Cutler Mr. Dale “Bruiser” E. Cutler, age 63, of Rockford found peace with God and died on Monday, July 27, 2009. Dale was a graduate of Rockford High School. When the call of his country was heard during the Vietnam War, Dale answered. Self was forgotten and, as a brave young man, he marched away to serve his country in the U.S. Army. He had a fierce loyalty to his men and stuck up for them whenever necessary. On every Memorial Day, you would find Dale proudly marching with his flag. Dale had a way of taking responsibility for everyone’s safety, often times endangering his life for the safety of others. He was the most decorated Native American from Michigan during Vietnam, earning two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and one Army Commendation Medal for Valor. Dale was a member of the elite Wolf Hound Unit when he was awarded his first Bronze Star in Vietnam by General Westmoreland. After the war he became a member of the Merritt Lamb Post #102 American Legion and was well-known for his loyalty. He worked in construction as a drywall installer. Dale was one of the most kind-hearted individuals you could ever meet, always focusing on helping others who were in need. In his leisure time he loved listening to country music and following NASCAR racing. Dale is survived by his children, Dale Cutler Jr., Kyle Cutler-Hess and her husband Tony Hess, and Kit Cutler and his fiancée Rosemary; his grandchildren, Dominic Cutler and Corrie Cutler; brothers and sisters, Clifford (Phyllis) Cutler, Robert (Judy) Cutler, Elma Jean Wakeman, Shirley (Al) Firovich, Floyd (Georgia) Cutler, John Cutler; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Arlene Cutler, Mrs. Marion Cutler; nieces and nephews; and many special friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Corey; his siblings, Monroe Cutler, Susie Miles, Donald Cutler, Patsy Lee Cutler, Angie Pyne, and an infant brother, Richard. The service for Mr. Cutler was Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home. Military honors were under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Interment is in Ft. Custer National Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Friends of Michigan Veterans Homes Inc., P.O. Box 150251, Grand Rapids, MI 49515-0251. Arrangements were made […]
Chiara Wysong Howard 8/1/98–7/18/08 “Perfect,” say your brothers. “The Best sister Ever,” says your sister. “Great Love of my life,” says your Momma. Your last heroic act of sacrificing your life to save your sister’s will be admired by us for all time. You are remembered always and forever as we are challenged every minute of every day to continue without you. In your honor and for your birthday today, my love, the Chiara’s Quiet Grace Foundation is born as we continue your quiet work spreading and teaching selfless acts of kindness. Loving you more today and everyday, Momma, Giles, Landon and Elyse
Audio, visual enhancements to be installed by PETER YOUNG Director of Technology Rockford Public Schools Students learn better when teachers support a variety of learning styles. To provide that opportunity for teachers, multi-media projectors and sound amplification systems will be installed this summer in classrooms to enhance the visual and audio learning experience. These classroom enhancements are made possible by the funds provided by the millage renewal bond from the spring of 2008. Currently, a teacher’s computer screen is projected onto a 32” TV monitor mounted in the corner of most classrooms. These are being replaced with new ceiling mounted multi-media projectors that can project whatever is on the teacher’s computer onto a large eight-foot screen. The new projectors will also include a sound system that will amplify whatever audio programs are being used on the teacher’s workstation. This will allow all students to see and hear what is being shown from all corners of the room. Projectors can be used in many ways to share information with students. They can encourage group participation by projecting live video of experiments or lab work, or by viewing image-intensive websites suitable for class discussion, or allow a student to display their own presentations to the rest of the class. These multimedia projectors are perfect for this generation’s visually oriented youth because they help make abstract concepts easier to understand and remember. In addition to the projector installation, all classrooms from kindergarten through eighth grade will be receiving classroom audio technology systems. With this new technology, the teacher wears a wireless microphone that is connected to a sound amplification system, which allows his or her voice to be heard evenly throughout the classroom above other background noise. There are many benefits to this for both teachers and students. While not actually making the classroom louder, the teacher can use a quieter tone of voice and still be heard and understood, while not getting fatigued by the end of the day. The bottom line is that both students and teachers benefit by both hearing and being heard during instruction time. Both of these new technologies are exciting innovations in teaching tools that will provide an improvement in student attention and participation, enthusiasm and motivation for learning, and ultimately increasing […]
Approximately 930 students participated in Calvin College’s 2009 spring commencement ceremony, which was held for the first time in the new Van Noord Arena, Grand Rapids, at the end of May. Among the graduates was Sadie Szuminski, daughter of Thomas and Patti Szuminski of Belmont, and graduate of Rockford High School (RHS). Szuminski majored in language arts. Denise Bailey, daughter of Daryl and Dorothy Britton, graduated with a major in Spanish. Bailey is an RHS graduate. Lauren Betten, a graduate of Holland Christian High School, is the daughter of Henry and Deborah Betten of Rockford. Betten majored in business. Sarah Buhr, daughter of David and Carol Buhr of Rockford, is an RHS graduate. Buhr majored in psychology and art. Geoffrey Clarke, home-schooled, son of Robert and Valerie Clarke of Rockford, majored in chemistry. Deborah Gray, daughter of Charles and Jeanette Gray of Rockford, is a Northpointe Christian High School graduate. Gray majored in English. Paul Haverkamp, a City High School graduate and son of Phyllis Haverkamp of Rockford and Douglas Haverkamp of Grand Rapids, majored in biology. Rachael Willett, daughter of Michael and Laurie Willett of Rockford, is an RHS graduate. Willett majored in international relations.
Gillen-Koch Jennifer Koch and Joseph Gillen were united in marriage at Wesley United Methodist Church on May 9, 2009. The bride is the daughter of Bob and Sue Koch of Rockford. She is a 2008 graduate of the University of Illinois and is currently employed by Carle Clinic. The groom is the son of Phil and Sue Gillen of Lincoln, Ill. He is also a 2008 graduate of the University of Illlinois and currently employed by Carle Clinic. Maid of honor was Tracy Turner. Bridesmaids were Christine Lesicko, Katy Grant and Laura Gillen. Best man was Brennan Simpson. Groomsmen were Peter Gillen, Bob Koch and Seth Koch. The couple honeymooned in Manzanillo, Mexico, and reside in Urbana, Ill.