Olga R. Boos (Coudray) died peacefully in her home, surrounded by her loving family on August 28, 2015 at the age of 83. Olga worked for the Rockford Public Schools as a school bus driver and retired as the Transportation Supervisor. She was also active in the Myers Lake Association for many years. Olga was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband, Joseph Boos, May 28th, 2000. She is survived by her children, Cary (Caroline) Baker and their children, Tammy Irvin, Skyler, Mirela and Elizabeth Baker; Cherie Grant and her children Connie Gross and Cathleen Copeland; John (Linda) Baker and their children John C. Baker, Ryan Baker and Angela Baker; Linda (Ken) Oosterhouse and their children, Shelly Pung and Arus Kinney; Robert (Kim) Baker; Susan (Tim) Hartman and their children, Roger Bouwkamp, Steven Bouwkamp, Victoria Bouwkamp and Stacie Rublein; Barbara Baker and her son, Eric Hirzel; Fred Baker; Mary Baker and her children Alexandra Holthof , Kevin Byrnes and Dana Johnston; and Joe’s children Michelle (Dennis) Lucas and their children Rachel Dine, Emily Lucas and Jennifer Lucas; Joseph (Mandy) Boos many great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and her sister Barbara Ann Walls. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be given to the continuing care of Olga’s loving pets. Donations to the trust can be sent to: 10455 Tefft Ave NE, Rockford MI 49341. The family will have a private memorial service in honor of Olga’s wishes. Pederson Funeral Home pedersonfuneralhome.com
Karen Marie Fought of Rockford, Michigan, age 48, passed away in the early morning hours on Saturday, August 15, 2015. She was born to Martin L. and Mary L. (Garcia) Peters on September 20, 1966, in Mineola, NY. Karen was a loving and compassionate Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Cousin and Friend, and was always willing to share her beautiful smile with you. She enjoyed life to the fullest with family and friends, and stayed active by participating in 5K/10K runs, camping, hiking, and traveling. She was an active member of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, participating in school and church events over the last fifteen years when her family settled in the City of Rockford. She held the position of Vice President/President for the OLC School Parents Association for two years, and was employed by OLC for the past seven years as the school playground supervisor. She enjoyed being involved with the development of the school children and loved watching them grow throughout the years. Karen was also active with the Rockford High School Marching Band for the last four years, and currently held the position of President for the Rockford Band Parents Board for the last two years. Karen is survived by her beloved husband of 24 years, Ray Fought, daughters Alexandria and Cassidy Fought, Mother Mary Peters, Sister/Brother-in-law Lori (Peters) and Mike Westlake, Brother Richard Peters, and Nieces/Husbands Jessica (Westlake) and Leon Putrus, Erica (Westlake) and Kevin Gifford, and Terra (Westlake) and Josh Ybarra. She was preceded in death by her Father Martin L. Peters. There will be a time of visitation from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, 4865 11 Mile Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341. A Rosary will be offered at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the church. A Mass of Christian Burial for Karen will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, 4865 11 Mile Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Fr. Tony Russo will be presiding. Burial will take place in Rockford Cemetery. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the Our Lady of Consolation Education Foundation or the Rockford Band Parents […]
Are you interested in protecting the Great Lakes at home, or looking to save money by reducing your water bill? Then don’t miss Cedar Springs’ first ever rain barrel workshop! Trout Unlimited has been conducting rain barrel workshops in the Rogue River watershed since 2013, successfully distributing 131 barrels to the local community. This summer, Trout Unlimited’s Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative teamed up with the Cedar Springs Community Building Development Team and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council to host an outdoor rain barrel workshop for the citizens of Cedar Springs and everyone who would like to save water at home. Want to know more about rain barrels? A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores stormwater (the leading source of water pollution in West Michigan) from your roof that would otherwise enter the storm drains and empty directly into local waterways untreated. The average rain barrel will keep 1,815 gallons of stormwater out of our lakes and rivers each year. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it saves you money and energy. A rain barrel collects water and stores it for when you need it most — during periods of drought — to water plants, your garden, or wash your car. Additionally, rainwater is naturally “soft” and devoid of minerals, chlorine and other chemicals found in city water, so it is a better alternative for your plants. The workshop will be held on Friday, September 11th, at 6:00 p.m. at Morley Park (17 Mile and Northland Drive). The workshop includes everything you need to set up your barrel and takes around 45 minutes. Rain barrels are $30 a piece and you must sign-up for a workshop at rainbarrels.wmeac.org. We look forward to seeing you out there! The Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative Project is funded by the Frey Foundation, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, the Wege Foundation, the Wolverine World Wide Foundation, and the Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited.
Odyssey of the Mind World Finals 2015! A creativity EXTRAVAGANZA at Michigan State University! May 20th – May 23rd World Finals 2015 – the NUMBERS! 847 Teams participated! 450 Volunteers and Staff 33 U. S. State Associations – Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia 16 Countries (170 teams) Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mexico, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Switzerland, Togo, and United Kingdom. 13-16,000 Attended Opening Ceremonies 15-18,000 Attended Closing Ceremonies World Finals ROCKFORD – the numbers! 4 Teams participated! Rockford Freshman Center – placed 9th North Rockford Middle School – placed 7th Meadow Ridge Elementary – placed 20th Roguewood Elementary – placed 22nd Three of our Rockford teams were able to BUDDY team with International Teams and stretch their creativity and relationships to a new level! RFC- Moldova NRMS – South Korea Roguewood – Mexico HOW can you get involved? – Rockfordpublicschools.org ( parents tab, then Odyssey of the Mind tab) Miodyssey.com Odysseyofthemind.com The Rockford teams all agree that World Finals was an experience they will NEVER forget and can never be matched! Thank you to all our sponsors who by their generosity made this possible for our Rockford teams – Aunt Candy’s Toy Co, BC Pizza of Belmont, Belmont Elementary PTO, Brieden and Miller Orthodontics PLLC, Cedar Animal Hospital, Classic Property Management, D.A.D.S Tents, Dr Bruce A. Jackson DDS, PC, Durham & Mehling DDS, Eastbrook Homes, Family Fare – Rockford, Glass Act Window Cleaning , Go Pro Electric, Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing, Honey Creek Inn INFORMS, Jody’s Restaurant, Lipe Industrial Painting, Luxhoj Consulting, North Rockford Middle School, Nucraft Furniture , Meadow Ridge Elementary PTO Picture It Screen Printing, Red Flannel Factory LLC , Renewal Property Service RICS Food Center, Rising Starz Fitness, Inc, Rockford Ambulance Rockford Freshman Center student council, Rockford Public Schools, Roguewood Elementary PTO, SkyZone, Sparta Sheet Metal , Spice Jungle LLC, T.E Herremans & G.P. Bosscher, P.C, VMware Inc
Military and veteran caregivers selected to advocate for the 5.5 million Americans caring for wounded, ill and injured veterans Washington, D.C. — The Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced that Joey Caswell of Rockford has been selected for the 2015 class of military and veteran caregivers chosen for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellows program. A helping personality by nature, Joey put that inclination into an academic pursuit to better help her husband, Charlie, who was wounded in Iraq in 2005. She’s now a medical assistant and brings that knowledge into her care for Charlie’s TBI, cognitive impairment, PTSD, severe back injury and myriad other physical injuries he sustained from multiple IED blasts. In 2007 they returned to their home state of Michigan after Charlie’s medical discharge from the Army and are raising three children. Joey is in college full time pursuing a business degree. She looks forward to sharing her PTSD knowledge and her resources with caregivers who may need help and support. The Foundation’s Fellowship is a national program comprised of military and veteran caregivers who have stepped forward to serve as advocates and spokespeople for the 5.5 million parents, spouses, children and other loved ones caring for our nation’s wounded, ill and injured warriors. Michigan is also represented by Megan Stewart of Coloma who was selected as a 2014 fellow. To view bios for the 2014 and 2015 fellows, visit the Foundation’s interactive map. In 2014, the Elizabeth Dole Fellows provided insight and advice about the serious challenges encountered by military caregivers during face to face meetings with the White House, Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 100 Members of Congress, and dozens of leaders in the public, private, nonprofit, labor and faith communities. This year’s Fellows will provide millions of caregivers a voice as the Elizabeth Dole Foundation continues working with its National Coalition of leaders, organizations and agencies leading up to this spring’s Hidden Heroes Coalition Summit 2015: Progress and Promise. “Our Fellows are the heart and soul of our Foundation’s work,” said Senator Elizabeth Dole. “The wisdom of their personal experience is invaluable, and it helps guide the focus of our National Coalition. I am personally grateful that these hidden heroes would add to the selfless service they already provide as caregivers […]