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Jennie Mae Ringler-Holton

 

Jennie Mae Ringler-Holton, 97, of Morley, passed away on August 16, 2017 in Cedar Springs, Michigan.  She was born on January 4, 1920 to Henry and Marvella (Craigmyle) Wilson in Woodville, Michigan. On November 13, 1937 she married Floyd Ringler in Kalamazoo, Michigan and was a loving homemaker.  Jennie is survived by two daughters: Wanda Carlson of Jenison, Leatha Francis of Dorr; two sons: Hal (Karen) Ringler of Cedar Springs, Dale (Cheryl) Ringler of Morley; son-in-law Keith Sherman of Morley; 19 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd Wesley Ringler, daughter Joyce Sherman, and son Lyle Ringler and his wife Patsy.  Visitation will be held Friday, August 18, 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, funeral services on Saturday, August 19, 2017, 11:00 all at the Fields-McKinley Funeral and Cremation Services Newaygo Chapel.  Burial will take place in the Big Prairie-Everett Cemetery.  Please share your memories of Jennie online at www.fieldsmckinley.com.

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CHRISTOPHER DAVID COX

Christopher David Cox age 45 passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017 at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Chris was born July 21, 1972 in Manchester, New Hampshire but grew up in Sand Lake, Michigan. He always had a smile on his face. He loved the outdoors and spent a lot of time hunting and fishing. He also loved playing the guitar. He loved all children but especially his sons, nieces, and nephews. Chris was the greatest son, dad, brother and grandson you could ever ask for and will be deeply missed by his family. Chris is survived by his sons, Christopher and Kevin; mother, Susan (Ken) Whitney; father, Bruce (Maureen) Cox; sister, Michelle (Joe) Murdoch; brother, Paul Cox; step sister, Leslie (Josh) Lille-Whitney; grandparents, Carol Cox, Betty Fath and Earl Fath; nieces and nephews, BreAnne, Seth, Bernadette (Naddy), Sullivan, Ike, Ian, and Asher; great nephew, Oliver; special friend Sharon Kahn; the Faylor family; so many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Virgil Cox and Ted Green; grandmother, Arlene Eden; great-grandmother, Evelyn Cox; niece, Halee. The family will meet with friends Friday 11a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to his sons for their education at any Independent Bank.

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

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MAX EDWIN HOVEN

Max Edwin Hoven, 87, passed away July 18, 2017 in California. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Lois (Lee); his 6 children, Max (Bobbi) Hoven, Marcia Chase, Dan (Gayle) Hoven, Cindy (John) Karafa, Terry Hoven, Michael (Kelly) Hoven; 3 step-children, Sher Gustafson, Rick (Tammy) Roehl, Julie (Heinz) Strahl; 28 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren; sister Margene Swanson; brother Hugh (Connie) Hoven. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 26, at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St. at 4:00 p.m.

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Jeffrey L. Shick

 

Jeffrey L. Shick 61 of Sand Lake, died Monday, August 7, 2017 at Mercy Health – St. Mary’s, Grand Rapids. Jeff was born September 21, 1955 in Muskegon, Michigan the son of William and Carol (Durkin) Shick. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving as a SeaBee. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and playing cribbage with his father. He was a very kind and generous person who loved his family and grandchildren. Surviving are his children, Ryan Shick, Nyha (Antonio) French; grandchildren, Lezzette, Aubrie, Olivia, Ethan and Natalie; parents, William & Carol Shick; brothers, Mike (Cindy) Shick, Pat (Sue) Shick; sisters, Shannon (Mike) Silva, Wendy (Brian) Bradley; 10 nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, September 16 from 1-5 p.m. at the VFW Hall in Sand Lake. Memorial contributions may be made to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids.

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

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ROGER G. CAVNER

 

Roger G. Cavner, 80 of Sand Lake, died Sunday, August 6, 2017 at his home. Roger was born May 31, 1937 in Sand Lake, Michigan the son of Emmett and Nina (Tisdel) Cavner. He had worked at Helms Lighted Pictures, Brick & Block Layer, Kelvinator, Cedar Springs Public Schools and was a custodian at Tri-County Schools for 29 years retiring in 2002. He had served as sexton for East Nelson and Punches Cemeteries for many years. He enjoyed working at the West Michigan Whitecaps as an usher from 2002 until now. Surviving are his wife, Joyce (Parker); children, Dawn Seif, Mark (Kim) Cavner, Brian (Susan) Cavner; grandchildren, Jessica (Andrew) Mercer, John Seif, Lauren (Chad) Williams, Brent and fiancee, Katie Esakson, Stephen, Matthew and Aaron; one great-grandson and one on the way; sisters, Kathleen (Leonard) Woodman, Patti (Philip) Starr; mother-in-law, Martha Parker; in-laws, Gerald Parker, Lucinda (Max) Cole, Reta (Charles) McKee; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Charles; father-in-law, Wendell Parker; son-in-law, Timothy Seif; grandson, Ryan Doyle; sister-in-law, Beverly Parker; nephew, Kevin Cole. The family greeted friends Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the memorial service will be held Thursday 11:00 a.m. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Meijer Heart Center.

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

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CHRISTINA M. JOHANSEN

 

Christina M. Johansen, 68 of Big Rapids passed and went to be with the Lord on July 31,2017 at Covenant Nursing Home in New Orleans Louisiana. Christina was born in Big Rapids, Michigan on August 2, 1948.The daughter of Roy and Ruth (Lavance) Hanson.She was a hairdresser, loving wife, mother, aunt, great aunt, and grandmother. She enjoyed being around her many friends playing dominos and cards. She also enjoyed being around and loving on her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was well liked and loved by everyone she met and made a lasting impression on everyone. Surviving are her children Timothy (Jennifer) Johansen of Muskegon, Tiffany (Collyn) Martinez of New Orleans, Louisiana; her three grandchildren Zane, Zander, and Xavier; her brother Lynnwood (Della) Hanson of Paris Michigan; sister Barbra Hanson of Traverse City; brother Bill (Deb) Hanson of Bay City Michigan. Also many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Dennis and her parents. There will be a small service at Interment Park Hill Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on August the 19th and then a Celebration of life at the Paris Snowmobile Club located at 22531 20 Mile Road, Paris Michigan at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

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JERRY L. CADARET

Jerry L. Cadaret, 79 of Kentwood, died Sunday, July 30, 2017. Jerry was born May 16, 1938 in Toledo, Ohio the son of Paul and Ona (Lydick) Cadaret. He graduated from Godwin High School and served his country in the U.S. Army from 1959 – 61. He worked for A.J. Sparks Belting and was a member of the East Nelson United Methodist Church and a life member of the Doric Masonic Lodge, Grand Rapids. Jerry enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting, traveling and camping. He was a hard worker and always put his family first. Surviving is the love of his life, Shirley (Tisdel) whom he married on June 2, 1961; children, Brenda (Tom) Voisin, Beverly (Roger) Carlson, Jeremy Cadaret and Susanne Aldridge; grandchildren, Cathleen Honeysette, Kenneth (Emily) Mol, Benjamin (Olivia) Mol, Christen (Chris) Chapin, Jacob (Lindsey) Mol, Timothy Mol and Christina Dean, Mackenzie Cadaret and William Ball; great-grandchildren, Reece, Randal, Brooklynn, Emma, Grayson, Ethan, Zachary, Autumn and baby Lucas on the way. The family received friends Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Thursday 11:00 a.m. Visitation Thursday from 10 – 11 a.m. Pastor Inge Whittemore officiating. Interment East Nelson Cemetery with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to East Nelson United Methodist Church.

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

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SHIRLEY ANN POPE

Shirley Ann Pope age 82 of Cedar Springs passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017 surrounded by her family at Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Shirley was born April 24, 1935 in Ludington to the late Bernard and Selma (Murawski) Swantek. Surviving is her loving husband of 64 years, Keith; children, Denise Smith, Keith (Dixie) Pope Jr., Mark Pope, Bill (Angela) Pope, and Duane Pope; grandchildren, Chad, Kenny (Courtney) Fisk; Sherri (Ron) Potes, Nicholas (Angie) Pope, Ross Pope, Katie (Asa) Khoury; Abby, Cody, Colton, Alexis Pope; Megan Vanbeek, Travis Parker, Tyler Pope, and Wyatt Magoon; great-grandchildren, Chase, Archer, Iva, Mabel, and Owen; brother, Richard Chesney; sisters-in-law, Joyce (Irv) Hanna, Dee (Clinton) Mack, Beverly (Bob) VanderHeide, and Joanne Chesney; and brother-in-law, Art Curtis. She was preceded in death by her brother, Daniel Chesney; son-in-law, Irvin Smith; sisters-in-law, Yvonne Adams, Joan Curtis, and Bonnie Chesney; and brother-in-law, Ken Pope. The family received friends Tuesday, August 1 at 10 a.m. until time of the service at 11 a.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, Fr. Peter Vu officiating. Interment was at Solon Township Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff at Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and Great Lakes Hospice for their excellent care. Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Home and Great Lakes Hospice.

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

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JOYCE A. EMPIE

Joyce A. (Bremmer) Empie, a lifelong resident of Cedar Springs, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017. She was born December 20, 1930 to Morise and Vera (Porter) Bremmer in Cedar Springs, Michigan. She leaves behind her daughter Jomay (Bob) Brand; grandchildren Dana Brand, Justin (Nikki) Brand, and Katie Brand along with great-grandchildren Gavin, Maddie, and Harper. She also leaves behind to cherish her memory her brothers Arwin “Ed” (Nancy) Bremmer, Rex (Kathy) Bremmer, and Arden (Denise) Bremmer; and several nieces and nephews. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband Stanley, her brother Jack, and parents Morise and Vera. Joyce worked at Beach Elementary for many years and enjoyed camping, hunting and spending time with her family. In High School she was a member of the choir, Future Homemakers of America, a cheer leader for three years and a member of the Red Flannel Queen Court. A memorial visitation was held at Pederson Funeral Home after cremation had taken place.

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Gary Lee Kruger

Gary Lee Kruger age 76 passed away peacefully at his home with his family at his side on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.  He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nancy; children, Tina and Daniel Ward, Thaddeus and Brenda Kruger, Thor TerHaar, Scott TerHaar, Kelly Kruger; 8 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; siblings, Irene, Roger, Barb, Sandy, June, Larry, and Margie; several nieces and nephews.  As Gary had wished cremation has taken place and  a Celebration of Life will be held at Cedar Creek Community Church on Saturday, July 22, from 2 until 6 P.M.  Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Great Lakes Caring Hospice.

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

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