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Steve wasn’t a formal kind of guy, so I’ll dispense with the usual obituary-speak. Mention his name in any of the places he spent time (Grand Rapids, Cedar Springs, Howard City, Lakeview, Coral and Mackinac Island) and the response will be pretty much the same: “Great guy!,” “So generous,” “Animal lover,” “Good son,” “Best teacher I ever had,” “Loved a good laugh.” He was all those things and much more. He was eccentric, different, interesting, honest, and one of the most curious and questioning people around. He was unconcerned about following the acceptable ‘norms’ of society. He dressed the way he chose, and didn’t care who stared. He lived the life he wanted, and who wouldn’t envy that? He befriended the Amish people up north and would drive the youngest children to their schoolhouse so they wouldn’t have to walk miles in the morning darkness on country roads. He was always available to drive his Amish friends when needed, and when he was younger and stronger, he worked side by side with them to help build or repair their homes and barns. He frequently said he ‘loved their gentleness.’ His students in Cedar Springs will tell of wonderful adventures that their teacher, Mr. Horowitz, provided them. He’d rent a bus and take them to Chicago or Mackinac Island. He brought them to their local cemetery and taught about the history of their town and the people who came before. He’d bring them to his own home and teach them about his gardens and the responsibility of respecting and caring for animals. He would buggy up his beloved horse Isabel, and proudly march in the yearly Red Flannel Parades in Cedar Springs. His mom, June, would frequently come to school and do magic for the class. Steve would rescue any creature he could: chickens, ducks, goats, geese, turkeys, cats, ferrets and an occasional raccoon or opossum if they happened by. And then there were the bunnies! At one point, he had two fallow deer fenced on his property. There were many rescued dogs: Zeus, Ak Shav, Ludington and Bear – and sweet Hydie who was with him every day and everywhere. The basics? He was one of two sons adopted by June and Sam Horowitz. He went to Sunday school and taught there later on. He went to WMU. He moved to Cedar and began a quarter century of teaching grade school. Eventually he taught a second generation of kids! He leaves cousins and friends and former students and assorted strangers to whom he handed $2 bills freely – thanking them for being good drivers or being friendly or kind. Steven Abe Horowitz will be remembered with loving smiles and joyous stories by all who knew him. Let’s honor his memory by being as loving, caring, kind and generous as he was. And maybe – just a little bit ‘different.’

If you feel the need to make a donation to honor Steve, any animal/dog/cat/farm no-kill shelter would be lovely.

Phyllis Horowitz

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Leonard Raymond Stoner of Howard City, Michigan, age 73, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, June 12, 2022. He was born to Raymond and Barbara (Snyder) Stoner on August 21, 1948, in Grand Rapids, MI. Leonard enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends and family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Kay Stoner; children, Scottie (Lisa) Sosnowski, Christina Stoner, Rick (Lynda) Sosnowski, and Jody Stoner-Forbes; grandchildren, Jennifer, Amanda, Marica, Andrew, Michael, Cody, Haley, Wyatt, Raymond, Joshua, Ashley, Tyler, Cassy, Desirae, Alex, and Haley; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Helen, Ellie, and Sharon. Leonard was preceded by both parents, Raymond and Barbara. There will be a time of memorial visitation from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 16th, 2022, at Howard City Funeral Home, 225 E. Edgerton Street, Howard City, MI 49329. Everyone is invited for a dinner at 6:15 p.m. at 20899 W. Cannonsville Road, Pierson, MI 49339. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to send potted flowers to the funeral home or donate to the American Cancer Society, 129 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Arrangements by Howard City Funeral Home, Howard City

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Richard Charles Kroes age 82 of Cedar Springs, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2022 in Grand Rapids, MI. He was born October 7, 1939 in Grand Rapids, the son of Marvin and Jocoba (Stoof) Kroes. Richard grew up as the son of a die maker, but as he grew up, he developed his life-long love of cars. This love grew into his work in auto-body. Richard was a man with a gift for working with his hands, and good enough was never good enough when it came to quality of workmanship. His other loves were gardening, bluegrass music, anything old, family, and his love of the LORD. He always had time to spin a yarn about the good old days or dream about the perfect car restoration, woodworking shop, or the benefits of an old barn. Richard was preceded in death by his brother and sister, Ronald Kroes and Marcia Foss. Richard will be dearly missed by wife of 62 years, Mary Kroes; sister, Judy Kwekel; 2 sons, Rick (Teena) Kroes, Ben Kroes; daughter, Rachel (Brian) Pickerd; grandchildren, Trevor Davis, Dylan and Allison Kroes, Morgan (Kroes) Vanette, Collin and Anna Pickerd; great-grandchildren, Wesley and Timothy Vanette. Visitation and service was held on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at Grace Immanuel Reformed Baptist Church, 860 Peachcrest Ct. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505. Interment East Nelson Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Donations in Richard’s name may be made to Right to Life of Michigan. 

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

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Richard F. Hunter, age 85, of Cedar Springs, Michigan passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family in Sun Lakes, Arizona on June 3rd, 2022. He was born on April 16th, 1937 to Florn and Doris Hunter. After surviving a heart attack and pancreatic cancer, he finally succumbed to Parkinson’s disease. He was a true fighter to the end. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School, where he lettered in four sports, and then received a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Ferris State University. He worked construction to help pay his way through college, even building his family’s eventual home in Ionia, Michigan. He served in the National Guard. He had a long career as a pharmacist, including a stint at the Veterinary Clinic at Michigan State University, making him the only veterinary pharmacist in the state at that time. He was a devoted Michigan State Spartans fan, which showed through as he and his son Kam analyzed every play and every player of the MSU sporting event on TV. His passions for sports and family also shined through his eyes, coaching his grandchildren on the courts of basketball. Additionally, the spark for building and fixing up houses was reflected in the many home improvement projects and fixer uppers that he acquired in his early days of construction. These tools have now been passed down to his children and will live forever in their homes. He married his high school sweetheart Sally Wilkins in 1958, whom he loved more than life, and who survives him. He is also survived by his brother, Marty and wife Jeanne; son, Kam and wife Susan; daughter, Kyi and wife Angel; daughter-in-law, Trina, and grandchildren, Britney, Dwight, Jakob, and Samantha. He was predeceased by his brother, Bob; sister, Ruth, and son, Kne. Anyone wishing to make a contribution in remembrance of our beloved Richard may send a contribution to White Rose Hospice, 4131 North 24th Street, Suite A116, Phoenix, AZ, 85016

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Robert Lewis Nowack, age 80, of Rockford, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2022. He was born to Herman and Lucille (Thorpe) Nowack on January 3, 1942 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Robert worked as a sawyer in the metal fabrication industry for over thirty years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Robert also enjoyed participating in shooting sports and raising and training Springer Spaniels. He also collected outdoor sporting memorabilia. Robert is survived by his sister, Kimberly Nowack; brother-in-law, Gary Nitz; and niece, Angela Robertson. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Carol Nowack. There was a memorial visitation for Robert from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2022 at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341. The family welcomes messages and memories in their online guestbook at www.plaisierfuneral.com.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Lawrence Arthur Johnson, age 87 of Cedar Springs, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. Larry was born on March 19, 1935 in East Lake, Michigan, the son of Arthur and Agnes (Bradford) Johnson. He served in the United States Army from 1952 to 1955. Larry married Sandra Clark on September 23, 1961. He worked for many years for Michigan Bumper, retiring in 1995. For many years, he and Sandra enjoyed selling Christmas trees from their home.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Sandy Johnson on December 12, 2020 and several brothers and sisters. Larry is survived by his daughter, Lori and Aaron Wilk of Casnovia; his son, Danny Johnson of Zeeland; his daughter, Rebecca Seeley of California; his grandchildren, Katie and James Clarke, Karrie Wilk, Kyle Johnson, and Benjamin Johnson; his three great-grandchildren, Greta, Ashe, and Gustav; his siblings, Marian and Jim Hilliard, Judith Lane, and Janice Witkowski; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 17, 2022 at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake, MI 49343. The family will greet relatives and friends one hour prior to the service at church from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Following the service there will be a time of fellowship and refreshments at church. Military Honors will be performed at 2:00 p.m. at Solon Township Cemetery.

Arrangements by North Ridge Funeral Home, Sparta

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June 14, 1945 – February 8, 2022

“Remember me with laughter.”

Come join us for Roger’s Celebration of Life on June 18th from 1 – 6 pm at the Fraternal Order of Eagles 32 W. Lake St., Sand Lake.

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January 21, 1932 – June 18, 1998

Remembering my dear mom, who was also my best friend, today, June 18th, 2022, 24 years since she passed away. Although I cannot see her, I feel her presence with me while I work, while I drive, while I’m just being. She was such a strong influence in my life, and continues to be.

I love and miss you so much, my dear momma.


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Our Father in heaven

Pastor Jon Huizenga

Sunday Meetings at Middle School, 10:00 am.

Cedar Springs Middle School

4873 16 Mile Rd NE, Cedar Springs

Hi neighbors!

I read a book on the Lord’s Prayer. (And I would tell you what book it was if I could remember! Ask me in a day or two.) In the book, the author gave some wonderful thoughts about the opening words of the prayer, “Our Father in Heaven”

To quote the Bible directly, Jesus said to his disciples:  “This, then, is how you should pray:

‘Our Father in heaven…’”

The book I read suggested we think about those words this way:

OUR – He is not my father only, or yours, he is ours.

FATHER – Because he is a good father, he cares.

IN HEAVEN – Because he is our father in heaven, he can.

So, when you pray to “our father in heaven” you can think:




I find that just thinking these introductory words solves most of the problems I am bringing to God when I set out to pray.

Sometimes I’m upset about a relationship, and God reminds me that he is not only my father, but that other person’s father too.

Sometimes I wonder if he notices or cares; he reminds me that he does.

Sometimes I wonder if he is able to handle the problem I am bringing; he absolutely can. 




What is bothering you today? Try out this prayer opening and see where thinking of God that way takes you. It’s how Jesus taught us to pray.

May God bless you today!

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Victor Carter Krause, 86, Michigan statesman, businessman, devoted civic volunteer, patriot, and uniquely caring husband, father, and friend, passed away at home with his family on June 4, 2022 after a long illness.

He leaves behind the love of his life, his forever “Sweetheart” and wife of 45 years, Joan Krause, and his daughters Lisa Brown (Paul David), Kim Krause (Gary), Amy Neis (William), as well as grandchildren Alexander, Lisa, Natalie, Betsy, and Gabrielle. He is also survived by his brothers, John Krause and Tom Krause. Born on October 21, 1935, Victor was raised in downtown Rockford, Michigan surrounded by his extended family. He attended Rockford schools and created fond memories at the family cottage on Silver Lake.  During breaks from school, he worked at the family business, Wolverine World Wide, Inc. He attended the University of Michigan where he discovered a passion for business and formed friendships that lasted a lifetime. Following his graduation, he was accepted into Officer Candidate School and then proudly continued serving his country in the United States Navy. This experience was particularly influential for him: He was never seen without an American flag pin on his lapel and always had a song in his heart. He would encourage others to join him in singing the Navy Alphabet (and the Delta Tau Delta song!) until the end of his life. He used his business talents to expand the reach and products of Wolverine World Wide, and was particularly proud of his role as Hush Puppies Brand Manager. Under his tenure, the brand received increased recognition across the US and Europe. He went on to serve as Vice President of the International Division, establishing licenses In Central America, Austria and Asia to expand the brand’s reach. In 1971, he founded an independent travel agency, Krause Travel, Inc, and subsequently served as Area Vice President of the American Cancer Society, an institution with a mission he cared about deeply. Vic was a man of exceptionally strong ethics and compassion, underscored by an unwavering commitment to civic duty. Driven by this passion he decided to run for public office. He served as State Representative (R) for the 90th District, from 1982-1990, earning a reputation as a deep listener on issues big and small, working across the aisle, and introducing bills that focused on quality-of-life issues such long-term care, AIDS support, public school finance, and economic stability for his constituents.   After retirement from public office, Vic turned his attention to consulting work and devoted his remaining time to philanthropic endeavors. He served on numerous boards, including the Hearing Loss Association of America, Metro Health Foundation, Kent County Republican Committee, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth, United Way, World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, and the US Chamber of Commerce. As a proud graduate of Rockford High School, he was honored and excited to be inducted into the 2012 Rockford Hall of Fame in recognition of his lifelong achievements. He was also a talented golfer and proud to have served as Blythefield Country Club’s youngest president – and prior to his death, Vic was, consequently, Blythefield Country Club’s longest living president. Nothing made Vic happier than spending time with friends and family. He took care to make any get-together, large or small, a special occasion and assure everyone felt loved and celebrated. He also relished sharing humorous and memorable stories about a life well-traveled and enjoyed at nearly every moment. We will all miss him immeasurably. Join us in celebrating Vic’s inimitable life and spirit at the First Congregational Church of Rockford. Please check the Pederson Funeral Home website for the date and time https://www.pedersonfuneralhome.com/. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Hydrocephalus Association https://www.hydroassoc.org/ or the Hearing Loss Association of America https://www.hearingloss.org/. 

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Douglas B. Rowland, age 72, of Angola, IN, passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, IN. He was born on May 11, 1950 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Rex and Barbara (Colby) Rowland. Doug spent much of his childhood with his grandparents, Ruth and Rodney Colby on his beloved Beaver Island, Michigan. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1968 and left the following day for basic training at Camp Pendleton, California. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines-The Walking Dead from 1968-1972. Serving in the Vietnam War. Following his military service he spent time attending Ferris State University. He worked in various roles from private investigator to supervisor for Pinkerton’s. He married Sheryl “Sherry” Goudzwaard on August 30, 1980 in Cedar Springs, Michigan. They had one daughter, Libby (Rowland) Zeeb. Doug worked as a real estate broker and was very active in the American Legion, serving as both a Post and District Commander in Michigan. Later moving to Indiana to be near his daughter, and two grandsons, Jameson and Darcy, his grandsons were his pride and joy. He enjoyed taking them for tractor rides and to see model trains. After many years of struggling with cardiac and pulmonary issues, and service related disabilities, Doug is finally able to breathe easy again. Semper Fidelis “Always Faithful”-Adapt and Overcome. Survivors include his wife, Sheryl “Sherry” Rowland of Angola, Indiana, a daughter, Libby Zeeb of Angola, Indiana, grandsons, Jameson and Darcy Zeeb, siblings, Laurie Rowland of Cedar Springs, Michigan, and Jim (Jodi) Rowland of Cedar Springs, Michigan, and nephews, Andrew Rowland of San Francisco, California, and Robert Harwood, Jr., of Belding, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rex and Barbara Rowland, grandparents, Rodney and Ruth Colby, siblings, Marsha and Jeff, and a nephew, Chad Rowland. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am Friday, June 17, 2022 at Gateway Church, 255 N. Gerald Lett Avenue, Angola, Indiana. Pastor Tony Baker will officiate the service. Military Honors will be provided by the Angola American Legion Color Guard and the US Marine Corps Honors Team. Memorial donations may be directed in care of the Angola American Legion Post.

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It is with great sadness to announce the death of Craig Thomas Mabie on June 1, 2022. Craig passed away under the loving care of his family at age 63, due to Alzheimer’s disease. He is survived by his wife, Theresa; children, Nathaniel Mabie (Erica Erlewine), Lindsey (Wojtek) Dabrowski, Stephanie Mabie; grandchildren, Ella, Lily, Jakob, Owen; parents Donald and June Mabie; brothers, Kurt (Sue) Mabie, Tim (Chris) Mabie; mother in law, Freda Olsen; father in law, Robert (Dorthy Brydges) Olsen; sister in laws, Cheryl (John) Larson, Brenda (David) Swendrowski; many loved family and friends. Craig grew up in his hometown of Cedar Springs, having special memories with his brothers and their beloved dog, Susie. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed spending time at the family hunting cabin. Craig had a passion for music and was a talented musician. We will miss hearing him play guitar with friends and in the Mabie Family Band. Craig loved his dogs, Lucy and Bowie dearly and enjoyed taking them for daily walks. Lucy will be waiting for him, for that walk in Heaven. Above all, his greatest joy in life was being “Dad” and “Papa”. He loved his children and grandchildren with all his heart and it was a great day if it had been spent with them! The family would like to thank Spectrum Hospice for their kindness and care. They were so wonderful to him. A special thank you to his aide and friend, Doreen. The family greeted friends Monday, June 6 at the Bliss-Witters and Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where funeral service was held Tuesday. Pastor Inge Whittemore, officiating. Interment Crandall Cemetery. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to First Congregational Church of Rockford or Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research.

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

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Ray Winnie
Intandem Credit Union


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