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George Peck III, 73, departed this life peacefully on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in Wellington, Florida. Born in Grand Haven, Michigan on August 18, 1941, he was the beloved child of the late George Peck, Jr. and Irmagene VerBerkmos-Peck. George honorably served in the USAF from 1961 to 1965. He married the love of his life, Sharon Johnson, on January 10, 1974 and together they relocated from Michigan to Palm Beach County a few months later. George retired from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in 1999 as a Deputy Sheriff. He will be remembered as a loyal and good man that was dedicated to his family, country, fellow Deputies and community. George leaves many wonderful memories to be cherished by his wife, Sharon; daughter, Bobbi Peck; as well as extended family members and friends, including numerous “kids” he “adopted” and loved as much as his own. He was predeceased by his daughter, Becky Tamara Peck on January 4, 2001. Family greeted friends from 5 to 6 pm on Tuesday, February 3rd at the Palm Beach National Chapel, Lake Worth with a Celebration of George’s Life to follow at 6 pm. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of George to: The Broken Star Fund, 3228 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406. Condolences may be offered at www.palmbeachnationalchapel.com.

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Mr. Ellis Carl Page of Cedar Springs, age 79 passed away Thursday, January 29, 2015. He was born in Muskegon, Michigan to Ellis and Bernice (DuPree) Page on June 15, 1935. Ellis worked for Thorn Apple Valley Meats for 34 years. He enjoyed his social time at the senior center, like playing bingo and the luncheons. Time with family and friends was very important. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. Ellis also had a love for animals especially his canine companion Jake. He is survived by his children, Debbie Lewis, Richard McClure and Kathy (Marty) Hoogerhyde; 7 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild. Ellis was preceded in death by his parents, and loving wife Betty in 2006. There will be a private graveside service for Ellis in the spring.

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

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Denise Teesdale Gentle, 52 of Sevierville, Tennessee passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Denise worked at LeConte Hospital for 15 years. She loved the outdoors and especially loved her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Gordon and Lillian Bassett, Newton and Ethel Teesdale. Her survivors include daughters, Chasity Young, Jennifer Teesdale; grandchildren, Renee Hughes, Charles Roberts; parents, Roger and Geraldine Teesdale; sisters, Debra Laws and husband Pat, DeAnna Huston; brothers, Kenneth Teesdale and wife Doreen; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Cindy and Chris Gaylord and Ronnie Elmore. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Atchley Funeral Home to benefit the family. A private service will be held at a later date in Michigan. Cremation by Smoky Mountain Cremation Center. Online condolences may be sent to www.atchleyfuneralhome.com.

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Ellen June Middleton

Mrs. Ellen June Middleton of Cedar Springs, age 87 passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015.  She was born in Millbrook, Michigan to Herbert and Elsie (Oberlin) Decker. She enjoyed dancing, traveling, winters in Florida and the challenge of putting puzzles together.  However, her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Ellen is survived by her loving husband Harold “Buck”; sons, Alan (Betty) Palmer, Rob (Ethel) Palmer; step-children, Steve Middleton, Jerry (Laurie) Middleton, Mary Jo (Bill) Weidenfeller, Karen (Kevin) Grattan; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and brother, Cecil Decker. She was preceded in death by her parents; 10 brothers and sisters; and step-son, Ronald Middleton. There will be a memorial visitation for Ellen from 1 – 4 p.m. Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Heartland Hospice, 3230 Eagle Park Drive NE, Suite 200, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. There will be a graveside service for Ellen in the spring.

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Norma G. Engelman




Mrs. Norma G. Engelman, formerly Norma G. Bunker, of Sand Lake, Michigan, age 81, passed away in the comfort of her home on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. She was born to the late Norman and Gladys (Ott) Wylie in Kent City, Michigan on Tuesday, October 24, 1933. She was a life-long resident of West Michigan. Norma enjoyed doing many things in life. She loved to relax with the feel of a good book in her hands. She would also do crossword puzzles with an ink pen, because she was that good. Norma was a loving and devoted wife, wonderful and caring mother, and the best grandmother anyone could ask for. She always cherished every moment spent with her family. Her love for them was infinite. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by family, friends, and all who knew her. Norma is survived by her beloved husband of fifteen years, Jerry LeMar Engelman; loving children Douglas Bunker, Kim VerHage, Kathy Hall, Keitha (Thomas) Sanders, Kari Tesch, Leslie (Walt) Steil, Sarah (Marty) Brown, Michael Engelman, Dan Engelman, Katherine Engelman, and Cameron Engleman; twenty-two grandchildren; thirty-four great-grandchildren; brothers Robert (Sabrea) Wylie and Dale Wylie; brothers-in-law Larry Engelman and Kip Babcock; sister-in-law Linda (Wilber) Moore; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Mary Jo Hall, son-in-law Rick VerHage; grandson Adam Howard; granddaughter-in-law Kim Sanders; great-granddaughter Shannon VerHage, and mother-in-law Velma Babcock. A time of visitation was held on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, Michigan. The funeral service for Norma was held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 26, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, with Ross Merlington officiating.  Interment will be at Rockford Cemetery, Rockford, Michigan. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Memory of Shannon Dale VerHage, Attn: Development, Charles B. Wang International Children’s Building, 699 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3175; or online at  https://secure.missingkids.com/donate

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EPSON scanner imageJackie L. “Jr” Remmele, Jr. 37 of Greenville, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Jack was born May 8, 1977 in Adrian, Michigan. He was a 1995 graduate of Cedar Springs High School and had been a volunteer with the Cedar Springs Fire Department. Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Jackie and Jim Davis; father and stepmother, Jack and Vicki Remmele; stepgrandparents, Jerry and Pat Davis; stepbrother, Joshua and Kristy Davis; stepaunt, Cindy Puffenberger; special friend and family, Tracy (Hill) Dorma and Gary and Janice Hill. A memorial luncheon and a time to greet family and friends will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 12 – 3 pm at the Cedar Springs American Legion Post, 91 1st Street, Cedar Springs.

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


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EPSON scanner imageEdna Andersen, 94 of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Mrs. Andersen was born November 21, 1920 in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of Jacob (Jack) and Bella (Kasen) Stoll. She served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in North Carolina at Moore General Hospital. There, she met and fell in love with a fellow soldier, Niels Andersen. They enjoyed 65 years of marriage and working together, living at 21 different addresses. Her associations included the Cedar Springs Women’s Club, founding member of REGM (Ruth Estrin Goldberg Memorial) for Cancer Research, and Cedar Springs Historical Society. She volunteered many hours calling for Red Cross Blood donations and spent many happy hours working with Niels in the Cedar Springs Museum Gift Shop. Surviving are her children, Soren (Diane Novak) Andersen, Beth Andersen, Karen (Ronald) Meier; grandchildren, Tony (fiancée, Claire Peters), Carmen (Tim) Sheehy, Joe, Jack, Steven and Tom; great granddaughter, Annabelle Sheehy; special friends, Waleed Howrani and Donna Clark. She was preceded in death by her husband, Niels in 2010. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Donna Clark officiant. Interment with Military Honors by the U.S. Army at Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cedar Springs Public Library, 43 W. Cherry St., P.O. Box 280, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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


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C-OBIT-PeerLouis C. Peer, Jr., age 94, of Greenville, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at his home under the loving care of his wife, daughters, and Spectrum Health Hospice. The son of Beryl (Snider) & Louis Clint Peer, Sr., he was born on May 3, 1920. A very proud veteran of World War II, Louis served in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Pennsylvania. Following the war, on December 7, 1946 he married Geneva Ostrom and raised seven children, and enjoyed over 68 years of marriage. Louis retired from Federal Mogul Corp. after 32 years of service and enjoyed woodworking, golfing, hunting and fishing. Lou volunteered many hours at North Kent Service Center and Cedar Chase Golf Course for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Wilda Morris and Janice Hauff; brothers, George, Stanley and Donald Peer; daughters-in-laws, Wilma Peer and Patricia Peer; and two infant grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Geneva Peer, children, Duane and Anne Peer, Devere Peer, Phyllis Peer, Darwin & Linda Peer, Marvin & Bobbie Peer, David & Molly Peer, Doreen & Kim Akkerhuis, and Dawn & Randy Kincaid of Cedar Springs; brother-in-law, Martin Hauff; sister-in-law, Lisa Peer; also many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Visitation is Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Service at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville. Committal services, with full military honors at Forest Home Cemetery, Greenville, will take place in the spring.

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Eugene “Spud” Ensing

Ensing, EugeneMr. Eugene “Spud” Ensing of Rockford, age 88 went home to his Lord and Savior Saturday, January 17, 2015. He was born in Grand Rapids to Gerritt and Dorothy (Hart) Ensing in 1926. Spud served his county and flag in the US Navy during WWII and in the US Air Force during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired from the US Air Force in 1968. After retirement he worked for Northern Air and Herman Miller’s flight department. In his spare time he volunteered for many organizations, such as the Cedar Springs Historical Society, as a flag marshal for Sports Car Club of America and Championship Auto Racing Teams. Spud also was a member of International Plastic Modelers Society, a charter member of the Smithsonian Air Museum, and a member of National Naval Aviation Museum. In his lifetime he also visited 127 countries and all 50 states. Despite all these achievements and interests, one of the most important things to him was spending time with his family. Eugene will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family and all who knew him. He is survived by his loving children, Priscilla (Fred) Finch, Gordon (Connie) Ensing, Deborah (Mitch) Millhuff, Donald Ensing; grandchildren, Shannon Finch, Shawn Finch, Meghann (Sean) Evans; great-grandchildren, Haley Finch, Zoe Evans, Sammy Evans; step-mother of more than 60 years, Ethel Ensing; brothers and sisters, Donna (Ensing) Alverson, Gary (Jan) Ensing, Tammy (Bill) Heydens, Marlene (Eddie) Vasquez, Dale (Debra) Ensing, Kevin (Deena) Ensing, Steve (Shari) Ensing; brothers-in-law, Barney Townes, George Allington, Larry Squires; and many nieces and nephews. Eugene was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife Alma (Weller); and sister, Eleanor Squires. The Funeral Service will be 11 am Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S Main Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. There will be a time of visitation from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe Street, Rockford, MI 49341. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S Main Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or Vista de la Montana United Methodist Church, 3001 E. Mira Vista Lane, Tucson, AZ 85739 or National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd., Suite C, Navel Air Station, Pensacola, FL 32508 or The 390th Memorial Museum, 6000 East Valencia Road, Tucson, AZ 85756.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home


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Donna M. Reed

C-OBIT-reeddonnaDonna M. Reed 80 of Sand Lake, died Friday, January 16, 2015 at her home. Donna was born December 30, 1934 in Sand Lake, MI the daughter of John and Ivah (Riley) Shick. She worked for General Motors Plant #2 on Alpine Avenue for 30 years. She was the first Village of Sand Lake Queen in 1952 and enjoyed being a Grandma Helper and making cookies for Sand Lake Elementary School. She had a special love for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surviving are her sons, Randy, Ken (Judy), Rick (Nancy); eight grandchildren and their spouses; 11 great grandchildren; sisters, Arlene Wesche, Bev (Phil) Wesche, Verna (Dick) Wesche; brother, Fred (Carol) Shick; brother-in-law, Don (Della) Reed; close friend, Sue Cohen; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orvin “Chub” in 2010; brothers, Harvey and Bob. The family will greet friends Sunday from 2-4 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Monday 11:00 am. Pastor John Dawson officiating. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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