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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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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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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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August 9, 1936 – May 31, 2022

Bernie Armstrong, of Rockford, has gone to his heavenly home to join his beloved wife, Lois of 55 years. He passed away on Tuesday, May 31st at the age of 85 after struggling with debilitating health issues. He leaves behind his three children, Valerie Clarke (Peter Gorton), Penelope Bernath (Ronnie), and Mark Armstrong (Flora-Maria). His cherished grandchildren, Geoffrey, James, Andrew, Louisa and Maggie Clarke, Diana Shapiro, Ethan Bernath, Abigail, Grace and Ian Armstrong. Great-grandchildren include Lucy Shapiro, Greta and Gustav Clarke. Bernie was born in Rockford, Michigan to Wesley and Thelma (Matthews) Armstrong during the period of Great Depression. His only sibling was his brother, Don, who was namely his first hero. The two brothers remained in devoted friendship all of their years. Life was full of family gatherings with his mothers’ large family nearby. The Wesley Armstrong family attended Rockford Baptist Church faithfully each week. Bernie played three seasons of sports each year at Rockford High School: basketball, football and track. He also played the saxophone. During his years of school, the High School was only one wing of the “Rockford Public School”, which taught grades K-12 in the same building. Bernie graduated in 1954. Along with his close family, a good share of his friends remained lifelong. With the goal of obtaining a degree in accounting at Central Michigan University, Bernie set his plans aside after one year and joined the U.S. Navy with one of his good friends, Rich Regel. He served a two year term in the Pacific, and landed up in southern California with no money to get back home. After their tour, the two of them decided to work and take advantage of free college tuition in Riverside, California. Bernie would often reminisce those days in Riverside, and especially the day that he caught sight of a cute little student walking daily across campus — Lois. The two married after a short romance and Bernie moved Lois to Michigan to finish his Bachelor’s at CMU where he first began. With the goal of Rockford becoming his hometown again, Bernie aptly landed a teaching position in Cedar Springs. It was here that he taught HS Biology until retirement. During the 70’s, Bernie obtained an MS Degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, during the summer months while off from teaching. During his teaching years, Bernie coached Track, Baseball, Golf, and later on, what he called “Stream-Team” to get students familiarized with freshwater ecosystems. Adding even more variety to the family, a home leather-tooling business was started by Bernie and Lois, in the early years of Rockford’s Squire Street Square. After a busy day at the leather shop in the summer, the whole family headed out to play golf together. The couple raised their three children, always careful to make “family” their priority. In the 1980’s, Bernie re-enlisted in the US Navy Reserves. Lois joined him each summer while he served in active duty. The couple that loved to travel stepped up their pace and even had the opportunity to go to Europe. In later years, Bernie helped Lois with selling her antiques, which later turned into an Estate Sale business. Retirement finally came for both of them, when family, friends, sports and travel would become their priorities. Their family continued to grow. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren arrived. As grandparents, Bernie and Lois cherished their days spent with them. The couple lived consistently throughout their lives. They loved each other. They loved their family. And they loved the Lord. Bernie was thankful for all of the good years given to him. A celebration of Bernie’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2022 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe St., Rockford. His family will greet relatives and friends Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. To 7:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home. Interment in Rockford Cemetery. To share a photo, memory and sign the family’s online guestbook please visit www.plaisierfuneral.com.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Amanda Rae Scott of Sparta, MI, age 39, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 28, 2022. She was born to David and Debra (Snyder) Bennett on June 10, 1982, in Grand Rapids, MI. Amanda enjoyed spending time outdoors and with friends and family. She is survived by both parents, David and Debra Bennett; siblings, Joshua (Michelle) Bennett and David (Kim Wilson) Bennett Jr.; spouse, Michael Scott; children, Mariah, Katelynn, and Nicholas; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Gloria and Ted Scott; sister-in-law, Virginia (Roger) Remmelts; nieces and nephews, Blake, Adrianna, Klohe, Joshua, Blake, and Avery; aunt and uncle, John and Roxanne Cyrstal; and her cat, Fidget. Amanda was preceded in death by her brother, Chadwick Bennett; and grandparents, Percy (Dorothy) Bennett and Lambert (Beverly) Snyder. The family would like to thank the staff of Spectrum Health Hospice for their care and compassion towards Amanda. A time of public visitation was held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at North Ridge Funeral Home, 88 E. Division Street, Sparta, MI 49345. The funeral service was celebrated at 1:00 p.m. following the visitation. Pastor Skip Meyers officiating. Procession to Fairplains Cemetery followed. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial donation towards Amanda’s funeral expenses via the Tribute Fund tab on her obituary page. 

Arrangements by North Ridge Funeral Home, Sparta

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