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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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Judith “Judy” Suzanne (Ellick) DePue, 76 of Greenville, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 at the home of her daughter. Judy was born September 23, 1940 in Cedar Springs, Kent Co., Michigan, the daughter of the late Everett and Ilah (Crawford) Ellick. Judy is loved and survived by her children: Monique (Dave) Doolittle and Vincent (Kayleen) DePue; grandchildren: Trafford (Ashley Hattis) Giles, Stephani (Nick Dolloff) Doolittle, Nick (Tara Smith) Doolittle, Michael (Ceara) DePue, Kyle (Amber Dargitz) DePue, Donald Eikenhout, Andrea (Larry) Wiley and Graham DePue; great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Judy was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Franklin “Frank” John DePue (April 14, 2016); and her brother, Mahlon “Sonny” Philo Ellick. Growing up, Judy spent her days entertained by her comic books, her love of animals, and her wonderful, endless imagination. Her very advanced intelligence allowed her a place as a member of Mensa and left her parents with the decision to send her to a school for the intellectually gifted, which at the time was not an option for them. As a young woman, she discovered a love of writing and drawing, as well as spending time with her horse, Sundance, who was her animal soulmate. She shared countless stories of her adventures with him. At age 19, Judy met her husband to be, Frank DePue, at a dance. She sat down by him because, in her words, “He looked harmless.” It wasn’t love at first sight but in time turned into an amazing love story. They, along with their two children, Monique and Vincent, embarked on many wonderful endeavors. They were owners of the Double D Saddle Shop, owned a hobby farm, and ultimately opened Animal Crackers Farm Petting Zoo. Judy’s knowledge and love of animals, along with Frank’s radiating personality, made for the perfect partnership. Most of Judy’s family would agree that she was one of the strongest, most stubborn women on Earth. At the end of her time with us, she struggled with health issues for many years and lived for nearly 5 years with lung cancer. Even through her illnesses, she never lost her passion for animals, reading, and drawing. She was an amazing mother and grandmother, and she instilled her gift of imagination and whimsy with her stories. Her favorite thing to do was to talk. Everyone who knew her, knew they had better plan on some extra time if they were going to visit with Judy. We will miss her beyond comprehension and take great comfort in knowing that she has been reunited with the love of her life, Frank. We all imagine that they are dancing once again. Memorial Services for Judy will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Hurst Funeral Home, with Pastor Ken Harger officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 – 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to The DePue Family c/o Monique Doolittle. Memories and messages of condolence may be shared via www.hurstfh.com.

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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Bonnie Kay Guthrie, age 67 of Coral, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville. She was born February 3, 1950 in Mount Pleasant. Many people knew Bonnie as a longtime Howard City hairdresser. After 30 years of styling and befriending clients at area salons, she retired from Renaissance Salon and Spa, where she especially loved working. Bonnie was full of life and full of love. She had a big personality- she loved music, she had a wonderful sense of humor, and was more than a little sassy. She was always beautifully put together, makeup immaculate and hair perfectly coiffed with a colorful outfit to match. She will be deeply missed, especially by her children, Jim (Becky) Guthrie of Pierson and Jodi (Cheryl Nemeth) Guthrie of Coral; grandchildren, Tiffany Guthrie, Trenton Satterlee, Meghan (Bob) Kessel, and Hunter Guthrie, great-grandchildren, Mayhem and Charlie; brother, Billy Ward; and countless other relatives, friends, and clients. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Monday, March 13, 2017 at Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville, with visitation Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Interment will be in West Pine Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to a charity of one’s choice, and memories and messages of condolence may be shared at www.hurstfh.com.

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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Jane Elizabeth Thomas

c-obit-thomasJane Elizabeth (Marsh) Thomas, 81, of Bass Lake, Gowen, passed away quietly on November 17, 2016, in her home surrounded by her loving family.  She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Sylvia Mae Robinson and Walter Munson Cole; her husband of 32 years, Alvin Thomas; her beloved son, Thomas Marsh; her brothers, Waldo (Buddy) Cole, James (Pen) Cole and Robert (Pleck) Cole and her twin sister, Joanne Hysell.  She is survived by her six daughters, Vicki (Chris) Nelson, Bobbi (Doug) Bittenbender, Sandy (Steve) Pike, Linda Miller, Kimberly Brown, and Sara Ortiz; her 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Susan Walker and Barbara Schondelmayer.  Jane’s daughters wish to convey their sincerest appreciation to the wonderful Care Team from Kindred Hospice for the love and attention shown to their mother in her final days.  A private family memorial service will be held for Jane’s immediate family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Jane can be made to Kindred Hospice, 625 Kenmore Ave SE, Suite 115, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49546.  Hurst Funeral Home is serving the family, and memories and messages of condolence may be shared at www.hurstfh.com.

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20C--obit-NaffzigerFCwebHarold E. Naffziger, age 87, died late Friday, May 13, 2016 at his son’s home in Greenville surrounded by his family. He was born August 9, 1928 in Grand Rapids, the son of Peter and Blanche (Jones) Naffziger. He was a proud veteran, having served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, and was a Past Commander and life member of the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101, Greenville, as well as a life member of the Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065, Sheridan, and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Grand Rapids. He was also a member of the TPA, Post G in Greenville, the Forty and Eight, and an involved member and officer at the Greenville Senior Center. Harold was a faithful Christian and longtime member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, where he served in many capacities, including as elder and trustee. He is survived by his sons, Harold E. (Darlene) Naffziger, Jr. of Greenville, Jeff (Gayla) Naffziger of Greenville, Ken Naffziger of Sand Lake; daughter, Milly Dempsey of Gowen; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Eugene (Frieda) Naffziger of Cedar Springs; and sisters, Lorraine Wiggins of Sparta and Patricia (Russell) Merlington of Cedar Springs. He was preceded in death by his parents; great-grandson, Hunter Naffziger; Harold, Jr., Jeff, Ken, and Milly’s mother, Judith Harmon; brothers, Leo Beard, Leland Beard, and Richard Naffziger; sisters, Irene Wright, Virginia McClendon, Geraldine Batchelder, and Virgilean Bradley; and special friend, Wanda Lippert. Funeral services were held at 11:00 am Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Rev. Mark Pflug officiating. Visitation was Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Hurst Funeral Home. Interment will be in Blythefield Memory Gardens, Belmont. Memorial contributions may be given to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, and memories and messages of condolence may be shared at www.hurstfh.com.

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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John E. Ash, age 48 of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, August 11, 2013. He was born July 16, 1965 in Grand Rapids. He is survived by his father, Charles Ash of Cedar Springs; sons, Braedan Ash and Rylan Ash, both of Cedar Springs; siblings, Kathleen Mayes of Mt. Pleasant, Karen White of Sidney, and Charlie Ash (Elaine) of Sand Lake; grandmother, Frances Bedker of Ludington; friend and former wife, Laura Ash of Cedar Springs; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Paula Ash; brother-in-law, David Mayes; and grandparents, Orville and Rose Ash and Dutch Bedker. John’s family would like to especially thank the staffs at Mary Free Bed and the Calvin College Speech Pathology and Audiology Clinic for their care. They would also like to thank Ann Marie Myers for her compassion and care. A time of visitation will be held from 12:00 to 3:00 PM Thursday, August 15, 2013 at Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville. Private burial will be in Trufant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital or the Calvin College Speech Pathology and Audiology Clinic, and messages of condolence may be sent via www.hurstfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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Nancy Jane White

Nancy Jane White (Brugel), age 51, of Greenville, MI went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 17, 2011.  Nancy was born in Albuquerque, NM, October 30, 1959. She graduated from Cedar Springs High School.  She is survived by her husband Steven White; her loving children, Jason, Cyndi, Korey, andy Karissa; and six grandchildren. Also surviving is her grandmother, Jane (Maurice) Murray of Cedar Springs; her father, Ronald (Sandra) Brugel of Howard City; brother and sisters and spouses, Patti & Jeff Harter of Jacksonville, NC, Bonnie & Matthew Dozier of Loveland, CO, Steven & Cheryl Brugel of Wyoming, MI, Susan Suuta of Grand Rapids, Brenda & David Gross of Sand Lake, Lisa & Chris Cooper of San Rafael, CA, Annette Lamica of Grand Rapids, and Christina & Brad Perkins of Hastings, MI; and many nieces and nephews and wonderful friends. Nancy will be remembered for her love for her friends, family, and children. She loved to shop and work and was known as, “the pug lady”.  Nancy was loved by so many and will be greatly missed. Visitation was be held Tuesday, April 19, 2011 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Hurst Funeral Home in Greenville, MI.  Funeral services and luncheon were held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at Spencer Mills Church in Gowen, MI.  Rev. Dale Dalman served as officiant.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Thorton and Naumes House Fund (Attention: Christina O’Rourke), the International Mesothelioma Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115), or to the charity of one’s choice, and online messages of condolence may be sent via www.hurstfuneralhome.com.

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