April 19 2012


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Olsen June Yvonne Olsen, born August 26, 1923, passed away March 31, 2012, peacefully with her family at her side into the arms of Jesus! June will be greatly missed by her husband of 51 years, Erik L. Olsen; their children, Jerry Hall, Michael (Carolyn) Hall, Melody (Don) Morbeck, Kimberly (David) Vitacco; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren. The memorial service will be held Friday, April 27 at 11:00 a.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church, 159 Maple Street, Rockford, with Pastor Dick Riley officiating. A luncheon will follow the service. A one-hour visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Samaritans Purse International in her memory.   Teesdale Mr. Harold “Hap” Teesdale, age 90, of Comstock Park, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, April 13, 2012. He grew up on the family farm in Lime Lake with 13 children in his family. They all helped on the farm. Hap was able to get one pair of shoes and bib overalls for school. He served his country in WWII under General Patton’s Army. While chasing the Germans across France, Hap was wounded in action and joined others as a POW in a German hospital. His family had been notified of his death, and they had held a funeral for him. After his brother received a postcard from Hap, they found that he was alive! After the war, he married and was blessed with three children. Hap worked for Ranger Reels, then as a caretaker for an estate, and then Rockford Paper Mill. As a child he accepted Christ as his Savior. Hap attended Algoma Baptist Church and always bundled his children and brought them there every Sunday and Wednesday. He enjoyed building birdhouses, camping, traveling, hanging out at deer camp, and gardening. Hap was a quiet, patient, mild-mannered man who took his faith very seriously. The whole Bible was his favorite. His children and grandchildren have many memories of him eating his lunch and reading the Bible. Hap is survived by his children, Carole and Larry Gates, Kevin and Sheri Teesdale, Gail and Robert McCready, Lynn Sienkiewicz, Leslie and Dion MacCammond, John and Madelynne Crystal, Rohn […]

MEMORIAL — Charles Benham II

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Charles “Char” Benham II 7/30/69–4/20/08   I’m the shine you see in the star, and ray of sun that starts your day. My love is always where you are. Dad and Mom You are so missed by your family and friends.   Dad, You taught me so much in life and there’s so much you had left to teach. Although you were taken what seems like a long four years ago, I can still hear your voice and see your smiling face. So many things we had yet to experience together and so many memories passed. You will forever be in mind steering me in the semi-right direction. I only hope that I’m proving to be the best daughter. Love and miss you forever and always.                                                                                                                                         Your little girl  Charlie, Wish you were here. You are always in my heart and thoughts, and are forever loved and missed. Until we meet again, little brother, Scott   Charlie, A caring brother and outdoorsman that is missed. Love, Brian   Uncle Charlie, Wish you were here to meet Karleigh. You would have loved her. We miss you like crazy and someday we will see you again. Love You, Fred, Karleigh and Ashleigh   Uncle Charlie, We wish you could see our children grow into young ladies. You would love them. They keep us on our toes. You are greatly missed. Love you! Brian, Amy, Paige and Alexis


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Thursday, April 19 Free Meal for Northern Kent County Families—6 to 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford, every Thursday. No charge; no registration required. Provided by a partnership between Our Lady of Consolation Parish and God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan. Annual Spring Pasty Sale—10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church, 159 Maple St., Rockford. Pasties are $3.50 each. Volume and early pick-up discounts available! To place your orders, call the church at (616) 866-9515 or just walk in. Pasty Sale runs April 16–19. Rockford Rotary Club Meetings—7 to 8 a.m. at the Rams Den in Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes St., unless school is delayed or canceled. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Saturday, April 21 “Michigan Back Roads—A Road Trip Show” by Ron Rademacher—2 p.m. at Algoma Township Hall, 10531 Algoma Ave., Rockford. Enjoy a program about a road trip to unique destinations on the back roads of Michigan. This is the annual meeting and election of officers of the Algoma Township Historical Society. The public is cordially invited and refreshments will be served. Sunday, April 22 University Showcase Concert—3 p.m. at the Rockford High School Fine Arts Auditorium. The public is invited to experience the Rockford High School Wind Ensemble in concert with the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band. Admission is free; no tickets required. Earth Day Walk—8 to 10 a.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. Enjoy a gorgeous walk/excursion through the nature center’s scenic trails in the beauty of the morning light, hosted by a tour guide with a wealth of knowledge on nature and all it has to offer. Light refreshments will be served. Cost is a $4 donation for adults, $3 for seniors, or $15 for a family of four or more. For more information, call (616) 675-3158 or visit www.lilysfrogpad.com. Volunteer for Earth Day—10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. Please come help the nature center with spring clean-up by spreading mulch, cleaning waterways, painting benches, building birdhouses, picking up winter debris, lopping branches, raking ground, and planting flowers. Lunch will be served. For more information, […]

A Message for You

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by PASTOR RON AULBACH BridgeWay Community Church The book “Unbroken” by Laura Hilenbrand, captures perfectly what it means to live a long, prosperous life. Louis Zamperini was a rebellious youth who found his gift in running. He was fast! Dashing records in the mile in high school, college at USC, and became the U.S. hopeful for Olympic gold. Until WWII broke out, and Louis would put his running career on hold to serve our country as a bomber in the Air Force. A perilous military assignment, to say the least, and after surviving several close calls, his B-24 bomber was shot down over the Pacific. Most of his crew were killed at impact, but Louis and two other servicemen survived. On a small raft adrift for over 2,000 miles with no food or water. Minimal rain and the occasional raw fish barely kept the men alive. The raft was a magnet for sharks, who constantly circled it, even lunging up onto its sides in attack. After 47 days, death was imminent, so Louis prayed in desperation: “God if you save me, I will dedicate the rest of my life to serving you.” The immediate answer seemed cruel as he was captured by the Japanese and placed in a prison camp. His wiry athletic frame wasted away, dropping from 150 to just over 70 pounds. One prison guard, nicknamed “The Bird,” stalked him and beat him every day. For two-and-a-half years, Louis was verbally assaulted, starved and beaten, but he was never broken. Then, the war ended. Post-War life wasn’t any easier for Louis. He had deep-seeded resentment toward the Japanese, became a raging alcoholic, struggled with his marriage, and had no money. Then, in 1949 he heard a young preacher named Billy Graham. The message was simply: “For God so loved the world that he gave his son Jesus.” Then Louis remembered that prayer on the raft. He gave his life to the Lord, and immediately felt the peace that had eluded him. He found instant relief from the addictions and went on a mission to forgive his enemies. I think it would be more accurate to label the book “Broken,” because that’s what Louis really was. And that’s exactly the kind of life God […]

Humane Society of West Michigan receives 20 dogs from puppy mill

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The Humane Society of West Michigan has taken 20 dogs from the 353 dogs that the Allegan Shelter rescued from a puppy mill. The dogs in their care are all Shih Tzu mixes between the ages of one and five years old. The Humane Society is currently medically treating them. These dogs will need medical attention due to their prior living conditions. Typically, puppy mill dogs live in small cages and can suffer from medical issues and neglect. The Humane Society is making sure that each receives a veterinary exam, a bath, treatment for any injuries or illnesses and spay or neuter surgery. Many will receive some dental work as well. These dogs are being given continued medical attention by the Humane Society veterinary staff until they are adopted. “We want to give these dogs a chance to live a great new life outside of a cage,” said Dr. Chris Buckley, director of veterinary medicine. “Our goal is to find each of them a loving, caring home where they can experience life as a cherished companion.” The Humane Society is in need of financial donations to help cover the medical expenses. In addition, they need new fluffy blankets and toys for these dogs. It is anticipated that some of the dogs will be available for adoption next week. Please stay tuned to their website and Facebook page to find out when these dogs will be available for adoption. Please limit phone calls and e-mails inquiring about them. For more information on the adoption process, please call (616) 453-8900 or visit www.hswestmi.org. Founded in 1883, the Humane Society of West Michigan is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the humane treatment and responsible care of animals in West Michigan through education, example, placement and protection.

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