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ROYAL EUGENE COOPER

 

Royal Eugene “Pete” Cooper, age 89, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. Pete was born March 27, 1928 in Kent City, Michigan to Roy and Doris (Rogers) Cooper and lived most of his life in the Rockford area. He worked for his dad until his fifth child was born and then drove truck for Darling & Company in Walker for many years. He retired after spending several years at Kroger Warehouse. Pete married Ruth Joslin on April 6, 1946 and they were married until her death on August 18, 2011.  He was also preceded in death by his son, Donald Cooper and his daughter-in-law, Jeanne Cooper. Pete is survived by his children, Kenneth and Deb Cooper, Helen and Steve Smith, JoAnn and David Fowler, Nancy Samsel, Dale Cooper, and Nancy Sowerby (Don’s significant other); and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street in Rockford with Pastor Bruce Wilson officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home on Thursday, November 30, 2017 Interment will take place in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be given to the Tuesday Senior Music Sessions held at Rockford Ambulance or to Harvest Way in Sparta. Please visit www.pedersonfuneralhome.com to share a memory or sign an online registry.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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DAWN R. KELLY

 

1/30/1965-12/4/2012

They say there is a reason, 

They say time will heal.

Neither time or reason 

Will change the way I feel.

Gone are the days

We used to share,

But in my heart

You are always there.

The gates of memories

Will never close.

I miss you more than

Anybody knows,

Love and Miss you everyday,

Your Family

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Congratulations Tim! 

 

On December 1, 1977 a then recent graduate of Cedar Springs High School, Tim Chesla, went into business. He bought his first venture, a gymnastics school in Grand Rapids. It became apparent to him that his type of business was necessary for the kids in the northern Kent County area. Almost a quarter of a century ago, he created North Star Gymnastics in Rockford. So congratulations Tim on the anniversary of 40 years in business and kudos to another successful Cedar Springs High School graduate.

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God’s got this

Pastor Kristi J. Rhodes

Hillcrest Community Church

5994 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, MI 49319

 

Maybe you’ve noticed the tremendous increase of struggles in the lives of people you love. Maybe you’ve seen more and more people struggling with destructive addictions and hurts, habits and hang-ups both from the recent and distant past. Maybe it’s even YOU that have been battling demons with increasing difficulty.

It is easy to believe that there is no way out and that no one really even cares. But I am here today to speak truth to you. Truth is, “If God could close the mouth of lions for Daniel, part the Red Seas for Moses, make the sun stand still for Joshua, open the prison for Peter, put a baby in the arms of Sarah, and raise Lazarus from the dead, then He can certainly take care of you! Nothing you are facing today is too hard for Him to handle!” (Anonymous writer)

Truth is:  Nothing is impossible with God but apart from him, we can do nothing. Our hope is in him. Get connected and stay in close relationship with Jesus. Satan and his dark forces have been around much longer than we have. We are no match for him alone, but with God, we can do all things.  

Jesus is the only one who has gone toe to toe with Satan and defeated him. In Christ, believers have been given authority over the dark forces, which is something Satan wants to keep you from learning. If you don’t know you have authority over Satan and his demons, he will continue to defeat you anytime he wants. Colossians 2:15 reminds us that Jesus defeated and disarmed all the powers and authorities that oppose God and His people. At the very Name of Jesus, the demons tremble! Believers should never have to fear their spiritual enemy.

The church has done a poor job of intentionally teaching believers about their authority over the work of the enemy in their lives. Paul taught about this most aggressively in the book of Ephesians. I have heard it said that when seeking spiritual power, look to “G-E-Power-Company.” G=Galatians, E=Ephesians, P=Philippians, and C=Colossians. These are 4 books (right in a row), which are located in the New Testament of the Bible. God wants people to be delivered from the power of Satan and his forces.

We serve a God who is mightier than the struggles we inherit, and bigger than the battles we face. God is full of the desire to forgive, love, and heal the brokenness that rises up between us and Him. God is present in the places where our fears live.  Jonah 2:2 reminds us that “in my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me.  From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry.” And Hebrews 7:25 (NIV) says, “therefore, He (Jesus) is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”  

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C. LEONA HOSKINS SJOGREN

C. Leona Hoskins Sjogren of Rockford, Michigan (formerly of Cedar Springs), age 94, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017. She was born to Lawrence and Lucy (Low) Loveless on February 6, 1923, in Dolph, Michigan. Her family moved to the Rockford area where she grew up on a farm on 12 Mile Rd. In 1941 she graduated from Rockford High School and while in high school she was a drummer in the drum and bugle corps. for the Merritt Lamb Post # 102 American Legion. When she was 11 her mother led her to the Lord and she accepted Christ as her Savior. Leona is survived by her loving sons Tom Hoskins, Mark (Joy) Hoskins, and Dan (Laureen) Hoskins; the Sjogren family; 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband Henry Hoskins in 1993; second husband Norman Sjogren in 2008, sister Mildred Crisman, and daughter in law Judy Hoskins. A funeral service for Leona was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Algoma Baptist Church, 10515 Grange Ave NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Pastor Dave Fernlund and Pastor Ken Harger officiated. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Algoma Baptist Church or Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding Ave SE, Ada, MI 49301.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Contentment and happiness

Pastor Ryan Black

Cedar Springs Christian Church

340 West Pine Street, Cedar Springs

 

Man is always searching for that which promises happiness, but rarely finds it because he looks to the world for things to make him happy. So where can true happiness be found? Our unhappiness is not due to our lack of a fortune or high position or fame. It is due not to a lack of something outside of us, but to a lack of something inside us. We were made for perfect happiness. No wonder everything short of God disappoints us.

One of the most satisfying things to our souls is having contentment with God. The desire for perfect happiness, for contentment was placed in our hearts at the moment of our conception. We all have that desire to draw us to Him for every need we have. Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition. It is the inward submission of the heart. While this is one of the most satisfying aspects in our lives, it can sometimes be difficult to find and maintain.  

We must learn to walk by faith, not by sight. We are given the privilege of the peace and contentment consistent with Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is by grace alone we are permitted such a blessed, divine gift. Freely instilled in the faithful by our Lord, we are able to stand firm in our beliefs, and have unwavering trust in God even through winds of adversity as they attempt to topple us in great storms.

It is important that we grow in contentment, giving God the credit for all He has bestowed on us and our loved ones. To obtain true contentment, we need to open our hearts, minds and souls to God. We need to allow Him to grace us with what we need and be grateful for it. Also, we need to find our consolation in the love and mercy of Christ. Only then, will we be truly content. True contentment brings with it a sense of freedom from the prison of want. True contentment also creates an attitude of well-being, and peace in our inner lives. Be free, grateful and at peace—be truly content! (Philippians 4:10-13, see below)  

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Ruth L. McMullen

Ruth L. McMullen 87 of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Ruth was born July 17, 1930 in Elmhurst, IL the daughter of Clarence and Olga (Gorling) Yeaw. She was active at the Cedar Springs Senior Center for many years and enjoyed playing cards, games, bingo and puzzles. Surviving are her children, Karen Bansen, David (Sherry) Patterson, Steven (Theresa) Patterson, Ray (Van) Patterson; 11 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; sisters, Elizabeth (Louis) Hartesvelt, Marian Yeaw. The service was on Wednesday, November 15 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Scott Sloan officiated. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice.

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

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Donald D. Cooper

Donald D. Cooper “Coop” of Sparta, Michigan, age 68, passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2017.  He was born to Royal and Ruth (Joslin) Cooper on October 10, 1949, in Grand Rapids, MI.  Donald enjoyed hunting, fishing, muscle and classic cars, gardening, and spending time with friends and family.  Donald is survived by his beloved significant other of over 7 years Nancy Sowerby; Nancy’s family Michael, Patrick, Patrick and Jailyn, children Randy Cooper and Chris (Kristine) Cooper; grandchildren Cameron, Ethan, Trenton, Devon (Austin), Chance; great-grandson Anthony, siblings Ken (Deb), Helen (Steve), Jo-Ann (Dave), Nancy, and Dale, and loving dad Royal Cooper.  He was preceded in death by his mother, wife Jeanne Cooper, and dog Maggie.  There will be a time of visitation from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341.  The funeral service for Donald was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at Pederson Funeral Home.  Pastor Bruce Wilson officiated.  There was a one hour visitation prior to the service.  Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy may make a memorial contribution to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607 or Spectrum Health Hospitals Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center, 100 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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

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RONALD R. BURT

December 9, 1955 – Novmeber 22, 2012

It broke our hearts to lose you 

but you didn’t go alone, 

a part of us went with you 

the day God called you home. 

In life we loved you dearly 

In death we love you still

In our hearts you hold a place

that no one could ever fill.

In loving memory, 

Sharon, Heather, & Lindsay

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Thank You

Residents and Friends of The Cedar Springs Community,

From the bottom of our hearts, we can not begin to thank you for all of your thoughts, prayers, cards and gifts. We can not think of a better place to raise our family. Ross and Lyle would have been very happy to see you all. 

To honor them, be kind and humble everyday. Life is short…enjoy the ride. 

Sincerely,

Delores Powell, Amy Slabaugh and Annie Dropp

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