Olsen June Yvonne Olsen, born August 26, 1923, passed away March 31, 2012, peacefully with her family at her side into the arms of Jesus! June will be greatly missed by her husband of 51 years, Erik L. Olsen; their children, Jerry Hall, Michael (Carolyn) Hall, Melody (Don) Morbeck, Kimberly (David) Vitacco; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren. The memorial service will be held Friday, April 27 at 11:00 a.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church, 159 Maple Street, Rockford, with Pastor Dick Riley officiating. A luncheon will follow the service. A one-hour visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Samaritans Purse International in her memory. Teesdale Mr. Harold “Hap” Teesdale, age 90, of Comstock Park, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, April 13, 2012. He grew up on the family farm in Lime Lake with 13 children in his family. They all helped on the farm. Hap was able to get one pair of shoes and bib overalls for school. He served his country in WWII under General Patton’s Army. While chasing the Germans across France, Hap was wounded in action and joined others as a POW in a German hospital. His family had been notified of his death, and they had held a funeral for him. After his brother received a postcard from Hap, they found that he was alive! After the war, he married and was blessed with three children. Hap worked for Ranger Reels, then as a caretaker for an estate, and then Rockford Paper Mill. As a child he accepted Christ as his Savior. Hap attended Algoma Baptist Church and always bundled his children and brought them there every Sunday and Wednesday. He enjoyed building birdhouses, camping, traveling, hanging out at deer camp, and gardening. Hap was a quiet, patient, mild-mannered man who took his faith very seriously. The whole Bible was his favorite. His children and grandchildren have many memories of him eating his lunch and reading the Bible. Hap is survived by his children, Carole and Larry Gates, Kevin and Sheri Teesdale, Gail and Robert McCready, Lynn Sienkiewicz, Leslie and Dion MacCammond, John and Madelynne Crystal, Rohn […]
Jensen Mrs. Dorcas E. Hammer Jensen, age 91, of Rockford, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, April 6, 2012. There were six children in her family, and Dorcas would come home from school to help. She met her husband, Dayton Hammer, when he was plowing for a farmer, and she took a glass of water to him. Dorcas has many memories of the depression days, especially eating beans, macaroni, and rice. Even today, she likes the same food. After marrying Dayton, they bought the Frank Peterson farm. For many years Dorcas was a farmer’s wife who drove horses, and cooked for the thrashers, baked, and canned while raising five children. Dayton died in 1999. For many years, Dorcas was on WJPW (Rockford radio station) involved with the Community Calendar and Bargain Rama; in addition, she was the secretary and Girl Friday at the station. Years ago she was active at Ashley Baptist Church as Choir Director. She played the piano, helped with Junior Choir, the Cradle Roll, and taught Sunday school. Dorcas was always willing to lend an ear and give support. She was married to Oscar Jensen from 1997 to 2007. Dorcas is survived by her children, Arnold and Sheryll Hammer, Royce and Jan Hammer, Karen and Bob Robinson, Diane and Eugene Rencher; grandchildren, Cynthia (Eric) Hogarth, Phillip (Connie) Hammer, Keith Hammer, Shari (Greg) Osborne, Timothy (Hide) Hammer, Tami Jo (Glenn) Jaffe, Heather Tower, Isaac (Dawn) Tower, Bob (Julie) Robinson, Kari Beth (Eric) Sherman; great-grandchildren, Samantha Hammer, Cassidy Hammer, Brandon Sias, Shannon Hammer, Akacia Hammer, Zachery Cross, Cody Cross, Cameron Cross, Desiree Tower, Isaiah Baxter, Levi Tower, Cecelia Clark, Parker Klotz, Teagan Jaffe, Nathan Hogarth, Hannah Hogarth, Andrew Hogarth, Timothy Hammer, Matthew Hammer, Shaelyn Robinson, Gabrielle Sherman, Major Sherman, Nathan Robinson, Nicholas Robinson, Tyler Robinson; great-great-grandchildren, Naomi Sias, Gabriel Wing; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Gary; siblings, George, Benjamin, Naomi, Moses, and Ruth. The service for Mrs. Jensen was Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Cal Steiner officiating. Interment was in Courtland Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. Arrangements […]
Arlo Elkins, Palmetto State tennis icon and longtime University of South Carolina women’s tennis head coach, died Saturday, March 31, 2012 at his home in Columbia, S.C. He was 62. Elkins had served as the head coach for the Gamecocks since fall 1983 and established a nationally prominent program that has reached the NCAA Tournament the past 17 seasons in a row. His teams consistently advanced beyond the first round of NCAAs and made it as far as the quarterfinals. The Gamecocks finished ranked among the nation’s top 25 in 15 of his seasons as head coach. He accumulated well over 400 victories during his career and had a winning record in 22 seasons. His passion to see his student-athletes succeed extended beyond the tennis court as well. Elkins’ teams typically posted GPAs well above 3.0 and as recently as spring 2011, the women’s tennis team led all squads at Carolina with a nearly 3.6 GPA. Multiple times he was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Region Coach of the Year and he was the first coach in any sport at Carolina to be named SEC Coach of the Year. In 2003, he was inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Association Hall of Fame. Before becoming a coach, Elkins played professionally and competed in the main draws at Wimbledon and the French Open. He also played in more than 50 different countries, and in 1978, Elkins was ranked among the top 200 in the world. Elkins graduated from Northwood Institute with a bachelor of arts in business in 1971. He was a four-year starter for the Midland, Mich. based school at No. 1 singles. Arlo is survived by his mother, Norrine Norman Elkins of Rockford; his wife of 34 years, Tara T. Elkins of Columbia; their children, Alyssa (Sammy) Rhodes of Columbia, Elliot Elkins of Ft. Myers, Fla., Kelsey (Andrew) Mathias of Greenville, S.C.; five grandchildren, Jayne Mac, Asher, Eloise, and Sadie Rhodes, and Charlie Mathias; one brother, Dan Elkins of Atlanta. He was preceded in death by his father, Ardie L. Elkins, and a brother, Larry Elkins. A memorial service was held Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at The Zone at Williams Brice Stadium, Columbia, S.C. Burial will be in his hometown of Rockford. Memorials may […]
Hardy Mr. Glenn N. Hardy, age 93, of Rockford went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, March 16, 2012. He was born on January 18, 1919, in Algoma Township, the son of Leamon and Bernice Hardy. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was a member of the Rockford VFW Post #3946. Glenn worked for Wolverine World Wide for 44 years before wintering in Brooksville, Fla. For over 70 years, he was a member of Crossroads Wesleyan Church. Glenn is survived by his wife, Virginia (nee Willett); children, Rod and Lois Hardy, Sharon Krotts, Daniel and Kimela Hardy; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Don and Janice Hardy; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert; and his sister, Lela Haveman. The service for Mr. Hardy was Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Virginia’s nephew, the Rev. David Willett, officiating. Military honors were under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Gideon’s International, 1933 Tremont Blvd., Grand Rapids. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
Grover Charles W. Grover Sr., 80, of Tavares, Fla. passed away January 15, 2012. Charlie is survived by his wife, Shirley; sister, Rebecca Cannady (John) of Camilla, Ga.; six children, Chuck Jr. (Janice) of Grand Rapids, Michael (Mary) of Grand Rapids, Susan Wilson (Jim) of Chippewa Lake; stepchildren, Cathie D’Itri (Ken) of California, Leslie North (Dan) of Florida, Dana Miiller (Kevin) of Florida; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Charlie was born May 15, 1931 in Big Rapids, Mich. Upon moving to Rockford he started grade school. Prior to starting high school, he and a few of his buddies at the age of 14 drove from Rockford all the way to Georgia one summer to visit his father. After graduating in 1949 from Rockford High School, Charlie served as a sergeant in the Armed Forces during Korean War. After his return from the war, he worked for Lear Seigler for several years. Charlie then owned and operated his own body shops for many years, including Grover’s Body Shop in downtown Rockford and another shop located on Northland Drive. His body shops were always a popular place where his friends liked to stop by and talk about their cars, work and families. Chuck also worked for Chevy dealerships as their body shop manager for several years before moving to Florida to somewhat retire. But his love for restoring old cars kept him busy up until the age of 79. There is no doubt he loved not only working on cars but teaching others the trade as well. Charlie was a past Mason and Shriner during his years in the Rockford area. He served part time for the Rockford City Police Department and was instrumental in starting the Rockford Ambulance Service back in the mid 1960s when he was an EMT volunteer for several years. He was a member of the Golden R Club at Rockford High School. Most every year he would plan his summer vacation with his daughter Sue and her husband to attend the reunion and visit with classmates, friends and family. Charlie made many friends over the years. He was always willing to offer a helping hand and good sound advice for those who asked and a lot of time even if they didn’t. Many […]