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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