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Joseph DeMink

Joseph DeMink

Mr. Joseph Paul DeMink of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 67, passed away on Saturday,

February 27, 2016. He was born to Kenneth and Ruth (Helmer) DeMink on November 18, 1948, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. As a truehearted countryman, Joe proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War– he was awarded the Purple Heart decoration. He was also a longtime member of the Cedar Springs American Legion – Glen Hill Post 287. Joe was also a great Michigan outdoorsman. He loved to go hunting and fishing, especially duck hunting. He was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, proud grandfather, and dear brother and friend. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered. Joe is survived by his sons, Jason (Michelle) DeMink, Kevin DeMink, Brett (Gina) DeMink; six grandchildren; siblings, Bob (Marie) DeMink of Vicksburg, MI, Terry Beeman of Portage, Michigan, Jill (Ken) Weyenberg of Vicksburg, Michigan, and Mike (Jan) DeMink of Comstock, Michigan; special friends, Mike Gates and Gary and Val Dowe; and numerous nieces, nephews, dear friends, and other beloved members of the DeMink and Thornton families. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; and beloved wife of forty-one years, Judith DeMink on October 7, 2011. There will be a time of visitation from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Joe will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Pastor Bruce Wilson will be officiating. Under the auspices of the Kent County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the United States Marine Corps, full military honors will be conducted. Joe will be laid to rest next to his dearest wife Judith in East Nelson Township Cemetery.

Pederson Funeral Home


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MIchael O'Conner

MIchael O’Conner

Mr. Michael E. O’Connor, of Kent City, age 74, went home to his Lord and Savior on Friday, February 26, 2016. He was born on August 20, 1941; and born again on July 24, 1972. Michael was a graduate of Berlin High School in Marne. He worked at the GM plant on Alpine Avenue as a trim checker for 34 years, and was a member of Local #1231. Michael attended Maranatha Baptist Church, and also served as a cook at Lincoln Lake Baptist Camp. His culinary skills were enjoyed by the family, especially at Thanksgiving time. Surviving are his wife, June (VeltKamp); his children, Kris Kline, Karen (Jeremy) Harris, Melody (Randy) Parker, Kathy “Kate” Welsh, Sonya Veltkamp, Jeff Welsh, Tim (Erika) Welsh, Mandy (Stephen) Richardson; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; his twin brother, Patrick O’Connor and his friend Margie; brother, John O’Connor; his sister, Roseanne Lynch; a brother-in-law, Fred Weston; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Jason Alan; his parents, Michael and Rose; a brother, Daniel; a sister, Mary; a brother-in-law, Jack Lynch; and his church mother, Dorcas Hammer Jensen. A time of visitation with the family from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. was held on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Michael was held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 29, 2016 at the Pederson Funeral Home, with Pastor Scott Sloan Officiating. Interment will be at Chubbuck Cemetery, Kent City, Michigan. Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider Maranatha Baptist Church, 12786 Algoma Avenue NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford


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Phyllis R. Rosenberger, 80, of Cedar Springs, died Monday, February 29, 2016 at her home. Phyllis was born December 4, 1935 in Cheboygan, Michigan, the daughter of Albert and Delia (Passeno) Oben. She enjoyed her family, playing cards and country music. Surviving are her children, Thomas (Yvonne) Miller, K.D. Genereau, Brenda (David) Clayton; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Lucille and MaryLou. Preceded in death by her husband, Richard, daughter, Joy Merritt; grandchildren, David and April; brothers, Fred, John, Ted and Al. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service is pending and will be announced at a later date.

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

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1Web-Mem-Denton-fcWe’re all thinking of you on your 80th birthday, Mick.

Missed so much and loved by many.

Happy Birthday in Heaven.

Wife – Jeanette

Sons – Michael, Jim & Nora

and all the Grandchildren

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1Web-menefee-Mem-fcOn March 2nd, 2014 you went to be with the Lord. You left on earth your wife Luanne Menefee; kids, Christina Menefee Welmers, Daniel Menefee, and Dennis Menefee; grandkids, Jeremy and Ryan Menefee, Abbie and Emily Vernon, Mikala and Daniel and Schorian Menefee; great-grandkids, Tyanna and Layla Menefee and Aiden Piotrowski. It’s been two years and not a day goes by we don’t think about you. We love and miss you dearly.

Love, The Menefees

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1Web-obit-Fox-fcMarjory Fox, age 86, of Sand Lake, passed away February 19, 2016, at Arbor Grove Assisted Living in Alma. She was born July 6, 1929 in Missouri, the daughter of Eugene and Jenny (Reid) Seaborn. During her working years, she worked at Keeler Brass for over 15 years, as well as General Motors. She also worked as a waitress at the Fifth Wheel restaurant, now known as Kelly’s in Cedar Springs. Marge enjoyed camping, snowmobiling and Polka dancing. Surviving are her children, Dennis (Laura) Fox, of New Mexico, Linda (Don) Vandenberg, of Howard City; stepchildren, Kurt Fox, of Sand Lake, Carolyn (Greg) Wagner, of Howard City, Sue Fox, of Florida; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one brother Don Seaborn; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Erwin and three sisters. Funeral services will take place on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Scott Sloan officiating with burial in the Solon Township Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of serves at 11:00 a.m.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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Ian Paul Pellow Robbins

1Web-Obit-RobbinsIan Paul Pellow Robbins passed away peacefully in the arms of his wife, and in the presence of his mom and sister on Valentines Day 2016. He was born Oct. 22, 1981. He was a 2000 graduate of Cedar Springs High School. He was passionate and influential — a true artist in every way. He will be missed relentlessly by his family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 27 at 12 p.m. at Saint Marks Episcopal Church in Newago, Michigan, followed by a wake at the American Legion in Morley, Michigan.

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El Shaddai

Rockford-Springs-Church-webPastor David Vander Meer

Rockford Springs Community 

14 Mile Road NE • Rockford


El Shaddai is one of the wonderful names of God. This two-part name is usually translated from the Hebrew into English as “God Almighty.” The first time God shares this name is with an old man who is no longer the strong man of his youth. His name is Abram. He is about to be given a new name from the one who is now to be understood as the “God Almighty.”

In Genesis 17, God comes to Abram to renew a promise He had made with him years prior. In Genesis 12, God had promised Abram, who had no children, that He would make him into a great nation, that He would bless Him, and make his name great. He promised to protect him and ultimately use him to bring a blessing to all nations. But as the years went on waiting for this promise to unfold, there were times that Abram and his wife failed to fully trust the Word of God. In Genesis 17, he is a 99-year-old man. His strength is no longer sufficient. His stamina is no longer vigorous. He is no longer capable of carrying out this promise on his own. Now comes the El Shaddai to bring His power to an old man.

So Abram (exalted father) becomes Abraham (father of many) because of the El Shaddai. God Almighty is able to take the powerless and bring them power. He is able to bring the barren a family. He is able to make the lame walk, the blind see, and the deaf to hear. He is able to raise the dead and make them live abundantly. The El Shaddai of Genesis 17 will be displayed from this first book of the Bible to the last book of the Bible in such amazing ways that His glory will be unmatched by any.

This almighty power of the “God Almighty” is best revealed in Jesus Christ through His life, death, resurrection, and ascension. In His life, His power stands against all sin so that He is fully righteous. In His death, His power takes upon Himself the sins of His people and satisfies the just wrath of God. In His resurrection, His power is seen with the open empty tomb. And today His power is exhibited as He sits on the right hand of the Father ruling and reigning over His kingdom. Jesus is “God Almighty.”

Remember that this God Almighty used His power to fulfill every promise made to Abraham. Abraham is the father of all those that take up his faith in El Shaddai. He is able to meet all our needs as we come to His power and admit to being powerless without Him. May God Almighty now bring blessing to your life. AMEN.

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Thanks to all the wonderful people

Thanks to all the wonderful people who came out on a blustery February night last Friday to show their support at the first fund-raising event for Velzy Park. It was an awesome success, raising over $1,000 for park construction. Also a big thank-you to the volunteers, the local residents who donated the delicious desserts, B93’s Reese Rickards for wonderful emcee and auction work, Kevin from Kelly’s Restaurant for a fantastic dinner, and park committee chairperson Shelly Aardema for all her work behind the scenes. We are excited to begin construction of the walking paths this Spring and hope you’ll join us at our next event. Keep watch for information on our website and facebook page on upcoming plans – www.solontwp.org.

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Thank You

The family of Donald White would like to say “Thank You” to our family, friends, and neighbors for your prayers, support, cards and other acts of sympathy. How wonderful you are. Thank you to our church family at The Springs Free Methodist Church. Your prayers, love and support have helped to ease our loss. Thank you for the nice funeral luncheon as well as all the delicious meals. We especially want to say “Thank You” to all of the staff at Metron of Cedar Springs. Your loving care of our father and grandfather the last four years of his life was wonderful. There are just not enough words to adequately express our appreciation for how you have also taken care of our family, especially the last few days of Dad’s (Grandpa’s) life.

May God bless each of you,

Suzanne & Jennings Johnson and Family

Bonnie & Tom Reynolds Sr. and Family

Donald C. White and Family

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