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Carroll Shelby Graves


C-OBIT-GravesCarroll Shelby Graves passed away at his home in Cedar Springs, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.  Carroll was born on December 12, 1935, in Rockford, MI the son of Shelby Leigh and Floy Althea (Hammer) Graves.  He will be sadly missed by his children:  Debra Slates (Stanley) of New Era; Deanna Saut (Randy) of Claysville, PA; Pamela Benedict (Randall) of Cedar Springs; Douglas Graves (Ellen) of Grand Rapids; Patricia Miller (Roger) of Sparta; Denise Collins (Paul) of Sand Lake; Melissa Hekkema (Mike) of Norton Shores; and Denise Graves of Sand Lake.  He will also be sadly missed by his 25 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, his sister Shirley Grover, and his long-time companion, Patricia Thome.  Carroll was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Suzanne (Baribeau); and his sons Timothy Graves and Mark Graves. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Vietnam War. Carroll was a tool and die maker, and retired in 2000.  He spent many years serving his church, Mary Queen of Apostles in Sand Lake, and his community.  As a young man he was active with the Rockford Jaycees and was the Rockford Scout Master.  He was involved with the Rogue River Art Association.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 32 years, attaining the level of 4th Degree, serving for many terms as the Grand Knight, and also as the District Deputy.  Carroll very much enjoyed boating, fishing, camping, traveling, oil painting, and spending time with his large family. The family received friends Friday, April 4 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Mass of Christian Burial is Saturday at Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Interment Rockford Cemetery with military honors by the U.S. Marines. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Huntington’s Disease Society of Western Michigan.

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

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Arlene L. Remmelts


Arlene L. Remmelts, 69 of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, March 30, 2014 at her home. Arlene was born July 11, 1944 in Romulus, MI the daughter of George and Bernice (Middleton) Loughin. She had worked for VanderHyde Ford retiring in 2006. Surviving are her children, Rod Remmelts, Roger (Virginia) Remmelts; grandchildren, Blake and Avery; sisters, Minnia Hanes, Beverly Reusser; sisters-in-law, Beverly Emmorey, Mary Gallup, and Ellie Barlow. The family would like a special thanks to her caregivers, Caroline Bartlette and Carol Rowe. Visitation will be Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Thursday 11:00 am. Pastor Darwyn Hassert officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.

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

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Carl A. Kranich


C-OBIT-kranich-webCarl A. “Sarge” Kranich, 86 of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Stonebridge Manor, Walker with his family by his side. Carl was born March 27, 1927 in Big Rapids, MI the son of Carl and Hazel (Porter) Kranich. He retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service and from the U.S. Post Office as a letter carrier. He loved Model T antique autos, auction sales, dancing and his grandchildren. Surviving are his children, Jacquiline (Steve) Lipski, Kim (Nancy) Kranich, Debora (Dave) Griep, Mark Kranich, Carla (Mike) Kelly; 15 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sister, Etta Breggs; many nieces and nephews. The family will greet friends from noon to 1:00 p.m. on  Wednesday, March 5 and the service will be at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Private interment Blythefield Memory Gardens. Military honors by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice, 630 Kenmoor SE, Suite 200, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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

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THOMAS P. BEARSS


C-obit-BearssThomas P. Bearss, 67 of Grand Rapids, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 13, 2014 at his home. Our loss is heaven’s gain. Tom was born May 6, 1946 in Grayling, Michigan the son Henry and Lyndall (Yeager) Bearss. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School, Class of 1964, served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and was a Kent County Sheriff Deputy for 28 years retiring in 1995. He was a member of Rockford Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn (Loveless); children, Ginger (Bearss) Schaefer, Eric (Angela) Bearss; grandchildren, Mya, Rylan, Aubrey and Isaac; sister, Lois Goodell. The family will greet friends Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:00 am until time of memorial service at 11:00 am at Rockford Baptist Church, 221 Courtland St., Rockford. Pastor Larry D. Rowland officiating. A luncheon will follow the service at the church. Interment in the spring at Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Rockford Baptist Church.

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

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LEROY J. MOSHER


Leroy J. Mosher, 81 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Mr. Mosher was born February 23, 1932 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the son of Delbert and Myrtle (Carr) Mosher. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War and had worked for the Kent County Road Commission for 38 years. He loved going to garage sales. Surviving are his wife, Velda (Kruger); children, Cheryl Frost, Cherry (Dennis) Verburg, Jay Mosher; 7 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sister, Edna Kimble. He was preceded in death by his son, Rick. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 22 at 11:00 am at Bethel Lutheran Church, Howard City. Pastor Steven Frentz officiating. Private family interment in North Ensley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church or Metron of Cedar Springs.

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

 

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Joe A. Fisher


C-OBIT-fisherJoe 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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LEAH A. FINNEY


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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Beach Picnic basket awarded grant


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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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Ralph C. Elder


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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