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Norma G. Engelman

C-OBIT-Engelman-NormaMrs. Norma G. Engelman, formerly Norma G. Bunker, of Sand Lake, Michigan, age 81, passed away in the comfort of her home on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. She was born to the late Norman and Gladys (Ott) Wylie in Kent City, Michigan on Tuesday, October 24, 1933. She was a life-long resident of West Michigan. Norma enjoyed doing many things in life. She loved to relax with the feel of a good book in her hands. She would also do crossword puzzles with an ink pen, because she was that good. Norma was a loving and devoted wife, wonderful and caring mother, and the best grandmother anyone could ask for. She always cherished every moment spent with her family. Her love for them was infinite. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by family, friends, and all who knew her. Norma is survived by her beloved husband of fifteen years, Jerry LeMar Engelman; loving children Douglas Bunker, Kim VerHage, Kathy Hall, Keitha (Thomas) Sanders, Kari Tesch, Leslie (Walt) Steil, Sarah (Marty) Brown, Michael Engelman, Dan Engelman, Katherine Engelman, and Cameron Engleman; twenty-two grandchildren; thirty-four great-grandchildren; brothers Robert (Sabrea) Wylie and Dale Wylie; brothers-in-law Larry Engelman and Kip Babcock; sister-in-law Linda (Wilber) Moore; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Mary Jo Hall, son-in-law Rick VerHage; grandson Adam Howard; granddaughter-in-law Kim Sanders; great-granddaughter Shannon VerHage, and mother-in-law Velma Babcock. There will be a time of visitation from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Norma will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 26, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home. Ross Merlington will be officiating. There will be a one hour visitation prior to the service. Interment will be at Rockford Cemetery, Rockford, MI. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Memory of Shannon Dale VerHage, Attn: Development, Charles B. Wang International Children’s Building, 699 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3175; or online at https://secure.missingkids.com/donate

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JACKIE L. “JR” REMMELE

EPSON scanner imageJackie L. “Jr” Remmele, Jr. 37 of Greenville, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Jack was born May 8, 1977 in Adrian, Michigan. He was a 1995 graduate of Cedar Springs High School and had been a volunteer with the Cedar Springs Fire Department. Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Jackie and Jim Davis; father and stepmother, Jack and Vicki Remmele; stepgrandparents, Jerry and Pat Davis; stepbrother, Joshua and Kristy Davis; stepaunt, Cindy Puffenberger; special friend and family, Tracy (Hill) Dorma and Gary and Janice Hill. A memorial luncheon and a time to greet family and friends will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 12 – 3 pm at the Cedar Springs American Legion Post, 91 1st Street, Cedar Springs.

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

 

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EDNA ANDERSEN

EPSON scanner imageEdna Andersen, 94 of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Mrs. Andersen was born November 21, 1920 in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of Jacob (Jack) and Bella (Kasen) Stoll. She served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in North Carolina at Moore General Hospital. There, she met and fell in love with a fellow soldier, Niels Andersen. They enjoyed 65 years of marriage and working together, living at 21 different addresses. Her associations included the Cedar Springs Women’s Club, founding member of REGM (Ruth Estrin Goldberg Memorial) for Cancer Research, and Cedar Springs Historical Society. She volunteered many hours calling for Red Cross Blood donations and spent many happy hours working with Niels in the Cedar Springs Museum Gift Shop. Surviving are her children, Soren (Diane Novak) Andersen, Beth Andersen, Karen (Ronald) Meier; grandchildren, Tony (fiancée, Claire Peters), Carmen (Tim) Sheehy, Joe, Jack, Steven and Tom; great granddaughter, Annabelle Sheehy; special friends, Waleed Howrani and Donna Clark. She was preceded in death by her husband, Niels in 2010. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Donna Clark officiant. Interment with Military Honors by the U.S. Army at Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cedar Springs Public Library, 43 W. Cherry St., P.O. Box 280, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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

 

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LOUIS C. PEER

C-OBIT-PeerLouis C. Peer, Jr., age 94, of Greenville, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at his home under the loving care of his wife, daughters, and Spectrum Health Hospice. The son of Beryl (Snider) & Louis Clint Peer, Sr., he was born on May 3, 1920. A very proud veteran of World War II, Louis served in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Pennsylvania. Following the war, on December 7, 1946 he married Geneva Ostrom and raised seven children, and enjoyed over 68 years of marriage. Louis retired from Federal Mogul Corp. after 32 years of service and enjoyed woodworking, golfing, hunting and fishing. Lou volunteered many hours at North Kent Service Center and Cedar Chase Golf Course for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Wilda Morris and Janice Hauff; brothers, George, Stanley and Donald Peer; daughters-in-laws, Wilma Peer and Patricia Peer; and two infant grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Geneva Peer, children, Duane and Anne Peer, Devere Peer, Phyllis Peer, Darwin & Linda Peer, Marvin & Bobbie Peer, David & Molly Peer, Doreen & Kim Akkerhuis, and Dawn & Randy Kincaid of Cedar Springs; brother-in-law, Martin Hauff; sister-in-law, Lisa Peer; also many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Visitation is Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Service at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville. Committal services, with full military honors at Forest Home Cemetery, Greenville, will take place in the spring.

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Eugene “Spud” Ensing

Ensing, EugeneMr. Eugene “Spud” Ensing of Rockford, age 88 went home to his Lord and Savior Saturday, January 17, 2015. He was born in Grand Rapids to Gerritt and Dorothy (Hart) Ensing in 1926. Spud served his county and flag in the US Navy during WWII and in the US Air Force during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired from the US Air Force in 1968. After retirement he worked for Northern Air and Herman Miller’s flight department. In his spare time he volunteered for many organizations, such as the Cedar Springs Historical Society, as a flag marshal for Sports Car Club of America and Championship Auto Racing Teams. Spud also was a member of International Plastic Modelers Society, a charter member of the Smithsonian Air Museum, and a member of National Naval Aviation Museum. In his lifetime he also visited 127 countries and all 50 states. Despite all these achievements and interests, one of the most important things to him was spending time with his family. Eugene will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family and all who knew him. He is survived by his loving children, Priscilla (Fred) Finch, Gordon (Connie) Ensing, Deborah (Mitch) Millhuff, Donald Ensing; grandchildren, Shannon Finch, Shawn Finch, Meghann (Sean) Evans; great-grandchildren, Haley Finch, Zoe Evans, Sammy Evans; step-mother of more than 60 years, Ethel Ensing; brothers and sisters, Donna (Ensing) Alverson, Gary (Jan) Ensing, Tammy (Bill) Heydens, Marlene (Eddie) Vasquez, Dale (Debra) Ensing, Kevin (Deena) Ensing, Steve (Shari) Ensing; brothers-in-law, Barney Townes, George Allington, Larry Squires; and many nieces and nephews. Eugene was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife Alma (Weller); and sister, Eleanor Squires. The Funeral Service will be 11 am Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S Main Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. There will be a time of visitation from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe Street, Rockford, MI 49341. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S Main Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or Vista de la Montana United Methodist Church, 3001 E. Mira Vista Lane, Tucson, AZ 85739 or National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd., Suite C, Navel Air Station, Pensacola, FL 32508 or The 390th Memorial Museum, 6000 East Valencia Road, Tucson, AZ 85756.

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Donna M. Reed

C-OBIT-reeddonnaDonna M. Reed 80 of Sand Lake, died Friday, January 16, 2015 at her home. Donna was born December 30, 1934 in Sand Lake, MI the daughter of John and Ivah (Riley) Shick. She worked for General Motors Plant #2 on Alpine Avenue for 30 years. She was the first Village of Sand Lake Queen in 1952 and enjoyed being a Grandma Helper and making cookies for Sand Lake Elementary School. She had a special love for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surviving are her sons, Randy, Ken (Judy), Rick (Nancy); eight grandchildren and their spouses; 11 great grandchildren; sisters, Arlene Wesche, Bev (Phil) Wesche, Verna (Dick) Wesche; brother, Fred (Carol) Shick; brother-in-law, Don (Della) Reed; close friend, Sue Cohen; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orvin “Chub” in 2010; brothers, Harvey and Bob. The family will greet friends Sunday from 2-4 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Monday 11:00 am. Pastor John Dawson officiating. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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ORVILLE D. MOORE

EPSON scanner imageOrville D. Moore, 90 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, January 9, 2015 at his home. Orville was born April 27, 1924 in Plainfield Township, Michigan, the son of Nelville and Leliah (Huckleberry) Moore. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army. He retired from Dohler-Jarvis after 30 years of service. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, bowling and playing cards. Surviving are his children, Rosalee (John) Richer, Julie Tope, Thomas (Kelle Edwards) Moore, Terry (Jan Compton) Moore; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren including a special great granddaughter, Randi Rose; sister, Elaine Kooiker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemarie in 2004; sister, Betty Baggie; brother, Kenneth Moore. The family will greet friends Thursday 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 Friday 10:00 am at Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake. Rev. Fr. Lam T. Le celebrant. Interment Rosedale Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 3230 Eagle Park Dr. #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.

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

 

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George W. Hankins

Hankins, George WilliamMr. George William Hankins of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 83, passed away in the comfort of his home and into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Friday, January 9, 2015. He was born in Detroit, Michigan to Claude, Sr. and Emma (Ripley) Hankins on Sunday, December 13, 1931, and had been a long-time resident of the Cedar Springs area. George was a veteran, proudly and courageously serving his flag and country in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict, aboard the U.S.S. Diamond Head, serving from August 1951 until his honorable discharge in July 1955. George attended Huggard Bible Church for many years, where his wife Rose still attends. In his free time, he was an amateur ham radio operator and lawn care expert, always mowing the grass, giving his neighbors a run for their money. George was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, proud grandfather, dear friend, and faithful servant to his Lord. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all those who knew him. George is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Rose (Meschnark), married on September 15, 1956; loving children Deborah (Scott) Zuidema and Vickie (John) Totten; grandchildren Meghan (Caleb) Caterino, Nathan (fiancee Calista Peterson) Zuidema, Jacob (Amber) Totten, Rebekah (Ethan Dozeman) Totten, Rachel (Mike) Seegers, and Joshua (Brittany Thomason) Totten and Hannah (David Mortensen) Totten; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings Claude (LaDonna) Hankins, Jr., Lois Cantile, and Don (Carole) Hankins; many nieces and nephews; and special friends Jerry Thompson and Jim Ross. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Jeanne Ostrom and her husband Charles Ostrom; and brother-in-law Bob Cantile; and niece Sharon (Ostrom) Fredrickson There will be a time of visitation from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 43941. The funeral service for George will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at Huggard Bible Church, 8860 21 Mile Road, Sand Lake, MI 49343. There will be a one hour visitation prior to the service at church. Pastor Rick Malone will be officiating. Under the auspices of the Kent County Veteran’s Honor Guard, military honors will be performed. Interment will be at Courtland Township Cemetery.

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HEATHER WOLFE

C-obit-WolfeHeather Wolfe, 47 of Cedar Springs, passed away on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at home surrounded by her family. Heather was born August 2, 1967 in Greenville, Michigan, the daughter of Donald and Lynne (Grannis) Zank. She enjoyed being a wife, mother, working on the farm, raising calves and being a 4H Mom. She had worked for Cedar Springs Public Schools Food Service and Latch-Key Child Care for 16 years. She was very involved in East Nelson United Methodist Church and had been Treasurer, a Trustee and President of the Women’s Group. We will all miss her smile, infectious laugh and positive spirit. She will be a bright ray of sunshine from Heaven. Surviving are her husband, David; children, Brandon (Ashley), Bayley, Brock; stepchildren, Nathan (Lynette), Jessica, April; grandchildren, Carter, Brynlee, Dawson, Felix, Alexis; mother, Lynne Zank; sister, Heidi (Steve) Reed; brother, Hod (Kris) Zank; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father. The family greeted friends Sunday, Dec. 28 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services were held Monday, Dec. 29. Pastor Herb VanderBilt officiating. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Tri-County Country 4H or Celebrate Recovery at Blythefield Hills Baptist Church.

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

 

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RANDALL H. INGRAHAM

C-obit-IngrahamRandall H. Ingraham, 70 of Sand Lake, died Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Faith Hospice – Trillium Woods. Randy was born May 26, 1944 in Greenville, Michigan, the son of Colin and Dixie (Harris) Ingraham. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 – 1966. He was a very active person who cared about and enjoyed others. He always had a Harley and enjoyed racing motorcycles and riding cross country with his wife. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, snowmobiling, and boating. He worked hard and owned his own company, which allowed him to provide for his family. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Shelia (Baxter); children, David Ingraham, DenaJo Rogers; grandchildren, Nickolas, SaraJo, KaileyJo, Shane; brother, TobyJoe (Gayla) Ingraham; sister, Kathy Wisler. The family will greet friends Friday, January 2 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Saturday 2:00 pm, with viewing starting at 1:00 pm. The family would like you to dress casually – boots and blue jeans. Mr. Ross Merlington officiating. Private interment at Trufant Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 or Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry at the Rockford American Legion Post #102.

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

 

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