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Ida Loraine Morris

Ida Loraine Morris of Sand Lake, Michigan, age 93, passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.  She was born to Henry and Etta (Schnieder) Roberts on January 16, 1925.  Ida was well known for her delicious fudge and cinnamon buns.  She maintained a beautiful flower garden. Ida enjoyed listening to music, embroidering quilts, and spending time with friends and family.  She is survived by her two loving daughters Connie (Gary) Welch and Terri (Tracey) Wood, six grandchildren, twenty two great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; her sister, Stella White; sister-in-law, June Roberts; brother-in-law Kenny Becker; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Ida was preceded in death by both husbands Lawrence Heft and James Morris; son, Jerry (Sue) Heft; and grandson Jarrod Welch. There will be a time of visitation from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Ida will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Pederson Funeral Home. Pastor Rick Malone will be officiating.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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TONI R. BARNHILL

Toni R. (Felix) Barnhill age 59 of Cedar Springs, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at her home. She was born November 15, 1958 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Earle and Della (Kloostra) Felix. She was a very loving wife and sister. Toni enjoyed playing games and knitting. She is survived by her husband, Larry Martin Barnhill; children, Tia K. (Curtis) LaCombe, Taylor L. Barnhill; grandchildren, Brant, Laurin, Alexander LaCombe and Diesel Jones; siblings, Mary Felix, Corinne (Lyle) Streeter, Charles (Julie) Wiersma; mother-in-law, Caroline Barnhill; brothers and sisters-in-law, William Barnhill (Levi), Mary (Jim) Reimert, Edward Barnhill and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Karen Puite, Frank Felix and Sally Heald. The family greeted friends Saturday, May 19 at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. There was no funeral service. Memorial contributions to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

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

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GERTRUDE MARIA DUDLEY

Gertrude Maria Dudley, 89, of Riley Township entered eternal life Wednesday, May 16, 2018. She was born on October 5, 1928 in Gresten, Austria to the late Maria Magdalena Pfaffenbichler. She met her husband, Charles Marion Dudley, Sr. in Austria while he was stationed there during World War II. They were married in the fall of 1948 in Freemont, Ohio and enjoyed 20 years of happy marriage until his passing on August 7, 1968. Gertrude attended school in Austria for Pharmacy. She would then go on to work for Awrey Bakery for 14 years. When she wasn’t working, Gertrude had a passion for cooking and loved working in her flower garden. She also enjoyed going for long drives. Most of all she was devoted to her family. Gertrude is survived by her daughter, Rose Mary (Gary) Fisk of Pierson; her son, Charles (Cheryl) Dudley of Riley Township; seven grandchildren, Tina Marie (Micky) Rish, Christina Dudley, Angela Weber, Frank (Melisa) Davidson, Charles Dudley Jr., Chad (Jessica) Dudley, and Christopher Dudley; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Gertrude; and several nieces and nephews all of Austria. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. with visitation being held from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service in the Kammeraad-Merchant Funeral Home, Memphis. To send condolences, visit: www.kammeraad-merchant.com.

Arrangements by Kammeraad-Merchant Funeral Home, Memphis

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DR. RICHARD FRANKLIN DODD

On April 2, 2018, Richard F. Dodd D.D.S., aged 84 years and 11 months, passed from his life on earth into the loving, healing arms of his Savior. He was born to Guy and Genevieve Dodd in Ludington Michigan on May 3, 1933. Following graduation from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Richard was commissioned in the USAF and served as Captain in the Air Defense Command. After active service in the Air Force, he established a private practice in Kent County Michigan. He served as a dentist in Cedar Springs for many years. During his professional life he also served the community as a member of the school board and in township government. At the age of forty, Dick began “an affair with the violin” that presented him with ample challenges for the rest of his life. At the age of 71 he moved with his wife of 55 years to Kalamazoo, Michigan and again three years later to Hartselle, Alabama, where they have lived since. He was an active member of First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs, Algoma Baptist, The Journey Church, First United Baptist Church of Kalamazoo and the First Baptist Church of Hartselle. Richard is survived by his loving wife, Rebecca; daughters, Julea (Kevin) Moats of Decatur, Alabama, Al and Amelia Denslow of Hartselle, Alabama; two grandchildren, Steven Dodd Denslow of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Victoria Denslow of Birmingham, Alabama; his brother Larry (Donna) Dodd of Traverse City, Michigan; brother-in-law Karl (Angie) DeVries of Grayling, Michigan; sisters-in-law Martha (Ray) Vandee Panne of Cedar Springs, Michigan; and several nieces and nephews, who all loved their “UncaDick”. He is interred at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Alabama.

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FREDERICK L. WILK

 

Mr. Frederick “Fred” L. Wilk of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 71, has “gone fishing.” He passed away on Friday, April 13, 2018, and simple cremation has taken place. Fred was the oldest of three boys. He graduated from Sparta High School in 1965. Fred was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he could tell a “tall tale” better than anyone— he would tell of the biggest fish that broke his line, or the buck that leaped over his arrow or bullet. Fred enjoyed farming corn and soybeans. He also enjoyed growing a garden where he could demonstrate his impressive green thumb. He roasted many pigs for graduations, wedding, and other regular gatherings and parties. He was quite the cook. Fred is survived by his children Jeannie Pritchard, Christopher, Matthew, and Patrick Wilk; three grandsons, four granddaughters, and one great-grandson; two brothers, Aaron and Ricky Wilk; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other beloved members of the family. He was preceded in death by his parents Lester “Roy” and Betty (Constantine) Wilk. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the Rockford American Legion Merritt Lamb Post 102, 330 Rockford Park Drive NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Relatives and friends are encouraged to join Fred’s family during this time of fellowship, food, and beverage.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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DAVID N. WALLS

 

David N. Walls, 84, of Trout Creek, passed away early Friday morning, May 11, 2018. Dave was born on Nov. 19, 1933, in Trout Creek, a son of Wilbert and Taimi (Moilanen) Walls. He graduated from Trout Creek High School in 1952 and married his high school sweetheart, Patsy Pittsley. In 1953, they moved to Grand Rapids, where Dave worked in the factories until 1963 when he became an insurance inspector. Dave was promoted to office manager for Commercial Services. At that time the family moved to Cedar Springs. In 1978, Dave started his own insurance inspection company with his partner, Art Clement. They operated the company until 2002 when they sold the company and retired. In 2002, Dave and Patsy returned to Trout Creek where Dave was always fishing on the Beaver in his canoe. When fishing season was over, it was time for hunting with his brother, Kenny, Uncle Gene and son, Dave and anyone else that wanted to go along. Dave was always so proud that he was the catcher for the Trout Creek American Legion Baseball Team. At the age of 15, he was the catcher for Ben Manning (Dave’s idol). Dave was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers and Lions and all Michigan State and Ewen-Trout Creek sports. Dave is survived by his loving wife, Patsy, Trout Creek; a son, David Jr. (Katie), Cedar Springs; two sisters, Marion Walls, San Antonio, Texas, and Lois Couper, Ft. Myers, Florida; a brother, Dennis, Milwaukee; a grandson, Aaron (Sheryl) Rohen; three great-grandsons, Aaron Wayne (Samantha), Ryan and David; a great-great-granddaughter, Melina Kay; two sisters-in-law, Diana Thompson, Inez, Kentucky, and Pam Walls, Livonia; his son-in-law, Doug Setters, Sheridan, Indiana; two aunts, Shirley Madden and Elma Hirvonen; special friends, Jim and Jean Ward, Cedar Springs; and many dear nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Wayne; a daughter, Darlene; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Art and Evelyn Pittsley; two brothers, Wilbert “Sonny” and Kenneth; a sister, Carol Verran; a grandson, Travis Setters; and two nieces, Teresa Wilder and Tiffney Walls. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 18, at 1 p.m. EDT, preceded by visitation at noon EDT, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Trout Creek, with the Rev. Kay Richter officiating. Luncheon will be served at the American Legion Hall in Trout Creek following the service. Condolences may be expressed online at lakesidememorialchapel.com. 

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield. 

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FRANCIS JAMES MIDDLETON

Francis “Butch” James Middleton, age 79, of Sand Lake, Michigan went home to his Lord and Savior Sunday, May 6, 2018. He was born on April 28, 1939 to Frank and Auril (Wells) Middleton in Solon Township. Francis was a teacher for Cedar Springs Schools. He was very musically talented and founded the band called Midnight Curfew. Francis also enjoyed baseball, softball, tennis, and he especially loved playing his accordion. He even wrote his own polka called the Great Lakes Polka. He is survived by his wife Glenda (Dame); children, Kristy Rempalski, Kelly (Nelson) Shulenberger, Randy (Kerry) Middleton, Kurt Middleton, Megan (Adam) Krichau, Jess Middleton; son-in-law, Rob Rempalski; grandchildren, Shane Kasper, Brooke Rempalski, John Luke Shulenberger, Jaxon Shulenberger, Kendall Krichau, Dane Krichau, and Callahan Krichau; brother, Barth Middleton; sister, Opal Waller; sister-in-law, Lucille Middleton. Francis was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Brandi Middleton; sisters, Vera Armstrong, Leone Davis, Agnes Feikema; brothers, Cleo Middleton, and Clair Middleton. There will be a time of visitation with the family from 4:00 – 7:00 pm Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe St. NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service of praise and thanksgiving will be 11:00 am Friday, May 11, 2018 at Grant Christian Reformed Church, 13110 Poplar Ave, Grant, MI 49327. There will also be a time of visitation at church one hour prior to the service. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy may make memorial contributions to Grant Christian School, 12931 Poplar Ave, Grant, MI 49327 or to Heartland Hospice, 1053 W. Main St., Fremont, MI 49412.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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JUNE J. (KLOOSTER) HEERINGA

June J. (Klooster) Heeringa age 93 of Cedar Springs, passed away Friday, April 27, 2018 at her granddaughter’s home in Newaygo. Mrs. Herringa was born September 10, 1924 in Fremont, Michigan the daughter of Benjamin and Hattie (Luchies) Timmer. She grew up in Fremont and was a charter member of Pioneer Christian Reformed Church, Cedar Springs. She enjoyed traveling. Surviving are her children, Linda (Jack) Mulder, Rick (Mary) Klooster, Bob Klooster, Michelle Klooster; 8 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Carl Klooster in 1982 and Gilbert Heeringa; daughter, Mary Beth Opper in 2000; 2 brothers. Services were held Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Chaplain Daniel Pflug officiating. Private interment Maple Grove Cemetery, Fremont.

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

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DOROTHY A. HELSEL

Dorothy A. Helsel age 87 of Cedar Springs died Saturday, April 28, 2018 at St. Anne’s Home, Grand Rapids. Mrs. Helsel was born August 26, 1930 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Stanley and Francis (Blasczyzk) Jaskiewicz. She retired from General Motors Alpine Avenue plant. Dorothy loved and adored her grandchildren, enjoyed traveling, and spending time with close friends and family. She made rosaries and was very devoted to the rosary. Surviving are her daughters, Deb (Carl) Allen, Tena (Mike) Hoxsie; grandchildren, Mike (LesLee) Michalek, Joann (Matt) Johnson, John (Gwen) Michalek, Laura (Drew) Felsted, Kendall Hoxsie; great grandchildren, David, Jack, Mia, Lillie and Piper; brother, Ray (June) Jaskiewicz; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; daughter and son-in-law, Sandy (Mic) Michalek; grandson, Todd Allen. A special thank you to St. Anne’s Home for their wonderful love, care and support. 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 Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday 11:00 a.m. at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Cedar Springs. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Grand Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Paul II or St. Anne’s Home.

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

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BEVERLY GOULD (REYBURN) FEASEL

BEVERLY GOULD (REYBURN) FEASEL

Beverly Gould (Reyburn) Feasel age 89 of Greenville, passed into the presence of God in Heaven Friday, April 27, 2018. She was born to Clarence and Helen Doane of Belmont on April 5, 1929. She married G. DeVerl Reyburn on Thanksgiving Day, 1947. Surviving are her children, Dale (Rhonda) Reyburn formerly of Greenville, now of Cedar Springs, Kris (Teri) Reyburn of DeWitt, Cynthia Brown of St. Johns, Deann (Robert) Brown of Lansing; step children, Carla Heiss and Frank Heiss; former daughter-in-law, Cindy (Paepke) Dobson and David Brown; brother, Daniel (Jane) Doane; sisters, Mary Holland and Phyllis (Don) Wirries; sister-in-law, Reatha Doane; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husbands, G. DeVerl Reyburn, Franklin Heiss and Duane Feasel; brothers, Wallace and Robert Doane; step daughter, Dorothy Heiss. The family greeted friends Monday, April 30 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was Tuesday 11:00 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church, 315 N. Greenville West Dr., Greenville. Pastor Randy Williams officiating. Interment East Montcalm Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Right to Life of Michigan and Great Lakes Caring Hospice.

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

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