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ROBERT C. PENLAND

Robert C. Penland age 79 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, October 19, 2020 at his home. Bob was born June 13, 1941 in Walker, MI the son of Alvin and Florence (Cowles) Penland. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He retired as a supervisor from General Motors on Alpine Avenue. Bob enjoyed restoring old cars, construction and electrical projects. He loved his grandchildren and doing things with them. Surviving are his wife, Shirley; children, Kelly (Brian) Hoffman, Kimberly (Dan) Foster, Eric (Heather) Shadley, Shawn (Emily) Shadley; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; sister, Ellen Flores. He was preceded in death by siblings, Alvin Penland, Ed Penland, Edna Mae Carlton. Cremation will take place and there will be no services at this time. 

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

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DORIS M. STARK


Doris M. Stark age 100, of Cedar Springs peacefully left us to be with Jesus on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at SKLD-Zeeland. She was born August 14, 1920 in Cedar Springs, MI the daughter of Guy and Elsie (Terrill) Moyes. Doris worked at the Cedar Springs Post Office for many years. She was very active throughout her life volunteering at her church. She loved her family tremendously. Doris was often seen using her walker around Cedar Springs well into her 90’s. She was adored by the staffs at Metron of Cedar Springs and SKLD-Zeeland. The family wishes to thank both of the facilities for the wonderful care they gave her. Surviving are her children, Margery (Wade) Wilson, Paul (Judy) Stark; grandchildren, Trent (Maria) Wilson, Travis Wilson, Taryn (Dr. Scott) Watterson, Cara (Dr. Benjamin) Wickstra; great-grandchildren Allyson and Alaina Wilson, Nikkolas and Kristian Wilson, Sawyer, Cecily, Wittaker, and Roarke Watterson, Owen, Alina, Emmett, and Gabriel Wickstra; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Herold; siblings, Ursal, Paul, Edith, Gladys, and Myrtle. Doris was the oldest member of the Springs Church where her family will greet friends 1:30-2:00 pm Sunday October 25, 2020. Masks are required. A graveside service will follow at 2:15 pm at Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Pastor Dallas Burgeson, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs. 

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

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CYNTHIA RUTH CLOUSE


Cynthia Ruth Clouse of Rockford, Michigan, age 65, passed away peacefully, surrounded with love by her family, on Saturday, October 10, 2020. She was born to Robert and Mary (nee Gauthier) Simmons on May 1, 1955, in Traverse City, MI. Cindy adored her family and was passionate about her faith, always trusting in God with all her heart. Cindy was a registered nurse with a strong commitment to holistic care. She spent much of her time helping people and always put others before herself. She loved being with her grandchildren and enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, boating, biking, kayaking, and relaxing at the family cottage on the Little Manistee River. Cindy is survived by her beloved husband of 44 years, Michael J. Clouse; loving children, Tom (Kelly) Clouse and Laura (Dan) Scholten; adored grandchildren, Paige, Adam, Justin, Tyler, Liam, and Maya; siblings: twin sister, Marie (Harm) Perdok, Amy (Mark) Wawersik, and Ted (Wendy) Simmons; and many nieces, nephews and family members. Cindy was preceded in death by her son, Gregory J. Clouse and both her parents. A funeral service was celebrated on Saturday, October 17, 2020. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516, and World Vision, P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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ROGER D. TEESDALE

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

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

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

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

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 PIKE

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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SHIRLEY ANN MERLINGTON

Shirley Ann Merlington age 83 died Sunday, October 4, 2020 at her son’s home surrounded by family. Shirley was born in Cedar Springs on July 23, 1937 to Murville “Charlie” and Shirley (Empie) Misner. She and her husband Ronny were lifelong Cedar Springs residents. Shirley was Executive Director of the Red Flannel Festival for 13 years and was Grand Marshal in 2015. She also served as Director of the Cedar Springs Chamber of Commerce for 12 years, served on the Cedar Springs Board of Education, Cedar Springs Women’s Club, Glen Hill Unit Past President, and was 5th District President of The American Legion Women’s Auxiliary. Other positions include the Board of Review, the DDA, the Elections Commission and the Selective Service Board. In her early years she won Miss Sand Lake Pageant and competed in the Miss Michigan Pageant finishing in the top four. Shirley and Ronny loved everything that had to do with Cedar Springs! In their retirement years, Shirley and Ronny loved going to the “Soaring Eagle”. She was very passionate about her Michigan State Spartans. Surviving are her children, Dominic and Christine Merlington, Robert and Amy Merlington; grandchildren, Rebekah Merlington, Robert Burmeister, Kristofer Merlington, Ethan Robinson, Elizabeth Robinson; sisters, Verdena (Jude) Martin, Lou Ellen (Gene) Fisk, Marlene Ledford, Joyce Johnson; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronny; siblings, Nancy Westervelt, Janet Hunt, Mick and Arlo Misner. The family greeted friends Wednesday, October 7 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. A private family service was held Thursday. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cedar Springs Community Building Development Team 15022 Ritchie Ave. Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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

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