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JAMES R. COLE JR.

 

James R. “JimBob” Cole Jr. age 54 of Sand Lake, died Saturday September 22, 2018 at his home along with his loving companion, Lisa Bradley and faithful dog, Callie. Jimmy was born December 16, 1963 in Greenville, Michigan the son of James and Gloria (Ostrander) Cole Sr. He was an outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, antiquing, farming, being a papa and watching over his mother. Surviving are his children, Shanda (Scott) VerHey, Jessica (Mike Moore) Cole, Erica (Scott Smedberg) Cole, Hunter Cole, Samantha Huntley, Aimee (Justin) McWilliams, Mykel (Kayla Shaver) Bradley; grandchildren, Alexis, Tucker, Bryson, Koda, Aaria, Odin; mother, Gloria Cole; brothers, Jon (Sandy) Cole, Dave (Dawn) Cole. He was preceded in death by his father. Visitation will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 from 12:00 p.m. until time of service at 2:00 pm at the Cole Farm, 16515 Kingston Avenue, Sand Lake. Pastors Tommy Turner and Inga Whittemore officiating. Interment Trufant Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Kent County. 

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

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MARY B. AVERILL

 

Mary B. Averill, age 86, of Cedar Springs, crossed over into Heaven on Friday, September 21, 2018 at her home. Mrs. Averill was born one of sixteen children on September 5, 1932 in Grant, Michigan the daughter of Harold and Gertrude (Noppert) Inman. She enjoyed the outdoors and traveling to different states with her husband. She loved her family and siblings and working puzzles and Friday music nights. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Jack on July 29, 2018. Surviving are her children, Jeff Averill, Colleen Connolly, Michelle (Nace) Emmorey; 8 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson. A graveside service was held Wednesday, September 26 at 11:00 a.m. at Coral Cemetery. Chaplain Stephen Shick officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice. 

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

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LISA A. BRADLEY

Lisa A. “Gert” Bradley, age 58, of Sand Lake, died Saturday, September 22, 2018 at her home along with her loving companion, James Cole Jr. Lisa was born December 27, 1959 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of Robert and Annette (Mercer) DeVries. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed antiquing, painting and restoring old furniture. She worked at Kaleidoscope of Times in Greenville. She loved being a grammy and was a devoted mother and daughter. Surviving are her children, Samantha Huntley, Aimee (Justin) McWilliams, Mykel (Kayla Shaver) Bradley, Shanda (Scott) VerHey, Jessica (Mike Moore) Cole, Erica (Scott Smedberg) Cole, Hunter Cole; grandchildren, Alexis, Tucker, Bryson, Koda, Aaria, Odin; mother, Annette DeVries; brother, Todd (Jody) DeVries; sister, Laura (Case) Kasper. She was preceded in death by her father and husband, Stephen Bradley. Visitation will be held Saturday, September 29 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Cole Farm, 16515 Kingston Avenue, Sand Lake. Pastors Tommy Turner and Inga Whittemore officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Kent County. 

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

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DONALD E. WELCH

Donald E. Welch, age 90, of Ensley Township, Sand Lake died Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Don was born July 8, 1928 in Hastings, Michigan, the son of Harold and Viola (Wickham) Welch. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Don enjoyed mushrooming, motorcycles, farming and heating with wood. He loved fixing old oily and rusty engines. He had a great sense of humor and loved to tease people. Surviving are his wife, Joan; children, Gary (Connie) Welch, Sandra (David) McMahan, Donald Ray Welch; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; brother, James (Carol) Wood; sister, Alice (Mauri) Hammond; sister-in-law, Mary Wood; brothers-in-law, Russell Tramper, Leonard Brock. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and a grandson. The family will greet friends Thursday, Sept. 20 from 1:00 p.m. until time of service at 2:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Gary Giddings officiating. Interment North Ensley Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 456 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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

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DARRELL D. JOSLIN

Darrell D. Joslin, age 52, of Cedar Springs, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Darrell was born April 19, 1966 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Elwyn and Goldie (Sicard) Joslin. He was an insurance agent and district sales coordinator for AFLAC. Darrell suffered a traumatic brain injury from an auto accident in 1990. He had enjoyed working with wood as a handyman. He was a devout Michigan fan and enjoyed football, hunting and his family. Surviving are his wife, Sherry; parents, Elwyn and Goldie Joslin; siblings, Dennis (Connie) Joslin, Denise (Tom) Raisch, Darla (Jim) Stroup, Daniel (Tammie) Joslin, DeWayne (Renee) Joslin, Danella Joslin; many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roy and Mamie Sicard and Clifford and LaVona Joslin; mother-in-law, Anna Walker; nephew, Nathaniel Joslin (Darrell’s buddy); and several aunts and uncles. The family greeted friends Wednesday, September 19 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will take place Thursday, September 20 at 11:00 a.m. at Pilgrim Bible Church with viewing at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Knox Bullock officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Pilgrim Bible Church.

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

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JOSEPHINE M. AVERY

Josephine M. Avery, age 92, of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at her home. Mrs. Avery was born October 16, 1925 in Spencer Township, Michigan the daughter of George and Inga (Jensen) Weinrich. She was very hard working and independent. She had worked at Gibsons, Michigan Chair and Wolverine World Wide. She enjoyed farm living and loved animals and horses. Surviving are her children, Bruce (Benita Ringler), Avery, Jodine (Randall) Casebeer, Peter Avery; 9 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Marvin Weinrich; sisters, Edna Clingan, Sandy Volpe, Blanche Christie; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse in 1998; sister, Anabelle (Bill) Sevey; brother, Harold (Inez) Weinrich; brother-in-law, Dick Clingan. The family greeted friends Friday, September 14 from noon until time of service at 1:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Carol’s Ferals or Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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SHYANNA DAWN BOWLIN

Shyanna “Zaedyn” Dawn Bowlin passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 10, 2018. She was born on March 31, 1997 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 2015. Shyanna loved singing and photography. She also enjoyed wood burning, hunting, nature camping and being outdoors. Shyanna is survived by her mom and dad, Crystal and John Deason-Johnson; her father, Aaron Bowlin; her siblings, Breonna Deason-Johnson, Eve Deason-Johnson, Mercedez Deason-Johnson, and Trevor Winn; her grandparents, Sherri and Mark Sias, Diane Johnson, Shelia Bowlin and Fred Smith; her great-grandma, Sharon Cramer and her great-grandma, Rita Bowlin. She is also survived by her aunts and uncles, Linda Gritzmaker, Donny and Amiee Smith, Jay Cramer, Alisha and Steve Brooks, Jimmy and Tabetha Johnson, Tony and Brandy Johnson, Shante Deason-Johnson, Chrissy Franscico, Brie Willmer; her great aunts and uncles, Terry and Kitty Cramer, Tom and Dee Cramer, and Lee and Darlene Frost; and her extended family, Amanda and Nate Winn, Dawn Smith, Amanda Watkins, Chris Gritzmaker, Nick Dean, and Miah Rodwell; her cousin Samantha Cramer and many more cousins. Shyanna was preceded in death by her great-grandpa Keith Cramer 2014; her great-grandpa Bill Bowlin 2018; and her grandpa Bruce Johnson 2018. A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at The Springs Church, 135 N Grant St NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Pastor Dallas Burgeson will be officiating. A potluck luncheon will follow the memorial service at church.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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HELEN C. TIBBE

Helen C. Tibbe, age 89. of Cedar Springs, died Monday, September 3, 2018 at Sanctuary of St. Mary’s, Grand Rapids. Mrs. Tibbe was born February 21, 1929 in Grant Township, Michigan the daughter of Andrew and Mary (VanWylen) DeVries. She was a longtime member of Pioneer Christian Reformed Church and was presently a member of the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Surviving are her children, Nancy (Rick) Alberda, Randy (Sally) Tibbe, Gary (Teresa) Tibbe; daughter-in-law, Darla Tibbe; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Katherine Wolfsen. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don; son, Mike. The family greeted friends Wednesday, September 5 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was Thursday, September 6 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs with viewing at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Bill Johnson officiating. Interment Hillside Cemetery, Grant. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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ELSIE MAY WALLER

Elsie May (Condon) Waller, age 82, of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully, Sunday, September 2, 2018 at Mercy Health – St. Mary’s surrounded by her family. Elsie was born July 28, 1936 in Lowell, Michigan the daughter of Boyd and Jeanne (McFarland) Condon. Elsie was a longtime collector of Avon and Precious Moments. She enjoyed her flowers, craft shows, flea markets and time spent with family sitting around (and playing) with the fire at the cabin. She and her husband Bob were able to travel all over the country including Alaska and several trips to Yellowstone National Park. They were able to winter in Florida where they made lifelong friends from all over the country. Elsie was incredibly proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed every minute spent with her family. They loved attending parades and events with the car club, of which they have been members for many years. Elsie was very much loved by her family and many friends and is already missed by all. Surviving are her husband of 63 years, Robert; sons, Gene (Barb) Waller, Gordon (Lauri) Waller; grandchildren, Jessica Waller (RJ), Andrea Edrington, Jackie Slocum (Justin), Amy Hutchinson (Adam); great-grandchildren, Ashley, Brady, Melanie, Brody, Peyton and Evan; sister, Sharon Cramer; sisters-in-law, Ethel Ergang and Helen (Bud) Gambee; special friend, Nancy Norman. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Boyd Condon Jr. The family will greet friends Thursday, September 6 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 a.m. Pastor Bill Johnson officiating. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Health – St. Mary’s Critical Care Unit.

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

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VIRGINIA McINTYRE

Virginia (Miller) McIntyre of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 99, passed away on Saturday, September 1, 2018. She was born to Louis and Marie Miller on February 9, 1919, in Courtland Township, Michigan. Virginia married John C. McIntyre on July 20, 1935. They lived and worked in Detroit during W.W.II. John and Virginia then moved back to the Grand Rapids area and settled on a farm in Rockford, Michigan on Young Avenue, with her parents and grandmother, Ida Scott. Virginia worked at Blodgett hospital in the dietician department, from where she retired. She and John sold the farm at their retirement and moved to White Creek Estates in Cedar Springs. John passed away on May 9, 1986, and Virginia made her home in Cedar Springs. She helped her brother, Wendell care for his wife, Sylvia, after a stroke. Then, made a home for him with her in Cedar Springs until his death. Although Virginia and John didn’t have children, she was mom and grandma to, and survived by, her nieces and nephews; Eva (Ken) Suttorp, and their children, Beth, Herb and Sean; Ken (Lisa) Suttorp, and their children, Taylor and Madison; and Gerald and Jean Miller, and their children, Juanita, Laretta, Jeff, Dennis, Rene, Rick, Jerrine and Ethel Marie. Virginia had wonderful neighbors and friends who blessed her in later years. The family would like to thank them for their many kindnesses: Carolyn and Tom, Carol and Darel, Arlene and Dick, and Vicky. The family also thanks Dr. Mark Fredrickson, St. Mary Hospital, Great Lakes Caring (hospice), and Metron of Forest Hills for their good care and personal attention. The funeral service for Virginia will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. There will be a one hour visitation prior to the service. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy may make a memorial contribution to Sunshine Community Church, 3300 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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