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, 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.
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 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).
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 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.
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.