Smith Mrs. Maxine R. Smith, age 82, of Rockford passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2010. Before graduating from Rockford High School in 1945, she took extra classes in business and college prep. She played on the girls basketball team, was interested in art and was pleased to be commissioned to paint a mural at the old high school on Main Street. She and Terry met while in high school and Maxine was his prom date. Maxine was an avid reader (mostly romantic novels and biographies), bowled, played golf, worked crossword puzzles, and loved to oil paint. Many of her friends and family have received her paintings and cherish them. After Terry’s death, Maxine participated in the Rogue River Choral, the Silvertones of Northview Seniors, and Chancel Choir at Rockford United Methodist Church. She especially enjoyed the times that she and Diane traveled together. Maxine volunteered at the North Kent Service Center and was a member of the Merritt Lamb Unit #102 Ladies Auxiliary, the Rockford Historical Society, and the Golden “R” Club. She is survived by her children, Patrick and Nancy Smith of Wyoming, Mich., Diane and Fred Burns of Traverse City; grandchildren, Christopher and Erin Rae Smith, Matthew and Kerri Smith, Adam and Angela Smith, Lauren and David Driscoll, Jessica Kruer and Mike Buth; great-grandchildren, Hailey Smith, Riley Smith, and twins, Declan and Danica Smith; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Nadine Hayes and Mrs. Maxine Alber; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Terry on May 12, 1999; her sister, Joan Buyze; and her parents, Kenneth and Lila Weller. The Smith family extends their heartfelt thank-you to the staff at Hospice of Michigan and Covenant Village of Great Lakes for their special care of Maxine. The service for Maxine was Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Riley officiating. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the building fund at Rockford United Methodist Church or North Kent Service Center. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford. McIntyre Mrs. Doris Maxine McIntyre, age 87, of Cedar Springs passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2010. She was born March 16, 1923, on a farm in Courtland Township to Chester and […]
April 1 2010
Soupal In loving memory of our beautiful baby girl, Jessica Grace Soupal, who passed away seven years ago on March 29, 2003. Millions of tears fall to the ground, And yet… they make no sound. My heart still aching for a sound, …Any sound from you. A laugh, a cry, your first word, Any sound would do. And yet the only thing we ever heard, Was silence from you. No pitter-patter of your feet, No crying did we hear. No screaming when you were ready to eat, No “ma-ma” or “da-da” in our ear. …Just silence, like a falling tear. Oh, we would give anything to have you here. Loving and missing you every day, Happy 7th birthday in Heaven, Jessica! Love Mom, Dad, Thomas, Laurin and Casey
by KAYLA BERGERON Rockford freshman What more could a teenage boy want? He’s got popularity, the coolest friends, a gorgeous girlfriend, and a scholarship to the college of his dreams. So what else is there for him to gain? Jake Taylor has it all. He’s the most popular guy in the school, the most well-known senior, and the basketball star who has everything good in life, so it seems. With all this going on, he seems way too busy to pay attention to the unpopular kids who get harassed, or who seem depressed. Roger used to be one of Jake’s best friends. But freshman year, when Jake started to date one of the hottest girls in school, Amy, Jake finds it hard to make time for Roger, and they drift apart. With Jake no longer talking to Roger, neither he nor no one else realizes the depression that Roger suffers from. One day Roger decides that he has had enough, and doesn’t feel like he has a place in the world. He shows up to school with a gun at his side, and takes his own life to end the pain he has suffered. Jake’s life was drastically changed from that moment on. He spends his days wondering how he could have saved Roger’s life, and seeks out potential Rogers. He meets new students and hangs out with the lonely and hurting ones. His social status is slipping away, and he is no longer the person he once was, but a new person for the better. But, knowing that what he is doing could possibly save another person’s life, he continues with the risks of losing everything. Still, the main question remains: “Whose life can I change, and is it worth the cost?” “To Save a Life” is a must-see movie for every teenager and any parent of a teenager. It is not like any other movie. It keeps you thinking about what you can do to make a difference in the world, and it touches your heart in ways that other movies may not. It was produced by Christian producers, and shows you how faith, God and love for others can make a difference in the lives of many.
Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land reminds residents that Monday, April 5 is the last day to register to vote for the May 4 election. “You can register to vote by stopping by your Secretary of State branch office or your local clerk’s office,” said Land, the state’s chief election officer. “It’s fast and easy. By taking this simple step, you have the opportunity to make your voice heard at the ballot box on Election Day.” To register, applicants must be at least 18 years-old by Election Day and be a U.S. citizen. Applicants must also be residents of Michigan and of the city or township in which they wish to register. Additional election information can be found at www.Michigan.gov/sos.
The Rockford Education Foundation (REF) in collaboration with Rockford Public Schools (RPS) is launching the RPS Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame will develop and maintain relationships with Rockford High School alumni, current students and the community. The RPS Hall of Fame is pleased to recognize Jon and Carol Muth along with Pete and Amy Kruer as the 2010 Honorary Chairs. The Hall of Fame will recognize individuals who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in their field or made significant contributions to RPS or their respective communities on a local, national or global level. The Hall of Fame Steering Committee is asking community members to consider nominating someone who fits the profile for this honor. The four categories are Cultural/Performing Arts, Academic/Career Accomplishments, Service to the Rockford Public Schools/Community, and Honorary Achievement-Contribution to Rockford Public Schools. The goal of this platform is to inspire today’s students with vision and encouragement from the examples set by the inductees. The hope is to provide students an opportunity to connect with these individuals through talks and forums allowing the students to have face-to-face conversations with these role models. A panel will be selected to review nominations and choose the Hall of Fame Inductees, with the induction celebration scheduled for October 1-3, 2010. The celebration will include inductee classroom visits, a dedication and installment of a Hall of Fame Commemorative Monument, and a benefit induction dinner. Applications and details can be found online at www.rockfordschools.org or www.rockfordschools.org/ref. For more information, please contact the REF at (616) 863-6317.