Amon Mr. Richard Amon, age 81, of Rockford passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2009. While attending high school at St. John’s Military Academy in Wisconsin, Dick played football. He graduated in 1946 and entered in the U.S. Army at the end of WWII. Dick attended Michigan State University and was called back to serve in the Korean War. In 1948 he met Esther Jorgensen. While he was in the service, they wrote to one another. Dick came home from Korea in November, and he and Esther were married on January 5, 1952. For a long time, Dick was the controller at Westing Company and then became the business manager for the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons for the state of Michigan. He was a member of the Doric Lodge #352 and served as past master. Dick was honored by his fellow Masons as a 33rd Degree Mason with the Meritus Service Award. Dick and Esther enjoyed being together and liked cruises and traveling. They especially loved being by the lake. Family was very important to Dick. His children endearingly remember their dad as always promoting punctuality and one who held on to those old-fashion ideas. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Esther; son, Martin Amon of Holland; daughter, Carol Berenbrock and husband Gary; grandchildren, Eric (Andrea) Beckett, Jeffrey Beckett, Mark Beckett, Julia Amon, Thomas Amon, Christine Amon, Shanda Berenbrock, Casey Berenbrock; great-grandchild, Ashton Beckett; sister-in-law, Mrs. Nancy Amon; nieces, Jan, Peg and Sue; and many friends. The service for Dick was Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at First Congregational Church of Rockford with Pastor Laurel TenHave-Chapman officiating. Military honors were under the auspices of the U.S. Army with interment in Rest Lawn Memorial Park. The Masonic Memorial Service was held on Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the DeVos Children’s Hospital. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
May 21 2009
VanRee Eric D. VanRee, age 25, of Rockford passed away on Monday, May 18, 2009. He was a 2002 graduate of Forest Hills Northern High School. Eric was an outfielder in baseball and a cornerback in football, lettering in both sports. He and Jennifer met through mutual friends, and it was love from that moment. On June 2, 2007, they were married at Rockford United Methodist Church. Eric worked as a machine operator for Dynamic Wood Products. He especially enjoyed being with family and friends and liked playing softball, volleyball, and video games. A year ago he was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) and had a bone marrow transplant on January 13, 2009. Both Jennifer’s and Eric’s families faced his cancer with a positive outlook. They are very grateful for the compassionate medical care given by the doctors, nurses and staff at Motts Children’s Hospital and PICU. Eric is survived by his loving wife, the former Jennifer Seeley; parents, Daniel and Sally (nee Slotsema) VanRee; sisters, Jennifer and Bill Cooke, and Ashley VanRee; grandparents, Mrs. Elizabeth VanRee, and Marvin and Wilma Slotsema; Jennifer’s family, Larry and Nancy Seeley, Kelly and Tom Fawcett, and Michael Seeley; and aunts, uncles and cousins. His grandfather, Daniel VanRee, preceded him in death. The service for Eric will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church with Pastor Dick Riley officiating. Interment will be in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Motts Children’s Hospital, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Relatives and friends gathered at Pederson Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, and prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
Kellermeier Lowell Thomas Kellermeier, age 75, of Rockford, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 17, 2009 from Spectrum Health-Blodgett Hospital. The son of Herbert Edwin and Vivian C. (Eddy) Kellermeier, he was born on May 12, 1934 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After high school, Lowell proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Cold War and was a member of the American Legion. On March 25, 1961, he married Dixie Lee Blanchard and together they raised four children. Lowell retired from the Sears-Roebuck Co. as a salesman. He was a life-member and past master of the Rockford Masonic Lodge No. 246, the Scottish Rite-Valley of Grand Rapids, and the Saladin Shrine Temple. As a Shriner, Lowell was especially proud to have served as Child Care Chairman for several years, in addition to belonging to the Legion of Honor, Midway and Muskegon Shrine clubs. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Delbert Kellermeier. Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Dixie Kellermeier of Rockford; children, Blaine (Mary) Kellermeier of Rockford, Faith (Mark) Micho of East Grand Rapids, Kim (Ivor) Thomas of Rockford, and Cy Kellermeier of Gowen; eight grandchildren, Craig and Megan Kellermeier, MacKenzie, Brenden, and Madison Micho, and Collin, Riley, and Murphie Thomas; a brother, Marshall (Pat) Kellermeier of Auburn, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Sandy Geyer of Mishawaka, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at the Rockford United Methodist Church, 159 Maple Street, Rockford, with Pastor Dick Riley officiating. Military honors were rendered by the U.S. Navy. Visitation with the family was on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-8:30 p.m. at the church, with the Masonic service beginning at 8:30 p.m. Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place and final interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Instead of flowers, Lowell would have appreciated contributions in his memory to either the Shriner’s Hospital for Children-Chicago or to the Rockford United Methodist Church. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Lowell’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.mi-cremation.com The Michigan Cremation Company assisted the family.
by CARRIE YEOMANS On Thursday, May 7, Cathy’s Hallmark held a first of its kind-Ladies Night. Women enjoyed 20 percent off everything in the store, were invited to sample Gillham and Grand candy, Wind and Willow dips, a delicious cake supplied by Arnies and cookies donated by D&W. As the ladies shopped and snacked, they also registered to win prizes. The grand prize was a packet of gift certificates and was won by long-time customer Donna Brinks of Rockford. She has been a loyal customer and friend for 21 years. She recalled that in the beginning she shopped at Cathy’s Hallmark for her Precious Moments collectibles. The gift certificates were from Hungry Howies, Kimberly’s Boutique, Bowdacious, Great Northern Trading Company, Gensis Salon, Right at Home and Baskets in the Belfry. Kathy Barr, store manager, said the staff at Cathy’s was very pleased with the excellent turn out and hopes to make Ladies Night an annual event.
Through the orange barrels, closed sidewalks, and large piles of gravel, the downtown Sparta businesses can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and are keeping a positive attitude through it all. Dollar N’ More owner Phil Potter uses the construction project to show that a big pile of dirt isn’t holding their business back. Instead, Dollar N’ More is taking the opportunity to showcase his products and his good humor about the project. People are stopping by the store to see what the display means and to congratulate him on the creativity and positive attitude about the project. The sign that says, “New downtown landscaping courtesy of Dollar N’ More-located behind this pile of dirt” refers to the colorful flags, flowers, and wind chimes artfully placed on the large pile of dirt. Construction can be difficult on businesses as customers may find alternate locations to shop during the construction or simply avoid the area altogether. Downtown Sparta businesses are working together to let their customers know they appreciate their continued business during the construction season and appreciate their support. “We’re all in it together,” is the attitude of these businesses who are excited for the end result of the project, expected in early July. Take a moment to visit downtown Sparta to see the construction equipment and progress of the project. Visit www.spartachamber.com to see maps of downtown Sparta for construction timelines and the progress photos of the project.