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Wenona M. Bristol

Bristol WenonaWenona M. Bristol, 92 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, May 30, 2016 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Mrs. Bristol was born May 4, 1924 in Howard City, MI the daughter of Lloyd and Lydia (Goestch) Shupe. She was a longtime member of the Cedar Springs American Legion Auxiliary where she loved playing bingo. She enjoyed watching baseball and the Detroit Tigers, spending time with her family and friends and going out to eat. Surviving are her son, Mark; daughter-in-law, Susan Bristol; grandchildren, Kimberly (David Hart), Eric, Lisa, Lauren, and Jenna; great grandchildren, Gary, May, Rory, Peyton, and Rylee; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wyman; sons, Stephen and Christian; daughters-in-law, Gale and Sue; eight brothers and sisters. The family will greet friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters and Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 am. Pastor Dennis Tyson officiating. Interment Spencer Mills Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home.

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CARL R. STRAUB

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Carl R. Straub, 72, of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at his home. Carl was born April 28, 1944 in Granada, Mississippi, the son of Herman and Marjorie (Egner) Straub. He graduated from Union High School in 1962. He then joined the Air Force serving from 1963-69. He settled in Cedar Springs in 1977 near the Egner Family Farm. Carl was a simple, stubborn man. He enjoyed his cars, guns, Gunsmoke reruns and spending time with his grandkids. He was one of a kind! Surviving are his wife, Marjorie (Race) whom he married on Feb. 27, 1965; sons, Carl Straub & Brynadette Powell, Richard & Carolyn Straub; grandchildren, Adrianna, Brooklyn, Caroline and Blake; brothers, William & Lenora Nawara, John Nawara; sister, JoAnne & Brian Ellis; brothers-in-law, Gordon & Shirley Race, Kenneth & Yvonne Race; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family will greet friends Wednesday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday 11:00 am at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Cedar Springs. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Private interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs.

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

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Jerry L. Elder

 

20C--Obit-ElderBWJerry L. Elder, 72, of Newaygo, died Monday, May 16, 2016 at Metro Health Hospital. Jerry was born May 7, 1944 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the son of Cecil and Virginia (Hanna) Elder. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Vietnam War. He owned and operated Elder Forest Products since 1981. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved his work at the sawmill and most importantly the numerous family gatherings with his children and grandchildren. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Darlene (Wert); children, Chad (Melody) Elder, Tammy (Brian) Hills, Gerry Aley; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; mother, Virginia Fisher; sister, Judy (Dan) Sturgeon; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Maurice Dean; brothers, Jack and Ralph. 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 2:00 pm. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment with military honors at Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Metro Health Hospital or the Friends of the Michigan Veterans Home.

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

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IRVIN L. SMITH

 

20C--obit-SmithFCIrvin L. Smith, 67, of Sand Lake, died Friday, May 13, 2016 at his home with his family by his side. Irvin was born November 8, 1948 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the son of Alvin and Ida (Spencer) Smith. He graduated from Kent City High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War. He received a Silver Star and Purple Heart. He enjoyed being a mechanic, restoring tractors, hunting, fishing, and horseback riding. When he married Denise in 1998 he took in her children as his own. He had a heart of gold and would do anything for anybody. Surviving are his wife, Denise (Pope); children, Kevin (Connie) Smith, Ann (Aaron) Kindel; stepchildren, Chad (Jeannie) Fisk, Ken (Courtney) Fisk, Sherri (Ron) Potes; grandchildren, Ashley (Jeremiah) Strawderman, Nicole Smith, AJ, Austin and Alivia Kindel, Chase and Archer Fisk; brother, Ike (Joyce) Smith; parents-in-law, Keith (Shirley) Pope; brothers-in-law, Keith (Dixie) Pope, Mark Pope, Bill (Angela) Pope; several nieces and nephews; his baby girl, Stormy. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Carol Lundquist; brother, David Smith. A private family memorial service will be held. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Michigan or Friends of the Michigan Veterans Home.

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

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HAROLD E. NAFFZIGER

 

20C--obit-NaffzigerFCwebHarold E. Naffziger, age 87, died late Friday, May 13, 2016 at his son’s home in Greenville surrounded by his family. He was born August 9, 1928 in Grand Rapids, the son of Peter and Blanche (Jones) Naffziger. He was a proud veteran, having served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, and was a Past Commander and life member of the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101, Greenville, as well as a life member of the Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065, Sheridan, and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Grand Rapids. He was also a member of the TPA, Post G in Greenville, the Forty and Eight, and an involved member and officer at the Greenville Senior Center. Harold was a faithful Christian and longtime member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, where he served in many capacities, including as elder and trustee. He is survived by his sons, Harold E. (Darlene) Naffziger, Jr. of Greenville, Jeff (Gayla) Naffziger of Greenville, Ken Naffziger of Sand Lake; daughter, Milly Dempsey of Gowen; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Eugene (Frieda) Naffziger of Cedar Springs; and sisters, Lorraine Wiggins of Sparta and Patricia (Russell) Merlington of Cedar Springs. He was preceded in death by his parents; great-grandson, Hunter Naffziger; Harold, Jr., Jeff, Ken, and Milly’s mother, Judith Harmon; brothers, Leo Beard, Leland Beard, and Richard Naffziger; sisters, Irene Wright, Virginia McClendon, Geraldine Batchelder, and Virgilean Bradley; and special friend, Wanda Lippert. Funeral services were held at 11:00 am Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Rev. Mark Pflug officiating. Visitation was Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Hurst Funeral Home. Interment will be in Blythefield Memory Gardens, Belmont. Memorial contributions may be given to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, and memories and messages of condolence may be shared at www.hurstfh.com.

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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AGNES ROUNDS

_19C-obit-RoundsAgnes Marie Rounds, 92, of Rockford, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, May 9, 2016 with her family by her side at Spectrum Health United Memorial Rehab and Nursing Center, Greenville. She was born January 1, 1924 in McBain, Michigan, the daughter of Merle and Christel (Burkett) Bell. On April 7, 1942 she married Ellsworth Rounds in Lansing, he preceded her in death in 1993. Agnes was a very active long time member of Huggard Bible Church, Sand Lake. Agnes and her husband Ellsworth hosted many pastors, missionaries, friends and family at their home on Lincoln Lake. She loved helping and serving people. Her favorite pastimes were sewing, knitting, crocheting, playing games and entertaining. The most important thing in her life was serving the Lord and loving her children and grandchildren. She was always interested in all of their lives. Agnes was very loved and will be extremely missed by her children, Richard (Barb) Rounds, Judy (Ed) Williams, and Debbie Wagner; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; niece, Ruth Ann (Herb) Rice; several great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, sister, Dorothy (Arrow) Peters; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Rounds. The family will greet friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. A celebration of her life will be held Friday 11:00 am at Huggard Bible Church, 8860 21 Mile Road, Sand Lake. Pastor Ron Workman officiating. Interment Spencer Mills Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Huggard Bible Church.

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

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DAVID D. HILTZ

C-Obit-HiltzDavid D. Hiltz, 57, of Cedar Springs, died Friday, April 29, 2016 at his sister’s home. David was born October 23, 1958 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Daniel and Geraldine (Wildey) Hiltz. He had worked at Target Construction. He enjoyed fishing and playing the guitar and said he enjoyed his life and had no regrets. Surviving are a son, Josh Spurrier (Hiltz); mother, Geraldine Byars; brothers, Dan Hiltz, Paul Hiltz; sisters, Jean (Sam) Yon, Joyce (Jerry) Seevers, Doreen (Adam) Church; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 pm at the Seevers Residence, 16530 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs. Chaplain Daniel Pflug officiating.

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

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WILLIAM FAY BEEBE

William F. Beebe

William F. Beebe

, age 95, of Sand Lake passed away April 22, 2016. William was born November 27, 1920 at home in Ionia Township, Michigan, the son of Lloyd and Jessie (Beckhorn) Beebe. William served proudly in WWII from September 5, 1942 to December 30, 1945. William is survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen; 5 children, Kathy & Jim Britton (Pewamo, Michigan), Fay Beebe (Plainwell, Michigan), Sandy & Jim Patin (Sand Lake, Michigan), Harriet & Chuck Eisenlohr (Hart, Michigan), Bruce & Connie Beebe (Newaygo, Michigan); 15 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. William chose to be cremated with no services. The family will have a private memorial at a later date.

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SUSAN E. ODREN

Susan E. Odren

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Susan E. Odren, 59, of Sand Lake, died Friday, April 22, 2016 at her home. Susan was born July 4, 1956 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of George and Esther (Pacewiecz) Chmurynski. She retired from the Cedar Springs office of AT&T after 30 years of service. She loved animals, enjoyed gardening and was a very generous and God fearing woman. Surviving are her husband, Phillip; children, Melissa (Matthew) Moyer, Andrew (Heather) Odren, Corene Rodriquez, Megan (Wade) VanDyke; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Brandon, Brandon, Lauren, Sally, Evan and Nickolas; mother, Esther Chmurynski; sisters, Terri (Jeffrey) Rees, Robin (David) Chmurynski-Mattman; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, George Chmurynski. A Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 am at Mary Queen of Apostles. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Montcalm County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 368, Stanton, MI 48888.

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

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Louise Marie (Brunnenkant) Bassett

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Louise Marie (Brunnenkant) Bassett, age 86, of Gowen, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was born March 25, 1930 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Otto and Margaret (Hein) Brunnenkant. She was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church in Howard City, loved gardening, motorcycle riding, cooking, family gatherings, family Doctor receptionist, bookkeeper of husband’s business, mother, grandma great-grandma and a homemaker. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 65 years Ramon Bassett and her four children, Renae & (Stanley) Kimes of Belding, Debra & (Norman) Chee of New Mexico, Judy & (William) Fish of Rockford and Jeffrey (Debbie) Bassett of Sparta; 10 grandchildren, Matthew Kimes of Belding, Michelle Kimes Schreiner of Cedar Springs, Peter & (Brandilyn) Fish of Cedar Springs, Kathryn Fish & (Brooks Hobson) of East Grand Rapids, Emily & (Kevin) Ritzema of Cedar Springs, Abigail Bassett of Howard City, Whitney Bassett of Sparta and Hannah, Brian & Ben Chee of New Mexico; 6 great-grandchildren, Colten, Dakota and Shalynn of Cedar Springs, Mason and Madison Hobson of East Grand Rapids and Aiden Ritzema of Cedar Springs. She is preceded in death by her parents Margaret and Otto Brunnenkant. Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Howard City, with Pastor Steven Frentz officiating. Visitation was Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville and on Monday from 10 a.m. at the church till the services on Monday. Burial took place at Elmwood Cemetery in Cedar Springs following the luncheon at the church. In Lieu of flowers those wishing to make a contribution in Louise’s name are asked by the family to contribute to Lacks Cancer Center of St. Mary’s or the Bethel Lutheran Church.Arrangements are by the Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville, with complete obituary online at www.marshallfuneralhomeinc.com where you can leave a message of condolence for the family.

Arrangements by Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville

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