Jim Idema, age 53, passed away Sunday evening January 5, 2015. He was a wonderful father, husband, son and brother. He loved cooking with his daughter and watching his son excel in Wrestling at Northview. He was the founder/writer/director and producer of Brandella Films, his production company which has made two shorts, Respect for the Dead and Hearts Desire. His latest project was a feature film called “I Wish” which premiered at Celebration Cinema North. He was a freelance writer and sports reporter for MLive/Advance Newspapers and has been published in Michigan Home and Lifestyle Magazine, I Magazine and Grand Rapids Family Magazine to name a few. Jim had a Masters Degree in Strategic Business Management from Davenport University and had spent some time adjunct teaching there as well. Jim was also proud to have served his country in the US Navy and will be honored by the active military Honor Guard as a part of the funeral service. He loved the annual Galle’ Family Survivor campout and played the part of “Jeff” beautifully. “We are very sorry to extinguish his torch”. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Debbie; son Brandon; daughter Isabella; parents, Earl and Jean Idema; brother Rick and sister Shirley. He will be greatly missed by his wife’s family as well; his mother in law, Corrie Galle’; brothers and sisters in law, Astrid (Todd) Strait, Wallie (Els) Galle’, John (Bev) Galle’, Eric Galle’, Heidi (J.C.) Piela; along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Funeral service was Friday, January 9, 2015 at Our Lady of Consolation, 5001-11 Mile Rd., Rockford. Visitation is at the Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE. Interment Plainfield Twp. Cemetery. To share a photo, memory and sign the family’s online guestbook please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com.
Mr. Raymond H. VanderMeulen of Rockford, Michigan, age 67, passed away into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. He was born on Tuesday, February 18, 1947 to Charles and Lorraine (Tamboor) VanderMeulen in Grand Rapids and had been a life-long resident of the area. Ray loved the outdoors. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting and fishing, even travelling to Montana for hunting trips, and he always loved playing the role of “camp cook.” Ray was also a diehard Ram Fan, rooting for the Rockford Rams, every chance he could. During the Vietnam Conflict, Ray proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Navy. Ray was a friendly guy, always outgoing. He was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, proud grandfather, true patriot, and faithful servant to his Lord. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered. Ray is survived by his beloved wife of nineteen years, Araxe B. (Ohanesian) VanderMeulen; loving children Jeff (Becky Oleneack) VanderMeulen, Brad (Amanda) VanderMeulen, Jodi (Dennis) Polsgrove, and Scott Kurkiewicz; grandchildren Ryan VanderMeulen, Michael Kurkiewicz, Jake and Ben Polsgrove, and Brynn VanderMeulen; mother Lorraine; brothers Bill (Marcia) VanderMeulen and Don (Julie) VanderMeulen; sisters Linda (Bob) Jonker and Sue (Tom) Hillen; many nieces and nephews; and black lab Abby. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles. There was a time of visitation from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 4, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Ray was held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015, at Rockford United Methodist Church, 159 Maple Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. There was a one hour visitation prior to the service at church. Pastor Ken Bremer officiated. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution in Ray’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Pederson Funeral Home\\\www.pedersonfuneralhome.com
Mrs. Patricia Lou Robinson of Rockford, age 82, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 1, 2015. She was born on Tuesday, January 19, 1932 in Clare, Michigan to the late Kenneth and Opal (Beach) Peasley. Pat graduated from Vestaburg High School in 1950 and married her beloved husband Marion “Mike” T. Robinson on Saturday, April 19, 1953. While their children were growing up, Pat and Mike were licensed for foster care and daycare in their home and lovingly raised many children. In 1980, Pat went to work for the Heartwell Mortgage Company, employed as a Public Relations Representative for twenty-seven years. She also volunteered at the Sheriff’s Department and for Health Intervention Services in Grand Rapids. Pat always loved working and being around people, especially her family. They were her favorite hobby and her love for them was immeasurable. She was a loving and devoted wife, wonderful mother, incredibly proud grandmother, and faithful servant to her Lord. She will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered. Pat is survived by her loving children Brian Robinson of Rockford and Yellowstone National Park, Alan (Lori) Robinson of Spring Lake, Janet (Michael) Lawton of Ann Arbor; grandchildren Daniel (Mari) Robinson, David (Shelby) Robinson, Kelly (Seth) Robinson, Amy (Ben) Beck, Brady (Grace) Robinson, Mark (Andrea) Robinson, Amber (Adam) Klunzinger, Steven Lawton, and Ben Lawton; eight great-grandchildren; brother Phillip (Jan) Peasley; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of over fifty years, Marion “Mike” Tonning Robinson; and her grandparents George and Josie Beach and George and Nettie Peasley. There was a time of visitation from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Pat was held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015, at Plainfield Christian Church, 7255 Pine Island Drive NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321. There was a one hour visitation prior to the service at Church. Pastor Bruce Wilson officiatied. Interment was at Richland Cemetery, Vestaburg, MI. As per Pat’s request, and through scripture; Philippians 2:4, “Each of you should look not only to your own interest, but also to the interest of others,” Pat asked that in […]
Blake Jay Gravelyn of Belmont, age 4, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 1, 2015, and is now at peace in the arms of his Lord and Savior. During his brief time on Earth, Blake touched many lives and was loved deeply by family and friends. His life was a gift to us that will live on in our hearts forever. He is survived by his beloved parents Paul and Heather (Behan) Gravelyn; siblings Andrew, John, Margaret, Bryce, Caleb, Adin, and Keira; grandmothers Theresa Gravelyn and Janet McDill. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Richard Gravelyn and Robert Behan. The Mass of Christian Burial for Blake was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015 at Assumption BVM Catholic Church, 6390 Belmont Avenue NE, Belmont, MI 49306. There was a time of visitation one hour prior to Mass at church. There was be also Praying of the Rosary at 9:45 a.m., before visitation. Fr. Peter Vu be presided.
Mr. Robert N. Sivertsen, age 53 of Grand Rapids passed away on Wednesday, December 24, 2014. Surviving are is wife Karen; his children Bobby, Christopher Michael, Andrew, and Daniel (Faith) Sivertsen, Christopher Ray (Johnna)Russell and Ryan (Tonya) Russell; his parents Duane Sivertsen and Marilyn (Don)Burke; also many brothers and sisters. He was preceded in death by a daughter TiffinyStewart in November 2014. A memorial visitation was held on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N, Monroe St., Rockford. Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com