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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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Teen wins two top awards at 4H fair


By Judy Reed

Jordan Gebhardt, 18, the son of Sam and Karen Gebhardt of Nelson Township, likes to excel. Not only was he valedictorian of the Cedar Springs High School class of 2011, he won two top awards at the Montcalm County 4H Fair last month—Grand Champion Beef Showman and Grand Champion Market Steer.

Jordan said it felt good to win the awards. “It was exciting to hear them call my name,” he said.

This was Jordan’s 12th year in 4H. “I got interested in 4H after I went with my dad and brother (Jacob) to the auction in Montcalm County,” he explained. He said he started out with goats, then raised sheep, and the last couple of years he raised pigs and steers. But he said he’s never really gotten attached to the animals.

“You know from the beginning that’s what they are for,” said Jordan, referring to them being auctioned off. Although, he said they have kept some goats as pets.

Two years ago Jordan was also named Grand Champion Beef Showman, so it was nice to win both awards this year. Lee Story of Story’s Meat Market bought the 1,215-pound prize steer for $3,341.25. Jordan also sold two pigs at auction.

Jordan said he’s always loved animals, and will study Animal Science at Michigan State University and hopes to go to veterinary school for large animals.

Does Jordan have any tips for kids who might want to get into 4H? “Go to the fair and talk to people who are doing it,” he said. “They are all really friendly and they will help you get started.”

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