Lydia Lou Baron, age 89 of Norton Shores, formerly of Hesperia and Ludington, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2020 at the Dayspring Assisted Living Center “The Cottage” in Norton Shores. Lydia was born on December 28, 1930 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan to Carl Albert and Johanna Anna (Schubert) Liebing and later married John Baron in 1957. John preceded her in death on January 12, 2014.
Lydia had been a teacher at the Pere Marquette School in Ludington for several years until her retirement and moved to the Hesperia area after retirement and moved to Norton Shores in 2018. Lydia loved sharing information with others, vegetable and flower gardening, creating with paintings, being in the Michigan outdoors and worked a small wood mill with her husband for several years during their retirement. Lydia was a “tough lady” but always wanted to enrich her children’s lives with learning opportunities.
Lydia is survived by her children, Stuart Baron of Hesperia; Scott (Amy) Baron of St. Mary’s, Georgia; Marcia (David) Hansen of Johnston, Iowa; her grandchildren, Thomas (Kari) Baron; Heather (Matt) Weiner; Kiersten Hansen. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; by her brothers, Ed Liebing, Art Liebing, Phil Liebing, and Dick Liebing.
Graveside services will be held later in the summer or fall of 2020 when traveling and health issues are lifted at the West Hesperia Cemetery with her husband, John. Friends may consider memorial contributions to North Ottawa Hospice in memory of Lydia. Friends may send a condolence, share a memory of share a picture of Lydia online at www.crandellfh.com. Arrangements by Crandell Funeral Home – Fremont Chapel. 231-924-0800
Maxwell “Max” D. Chrispell, age 86 of White Cloud and formerly of Holland, passed away peacefully at his residence, The Brook of Newaygo on May 24, 2020. Max was born on November 13, 1933 in Roscommon County to Henry and Ellen (Davis) Chrispell and later moved to the Holland area. Max was drafted in the United States Army and served in the Army during the Korean War until his honorable discharge. Max had been a tool and die maker at General Electric for many years until his retirement and had also been a resident builder his entire life who always had a hammer in hand ready to build. Max married Shirley Ann VanHouten on December 31, 1992 in Newaygo, Michigan and Shirley preceded him in death on May 21, 2016. Max and Shirley loved fishing all the lakes around White Cloud, traveling to Florida in the winter months, cookouts at the lake house and family gatherings. Both Max and Shirley traveled to Israel and were baptized in the Jordan River and Max was also a member of the White Cloud United Methodist Church.
Max is survived by his children, Dan Chrispell of Holland; Melanie Mason of Holland; Teri Lynn Chrispell of Holland; 7 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; his step daughter, Twila (Brett) Krick of Florida; his brother, Everett Chrispell of Ore City, Texas; his sister, Beverly Michels of Hessel, Michigan. Max was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Chrispell and by his brother, Eugene Chrispell.
According to Max’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at the White Cloud United Methodist Church in White Cloud later in the summer or fall of 2020 when travel and health issues are lifted. Interment will be in the Restlawn Cemetery in Holland. Friends may consider memorial contributions to the White Cloud United Methodist Church in memory of Max. Friends may send a condolence, share a memory or share a photo with the Chrispell family online at www.crandellfh.com. Arrangements by Crandell Funeral Home – White Cloud Chapel 231-689-1492.
Patricia L. Baldwin, age 73 of Howard City, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2020 at her home following a short illness. Patricia was born on May 2, 1947 in Flint to William George and Rosemary (Ulrich) Bellinger and graduated from Elsie High School. Patricia later married Tony Baldwin on November 27, 1965 in Williamston and Tony preceded her in death on September 27, 2017. Patricia later graduated from Alma College with a Bachelors of Arts Degree and was a poet and author of 2 poetry books. Patricia had been a caregiver and homemaker most of her life and was a member of the Christ The King Catholic Church in Howard City and enjoyed flower gardening, reading, listening to music, art and visiting with her grandchildren.
Patricia is survived by her children, Debra (Mark) Laper of Lakeview; Sharon Baldwin of Howard City; Melinda (Bill) Engle of Elmira Michigan; Anthony (Jenna) Baldwin of Clare; Floyd Baldwin of Mt. Pleasant; Sam (Erin) Baldwin of Greenville; Emma (Joe) Wernette of Big Rapids; her grandchildren; Max, Patrick, Nanette (Tarryn), Mahnee, Tonaleaha (Taylor), Bailey, Toby, Kierra, Jordan, Jenna, Jacob and Jon; her great grandchildren, Luxanna, Garren, Jaxson, Alistair, Jennifer; her sisters and brothers, Theresa Bellinger; Andy (Denise) Bellinger; Rebecca Bellinger; Carolyn (Leslie) Kaatz; Kim (Shearard) Westbrook; William (Sue) Bellinger; Peter Bellinger; Matthew (Laurie) Bellinger; Timothy Bellinger; Adam Bellinger; Rosie (Bruce) Sherman. Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, Tony Baldwin in 2017 and by her daughter, Marie A. Baldwin in 1966.
VISITATION : Monday, June 1, 2020 from 10-11am at Christ The King Catholic Church 9596 Reed Road Howard City MI 49329 with FUNERAL MASS SERVICES : Monday June 1, 2020 at 11am at Christ The King Catholic Church in Howard City with Rev. Father James VanderLaan presiding. INTERMENT : Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 2pm at the Crestwood Memorial Gardens in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Friends may consider memorial contributions to the Baldwin Family to assist with cemetery monuments. Friends may send a condolence, share a memory or share a picture with the Baldwin family online at www.crandellfh.com. Arrangements by Crandell Funeral Home – White Cloud Chapel. 231-689-1492.
Marilee Whitman, age 79, of Hesperia passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020, at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids. Marilee was born on October 1, 1940, in Kenton, Ohio, to Roy Gene and Bernadean A. (Clement) Brown and married Charles Whitman on May 1, 1960, in LaRue, Ohio. Marilee was a beautician by trade but her career was lovingly nurturing and caring for her family. Marilee was an incredible cook, loved knitting, sewing, and gardening. Marilee was an active member of the Fremont United Methodist Church. Marilee was raised on a rural farm in Ohio and was a county girl at heart. She was a sound Christian woman whose life revolved around her loving family.
Marilee is survived by her husband, Charles; children, Kathy (Bill) DeBone of Nunica, Leslie (Jim) Welsh of Fremont, Amy (James) Mosser of Ohio, and Charles Robert Whitman of Grand Rapids; 12 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; sisters and brother, Linda Anderson of Ohio, Carol (Jim) Staundenheimer of Ohio, and Dwight (Jane) Brown of Ohio; brother-in-law Fred Markley; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her sister, Phyllis Markley and brother, Max Richard Brown.
Private services will be held at a later time. For a more lasting memorial, friends are asked to consider the Charles and Marilee Whitman Fund at the Fremont Area Community Foundation. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. Friends may share memories and condolences with the Whitman family at www.crandellfh.com. Arrangements by Crandell Funeral Homes – Fremont Chapel.
Martha May Taylor, age 84, of Walkerville passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020, at home. Martha was born on August 28, 1935, in Big Prairie Township to Charles and Mary (Stewart) Aisha and married Roy Edward Taylor on May 9, 1960, in Newaygo. Martha had been a LPN at Mercy Hospital in Muskegon and also cooked at the Sportsman’s Restaurant in Newaygo. She enjoyed sewing, crochet, yard sales, and was active in the Newaygo VFW and Camp Trotter. Martha attended the Pine Grove Community Church and her faith was an important part of her life.
Martha is survived by her children, Sam (Carol) Taylor of Newaygo, Connie (Dan Bowyer) Sayles of Walkerville, James Taylor of Las Vegas, and Terresa Slater of Vermont; 18 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and sister, Sarah (Jerry) Daul of Fruitport. She was preceded by her husband, Roy; son, Don Taylor; and brothers and sisters, Chris, Walt, Mike, Jake, Dan, Don, Betsy, and Clair.
There will be a private interment service at Newaygo Cemetery and a Celebration of Life will be scheduled for later this summer. For a more lasting memorial, friends are asked to consider the Newaygo VFW Post #4249. Friends may share memories and condolences online at www.crandellgh.com
Robert G. Miller, age 94 of Fremont, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the Transitional Health Services in Fremont. Bob was born on September 27, 1925 in Dumont, Iowa to Floyd W. and Tadie Kate (Gronigan) Miller and later married Virginia Mae Harrald on March 2, 1946 in Troy, Kansas. Virginia preceded him in death on July 12, 2007. Bob moved to the Fremont area in 1953 from Dumont, Iowa and worked at Westfield Sommers and at the Gerber Products Company in the cold storage department until his retirement in January 1988 after 35 years. Bob enjoyed traveling to Florida after retirement, taking care of his yard and doing yardwork, had been a hobby farmer all of his life and was a member of the Fremont Moose Lodge #1555.
Bob is survived by his daughter, Judy (Sam) Church of Grant; his daughter-in-law, Helen Miller of Venice, Florida; his grandchildren, Angela Jenkins of Punta Gorda, Florida; Christine (Trent) Debrot of Rockford; Amanda (Devren) Beecham of Fremont; his great grandchildren, Stella Debrot; Alicia (Tim) Nieuwkoop; Tyler Burns; Kyle Beecham; Hanna Beecham; and Jayden Beecham; his great great grandson, Landyn Lee Nieuwkoop. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Mae on July 12, 2007; his son, Jerry Miller on December 17, 2019; his brother, Paul Miller; his sister, Florence Hobson.
Family graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the Bridgeton Township Cemetery in Fremont and a Celebration of Life Service will be later in the year with service dates and times to be announced later. Friends may consider memorial contributions to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in memory of Bob. Friends may send a condolence. share a memory or share a picture online with the Miller family online at www.crandellfh.com. Arrangements by Crandell Funeral Home – Fremont Chapel 231-924-0800.
Janet L. Dykema, age 76 of Holton, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Health Services in Fremont following complications from cancer. Janet was born on June 3, 1943 in Muskegon to Robert Leonard and Martha Jean (Haynes) Beehler.
Janet graduated from Muskegon High School and later attended Muskegon Community College. She married Charles M. Dykema on May 22, 1964 in Muskegon and Charles preceded her in death on April 6, 2011. Janet has been a resident of the Holton area since 1975 when she moved from Grand Haven. Janet started working at the Old State Bank in Fremont and later began work at the Gerber Employees Federal Credit Union where she worked in the loan department for over 20 years until her retirement in February 2011. Janet was a member of the Reeman Christian Reformed Church, enjoyed reading, gaming, and mowing her yard and the animals and cats at her house. She always had a vegetable garden and enjoyed canning the vegetables from the garden. She truly treasured the time she spent with her grandchildren.
Janet is survived by her children, Greg (Amy) Dykema of Holton; Terri Dykema of Muskegon; Kim (Jason) Woods of Muskegon; 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren and 1 great grandchild due in a few months; her sister, Jolynn Byal of Fort Wayne, Indiana; 2 nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Dykema.
VISITATION : Saturday, May 30, 2020 from 12:15pm – 1pm at the Reeman Cemetery – 6731 S. Brucker Ave Fremont MI 49412 with GRAVESIDE SERVICES at 1pm at the Reeman Cemetery. Friends attending the visitation and graveside services are asked to wear a mask. In lieu of flowers, friends may consider memorial contributions to Wellspring at Reeman Christian Reformed Church in Fremont. Friends may send a condolence or share a memory with the Dykema family online at www.crandellfh.com. Arrangements by Crandell Funeral Home – Fremont Chapel. 231-924-0800
Ruth E. Ackerman, age 77 of Fremont, passed away early Monday morning, May 25, 2020. She was born on March 27, 1943 in Fremont, Michigan to J.C. & Dora (Kolk) Dykman. Family and friends were very important to Ruth, and she lead a life of unconditional love and kindness towards all. She was a member of Inspire Church in Fremont.
On October 27, 1962 she married David R. Ackerman and he preceded her in death on November 22, 2019. Ruth was also preceded in death by her parents, and by her sister Carol Jean McAllister. She is survived by 2 children, 6 grandchildren, & 8 great grandchildren. Daughter Pamela Kaye (Michael) Bouwsma, their children Brent (Angie) Bouwsma & children Beck & Jase, Derek (Alex) Bouwsma & children Deke & Emery, Bethany (Austin) DeBlake & daughter Aaleyah. Son Perry Ackerman, his children Ashley (Aaron) Sheldon & children Jaden, Emmie, & Ellie, Kyle Ackerman & Jaycie Ackerman. Ruth is also survived by her 3 brothers: Alwin "Sam" (Peach) Dykman, Paul (Sue) Dykman, and Howard (Kaye) Dykman.
Due to current health restrictions, there will be no services at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given to Inspire Church. You can sign the online guest book at www.kroeze-wolffis.com Arrangements are by Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home, Inc. of Fremont.
Harold Jay Kolk, 95, of Fremont, Michigan, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday morning, May 24, 2020. Harold was born on October 16, 1924 in St. Louis, Michigan to Albert and Mayme (Meeuwenberg) Kolk, and lived the majority of his life in Newaygo and Fremont, Michigan after graduating from Newaygo High School. After high school Harold served in the U.S. Army in Japan during World War II. After the service Harold helped his father raise fox and later started a gravel company, K-V Gravel Company, and a redi-mix company, Newaygo County Transit Mix. Harold was a member of Second Christian Reformed Church in Fremont for the majority of his life and served on the church council for many years, as well as on the Fremont Christian School Board.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Aletta (Wieringa) Kolk; son Mark Kolk; and sister, Esther Vandenberg. He is survived by his children: Gerald (Maryellen) Kolk, Randall (Michael Cresa) Kolk; and daughter-in-law, Christie Kolk. Harold will also be greatly missed by his surviving wife Winifred (Rottman Deur) Kolk of 32 years and her children: Vonda (Tom) Brasser, Dave (Sharon) Deur, and Tom (Robin) Deur, in addition to 16 grandchildren & 14 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Dottie Rosenberg; by his brother Martin Kolk; and by several nieces & nephews. Harold will be remembered as a gentle, loving, generous, and kind man.
Due to current restrictions related to COVID-19 concerning social distancing, a private burial and committal service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday morning, May 27, 2020 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Fremont with Pastor Doug MacLeod officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Michigan Army National Guard. The service can be watched live-stream on the Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home facebook page. A video of the service will also be available to watch at www.kroeze-wolffis.com, where you can sign the online guest book. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given to the Fremont Area Community Foundation for either the Second Christian Reformed Church Endowment Fund, or for the Fremont Christian School Endowment Fund. Arrangements are by Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home, Inc. of Fremont.
Mrs. Della K. Redinger, age 87 of Fremont, passed away on Thursday morning, May 21, 2020 at the Newaygo Medical Care Facility in Fremont. She was born on December 11, 1932 in West Sunbury, Pennsylvania to Ralph & Alberta (Baker) Buchanan. Della was a retired Registered Nurse.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Redinger on January 30, 1990. She was also preceded in death by her father & mother, and by her step-father Ben Foust. Della is survived by 7 step-children: Jacki (Mike) Lynnes, Guy (Raene) Redinger, Raelene (Paul) Maynard, Tammy Heemstra, Robin (Roger) Parks, Terri (Daryl) Hutson, Michele Langrick; numerous grandchildren, many great grandchildren, & several great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her cousin Ginger (Harlan) Welton & their 2 daughters: Brenda (Bruce) Struthers, Della (Dr. Bradley) Kendzior.
Due to current restrictions related to COVID-19 concerning social distancing, a private family graveside service will be held at Crestview Memorial Park in Grove City, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given to the Newaygo Medical Care Facility. You can sign the online guest book at www.kroeze-wolffis.com. Arrangements are by Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home, Inc. of Fremont.