April 9 2009


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Mrs. Mary Lou Phillips, age 81, of Rockford went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 4, 2009. Mary Lou happily spent her entire life in Cannon Township. In 1946 she graduated from Rockford High School and married Bill soon after. Mary Lou was very active in every aspect of Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. She dedicated many hours of service, including supervising and cooking many meals in the kitchen, being the wedding co-coordinator, and most of all the mundane tasks it takes for a church to run smoothly. Mary Lou took on the responsibility of decorating the church with flowers and helping with the everyday maintenance of the church. Her husband, Bill, was one of the men that founded the Cannon Township Fire Department, and she supported them for many years by providing cookies and her special Texas Sheet Cake. Also, when there was a major fire, she made sure the firefighters had coffee, juice and snacks. For many years Mary Lou worked at Wyoming-Stuyvesant Floral where she became an expert bow maker. She had a gift she shared with many brides and grooms by providing them with beautiful wedding cakes and also made many other special occasion cakes. Mary Lou taught her children to jump in and help when needed without expecting anything in return. She was the nicest person you could ever meet. Mary Lou worried about others and focused on lending herself to those in need. She was happiest serving others and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Mary Lou is survived by her daughters, Mrs. Alice Andree of Rockford, and Judy (Larry) Halberstadt of Grand Rapids; her grandchildren, William Andree, Colette Andree, and Ryan Andree; great-grandchildren, Alicia Shank, Brandon Andree, Faith Andree, Cody Andree, and Alexandra Andree; sister-in-law, Mrs. Margaret Hunt; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Phillips, on June 2, 1988; a son-in-law, Dale Andree; brothers, Wayne Hunt and Lloyd Hunt and his wife, Ruth; grandson, Jerremiah Bartlette; and a sister, Mrs. Evelyn Hall. The service celebrating Mary Lou’s faith life and physical life was Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church UCC with Pastor Jason Hubbard officiating. Interment was in Bostwick Lake Cemetery. […]

Wylie, Bravo-Ortiz

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Mari E. Wylie and Christian A. Bravo-Ortiz are engaged and plan to wed on Saturday, April 18, 2009. Mari is a graduate of Rockford High School and attended Michigan School of Canine Cosmetology in Lansing. Christian graduated from Univer and the Universidad de Especialidades, both in Guadalajara, Mexico. Parents of the bride are Robert and Rose Wylie of Rockford. Parents of the groom are Jesus Bravo of Holland, Michigan and Luz Ortiz of Guadalajara, Mexico.


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Mike and Joyce Bolthouse of Rockford announce the engagement of their daughter Melanie Bolthouse to James Gavie to be united in marriage on April 25, 2009. The bride is a 2000 graduate of Rockford High School and a 2004 graduate of Northern Michigan University. Melanie is employed by Holland Sentinel. The groom is a 1993 graduate of Northview High School and a 2000 graduate of the University of Michigan. James is employed by Gentex Corp. The grooms parents are Michael and Sheri Gavie of Grand Rapids. The couple will honeymoon on a cruise out of Fort Lauderdale, and will reside in Grand Rapids. Their attendants will be Heather Bolthouse, matron of honor, Jenna Laux, junior bridesmaid, and Jason Gavie, best man.

Coopers celebrate 63rd anniversary

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On Monday April  6, Royal (Pete) and Ruth (Joslin) Cooper observed their 63rd wedding anniversary. Children of the Rockford couple are Kenneth and (Debbie) Cooper, Helen and (Steve) Smith, Donald and (Jeanne) Cooper, JoAnn and (David) Fowler, Nancy Samsel and Dale Cooper. The couple have 13 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Faith Message

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Carry out God’s call in your life by REV. SUSAN YORK Church of the Holy Spirit, Belmont As we are in the very midst of Holy Week observance, and following Jesus on his last journey here on Earth, we remember his suffering and his death, even as we anticipate the joy of Easter in his resurrection. He did this all because he was obedient, and he did it so that we could be free. In our own time, we have those who have worked passionately for a mission and ministry that claims their very lives. One such person was Ron Rivera. Sara Corbett wrote about him in a recent edition of the New York Times magazine. Ron was a Peace Corps volunteer who stayed and tried to make the world a better place by helping indigenous potters to build kilns and improve their skills so that they could make a living and improve the community. He also developed a clay bowl, coated with antimicrobial silver solution which made the vessel 100 percent effective in eliminating bacteria from contaminated water, making it safe to drink. He did this in Kenya, Cambodia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Darfur. Rivera had just finished building the 30th Water Filtration Factory on his life goal to build 100 factories through Potters for Peace. He was bitten by a mosquito which carried a particularly virulent form of malaria, and died two weeks later with his wife at his side. We are all called to carry out God’s call in our lives in places far and near. May we have the courage and the strength to follow where our Lord has led and remember that our lives are to be lived in faith and trust and service to the God who loves us so extravagantly that he sent his own son. Amen. ¬†

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