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ALICE “KAY” HALLOCK

 

Alice “Kay” Hallock, age 74, of Cedar Springs passed away unexpectedly Friday, May 19, 2017. Alice was born February 15, 1943 in Comstock Park, Michigan to Stephen and Alice (McKrill) Burns. She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years Phil; children, David Korreck, Christine (Leland) Mullennix, Timothy John Korreck, Holly (Daniel) Metzger, and Mandy Menefee; grandchildren, Joshua Korreck, Trisha Dart, Jeffrey Alverson, Jamie Taylor, and Morgen Menefee; great-grandchildren, Joshua Jr., Hezekiah, Kora, and Zola who is coming soon; sisters, Bernice Schneider, Barbara Skelonc, and Janet (Paul) Harris; and brother Dan (Nancy) Burns. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Bertha Kent and Ruth Middleton; brothers, Stephen, Frank, and Robert Burns; and grandson Eric Mullennix. The family greeted friends Tuesday, May 23, at Bliss-Witters and Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Funeral service was Wednesday, May 24, at the funeral home with a gathering one hour prior to service, Fr. Lam Le, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association or to American Heart Association.

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

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VERTA E. GIDDINGS

 

Verta E. Giddings, 92 of Sand Lake, was called home by her Lord on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at her home. Mrs. Giddings was born September 27, 1924 in Traverse City, Michigan the daughter of Alva and Laura (McDonald) Kibbe. She was the Pastor for over 60 years at the Church of the Full Gospel, Sand Lake. She was a gifted teacher and had a heart for reaching children through J O Y Club and VBS. Sister Verta was a great listener and was considered a mother to many. Surviving are her children, Beth (Peter) Lenau, John (Michelle) Giddings, Gary (Lela) Giddings; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jonas Rex in 1999; brother, Don Kibbe; sisters, Ruth Shutts, Wava Robinson, and Vera McLeod. The family greeted friends Sunday, May 21st at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Monday, May 22nd. Ministers Dann Clock and Phil Wainright officiating. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International or the Church of the Full Gospel.

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

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Donald W. Reed

Obit Reed DonaldDonald W. Reed, Sr. age 88, of Sparta, passed away peacefully at his home, on Thursday, May 18, with family at his side. He served his country during Korea, in the U.S. Army. He was a life member of the Sparta American Legion Post 107, which he served as president, service officer, commander, sergeant at arms, as well as served in the color guard. Don was a founding member of the Sparta Hunting and Fishing Club, where he served as president, was a lifetime board member, and was the master chef for the turkey shoots. He was one of the Dirty Dingus gang members and was honored in 2014 to be the Grand Marshal of the Sparta Town and Country Parade. He was a coach, trail boss, friend, dad and husband. He loved snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, racing, music, being with family and friends, and going to the casino with his wife, Barb. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 35 years, Artha A. Reed; brother, Richard “Dick” and Joan Reed; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Tobey, and Donald Davis. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Barbara J. Reed; his children, Cynthia Reed, Vicki and Chuck Myers, Jacalyn Barbour, Robin Moore, Brenda and Joe Nichols, Donald “Buck” Reed, John and Ana Endres, Janice Reed; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Jeanette Tobey; in laws, Lynn and Joyce Lewis, Gerri and Ron Urbanski, Jill Davis, Alan and Winnie Spencer; his best friend and hunting buddy, Robert “Bob” Anderson; many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank God, prayer, the medical teams, Heartland Hospice, and all the friends and family who helped us through this journey. Friends may meet with the family at the Funeral home on Monday, 5 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, May 23, at the Church one hour prior to the service. Services will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 12:00 p.m. at the Sparta United Methodist Church with Rev. Lou Grettenberger officiating. Military Honors by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Sparta Hunting and Fishing Club, in which he took special pride.

Arrangements by Hessel-Cheslek funeral home.

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George Sheppard

C-Obit-sheppardGeorge Sheppard age 72 of Sand Lake, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Laurels of Kent, Lowell. George was born June 26, 1944 in Grand Rapids, the son of George and Jean (McCune) Sheppard. George was a member of the Buck Creek Free Trappers American Mountain Men. He was an amazing woodcraftsman and loved camping, hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean (McCune) Tabor; son, Private Eric Sheppard; his beloved wife, Leona (Johnson) Sheppard whom he married on May 7, 1976 and brother-in-law, Larry VanSlyke.  He is survived by his father, George Sheppard; brother, Michael (Shirley) Sheppard; sisters, Ellen (Don) Pitts and Anajean VanSlyke; son, Todd (Shawn) Sheppard; stepdaughter, Leslie (Bruce) Westbrook; stepson, Scott (Darci) Harig; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and cousins. The family will hold a Celebration of Life on Saturday, May 20 from 1-5 pm at the home of Ellen and Don Pitts, 1011 Sprucewood Dr. Greenville, MI 48838. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the Arthritis Foundation.

 

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Dorothy M. Olson

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Dorothy M. Olson 91 of Cedar Springs, passed away Monday, May 8, 2017 at her home. Mrs. Olson was born May 23, 1925 in Sparta, MI the daughter of F.G. and Lena (Dargie) Reyburn. She graduated from Sparta High School and was a former member of First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. She enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Iris Society. Surviving are her children, Dave (Barb) Olson, Ron Olson, Judy (Al) Ferguson, Sandra Olson, Tom (Denise) Olson, Steve (Deb) Olson, Karen Olson, Joanne Olson, Phil Olson, Paul (Judy) Olson; 18 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman in 1988 and two brothers. The family would like to thank Spectrum Health Hospice for their help and care. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 am. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Greenwood Cemetery, Sparta. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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Joyce Elaine Owen

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Joyce Elaine (Kellogg) Owen, 83, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, with her family by her side. Joyce was born August 27, 1933 in Columbiaville, MI, the daughter of Charles and Florence (Lynch) Kellogg. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Above all, she was a devoted wife to her husband, Ray of almost 56 years. She enjoyed cooking, baking, entertaining, reading, watching Tiger’s baseball games, and spending time at her cabin. Joyce enjoyed, even later in life, having company and hosting celebrations. Her house and cabin were always open for parties and entertaining. She loved people, and they loved her. She invested her time into her children and grandchildren’s lives and spent many evenings attending sporting events, plays, and recitals, and loved playing games with them as well. Joyce was a woman of faith, and her love for the Lord was evident in the way she treated others. She was active in her local church and had the gift of hospitality. Joyce will be remembered for being a kind and caring, but spunky lady and loved chatting with anyone over a cup of coffee. Surviving are her children, Cynthia Owen Schupp, Howard Owen, and Mick Owen; grandchildren, Stephen (Mollie), David, Luke, Isaac, and Jenna Schupp, Chandler and Beck Owen; great grandchildren, Keira and Tristan, sister, Marjorie Cappella; best friend, Nancy Hamilton; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Moses Ray Owen; son-in-law, Mark Schupp; siblings, Louise Burns and Duane Kellogg; friend Clarence Hamilton. The family received friends Sunday, May 7 at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Monday, May 8 at the First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastors Bert Boes and Robert Smith officiating. Interment Algoma Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship (c/o Dave and Robin Olsen PO Box 710 Warrenton, MO 63383).

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GERTRUDE EDNA FEIKEMA

 

Gertrude Edna Feikema (Vanderweide), age 93, passed way on May 1, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband Herman (1999), sons Ron (1975), and Ken (1983), and daughter Dawn Swift (2007). Gertrude is survived by her son Roger and Becky (Petroelje) Feikema; son-in-law Roger Swift; and grandchildren Josh and Jenna Feikema, Katie, Grace, Henry and Nathaniel Feikema, and Tyler and Travis Swift. A memorial service will be at Blythefield CRC, 6350 Kuttshill Dr. NE, Rockford, MI 49341 at 11a.m. Saturday, May 6th. Visitation at 10a.m.

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HAROLD L. STONER

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Harold L Stoner, age 78, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Born on February 7, 1939, he was the son of the late Max and Dorothy (Dines) Stoner of Cedar Springs, where he resided most of his life. He was a talented tool & die maker starting out at Keeler Brass where he met, and later married, Karen (Homrich) Stoner. He retired from General Motors to dedicate more time to the important things in life: family, mushroom hunting, fishing, golfing and gardening. He was a member of the American Legion and Fraternal Order of Eagles. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 51 years, Karen; his children Traci (Stoner) & Chris Scherer, James Stoner and Robert Temple (and his grandpets Pinkie Lee & Goo). He was preceded in death by his brother & wife, Victor & Callie “Liz” Stoner. Celebration of Life services will be held at noon on May 5, 2017, at the Cedar Springs American Legion Hall, 91 South 1st St, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, with a luncheon to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice https://give.spectrumhealth.org/donation then search Designation for “Spectrum Health Hospice” or to the Grand Rapids Home for Veteran’s, 3000 Monroe Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505.

Arrangements by Shoreline Memorial Services, Muskegon, Michigan (231)-722-5050. Leave a tribute for Harold at our website www.shorelinememorial.com

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JUDITH KAY KUHN-STITELER

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Judith Kay Kuhn-Stiteler, 74, Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt passed away peacefully on April 22, 2017, in Donna, Texas with her husband and daughter Kelly by her side. She is survived by her sisters, Elouise Cook, Susan Frank (Mike); son Kevin (Linda); daughter Kelly (Paul); grandchildren Joshua, Kevin II (Aleacia), and Jaime (Ronald); great-grandchildren Allen, and Aireal; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceeding Judy in death, her husband William Kuhn (2005), her parents Albert and Myrtle Bruursema, and brother Dick Bruursema. A memorial to celebrate Judy’s life will be announced at a later date.

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JAMES ROBERT BREEDLOVE

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James Robert Breedlove age 72 passed away Sunday April 16, 2017 at his home surrounded by family. He was born February 7, 1945 in Grand Rapids to James and Nellie (Newton) Mol, Sr. Surviving are his children Debra (Robert) Halston, James (Angie) Breedlove II, Melissa (Rick) Anderson and Shellie (Bradley) Frey; grandchildren TJ, Vanessa, Jennifer (Ben), Albert, Brandon (Brittany), Tia, Brittany, Kyle (Anna), Savannah, Taylor, Hannah, Haley; great-grandchildren Payton, Roxanne, Daiton, Bentley, Lilliana, Issaac, Payslee, Raelyn, Olivia, Kyron, Carter; brothers Vern (Barb) Mol and Robert Mol. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother Chuck. Jim’s family will celebrate his life with a luncheon at his home Saturday April 22, 2017 from 3-7 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice.

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

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