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Kevin C. Quist 56 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, December 5, 2016 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Kevin was born April 5, 1960 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Chester and Dorothy (Fryling) Quist. He had worked for Amway Corp. since 1994 as a fabricator and welder. He enjoyed being an artist welder as a hobby. Surviving are his wife, Kimberly, whom he married on August 7, 1982; children, Jason Kohn, Korey Kohn and her fiancé, Philip Borrelli, Kevin M. Quist; parents, Chet and Dorothy Quist; sister, Jackie Mourer; cousins, nieces and nephews. Kevin had many special friends at Amway who have been very good to him during his illness. He recently connected with some friends from high school, and Dave Nester who helped him meet Kim years ago. The family will greet friends and celebrate his life on Saturday, December 10th from 11 – 2 p.m. at Pilgrim Bible Church, 361 Pine St., Cedar Springs with a short memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Wayne Cash officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

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

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Man arrested for stabbing roommate

Benjamin Rowe

Benjamin Rowe has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.

A Solon Township man is facing felonious assault charges after he allegedly stabbed his roommate over the weekend.

According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, they responded to a report of a domestic assault in the early morning hours of July 31, in the 1900 block of 17 Mile, near Algoma, in Solon Township.

Deputies discovered that the 37-year-old male victim had multiple stab wounds in his face and neck. He was able to leave the house and was transported to Spectrum Health to receive treatment.

The suspect, Benjamin Rowe, 33, who is the victim’s roommate, would not at first come out of the house when deputies asked him to, so police activated the Kent County TAC team. Shortly after the team arrived, the suspect came out of the house on his own will and was taken into custody by Deputies.

On August 1, 2016, the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office authorized a warrant on Benjamin Rowe for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Felonious Assault). The bond was set at $10,000 cash/surety.

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Donald L. Kelley

12C-obit-kelleyDonald L. Kelley, 89, of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Mr. Kelley was born September 30, 1926 in Laura, Illinois, the son of Henry and Estelle (Emerson) Kelley. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War and retired from the Army in 1968 after 23 ½ years of service. He was a member of the Moose Lodge #50 and the Kent City American Legion. He was an avid golfer and fisherman and always enjoyed a beer with the boys. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Caroline; son, Roger of Broomfield, Colorado, sister, Lois Kneer of Florida. He was preceded in death by two sons, Kelvin and Patrick; stepson, Paul Curry; brother, Lester; sisters, Margaret and Myrna. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services.

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

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Woman discovered dead in Spencer Township


The woman found dead in Spencer Township the day after Christmas with two young children nearby is a heartbreaking example of what postpartum depression can do to a young mother.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a caller reported they were walking a dog on a trail in the woods east of Lincoln Lake and 18 Mile Road shortly before 10:30 a.m. December 26, when they came upon a car parked back there with the engine running.

Deputies discovered a woman lying on the ground, with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Her three-year-old daughter was lying partially on top of her. The girl was conscious and alert but suffering from hypothermia. The woman’s 5-month-old son was in a car seat in the car.

AeroMed was called to the scene and transported the children to Spectrum DeVos Children’s Hospital. A bullet fragment was discovered in the three-year-old girl’s head, and she was rushed into surgery, where they removed it.

Police said the woman was reportedly suffering from postpartum depression. Based on the investigation, they believe that the wound to the three-year-old’s head may have been an unintended and accidental consequence of the gunshot that killed the mother.

The woman, identified as Sasha Hettich, 27, went missing on Christmas Day. She lived with her husband and children in Grand Rapids. A gofundme page has been set up for the family to help with household expenses, childcare expenses, and funeral costs. Visit https://www.gofundme.com/sashagr.

If you or a loved one suffers from postpartum depression, there are services available in Kent County. You can call Pine Rest’s pregnancy and postpartum hopeline at 844-MOM-HOPE (844.666.4673); Postpartum Support International at 1.800.944.4773; Spectrum Health Postpartum Emotional Support Program at 616.391.1771; and Network 180 at 800.749.7720. In an emergency call 911.

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Crash sends two to hospital

The driver of this vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign at 17 Mile and Myers Lake Avenue. Photo by J. Reed.

The driver of this vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign at 17 Mile and Myers Lake Avenue. Photo by J. Reed.

A man was in his basement of his home at the corner of 17 Mile and Myers Lake last Friday, February 6, when he heard a big boom shortly after 3:30 p.m. “I knew right away what it was,” he said.

He then ran outside and saw he was right—two vehicles had crashed at the intersection. He checked on the drivers and called 9-1-1.

According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Ryan Coil, the driver of the Spectrum Health car was headed northbound on Myers Lake and didn’t stop at the sign. She proceeded through the intersection and hit an eastbound vehicle.

This vehicle was eastbound on 17 Mile at the time of the accident. Photo by J. Reed.

This vehicle was eastbound on 17 Mile at the time of the accident. Photo by J. Reed.

The passenger in the eastbound vehicle, an elderly woman, was a med 2, and was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver was not injured.

The driver of the northbound vehicle also went to the hospital to get checked out.

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Ilene R. Schoonmaker, 89 of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Mrs. Schoonmaker was born June 27, 1925 in Belding, Michigan the daughter of Glen and Lela (Brooks) Losinger. She graduated from Howard City High School in 1943, had been a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader and enjoyed gardening. She loved Jesus dearly and was a member of Hillcrest Community Church where she was a Sunday School teacher and had served on the Board. She was a strong pillar in her family. Surviving are her children, Marsha Porter, Joan (Randy) Hughes, Donald (Enya) Schoonmaker, Paula (Bill) Splitstone, Joseph (Sue) Schoonmaker, Pamela Ussery, Alma Katherine (Doug) Terrill, Lila (Daniel) Hodges; 29 grandchildren; 66 great grandchildren; 9 great great grandchildren; brother, Carl Losinger; sisters, Helen Bassett, Elnor Addington. She was preceded in death by her husband, Finley in 1968; son, Steven; daughter, Linda VanSplinter; one grandson; five great grandchildren. The family greeted friends Monday, Feb. 9 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was Tuesday at Hillcrest Community Church, 5994 18 Mile Road, Cedar Springs. Pastor Kristi Rhodes officiating. Interment Reynolds Township Cemetery, Howard City. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hillcrest Community Church.

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

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John E. Fortuna, II age 73 of Belmont, died Friday, April 4, 2014 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. John was born January 20, 1941 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of John and Nina (Griffin) Fortuna. He worked in Tool & Die and served an apprenticeship at Lear Siegler and then worked at Knape & Vogt, Auto Die and retired from General Motors on 36th St. in 2006 after 25 years. Surviving are his wife, Sally (Morris); children, John E. III and Jeannie, Jerry, Cindy (Fortuna) and Doug Ellinger; grandchildren, Lindsey and Griffin Fortuna, Riley, Ashton, and Triston Cherry; 1 step granddaughter, Megan Ellinger; mother, Nina Fortuna; sister, Joan and Bill Goss. He was preceded in death by his son Rick in 1991 and his father in 1997. The family received friends Tuesday, April 8 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services were held Wednesday, April 9. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice and Pallative Care, 4500 Breton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

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


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Give back by volunteering for hospice care

Free training program here in January and February

By Judy Reed


N-HospiceWould you like to make a big difference in someone’s life? Would you like to serve those in your own community? You can—and it doesn’t have to be more than one or two hours a week. But those two hours could mean a great deal to both families and individuals facing an end of life.

Spectrum Health Hospice will offer a five-week volunteer training session at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church beginning January 22. There will be five sessions, of three hours each—January 22, 29, February 5, 12 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Yvonne Elliot, Volunteer Coordinator for Spectrum Health Hospice and Palliative Care, said they are continuing to see a rapid growth in support needed for patients and families on the north end of Kent County and beyond into Montcalm County. “As we provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to these patients through our paid staff, we see a great need for additional volunteers to ensure that all our patients are offered the same level of support regardless of their location,” she explained. “Therefore we are taking our volunteer training on the road to the Cedar Springs area to encourage volunteers to join our program that are interested and willing to support patients and families in that geographic area.”

Volunteers play a vital role in supporting the patient by providing relief for the caregiver, friendly visits for the patient, music (both vocalists and instrumentalists needed), life story review, visiting dogs, haircuts, massage therapy and much more.

Local volunteer Betty Patterson, 80, of Sparta, gets great enjoyment from giving back to the people and families she visits. “I get more back than I give,” remarked Betty. “They are nice people who welcome you into their homes and lives. They are people in a hard place.”

Betty has been working with Spectrum Hospice for six years. During that time, she’s done a variety of things with the patients and families, depending on what they need. “I baked cupcakes with a lady who could barely hold a spoon,” she recalled. “I put the bowl in her lap and helped her stir.” Betty explained that she put chocolate frosting on the woman’s fingers when it was time to frost the cupcakes. “It was a chocolate mess all over,” she said with a laugh. “We were both covered in chocolate trying to frost those cupcakes. We had fun.”

There was a man that Betty visited who never spoke a word to her, but the family told her that he enjoyed gospel hymns. So she brought a hymnal and sang him songs out of it for an hour each time. She told him that if he ever wanted her to stop, all he had to do was blink his eyes, but he never did.

Another patient of Betty’s was a war bride from Germany. “The woman had a lot of pictures, so we took a trip down the Rhine,” said Betty. “I learned a lot.”

Betty read Winnie the Pooh to one patient. With another, she just held her hand. “In the training you learn how to just be present with somebody,” she explained.

Betty said that sometimes she just relieves a caregiver that needs to sleep, or needs to go out and do some shopping. They have often exhausted family. Other times a patient has no family.

Betty is also an 11th hour volunteer—one who will visit people who are right at the end of life’s journey. And she’s happy to do it. “I’m a good Episcopalian,” she explained. “It’s part of being a Christian—you give back.” She urged anyone thinking about volunteering to give it a shot. “It’s been a wonderful experience for me,” she said.

Yvonne spoke highly of Betty and the other volunteers they have. “We are always amazed at the wonderful community that we live in. It is humbling to see the amount of truly caring people who desire to use their time and talents to support our patients and their families. It is awesome to know that there are people interested in making a difference for people facing end of life. It is a very appreciated and rewarding volunteer opportunity.”

Spectrum Hospice supports patients in a wide geographic area (one hour distance from downtown Grand Rapids). Volunteers select the geographic area that they would like to serve. Additional volunteers are especially needed for the Northern Kent and Montcalm county area.

After completing training, most volunteers donate approximately one hour of their time per week. There are others who choose to donate more as their schedule allows.

If the winter training session will not work with your schedule, contact Yvonne to be placed on a notification list for future volunteer trainings. For more information or application materials please contact Yvonne Elliott at 616-391-4240 or via email Yvonne.elliott@spectrumhealth.org.


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2013 Suzanne Christensen Volunteer Award

Pictured from left to right:  Shelly Westbrook, Foundation Director Sadie Springsteen, Volunteer – 2013 Suzanne Christensen Award Recipient  Tina Freese-Decker, President

Pictured from left to right:
Shelly Westbrook, Foundation Director
Sadie Springsteen, Volunteer – 2013 Suzanne Christensen Award Recipient
Tina Freese-Decker, President

Spectrum Health Foundation United & Kelsey Hospitals presented the 2013 Suzanne –Christensen Volunteer Award on Wednesday, November 13.

A volunteer appreciation luncheon was held in honor of the Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals volunteers and Kelsey Hospital Guild members. The luncheon was held to thank hospital volunteers and guild members for their kind and caring dedication to Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospital’s patients and staff.

The 2013 Suzanne Christensen Volunteer Award was presented at the luncheon. The Suzanne Christensen award is given annually to a recipient who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospital community through volunteerism or other significant goodwill. It is with great excitement and honor to announce that Sadie Springsteen was this year’s recipient.

Sadie has been volunteering at United Hospital since July 2012 and supports United Lifestyles and the Foundation. Sadie has exhibited true dedication, enthusiasm and a giving heart. United and Kelsey Hospitals sincerely appreciate the work that Sadie does and congratulate her on this noteworthy honor.

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals currently has 25 Guild members and 74 active volunteers who serve in 15 departments. The volunteer services program has expanded this year to include volunteer safety assistants and additional greeter positions at United Hospital. At Kelsey Hospital, a new outpatient surgery hostess volunteer is providing a therapeutic distraction to family members who are waiting. The volunteers at the hospitals selflessly give of their time, talents and efforts. The hospitals would like to thank Sadie and the many other devoted volunteers of the hospitals for their spirit of volunteerism and support.






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Spectrum Health United Hospital named one of Becker’s Hospital Review 100 Great Community Hospitals

Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville, Michigan was recently listed as one of Becker’s Hospital Review “100 Great Community Hospitals”.
“We are proud of the efforts of our providers and employees who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” said Tina Freese-Decker. President, Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals. “We appreciate their hard work and commitment to excellent patient care.”
Becker’s Hospital Review has published its list “100 Great Community Hospitals.” This list recognizes community hospitals dedicated to high-quality care and service to the community. The hospitals have fewer than 550 beds and minimal teaching programs, and are often located in rural areas as the only hospitals in their communities. Whether independent or part of a larger health system, the following hospitals have worked to continually provide the quality of care and expeThe Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team selected community hospitals based on rankings and awards from iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), Healthgrades and The Joint Commission. Nominations for the list were also considered.

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