April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

Mrs. Mary Lou Phillips, age 81, of Rockford went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 4, 2009. Mary Lou happily spent her entire life in Cannon Township. In 1946 she graduated from Rockford High School and married Bill soon after. Mary Lou was very active in every aspect of Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. She dedicated many hours of service, including supervising and cooking many meals in the kitchen, being the wedding co-coordinator, and most of all the mundane tasks it takes for a church to run smoothly. Mary Lou took on the responsibility of decorating the church with flowers and helping with the everyday maintenance of the church. Her husband, Bill, was one of the men that founded the Cannon Township Fire Department, and she supported them for many years by providing cookies and her special Texas Sheet Cake. Also, when there was a major fire, she made sure the firefighters had coffee, juice and snacks. For many years Mary Lou worked at Wyoming-Stuyvesant Floral where she became an expert bow maker. She had a gift she shared with many brides and grooms by providing them with beautiful wedding cakes and also made many other special occasion cakes. Mary Lou taught her children to jump in and help when needed without expecting anything in return. She was the nicest person you could ever meet. Mary Lou worried about others and focused on lending herself to those in need. She was happiest serving others and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Mary Lou is survived by her daughters, Mrs. Alice Andree of Rockford, and Judy (Larry) Halberstadt of Grand Rapids; her grandchildren, William Andree, Colette Andree, and Ryan Andree; great-grandchildren, Alicia Shank, Brandon Andree, Faith Andree, Cody Andree, and Alexandra Andree; sister-in-law, Mrs. Margaret Hunt; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Phillips, on June 2, 1988; a son-in-law, Dale Andree; brothers, Wayne Hunt and Lloyd Hunt and his wife, Ruth; grandson, Jerremiah Bartlette; and a sister, Mrs. Evelyn Hall. The service celebrating Mary Lou’s faith life and physical life was Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church UCC with Pastor Jason Hubbard officiating. Interment was in Bostwick Lake Cemetery. […]


March 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

Mr. Lynn H. Gill, age 93, of Rockford passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2009. He was salutatorian of the 1935 class of Big Rapids High School. He and his brothers played semi-pro baseball, and he was initiated into the Mecosta County Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991. For 41 years Lynn worked at Michigan Bell until his retirement in 1978 and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. Lynn had an engaging need to be resourceful with his time; he was a lay leader for Rockford United Methodist Church and served on the Rockford Public School Board from 1953 until 1972. In his leisure time he enjoyed the outdoors: fishing, gardening, feeding his birds, and sports. He also enjoyed puzzles, playing cribbage and euchre, and reading westerns. A very unassuming person, Lynn had great empathy for others. Many folks in the community along with his family agree that “if you want to talk to an honest man, find Lynn Gill; he will tell it like it is.” His wife and children believe that if there were more men like Lynn, the world would be in a much better place. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Zell; his daughters, Judy Kolasa, Becky (Stan) Hostetter, Kathy (Jerry) Shear, and Amey Dykema and her husband, Ned Henley; grandchildren, Todd (LeeAnn) Kolasa, Trevor (Michele) Kolasa, Andrea (Phil) Arrieta, Kristin (Jon) Wessell, David (Nicole) Shear, Morgan Henley, and Alex Henley; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Rich (Terese) Gill; sister-in-law, Mrs. Gerald L. (Tress) Gill; nieces, nephews, and many special neighbors and friends. Preceding him in death were his son-in-law, David Dykema, and brothers, Gerald, Bill, and Claude. The service for Lynn will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Rev. Jan Rogacki officiating. Interment will be in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Rockford Educational Foundation or Lupus Foundation. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.


March 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

May (White) Whittall, aged 100, of Rockford went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on February 25, 2009. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Guy C. White; her second husband, Wayne Whittall; and her son, Jack D. White. She is survived by her daughter, Peggy A. and John Goller; her son, D.M. and Nita White; 12 grandchildren, Barbara (Lloyd) Rich, Guy (Diana) White, John (Debbie) Goller, Linda (Mike) Jones, Doug (Rhonda) White, David (Debbie) Goller, Jerry White, Kim (Nanci) White, Tammy (Roger) Weeks, Deb (Cliff) Gatewood, Trudy (Mike) Noble, and Phil (Linda) White; 40 great-grandchildren; and 37 great-great-grandchildren. Anna was devoted to all of her children and grandchildren, and prayed for them all by name each night. She was active for many years in her church, Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, and her local Grange. She also knitted, and sewed quilts, which were given to her many grandchildren and donated to local charities. Funeral services for Anna were held Saturday morning, February 28, 2009, at 10:30 at Courtland/Oakfield Methodist Church with Dr. Michael Conklin officiating. Interment was in Courtland Township Cemetery. Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider the Courtland/Oakfield United Methodist Church. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.


March 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

John Scott Lenartz, “Johnny Rotten,” age 48, passed away on Monday, February 23, 2009. He went home to be with his dad, Joseph Lenartz Jr. Also preceding John were his grandparents, aunts and uncles. Survivors include his parents, Doris (Lenartz) and Harold Olsen of Ocala, Fla; siblings, Jodean Lenartz (Deana, Dan and Andrea), Robin Anderson and Jim Malcolm (Eric Anderson), Joseph Lenartz III, Lisa and Roger Donovan (Joe and Megan), Jim and Stacy Lenartz (Kaleigh and Kelsie), Janna Lenartz (Melissa and Tyler); great-nephew Anthony Donnelly; several aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and especially his best friend, Sandra Adams. Cremation has taken place. A memorial is to take place this spring. All who knew and loved Johnny are welcome. “Johnny Rotten – gone but not forgotten.”


March 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

Mrs. Ruth B. Shaw, age 96, of Cedar Springs passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2009. She grew up on a farm and graduated in 1930 from Cedar Springs High School. Later she and her husband Charles had their own farm. Even as a child Ruth enjoyed working in the soil. She planted thousands of trees (to stop soil erosion and conservation), weeded the garden, and taught her grandchildren how to show respect for flowers and plants. Ruth would not leave her home unless the dishes were done. She was a wonderful seamstress and knitted many slippers and scarves that she gave to her family, church, Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, and the Dominican Republic. For many years Ruth wrote the East Nelson notes for the Cedar Springs Clipper. Ruth was a member of the East Nelson United Methodist Church for 65 years and was secretary for the MITE Society. Her family remembers the succulent taste and smell of her cinnamon rolls and her wonderful meals. For the last six years she was part of the family at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, and Ruth especially enjoyed the many activities. She is survived by her children, Ken and Louise Shaw of Cedar Springs, Geri and Bob Winegar of Rockford, and Rosi and George Pappas of Cookeville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Kelly and Randy Longcore, Kolene and Rick Gibson, Kirk and Colleen Shaw, Kory Shaw and his fiancée Susan, Amy and Roy Ortego, Mark and Wendy Winegar, Jill and Nick Landers, Beth and Craig Brown; 19 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mrs. Wannetah Phelps. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; a brother, E.L. Phelps; and sister, Mrs. Lola Eldred. The service for Mrs. Shaw was Monday at 11:00 a.m. at East Nelson United Methodist Church with Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Interment was in East Nelson Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider East Nelson United Methodist Church or Hospice of Michigan. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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