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Victor Carter Krause, 86, Michigan statesman, businessman, devoted civic volunteer, patriot, and uniquely caring husband, father, and friend, passed away at home with his family on June 4, 2022 after a long illness.

He leaves behind the love of his life, his forever “Sweetheart” and wife of 45 years, Joan Krause, and his daughters Lisa Brown (Paul David), Kim Krause (Gary), Amy Neis (William), as well as grandchildren Alexander, Lisa, Natalie, Betsy, and Gabrielle. He is also survived by his brothers, John Krause and Tom Krause. Born on October 21, 1935, Victor was raised in downtown Rockford, Michigan surrounded by his extended family. He attended Rockford schools and created fond memories at the family cottage on Silver Lake.  During breaks from school, he worked at the family business, Wolverine World Wide, Inc. He attended the University of Michigan where he discovered a passion for business and formed friendships that lasted a lifetime. Following his graduation, he was accepted into Officer Candidate School and then proudly continued serving his country in the United States Navy. This experience was particularly influential for him: He was never seen without an American flag pin on his lapel and always had a song in his heart. He would encourage others to join him in singing the Navy Alphabet (and the Delta Tau Delta song!) until the end of his life. He used his business talents to expand the reach and products of Wolverine World Wide, and was particularly proud of his role as Hush Puppies Brand Manager. Under his tenure, the brand received increased recognition across the US and Europe. He went on to serve as Vice President of the International Division, establishing licenses In Central America, Austria and Asia to expand the brand’s reach. In 1971, he founded an independent travel agency, Krause Travel, Inc, and subsequently served as Area Vice President of the American Cancer Society, an institution with a mission he cared about deeply. Vic was a man of exceptionally strong ethics and compassion, underscored by an unwavering commitment to civic duty. Driven by this passion he decided to run for public office. He served as State Representative (R) for the 90th District, from 1982-1990, earning a reputation as a deep listener on issues big and small, working across the aisle, and introducing bills that focused on quality-of-life issues such long-term care, AIDS support, public school finance, and economic stability for his constituents.   After retirement from public office, Vic turned his attention to consulting work and devoted his remaining time to philanthropic endeavors. He served on numerous boards, including the Hearing Loss Association of America, Metro Health Foundation, Kent County Republican Committee, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth, United Way, World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, and the US Chamber of Commerce. As a proud graduate of Rockford High School, he was honored and excited to be inducted into the 2012 Rockford Hall of Fame in recognition of his lifelong achievements. He was also a talented golfer and proud to have served as Blythefield Country Club’s youngest president – and prior to his death, Vic was, consequently, Blythefield Country Club’s longest living president. Nothing made Vic happier than spending time with friends and family. He took care to make any get-together, large or small, a special occasion and assure everyone felt loved and celebrated. He also relished sharing humorous and memorable stories about a life well-traveled and enjoyed at nearly every moment. We will all miss him immeasurably. Join us in celebrating Vic’s inimitable life and spirit at the First Congregational Church of Rockford. Please check the Pederson Funeral Home website for the date and time https://www.pedersonfuneralhome.com/. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Hydrocephalus Association https://www.hydroassoc.org/ or the Hearing Loss Association of America https://www.hearingloss.org/. 

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Douglas B. Rowland, age 72, of Angola, IN, passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, IN. He was born on May 11, 1950 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Rex and Barbara (Colby) Rowland. Doug spent much of his childhood with his grandparents, Ruth and Rodney Colby on his beloved Beaver Island, Michigan. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1968 and left the following day for basic training at Camp Pendleton, California. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines-The Walking Dead from 1968-1972. Serving in the Vietnam War. Following his military service he spent time attending Ferris State University. He worked in various roles from private investigator to supervisor for Pinkerton’s. He married Sheryl “Sherry” Goudzwaard on August 30, 1980 in Cedar Springs, Michigan. They had one daughter, Libby (Rowland) Zeeb. Doug worked as a real estate broker and was very active in the American Legion, serving as both a Post and District Commander in Michigan. Later moving to Indiana to be near his daughter, and two grandsons, Jameson and Darcy, his grandsons were his pride and joy. He enjoyed taking them for tractor rides and to see model trains. After many years of struggling with cardiac and pulmonary issues, and service related disabilities, Doug is finally able to breathe easy again. Semper Fidelis “Always Faithful”-Adapt and Overcome. Survivors include his wife, Sheryl “Sherry” Rowland of Angola, Indiana, a daughter, Libby Zeeb of Angola, Indiana, grandsons, Jameson and Darcy Zeeb, siblings, Laurie Rowland of Cedar Springs, Michigan, and Jim (Jodi) Rowland of Cedar Springs, Michigan, and nephews, Andrew Rowland of San Francisco, California, and Robert Harwood, Jr., of Belding, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rex and Barbara Rowland, grandparents, Rodney and Ruth Colby, siblings, Marsha and Jeff, and a nephew, Chad Rowland. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am Friday, June 17, 2022 at Gateway Church, 255 N. Gerald Lett Avenue, Angola, Indiana. Pastor Tony Baker will officiate the service. Military Honors will be provided by the Angola American Legion Color Guard and the US Marine Corps Honors Team. Memorial donations may be directed in care of the Angola American Legion Post.

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It is with great sadness to announce the death of Craig Thomas Mabie on June 1, 2022. Craig passed away under the loving care of his family at age 63, due to Alzheimer’s disease. He is survived by his wife, Theresa; children, Nathaniel Mabie (Erica Erlewine), Lindsey (Wojtek) Dabrowski, Stephanie Mabie; grandchildren, Ella, Lily, Jakob, Owen; parents Donald and June Mabie; brothers, Kurt (Sue) Mabie, Tim (Chris) Mabie; mother in law, Freda Olsen; father in law, Robert (Dorthy Brydges) Olsen; sister in laws, Cheryl (John) Larson, Brenda (David) Swendrowski; many loved family and friends. Craig grew up in his hometown of Cedar Springs, having special memories with his brothers and their beloved dog, Susie. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed spending time at the family hunting cabin. Craig had a passion for music and was a talented musician. We will miss hearing him play guitar with friends and in the Mabie Family Band. Craig loved his dogs, Lucy and Bowie dearly and enjoyed taking them for daily walks. Lucy will be waiting for him, for that walk in Heaven. Above all, his greatest joy in life was being “Dad” and “Papa”. He loved his children and grandchildren with all his heart and it was a great day if it had been spent with them! The family would like to thank Spectrum Hospice for their kindness and care. They were so wonderful to him. A special thank you to his aide and friend, Doreen. The family greeted friends Monday, June 6 at the Bliss-Witters and Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where funeral service was held Tuesday. Pastor Inge Whittemore, officiating. Interment Crandall Cemetery. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to First Congregational Church of Rockford or Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research.

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

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August 9, 1936 – May 31, 2022

Bernie Armstrong, of Rockford, has gone to his heavenly home to join his beloved wife, Lois of 55 years. He passed away on Tuesday, May 31st at the age of 85 after struggling with debilitating health issues. He leaves behind his three children, Valerie Clarke (Peter Gorton), Penelope Bernath (Ronnie), and Mark Armstrong (Flora-Maria). His cherished grandchildren, Geoffrey, James, Andrew, Louisa and Maggie Clarke, Diana Shapiro, Ethan Bernath, Abigail, Grace and Ian Armstrong. Great-grandchildren include Lucy Shapiro, Greta and Gustav Clarke. Bernie was born in Rockford, Michigan to Wesley and Thelma (Matthews) Armstrong during the period of Great Depression. His only sibling was his brother, Don, who was namely his first hero. The two brothers remained in devoted friendship all of their years. Life was full of family gatherings with his mothers’ large family nearby. The Wesley Armstrong family attended Rockford Baptist Church faithfully each week. Bernie played three seasons of sports each year at Rockford High School: basketball, football and track. He also played the saxophone. During his years of school, the High School was only one wing of the “Rockford Public School”, which taught grades K-12 in the same building. Bernie graduated in 1954. Along with his close family, a good share of his friends remained lifelong. With the goal of obtaining a degree in accounting at Central Michigan University, Bernie set his plans aside after one year and joined the U.S. Navy with one of his good friends, Rich Regel. He served a two year term in the Pacific, and landed up in southern California with no money to get back home. After their tour, the two of them decided to work and take advantage of free college tuition in Riverside, California. Bernie would often reminisce those days in Riverside, and especially the day that he caught sight of a cute little student walking daily across campus — Lois. The two married after a short romance and Bernie moved Lois to Michigan to finish his Bachelor’s at CMU where he first began. With the goal of Rockford becoming his hometown again, Bernie aptly landed a teaching position in Cedar Springs. It was here that he taught HS Biology until retirement. During the 70’s, Bernie obtained an MS Degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, during the summer months while off from teaching. During his teaching years, Bernie coached Track, Baseball, Golf, and later on, what he called “Stream-Team” to get students familiarized with freshwater ecosystems. Adding even more variety to the family, a home leather-tooling business was started by Bernie and Lois, in the early years of Rockford’s Squire Street Square. After a busy day at the leather shop in the summer, the whole family headed out to play golf together. The couple raised their three children, always careful to make “family” their priority. In the 1980’s, Bernie re-enlisted in the US Navy Reserves. Lois joined him each summer while he served in active duty. The couple that loved to travel stepped up their pace and even had the opportunity to go to Europe. In later years, Bernie helped Lois with selling her antiques, which later turned into an Estate Sale business. Retirement finally came for both of them, when family, friends, sports and travel would become their priorities. Their family continued to grow. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren arrived. As grandparents, Bernie and Lois cherished their days spent with them. The couple lived consistently throughout their lives. They loved each other. They loved their family. And they loved the Lord. Bernie was thankful for all of the good years given to him. A celebration of Bernie’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2022 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe St., Rockford. His family will greet relatives and friends Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. To 7:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home. Interment in Rockford Cemetery. To share a photo, memory and sign the family’s online guestbook please visit www.plaisierfuneral.com.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Amanda Rae Scott of Sparta, MI, age 39, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 28, 2022. She was born to David and Debra (Snyder) Bennett on June 10, 1982, in Grand Rapids, MI. Amanda enjoyed spending time outdoors and with friends and family. She is survived by both parents, David and Debra Bennett; siblings, Joshua (Michelle) Bennett and David (Kim Wilson) Bennett Jr.; spouse, Michael Scott; children, Mariah, Katelynn, and Nicholas; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Gloria and Ted Scott; sister-in-law, Virginia (Roger) Remmelts; nieces and nephews, Blake, Adrianna, Klohe, Joshua, Blake, and Avery; aunt and uncle, John and Roxanne Cyrstal; and her cat, Fidget. Amanda was preceded in death by her brother, Chadwick Bennett; and grandparents, Percy (Dorothy) Bennett and Lambert (Beverly) Snyder. The family would like to thank the staff of Spectrum Health Hospice for their care and compassion towards Amanda. A time of public visitation was held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at North Ridge Funeral Home, 88 E. Division Street, Sparta, MI 49345. The funeral service was celebrated at 1:00 p.m. following the visitation. Pastor Skip Meyers officiating. Procession to Fairplains Cemetery followed. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial donation towards Amanda’s funeral expenses via the Tribute Fund tab on her obituary page. 

Arrangements by North Ridge Funeral Home, Sparta

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Roger William Starr, 75, of Ludington, formerly of Sand Lake, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2022 at home. He was born June 22, 1946, in Sand Lake, Michigan, the son of Joel and F. Marian (Ashley) Starr. Roger was very proud of his service in the US Army as an Infantry Sergeant in the VietNam War where he earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Silver Star medals. He was also awarded two Purple Hearts for being wounded twice, of which one of those wounds blinded his right eye. After serving his country, Roger had a career in banking operations that included working for 5 different banks in Michigan, Kentucky and Minnesota. In his spare time, Roger loved traveling throughout the United States, especially spending winters in Florida and being on the ranch in Colorado. Roger was a dreamer and a cowboy at heart who was always up for an adventure and driving his corvettes. On October 2, 1973, in Grand Rapids, Roger married Linda May Beckwith, who survives him. He is also survived by: his brother, Phillip (Pat) Starr; his sister, Kathryn (Brian) Percy; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Starr, and Elaine (David) Moore; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. Roger was preceded in death by: his parents; his brother, Tom Starr; and his sister, Norma Curtis. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Thursday, May 26, 2022, at the Scottville United Methodist Church, 114 W. State Street, Scottville, MI, with Pastor Rick Hodgeson officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. Funeral services will also be held at 12:00 p.m., Friday, May 27, 2022, Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, 13603 Northland Drive, Cedar Springs, MI, with visitation from 11:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. Interment will be in Crandall Cemetery in Sand Lake where military honors will be performed. Memorial contributions may be made to the Scottville United Methodist Church or the Spectrum Health Foundation Renucci Hospitality House.

Beacon Cremation & Funeral Service, Pere Marquette Chapel, is in charge of local arrangements. www.beaconfh.com 

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Brandy Ann Johnson passed away unexpectedly on Friday May 20th 2022 at the age of 39. She was born in Hamilton Michigan. Brandy owned Lil Tony’s pizza shop in Cedar Spring MI. She is survived by her husband Anthony Johnson; her son Anthony Johnson Jr; mother, Barb (Mark) Russell; father, Howard (Theresa)Young; step-father, David Miller; sisters, Tonya Young, Tammi Young, Renay (Cody) Zandstra; brothers, David Miller Jr, Mark Russell Jr; mother-in-law, Diane (Bruce) Johnson; sisters-in-law, Alisha (Steve) Brooks, Shanta’ Deason Johnson; brothers-in-law, Jimmy (Tabetha) Johnson, John Paul (Crystal) Deason Johnson and many nieces and nephews. Her celebration of life will be held on June 4th 2022 at 2 p.m. at their home.

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Chester D. Quist age 94 of Cedar Springs went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born February 6, 1928 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Cornelius and Anna (Oosterloo) Quist. Chester was a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School. He married Dorothy Fryling in Portage, MI in 1953 and was in sales, service and a truck driver for Safety Kleen. God and fellowship through music in multiple quartets and a trio with his wife and daughter played an important role in his life. Surviving are his daughter, Jackie (Dave) Mourer; daughter-in-law, Kimberly Quist; grandchildren, Kevin Quist, Jason Kohn, Korey & Philip Borrelli, Renee & Steven Nowell, Daniel (Angel Phillips) Mourer, Brandy (Dave Linderman) Mourer; great-grandchildren, Cheyene, Trystan, Faye, Cameron, Logan, Kira; sisters-in-law, Pat (Ray) Bigelow, Pat Fryling; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; son, Kevin; great-grandson, Francis Borrelli; 5 siblings and many in-laws. The family will greet friends to honor Chet’s life 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 3 at Solon Township Hall, 15185 Algoma Ave NE, Cedar Springs. 

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

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Memorial Luncheon


A memorial service luncheon for Janice Gorby and James Ritchie will be held following the graveside service at Elmwood Cemetery on Saturday, May 28th at approximately 11:30 am until 3 pm at East Nelson Methodist Church, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd. NE.

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Meditation on Morel Hunting

Pastor Michelle Vallier 

Cedar Springs UMC

140 S. Main St, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

It’s morel season in Michigan, a time to venture out into the woods to experience the abundance of God—mushrooms, birdsong, and a taste of heaven. As scripture tells us, “Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17 NRSVUE). God never changes, and God wants us to experience life to its fullest.

I experienced my first Michigan morel season eight years ago. It was Mother’s Day, and we happened upon the perfect spot. A pine tree, long dead, lay across the floor of the woods, pointing to two large white pines, surrounded by popples. All along the imagined shadow of that dead pine, circling the two living pines, morel mushrooms dotted the ground. Each mushroom sighting led to exclamations of “and there’s another, and another.” Morel hunting in this spot became a well-developed yearly pattern, a tradition with expected results.

In the last few years, morels haven’t appeared there. Something changed. Perhaps the ground has been too dry, the weather pattern wasn’t right, the mycelium got tired. And yet, I find myself going back there every spring, around Mother’s Day, with the same fullness of expectation, wanting to experience God’s abundance in that same place, leaving with a memory of birdsong and the disappointment of an empty mushroom bag. 

Some of you are frustrated with life, doing your best to work out of difficult situations, experiencing roadblock after roadblock. Some watch the many crises of the community from a distance, helpless to fix them. Many are coming up empty, in much more significant ways than my empty mushroom bag. And there aren’t easy answers. What we do know is that God never changes, God loves all of us, and God wants us to live lives of abundance.

There’s a great story in the gospel of John about disciples with an empty net. Jesus saw their difficulty and paid them a post-resurrection visit to help them find fish. He said to them, ‘Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish” (John 21:6 NRSV). I can imagine Jesus showing up in the woods, as I stare at that perfect mushroom spot, barren of mushrooms for the fourth year in a row, saying, “try another spot, and you will find many.” And I can imagine Him saying to each one of us, as we lament the struggles of our lives, the brokenness in our communities and the world, “it’s time to try something new.” 

What could that new thing be? If each one of us took charge of the change we need to make, what miracles of abundance might we see?

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October 27, 1945 – May 28, 2019

Paula Jeanne Rau, remembering and celebrating you! A wonderful kind hearted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. 

You left us beautiful memories; your love is our guide. Although we cannot see you, you’re always at our side. We love you and miss you, and though you’ve passed away, you’ll never be forgotten, for we think of you each day. Until we meet again rest in peace. With much love.

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~ Graveside Service ~

Janice S. Gorby

Saturday, May 28, 2022


Elmwood Cemetery

Cedar Springs, MI

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