December 29 2011


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Mr. David Livingston died peacefully under hospice care on December 24, 2011, from pneumonia at the age of 97. Since 1942, David was an active member of First Congregational Church of Rockford. He was also a lifetime member and past master of Rockford Masonic Lodge #246, and a charter member of the Rockford Lions Club. He was an avid golfer winning numerous trophies. After studies at Central Michigan University and Davenport Institute, David worked in banking all his life. Before his retirement, he served in the county treasurer’s office. He was devoted to his family and to his Lord. David was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Beryl; his son, Richard; two brothers, a sister, five sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. Surviving are his daughter, Margery and the Rev. Hugh Dickinson of Grand Rapids; step-grandchildren, Gretchen (Jeff) Trimble, Craig (Michele McCormick) Dickinson, Michael (Usha McFarling) Dickinson; six step-great-grandchildren; his sister, Estelle in Sun City, Ariz.; and nieces and nephews. His family would like to thank the staff at St. Ann’s Home for the compassion and loving care that was given to David. The service for Mr. Livingston was Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Laurel TenHave-Chapman officiating. Interment was in Blythefield Memory Gardens. The Masonic Service was held at the funeral home on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the building fund at First Congregational Church of Rockford, 192 E. Bridge St., Rockford, MI 49341, or St. Ann’s Home, 2161 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.


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Vandals urged to confess Dear Editor, This is in response and addressed to the thoughtless vandals who ruined the skating pond. What in the world were you thinking? Your act of selfishness and ignorance has caused people a lot of heartache. Hard work from the Lions and newfound fun and enjoyment by families has been banished because of your thoughtless act. I have very fond memories of the old millpond rink. Mr. Cahill was the attendant in the little ice shanty with the big roaring fire in the old pot belly stove, with watered down hot cocoa to warm us up from hours of skating! Along with the smell of woolen mittens and gloves drying on that big old stove. Our parents rarely had to check on us—they knew where we were. We spent countless hours skating with family and friends and now your lack of common sense has ruined what new families and friends could have experienced and to have made memories of. They may never find who or whom has done this, but you will have to live with the guilt of what you have done, forever. Thank you for wrecking one of the fun things we could do alone, with a group of friends or with family. Do the right thing and confess your sin, and help clean up your mess you made for a wonderful opportunity to have some winter fun. Diana Hoffman, former Rockford resident

The Rockford Squire travels to Argentina

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After 13 years, Jorge Rodriguez of Rockford and his wife Wendy travel with The Rockford Squire to his home town of Mendoza, Argentina to visit with family. Argentina is the land of good sun, many vineyards and charming people. They are pictured here with Jorge’s mother Alicia, who was so excited to see her son after so many years.    

WWW helps employees’ families facing challenges during Christmas season

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The employees of Wolverine Worldwide (WWW) are certainly no strangers to helping those families in need of extra support during the holidays. More than a decade ago, the company began a Giving Tree program that supported local children and helped ensure they received special gifts at Christmas. That original program evolved into the Wolverine Worldwide Family Giving Tree, started seven years ago. The unique aspect of this program is that it supports WWW employee families who may be experiencing extra challenges during the holiday season. WWW set up the Giving Tree through its employee assistance program provider, Encompass, to allow employees the ability to confidentially seek assistance for members of their immediate family. WWW employees are all made aware of the program and given the information they need to apply. Because Encompass administers the specific details of the families, it is completely confidential and the WWW employees who “adopt” the families only know the age, sex and a list of wishes for the persons that will be receiving the gifts. This year, more than 30 employee families were “adopted” by departments or individuals at WWW. The Giving Tree coordinators decorate their departments and display the various items that can be purchased for the families. The second week of December is typically when all of the gifts and needs are gathered and the employee elves finish up the last of the shopping. All of the donations are delivered to Encompass, who then arranges for pickup with the “adopted” families. According to Donna Albert, coordinator of the Wolverine Worldwide Family Giving Tree volunteers, “This program at Wolverine Worldwide is different and unique and one of the few times I have ever heard of a company supporting its employees in this way. I work with a committee of volunteers every year to help make the program happen, and it is a great feeling knowing that we are helping families of our very own employees have a brighter and merrier holiday season.” The Giving Tree program is just one of many ways that WWW employees are generous with their time, talent and financial support. Both the company and its employees support numerous charitable activities throughout the year, but none that hits any closer to home than this important program. […]


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Sella-Steffes Sarah Jean Steffes and Andrew Joseph Sella, both of Grand Rapids, were united in marriage on August 27, 2011 at Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Suttons Bay, Mich. The reception was held at the Leland Lodge in Leland, Mich. Parents of the bride are David and Kym Steffes of Rockford. The groom is the son of Joseph and Cecilia Sella of Grand Rapids. Matron of honor was Heather Alber, sister of the bride, and the best man was Matt Czarnecki, friend of the groom. Bridesmaids were Alissa Steffes, sister of the bride, and Kari Grundy, friend of the bride. Groomsmen included Phil Sella, brother of the groom, and Dennis Fleis, friend of the groom. Ring bearer was Kaeden Alber, nephew of the bride, and the flower girl was Kendall Alber, niece of the bride. Adam and Melissa Begley, friends of the bride and groom, were master and mistress of ceremonies. The newlyweds traveled to Niagara Falls and Toronto for their honeymoon. The couple currently reside in Grand Rapids.

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