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Jeffrey L. Shick

 

Jeffrey L. Shick 61 of Sand Lake, died Monday, August 7, 2017 at Mercy Health – St. Mary’s, Grand Rapids. Jeff was born September 21, 1955 in Muskegon, Michigan the son of William and Carol (Durkin) Shick. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving as a SeaBee. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and playing cribbage with his father. He was a very kind and generous person who loved his family and grandchildren. Surviving are his children, Ryan Shick, Nyha (Antonio) French; grandchildren, Lezzette, Aubrie, Olivia, Ethan and Natalie; parents, William & Carol Shick; brothers, Mike (Cindy) Shick, Pat (Sue) Shick; sisters, Shannon (Mike) Silva, Wendy (Brian) Bradley; 10 nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, September 16 from 1-5 p.m. at the VFW Hall in Sand Lake. Memorial contributions may be made to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids.

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

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ROGER G. CAVNER

 

Roger G. Cavner, 80 of Sand Lake, died Sunday, August 6, 2017 at his home. Roger was born May 31, 1937 in Sand Lake, Michigan the son of Emmett and Nina (Tisdel) Cavner. He had worked at Helms Lighted Pictures, Brick & Block Layer, Kelvinator, Cedar Springs Public Schools and was a custodian at Tri-County Schools for 29 years retiring in 2002. He had served as sexton for East Nelson and Punches Cemeteries for many years. He enjoyed working at the West Michigan Whitecaps as an usher from 2002 until now. Surviving are his wife, Joyce (Parker); children, Dawn Seif, Mark (Kim) Cavner, Brian (Susan) Cavner; grandchildren, Jessica (Andrew) Mercer, John Seif, Lauren (Chad) Williams, Brent and fiancee, Katie Esakson, Stephen, Matthew and Aaron; one great-grandson and one on the way; sisters, Kathleen (Leonard) Woodman, Patti (Philip) Starr; mother-in-law, Martha Parker; in-laws, Gerald Parker, Lucinda (Max) Cole, Reta (Charles) McKee; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Charles; father-in-law, Wendell Parker; son-in-law, Timothy Seif; grandson, Ryan Doyle; sister-in-law, Beverly Parker; nephew, Kevin Cole. The family greeted friends Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the memorial service will be held Thursday 11:00 a.m. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Meijer Heart Center.

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

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CHRISTINA M. JOHANSEN

 

Christina M. Johansen, 68 of Big Rapids passed and went to be with the Lord on July 31,2017 at Covenant Nursing Home in New Orleans Louisiana. Christina was born in Big Rapids, Michigan on August 2, 1948.The daughter of Roy and Ruth (Lavance) Hanson.She was a hairdresser, loving wife, mother, aunt, great aunt, and grandmother. She enjoyed being around her many friends playing dominos and cards. She also enjoyed being around and loving on her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was well liked and loved by everyone she met and made a lasting impression on everyone. Surviving are her children Timothy (Jennifer) Johansen of Muskegon, Tiffany (Collyn) Martinez of New Orleans, Louisiana; her three grandchildren Zane, Zander, and Xavier; her brother Lynnwood (Della) Hanson of Paris Michigan; sister Barbra Hanson of Traverse City; brother Bill (Deb) Hanson of Bay City Michigan. Also many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Dennis and her parents. There will be a small service at Interment Park Hill Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on August the 19th and then a Celebration of life at the Paris Snowmobile Club located at 22531 20 Mile Road, Paris Michigan at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

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JERRY L. CADARET

Jerry L. Cadaret, 79 of Kentwood, died Sunday, July 30, 2017. Jerry was born May 16, 1938 in Toledo, Ohio the son of Paul and Ona (Lydick) Cadaret. He graduated from Godwin High School and served his country in the U.S. Army from 1959 – 61. He worked for A.J. Sparks Belting and was a member of the East Nelson United Methodist Church and a life member of the Doric Masonic Lodge, Grand Rapids. Jerry enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting, traveling and camping. He was a hard worker and always put his family first. Surviving is the love of his life, Shirley (Tisdel) whom he married on June 2, 1961; children, Brenda (Tom) Voisin, Beverly (Roger) Carlson, Jeremy Cadaret and Susanne Aldridge; grandchildren, Cathleen Honeysette, Kenneth (Emily) Mol, Benjamin (Olivia) Mol, Christen (Chris) Chapin, Jacob (Lindsey) Mol, Timothy Mol and Christina Dean, Mackenzie Cadaret and William Ball; great-grandchildren, Reece, Randal, Brooklynn, Emma, Grayson, Ethan, Zachary, Autumn and baby Lucas on the way. The family received friends Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Thursday 11:00 a.m. Visitation Thursday from 10 – 11 a.m. Pastor Inge Whittemore officiating. Interment East Nelson Cemetery with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to East Nelson United Methodist Church.

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

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SHIRLEY ANN POPE

Shirley Ann Pope age 82 of Cedar Springs passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017 surrounded by her family at Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Shirley was born April 24, 1935 in Ludington to the late Bernard and Selma (Murawski) Swantek. Surviving is her loving husband of 64 years, Keith; children, Denise Smith, Keith (Dixie) Pope Jr., Mark Pope, Bill (Angela) Pope, and Duane Pope; grandchildren, Chad, Kenny (Courtney) Fisk; Sherri (Ron) Potes, Nicholas (Angie) Pope, Ross Pope, Katie (Asa) Khoury; Abby, Cody, Colton, Alexis Pope; Megan Vanbeek, Travis Parker, Tyler Pope, and Wyatt Magoon; great-grandchildren, Chase, Archer, Iva, Mabel, and Owen; brother, Richard Chesney; sisters-in-law, Joyce (Irv) Hanna, Dee (Clinton) Mack, Beverly (Bob) VanderHeide, and Joanne Chesney; and brother-in-law, Art Curtis. She was preceded in death by her brother, Daniel Chesney; son-in-law, Irvin Smith; sisters-in-law, Yvonne Adams, Joan Curtis, and Bonnie Chesney; and brother-in-law, Ken Pope. The family received friends Tuesday, August 1 at 10 a.m. until time of the service at 11 a.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, Fr. Peter Vu officiating. Interment was at Solon Township Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff at Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and Great Lakes Hospice for their excellent care. Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Home and Great Lakes Hospice.

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

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JOYCE A. EMPIE

Joyce A. (Bremmer) Empie, a lifelong resident of Cedar Springs, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017. She was born December 20, 1930 to Morise and Vera (Porter) Bremmer in Cedar Springs, Michigan. She leaves behind her daughter Jomay (Bob) Brand; grandchildren Dana Brand, Justin (Nikki) Brand, and Katie Brand along with great-grandchildren Gavin, Maddie, and Harper. She also leaves behind to cherish her memory her brothers Arwin “Ed” (Nancy) Bremmer, Rex (Kathy) Bremmer, and Arden (Denise) Bremmer; and several nieces and nephews. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband Stanley, her brother Jack, and parents Morise and Vera. Joyce worked at Beach Elementary for many years and enjoyed camping, hunting and spending time with her family. In High School she was a member of the choir, Future Homemakers of America, a cheer leader for three years and a member of the Red Flannel Queen Court. A memorial visitation was held at Pederson Funeral Home after cremation had taken place.

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Gary Lee Kruger

Gary Lee Kruger age 76 passed away peacefully at his home with his family at his side on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.  He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nancy; children, Tina and Daniel Ward, Thaddeus and Brenda Kruger, Thor TerHaar, Scott TerHaar, Kelly Kruger; 8 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; siblings, Irene, Roger, Barb, Sandy, June, Larry, and Margie; several nieces and nephews.  As Gary had wished cremation has taken place and  a Celebration of Life will be held at Cedar Creek Community Church on Saturday, July 22, from 2 until 6 P.M.  Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Great Lakes Caring Hospice.

   Arrangements by Hessel Cheslek Funeral Home, Sparta, www.hesselcheslek.com

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JUDITH DePUE

Judith “Judy” Suzanne (Ellick) DePue, 76 of Greenville, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 at the home of her daughter. Judy was born September 23, 1940 in Cedar Springs, Kent Co., Michigan, the daughter of the late Everett and Ilah (Crawford) Ellick. Judy is loved and survived by her children: Monique (Dave) Doolittle and Vincent (Kayleen) DePue; grandchildren: Trafford (Ashley Hattis) Giles, Stephani (Nick Dolloff) Doolittle, Nick (Tara Smith) Doolittle, Michael (Ceara) DePue, Kyle (Amber Dargitz) DePue, Donald Eikenhout, Andrea (Larry) Wiley and Graham DePue; great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Judy was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Franklin “Frank” John DePue (April 14, 2016); and her brother, Mahlon “Sonny” Philo Ellick. Growing up, Judy spent her days entertained by her comic books, her love of animals, and her wonderful, endless imagination. Her very advanced intelligence allowed her a place as a member of Mensa and left her parents with the decision to send her to a school for the intellectually gifted, which at the time was not an option for them. As a young woman, she discovered a love of writing and drawing, as well as spending time with her horse, Sundance, who was her animal soulmate. She shared countless stories of her adventures with him. At age 19, Judy met her husband to be, Frank DePue, at a dance. She sat down by him because, in her words, “He looked harmless.” It wasn’t love at first sight but in time turned into an amazing love story. They, along with their two children, Monique and Vincent, embarked on many wonderful endeavors. They were owners of the Double D Saddle Shop, owned a hobby farm, and ultimately opened Animal Crackers Farm Petting Zoo. Judy’s knowledge and love of animals, along with Frank’s radiating personality, made for the perfect partnership. Most of Judy’s family would agree that she was one of the strongest, most stubborn women on Earth. At the end of her time with us, she struggled with health issues for many years and lived for nearly 5 years with lung cancer. Even through her illnesses, she never lost her passion for animals, reading, and drawing. She was an amazing mother and grandmother, and she instilled her gift of imagination and whimsy with her stories. Her favorite thing to do was to talk. Everyone who knew her, knew they had better plan on some extra time if they were going to visit with Judy. We will miss her beyond comprehension and take great comfort in knowing that she has been reunited with the love of her life, Frank. We all imagine that they are dancing once again. Memorial Services for Judy will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Hurst Funeral Home, with Pastor Ken Harger officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 – 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to The DePue Family c/o Monique Doolittle. Memories and messages of condolence may be shared via www.hurstfh.com.

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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JOSEPH WATSON SR.

 

Joseph Franklin Watson Sr. “Joe or Pappy”, age 82 of Cedar Springs, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Joe was born September 6, 1934 in Lexington, Virginia, the son of James and Melinda (McCormick) Watson. Joe served 10 years in the United States Air Force and 10 years in the Michigan National Guard. During his time served, Joe played minor league baseball for the Air Force. Joe had a heart for coaching and umpiring for the Little, Pony and Silver Baseball Leagues. Joe was a founding member of Cedar Springs Amateur Athletic Association, member of the Roundtable Coffee Drinkers, a Keystone Kop, and was the Grand Marshal of the 2012 Red Flannel Parade. Joe considered his greatest life achievement being a grandparent to 14 grandchildren. Surviving are his beloved wife, Florence E. (Clark) Watson; children, Joseph Michael Grove of Virginia, JeDonne (Jerry) Morton, Joseph (Connie) Watson Jr., Kelli Watson, Charlie (Ladonna) Watson, Merri (Rich) Moore; grandchildren, Steven, Megan, Hollie, Nick, Jake, Jeff, Chris, Mandi, Charli Anne, Ashley, Ricky, Elizabeth, Erin and Carlee; great grandchild, Addison; brother-in-law, Virgil R. (Sandie) James; sister-in-law, Mary Ellen (Melvin) Cole; brother-in-law, J. Thomas Bundy; many nephews, nieces and cousins who he adored; and friends that he loved as family. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Mayhlon James “Tarzan” Watson, James Alexander Watson, Geraldine “Binky” Bundy, and Margarite “Moe” Sweeney; Nephew, James Alexander “Butch” Watson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles O. and Mary (Caverly) Clark; brother-in-law, Herman O. Clark; and sisters-in-law, Maxine M. (Clark) Manteufel and Alice J. (Clark) Haubenstricker. The family will receive friends Saturday at 10 a.m. until time of service at 11a.m. at Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave. N.E., Cedar Springs, Pastor Larry Young officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Cedar Springs Veterans Park Fund.

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

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BETTY JEAN GOLLER

Betty Jean Goller age 85 passed peacefully from this life on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 surrounded by her family. Betty often spoke about the wonderful life she had lived and that she was ready to go to Heaven whenever God called her name. Born on October 5, 1931 to Fred and Lola Adams in Cedar Springs, Michigan, she was the youngest of seven daughters. Times were difficult for the family growing up during the depression, but even though they lacked financial resources they felt rich due to the love and devotion they shared for one another. The Adams Sunday dinners became legendary celebrations for their family and friends, and in fact it was after a young Dick Goller first tasted Lola’s biscuits, fried chicken, and apple pie that he resolved to marry Betty. It turned out to be the best decision he ever made. Like all of her sisters, Betty continued her mother’s legacy of extending extraordinary kindness and hospitality to everyone she knew. Betty will also be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and creative use of language, which was uniquely her own. Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Richard Goller Sr., her son Richard Goller Jr., her beloved sisters, Edith Hudson, Blythe Becker, Gladys Grzesiak, and Leila Shultz. She is survived by her daughters Carol Brooks and Diane Goller (Hon. David Murkowski); sons Daniel Goller and Edward Goller (Amy); granddaughters Heather Huntoon (Darrell), Sarah Garlow (Rob), Katherine Steffy (Justin), Anne Murkowski, and Anna Goller; great-granddaughter Meghan Huntoon Lindeman (2nd Lt. Ryan Lindeman); grandsons Richard Goller III, Branden Goller, and Adam Goller; sisters Donna Verburg and Helen Hyrns; special sister in law Mary Goller Kilts, many cherished nieces and nephews, and dear friends Jim and Linda Conrad, Mary Anne Frandsen, and Joyce Empie. The family deeply appreciates the love and care provided by the dedicated caregivers at Clark Retirement Community. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Clark Retirement Community’s Employee Christmas Fund or Bethel Lutheran Church would be greatly appreciated. The family will greet friends Sunday, July 9 from 3-7 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, 13603 Northland Dr., Cedar Springs where the service will be held Monday 10:00 a.m. Pastor Steven Frentz from Bethel Lutheran Church officiating. Private interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs.

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

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