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James R. Cole


colejamesJames R. Cole, Sr. 70 of Sand Lake, died Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Spectrum Health United Memorial Hospital, Greenville. Jim was born September 28, 1945 in Cedar Springs, MI the son of Waldo and Mary (Day) Cole. He was a graduate of Cedar Springs High School Class of 1963 and was a truck driver for Spartan Stores retiring in 2007 after 34 ½ years. His real passion was farming and being in the outdoors. He deeply loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Gloria (Ostrander) whom he married on June 28, 1963; sons, James Jr. (Lisa), David (Dawn), Jon (Sandra); 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; brothers, Max (Cindy), Bill (Kathy); sister, Patricia (Pat) Holland; brothers-in-law, Gary Baxter, Gerald Parker; sisters-in-law, Laura (Larry) McCrory, Leone Conner; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Doug (Jean) Randall, John Frantz; his springer spaniel, Bear; and his cat, General Mattis. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Ruth Baxter, Beverly Parker; brother, Arthur Cole, Sr.; nephew, Kevin Cole. The family will greet friends Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be Tuesday at 11:00 am at the Jesus Non-Denominational Church, 9206 W. Peck Road, Greenville. Pastor Tommy Turner officiating. Interment Trufant Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

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

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Interim President at Spectrum United

Tina Freese-Decker

Tina Freese-Decker became interim president at Spectrum Health United Memorial July 1. Tina’s interim placement comes as result of Paul Bonis’ transition to the role of president at Blodgett Hospital in East Grand Rapids.

Tina will be responsible for both the operations and strategic planning at United and Kelsey hospitals.
She joined Spectrum Health in 2002 as a postgraduate fellow in health care administration. In 2003, she became director of system strategic planning and development. Three years later she was named vice president of the department and executive director of the Spectrum Health Regional Hospital Network. Her experience in strategic planning and developing system wide growth and business plans will be an asset to Spectrum Health United Memorial as she continues implementation of the many strategic initiatives started under Paul Bonis’ leadership.

Tina earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from Iowa State University in Ames and holds master’s degrees in health administration and industrial engineering from The University of Iowa in Iowa City.
She assumed her interim role on July 1.

About Spectrum Health United Memorial: Spectrum Health United Memorial is comprised of United Hospital in Greenville, Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview, the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation and United Lifestyles. Spectrum Health United Hospital provides local access to quality care through the region’s largest health care system.

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