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Ronald N. Olson age 73 of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Spectrum Health United Memorial Hospital, Greenville. Ron was born August 24, 1948 in Sparta, MI the son of Norman and Dorothy (Reyburn) Olson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War. He spent many years living in California and Nevada. He enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family and friends. Surviving are his siblings, David (Barb) Olson, Tom (Denise) Olson, Steve Olson, Phil Olson, Paul (Judy) Olson, Judy (Al) Ferguson, Sandra Olson, Karen Olson, Joanne Olson; many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 16 at 11:00 a.m. at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Private interment Solon Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Tee of Michigan, 3450 36th St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49512

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

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11/17/1934 – 9/26/2021

Former Cedar Springs resident Richard J. (Dick) O’Dowd, age 86, of Bradenton, FL passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, September 26, 2021. Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Dick attended Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI where he met his future wife, Karen. They married on St Patrick’s day in 1956 and celebrated their 65th anniversary this year. After 15 years in the Kansas City area, Dick moved his family back to Michigan first settling on a “Gentleman’s Farm” in Cedar Springs. Dick loved the quiet life in the country tending to the chickens, ducks and geese, occasionally getting on a horse, snowmobiling in the pastures, or just enjoying the view of Pine Lake from the big picture window in the family room. His diverse and adventurous career path ranged from real estate in Michigan to the hospitality industry in Florida. Dick shared his love of all things Irish through his affiliation with the Irish Heritage Society in Grand Rapids, and through The Irishman’s Corner in Rockford. His green Model A replica could be seen in many a Red Flannel Day parade! An avid tennis player, Dick organized fund-raising tennis events for various charities. As a chess enthusiast, he collected chess sets from around the world and started chess clubs in schools and libraries in many communities. He is survived by his wife, Karen (DeVriendt); children, Laura (Jim) Lewakowski, John (Sue) O’Dowd, and Katie (Glenn) Spiegler; 8 grandchildren, Andy (Julie) Lewakowski, Emily (Joe) Hughes, and Erin (Matthew) Greenhouse; Mike (Angie) O’Dowd, Ryan O’Dowd, Tricia (Ryan) Hopkins; Jessica and Hannah Spiegler; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 nieces, 1 nephew; brother-in-law, Mike DeVriendt; and a multitude of cousins. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life is planned for a future date. Donations to the MDS Foundation are appreciated. Dick had a soft spot in his heart for animals in need. Please consider a donation to the Humane Society of West Michigan in Dick’s memory.

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Georgia Dawn (Chase) Hall age 93 a former resident of The Brook in Cedar Springs went to be with her Savior on Friday September 3, 2021. Georgia was born July 17, 1928 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Richard and Juanita (Denton) Eldred. She was the 1946 salutatorian from Cedar Springs High School. Georgia retired after many years as a seamstress at GM-Fisher Body. She volunteered at the United Methodist Church every week to fold all the church bulletins, enjoyed knitting and made many afghans and ceramics. She is survived by her five sons, Alan (Sarah) Chase, Duane Chase, Bruce (Charlotte) Chase, Brent Chase, Brian Chase Hall; grandchildren, Duane Jr., Jason and Matthew Chase, Amanda (Charles) Szabo, Joshua Shook, Julie (Alan) Prewitt, Paul Chase, Barbara (Julian) Zapata, Jeannie, April and Michael Chase, Danielle Abelard, Amber Chase, Richard Chase; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; her niece, Kendra (Jay) McCaman; special couple, David and Marilyn Hall; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband and soul mate, Junior Lloyd Hall; daughters-in-law, Rebecca Chase, Helen Chase; granddaughter, Natasha Fritsch; grandson, Bruce “Chip” Jr.; sister, Esther Mosher Knoch; brother-in-law, Kenneth Mosher. The family will greet friends Friday, October 1 from 12:00 p.m. until time of memorial service at 1:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Michelle Vallier officiating. In lieu of flowers please remember the Grand Rapids Veteran’s Home or the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church.

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

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Wanda M. Morris age 89 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Wanda was born May 25, 1932 in Sand Lake, MI the daughter of Lee and Leona (Bremmer) Parker. She loved tending to her home and children and baking and sewing. When her husband was alive, they enjoyed camping, snowmobiling and dancing. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Surviving are her children, Ann (Larry) Cornell, Charlene Fifield; grandchildren, Michael Morris, Nutasha Tolsma, Jon Fifield, Theresa Koomen, Brett Fifield, Katelyn Badour; great-grandchildren, Chevelle, Jordan, Amari, Brody, Billy; sisters, Edith Johnson, Doris Martin, Lois (Curt) Phillips. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy; son, Curt Morris; son-in-law, Bill Fifield; brothers, Wyman, Ronald, Kenneth and Max Parker; sisters, Esther Heiss, Donna Newton and Kathleen Parker. The family greeted friends Monday, September 27 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Tuesday, September 28. Pastor Gilbert Morris officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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Nita (Reed) Billings

October 9, 1956—September 27, 2020.

Our memories build a special bridge when loved ones have to part
to help us feel we’re with them still and soothe a grieving heart.
Our memories span the years we shared, preserving ties that bind,
They build a special bridge of love and bring us peace of mind.

We love and miss you, Nita!

Steve and Judy Reed and family

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60th Anniversary


September 22, 2021

Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary to my wonderful parents. 

If you wish to congratulate them you can send them a card at PO Box 244, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

Love you both,

Jenifer and Grandkids

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100th Birthday


Celebrating her 100th Birthday is Helen Beebe who was born on September 27, 1921. She was married to the late William Beebe for 68 years and moved to Sand Lake on April 9, 1953. She has 5 children, 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Congratulations!

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101th Birthday


Lois Ives will be turning 101 on September 23, 2021. Lois loves to spend her time playing BINGO and soaking up the sun here at Mission Point of Cedar Springs. Lois shared that “the Lord’s will” is her secret to a long-life. Happy birthday Lois!

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Kenneth R. Meksula

Kenneth R. “Mucky” Meksula age 66 of Sand Lake, died Monday, September 20, 2021 at his home. Ken was born April 24, 1955 in Flint, MI the son of Edward and Ruth (Emore) Meksula. He enjoyed camping and the outdoors and especially loved cats. He was always helping others in need. Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Agnes; children, Kristina (Troy) Reister, Kevin (Angel) Meksula; grandchildren, Devin, Tyler, Misty, Damion Reister, Michael Canfield, Katherine Meksula; brothers, Mark, Phil, David (Sue). He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Douglas; granddaughter, Makala Taylor. The family will greet friends Friday, Sept. 24 from 1:00 pm until time of service at 2:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Ryan Black officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Christian Church or Faith Hospice. 

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

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Elizabeth M. Randall

Elizabeth M. “Betsy” Randall age 77 of Sand Lake, passed away Friday, September 17, 2021. She was born March 30, 1944 in Boston, MA the daughter of Leslie James and Marg (Gilmore) Jess. She had owned and operated Lakeside Restaurant in Sand Lake retiring in 2005. She enjoyed being a wife and mother. Surviving are two sons, Patrick (Makerita Lawrence) Randall, Michael (Donna) Randall; 6 grandchildren, Nicole, Nancy, Nathan, Kylee, Alex and Sydney; 11 great grandchildren. In keeping with her wishes, cremation will take place and there will be no services. 

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

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Ray Winnie
Intandem Credit Union


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