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LOUIS T. GRYKA

Louis T. Gryka, age 90 of Rockford, passed away on Monday, December 3, 2018. Louis was born on December 21, 1927 in Algoma Township, the son of George and Helen (Pawlowski) Gryka. He graduated from Rockford High School in 1945 and was a Veteran of the United States Army. Louis was a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Belmont. He retired from Wolverine World Wide Tannery in 1990 and also had snow plowing and landscaping business. Louis was preceded in death by his parents; his sons, Larry, Eric and Tom Gryka; his brother, Walter Gryka; and his sister, Josephine Hikade. Surviving are his wife of 67 years and best friend, Maude (Fessenden) Gryka; his children, Paul (Terri) Gryka, Anne (Steve) Rowloff, Nicholas (Lynne) Gryka, Helen Metzger, Jennifer Kwiecinski, and Christina Clonan; daughters-in-law, Mickey Gryka and Cheryl Gryka; 21 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; brother, George (Rosemary) Gryka; sisters-in-law, Della Fessenden, Beverly Leys, Sharon Jacobson and Laurie (Douglas) Potter; and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Belmont with visitation one hour prior to the service at church. Military Honors will be rendered at church with burial at Assumption Cemetery to follow. Visitation will also be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe Street in Rockford. The Praying of the Rosary will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home Thursday.

Arrangements by Pederson 

Funeral Home, Rockford

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SHARON R. CRAMER

Sharon R. Cramer of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 78, passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. She was born to Boyd and Jeanne (MacFarland) Condon on October 12, 1940, in Lowell, MI. She enjoyed motorcycles, gambling, and traveling, especially to the Soo Locks in the Upper Peninsula. Sharon is survived by her son Tom (Dee) Cramer, and their children, Tommy II Cramer, David Cramer, Ronnie and Mandi McMeeken, Kimmie McMeeken, Zack McMeeken, and Macy Herber; daughter Sherri (Mark) Sias, and their children, Jay Cramer, Crystal and J.P. Deason-Johnson, and Donnie and Amiee Smith; son Terry (Kitty) Cramer, and their children, Terry II and Cassy Cramer, Micheal Cramer, and Crystal Rayapureddy; and daughter Sue Cramer Frost (deceased 2013), and her children, Fawn Reedy and Tim Frost; several great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years Keith Cramer, sister Elise Waller, brother Boyd Condon, and daughter Sue Cramer. The family would like to thank Sharon’s neighbors and Faith Hospice for all of their care and compassion during her illness. A private celebration of life will take place at a later date.

Arrangements by Pederson 

Funeral Home, Rockford

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DENNIS R. VERBURG

DENNIS R. VERBURG

Dennis R. Verburg, age 68, of Sand Lake passed away on Monday, November 26, 2018 at his home. Dennis was born January 23, 1950 in Sand Lake, MI the son of Ervin and Donna (Adams) Verburg. He was a volunteer firefighter in Sand Lake for 25 years and a truck driver for over 20 years. Surviving are his wife, Cherry (Mosher) Verburg; daughter, Amy (Sam) Rodriguez; grandchildren, Hannah and Maya Slagel; mother, Donna Verburg; sister, Sharon Knapp; brothers, Richard and Bob Verburg; mother-in-law, Velda Mosher. He was preceded in death by his brother, Tom. There will be a visitation at the VFW in Sand Lake on Sunday from 2:00-5:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Sand Lake Fire Department.

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

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ROBERT HOOVER

Robert Hoover, age 84, of Greenville, formerly of Howard City, passed away November 22, 2018 at Metron of Greenville. He was born January 22, 1934 in Grand Rapids, the son of Raul and Gertrude (Potter) Hoover. During his working years he worked in the factory industry for 25 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and never missing a grand kids ball game. He was a member of the Howard City VFW Post #3306 where he served for two years as commander. He also served as a volunteer fireman for 25 years, as a Keystone Cop in Cedar Springs for 41 years and as the grand marshal in 2009. In 1964 he married Eva Potter, who survives, also surviving are his children, Kathy (Scott) Poole of Howard City, Bob (Tammy) Hoover of Greenville; 5 grandchildren, Clinton & Tayler Hoover, Allisan (Edward) Rayes, Mike Hoover, Zachery & Rachael Hoover,  Aaron Poole; 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a half brother, Ed, and a son, Clifford. Funeral services were held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Howard City VFW Post, Pastor Teri Cummins officiating with burial in the Reynolds Cemetery. The family greeted friends at the Heckman Funeral Home on Monday evening from 7-9 p.m. and prior to services at the VFW.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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BARBARA J. NUFFESSE

Barbara J. Nuffesse, age 76, of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at her home. Barb was born March 6, 1942 in Mancelona, Michigan the daughter of Floyd and Orrilla (Bonney) Bisard. She had been a Cub Scout Den Mother in Cedar Springs and a member of the Red Hats. She enjoyed traveling, gardening and the outdoorsincluding hunting and shing. She was verydevoted to her family and friends. Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Joseph; sons, Michael (Linda) Nuffesse, Douglas (Amy) Nuffesse; grandchildren, Michael “Dennis” Nuffesse, Delilah Nuffesse, Kathryn Foss, Seth Nelson; brothers, Charles Bisard, Frederick Bisard; sisters, Peg Bonney, Shirley Merkle, Mary Sparks, Adah Osga, CarolBotma,GeraldineDavis;manynieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Bisard. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook St. SE, Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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

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BESSIE E. RUSSELL

Bessie E. (Bess) Russell died peacefully at

Angel’s Garden in Dacula, GA on November 2, 2018 at the age of 94. Bess was born on December 1, 1923 in Cedar Springs, MI to Edgar and Elsa Burg. Bess is survived by her children, Paula Jeanne (John) Rau of Sand Lake, Glenn (Betty) Russell of Grand Rapids, Donna Faye (Patrick) Valentine of Dacula, GA, Dale (J Ann) Russell of Phoenix, AZ; sister, Helen Pike of Sparta and brother, George of Cedar Springs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard E. Russell. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service as acting Postmaster in Conklin, MI, moving to Zephyrhills, FL before moving to Sun City Center, FL in 1994. She actively volunteered for many years at South Bay Hospital. In 2007 she moved to Lawrenceville, GA to be close to her daughter, Donna Valentine. She leaves behind 9 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great- grandchildren. As a young woman she was an original “Rosie the Riveter” in Ypsilanti. She was an avid Bridge player, still playing three times a week. Her children remember her as a driven worker who insisted they pursue their goals.

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Terry Alan Shears

Terry Alan Shears, 70, of East Jordan formally of Greenville Michigan passed away November 11th 2018 in Kalkaska. Terry was born on September 16, 1948 in Grand Rapids Michigan to the late Otis and Lillian Shears. Terry is survived by his Wife Laura Shears. Married on June 20th 1969, at Algoma Baptist Church. He is survived by his children, Tina Scarbrough (Gary husband), and Laura Ensley (Patrick husband), his two grandchildren which he held close to his heart, Aubrianna Ensley and Jakon Fletcher. Survived by his brother, Harold Shears (Donna). Survived by several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by Jason Harold Shears. (Nephew) Terry worked at Gallmeyer and Livingston a number of years before opening his own business. Terry’s Used Cars in Cedar Springs Michigan. He ran the business with his daughter Laura Ensley for twenty years. He loved spending time at Lake Charlevoix during the summer, in the winter he lived in Florida. He was an amazing father, grandfather and husband. He loved fishing with his grandson and his buddy Pete. He loved riding motorcycle with his daughter Tina. He loved snowmobiling with the whole family. He really liked fast cars. He always looked forward to deer hunting every year with friends and family. He graduated from Sparta High School in 1966. A memorial service will be held at the Moose Lodge in Sparta Michigan. Greeting guests from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. November 17th. 11510 N. Division Ave.

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DUANE CLYDE WESTEERVELT

 

Duane Clyde Westervelt, age 79, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, November 4, 2018. He was born November 13, 1938 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Wayne and Luella Westervelt. Duane was raised on the family farm with his brothers and sisters, graduating from Howard City High School in 1958. He then served his country in the United States Air Force, from March 1959 to March 1965; as a weapons bomb air mechanic in Sidi Slimane Morocco Africa. After his discharge, Duane became an employee of Kelvinator in Grand Rapids retiring when their doors closed in 1981. Loving to travel, he changed careers and began driving over the road for A&M Trucking; soon becoming an owner/operator of his own rig until his retirement in 1998. He shared many stories of his truck driving days and how there were only a few states he had not driven through. During his life Duane enjoyed raising and riding registered pinto horses and was active with them in the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Posse. He was an avid hunter; owning and training many beagles and coon hounds. He shared this passion with his nephew Jerry Westervelt who carries on this legacy. Duane also spent many hours with friends and family fishing the local lakes. Duane moved to Coral in 2013 and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease shortly after. His nieces, Kristy Stevenson and Bethany Ehlert, cared for him during this time and shared many adventures as he fought this dreadful disease. Playing cards, putting together puzzles and watching his favorite John Wayne westerns were activities they enjoyed together. Duane was a past member of the First Baptist Church of Howard City and later attended Pierson Bible Church. He loved singing and listening to the old-fashioned hymns. Duane will be forever remembered and missed by his sisters; Mary (John) Buckley of Morley and JoAnn Bajema of Lynden, Washington. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and his good friend Steve Atwood. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Nancy Misner Westervelt, parents; Wayne and Luella Westervelt, sister; Barbara Jean Westervelt and brother; Larry Westervelt.

A celebration of Duane’s life will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Pierson Bible Church at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor Jeff Wallace officiating. Burial will immediately follow at the Sand Lake Cemetery with a luncheon afterward in the church. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Envelopes will be available at Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding where funeral care has been entrusted or at the service. Memorial contributions may be given to Pierson Bible Church. To share a message of condolence, light a candle or order flowers please visit the website of the funeral home www.jffh.com.

Arrangements by Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding

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CINDY GEORGE

On November 1, 2018, there was great sadness and anguish on earth, while in heaven there was a joyous homecoming as Cindy George was greeted by family and friends as she received her angel wings and entered into her eternal glory at the foot stool of her heavenly Father. For those of us left behind, there is great sadness as we say farewell to our friend and sister, but we are conforted in the knowledge that she suffers no more and has been warmly received in heaven. Cindy was born on January 31, 1957 to Eugene (Red) and June George in Bedford, Indiana. She was born with flaming red hair, just like her Daddy whom she never knew as he passed away shortly after her 1st birthday. Cindy graduated from Cedar Springs High School where she was a star basketball player. She attended Grand Rapids Community College and Western Michigan University where she continued to exhibit her basketball prowess. Cindy had a lifelong love of softball as well, have played on the Metro Merchants softball team and was an avid golfer. In 2017, Cindy retired from the State of Michigan after a career spanning over 30 years with the Department of Corrections and Family Services. Her long-anticipated retirement plans were upended when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Cindy was a fighter and fought the good fight to the very end. Cindy was a blessing to all of us fortunate enough to call her our friend. She displayed rare courage and grace in her fight against her insidious disease and as a champion for LBGT rights. She defended those least able to defend themselves and was a special blessing to her niece with special needs, Alyssa Knapp. Cindy is sadly missed by her siblings, Mark (Robin) Lester, Pam (Doug) Middleton, Joe (Maria) Lester, Ruth (Jeff) Scott, and Kathryn (Chuck) Gladen; stepfather, Ron Baron; plus many nieces and nephews. She leaves behind special friends, Lorie Norden, Connie Berles, Dorothe Rhodes, Norma Colborn, Sally Grayvold, Lucretia Gomez, and all her friends at Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church. Cindy will be sorely missed by her best buddy, Toby, her Boston Terrier. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, June Baron and Eugene George; stepfather Jack Lester, and special niece Autumn Neyome. There will be a memorial for Cindy on Sunday, November 11th at 2 p.m at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 3950 Leonard St., Walker, MI. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider donating to the following charities in Cindy’s memory: Pancreatic Cancer Network at 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Ste. 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or online at www.pancan.org; 5P-Society at P.O. Box 268, Lakewood, CA 90714 or online at www.fivepminus.org; Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, P.O. Box 68852, Grand Rapids, MI 49516.

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Colen Clem Cole

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Colen Clem Cole age 73 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, October 30, 2018 after a long illness with Dementia/Alzheimers disease. Colen was born April 14, 1945 in Greenville, MI the son of Clem and Rose (Nelson) Cole. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1963 and married his high school sweetheart on August 20, 1965. Together they shared 53 years of marriage. He served proudly in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War Era from 1966-68. He enjoyed the outdoors sporting life: hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling and riding his quad around his farm with his dog, Little Joe. He loved best being in the big woods and observing nature. Colen owned and operated United Riggers and Erectors Company, Inc., a construction company in Grand Rapids since 1974. Surviving are his wife, Nancy (Tisdel) Cole; son, Calvin (Carolynn) Cole; granddaughters, Laurynn and Allison; sisters, Marion (Richard) Morris, Marieta (William) Peterson; nephews, Dirk, Bill, Brent; niece, Tresa. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law, Victor Tisdel and Leon Dennis. Visitation will be held Saturday from 11:00 am until time of service at 12:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment with military honors will take place at East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to East Nelson United Methodist Church.

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

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