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Mr. Frank L. Maguire of Cedar Springs, age 87 went home to his Lord and Savior Friday, January 16, 2015.

He was born to Frank and Letta (Lake) E. Maguire in Big Rapids, Michigan. Frank grew up on a farm the Big Rapids area.

There was always work to do at home and he also worked part time. One of his jobs was to cut the grass at the funeral home in Big Rapids. At age 17 he enlisted in the US Navy serving on the USS Charles Carroll and attack personal ship, carrying troops and supplies. He also worked for several farmers in the Big Rapids area and then came to Grand Rapids. Frank worked at several jobs and settled in at Wolverine Brass where he worked for 34 ½ years, he was extremely respected by those that worked with him.

Many will remember that he was the head usher and care taker of St. Clara Catholic Church in Coral for many, many years. You would often find Mr. Maguire and his wife, Betty, at Sandy Beach on Hardy Dam where they would fish and boat. He also was a member of the FOE Tri-County Eagles 4467. He loved to dance with his wife, any type was fine. His advice to others would be “to live your life the best you can”.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years Betty (Bryne); children, Pauline (Fred) TenEyck, Stephen Maguire, Mark Maguire, Victoria (Carroll) Matulis; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Rev. Dan Maguire, Robert (Marilyn) Maguire, Richard (Diane) Maguire; and many nieces and nephews. Frank was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Vicki Harig; brother, Archie Maguire; sisters-in-law, JoAnn Maguire and Elva Maguire.

The Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, 3110 17 Mile Road NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, with Fr. Lam Le presiding. Visitation with the family was 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding Avenue SE, Ada, MI 49301.

 

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Mr. Eugene “Spud” Ensing of Rockford, age 88 went home to his Lord and Savior Saturday, January 17, 2015.  He was born in Grand Rapids to Gerritt and Dorothy (Hart) Ensing in 1926. Spud served his county and flag in the US Navy during WWII and in the US Air Force during the Korean War and the Vietnam War.  He retired from the US Air Force in 1968.  After retirement he worked for Northern Air and Herman Miller’s flight department. In his spare time he volunteered for many organizations, such as the Cedar Springs Historical Society, as a flag marshal for Sports Car Club of America and Championship Auto Racing Teams.  Spud also was a member of International Plastic Modelers Society, a charter member of the Smithsonian Air Museum, and a member of National Naval Aviation Museum. In his lifetime he also visited 127 countries and all 50 states. Despite all these achievements and interests’ one of the most important things to him was spending time with his family.  Eugene will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family and all who knew him. He is survived by his loving children, Priscilla (Fred) Finch, Gordon (Connie) Ensing, Deborah (Mitch) Millhuff, Donald Ensing; grandchildren, Shannon Finch, Shawn Finch, Meghann (Sean) Evans; great-grandchildren, Haley Finch, Zoe Evans, Sammy Evans; step-mother of more than 60 years, Ethel Ensing; brothers and sisters, Donna (Ensing) Alverson, Gary (Jan) Ensing, Tammy (Bill) Heydens, Marlene (Eddie) Vasquez, Dale (Debra) Ensing, Kevin (Deena) Ensing, Steve (Shari) Ensing; brothers-in-law, Barney Townes, George Allington, Larry Squires; and many nieces and nephews. Eugene was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife Alma (Weller); and sister, Eleanor Squires. The Funeral Service will be 11 am Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S Main Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.  There will be a time of visitation from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe Street, Rockford, MI 49341. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S Main Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or Vista de la Montana United Methodist Church, 3001 E. Mira Vista Lane, Tucson, AZ 85739 or National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd., Suite C, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL 32508 or The 390th Memorial Museum, 6000 East Valencia Road, Tucson, AZ 85756.

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Mr. Claire Farwell of Comstock Park, Michigan, age 78, passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

He was born in Grand Rapids to Carl and Joan (Elshof) Farwell on Monday, July 13, 1936. Proudly and courageously, Claire served his flag and country in the United States Air Force. He was a dedicated worker for forty-one years with the Department of Public Works for the City of Wyoming, before his retirement in 1997. Claire loved his animals and watching the wildlife and birds in his backyard. He also took great pride in his yard and growing the “Bean Garden,” always tending with care.

Claire was a quiet, reserved, and wonderful provider. He loved many things in life; his trusty pick-up truck, going camping, but the love he had for his family and for the time she shared with them was infinite. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered for his love.

Claire is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-eight years Joan; loving children, Tammy (Terry) Marshall, Deborah (Asif) Naseem, Katherin Farwell and David Perez; grandchildren, Jamie Lynn Farwell, Jessie Lee Perez, Kevin James (Lindsey) Marshall, Daniel Brian (Caitlin) Marshall, Armande Asif Naseem, Amani Sadek Naseem; great-granddaughters, Cara Rae Marshall, Cate James Marshall.

There was visitation from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Claire was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home.

Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Calvary Church, 707 E. Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.

 

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Mr. Jack James Hansen of Rockford, age 78 went home to his Lord and Savior Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

He was born in Flint, Michigan to Donald and Ella (Kuyawa) Hansen in 1936. After graduating high school he served his country and flag in the US Army. Jack married Joan Turoski in 1960 and together they raised four wonderful children and enjoyed 54 years of marriage. Two of his enjoyments in life were being a tool and die maker and a farmer.  He also enjoyed hunting and fishing in his spare time.  However, his greatest joy was being a husband, father and grandfather.

Jack will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife Joan; children, Ken and Cindy (Hayden) Hansen, Bob and Khristy (Bennett) Hansen, Daniel and Susanne (Patin) Hansen, Lynn (Hansen) and Marc Flanery; grandchildren, Leslie, Breanna, Karlista, Addison, Jacob, Nathan, Zachary, and Blake; brother, Jim Hansen; sister, Joan Hansen; brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Sue Turoski. Jack was preceded in death by his parents; and sister-in-law, Norma Hansen.

The Mass of Christian Burial was 11 am Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, 4865 11 Mile Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341 with Fr. Tony Russo presiding. There was visitation with the family from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Friday, January 16, 2015 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe St NE, Rockford, MI 49341.  Visitation was also on Saturday one hour prior to mass. There was a praying of the Rosary at 9 p.m. Friday January 16, 2015 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 129 Jefferson Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

 

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Mrs. Antoinette “Toni” Johanna Moerman of Grand Rapids, Michigan, age 89, passed away in to the arms of her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

She was born to David and Grada (Daniels) Deverman on Monday, November 16, 1925 in Grand Rapids, and had been a life-long resident of the area. Toni was a loving and devoted wife, wonderful mother, loving sister, and the best grandmother anyone could ask for.

Toni is survived by her beloved husband of sixty-eight years, Elwin L. Moerman of Grand Rapids, married on July 12, 1946; loving daughter Jill (Michael) Bonner of New Orleans, LA; grandchildren Carla, Brian, and Chelsea; and great grandson Ethan. She was preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings.

The funeral service for Toni was held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Pastor Ken Bremer will be officiated. Interment took place at Fairplains Cemetery of Grand Rapids.

Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to The Clark Foundation, Bristol Neighborhood, 1551 Franklin Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

 

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Mr. Richard “Dick” William Moyer of Rockford, Michigan, age 74, passed away unexpectedly in the comfort of his home on Saturday, January 17, 2015. He now joins his beloved wife, the late Trella (Schade) Moyer, who passed away on Monday, October 4, 2010. They were happily married for forty-five years. Dick was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, and the best grandfather anyone can ask for. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered. Dick is survived by his sons Michael and Steve Moyer; grandchildren Houston and Izzy Moyer; daughter-in-law Natasha Moyer; sisters-in-law Marvel (Jim) Anderson and Arlene “Ene” (Bill) Langford; nieces and nephews Eric and Christine Anderson, Chuck (Jan) Moyer, and Bill Moyer; and great nieces and nephews Amanda and Wilson Moyer, and Jade and Parker Ceplina. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Harriet (Stedman) Moyer; father and mother-in-law Marvin and Lillian (Morlock) Schade; and all of his siblings. Services will not be held at this time. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the American Cancer Society, Northwest Michigan Office, 129 Jefferson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

 

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Dan Quist— After a long hard struggle, he is no longer nauseous and in pain from the beast called Esophageal cancer. He is finally at peace. Dan was born on Oct 29, 1947 and died on January 18, 2015. He was always described as a gentle giant. A man who was genuinely liked and respected by virtually everyone he met. A man who believed in helping others and he showed that through his volunteer work and the time he spent advocating and helping disabled adults, but mostly he loved being with his family. He was a very kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend, and he will be deeply missed. He also loved golf and spending time at the family trottage by the river. Dan was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Vernice Quist and his father-in-law Earl Jackson. He leaves behind his wife Linda, his daughters, Melinie Warren (Chase), Stephanie Sills (Stephen), Danielle Simmons (Ron), Libby Quist, and son Joe Quist, his mother-in-law Virginia Jackson, his brothers Ted Quist (Leslie), Mark Quist (Annette), and his extended family in Kentucky. His very special granddaughter Hannah Quist, his grandchildren Candice, Cassidy, and Taylor Warren, and many nieces and nephews also survive.   A celebration of Dan’s life will be held 3:00PM Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE., Belmont. His family will greet relatives and friends from 1:00PM until time of the service on Saturday.   Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Operation Homefront, 4180 Keller Rd., Ste B, Holt, MI 48842. To share a photo, memory and sign the family’s online guestbook please visitwww.stegengafuneralchapel.com. “When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in a manner so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.” -Native American Proverb