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Archive | April, 2012

Mildred Robertson

Happy 90th Birthday

Mildred Robertson


The family of Mildred (McIntyre) (Wesche) Robertson invites you to participate in a card shower to celebrate her 90th Birthday on May 8.  Please help us give her a birthday to remember by filling her mailbox with Birthday Wishes!  Send cards to reach her home at 67 S. Lincoln Street, Rockford, MI 49341.

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Chuck and Donna Scheidel

50th Anniversary

Chuck and Donna Scheidel


Chuck and Donna Scheidel of Cedar Springs, Michigan are celebrating their 50th  Wedding Anniversary on April 28, 2012. A weekend outing is planned. Children of Chuck and Donna are Alan and Annette Mongar, Paul and Shelly Bowerman, Mike Scheidel, and Chuck Scheidel. They have seven grandchildren.

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In Loving Memory of Benjamin Wall

Our dear Husband, Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa who joined the Lord eleven years ago April 30, 2001. Spring has come and so are all the memories of loving you. Our lives go on without you but nothing is the same. We have to hide our heartache when someone speaks your name. Sad are the hearts that love you, silent the tears that fall. Living our lives without you is the hardest part of all. You did so many things for us, your heart was kind and true, and when we needed someone we could always count on you. The special years will not return when we were all together, but with the love within our hearts a part of us went with you the day God took you home.

Greatly loved and missed by his wife Rosalynn, sons; Dennis (Cindy), Dean (Kristie), grandchildren; Cory (Mandy), Zachary (Angie), Molly (Matt), Emily (Marshall), Nate (Kalli), great grandchildren Megan, Cody, Ally, Abbie, Maddie, Ezzy, Tristin, Ashley, Aubrey, Easton, and Lilly Sue.

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Phyllis Marie Brantner

In Loving Memory of

Phyllis Marie Brantner (Wheeler)

October 1, 1930 – April 29, 2002


When someone you love becomes a memory,

The memory becomes a treasure


Forever missed my her children and family

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Tyler James Helton

Tyler James Helton, age 20, of Sand Lake, passed away very unexpectedly on Sunday, April 22, 2012, from injuries following a car accident. He was a 2010 graduate of Tri-County High School where he played basketball (point guard) and baseball (right field and first base). He really enjoyed his senior year. Tyler accepted Christ as his Savior at church camp at the age of 8. Three months ago he was baptized at Keystone Church in Grand Rapids. He liked dirt bikes and fast cars especially his ’99 Camaro T-top and then his Pontiac Grand Am GT. Tyler spent time with his nieces and nephews and liked to play with them and take them for rides. Tyler enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Just recently he joined the US Marines and was looking forward to reporting to Boot Camp in California. Tyler is survived by his parents, Marty and Marcia (Rosenberger) Helton; brothers and sisters, Stacie and Traviss Tompkins, Matthew Helton and Marcie Thompson, Katie and Jed Gitchel, Heidi Helton; nieces and nephews with one more anticipated; his grandparents, Betty Rosenberger, Marlene and Gene Ledford; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Leighton Rosenberger and Starlin Helton. The service for Tyler will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Solon Center Wesleyan Church (19 Mile and Algoma) with Rev. Tom Holloway and Rev. Wayne Cash officiating. Interment in Sand Lake Cemetery. Monetary gifts in honor of Tyler may be given to DeVos Children’s Hospital, 100 Michigan, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. In honor of Tyler’s personality his family encourages you to dress causally while attending visitation and the service. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com


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Monell F. Dahl

Mrs. Monell F. Dahl, age 86, of Cedar Springs, passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Monell was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Dahl, Sr., her brother, Donald “Glee” Heinbaugh, her sister, Mildred Sorenson, and her son-in-law, Larry Lockard, Sr. She is survived by her children, Sandy Lockard, Laura and Bob Hoffman, Russ and Pam Dahl, Jr., Connie Pierce, and Brian and Vickie Dahl; 9 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. The service for Monell will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor  Mary Ivanorv officiating. Interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Muskegon at 2:00 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Friends of Michigan Veterans Homes Inc., PO Box 150251, Grand Rapids, MI 49515-0251. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com


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Stanley A. Empie

Stanley A. Empie, 82 of Cedar Springs, died Saturday, April 21, 2012 at his home. Stanley was born October 21, 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Lloyd and Mary (Streeter) Empie. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He worked at the General Motors 36th Street Plant for 42 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Newaygo Sportsman’s Club, the Sand Lake VFW and the Cedar Springs American Legion. He loved his family and grandchildren very much. Surviving are his wife, Joyce (Bremmer); daughter, Jomay (Robert) Brand of Sparta; grandchildren, Dana, Katherine (Trent) DePue, Justin and fiancée, Nikki Butler; great grandson, Gavin Valdiviezo; sisters, Vivian Ryan, Betty Bremmer, Bernice (Malcolm) Taylor. The family received friends Tuesday from 2-4 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs and concluded with military honors at 4:00 pm by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. There will be no funeral service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.  Arrangements by Bliss Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Sharon E. Thompson

Sharon E. Thompson, 61 of Sparta, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Sharon was born May 12, 1950 in Cornwall, NY the daughter of Frances and Dorothy  McCullough. She enjoyed crocheting and was a loving mom and sister. Surviving are three children, Toshani, Leanne, and Steven Thompson; two grandchildren, Liberty and Aaron Thompson; mother, Dorothy Rader; sister, Patricia Frederichs; brother, Ronald McCullough. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Memorial contributions would be appreciated to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.  Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.


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Saturday is prescription drug take-back day

Did you know that, according to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined? Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

This Saturday, April 28, the Drug Enforcement Administration and its community partners will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. On Saturday, the DEA and its partners will hold their fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at sites nationwide. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Locally, the Cedar Springs Police Department will have a drop box available to dispose of medications between noon and 2 p.m., during the surplus auction behind City Hall, 66 S. Main St. They do not accept liquids or syringes. But they do accept pills in their packs or bottles. According to Police Chief Roger Parent, the bottles and pills will be destroyed in an incinerator so there is no danger of anyone getting someone’s prescription information.

If you can’t make it Saturday, the Cedar Springs Police also has that drop box available inside City Hall during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In Rockford, both the Michigan State Police and the Rockford Police Department will collect medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. “Prescription drug abuse is a major epidemic across the country and DEA is committed to reducing the potential for misuse by providing a safe and secure method for Americans to clean out their medicine cabinets and properly dispose of unwanted, unneeded, or expired medication,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart.  “Americans responded overwhelmingly to DEA’s first three Take-Back Day events, disposing of nearly 500 tons of medication in the past two years. This nationwide community effort prevents home medicine cabinets from becoming sources of dangerous—and even deadly—drugs.”




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Hometown Happenings


Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant Kick Off Meeting

Apr. 30: Interested in volunteering for the Pageant, Queen’s Tea or Scholarship Committee? Join us on Monday, April 30 at 7 pm at 21 E. Maple St. (Red Flannel Building) for the first Royal meeting of the 2012 Season! Call 616-696-2662 or RSVP!  #17


TOPS weight loss support group

May 1: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss sport group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weight loss goals! Exercise 8-8:30am (optional), weigh-ins from 8:30am–9am and the meeting starts at 9:15am. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #17


Red Flannel Festival History Project

May 5: We’ve been so busy for 73 years MAKING HISTORY, we haven’t had time to WRITE IT DOWN! Join us  at the Red Flannel Office, 21 E. Maple St. on Sat. May 5 from 10 am to 1 pm to begin documentation for our RED FLANNEL HISTORY BOOK! Bring stories, photographs, your own observations.. be a part of our proud Red Flannel Festival historical project! Can’t attend? Please submit by email to president@redflannelfestival.org or mail to PO Box 43, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Please call 616-696-2662 or RSVP today!.  #17,18p


North Kent Toastmasters Club – Where Leaders Are Made

May 1,15: Toastmaster members enhance valuable leadership and speaking skills through practice and encouragement. Members progress through the manual at their own pace. Guests always welcome. The meeting is at 7 pm at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Dr., north of  Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church & 11 Mile Rd. Rockford. For directions call Sue 616-866-3509 or club website www.nkctm.org.  #17


Annual Cub Scout Flower Sale

May 5: This year the annual Cub Scout Flower sale will take place on May 5,th, 6th and 12th. They will have flowers at Tractor Supply in Cedar Spring and the Mobil station on Northland Dr. and 14 Mile. Both locations will be open from 9 am until 6 pm. Pre-sale tickets may be purchased from any Cub Scout. These flower baskets are beautiful and would make great Mother’s day gifts.  #17


Pancake Breakfast – HCNC Fund Raiser

May 6: Imagine buttered pancakes smothered in warm maple syrup, hot sausage, orange juice and coffee. What’s not to like about a pancake breakfast fund raiser event. Please help support HCNC! Keep the doors open! Sunday May 6, 9 am – 11:30 am. Donation of $/person, $4/seniors, $18 family of four or more. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr. Kent City. #17


Annual Rummage Sale

May10-12: The Sand Lake United Methodist Church, 45 W. Maple St. Sand Lake, will have its annual rummage sale on May 10, 11 and 12. 9 am – 5 pm on Thursday and Friday, 9 am – Noon on Saturday.  #17

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Doing the right thing

A man is in bed with his wife when there is a rat-a-tat-tat on the door. He rolls over and looks at his clock, and it’s half past three in the morning. “I’m not getting out of bed at this time,” he thinks, and rolls over.

Then, a louder knock follows.

“Aren’t you going to answer that?” asks his wife.

So he drags himself out of bed and goes downstairs. He opens the door and there is a man standing at the door. It doesn’t take the homeowner long to realize the man is drunk.

“Hi there,” slurs the stranger. “Can you give me a push?”

“No, get lost. It’s half past three. I was in bed,” says the man and slams the door.

He goes back up to bed and tells his wife what happened and she says, “Dave, that wasn’t very nice of you. Remember that night we broke down in the pouring rain on the way to pick the kids up from the babysitter and you had to knock on that man’s house to get us started again? What would have happened if he’d told us to get lost?”

“But the guy was drunk,” says the husband.

“It doesn’t matter,” says the wife. “He needs our help and it would be the Christian thing to help him.”

So the husband gets out of bed again, gets dressed, and goes downstairs. He opens the door, and not being able to see the stranger anywhere he shouts, “Hey, do you still want a push?”

And he hears a voice cry out, “Yeah please.”

So, still being unable to see the stranger he shouts, “Where are you?”

And the drunk replies, “I’m over here, on your swing.”



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Response to “Solon family held up”

Dear Editor,

What a surprise to open the Post and to read about my grandparents, Dan and Sylvia Reichelt being robbed (Out of the Attic—Solon Township family held up, printed April 12, 2012). My mom was three years old at the time, the 5th of the 6 kids, the youngest not being born until a few years later. Mom was Marie Reichelt McAnally. I vaguely remember her telling about being robbed. My great uncle was Alvin, not Albert as stated. His daughter lives in Dansville.

The farm is still owned by the Reichelt family. I grew up next door [and lived there] until I was married. My mom passed away 7 years ago, next door to where she was born and raised.

We think things like this only happen in present times!

Nancy McAnally Hanna, Cedar Springs

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