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Eric Haywood Clarke (1921-2007)

Ella Esther Clarke (1924-2012)

Esther passed away on March 25, 2012 in San Pedro, California.  Esther was born in Cedar Springs to Emily Miranda and John Harvey Heiss, and after graduating from Cedar Springs High School, married Rick Clarke in 1942.  Rick preceded her in death by 5 years. There will be an Interment Service for Rick and Esther on Saturday July 7, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Solon Cemetery, located at Algoma Avenue and 18 Mile Road in Cedar Springs, at which time both their ashes will be interred. Family and friends are invited to the Interment Service and to a reception following the Service at the summer home of Rick and Esther (9111 Catalpa Ave, Newaygo, MI), and are welcome to join Rick and Esther’s family at either or both events.

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Beverly Jean Earnest

Beverly Jean Earnest, 63 of Rockford, died Thursday, June 21, 2012 at her home. Beverly was born October 15, 1948 in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Christian and Dorothy (Carter) Bentley. She was a graduate of Big Rapids High School. Surviving are her children, William (Vanessa) Hess of Grand Rapids, Darrel Hess of Baldwin, Warren (Barbie) Drayton of Big Rapids,  Betty Myszak of Lexington, Kentucky;  sisters, Juanita (Michael) Crooks of Morley, Lorinda (Richard) Lytle of Sears, Roberta (Phillips) Sprague of Sheridan, Leah Finney of Rockford, Laura Stahle of Cedar Springs; brothers, Richard (Ruth) Bentley of Baldwin, Alan (Bunny) Bean of Hopewell, Virginia; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Sharlene Bentley and Marjorie Winston; brothers, William and James Bentley. Services were held Saturday, June 23 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Rev. Frank Parker officiating.
Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Margaret Tawney

Mrs. Margaret “Maggie” Tawney, age 75, went home to be in the presence of her Lord and Savior on Monday, June 18, 2012. She grew up on a farm that had a flowing well. Her father raised trout for the DNR, and her mother was a homemaker. Maggie’s parents were believers, and she attended church since her birth in Ensley Township. Sunday school was held at Flowing Well School, and she accepted Christ at an early age. Maggie was the Salutatorian of her graduating class of 1954 at Howard City High School. She told many stories of her husband, Leon pestering her in school, especially Spanish class. After high school, she worked at a pickle station as a bookkeeper, and then worked for W.W.W. for 55 cents an hour. Maggie wrote every day to Leon while he learned the road building trade. After he came back, Leon worked for the State of Michigan, and they were married. When their children arrived, Maggie stayed at home until 1970 when she began working at the Meijer Store #2 in Cedar Springs, and then on Alpine Avenue until 1986 when she had surgery to remove a brain tumor. Maggie was creative, offered encouragement to others, loved music, liked serving her God, and had the gift of hospitality. Even with her illness, she was always upbeat and a true witness of her Lord and Savior, fulfilling God’s purpose for her on earth. Her family and friends will always remember her affectionate “smile.” She was a member of First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs. She is survived by her husband, Leon; er children, Matt Tawney, Sam and Marci Tawney, Michael and Carol Tawney, Kenda and Brian Baskerville; 15 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild with the anticipated arrival of one more; sister and brothers, Pauline (Bob) Bird, Francis (Barb) Butler, Samuel (Sharon) Butler; sister-in-law, Mrs. Arlene Butler; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, David, brother, Leonard Butler, and sister, Marie. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ for Mrs. Tawney will be Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs, 233 S. Main St., with Pastor Jim Howard officiating. Interment in Oakgrove Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Mel Trotter Ministries, 225 Commerce Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Relatives and friends met with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Wednesday. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Barbara J. Gillette

Barbara J. Gillette
1935 – 2012

Barbara J. Gillette nee Anderson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania passed on June 14, 2012. She was predeceased by her parents, Beatrice and George Anderson of Saranac, Michigan and sister, Arletta Groves nee Anderson, of Greenville, Michigan. Barbara is survived by her beloved husband of 56 years, Ralph E. Gillette and her children, Merri Jo Gillette (Jude Quinn) of Evanston, Illinois; Jane Anne Gillette (Charles DeCarli) of Sacramento, CA; Joseph P. Gillette (Lisa Mihalik) of Maplewood, NJ; and Jonathan R. Gillette of Atlanta, GA, and 14 grandchildren and great-grands. Also, two brothers, Fred Anderson of Florida and Eugene Anderson of Michigan. Barbara graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree. She taught school many years. She retired in 2000 after 14 years as a Benefits Administrator at Kenyon and Kenyon Intellectual Property law firm in New York City. Barbara was a creative spirit who loved this earth and expressed her creativity daily. Her family and friends will attest to the dignity she brought to her struggle for life in recent months. A memorial service to celebrate her life was held June 18, 2012 at 10:00am at St. Stephens Episcopal Cathedral in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to Johns Hopkins Hospital Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, MD for research for Leukemia

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Donna DeeWaard

Donna DeeWaard, 84 of Cedar Springs, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Metron of Cedar Springs. She was born July 9, 1927 in Canton, South Dakota, the daughter of William and Minnia (Nelson) Harmon. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, one sister, and her beloved daughter, Candy Hoare. Donna was a light in every life she touched. Her warmth and optimism made her beloved by many. She was the epitome of unconditional love to her children and grandchildren. Donna is survived by her children, Larry (Diane) DeeWaard of Saginaw; Kelly (Michele) DeeWaard of Cedar Springs, Bobette (Bill) Veneklase of Rockford; grandchildren, Danielle (Mike) Woodbury, Shannon (Randy) Soltys, Larry (Susan) DeeWaard II, Landon (Raquel) Case, Joshua (Jen) DeeWaard, Marissa (Anthony) Shaw, Jacob (Leslie) DeeWaard, Courtney Smith; brother, Jimmy Lee Harmon; many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. The family will greet friends Friday from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Craig Carter officiating.
Arrangements by Bliss Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Harriet Martin

Harriet Marie Martin, 90 of Howard City, died Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Marie was born August 20, 1921 in Covington, Kentucky, the daughter of William and Lillian (McCreary) Meacham. Marie was a very sweet and pleasant lady whose passion was her family and grandchildren. She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, reading and flower gardening. Surviving are her children, Pamela (Dallas) Almus-Smith, Cathy Daigre, Robert (Danette) Martin, Jr., Lynn (Patrick Spaulding) Allen, Kimberly (Donald) LaForest; 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren and 2 more expected. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Robert; brother, William Leonard Meacham; sons-in-law, Don Daigre and Gordy Allen; grandson, Jason Daigre. The family received friends on Wednesday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where a rosary was prayed at 6:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday 10:00 am at Christ the King Catholic Church, Howard City with a luncheon immediately following. Rev. Fr. James B. Wyse celebrant. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sand Lake 1:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.
Arrangements by Bliss Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Bonnie Heyboer

Bonnie Lynn Heyboer, age 64, went to be home with her Lord, on June 2, 2012. Bonnie is preceded in death by her granddaughter Kimberly Flanagan and her father, Franklin P. Heyboer. She will be sadly missed by her daughters Wendy Schreiber and Ed Robinson, Jody and Michael Flanagan, along with her grandchildren Denell, Jeremy and Kristen Schreiber, Jacob Hayman and Brittany, Shane Flanagan. Great grandchildren McKayla, Adrian, Alexis, William, Erica, along with her mother Mildred Heyboer and her siblings, Nancy Herbert, Sharon and Curt Loosenort, Ruth Myler and Terry and Cheryl Heyboer, and several additional relatives and close friends. The family has decided to have her Celebration of Life on Sunday June 10th from 4 – 7 pm at White Creek Country Estates Clubhouse, 15851 White Creek, NE Cedar Springs, Michigan 49319.

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Toby Springfield Jr

Toby Springfield Jr age 50 of Sand Lake passed away unexpectedly on May 22 at his residence.  He was born  March 16, 1962 in Lakeview the son of Toby and Marilyn (Beemer) Springfield.  Surviving are his mother Marilyn Beemer of Sand Lake, Daughter Heather (Eddy) Scram of Howard City and his grandsons Brayden and Koltyn; Sisters Suella of Portland Oregon  and Danielle (Rodney) Miller of Cedar Springs; brother Todd (Tammy) Springfield of Sand Lake and Kristy (Joslin) Beemer of Sand Lake and a special friend Bernita Ringler  and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.  During his working years he worked as a Truck driver for sixteen years at Aetna Supply.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and loved taking his grandsons and nieces and nephews with him.  Toby had a great sense of humor and always put a smile on your face.  Funeral  services will take place on Friday at 11:00 a.m.  at The Springs Church (135 N. Grant in Cedar Springs)  with Pastor Jennings Johnson  officiating with burial in the Reynolds Cemetery. Friends may call at The Heckman Funeral Home on Thursday from  7-9 pm and prior to services on Friday at the church. Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home.

 

 

 

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Orthello Westgate

Orthello J. “Pat” Westgate, 88 of East Grand Rapids, died Monday, May 28, 2012 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Mrs. Westgate was born April 5, 1924 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the daughter of the late Lyle and Dora (Baker) Lockwood. She was a 1942 graduate of Cedar Springs High School and had retired from Bell Telephone Company. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, reading and had an interest in archeology. Surviving are a stepdaughter, Barbara (Michael) Averill of Allendale; grandchildren, Dawn (Wayne) Netzel, Crystal (Darrin) Ackerman, Hazen Averill; great grandchildren, Chloe and Logan Netzel; brother, Kenneth Lockwood of Cedar Springs; sister-in-law, Bonnie (Howard) Simons; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Westgate; stepson, Douglas Westgate; brothers, Robert and Richard Lockwood. The family would like to extend their thanks to the caring staff and friends at Covenant Village of the Great Lakes Assisted Living. Visitation was held Thursday from 11:30 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Michigan Veterans Homes, P.O. Box 805, Grandville, MI 49468.

Arrangements by Bliss Witters & Pike, Cedar Springs

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Agnes Patin

Agnes Catherine Patin, age 94, passed away on Friday, May 25, 2012. She was the youngest of the 11 Patin children and grew up on the family farm in Sand Lake. Agnes was a 1935 graduate of Sand Lake High School and attended Ferris State University for her teaching certificate. While teaching, she also attended Western Michigan University and received her B.S. degree. Throughout her life, she was a faithful Catholic. She played organ for many years at her parish. She also enjoyed traveling in the United States and abroad. Agnes taught elementary school at Ensley Center, Kent City, Croton, and Newaygo. She enjoyed working with her students and found teaching to be a rewarding career. Her family was very important, and she would pray for them daily. Agnes remained in contact through her life with her many friends. She was blessed with a gentle and patient spirit. Agnes is survived by her nephews and nieces, Mrs. LuAnne Murray, David Patin, Tom (Lynne) Patin, Michael (Christine) Patin, Mrs. Sandy Patin and many other loving nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Phillip Patin, August Patin, Brother Angelus Patin, Lucy Patin, Aloysius Patin, Andrew Patin, Jr., Teresa Quillan, Paul Patin, Sister Mary Remiguis Patin, Alphonsus Patin, and her parents, Andrew and Pauline (Rosek) Patin, and nephews, Gregory Patin, and Robert Patin. The Mass of Christian Burial for Agnes Patin was offered on Wednesday, May 30 at Mary Queen of the Apostles in Sand Lake with The Rev. Joseph W. Kenshol presiding. Interment on Wednesday at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Sand Lake. The Franciscan Scripture Service was on Tuesday and the Rosary was prayed at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Relatives and friends met with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Tuesday and prior to the Mass at the church on Wednesday. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Eternal Word Television Network, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Birmingham, AL 35210.

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

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