March 5 2009

Local Student Wins National Fraternity/Sorority Competition

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For the second year in a row, two St. Cloud State University students received first place in the Order of Omega Case Study Competition. Patrick Patterson, who is pursuing a master’s degree in higher education administration, received the award along with senior Kari Dahl of St. Cloud. Patterson is the son of Dale and Mildred Patterson of Rockford. He and Dahl each received first place and $125 for their collaborative project. The contest – in which teams of two have five hours to propose a course of action in response to real-life situations – featured 16 colleges and universities from across the United States. The competition was held Feb. 14 at the Mid-American Greek Council Association annual meeting in St. Louis, Mo. To learn more about St. Cloud State’s fraternity and sorority learning community, visit St. Cloud State, located 70 miles northwest of the Twin Cities along the banks of the Mississippi River, offers its 17,000 students more than 200 undergraduate and graduate programs in business, math and science, social science, fine arts and education.

Bertsch Named to Dean’s List

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Thomas Bertsch, a 2008 graduate of Rockford High School, has been named to the Central Michigan University Dean’s List for the fall semester. His proud family includes parents Larry and Diann Bertsch and brother Michael, all of Rockford.


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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.


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John Scott Lenartz, “Johnny Rotten,” age 48, passed away on Monday, February 23, 2009. He went home to be with his dad, Joseph Lenartz Jr. Also preceding John were his grandparents, aunts and uncles. Survivors include his parents, Doris (Lenartz) and Harold Olsen of Ocala, Fla; siblings, Jodean Lenartz (Deana, Dan and Andrea), Robin Anderson and Jim Malcolm (Eric Anderson), Joseph Lenartz III, Lisa and Roger Donovan (Joe and Megan), Jim and Stacy Lenartz (Kaleigh and Kelsie), Janna Lenartz (Melissa and Tyler); great-nephew Anthony Donnelly; several aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and especially his best friend, Sandra Adams. Cremation has taken place. A memorial is to take place this spring. All who knew and loved Johnny are welcome. “Johnny Rotten – gone but not forgotten.”


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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.

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