Category Archives: Obituaries

Shaw

Mrs. Ruth B. Shaw
Mrs. Ruth B. Shaw

Mrs. Ruth B. Shaw, age 96, of Cedar Springs passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2009.

She grew up on a farm and graduated in 1930 from Cedar Springs High School. Later she and her husband Charles had their own farm. Even as a child Ruth enjoyed working in the soil. She planted thousands of trees (to stop soil erosion and conservation), weeded the garden, and taught her grandchildren how to show respect for flowers and plants.

Ruth would not leave her home unless the dishes were done. She was a wonderful seamstress and knitted many slippers and scarves that she gave to her family, church, Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, and the Dominican Republic.

For many years Ruth wrote the East Nelson notes for the Cedar Springs Clipper. Ruth was a member of the East Nelson United Methodist Church for 65 years and was secretary for the MITE Society. Her family remembers the succulent taste and smell of her cinnamon rolls and her wonderful meals. For the last six years she was part of the family at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, and Ruth especially enjoyed the many activities.

She is survived by her children, Ken and Louise Shaw of Cedar Springs, Geri and Bob Winegar of Rockford, and Rosi and George Pappas of Cookeville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Kelly and Randy Longcore, Kolene and Rick Gibson, Kirk and Colleen Shaw, Kory Shaw and his fiancée Susan, Amy and Roy Ortego, Mark and Wendy Winegar, Jill and Nick Landers, Beth and Craig Brown; 19 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mrs. Wannetah Phelps. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; a brother, E.L. Phelps; and sister, Mrs. Lola Eldred.

The service for Mrs. Shaw was Monday at 11:00 a.m. at East Nelson United Methodist Church with Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Interment was in East Nelson Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider East Nelson United Methodist Church or Hospice of Michigan.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

Wagen

Mr. Richard "Dick" Wagen
Mr. Richard "Dick" Wagen

Mr. Richard “Dick” Wagen, age 75, of Rockford was taken home to Heaven by the angels on Thursday, February 12, 2009.

Dick grew up in Harbor Springs and at the age of 17 he accepted Christ. He played football while attending Harbor Springs High School, and met Grace Halter there. They were married in August of 1958. He received his B.A. in music from Temple University and ministered in churches in Illinois and Sparta.

After moving to Rockford in 1971, Dick and his family became involved with Rockford Baptist Church, where Dick was the music director. Besides directing the choir, he was a soloist for numerous weddings and funerals. Along with these duties, he was a painter and contractor, and later worked for Amway for 17 years.

He was solid in his belief in Christ, a strong family man, and a hard worker. Many people of the community remember Dick running the streets of Rockford, and he was very proud of his three completions of the Boston Marathon. He was involved in the early establishment of the Friends of the White Pine Trail and served on the board until the present. Many of the projects on the trail bear his handiwork.

He was a devoted husband to his wife, Grace, of more than 50 years. They have attended Calvary Church since 1990.

He was an exceptional father to Melodee Wagen and her husband David Kilroy of Lexington, Mass., Joy and her husband Jim DeBoer of Grand Rapids, Carol Wagen and her husband Scott Carey of Rockford, Lt. Col. Rick Wagen and his wife Lt. Col. Carey Wagen; special grandfather to Toby Kilroy, Nathan Kilroy, Krystle DeBoer, Eric Carey, Lucas Carey, Grace Carey, Jared Wagen, and Christian Wagen; brothers and sisters, Hilda (Leo) Grossman, Max (Norma) Wagenschutz, John (Ruby) Wagenschutz, Wilbur (Carol) Wagenschutz, Mrs. Wilma Powers, Barb (Floyd) McKaye, and Dorothy (Don) Honeyseppe. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harold Wagenschutz, and sisters, Letty Johnson and Joan Steelman.

The service for Dick was Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Couch officiating. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Friends of White Pine Trail.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

OBITUARIES — Mr. James Coleman

Coleman

James Coleman

Mr. James Francis “Cy” Coleman, passed away Monday, July 16, 2012, eight days after his 77th birthday. A charming, gregarious young man, he excelled in basketball, baseball and golf. Jim lit up the small town of Belvedere , Ill., where he pulled pranks and entertained the locals. Before high school, he moved to Wisconsin and developed a deep love of the Wisconsin Badgers. After he served in the Korean War, he met and courted a young lady, named Kay Ziegler and married her.

During their 52 years of marriage, they raised five wonderful children; Kelly (Barb), Mike (Tammy), Gary (Jen), Diane (Tom), and Christopher (Lindsay). Carrying on his memories are eight grandchildren, Maddison, Andrew, Mitchell, Margot, Graeme, Alexandra, Jennifer (Kurt), and Joe (Emilie); and five great-grandchildren, Max, Avery, Levi, Noah, and Simon Cole; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn “Kay” Coleman on February 15, 2011; and his sister, Marion Sellers.

“Cy” will be remembered for his tall tales, quick wit, his love of taking it easy, and his love and loyalty to the Green Bay Packers.

The mass of Christian burial for Mr. Coleman was offered on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church with the Rev. Louis L. Anderson presiding. Military honors were under the auspices of the U.S. Army with interment in Rockford Cemetery. The Rosary was prayed on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Salvation Army, 1215 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.