June 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Shane Ryan Brickey, age thirty five (35), beloved son of Charlie and Pam Brickey of Rockford, and cherished brother of Justin Brickey of Comstock Park passed into the arms of our Savior and Lord early Friday morning, May 24, 2013. Shane is also survived by two adopted care givers Amanda Helmer and Tamra Finkbeiner, several aunts and uncles; Tom and Sue Huizinga of Grand Rapids , Bill and Michelle Brickey of Rockford , Larry and Patty Dubinshak of Grand Rapids, and Pat Carrol also of Grand Rapids, and a multitude of loving and caring cousins scattered throughout the United States. Shane endured a life long battle with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and was a valiant warrior to the end. It was a privilege to care for him and he was a blessing to his family as he touched many lives with his warm and loving personality. Visitation will be at the Pederson Funeral Home Tuesday May 28th from 2-4 and 7-9PM. The service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Shane will be on Wednesday May 29th at 11AM at Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, 6727 Kuttshill Dr. NE, Rockford, MI 49341 , preceded by a one hour visitation. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider either Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 750 , Silver Springs , MD 20910 or Lincoln Developmental Center , 862 Crahen Avenue, NE , Grand Rapids , MI  49525. The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

Hornbach Memorial

May 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

HORNBACH, Charles Rittman – passed away on February 23, 2013.  There will be an informal memorial for the family and friends of Charles Hornbach at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1025 Three Mile Rd., Grand Rapids, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2013, with a light luncheon to follow. Charles Rittman Hornbach, 81, passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2013. He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Irene, and his sister, Letty Kermode. He leaves behind his wife, Ann; three children: Kim (Anne) of Naples, Florida, Mark (Connie) of Rockford, Illinois, and Jean Magnelli of Pagosa Springs, Colorado; three grandchildren, Leigh, Charles, and Ellie; one great granddaughter, Madelyn; and his brother Jack (Darva) of Little Torch Key, Florida. He loved them dearly and was extremely proud of them. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Architecture and was a Registered Architect in six states, with offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Naples, Florida. In his younger years he was active in the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Architectural League, Lions Club, French Society of Michigan, and US Naval Reserve. An Episcopalian, he was a member of the Executive Council, Conference Board, Building Committee and a Deputy to the National Convention for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. An avid sailor, he was a member of a National Geographic expedition in the South Pacific studying plate tectonics. He traveled extensively in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Caribbean, British Isles and Europe. More recently he was active in the Rockford Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow). Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be announced at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 3940 Peninsular Dr. #180, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 (re: Hornbach Memorial).  


May 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

Brenda Sue Miller, passed away so suddenly Jan.13, 2013 in Florida. Brenda is survived by her mother and stepfather, Sandra and James Wiersma of Belmont and her brother, Ernest Ray White of Phoenix, AZ. Brenda was preceded in death by her daughter, Jennifer Walker and her father, Ernest R. White. Please join Jim & Sandy for a Celebration of Life Service on May 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE, Belmont. Following the service a light lunch will be served at Leisure Village Club House, 5601 Chauncey Dr. NE, Belmont. To share a memory or a photo and to sign Brenda’s online guest book visit In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Brenda’s name may be made to Hope Network Foundation, 3075 Orchard Vista Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.


April 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

Hood Mrs. Vivian C. Hood, age 94 of Grand Rapids , passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Mrs. Hood is survived by her children, Donald and Maria Hood, Lynn and Steven Buccella; 16 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley on July 30, 1985 and her sons, Charles Hood and Thomas Hood. A Memorial Service for Mrs. Hood will be announced at a later date. The family wishes to thank both the staff at Porter Hills and Hospice of Michigan for the exceptional care rendered their mother. Those planning an expression of sympathy, are asked to consider Porter Hills Benevolent Fund, 3600 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids MI 49546 or Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding Ave SE, Ada MI 49301 .   The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford


March 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Mrs. Dolores “Dee” Maksim, age 89, was called Home on Thursday, February 21, 2013. She grew up on a farm in Courtland Township and was a graduate of Greenville High School . Dee worked as a secretary, and then met Bernie, whom she married in 1947. She was a stay-at-home mom until Bernie was injured, and then worked at Metal Craft, Wurzburg ’s Department Store, and later at Meijer’s. Her children have many memories of vacationing at Deer Lake and Munising. Dee was an excellent cook and baker, and she prepared food for funeral lunches and functions at Assumption BVM Catholic Church. Her church and faith were very important to her. She was a dedicated prayer warrior, regularly watched religious television programs, and was a former member of the Consolata Guild. Dee is survived by her children, Ann and Ron Thompson, Ed and Cheryl Maksim, and Mrs. Mary Shingola; grandchildren, Carey Thompson, Andrea and Gustavo Garcia, Matt Shingola and Rick Clements, Tara and Rodney Murphy, Jer Shingola and Kim Babins, Bill and Shanna Maksim, Chris and Nicolette Maksim, Carly and David Warrelman; 7 great-grandchildren with the anticipated arrival of one more; sister, Mrs. Agnes Tyrell; sister-in-law, Mrs. Cecilia Pyard; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernie, her daughter, Eleanor Jean, her son, Tom, her grandson, Tony Shingola, son-in-law, Jerry Shingola, and brothers and sisters. The Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Maksim will be offered on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Belmont with the Rev. Peter Vu presiding. Interment in Assumption BVM Cemetery. The Rosary will be prayed on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, 1806 Bridge St NW , Grand Rapids , MI 49504 . The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford  

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