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BOB W. ROSENBERGER


 

Bob W. Rosenberger Sr., 78 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, June 22, 2017 at his home. He was born August 2, 1938 in Sparta, Michigan the son of Jacob and Dorothy (Call) Rosenberger. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the U.S. Army for 22 years. His family was very important and first in his life. He could build or fix anything and was always there for others. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners. Surviving are his children, Bob (Mary) Rosenberger, Debra (Mike) Hage, Mark (Lynne) Rosenberger, Paul (Laine) Rosenberger, Cathy (Dan) Wiginton, Sondra Walker, Terry (Trudy) Wendt, Mary (Don) Wojtowicz, Ryan (Nancy) Wendt; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Melvin Rosenberger, Jim (Betty) McDonald; sister, Beatrice Singleton; sister-in-law, Judy Rosenberger. He was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister. A memorial service was held Tuesday, June 27th at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Interment Idlewild Cemetery, Kent City. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Michigan Veterans Home or the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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

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CURTIS D. MORRIS


Curtis D. Morris, 63 of Morley died Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Curt was born October 9, 1953 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Billy and Wanda (Parker) Morris. He worked for Elston-Richards for 23 years and loved hunting, fishing and mushroom hunting. Surviving are his significant other, Julie Berry; children, Michael Morris and fiancee, Christina Perkins, Vivian Berry and Billy Vincent; granddaughter, Kadense; mother, Wanda Morris; sisters, Ann (Larry) Cornell, Charlene Fifield; nieces and nephews, Nutasha (Sid) Tolsma, Jon (Jinger) Fifield, Theresa (Jesse) Koomen, Brett (Heather) Fifield, Katelyn Fifield, Laurissa Cornell. He was preceded in death by his father and a brother-in-law, William Fifield. The family received friends Sunday, June 4th at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Monday, June 5th. Pastor Gilbert Morris officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart or Diabetes Associations.

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EUGENE EBEN FINCH SR.


Eugene Eben Finch Sr. age 79 of Cedar Springs passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. He was born August 13, 1937 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Eben and Bessie (Fairbrother) Finch. Eugene proudly served in the Marine Corps from 1954 to 1957. He also enjoyed driving around on his tractor working his land. He is survived by his children and grandchildren, Eugene (Lori) Finch Jr. (Anthony, Chelsea, and Dylan), Terry (Angela) Finch (Alexander and Andrew), Debbie (Troy) Ensminger (Kyle and Nicole), Rodney S. Finch; great-grandchildren Ryland, Mya, and Bryson; sister, Eileen (Val) Bennett. Eugene was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Patricia Finch and Joyce Hegwood. The family met with friends on Wednesday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. Pastor Larry Young, officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery with the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.

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

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DAWN E. THRASHER


Dawn E. Thrasher, 40, of Rockford went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Mercy Health St. Mary’s. Dawn was born September 22, 1976 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of David and Elaine (Crater) Loveless. She graduated from Oakfield Baptist Academy and attended Baptist Bible College, Clark Summit, Pennsylvania. Dawn was an incredible and awesome hostess and was always bringing people together. She was devoted to her family and was a great mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend. She was a great gift giver and always smiling. Surviving are her husband, Wesley; children, Adrienne, Alegra, Caitlin, and Josh; parents, David and Elaine Loveless; brother, Mark (Jennifer) Loveless; grandmother, Marjorie Loveless; parents-in-law, Richard and Sandra Thrasher; brother-in-law, Paul Thrasher. The family greeted friends Wednesday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Thursday 11:00 am at Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, 6727 Kuttshill Dr., Rockford with the family greeting friends at 10:00 am. Pastor Steve Welch officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with expenses.

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VERTA E. GIDDINGS


 

Verta E. Giddings, 92 of Sand Lake, was called home by her Lord on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at her home. Mrs. Giddings was born September 27, 1924 in Traverse City, Michigan the daughter of Alva and Laura (McDonald) Kibbe. She was the Pastor for over 60 years at the Church of the Full Gospel, Sand Lake. She was a gifted teacher and had a heart for reaching children through J O Y Club and VBS. Sister Verta was a great listener and was considered a mother to many. Surviving are her children, Beth (Peter) Lenau, John (Michelle) Giddings, Gary (Lela) Giddings; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jonas Rex in 1999; brother, Don Kibbe; sisters, Ruth Shutts, Wava Robinson, and Vera McLeod. The family greeted friends Sunday, May 21st at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Monday, May 22nd. Ministers Dann Clock and Phil Wainright officiating. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International or the Church of the Full Gospel.

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JAMES J. PATIN


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James J. Patin 67 of Sand Lake, died Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Jim was born March 29, 1950 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the son of Joseph and Ruth (Horter) Patin. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and had worked at Knape & Vogt for 41 years retiring 2013. He was a member of the Wolverine Skyhawks and enjoyed taking motorcycle trips. Surviving are his wife, Sandra; children, Melissa Patin, Jim (April) Patin, Gina (Craig) Dillon, Matt Patin, Becky (Rob) Baker, Jill Patin, Collin (Michelle) Patin; 20 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brother, Donald (Maureen) Patin; sisters, Catherine Patin, Marie Patin, Patricia Patin, Gerri (Ralph) VanOcker, RoseAnn Patin; mother-in-law, Helen Beebe; many nieces and nephews and his dog, Teddy. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Mark. The family greeted friends Tuesday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday at Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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EARL J. GORBY


 

C--obit-gorbyEarl J. Gorby 80 of Kent City died Friday, April 7, 2017 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Earl was born June 6, 1936 in Kent City, Michigan the son of Ray and Crystal (Uhrbrock) Gorby Sr. He attended Trufant Elementary School and graduated from Lakeview High School in 1954 and served in the U.S. Army from 1959-61. He was a member of the Cedar Springs American Legion and retired from Sparta Foundry. He enjoyed deer hunting, golfing and watching and playing sports. He loved kids, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are his children, Dawn (Fred) Groenke, Kenneth Pope, Betty (Brad) Kahrs; 9 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce (Bing) Downer; brothers, Pete (Gerry) Gorby, Harold Gorby; sister-in-law, Ardis Gorby; good friend, Steve Pope; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley in 2012; sisters, Erma Rowland and Verma Osburn; brother, Gordon Gorby. The family greeted friends Wednesday, April 12 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was Thursday 11:00 am Plainfield Christian Church. Pastor Bruce Wilson officiating. Interment Idlewild Cemetery, Kent City. Memorial contributions may be made to Renucci Hospitality House.

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ROSEMARY HATFIELD


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Rosemary Hatfield, 65 of Sand Lake, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Rosemary was born April 14, 1951 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Kenneth and Virginia (Smith) Johnson. She enjoyed shopping at Dollar Stores and Goodwill and was very proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are her daughters, Kimberly (Mark) Cooper, Michelle (Bob Hardin) Feikema; grandchildren, Ashlie (Glenn Ross) Feikema, Amanda (Richard) Oliver, Matthew Cooper; great-grandchildren, Maddelyn and Sebastian Oliver; sister, Carol (Larry) Sawyer; nieces, Lisa (Shawn) Scott, Shannon (David) Swan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nathan in 2014. The family greeted friends Monday, April 3rd from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Eva Walter officiating.

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DENNIS D. SHERMAN


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Dennis D. Sherman 63 of Sand Lake, died Friday, September 23, 2016 at his son’s home recovering from a recent heart attack. Dennis was born January 28, 1953 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of the late Clayton and Theresa (Thurner) Sherman. He had worked as an electrician at Electrolux in Greenville. He enjoyed attending local high school football, wrestling and sporting events. He had a great heart and cared for others, he was a great father and was excited for the birth of his grandbaby in January. He was loved by his brothers and sisters and will be missed. Surviving are a son, Brian (Ashley) Sherman; sisters, Theresa Phipps, Ruth Ann Lake, Sandra (Larry) Wilson, Debra (Bruce) Hill; brothers, William, John and Patrick Sherman; other survivors include, Shirley Mitchell, Beverly Bratcher, Howard Bratcher, and Debra (Roger) Jones; many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. The family will greet friends at a memorial visitation and luncheon at the Courtland Township Hall on Sunday, October 9 from 1-4 pm. In memory of Dennis, donations could be made to the family to plant trees on the Sherman farm.

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

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Mark H. Doren


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Mark H. Doren, 97 of Cedar Springs passed away at his earthly home Tuesday, September 20, 2016 and was welcomed into his heavenly home by his bride of 77 years, June (Moul) Doren who went before him on February 8, 2016. Mark was born April 23, 1919 in Kent City, Michigan the son of Charles and Ruth (Carlson) Doren. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as a Tech Sergeant in Patton’s 6th Armored Division during WWII. He took part in the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp located outside of Wiemer, Germany. Mark started serving the Lord at Alpine Baptist Church and then in 1955 when moving to Cedar Springs he became a longtime member of First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. He drove bus, was Sunday School Superintendent, lead the singing and served on the Church, Camp and Missions Boards. He was an engineer at Sackner Products retiring in 1981. He served Algoma Township for 28 years on the Planning Commission, as a Trustee and as Supervisor. After retirement he enjoyed traveling and time at his cabin in Munising, which he called “God’s Country.” When not up north, he enjoyed sitting at the kitchen table and having coffee with anyone who stopped to visit. Surviving are his children, Sharon (LaVerne) Schut, Dennis Doren, Debra Ergang; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Doren; son-in-law, James (Rose) Hunt; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marie Doren; several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Marlyn Hunt; son, Mark N. Doren; brothers, Willard, William and Charles Doren. The family will greet friends Thursday from 4-7 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be Friday 1:00 pm at First Baptist Church, 233 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. Pastors Robert P. Smith and Stanley Mohr officiating. Interment Pine Grove Cemetery, Alpine Township with military honors by the U.S. Army. Memorial contributions may be made to David’s House Ministries, 2375 Banner Dr. SW, Wyoming, MI 49509 or the First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs.

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