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Paula Jeanne Rau, age 73, of Sand Lake passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Jeanne was born October 27, 1945 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Howard and Bessie (Burg) Russell. She graduated from Cedar Springs High School and the Grand Rapids Beauty College. She was a member of South Ensley United Methodist Church. A retired school bus driver, who served for 30 years, including 11 years driving for special needs students. Jeanne was a woman of deep faith and conviction who will be remembered as an incredibly strong person known for her kind and compassionate spirit. You could always count on Jeanne for her dimpled expressive smile and a show of love through her cooking and caregiving. Surviving are her husband, John whom she married 55 years ago on February 8, 1964; children, Nick (Amy) Rau, Brenda (Lloyd Penn) Rarick; grandchildren, Samantha Rau, Ben Rau, Arianna Rau, Kyle Rarick; 2 great-grandchildren; brothers, Glenn (Betty) Russell, Dale (J Ann) Russell; sister, Donna (Patrick) Valentine. The family will greet friends Friday, May 31 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be Saturday, June 1 at 11:00 a.m. at South Ensley United Methodist Church, 13600 S. Cypress Avenue, Sand Lake. Pastors Darryl Miller and Dick Selleck officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs, with a luncheon immediately following. Memorials may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice, 750 Fuller Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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

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