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SALLY JO LEWIS

 

Sally Jo Lewis, age 71, of Cedar Springs, formerly of Vestaburg, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at her home in Cedar Springs, Michigan. Sally was born in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Donald F. and Marion Clara (Mulford) Price. She was raised in the Ionia area attending local public schools. Sally graduated from Cedar Springs in 1982. She married Jasper Lewis in Cedar Springs in 1982. Sally had many hobbies including Karaoke (she was known as the Karaoke Queen and Mustang Sally), fishing, picnics, visiting with family and friends, and she loved Elvis and country music. Sally was a member of Springs Church in Cedar Springs. Sally will be missed by her husband Jasper Lewis; three children Joseph A. (Stephanie) Price of Lansing, George J. (DeeAnna) Hinderline of Mt. Pleasant, and Mary (Robert Vansplinter) Woodard of Pierson; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one sister Vicki Sue (Doug) Wagner of Lansing; four step-siblings Jackie Topper of Stanton, Dianne Greenhoe of Stanton, Bill (Darlene) Esch of Mount Pleasant, and Jeff Esch of Florida; and several nieces, nephews, friends, and church family. Sally was preceded in death by her parents Donald and Marion Price; two sons Matthew and Michael Hinderline; two brothers Barry and Larry Price; former husband George W. Hinderline; niece Melissa Price; and nephew Donald F. Misner. Funeral services for Sally will be held Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior, at the Springs Church, 135 Grant St., Cedar Springs, Michigan, with Pastor Robert Jones officiating. The family will be accepting friends at visitation on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Brigham Funeral Chapel in Lakeview, Michigan. A luncheon will follow the service at the church. A private burial will take place in Richland Township Cemetery the following day. Those wishing to contribute in Sally’s memory are asked to consider Community First Federal Credit Union Lakeview, Michigan, for Jasper Lewis.

Arrangements by Brigham Funeral Chapel, Lakeview

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GWENDOLYN CLAIRE PERRY

In Loving Memory of

GWENDOLYN CLAIRE PERRY

November 5, 1927 – June 28, 2016

Lyle Perry, Jr. and Family

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CORWIN – PRAHL

Charlie Prahl from Cedar Springs and Kathy Corwin from Cedar Springs fell in love and they are getting married. Yes, it will be a blended and blessed family. The blending will begin on June 30, 2017.

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50th Anniversary

DARYL & JO MAGOON

Daryl and Jo Magoon will celebrate their 50th anniversary on June 16th, 2017 with their four children, Melissa Mason, Kimberly (Scott) Saboo, Daryl (Cindy) Magoon Jr., Jason Magoon, eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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Congratulations

MEGHAN & RYAN LINDEMAN

Meghan Huntoon Lindeman, great-grandchild of long time Cedar Springs resident Betty Goller, and her husband Ryan Lindeman, recently graduated from the graduate school at Northern Illinois University. Meghan earned her doctorate in psychology and Ryan earned his master’s degree in public administration. Ryan also earned a promotion from staff sergeant to second lieutenant in the US Army by graduating from the Northern Illinois University ROTC program. Meghan’s grandfather, Max Huntoon, a veteran of the Vietnam war and Sand Lake resident, delivered Ryan’s first salute as a US Army officer.

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Russell A. Weis II

Russell A. Weis II, age 52, of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Grand Rapids. Russell was born November 17, 1964 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Russell and Donna (Sims) Weis. He was a hard working man. He enjoyed cars and was a mechanic, and later worked in HVAC. He was a great father and grandfather. Surviving are his wife, Jane; children, Rachel Schutt, Russell Weis III, and Leah Weis; four grandchildren; niece, Alix Millar, and nephew Nathan Cubitt. He was preceeded in death by his parents and a sister, Naomi Cubitt. A graveside service was held Wednesday, June 14 at 1:00pm at Ashton Cemetery, north of Reed City.

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

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MICHAEL A. SHELLITO

 

Michael A. Shellito, 19 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, June 12, 2017 at his home. Michael was born May 3, 1998 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was a graduate of New Beginnings High School and was a natural at all sports and horseback riding. He was very much loved and will be missed by his family. Surviving are his father and stepmother, Andrew (Bonnie) Shellito; mother, Bonnie Phillips; brother, Andrew Shellito; sisters, Nicole Hinton and Madison Shellito. The family will receive friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 am. Pastor Larry Young officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to help the family with expenses.

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

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Thank you

A special thanks to family and friends for sharing my 90th birthday with me. Thank you for the cards and gifts.

Thank you

Clark “Red” Robinson

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GINA CRAMER

In loving memory of my beloved mom who passed away 19 years ago on June 18, 1998. On that night, God took you from my arms to His. Oh, how I miss you. What a strong, wonderful woman you were!

I love you, Mom.

Your daughter,

Robin

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The Heart of the Father

Rev. Mike Shiery

Pilgrim Bible Church

West Pine St. • Cedar Springs

 

As we come into this weekend, naturally our thoughts turn to the father that God has placed in our lives. We will give cards and gifts, make telephone calls, and go out to eat as we honor the men who have so greatly impacted our lives. It is good that we do so. Fatherhood is designed by God to have a strong and positive role in a family, and we need to honor and restore that institution in our generation.

In our current culture, the role of the father in a family is one that is often mocked or misunderstood. In many TV sitcoms, the dad is portrayed as a dopey buffoon, a lustful and leering predator, or a weak and emasculated figure, who is constantly subjugated to an inferior role in the family by disrespectful children and/or a dominating wife. Reality is that what is seen on TV is often played out in real life in homes all across the country.

Some people do not have good relationships with, or memories of, their father. Unfortunately, many times those strained relationships or bad memories have been rightly earned by men whose parenting skills have been sorely lacking. Many children, small or grown, have bitter memories of fathers who were physically or verbally abusive or even went AWOL.

While there are many fathers who are derelict in their duty, thankfully there are also many who have accepted their rightful roles and are living out a reflection of God’s character in their own lives to the best of their ability. I am truly grateful that I have been blessed with a wonderful father who has lived out his faith in God and blazed a trail for me to follow in the paths of righteousness. Dad has lived his life in a way that made it easy for me to embrace the concept of God as a loving, Heavenly Father.

Jesus told Philip in John 14:9: “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (NKJV). Dads, that needs to be the goal in our lives. Part of the process of restoring fatherhood to its God-ordained place in society is for men to step up and accept and shoulder the responsibilities that come with that position. Being a dad is far more than just a title; it is an ongoing action.

It is being humble in our attitudes, consistent in our daily walk of faith, unwavering in unconditional love for our families, uncorrupted by current culture, constant in our generosity, and magnanimous in our acts of grace. It is being firm enough to provide boundaries for our families’ actions, strong enough to demand a proper code of conduct for our families’ behavior, and gentle in teaching those ways to ones we love. We are to model the heart of Jesus for those with whom we live.

May our spouses and children see the character of God shining out through our lives as His grace empowers to be more than we ever dreamed.

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