John N. Muir, age 83, beloved husband, father and grandpa went home to his Lord September 10, 2012. John was born Aug. 20, 1929 in Lansing, MI to the late Robert and Agnes (Bowden) Muir. He graduated from Lansing Everett H.S. and MSU. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and attended Grand Ledge Baptist Church. John retired from Oldsmobile after 35 years of service. He also enjoyed reading and watching MSU and Detroit sporting events. His happiest moments were those spent with his loving family, especially his granddaughters. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Anita; daughter, Nanette (Thomas) Dible of Grand Ledge; precious granddaughters Courtney and Allison, daughter-in-law, Gail Carpenter of Evergreen, CO; brothers and sisters-in-law, Carol and Tracy Davis, Bill and Carolyn Beak and Richard and Patricia Beak; nieces and nephews. John is preceded in death by son Brian, two brothers and one sister. A funeral service was held Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, 10:30 a.m. at Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home Grand Ledge. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to RBC Ministries, 3000 Kraft Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512 or Eaton Community Palliative Care, 2675 S. Cochran Charlotte, MI 48813. Online condolences and memories can be shared at www.holihanatkin.com.
Labozzetta Louise I. Labozzetta passed away peacefully, Tuesday, September 4, 2012 in her 90th year. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Christine Hollingsworth; her son, Joseph Labozzetta, Jr.; her husband, Joseph F. Labozzetta; her parents, Luciano and Frances Imperi; her sister, Irene Geglio; and brothers, Leo and Aldo Imperi. She is survived by her daughter, Gina (Karl) Haisma; her sons, Lucian (Dale), Vincent (Kathy) and daughter-in-law, Jeanette Labozzetta; her grandchildren, Jennifer Swanson, Robinson, Emily, Scott, and Jeffrey Hollingsworth, Nathan, Luciana, Nicholas, Connor and Lauren Labozzetta; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Helen Alexander; sister-in-law, Anne Imperi; and many nieces and nephews. Louise was a well-known singer and winner of the Detroit Grand Opera prize. She made her operatic debut with the Philadelphia LaScala Opera Company. Beginning in 1945, she sang on weekly radio in NYC and performed concerts and musicals in many parts of the country. She was a graduate of Aquinas College (with honors), and earned her master’s degree from Michigan State University followed by post graduate studies at the University of Michigan and GVSU. She was a teacher in the Catholic parochial schools, Grandville Public Schools and for 25 years in the Grand Rapids Public Schools. Louise shared her amazing musical talent by coaching and mentoring numerous voice and piano students. She was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Jude Catholic Church. Mass of Christian burial was held. To share a memory or sign the family’s online guest book, please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com. Memorial contributions in Louise’s name may be made to St. Jude Catholic Church or Help Pregnancy Crisis Aid.
Maccombs Mrs. Virginia L. Maccombs, age 87, of Rockford passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Virginia was born in Rockford, was a lifelong resident of Rockford, and inherited a great passion for Rockford history from her father. She had a profound love for nature and enjoyed sharing her knowledge with others, especially children. She could strike up a conversation with anyone. Virginia was artistic, enjoyed painting, drawing, designing her own cards and personal greetings, and writing volumes of poetry. Her husband, Capt. Robert Maccombs, died while serving his country during the Korean War. Her parents, Homer and Louisa Burch, preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter, Pamela (Donald) McGrath; grandson, Robert McGrath; many devoted and loyal cousins and friends. The service for Virginia was Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Rockford Area Historical Society, PO Box 781, Rockford, MI 49341. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
Mr. William D. Workman, aged 71 of Belmont, passed away Monday, August 20, 2012. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Shirley Workman; children, Michael (Julie) Hall, Patrick (Vicki) Hall, Daniel Hall, Steven Workman, Karen Workman, Jim (Patty) Workman; grandchildren, Alicia Hall, Michael Hall, Patrick Hall, David Workman, Alexandra Workman, Tyler Workman; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Floyd Workman, Donald (Rita) Workman; sisters, Alice Daniel, Darlene (Roger) Fox; several nieces and nephews. William retired from Michigan Plating and Stamping after many years of service. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 23, 2012, at the Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE. The family will greet relatives and friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be at Winchester Cemetery. Please share a memory and sign the family’s guest book at www.stegengafuneralchapel.com. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice of Michigan.
Jackson “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint,” Isaiah 40:31. Lisa Lee Jackson, age 60 years of Rockford went to her eternal home on Sunday, August 5, 2012. Lisa was born in Bethesda, Md. on August 21, 1951. She grew up in Silver Springs, Md. and graduated from Stephen Knolls School in Montgomery County. She was devoted to her family and friends, especially her Friendship Club at Blythefield CRC, and her friends at Hope Network. Lisa was very active in the community and won many ribbons and medals over the years in Special Olympics. She retired from the Cedar Springs Hope Network in June 2010. Lisa was predeceased by her parents, Charles Gerard Jackson and Hilda Fischer Jackson; her sister, Hilda Ann Jackson Russell; and brother, Charles Gerard Jackson Jr. She deeply missed them and often reminisced about their lives together. Lisa’s great-grandparents, Albert E Jackson and Isabella Kanouse Jackson, were early pioneers of Ionia, Mich. Lisa loved music and crafting. She will be remembered for her love of family and friends, and her great bright-eyed smile. Lisa was humble and compassionate and insisted that people be kind to one another and mind their manners. Her family would like to especially thank her Friendship teachers, Angie, Anita and Betty, for bringing so much joy to her life. The family is also grateful for the volunteers and staff of Faith Hospice and Trillium Woods for their care and compassion. She is survived by two nieces, Deborah Russell (Marc) Jacobsson of Rockford, and Mary Russell Caldwell (Jergen Luck)of Black River, N.Y.; and a nephew, David M. Russell of St Charles, Mo. Lisa also has eight great-nieces and nephews, Alex Jacobsson, Alisha Jacobsson, Rebekah Jacobsson, Elizabeth Jacobsson, Rachel Jacobsson, and Josiah Jacobsson, all of Rockford, and Matthew Luck and Kevin Luck of Black River, N.Y. Please share a memory and sign the family’s online guest book at www.stegengafuneralchapel.com. Private family services have taken place. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to donate to Hope Network Cedar Springs Center, 490 West St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or Blythefield Christian Reformed Church […]