December 15 2011

OBITUARIES — Schneider, Mealy

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Schneider  Mrs. Marcella A. (May) Schneider, age 90, of Rockford, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2011. She was raised in Sparta during the Depression. Marcella had a good childhood and could remember making food for those in need. After graduating from Sparta High School in 1939, she worked as a nanny and helped with the homemaking. Marcella noticed when a gentleman by the name of Fritz May from a family of 12 children drove a John Deere tractor by her family’s home. The first time Marcella met his family, they spoke German; Fritz had to remind them to speak English. In 1942 Marcella and Fritz were married at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wright. They were blessed with six children. Marcella was a wonderful mother who was a talented seamstress who made her children’s clothing and also a wedding dress. She was a great cook who made delicious potato salad and tasty cinnamon rolls. Marcella also worked full-time for John Thomas Batts. After Fritz died, she later married Ivan Schneider, a former neighbor. She enjoyed golfing, needle work, and wintering in Florida. Her crocheted afghans have become cherished gifts for her family. Marcella is survived by her children, Joyce and Walt Wagner, Larry and Carol May, Bernard and Roxann May, Karen and Pat Hartwick; stepchildren, Rev. Ron Schneider, Mary Ann and Bob Benham, Bob and Kathy Schneider, Steven and Terri Schneider, Jane and Joe Jonitas, Judy and Bob Dietrich, Rita and Joe Nowak; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Joan Schneider; 31 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; sister, Thelma Jean Hinebeck; in-laws, Carl and Eleanor May, Evie May, and Bernice Schneider; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Fritz May and Ivan Schneider; her brother, Jack Spaulding; her children, Freddy May, Ron May; stepson, Dan Schneider; her brother, Jack Spaulding. The mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Schneider was offered on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church with Rev. Ron Schneider presiding. Interment was in St. Francis Cemetery in Conklin. The Rosary was prayed at 8:30 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Alzheimer’s Association, 2944 Fuller Ave. NE, Suite 101, Grand Rapids, MI 49505. Arrangements were made […]


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Thursday, December 15 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. RHS Choir Christmas Concert—7 p.m. at the Rockford High School Fine Arts Auditorium. Saturday, December 17 Meet Reed Timmer of “Storm Chasers”—11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at O’Connors Shoes, 120 S. Lafayete St., Greenville. Mingle with Grand Rapids native Reed Timmer and learn how Dominator 2 works and the data it is capturing, and hear about his latest storm-chasing adventures as seen on his television show on Discovery Channel. The event is hosted by Cat Footwear. Sunday, December 18 Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3946, 4195 Thirteen Mile Rd., Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults; $3.50 for children. Takeouts and deliveries are available. Come enjoy the “best dinner in town!” prepared by our chef Fred Chambers. For deliveries, call (616) 866-2675 by 11:30 a.m. the day of the dinner. For more information, visit Christmas Vespers—6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, 7979 Belding Rd., Rockford, for a new twist on Christmas classics, featuring Joe Cisler and Steffan Copenhaver. There will be a freewill offering. Monday, December 19 Car Seat Safety Check—noon to 3:30 p.m. at Rockford Fire Department, 7 S. Monroe St., Rockford, no appointment necessary. Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be available to help you make sure your child is riding safely in the car. For more information, please call Safe Kids Greater Grand Rapids at (616) 391-7233. Tuesday, December 20 Rockford Rotary Club Meetings—7 a.m. at Rockford High School, and 12:10 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Country & Gospel Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, 8540 Shaner Ave., Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. For more information, call Keth at (616) 866-2459. Wednesday, December 21 Blue Star Moms—6 p.m. at 669 Mead Road, Orleans, Mich. Meetings held the third Wednesday of each month. For […]

A Message for You

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Angel Messages  by MARCIA HUFSTADER member, Third Church of Christ, Scientist “Angels we have heard on high,” the words from a well-known traditional French carol, are words we can all claim today and every day when we are hopeful, faithful and listening for God’s messages. In the carol, the angels were telling the shepherds about “Christ the Lord, the newborn King.” This newborn King showed us the way to heal. We can hear that message, too, ultimately the message about the healing power of the Christ that Jesus so clearly taught throughout his ministry. “Angels: God’s thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality.” This definition Mary Baker Eddy gives in her primary book, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” has been so helpful to me as I listen for guidance in relationships, employment, direction—in everything. Because we are all God’s children we are spiritual, so those “spiritual intuitions” are natural and specific to what our needs are at every moment. We can feel the inspiration of goodness and follow it. The inspiration of purity, as a result of God’s love for us, naturally counteracts any action that could be harmful to anyone, including ourselves. These angel messages, of the healing power of the Christ, continue to be with us here today. What Jesus taught us is timeless. We can’t be separated from the lessons that he so unselfishly gave the world. It’s the divine Principle that underlies the function of the universe, including man. We can utilize this Principle as surely as we can utilize the principle of mathematics. The laws that Jesus taught, starting with loving God with all our heart and our neighbor as thyself, lead us all in the right direction. God’s angel messages will speak to all of us and lead to the same healing power that Jesus taught. We just need to be willing and expectant.

New event scheduled to kick off Ice Festival

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The Rockford Area Arts Commission (RAAC) invites you to polish up your dancing shoes and capture the magic of a special evening they have planned for you. The inaugural Ice Festival Ball is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 13 and calls itself “the perfect date.” It is easy to see why with the highlights of this special evening. With the purchase of a ticket, lucky attendees will receive a three-course dinner, entertainment, a live band, and childcare through the WWW Family YMCA. If you are like most and scratching your head over finding the perfect Christmas gift, consider this option—it has the best of all worlds. It offers excellent food, a romantic twirl in loving arms, and a safe place where the children can’t say “I’m bored.” “The Ice Festival Ball will be a great night out,” said Jeff Lewis, chairman of the RAAC. “It will showcase local artists, musicians and dancers. The proceeds will support the local arts programs and initiatives of the Rockford Area Arts Commission. We really do think an Ice Festival Ball ticket would make a great Christmas gift. And, if you don’t think your spouse will buy one for you, buy one for them.” The magic takes place surrounded by the beautiful atmosphere of Blythefield Country Club. As for entertainment, Blue Star Pilot will take the stage to urge dancing, the hands of Russ Niedzwiecki will perform magic acts, and two dance demonstrations will be performed. “People have asked me about the dress code for the event,” Lewis said. “If you want to dress up, that’s great. If you want to be casual, just don’t be jeans-and-a-sweatshirt casual. If you want to wear a tux, let me know and I’ll wear mine, too!” Since the ball is the kickoff to the Third Annual Ice Festival, Randy Finch of the Ice Brigade will be performing an ice-carving demonstration at the country club. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30, and will feature a live band, entertainment and dancing from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Childcare at the YMCA starts at 6 p.m. and children must be picked up by 10 p.m. Tickets for the Ice Festival are $100 per couple and may be purchased at Rockford City Hall, or vouchers […]

‘Blue Christmas’ worship to help heal heavy hearts

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When our hearts are heavy, hearing Christmas songs that describes “the most wonderful time of the year” rings a bit hollow. Instead we might feel we are living the lyrics of the 1957 hit “Blue Christmas” when Elvis Presley sings, “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you. I’ll be so blue just thinking about you.” Yet, even in the midst of this pain, there is the desire to somehow connect with God. We often feel afraid, angry, ashamed. That’s OK. God is there with us in our pain. Putting words to this season can often be difficult, but we do this together in our address to God. Hope Community Church of Rockford will again be celebrating a “Blue Christmas” this year for those who are coping with grief, loss, worry or fears. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died, or it may be filled with stress related to loss of employment or a broken relationship, or serious illness. The constant refrains on radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or what they are missing. The anguish of the death of a loved one can make us feel alone in the midst of everyone else celebrating. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness or emptiness; we need to know that we are not alone. We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us. The Blue Christmas service is a bit quieter, with a couple of softer Advent and Christmas hymns, Scripture readings, special prayers and experiences where we can give God our burdens that are hard to carry. The service is shorter than normal worship and, at Hope, does not include a sermon. If your heart is heavy, or you wish to give the gift of encouraging presence to those that are, attend the special Blue Christmas worship service on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at Hope Community Church, 7000 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford (quarter mile north of Belding Rd.). For more information, contact the church at (616) 874-4673 or

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