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CORNELIUS “CORNIE” BOON

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Cornelius “Cornie” Boon, 73 of Cedar Springs, went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. He was born July 1, 1939 in Rock Rapids, Iowa the son of Isaac and Cora (Teunissen) Boon. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was a 35 year member of the Cedar Springs American Legion. He was also a member of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Church. He is survived by his wife, Cornelia “Connie” whom he married on March 29, 1961; children, Jerry (Kathy) Boon, Carla (Bill) Julien, Julie (Rick) Liebermann, Daniel (Erica) Boon, Cornelius Boon, Jana Boon; 13 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Cornelius Isaac; 2 brothers and 1 sister. The family greeted family and friends Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services were held on Saturday at 11:00 am. Pastor Foppe VanderZwaag and Daniel Boon officiating. Interment Pierson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Puritan Theological Seminary.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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EVELYN M. MALE

Evelyn M. Male, 95 of Cedar Springs died Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at her home. Mrs. Male was born April 30, 1918 Romeo, Michigan the daughter of Roy and Frances (Root) Sheler. She retired from Lear Siegler and had been involved in the North Kent Senior Cap Program and the Cedar Springs Museum. She was a great mom and grandma. Surviving are her children, Helen (John) Tate, Arthur (Karen) Male, Gary (Lorena) Male; daughter-in-law, Ione Male; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; brother, Lavern (Helen) Sheler; sister, Alice Baker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orton in 1969; son, James; grandsons, Sam and Ron; great grandson, SPC Timothy Brown; brothers, Leon, Lloyd, Robert, Ray and Gilbert Sheler; sister, Louise Kilts. The family will greet friends Saturday from 2:00 pm until time of service at 3:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

 

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DONNA M. EMPIE

Donna M. Empie, 72 of Gowen, died Monday, May 6, 2013 at her home. Mrs. Empie was born May 9, 1940 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Forest and Olive (Ripley) Dakens. She was a member of Gowen Bible Church and enjoyed playing euchre and bingo. She also liked to fish, hunt deer, flower gardening and family gatherings. She loved her dachshunds. Surviving are her husband, Anthony “Tony” whom she married on April 5, 1977; children, Renee McDonell, Chris McDonell; stepchildren, Roger (Fran Marsh) Empie, Cindy (Gary) Windsor, Ruth (Wayland) Corl; 9 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sisters, Linda Patterson, Lorraine (Wayne) Bunker; brother-in-law, Neil (Elizabeth) Empie, many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Virgina; brother, Leo; and grandson, Tony. 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 Zachary Nyhuis officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gowen Bible Church. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

 

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SHIRLEY A. POST

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Mrs. Shirley A. Post, age 81, of Cedar Springs, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2013. She was born in Alpine Township where her parents had a hobby farm. Shirley was a 1949 graduate of Comstock Park High School, was a majorette, and also worked at the soda fountain at Herposhiemer’s Department Store. After her graduation Shirley worked at Union Bank as a teller. In 1965 she married Rodney L. Post. When her daughter was older, Shirley worked for Cutlers where she really enjoyed sewing and also sewed Red Flannels for Cedar Springs. In 1979 she and Rodney moved to Cedar Springs and became members of St. Margaret’s parish. She served in the Altar Society, was a prayer warrior, and helped with funeral lunches, using her special macaroni and cheese recipe. Her daughter was taught to love one another, to always use respect, and to think of others first. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Rodney on October 14, 2001, her sister, Joyce (Bob) Cramer, her brothers, Cardinal (Ruth) Helsel, John Helsel, and Harold (Gladys) Helsel. She is survived by her children, Theresa and Brian Dickerson, Rick and Irene Post; five grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Leona Staab; sister-in-law, Mrs. Dorothy Helsel; and “favorite daughter”, Karen Stout. The Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Post was offered on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church of Scotland, 10195 16 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, with The Rev. Joseph W. Kenshol presiding. Interment in St. Margaret’s Cemetery. The Rosary prayer was held on Tuesday evening at 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Relatives and friends met with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and prior to the Mass at the church on Wednesday.

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ELDONA “DONIE” ALLINGTON

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Mrs. Eldona “Donie” (nee Weller) Allington, age 87, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Donie graduated from Creston High School in 1943. As a Charter Member of Pioneer Christian Reformed Church, she taught Sunday school, Women’s Bible Study, and volunteered to do whatever had to be done. Donie worked for many years as a design/layout artist for the Cedar Springs Clipper, the Rockford Register, and the Howard City Record Eagle. She was a life-long quilter, and for many years a 4-H Leader. She is survived by her husband of 68 years of marriage, George; their children, Dr. Richard and Dr. Ann Allington, Allen Allington, Len and Kimberly Allington, David and Paula Allington, Mary and Kim Coonen, and Dale and Marcey Allington; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law, Eugene “Spud” Ensing and Orin “Barney” (Marcie) Townes. She was preceded in death by her parents, Duard and Sylva Weller, her granddaughters, Sarah Coonen and Montego Elaine Allington, and three sisters Thelma Kunst, Alma Ensing, and Arlyn Townes. The Service for Mrs. Allington will be Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Pioneer Christian Reformed Church, 3110 17 Mile Rd NE, Cedar Springs, Michigan with Pastor Jim Alblas officiating. Interment in Solon Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the World Renew of the Christian Reformed Church. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm and Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the funeral home and prior to the service at church on Saturday. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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VIRGINIA R. “MIDGE” REED

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Virginia R. “Midge” Reed 82 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, April 19, 2013 at Metro Health Hospital. Mrs. Reed was born February 2, 1931 in Ensley Township, Michigan the daughter of Vern and Hazel (Rogers) White. Surviving are her children, Mike (Carolyn) Reed, Sharon (Jeff) Klooster, Steve (Heidi) Reed; grandchildren, Kathy (Ron) Davis, Shannon (Rob) Rowland, David (Kerri) Reed, Trey, Thomas and Trevor Reed; great grandchildren, Nolan (Rebecca) Davis, Kurt and Kelli Rowland, Hannah and Zachary Reed; brothers, Donald White, Bob (Jackie) White; sisters-in-law, Stella White, Hattie White, Esther White and Yvonne White. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence in 2011; 7 brothers and 3 sisters. The family will received friends Monday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services were held Tuesday. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Beatrice L. Hanson

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Beatrice L. Hanson, 93 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, April 12, 2013 at Vista Springs, Grand Rapids. Mrs. Hanson was born September 27, 1919 in Cedar Springs, MI the daughter of Elvin and Bessie (Armstrong) McDonald. She graduated as valedictorian from Cedar Springs High School Class of 1937. She enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing, knitting, playing the drums, dancing and going to plays at the theater. Surviving are her children, John (Christa) Hanson, Mary Hanson, Warren Hanson; grandchildren, Paul (Jennifer) Hanson, Todd (Wendi) Hanson, Julia Hanson, Kegan Hanson; great granddaughter, Helena; many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nels; son, Karl; sister, Gwendolyn Davis. The family will greet friends Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The funeral service will be Monday 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating.  Interment Elmwood Cemetery. 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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RONALD R. WEYERMAN

C-WeyermanMr. Ronald R. Weyerman, age 58, of Sparta, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2013. He graduated from Rockford High School in 1973 and was a member of the Marching Band, ran track and cross country, and delivered the GR PRESS. Ron attended WMU but left after a semester and worked at several places, but for 25 years he worked at “The Corner Bar” and then Venman’ Landscape. Ron met Sue while working at the restaurant and was known to come to her house and wash the dishes. He and Sue were married in 1991 by Sue’s dad, Skip Grabow. When you got to know Ron, you realized that he was a very tender-hearted person. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and being out of doors. Ron was a member of Sons of American Legion, Glen Hill Post #287 in Cedar Springs. Ron is survived by his wife, Sue; brothers and sister, Gary Weyerman, Cindy Nielsen, Jeff and Kirsten Weyerman; niece, Erin Nielsen; nephews, Zachary Weyerman and Alexander Weyerman; in-law, Skip and Nikki Grabow and Sharon and Jim Mayle and all of their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rex and Donna Weyerman. The Service for Mr. Weyerman will be Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Terry Grabow officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook, NE Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 or ONRO (Oncology Nurse Reachout Organization), 145 Michigan, Suite 3100, Grand Rapids, MI in care of Heather Schnicke. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. on Saturday prior to the service. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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JANE M. ALLEN

Jane M. Allen, 90 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, April 1, 2013 at her home. Jane was born December 27, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Leland and Grizelda (Morrison) Blanchard. She was a 1942 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, an avid Cedar Springs sports supporter and proud to be called a Red Hawk Granny. Surviving are her family whom she loved dearly; two children, Sandra Johnson of Cedar Springs, Carl (Deb) Allen of Cedar Springs; grandchildren, Amy (Chris Bush) Johnson, Laura (Andrew) Felsted, Matthew Johnson; great granddaughter, Piper Felsted; sister, Gay (Tom) Hudson; sister-in-law, Dorothy Blanchard; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband, Leonard Allen; her beloved grandson, Todd Allen; brother, John Blanchard. The family received friends Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held Thursday 11:00 am. Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters.

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

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ANDREW STOUT

Andrew Stout, age 43, of Pierson passed away unexpectedly on March 26, 2013 at his residence.  He was born May 3, 1969 in Grand Rapids the son of George and Sandra (Noall) Stout.  During his working years he worked for Spectrum Industries.  He loved hunting and fishing and bow hunting was his favorite.

Surviving are His Father and Step-Mother, George and Sandra Stout of Pierson; his mother Sandra Noall Stout of Newaygo; a step-son Darren Huizena of Pierson; two step-grandchildren Faith and Bradley; brothers Bill (Tammy) Stout of Georgia, Chris (April) Stout of Indiana, Patrick Stout of Morley; step-brothers Lonny Pierce of Michigan, Mike (Charity) Pierce of Howard City, James Pierce of Pierson, Jason (Lena) Carter of Howard City; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by a nephew Brandon in 2007. Memorials in his memory may be left at the Heckman Funeral home where friends met on Thursday from 6-8 pm.  Private services took place on Friday.

 

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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