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(Trufant) Mrs. Sue Frost, age 46, passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2013 following a brave and courageous battle with cancer. She and her husband, Lee, did everything together; they were a Harley Biking couple and enjoyed the feeling of the fresh air and the freedom of riding. They raised beagle dogs together for hunting and show and loved the sound of their beagles chasing after rabbits. Lee was the “Rabbit Master.” Sue and Lee fished and she was very competitive and Sue was the “Bass Master.” She believed in education and while working full time, being a wife and mother, Sue went back to high school to prove to her children the importance of a high school education. Way to go girl! She is survived by her husband of more than 30 years and best friend, Lee; her children, Fawn and Jon Reedy and Timothy and Brandy Frost; her special granddaughter, Savannah; her parents, Keith and Sharon Cramer, her brothers and sister, Tom and Dee Cramer, Sherri and Mark Sias and Terry and Kitty Cramer; nieces and nephews. Honoring Sue’s request cremation has taken place. A service honoring Sue’s life will be held Friday afternoon at 1:00 o’clock, November 8, 2013 at the Pederson Funeral Home. Sue’s family will greet family and friends from 6 to 8 on Thursday evening and prior to the service on Friday at the Pederson Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Neil E. Siegel, 82 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, October 25, 2013 at his home. Neil was born April 29, 1931 in Ensley Center, Michigan the son of Edd and Blanche (Welch) Siegel. He graduated from Sand Lake High School in 1949 and attended Michigan State University. He was a farmer, and retired from the Kent County Road Commission in 1993. He was married to Maureen (Boyle) Siegel for 27 years before she preceded him in death in 1995. He was a member of Mary Queen of Apostles and the Knights of Columbus. Neil was a great father and took his family on vacation each year, but was always glad to be back home. He now is truly home. Surviving are his daughters; Laura (Michael) Eppler of Evansville, Indiana, Kathleen Siegel of Cedar Springs; grandchildren, Noah, Mark, Luke, Mary, and Patrick; sisters, Mariel Hawley of Grant, Jeanne Forand of Florida; many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded by sisters, Dorothy Siegel and Lorraine Watson. The family received friends Monday, Oct. 28 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday 11:00 am at Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Interment St. John’s Cemetery, Ensley Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the Knights of Columbus.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home


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Charles Keech Jr.  age 58 of Pierson went home to be with his love of life, Alicia, who passed away in April.  He was born March 18, 1955 in Vancouver, Washington the son of Charles and Cleemie Keech.  Charles has been a autobody technician for over thirty five years.  He enjoyed traveling and watching westerns.  Surviving are one son, Charles (Hollie) of Howard City and one daughter, Leslie Keech of Grand Rapids; five grandchildren; two brothers Bill and Rodney; two Sisters Anitia Gonzalez, Virginia (Jim) McCowen and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. Visitation has taken place on Monday evening.

Arrangements by Heckman-Mohnke Funeral Home, Howard City


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Alice Mae Holton

C-OBIT-holtonAlice Mae Holton, 85 of Cedar Springs, passed away Monday, October 21, 2013 at her home surrounded by loving family.  Alice was born on October 31, 1927 in Big Rapids, MI, the daughter of Joseph and Ella (Graboski) Yost. She was married for 63 years to her husband, Mike and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  Alice was a longtime member and supporter of the Cedar Springs community; including 65 years of membership in the Cedar Springs Women’s Club as well as many other volunteer activities. Surviving are her children, Kathleen (Michael) Raudenbush of Rockford, Karen (Gary) Biegler of Atlanta, GA, Kevin (Carol) Holton of St. Cloud, MN, Kristine (John) Dulapa of Plymouth, MI; 11 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sister Lorraine Jernstadt; many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin “Mike” in 2011; son Richard; brothers, John Yost and Gordon Yost; sister, Helen Clark.  The family will receive friends Friday from 2-4  and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Saturday at 11:00 am.  Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating.  Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs.  Memorials may be made to the Cedar Springs Educational Foundation, Cedar Springs United Methodist Church and The Cedar Springs Library.

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Gilbert A. Feigel

Gilbert A. Feigel, 66 of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, October 20, 2013 at his home. Gilbert was born January 20, 1947 in Traverse City, MI the son of Herbert and Evelyn (Strauser) Feigel. He was a highly decorated Vietnam veteran serving in the U.S. Army. He was a beloved husband and father and is survived by his wife, Mary Lyn; sons, Dustin (Melissa) Feigel, Sean Feigel; brothers, Herbert John (Marilyn) Feigel, Richard (Esther) Feigel, Michael (Susan) Feigel; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Cremation has taken place and there will be no public services. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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C-OBIT-PritchardSandra Ann Pritchard, age 60, passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2013. She was born in Grand Rapids to Charles and Joyce (nee Davis) Pritchard. One of Sandra’s passions was being an AA sponsor and helping others through their struggles. She also enjoyed making beaded jewelry and doing crafts. Sandra is survived by her daughter, Jessica (Jason) Ruff; granddaughters, Heather and Hannah Ruff; father, Charles; brother, Steven (Val) Pritchard; sisters, Susan (Ed Misner) Preston, Joni (Scott) Quinn, Kathy (Tim) McGee, Ann (Mark) Balczak; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded by her mother, Joyce; sister, Linda Everhart. The memorial service will be 11 AM Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at the Pederson Funeral Home in Rockford. The visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Memorial contributions can be made to Mel Trotter Ministries, 225 Commerce SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Arrangements by The Pederson Funeral Home


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EPSON scanner imageClara M. Bishop, 92 of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Mrs. Bishop was born May 7, 1921 in Armada, Michigan the daughter of William and Emma (Ferrier) Bishop. She always put God first and then family before self. Surviving are her children; Sharon Bishop, Carol Bishop, Donna (Walt) Austin, Paul (Sherry) Bishop, MaryEllen Bishop, John (Sandra) Bishop, Mark (JoEllen) Bishop, Morris (Sonja) Bishop, Pete (Sherry) Bishop, Steve Bishop, Anthony (Stacy) Bishop, Ron (Melissa) Bishop; 25 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Jonathan Bishop, William “Bill” Bishop; children, Adrian “Jimmy” Bishop Jr., David Bishop, William “Billie” Bishop; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Bishop; grandson, Brent Bishop; great granddaughter, Emorie Bishop. The family greeted friends Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Saturday 2:00 pm at Pilgrim Bible Church, Cedar Springs. Pastors Michael Shiery and David Spivey officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Pilgrim Bible Church.

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


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41C-obit-Hughes-webMuriel A. Hughes (Orrin), Age 90, born November 12, 1922  passed away early Wednesday, October 9, 2013 with dignity and peace surrounded by family.

She was the loving wife of Robert L. Hughes who is deceased and the mother of Mark (Sue) Hughes and David (Jean) Hughes and a long time resident of Cedar Springs. She was a member of the Huggard Bible Church. Muriel was known by some for her poetry and published under the name “The Cricket”. A memorial service will be held in the community room at Richter Place Apartments, 9101 Courtland Drive, Rockford on Friday, October 11 from 3 to 5 pm. It is suggested that donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.




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Darlene Joy Ferguson

Mrs. Darlene Joy Ferguson of Solon Township passed away on September 24, 2013, age 70. The four winds blew, my wolves came from the north gave me gifts, welcomed our family to the third heaven, as war cries sounded you became the angel of mourning, and Grey Otter cried inside, a storm is coming, and I, Chief of all Nations, will address our family legacy, Mother Earth is here. Mrs. Ferguson’s family is planning a private service at a later date.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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39C obit RowlandMrs. Bonnie J. Rowland of Cedar Springs, age 88, passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2013. She grew up in the Cedar Springs area and worked at her Grandma Hanna’s restaurant where she met her future husband, Ken. They were married January 27, 1942 by Rev Cox. In 1952 they moved to Cedar Springs where she and Kenneth raised their 3 sons along with Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Quarter Horses. She loved her horses and all of the people she met. She had a special love for all of her grandchildren. She also enjoyed camping and going to the horse races. Mrs. Rowland returned to high school to receive her High School diploma later in life. She worked at Esch IGA Store, Stout’s Service Station as a bookkeeper, Holton LP Gas and Meijer. She also worked as a Tupperware Manager for many years. Bonnie is survived by her children; Tom and Judy Rowland, Bob Rowland and Jodi Coates, Bill and Karen Rowland. Her brother and sisters; Dick and Joan Morris, Sally and John Fortuna, Sandy and Mort Reed, her sister-in-laws; Mrs. Betty Morris and Erma Thompson; 8 grandchildren; Lauri and Gordon Waller, Scott and Penny Rowland, Rob and Shannon Rowland, Lisa Santoya, Shane and Tracy Rowland, Troy Rowland, Devin Nagle and Brett and Michelle Rowland; 17 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband R Kenneth Rowland September 15, 1999, her parents DJ Morris and Meryl Hannah and her brother Rex Morris. The Service for Mrs. Rowland will be Thursday September 26, 2013 at 11:00am at Pederson Funeral Home 127 N. Monroe Street, Rockford Michigan. Visitation was held on Wednesday September 25, 2013 from 4:00-8:00pm at the Funeral Home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Spectrum Health Hospice 4500 Breton Ave SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49508.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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