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Cedar Springs Baptist Church calls new pastor

Dr. Michael Wittmer, the new
pastor at Cedar Springs Baptist
Church, and his wife, Julie.

On September 27, 2020, the congregation of Cedar Springs Baptist Church, formerly First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs, called Dr. Michael E. Wittmer to serve as senior pastor/teacher and are delighted to introduce him to the community.

Pastor Mike, as he prefers to be called, and wife Julie, a gifted pianist, live in the Rockford school district with their three children: Avery, Landon, and Alayna.  Raised in Ohio, he is an avid Ohio State fan and enjoys authentic Asian cuisine, a taste developed from his years teaching English in Beijing.

 He earned a B.A. in pre-seminary from Cedarville University; a M.Div. in Missions and Th.M. in Historical Theology from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary; and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Calvin Theological Seminary. He has written and published seven books, many articles and is a speaker at regional, national and international conferences. A faculty member at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary since 1996, he teaches courses in historical and systematic theology and directs the school’s Center for Christian Worldview. In addition to his extensive knowledge of scripture and biblical history, we find him warm, genuine, possessing a pastor’s heart and a wonderful sense of humor.

Pastor Mike is eager to serve God with a congregation that cares about being the body of Christ in the Cedar Springs community and beyond. He is committed to leading the congregation in their desire to share the love of God in Jesus Christ and began his ministry October 4, 2020.

The church also adopted the new name, Cedar Springs Baptist Church. Being recognized as the first established church in Cedar Springs, the church was formerly named The First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs and went by that for 161 years. Today, the church offers a Sunday morning worship service at 11 a.m., and children’s and youth ministries on Sunday evenings at 5:30 p.m.

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60th Anniversary


October 22, 1960 – 2020

Happy 60th Anniversary

Wow! What a milestone!


From your loving family

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Happy 60th Anniversary to this amazing love story.


October 15th

The family is planning a drive by their residence around 6 pm, Thursday, October 15th.

Love from your kids, grandkids 

and great-grandkids

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In Loving Memory of our Mother


March 18, 1939 – September 1, 2019

A gentle wind blew across the land

Reaching out to take a hand.

For on the winds, the angels came

Calling out a mother’s name.

Left behind, the children’s tears

Loving memories of the years.

Of joy and love, a life well spent

And now to God, a mother’s sent.

On angel’s wings, a heavenly flight

The journey home, towards the light.

To those who weep, a life is gone

But in God’s love, ’tis but the dawn.

Missing from our lives for a year, such a short time but it seems forever. We look forward to a family reunion one day in Heaven.

A special note of apology for the pain caused by our Mother’s obituary not including James and Janice Westphal’s name. In our grief we did not realize their names were omitted until months later.

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Roger D. Teesdale age 83 passed away Sunday, October 11, 2020 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Mr. Teesdale was born July 9, 1937 in Ensley Center, MI the son of Newton and Ethel (Muir) Teesdale. Roger was a very easy going person and enjoyed hunting and farming. He and his wife were able to travel and enjoy many cruises. Surviving are his children, Ken (Doreen) Teesdale, Debbie Laws, Deanna Huston, Herbie Teesdale; grandchildren, Kristi (Mike) Stewart, Roger (Winter) Teesdale, Matthew (Katie) Teesdale, Houston Laws, Kamille (Rob Siefken) Laws, Kristen (Ike) Keith, Chasity (Robert) McCready, Jennifer Teesdale; 11 great grandchildren; brother, Larry (Karen) Teesdale; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine; daughter, Denise Gentle; son-in-law, Pat Laws; grandson, Michael Huston. Visitation and service was held Wednesday, October 14 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Private family interment at Crandall Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Guiding Light Mission, P.O. Box 1703, Grand Rapids, MI 49501.

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

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Michael J. Stewart age 70 of Sand Lake, died Friday, October 9, 2020 at his home. Mike was born May 29, 1950 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of James and Susan (VanGorder) Stewart. He was a mechanic and very mechanically inclined, he enjoyed NASCAR and racing, especially sprints on dirt. He had a great sense of humor and loved his family. Mike had a big heart and was always willing to help anyone in need. Surviving are his wife, Chris; children, Heather (Tom) Antcliff, Michael Stewart, April (Wes) Wright, John Stiles; grandchildren, Sheila (Trever) Sloan, Dan Antcliff, Amber Stiles, Allison (Chris) Black, John Underly; numerous great grandchildren including, Brayden and Kayson; sisters, Laura (Jeff) Burd, Kathryn Villeneuve. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Tim Stewart; son, Stephen Stiles; granddaughter, Angel Groendyk. The family greeted friends Wednesday, October 14 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. A graveside service was held following the visitation at Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Deacon Jim Hessler officiating.

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

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Ethel L. Ergang age 96 of Cedar Springs died Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Faith Hospice Trillium Woods. Mrs. Ergang was born May 10, 1924 in Greenville, MI the daughter of George and Dorothy (Magee) Waller. She graduated from Cedar Springs High in 1942. She enjoyed making and painting very detailed ceramics, crocheting, sewing, and baking fresh bread, pies and rum cakes. She was extremely generous giving away much of her baked goods and ceramics. She was a founding member of the Gila Mountain United Methodist Church in Yuma, AZ. She worked on her family geneology and loved her family and grandchildren dearly. Surviving are her children, Carol (Stephen) McEvoy, Bryan (Karen) Ergang, Anita (Ken) Meszaros; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; sister, Helen (Bud) Gambee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; sons, John and Keith Ergang; brothers, Robert and Leonard Waller. Visitation and the service was held Monday, October 12 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Larry French officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice.

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

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Mac Darrell Harless, age 93 of Cedar Springs, passed away, Tuesday evening, October 6, 2020, at his home with his loving family by his side. Mac was born August 17, 1927, in Anderson, Indiana, the son of Loren and Mabel Harless. Mac was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Barbara Joan (Murray) Harless; his parents; son, Carl Michael Harless; brother, Ned Harless; sister, Donna L. (Harless) Eastman; great-granddaughter, Madde Morrow; and many relatives and friends. Mac is survived by his daughter, Teressa Taylor (Dan); brother, Jack Harless (Phyllis); Ina Harless; seven grandchildren, Mike Dykstra (Chea), Marci Harless, Melissa Harless, Lori Kolodziej (Jeff), Chris Lyon (Alyson), Andrea Morrow, and Kendra Chapman (Scott); and 13 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his granddog, Milo. On April 3, 1949, Mac married Barbara Joan Murray. Mac and Barbara met in 1946 where Barbara was working as a carhop on roller skates at a local drive-in. He stopped to get a sandwich while on leave from the Merchant Marines. Mac told Barbara, “I am going to marry you.” Her reply was, “Oh you think so do you?” and skated away. They did marry and celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary on April 3, 2020. For the first eleven years, they resided in Indiana until 1960 when Mac was transferred to Grand Rapids, Michigan. From there they moved to Big Myers Lake in Rockford, Pine Island Dr., Upper Lake, and then settled in Cedar Springs for the last 29 years.

Mac cherished every moment with his family and loved ones. He was a very dedicated and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was generous and kind to all he encountered. He found a way to truly connect with everyone he met and was instantly adored by those who knew him. Mac loved sharing his stories, loved to joke, and had many funny sayings that would light up anyone’s day. He shared stories about growing up in Indiana, his time serving in the Merchant Marines during World War II and traveling the world, and most of all stories about his wife, children, grandchildren, loved ones, and good friends. Mac loved helping others, in any way he could. He loved all children and all animals. He also loved spending time with his granddogs who gave him great joy: Toby, Tasha, and Milo. For many years he would sit at the table and watch the birds eat from the many feeders he and Barbara had for them. Fishing was a lifelong hobby of Mac’s which he greatly enjoyed with his grandson and close friends. He retired from Bell Fibre after more than 30 years of service. In 2016 Mac and Barb met Father Lam of St. John Paul II Catholic Church, started RCIA classes, and became members of the church in 2017. Mac had strong faith and dearly loved his church family parishioners. He was an amazing man who will live in our hearts forever. The Mass of Christian Burial for Mac will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 10 at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Cedar Springs, Rev. Lam T. Le presiding. Burial will follow in Solon Cemetery. All guests are respectfully asked to wear masks and observe appropriate social distance. There will be a video of the service on the church website on Facebook. Memorial contributions can be made to St. John Paul II Catholic Church.

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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Edward C. Wilson age 65 of Newaygo, formerly of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Ed was born December 12, 1954 the son of Jack and Sue (Cummings) Wilson. He was a builder and had his own construction company. He enjoyed the outdoors and hunting and fishing. Surviving are his son, Danial Wilson; brother, Robert Wilson; nieces, Sara and Jennifer. A time to remember his life will be held at the Wilson residence and will be announced at a later date. 

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

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Helen June (Burg) Pike age 91 of Sparta passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2020 into the presence of her Lord. She was born May 9, 1929 in Cedar Springs, MI the daughter of Edgar and Elsa (Rector) Burg. She had worked alongside her husband on the farm and took care of the home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert of 50 years and an infant son. Surviving are her children, Norman, William, Marsha, Jay, John (Rhonda) and Peggy; grandsons, Russell (Keesha) and Ross; special granddaughter, Jessica; and great-grandchildren. She was also preceded by a brother, George Burg and a sister, Bessie Russell. She will be deeply missed by all those who knew her. The family will greet friends and family Saturday, October 10 from 1:00 p.m. until time of service at 2:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Dan VanBelzen officiating. Interment Idlewild Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Snow Bible Church.

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

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