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Marie Ziegler

 

Marie Ziegler, age 87, of Muskegon, Michigan passed away May 6, 2015. She was the widow of Meinrad “Bud” Ziegler and the daughter of Emmett Deviaene and her beloved stepmother, Edna Deviaene. A lifelong resident of Muskegon. Marie was a consummate homemaker and cook. Both her home and her yard were kept in impeccable order. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, her numerous trips to the casino, and spending time with her family. Marie is survived by her daughter Patricia Wolf of Florida, two sons Michael Ziegler of Grand Rapids and Timothy Ziegler of Muskegon, her caregiver, chauffer, and gambling partner. She is also survived by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Michael and Lynn Wolf and his two daughters, Makayla and Dynah, Kerri and Craig Scarborough, and their sons Bryce and Brodie, Jeff and Kim Wolf, and their children Jaxson and Annabelle, and Sarah and Greg Walczewski and their son Sam; her sister Marion Beaudoin; and many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 11, 2015, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 2929 McCracken Street, Norton Shores, MI  49441. Arrangements entrusted to her son, Michael J. Ziegler, Licensed Funeral Director, in association with the Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, Michigan. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution in Marie’s name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Donation Processing, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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John Irvin Turner

C-OBIT-Turner-webMr. John Irvin “Jack” Turner of Rockford, Michigan, age 77, passed away on the morning of Saturday, May 2, 2015 in the comfort of his home. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, to John and Margaret (Crumback) Turner on Wednesday, September 8, 1937. Jack graduated from Greenville High School in 1955 and attended Ferris State University for two years. His life passion was sales. He began his career early, working for O’Connor’s of Greenville selling shoes. He also worked for Aden Safety, Jackson Products, and NuVision, after which he went on to create his own business Techna International, from which he retired to enjoy the finer and simpler things in life. Jack was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father and brother, dear friend, and the best grandfather anyone could ask for. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family and friends in the near and from Geneva, Ohio and Apremont, France. Jack is survived by his beloved wife Judy (Barnhart) Turner; loving children Tracey (Ed) Harris, John (Pam) Turner, Jean Turner, and Jennifer (Steve) Wegener; adored grandchildren Nick, Brooke, Kristen, Madison, Taylor, John Henry, Megan, and Hayley; sisters Virginia Weber and Barbara Zimmerman; brother-in-law Frank Nelson; brothers-in-law Mark (Julie) Barnhart, Myron Waller, Ron (Karen) Barnhart, and Larry (Lisa) Barnhart; sisters-in-law Gail (Carl) Dunn, Janet (Lloyd) Ingersoll, LuAnn (Jeff) Piatt, Margie (Steven) Schmitz, Robin (Steve) Brott, and Susan (Rick) Colligan; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother David Turner; sister Faye Nelson; brothers-in-law Butch Weber and Lenny Zimmerman; sister-in-law Kellie Fast; and beloved dog Brandy. There will be a time of visitation from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Jack will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home. Fr. Darrel Kempf will be presiding. To send a message of sympathy to the family, please sign the online guestbook at www.pedersonfuneralhome.com. Jack would want to acknowledge and thank his dearest friend Vincent from Tainan, Taiwan, for his help and loyal friendship over the years. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the Humane Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson Drive NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534; or to Spectrum Health Hospice and Palliative Care, 750 Fuller Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

 

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HAROLD E. SCHMALTZ

 

C-OBIT-schmaltz-webHarold E. Schmaltz, 80, died Sunday, April 19, 2015, at St. Mary’s Mercy Health Center, Grand Rapids. Mr. Schmaltz, of Cedar Springs was born January 17, 1935, in Owensboro, Kentucky, the son of George and Elsie (Martin) Schmaltz. He served in the U.S. Navy and attended Cheboygan County Normal and Central Michigan University. He is survived by eight children, two step-children, twenty-four grandchildren, and one great-grand child. Children and spouses are: Deborah Patterson of Cheboygan, Michigan; Robert and Michele Schmaltz of Muscatine, Iowa; Rebecca and Matthew Stanley of Huntington Beach, California; Gregory and Brandy Schmaltz of Cheboygan, Michigan; Rev. David and Andrea Schmaltz of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina; Eric and Lisa Schmaltz of Alanson, Michigan; Fred and Jessica Schmaltz of Rowlett, Texas; and Susannah and David Tanis of Sparta, Michigan and grandson Cody who shared a special relationship with Harold; Amanda Watkins of Cedar Springs, and Elizabeth and Jason Holloway Concord, North Carolina. He is also survived by special companion, Betty Schillim and close friend John Colombia. Mr. Schmaltz’ life was remarkable. He was raised on a farm in the Belding area and was awarded FHA and musical accolades as a young man. After graduation, Mr. Schmaltz served in the Navy for a short time, after which he pursued a teaching career at the Tannery School in Cheboygan and Midland’s Greendale #4 School. During this time he met and married Virginia Carlson. Also, of special note, he worked on the first painting crew of the Mackinaw Bridge in 1957, a job of which he was particularly proud. Mr. Schmaltz had such an interest in history, writing, and journalism he was destined for the newspaper business where he worked as manager, publisher, advertising executive, news-writer and reporter for such notable newspapers in the region as the Clinton County News, Gratiot County Herald, North Kent Leader, The Greenville Daily News, The River Valley Shopping News, The Record in Howard City, and the Big Rapids Daily Pioneer newspaper. His articles and reports where enjoyed by mid-Michigan residents for decades. He wrote many historical summaries and memorials for local veterans and was beloved for doing so. Mr. Schmaltz spent many years also in Kentucky and Alabama continuing in advertising, news and magazine writing and farm chemical sales. During this period he met and married Joan Watkins. Harold was an avid outdoorsman and taught his family how to hunt, fish, and enjoy nature by exploring local parks and camping tours throughout the country visiting national parks and historical sites. Mr. Schmaltz was involved in leadership in such organizations as the Rotary Club, Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, Republican Party Executive Committee, and was an actor and president of the Gratiot Country Players. During his service in these clubs and organizations he received many awards for merit and his communication skills, his favorite being the special commission to Kentucky Colonel. He will be missed by his family, friends and many others for his love and passionate service to our communities. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be announced for this summer.

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

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CLARA JO GUST

 

Clara Jo Gust, 94 of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Sanctuary at St. Mary’s. Mrs. Gust was born March 28, 1921 in Ovid, Michigan, the daughter of George and Nellie (Lockwood) Sillaway. She graduated from Cedar Springs High School, Class of 1939 as Salutatorian. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and had worked at Pollocks Department Store and the Red Flannel Factory. She was an avid golfer, bowler and bridge player. She enjoyed traveling and spending time in Florida, was a wonderful mother and had a special love for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surviving are her children, Gary (Lolly) Gust, Joanne Gust; son-in-law, Tom Finch; grandchildren, Jeff (Barb) Gust, Michelle Tackmann, Elissa Hughes & Mike Mondy, Zachary (Connie) Hughes, Zeke (Mandy) Finch, Brianna (Garry) Genao; great grandchildren, Jason, Brooke and Jacob Gust, Isabelle Tackmann, Afton Glynn, Elizabeth and Annabelle Finch; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Beverly Finch; six brothers and sisters. The family will greet friends Tuesday, June 9, at 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen, 3949 Sparks Dr. SE, Suite 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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

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REVA MARVETTA BENEDICT

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Reva Marvetta Benedict, 88 of Holland, formerly of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at her home. Marvetta was born February 4, 1927 in Kewadin, Michigan the daughter of Espy and Edith (Wildi) Hubbell. She graduated from Elk Rapids High School in 1944 and had worked at Knape & Vogt for 28 years retiring in 1991. She had been a member of First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs and was presently attending New Vision Church, Holland. She was a 40 year very active member of the Cedar Springs American Legion Post 287 Ladies Auxiliary and the 40 et 8. Surviving are her children, Gerald (Joni) Nelson, Douglas Nelson and fiancee, Crystal Scott, Sarah Nelson; stepchildren, Herbert (Sandy) Benedict, Colleen Benedict; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert in 1995; four brothers, three sisters, a great-grandchild, and a stepson. 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. Dr. Anthony Adams officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Cedar Springs American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

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

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BONNIE MILLER

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Bonnie Miller, age 74, of Howard City passed away April 21, 2015 at her residence.  She was born February 6, 1941 in St. Johns the daughter of George and Bonnie (Ward) Comer.  During her working years she worked as a Avon Rep for many years.  She also worked at the Dime Store and Red Flannel Factory in Cedar Springs.  She enjoyed computer games, gardening, sewing and going to the casino.  In 1973 she married James who survives.  Also surviving are four children, Norman(Katie) Miller of Orleans, Tammy (Al) Haskins of Howard City, Melissa Eerdmans of Belding, Helene (Louis) Hall of Cedar Springs;  15 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter Brenda.  Private family services will take place at a later date.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Heckman Funeral Home of Howard City  

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Janet L. Quackenbush

C-OBIT-quackenbush Janet L. Quackenbush, 80 of Sand Lake, died Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Janet was born October 6, 1934 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of Kenneth and Leona (Barret) Swartz. She enjoyed working part time at Sand Lake Foods and socializing with the customers. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Surviving are her children, Timothy (June) Quackenbush, Robin (Bryan) Parlmer, Jill (John) Rempalski; 8 grandchildren, Cody, Janet, Jennifer, Melanie, Amber, Julie, Courtney, Bobbie Jo; 8 great grandchildren; sister, Joyce Peckham. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold in 2001; brother, Donald Swartz; sister, Darlene Batchelder. The family greeted friends Wednesday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home where services were held Thursday, April 16. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sand Lake Fire Department.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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PATRICIA LENNOX WEAVER

 

C-obit-WeaverSeptember 7, 1956 – March 26, 2015

Please join family and friends of Patricia Lennox Weaver as we gather in a celebration of life, Saturday April 4th at 11:30am. Patty has not only blessed us with the memory of her mischievous smile and laughter, but also her loving family, Tom Sanders, Vallerie Merlington (Ross Merlington), John Weaver (Jenny Weaver), Amy Weaver, 8 grandchildren, and husband Darrell Weaver.

“Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us” – Meister Eckhart

Memorial to be held at the North Kent Community Church, 1480 Indian Lakes Rd. NE Sparta 49354.

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Myrtle Leona Powell

Myrtle Leona Powell, age 94, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 with family by her side. Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband, Philip E. Powell in 2003. Myrtle will be lovingly remembered by her children, Lawrence & Janet Powell, Pat & Robert Stone, Connie & Loren Bass; 8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; several in-laws, nieces and nephews; many cherished friends and neighbors. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Leonard Meyer officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Heartland Hospice of Michigan. www.hesselcheslek.com

Arrangements by Hessel Cheslek Funeral Home, Sparta.

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LOIS JEAN HOLTON

 

Lois Jean Holton went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, March 19, 2015. She was born June 15, 1924 in Cedar Springs, Michigan to George and Alice (Sprague) Looman. She graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1942. She was married to Keith Holton on August 24, 1944 by Keith’s father, the Rev. Peter Holton. Lois is survived by her three daughters, Georgia (John) Mareska of LaPorte, Indiana, Doreen (Barry) Chapman of Mason, Michigan, and Alice (Martin) Cottle of Sault Ste. Marie; sisters-in-law, Jeanie Looman of Long Beach, California, Lois Larson of Cedar Springs, Michigan, Glenna Thompson of Naples, Florida; brothers-in-law, Truman Hinton of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Earl (Donnalee) Holton of Grand Rapids, Michigan; cousins Jerry and Donna Wilcox of the Sault, and a special niece, Sandra Simmons of Cedar Springs. She is also survived by four grandchildren; Joshua Mareska, Jeremy Mareska,  Robert Vincent and Tamara Chapman, three great grandchilren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service was held on Wednesday March 25 at the First United Presbyterian Church with Pastor Mark Gabbard officiating.

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