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Crystal M. Gould

 

Crystal M. Gould, 84 of Sand Lake, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Crystal was born June 11, 1930 in Sparta, MI the daughter of Newton and Ethel (Muir) Teesdale. She was a member of the Sand Lake United Methodist Church, Secret Pal Club and the Federated Garden Club. Crystal enjoyed being a homemaker and caring for her family, she was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Surviving are her children, Gerald (Eunice) Gould, Lloyd Gould, Barbara Gould, Carl (Margaret) Gould; grandsons, Chad (Tammy), Jeff, Kevin (Angie) Adam, Kyle and Cody; 6 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; brothers, Roger (Geraldine) Teesdale, Larry (Karen) Teesdale; brothers-in-law, Joe (Lena), Art (Linda), Sim (Patsy), Guy (Marilyn); sisters-in-law, Betty Gould, Glenice (Ken) Van Loozenoord, Judy (Jerry) Troupe; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather, Alvin “Jake” Magoon; husband of 61 years, Wayne in 2014; sister, June Cisler. The family will greet friends Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will  be held Wednesday 1:00 pm. Pastor Darryl Miller officiating. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Sand Lake United Methodist Church.

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

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William Walter Phillips

C-obit-Phillips-webMr. William Walter Phillips, of Sand Lake, Michigan, age 69, passed away in the comfort of his home and into the arms of his Lord and Savior, on the morning of Sunday, May 10, 2015. Bill was born to Darrell and June (Cross) Phillips on Thursday, November 22, 1945, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and had been a lifelong resident of the area. Bill was a graduate of Grandville High School, and as a truehearted countryman, he proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Army, stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. Before his retirement, Bill worked for CSX Railroad as a conductor for forty-years. He enjoyed many things in life. Bill was a great outdoorsman and loved to go hunting, camping, and fishing, especially with his grandsons. He also loved a perfect and pure Michigan summer day to spend the afternoon golfing. Bill was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, dear brother and friend, faithful servant to his Lord, and the best grandfather anyone could ask for. His soul will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered and celebrated by his family, friends, and anyone who knew him. May his thirst for life and laughter, and the immeasurable love for his family live on through our cherished memories. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Monica Bills; and sister Eulalie (Ted) Olewinski. He is survived by his beloved wife of eighteen years, Theresa Mae (Jackson) Phillips; loving children, Lisa (Mike) Cook and Tyler Baker; son-in-law Jimmy Bills; grandchildren Ashley Phillips, Richard Phillips, Michael Gryzen, Michael Cook, III, Darren Trader, and Katelynn Bills; great grandchildren Skylar and Colton; brother Darrell (Barbara) Phillips, Jr.; sister Elaine (Charles) Post; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation was held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Bill will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home. Pastor Dick Riley will be officiating and under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard and the United States Army, full military honors will be performed. There will also be a one hour visitation prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in Reynolds Township Cemetery. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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David L. Wallace

C-OBIT-WallaceDavid L. Wallace, 38 of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, May 10, 2015 at his home. David was born March 20, 1977 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Dale and Judy (Moos) Wallace. He graduated from Kent City High School in 1995 and had worked at Federal Mogul. He enjoyed working on vehicles, vegetable gardening and deer hunting. Surviving are his wife, Faye whom he married on July 12, 2003; children, David, Ethan and Leah; father, Dale Wallace; sister, Carolyn (Rich) Straub; brother, Bryan (Jodi) Wallace; nieces and nephews, Adrianna, Brooklyn, Caroline, Blake, Megan, Bryce and Emily. He was preceded in death by his mother. The family greeted friends Tuesday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services were held Wednesday 10:30 am. Rev. Fr. Lam Le officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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Loren George Dragoo

 

Loren George Dragoo, age 75, born June 4, 1939 in Fremont, Michigan passed away at his home in Solon Township, Kent County on May 10, 2015. Preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence L. (Roy) and Gladys (Bruckner) Dragoo of Fremont, Michigan. Loren is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Ann (Sagorski); his sister, Barbara J. (Calvin) Deitz of Newaygo; his niece, Susan A. (Karl) Frederiksen of Newaygo; grandnephew, Erik H. Frederiksen and grandniece, Kacie A. (Stephen) Smith of Spring Lake, Michigan and their children, Ryann Frederiksen, Harrisen, Carter and Tes Smith. A graduate of Fremont High School Class of 1957 and upon receiving his degree from Michigan State University in 1962, he began his Industrial Engineering career with Sealed Power Corporation at their headquarters in Muskegon and at their La Grange, Indiana and Stratford, Ontario, Canada facilities. In 1967 Loren joined Rapistan (now Dematic) as Sales Engineer for the Indiana territory, and later at the Grand Rapids headquarters serving in various Industrial Engineering capacities until his retirement in June 2000. Loren was a member of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Boy Scouts of America. At Loren’s request there will be no funeral or memorial service. Memorial contributions in Loren’s memory may be made to the following: Michigan State University, c/o Development Fund, Willed Body Program, 300 Spartan Way, East Lansing, MI 48824-1005; President Ford Council, Boy Scouts of America, 3213 Walker Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49544; Terry Wantz Historical Research Center, Main Street, P.O. Box 2, Fremont, MI 49412; Sand Lake-Nelson Township Library Building Fund, 88 Eighth Street, Sand Lake, MI 49343; Cedar Springs Library Building Fund, 43 W. Cherry Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. A special thank you to the physicians and staff at Cancer & Hematology Centers of West Michigan, Lemen-Holton Cancer Pavilion.

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

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Marie Ziegler

 

Marie Ziegler, age 87, of Muskegon, Michigan passed away May 6, 2015. She was the widow of Meinrad “Bud” Ziegler and the daughter of Emmett Deviaene and her beloved stepmother, Edna Deviaene. A lifelong resident of Muskegon. Marie was a consummate homemaker and cook. Both her home and her yard were kept in impeccable order. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, her numerous trips to the casino, and spending time with her family. Marie is survived by her daughter Patricia Wolf of Florida, two sons Michael Ziegler of Grand Rapids and Timothy Ziegler of Muskegon, her caregiver, chauffer, and gambling partner. She is also survived by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Michael and Lynn Wolf and his two daughters, Makayla and Dynah, Kerri and Craig Scarborough, and their sons Bryce and Brodie, Jeff and Kim Wolf, and their children Jaxson and Annabelle, and Sarah and Greg Walczewski and their son Sam; her sister Marion Beaudoin; and many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 11, 2015, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 2929 McCracken Street, Norton Shores, MI  49441. Arrangements entrusted to her son, Michael J. Ziegler, Licensed Funeral Director, in association with the Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, Michigan. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution in Marie’s name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Donation Processing, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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John Irvin Turner

C-OBIT-Turner-webMr. John Irvin “Jack” Turner of Rockford, Michigan, age 77, passed away on the morning of Saturday, May 2, 2015 in the comfort of his home. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, to John and Margaret (Crumback) Turner on Wednesday, September 8, 1937. Jack graduated from Greenville High School in 1955 and attended Ferris State University for two years. His life passion was sales. He began his career early, working for O’Connor’s of Greenville selling shoes. He also worked for Aden Safety, Jackson Products, and NuVision, after which he went on to create his own business Techna International, from which he retired to enjoy the finer and simpler things in life. Jack was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father and brother, dear friend, and the best grandfather anyone could ask for. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family and friends in the near and from Geneva, Ohio and Apremont, France. Jack is survived by his beloved wife Judy (Barnhart) Turner; loving children Tracey (Ed) Harris, John (Pam) Turner, Jean Turner, and Jennifer (Steve) Wegener; adored grandchildren Nick, Brooke, Kristen, Madison, Taylor, John Henry, Megan, and Hayley; sisters Virginia Weber and Barbara Zimmerman; brother-in-law Frank Nelson; brothers-in-law Mark (Julie) Barnhart, Myron Waller, Ron (Karen) Barnhart, and Larry (Lisa) Barnhart; sisters-in-law Gail (Carl) Dunn, Janet (Lloyd) Ingersoll, LuAnn (Jeff) Piatt, Margie (Steven) Schmitz, Robin (Steve) Brott, and Susan (Rick) Colligan; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother David Turner; sister Faye Nelson; brothers-in-law Butch Weber and Lenny Zimmerman; sister-in-law Kellie Fast; and beloved dog Brandy. There will be a time of visitation from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Jack will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home. Fr. Darrel Kempf will be presiding. To send a message of sympathy to the family, please sign the online guestbook at www.pedersonfuneralhome.com. Jack would want to acknowledge and thank his dearest friend Vincent from Tainan, Taiwan, for his help and loyal friendship over the years. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the Humane Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson Drive NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534; or to Spectrum Health Hospice and Palliative Care, 750 Fuller Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

 

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HAROLD E. SCHMALTZ

 

C-OBIT-schmaltz-webHarold E. Schmaltz, 80, died Sunday, April 19, 2015, at St. Mary’s Mercy Health Center, Grand Rapids. Mr. Schmaltz, of Cedar Springs was born January 17, 1935, in Owensboro, Kentucky, the son of George and Elsie (Martin) Schmaltz. He served in the U.S. Navy and attended Cheboygan County Normal and Central Michigan University. He is survived by eight children, two step-children, twenty-four grandchildren, and one great-grand child. Children and spouses are: Deborah Patterson of Cheboygan, Michigan; Robert and Michele Schmaltz of Muscatine, Iowa; Rebecca and Matthew Stanley of Huntington Beach, California; Gregory and Brandy Schmaltz of Cheboygan, Michigan; Rev. David and Andrea Schmaltz of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina; Eric and Lisa Schmaltz of Alanson, Michigan; Fred and Jessica Schmaltz of Rowlett, Texas; and Susannah and David Tanis of Sparta, Michigan and grandson Cody who shared a special relationship with Harold; Amanda Watkins of Cedar Springs, and Elizabeth and Jason Holloway Concord, North Carolina. He is also survived by special companion, Betty Schillim and close friend John Colombia. Mr. Schmaltz’ life was remarkable. He was raised on a farm in the Belding area and was awarded FHA and musical accolades as a young man. After graduation, Mr. Schmaltz served in the Navy for a short time, after which he pursued a teaching career at the Tannery School in Cheboygan and Midland’s Greendale #4 School. During this time he met and married Virginia Carlson. Also, of special note, he worked on the first painting crew of the Mackinaw Bridge in 1957, a job of which he was particularly proud. Mr. Schmaltz had such an interest in history, writing, and journalism he was destined for the newspaper business where he worked as manager, publisher, advertising executive, news-writer and reporter for such notable newspapers in the region as the Clinton County News, Gratiot County Herald, North Kent Leader, The Greenville Daily News, The River Valley Shopping News, The Record in Howard City, and the Big Rapids Daily Pioneer newspaper. His articles and reports where enjoyed by mid-Michigan residents for decades. He wrote many historical summaries and memorials for local veterans and was beloved for doing so. Mr. Schmaltz spent many years also in Kentucky and Alabama continuing in advertising, news and magazine writing and farm chemical sales. During this period he met and married Joan Watkins. Harold was an avid outdoorsman and taught his family how to hunt, fish, and enjoy nature by exploring local parks and camping tours throughout the country visiting national parks and historical sites. Mr. Schmaltz was involved in leadership in such organizations as the Rotary Club, Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, Republican Party Executive Committee, and was an actor and president of the Gratiot Country Players. During his service in these clubs and organizations he received many awards for merit and his communication skills, his favorite being the special commission to Kentucky Colonel. He will be missed by his family, friends and many others for his love and passionate service to our communities. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be announced for this summer.

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

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CLARA JO GUST

 

Clara Jo Gust, 94 of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Sanctuary at St. Mary’s. Mrs. Gust was born March 28, 1921 in Ovid, Michigan, the daughter of George and Nellie (Lockwood) Sillaway. She graduated from Cedar Springs High School, Class of 1939 as Salutatorian. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and had worked at Pollocks Department Store and the Red Flannel Factory. She was an avid golfer, bowler and bridge player. She enjoyed traveling and spending time in Florida, was a wonderful mother and had a special love for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surviving are her children, Gary (Lolly) Gust, Joanne Gust; son-in-law, Tom Finch; grandchildren, Jeff (Barb) Gust, Michelle Tackmann, Elissa Hughes & Mike Mondy, Zachary (Connie) Hughes, Zeke (Mandy) Finch, Brianna (Garry) Genao; great grandchildren, Jason, Brooke and Jacob Gust, Isabelle Tackmann, Afton Glynn, Elizabeth and Annabelle Finch; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Beverly Finch; six brothers and sisters. The family will greet friends Tuesday, June 9, at 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen, 3949 Sparks Dr. SE, Suite 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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

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REVA MARVETTA BENEDICT

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Reva Marvetta Benedict, 88 of Holland, formerly of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at her home. Marvetta was born February 4, 1927 in Kewadin, Michigan the daughter of Espy and Edith (Wildi) Hubbell. She graduated from Elk Rapids High School in 1944 and had worked at Knape & Vogt for 28 years retiring in 1991. She had been a member of First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs and was presently attending New Vision Church, Holland. She was a 40 year very active member of the Cedar Springs American Legion Post 287 Ladies Auxiliary and the 40 et 8. Surviving are her children, Gerald (Joni) Nelson, Douglas Nelson and fiancee, Crystal Scott, Sarah Nelson; stepchildren, Herbert (Sandy) Benedict, Colleen Benedict; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert in 1995; four brothers, three sisters, a great-grandchild, and a stepson. The family will greet friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held Friday 11:00 am. Dr. Anthony Adams officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Cedar Springs American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

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

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BONNIE MILLER

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Bonnie Miller, age 74, of Howard City passed away April 21, 2015 at her residence.  She was born February 6, 1941 in St. Johns the daughter of George and Bonnie (Ward) Comer.  During her working years she worked as a Avon Rep for many years.  She also worked at the Dime Store and Red Flannel Factory in Cedar Springs.  She enjoyed computer games, gardening, sewing and going to the casino.  In 1973 she married James who survives.  Also surviving are four children, Norman(Katie) Miller of Orleans, Tammy (Al) Haskins of Howard City, Melissa Eerdmans of Belding, Helene (Louis) Hall of Cedar Springs;  15 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter Brenda.  Private family services will take place at a later date.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Heckman Funeral Home of Howard City  

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