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39C obit RowlandMrs. Bonnie J. Rowland of Cedar Springs, age 88, passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2013. She grew up in the Cedar Springs area and worked at her Grandma Hanna’s restaurant where she met her future husband, Ken. They were married January 27, 1942 by Rev Cox. In 1952 they moved to Cedar Springs where she and Kenneth raised their 3 sons along with Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Quarter Horses. She loved her horses and all of the people she met. She had a special love for all of her grandchildren. She also enjoyed camping and going to the horse races. Mrs. Rowland returned to high school to receive her High School diploma later in life. She worked at Esch IGA Store, Stout’s Service Station as a bookkeeper, Holton LP Gas and Meijer. She also worked as a Tupperware Manager for many years. Bonnie is survived by her children; Tom and Judy Rowland, Bob Rowland and Jodi Coates, Bill and Karen Rowland. Her brother and sisters; Dick and Joan Morris, Sally and John Fortuna, Sandy and Mort Reed, her sister-in-laws; Mrs. Betty Morris and Erma Thompson; 8 grandchildren; Lauri and Gordon Waller, Scott and Penny Rowland, Rob and Shannon Rowland, Lisa Santoya, Shane and Tracy Rowland, Troy Rowland, Devin Nagle and Brett and Michelle Rowland; 17 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband R Kenneth Rowland September 15, 1999, her parents DJ Morris and Meryl Hannah and her brother Rex Morris. The Service for Mrs. Rowland will be Thursday September 26, 2013 at 11:00am at Pederson Funeral Home 127 N. Monroe Street, Rockford Michigan. Visitation was held on Wednesday September 25, 2013 from 4:00-8:00pm at the Funeral Home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Spectrum Health Hospice 4500 Breton Ave SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49508.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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39C obit TisdelCharlotte Ellen Tisdel, 86 of Rockford, formerly of Greenville and Sand Lake, went to meet her Lord and Savior on September 20, 2013, at the AdvoCare Assisted Living Facility in Belding, Michigan. The daughter of Emerald L. and Irene A. (Hansen) Jones, she was born August 25,1927 at her grandmother’s home on Montcalm Street in Greenville, Michigan. She was a 1945 graduate of Greenville High School and attended Davenport McLachlan Business School in Grand Rapids. She was a secretary at American Seating Company from 1946 to 1949. She married Gailard Dale Tisdel on September 17,1949 in Gowen, Michigan at the Settlement Lutheran Church. She helped her husband on the family farm located on Tisdel Ave in Sand Lake, Michigan until 1959, when she was employed as an accounting and billing manager by Gibson Refrigeration, which later became White Consolidated Industries, retiring in 1984. She and her husband lived at Turk Lake for 40 years before moving in 2003 to live next door to their son in Rockford. She moved to Assisted Living in June 2010. Charlotte always loved music, singing her first solo in 1930, when just 3 years old. She also learned to play the piano and tenor saxophone at a young age. She was in the band during her school years. She was voted “Class Musician” of her senior class. She began playing piano and organ at the Huggard Bible Church, where she and her husband were members in the late 1950’s to 1963. When they moved their family to Turk Lake, they began to attend the Langston Church in 1965, where Charlotte became the choir director and played the organ She was the music director there for 36 years. Charlotte sang and played for many weddings, funerals and special events over the years. Charlotte was a member of Ashley Baptist Church in Belding for the past 15 years, where she played the organ and sang in the choir. She had always been busy with her hands, making beautiful items with embroidery, needlepoint, cross-stitch, macramé, crochet, knitting and plastic canvas. She was devoted to her family, making family heirloom wall hangings for her children and baby afghans for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren until 2012. Charlotte also loved cross-word puzzles. She was preceded in death by a baby brother, Carlton on September 9,1933; her parents Emerald Jones on Dec 31,1960, and Irene (Hansen) Jones on Sep 29,1995; a son Richard on Sep 29, 1968; her beloved husband of 54 years, Gailard on Dec 29, 2003; brother-in-law, Mervil Tisdel on Aug 31,1998 and 3 sisters-in-law, Helen Bowersox Tisdel on Dec 21, 1994, Doris Jones on March 21, 2004 and Phyllis Sears Tisdel on Aug 7, 2013. She is survived by two sons, Keith (Sheryl) Tisdel of Rockford, Duane (Marcia) Tisdel of Spring Lake; four grandchildren, Amy Jo (William) McDonald of Gowen, Daniel(Cristina) Tisdel, stationed with the US Air Force in Colorado Springs, Mark (Krista) Tisdel of Spring Lake, Darcie (Richard) Jackson of Spring Lake; eleven great grandchildren in whom she delighted, Joseph, Micaiah and Benjamin McDonald, Danica Tisdel, Grace, Joy, Christian, and Luke Jackson, Gavin, Mason and baby due Tisdel; one brother Francis(Denise)Jones of White Cloud; two nieces, Suzan Wilburn of Dallas Texas, and Janet (Don) Medler of Grant; one nephew, Roger (Cathy) Jones of Belding, three nephews on her husband’s side, David( Jill) Tisdel of Cedar Springs, Dennis (Connie) Tisdel of Tempe, AZ and Brian Tisdel of Sand Lake, and many cousins. Funeral services were held on Tuesday September 24, 2013 at 1 pm at Ashley Baptist Church in Belding with her pastor, Rev. David A. Oliver officiating. A luncheon followed the service, with interment taking place privately at Riverside Cemetery, Langston.

Relatives and friends met the family from 6 to 8 PM at Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville on Monday. Memorial contributions may be given to the Ashley Baptist Church Building Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Charlotte’s online guest book or share a favorite memory, please visit hurstfuneralhome.com.


Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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Mr. Vernon Dale Van Wagoner of Cedar Springs, age 76, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, September 19, 2013.  While at Cedar Springs High School, he played noon basketball with his friends. He also worked assisting area farmers baling hay, picking up potatoes, for $0.50 a bushel, weeding carrots at $0.25 an hour. He met his future wife, Barbara Cramer, and she was so nice and sweet. He was smitten right away and he chipped a tooth ice skating on one skate showing off for Barbara. Then there is the jumping over the bike. His first job out of school, he worked for Stanley Whittal at the Dodge Plymouth in Rockford, Michigan. Then he worked for Art Borgman, who taught him the trade of welding and carpentry. He learned the trade also from George L. Davison. Throughout his life he enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and car races. He also enjoyed camping with his family.  The family also has many wonderful memories of spending time at the cabin.  Vernon was very competitive and his specialty was croquet.  For many years he cared for six cemeteries along with his children.  He instilled good work ethics in his children, Vernon is survived by his children; Tim (Barbara Jo) Van Wagoner, Vickie Hovey, Nick (Joy) Van Wagoner; grandchildren, Courtney (Brandon Morgan) Van Wagoner, Ryan (April Carter) Van Wagoner, Amanda (Eric) Morse, Steven Hovey, John Van Wagoner, Rachel Van Wagoner; great-grandchildren, Jayden Van Wagoner, Addilynn Morgan; sisters, Marie (Jim) Jorgensen, Vera (Clinton) Sanders; brother, Thomas Van Wagoner.  He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara; Granddaughter, Nicole Renee; his parents Verne and Mary Van Wagoner. The funeral service was held at 2 pm on Monday, September 23, 2013 at the Pederson Funeral Home.  The visitation was held from 2-6 pm on Sunday, September 22, 2013.  Memorial contributions can be made to the family to offset funeral expenses.


Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home Rockford


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38C-OBIT-doddsjpgBrad A. Dodds, 53 of Ensley Township, Sand Lake died Saturday, September 14, 2013 at his home. Brad was born September 11, 1960 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of William and Phyllis (Chase) Dodds. He was employed with G2 Steel and Precast Erectors in Cedar Springs. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, grilling, and camping and loved his family and friends. Surviving are his living partner, Tammy Dalton; children, William Dodds, Montanna Dodds, Carloss Caruthers, Ryan Dalton, Jason MacLeod, Eric Dalton, and Presley Dalton; grandchildren, Bryleigh Dodds, Aiden Huerta, Mikayla Caruthers, and Aalysis MacLeod; mother, Phyllis Dodds; brother, Craig Dodds; sister, Cindy Dodds. He was preceded in death by his father. The family greeted friends Tuesday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services were held on Wednesday 11:00 am. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.
Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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38C-obit-Nichols 1  copyCleland “Nick” Nichols was born on a farm near Howard City. He grew up during the depression and like many others in the farming community, his family didn’t have money but they did have food grown on the family farm. The lessons learned from that experience influenced his life forever. As a kid he worked on the farm, hunted and fished. When Nick graduated from high school; he and his buddy, Frank Korcel, hitchhiked to Minnesota looking for work. The summer of 1935 he worked for Walter Jennings on a farm in Indiana driving a mule team. Later he went to work in Shelby on a fruit farm and it was there that he met his future wife, the former Neva Purdy. They began to date, fell in love and were married on March 2, 1940 at her parent’s home in Pentwater, Michigan. He and Neva had four children. Nick worked at Roskam Bakery in Grand Rapids for a year. He attended night school and went to work at Hayes Manufacturing, building aircraft parts for the war effort. He was drafted into the US Navy during WWII. When the war ended he went back to farming and farmed for 40 years. He raised poultry and hogs. During the Korean War he worked at General Motors making aircraft parts but continued to farm. He was a humble and very generous man. His advice to others would be to believe in God and love your wife and family. One of his ministries was passing out Gideon New Testaments and he continued to do so at Metron of Cedar Springs where he lived for the past two years. He was active in the Sand Lake United Methodist church where he served as Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School teacher, board member and lay leader. He was a friend to many pastors over the years who sometimes sought his counsel.
Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Ruth Slivick

C-OBIT-SlivickRuth Slivick, aged 88, joined her husband Sam in heaven on September 8, 2013.  Ruth proudly assisted with the manufacturing of airplanes during WWII and soon after she married and committed her life to her husband and raising their children. She was always involved within the community, all of her children’s activities and was very loved and respected.  She will be remembered for the volunteer work Sam and she did with the DAV. She was preceded in death by her husband Sam, and her brothers and sister.  Surviving are her children Mary Wiseman, Margaret Czarnopis, Judy Besemer, and Tim Slivick.  Also surviving are fourteen grandchildren, twenty-nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.  She was also great-grandmother to all the children at Pine Ridge Apartments. A grave side service will be held at 1PM on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at Greenwood Cemetery; 1401 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49507. Following the service there will be a gathering to celebrate Ruth’s life at Rockford Brewing Company (12 E Bridge St, Rockford, MI 49341). Please consider a memorial contribution in memory of Ruth to Spectrum Health Hospice.

Arrangements by Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, www.reyersnorthvalleychapel.com.

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C-obit-ColvinBarbara S. “Bobbi” Colvin, 63 of Cedar Springs, died Saturday, September 7, 2013 at her home. Bobbi was born June 26, 1950 in Hudson, Michigan, the daughter of Wayne and Dorothy (Barron) Eady. She graduated Hudson High School in 1968 and had been a foreign exchange student her Junior Year to Holland and Belgium with Youth for Understanding. She attended Michigan State University. She was a member of the Cedar Springs Women’s Club and had been a champion for the downtrodden and underprivileged, supporting many local charities. She was a loving and caring mother, sister and daughter. Surviving are her daughter, Eleanor Eady “Ellie” Colvin; stepson, Alfred Colvin; mother, Dorothy Eady; brothers, Allen (Linda) Eady, Richard & Cathy Eady; brother-in-law, Ronald (Susan) Colvin; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, John in 2007; stepson, Tim Colvin; father, Wayne Eady; parents-in-law, Alfred & Marianne Baars. The family greeted friends Monday, Sept. 9 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, Cedar Springs United Methodist Church or Cedar Springs Women’s Club.

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

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Mr. Cleland “Nick” Nichols, age 95, went to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, September 3, 2013. He was born in Howard City to Vernon and Arlie (Rogers) Nichols. He married Neva Purdy on March 2, 1940 and she preceded him in 2006. He was a lifelong farmer and a Navy veteran of WWII. Nick was also a member of Sand Lake United Methodist Church and Gideon’s International. He is survived by his children; Leland (Carlin) Nichols of Kingman, Arizona, Donna (Russell) Rubingh of Fairfield, California, Yvonne (Fred) Clark of Edmore, Karen (John) Smith of Sand Lake; 10 grandchildren; many great and great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Charles (Laura) Purdy of White Cloud; many cousins, nieces and nephews; and a friend closer than a brother, Albert Abel. Nick was preceded in death by his parents; wife Neva; brother, Roger (Ruth) Nichols. The funeral service was held at 11 am on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Sand Lake United Methodist Church, 65 W. Maple St., Sand Lake, Michigan. The visitation was held from 2 – 4 pm and 6 – 8 pm on Friday, September 6, 2013 at the Pederson Funeral Home in Rockford. The burial will take place at Crandall Cemetery in Sand Lake. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Gideon’s International or Sand Lake United Methodist Church.

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

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C-obit-WiedaLarry K. Wieda, Jr. 52 of Ensley Township, Howard City, died Sunday, September 1, 2013 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Larry was born October 21, 1960 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Larry and Charlene (Wiggins) Wieda, Sr. He was a car enthusiast and enjoyed car shows and working on cars. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Surviving are his father, Larry K. Wieda, Sr.; brother, Todd (Jane) Wieda; nieces, Katie (Mike Workman) Wieda, Kim Wieda; great nephew, Gabriel Workman; several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother. The family greeted friends Tuesday from 5-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services were held Wednesday 11:00 am. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment North Ensley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs


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Mrs. Frances Aleene Rentsman, age 92, of Cedar Springs, passed away Monday morning, September 2, 2013 at Spectrum Health-United Hospital in Greenville. The daughter of Emerson & Edna (Hudle) Budd, she was born on February 23, 1921 in Sears. On November 20, 1940, in Greenville, she married Arden O. Renstman and together they enjoyed nearly 67 years of marriage and raised three children. A devoted wife and mother, Frances always put her family first and enjoyed crocheting, feeding and watching the birds, and embroidery. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arden Rentsman on September 1, 2007; two sisters, Wilma Hander and Alma Miller; and a brother, Elmer Budd. Surviving are her children, Donna & Patrick Mullin of Howard City, Ardeene & Charles Latham of Cedar Springs, and Frederick & Suzann Rentsman of Rockford; fourteen grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. The Rev. Kenneth Harger, retired pastor of Shiloh Community Church, officiated and burial followed at Spencer Mills Cemetery. Envelopes for memorial contributions to the Paralyzed Veterans of America (www.pva.org) will be available at the funeral home. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Frances’ online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.ChristiansenCares.com. Arrangements by Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville


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