White, Gregory (Greg) Scott, age 58, passed on Monday, July 27th, 2015. Greg was proceeded in death by his mother, Jacqueline White, and father, Jack White. He is survived by his brother Michael (Michele) and sister Micah (Benyounge) Prince; his children, Nick, Garret, Adam, and Paul; their mother, Trudy; his nieces Krystal (Brent) Stuart, Danielle, and Jessica; his great niece Kendall Stuart. He is also survived by many friends and members of his extended family. Greg was a loving father, uncle, and warm friend to all who knew him. A talented athlete and small business owner, Greg’s unfailing work ethic and daring on the ski slopes were an inspiration to his friends and family. In life, his generosity, strength, and humor spoke to a reserve of spirit that will be greatly missed by all. A celebration of life will be held at Pando Park 8076 Belding Rd NE Rockford, Mi 49341 on Saturday, August 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial donations in support of the family may be made to the Gregory White Revocable Living Trust, 8801 Fulton ST East Ada, MI 49301.
Mrs. Jewell Fae Swanberg of Rockford, age 97 went home to her Lord and Savior, Monday, July 27, 2015. She was born to Frank and Agnes (DeGroot) Benjamin in Saranac, Michigan on May 3, 1918. Jewell enjoyed many things in life. She enjoyed God’s creation by taking walks and traveling. Jewell was also quite an artist, making pine needle baskets and painting. One of her favorites was playing games and doing crossword puzzles. She also loved Bible studies and was a faithful prayer warrior. However, her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her. She is survived by her children, John (Evelyn) Swanberg, Joyce (Lewis) Goodwin, Carl Swanberg, Carolyn (Jim) Longwell, Mary (Gene) Glidden, Ann (Stan) Myers, Donna (Mitch) Long; nineteen grandchildren; over fifty great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert in 2001; son, Arthur Swanberg; and daughter-in-law, Shirley Swanberg. The funeral service for Jewell will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341. There will be a time of visitation with the family from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at the Pederson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made in Jewell’s name to Emmanuel Hospice 2161 Leonard Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com
Kay A. Herington, age 91, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle Herington. Kay is survived by her children, Jim (Terri) Herington, John (Bev) Herington, and Gena Herington; grandchildren, Lacy Herington, Bill (Lisa) Herington, Lisa (Brian) Feutz, Holly (Jim) Beemer, Eric (Amanda) Herington, Lachea Herington, Brittany Herington, Jessica Herington, Babs (Jeff) Ross, Ken (Christine) Ladner, Brett (Kristen) Gravelle, Matt (Laura) Gravelle, Lindsey (Chad Simpson) Denmink; great grandchildren, Tyler, Maddie, Gracie, Lily, Sophia, Nolan, Brittany, Savannah, Emily, Jadon, Reidyr, Owen, Lily, Calvin, Isla, Kristy, Trevor and sister in law, Evelyn Herinton. No services will take place at this time. To share a photo or a memory or to sign the family’s online guest book please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com.
Mary Gryka, age 92 of Rockford, Michigan passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, July 25, 2015. She was born to Francis and Julia Gillis on February 23, 1923 in Comstock Park, MI. She was a Veteran of the United States Navy serving during World War II. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend. Mary lived her life as a devoted Catholic and was a member of Our Lady of Consolation in Rockford. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter John Gryka in 1992. Mary is survived by her daughter, Ruth and Don McDaniel and sons, Mark (Wendy) and Adam; her daughter, Judith Gryka and son William; her daughter Maria Pitcher and children, Michael, Elizabeth, and Jimmy; her daughter Janet Inman and sons, John (Heather), Matthew, and Chuck (Katie); her son Jim and Deborah Gryka and daughters, Lauren and Lily; her daughter Laura and Jim Madole and daughters, Renee (Dave) and Rebecca; her son, Bill and Betsy Gryka and daughter Jenny; and son Gregory Gryka. Mary is also survived by six great grandchildren; her sister, Elsie Fix; her brothers-in-law, Louis (Maude) Gryka and George (Rosemary) Gryka; and several nieces and nephews. There was a time of visitation from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341, with the praying of the Rosary at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church 4865 11 Mile Road NE, Rockford, Michigan 49341. Interment will take place at Rockford Cemetery with military honors immediately following the service. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contributions to Consolata Missionary Sisters, 6801 Belmont Ave NE, Belmont, MI 49306. Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com
Mr. Eugene “Gene” D. Dalman of Grand Rapids, Michigan, age 92, entered into glory on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, and rests now, with his Lord and Savior. He was born to George and Sadie (Myaard) Dalman in Zeeland Township on Sunday, February 25, 1923. He was raised on the family farm, and he worked the land until he joined the military. Before he answered the call of duty, he married the love of his life, Clarissa Jean Ritsema, on June 28, 1944. As a true hearted countryman, Gene proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Upon his return, he continued his life as a hard-working man, supporting his family with love and devotion. He worked several careers as a plasterer, chicken sexer, and owner of a cider mill. After his retirement, he enjoyed the time he spent with his daughters and his dearest Clarissa. They enjoyed spending winters in Florida on Anna Maria Island, basking in the relaxing sun on the white, sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. He also enjoyed their lunches in Grand Haven and trips “Up North.” Gene loved many things in life. Besides travelling, he took pride in his new cars, loved rooting for the Detroit Tigers, and watching the stock market. However, his greatest love of all was for his family, and that love was truly immeasurable. Gene is survived by his beloved wife of seventy-one years, Clarissa; loving daughters, Bonnie (Jay) Mingerink, Vickie (Max) Howe, Cindy (Gary) Pritchard, and Nancy (Noel) Miller; adored grandchildren, Aimee (Jeff) Petchauer, Sarah (Ron) Idema, Rachael (Carl) Razmus, Ryan (Jennifer) Howe, Matthew (Kristen) Howe, Seth Howe, Lisa (Travis) Lea, Julie (Jeff) Groggel, Eric Jenema, Magee Johnson, Courtney Miller, and Adam Miller; twenty-four great grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Henry (Arlyn) Ritsema, Jr., Larry (Pearl) Ritsema, and JoAnn Ritsema; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Gene was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Lorie Kunkel in 1999; and brother, Melvin Dalman. There was a time of visitation from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Gene was celebrated at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July […]