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Obituaries – September 10, 2009

September 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

Curtis Mrs. Lillian L. Curtis, age 95, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2009, in Apache Junction, Ariz., where she was living with her daughter. Although born in Henderson County, Ky., she lived many years in Rockford, and was a former member of Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. Lillian is survived by her children, Shirley Getzen of Rockford, Charles and Martica Hershman of Victorville, Calif., Mrs. Juanita Webb of Carrizo Springs, Texas, Marjory and Robert Shier of Rockford, Evelyn Curtis of Apache Junction, Ariz., Ralph and Dorothy Curtis of Jenison, Gary and Kathy Curtis of Sand Lake, Dora Sue Jackson and Al and Phyllis Curtis, all of Kalamazoo; 29 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and many, many great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Curtis; her daughters, Rosalee Gravelle and Mary Ann Steinke; her grandchildren, Audrey Joy Horrigan, Jean Poll, and Tony Curtis; her brother, Carlos Dodson; and her sister, Virginia Enright. The service for Mrs. Curtis will be Friday, September 11, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Jason Hubbard officiating. Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider North Kent Service Center, 10075 Northland Dr., Rockford, MI 49341. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

Obituaries – September 3, 2009

September 3, 2009 // 0 Comments

LaRue Mr. John C. LaRue, age 82, of Belmont, passed away Monday, August 31, 2009 at Trillium Woods in Byron Center. John LaRue was born in Bay City, MI and grew up in Detroit where he attended Cass Tech High School. While there he and his buddies formed a fraternity which last met this August. John served as a motor machinist in the Navy during World War II. He graduated from University of Michigan in 1951 with a degree in Business Administration, was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a dedicated U of M football fan, and season ticket holder. His first wife of 46 years, Thelma, died in 1999. Survivors include his second wife of seven years, Janice; three children, John, Jr and Carole LaRue of Glen Ellyn, IL, Cynthia and Perry Gile of Rockford, Mich., and David and Karen LaRue of Downers Grove, Ill.; a brother, Robert (Pat) LaRue of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and the much anticipated arrival of another; his step-children, David and Tammy Ahrens and their family. John was a very hard worker, used to laugh about all the different jobs he had, and was a perpetual optimist. He retired at 65 from sales management at St. Mary’s Peerless Cement Co. in 1993, though he continued to work until age 75. Throughout his life he was a true friend to many and loved his family dearly. He loved fishing, golfing (had two holes-in-one and played 500 courses), popcorn, corn on the cob, going to Florida, and being with friends and family. The service for Mr. LaRue will be Saturday morning, September 5, 2009 at Calvary Church Chapel at 11:00, with Pastor Aaron Bolduc officiating. Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider the American Heart Association. The family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday from 9:30 until 11:00 at the church. Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford