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ELLA MAE KNOCH

 

C-obit-knochElla Mae (Mosher) Knoch, 89, of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Vista Springs. Ella Mae was born October 29, 1926 in Cadillac, Michigan the daughter of Clifford and Lavona (Stark) Joslin. She was a longtime member of Pilgrim Bible Church and had served as secretary and treasurer. She enjoyed sewing and taught a sewing class at Pilgrim Bible Academy. She had been active working the voting booths for Ensley Township. She loved the Lord, her church and her family. Surviving are her husband, Walter Knoch Sr. whom she married on December 12, 2010; son, Rodney (Sue) Mosher; seven stepchildren; grandsons, Kenneth (Stephanie) Mosher, Peter (Grace) Mosher; great grandchildren, Greyson, Hazelle, Kiptyn, Hunter, Bosten and a granddaughter on the way; many step grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers, Harry (Sarah) Joslin, Elwyn (Goldie) Joslin; sister, Orpha Nicholson; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a husband, Maynard Mosher; daughter and son-in-law, Connie (Richard) Tiede; great-granddaughter, Emery Mosher; brother, Leon Joslin; sister, Olive Hurst. The family will greet friends Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Monday 11:00 am at Pilgrim Bible Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Michael Shiery officiating. Interment Crandall Cemetery, Ensley Township. Memorial contributions may be made the Alzheimers Association or Pilgrim Bible Church.

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

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Julie Ann Balcom

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Julie Ann (Williams) Balcom (50) passed away on June 12, 2016 from heart failure.  She was born September 23, 1965 at Navy Hosp. Paris Island, South Carolina. Preceding her in death was her father Staff Sgt. Roscoe J. Williams USMC, cousin Jonathan C. Landrum, and uncle Calvin Landrum.  Julie is survived by husband L. Charles Balcom; daughter Mary Ann (Eric) Martinez; mother Janet Roemer; sisters Mary (James) Prentice, Minette Merritt, Amy (Michael) Mulcreevy; nephews Roscoe Merritt,  Liam Dykhouse, Clyde Dykhouse, and niece Cliona Mulcreevy. Julie was forever happy and helpful, sometimes teasing her sisters, drawing or playing with her horse (Jack) as a teen.  She rode Jack in many parades where she could make him rear and whistle, which made other horses nervous.  Julie always loved a joke and provoking laughter.  For an art class project Julie and others were each assigned a 6 foot long wall section to create a mural in the elementary school.  Julie chose a Smurf Village with homes, businesses, and people doing all sorts of activities.  In 10th grade she was a Brownie Scout Leader. In her senior year she had a one person art show at a local college and was accepted at Julliard School of the Arts. In order to be closer to home Julie attended Ferris University majoring in commercial art for one year. She then worked at several manufacturing jobs.  As early onset arthritis advanced she moved to California for better weather.  For several years she worked at Woods & Waters Campground as a maintenance person where she enjoyed her talent for fixing things.  Julie injured her back and began working as security guard and care person for the elderly.  Julie enjoyed this job the most, saying, it was the best job she’d ever had. Julie will be greatly missed by her family and dear friends.   A celebration of life was held in the church where Julie loved to sing, with Pastor Mike Murphy and friends at the Aguanga Christian Fellowship Church on June 25, 2016.  A grave side memorial will be held at the family plot, on Aug. 13th at 2 p.m., led by Pastor Jim Barnhart, from Wesley Chapel, Midland, Michigan.   Julie will rest with her grandparents, uncle, and cousin in Middlebranch Township Cemetery, 7 miles West of U.S.10 on East 14 Mile Rd., off of M-66.

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LORETTA BRANHAM

 

C-Obit-BranhamLoretta Branham, age 83, of Gowen passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, July 25, 2016. She was born the daughter of Wick & Arlene (Cornett) Sizemore on December 28, 1932 in Kentucky. They along with her husband, Rass Branham and many sisters and brothers have preceded her in death. Loretta is survived by her three daughters, Brenda Craigmyle of Cedar Springs, Tina (Todd) Hansen of Cedar Springs, Teresa Branham of Sevierville, Tennessee; four sons, Marty Jackson of Cedar Springs, Verne (Barb) Branham of Cedar Springs, Tom (Christina) Branham of Grand Haven, Robert Branham of Grand Rapids; brother, Herman (Lee) Sizemore of Florida; twenty one grandchildren; twenty eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Loretta was a hard working lady who worked and retired from Dollywood in Tennessee after 10 years. She also retired from C-Tec in Grand Rapids after many years of service. In her spare time she loved crocheting and especially enjoyed working on bed dolls and afghans. She collected cabbage patch dolls and loved to go fishing. Loretta loved her coffee and always insisted everyone stay for at least one cup with her. She was a huge Detroit Tigers fan and loved spending time with her grandchildren and her dog “Dani.” She will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her. Memorial services for Loretta will be held at a later date. Special thanks to Brenda Jackson-Black for supporting the family and all Loretta’s caregivers.

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Tom C. Male

C-OBIT-maleTom C. Male 55 of Sand Lake, died Sunday, July 17, 2016. Tom was born September 27, 1960 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of James and Ione (Scholz) Male. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a member of the Eagles and the Eagle Riders. He grew his hair out and donated it to Locks of Love many times and was always looking out for others and putting on benefits for them. Surviving are his daughter, Sadie; grandchildren, Hannah, Mackenzie, and Maddox; sisters, Belinda and Bonnie (Chris); girlfriend, Cheryl; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Ron; nephew, Fred. A celebration of his life was held Saturday, July 23 at his home. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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MYRTLE LOUISE ELDRED

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Myrtle Louise Eldred, age 99, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 15, 2016 at her home. She was born on March 2, 1917 in Gillette, Wyoming to Guy and Elsie (Terrill) Moyes. When Myrtle was six months old, the family moved to Cedar Springs where she resided the rest of her life. She attended Cedar Springs Schools and was the valedictorian of the Class of 1935. On September 4, 1937 she married Max Eldred who preceded her in death in 2007. Together, they raised two sons, Russell (Mara) of Cedar Springs, and Jack (Mary) of Frederick, Maryland. From 1965 to 1973, Max and Myrtle owned and operated the Cedar Springs Elevator and later were co-owners with their son Russell, of the White Creek Country Estates. Myrtle served as the treasurer of both businesses and as the treasurer of the Cedar Springs Free Methodist Church (now The Springs) where she was a devout and faithful member. In later life, Myrtle and Max enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, and China. Surviving, along with her sons and daughters-in-law are a sister, Doris Stark; grandchildren, Anitra, Michael (Ann), Sean (Caryn) and Brandon (Wendy); seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Margaret Eldred; many nieces and nephews; special friend and caregiver, Marion Liley. The family will greet friends Thursday, July 21 from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St. Cedar Springs. Pastor Barry Briggs officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to The Springs Church.

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

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PHYLLIS MAHLICH

Mrs. Phyllis Mahlich of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 76, passed away Sunday, July 18, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Phyllis is survived by her beloved husband Gerald Mahlich;  children Karen (Curt) Tackmann and Tim Mahlich; grandchildren; Damian Mahlich; Jeffrey (Nicole), Rebecca (Phil), Alex, and Logan Tackmann; brothers; Gene and Jim (Pam) Butler; sister; Nancy Mumah; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Wenona Butler.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 22 with visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m., at Rockford United Methodist Church, 59 Maple Street, Rockford, MI 49341. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the American Heart Association or Cedar Springs Education Foundation.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, 

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MILDRED WESCHE ROBERTSON

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In the early morning hours of Monday, July 11, 2016, Mildred Wesche Robertson, age 94, died surrounded by those who loved her and cared for her during her long battle with dementia. She had played her last game of Solitaire and written her last letter to her grandchildren. Mildred prepared her children for life by her example. She loved her family unconditionally and supported them during the challenges in their lives and celebrated all of their accomplishments. Mildred was born to Raymond and Gladys McIntyre on Monday, May 8, 1922, in West Olive, Michigan. She graduated valedictorian from Cedar Springs High School in 1940, and just one year later, married Raymond Wesche. Together, they owned a farm on 18 Mile Road, just east of Algoma Avenue. It was there she raised her family, taught them the value of a good education, and to put in a day’s work for a day’s pay. Those values are now being honored by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Every week they were in college, she would handwrite each of them a letter with encouragement and immeasurable love. Mildred worked for Rockford State Bank and for Wolverine Worldwide. She loved her community and was very active in it. When time allowed, she loved to read, crochet, and was an avid crafter and puzzler. Mildred was also an adventurous woman. She traveled often with her second husband, Earl Robertson, and even went whitewater rafting with her family at the young age of 81. Mildred is survived by her children, Ronald (Marcella) Wesche, Joyce (John) Hansen, Kenneth Wesche, and Nancy (Tim) Gerlich; daughter-in-law, Alice Wesche; grandchildren Brian Wesche, Krista (Jason) Noel, Andy (Tonya) Wesche, Aaron (Agnes) Wesche, Amy Marie Lovall, Alissa Wesche, Randy Wesche, Amy Michelle (Greg) Tribe, James Hansen, and Jeff (Sara) Hansen; great grandchildren, Jacob, Shane, Harleigh, Karissa, Alex, Logan, Ava, Kai, Zane, Pierce, Faith, Kimberly, Brittany, and Candice; one great-great granddaughter, Izabellah; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other beloved members of the Wesche family. In addition, she is survived by her special caregiver, Marlene Downes; and her faithful visitors, Michael Barwacz, and Keira and Kayla Painter, who will love and remember their “Pinkie” forever. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Raymond Wesche on January 30, 1967, and Earl Robertson on August 16, 1994; son Milford “Mick” Wesche; brothers and sister, Lawrence (Ardath) McIntyre, Bob (Marie) McIntyre, Don (Doris) McIntyre, Jim (Kletis) McIntyre, Edna (Harvey) Hyde; sister-in-law Ida (Ralph) Hineline; and brother-in-law Gus Wesche. There will be a time of visitation from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Mildred will be celebrated by Pastor Steve Lindeman at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 15, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home. There will be an additional time of visitation, one hour prior to the service. Mildred will be laid to rest in Solon Township Cemetery. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the American Cancer Society, 129 Jefferson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503; or to the American Lung Association, P.O. Box 966, Grand Blanc, MI 48480.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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THOMAS D. HOVEY SR.

28C--obit-HoveyThomas D. Hovey Sr., age 86, of Sand Lake passed away Friday, July 8, 2016 at his home. Tom was born June 22, 1930 in Grand Rapids. Surviving are his wife, Linda (Kort) Hovey; children, Mary and Tom Vaugh, Tom Hovey Jr., Kim and Karen Hovey, Pam and Al Pike, John Rasmussen, Lisa and Bill Groot; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; sister, Marilyn Demerest; sisters-in-law, Jackie Kort, Judy Doxey and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Marcia Hovey; brother, Lee F. Hovey Jr.; his parents, Lee  and Petronella Hovey and in-laws, Pete and Phyllis Kort. Early on in life Tom’s interests revolved around racing. His first experience was at Bigelow Field in 1948 and a long career ensued in open wheeled racing. He was recognized as a fierce dirt track competitor at many Midwest tracks. He was an avid hunter with trips to Montana, Iowa, Canada and the Upper Peninsula. As a fisherman he loved the water. In the last ten years of his life he was happiest on their houseboat, “The Hardy Hilton” surrounded by friends and family telling funny stories which he did best. Tom worked many years as a truck driver and equipment operator, starting at Bishop Motor Freight with his dad and brother. Then he owned his own truck and worked for Reith Riley. He also owned Fun Spot Bowling Alley in Irons, Michigan and went to Central Alaska in 1980 where he gold mined and repaired heavy equipment. In 1992 Tom retired from Grand Valley Redi-Mix/Ottawa Aggregates. He then went back to work hauling dies for General Die until 1999. The family wishes to thank Spectrum Health Palliative and Hospice Care. A celebration of life will be held in the fall.

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

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George C. Allington

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Mr. George C. Allington, age 91, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 9, 2016. George was born in Cedar Springs in 1925, he lived in Solon Township most of his life. George grew up on Lime Lake and attended Christian Hill School, and Cedar Springs Jr. High and High School. George joined the Army on April 12, 1944, served in the European Theater, and was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge on December 24, 1944. He received a Purple Heart, and the European Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars. He married Eldona “Donie” Louise Weller just before leaving for World War II, in August 1944. She preceded him in death in April of 2013. Upon return, they purchased a farm in Solon Township on Hanna Avenue and raised six children. George and Donie were married for 69 years. They operated a dairy farm for over 30 years. George also worked out at Rapistan, Sparta Foundry, Standard Oil, and Wolverine Brass in Grand Rapids until retirement. He was a charter member of the Pioneer Christian Reformed Church in Cedar Springs and served as a Deacon, Elder, and a Sunday School Teacher. After retirement, George and Donie served with Christian Reformed World Relief—now known as World Renew—and Appalachia Reach Out. On September 28, 2014 married Marilyn Baas and they had two happy years together. George is survived by his loving wife Marilyn, children, Dr. Richard (Dr. Ann McGill Franzen) Allington, Allen (HongXia) Allington, Len (Kimberly) Allington, David (Paula) Allington, Mary (Kim) Coonen, and Dale (Marcey) Allington. George was also blessed with 19 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. There will be a time of visitation on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, at 11:00 AM at Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford with Rev. Jacob Heerema officiating. Interment will be at Solon Township Cemetery under the auspices of the Kent County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the United State Army. Memorials to: World Renew, 1700 28th Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home

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MELVIN “JACK” HEISS

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Melvin “Jack” Heiss, 89, of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 1, 2016 with his family by his side. Jack was born September 16, 1926 in Solon Township, Michigan, the son of John and Emily (French) Heiss. He retired from Smith Industries in the late 1980’s working there over 35 years. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, had a wonderful sense of humor and was very compassionate and generous. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Sparta. Mourning his loss are his devoted wife, Betty (Martin) whom he married on October 14, 1950; beloved daughter, Nancy Heiss Merritt; grandsons, Dan (Michele) Hilliker, Dennis (Michele) Hilliker; great-grandchildren, Andrew (Kayla), Aaron, Jacky, Emily and Stephen Hilliker; sister-in-law, Ellen Heiss; stepson, Robert (Judy) Hey and their families; many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Munson, Otto, Leland and Elbert; sister, Esther Clarke. The family greeted friends Wednesday, July 6 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Thursday 11:00 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 1225 12 Mile Road NW, Sparta with viewing beginning at 10:00 am. Pastor Bryan Schneider-Thomas officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Historical Society.

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

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