Bowen Obituary

August 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mr. Stanley Urban Bowen of Rockford, Michigan, age 73, passed away in the early morning hours of Monday, July 13, 2015, with his loving siblings by his side, and he rests now, in the arms of his Lord and Savior. Stan was born to Leslie and Louise (Dunn) Bowen on Wednesday, March 25, 1942, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and had been a lifelong resident of the area. Affectionately known as “Stan the Man,” he had had always been a friendly face around the community and worked at GRC in Rockford until his retirement around 2009. Stan had an amazing spirit. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. Stan was a jokester, with a big sense of humor, but an even bigger heart. He enjoyed volunteering at church, helping with the parking lot and many events. He also loved to collect John Deere memorabilia, and going fishing, especially on a perfect and pure Michigan summer day. Stan was a loving son, dear brother, wonderful uncle, and faithful servant to his Lord, Jesus Christ. He will be sadly missed, yet fondly remembered by his friends, family, and all those who knew him. Stan is survived by his beloved siblings Norma (William) Strikwerda, Nancy Bowen, Mary (Clarence) Armstrong, Ellen (Wesley) Buchner, Bruce (Jackie) Bowen, and Diane (Jerry) Dekraker; and many nieces and nephews, as well as, great nieces and nephews. There will be a time of visitation from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Stan was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 2015 at Resurrection Life Church of Rockford, 3233 10 Mile Road, Rockford, MI 49341. Pastor Larry Young was officiating. Interment was at Blythefield Memory Gardens, Plainfield Township, MI. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encourage to make a memorial contribution in Stan’s memory to the Lean on Me Outreach Center, 11555 Edgerton Avenue NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Pederson Funeral Home

Schupp Obituary

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Mark Stephen Schupp, 54, of Howard City, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 26, 2015 while on a hiking trip with the youth group. Mark was born February 11, 1961 in Chester, PA, the son of John and Doris (Williams) Schupp III. He worked in maintenance at Rockford Public Schools since 1989. Surviving are his wife, Cynthia (Owen); children, Stephen, David, Luke, Isaac, and Jenna; brothers, Kevin and Joel; sister, Linda Thomas; mother-in-law, Joyce Owen; brothers-in-law, Howard and Mick; special uncle and aunt, Clarence (Nancy) Hamilton. He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Moses Ray Owen. At the age of 20, Mark gave his life to the Lord under the influence of his friend and mentor, Rich Steptoe. He accompanied Rich in his bus ministry, inner-city ministries, and visitation. Mark will be remembered for being kind and caring, intent on being a warrior for Christ. He lived to serve others with an intense passion and took special pleasure in serving his beloved wife, Cindy, and their five children. He made life fun, coaching their basketball teams, taking them on trips, and creating adventures around their home. Life with Mark was never dull, as his creativity filled their lives with pirates, caped heroes, Indians, cavemen, knights, dinosaurs, fireworks, bonfires, zip lines, forts, tea parties, science lessons, woodworking, wrestling/boxing, and so much more. Every birthday was marked with a special Mark-created cake. Mark proudly invested in his children’s interests by attending sporting events, plays/musicals, and recitals. After all the fun, he was a dad willing to listen, read, talk, and fill his children’s lives with the Word of God. Mark was a member of the First Baptist Church of Newaygo where he taught an adult Sunday school class and was an AWANA leader. In the past, Mark served as a VBS coordinator, visitation team member, youth leader, and basketball ministry helper. His dedication to God was evident in how he served his church and community. When Mark met Cindy, he was a city boy. He let himself be led to the woods of Michigan and never looked back. He assimilated himself into her world, and together they created a life for their family. He worked alongside Cindy to help […]

Tatro Obituary

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Mrs. Maudie “Marty” Tatro of Rockford, age 74, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 31, 2015. She was born to Emery and Dolly (Griffee) Hunter on Friday, August 9, 1940, in Stonecold, Kentucky. Marty was an auxiliary member of the American Legion Post #287 in Cedar Springs and a member of the Sparta Moose Lodge #50. Marty was a loving and devoted wife, wonderful mother, dear friend and sister, and the best grandmother anyone could ask for. She loved her family immeasurably and enjoyed spending time and traveling with them. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by her family, friends, and all those who knew her. She is survived by her loving children, Sherrie (William) Ogren, Dolly (Phil) Jones, Larry Thebo, Charles (Marvetta) Tatro; ten grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; several brothers and sisters; many nieces and nephews; and her dearest canine companion, Daisy. Marty was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charles Tatro, Jr.; daughter Rosanna Savage; and several brothers and sisters. There was a time of visitation with the family from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Marty was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home. There was also a one hour visitation prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Blythefield Memory Gardens, Plainfield Township, Michigan. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a contribution to assist the family by visiting the following link on the gofundme website: Pederson Funeral Home

VanderRoest Obituary

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Barry W. VanderRoest aged 70 passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Surviving are his wife, Linda (nee Willett); children, Jason (Amy) VanderRoest, Kelli (late husband Steve) Belleville, Rob (Christine) Vredevelt, and late son Brian VanderRoest; grandchildren, Jayden and Jayme VanderRoest, Zachary and Hannah Pattison, Rachel Vredevelt, Nick Belleville, Kyle Reker, Megan VanEss; great grandson, Corbyn; sisters-in-law, Jackie VanderRoest and Tammi (John) Peck; nephew, Larry VanderRoest; nieces, Lori (Mark) Redner, Amy (Scott) Marsman; many additional nieces, nephews and friends; also surviving is Parker his beloved dog. In addition to his son and son-in-law, Barry was also preceded in death by his parents, Dirk and Helen; brother, Richard; in-laws, Wallace and Barbara Willett; and brother-in-law, Bruce Willett. Barry graduated from Union High School. Later he worked for Foremost Insurance and Rylees Ace Hardware. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed many activities including boating, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, competitive shooting and supporting his Detroit Sports Teams. Barry was a former member of the West Walker Sportsman Club. Most of all he will be remembered for his love and dedication to his family. A celebration of Barry’s life was held 11:00AM Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE., Belmont. Please come prepared to share stories and celebrate his life with us. His family greeted relatives and friends from 9:30AM until time of service on Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or a Charity of One’s Choice in Barry’s memory. To share a photo, memory and sign the family’s online guestbook please visit

Vlahos Obituary

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Ada “Jean” Vlahos (Potter) of Rockford, MI, age 85, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Born in Boise, ID, she was the fourth of ten siblings to Ada and Cyril Potter.  Fondly called “Mrs. V,” many remember her from the Sparta Laundry Basket and Pantlind Hotel.  She will be remembered for her love of painting and quick wit. She will be lovingly missed by her children Helen (Rob) Brinkman, Frank (Shely) Vlahos, and Kathy (Gordon) Thayer; grandchildren, Nichole (Jesse) Lubberts, Cassie Kawka Vlahos, Jesse and Kristina Thayer,  Terry and Miles Vlahos; and great-grandchild, Alora Lubberts. Visitation was Monday, August 3, 2015 from 5 to 7 PM. There was a service of remembrance following visitation at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Platinum Living, 3671 Kinnrow Court, Walker, MI 49534. Pederson Funeral Home

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