Gerald Fox Gerald L. Fox, age 94, formerly of Owosso, Rockford, and Marcellus, MI, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Masonic Pathways in Alma, MI. A memorial will be held at 1:00 P.M. Sunday, August 4, 2013, at the Comstock Inn of Owosso. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso. Gerald was born July 25, 1918, in Kalamazoo County, MI, the son of Hazen and Ruby (Brown) Fox. He grew up in Marcellus and graduated from Marcellus High School in 1937. After graduating from MSU, he taught and coached at Montrose High School. On June 6, 1942, Gerald married Lillian Staley. In 1943, Gerald and Lillian moved to Rockford, MI, where he taught and coached. Gerald was later appointed principal of Rockford High School in 1957, and in 1961, he became Assistant Superintendent. He retired from Rockford schools in 1976, and later enjoyed fifteen years with Lillian wintering in Winter Haven, FL. In 1982, Gerald and Lillian moved to Owosso. With his family in attendance, Gerald was inducted in 1992 into the Rockford High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding coaching. Gerald also was a member of the Rockford Lion’s Club, loved fishing with his son, Jim, and enjoyed Michigan State Sports. Surviving Gerald are his children, Janeen (Paul) Chaffee of Owosso, MI, and Jim (Leslie Thomas) Fox of Alma, MI; grandchildren Scott (Jodi) Chaffee of Sylvania, OH, Brent (Brianne) Chaffee of Princeton, NJ, Johanna Fox of Chicago, IL, and Anneliese (Kyle Mason) Fox of Mt. Pleasant, MI; great-grandchildren, Paige, Brynn and Audrey Chaffee; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lillian, and his sister Jeanne and brother-in-law George Farrar of Cape Girardeau, MO. Memorial contributions in Gerald’s name may be made to the Rockford Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 781, Rockford, MI 49341. To leave an online condolence please visit www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.
Wilma Ingham Mrs. Wilma J. Ingham, aged 94 of Belmont, passed away peacefully in her sleep Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Villa Maria Retirement Community, her loved home for the past year. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul M. Ingham, Jr.; 3 sisters, Evelyn, Mildred and Lillian and their spouses; and 3 brothers, Fred, Ed and Bob and their spouses. Surviving are her children, David (Rosalyn) Ingham, Bob (Carol Guppy) Ingham, Linda (Rick) Rector, Steven Ingham; grandchildren, Lori Talo, Scott Talo, Rebecca (Nick) Giroski, Jodi Ingham, Jenifer (Tim) Millonzi, Shawn Lutz, Brian (Sarah) Ingham, Dustin (Sarah) Ingham, Melissa Ingham, Seth (Janet) Piccolo, Kim Loeckner, Lisa White, Josiah Ingham, Isaac Ingham, and 8 great grandchildren; sister, Edna Patton of St. Clair Shores; sister-in-law, Maryann Schultheiss of South Carolina. She was a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church (currently Rock Pointe) in Belmont, since 1979. She volunteered for many years at Meijer Gardens and sang with the Northview Seniors Silvertones. She was a retiree from the Michigan Veterans Facility. She was deeply loved and a blessing to us all. Funeral services were held 11:00 AM Friday, July 19 at Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE. The family will greet relatives and friends Thursday 6 to 8 PM and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Private interment will be held at Blythefield Memory Gardens at a later date. To read more about Wilma’s life, share a memory or photo and to sign the family’s online guestbook, please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com.. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Frederik Meijer Gardens.
Phyllis VanKeuren Our loving mother, Mrs. Phyllis Lorraine (Steffens) VanKeuren, age 79, of Rockford, passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. She is survived by her children, Jerry and Deb Martin, Brent and Dawn Alber, Jim and Denise VanKeuren, Ken VanKeuren, Mark and Sally Warner, Steve and Pam VanKeuren, Lee and Barb VanHoose, and John and Jackie Klinge; 23 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and the much anticipated arrival of three more; brother, Fred and Christine Steffens; sisters-in-law, Ima Steffens and Marge Steffens, and Marcia and Rick Rinal; and her many wonderful friends from Assumption Parish and Richter Place. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobbie VanKeuren, her special grandson, Christopher VanKeuren, her special friend, Walt Henry, her brothers, Al, Ed, Art, and her sister, Mary Ann. Phyllis and Bobbie were the former owners of the Halfway Store on 14 Mile Road. The Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. VanKeuren will be offered on Friday, July 19, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Belmont with The Rev. Peter Vu presiding. Interment in Assumption Cemetery. The Rosary will be prayed at the funeral home on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Education Endowment Fund at Assumption BVM Catholic School. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Friday. The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com
Mrs. Donna Claire Cornell, age 69, passed away peacefully on Thursday July 11, 2013, following a long battle with cancer. Surviving is her husband of 48 years, John; three children, Charlene (David) Yonker, Janet Cornell, and Jay Cornell; one sister, Colleen (David) Webber; six grandchildren, Colin (Luisa), Justin, Jason, Chloe, John, and Sarah; three great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Louise Freel; sisters, Berna Zimba and Kathleen Morris; brothers, James Freel and Robert Freel. She was a 1962 graduate of Catholic Central High School, attended Grand Rapids Community College, and was self educated on many subjects. She assisted her husband in his accounting practice. In retirement, she and her husband were enthusiastic bikers and traveled extensively throughout the United States, Alaska and Canada on their BMW motorcycle. Donna’s family feels blessed that she was a part of their life, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her. The Mass of Christian Burial for Donna was offered at Assumption BVM Catholic Church, Belmont, with The Rev. Peter Vu presiding. Interment in Solon Township Cemetery. The Rosary was prayed at the funeral home on Tuesday evening. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Educational Endowment Fund at Assumption BVM School, 6393 Belmont Ave., Belmont, MI 49306 or God’s Kitchen, 303 S. Division St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Relatives and friends met with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Tuesday and prior to the Mass at the church on Wednesday. The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com
Mrs. Louise Foster, “Our Energizer Bunny”, at age 97, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. She was a graduate of Otsego High School . She met Charles Edwards Foster, they were married in 1937, and lived together for 56 years. Louise became a stay-at-home wife and mother; but when her children were older, she worked in Medical Records at Blodgett Hospital . Her greatest pleasure was in caring for her family. Louise became involved with the Rockford Seniors and their activities, was a member of GLOW Ladies (God Loves Older Women), and attended church regularly at Rockford Baptist Church . She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, sister, Edith Clark, her brother, Charles Kennedy, and great-granddaughter, Lizzie Shae. Louise is survived by her children, Janice and Edward Besemer, Joyce and Gareth Wright, Edith Thompson; grandchildren, Charles Besemer, Edward Besemer, Anne and Glenn Cunniff, Shellie and Jonathan Campbell, and Jeffrey and Natasha Thompson; 8 great-grandchildren. Erin, Evan, Catie, Max, Steve, Roma, Ava and Bella; and two nephews. The Service for Mrs. Foster will be Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford MI with Pastor James Ankerberg officiating. Interment in Gun Plains Township Cemetery . Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and prior to the service on Saturday. The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com