July 14 2011

BIRTHDAYS — July 16–22

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16th Sam Grimes, Alice Hartzell, Arnold Paepke, Melanie Ragsdale, Lucy Weiss 16th Christopher Moore, Kirsten Rice, Nancy Rodriguez 18th Alice Allen, Jackie Davies, Terri Douthett, Bud Herrington 19th Bev Belluomini, Tom Nyenhuis, Deb Trendt, Nicole VanderWerff 20th Mike Gulliver, Sophia Ruby Ragsdale, Rita Wilcox 21st Scott Bell 22nd Richard Tolley, David Zimmer


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Leys Mrs. Dorothy J. Leys, age 79, of Rockford passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2011. She was a stay-at-home wife and mother who liked to crochet, sew, care for her home, and garden. Dorothy was a member of the Rockford Chapter #215 O.E.S. She is survived by her husband of 60-plus years, Kenneth; children, Alan and Kimberly Leys, Russell J. Leys, Rebecca Oakley, and Doreen Timmers; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews. Dorothy was preceded in death by her two sons, Doug and Jim; parents, Fred and Mabel Murray; and brother and sisters, Shirley Barker, June Alcumbrock, Barbara Callen, and Richard Murray. The service for Mrs. Leys will be Thursday, July 14, at 10:30 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home. Interment will be in Bostwick Lake Cemetery. The Order of Eastern Star service is Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford. Burch Mrs. Nancy J. Burch, age 82, passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2011. She was born in Chicago and moved as a child to the Rockford area where she graduated from Rockford High School in 1946. She met Bob (who was out of the service) while she was working at Patrick’s Drug Store, and they were married on June 23, 1951. Nancy’s primary concern was always her family. She held old-fashioned values and loved being a homemaker with the gift of hospitality. Mrs. Burch was a member of the First Congregational Church of Rockford, UCC. Nancy is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Robert “Bob” Burch; her children, Sue Anne and John Erickson, Robert P. and Dana Burch, John and Susan Burch; grandchildren, Joseph Erickson, Lauren Erickson, Kaitlin Erickson, Sadie Erickson, Betsy Burch, Lindsey Burch, Maxim Burch, Meghan Benham, Erin Benham, Annie and Brad Smith, and Betsy Mas; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gene and Jane Burch; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Marguerite Rhea; her sister, Joanne and her husband Michael Fitzgibbon; and her brother, Charles. The service for Mrs. Burch will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home […]


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Thursday, July 14 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Bracelet-making with Cindy—2 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Teens in grades 6–12 are invited to make a beautiful right-angle weave bracelet with jewelry crafter Cindy Burkle. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call (616) 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org. Saturday, July 16 Four person scramble—1:30 p.m. shotgun start—the public is invited to participate in the 23rd annual Barney Hunt Memorial Golf outing at Scott Lake Country Club. The four-person scramble includes golfing, a steak dinner, door prizes and all sorts of events for participants. Funds raised benefit graduating Rockford High School seniors. For more information, call Chuck Weldon at (616) 363-1160 or Scott Lake Country Club at (616) 784-1355. Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 29 in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more. 23rd Barney Hunt Memorial Golf Outing—at Scott Lake Country Club, 911 Hayes St. NE, presented by Rockford Masonic Lodge #246 for scholarships for Rockford High School graduating seniors. Events for all age groups. Cost is $70 per person, which includes 18 holes of golf, cart, door prizes, skins, and steak dinner. Reservations requested. Call Scott Lake Country Club at (616) 784-2355, Chuck Weldon at (616) 363-1160, or Art Visser at (616) 696-1954, or e-mail to Charles_weldon@comcast.net. Sunday, July 17 Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3946, 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children. Take-outs and deliveries are available. For deliveries, call (616) 866-2675 by 11:30 a.m. the day of the dinner. “The best dinner in town!” is prepared by the Post’s own chef, Fred Chambers. For more information, visit www.Rockfordvfwpost3946.org. Monday, July 18 Babytime—11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Delight and stimulate your baby with songs, a story and playtime. Get to know other families and help your baby develop listening and language skills. For babies from birth to 18 […]

Meijer, Best Buy reward blood donors

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The American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region, in partnership with Meijer, has rewarded two lucky individuals for donating blood at a June Red Cross blood drive. Bethany Eldred of Walker is the June winner of a $250 Meijer gift card, which can be used for anything in the store, online or at the pump. “I feel it is my civic duty to donate blood,” said Eldred, a Red Cross blood donor since 2003. The Red Cross has joined forces with Meijer to give everyone who comes out to donate blood the chance to win free groceries for a month (a $250 value). During the summer months, everyone who attempts to donate blood or platelets at a Red Cross blood drive or donor center has a chance to win a $125 Meijer gas card as well. The winner of the Meijer gas card for the month of June is Carl Jessen of Fruitport. “I understand the need and the importance of maintaining the blood supply,” said Jessen. “I have family members who have been in need and this is the least I can do to help out.” “We are thankful to local businesses, like Meijer, who help us in our mission to save lives,” said Sharon Jaksa, CEO of the Great Lakes Region. “We would not be able to succeed in our life-saving mission without their generous support.” This July, everyone who attempts to donate blood or platelets has a chance to win a $250 Meijer gift card, a $125 Meijer gas card and/or a $500 gift card to Best Buy. During the summer months, blood collections typically decrease because people become busy with summer activities. However, the need for blood never takes a vacation. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make an appointment to donate today.

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