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Betty Jane (Orr) Maguire of Cedar Springs, Michigan, (formerly of Coral, Michigan), age 94, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017. She was born to Patrick and Isabel (Visner) Byrne on December 31, 1922. Betty retired from Lear Siegler Corporation after working there for 30 years. She was a member of the Tri County Eagles Aeire 4467. Betty is survived by her children Victoria Lee and Carroll Matulis; step children Pauline (Fred) TenEyck and Mark Maguire; grandchildren Victor (Terri) Matulis, and other grandchildren by marriage; many great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her late husbands Victor Orr and Frank Maguire; and several brothers and sisters. There was a time of visitation on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The Mass of Christian Burial for Betty was held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 17 Mile Rd NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Fr. Lam Le presided. In Lieu of flowers, those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy may make a memorial contribution to Emmanuel Hospice, 2161 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Alice “Kay” Hallock, age 74, of Cedar Springs passed away unexpectedly Friday, May 19, 2017. Alice was born February 15, 1943 in Comstock Park, Michigan to Stephen and Alice (McKrill) Burns. She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years Phil; children, David Korreck, Christine (Leland) Mullennix, Timothy John Korreck, Holly (Daniel) Metzger, and Mandy Menefee; grandchildren, Joshua Korreck, Trisha Dart, Jeffrey Alverson, Jamie Taylor, and Morgen Menefee; great-grandchildren, Joshua Jr., Hezekiah, Kora, and Zola who is coming soon; sisters, Bernice Schneider, Barbara Skelonc, and Janet (Paul) Harris; and brother Dan (Nancy) Burns. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Bertha Kent and Ruth Middleton; brothers, Stephen, Frank, and Robert Burns; and grandson Eric Mullennix. The family greeted friends Tuesday, May 23, at Bliss-Witters and Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Funeral service was Wednesday, May 24, at the funeral home with a gathering one hour prior to service, Fr. Lam Le, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association or to American Heart Association.

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

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God’s Kitchen comes to Cedar Springs

New ministry seeks the hungry and volunteers to serve them

Starting March 18, those needing a free meal can get one on Tuesday evenings at the Blessed John Paul II Parish, 3110 17 Mile Road (formerly Pioneer Christian Reformed Church).

The Parish has partnered with God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities of West Michigan, to bring this ministry to Cedar Springs. They will be serving a restaurant-style meal from 5:30-6:30 PM, which will include a salad, main course, vegetables, bread, and homemade desserts. The meals are open to anyone in the community. There is no fee, and no registration.

“Since we are a new parish in town, we wanted to find a way to help this community and be an asset,” said Katie Mendenhall, the Director of Christian Outreach at Blessed John Paul II.

She said that both she and Fr. Lam Le (Pastor at Blessed John Paul II) have had experience with this ministry before. “I used to teach at St. Mary School in Big Rapids and saw this ministry unfold beautifully at our Parish there. Every week people would gather—some that needed a meal and some who just came to socialize. It’s great for the servers, too. They get a chance to work with folks from different churches and organizations and get to mingle with the guests. The best part of the whole program is we all start out as strangers, but as time goes on, we become family.”

Mendenhall said they have been blessed to have support from the community for the program. Several churches have expressed an interest in helping or had members sign up to volunteer. “The amazing thing is, even though we have different beliefs, we can all come together for one cause—and that’s to make a difference in the community. To show God’s love by our actions; that’s really what it’s all about. And, to be a part of that, even in a small way, is a blessing in itself.”

People of all ages (including children) can volunteer to help in some way. If you would like to get involved by helping with serving, transportation, making desserts or have any questions please call Katie Mendenhall at Blessed John Paul II Parish at 616-696-3904. Volunteers are assigned to a team and will only have to serve one meal a month.


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