Lisa Lee Jackson

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint,” Isaiah 40:31.

Lisa Lee Jackson, age 60 years of Rockford went to her eternal home on Sunday, August 5, 2012. Lisa was born in Bethesda, Md. on August 21, 1951. She grew up in Silver Springs, Md. and graduated from Stephen Knolls School in Montgomery County. She was devoted to her family and friends, especially her Friendship Club at Blythefield CRC, and her friends at Hope Network.

Lisa was very active in the community and won many ribbons and medals over the years in Special Olympics. She retired from the Cedar Springs Hope Network in June 2010.

Lisa was predeceased by her parents, Charles Gerard Jackson and Hilda Fischer Jackson; her sister, Hilda Ann Jackson Russell; and brother, Charles Gerard Jackson Jr. She deeply missed them and often reminisced about their lives together.

Lisa’s great-grandparents, Albert E Jackson and Isabella Kanouse Jackson, were early pioneers of Ionia, Mich. Lisa loved music and crafting. She will be remembered for her love of family and friends, and her great bright-eyed smile. Lisa was humble and compassionate and insisted that people be kind to one another and mind their manners.

Her family would like to especially thank her Friendship teachers, Angie, Anita and Betty, for bringing so much joy to her life. The family is also grateful for the volunteers and staff of Faith Hospice and Trillium Woods for their care and compassion.

She is survived by two nieces, Deborah Russell (Marc) Jacobsson of Rockford, and Mary Russell Caldwell (Jergen Luck)of Black River, N.Y.; and a nephew, David M. Russell of St Charles, Mo. Lisa also has eight great-nieces and nephews, Alex Jacobsson, Alisha Jacobsson, Rebekah Jacobsson, Elizabeth Jacobsson, Rachel Jacobsson, and Josiah Jacobsson, all of Rockford, and Matthew Luck and Kevin Luck of Black River, N.Y.

Please share a memory and sign the family’s online guest book at Private family services have taken place. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to donate to Hope Network Cedar Springs Center, 490 West St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or Blythefield Christian Reformed Church Friendship Club, 6350 Kuttshill Dr., Rockford, MI 49341. Services provided by Stegenga Funeral Chapel, Belmont.


Van Timmeren

Christopher Rogers Van Timmeren

Christopher Rogers Van Timmeren, age 40, of Rockford passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 from injuries sustained in an auto accident that occurred on Jericho Road in Rockford.

He was a 1990 Rockford High School graduate and attended Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida, and worked in sales. He participated in football, basketball and track at Rockford High School and loved to watch all types of sporting events. A lover of music his entire life, he especially liked attending the Avett Brothers concerts, and performed at open mic venues along with his five-year-old son. A patient and loving father, they were a gift to one another.

He is survived by his son, Joshua Thomas Van Timmeren; Joshua’s mother, Jennifer Tracy Lance; Josh’s sister, Paige Autumn Lance; parents, Tom and Gail Van Timmeren; brother, Brian Van Timmeren; grandmothers, Evelyn Van Timmeren and Dottie Robinson; great-aunt, Opal Hanson; aunts, Lois Markoff, Pamela, Barbara and Elaine Robinson; uncles, Bill, Bruce, Gordon and Michael Robinson; cousins, Kathy and Christine Fisher, Michael Porta and Christine Huey, Kimberley Markoff and her husband Paolo Rodas, Paul and Irma Markoff, Karen and Steven Bruner, Brooks and Spencer Robinson, Rey and Anaya Robinson, Will and John Robinson, Kyler and Jaeden Bruner and Melia and Elijah Markoff. Chris was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Franklin Edgar Van Timmeren and William Ernest Robinson; and his godparents, great-aunt and uncle Harry and Dorothy Rogers.

The mass of Christian burial for Chris was offered at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Tony Russo presiding. Interment was in Plainfield Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are respectively asked to consider Joshua’s Educational Fund.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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