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Raymond Gillespie Jr.

Raymond L. “ Ray” Gillespie Jr., 70 of Belding, died Wednesday afternoon, March 14, 2012, at Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming. Ray was born on January 6, 1942 near Cedar Springs, the son of Raymond and Thelma (Tisdel) Gillespie. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School with the Class of 1960. Ray was a member of the Belding VFW Post 4406 Men s Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion Post 203 of Belding and the Belding Sportsmans Club. He enjoyed travel, fishing, camping and snowmobiling. He is loved and survived by his children and their spouses, Chris and Ed Mol of Marne, Cindy and Len VanDenBerg of Newaygo, Julie Jenison of Grand Rapids, JoLynn and Tom Coutchie of Grandville, Amy and Allen Natividad of Dorr, Erin Gillespie of Wyoming, John Higgins of Belding, Shari Lynne and Terry Chamberlain of Rosebush, Marc and Deb Higgins of Belding; 22 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; his brothers and sisters, Lanny Gillespie, Colleen and Dale Thurston, all of Cedar Springs, Ed and Nancy Gillespie of Rockford, Debbie Merlington and Bruce Duncan and Diane and Ed

Sipka, all of Cedar Springs. Ray was preceded by Dee Higgins, his parents, one sister, Darlene and one brother Leonard. Funeral and committal prayers was 3:00 PM Sunday at Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding with Pastor Dick Riley of Rockford United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Nelson Township Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Visitation was on Saturday at the funeral home from 5-8 PM. Memorials may be given to the Belding VFW Post 4406. To leave a message of condolence for the Gillespie Family, please visit the website of the funeral home, www.jffh.com. Arrangements by Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home

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Constantine Scooros

Mr. Constantine “Con” Scooros, age 64, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 11, 2012. He graduated from Royal Oak Kimball High School where he sang in the choir, played in the band, and operated the radio station for the high school.  He received his B.S. degree from Ferris State University in Vocational Education where he was a member of the concert and marching band and choir. Con worked as an engineer for WOOD-TV, and one of his duties was operating the camera on the Buck Matthews Show.  Cindy and Con were matched through a dating service that was featured on that show.  He also worked for Grand Valley State University Public Broadcasting, City Animation Video Production Company, and currently was working for Fox-17 and Cumulus Radio.  He had previously worked for ten years at Ferris State University where he provided computer support for the staff and students. He and his son, Mark, ran the audio-video system at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Con was a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. He is survived by his loving wife, Cindy (Burris) whom he married on June 23, 1973; children, Timothy Scooros, Mark Scooros, Karen and Joshua Woodburn; sisters-in-law, Laura Helm, Anita (Ralph) LaFollette, Marj Scooros, Carolyn Scooros; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Con was preceded in death by his parents, James and Emily Scooros; two brothers, Anthony and Theodore, and special cousin, Steve Rousos. The service for Mr. Scooros will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church with Rev. Mary Ivanov. Interment in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or the Humane Society of Kent County, 3077 Wilson NW, Walker, MI 49544. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Arrangements by The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford   www.pedersonfuneralhome.com


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Barbara Sue Nielsen

Barbara Sue Nielsen, 69, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2012 in Apache Junction, Arizona. She was born March 4, 1943 in Sparta, Michigan, the daughter of Louis and Rolena (Wiersma) VanderMeer. She worked for Cedar Springs Public Schools for 25 years retiring as Transportation Supervisor. Surviving are her husband, Ronald; children, Brad (Virginia) Pennington; Craig Pennington; grandchildren, Tara, Samantha, Killi, Zachary; great granddaughter, Alaina; sisters, Sally (Paul) Gessner, Gale (William) Scott; brother-in-law, Steven Nielsen; sister-in-law, Julie Nielsen; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held in Arizona. A service will be held in Cedar Springs later in the Spring. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

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Lawrence D. Reichelt

Lawrence D. Reichelt, 91, of Cedar Springs, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 9, 2012 at Spectrum Health – Blodgett Campus. Mr. Reichelt was born January 4, 1921, in Cedar Springs, MI, the son of Daniel and Sylvia (Piper) Reichelt. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Italy and North Africa. He was a carpenter at Sparta Foundry where he retired after 30 years and was a farmer all of his life.  He enjoyed his woodshop, making many things for others; loved music, and played with his brother at the area nursing homes; and enjoyed gardening, giving away much of the vegetables. He was an active member of South Ensley United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School for over 40 years. Surviving are his children, Aaron Reichelt of Cedar Springs; Joann & Kevin Parker of Sand Lake; Rita Chambers & John Huffman of Cedar Springs; 7 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brother, Gordon & Ilene Reichelt. He was preceded in death by his wife, Violet in 2001; son-in-law, Gary Chambers; brother, Durward; sisters, Marjorie, Lena and Marie. The family received friends Monday from 2-4 and 6-8pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held on Tuesday at 1:00 pm at South Ensley United Methodist Church. Pastors Darryl Miller and Duwayne Reichelt officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorials to Hospice of Michigan or South Ensley United Methodist Church. The family would like to thank the staff of Holland Home and Blodgett Hospital Critical Care for their great care. Arrangements by Bliss Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs


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Marilyn Pyne

Mrs. Marilyn Pyne, born 8/12/1928, age 84 (this August), went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, February 19, at 3pm 2012. For 27+ years she started working for Meijer Inc. at the Cedar Springs store then was transferred to the Plainfield Ave. store when the Cedar Springs store closed. Marilyn retired from Meijer in 1984. Marilyn was a member of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir for many years. She enjoyed golfing, vacationing on cruises, and going to the casinos. Marilyn loved playing her keyboard and sang with a Harmony Group called “The Honey Bells.” She enjoyed watching hummingbirds and was a collector of items with hummingbirds. She was preceded in death by her Grandson David Fenton, her father Robert Lymburner and mother Bernice Lymburner, her husband Clayton Pyne, and her brother Robert Lymburner. Marilyn is survived by her children, Craig Pyne, and Karen and Dave Fenton; grandchild, Kara (Jason) Voss; great-grandchild, Charles Voss, and her beloved, Bill Furden. The Memorial Service for Mrs. Pyne will be Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mary Ivanov officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford


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Rebecca Farwell

Rebecca Farwell, longtime resident of Petaluma, passed away in her sleep at home, on February 28, 2012. Becky was born April 7, 1951, in Quincy, Illinois. Beloved mother, wife, sister, teacher and friend, she was the daughter of Russell and Kaye Farwell of Cedar Springs Michigan, and sister to Jim and Nancy.  Becky graduated Grand Valley State University in 1978, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Art, with a minor in English. Upon graduating, she moved to California where she continued her education at San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, and earned her Teaching Credential from UC Berkeley. She and Richard Wacker settled in Petaluma where they raised their two sons.  An avid reader, Becky was a lover of all arts, especially music, and she regularly attended live music events with her family and friends. Becky taught in the Old Adobe School District, including La Tercera, Bernard Eldridge, and Miwok Elementary, for a combined total of more than thirty years.  She was dearly loved and respected by all of her colleagues and students. She was known for her creative and unconditionally loving approach to teaching: setting leprechaun traps for St. Patrick’s Day, making clay ornaments for Christmas, hatching silk worms, and singing while playing the piano with the children. She touched many people, including hundreds of students who blossomed in her classroom. She married Peter Markey on January 18, 2009. Together, they traveled the world, from North Beach to Italy, sharing their passion for great food, music and art. Her most rewarding role in life was being a mother to her two sons, Roland and Russell. She raised them to treat others with love and compassion, and inspired them to pursue their passions and live their lives with exuberance. She was so proud of their achievements and always looked forward to spending time with them, whether walking to downtown Petaluma, singing around the piano, camping, traveling, or beautifying their home. She inspired us with her enthusiasm for life, by living each and every moment to the fullest. Her last weekend was spent doing what she loved; having dinner with loved ones in Petaluma, listening to one of her favorite bands in North Beach, and visiting the beach. She will be greatly missed by her community, her many friends, but mostly by her beloved sons, Roland and Russell, and her husband, Peter. A memorial service will be held, though the date is yet to be determined. A celebration of Becky’s life will be held March 25th from 11am-2pm at 620 Sixth Street in Petaluma. Donation information will soon be posted at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/Becky_Farwell


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Ruth A. Middleton

Ruth A. Middleton, 85 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, February 27, 2012 at her home. Ruth was born May 5, 1926 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Stephen and Alice (McKrill) Burns. She was a member of Our Lady of Consolation in Rockford. Her family was her life and she was always involved in her children’s activities. She had the gift of hospitality and the coffee pot was on at her house on Saturday mornings. Surviving are her children, Mary Willett of Cedar Springs, Douglas (Pamela) Middleton of Cedar Springs, Ronda (Christopher) Ash of Boca Raton, Florida; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brother, Dan (Nancy) Burns; sisters, Bernice Schneider, Barbara Skelonc, Kay (Phil) Hallock, Janet (Paul) Harris; sisters-in-law, Jodi Burns and Delores Burns; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rex in 2011; son-in-law, Kenneth Willett; sister, Bertha Kent; brothers, Stephen, Frank and Robert Burns. The family received friends Wednesday, March 7 from 2-4 and 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 Thursday, March 8 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Consolation, Rockford. Rev. Fr. Tony Russo celebrant. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Arrangements by Bliss Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs


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Christian D. Bristol

Christian D. Bristol, age 56 of Lowell passed away Sunday, February 26, 2012.  He was preceded in death by his father, Wyman and brother, Stephen. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Sue; children, Lisa Bristol, Lauren (Ryan LaCross) Bristol, Jenna (Jason Melnik) Bristol; granddaughter, Peyton Renee; mother, Wenona Bristol; brother, Mark (Susie) Bristol. A private memorial service was held by the family. Arrangements by Roth-Gerst Funeral Home, Lowell www.gerstfuneralhomes.com


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Gretchen Weeks

Gretchen Rebecca Weeks, 93, passed away in Traverse City on Wednesday, February 15, 2012.  Gretchen was born to George and Lena (Lockerby) Bryant on May 6, 1918 at the family farm in Pierson, Michigan.  She grew up on the farm and had a happy childhood. Gretchen graduated from Sand Lake High School at sixteen and attended Ferris Institute, earning a teaching certificate.  She began teaching at the age of eighteen at the Pioneer one-room school in Pierson, earning $35 a month.  She also taught at Kinney and Solon Township one-room schools.  In 1940 she married Lloyd Weeks and stopped teaching to be a wife and mother to three children; Lloyd Jr. (1943 – 1950); Larry (1947 – 1997); and Louise, who lives in Traverse City. Gretchen returned to teaching in 1957 at Cedar Springs Elementary, and taught first grade there until retiring in 1979.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in 1964. Gretchen and Lloyd enjoyed their retirement years, traveling to many states, as well as Israel, Mexico, Hawaii and Canada. They had many friends and were members of Cedar Springs First Baptist Church. After Lloyd passed away in 1991, Gretchen stayed very active and spent a lot of time with friends and family.  Her grandchildren meant the world to her. In 2003 Gretchen moved to Traverse City to be near her daughter and grandchildren.  She lived at Glen Eagle for the next nine years in the company of many good friends, and enjoyed her life there. Gretchen was preceded in death by her two sons, Lloyd Jr. and Larry; her husband Lloyd; and her brothers and sisters, Fred, Pearl, Isabelle, Beatrice, Carroll, and Martha. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Louise and Jack Scholtus; her grandchildren, Jason Weeks of Marietta, Georgia, Brooke and Neil Fraser of Decatur, Georgia, Hilary O’Toole of Denver, Branden Bearinger of Traverse City, Samantha Packer of Kotzebue, Alaska, and Maggie Packer of Traverse City; her great-grandchildren, Connor, Kaden, Alexander and Aria; her brother-in-law Donald (Beverly) Weeks; and many nieces and nephews.  Visitation was held at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, on Wednesday, February 22. Services will be held there Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Pastors Jim Howard and Bert Boes officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs.

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


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Calvin D. Campbell

Calvin D. Campbell


Calvin D. Campbell, 83 of Pierson, died Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at his home. Mr. Campbell was born March 31, 1928 in Hastings, MI the son of Alonzo and Fern (Abbott) Campbell. He worked for McInerny Spring and Wire for 40 years retiring in 1987. Surviving are his wife Evelyn whom he married on June 8, 1947; children, Sheila (Douglas) Ostrander of Sand Lake, Judith (Larry) Strunk of Mason, Steven (Lynne) Campbell of Pierson; daughter-in-law, Dawn DeVreugd of Belding; 12 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; stepbrother, Morris Stafford of Arizonia. He was preceded in death by his son Daniel in 1973. The family will receive friends Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Saturday 11:00 am. Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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