You are invited to Winfield Bigney’s 80th surprise birthday party on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at Pioneer Christian Reformed Church, 3110 17 Mile Rd. N.E., Cedar Springs. Open house for Winfield is from1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Please arrive by 12:30 p.m. if you want to be in on the initial surprise. He will arrive at 12:50 p.m. thinking he is attending an event for his great-grandson. No gifts please. Your presence is all he would want.
Air Force Airman Steven L. Kowalski graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Kowalski is the son of Thelma Weimer of Avalon Road, Greenville, Mich., and Kenith Kowalski of Northland Drive, Rockford, Mich. The airman is a 2007 graduate of Greenville High School.
The parents of Sasha Newville and Ryan O’Dowd announce their engagement to be married. The couple will be united in marriage on July 18, 2009 at Kuyper College Chapel. The future bride is a 2006 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, and is employed by Metro Health. The future groom is a 2005 graduate of Rockford High School, and is employed by West Side Beer.
Mrs. Ruth B. Shaw, age 96, of Cedar Springs passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2009. She grew up on a farm and graduated in 1930 from Cedar Springs High School. Later she and her husband Charles had their own farm. Even as a child Ruth enjoyed working in the soil. She planted thousands of trees (to stop soil erosion and conservation), weeded the garden, and taught her grandchildren how to show respect for flowers and plants. Ruth would not leave her home unless the dishes were done. She was a wonderful seamstress and knitted many slippers and scarves that she gave to her family, church, Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, and the Dominican Republic. For many years Ruth wrote the East Nelson notes for the Cedar Springs Clipper. Ruth was a member of the East Nelson United Methodist Church for 65 years and was secretary for the MITE Society. Her family remembers the succulent taste and smell of her cinnamon rolls and her wonderful meals. For the last six years she was part of the family at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, and Ruth especially enjoyed the many activities. She is survived by her children, Ken and Louise Shaw of Cedar Springs, Geri and Bob Winegar of Rockford, and Rosi and George Pappas of Cookeville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Kelly and Randy Longcore, Kolene and Rick Gibson, Kirk and Colleen Shaw, Kory Shaw and his fiancée Susan, Amy and Roy Ortego, Mark and Wendy Winegar, Jill and Nick Landers, Beth and Craig Brown; 19 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mrs. Wannetah Phelps. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; a brother, E.L. Phelps; and sister, Mrs. Lola Eldred. The service for Mrs. Shaw was Monday at 11:00 a.m. at East Nelson United Methodist Church with Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Interment was in East Nelson Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider East Nelson United Methodist Church or Hospice of Michigan. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.