Welch Obituary

July 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Dr. W. Wilbert Welch of Grand Rapids, Michigan, age 97, passed away peacefully on the morning of Thursday, July 16, 2015, and rests now, in the arms of his Lord and Savior. Dr. Welch was one of five children born to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Welch in Eastern Michigan and was born again at the age of fifteen under the ministry of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ. Dr. Welch was educated at the University of Michigan and Bob Jones University receiving his B.A. degree in 1940, his M.A. in 1944, and his Ph.D. in 1948. On June 20, 1942 he married Meryl Ball, and together, joyfully and fruitfully, served churches in North Casnovia, Michigan and in Menlo, Lyerly, and Rome, Georgia, offering daily radio ministries while serving in Rome. His last pastorate was of Calvary Baptist Church in Muskegon, Michigan. A new phase of ministry began when he was called to be the president of the Grand Rapids Bible Institute in 1959. He served as the president for twenty-four years until 1983 and then served as Chancellor for over twenty-five years, at the now-known Cornerstone University and Seminary. Dr. Welch is survived by his loving children, Robert A. and Nancy Kay Welch, W. Curtis and Sandra Welch, Dale T. and Marcia Welch, and Arlene and Joel Betts; ten grandchildren; and eighteen great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife of seventy-one years, Meryl E. Welch on July 3, 2013; daughter Donna Jeanne in 1955; son David in 1994; grandchildren Jody Alene, Joelle Norene, and Jason T.; and his siblings, Howard and Russell Welch, Helen Marion, and Perlis E. Welch. Private family services will be held. On Monday, August 31, 2015, a public Celebration of Life will take place at 10:00 a.m., in the Christ Chapel at Cornerstone University, 1001 E. Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. The family will receive visitors from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m., prior to the start of celebration. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Cornerstone University for the Wilbert Welch Chair for Practical Theology, 1001 E. Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.   Pederson Funeral Home

Bale Obituary

July 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Marilyn Jean Bale 1925-2015 Marilyn Jean Bale, 90, of Mattawan, Michigan, passed away peacefully of natural causes at Maple Lake Assisted Living, Paw Paw, on July 2, 2015, one month after celebrating her 90th birthday. Marilyn was born to Vera and Everett Broxholm in Albion, Michigan on May 23, 1925 and graduated from Albion High School in 1943. She attended Bronson Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she fulfilled her life-long dream of becoming a nurse. She met her future husband, James (Jim) F. Bale, in Kalamazoo while a student at Bronson; they were married on November 23, 1947. After graduating with a registered nurse (RN) degree from Bronson in 1947, she worked at Clark Equipment, Buchanan, Michigan and spent the final years of her nursing career with the thoracic surgery group of Harrison, Rasmussen, Basinger, Kim and associates in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Marilyn loved nursing and continued to practice into her mid-70s. With her late husband, she lived in Kalamazoo, Buchanan, Three Oaks and Rockford, Michigan and in Sun City Center, Florida, before settling in the Paw Paw-Mattawan area. Marilyn enjoyed baking, sewing, knitting, playing bridge, and traveling with her husband. She loved crafts and taught herself to weave marvelous baskets. Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 50 years, Jim, who died in 1997. For several years after her husband’s death, Marilyn lived on the family farm on Red Arrow Highway between Paw Paw and Mattawan, Michigan. There, she spent her time gardening, reading, seeing grandchildren and tending to her beloved cat, Job. Marilyn is survived by her sister, Carol Broxholm Pilarski, of Naples, Florida, two sons, James Jr. (Martha) of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Michael (Bregida) of Kalamazoo, Michigan, five grandchildren, Zachary, Jeffrey, Margaret, Michael and Tyler, three nieces and a nephew. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 120 Pine St., Paw Paw, MI. Marilyn will be buried next to her husband in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Paw Paw, prior to services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Marilyn’s name to the First Presbyterian Church and Eleanor’s Pantry, Paw Paw, Michigan. Share a memory or sign the guestbook at:

Inman Obituary

July 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Dionna Angeline Inman, age 74, was peacefully escorted by angels into the arms of her Lord and Savior, while surrounded by her loving family, July 9th, 2015. Born in Grand Rapids and a life-long resident of Cedar Springs, Donie was crowned Red Flannel Queen in 1956. A seamstress by trade, her handiwork has clothed many a child, drama team members, and Halloween enthusiasts. Best known for her unconditional love for everyone she met and warm, welcoming smile. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dio and Virginia Shaffer; her husband, Russell Inman; son Stanley Levanduski; and brother, David Shaffer. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Dawn (Ken) Brecken, Ronda (Lee) Olds, Sherry (Bill) Kerr, Russell (Chris) Inman, Stacy (Paul) Thrasher, Charlie Roberts; grandchildren, Zachary Rogers, Kia Ribic, Paige Rogers and Russell Inman, and many great grandchildren; as well as many other extended and honorary grandchildren; sister, Judy (Keith) Hemmila; and brothers, Phil (Ruth) Shaffer, Doug (Judy) Shaffer, Jeff (Lisa) Shaffer; and sister-in-law, Karen Shaffer; numerous nieces and nephews, and beloved puppies Bella and Misty Bear. There was a time of visitation on Sunday, July 12, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street, Rockford, MI 49341. The service celebrating Donie’s life was held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 13, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, with  Rev. Keith Hemmilla officiating. Interment is in Solon Township Cemetery. Those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Faith Hospice – Development Office, 2100 Raybrook Street SE, Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Pederson Funeral Home

Ratz Obituary

July 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mr. Jerome Albert Ratz of Alma, Michigan, formerly of Cedar Springs, age 89, has completed all the designs laid down on the Trestleboard of Life on Sunday, July 5, 2015, and has answered the summons of the Grand Warden of Heaven and Earth and has entered into the Grand Lodge over which the Supreme Grand Master of the Universe presides. Jerome was born to Albert and Margaret Ratz on Tuesday, March 30, 1926, in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents; and beloved wife Annabelle M. Ratz. Jerry and Ann lived a majority of their lives in the Grand Rapids area and Lakeland, Florida with his resent residence being Alma, MI. As a truehearted countryman, Jerome proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Army during the final years of World War II. Jerome was always active and incredibly proud of his service with the freemasons. He was a life-member  of Masonic Lodge #344 of Sparta, MI, a life-member of Peninsular Chapter #65 OES, a member of Saladin Shriner’s Big Wheels and a PABG Job’s Daughters Bethel #10. He also worked most of his life as a television repair man, eventually retiring from the Kent Intermediate School District. Jerome is survived by his loving children, Terry (David) Pierce of Dublin, OH, Wendy (James) Echtinaw of Newaygo, MI, Thomas Ratz of Grand Canyon, AZ, Theodore (Kathy) Ratz of Titusville, FL, Jill (Finn) Kilsgaard of Orlando, FL, Todd Ratz of Grand Rapids, MI, and Tammy (Kary) Dankenbring of Cedar Springs, MI; thirteen grandchildren; and sixteen great grandchildren. The memorial service for Jerome will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Rev. Dr.  Steven D. Pierce will be officiating. There will be a time of visitation one hour prior to the memorial service from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., also at Pederson Funeral Home. Inurnment will be at Graceland Memorial Park, Grand Rapids, MI. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation, 1200 Wright Avenue, Alma, MI 48801. Pederson Funeral Home

Reinke Obituary

July 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mrs. Mary Ruth Reinke of Rockford, Michigan, age 83, passed away on the morning of Saturday, July 11, 2015, and rests now, in the arms of her Lord and Savior. She was born to James and Cyretta (Gunther) Boynton in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, September 23, 1931 and had been a lifelong resident of West Michigan. Mary was a graduate of Nazareth Academy in Kalamazoo and spent her life working in the most honorable profession as a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. She was also an incredibly talented and artistically inclined individual. She loved to create beautiful pieces of artwork, drawings, and watercolors. Mary was also quite the musician, able to play the piano, organ, and even the accordion. Mary was a loving and devoted wife, wonderful mother and grandmother, and faithful servant to her Lord, Jesus Christ. Her kind, warm, and loving smile will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her family, friends, and all those who knew her. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Spectrum Health Hospice for the compassion and care they gave to Mary over the last several months. Mary is survived by her children, Rita (Albert) Kline, Gloria (Tim) Launiere, Rosemary (Doug) Bell, Thomas (Leslie) Reinke, William (Robin) Reinke, and Kathleen (Billy) Herron; grandchildren Carolyn (Bernie) Diekevers, Angela and Zachary Applegate, Matthew (Alycia) Burmeister, Nicholas and Amber Bell, Gregory, Joshua, Benjamin, Nathan, and Jacob Reinke; great grandchildren Bernie “Bubba,” Morgan, and Elizabeth; siblings Ann (Walt) Redmond and Thomas Boynton; and sister-in-law Kei Boynton. She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband Alvin A. Reinke on November 3, 1997, and brother William Boynton. Private services were held and simple cremation will take place per Mary’s wishes. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Spectrum Health Hospice and Palliative Care, 750 Fuller Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Pederson Funeral Home  

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