June Marguerite Randall Woodworth Davis was born January 6, 1920 to Vera Moe and Albro Randall on Jericho Road, Rockford. June graduated from Rockford High School in 1937. After 1 year at Western Teachers College [WMU] she married Earl Woodworth on March 24, 1939. They had five children, Mary DeRyke, Gayle Wernette, Nancy Switzer, Jerrold Woodworth, and Melissa McDannold. After Earl’s death she married Sherman Davis April 1, 1972 adding two sons, David and Duane Davis. June died May 29,2013 in Scottsdale, AZ. Surviving are her 7 children and their spouses, 13 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. A family burial service will be held at Courtland Cemetery on August 24th.
Mr. Mitchell “Mike” Lamb, age 85, of Belmont, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Mike was born in Flint , attended Holly High School , joined the Merchant Marines, and celebrated his 16th birthday in Marseilles , France . After his days as a Merchant Marine, Mike joined the US Marines. For 20 years he worked for Mich-Con and then worked as a custodian for 15 years for the Grand Rapids Public Schools, retiring in 1988. Mike was a life member of the Merrit Lamb Post #102 American Legion, and was a 56 year life-member of the Rockford Masonic Lodge #246. When he lived on Silver Lake , he enjoyed fishing, and also enjoyed hunting. One of his greatest joys in life was marrying his wife, Berenice who died on May 27, 2008. He was a Gold Card member at the Casino Club, and he and Berenice really enjoyed visiting the casinos. Mike is survived by his children, Michael and Julie Lamb, LuCinda and Jim Black, Karrie Rouech, Barbara Kiehborth, Craig and Betty Lamb, Sherri and Mike Kling, Irvin “Rick” and Janice Pierman, and Jill Hansen; 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren with the anticipated arrival of 4 more; sister, Judy; and nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, his sisters, Margaret and Judy preceded him in death. The Service for Mr. Lamb will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Bruce Wilson officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in Rockford Cemetery . Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Activity Fund for Friends of Michigan Veterans Homes, Inc., PO Box 150251 , Grand Rapids , MI 49515 . Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and prior to the service on Friday. The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com
Mr. Edward J. Mancewicz, age 90, of Rockford, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. He grew up on the west side of Grand Rapids and attended Basilica of St. Adalbert. Ed worked for Ray Carlberg at Wolverine Coil & Spring. He and his brother, Chester , started tinkering with springs in his Rockford home, and eventually they began Grand Rapids Spring & Wire. Then he started tinkering with plastic injections in the family barn. Ed started Grand Rapids Controls in 1968 and moved to Rockford in 1977. He was a self-made man who was very humble. Ed developed Rockford Industrial Park and was considered a work enthusiast. He worked to better his family while Joyce stood by his side and lovingly cared for their six children. Ed was very committed to his Catholic faith and served on many committees at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parnell. He presently was a communicant at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church. In his free time he had a few cattle and greatly enjoyed being with his family. Joyce was the first lady who he dated, and he knew immediately she was the one. Ed is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; children, Linda Southwick and Bob Kleinsteiber, James Mancewicz, Janet and Bill Reed, Julie and William Shupe, Susan and Todd Andrews, and Gail Mancewicz; 14 grandchildren, Katrina (Dan) Osborn, Amanda Southwick, Kristy Kleinsteiber, Rob Kleinsteiber, Kristi (Dean) Longcore, Steve (Maya) Mancewicz, Rebecca (Stephen) Schnautz, Amber Reed (deceased), Chad Reed, Eric (Mary) Shupe, Anthony (Kellie) Shupe, Michael (Erin) Shupe, Ashlee (Matthew) Elliott, Onalee Andrews; 6 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Chester (Jackie) Mancewicz, and sister, Bernice Mancewicz. The Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Mancewicz will be offered on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church with Rev. Anthony Russo presiding. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery . The Rosary will be prayed at the funeral home on Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Educational Endowment Fund at Our Lady of […]
Mrs. Julia E. Ashley, age 90, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 27, 2013. While growing up in Cedar Springs, she attended First Baptist Church and accepted Christ as her Savior as a young person. Julia met Jesse at the Howard City Roller Rink; and after her graduation from Cedar Springs High School in 1941, they were married in 1942. She was a stay-at home wife and eventually a mother who helped her husband lay blocks in his construction business. Julia taught Sunday school at Birch Sunday School (now Red Pine Bible Church). In 1973 they moved to Rockford and built their home. Julia was a very gentle-hearted, loving mother to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved the wonders of nature. After more than nine years of service she retired in 1989 from Food Service in the Rockford Public School System. Julia is survived by her children, Jesse and Connie Ashley, Mrs. Darlene Noorman, Aaron and Marcia Ashley; 9 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Letha and Raymond VanBelkum; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Jeanette (Landry) Perry, and Mrs. Ellen Bassett; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse on May 8, 1994, her son-in-law, John Noorman, her brother, LeRoy Landry, her sister, Stella Wall. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Mrs. Ashley will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Cedar Springs Baptist Church with Pastor Stanley Mohr officiating. Interment in Rockford Cemetery . Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider North Kent Senior Center , 44 North Park Street , Cedar Springs , MI 49319 . Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 6 to 8 on Monday at the Pederson Funeral Home and prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com
Christopher J. O’Connor, age 32, passed away very unexpectedly on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at a tubing event that began at Croton Dam. He grew up in Port Huron and was a graduate of Port Huron High School where he ran track and cross country. At that time, Chris worked part-time and rode his bicycle to work so he could earn money for a car. He loved computers and was very skilled. He really enjoyed his work as a research and development technician for Paulstra Automotive where he was a very valued employee. Chris enjoyed gardening, and his lawn was “picture perfect” Most of all he loved being with his family. He is survived by love of his life, Christina; daughter, Keeley O’Connor; son, Brenden, Roschkewicz; parents, Timothy and Janice O’Connor; brother, Andrew O’Connor; grandparents, Mrs. Mary Alice Falk, and Richard and Shirley O’Connor; aunts and uncles, John and Liz Falk, Ed and Mary Hutton, Dave and Nikki Falk, Joseph Falk, and Dave and Tammy O’Connor. His mother in-law, Stasia Crumback, his father in-law, Ron Crumback, his sisters in-law, Renee and Jeremy Lambeck and their son, Brayden and Lisa and Mike Gardner and their son, Justin; He was preceded in death by his daughter, Nyree Vancamp, and his grandfather, John Falk. A gathering to celebrate Chris’ life was held Saturday, July 27, 2013 at the Pederson Funeral Home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the needs of his daughter, Keeley. The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com