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Thank You

I want to thank each of my friends and family, everyone for all the caring and thoughtfulness shown me in so many ways, as I have been recovering; especially Helene, who took such beautiful care of my yard, and helped me through everything in so many ways. There are no words to express my appreciation. Love you all!

Joan Wainright

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Jane Elizabeth Thomas

c-obit-thomasJane Elizabeth (Marsh) Thomas, 81, of Bass Lake, Gowen, passed away quietly on November 17, 2016, in her home surrounded by her loving family.  She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Sylvia Mae Robinson and Walter Munson Cole; her husband of 32 years, Alvin Thomas; her beloved son, Thomas Marsh; her brothers, Waldo (Buddy) Cole, James (Pen) Cole and Robert (Pleck) Cole and her twin sister, Joanne Hysell.  She is survived by her six daughters, Vicki (Chris) Nelson, Bobbi (Doug) Bittenbender, Sandy (Steve) Pike, Linda Miller, Kimberly Brown, and Sara Ortiz; her 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Susan Walker and Barbara Schondelmayer.  Jane’s daughters wish to convey their sincerest appreciation to the wonderful Care Team from Kindred Hospice for the love and attention shown to their mother in her final days.  A private family memorial service will be held for Jane’s immediate family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Jane can be made to Kindred Hospice, 625 Kenmore Ave SE, Suite 115, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49546.  Hurst Funeral Home is serving the family, and memories and messages of condolence may be shared at www.hurstfh.com.

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Jerry Lynn Avery

c-obit-averyJerry Lynn Avery, 77 of Cedar Springs went into the loving arms of his Savior on Thursday, November 17, 2016 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born March 19, 1939 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Donald and Caroline (Townes) Avery. Jerry had a thirty four year career as a police officer, serving in the Kent County Sheriff’s Department and before that, the Cedar Springs Police Department.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing, flying, bicycling and time with his grandkids. He was a member of Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church and the Northwest Soaring Club of Frankfort where he served as an instructor.  He was also a member of the Bad Bikers Bicycle Club, where he was known as the “Baddest Biker”. Surviving are his wife, Peggy (Beals) whom he married on November 12, 1957; sons, Mike (Denise) Avery, Tim (Kim) Avery; grandchildren, Sarah (Jordan) Brygal, James (Jessica) Edwards, Andy Avery, Jessica Martin, Jamie Jeffries III, Samantha Avery, Shelby Avery; 12 great grandchildren; brother, Leon (Janet) Avery. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Joe (Jean) Avery, David Avery; sister, Madeline (Stan) Piasecki. The family will greet friends Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Monday, Nov. 21 at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church. Pastors Bill Johnson and Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church or Faith Hospice.

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Fearfully and wonderfully made

C-East-Nelson-UnitedPastor Inge Whittemore

East Nelson United Methodist

9024 18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs

 

Today as I sit to write this article I am looking out my dining room window at a gloriously blue sky with yellow and red leaves swirling in the breeze. It is a wonderful fall day at the cusp of a new winter on its way. The darkness overtakes the day and we begin to see our breath as we walk outside. Many people bemoan winter. It’s a long season and many of us simply endure it or retreat to warmer climes when winter moves down upon us. Of course there are those of us who really look forward to snow time sports, though I have to admit I don’t enjoy winter driving. But the season’s change is a blessing many in the world don’t get to experience. It’s always warm or temperate where they live and so they read about our experience and can only imagine how it feels. My sister lives in Tampa and in past years I’ve sent her colorful leaves from my yard just so she could enjoy the spirit of the season.

I guess this a lesson for all of us to check out our perspective on things. What one person enjoys, another may not. It’s really another way that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. God gave us each individuality like none other on earth, before us or after us. So you think you are one in a million? If you are, then there are 7,000 people just like you since the population of the world is now over 7 billion (with a “b”)! You are one in 7-plus billion! Rejoice! God thought you up and made you like you are.

Love yourself because God loves you. He is good and cannot make mistakes. And, since he made each of us, we are not mistakes. Sometimes we get down on ourselves, we chastise ourselves and don’t believe in our abilities. I say, look to your Maker and know that you are His and He is yours. You are his beloved child.

Isaiah 43:1-28 ESV: But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you.”

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60th Anniversary

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ROGER & BARBARA BULLEY

Roger and Barbara Bulley of Rockford Michigan will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on November 23, 2016. They own Look Insurance Agency in Cedar Springs. They have three children, Roger (Linda) Bulley Jr., Benjamin (Gerrie) Bulley and Wesley (Patty) Bulley; 15 grandchildren, Mandy Owens, Maranda & Kelly Groft, Nicole & Ben Mattice, Breanne & George Hall, Brennon & Maria Bulley, Brett & Lauren Bulley, Alaina & Brian Depree, Brook & Zach Griffer;  and 13 great-grandchildren, Parker, Ellie, Kaitress, Canyon, Aila, Colin, Gareth, Olivia, Jude, Porter, Fiona, Liam, and a little girl on the way.

Their secret to a long and successful marriage is Love.

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COOLEY – POWELL

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Julie Ann Cooley and John Paul Powell are happy to announce their engagement. A June 17, 2017 wedding is planned.

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Thank you

Thank you to everyone that worked tirelessly with me throughout the campaign for Cedar Springs School Board. I was surrounded by the most dedicated, creative and collaborative people that are all for #kidsfirst. That support was key to the success of the campaign. My family and I have gained friends and faith throughout this endeavor. I am humbled by the kind words and confidence from the public.

Heidi Reed

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RONALD R. BURT

c-mem-burtRONALD R. BURT

December 9, 1955 – November 22, 2012

Your presence we miss

Your memory we treasure

Loving you always

Forgetting you never

In our hearts a memories forever

We love and miss you,

Sharon, Heather & Lindsay

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MYRON L. WALLER

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Myron L. Waller 60 of Cedar Springs died Friday, November 11, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. Myron was born March 29, 1956 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Donald and Opal (Middleton) Waller. Myron enjoyed all sports, especially baseball. After he became a parapalegic he enjoyed going out to the deck for some sun and giving his grandchildren and other children a ride on his wheelchair. Surviving are his daughter, Brittnie (Robert) Good; grandchildren, Brooklyn, Blake and Michael; mother, Opal Waller; brother, Mark (Julie) Barnhart; sisters, Judy Turner, Gail (Carl) Dunn, Janet (Lloyd) Ingersoll, LuAnn (Jeff) Piatt, Margie (Schmitty) Schmitz, Robin (Steve) Brott; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Kellie Fast. The family would like to thank all of the nurse aides who cared for Myron and became friends. A memorial service will be held at the Cedar Springs American Legion on Friday, November 18 at 11:00 am with a luncheon to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

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

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LESLIE SMITH

 

Les, age 82, passed away unexpectedly November 3, 2016 at his home in Greenback, Tennessee. He was originally from Sand Lake and Grant Michigan. Les was preceded in death by his father and mother, Fred and Oleva Smith of Sand Lake and a son, Jerry from Spring Lake, Michigan. Les is survived by three sons, Larry, Terry and Gary from Spring Lake, Michigan; brother Ervin Smith from Owasso; sister Lorraine Pratt from Belton, South Carolina; brother Ken (Lois) Smith from Sand Lake and sister Lorna (Richard) Holbrook from Trufant, Michigan; grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service is being planned for a later date.

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