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CAROLYN GREEN


C-obit-Green-fcMrs. Carolyn Green, age 88, left us on Sunday November 16th, 2014 surrounded by her adoring family after a short but valiant battle with cancer. Carolyn grew up in Ensley Center, Michigan, in the loving care of her parents who were dairy farmers. Carolyn was valedictorian of the 1944 class of Sand Lake High School. Upon graduation, she moved to Cedar Springs to live with Dr. and Ruth Branyan where she worked as a receptionist and practical nurse. She met her late husband, Tom Green, at a Bingo stand on Farmer’s Day in Cedar Springs. After a short courtship they were engaged on Christmas day, 1946, and were married on March 2nd, 1947. For several years, side by side, they owned and operated The Rockford Body Shop in Rockford, Michigan. Carolyn was an extraordinary seamstress, making matching dresses for her girls, prom dresses, wedding dresses, and everything in between. One of her favorite past times was playing penny slots at the casino. Their most enjoyable activity was camping with their grandchildren and spending time at Lincoln Lake. Tom and Carolyn enjoyed traveling together, often visiting their grandchildren wherever they went. Carolyn’s priority and joy in life was taking care of her family, putting their needs above all else. She was an example of unconditional love to all she met. Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Lillian Gillette, her brother Roger Gillette, and her beloved husband, Tom Green. Carolyn is survived by her children, Patricia and Phil Cranney of Morley, Holly and Jack Frey of Sand Lake, and Sherry Williams of Grandville; her “daughter” Penny Harvey; five grandchildren, Chad Cranney and Nicole Mason, Dirk and Nicole Cranney, Nicole and Mark Robinson, Tom and Krista Frey, and Wade and Elizabeth Green; nine great-grandchildren, Katelynn, Brooke, Sophia, Gage, Erika, Lane, Luke, Ethan, and Alexandria; and her great-great-grandsons, Ronan and Damian; brother, Ralph Gillette; nieces and nephews; and honorary granddaughters, Taylor and Allison. A funeral service for Mrs. Green will be Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 2:00pm at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street in Rockford with Fr. John Kirkman officiating. Relatives and friends met with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8pm. Interment will take place in Elmwood Cemetery in Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Humane Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson NW, Walker, MI 49544.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Tom Green


Mr. Tom Green, age 87, of Cedar Springs, our loved one, peacefully left us on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, after a courageous ten year struggle with COPD. He grew up in Harrisville, MI on Lake Huron. Tom’s parents were the owners of a meat market and grocery store. Tom often told stories about “snitching” candy but admitted that his dad probably knew and looked the other way. He was a 1941 graduate of Harrisville High School where he participated in sports. Tom served in the US Army during WWII. After the service, he moved back to Harrisville and then to Cedar Springs where he worked with his brother in the propane business. Tom sold the business and then worked for many years as a painter at Blockcraft. After Blockcraft closed, Tom and George Hunting operated Rockford Body Shop until 1987. The body shop located on Bridge Street became one of the first stores of the Squire Street shopping area in Rockford. On Farmer’s Day, which is now known as Red Flannel Day, Tom and Carolyn worked the Bingo Stand and Carolyn won the prize. Six months later, on March 2, 1947 and also the date of Carolyn’s parents 25th Wedding Anniversary, Tom and Carolyn were married (during a blizzard) at Cedar Springs Baptist Church by Pastor Hollis Tiffany. For entertainment, they went to Carolyn’s family farm for Sunday dinner. They also enjoyed camping out of their station wagon. Tom always had a second job for extra money. He was a volunteer fire fighter, a reserve police officer, served on the Cedar Springs City Council, and was a paid-on-call member of Rockford Ambulance Service. Over and above all of these duties, Tom was there for his family who considered him the #1 Best Dad. He took his daughters hunting and was “beaming with pride” when with his grandchildren. Tom enjoyed being with his family, especially the times with his extended family at the lake. He lived a quiet life with those he loved. He was a member of the Glenn Hill Post #287 American Legion. Tom is survived by his loving wife, the former Carolyn Gillette whom he married nearly 65 years ago; children, Patricia and Phil Cranney of Morley, Holly and Jack Frey of Sand Lake, and Sherry Williams of Rockford; five grandchildren, Chad Cranney, Dirk Cranney and Nicole Sabin, Nicole and Mark Robinson, Tom and Krista Frey, and Wade Green and his fiancee, Elizabeth Saynor; eight great-grandchildren, Katelynn, Brooke, Sophia, Gage, Erika, Lane, Luke, and Ethan; his great-great-grandson, Ronan; brother, Donald Green; nieces and nephews; and his cherished companion, Hogan. The service for Mr. Green was be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Fr. John Kirkman officiating. Military honors were under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the COPD Foundation, 2937 SW 27th Ave., Ste. 302, Miami, FL 33133 or AMDF, American Macular Degeneration Foundation, PO Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515. Relatives and friends met with the family at the funeral home on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Arrangements by The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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