Pederson Funeral Home

Personal Family Service.

The funeral home is family owned by David and Mary Pederson.

When David and Mary Pederson arrived in Rockford over 30 years ago they quickly became a part of the community, and established a reputation for helping the families they served with genuine caring and compassion. Unlike some other funeral home owners the Pederson’s immediately decided that they would both be personally involved in every funeral service they were called upon to conduct and both would do everything possible to make each service special.
The Pederson touch.

The beautiful flowers which surround the funeral home and grounds are planted and tended by Mary herself. David has been associated with the funeral profession since he was 15 years old. Together, with their staff they offer their experience, attention and compassion to your family during difficult times. The Pederson’s along with their staff are available at all hours of the day or night to assist any family with the task of planning dignified, personalized, appropriate services. Please do not hesitate to call.


Our Obituaries

Patricia Ann Yard

October 23, 1939 - October 13, 2010

Patricia A. Yard, age 70, of Port Charlotte, FL, passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2010. She was a 1958 graduate of Rogers High School and worked as a nurse’s aide in assisted living. Patricia is survived by her children, Pamela and Pete Simon, Cindy Baldwin and her special friend, Patrick, Marcia Foltz, Michelle and Victor Jacob; ten grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister, Gloria ...
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Priscilla Denise Johnson

September 2, 1925 - October 10, 2010

Priscilla Denise (Martin) Johnson, age 85, passed away Sunday October 10, 2010 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, her brother Daniel Champion Sr. and sister-in-law Margaret Champion. Pat is survived by her brother Paul (Virginia) Champion Sr. and nieces and nephews, Cory (Ken) Snoek, Paul (Margaret) Champion Jr., Cheryl Champion,...
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George William Hartwell

September 6, 1912 - October 10, 2010

Mr. George W. Hartwell, age 98, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2010. He was a 1929 graduate of Creston High School and had worked for General Motors. George is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Frances; children, Kay Hartwell and Gary Abraham of Royal Oak, Georgia Rode and Lee Haskins of Ravenna, and David and Sue Hartwell of Grand Rapids; 10 grandchildren; 25 great...
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Stephen Kuiper, Jr.

April 18, 1929 - October 10, 2010

Stephen Kuiper Jr., 81, died peacefully on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at Faith Hospice Trillium Woods following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He leaves his wife of 60 years, Ann Kuiper, and their children, David & Darlene Kuiper, Patricia & Gerald Rubingh, Joy & James Gibbs, Daniel & Cora Kuiper; their 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. A private family burial will take place at...
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Jackie Sue Klinesteker

February 21, 1961 - October 10, 2010

Mrs. Jackie (Hindman) Klinesteker, age 49, of Rockford,passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2010. She grew up in Grand Rapids and was a 1979 graduate of West Catholic High School where she was in the National Honor Society and played in the marching band and the jazz band. Jackie was a graduate of MSU with a Masters Degree in Social Work. She was a social worker at Hope Network from 1985 until...
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Earl W. Marsman, Sr.

February 13, 2010 - October 9, 2010

Mr. Earl W. Marsman, Sr., age 72, of Ada, passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 9, 2010. He was a 1956 graduate of Lowell High School where he and his sweetheart Joanne Kaufield were voted class couple. They were married on June 27, 1958. At age nine Earl accepted Christ as his personal Saviour in Tucson, AZ. He worked at various jobs, and then worked for Tubergen...
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William Kenneth Trussell III

April 22, 1962 - October 8, 2010

Mr. William K. Trussell III, age 48, of Cedar Springs, passed away on October 8, 2010. After his graduation from Rockford High School in 1980, he worked for General Formulation Company. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Peggy Christensen Trussell, whom he married on August 8, 1997; his children, William “Kenny” Trussell IV and his friend Jennifer Skelonc, Joshua and Tara Trussell,...
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James E. McIntyre

June 21, 1932 - October 7, 2010

Mr. James “Jim” E. McIntyre, age 78, of Rockford, passed away very unexpectedly on Thursday, October 7, 2010. His parents, R. L. (the auctioneer) and Gladys (nee Rowlin) McIntyre had a farm in Cedar Springs and that is where Jim learned to farm especially when walking behind the horses. He was the youngest of six children who grew up during the Depression era. In 1950 Jim graduated from Cedar...
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Thelma Boom

December 23, 1915 - October 5, 2010

Mrs. Thelma “Grams” Boom, age 94, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2010. She is survived by her children, John and Patricia Boom, Joan Faught, and Charles and Joann Boom; 9 grandchildren, several great and great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband John of 53 years, her daughter Patsy Stratton and her brother and sister.
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Elilzabeth "Betty" Johnson

February 13, 1929 - October 2, 2010

Mrs. Elizabeth “Betty” Johnson, age 81, of Grand Rapids, passed away late Saturday evening, October 2, 2010. She was a 1947 graduate of Howard City High School and then attended beauty school to become a hair stylist. Betty first met Richard at a dance on Christmas night, had another date on New Years Eve, and after a loving courtship, they were married on October 15, 1948. In addition to...
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Adaline Yoder

February 3, 1919 - October 1, 2010

Mrs. Adaline Yoder, age 91, of Sparta, passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Friday, October 1, 2010. She grew up on their Amish farm in Indiana. Because her mother died when she was two years old, her father raised her with the help from her brother, Amos who made her clothes and taught her how to read and do math. When she was three years old, she met Harley. Adaline and Harley...
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Ralph "Rowdy" Kober

November 19, 1931 - October 1, 2010

Mr. Ralph “Rowdy” Kober, age 78, passed away on Friday, October 1, 2010. He was born in Alpine Township to John and Barbara (nee Peters) Kober and had lived within a mile of his family’s farm home for his whole life. Rowdy married Doris Rosenberger and then entered the US Army serving his country in Korea. After the service, he farmed on “The Ridge” and drove produce to Detroit and...
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June DeShaw

June 30, 1938 - October 1, 2010

DESHAW - June DeShaw, age 72, passed away Friday, October 1, 2010. She is preceded in death by her husband, Earl; son, Daniel. She is survived by her children, Brenda (John) Jager, Dave (Amy) DeShaw, Ted (Tammy) DeShaw, Sue (Butch) Smith, and Diane (Bob) Sullivan; Sister Kay Franklin; sister-in-laws, Barb Dexter, and Carol Dexter; brother-in-law, Alvern Redder; grandchildren; great-grandchildren....
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Luke Kimberlin

June 4, 1981 - September 29, 2010

S/Sgt Luke W. Kimberlin, age 29, passed away on September 29, 2010 while stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. Luke was a graduate of Lowell High School in 1999. While in school he took part in drama and loved music. After he joined the Army you may say his interests changed. Luke loved the out of doors, rock climbing and cliff diving, as well as playing online video games with his buddies. He...
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William Nelson

October 7, 1926 - September 29, 2010

William Nelson Services: In honoring Bill’s wishes, there will not be a funeral or memorial service. However, relatives and friends may meet with the family on Friday, October 15th at Hager Park in Jenison from 4:00 to 8:00 pm in the Vanderlaan Room in the Pavilion. William “Bill” W. Nelson, Sr., of Hudsonville, passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 9 days before his 84th birthday,...
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Jerome "Joe" Barton

October 21, 1920 - September 28, 2010

Mr. Jerome “Joe” Barton, age 89, passed away on Tuesday, September 28, 2010. He grew up in New Jersey and was a 1938 graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School. Joe played football and held several part-time jobs which included delivering newspapers, delivering groceries, and helping his dad with his lobster boat. Some could also say that he was a prohibition employee. Joe proudly served his...
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Bonnie Ebeling

March 6, 1942 - September 26, 2010

Bonita (Bonnie) K. Ebeling passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2010, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Bonnie is survived by her husband, Ollie Ebeling, her children, Robert (Cindy) Ingersoll, Pamela (Terry) Morey, and Theresa Ebeling; and their children, Mindy (Michael) Jerke, Jackalynn Ingersoll, Samantha George, and Heather Miles. Her brother William (Noreen) Schansema. She...
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Kody E. Klase

June 12, 1994 - September 26, 2010

Kody E. Klase, age 16, of Belmont, passed away very unexpectedly on Sunday, September 26, 2010. He was a sophomore at Rockford High School and enjoyed attending the Youth Group at Resurrection Life Church in Rockford. Kody is survived by his loving parents, Dean and Cheryl; brother, Wayne Miller; sister, Amanda Mendez; and niece, Cherish Mendez; aunts, Pam (Charlie) Neihardt and Dana Moore; and...
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Donald Fisher

September 4, 1922 - September 24, 2010

Mr. Donald Fisher, age 88, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Friday, September 24, 2010. He served his country during WWII in the Army/Air Force as Second Lt. and Bombardier, flying on 35 bombing missions. After the service, Don married his high school sweetheart, Beverly. He operated Don’s Owens Gas Station (44th & 131). He was a member of the Silver Lake Country Club, and the Loyal Order of...
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JoAnn Belter

June 17, 1929 - September 20, 2010

Services: Memorial services are 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 at Central Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, with the Rev. Dr. Louis Lotz and the Rev. Mary Bos officiating. Visitation: Visitation is during a reception following the service. JoAnn Elene Belter, age 81, of Grand Rapids and formerly of Holland, died Monday, September 20, 2010, at Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods, Byron Center. Born to Dr....
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Mary Ann Carpenter

March 25, 1904 - September 19, 2010

Mrs. Mary Ann Carpenter, age 106, the senior member of the Rockford Community, passed away late Sunday evening, September 19, 2010, at her home. She lived all her life within five miles of Rockford, MI. Mary was born to Jennie and George Dunn on a farm on Courtland Drive where she grew up. She attended Shank Elementary School on 12 Mile Road and graduated from Rockford High School in 1922. Mary...
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Ruth Marsman

September 4, 1914 - September 19, 2010

Mrs. Ruth Marsman, age 96, of Grand Rapids, passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 19, 2010. She was a member of Orchard Hills Reformed Church and a 1932 graduate of Union High School. Ruth helped her husband who was the founder of Marsman Construction which is now operated by her sons. She and Harold were the patriarchs of a family that believed in the love of God,...
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Peter Seif

May 20, 1932 - September 17, 2010

Mr. Peter N. Seif, age 78, passed away on September 17, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; children, Peter T. and Robin Seif, Patti Seif; step-children, Larry Benner, Sharon Tammens; 6 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brother, Herman and Jane Seif; sisters, Gertrude and Bruce Baird, Esther and Leonard VanderJagt. Peter worked faithfully for Michigan Wheel Corp. for 43 years, later...
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Robert DeYoung

September 6, 1921 - September 15, 2010

Mr. Robert DeYoung, age 89, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. He grew up on the northeast side of Grand Rapids, spent his young teenage years in Colorado, and then moved back with his family to Grand Rapids. Bob worked at Uncle Mel's Service and graduated from Central High School in 1939. He met his sweetheart, Lee when she was only nine years old. Back...
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Angela Louck

July 22, 1986 - September 15, 2010

Mrs. Angela (Apsey) Louck, age 24, of Belding, passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. She was a 2004 graduate of Belding High School. Angie was an outdoors person who liked riding quads, hunting, fishing, boating, camping, and enjoying bonfires with friends and family. After high school, she became a Medical Assistant. Angie really enjoyed working at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and...
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Louise M. Dilay

March 1, 1924 - September 15, 2010


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Kathryn L. Metzger

January 30, 1921 - September 14, 2010

Mrs. Kathryn (Ruehs) Metzger, age 89, of Grand Rapids, passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 14, 2010. She was a 1939 graduate of Caledonia High School and a very involved member of St. James Lutheran Church where she was confirmed in 1942. Kathryn sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and was a member of the Dorcas Society. For a while, she worked as a...
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Eugene Kolodziej

July 2, 1920 - September 14, 2010


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Pamela Hall

July 30, 1960 - September 14, 2010

Mrs. Pamela K. Hall, age 50, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 14, 2010. She was born in Germany while her father, Allen Sharum was stationed there. Pam grew up with her mother and brother in Flushing MI. She was a graduate of Flushing Christian High School where she sang in the school choir and worked part-time at Meijer's in order to help her family. Pam met Bruce...
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Sharon K. Carpenter

August 5, 1941 - September 13, 2010

Sharon "Sharona" Conner Carpenter, age 69, of Grand Rapids passed away on Monday afternoon, September 13, 2010. Sharon was the wife of Gordon Carpenter; daughter of Arthur and Mae Conner, all of whom preceded her in death. Beloved mother of Holly (Dan) Van Popering and Nikki Olson; dear grandmother of Taylor Olson, all of Grand Rapids. Brothers: Mike Conner, Gary Conner of Texas; sisters,...
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Rosemary A. Mann

February 11, 1939 - September 12, 2010

Mrs. Rosemary Mann, age 72, of Cedar Springs, formerly of Charlevoix, passed away on Sunday, September 12th, at Metron of Cedar Springs, following a brave and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Growing up in Charlevoix, Rosemary was active in 4-H, graduated from high school, and volunteered as a Candy Striper at Charlevoix Hospital. After her marriage to husband, Philip, she became a...
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James A. Shripka

July 31, 1928 - September 12, 2010

Mr. James Shripka, age 82, passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2010. He was born in Zilwaukee, MI and served his country in the US Navy aboard the Destroyer USS Cone. Jim spent most of his working years in the bus business and was known throughout the country for his knowledge of bus garage maintenance and management. After many years on the east side of the state he joined GRATA (RAPID) as...
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Delores I. Tuffs

June 18, 1933 - September 10, 2010

Delores Yvonne Tuffs, formerly of Comstock Park, born June 18, 1933, loving wife of Lloyd Tuffs, who preceded her in death, passed away on Friday, September 10, 2010. She will be deeply missed by her children, Debbie and Ken Mattyssee, Deanna Mey, Monte and Nancy Tuffs, Dawn and Kevin Campbell; former son in-law, Eric Mey; grandchildren, Adam, Holly and Michelle LaFave, Jason, Amanda and...
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Mary Hoffman

January 25, 1926 - September 9, 2010

Mary Pearce Hoffman, age 84, a longtime resident of Bountiful, Utah, and more recently of Gig Harbor, Washington, passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 9, 2010 to be with her Lord and Savior. Mary, who was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Hoffman, leaves behind a daughter and son-in-law, Lexine and David Bennett of Belmont, Michigan; a son, Scott Hoffman; four grandchildren ...
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Harold C. Rose, Jr.

June 16, 1946 - September 7, 2010

Harold C. Rose, age 64, of Cedar Springs, was called to his heavenly home on Tuesday September 7, 2010 after suffering several strokes. He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Margaret Rose; his brother Ronald E. Rose; and his sister Leona Wheeler. He is survived by his loving brother Donald Rose Sr., and four sisters; Laurel Stevens, Barbara Beemer, Charlene Sherd, and Shirley Dines. ...
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James A. Christopher

December 22, 1922 - September 5, 2010

Mr. James A. Christopher, age 87, of Belmont, passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2010. He was a World War II veteran, retired U.S. postal worker, a Catholic Central graduate, and an all city football player. James was a lifelong resident of the Grand Rapids area, a devout Catholic who was a fan of Notre Dame Football, and a member of the Creston VFW Post #3023. He is survived by his loving and...
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Gary L. Garner

September 26, 1946 - September 5, 2010

Mr. Gary L. Garner, age 63, of Sand Lake, passed away on Sunday morning, September 5, 2010. He met the love of his life at a dance. After Gary found out that Dale worked in a restaurant in Greenville, he was a frequent customer. After a year of a loving courtship, they eloped to Mexico and were married on February 25, 1968. They stayed in California where Gary worked as an auto mechanic. As their...
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Andrea Anna Beeman

September 22, 1981 - September 3, 2010

Andrea "Anna" Beeman, age 28, of Grand Haven, passed away on Friday, September 3, 2010, while surrounded by her family who loved her very much. She was preceded in death by her son, Jaden Beeman, her father, Edward Beeman, and her grandfathers, Richard Beeman, Gary Congdon, and Bob Weeks, Sr., Anna was a lovable woman with a ready smile and enthusiastic hug. She loved talking on the phone and...
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Vander E. Merritt

November 2, 1930 - September 2, 2010

Mr. Vander "Van" Merritt, age 79, of Cedar Springs, passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2010. He was a carpenter, a trade that he learned from his family. Van enlisted in the US Navy where he worked as a mechanic on the aircraft. After returning home, Van worked in carpentry with his brother, Chuck. For most of his life he did upholstering, first at Furniture City. Then he opened his own...
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Melvin Moseley, Sr.

April 20, 1919 - August 31, 2010


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Paul Van Liere

October 27, 1922 - August 28, 2010

VAN LIERE Mr. Paul Van Liere, age 87, of Holland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 29, 2010. He grew up in Roseland, IL and graduated from Fenger High School in Chicago where he received a football scholarship to the University of Illinois. WWII intervened, and Paul served his country in the US Army, receiving a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, and was an MIA and captured....
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Luella L. Gleason

May 17, 1931 - August 28, 2010

Mrs. Luella Gleason, age 79, of Rockford, passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, George Gleason, grandson, Kyle Alcumbrack, and great-grandson, Evan Birdyshaw. Luella is survived by her children; Tisa Boatright, Teresa and Pete Plas, Fred and Pat Gleason, Tina and Danny Galloup, Sheryl and Chris Sanders, Timothy Gleason, Anita Gleason,...
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Robert J. Houghton

May 2, 1937 - August 27, 2010

Mr. Robert Houghton, age 73, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, August 27, 2010. He grew up on the farm in Ensley Center on Locust Street where his family farmed 160 acres plus rented land. Bob was the youngest of 12 children and loved every minute of growing up on the farm. He quit school so he could help his parents with the dairy cattle, corn, and pickles....
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Beth Ann Powell

June 7, 1952 - August 27, 2010

Beth Ann Powell, age 58, passed away on Friday, August 27, 2010. She was a 1970 graduate of Rockford High School and worked in Hospitality Management for a country club. Beth is survived by her beloved children, Bret Hoag, Derek Hoag, William Ribbens, Rose Ribbens, Daniel Ribbens; four grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Richard and Marian Powell, Leon and Marilyn Powell, Helen and David Cook,...
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Maxine N. Alber

September 7, 1918 - August 27, 2010

Mrs. Maxine Alber, age 91, passed away on Friday, August 27, 2010. She was a 1936 graduate of Rockford High School where she played basketball and was a cheerleader. While in high school Maxine worked at the Five and Dime Store and later worked at the Chrysler dealership for Sharkey Whittel. Maxine married her middle school sweetheart, Bernie. She was very involved with the American Legion Ladies...
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Donna E. Callahan

November 27, 1929 - August 26, 2010

Mrs. Donna E. Callahan, age 80, went to be with her Lord on August 26, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard. Donna will be lovingly remembered by her children, Pam and Harley Whiting, Susan and Paul Kilmer, Theresa and Mike McCant, Dan and Doreen Place, David Place, Lora Keena, Larry and Judith Callahan, Kathy and William Anastasiades, Matthew and Barbara Callahan, and Dan and...
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John Postma

June 27, 1935 - August 24, 2010

Mr. John Postma, age 75 passed away on Monday, August 24, 2010. John was an air traffic controller for the F.A.A. He attended and graduated from Purdue University. John is survived by a dear friend Blanca Santiago of Grand Rapids, MI.
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Joan Robach

March 19, 1935 - August 23, 2010

Joan M. Robach, age 75, of Grand Rapids passed away on August 23, 2010. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Lou (Sue) Robach, Linda Robach, Tim Robach and Tammy Robach; her grandchildren Nikki (Karl) Wyble, Joe (Sara) Robach, Josh (Megan) Robach and Kristy Robach; her great-grandchildren, Brynn, Jackson, Hayden and Claire. She was preceded in death by her parents Michigan Republican...
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Polly Joan Phillips

October 10, 1951 - August 20, 2010

Polly Joan Phillips, age 58, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Friday, August 20, 2010. She was a graduate of Milford High School and worked as a Phlebotomist for Spectrum Health. Polly is survived by her loving daughters, Susan and Jeremiah Benedict and Catherine and Matt Dailey; five grandchildren;
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James Rags Ragsdale

December 18, 1943 - August 20, 2010

Mr. James "Rags" Ragsdale, age 66, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 20, 2010. He grew up on the west side of Grand Rapids and delivered the newspapers from a very early age (often times getting up at 4 a.m.). In 1962 he graduated form Union High School where he played baseball. Jim enlisted in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War, specialized in decoding, and left the service with a...
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Bruce A. Parks

January 28, 1974 - August 19, 2010

PARKS (Cedar Springs) Mr. Bruce A. Parks, age 36, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 19, 2010. He is survived by his children, Justin Parks, Corey Parks, David Kindle, Eathen Kindle, Dillon Tinkham; Step-son Thomas Kindle; mother, Pamela Parks; brothers, Scott Parks, Toby (Melanie) Osmolinski, Shawn Parks, and sister, Tasha Johnson. Memorial services will be held at the Pederson...
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Roger E. Willett

September 27, 1930 - August 18, 2010

Mr. Roger "Buck" Willett, age 79, passed away on Wednesday, August 18, 2010. He grew up on the family farm at Blakely and M-44 (Belding Road) where he and his brother would herd the cows. In 1950 Roger graduated from Rockford High School. He played guard, played JV basketball, and participated in the FFA. His parents moved to Cedar Springs when his father became their Chief of Police. Roger...
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Robert A. Compeau

October 4, 1926 - August 16, 2010

Mr. Robert A. Compeau, age 83, of Rockford, MI, passed away on Monday, August 16, 2010. He grew up in Trenton, MI and graduated from Trenton Slocum Truax High School where he played football as a guard. Beginning at the age of 11, Bob worked at a small grocery store and continued working until his graduation. He then entered the US Army, serving as a Staff/Sgt. during WWII. After the military,...
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Laurrene B. Snyder

May 6, 1925 - August 16, 2010

Mrs. Laurrene B. Snyder, age 85, formerly of Lowell, passed away on Monday, August 16, 2010 in Palm Bay, FL. For a short time she worked for Newell Manufacturing and Wolverine World Wide. She loved children and enjoyed babysitting. Mrs. Snyder is survived by her children, Sandra Jean Smith, Larry Lee, Mitchell and Sandra Ruble, Mark and Charlotte Ruble, and Lorri Miller; 8 grandchildren; many...
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Stanley Pulaski

May 12, 1928 - August 16, 2010

Mr. Stanley H. Pulaski, age 82, passed away on Monday, August 16, 2010. A very dedicated and honorable career Navy man, Sr. Chief Petty Officer Stanley Pulaski served his country, his God, and his flag in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis of 61 years; children, Lynda Seabrook, Catherine (Roger) Schutter, Lori Pulaski, David (Gail) Pulaski, Stacey (Mark) Obermeyer, Scott ...
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Deborah Stray

February 8, 1951 - August 16, 2010

Deborah Stray, age 59, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Monday, August 16, 2010, after a long and courageous journey with cancer. She loved meeting people, especially at her job at Speedway. Deborah is survived by her loving daughter, Brenda Stray and her companion, Carlos Rodriguez; grandchildren, Phillip (Audrey) Remington, Stephanie Remington; great-granddaughter, Sophia Remington; sister,...
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Erwin J. Cooper

June 3, 1928 - August 15, 2010

Mr. Erwin J. Cooper, age 82, of Cedar Springs, passed away on Sunday, August 15, 2010. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. For 36 years Erwin worked as a machine operator for Lear Siegler where he also served as Union Stewart. Erwin worked seven days a week, provided well for his family, and was a perfectionist in whatever he did. He was a member of the American Legion...
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Jeanne E. Denner

October 20, 1919 - August 14, 2010

Mrs. Jeanne Elvyra Denner (nee Nielsen) October 20, 1919-August 14, 2010 She was a refined, intelligent woman who was fond of music, books, and the natural world. Also, Jeanne was known for her good works, centered mainly around the Priscilla Guild of South Congregational Church and Pilgrim Manor. Born in the Danish farming community of Trufant, MI, Jeanne was the spirited daughter of Rudolph...
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Wayne V. Cummings

July 11, 1923 - August 13, 2010

Mr. Wayne V. Cummings, age 87, passed away Friday, August 13, 2010. After serving his country during World War II, he worked as an electrician for Reynolds Metal Company, retiring after 30 years. He is survived by his daughter, Joyce and Leonard Kik of Grand Rapids and his son, Larry Cummings of Lowell; 3 grandchildren and several great grandchildren; his special cousin, Delores Powers. His...
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Marilyn K. Laninga

January 13, 1941 - August 12, 2010


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Dawn A. Vanhamlin

July 11, 1936 - August 12, 2010

Mrs. Dawn A. VanHamlin, age 74, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Thursday, August 12, 2010. She was a 1954 graduate of Godwin Heights High School where she played the clarinet and lettered in the band. Dawn was a waitress at the original Johnny Brann's Restaurant, retiring after 30 plus years. She also volunteered at the National Kidney Foundation. Dawn received a kidney from her daughter Elaine...
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Barbara A. Kurtz

September 25, 1938 - August 12, 2010

Mrs. Barbara Kurtz, age 71, of Silver Lake in Rockford, passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Thursday, August 12, 2010. She was a 1956 graduate of Creston High School and worked for 28 years as a Financial Secretary for Rockford Public Schools. Barb lived her life with a servant's heart and worshipped at West Cannon Baptist Church where she was very active. Barb is survived by her...
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Carl F. Safranski

January 7, 1928 - August 11, 2010

Carl F. Safranski, age 82, of Belmont, passed away on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, at the Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Health Center after a short illness. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 60 years, Mary (Mc Philamy); his daughters, Susan (William, Jr.) Pettinga and Linda (Mark) Shaltz; grandsons, Robert (Jennifer) Fortuna, and Joshua (Nathan Gapinski) Fortuna; two great-grandchildren,...
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William Hunter

November 29, 1953 - August 10, 2010


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Ryan Paul Barnes

February 7, 1985 - August 10, 2010

Ryan Paul Barnes, age 25, passed away unexpectedly on August 10, 2010, but not before loved ones gathered at bedside to bid him on life's final journey. A 2003 Kenowa Hills graduate, Ryan represented the third generation of the family's flooring and window-covering business, AAA Sales. He loved a cold trout stream with his dad, a good wedge shot with family and friends and his broad smile could...
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Troy M. Winker

May 8, 1967 - August 10, 2010

Mr. Troy M. Winker, age 43, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 10, 2010. He worked as a draftsman for W. L. Perry. Troy is survived by his wife, Stacie (Eidson); son, Noah; mother, Mrs. Janice Winker; brother, Jeff (Amy) Winker; grandmother, Mrs. Sarah Kubitskey. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Winker.
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Mary Ellen Winters

January 26, 1940 - August 10, 2010

Mrs. Mary Ellen Winters, age 70, went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, August 10, 2010. Mary is survived by her loving husband, Robert; son, Troy Winters; mother, Lois Pikaart; grandchildren, Calieen, Brinan (Brenda), Andre, Derek Winters; great-grandchildren, Cayden and Cydnee; brothers, Roland Oosterhouse, Gordon (Linda) Oosterhouse and a sister-in-law Mary Oosterhouse. She was preceded in...
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Emil J. Caprara, Jr.

August 24, 1936 - August 9, 2010

Mr. Emil J. Caprara, Jr., age 73, passed away on August 9, 2010. He was born in Turtle Creek, PA in 1936 and was the son of Erminio and Giovinnia Bracci Caprara. Emil graduated with his Bachelor's (1958) and Master's (1962) degrees from Penn State University. While at Penn State he enjoyed a successful career as a full back on their football team. After college Emil moved to Grand Rapids to...
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Mark Rau

April 19, 1959 - August 7, 2010

Mr. Mark S. Rau, age 51, of Cedar Springs, passed away very unexpectedly on Saturday, August 7, 2010. He grew up on the family farm in Cedar Springs where he helped his family and also his neighbors. Mark was a graduate of Kent City High School; he played and lettered in football. Through friends, Mark and Christy met and had their first date at a Mexican restaurant. After a loving courtship they...
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Mark Comstock

December 20, 1951 - August 5, 2010


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Thelma Golaher

April 8, 1906 - August 4, 2010

Mrs. Thelma "Shorty" Golaher, age 104, one of the senior members of the Rockford Community passed away on Wednesday morning, August 4, 2010, at her home. Her parents, Robert and Anna (nee Wallace) Haffey were early settlers in Rockford, farming their land on Shaner Avenue in Courtland Twp. To attend school she and her brothers and sisters would hitch up the horses, take a buggy into town, unhitch...
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Arthur L. Menzel

September 2, 1933 - August 3, 2010

Mr. Arthur Lee Menzel, Sr., age 76, of Cedar Springs, passed away on Tuesday, August 3, 2010. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the American Legion. Art especially enjoyed spending his time and working with the Boy Scouts of America. He is survived by his children, Barbara Menzel, Patricia Menzel, Susan Menzel, Carol Miller, Arthur and D'arcy Menzel, Jr., and James and...
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Connie S. Turner

April 9, 1961 - August 3, 2010

Connie Turner, age 49, of Grand Rapids, passed away on August 3, 2010, following a brave and courageous battle with lung cancer. For many years Connie was a career waitress in the Grand Rapids area. She is survived by her daughter, Nicole; her granddaughter, Janiya; her mother, Mary; her sister, Natalie Turner; her brother, Richard Turner; and nieces and nephews. A gathering for Connie will be...
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Claude Graham

July 20, 1930 - August 3, 2010

Mr. Claude Arthur Graham, age 80, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, August 3, 2010. He was a 1948 graduate of Comstock Park High School where he excelled in footfall, track, and baseball. Claude competed as a semi-pro in football for the Grand Rapids All Stars. He was an avid boxer, and in 1949 Claude was honored as the Golden Glove Champion novice in the 175 lb. category. Beginning at the...
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Thomas J. Wickham

May 5, 1945 - August 3, 2010


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Taylor Autumn Greer

January 26, 1993 - August 1, 2010

Taylor Autumn Greer, age 17, passed away on Sunday, August 1, 2010, from injuries she sustained in an automobile accident while camping in the Upper Peninsula. Taylor was looking forward to her senior year at Rockford High School where she had a 3.5 GPA and was about to begin her fourth year with the cheer team. She was a RHS Varsity cheerleader both in competitive and sideline cheering. She...
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John Henry Brower

June 30, 1922 - July 30, 2010

John Henry Brower, age 88 years 1 month, of Lowell, a child of God, loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away Friday, July 30, 2010. Born to Henry and Beatrice Brower on June 30, 1922, he graduated from Rockford High School where he played football. He then served his country in the U.S. Navy where he served aboard the USS Micka. He married Betty June Smith on March 21, 1943...
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Glen W. Martin

July 6, 1932 - July 29, 2010

Mr. Glen W. Martin, age 78, of Rockford and formerly of Caledonia, passed away on Thursday, July 29, 2010. For many years, he and his wife, Bonnie owned and operated their business, "Tis the Season," where they rented pop-up campers. He is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie; children, Daniel Martin, David Martin, Doug Martin, Laura Ann LaFontsee, Steven (Bonnie) Bott, Terri Lee (Bill) Yeck, Kurt...
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Mary Frances Carnevale

June 28, 1944 - July 29, 2010

Mary Frances (Breslin) Carnevale, age 66, of Ada, died peacefully on Thursday, July 29, 2010, after a brave and courageous journey with cancer. In 1962 she graduated from Corpus Christi High School in Galesburg, IL. After high school she attended Clark College, then entered the Maryknoll Missionary Sisters for two years. She attended Marquette University, graduating with a B.A. in English. Mary...
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Naomi Jean Taylor

July 12, 1931 - July 28, 2010

Mrs. Jean Taylor, age 79, passed away on Wednesday, July 28, 2010. She was a graduate of Rockford High School and attended Business College with training in accounting. She was organized and articulate, compassionate and gracious, as well as a nurturing, good-hearted mother. Jean is survived by her loving husband, John; children, Michael (Joanne) Chandler Jeffory Chandler, Richard (Rose) Chandler...
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Donald Hulst

October 12, 1934 - July 28, 2010

Mr. Donald Hulst, age 76, in now sleeping in Jesus awaiting the resurrection. Don and his wife, Irene were members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Sparta. For 42 years he worked as a repair technician for Michigan Bell. Don enjoyed gardening and traveling. He loved being with his family and many friends. Don is survived by his children, Michael Hulst of Cedar Springs, Dorene and John...
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Richard DeYoung

September 30, 1952 - July 26, 2010

Mr. Richard "Dick" DeYoung, age 57, of Grand Rapids, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 26, 2010. In 1970 he graduated from Creston High School where he participated in wrestling and track. While attending high school Dick worked at Pilgrim Manor and at Staal Buick. After high school, Dick attended Grand Rapids Community College. He worked at Evan's Product, then Good Steel from 1973 to...
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R. Paul Doherty

June 2, 1938 - July 26, 2010

Rev. R. (Richard) Paul Doherty of Rockford, age 72, passed away peacefully Monday, July 26, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents John James Doherty, Alice Mae (Helsel) Doherty, and his older brother Jack Junior Doherty. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joan Elaine (Davies) Doherty; daughter, Susan Kathleen (Matthew J.V.) Wilton of Mattawan; sons,...
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Marilyn Bell

October 2, 1925 - July 26, 2010

Mrs. Marilyn J. (Beaudry) Bell, age 84, of Belmont, passed away on Monday, July 26, 2010. Marilyn grew up in the Detroit area where she met her husband, Jim. They were married in Wyoming, moved to Rockford where they raised a family and retired in Belmont. They were married for 59 years at the time of Jim's death in 2007. Marilyn was a stay-at-home mom and wife who provided day-care for...
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Betty W. Fletcher

July 1, 1935 - July 26, 2010

Mrs. Betty W. Fletcher, age 75, of Belmont, passed away on Monday, July 26, 2010. She worked as a baker for restaurants. Betty's greatest joy was playing with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. She is survived by her children, Don and Kitty Fletcher, Ronald Fletcher and Darryl Allen, Terry Bassett, Dorothy Belanger, Keith and Trish Fletcher, Sharon and Bob...
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Ervin F. Hole

February 24, 1928 - July 24, 2010

Mr. Ervin F. Hole, age 82, of Rockford, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 24, 2010. In 1946 he graduated from Rockford High School. Ervin served his country, his God, and his flag in the US Navy. He was such a wonderful father, grandfather, and great friend to all. After the service Ervin worked as a toolmaker at General Motors, retiring after 30 years. He was a long-time...
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Eleanor Mccormick

February 14, 1919 - July 22, 2010

Mrs. Eleanor Virginia (Klaver) McCormick, age 91, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2010. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Gerard McCormick, her brothers, George and Bud (Eleanor's twin), and sister, Hazel. They enjoyed many wonderful years of retirement at their home on Cowan Lake with family and friends. Over the years, they had been active parishioners at St....
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Charmaine Sue Mitchell

November 5, 1950 - July 22, 2010

Mrs. Charmaine "Sue" Mitchell, age 59, passed away very unexpectedly on Thursday, July 22, 2010. She is survived by her loving husband, Michael; daughters, Christina Oakes and Tammy Lee Oaks; brothers, Jeff (Barb) Hanson and Richard Hanson.
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Ryan Oleneack

April 20, 1976 - July 22, 2010

Ryan Oleneack, age 34, passed away very unexpectedly from accidental injuries on Thursday, July 22, 2010. Ryan was the oldest of five children and was raised in Belmont where he loved playing basketball, being out-of-doors, and playing video games. While at Rockford High School , he took many AP courses and graduated in 1994. Ryan loved numbers, and he could give you the averages and data on many...
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Juan A. Ortiz

March 28, 1955 - July 22, 2010

Juan Able Ortiz, age 55, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Thursday, July 22, 2010. He is survived by his loving wife, Rennye; children, Marcella, David, Michael, and Mario; grandchildren, Macario and Eusevio; brothers, Santos (Mary Jane) Ortiz, Joe (Becky) Ortiz, Bernardino (Janie) Ortiz, Teyo Ortiz, Reynaldo Ortiz; sisters, Dominga (Robert) Solis, Guadalupe Bolderas; many nieces and nephews.
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Maribeth Cooper

March 1, 1962 - July 20, 2010

Mrs. Maribeth Cooper, age 48, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. She was a graduate of Rockford High School. Maribeth was a faithful, courageous, talented, soft-spoken, tender-hearted, Christ-centered person who felt it was a blessing to work with special need children. She also worked with seniors as an in-home health care provider. Maribeth is survived by her loving husband...
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Molly Barr

January 3, 1975 - July 20, 2010

Mrs. Molly Shana Barr, age 35, of Rockford, passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Tuesday morning, July 20, 2010, surrounded by her loving family following a very brave and courageous battle with cancer. Molly grew up in Springfield, Oregon where she attended Springfield High School. While in high school, she was the homecoming queen, prom queen, played soccer, ran track, and was on...
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Mildred J. Dolphin

June 9, 1930 - July 19, 2010

Mrs. Mildred "Dude" Jean (Antor) Dolphin, age 80, passed away Monday, July 19, 2010 surrounded by her loving family and is now with her Lord. She loved family reunions, road trips, playing cards and going out with her friends to lunch. She was a member of the Paddle Pop Card Club, the American Legion #376, and was a life long member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Alpine. She was preceded in...
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Jean M. Anderson

October 27, 1919 - July 17, 2010

Mrs. Jean M. Anderson, age 90, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2010. She was a graduate of Ottawa Hills High School. Jean attended Davenport College after high school and received her Associates Degree. She worked as a coordinator for Hartford Insurance. After her husband passed away she worked at the American Red Cross. Her main focus was to help military personnel get...
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Emily Meno

November 13, 2004 - July 17, 2010

Emily Marie Meno, age 5, passed away very unexpectedly on July 16, 2010, and now rests safely in the arms of Jesus. She attended Wellerwood Preschool and was enrolled in the kindergarten class for this fall. Her favorite toy was "Clifford," and Emily was delighted when her mom would read about Clifford the big oversize dog who would get into mischief because of his size. She lived as an active...
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Clarence C. Blakeslee

October 30, 1914 - July 16, 2010

Mr. Clarence Blakeslee, a.k.a. "Mr. Rockford," age 95, passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Friday afternoon, July 16, 2010. He was a 1932 graduate of Rockford High School and a member of the Golden "R" Club. Clarence was a decorated WWII veteran; and with encouragement from the local newspaper, he wrote many articles of his war experience, which were published. From 1948 until 1979...
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Steven R. Kerns

September 10, 1956 - July 15, 2010

Mr. Steven R. Kerns, age 53, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 15, 2010. He was a high school graduate and played football. Steven did construction work and also rode in the rodeo. He met Jan the love of his life through a friend. He and Jan attended Red Pine Bible Church. They enjoyed being together at home to watch movies or be with one another. Steven also liked the...
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Barbara E. Millard

June 13, 1927 - July 14, 2010

Mrs. Barbara E. Bostelaar Millard, age 83, passed away on Wednesday morning, July 14, 2010, at her residence. She was a longtime employee of Lear Siegler and while living in Florida she worked at Baxter Medical Supply. Surviving are her son, Larry Bostelaar and his wife, Sharon; her daughters, Cathy Smith and Michelle (Donald) Bos; her grandchildren, Michael (Ronda) Bostelaar, Brenda Bostelaar...
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Thomas M. Streeter

July 13, 1926 - July 13, 2010

Mr. Thomas Streeter, of Grand Rapids and formerly of Rockford, passed away as he wished on his 84th birthday, July 13, 2010. When the call of his country was heard during WW II and the Korean War, WT3rd Class Thomas Streeter, answered. Self was forgotten for a greater clause and with an abiding faith in God, Country and Flag he marched away to serve in the US Navy. Tom was a member of Courtland...
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Patty Kuiper

March 24, 1942 - July 13, 2010

Pastor Patty Ryan Kuiper, age 68, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, July 13, 2010. She grew up on the southeast side of Grand Rapids. While growing up, Patty took piano and dance lessons. She along with her sisters, Elizabeth, Lynne, and Susan sang at many church functions accompanied by their mom who played the piano. She studied hard and graduated from Ottawa High School in...
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