O’Hara-Wallis Jeffrey and Christie O’Hara of Rockford announce the engagement of their daughter Kathryn Marie O’Hara to Nicholas James Wallis of Rockford. Kathryn is a graduate of Michigan State University and is employed by Cesar Chavez Academy Elementary School. Nicholas is the son of Richard and Judy Wallis of Rockford. He is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University and is employed by S3 Architecture. The couple is planning a July 23 wedding at St. Patrick’s Church, and will honeymoon in Hawaii.
June 16 2011
Parsons-Mills Sarah Marie Parsons and Robert E. Lee Mills III will exchange wedding vows on July 30, 2011. Sarah Marie of Portage is the daughter of William and Bridget Parsons of Muskegon. She is a 2004 graduate of Mona Shores High School, a 2008 graduate of Western Michigan University, and is employed by T.J. Maxx. Robert is the son of Robert E. Lee Mills Jr. and Nancy Mills of Rockford. He is a 2005 graduate of Rockford High School, a 2009 graduate of Western Michigan University, and is employed by PNC Bank. The wedding will take place at Bridge Bible Church in Muskegon, and the couple will honeymoon in St. Lucia. The couple will reside in Portage.
Thomson-Steigenga Jim and Gail Thomson of Rockford announce the engagement of their daughter Allison Thomson to Matt Steigenga, both of East Lansing. Allison is graduate of Rockford High School and Michigan State University, and will be graduating from Calvin College this fall. Matt is the son of Rev. Carl and Linnay Balk of Holland. He is a graduate of South Christian High School and Michigan State University (MSU). He is a real estate developer and the radio color commentator for MSU men’s basketball. Attending the wedding will be maid of honor Kirsten Thomson and best man Jeff Baker. The couple is planning a July wedding at Windmill Island Gardens of Holland. Their honeymoon will be a surprise to Allison from Matt. They will reside in East Lansing.
Hessler Mr. Robert H. Hessler, age 89, of Rockford went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, June 13, 2011. He was born in Chicago, Ill., graduated from Muskegon High School, and was drafted into WWII, serving in the Army/Air Corps. Bob returned to Muskegon and then attended the Chicago School of Art & Design. He married Dorothy Harmsen and they moved to California, where Bob worked as an interior designer. He also worked as a cost accountant for Guy F. Atkinson Company, a very large construction company in the Los Angeles area. In 1955, Dorothy and Bob moved back to live in the Grand Rapids area. He went to work for O.A.K. Construction as a cost accountant for over 30 years. Dorothy died in 1981. Bob loved golf and later met Helen Uren at the Silver Lake Country Club. He was a new member, and Helen had been a member for a long time. She stayed to make a foursome for golf. After a loving courtship, they were married on August 30, 1985. They had a wonderful marriage, where they played golf, wintered in Florida, and shared with their families. Bob also was a good tennis player. He was active in Plainfield United Methodist Church and was a leader for the youth group. Later, he joined First Congregational Church, UCC of Rockford. He also was a member of Silver Lake Country Club. Bob will be remembered as a caring and gentle person who always spoke kindly of others. He is survived by his loving wife, Helen; children, Karen (Hessler) and Philip Succop of Sparta , Robert (Lynne) J. Hessler of Dublin, Ohio, and Dianne Skiver of Rockford; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason) LaBaumbard, Kristen Succop, Allison Hessler, Jason Hessler, and Alex Hessler; a great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy and sister Jeanne Gill. The service for Mr. Hessler will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at First Congregational Church, UCC of Rockford with Pastor Laurel TenHave-Chapman officiating. Interment will be in Rosedale Memorial Park. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Clark Community Retirement Foundation or the Endowment Fund at First Congregational Church, UCC of Rockford. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson […]
More feedback on Sunday hours A recent letter to the editor asking downtown merchants to rethink their Sunday hours has continued to receive comments. In addition to the merchants listed last week, we are asked to point out that Sweet Tooth and Twisted Vine also have Sunday hours. A letter to the editor certainly can result in plenty of response. Our thanks to all who commented. Beth Altena Managing Editor The Rockford Squire