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ROBERT A. SHIVELY

Robert A. Shively, 56 of Cedar Springs died unexpectedly Saturday, June 7, 2014 in Glen Arbor Township. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Elvin and Jacqueline (Green) Shively; his sister, Linda LeMarbe; mother and father-in-law, Jerry and Christine Hulett; sister-in-law, Christine Gale Briggs. Bob was involved with his sons in many activities including, AYSO, band, Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the Sparta Moose Lodge, a board member of the W. Michigan Snowmobile Museum and spent much of his time at the Sportsfisherman’s Service Center. Surviving are his wife Debora; two sons, Rob (Amber) of Germany; Jon of Cedar Springs; two sisters, Pat Tanner of Trufant; Judy (Larry) Aldrich of Grand Rapids; brother-in-law, Jim LeMarbe of Grand Rapids; sister-in-law, Lori Golden; brothers-in-law, G.I. Hulett and Dan Briggs; many aunts, uncles, cousins, special nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Friday from 1-3 pm and 5-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 am. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Graceland Memorial Park.

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

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Thomas H. Calkins

Thomas H . Calkins

Thomas H . Calkins

Thomas H. Calkins, 64, of Cedar Springs, died unexpectedly Friday, June 6, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. Tom was born January 19, 1950 in Greenville, MI the son of Jack and Bessie (Horton) Calkins. He served in Vietnam in the U.S. Army in the 135th Infantry as an assault helicopter gunner. He was a truck driver all of his life, loved playing softball and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a loving father and grandfather. Surviving are his children, Mindy (Josh Owen) Calkins, Lucas (Kandis) Calkins; grandchildren, Hunter, Kobe, Kaden, Silverado, Hailey, Cody, Taylor, Aaliyah, Arielle, Amaya; half brother, Jack Calkins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bud & Bess Young and Jack Calkins. The family will greet friends Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held Wednesday 11:00 am. Pastor Tom Holloway officiating. Interment Spencer Mills Cemetery with military honors by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to a fund for his grandchildren.

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MARIA A. SCHUITEMA

Mrs. Maria A. Schuitema of Solon Township, age 72, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Maria was born in Barcelona, Spain on May 29, 1942 and had been a long-time resident of West Michigan. For many years, Maria was a self-employed beautician. She will be greatly missed by many. Maria leaves behind her brothers and sisters-in-law, Margaret Kronberg, Larry (Cos) Schuitema, Bob (Jeanne) Schuitema, Bernie (Marie) Schuitema, Dorothy Lanting, and Margie Schuitema. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Blaine L. Schuitema on December 13, 2003; and brothers-in-law, Milo (Pat) Schuitema, Bud Kronberg and John Lanting; sister-in-law, Beat Winter. Services will not be held.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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