Mr. Merrill Vander Syde, age 75, passed away at his residence on July 7, 2013. Merrill was born on June 11, 1938 in Matlock, Iowa. He was employed with Keeler Brass as a machine operator for 33 years. Mr. Vander Syde was the proud owner of Vander Syde Motor Sales in Rockford for 20 years. He was a 40 year member of the Buick Club of America (BCA). Merrill was a good father, hard worker and he inspired others to work hard. He loved to travel and was an ‘enthusiastic car guy’. Mr. Vander Syde is survived by his loving wife, Ruegina; children, Dennis Lee (Roberta) Vander Syde, Gregory Alan (Nancy) Vander Syde, Donald Ray Vander Syde, and Geffery Dean Vander Syde; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Henrietta (Garrett) Tilstra; several brothers and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews. Merrill was preceded in death by his parents, Cornelius and Minnie; sisters, Katherine Vander Syde and Magdalene; grandchildren, Eric and Caleb; and brother, Tony. The Funeral Service for Mr. Vander Syde will be held on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ronan-Vanderpool-Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 3131 S. Division Ave., Wyoming, with Rev. John Paepke officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the Vander Syde family at the Stegenga Funeral Chapel (note: Belmont location), 1601 Post Dr. on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the Wyoming Chapel. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Mel Trotter Ministries.
(Cedar Springs) Aaron D. Rogers, age 42, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Aaron was a 1988 graduate of Rockford High School . As a young boy and throughout his life, he had a natural talent for art. In 1994 he wrote a letter to his mom telling her that he had accepted Christ as his personal Savior. He used his gift as an artist and worked for Baker Furniture Company as a decorator for their high-end furniture products and recently re-entered the furniture industry as an employee of Nucraft Furniture. Aaron was a very tender-hearted person. His love for his Lord and his family were of utmost importance in his life. He is survived by his parents, Edwin and Terri (Burham) Rogers; brother, Adam Rogers; sister, Audra van Haren (Brian); nieces, Darion, Mallory, and Maiya; aunts, uncles, and cousins. The service for Aaron will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Craig T. Owens officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Wounded Warriors Project, 33737 Snickersville Turnpike, Suite 201 , PO Box 309 , Bluemont , VA 20135 . Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 on Friday. The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com
Mrs. Delores May Quinn, age 77, passed away on Monday morning, July 1, 2013 while under the care of her loving family and staff at Sanctuary at Saint Marys. She was born in Walker , Michigan , the daughter of Walter and Dorothy (Kuete) McClellan. Delores served as a registered nurse for 30 plus years as well as giving her time and talent to schools, churches, Camp Fire Girls groups, was a choir member for many years, and a volunteer worker for St. John’s Home and the North Kent Service Center . Being a faithful wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, she enjoyed playing the piano, gardening, crafts, and get togethers with family and friends. Delores was a member of Our Lady of Consolation Parish. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael, her son, John, her grandson, Jonathan Collins, her parents, Walter and Dorothy McClellan, her sister, Susan Rienks, and an infant brother. Delores will be sadly missed by her children, Margaret Mary and Larry Collins, Dan and Jana Quinn, Kathleen Quinn and Rob Lutzke; her grandchildren, Naomi Collins, Joseph Quinn, Kirsten Felty, Nicole Felty, Kirstin Ruud, Erika Ruud; her great-grandchildren, Holly, Abigail, Michelle, Charlize and Amory; her brother, Tim McClellan; her sisters, Linda (John) Schwartz and Christine Potes; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Quinn will be offered on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Church with the Rev. Anthony Russo presiding. Interment in Assumption Cemetery . The Rosary will be prayed on Monday evening at 8:00 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Consolata Missionary Sisters, 6801 Belmont Ave. , Belmont , MI 49306 . Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and prior to the Mass at the church on Tuesday. The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com
Okemos, MI (formerly of Rockford, MI). Connie Chamberlain, beloved mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, died July 6, 2013 at the age of 66. She was born February 16, 1947. A Memorial Service will be held 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2013, at Cornerstone Church, 3654 Okemos Road, Okemos, MI 48864. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a donation in honor of Connie to Cornerstone Church. The family is being served by the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.grlansing.com.
Davis Mr. Jerry L. Davis, age 74, of Rockford, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. He was a 1958 graduate of Rockford High School . Jerry retired from Herman Miller in 2000 and continued with his love of farming. He served as Trustee on the Courtland Township Board before being elected as Treasurer for the township. He also served on the Rockford Ambulance Board. Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Beulah whom he married on July 1, 1967; children, Scott and Jenn Davis, Brad and Jennifer Davis, Kevin Davis; grandchildren, Kyle, Casey, Cameron, and Payten; brother, Dennis (Cora Lee) Davis; in-laws, Shirley and Don Braun, Richard and Pat Bradley, and Linda and Judd Johnson; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Bernita and Merton. The service for Mr. Davis was on Friday, June 28, 2013, at Rockford United Methodist Church , 159 Maple St. , Rockford , with Pastor Dick Riley officiating. Interment in Courtland Township Cemetery . Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Rockford Ambulance Service, 8450 Shaner Ave Ne, Rockford , MI. Relatives and friends met with the family on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home and prior to the service at the church on Friday. The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com