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NANCY JEAN SAMSEL


Nancy Jean (Cooper) Samsel passed away from COPD on Friday, March 15, 2019 at age 63. She fought hard for more than a year, until it was too much for her to go on. Nancy loved to make people happy by cooking and baking for them. She organized many benefits for people in need and would literally give her last dollar to those who needed it. She worked hard her whole life, especially the last 20 years at the Harvard Bar. Everyone loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents Ruth and Royal Cooper, brothers, Ken Cooper and Don Cooper; brother-in-law, Dave Fowler. She is survived by her sons, Jason (Darla) Barscewski, Brett Cooper; sisters, Helen (Steve) Smith, Jo-Ann Fowler; brother, Dale Cooper; sisters-in-law, Debbie Cooper, Nancy Sowerby; grandchildren, Cory (Jasmine) Smith, Makayela Barscewski, Brett Swainston, BreAnne (Skylar) Lightfoot, Seth Cooper and very special granddaughter, Avery Cooper; great grandsons, Elijah Smith and Oliver Lightfoot; many nieces and nephews. The family will greet friends Friday, March 22 from 10:00 a.m. until time of memorial service at 11:00 a.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating.

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

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ALICE A. ROGERS



Alice A. Rogers, age 69, of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Alice was born September 8, 1949 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Josephine and Tony Golembiewski. She loved the outdoors, her flower garden, yard sales and her chihuahuas. She was a wonderful mother. Surviving are her children Donna (Mark) Pelton, Michael (Dorene) Pierce, Alicia Rogers; 5 grandchildren, Mike, Dennis, Samantha, Ashley and Dylan; great-granddaughter, Emberlynn; sisters, Joyce Petersen, Patsy (Ron) Ladermann; many nieces and nephews including a special niece, Hailey Dempsey. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Tom Rogers; nephew, Jeff Rogers. A special thank you to Metron of Cedar Springs for their care. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services. Private family interment Sand Lake Cemetery. 

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

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JULIA M. WHEELOCK


Julia M. (Covey) Wheelock “Aunt Julie”, went to her heavenly home quietly in the early morning of March 1st, 2019 at the age of 75. The devotion of her family, friends and firm belief in God, supported her in this transition to her ultimate peace. Julie is survived by her husband of 57 years, David Wheelock Sr. of Saranac, MI; son, David (Cheri) Wheelock Jr. of Albuquerque, NM; daughter, Kathy Wheelock-Besson of Saranac and Bill Besson; Julie’s three grandsons, David Wheelock III of Crestview, FL, Trevor and Bryce Besson of Saranac; great-grandchildren, Piper and Calvin.; sister, Phyllis Morse of FL; brother, Ray (Sue) Covey of FL; step-mother, MariJo Covey of GA; sister-in-law, Leona (Clyde) Eckman of MI; stepsisters, Ruth (Lyn) Bradley of MI, and Bonnie Auld of GA; sister-in-laws, Harriet (Bruce) Davenport, Anna Niemela, Charllot Perry, and Dorothy (Arnold) Kimball, all of MI; brother-in-law, Dan (Evelyn) Wheelock of MO, and several nieces and nephews. Julie was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Lillian (Sweet/Mathews) Covey; brother, Roy Covey; in-law’s, Leo and Lela Wheelock; niece, Tammy Morse; and brother-in-law, Lewis Niemela. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Julie’s Life, at 10 a.m., March 16th, at the Pathway’s Ebenezer Center, 4960 Portland Rd, Saranac, MI 48881, with an open house style reception to follow from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. The family is grateful for the condolences, but declines flowers; please, send donations to The Winding Creek Camp, 161 Summit Dr., Allegan MI 49010, Https://windingcreekcamp.org and or to the Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook SE, Ste 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, Https://faithhospicecare.org. The family would also like to thank the Sunrise Senior Living Community, the Faith Hospice and Comfort Keepers caregiving teams for their efforts, kindness and compassionate dedication.

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MAX T. DEMOREST


Max T. Demorest Sr., age 62, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Trillium Woods. Max was born April 18, 1956 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Donald and Thelma (Russell) Demorest Sr. He loved camping and boating. He coached his kids rocket football and T-ball and loved spending time with his brothers and family. He adored spending time with his grandchildren as well. He is survived by his children, Max Demorest Jr., Angelia Demorest, Eric (Bobbie) Demorest, Bradley Demorest; grandchildren, Austin, Makayla, Kiersten, Landon, Jarek, Claudia, Ava, Mason and Hudson; great-grandson, Rylan; brothers, Donald (Terri) Demorest Jr., James Demorest Sr., Craig (Laura) Demorest; sisters, Sally (Marty) Roelofs, Christine Shears; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dino (Tina) Masteropietro, Aldonna Spain; many nieces and nephews. Max was preceded in in death by his wife, Laura; parents; mom, Gloria Demorest; brother, Rusty; daughter-in-law, Danielle Demorest; brother-in-law, Brian Shears. The family will greet friends Monday from noon-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. until time of service at 6:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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

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WILLIAM GREGONES



William Gregones, age 73, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2019 in Grand Rapids. Bill was born June 18, 1945 in Grand Rapids, the son of John and Alma (Seaborn) Gregones. He was in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam and was in the active Naval reserve from 1975 – 1989. Bill was a former commander at the American Legion Post #287 in Cedar Springs and was a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Brenda (Banta) Gregones; children, John (Brandy) Gregones, Matthew Gregones and Lisa (Paul) Hollenbeck; 11 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter; brothers, Michael (LaVonne) Gregones, Robert Gregones; sisters, Pam (Dale) Larson and Robin (David) Oie. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family will greet friends Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Bill Johnson officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Purple Heart Homes.

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

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Leah N. Almy


Leah N. (Eastman) Almy, age 35, of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Spectrum Health United Memorial Hospital, Greenville. Leah was born December 18, 1983 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Chris and Debra (DeKlyen) Eastman. She loved garage sales, cooking, music, animals and was undefeated in board games. She was a very giving, thoughtful and kindhearted person. Surviving are her son, Cameron Almy; parents, Chris and Debra Eastman; sisters, Athena (Jon) Standhardt, Kristi (David) Jachim, Lindy (Andrew) Rowe, Kylie (Milton) Burns III; fiance, Chris DeYoung; grandfather, Warren Eastman; 11 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Frances and Joan DeKlyen and Myrna “Red” Eastman. The service was held Thursday, February 14 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America or the Renucci House, Grand Rapids.

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

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GEORGE M. MEUSER


George M. Meuser, age 86, of Sand Lake, died Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at his home. George was born August 10, 1932 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of George and Stella (Chehowski) Meuser. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He had been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids and Bethel Lutheran Church, Howard City. He was an avid sportsman, rodeo rider and a member of the Grand Rapids Saddle Club. He was a loving and caring father and grandfather. His grandchildren were his life. Surviving are his children, Kim (Kathryn) Meuser, Brian (Beth) Meuser, Nancy (Mark) Ducat; 8 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents; wife, June in 1983; brother, Bud (Terri) Meuser. A memorial service was held Tuesday, February 5 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Private interment Rosedale Memorial Gardens, Standale. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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

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JOANN C. HILLS


Joann C. Hills, age 81, of Sand Lake, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019 at her home with her family by her side.

Mrs. Hills was born May 4, 1937 in Detroit, MI the daughter of James and Esther (Heil) Ayris. She worked for American Seating for 20 years and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. She was very involved and loved her church family at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Sand Lake. Surviving are her children, Debra Fifield, Jack Hills, Chris (Kathy) Hills; 6 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; close friends, Dar Stebbins and Terri Fifield. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack in 2001 and 2 brothers, Bill and Jim Ayris. Cremation has taken place.

A graveside service for family and friends will be held Tuesday, January 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Sand Lake Cemetery. Pastor Lee Zabrocki officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 3230 Eagle Park Dr. NE, Suite 200, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. 

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

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DAVID G. CARLSON


David G. Carlson, age 83, of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at his home. Dave was born December 25, 1934 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Harry and Lois (Addison) Carlson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1954-56. He loved farming with his father and throughout life. He was a business owner and operator in Cedar Springs and a member of the United Methodist Church. He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa. Surviving are his wife, Nancy (Benham); children, Mark (Lynne) Carlson, Shelly Brooks; grandchildren, Ashley (Aaron) Whalen, David (Rachel) Ducat, Ben (Samantha) Brooks, Dakota (Katie) Carlson, Dillon (Angela) Carlson; great grandchildren, Leah, Isabelle, Lily, Mariano, John, David, Kylie, Hunter, Harper, Everly; brothers, Robert Carlson, John (Faye) Carlson, Richard Carlson; sister, Arlene (Richard) Pierce; brother-in-law, Ferd (Elizabeth) Benham; sisters-in-law, Irene (Jim) VandePoel, Charlene (Gordy) Kerr; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Joan Carlson. The family will greet friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be Friday 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or the United Methodist Church. 

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

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CAYDEN TIMOTHY BOND


Cayden Timothy Bond, of Middleville, passed away on Friday, December 14, at the age of 16. Cayden was born on August 8, 2002 in Grand Rapids, the son of Brian and Deana (Hawley) Bond. As a sophomore at Thornapple Kellogg High School, Cayden liked playing on his computer, poker, chess and playing the guitar. He liked spending time with his family going up north and enjoyed tubing, fishing, collecting unusual rocks and was always up for finding a new adventure. Cayden’s kindness and thoughtfulness will always be cherished by everyone that knew him. Cayden will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by his parents, Brian and Deana Bond; sister, Amanda Raelynn Bond; grandparents, Jim and Donna Bond, Tim and Jen Hawley; great-grandfather, Raymond Brenner; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Cayden’s family will receive friends on Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 3 to 8 P.M. at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home, Middleville. His memorial service will be conducted at 6:00 PM on Friday, December 21 at Gun Lake Community Church, Pastor Dan Beyer officiating. Memorial contributions to Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention will be appreciated. Please visit www.beelergoresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Cayden’s family.

Arrangements by Beeler-Gores 

Funeral Home, Middleville

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