Mrs. Dorothy J. Leys, age 79, of Rockford passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2011. She was a stay-at-home wife and mother who liked to crochet, sew, care for her home, and garden. Dorothy was a member of the Rockford Chapter #215 O.E.S.

She is survived by her husband of 60-plus years, Kenneth; children, Alan and Kimberly Leys, Russell J. Leys, Rebecca Oakley, and Doreen Timmers; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews. Dorothy was preceded in death by her two sons, Doug and Jim; parents, Fred and Mabel Murray; and brother and sisters, Shirley Barker, June Alcumbrock, Barbara Callen, and Richard Murray.

The service for Mrs. Leys will be Thursday, July 14, at 10:30 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home. Interment will be in Bostwick Lake Cemetery. The Order of Eastern Star service is Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.


Mrs. Nancy J. Burch, age 82, passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2011.

She was born in Chicago and moved as a child to the Rockford area where she graduated from Rockford High School in 1946. She met Bob (who was out of the service) while she was working at Patrick’s Drug Store, and they were married on June 23, 1951.

Nancy’s primary concern was always her family. She held old-fashioned values and loved being a homemaker with the gift of hospitality. Mrs. Burch was a member of the First Congregational Church of Rockford, UCC.

Nancy is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Robert “Bob” Burch; her children, Sue Anne and John Erickson, Robert P. and Dana Burch, John and Susan Burch; grandchildren, Joseph Erickson, Lauren Erickson, Kaitlin Erickson, Sadie Erickson, Betsy Burch, Lindsey Burch, Maxim Burch, Meghan Benham, Erin Benham, Annie and Brad Smith, and Betsy Mas; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gene and Jane Burch; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Marguerite Rhea; her sister, Joanne and her husband Michael Fitzgibbon; and her brother, Charles.

The service for Mrs. Burch will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Dr. Patrick Fitzgibbon officiating. Interment will be in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Hope Network, Cedar Springs Center, 490 West Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.


Mrs. Lucille M. Garrett, age 95, of Rockford went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 9, 2011. She grew up during the Great Depression and was a 1933 graduate of South High School in Grand Rapids, where she played the cello in the high school band.

Lucille lived during the Roaring ‘20s, Women’s Suffrage, and the Industrial Revolution. She married and eventually became the mother of five children. During WWII, she worked by making parachutes for the war effort. Lucille also worked for R.C. Allen Business Machines. She and her husband owned and operated the Hamburger Hut (on Fuller next to Knapp Avenue Creamery), and they were the best! She and James retired and wintered in Texas. Her mincemeat pies (an old family recipe) and her crab apple

jelly were often savored by family and friends at Christmas time.

She believed in her family first, re-enforced the value of education, was a hard worker, and respected the value of a dollar. While raising her family,

she made many sacrifices. For many years she was a pastie worker for her church, Rockford United Methodist Church.

Lucille is survived by her children, Peggy May Garrett of Rockford, Roger F. and Lana Garrett of Comstock Park, Lois McDonald and Paul of Coopersville, Walter and Karen Garrett of Comstock Park, and William and Pat Garrett of Grandville; 18 grandchildren; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband James on April 5, 1997.

The service for Mrs. Garrett was Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church with Pastor Dick Riley officiating. Interment was in Graceland Memorial Park. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Rockford United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.


Benjamin Schaefer, age 20, of Rockford died on Thursday, July 7, 2011, following a brave and courageous journey with bone marrow dysplasia. He enjoyed paintball and playing the X-Box with his friends, Jake, Kendall, Josh, Will and Q. His family extends a special thanks to the Make-a-Wish-Foundation and Ricky Carmichael, National Motocross champion, for making Ben’s dreams come true. At the age of 13, Ricky signed the fender on Ben’s bike at the RedBud Motocross track.

Ben graduated from Rockford High School in 2009, and attended Grand Rapids Community College. His family is thankful for Rockford Public Schools and DeVos Children’s Hospital, the nurses and physicians at Spectrum Blodgett, and especially his primary care and specialty physicians for their love, care and compassion given to Ben.

He is survived by his loving parents, Benjamin and Ruby; his sister, Hannah; grandmother, Martha Clayton; and aunts, uncles and cousins. Ben was preceded in death by his grandparents, Donald and Lila Schaefer.

A special gathering was held by Ben’s family.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.





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