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C-Obit-BranhamLoretta Branham, age 83, of Gowen passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, July 25, 2016. She was born the daughter of Wick & Arlene (Cornett) Sizemore on December 28, 1932 in Kentucky. They along with her husband, Rass Branham and many sisters and brothers have preceded her in death. Loretta is survived by her three daughters, Brenda Craigmyle of Cedar Springs, Tina (Todd) Hansen of Cedar Springs, Teresa Branham of Sevierville, Tennessee; four sons, Marty Jackson of Cedar Springs, Verne (Barb) Branham of Cedar Springs, Tom (Christina) Branham of Grand Haven, Robert Branham of Grand Rapids; brother, Herman (Lee) Sizemore of Florida; twenty one grandchildren; twenty eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Loretta was a hard working lady who worked and retired from Dollywood in Tennessee after 10 years. She also retired from C-Tec in Grand Rapids after many years of service. In her spare time she loved crocheting and especially enjoyed working on bed dolls and afghans. She collected cabbage patch dolls and loved to go fishing. Loretta loved her coffee and always insisted everyone stay for at least one cup with her. She was a huge Detroit Tigers fan and loved spending time with her grandchildren and her dog “Dani.” She will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her. Memorial services for Loretta will be held at a later date. Special thanks to Brenda Jackson-Black for supporting the family and all Loretta’s caregivers.

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Ralph G. Gould, 86, of Rockford, went home to be with his beautiful wife, Julia on Monday, June 13, 2016. Ralph was born September 27, 1929 in Rockford, Michigan, the son of Forrest and Rose (Shumacher) Gould. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He worked in and retired from the Tannery at WWW after 39 years. He enjoyed farming, woodworking, the Detroit Tigers and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports. When she was alive, he enjoyed Julia’s cooking the most. He knew he had to marry her because she was a good cook and he was a good eater. Surviving are his children, Carol (Bob) Mosher, Cheryl (Eugene) Kime, Phillip (Pam) Gould; daughter-in-law, Randi Gould; 9 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia; son, Richard; two grandchildren, Ronda McIntyre, Kevin McIntyre; one brother and three sisters. The family will greet friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, where the service will be held Friday 11:00 am. Pastor Bruce Wilson officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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24C--obit-RobinsonFCLarrie V. Robinson, 79, of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Mercy Health St. Mary’s. Larrie was born September 15, 1936 in Solon Township, Michigan, the son of Volyn and Jessie (Coan) Robinson. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1955 and was quarterback his senior year as Cedar Springs went undefeated in football. He enjoyed all sports and the Detroit Tigers. He was very involved in Cub Scouts for 30 years serving as Scout Master and was on the district board of the West Michigan Shores Council. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Carol; children, Sandy, Scott, Shelly and Tim; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Doreen Bayne; and a brother, Rex Robinson. The family greeted friends Wednesday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where the service was held Thursday 11:00 am. Interment Blythefield Memory Gardens.

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

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Mrs. Maxine Louise Powell of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 90, passed away in the comfort of her home and into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was born to Howard and Emma (Fisk) Kilts in Solon Township, on Sunday, November 16, 1924 and had been a life-long resident of the area. As a homemaker, the most honorable profession, Maxine raised her family traditionally. She always enjoyed being near her family, providing and caring for them. Her wonderful homemade desserts, would surely keep them close. In her free time, she enjoyed reading country cooking and decorating magazines and was a dedicated Detroit Tigers fan. Maxine was a loving and devoted wife, wonderful mother, and the best grandmother anyone could ask for. Her faith was strong as well and important to her. She was a long-time member of Cedar Creek Church. Maxine is survived by her wonderful and beloved husband of sixty-nine years, Russell Powell; loving children Steve (Cindy) Powell, Linda (Chuck) Minker, Christine (Ross) Robinson, James (Cindy) Powell, David (Vicki) Powell, and Michael Powell; twenty-two grandchildren; twenty-five great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; brother Walter Kilts; sister Barbara Jean Wainright; sister-in-laws Betty and Lois Kilts; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandchildren Jamie and Jacob Powell; brothers Lavern and Norm Kilts; brother-in-law Jack Wainright; and sister-in-law Dorothy Kilts. A time of visitation was held from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Maxine was celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home. Rev. Richard Nichols will be officiating. Interment will be at Algoma Township Cemetery.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home


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The Post goes to spring training in Lakeland

Woody and Jan Avis and Jerry and Betty VanderWal (holding the Post) in Lakeland, Florida.

Woody and Jan Avis and Jerry and Betty VanderWal (holding the Post) in Lakeland, Florida.

Jerry and Betty VanderWal were vacationing in Lakeland, Florida during February and met up with Woody and Jan Avis, who spend their winters in Bowling Green, Florida. They spent a day watching the Detroit Tigers in spring baseball practice at Marchant Stadium, Lakeland, Florida.

“We enjoyed watching them in a casual atmosphere and also the interaction of a few with us fans,” said Betty. “Before we returned to snow covered Cedar Springs, we attended the baseball game against the Atlanta Braves. Tigers won!”

Thanks so much to Jerry and Betty for taking us with you to Florida!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!



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