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Edward J. Smith, age 89, of Sand Lake passed away at his residence on August 22, 2015.  He was born April 12, 1926 in Lakeview, the son of John and Margaret Smith.  As a teenager, Ed worked for his brother, Francis, at Smitty’s Garage in Lakeview.  He also worked delivering coal in the Lakeview area.  He served his country in the US Army during WWII and was a member of the Sand Lake VFW Post.  After the war he worked for Dohler Jarvis in Grand Rapids and Toledo as a die cast repair man, retiring after 35 years. Ed never lost his love for auto mechanics and was noted in Sand Lake for being able to fix most anything.  He was always willing to help neighbors and the Village of Sand Lake with repairs.  Many children learned how to repair their bicycles from Ed.  Ed loved to fish, hunt and camp. He enjoyed riding motorcycle and fast cars. He also loved to restore old cars and tractors.  Ed and his wife Laura could often be found sitting on the swing in their front yard.  In his senior years Ed rarely missed Friday music at the Howard City Senior Center. Surviving are his wife Laura; children, Dan (Jane) Smith of Pierson, Margaret Merritt of Sand Lake, Sandra (Harold) McConnell of Sparta, Edward (Karin) Jr. Smith of Ohio, Randy (Roxie) Smith of Texas, John (Cheryl) Smith of Sand Lake, Lori (Scott) Wesche of Howard City; 23 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; one sister Dorothy Briggs of Muskegon; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Francis and Ray Smith and one sister Charlotte Rogalewski. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, August 29th at 11 am at the Heckman Funeral Home in Howard City with burial in the Pierson Cemetery, where Military Honors will be conducted by the Howard City VFW Post.  The family will greet friends on Friday, August 28th  from 2-4 and 6-8 pm and prior to services on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Howard City Senior Center, 132 E. Edgerton, PO Box 399, Howard City, MI 49329  Attention Delores Becker.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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Joseph Scott Castine, 61, of Cedar Springs, died Friday, August 21, 2015 at Mercy Hospital, Muskegon. Joseph was born January 16, 1954 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Ramon and Jacqueline (Skokna) Castine. He was a very hardworking, dedicated, loyal and kind person. He had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. Surviving are his son, Joseph and fiancee, Prudence Parker; brothers, Ramon, Gregory; sisters, Debra Hilton, Johnee Doering; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Penny Marie. The family greeted friends Tuesday, August 25 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. There was no formal service. Private family burial will be held at Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Fund.

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

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Roberta Ann “Bobbie” Sprague, age 64, of Cedar Springs, formerly of Big Rapids and Morley, went to sleep in Jesus on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. She was born on April 19, 1951 in Lansing, the daughter of Christian and Dorothy (Carter) Bentley. Bobbie enjoyed doing crafts, loved her church family, and was always ready to help anyone. She is survived by her husband, Philip Sprague of Sheridan; two children, Daniel (Dorothea) Yarrington of Rockford and Sapphire Yarrington of Rockford; three grandchildren; four sisters, Juanita (Mike) Crooks of Morley, Lorenda Lytle of Sears, Laura Stahle of Cedar Springs, and Cheri (John) Gerst of Reed City; two brothers, Richard (Ruth) Bentley of Hersey and Alan (Bunny) Bean of Hopewell, Virginia; many nieces and nephews; and her great aunt Alice Marrs. Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, James Bentley; and three sisters, Marjorie Winstone, Leah Finney, and Beverly Earnest. Also preceding her were her aunt and uncle, whose home she grew up in, Abner and Beatrice Lehman. Funeral services for Bobbie was held at 11:00 am, Monday August 24, 2015 at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids. Her family greeted friends on Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and Monday from 10:00 am until the time of service. Interment will be at the Pine Plains Cemetery in Big Rapids.

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February 21, 1972 – August 17, 2015

Jarrod Welch, 43, of Sparta, passed away on Monday, August 17, 2015 at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. He was born on February 21, 1972 in Greenville, Michigan. Jarrod was a great outdoorsman. He went fishing, camping, scuba diving, riding his motorcycle, hunting and gardening any chance he got. He also enjoyed music and thunderstorms. He valued his time spent with family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn (Bricault) Welch; his parents, Gary and Connie Welch of Sand Lake; his grandparents Don and Joan (Tramper) Welch of Sand Lake; his son, Shane Welch; his step-son, Robbie Bricault-Peckham; his brothers Cory (Angela) Welch, Chris Mortenson; his sister, Anisa Mortenson; many nieces and nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his “brother-in-spirit” Billy Lincoln. A celebration of life will be held on September 12, 2015. Details will follow on Facebook in the near future. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jarrod’s name will be accepted at www.gofundme.com/JarrodWelch. All funds will be used to pay for medical expenses and to support the family during this time. Jarrod will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

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EPSON scanner imageBeverly A. Odren, 81, of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Friday, August 14, 2015 at her home. Bev was born January 1, 1934 in Solon Township, Michigan, the daughter of Peter and Marjorie (Clingan) Hanna. She retired from Cedar Springs Public Schools Reading Center and had been a lifetime and very active member of First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. She was a very loving and caring mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend. Surviving are her children, Keith (Marva) Odren, Kent (Peggy) Odren, Karla (Dennis) Glerum; grandchildren, Peter (Monika) Odren, Derek (Jacqui) Odren, Anna Odren, Julie (Matt) Whitehead, Mary (Aaron) Aniszko, Tim (Amy) Glerum, Jon Glerum, and Andy Glerum; great grandchildren, Geneva, Eli, Zach, Isiah, Monroe, and Max; sisters, Myrna Weidenfeller, Doris (Ron) DeJong; brother, Don (Nancy) Hanna; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles in 2000. The family greeted friends Monday, August 17 from 5-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Tuesday 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church, 233 S. Main St, Cedar Springs. Pastor Jim Howard officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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32C-obit-Lee-webIrene Marie (Hawley) Lee, age 60, of Hessel, Michigan, died on August 7, 2015 in Petoskey, Michigan. She was born on May 1, 1955, in Cedar Springs, Michigan, to George and Marjorie (Wert) Hawley. Irene grew up in Cedar Springs and attended Kent City High School. She worked at Lehnart Dairy Farms in Sand Lake. She met Thomas Lee later in life, and married on November 14, 1998. Irene took great pride in being a caregiver to her mother for many years. Irene was a very fun and happy person. She liked hunting, flower gardening, playing cards and dice, and loved going to the casino. Irene is survived by her husband, Thomas Lee; sisters, Denise VeltKamp, Bonnie Clayton, Jennie Magoon, Kathy Trader, Margaret (Mike) Carriere; brothers, George (Gayle) Hawley, Tim (Jenny) Hawley, Jeff (Dawn) Hawley, Sam Hawley, Brian Hawley, and Kris (Nicole) Hawley; and many nieces and nephews. Irene is preceded in death by her parents; brothers-in-law, Clinton VeltKamp, Bob Clayton, and Norm Trader. Memorial service will be held August 30, 2015 at 1 pm at the Pierson Bible Church, 101 Grand, Pierson.

R. Galer Funeral Home in Pickford, Michigan is serving the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.rgalerfuneralhome.com.

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32C obit nielsenThorval “Bo” Nielsen, 81 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, August 7, 2015 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Bo was born September 29, 1933 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the son of Vern and Lillian (Pritchard) Nielsen. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School and attended Davenport College. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Bo attended the East Nelson United Methodist Church, was a member at the Cedar Springs Historical Society and active at the Museum, the Cedar Springs American Legion, and a lifetime member and very active in the Red Flannel Rod and Gun Club. He was a lifetime builder in the Cedar Springs area, enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved his family and spending time with his sons. Surviving are his wife, Sharon (Buchholz) whom he married on December 6, 1958; sons, Brian (Deborah), Alan (Rhonda); grandchildren, Ryan (Molly), Lauren (Will) Buttars; great grandchildren, Kendall and Mason; brothers, JC, Walter (Helen), Ivan (Phyllis), Eugene (Shirley); sisters, Nina Middleton, Karen (Leonard) Deyman; in-laws, Otto (Marion) Buchholz, Alvin (Patricia) Buchholz, Joyce (Richard) Johnson, Lois Garvey; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother; one sister; and one brother-in-law. The family greeted friends Tuesday, August 11 from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Wednesday 11:00 am. Pastor Herb VanderBilt officiating. Interment with military honors at East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48033.

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

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30-OBIT-marionVicki Lynn Marion, 59, of Sidney Township, Stanton, died Friday, July 24, 2015 at her home. Vicki was born April 26, 1956 in Cedarville, Michigan, the daughter of Darwin and Viola (Marks) Minard. She loved gardening, being outdoors and kayaking. She was an amazingly strong woman, with the biggest heart and a mom to many. Surviving are her daughter, Lynn Marion of Cedar Springs; boyfriend, Jerry VanHolstyn; brothers, Keith (Diane) Minard, Steve (Charlene) Minard, Mike Minard; sisters, Darlene (Jack) Bonenberger, Barbara Minard, Sheila Minard-Brady; many nieces and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark Marion in 1996 and a nephew, Darwin “James” Minard. The family greeted friends Tuesday, July 28 from 12 noon until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Michael Shiery of Pilgrim Bible Church officiating. The family would appreciate memorial contributions to help with funeral expenses.

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

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Mark Stephen Schupp, 54, of Howard City, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 26, 2015 while on a hiking trip with the youth group. Mark was born February 11, 1961 in Chester, Pennsylvania, the son of John and Doris (Williams) Schupp III. He worked in maintenance at Rockford Public Schools since 1989. Surviving are his wife, Cynthia (Owen); children, Stephen, David, Luke, Isaac, and Jenna; brothers, Kevin and Joel; sister, Linda Thomas; mother-in-law, Joyce Owen; brothers-in-law, Howard and Mick; special uncle and aunt, Clarence (Nancy) Hamilton. He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Moses Ray Owen. At the age of 20, Mark gave his life to the Lord under the influence of his friend and mentor, Rich Steptoe. He accompanied Rich in his bus ministry, inner-city ministries, and visitation. Mark will be remembered for being kind and caring, intent on being a warrior for Christ. He lived to serve others with an intense passion and took special pleasure in serving his beloved wife, Cindy, and their five children. He made life fun, coaching their basketball teams, taking them on trips, and creating adventures around their home. Life with Mark was never dull, as his creativity filled their lives with pirates, caped heroes, Indians, cavemen, knights, dinosaurs, fireworks, bonfires, zip lines, forts, tea parties, science lessons, woodworking, wrestling/boxing, and so much more. Every birthday was marked with a special Mark-created cake. Mark proudly invested in his children’s interests by attending sporting events, plays/musicals, and recitals. After all the fun, he was a dad willing to listen, read, talk, and fill his children’s lives with the Word of God. Mark was a member of the First Baptist Church of Newaygo where he taught an adult Sunday school class and was an AWANA leader. In the past, Mark served as a VBS coordinator, visitation team member, youth leader, and basketball ministry helper. His dedication to God was evident in how he served his church and community. When Mark met Cindy, he was a city boy. He let himself be led to the woods of Michigan and never looked back. He assimilated himself into her world, and together they created a life for their family. He worked alongside Cindy to help care for their family members, their children, and their church family. It’s this Mark that will be greatly missed, but we celebrate that he is now enjoying being in the presence of his Lord. The family will greet friends Thursday from 5-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, in Cedar Springs. The celebration of life will be held Friday at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church, 233 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. Pastors Daryl Crawford, Danny Hicks, Mark Holman, Mike King, and Steve Mackey officiating. Interment at Algoma Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Pine Ridge Bible Camp Sports Discipleship Ministry or to an education fund for Mark’s children.

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

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Sarah Ann Coulson


C-OBIT-CoulsonSarah Ann Coulson, 45 of Allendale died Monday, July 13, 2015 at her home. Sarah was born April 8, 1970 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Richard and Ruth (Sims) Cain. Sarah grew up in Wyoming, MI and  graduated from Rogers High School in 1988. She went on to college and graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor degree. She was very outgoing, had a lot of friends, a quick smile and was very giving to others. Surviving are her husband, Scott; children, Sasha, Zane and Zoe; father, Richard Cain of Charlevoix; brother, Shawn (Tammy) Cain of Cedar Springs, sister, Stacie (Francisco) Ramirez of Grant. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth (Sims) Cain and brother, Stephen Paul Cain. A graveside service was held Tuesday, July 21 at East Nelson Cemetery, 8700 18 Mile Road, NE, Cedar Springs. Pastor Bruce Chapman officiated. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate help with the funeral expenses. You may contribute at www.thecoulsons.com/funeral

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

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