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Eloise Margaret Petersen

 

25C-obit-petersenEloise Margaret Petersen, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 21, 2015, five days before her 100th birthday. Eloise was born June 26, 1915 in Cedar Springs, MI the daughter of James and Alta (Butler) Russell. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, cooking and crafts, but her true passion was teaching. She still maintained friendships with students from the 1930’s. She will be remembered as an independent, intelligent woman who was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt. Surviving are her daughter, Irene Petersen; son-in-law, Richard Cheslek, Jr.; grandsons, Eric (Heather) Cheslek, Joseph (Amy) Cheslek, Michael (Kristie) Cheslek; five great grandchildren; her very special sister, Mabel Northup; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 71 years, Raymond; son, Gene; daughter-in-law, Ann (Senne); granddaughter, Wendy Jo; sister, Bernice Ambrose; brother, Howard Russell. The family would like to thank the caring staff of Meadowlark Retirement Village in Sparta for their care. The family will greet friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a memorial service will be held at 7:00 pm. Mr. John Lovell officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Kid’s Food Basket or Porter Hills Foundation.

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

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Frank Eugene Gilbert

 

Frank Eugene Gilbert, 94, of Grant, passed away on June 19, 2015 with his wife by his side. Frank served his country in the United States Army.  He worked for Van’s Plumbing and Heating until his retirement. Frank was preceded in death by his first wife Hazel.  He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Frieda Gilbert (VanderMeulen), children, Janet Tindel,  Gordon (Pat) Gilbert, Kathy Gilbert, Frank (Lori) Gilbert, Jr. stepchildren,  Gary (Cathy) VanderMeulen, Cheri (Monte) Shears, John (Barb) VanderMeulen,   14 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.  Visitation will be held  Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Fields-McKinley Funeral and Cremation Services Grant – Chapel and one hour prior to the service at the church. Services will be held 2:00 pm  Monday, June 22, 2015 at Ensley Baptist Church with Rev. John Fields officiating.  Burial will follow at Crandell Cemetery with full military honors.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan or Ensley Baptist Church.  Please share your memories of Frank with his family at www.fieldsmckinley.com

Arrangements by  Fields-McKinley Funeral and Cremation Services Grant – Chapel

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Rebecca Boggs

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Rebecca Boggs (Kiko), of Cedar Springs, Michigan, passed away on June 18, 2015. Becky lost a long and hard fought battle to leukemia. Becky spent many years as an X-Ray Technologist before retiring early so she could spend time with her family, garden, and travel with her husband and friends. Becky is survived by her husband of 41 years, Rick; children Anthony and his wife Christina Boggs of Rockford and Melissa Boggs of Warren; grandchild Benjamin; and all of her siblings. Becky was preceded in death by her parents Herbert and Ruth Kiko of East Canton, Ohio. A memorial will be held at the families home in the coming weeks to celebrate her life. Becky lived a wonderful life and will be missed dearly by everyone she knew. She touched the lives of those who loved her and her lessons and teachings will be carried on for generations to come. From the cheerleaders she coached, to her co-workers, to her family and friends; all would agree that she was a great person who had an upbeat, fun personality, and was a joy to have as a part of their lives. We all wish Becky the best on her journey and look forward to seeing her again.

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LYLE EDWIN FISK

 

Lyle Edwin Fisk passed away June 14, 2015. Surviving are his daughter, Sandra Fisk; brothers, Ross Fisk and Doug Fisk; and sisters, Ann Borsma, Dora Polega; also, 4 grandchildren, Todd Fisk, Tom Himebaugh, Nicki & Lyle Frahm; several great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. A memorial and luncheon will be held at the VFW on Main Street in Sand Lake at 11:00 a.m. On Saturday, July 18.

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Paul R. Atkinson

 

Paul R. Atkinson, age 71, of Newaygo, MI passed away on Monday, May 25th at his home. He is survived by his daughters, Heather Jones and Dawn Bowman; former wife, Jacqueline Baxter Clark; grandsons, Joshua Reese and Nathan Jones; siblings, Sheryl Batcheler and James Atkinson; several nieces, including Sarah Atkinson, of whom he was especially fond. His faithful companions, Duke, his Basset Hound-Lab mix and his cat Sheena, were with him till the end. He served as an MP in the Army during the Vietnam era, and was a kind and caring man who enjoyed photography, nature and the outdoors. A memorial service is to be held on Saturday, June 27th at 10am at his former home– 9522 E. New River Drive in Howard City, MI. All who knew him are invited to attend. In lieu of sending flowers, please make a donation to the Humane Society of the United States @ www.humanesociety.org

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RHONDA J. EADIE

23C obit Eadie PicRhonda J. Eadie, age 51, of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 5, 2015.  Rhonda was preceded in death by her mother, Beverly Eadie; niece, Rebecca Eadie and grandchild, Jordan Mourer.  She is survived by her beloved children, Kari (Jacob) Edwins, Kelli (Brandon) Mourer, Kevin (Kasie) Schuitman and Heather Hoskins; precious grandchildren, Grace Barnes, Jeremy Mourer and Noah Schuitman; father, Russell (Shirley) Eadie; siblings, Russ (Bridget) Eadie and Carlton (Stephanie) Eadie; nieces, nephews and all ya’ll.  Rhonda was employed with Delphi Corporation for over 20 years.  She enjoyed decorating cakes, traveling, going to garage sales and bird watching, but above all else, spending time with her family and friends.  Rhonda had a great love for her hometown and looked forward to the Red Flannel Day Festival each year.  She had a heart of gold, always gave the benefit of the doubt and found beauty in everything that surrounded her. Visitation was held at the Beuschel Funeral Home, 5018 Alpine Avenue from 2 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.  A Commemoration of her life will be held at the Beuschel Funeral Home on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the Funeral Service, with Pastor Jim Smith officiating.  A procession to Blythefield Memorial Gardens, 6200 Brewer Avenue, will follow the Funeral Service.

Arrangements by Beuschel Funeral Home

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NELLIE ALBERDA

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Nellie Alberda, age 84, passed away Friday, May 29, 2015 at Metron of Cedar Springs after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. The daughter of Martin and Berdena (Moorlag) Van Duyn, she was born on March 18, 1931 in Rock Valley, Iowa and worked as an accountant with the Michigan Department of Corrections at the prison in Coldwater. She was preceded in death by her parents;, her husband, Wesley Dale Alberda; a son, Gary Alberda; her step-mother, Merna Van Duyn; and a sister, Jean Feenstra. Surviving are her children, Doug and Lisa Alberda, Patricia Alberda, Rick and Nancy Alberda; a daughter-in-law Beverly Alberda; her grandchildren, Chad (Janelle) Alberda, Shannon (Bill) Crane, Jennifer (Todd) Frazier, and Monica (Scott) Moore; her great grandchildren, Zachery and Elyn Alberda, Addyson and Mason Crane, Aubree and Micah Frazier, Nolan, Colby and Emma Moore; and two sisters, Lee (Jack) Nyenhuis, and Hanna (Scott) Aardema. Family and friends will celebrate Nellie’s life beginning with a memorial service at 2 pm on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at White Creek Estates Community Building, 15851 White Creek Avenue, Cedar Springs, with a memorial open house immediately following from 3 – 6 pm. Instead of flowers, Nellie would have appreciated contributions in her memory to either Hospice of Michigan or the Alzheimer’s Association. Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Nellie’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.ChristiansenCares.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville

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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 the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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

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Terrance Arthur Gage II

C-OBIT-gage-webTerrance Arthur Gage II 39 of Cedar Springs, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from accidental injuries. Terry is now walking with the Lord. Terry was met by his Grandpa and Grandma Middleton, Grandpa Gage, Aunt Laurie and Grandson Israel. He was born July 31, 1975 in Lakeview, MI. Following graduation from High School Terry enlisted in the U.S. Navy, he very proudly served his country for 20 years retiring in July of 2014. He traveled a lot while in the service and his daughters were able to travel with him. Terry loved to cook and was known as the chef. He was learning to make bowls from different kinds of wood, enjoyed auction sales and flea markets and loved to hunt. He was always helping people and spending time with his family and friends. He was looking forward to seeing his son Kevin graduate from high school and his daughter Ashley from business college in Virginia. He will be missed by his family and friends. Surviving are the love of his life, Marti; daughters, Mykenzie, Ashley (Danny) Lopez, Kayli (Warren) Armock; son, Kevin; two grandson and one granddaughter whom he loved very much; father, Terry (Judy) Gage; mother, Carol Rowe; grandmother, Carol Gage; Marti’s parents, Charlie (Reta) McKee; sisters, Debbie (Tim) Prins, Sue (Joe) Molyneux, Colleen Maycroft, Chris (John) Sweeny; brothers, Paul (Jane) Ringler, David (Cheryl) Finnila, Todd Finnila; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family greeted friends Wednesday, May 27 from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs. Pastor Tom Holloway officiating.

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

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Donald A. Wollander

C-OBIT-wollander-webDonald A. Wollander, 79 of Cedar Springs, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, May 25, 2015 at Vista Springs. Don was born February 3, 1936 on his parent’s farm in Sand Lake, MI the son of Edward and Ada Wollander. He worked for Meijer for 32 years and was a lifelong attendee of Huggard Bible Church. His real passion was farming which he did his whole life. Don was an honest and caring person, who loved people and often put others and their needs before himself. He also was a nature photographer and had won international awards. Surviving are his wife, Shirlee, whom he married on October 29, 1983; and many cousins. Visitation will be held Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Friday 11:00 am at Huggard Bible Church, 8860 21 Mile Road, Sand Lake. Pastor Rick Malone officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be to Great Lakes Hospice, 4069 Lake Dr. SE, Suite B11, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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

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