Obituary for Julie Eastman

Deeply loved, Julie will be profoundly missed by the many lives she touched over the years, including the wonderful family she leaves behind.

She was born in Grand Rapids, MI on July 31, 1951, and at birth was diagnosed with a heart condition that doctors said would not allow her to survive childhood. Her love of ice cream was born as her dad spoiled her rotten in her early years as her family worried about her health. Many nights, her sisters would beg her to ask for ice cream because they knew that pa could not say no to Julie. In 1961, she was one of the youngest patients to receive an open-heart operation, at that time a groundbreaking and risky procedure that saved her life.

In grade school, she met her best friend, Karen O’Brien (Gable) who she loved and enjoyed so many countless vacations, parties, outings over the years and right up until this last Super Bowl.
On June 9, 1957, Julie met the love of her life and soulmate, Tom Eastman, when they were sophomores in high school – true high school sweethearts. They married on August 12,1972 and had fifty-two wonderful married years together. Tom was her constant companion and faithful caregiver these last several years and is a true testament to their wedding vows. Tom was also the person that introduced Julie to the Catholic faith, which she converted to prior to their wedding, and her faith grew and guided her all her life.

Julie was a dental hygienist for over 43 years at the dental practices of Dr. Smiley, Dr. Wolfe, Drs. Kanouse & Kroph, and Dr. Cilia. Often over dinners at home, she would talk about her patients and co-workers as if they were family.

Julie was also a special mom to Kyle and Katey, who supported and cheered her girls on in everything they did. She loved taking the girls shopping, to movies, and out to lunch and just spending time whenever possible. She was always there to listen and provide advice. She was so excited when their family of four expanded to include her wonderful sons-in-law, Tom and Tim.

She would often say what a joy it was to be a grandma or nana to the four loves of her life, her beautiful grandchildren- Grace, Avery, Reed, and Macie. Her love and dedication to them never wavered, shown as she attended every sports game and other activities. Julie realized her true calling in life the second she met her first grandchild: to spoil them as much as she could. From thoughtful gifts to quality time, she never failed to put a smile on their faces.

Julie deeply loved her extended family which included all of her friends. She lived such a full life doing the things she loved which included traveling, golfing, time at the cottage, winters in Fort Myers Beach, tailgating at GVSU football games, card game parties, and dinners out with friends. Julie embraced life and fun.
Julie described her journey with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) as her cross to bear and she fought hard to never let it define or limit her despite the fact that so little is known about the disease and the many physical difficulties it presented. She continued to live her life as she did before, and Tom made sure of it.
The family would like to thank the medical and care professionals that supported Julie in her PSP journey, especially Lea, Kerry and Tina. As well as Jen who was an angel for my mom and dad in this last year.

Julie Eastman, age 72, died peacefully at home on the morning of Thursday, February 15, 2024, and was welcomed with loving arms by her God.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Adeline (Jo) Kolehouse, her half-sister, Barb (Bernie) Judd, her father- and mother-in law, Carl and Frances Eastman, her beloved nephew, Wesley Wolosecky Jr., and her infant granddaughter,
Stella Lyn Wilson.

She will be forever missed by her family including her husband, Tom; her daughters: Kyle (Tom) Wilson and Katey (Tim) Dommenick, her grandchildren: Grace Wilson, Avery Wilson, Reed Dommenick and Macie Dommenick, her three sisters: Gene Barr, Mary (Stan) Brzozowski, and Tammie (Wes) Wolosecky; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday February 21, 2024, at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church.
Interment Rosedale Memorial Park. Her family will receive visitors Tuesday February 20, 2024 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW Walker MI 49534. A Rosary will be prayed Tuesday at 8:00 pm at the funeral home
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the following charities:

Nephcure: Nephcure.org
(Proceeds support research for rare kidney diseases in honor of Julie’s grandson Reed).

Kirk Gibson Foundation: kirkgibsonfoundation.org
(She was an enthusiast member of a Big & Loud therapy class that was underwritten)

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Kenneth H. Morgan

Kenneth H. Morgan, age 78 of Grand Rapids, entered into eternal life Wednesday February 14, 2024. He was preceded in death by his parents Sally Stewman and Henry Morgan, and his siblings Leroy Morgan, Bernard Morgan and Richard Morgan. Surviving are: his loving wife of 57 years, Ruth; his children Ken Morgan and Michelle (Brian) Wheaton; his grandchildren Ryan Morgan and Joshua Wheaton; his great granddaughter Khloe Wheaton; his brother Gary (Janice) Morgan; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law David (Myrna) Merrill, Richard (Karen) Merrill, Jane Suddieth, Pat Merrill; and many nieces and nephews. Ken retired from GM after working for over 30 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and was an avid hunter. He loved his mustang that he would take to car shows. Ken will be deeply missed by all. The Memorial Mass will be celebrated Monday February 19 at 11:00 AM at St. Anthony of Padua Church, where his family will receive visitors one hour prior to the Mass. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Interim Hospice. A special thanks to the Amber, Ebone, Elena and the other staff at Interim Hospice for their care and compassion.

Obituary for Lucille L. Homant (Sturm)

Lucille L. Homant (Sturm) age 93, of Grand Rapids, was taken from this life to fulfill her lifelong destiny of spending eternity with our Savior, Jesus Christ on Thursday, January 25, 2024.
It is astonishing to consider how many lives can be touched by one who, with love and compassion, kindness and consideration, travels through life without expectation of reward, positively affecting so many other lives. That was Lucy! Born in a farmhouse in Byron Center, Michigan, she was raised in a large family that instilled the values of hard work. Lucy embraced her faith and made it the center point of her life. She loved to dance and attended many weekend events with her sisters and girlfriends. It was at one of these that she looked up into a set of brown eyes, and said hello to the love of her life, Ivan. Lucy still loved to dance and is dancing now in heaven.
She now rejoins her husband Ivan Homant and her son Louis Homant. One of 10 children, Lucy was also preceded in death by her siblings Maxine, Cecil, Marie, Delores, Beatrice, Jerry, and Joyce. Lucy worked at Oliver Products for years as well as running and assisting at many estate sales.
She will be deeply missed by her children Kathryn and Joel Gahan, David and Krystine Homant, Paulette and Philip Bockheim, Anthony and Deborah Homant; her 18 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her brothers John Sturm and Anthony and Marilyn Sturm; her sister-in-law Sandy Sturm; her brother-in-law Tom Pals; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday, January 30, 2024, at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 2510 Richmond NW where the family will receive visitors one hour before the Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Lucille’s family will receive visitors Tuesday, January 30, 2024, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW where the Vigil Service will be held Tuesday at 7:30 pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony of Padua Church or Faith Hospice.

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Stephen Kozak Obituary

On Thursday, January 11, 2024, God called Dr. Stephen Francis Kozak, an admired dentist, family man, and Navy veteran home at the age of 91.

Stephen is survived by his wife of 17 years, Kathleen, and the blended family they share of 5 children, 11 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his beloved former wife, Loretta; loving parents, Joseph and Theresa Kozak; sister, Loraine Simhauser, brothers, Jerome and Daniel Kozak; and grandson, Austin Schwarz.

Stephen’s Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, January 22 at 11 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church where he will repose one hour prior to Mass. His family will receive visitors Sunday, January 21 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Beuschel Funeral Home in Comstock Park where a Rosary Service will be held Sunday at 7:30 pm.

It was Stephen’s wish that in lieu of flowers, anyone desiring to make a memorial tribute do so in the form of a charitable donation to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church or School.

Mrs. Eleanore (Kubiak) Judson

Mrs. Eleanore (Kubiak) Judson aged 100, died peacefully on December 22, 2023, joining her husband Anthony J. Judson, to be with the Lord. She was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Veronica (Prawdzik) Kubiak, brother Raymond Kubiak, daughter Susan and husband Darryl Rhodd, daughter-in-law Kerry Deheus, and grandson Anthony John Judson. She will be deeply missed by her children Daniel Judson, Lynn VanWulfen (Craig Williams), Karen and Mark Fabbro, Michael and Mindy (Abel) Judson, James and Brenda Judson; her grandchildren Andrew, Alex, Ashlea, Jenna (Rob), Brian, Angela (Jacob), Joshua, Jacob (Cassandra), Miles, Katerina, Asher, Montana (Chase), Dee (Justin), Stacy, and James; her great-grandchildren Addison, Ethan, Ava, Maizey, Nora Kate, Alea, Avery, Kody and Lilly. Eleanore was a graduate of Grand Rapids Catholic Central, class of 1941, and the US Cadet Nurses Corp – Mercy Center in 1948. Prior to becoming a nurse, she worked as a telephone operator at Michigan Bell. She was an avid gardener, knitter, puzzle maker and enjoyed occasional trips to the casino. Eleanore enjoyed the Leelanau and Upper Peninsula, camping, canoeing, fishing, visiting National Parks across the US and Canada, and was proud of the fact that she had visited all 48 states in the continental US. She loved celebrating holidays and playing cards with family and friends as well as volunteering at Capital Lunch, Lacks Mercy Knitters, and in endeavors to support the mission of the Catholic Church. Eleanore was a longtime member of St. Anthony of Padua Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 20th at 11:00 am with the family receiving visitors one hour before the Mass. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive visitors Friday, January 19th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Arsulowicz Brothers Mortuary, Remembrance Chapel, 3525 Remembrance Rd. NW where a Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 PM. A special thank you to Green Acres, Standale, and to Faith Hospice for the care and compassion shown to Eleanore. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to Faith Hospice, Carmelite Monastery – Parnell, or a charity of one’s choice.

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Dawn “Marie” Garwood- Butler

Dawn “Marie” Garwood-Butler aged 55 of Grand Rapids went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 22, 2023. Marie was preceded in death by her parents Donald and Lila Garwood. She will be deeply missed by her husband Robert J. Butler; her children Justo Jay Garwood, Jesse Garwood, and Donna Garwood; several grandchildren; her siblings in the Garwood family; her in-laws in the Butler family; and many nieces and nephews. Marie enjoyed bowling, golfing, going up to the cabin, and the simple pleasures in life. She was an active member of St. Anthony of Padua Church. The Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, January 5, 2024, at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 2510 Richmond NW where her family will receive visitors from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

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Mrs. Rosemarie Martin (Zawistowski)

Mrs. Rosemarie Martin (Zawistowski) age 94 of Grand Rapids went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 20, 2023.
Rosemarie was preceded in death by her husband Delmer; her sons Dennis and Doug Martin; her parents Walter and Bernice; her sisters Cecillia (Compton) Klekotka, Ann Klekotka, Regina Cherry, Anastasia “Nettie” Kuzawa, Rita Hager; her brothers Alex Zawistowski, Bernard Zawistowski and Gerald Zawistowski.
Surviving are her sons Dean (Katherine) Martin, Donald (Sandra) Martin, and David Martin; her grandchildren Steven Martin, Ryan (Stephanie) Martin, Christine, Adam, Tyler, and Brian Martin; her great-grandchildren Grace and Matthew Martin; her sisters Patricia Levandoski, Phyllis (Ray) VanderWeele, Elizabeth “Betty” Gallandt; many nieces and nephews.
Rosemarie will be remembered as a loving and caring mother and grandmother. She enjoyed the years she worked at the Amway Grand Plaza meeting many interesting people. Her many outings with her sisters remained special to her.
The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday, December 27, 2023, at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church. Mrs. Martin will repose at the church for one hour prior to the Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.
The family will receive visitors on Tuesday, December 26, 2023, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Heart Association.

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Kathleen “Kitty” Carlson

Kathleen “Kitty” (Riordan) Carlson, age 92, of Grand Rapids, passed away on December 19, 2023. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; siblings, Jim Riordan, Joe (Sharon) Riordan, Char (Ray) Obetts, Ann Riordan, Charles Riordan and Patti Hardin; and brother-in-law, Rog (Kathy) Carlson. Kitty is survived by her children, Sue & Chip Klein, Terri & Fred Marckini, Robin & Rob Lewakowski, and Eric & Julie Carlson; grandchildren, Nick (Ciji) Marckini, Katey (Josh) Tomaszewski, Erika (Nick) Grypma, Kevin (Rachel) Carlson, Kyle Carlson, Amy (Harald) Ernst, and Heather (Michael) Blase and great-grandchildren, Sophia Ernst, Max Ernst, Lucas Marckini, Bella Marckini, and Rosemary Carlson. Also surviving are siblings, Terry (Eldine) Riordan, Barb (Bill) Fischer, Jack (Janet) Riordan, Rose Riordan, Greg Hardin, and Rick & Paula Riordan; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and special family friend, Jackie Kort. Kitty was a huge fan of University of Michigan Football and enjoyed spending time with family and friends at Grand Haven. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Saturday, December 23, 2023, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 2510 Richmond St. NW. Friends may meet the family on Friday from 4-7 PM at Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes-Alt and Shawmut Hills Chapel, 2120 Lake Michigan Dr. NW with a vigil service at 6:30 PM and on Saturday for one hour prior to the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Please visit www.heritagelifestory.com to share a memory, photo, or sign the guestbook if you are unable to attend.

Marlene Ann Hajek (nee Seeling)

Marlene Ann Hajek (nee Seeling) passed away peacefully on December 16, 2023. She was 89 years old. Marlene was born in Rockland, MI on September 25, 1934, to Mitchell Seeling and Gertrude Seeling (nee Schmaus). She grew up in Rockland and graduated from Roger Clark High School.

After finishing high school, Marlene relocated to her aunt’s home in Skokie, IL, and worked as a secretary. She met Ron Hajek and they were married on July 6, 1957.

Marlene was a homemaker for many years. The family lived for the majority of their time in Arlington Heights, IL, although they moved around the country during the 1960s. In 1972, Marlene began her career at the Mount Prospect Fire Department where she was employed as the Fire Chief’s administrative assistant. During that time, she was one of the founding members of the Illinois Fire Chief Secretaries Association (IFCSA). This group made an impact by helping to standardize and coordinate procedures for fire departments in the area.

After retirement from the fire department, Ron and Marlene were “snowbirds” for many years in the Bradenton, Florida area. They retired to Grand Rapids in 2004. Both were active at St Anthony of Padua Church. Marlene was a charter member of the sewing group which made hats for newborns, quilts and baptismal gowns. Family and friends were lucky to receive the benefits of her creative talents as she shared treasures such as homemade blankets, quilts, ornaments, and 4th of July outfits.

Above all, Marlene committed herself to her family.
She was a loving mother of children Thomas Hajek of Arlington Heights, IL, Jean Hajek of Rockford, MI, Bill Hajek (Ellen) of Arlington Heights IL, and Bob Hajek (Kathleen) of Chapel Hill, NC. She was the cherished grandmother of Mark Breymeyer, Lauren Coolbaugh (Nate), Andrew and Caroline Hajek, Abigail and Sophie Hajek; and great-grandmother of Adrianna, Jackson, and Jolie Coolbaugh.
She was the beloved sister of Mary Thompson (Tony, Jim) and Bernadette Davis (Dennis).
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother James Seeling (Laura), her twin brother Mike Seeling (Joanne), Tony Thompson, and Jim Brown.

Visitation will be held on December 22, 2023.
Services will be held on December 22, 2023, at St Anthony of Padua Church, 2510 Richmond St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.
Viewing will be held from 10:00-11:00 am.
Funeral Mass at 11:00 am followed by luncheon.
Interment will be private.

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Rita Marie Bockheim (Kuklewski)

Rita Marie Bockheim, 69, of Walker, MI, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on December 16, 2023. Born on October 11, 1954, in Comstock Park, MI, Rita was the devoted daughter of Charles Sr. and Rose Marie (Pat) Kuklewski.

She was preceded in death by her mother. In addition to her father, Rita is survived by sisters, Laura Kersjes (Bill), Walker, and Shari Bethel (Chris), Cascade Township, along with her former husband and friend, Bob Bockheim, Grand Rapids, and three children: Rachel of Austin, TX, Dan (Tarah) of East Grand Rapids, and Roxanne Brewer (Josh) of Allendale.

Known for her endlessly giving spirit, and for maintaining lifelong friendships, Rita made a point of spending time with friends on a weekly basis. When not hosting parties and gatherings in her beautifully decorated home, she loved to shop, do puzzles, and bake a wide variety of treats.

Considered a “rock star” by her coworkers at the Grand Rapids-based, Reagan Marketing + Design, Rita served as a receptionist and office administrator for 16 years. Her constant smile and vibrant personality never wavered despite her nearly 40-year bout with Lupus. In fact, many were unaware of her battle, which she faced with silent determination.

A member of the ’72 graduating class at Kenowa Hills High School, Rita always knew she wanted to be a mom, which she made her life’s calling. Whether enjoying a home-cooked meal or lounging on “the world’s comfiest” couch, visitors could always count on being doted upon by Rita. This includes her six grandchildren: Lydia, 19, Ava, 15, Fiona, 13, Jorgia, 9, Jaxon, 9, and Brody, 7, and many nieces and nephews who ignited her spirit daily.

Few things made the courageous Rita happier than watching the sun set over Baptist Lake, the site of her family cottage. Fitting of a life devoted to others, it was an experience she enjoyed most when surrounded by loved ones.

The Memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday, December 21, at 11:00 AM at St. Anthony of Padua Church. Her family will receive visitors on Wednesday, December 20, from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd. NW, and one hour prior to the Mass on Thursday. The Rosary will be prayed on Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Memorial donations can be made to the Lupus Foundation of America (www.lupus.org).

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Rosemary “Rosie” Mulder Greene

Rosemary “Rosie” Mulder Greene age 69 of Grand Rapids went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 11, 2023. Rosie was born April 16, 1954, in Montgomery, AL the daughter of Phillip and Mary Mulder who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her niece Elizabeth “Libby” Mulder Ives. She will be dearly missed by her loving husband George Greene; her stepsons Donald C. (Becky) Greene and Stephen C. Greene; her grandchildren Charlotte Greene and Donald J. Greene; her brother Dr. Phillip (Lori) Mulder Jr.; brothers-in-law Edward C. (Michele) Greene, Steven C. (Joan) Greene, Jerry W. Greene; several nieces and nephews including Adam (Tara) Mulder and Daniel (Kira) Mulder.
Rosie graduated from Union High School in 1972. She then worked for over 18 years with Meijer Corporate offices. Rosie then went to work at Henry Mast Greenhouses where she spent 26 years until her retirement in 2018.
Rosie loved life! She enjoyed golf (making a hole-in-one at Scott Lake!), singing, playing Euchre and Cribbage. Rosie was an active member of Jackson Street Hall (P N A S), Knights of St. Casimir (6th St. Hall), and her church St. Anthony of Padua.
She truly enjoyed the time spent with her grandchildren attending T-ball and dance.
The Memorial Mass will be celebrated Monday, December 18, 2023, at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church 2510 Richmond St. NW. Her family will receive visitors Monday from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association.

Stephen Frozley


Stephen D. Frozley, age 58, passed into heaven in the Lord’s arms on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, following a long battle with heart issues. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Frozley. Steve is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Carolyn; sons, Kyle Frozley (fiancee Morgan), and Max Frozley; mother and stepdad, Donna and Bill Vogel; stepmom, Retha Frozley; brother, Greg Frozley (Alison Dunlap); brother-in-law, Greg (Dawn) Long; nephews, Brendan Long and Emmett Frozley; niece, Allie Long. Steve was a devoted husband and father who put his family first, and whose children meant the world to him. Steve enjoyed bowling and playing golf. He was a fanatic of all sports, especially his beloved Chicago Bears. As an account manager for Century Flooring over the past 26 years, he took great pride in his job and ongoing relationships with his customers. Steve enjoyed summer weekends at his cottage on Big Bass Lake and was quite proud of his ongoing achievements in cottage repairs (of course with the occasional help from fellow neighbors). Many lifelong friends and colleagues enjoyed his dry sense of humor and caring personality. Steve was well-loved by all, and he will be remembered for the positive impact he had on both friends and strangers alike. Although we are deeply saddened by his loss, we will always cherish the many fond memories we have shared with him. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, December 7, at 11:00 am at Beuschel Funeral Home, 5018 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park, MI. Friends and relatives may meet the family for a visitation on Wednesday, December 6, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm and also one hour before the funeral on Thursday from 10:00 – 11:00 am all at the funeral home.

Jill Marie Mitchell (Myers)

Jill Marie Mitchell (Myers) age 35, of Walker, passed away unexpectedly on November 29, 2023. Preceded in death by her grandparents and her dog Kujo. Surviving are her husband Jorden Mitchell, son Ayden Mitchell, parents Lyle and Debra Myers, loving sister Julie Stratton (Brandon Corey) two special nephews Cameron and Jaxon Corey, special Aunt Janet Raap Novitsky (Mark), Uncle Dan Raap (Kevin Wirgau), Uncle Marvin Raap (Denise), Uncle Erwin Myers (Mary), cousins: Megan, Marvin, Brooke, Lucy, Sophie Raap and Nina Wirgau; great Aunt Patricia Holtzlander and great Aunt Marilyn Brenner (Lee); Mother-in-law Michelle Bosowski, Father-in-law John Mitchell, brothers-in-law Dakota and Zack Mitchell. Jill had many special friends who will cherish good memories and will dearly miss her. She was a graduate of St. Anthony Class of 2003 and was a graduate of West Catholic Class of 2007. Jill attended Grand Rapids Community College. Jill and her contagious smile and laugh will be greatly missed by all who know her. A Visitation will be held Sunday from 4-8 PM at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Chapel, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11 AM at St. Anthony of Padua Church, where the family will receive visitors one hour before Mass. Memorial contributions to Ayden’s future education will be appreciated.

Mrs. Jean Cartwright-Rossi

Mrs Jean L. Cartwright-Rossi Passed away peacefully on November 27, 2023, at the age of 91. Born May 27, 1932, The second child of Margaret and Eugene Cartwright. Jean is survived by her children who adored her, Jill L (Alan) Mills, Joel L (Jeanne) Ypma, Joni (Jack) Maskell, Janie (Jerry) Nine, James L. Ypma and her step-children; John B. Rossi III, Robert Rossi; her son-in-law David Okke, Her sister Carol Lubbers, Her Grandchildren; Christina (Guillaume) Bechaux, Selena Murray, Laura (Dillon) Viilo, Juliana Nine, Jerilynn (Adam) Bapst, Josiah (Julianna) Nine, Jesse Nine, Sarah Goessel, Elizabeth Greene, Rebekah Goessel, Wendy (Mike) Bush, Shelly Smith, Jeff Tryon, and great and great great grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law (The Lovely Rossi’s).
She leaves many friends whom she loved, especially those who helped care for her over the many months of her illness; “Applepie” Mary, Robin, Karen, Barb, and Mary D., so many to name. Jean also is survived by her special friends, Frankie Sparks, her Islander friends in Destin Florida, her neighbors, Mike and Laura Vizard, and Janet; and many nieces and nephews and cousins here and in Italy.
Jean is preceded in death by her husband, John B. Rossi, II, her sons, Jack L. Ypma Jr, and Jeffery L. Ypma, and stepdaughter; Mary Lynne Okke (Rossi), sisters; Elda (Wayne) Chrisman, Patricia Cartwright, and granddaughter Jessica Nine.
Jean was a loving mother; raising her seven children alone with care and love, procuring a college degree, and always seeking knowledge and self-enrichment for her and those she loved. Jean worked in social work including the position of assistant director of Kent Community Action Program. She married John B Rossi II on April 1, 1984, and they shared 26 years of marriage together. She taught yoga for many years, provided therapeutic massage and lived a long and healthy life. She really valued her large family and cared for them in her own style.
Jean loved her faith journey starting with her baptism at St James Catholic Church, then attending St John Vianney Parish for many years then moving on to Fountain Street Church, and also attending St Anthony’s of Padua parish. Jean enjoyed praying and seeking wisdom through many sources (OEA, AA, Alanon…) which gave her great comfort. She said “Yes” to Life.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at 11:00 am at Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Parish in Grand Rapids, MI, (visitation at the church one hour before the Mass). Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive visitors Tuesday, December 5, 2023, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW where a rosary will be prayed Tuesday at 7:00 pm.
Memorials may be given to Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids.
Our family would like to thank the staff at Mercy Trinity Health Lacks Cancer Center for their competence and kindness towards our beloved mother, The North Ottawa Hospice staff (Brenda), and nurses especially Rose and Maria, and The Visiting Angels (Leslie, Jessica, Jill, Rachel, Sherry and Olivia) for their care and kindness.

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Dolores Ann (Burns) Parbel

As her family and friends can certainly attest, Dolores Parbel truly understood the secret to a life well lived. She was a constant source of strength, even in the most difficult of times, and she always had an encouraging word to say. Nothing brought Dolores greater joy than spending time with her loved ones, even in the simplest of times. Her faith formed the unshakeable foundation of her life, and she faced every challenge head-on with a spirit of firm determination. Forever loved, Dolores will be dearly missed by those who knew her best.

The 1930s in the United States is remembered as a decade of struggle for many. The Great Depression had a chokehold on the nation, and families demonstrated their strength and resilience as they worked to make ends meet. It was during this trying time that John and Matilda Burns of Grand Rapids, Michigan, were awaiting the birth of their sixth child. On July 8, 1934, their wait was over, and they welcomed their daughter, Dolores Ann, into the Burns family.

Growing up, Dolores was a typical young girl of her generation. She was raised in the family home on the West side of Grand Rapids alongside her six siblings, Donna, Robert, Mildred, Art, Marylou, and Barbara. The Burns family was close-knit, and the siblings were good friends to each other. From a young age, Dolores was known to be a tomboy. She loved playing sports with her friends and neighbors at Lincoln Park, and she could hit a ball into any corner of the field.

Throughout her childhood, Dolores attended local schools. She went to grade school at St. James Catholic Church school, then moved on to Mount Mercy, an all-girls school, during her high school years. Dolores enjoyed socializing; she had many girlfriends and loved hanging around with them in her free time. In high school, Dolores worked at Matthew’s Drug Store, manning the soda fountain.

Following high school, Dolores would soon meet the love of her life. She often attended events hosted for catholic singles, where she met John Parbel. There was an instant spark between Dolores and John. Her brother, Art, attended school with John, and he assured Dolores that he was a good guy. Dolores and John enjoyed going on dates every weekend. She loved going to hear him play the trumpet. It didn’t take the two long to realize that they were made for each other. With a desire to spend the rest of their lives together, Dolores and John were married on January 12, 1957, at St. James Catholic Church, then enjoyed their honeymoon in Chicago.

All who knew Dolores can surely agree that, of all the things she loved in life, she treasured her family above all else. Over the years, she and John were overjoyed to welcome their six children, Deborah, Ruth, Ginny, June, Mary Kay, and Eric, into their home. A seventh child, Elizabeth Rose, passed away at birth, but she lived on in their hearts. Dolores was devoted to the role of both a mother and a homemaker. She took pride in the upkeep of her home and enjoyed preparing home-cooked meals for her family. She valued her children and did her best to raise them into kind and hardworking individuals. Later in life, Dolores was thrilled to become a grandmother and even a great-grandmother. She was happy to watch her extended family grow to include many nieces and nephews.

When it came to providing for herself and her loved ones, Dolores was never afraid to work hard. After getting married to John, she began working at the bank; however, once she and John started a family, she dedicated herself to raising her children. While caring for her family, Dolores was also a bookkeeper for Parbel’s Garage and Service, the family’s small business. Later, she re-entered the workforce, driving school buses. Dolores truly enjoyed her career, and it gave her the opportunity to touch the lives of countless others. She spent time serving her community by volunteering at her church as well.

In 1964, the Parbel family moved to a house they built on Blueberry Drive, and Dolores loved entertaining the neighborhood with summertime pool parties. After she lost John in 1998, she settled into her dream home and tended to her large flower garden. Dolores was a faithful member of St. Anthony Church for many years. She enjoyed listening to music, and her passion for family history led her to research and compile a record of her German and Irish ancestry for the next generations to look back on.

When reflecting on the life of Dolores Parbel, it is easy to see both her unwavering strength and unconditional love for her family. She poured her heart and soul into all that she did. A caring wife, mother, and grandmother, Dolores was beloved by many and a friend to those around her. She devoted herself to serving her community, and she was always willing to go above and beyond to help others. Though she will be deeply missed, Dolores leaves behind a priceless legacy that her loved ones will be proud to carry in her footsteps.

Dolores Ann (Burns) Parbel went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 22, 2023, after a long battle with dementia. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Matilda Burns; her husband, John Parbel; infant daughter, Elizabeth Rose Parbel; as well as her siblings, Donna (Bill) DeFouw, Robert (Chareen) Burns, Mildred (Dick) Prince and Art Burns; and in-laws, Robert Blackwell, Louise and Elmo Slater, Irene and John Dyar, Josephine and Eugene Kozak, Peter and Lorraine Parbel and Rosemary Kilmartin. Dolores is survived by her children, Deborah Cabrera, Ruth Parbel, Ginny (Tom) Fitzsimmons, June Anderson, Mary Kay (Salomon) Mancio, and Eric Parbel. Dolores was blessed to be a grandmother to Camille, Sofia, Steve, Patrick, Amanda, Andres, Alicia (Conner), Nick, and Alex, as well as her great-granddaughter, Gabriela. Dolores is also survived by her sister, Mary Lou Blackwell, Barbara Burns, sister-in-law Charlene Burns and brother-in-law Edmund Kilmartin; and many nieces and nephews. Dolores will be well-remembered for her love of family and her faith. Dolores’s family will meet with friends on Thursday, November 30, 2023, from 5-8 pm, at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home, Alt and Shawmut Hills Chapel, 2120 Lake Michigan Drive. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, on Friday, December 1, 2023, at 11:00 am, 2510 Richmond St NW, Grand Rapids, 49504. Friends may visit with Dolores’ family an hour prior to this. Memorials in Dolores’ honor may be given to the St. Anthony Education Foundation. Please visit Dolores’ personal memory page to leave a memory, sign the guest book, at www.heritagelifestory.com

Linda Frances Kozlowski (VanGessel)

Linda Frances Kozlowski (VanGessel) age 74 of Grand Rapids went to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 9, 2023.
Linda now joins in heaven her parents William and Verna VanGessel; and her sisters Patricia, Jeanne, Nancy, and Annette.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years Robert; her daughter Kara; her son Michael (Shawn); her sister Kathleen; her brothers Mike, Richard, John, and Steve; many nieces and nephews and their children whom Linda loved very much.
Linda was a graduate of West Catholic High School Class of 1967; she attended Grand Rapids Community College and worked for many years as a paraprofessional with the Grand Rapids Public Schools.
The Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, November 17, 2023, at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 2510 Richmond NW where her family will receive visitors one hour before the Mass. Her family will also receive visitors on Thursday, November 16, 2023, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW.
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Christine Mary Brownell (Miedzielec)

Christine Mary Brownell (Miedzielec), age 64 of Grand Rapids, went to be with the Lord surrounded by family Thursday, November 9, 2023, in the early morning. She was preceded in death by her parents Ed and Vivian Miedzielec, her siblings Dale, Marilou, and Tim, and her brothers-in-law Al Zyskowski and David Potyraj. Surviving are her loving husband of 41 years, David; her children Melissa (Demetrius), Jeffery (Sarah), Margaret (Luke) and Mary; her grandchildren Olivia and Avery; her siblings Susan (Tom), Cathy, and Jim (Tina); her sister-in-law Ruth Miedzielec; many nieces and nephews. Christine was a very devout Catholic and spent many years volunteering her time within the church. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed many trips to the casino. She was very family-oriented and her greatest pleasure was traveling north with them. Christine will be deeply missed by all.
The Memorial Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, November 15 at 11:00 AM at St. Anthony of Padua where her family will receive visitors one hour prior to Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Charles Raymond Linner Sr.

Charles Raymond Linner, Sr., age 86 of Grand Rapids, MI, went to be with his Lord and Savior while at home in the company of his family on Sunday, October 29, 2023. Charles (Charlie) was born on June 18, 1937, in Beloit, WI. He was preceded in death by his wife Lillian Marie (Lily) (Gleason), his parents Raymond Elster Linner, Norma Pearl (Fawcett) Linner, Stepbrother Kenneth L. Putnam, Brother Elmer L. Linner, and Son-in-Law Jeffrey Martin Sironen. He is survived by his Stepsister Betty L. Steininger, Brother Keith W. Linner, his children; Marilee (Linner) Sironen, Charles R. Linner, Jr., and Robert (Susan) Linner, and grandchildren; Jensen Linner, Allison (Linner) (Steve) Kearney, Jarod Sironen (fiancé Gracy), Abraham Linner and Alyssa Linner. Sister-in-Law Joy (Hanson) Linner, Sister-in-Law Elaine (Gleason) Whitney, and many nieces and nephews. Charlie graduated from Beloit High School in 1955. He worked at Dean Hicks Printing Company in Grand Rapids, MI before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1956. He was a Machinist’s Mate and accomplished many advancements in class before his honorable discharge with a good conduct medal in 1960. His Brother-in-Law Charles Steininger set him up on a blind date with his future wife Lily not long after his discharge. They were married on July 15, 1961. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2021 with their children and grandchildren. Charlie started his electronics career with Millbrook Service Company as a TV Repairman for 12 years. He then joined Grand Rapids Public Schools as their AV Technician and retired in 2002 after 25 years. Charlie was an avid fisherman and loved camping and being on or near water. He enjoyed being at Big Bend Park on the Muskegon River for many years. He was proud to be known as “The Mayor”. He loved gardening building things (woodworking) and fixing things. He enjoyed Holiday gatherings with family and helping to cook, going to the grandchildren’s school activities and sporting events. Charlie will be missed by many, but his witty, kind, loving soul will be with us always. The family will receive visitors Thursday, November 9 from 5 PM to 8 PM with a Vigil Service at 7 PM at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW. The Memorial Mass with Military Honors will be celebrated Friday, November 10, 2023, at 11:00 AM at St. Anthony of Padua, 2510 Richmond NW where the family will receive visitors one hour before Mass. (The Mass will be livestreamed via the St Anthony of Padua website www.saparish.com) Private interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gentiva Hospice or Lemmen Holton Cancer Pavilion.

James Martin Geerling

James Martin Geerling, age 91 of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully at Trinity Health on Friday, October 27, 2023, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Betty, his parents John C. and Helen F. Geerling, his brothers John and Bill, and his sister Marlene Ann Feuerstein. Jim was born on May 8, 1932, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. He graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1948 and Davenport College in 1950. He was a veteran of the US Army. Jim worked in human resources and as a buyer at Production Aluminum Co. for 41 years. He was an exceptionally devout Catholic Christian and a lifelong member of St. Anthony of Padua. Throughout his life, he was involved in RCIA, Little Churches, Renew, and Men’s Bible Study. Music was a very important part of Jim’s life and he was a member of the church choir for over 65 years (that might be a record). For many years, he delivered for God’s Kitchen and Kids’ Food Basket and was very loyal in visiting the sick at the nursing homes. Jim really had a heart for the missions.
He is survived by his sons Michael (Sue), Tom, and Bryan; his daughter Kathy; his grandchildren Lindsey and Matthew (Megan Sampson); his great-grandchildren Lily, Micah, and James; his brother Bernie; his sisters-in-law Kay Geerling, Evelyn Wittgens and Frannie Wittgens; his brothers-in-law Bernie (Karen) Wittgens, Henry (Norma) Wittgens and Joe Feuerstein; many nieces and nephews; special family friend Carole Anne Riddering; and many close friends… you know who you are.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, November 2 at 11:00 AM at St. Anthony of Padua, where he will repose one hour prior to Mass. The family will receive visitors Wednesday, November 1 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW, where a Scripture Service will be held Wednesday at 8:00 PM. Interment Mt. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Amazon Relief (www.amazonrelief.org) or a Christian Mission of your choice.

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Mr. Alan Eugene Geldhof

Alan Eugene Geldhof, 86, of Grand Rapids passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Alan was born on August 22, 1938, at 1223 Penn Street NE in Grand Rapids to Adrian and Julia (Merrifield) Geldhof. He went to Eastern Elementary School and attended Creston High School. After high school, he worked several jobs before becoming a factory worker at Rowe AMI in Grand Rapids where he worked faithfully for 46 years. He was also a Union Steward and for a time was president of the Union, Local 981.

On November 10, 1972, he married his wife Vicki. In 2004 the two moved to Florida and for the next few years spent time back and forth between Michigan and Florida before settling down in Michigan in 2015 to be with family.

In his own words, Alan lived a good life. Though it had its ups and downs he considered himself to be blessed and was a happy person. He loved his family and cared deeply for his wife, children, and the friends he made during his life.

Alan is survived by his wife and soulmate, Vicki; his daughters Brenda Lavengood, Bonnie (Mark) Radibeau, Barb Wagenborg, Beth Geldhof, Bobbi (Phil) Schaafsma; his son Richard “Buf” (Danielle) Geldhof; step-son Jason Frazee; nephew Howard L. Stovall; nieces Debbie Sweeney and Pamela Stovall; and 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Alan is preceded in death by his daughter Joan Marie Geldhof.

A Funeral mass will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 2510 Richmond Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 at 11:00 AM. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service at the church. Because of his love of Michigan State, the family would love to see everyone wear green and white to the funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations in Alan’s name may be made to; The American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023; The American Parkinson Disease Association, P.O. Box 61420, Staten Island, NY 10306; The Humane Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson Dr NW, Walker, MI.

Mrs. Jacqueline Buys-Diebold

Mrs. Jacqueline Buys-Diebold age 87, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully on September 23, 2023. Preceded in death by her husbands: Roger K. Buys and Eugene Diebold, daughter Amy Buys and great-granddaughter Alayna Burr. Surviving are her children: Lori (Larry) Gillis, Dawn (Doug) Dykhouse, Dora (Don) Stubblefield, and Roger Buys; 15 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday at 12 Noon at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Chapel, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW, where the family will receive visitors one hour prior to the Service. Interment Rosedale Memorial Park. Memorial contributions to Corewell Health Hospice will be appreciated. The family would like to thank Amanda, Doreen, and the Staff of Bishop Hills for their compassion and care for Jacqueline.

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Mrs. Dorothy J. Grzegorski (Prawdzik)

Mrs. Dorothy J. Grzegorski (Prawdzik) age 88 of Grand Rapids went to be with Lord on Monday, September 25, 2023. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Eugene; her sisters Rosemarie Orlowski, and Frances Syrba; her parents Felix and Mary Prawdzik; sister-in-law Dorothy Chrusciel; brothers-in-law Edward and Joseph Grzegorski.
She will be deeply missed by her children Barbara and Craig Krusniak, Kathy and Kevin Johnson, Philip Grzegorski; her grandsons Adam (Kali) Krusniak, Christopher (Amber) Krusniak, Gregory Krusniak, Andrew (Alaina) Johnson and Aaron (fiancé Maddy Richard) Johnson; her great-granddaughter Eliza June Johnson; her sister Patricia Cook; brother-in-law Gerry Syrba; brother Jim and Maria Prawdzik; several nieces and nephews; and her granddogs.
Dorothy was a longtime active member of St. Anthony of Padua Church. She was especially proud to be called the president of the St. Maria Goretti Study Club affectionately known as the Golden Girls aka “The Club”. Dorothy will always be remembered as a fantastic cook, never afraid to try any recipe. The fun-filled Christmas’s (Dice Game and Bingo) at Grandmas/Aunt Dorothy’s will be cherished by all.
The Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, September 30 at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church where the family will receive visitors one hour before the Mass. The family will receive visitors Friday, September 29 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW where the Rosary will be prayed on Friday at 7:00 p.m.
A special thank you to Green Acres, Standale, and Faith Hospice for the care and compassion shown to Dorothy.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony of Padua.

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Charlene “Char” Heeren

HEEREN (Wisniewski) – Charlene “Char” Heeren age 80, passed away on September 24, 2023 after a lengthy illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sonny; sister, Mary Louise Stafanski; stepson, Tom (Rebecca) Heeren; step-granddaughter, Jennifer Heeren; step-great-granddaughter, Kamrie Heeren; and nephew, Michael Toczydowski. Char is survived by her sons, Jeffrey Gross and Todd (Elizabeth) Gross; granddaughter, Casey Gross; nephew, Chuck (Michele) Toczydowski; and niece, Kathy Toczydowski; stepchildren, James (Janice) Heeren, Denise Heeren, Dan (Jill) Heeren and Stephen Heeren. Also surviving are step-grandchildren, Joel Heeren, Megan (Todd) Blouw, Jillian (Matthew) Gajtka, Aimee (Thomas) Blease, Heather (Nicholas) Roberts, April (Samuel) Henkel, Elisha (Cameron) Menzel, Katherine (Greg) Weichhand, Daniel Jon Heeren and Courtney (Taylor Irrer) Heeren; step-great-grandchildren, Tea Heeren, Ella Roberts, Cora and Sawyer Heeren, Carter and Chase Blease, Madison and Jack Weichhand, Selene and Gryffin Menzel, and Lukas and Henrick Gajtka. Char enjoyed collecting antiques and spending time with her family. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 29, 2023 at 11 AM at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 2510 Richmond St NW. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 PM, with a Rosary at 7:30 PM on Thursday at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home – Alt and Shawmut Hills Chapel, 2120 Lake Michigan Dr. NW. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Please visit www.heritagelifestory.com to read Char’s life story, submit a favorite memory, photo or to sign the guestbook online.

Carol Ann Husen

Carol Ann Husen age 80, of Walker, MI passed away September 8, 2023. She was preceded in death by her parents Clifford “Duke” and Betty Blakslee and husband, Paul Husen. Carol left Lear to pursue owning her own business, Rollaway and Convenience Store. She enjoyed new adventures, traveling, horses, 4H, dabbling in home projects, and traveling to Florida in the winter. Carol was a devoted Mother and Grandmother. Surviving are Rob Riddering, Julie Bateson, Richard, and Lori Riddering; grandchildren Kyle Riddering, Brent and Brandon, Tony, Craig, Richard, Devin, and Lucas, and 8 great-grandchildren. Sisters, Linda and Llyod Combs, Terrie and Tim Hurst, and several nieces and nephews.
As Carol has wished cremation has taken place. Memorial Mass will take place at St. Anthony of Padua, 2510 Richmond NW, on Saturday, September 16 at 11:00 a.m. Friends can meet with family at the church one hour before mass. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Luncheon to follow the service. Memorial contributions to the Grand Rapids Humane Society will be appreciated.

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Cheryl Lynn Taylor

Cheryl Lynn Taylor passed away in the early morning of August 24th, 2023 at the age of 72. She was reunited with her heavenly parents, Laura and Miner Jelsma. Cheryl was born and raised on the west side of Grand Rapids. After she graduated from Union High School in 1969, she pursued her degree in education at Western Michigan University. While visiting back home, Cheryl met the love of her life and was a devoted wife to Tom Taylor Sr. for forty-nine amazing years. Together, they built a family where Cheryl poured her love into her children and grandchildren. Cheryl loved spending time in the kitchen creating delicious meals for her family and baking for everyone around her. Cheryl was the first to lend a helping hand, and always put her family first. Most recently, she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. You could always find Cheryl cheering on the sidelines during their baseball, football, basketball, softball, and volleyball games. Cheryl relied heavily on her Catholic faith and loved the Lord, her family, church, and community. While we mourn her earthly departure, we rejoice in the memory of a woman who touched many lives with love, laughter, and kindness. She will forever be missed by all who knew her. Surviving Cheryl is her husband, Tom Taylor Sr; their children, Mike (Lisa) Taylor, Tom (Merri) Taylor, Jim (Sara) Taylor, Tim, and Lori Impellizzeri; Grandchildren, Aidan, Carly, Chase, Crew, Ethan, Payson, Ella, Ava, Ashley, and Kayla;
Great-grandson, Dominic; Sister, Carol Powell; In-Laws, Dave, and Maryann (Taylor) Chulski, Ron Taylor, as well as many nieces and nephews.
The Family will receive visitors at Arsulowicz Brothers Mortuaries – 3525 Remembrance Rd NW, Walker, MI 49534 – on Sunday, August 27, 2023, from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. and a Rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church 2510 Richmond St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 – on Monday, August 28, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. where her family will receive visitors one hour prior to the mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made out to St. Judes Children’s Hospital in memory of Cheryl Taylor.

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Mr. Mark F. Andersen

Mr. Mark F. Andersen age 49, of Coopersville, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 18, 2023, Mark was the husband of Candace Wilson Andersen, father of Hayley Andersen and Hannah Andersen, son of Frederic and Nancy Andersen, brother of: Christine (Mark) Andersen Chase, and Lisa (Jason) Andersen Dow, Dr. Amy (Tim) Andersen Henne, uncle to; Eric Chase, Carley Chase. Kyra Chase, Michael Dow, Matthew Dow, Christian Dow, Nickolas Dow, Fiona Henne, Colin Henne, Mia Henne.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, August 25, 2023, at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church where his family will receive visitors from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Private Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. His family will receive visitors Thursday, August 24, 2023, from 5:00 pm -8:00 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd. NW Walker MI 49534. Memorial contributions to a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated.

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Mrs. Mary S. Liden (Siegel)

Mrs. Mary S. Liden (Siegel) age 89, of Walker MI passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 10, 2023. Surviving are her loving husband of 66 years William, her children Michael (Bonnie) Liden of Walker MI, Susan Liden of Walker MI, Barbara (Joe) Bailey of Marne MI, Patricia (Phil) Collins of Boulder CO, her grandchildren Andrew and Daniel Liden, Joshua (Allison), Matt (Jamie) and Jacob Bailey, Katie and Christopher Miller, Dana (Ben) Russell, Amanda (Cory) Smallegan, Siri and Meg (Brandon) Collins; great-grandchildren Brody and Jax Smallegan, Kyen Martin, Grady, Blair and Vincent Bailey, Iris Miller, Morgan and Collin Russell, Norah and Evie Takens; many nieces and nephews, and her special friend Kim Covell “adopted daughter”. Mary was preceded in death by her daughter Jean (Dan) Fitzpatrick, and her brothers Charles and Herman Siegel. She was a graduate of Catholic Central High School Class of 1952. Mary volunteered at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church, helping with the Food Pantry for many years, and of the Catholic War Veterans Post 1058 Ladies Auxiliary. She also volunteered as 4H Leader teaching sewing and cooking. Mary was the bookkeeper of the family business, B.L. Battery Distribution. The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday, August 14, 2023, at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church where her family will receive visitors one hour prior. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Her family will receive visitors Sunday, August 13, 2023, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW where the Rosary will be prayed Sunday at 5:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Indian Trails Camp (IKUS) or St Anthony of Padua Church.

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Mr. James M. Meyer

Mr. James M. Meyer age 86 of Grand Rapids went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 4, 2023. Jim was preceded in death by his wife Roma Jean Meyer his loving wife of 46 years and his granddaughter Erika Marie West. He is survived by his daughters Kathleen (Daniel) Lenkiewicz and Laura (Larry) Stob; his grandchildren Amanda, Matthew, Tyler (Helana), and Allie; his great-grandson Jonas; his sister Merilyn Belke; his sisters-in-law Patricia Shadle and Dorothy (Robert) Borgeld; several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his special friend of over 20 years Margo Ives. Jim graduated from Union High School in 1955 and helped plan class reunions. He worked at Rapistan for 24 years and sold motorcycles and snowmobiles at Shawmut Hills for many years. He sold conveyors and even ran a furniture plant for a few years before retiring. In his retirement, he helped cut grass at Holy Cross Cemetery. He was an active member of West Walker Sportsman’s Club, Pheasants Forever, and an avid archer. He had a passion for hunting, especially rabbit hunting, and shared that passion with anyone who was willing to walk in the woods with him. He loved to laugh and make others laugh. He will be greatly missed by his family, neighbors, and friends who shared stories, prayers, food, and fellowship with him.
The Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, August 11, 2023, at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church 2510 Richmond NW. His family will receive visitors Friday at the church from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Erika Marie West Memorial Scholarship Fund C/O Macatawa Bank.

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Edmund Michael Danowski

September 30, 1953 – July 11, 2023

Mr. Edmund Michael Danowski age 69 of Grand Rapids went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, after a battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents Edmund F. and Evelynne Danowski; his in-laws James R. and Margaret Duffy; his sister-in-law Cynthia G. Frary (Duffy); his beloved pets Aggie, Sundance, Sadie, Rosebud, and Oscar. Ed will be deeply missed by his wife of 36 years Debra L. Danowski (Duffy); his sister Lisa M. Danowski; his beloved dog Kara; his nephew Chad (Candice) Powell; Ed’s extended family Dave and Jayne Swanson, Lesley Swanson, and Shaun Flynn, Allyson Swanson, Michael Kukulski and James Black, Steve Beamesderfer.
Ed proudly served two tours with the U. S. Navy. He is a retiree of the U. S. Postal Service. Ed was an active member of St. Anthony of Padua Church, serving as a lector, a Eucharistic Minister, a sacristan, and with the prison ministry for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. He enjoyed photography, drawing, music (both singing and his music knowledge), and his British TV.
The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday, July 17, 2023, at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church. He will repose at the church on the day of the Mass from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital or West Michigan Wildlife Center.

Nickel, Catherine Lee
(Mingledorff)
(Robbins)

11/29/34 – 6/2/23
…passed away surrounded by loving family on June 2, 2023.

Cathy was pre-deceased by her parents John Sheridan Lee Sr and Catherine Gilmartin Lee, brothers John Sheridan and James William Lee, and nephew James Patrick Lee.

Catherine Lee Nickel

She was also pre-deceased by her husbands Glenn D Robbins and Peter I Nickel.

She is survived by her brothers Bill (Claudine) Lee and Michael (Carol) Lee.

She leaves two children, Thomas D (Amy) Mingledorff III and Catherine E Mingledorff, and grandchildren Laura Mingledorff, Preston Rearrick, and Spencer Rearrick.

Cathy was a member of St James Catholic Church since 1966.

She was employed by Fran Chertos Market Research Co. and served as Office Manager at St. James Church for 23 years, under pastors Fr. Dick Host, Fr. Steve Cron, and Fr. Tom Bolster.

She was very active in the church as a Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Ladies Rosary Altar Society, head of the Funeral Luncheon Committee, and a member of the counting team.

She leaves behind her dear friends Sue Kettle, Roy Chambers, Connie Caruso, Sarah Krontoft, Francene Edwards, and many more dear friends.

In accordance with her wishes, Cathy has been cremated.
Her family is grateful to the entire staff at Fresenius Dialysis Clinic, and the doctors, nurses, and staff at U of M West Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital http://fundraising.stjude.org/goto/amy-mingledorff

Visitation will be held at St Anthony’s before the funeral ceremony.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at 11:00 am and there will be an open house celebrating her life on June 10th.

Marcia A. (Czachorski) Denhof

Marcia A. (Czachorski) Denhof, 91, passed away peacefully on June 1, 2023, at Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods.
Marcia was a loving wife, a devoted mother, an adoring grandmother, and a great-grandmother.
She is survived by her spouse Donald Denhof, a retired CSX railroad employee. They were married for 68 years, and had 5 children: Tim and Kim (Selbach) Denhof, Theresa and Joe Berry, Steven and Mary Beth (Venn) Denhof, Rick and Judy (Skeels) Denhof, and Mary Sue and Rick Chapin. She is also survived by 14 loved grandchildren and 20 precious great-grandchildren plus two twin angels in heaven. Her family includes her sister Joyce Soltysiak, brother Jerry Czachorski, and sister-in-law Sharon Pope.
She loved her kitchen, cooking for her family, and her travels over the years with her spouse, family, and friends. She also enjoyed word games, puzzles, riddles, and much more. She even learned how to navigate social media and stayed connected with family and friends, though she preferred calling and sending out cards and letters on special occasions. She had a 35-year weekly word Boggle outing with her sisters, which gave her great pleasure.
Marcia thoroughly enjoyed her journey in life to the very end. She continued to set up her ‘office’ and “kitchen pantry” much to the surprise and enjoyment of the Trillium staff and family.
A funeral service will be held at St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 2510 Richmond St NW on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at 11:00 am. Her family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods 8214 Pfeiffer Farms Dr. SW Byron Center, MI 49315 or St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 2510 Richmond St NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

Shirley A. Parlmer

Mrs. Shirley A. Parlmer (Vert) age 83 of Grand Rapids went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 29, 2023. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Peter, her daughter Margaret Ann and her son Monte. She will be deeply missed by her surviving children Peter (Gloria) Parlmer, Amanda (Bill) Carlton, Michelle (Steve) Devlaeminck, Dr. Matthew (Heather) Parlmer, Melissa Jacobson (fiancé Michael Taylor); 20 grandchildren Nicholas Parlmer, Drew (Rachael) Parlmer, Corey Parlmer, Zachary (Irma) Carlton, Joshua (Tammy) Carlton, Shellany (Brandon) Ray, Lucas (Addison) Carlton, Matthew Parlmer, Thomas Parlmer, Anne (Daniel) Shirley, William Parlmer, Benen Parlmer, Margaret Parlmer, Bridget Parlmer, Nathan Parlmer, Austin Jacobson, Alexis Jacobson, Alissa Jacobson, Alexander Jacobson, Aiden Jacobson; 13 great-grandchildren; her siblings Larry Vert, Bill (Debbie) Vert, Jean Gassoway; nieces and nephews.
She was a longtime active member of St. Anthony of Padua Church. An avid softball player, she coached for many years, starting the Walker Softball League and managed the league for 20 years. Keeping with her sports enthusiasm she went to all of her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. Shirley received her Psychology Degree at the age of 40 while running her own business and raising her family. Her love for nature and adventure led to many car rides and camping trips with her children and grandchildren. In her later years, she even picked up the enjoyment of golf.
The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, Jun 8, 2023, at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 2510 Richmond NW where she will repose one hour before the Mass. Interment will take place at St. Mary Church Cemetery, Sand Lake. Her family will receive visitors Wednesday, June 7, 2023, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dementia Society https://www.dementiasociety.org or Corewell Health Hospice.

Barbara Marie Kalinowski

Barbara Marie Kalinowski
May 28, 1934 – December 25, 2022

In loving memory of Barbara M. Kalinowski who passed peacefully at home surrounded by caring and loving family members on December 25, 2022. Her journey was completed as she went home to be with her Lord & Savior. She was a devoted, faithful, and loving wife to her husband, Raymond J Kalinowski until his passing on October 15, 2012. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Karen R. Anderson, her parents, Stanley and Harriet Kaminski, her brothers, Ed Kaminski, Richard Kaminski, Ronald Kaminski, and Thomas Kaminski, her in-laws Jessie and Peter Kalinowski, Walter and Dolly Prorock, Hank and Lucille Myslenski, and Gerald Orleskie. She was a dedicated and loving mother to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel (Joni) Kalinowski, Thomas Kalinowski, Mark (Leeca) Kalinowski, Paul (Terri) Kalinowski, son-in-law, Phil Anderson, 18 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, five sisters-in-law, Marilyn Kaminski, Germain Kaminski, Lucy Kaminski, Ann Marie Kaminski, and Virginia Orleskie along with numerous nieces and nephews. Those who have gone on before, are loved forever and will never be forgotten, as we who remain will carry them in our hearts with loving kindness. Barbara’s legacy was established by her faith in God and Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior. Barbara embraced life showing hospitality to everyone she met, always sharing a meal and an encouraging word. Her optimism was inspiring to family, friends, and acquaintances, by encouraging everyone to remember the best and forget the rest. Her example of God’s grace and love will not be forgotten. The memories created through the years will be cherished for generations. A celebratory mass will be held on Friday, June 2nd, 2023 at 11:00 am with visitation starting at 10:00 am with a meal to follow at St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, located at 2510 Richmond Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, with Father Mark Przybysz presiding.

Ronald Robert Hajek


Ronald Robert Hajek, 91, passed away surrounded by family on May 8, 2023, after a fall. Ron was born in Chicago, IL on February 16, 1932, to John and Irene (Chilik) Hajek.
After high school graduation from Carter Henry Harrison Technical High School in Chicago, and a short stint with the New York Yankees, Fond du Lac affiliate, Ron enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served from 1952-1956 and was stationed in San Francisco and Hawaii.
Before returning home from the Navy, Ron was offered a position at Western-Knapp Engineering (a mining company) in Chicago as an equipment purchasing agent. He was tasked to purchase equipment for White Pine Mine – White Pine Upper Peninsula, MI. Taking numerous visits to the mining site, a young staff administrator caught his eye in the mine office. The White Pine staff was invited to make the long train ride from the UP to a company-sponsored weekend outing at the Mount Prospect Golf Club in Mount Prospect, IL. This has been said to be Ron’s “first formal date” with Marlene Ann Seeling. The couple married soon after. They purchased one of the 1st subdivision homes in Arlington Heights, IL.
Ron soon met a small group of young, like-minded colleagues and started a business designing material handling equipment systems for Chicago-area food and chemical manufacturers. He continued running his small firm until his retirement in 2002.
Ron and Marlene were “snowbirds” for many years in the Bradenton, Florida area. They retired to Grand Rapids in 2004. Both were active at St Anthony of Padua. Ron was an avid golfer and talked about looking forward to getting out with the guys for the 2023 golf league season. He had an encyclopedic memory, ranging from knowing every actor in black-and-white movies to recalling every PGA golfer on the tour for as long as he could remember.
Ron’s greatest pride and accomplishments were his family and his relationship with Marlene. He retained their home up until the end, taking round-the-clock care of Marlene as she continues her journey with dementia. His devotion to keeping quality of life for her was present in his last verbal thoughts.
Ron is survived by Marlene Hajek, and their children Thomas of Arlington Heights, IL, Jean of Rockford, MI, Bill (Ellen) of Arlington Heights IL, Bob (Kathleen) of Chapel Hill, NC. Grandchildren- Mark, Lauren, Andrew, Caroline, Abigail and Sophie. Great Grandchildren Adrianna, Jackson, and Jolie. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John Hajek.
Visitation will be on May 12, 2023, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Arsulowicz Brothers Mortuary, 937 Michigan Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
Viewing at the Church will be held at 10:00 am May 13, Funeral Mass at 11:00 am followed by luncheon, held at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 2510 Richmond St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 at 11:00 am on May 13, 2023. Interment will be private.

Donny Ray Beenen

Donny Ray Beenen age 87 of Grand Rapids, a loving dad and grandpa, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 3, 2023. Donny was preceded in death by his beloved wife Carole Beenen (Galinis), his sons Steven and Jeffrey, his brothers Thomas Beenen and Frank Simons, his sister Lois Shutich and his brother-in-law Joe Galinis. Surviving are his sons Todd, Greg (Selina), and Brian (Janet); his grandsons Nicky, Nate, Nolan, Nash, and Henry; his sisters-in-law Mary Ann Beenen and Judy (Paul) Jensen; brother-in-law John Shutich; many nieces and nephews.
Donny was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked as an engineer with CSX Railroad after over 40 years of service. Donny was a longtime member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish where he served as sacristan in his later years with the church.
The Memorial Mass for Donny and his son Jeff will be celebrated Friday, June 9, 2023, at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church. His family will receive visitors at the church that day from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Interment Mt. Calvary Cemetery. His family will receive visitors Thursday, June 8, 2023, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW where a Vigil Service will be held Thursday at 7:30 pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony of Padua Church in Donny’s Memory.

Marcia Breuer


Marcia Anne Breuer (Redlon), age 79, passed away on May 2, 2023, with her family by her side. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mat and Ky Redlon; her brother, Larry Redlon; her sister-in-law, Sandy Redlon; and her son-in-law, Matt Charon. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, John Breuer; her children, Mary (Mark) Huyser, Mike (Renae) Breuer, Lisa Charon and Tim (Amy) Breuer; her grandchildren, Nick, Katie, Graci, Kylie, Travis, Taylor, Jackson and Jaeden; one great-granddaughter, Ellie; her brother, Tom Redlon; and her many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Marcia had a true love for gardening. She and John took pride in creating beautiful flower and vegetable gardens that compared to no other. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her wonderful groups of friends and could be seen with her “Putt Putts” gals catching up on Thursday afternoons. She cherished her family and friendships.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on May 15, 2023, at 11:00 AM, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 2510 Richmond Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI, with Reverend Mark Przybysz as celebrant. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland or Mel Trotter Ministries in memory of Marcia.

Patricia Lou Preston (Alber)

Mrs. Patricia Lou Preston (Alber) age 83 of Grand Rapids went to be with the Lord on Saturday May 6, 2023 on her 62nd wedding anniversary and is now reunited with her husband Shirley “Sarge” Evans Preston; she was also preceded in death by her parents Fred and Beatrice Alber, her brothers Thomas, Robert and James; her sisters Mary Jane Rudolph, Irene Popma and Charlene Alber.
She is survived by her children Russell (Lynne) Preston, Gregory (Mary Jo) Preston, Douglas (Lucy) Preston, Bryan Preston, Amy Jo Preston, Tina (Bernie) Bouwhuis; grandchildren, Amanda (Dan) Morris, Meghan (Jason) Shearer and Evan (Kalee) Preston, Jenna (Jeff) Fillman, Calvin (Abbey), Luke (Lindsay), Joe (Lindsey), Anthony, Sam and Lily Preston; Rachael (Evan) Macklin and Allison (Kyle) Smith; Cole and Kendra Preston; Joe, Matthew and Kayla Bouwhuis; 12 great grandchildren; her sister Bonnie Shepard; her special niece Betty Blackmer; many loving nieces and nephews.
Patricia graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1958, then was accepted at the Michigan Bell Telephone Company as an information and intercept operator. Pat devoted her life to her husband’s business, Contract Electric, as the office manager. She was an active member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, serving as the first female usher. She also helped start the RCIA program with Sr. Eileen Golas and helped for over 20 years.
She will always be lovingly remembered for her kind big heart and her helping and dependable ways. Pat’s most important thing in her life was her family.
The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday May 11 at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church where she will repose one hour before the Mass. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Her family will receive visitors Wednesday May 10 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony Education Foundation or the West Catholic High School Tuition Assistance.

Dorothy Williams

Dorothy Carmel Williams, age 98, went to be with her Lord and Savior while at home on Sunday, April 30, 2023. She will be lovingly remembered by her brother, Thomas Longo; many nieces, nephews, and friends. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Donald Williams; her parents; and three brothers and sisters-in-law.

Dorothy loved watching the wildlife in her backyard. Deer, birds, and turkeys were frequent visitors outside her picture windows. She was an avid reader, especially mysteries. Other interests were gardening, antiquing, golfing, volunteering for the Santa Clause Girls, and enjoying her dark chocolate goodies. Dorothy was also an active member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Community Church.

Visitation with friends and relatives will be held from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Community Church, 2510 Richmond Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. A Mass of Christian burial will be held immediately after at 11 a.m. Fr. Mark Przybysz will be officiating. In memory of Dorothy and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Anthony’s Church. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.cookcaresgrandville.com.

Mr. William “Bill” H. Ring

Mr. William “Bill” H. Ring age 85 of Grand Rapids went to be with the Lord on Monday April 17, 2023 surrounded by his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents Virgil and Charlotte Ring, his siblings Sally (Jim) Reynolds and Terry Ring, his mother and father in law Charlotte and John Arsulowicz Sr., his brother in law John Arsulowicz Jr., his sisters in law Marybeth Westby and Stephanie Arsulowicz, his nephew Michael “Bubba” Westby, his nephews Jimmy and Rex Reynolds.
Bill will be lovingly missed by his wife of 56 years Barbara L. Ring (Arsulowicz); his children Jeffrey (Lori) Ring, Todd (Diane) Ring, Becky (Tom) Farr, Mary Beth (Ken) Frey; his grandchildren Kaleigh (Jake) Wright, Lucas Ring, Andrea Ring, Andrew (Kaitlyn) Ring, T.J. (Stephanie) Farr, Best Buddy Joe (fiancé Sarah Rasch) Farr, Katie Farr, Calista (John) Smith, Michael (Ariel) Frey, Billy (Leah) Frey; his great grandchildren Jordan, Cayden and Kenadie Chrysler, Paul Possett, Sophie Frey, Allura Frey; his brother in law Dr. Daniel (Elaine) Arsulowicz and Lloyd Westby; numerous nieces, nephews, their families and many dear friends.
Bill had many proud accomplishments and business achievements in his lifetime, his proudest being B and B Supply Inc. which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. He touched many lives and deeply loved his family and friends. Bill bled Green and White and loved his Michigan State Spartans.
Bill was a longtime active member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish.
He proudly served his country in the U. S. Army Reserves.
The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 2510 Richmond NW where the family will receive visitors one hour before the Mass. The family will receive visitors Friday 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW where the Rosary will be prayed Friday at 6:30 pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Hospice or the Carmelite Monastery, Ada, MI.

 Marion Elizabeth Zoppa

Marion Elizabeth Zoppa, age 87 of Grand Rapids, entered into eternal life Friday April 14, 2023. She was preceded in death by her husband Alvin, her son Allen, her daughter Mary Ann, her twin brother Mervin, her sister Verna and her brother Donald. Surviving are: her children June (Scott) Pellerito, Diane (Tim) Winowiecki and Nancy (Karl) Kooienga; grandchildren Raymond (Jennifer) Verbeck, Anthony Pellerito, Cameron Rich and Nathan (Abigail) Rich; three great grandchildren Dakota Verbeck, Trenton Verbeck and Skyler Verbeck; one great-great granddaughter Zoey Verbeck; her brothers Roy Bumstead, Stan (Helen) Bumstead and Keith (Molly) Bumstead; many nieces and nephews. Marion was an avid gardener and baker. She especially loved to share her homemade bread with family and friends. Marion was a stay at home mom and watched over her children, along with others from the neighborhood. Once her children were old enough, she worked as a lunch lady for the Grand Rapids Public Schools until retirement. After retiring, she travelled throughout the US, visiting friends and new places. Marion was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church, where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday April 21 at 11:30 AM. Her family will receive visitors Friday from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Church. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. She will be deeply missed by all.

Mary Margaret Cleypool (Owens)

Mary Margaret Cleypool (Owens) age 84 of Grand Rapids entered eternal life on Monday April 10, 2023.
She will be deeply missed by her children Jill (Bill) Slaght, Martin Cleypool, Daniel (Robin) Cleypool, Kenneth (Laura) Cleypool and Dr. Karen Wosje; her grandchildren Jennifer, Katelyn and Nicholas Slaght, Rachel and Rebecca Cleypool, Jacob (Caitlin), Matthew (fiancé Emma Lindstrom) and Katherine Cleypool, Amber (Aaron) Ashley, Kelly (B.J.) Klotz, Chad (Dr. Katelyn) Cleypool, Brendan (Briana) Foley, David (Abigail) Karston, Daniel Karston and Andrew Karston; her great grandchildren Calvin and Emersyn Ashley, Kamryn and William Klotz, Oliver Foley and A. Karston; her sisters-in-law Marie DeVos, Claudia Ladwig and Beverly Boersma; several nieces, nephews and countless friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Bork, parents Edward and Dorothy Owens; her siblings Shirley McCartin, Donald Owens, E.J. Owens, Dorothy Parente and John Owens; her daughter-in-law Karen Cleypool and her grandson Duke Cleypool.
Mary was a longtime member of Blessed Sacrament Church and in her later years St. Anthony of Padua Church, where she found her true joy as a member of the St. Anthony Choir.
She invested every ounce of energy, passionately raising her children and supporting her family, which yielded a positive return of life long fulfillment and love. She loved her kids, she REALLY loved her grandkids, and REALLY REALLY loved her great grandkids!
The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday April 15 at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 2510 Richmond NW where the family will receive visitors at the church from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Her family will receive visitors Friday April 14 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW where the Vigil Service will be held Friday at 6:30 pm. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the entire team from Faith Hospice and the caregivers of Acti-Kare who provided comfort to Mary.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice.

Barbara Ann Helmick

Mrs. Barbara Ann Helmick (Riemersma) age 89 of Grand Rapids went to be with the Lord on Good Friday April 7, 2023. She now rejoins her husband Kenneth Helmick; her parents Richard and Elizabeth Riemersma, her sister and best friend Dorothy (Ray) Brechting and her nephew Raymond Brechting.
She will be missed and lovingly remembered by her niece Beth (Dan) Alt; her great nephews Dan Jr. (Corie), Ryan (Jackie), Curt (Liz) and Matthew (Amanda), her dear great niece Rachel Alt (fiancé Brent Lipski); 8 great great nieces and nephews of whom she loved dearly. She will also be lovingly remembered by her step daughter Mary Shephard and her cousins and special friends.
Barbara worked for many years as a bookkeeper even beyond the age of retirement.
The family would like to thank the staff of Edison Christian Health Center and Geneva Hospice for the care and compassion shown to Barbara.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lori’s Voice and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday April 12, 2023 at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church. Her family will receive visitors at the church Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

Gerald John Polkowski

Mr. Gerald John Polkowski age 88 of Grand Rapids, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday March 28, 2023. He was preceded in death by his parents Stanley and Catherine Polkowski; his son David Polkowski; his siblings Esther (Edward) Plaska, Eleanor (Edward) Wasilewski, Evelyn (Norbert) Balcer, Lucille Andrakowicz, Edwin (Marie and Norrine) Polkowski, and Richard (Bernadine) Polkowski.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years Donna Polkowski (McClure); his children Greg (Debbie) Polkowski, Mike (Nedra) Polkowski, Cindy (Tim) Schoonmaker, Dan (Cheryl) Polkowski; his daughter in law Carmella (Mike) Thomas; his grandchildren Greg (Larissa) Polkowski II, Annie (Jason) Shackleford, Stephen Polkowski, Jeffrey (Jazmine) Polkowski, Brandon (Shannon) Polkowski, Eric (Lyndsay) Truskoski, Megan (Jay) Christensen, Leandra Polkowski, Adam (Gina) Polkowski; 11 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Jerry retired from General Motors Plant #1 after 44 years of service. He enjoyed the many years he spent at St. Adalbert Parish, belonging to the Parish and coaching baseball for many years. Jerry also enjoyed the years playing softball for the Basilica Bombers.
The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, April 1 at 10:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church. He will repose at the church from 9:00 to 10:00 am. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the staff of Yorkshire/Stonebridge Manors for the compassionate care given to Jerry.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony of Padua Church.

Robert C. Kotula

Robert C. Kotula age 83 of Grand Rapids went to be with the Lord on December 24, 2022 after an extended battle with heart and respiratory issues. He was preceded in death by his wife Jane Kotula (Callaghan); his mother Sophie Rozegnal; his brother William Kotula and his great granddaughter Rylee Christian Jost. He will be dearly missed by his daughters Karlene (Greg) Schmidt and Maria (Jerry) Deininger; his grandchildren Corey Jost, Holley Jost (Nathan Noffsinger), Zacharey (Rachel) Jost, Bradley Schmidt; his great grandchildren Cloie Jost, Zoey Jost, Elaina Noffsinger, Aubree Jost, Everlee Noffsinger, Griffin Jost and Allie Jo Jost; his sister Mary Lou Mack; sister in law Connie Kotula; his longtime girlfriend Phyllis Wolbert; several beloved relatives from the Callaghan, Pupel and Rozegnal families.
Bob graduated from Michigan State University with his Bachelor Degree. He went on to teach mathematics and science to middle school students. Teaching young minds was his passion. Bob later went on to work as a salesman in the material handling industry.
He is affectionately known as “Mr. Michigan” because he knows every fact about the great lakes state and was very proud to be a Michigander… appropriately passing away during one the state’s worst blizzards.
The Mass will be celebrated Friday February 3, 2023 at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church. His family will receive visitors that Friday from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the church. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Rev. Joseph W. Kenshol

Rev. Joseph W. Kenshol age 78 of Grand Rapids entered eternal life on the morning of Dec. 19, 2022
Father Kenshol was born on Aug. 22, 1944, in Grand Rapids, son of Leonard and Jennie (nee Borkowski) Kenshol.
Father Kenshol attended Mt. Mercy Academy, St. Mary Catholic School, and Catholic Central in Grand Rapids; Salvatorian Seminary-St. Nazianz, Wisconsin; St. Paul College, Waukesha, WI; Aquinas College; and St. John’s Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, MI. He was ordained to the priesthood on Jan. 19, 1973, by Bishop Joseph M. Breitenbeck at St. Mary Church in Grand Rapids.
In January 1973, Father Kenshol was appointed parochial vicar of the Cathedral of Saint Andrew; in February 1976, appointed parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament; in June 1978, appointed parochial vicar of the Basilica of Saint Adalbert; in June 1981, appointed pastor of Our Lady of Fatima in Shelby and Our Lady of the Assumption in Rothbury; in June 1988, appointed parochial vicar of Sacred Heart of Jesus in Grand Rapids and, in June 1990, appointed pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus; in February 1994, appointed pastor of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Sand Lake with St. Clara Mission in Coral; in July 2012, appointed pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland Mission, Harvard (Cedar Springs). He was granted senior priest status on July 1, 2013.
Father Joe is survived by his cousins in the Borkowski and Kenshol families, also by many friends he has made through the years.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Jan. 6, 2023 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church where he will lie in state one hour prior to the Mass with Bishop David Walkowiak presiding and Father Bill Zink homilist. Interment Mount Calvary Cemetery
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church 2510 Richmond St., NW, 49504. A Vigil Service will be held Thursday at 7:30 p.m

Mary Hatch

Mary Hatch, age 73, of Walker, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, December 21, 2022. She was an inspiration to us all facing many health challenges throughout the years. She fought the good fight with strength, courage, patience, dignity and grace, always with a smile finding joy in each and every day. Loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, she was preceded in death by her twin sister, Martha Wood, parents Jacob and Marian VandenBerg, parents in-law Frederick and Jeanne Hatch, and sister-in-law Diane Hatch. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 43 years, Richard, daughters Angela Putchaven of Walker, Sarah (Jason) Schooley of Comstock Park, grandchildren Christian, Gavin, Miles, Nya & Eva, sisters Carol (Rick) Dalrymple, Linda (Ron) Walker, brothers-in-law Herb Wood, Fred (Deb) Hatch, Bill (Lois) Hatch, Jim (Cotty) Hatch, Pat Hatch (Veronica Smith), sister-in-law Beth (Dave) Markowski, many nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 29, 2022 at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 2510 Richmond St. NW where her family will receive visitors one hour prior. Interment Holy Trinity Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd. NW on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 from 2:00- 4:00 pm and 6:00 -8:00 pm with a Vigil service at 7:30 pm.
Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider St. Anthony’s Fitness Path Project or Paws with a Cause.

Danne Mae Bissard

Danne Mae Bissard passed away peacefully at the age of 88 on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 while in the company of her husband of 66 years David and her family.

She was born in March of 1934 to the late Joseph and Eugenia Spinski in Grand Rapids, MI. Along with her parents, Danne Mae is preceded in death by her granddaughter Nikki, sister and brother-in law Dolly (Norman) Bissard and brother-in-law Mike Hoekstra.

Along with her husband David, Danne Mae is survived by her children: Mari Jo (Dan) Thompson, Jeannie (John) Wolbert, Kathy (John) Hawkins and John (Debbie) Bissard. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and sister Bonnie Hoekstra.

Danne Mae was a dedicated parishioner of Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and an active member and past President of the Polish Falcons Ladies Auxiliary. She was also on the Pulaski Day Planning Committee. She had volunteered at St. Mary’s Hospital and served 25 plus years in the Kent County Court House in the Victim Witness Program.

Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, November 18, 2022, at 11:00 AM at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, (2510 Richmond St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504). Friends are invited to visit with family at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home on Thursday, November 17 from 4-7 PM, with Rosary at 6:30pm. Visitation will also take place one hour prior to the funeral at the church, starting at 10:00 AM.

Burial will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Michigan Chapter, (2944 Fuller Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505).

Nancy Jane Rohloff

Mrs. Nancy Jane Rohloff (Bailey) age 86 of Grand Rapids, born February 17, 1936, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday November 1, 2022. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years James; her sons Clark, Gerard, and Allen; her parents Robert L. and Bernice Bailey; her sisters Patricia Martin and Delores Walke. She is survived by her children Frances (Dennis) Kent, Janet Rohloff, Keith (Denise) Rohloff, Mitchell Rohloff, Marjorie Hendges, Renee (Michael) VanSinger, Lisa (Daniel) Hoekwater, Raymond Rohloff, Kelly (Clay) Elenbaas, and Ryan Rohloff; her brother Robert D. Bailey; 40 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and a large extended family. Nancy was a wonderful mom, gifted cook and had a passion for reading. Her kind, accepting nature and positive attitude made everyone feel loved. The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday November 12 at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church. Her family will receive visitors at the church Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

Stanley Karas

Karas, Stanley Mr. Stanley Kostek Karas Jr age 95 of Grand Rapids went to be with the Lord on Thursday October 27, 2022. Stanley was preceded in death by his parents and siblings in the Karas family. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 71 years Dorothy; his children David (Anne) Karas, Daniel (Lori) Karas, Debra (Greg) Goosen, Kathryn (Jack) Kersjes; his grandchildren Rebecca Corcoran, Sarah (William) Kuebbeler, Elizabeth (Christopher) Masters, Kelley (Wes) Shi, Bradley Karas, Robert (Bailey) Karas, Gabe Goosen, Matthew Kersjes and Michael Kersjes; several great grandchildren; his brothers Charles and Edward (Bernadette) Karas; sister in law Pauline Karas; many nieces and nephews. Stanley is a veteran of WW II serving in the U. S. Navy. He retired from Wolverine Brass. An accomplished archer, Stan also enjoyed hunting and fishing. His greatest love in life was spending time with his grandchildren. The Memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday November 1 at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church 2510 Richmond NW. His family will receive visitors Tuesday November 1 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the church. Ennichement will take place at Holy Cross Mausoleum. The family would like to thank the staff of Faith Hospice, Visiting Nurse Services Spectrum Health and Edison Christian Rest Home for their care and compassion. Memorial contributions may be made to Knights of Columbus Council #3104.

Robert Thomas Danevicz

Robert Thomas Danevicz, age 74 of Grand Rapids, MI, passed away from a heart attack while vacationing in Hawaii. Preceded in death by parents Edward and Justine (Nawrot) Danevicz, brother Richard Danevicz, grandson Tyler and many other loved ones. Surviving are his wife Cecilia “Cele” (Powers) Danevicz; son Mark (Stacey) Danevicz; daughters Amy (TJ) Fish, Sara Danevicz and Julie (Kevin) Blue; grandkids Zachary, James, Joseph, Leandra, Jevin and Allison; sister Charlene (Thomas) Truszkowski; brothers Edward (Margaret) Danevicz and William (Gale) Danevicz; in-laws Janice (David) Barnes, Nancy (Greg) Crabbs, Monica (James) Newell and Richard (Linda) Powers; various nieces, nephews, and close extended family. He proudly served his country in the Vietnam War and returned home to find his soulmate, Cele. The two were lovingly married for 51 years. He was a graduate of Ferris State University and enjoyed following their football teams with their recent success. Go Bulldogs! He formed special bonds with all six of his grandkids who will treasure those memories forever. You could find him singing along to live music, playing trivia with lifelong friends, barbecuing, or spending winters in Gulf Shores, AL with his snowbird family. To know him was to love him. He had a special way of welcoming everyone into his life, which he lived to the fullest. The family asks that we celebrate his vibrant life by wearing colorful apparel for all services.

The family will receive visitors Sunday October 16, 2022 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary , 3525 Remembrance Rd NW. . A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Community on Monday October 17, 2022 at 10:00 am with open viewing one hour prior to mass. Procession, Interment and Military Honors will take place at Rosedale Cemetery and a funeral luncheon at St. Anthony’s to follow.

Gabriel Joseph Hojnacki

Gabriel Joseph Hojnacki age 13 of Grand Rapids passed away unexpectedly on Saturday May 28, 2022. Gabe was preceded in death by his great grandparents Stanley J. and Therese Smit, and Edward and Mary Hojnacki. He will be deeply missed by his parents Patti and Dan Hojnacki, and Matthew (fiancé Emily) Hojnacki (their children Christian, Kamren and Aubree); his brother Matthew Hojnacki; uncles Mike (Brenna) Hojnacki (their daughter Kinsley) and Robert (Antoinette) Smit, Tom Hojnacke, Rick (Linda) Hojnacki; aunts Marcia (Gene) Cantwell, Mary (Ron) France, Marcia Freeman, Jean (Jim) Huizenga, Sue DeKorte, Patty LeMaire, Lisa Kuberski; many other loving family and friends.
Gabe was currently a 7th grade student at Kenowa Hills Public Schools. He was proud to be a member of the Big Rippers 616 bicycling group; he loved to snow board, skate board and fish.
The funeral and committal service will be held Saturday June 4 at 1:00 pm at St. Anthony of Padua Church where his family will receive visitors Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm .
Memorial contributions may be made to his family.

Barbara Lou Milanowski (Grzeszak)

Mrs. Barbara Lou Milanowski (Grzeszak) age 72 of Grand Rapids went to be with the Lord on Wednesday May 25, 2022 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Barb was preceded in death by her parents Lou and Irene Grzeszak. She will be deeply missed by her husband of 45 years Mike; her children Brian (Laurie) Scanlon, Andrea Scanlon, Jeff (Tammy) Scanlon and Mike (Debbie) Milanowski Jr.; her beloved grandchildren Adam Stump, Mark Stump, Regan (John) Lockwood, Jacob Fenshaw, Robert DeYoung, Andy Blakeley, Morgan Scanlon, Makenna Scanlon, Mary Milanowski, Priscilla Milanowski and Anna Milanowski; her sister Lynn Burns; sister in law Sharon Milanowski; her brothers in law Jim (Mitzi) Milanowski and Tim (Denise) Milanowski; many nieces and nephews.
Barb received her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Communication Arts, dual major. After raising her family she had a successful career in the Corporate Office of Meijer, Benefits Department. A woman of faith she was an active member of St. Anthony Parish, serving with the choir, festivals, hot lunch and bingo to name a few, with her favorite being deeply involved with helping at the school. Her life was devoted to her family especially her grandchildren.
The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday June 2 at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church where she will repose one hour prior to the Mass. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive visitors Wednesday June 1 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW where the Rosary will be prayed Wednesday 8:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony School.

RoseMary Klein

Rosemary Klein passed away at the age of 93 on Saturday, May 21, 2022. While in the company of her children.

She was born in the winter of 1928 to George and Alice Miesch in Muskegon, Michigan. Along with her parents, Rosemary is preceded in death by her husband of 72 years Eugene who passed away in April of 2022. as well as by her brother Daniel and sister Alice.

Rosemary and Eugene were blessed with an abundance of love and support by their children Suzanne (John) Ruiz, Judy (Ben) Graham, Gene (Sue) Klein, Paul (Debbie) Klein, Elaine (Jim) Brecker, Andy (Christine) Klein, Amy Coffey, Melissa (Tony) Parker. Rosemary is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and a great-great grandchild.

Rosemary was a dedicated attendee of Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 11:00 AM at the church, (2510 Richmond St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504). Family and friends are welcome to visit with her children starting at 10:00 AM prior to the service at church.

Burial will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be directed to the Faith Hospice, (2100 Raybrook SE, Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546).

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Courtney “Corey” Barnes (Schutte)

Courtney “Corey” Barnes (Schutte) age 47 of Allendale passed away on Thursday May 19, 2022. Courtney was preceded in death by her father Dave Schutte and step father Tom Alt. She will be deeply missed by her children Kaylee & Isaac Barnes, boyfriend Shane Morse, mother Cynthia Alt, brother Aaron (Amarylis) Schutte, sister Lindsey (Jeff) Powers, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews, her LBC family & many friends. She will also be missed by her two dogs, Pronto & Lucky Bear.
Courtney is a graduate of West Catholic, earned her Bachelor of Science from Aquinas College and continued on with her Nursing degree from Grand Valley State University. She spent many years as an ER nurse, then continued her education, earning her MBA from Baker College. She used her nursing experience and formal education to become a Lead Clinical Data Specialist with Spectrum Health. She was a renowned research partner in the study of cancer, being published in various medical journals. She saved many lives not only as a nurse, but through her love of statistics and science as well.
Corey had many lifelong friends. She loved spending time with her big family in Grand Haven & over Thanksgiving. She enjoyed working with her flowers, traveling & relaxing in the sun. She was always cheering her kids on at sporting events, cracking jokes, and was the life of the party wherever there was a dance floor.
Corey was a loving mother, so proud of her K-Bird & Bubs and all of their accomplishments & independence.
We know you’re in a better place, pain-free, with an endless supply of Diet Coke.
Visitation will be on Monday, May 23 from 5:00 -7:00 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW. A funeral mass will be held at St. Anthony on Tuesday, May 24 at 11:00 am where her family will receive visitors one hour prior with a luncheon to follow.

Jane Marie Knapp

Mrs. Jane Marie Knapp (Sweedyk), age 64 of Walker, went to be with the Lord Tuesday May 10, 2022. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lillian, and her brother, Tom. She is survived by her loving husband, Terry. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday May 17 at 11:00 AM at St. Anthony of Padua Church, where she will repose one hour prior to Mass. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Humane Society of West Michigan.
“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.” – John Burroughs

James Gerson Dillard

James Gerson Dillard, age 95, passed into eternal life on April 2, 2022. He was born in Akron, Ohio, on August 23, 1926, to the late Gerson and Anna Dillard. He and the love of his life, Jackie, were married 75 years. Jim entered the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. Apprenticeship program at the age of 17, working 7 days a week, before entering the military at 18, serving in the Army Air Corp during World War II from 1944-1946. His military assignment was instrument maintenance on the aircrafts, many of which were used to bring the service personnel back to the states. After his military service, he returned to Goodyear to fulfill his apprenticeship, receiving his machinist certification in 1949. Jim worked as a maintenance supervisor in Goodyear’s Foam Plant. After 23 years of job security and guaranteed pension plan, he moved his family to Marion, Indiana, where he worked as plant engineer at General Tire, working long hours and seven days a week for 8 years. He was then recruited by Edge Sweets, a small company that manufactured foam processing machinery. He was hired to sell their machinery, no longer on the operational/purchasing side of the foam equipment industry. His design skills at Edge earned him a patent for a pour line, producing “Flat Top Foam”. He retired from Edge Sweets in Grand Rapids, after 17 years.
Jim met and married his beloved wife, Jackie, in 1947. They were a great team in their life ventures, whether it be raising 5 children, or building their first house themselves after reading “How to Build Your Dream Home for $3500”. Jim was devoted to Jackie, and upon meeting all of his milestones, continued to find ways to provide comfort and companionship in their last chapter together.
Jim will be remembered as a hard worker, a man who could “fix nearly anything”, but who also knew how to have fun. He could liven up any dance floor and led the way on countless family line dances. His most enjoyable recreation was boating and skiing with the family. A special memory of him is watching him ski at the age of 85. Jim was a Masters bridge player, and played cards up until a few days before he passed. He also enjoyed golf, and wintering in Brownsville, Texas, where his children and grand-children hold many fond memories.
In addition to his wife, Jackie, Jim will be deeply missed by his children Linda (Sam) Jones, Debbie (Dennis) Stark, Jim (Carol), Judy (Steve) Vitto, and Jan (Dan) Viglione, as well as his 14 grandchildren, Chris, Kelly, Katie, Andy, Michael, Aaron, Anna, Rachel, Kim, Tony, Amy, Angela, A.J., and Alex, and his 34 great grand-children. He was preceded in death by his son-in-law Mike Viglione and only sibling, Mary Lou Balaj.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church where his family will receive visitors from 10:00 am- 11:00 am.
Interment Rosedale Memorial Park. His family will receive visitors Monday from 4:00 pm -6:00 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW. Memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Hospital will be appreciated.

Mr. Carl E. “Red” Burns

Mr. Carl E. “Red” Burns age 92 of Grand Rapids, Veteran of the Korean War went to be with the Lord on Sunday April 3, 2022. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years Dolora Burns (Brown), children; Diane (Larry ) Reiffer, Richard (Jane) Burns, Thomas (Mary) Burns, Patricia Burns, Charles (Sheryl) Burns, Mary (Joe) Rasch, Sharon (Jeff) Pouba, James Burns; twenty seven grandchildren; twenty 28 great grandchildren; his sisters Margaret Ann Bunce and Marilyn Irwin; sisters in law Rita Burns and Geraldine Brown; brother in law Ray Rau; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandson Brian Reiffer; brothers Emmett (Mary) Burns, Edward (Barbara) Burns, Dennis (Ruth) Burns, Donald Burns; sisters Rose (Roy) Darling. Carl was the former owner of Burns Brothers Produce Inc. He was a member of the American Legion Post # 47 and the Knights of Columbus Council # 3104 along with the Grand Rapids Elks Lodge # 48 and the Casino Club. His hobbies included golf, bowling, playing cards, enjoying his time with family and friends at the K of C, especially spending his time with the grandchildren and great grandchildren at the family pool. Carl spent many years wintering with his wife in Gulf Shores and then in South Texas.
Carl was a long time member of St. Anthony of Padua Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday April 8 at 11:00 am where he will repose one hour prior to the Mass. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. His family will receive visitors Thursday April 7 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Road NW where the Rosary will be prayed Thursday at 8:00 pm. The family would like to thank the nurses and team members for their care and compassion.
Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Palliative Care.

Donald E. Burns

Mr. Donald E. Burns age 79 of Grand Rapids went to be with Lord on Tuesday March 8, 2022. He was preceded in death by his daughter Christine Ann; his parents Edward and Anna Burns; his siblings Emmett, Rose, Jim and Edward. Don will be lovingly missed by his wife of 55 years Rita J. Burns (Rudzinski); his daughters Terri (Dan) Wood, Jennifer (Kevin) Yoder, Sue (Andre) Salazar, Michele (Archie) Mojares; his grandchildren Shaina (Tim), Cameron, Brian, Stephanie (Brad), Kevin (Cait), Lucy, Lilah, Henry, Simon, Stella, Vivian, Mia, Lily and Christian; two great grandchildren Sophie and Olivia, Finn , Everette; his siblings Carl (Delora) Burns, Marilyn Irwin, Margaret Ann Bunce; sisters in law Betty (Ken) Rodgers, Cathy (Ray) Loman, Sandy (Dave) VanderBand; brother in law Steve (Cindy) Rudzinski; many nieces and nephews and his faithful companion Daphne. He served his country in the U.S. Army.
Don worked for many years with the family trucking company Burns Brothers Produce and later as production manager with Hearty Fresh Produce. He loved working in the yard and attending his grandchildren’s events. The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday March 11 at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church 2510 Richmond NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. His family will receive visitors Friday at the church from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Rita Redmond

Rita Isabella Redmond (Sarnocinski) passed away peacefully on Monday February 7th, 2022, at the age of 98. Her exemplary life and selfless acts of love will be forever remembered and celebrated by her six children: Diane (Edward) Valliere, Barbara (Thomas) Kent, Deborah Redmond, Raymond (Terry) Redmond, Laureen (Robert) Sipka and Karen Visser, her sixteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren (with three more on the way). Rita was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Ray, her parents Anna and Ignatius Sarnocinski and her siblings Laura Grundy, Jean Szymanski and Richard Sarnocinski.
Rita Isabella Redmond began her amazing life on May 18, 1923. She was born in Detroit, to hard working Polish immigrant parents. They fostered her strong work ethic, a sense of responsibility to home and family and her drive to do her best. After high school she became a certified cosmetologist and managed a successful salon. She always had a sense of style! She met her future husband, the recently discharged WWII Airman, Raymond Joseph Redmond, when they were in the bridal party of a mutual friend. They were drawn to each other immediately and even shared the same birth date, May 18th. Rita and Ray began their married life together on May 29, 1947. Ray’s career brought the family to Grand Rapids in 1962. Rita dedicated her seemingly boundless energy to her husband, home and her six children. The house was always spotless, three beautiful meals a day always appeared on the table and the yard was groomed meticulously, as were her children when they left for school and mass on Sunday. As the family grew and grandchildren arrived, she was the # 1 babysitter. Her cookie jar was always full, no wonder the great grandchildren call her “Grandma Cookie”. Throughout her life Rita was dedicated to her faith and family and took great pride in her Polish heritage. Two of her passions were music and dancing…………especially Lawrence Welk or a good polka band. When Ray and Rita went out on the dance floor, they were elegant and graceful……and Rita was leading! Rita was a true Matriarch and a positive influence on all who knew her. Our large and loving family is her legacy. As she would say; “Moja Droga Rodzina” (My Dear Family)

God Bless you Rita ……Well Done!

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday March 5, 2022, 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 2510 Richmond St NW Grand Rapids MI 49504. Rita’s family will greet relatives and friends on Friday March 4, 2022, at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday at church one hour prior to the Mass. Internment Holy Cross Cemetery. Rita’s family would like to thank Spectrum Hospice, the Advisacare Aides, and the staff at Lincoln Square for the care they gave to our mother and the help they were to us. God Bless you for your kindness. Memorial contributions to St. Anthony of Padua Educational Foundation and Spectrum Hospice will be appreciated.

Sue Noneman

Mrs. Sue Ellen Noneman age 80 of Grand Rapids went to be with the Lord on Monday February 14, 2022 after a battle with lung cancer. Sue was born October 17, 1941 in Grand Rapids to Verne Owen and Esther Louise Dodge. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years Jerry L. Noneman, her son Steven Noneman and her parents Verne and Esther. Surviving are her daughter Amy (Tim) Kozminski; her grandchildren Logan, Casey, Jocelyn and Nathan Kozminski; her brother James Dodge (Valerie Beyer); sisters Alice (George) Belknap, Mary (Garry) DeBoer; sisters-in-law Patricia West and Jacquelyn Perry; several nieces and nephews.
Sue attended Grand Rapids Junior College (now Grand Rapids Community College). She later retired from GAB Business Services. Sue enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and especially the years spent at her seasonal property, Sandy Pines. Through the years she was active with the Santa Claus Girls, Make-A-Wish, Red Hat Ladies “Fancy Pants”, the Elks Lodge Daisy Chain, volunteering at Walker Charter Academy as well as several charities over the years. Sue also relished her monthly lunches with her 1959 East Grand Rapids High School ladies, “The Golden Girls” and taking bus trips to dinner theaters and shopping trips. She was a long standing member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday at 11:00 am at St. Anthony Church 2510 Richmond NW where she will repose one hour before the Mass. Interment will take place at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Sue’s family will receive visitors Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW. Memorial contributions may be made Faith Hospice or Kids Food Basket.

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