Smith GREENVILLE – Vernon James Smith, 69, Howard City, passed away Saturday June 29th at his home in Howard City, Michigan. He was born September 17, 1943 in Central Lake, MI. The son of Willet S. and Zora Smith. Vern started and operated Vern’s Wooden Nickel in Sand Lake for many years. He is survived by wife Pamela, sons Kurt (Shelly) Smith, Glen (Veronica) Smith and daughter Kimberly (Dennis) Moline, brother Willet J (Jane) Smith and sisters Dixie (Gary) Fifield and Tracy VandenBrink and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Victoria and son Harvey Smith. A Memorial service is planned for Monday July 8th at the Heckman-Mohnke Funeral Home in Howard City, MI including a visitation/gathering starting at 11 a.m. with a Memorial service at 12 p.m. and a luncheon following at the Howard City VFW hall. The family would like to thank Great Lakes Caring Hospice and all who so freely gave of themselves with love, caring, comfort and prayers during Vern’s long battle with heart disease and cancer. Arrangements are by the Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville, with complete obituary online at www.marshallfuneralhomeinc.com where you can leave a message of condolence for the family.
Theresa Renée Spaulding (Leazier), age 47, of Rockford, MI, went peacefully to be with our Lord and Savior in her home on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 with family and friends at her side. “Terri” was born November 19, 1965 in Grand Rapids, MI and grew up in Ada, MI, where she was a 1984 graduate of Forest Hills Central High School. Cut short was her 22-year career as a Resident Care Aide at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans where her kindness, sincerity and devotion served her and our Veterans well. Gone before Terri are her brother, Clifford Jr., her grandparents, Otto and Theresa Finch, her grandfather, Clifford W. Leazier and her father-in-law Thomas Cook. Left behind with sweet memories are her husband, Jim Spaulding, their children, Rebecca and Matthew Spaulding, her parents, Clifford and Jane Leazier, her grandmother, Doris Leazier, her brothers, Paul (Maureen) and Joseph (Tina) Leazier, her nieces, Erika, Lindsey, Stacey, Anna, and Isabella, her nephews, Joseph, Gabriel, Joshua, Evan, Reese, Graham, Duncan, Gray and Ridley, her godchild Hannah, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. Also surviving are Terri’s mother-in-law, Dawn Cook, father-in-law, Neal (Mary) Spaulding, brothers-in-law, Tim (Ann), Tom, John (Suzan), and David Spaulding, and Bob (Nikki) Cook. Terri enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and felt that her friends were part of her family. Vacations, camping, dinners, and time with people she cared for were things she cherished. She was an avid reader, movie and music lover, loving wife, devoted daughter and caring mother who would light up the room with her smile and the sparkle in her big brown eyes. She loved her pink and purple, fairies and unicorns, painted nails and perfume; she was your de facto girly girl and is already missed. Her fellow caregiver “family” was there for her with support, calls, visits and hands-on care to the end. Her family is grateful for this and prays for good fortune in their future. Her family also extends much gratitude to the entire staff of the Lacks Center of St. Mary’s Hospital for their exceptional care and effort in Terri’s battle with breast cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, June 12, at her church, St. Robert of Newminster in Ada, MI. […]
Richard “Dick” J. Remmelts, age 79 of Rockford passed away, Friday, May 31, 2013. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 56 years, Marjorie; their two daughters, Jill Fitzhugh and Jayne Remmelts and one granddaughter, Julie Fitzhugh. Also surviving are his brother, Dale (Sherri) Remmelts; sister in law, Barbara Remmelts; and brother in law, Thomas Stuit and many nieces and nephews. Dick was preceded by his parents; his brother, Jaymes; his sister, Joan Stuit. Dick retired from Country Fresh and was the owner/operator of Van’s Dairy. Honoring his wishes cremation has taken place. Private family services will be held at Blythefield Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions in Dick’s name may be made to Bishop Hills Elder Care, 4951 11 Mile Rd. NE, Rockford, MI 49341. To share a memory, photo and sign the family’s online guest book, please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com.
Our incredible husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Arthur Rosenberger, answered the call to be with his Heavenly Father on Sunday, June 2, 2013. He was surrounded by his loving family and with the assurance of his salvation. Our father was first and foremost a wonderful example of God’s unconditional love toward his children. He was a very strong, quiet man of understanding in our lives. Our father served in many capacities at Oakfield Baptist Church. Always a farmer at heart, Art loved working with his hands whether it was with the soil or in his small woodshop on Christmas presents for the grandchildren. He served the Rockford Public School System for approximately 25 years, first as a Janitor/Maintenance man and then as the Supervisor of Building and Grounds. Art will be dearly missed by his wife of 53 years, Sue Eulyn (Van Liew) Rosenberger; and his children, Karen (Rosenberger) Everest of Sparta, Alan (Cyndy) of Newaygo, Scott (Karen) of Sparta, and Christopher (Mari Alice) of Branson, MO; his thirteen grandchildren; and numerous family and friends. We are celebrating our father’s home going and our Savior’s love for us all at Oakfield Baptist Church on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. with Pastor Daryl Crawford and his longtime friend, Pastor Cliff Owens. Interment in Rockford Cemetery . Visitation will be at the Pederson Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and prior to the service at Oakfield Baptist Church on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oakfield Baptist Church, 11128 14 Mile Road , Rockford , MI 49341 . The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com
Mrs. Carol J. Van Noller aged 74 went to be with the Lord, Monday May 27, 2013. Mrs. Van Noller was preceded in death by her parents, Roger and Gertrude Slater and her husband Ernest, Sr. Surviving are her children, Ernest (Marge) Van Noller, Jr., Roger Van Noller, Christine (Kenneth) Selleck; six grandchildren, Brian, Rachel and Jeremy Van Noller, Brandon, Kyle and Parker Selleck; brother, Thomas (Susan) Slater; several nieces and nephews. Carol and her husband were long time members of Woodview Christian Church in Wyoming. Funeral Services were held 11 AM Friday May 31, 2013 at the Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE, Belmont. To share a memory, photo, sign the family’s online guest book or view photos of the service, please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com.