For over 20 years, Merrill Vander Syde was a well known figure in the automotive industry in Rockford. Not only was he a prominent businessman in the local area community, but a huge fan of the Buick line of vehicles developed by General Motors. Merrill was a 40 year member of the Buick Club of America (BCA), and was enthusiastic with ‘anything and everything’ car related. He was a good father to his four sons, and a devoted husband to his wife, Ruegina. He loved to travel with his wife, and always inspired his sons to work hard. The Funeral Service for Mr. Vander Syde was held at the Ronan-Vanderpool-Stegenga Funeral Chapel, Wyoming last week Friday, July 12. VANDER SYDE (Rockford) – Mr. Merrill Vander Syde, age 75, passed away at his residence on July 7, 2013. Merrill was born on June 11, 1938 in Matlock, Iowa. He was employed with Keeler Brass as a machine operator for 33 years. Mr. Vander Syde was the proud owner of Vander Syde Motor Sales in Rockford for 20 years. He was a 40 year member of the Buick Club of America (BCA). Merrill was a good father, hard worker and he inspired others to work hard. He loved to travel and was an ‘enthusiastic car guy’. Mr. Vander Syde is survived by his loving wife, Ruegina; children, Dennis Lee (Roberta) Vander Syde, Gregory Alan (Nancy) Vander Syde, Donald Ray Vander Syde, and Geffery Dean Vander Syde; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Henrietta (Garrett) Tilstra; several brothers and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews. Merrill was preceded in death by his parents, Cornelius and Minnie; sisters, Katherine Vander Syde and Magdalene; grandchildren, Eric and Caleb; and brother, Tony. The Funeral Service for Mr. Vander Syde will be held on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ronan-Vanderpool-Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 3131 S. Division Ave., Wyoming, with Rev. John Paepke officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the Vander Syde family at the Stegenga Funeral Chapel (note: Belmont location), 1601 Post Dr. on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the Wyoming Chapel. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Mel Trotter Ministries.
There will be a casual memorial gathering and art exhibit reception to honor Rockford artist Phil Glass who passed away earlier this year. Phil was well known in Rockford for his creative involvement in the visual arts. The memorial and reception will take place Friday, June 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Bella Vista Church, 5100 Belding Rd., Rockford. Some of Phil’s artwork will be on display. The family was kind enough to send a sample of the pieces to be displayed to The Squire.
HORNBACH, Charles Rittman – passed away on February 23, 2013. There will be an informal memorial for the family and friends of Charles Hornbach at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1025 Three Mile Rd., Grand Rapids, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2013, with a light luncheon to follow. Charles Rittman Hornbach, 81, passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2013. He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Irene, and his sister, Letty Kermode. He leaves behind his wife, Ann; three children: Kim (Anne) of Naples, Florida, Mark (Connie) of Rockford, Illinois, and Jean Magnelli of Pagosa Springs, Colorado; three grandchildren, Leigh, Charles, and Ellie; one great granddaughter, Madelyn; and his brother Jack (Darva) of Little Torch Key, Florida. He loved them dearly and was extremely proud of them. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Architecture and was a Registered Architect in six states, with offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Naples, Florida. In his younger years he was active in the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Architectural League, Lions Club, French Society of Michigan, and US Naval Reserve. An Episcopalian, he was a member of the Executive Council, Conference Board, Building Committee and a Deputy to the National Convention for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. An avid sailor, he was a member of a National Geographic expedition in the South Pacific studying plate tectonics. He traveled extensively in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Caribbean, British Isles and Europe. More recently he was active in the Rockford Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow). Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be announced at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 3940 Peninsular Dr. #180, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 (re: Hornbach Memorial).
In Loving Memory of Eleanor I. Sjogren, born April 17, 1921, the 2nd of five children in the family of Ray & Grace Helsel. She married Norman E. Sjogren on June 29,1946, and together they raised one son and four daughters in their home on Algoma Ave., Rockford, MI. Eleanor was a life long member of Algoma Baptist Church. She lived her faith and was loved by virtually everyone who was privileged to know her. She was called to her Heavenly home twenty years ago on May 1, 1993. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” II Corinthians 12:9 Gone for now, but always in our hearts… Deeply missed, never forgotten… Our dearest Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and Friend
Charles D. Benham II July 30, 1969 – April 20, 2008 On your five year anniversary It’s been too many tears, I can’t explain how we feel. You have been gone so long sometimes it doesn’t seem real. Your friends tell me what a good friend they had. They have tears in their eyes for they are also sad. I can’t replace you but I hold you in a special place, But in my mind’s eye, I can still see your face. You stood by your friends in time of trouble and stood by us, too, For this we remember and will never forget you. So my son with all the love I have and your family has we thank God for giving you to us. I’ll join you in heaven someday, just wait and see. Love, Mom and your family