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SUZANNE L. ANDERSON

51C-obit-Anderson-webSuzanne L. Anderson, 80 of Wyoming, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Faith Hospice – Trillium Woods. She was born July 27, 1934 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the daughter of Edwin and Hazel (Sullivan) Wheeler. She was Red Flannel Queen in 1951 and a member of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, Women’s Club and the Red Hatters. She had worked at the Clipper office and was Solon Township Clerk for over 30 years. Surviving are her children, Janell (Keith) Timmer, Kyle (Teresa) Anderson; grandchildren, Solane Jenks, Jacinda Nykamp, Sarah Perez, Kevin Timmer; four great grandchildren; brother, Edwin (Sherry) Wheeler II. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Andy in 2005; sister, Phyllis Brantner. The family will greet friends Friday from 4-7 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Saturday 11:00 am. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI or the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

 

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LOIS JEAN COPELAND

 

 

Lois Jean Copeland of Cedar Springs, 80, born in Grand Rapids Michigan, went home to be with the Lord and her husband December 11, 2014. Together with her husband they raised their family in Flint, Michigan until he retired and moved to their lake house in Cedar Springs, Michigan. Lois was a strong Christian woman. She was known for speaking her mind and for her love of children. She loved long walks, square dancing and spending time with family and friends. Lois was born on April 28, 1934 to Lee and Opal Denton. She married Eugene Copeland and became a homemaker and mother of six. Lois is survived by her children, April (Merill) Stray, Bonnie (Paul) Fleming, Eugene (Carol) Copeland, and Rosie (Jerry) Fleming; eleven grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Eugene; her siblings, Chuck, Nancy, Cleo, Tesa and Jack; daughter Sandra Copeland and daughter Linda Jenkins. In lieu of a funeral we will be having a life celebration on December 27th at the Oakfield Township Hall, 10300 – 14 Mile Road, Rockford Michigan from 1 to 3 pm.

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Marian C. Christian

Marian C. Christian, 80 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Bishop Hills, Rockford. Mrs. Christian was born June 15, 1934 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Peter and Zella (Curtis) Patrick. She and her husband, Robert owned and operated Christian’s Upholstery in Cedar Springs for 20 years. She loved her dog Charlie, enjoyed giving people hugs, and was a member of the Teacup Ladies Group. Surviving are her children, David Christian & Gail Lancaster, Diane & Craig Phipps, Gary & Vicky Christian, Steven & Sherry Christian; 8 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; brother, George (Mitzie) Patrick; sister, Dorothy (Jake) Meyer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert in 2007; and a brother, Peter Patrick, Jr. The family will greet friends Saturday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Sunday 2:00 pm. Deacon Jim Hessler officiating. Interment Algoma Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Kent County.

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MICHAEL JAMES LONG

50C-obit-Long-webMr. Michael James Long of Venice, California, age 43, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 28, 2014. He was born Tuesday, November 16, 1971. Michael leaves behind his father Michael (Debra) Long, Sr. and mother Rebecca Jines-Linker; daughters Briana Skeen, Trisha Long, and Deija Long; grandchildren Nevaeh and Xavier; siblings Lori (Terry) Robinson, Mike (Michelle) Long, Jr., and Angie (Mike) O’Dowd; paternal grandmother Mary Merritt; maternal grandparents Martha (Bill) Sanders; grandmother Thelma Slocum; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; and girlfriend Noel Wittnebel of California. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Van Merritt. There will be a time of visitation from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Michael will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 12, 2014, at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 4714 Thirteen Mile Road NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Pastor Kevin Reed will be officiating. There will be a one hour visitation prior to the service at church. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a donation to assist Michael’s daughters.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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JANET A. GORDON

50C-obit-gordon-webJanet A. Gordon, 87 of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord and Savior, while surrounded by family members on Sunday, December 7, 2014. Janet was born December 28, 1926 in Rockford, Michigan the daughter of Versal and Lorena (Blanchard) Gunnell. After graduating from Cedar Springs High School, she married her high school sweetheart, E. Ray Gordon on December 29, 1945. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, painting, drawing and knitting. She was a member of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church and Women’s Club. Surviving are her husband, Ellsworth Raymond Gordon; children, Susie (Ken) Parker, Doug Gordon, Pam (Tim) Covell, Joel (Janyth) Gordon; 16 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; brothers, Fred (Carollee) Gunnell, John (Mayda) Gunnell; sisters, Shirley (Charlie) Gumina, Nancy (Ed) Bremmer, Cam (John) Teusink; brothers-in-law, Murry (Eva) Gordon, Cliff Snyder; sister-in-law, Maxine Gordon; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Tom Gordon; brother, Tom Gunnell; sister, Charlene at infancy; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ken Gordon, Don Gordon, Fay and Loraine Gordon, and Lillian Snyder. The family will receive friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Friday 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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Dorothy Parker

Dorothy ParkerDorothy A. Parker, 74 of Sand Lake, passed away Friday, December 5, 2014. Dorothy was born October 18, 1940 in Pierson, MI. She was a 1958 graduate of Howard City High School. She enjoyed making wedding flowers, loved to cook and had a great sense of humor. She loved her family tremendously. Surviving are her husband, Leon “L.D.”; sons, Gene (Kimberly), Jeff (Terri), Jamie (Sarah); grandchildren, Jake, Tyllor, Amy, Tayllor, Trenton, Tanner, Trinity; great grandson, Jace; sister, Joan (Jim) Ostrander; sister-in-law, Doris Parker; nieces and nephews. 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 11:00 am. Ross Merlington officiating. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to RAI Care Center, Rockford.

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Michael James Long

C-OBIT-LongMr. Michael James Long of Venice, California, age 43, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 28, 2014. He was born Tuesday, November 16, 1971. Michael leaves behind his father Michael (Debra) Long, Sr. and mother Rebecca Jines-Linker; daughters Briana Skeen, Trisha Long, and Deija Long; grandchildren Nevaeh and Xavier; siblings Lori (Terry) Robinson, Mike (Michelle) Long, Jr., and Angie (Mike) O’Dowd; paternal grandmother Mary Merritt; maternal grandparents Martha (Bill) Sanders; grandmother Thelma Slocum; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; and girlfriend Noel Wittnebel of California. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Van Merritt. There will be a time of visitation from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Michael will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 12, 2014, at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 4714 Thirteen Mile Road NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Pastor Kevin Reed will be officiating. There will be a one hour visitation prior to the service at church. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a donation to assist Michael’s daughters.

 

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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CAROLYN GREEN

C-obit-Green-fcMrs. Carolyn Green, age 88, left us on Sunday November 16th, 2014 surrounded by her adoring family after a short but valiant battle with cancer. Carolyn grew up in Ensley Center, Michigan, in the loving care of her parents who were dairy farmers. Carolyn was valedictorian of the 1944 class of Sand Lake High School. Upon graduation, she moved to Cedar Springs to live with Dr. and Ruth Branyan where she worked as a receptionist and practical nurse. She met her late husband, Tom Green, at a Bingo stand on Farmer’s Day in Cedar Springs. After a short courtship they were engaged on Christmas day, 1946, and were married on March 2nd, 1947. For several years, side by side, they owned and operated The Rockford Body Shop in Rockford, Michigan. Carolyn was an extraordinary seamstress, making matching dresses for her girls, prom dresses, wedding dresses, and everything in between. One of her favorite past times was playing penny slots at the casino. Their most enjoyable activity was camping with their grandchildren and spending time at Lincoln Lake. Tom and Carolyn enjoyed traveling together, often visiting their grandchildren wherever they went. Carolyn’s priority and joy in life was taking care of her family, putting their needs above all else. She was an example of unconditional love to all she met. Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Lillian Gillette, her brother Roger Gillette, and her beloved husband, Tom Green. Carolyn is survived by her children, Patricia and Phil Cranney of Morley, Holly and Jack Frey of Sand Lake, and Sherry Williams of Grandville; her “daughter” Penny Harvey; five grandchildren, Chad Cranney and Nicole Mason, Dirk and Nicole Cranney, Nicole and Mark Robinson, Tom and Krista Frey, and Wade and Elizabeth Green; nine great-grandchildren, Katelynn, Brooke, Sophia, Gage, Erika, Lane, Luke, Ethan, and Alexandria; and her great-great-grandsons, Ronan and Damian; brother, Ralph Gillette; nieces and nephews; and honorary granddaughters, Taylor and Allison. A funeral service for Mrs. Green will be Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 2:00pm at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street in Rockford with Fr. John Kirkman officiating. Relatives and friends met with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8pm. Interment will take place in Elmwood Cemetery in Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Humane Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson NW, Walker, MI 49544.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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WILMA M. SCHALK

EPSON scanner imageWilma M. Schalk, 77 of Henrico, VA formerly of Cedar Springs, died Friday, November 7, 2014 in Virginia. Mrs. Schalk was born on July 10, 1937 in Canton, Ohio the daughter of Harold and Ottillia (Branch) Karns. She was a homemaker and worked for her husband at their Veterinary Clinic. She loved spending time with her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and had enjoyed camping and horse racing. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Surviving are her husband, Dr. Lawrence Schalk; children, Debra (Dean) Parker, Robert (Dennise) Schalk, William (Leah) Schalk; grandchildren, Johnathan Schoommaker, Sarah, Samuel, and Savannah Schalk, Jason (Cyndi) Parker, Julie (Bob) Robinson, Jeremy (Haley) Parker, Rebbecca (David) McDonald, Laura, Kristin, and Ryan Schalk; 13 great grandchildren; sister, Barbara (Jerry) Dennis; brother, John (Raylene) Karns; cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents. The family will greet friends Friday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Saturday 11:00 am. Pastor William Schalk officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Virginia, 1700 Bayberry Court, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23226.

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

 

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Terrance N. “Terry” Bengtson

C-OBIT-bengtsonTerrance N. “Terry” Bengtson 72 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, November 6, 2014 at his home after a long fight with non-hodgkins lymphoma, stage IV since 1994 with many good years in between. Terry was born March 22, 1942 in Traverse City, MI the son of the late Alvin and Jean (Chapman) Bengtson. He graduated from Mancelona High School and Northwestern Michigan in Traverse City. He was a State Farm Agent in Cedar Springs for 39 years, retiring in 2008. He had been a member of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, Sand Lake Eagles, Sparta Moose and past president and member of the Cedar Springs Rotary. Terry loved many years of sailing on Lake Michigan on his boat, “Premium Fund” as a member of the Muskegon Yacht Club, where many friendships developed. He also golfed on a league with his son, Jeff for many years. Surviving are his wife, Diane, whom he married on March 23, 1963; children, Christine (Rodney) Klenk, Jeffrey (Robin) Bengtson; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Natalie, Rock and Tori; step grandson, Trey Dunlap; brother, Jerry Bengtson; sisters, Julie (Joe) Hoskins, Debbie Richards, Cheryl (Mike) Coy; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Louis Marks, MD, Kathleen Yost, MD, Julie Kowacz, MD, and special nurse, Cathy Forest of Spectrum Health Hospice. The family will greet friends Saturday, Nov. 22 from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church or Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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