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MARK A. RITTER

Mark A. Ritter, 63 of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Mark was born January 22, 1955 in Big Rapids, Michigan the son of Alan and Clara (TenEyck) Ritter. He was a graduate of Cedar Springs High School and served in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and storytelling. He loved his family and grandkids. Surviving are his wife, Terri; sons, Alan (Bernice) and Aaron (Madeline); grandchildren, Nickolie, Alister, Noah, Owen and one on the way; brother, Gary (BJ). Cremation has taken place and a private memorial will be held. 

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

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GERALDINE SCHRIEVER

Geraldine A. Schriever age 79 of Cedar Springs, passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2018 and is now resting in the arms of Jesus. She was born October 26, 1938 in Ellsworth, Michigan the daughter of Gerrit and Henrietta (Potter) Hoeksema. She was a member of Rockford Springs Community Church for many years. Surviving are her daughter, Loriann Meno; grandchildren, Maranda (Ken) Aalsburg, Matthew Cowling and Tiffany Meno; sisters, Nancy VanDyke and Evelyn Knapke; brothers, James, Gary, John, Marvin, Vern, Wesley and Fred Hoeksema; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hendrick; son, Scott; granddaughters, April and Emily; brother, Robert Hoeksema. The visitation and service was Tuesday, April 3 at Rockford Springs Community Church, 5815 14 Mile Road, Rockford. Pastor David Vander Meer officiating. Private interment Blythefield Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church. 

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

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After Easter

Pastor Rev. Mike Shiery

Pilgrim Bible Church

West Pine street, Cedar Springs

 

In Luke 24: 13-35 we find an interesting story. The Crucifixion of Jesus is finally over. The pain and suffering of the Savior have ended. His disciples and friends are reeling over this turn of events, still trying to wrap their mind and emotions around what has transpired, when yet another astonishing event grabs their attention.

Some of the women arranged to go to His burial spot to work to try to help preserve Jesus’ body and dignify His grave as best they could. However, they returned from this errand in a high state of excitement, telling everyone who would listen of an encounter with angels who announced that Jesus had risen from the dead. And to back up the story, the stone covering the tomb was rolled away and there was no sign of Jesus. 

Later on that day, two other followers of Jesus, were walking to the village of Emmaus, when Jesus joined them on the journey. For quite some time they were unaware of His identity as they told Him of their sorrow, disillusionment, and confusion. Jesus responded by pointing out Scriptures that spoke of His death and resurrection, and finally at the end of the conversation, they recognized Him.

There are a couple of thoughts that encourage us as we look at this story. First, Jesus will meet you even if you are going the wrong way. These followers of Jesus were in the midst of trying to sort out everything that had happened. For whatever reason, in the process of doing so, they were leaving Jerusalem and heading toward the village of Emmaus. They were heading away from the other disciples, from their support system, and from the events of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Yet, in the midst of their confusion, even as they were leaving behind their network of friends, Jesus came to meet them.

Sometimes we experience life circumstances that cause us to want to walk away from all the things we know and the people who could help us. It is easy to allow ourselves, as a result of disappointment and sorrow, to isolate ourselves from family, friends, church, and God at a time when we need them the most. Thankfully, God moves to meet us even when we are trying to run away. 

Secondly, when God does meet us it is not with anger and condemnation, but rather with hope and grace. Yes, Jesus did gently chide His friends for their lack of faith, but then He went on to encourage them and strengthen them in their faith.

Friends, remember that we have a friend in Jesus, who understands our emotions, our ups and downs, and comes at our darkest moments to restore hope and joy in to our lives. As the songwriter once said, “Standing somewhere in the shadows you’ll find Jesus.”

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Amazing hope

Pastor Inge Whittemore

East Nelson Church

9024 18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs

 

Easter is coming! I remember looking forward to it as a kid because it meant Easter baskets, candy, those little fluffy yellow chicks with wire legs and feet, and then there were the marshmallow peeps–yum! That’s what Easter meant to me even though I was a life-long church going kid.

That’s because the story of Jesus rising from the dead was way too difficult to wrap my mind around. I didn’t really even understand death since I didn’t know anyone who had died. 

Now, I’m a whole lot older and have lived through many things. I understand the finality of death and the amazing hope found in the resurrection of Jesus. Why? Because I no longer feel condemned by the things (sins) I’ve done. I can live without regrets and guilt because Jesus handled it! Those things are behind me, gone, wiped out, buried and forgotten by God because of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.  

I know that God will provide. Any doubts I have I can bring to God. I can bring them to God and I don’t need to be afraid because God has shown amazing compassion to even those who really doubted (think Job or Thomas, who even required that Jesus show his hands and feet). If God loved those big doubters, He will surely love me.

I also know that I have a peace that has overcome the fears I’ve had. I know that my redeemer lives and because of that all my fear is replaced with awe, wonder and faith. I know that I can pray and I will be heard by a God who is so loving that he gave his only son for me. When I struggle, Jesus knows what that’s all about because he lived a human life and when I bring those struggles to him he gives me peace through the Holy Spirit.

See, if you are struggling, feeling overwhelmed, worried or fearful please understand that Jesus knows your heart and wants to step into it and conquer those difficult feelings. He creates a new heart and continues to work inside of each of us. We are new creations because of Jesus.  

That’s why Easter is exciting!

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RICHARD D. TOMPKINS

Richard D. Tompkins, 65 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. Mr. Tompkins was born September 11, 1952 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Richard and Barbara (Knoll) Tompkins. He enjoyed gardening, his tractors, hunting in the U.P., and hanging out with his brothers. He loved his grandkids and was known as grandpa candy. Surviving are his wife, Shirley (Miller); children, Brooke Scott & Marshall Dillon, Brian (Kelly) Tompkins, Bridget (Jeff) Johnson; grandchildren, Elly (Cody), Emma, Etta, Nick, JR, Ainsley, Autumn, Peter, Jase, Zach, Gracie, Abby; mother, Barbara Tompkins; sisters, Cheryl (Alfred) Dines, Nancy (Rocke) Pennington, Susie (Tim) Price; brothers, Jim (Patty) Tompkins, Ray (Yukiko) Tompkins, John (Denise) Tompkins; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and in-laws, Jarvis and Gladys Miller. The family will greet friends Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

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

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AUDREY E. EARHART

Audrey E. Earhart, 89 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at her home. Audrey was born February 26, 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Edward and Letha (Kesler) Weaver. She graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1945 and served her country in the Women’s Army Corps during the Korean War. She worked at the General Motors Alpine Avenue Plant for 30 years retiring in 1989. Surviving are a sister, Lily Fisher; brother-in-law, Edward Earhart; nieces, Jeanne Fisher, Susan Hood and Janie Ream; nephews, Edward Fisher and Greg Earhart; many great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Ray in 1998; a brother Cedric Weaver and a very special nephew, Joe Fisher. A graveside service with military honors will be held Friday 11:00 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, Grand Rapids. 

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

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BURDETTE “BURLEY” HELENIUS

Burdette “Burley” Helenius passed away peacefully on March 24, 2018 after a lengthy illness. He was born October 4, 1946 in Grand Rapids to William and Ardella (Opperman) Helenius. He worked for General Motors for 36 years as a welder maintenance leader and was a skilled tradesman at heart. He was a veteran of United States Air Force and served in Vietnam from 1965 to 1967. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved nothing more than being out in the woods hunting or being in his boat, on the ice, or in the river fishing. He loved playing tennis, going bowling, and watching baseball and football. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; his sons, Laars Helenius and Kyle (Dana) Helenius; his brother, Sidney (Nancy) Helenius; his step-siblings, Randy (Gloria) Crump, Diane (Walt) Dunbar, and Donna Korstange; six grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father, Ralph Crump; sister, Vawn Punches; step-sister, Linda Crump. The family met with friends Wednesday, March 28 at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a memorial service is being held Thursday, March 29. Pastor Bruce Wilson officiating. Interment Rosedale Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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LYLE J. SIPPLE

Lyle J. Sipple of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 88, passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. He was born to Lyle Sr. and Ila (Kirby) Sipple on December 21, 1929, in Cedar Springs, Michigan. Lyle’s passion in life was working 46 years with Wolverine World Wide. He enjoyed MSU sports, the Detroit Tigers, investing in the stock market, traveling, his dog Bailey, listening to country western music, and mowing the lawn. Lyle is survived by his sister, Gerry Gorby; children, Jim Sipple, Marie Schwab, George Drye; grandchildren, Eric Schwab, Marcie Schwab and Kevin Graw, April Hirdes, Nick and Tiffany Drye, McKenzie Drye, Heath Drye, Jared and Susanna Drye, Derek and Ashley Drye, Joe and Sydney Drye; great-grandchildren, Marlene Grace and Austin James; dog, Gigi. A time of visitation was held on Friday, March 23, 2018, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The memorial service for Lyle was celebrated on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Rockford United Methodist Church, 159 Maple St., Rockford, MI 49341. Pastor Ken Bremer officiated. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to, Make A Wish Michigan -7600 Grand River Ave. Ste 175, Brighton, MI 48114, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital- 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Shriners- Office of Development, Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford 

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HARRY ROBERT ROSS SR.

HARRY ROBERT ROSS SR.

May 17, 1938 – March 15, 2018

Sparta, MI

Surrounded by his loving family, the weakened and suffering body of Harry Robert Ross Sr. went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 15, 2018. He was born on May 17, 1938 to Rolland and Leafa Ross of Comstock Park, Michigan. He will be greatly missed and is survived by his four children, Treasa Ross-Anible (Dave), Harry (Rob) Robert Ross Jr. (Lisa), Dean Ross (Vicki), Carla Ploegstra (Kelvin). He had 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Harry was preceded in death by his sister Ina Mae of Muskegon, brother Donald Ross of Comstock Park. A private celebration of life is being held for the family. 

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50th Anniversary

 

JOHN & GAIL (CHILES) MEEUWES

of Sand Lake are 

celebrating 50 years 

of marriage

March 29, 2018

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