Huffman Mr. Harley S. Huffman, age 85, of Rockford, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. He worked as Head Custodian at Rockford High School from 1968 to 1987 and was a school bus driver, jobs that were just perfect for him. Harley loved being around kids, and the kids loved him. He was a very hard-working man who provided for his family, oftentimes working three jobs at one time. His family was very proud of the two-bedroom cinder-block home that he built for his family. Later in life he built homes for his two oldest sons. Harley was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved fishing, and his children remember hunting with their dad for night crawlers in their front yard after a heavy rain, or the Sunday morning that was reserved for hunting rabbits, or shooting at the blackbirds in the swamp. He was a hands-on dad who entertained his children; they were never bored. There were many sacrifices that he made for his children, but most important, Harley gave his children unrelenting love and taught them about values for which there is no price. He was a man who was loved by all. Harley is survived by his loving wife, Violet; children, Harley (Rose) Huffman Jr., Charles and Jean Huffman, Randy and Cathy Huffman, Kimberley Sevelen, and Patricia Nowak; former son-in-law, Chuch Sevelen; grandchildren, Bryan (Kelly) Huffman, Dan Huffman, Heather (Brett) Burns, Jeff (Pam) Huffman, John (Teri) Huffman, Morgan (Scott) Sudziak, Erica (Doug) Linderman, James (Victoria) Nowak; eight great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Christopher Huffman; and son-in-law, Robert David Nowak. A gathering to celebrate Harley’s life was from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Pederson Funeral Home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider North Kent Community Services, 10075 Northland Drive, Rockford, MI 49341. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford. Richardson Mr. Harold Richardson, age 93, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 29, 2011. He grew up on his parents’ farm in Plainfield Township where the old barn still stands on Childsdale Road. At a very early age, Harold was milking cows and helping on the farm […]
November 3 2011
On Saturday, November 5, from 9pm-2am The Corner Bar will be hosting an event, welcome to the public, to honor and remember Elizabeth Slack Pignatello, a graduate of Rockford High School is left us too soon. Elizabeth, 39, of Alexandria,VA died Sunday, August 7, 2011 in a private airplane crash. Born in Washington, D.C., on October 29, 1971, Elizabeth grew up in Rockford, Michigan, the daughter of Enid L. Robinson and Robert J. Slack, stepdaughter of Collin Robinson, and sister of the late Erik B. Slack. Elizabeth graduated with honors from Rockford High School and pursued a B.A. in American Culture and History at the University of Michigan, where she served as editor of Michigan Daily and co-chair of the American Culture Society. She graduated magna cum laude in 1993 and returned to her birthplace to attend the Washington College of Law at American University. There, Elizabeth continued to distinguish herself as editor of Journal of Gender & the Law, student attorney in the Clinical Program and member of Women’s Law Association. After earning her Juris Doctor in 1996, she was admitted to both the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia State Bar, and specialized in civil litigation. In 2008, Elizabeth founded an intellectual property law practice and maintained an active corporate and securities law practice concentrating on securities regulation and compliance. She was also of counsel at Cameron LLP in Washington, D.C. In the last year of her life, Elizabeth found true love and happiness with Lieutenant Colonel Shannon D. Beebe, 42, who also died in the plane crash. Shannon, an accomplished pilot, author and recognized security expert on Africa, was a combination of heroism and humility. He and Elizabeth shared a love of travel, reading and art, but mostly, they preferred spending time with close friends and her two young children.
Rogue River Community Theatre is pleased to announce its upcoming production of “The Light Of Heaven’s Dove.” The drama is about the life of Christ. The public is invited to the dress rehearsal show on Friday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. at the Rockford Freshman Center located at the corner of Kies and Fremont streets. On Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17-18, at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., catch the performance at the historic Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs. On Tuesday, Dec. 6 a performance will be held at St. Adalbert’s Basilica in Grand Rapids as a charity Christmas show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for all performances. Please call (616) 874-5264 for ticket information.
Lebert-Blakeslee Kevin and Gail Neff of Monroe, Mich. announce the engagement of their daughter, Melanie Lebert, to Mark Blakeslee, son of Neil and Mary Blakeslee of Rockford. The bride-elect is currently a technical writer at Altair Engineering. Blakeslee is employed as an IT analyst at John Deere Landscapes. Melanie graduated in 2002 from Dearborn High School and 2006 from Eastern Michigan University. A wedding is planned for July 14, 2012 in Dearborn, Mich.