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EVELYN RUTH JOHNSON CARPENTER


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Evelyn Ruth Johnson Carpenter, age 97, passed away at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on August 5. Mrs. Carpenter was born in Byron Center, Michigan on November 23, 1920, and was the daughter of the late Harold and Minnie Boone Johnson. She married Donavon Carpenter on March 30, 1946. They were married for 52 years upon his death on April 2, 1998. After his death, Mrs. Carpenter moved to Belmont and lived there independently until 2015. That year she moved to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, due to physical needs that necessitated a higher level of care. During her younger years she and her husband lived in the Sand Lake area for most of their married life. They owned a restaurant there, where she was the manager and cook. He managed a discount store, and later they both owned, managed and worked in a cut-rate drug store. During this time, they were both involved in the Chamber of Commerce and several times either chaired or co-chaired the large Independence Day celebration or parade in town each July 4. Mrs. Carpenter was known to be tireless on behalf of her church and her community. Her husband was a charter member of the local VFW Post 7912 in Sand Lake, and she of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Post. She served as president and treasurer of the Auxiliary, ad was also chosen as president of the ladies VFW Auxiliary eighth district. In addition, she served as treasurer for Camp Trotter, the Michigan VFW-sponsored children’s camp in Newaygo, Michigan. She was honored by the VFW post upon her 50th and 60th years of service with that organization. As part of that service, she was always a supporter of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and for more than 20 years was an active volunteer at that facility, often working there three to four days per week to assist in any way she could. In total, she logged more than 10,000 volunteer hours on behalf of the Home for Veterans. She served on the administrative board, on several committees and sang in the choir of the Maple Hill United Methodist Church until the church joined other churches to form the Heritage United Methodist Church in Howard City, Michigan. She remained active in that church until her move to Belmont. Most recently, she attended the Rockford United Methodist Church. She and Mr. Carpenter served as foster parents to several children and her home was always open to young people who needed her. She could often be found taking food to neighbors, shut-ins or friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her mother- and father-in-law, Arthur and Blanche Carpenter; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha Johnson Peterson (Curtis) and Mary Lois Johnson Gage (Edwin); one brother and sister-in-law, Stanley Johnson (Marie); her sister- and brother-in law, Dorothy Carpenter Conran (Larry); and her special friend, Bill Ross. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth Carpenter (Judy) of Greeneville, Tennessee; and one daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn Carpenter Sherd (Doug) of Sand Lake, Michigan. Also, four grandchildren and their spouses: Lisa Carpenter Huddleston (Edward) of Florence, Kentucky; Brent Carpenter (Libby Gray) of Cape Charles, Virginia; Seth Ream of Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Cami Ream of Sand Lake, Michigan. Plus three great-grandchildren – Clay, Luke and Sam Huddleston, all of Florence, Kentucky. She also leaves several nieces and nephews, including one special nephew, Dennis Conran, who had been so helpful to her, as well as special friends Gloria Yff, Ann Phillips and Jean Spence. Mrs. Carpenter will be cremated. Bliss-Witters and Pike Funeral Home of Cedar Springs is coordinating the arrangements. A memorial service will take place on Sunday, September 2 at 2 p.m. at Heritage United Methodist Church in Howard City. No formal visitation will take place, though immediate family will greet family and friends beginning at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 3000 Monroe Ave., N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49505. The family wishes to express appreciation to the staff of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans for the excellent care provided to Mrs. Carpenter during the past few years.

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

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CAROL GOETSCH


 

Carol Goetsch, age 77 of Howard City, passed away on July 3, 2018 at Metron of Cedar Springs.

She was born April 18, 1941 in Greenville Michigan, the daughter of Tom and June Mulkins Sutphen.  During her working years she worked as a bus driver and hair dresser as well as working with her husband and family for many years on their tree farm. She enjoyed time with her family as well as training her horses. Surviving are her mother June; four children, Deborah (Michael) Ensley, Mark (Camie) Goetsch, Bruce (Lisa) Goetsch and Arno Goetsch (Significant Friend – Michelle).  Also, seven grandchildren, Bradley, Ashley, Ryan, Adam, Jessica, Kyle & Aleshia and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, her father Tom, and her brother Tom. Memorial services will take place on Saturday July 7 at 10 a.m., luncheon following, at Heritage United Methodist Church with Pastor Terri Cummins officiating. The family will greet friends from 9 a.m. until time of service.  

Arrangements are entrusted to the Heckman Funeral Home of Howard City.

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CROP Walk in Howard City


 

Plans are under way for this year’s CROP Walk against hunger in Howard City.  The walk has become an annual event each fall in the Panhandle section of Montcalm County. The purpose of the walk is to raise money to help feed the hungry CROP, which stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, and is sponsored by Church World Services. This is a cooperative ministry of over 35 denominations across the country working together to erase poverty.

This year’s Crop Walk is slated for Sunday, October 12 at 1:30. The walk will start at Ensley Park in Howard City and will go for approximately 4.5 miles before ending back at the park. And if the prospect of walking over 4 miles is not all that enticing, walkers are not required to go the whole distance, but can do whatever portion they are comfortable with. Refreshments will be served to all participants at the end of the walk.

The CROP Walk itself is an over 65-year-old tradition that has raised millions of dollars. Each year walks are held in communities all over the country. Not only is money raised, but volunteers endeavor to raise public awareness of the problems of world hunger. The motto “We walk because they walk “ sums up the spirit of volunteers as they strive to make a difference.

One very important aspect of the CROP Walk is that 25 percent of all money raised stays in the local community. In our area this is the Helping Hands food pantry in Howard City. The rest of the money goes to Church World Services  to help fund their many programs both in the US and throughout the world. These programs cover a wide spectrum, ranging from emergency food in Africa, to supplying agricultural tools to farmers in S. America, to to building schools in Asia.

This is a wonderful opportunity for a person or group looking to make a difference. For more information, interested parties are urged to contact Heritage United Methodist Church at 231-937-4310.

 

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