Posted on 30 June 2016.
Althea Christine Swift passed in her sleep early on the morning of June 25, 2016, and has gone to be with her Heavenly Father. She was born on August 9, 1923, to John V. Johnson and Nora Carlson Johnson and graduated from Kent City High School. She was confirmed in Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Kent City and was a devoted lifelong member of that congregation. In the 1940s, she worked as a telephone operator at Michigan Bell Telephone Company. In 1950, she and her husband Leon Swift bought their farm on Swift Street in Cedar Springs (Courtland Township) and built their family and business together there. She was preceded in death by her husband; her brothers Edwin and Arnold; her sister Norma; and her daughter-in-law Dawn Feikema Swift. She is survived by her sister Imogene (Gene); her sons Roger and Lawrence David “Larry” Swift; her grandchildren Jon, Katie, Elisabeth, Travis and Tyler Swift, as well as many nephews and nieces, their children, numerous cousins and many dear friends. Visitation was on Monday, June 27, 2016 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Mamrelund Lutheran Church, 4085 Lutheran Church Road, Kent City, MI 49330. Pastor Leonard Dahlgren officiating. An additional visitation was held at the church for the hour prior to the service. Interment in Courtland Cemetery, after which, there was a luncheon at the Courtland Methodist Church, across from the cemetery.
Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford
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Posted on 17 October 2014.
Otto J. Ford 91, of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Lincoln Square Assisted Living, Grand Rapids. Otto was born May 18, 1923 in Quincy, Michigan, the son of Cecil and Luella (Newberry) Ford. He served in the U.S. Army, in the Pacific Theater, during World War II and was a member of the Cedar Springs American Legion. Following the war he came back to Cedar Springs and worked in his father’s gas station on Main Street. He also had been an auto mechanic for Jack Hough Ford and later worked on the grounds crew at the Grand Rapids Golf Club. Surviving are his wife, Winifred, whom he married on August 14, 1971; stepsons, Dean and Deb Parker, Dale and Jeny Ransom; grandchildren, Amy Ransom and Dana Aspinall, Jason and Cyndi Parker, Rick and Rene` Martin, Julie and Bob Robinson, Jeremy and Haley Parker; 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Greta Ackerly; sister-in-law, Inez Ford; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lloyd and sister, Marjorie. The family will greet friends Friday, October 17 from 1:00 pm until time of service at 2:00 pm at Mamrelund Lutheran Church, Kent City. Pastor Leonard Dahlgren officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Mamrelund Lutheran Food Pantry.
Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs
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Posted on 28 July 2011.
Where can you save lives and eat ice cream? Try to donate blood at Mamrelund Lutheran Church, 4085 Lutheran Church Road, on Wednesday, Aug. 3 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and you’ll be treated to an ice cream social.
“The summer months are the most difficult time for us to connect with donors,” said Nick Wasmiller, manager of public relations at Michigan Blood. “Yet, the need for blood is greatest during those times. We hope that special incentives like the one at Mamrelund Lutheran Church will encourage donors to take a little time out of their day to give blood.”
Donors are encouraged to make an appointment by calling 1-866-MIBLOOD or visiting miblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome. Any healthy person who is at least 17 years of age and weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate blood every 56 days. Individuals who are 16 years old can donate with parental permission. Donors should remember to bring photo ID or two pieces of non-photo ID.
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