Mrs. Doris A. DeVries of Grand Rapids, Michigan, age 89, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on the early morning of Saturday, May 23, 2015. She was born to Arthur and Daisy (Pratt) Jeffrey on New Year’s Eve in 1925. Doris was a graduate of Union High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan and married John DeVries on June 15, 1951. The loving couple soon began their family, and through the years, raised them with a strong Christian foundation and immeasurable love; and through great faith and care, Doris and John brought up their family together in the teachings of our Lord. Doris and John loved spending time with their family at Pickerel Lake in Newaygo, in the cabin they had built together. Doris was artistically inclined and very gifted, with an eye for beauty in the world. Aside from being an inspiring wife and mother, Doris worked for Dexter Lock in the accounting department for fifteen years. Doris was a faithful and devoted servant to her Lord, a loving wife, wonderful mother, dear sister and friend, and the best grandmother anyone could ask for. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her family, friends, and all those who knew her. Doris is survived by her loving son Daniel DeVries; former daughter-in-law Jane DeVries; daughter Dr. Cheryl (Daniel) Brantley; granddaughters Lisa Hogan, Holly (Doug) Kidder, and Stephanie (Jesse) Frein; great grandchildren Phillip Hogan V, Skyler Hogan, Hailey Hogan, Riley Kidder, Teagan Kidder, Kinsey Kidder, Tate Kidder, Zuzu Frein, and Remi Frein; brother Wendell (Jean) Jeffrey; former sister-in-law Beverly Jeffrey; sister Mary Lou Nielsen; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; best friend and beloved husband of fifty-nine years, John DeVries on April 7, 2010; sister Rachel (Ken) McBride; brother Vernon (Mary) Jeffrey; and former brother-in-law Len Hodde. There was a time of visitation from 2:00 until 4:00 and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Doris was held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at West Cannon Baptist Church, 5760 Cannonsburg Road […]
Event during National Law Enforcement Recognition Week Rockford North Rockford Middle School shop students have spent a good part of the year 2015 thinking ahead to National Law Enforcement Recognition Week and how to tell our local first responders, detectives and local law enforcement leaders how proud we are of them. At a ceremony held at the school Wednesday, May 13, members of the Rockford Department of Public Safety and troopers from the Rockford Michigan State Police Post gathered together as they were honored with a gift of a hand made wooden plaque with their law enforcement logo and their names highlighted on each. Shop students read the names of each officer and trooper as they approached a stage one at a time to receive the gift and for a photo. From Rockford Lt. Jamie Davis, officers Branden Boelema, David Jehnzen, Derek Haan, Lt. Dave Robinson, officers Jason Bradley Ian Graham, William Burnett, Tyler Glass, Michael Thomas and Chief Dave Jones. Not able to attend the ceremony was officers Aaron Sawyer. After receiving their own plaques, our two law enforcement leaders spoke, Dave Jones for the Rockford Police and First Lt. Chris McIntire from the Michigan State Police. McIntire said his heart melted when he and his troopers were asked by the school to be included in this recognition. “You don’t go into this job to make friends. You don’t go into this job to be thanked.” He said law enforcement is a thankless job and thousands of men and women have lost their lives in the profession. This year 44 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty. “I am proud to be part of the law enforcement brethren,” McIntire stated. Chief Dave Jones spoke next with similar sentiments. He thanked the students for inviting our local law enforcement to this recognition and asked all to pause for a moment of silence in honor of those who have been killed protecting the public. He thanked Mr. Reichart and Mr. Alberts, and most importantly, the NRMS students who were such a big part of this ceremony. “As most of you know the law enforcement profession has been under a lot of scrutiny lately. Some of the events that we have seen […]
Rockford Rotary is in its eighth year of a mentoring program at Rockford High School. The program is called STRIVE (Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education) and it links Rockford Rotarians and Friends of Rotary with high school seniors who are completing their graduation requirements with the goal of inspiring them with their educational and career goals. The end of year awards banquet was held May 12 at the Community Cabin. CAPTION: Pictured are this years participants along with their mentors. This years $1,200.00 scholarship winner was Maryah Massop. The scholarship was given in memory of Rick Ehinger, the founder of the Rockford STRIVE program.
Friends of the White Pine Trail invites you to join us as we help rid our beautiful trail of the highly invasive garlic mustard plant. A group of volunteers will be meeting on the trail between Childsdale and House Streets on Wednesday, May 13th and again on Saturday, May 16th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Parking is available on the street at either end of this section of the trail. Please come dressed in long pants and sturdy shoes. Gardening gloves, a kneeling pad and a water bottle are recommended. FWPT will provide bags. Garlic Mustard and other invasive plants rob our native flora and fauna of the little habitat they have left. If you love the trail, come out and join us to learn more about why native plants are so important. Our native birds and butterflies will thank you! For more information please email Mindy Miner at email@example.com.
By John Raffel Rainy weather played an impact Saturday and Sunday at Art Van Sports Complex with the West Michigan Season Starter World Series Qualifier, sponsored by United State Speciality Sports Association (USSSA). Teams from this tournament were to be eligible to participate in the World Series in the age division of their choice. “We did get some rain,” Bob Wilkerson of the USSSA said. “We had to battle through that and got all the games in on Saturday. Then we got some rain Sunday morning and it never left up. We weren’t able to get on the field and cancelled the remaining portion of the tournament, which was the championship play on Sunday.” There are 31 teams that participated. Among the local teams were Caledonia, Grandville, Hudsonville and Grand Rapids. “We had some teams from Indiana and also a team from Ohio,” Wilkerson said. “We get a good amount from the Grand Rapids area. Obviously it’s close and they can limit their travel. It’s a great thing for those folks. We get a blend from throughout the state and midwest.’ The USSSA comes back to Art Van for a Memorial Day tournament May 23-25 with games all day each day. The Great Lakes Major NIT tournament comes to the facility May 30-31. Game Day USA will be sponsoring a three-day tournament this Friday through Sunday, at the complex. Age divisions are 9U, 10U, 12U and 14U for softball and 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U for baseball.