Jeanne Briggs

November 1, 2012 // 0 Comments

Briggs   “My last recipe…”   Rockford residents lost a special woman… Jeanne Elaine Briggs, age 72, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 27, 2012.  Jeanne touched the hearts and minds of many through her work with child advocacy groups and in sharing her love of cooking.  Jeanne was honored by MACLD, Michigan Association for Children with Learning Disabilities to help bridge the barriers between parents, schools and teachers.  She was also honored by KISD, Kent Intermediate School District for her untiring and devoted service, and also recognized by the United Way for her leadership efforts.  As for her cooking, she wrote for the Rockford Squire’s “What’s Cooking” column for 12 years and her unique and creative recipes / dishes / culinary creations were included in three different published cookbooks, numerous entries and winning dishes in events such as, the Grand Rapids Cook Off and others.  She was married to her husband Bob 45 years ago, and at that time Jeanne worked for Grand Valley State University.  She and her husband Bob are both graduates of Creston High School.  She is survived by her husband Bob and her sister Elaine Hart.  She is also survived by her three boys, Jason, Kyle and Mitchell.  She also has three grandchildren Nolan, Michaela and Austin Briggs who loved their “gourmet” grandma.  Jeanne was a member of Rockford United Methodist church and loved contributing in a culinary way towards the church’s efforts.  Jeanne loved life and celebrated many triumphs with family and friends both in Rockford and in Punta Gorda Florida where her friend base thrived from her love to cook for them.  She was a giving woman and we know she would want you to have this “last recipe” that won her one of the two years at the Rockford Jaycees Annual Chilli Cook-Off Grand Champion in 1993 and 1994.  We love you Mom and all that you are to us.   Rio Lobo Chili (River Wolf) 2 lbs beef stew chunks cut into good sized pieces 2 lbs of lean ground beef 4 T oil 2 large onions, chopped 3 cloves of garlic minced 1 tsp ground allspice 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1  1/2 tsp red cayenne pepper 1 tsp salt 1 T smoked paprika 3 bay leaves 1 tsp ground black pepper 2 T unsweetened cocao (Dutch […]


October 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

Richardson   Mrs. Bessie M. Richardson, age 91, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 20, 2012. She was a 1939 graduate of Rockford High School . As a little girl she attended Sunday school at Rockford United Methodist Church . When walking past the granary and feed mill, she met her husband, Harold. Some of their first dates were with a horse-drawn buggy; you should ask about the story which involved the horse.  Bessie and Harold were married on August 10, 1942.  Then she became a member of Rockford Baptist Church . Bessie worked at Wolverine World Wide until her daughter, Cynthia was born. She enjoyed traveling with her daughter to Nashville , TN , Branson , MO, and any place there was country music. She had a loving heart and took in a lot of stray cats, and gave special care to them. Bessie sent care packages to missionaries abroad and was a faith prayer warrior. She had a great sense of humor. Her life was centered on her love for her husband, Harold and their daughter, Cynthia. Harold preceded her in death on October 29, 2011, and daughter, Cynthia, on December 9, 2009. Bessie is survived by her nieces and nephews. Her family expresses a special thank you to Bessie’s special neighbors, Jackie and Henry, and Bishop Hills Retirement Community for the love and care given to Bessie. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Mrs. Richardson will be Monday, October 29, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Rockford Baptist Church with Pastor Larry Rowland officiating. Interment in Rockford Cemetery . Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Rockford Baptist Church , 221 Courtland St. , Rockford , MI 49341. Relatives and friends may meet with the family just prior to the service at the church from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford


October 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

Matz   Mrs. Eleanor C. Matz, age 87, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, October 22, 2012. For 35 years Eleanor was a seamstress and owned her own home business, retiring in 1987. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard L. Matz, and her son, Neal W. Matz. Eleanor is survived by her son and his wife, Bruce L. and Linda L. Matz; daughters-in-law, Ann Matz and Susan Matz; brother, Kenneth Sheldon; sister-in-law, Mrs. Jeanette Sheldon; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. The service for Mrs. Matz will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Robert Eckert officiating. Interment in White Swan Cemetery . Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church , 10300 Myers Lake Ave Ne Rockford, MI 49341. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford  


October 18, 2012 // 0 Comments

Louis Olthoff, Jr., age 82 passed away October 12, 2012. Louis was preceded in death by his parents, Louis, Sr. and Alice (Dros) Olthoff. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Peg (Valerie McEwan); their children, Kathy and Gary Klungle, Gary and Kristie Olthoff; grandchildren, Katie Klungle and Pete Kuipers, David and Heather Klungle, Terry Olthoff; great grandchildren, Anna and Ella, one aunt, Katherine DeRuiter, one brother in law, John and Phyllis McEwan and many cousins. Lou and Peg enjoyed being campground hosts at Crystal Lake Campground for 11 years together. Lou retired from Grand Rapids Auto Auction. Funeral services were11:00 am Tuesday, October 16 at Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE with Elders Richard Shotwell and Ric Farmer from Northview Community of Christ officiating. To share a memory or sign the family’s online guest book please visit The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Hospice of Michigan, Porter Hills and Lemmen Holton Cancer Center for their care and support. Contributions may be made in Lou’s name to Hospice of Michigan and Porter Hills Health and Rehab Center.


October 18, 2012 // 0 Comments

Norah L. May, age 58, of Gowen passed away Sunday, October 14, 2012. Norah was preceded in death by her son, Cory, and her father, James Lumley. Norah is survived by her husband, Mike May; their children, Tony and Jennifer May, Andrew and Angela May, and Kerri and Robin Maley; her grandchildren, Bryant, Shannon, Carter, Marcus, Charlie and Chasity. She is also survived by her Mother, June Lumley and her sisters, Claire Dove, Dana Pittman, Paula Sherwood, Joy (Chuck) Giddings and Deana (Ray) LeGassie. Norah was a dedicated employee at Hansen’s Music House in Greenville for many years. Her real passion and love was her children and grandchildren, she always enjoyed spending time with them. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Thursday, October 18 at Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE The family will greet relatives and friends from 6-8 pm on Wednesday at the funeral chapel and one hour prior to the service. To share a memory or sign the family’s online guest book please visit Memorial contributions may be left with the Stegenga Funeral Chapel to help offset family expenses.

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