OBITUARIES — Schneider, Mealy

December 15, 2011 // 0 Comments

Schneider  Mrs. Marcella A. (May) Schneider, age 90, of Rockford, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2011. She was raised in Sparta during the Depression. Marcella had a good childhood and could remember making food for those in need. After graduating from Sparta High School in 1939, she worked as a nanny and helped with the homemaking. Marcella noticed when a gentleman by the name of Fritz May from a family of 12 children drove a John Deere tractor by her family’s home. The first time Marcella met his family, they spoke German; Fritz had to remind them to speak English. In 1942 Marcella and Fritz were married at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wright. They were blessed with six children. Marcella was a wonderful mother who was a talented seamstress who made her children’s clothing and also a wedding dress. She was a great cook who made delicious potato salad and tasty cinnamon rolls. Marcella also worked full-time for John Thomas Batts. After Fritz died, she later married Ivan Schneider, a former neighbor. She enjoyed golfing, needle work, and wintering in Florida. Her crocheted afghans have become cherished gifts for her family. Marcella is survived by her children, Joyce and Walt Wagner, Larry and Carol May, Bernard and Roxann May, Karen and Pat Hartwick; stepchildren, Rev. Ron Schneider, Mary Ann and Bob Benham, Bob and Kathy Schneider, Steven and Terri Schneider, Jane and Joe Jonitas, Judy and Bob Dietrich, Rita and Joe Nowak; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Joan Schneider; 31 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; sister, Thelma Jean Hinebeck; in-laws, Carl and Eleanor May, Evie May, and Bernice Schneider; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Fritz May and Ivan Schneider; her brother, Jack Spaulding; her children, Freddy May, Ron May; stepson, Dan Schneider; her brother, Jack Spaulding. The mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Schneider was offered on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church with Rev. Ron Schneider presiding. Interment was in St. Francis Cemetery in Conklin. The Rosary was prayed at 8:30 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Alzheimer’s Association, 2944 Fuller Ave. NE, Suite 101, Grand Rapids, MI 49505. Arrangements were made […]


December 8, 2011 // 0 Comments

Kristan Elizabeth Allen Born February 27, 1954 in St. Johns, Michigan, Kristan died on November 21, 2011 in Sparta, Michigan. Beloved daughter of Alice and Roger Allen, she resided at the Ida Red Group Home in Sparta, Michigan. Kristy was much loved and will be sadly missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known her. She is survived by her mother, Alice Fairweather Allen of Cedar Springs; her father Roger Allen of  Rockford; her sisters, Lois Allen of  Cedar Springs and Elizabeth (William) Altena of Rockford; her brother Mark (Michelle) Allen of  Seattle, Washington; nephews Will and Ethan Altena and Benjamin and Andrew Allen. Also surviving are her aunts, Emily Driver of Howard, Pennsylvania, May Houtenville of Plainsboro, New Jersey and Nancy (Bill) Rodgers of San Rafael, California. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.


December 8, 2011 // 0 Comments

Mealy  Jane Hilton Mealy was born and raised in Bangor, Maine. She attended Bradford Junior College and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. She returned to Bangor, where she met and married J. Judson Mealy in 1950. Over the course of the next 55 years of marriage, Jane and Jud raised four daughters and lived in Garden City, N.Y., Sandusky, Ohio, Indianapolis, Ind., and East Grand Rapids, Mich. Two years ago, Jane moved to Portland, Ore. from Rockford, Mich., where she and Jud had lived since 1986. She departed this life on Saturday, November 19, 2011, in Portland, Ore., surrounded by her four daughters. Jane was a quietly creative force in a multitude of service-related volunteer activities in every community in which she resided. In Rockford, that included being on the board of Krause Memorial Library and many hours at the North Kent Community Services, as well as dedicated service within the Episcopal Church and active membership in Collector’s Club. Her daughters and their families treasure the memory of Jane and Jud dancing to the music of Benny Goodman—her feet barely touched the ground. Also treasured are memories of daily walks in many places and any kind of weather. Watercolor painting, golf, and gardening were other favorite outdoor pastimes. Jane’s artistic gifts and commitment to serving her family and the larger community sustained her during her life. Her paintings will sustain those she leaves behind, continuing to show us a lyrical and beautiful way to look at the world. She will be missed. Private services were held in Portland, Ore. An open house for friends and family will be held at the home of Linda and Karl Koivisto, 231 South Main Street, Rockford, Mich., on Saturday, December 17, 2011, from noon to 4 p.m. All who knew and loved Jane are welcome. There will also be a celebration of Jane’s life in the spring in Maine. Contributions in her name may be sent to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (Boothbay, Maine), St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Krause Memorial Library or the North Kent Community Services (Rockford, Mich.).

OBITUARIES — Gordon Blossom

December 1, 2011 // 0 Comments

Blossom  Mr. Gordon Blossom, age 83, of Rockford passed away on Friday, November 25, 2011. For 44 years and five months, Godon worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Kent County Road Commission, retiring in 1992. Gordon loved to garden, including flowers and vegetables. He also enjoyed riding his Honda 1100 Gold Wing motorcycle, which he won. After his first wife, Dolores, was killed in an automobile accident, Gordon was left to raise six children. After a while he married Martha, who helped with the children. Gordon was a well-respected gentleman with integrity who taught his children to garden, plant (especially Christmas trees), and be respectful of others. He was a former member of Rockford Sportsman Club. Gordon is survived by his children, Kenneth and Laurel Blossom, Janet and Dick Weber, Tim and Becky Blossom, Steve and Teresa Blossom, Cindy Blossom and Steve, Michael Blossom, Mrs. Evelyn Thomas; 23 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Dorise Blossom and Mrs. Muriel (Edna) Casterline; many nieces and nephews; in-laws. Gordon was preceded in death by his first wife, Dolores; his second wife, Martha; his brother, Robert Blossom; his sisters, Mrs. Mary Jane Gravelyn, and Mrs. Sally Bennett; his brother, Ron Blossom. The service for Mr. Blossom was held on Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the Pederson Funeral Home. Interment was in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Those planning and expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Alzheimer Association, 2844 Fuller Ave. NE, Suite 101, Grand Rapids. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.


November 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

Markham  Mrs. Luella “Lu” Markham, age 85, of Rockford went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, November 6, 2011. She was a 1944 graduate of Rockford High School. Lu was an executive secretary and loving mother. During the time she worked away from the home, one of her positions was at the Kent County Extension Service for 14 years, and her last position was executive secretary to the director of the Kelvinator Distribution Center. Lu retired, and when her husband retired from work, they spent many winters in Tucson, Ariz. She enjoyed teaching 16 girls how to sew in a 4-H Club and served as treasurer of the Last Horton School reunion. She was a member of the Good Sam RV Club, the Apple Blossom Good Sam’s Club, Chapter 51, where she also served as treasurer. She is survived by her children, Darayl and Terry Markham of Rockford, Mrs. Sandra Ratajczak of Rockford, and Janet and Larry Goemaat of Hawaii; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn, on June 9, 2009; her son, Jay C. Markham; her grandson, James Matthew Markham; son-in-law, Jerry Ratajczak. The service for Mrs. Markham will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Interment will be in White Swan Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Friends of Michigan Veterans Home Inc., PO Box 150251, Grand Rapids, MI 49306. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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