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.
Dunn Mr. Vernon Dunn, age 91, of Rockford passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 7, 2009, while working in his barn. Vernon grew up on the Dunn farm (on 13 Mile Road) and helped his parents Chester and Anna with the farm duties. When their family home burned, they lived in a tent on the farm. He attended Edgerton School and graduated in 1936 from Rockford High School. After high school, Vernon worked at a gas station (M-57 and Northland). He met Dorothy and invited her to a car race. After dating, he presented her with a ring, and she accepted. They were to be married at the Oakfield United Methodist Church, but the church burned; they were married in a barn. Vernon worked at other places (Federal Mogul, General Motors, Gibsons, Lakey Foundry, and even delivered the U.S. mail), but farming was in his blood. He was so very proud of his Guernsey cattle and his 1954 Farmall “Super C” tractor. It was important for him to drive Ford cars and trucks. After Vernon sold the dairy cattle, he whole-heartedly took up golf. With humor, it is said that he went from “cow paddy” golf to the real game of golf. Vernon is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Dunaven, whom he married on October 4, 1941; children, Sandra Dunn of Rockford, Mrs. Nancy Edgecomb of Rockford, and Maxine and Dr. Frank Spoolstra of Rockford; grandchildren, Michael Winegar, Lance and Denise Edgecomb, Lisa and Rob Ford, Jacob Spoolstra, Jared Spoolstra; great-grandchildren, Taylor Edgecomb, Kelly Edgecomb, Olivia Ford, and Jade Ford; sisters, Mrs. Doris (Don) McIntyre, Mrs. Rosemary Goodell; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Lucy Dunn, Mrs. Margie Dunn; aunt, Mrs. Mary Carpenter; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Shelly McNay; his great-grandson, Christian; his brothers, Hollis, Russell, and Roger; his sister, Elizabeth Kerr; his son-in-law, Lee Edgecomb; and brothers-in-law, Robert Kerr and Donald Goodell. The service for Mr. Dunn was held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church with Dr. Michael Conklin officiating. Interment in Courtland Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church. Relatives and friends may gathered at the Pederson Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 4 […]
Mr. Gordon H. VanderBerg, age 77, of Belmont passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. He grew up on the west side of Grand Rapids, and as a young man Gordon was active in Boy Scouts. After graduating from Union High School in 1950, he began working for Consumers Power Company. Gordon was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his country during the Korean War, receiving two bronze stars. After the military, Gordon returned to Consumers Power. Even after his retirement he went back and worked as an outside contractor. Gordon met the love of his life, and on January 30, 1960. Astra and Gordon were married and would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this coming January. Throughout their lives, Gordon and Astra were devoted to each other. There was a very special bond of closeness as husband and wife that made it obvious they were meant to be with one another, and those times were an expression of the love they had for each other. When Astra was working, Gordon would stop by and take her to lunch-the simplicity of togetherness. Spending time at their cottage in Irons with Astra and his family was very special to Gordon. Dawn was his hunting and fishing partner, and best of all she enjoyed the quality time that they could spend together. His grandchildren have a legacy of memories of their times with grandpa. Brittany delighted at every moment she could spend fishing with her grandfather (clad in her special chest waders). Brad remembers the hunter safety class they took together, and the memorable times of hunting and fishing with his grandfather. Gordon is survived by his loving wife, Astra; daughter, Dawn Bussing and fiancé Derek Drudy of Rockford; and his very special grandchildren, Brittany and Brad Bussing, who were the light of his life. He is also survived by son, Doug VanderBerg of Cedar Springs; grandsons, Randy and Rusty; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Edna VanderBerg; and sister, Donna Knittle. Gordon was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was loved by all and will be deeply missed. The service for Gordon will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor […]
Mrs. Patty R. Collins, RN, age 80, of Rockford went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, April 20, 2009. Patty accepted Christ at the age of 11. She knew a lot of people who were missionary nurses, and they encouraged her to become a registered nurse. She was a 1946 graduate of Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, and then attended Indiana University School of Nursing, graduating in 1950. Patty met Frank at the 31st Street Fundamental Baptist Church where they were later married on June 27, 1948. On their honeymoon they used her father’s 1947 Ford. After moving to Grand Rapids in 1949, Patty’s first job was as a registered nurse at Butterworth Hospital, and then she switched to Blodgett Hospital. For many years she was the night supervisor of nursing. Patty was very knowledgeable of what went on in the hospital and retired in 1986. She joined Rockford Baptist Church in 1972 where she worked in the library, taught Sunday school, and was Deaconess. Prior to that, she attended Trinity Baptist Church where she took charge of the nursery. Patty enjoyed sewing, playing the piano, and reading. Both Patty and Frank enjoyed being together and being with the family. After many long hours at the hospital, Patty was the person who always encouraged and helped family and friends recover from an illness or accident. She was a very compassionate, caring, Christian lady. Patty is survived by her husband, Frank; children, Sheryl and Mike McKeel, Steven and Stephanie Collins, and Susan and William LaFollette; grandchildren, Laura Collins, Joseph LaFollette, Beth Collins, and Brittany LaFollette; brothers, Marshall Mitchell, Leon Mitchell; sister-in-law, Mrs. Myrna Mitchell; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ronald Mitchell. The service of praise and thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Mrs. Collins will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Rockford Baptist Church with Pastor Larry Rowland officiating. Interment will be in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Rockford Baptist Church Mission Fund or Gideons International. Relatives and friends may gather at the Pederson Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, […]