Obituaries — June 17, 2010


Mrs. Nadine Hayes, age 86, formerly of Rockford, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2010. She worked for the Rockford Register newspaper and really loved her job; she also worked in the tannery office of Wolverine World Wide, retiring in 1985.

Nadine was a member of the Rockford Historical Society, the American Legion Merritt Lamb Unit #102 Ladies Auxiliary, and ABWA. Throughout her life she was always a hard worker.

Nadine was an avid reader of all types of books and loved to work crossword puzzles. The greatest joy and pride of her life was in raising her children and being a grandmother. Nadine was a lovely lady who always cared about the welfare of others.

She is survived by her family, Marsha and Gary Watkins of Grand Rapids, Randy and Mary Hayes of Roseville, Minn., Connie Hayes and William Hayes, both of Rockford; grandchildren, Gabriel Dale Hayes, Meredith (Kurt) Hayes, Kimberly Sommer and Derek Wheeler, Tory Sommer, Arron Hayes, Sara Hayes, and Ashar Hayes; her sister, Mrs. Maxine Alber of Grand Rapids. Her husband, Dale Hayes, who was the love of her life, preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her son, Gary; her brothers and wives, Ron and Ollie Smith, Terry and Maxine Smith; and brother-in-law, Bernie Alber.

The memorial service for Mrs. Hayes was Saturday, May 22, 2010, at the funeral home with Pastor Richard Riley officiating. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider Spectrum Health Rehab and Nursing Center, 750 Fuller NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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