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Hugh D. Mabie, age 80 of Cedar Springs, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. Hugh was born in Cedar Springs, Michigan on March 12, 1936, the son of Roy and Margaret (Pierson) Mabie. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Hugh retired from Keeler Brass as a Master Die Maker after 43 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Genevieve Imanse; and his brother, Roy Mabie. Hugh is survived by his wife of 47 years, Janet (Posthumus); his children, Timothy Vander Heide, Mary Jean Mabie, Jill (Nick) Landers, Beth (Craig) Brown, Matthew (Shannon) Vander Heide Mabie, and Samantha (Michael) Mabie-Tuinstra; his thirteen grandchildren; his five great-grandchildren and one on the way; his sister-in-law, Beverly Covell and his brother-in-law, Jerry (Janet) Posthumus; and many nieces and nephews. At Hugh’s request, his family will be holding private services.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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25th Wedding Anniversary

C-anniv-HilyerDON & DANA HILYER

August 17th, 1991

Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary!

Love from your family and friends.

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Happy 90th Birthday



August 28th

We would be honored if you could help us celebrate the 90th Birthday of lifelong Cedar Springs resident Josephine Smith by showering her with cards, notes and/or letters. She fondly remembers the many dancing and co-working friends she had made during her lifetime. Greetings may be mailed to Jo at: 11245 – 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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In Memory of



February 21, 1972 – August 17, 2015

We thank our Lord God for giving His only Son so that we can live forever – JL was no angel but he now is in the presence of our Lord.

God is to us a “God of deliverance,” and to God the Lord belong escapees from death. Psalm 68:20

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Lawrence K. Cook


Lawrence K. Cook (Larry), age 69, of Sand Lake, passed away on Thursday July 28, 2016 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital surrounded by family. The son of Allen & Dorothy (Walker) Cook, he was born March 10, 1947 in Kanab, Utah. A proud U.S. Navy veteran of Vietnam, Larry served aboard the U.S.S. Galveston. After 30 years, Larry retired form Burke Porter Machinery as a mechanical engineer. Larry was a private pilot, as well as a member of the Air Corps Association and EAA. He was a member at the Cedar Springs American Legion Post 287. Larry was also a fan of Bob Seger and loved to tinker with anything old he might be able to fix. Larry was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Gary; Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Linda; daughters, Kimberly Cook, Jill Lindgren, Jody Lindgren, and Jayme Lindgren; grandson, Kyan Lindgren; and siblings, Ruth (Chuck) Pifer, Sam (Kathy) Cook and Ron (Linda) Cook. A committal service with full military honors will be at North Ensley Cemetery on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 11am with a luncheon at the Cedar Springs American Legion following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to David’s House Ministries, 2390 Banner St. SW, Wyoming. Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place.

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.

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C-obit-mulhollandBeverly E. Mulholland, 80, of Howard City passed away Sunday, August 14, 2016. When my body goes back to the dust of the earth where it came from, my soul will go to heaven to be with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Beverly was born September 13, 1935 in Howard City, Michigan the daughter of Harry and Alta (Kunde) Opper. She passed away in the same home she was born in. She graduated from Lakeview High School Class of 1953. On September 14, 1953 she married Kenneth Mulholland and he preceded her in death in 2009. She grew and sold flowers at her home and was known as the Flower Lady. She has gorgeous gardens, loved to travel, play croquet and research genealogy. She enjoyed visiting the local nursing homes and cheering up the residents. She stayed active with dance and big band music. Surviving are her children, Catherine & Steven Hyrns, Kenneth Mulholland & Dan Edwards; grandchildren, Kamie & Stephen McGuire, Jason & Michelle Hyrns, Benjamin Hyrns and fiancée, Jen Langley; great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Faith, Hunter and Hudson; brothers-in-law, Robert Menke, Charles (Judy) Mulholland; sisters-in-law, Donna Mulholland, Leona Harriman, Janet (Clare) Morrow; neighbor and caregiver, Linda Smith and family; special friend, Ray Furman; many nieces and nephews; and many special friends and neighbors. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Harold (Joanna) Opper and a sister, Betty (Norman) Frantsen. The family greeted friends Wednesday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Thursday at Spencer Mills Church. Pastor Alan Flowers officiating. Interment Coral Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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

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Earl Wall, 91, of Albany, Georgia died March 2, 2016 in Georgia. Earl was born August 18, 1924 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Nathan and Rachel (Simmons) Wall. He joined the U. S. Marine Corps in 1942 and retired in 1963. He moved to Albany, Georgia in 1984 and was employed with the Marine Corps Logistics Base for 14 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jimmie Mae; three brothers, Lyle, Jack and Kenneth Wall; two sisters, Lillian Ryder and Dorothy Shaw. Surviving are a son, Patrick (Peggy) Wall; sister, Betty Jean Kilts (Vance Miller); granddaughters, Jennifer Wall, Tricia Wall and husband, Garth Grahame; many nieces and nephews and his extended family in Georgia. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 20 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church hall. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church.

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

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Tent Revival in the Park


By Tom Noreen


Come join the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church for its August Sesquicentennial Celebration Tent Meeting in Morley Park as the church celebrates what would have been a regular summer event 150 years ago. As Methodism began to spread during the nation’s westward expansion, Methodist circuit riding preachers would travel through and preach in whatever venue was available. Many times, it was a large, white canvas tent. The tent may not be canvas but it is white and almost as big as the church’s sanctuary.

The congregation is going to recreate a tent meeting on August 28 at 4 p.m. in Morley Park. The speaker will be Joleene DeHeer, a Christian speaker and writer. She will speak on being Radically Committed; how you can change the world and yourself by being radically committed to Christ.

Before and after Joleene’s presentation, Deb Eadie and her band will play gospel music for everyone to sing along and praise God.

No Methodist gathering, especially one in the park, would be complete without food. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will follow the meeting.

The only things you need to bring are a chair and a joyful attitude.


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Alma Charlotte Hagenah Van Den Hout of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 95, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2016. She was born on November 16, 1920 to James H. Hagenah and Alma Kibbe Hagenah on the family farm in Solon Township, Kent County, Michigan. Alma, the fourth of five children, attended Christian Hill School and later graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1939. On May 2, 1940, Alma married C. Vernon Rider, who was killed in combat in Europe on November 16, 1944. On April 10, 1947, Alma was married to Clifford “Bunch” Van Den Hout; they were married for thirty-eight happy years. Bunch Van Den Hout passed away on December 18, 1984. Alma is survived by two nieces, Jan Weston and Sue Lindhout; and three nephews, James, Gene, and Larry Hagenah; three granddaughters, Nancy (Phil) Keller, Lou Ann Jacobson, and Fiona Van Den Hout; two grandsons, Thomas and Dennis (Amy) Traxler; two cousins; and numerous great-grandchildren and great nieces and great nephews. Alma was preceded in death by her husbands, C. Vernon Rider and “Bunch” Van Den Hout; daughter Doris (Bill) Traxler; son Roger Van Den Hout; one sister; and three brothers. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2016 at Solon Township Cemetery. Those who wish to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Cedar Springs Museum and Historical Society, P.O. Box 296, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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St. Mary Magdalene: The Evangelizer

Father Lam T. Le, Pastor

St. John Paul II Parish

3110 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs, Michigan


On June 10, 2016, a decree by the Congregation of Divine Worship formalized Pope Francis’ decision to raise the July 22 Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to a Feast on the church’s liturgical calendar.  In doing so, the Pope wants to highlight St. Mary Magdalene’s role as one of the first witnesses of Christ’s resurrection and as a “true and authentic evangelizer.”

The significance of this decision is obvious when we visit the Universal Norms for the Liturgical Year and Calendar (hereafter UNLYC) in the Roman Missal, which classifies the roman liturgical celebrations:

“Celebrations, according to the importance assigned to them, are hence distinguished one from another and termed: Solemnity, Feast, and Memorial” (UNLYC no. 10). The instruction continues: “Solemnities are counted among the most important days, whose celebration begins with First Vespers (Evening Prayer I) on the preceding day. Some Solemnities are also endowed with their own Vigil Mass, which is to be used on the evening of the preceding day, if an evening Mass is celebrated…Feasts are celebrated within the limits of the natural day; accordingly they have no First Vespers (Evening Prayer I), except in the case of the Feasts of the Lord that fall on a Sunday in Ordinary Time or in Christmas Time and which replace the Sunday Office…Memorials are either obligatory or optional; their observance is integrated into the celebration of the occurring weekday” (UNLYC no. 11, 13, 14).

It should be noted that the designation of Feast is often given to the celebration of the apostles in the general Roman calendar. Thus, with the above decision, the Pope indeed highlights the special mission of St. Mary Magdalene, who is an example and model for every woman in the Church, in witness to the resurrection of the Lord. The witness to the resurrection of the Lord belongs to the entire Church: women and men are included.

As St. Mary Magdalene was among the first witnesses to the resurrection of the Lord and addressed the resurrected Lord in Hebrew, “Rabbouni, which means Teacher” (Jn 20:16), may all of our mothers teach their children the first word in their lives: “Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Mt 1: 21).  Amen.


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