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LARRY K. WIEDA

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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FRANCES A. RENTSMAN

 

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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Carroll M. Emmorey

C-OBIT-emmoreyCarroll M. “Cowboy Slim” Emmorey, 83 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at his home. Mr. Emmorey was born May 23, 1930 in Kent City, MI the son of Otis and Tillie (Dykstra) Emmorey. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Marines. He sang and played country music and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Surviving are his wife, Beverlie (Remmelts); children, Karen (Bill) Rowland, Mark (Becky) Emmorey, Jim (Lori) Emmorey, Jack (Sheila) Emmorey, Kenda (Roger) Gillette, David (Cindy) Emmorey; 19 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; sister, Joyce Anne (Richard) Castenholz; sister-in-law, Janet Emmorey. He was preceded in death by brothers, Donald, Wayne and Kenneth Emmorey; sister, Ardis Heiss. The family will greet friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Friday 11:00 am. Pastor Jim Alblas officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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RICHARD A KIDDER

C-obit-KidderRichard A. Kidder, 94 of Cedar Springs, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at his home. Mr. Kidder was born February 8, 1919 in Maple Rapids, Michigan, the son of Thaddeus and Elva Kidder. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 9th Armored Infantry. He was a retired Methodist minister and avid Michigan State fan. Surviving are his wife, Carol Lee, whom he married on January 31, 1974; children, Wilma Brown of Sparta, Clare (Constance) Kidder of Cedar Springs, Carol (James) McInnis of Houston, Texas, Sharon (Todd) Freeland of Casnovia, Steven (Lisa) Kidder of Pierson; 11 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; brother, Jack (Carol) Kidder of Ashley. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret in 1965; sister, Gladys Cartwright; and a son-in-law, George Brown. The family will greet friends Friday, August 16 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Saturday, August 17, at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Interment with military honors at Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers, 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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CARL ELTON MIDDLETON

C-obit-MiddletonIn loving memory of Carl Middleton who passed away Friday, at home, with his family by his side. Carl, 88, was born in Cedar Springs on February 20, 1925 the son of the late Clinton and Flossie (Waller) Middleton. Beloved husband of Nina Middleton (nee Nielsen). Loving and devoted father of Pam N. DeMarco (Jerry), Craig E. Middleton (Mary). Cherished grandfather of Jamie and Mari. Dear brother of Beatrice Kelly. He was predeceased by siblings Bernice, Virgil, Rex, & Kenneth. He will be sadly missed by his family, nieces, nephews and friends. The best way to describe Carl is to say he was a family man. Nothing made him happier than to be around this family and friends. His quiet and gentle way gave his words a strong presence, and when he spoke it was always remembered. Never complaining, he was always true to himself, strong and steady, there for anyone who needed him. Carl was a WWII Veteran serving in the US Marine Corps, 6th Division in the Pacific Theatre, he received the Purple Heart, a Combat Action Ribbon and a Combat Unit Award. He was an honest and hardworking businessman and took pride in the many relationships he created through his construction company. He loved fishing, hunting, sunny days at the camp, and traveling to see his granddaughters. Carl had the best friends anyone could have wished for. He was there for them whenever they needed him and considered them family. Together with his family, they created a support system for him during his journey that was as strong as his will to live. Although he will be missed everyday, his strength will give all who knew him help through their difficult times. The family received friends Tuesday, August 20, at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services were held Wednesday, August 21. Chaplain Eric Coulon officiating. Interment will military honors at Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. 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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JUNE MARGUERITE (RANDALL) WOODWORTH DAVIS

June Marguerite (Randall) Woodworth Davis was born January 6, 1920 to Vera Moe and Albert Randall on Jerico Rd., Rockford. After graduating from Rockford High School in 1937 and 1 year at Western Teachers Collage [WMU] she married Earl Woodworth on March 24, 1937. They had 5 children: Mary DeRyke, Gayle Wernette, Nancy Switzer, Jerrold Woodworth and Melissa McDannold. After Earl’s death she married Sherman Davis on April 1,1972 adding 2 more sons, David and Duane Davis. June died May 29, 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is survived by her 7 children and their spouses, 13 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and 4 great, great grandchildren. A family burial service will be held August 24 at Courtland Cemetery. Memorials can be given to a Library of your choice.

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JOHN E. ASH

John E. Ash, age 48 of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, August 11, 2013. He was born July 16, 1965 in Grand Rapids. He is survived by his father, Charles Ash of Cedar Springs; sons, Braedan Ash and Rylan Ash, both of Cedar Springs; siblings, Kathleen Mayes of Mt. Pleasant, Karen White of Sidney, and Charlie Ash (Elaine) of Sand Lake; grandmother, Frances Bedker of Ludington; friend and former wife, Laura Ash of Cedar Springs; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Paula Ash; brother-in-law, David Mayes; and grandparents, Orville and Rose Ash and Dutch Bedker. John’s family would like to especially thank the staffs at Mary Free Bed and the Calvin College Speech Pathology and Audiology Clinic for their care. They would also like to thank Ann Marie Myers for her compassion and care. A time of visitation will be held from 12:00 to 3:00 PM Thursday, August 15, 2013 at Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville. Private burial will be in Trufant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital or the Calvin College Speech Pathology and Audiology Clinic, and messages of condolence may be sent via www.hurstfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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JULIA E. ASHLEY

31C-obit--AshleyMrs. Julia E. Ashley, age 90, of Rockford, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 27, 2013. While growing up in Cedar Springs, she attended First Baptist Church and accepted Christ as her Savior as a young person. Julia met Jesse at the Howard City Roller Rink; and after her graduation from Cedar Springs High School in 1941, they were married in 1942. She was a stay-at home wife and eventually a mother who helped her husband lay blocks in his construction business. Julia taught Sunday school at Birch Sunday School (now Red Pine Bible Church). In 1973 they moved to Rockford and built their home. Julia was a very gentle-hearted, loving mother to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved the wonders of nature. After more than nine years of service she retired in 1989 from Food Service in the Rockford Public School System. Julia is survived by her children; Jesse and Connie Ashley, Mrs. Darlene Noorman, Aaron and Marcia Ashley; 9 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Letha and Raymond VanBelkum; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Jeanette (Landry) Perry, and Mrs. Ellen Bassett; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse on May 8, 1994, her son-in-law, John Noorman, her brother, LeRoy Landry, her sister, Stella Wall. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Mrs. Ashley was held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs, with Pastor Stanley Mohr officiating. Interment in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider North Kent Senior Center, 44 North Park Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Relatives and friends met with the family from 6 to 8 on Monday at the Pederson Funeral Home and prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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ONALEE M. FISHER

C-Obit-fisherOnalee M. Fisher 77 of Cedar Springs, died Saturday, July 20, 2013 in Greenville, Michigan. Onalee was born July 2, 1936, the daughter of Story and Marion (Cole) Cowles. Surviving are her husband, Duane Fisher; daughter, Kristin Fisher-Kraemer of Comstock Park; grandson, Brett Fisher; great grandchildren, Monica Brown and Brett Dines-Fisher Jr. and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded by 5 brothers and 1 sister. A gathering of friends and family was held Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Herb VanderBilt officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Humane Society of Kent County.

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

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PASTOR HARVEY J. BAAS

Pastor Harvey J. Baas, of Rockford, age 84, was welcomed into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday evening, July 20, 2013. He was a loving and committed husband, father, grandfather and pastor of several Christian Reformed churches. Pastor Baas was the youngest of 13 children born to Tys and Maggie Baas. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Marilyn (Bierema) Baas; sister, Mrs. Tena DeKorver; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Doris Baas and Mrs. Anne Baas; children: Kathee Watkins, Leslie and Michael Yoder, Ruthann and Richard Ford, Ellen and Jerry Romer, and David and Jennifer Baas; grandchildren: Christopher and Trevor Watkins, Audriana, Madilyn, and Tys Yoder, Elizabeth and Scott Norton, Zachary and Lacey Ford, Spencer Ford, Nicole Quinlan, Alyssa and Adam Romer, Maraika and Aaron Baas; great-grandchildren: Paige and Liam Norton; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm at Blythefield Christian Reformed Church, 6350 Kuttshill Dr., Rockford, Michigan with Pastor Jim Alblas officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to World Renew, the relief and development organization of the Christian Reformed Church, 2850 Kalamazoo Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49560. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the church, after the service, on Friday evening.

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

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