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Josephine “Jo” (Cooper) Smith passed away in Harrisville, Michigan, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Dale Dellar, on July 2, 2018. Prior to moving to Harrisville, approximately a year ago, she resided in the Cedar Springs area nearly all of her life. Jo was born August 28, 1926 in Harvard, Michigan. She was the daughter of Walter Cooper and Anna (Mersnick) Atkins. In 1944 she graduated from Cedar Springs High School, having worked as a housekeeper/nanny while attending there as a student. Jo married Alan P. Smith of Stanton, Michigan, on May 11, 1946, and enjoyed nearly 35 years of marriage until Alan’s death in 1980.
Following graduation, she worked at Consumers Power Company in Greenville, Michigan. She left her work when the first of her four children was born. She returned to work, “outside her home,” in 1967, for Holton’s LP Gas Company in Cedar Springs. She started as a clerk and was later promoted to office manager. She retired from full-time work in 1992, but continued to work part-time. Following her retirement, Jo renewed her interest in dancing. She developed many friendships while attending dances in Sparta, Trufant, Six Lakes, Conklin, Parnell, and anywhere that was convenient for her to drive.
Jo had a passion for cooking and loved baking pies and homemade rolls. For years her family enjoyed her Sunday dinners, which would usually include her famous green salad. This family tradition continued well into her 80s, only ending when she was no longer able to cook. Family was the most important thing in her life.
Josephine was preceded in death by her husband, Alan; father, Walter; mother, Anna; and dear sister, Kathleen Bitely.
She will always be lovingly remembered by her surviving son, Larry Smith of Cedar Springs; daughters Linda (John) Ranney of Grand Rapids; Pamela (Dale) Dellar of Harrisville, Michigan; Sue (Kurt) Mabie of Cedar Springs; grandchildren, Ryan (Koree) Mabie of Grand Rapids; Kelly Jo (Jason) Horricks of Mackinac Island; Kristy (Calvin) Gibson of Manistee; Michael Mabie (& Tina Van) of Grand Rapids; and Kevin Newland (& Laura Herweyer) of Minneapolis; great-grandchildren, Makenna & Megan Horricks; Michael Davis; and Emerson & Failla Mabie. Surviving siblings include Donna Atkins; Gary (Maxine) Cooper; Frances Cooper; and Leon (Barb) Atkins. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. A special thank you to Barb (Robinson) Garvon for her devotion to and loving care provided to our Mother.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, July 26th, at 1 p.m. at Spencer Township Hall, located at 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen, Michigan, with Pastor Julie Schneider-Thomas officiating. A luncheon will be served following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Jo’s memory be made to Hospice of Michigan-Alpena, 145 N. State Ave., Alpena, Michigan or to a charity of one’s choice.

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Royal Eugene “Pete” Cooper, age 89, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. Pete was born March 27, 1928 in Kent City, Michigan to Roy and Doris (Rogers) Cooper and lived most of his life in the Rockford area. He worked for his dad until his fifth child was born and then drove truck for Darling & Company in Walker for many years. He retired after spending several years at Kroger Warehouse. Pete married Ruth Joslin on April 6, 1946 and they were married until her death on August 18, 2011.  He was also preceded in death by his son, Donald Cooper and his daughter-in-law, Jeanne Cooper. Pete is survived by his children, Kenneth and Deb Cooper, Helen and Steve Smith, JoAnn and David Fowler, Nancy Samsel, Dale Cooper, and Nancy Sowerby (Don’s significant other); and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street in Rockford with Pastor Bruce Wilson officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home on Thursday, November 30, 2017 Interment will take place in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be given to the Tuesday Senior Music Sessions held at Rockford Ambulance or to Harvest Way in Sparta. Please visit www.pedersonfuneralhome.com to share a memory or sign an online registry.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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11/11/26 – 8/18/11

Wife of Royal Cooper, mother of Ken & (Deb) Cooper, Helen & (Steve) Smith, Don Cooper & (Nancy) Sowerby, Jo-Ann & (Dave) Fowler, Nancy Samsel and Dale Cooper. Plus lots of grandkids, great-grandkids & great-great-grandkids. It’s been six years since we last saw your smiling face. We all miss you so much.

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Cedar Springs Trio put into Gus Macker Hall of Fame

L to R: Jamoni Jones, Jalen Broussard, Chase Kinzinger, Trenton Cooper, Dawson Wood, Scott McNeal.

L to R: Jamoni Jones, Jalen Broussard, Chase Kinzinger, Trenton Cooper, Dawson Wood, Scott McNeal.

Dawson Wood, 12, Chase Kinzinger, 13, Trenton Cooper, 11, from Cedar Springs, Jalen Broussard, 12, EGR and Jamoni Jones, 11, East Kentwood, are the first kids to be put in the Gus Macker Hall of Fame.

The celebration weekend began Thursday with the 40th Anniversary Macker Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the “Macker Hacker” golf outing. Both events were at Candlestone Golf Resort in Belding and over 200 people attended the induction ceremony for 10 special honorees, including guests from current and former Macker Tournament stops as far away as San Diego, California.

Known as the Dream Kids, “We wanted to choose somebody reflective of today’s Gus Macker Tournaments while they were still at that age, and these guys are absolute stars on the Dream Court,” Gus said.

“These young players have become part of our family, as they travel from town to town celebrating the 3 on 3 half-court game, with unique nicknames, fun personalities and entertaining fames, they remind us of our neighborhood friends in Lowell 40 years ago.”

Gus has dubbed the kids with the following nicknames and memories.

Dawson Wood (D-Wood) the captain… scored his HOF status on his birthday 2 years ago, with a long range 2-point jumper with time running out to win the championship on the Dream Court… slept with his trophy… his range begins at the city limit sign.

Chase Kinzinger (Milky) – the heart… Lefty is the true competitor on the squad, but is always having fun… can do it all… never count him out, because he always finds a way to win.

Trenton Cooper (TT) – kid dynamite… the strong man in the group… can play any sport… once played with a broken collar bone… ice in his veins.

Jalen Broussard (JT or Owen) the true scorer… is smooth as silk and has incredible quickness… the quiet assassin can get to the rack now.

Jamoni Jones (the Answer) – the young superstar… plays like he is 18 years old… crazy crossover… fun to watch, with more moves than “Ex-Lax”… amazing talent.

These kids feel very fortunate and are honored to receive this recognition and will continue to represent Gus Macker and its family in a positive way on and off the court.


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Teachers compete in Tough Mudder event

Josh Cooper competed in the Tough Mudder event.

Josh Cooper competed in the Tough Mudder event.

By Judy Reed

N-Tough-Mudder2Two Cedar Springs High School teachers gave it all they had and then some when they competed in the grueling Tough Mudder event held at Michigan International Speedway June 28 and 29.
Josh Cooper and Brian Busen competed on separate days in the 12-mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.
“The last couple of miles were tough,” noted Cooper. “Afterward I looked like a bruised mess.”
Cooper said that he tries to do one or two events a year to stay in shape. Last year he did the Grand Rapids Triathlon, and he and Busen did the Warrior Dash in Millenium Park, which is a shortened version (a 3.1 mile course) of the Tough Mudder event. He had fun, and so decided to step it up this year to try the bigger event. He signed up to run on Saturday as part of a four-person team with some friends from college, and Busen signed up to run on Sunday.
N-Tough-Mudder3To train, Cooper began running in March and working out at the gym. He felt good about his training, but when he got to the course, it was not what he expected. “It had rained excessively leading up to the event. The whole course was covered in mud, it was just a mess. I had been running on the trail, on asphalt. And sure, it’s called Tough Mudder, but there’s supposed to be mud on the obstacles, not on the course,” he said with a laugh.
There were 20 obstacles scattered throughout the 12-mile course. Cooper said the obstacles were fun, though some, like the electric shock, were definitely challenging. On the electric eel, there were wires hanging down that would shock the participant as they crawled through the mud. In some of the tubes they crawled through, they were filled with water and there wasn’t a lot of room to breathe. On the Walk the Plank, they climbed a 15-foot tower and jumped in a mud pit. “They were all a lot fun,” he said.
Many of the participants at this year’s Michigan Tough Mudder event came down sick with the NoroVirus, but Cooper wasn’t one of them.
The Tough Mudder events are held all over the world, and they have raised over $5 million for the Wounded Warrior Project. Last year, 460,000 people participated in 35 events. This year there are 53 events scheduled.
Cooper said that he would certainly do it again, and recommends that if anyone is going to do it, that they get a team to sign up together and train together. “I had a blast. Barring injury, I’ll do it multiple times. It’s quite the adrenaline rush and a lot of fun.”
For more info on the event, visit www.toughmudder.com.

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Do I need a corporation, a partnership or an LLC for my business?

Submitted by Bob Cooper, SCORE Counselor

Prior to starting anew business it is important to select the proper legal structure.
It is possible to start a business by yourself without creating any separate structure; this type of structure is commonly called a “Sole Proprietorship”. Ina Sole Proprietorship all income and expenses are recognized by you on your income tax return, and the business tax ID number would be your social security number. The Sole Proprietorship is the simplest form of business structure, and would work well if the business had little likelihood of incurring liability,or costs, as the result of something going awry. The owner is liable for all debts and obligations of the business, and therefore the owner’s property is subject to claims of business creditors.
A husband and wife filing jointly can be a Sole Proprietorship. A name for the business can be adopted by the sole proprietor and an assumed name certificate is filed with the County Clerk ‘s office.
Every form of business structure other than the Sole Proprietorship is formed by making application to the State of Michigan ,because every other form of business must receive approval from the State before operating. Also, every other form must receive a tax ID number from the Federal Internal Revenue Service in order to file documents with the IRS.
A second form of business structure is a general “Partnership” which is formed by two or more people who will own and operate the business together. The Partnership is controlled by a formal partnership agreement stating a partner’s contribution,control, management and the sharing of losses and profits. The agreement should also attempt to spell out what happens when a conflict arises, such as death of a partner or disagreement between the partners. A Partnership continues by agreement of the partners, unless it is ended by certain acts, such as the death of a partner, as provided by State law. All partners in a general Partnership are liable and responsible for all obligations of the Partnership. A name for the business can be filed as an assumed name with the County Clerk’s office.
A third form of business structure is a Limited Partnership which simply means that one or more of the partners operate the business while others are strictlyinvestors.
Another form is the “Limited Liability Company”, commonly called an “LLC”. The benefit of the LLC is to limit the liability of the owners. When someone has a claim,the claim must be made against the company and not against the owners, as long as the company is operated correctly. The management of the LLC is defined by a management agreement and filed with the State at the time the LLC documents are filed. An LLC files an information return with the IRS. This return tells the IRS the names of the owners and the percentage amount of the income received by the business upon which each owner must pay the taxes.
A “General Corporation” is another type of business structure. The Corporation is the most widely used but the most complex form of structure from the standpoint of paperwork and administration. However the Corporation allows for easy investment by the use of stock or shares in the company. The Corporation has an identity and existence separate from its owners or shareholders. The Corporation gives the most protection to the owners, or stockholders, from claims,which can only be filed against the Corporation. The corporate structure shields the owners and/or stockholders from liability for wrongful actions of the corporation. The Corporation can have a perpetual existence, unlike the other types of business structure. A Corporation is required to file a tax return separate form the tax returns of the stockholders, and is subject to taxation on its income. The Corporation must request permission from the State to do business under a different name.
In the business structures that provide a shield from liability for the owners, the owners must operate the business separately and distinguish it from themselves, as a separate entity.
For free business counseling, contact SCORE at (616) 771-0305 or email score@grandrapids.org. Visit their website at www.scoregr.org

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Volunteer hosts needed for exchange students

CASE Exchange Student Programs would like to invite you to meet a very special person in 2012! Families in school districts across Michigan are invited to offer their hospitality to a high school age exchange student for the upcoming school year starting in late August.

According to Joann Cooper, the Program’s County Coordinator, families that volunteer early have the opportunity to begin communication with their student before arrival. This early bonding makes it easier for everyone to handle cultural obstacles once the student arrives. “Most of the students feel like they know their host families even before they arrive and are immediately ready to become a participating member of their new host homes – pitching in on everything from household chores to family discussions,” says Cooper.

In particular, the exchange program is seeking a host family for a 16-year-old girl from Vietnam and a 15- year-old boy from Spain. Both students have full medical insurance, pocket money for their personal needs & have expressed a true desire to learn about our American culture from the inside – while living with an American family. “Just imagine homecoming, sporting events, or even that first school bus ride as seen through the eyes of a foreign exchange student.”

Hosts provide room, board and a once in a lifetime opportunity for some lucky foreign teen to live and study in America for a school year. Host families with small or grown children, or no children at all, are eligible to host. A return exchange is not necessary

CASE is a non-profit organization, designated by the US State Dept and maintains full listing in the CSIET Advisory book. For more information call toll free 1 (877) 417-9675 and ask for Joann Cooper, or e-mail: joanncooper48@yahoo.com .

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Catch of the Week

While wearing his lucky fish hat, Joshie Cooper, of Cedar Springs, landed a Master Angler 27-inch freshwater drum (sheepshead) of 12 pounds, while trolling the Muskegon Lake Channel on June 15.
Congratulations, Josh, you made the Post Catch of the Week!

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Cedar team wins Belding Gus Macker

Jalen Broussard of Grand Rapids, Dawson Wood, Trenton Cooper and Chase Kinzinger, all of Cedar Springs, won their second straight Gus Macker tournament, played in Belding on August 6 and 7.
Twelve teams were placed in their bracket. For the second straight time, they finished with a record of 5-0. They won three of their five games by less than three points, with one of their victories coming in sudden death overtime.

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Cedar Springs team undefeated in Gus Macker tourney

Dawson Wood, of Cedar Springs, Trenton Cooper, of Cedar Springs, Scott “Gus Macker” McNeil, Chase Kinzinger, of Cedar Springs, and Jalen Broussard, of Grand Rapids pose with their first place trophies after finishing the Gus Macker tournament in Greenville with a record of 5-0.

Thirteen teams vied for the championship July 16 and 17. A combination of balanced scoring and tenacious defense helped the Cedar team achieve an undefeated record in the 10 and under division. In the semi-final game, they beat a team by a score of 15-1 to advance to finals. There was no let up in the finals. They posed a 15-8 victory to win the tournament.

The team is going to play in Belding on August 6-7 to see if they can keep their winning streak alive.

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Happy 65th Anniversary

Royal and Ruth Cooper

April 6, 1946
Sixty-five years of wedded life were observed April 6 by Royal “Pete” and Ruth (Joslin) Cooper. A family celebration will be held at a later date. Children of the Rockford couple are Kenneth and Debbie Cooper, Steve and Helen Smith, Donald Cooper, David and Joann Fowler, Nancy Sampsel and Dale Cooper. They have 13 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

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