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JASON ALAN WELSH

_C-WelshJason Alan Welsh of Cedar Springs, following a brief but courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis, born February 10, 1977, at age 35 was promoted to glory and went to walk with Jesus. He is survived by his parents, June & Michael O’Connor, sister Melody & Randy Parker, sister Kathy Welsh, sister Sonya & Todd Breen, brother Jeff Welsh, brother Tim & Erika Welsh, sister Mandy & Stephen Richardson, sister Karen & Jeremy Harris, many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and his faithful four-legged friend, Silver, his beloved German Shepherd. Even as a young boy and into adulthood, Jason was a hard worker. As a teenager he worked on a local farm for John Byma. There he learned how to till the soil, and milk the cows. He loved the smell of fresh-cut hay. After graduating from Kent City High School, he worked at several steel businesses. His last place of employment was at Steel Craft Tech in Belmont. Jason loved the country life and he dressed accordingly and listened to the old style country music. If you had a question about country music, Jason was your go-to guy. He also enjoyed gardening and was on avid reader of Western novels. Jason had a quiet nature, a wry sense of humor, and loved his family deeply. He will be sorely missed. Funeral Services will be held at Maranatha Baptist Church, 12786 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs, on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Tom Logsdon officiating. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Maranatha Baptist Church.  www.hesselcheslek.com  Arrangements by Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home – Sparta

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MICHAEL D. TIBBE

_C-TibbeMr. Michael D. Tibbe, age 61, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 2, 2013. He was a 1971 graduate of Cedar Springs High School and served his country in the US Army during Vietnam. Mike was a member of Ensley Baptist Church where he served as a Trustee, Head Usher and helped with the AWANA program; and both he and Darla maintained the cleanliness at the church. Mike was a fisherman (especially ice fishing), and liked to tinker around the house. He and Darla enjoyed memorable times when camping with the family that he so loved. Mike is survived by his wife, the former Darla Bliss; children, Timothy Tibbe, Tina and Virgil Packard, and Tammy and Corey Empie; grandchildren, Virgil William and Aleshia Packard, Amanda Packard, Tyler Packard, Caid Empie, Carter Empie; great-granddaughter, Alora; mother, Mrs. Helen Tibbe; sisters and brother, Nancy and Rick Alberda, Randy and Sally Tibbe, and Gary and Teresa Tibbe; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Tibbe. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Mr. Tibbe was held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Ensley Baptist Church 7077 E. 120th St., Sand Lake, with Pastor Timothy Decker officiating. Interment in Solon Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the needs of the family. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church two hours prior to the service. Arragements byPederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

 

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AUDREY MAE WHITE

_C-WhiteMrs. Audrey Mae White, age 90, of Cedars Springs, passed from this life on Saturday, February 2, 2013, into the arms of her Savior. Audrey was born in Michigan on September 1, 1922. Her birth parents placed her into the loving arms of her adopted parents, Charles and Blanche Brownell of Cedar Springs. She grew up in Algoma Township and attended the Burchtown School, K thru 8th grade. Audrey went on to attend Cedar Springs High School. On September 19, 1941, Audrey married her one and only love, Mr. Donald White. The couple has called a farm in Courtland Township their home for the past 70 years. All of Audrey’s loved ones considered her to be a genius in the kitchen. Potato salad, meat pie, red cake, and butterscotch dessert are just a few of the dishes that were her specialties. In years past Audrey labored to maintain a wonderful garden. For several years Audrey was employed in housekeeping at Metron of Cedar Springs, the same nursing home where she spent her last days. She will be remembered for her fiery spirit and an incredible sense of humor. Audrey was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Blanche (Elkins) Brownell; two brothers, Elwood and William Brownell; and her sister, Mrs. Angelia Speaker. She is survived by her husband of 71 years (36,143 days), Donald; her three children, Suzanne (Jennings) Johnson, Bonnie (Tom) Reynolds and Donald White, Jr. and special friend, Judy Sailor; her grandchildren, Scott (Michele) Johnson, Kelly Jean Brophy, Brian (Julie) Johnson, Mark (Veronica) Allen, Julie Anne Johnson, Jason Van’thof, Molly Goodman, Jordan White, Rebecca Reynolds and Thomas Louis (Audrey) Reynolds Jr.; 25 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren. Audrey is also survived by her sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Mrs. Yvonne Brownell Hendrick, Mrs. Hattie White, Mrs. Yvonne White, Mrs. Virginia Reed, Mrs. Esther White, Mrs. Stella White, and Robert and Jackie White; and many nieces and nephews. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Mrs. White was held on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant, NE, Cedar Springs, at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Barry Briggs and her son-in-law, Pastor Jennings Johnson officiating. Interment in Solon Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider The Springs Church. Relatives and friends met with the family at the Pederson 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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RICHARD EARL WELSH

Richard Earl Welsh, 69 of Kent City, died Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Mr. Welsh was born March 23, 1943 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Marion and Opal (Funk) Welsh. He enjoyed playing the harmonica, had a huge sense of humor and was a very caring person. He was a member of the Sparta Senior Center. Surviving are his sister, Lois VanWyk; children, Melody Parker, Kathy Welsh, Sonya Breen, Jeffrey Welsh, Timothy Welsh, Mandalyn Richardson, Jason Welsh; many grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Robert Welsh; sisters, Edith McCallum and Dorothy Cazier. Cremation has taken place. A memorial luncheon will be held at the Sparta Moose Lodge on Saturday, February 16 at 3:00 pm for all friends and family who wish to attend. Private interment will take place in Solon Township Cemetery.

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

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MELVIN A. “RASS” BRANHAM

_C-OBIT-BranhamMelvin A. “Rass” Branham, age 81, of Gowen, passed on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at United Memorial Hospital. He was born on March 2, 1931 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the son of Hobart & Mary (Hall) Branham. On May 20, 1967, he married the former Loretta Sizemore and she survives in addition to 3 daughters, Brenda Craigmyle of Grand Rapids, Tina Hansen of Cedar Springs, Teresa Branham of Sevierville, Tennessee; 5 sons, Robert (Marty) Jackson of Cedar Springs, Verne & Barb Branham of Cedar Springs, Tom & Christina Branham of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Robert (Bobby) Branham of Grand Rapids and Melvin (MJ) Branham of Sevierville, Tennessee; plus 20 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Nadine & Tommy Bagwell of Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews including Pam & Craig Bilski, Karen Holmes, Rita Holmes and Gay (Starr) Holmes. Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, several brothers and sisters and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. A longtime resident of the Cedar Springs area, Melvin was a retired tool & die worker. In keeping with the family’s wishes, cremation will take place and a memorial service will be held on Saturday March 2 at Noon. Cedar Creek Community Church, 2969 14 Mile Rd., Sparta. There will be no visitation held. The Simpson Family Funeral Home is honored to serve the Branham family with care and compassion. To leave an online message of condolence, please go to www.simpsonfamilyfuneralhomes.com

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Brant Anderson

andersonbrantgrpressBrant Anderson, age 29, of Pierson, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2013, from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident. As a youngster growing up in Pierson, he loved the outdoors, including fishing, hunting, or just being in the fields. His sister was his best friend. In 2002 he graduated from Tri-County High School, and while in school, he helped with the farm and bailed hay. His first truck was brown and yellow that he dearly loved, including the special name of “poop truck.” After high school he worked for Mellema Electric and then attended Baker College to become a Paramedic. Brant worked as a Paramedic for Montcalm County, AMR, and Life Ambulance. Later, he changed careers and then worked as a Supervisor for Lean Production Company. He was a giant who left footprints of being a gentle, compassionate person who had a special love for his son, family, and kids of all ages. He was a member of the Sand Lake Eagles. Brant is survived by his son, Liam and his fiancee, Samantha Harris; mother, Cindy Anderson; father, Dean Anderson and his wife, Julie; sister, Shanna and James Kuiper; nieces, Aubrey and Rielly; grandparents, Mrs. Mary Jo Roberts, and Duane and Marilyn Anderson; great-grandmother, Blanch Blow; aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Donald Roberts. The service for Brant will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake, with Pastor Aaron Spratling officiating. Interment in Sand Lake Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the needs of the family. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Arrangements by The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

 

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NORMA RANDALL

5-C-RandallNorma Randall, age 83, of Howard City, passed away January 24, 2013 at her residence. She was born March 1, 1929 in Grand Rapids the daughter of Ross and Alice (Scott) Cady. Norma loved flowers, gardening and watching birds. She was a member of the Howard City Ladies Auxiliary. Surviving are six sons Kerry (Penny) of Howard City, Daniel (Mary) of Sand Lake, Eugene (Darlene) of East Jordan, Michael of Kalamazoo, Eric of Howard City, Donald (Jane) of Howard City; four daughters, Paulette Merritt of Howard City, Patricia (Dick) Schutter of New Castle, Mary (Gary) Poortvliet of Bitely, Susan Potts (fiance Tim Fiebig) of Comstock Park; 55 grandchildren; and 56 great grandchildren; one sister Yvonne Spaans of Grand Rapids; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1993; and one brother and one sister. Memorial services took place on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Heckman Funeral Home with Pastor Brad Brillhart officiating, with burial in the North Ensley Cemetery. Friends met at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services. Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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TONY “TD” JOHNSON

5-C-JohnsonMr. Tony “TD” Johnson, age 63, of Cedar Springs, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2013. He was a 1968 graduate of Cedar Springs High School where he lettered in football (in both defensive and offensive). Tony learned the value of hard work from his parents who owned a lumber company. During the Vietnam War, he was a member of the Navy Seabees. After the service, Tony built a business, TD Johnson Lumber Company, that he operated and loved for 30+ years. In 1995 his sawmill burned, and he then worked as a consultant in the lumber business in Russia. For 21 years he was assistant Fire Chief for the City of Cedar Springs and also was a firefighter and member of the first responders for Solon Township. Tony was a man of great courage, a great story teller, and a member of the informal round table at various breakfast sites in Cedar Springs. He and Mary enjoyed sharing time together, going to flea markets, and trips to the family cabin in the UP. Tony enjoyed hunting with his son and Al Kensil who went to Alaska for hunting. Tony was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Sand Lake and the V.F.W. in Howard City. He is survived by “the wife”, Mary; son, Bradley (Amanda) Johnson; granddaughter, Kailien and the most anticipated arrival of Korrah in March; brother and sister, Michael and Pearl Johnson, and Penelope and Reggie Hoover; his life long friend, Al Kensil; and his beloved dog, Sam. Tony was preceded in death by his brother, Bradley in 1951, and his parents, Donald and Susanna Johnson. The Johnson family would like to extend their heartfelt thank you to the Three Blue Staff at Grand Rapids Veterans Home and Heartland Hospice for the love, care, and compassion given to Tony. The Service for Mr. Johnson was held Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Darryl Miller officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Friends of Michigan Veterans Homes, Inc., PO Box 150251, Grand Rapids, MI 49515. Relatives and friends met the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

 

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Bernard L. Cavner

cavnergrpressMr. Bernard L. Cavner, age 85, of Cedar Springs, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. He grew up near Kent Country Club on the northeast side of Grand Rapids. Bernard was a 1945 graduate of Creston High School where he sang in the school choir. Immediately after he got that letter from Uncle Sam that said, “I need you,” he enlisted in the US Navy and served during the Korean War. After the service, Bernard met Audrey Jean Smith at his family home. They had a loving courtship for a few years, and then he asked her to marry him at her folk’s home in Shelbyville, MI. Bernard worked as a Power House Engineer at Diesel Equipment for over 30 years. In his free time he enjoyed woodworking and was an avid reader. Both he and Audrey enjoyed being with their family, traveling, watching birds, and wintering in McAllen, TX. He loved his family and enjoyed every moment with them, including the times at Wilderness State Park. He was a Life Member of the Rockford Masonic Lodge #246 F&AM. The Cavner family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Metron of Cedar Springs and Hospice of MI for the love, care, and compassion given to Bernie. Bernard is survived by his wife Audrey; children, Gary and Holly Cavner, Pat and Lori Cavner, Roberta and Paul Shiels; 7 grandchildren, Stuart (Kristy) Cavner, Courtney (Chad) English, Jason (Brooke) Cavner, Amber Cavner, Derek and Adrienne Shiels, Craig and Jennifer Shiels, Kimberly Shiels; 9 great-grandchildren; brothers, Dale (Elaine) Cavner, Bob (Kay) Cavner, Donald (Sharon) Cavner, Ron (Evelyn) Cavner; sister-in-law, Mrs. Nena Cavner. He was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne. The Service for Mr. Cavner will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Rowland officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Hospice of MI, 989 Spaulding Ave., SE, Ada, MI 49301. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Saturday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Arrangements by The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Dr. Richard L. Jeruzal

4-C-JeruzalDr. Richard L. “Dick” Jeruzal born in Manistee, Michigan, December 13, 1946, departed this world and went to be with his Lord, Friday, January 18, 2013, at the age of 66 after a short illness. He was predeceased by his parents, Evelyn and Arnold Jeruzal, his parents-in-law, Minnie and Russ Hutson, and his Goddaughter, Britt Sommerfield. He is survived by his much loved wife, Rosemary nee Hutson, his sister, Patricia and Michael Brougham, of Beulah, his sisters-and brothers-in-law, Pat and Mike Piechocki, Bob and Sue Hutson, his nieces, nephews and their children, Colin and Rachel (Thomas) Brougham of Alanson, Justin Brougham his Godson of Atlanta, Georgia, Michael Piechocki (Jack, Eden, Becca and Josh), Kristine and Mike Johnson (Joe and Ashley, Tony and Sarah, and Ally), Marne and Roger Marshall-Behymer (Noah and Gabbie), Eric Hutson, Molly and Tony Campbell (Emma and Madi) and special aunt and uncle, Mary and Bud VanderWeide, his Goddaughter, Michelle Henning of Nashua, New Hampshire, his incredible CedarRock Dental Care Family, Barb, Cheryl, Jen, Lisa, Lynn, Jodi, and Dr. B and his amazing patients. He also leaves behind many dear friends, especially Barb and Dave Blanden, Judy and Paul Jensen, his four-legged kids, his boy Deuce and little girl, Elke. Announcing he would be a dentist at the age of 8, he followed that passion studying at Alma College, then The University of Detroit Dental school. He returned to teach in the dental schools at U of D and The University of Michigan after beginning his practice in 1972. He was devoted to his cherished patients. He loved all U of M athletics, time with friends and family, Lake Michigan, the “mitten”, fishing trips with Dave and Brian, history, the Tigers, travels by boat, RV or airplane. Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday at Our Lady of Consolation Church, 4865 Eleven Mile Road, Rockford at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be at the church Thursday and Friday from 5-9PM and one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Dr. Richard L. Jeruzal Endowed Scholarship Fund of Alma College, 614 W. Superior St., Alma, MI 48801, would be greatly appreciated. An online registry is available at OfieldFuneralHome.com

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