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On the morning of October 19, 2015, Nathan Wayne Levandowski of Cedar Springs, Michigan, passed away in the loving arms of his wife Jennifer, as a result of injuries sustained after being struck by an automobile— he was 39 years old. Nate was born the last of three sons, to Wayne and Barbara (Schneider) Levandowski on August 17, 1976, in Saginaw, Michigan. He was a 1994 graduate of Heritage High School and had been a longtime resident of the Cedar Springs area. On May 20, 1995, he married his high school sweetheart and soulmate, Jennifer Lyn Kasparek. They created a beautiful life and family together with endless precious and wonderful memories in their twenty years of marriage. Nate and Jennifer were blessed with three amazingly smart, beautiful, sweet, and caring children; Katie Lyn, born on January 6, 2001, Brian Nathan on February 15, 2004, and Jacob Steven on April 17, 2010. Nate was a wonderful and loving father and family man. He loved his children more than anything on this earth, and was so proud of each one of them. He always took the time, every day, to talk to them, help with homework, teach them all the things he knew and liked to do, and also, to just be silly and have fun. Each one of them have many special memories of how he could make them smile and of the time they spent together. Nate joined the Spencer Township Fire Department in 2001, and was a volunteer firefighter, medical first responder, and rescue lieutenant. He loved helping people and his community and the many friendships he made through his seven years with the department. Nate was a loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, and friend. He was an intensely intelligent man who was known to be able to fix anything he got his hands on. Nate had a unique ability to look at any problem or situation, and know how to find a solution or make an improvement. He was a natural leader and many who knew him considered him to be a mentor and someone to look up to. Nate had many close friends and colleagues in his many years spent working at Dennen Steel Corp., and more recently at Big Rapids Products. He always considered his work colleagues as his second family. Nate was very dedicated to his work and took an immense amount of pride in every aspect of his job. He was also known by his colleagues as someone who put the people he worked with first— always asking how he could help them succeed in what they were doing, and more importantly, asking and listening to what was happening in their lives. Nate is survived by his beloved wife Jennifer Levandowski; three beautiful children, Katie, Brian, and Jacob Levandowski; mother Barbara Levandowski; brother Randall Levandowski; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other beloved members of the Levandowski and Kasparek families. He was preceded in death by his father, Wayne Levandowski; and brother Steven Levandowski. There will be a time of visitation from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 25, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Following visitation, there will be a time of sharing, scripture service, and a Last Call from the Spencer Township Fire Department at 8:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 26, 2015, at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, 4865 11 Mile Road NE, Rockford, Michigan 49341. Fr. Tony Russo will be presiding. There will also be a one hour visitation prior to Mass at church. Nate will be laid to rest in Courtland Township Cemetery. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to assist the Spencer Township Fire Department, 12131 18 Mile Road NE, Gowen, MI 49326.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home


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Robert Allen Johnson, 76, passed away peacefully in his sleep early Thursday, June 25, 2015. Bob was born January 28, 1939. Bob lived most of his life as a resident of Courtland Township. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1957. He retired in 1992 after 30 years at General Motors Fisher Body plant on 36th Street. He loved farming and his family. Bob had a stroke in January, 2000. Although life was never easy after that, he always had a smile on his face. He was the kindest and gentlest person you would ever meet who cared deeply about others. He was preceded in death in 1997 by his father, Wesley. He is survived by his mother, Elna, whom he loved dearly. She was his primary caretaker. He is also survived by his children; Bob and Paula Johnson, Tim Johnson and Kathy Kay, and Kathy and Ken Coleman. Bob has three grandchildren, Ryan Coleman, Kate Coleman and Logan Armstrong. He is also survived by his sisters Joyce and Dick Kastas and Judy and Jim Idziak and their families. The family thanks the Green Acres of Standale family who took care of dad the last few months of his life. And also the Porter Hills home health care nurses who took care of dad at home before Green Acres. The family greeted friends on Sunday, June 28 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services were held Monday, June 29. Pastor Robert Eckert officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Paws With A Cause, 4646 Division St, Wayland, MI 49348.

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

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M. Jean Pratt Chulski

C-OBIT-chulskiM. Jean Pratt Chulski, 91 of Cedar Springs, passed into life eternal on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Clark Retirement Community. Jean was born April 28, 1923 in Courtland Township, MI the daughter of Eugene and Jennie (Robson) Benham. Her parents, brothers, Nan and Leon; sisters, Marion Ward, Marjorie Mulford, Marie Opperman Cain and Jane Rice, as well as nephew, Gilbert Rice preceded her in death. Jean attended Benham School and graduated from Cedar Springs High School Class of 1941. She married a south Courtland boy, Ross Pratt in July of 1946 and he preceded her in 1976. Ross and Jean had four children, Jan (Duane) Ellis, John (Patty) Pratt, Mary (Jack) Tinholt, Joan (Dennis) Karn; nine grandchildren and their spouses; five great grandchildren. After Ross’s death, she married Karl Chulski in 1982 and he preceded her in 2002. She is also survived by his children, Lois (Harrison) Brigham, Karl (Maria) Chulski, Mark (Val) Chulski; Karl’s grandchildren and great grandchildren; numerous cherished nieces, nephews and friends. Jean was a longtime member (66 years) of  the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. The family will greet friends Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Her funeral will be held Monday 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, Clark Retirement Community or Emmanuel Hospice.

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C-obit-BearssThomas P. Bearss, 67 of Grand Rapids, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 13, 2014 at his home. Our loss is heaven’s gain. Tom was born May 6, 1946 in Grayling, Michigan the son Henry and Lyndall (Yeager) Bearss. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School, Class of 1964, served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and was a Kent County Sheriff Deputy for 28 years retiring in 1995. He was a member of Rockford Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn (Loveless); children, Ginger (Bearss) Schaefer, Eric (Angela) Bearss; grandchildren, Mya, Rylan, Aubrey and Isaac; sister, Lois Goodell. The family will greet friends Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:00 am until time of memorial service at 11:00 am at Rockford Baptist Church, 221 Courtland St., Rockford. Pastor Larry D. Rowland officiating. A luncheon will follow the service at the church. Interment in the spring at Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Rockford Baptist Church.

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

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