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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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DOUGLAS M. GORDON


 

C--obit-gordonDouglas M. Gordon, 67 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at his home. Doug was born December 28, 1949 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of E. Raymond and Janet (Gunnell) Gordon. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1968 and Michigan Tech University with a bachelor degree in Forestry. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, morel hunting, golfing and playing cards. Surviving are his children, Mark Gordon, Sara (Will) Shepard, Matthew (Katie) Gordon, Molly Gordon; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Susie (Ken) Parker, Pam (Tim) Covell; brother, Joel Gordon; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Tom Gordon. The family will greet friends Saturday from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Jane Duffy officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Parks and Rec.

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CAROL A. PHELPS


 

Carol A. Phelps age 80 of Cedar Springs, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2017 at her home. Carol was born June 30, 1936 in Paw Paw Township, Michigan the daughter of Bernard and Maude (Sirrine) Schidt. She served as Nelson Township Clerk for many years. She loved the Lord and serving in church, most recently, North Kent Community Church. Surviving are her children, Debra Austin and Todd Phelps; grandchildren, Shawn (Katy) Austin, Troy (Kendra) Austin, Brandon Austin; six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Phelps. Services were held Wednesday, February 8th at North Kent Community Church, 1480 Indian Lakes Road NE, Sparta. Pastor Craig Carter officiating. Interment in the spring in East Nelson Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to pay it forward with an act of kindness.

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

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LINDA MICHAELS


 

Linda Michaels, 72 of Rockford, unexpectedly went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Casa Grande, Arizona. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. A luncheon and time of sharing will follow at the church.

Local arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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