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Michael J. Buck

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Michael J. Buck 75 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, July 12, 2013 at his home. Mike was born April 2, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan the son of Clifford and Teresa (Michaels) Buck. He was a barber and had owned and operated Buck’s Campground on the Muskegon River in Stanwood. Surviving are his wife, Irene (Ringler); daughters, Kathy (Tim) Randall, Kristy (Rob) Naumann; grandchildren, Buck, Bonnie and Kyle (Alyssa); brother, Bill (Kitty) Buck; sister, Ruth Fate. A memorial service and luncheon will be held Monday, July 22, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Cedar Springs American Legion. Private interment in Oakfield Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to: Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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Donna Claire Cornell

29C-OBIT-CornellMrs. Donna Claire Cornell, age 69, passed away peacefully on Thursday July 11, 2013, following a long battle with cancer. Surviving is her husband of 48 years, John; three children, Charlene (David) Yonker, Janet Cornell, and Jay Cornell; 1 sister, Colleen (David) Webber; 6 grandchildren, Colin (Luisa), Justin, Jason, Chloe, John, and Sarah; 3 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Louise Freel; sisters, Berna Zimba and Kathleen Morris; brothers, James Freel and Robert Freel. She was a 1962 graduate of Catholic Central High School, attended Grand Rapids Community College, and was self educated on many subjects. She assisted her husband in his accounting practice. In retirement, she and her husband were enthusiastic bikers and travelled extensively throughout the United States, Alaska and Canada on their BMW motorcycle. Donna’s family feels blessed that she was a part of their life, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her. The Mass of Christian Burial for Donna was offered on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Assumption BVM Catholic Church, Belmont, with The Rev. Peter Vu presiding. Interment in Solon Township Cemetery. The Rosary will be prayed at the funeral home on Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Educational Endowment Fund at Assumption BVM School, 6393 Belmont Ave., Belmont, MI 49306 or God’s Kitchen, 303 S. Division St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Relatives and friends met with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and prior to the Mass at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements by The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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JEFFREY L. TATE

EPSON scanner imageJeffrey L. Tate 60 of Grand Rapids, died Thursday, July 4, 2013 at his home. Jeff was born December 13, 1952 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Howard and Jennie (VanMale) Tate. He was a graduate of Cedar Springs High School Class of 1971. Surviving are his wife, Terrie; step daughter, Renae Davis; step grandchildren, Aeris and Kaden Davis; brothers, James and Raymond Tate; sister, Pat (Tate) & Floyd Guiles; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Richard and Marlyn; sister, Frances. A graveside service will be held Saturday, July 13 at 11:00 am at Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. A luncheon will follow at Long Lake Park, section B1. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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JOHNNA E. SUTTORP

EPSON scanner imageJohnna E. Suttorp (Cuthbertson), 66 of Cedar Springs, passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 with her family by her side. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Bette (Ward) Cuthbertson and a sister, Susan L. Stevens. She will be greatly missed by her family, Lisa (David) Creighton, Todd (Brittany) Mazurek, John Mazurek, Robin (Allen) Shotko, Brad (Trisha) Suttorp. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren, who knew her as “Pumpkin,” Kyle Mazurek, Rebecca Nau, Darion Nau, Alex, Lukas and Tyler Mazurek, Morgan, Shelby and Abbey Shotko, and Wyatt Suttorp. Johnna was in the first graduating class of Northview High School and at the age of 42 went back to college. She enjoyed butterflies, thunderstorms, Elvis and spending time at the lake. The family will host a celebration of her life on Friday, July 12 from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice, 100 Michigan NE, MC-004, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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VERNON JAMES SMITH

Vernon James Smith, 69, Howard City, passed away Saturday June 29th at his home in Howard City, Michigan. He was born September 17, 1943 in Central Lake, Michigan. The son of Willet S. and Zora Smith. Vern started and operated Vern’s Wooden Nickel in Sand Lake for many years. He is survived by wife Pamela, sons Kurt (Shelly) Smith, Glen (Veronica) Smith and daughter Kimberly (Dennis) Moline, brother Willet J (Jane) Smith and sisters Dixie (Gary) Fifield and Tracy VandenBrink and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Victoria and son Harvey Smith. A Memorial service is planned for Monday July 8th at the Heckman-Mohnke Funeral Home in Howard City, Michigan including a visitation/gathering starting at 11 a.m. with a Memorial service at 12 p.m. and a luncheon following at the Howard City VFW hall. The family would like to thank Great Lakes Caring Hospice and all who so freely gave of themselves with love, caring, comfort and prayers during Vern’s long battle with heart disease and cancer. Arrangements are by the Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville, with complete obituary online at www.marshallfuneralhomeinc.com where you can leave a message of condolence for the family.

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MIRIAM ZOE PIATT HUNTOON

C-HuntoonMrs. Miriam Zoe Piatt Huntoon, age 83, of Reed City, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, June 21, 2013. She was raised by her grandmother, went back to high school and graduated in 1962. In September of 1962, she started at Grand Rapids Junior College. Her husband died, but Miriam was persistent and continued her education, graduating from MSU in 1965 with honors. She taught at Benham and then Hilltop Schools in the Cedar Springs School District for 23 years. In the summer she finished her Masters Degree. In 1983 she married Emil Huntoon. They lived in Newaygo and then retired to Florida where she taught for 12 years. Each day she would rise early for her devotions and would faithfully study the word. Miriam is survived by her children, Joe (Marilyn) Piatt, Ruth Ann (Ron) LaDuke, Jim (Carol) Piatt, Joque (Denese) Piatt, Jeff (LuAnn) Piatt, Larry (Karen), Max (Loretta), Joyce (Harold), Jane (Jerry), Carolyn (Frank); many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Melody; sister-in-law, Mrs. Ann Jordan. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Joseph Piatt, and Emil Huntoon, and sons, Jerry and Fred. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ for Mrs. Huntoon was held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 4151 Wild Turkey Drive, Reed City with Pastor John Dawson officiating. Interment in Oakfield Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider First Baptist Church in Reed City. Relatives and friends met with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. and from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the church.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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JULIE L. MANKOSKI

C-MankoskiJulie L. Mankoski, 46 of Grand Rapids died Saturday, June 22, 2013 in Grand Rapids. Julie was born March 22, 1967 in Grand Rapids. She was a Clerk of the Court in Kent County and frequently attended White Caps games and was a devoted Detroit Tigers fan. She is survived by her parents Louise (Geoffrey) Lynch and James J. Mankoski; grandparents, Agnes Ludtke Skorka of Pierson; brothers, PSI “Joseph” (Helen) Mankoski of Mountain View, California; Kelly (Caitlin) Mankoski of Holland, Michigan and Bel “Amy” (Paul) Vassar of Antrim, New Hampshire; niece and nephews, Odessa, Maximus and Horatio Vassar; many aunts, uncles and cousins. The family received friends Wednesday from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a Rosary was recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake. Rev. Fr. Joseph Kenshol celebrant. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice or the Kent County Humane Society.

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

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Ruth Lehmoine-Hiler

 

Mrs. Ruth Lehmoine-Hiler, age 79, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Ruth married Jack Lehmoine, and they were blessed with five children. She was a stay-at-home wife and mother who lovingly cared for her children and served other family members, her church and community. They were longtime members of Rockford Baptist Church. She later was a member of the Prime Timers at Algoma Baptist Church. Ruth was very proud that many of her grandchildren attended Lincoln Lake Baptist Youth Camp. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Jack Lehmoine, and her second husband, Ken Hiler, sister, Mary June Baird, brother, Art Houck, and son-in-law, Gary Stevens. Ruth is survived by her children, Jackie and Don Smith, Connie and Terry Betz, Gerry and Bob Buckowing, John and Chris Lehmoine, Dan and Karla Lehmoine; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Chuck (Barb) Houck; nieces and nephews; and special cousin (sister) Sonia Widmayer. A service for Ruth of  Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Algoma Baptist Church with Pastor David Fernlund officiating. Interment in Pierson Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Building Fund at Algoma Baptist Church or the Lincoln Lake Baptist Youth Camp. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Arrangements by The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

 

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LINDA L. STEELE

EPSON scanner imageLinda L. Steele, 68 of Belmont, died Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Great Lakes Specialty Hospital Grand Rapids. Linda was born January 23, 1945 in Cedar Springs, the daughter of Maurice and Delores (Inman) Streeter. She loved her family and especially enjoyed her grandchildren and attending their sporting events and activities. Surviving are her husband, Robert whom she married on September 28, 1963; children, Kevin (Christine) Steele, Debbie (Eric) Townes, Thomas (Crystal) Steele, Kyle (Cheryl) Steele, Andrew (Branin) Steele; 12 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; siblings, Beverly (Terry) Sheldon, Douglas (Laurie) Streeter, Marcia (Tom) Hovey; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a great grandson, Jesse Lewis. The family will greet friends Friday from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. A luncheon will follow at the Cedar Springs American Legion. Private family interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

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

 

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BERTHA J. ALBER

Mrs. Bertha J. Alber, age 78, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Her parents were farmers on Jewell Avenue; Bertha would walk over the river and through the woods to attend Chalmers School. She was a 1953 graduate of Sparta High School. As a teenager, Bertha accepted Christ at Algoma Baptist Church. She met David at a Youth for Christ rally. They shared a Bible and were soon holding hands. She and David were married on August 5, 1955. Bertha joined First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs where she taught Sunday school for 25 years, worked in the nursery, helped on funeral lunches, was instrumental in the preparation for AWANA for her sons, and also helped with Cubbies. Bertha and David became owners of Alber Electric in 1978 and continued to work there. Bertha was a caregiver for her parents and her in-laws when their lives were in transition. She enjoyed doing something for others, became a peacemaker with encouragement for others to love one another, and made quilts and other items which have become cherished gifts. Bertha is survived by her children, Phillip and Earla Alber, Karl and Kelly Alber, Debra and Benjamin Kinsey, Gregory Alber, Mark and E.Lisa Alber, and Vonda Alber; 32 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren plus the most anticipated arrival of two more; brothers-in-law, Pastor Charles (Ruth) Alber, and Eugene Williams. She was preceded in death by her husband, David on April 7, 1997, granddaughter, Sharon Alber, great-grandson, Jason C. Erbes, and her sisters, Joy Riihmaa, and Doris Kleinjans. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Mrs. Alber will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs with Pastor Stanley Mohr and her brother-in-law, Pastor Charles Alber officiating. Interment in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs, 233 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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