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OTTO J. FORD

C-obit-Ford-webOtto J. Ford 91, of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Lincoln Square Assisted Living, Grand Rapids. Otto was born May 18, 1923 in Quincy, Michigan, the son of Cecil and Luella (Newberry) Ford. He served in the U.S. Army, in the Pacific Theater, during World War II and was a member of the Cedar Springs American Legion. Following the war he came back to Cedar Springs and worked in his father’s gas station on Main Street. He also had been an auto mechanic for Jack Hough Ford and later worked on the grounds crew at the Grand Rapids Golf Club. Surviving are his wife, Winifred, whom he married on August 14, 1971; stepsons, Dean and Deb Parker, Dale and Jeny Ransom; grandchildren, Amy Ransom and Dana Aspinall, Jason and Cyndi Parker, Rick and Rene` Martin, Julie and Bob Robinson, Jeremy and Haley Parker; 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Greta Ackerly; sister-in-law, Inez Ford; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lloyd and sister, Marjorie. The family will greet friends Friday, October 17 from 1:00 pm until time of service at 2:00 pm at Mamrelund Lutheran Church, Kent City. Pastor Leonard Dahlgren officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Mamrelund Lutheran Food Pantry.

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

 

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Barry W. Harrold

C-obit-Harrold-webBarry W. Harrold 71, of Cedar Springs, surrounded by family went to be with our Lord, Thursday, October 9, 2014. Barry was born August 5, 1943 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, the son of George and Lillian (Laski) Harrold. He served his country for 6 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, stationed in Sault Ste. Marie. There he met and married Phyllis, his loving wife of 51 years. He retired from Old Orchard Brands in Sparta, Michigan. Barry was a kind and generous man, who gave freely of himself to others. His wonderful charm was admired and appreciated by all who knew and loved him. Surviving are his wife, Phyllis (Kravis); children, Darren (Wendy) Harrold, Kelly (David) Kivell, Faith “Georgie” (Steve) Beeman, Rebecca (Isaac) Mallory; seven grandchildren; sister, Jackie (Tom) Gibbs. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family greeted friends from 1:00 pm until time of Memorial Mass Monday, October 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of Consolation, Rockford. Rev. Fr. Tony Russo presiding.

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

 

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LAMBERT GEORGE WROBLEWSKI

C-obit-WroblewskiLambert George Wroblewski, known to all that loved him as “Bud,” loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather left us peacefully to go Home, on Monday, October 6, 2014, at home with family present. He left many fond memories, but the most memorable are the memories of him walking his dogs, working diligently in the garage, camping, playing cards and sharing his views on politics and world topics, but most of all, spending time with his family and dear friends. He served his country proudly in the Navy as a machinist mate during WWII and left with honorable discharge after his service was complete. He then served as a Detroit police officer from 1949 to 1974. He was privileged to be a motorcycle police escort for Presidents Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. He completed his service in Detroit, moved to the Newaygo area with his family, and continued to serve as a Newaygo County Sheriff Deputy, then finally retired. In his retirement he enjoyed his time as a Michigan State Park host.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jacqueline; son Daniel (Stephanie) and granddaughter Danielle (fiancé Ross); son Eric (Karen) and granddaughter, Valorie and great-granddaughter Emily, grandson, Benjamin, grandson Matthew (Tiffany) and great-granddaughter Cloe, great-grandson sEthan, Declan and Tadhg; grandson Matthew; daughter Jackie (Mike) and grand- daughter Yvonne, great-grandson Gabriel, grandson Dean (Alicia), great-grandson Evan and great-granddaughter Ripley, grand-daughter Joy (Channing) and great-granddaughter Veada; son Adam (Sonja) and granddaughter Amber, grandsons Joseph and Aaron.  Memorial services will take place at 11:00 am on Friday at Christ the King Catholic church with Father James Wyse presiding.  Visitation will take place on Friday from 10 am until time of services at 11 am. In lieu of flowers memorials to: MICOPS.org or Sophia’s House, Mercy Health Grand Rapids.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

 

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ROZILLA S. “POLLY” LEVESQUE

 

 

Rozilla S. “Polly” Levesque, 67 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Polly was born April 26, 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts the daughter of Harvey and Rozilla (Chase) Roberts. She had been a paralegal for several law firms in the East before coming to Cedar Springs. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services. She will be buried in her family plot in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham, Massachusetts.

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

 

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Patricia M. Wright

Patricia WrightPatricia M. Wright, 66 of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Heartland Health Care Center, Grand Rapids. Patti was born August 2, 1948 in Grand Rapids, MI daughter of Harold and Neoma (Brille) Richardson. She had retired from Brookcrest Nursing Home. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events, traveling and camping. She loved her church, Solon Center Wesleyan of which she was a member. Surviving are her husband, Willard; children, Bill (Glenda) Wright, Bob Wright, Jim Wright, Linda Raisanan, Craig (Marsha) McIntyre, Diane (Terry) Lantz, Brenda (Rich) Stafford, Rachel (Tommy) McIntyre, Kristy Ciesielski; 21 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; brothers, Bob Richardson, Ed Richardson. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Helen; son, Jerry. The family greeted friends Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs. Pastor Tom Holloway officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan.

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

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WILLIS J. TOVEY

EPSON scanner imageWillis J. Tovey, Sr. 85 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, September 26, 2014 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Willis was born June 18, 1929 in Fremont, Michigan the son of Edward and Kathleen (Boulton) Tovey. He was a 30 year member of the Teamsters Union, enjoyed camping and coaching baseball. Surviving are his wife, Marcella (Hendrickson) whom he married on November 11, 1950; sons, Raymond (Janet), Willis, Jr. (Val), Larry (Diane), and Kenneth; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandson; sisters, Mary Luce, Helen Hones, Ann Sams, and Rita (Harold) Loveland; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 6 brothers, and a daughter-in-law, Brenda. The family will receive friends Friday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where a Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday 10:00 am at St. John Paul II Church, Cedar Springs. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Interment Graceland Memorial Park, Grand Rapids.

 

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

 

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Thomas A. Davis

EPSON scanner imageThomas A. Davis, 86 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, September 26, 2014 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Tom was born June 8, 1928 in Muskegon, MI, the son of Joseph and Ruth (Boudin) Davis. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II and had been past commander of the Cedar Springs American Legion. He was a member of Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake. He enjoyed jokes and playing jokes on people, playing cards, and was noted for the pink flamingos in his yard and his ear muffs. Surviving are his wife, Clara; children, Bruce Davis, Nancy Davis, Anthony (Linda) Davis, Donald (E.T.) Davis, Ronald Davis, Laurie Whalen, Mark (Terri) Ritter, Gary (BJ) Ritter; 30 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; special “sisters,” Sandy (Chuck) and Sally Jo (Alan). He was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan; and two grandsons, Jacob and Drew. The family will receive friends Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. A memorial mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or Mary Queen of Apostles.

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MARGUERITE L. FIFIELD

 

 

C-obit-FifieldMarguerite L. Fifield 93 of Pierson, died Friday, September 19, 2014 at Spectrum Health United Memorial Campus, Greenville. Mrs. Fifield was born March 1, 1921 in Sand Lake, Michigan the daughter of Robert and Esther (Anderson) Flintoff. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold in 1986; daughter-in-law, Mary; and grandson, Wayne. She enjoyed bingo, quilting and puzzles. Surviving are her children, Robert and friend Lynn, Richard (Alice), Bonnie (Gary) Woodruff, Gary (Dixie), Jim (Sherry), Roger (Nance), Mary (Rix) Robinson, Gerald, Wayne (Terri), Janet (Gerald) Skelonc, Nancy (Jeff) Olsen, Dennis, Donnie, Patty (Jack) Price, Mark (Annette); 33 grandchildren and spouses; 63 great grandchildren; 6 great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. The family received  friends Tuesday, September 23 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services were held Wednesday 11:00 am. Pastor Joel Cooper officiating. Interment Pierson Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friends of the Michigan Veterans Home.

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

 

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JAMESON ROY MATHER

 

 

Jameson Roy Mather was born on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm to parents Sean and Stephanie Mather (Mentzer). He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Jameson went to be with his heavenly Father at 12:45 pm the same day. Jameson has given us a lifetime of love during his short time on Earth. Jameson’s paternal grandparents are Jeff and Sandy Mather of Cedar Springs, Michigan and his maternal grandparents are Jim and Kim Mentzer of Overisel, Michigan.

The Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation provided a volunteer photographer to capture precious images of Jameson in the hospital. In lieu of flowers, we would be pleased to have you support their mission to help other grieving parents through their remembrance photography at nowilaymedowntosleep.org. A funeral service will be 11:00 am, Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Overisel Reformed Church 4706 142nd Avenue, Holland, MI 49423. Reverend André Batt will be officiating. Burial will be in Overisel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 – 11:00 am prior to the service at the church. To sign an on-line registry or leave a memory please visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by Dykstra Funeral Home – Downtown Chapel

 

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ARROW DANFORD PETERS

 

 

Arrow Danford Peters, 94, of Brunswick, Missouri died on September 18, 2014 at the Brunswick Nursing Home. Graveside services will be held at Elliott Grove Cemetery, Brunswick, Missouri,  Monday, September 22, 2014 at 1:30 P.M. Reverend Jonathan Rice and Reverend Bill Gamber officiating. He was born on May 6, 1920 at Laingsburg, Michigan, the son of Daniel and Bernice Miller Peters. He was married Dorthy Jean Bell on January 22, 1941 at Laingsburg, Michigan. Dorthy preceded him in death on July 5, 2014. He and Dorthy were former residents of Poplar Bluff, Missouri  and Cedar Springs, Michigan. He had worked as an automobile mechanic for several automobile dealerships. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed gardening. He was a member of the Brunswick Baptist Church and had taught young adult Sunday School classes in several churches over the years. He is survived by his daughter, Ruth Rice and her husband Herbert of Brunswick, Missouri; three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister and two half-brothers. Memorials may be made to: The United Indian Mission for the Broken Arrow Ranch, and may be left at or mailed to: Breshears Memorial Chapel, 207 W. Broadway, Brunswick, MO 65236.

Arrangements by Breshears Memorial Chapel

 

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