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EVELYN VANDERZEE

Evelyn VanderZee age 99 of Holt passed away March 4, 2017 in Holt, Michigan. She was born January 16, 1918 in Diller Nebraska the daughter of Walter and Anna (Roseman) Eberhardt. She lived in Cedar Springs for many years. During her working years she worked at the Homestead Grocery Store where she assisted in the family business. She loved bowling, puzzles, the Kardashians, playing cards. She didn’t start driving until she was in her late 50’s. She also assisted her daughter at Peacock Pet Parlor as well. Surviving are her children, Andrew VanderZee of Florida, Robert (Betty) VanderZee of Cedar Springs, Dorothy Conner of Lansing, Judy (Mike) Peterson of Ravenna, Sharon (Derrick) Peacock of Stanwood; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband Andrew VanderZee Sr., a first born child Edwin, two infant grandchildren, a great-grandson Matt, a daughter-in-law Betty, and a brother Elmer. Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Heckman Funeral Home with pastor David Davis officiating with burial in the Aetna Cemetery in Morley.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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BONNIE KAY GUTHRIE

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Bonnie Kay Guthrie, age 67 of Coral, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville. She was born February 3, 1950 in Mount Pleasant. Many people knew Bonnie as a longtime Howard City hairdresser. After 30 years of styling and befriending clients at area salons, she retired from Renaissance Salon and Spa, where she especially loved working. Bonnie was full of life and full of love. She had a big personality- she loved music, she had a wonderful sense of humor, and was more than a little sassy. She was always beautifully put together, makeup immaculate and hair perfectly coiffed with a colorful outfit to match. She will be deeply missed, especially by her children, Jim (Becky) Guthrie of Pierson and Jodi (Cheryl Nemeth) Guthrie of Coral; grandchildren, Tiffany Guthrie, Trenton Satterlee, Meghan (Bob) Kessel, and Hunter Guthrie, great-grandchildren, Mayhem and Charlie; brother, Billy Ward; and countless other relatives, friends, and clients. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Monday, March 13, 2017 at Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville, with visitation Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Interment will be in West Pine Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to a charity of one’s choice, and memories and messages of condolence may be shared at www.hurstfh.com.

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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ANNA BELLE  PELLOW

 

Anna Belle (Annable) Pellow, 95 of Sand Lake, died Saturday, March 4, 2017 at her home. She was born July 18, 1921 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the daughter of Cyril and Louisa (Spaulding) Remington. She worked at Lear Siegler for 33 years retiring in 1986. Surviving are her children, Gloria Rayman, Larry (Beth) Annable; daughter-in-law, Joy Annable; 9 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Opal Lewis, Harriet Beth Vogel, Virginia Staal; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husbands, William A. Annable and Robert Pellow; son, William R. Annable. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, March 18th from 1-4 p.m. at the Pierson Village Municipal Building, 190 Grand St., Pierson. Private interment Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Grand Rapids. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Santa Claus Girls with whom she worked with many years.

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

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EVELYN VANDERZEE

 

Evelyn VanderZee age 89 of Holt passed away March 3, 2017 in Holt, Michigan.  She was born January 16, 1918 in Diller Nebraska the daughter of Walter and Anna (Roseman) Eberhardt.  She lived in Cedar Springs for many years. During her working years she worked at the Homestead Grocery Store where she assisted in the family business.  She loved bowling, puzzles, the Kardashians, playing cards.  She didn’t start driving until she was in her late 50’s.  She also assisted her daughter at Peacock Pet Parlor as well.  Surviving are her children, Andrew VanderZee of Florida, Robert (Betty) VanderZee of Cedar Springs, Dorothy Conner of Lansing, Judy (Mike) Peterson of Ravenna, Sharon (Derrick) Peacock of Stanwood; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by Husband Andrew VanderZee Sr. a first born child Edwin, two infant grandchildren a great-grandson Matt, a daughter in law Betty and a brother Elmer.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Heckman Funeral Home with pastor David Davis officiating with burial in the Aetna Cemetery in Morley.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

  

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MICHAEL RANDALL

 

Michael Randall, 62, of Kalamazoo Michigan lost his long battle with cancer on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Michael was born in 1954 to William and Norma Randall. He was a graduate of Rogers High School, Wyoming Michigan, and served in the Army. He is survived by his children, Michael Randall, Jr. and Amanda Randall of Kalamazoo; brothers, Kerry (Penny) Randall, Eugene (Darlene) Randall, Donald (Jane) Randall, Eric Randall, all of Howard City and Daniel (Mary) Randall of Sand Lake; sisters, Polly Merritt of Howard City, Patricia Randall (Dick Schutter) of Newaygo, Mary (Gary) Portvliet, and Susan (Timothy) Fieberg of Cedar Springs; many nieces and nephews.  Michael was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Linda.  A memorial service will held at Fort Custer, 1559 Dickman Rd., Augusta, Michigan 39012 on Thursday, March 9th at 1:30 p.m. with internment at Fort Custer.

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JAMES “TIM”OTHY BOWERS

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August 21, 1962 – February 21, 2017

Tim Bowers, 54, of Kent City, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, February 21, 2017. He was the son of Jim & Sharon (Van Liew) Bowers of Cedar Springs where he graduated from High School in 1981. He was employed at Knape & Vogt for 17 years before earning his plumbers license at Van’s Plumbing & Heating Inc. Recently he was employed as a Kent City Community Schools’ bus driver and worked at The Rogue Golf Club. He attended Kent City Baptist Church and was involved in various activities including AWANA, softball, basketball, and golf league. Other hobbies included more sports, working outdoors, and deer hunting. Survivors include: wife Jill Evers-Bowers, his parents, brothers Jeff (Shawn) and Jay (Becky) Bowers, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Jack & Ardath Bowers and Stuart & Geraldine Van Liew. Services were held at Kent City Baptist Church Monday, February 27, 2017.

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ELIZABETH R. KEMP

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Elizabeth R. “Betty” Kemp

Elizabeth R. “Betty” Kemp, 86 of Cedar Springs, formerly of Kent City passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Wellspring Lutheran Services, Fairview. Betty was born August 19, 1930 in West Branch, Michigan the eldest of four children born to Harry and Enid (Merritt) Kenyon. Betty married Arthur “Dick” Kemp on October 21, 1950 who survives. Their marriage was blessed with six children, David (Martha) Kemp of Fenton, Tom (Denise) Kemp of Luzerne, Bob (Kristine) Kemp of Phoenix, Arizona, Jerry’s widow, Christine Kemp of Grant, Barbara Reed of Bristol, Wisconsin, Donna (Gary) Kagel of Greenville, South Carolina; 29 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; brothers, H. Richard (Geri) Kenyon, Charlie (Ann) Kenyon; sister, Sally (Tom) Horton. She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Jerry; son-in-law, John Reed; grandson, Vaughn; and great-grandson, Derek. Cremation has taken place. The family will greet friends Saturday from 2:00 pm until time of memorial service at 3:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor David Kemp officiating. Interment in the spring at Idlewild Cemetery. Memorials to Victory World Missions International Ministries.  Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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LOIS KATHLEEN BLANDING

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Lois Kathleen Blanding, age 97 of Cedar Springs, passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, Rockford. Mrs. Blanding was born September 3, 1919 in Columbia City, Indiana the daughter of Neil and Blanche (Briggs) Estlick. She attended the International College of Business in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She unselfishly donated much of her time for the benefit of a great many individuals. She received the Certificate of Merit Award in 1989 from the Cedar Springs Rotary Club for her outstanding service to the community. She was a devout Christian and actively involved in the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, including, Vice President of Missions, Secretary for the United Methodist Women, and teaching Sunday School. Lois married Orval Riley Secor and he preceded her on December 3, 1953. She married Kenneth Blanding on December 16, 1960 and he passed away on July 3, 1996. She was also preceded in death by a son Dennis Secor in 2009, brother, Robert Estlick; sister, Dorothy Wiltrout. Surviving are her children, David (Jenny) Secor, Douglas (Lois) Secor, Keith (Terese) Blanding, Karl (Ruth) Blanding; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. The family received friends Tuesday, February 21st at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment in Palestine Cemetery, Palestine, Indiana. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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TRUDY DRENT

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Trudy Louise Magoon Drent of Cedar Springs, Michigan, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2017 at 63 years of age.  Trudy was very much loved and will be greatly missed by all of her family.  Trudy is preceded in death by her husband, Ben Drent; her mother and father, Macil and George Magoon; her brothers, Larry, Danny, Raymond (Carol), Bill (Ruth) Magoon, and Bernard Gritzmaker.  She is survived by her sisters Cheryl Magoon, Luwalla Magoon and Linda Teasdale; her brothers, Daryl (Jo), and Dennis (Connie) Magoon. Trudy (TT) was a beloved Aunt to many but was a second mother, best friend, and confidante to Michelle Kent, Kristen Kent and Madison (Aiyana) Walters.  Baby Aiyana brought so much joy and happiness to Trudy’s last days.  Trudy did everything for her nieces and nephews – and there are a lot of them!  Specially made birthday cakes, her special popcorn balls, and simply always love and hugs for all.  Trudy enjoyed cooking and baking and had a large family that enjoyed every creation she made. Trudy was laid to rest next to her beloved husband Ben in a small family ceremony.  The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, that funeral cost contributions be sent to Pederson’s Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe Street, Rockford, MI 49341 to Trudy’s account.

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David Laverne Park

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David Laverne Park, born May 14th 1954, passed peacefully in his home on Thursday, February 2, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents Ray Laverne Park and Mabel Maxine (McQuiston) Park and brothers Robert, Rodger, Raymond and Steven. He will be dearly remembered by his loving wife Kathy; children, Jennifer, James and Amanda; grandchildren, Krystal, Brynadine, Jacob, Jennah, Riley, Destiny and Bentley; great-grandchildren, Katilynne, Bai, Phee, and Khalisia; brother Terry, many special cousins, family and friends. Dan was a fun loving guy, always cracking jokes. He loved hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with those he loved. There will be a Celebration of his life Saturday February 18, 2 p.m. at 190 Grand St. Pierson MI 49339. All our welcome to join us in sharing a few good memories of a wonderful man.

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