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SANDRA S. McEWEN

Sandra S. McEwen age 75 of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at her home. Sandra was born September 7, 1944 in Gladwin, MI the daughter of Richard and Gladys (McMahon) Sterling. She was an active member of Maranatha Baptist Church and a member of the Cedar Springs and Rockford Garden Clubs. Surviving are her daughters, Kathleen (Patrick) Ottobre, Bonnie McEwen; grandchildren, Joslin, Patrick, Dezerey, Chelsea, Crystal and Cody; great-grandchildren, Jacey, Jaelynn, Spencer, Brayden, Sayla and Payton; siblings, Kathleen (Tom) Randle, Bob (Cindy) Sterling, Suzanne (Stanley) Witer, Stephen (Penny) Sterling; in-laws, Larry (Marlene) McEwen, Sandy (Bill) Ludwick, Cindy (Dave) Lowman, Kathy Brott; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry in 2013 and a sister, Sally Smith. Due to the Covid-19 Virus a private family service will be held at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Scott Sloan officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. A public service at the funeral home will be announced in the summer. Memorial contributions may be made to Maranatha Baptist Church, 12786 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs.

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

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CARL H. ANDERSON

Carl H. Anderson, age 88, of Cedar Springs, went to be with his Savior on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Carl was born in 1932, in a small cabin in the mountains of Canton, N. C. At age seven, his parents moved to Cedar Springs, MI. He married Patty in 1958. They celebrated 61 years this past year. Carl worked for Wolverine World Wide for 26 years. Prior to that he worked at the Gypsum mines in Grand Rapids, Remer and Eldered Grain Elevator in Cedar Springs, and shoveling coal, as a young boy he worked in the muck fields near Grant, MI. His passion was for farming and raising beef cattle, which he did for over 40 years. You could always find him on his John Deere tractor. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Patty; children, Leon H. Anderson and Carlena (Greg) Arndt; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister of Eustis, FL., Althea Iantha Ollis. A Private Service will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Pederson Funeral Home in Rockford. Burial will take place in Solon Township Cemetery.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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DONALD E. DUCAT

Donald E. “Duke” Ducat age 89 of Irons passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at his home. Don was born November 11, 1930 in VanWert, Ohio the son of Leonard and Charlotte (Graf) Ducat. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He owned and operated Duke & Son’s Plumbing and Heating and Duke’s Hardware in Sand Lake. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and was a member of Gideons International. He was a longtime active member of Bethel Lutheran Church, Howard City and helped start Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. He was presently a member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Scottville. He loved life, the Lord and his family. Surviving are his wife, Norah (Brooks) whom he married on February 19, 1956; children, Barbara Gillespie, Sherilyn (Edwin) Wheeler, Mark (Nancy) Ducat; daughter-in-law, Brenda Ducat; grandchildren, Ryan Shick, Nyha (Tony) French, Tiffany (Jon) Bosma, Kurt (Kate) Snyder, Ashley (Aaron) Whalen, Hillary (Joe) Hilgendorf, Nathaniel (Jessica) Ducat, Donald (Rachel) Ducat, Andrea (Bryan) Richard, Phillip (Kenzie) Wheeler, Sarah (Blake) Baker, Dana Bailey, Jacquelyn Ducat, Jacob Wheeler; 30 great-grandchildren; brother, Carl (Nancy) Ducat. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Leonard; grandson, Eddie Wheeler. Because of the Covid-19 Virus a service at Bethel Lutheran Church, Howard City will be announced at a later date. Interment Lakeview Cemetery, Elk Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International.

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

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ANN D. LONGCORE

Ann D. Longcore age 63 of Sand Lake, died Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at her home. Ann was born June 15, 1956 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Mac and Marjorie (Bird) Bailey. She worked for the U.S. Post Office for over 30 years. She loved mushroom hunting, going to the casino with her brother, Gil and baking. She loved her grandchildren dearly. Surviving are her husband, Brian; children, Lisa (Mike) Bergman, Ben (Andra) Longcore; grandchildren, Chad Bergman, Timothy Parker, Jason (Samantha) Bergman, Nicholas Bergman, Steven, Abram, Josephine and Oliver Longcore; great-grandchildren, Brayten Miles, Brookelynn Ream, Carter Bergman, Wayne Bergman; brother and sisters, Terry (Dave) Fountain, Judy (Jim) Owens, Betty Towns, Sharon (Joe) DeWildt, Gilbert Bailey, Gail (Lonnie) Armstrong; sister-in-law, Barbra Everhart; brother-in-law, Thom (Dawn) Longcore; many nieces and nephews; special aunt, Letha Gebhardt; special friend, Virginia Schumann. She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, Cecil (Velma) Longcore; son, Timothy Longcore; sister-in-law, Julie Springvloed; grandson, Michael Bergman. Cremation will take place and a memorial service will be announced in the summer. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded War Project. 

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

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JAMES R. HAYNES

James R. Haynes age 96 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Jim was born July 18, 1923 in Evans, MI the son of Carl and Hattie (Ridgeway) Haynes. He was in the U.S. Marines during World War II serving in the South Pacific. Jim was a founding member of Pilgrim Bible Church and a strong man of God. He worked for the City of Cedar Springs and retired as Superintendent of Public Works after 32 years. Surviving are his children, Duane (Vicki) Haynes, Roger (Elise) Haynes, Beverly (Ken) Bladen; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, L. Venita; son, Mike; daughter-in-law, Julie; grandchildren, Denise and Hollie; brothers, Carl and Charles. The family will greet friends Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Saturday 11:00 a.m. Sr. Master Sgt. John Haynes officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Military honors by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital.

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

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NANCY ANN PAGEL

Nancy Ann Pagel, 82 of Cedar Springs went to be with her Lord on Thursday, March 5, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. She was born November 4, 1937 in Willows, CA the daughter of Ralph and Lillian (Murch) Jones. Nancy was a wife, mother, sister, grandparent and great grandparent. She was full of life. If she wasn’t on the phone chatting it up with anyone and everyone, she was in front of a TV cheering on her Lions. Nancy was a proud member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a member at Post 47 in Comstock Park for 40 years. She was a faithful member of her church, St. John Paul II Catholic Church of Cedar Springs. She was preceded in death by her brother Dick Jones. She is survived by her loving husband of 35 years Franklin Pagel of Cedar Springs; children, LoraLee Nauta (Jeff) of Kent City, Jay Nauta (Lisa) of Atlanta, Georgia, Trudy Billow (Gale) of Cedar Springs, Tony Parker (Melissa) of Comstock Park; stepchildren, Marilyn VanRiper of Bay City and Dan Pagel (Marilyn) of Comstock Park. She loved her 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Audrey Acquisto, Jack Jones, Kay Horton, Debra Jones all of California. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday March 10, 2020 at St. John Paul II Catholic Church in Cedar Springs. Rev. Fr. Lam Le Celebrant. Burial will be held at Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs.

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

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ASHER WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM

God gave us the greatest gift on Monday, March 2, 2020, our infant son, Asher William Cunningham. Two short days later, on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, God chose to bring Asher home to Him in Heaven. We do not look at this as a loss because his short life brought us so much happiness and love. Plus, we have the assurance that we will see Asher again. Surviving Asher are his beloved parents, Christopher and Alexandra of Cedar Springs, MI; Grandparents, Mark and Sherry Morris of Vassar, MI; Gary and Donna Cunningham of Lansing, MI; Aunts and Uncles, Amber and Steve Duggan of Alexandria, VA, Shane Cunningham of DeWitt, MI; Jon and Christopher of Key West, FL, Cheryl and Dean Bliss of Charlotte, MI; many cousins and great-grandparents. A graveside service was held at Solon Township Cemetery for family and close friends. Pastor Doug Crawford officiating. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

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

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BRUCE E. COOPER

Bruce E. Cooper, age 66 of Cedar Springs, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020. He was born on March 4, 1953 to Erwin and Bernice (Towns) Cooper in Grand Rapids, MI. Bruce worked for several years for K&M Northfield Dodge and in retirement was a hobby farmer. Bruce was a handyman who loved to fix things. He enjoyed riding horses and most of all spending time with his grandkids. He was preceded in death by his father, Erwin Cooper, and his grandson, Colton Cassidy. Bruce is survived by his wife of 45 years, Barb Cooper; his daughter and son-in-law, Chrissy and Drew Cassidy; his son, Ryan Cooper; his grandchildren, Dakota Cassidy and Connor Cassidy; his mother Bernice Cooper; his brothers and sisters, Gloria (Bill) Grice, Carl (Tina) Cooper, Brenda (Dan) Burns, Nathan (Dawn) Cooper; serveral brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Those wishing to offer experssions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the Cooper family to help offset funeral expenses.

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JOHN TILLMAN TEUSINK


John Tillman Teusink age 79 of Cedar Springs, passed away Saturday, February 29, 2020 at his home and leaped into the arms of his Lord and Saviour. John was born May 3, 1940 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Dr. J. Harvey and Dorothy (Bower) Teusink. John graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1958. He earned an A.B. degree from Hope College and studied in Vienna, Austria for a summer studying German and Music. He also earned two Master of Science Degrees in Biology; one from Central Michigan University and one from Syracuse University. He taught biology at Aquinas College for 32 years attaining the rank of Full Professor of Biology. In 1979 he received the prestigious Danforth Scholar Associate Award for excellence in college teaching. He was a life member of the Sparta Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons #334 and a life member of the Saladin Shrine Temple in Grand Rapids 32nd degree. John joined the Cedar Springs Methodist Church in 1954 and was a faithful member until his death. He served the Cedar Springs City Council for 32 years, 19 as Mayor and married 175 couples. He loved music of all kinds and said one of the high points in his life was as a member of the University of Michigan Marching Band. He loved animals and had a hobby farm for many years raising horses, beef cattle, pigs, chickens and several species of ducks. He was an avid collector of ball point pens and gave away more than a thousand. He is survived by his beloved wife, Camilla (Gunnell) Teusink whom he married in 1982 (“his greatest blessing”); sister, Nancy (Richard) Jackson; step children, Douglas Gamm, Lori (Steve) Cason; step grandson, Cody Cason; nephews, John Scott (Penny) Teusink, Dennis (Jennifer) Rogers; niece, Marsha Jo (Mike) Winsett; many grand nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jack (Arlene) Teusink; nephew, Jeff Rogers. The family greeted friends Tuesday, March 3 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. Pastor Bill Johnson officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Aquinas College John Teusink Scholarship Fund for aspiring teachers of biology and music, the Teusink Fund at the United Methodist Church in Cedar Springs, or the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters.

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

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Jack B. Langland


Jack B. Langland age 81 of Cedar Springs went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at his son’s home. Jack was born February 17, 1939 in East Grand Rapids, MI, the son of Jack and Mary (Yelton) Langland. He enjoyed doing archery, the outdoors, golfing and camping. He still enjoyed golfing last summer. Surviving are his children, Tom (Donna) Langland, Cathy Hoven; grandchildren, Steven Langland, Christopher Hoven, Anna Hoven; sister, Susan (George) Koster; in laws, Wilfred, Albert, Raymond Laaksonen, Irene Soderblom, Elma Benedick, Delores Augustson; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma “Val”; brother, David Langland; in laws, Edward Laaksonen and Bertha Danneberg. The family will greet friends 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7 at the Rockford Springs Community Church, 5815 14 Mile Road, Rockford where the service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Pastor David VanderMeer officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

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

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