Posted on 06 December 2013.
Joe A. Fisher, 63 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, December 5, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family after battling cortical basal degeneration for many years. Joe was born April 16, 1950 in Lakeview, MI the son of Raymond and Lily (Uplinger) Fisher. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War and worked for General Motors Fisher Body for 32.7 years. He was active during his lifetime and enjoyed walking, biking, his motorcycle, fishing, hunting and golfing. Since retiring in 2005 he spent the winters in Florida with his wife and he always enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Jeanne (Manley) whom he married on December 5, 1969; children, William Fisher, Amy Nelson, Heather Fisher & Lyndsey Kooistra, Heidi & Jason Mosher; grandchildren, Briana, Seth, Nicole, Joleen, Baylee, Michele, Lily and Cyndi; mother, Lily Fisher; sisters, Susan & Edwin Hood, Janie & Denny Ream; brother, Edward & Angie Fisher; aunt, Audrey Earhart; several brother and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Sunday from 7-9 pm and Monday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held Tuesday 11:00 am. Pastor Darryl Miller officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice, the Brain Support Network, or MW Memory Care.
Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs
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Posted on 21 November 2013.
Leah A. Finney, 60 of Rockford, died Friday, November 15, 2013 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Leah was born February 13, 1953 in Lansing, Michigan the daughter of Christian and Dorothy (Carter) Bentley. She was a graduate of Big Rapids High School. Surviving are her sons, Matthew Alame of Rockford, Daniel Reichert of Morley; sisters, Juanita Crooks of Morley, Lorinda Lytle of Sears, Roberta Sprague of Cedar Springs, Laura Stahle of Cedar Springs; brothers, Richard (Ruth) Bentley of Baldwin, Alan (Bunny) Bean of Hopewell, Virginia; aunt, Alice Marrs of Morley; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Sharlene Bentley, Marjorie Winston, Beverly Earnest; brothers, William and James Bentley. A memorial gathering and celebration of life will be held Saturday, November 23 from 12 – 3 pm at the American Legion in Morley.
Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.
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Posted on 10 October 2013.
A local organization that makes sure kids don’t go hungry at night received a shot in the arm last week, in the form of a grant.
Beach Picnic Basket was formed five years ago, when Robin DeLine, a secretary at Beach Elementary, realized that some of the children were going home after school and not eating again until school the next day. So she created the program that sends home 100 meals a day with students from preschool to high school.
Kevin Pike from Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, recently presented DeLine, the director of Beach Picnic Basket, a check for $500.00 from the York Children’s Foundation. Bliss-Witters & Pike purchases their caskets from York, and nominated Beach Picnic Basket for the grant. The York Children’s Foundation was established in 1992 to disburse funds to non-profit organizations that work for the benefit of children. During the 2012-13 school year, Beach Picnic Basket sent home 15,000 meals for children who would otherwise not receive an evening meal.
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Posted on 09 December 2010.
Ralph C. Elder, 65 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, December 6, 2010 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Ralph was born July 12, 1945 in Cedar Springs, MI the son of Cecil and Virginia (Hanna) Elder. He had worked for Fisher Body on Alpine Avenue retiring in 1979. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, family euchre tournaments, and was the Yahtzee King. Surviving are his wife, Debra; children, Ralph (Elizabeth) Elder Jr. of Pierson, Beth Elder (Alan) McGahan of Cedar Springs; stepson, Timothy Wert of Cedar Springs; grandchildren, Anne Marie, Justin, Alex, Levi, Grace, Samantha, Douglas, Bianca, and Dominic; great grandchildren, Makayla and Kaleb; mother, Virginia Fisher of Sand Lake; brother, Jerry (Darlene) Elder; sister, Judy (Dan) Sturgeon; parents-in-law, David and Marillyn Wert; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Reed Elder in 2007 and a brother, Jack in 2010. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, www.blisswitterspike.com where services will be held Thursday 11:00 am. Pastor Doug DiBell officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.
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