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NEIL D. GILBERT, SR.

3-C-GilbertNeil D. Gilbert Sr., age 84 of Howard City, passed away Monday, January 14, 2013 in Big Rapids. He was born January 1, 1929 in Sand Lake the son of Darwin and Anna (Washer) Gilbert. Neil was honorably discharged from the United States Army. He married Naomia DeVries on March 17, 1950 in Cedar Springs where the couple made their home for over 30 years. Neil farmed and was employed at Rowe-A.M.I. in Grand Rapids for 32 years. Neil was an avid sportsman but he especially loved bowling; not only was he an accomplished league bowler, he also served as secretary for the Greater Grand Rapids Bowling Association for many years. Neil is survived by his wife, Naomia Gilbert of Howard City; three children, Neil Gilbert Jr. of Morley, Steve Gilbert of Howard City, Sue (David) Uibel of Mooresville, North Carolina; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Frank (Frieda) Gilbert of Grant; sister-in-law, Winona DeRoos of Grand Rapids; brother-in-law, Raymond Fries of Sparta; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Roy and Harry Gilbert; four sisters, Edna Kramer, Ada Castle, Erma Castle and Geraldine Pratt; two daughters-in-law, Wendy Gilbert and Virginia Gilbert. Cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 1, 2013 at the Ensley Center Baptist Church, 7077 120th Street, Sand Lake, Michigan. Share a memory or leave a condolence for the family at www.daggettgilbertfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Daggett-Gilbert Funeal Home, Big Rapids.

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MAURICE H. MURRAY

Mr. Maurice H. Murray, age 96, of Avon Park, Florida and formerly of Cedar Springs, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, December 24, 2012, while in Sarasota, Florida. He grew up in the Bailey area where his father farmed and was a meat cutter. After attending school, Maurice would help on the farm. He was honored to have served his country in the US Navy. Maurice attended the Church of Christ in Bailey. His family loved living on a farm; and his children have many special memories of being pulled by the sled on the farm. For many years, he was a part-owner of Murray Lumber Company in Grant. He and Jane had attended First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs. Maurice is survived by his wife, Jane; children, Janice and Bill Follett, Hope and Joe Austin, Leora and Mike McCartin, Diane and Mike Nieman, and Maurice Murray, Jr; step-children, Gary Shears, William and Linda Shears, Karen and Bob Gebhart, Mrs. Chris Shears; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Ronald and Doris Murray; sister, Ellen Tibbe; and nieces and nephews. Maurice was preceded in death by his first wife, Leola Murray, daughter, Nancy Gleason, stepdaughters, Judy Brugel, and Joann Sischo, and stepson, Brian Shears. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ for Mr. Murray was held on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs, 233 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, Michigan with Pastor Jim Howard officiating. Military honors were under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Interment in Maple Grove Cemetery in Fremont. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs. Relatives and friends met with the family at the church on Sunday from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. before the service. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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TERESA ANN MAXSON

1-C-maxsonTeresa Ann Maxson, 43 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, December 31, 2012 at her home. Teresa was born July 3, 1969 in Milford, Delaware the daughter of Michael and Betty (Cain) Darrah. She had worked at the Road Runner Variety Store. Surviving are her husband, Keith; children, Joseph Maxson, Keith Maxson, III, Caleb Maxson, Jamie Darrah, Christina Darrah; grandchildren, Joseph Darrah, Alexia-Kay Bowman, Sophia-Rae Bowman, Jordyn Carpenter; mother, Betty Ralyea; brothers, Harold, Mike and Keith Darrah; sisters, Sherry Briscoe, Tonya Darrah, Darla Darrah. Private family services were held at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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

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JOYCE MARIE BAILEY (KROUTH)

1-C-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, WI, 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, her daughter Bonnie (Bailey) Morten, her granddaughter, Julie Morten and her grandson, Kenny Bailey. Her sisters, Leona Rochon, Monica Droppart and Mary Lorenson and her brothers, Robert Krouth and Don Krouth; her niece Linda (Bailey) Tulwetzky and her nephew, David Bailey; her 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. Her 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; her sister, Elizabeth (Krouth) Bailey; her brothers and their wives, Richard and Mary Krouth, Alfred and Ruth Krouth; and her brother-in-law, Myron Lorenson; and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Bishop Hills for their kindness and care for our “GG”, especially Julie Shupe and Maureen Nelson, her friend and Eucharistic minister from Our Lady of Consolation. We would also like to thank the nurses of Butterworth Hospital who cared for her and for us in her last days, especially Adrienne, Chelsea, Jared and Jocelyn, and to the ministerial staff of the hospital. Your compassion, skill and understanding are greatly appreciated. A memorial service for the family will be held in the spring. 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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Robert Winquist

Robert-WinquistRobert Charles Winquist, age 81, slalomed his way across the finish line on Wednesday January 2nd, 2013 at his home at Caberfae Peaks surrounded by his family and wife Ariadne. After being diagnosed with a brain tumor in April, Bob achieved his goal of attending his grandson Erik’s wedding, deer hunting, celebrating the holidays and most important, visiting with his friends and relatives daily for 9 months. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Martha Winquist; stepfather, Bernard Edison; brothers-in-law, Fred Boshoven, Harold Yeargin; and sister-in-law, Udella Munson. Bob was born in 1931 and graduated from Rockford High School in l950. His love of cars led him into owning the Cedar Body Shop in Cedar Springs. At that time he was the number one dune buggy builder and seller in Western Michigan. His innate sales ability later translated into a successful mobile home business (CBS Homes) and also various real estate ventures. He was a skilled and speedy builder who was the one his children went to when a home improvement plan was needed. Deer hunting was a passion, and skiing and golf were integral parts of his life. Bob is survived by his wife Ariadne of 60 years; daughters, Boni (Glenn) Stout and Sheri (Doug) Frye; and sons, Scott (Kristine) Winquist and Tom (Jacqueline) Winquist. His devoted grandchildren are many: Cari (Ryan) Martin, Sara (Jarred) Sper, Christopher (Ashley) Hansen, Alisa (John) Hole, Erik (Natalie) Winquist, Heidi (Martin) Tichy, Alissandra and Aubrie Winquist; and step grandchildren, Colton, Christy and Debby (Scott) Haverdink. His life was further enlightened by his 13 great grandchildren: Parker, Tyler, Sammy, Avery, Maya, Michael, Kaylin, Makenna, Skylar, Ariadne, Brecken, Ashley, and Chelsea. He is also survived by his brother, Tom (Shirley) Winquist; sister, Janet Boshoven; sisters- in-law, Gertrude Yeargin, Maxine Gordon; and step-sisters, Karen (Bill) Brumit and Vivian (David) Klinck. Bob was blessed with countless friends including those at the Harrietta United Methodist Church (HUMC) where he devoted his building talents to making the church more accessible for others to share in their fellowship. Many thanks for the prayers of church members, family and friends as well as the kind and compassionate support of the “Cancer Bus” driver (Wayne), medical staff and hospice care givers. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday January 7, 2013 at the Harrietta United Methodist Church with Pastor Beverly Williams officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation from 10:00 AM until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the HUMC would be appreciated for a special project in Bob’s memory. Please visits Bob’s personal memory page to share photos and memories with the family at www.oakgrovefh.com. There will be a reception following the memorial service held at Caberfae Ski Club, 6492 11th Rd, and everyone is invited. The family has entrusted funeral arrangements with Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

 

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MURIEL EDNA CASTERLINE

Muriel Edna (Scott) Casterline, 88 of Sand Lake, went to be with her Lord peacefully at her home on Saturday, December 22, 2012. Mrs. Casterline was born June 27, 1924 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of William and Ida (Root) Scott. She was a 1944 graduate of Creston High School and during the war had worked at Berkey & Gay making gas tanks for B-29 bombers. After the war the family moved to the Sand Lake area and she worked at Wolverine Glove Factory in Howard City. At that time she met Sherwood Casterline and they were married on March 11, 1949. They lived in the same house all their married life and raised their three children there. She loved cooking, canning, gardening, sewing and all kinds of crafts including flower arranging. She was a faithful member of Ensley Baptist Church, where she took on the ministry of sending cards for birthdays, anniversaries, and condolences. Surviving are her children, Allan Casterline of Pierson, Arlene (Tom) Culver of Howard City; son-in-law, Ron Kelley of Gladstone, MI; grandchildren, Scott (Melissa) Culver, Stacey (Kevin) Sage all of Howard City; great grandchildren, Ethan and Alex Culver, Oliver Sage. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Sherwood in 2009; her parents; an infant son, Arden; daughter, Ardith Kelley; sisters, Ruth Scott, Martha (Gordon) Blossom. The family received friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The funeral service will take place Friday 11:00 am at Ensley Baptist Church. Pastors Bert Boes and Timothy Decker officiating. Interment Crandall Cemetery, Ensley Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Neurofibromatosis Michigan, P.O. Box 6026, Grand Rapids, MI 49516 or Ensley Baptist Church, 7077 120th, Sand Lake, MI 49343.

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

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Maurice H. Murray

Mr. Maurice H. Murray, age 96, of Avon Park, Florida and formerly of Cedar Springs, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, December 24, 2012, while in Sarasota, Florida. He grew up in the Bailey area where his father farmed and was a meat cutter. After attending school, Maurice would help on the farm. He was honored to have served his country in the US Navy. Maurice attended the Church of Christ in Bailey. His family loved living on a farm; and his children have many special memories of being pulled by the sled on the farm. For many years, he was a part-owner of Murray Lumber Company in Grant. He and Jane had attended First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs. Maurice is survived by his wife, Jane; children, Janice and Bill Follett, Hope and Joe Austin, Leora and Mike McCartin, Diane and Mike Nieman, and Maurice Murray, Jr; step-children, Gary Shears, William and Linda Shears, Karen and Bob Gebhart, Mrs. Chris Shears; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Ronald and Doris Murray; sister, Ellen Tibbe; and nieces and nephews. Maurice was preceded in death by his first wife, Leola Murray, daughter, Nancy Gleason, step-daughter, Judy Brugel, and Joan, and step-son, Brian Brugel. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ for Mr. Murray will be Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs, 233 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI with Pastor Jim Howard officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will be made in Maple Grove Cemetery in Fremont. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Sunday from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. before the service.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Evelyn Bursma

52-C-Bursma,-EvelynMrs. Evelyn Bursma, age 98, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, on Sunday, December 23, 2012. She was born in Coopersville, Michigan, where her parents, Leonard and Georgia (Nee Granger) VanderVelde raised cattle, chickens, and crops to support them. When school was out for the day, she needed to come straight home and had many chores to do. After she was married, she became homemaker, wife and eventually a mother to four children. Mrs. Bursma was raised in a Christ-centered home and on Sunday and other special days they would travel by horse and buggy to get to church or other events. One can only imagine the changes that Mrs. Bursma witnessed during her lifetime. The Great Depression, invention of the automobile, World Wars, impeachment of a President, man landing on the moon, and terrorist attacks on our nation. She also watched her own children grow and become adults, marry and have children, and even becoming a great grandmother.  She taught her children about embroidering, cooking, parenting and a great faith life by her example. In recent years before her eyesight failed she would cross stitch, work crossword puzzles, and play a good game of bingo. Mrs. Bursma is survived by her children, Edward L. Bursma, Betty Jean Bursma, Elaine June and Ron Schofield, Ron and Beverly Bursma; 9 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Bursma on October 27, 1999, her brother, George VanderVelde, and sisters, Marian Brown, and Lillian Buist. The service in celebrating her faith life and physical life for Mrs. Bursma will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Tigchon officiating. Interment in Washington Park Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Sanctuary at Saint Mary’s, 1050 Four Mile Road NW Grand Rapids, MI 49544. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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William A. Annable

William A. Annable, 88 of Sand Lake, died Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at Metron of Cedar Springs where he had been a resident for five years. He was born November 24, 1924 in Petoskey, MI the son of William and Mary (DeYoung) Annable. He was a veteran of the Army Air Force serving during World War II and had retired from Kelvinator. Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a tinkerer. Surviving are three children, William (Joy) Annable, Gloria (Lloyd) Rayman, Larry (Beth) Annable; 9 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; sister, Lorna Edsall. A memorial service and luncheon was held Monday at the Cedar Springs American Legion Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to Metron of Cedar Springs. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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Dawn R. Kelly

Dawn R. Kelly 47 of Sand Lake, passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Dawn was born January 30, 1965 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Ronald and Shirley (Harris) Fisher. She was an RN at Spectrum Health United Memorial for 10 years. Dawn was a loving spouse, mother and “gamma.” She enjoyed and lived to care for and teach her children and grandchildren. Her family and friends were a very important part of her life. Surviving are her husband, soul mate and best friend, Randy, whom she married on May 7, 1983; children, Ryan (Nickie Carriere), Brandon (Vanessa Hawley), Aaron (Blair Russell), and Adam (Chelsey Twichell); grandchildren, Chase, Kyler, Caden, Brinleigh, and Cameron; father and stepmother, Ronald & Kathy Fisher; mother, Shirley Fisher; siblings, Phylis & James VanderHoning, Deb & Jeff Davis, Biff & Karen Harris; mother-in-law, Bonnie Kelly; many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and close friends. As per her wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will greet friends Friday from 5-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a celebration of her life will take place Saturday at 2:00 pm. The family will greet friends Saturday at 1:00 pm. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Memorial contributions may be made at any Chase Bank to help with expenses.

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

 

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