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VIOLET K. ROHRER

Violet K. Rohrer, 73 of Pierson, went to be with her Lord, whom she loved dearly, on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at home. Violet was born September 3, 1944 in Fullerton, California, the daughter of Ralph and Catherine (Claussen) Kindel. She graduated from Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois and acquired a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan. She taught school in East Grand Rapids and Okinawa, had worked in administration at Spring Arbor College, had served on school boards at the local and district levels, and most recently was president of the Chandler Woods Charter Academy school board. She was also an integral part of managing her husband’s business, John W. Rohrer, CPA in Sparta, since 2004. Violet had a love for people and a love for her Lord who was so good to her throughout her life. She enjoyed gardening and flowers, entertaining and serving others, and traveling. She was an active member of the Sparta Rotary Club while also serving as an Assistant District Governor for many years. She was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and received the designation of Major Donor to The Rotary Foundation. Surviving are her husband of 47 years, John; son Major (US Army) W. Andrew (Jennifer) Rohrer and grandchildren Grant and Gabrielle; son Benjamin (Dhari) Rohrer, CPA and grandchildren Holden, Sloane and Brooke; sister Cathlene Terbetski (David) Tanner; brother Ralph (Linda) Kindel, Jr.; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation was held Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. A service to celebrate what Jesus has done for her will be held Thursday 11:00 a.m. at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St, Cedar Springs, with Pastor Thomas Schmidt officiating. The family will greet friends at 10:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to her endowed Scholarship for Entrepreneurial Women at Greenville University, Greenville, IL, The Rotary Foundation, or a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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MITCHELL E. POTES

Mitchell E. Potes age 67 of Grand Rapids, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017 at his home. He was born May 6, 1950 in Rockford, Michigan to Benjamin W. & Alice (Teesdale) Potes. He entered into the U.S. Navy after graduation and served for six years. He worked and managed several restaurants in Rockford. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer (David) Elwood and granddaughter, Emma; sisters, Thelma (Marlin) Christensen, Sheryl (Bob) Harvey; brothers, John (Debbie) Potes, Rick (Sara) Potes; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his twin sons, Ronald and Donald and brother, Benjamin Potes. Cremation has taken place. The family held private services.

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

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MURIEL JOYCE BURKE

 

Muriel Joyce Burke, age 88 of Grand Rapids, passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017. Joyce was born July 5, 1929 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the daughter of Vern and Blanche (Hessenius) Moore. She was preceded in death by her husband, James (Sparky) Burke; son, Jimmy; four sisters and two brothers. Surviving are her children, Shirley (Leon) Avery, David Burke, Timothy (Darlene) Burke, Steven (Heather) Burke; special daughter-in-law, Deborah (Charlie) O’Hanesian; stepchildren, Jacob Callen, Jennifer (Chad) Cunningham; grandchildren, Mike (Erin) Avery, Josh (Julia) Avery, TJ (Trisha) Burke, Naomi Burke, Tyler Burke, Stacia (Jonathan) Bridges, Brendan Burke and Ethan Burke; great-granddaughter, Presley Avery; special friend, Barb (Burns) Plank; many nieces and nephews. The family will greet friends Monday, September 25th from 11:00 a.m. until time of memorial service at 12 noon at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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

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MERANDA LYNN BAGUSS

Meranda Lynn Baguss, 33 of Sand Lake, died Friday, September 15, 2017 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Meranda was born August 17, 1984 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 2003 and was attending Montcalm Community College. She had worked at Spectrum Health Butterworth on 7-South for 10 years. She was a beautiful mother, very kind hearted and always put others ahead of herself. She will be greatly missed. Surviving are her twin sons, Tony Lee Anthony III, Chauncey James Anthony; significant other, Tony Lee Anthony II; mother, Jamie Fischer; sisters, Kimberly Brassel, Jenna Worthy; grandfather, Jerry Baguss; aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Gay Baguss. The family will greet friends today, Thursday, September 21 from 5-7 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the time will conclude with a service at 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to a gofundme for expenses at https://www.gofundme.com/jn5a88-meranda-baguss-tony-chauncey

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

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MAXINE ELLEN KNOX

Maxine Ellen Knox age 89 of Belmont, our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Sanctuary of St. Mary’s. She was born January 28, 1928 in Ensley Twp. to Hans and Hilda (Larson) Hanson. She attended Howard City High School and graduated in 1947. She enjoyed singing, dancing, cooking for all occasions, watching sunsets, and tending flowers in her garden. She worked at the GM Alpine plant for 32 ½ years. After retiring she moved to Belmont, MI where she enjoyed her family and wonderful friends including her best friend and companion, Ralph Bosgraff. She loved bringing joy to others and her kindness and love was felt by whomever she met.  She is survived by her son, Stephen and Denise Knox; daughter-in-law, Kay Knox; grandchildren, Kyle (Katie) Knox, Kristine (Ehren) Dollberg, Craig Knox and Christa Knox and many great grandchildren; sister, Shirley (Jack) Hanes; brother-in-law, Loren Frey; several nieces, nephews, cousins and precious friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; her baby girl; son, Stan Knox; grandson, Cory Knox; sisters, Pauline (Norman) Kranz, Violet Frey, Lorraine (Fay) Gordon. The service was held on Wednesday, September 13 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Paul Frey, officiating. Interment North Ensley Cemetery. The family would like to thank the Sanctuary of Saint Mary’s for the compassionate care Maxine received in her final days. Memorial contributions may be made to South Ensley Methodist Church or charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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ROBERT HAVENS

 

passed away August 29, 2017 surrounded by his children. Bob was an active outdoorsman who loved hiking, fishing, camping, panning for gold, hunting, sunsets, the Great Lakes, and story telling. He will be remembered for his engaging debates, his ability to fix anything and his love of history. Bob spent winters in Golden Valley, Arizona followed by summers in Michigan with family. He is survived by his children Michelle (Rick) Wernet, Michael Havens, Mitchell (Carolyn) Havens; special friend Valerie Adams; grandchildren Marc, Kurt (Caitlin), Trevor and Ali Wernet, Cody Havens; great-grandchildren William and Kensley; and brother-in-law Dave DeBruyn. Bob was preceded in death by his wife Charlotte, friend Gloria Mulholland and sister Nancy (Dave) DeBruyn. A celebration of life was held Friday, September 15, 2017 at Caledonia Lakeside Park pavilion, 370 N. Lake St. SE, Caledonia, MI 49316. The family received visitors from 6-7pm followed by a memorial at 7pm. The family wishes to express their gratitude for the nurses and doctors involved in his care this summer, especially his nurse Anna. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Bob’s name to the American Cancer Society.

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BETTY JANE PATTERSON

 

Betty Jane Patterson 94, of Rockford, Michigan died Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Metron of Belding. Betty was born February 14, 1923 in Coral, Michigan the daughter of Gaylor & Elsie (Zenk) Lytle. She is survived by her children, Shirley DeYoung and Sandra Frandsen; grandchildren, Paul (Tiff) DeYoung, Cory (Charleigh) Frandsen, Andrea (Michael) VanSetters, Austin (Amber) Frandsen; great-granddaughter, Ashtynn and a great-grandson on the way. She was preceded in death by her husband Carroll in 1997; brothers, Alfred “Al” Lytle and Bruce Rasmussen and son-in-law, Tom DeYoung. The family will greet friends Sunday 2-4 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be Monday 10 a.m. at the Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church. Pastors Kim DeLong and Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.

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

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RENAE LYNN HEISS

Renae Lynn Heiss, 31 of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Renae was born August 30, 1986 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Roy Heiss and Loraine Cope. She enjoyed reading, writing, flowers and living on the farm. She was a very happy, social and caring person and loved being a mother. Surviving are her husband, Juan Perez Jr; children, Alanah Ann Alvarez, Juan Perez Jr, Elias Ezayelle Perez; father, Roy (Alesia) Heiss; mother, Loraine Heiss; brothers, Joshua Heiss, Tyrell (Stephanie) Heiss, twin, Ryan (Miriam) Heiss; nieces and nephews. Visitation and services were held Tuesday, Sept. 5th at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Interment Crandall Cemetery, Ensley Township. Memorial contributions may be made to a fund for her children at Choice One Bank.

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

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DORIS SHELER

Doris Sheler, age 90, of Kentwood, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Doris was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert; son Keith; son-in-law, John Hudson; parents, Arlo M. and Anna Monschein; three sisters and one brother, and their spouses. Doris will be lovingly remembered by her children, Kirk (Barb) Sheler, Penny Hudson, Theodore “Ted” Sheler, Sally (Timothy) Becker; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. The family will greet visitors on Saturday, September 2, from 10 – 11 a.m. at Stroo Funeral Home, where the service will begin at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Grandville Cemetery.

Arrangements by Stroo Funeral Home, Grand Rapids

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SUSAN L. WHITNEY

Susan L. Whitney 61 of Rockford, died unexpectedly Sunday, August 27, 2017. Susan was born January 25, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of Ted and Betty (Newnom) Green. She was a hair stylist at the Hair Craft Company in Cedar Springs for over 25 years. She had a love and zest for life that included her family and grandchildren, holidays and vacations. She was a very positive and generous person with an awesome smile. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. Surviving are her husband, Ken; children, Michelle (Joe) Murdoch, Paul Cox; stepdaughter, Leslie (Josh) Lillie; grandchildren, BreAnne, Seth, Bernadette, Sullivan, Christopher, Kevin, Ike, Ian, Asher and Grace; one great-grandson, Oliver; mother, Betty Fath and Earl Fath; sisters, Diane (Jeff) Piatt, Julie (Wayne) Kwiatkowski; parents-in-law, Don (Eleanor) Whitney; many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her father; son, Christopher Cox; and granddaughter, Halee. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 a.m. Visitation on Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pastor John Frye officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to fund for her grandchildren’s education, Christopher and Kevin Cox at any Independent Bank.

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

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