Obituaries

Robert Willis Brown
Robert Willis Brown

Mr. Robert Willis Brown of Grand Rapids, Michigan, age 87, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

He was born to Roy and Hazelle (Sprague) Brown on Tuesday, September 13, 1927, in Big Rapids, Michigan. Robert was raised on a farm in the Big Rapids area and spent forty-two years working for Owen-Ames-Kimball Construction before his retirement.

Robert was a great outdoorsman. He loved to go hunting and fishing every chance he could. He also cherished the memories of going camping with his wife Dorothy in their more youthful years and the time they spent together working in their city garden. Robert also enjoyed woodworking from time to time.

Robert was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful brother, and proud uncle. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family, friends, and all those who knew him.

Robert is survived by his beloved wife of almost sixty-eight years, Dorothy (Gonser) Brown; sister Marjorie Brink; sisters-in-law Norma Watson and Lillian (Richard) Russell; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Franklin Brown; and sister Doris Blake.

There was a time of visitation from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Robert was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home. Pastor Bruce Wilson officiated. There was also a one hour visitation prior to the service. Interment was at Pine Plains Cemetery, Big Rapids, Michigan.

Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Spectrum Health Hospice and Palliative Care, Spectrum Health Foundation, 100 Michigan NE, MC004, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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John Edward Hamilton
John Edward Hamilton

John Edward Hamilton, age 81, of Grand Rapids, Michigan passed away peacefully on March 5, 2015. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was born in Sturgis, Michigan on October 9, 1933 to Ed and Dorothy (Messner) Hamilton.

He moved to Rockford when he was 7 years old. He graduated from Rockford High School in 1951. He was an accomplished athlete who was inducted into the Rockford Hall of Fame in 2001. He attended Hope College where he played football for two years and met and fell in love with his wife Mary. They were married in 1953. He was a master mechanic by trade and a fisherman at heart. He enjoyed spending his time fishing in Manistee on his boat Fishless for fifty plus years. He had a quick wit and always said what he felt. He loved nothing more than spending time with his family and large circle of friends and was always willing to help a friend in need.

He loved his family more than anything else and will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 61 years Mary (VanOort) Hamilton, his daughter and son-in-law Yvonne (Robert) Ryder, grandchildren: Heather (Randy) Sheahan, Eric (Jennifer) Ryder, great grandchildren Alexis and Lauren Sheahan, Austyn and Briggs Ryder, brother-in-law Lester VanOort, DeMott, IN and good friend of seventy plus years, Tom Winquist.

His wish was to be cremated and have a celebration of life at a later date when the weather breaks.

 

Timothy Jonathan Kishkorn
Timothy Jonathan Kishkorn

Timothy Jonathan Kishkorn of Rockford, Michigan, age 58, entered eternal life on Saturday, March 7, 2015.  Tim was born to William S. and Nella (Kroschell) Kishkorn on Friday, January 11, 1957 in Grand Rapids, where he lived most of his life. Tim was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful brother, and dear friend.  He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Barbara Lehr; brothers Steven L. Kishkorn and George Tofferi. He is survived by his beloved wife Kathleen Kishkorn; cherished uncle Henk Kroschell; brothers William F.  (Leona) Kishkorn and Robert (Shirley) Tofferi; sisters Judith Kamarainen and Patricia “Toof” (Kenneth) Barnes; fifteen nieces and nephews; and three step-children. A special thanks to Tim’s best friend, confidante and mentor, Bruce Madden, who stood by him through the good, the bad, and the downright ugly.  We all appreciate the way you were always there for him, Bruce. Tim enjoyed many things in life.  A lifelong Tigers fan, he rarely missed a game.  He loved astronomy, traveling and photograph.  He was a book collector and avid reader, who loved the smell and feel of a good book in his hands.  Music was a huge part of his life, from the Beatles to opera and everything in between.  He was an old soul who loved old movies, the Three Stooges and anything nostalgic.  He was also a member of the Grand Rapids Scottish Society and the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Society. A private memorial service will be held for the family.  We know that Tim’s many friends and co-workers will surely miss his wit and wisdom, and sometimes his weirdness.  Therefore, a celebration of his life will take place on a later date. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution in Tim’s memory to the Music Therapy Program at the Franciscan Life Process Center, 11650 Downes Street NE, Lowell, MI 49331­.

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Marjorie Jean Peterson
Marjorie Jean Peterson

Mrs. Marjorie Jean Peterson of Comstock Park, Michigan, age 91, entered eternal life in the late morning of Friday, March 6, 2015. Marge was born to Joseph and Ada (Schoolmaster) Wilson on Thursday, April 12, 1923 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

She was a 1940 graduate of Creston High School and a life-long resident of the Grand Rapids area. Marge enjoyed many things in life. She loved to go bowling and roller skating. She also enjoyed taking trips to the casino and sitting back to people watch.

Marge was a loving and devoted wife, wonderful mother, and proud grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. The love she had for her family was immeasurable. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by her family, friends, and all those who knew her.

Marge is survived by her beloved children, Cathy (Bob) DeLeeuw, Richard (Rita) Stouten, Dennis (Betty Steenwyk) Stouten, Laurie (Brent) Chappell, and Eric Stouten; twenty-one grandchildren; thirty-seven great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; brothers Dan and John Wilson; sisters, Alice Donaldson, Lenore (Richard) Czyzyk, and Nancy Demorst-Skillman; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands Richard Whitener and Harold Peterson; the father of her children Leonard Stouten, Sr.; sons, Tim Stouten and Leonard Stouten, Jr.; brother Paul Wilson; and sisters Virginia Bulcroft, Jolene Visser, Arlene Wilson, and Vera Post.

There was visitation from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Marge was celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 9, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home. Pastor Bruce Wilson officiated. There was also a one hour visitation prior to the service. Interment was at Plainfield Township Cemetery.

Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to a charity of one’s choice.

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Alvin J. Potter
Alvin J. Potter

Mr. Alvin J. Potter of Rockford, Michigan, age 89, passed away into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

He was born on Sunday, April 12, 1925 in Jamestown, Michigan to Peter and Alice Potter. In the 1930’s his family rented and eventually purchased a farm on 6 Mile Road just outside of Cannonsburg, Michigan. He attended Rockford High School but also went to Cass Tech for tool and die training. He was sick at the time of his graduation, defaulting him a diploma causing him to be drafted into WWII; his diploma never caught up with him. His brother, already in the United States Army, had warned him not to enter, so when he got to the end of his entrance physical, a guy slammed a stamp on his paperwork and asked which branch of the military he would like to join. Alvin said he was hoping to go into the Navy. The guy picked up the stamp and said, “What do you know! You got it!” He served from August 1943 to April 1946 aboard the USS Cocopa, a sea-going tug boat. Along with many towing jobs to aid the war effort, they were the first tug boat to sink a submarine. After his honorable discharge he and his brother returned to the farm on 6 Mile to farm and do repair work on vehicles and farm machinery.

In the fifties, Cannonsburg Schools begged him to drive bus for them. He was resistant, but agreed to do it until they found someone else. Thirty-two years later, he retired from driving for the Rockford School System. He also spent many years cleaning the Cannonsburg School. On the farm, he had chickens for eggs, a few cattle for meat, and raised pigs until he could not compete against the pork factories which entered the pork market. He did custom hay bailing and grew corn and hay to help meet the cost of raising a couple of hungry boys.

In October of 1954, he married Ione Johnson and built a house for them on his parent’s farm. They had two boys, Tim and Doug. His wife preceded him in death last February 24, 2014, and he is survived by his sons, Tim and Doug, along with two grandchildren from Doug and his wife Laurie, Jordan and Olivia.

There was a time of visitation from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Alvin was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 9, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home. Pastor Matthew Puett officiated.

Because Alvin was a founding member of Faith Bible Church, those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Faith Bible Church, 5273 Ramsdell Drive NE, Rockford, MI 49341

 

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Charlotte Ann Rogalewski
Charlotte Ann Rogalewski

Mrs. Charlotte Ann Rogalewski of Sand Lake, Michigan, age 96, passed away in the comfort of her home and into the arms of her Lord and Savior on the evening of Saturday, March 7, 2015. She was born to John and Margaret (Allen) Smith, in their home in Hinton Township, Michigan on Monday, October 8, 1918, and had been a life-long resident of the area.
Charlotte lived a long, joy-filled life, always surrounding herself with loving family and friends. She was a remarkable woman with many talents and a strong undying faith and love toward her family and her Lord. Charlotte and her husband John were business owners, operating several small businesses in the Cedar Springs area, most notably the Kent Theater on Main Street, which was a great joy for their children. They were also very instrumental in making the Cedar Springs Museum and Historical Society what it is today.
Charlotte even held a seat in Solon Township as Treasurer for several years. Charlotte showed her love for life in many ways and shared that love with everyone she knew. She was artistically inclined and incredibly talented as a prolific quilter and oil painter. She was also quite a master chef, always sharing with family and friends, her love of homemade soups and bread. Charlotte loved to garden as well, growing the most beautiful flowers with her exceptional green thumb. She could hardly wait every year for the snow to leave, so she could get her hands in the dirt. She was truly altruistic, always caring and giving to others.
Charlotte was a loving and devoted wife, wonderful mother, dear friend and sister, and proud grandmother; the best anyone could ever ask for. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all those who knew her. Charlotte is survived by her beloved children, Dennis (Mary Ann) Rogalewski, John (Kathryn) Rogalewski, Dorothy Koop, and Nancy (Gordon) Rogalewski-May; thirteen grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; sister Dorothy Briggs; brother Edward (Laura) Smith; sister-in-law Margaret Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband John D. Rogalewski; infant daughter Collette E. Rogalewski; and granddaughter Deborah Rogalewski.
There was visitation from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Charlotte was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home. Chaplain Vern Bareman officiated. There was a one hour visitation prior to the service.
Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution in memory of Charlotte to the Cedar Springs Museum and Historical Society, P.O. Box 296, Cedar Springs, MI 49319-0296.

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Scobey

 

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of our husband, father, Pee paw and mentor Gerald A. Scobey.

We celebrated his life with a mass at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, MI at 10 am Saturday on March 7. An open house followed at 4511 Pettis Ave NE, Belmont, MI at 12:30 for friends and family.

For those of you who knew him well will understand the simplicity of these events, for his true wishes were for a pig roast which will take place July 18 at the Belmont address. On February 28 the Lord took a farmer home. He was a bold man who lived by blunt truth. If you could understand the lessons in his gruffness your world was forever seeking more from him. He had a way of understanding people.

He cherished the life lessons his father taught him and passed them on regularly. The most important lesson being how you handled a situation. This was how he measured his respect for others. If he said “he handled that right” or “I’m proud of how she handled it” he was just that.

He was born in Barry County in 1942. At age 14 with his father’s signature he bought his first farm. Farming forever shaped his daily life and was present in the many hats he wore. He was talented at football, golf and like any old farmer could tell a story.

He was known for being detailed and this served him well as a husband, father of 7, grandfather of 14 and in his telecommunications career. He did each of these tasks honorably and with great joy. He journaled everyday and would be the first to tell you “Don’t memorize what you can write down” and “Don’t write down what’s in a manual, read it.” He was loved by his wife, admired by his friends and his children not only adored him but saw him as one of life’s great mentors. He left us all in a cloud of laughter, a smile on our face and as he passed you knew you met a great man. Forever will he be remembered. Forever he will be in our hearts.

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Colunga

 

Elizabeth Ann Colunga, aged 78, passed away March 4, 2015.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Luis Colunga; sister, Barbara Biescka.   Surviving are their children, Joseph Colunga and Theresa Colunga and husband Paul Driscoll; and grandson, Torrin Colunga.   Also surviving are her sisters, Francis (Paul) Kazmeirski and Marcy (Terry) Schelling and brother, Robert (Agnes) Gedritis.

To read a full obituary, share memories, photos and sign the family’s online guest book, please visit  www.stegengafuneralchapel.com.

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GELDERBLOOM – Mr. Roger “Rog” K. Gelderbloom aged 56 passed away, Friday, February 27, 2015. Roger was preceded in death by his father, Roger.   Surviving are his wife, Michelle Vander Markt; son, Bruce (Alec) Gelderbloom; grandchildren, Riley and Jade; mother, Shirley; sisters, Martha (Carl) Homrich, Amy Gelderbloom; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Tindle; nieces and nephews, Jessi, Erin and James Lucas.  Rog worked for over 28 years at Leon Plastics and was a member of the UAW Local 19.  Services will be held at a later date.  To  share a photo, memory and sign the family’s online guestbook please visit: www.stegengafuneralchapel.com

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Belmont – 866-7200

Keith Clinton Stewart
Keith Clinton Stewart

Keith Clinton Stewart, 43, formally of Rockford, passed away at his residence, Monday, March 2, 2015.

Celebration of Life Services were held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with John Benewald officiating. Friends visited family from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015 at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association and the Stewart family. Those wishing to sign Keith’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Keith was born in Watervliet November 22, 1971 to Russell and Pamela (Bronson) Stewart. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1990. He attended Albion College. Keith worked for the State of Michigan Corrections for 15 years. He worked at several locations, Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility being his most recent. Keith was passionate about gardening, flowers and vegetables. He enjoyed watching sports and was an avid fan of the Bulls and the Lions. Michael Jordan was his all-time favorite player. In his spare time he enjoyed DJing for school dances and weddings. The time Keith enjoyed the most was spending time with his children.

Keith is survived by his parents Russell and Pamela Stewart of Benton harbor; four children- Jordan, Jessica, Maddie and Alex of Rockford; companion Jeanelle Ferris of Grand Haven; brothers Kevin Stewart and companion Dora Veal of Benton Harbor, Korey (Jessica) of Port Huron; sister Kelley (Greg) Gothberg of Eau Claire; three nephews- Tyler Stewart, Erick Gothberg, and Mason Gothberg; former wife Aneka (Schott).

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