May (White) Whittall, aged 100, of Rockford went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on February 25, 2009. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Guy C. White; her second husband, Wayne Whittall; and her son, Jack D. White. She is survived by her daughter, Peggy A. and John Goller; her son, D.M. and Nita White; 12 grandchildren, Barbara (Lloyd) Rich, Guy (Diana) White, John (Debbie) Goller, Linda (Mike) Jones, Doug (Rhonda) White, David (Debbie) Goller, Jerry White, Kim (Nanci) White, Tammy (Roger) Weeks, Deb (Cliff) Gatewood, Trudy (Mike) Noble, and Phil (Linda) White; 40 great-grandchildren; and 37 great-great-grandchildren. Anna was devoted to all of her children and grandchildren, and prayed for them all by name each night. She was active for many years in her church, Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, and her local Grange. She also knitted, and sewed quilts, which were given to her many grandchildren and donated to local charities. Funeral services for Anna were held Saturday morning, February 28, 2009, at 10:30 at Courtland/Oakfield Methodist Church with Dr. Michael Conklin officiating. Interment was in Courtland Township Cemetery. Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider the Courtland/Oakfield United Methodist Church. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
Mrs. Ruth B. Shaw, age 96, of Cedar Springs passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2009. She grew up on a farm and graduated in 1930 from Cedar Springs High School. Later she and her husband Charles had their own farm. Even as a child Ruth enjoyed working in the soil. She planted thousands of trees (to stop soil erosion and conservation), weeded the garden, and taught her grandchildren how to show respect for flowers and plants. Ruth would not leave her home unless the dishes were done. She was a wonderful seamstress and knitted many slippers and scarves that she gave to her family, church, Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, and the Dominican Republic. For many years Ruth wrote the East Nelson notes for the Cedar Springs Clipper. Ruth was a member of the East Nelson United Methodist Church for 65 years and was secretary for the MITE Society. Her family remembers the succulent taste and smell of her cinnamon rolls and her wonderful meals. For the last six years she was part of the family at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, and Ruth especially enjoyed the many activities. She is survived by her children, Ken and Louise Shaw of Cedar Springs, Geri and Bob Winegar of Rockford, and Rosi and George Pappas of Cookeville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Kelly and Randy Longcore, Kolene and Rick Gibson, Kirk and Colleen Shaw, Kory Shaw and his fiancée Susan, Amy and Roy Ortego, Mark and Wendy Winegar, Jill and Nick Landers, Beth and Craig Brown; 19 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mrs. Wannetah Phelps. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; a brother, E.L. Phelps; and sister, Mrs. Lola Eldred. The service for Mrs. Shaw was Monday at 11:00 a.m. at East Nelson United Methodist Church with Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Interment was in East Nelson Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider East Nelson United Methodist Church or Hospice of Michigan. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
Mr. Richard “Dick” Wagen, age 75, of Rockford was taken home to Heaven by the angels on Thursday, February 12, 2009. Dick grew up in Harbor Springs and at the age of 17 he accepted Christ. He played football while attending Harbor Springs High School, and met Grace Halter there. They were married in August of 1958. He received his B.A. in music from Temple University and ministered in churches in Illinois and Sparta. After moving to Rockford in 1971, Dick and his family became involved with Rockford Baptist Church, where Dick was the music director. Besides directing the choir, he was a soloist for numerous weddings and funerals. Along with these duties, he was a painter and contractor, and later worked for Amway for 17 years. He was solid in his belief in Christ, a strong family man, and a hard worker. Many people of the community remember Dick running the streets of Rockford, and he was very proud of his three completions of the Boston Marathon. He was involved in the early establishment of the Friends of the White Pine Trail and served on the board until the present. Many of the projects on the trail bear his handiwork. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Grace, of more than 50 years. They have attended Calvary Church since 1990. He was an exceptional father to Melodee Wagen and her husband David Kilroy of Lexington, Mass., Joy and her husband Jim DeBoer of Grand Rapids, Carol Wagen and her husband Scott Carey of Rockford, Lt. Col. Rick Wagen and his wife Lt. Col. Carey Wagen; special grandfather to Toby Kilroy, Nathan Kilroy, Krystle DeBoer, Eric Carey, Lucas Carey, Grace Carey, Jared Wagen, and Christian Wagen; brothers and sisters, Hilda (Leo) Grossman, Max (Norma) Wagenschutz, John (Ruby) Wagenschutz, Wilbur (Carol) Wagenschutz, Mrs. Wilma Powers, Barb (Floyd) McKaye, and Dorothy (Don) Honeyseppe. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harold Wagenschutz, and sisters, Letty Johnson and Joan Steelman. The service for Dick was Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Couch officiating. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Friends of White Pine Trail. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, […]