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Nancy Lee Bremmer

Nancy Lee (Gunnell) Bremmer age 89, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, August 11, 2018. She was born November 22, 1928, in Rockford, MI, the daughter of Versal and Lorena (Blanchard) Gunnell. Nancy truly loved her family. Nancy and Ed would have celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on December 2, 2018. She enjoyed spending time outside in her garden. Many hours were spent arranging flowers into beautiful displays. She loved nature and delighted in bird watching in their backyard. Nancy’s favorite tree was an apple tree that was planted on their property over 68 years ago, providing us with many of her famous apple pies. Nancy had a gift for sewing; she could take one yard of material and make it into a beautiful creation. Summers were spent with family and friends at their cottage on Englewright Lake. Ed and Nancy also enjoyed their cabin on Drummond Island, with much time spent collecting pine boughs for her Christmas arrangements that many of us were lucky enough to have displayed in our homes. Nancy had a love for poetry and had a soft spot for their many family pets. She will be greatly missed by her family. Nancy is survived by her husband, Arwin (Ed) Bremmer; children, Tim (Karen) Bremmer, Dean Bremmer, Molly (Jeffrey) Bayuk; grandchildren, Lisa (Bobby) Jackson, Ethan Bremmer, Bryan (Jennifer) Bremmer, Hillary Pierson, Benjamin Bayuk, and Spencer Bayuk; great-grandchildren, Kyle and Taylor Jackson; siblings, Shirley Gumina, Fred (Carolee) Gunnell, John (Mayda) Gunnell, Camilla (John) Teusink; brothers-in-law, Rex (Kathy) Bremmer, and Arden (Denise) Bremmer; many nieces and nephews. The family will greet friends Wednesday from 4-7 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. A private family service will be held. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home.

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EVELYN RUTH JOHNSON CARPENTER

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Evelyn Ruth Johnson Carpenter, age 97, passed away at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on August 5. Mrs. Carpenter was born in Byron Center, Michigan on November 23, 1920, and was the daughter of the late Harold and Minnie Boone Johnson. She married Donavon Carpenter on March 30, 1946. They were married for 52 years upon his death on April 2, 1998. After his death, Mrs. Carpenter moved to Belmont and lived there independently until 2015. That year she moved to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, due to physical needs that necessitated a higher level of care. During her younger years she and her husband lived in the Sand Lake area for most of their married life. They owned a restaurant there, where she was the manager and cook. He managed a discount store, and later they both owned, managed and worked in a cut-rate drug store. During this time, they were both involved in the Chamber of Commerce and several times either chaired or co-chaired the large Independence Day celebration or parade in town each July 4. Mrs. Carpenter was known to be tireless on behalf of her church and her community. Her husband was a charter member of the local VFW Post 7912 in Sand Lake, and she of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Post. She served as president and treasurer of the Auxiliary, ad was also chosen as president of the ladies VFW Auxiliary eighth district. In addition, she served as treasurer for Camp Trotter, the Michigan VFW-sponsored children’s camp in Newaygo, Michigan. She was honored by the VFW post upon her 50th and 60th years of service with that organization. As part of that service, she was always a supporter of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and for more than 20 years was an active volunteer at that facility, often working there three to four days per week to assist in any way she could. In total, she logged more than 10,000 volunteer hours on behalf of the Home for Veterans. She served on the administrative board, on several committees and sang in the choir of the Maple Hill United Methodist Church until the church joined other churches to form the Heritage United Methodist Church in Howard City, Michigan. She remained active in that church until her move to Belmont. Most recently, she attended the Rockford United Methodist Church. She and Mr. Carpenter served as foster parents to several children and her home was always open to young people who needed her. She could often be found taking food to neighbors, shut-ins or friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her mother- and father-in-law, Arthur and Blanche Carpenter; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha Johnson Peterson (Curtis) and Mary Lois Johnson Gage (Edwin); one brother and sister-in-law, Stanley Johnson (Marie); her sister- and brother-in law, Dorothy Carpenter Conran (Larry); and her special friend, Bill Ross. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth Carpenter (Judy) of Greeneville, Tennessee; and one daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn Carpenter Sherd (Doug) of Sand Lake, Michigan. Also, four grandchildren and their spouses: Lisa Carpenter Huddleston (Edward) of Florence, Kentucky; Brent Carpenter (Libby Gray) of Cape Charles, Virginia; Seth Ream of Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Cami Ream of Sand Lake, Michigan. Plus three great-grandchildren – Clay, Luke and Sam Huddleston, all of Florence, Kentucky. She also leaves several nieces and nephews, including one special nephew, Dennis Conran, who had been so helpful to her, as well as special friends Gloria Yff, Ann Phillips and Jean Spence. Mrs. Carpenter will be cremated. Bliss-Witters and Pike Funeral Home of Cedar Springs is coordinating the arrangements. A memorial service will take place on Sunday, September 2 at 2 p.m. at Heritage United Methodist Church in Howard City. No formal visitation will take place, though immediate family will greet family and friends beginning at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 3000 Monroe Ave., N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49505. The family wishes to express appreciation to the staff of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans for the excellent care provided to Mrs. Carpenter during the past few years.

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

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BRUCE ALLEN JOHNSON

Bruce Allen Johnson, age 61, of Cedar Springs, passed away on Monday August 6, 2018. Bruce was born to Elmer Johnson and Thelma (Gee) Johnson on August 23, 1956. He was a graduate of Creston High School. Bruce is survived by his wife of 36 years, Diane (Deason) Johnson; his children, Tony Johnson (Brandy), Alisha Brooks (Steve), James Johnson (Tabetha), John Paul Johnson (Crystal), Shante Johnson; grandchildren, Tony Jr., Dominic, Mikey, Trevor, Katherine, John, Tyler, Hunter, Zaedyn, Breonna, Evie and Mercedez; brothers and sisters, Sue Bolton (Bill), Roxanne Miller, Buddy Johnson (Chris), John Johnson, Debbie Griffee; brother-in-law Tom Deason and sister-in-law Debra Angstman (Rick); many nieces and nephews. Bruce was preceded in death by both parents and son, John Thomas. A Celebration of Life will be held at Alisha Brooks’ House 17330 Tisdel Ave, Sand Lake, MI 49343 at 2:00 p.m. on August 25th, 2018.

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STANLEY DALE NEDRY

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Stanley Dale Nedry, age 91, of Cedar Springs passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. Stan was born June 21, 1927 in Falmouth, Michigan, the son of Fred and Sisley (Jones) Nedry. He served in the United States Army. Stan was an amazing carpenter for many years. He is survived by his children, Joan Balk and Brian Flohe; grandson, Ben Nedry; siblings, Boyd Nedry, Keith (June) Nedry, Irene (Marshall) Logan and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn and sister, Marge VanHaitsma. A special thanks to his nephew Gayle and wife Pat for all their help and care. The family will greet friends Monday, August 20 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. There will be no funeral service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Missaukee Humane Society 5310 W. Houghton Lake Rd. Lake City, MI 49651.

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

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DWIGHT C. JAMISON

Dwight C. “Ike” Jamison, age 90, of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Faith Hospice Trillium Woods on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Ike was born February 15, 1928 in Big Rapids, Michigan the son of Hugh and Nina (Oldfield) Jamison. He attended what was then called Ferris State Institute. At eighteen, Ike enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed at the 161st Station Hospital in Japan for five years during the Korean War. Upon his return to the states, he was stationed in New York City where he met and married his bride of 66 years, Josephine “Jo” (Valdez) in 1952. After a year of living in Manhattan, they returned to West Michigan and settled in Cedar Springs where they have resided for 53 years. Ike worked in millwright and retired from General Motors Plant #2 in Grand Rapids where he made many life-long friends and was an active member of the UAW, Region 1D. Lovingly remembering his constant dedication to family and friends are his wife, Jo; brother, Hugh Jamison; children, Archie Jamison, Judson (Kim Vu) Jamison, Carla (Bjorn) Hansen; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews and countless friends. The family will greet friends Thursday, August 9 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice.

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

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SALLY A. HAYNES

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Sally A. Haynes, age 57, of Cedar Springs, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Sally was born September 12, 1960 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Winston and Shirley (Smith) Boehm. She had managed the Family Dollar in Cedar Springs for 15 years. She loved her grandkids and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed camping, gardening and landscaping. Surviving are her husband, Chuck; children, Nathan (Lynette) Wolfe, Jessica (Johnny) Castellanos, April (Aaron) DeGraaf, Michael (Crystal) Haynes, Katie Haynes; grandchildren, Anthony, Jonathon, Ali, Carter, Brynn, Adalyn, Ezra; father, Winston Boehm; sisters, Debbie (Allan) Lehman, Tina (Tom) Tiethoff; brothers, Gene (Gayle) Boehm, Joe (Jill) Boehm, Gil (Denise) Boehm, Tim (Teresa) Boehm; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother and a sister, Tammy. The family greeted friends Wednesday, August 8 from 5-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Thursday 2:00 p.m. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Schools Athletic Boosters or to help with expenses.

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

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NANCY A. MILLER

 

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Nancy A. Miller, age 79, of Cedar Springs, died Friday, August 3, 2018 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Nancy was born August 17, 1938 in Pontiac, Michigan the daughter of Norbert and Annie (Cristine) Beckwith. She had been a member of the Red Hat Society, Cedar Springs American Legion and the Tri-County Eagles. Surviving are her children, Deborah Wood, Ronnie Seabolt (Tammy), April Seabolt; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; sister, Norma Hansel. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerome Miller; daughter, Lynn Doyle; sister, Sharon Beckwith; granddaughter, Mandy; great-grandson, Leighton. The family greeted friends Tuesday, August 7 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Wednesday, August 8. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice.

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

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JACK C. AVERILL

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Jack C. Averill age, 86, of Cedar Springs, crossed over into Heaven Sunday, July 29, 2018 at his home. Jack was born November 20, 1931 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of John and Beatrice (Lewitt) Averill. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the Midway from 1950 – 1954. He worked for Kelvinator for 25 years and enjoyed woodworking, music and playing the piano and fishing. He was a very kind and friendly person who loved people and his family. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Mary; children, Jeff Averill, Colleen Connolly, Michelle (Nace) Emmorey; 8 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson; brother, Ray (Pat) Averill; sister, Patricia (Vince) Jeluso. He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 grandchildren and 1 sister. Private family services will be held. Interment Coral Cemetery. Military honors by the U.S. Navy and the Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. 

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

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DALE E. MARKHAM

 

Dale E. Markham, age 77, of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Mercy Health St. Mary’s, Grand Rapids. Mr. Markham was born June 25, 1941 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the son of Earl and Thelma (Sipple) Markham. He worked at the Sparta Foundry for 30 years and enjoyed building models and was a train buff. He was a loving and caring father and grandfather. Surviving are his children, Kevin Markham, Cynthia Markham, Jamie (Jing) Markham; 3 grandchildren, Amanda (Jeff) Crouch, Nicole Martin, Meeka Markham; brothers, Harry (Evelyn) Markham, Jerry (Judy) Markham; sisters, Vivian Toothman, Linda Mishler. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary in 2007; 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Private family services will be held with interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. 

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

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PEARCE ALLEN LANE

 

Pearce Allen “Rocky” Lane, 87, of Cedar Springs, formerly of Big Rapids, passed away Friday July 27, 2018, in Greenville. He was born October 9, 1930, on a farm in Big Rapids, the son of Leroy and Ferne (Rogers) Lane. Pearce graduated from Big Rapids High School, and attended MSU on a boxing scholarship. Rocky was the World Amateur Boxing Champion in 1954, was the All Army Worldwide Boxing Champion in 1955 and 1956, and boxed in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. (He earned the nickname “Rocky” before the movie came out!) For 25 years, Rocky served his country in the U.S. Army, retiring as Lt. Colonel, and earned many honors. He served two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot, and was shot down but escaped injury. Rocky was named an Outstanding Young Man of America in 1967, and was president of Georgia Olympians. He was honored to carry the torch in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Throughout his life, Rocky earned other honors and awards, and could tell you a story about all of them. He will be missed along with those stories and his sense of humor. Pearce was preceded in death by his first wife Dianne and son Bruce. He is survived by their children Nancy King and Richard Lane, also his second wife Betty and her children, Ronald Helms, Vicki Goss, Richard Helms, Michael Helms, and Karen Corey; his siblings Gordon Lane, Herman McConnell, and Diane Windquist; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by brothers Roger and Kenny Lane. Memorial services for Rocky were held 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 30, 2018, at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids, with Pastor John Bookshaw officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Big Rapids American Legion Post #98 Honor Guard. Burial will be in Highland View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Kindred Hospice Care, 625 Kenmoor SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Share a memory or express condolences at www.mohnkefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Mohnke Funeral Home, Big Rapids

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