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Lois Kathleen Blanding

Lois Kathleen Blanding

Lois Kathleen Blanding, age 97 of Cedar Springs, passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, Rockford. Mrs. Blanding was born September 3, 1919 in Columbia City, Indiana the daughter of Neil and Blanche (Briggs) Estlick. She attended the International College of Business in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She unselfishly donated much of her time for the benefit of a great many individuals. She received the Certificate of Merit Award in 1989 from the Cedar Springs Rotary Club for her outstanding service to the community. She was a devout Christian and actively involved in the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, including, Vice President of Missions, Secretary for the United Methodist Women, and teaching Sunday School. Lois married Orval Riley Secor and he preceded her on December 3, 1953. She married Kenneth Blanding on December 16, 1960 and he passed away on July 3, 1996. She was also preceded in death by a son Dennis Secor in 2009, brother, Robert Estlick; sister, Dorothy Wiltrout. Surviving are her children, David (Jenny) Secor, Douglas (Lois) Secor, Keith (Terese) Blanding, Karl (Ruth) Blanding; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. The family received friends Tuesday, February 21st at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment in Palestine Cemetery, Palestine, Indiana. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Trudy Louise Magoon Drent of Cedar Springs, Michigan, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2017 at 63 years of age.  Trudy was very much loved and will be greatly missed by all of her family.  Trudy is preceded in death by her husband, Ben Drent; her mother and father, Macil and George Magoon; her brothers, Larry, Danny, Raymond (Carol), Bill (Ruth) Magoon, and Bernard Gritzmaker.  She is survived by her sisters Cheryl Magoon, Luwalla Magoon and Linda Teasdale; her brothers, Daryl (Jo), and Dennis (Connie) Magoon. Trudy (TT) was a beloved Aunt to many but was a second mother, best friend, and confidante to Michelle Kent, Kristen Kent and Madison (Aiyana) Walters.  Baby Aiyana brought so much joy and happiness to Trudy’s last days.  Trudy did everything for her nieces and nephews – and there are a lot of them!  Specially made birthday cakes, her special popcorn balls, and simply always love and hugs for all.  Trudy enjoyed cooking and baking and had a large family that enjoyed every creation she made. Trudy was laid to rest next to her beloved husband Ben in a small family ceremony.  The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, that funeral cost contributions be sent to Pederson’s Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe Street, Rockford, MI 49341 to Trudy’s account.

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David Laverne Park

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David Laverne Park, born May 14th 1954, passed peacefully in his home on Thursday, February 2, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents Ray Laverne Park and Mabel Maxine (McQuiston) Park and brothers Robert, Rodger, Raymond and Steven. He will be dearly remembered by his loving wife Kathy; children, Jennifer, James and Amanda; grandchildren, Krystal, Brynadine, Jacob, Jennah, Riley, Destiny and Bentley; great-grandchildren, Katilynne, Bai, Phee, and Khalisia; brother Terry, many special cousins, family and friends. Dan was a fun loving guy, always cracking jokes. He loved hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with those he loved. There will be a Celebration of his life Saturday February 18, 2 p.m. at 190 Grand St. Pierson MI 49339. All our welcome to join us in sharing a few good memories of a wonderful man.

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Carol A. Phelps age 80 of Cedar Springs, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2017 at her home. Carol was born June 30, 1936 in Paw Paw Township, Michigan the daughter of Bernard and Maude (Sirrine) Schidt. She served as Nelson Township Clerk for many years. She loved the Lord and serving in church, most recently, North Kent Community Church. Surviving are her children, Debra Austin and Todd Phelps; grandchildren, Shawn (Katy) Austin, Troy (Kendra) Austin, Brandon Austin; six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Phelps. Services were held Wednesday, February 8th at North Kent Community Church, 1480 Indian Lakes Road NE, Sparta. Pastor Craig Carter officiating. Interment in the spring in East Nelson Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to pay it forward with an act of kindness.

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

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Linda Michaels, 72 of Rockford, unexpectedly went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Casa Grande, Arizona. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. A luncheon and time of sharing will follow at the church.

Local arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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Scott S. Smith


OBIT-ScottScott S. Smith of Cedar Springs, MI, age 47, passed away Friday, January 27, 2017. He was born to Stephen Smith and Jill Smith-Tisdel on February 13, 1969 in Grand Rapids, MI. Scott was born the eldest of 3 children in Sand Lake, Michigan. He was a graduate of Englishville High School in 1988. He loved hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. Scott is survived by both of his loving parents, Stephen Smith and Jill Smith-Tisdel; by Heather Kieft, the mother of his children; Jasmyn Smith and Cheyenne Smith; his fiance of 10 years Jennifer Bedell; siblings Nancy Lee Smith and Cindy Lee Smith; son Jeremiah Augustus Smith; grandson Jaxon; and step-mom Helen Smith. Scott was preceded in death by his grandparents, George & Ruth Smith, and Roger & Elenor Gunneson; step-dad David Tisdel. Those wishing to make a memorial contributions to the care and raising of his son, Jeremiah, can do so by calling or texting Nancy Smith at 231-250-5701. A memorial service was held on Monday, January 30, 2017, at 7 pm at Camp Lake Baptist Church 12150 N Division Ave, Sparta, MI 49345.

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Judeth L. Hoskins


Mrs. Judeth L. Hoskins of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 72, passed away unexpectedly in the comfort of her home on the evening of Friday, January 20, 2017. Judeth is survived by her beloved husband of forty-eight years, Thomas Hoskins; loving children Shawn (Patti) Hoskins, Jerome (Jean) Hoskins, Connie (Hector) Padilla; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother Sam (Deann) Watson; sister-in-law Shelby Watson; and other beloved members of the Hoskins and Watson families. She was preceded in death by her parents, Erma and Joe Watson; and brother Tim Watson. For over twenty years, together, Judeth and Tom owned the Farm Country Cheese House in Lakeview. Judeth was an incredibly talented cheesemaker and in her free time she enjoyed going antiquing, quilting, making homemade soap, and tending to her goats. She also made doll clothes for the Forgotten Man Ministries. Judeth really loved the simple things in life, but the love she had for her family was without measure. Judeth was a loving and devoted wife, wonderful mother, proud grandmother, dear sister, and friend. She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by her family, friends, and all those who knew her. The funeral service for Judeth was celebrated by Rev. Ken Harger at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Pederson Funeral Home. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Forgotten Man Ministries, 3940 Fruit Ridge Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544.

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Mr. Frederick Joseph Stickler of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 74, entered into eternal life in the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Fred was born to Floyd and Frances (Kelly) Stickler in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Tuesday, March 17, 1942. Fred had the greatest of dispositions, always loving life and his family without measure. One of Fred’s greatest joys was his care and love of horses— he was a true gentleman farmer. He also enjoyed leatherwork, as well as fixing bridles and saddles. Fred is survived by his beloved sister Loretta (Jonathan B.) Gamm; loving nieces and nephews, Jonathan M. (Kathleen) Gamm, David (Marilyn) Gamm, Brian (Jodie) Gamm, and Sarah (Eric) Matwiejczyk; adored great nieces and nephews, Erik, Emily, Anna, Joseph, Lee, Claire, Mary, Sophia, Elise, and Matthew; and other beloved members of the Stickler, Kelly, and Gamm families. A time of visitation was held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2017, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. A scripture service was offered immediately following visitation at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Rev. Msgr. Terrence L. Stewart at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at Holy Family Parish, 425 S. State Street, Sparta, MI 49345. A time of visitation was held at church, one hour prior to Mass. Fred will be laid to rest in Rosedale Memorial Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, 3777 Rector Avenue NE, Rockford, MI 49341.

Arrangements by Pederson Fuenral Home, Rockford

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Linda Michaels

4C-Obit-michaelsLinda Michaels, 72 of Rockford, unexpectedly went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Casa Grande, AZ.  She was a loved wife, mother, aunt, sister, grandmother, expectant great-grandmother and friend.  She was born August 16, 1944 to the late Ralph and Alice Pratt and she lived her entire life in Kent County.  She was a middle child, placed right between two loving sisters, Ann Scott (Jim) and Carolyn Reed (Mike).  She married Gene Michaels on September 13, 1991 and they recently celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.  She will be missed by many family members including her husband, two sisters, many nieces and nephews and her children, Christine Hofstra (John), Dan Rogers (Theresa), Ann VerWys (Jim) and Shannon Novak (Russ) in addition to her eight grandchildren, Zachary Rogers (Ashley), Lauren Linde (Chase), Ben Rogers (Maaret), Annalyse Haarer (Brandon), Austin Stevens, Nate Rogers, Lucy and Josie Novak. Linda was a loving, funny, spunky and caring woman.  She was a long-time employee at Hartwell Mortgage Company.  Some special memories include her incredible cooking ability and the meals she shared with friends and family alike. There was a fresh cookie for every occasion.  She enjoyed reading, studying, and was actively involved in a women’s Bible study.  We are thankful that she is in heaven with her Savior. There will be a memorial service at a later date.

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

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Donald J. Reed age 79 of Morley went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Spectrum Health-Big Rapids Campus. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 24, 1937 to Clarence and Beatrice (Robinson) Reed. Don worked for General Motors on Alpine for 31 years. Don’s passion was being an evangelist who loved to tell you about Jesus. He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Della Mae; children, Donald (Diane) Reed, Jr., Timothy Reed, Jack (Kathy) Briggs, Mike (Matilda) Briggs, Timothy (Rhonda) Briggs, James (Dianne) Reed Briggs, Ken (Kim) Addis, Kerry (Deb) Stout, Scott (Brenda) Osbun, and Robert (Sandie) Farmer; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Matthew Reed; and his siblings. The family greeted friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Wednesday 11:00 a.m. at Cedar Creek Community Church, 2969 14 Mile Road NE, Sparta with viewing beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pastors Richard Nichols and Steve Finn officiating. Interment Algoma Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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