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JUANITA L. WHITE

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Juanita L. White, 83 of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Nita was born April 29, 1932 in Rockford, Michigan, the daughter of Clarence and Delorese (Corp) Stewart. She was a very sweet and Godly lady who was loved by all. She was very involved in the church and was a great mother and devoted wife who sang with her husband for over 60 years. She was a member of the Cedar Springs Historical Society and enjoyed quilting. Surviving are her husband, D.M. whom she married on June 23, 1950; children, Guy (Diana), Douglas, Kim (Nanci), Debby (Jim) Hatfield, Phil (Linda); 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; sister, Beatrice Long. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Winifred Papa; brother, Kenneth Stewart. The family will receive friends Saturday, October 10 from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Scott Sloan officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Algoma Christian School.

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

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CLARA J. DAVIS

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Clara J. (Ritter) Davis, 81, of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, October 1, 2015 at her home. Clara was born May 31, 1934 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Floyd and Burnice (Coss) TenEyck. She graduated from Lakeview High School and Ferris State University with a BA in accounting and law. She was a Michigan CPA and also had taught at Cedar Springs High School. Surviving are her children, Mark (Terri) Ritter, Gary (BJ) Ritter, Bruce Davis, Nancy Davis, Anthony (Linda) Davis, Donald (E.T.) Davis, Ronald Davis, Laurie Whalen; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother, Henry TenEyck. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Alan Ritter and Tom Davis; daughter, Susan Davis; grandsons, Jacob and Drew; half-sister, Harriet TenEyck. The family greeted friends Sunday, October 4 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. There will be no formal service. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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MADELINE REMER

 

Madeline “Betty” Remer, 92, of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Betty was born August 6, 1923 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the daughter of Peter and Hattie (Huber) Koster. She was a member of the first Red Flannel Queen Court in 1940 and graduated from Cedar Springs High School and then attended business school. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs Historical Society and had volunteered with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. She enjoyed flower gardening and traveling and her family was very important to her. She was known for her “gramma cookies” and watching her grandchildren’s sporting activities. Surviving are her husband, Robert; children, Don (Barb) Remer, Sue Brace; five grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; brother, Donald Koster; sister, Gertrude Gust; nieces and nephews. The family will greet friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 am. Viewing will be held Friday at 10:00 am until service. Pastor Jim Howard officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Historical Society, Cedar Springs Library or First Baptist Church.

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

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PATRICK JOHN BLISS

39C-obit-bliss-bwPatrick John Bliss, 69 of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Cedar Springs, died suddenly Sunday, September 27, 2015 at his home. Pat was born July 31, 1946 in Pigeon, Michigan, the son of Thomas and Evelyn (Seeley) Bliss. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1964 and Michigan State University with a bachelor degree in Business. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Life changed dramatically for Pat after the automobile accident in 1979, but he remained independent until his death. Surviving are his mother, Evelyn Bliss; sisters, MaryAnn (Ted) DeVries, Peggy Helsel; niece, Brenna (Jake) Willis; nephew, Eric (Jessica) DeVries; great nieces, Hannah and Deliliah Willis; special friend, Anthony Frasca. He was preceded in death by his father. The family will greet friends Friday from 10:00 am until time of Memorial Mass at 11:00 am at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Cedar Springs. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sand Lake. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Michigan Veterans Homes, P.O. Box 805, Grandville, MI 49468 or charity of choice.

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

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CHARLES E. BLOWER

39C-obit-Blower-bwCharles E. Blower of Rochester Hills, Michigan, age 65, went to be with our parents and brothers in Heaven after suffering a traumatic brain injury a year ago. He leaves behind his wife, Ramona, of 45 years of marriage; two daughters, Faith and Crystal; three grandchildren and sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Bill Smalley of Cedar Springs, Michigan. He was the best big brother a girl could have. As a child he was in Boy/Cub Scouts and enrolled in Civil Air Patrol. He also started working as a child. He had a newspaper route and worked at Glen’s party store, saving enough money to buy his first car. As an adult he continued to be a very hard worker, always holding more than one job at a time. Some of his other jobs included working at KFC, Arby’s, landscaper, custodial work, carpet installer, parking attendant at the Silverdome. He learned massage therapy and worked at the Pontiac Y.M.C.A. for several years, then worked at the G.M. Parts plant where he retired. He also received an award for saving a young lady’s life. He will be greatly and sadly missed but never forgotten.

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RICHARD “DICK” BRECHT

39C-obit-Brecht-bwRichard “Dick” Jackson Brecht, age 77 of Greenville, Michigan, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, September 7, 2015. He was born December 14, 1938 in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Roma and Hazel Brecht. The family moved to Elmhurst early in Dick’s life. He graduated in 1938 from York High School and Southern Illinois University a few years later, with an Associates Degree in Mechanics. In 1961, Dick and his wife, Judi, were married after a lifetime of living across the street from each other. Dick was immediately drafted and served as a peacetime veteran in Thailand. The majority of his lifelong interests were related to cars and mechanics – mainly his love of his 1967 Dodge Charger. His occupational trade was as a welder and his talent and commitment to perfection were well respected within his industry. His welding and mechanical gifts were implemented in both his work, and his involvement with the local marching band and drum and bugle corp activities. Richard and Judi spent many years as member of the GWRRA where Richard often served in the capacity of Lead Tail Gunner on the annual charity event called the “Midnight Ride.” Sadly, the effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis and dementia brought those activities to an early close. Richard will be deeply missed by his wife of 54 years, Judi, and their four children; Traci (David) Overeem of Sparta, Michigan, Brian (Heidi) Brecht, of North Carolina, Wendi (Jeff) Philley, of Greenville, Michigan, Kelli Brecht of San Diego, California, and his grandchildren; Jennifer, Emily, Moira, Olivia, Simone, Mitchell, Samantha, and Elizabeth; his brother, Dale Brecht (Penny), of Carol Stream, Illinois, and his brothers-in-law, Ray (Alice) Hughes and Michael Hughes, of Cross Village, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roma E. Brecht and Hazel E. Brecht. A Memorial Service will be held at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 908 W. Oak St, Greenville, Michigan on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm, with a luncheon to follow. Memorial contributions may be given to The Wounded Warrior Project.

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ARTHUR CAZIER

Arthur Cazier age 81, of Grant, passed away September 18, 2015 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus.  He was born January 17, 1934 in Grand Rapids the son of Cecil and Myrtle (Elliott) Cazier.  During his working years he worked at McInerny Spring and Wire for 38 Years before retiring from there.  He loved fishing, hunting and playing his harmonica which Art played at many locations.  Surviving is his sister, Bessie Smith of Marne. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy in 2011, and five brothers, Russ, Rex, Glen, Wes, and Jerry; and two sisters, Doris and Iva. Memorial services will take place on October 14 at the Cedar Springs American Legion Post from Noon till 4 pm.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Heckman Funeral Home of Howard City

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ALICE M. KELLY

 

Alice M. Kelly, 84 of Lake City, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at Belle Oakes Living Center. Alice was born June 10, 1931 in Gladwin, Michigan, the daughter of Reynold and Martha (Koenke) Kranich. She enjoyed writing and journaling and wrote many letters to missionaries over the years. Surviving are her husband, Gerald whom she married on July 25, 1959; sons, Craig (Finley), Dale, Ken (Heather); sisters, Flora (Floyd) Helling, Clara Maddox, Charlene VanWyk; brother, Norris (Marjorie) Kranich; sister-in-law, Marilyn Kelly; many nieces and nephews. The family will greet friends Friday from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at Calvary Baptist Church, Lake City. Pastor Brian Algie officiating. Interment Sherman Mesick Cemetery.

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

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ALBERT G. HEERINGA

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Albert G. Heeringa, Jr. (Sparky Harris), 65, of Sand Lake, died Friday, September 18, 2015 at his home. He was born October 1, 1949 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Albert and Mildred (Winright) Heeringa. He lived and breathed music and was a musician all of his life. In 1969 during the Vietnam War he joined the USO for 16 months playing music for the troops. He graduated from Ferris State University with a mechanical engineering degree. He had worked for Klise Manufacturing for eight years and enjoyed wood craftsmanship as a hobby. Surviving is the love of his life for the past 26 years, Nina Marcinowski; sons, Buddy (Kat) Heeringa; Mike (Kelly) Garza; daughter, Bonnie Aguilar; many grandchildren; brother, Denny (Kathleen) Heeringa; sister, Gail (Tom) Szotco. He as preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service and luncheon will start at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 30, at the Cedar Springs American Legion Post #287, 91 First Street, and will continue with music through the day until 7:00 pm. Interment will take place later at Oakwood Cemetery, Lowell.

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

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ROBERT W. STEELE

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Robert W. Steele, 70, passed away Sunday, September 6, 2015 at St. Mary’s Mercy Health Center. Mr. Steele was born October 16, 1944 in San Jose, California, the son of William and Ruth (James) Steele. He enjoyed fishing and euchre and spending time with his family and grandchildren. Surviving are his children, Kevin (Christine) Steele, Debbie (Eric) Townes, Thomas Steele & Crystal Wrench, Kyle (Cheryl) Steele, Andrew (Branin) Steele; 12 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brother, Walt “Butch” (Robbie) Steele; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Linda in 2013; great-grandson, Jesse Lewis; sister, Luella Bunker; brothers, James, Howard, and Chuck Steele. The family  greeted friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. There will be no funeral service. Private family interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

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

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