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TIMMY BROWN

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October 7, 1982 – November 4th, 2005

 

Because of love you remain with us,

For love itself lives on.

Our cherished memories will never fade,

No matter how long you’re gone.

Because of love we can never part.

For as long as there are memories,

You will always live on, in our hearts.

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ALICE MAE HOLTON

C-MEM-HoltonOctober 31, 1927 to October 21, 2013

 

Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they’ve shared and the love they brought into our lives. You gave all of us these gifts in abundance.

 

Lovingly remembered and missed by your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Thank you

 

Thank you so very much for the lovely cards and flowers that were sent to me from friends and relatives during my recent illness.

 

Ruth I. Andrus

 

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Thank You

We would like to thank all our friends and relatives that attended our 50th Anniversary party on September 7th. A special thank you to our children and sisters for all the planning and work they did. The food was delicious! A big thank you again for a day to remember.

 

God Bless you all

Jim and Verna Smigiel

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The Trick to the Treats

By Ronnie McBrayer

By Ronnie McBrayer

That faint noise you hear is the sound of pint-sized spooks gathering on your lawn. They will soon be knocking at the door, plastic pumpkins outstretched. Spare yourself the tricks and give up the treats – the unhealthy, sweet, nougat-filled goodies in your cupboard. Keep your stinking apples, raisins, toothbrushes, and granola bars. In a few short years the tykes will have to turn in their costumes, so don’t deprive them of this rite of childhood passage.

This doesn’t mean adults don’t get in on the fun. Americans spend nearly $3 billion each Halloween, not on adorning their children for the festivities, but on themselves. Adults love to play dress-up, it would appear, and not just in October.

We all hide behind masks, masks we have worn for so long, we forget the real person who lurks beneath. We so over-identify with our dress-up characters, that is the roles we play in life, that when the roles change—and they will change—we experience miserable frustration.

One Halloween my son dressed as the cartoon spaceman Buzz Lightyear for Halloween. It was fun—“To infinity and beyond!”—and that’s how long I thought the boy would wear the costume. In his mind, this wasn’t a temporary role he was playing. Buzz Lightyear was who he really was. Every time he had to lay aside his costume, it was the proverbial end of the world with weeping and gnashing of teeth. It was as if he was losing himself, as if he couldn’t live apart from that imaginary facade. Of course the real him was beneath that rayon spacesuit—everybody knew it—except him.

This is a common affliction. We build dramatic images of ourselves, who we think we are, who we should be, what we should accomplish, and once constructed, these have to be maintained and protected. We never let a tear or a crack show in our veneer, and the mask to which we cling slowly becomes a prison. We go through life kicking and screaming every time a perceived threat begins to pull at the hem of our make-believe cape.

Here’s a better way: Fulfill the roles that God, fate, or life has assigned to you. Fulfill them with gusto. But never accept the masks you must wear as a substitute for the person you really are; that’s the trick to a sweet life.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, blogger, pastor, and author of multiple books. Visit his website at www.ronniemcbrayer.me.

 

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JOHN J. GOLLER

C-obit-GollerMr. John J. Goller, aged 89, formerly of Rockford passed away Friday October 17, 2014. He was born June 16, 1925 in Solon Township, attended the former Briggs School and Cedar Springs High School. During WW II he served with the 35th Division, US Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of the Rockford United Methodist Church, V.F.W. Post 3946 and Glenn Hill American Legion Post 287. Surviving are his wife Peggy; his sons and their wives John M. (Debra) Goller and David (Deborah) Goller; his grandchildren Andrea (Erich) Staman, Lynee’ (Pete) Buhl, Aelise Goller, Amy (Steve) VanBeekom, John D. Goller, Kathleen Goller; he was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Funeral services for Mr. Goller were held on Tuesday October 21, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Rockford United Methodist Church. Visitation was held on Monday, October 20th from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Pederson Funeral Home. Those desiring an expression of sympathy are asked to consider with the Rockford United Methodist Church or the Michigan Home for Veteran’s, 3000 Monroe N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49505.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home

www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

 

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Thank You

I want to thank all my friends, neighbors and loved ones for all the acts of kindness shown me since my surgery and the complications caused by it; for all the calls, cards, food, visits, etc. I especially thank Helene for caring for my flowers and my family for their loving care. It meant everything to me.

God bless you all!

Joan Wainright

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John J. Goller

GOLLER,  Mr. John J. Goller, aged 89 formerly of Rockford passed away Friday October 17, 2014.  He was born June 16, 1925 in Solon Township, attended the former Briggs School and Cedar Springs High School.  During WW II he served with the 35th Division, US Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  He was a member of the Rockford United Methodist Church, V.F.W. Post 3946 and Glenn Hill American Legion Post 287.  Surviving are his wife Peggy; his sons and their wives John M. (Debra) Goller and David (Deborah) Goller; his grandchildren Andrea (Erich) Staman, Lynee’ (Pete) Buhl, Aelise Goller, Amy (Steve) VanBeekom, John D. Goller, Kathleen Goller; he was preceded in death by two brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services for Mr. Goller will be held on Tuesday October 21, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in the Rockford United Methodist Church.  There will be a time of visitation on Monday, October 20th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home.  Those desiring an expression of sympathy are asked to consider with the Rockford United Methodist Church or the Michigan Home for Veteran’s, 3000 Monroe N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49505.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home

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Maurice Fay Carr

Mr. Maurice Fay Carr, aged 63 of rural Howard City, Ensley Township passed away Monday, October 13, 2014. Maurice was born September 4, 1951 to Archie Owen and Bernetta Jane (Pickard) Carr in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He enjoyed anything to do with the outdoors especially fishing.  One of his greatest joys was to watch his grandchildren play sports such as football and wrestling.  He was retired from Keeler Brass but kept busy doing side jobs as a handyman/construction worker. Maurice was preceded in death by his father and mother.   He is survived by his sons Roger (Carrie) Carr and Dennis (Julie) Carr; a daughter Mollie (Ron) Spencer; 10 grandchildren; a brother Rodger (Mary) Carr; sister Genevieve Ogg.  Also surviving are his significant other Judy Bratcher and her family who Maurice treated as his own.  Private services will be held.

 

Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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CHARLES V. DUBRIDGE

C-obit-dubridge-webCharles V. Dubridge 85, of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at home with his family by his side. Charles was born July 21, 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Henry and Mildred (Loree) Dubridge. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and had been a draftsman at Fridgidaire in Greenville, retiring in 1990. His family was very important to him and he was a great father and grandfather. Surviving are his children, Wanda (Roger) Kleinjans, Tom (Char) Dubridge, Chuck (Linda) Dubridge, Rob (Angel) Dubridge; daughter-in-law, Ellen Grifhorst; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert (Bonnie) Dubridge, Leon (Helen) Dubridge; sister, Nyra Goetzel; sister-in-law, Dorothy Dubridge; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evah in 2003; brothers, Harry, Lynn, Don and Flinton; sister, Lucy Vidro. The family will greet friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a Rosary will be recited at 7:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday 11:00 am at St. John Paul II Church, Cedar Springs. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sand Lake. Memorial contributions may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 2221 Health Dr. SW, Wyoming, MI 49519.

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

 

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