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BETTY JEAN GOLLER


Betty Jean Goller age 85 passed peacefully from this life on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 surrounded by her family. Betty often spoke about the wonderful life she had lived and that she was ready to go to Heaven whenever God called her name. Born on October 5, 1931 to Fred and Lola Adams in Cedar Springs, Michigan, she was the youngest of seven daughters. Times were difficult for the family growing up during the depression, but even though they lacked financial resources they felt rich due to the love and devotion they shared for one another. The Adams Sunday dinners became legendary celebrations for their family and friends, and in fact it was after a young Dick Goller first tasted Lola’s biscuits, fried chicken, and apple pie that he resolved to marry Betty. It turned out to be the best decision he ever made. Like all of her sisters, Betty continued her mother’s legacy of extending extraordinary kindness and hospitality to everyone she knew. Betty will also be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and creative use of language, which was uniquely her own. Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Richard Goller Sr., her son Richard Goller Jr., her beloved sisters, Edith Hudson, Blythe Becker, Gladys Grzesiak, and Leila Shultz. She is survived by her daughters Carol Brooks and Diane Goller (Hon. David Murkowski); sons Daniel Goller and Edward Goller (Amy); granddaughters Heather Huntoon (Darrell), Sarah Garlow (Rob), Katherine Steffy (Justin), Anne Murkowski, and Anna Goller; great-granddaughter Meghan Huntoon Lindeman (2nd Lt. Ryan Lindeman); grandsons Richard Goller III, Branden Goller, and Adam Goller; sisters Donna Verburg and Helen Hyrns; special sister in law Mary Goller Kilts, many cherished nieces and nephews, and dear friends Jim and Linda Conrad, Mary Anne Frandsen, and Joyce Empie. The family deeply appreciates the love and care provided by the dedicated caregivers at Clark Retirement Community. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Clark Retirement Community’s Employee Christmas Fund or Bethel Lutheran Church would be greatly appreciated. The family will greet friends Sunday, July 9 from 3-7 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, 13603 Northland Dr., Cedar Springs where the service will be held Monday 10:00 a.m. Pastor Steven Frentz from Bethel Lutheran Church officiating. Private interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs.

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


Dear family, church family and friends

Thank you for your generous outpouring of love and support during our mom’s home-going. We couldn’t be more blessed for all the expressions of sympathy shown us. Some of them include visits, cards, flowers and memorial contributions. Mostly we are grateful for your prayers. A special thanks goes to Great Lakes Caring Hospice. Also to Kevin Pike and team at Bliss-Witters & Pike.

Love,

The family of Verta Giddings

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Dorothy M. Olson


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Dorothy M. Olson 91 of Cedar Springs, passed away Monday, May 8, 2017 at her home. Mrs. Olson was born May 23, 1925 in Sparta, MI the daughter of F.G. and Lena (Dargie) Reyburn. She graduated from Sparta High School and was a former member of First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. She enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Iris Society. Surviving are her children, Dave (Barb) Olson, Ron Olson, Judy (Al) Ferguson, Sandra Olson, Tom (Denise) Olson, Steve (Deb) Olson, Karen Olson, Joanne Olson, Phil Olson, Paul (Judy) Olson; 18 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman in 1988 and two brothers. The family would like to thank Spectrum Health Hospice for their help and care. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 am. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Greenwood Cemetery, Sparta. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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Joyce Elaine Owen


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Joyce Elaine (Kellogg) Owen, 83, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, with her family by her side. Joyce was born August 27, 1933 in Columbiaville, MI, the daughter of Charles and Florence (Lynch) Kellogg. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Above all, she was a devoted wife to her husband, Ray of almost 56 years. She enjoyed cooking, baking, entertaining, reading, watching Tiger’s baseball games, and spending time at her cabin. Joyce enjoyed, even later in life, having company and hosting celebrations. Her house and cabin were always open for parties and entertaining. She loved people, and they loved her. She invested her time into her children and grandchildren’s lives and spent many evenings attending sporting events, plays, and recitals, and loved playing games with them as well. Joyce was a woman of faith, and her love for the Lord was evident in the way she treated others. She was active in her local church and had the gift of hospitality. Joyce will be remembered for being a kind and caring, but spunky lady and loved chatting with anyone over a cup of coffee. Surviving are her children, Cynthia Owen Schupp, Howard Owen, and Mick Owen; grandchildren, Stephen (Mollie), David, Luke, Isaac, and Jenna Schupp, Chandler and Beck Owen; great grandchildren, Keira and Tristan, sister, Marjorie Cappella; best friend, Nancy Hamilton; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Moses Ray Owen; son-in-law, Mark Schupp; siblings, Louise Burns and Duane Kellogg; friend Clarence Hamilton. The family received friends Sunday, May 7 at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Monday, May 8 at the First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastors Bert Boes and Robert Smith officiating. Interment Algoma Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship (c/o Dave and Robin Olsen PO Box 710 Warrenton, MO 63383).

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JAMES ROBERT BREEDLOVE


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James Robert Breedlove age 72 passed away Sunday April 16, 2017 at his home surrounded by family. He was born February 7, 1945 in Grand Rapids to James and Nellie (Newton) Mol, Sr. Surviving are his children Debra (Robert) Halston, James (Angie) Breedlove II, Melissa (Rick) Anderson and Shellie (Bradley) Frey; grandchildren TJ, Vanessa, Jennifer (Ben), Albert, Brandon (Brittany), Tia, Brittany, Kyle (Anna), Savannah, Taylor, Hannah, Haley; great-grandchildren Payton, Roxanne, Daiton, Bentley, Lilliana, Issaac, Payslee, Raelyn, Olivia, Kyron, Carter; brothers Vern (Barb) Mol and Robert Mol. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother Chuck. Jim’s family will celebrate his life with a luncheon at his home Saturday April 22, 2017 from 3-7 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice.

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

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TROY “JAMIE” POLING


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Troy “Jamie” Poling 51 of Grand Rapids, died Sunday, April 16, 2017 at his home. Jamie was born May 3, 1965 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Melroy and Marie Poling. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1984 and enjoyed working as a computer operator for Pitney Bowes and CU*Answers. He enjoyed reading, especially anything history related and spending time with family and friends especially around a firepit. Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Linda (DiCesare); daughters, Paige and Bailey; parents, Melroy and Marie (Tomlin) Poling; sister, Ronna (Keith) Wiseman; brother, Shawn Poling; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathy DiCesare, Joe (Raquel) DiCesare, Anna DiCesare, Rich (Linda) DiCesare, Rocco (Garry) DiCesare, Paula DiCesare (Mike) Leaf and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Ralph and Margaret DiCesare; brother-in-law, John DiCesare; nephew, Nicholas Wyatt. The family will greet friends Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be Saturday 11:00 am with viewing at 10:00 am. Pastor Rick Ferris officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Meijer Heart Center.

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

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RUTH L. WRIGHT


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Ruth L. Wright, 75 of Cedar Springs, beloved wife and mother, went to be with her Lord on Friday, April 14, 2017 at Sanctuary of St. Mary’s after a courageous battle with dementia. Mrs. Wright was born August 23, 1941 in Ensley Township, Michigan the daughter of Ted and Lillian (Cook) Hanes. She was very talented with many interests including being an excellent cook, enjoying her grandchildren, helping her husband on the farm, working in the yard and flowers and talking with her neighbors. She had worked at GR Controls for over 20 years and attended Huggard Bible Church. She will be dearly missed by her husband of 51 years, Roger; son, Alan (Lisa) Wright; grandchildren, Michelle Wright and Brian Ngo, Nicole (Josh) Hughes, Casey Wright and fiancee, Katie Duffy, Danelle Wright and fiance, Joe Hughes; great-grandchildren, Izzy, Alexis, Bentley, Ahri, Derek and Lily; brothers, Phillip (Mary Ann) Hanes, Dick (Mariea) Hanes, Karl (Kathy) Hanes; sisters, Linda Brock, Phyllis Kling, Marcella (Roger) Schleder; sisters-in-law, Sally (Dave) Meyer and Donna Wright; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Max Hanes. A special thanks to Sanctuary at St. Mary’s for the excellent care they gave. The family will greet friends Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be Saturday 11:00 a.m. at Huggard Bible Church, 8860 21 Mile Road, Sand Lake. The family will greet friends at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Rick Malone officiating. Interment Spencer Mills Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Huggard Bible Church or Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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DELLA L. SHIRLEY


 

C--obit-ShirleyDella L. Shirley, 84 of Sand Lake, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Hospital. Mrs. Shirley was born January 27, 1933 in Green Township, Michigan the daughter of Nelson and Catherine (Palmer) Swiger. She had worked at General Motors Alpine Avenue Plant for over 30 years and was a member of the Rockford Sportsman’s Club and the UAW Retirees. She enjoyed many winters in Florida and spending time with her grandchildren. Surviving are her husband, Edward whom she married on July 30, 1965; children, Rocky (Mary) Dorey, Linda (Bruce) Yeakey, Johnnie (Rita) Simon, Steven Simon; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Les Swiger; sister-in-law, Geraldine Swiger; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Shirley; sister, Leona Sperlik; brothers, Melvin, Gilbert and Albert Swiger; 3 nephews. The family greeted friends Sunday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the services were held Monday. Pastor Ralph Kilpatrick officiating. Interment Crapo Cemetery, Green Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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GERTRUDE J. GUST


 

C--obit-GustGertrude J. Gust, 99 of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Gertrude was born November 27, 1917 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Peter and Hattie (Huber) Koster. Her father died at a young age and her mother raised the children. She loved baseball and had played the violin. She enjoyed housekeeping and cleaning and for many years she volunteered to clean the Baptist Church each week. She was the oldest living member of First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. Surviving are her son, James (Carol) Gust; grandson, Jason (Heather) Gust; two great-grandchildren; brother, Donald Koster; brother-in-law, Robert Remer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred; sisters, Jane May, Madeline “Betty” Remer; brother, Robert Koster. Visitation and funeral was held Tuesday, March 21st at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Robert P. Smith officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs.

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