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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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BETTY JANE PATTERSON


 

Betty Jane Patterson 94, of Rockford, Michigan died Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Metron of Belding. Betty was born February 14, 1923 in Coral, Michigan the daughter of Gaylor & Elsie (Zenk) Lytle. She is survived by her children, Shirley DeYoung and Sandra Frandsen; grandchildren, Paul (Tiff) DeYoung, Cory (Charleigh) Frandsen, Andrea (Michael) VanSetters, Austin (Amber) Frandsen; great-granddaughter, Ashtynn and a great-grandson on the way. She was preceded in death by her husband Carroll in 1997; brothers, Alfred “Al” Lytle and Bruce Rasmussen and son-in-law, Tom DeYoung. The family will greet friends Sunday 2-4 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be Monday 10 a.m. at the Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church. Pastors Kim DeLong and Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.

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

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RENAE LYNN HEISS


Renae Lynn Heiss, 31 of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Renae was born August 30, 1986 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Roy Heiss and Loraine Cope. She enjoyed reading, writing, flowers and living on the farm. She was a very happy, social and caring person and loved being a mother. Surviving are her husband, Juan Perez Jr; children, Alanah Ann Alvarez, Juan Perez Jr, Elias Ezayelle Perez; father, Roy (Alesia) Heiss; mother, Loraine Heiss; brothers, Joshua Heiss, Tyrell (Stephanie) Heiss, twin, Ryan (Miriam) Heiss; nieces and nephews. Visitation and services were held Tuesday, Sept. 5th at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Interment Crandall Cemetery, Ensley Township. Memorial contributions may be made to a fund for her children at Choice One Bank.

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

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SUSAN L. WHITNEY


Susan L. Whitney 61 of Rockford, died unexpectedly Sunday, August 27, 2017. Susan was born January 25, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of Ted and Betty (Newnom) Green. She was a hair stylist at the Hair Craft Company in Cedar Springs for over 25 years. She had a love and zest for life that included her family and grandchildren, holidays and vacations. She was a very positive and generous person with an awesome smile. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. Surviving are her husband, Ken; children, Michelle (Joe) Murdoch, Paul Cox; stepdaughter, Leslie (Josh) Lillie; grandchildren, BreAnne, Seth, Bernadette, Sullivan, Christopher, Kevin, Ike, Ian, Asher and Grace; one great-grandson, Oliver; mother, Betty Fath and Earl Fath; sisters, Diane (Jeff) Piatt, Julie (Wayne) Kwiatkowski; parents-in-law, Don (Eleanor) Whitney; many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her father; son, Christopher Cox; and granddaughter, Halee. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 a.m. Visitation on Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pastor John Frye officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to fund for her grandchildren’s education, Christopher and Kevin Cox at any Independent Bank.

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

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FLOYD EDWARD CHAMBERLAIN


Floyd “Floydie” Edward Chamberlain age 54 of Cedar Springs passed away Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Meijer Heart Center-Butterworth Hospital. He was born January 23, 1963 in Norfolk, Virginia to Clare E. and Janice (Heckart) Chamberlain. Floydie was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed, hunting, fishing, golfing and spending time with his family and friends. He worked for over 25 years at Irwin Seating. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Clare and a sister Suzanne Casey. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Angie; mother, Janice; son and daughter, Hunter and Ally; brothers, Bruce (Becky) Chamberlain and Jeff Guzman; sister, Pam Deshano; father & mother-in-law, Paul and Jauana Hoskins; brother-in-law, Dale Hoskins; aunt and uncle, Nan and Dick Heckart; several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family received friends Tuesday, August 29th at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Visitation continued on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Rivertown Funeral Chapel in Kawkawlin where the funeral service will be held Thursday at 12 noon. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

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CHRISTOPHER DAVID COX


Christopher David Cox age 45 passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017 at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Chris was born July 21, 1972 in Manchester, New Hampshire but grew up in Sand Lake, Michigan. He always had a smile on his face. He loved the outdoors and spent a lot of time hunting and fishing. He also loved playing the guitar. He loved all children but especially his sons, nieces, and nephews. Chris was the greatest son, dad, brother and grandson you could ever ask for and will be deeply missed by his family. Chris is survived by his sons, Christopher and Kevin; mother, Susan (Ken) Whitney; father, Bruce (Maureen) Cox; sister, Michelle (Joe) Murdoch; brother, Paul Cox; step sister, Leslie (Josh) Lille-Whitney; grandparents, Carol Cox, Betty Fath and Earl Fath; nieces and nephews, BreAnne, Seth, Bernadette (Naddy), Sullivan, Ike, Ian, and Asher; great nephew, Oliver; special friend Sharon Kahn; the Faylor family; so many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Virgil Cox and Ted Green; grandmother, Arlene Eden; great-grandmother, Evelyn Cox; niece, Halee. The family will meet with friends Friday 11a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to his sons for their education at any Independent Bank.

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

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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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