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JOANN C. ADAMS

JoAnn C. Adams age 84 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, March 5, 2018 at Metron of Cedar Springs. JoAnn was born June 2, 1933 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of J.C. & Charlotte (Jones) Overly. She was a dollmaker and owned her own store. She is survived by her children, Jacqueline (Rick) Ransom, Barbara (Mike) Grutter, Brian (Mary) Adams; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and sister, Bonnie Moquet. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene and son, Jonathan. An Open House to receive friends will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. at Mike and Barb Grutter’s home, 14070 Myers Lake, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2944 Fuller Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505. 

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

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WAYNE A. WILLIAMS

Wayne A. Williams age 71 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, March 1, 2018 at his home. Wayne was born July 23, 1946 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Wayne and Barbara (Fenton) Williams. He worked 40 years for Lear Siegler, (Smith Industries) retiring on January 1, 2006. Music was his heart and soul and he liked and played all genre of music. He enjoyed spending time in nature and after retirement his hobbies included woodworking and gardening. He had many diverse interests. Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Ann Marie (Misner); children, Donald (Laura) Williams, Wayne Patrick (Tammy) Williams, Kristen (Duncan) Gervin; grandchildren, Ashley, Sommer, RayLee, Hannah, Avry, Lily, Dillon, Dakota, Jafar and Chandra; mother-in-law, Mary Ann Misner; in-laws, Bill (Karen) Misner, Dennis (Colleen) Misner, Rod (Tracy) Misner. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Shelly Rothley; father-in-law, Rod Misner. The visitation and service was held Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Dr. Ron Pluene officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice or American Cancer Society.

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

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KENNETH R. BAILEY

Kenneth R. “Bud” Bailey age 76 passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2018 surrounded by his family at Green Acres of Cedar Springs. He was born in Escanaba, Michigan on January 23, 1942 to Kenneth and Joyce (Krouth) Bailey. He worked as an accountant for Cedar Springs for 20 years and also as controller at Mary Free Bed Hospital. He loved gardening, golfing, sports, especially U of M, and his grandchildren were the light of his life. He is survived by Amber (Williams) his wife of 54 years; daughters, Sheila (Joe) Wittenbach and Ann (Trever) Hall; His grandchildren, Evan, Josh, Cade, Alex and Tressa; in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Kenny; sister, Bonnie Morton; niece, Julia Morton; son-in-law, Jim Kirkwood; and parents-in-law, Olive & Ray Williams. The family will receive friends Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a memorial service will be held Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Free Bed Foundation.

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

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JOHN EDWARD HULL

 

John Edward Hull age 57 of Ensley Township passed away Saturday, February 24, 2018 at his home after a brief battle with cancer. John was born in Grand Rapids on January 8, 1961 to Dwight and Marian (Roosien) Hull. John grew up in Wyoming, Michigan, graduated from Godwin Heights High School, and moved to Sand Lake. John loved his children and his dogs. He also enjoyed sports especially the Tigers, U of M, and wrestling. John is survived by his children Kirk Jon Hull and Monica Rae Hull; father, Dwight; siblings, Carol and Donald Dracht, James and Karen Hull, and Connie Beles; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Darla Rae and mother, Marian Noreen. The family wishes to thank Great Lakes Caring Hospice for their care. The family greeted friends Wednesday, February 28 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs with the funeral service following. Pastor Jeff Wallace of Pierson Bible Church officiated. Interment Crandall Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics or Great Lakes Hospice.

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

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NANCY J. SEE

Nancy J. See age 76 of Rockford, died Saturday, February 24, 2018 at her home. Nancy was born July 3, 1941 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Earl and Jessie (Irwin) Tyler. She was a member of the 40 et 8 and the Cedar Springs American Legion Auxiliary where she ran the bingo for 20 years. She had a great sense of humor and loved living on the lake. She was a former Sunday School Teacher and loved Jesus, her family and her friends. Nancy was always there to help others and anyone in need. Surviving are her husband, James; children, Debi (Garrett) Hanson, Dawn (Edward) Smith, David Smith, Patrick (Kathy) See, Gerald See, Eric See; grandchildren, Nicole Miller, Jessica Krueger, Breanna Smith, Brayden Smith, Christa See, Kristen See, James See; 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Delores (George) Peterson; special cousin, June Force. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandchildren, Brendan Smith and Katie Grace Smith; sisters, Earlene Hinzman and Jackie Pena. 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 11:00 am. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs American Legion Auxiliary.

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

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VERITA LaBELLE DeVRIES

 

Verita LaBelle DeVries passed into eternity and into the loving arms of Jesus on February 23, 2018 after 96 fruitful years of loving and helping here on earth. She was born in Eldorado, Kansas to Lewis and Hester (Hand) Barnum on October 5, 1921, the fourth of 12 children. Her spiritual gifts were helping and encouraging others, and she was good at it. She liked to smile, have fun and really loved children. Her hobbies were sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and baking. She and her husband Francis “Gus” loved the grandkids and spending time with them. She is preceded in death by her husband Francis “Gus” DeVries, 10 siblings, two grandchildren and her mother and father. Surviving are her daughters Beverly & (Jerry) Schaap and Patricia & (Mike) Smith; 4 grandchildren Sue Norton, Dave & (Cyndi) Schaap, Eric & (Melissa) Smith and Andy Smith; 10 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren and her sister Gloria & (Luther) Shears. Heaven has gained a special and wonderful addition to their family, but earth and her daughters will sadly miss her smile and loving arms. Dementia finally won the battle here on earth, but God has given her a new body as He promised, and a much better life. Visitation was held 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, February 26, 2018 . Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville with members of the family meeting with friends and relatives from 10 a.m. till the service. Memorial contributions may be made in Verita’s name to Faith Hospice or Alzheimer’s. Burial will be in Altona Cemetery. 

Arrangements are by Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville, with complete obituary online at www.marshallfuneralhomeinc.com where you can leave a message of condolence for the family.

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BARBARA JEAN HARTLINE

 

Barbara Jean Hartline, age 74, formerly of Cedar Springs, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at home under the loving care of her family, friends, and Spectrum Health Hospice. The daughter of Bert O. & Anna Marie (Petersen) Chambers, she was born on April 15, 1943 in Grand Rapids. On November 10, 1967 she married Alvin Henry Hartline, Jr. and together they raised two children. Barbara also worked outside the home for the State of Michigan as a Claims Examiner for the Michigan Employment Security Office for 33 years, retiring in 1995 with plans of traveling, trips to the casino and more. She loved to play in her garden and take care of her flowers. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bert & Ann Chambers; her husband, Alvin Hartline, Jr.; and a brother, John Chambers. Surviving are two daughters, Shelly & Matt Porter of Morley and Susan & Tim Cole of Sand Lake; her grandchildren, Jamie (Jeremy) Bockheim, Jessica (Cody) Balkema, Mike (Sabrina) Osburn, Zachary Johnson, Nick Terpstra, Kaitlin Rounds, Abby Cross, Justin (Danielle) Porter, Tara (Denis) Evans, and Josh (Rachael Marrion) Porter; many great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Bonnie Magoon Miller for the care she gave Barbara in her home. She became a very special friend to Barbara. Also, to Spectrum Health Hospice for the care and attention that was given to Barbara this past year. Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Barbara’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.ChristiansenCares.com

Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.

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EVELYN M. BLISS 

 

Evelyn M. Bliss 97 of Cedar Springs died Monday, February 12, 2018 at Bishop Hills, Rockford. Mrs. Bliss was born August 31, 1920 in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of John Jay and Mary Ellen (O’Leary) Seeley. She along with her husband, Tom owned and operated the Bliss Funeral Home from 1954 – 1981. She was a member of St. John Paul II Catholic Church in Cedar Springs. She stayed very involved in her church and the Cedar Springs community throughout the years. Surviving are her daughters, MaryAnn (Ted) DeVries of Plainwell, Peggy Helsel of Rockford; grandchildren, Brenna Willis, Eric (Jessica) DeVries; beloved great-granddaughters, Hannah and Delilah Willis; unofficial third daughter, Joan Walsh Duffy; nieces, nephews and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas in 2010; son, Patrick in 2015; and brother Floyd “Bud” Seeley. The family will receive friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a Scripture Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday 11:00 a.m. at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Cedar Springs. Rev. Fr. Lam Le presiding. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sand Lake in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Public Library, Hospice of Michigan or the charity of donor’s choice.

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

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EMMAJEANNE ALBRECHT

 

EmmaJeanne (Hamilton) Albrecht 90 of Grand Rapids, died Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Green Acres of Cedar Springs. She was born November 5, 1927 in Akron, Ohio the daughter of Paul and Mary (Steele) Feutz. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and cousin. She was always there for her family and nothing was more important. Surviving are her children, Joe (Sheryl) Hamilton of Wayland, John (Ruth) Hamilton of Jenison, Julie (Mark) Barnhart, Joni (Scott) Olmsted, Jeff (Annette) Hamilton all of Cedar Springs, Jan Chase of Gobles, Jeanne Hamilton of Pierson, Greg Albrecht of Grand Rapids, and Ted Albrecht of Rockford; son-in-law, Marshall Morris of Cedar Springs; sisters, Nancee Cyr of Kalamazoo, Sally (George) Erwood of Grand Rapids; brothers, Roger (Mary) Feutz, Richard (Sunop) Feutz of Grand Rapids, and Tom (Alice) Feutz of Cedar Springs; 23 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husbands, Donald Hamilton and Arlie Albrecht; daughter, Jari Morris; son-in-law, Chris Chase; brothers David Feutz and Gerard (Evelyn) Feutz; brother-in-law, Bill Cyr; sister-in-law, Connie Feutz. The family will receive friends Wednesday February 14 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday 10:30 a.m. at Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake. Rev. Fr. Lam Le presiding. Interment Pierson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart or Diabetes Associations.

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

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JEANETTE E. COOKINGHAM

 

Jeanette E. “Jan” Cookingham, 85 of Cedar Springs passed away Sunday, February 11, 2018 at home surrounded by her family. She was born in Harrietta, Michigan to Carl & Mable (Hewett) Mercer. She married Corry S. Cookingham on June 2, 1956 and loved being a mother, grandmother and taking care of her home. She is survived by her husband Corry; children, Corry C. (Patti) Cookingham, Sue Mansfield, Craig C. Cookingham and Curt C. (Laura) Cookingham; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Lucas Mansfield. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs with the family meeting friends at 10:00 a.m. Memorial contributions to Shriner’s or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospitals.

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

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