February 24 2011

OBITUARIES — February 24, 2011

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Coleman Mrs. Kathryn “Kay” Coleman, age 74, of Rockford passed away on February 15, 2011. Kay was born in Fond du Lac , Wis. on St. Patrick’s Day 1936. After graduating from St. Mary’s Springs Academy High School, Kay studied business at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Kay enjoyed the cosmopolitan life in “Fondy,” tooling around in her MG, working at 1st National Bank. Then by chance, Jim, along with his friends, visited a restaurant in Fond du Lac, where he happened upon this beautiful lady by the name of Kay Ziegler. Jim was impressed and fascinated with her beautiful smile, wit (sometimes devilish), and bashful ways. They met in December and were married the next September. Kay was a member of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, where her family was one of the first founding families of the church. At first she volunteered at the church, and eventually her job became a full-time position. For over 20 years, Kay was at the church to help as school secretary. She was very precise and detailed. Later she worked for Sunrise Sports, while always being helpful to Jim with his business. Best of all, Kay was a wonderful wife, extremely proud mother of five, and grandmother. She is survived by her loving husband, Jim, whom she married on September 12, 1959; her children, Kelly and Barb Coleman of Wheaton, Ill., Michael and Tammy Coleman of Grand Rapids, Dr. Gary B. Coleman of Perrysburg, Ohio, Diane and Dr. Tom Biggs of Clarkston, Christopher Coleman and Dr. Lindsay Ryerson of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; grandchildren, Andrew Biggs, Mitchell Biggs, Margot Ryerson Coleman, Graeme Ryerson Coleman, Maddison DeBaar, Jennifer Volkers, and Joe Schelling; brothers, Ron and Rosa Bannasch, and Ross and Jan Bannasch; nieces and nephews; and her adopted sister, Agnes “Toots” Wingerter. The mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Coleman was offered on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church with the Rev. Tony Russo presiding. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. The Rosary was prayed on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Salvation Army, 1215 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503, or Alzheimer’s Association, 2944 Fuller Ave. NE, Suite 101, Grand Rapids, […]

ERMS magnet leading Rockford into greener days

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Environmentally friendly education leaves the schoolroom by BETH ALTENA They learn about everything with a nature in mind. The East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) Earthkeepers magnet includes sixth- and seventh-grade students who, between them, not only cover the different areas of traditional curriculum with nature-themed studies, but are also literally changing the landscape around them. The Earthkeepers convinced Principal Mike Ramm to propose a community garden on school property, a plan which dovetails nicely with similar plans underway at the Rockford Administrative Building property in downtown Rockford (see related story, page 1). They hope to further involve the public in promoting environmentally friendly practice with the use of rain barrels and hope to ask the City of Rockford to jump on board as well. Along with the members of the Izaak Walton League, the school is working with Groundswell, a coalition of community partners with a goal of hands-on environmental learning. The class was visited late in 2010 in preparation for spring of 2011, when they hope to be prepared to present the public with rain barrels as a fundraiser but mostly to promote environmentally friendly use of rainfall. “Any time you can create excitement by making curriculum come to life and even branch out into the community, you can see the students’ passion and enthusiasm. They know they are making a difference,” said Ramm. Ramm said the kids are divided into magnets at ERMS according to their own interests. Earthkeepers is just one of several, and creates an interesting dynamic. Teacher Linda Spencer points out that the environmental nature of the magnet draws the students who like outdoor activities such as hunting as well as nature-lovers who want to save the rainforests and whales and don’t understand hunters at all. Among the projects students undertake as they learn core curriculum studies—such as math, science, social studies, language and technology—are building rain barrels and planting gardens. Rain barrels are a project that is ideal for many reasons, but especially suited to school groups. According to Georgia Donovan, local Izaak Walton League president, rain barrels can be made cheaply and by pretty much anyone. Along with past president and board member Duane DeVries, Donovan walked the students through the creation and use of rain barrels. “You […]

Rockford student takes first in math competition

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Rockford was well represented at the Regional Math Counts competition held at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) on Friday, Feb. 11. Alex Markules, an eighth-grade student at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, placed first amongst all individual participants. Pictured is Alex signing a scholarship he received from GVSU due to his win. He is also in the group photo, third from the left, holding the trophy.

Rockford hockey honors seniors with win

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Friday night, Feb. 18, the Rockford varsity hockey team honored their seniors first with a ceremony to recognize their accomplishments both on and off the ice. This year’s senior class includes Eric Datema. Alex Schrotenboer, Zack King, Zack Vandawater, Mike Vandervelde and Thomas Soupal. Each of these players and their parents were introduced to an excited home crowd. All of these players have had a long and successful hockey career to this point. The time and support that their parents have put in for these many years was also something that could not be forgotten. From the time these boys first started playing the game when they were in grade school, their parents have been there to support them and cheer them on during the long road to get to this point. Understandably, all the moms and dads were both proud and emotional to stand there with their boys, who have all grown up to be fine student athletes. With the beginning of the game being opened up with Matt Vermeer singing the National Anthem, the air in the arena was certainly filled with excitement. From the drop of the puck, Rockford was determined to take control of the game, and they certainly did. The first period was controlled by the Rams, even though they had to kill off a number of penalties. The Rams still kept the puck in the Manistee zone with a very aggressive fore check. The Manistee goalie saw plenty of shots in the first period, but fought off every one, as both teams skated to their locker rooms for the first intermission with the score tied at 0-0. The second period saw the Rams continue to put pressure on their opponent with smothering defense that caused numerous turnovers. It was not until 9:32 left in the second period that Rockford finally got to the back of the net. After a face-off win in the Manistee zone, Nate Hill drove it home, and getting the assist on the play was Justin Ullrey. The lead proved to be short lived. About a minute later, off a turnover in the Rockford zone, a Manistee forward had no one between him and the Rockford goaltender, Jake Rekucki. One quick fake and a shot over […]

Rams girls basketball takes close win over Jenison

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by TOM SCOTT From the word go, the Rockford girls basketball team had their work cut out for the night of Friday, Feb. 18, as the Jenison team was matching Rockford’s skills and scoring abilities at every chance. Rockford proved their dominance despite the tough competition and held the lead at halftime, 20-16. The Lady Rams kept the heat on through the second half and held on to win 42-40. Kimberly Weston, was the evening’s high scorer with 16 points, followed by Rachel Henry with six points. The win gives the girls a league record of 12-6. At halftime, fans had the privilege of viewing Rockford’s Athletic Director Tim Erickson presenting Rams senior Ryan Majerle with a plaque in his honor in regards to his four-year full-ride basketball scholarship at Toledo University.

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