Huffman Mr. Harley S. Huffman, age 85, of Rockford, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. He worked as Head Custodian at Rockford High School from 1968 to 1987 and was a school bus driver, jobs that were just perfect for him. Harley loved being around kids, and the kids loved him. He was a very hard-working man who provided for his family, oftentimes working three jobs at one time. His family was very proud of the two-bedroom cinder-block home that he built for his family. Later in life he built homes for his two oldest sons. Harley was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved fishing, and his children remember hunting with their dad for night crawlers in their front yard after a heavy rain, or the Sunday morning that was reserved for hunting rabbits, or shooting at the blackbirds in the swamp. He was a hands-on dad who entertained his children; they were never bored. There were many sacrifices that he made for his children, but most important, Harley gave his children unrelenting love and taught them about values for which there is no price. He was a man who was loved by all. Harley is survived by his loving wife, Violet; children, Harley (Rose) Huffman Jr., Charles and Jean Huffman, Randy and Cathy Huffman, Kimberley Sevelen, and Patricia Nowak; former son-in-law, Chuch Sevelen; grandchildren, Bryan (Kelly) Huffman, Dan Huffman, Heather (Brett) Burns, Jeff (Pam) Huffman, John (Teri) Huffman, Morgan (Scott) Sudziak, Erica (Doug) Linderman, James (Victoria) Nowak; eight great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Christopher Huffman; and son-in-law, Robert David Nowak. A gathering to celebrate Harley’s life was from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Pederson Funeral Home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider North Kent Community Services, 10075 Northland Drive, Rockford, MI 49341. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford. Richardson Mr. Harold Richardson, age 93, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 29, 2011. He grew up on his parents’ farm in Plainfield Township where the old barn still stands on Childsdale Road. At a very early age, Harold was milking cows and helping on the farm […]
Stelma Mr. Harold Gene Stelma, age 91, fell peacefully asleep on Earth September 21, 2011, and awoke joyously in Heaven to begin a new life with his Lord and Savior. He was reunited with his wife of 64 years and best friend, Marion; his eldest son, Gordon; his parents, Anna and Gerard Stelma; his brother and sister-in-law, Lester and Betty Stelma; and his daughter-in-law, Sue Stelma, all who preceded him on his journey to Heaven. Harold accepted Christ as his Savior in 1940 and lived his remaining 70 years in faith and preparation for that moment. Throughout those years, his faithful Lord enabled Harold to be a loyal friend, a successful businessman, a faithful husband and a loving father to his children, Mary Jo (Dale) Rust, Lawrence (Iris) Stelma, Patti (Ted) Venti, Doug (Sue, deceased) Stelma; and a GREAT grandpa to 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Harold viewed each day as a gift from God and devoted himself to serving his Lord and his family. He returned to his home in Grandville after serving in the Army during WWII where he and his wife Marion began to raise a family. He soon found himself in the retail grocery business and bought a neighborhood grocery store in Rockford. After 30 years in the grocery business, he went into the insurance business for another 30-year career. During two 30-year careers, he also found time to be one of the original volunteer emergency paramedics when Rockford Ambulance was established, to be one of the founding partners in the Old Mill, and for the last 30 years, he and his family have raised and sold Christmas trees, encouraging family togetherness both in the operation of the farm and for the many families coming to the farm to purchase trees. He was an active member of Calvary Church for 60 years and served in numerous capacities. His passion for people, especially children, is an example for all. Family and family activities were his joy here on Earth. He especially loved boating and teaching his children and grandchildren to enjoy the water and to water ski. Whether he was attending a school program, a ball game, hunting, fishing or camping, he was happiest when his family surrounded him, and he could […]
Kingwill Stephen D. Kingwill, age 66, formerly of Belmont passed away on Monday, September 12, 2011, at Masonic Pathways in Alma. Stephen was a member of the Rockford Lodge #246 F&AM and the Shriners. He and his father George were members of the Shriner’s Clown Team and put a lot of time and effort at the Shrine Circus held annually. During the golfing season Stephen worked as a groundskeeper at Blythefield Country Club. His parents, George and Margaret Kingwill, and his sister, Kathleen Postma, preceded Stephen in death. He is survived by his brothers, David (Marian) Kingwill of St. Clair Shores, Mich., and James (Helen) Kingwill of Covina, Calif.; his brother-in-law, Dale Postma; nieces and nephews. The service for Stephen was held on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the funeral home with the Rev. Michael Fedewa officiating. A Masonic memorial service was held during that gathering under the auspices of the Rockford Lodge #246 F&AM. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Hastings, Mich. Those planning expressions of sympathy are asked to consider Masonic Pathways, 1200 Wright Avenue, Alma, MI 48801. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford. Langridge Mr. Phil Langridge, age 80, of Rockford passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2011. He attended Ottawa High School and then graduated from Rockford High School. Phil received his pharmacy degree from Ferris State University, where he played football. He was a member of the Boy Scouts and took great pride in achieving Eagle Scout rank. Phil was the owner of Langridge Pharmacy in Rockford and satellite pharmacy in Cedar Springs, which he later sold to his good friend, Stan Swider. His heart was in serving people. Phil became one of the original founders of Rockford Ambulance, where he was an EMT volunteer for 20 years. For his lifetime, he was committed to supporting Rockford Ambulance. Guns were his passion. He enjoyed loading ammo for L and S Reloading with his good friend, Bob Swider, and shooting competitively at state and national levels. Phil was instrumental in bringing metallic silhouette shooting to Michigan. Phil looked forward to hunting near his cabin and in the Upper Peninsula near Bruce’s home. He was very proud to have built his cabin up north with no power tools. Phil had a great […]
Gaubas Mrs. Mildred Gaubas, age 99, passed away peacefully in her Rockford home on Wednesday, August 24, 2011. She was born as Anna Amelia Balis in Kent County, Mich. She was raised in Lithuania as an indentured servant, after her mother drowned during a ferry crossing while on a visit back home. Her siblings remained in Lithuania , but “Millie” returned to America at age 18 and lived with her father until her marriage to Adolph in 1935. Their 61 years together ended at his death in 1996. They had two daughters, Shirley Helmer of Fountain, Mich., and Lillian Riley of Rockford; grandchildren, Cathy Desotell, Colleen Donahue, Linda Riley-Kruppa, Virginia Hillman, and James Riley; 11 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Millie never attended school but taught herself English, reading and writing. National Geographic was her favorite publication. Archeology fascinated her. As an excellent seamstress, she made her own clothes, coats and mittens as well as her daughters’. She knitted, crocheted, worked with wood, canned, was a great cook and had a very green thumb. She will be remembered with joy. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
Slack Pignatello Elizabeth Fawn Slack Pignatello, 39, of Alexandria, Va., died Sunday, August 7, 2011, in a private airplane crash. Born in Washington, D.C., on October 29, 1971, Elizabeth grew up in Rockford, the daughter of Enid L. Robinson and Robert J. Slack, stepdaughter of Collin Robinson, and sister of the late Erik B. Slack. Elizabeth lived her life to the fullest by Henry Ford’s motto: “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” Her can-do attitude led to a successful career as an attorney and a fulfilled life as a mother, daughter, sister and friend. A 1989 graduate of Rockford High School, Elizabeth pursued a B.A. in American culture and history at the University of Michigan, where she served as editor of Michigan Daily and co-chair of the American Culture Society. She graduated magna cum laude in 1993 and returned to her birthplace to attend the Washington College of Law of the American University. There, Elizabeth continued to distinguish herself as editor of Journal of Gender & the Law, student attorney in the Clinical Program and member of Women’s Law Association. After earning her juris doctor in 1996, she was admitted to both the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia State Bar, and specialized in civil litigation at Ashcraft & Gerel in Washington, D.C. She later joined the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., as a trademark-examining attorney. In 2008, Elizabeth founded an intellectual property law practice and maintained an active corporate and securities law practice, concentrating on securities regulation and compliance. She was also of counsel at Cameron LLP in Washington, D.C. While her list of academic and career accomplishments is long, Elizabeth was most proud of her role as mommy to her beautiful daughter, Isabella Firth, 8, and her exuberant son, Anthony “Nino” Robert, 4. She lit up in their presence and always put their needs first, volunteering in her children’s schools, supporting their interests in sports and the arts, and encouraging their Christian faith. As an active member of Christ Church in Old Town, Alexandria, Elizabeth sought ways to enrich her spirituality. She was an enthusiastic participant in the Christian Family Movement, whose mission is to promote a Christ-centered family life and to improve society through actions […]