Obituaries — March 25, 2010


Mrs. Shirley Penrod, age 75, of Rockford passed away at her home. She was raised in Chicago, Ill., and was a 1952 graduate of Amundson High School.

Shirley was a bank teller for Alden State Bank, and then moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where she worked in bank management. She especially enjoyed the holidays and having her family around. Shirley was an avid fan of the Tigers and the Cubs, enjoyed trips to the casinos, and loved to travel. For many years she was a cashier at D&W in Rockford. All her life she had a special love for animals, especially dogs.

She is survived by her children, James and Mary Penrod Jr. of Belmont, Gayle Penrod of Fla., Susan and Bobby Henry of Calif.; and grandchildren, David J. Crambell and Tyler J. Penrod.

The service for Mrs. Penrod was Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Richard Riley officiating. Interment will be at a later date. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Belmont Boy Scout Troop #283.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.


Mrs. Vera L. Paepke, age 96, of Rockford passed away on Sunday, March 21, 2010. In 1931 she graduated from Creston High School and worked at Kresgees, Wurzburgs and Herpolsheimers in sales and payroll.

Later, Vera was a stay-at-home mom and very involved with the nursery school at First Congregational Church, where she used her ’38 Chevrolet to drive the children. She was a dedicated volunteer driver for R.S.V.P., and the Rockford Community Services, driving people for over 35 years. Many will remember her smiling face and willingness to help, along with her delightful array of chauffeur hats. She also started the “coffee klatch” for sociability and set up a babysitting service.

Vera was a Charter Member of Northland Congregation Church, a recipient of the Great Lakes Center for Sages (GLCS) Croning honor, and received many awards for her service to the community.

She was preceded in death by her husband Arnold Paepke on September 12, 2007. Vera is survived by her daughters, Gail (Paul) DesNoyers of Big Rapids, Joan Paepke of Big Rapids; grandchildren, Todd DesNoyers, Brad (Jessica) DesNoyers, Ross DesNoyers; sister, Mrs. Mildred Fetters; sister-in-law, Mrs. Jerry Klepser; nieces and nephews.

The service for Mrs. Paepke will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Jon Fleming of the United Church of Big Rapids officiating. Interment will be in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the North Kent Service Center, 10075 Northland Drive, Rockford, MI 49341. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and prior to the service on Thursday.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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