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Stanley A. Empie


Stanley A. Empie, 82 of Cedar Springs, died Saturday, April 21, 2012 at his home. Stanley was born October 21, 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Lloyd and Mary (Streeter) Empie. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He worked at the General Motors 36th Street Plant for 42 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Newaygo Sportsman’s Club, the Sand Lake VFW and the Cedar Springs American Legion. He loved his family and grandchildren very much. Surviving are his wife, Joyce (Bremmer); daughter, Jomay (Robert) Brand of Sparta; grandchildren, Dana, Katherine (Trent) DePue, Justin and fiancée, Nikki Butler; great grandson, Gavin Valdiviezo; sisters, Vivian Ryan, Betty Bremmer, Bernice (Malcolm) Taylor. The family received friends Tuesday from 2-4 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs and concluded with military honors at 4:00 pm by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. There will be no funeral service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.  Arrangements by Bliss Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs


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Sharon E. Thompson


Sharon E. Thompson, 61 of Sparta, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Sharon was born May 12, 1950 in Cornwall, NY the daughter of Frances and Dorothy  McCullough. She enjoyed crocheting and was a loving mom and sister. Surviving are three children, Toshani, Leanne, and Steven Thompson; two grandchildren, Liberty and Aaron Thompson; mother, Dorothy Rader; sister, Patricia Frederichs; brother, Ronald McCullough. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Memorial contributions would be appreciated to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.  Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

 

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Rhea Fisk


January 9, 2012

 

In celebration of her life a memorial service will be held on April 28th at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sand Lake.

 

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Betty Jo Stults


Heaven became brighter April 13, 2012 when our Heavenly Father called his beloved daughter, Betty Jo (Sicard) Stults, of Cedar Springs, age 73, home. She joins her parents, Roy and Mamie Sicard, her son, James, granddaughter, Emajean Rector, her brothers, Thomas, and R. David Sicard. Betty is survived by her children; Cynthia Batchelor, Cheryl and Gregory Fisk, June and Eugene Rector, Jr., Timothy Stults; 8 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren plus the anticipated arrival of a great-granddaughter; brothers and sisters, Sarah and Harry Joslin II, Rachel and Roger Klinge, Goldie and Elwyn Joslin; John Sicard, Sandra and Richard Thrasher, and Michael Sicard; nieces and nephews. The service for Betty will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Jennings Johnson officiating. Interment in Elmwood Cemetery. Relatives and friends met with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

 

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Carl E. Lewis


Mr. Carl E. Lewis (Retired MSP), age 67, of Cedar Springs, passed into the loving arms of his Savior, surrounded by his family on Thursday, April 12, 2012. He celebrated 48 years of marriage with his high school sweetheart, Ellen Lezovich Lewis. Carl was a dedicated Michigan State Trooper for 25 years, serving the Rockford, Iron Mountain, Lakeview Post, retiring from Rockford in 1997. His greatest achievements was being a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and a Christian role model to many. Carl is survived by his loving wife, Ellen; children, Rex and Michele Lewis, Douglas and Sheryl Lewis, Stacy and Anthony Bishop, Carla and Kirk Sissell, and Lisa Lewis; 11 beautiful grandchildren; brothers and sister, Harold and LaDonna Lewis, Evelyn and Duane Carr, and Clyde and Sharon Lewis; Ellen’s family, Mary Wall, Cathryn Mulholland, Dora Lezovich, and Thomas and Kathy Lezovich; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Marion (Atkin) Lewis; sister, Wilma Lloyd, and his brother, Roy Lewis. The Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Lewis was offered on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church with The Rev. Tony Russo presiding. Interment was held in Bethany Catholic Cemetery in Morrice on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. The Scripture/Rosary Service was prayed on Monday evening at the funeral home at 8:00 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Our Lady of Consolation Memorial Fund or Food for the Poor. Relatives and friends met with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and prior to the Mass at the church on Tuesday. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

 

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Ella Esther Clarke (1924-2012)


After a long, fun-filled and joyous life, Esther went to be with God on March 25, 2012. Esther was born on a farm in Cedar Springs, Michigan to Emily Miranda and John Harvey Heiss on June 8, 1924. After graduating from Cedar Springs High School she married Eric Clarke in 1942 and began the adventure of their lives together. She sold her cow, left the farm, and followed him around in the service until his time was up and he went back to finish at Purdue. They moved to California in 1958 and settled in San Pedro. They raised their children there and Esther lived in that same home until her passing. Esther was a homemaker and mother “supreme” and never wanted anything different. However, weekends were meant for fun and Esther always had something planned; camping, Sunday drives, backyard parties and the list goes on. Their motto was, “Every day is the 4th of July and every night is New Year’s Eve!” Her husband, Rick, preceded her in death by 5 years and now they are having fun dancing together again, celebrating what would have been their 70th anniversary year. Their three daughters and sons-in-law; Susan and Paul Galyean, Debora Esther and Myron Croel, and Emily and Dave Anderson, wish they could see them as they are reunited as do the grandchildren and their families. Susan’s family includes; Mark and Jennifer Galyean with Griffin, Rick and Anna Galyean, Clarke and Erin Galyean with Jadyn and Kylar, Gerri and Sam Panebianco with JP and Eric. Debora Esther’s family includes; Christine and Darren Cecil with Tinsley, CJ, and Darren, Roxie and Mike McNabb with Clayton, Ella Esther and Matt. Emily’s family includes; Jennifer and Kevin Pulvers with Isaiah, Piper, Bradley and soon- to- arrive Grayson, Jim and Ann Anderson with Hailey, Faith and Blair, Rob and Kristen Anderson with Isabella, Ashley and Madelyn, and Jared and Ana Anderson with Ava. The guest list would be at 47 just with Esther’s immediate family! Her numerous beloved nieces, nephews and many friends would be a must! Esther’s life revolved around her family and friends and she put her never-ending energy into keeping them all together Esther was the only girl in six children and is survived by her brother, Jack Heiss. She is also survived by her brother and sisters-in-law; Bill Clarke, Betty Heiss, Ellen Heiss, Rosemary Clarke and Sally Clarke. Esther was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church of San Pedro, the Order of the Eastern Star, and an honorary member of Bethel #24 Job’s Daughters. There will be a memorial of her life (and probably theirs together) at the First Presbyterian Church of San Pedro on Sat., March 31st at 2:00 p.m. The family invites friends to join the celebration as we share and remember together.  Visitation will be held at Green Hills Memorial Park on Fri. March 30th at 5- 8:00. You may sign the guestbook at  http://www.greenhillsmortuary.com

 

 

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Donald F. Meno


Donald F. Meno, 71 of Sand Lake, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2012 at his home. Mr. Meno was born November 6, 1940 in Ionia County, Michigan, the son of Louis and Reva (Conner) Meno. He was an auto body mechanic, avid collector of John Deere and enjoyed John Deere Tractor Shows. Surviving are his wife Betty (Bushre), whom he married on July 11, 1964; children, Carl Meno, Candy & Leon Johnson, Jr., Cheri & David Feldpausch; grandchildren, Leon & Jeannie Johnson, III, Donald & Victoria Johnson, Carmelita Johnson and fiancé, Michael Sparks, II, Matthew Meno, Tiffany Meno, Bradley Feldpausch; brother, Victor & Frieda Meno; sister, Violet Meno. He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Emily Meno; sisters, Doris Hersey and Caroline Wilbur. The family received friends Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services were held Wednesday 11:00 am. Pastor Thomas Sluys officiating. Interment Riverside Cemetery, Langston. Arrangements by Bliss Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

 

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Lori E. Lynch


Lori E. Lynch, 48, of Cedar Springs, died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at U of M Hospital, Ann Arbor. Lori was born July 18, 1963 in Dearborn, MI the daughter of Bernard and Bonnie (Boonstra) Lynch. She graduated from Cedar Springs High School Class of 1981 and from Michigan State University with a Masters degree in Social Work. She was a social worker for Tri-County Area Schools for the past 20 years. She was a loving wife and mother. Surviving are her husband, Edwin Lewis; sons, Ethan Lewis and Evan Lewis; mother and stepfather, Bonnie & Barry Emmons; brothers, Steven Lynch & Barb Grutters, David Lynch & Laura Purcell. She was preceded in death by her father, Bernard Lynch. The family will greet friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. There will be no funeral service. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross. Arrangements by Bliss Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

 

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Raymond Gillespie Jr.


Raymond L. “ Ray” Gillespie Jr., 70 of Belding, died Wednesday afternoon, March 14, 2012, at Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming. Ray was born on January 6, 1942 near Cedar Springs, the son of Raymond and Thelma (Tisdel) Gillespie. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School with the Class of 1960. Ray was a member of the Belding VFW Post 4406 Men s Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion Post 203 of Belding and the Belding Sportsmans Club. He enjoyed travel, fishing, camping and snowmobiling. He is loved and survived by his children and their spouses, Chris and Ed Mol of Marne, Cindy and Len VanDenBerg of Newaygo, Julie Jenison of Grand Rapids, JoLynn and Tom Coutchie of Grandville, Amy and Allen Natividad of Dorr, Erin Gillespie of Wyoming, John Higgins of Belding, Shari Lynne and Terry Chamberlain of Rosebush, Marc and Deb Higgins of Belding; 22 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; his brothers and sisters, Lanny Gillespie, Colleen and Dale Thurston, all of Cedar Springs, Ed and Nancy Gillespie of Rockford, Debbie Merlington and Bruce Duncan and Diane and Ed

Sipka, all of Cedar Springs. Ray was preceded by Dee Higgins, his parents, one sister, Darlene and one brother Leonard. Funeral and committal prayers was 3:00 PM Sunday at Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding with Pastor Dick Riley of Rockford United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Nelson Township Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Visitation was on Saturday at the funeral home from 5-8 PM. Memorials may be given to the Belding VFW Post 4406. To leave a message of condolence for the Gillespie Family, please visit the website of the funeral home, www.jffh.com. Arrangements by Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home

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Marilyn Pyne


Mrs. Marilyn Pyne, born 8/12/1928, age 84 (this August), went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, February 19, at 3pm 2012. For 27+ years she started working for Meijer Inc. at the Cedar Springs store then was transferred to the Plainfield Ave. store when the Cedar Springs store closed. Marilyn retired from Meijer in 1984. Marilyn was a member of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir for many years. She enjoyed golfing, vacationing on cruises, and going to the casinos. Marilyn loved playing her keyboard and sang with a Harmony Group called “The Honey Bells.” She enjoyed watching hummingbirds and was a collector of items with hummingbirds. She was preceded in death by her Grandson David Fenton, her father Robert Lymburner and mother Bernice Lymburner, her husband Clayton Pyne, and her brother Robert Lymburner. Marilyn is survived by her children, Craig Pyne, and Karen and Dave Fenton; grandchild, Kara (Jason) Voss; great-grandchild, Charles Voss, and her beloved, Bill Furden. The Memorial Service for Mrs. Pyne will be Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mary Ivanov officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

 

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