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VIRGINIA R. “MIDGE” REED

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Virginia R. “Midge” Reed 82 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, April 19, 2013 at Metro Health Hospital. Mrs. Reed was born February 2, 1931 in Ensley Township, Michigan the daughter of Vern and Hazel (Rogers) White. Surviving are her children, Mike (Carolyn) Reed, Sharon (Jeff) Klooster, Steve (Heidi) Reed; grandchildren, Kathy (Ron) Davis, Shannon (Rob) Rowland, David (Kerri) Reed, Trey, Thomas and Trevor Reed; great grandchildren, Nolan (Rebecca) Davis, Kurt and Kelli Rowland, Hannah and Zachary Reed; brothers, Donald White, Bob (Jackie) White; sisters-in-law, Stella White, Hattie White, Esther White and Yvonne White. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence in 2011; 7 brothers and 3 sisters. The family will received friends Monday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services were held Tuesday. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Beatrice L. Hanson

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Beatrice L. Hanson, 93 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, April 12, 2013 at Vista Springs, Grand Rapids. Mrs. Hanson was born September 27, 1919 in Cedar Springs, MI the daughter of Elvin and Bessie (Armstrong) McDonald. She graduated as valedictorian from Cedar Springs High School Class of 1937. She enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing, knitting, playing the drums, dancing and going to plays at the theater. Surviving are her children, John (Christa) Hanson, Mary Hanson, Warren Hanson; grandchildren, Paul (Jennifer) Hanson, Todd (Wendi) Hanson, Julia Hanson, Kegan Hanson; great granddaughter, Helena; many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nels; son, Karl; sister, Gwendolyn Davis. The family will greet friends Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The funeral service will be Monday 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating.  Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Arrangements by  Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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RONALD R. WEYERMAN

C-WeyermanMr. Ronald R. Weyerman, age 58, of Sparta, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2013. He graduated from Rockford High School in 1973 and was a member of the Marching Band, ran track and cross country, and delivered the GR PRESS. Ron attended WMU but left after a semester and worked at several places, but for 25 years he worked at “The Corner Bar” and then Venman’ Landscape. Ron met Sue while working at the restaurant and was known to come to her house and wash the dishes. He and Sue were married in 1991 by Sue’s dad, Skip Grabow. When you got to know Ron, you realized that he was a very tender-hearted person. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and being out of doors. Ron was a member of Sons of American Legion, Glen Hill Post #287 in Cedar Springs. Ron is survived by his wife, Sue; brothers and sister, Gary Weyerman, Cindy Nielsen, Jeff and Kirsten Weyerman; niece, Erin Nielsen; nephews, Zachary Weyerman and Alexander Weyerman; in-law, Skip and Nikki Grabow and Sharon and Jim Mayle and all of their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rex and Donna Weyerman. The Service for Mr. Weyerman will be Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Terry Grabow officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook, NE Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 or ONRO (Oncology Nurse Reachout Organization), 145 Michigan, Suite 3100, Grand Rapids, MI in care of Heather Schnicke. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. on Saturday prior to the service. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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JANE M. ALLEN

Jane M. Allen, 90 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, April 1, 2013 at her home. Jane was born December 27, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Leland and Grizelda (Morrison) Blanchard. She was a 1942 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, an avid Cedar Springs sports supporter and proud to be called a Red Hawk Granny. Surviving are her family whom she loved dearly; two children, Sandra Johnson of Cedar Springs, Carl (Deb) Allen of Cedar Springs; grandchildren, Amy (Chris Bush) Johnson, Laura (Andrew) Felsted, Matthew Johnson; great granddaughter, Piper Felsted; sister, Gay (Tom) Hudson; sister-in-law, Dorothy Blanchard; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband, Leonard Allen; her beloved grandson, Todd Allen; brother, John Blanchard. The family received friends Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held Thursday 11:00 am. Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters.

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

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ANDREW STOUT

Andrew Stout, age 43, of Pierson passed away unexpectedly on March 26, 2013 at his residence.  He was born May 3, 1969 in Grand Rapids the son of George and Sandra (Noall) Stout.  During his working years he worked for Spectrum Industries.  He loved hunting and fishing and bow hunting was his favorite.

Surviving are His Father and Step-Mother, George and Sandra Stout of Pierson; his mother Sandra Noall Stout of Newaygo; a step-son Darren Huizena of Pierson; two step-grandchildren Faith and Bradley; brothers Bill (Tammy) Stout of Georgia, Chris (April) Stout of Indiana, Patrick Stout of Morley; step-brothers Lonny Pierce of Michigan, Mike (Charity) Pierce of Howard City, James Pierce of Pierson, Jason (Lena) Carter of Howard City; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by a nephew Brandon in 2007. Memorials in his memory may be left at the Heckman Funeral home where friends met on Thursday from 6-8 pm.  Private services took place on Friday.

 

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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KEVIN ELENICH

Kevin Elenich age 47 of Cedar Springs passed away March 19, 2013 at his residence.  He was born April 7, 1965 in Reed City the son of Ronald and Oleda (Lodholtz) Elenich. During his working years he worked at McDonalds as well as Compass Coach in Cedar Springs.  Kevin loved collecting movies as well as Indian Memorabilia  to reflect on his heritage .  He also enjoyed making jewelry.  Kevin loved spending time with family and friends.  Surviving are his mother and Step Father Curt (Oleda) Kellog, two sons Jonathan Elenich, Andrew (Hillary) Miller; two daughters Heather Elenich and Tasha Elenich. Grandsons Michael, CJ, Aiden and Kaden and one granddaughter Chloe. One brother Brian (Kimberly) Kellog,  a sister Ronda Taylor, two nephews Rocken and Levi and a niece Sabian. He was preceded in death by his father.  Funeral services were held on Friday at 1:00 pm  at The Heckman Funeral Home with Pastor Anne Reigler officiating with burial in the Amble Cemetery.  Memorials to Helping hands may be left at the funeral home where friends met on Friday from 11:00 am until time of services at 1:00 pm.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City  

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JOYCE MARIE BAILEY

C-OBIT-baileyJoyce Marie Bailey went home to be with her Lord and family on Saturday, December 29, 2012. She was born in Perkins, Michigan, on August 13, 1924 to Alfred and Mabel Krouth. All of her life she very much loved her Lord and all of her family. She married Kenneth B. Bailey and they raised their children Kenneth (Bud) and Bonnie in Eckerman, Michigan. In later years Ken and Joyce moved to Union Grove, Wisconson, where they worked at “the colony”, a state facility, where they cared for children for many years. Joyce enjoyed country music, dancing and bowling. She also enjoyed spending time at the Cedar Springs Senior Center with her many friends. She loved a good joke and our funny family stories and laughing. When the great grandchildren were born she was referred to as “GG” (for Great Grandma) by the children and many others. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth B. Bailey; daughter, Bonnie (Bailey) Morten; grandchildren, Julie Morten and Kenny Bailey; sisters, Leona Rochon, Monica Droppart and Mary Lorenson; brothers, Robert Krouth and Don Krouth; niece, Linda (Bailey) Tulwetzky; nephew, David Bailey; brothers and sisters-in-law, Neil Bailey, Jim and Mable Bailey, Alvin and Shirley Bailey, Lloyd Bailey, and Millicent (Bailey) Beauchamp; grandson-in-law, Jim Kirkwood. She will be dearly missed by her son, Ken “Bud” Bailey and his wife, Amber (Williams) Bailey; son-in-law, Don Morten and granddaughter Joyce Morten; granddaughter Sheila (Bailey) Wittenbach and her husband, Joe and great grandchildren Evan and Joshua; granddaughter Annie (Bailey) Kirkwood-Hall and her husband Trever Hall and great grandchildren, Cade Hall, Alex Kirkwood and Tressa Hall; sister, Elizabeth (Krouth) Bailey; brothers, Richard (Mary) Krouth, Alfred (Ruth) Krouth; brother-in-law, Myron Lorenson; many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 11:00 am at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The family will greet friends beginning at 10:00 am. A luncheon will follow at Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake. Private interment will take place at Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Donations in her honor may be made to Bishop Hills, 4951 Eleven Mile Road, Rockford, MI 49341, to be used for the fund to provide assisted living housing to those in need.

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

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DONALD L. DEMOREST

C-DemorestMr. Donald L. Demorest, Sr., age 85, of Greenville, formerly of Howard City and Cedar Springs, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 16, 2013. He worked in construction for Erhart Construction as a cement finisher. Don was a member of Grace Community Church. During leisure time, Don liked camping and puttering in his pole barn; but most of all, he enjoyed being with his family, especially on his birthday. Don is survived by his wife, Gloria (nee Wiese); children, Donald L. (Terri) Demorest, James A. Demorest, Sally (Martin) Roelofs, Max Demorest, Sr., Craig (Laura) Demorest, Mrs. Christine Shears, Gloria Dianne Gourley, Debra Seward, Thomas (Felcia) Seward, Cynthia Butt; 35 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; sister, Harriet Caverly. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Thelma, his sons, Vince Russell Demorest, Frank Michael Seward, Jr, his daughter-in-law, Laura Demorest, his son-in-law, Brian Shears, his siblings, Clifford Demorest, Ada Wert, Aldon Demorest, Ashton Demorest, James Demorest, Lawrence Demorest, Bertha West, and Billy Demorest. The service for Mr. Demorest was held on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 9920 Reed Road, Howard City, with Pastor Joel Cooper officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Heartland Hospice Service, 3230 Eagle Park Dr., NE, Ste. 201, Grand Rapids, MI. Relatives and friends met with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Arrangements Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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DOUGLAS L. OSTRANDER

C-OstranderMr. Douglas L. Ostrander, age 76, of Sand Lake, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2013. His father died when he was in the eighth grade so Doug, as the oldest child, quit school so he could cut pulp wood to help the family. He served his country in the US Army during the Korean War. Doug owned his own trucking company where they delivered both cross country and local. He mostly hauled produce, raw wood products, and Christmas trees. Doug was active at local fairs where he used mules to pull weights. He particularly liked vintage cars and trucks, especially his dream car, a ’37 Ford Coupe. He and Sheila enjoyed traveling especially their trip to Alaska on their Honda Gold Wing. Doug is survived by his wife, Sheila; children, Debra and Duane McIntyre, Marie and Tom Schick, and Heath Pennington; 4 grandchildren; sister, Carolyn and Joe Glendenning, and brothers, Harold and Cindy Bushee, and Alvin Ostrander. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marion, brother, Clyde, and sister, Erma Knoop. The service for Mr. Ostrander was held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Interment in Crandall Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Michigan Heart Association, 3940 Peninsular Drive, SE, Suite 180, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 or the American Diabetes Research Foundation, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Relatives and friends met with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Pat Sampson

9-C-SampsonMrs. Pat Sampson, age 66, of Sand Lake, passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2013. She grew up in Rockford and was a 1965 graduate of Rockford High School. Pat worked at Amway, and then enlisted in the US Army and was stationed at White Sands. After serving during the Vietnam War, Pat worked for the Post Office, drove school buses, and then worked for Argersinger-Morse Construction where she drove the Readi Mix truck and worked on the bridges from M-46 north to Luther. She met Duane who was her job superintendent, and they were married on February 16, 1985. Pat was a risk taker, liked horses and all animals, camping, and enjoyed woodworking and crafting. She was a member of the Trail Riders Association and had a life-time membership in the American Legion. She is survived by her husband, Duane; children, Carl Bjork, Andrew and Patricia Sampson, Wendy Marie and Rick Pawlak, and Daniel and Patti Sampson; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren with the anticipated arrival of one more. She was preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Ann Bjork, and her sister, Nancy Althea. The service for Mrs. Sampson was held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Relatives and friends met with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and prior to the service on Wednesday. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, PO Box 998, Hot Springs, SD 57747.

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

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