Mrs. Alice Coudray, age 94, of Lowell passed away on Monday, June 20, 2011. She was a very loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

Mrs. Coudray is survived by her daughters, Mrs. Olga Boos of Rockford, and Barbara and Larry Walls of Florida; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Lydia Gullo and her husband, Robert of Staten Island, N.Y.; nieces and nephews.

Private family graveside services for Mrs. Coudray will be held at Courtland Township Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.


Mr. Alan David Cook, age 49, of Cedar Springs passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 after a brief battle with cancer. He was a 1980 graduate of Rockford High School and studied building trades at Grand Rapids Junior College.

Throughout his life, Alan worked for several local contractors and was a past member of Iron Workers union as a welder. He lived life to the fullest and loved outdoor activities, music, operating construction equipment, and was dedicated to hard work.

Alan is survived by his children, Kristin and Pvt. 1st Class Chris Barrett of Ft. Hood, Texas, Elizabeth Bonafacio of Zeeland; grandchildren, Grace, Jude and Jovante; his parents, David and Helen (nee Powell) Cook of Rockford; sisters, Susan and Tom Ambrose of Dade City, Fla., Darcy and Thom Rosely of Rockford; nephew, Thommy; and a very special friend, Theresa Burlingame, and grandchildren Taylor, Beau and Cameron of Cedar Springs.

Honoring Alan’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The memorial service for Alan was Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Reverend Gary Meyers officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to God’s Kitchen or North Kent Community Services.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.


Mark Jason Leys embarked on his crossroads on Sunday, June 12, 2011. He had a brief hard-fought battle against Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) for the past six months. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Naesha; parents, Carroll and Delores Leys of Rockford; siblings, Pam and Lester Cooke, Dan and Mary Leys, Mike and Kari Leys, Gordon and Linda Leys, Shane Buitendyk; nieces and nephews, Michelle Ellsworth, Jeff Ellsworth, Joseph Ellsworth, Breanna and Brendan Leys, Abigail and Nathanial Leys; many dear friends.

In December 2010, Mark went to the hospital thinking he had the flu. He was diagnosed with AML. From December 20 until his passing, he endured four intensive rounds of chemotherapy. After a generous donation of stem cells from his perfectly matched brother, Gordon, we all thought he would be cured. The transplant failed along with the final round of chemotherapy.

Mark enjoyed life. He enjoyed being outside, playing cards and traveling. He mostly enjoyed his friends and family. A 1989 graduate of Rockford High School, Mark completed his undergraduate studies with a degree in chemistry from Grand Valley State University. He went on to complete his master’s in business administration (MBA) from Davenport University. He was proud to start his own business, Compass Chemical Products Inc. in 2005. He opened with the help of his wife and his parents as employees and successfully expanded his business. Over the years, Mark developed a close friendship with employee, Josh Switzer, who he loved very much. Mark had a great sense of humor and lived by the laws of God.

The funeral and interment at Courtland Township Cemetery took place on June 16, 2011. Condolences may be sent online at


Mr. Donald Spykerman, age 87, of Rockford passed away Saturday evening, June 18, 2011.

He attended Grand Rapids Institute (Aquinas College) and completed his education at Ferris State University-School of Pharmacy. When the call of his country was heard during WWII, Don proudly served in the U.S. Army as a medic and was involved in the Battle of the Bulge and other campaigns. For several years he was a representative for Park-Davis, and in 1961 he purchased Patrick’s Pharmacy in Rockford, changing the name to Don’s Pharmacy, which he owned until 1977. He was a member of Silver Lake Country Club, where he golfed and enjoyed many card games. Don enjoyed his home, his family life, and was a good provider for his family. His family would like to thank the caregivers of Hospice of Michigan for the support, love, care and compassion given to Don.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; his son, Jeff and his wife, Sally Spykerman. Don is survived by his children, Marianne and Randy Wolbrink, Fred Spykerman, and Amy and Tim Littleton; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren with the much anticipated arrival of another; his sister, Marilyn (James) Nash; nieces and nephews.

Honoring Don’s request, a family burial service will take place.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.





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