August 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

Rozinska Mr. Lon C. Rozinska, age 76, of Rockford went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, July 20, 2012. He was a sales representative and later vice president of AT&T Industrial Yellow Pages. Lon faithfully attended Calvary Church where he enjoyed being a volunteer. He is survived by his wife, Petra; daughters, Laura (Mark) Maslonka, and other family members, Lona Rozinska, and Kelly (Gary) Hamersly; grandsons, Mason and Elijah; brother, Larry and Nancee Rozinska; brother-in-law, Doug Wood; sister-in-law, Carla (Paul) Kudrick and nieces and nephews. The graveside service with military honors under the auspices of the U.S. Marines for Mr. Rozinska was Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery in Leslie , Mich., with Pastor Toby Teague officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Mel Trotter Ministries, 225 Commerce St. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, or Lemmen-Holton Cancer Center, 145 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

OBITUARIES — James Coleman

July 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

Coleman            Mr. James Francis “Cy” Coleman, passed away Monday, July 16, 2012, eight days after his 77th birthday. A charming, gregarious young man, he excelled in basketball, baseball and golf. Jim lit up the small town of Belvedere , Ill., where he pulled pranks and entertained the locals. Before high school, he moved to Wisconsin and developed a deep love of the Wisconsin Badgers. After he served in the Korean War, he met and courted a young lady, named Kay Ziegler and married her. During their 52 years of marriage, they raised five wonderful children; Kelly (Barb), Mike (Tammy), Gary (Jen), Diane (Tom), and Christopher (Lindsay). Carrying on his memories are eight grandchildren, Maddison, Andrew, Mitchell, Margot, Graeme, Alexandra, Jennifer (Kurt), and Joe (Emilie); and five great-grandchildren, Max, Avery, Levi, Noah, and Simon Cole; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn “Kay” Coleman on February 15, 2011; and his sister, Marion Sellers. “Cy” will be remembered for his tall tales, quick wit, his love of taking it easy, and his love and loyalty to the Green Bay Packers. The mass of Christian burial for Mr. Coleman was offered on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church with the Rev. Louis L. Anderson presiding. Military honors were under the auspices of the U.S. Army with interment in Rockford Cemetery. The Rosary was prayed on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Salvation Army, 1215 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

OBITUARIES — Merry C. Malfroid

July 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

Malfroid Mrs. Merry C. Malfroid, aged 67, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Merry was a long-time employee at MSU Extension and a long-time member of Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council (GGRWHC). Merry was preceded by her husband, Jerome. Left to cherish her memory are her son, Mark (Erin MacGregor) Malfroid; daughter, Kathy (Michael) Krenz; grandchildren, Daniel Krenz, David Krenz and Elizabeth Krenz; her brothers- and sisters-in-law, Larry (Joan) Malfroid, Ken (Eileen) Malfroid, John (Litha) Malfroid, Ole (Pat Mayhew) Jacobsen and Marilyn Niewiek; and special friends, Jim and Sharon Flickinger and Saundra Hill. Merry was a kind and gentle person who will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Funeral services were held Monday, July 23 at 11:00 a.m. at Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE, Belmont. Please share a memory and sign the family’s online guest book at Memorial contributions may be made in Merry’s name to Kent County 4-H Youth Development Endowment c/o 4-H Foundation, 240 Spartan Way, E. Lansing, MI 48824.


July 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

Dunn Mr. Robert Howard Dunn, retired GRPD sergeant, age 82, of Belmont passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2012. Bob is survived by his loving wife, JoAnn; children, Robert Dunn, Bonnie and Dave Smith, Donna and Mark Ecklesdafer, Michelle and David Dohm, and Kimberly and Bob Doran; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. The service for Mr. Dunn was Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

June 28, 2012 // 0 Comments

York Joan Barbara (Alt) York, formerly of Rockford, passed away on January 20, 2012, in California. Joan, known as Joey, was the widow of Dick York, the actor who played the first Darrin on “Bewitched.” The Yorks lived in Rockford, at the home of her parents, John and Cleona Alt, from 1985 until Dick’s death in 1992, after which Joey remained in the Belding Road home until 2008, when she moved back to California to be close to family. Joey was a model for Coca-Cola, Seventeen magazine, and other clients; a radio and television actress; a poet; a lover of language and master of wordplay; a wellspring of loving, sage advice; and the embodiment of grace under pressure. She met Dick when she was 12 and he was 15. The story of their romance and their struggles is told in “The Seesaw Girl and Me,” her husband’s memoir, for which she penned the foreword. Dick called Joey his seesaw girl, and wrote: “Love, Joey. I’ve learned about love, Joey. Not in a book. Not over the radio or in a movie. I’ve watched it in you since I’ve known you.” Joey wrote: “We had many tough times in our life—a lot of ups, a lot of downs. But Dick and I managed to be together and smile through all of them… Even in the most horrible circumstances, it was a charming, wonderful, exciting existence I shared with Dick.” Besides her parents and husband, Joey was predeceased by her daughter Amanda. She is survived by four children: Kimberly, Christopher, Stacie and Matthew; many grandchildren; her sister-in-law and nieces; and a host of friends and admirers who join in mourning her passing. An informal service is being planned to celebrate Joey’s life and to express loving gratitude for her inspirational strength, her joyful humor, and her compassionate heart.

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