April 20, 1937 - August 31, 2014
Kathryn Louise Lyon, age 77 of Ludington, went home to Jesus on Sunday, August 31, 2014. She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Richard; children, Mark (Tiffany) Lyon of Saratoga, CA, Susan (Steve) Merrill of Lowell, MI; grandchildren, Alexander and Jack Lyon, Aidan Roustan, Zachary and Mackenzie Merrill; sister, Donna J. (Glen) Murphy; and nieces and nephews. She was born on April 20, 1937 in Saginaw, MI to Glenn J. and Alberta C. Brown. Kathy graduated from Coleman High School in 1955 and went on to get her BA in music education and history from Michigan State University in 1959. She was married to Richard Chapman Lyon of Wyandotte, MI on April 9, 1960. She obtained her masters in secondary counseling from Michigan State in 1965. Dick and Kathy moved to Ludington in 1969. Kathy worked as a high school guidance counselor for Ludington High School from 1969 until her retirement in 1993. Besides her career, Kathy was an accomplished pianist and taught piano lessons out of her home. Funeral service will be held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Cascade Christian Church, 2829 Thornapple River Dr. S.E., Grand Rapids. Rev. Jill Forton officiating. Visitation Tuesday 6-8:00 p.m. at OBrien-Eggebeen-Gerst Funeral Home, 3980 Cascade Rd S.E., Grand Rapids and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimers Association, 2944 Fuller Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505.
August 20, 1923 - August 30, 2014
Lucy Ann (Brovont) Wilcox, age 91 of Cascade, was called home to be with her Heavenly Father Saturday, August 30, 2014. She was born August 20, 1923 to Tobias and Laura Brovont. She was a resident of Cascade for more than 43 years. Lucy was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years Kenneth L. Wilcox; her son-in-law, Larry A. Beck; eight brothers and one sister. She is survived by her children, Rita Beck, Jeff (Bev) Wilcox, Karen (Hartman) Kircher IV, Craig Wilcox; grandchildren, Steven (Jamie) Beck, David (Tori) Beck, Brent (Rachel) Wilcox, Melissa (Zachary) Van Dyke, Lindsey (Scott) Frein, Keith Kircher; ten great grandchildren, who were a source of joy in her declining years; sister, Rosa Wilcox; brother, Ernest (Neva) Brovont; also many nieces and nephews. We have been blessed to know her as mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and friend. Lucy was a long time member of Cascade Christian Church, where she spent many years volunteering in the youth ministry, Denison Guild, and gift shop. She enjoyed and appreciated her visits from her church family and Faith Hospice, their uplifting spirits blessed her. Her sense of humor, giving spirit and many talents will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends. Funeral service will be held Tuesday 2:00 p.m. Cascade Christian Church, 2829 Thornapple River Dr. S.E., Grand Rapids with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Jill Forton officiating. Interment Cascade Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider a donation to Cascade Christian Church Youth Group or Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook SE, Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-5783.
May 18, 1921 - August 23, 2014
Geraldine Nauta, age 93 of Lowell, passed away Saturday, August 23, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; brother, Lyle Jackson: sisters, Phyllis Lavendar and Virginia Matthews; grandson, Andy Nauta. She is survived by her children, Vern (Gay) Nauta of Lowell, Nancy (Pastor Daniel) Gauw of Bella Vista, AK, Phillip (Lynn) Nauta of Lowell, Jim (Carol) Nauta of Pentwater, Mark (Becky) Nauta of Lowell, Debbie (Pastor Randy) Reed of Ishpeming, Steve (Brenda) Nauta of Belding; sister-in-law, Mabel Jackson; brother-in-law Rev. Jay Nauta; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be Thursday 10:00 a.m. Roth-Gerst Chapel, 305 N. Hudson, Lowell. Interment Alton Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday 5-8 p.m. at the Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to RBC Ministries, 3000 Kraft Ave SE, Grand Rapids MI 49512 or the charity of ones choice.
September 16, 1941 - August 16, 2014
Frances Louise Syrba, age 72 of Grand Rapids, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014. She was preceded in death by her sister Rosemarie, parents Felix and Mary Prawdzik, and daughter-in-law, Susan Syrba. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Gerald; children, Connie (Tom) Grant, Ken (Lydia) Syrba, Kerry (Natalie) Syrba, Keith (Shannon) Syrba; sisters, Dorothy Grezegorski, Patricia Cook; brother, James (Maria) Prawdzik; sister-in-law, Judith (Frank) Hoover; also nieces and nephews; her family was her source of joy, especially her ten grandchildren, Kyle, Rachel, Derek, Lauryn, Nicholas, Leanna, Brayden, Owen, Reece, and Olivia. Heaven will cherish you and we will all miss you. Fran was a longtime member of St Thomas the Apostle Parish, where she directed the religious education program in the 1970s, she served many years as Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and coordinated the accounting of the Sunday collection. For 18 years she was a volunteer with Visiting Nurse Association assisting in transportation and visiting with countless patients. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle, 1449 Wilcox Park Dr. S.E., Grand Rapids. Rev. James Chelich presiding. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday 7-9:00 p.m., Wednesday 2-4:00 p.m. and 7-9:00 p.m., with Vigil Service Wednesday 7:00 p.m. at OBrien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. S.E., Grand Rapids. Fran was a gracious giver, and in that giving spirit please consider contributions in lieu of flowers to Catherines Health Center, 1211 Lafayette Ave. N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49505 or In the Image, 1823 Division Ave. S., Grand Rapids, MI 49507-2458
January 19, 1925 - August 15, 2014
Jean Hazel VanLaan, age 89 of Lowell, entered into her eternal home on Friday, August 15, 2014. She was preceded in death by her brother Earl VanLaan. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Doris VanLaan; nephew, Phillip (Rebecca) VanLaan; nieces, Patricia (Joel) Walker, Barbara (John) Williams, Mary (James) Craig, Nancy VanLaan, Susan (Philip) Dykstra, Linda VanLaan, Karen (Roger) Onan, Ruth (Jeff) Gesselman. Funeral Service will be held Monday 11:30 a.m. at Forest Hills Baptist Church, 3900 E. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids. Pastor Jeff Burr officiating. Visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Forest Hills Baptist Church, 3900 E. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
March 12, 1953 - August 12, 2014
Sharen Margaret Edwards, age 61 of Grand Rapids, passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from complications of breast cancer. She was preceded in death by her father Grant Frederick Davis and mother Margaret Peggy Myrlene Davis. She is survived by her daughter, Gwyneth (Kevin) Kramer; sons, Rian (Erika) Morgan, Robert Edwards; brothers, Merl (Pat) Davis, Eric (Terry) Davis; grandchildren, Elijah, Kaden, Natalie, Emerie and Joshua. Sher enjoyed kayaking, gardening and making arts and crafts especially jewelry making. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her grandchildren. She worked as a technical trainer for Deloitte and Touche for over 13 years. Deloitte is the largest professional services firm in the world. She started out in 1999 as a leader of Learning and Development for Information Technology in the Great Lakes Region. She was so incredible that she was promoted into the Learning and Development group at the national level, and there she led the development and implementation of the training/learning for 50,000 people within the firm on several critical enterprise-wide technology application deployments. Her work still stands today and is in use company-wide. Sher was a volunteer at Gilda's Club of Grand Rapids as a mentor and healing blanket instructor. It brought a lot of joy to her life to be a part of such a wonderful community of people. As a family, we are proud of her service to others as she fought her disease for over four years. She will be missed and loved by many and forgotten by none who knew her in life. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, August 19th, 11:30am at the O'Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids with visitation one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Gildas Club Grand Rapids, 1806 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.
February 13, 1950 - August 11, 2014
Jerrils, Rosemary (DeLoof, Beimers), age 64 of Alto, passed away Monday, August 11, 2014. Wife of Larry, Mother of Bert (Susan) and Joe (Jodi) Beimers. She also leaves her father Adrian (Junior) DeLoof of White Cloud, MI; sister Jane Smith of Wyoming, MI; grandchildren Shad, Hunter and Ivy Beimers and Evan Hutchison; many nieces and nephews and adopted family Randy, Margie, Ocean, Mariah, Noah Moore. She was a hairdresser for 40 years, worked at Lowell Engineering for 5 years, and retired from the USPS after 24 years. The service will be held Thursday 12:00 p.m., with visitation one hour prior, at Roth-Gerst Chapel, 305 N. Hudson, Lowell MI 49331. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Ionia, Barry or Kent County Animal Shelter, Mackenzies Animal Sanctuary or the charity of ones choice.
Command Sr. , James
October 15, 1928 - August 10, 2014
James Dalton Command Sr., age 85 of Grand Rapids, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2014. Jim was inducted in the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and was a major league baseball player for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was preceded in death by his wife, Paula. He is survived by his children, James Jr. (Kathy), Michael (Valarie), Judy Command, Paul (Mary), Ted (Irene), Tim (Marcia), Meredith (Tracy) Daniel; grandchildren, Katie (Dustin), Kori (John), Sean, Adam, Andrea, Madeline, Lauren, Haley, Dan (Sam), Stephanie, Maggie, Alissa (Zach), Alex, Max, Tyler, and Dalton. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday 10:00 a.m. at St. Alphonsus, 224 Carrier St. N.E., Grand Rapids. Rev. Pat Grile C.Ss.R presiding. Visitation Friday 2-4:00 p.m. and 6-8:00 p.m. at OBrien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. S.E., Grand Rapids and one hour prior to the service at the church Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Alphonsus Food and Clothing Center, 224 Carrier St. NE, Grand Rapids MI 49505.
May 9, 1941 - August 10, 2014
Marjorie Ann Palinkas, age 73 of Lowell, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2014, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph and sisters Ladena and Helen. She is survived by her children Sheila Palinkas, Joan Palinkas, Beth (Samuel) Haner, Helen (Kevin) Smith and Joseph (Angela) Palinkas; brothers John (Betsy) Rinard, Roy (Vicki), George, Joe (Diane); grandchildren Amanda, Nicole, Dustin, Peter, Hailie, Melinda, Joey, Jeremy, Hannah, Wyatt, Caroline and Ladena; great granddaughters Hope, Isabella, Lilly; many nieces and nephews; and brother-in-law Del. Marjories family would like to thank good friend Colbey Morris and the staff at Metron of Greenville for the loving and wonderful care given to their Mom and Grandma. A funeral service will be Saturday 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 402 Amity St., Lowell MI 49331. Interment Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation Friday 6-8 p.m. at Roth-Gerst Chapel, 305 N. Hudson, Lowell, and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Memorial donations may be made to the Marjorie Palinkas Fund.
July 7, 1931 - August 9, 2014
Donna K. Pipes-Koledo, age 83 of Gowen, passed away unexpectedly from accidental injuries on Saturday, August 9, 2014. She was preceded in death by husbands Barney Pipes and James Koledo; her parents Fred & Addie Dalstra and brother Edward. She is survived by sisters Jean (Joe) Jordan, Rosie (Paul) Burch; many nieces and nephews and her faithful companion, her dog, Willow. Donna graduated from Lowell High School in 1949. She was very involved with the Kent and Greenville Garden Clubs; a member of the Per Gradus Club in Greenville; regularly visited Judges Symposiums; an accredited master judge for both horticulture and design; a life member of the Michigan and National Garden Clubs; past president of the West Michigan Flower Arrangers Guild; a director of the Michigan District IV Flower Show; and Chairman for the Kent Garden Clubs 100th Anniversary display at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in 2013. A memorial service will be held at Frederik Meijer Gardens in the Garden room, Friday, August 15th at 2:00 p.m. Donnas family will receive friends at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Frederik Meijer Gardens, 1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 or the Garden Club of your choice.
August 9, 2014
Patsey Lucille Erickson, age 75 of Alto, met her Lord on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Wilma Ford; and brother, Stanley Ford. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Harry Erickson; daughters, Pam (Rick) Price, Barb Erickson, Brenda Erickson; three grandchildren; three great granddaughters; two sisters; two brothers; three brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; also many nieces and nephews. She enjoyed being a homemaker, picnics with family and friends, her flower gardens and hummingbirds. Her grandchildren and great granddaughters were the light of her life. Funeral service will be held Wednesday 10:30 a.m. at Apostolic Christian Church, 7157 Wingeier Ave., Alto. Visitation Tuesday 5-7:00 p.m. at the Apostolic Hall, 7700 Wingeier Ave., Alto. Memorial contributions may be made to Gildas Club, 1806 Bridge St., NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504.
April 21, 1924 - August 8, 2014
Mary Frances Hinton, age 90 of Ada formerly of Chicago, passed away peacefully with her family at her side. She was preceded in death by her husband, H. Joseph Hinton; and brother, Joseph P. Clarke. She is survived by her children, Mary Therese (Dr. Thomas) Clay, Joseph Francis (Joann) Hinton, Robert (Meg) Hinton, Donna M. Hinton, Mickey (Sarah) Hinton; grandchildren, Julie, Sarah (Jarret), Caitlin, H. Joseph, Ashley (Curtis), Lauren, Spencer; great grandchildren, Scott, Stella; sisters-in-law, Margaret Clarke, Helen Doll Higgins. Mary was a volunteer at Metropolitan Hospital and enjoyed playing the organ at St Robert of Newminster Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday 11:00 a.m. at St. Robert of Newminster Church, 6477 Ada Dr., Ada. Rev. Leonard Sudlik presiding. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation Monday 6-8:00 p.m., with Vigil Service 8:00 p.m. at OBrien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. S.E., Grand Rapids, also visitation 10-11:00 a.m. prior to mass at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anns Home, 2161 Leonard N.W., Grand Rapids, MI 49504.