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Mr. Richard B. Goodell of Fruitland Park, Florida, formally of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 91, passed away Monday, November 2, 2015. He was born on Saturday, February 16, 1924, to Garner and Jessie (Heiss) Goodell in Solon Township and was a graduate of Cedar Springs High School. As a truehearted countryman, Richard proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. After the war, he was a dairy farmer for most of his life, which he truly enjoyed. Richard also was mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. Richard is survived by his beloved wife Betty; loving children, Bonnie (Zane) Ziviski, Janet (Larry) Gomaat, Keith (Cheryl) Goodell, Robert K. (Cathy) Brooks, Linda C. (Ron) Harper; ten grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild coming in February; sisters, Thelma Morris, Marie (Winfield) Bigney, and Donna Rhoades; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Goodell, Dorothy Visger; brothers-in-law, Edward Batchelder, John Batchelder, Shirley (John) Brenner. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eleanor; brother, Donald; sister, Norma Robinson; son-in-law, Jay Markham; brothers and sisters-in-law, Natalie (Charles) Bolthouse, George (Geraldine) Batchelder, Elmer (Laura) Batchelder, Bob Visger, Harley Morris, Raymond Rhoades, and Patricia Batchelder. The funeral service for Richard will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street, Rockford, MI 49341. A time of visitation with the family was held from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home


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In honor of


PFC Marty Jackson


Love, Tina, Mom and Family

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45C-ShellerApril 16, 1936 to November 18, 2010

It broke our hearts to lose you,

but you did not go alone.

A part of us went with you,

the day God took you home.

If tears could build a stairway,

and heartaches make a lane,

we’d walk our way to Heaven,

and bring you back again.

In life we loved you dearly,

in death we love you still.

In our hearts you hold a place

that no one could ever fill.

With love from your family,

Sharon, Debbie, Dutch, Mike, Amanda, Monica, Gregory, Heather, Christopher, Joshua, Jordan, Nathaniel, 

Zachary, Mackenzie and Adilyn-Grace

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All Saints Day

Pastor Darryl Miller

Sand Lake UMC, 

65 W. Maple, Sand Lake

South Ensley UMC, 

13600 Cypress, Ensley Township


On November 1 we celebrate All Saints Day. This is a wonderful time of remembrance. Typically we remember the saints that we have lost in the past year. But those of you who know me know that I don’t always follow tradition. I think it is good to remember all those who have gone before us, especially those who have helped us in our spiritual journey. Each of us can name at least one and probably many more that have been an influence on our faith walks. Some we knew personally, some we only listened to or read. But these people helped us to grow closer to God and that is worth celebrating.

In the 11th chapter of Hebrews, we find what many call the “Hall of Faith.” This is where Paul reminds us of the “heroes” of our past. He explains how Moses, Noah, and many others have been examples for us to follow. We should keep in mind that these examples are people just like you and I. They were flawed, not perfect. Too often we turn away from people who are trying their best to be true followers of God just because they are not perfect. Well, neither am I—nor is anyone for that matter.

God uses the flawed and fallen as mightily as those closest to him to show his grace. This means that he can use any of us to be a positive influence on those around us. We may feel that there are much better people than us around that should be doing this particular work—more educated, more fluent, more whatever. But God loves to use those who are willing no matter what their feelings about their own abilities. With God, you are a great example. And He can and will use you to show others what faith looks like. The bible talks of standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. To our children and our grandchildren, that means us!

Someday on All Saints Day, wouldn’t it be great to be one of those who are remembered as a good and faithful influence on another’s faith?  If we are willing to serve God in all circumstances, we will be.

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Mrs. Sue E. Smith, aged 58, of Cedar Springs went to her heavenly home to see her sister and mother on Sunday, November 1, 2015. She is survived by her soul mate of 34 years John; stepdaughter Cynthia Smith; six step grandchildren; sisters, Sharon (Leroy) Simmons, Patricia Muste, Kathy Kenyon; brothers, James (Bernice) Muste, Tom (Cretia) Muste; brother-in-law Chet Neal; several nieces, nephews, cousins; father-in-law Edwin P. Smith; sister-in-law Pat (Dan) Fry; brothers-in-law, Alan (Marina) Smith, Terry (Maureen) Smith; good friend Barbara Anderson. She was a long time member of the Grand Rapids Griffins Boosters Club and enjoyed crocheting and making things for others. The family will greet friends from 1-4 pm on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at The Masonic Temple, 233 Fulton St., East Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503.

Arrangements by Memorial Alternatives

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October 7th 1982 – November 4th 2005

We love you

We miss you

We grieve with the loss of you

and so, we live our lives

To make you proud.


Dad, Mom, Stevie and Nathan

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August 27, 1967 – November 2, 2013

Those we Love don’t go away,

They walk beside us every day.

Unseen, unheard, but always near,

Still Loved, still missed and forever dear.

Loving you Always and Forever,

Your Mom and Children


Fawn, Jon and Savannah

Tim, Brandy and Charleigh

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November 7, 2014

We cherish the love and memories we hold of you each and every day. You’re always in our hearts and we miss you so much.

Until we meet again.

Always remembered,

Never forgotten.


Your family & loved ones.

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50th Anniversary



Fifty years together! On October 30, 2015, Gerald (Jerry) and Nancy Bassett will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary. The family will be holding an Open House to celebrate this special occasion on Sunday, November 8th from 1 to 4 pm at Solon Township Hall, 15185 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Please stop in to congratulate Jerry and Nancy on this great milestone! No gifts please.

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Lela R. Spicer, 87, of Traverse City, formerly of Cedar Springs, passed away Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Grand Traverse Pavilions with her family by her side. Mrs. Spicer was born August 18, 1928 in Barryton, Michigan, the daughter of Joseph and Edith (Adams) VanSyckle, she was one of 17 children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard in 1988 and a son, Danny in 2015. Surviving are her children, Patty (Steven) Osburn, Bruce (Rose) Spicer, Roger (Pat) Spicer, Debra VandenHeuvel, Rockland (Teresa) Spicer, Theodore (Tracy) Spicer, Gail (Dave) Spicer; countless beautiful and gorgeous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. A private family graveside service was held at East Nelson Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Larry and Debbie Eadie sang and led the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimers Association.

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

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