Our Obituaries

Betty Stearley

August 9, 1921 - December 11, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Thelma Dolores Van Stee

October 7, 1929 - December 11, 2017

Thelma Dolores Van Stee passed away on December 11, 2017. Born in Grand Rapids on October 7, 1929 to Horace and Mildred Proper. Loving wife of 64 years to the late Dale Frank Van Stee. Survived by her children Glenn (Linda) Van Stee, Roger (Kathy) Van Stee, Douglas Van Stee, Kathy Van Stee, Craig (Nancy) Van Stee and Jeffery (Lisa) Van Stee, 47 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren , in laws...
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Terence Martin Casey

August 30, 1950 - December 7, 2017

Terence M. 'Terry' Casey of Grand Haven (formerly of Holt/Lansing, Grand Rapids, Taylor and Lancaster County, Pa), born on August 30, 1950, died on December 7, 2017 from brain cancer. Survived by his spouse Karen McKnight Casey, sons Christopher and Stephen, siblings Maureen Malleis, Kathy (Mark) Homan, Dan (Kathy) Casey, Sharon (Don) Russell, Patricia (Gerry) Oppenneer, Mike Casey and Chris ...
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Debra Ann Meyerholtz

September 24, 1951 - December 6, 2017

Debra Ann (Smith) Meyerholtz passed to her new life on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Born on September 24, 1951 to Robert and Eleanor (Ellie) Smith, Deb grew up on the west side of Grand Rapids with her siblings Thom and Lynn. Originally a member of St. James Catholic Church, she attended the school there for eight years, later graduating from Mount Mercy High School in 1969 and Grand Rapids...
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Raymond Marvin Donaldson

December 25, 1925 - December 5, 2017

Raymond M. Donaldson, 91, passed away on Tuesday December 5th, 20 days before his 92nd birthday. Born on December 25, 1925 to Fred and Mary Donaldson in Fort Wayne Indiana. Survived by his loving wife of 47 years Janice "Smedberg" Donaldson. Also survived by son Tom (Sally) Donaldson, grandchildren Courtney (Dev) Shah, Blake (Amy) Donaldson, 4 great grandchildren and sister Elaine Weaver...
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Cecille Jean Hire

November 27, 1921 - December 5, 2017

Cecille Jean Hire, née Moreau, daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, and grandmother, passed away on December 5, 2017. She is preceded in death by her husband Robert L. Hire and her son Brian L. Hire. She is survived by her children Laura and Brenton Hire; grandchildren Cicely and Maggie, and beloved nieces and nephews. Cecille will be remembered for the many aspects of her life: a wife, a...
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Otto Skoppek

December 16, 1915 - December 2, 2017

tto Skoppek passed away just shy of his 102nd birthday. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Else. He is survived by his son Jurgen of Lansing, MI. Otto was born in Treuburg, East Prussia in 1915, and grew up on a farm with his five brothers and sisters. He served in World War II under General Erwin Rommel and after being captured by American Forces in Africa, Otto fell in...
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Penni N. Kimball

October 21, 1949 - November 28, 2017

Penni N. Kimball, 68, died peacefully on November 28, 2017, with her loving husband Robert ("Bob") by her side. Penni was born in Rochester, New York, to the late Richard and Florence Nicholls. She and Bob married in 1971 and moved to Grand Rapids in 1995 after living in Boston and Chicago. Penni was an avid gardener and loved college football, but her true passion was her family, including Bob,...
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Lowell E. Sommers

July 27, 1927 - November 26, 2017

Lowell E. Sommers, age 90, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 26, 2017 while in the comfort of his home and surrounded by his family. He was born in 1927, in Wauseon Ohio, to the late Ella and Raymond Sommers. Along with his parents, Lowell is preceded in death by his sisters Virginia Erbskorn and Helen Sommers and grand-daughter Lindsey Marie Riemersma. He will be missed by his beloved...
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Myrle Elaine Kitchen

July 6, 1930 - November 23, 2017

Elaine M. Kitchen, age 87, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 23, 2017. She was born in Almont, MI in the summer of 1930 to the late Robert and Lona Ovens. Along with her parents, Elaine is preceded in death by her brother Douglas Ovens. She will be missed by her beloved husband of 63 years, Richard L. Kitchen and their sons Malcolm (Carolyn) and Don (Stephanie) Kitchen...
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Gary F. Kastens

June 23, 1951 - November 17, 2017

Gary Francis Kastens died in the comfort of his home and in the company of family on Friday, November 17, 2017, at the age of 66. Gary was born to the late Oscar and Blanche Kastens. Along with his parents, Gary is preceded in death by his sister Dianna Pardue. Gary is survived by his dear sister Linda Kastens. He had been a dedicated long-time, employee and retiree of ETNA Suppy Company....
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Thomas Eugene Atkinson

March 16, 1940 - November 15, 2017

Thomas Eugene Atkinson age 77, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Tom was born in the spring of 1940 to the late Carl and Leona Atkinson. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Nancy Kay [Kinney] and their children Rebekah Sndyer, Ryan Atkinson and Angela (Trev) Powers as well as grandchildren Lacy and Megan Powers. Please join Tom's family for a Memorial Celebration at...
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Gabriel Michael Price

July 20, 1977 - November 15, 2017

Gabriel Michael Price, age 40, passed away into the loving arms of Jesus on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 with his caring family at his side. For almost three years; Gabriel fought a courageous battle against a rare form of cancer. His strength and resolve was an inspiration to many. Gabriel was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan; grew up in Jenison, Michigan and was a proud graduate of the James Madison...
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Glenn Ralph Perkins

August 20, 1916 - November 12, 2017

Glenn Ralph Perkins, the last commercial fruit grower within the city limits of Grand Rapids, passed away Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the age of 101. He is preceded in death by his wife Janet E. Perkins (Munson), son Roy Munson and his brother Don Perkins. Glenn is survived by daughter Pamela Case (William) of Phoenix, AZ, as well as grandchildren Robin McDermott (Daniel), Christopher Case ...
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Edwin Wiley Taylor

May 8, 1944 - November 9, 2017

LTC Edwin "Win" Wiley Taylor III, USA, Ret., age 73, of Grand Rapids died Thursday, November 9, 2017. Win was born in Cynthiana, KY in the spring of 1944 to the late Edwin and Margaret Taylor. Also preceding in death is his sister Cissy Taylor. Surviving Win are his wife of 50 years, Rita DeMario Taylor and his brother Richard Taylor. Win proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He was an...
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Gordon D. Siggins

August 3, 1925 - November 5, 2017

Gordon Donald Siggins aged 92, peacefully passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Gordy served with pride in the Marine Corps during WWII, and spent three years in the South Pacific on Peleliu, Guadalcanal and Okinawa between the ages of 18 and 21. After moving back to Michigan, Gordy worked in the lithograph industry, retiring from Michigan Lithograph in 1985. During his retirement Gordy spent...
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Donald E. VAN DUINEN

November 8, 1925 - November 5, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Audrey M. Dykstra

September 2, 1926 - October 31, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Carolyn L. Hamilton

March 26, 1936 - October 31, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Barbara Higgins

August 31, 1927 - October 30, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Dorothy A. Ferris

October 21, 2017 - October 28, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Bernard Francis Sanic

September 4, 1946 - October 27, 2017

Bernard Francis "Bernie" Sanic, aged 71, of Comstock Park, died Friday, October 27, 2017 while in the comfort of his home and in the company of his wife. He was born in 1946, in Kalamazoo, MI, to the late Franjo and Anna Sanic. Along with his parents, Bernie was preceded in death by his brother Ernest. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Susan [McKibben] and their son Mark (Jerilyn) Treglia...
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Alex Rojas-Mate

March 4, 2004 - October 26, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Agnes Marie Huizinga

December 8, 1940 - October 24, 2017

Agnes Huizinga age 76, of Grand Rapids, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 as a result of an automobile accident. She was born in the Netherlands in 1940 to the late Tjerk and Maria Veenstra. Agnes is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Kenneth and their children Kenneth (Heidi) Huizinga and Kristine (Brian) Langerak; grandchildren Nicole, Alex, Kenny, Isaac,...
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Helen Jean Homrich

March 5, 1932 - October 23, 2017

Helen Jean Homrich, age 85, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017, surrounded in love by her family. Helen courageously battled a short illness. She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Kenneth; sons, Kenneth (Cynthia) Homrich, and David (Maureen) Homrich; 16 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Ruth Pawloski and Shirley Warner; along with many nieces...
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Alfredo Callejo Canero

January 11, 1947 - October 18, 2017

Alfredo Callejo Canero, Loving father, husband, grandfather, brother, and son has unexpectedly passed on to a loving, safe, and happier place on October 18, 2017. He will be missed greatly and appreciated wholly for always, always, always putting his loved ones ahead of himself, making sure we were all okay, literally giving you the shirt off his back, his generosity was endless, his kindness was...
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Lewis D. STRONG

February 5, 1917 - October 18, 2017

Lewis D. Strong died Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at the age of 100. Lewis was born in Owosso, MI in 1917 to Harry and Lottie Strong who along with his wife of 66 years, Serene [Spoelstra] precede him in death. Lewis moved to Lansing, MI at the age of 4 and graduated from Lansing Eastern High School in 1934. He worked for Linn Camera Shop for 7 years in Lansing. He and Serene met on the beach in...
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Charles Jay Rypma

November 15, 1942 - October 15, 2017

Charles J Rypma, age 74, passed away of natural causes on Sunday, October 15, 2017, and went home to be with his Lord. He is preceded in death by his father, Joseph Rypma; mother, Florence Jeannette Rypma; and a brother, Robert Rypma. Charles is survived by his wife of 45 years, Nyla Dawn and his two sons, Aaron Joseph (Shannon) and Wade Charles (Cheryl), brother, Gary (Sally) and 7 grandchildren...
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Thomas Lee Dertien

June 7, 1948 - October 12, 2017

Thomas Lee Dertien, age 69, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017 in the company of his loving wife after complications of surgery. Tom was preceded in death by his son, Robert; father, Ralph; mother, Mildred and nephew, Michael. He will be missed by his loving wife of 44 years, Candy; sons, Steven (Alisa) and Todd; daughter-in-love, Megan; grandchildren, Avery and Colin....
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Florian Denis Napieralski

July 13, 1953 - October 12, 2017

Rev. Florian "Flo" Denis Napieralski, age 64, of Grand Rapids, died peacefully in the comfort of his home and in the company of his family on Thursday, October 12, 2017. He was born in the summer of 1953, in Grand Rapids, MI to Florian A. and Pauline Napieralski. Along with his parents, Flo was preceded in death by his grandson Rian. Flo was one of 15 children, 6 who preceded him in death. He...
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Dana Marie Adamczak

July 16, 1978 - October 11, 2017

Dana Marie [Kuczynski] Adamczak, age 39, of Grand Rapids passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Dana was born in the summer of 1978 to Daniel and Jean Kuczynski in Manistee, MI. Along with her parents, Dana is survived by her husband of 11 years, Chad, and their children Zakary and Rylee as well as her three sisters, Vicki Pefley, Jill Eroh and Lisa Kuczynski and her grandmother Dorothy...
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Gordon J. Skoboda

August 24, 1929 - October 8, 2017

Gordon James Skoboda passed away on October 8, 2017. He was born on August 24, 1929 in Grand Rapids, the only child of the late Loretta Zdroj and Leo Skoboda. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from May 1948 until his honorable discharge on December 25, 1959. He saw active duty in Korea and served in the Reserves. On July 22, 1950, he married the love of his life, Dolores Ruth Koperski....
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Patricia Ann Kole

November 22, 1929 - October 8, 2017

Patricia Ann Kole, age 87, of Comstock Park, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at home surrounded by family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Shannon; son, Richard; and sister, Yvonne. Patricia will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Blane (Jackie), Kelly, Steve (Shelly) and Shane; grandchildren, Brian Hatt, Travis Kole, Courtney Kole, Chelsea Nixon, Casey Kole...
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Leon Francis Drongowski

September 14, 1927 - October 8, 2017

Leon Francis Drongowski "Leo", age 90, of Grand Rapids, MI, went to heaven Sunday, October 8, 2017. He was welcomed by his wife Claire who preceded him in death after 43 years of marriage. Leo was a wonderful husband and the best Dad in the world. He enjoyed golfing, card games, family picnics and spending time with his loyal and loving dog Pudgy. Leo most enjoyed car rides with favorite spots of...
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Roger James Wilson

December 22, 1936 - October 5, 2017

Roger James Wilson, 80, passed away unexpectedly on October 5, 2017 at his home in Caledonia, MI. Roger was born in Green Bay, WI in the winter of 1936, the second child and only son of John P. and Oda Z. Wilson. Roger attended West High School in Green Bay and shortly after joined the United States Marine Corps, where he served as a Combat Engineer and Military Policeman from 1958 to 1962....
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Glenn Ray Greer

August 12, 1941 - October 5, 2017

Glenn Ray Greer, age 76, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday October 5, 2017 in the company of his family and in the comfort of his home. He was born in Lancaster, Kentucky to the late Gordon and Blanche Greer. Glenn is also predeceased by his sister Shirley Hohensee and brother-in-law Tom Alley. Glenn is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Judy [Pickett]; sons Gary (Betsy) Greer and Jim...
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William Edward Dunn

January 28, 1936 - October 4, 2017

William Edward Dunn, age 81, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday October 4th 2017 in the company of his family and in the comfort of his home. Bill was born in Grand Rapids, MI in 1936 to the late Gerald and Della Dunn. He is also predeceased by his brothers Robert and Harry Dunn. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Margaret [Eno]; sons Scott (Heather) Dunn, Douglas (Autumn) Dunn;...
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Theodore J. Marshall

January 26, 1951 - October 4, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Beth Louise Russo

June 5, 1962 - October 1, 2017

Beth Louise Russo, age 55, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family. She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by her devoted husband, Geno, her treasured children, Eric Brown, Kevin Brown, Shannon and Jeremiah Favreau, Angela Russo, Nicholas Russo, and grandson Mikiah Brown. Also left to cherish her memory are her parents, Rev. Gerald and Ardythe VanderVelde, siblings...
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Donna Jean Rosel

December 10, 1929 - September 27, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Antonio Pablo-Perez

June 10, 1952 - September 24, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Renate A. Joseph

February 22, 1931 - September 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Elia M. Spang

May 25, 1941 - September 23, 2017

Elia "Susie" Spang, age 76, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Our loving wife, mother and grandmother achieved many goals in her lifetime. She was active in community service, an accomplished cook, artist and published author. Preceding Susie in death were her brothers Ray, Marco, Eugene, Joseph and Francis DiClemente and her sister Alice Buti....
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Jean Louise Amidon

August 17, 1926 - September 22, 2017

Jean Louise Amidon (McConnaughey), age 91, died on September 22, 2017 in the company of her family and in the comfort of her home. Jean was born in the summer of 1926 in Wyoming, MI to James and Josephine (Gray) McConnaughey. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Emmit Amidon Jr., and their son, Kenneth Amidon, her siblings, Mary Alice (Salisbury/Bryant),...
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Richard E. Caster

September 26, 1929 - September 21, 2017

Richard "Dick" Eugene Caster, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Thursday, September 21 at the age of 87. Dick was born to parents, Harland "Monk" Caster and Marguerite "Lucy" Caster on September 26, 1929 in Grand Rapids, MI. He was an only child. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and served as mechanic stationed in Germany until 1954. As part of his service, he worked on the combine...
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Phyllis Norine Plath

August 23, 1922 - September 17, 2017

Phyllis Norine Plath, age 95, passed away Sunday September 17th, 2017. She was born August 23, 1922 in Howard City, Michigan the daughter of Fred & Elizabeth Plath. She was predeceased by her parents, her brothers, Donald Plath (Helen), Fred Plath, her sisters Marian Rowland (Bob), Maxine McDonald (Charlie) and her sister Jean who died in 1938 at 14 years of age. She is survived by her...
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Brandon Kenneth Homrich

August 1, 1987 - September 15, 2017

Brandon Kenneth Homrich, age 30, of Cedar Springs, passed away on Friday, September 15, 2017, surrounded in love by his family. Brandon courageously and tirelessly fought a one year battle with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. He is survived by his loving wife, Danielle; sons, Knoxton and Reiker; parents, Kenneth and Cynthia Homrich; sisters, Sarah Hodges, Heather (Paul) Bernard, and Kristin (Joe) Ludlow;...
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Ann Marie Thelen

February 28, 1948 - September 13, 2017

A perpetual beacon of love and light, Ann passed away peacefully at home and surrounded by family on September 13, 2017. She was born to Joseph and Margaret (Gleason) Warren 69 years ago in Windsor, Ontario. She will be lovingly remembered by her devoted husband of 31 years, Mark Thelen, her children Michelle (Christian) Converse, Holly (David) Garces, Christine Thelen, Sean (Elizabeth) Thelen,...
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Jean D. Saa

July 8, 1961 - September 13, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Richard Dale Boothe

May 18, 1936 - September 11, 2017

Richard "Moto" Boothe, age 81, of Grand Rapids, passed away on September 11, 2017 after a courageous fight with cancer. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Ellen Boothe; sons, Rick Boothe, Jeff (Wendy) Boothe and Mike (Denise) Boothe; step-sons, Scott Bylsma (Stacie Heath) and Kurt (Andrea) Bylsma; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers and 1 brother-in-law. Dick...
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Sergio De Lucas

April 26, 1990 - September 9, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Madeline Stine

August 6, 1922 - September 7, 2017

Madeline Stine, age 95, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Sept 7, 2017. She was a highly respected employee of Foremost Insurance Company and Mass Mutual Insurance Company. Madeline is survived by her niece, Donna Hansen; nephew, Chris Hansen and their families; also a special friend, Carol Dodge. She will be laid to rest privately in Grandville Cemetery. Please consider a memorial contribution in...
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Paul Gerard Meyerholtz

April 30, 1955 - September 6, 2017

Paul G. Meyerholtz, aged 62, passed away at his home on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Paul was born in Grand Rapids the spring of 1955 to Carl and Lorraine Meyerholtz who along with his siblings, Timothy Brian Meyerholtz, Richard Dean Meyerholtz, Patricia Ann Fricke, David (Diana) Meyerholtz and Mike Jollands precede him in death. Paul is survived and will be dearly remembered by his 5 remaining...
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Charles Ray Foss

May 3, 1952 - September 1, 2017

Charles Ray Foss, age 65, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Friday, September 1, 2017. He was born in Grand Rapids on May 3, 1952 to the late, Lorraine and Catherine Foss. Charles is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Linda Babler. He will be lovingly remembered by his brothers, William (Joan) Foss and Frank (Barb) Foss; and many nieces and nephews. Charles was a huge fan of the...
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Lynn S. Jordan

August 15, 1932 - August 31, 2017

Lynn Sue Jordan, age 85, of Grand Rapids, passed away on August 31, 2017. She was born on August 15, 1932. Lynn is preceded in death by her husband, Gordan and a son, John Michael. Lynn will be lovingly remembered by her two daughters, Lorie (John) Wurn and Christina (Richard) Lemoine. Per Lynn's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or service.
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Johanna Boot

March 22, 1920 - August 30, 2017

aged 97, of Grand Rapids died Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Pilgrim Manor. She graced this world for over 97 years with strength, brilliance, laughter, lessons, grace, kindness, toughness and an unbelievable amount of love. Surviving are her son, Leo Boot and Jackie Middleton of Grand Rapids, daughters, Corrie and Glen Williams of Texas, and Betsie Boot of Grand Rapids; six grandchildren, Ron ...
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Betty A. Byle

July 18, 1935 - August 28, 2017

Betty A. Byle, age 82, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Monday, August 28, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Dorothy Pickard; husband, Robert J. Byle; son, Robert E. Byle; and brother, Richard Pickard. Betty will be remembered by her daughters, Vicky L (Richard) Mieras and Sandra K (Patrick) Grady and son, Michael J. Byle and...
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Roger Willett Westerweel

January 22, 1926 - August 27, 2017

Roger Willet Westerweel, age 91 of Grand Rapids, passed into eternal life in Christ surrounded by those whom he loved on Sunday August 27, 2017 after a brave battle with Alzheimer's Disease for the past fifteen years. The patriarch of the Westerweel family was dearly loved and will be deeply missed. Roger was a devout Christian who instilled the values of his faith in his family. Amazingly,...
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Otilia Trejo-Moreno

March 18, 1945 - August 24, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Sharon Joy Hendrick

April 7, 1937 - August 21, 2017

Sharon Joy Hendrick, (born April 7, 1937), passed away Monday, August 21, 2017 due to complications related to Parkinson's Disease. She also suffered from dementia in the final years of her life, but neither of these ailments took away the things her family most loved about her; which included her unconditional love for us, her undeniable love for God, and her always pleasant disposition, which...
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Charlene Marie Baranowski

February 13, 1951 - August 20, 2017

After almost 47 years of battling cancer, Charlene Marie Baranowski passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the age of 66. Char was born on February 13, 1951 in Danbury, Connecticut to the late Frank and Jean Moshier. She grew up in many states along the East Coast and came to Grand Rapids in her teens. Char retired from Chicago Title a few years ago to take time to enjoy her life to the...
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Veronica A. Helsel

September 15, 1921 - August 18, 2017

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Harold William Morrison

March 20, 1928 - August 13, 2017

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Eugenia Mary Ozinga

November 18, 1927 - August 12, 2017

Eugenia Mary (Evans) Ozinga, age 89, died peacefully on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at home with her son David in Lebanon, Ohio, where she had resided for the past eight months. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Glen Arnold Ozinga, five brothers Jacob Evans, Richard Evans, Carl Evans, William Evans, Philip Evans, and one sister Virginia Anglin (Evans). Surviving are her children...
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Joseph Elson Melton

August 11, 1932 - August 12, 2017

Joseph Elson Melton, 8/11/1932 - 8/12/2017 of Grand Rapids was born in Benton, Arkansas to George and Bertha Melton. Joe spent his life working in sales and retired after owning a campground with his loving wife, Irene Melton, of 48 years. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Herbert, Gerald, and Dale Melton along with his sisters, Lavern Melton, Marie Ludeke, and Verna Hodkins, and his...
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Robert Scott Dertien

March 24, 1981 - August 12, 2017

Robert Scott Dertien, age 36 of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully, after complications from a recent surgery, while in the company of loved ones on August 12, 2017. He was born in Grand Rapids in the Spring of 1981 to Thomas and Candice Dertien. Rob will be lovingly remembered by his parents; brothers Steve (Alisa) and Todd as well as by his niece Avery and nephew Colin. Also surviving Rob is...
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Gerard Leo Pawloski

October 10, 1947 - August 9, 2017

Gerard Leo Pawloski, passed away on August 9, 2017. Jerry was the second oldest of seven children born to the late, Adam and Irene Pawloski. He is also preceded in death by his brother, David. Jerry was the epitome of class. After earning two Masters Degrees, one in Business Administration and the other in Mechanical Engineering, Jerry resided in Michigan. He was a proud MSU alumni. He was always...
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Donald Lavern Vis

May 19, 1931 - August 8, 2017

Donald Laverne Vis age 86, of Comstock Park, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 in the comfort of his home and in the company of his family. He was born in Grand Rapids in the Spring of 1931 to the late Stanley and Effie Vis. Along with his parents, Don is preceded in death by his infant daughter Debra Lea and infant granddaughter Katherine Alice. He will be missed by his beloved...
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Katherine Higley

July 23, 1915 - August 7, 2017

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Jeffrey Lombard Jones

September 23, 1947 - August 7, 2017

Jeffrey Lombard Jones of Comstock Park went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, August 7, 2017 while in the comfort of his home and in the company of his beloved wife of 49 years, Sharon Ann [VanHuisen]. He was born in Grand Rapids in the Autumn of 1947 to the late Robert and Betty Jones. Along with Sharon, Jeff is survived by their two children Scott and Rebecca. Jeff was very proud of his...
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Edna Estella Barnhart

June 16, 1921 - August 6, 2017

Edna E. Barnhart, age 96, passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Edna was born in 1921 to William and Laura Hervey in Franklin County IN. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Floyd who died in 1980 and their sons Kenneth and Ronald. Edna is survived by her son Floyd (Julie) Barnhart and daughter-in-laws Sue and Nancy Barnhart. Also surviving are her many grand, great...
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Walter K. Goodwin

September 20, 1942 - August 1, 2017

Walter Keith Goodwin, age 74, of Grand Rapids, passed away on August 1, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Judy; and a sister, Sherry Weed. Surviving are his son, Mike (Mandi) Goodwin; daughter, Kate (Dan) Teske; grandchildren, James Lyon, Robin Lyon, and Tess Teske; sisters, Dorothy Schwartz and Sandy Massin; and a brother, Bill Goodwin. Walt's humor and generous spirit...
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Elizabeth E. Myers

July 20, 1915 - August 1, 2017

Elizabeth "Betty" Myers, age 102, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. She is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Clifford Myers; daughter, Ruth Myers Menko; brothers, George and John Hamelink; sister, Irene Glerum; sister-in-law, Minnie Hamelink; and brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Jean Myers. Betty will be remembered by her daughter, Shirley (Donald...
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Robert Jay Cammenga

October 17, 1938 - July 31, 2017

Robert Jay Cammenga of Grand Rapids, age 78, passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017. Robert was born in the Fall of 1938 in Grand Rapids to the late Peter and Abbie Cammenga. He is survived by his sons Dale (Leslie) and David (Jennifer) Cammenga; daughters Kimberly (Curt) Longstreet and Lynda (Gene) Esteban as well as his dear companion of 20 years, Elizabeth Bush. Also surviving are Robert's 9...
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Mary C. Jastifer

April 16, 1943 - July 31, 2017

Mary Carolyn Jastifer of Ada died on Monday July 31, 2017. She was born in Grand Rapids in the Spring of 1943 to the late Augustine and Margaret Jastifer. She is survived by her dear siblings Kathleen (John) Gerke, Jo Ann (Joel) Jannenga, Arlene (William) Middleton and James (Pauline) Jastifer; her dear best friend Jo Ulmor; Her wonderful nieces and nephews, Claire Gerke, Chris (Vern) Kirk,...
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Preston Ploeg

October 22, 1957 - July 30, 2017

Preston Ploeg age 59, went to be with his beloved wife Bonnie Ann Ploeg in their heavenly home on July 30th , 2017. He will be deeply missed by family; Son Preston Rein Ploeg, his wife Dawn Ploeg and their children Jacob Ploeg and Aubrey Ploeg; son Justin Ploeg and wife Gina Ploeg; and son Nathan Ploeg and fiancé Samantha Millering. The family will be greeting friends on Tuesday August 8th,...
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Greg Gregory Chavez

October 2, 1960 - July 27, 2017

Chavez, Marshall Gregory 10/2/1960 - 7/27/2017 Grand Rapids Marshall Gregory "Greg" Chavez, age 56, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 27. Greg was born in Grand Rapids on Oct. 2, 1960, to parents Marilyn (Booth) & Marshall Chavez. He was preceded in death by his father. Greg was a dedicated family man, community activist, passionate outdoorsman and avid sports lover. He was also...
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Tex V. Woods

March 25, 1947 - July 27, 2017

Tex Woods, age 70, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 27, 2017 while in the comfort of his home and in the company of family. He was born in the Spring of 1947 to the late John and Opal Woods in Samburg TN. Tex is preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his cherished wife of 38 years, Barbara J. [Zoulek] and his children Tex (Theresa) and Sarah Duke. Also...
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Judy Idziak

June 28, 1945 - July 25, 2017

Judy L. Idziak, age 72, of Grand Rapids, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in the comfort of her home and in the company of her family. She was born in the summer of 1945 in Ypsilanti, MI to Wesley and Elna Johnson. Judy is preceded in death by her father as well as her brother Bob Johnson. She is survived by her beloved husband of 47 years, James Idziak and their children Jim (Tiffany)...
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Yvonne Marie Burger

March 12, 1956 - July 24, 2017

Yvonne Marie Burger, age 61, passed away unexpectantly on Monday, July 24, 2017 while in the company of family. Yvonne was born in March of 1956 to Robert and Marilyn Groendyke in East Grand Rapids. Along with her mother Marilyn she is preceded in death by her infant son Nicholas and her brother Kevin. Yvonne is survived by her dear husband of 39 years, Dean Burger and their children Christopher ...
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Robert B. Hood

September 11, 1928 - July 24, 2017

Robert B. Hood passed away peacefully while in the company of family July 24, 2017 at the age of 88. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife Margaret and daughter Barbara (Hood) Keister. He is survived by his children, Marcia (Robert, dec'd) Minnie, Diane (Dorne) Dugas, Joyce (Dan) Fitzgerald, Ron (Colleen) Hood and David (Cherie) Hood; son-in-law, Denny Keister,13...
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Susan Edith Wills

September 23, 1956 - July 23, 2017

Susan Edith Wills of Grand Rapids passed away peacefully while in the comfort of her home on July 23, 2017. She was born in Grand Rapids in the Autumn of 1956 to the late Roger and Ann Wills. Susan will be lovingly remembered by her two sisters, Sandy (David) Hockenberry and Sharon (Tom) Barnes as well as by her cherished nephews and nieces Sarah, Nicolas and William Hockenberry and Emily, Will,...
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John Toney Reeves

March 18, 1924 - July 22, 2017

John T. Reeves of Grand Rapids, age 93, passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017 of pneumonia. John was born in the Spring of 1924 in Lawrence, MI. John served as an Army Air Force B-24 bomber pilot in the Pacific Theatre during World War 2 and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He graduated from the University of Michigan and worked as an Aerospace Engineer. He is survived by his wife of...
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Marion N. Friedrich

August 27, 1921 - July 17, 2017

Marion Friedrich died peacefully on Monday, July 17 at Porter Hills in Grand Rapids at the age of 95. She is the last of five sisters and a brother. Marion is survived by many nieces, nephews and 3rd generation offspring.Marion was born on August 27, 1921 in Grand Rapids, MI and was the first of her siblings to be born in a hospital. She grew up on Livingston Ave. and attended the local Grand...
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Billie L. Stone

November 21, 1930 - July 17, 2017

Billie Leona Stone, aged 87, of Grand Rapids went to be with her Lord on July 17, 2017. Billie will be remembered as loving wife and mother. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Gordon and her sisters Gerry Kindig and Carol Gustafson. Surviving are her children, Richard (Sherry) Stone, Christine (Jeff) Brakefield, Vicki Nielsen, John (Marjorie) Stone, and Robert (Kristi) Stone....
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Esther Mary Paepke

October 10, 1919 - July 12, 2017

Esther Mary Paepke, age 97, of Alpine Township, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Sunrise of Cascade. She was preceded in death by her husband Maj. Harold M. Paepke, U.S. Army (Ret) and her daughter-in-law Mary Sue Paepke. She is survived by her children Priscilla Alberts, J. Philip Paepke, Mary (George) Janose, and Paula (Michael) Leach, a sister Ruby Nell Berendson, and many...
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Beverly Sue Wall

October 5, 1958 - July 11, 2017

Beverly Sue (Fishell) Wall, lost her six year battle with breast cancer, at home, with her family, July 11, 2017. She was born October 5, 1958. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Steve Wall of Grand Rapids, her daughters Amy of Grand Rapids, and Diana of Chicago. She is also survived by her mother, Margie Fishell, formerly of Sheridan, a sister Patti (Mike) Peiffer, Carson City, in...
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C. Martha Soltysiak

November 28, 1924 - July 11, 2017

Martha Soltysiak (Tryc), known as Marti, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2017 at the age of 92. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion P. Soltysiak in 1971. Marti raised 6 children and was employed until she was 80 years old. Her first job was at Michigan Bell Telephone as a long distance, overseas operator during WWII. She later worked as a Claim Adjuster at the Teamsters and during...
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Marta Beatriz Martinez

January 19, 1942 - July 9, 2017

Marta Beatriz Martinez was born January 19, 1942 to Felipe Martinez & Emerita Boffil in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She lived 75 long years fulfilling her purpose on this earth until July 09, 2017. She created and held together a family of 42 and did the best she knew how. Marta was survived by her 7 children, Marta, Alma, Jose, Jacqueline, Myriam, Ruben and Beatrice. 17 Grandchildren, 17great...
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Katherine L. Keith

July 16, 1923 - July 9, 2017

Keith (Kotowski) - Katherine Lillian, aged 93, of Grand Rapids, died peacefully on Sunday, July 9, 2017. She was born in the summer of 1923, in Charleston, WV, to Anthony and Elizabeth Harmon. Along with her parents, Katherine was preceded in death by her first husband, John Kotowski Jr; second husband Harold Keith; brother Roy Harmon and sister Cecilia Hascher. Kate is survived by her children,...
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Daniel D. Eckley

February 15, 1962 - July 7, 2017

Daniel D Eckley of Grand Rapids died Friday, July 7, 2017, at the age of 55. He was born February 15, 1962 in St. Johns, MI, the son of Duane and Carol (Weller) Eckley. He enjoyed riding his Honda Goldwing, driving around in his Audi S4, reading books, and spending time with his family. Dan worked at Preferred Tool and Die as a journeyman tool and die maker, specializing in CNC machining and...
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Edmond Stephen Davis

October 26, 1952 - July 4, 2017

Edmond Stephen Davis, age 64, of Grand Rapids died July 4, 2017. Ed is preceded in death by his parents and a brother. Surviving are his wife Lori; children, Ron and Roger Davis and Ben (Katie) and Nate McLeskey; granddaughter Christina; sisters, Joyce Smith and Peg Wells; sister-in-law Sandra Scott and many nieces and nephews. Ed proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam....
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Carol L. Doubblestein

February 24, 1944 - June 30, 2017

Carol Lou Doubblestein passed into the arms of Jesus on June 30, 2017, after a brief battle with cancer. Born February 24, 1944 in Chicago Illinois, she graduated from University High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan and then earned her Bachelor's degree from University of Michigan. She served in the United States Army Nurse Corp, achieving the rank of Captain, and eventually earned her Master's...
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Eleanor Irene Stegehuis

December 14, 1935 - June 25, 2017

Eleanor Irene Stegehuis age 81, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 25, 2017 in the comfort of her home and in the company of her family. She was born in Grand Rapids in 1935 to the late Perl Glen and Ruth Winnefred Brailey. Along with her parents, Eleanor is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 36 years Robert Jay Stegehuis, brother Richard Brailey, sister Carol Magoon...
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Dorthy E. White

February 5, 1922 - June 25, 2017

Dorthy Elaine White, age 95, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Dorthy was born in 1922 to the late Emerson and Anna Crist. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 50 years, Linton White who passed away in 1992. Dorthy is also preceded in death by her siblings Bob Crist, Virlyn "Bud" Crist and Maxine Gilmore as well as by her granddaughter Faith...
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Dennis Stewart Boyd

December 4, 1962 - June 22, 2017

Dennis Stewart Boyd, age 54, passed away June 22, 2017. He will be missed by his son Travis Boyd and his sisters Mary (Dale) Laidlaw and Evelyn (Markus) Beuter as well as by many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Dennis and Mary Boyd. Dennis' family will be greeting friends from 10-11 AM on Thursday, June 29, 2017 followed by a Funeral Service at 11 AM held at Reyers...
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Matthew Peter Heinen,

March 25, 1925 - June 19, 2017

Matthew P. Heinen, Jr. died Monday, June 19, 2017, at the age of 92. Matt was born in Chicago, IL on March 25, 1925. He grew up with five siblings and graduated from Kelley High School in 1943. He maintained a love for the Windy City, especially the Chicago Bears and the Chicago White Sox. Matt proudly served his country as a member of the Marine Corps during World War II. He earned Bachelor's...
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Alice Jo Ann Leys

September 15, 1933 - June 19, 2017

Leys, Alice JoAnn(Loughner)Fremont, MI (formally of Walker, MI)"JoAnn" passed away June 19, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospital with her family by her side. She is proceeded in death by her parents Lohman and Elsie Loughner, half brother Charles Phillips, Half sister Betty Keeley, twin daughters Terry Jean and Kim Louise Leys, grandson Michael Scott Leys, and daughter-in-law Diane Leys. JoAnn is survived...
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Teri Marie Girgenti

May 30, 1965 - June 1, 2017

Teri Marie (Ferguson) Girgenti, age 52, of Redford MI, passed away, June 1, 2017 at the University of Michigan Medical Center. She was born May 30, 1965 in Grand Rapids and graduated from high school in 1983 from Forest Hills Northern. Teri grew up on Dunnigan St. NE in Grand Rapids and resided there for 21 years. She got married on June 10, 1999 and lived in Redford with her husband, Richard....
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David Wayne Berzon

August 2, 1959 - May 31, 2017

David Wayne Berzon, age 57, of Grand Rapids, passed away, after a long courageous battle with leukemia, on Wednesday May 31, 2017 in the comfort of his home and in the company of his family. He was born in the summer of 1959 in Cherry Hill NJ to Arthur and Irene Berzon who precede him in death. David will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 34 years, Kimberly (Lindhout) Berzon, their two sons,...
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