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PHYLLIS R. ROSENBERGER

Phyllis R. Rosenberger, 80, of Cedar Springs, died Monday, February 29, 2016 at her home. Phyllis was born December 4, 1935 in Cheboygan, Michigan, the daughter of Albert and Delia (Passeno) Oben. She enjoyed her family, playing cards and country music. Surviving are her children, Thomas (Yvonne) Miller, K.D. Genereau, Brenda (David) Clayton; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Lucille and MaryLou. Preceded in death by her husband, Richard, daughter, Joy Merritt; grandchildren, David and April; brothers, Fred, John, Ted and Al. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service is pending and will be announced at a later date.

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

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MARJORY FOX

1Web-obit-Fox-fcMarjory Fox, age 86, of Sand Lake, passed away February 19, 2016, at Arbor Grove Assisted Living in Alma. She was born July 6, 1929 in Missouri, the daughter of Eugene and Jenny (Reid) Seaborn. During her working years, she worked at Keeler Brass for over 15 years, as well as General Motors. She also worked as a waitress at the Fifth Wheel restaurant, now known as Kelly’s in Cedar Springs. Marge enjoyed camping, snowmobiling and Polka dancing. Surviving are her children, Dennis (Laura) Fox, of New Mexico, Linda (Don) Vandenberg, of Howard City; stepchildren, Kurt Fox, of Sand Lake, Carolyn (Greg) Wagner, of Howard City, Sue Fox, of Florida; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one brother Don Seaborn; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Erwin and three sisters. Funeral services will take place on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Scott Sloan officiating with burial in the Solon Township Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of serves at 11:00 a.m.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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Ian Paul Pellow Robbins

1Web-Obit-RobbinsIan Paul Pellow Robbins passed away peacefully in the arms of his wife, and in the presence of his mom and sister on Valentines Day 2016. He was born Oct. 22, 1981. He was a 2000 graduate of Cedar Springs High School. He was passionate and influential — a true artist in every way. He will be missed relentlessly by his family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 27 at 12 p.m. at Saint Marks Episcopal Church in Newago, Michigan, followed by a wake at the American Legion in Morley, Michigan.

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PATRICK J. RANDALL

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Patrick J. Randall, 82, of Sand Lake, died Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at his home. Patrick was born April 13, 1933 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He enjoyed his occupation as a police officer. He loved life and the beauty of the earth, gardening, wood working and painting. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth “Betsy” whom he married on March 16, 1963; sons, Patrick (Makerita) Randall, Michael (Donna) Randall; grandchildren, Nicole, Nancy, Nathan, Kylee, Alex and Sydney; 8 great-grandchildren; sisters, Michalyn “Mickey” (George) Keen, Kay (Ross) Merlington; brothers, Earl (Judy) Thomas, Ross (Deb) Thomas. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services.

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

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EMILY L. GATES

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Emily L. Gates 91 of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Metron of Cedar Springs with her family by her side. Emily was born June 15, 1924 in Forest Grove, MI the daughter of John and Elizabeth (DeKleine) VanOss. She was a loving wife, mother and homemaker who enjoyed handwork – knitting, crocheting and cross-stitch. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs where she served as a deaconess. Surviving are her sons, Lohryn (Debbi), David, Dan (Carole), Karl “Johnny” (Vicki), Kevin (Valerie), Lance (Kim); 24 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; sister, Karen (Al) Kunzi; brothers, Howard Van Oss, Robert (Verna) VanOss; sister-in-law, Ruth VanOss; brother-in-law, Lyman (Joan) Gates. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan in 1975; sister, Dorothy (Robert) Crater; brother, Richard Van Oss; great granddaughter, Piper. The family will greet friends Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Wednesday 11:00 am at First Baptist Church, 233 S. Main St. Cedar Springs. Pastor Dan Currie officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Missionary Fund or Hospice of Michigan.

Arrangements by Bliss Witters &Pike Funeral Home.

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LEONARD J. HAGGERTY

6C-obit-haggertyLeonard J. Haggerty, 90, of St. Louis, Michigan, died Saturday, February 6, 2016 at his home. Mr. Haggerty was born May 9, 1925 in Pine Woods, New York, the son of Walter and Edith (Krebser) Haggerty. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II for 30 months. He completed basic training in Macon, Georgia, and then went to the Hawaiian Islands. After the service, Leonard worked at Darrick’s Greenhouse in Cooperstown, New York. In 1947 he left with Victor and Lee Sessions to come to Michigan. He met the love of his life, Charlotte and worked greenhouses in Chicago and Cadillac until he bought his own in Ludington, Michigan. He and Charlotte worked there for 30 years before retiring at age 67. They then moved to Conklin, Michigan near Ravenna. Charlotte passed away in 2009 and Leonard moved to St. Louis, Michigan in 2011.

Surviving are his sisters, Marjory Gregory, Dorothy Duncan, Flora Bennett, Arlene (Jim) Oliver, Marion (William) Royce, Irene Cook; brother, Kenneth (Sandra) Haggerty, all of New York; his adopted boy, Kenneth (Vickie) Sherlock; little helper, Timmy; cat Tiger; many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded by a brother, James Haggerty in 2009.

Visitation will be held Saturday, February 13 from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Randy Brandon officiating. Private interment in the spring at Solon Township Cemetery.

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

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BEATRICE ROELOFS

Mrs. Beatrice Roelofs, age 86, of Cedar Springs, went home to her Lord and Savior on Sunday February 7, 2016. She was born to Bert and Grace (Walma) Boersen on July 24, 1929 in Zeeland, Michigan. Beatrice enjoyed reading, word search puzzles, cross stitch, feeding the birds and gardening. However, most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her.

Beatrice is survived by her children, Linda (Bruce) McGoffin, Gary (Susan) Roelofs, Martin (Sally) Roelofs, Gloria (Gerry) Gebhardt, Sandra (Ron) Starr, Beth (Mitchell) Cole and Douglas Roelofs; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Richard (Thelma) Boersen. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard; infant daughter, Susan; son, Donald in 2015; and several brothers and sisters.

A time of visitation was held with the family from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service will be 11:00 am Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to donate to Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton SE, Bretwood Centre, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Virgil H. Tillottson

6C-OBIT-tillottsonVirgil H. Tillottson, 82 passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Mr. Tillottson was born March 4, 1933 the son of Aaron and Myrtle (Baker) Tillottson. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Army. He was a lifetime Mason and member of the Cedar Springs and Sparta Lodges. He was a great father and grandfather. Surviving are his children, Cindy (David) Emmorey, Sherry Tillottson, Scott (LuAnn) Tillottson, Shelly (Jeff) Minnick; wife, Darlene; 15 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; sisters, Violet (Foster) Brown, Vivene Wilson; brother, Verlo (Ruth) Tillottson; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Rocky Tillottson. The family will greet friends Sunday from 2-5 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Monday 11:00 am.  Ken Harger officiating. Interment in the spring at Elmwood Cemetery. Military honors by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard.

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

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JOSEPHINE ROSE MORRIS

Josephine MorrisJosephine Rose Morris, age 90, of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, January 31, 2016. She was born in Ionia, Michigan on December 3, 1925 to H. Archie and Hilda (Hagni) Phillips. She retired from John Widdicomb Furniture Company. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and being surrounded by them with music and song. Josephine was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Morris; her daughters: Betty, Linda, Nancy, and Evelyn; and her great-grandson, Ryan Dalton.

She is survived by her children, Tammy, Becky, and Wanda of Michigan and Joann and Bob Shea of Florida; 14 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Josephine will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Wood Brook Cathedral, 1739 Providence Street, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.4

There will be a time of visitation from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Wood Brook Cathedral Ladies Guild.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home

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ESTHER M. HEISS

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Esther M. Heiss, 87, of Cedar Springs, died Monday, January 25, 2016 at her home. Mrs. Heiss was born March 3, 1928 in Sand Lake, Michigan the daughter of Lee and Leona (Bremmer) Parker. She was a homemaker and along with her husband worked the farm and logging. She enjoyed reading, gardening and her flowers. She was a lifelong attender of the Solon Center Wesleyan Church. She loved her family and was a treasure for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are her children, Tracy Hawley, Trudy (Jerold) Bryant, Terry Leversay, Randy (Sandy) Heiss, Roy (Alicia) Heiss; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; several step grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Max Parker, Ken (Sue) Parker; sisters, Wanda Morris, Doris Martin, Edith (Dale) Johnson, Lois (Curt) Phillips; brother-in-law, David Newton; sister-in-law, Elaine Pyard; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray in 2005; son-in-law, Randy Leversay; great grandson, David Schlinz; brothers, L. B., Wyman, and Ronald “Barney” Parker; sisters, Kathleen Parker and Donna Newton. The family will greet friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 am. Chaplain Daniel Pflug officiating. Interment Crandall Cemetery, Ensley Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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