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FREDERICK L. WILK

 

Mr. Frederick “Fred” L. Wilk of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 71, has “gone fishing.” He passed away on Friday, April 13, 2018, and simple cremation has taken place. Fred was the oldest of three boys. He graduated from Sparta High School in 1965. Fred was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he could tell a “tall tale” better than anyone— he would tell of the biggest fish that broke his line, or the buck that leaped over his arrow or bullet. Fred enjoyed farming corn and soybeans. He also enjoyed growing a garden where he could demonstrate his impressive green thumb. He roasted many pigs for graduations, wedding, and other regular gatherings and parties. He was quite the cook. Fred is survived by his children Jeannie Pritchard, Christopher, Matthew, and Patrick Wilk; three grandsons, four granddaughters, and one great-grandson; two brothers, Aaron and Ricky Wilk; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other beloved members of the family. He was preceded in death by his parents Lester “Roy” and Betty (Constantine) Wilk. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the Rockford American Legion Merritt Lamb Post 102, 330 Rockford Park Drive NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Relatives and friends are encouraged to join Fred’s family during this time of fellowship, food, and beverage.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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DAVID N. WALLS

 

David N. Walls, 84, of Trout Creek, passed away early Friday morning, May 11, 2018. Dave was born on Nov. 19, 1933, in Trout Creek, a son of Wilbert and Taimi (Moilanen) Walls. He graduated from Trout Creek High School in 1952 and married his high school sweetheart, Patsy Pittsley. In 1953, they moved to Grand Rapids, where Dave worked in the factories until 1963 when he became an insurance inspector. Dave was promoted to office manager for Commercial Services. At that time the family moved to Cedar Springs. In 1978, Dave started his own insurance inspection company with his partner, Art Clement. They operated the company until 2002 when they sold the company and retired. In 2002, Dave and Patsy returned to Trout Creek where Dave was always fishing on the Beaver in his canoe. When fishing season was over, it was time for hunting with his brother, Kenny, Uncle Gene and son, Dave and anyone else that wanted to go along. Dave was always so proud that he was the catcher for the Trout Creek American Legion Baseball Team. At the age of 15, he was the catcher for Ben Manning (Dave’s idol). Dave was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers and Lions and all Michigan State and Ewen-Trout Creek sports. Dave is survived by his loving wife, Patsy, Trout Creek; a son, David Jr. (Katie), Cedar Springs; two sisters, Marion Walls, San Antonio, Texas, and Lois Couper, Ft. Myers, Florida; a brother, Dennis, Milwaukee; a grandson, Aaron (Sheryl) Rohen; three great-grandsons, Aaron Wayne (Samantha), Ryan and David; a great-great-granddaughter, Melina Kay; two sisters-in-law, Diana Thompson, Inez, Kentucky, and Pam Walls, Livonia; his son-in-law, Doug Setters, Sheridan, Indiana; two aunts, Shirley Madden and Elma Hirvonen; special friends, Jim and Jean Ward, Cedar Springs; and many dear nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Wayne; a daughter, Darlene; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Art and Evelyn Pittsley; two brothers, Wilbert “Sonny” and Kenneth; a sister, Carol Verran; a grandson, Travis Setters; and two nieces, Teresa Wilder and Tiffney Walls. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 18, at 1 p.m. EDT, preceded by visitation at noon EDT, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Trout Creek, with the Rev. Kay Richter officiating. Luncheon will be served at the American Legion Hall in Trout Creek following the service. Condolences may be expressed online at lakesidememorialchapel.com. 

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield. 

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FRANCIS JAMES MIDDLETON

Francis “Butch” James Middleton, age 79, of Sand Lake, Michigan went home to his Lord and Savior Sunday, May 6, 2018. He was born on April 28, 1939 to Frank and Auril (Wells) Middleton in Solon Township. Francis was a teacher for Cedar Springs Schools. He was very musically talented and founded the band called Midnight Curfew. Francis also enjoyed baseball, softball, tennis, and he especially loved playing his accordion. He even wrote his own polka called the Great Lakes Polka. He is survived by his wife Glenda (Dame); children, Kristy Rempalski, Kelly (Nelson) Shulenberger, Randy (Kerry) Middleton, Kurt Middleton, Megan (Adam) Krichau, Jess Middleton; son-in-law, Rob Rempalski; grandchildren, Shane Kasper, Brooke Rempalski, John Luke Shulenberger, Jaxon Shulenberger, Kendall Krichau, Dane Krichau, and Callahan Krichau; brother, Barth Middleton; sister, Opal Waller; sister-in-law, Lucille Middleton. Francis was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Brandi Middleton; sisters, Vera Armstrong, Leone Davis, Agnes Feikema; brothers, Cleo Middleton, and Clair Middleton. There will be a time of visitation with the family from 4:00 – 7:00 pm Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe St. NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service of praise and thanksgiving will be 11:00 am Friday, May 11, 2018 at Grant Christian Reformed Church, 13110 Poplar Ave, Grant, MI 49327. There will also be a time of visitation at church one hour prior to the service. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy may make memorial contributions to Grant Christian School, 12931 Poplar Ave, Grant, MI 49327 or to Heartland Hospice, 1053 W. Main St., Fremont, MI 49412.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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JUNE J. (KLOOSTER) HEERINGA

June J. (Klooster) Heeringa age 93 of Cedar Springs, passed away Friday, April 27, 2018 at her granddaughter’s home in Newaygo. Mrs. Herringa was born September 10, 1924 in Fremont, Michigan the daughter of Benjamin and Hattie (Luchies) Timmer. She grew up in Fremont and was a charter member of Pioneer Christian Reformed Church, Cedar Springs. She enjoyed traveling. Surviving are her children, Linda (Jack) Mulder, Rick (Mary) Klooster, Bob Klooster, Michelle Klooster; 8 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Carl Klooster in 1982 and Gilbert Heeringa; daughter, Mary Beth Opper in 2000; 2 brothers. Services were held Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Chaplain Daniel Pflug officiating. Private interment Maple Grove Cemetery, Fremont.

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

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DOROTHY A. HELSEL

Dorothy A. Helsel age 87 of Cedar Springs died Saturday, April 28, 2018 at St. Anne’s Home, Grand Rapids. Mrs. Helsel was born August 26, 1930 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Stanley and Francis (Blasczyzk) Jaskiewicz. She retired from General Motors Alpine Avenue plant. Dorothy loved and adored her grandchildren, enjoyed traveling, and spending time with close friends and family. She made rosaries and was very devoted to the rosary. Surviving are her daughters, Deb (Carl) Allen, Tena (Mike) Hoxsie; grandchildren, Mike (LesLee) Michalek, Joann (Matt) Johnson, John (Gwen) Michalek, Laura (Drew) Felsted, Kendall Hoxsie; great grandchildren, David, Jack, Mia, Lillie and Piper; brother, Ray (June) Jaskiewicz; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; daughter and son-in-law, Sandy (Mic) Michalek; grandson, Todd Allen. A special thank you to St. Anne’s Home for their wonderful love, care and support. The family will greet friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday 11:00 a.m. at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Cedar Springs. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Grand Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Paul II or St. Anne’s Home.

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

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BEVERLY GOULD (REYBURN) FEASEL

BEVERLY GOULD (REYBURN) FEASEL

Beverly Gould (Reyburn) Feasel age 89 of Greenville, passed into the presence of God in Heaven Friday, April 27, 2018. She was born to Clarence and Helen Doane of Belmont on April 5, 1929. She married G. DeVerl Reyburn on Thanksgiving Day, 1947. Surviving are her children, Dale (Rhonda) Reyburn formerly of Greenville, now of Cedar Springs, Kris (Teri) Reyburn of DeWitt, Cynthia Brown of St. Johns, Deann (Robert) Brown of Lansing; step children, Carla Heiss and Frank Heiss; former daughter-in-law, Cindy (Paepke) Dobson and David Brown; brother, Daniel (Jane) Doane; sisters, Mary Holland and Phyllis (Don) Wirries; sister-in-law, Reatha Doane; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husbands, G. DeVerl Reyburn, Franklin Heiss and Duane Feasel; brothers, Wallace and Robert Doane; step daughter, Dorothy Heiss. The family greeted friends Monday, April 30 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was Tuesday 11:00 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church, 315 N. Greenville West Dr., Greenville. Pastor Randy Williams officiating. Interment East Montcalm Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Right to Life of Michigan and Great Lakes Caring Hospice.

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

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WILLIAM NELSON GATES

 

“Bill” William Nelson Gates age 86 passed to God’s arms April 24, 2018 at Butterworth Hospital. He was preceded in death by Patsy Ann, his wife; parents John and Rose Gates; brothers, and daughter, Mary Carson (Gates). Surviving children, Julie Wilbur, Bonnie Gates, Jim Gates and Kathy Jones. He was loved by his many grandchildren here and in S. Florida. He loved his birds, cared for his family and loved God. Services will be at First Baptist, Main Street, Cedar Springs on Saturday, April 28th at 1 p.m. Flowers appreciated.

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JERRY R. MOURER

 

Jerry R. Mourer age 74 of Pierson passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at home. He was born in Rockford, Michigan on March 18, 1944, the son of Clyde and Laura (Phillips) Mourer. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. He is survived by his loving companion of 34 years, Corinne Trader; children, Deborah Alonso, Laurie Ickowski, Michael Mourer, Tina Mourer; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bill & Sal Brooms; 6 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Earl, Walter, Melvin and Ruby Mourer. The family met with friends 11 a.m. Monday with the funeral service following at 12 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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

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NOAH JOSEPH SALAK

Noah Joseph Salak passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 13, 2018. He is survived by his father, Joe E. Salak; his beloved son, Joseph Michael Salak; his son’s mother, Jacqelynn Rogers; and his loving girlfriend of 10 years, Melanie Musshorn. Noah was amazingly talented in many areas and, “too smart for his own good,” or extremely smart. He was a huge advocate for fighting for our American rights whenever possible and an advocate for his people. He was a loving, giving, honest man who some didn’t understand, but this did not deter Noah’s strong and outgoing personality. He was the life of the party and protected the weak. One of his greatest accomplishments was his son, of whom he was very proud. Noah will be severely missed by his girlfriend Melanie and his son Joey, and the people and friends that he touched with his wonderful heart throughout the years, and will NEVER be forgotten.

I’ll see you again Bubbie my love! I miss you so much, Melanie.

Private services will be held.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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JOAN E. BEACH

Joan E. Beach age 85 passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Bishop Hills Elder Care, Rockford, Michigan. Mrs. Beach was born July 1, 1932 in Oxford, Michigan the daughter of Pearl and Essel (Peters) Bradley. After graduation from Oxford High School she received her degree from Cleary College, Ypsilanti, MI. She was a member of the Dexter Jaycettes and the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Howell. She lived at Bishop Hills for 12 years and the staff and residents were like family to her. She played the chimes and loved to sing and play the piano. Surviving are her children, Susan (Brad) Binks, Cheryl (Kent) VanTimmeren, Bradley Beach, Tracy (Rod) Misner, Don (Melissa) Beach Jr., Steven Beach; 13 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brother, Richard (Daisy) Bradley; sister, Doris (Nick) Samudio; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Bradley and Eileen Bradley; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don in 1989; brothers, Jack Bradley and Billy Bradley. The family greeted friends Monday, April 16th from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a memorial service has taken place at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Ray Lanning officiating. A graveside service was held Tuesday, April 17th 12 noon at Lakeview Cemetery, Howell. Pastor Paula Timm officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Interlochen-Kent County Scholarship, P.O. Box 199, Interlochen, MI 49643 or Kids Food Basket, 2055 Oak Industrial Dr., Grand Rapids, MI 49505.

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

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