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Donald E. Welch, age 90, of Ensley Township, Sand Lake died Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Don was born July 8, 1928 in Hastings, Michigan, the son of Harold and Viola (Wickham) Welch. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Don enjoyed mushrooming, motorcycles, farming and heating with wood. He loved fixing old oily and rusty engines. He had a great sense of humor and loved to tease people. Surviving are his wife, Joan; children, Gary (Connie) Welch, Sandra (David) McMahan, Donald Ray Welch; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; brother, James (Carol) Wood; sister, Alice (Mauri) Hammond; sister-in-law, Mary Wood; brothers-in-law, Russell Tramper, Leonard Brock. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and a grandson. The family will greet friends Thursday, Sept. 20 from 1:00 p.m. until time of service at 2:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Gary Giddings officiating. Interment North Ensley Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 456 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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

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Marijo (Swart) Brockschmidt age 49 of Howard City went home to be with her Lord and Savior  February 5, 2018 at her residence. She was born July 5, 1968 in Grand Rapids the daughter of Richard and Jacqueline (Slater) Swart. During her working years she worked as a Massage Therapist / Reflexologist for twenty five years. Marijo was a kind and giving person she enjoyed hunting, playing musical instruments, knitting and crocheting. She was a foreign exchange student to Belgium and was also a youth missionary. In 1998 she married James Brockschmidt who survives. Also surviving are her mother Jacqueline Swart of Pierson; sister Teri (Christopher Powell) Swart of Morley; their son Turner and daughter Alyssa; brother Jack Swart and his son Nathan; stepson Kyle Brockschmidt of Howard City and his children Brody, Brianna and Brooklyn; stepdaughter Kelli (Eric) Luchs of Las Vegas and their daughter Kerith; brother-in-law Leo (Jean) Brockschmidt; two nieces Amy and Erin Brockschmidt. She was preceded in death by her father Richard and mother and father-in-law Elaine and Phil Brockschmidt. Funeral services will take place on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Heckman Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Giddings officiating with burial in the Reynolds Cemetery.  The family will greet friends at the Funeral home on Sunday from 2- 4 and 6-8 p.m. and prior to services on Monday.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City  

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