Obituaries – July 30, 2009

obit-Longhurst

Longhurst

Donna Jeanne Hart Longhurst, age 79, of Rockford peacefully left us July 27, 2009.

Donna will be deeply missed by her husband of 61 years, James E. Longhurst; her children, Randy (Rachel) Longhurst, Marie (Lynn) Farrance, Keith Longhurst and partner Marie Schultz; grandchildren, Jason (Andrea) Longhurst, Krystin (Jacob) Sponsler, Lindsey (Andrew) Maki, Ashley Farrance; great-grandchildren, Issac, Kayla, Gaberial, Skyler and Christian; and her dear four-legged companion, Sophie.

Donna will be lovingly remembered for her bright sense of humor, generous nature, love of family, and hugs she gave to everyone to express her appreciation and love.

In her early years she enjoyed her work with her family on their 4-H fair projects, country living, traveling, bowling with friends, history and reading. Bird-watching was a favorite, but seeing the busy hummingbirds brought her the most joy.

The Longhurst family would like to express their deepest appreciation to their thoughtful neighbors and the entire Spectrum Health Hospice team for their wonderful support and guidance.

The service for Mrs. Longhurst will be Thursday afternoon, July 30, 2009, at 1:00 at Pederson Funeral Home with Chaplain Susan Cleveland officiating. Interment will be in Courtland Township Cemetery. Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. The family will greet relatives and friends on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 at the funeral home.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

obit-Bailey

Bailey

 Mr. Gerald “Jerry” Bailey, age 83, of Rockford passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Friday, July 24, 2009, surrounded at home by his loving family.

While attending Rockford High School, Jerry lettered in football, baseball and basketball and still held a part-time job at the Kroger Store. After graduating from Rockford High School in 1944, Jerry enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving as a seaman first class on the USS John A. Bole (DD 755) during WWII. He graduated from Albion College and worked as an insurance adjuster. Later he represented several real estate companies as an agent.

Jerry enjoyed golfing, bowling, working crossword puzzles, and playing a good card game. He was an avid reader, enjoying biographies and books about politics. Jerry was a life member of the Merritt Lamb Post #102 American Legion and served as Post Commander and helped wherever needed.

He is survived by his loving family, his wife, the former Pearl Hershey; his children, Patricia and Daniel Szczepanek, and Susan Bailey; his grandchildren, Erik and Alicia Mansel, Amanda Mansel, Kelly Szczepanek, and Danny Szczepanek; his great-grandchildren, Katelin, Michael and Ty; his sister-in-law, Mrs. Howard (Barbara) Bailey; nieces and nephews; and his faithful dog, Brooke. His brothers, Howard, George “Tiny,” and Hilbert Bailey preceded him in death.

The memorial service for Mr. Bailey was Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Rex Wilson officiating. Military honors were under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Merritt Lamb Post #102 American Legion or Spectrum Health Hospice.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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