February 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mr. James Bernard Clouse of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 65, passed away into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 29, 2015. He was born to Robert and Betty Jane (Chulski) Clouse on Sunday, June 12, 1949 in Grand Rapids, and had been a life long resident of the area. Jim received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and later worked as a quality control engineer, a profession which he was exceptional at. He was also a veteran who proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Marine Corps in London, England during the Vietnam Conflict. Jim loved many things in life. He was a great outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing at the Pere Marquette River or deer hunting in the Upper Peninsula along the Paint River. He loved spending time with his family, being around his children, grandchildren, and his nieces and nephews. He also loved to tinker, always keeping a spotless garage. He was a selfless and altruistic man, putting others before himself, especially his family. His love for them was immeasurable. He was a loving father, proud grandfather, wonderful brother and uncle, and dear friend. His big-heartedness, kindness, and generosity will be deeply missed but fondly remembered by all those who knew and loved him. Jim is survived by his loving children Scott (Rachael) Clouse, Andrew (Karla) Clouse, Peter Clouse, Josh Clouse, and Kelly Clouse; adored grandchildren Lincoln, Paige, and Amber Clouse; siblings Dr. Robert (Carol) Clouse, Mary (David) Malecki, Michael (Cindy) Clouse, Gayle Barkey, Linda (Wesley) Ruwersma, Cindy (Neil) Kimball, and Diane (Ray) Weaver; and many, many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and nephew Gregory Clouse. There was a time of visitation from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 2, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Jim was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home. There was also a one hour visitation prior to the service. Pederson Funeral Home On Sunday, January 25, 2015, at 10:35 p.m., Brother Herm passed on, into the everlasting, strong, and loving arms of Jesus, where there will be no more […]


January 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Carolyn DeHaan, went into the hands of her Lord Saturday, January 24, 2015. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Frank D. Foster and daughter, Kathleene J. Fletcher. She is survived by her loving husband, Sidney DeHaan; his children, David (Carol) DeHaan, Randy (Linda) DeHaan; her children, Frank (Kathy) , Steve (Vera), Brian (Mary) Foster; son-in-law, Richard Fletcher; niece, Judy (Joe) Spisk. Having a special place in her heart were the many grand and great grandchildren she adored and loved so much. Carolyn was a loving and courageous woman, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. The joy of our lives. A Memorial Service was held at 12:00 noon Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Blythefield Christian Reformed Church, 6350 Kuttshill Dr. NE., Rockford., with visitation from 10:30 a.m. until time of service at church. Memorial contributions in Carolyn’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Thank you to Faith Hospice for their tireless support, compassion and dedication. To share a photo, memory and to sign the family’s online guestbook, please visit   Stegenga Funeral Chapel Belmont – 616.866.7200       Mrs. Norma G. Engelman, formerly Norma G. Bunker, of Sand Lake, Michigan, age 81, passed away in the comfort of her home on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. She was born to the late Norman and Gladys (Ott) Wylie in Kent City, Michigan on Tuesday, October 24, 1933. She was a life-long resident of West Michigan. Norma enjoyed doing many things in life. She loved to relax with the feel of a good book in her hands. She would also do crossword puzzles with an ink pen, because she was that good. Norma was a loving and devoted wife, wonderful and caring mother, and the best grandmother anyone could ask for. She always cherished every moment spent with her family. Her love for them was infinite. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by family, friends, and all who knew her. Norma is survived by her beloved husband of fifteen years, Jerry LeMar Engelman; loving children Douglas Bunker, Kim VerHage, Kathy Hall, Keitha (Thomas) Sanders, Kari Tesch, Leslie (Walt) Steil, Sarah (Marty) Brown, Michael Engelman, Dan Engelman, Katherine Engelman, and Cameron Engleman; twenty-two grandchildren; thirty-four great-grandchildren; brothers Robert (Sabrea) Wylie and Dale Wylie; brothers-in-law […]


January 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

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.   Pederson Funeral Home Obituaries Mr. Eugene “Spud” Ensing of Rockford, age 88 went home to his Lord and Savior […]

Rockford football loses a treasured piece of the program

January 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Bruce Turner was about as behind the scenes as it was possible to be when it came to his contributions to the athletic programs at Rockford High School. He was rarely seen or heard but his efforts kept the Rams on the cutting edge of video work over the past 25 years. That incredibly valuable aspect of a successful team was finally silenced on Friday, January 9th when Mr. Turner passed away unexpectedly at the age of 68. “Bruce was involved in our football program in just about every aspect it was possible to be involved,” said Rockford Football Coach Ralph Munger. “He taped preseason conditioning, our trips to Roscommon, 7 on 7s, team camps, youth camps and every game and practice as well as anything else he felt was necessitated . He was very creative and was far ahead of the times when it came to his use of that valuable tool for the team’s success. He also did wrestling and basketball at various times for Rockford. All of his efforts will be impossible to replace as a whole and he will be dearly missed.” Turner was also described as a “patriot” by Munger, who noted that whenever the National Anthem was played “Bruce was always the first to come to attention and maintain a professional countenance for the song’s duration.” Turner was a member of the 101st Airborne Division and served his country proudly in the Vietnam War. Although he was not an employee of Rockford Public Schools, it would be difficult to imagine anyone not employed by the schhol district who so selflessly devoted his time for the betterment of any team. Turner and Munger collaborated together in the television studio at RHS to put together highlights and very motivational tapes for the team and coaches. For every one minute of tape that was used Munger estimated that a full hour of production work was necessitated to procure that valuable minute. “None of this ever would have happened if I hadn’t knocked on his door just after I was hired 23 years ago,” said Munger. “I had gotten word that he had done some work for Harvey DeGood so I decided to knock on his door. He answered and the rest was […]


January 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mr. Gerald Milton Cole aged 82, passed away Saturday January 3, 2015. Gerald returned to Grand Rapids just two weeks ago after fulfilling his lifelong dream of living in Sagola for the last 25 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Elizabeth Cole; brother, James Cole; sister, Helen Ferguson; and father-in-law, George B. Smith. Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Catherine; his children, Catherine Bartling, Sharon Bennett, Robert Cole; granddaughters, Elizabeth Bennett, Cassandra Bartling, Britteny Hendrickson; great grandchildren, Annaliese Medina, Ariana Cruz, Ethan Garza, Ava Jaramillo; brother, William (Nancy) Cole; mother-in-law, Donna Smith; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Bonnie (Larry) Sims, Butch (Jeri) Smith, Georgia (Bob) Bennett, Jodi (Pat) McNamara, Brian (Dee) Smith; his dear friends, Howard Stormzand, Tom Morgan III, George McDonough. Gerald proudly served his country as a Seebee with the US Navy. He served in Guam, Adak (Aleutian Islands) Alaska and California. Gerald retired from the Kent County Road Commission after 40 years of service. Funeral services has taken place at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at the Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE., with visitation from 11:00 a.m. until time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice or the Wounded Warrior Project.  To share a photo, memory and sign the family’s online guest book please visit

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