Our Obituaries

Harold William Morrison

March 20, 1928 - August 13, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Eugenia Mary Ozinga

November 18, 1927 - August 12, 2017

Eugenia Mary (Evans) Ozinga, age 89, died peacefully on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at home with her son David in Lebanon, Ohio, where she had resided for the past eight months. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Glen Arnold Ozinga, five brothers Jacob Evans, Richard Evans, Carl Evans, William Evans, Philip Evans, and one sister Virginia Anglin (Evans). Surviving are her children...
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Joseph Elson Melton

August 11, 1932 - August 12, 2017

Joseph Elson Melton, 8/11/1932 - 8/12/2017 of Grand Rapids was born in Benton, Arkansas to George and Bertha Melton. Joe spent his life working in sales and retired after owning a campground with his loving wife, Irene Melton, of 48 years. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Herbert, Gerald, and Dale Melton along with his sisters, Lavern Melton, Marie Ludeke, and Verna Hodkins, and his...
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Robert Scott Dertien

March 24, 1981 - August 12, 2017

Robert Scott Dertien, age 36 of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully, after complications from a recent surgery, while in the company of loved ones on August 12, 2017. He was born in Grand Rapids in the Spring of 1981 to Thomas and Candice Dertien. Rob will be lovingly remembered by his parents; brothers Steve (Alisa) and Todd as well as by his niece Avery and nephew Colin. Also surviving Rob is...
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Gerard Leo Pawloski

October 10, 1947 - August 9, 2017

Gerard Leo Pawloski, passed away on August 9, 2017. Jerry was the second oldest of seven children born to the late, Adam and Irene Pawloski. He is also preceded in death by his brother, David. Jerry was the epitome of class. After earning two Masters Degrees, one in Business Administration and the other in Mechanical Engineering, Jerry resided in Michigan. He was a proud MSU alumni. He was always...
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Donald Lavern Vis

May 19, 1931 - August 8, 2017

Donald Laverne Vis age 86, of Comstock Park, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 in the comfort of his home and in the company of his family. He was born in Grand Rapids in the Spring of 1931 to the late Stanley and Effie Vis. Along with his parents, Don is preceded in death by his infant daughter Debra Lea and infant granddaughter Katherine Alice. He will be missed by his beloved...
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Katherine Higley

July 23, 1915 - August 7, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Jeffrey L. Jones

September 23, 1947 - August 7, 2017

Jeffrey Lombard Jones of Comstock Park went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, August 7, 2017 while in the comfort of his home and in the company of his beloved wife of 49 years, Sharon Ann [VanHuisen]. He was born in Grand Rapids in the Autumn of 1947 to the late Robert and Betty Jones. Along with Sharon, Jeff is survived by their two children Scott and Rebecca. Jeff was very proud of his...
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Edna Estella Barnhart

June 16, 1921 - August 6, 2017

Edna E. Barnhart, age 96, passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Edna was born in 1921 to William and Laura Hervey in Franklin County IN. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Floyd who died in 1980 and their sons Kenneth and Ronald. Edna is survived by her son Floyd (Julie) Barnhart and daughter-in-laws Sue and Nancy Barnhart. Also surviving are her many grand, great...
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Walter K. Goodwin

September 20, 1942 - August 1, 2017

Walter Keith Goodwin, age 74, of Grand Rapids, passed away on August 1, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Judy; and a sister, Sherry Weed. Surviving are his son, Mike (Mandi) Goodwin; daughter, Kate (Dan) Teske; grandchildren, James Lyon, Robin Lyon, and Tess Teske; sisters, Dorothy Schwartz and Sandy Massin; and a brother, Bill Goodwin. Walt's humor and generous spirit...
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Elizabeth E. Myers

July 20, 1915 - August 1, 2017

Elizabeth "Betty" Myers, age 102, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. She is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Clifford Myers; daughter, Ruth Myers Menko; brothers, George and John Hamelink; sister, Irene Glerum; sister-in-law, Minnie Hamelink; and brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Jean Myers. Betty will be remembered by her daughter, Shirley (Donald...
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Robert Jay Cammenga

October 17, 1938 - July 31, 2017

Robert Jay Cammenga of Grand Rapids, age 78, passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017. Robert was born in the Fall of 1938 in Grand Rapids to the late Peter and Abbie Cammenga. He is survived by his sons Dale (Leslie) and David (Jennifer) Cammenga; daughters Kimberly (Curt) Longstreet and Lynda (Gene) Esteban as well as his dear companion of 20 years, Elizabeth Bush. Also surviving are Robert's 9...
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Mary C. Jastifer

April 16, 1943 - July 31, 2017

Mary Carolyn Jastifer of Ada died on Monday July 31, 2017. She was born in Grand Rapids in the Spring of 1943 to the late Augustine and Margaret Jastifer. She is survived by her dear siblings Kathleen (John) Gerke, Jo Ann (Joel) Jannenga, Arlene (William) Middleton and James (Pauline) Jastifer; her dear best friend Jo Ulmor; Her wonderful nieces and nephews, Claire Gerke, Chris (Vern) Kirk,...
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Preston Ploeg

October 22, 1957 - July 30, 2017

Preston Ploeg age 59, went to be with his beloved wife Bonnie Ann Ploeg in their heavenly home on July 30th , 2017. He will be deeply missed by family; Son Preston Rein Ploeg, his wife Dawn Ploeg and their children Jacob Ploeg and Aubrey Ploeg; son Justin Ploeg and wife Gina Ploeg; and son Nathan Ploeg and fiancé Samantha Millering. The family will be greeting friends on Tuesday August 8th,...
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Greg Gregory Chavez

October 2, 1960 - July 27, 2017

Chavez, Marshall Gregory 10/2/1960 - 7/27/2017 Grand Rapids Marshall Gregory "Greg" Chavez, age 56, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 27. Greg was born in Grand Rapids on Oct. 2, 1960, to parents Marilyn (Booth) & Marshall Chavez. He was preceded in death by his father. Greg was a dedicated family man, community activist, passionate outdoorsman and avid sports lover. He was also...
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Tex V. Woods

March 25, 1947 - July 27, 2017

Tex Woods, age 70, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 27, 2017 while in the comfort of his home and in the company of family. He was born in the Spring of 1947 to the late John and Opal Woods in Samburg TN. Tex is preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his cherished wife of 38 years, Barbara J. [Zoulek] and his children Tex (Theresa) and Sarah Duke. Also...
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Judy Idziak

June 28, 1945 - July 25, 2017

Judy L. Idziak, age 72, of Grand Rapids, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in the comfort of her home and in the company of her family. She was born in the summer of 1945 in Ypsilanti, MI to Wesley and Elna Johnson. Judy is preceded in death by her father as well as her brother Bob Johnson. She is survived by her beloved husband of 47 years, James Idziak and their children Jim (Tiffany)...
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Yvonne Marie Burger

March 12, 1956 - July 24, 2017

Yvonne Marie Burger, age 61, passed away unexpectantly on Monday, July 24, 2017 while in the company of family. Yvonne was born in March of 1956 to Robert and Marilyn Groendyke in East Grand Rapids. Along with her mother Marilyn she is preceded in death by her infant son Nicholas and her brother Kevin. Yvonne is survived by her dear husband of 39 years, Dean Burger and their children Christopher ...
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Robert B. Hood

September 11, 1928 - July 24, 2017

Robert B. Hood passed away peacefully while in the company of family July 24, 2017 at the age of 88. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife Margaret and daughter Barbara (Hood) Keister. He is survived by his children, Marcia (Robert, dec'd) Minnie, Diane (Dorne) Dugas, Joyce (Dan) Fitzgerald, Ron (Colleen) Hood and David (Cherie) Hood; son-in-law, Denny Keister,13...
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Susan Edith Wills

September 23, 1956 - July 23, 2017

Susan Edith Wills of Grand Rapids passed away peacefully while in the comfort of her home on July 23, 2017. She was born in Grand Rapids in the Autumn of 1956 to the late Roger and Ann Wills. Susan will be lovingly remembered by her two sisters, Sandy (David) Hockenberry and Sharon (Tom) Barnes as well as by her cherished nephews and nieces Sarah, Nicolas and William Hockenberry and Emily, Will,...
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John Toney Reeves

March 18, 1924 - July 22, 2017

John T. Reeves of Grand Rapids, age 93, passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017 of pneumonia. John was born in the Spring of 1924 in Lawrence, MI. John served as an Army Air Force B-24 bomber pilot in the Pacific Theatre during World War 2 and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He graduated from the University of Michigan and worked as an Aerospace Engineer. He is survived by his wife of...
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Marion N. Friedrich

August 27, 1921 - July 17, 2017

Marion Friedrich died peacefully on Monday, July 17 at Porter Hills in Grand Rapids at the age of 95. She is the last of five sisters and a brother. Marion is survived by many nieces, nephews and 3rd generation offspring.Marion was born on August 27, 1921 in Grand Rapids, MI and was the first of her siblings to be born in a hospital. She grew up on Livingston Ave. and attended the local Grand...
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Billie L. Stone

November 21, 1930 - July 17, 2017

Billie Leona Stone, aged 87, of Grand Rapids went to be with her Lord on July 17, 2017. Billie will be remembered as loving wife and mother. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Gordon and her sisters Gerry Kindig and Carol Gustafson. Surviving are her children, Richard (Sherry) Stone, Christine (Jeff) Brakefield, Vicki Nielsen, John (Marjorie) Stone, and Robert (Kristi) Stone....
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Esther Mary Paepke

October 10, 1919 - July 12, 2017

Esther Mary Paepke, age 97, of Alpine Township, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Sunrise of Cascade. She was preceded in death by her husband Maj. Harold M. Paepke, U.S. Army (Ret) and her daughter-in-law Mary Sue Paepke. She is survived by her children Priscilla Alberts, J. Philip Paepke, Mary (George) Janose, and Paula (Michael) Leach, a sister Ruby Nell Berendson, and many...
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Beverly Sue Wall

October 5, 1958 - July 11, 2017

Beverly Sue (Fishell) Wall, lost her six year battle with breast cancer, at home, with her family, July 11, 2017. She was born October 5, 1958. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Steve Wall of Grand Rapids, her daughters Amy of Grand Rapids, and Diana of Chicago. She is also survived by her mother, Margie Fishell, formerly of Sheridan, a sister Patti (Mike) Peiffer, Carson City, in...
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C. Martha Soltysiak

November 28, 1924 - July 11, 2017

Martha Soltysiak (Tryc), known as Marti, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2017 at the age of 92. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion P. Soltysiak in 1971. Marti raised 6 children and was employed until she was 80 years old. Her first job was at Michigan Bell Telephone as a long distance, overseas operator during WWII. She later worked as a Claim Adjuster at the Teamsters and during...
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Marta Beatriz Martinez

January 19, 1942 - July 9, 2017

Marta Beatriz Martinez was born January 19, 1942 to Felipe Martinez & Emerita Boffil in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She lived 75 long years fulfilling her purpose on this earth until July 09, 2017. She created and held together a family of 42 and did the best she knew how. Marta was survived by her 7 children, Marta, Alma, Jose, Jacqueline, Myriam, Ruben and Beatrice. 17 Grandchildren, 17great...
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Katherine L. Keith

July 16, 1923 - July 9, 2017

Keith (Kotowski) - Katherine Lillian, aged 93, of Grand Rapids, died peacefully on Sunday, July 9, 2017. She was born in the summer of 1923, in Charleston, WV, to Anthony and Elizabeth Harmon. Along with her parents, Katherine was preceded in death by her first husband, John Kotowski Jr; second husband Harold Keith; brother Roy Harmon and sister Cecilia Hascher. Kate is survived by her children,...
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Daniel D. Eckley

February 15, 1962 - July 7, 2017

Daniel D Eckley of Grand Rapids died Friday, July 7, 2017, at the age of 55. He was born February 15, 1962 in St. Johns, MI, the son of Duane and Carol (Weller) Eckley. He enjoyed riding his Honda Goldwing, driving around in his Audi S4, reading books, and spending time with his family. Dan worked at Preferred Tool and Die as a journeyman tool and die maker, specializing in CNC machining and...
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Edmond Stephen Davis

October 26, 1952 - July 4, 2017

Edmond Stephen Davis, age 64, of Grand Rapids died July 4, 2017. Ed is preceded in death by his parents and a brother. Surviving are his wife Lori; children, Ron and Roger Davis and Ben (Katie) and Nate McLeskey; granddaughter Christina; sisters, Joyce Smith and Peg Wells; sister-in-law Sandra Scott and many nieces and nephews. Ed proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam....
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Carol L. Doubblestein

February 24, 1944 - June 30, 2017

Carol Lou Doubblestein passed into the arms of Jesus on June 30, 2017, after a brief battle with cancer. Born February 24, 1944 in Chicago Illinois, she graduated from University High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan and then earned her Bachelor's degree from University of Michigan. She served in the United States Army Nurse Corp, achieving the rank of Captain, and eventually earned her Master's...
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Eleanor Irene Stegehuis

December 14, 1935 - June 25, 2017

Eleanor Irene Stegehuis age 81, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 25, 2017 in the comfort of her home and in the company of her family. She was born in Grand Rapids in 1935 to the late Perl Glen and Ruth Winnefred Brailey. Along with her parents, Eleanor is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 36 years Robert Jay Stegehuis, brother Richard Brailey, sister Carol Magoon...
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Dorthy E. White

February 5, 1922 - June 25, 2017

Dorthy Elaine White, age 95, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Dorthy was born in 1922 to the late Emerson and Anna Crist. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 50 years, Linton White who passed away in 1992. Dorthy is also preceded in death by her siblings Bob Crist, Virlyn "Bud" Crist and Maxine Gilmore as well as by her granddaughter Faith...
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Dennis Stewart Boyd

December 4, 1962 - June 22, 2017

Dennis Stewart Boyd, age 54, passed away June 22, 2017. He will be missed by his son Travis Boyd and his sisters Mary (Dale) Laidlaw and Evelyn (Markus) Beuter as well as by many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Dennis and Mary Boyd. Dennis' family will be greeting friends from 10-11 AM on Thursday, June 29, 2017 followed by a Funeral Service at 11 AM held at Reyers...
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Matthew Peter Heinen,

March 25, 1925 - June 19, 2017

Matthew P. Heinen, Jr. died Monday, June 19, 2017, at the age of 92. Matt was born in Chicago, IL on March 25, 1925. He grew up with five siblings and graduated from Kelley High School in 1943. He maintained a love for the Windy City, especially the Chicago Bears and the Chicago White Sox. Matt proudly served his country as a member of the Marine Corps during World War II. He earned Bachelor's...
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Alice Jo Ann Leys

September 15, 1933 - June 19, 2017

Leys, Alice JoAnn(Loughner)Fremont, MI (formally of Walker, MI)"JoAnn" passed away June 19, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospital with her family by her side. She is proceeded in death by her parents Lohman and Elsie Loughner, half brother Charles Phillips, Half sister Betty Keeley, twin daughters Terry Jean and Kim Louise Leys, grandson Michael Scott Leys, and daughter-in-law Diane Leys. JoAnn is survived...
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Teri Marie Girgenti

May 30, 1965 - June 1, 2017

Teri Marie (Ferguson) Girgenti, age 52, of Redford MI, passed away, June 1, 2017 at the University of Michigan Medical Center. She was born May 30, 1965 in Grand Rapids and graduated from high school in 1983 from Forest Hills Northern. Teri grew up on Dunnigan St. NE in Grand Rapids and resided there for 21 years. She got married on June 10, 1999 and lived in Redford with her husband, Richard....
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David Wayne Berzon

August 2, 1959 - May 31, 2017

David Wayne Berzon, age 57, of Grand Rapids, passed away, after a long courageous battle with leukemia, on Wednesday May 31, 2017 in the comfort of his home and in the company of his family. He was born in the summer of 1959 in Cherry Hill NJ to Arthur and Irene Berzon who precede him in death. David will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 34 years, Kimberly (Lindhout) Berzon, their two sons,...
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Roberta Jean Janes

August 13, 1951 - May 30, 2017

Hester Caroline Ross-GiarratanoCaroline Ross-Giarratano, 94, of Bushnell, FL, passed away September 29, 2016. She was of the Catholic faith. She was a past president and member of the Ladies Auxillary of The American Legion of Bevilles Corner. She enjoyed playing Bingo and doing crafts and needlework. She is survived by her husband; Michael Giarratano; daughter: Beryl Wagner (Jerry), Grand Rapids...
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Frank Lee Noor

October 23, 1933 - May 29, 2017

Frank Lee Noor went to be with his Lord on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, surrounded by family at Mercy Health Saint Mary's in Grand Rapids. He was 83 years old. He was a graduate of Grand Rapids Union High School, a Korean War veteran, and a City of Grand Rapids firefighter for more than three decades. Frank was the loving husband to Rose Noor, his bride of 63 years. Surviving are his sisters Betty...
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Ethel Jane Freer

November 18, 1941 - May 28, 2017

E. Jane Freer of Wyoming MI passed away on Sunday May 28, 2017. She was born in the Fall of 1941 in Philadelphia PA to James and Ethel Price who, along with her sister Barbara (David) Allen, preceded her in death. Jane earned her nursing degree from Blodgett Hospital and her MSN degree from Wayne State University. She was a nurse at Blodgett and St Mary's hospitals, and went on to teach nursing...
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Deeka Marie Tift

November 9, 1973 - May 22, 2017

Deeka Marie (Kroupa) Tift, age 43 passed away on May 22, 2017. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister and friend and will be missed by many. Deeka was born in the Republic of South Korea and was adopted by James Kroupa and Carolynn Califf. Her mother Carolynn preceded her in death. She will be remembered by her daughter Alexis Kroupa(Glen Stern), father Jim (Brenda) Kroupa, step-father...
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Billie Jean Howes

May 5, 1938 - May 22, 2017

Billie Jean Howes, age 79, of Jenison, passed away on May 22, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Mattie Akey; husband, James Howes; sons, Mark Anthony Howes and James (Kenny) Kenneth Howes; brothers, Don Akey, James Akey, and Richard Akey. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Joy Ann Howes and Cathy Lane (Kurt) Daimler; grandchildren, Becky McKnight, Georjeanna...
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Dolores Mae Malec

May 28, 1927 - May 19, 2017

Dolores Mae Malec, age 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 19, 2017 in the company of her family. Dolly was born in the spring of 1927 to the late Alfred and Alexandra Kowalewski. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 39 years Stanley J. Malec who passed in 1986. Dolly is also preceded in death by all of her 2 brothers and 2 sisters. She is survived by...
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Earl Manford Koorndyk

January 22, 1938 - May 14, 2017

Earl Manford Koorndyk Sr., aged 79, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 14, 2017 while at his home and in the company of his family. He was born in Grand Rapids, MI in1938 to the late Harold and Johanna Koorndyk. Along with his parents, Earl is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 51 years, Sally [Christy], their infant son, Mark Koorndyk and his son-in-law Jeffery Ligman. He...
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Donna J. Montague

March 28, 1924 - May 11, 2017

Donna Jean Montague, age 93, of Grand Rapids, passed away on May 11, 2017. She was born in the Spring of 1924 in Grand Rapids to the late Fred and Lela Opper. Also preceding her in death is her first husband of 36 years, John DeGroot, who died in 1980 as well as her second husband, Gerald Montague who passed away in 2007. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Patricia (William)...
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Gavino Juarez-Avila

February 19, 1970 - May 10, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Juan Carlos Buendia-Villalpando

October 2, 1988 - May 10, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Karen June Suchodolski

June 6, 1938 - May 7, 2017

Suchodolski, Karen June age 78, of Grand Rapids, passed away on May 7, 2017. She was born, June of 1938 in Grand Rapids to her parents, the late Martin and Katherine Bouwman. Karen will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 59 years, Walter Suchodolski; daughters, Jeannie (John) Fortuna and Mary (Brian) Antcliff; son, Michael Suchodolski (Brenda Smith); grandchildren, Sarah Suchodolski; Cody...
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Richard Anthony Kuk

June 25, 1932 - May 6, 2017

Richard "Dick" Kuk aged 84, went to his heavenly home on May 6, 2017. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to John and Helen Kuk. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Thelma (Franks) Kuk, and 4 of his siblings, Irene Clancy, John Kuk II, Lorraine Callen, and Raymond Kuk Sr. Surviving are his sister Rose Kuk; his children, Stephanie (Phillip) Allen and Michael (Roberta) Racine;...
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Son Thai Do

March 29, 1956 - May 2, 2017

Son Thai Do, age 61, of Grand Rapids, passed away on May 2, 2017 after struggling with a serious illness. He was born in March of 1956 in Saigon, Vietnam. Son is preceded in death by his parents, Bong Do and Lang Huynh. Son will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 31 years, Susan Do; son, Steve Do; daughter, Sara Do, sister-in-law, Cindy Koomen; brother-in-law, Al (Theresa) Burton. He is also...
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Moises Gacinto-Garcia

May 2, 2017 - May 2, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Rae E. Plank

April 21, 1924 - April 30, 2017

Rae Elaine Plank (Steils) of Grand Rapids, age 93, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2017. She is preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, James L. Plank and her parents, Patricia and Raymond Steils. She leaves to mourn her children, James (Marilyn) Plank, Leslie (John) Morrison, Patrick Plank (Brad McCoy) and Steve Plank. She was a most delightful grandmother to Christopher (Leslie)...
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Joan Ruth Colvin

August 19, 1932 - April 26, 2017

Joan Ruth Colvin, aka the "Talker from Walker", age 84, of Grand Rapids, passed away in the comfort of her own home on April 25, 2017. She was born in the summer of 1932 in Kalamazoo to the late Raymond and Aileen Harbour. Joan is preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 37 years, Dale Colvin in July of 1988. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Beth Ann Colvin, Michael ...
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Lawrence Ray Hedgecock

September 22, 1930 - April 25, 2017

Lawrence Ray Hedgecock, aged 86, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 while in the company of his family. He was born in Eau Claire, WI in1930 to the late Ray and Dorthea Hedgecock. Larry will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife of 65 years, Joan F. (Tuffs) and their children, Ann (Thomas) Senge, Matthew (Laura) Hedgecock and Bonnie (Bruce) Grau; grandchildren,...
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Raymond A. Dingman

May 23, 1925 - April 24, 2017

Raymond Allen Dingman, age 91, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, April 24, 2017 while in the comfort of his home and in the company of family. He was born in Grand Rapids, MI in the spring of 1925 to the late William and Eugenia Dingman. Ray is also preceded in death by both his first wife of 45 years, Barbara [Rau] and second wife of 22 years Marguerite [Swart]. Surviving are his...
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Raimunda Figueroa

March 15, 1921 - April 23, 2017

Raimunda "Munda" Figueroa, de 96 años de edad, pasó a morar a la casa de su Padre Celestial a quien amaba y servia por muchos años, el 23 de abril del 2017. Esposa de Santos Figueroa (fallecido), madre de 9 hijos; Lydia E. Figueroa, Rafael A. Figueroa, Carmen M. Figueroa, Hector L. Figueroa, Santos Figueroa, Juan J. Figueroa, Ramón L. Figueroa (fallecido), Luz N. Figueroa y...
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William LeRoy Valentine

August 29, 1946 - April 22, 2017

William L. Valentine, age 70, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Mercy Health, Saint Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids MI surrounded by his family. He was born at Butterworth Hospital in August of 1946 to the late Richard Edgar and Mariunette (Thompson) Valentine and was the younger of two children. Bill grew up in Grand Rapids, graduating from South High School in 1966. After...
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Gordon W. Benson

June 22, 1936 - April 22, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Maxine Stella Combs

November 13, 1945 - April 20, 2017

Maxine Stella Combs, age 71, of Grand Rapids, passed away in the comfort of her home on April 20, 2017. She was born in 1945 in Big Rapids to the late Edward and Helen Ostrowski. Also preceding in death is her husband of 44 years Michael Allen who died in 2007. She will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Todd Combs and Joe Combs; grandchildren, Krista, Britney, Joseph, Brooke and Jordan Combs;...
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Jack Holman

March 10, 1943 - April 14, 2017

Jack Holman Sr, age 74, passed away peacefully while sitting in the sunshine at the home he loved on April 14, 2017. He was born in Grand Haven, MI in the spring of 1943 to Bill and Gerry Holman who precede him in death. Also preceding in death are Jack's brother Bill and sister-in-law Karen Holman. Jack will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife of 35 years, Kathryn [Batson] as well as by...
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Edward Anthony Petrovich

November 29, 1926 - April 8, 2017

Edward "Duke" Petrovich, age 90, went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 8, 2017. He was born in West Hazelton, PA in 1926 and later settled in Michigan. Ed was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret. He will be lovingly remembered by his children Patricia Haring (Steve), Don (Cyndi) Petrovich, Doug (Cathy) Petrovich, Patrick Petrovich, Colleen Smith, David Petrovich,...
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Helen Marie Skougis

December 2, 1923 - April 7, 2017

Helen Skougis age 94, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017 after a lengthy illness. She is now resting peacefully in Heaven, without pain and in the company of her parents, Bill and Marie Skougis. She is greatly missed by her sister, Kaye Skougis and their Ragdoll Kitties, Sparkle and Sunshine. Although Helen and Kaye weren't twins, they looked alike, dressed alike and were inseparable. They...
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Randy Craig Stevenson

November 22, 1949 - April 4, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Debra Ellen Lee

August 2, 1954 - April 2, 2017

Debra Ellen Lee, age 62, of Grand Rapids, passed away in the early hours of Sunday, April 2, 2017 in the comfort of her home. She was born in the summer of 1954 in Long Island, NY, to her parents, Howard and Hazel (Shepard) Lee. Debra is preceded in death by her father, Howard Lee; uncles, Joe Shepard and Billy Shepard. Debra will be missed by her mother, Hazel Lee; husband, Tony Miles; son,...
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Joyce Lucille Thompson

August 15, 1934 - April 1, 2017

Joyce L. Thompson, age 82, of Grandville, passed away on April 1, 2017. She was born in Grand Rapids the summer of 1934 to her parents, Virgil and Helen (Baxley) Thompson. She was one of twelve children in her family. She is survived by Don Thompson of Arizona and Valerie Brook of Grandville; 39 nieces and nephews; and her dear friend of 63 years, Marie Schipper.Funeral Services will be Tuesday...
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Robert Toby Spencer

December 3, 1920 - March 29, 2017

Robert T. Spencer. age 96, passed away on March 29, 2017 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Robert (Bob) was born in 1920 on a train that was passing through Opelika, AL on the way to his Mother's home in Atlanta, Georgia. Bob lived in Atlanta during his early years, but moved to Chicago, where he completed his high school education at DuSable High School on the city's South Side. But...
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Martha Anne Wollner

February 17, 1931 - March 24, 2017

Martha Anne Wollner, age 86, of Comstock Park, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Friday evening, March 24, 2017. She was born in the winter of 1931 to the late Aaron and Anna Bluhm in Paris, MI. Martha is preceded in death by her parents, and five brothers, Albert, Ervin, Clarence, John and Robert. Martha will be lovingly remembered by her husband, George Wollner; son, Kenneth (Diane...
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Timothy John Coleman

March 2, 1972 - March 23, 2017

Born March 2nd 1972 in Seoul, South Korea, Timothy John Coleman, born as Kim Jang Shik, was adopted into the family of Judith and Larry Coleman of Pennsylvania in July of 1976. Timothy died on the morning of March 23rd, 2017 in Grand Rapids Michigan. He grew up in Milton, PA and graduated from Selinsgrove High School. He traveled with his family frequently to the Coleman Nebraska homestead as...
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Dolores Mardelle Westra

April 1, 1929 - March 22, 2017

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the Nyela Turaki Fund. Envelopes will be available at the service or make a check out to Calvin College (Development Office, 3201 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546).Please make a note on your check that it is for Dolores Westra/ Nyela Turaki Fund.
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Crystal June Boogaart

March 24, 1925 - March 22, 2017

Crystal Boogaart Family and loved ones must say goodbye once again as Crystal Boogaart, age 91, passed away on March 22nd, just a few weeks after her husband Peter died on February 11th. Crystal was a well-loved and respected part of the Porter Hills Community for the last eleven years, serving as a volunteer, hosting the Sunday Vespers service, and enjoying warm friendships with others who...
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Ramon Lasco

July 7, 1934 - March 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Jose A. Echavarry

February 1, 1929 - March 16, 2017

Jose Alejandro Echavarry was born February 1, 1929 to Francisco Echavarry and Leonor Reinosa, in Santurce Puerto Rico. He lived a long 88 years of life, untilMarch16, 2017. Jose is survived by his children, Jose(Marylou), Jacqueline(Reynaldo), Awilda (Jose),Maricel,Sor and Franceska. His grandchildren, Jasmine, Jose,Jeremy, Angelique, Steven, Brandon, Jorge, Luis, Jeam, Kristine, Norbert, Sorimar...
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Mary Jean Ackerman

February 27, 1949 - March 13, 2017

Mary Jean Ackerman, age 68, of Grand Rapids, died in the comfort of her home and the company of family on Monday, March 13, 2017. She was born in Grand Rapids in 1949 to the late Lorain and Bernadine (Ciminski) Shields. Along with her parents, Mary is preceded in death by her brother Mike Shields. Surviving is her husband of 47 years, Fred and their sons Todd (Sunni) Ackerman and Michael (Shelly)...
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Paula M. Beckwith

July 16, 1963 - March 12, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Marjorie Host

July 16, 1922 - March 11, 2017

Marjorie Louise Host, age 94, of Grand Rapids, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, March 11, 2017. She was born in July of 1922 in Cadillac, MI to the late Elmer and Maria Olson. Marjorie is preceded in death by her parents; husband of 66 years, Harry C. Host; 2 brothers and 1 sister. Marjorie will be lovingly remembered by her children, Robert (Susan) Host, Harry (Jill) Host, Debborah (Clark)...
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Russell Posthumus

January 2, 1927 - March 11, 2017

Russell P. Posthumus, age 90, of Grand Rapids, passed away at his residence on March 11, 2017. Russ was born and raised in Grand Rapids and spent his young life at Cherry Street Park developing his athletic abilities. He graduated from Central High School, served in WW II, attended Grand Rapids Junior College and then graduated from Central Michigan University. He would later receive his Master&...
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Bud Bernard Hockstra

December 1, 1923 - March 9, 2017

Fay Bernard "Bud" Hockstra, age 93, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 9, 2017. He is now in the presence of his Lord and Savior. Bud was a dearly devoted husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to many. He was born in McBride, MI in the winter of 1923 to the late Richard and Violet Hockstra, who along with his wife of 68 years Beverly M. (Gerten), precede...
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Mary C. Arndt

April 9, 1918 - March 7, 2017

Mary Clare Arndt, age 98, of Grand Rapids, passed away, on March 7, 2017. She was born in the Spring of 1918 in Grand Rapids to the late John and Frances McCullough. Mary is preceded in death by her 1st husband, Francis Stoddard, who passed away in 1975 and her 2nd husband, Jack Arndt. Also preceding are her brothers, Francis and Bernard McCullough. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her sons...
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Joanne M. Prager

May 8, 1932 - March 3, 2017

Joanne Mae Prager, age 84, of Grand Rapids, passed away on her husband's birthday, Friday, March 3, 2017. They will celebrate together forever in Heaven. She was born in the Spring of 1932 in Sparta, MI to the late Forest Pendell and Josephine King. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Charles Prager. Joanne will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Laura J. ...
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Phyllis A. McEwan

March 6, 1937 - February 28, 2017

Phyllis Ann McEwan, age 79, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. She was born in March of 1937 in Kalamazoo to her parents, the late Lyle Myers and Bonnie Patterson. Along with her parents, Phyllis is preceded in death by her sister, Laura Marckini. She will be remembered by her husband, John McEwan; daughters, Donna (Jerry) Duron, Laura (Loran)...
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Joy Elizabeth Oostendorp

March 20, 1937 - February 22, 2017

Joy Elizabeth Oostendorp [Smith], age 79, a true servant of God, died peacefully, while in the company of family, on Wednesday February 22, 2017. She was born in Kalamazoo, MI to Henry and Nellie Smith. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Herman, who passed away in 2005. Joy will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Michael, David (Terri), Ted, and Joel, and her...
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Loretta F. Norman

June 17, 1936 - February 22, 2017

Norman (Gezich), Loretta Frances Age 80, of Jenison, went to be with her Savior on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 after a lingering illness. She was born in the summer of 1936 in Ernest, PA. Loretta will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Gerald; children, Laurie (Thomas) Tornga, Susan Panter, Christine Plasencia, Kenneth Norman and fiance, Beverlee Tater; 7 grandchildren; 11 great...
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Raymond Karas

December 24, 1928 - February 20, 2017

Raymond G. Karas, age 88, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2017. He was born to the late Stanley and Josephine Karas on December 24, 1928 in Grand Rapids. Along with his parents Ray is preceded in death by his wife, Dolores and their son, Gary as well as by his brothers Marion, Richard and Bernie; and sister, Dorothy. He is survived by his children Carol (Fred) Lane of Indianapolis, Diane ...
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Leslie Mariel Pablo-Matias

August 26, 1996 - February 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Janice L. Barr

January 5, 1934 - February 15, 2017

Janice L. Barr, aged 83, of Grand Rapids, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in the comfort of her home and in the company of her daughters. She was born in Grand Rapids, MI to the late Peter and Evelyn Karel. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her husband of 53 years Patrick Barr who passed away in 2006 as well as grandsons James Swanzy, Rogelio Saenz and sister Iris Allen....
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Wheeler Washington Tortellet

February 14, 1917 - February 12, 2017

Wheeler W. Tortellet, age 99, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at home. He is preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Linda Johnston. Wheeler is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis; grandsons, Steve Johnston of Flat Rock and Mike (Katrina) Johnston of Traverse City; granddaughter, Carrie Mae of Dorr; 5 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews...
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Delores Ruth Dunning

January 9, 1955 - February 12, 2017

Delores Ruth Dunning, 62, passed away, Sunday, February 12, 2017. She was born in Grand Rapids in January of 1955, the daughter of the late Clare and Eileen Verlin. She was a woman noted for her depth of kindness and being a "saintly" kind of person. Delores was a strong minded, willful and eminent mother, wife, daughter, sister and grandmother. Along with her parents Delores is preceded in death...
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Peter Cornelius Boogaart

March 17, 1922 - February 11, 2017

Peter C. Boogaart, age 94, passed away on February 11, 2017 at Porter Hills Community of Grand Rapids. Remembering him with love are his wife of 70 years, Crystal, children Connee and Jack, Peter and Judith, Tom and Judy, and Phillip and Sheri, twelve grandchildren and their spouses, sixteen great-grandchildren, brother Morris, several nephews and nieces, and many colleagues and friends. Peter...
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Helen VanZant

January 4, 1937 - February 8, 2017

Helen Elaine VanZant (Todd), age 80, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. She was born in Ada, MI in the winter of 1937 to her parents, Leonard and Laura Misner. Helen will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Cathy (Jack) Ditmar and Barbara LaPonsie; grandchildren, Derick (Janelle) Goltz, Jennifer (Cavan) Carlson, Mariah LaPonsie, Jacqueline (Dustin)...
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Raymond Edward Munson

December 16, 1951 - February 8, 2017

Raymond Edward Munson, 65, passed away on February 8, 2017. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, graduated from Holland High School, Michigan State University and earned his MBA at Boston University. Ray was a decorated Vietnam era veteran, serving in South Korea, Germany and several posts stateside. He graduated with honors from MSU in 1974 with a direct commission into the US Army as a...
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John Calvin Koepke

March 30, 1926 - February 4, 2017

Koepke, John Calvin of Grand Rapids John, 90, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, February 4th, 2017. John was a loving and caring father. He was preceded in death by his daughter Anita. He will be greatly missed by his loving family. He was a long time member of Blessed Sacrament Church, and part of the Cursillo movement, and helped with The St. Vincent DePaul. He was a devoted Catholic and...
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Eric Byers

April 11, 1961 - February 4, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Kenneth Terrence Geer

June 9, 1964 - February 1, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Helen J. Botma

November 14, 1917 - January 26, 2017

Helen Josephine Botma, aged 99, of Grand Rapids, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, January 26, 2017. She was born in the Fall of 1917 in East Grand Rapids to the late George and Henrietta Prince. Helen was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Louis Botma Sr. who died in 1998. Surviving are her sons; Louis Jr. (Marlene), Larry (Sue) and David (Robin); 6 grandchildren, 12 great...
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Clare Dean Snyder

July 2, 1934 - January 20, 2017

Snyder, Clare Dean aged 82, died on Friday, January 20, 2017. Clare was born in the summer of 1934 in Comstock Park to the late Charles and Adell Snyder. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by brother Gene Snyder. He is survived by his wife Jann (Ford) Snyder and by his four daughters, Sue (Mike) Snyder, Jill (Charlie) Vidro, Char (Dave) Strouse and Beth Snyder; grandchildren, Erin ...
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Robert Franklin Pollock

May 5, 1937 - January 13, 2017

Robert Franklin Pollock, age 79, of Grand Rapids, Michigan went home to his Lord and Savior on Friday, January 13, 2017 following a brief illness. He is preceded in death by his parents James and Gertrude Pollock, his loving wife and mother of their 3 children, Gail H. (Latta) Pollock, sister Renee Hoekstra, brother-in-law Charles Zalewski, and his great-niece Tiffany Lax. Bob leaves his children...
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Sumiko Cox

October 10, 1927 - January 13, 2017

Sumiko Sato Cox, passed away on January 13, 2017. She was born in Tokyo, Japan on October 10, 1927. She married Fred Cox, while he was stationed in Japan during the Occupation and moved to the U.S. more than 50 years ago with her husband and daughter. The family was in Grand Rapids when Fred retired from the Army. Sumiko decided they were not moving again, so Grand Rapids became her home...
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Lois E. Richmond

January 26, 1928 - January 12, 2017

Lois Ellen Richmond, age 88, went to be with her Lord unexpectedly and peacefully at her home on Thursday, January 12, 2017. She was born on January 26, 1928 to the late Auburn and Lulah Van Syoc in Lansing, Michigan. Along with her parents, Lois is preceded in death by her brother Jerry and her son Devin. Lois will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 40 years, Bob, her daughter Lori...
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Erling M. Smestad

October 15, 1919 - January 9, 2017

Erling M. Smestad, aged 97, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017. Erling was born in the fall of 1919 in Grand Rapids to the late Martin and Marie Smestad. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 41 years, Polly M. [Powers] who died in 1992, his siblings Margaret Phelps, Roy J. Smestad, Evelyn K. Smestad and Helen Smestad. He is survived by his brother Carl ...
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