505.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home

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John J. Goller

GOLLER,  Mr. John J. Goller, aged 89 formerly of Rockford passed away Friday October 17, 2014.  He was born June 16, 1925 in Solon Township, attended the former Briggs School and Cedar Springs High School.  During WW II he served with the 35th Division, US Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  He was a member of the Rockford United Methodist Church, V.F.W. Post 3946 and Glenn Hill American Legion Post 287.  Surviving are his wife Peggy; his sons and their wives John M. (Debra) Goller and David (Deborah) Goller; his grandchildren Andrea (Erich) Staman, Lynee’ (Pete) Buhl, Aelise Goller, Amy (Steve) VanBeekom, John D. Goller, Kathleen Goller; he was preceded in death by two brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services for Mr. Goller will be held on Tuesday October 21, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in the Rockford United Methodist Church.  There will be a time of visitation on Monday, October 20th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home.  Those desiring an expression of sympathy are asked to consider with the Rockford United Methodist Church or the Michigan Home for Veteran’s, 3000 Monroe N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49505.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home

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Maurice Fay Carr

Mr. Maurice Fay Carr, aged 63 of rural Howard City, Ensley Township passed away Monday, October 13, 2014. Maurice was born September 4, 1951 to Archie Owen and Bernetta Jane (Pickard) Carr in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He enjoyed anything to do with the outdoors especially fishing.  One of his greatest joys was to watch his grandchildren play sports such as football and wrestling.  He was retired from Keeler Brass but kept busy doing side jobs as a handyman/construction worker. Maurice was preceded in death by his father and mother.   He is survived by his sons Roger (Carrie) Carr and Dennis (Julie) Carr; a daughter Mollie (Ron) Spencer; 10 grandchildren; a brother Rodger (Mary) Carr; sister Genevieve Ogg.  Also surviving are his significant other Judy Bratcher and her family who Maurice treated as his own.  Private services will be held.

 

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CHARLES V. DUBRIDGE

C-obit-dubridge-webCharles V. Dubridge 85, of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at home with his family by his side. Charles was born July 21, 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Henry and Mildred (Loree) Dubridge. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and had been a draftsman at Fridgidaire in Greenville, retiring in 1990. His family was very important to him and he was a great father and grandfather. Surviving are his children, Wanda (Roger) Kleinjans, Tom (Char) Dubridge, Chuck (Linda) Dubridge, Rob (Angel) Dubridge; daughter-in-law, Ellen Grifhorst; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert (Bonnie) Dubridge, Leon (Helen) Dubridge; sister, Nyra Goetzel; sister-in-law, Dorothy Dubridge; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evah in 2003; brothers, Harry, Lynn, Don and Flinton; sister, Lucy Vidro. The family will greet friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a Rosary will be recited at 7:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday 11:00 am at St. John Paul II Church, Cedar Springs. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sand Lake. Memorial contributions may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 2221 Health Dr. SW, Wyoming, MI 49519.

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

 

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OTTO J. FORD

C-obit-Ford-webOtto J. Ford 91, of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Lincoln Square Assisted Living, Grand Rapids. Otto was born May 18, 1923 in Quincy, Michigan, the son of Cecil and Luella (Newberry) Ford. He served in the U.S. Army, in the Pacific Theater, during World War II and was a member of the Cedar Springs American Legion. Following the war he came back to Cedar Springs and worked in his father’s gas station on Main Street. He also had been an auto mechanic for Jack Hough Ford and later worked on the grounds crew at the Grand Rapids Golf Club. Surviving are his wife, Winifred, whom he married on August 14, 1971; stepsons, Dean and Deb Parker, Dale and Jeny Ransom; grandchildren, Amy Ransom and Dana Aspinall, Jason and Cyndi Parker, Rick and Rene` Martin, Julie and Bob Robinson, Jeremy and Haley Parker; 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Greta Ackerly; sister-in-law, Inez Ford; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lloyd and sister, Marjorie. The family will greet friends Friday, October 17 from 1:00 pm until time of service at 2:00 pm at Mamrelund Lutheran Church, Kent City. Pastor Leonard Dahlgren officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Mamrelund Lutheran Food Pantry.

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

 

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Barry W. Harrold

C-obit-Harrold-webBarry W. Harrold 71, of Cedar Springs, surrounded by family went to be with our Lord, Thursday, October 9, 2014. Barry was born August 5, 1943 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, the son of George and Lillian (Laski) Harrold. He served his country for 6 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, stationed in Sault Ste. Marie. There he met and married Phyllis, his loving wife of 51 years. He retired from Old Orchard Brands in Sparta, Michigan. Barry was a kind and generous man, who gave freely of himself to others. His wonderful charm was admired and appreciated by all who knew and loved him. Surviving are his wife, Phyllis (Kravis); children, Darren (Wendy) Harrold, Kelly (David) Kivell, Faith “Georgie” (Steve) Beeman, Rebecca (Isaac) Mallory; seven grandchildren; sister, Jackie (Tom) Gibbs. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family greeted friends from 1:00 pm until time of Memorial Mass Monday, October 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of Consolation, Rockford. Rev. Fr. Tony Russo presiding.

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

 

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