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VIRGINIA M. CONNOR

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Virginia M. Connor, 91 of Covenant Village, Grand Rapids, formerly of Cedar Springs, passed away Monday, July 6, 2015. Virginia was born July 27, 1923 on the family farm in Algoma Township the daughter of Lewis “Jack” and Marie (Colby) Pennington. She graduated from Sparta High School and was a longtime member of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. She loved music and enjoyed singing in the choir at church for many years. Virginia and her husband lived on a farm west of Cedar Springs. She was a homemaker for 62 years and her family was most important to her. Surviving are her children, Carol Connor, Connie (Clare) Kidder, Bill (Peg) Connor, Marilyn (Mike) Slater; grandchildren, David Kidder, Laura (Ben) Courtright, Robert Connor, Andrea (Brian Nadeau) Connor, Stephen Connor, Katie (Chris) Bond, Sarah Bakhan, Todd (Ashley) Slater; 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert on the same date, July 6 in 1998 and a sister, Ruth Humphreys. The family will greet friends Thursday, July 9 from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Private family interment at Blythefield Memory Gardens, Belmont. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church or Habitat for Humanity.

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

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Jerome Albert Ratz

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Mr. Jerome Albert Ratz of Alma, Michigan, formerly of Cedar Springs, age 89, has completed all the designs laid down on the Trestleboard of Life on Sunday, July 5, 2015, and has answered the summons of the Grand Warden of Heaven and Earth and has entered into the Grand Lodge over which the Supreme Grand Master of the Universe presides. Jerome was born to Albert and Margaret Ratz on Tuesday, March 30, 1926, in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and beloved wife Annabelle M. Ratz.    Jerry and Ann lived a majority of their lives in the Grand Rapids area and Lakeland, Florida with his resent residence being Alma, MI.  As a truehearted countryman, Jerome proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Army during the final years of World War II. Jerome was always active and incredibly proud of his service with the freemasons. He was a life-member  of Masonic Lodge #344 of Sparta, MI, a life-member of Peninsular Chapter #65 OES, a member of Saladin Shriner’s Big Wheels and a PABG Job’s Daughters Bethel #10. He also worked most of his life as a television repair man, eventually retiring from the Kent Intermediate School District. Jerome is survived by his loving children, Terry (David) Pierce of Dublin, OH, Wendy (James) Echtinaw of Newaygo, MI, Thomas Ratz of Grand Canyon, AZ, Theodore (Kathy) Ratz of Titusville, FL, Jill (Finn) Kilsgaard of Orlando, FL, Todd Ratz of Grand Rapids, MI, and Tammy (Kary) Dankenbring of Cedar Springs, MI; thirteen grandchildren; and sixteen great grandchildren. The memorial service for Jerome will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Rev. Dr.  Steven D. Pierce will be officiating. There will be a time of visitation one hour prior to the memorial service from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., also at Pederson Funeral Home. Inurnment will be at Graceland Memorial Park, Grand Rapids, MI. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation, 1200 Wright Avenue, Alma, MI 48801.

Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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MARIAN L. OSECH

 

Marian L. Osech, age 84, of Cedar Springs, passed away on July 4, 2015. She was known to many as “Ma” and had an open door for everyone. She enjoyed routine trips to the casino. She was strong willed, independent, and when times were tough, she knew to say something to make you laugh. She enjoyed being a part of everyday life with her grandchildren, Stacy (CJ) Meade; and great grandchildren, Joseph, Matthew, and Jacob. She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Roger; son, Skeet; two grandchildren, Patrick and Christopher Conway; brother in law, Ken Lockard. Marian will be greatly missed by her five children, Christie (Henry) Slagter, Deric (Terry) Osech, Leslie Osech, Sherri (Alan) Oberlin, Shelly Osech; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; sisters, Bertha Lockard, Karen (Bill) Barnum, Shirley (Roy) Joppie, and Sandra (George) Kenney; several nieces and nephews. Friends met the family at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 8, 6 to 9 p.m. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, 11:00 a.m. at Solon Township Cemetery, 18 Mile at Algoma Ave.

Arrangements by Hessel Cheslek Funeral Home www.hesselcheslek.com 

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DELORES MARIE WILLIAMS

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Dolores Marie (Branch) Williams, 89, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, July 3, 2015 at Twin Oaks Retirement Home, Gowen, with family by her side. Dolores was born on April 17, 1926 in Lockport, New York, the daughter of J. Weldon and Olivia (Christensen) Branch. The family lived in various places but settled in Trufant, Michigan in her teen years. She graduated from Lakeview High School in 1944 as Valedictorian of her class. On February 3, 1946, she married Edward L. Williams in Constantine, Michigan. They eventually settled in Cedar Springs. She was a hardworking, loving mother that raised four boys. She came to know Jesus Christ as her Savior along with her boys at Cedar Springs Baptist Church where she was a long time member. Her favorite pastimes were reading the Bible and the newspaper, gardening and collecting antiques. In their retirement, Dolores and her husband had a rabbitry where they enjoyed many great times with their customers who they sold rabbits to. After her husband passed away, she sold printing for Arrow Swift Printing of Greenville for seven years. Later, she had a small antique shop in her home. She will be greatly missed by her four sons, Edward and Judy Williams of Greenville, Dr. George and Lisa Williams, Bill and Linda Williams of Scotts and Robin Williams of Holland; a sister, Peggy Ryckman of Owosso; 13 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Edward L. Williams; her parents, J. Weldon and Olivia Branch; a brother, Jeff Branch and his wife, Marjorie; and brother-in-law, Irwin Ryckman. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, July 11, at 11:00 AM at Calvary Baptist Church, 12501 Montcalm Ave. NE, Greenville, Michigan. Rev. R. Mark Shaw will officiate. A luncheon will follow in the fellowship hall. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the owners and staff of Twin Oaks Retirement Home and Great Lakes Caring Hospice for their loving care of our mother and support to our family. They are all very special people (angels). Memorial contributions in Dolores’ memory can be made to Cedar Springs Baptist Church. Hurst Funeral Home is serving the Williams family, and messages of condolence may be sent via www.hurstfh.com.

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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ROBERT ALLEN JOHNSON

 

Robert Allen Johnson, 76, passed away peacefully in his sleep early Thursday, June 25, 2015. Bob was born January 28, 1939. Bob lived most of his life as a resident of Courtland Township. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1957. He retired in 1992 after 30 years at General Motors Fisher Body plant on 36th Street. He loved farming and his family. Bob had a stroke in January, 2000. Although life was never easy after that, he always had a smile on his face. He was the kindest and gentlest person you would ever meet who cared deeply about others. He was preceded in death in 1997 by his father, Wesley. He is survived by his mother, Elna, whom he loved dearly. She was his primary caretaker. He is also survived by his children; Bob and Paula Johnson, Tim Johnson and Kathy Kay, and Kathy and Ken Coleman. Bob has three grandchildren, Ryan Coleman, Kate Coleman and Logan Armstrong. He is also survived by his sisters Joyce and Dick Kastas and Judy and Jim Idziak and their families. The family thanks the Green Acres of Standale family who took care of dad the last few months of his life. And also the Porter Hills home health care nurses who took care of dad at home before Green Acres. The family greeted friends on Sunday, June 28 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services were held Monday, June 29. Pastor Robert Eckert officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Paws With A Cause, 4646 Division St, Wayland, MI 49348.

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

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Robert Allen Johnson

Robert Allen Johnson, 76, passed away peacefully in his sleep early Thursday, June 25, 2015.  Bob was born January 28, 1939.  Bob lived most of his life as a resident of Courtland Township.  He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1957.  He retired in 1992 after 30 years at General Motors Fisher Body plant on 36th Street.   He loved farming and his family.  Bob had a stroke in January, 2000.  Although life was never easy after that, he always had a smile on his face.  He was the kindest and gentlest person you would ever meet who cared deeply about others.   He was preceded in death in 1997 by his father, Wesley.   He is survived by his mother, Elna, whom he loved dearly.  She was his primary caretaker.   He is also survived by his children, Bob and Paula Johnson, Tim Johnson and Kathy Kay, and Kathy and Ken Coleman.  Bob has three grandchildren, Ryan Coleman, Kate Coleman and Logan Armstrong.  He is also survived by his sisters Joyce and Dick Kastas and Judy and Jim Idziak and their families. The family thanks the Green Acres of Standale family who took care of dad the last few months of his life.  And also the Porter Hills home health care nurses who took care of dad at home before Green Acres.  The family greeted friends on Sunday, June 28 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Monday, June 29. Pastor Robert Eckert officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Paws With A Cause, 4646 Division St, Wayland, MI 49348.

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

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Two state-record fish caught in West Michigan

White Perch Record: This 2-pound white perch was caught by Cindy Lou Cordo, of North Muskegon, on Bear Lake (Muskegon County) this spring.



White Perch Record: This 2-pound white perch was caught by Cindy Lou Cordo, of North Muskegon, on Bear Lake (Muskegon County) this spring.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently confirmed two new state-record fish for black buffalo and white perch. This marks the second and third state-record fish caught in 2015.

The state record for black buffalo was broken by a fish caught by Sage Colegrove of Muskegon on the Grand River in Ottawa County Sunday, April 12, at 1 a.m. Colegrove was bowfishing. The fish weighed 44.54 pounds and measured 38.50 inches.

The record was verified by Rich O’Neal, a DNR fisheries biologist in Muskegon.

Black Buffalo Record: Sage Colegrove (right) holds on to his new state-record black buffalo, with help from friend Richard Laing (left). The 44.54-pounder was caught on the Grand River in Ottawa County.

Black Buffalo Record: Sage Colegrove (right) holds on to his new state-record black buffalo, with help from friend Richard Laing (left). The 44.54-pounder was caught on the Grand River in Ottawa County.

The previous state-record black buffalo was caught by Joshua Teunis on Bear Lake (Muskegon County) June 15, 2014. That fish weighed 41.25 pounds and measured 38.25 inches.

The state record for white perch was broken by a fish caught by Cindy Lou Cordo of North Muskegon on Bear Lake in Muskegon County Saturday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. Cordo was baitcasting with a spinner. The fish weighed 2.0 pounds and measured 13.57 inches.

The record again was verified by Rich O’Neal.

The previous state-record white perch was caught by Aaron Slagh on Muskegon Lake (Muskegon County) Jan. 21, 2014. That fish weighed 1.93 pounds and measured 13.25 inches.

State records are recognized by weight only. To qualify for a state record, fish must exceed the current listed state record weight and identification must be verified by a DNR fisheries biologist.

For more information on fishing in Michigan – including a roster of state-record catches, visit Michigan.gov/fishing.

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Jerry Boyd Hall

 

Jerry Boyd Hall, 87 of Cedar Springs, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. Jerry was born September 3, 1927 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Herbert and Gladys (Beugnot) Hall. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952-54. His life was summed up by his family on Father’s Day as their mentor, teacher, consultant, doctor, best friend, dad and granddad. He will be greatly missed. Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Elsa; children, Celeste (Scott) Schut, Janice (James) Baker; grandchildren, Angel (Calvin) Brink, Don (Dana) Whidden, Jerrod Roberts, Jenna (Jason) Caniff, Anna (Robert) Cavasos, Cassandra Navarre; 18 great-grandchildren; brother, Jay (Judy) Hall; many nieces, nephews and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his sisters and brothers, Bud Proudfit, Judy Bussema, Jack Hall and Gene Hall. A graveside service will be held Saturday 1:00 pm at Solon Township Cemetery. Pastor Larry Young officiating.

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

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Mary E. Siebert

 

Mary E. Siebert, 85 of Cedar Springs, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Spectrum Health Blodgett Campus. Mrs. Siebert was born July 17, 1929 in Granite City, IL the daughter of George and Sarah (Patterson) Brown. She had been a bank auditor and later enjoyed hobby farming with her husband. She was a member of Cedar Creek Community Church and their Ladies Auxiliary Club. She was an avid golfer and bowler. Surviving are her children, Geraldine Myers, Robert Siebert, Donna Kaye Smith, Roger George Siebert; 8 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandson; brother, Ray (Rosemary) Brown; sister, Donna (Owen) Arney. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer in 2001; granddaughters, Tonya Gail Siebert and Paula Lynn Silliman; brother, George Brown. The family will greet friends Thursday from 9:30 am until time of service at 11:00 am at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Richard Nichols officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs.

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

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Dorothy M. Blanchard

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Dorothy M. Blanchard (Streeter) 92 passed from this life into the next on Monday, June 22, 2015. She was born April 19, 1923 in Cedar Springs, MI the daughter of Ted and Bessie (Parker) Streeter. She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Robert Blanchard; and husband, John Blanchard; brother, Maurice Streeter. She leaves behind her children, Ron (Joy) Blanchard, Tonnie (Chuck) Smith, Jeff Blanchard, John Blanchard II, and Greg Blanchard; sister-in-law, Gay (Tom) Hudson; grandchildren, Blain (Angie) Blanchard, Tori (Chuck) Smith-VanBelle, Trevor Smith, Brandon (Kristie) Smith, Shelly (Phil) Scheer, Rene Blanchard, Haley (Joe) Saxinger, Jeffrey Blanchard, Samantha (Drew) Dutton, Erwin Blanchard, Tyler Blanchard; many great and great great grandchildren. Dorothy was a lifelong resident of Cedar Springs, her parent’s farm is now the site of the Cedar Springs High School, as well as the Streeter addition to the City of Cedar Springs, including Metron of Cedar Springs. The family will greet friends Wednesday from 6-8 pm and Thursday from 2-4 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held Friday at 11:00 am. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Association for the Blind or American Heart Association.

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

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