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Obituaries Archives for 2017-01

Sally A. Weipert, 51, of Miller Missouri, formerly of Big Rapids

Sally A. Weipert, 51, of Miller Missouri, formerly of Big Rapids passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2017.  She was born on October 26, 1965 in Big Rapids, the daughter of Tom and Sue Weipert.
 
Sally graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1983.  Prior to moving to Missouri, she had worked at Walgreen’s in Big Rapids for 18 years.  She had participated annually in the Relay for Life.  Sally was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Her wish was to participate in the Gift of Life program upon her death.
 
She is survived by her father Tom; one brother Jim (Paula) Weipert of Big Rapids; one niece Elizabeth Weipert; one nephew Thomas Weipert; and her close friend Theresa Livingston.  Sally was preceded in death by her mother Sue in 2006.
 
A memorial mass celebrating Sally’s life will be announced for a later date.

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Gordon Roy Ellis, 74, of Hawkins, passed away on January 21, 2017

Gordon Roy Ellis, 74, of Hawkins, passed away  peacefully on Saturday, January 21, 2017. 
He was born on September 6, 1942 in Cadillac, Michigan, the son of  Richard C. and Donna Jean (Becker) Ellis. 
Gordy graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1961.  He married Beverly Kay Graham in 1964.  Gordy had worked at Garner Denver and Federal Screw Works in Big Rapids.  He married Sandra L. (Hatchew) Johnson in 1989.  Gordy enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.
 He is survived by his wife, Sandra and his two children, Sherry (Loren) Merklinger of Reed City, Mike (Erin) Ellis of Lansing, is daughter, Candace Mayer of Big Rapids, three grandchildren, Jake, Marissa and Danielle Ellis and three step grandchildren, Kali Johnson, Heaven and David Mayes.  Also surviving are sister, Nancy Wittemore of Daytona Beach, FL and brother, Richard (Sue) Ellis of Kingman, KS.
Gordy was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services for Gordy will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Pastor Kim DeLong officiating.  Visitation will be Tuesday at the funeral home from 6-8:00 p.m.
 Interment will be at Martiny Cemetery in Rodney.
Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC).

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