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LOIS KATHLEEN BLANDING


Lois Kathleen Blanding

Lois Kathleen Blanding

Lois Kathleen Blanding, age 97 of Cedar Springs, passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, Rockford. Mrs. Blanding was born September 3, 1919 in Columbia City, Indiana the daughter of Neil and Blanche (Briggs) Estlick. She attended the International College of Business in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She unselfishly donated much of her time for the benefit of a great many individuals. She received the Certificate of Merit Award in 1989 from the Cedar Springs Rotary Club for her outstanding service to the community. She was a devout Christian and actively involved in the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, including, Vice President of Missions, Secretary for the United Methodist Women, and teaching Sunday School. Lois married Orval Riley Secor and he preceded her on December 3, 1953. She married Kenneth Blanding on December 16, 1960 and he passed away on July 3, 1996. She was also preceded in death by a son Dennis Secor in 2009, brother, Robert Estlick; sister, Dorothy Wiltrout. Surviving are her children, David (Jenny) Secor, Douglas (Lois) Secor, Keith (Terese) Blanding, Karl (Ruth) Blanding; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. The family received friends Tuesday, February 21st at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment in Palestine Cemetery, Palestine, Indiana. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Help stock the Cedar Springs food pantry


Edward Jones is collecting food Oct. 20-Nov. 17

Would you like to have a chance to really make a difference in the community?

Buy a few extra items when you buy groceries this week to donate to the local food pantry and drop them off at our local Edward Jones branch.

The Cedar Springs Community Food pantry, located at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Main Street, works in conjunction with North Kent Community Services. They feed hundreds of local families each year.

In the past, the food pantry depended on the fall food drive with the local U.S. Post office to help stock their needs.

Now that the carriers are based in Rockford, they no longer have the big drive to benefit this pantry, so one of our local businesses has stepped in the last several years to help restock the shelves.

Edward Jones, 4027 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, hopes to collect 2,250 pounds of food for the pantry before November 19. Last year’s goal was 2,000 pounds, and they raised it, so are upping the goal by another 250 pounds. Let’s help them meet their goal again!

They started this annual food drive in 2010, and over the last six years, they’ve collected almost 9,000 pounds to benefit our neighbors in need.

Non-perishable foods can be dropped off at the Edward Jones office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Suggestions for the pantry include boxed or canned meals such as soups, hamburger helper, macaroni and cheese, rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce; baking and pancake mix; and canned meats.

Personal care items such as bar soap, laundry soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and toilet paper will also be accepted, but not weighed.

Call 696-9370 for more information.

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Janice Graves


 

Janice Graves age 65 of Morley passed away on October 30 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. She was born March 27, 1949 the daughter of Charles and Arlyle (Plumb) Phipps. During her working years she worked in customer service, a waitress and even day care. The last fourteen years she has worked for Rite Aid in Cedar Springs. She enjoyed bowling, camping, golfing and kayaking. Janice was a member of the Cedar Springs UMC. She loved spending time with family and friends. In 1988 she married Robert Graves who survives. Also surviving are her Mother Arlyle Phipps of Greenville; children Ronda Smith of Cedar Springs, Bill (Kim) Shepard of Cedar Springs, Bob (Cecelia) Graves of Kalamazoo, Dawn (John) Kennebeck of Whitehall, Ken (Cheryl) Graves of Howard City; Several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; Her loving pet dog Spanky; Three brothers Gale Phipps, Alex Phipps, and Craig Phipps; Five sisters Delberta Windiate, Ethel Palmer, Geneva Dean, Valerie Green, Cheryl Hellar; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and a brother Jerry and sister-in-law Dixie. Funeral services will take place on Tuesday at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church with Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Visitation will take place on Sunday from 4-6 pm and on Monday from 6-8 pm and prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

 

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