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AUDREY E. EARHART


Audrey E. Earhart, 89 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at her home. Audrey was born February 26, 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Edward and Letha (Kesler) Weaver. She graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1945 and served her country in the Women’s Army Corps during the Korean War. She worked at the General Motors Alpine Avenue Plant for 30 years retiring in 1989. Surviving are a sister, Lily Fisher; brother-in-law, Edward Earhart; nieces, Jeanne Fisher, Susan Hood and Janie Ream; nephews, Edward Fisher and Greg Earhart; many great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Ray in 1998; a brother Cedric Weaver and a very special nephew, Joe Fisher. A graveside service with military honors will be held Friday 11:00 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, Grand Rapids. 

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

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BURDETTE “BURLEY” HELENIUS


Burdette “Burley” Helenius passed away peacefully on March 24, 2018 after a lengthy illness. He was born October 4, 1946 in Grand Rapids to William and Ardella (Opperman) Helenius. He worked for General Motors for 36 years as a welder maintenance leader and was a skilled tradesman at heart. He was a veteran of United States Air Force and served in Vietnam from 1965 to 1967. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved nothing more than being out in the woods hunting or being in his boat, on the ice, or in the river fishing. He loved playing tennis, going bowling, and watching baseball and football. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; his sons, Laars Helenius and Kyle (Dana) Helenius; his brother, Sidney (Nancy) Helenius; his step-siblings, Randy (Gloria) Crump, Diane (Walt) Dunbar, and Donna Korstange; six grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father, Ralph Crump; sister, Vawn Punches; step-sister, Linda Crump. The family met with friends Wednesday, March 28 at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a memorial service is being held Thursday, March 29. Pastor Bruce Wilson officiating. Interment Rosedale Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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LOU D. GRAYVOLD


Lou D. “Trooper” Grayvold, age 75 of Sparta died Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Lou was born October 22, 1942 in Suttons Bay, Michigan the son of Martin and Florence (Nyberg) Grayvold. He retired as a supervisor from General Motors Fisher Body. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, hunting and fishing and all the friends he did those activities with. He was a member of the American Legion Post #247 in Comstock Park. Surviving are his wife, Sally (Grannis) whom he married on June 18, 1966; brother, Max Grayvold; sister, Sonya Dearry; sister-in-law, Gloria Holmes; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and 1 great-grand niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, Sherman and Gary Grayvold. The funeral was Monday, January 29, 2018 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Private family interment East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Historical Society or the donor’s choice.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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HAROLD L. STONER


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Harold L Stoner, age 78, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Born on February 7, 1939, he was the son of the late Max and Dorothy (Dines) Stoner of Cedar Springs, where he resided most of his life. He was a talented tool & die maker starting out at Keeler Brass where he met, and later married, Karen (Homrich) Stoner. He retired from General Motors to dedicate more time to the important things in life: family, mushroom hunting, fishing, golfing and gardening. He was a member of the American Legion and Fraternal Order of Eagles. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 51 years, Karen; his children Traci (Stoner) & Chris Scherer, James Stoner and Robert Temple (and his grandpets Pinkie Lee & Goo). He was preceded in death by his brother & wife, Victor & Callie “Liz” Stoner. Celebration of Life services will be held at noon on May 5, 2017, at the Cedar Springs American Legion Hall, 91 South 1st St, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, with a luncheon to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice https://give.spectrumhealth.org/donation then search Designation for “Spectrum Health Hospice” or to the Grand Rapids Home for Veteran’s, 3000 Monroe Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505.

Arrangements by Shoreline Memorial Services, Muskegon, Michigan (231)-722-5050. Leave a tribute for Harold at our website www.shorelinememorial.com

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DELLA L. SHIRLEY


 

C--obit-ShirleyDella L. Shirley, 84 of Sand Lake, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Hospital. Mrs. Shirley was born January 27, 1933 in Green Township, Michigan the daughter of Nelson and Catherine (Palmer) Swiger. She had worked at General Motors Alpine Avenue Plant for over 30 years and was a member of the Rockford Sportsman’s Club and the UAW Retirees. She enjoyed many winters in Florida and spending time with her grandchildren. Surviving are her husband, Edward whom she married on July 30, 1965; children, Rocky (Mary) Dorey, Linda (Bruce) Yeakey, Johnnie (Rita) Simon, Steven Simon; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Les Swiger; sister-in-law, Geraldine Swiger; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Shirley; sister, Leona Sperlik; brothers, Melvin, Gilbert and Albert Swiger; 3 nephews. The family greeted friends Sunday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the services were held Monday. Pastor Ralph Kilpatrick officiating. Interment Crapo Cemetery, Green Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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50th wedding anniversary


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Harold and Karen (Homrich) Stoner, of Cedar Springs, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on September 24, 1965. They met while working at Keeler Brass in Grand Rapids. Harold retired from General Motors in 1999 and focused his efforts on fishing, golfing, and hunting the elusive mushroom. Karen loved being a stay-at-home mom but redirected her attention to the home’s beautiful landscaping, golfing and Angry Birds. They enjoy spending time with their two lovely children, their families and babysitting the grandpets. A celebration with family & friends is planned in their honor.

Cheers to 50 Years!

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JAMES A RECTOR


 

35C-obit-RectorJames A. Rector, 85, of Baldwin and Florida, was called back to his Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Faith Hospice-Trillium Woods. Mr. Rector was born January 26, 1930 in Pierson, Michigan, the son of Edward A. and Gladys S. (Bird) Rector. He was an Army Veteran and had been employed by General Motors for 37 years before retiring January 1, 1990. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and looking for lost golf balls. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Donna L. (Rounds); two daughters, Terri (Peter) Loda of Byron Center, Gail (Joe) Parks of Grandville; six grandchildren, Michele (Justin) Poorman, Andrea (Evan) Bevolden, Aaron Loda, Shelby Loda, Conner Loda and Joshua (Heather) Lunger; three great grandchildren; brother, Alvin “Pete” (Edith) Rector; sister, Norma (Fred) Shira; several nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Marian and Ed Rathbun. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 6-8 pm, at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs and one hour before the funeral service on Wednesday, September 2nd at the First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastors James Howard and Bob Sponable officiating. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice-Trillium Woods, Byron Center or Lake Community Bible Church, 8033 Central Park Blvd., Baldwin, MI 49304.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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ROBERT ALLEN JOHNSON


 

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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Donna M. Reed


C-OBIT-reeddonnaDonna M. Reed 80 of Sand Lake, died Friday, January 16, 2015 at her home. Donna was born December 30, 1934 in Sand Lake, MI the daughter of John and Ivah (Riley) Shick. She worked for General Motors Plant #2 on Alpine Avenue for 30 years. She was the first Village of Sand Lake Queen in 1952 and enjoyed being a Grandma Helper and making cookies for Sand Lake Elementary School. She had a special love for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surviving are her sons, Randy, Ken (Judy), Rick (Nancy); eight grandchildren and their spouses; 11 great grandchildren; sisters, Arlene Wesche, Bev (Phil) Wesche, Verna (Dick) Wesche; brother, Fred (Carol) Shick; brother-in-law, Don (Della) Reed; close friend, Sue Cohen; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orvin “Chub” in 2010; brothers, Harvey and Bob. The family will greet friends Sunday from 2-4 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Monday 11:00 am. Pastor John Dawson officiating. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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