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Martha Jane Barber


11/23/1922 – 9/26/2016

Martha Jane (Tester) Barber, 93, of Green Valley, AZ, formerly from Cedar Springs, MI, passed away Monday, September 26, 2016. Jane was a member of Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Sand Lake, MI. Jane was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her comfort, compassion, friendship and love will be truly missed. Jane was preceded in death by her husband Harold L. Barber, grandson Samuel A. Musick and son-in-law Larry J. Carlon. She is survived by her daughters, Linda Carlon of Cedar Springs; Katherine (Murphy) Musick of Patagonia, AZ; Paula (Dave) Allington of Middleville; Julie (Ed) Ludtke of Green Valley, AZ; grandchildren Kathleen Carlon, Lisa (Aaron) Anderson, Carly (Mike) Pshenishny, Christina Allington, Maya (Andy) Musick-Listz, Kelly Ludtke, Karen (Zach) Presley; great-grandchildren Michael and Caitlin Madlener, Hannah, Abby and Brayden Anderson, Riley and Jensen Pshenishny and Grant Presley. Cremation has taken place, and there will be a private memorial in Patagonia, AZ. Memorial contributions can be made to the Cedar Springs Public Library, P.O. Box 280, Cedar Springs, MI 49319-0310.

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Dennis D. Sherman 63 of Sand Lake, died Friday, September 23, 2016 at his son’s home recovering from a recent heart attack. Dennis was born January 28, 1953 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of the late Clayton and Theresa (Thurner) Sherman. He had worked as an electrician at Electrolux in Greenville. He enjoyed attending local high school football, wrestling and sporting events. He had a great heart and cared for others, he was a great father and was excited for the birth of his grandbaby in January. He was loved by his brothers and sisters and will be missed. Surviving are a son, Brian (Ashley) Sherman; sisters, Theresa Phipps, Ruth Ann Lake, Sandra (Larry) Wilson, Debra (Bruce) Hill; brothers, William, John and Patrick Sherman; other survivors include, Shirley Mitchell, Beverly Bratcher, Howard Bratcher, and Debra (Roger) Jones; many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. The family will greet friends at a memorial visitation and luncheon at the Courtland Township Hall on Sunday, October 9 from 1-4 pm. In memory of Dennis, donations could be made to the family to plant trees on the Sherman farm.

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

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39c-obit-ford-webWinifred L. Ford 92 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Winifred was born May 13, 1924 in Sparta, Michigan the daughter of Arvid and Delma (Lauffer) Johnson. She was the Food Service Manager for Cedar Springs Public Schools for 25 years and had volunteered for many years for the Grand Valley Blood Center. She was very involved in her church, Mamrelund Lutheran, which her family helped start and was a strong woman of faith. Surviving are her sons, Dale & Jeny Ransom, Dean & Deb Parker; grandchildren, Amy Ransom & Dana Aspinall, Rick & Rene Martin, Jason & Cyndi Parker, Julie & Bob Robinson, Jeremy & Haley Parker; 9 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Joan Johnson, Virginia Johnson, and Greta Ackerly; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husbands, Mervil Parker and Otto Ford; brothers, John William, Robert and Lowell Johnson. The family will greet friends Friday, September 30 from 1:00 pm until time of service at 2:00 pm at Mamrelund Lutheran Church, Kent City. Pastor Matthew Deames officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Mamrelund Lutheran Food Pantry.

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

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Mark H. Doren


Mark H. Doren, 97 of Cedar Springs passed away at his earthly home Tuesday, September 20, 2016 and was welcomed into his heavenly home by his bride of 77 years, June (Moul) Doren who went before him on February 8, 2016. Mark was born April 23, 1919 in Kent City, Michigan the son of Charles and Ruth (Carlson) Doren. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as a Tech Sergeant in Patton’s 6th Armored Division during WWII. He took part in the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp located outside of Wiemer, Germany. Mark started serving the Lord at Alpine Baptist Church and then in 1955 when moving to Cedar Springs he became a longtime member of First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. He drove bus, was Sunday School Superintendent, lead the singing and served on the Church, Camp and Missions Boards. He was an engineer at Sackner Products retiring in 1981. He served Algoma Township for 28 years on the Planning Commission, as a Trustee and as Supervisor. After retirement he enjoyed traveling and time at his cabin in Munising, which he called “God’s Country.” When not up north, he enjoyed sitting at the kitchen table and having coffee with anyone who stopped to visit. Surviving are his children, Sharon (LaVerne) Schut, Dennis Doren, Debra Ergang; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Doren; son-in-law, James (Rose) Hunt; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marie Doren; several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Marlyn Hunt; son, Mark N. Doren; brothers, Willard, William and Charles Doren. The family will greet friends Thursday from 4-7 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be Friday 1:00 pm at First Baptist Church, 233 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. Pastors Robert P. Smith and Stanley Mohr officiating. Interment Pine Grove Cemetery, Alpine Township with military honors by the U.S. Army. Memorial contributions may be made to David’s House Ministries, 2375 Banner Dr. SW, Wyoming, MI 49509 or the First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs.

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

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Judith Ann Tysse


Judith Ann Tysse age 65, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2016.  Judy was born at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Clarence and Kathleen (Prater) Tysse of Cedar Springs.  She spent her childhood in Cedar Springs, graduating from Cedar Springs High School in 1969.  She went on to receive her BA in Education from Western Michigan University in 1973 and taught Emotionally Impaired (EI) children at Wyoming Public Schools for almost four decades, during which time she received awards for her extraordinary work.  Judy enjoyed people of all ages, had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh, and had a way of positively affecting those around her—whether family, friends, colleagues, or students.  She will be dearly missed by her brothers, John (Wilma) of Boyne City, Paul (Della) of La Crosse, Wisconsin; sister-in-law, Michele of Grand Rapids, dear friend and companion, Mary Hanson of Grand Rapids, and many, many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her partner of many years, Vonce Reed; father and mother; brothers, Thomas and James.  The family will greet friends and celebrate her life on Monday, September 26 from 5 – 7 pm at the Bliss-Witters and Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. A private family graveside will be held at Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs where she will be laid to rest by her parents. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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

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c-obit-ritchieDecember 27, 1938 – June 28, 2016

Carol Ritchie, 77 years old, passed away peacefully June 28, 2016, at her home in Seminole, Florida surrounded by family and her two guardian angels. Carol was born on December 27, 1938, to Lee and Betty (Isabelle) Miller Robinson. She spent the early part of her childhood on a horse farm in Fowlerville, Michigan. Carol’s grandfather, Charles Miller (originally Kazimiris Varnigiris) who immigrated to the US from Lithuania, built the “beautiful” barn on their farm. This farm was a business where Carol, her brother Charlie, sisters Blondie and Georgia were expected to work very hard doing barn chores while caring for pregnant mares. They also collected the horse’s urine which was sold to pharmaceutical companies then used in making hormone medication. At about age 13 Carol and her family moved to Cedar Springs where they raised, broke then sold horses at auction. In spite of all the hard farm work Carol loved riding horses! In 1953 Carol married Carl Morehouse and they had four children together. They eventually divorced. Although Carol did not finish school she later completed her GED. She loved to read and discuss anything about history and politics. In 1963 Carol married Jimmy Ritchie and they had 3 children. Carol, Jim and family eventually moved to Florida where she lived for over 40 years. For several of those years she loved working as a special education para pro at Bauder Elementary School in Seminole. Carol eventually transferred her love of horses to dogs and began breeding, raising and showing champion English Bulldogs. After retirement she kept busy collecting, buying and selling antiques taking after her mother Betty. During her life Carol faced and survived many challenges. Her courage remains an inspiration to her family. Carol will be sadly missed by her dear sister and brother-in-law Georgia and Bob Johnson; her children, Cheryl (Eric) Baculy, Carla (Bruce) Springer, Curtis Morehouse, Cindy (Doug) Burnham, Jamie (Mike) Conaty, and Jacquie (Joe) McKenna; grandchildren Lee (Viviana) Myers, Dean Myers, Cheri Nan (Juell) Porter, Jacob Stanton, Cynthia McKenna, Karlena Morehouse, Cody Conaty, Jonathan Baculy and Jimmy McKenna; great-grandchildren Chloe and Nolan Myers, Joshua, Daniel and Eli Porter and many nieces and nephews. Carol is also survived by her guardian angels Standard Poodles Hallie and Buddy. She was preceded in death by her husband Jim, son Joel Ritchie, her parents, her beloved brother Charles (Charlie) G. Robinson, and beloved sister LaVerna (Blondie) Townes. A memorial luncheon will take place to share memories of Carol on October 16, 2016. Contact family for more information.

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Donald A. (Pete) Shier, age 82, passed away peacefully on Wednesday Sept 14, 2016. Surviving are his wife Carol Shier of 62 years; four daughters, Terri (Pat) Peterson, Laurie (Kim) Patrick, Quinn (Pete) Meade, and Shalyn Ralston; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Family and friends will be able to meet with Pete’s family Saturday, September 17th from 1-4 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 125 E. Main St. in Ionia, Michigan. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Hope J. Flasch 89 of Cedar Springs, passed away Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Bishop Hills, Rockford. Mrs. Flasch was born June 11, 1927 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the daughter of William and Anna (Worgul) Kuyat. Surviving are her children, Joyce (Joel) Andrus, Jerry (Vivian) Flasch; grandchildren, Nikki (Wayne) Bugden, Kerry (Charlie) Boyer, Katrina (Justin) Craven, Eric (Tamara) Flasch; 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles in 2000 and 3 brothers. Visitation and service was held Monday, September 5 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding SE, Ada, MI 49301.

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

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Jerry Lee Klock Jr. age 44 passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2016. He is survived by his children, Jerry, Michele, Jason, and Joshua; his parents, Jerry Sr. and Holly Klock, Karen and George Beardslee; brother, John Klock; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Thursday, September 8, 11:00 a.m. at the Funeral Home with Rev. Bruce Wilson officiating. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery, Comstock Park. Friends met the family at the funeral home on Wednesday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to His Children’s Educational Fund.

Arrangements by Hessel Cheslek Funeral Home www.hesselcheslek.com

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Loretta E. Lewis 90 of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at Faith Hospice – Trillium Woods. Mrs. Lewis was born April 8, 1926 in Unionville, Michigan the daughter of Jasper and Loretta (Rock) Sweitzer. She enjoyed doing word search, spending time with her family and camping. Surviving are her children, Wayne (Patricia) Lewis Jr., Jasper (Sally) Lewis, Raymond Lewis, Barb Lewis, Jeanette Lewis, Layne Lewis, Jayne Lewis, Etta Jones, and Ella (Benny) Wise; 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Lewis Sr. in 1997. The family will greet friends Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Saturday 11:00 am. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice.

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

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