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James Reh

Apr 30, 1960 - Dec 07, 2023

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Grand Rapids, MI

James Allan Reh 4/30/1960 - 12/7/2023Jim passed away peacefully into the arms of his savior on Thursday, December 7, 2023, after a long battle with metastatic Colon Cancer. Jim always enjoyed life to the fullest and spent a year in Emmanuel Hospice care fulfilling his bucket list. He enjoyed playing A-Z of restaurants, trips to warm climates, spending time living life with friends, and attending all the sporting events he could for his five precious grandkids and son-in-law, Craig. Jim is s...Read More

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Jeff Cornell

Jan 18, 1970 - Mar 02, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

The obituary is pending. The family will greet friends on Monday, March 11 from 3 to 5pm at the Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held 1pm on Tuesday, March 12 at the funeral home.

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Patricia Clarisey Hoff

Jul 13, 1932 - Mar 03, 2024

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East Grand Rapids, MI

Patricia Clarisey Hoff, age 91, of East Grand Rapids passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 3, 2024. The daughter of William and Gertrude (McPherson) Clarisey, Patricia was born on July 13, 1932, in Petoskey, Michigan. A 1950 graduate of Ottawa Hills High School, Patricia went on to further her education at Michigan State University where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and received her B.A. in education. She was a school teacher with Grand Rapids Public Schools, having taught at Alger School. On December 28, 1957, Patricia married Bryson Hoff, settling in California, and returning to Grand Rapids in 1970 to raise their family. Active in her community, she was a member of the Junior League, the John T. Hodgen Guild, Grace Church Guild, and served on the boards of Project Rehab and the Dwelling Place. In her free time, Patricia enjoyed playing Bridge, golfing, reading and for many years she was a devoted member of Grace Episcopal Church. She was also quite active well into her later years with her love of yoga and exercise. Patricia in survived by her husband, Bryson; daughter, Lisa (Dan) Bartlett and son, John (Lindel) Hoff, both of Grand Rapids; grandchildren: Lindsay (Patrick) Pantelis of Chicago, IL, Ross (Erin) Bartlett of Grand Rapids, Jared Hoff of Steamboat Springs, CO, Emma Hoff of Chicago, IL, and Lydia Hoff of Denver, CO; great-grandchildren: Wynsten Bartlett and Chandler Bartlett of Grand Rapids, and Rowan Pantelis of Chicago, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Thomas H. Clarisey of South Bend, IN and by her sister, Barbara Vander Hyde of Grand Rapids. A service to celebrate Patricia’s life will be held at a later date. For those who wish, memorials in her memory may be directed to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (lbda.org).

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Helen Dorothy Schaefer

Feb 06, 1929 - Mar 03, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Memorial Contribution Helen Dorothy Schaefer was called home to heaven, on 3/3/2024, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on February 6th, 1929, in Syracuse, New York to Jozef and Ewa (Pisarek) Augustyn. She lived in Syracuse most of her young life and attended church at Sacred Heart Basilica. Helen is now joined in heaven with her family, Husband Bill, loving Daughter Brenda. Brothers, Joseph and Matthew, Sisters, Ann, and Rose, who have all since passed. Helen graduated from Central High School, in 1947, and was married shortly afterwards. During that time, she held several jobs, New York Telephone, Upstate Distributors, Kelsey Paint Company, Morris Bernstein and finally Hygrade Meat Company. Helen met the love of her life, Ernst “Bill” Schaefer at Hygrade Meats. Helen and Bill were married in August of 1963, they stayed in New York for a few years, before Bill was transferred to Richmond, Virginia. That was short lived as work again had them move to Chicago, Illinois. They never really established roots as they again moved to Rochester, then back to Syracuse, New York. The roots really didn’t take hold until 1974, when Bill accepted a position at Herrud Meat Co., here in G.R. They moved to Cascade for a few years and ultimately built their dream home on Bailey Lake in Lowell. Helen worked for United Airlines, here in G.R., and received many honors for her attitude and work ethic. Helen and Bill bought the building at 214 E. Main St. and opened The Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppes, specializing in consignments. Helen and Bill moved to Emporia, Kansas for several years too! There may not have been roots established in prior moves, but the friends that they made along the way were many. Helen loved her family, cooking, baking and bargain hunting, maybe not always in that order! Helen loved the Lord with all her heart, first and foremost. She enjoyed church activities, hymn sings and any type of fellowship, especially if she could make a special dessert. Helen leaves behind to carry on her legacy of love and laughter, sons Bill (Jodi), Patrick (Toni), and Billy (Diane) Schaefer; daughters, Lynn (Bob) Knittel, and Ursula Shufelt; grandchildren, Cliff (Marcela) Knittel, Michael (Ashley) Shufelt, Brandi (Rick) Berta, Jordan (Ashley) Schaefer, Dan Shufelt, Jami (Tyler) Berger, Ryan (Julia) Schaefer, Brady, Joey, Jasen (Elli) and Amiya Schaefer; great grandchildren, Jackson, Carson, Ellison, Maddison Berta, Nixon and Navy Schaefer, Hannah and Jake Shufelt, Kit and Ivan Schaefer, and Blake Berger. Helen, the family Matriarch, leaves behind many Nieces and Nephews that loved her so much, as well as close friends Arlene and Ken Walski of Grand Rapids and Gale Langley of Kansas. Helen would call Lowell home and lived in several homes there. She lived on her own, with help from Janis Kelly and several church friends, at Schneider Manor, before moving to Maple Ridge Manor last year in assisted living. She made friends there and was Grandma Helen to the amazing Staff too! Many thanks to them, also to U of M Hospital, and the loving care from Gentiva Hospice. Celebration of Life will be at Grace Immanuel Church, located at 860 Peachcrest Ct, Grand Rapids, MI., on Friday, March 8th, visitation at 10:00 am, Service at 11:00 with Pastor David Merck officiating. There will be a luncheon immediately following. Graveside Service at Oakwood Cemetery, in Lowell, at 2:00 pm. Memorial contributions can be made to .

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Lawrence Benner

Jun 02, 1932 - Mar 01, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Lawrence is survived by his close family members Larry Benner, Cory Johnson, Anna Tammens, and Sharon Tammens. To to the family or in memory of Lawrence Benner, please

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Sally Lou Mortenson (Person)

May 26, 1936 - Mar 01, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

As family and friends can surely attest, Sally Mortenson truly understood the secret to a life well lived. She was a constant source of strength, even in the most difficult of times, and nothing brought her greater joy than surrounding herself with her loved ones. Deeply missed, Sally will be forever held in the hearts of those who knew her best. The 1930s are remembered as a time of great turmoil and struggle for the United States. The Great Depression was in full swing, and many families across the country pulled together to make ends meet and thrive in their time of need. During these dark years, however, there was a ray of light for Reverend Louis Pearson and Brita (Ohlson) Person of Denver, Colorado, as they eagerly awaited the birth of their baby. On May 26, 1936, they welcomed their daughter, who they named Sally Lou, into the world. Growing up, Sally was a typical young girl of her generation in many ways. Her father was a pastor at Evangelical Covenant Churches in Denver and in Spokane, Washington, and later on, he served as the Superintendent of the East Coast Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church and then took a position as the Vice President of North Park Academy, which would later become North Park College. Sally’s mother dedicated herself to caring for her home and her family, was active within the church and managed the Sweden shop in Chicago, IL for nearly 20 years. From a young age, Sally loved to play piano, sing, and act. She also stayed active by playing basketball in her free time. Holidays were spent with extended family or their church family. When Sally was 11, she fell and broke her arm, sustaining nerve damage as well. Though doctors feared she would have complete paralysis in that arm due to the damage, surgery and extensive recovery time gave Sally back the use of her arm. Throughout her childhood, Sally attended local schools, including Jefferson Elementary School in Washington and Thompson HIll School, Woodstock Elementary, and Woodstock Academy High School in Connecticut. She went on to graduate from North Park Academy High School in Chicago, Illinois, in 1954. Sally then pursued further education at North Park Junior College in Chicago and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Sally also earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Arizona State University in 1969. All throughout her school years, she excelled in her studies and worked hard towards success. Sally was a member of the choir in high school and college, and she performed in several theatrical plays. She also participated on the student council and the religious council, and she was involved in the National Honor Society. Sally was a member of Phi Theta Kappa as well. She would go on to teach elementary school for the next seven years. New and exciting changes were on the horizon for Sally as she met the man who would soon become the love of her life. His name was Doug Mortenson, and their worlds first collided when they were infants in Spokane, Washington. Their two families remained very close, even after the Person family moved. In 1961, Sally and Doug reunited and began dating. Over the next year, their relationship blossomed into something truly special. With a desire to spend the rest of their lives together, Sally and Doug were married by Sally’s father on June 30, 1962 at North Park Covenant Church in Chicago. The newlyweds then settled down in Sierra Vista, Arizona, where Doug was stationed in the military, to begin their future together. All who knew Sally can certainly agree that, of all the things she loved in life, she treasured her family above all else. She and Doug were overjoyed to welcome their two children, Kirk and Kristi, into their hearts and home. Sally thrived in her role as a mother and was very involved in the lives of her children. She was Kirk and Kristi’s biggest supporter in all that they did, and she cherished each and every moment with them. Later in life, Sally was thrilled to become a grandmother and even a great-grandmother as well. She adored her grandchildren and doted on them whenever she could. Sally always considered herself blessed to be surrounded by so many loved ones. From a young age, Sally’s faith formed the unshakeable foundation of her life. After she and Doug were married, they began attending Squaw Peak Covenant in Phoenix, Arizona. Once they moved to Michigan, they attended First Covenant Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan, then became charter members of Thornapple Covenant Church. Sally could often be found volunteering for church events or singing in the choir. She decorated the Covenant Village of the Great Lakes, and she also served by planting flowers at Portage Lake Covenant Bible Camp. Sally was an avid reader of her beloved Bible and other Bible study books. Never one to sit still for long, Sally pursued many hobbies to stay busy in her free time. She enjoyed interior decorating, creating beautiful flower arrangements, and shopping, and she had an eye for fashion and was a skilled seamstress. Sally had a gift for hosting and entertaining. She was a talented pianist and singer. Cooking was one of her love languages, and Sally loved to can food and bake Swedish goods such as cardamom bread and cookies. The Mortenson family enjoyed traveling to Europe, Alaska, and Sweden. They also visited Disney and went on various cruises and skiing or boating trips with friends. The cottage and the Bible Camp on Portage Lake was the backdrop for many of Sally’s favorite memories. She enjoyed collecting items from her Swedish heritage, including Dala horses, fancy dishes and crystal, and Scandinavian teak furniture. When reflecting on the life of Sally Mortenson, it is easy to see her commitment to serving others especially at church and at camp. She was well known for her hospitality, she made everyone feel welcome. Though she will be dearly missed, Sally leaves behind a priceless legacy that her loved ones will be proud to carry in her footsteps. Sally Lou Mortenson (Person) went to be with the Lord the first day of March, 2024. Sally was the only child born to Louis and Brita Person on May 26, 1936 in Denver, Colorado. She was a lifelong member of the Covenant Church and delighted serving in various capacities throughout her life. Faith and family were important to her; she had the gift of hospitality. Sally was a preacher’s kid, and her love for the Lord and other people served her well. Moving often during her youth conferred upon her the ability to find a friend anywhere, anytime and she delighted in striking up conversations with those around her. He mother was born in Sweden; a place that was her mother’s birthplace and one that she always considered a home away from home On June 30, 1962, she was united in marriage to Doug Mortenson. Their family soon grew to four with the addition of Kirk in 1965, and Kristi in 1969. Sally is survived by son Kirk and his wife Gail, and daughter Kristi and her husband Darrick Robbins. She was blessed with 5 grandchildren: Gretchen (Sam) Eldersveld, Grant (Betsy) Mortenson, Sarah (Seth) Swanson, Mason Robbins, and Jenna Robbins, along with 3 great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Peter Eldersveld and Phoebe Mortenson, who brought her great joy even in her final days. She was preceded in death by her husband Doug, her parents Louis and Brita, and several schnauzers. Visitation will be held at the Heritage Life Story Funeral Home, 2120 Lake Michigan Drive, NW in Grand Rapids from 3PM to 5PM Sunday March 17th. Memorial service at First Covenant Church in Grand Rapids, MI, 1933 Tremont Blvd, NW on Monday March 18th at 11AM. Gifts and donations can be made to Portage Lake Bible Camp in Onekama, MI to the Dining Hall Fund. Portage Lake Covenant Bible Camp, Dining Hall Fund 4158 Camp Delight Rd. Onekama, MI 49675

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Kathleen Louise Emery

Jul 19, 1949 - Mar 01, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Kathy's Life Story will be published soon, please check back. Kathleen Louise Emery, age 74, passed away March 1, 2024 at Butterworth Hospital after a short illness. Kathy was born July 19, 1949 in Grand Rapids to the late Vernon and Mary (Jablonski) Johnson. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend. Known fondly as “Nana”, becoming a grandmother was her ultimate joy in life. Kathy became an expert scrapbooker and card maker, and blessed many with her creations. Kathy is survived by her sons, Jason (Melissa) Emery of Kent City, Jon (Kim) Emery of Coopersville; grandchildren, Bennett (Morgan Cash) Emery, Erika Emery, Isaac Emery; great grandsons, Hayes and Bryson; her brother, David Johnson of Muskegon; and many cousins and friends. According to her wishes, cremation has taken place. A Memorial Gathering will be held Tuesday March 5, 2024 from 4-7 PM at Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes, Alt & Shawmut Hills Chapel, 2120 Lake Michigan Drive NW. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To read more of Kathy’s Life Story, leave a memory or sign the guestbook please visit .

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Pater Alex Nielsen

Apr 12, 1931 - Mar 01, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

NIELSEN, PATER ALEX of Grand Rapids, Michigan; died on March 1, 2024. He was 92. Pater was born April 12, 1931 in Electron, Texas to the late Carl Soren and Margie Lee (nee: Worley) Nielsen. He is survived by three sons, Pater Nielsen, Jr., Carl Nielsen and Jim (Carol) Ledin; one daughter, Deborah (Tim) Telder; 16 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren; one sister, Sherry (Rex) Auten; he was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred E. Nielsen and his significant other, Marianne Klank; his siblings, Doc (Johnnie) Nielsen and Joanne Dutton. Pater was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force-Korea. He was employed by American Income Life Insurance for over 50 years. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2024 at VILLAGE FUNERAL HOME, 135 South Street, Ortonville, Michigan. Pastor Sean Barton, officiating. Interment with military honors will be immediately following at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Michigan. Family will receive friends on Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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David Apted Miling

Sep 18, 1935 - Feb 28, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

David Apted Miling, Age 88, former Lieutenant of the Grand Rapids Fire Department and Navy Veteran went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Doris Miling; brothers, James and Jack Miling; in-Laws, George and Margaret LaFave; brothers-in-law, Kenneth LaFave and Gerald Waddell. Dave is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Ruthann Miling (LaFave); children, Linda (Pete) Lehmann, Mike (Jenny) Miling, Karen (Rick) Cordes, Shelley (Craig) Kunst, 10 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren. Dave was a graduate of Creston High School where he was a star football player. After his time in the Navy, he became a Grand Rapids Fire Fighter where he would find a whole family of life-long friends. In these early years, Dave was an avid camper and fisherman. After retirement he enjoyed his time traveling with his 5th wheel especially to Gulf Shores, but Dave’s greatest pleasure of all was his cottage on Blue Lake in Fountain, Michigan surrounded by his family sharing in the “camaraderie”. To all who knew Dave, he will be remembered as “The Great Storyteller”. The poems he would recite were always the delight to many, but especially his grandchildren. The family will receive family and friends at Beuschel Funeral Home, 5018 Alpine Ave, Comstock Park on Tuesday, March 5 from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Also, from 10:00 am – 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 6 at Orchard Hill Church, 1465 3 Mile Rd NW, Grand Rapids with the Funeral Services immediately following at 11:00 am. To to the family or in memory of David Miling, please

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Robert "Bob" Denfield Crossman

Jun 10, 1930 - Feb 29, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Robert “Bob” Denfield Crossman died peacefully in his sleep on February 29, 2024. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 10, 1930 to Wilford and Marguerite Crossman. Bob had one brother, Tom, and a twin sister, Judy, all who predeceased him. Following graduation from Central High School and GR Community College, Bob obtained his DDS degree from the University of Michigan in 1954. He served two years in the Air Force and then returned to Grand Rapids to begin his dental practice. Bob met his wife, Barb, in high school. She survives him and they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in August 2023. Also surviving are his daughter, Carol (Paul) Honigberg, his son, Jeff (Daphne) Crossman, his grandchildren Mike Honigberg (Ben Tobin), Meg Honigberg, Catie Crossman (Cyriel Pieters), Christie Crossman, and Robbie Crossman, along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Bob was very active in his church, Trinity Lutheran, Versiti Blood Center of Michigan, formerly known as Grand Valley Blood Program, the West Michigan District Dental Society, and the Kent County Dental Society. He enjoyed sports, particularly playing tennis, and cross-country skiing, and traveling with his family. Woodworking and jewelry making were long-time hobbies. His family and his faith were the cornerstones of his life. Funeral services for Bob will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at Trinity Lutheran Church (2700 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49506). Visitation will be from 10:00am-11:00am followed by the service at 11:00am. For those who wish, memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or UMRC-Porter Hills Foundation.

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Pamela Bradley

Nov 25, 1983 - Feb 29, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

When reflecting on the life of Pamela Bradley, it is easy to see both her unwavering strength and her unconditional love for her family. She was always willing to go above and beyond to serve others, and she faced challenges head-on with a spirit of fierce determination. Nothing brought Pam greater joy than spending time with her loved ones, no matter how simple the moments. Her overflowing heart allowed her to touch the lives of all those around her. Dearly missed, Pam will be forever held in the hearts of those who knew her best. The 1980s were a time of great change in the United States. The Cold War came to an end, musical artists such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Prince topped the music charts, and humanity rose to new heights with Columbia, the first space shuttle. It was during this influential time that Wesley and Marilyn Bradley of Grand Rapids, Michigan, were eagerly anticipating the arrival of their first baby. On November 25, 1983, their wait was over, and they welcomed their daughter, Pamela, into their hearts. Growing up, Pam was a typical young girl of her generation in many ways. She was raised in the family home on the North side of East Grand Rapids. When Pam was eight, her brother, Kevin, joined the family. Kevin had a developmental disability, and Pam quickly became his primary caregiver. She grew to be very close with her younger brother, and they developed a lifelong bond. Throughout her childhood, Pam enjoyed swimming in the family pool and often had green hair from the chemicals. She was extremely athletic and participated in dance, gymnastics, T-ball, and soccer. Pam’s mother, Marilyn, coached her soccer team, even while she was pregnant with Kevin. Pam attended local schools, including East Oakview Elementary School, Highlands Middle School, and Crossroads Middle School. Though she struggled with school, she worked very hard to succeed and went on to graduate from Northview High School in 2002. Following her graduation, Pam worked a variety of part-time jobs. She spent much of her early adulthood developing her identity and finding her path. All who knew Pam can surely attest that, of all the things she loved in life, she treasured her family above all else. She welcomed her son, Kayden, into the world in 2004, and she immediately settled down in order to provide for her son. Pam’s experience with her brother, Kevin, made her a natural mother. She supported Kayden’s education and loved attending his activities, including track meets, football games, and theater productions. Pam had her daughter, Sidney, in 2005. In order to give Sidney a wonderful life, she made a plan for adoption. Later on, Pam and Sidney were able to reconnect and build a relationship. Pam was very involved in the lives of her children, and supporting Kayden and Sidney was her first priority. Pam was never afraid to work hard when it came to providing for herself and her family. She earned a degree in cosmetology and was able to begin teaching cosmetology as well. After a few years, Pam had to undergo a surgery and lost the use of her hand. As a result, she was no longer able to work as a cosmetologist. Pam instead began working in sales in the auto industry. Over the years, she was employed at multiple dealerships and built a fulfilling career for herself, gaining respect and friendships from many of her co-workers. Pam also earned several sales and customer appreciation awards from various car dealerships. Never one to sit still for long, Pam pursued many hobbies to stay busy in her free time. She volunteered with Cradles of Grace of Frontline Church, a service that provided support for single mothers. Pam enjoyed staying active by boxing and doing yoga. She liked to play board games, and she loved giving out thoughtful gifts for birthdays and holidays. Pam enjoyed many family trips to Florida. She was an avid fan of the Detroit Lions thanks to her father, Wesley, who instilled the love in her at a young age. As family and friends can certainly agree, Pamela Bradley truly understood the secret to a life well lived. She was a constant source of strength, even in the most difficult of times. A devoted daughter and mother, Pam was a friend to many and beloved by all. She was a shining example of kindness and service to others, and she always made sure that those around her knew just how much they meant to her. Though she will be deeply missed, Pam leaves behind a priceless legacy that her loved ones will be proud to carry on in her footsteps. Pamela (Pam) Bradley, age 40, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at her home. Pamela is preceded in death by her father, Wesley Bradley. Pam is survived by her son, Kayden Bravata and daughter, Sidney Marchek; her mother, Marilyn Bradley, and brother, Kevin Bradley. Also surviving are her aunts, Karen Bradley and Sharon (Jim Holder) Stephan, her uncle, Jim Stephan, and her cousins, Kassandra Fisher and Katelyn Bradley. Pam will be well known for her love of others and dedication to those she loved. A service to remember Pam will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at 12:00 pm at Frontline Community Church, 4411 Plainfield Ave. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505. Pam’s family will meet with friends from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm prior to the service. Gifts in Pam’s memory may be given to Cradles of Grace, a service of Frontline Community Church. To leave a memory or sign Pam’s guest book, please visit www.heritagelifestory.com

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