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HAROLD E. SCHMALTZ

 

C-OBIT-schmaltz-webHarold E. Schmaltz, 80, died Sunday, April 19, 2015, at St. Mary’s Mercy Health Center, Grand Rapids. Mr. Schmaltz, of Cedar Springs was born January 17, 1935, in Owensboro, Kentucky, the son of George and Elsie (Martin) Schmaltz. He served in the U.S. Navy and attended Cheboygan County Normal and Central Michigan University. He is survived by eight children, two step-children, twenty-four grandchildren, and one great-grand child. Children and spouses are: Deborah Patterson of Cheboygan, Michigan; Robert and Michele Schmaltz of Muscatine, Iowa; Rebecca and Matthew Stanley of Huntington Beach, California; Gregory and Brandy Schmaltz of Cheboygan, Michigan; Rev. David and Andrea Schmaltz of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina; Eric and Lisa Schmaltz of Alanson, Michigan; Fred and Jessica Schmaltz of Rowlett, Texas; and Susannah and David Tanis of Sparta, Michigan and grandson Cody who shared a special relationship with Harold; Amanda Watkins of Cedar Springs, and Elizabeth and Jason Holloway Concord, North Carolina. He is also survived by special companion, Betty Schillim and close friend John Colombia. Mr. Schmaltz’ life was remarkable. He was raised on a farm in the Belding area and was awarded FHA and musical accolades as a young man. After graduation, Mr. Schmaltz served in the Navy for a short time, after which he pursued a teaching career at the Tannery School in Cheboygan and Midland’s Greendale #4 School. During this time he met and married Virginia Carlson. Also, of special note, he worked on the first painting crew of the Mackinaw Bridge in 1957, a job of which he was particularly proud. Mr. Schmaltz had such an interest in history, writing, and journalism he was destined for the newspaper business where he worked as manager, publisher, advertising executive, news-writer and reporter for such notable newspapers in the region as the Clinton County News, Gratiot County Herald, North Kent Leader, The Greenville Daily News, The River Valley Shopping News, The Record in Howard City, and the Big Rapids Daily Pioneer newspaper. His articles and reports where enjoyed by mid-Michigan residents for decades. He wrote many historical summaries and memorials for local veterans and was beloved for doing so. Mr. Schmaltz spent many years also in Kentucky and Alabama continuing in advertising, news and magazine writing and farm chemical sales. During this period he met and married Joan Watkins. Harold was an avid outdoorsman and taught his family how to hunt, fish, and enjoy nature by exploring local parks and camping tours throughout the country visiting national parks and historical sites. Mr. Schmaltz was involved in leadership in such organizations as the Rotary Club, Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, Republican Party Executive Committee, and was an actor and president of the Gratiot Country Players. During his service in these clubs and organizations he received many awards for merit and his communication skills, his favorite being the special commission to Kentucky Colonel. He will be missed by his family, friends and many others for his love and passionate service to our communities. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be announced for this summer.

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

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CLARA JO GUST

 

Clara Jo Gust, 94 of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Sanctuary at St. Mary’s. Mrs. Gust was born March 28, 1921 in Ovid, Michigan, the daughter of George and Nellie (Lockwood) Sillaway. She graduated from Cedar Springs High School, Class of 1939 as Salutatorian. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and had worked at Pollocks Department Store and the Red Flannel Factory. She was an avid golfer, bowler and bridge player. She enjoyed traveling and spending time in Florida, was a wonderful mother and had a special love for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surviving are her children, Gary (Lolly) Gust, Joanne Gust; son-in-law, Tom Finch; grandchildren, Jeff (Barb) Gust, Michelle Tackmann, Elissa Hughes & Mike Mondy, Zachary (Connie) Hughes, Zeke (Mandy) Finch, Brianna (Garry) Genao; great grandchildren, Jason, Brooke and Jacob Gust, Isabelle Tackmann, Afton Glynn, Elizabeth and Annabelle Finch; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Beverly Finch; six brothers and sisters. The family will greet friends Tuesday, June 9, at 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen, 3949 Sparks Dr. SE, Suite 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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

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REVA MARVETTA BENEDICT

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Reva Marvetta Benedict, 88 of Holland, formerly of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at her home. Marvetta was born February 4, 1927 in Kewadin, Michigan the daughter of Espy and Edith (Wildi) Hubbell. She graduated from Elk Rapids High School in 1944 and had worked at Knape & Vogt for 28 years retiring in 1991. She had been a member of First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs and was presently attending New Vision Church, Holland. She was a 40 year very active member of the Cedar Springs American Legion Post 287 Ladies Auxiliary and the 40 et 8. Surviving are her children, Gerald (Joni) Nelson, Douglas Nelson and fiancee, Crystal Scott, Sarah Nelson; stepchildren, Herbert (Sandy) Benedict, Colleen Benedict; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert in 1995; four brothers, three sisters, a great-grandchild, and a stepson. The family will greet friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held Friday 11:00 am. Dr. Anthony Adams officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Cedar Springs American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

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

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BONNIE MILLER

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Bonnie Miller, age 74, of Howard City passed away April 21, 2015 at her residence.  She was born February 6, 1941 in St. Johns the daughter of George and Bonnie (Ward) Comer.  During her working years she worked as a Avon Rep for many years.  She also worked at the Dime Store and Red Flannel Factory in Cedar Springs.  She enjoyed computer games, gardening, sewing and going to the casino.  In 1973 she married James who survives.  Also surviving are four children, Norman(Katie) Miller of Orleans, Tammy (Al) Haskins of Howard City, Melissa Eerdmans of Belding, Helene (Louis) Hall of Cedar Springs;  15 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter Brenda.  Private family services will take place at a later date.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Heckman Funeral Home of Howard City  

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Janet L. Quackenbush

C-OBIT-quackenbush Janet L. Quackenbush, 80 of Sand Lake, died Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Janet was born October 6, 1934 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of Kenneth and Leona (Barret) Swartz. She enjoyed working part time at Sand Lake Foods and socializing with the customers. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Surviving are her children, Timothy (June) Quackenbush, Robin (Bryan) Parlmer, Jill (John) Rempalski; 8 grandchildren, Cody, Janet, Jennifer, Melanie, Amber, Julie, Courtney, Bobbie Jo; 8 great grandchildren; sister, Joyce Peckham. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold in 2001; brother, Donald Swartz; sister, Darlene Batchelder. The family greeted friends Wednesday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home where services were held Thursday, April 16. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sand Lake Fire Department.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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PATRICIA LENNOX WEAVER

 

C-obit-WeaverSeptember 7, 1956 – March 26, 2015

Please join family and friends of Patricia Lennox Weaver as we gather in a celebration of life, Saturday April 4th at 11:30am. Patty has not only blessed us with the memory of her mischievous smile and laughter, but also her loving family, Tom Sanders, Vallerie Merlington (Ross Merlington), John Weaver (Jenny Weaver), Amy Weaver, 8 grandchildren, and husband Darrell Weaver.

“Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us” – Meister Eckhart

Memorial to be held at the North Kent Community Church, 1480 Indian Lakes Rd. NE Sparta 49354.

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Myrtle Leona Powell

Myrtle Leona Powell, age 94, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 with family by her side. Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband, Philip E. Powell in 2003. Myrtle will be lovingly remembered by her children, Lawrence & Janet Powell, Pat & Robert Stone, Connie & Loren Bass; 8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; several in-laws, nieces and nephews; many cherished friends and neighbors. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Leonard Meyer officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Heartland Hospice of Michigan. www.hesselcheslek.com

Arrangements by Hessel Cheslek Funeral Home, Sparta.

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LOIS JEAN HOLTON

 

Lois Jean Holton went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, March 19, 2015. She was born June 15, 1924 in Cedar Springs, Michigan to George and Alice (Sprague) Looman. She graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1942. She was married to Keith Holton on August 24, 1944 by Keith’s father, the Rev. Peter Holton. Lois is survived by her three daughters, Georgia (John) Mareska of LaPorte, Indiana, Doreen (Barry) Chapman of Mason, Michigan, and Alice (Martin) Cottle of Sault Ste. Marie; sisters-in-law, Jeanie Looman of Long Beach, California, Lois Larson of Cedar Springs, Michigan, Glenna Thompson of Naples, Florida; brothers-in-law, Truman Hinton of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Earl (Donnalee) Holton of Grand Rapids, Michigan; cousins Jerry and Donna Wilcox of the Sault, and a special niece, Sandra Simmons of Cedar Springs. She is also survived by four grandchildren; Joshua Mareska, Jeremy Mareska,  Robert Vincent and Tamara Chapman, three great grandchilren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service was held on Wednesday March 25 at the First United Presbyterian Church with Pastor Mark Gabbard officiating.

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HENDRIK J. SCHRIEVER

C-obit-schriever-webHendrik J. Schriever, 80 of Cedar Springs passed away on Monday, March 16, 2015 and is now resting in the arms of Jesus. He was born August 15, 1934 in Bosward, Netherlands the son of Hendrick and Marie (Brands) Schriever. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 – 1959. He was a welder and steel worker for 60 years working for Haven Bursh, Valley City Sign, Couturier Iron Craft, and Industrial Resources. He had been a deacon and elder at Pioneer CRC in the 1990’s. Surviving are his wife, Geraldine “Gerri” whom he married on June 3, 1960; daughter, Loriann Meno; grandchildren, Stacie (Ken) Aalsburg, Tiffany Meno, Matt Cowling; brothers and sisters in the Netherlands, Bert, John, Nuy, Willameana, and Rieka; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Scott; two granddaughters, April and Emily; and two sisters. The family will greet friends Friday from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at Rockford Springs Community Church. Pastor David Vander Meer officiating. Interment Blythefield Memory Gardens, Belmont. Memorial contributions may be made to Rockford Springs Community Church.

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

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DENNIS E. SOSNOWSKI

C-obit-sosnowski-webDennis E. Sosnowski, 70, of Cedar Springs, was called to his heavenly home on Monday, March 16, 2015. Dennis was born May 23, 1944 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Stanley and Rosemary (Huckleberry) Sosnowski. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, family outings, cooking and watching TV. Surviving are his wife, Vivian; children, Scott (Lisa), Rick (Lynda), Jeff (Welarchie), Angela and fiance, Walt Honeycutt; grandchildren, Jennifer, Amanda, Marica (Zach), Cody, Michael, Haley, Wyatt, Ashley (Mike), and Tyler; 6 great grandchildren; brother, Pat (Dawn) VerDuin; sister, Jill (David) Mancewicz. The family will greet friends Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The funeral service will take place Saturday 11:00 am at Rockford Springs Community Church. Pastor David VanderMeer officiating. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Memorials to Children’s International or Love a Child.

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

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