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Patrick L. Gorby

Patrick L. Gorby 56 of Sand Lake, died Friday, October 6, 2017, in Grand Rapids. Patrick was born November 2, 1960, in Greenville, Michigan the son of Ray and Geraldine (Sipple) Gorby. He was an excellent taxidermist who owned and operated End of Line Taxidermy. He was an outdoorsman and avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed baking, cooking, woodworking and watching old Westerns and TV shows. Surviving are his parents, brother and sisters, Michael Gorby, Kathy (Kim) Newton, Sally (Wayne) Newton, Mark (Tammie) Gorby; many loving nieces and nephews. Private family services will be held. Interment Trufant Cemetery.

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

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Edith L.M. Boss

Edith L. M. Boss 96 formerly of Sand Lake passed away Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Clark Retirement Community, Grand Rapids. Mrs. Boss was born June 9, 1921, in Petoskey, Michigan the daughter of Alfred and Julia (Pierson) Heynig. A loving & devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend & Christian woman. Edie (as she preferred) loved spending time laughing, telling stories, jokes, singing and volunteering time to build God’s kingdom. She was able to travel the world with the love of her life, Bill. She told her nurse & friend Ricki, “When we traveled Bill would be in charge of the camera equipment & I the children.” Then they’d have a big laugh. She loved her church family, Christian service & looked forward to sharing her time, talents & treasures to build God’s kingdom. She looked forward to her weekly trips collecting items and food to donate to organizations like Helping Hands in Howard City. After living in Sand Lake for decades she & Bill moved into Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids. At Clark, she spent a lot of time encouraging her friends in the nursing unit to eat. She created stained glass lamps & night lights used as fund-raisers. She also participated in their young children’s reading program. Everyone who knew Edie said she lived her life with an uplifting & positive spirit, sharing the love of Christ with everyone. Edie will be remembered with love. We will remember how with every sunrise she prayed for her family and praised “God’s beautiful paintbrush.” On behalf of all her family, we’d like to thank you for your support and prayers. We wish all of you Christ Jesus’ peace and comfort. God bless and keep you. Surviving are her children Gregory Boss, William (Rebecca) Boss, Laurae Stumpf; grandchildren, Marie (Roy) Meyers, Becca Boss, Adam (Alexis) Stumpf, Jeffrey (Bonnie) Boss; four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, William; daughter-in-law, Pamela; grandson, Mark; brother, Charles Heynig all in Heaven. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 14 at 10:00 am at Clark Retirement Community, 1551 Franklin St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery.

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

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EMMA JOELLEN ORR

Emma JoEllen Orr, age 9, received her wings on Sunday, October 1, 2017 after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born in Holland, Michigan on October 18, 2007 to Michelle Crawford and Phillip Orr. She will be lovingly remembered by her parents, Michelle Crawford and Zach Fisk, Phillip and Braelen Orr; brother, Tyler Orr; grandparents, Kevin and Suzi Crawford, Barbara Crawford and fiancé Scotty Campbell, Steve and Julie Fisk, Daniel and Beverly Orr; several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Friends can meet the family at the Funeral Home on Friday, October 6th, 3 to 7 p.m. A private family service will take place later this week. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Emma’s 9th Floor Activities Fund for The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Arrangements by Hessel Cheslek Funeral Home, Sparta www.hesselcheslek.com

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VIOLET K. ROHRER

Violet K. Rohrer, 73 of Pierson, went to be with her Lord, whom she loved dearly, on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at home. Violet was born September 3, 1944 in Fullerton, California, the daughter of Ralph and Catherine (Claussen) Kindel. She graduated from Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois and acquired a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan. She taught school in East Grand Rapids and Okinawa, had worked in administration at Spring Arbor College, had served on school boards at the local and district levels, and most recently was president of the Chandler Woods Charter Academy school board. She was also an integral part of managing her husband’s business, John W. Rohrer, CPA in Sparta, since 2004. Violet had a love for people and a love for her Lord who was so good to her throughout her life. She enjoyed gardening and flowers, entertaining and serving others, and traveling. She was an active member of the Sparta Rotary Club while also serving as an Assistant District Governor for many years. She was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and received the designation of Major Donor to The Rotary Foundation. Surviving are her husband of 47 years, John; son Major (US Army) W. Andrew (Jennifer) Rohrer and grandchildren Grant and Gabrielle; son Benjamin (Dhari) Rohrer, CPA and grandchildren Holden, Sloane and Brooke; sister Cathlene Terbetski (David) Tanner; brother Ralph (Linda) Kindel, Jr.; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation was held Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. A service to celebrate what Jesus has done for her will be held Thursday 11:00 a.m. at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St, Cedar Springs, with Pastor Thomas Schmidt officiating. The family will greet friends at 10:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to her endowed Scholarship for Entrepreneurial Women at Greenville University, Greenville, IL, The Rotary Foundation, or a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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MITCHELL E. POTES

Mitchell E. Potes age 67 of Grand Rapids, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017 at his home. He was born May 6, 1950 in Rockford, Michigan to Benjamin W. & Alice (Teesdale) Potes. He entered into the U.S. Navy after graduation and served for six years. He worked and managed several restaurants in Rockford. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer (David) Elwood and granddaughter, Emma; sisters, Thelma (Marlin) Christensen, Sheryl (Bob) Harvey; brothers, John (Debbie) Potes, Rick (Sara) Potes; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his twin sons, Ronald and Donald and brother, Benjamin Potes. Cremation has taken place. The family held private services.

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

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MURIEL JOYCE BURKE

 

Muriel Joyce Burke, age 88 of Grand Rapids, passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017. Joyce was born July 5, 1929 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the daughter of Vern and Blanche (Hessenius) Moore. She was preceded in death by her husband, James (Sparky) Burke; son, Jimmy; four sisters and two brothers. Surviving are her children, Shirley (Leon) Avery, David Burke, Timothy (Darlene) Burke, Steven (Heather) Burke; special daughter-in-law, Deborah (Charlie) O’Hanesian; stepchildren, Jacob Callen, Jennifer (Chad) Cunningham; grandchildren, Mike (Erin) Avery, Josh (Julia) Avery, TJ (Trisha) Burke, Naomi Burke, Tyler Burke, Stacia (Jonathan) Bridges, Brendan Burke and Ethan Burke; great-granddaughter, Presley Avery; special friend, Barb (Burns) Plank; many nieces and nephews. The family will greet friends Monday, September 25th from 11:00 a.m. until time of memorial service at 12 noon at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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

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MERANDA LYNN BAGUSS

Meranda Lynn Baguss, 33 of Sand Lake, died Friday, September 15, 2017 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Meranda was born August 17, 1984 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 2003 and was attending Montcalm Community College. She had worked at Spectrum Health Butterworth on 7-South for 10 years. She was a beautiful mother, very kind hearted and always put others ahead of herself. She will be greatly missed. Surviving are her twin sons, Tony Lee Anthony III, Chauncey James Anthony; significant other, Tony Lee Anthony II; mother, Jamie Fischer; sisters, Kimberly Brassel, Jenna Worthy; grandfather, Jerry Baguss; aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Gay Baguss. The family will greet friends today, Thursday, September 21 from 5-7 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the time will conclude with a service at 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to a gofundme for expenses at https://www.gofundme.com/jn5a88-meranda-baguss-tony-chauncey

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

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MAXINE ELLEN KNOX

Maxine Ellen Knox age 89 of Belmont, our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Sanctuary of St. Mary’s. She was born January 28, 1928 in Ensley Twp. to Hans and Hilda (Larson) Hanson. She attended Howard City High School and graduated in 1947. She enjoyed singing, dancing, cooking for all occasions, watching sunsets, and tending flowers in her garden. She worked at the GM Alpine plant for 32 ½ years. After retiring she moved to Belmont, MI where she enjoyed her family and wonderful friends including her best friend and companion, Ralph Bosgraff. She loved bringing joy to others and her kindness and love was felt by whomever she met.  She is survived by her son, Stephen and Denise Knox; daughter-in-law, Kay Knox; grandchildren, Kyle (Katie) Knox, Kristine (Ehren) Dollberg, Craig Knox and Christa Knox and many great grandchildren; sister, Shirley (Jack) Hanes; brother-in-law, Loren Frey; several nieces, nephews, cousins and precious friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; her baby girl; son, Stan Knox; grandson, Cory Knox; sisters, Pauline (Norman) Kranz, Violet Frey, Lorraine (Fay) Gordon. The service was held on Wednesday, September 13 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Paul Frey, officiating. Interment North Ensley Cemetery. The family would like to thank the Sanctuary of Saint Mary’s for the compassionate care Maxine received in her final days. Memorial contributions may be made to South Ensley Methodist Church or charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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ROBERT HAVENS

 

passed away August 29, 2017 surrounded by his children. Bob was an active outdoorsman who loved hiking, fishing, camping, panning for gold, hunting, sunsets, the Great Lakes, and story telling. He will be remembered for his engaging debates, his ability to fix anything and his love of history. Bob spent winters in Golden Valley, Arizona followed by summers in Michigan with family. He is survived by his children Michelle (Rick) Wernet, Michael Havens, Mitchell (Carolyn) Havens; special friend Valerie Adams; grandchildren Marc, Kurt (Caitlin), Trevor and Ali Wernet, Cody Havens; great-grandchildren William and Kensley; and brother-in-law Dave DeBruyn. Bob was preceded in death by his wife Charlotte, friend Gloria Mulholland and sister Nancy (Dave) DeBruyn. A celebration of life was held Friday, September 15, 2017 at Caledonia Lakeside Park pavilion, 370 N. Lake St. SE, Caledonia, MI 49316. The family received visitors from 6-7pm followed by a memorial at 7pm. The family wishes to express their gratitude for the nurses and doctors involved in his care this summer, especially his nurse Anna. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Bob’s name to the American Cancer Society.

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BETTY JANE PATTERSON

 

Betty Jane Patterson 94, of Rockford, Michigan died Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Metron of Belding. Betty was born February 14, 1923 in Coral, Michigan the daughter of Gaylor & Elsie (Zenk) Lytle. She is survived by her children, Shirley DeYoung and Sandra Frandsen; grandchildren, Paul (Tiff) DeYoung, Cory (Charleigh) Frandsen, Andrea (Michael) VanSetters, Austin (Amber) Frandsen; great-granddaughter, Ashtynn and a great-grandson on the way. She was preceded in death by her husband Carroll in 1997; brothers, Alfred “Al” Lytle and Bruce Rasmussen and son-in-law, Tom DeYoung. The family will greet friends Sunday 2-4 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be Monday 10 a.m. at the Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church. Pastors Kim DeLong and Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.

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

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