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RHONDA J. EADIE

23C obit Eadie PicRhonda J. Eadie, age 51, of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 5, 2015.  Rhonda was preceded in death by her mother, Beverly Eadie; niece, Rebecca Eadie and grandchild, Jordan Mourer.  She is survived by her beloved children, Kari (Jacob) Edwins, Kelli (Brandon) Mourer, Kevin (Kasie) Schuitman and Heather Hoskins; precious grandchildren, Grace Barnes, Jeremy Mourer and Noah Schuitman; father, Russell (Shirley) Eadie; siblings, Russ (Bridget) Eadie and Carlton (Stephanie) Eadie; nieces, nephews and all ya’ll.  Rhonda was employed with Delphi Corporation for over 20 years.  She enjoyed decorating cakes, traveling, going to garage sales and bird watching, but above all else, spending time with her family and friends.  Rhonda had a great love for her hometown and looked forward to the Red Flannel Day Festival each year.  She had a heart of gold, always gave the benefit of the doubt and found beauty in everything that surrounded her. Visitation was held at the Beuschel Funeral Home, 5018 Alpine Avenue from 2 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.  A Commemoration of her life will be held at the Beuschel Funeral Home on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the Funeral Service, with Pastor Jim Smith officiating.  A procession to Blythefield Memorial Gardens, 6200 Brewer Avenue, will follow the Funeral Service.

Arrangements by Beuschel Funeral Home

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NELLIE ALBERDA

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Nellie Alberda, age 84, passed away Friday, May 29, 2015 at Metron of Cedar Springs after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. The daughter of Martin and Berdena (Moorlag) Van Duyn, she was born on March 18, 1931 in Rock Valley, Iowa and worked as an accountant with the Michigan Department of Corrections at the prison in Coldwater. She was preceded in death by her parents;, her husband, Wesley Dale Alberda; a son, Gary Alberda; her step-mother, Merna Van Duyn; and a sister, Jean Feenstra. Surviving are her children, Doug and Lisa Alberda, Patricia Alberda, Rick and Nancy Alberda; a daughter-in-law Beverly Alberda; her grandchildren, Chad (Janelle) Alberda, Shannon (Bill) Crane, Jennifer (Todd) Frazier, and Monica (Scott) Moore; her great grandchildren, Zachery and Elyn Alberda, Addyson and Mason Crane, Aubree and Micah Frazier, Nolan, Colby and Emma Moore; and two sisters, Lee (Jack) Nyenhuis, and Hanna (Scott) Aardema. Family and friends will celebrate Nellie’s life beginning with a memorial service at 2 pm on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at White Creek Estates Community Building, 15851 White Creek Avenue, Cedar Springs, with a memorial open house immediately following from 3 – 6 pm. Instead of flowers, Nellie would have appreciated contributions in her memory to either Hospice of Michigan or the Alzheimer’s Association. Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Nellie’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.ChristiansenCares.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville

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CLARA JO GUST

 

Clara Jo Gust, 94 of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Sanctuary at St. Mary’s. Mrs. Gust was born March 28, 1921 in Ovid, Michigan, the daughter of George and Nellie (Lockwood) Sillaway. She graduated from Cedar Springs High School, Class of 1939 as Salutatorian. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and had worked at Pollocks Department Store and the Red Flannel Factory. She was an avid golfer, bowler and bridge player. She enjoyed traveling and spending time in Florida, was a wonderful mother and had a special love for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surviving are her children, Gary (Lolly) Gust, Joanne Gust; son-in-law, Tom Finch; grandchildren, Jeff (Barb) Gust, Michelle Tackmann, Elissa Hughes & Mike Mondy, Zachary (Connie) Hughes, Zeke (Mandy) Finch, Brianna (Garry) Genao; great grandchildren, Jason, Brooke and Jacob Gust, Isabelle Tackmann, Afton Glynn, Elizabeth and Annabelle Finch; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Beverly Finch; six brothers and sisters. The family will greet friends Tuesday, June 9, at 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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

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Terrance Arthur Gage II

C-OBIT-gage-webTerrance Arthur Gage II 39 of Cedar Springs, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from accidental injuries. Terry is now walking with the Lord. Terry was met by his Grandpa and Grandma Middleton, Grandpa Gage, Aunt Laurie and Grandson Israel. He was born July 31, 1975 in Lakeview, MI. Following graduation from High School Terry enlisted in the U.S. Navy, he very proudly served his country for 20 years retiring in July of 2014. He traveled a lot while in the service and his daughters were able to travel with him. Terry loved to cook and was known as the chef. He was learning to make bowls from different kinds of wood, enjoyed auction sales and flea markets and loved to hunt. He was always helping people and spending time with his family and friends. He was looking forward to seeing his son Kevin graduate from high school and his daughter Ashley from business college in Virginia. He will be missed by his family and friends. Surviving are the love of his life, Marti; daughters, Mykenzie, Ashley (Danny) Lopez, Kayli (Warren) Armock; son, Kevin; two grandson and one granddaughter whom he loved very much; father, Terry (Judy) Gage; mother, Carol Rowe; grandmother, Carol Gage; Marti’s parents, Charlie (Reta) McKee; sisters, Debbie (Tim) Prins, Sue (Joe) Molyneux, Colleen Maycroft, Chris (John) Sweeny; brothers, Paul (Jane) Ringler, David (Cheryl) Finnila, Todd Finnila; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family greeted friends Wednesday, May 27 from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs. Pastor Tom Holloway officiating.

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

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Donald A. Wollander

C-OBIT-wollander-webDonald A. Wollander, 79 of Cedar Springs, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, May 25, 2015 at Vista Springs. Don was born February 3, 1936 on his parent’s farm in Sand Lake, MI the son of Edward and Ada Wollander. He worked for Meijer for 32 years and was a lifelong attendee of Huggard Bible Church. His real passion was farming which he did his whole life. Don was an honest and caring person, who loved people and often put others and their needs before himself. He also was a nature photographer and had won international awards. Surviving are his wife, Shirlee, whom he married on October 29, 1983; and many cousins. Visitation will be held Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Friday 11:00 am at Huggard Bible Church, 8860 21 Mile Road, Sand Lake. Pastor Rick Malone officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be to Great Lakes Hospice, 4069 Lake Dr. SE, Suite B11, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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

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Crystal M. Gould

 

C-OBIT-gould-webCrystal M. Gould, 84 of Sand Lake, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Crystal was born June 11, 1930 in Sparta, MI the daughter of Newton and Ethel (Muir) Teesdale. She was a member of the Sand Lake United Methodist Church, Secret Pal Club and the Federated Garden Club. Crystal enjoyed being a homemaker and caring for her family, she was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Surviving are her children, Gerald (Eunice) Gould, Lloyd Gould, Barbara Gould, Carl (Margaret) Gould; grandsons, Chad (Tammy), Jeff, Kevin (Angie) Adam, Kyle and Cody; 6 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; brothers, Roger (Geraldine) Teesdale, Larry (Karen) Teesdale; brothers-in-law, Joe (Lena), Art (Linda), Sim (Patsy), Guy (Marilyn); sisters-in-law, Betty Gould, Glenice (Ken) Van Loozenoord, Judy (Jerry) Troupe; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather, Alvin “Jake” Magoon; husband of 61 years, Wayne in 2014; sister, June Cisler. The family will greet friends Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will  be held Wednesday 1:00 pm. Pastor Darryl Miller officiating. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Sand Lake United Methodist Church.

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

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William Walter Phillips

C-obit-Phillips-webMr. William Walter Phillips, of Sand Lake, Michigan, age 69, passed away in the comfort of his home and into the arms of his Lord and Savior, on the morning of Sunday, May 10, 2015. Bill was born to Darrell and June (Cross) Phillips on Thursday, November 22, 1945, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and had been a lifelong resident of the area. Bill was a graduate of Grandville High School, and as a truehearted countryman, he proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Army, stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. Before his retirement, Bill worked for CSX Railroad as a conductor for forty-years. He enjoyed many things in life. Bill was a great outdoorsman and loved to go hunting, camping, and fishing, especially with his grandsons. He also loved a perfect and pure Michigan summer day to spend the afternoon golfing. Bill was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, dear brother and friend, faithful servant to his Lord, and the best grandfather anyone could ask for. His soul will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered and celebrated by his family, friends, and anyone who knew him. May his thirst for life and laughter, and the immeasurable love for his family live on through our cherished memories. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Monica Bills; and sister Eulalie (Ted) Olewinski. He is survived by his beloved wife of eighteen years, Theresa Mae (Jackson) Phillips; loving children, Lisa (Mike) Cook and Tyler Baker; son-in-law Jimmy Bills; grandchildren Ashley Phillips, Richard Phillips, Michael Gryzen, Michael Cook, III, Darren Trader, and Katelynn Bills; great grandchildren Skylar and Colton; brother Darrell (Barbara) Phillips, Jr.; sister Elaine (Charles) Post; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation was held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Bill will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home. Pastor Dick Riley will be officiating and under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard and the United States Army, full military honors will be performed. There will also be a one hour visitation prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in Reynolds Township Cemetery. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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David L. Wallace

C-OBIT-WallaceDavid L. Wallace, 38 of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, May 10, 2015 at his home. David was born March 20, 1977 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Dale and Judy (Moos) Wallace. He graduated from Kent City High School in 1995 and had worked at Federal Mogul. He enjoyed working on vehicles, vegetable gardening and deer hunting. Surviving are his wife, Faye whom he married on July 12, 2003; children, David, Ethan and Leah; father, Dale Wallace; sister, Carolyn (Rich) Straub; brother, Bryan (Jodi) Wallace; nieces and nephews, Adrianna, Brooklyn, Caroline, Blake, Megan, Bryce and Emily. He was preceded in death by his mother. The family greeted friends Tuesday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services were held Wednesday 10:30 am. Rev. Fr. Lam Le officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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Loren George Dragoo

 

Loren George Dragoo, age 75, born June 4, 1939 in Fremont, Michigan passed away at his home in Solon Township, Kent County on May 10, 2015. Preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence L. (Roy) and Gladys (Bruckner) Dragoo of Fremont, Michigan. Loren is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Ann (Sagorski); his sister, Barbara J. (Calvin) Deitz of Newaygo; his niece, Susan A. (Karl) Frederiksen of Newaygo; grandnephew, Erik H. Frederiksen and grandniece, Kacie A. (Stephen) Smith of Spring Lake, Michigan and their children, Ryann Frederiksen, Harrisen, Carter and Tes Smith. A graduate of Fremont High School Class of 1957 and upon receiving his degree from Michigan State University in 1962, he began his Industrial Engineering career with Sealed Power Corporation at their headquarters in Muskegon and at their La Grange, Indiana and Stratford, Ontario, Canada facilities. In 1967 Loren joined Rapistan (now Dematic) as Sales Engineer for the Indiana territory, and later at the Grand Rapids headquarters serving in various Industrial Engineering capacities until his retirement in June 2000. Loren was a member of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Boy Scouts of America. At Loren’s request there will be no funeral or memorial service. Memorial contributions in Loren’s memory may be made to the following: Michigan State University, c/o Development Fund, Willed Body Program, 300 Spartan Way, East Lansing, MI 48824-1005; President Ford Council, Boy Scouts of America, 3213 Walker Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49544; Terry Wantz Historical Research Center, Main Street, P.O. Box 2, Fremont, MI 49412; Sand Lake-Nelson Township Library Building Fund, 88 Eighth Street, Sand Lake, MI 49343; Cedar Springs Library Building Fund, 43 W. Cherry Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. A special thank you to the physicians and staff at Cancer & Hematology Centers of West Michigan, Lemen-Holton Cancer Pavilion.

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

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Marie Ziegler

 

Marie Ziegler, age 87, of Muskegon, Michigan passed away May 6, 2015. She was the widow of Meinrad “Bud” Ziegler and the daughter of Emmett Deviaene and her beloved stepmother, Edna Deviaene. A lifelong resident of Muskegon. Marie was a consummate homemaker and cook. Both her home and her yard were kept in impeccable order. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, her numerous trips to the casino, and spending time with her family. Marie is survived by her daughter Patricia Wolf of Florida, two sons Michael Ziegler of Grand Rapids and Timothy Ziegler of Muskegon, her caregiver, chauffer, and gambling partner. She is also survived by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Michael and Lynn Wolf and his two daughters, Makayla and Dynah, Kerri and Craig Scarborough, and their sons Bryce and Brodie, Jeff and Kim Wolf, and their children Jaxson and Annabelle, and Sarah and Greg Walczewski and their son Sam; her sister Marion Beaudoin; and many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 11, 2015, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 2929 McCracken Street, Norton Shores, MI  49441. Arrangements entrusted to her son, Michael J. Ziegler, Licensed Funeral Director, in association with the Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, Michigan. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution in Marie’s name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Donation Processing, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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