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Thank You: Lyman Gates

Thank you for the cards and prayers at the death of Lyman Gates. It meant so much!

Thank you.

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ALTHEA B. WELCH

Althea B. Welch, 87, formerly of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Christian Rest Home, Grand Rapids. Mrs. Welch was born February 25, 1929 in Rockford, Michigan, the daughter of Arthur and Hazel (Hall) Bliss. She had worked at Wolverine World Wide before becoming a mother and homemaker. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs where she taught Sunday School and Jr. Church for many years. She loved to cook, bake, knit, crochet, and spend time with her grandsons. Surviving are her son, Richard (Linda) Welch; grandsons, David and Jonathan; brother, Arthur (Delores) Bliss; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon in 2010; sisters, Lois Blakeslee, Lowella Husted, and Barbara Bliss; brother, Leland Bliss. The family greeted friends Tuesday, April 5 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Wednesday 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs. Pastor Dan Currie officiating. Interment Fairplains Cemetery, Sparta. Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Rest Home or Gentiva Hospice.

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

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BETTY G. RINGLER

C-obit-RinglerBetty G. Ringler, 85, of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 4, 2016 at home. Betty was born February 6, 1931 in Staples, Minnesota, the daughter of James and Jenny (Rink) Kubitza. She had worked at the Grand Rapids Herald and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She especially loved her grandchildren. She was a member of Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake and their Ladies Guild. She loved watching and feeding birds and playing card games. Surviving are her husband, Basil, whom she married on November 13, 1954; children, Janice (Mike) DeGraaf, Karen (Jeff) Sixbury, Douglas (Darlene) Ringler, Steve (Lisa) Ringler, Bruce Ringler, Chris Ringler; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Helen (Chum) Woodard. She was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters. The family greeted friends Wednesday from 2-4 and 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 celebrated Thursday 11:00 am at Mary Queen of Apostles with Rev. Fr.Lam Le celebrant. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Elementary School, Staples, MN.

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

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From the Pulpit: Finding Peace

By Pastor Ryan Black

There aren’t enough hours in the day to worry about all that is wrong. Whether it is world events, work, school, family or just life in general, there is always something to cause our fretfulness. Life creates many anxious moments. But when the pressures of life continually increase, you may feel anxious all of the time. The pressure can be so great that you wonder if you will be able to carry the load of anxiety even one step further. Fortunately, we have the anti-worry, anti-anxiety antidote: Jesus!

Anxiety is a mind thing. Jesus understands this issue and is with you when facing it as he can put your mind to rest. Christ himself suffered anxiety to the point of sweating blood. Whether you’re a Christian or non-Christian, stress is something we all face and agonize. For this reason, we need to recognize that Jesus is there for each and every one of us in our times of uneasiness. John 14:1 says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” Why do we go through stressful moments and phases in our lives? Scripture tells us it’s to build up our perseverance, endurance and faith (Romans 5:3-5). Typically, when we go through traumatic times, we come out of it stronger and more well-rounded as a person.

We are all afraid of something. And whether our fear is real or irrational, if we let ourselves get caught up in a sea of worry, we run the risk of drowning in it. While we can never be completely free from worry, Jesus gives us a sense of peace and comfort as we deal with it. John 14:27 reads, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”

Cedar Springs Christian Church, 340 West Pine Street, Cedar Springs

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GORDY MAY

13C-mem-MayWebNovember 24, 1933 – April 6, 2006

Gone yet not forgotten,

Forever in our hearts.

We love and miss you,

The May Family

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Duane W. Bradley

BradleyObitWebDuane E. Bradley, age 83, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bert & Lottie Rens; sister, Shirley Flood; son in-law, Fred Taylor. Duane is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Ellen Bradley; his 6 children, Reba & Gerald Albritton, Janet & Doug Plumb, Yvonne Taylor, Dale & Jacki Bradley, Linda & Joe Maxim, Doug & Tracy Bradley; 15 grandchildren, Melissa (Scott), Nicole (Matt), Andrea (Reggie), Tim (Angie), Troy (Tiffany), Jessica (Nate), Tiffany (Scott), Krystal (Donte), Joanna (Lee), Derk (Bridget), Dalton (Lindsey), Dillion (Sam), Angie (Paul), Ashley (Eddie), Nicole Porter, Jacob Porter; 25 great grandchildren; sister, Pam & Gene Gibson; brother in-law, Harry Flood. Duane served in the United States Marine Corp and then the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He worked for Ronda Tire for many years until retirement. He loved to play pool, golf, and cards and enjoyed his cocktails. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, March 28, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. Friends may meet the family at the funeral home on Monday, Noon – 2:00 P.M. and 4:00-6:00 P.M. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to assist the family with expenses.

Arrangements by Hessel Cheslek Funeral Home www.hesselcheslek.com.

 

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Approaching Easter 2016

By Pastor Dick Nichols

Cedar Creek Community Church, 2969 14 Mile Road, Sparta

Almost two thousand years ago, on the Sunday following the crucifixion of our Savior the Friday before, two women approached the sepulcher where Jesus had been laid, to make the necessary preparations for his dead body. We read, “The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay” (Matthew 28:5-6 NIV).

For these friends of Jesus who came to the tomb, life and death would never be the same. This Jesus whom they loved and believed to still be in the grave, had risen from the dead, conquering death for us, our last enemy in this life.

Through the story of the resurrection and the promised Spirit of God, alive in us, we too must look at our own lives and answer for ourselves, “How do we approach Easter Sunday 2016?” Our answer has much to say in whether Easter makes a difference in our lives or not. How many Easters have we heard and heard again about the resurrection, and do we come to this day expecting to experience the same-o same-o, old routine? The women came to the borrowed tomb before sunrise on a Sunday, and surprise, the tomb is empty! Oh wow, like we haven’t heard this before!

Maybe we come not expecting anything more than what we’ve known before, after all, we know that God’s word is as Paul has written, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2nd Corinthians 1:20 NIV). It will be exactly as God has said it will be.

Then again, we may not spend much time reading our Bible, or attending worship services, but it’s Easter, and we know just enough to be curious, is there something there for me? Is there anything in the Bible or church that may make my life better? Our experience with Easter has always been good, but, what if we approached Easter 2016 with a heart that is open and expecting, exactly what, we’re not sure, but hoping that God will make the resurrection of Christ more of a reality in our lives?

If we come to Easter Sunday as people who have heard the story before, as people who can no longer be amazed, we will very likely leave the same way we came. We meet God where we are at. If we approach Easter in humility, repentant before God, knowing our absolute need for Jesus, he will never disappoint us. Christ’s resurrection is not just another story in the Bible, it is the central point in our faith as Christians.

How will we approach Easter 2016? Will this Easter be different? Are we willing to approach this day and the rest of the days of our lives, by joyfully allowing God to enter into our hearts, and begin a work within us that allows us to hear this story with spiritual ears, in a way we’ve never heard it before?

Approach God with an open heart, and hear with childlike amazement, God’s eternal truth in Jesus Christ!

He is risen! Indeed!

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Barbara L. Calabrese

12C-B-day-CalabreseBarbara L. Calabrese of Comstock Park, will be celebrating her 75th Birthday on March 24th. A party will be held in her honor on March 26, 2016. Her grandson, Tyler Reed Rizzon, of Cedar Springs, will accompany her in celebration of his 3rd Birthday. They will share in festivities with family and friends and a good time will be had by all.

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Jason A. Rideout

In Loving Memory

Do not stand at my grave and weep

I am not there, I do not sleep

I am a thousand winds that blow

I am the diamond glint on snow

I am the sunlight on ripened grain

I am the gentle autumn rain

When you wake in morning hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circling flight

I am the soft starlight at night

Do not stand at my grave and weep

I am not there, I do not sleep

Lovingly remembered on this the 20th anniversary of leaving us for his heavenly home March 29, 1996.

Love Mom, Dad and Family

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Gary Lee VanSchuur

12C-obit-VANSCHUURMr. Gary Lee VanSchuur, of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 66, passed away on the afternoon of Monday, March 21, 2016, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family. Gary was born to Gerrit and Leona Marie (Beduhn) VanSchuur on Sunday, September 11, 1949, in Sparta, Michigan, and had been a lifelong resident of the area. As a truehearted patriot, Gary proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Army, fighting in the Vietnam War. Following his honorable discharge, he worked for the Farm Bureau of Kent City and then as a supervisor for Knoll Furniture until his retirement in 2008. Gary enjoyed the simple things in life he was a great Michigan outdoorsman who loved to go deer hunting, and as a farmer, Gary loved working the land. He was also a very talented woodworker, crafting many things with his parents in their woodshop. Family was everything to Gary. He was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, proud grandfather, and dear brother and friend. He cherished every family get-together, being with his grandchildren whenever he could, and he especially loved taking them for rides on the Gator. Gary is survived by his beloved wife Sharon (Fisk); loving children, MaryAnn (K.J.) Decker and Keith (Laura) Goltz, Sr.; adored grandchildren, Whitney (fiance Cory Wimmer) Decker, Hailey Decker, Devon Cole, Keith Goltz, Jr., Abby Goltz, and Kaylee Goltz; mother Marie VanSchuur; sister Janice; brother-in-law Carl; father and mother-in-law James and Shirley Fisk; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim (Annetta) and Ruth (Stan); and numerous nieces, nephews, and other beloved members of the VanSchuur and Fisk families. He was preceded in death by his father, Gerrit; and brother-in-law Steve. There will be a time of visitation from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Gary will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 25, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home. Pastor Rick Miller will be officiating. Under the auspices of the Kent County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the United States Army, full military honors will be conducted. Gary will be laid to rest in Crandall Cemetery, Ensley Township, Michigan.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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