Obituaries — April 1, 2010


Mrs. Maxine R. Smith, age 82, of Rockford passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2010.

Before graduating from Rockford High School in 1945, she took extra classes in business and college prep. She played on the girls basketball team, was interested in art and was pleased to be commissioned to paint a mural at the old high school on Main Street. She and Terry met while in high school and Maxine was his prom date.

Maxine was an avid reader (mostly romantic novels and biographies), bowled, played golf, worked crossword puzzles, and loved to oil paint. Many of her friends and family have received her paintings and cherish them. After Terry’s death, Maxine participated in the Rogue River Choral, the Silvertones of Northview Seniors, and Chancel Choir at Rockford United Methodist Church. She especially enjoyed the times that she and Diane traveled together. Maxine volunteered at the North Kent Service Center and was a member of the Merritt Lamb Unit #102 Ladies Auxiliary, the Rockford Historical Society, and the Golden “R” Club.

She is survived by her children, Patrick and Nancy Smith of Wyoming, Mich., Diane and Fred Burns of Traverse City; grandchildren, Christopher and Erin Rae Smith, Matthew and Kerri Smith, Adam and Angela Smith, Lauren and David Driscoll, Jessica Kruer and Mike Buth; great-grandchildren, Hailey Smith, Riley Smith, and twins, Declan and Danica Smith; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Nadine Hayes and Mrs. Maxine Alber; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Terry on May 12, 1999; her sister, Joan Buyze; and her parents, Kenneth and Lila Weller.

The Smith family extends their heartfelt thank-you to the staff at Hospice of Michigan and Covenant Village of Great Lakes for their special care of Maxine.

The service for Maxine was Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Riley officiating. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the building fund at Rockford United Methodist Church or North Kent Service Center.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.


Mrs. Doris Maxine McIntyre, age 87, of Cedar Springs passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2010. She was born March 16, 1923, on a farm in Courtland Township to Chester and Anna Dunn.

When Doris graduated from Rockford High School in 1941, her class was the first to graduate from the new high school on Main Street (after the old one burned). While working at Wolverine World Wide, Doris saved her money to attend Laparent Cosmetology School. For many years, she operated her own shop in Rockford. After meeting Donald at a VFW dance, they fell in love, and were married on July 24, 1948, at Oakfield Methodist Church with Don and Rosemary Goodell as their attendants. Doris moved her shop to White Creek Avenue after marriage, and operated it for over 50 years. She and Don owned several businesses in addition to farming. Doris was a wonderful, loving and supportive wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Doris is survived by her husband Donald of nearly 62 years; children, Marie and Douglas Holem of St. Charles, Gary and Connie McIntyre of Cedar Springs, Paul McIntyre of Brighton, Colo., Duane and Deb McIntyre of Sand Lake, Daniel and Chris McIntyre of Rockford; grandchildren, Jenni and Kal Attie, Ryan and Missy Holem, Denise Bey and fiancée Brent Bean, Andy and Jeni McIntyre, Megan McIntyre, Logan McIntyre, Mallory McIntyre, Sarah and Will Sparks, Emily Balcer, Nick McIntyre, and Anna McIntyre; great-grandchildren, Dustin Bey, RaeLyne Rankin, Alyssa McIntyre, Aidan McIntyre, Ashton Attie, and the much anticipated arrival of another; sister, Mrs. Rosemary Goodell; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Lucy Dunn, Mrs. Margie Dunn, Mrs. Dorothy Dunn; aunt, Mrs. Mary Carpenter; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Roger, Hollis, Russell and Vernon; and her sister, Elizabeth Kerr.

The family wishes to thank Rosemary, Beth and Sue from Hospice for their care.

The service for Mrs. McIntyre was Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Eldon Sanders officiating. Interment was in Solon Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Hospice of Michigan.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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