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Duane “Duey” E. Stanley, age 55, of Rockford, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Duane was born December 14, 1962 in Big Rapids, Michigan the son of Freddie Stanley Sr. and Ruby (Leedy) Stanley. Surviving are his loving wife of 36 years, Karen (Webb) Stanley; children, Dana (Duke) Saboo, Andrew Stanley and girlfriend Sarah Crawford; Kelsey (Cody) Harper; grandchildren, Kendall, Avery, Cash, Calvin and Mason; siblings, Shirley (Ted) Irons, David (Cindy) Stanley Sr. and Ruth (John) Ondrus; mother-in-law, Linda Webb; brothers and sisters-in-law, David (Jerri) Webb, Dawn (Eddie Owens) Parmeter, Rick (Sherri) Webb and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sue Gross; brothers, Daniel and Freddie Stanley Jr.; parents-in-law, John (Virginia) Webb; niece, Jessica Ondrus and brother-in-law, Brian Parmeter. The family greeted friends Sunday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Monday, October 8, 2018. Pastor Tommy Turner, officiating. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital 100 Michigan St. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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

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Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you (Luke 1:28)

Father Lam T. Le, Pastor

St. John Paul II Parish

3110 17 Mile Rd • Cedar Springs, Michigan 49319


In the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church, October 7 is a Marian Feast, the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. On this occasion, one might ask: what is the Rosary? To put it briefly, it is a prayer in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and primary is recitation of the Hail Mary. 

The popularity of the Rosary has been attributed to St. Dominic and the Dominican Order. It grew out of the laity’s desire to have 150 prayers to match the 150 psalms chanted by the monks in monasteries. In 1569, Pope Pius V officially recommended the praying “of 150 angelic salutations . . . with the Lord’s prayer at each decade . . . while meditating on the mysteries which recall the entire life of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  This same Pope instituted the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7, 1571.

The Rosary, in its current form, is a Scripture-based prayer: beginning with the Apostles’ Creed (a summary of the great mysteries of the Catholic faith, from creation through redemption and up to the Resurrection of the body and everlasting life); the Our Father follows the introduction of each Mystery of Christ (which is taken from the Gospels). The first part of the Hail Mary is composed from verses from the Gospel of Luke (1:29 and 1:42)—the angel’s words announcing Christ’s birth and Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary. It was Pope Pius V, that added the second part to the Hail Mary, namely “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.” At the end of the 10th recitation of the Hail Mary, the great Doxology is said: “Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.” 

Until October 16, 2002, people have prayed the Rosary while meditating on the Joyful Mysteries (Annunciation, Visitation, Birth of the Lord, Presentation, Finding of the Child in the Temple), the Sorrowful Mysteries (Agony in the Garden, Scourging at the Pillar, Crowning with Thorns, Carrying the Cross, Death on the Cross), the Glorious Mysteries (Resurrection, Ascension, Descending of the Holy Spirit, Assumption of Mary, the Coronation of Mary). With Pope John Paul II’s Rosarium Virginis Mariae in 2002, Catholics now enrich this prayerful practice with the Luminous Mysteries (Baptism of the Lord, Wedding at Cana, Proclamation of the Kingdom, Transfiguration, and Institution of the Holy Eucharist). 

The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is a Christocentric prayer at heart. Pope John Paul II once said, “With the Rosary, the Christian people sit at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love. Through the Rosary, the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer” (Rosarium Virginis Mariae, no. 1).

In addition to being the priest of St. John Paul II Parish, Cedar Springs, Father Lam also proudly serves as Pastor of Mary Queen of Apostles Parish, 1 W Maple Street, Sand Lake, MI. 49343. Phone 616-636-5671.

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Look who’s 81!

Happy Birthday

Riley & Jack Lesperance

Say Hi! If you see them.

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Michael J. Maslowski, age 64, of Cedar Springs, passed away Sunday, September 30, 2018 at his home. Michael was born August 24, 1954 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Albert and Patricia (Anderson) Maslowski. He was a hardworking man, jack of all trades and provider for his family. He was very compassionate and kind and a godly and devoted Christian. Surviving are his wife, Barbara (White); children, Chad (Angie) Stoken, Sherri (Matt) Kemp, Brenda White, Mike (Kayleigh) Maslowski, Dwayne White, Mark White; 8 grandchildren; sisters, Victoria Shepard, Deb (Tom) Duffy. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family will greet friends Sunday, October 7 from 2:00 p.m. until time of service at 4:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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

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Elna O. Johnson, age 100, of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Green Acres of Standale. Mrs. Johnson was born March 21, 1918 in Greenville, Michigan, the daughter of Elmer and Minnie (Bauman) Wilkinson. She enjoyed the outdoors, her garden and working hard on the farm. She loved music and played the dulcimer and harmonica until age 100. She welcomed everyone and always had a cup of coffee and sweets ready to enjoy. She was a longtime member of Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church. Surviving are her daughter, Joyce (Richard) Kastas; son-in-law, Jim Idziak; grandchildren, Robert (Paula) Johnson, Tim (Kathy Kay) Johnson, Kathy (Ken) Coleman, Cheryl Kastas, James (Tiffany) Idziak, Amy (Tony) Domanski, Jill Idziak; 9 great-grandchildren, Ryan, Kate, Logan, Daniel, Adrian, Walker, Vivian, Tony, and Tommy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley; son, Robert Johnson; daughter, Judy Idziak; 3 sisters and 2 brothers. The family greeted friends Monday, October 1 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Tuesday 11:00 am at Courtland – Oakfield United Methodist Church with viewing one hour before. Pastor Kim DeLong officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Kent County.

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

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Mitchell Aron Hanes, 62, of Sand Lake, passed away on September 27, 2018 at home. He was born on November 2, 1955 to Grant and Pride (Brisbin) Hanes in Grant, Michigan. He graduated Tri-County High School in 1974. Mitchell worked as a heavy Equipment Operator until his retirement. He was a member of the Sand Lake Eagles and the Sons of the American Legion. Mitchell is survived by his children: Gabe (Nicole) Hanes of Cedar Springs, Christy (Simon Flores) Hanes of Kalamazoo; two grandsons: Brice Hanes, Taggart Hanes; two brothers: Mark (Kris) Hanes of Howard City, Kevin Hanes of Sand Lake. He was preceded in death by his mother Pride Hanes, son Tagart Brian Hanes, brother Mike Hanes, and sister Shelly Hanes. Graveside services were held on Monday, October 1, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at the Crandell Cemetery, Sand Lake, Michigan. Memorials are suggested to the Heartland Hospice or to the family for funeral expenses. 

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Charles Melvin McKee, born October 23, 1940 in Alma and resident of Sand Lake, passed into the arms of his Lord & Savior on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the age of 77. Charlie was a happy-go-lucky, fun, loving person that hugged everyone. He was in his glory when surrounded by family and friends telling some of his famous stories. He also loved the auctions. Charlie is survived by his wife and soul mate of 47 years, Reta; sons, Mike (Diane) and Tony; daughters, Rhonda K. (Eugene), Brenda, Rhonda L. (Chuck) and Marti (Jeff); mother-in-law, Martha; brother-in-law, Jerry; sisters-in-law, Cindy (Max) and Joyce; brothers, Don (Joan) and Walt (Deb); sisters, Jeanette (Glendon) and Tamie (Brad); 33 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and several very close friends as well as auctioneers & auction companions. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Charlene; parents; father-in-law; brother-in-law; sister-in-law; nephew; and a special friend. A Celebration of Life for Charlie will be held on Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the McKee family home located at 15750 Pine Lake Ave., Sand Lake, MI 49343. Hurst Funeral Home is serving the family, and memories and messages of condolence may be shared with the family at www.hurstfh.com.

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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Helen M. Hyrns, age 89, of Sand Lake, died Sunday, September 23, 2018. Mrs. Hyrns was born May 6, 1929 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the daughter of Fred and Lola (Baldwin) Adams. Helen loved her family and many friends. She enjoyed dancing, the holidays, travel and adventure, and was very crafty. She was famous for all of her great food. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Benjamin Hyrns in 2004. Surviving are her children, Steven (Catherine) Hyrns, Susan (William) Bryant; grandchildren, Kamie (Stephen) McGuire, Jason (Michelle) Hyrns, Benjamin (Jennifer) Hyrns, Lindsey (Matthew) Baczewski, Zebulon (Janell) Bryant; 7 great-grandchildren; sister, Donna Verburg. She was also preceded in death by sisters, Edith Hudson, Blythe Becker, Gladys Grzesiak, Lela Schultz, Betty Goller. The family deeply appreciates the love and care provided by The Brook in Cedar Springs. Visitation was held Thursday, September 27 from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Chaplain Madelyn Thompson officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sand Lake Fire Department or the BKH Jr. Care Fund for great-grandson, Benjamin Hyrns.

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

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Cindy Marie McCord, age 52, of Trufant passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 surrounded by her family. Cindy was born June 23, 1966 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Cindy was a Certified Nurse’s Aid at Metro Hospital. She then became a waitress and bartender at Clifford Lake Inn which quickly became her second home. Friends and family were Cindy’s passion in life. Each person she met was touched by a special light that lit up any room. With a real zest for life, Cindy loved to garden, ride her motorcycle, browse antique shops, go camping with her husband and children, and chat with friends and family. Throughout her legacy, she always had a positive outlook on life. Her signature gifts of joy and optimism were shown through her constant smiling, laughter, and joking around that will never be forgotten. Surviving are her husband of 28 years, Brandon; children, Molly (Nicholas) Gurski, Garrett (Matraca) McCord, Mallorie McCord, Morgan (Bryan) Hammis; grandchildren, Mason and Oliver; parents, James and Barbara Dahnke; brothers, Jack Heimler and Craig Boyer; mother-in-law, Mary Ellen Rose; brothers-in-law, Tim and Terry McCord. A celebration of her life will take place Friday, October 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Impact Church, 1069 Lincoln Lake Ave. SE, Lowell. 

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

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Irena L. Lutz, age 84, of Cedar Springs, slipped quietly into the presence of her savior Jesus Christ early on the morning of Saturday, September 22, 2018. Irena was born October 14, 1933 in Hulbert Michigan to Edward and Irene (Peacock) Sissell. She graduated from Hulbert High School in 1950 accepting a position as a waitress/hostess in the Del Mar Restaurant in Sault Ste. Marie. It wasn’t long, however, that the young man who had been pursuing her, won her heart: Charles D Lutz and Irena started dating in 1950 and were married December 1, 1953. Soon she found herself moving from her small town as she followed her husband, who did his tour of duty during the Korean conflict. From Arizona, to Montana and eventually back to Michigan where she and Charles would become parents of twin boys; David and Dennis. Irena as a wife and homemaker was organized, which not only kept her home supplied but eventually led to work with her sister Beverly for a time, in the fledgling computer industry. Being the oldest of eight, Irena and Charles, often found their home a base for her brothers and sisters; many times finding one of the “kids” staying with them as they made their way toward new horizons. Having been familiar with caring for intellectually disabled individuals, due to her parents influence as well as having an affinity for their needs, she opened, owned and operated an adult foster care home for many years, even after her own two boys were in college, then married with families of their own. Irena cared for a variety of individuals in their home. She worked to serve people who otherwise may have been in a far different situation. Eventually retiring, she and Charles simply moved around the corner where their lives were filled with extended family and all the activities this time of life brings, including many winters away from the snow of Michigan. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs, for over 35 years. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years Charles; children David and Susan Lutz, Dennis and Cindy Lutz; brothers Arnold and Donna Sissell, Joseph and Dee Sissell; sisters Evelyn Lutz, Beverly and Ken Blow and Hilda and Gary Aho; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Helen Plank and Barbara Stokes. A memorial service will be held Thursday, September 27 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to: First Baptist Church, 233 S. Main, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. 

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

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