Obituaries

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Dennis Paul VanderLind III, aged 26, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2022. He enjoyed skateboarding, was a member of the West Michigan Marshall Arts Club and earned his black belt in Tae-kwon-do. Dennis was preceded in death by his sister, Jennifer Swan Hamby; aunt, Donna Swan; grandparents, Ronald Sr. and Barbara Swan; grandpa, Dennis VanderLind Sr. He is survived by his parents, Dennis VanderLind Jr. and Suzanne Swan; grandma, Marilyn VanderLind; siblings, Daniel Swan, Miranda (Brent) Swan-Dontje, Matthew (Frances) Hamby, Theodora Swan, Thomas Kruk; nephews, Cyrus Pederson and Jackson Swan-Wassink; many aunts, uncles, and cousins. A visitation will be held at Barto Funeral Home, 1401 Quarry Ave NW, on Thursday, July 21 from 1-3 pm. A funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 3:00 pm.

Michael Charles Fellows, who was 79 years of age, died in his sleep on
Monday, May 2, 2022. Michael was born to Leon and Mary Fellows in Ludington, Michigan, on October 29, 1942.  He attended St. Simon Catholic School in Ludington and, after graduating, he joined the army.  He became an engineer and was stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany, for about three years.  He had fond memories of his service in Europe. While there, he had the opportunity to tour Rome where his brother, Father James Fellows, was studying. After leaving the army, Michael moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he married Georgianne Foote.  They had five children: Michelle (Richard) Jager, Stephan (Stacy) Fellows, Amy Fellows, Sara (Adam) Huyser, and Teresa (William) Bader.  He was not afraid of hard work and enjoyed meeting new people.  He worked until retirement in various service jobs.  After retiring, he stayed active by assisting his daughter, Amy, at her funeral home, by enjoying the company of friends at a local club, and by interacting with the groups at his apartment community.  He liked to be outdoors, liked to walk and ride his bicycle, but most of all enjoyed conversing with others. Michael was preceded in death by his parents, and six of his siblings: James, Daniel, David, Gordon, Lee, and Ruth.  He was also preceded in death by his son-in-law, Richard Jager.  He is survived by three siblings: John, Mary, and Gerard.  He also leaves behind his five
children, 17 grandchildren, one great-grandson, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will host visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, 2022, at Barto & Son Funeral Home located on 1401 Quarry Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.  A funeral Mass will be held at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church across from the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 9, 2022. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Marcusse, Douglas Neil age 43 of Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, May 1, 2022.  Born June 5, 1978, Doug’s early education began at Ss. Peter St. Paul School and was later a graduate of West Catholic High School in 1996.  Doug relished being outdoors, especially his times at the family cottage and cabin.  Enjoying many sports he held high allegiance to the University of Michigan, the Detroit Tigers, the Florida State Seminoles and his “winning” picks during March Madness.  His quick wit was ever present, even during times of illness. Doug had many challenges through life but did his best to persevere and was never known to complain.  His greatest love and pride was for his two children, Isabella and Caden, who survive him.  He was often seen helping his children with homework, cooking favorite meals, enjoying a movie or video game or getting together with extended family for holidays and celebrations. His love for his children and his desire to get past his challenges were ever present. The last few months of his life affirmed his steadfast desire to persist as he was looking forward to watching and helping his children grow into adulthood, nurturing relationships and looking forward to the future.

Doug is survived by his Mother, Roxanne Goodwin, Father Thomas Marcusse (Pam Wells-Marcusse), Children Isabella Marie and Caden Thomas (their mother Hillary Malone), Siblings Jeff Marcusse (wife Kara and daughter Paige Oakley), Kathleen Dean, (daughter Chloe and boyfriend Nate Clark ) and girlfriend Amber Sherman as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and other extended family members. There will be a visitation to celebrate Doug’s life at Barto & Son Funeral Home, 1401 Quarry Ave NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan on Tuesday, May 10th from 4:00 - 7:00 pm.; parking on the street or across the street in the Ss. Peter and Paul parking lot. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the gofundme account set up: Isabella and Caden Marcusse Support Fund at https://gofund.me/298c523a.

“Come unto me, all that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

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Theodore O. Aguilar, aged 89, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at Mercy Health, St. Mary's.  He was a passionate animal lover, making sure none of them went hungry or cold.  He enjoyed making wood and leather carvings for his children.  Ted loved all children and was a father figure to many.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Christine Vallanuvea; granddaughter, Dakota Sky; daughter-in-law, Virginia Aguilar.  Ted is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Catalina; children, Theodore (Sylvia) Aguilar, Vincente (Lori) Aguilar, Edmund Aguilar, Veronica (Richard) Unger, Brandon (Lynnetta) Aguilar, Matthew (Amelia) Aguilar; 78 Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren, and Great great-grandchildren; siblings, Ben Aguilar, Mary (Marcos) Gomez, Irene (Jerry) Halley, Louie (Maria) Aguilar; numerous other family members.  In honor of Ted's wishes, the family is holding a private service.  Those who wish may make a memorial donation to the Humane Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534.

Mary Alice Stanley, age 73, passed away on Thursday, January 20, 2022. Mary was a person of faith and lived a life serving others. She was a devout Catholic, her home parish was Our Lady of Sorrows Church where she was a member for over 40 years. She attended mass everyday along with praying the rosary three times per day. Mary was a tireless and selfless volunteer, offering her time to many organizations and people in need every week. Mary was committed to family and was there for encouragement, making sure that all knew of her support. She loved spending Holidays with her family especially her infamous Christmas Eve family party that she hosted for many years. She had a passion for gardening and took great pride in her home garden, growing vegetables and fruits that the family got to enjoy along with delicious food that she cooked on her grill. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Stanley; brothers, Oliver and Erskine Stanley. She is survived by her daughter, Karen E. Malone; son-in-law, Roderick Malone Sr.; grandchildren, Roderick Malone Jr., Karen Malone, Ashley Malone, Jordan Malone; sister, Cynthia A. Bailey; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. Mass of the Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, January 28, 11:00 am at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. Interment Garfield Park Cemetery. Friends and relatives may meet the family at Barto Funeral Home, 1401 Quarry NW, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm, where a Rosary will be prayed starting at 7:30 pm. Mary will lie in state one hour prior to mass at the church. Those of you who wish may make memorial donations to Right to Life or the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

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Robert “Bob” James Goddard died at 73-years-old on January 1, 2022 after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by son Nathan and daughter Anna; their mother and his former wife, Debra Sikanas (Russell Radford); grandson, North; his brother, Michael (Carol); nephew, Brian; niece, Julie; his beloved collie Shelby; longtime friends, Jon (MaryAnn) McDonald and Cindy Ladewig. Bob was the youngest born to Efford and Gertrude (McCrary) in Adrian, MI, after leaving Alabama with their two older sons. He moved to Grand Rapids for college, graduated from (then) Kendall School of Design with an interior design degree, and found his career in electrical design for various architecture firms. Bob and Deb married in 1972. Though later separating, they remained family. Sharing his love through time and activities with his children, Bob enjoyed tent camping, road trips and riding bikes. They shared a love of music, movie nights and annually making their Halloween costumes together. They loved his bourbon brownies and hated his potato soup. Later in life, he began volunteering at Frederik Meijer Gardens (& Sculpture Park), working more than 2,500 hours with horticulture and driving the tram tours. There he was introduced to the art of bonsai. (That is pronounced like “bone-sigh,” he would like you to know.) Bonsai has been a passion and hobby ever since, peppering his landscaping and filling parts of his home. A longtime member of the West Michigan Bonsai Club, he formerly served as a board member and president. Since 2016, Bob and Shelby have volunteered as a team with West Michigan Therapy Dogs - “work” they relished. They particularly valued their time at the children’s hospital, colleges during exam weeks, and St. Ann’s Home. Preceding Bob in death are his parents as well as cherished sister-inlaw Mary Catherine (Sikanas) LaPonsie. Family is making arrangements to gather for green burial and a celebration of life. In your own way, you could celebrate Bob by dancing to Motown music, crosscountry skiing, or enjoying a strawberry milkshake from McDonald’s. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please donate to your favorite animal care- and/or nature-related nonprofit organizations.