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William Kelleher

Dec 12, 1955 - Dec 02, 2023

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Grand Rapids, MI

William Edward (Bill) KelleherWhen Bill Kelleher was faced with a particularly daunting project as an editor, he would break the ice with a quip or a quote. His favorite was from Dorothy Parker: "What fresh hell is this?". Then he would get down to what he did best, solving problems and writing beautiful, meticulously researched educational materials. Mr. Kelleher died Saturday, December 2nd at the age of 67 after an 18 month battle with esophageal cancer. Mr. Kelleher (Bill) grew up in Hi...Read More

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Beverly Ann Samuelson

Mar 25, 1927 - Feb 20, 2024

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East Grand Rapids, MI

Beverly Ann Samuelson, 96, of East Grand Rapids Michigan, passed away peacefully at her home on February 20, 2024. In her final months, Beverly was surrounded by her devoted and loving family, reflecting the care she extended to others all her life. She was born in Eugene Oregon on March 25, 1927. From age two, she grew up in Lisbon, North Dakota. She attended nursing school in Fargo, North Dakota. Her first nursing job was at the Des Moines Veteran’s hospital where she met her loving husband, Harold E. Samuelson, at a Christmas party in 1948, they married 9 months later on September 15, 1949. In the span of twelve years they had five children. The family lived in East Grand Rapids in the same house from 1955 until the time of her death 69 years later. Central to the family was East Minster Presbyterian Church, a few blocks from their home which they attended from 1955 until 2023. At the age of 45, the love of her life, Harold, died of pancreatic cancer leaving her a widow with five children to raise on her own. In preparing for her death, Beverly wanted others know, “God has been good to me all my life. Through all my earthly struggles God has always been there for me.” She met Jesus when she was five years old at church in her Sunday School. Jesus was her guide and companion through a difficult childhood. Her family lost the farm when she was twelve in The Great Depression, they moved in town which allowed her to become more involved in church. She said that experiencing the presence of God, the love of Jesus Christ and the guidance of the Holy Spirit carried and comforted her all her life. She wanted people to know that “I have the most loving and supportive family one could have. What a blessing they have been to me.” She leaves behind her five children and their spouses, Chris (Carol), Carol (Roger Gerlach), Susan (Richard Blue), Paul (Elma) and James (Jeanine) along with twelve amazing grandchildren, Scott Samuelson (Sarah Kyle), Amanda Samuelson (Michael Gustaveson), Megan Samuelson (Thomas Haines), Emily Gerlach, Jenna Gerlach, Lauren Blue Schifferdecker (John), Philip Blue (Colleen Shields), Nathaniel Samuelson, Hannah Samuelson, Elizabeth Samuelson, Eric Samuelson, Katie Samuelson Lyons (Justin), and 9 great grandchildren, Irene, William, Alli, Hal, John, Benjamin, Matilda, Barrett and Vivienne.There will be a memorial service at: Cross Way Community Church, 3950 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI. Saturday March 9, 2024 at 11:00 am.

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Audrey Marie Bolt VanPelt

Nov 22, 1933 - Feb 21, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Audrey Marie Bolt (Sepanik) VanPelt is now in the arms of her Good Lord, having passed from this world on February 21, 2024. She is survived by her husband, Frank VanPelt; her children, Marie Ambs (Keith), Cathy Barnard, James Sepanik (Barb) and Nanette Gritter (Brian); her grandchildren, Kelly Jorgensen (Justin), Christopher Barnard (Courtney), Cassandra Goettleicher (Jacob), Timothy Sepanik (Kim), Kaitlyn Sepanik, Daniel Sepanik and Michael Sepanik; and five great grandchildren. Audrey and her husband Mack Sepanik, who passed in 1993, moved to Dean Lake Avenue in 1960 where they lived with their growing family. They maintained a tree and shrub nursery, originally started by her father, Arthur Bolt. The business and family kept her busy. Family gatherings for holidays and other celebrations most often were held at their home and those times hold fond memories for her family and friends. Sewing, knitting, gardening and painting were among her hobbies. Always generous, she knitted many caps and scarves that were sent to charities and given to friends. Her hands were seldom idle. Audrey loved animals and could never turn away a stray that appeared at her door. Her home was always full of kids, dogs, cats, birds, and other assorted creatures. A lively combination. When she met someone new, she would get them to talk about themselves. She liked to gather their stories and share her own. Her life was full, but not without hardships. Her faith guided her through it all. Audrey’s bible is well worn and holds many family mementos. She read and studied it daily. Her spirit now resides in Heaven where she has been welcomed by those who have passed before. We will miss her always. Relatives and friends may meet the family on Sunday, February 25, from 6-8 p.m. at MKD Stegenga Funeral Chapel (Belmont) 1601 Post Drive NE and from 11-noon before the Celebration of Life service at New Community Church, 2340 Dean Lake Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI, on Monday, February 26. The Celebration of Life service will be held at noon with Rev. Lew VanderMeer officiating. Burial will be held at Rosedale Memorial Park. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Michele’s Rescue.

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Audrey Marie Bolt (Sepanik) VanPelt

Nov 22, 1933 - Feb 21, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Audrey Marie Bolt (Sepanik) VanPelt is now in the arms of her Good Lord, having passed from this world on February 21, 2024. She is survived by her husband, Frank VanPelt; her children, Marie Ambs (Keith), Cathy Barnard, James Sepanik (Barb) and Nanette Gritter (Brian); her grandchildren, Kelly Jorgensen (Justin), Christopher Barnard (Courtney), Cassandra Goettleicher (Jacob), Timothy Sepanik (Kim), Kaitlyn Sepanik, Daniel Sepanik and Michael Sepanik; and five great grandchildren. Audrey and her husband Mack Sepanik, who passed in 1993, moved to Dean Lake Avenue in 1960 where they lived with their growing family. They maintained a tree and shrub nursery, originally started by her father, Arthur Bolt. The business and family kept her busy. Family gatherings for holidays and other celebrations most often were held at their home and those times hold fond memories for her family and friends. Sewing, knitting, gardening and painting were among her hobbies. Always generous, she knitted many caps and scarves that were sent to charities and given to friends. Her hands were seldom idle. Audrey loved animals and could never turn away a stray that appeared at her door. Her home was always full of kids, dogs, cats, birds, and other assorted creatures. A lively combination. When she met someone new, she would get them to talk about themselves. She liked to gather their stories and share her own. Her life was full, but not without hardships. Her faith guided her through it all. Audrey’s bible is well worn and holds many family mementos. She read and studied it daily. Her spirit now resides in Heaven where she has been welcomed by those who have passed before. We will miss her always. Relatives and friends may meet the family on Sunday, February 25, from 6-8 p.m. at MKD Stegenga Funeral Chapel (Belmont) 1601 Post Drive NE and from 11-noon before the Celebration of Life service at New Community Church, 2340 Dean Lake Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI, on Monday, February 26. The Celebration of Life service will be held at noon with Rev. Lew VanderMeer officiating. Burial will be held at Rosedale Memorial Park. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Michele’s Rescue.

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Mary Ann Czarnopis

Aug 02, 1927 - Feb 20, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Mary Ann Czarnopis, age 96 of Greenville, died Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at Corewell Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.  Private graveside services will be held at Carson City Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be given to Corewell Health Hospice.  A full obituary notice will be available in the near future.

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Martha Jane Boot

Sep 29, 1929 - Feb 20, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Martha “Marte” Jane Boot, age 94, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2024, to go home to Jesus and to be reunited with her beloved husband in heaven. Marte was born in Greenville, Michigan, on September 29, 1929 to Claire and Emily Bird. She graduated first in her class from high school, and went on to study business at Davenport University where she met her husband-to-be, Arthur Boot. After their marriage in 1952, they eventually made their permanent home in Lansing, Michigan, raised their two sons, and spent the next 63 years happily married until Art’s passing in 2015. As a homemaker, Marte created a caring environment for her sons and husband. Outside of the home, she worked part time teaching adult home-economics classes. After the boys were grown, she returned to school to gain additional skills and then enjoyed a rewarding career as a finance manager, with The John Henry Company until her retirement. Marte was an avid golfer, playing on as many as four golf leagues at one time. She and Art spent ten winters in Scottsdale, Arizona, which allowed them to play golf year-round. Sewing was Marte’s passion and she created beautiful quilts, including one for each of her grandchildren upon their graduation from school. Marte made nearly all of her own clothes; there was nothing that was beyond her capabilities. Knitting was another favorite hobby and she bestowed baby blankets and mittens on her loved ones. As a long-time, active member of Central United Methodist Church of Lansing, Marte enjoyed participating in Bible studies and sharing her many gifts with her special church family. In 2022, Marte moved to Clark at Franklin, a retirement community in Grand Rapids, to be closer to family. Marte will be deeply missed by her sons, Randall (Jean) and Lawrence (Gladys), along with her six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and her loving nieces, nephews, and dear friends. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at The Chapel located in Clark at Franklin, 1551 Martin Luther King St SE, Grand Rapids, MI, on Saturday, March 23, at 1:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made in Marte’s honor to any of the following organizations: Central United Methodist Church, 215 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933, (517) 485-9477 https://lansingcentralumc.net/donate/ Clark Retirement at Franklin, 1551 M.L.K. Jr St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, (616) 452-1568 https://clarkretirement.org/clark-foundation/giving-options/ Emmanuel Hospice, 401 Hall St SW, Suite 263, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, (616) 719-0919 https://emmanuelhospice.org/donate/

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Margaret Marie Zelinski

May 07, 1966 - Feb 19, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Margaret “Margo” Marie Zelinski age 57 of Clare, passed away peacefully after courageously fighting a long illness on Monday, February 19, 2024 at Trinity Health -Grand Rapids. Margaret was born Saturday, May 7, 1966 in Pontiac, Michigan the daughter of Robert E. Zelinski and Joan Therese (St. Dennis) Zelinski. Margaret graduated from Walled Lake Central High School in 1984. She furthered her education by obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Transportation Management from Baker College of Flint in 2012. Margo was united in marriage to Mr. Larry Ferdinand Cohorst on February 22, 2022 in Harison. Margo had resided in Clare for two years, moving from Harrison, where she had resided since 2012, moving from Genesee County, Michigan. Margo spent several years as an active member, promoter and planner for local Whitetails Unlimited events. She was a coach for The Mt. Pleasant Drillers 14 U Team, was a member of Harrison WOTM Chapter 1804, past member and volunteer of Harrison Area Chamber of Commerce. Margo had worked for Auxillio Transportation as a bus driver, prior to her illness. In past years, she worked as a truck driver, waste hauling operator and concrete delivery (mixer operator) as well as school bus driver. Margaret enjoyed traveling, cruises with family and friends, camping, kayaking, crocheting, hunting, attending concerts, assisting with many fundraisers, playing and coaching softball, decorating her home, she loved party planning, watching baseball and football games and making sure the high school athletes arrived to and from their games safely. Surviving Margaret is her husband, Larry Ferdinand Cohorst of Clare, two daughters; Tiffany Barber and husband Rickey of Mt. Pleasant and Nicole Hoenstine and Jeff Whalen also of Mt. Pleasant, one step-daughter, Kristin Partaka and husband Jason of Gladwin, Michigan, four grandchildren; Chloe Barber, Sophia Barber, Aubree Whalen and Jackson Whalen, one sister, Sharon Trudeau and husband Tim of Metamora, Michigan, one brother, Robert Zelinski and wife Stacy of Waterford, Michigan, ten nieces and nephews; Christopher Lundgren, Mark Meyers and wife Megan, Carolyn Meyers, Alyssa Ferguson, Zachary Zelinski, Zarek Zelinski, Kate Zelinski, Aaron Lang, Gracelyn Dadacki and Jack Dadacki, her close friend and father of her daughters, Jack Hoenstine and wife Brandy Gabrys-Hoenstine of Harrison, plus many extended family and close friends. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Sue Stevens. Celebration of Life services honoring Margo will be held Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. from Clark-Stocking Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service, 165 West Oak St., Harrison, with Mr. Ben Evers officiating. A time of gathering and sharing of memories and stories will be held Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 10:30 a.m. until time of service. Memorial gifts in memory of Margaret may be considered to the Zelinski family, in care of: Tiffany Barber or Nicole Hoenstine. To share an online memory or condolence with Margo’s family, please visit: www.clarkstocking.com. Arrangements for Mrs. Zelinski are entrusted with Clark-Stocking Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service (989)539-7810.

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Sidney Helmus

Mar 28, 1939 - Feb 19, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Sidney Helmus, age 84, of Grand Rapids, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 19, 2024. Memorial services will be held 2 pm Tuesday, February 27 at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home, 4646 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Kentwood, with Rev. Paul DeVries officiating. Relatives and friends may meet the family Tuesday from 1-2 pm at the funeral home prior to the service.The full obituary will be posted shortly.

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June Ann Mulder

Apr 20, 1935 - Feb 19, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

June Ann (Stuk) Mulder, age 88, passed away peacefully at Sheldon Meadows and went to be with her Lord on Monday, February 19, 2024. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford; and her brothers, Gordon, Russell, and Dale. June will be lovingly remembered by her children, Karen (Russel) Smith, Steven (Anne) Mulder; grandchildren, Nathan (Jessica) Smith, Andrew (Katherine) Smith, Eric Smith, Jacob (Kylie) Mulder, Emilee Mulder; her precious great-grandchildren, Molly and Jackson Smith; sisters-in-law, Barbara Stuk, Mae Mulder, Kay Ponstine, and Lois Mulder; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 23, at 11 a.m. at Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church, 1571 Baldwin Street, Jenison, with Pastor Michael Ten Haken officiating. The burial will take place at Winchester Cemetery. Relatives and friends may visit with the family on Thursday, February 22, from 6-8 p.m. at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Drive SW. The family wishes to thank the staff of Sheldon Meadows and Corewell Health Hospice for the love and care shown to June. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to or . “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Howard J. Van Dyke

May 05, 1939 - Feb 17, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Howard “Howie” J. Van Dyke, age 84, formerly of Allendale, passed away quietly from natural causes on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Heron Manor in Grand Rapids, and is now free from his lifelong affliction with Cerebral Palsy. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Van Dyke; and his parents, Cornelius and Margaret Van Dyke. He is survived by his fiancée, Brenda Hoogenstyn; siblings, Don and Lois Van Dyke, Phyllis and Mark DeYoung, Robert and Marva Van Dyke. Howie was a people person and made friends wherever he was. He loved stock car racing and Wii bowling. Howie was a member of New Community Church of West Michigan. A memorial service to celebrate Howie’s life will be held at a later date at Heron Manor. The burial will take place at Allendale Township Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to (Crestwood, IL).

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June Ann Mulder

Apr 20, 1935 - Feb 19, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

June Ann (Stuk) Mulder, age 88, passed away peacefully at Sheldon Meadows and went to be with her Lord on Monday, February 19, 2024. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford; and her brothers, Gordon, Russell, and Dale. June will be lovingly remembered by her children, Karen (Russel) Smith, Steven (Anne) Mulder; grandchildren, Nathan (Jessica) Smith, Andrew (Katherine) Smith, Eric Smith, Jacob (Kylie) Mulder, Emilee Mulder; her precious great-grandchildren, Molly and Jackson Smith; sisters-in-law, Barbara Stuk, Mae Mulder, Kay Ponstine, and Lois Mulder; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 23, at 11 a.m. at Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church, 1571 Baldwin Street, Jenison, with Pastor Michael Ten Haken officiating. The burial will take place at Winchester Cemetery. Relatives and friends may visit with the family on Thursday, February 22, from 6-8 p.m. at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Drive SW. The family wishes to thank the staff of Sheldon Meadows and Corewell Health Hospice for the love and care shown to June. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to or . “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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