OBITUARIES — Charles W. Grover Sr.

January 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

Grover Charles W. Grover Sr., 80, of Tavares, Fla. passed away January 15, 2012. Charlie is survived by his wife, Shirley; sister, Rebecca Cannady (John) of Camilla, Ga.; six children, Chuck Jr. (Janice) of Grand Rapids, Michael (Mary) of Grand Rapids, Susan Wilson (Jim) of Chippewa Lake; stepchildren, Cathie D’Itri (Ken) of California, Leslie North (Dan) of Florida, Dana Miiller (Kevin) of Florida; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Charlie was born May 15, 1931 in Big Rapids, Mich. Upon moving to Rockford he started grade school. Prior to starting high school, he and a few of his buddies at the age of 14 drove from Rockford all the way to Georgia one summer to visit his father. After graduating in 1949 from Rockford High School, Charlie served as a sergeant in the Armed Forces during Korean War. After his return from the war, he worked for Lear Seigler for several years. Charlie then owned and operated his own body shops for many years, including Grover’s Body Shop in downtown Rockford and another shop located on Northland Drive. His body shops were always a popular place where his friends liked to stop by and talk about their cars, work and families. Chuck also worked for Chevy dealerships as their body shop manager for several years before moving to Florida to somewhat retire. But his love for restoring old cars kept him busy up until the age of 79. There is no doubt he loved not only working on cars but teaching others the trade as well. Charlie was a past Mason and Shriner during his years in the Rockford area. He served part time for the Rockford City Police Department and was instrumental in starting the Rockford Ambulance Service back in the mid 1960s when he was an EMT volunteer for several years. He was a member of the Golden R Club at Rockford High School. Most every year he would plan his summer vacation with his daughter Sue and her husband to attend the reunion and visit with classmates, friends and family. Charlie made many friends over the years. He was always willing to offer a helping hand and good sound advice for those who asked and a lot of time even if they didn’t. Many […]

OBITUARIES — Mr. Frederick C. Bartlett

January 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

Bartlett Mr. Frederick C. Bartlett, age 92, of Rockford passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Fred was a long-time teacher at Rockford Public Schools and was very instrumental in the advancement of the agricultural program. For over 60 years he was a member of Rockford Baptist Church. Fred is survived by his daughters, Carol Isaacs of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Lois and Stephen Wier of Comstock Park; grandchildren, Melinda (Jason) Horst and Amanda (Mark) Ogden; great-grandchildren, Tobias Horst and Amelia Horst; nieces and nephews; stepchildren, Cynthia (Glen) Perry, Russell (Sarah) Gray, and Anita Gray and their families. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Edith; his wife of eight years, Frances Gray; great-grandchild, Logan Horst; sister, Dorothy Hill; and brother, Arnold. The service of praise and thanksgiving for the gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ for Mr. Bartlett was Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Rockford Baptist Church with Pastor Paul Bartlett officiating. Interment was in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Pine Ridge Bible Camp, 8415 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, or the Memorial Fund at Rockford Baptist Church, 221 Courtland St., Rockford, MI 49341. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

OBITUARIES — Mr. Steve A. Janicki

January 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

Mr. Steve A. Janicki, age 87, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2012. Steve was a very faithful member of Assumption BVM Catholic Church. He served his country in the US Army during WWII and was the honored recipient of the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, Phillipine Liberation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Phillipine Presidential Unit Citation. Steve was in the first graduating class of Rockford High School Adult Ed in 1969. For 40 years he worked for Consumers Power Company as the sub station operator (area operator), retiring in 1986. Steve was proud to be a life member of the 32nd Infantry Div., Company K of the Red Arrow serving in the South Pacific during WWII. He was also a member of the Grand Rapids Red Arrow Club, Ushers Club at Assumption BVM Catholic Church, Bishop Kevin M. Britt Council Knights of Columbus, Grand Rapids Concertina Club, and volunteered for the Food Commodities. He is survived by his loving wife, Helen (Barszewski) whom he married on May 29, 1948.  He was preceded in death by his grandson, Stephen J. May.  Also, he is survived by his children, Karen and Art Swartz, Patricia Hogberg and Dick Wiebe, Barbara and Mark Jackson, Mary and Robert Wismer, Gerilyn and Jamie May, Julie and Jeff Forbes, Stephanie and Stuart Cohen; proud “Dziadzi” of his grandchildren: Kara and Jason Schab and their children, Nathan and Addie, Michael Swartz and his daughter, Hayden Marie, Trapper Hogberg (fiancée Kim), Will Wismer (fiancée Jenna), Brett May, Stephen May, Dylan Wiebe, Layne Wiebe, Lindsay Cohen, and Adrienne Cohen. The Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Janicki will be offered on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Assumption BVM Catholic Church, 6390 Belmont Ave. , Belmont , with The Rev. Peter Vu presiding. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in Assumption Cemetery . The Rosary will be prayed on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Carmelite Sisters, 4300 Mt. Carmel Dr ., NE , Ada , MI 49301 or the Consolata Sisters, 6801 Belmont Ave. , NE, PO Box […]


January 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

Cronkright Dorothy Waterman Cronkright, 95, of West Lafayette, Indiana, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, December 28, 2011. Dorothy was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich. and attended Davenport Business College. She married Walter Cronkright, the love of her life. Together, they owned and operated the True Value Homecenter in Cedar Springs, Mich. Walt and Dorothy were committed Christians who loved the Lord and lived their faith openly. They were active in The Gideons International and freely shared their faith and resources with others. After retiring, they lived in Zephyrhills, Fla. for over 20 years and were actively involved in the Zephyrhills Assembly of God Church. They had been married 60 years when Walter died in October 1999. In 2006, on her 90th birthday, Dorothy moved from Florida to an apartment at Friendship House in West Lafayette, Ind. For nearly five years, she led an active life with friends at Friendship House and the Upper Room Christian Fellowship Church. In April 2011, she moved to Rosewalk Village in Lafayette and enjoyed new friendships and activities there. Dorothy loved her family and made many friends, with whom she kept in touch up until her death. She enjoyed traveling, family gatherings, baking, reading, and knitting sweaters for Guidepost’s children’s relief fund. Her family and longtime friends will remember her as bright, often spunky and always interested in others. She prayed regularly for her family and friends and generously supported several ministries. We will miss her greatly, but her legacy will live on. Surviving are a daughter, Bonnie (Don) Blake of West Lafayette, Ind.; two sons, Thomas (Sonya) Cronkright of Cedar Springs, Mich., and Denis (Barbara) Cronkright of Kingman, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Vanderveen; sister-in-law, Anita Bera; several nieces and nephews. Friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4 at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The celebration of Dorothy’s home going will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 5 with visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Larry Young will be officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Instead of flowers, the family welcomes donations to The Gideons International. Arrangements were made by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.


December 29, 2011 // 0 Comments

Mr. David Livingston died peacefully under hospice care on December 24, 2011, from pneumonia at the age of 97. Since 1942, David was an active member of First Congregational Church of Rockford. He was also a lifetime member and past master of Rockford Masonic Lodge #246, and a charter member of the Rockford Lions Club. He was an avid golfer winning numerous trophies. After studies at Central Michigan University and Davenport Institute, David worked in banking all his life. Before his retirement, he served in the county treasurer’s office. He was devoted to his family and to his Lord. David was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Beryl; his son, Richard; two brothers, a sister, five sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. Surviving are his daughter, Margery and the Rev. Hugh Dickinson of Grand Rapids; step-grandchildren, Gretchen (Jeff) Trimble, Craig (Michele McCormick) Dickinson, Michael (Usha McFarling) Dickinson; six step-great-grandchildren; his sister, Estelle in Sun City, Ariz.; and nieces and nephews. His family would like to thank the staff at St. Ann’s Home for the compassion and loving care that was given to David. The service for Mr. Livingston was Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Laurel TenHave-Chapman officiating. Interment was in Blythefield Memory Gardens. The Masonic Service was held at the funeral home on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the building fund at First Congregational Church of Rockford, 192 E. Bridge St., Rockford, MI 49341, or St. Ann’s Home, 2161 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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