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Nancy Lee (Heiss) Merritt, age 74, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus, Grand Rapids, after a long battle with cancer. She was born February 24, 1945 in Tampa, FL the daughter of Jack and Betty (Martin) Heiss. Nancy grew up enjoying working in the fields with her dad and grandfather, playing basketball and performing as a majorette while graduating from Cedar Springs High School in 1963. She married Jack Hilliker in 1964. Together they settled down in Greenville, MI where they had two sons, Dan and Dennis. She spent countless hours being involved with their Boy Scout troops, watching band performances and sporting events. Nancy attended Davenport College where she would eventually work as a Resident Director from 1985 to 1995. After this, Nancy moved to Kalkaska, MI where she retired from the County Courthouse in 2011. Nancy was proud to be involved with the Cedar Springs Historical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (Sophie deMarsac Campau chapter) and the Kalkaska VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her “daddy” Melvin J. Heiss. She is survived by her loving mother, Betty Heiss; sons, Dan Hilliker, Dennis Hilliker (Shelly); grandchildren, Andrew Hilliker (Kayla), Aaron Hilliker, Jackquelyn Hilliker, Emily Hilliker and Stephen Hilliker; brother, Robert Hey (Judy); many cousins. The family greeted friends Friday, Sept. 27 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Saturday, Sept. 28 at Peace Lutheran Church, 1225 12 Mile Road NW, Sparta. Pastor Bryan Schneider-Thomas officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Peace Lutheran Endowment Fund or Cedar Springs Historical Society.

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

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Tracy Lee (Heiss) Hawley, age 73, of Greenville, formerly of Sand Lake died Friday, April 5, 2019 at Spectrum Health Rehab and Nursing Center in Greenville surrounded by her family. Tracy was born June 30, 1945 in Grand Rapids to Ray and Esther (Parker) Heiss. She had a lot of friends from her time working at different restaurants in the area. Tracy enjoyed reading, visiting with friends and seeking out the best bargains at garages sales and second hand stores. She was just voted prom queen at the rehab center last week. She is survived by her children, Brenda Schlinz and Matthew (Christine) Magoon; grandchildren, Nick Schlinz, Danielle Schlinz, Keenan (Nadia) Magoon, Calvin Magoon, and Kaylee Magoon; brothers, Randy Heiss and Roy (Alicia) Heiss; sisters, Trudy (Jerold) Bryant and Terry Leversay; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson, David Schlinz, and niece, Renee Heiss. Special thanks to all the staff at Spectrum United RNC for their care. At her request cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. 

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home.

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Renae Lynn Heiss, 31 of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Renae was born August 30, 1986 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Roy Heiss and Loraine Cope. She enjoyed reading, writing, flowers and living on the farm. She was a very happy, social and caring person and loved being a mother. Surviving are her husband, Juan Perez Jr; children, Alanah Ann Alvarez, Juan Perez Jr, Elias Ezayelle Perez; father, Roy (Alesia) Heiss; mother, Loraine Heiss; brothers, Joshua Heiss, Tyrell (Stephanie) Heiss, twin, Ryan (Miriam) Heiss; nieces and nephews. Visitation and services were held Tuesday, Sept. 5th at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Interment Crandall Cemetery, Ensley Township. Memorial contributions may be made to a fund for her children at Choice One Bank.

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

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Vows of marriage will be spoken on July 8, 2011, by Arianna Mae Witt and Marty Ray Heiss. The bride-to-be is the daughter of the late Donald Witt of Bailey and Annette Brown of Grant. She is a graduate of Kent City High School and Ferris State University, and is currently employed at Kent City Elementary. Her fiance is the son of Randy Heiss and Cindy Qualmann, both of Cedar Springs. He is a graduate of Cedar Springs High School. He is an employee of Holland Engineering.

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Calls pour in on LIFE photos

By Judy Reed

Last week we ran a partial photo sent to us by Steve Hegedus, which showed two girls hitchhiking in Red Flannels, with one of the girls partially cut off. We asked readers to identify the girls, and they were happy to oblige!

The photo was one of several photos taken by LIFE Magazine in 1949, for a special spread on Red Flannel Day. It was published in December of that year.

Sue Harrison sent us a complete copy of the photo we ran last week, along with two other photos taken that day.

According to Dorothy Bishop (as told to Sue Harrison), they just gathered a group of high school girls together to take photos around town that day. The photo with the girls hitchhiking in Red Flannels was taken on Northland Drive, which was then US131. It’s unknown to us whether it was the north or south end of town.

Sue and several others identified the girl sitting with her thumb out as Marlene Heiss, (later Sipple). She was Red Flannel Queen the following year, 1950.

Shari Wesche (and a few others) positively identified the second girl (standing by the sign) as Shari’s mother, Janet (Call) Olmsted, who is now 79 years old. Shari talked with her mom about that day.  “She said that when they (LIFE) came to town, they wanted the 16 and 17-year-olds to drop the flaps on the Red Flannels, and they were just in tears,” related Shari. “So the Clipper girls stepped in and said ‘No way!’”

The same two girls can be seen in the photos with the car. They appear to have been taken from the parking lot of what is now Cedar Chest, facing the east. You can see the building that is now Car Quest and the building on the corner of Main and Maple in the background.

In the car photos, Janet is on the left and Marlene is on the right. The man driving has not yet been positively identified. Sue noted that the girl standing at the left behind Janet is Suzanne (Wheeler) Anderson, and the girl standing at the right behind Marlene is Joyce (Bremmer) Empie.

Thanks to all of you that called on this photo, and to all of you that have been bringing in old photos and postcards. It sure is fun looking at old photos of what Cedar Springs used to look like and the people that lived here!

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