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PEARCE ALLEN LANE

 

Pearce Allen “Rocky” Lane, 87, of Cedar Springs, formerly of Big Rapids, passed away Friday July 27, 2018, in Greenville. He was born October 9, 1930, on a farm in Big Rapids, the son of Leroy and Ferne (Rogers) Lane. Pearce graduated from Big Rapids High School, and attended MSU on a boxing scholarship. Rocky was the World Amateur Boxing Champion in 1954, was the All Army Worldwide Boxing Champion in 1955 and 1956, and boxed in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. (He earned the nickname “Rocky” before the movie came out!) For 25 years, Rocky served his country in the U.S. Army, retiring as Lt. Colonel, and earned many honors. He served two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot, and was shot down but escaped injury. Rocky was named an Outstanding Young Man of America in 1967, and was president of Georgia Olympians. He was honored to carry the torch in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Throughout his life, Rocky earned other honors and awards, and could tell you a story about all of them. He will be missed along with those stories and his sense of humor. Pearce was preceded in death by his first wife Dianne and son Bruce. He is survived by their children Nancy King and Richard Lane, also his second wife Betty and her children, Ronald Helms, Vicki Goss, Richard Helms, Michael Helms, and Karen Corey; his siblings Gordon Lane, Herman McConnell, and Diane Windquist; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by brothers Roger and Kenny Lane. Memorial services for Rocky were held 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 30, 2018, at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids, with Pastor John Bookshaw officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Big Rapids American Legion Post #98 Honor Guard. Burial will be in Highland View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Kindred Hospice Care, 625 Kenmoor SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Share a memory or express condolences at www.mohnkefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Mohnke Funeral Home, Big Rapids

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Dorothy A. Quist

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Dorothy A. Quist 84 of Cedar Springs went to be with her Lord on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Green Acres of Cedar Springs. Mrs. Quist was born October 4, 1933 in Arlene, MI the daughter of Adrian and Bertha (Visscher) Fryling. She graduated from Manton High School in 1950, had a Master’s degree from Michigan State University and taught reading and music in Cedar Springs for 20 years retiring in 1993. She attended Pilgrim Bible Church. Music was her life, playing in church, as a worship leader, giving lessons, playing at weddings and for plays with the Cedar Springs Community Players. Surviving are her husband of 65 years, Chester; daughter, Jackie (Dave) Mourer; daughter-in-law, Kimberly Quist; 6 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; sister, Patricia (Ray) Bigelow; sister-in-law, Patricia Fryling. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Kevin; 5 sisters; 2 brothers; 16 brothers and sisters-in-law. The family will greet friends Thursday, August 2 from 12:00 pm until time of service at 1:00 pm at Pilgrim Bible Church, 361 Pine St. Cedar Springs. Pastor Mike Shiery officiating. Private interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association.

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

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Linda A. Christensen

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Linda A. Christensen 68 of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Mercy Health – St. Mary’s. Linda was born March 24, 1950 in Ludington, MI the daughter of Robert and Edith (Clark) Matson. She was the City Clerk for Cedar Springs for over 20 years and prior to that was a stringer for the Grand Rapids Press. She was involved with the Cedar Springs Community Players Marketing Committee and enjoyed traveling and lighthouses. Surviving are her husband, Doug; children, Ben (Connie) Branyan, Luke (Rachel) Branyan, April (Chelsea) Branyan; step children, Kate (Stan) Mathuram, David (Erica) Christensen; 12 grandchildren; sisters, Barb (Jim) Husted, Marjorie “Midge” Holmes. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph Branyan; one brother, Robert “Bud” Matson; brother-in-law, Tom Holmes; stepson, Hans. A memorial service will be held Friday, August 3 at 11:00 am at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Community Players.

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

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LARRY GOULD

Larry Gould, 68, of Grand Rapids, died Saturday, July 21, 2018 at his home. Larry was born October 24, 1949 in Greenville, Michigan, the son of John Edward and Marian (Wulff) Gould. He had worked for Earl Phelps Heating and Cooling for 20 years and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Larry was on the Sand Lake Police Department for 12 years, an EMT for 15 years and Fire Chief for Sand Lake for 20 years. He was a member of the Sand Lake Chamber of Commerce and volunteered at the car shows and parade and was an avid coin collector. Surviving are his fiancée and loving caretaker, Mary Husar; children, Clinton (Gwen) Gould, Jesse (Kristin) Gould, Paul Gould, Spencer (Jennifer) Gould, Josh (Krystal) Bialik, Matthew (Jennifer) Husar, Joshua (Zorayda) Husar; 15 grandchildren; brothers, John (Martin) Gould, Bill (Donna) Gould, Steve Gould; sister, Sue (Jim) Pike; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren. The family greeted friends Tuesday, July 24 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where the service was held Wednesday, July 25. Pastor Jorge Ballivian officiating. Interment Crandall Cemetery, Ensley Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sand Lake Fire Department.

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

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MARY JEAN HALL

Mary Jean Hall (formerly Mary Jean Scholten), Sand Lake, Michigan, age 69, passed away on July 14, 2018 into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with her family by her side. Mary Jean was born June 17, 1949 in Grand Haven. She was an active member of Pierson Bible Church. Mary Jean will be remembered for her zeal for Christ as she shared the good news on many mission trips, her love for the outdoors and gardening, and the joy she brought as she served others. On June 16, 1990, she married Danny Hall. Her husband of 28 years survives, as do her children, Shawnda (Dan) Brewer of Holland, Brent Scholten of Zeeland, Chad (Michelle) Scholten of West Olive; step son, Christopher (Carinn) Hall of Comstock Park; grandchildren, Bethany, Andrew, Ashley, Rebecca, Connor, Kyleigh, Trista, Hunter, Michaela, Dani, Leo; two great-grandchildren; and uncle, Roger & Rose Bush of Holland. Mary Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Wallace and Sarah (Bush) De Zwaan; and her son in law, Paul Hutt. A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 20 at 11 a.m. at Pierson Bible Church, 101 Grand St. Pierson, Michigan. Friends may visit with family on Thursday from 6-8:30 p.m. at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home, 2120 Lake Michigan Drive NW and at the church from 10-11 a.m. Memorials may be made to Equest Center For Therapeutic Riding, Inc. Please visit Mary Jean’s personal web page to read more of her life story, leave a message or condolence at www.lifestorynet.com.

Arrangements by Heritage Life Story Funeral Home, Grand Rapids

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JOANN J. JOHNSON

JoAnn J. Johnson, age 73, of Sand Lake, died Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit. JoAnn was born June 29, 1945 in Wexford County, Michigan the daughter of Charles and Lillian (Rosenberry) Cass. She loved her church, The Springs Church in Cedar Springs where she was an active member. She enjoyed her grandkids and great-grandkids and always put others ahead of herself. Surviving are her children, Jackie Lee (Yvette) Johnson, Jr, Christina (Larry) Housler, Douglas (Shari) Johnson, Teresa (Matt) Johnson, Keith (Shawn) Johnson; many grandchildren, great and great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Don (Jan) Cass, Louis Cass; sister, Ellen Mills. She was preceded in death by her former husband, Jackie Lee Johnson Sr. and brothers, Charles and James Cass. The family greeted friends Tuesday, July 17 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was Wednesday, July 18 at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St, Cedar Springs. Pastor Chris Anton officiating. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Springs Church.

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

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JOSEPHINE (COOPER) SMITH

Josephine “Jo” (Cooper) Smith passed away in Harrisville, Michigan, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Dale Dellar, on July 2, 2018. Prior to moving to Harrisville, approximately a year ago, she resided in the Cedar Springs area nearly all of her life. Jo was born August 28, 1926 in Harvard, Michigan. She was the daughter of Walter Cooper and Anna (Mersnick) Atkins. In 1944 she graduated from Cedar Springs High School, having worked as a housekeeper/nanny while attending there as a student. Jo married Alan P. Smith of Stanton, Michigan, on May 11, 1946, and enjoyed nearly 35 years of marriage until Alan’s death in 1980.
Following graduation, she worked at Consumers Power Company in Greenville, Michigan. She left her work when the first of her four children was born. She returned to work, “outside her home,” in 1967, for Holton’s LP Gas Company in Cedar Springs. She started as a clerk and was later promoted to office manager. She retired from full-time work in 1992, but continued to work part-time. Following her retirement, Jo renewed her interest in dancing. She developed many friendships while attending dances in Sparta, Trufant, Six Lakes, Conklin, Parnell, and anywhere that was convenient for her to drive.
Jo had a passion for cooking and loved baking pies and homemade rolls. For years her family enjoyed her Sunday dinners, which would usually include her famous green salad. This family tradition continued well into her 80s, only ending when she was no longer able to cook. Family was the most important thing in her life.
Josephine was preceded in death by her husband, Alan; father, Walter; mother, Anna; and dear sister, Kathleen Bitely.
She will always be lovingly remembered by her surviving son, Larry Smith of Cedar Springs; daughters Linda (John) Ranney of Grand Rapids; Pamela (Dale) Dellar of Harrisville, Michigan; Sue (Kurt) Mabie of Cedar Springs; grandchildren, Ryan (Koree) Mabie of Grand Rapids; Kelly Jo (Jason) Horricks of Mackinac Island; Kristy (Calvin) Gibson of Manistee; Michael Mabie (& Tina Van) of Grand Rapids; and Kevin Newland (& Laura Herweyer) of Minneapolis; great-grandchildren, Makenna & Megan Horricks; Michael Davis; and Emerson & Failla Mabie. Surviving siblings include Donna Atkins; Gary (Maxine) Cooper; Frances Cooper; and Leon (Barb) Atkins. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. A special thank you to Barb (Robinson) Garvon for her devotion to and loving care provided to our Mother.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, July 26th, at 1 p.m. at Spencer Township Hall, located at 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen, Michigan, with Pastor Julie Schneider-Thomas officiating. A luncheon will be served following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Jo’s memory be made to Hospice of Michigan-Alpena, 145 N. State Ave., Alpena, Michigan or to a charity of one’s choice.

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CHRISTINE LYNN SCHOEPPE

March 26, 1953 – June 10, 2018

Christine “Chrissy” Lynn Schoeppe, age 65, of Maricopa, Arizona passed away into eternal life with her family by her side on Friday, June 10, 2018. Christine was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Lyman and Joan Gates, of Cedar Springs, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her brother, Steve, and father, Lyman. She is survived by her mother, Joan, and brothers, Curt and Bryan, along with her husband of 18 years, Jay. There are also may aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in-laws and dear friends. Chrissy will be dearly missed by everyone she came in contact with, a loving and caring person who never complained about anything or anyone. She loved traveling with her husband Jay, as they were always seeking adventure in the USA and abroad with warmer climates in the winter months, and making many friends along the way. She was wonderful homemaker, cook, and gardener and truly loved to do all things with a positive attitude! A memorial gathering will be held at the Rockford Community Cabin on Sunday, August 19, from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., 220 N. Monroe, Rockford, MI  49341.

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CAROL GOETSCH

 

Carol Goetsch, age 77 of Howard City, passed away on July 3, 2018 at Metron of Cedar Springs.

She was born April 18, 1941 in Greenville Michigan, the daughter of Tom and June Mulkins Sutphen.  During her working years she worked as a bus driver and hair dresser as well as working with her husband and family for many years on their tree farm. She enjoyed time with her family as well as training her horses. Surviving are her mother June; four children, Deborah (Michael) Ensley, Mark (Camie) Goetsch, Bruce (Lisa) Goetsch and Arno Goetsch (Significant Friend – Michelle).  Also, seven grandchildren, Bradley, Ashley, Ryan, Adam, Jessica, Kyle & Aleshia and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, her father Tom, and her brother Tom. Memorial services will take place on Saturday July 7 at 10 a.m., luncheon following, at Heritage United Methodist Church with Pastor Terri Cummins officiating. The family will greet friends from 9 a.m. until time of service.  

Arrangements are entrusted to the Heckman Funeral Home of Howard City.

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GARY LEE RITTER

Gary Lee Ritter age 57 passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018 with his family at his side. He was born in Big Rapids on October 30, 1960 to Alan and Clara (Ten Eyck) Ritter. Gary was very mechanical, he could fix and build anything. He always put his heart and soul into his family, work and community. Gary literally gave the shirt off his back when someone needed it! He loved his family and will be greatly missed. Gary is survived by his loving wife of 37 years B.J.; daughters, Erica and Laura (Adam) Birks, Christy; grandsons, Oliver and Jamie; brothers and sisters, Bruce, Tony, Don, Ron, Nancy and Laurie; sister-in-law, Teri Ritter; the Stone family and many nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his son, Jacob; parents, Alan Ritter, Clara Ritter Davis and Tom Davis; brother, Mark and sister Susie. The family will meet with friends Sunday, July 8 from 2-4 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. There will be no funeral service. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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