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HAROLD R. BITELY

Harold R. Bitely age 76 of Sand Lake died Monday, April 12, 2021 at StoryPoint of Rockford. Harold was born October 3, 1944 in Grand Rapids, Mi the son of Roy and Luella (Purdy) Bitely. He enjoyed fishing and farming on his 40 acres where he grew hay, corn and always had a big garden. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Arlene (Straus) Bitely; sons, John (Annette) Bitely, Mark (Dana) Bitely; 7 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; sisters, Estella (Ray) Fessenden, Linda (William) Bronkema and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ellen Trumble. Visitation will be held Thursday, April 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home Cedar Springs. A public graveside will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday at Algoma Cemetery. Pastor Greg Buchner officiating. Memorial contributions to Rockford United Methodist Church 159 Maple St. NE Rockford, MI 49341 and the Michael J. Fox Foundation P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741.

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CYNTHIA ROSE CALDWELL

Cynthia Rose Caldwell age 83 of Cedar Springs passed away on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Cindi was born March 29, 1938 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Lem and Adda (Carrick) Gross. She was a labor relations specialist for the U.S. Government for 25 years. She was a member of the Cedar Springs Women’s Club and Lovin Stitches at the United Methodist Church. Cindi loved working in her yard and crocheting. She made hundreds of stocking hats for Santa Claus Girls and the hospitals. Surviving are her husband, Thomas whom she married on September 15, 1956; children, Tom & Nouri Caldwell, Jr., Tara Caldwell & Charles Dyer, Tylene & Phillip Cooley; grandchildren, Thomas III, Jacquelynne, Jay, Rachael and Olivia; one very special great-granddaughter, Rose. A time to remember her life will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at the Cedarfield Community Room, 3592 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs. Private interment Pierson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Pl  Memphis, TN 38105.

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PASTOR JENNINGS ELEREY JOHNSON

Pastor Jennings ‘Jay’ Elerey Johnson age 78, of Cedar Springs, MI passed into the arms of his Savior, on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at his home. Jennings was born in Lakeview, MI on November 8, 1942 to Reverend Vernon & Ruth (Kebler) Johnson. He was a 1961 graduate of Edmore High School where he played the clarinet in the band. He also ran track and he held the school record for the mile run. On May 11, 1962 Jennings met the love of his life, Suzanne Ilene (White) Johnson. The two married one year later, on May 11, 1963. Jennings Johnson was a devoted servant of the Lord and an exceptional husband, father, grandfather and uncle. In 1995, after a 32-year effort, Jennings graduated from Spring Arbor College. He worked a full-time job, a part time job, took classes and always made time for his family. Jennings began preaching at the Sparta Free Methodist Church in 1996 and retired from there 12 years later to become the Pastoral Care Pastor at The Springs Church in Cedar Springs, MI. In 2005 he was set apart by the Free Methodist Church as an Elder of the church. He has married many couples over the years, baptized and dedicated many precious lives and presided over many funerals as well. The outpouring of love & support from his parishioners and friends since Jennings was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease is a testament to how very loved and treasured he was by all who knew him. Jennings was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Donald and Audrey (Brownell) White; brother-in-law, James McGillen; niece, Kelly Jean Brophy. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; sisters, Leah McGillen, Neola (David) Rendel; sister-in-law, Bonnie (Tom) Reynolds; brother-in-law, Donald C. White Jr.; children, Scott E. (Michele) Johnson of Hanover, PA, Brian C. (Julie) Johnson of Grand Rapids Charter Township, MI, Julie A. Johnson of Cedar Springs, MI; grandchildren, Donald (Debbi) Johnson, Tamara (Jon) Wesoloski, Chad (Rachel) Johnson Keefer, Charles (Amanda) Johnson, Kathleen (Blake) Michael, Josephine Ellen Johnson and her significant other Luke Sanders, Celine Johnson, Gavin Johnson, Emma Johnson, Mitchell Jennings Lee Johnson, Lindsay Ilene Johnson, special adopted granddaughter, Trinity Hatten; seven great-grandchildren and he was happily awaiting the eighth, several church grandchildren; many cousins, nieces and nephews, and his beloved Tabby cat. The family greeted friends Tuesday, April 13 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was Wednesday, April 14 at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St. Cedar Springs. Pastors Dallas Burgeson and Barry Briggs officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family would like to donate to The Springs Church, to the benefit of missionaries, Shane & Katie Jewell.

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TONY LEE KIMBALL

Tony Lee Kimball age 57 of Grand Rapids, died Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at his home. Tony was born June 26, 1963 in Lakeview, MI the son of Alan and Joan (Steinman) Kimball. Tony was hard working, very caring and a friend to all. He had a huge heart and always saw the best in everyone. Surviving are his life companion, Michelle Wang; daughters, Gina Kimball and Marie Kimball; mother, Joan Kimball; brother, Paul Kimball; niece, Kamal Kimball. He was preceded in death by his father. Services were held Sunday, April 11 at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan.

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MARLENE L. NEMECEK

Marlene L. Nemecek age 85 of Cedar Springs passed away Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 at her home. Marlene was born January 30, 1936 in Belding, MI the daughter of Acie and Helen (Brooks) Loughin. She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, crocheting, puzzles and baking. There was not a baby within miles who hasn’t slept in one of her homemade blankets. She was very loving and understanding and always put others first. She was a loving mother who took care of her family. Surviving are her husband of 63 years Ivan; children Francis (Anne) Nemecek, Dennis (Angela) Nemecek, Theresa (James) Champion, Timothy Nemecek, Jennifer (Tim) August; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A private family service will be held at Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake at a later date. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Memorial contributions may be made to Helen DeVos Pediatric Cancer Research. 

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PATRICIA L. GUILES

Patricia L. Guiles age 81 of Grand Rapids died Monday, April 5, 2021 at her home. She was born November 13, 1939 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Howard and Jenny (Vandermullen) Tate. She met Floyd while roller skating which they loved to do. They were able to travel a lot in their motor home and also spent many wonderful times on their 20 acres at Hardy Dam. Pat is survived by her husband of 63 years, Floyd Guiles; sons, Terry Guiles, Todd (Elizabeth) Guiles; daughter, Tammy (Darin) Guiles; grandchildren, Brooke and Jake Hendrickson, Jared Guiles, Jessica Guiles, Jenelle Gonyon, Angela Gonyon; great-grandchildren, K’saan Barrington, Jailah Einig, Kavien Einig, Blake Hendrickson and Charlie Rose Hendrickson. Per her wishes cremation has taken place and a private family service was held. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Grace Hospice 3355 Eagle Park Dr. NE Ste 102 Grand Rapids, MI 49525 or St. Jude’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. 

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LINDA KAY VELTING

Linda Kay Velting 74 of Newaygo died Wednesday, March 24, 2021at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital. She was born March 21, 1947 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of James & Jean (Curtiss) McGee. She loved her family and grandchildren and will be missed. Surviving are her husband, Carl whom she married May 11, 1963; children, Carl (Dana) Velting, Brien (Stacey) Velting, Alan Velting, Shane Velting; grandchildren, Carl Jr, Joshua (Tonya), Christopher, Levi (Emilie), Sean, Alexis (Ricky Mohnke), Bryar, Alanah Velting; 7 great-grandchildren; siblings, Ken (Melissa) McGee, Sharon (Rick) Leach, Jim (Sandy) McGee; brother-in-law, Don (Deb) Velting. She was preceded in death by son, David and grandson, Nathan. The family greeted friends Saturday, March 27 until the time of service at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Blythefield Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association 1475 E. 12 Mile Rd. Madison Heights, MI 48071. 

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ROBERT J. SNOW

Robert J. Snow, age 86 of Ensley Township, Sand Lake, passed away Monday, March 29, 2021 Bob was born to Robert and Marie (Verburg) Snow on July 7, 1934 in Sand Lake. He graduated from Howard City High School in 1952 and married his high school sweetheart February 13, 1954. Bob enjoyed his family, fishing, deer hunting trips, snowmobiling, antique tractor rides and restoration, gardening, bicycling and playing euchre. Surviving are his wife, Jean (Kinney) Snow; children, Donald (Deb) Snow of Belmont and Baptist Lake, Denise Snow of Cedar Springs, James Snow of Grand Ledge, Brian (Gail) Snow of Ensley Center, Diane (Dana) Spence of East Lansing; grandchildren, Jaclyn (Jeremy) DenOuden, Andrew and Hannah Snow, Michele (Anton) Dimovski, Jeffrey Heiss, Patrick and Adam Snow, Claudia, Noel, Owen and Allison Spence; step grandson, Sean O’Dell; great grandchildren, Ramona, Henry and Calvin DenOuden, Landon Dimovski; step-great grandchildren, Bryson and Kaden O’Dell; sisters-in-law, Joan (Kinney) Timmer, Mary Ann (Kinney) Douglass and Garnet (Jerry) (Kinney) Kaiser. Preceded by sister, Carolyn Hartway; sister-in-law, Donna (Kinney) Adams and grandson, Kyle Snow. The family will greet friends Monday, April 5 from 5-8 p.m. at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home in Cedar Springs Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, April 6 at St. Bartholomew Church, Newaygo at 11:00 a.m. with one hour visitation prior to Mass. Interment St. John’s Cemetery in Ensley Township. Memorial contributions to Love INC of Newaygo County.

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VIRGINIA P. ASHLEY

Virginia P. Ashley age 84 of Cedar Springs died Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Spectrum Health Blodgett Campus. She was born January 28, 1937 to Clarence and Helen (Hines) Hathaway. Virginia retired from General Motors. She loved her flowers and yard. Her family enjoyed her wonderful sense of humor. Virginia loved her family, had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed playing games. She is survived by her children, Dan (Teressa) Taylor, Dave Taylor, Mary Schneider, Joe (Dana) Taylor, Steve (Susan) Taylor, Mike (Edna) Curtice, Robert (Melissa) Ashley; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous siblings; her cat Lilly. She was preceded in death by her son, Fred Taylor and sister, Mary Hathaway. The family greeted friends Wednesday, March 24 until the time of service at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Rick Miller of Red Pine Bible Church, officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. 

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DONNA M. ELLICK

Donna M. Ellick age 87 of Ensley Township, Sand Lake died Thursday, March 18, 2021 at Faith Hospice Trillium Woods. Mrs. Ellick was born November 16, 1933 in Solon Township, MI the daughter of Roger and Helen (Hanna) Fisk Sr. She was a hard worker who enjoyed her flowers, gardening and crafting. She loved going to mule and horse pulls and had attended Red Pine Bible Church. Surviving are her son, Robert (Annette) Ellick; grandsons, Rodney (Kelly) Ellick, Jason (Chani) Ellick, Nolan (Molly) Ellick; 14 great-grandchildren; siblings, Roger (Joyce) Fisk Jr., Jim (Shirley) Fisk, Mary Lou Welch, Patty Anderson, Jerry (Diane) Fisk; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mahlon “Sonny” Ellick; siblings, Jack Fisk, Barbara Helsel and Dixie Fisk. Visitation and service was held Tuesday, March 23 at Pierson Bible Church, 101 Grand St., Pierson. Pastor Rick Miller officiating. Interment North Ensley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Pierson Bible Church Building Fund. 

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