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EARL C. SMITH


 

Earl C. “Squirrel” Smith age 72 of Comstock Park, passed away Monday, January 15, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. Earl was born December 24, 1945 in Grant, Michigan the son of Walter and Sarah (Eaton) Smith. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved riding his motorcycle. He and JoAnn enjoyed spending the winters in Florida, where he loved to deep sea fish. He worked 32 years at the Sparta Foundry. Earl was a role model and father figure to many people other than his children. He brought light, love and laughter to everyone he met and will be greatly missed. Earl is survived by his wife JoAnn (Henry); children, Richard Smith, Penny Grindle, Bryan Batchelder, Tammy (Dan) Longtine; 12 grandchildren; papa to 8 great-grandchildren; brothers, Edgar (Leora) Smith, Everette (Alice) Smith; sisters and brothers-in-law, John Chaplin, Shirley (Larry) Crusan, Sandy Oros, Roger (Diane) Henry; many nieces and nephews; best friend of 45 years, Ed (Rosalind) McIntyre. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Eloise and Arnold Fields, Elizabeth and Richard Oaks, Erma and Orie Veltkamp, and Eleanor Chaplin; grandson, Joshua Grindle. The family will greet friends Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Saturday 11:00 a.m. Viewing will begin Saturday 10:00 a.m. His godson Brandon Fenske officiating. In memory of Earl, please pay it forward to someone in need.

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

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KEVIN M. TANIS


 

Kevin M. Tanis, age 57 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, January 15, 2018 at his home. Kevin was born June 29, 1960 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Jerry and Marjorie (Neuman) Tanis. Surviving are his brothers and sister, Jerry (Joyce) Tanis of Cedar Springs, Earl (Pam) Tanis of Cedar Springs, Rick (Rene) Tanis of Grand Rapids, Chester Tanis of Greenville, Rex (Barb) Tanis of Mancelona, Shirley (Scott) Gritter of Irons; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family will greet friends Saturday from 12 noon until time of service at 1:00 p.m. at Red Pine Bible Church, 17195 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. Pastor Rick Miller officiating. 

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

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PAUL R. SMITH


 

Paul R. Smith age 75 of Rockford, passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018 at his home. Paul was born December 20, 1942 in Sparta, Michigan the son of Roger and Dorothy (Hoskins) Smith. He was in the Army National Guard for six years and retired from Rapistan. He was an active member of the Algoma Historical Society since 2009. Surviving are his wife, Phyllis (Tyler) whom he married on February 20, 1965; children, Lynne (Timothy) Gray, Katherine (Robert) Tiel, Timothy Smith (Heidi Feikema), Michael Smith; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother, Kenneth (Jo) Smith; sister-in-law, Joanne Turnipseed; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, brother and two sisters-in-law. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 a.m. Pastor Wayne Ondersma officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Algoma Historical Society.

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

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MICHAEL G. FLANAGAN


 

Michael G. Flanagan, 63 of Kent City, passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. Mike was born June 23, 1954 the son of Gordon and Katherine (McCormick) Flanagan. He worked for over 30 years at Bentler Automotive. He enjoyed golfing, hunting and cheering for University of Michigan. Surviving are his wife, Debra (Pethers) Flanagan; father, Gordon Flanagan; children, Cheri (Vince) Ostrander, Mike (Jody) Flanagan, Autumn Male, Katie Little; grandchildren, Jacob, Brittany, Shelby, Hailey, Lindsey, Shane, Landen, Jayden, Kylie, Matthew, Bretten and Kayla; brothers and sisters, Pat & Garret Schutt, Kathy & Gilbert Drew, Leo & Patty Flanagan, Becky Washington, Sharon & Charlie Hieftje, Norm & Shelly Flanagan, Patrick (Tina) Flanagan and Paul & Annie Flanagan; several nieces and nephews and several in-laws. He was preceded in death by his mother; daughter, Candace Flanagan; granddaughter, Kimberly Flanagan. The family will receive friends at noon on Thursday until time of service at 1:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice or to help the family with funeral and medical expenses.

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PATSY KROES


 

Patsy Kroes, age 67 of Cedar Springs passed away Friday, January 12, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was born March 27, 1950 to Edward and Ada (Hawley) Fisk. She dedicated her life to her family; her children and grandchildren meant everything to her. She worked in Cedar Springs and Sand Lake as a barber and beautician. She loved her job and she had many special relationships with her customers. Patsy is survived by her children Matthew Kroes, Becky (Todd Fifield) Feenstra, and Starr (Craig) Britton; grandchildren, Vennessa and Jordan (Becca) Jensen, Tylor (Emily) Kroes, Sierra Fifield; great-granddaughter, Audrey Kroes; brothers, Ronald (Ila) Fisk, Donald (Dee) Fisk, Marshall (Linda) Fisk, Michael (Carol) Fisk and Bernie Fisk; sisters June (Edward) Ingerson and Susie Veltkamp; many nieces and nephews, special friends, Joan Fink, Cliff Gallop and Norma Parker. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Larry Fisk, brother-in-law Kenny Veltkamp and friend Mary Goller-Kilts. The service was held at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 with Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Algoma Christian School.

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MARY GOLLER-KILTS


 

Mary Goller-Kilts age 85 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, January 12, 2018. Mary was born April 4, 1932 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Mathew and Sophia (Kalinski) Berger. Mary was orphaned at age 12 and resided at St. John orphanage until going to Villa Maria where she got her cosmetology license. She worked in the dry cleaning industry and retired as a manager in 2006. Mary never really retired and kept busy cooking, baking, birthday dinners, holiday dinners and being the chairwoman for the dinner and funeral luncheons at the Cedar Springs American Legion. She was a member of the American Legion Post #287 for 42 years and served as President in 2001-02, Dept. of Michigan Chapau from 2000-01, Auxiliary Chaplain, Membership Chairman, 8&40 Secretary. She was a member of Mary Queen of Apostles since 1951 and the Woman’s Guild. She loved playing bingo and was an avid Tigers fan. Mary was the Red Flannel Day Grand Marshall in 2013. Surviving are her children, Addie (Mike) Davison, Alan Goller; grandchildren, Casey (Megan) Morris, Carlie (Greg Glass) Morris, Amanda (Matt) Crampton; great-grandchildren, Desirae, Gage and Aiden; son-in-law, Greg Morris; stepchildren, Sherri Woodard, Mike Kilts; step grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Oscar Goller in 1996, Don Kilts in 2007; sister, Barbara (Ed) Carter; in-laws, John (Peggy) Goller, Dick (Betty) Goller, Emma (Bob) Gebhardt. The family received friends Wednesday, January 17 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, January 18 at 11:00 a.m. at Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake. Rev. Fr. Lam Le presiding. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs American Legion Post #287 Woman’s Auxiliary.

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

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MITCHELL E. POTES


Mitchell E. Potes age 67 of Grand Rapids, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017 at his home. He was born May 6, 1950 in Rockford, Michigan to Benjamin W. & Alice (Teesdale) Potes. He entered into the U.S. Navy after graduation and served for six years. He worked and managed several restaurants in Rockford. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer (David) Elwood and granddaughter, Emma; sisters, Thelma (Marlin) Christensen, Sheryl (Bob) Harvey; brothers, John (Debbie) Potes, Rick (Sara) Potes; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his twin sons, Ronald and Donald and brother, Benjamin Potes. Cremation has taken place. The family held private services.

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

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MURIEL JOYCE BURKE


 

Muriel Joyce Burke, age 88 of Grand Rapids, passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017. Joyce was born July 5, 1929 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the daughter of Vern and Blanche (Hessenius) Moore. She was preceded in death by her husband, James (Sparky) Burke; son, Jimmy; four sisters and two brothers. Surviving are her children, Shirley (Leon) Avery, David Burke, Timothy (Darlene) Burke, Steven (Heather) Burke; special daughter-in-law, Deborah (Charlie) O’Hanesian; stepchildren, Jacob Callen, Jennifer (Chad) Cunningham; grandchildren, Mike (Erin) Avery, Josh (Julia) Avery, TJ (Trisha) Burke, Naomi Burke, Tyler Burke, Stacia (Jonathan) Bridges, Brendan Burke and Ethan Burke; great-granddaughter, Presley Avery; special friend, Barb (Burns) Plank; many nieces and nephews. The family will greet friends Monday, September 25th from 11:00 a.m. until time of memorial service at 12 noon at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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

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MERANDA LYNN BAGUSS


Meranda Lynn Baguss, 33 of Sand Lake, died Friday, September 15, 2017 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Meranda was born August 17, 1984 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 2003 and was attending Montcalm Community College. She had worked at Spectrum Health Butterworth on 7-South for 10 years. She was a beautiful mother, very kind hearted and always put others ahead of herself. She will be greatly missed. Surviving are her twin sons, Tony Lee Anthony III, Chauncey James Anthony; significant other, Tony Lee Anthony II; mother, Jamie Fischer; sisters, Kimberly Brassel, Jenna Worthy; grandfather, Jerry Baguss; aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Gay Baguss. The family will greet friends today, Thursday, September 21 from 5-7 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the time will conclude with a service at 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to a gofundme for expenses at https://www.gofundme.com/jn5a88-meranda-baguss-tony-chauncey

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

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MAXINE ELLEN KNOX


Maxine Ellen Knox age 89 of Belmont, our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Sanctuary of St. Mary’s. She was born January 28, 1928 in Ensley Twp. to Hans and Hilda (Larson) Hanson. She attended Howard City High School and graduated in 1947. She enjoyed singing, dancing, cooking for all occasions, watching sunsets, and tending flowers in her garden. She worked at the GM Alpine plant for 32 ½ years. After retiring she moved to Belmont, MI where she enjoyed her family and wonderful friends including her best friend and companion, Ralph Bosgraff. She loved bringing joy to others and her kindness and love was felt by whomever she met.  She is survived by her son, Stephen and Denise Knox; daughter-in-law, Kay Knox; grandchildren, Kyle (Katie) Knox, Kristine (Ehren) Dollberg, Craig Knox and Christa Knox and many great grandchildren; sister, Shirley (Jack) Hanes; brother-in-law, Loren Frey; several nieces, nephews, cousins and precious friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; her baby girl; son, Stan Knox; grandson, Cory Knox; sisters, Pauline (Norman) Kranz, Violet Frey, Lorraine (Fay) Gordon. The service was held on Wednesday, September 13 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Paul Frey, officiating. Interment North Ensley Cemetery. The family would like to thank the Sanctuary of Saint Mary’s for the compassionate care Maxine received in her final days. Memorial contributions may be made to South Ensley Methodist Church or charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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