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ROSEMARIE T. PATIN

23C obit PatinRosemarie “Rosie” T. Patin of Sand Lake, age 76, passed away Monday, June 2, 2014. Rosie was born to Walter and Josephine (née Mikulenas) Tursky on March 5, 1938 at her home in Grand Rapids on Front Street where the expressway now passes through. Her father was a shipping supervisor at Haskelite and her mother was a homemaker. There were four children in her family. She graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1955 and went to work in the office at Michigan Plating and Stamping. While attending a Catholic young adult dance she met John Patin. He was a hard working man who had purchased a farm in Ensley Center in 1949. Their first date was in August of 1958 and on November 21, 1959 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Grand Rapids they married. John had been a farmer all his life and frankly was a work enthusiast. But that did not deter Rosie, although having grown up in the city she joined right in, farming alongside John, working right along with him every day. Always an active member in the community she was involved in the Newaygo Farm Bureau, was secretary for the Ensley Township Farm Bureau, and secretary for the Ensley Grange for some time.  One can only imagine the changes she witnessed in farming and how many long hard hours she worked, enjoying the fruits….or rather vegetables, of their labor along the way. Faith and Family however were her top priorities. Sunday breakfast at their home was always a treat, as she was an amazing cook. Her whole life was devoted to her Catholic faith. She was a member of Mary Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church where she was a member of the Ladies Guild, a Liturgist, a Sacristan and a Eucharistic Minister. Rosie was also a professed member of Mary Queen of Apostles Secular Franciscan Order. Rosie’s living example of grace and faithfulness will live on in her many family members and friends. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, John A. Patin; her parents, her brothers, Walter George Tursky and Bernard Tursky, in laws Philip and Mary Patin, brother in laws Alphonso Patin, Joseph Patin and Henry Kalman, sister in laws, Ruth Patin, Mary Louise Patin, Patricia Patin. She is survived by her sister, Mrs. Marian R. Morrow, and her in-laws, Mrs. Charlotte Turskey, Sr Mary Philip OSF, Margaret Kalman, Fred and Mary Lynn Patin, Sr Mary Phyllis OSF, Peter and Carole Patin, Anthony Patin, Donna and Jack Dunaven and many beloved nieces and nephews. There will be a time of visitation from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. There will be a Praying of the Rosary at 8:00 pm following the visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial take place at 11:00 am on Friday, June 6, 2014 at Mary Queen of Apostles Church, 1 W. Maple Street, Sand Lake, MI 49343; Rev. Lam T. Le and Rev. Dennis Morrow will be presiding. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Sand Lake. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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KEITH DOUGLAS CRAMER

C obit CramerMr. Keith Douglas Cramer of Cedar Springs, age 73, passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, after a year-long battle with cancer. He was born to Wayne and Iva (née Becker) Cramer in Rockford, Michigan on June 27, 1940 and had been a life-long Kent County resident. Keith enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors, hunting and fishing, as well as traveling with their camper; and it must also be said that Keith loved touring on his Harley, especially with his wife Sharon by his side. He was also a fifty-one year member of the Local #1102. Keith was a loving and devoted husband and wonderful father and grandfather. He will be missed by all those who knew him. Keith leaves behind his beloved wife of fifty-six years, Sharon; children Tom (Delene) Cramer, Sherri (Mark) Sias, Terry (Kitty) Cramer and Lee Frost; grandchildren David Cramer, Tom Cramer II, Jay Cramer, Crystal (J.P.) Deason Johnson, Donny (Aimee) Smith, Terry (Cassandra) Cramer II, Michael Cramer, Fawn (Jon) Reedy, Tim (Brandy) Frost, Kimmy (Don) McMeeken, Zack (Alexis) McMeeken, Ron (Mandi) McMeeken, and Crystal (Ray) Rayapurredy; twenty-eight great grandchildren; and one great, great grandson Hunter Lee. He was preceded in death by his daughter Sue Frost. As per the wishes of Keith, services will not be held. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to: The American Cancer Society, 129 Jefferson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

 Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

 

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M. MAXINE KORCAL

M. Maxine Korcal 94 of Bad Axe, formerly of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, June 1, 2014 in Bad Axe. Maxine was born July 21, 1919 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the daughter of Clair and Myrtie (Peterson) Beach. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and adored her family. Surviving are her daughter, Pat (Bart) Hartson; son-in-law, Vernon Rounds; grandchildren, Tim (Jody) Hartson, Todd Hartson, Mike (Leslie) Rounds, Mindy (Scott) Rambo; great grandchildren, Brady, Caitlin, Ashlin, Jerry, Brian, Courtney, Carly, Michael, Melissa, Tyler; great great grandsons, Louis and Dylan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edmund and a daughter, Julie Rounds. The family will greet friends Thursday, June 5 from 12 noon until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs.

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

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JUSTIN R. HOLLOWAY

Justin R. Holloway 31 of Pierson, died Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Justin was born September 19, 1982 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He enjoyed spending time up north at the cabin and time with his friends. Justin had a good sense of humor. He was an organ donor and was able to save numerous people through Gift of Life. Surviving are his wife, Nicole; children, Kaedyn, Kielyn, Keesyn; loving parents, Gerald “Joe” and Connie Robinson; sisters, KaseyJo Robinson, Ashley Nicole Robinson; half brother, Nicky Galindez; half sisters, Tiana Delgado, Sara Atkinson; parents-in-law, Randy and Jane Nielsen; sisters-in-law, Heather Nielsen, Alicia Nielsen; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will greet friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held at Friday at 11:00 am. Pastor Garry Beasinger officiating. Private interment Pierson Cemetery.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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Donna J. Cloud

Donna J. Cloud, 70 of Cedar Springs, died Saturday, May 31, 2014 at her home. Donna was born May 19, 1944 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Kenneth and Louise (Dykman) VanDyke. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Surviving are her husband, George whom she married on Nov. 3, 1964; sons, Joseph Cloud and Jeffrey Cloud; grandchildren, Laura, Hannah and Olivia; brother, Kenneth (Jackie) VanDyke; many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 5 at 12 noon at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 4714 13 Mile Road, Rockford with a luncheon to follow. Pastor Kevin Reed officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

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George E. Michaels

George E. Michaels, 96 of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at his home. George was born July 22, 1917 in Paris, Michigan the son of Eugene and Maud (McFarlane) Michaels. As a young man he worked in the oil fields in Big Rapids and then became a machinist in Grand Rapids. He also farmed throughout his life. He was an avid horseback rider and enjoyed square dancing and ballroom dancing with his wife. Surviving are his wife of 72 years, Della May; children; Mary Nunnaley, Gene (Linda) Michaels, John (Carolyn) Michaels; three granddaughters; ten great granddaughters; several nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place and there will be no service. Interment will take place at West Cemetery, Big Rapids.

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

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SUZANNE MARIE MORRIS

23C obit - MorrisMrs. Suzanne “Sue” Marie Morris of Cedar Springs, age 52, passed away on Monday, May 26, 2014. Sue was a very special woman to many of the people in her life. She was a loving wife and a wonderful mother. Sue will be greatly missed by many. Sue leaves behind her beloved husband Michael; loving children Michael (Erin) and Thomas (Tiffany) Borden, and Mikey (Alex) and Donny (Jen) Morris; grandchildren Mason, Jake, Tyler, Parker, Avery and Neil; sister Mary (Roger) Sieracki; father and mother-in-law Howard (Dorothy) Lapekes; sister-in-law Denise (Mike) Stebbens; her special girls in life, Mette and Mindy; and many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, and friends who will miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents Margaret and Glen Drake; and brothers John and Joe Drake. The funeral service was held on Friday, May 30, 2014 at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341; there was a one hour visitation prior to service. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to consider making a donation to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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DANIEL A MARVIN

Daniel A. Marvin 57 went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, May 23, 2014. Daniel was born April 18, 1957 in Kalamazoo, Michigan the son of Donald and Ruth (Piper) Marvin. Surviving are his sons, Ben (Maryellen) Marvin, Steve (Patty) Marvin; father, Don (Linda) Marvin; brothers, Dave (Jeannie) Marvin, Tim (Bonnie) Marvin, Tom Marvin, Jon Marvin, Jody (Tina) Marvin; 2 grandchildren, James & EmmaLee; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Nichols. The family will greet friends Saturday, May 31 from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church, 233 S. Main, Cedar Springs. Pastor Gene Hawkins officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to GLC Hope Ministries, 1015 E. Washington St., Greenville, MI 48838.

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

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DOROTHY A. ZANK

C-obit-ZankDorothy A. Zank 90 of Cedar Springs, Michigan went home to be with Jesus Sunday, May 25, 2014. She was born October 3, 1923 in Solon Township, Michigan the daughter of Henry and Edith (Clemens) Zank. Dorothy lived most of her life in Cedar Springs. After graduation from high school, she worked in the factory at Wolverine World Wide supporting herself for over 44 years. This was an amazing feat considering she was legally blind from birth. Dorothy was a dedicated Christian from an early age. She loved to sing Gospel Music and was in several trios and quartets. She shared recently, that she sang at many, many funerals. Now she has joined heaven’s choir. Dorothy was a kind, generous, caring, loving person, and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her sister, Marjorie Cole; sister-in-law, Dorothy T. Zank; several nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, brother, James Zank; sister, Delores Eldred; brothers-in-law, Preston Cole and Vernon Eldred; niece, Carol Eldred Tiede; and dear friend, Linnie Sickmiller. Visitation was held Thursday, May 29 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home Cedar Springs. The funeral service will be Friday, May 30 at 1:00 pm at Pilgrim Bible Church, 361 Pine St.,Cedar Springs. Pastor Michael Shiery officiating. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the Pilgrim Bible Church, Hospice of Michigan or African Inland Mission in support of her great-niece, Tianne Cole now serving in Sudan. Please share memories and sign the online guest book at www.blisswitterspike.com

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

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Makoto Kamekawa

EPSON scanner imageMakoto Kamekawa, 82, of Sand Lake, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at his home. Makoto was born December 3, 1932 in Yokosuka, Japan, the son of Yorozu and Toyo (Osada) Kamekawa. He graduated from Yokosuka Technical High School in Japan and had studied at Illinois Institute of Technology Graduate School. He was an original member of the design team for Toyota Sports 800 and other Toyota cars. He had won numerous awards for all sorts of designs. Surviving are his wife, Fumiko whom he married on Nov. 3, 1956; daughter, Yuko Roberts; grandchildren, Amber, Matthew, Ariel, Melody, April and Noah Roberts; sister, Yoko Saito. Private family services will be held. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home,  Cedar Springs.

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