Alma May Malfroid, age 80, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Alma was a long time employee of Michigan Tag Company. Alma is survived by her son, Mark Malfroid (Erin MacGregor); her daughter, Kathy (Michael) Krenz; her grandsons, Daniel Krenz, David Krenz and granddaughter, Elisabeth Krenz; her brothers, William (Janis) Parris and Russ Parris. Alma was a caring and giving person and will be missed by her friends and family. The family would like to thank the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans for their special care. Funeral services were 11:00 am Monday, January 7 at Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE. To share a memory or sign the family’s online guest book please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com. Memorial contributions may be made in Alma’s name to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Stegenga Funeral Chapel Belmont
(Cannonsburg) Marianna Joyce Wheeler, age 80, passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2013. She is survived by her children, William (Bill) and Karen Wheeler, and Tom and Annie Wheeler; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Jerri (James) Brown; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mary Joyce, and her brother, Bill Joyce. The Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Wheeler will be offered on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parnell with The Rev. Mark Peacock presiding. The Rosary will be prayed at 8:00 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook, NE Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 or the Educational Endowment Fund at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parnell. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and prior to the Mass at the church on Tuesday. The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com
Mr. Alton Dame, age 94, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. He grew up during the Depression on the family farm in Buckley. Alton served his country during WWII and continued in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Captain in 1983. After his marriage to Ella May, he continued to farm; and then in 1954 they moved to Rockford . Alton worked for Wolverine World Wide as a machine repairman, retiring in 1983. He and Ella May were faithful members of Rockford Baptist Church where Alton served as a deacon. Alton was a member of the Nehemiah Crew who repaired things around the church and enjoyed the fellowship, especially with coffee and rolls. He was a passionate golfer and a big time Tiger’s fan, loyally following his team for 79 years. Many people remember him bringing flowers from his garden to shut-ins and friends. Alton was a faithful man who had a positive and loyal attitude. He was the family’s “Mr. Fix-it.” His gifts of woodworking have become valued treasures for family and friends. He was a life-long member of the Merrit Lamb Post #102 American Legion for 57 years. Alton was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Ella May, brothers, Charles, George, Roy, and Orlo, and sisters, Mable Lewis, Anna Lanning, Minnie Corcoran, Rose Loveless, and Myra Mongar. He is survived by his children, Sandra and Thomas Huebner, Larry and Cynthia Dame, and Ron Dame; 6 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Mr. Dame will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Rockford Baptist Church with The Rev. Larry Rowland officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in Blythefield Memory Gardens . Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Porter Hills Foundation, 3600 E. Fulton, Grand Rapids , MI 49546 or Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton Ave. , SE , Grand Rapids , MI 49508 . Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. The […]
Roosa Opal J (Truax) Roosa age 90, formerly of Rockford, MI passed away peacefully at Otsego Memorial Hospital, Gaylord, MI November 29, 2012. Opal was preceded in death by her husband John L and son David (Carol) Roosa of Battle Creek, MI. Surviving are daughters Peggy (Harold) Miller of Gaylord and Deanna (Carl) Greene of Beulah, MI/Mount Dora, FL. Also surviving are grandchildren: David (Patricia) Roosa Jr.; William (Charity) Roosa and their sons Elisha and Gabriel all of Battle Creek, MI; Paul (Leslie) Miller of Cedar, MI and their children Owen and Bela; Brian (Samantha) Miller and their children Braleigh and Finley of Gaylord, MI. The Reverend John Naile conducted “A Celebration of Life” service at the First United Methodist Church, Gaylord, MI on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 3:00PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Advantage or First United Methodist Church, Gaylord through the Nelson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.
SPC Zachary A. Shanafelt, age 24 (06/23/1988 – 11/21/2012), passed away while bravely and honorably serving his country in the U.S. Army. He was a 2006 graduate of Creston High School where he attended four years of ROTC achieving the rank of LTC and becoming the Battalion Commander. SPC Shanafelt entered the service in the Army in 2009. He completed his basic training at Ft. Jackson and completed his Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Sam Houston, TX, becoming a certified Combat Medic. SPC Shanafelt served five months as a combat medic in Afghanistan with the Attack Battery 1-84th Field Artillery at Combat Outpost Qaisar in the Fariyab Province . He was injured in an accident which caused him to be sent to Walter Reed Medical Center where he was attached to the Wounded Warriors program. He passed away there the morning of November 21, 2012. Zachary was a loving and dedicated husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He was married to his lovely wife, Marina for a year and a half, and they were blessed with a beautiful son, Daniel “Hamburger” Zachovich. The two of them had the wonderful and all too rare opportunity to spend 6 weeks traveling Europe together prior to the birth of Daniel, where they were able to cement their love in a way that most young couples never get. His son Daniel was truly the “apple of his father’s eye,” and his wife Marina was the “love of his life.” For him to have had that, we are all very humbly grateful. While in the Army as a Combat Medic, Zach not only excelled at his job, but he sincerely loved helping people and saving lives. He fell in love with the children of Afghanistan and was always requesting that things (not for himself) to be sent to where he was stationed so he could pass the gifts out to the children. His heart was as big as they come. All who knew him know that he had only one speed and direction which was straight forward and fast as hell. Whether it was playing the guitar, cooking, “dairy challenge”, dancing, working, or playing, he always brought an unmatched gusto to the game. He inspired those around him to either […]