Obituaries—May 7, 2009

May 7, 2009 // 0 Comments

Mr. Gordon H. VanderBerg, age 77, of Belmont passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. He grew up on the west side of Grand Rapids, and as a young man Gordon was active in Boy Scouts. After graduating from Union High School in 1950, he began working for Consumers Power Company. Gordon was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his country during the Korean War, receiving two bronze stars. After the military, Gordon returned to Consumers Power. Even after his retirement he went back and worked as an outside contractor. Gordon met the love of his life, and on January 30, 1960. Astra and Gordon were married and would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this coming January. Throughout their lives, Gordon and Astra were devoted to each other. There was a very special bond of closeness as husband and wife that made it obvious they were meant to be with one another, and those times were an expression of the love they had for each other. When Astra was working, Gordon would stop by and take her to lunch-the simplicity of togetherness. Spending time at their cottage in Irons with Astra and his family was very special to Gordon. Dawn was his hunting and fishing partner, and best of all she enjoyed the quality time that they could spend together. His grandchildren have a legacy of memories of their times with grandpa. Brittany delighted at every moment she could spend fishing with her grandfather (clad in her special chest waders). Brad remembers the hunter safety class they took together, and the memorable times of hunting and fishing with his grandfather. Gordon is survived by his loving wife, Astra; daughter, Dawn Bussing and fiancé Derek Drudy of Rockford; and his very special grandchildren, Brittany and Brad Bussing, who were the light of his life. He is also survived by son, Doug VanderBerg of Cedar Springs; grandsons, Randy and Rusty; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Edna VanderBerg; and sister, Donna Knittle. Gordon was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was loved by all and will be deeply missed. The service for Gordon will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor […]

In loving memory of Charles David Benham II

April 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

July 30, 1969 – April 20, 2008   Don’t grieve for me for now I’m free, I’m following the path that God laid for me. I took His hand, when I heard Him call, I turned my back, and left it all. I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone, they stay that way, I found that place at the close of day. If parting has left a void, Then fill it all with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah, yes, these things I too will miss. Be not burdened now with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I’ve savored much, Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seems all too brief, Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free. Charlie “Char,” son of “Joan,” Mr. and Mrs. Gardner, loving father to Taylor and Trever Benham, beloved brother to many siblings, began his new life in heaven one year ago. You are truly missed by all and will never be forgotten. We will especially remember your free spirit, kind heart and contagious smile. We miss you and love you forever. Alysse, Mikelle, Charlotte, family and friends


March 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

In Loving memory of our precious baby girl, Jessica Grace Soupal, who passed into the loving arms of Jesus six years ago, March 29, 2003.   We celebrate your birthday, even though you are not here. Balloons and flowers on your grave, light the candles, say a prayer. You’re not here to blow them out, so we make a wish for you. That everything we hear about heaven being wonderful…is true.   Why I couldn’t be your mother, we’re not meant to understand. So, we hold on to each other, while angels hold your hand.   My precious little girl, with little rose-bud lips. How I long to touch your curls, and give you one last kiss. I only hope you know how much you truly blessed our lives. You’ll forever be a part of us until the day we die.   And when we are a family in Heaven up above, then everyone will truly see… there is no greater love! Loving and missing you so very much,   Love, Mom, Dad,

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