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WILLIAM FAY BEEBE

William F. Beebe

William F. Beebe

, age 95, of Sand Lake passed away April 22, 2016. William was born November 27, 1920 at home in Ionia Township, Michigan, the son of Lloyd and Jessie (Beckhorn) Beebe. William served proudly in WWII from September 5, 1942 to December 30, 1945. William is survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen; 5 children, Kathy & Jim Britton (Pewamo, Michigan), Fay Beebe (Plainwell, Michigan), Sandy & Jim Patin (Sand Lake, Michigan), Harriet & Chuck Eisenlohr (Hart, Michigan), Bruce & Connie Beebe (Newaygo, Michigan); 15 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. William chose to be cremated with no services. The family will have a private memorial at a later date.

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SUSAN E. ODREN

Susan E. Odren

Susan E. Odren

Susan E. Odren, 59, of Sand Lake, died Friday, April 22, 2016 at her home. Susan was born July 4, 1956 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of George and Esther (Pacewiecz) Chmurynski. She retired from the Cedar Springs office of AT&T after 30 years of service. She loved animals, enjoyed gardening and was a very generous and God fearing woman. Surviving are her husband, Phillip; children, Melissa (Matthew) Moyer, Andrew (Heather) Odren, Corene Rodriquez, Megan (Wade) VanDyke; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Brandon, Brandon, Lauren, Sally, Evan and Nickolas; mother, Esther Chmurynski; sisters, Terri (Jeffrey) Rees, Robin (David) Chmurynski-Mattman; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, George Chmurynski. A Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 am at Mary Queen of Apostles. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Montcalm County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 368, Stanton, MI 48888.

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

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Louise Marie (Brunnenkant) Bassett

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Louise marie Bassett

Louise Marie (Brunnenkant) Bassett, age 86, of Gowen, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was born March 25, 1930 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Otto and Margaret (Hein) Brunnenkant. She was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church in Howard City, loved gardening, motorcycle riding, cooking, family gatherings, family Doctor receptionist, bookkeeper of husband’s business, mother, grandma great-grandma and a homemaker. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 65 years Ramon Bassett and her four children, Renae & (Stanley) Kimes of Belding, Debra & (Norman) Chee of New Mexico, Judy & (William) Fish of Rockford and Jeffrey (Debbie) Bassett of Sparta; 10 grandchildren, Matthew Kimes of Belding, Michelle Kimes Schreiner of Cedar Springs, Peter & (Brandilyn) Fish of Cedar Springs, Kathryn Fish & (Brooks Hobson) of East Grand Rapids, Emily & (Kevin) Ritzema of Cedar Springs, Abigail Bassett of Howard City, Whitney Bassett of Sparta and Hannah, Brian & Ben Chee of New Mexico; 6 great-grandchildren, Colten, Dakota and Shalynn of Cedar Springs, Mason and Madison Hobson of East Grand Rapids and Aiden Ritzema of Cedar Springs. She is preceded in death by her parents Margaret and Otto Brunnenkant. Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Howard City, with Pastor Steven Frentz officiating. Visitation was Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville and on Monday from 10 a.m. at the church till the services on Monday. Burial took place at Elmwood Cemetery in Cedar Springs following the luncheon at the church. In Lieu of flowers those wishing to make a contribution in Louise’s name are asked by the family to contribute to Lacks Cancer Center of St. Mary’s or the Bethel Lutheran Church.Arrangements are by the Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville, with complete obituary online at www.marshallfuneralhomeinc.com where you can leave a message of condolence for the family.

Arrangements by Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville

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Franklin John DePue

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Franklin “Frank” John DePue, 75 of Greenville, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016 at home. Frank was born October 5, 1940 in Eaton Co., Michigan, the son of the late Maurice “Mike” and Helen (Holbrook) DePue. Frank is loved and survived by his wife of 56 years, Judith (Ellick) DePue; his children: Monique (Dave) Doolittle and Vincent (Kayleen) DePue; grandchildren: Trafford (Ashley Hattis) Giles, Stephanie Doolittle, Nick Doolittle, Michael (Ceara) DePue, Kyle DePue, Donald Eikenhout, Andrea (Larry) Wiley and Graham DePue; sisters: Dorothy Fisher, Carol (Ron) Stevens, Shirley (Dick) Rinckey and Dee (Ron) Corwin; great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Frank was preceded in death by his siblings: M. Jean Schafer, Edwin Maurice DePue, Kathleen Marie Cooper, Jennifred Joan Schrauben, David Lee DePue and Dean A. DePue. Frank was a graduate of Greenville High School in 1976. He retired from Meijer as Loss Prevention Manager after 30+ years of service. In addition to a long career at Meijer, he and his wife Judith were owners of Animal Crackers Farm Petting Zoo of Greenville. Frank and Judy touched countless lives, spanning several generations by taking their large traveling zoo to schools, festivals, churches, parades and more local events than can be documented. Frank donated time, along with Judy, at Special Olympics, March of Dimes, Optimist Camp and the American Cancer Society, and he walked his beloved camel Shalamar across most of Montcalm County to raise nearly $1000 for that cause. Frank also enjoyed greeting Mejier customers every Christmas Eve dressed as Santa with his reindeer and sleigh. He was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Frank always appreciated being embraced by the community and enjoyed sharing his love of his animals. He got great enjoyment making people laugh and smile with his wit and a wink. His contagiously happy spirit will be missed by so many, but never forgotten by anyone. We are sad that you are gone, but find peace in knowing we will someday see you again. We love you. Memorial services were held at 1:00 pm Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Hurst Funeral Home, with Pastor Ken Harger officiating. Visitation was Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society, and memories and messages of condolence may be shared at www.hurstfh.com.

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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ELLEN BRADLEY

 

*C-Obit-BradleyEllen Allie Bradley, age 73, passed away unexpectedly at Mercy Health St. Mary’s on Saturday, April 16, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Duane on March 22, 2016; her parents, Dollie and Bunyon Stroud; 2 sisters, Elizabeth Floyd, Blanche Evans; 2 brothers, Lester and James Stroud; son in-law, Fred Taylor. Ellen enjoyed spending time with her family, knitting and gardening. Ellen is survived by her 6 children, Reba & Gerald Albritton, Janet & Doug Plumb, Yvonne Taylor, Dale & Jacki Bradley, Linda & Joe Maxim, Doug & Tracy Bradley; grandchildren, Melissa (Scott), Nicole (Matt), Andrea (Reggie), Tim (Angie), Troy (Tiffany), Jessica (Nate), Tiffany (Scott), Krystal (Donte), Joanna (Lee), Derk (Bridget), Dalton (Lindsey), Dillon (Sam), Angela (Paul), Ashley (Eddie), Nicole, Jacob, Kailie; 23 great-grandchildren; sister in-law, Pam & Gene Gibson; brother in-law, Harry Flood. Funeral services were held at the Hessel Cheslek Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 P.M. Friends met the family at the funeral home on Tuesday, 6 to 8 P.M. and on Wednesday, 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to assist the family with expenses.

Arrangements by Hessel Cheslek Funeral Home, 88 East Division St.,
Sparta, MI 49345, www.hesselcheslek.com

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TODD HILL

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Todd Michael Hill, 54 of White Cloud passed away peacefully, Thursday, April 14, 2016 in his sleep in the arms of his loving wife, Thelma Hill from cancer. Todd was born August 29, 1961 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Terry and Sally (McCoy) Hill. He was raised in Cedar Springs and spent the last 12 years in White Cloud. Todd was a very loving Papa who loved his grandchildren. He coached his granddaughter Mackenzie’s Pee-Wee baseball team from 2010-12. Todd is survived by his wife, Thelma; children, Rodney, Frances (Rook), Paula (Bobby), Bowzer, (Julia); granddaughters, Rhea, Neisha, Rosie, Jamie, Buffy, Mackenzie, Cadence, Krista and Madison; grandsons, William, Alex, Dustin, Rookie, Paul (P.J.), Shawn; great grandson, Adam (A.J.); father, Terry (Karen) Hill; mother, Sally (Don) Groters; sisters, Terri (Tom) Venman, Traci (Carlos) Beals; brother, Charlie Hill; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Longtime friends, Dan Robinson, Joe (Lisa) Magnan, Amber, Joan Defreese and many other friends from Cascade Engineering, Royal Plastics and Emerald Graphics. The family greeted friends Monday, April 18 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Tuesday 2:00 pm. Marj Timmerman officiating. Interment Amble Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lemmen-Holton Cancer Research, 145 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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ROBIN H. HOEKSTRA

 

 

C-obit-hoekstraRobin H. Hoekstra, 60, of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday April 13, 2016. Robin was born November 17, 1955 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Vonna Darin (Ryder) and the late Angelo Darin. Robin was preceded in death by her son, Anthony Fortier on March 19, 1997. Robin is survived by her mother; siblings, Catherine, Angelo, Joseph, Guiliana, Christopher, Antonio, Eugene; her children, Marc (Tracy), Daniel (Sarah), Michelle (Terry), Patrick (Jennifer), Gabrielle (Gage), and Andrew; grandchildren, Austin J., Austin M., Hannah, Emma, Caleb, Ayla, Anthony, Mason, Cooper, Ava, and Landon; many nieces and nephews. Robin’s greatest joy came from raising her children and spending time with her grandchildren. People who had the privilege of knowing Robin remember her for bringing the best out of people and the willingness to go that extra mile for anyone in need. The family greeted friends Monday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where a celebration of life was held Tuesday 11:00 am. Visitation began Tuesday 10:00 am. Rev. Ben Vaught officiating. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Grand Rapids. The family asks in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the Robin Hoekstra Gofundme.com account in order to support funeral costs and to support her youngest son Andrew Fortier.

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

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ALTHEA B. WELCH

Althea B. Welch, 87, formerly of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Christian Rest Home, Grand Rapids. Mrs. Welch was born February 25, 1929 in Rockford, Michigan, the daughter of Arthur and Hazel (Hall) Bliss. She had worked at Wolverine World Wide before becoming a mother and homemaker. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs where she taught Sunday School and Jr. Church for many years. She loved to cook, bake, knit, crochet, and spend time with her grandsons. Surviving are her son, Richard (Linda) Welch; grandsons, David and Jonathan; brother, Arthur (Delores) Bliss; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon in 2010; sisters, Lois Blakeslee, Lowella Husted, and Barbara Bliss; brother, Leland Bliss. The family greeted friends Tuesday, April 5 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Wednesday 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs. Pastor Dan Currie officiating. Interment Fairplains Cemetery, Sparta. Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Rest Home or Gentiva Hospice.

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

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BETTY G. RINGLER

C-obit-RinglerBetty G. Ringler, 85, of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 4, 2016 at home. Betty was born February 6, 1931 in Staples, Minnesota, the daughter of James and Jenny (Rink) Kubitza. She had worked at the Grand Rapids Herald and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She especially loved her grandchildren. She was a member of Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake and their Ladies Guild. She loved watching and feeding birds and playing card games. Surviving are her husband, Basil, whom she married on November 13, 1954; children, Janice (Mike) DeGraaf, Karen (Jeff) Sixbury, Douglas (Darlene) Ringler, Steve (Lisa) Ringler, Bruce Ringler, Chris Ringler; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Helen (Chum) Woodard. She was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters. The family greeted friends Wednesday from 2-4 and 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 celebrated Thursday 11:00 am at Mary Queen of Apostles with Rev. Fr.Lam Le celebrant. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Elementary School, Staples, MN.

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

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Duane W. Bradley

BradleyObitWebDuane E. Bradley, age 83, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bert & Lottie Rens; sister, Shirley Flood; son in-law, Fred Taylor. Duane is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Ellen Bradley; his 6 children, Reba & Gerald Albritton, Janet & Doug Plumb, Yvonne Taylor, Dale & Jacki Bradley, Linda & Joe Maxim, Doug & Tracy Bradley; 15 grandchildren, Melissa (Scott), Nicole (Matt), Andrea (Reggie), Tim (Angie), Troy (Tiffany), Jessica (Nate), Tiffany (Scott), Krystal (Donte), Joanna (Lee), Derk (Bridget), Dalton (Lindsey), Dillion (Sam), Angie (Paul), Ashley (Eddie), Nicole Porter, Jacob Porter; 25 great grandchildren; sister, Pam & Gene Gibson; brother in-law, Harry Flood. Duane served in the United States Marine Corp and then the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He worked for Ronda Tire for many years until retirement. He loved to play pool, golf, and cards and enjoyed his cocktails. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, March 28, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. Friends may meet the family at the funeral home on Monday, Noon – 2:00 P.M. and 4:00-6:00 P.M. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to assist the family with expenses.

Arrangements by Hessel Cheslek Funeral Home www.hesselcheslek.com.

 

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