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October 10, 1992

We last saw you and remember you at the age of 57, sporting that Youth and Beauty, with that gorgeous red hair and your vibrant smile. That memory for us will never fade!

Happy 80th Birthday Mom.

We love you

We miss you

Dad, Kids, Grand Kids & Miss Lila

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Thank You

Dear Mayor Hall, Mayor Pro Tem Conley and the Cedar Springs City Council:

On behalf of the entire, all volunteer Red Flannel Board of Directors, please accept our warmest and sincerest “THANK YOU” for a job well done this past weekend as we put our community’s best foot forward to welcome our guests to Red Flannel Town!

We appreciated Mayor Pro Tem Pamela Conley’s speech at the Sponsor breakfast; and Mayor Hall, City Manager Taylor and Sgt. Kelley’s attendance to thank our VIP’s and Sponsors.

While we can never control the weather, there are things we can control; teamwork!

The outstanding teamwork displayed by Tom Stressman’s DPW crew (especially Al and Joanne who worked on Red Flannel Day); the great leadership of Sgt. Jason Kelley and the Kent County Sheriff Department officers who were amazing to work with; and the helpfulness of Fire Chief Marty Fraser and his department all had a significantly positive contribution to the success of the 76th Red Flannel Festival.

As Mayor Hall said, “There is no “I” in team”, and we all proved that this past weekend. Our sincerest thanks!

Warmest Red Flannel Regards,

Michele Tracy, President

On Behalf of Red Flannel Festival Board of Directors

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Sonja Marie Magoon, age 47, of Marion, passed away Saturday, October 3, 2015. She was born to John and Donna Magoon in Portland, Oregon on August 25, 1968. She is survived by her loving daughter, Sarah (James Jackson) Clayton; adored granddaughter, Natalie Clayton; sister, Darla Molina; fiance` Floyd Williams; nieces and nephews, Nicole Rowley, Christopher Cunningham, Brandy Grigsby, Shea Molina. Sonja was preceded in death by her parents. The funeral service will be 11 am, Friday, October 9, 2015 at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341. There will be a time of visitation with the family from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm Thursday, October 8th at Pederson Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Juanita L. White, 83 of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Nita was born April 29, 1932 in Rockford, Michigan, the daughter of Clarence and Delorese (Corp) Stewart. She was a very sweet and Godly lady who was loved by all. She was very involved in the church and was a great mother and devoted wife who sang with her husband for over 60 years. She was a member of the Cedar Springs Historical Society and enjoyed quilting. Surviving are her husband, D.M. whom she married on June 23, 1950; children, Guy (Diana), Douglas, Kim (Nanci), Debby (Jim) Hatfield, Phil (Linda); 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; sister, Beatrice Long. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Winifred Papa; brother, Kenneth Stewart. The family will receive friends Saturday, October 10 from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Scott Sloan officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Algoma Christian School.

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

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Clara J. (Ritter) Davis, 81, of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, October 1, 2015 at her home. Clara was born May 31, 1934 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Floyd and Burnice (Coss) TenEyck. She graduated from Lakeview High School and Ferris State University with a BA in accounting and law. She was a Michigan CPA and also had taught at Cedar Springs High School. Surviving are her children, Mark (Terri) Ritter, Gary (BJ) Ritter, Bruce Davis, Nancy Davis, Anthony (Linda) Davis, Donald (E.T.) Davis, Ronald Davis, Laurie Whalen; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother, Henry TenEyck. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Alan Ritter and Tom Davis; daughter, Susan Davis; grandsons, Jacob and Drew; half-sister, Harriet TenEyck. The family greeted friends Sunday, October 4 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. There will be no formal service. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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Madeline “Betty” Remer, 92, of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Betty was born August 6, 1923 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the daughter of Peter and Hattie (Huber) Koster. She was a member of the first Red Flannel Queen Court in 1940 and graduated from Cedar Springs High School and then attended business school. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs Historical Society and had volunteered with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. She enjoyed flower gardening and traveling and her family was very important to her. She was known for her “gramma cookies” and watching her grandchildren’s sporting activities. Surviving are her husband, Robert; children, Don (Barb) Remer, Sue Brace; five grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; brother, Donald Koster; sister, Gertrude Gust; nieces and nephews. The family will greet friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 am. Viewing will be held Friday at 10:00 am until service. Pastor Jim Howard officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Historical Society, Cedar Springs Library or First Baptist Church.

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

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Maintaining a healthy perspective

There seems to be a real sense of negativity filling the minds of people today. Listen to the media and it seems to be one never-ending stream of reports of disaster, disgrace, despair, and depression. When you fill your mind with bad news, it is a natural progression from there to living a life steeped in a negative attitude. Consequently, we have multitudes of people living with what I call the “Eeyore Syndrome.” People who have this syndrome can only see the negative probabilities rather than the positive possibilities.

Thankfully, the Bible gives us a prescription, an antidote to the poison of negativity that permeates the atmosphere surrounding so many people. It is found in Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (NKJV).

If you want to become a person who takes charge of their environment and rises above the negativity surrounding them, you must take this verse to heart and diligently strive to live these values on a daily, moment-by-moment basis.

It may mean some drastic changes in your lifestyle and entertainment choices. Try turning off the radio and TV once in awhile. Choose to watch movies with uplifting and inspiring stories. Immerse yourself in the Bible and learn its timeless truths and values and how they relate to you personally. Take a vacation from Facebook. Read books that stimulate your thinking. Go for walks and admire the beauty of nature. Spend some time watching a sunset and marveling at the ever changing colors that paint the evening canvas of the sky. Become involved in a ministry that helps those less fortunate than you. Do these things and you will be surprised at what it will do for your mental and emotional outlook.

As you make the effort to develop a positive thought life, please recognize the key to success in this effort. It is found in the verse we read earlier: “…meditate on these things.”

The word meditate means “to carefully consider, to calculate, and to ponder.” That means tat we are to intensively focus our attention on things that are positive and uplifting. We are to concentrate on what is pure. We are to study what is just. We are to meditate on things that are pure.

And the tense of the word indicates we are to keep on doing it. It is an ongoing process that we purposefully pursue every moment of every day. So, let me encourage you to try it. It may revolutionize your life into an upward trajectory.

Rev. Mike Shiery

Pilgrim Bible Church

361 Pine St., Cedar Springs

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Happy 80th Birthday!

Happy 80th Birthday



October 6, 2015

If you see him around town wish him a “Happy Birthday!”

From your kids, grandkids and great-grandkids

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39C-obit-bliss-bwPatrick John Bliss, 69 of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Cedar Springs, died suddenly Sunday, September 27, 2015 at his home. Pat was born July 31, 1946 in Pigeon, Michigan, the son of Thomas and Evelyn (Seeley) Bliss. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1964 and Michigan State University with a bachelor degree in Business. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Life changed dramatically for Pat after the automobile accident in 1979, but he remained independent until his death. Surviving are his mother, Evelyn Bliss; sisters, MaryAnn (Ted) DeVries, Peggy Helsel; niece, Brenna (Jake) Willis; nephew, Eric (Jessica) DeVries; great nieces, Hannah and Deliliah Willis; special friend, Anthony Frasca. He was preceded in death by his father. The family will greet friends Friday from 10:00 am until time of Memorial Mass at 11:00 am at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Cedar Springs. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sand Lake. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Michigan Veterans Homes, P.O. Box 805, Grandville, MI 49468 or charity of choice.

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

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39C-obit-Blower-bwCharles E. Blower of Rochester Hills, Michigan, age 65, went to be with our parents and brothers in Heaven after suffering a traumatic brain injury a year ago. He leaves behind his wife, Ramona, of 45 years of marriage; two daughters, Faith and Crystal; three grandchildren and sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Bill Smalley of Cedar Springs, Michigan. He was the best big brother a girl could have. As a child he was in Boy/Cub Scouts and enrolled in Civil Air Patrol. He also started working as a child. He had a newspaper route and worked at Glen’s party store, saving enough money to buy his first car. As an adult he continued to be a very hard worker, always holding more than one job at a time. Some of his other jobs included working at KFC, Arby’s, landscaper, custodial work, carpet installer, parking attendant at the Silverdome. He learned massage therapy and worked at the Pontiac Y.M.C.A. for several years, then worked at the G.M. Parts plant where he retired. He also received an award for saving a young lady’s life. He will be greatly and sadly missed but never forgotten.

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