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Area Obituaries

Betsy Lapham, age 80, of
Middleville, passed away
peacefully at Green Acres in
Wayland on April 2, 2021.
Betsy was born on
October 10, 1940 in
Lawrence, to Ralph and
Celena (Carpenter)
Anderson. Betsy married the
love of her life, Paul E.
Lapham, on December 2,
1978, and together they
shared 43 wonderful years.
She spent most of her time
as a homemaker. In her spare
time, she enjoyed being
outdoors cultivating and
caring for her flowers.
Betsy and Paul worked
side by side in the yard and
garden and she was known
to can the fruits of their
labor. Betsy discovered her
passion for quilting and was
an avid quilter for many
years. She created several
works of art that she gifted
to family and friends, never
using a machine to complete
her creations. Each piece
was sewn lovingly by hand.
Most important to Betsy
was her family, and she
especially loved spending
time with her grandchildren.
Betsy is survived by her
loving husband, Paul;
children, Robert (Valerie)
Flynn, Patricia (James)
Naru, Jennifer (husband-
like-person, Todd Rule)
Flynn, Leigh (James) Trine,
Kelvin (Rita) Lapham, Kris


Lapham, Kathy (Dominic)
Hossler, Kirk (Julie)
Lapham; 12 grandchildren;
six great grandchildren;
siblings: David Anderson,
Judith Anderson, Martha
Borek, Donna Anderson;
several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death
by her parents and brother,
Steve Anderson.
Services are being planned
for later this summer. Burial
will take place in Hooker
Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions may
be made for the benefit of
Interim Hospice to the A.
Raymond Kalliel Hospice
Foundation, 1971 E. Beltline
NE., Ste. 219, Grand Rapids,
MI 49525.
Please visit http://www.
beelergoresfuneral.com to
share a memory or to leave a
condolence message for
Betsy’s family.

Betsy Lapham


Lois Corrine Bremer, age
94, of Middleville, took her
final peaceful breaths on
Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021
in her own bed surrounded
by her loved ones. While all
in this world may not have
been prepared, Lois was
ready to be called home by
the Lord she loved and
trusted.
She is the last of the 12
children of Frank and Jennie
Ruiter to join their parents in
Heaven where she will also
be reunited with her husband
Thomas John Bremer, who
passed in 1986 after 38 years
of marriage, and her son
Pastor Kenneth John Bremer
who left this Earth a year
ago.
Lois was born July 14,
1926, the tenth of Frank and
Jennie’s dozen children. She
married Tom Sept. 25, 1948.
Lois and Tom were
introduced by Tom’s older
brother John in Chicago, and
they were married within a
couple years.
After starting their family
in Illinois, they were drawn
to the edge of where the
prairie meets the forest
between Middleville and
Yankee Springs. Lois’ sister
Alice Steiner lived there
with her husband Fred
“Fritz” Steiner. The two
couples joined forces to
settle in Michigan, with six
children among them at the
time.
Lois and Tom moved into
a home in town in
Middleville where they lived
until 1959 when they moved
into the farm house
neighboring Alice and Fritz.
Lois and Tom lived there
and raised their seven
children over the next 30
years. Lois moved back to
town after Tom’s passing.
The two families shared
the tradition of hosting a
Ruiter Family Reunion each
summer at their homes, a
tradition that still lives on

with more than 100
descendants of Frank and
Jennie gathering each June.
As well as being a wife,
sister, mother, grandmother,
great grandmother and
friend, Lois spent time as the
recording secretary for the
Village of Middleville
planning commission, the
Thornapple Township Board
of Trustees and the
Thornapple Township
Planning Commission. She
volunteered at Charlton Park
for more than 20 years,
worked for 11 years as the
secretary at the Middleville
United Methodist Church,
and at the Sun and News for
17 years when the
newspaper was
headquartered in downtown
Middleville.
She regularly volunteered
for community blood drives
and to work elections at
several local municipalities -
and reportedly there were
never any accusations of
election fraud under her
watch. She transitioned from
the typewriter to the
computer in her 80s when
she was asked by the Village
of Middleville to take the
position of recording
secretary for the planning
commission.
Lois lived her faith with a
servant’s heart. She was
raised Christian Reformed
and joined the Methodist
Church when she moved to
Middleville in the 1950s.

She taught Sunday school,
helped with church bazaars,
and was active in United
Methodist Women. She was
a part of the Snuggli Quilters
and also enjoyed her time as
a member of the Red Hat
Ladies.
Lois was always
surrounded by angels and
sent them off on missions
for all who needed them,
whether they knew it or not.
Not necessarily a thrill
seeker, she took a guardian
angel along herself for
travels across the country to
visit family and across the
Atlantic to the Netherlands
and eastern Europe. Lois
took adventures in a hot air
balloon, a stage coach, a
glider and occasionally
across Main Street near the
Thornapple River on her
battery-powered scooter
with a great grandchild
co-piloting on her lap.
Her life touched all the
senses of those that came in
contact with her. There were
the tastes and smells of
dozens of loaves of fresh
white bread and cinnamon
rolls on the table at home,
glazed doughnuts in the
United Methodist Church
basement, a Wonka-esqe
variety of hard candy during
the holidays, pizza with
cornmeal dusted crust on
Christmas Eve, oilie koeken
on New Year’s Day, waffles
for a Sunday supper and
bacon buns, Swedish
meatballs and kuglis at
every conceivable family
get-together (all recipes
happily handed down to
children and grandchildren).
Rainbows danced across the
kitchen from the sun-
catchers spinning in her
windows; red, blue, yellow
and green bubble lights gave
the illusion motion to her
Christmas tree while
reflecting their light off her
milk glass collection; and
brightly colored eggs danced

on their strings in the wind
as the lilac bushes began to
bud each Easter. There was
often the quiet hum of a
hymn, a vibration one could
feel as much as hear, as her
rocking chair creaked in her
corner where she had her
windows out into the world.
Around that world there are
people snuggled underneath
one of her quilts or
supported by one of the mats
she weaved out of
repurposed grocery bags.
Lois is survived by her
children: Mike and Janette
Bremer, David and Colleen
Bremer, Vicky (Idema)
Bremer, Susan and Dave
Enders, Frances and Daniel
Tobin, Thomas and Brenda
Bremer, and John and Kellie
Bremer; 20 grandchildren;
31 great grandchildren; and
an extended family tree with
branches so wide and roots
so deep that they won’t fit
on these pages.
She was preceded in death
by her parents, seven sisters
and four brothers, as well as
her husband Tom, son Ken
and grandson John Ben.
A funeral service is
planned for Saturday, April
10, at 2 p.m. with the
Reverend Dave McBride
presiding at the Middleville
United Methodist Church. A
visitation will begin at 1
p.m., an hour prior to the
service. Lois will be buried
beside her husband Tom at
Mount Hope Cemetery in
Middleville at a private
family service Monday.
In lieu of flowers,
contributions may be made
to the Middleville United
Methodist Church.
Please visit http://www.
beelergoresfuneral.com to
share a memory or to leave a
condolence message for
Lois’ family.
Arrangements made by
Beeler-Gores Funeral Home
in Middleville

Lois Corrine Bremer


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