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Cassandra Olene “Cassie” Riker, age 22, of Greenville, passed away early Thursday morning, August 14, 2014 at Spectrum Health-Blodgett Hospital in East Grand Rapids.

Born with cerebral palsy on February 4, 1992 in Grand Rapids, Cassie lived a full life in her short 22 years on this earth and delighted in watching Disney movies and cuddling with her kitten, Ellie.

She loved being with her family and friends, especially her nurses, teachers, and caregivers, but she adored her younger brother, Zachary. She will be deeply missed by all those who loved and cared for her.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Instead of flowers, contributions in Cassie’s memory are suggested to the donor’s favorite charity. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Cassandra’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guestbook” link above.

Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.

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  1. Anonymous on August 14, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Guestbook

    09/30/2014 –

    v

    You have been a wonderful mom to Cassie. May Cassie’s soul rest in peace


    09/04/2014 –

    Kim Williams- Cunningham

    Don
    It has been a lot of years since we last spoke I am sorry for your loss my heart goes out to you and your family


    08/25/2014 –

    Karen Mays

    I’m so very Blessed, honored, and a better person to have been able to spend 7 Wonderful years with your sweet Cassie princess!!! Thank you!!! God is so good to have Blessed Cassie with the most Awesome mom ever!!! May the sweet memories of Cassie’s smiles, laughter, and sly little evil humor get you through each and every day…until the Glorious day when you will once again be with her!!! Love, Hugs and Prayers!!


    08/25/2014 –

    Karen Mays

    Karen Mays has sent this Expressions of Sympathy card.


    08/19/2014 –

    Lori Maess

    Dear Chary, Don, and Zach, I am so sorry about the loss of Cassie. My prayers are with all of you.

    Lori Maess


    08/18/2014 –

    Tim Dugan

    Cassie displayed a lot of resilience and perseverance throughout her life. A sneaky sense of humor too!

    RIP Cassie. God Bless.


    08/15/2014 –

    Annegret

    Cassie was such a fortunate girl, to have you as her mom! I only smile when remembering the year I was her homebound teacher. Please know that many of us are thinking of you during this difficult time.


    08/15/2014 –

    Shelley Ritter

    Chary we will miss casey, but she is in a great place with all our other family members. As you took the best care of her, why she was with us. The best mother ever, she is being well watch over now by the best. Take care of yourself.My heart goes out to you and Zach. Aunt Shelley


    08/15/2014 –

    Lauri Zimmerman

    I was Cassie’s bus driver for about 3 years. She was always such a beautiful, sweet little doll. She made every ones day at school with her beautiful smile!~ Rest in peace Cassie. Prayers for all of you !


    08/15/2014 –

    Bev Wyckoff

    I did not know Cassie,but I work at the Seiter Building. I’m very sorry for your loss & will have your family in my prayers. She is most certainly not forgotten by those I work with.


    08/15/2014 –

    Dan Stiefel

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.


    08/15/2014 –

    Tim & Evelyn Avery

    So sorry to hear of Cassies passing. Heaven has gained another Angel. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. God Speed Sweet Angel.


    08/15/2014 –

    Valerie Maples

    There are no words at times like this except to let you know Cassie’s smiles will be missed and y’all are in our thoughts and prayers!


    08/14/2014 –

    David and Sandra Smith

    Our dear sweet Cassabear. Our hearts are breaking with the thought of you leaving. I will never lose the happy memories of your smiling face and the sounds of laughter you shared so readily. We love you and will see you in the future. All our Love and Prayers, Grandpa and Grandma Smith.


    08/14/2014 –

    Holly and Emily Delph

    Where ever you are Cassie have fun and be free. Smile down on your mom and let her know its all going to be all right. Let your mom know she gave you the best life ever. Smiles and giggles in heaven.


    08/14/2014 –

    Mary

    In your hours of sorrow may you be comforted by the many joys and fond memories you have of Cassie.


    08/14/2014 –

    Sarah Sease

    Cassie was a joy to take care of, we would have so much fun laughing & yelling, our favorite thing to do was “spa” days, always made sure her nails and toes were awesome! I love you sweet angel.


    08/14/2014 –

    Brandi Norder

    Chary, Zach, and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Cassie’s smile! The way she would light up a room. I am so glad you shared her with all of us as a class we are all here for you just let us know what we can do to help.
    Love you Brandi pns


    08/14/2014 –

    Gloria Ross

    You and your family have my deepest sympathy. Love you Gloria


    08/14/2014 –

    Nan Betz

    I send my love & prayers.


    08/14/2014 –

    Stephanie

    Chary: Cassie was a happy young lady due to all you did to make her that way. Prayers as you navigate your life without her in your arms but in your heart instead.


    08/14/2014 –

    barb crouch

    My heart goes out to you and Zach, my heart is broken, i can not imagine how your’s is feeling. I am so glad that i got to see her, thank you for thinking of me. she has taken a part of my heart with her. she is no longer in any pain and is flying high with all the angels. love you.


    08/14/2014 –

    Herb and Barb Gulembo

    Loved seeing pictures of Cassie on facebook. always a smile on her face. We was all blessed to have known Cassie/now she is healed and in the arms of Jesus!!!


    08/14/2014 –

    Colleen Conger

    I remember the day Cassie was born as I couldn’t believe I was an Aunt at the tender age of 22!

    Her parents were so excited to welcome her into the world. They loved that little girl with all their heart and soul.

    Even though I lost touch with the family for a while, I was delighted to catch up with Cassie via Chary’s Facebook page.

    My heart smiled every time Chary shared a photo or just a quick video of Cassie enjoying her favorite movie.

    Cassie made such an impact on so many lives in her short 22 years. She’ll be dearly missed by her family and all those who knew her.

    Rest well in the arms of Jesus, Cassie. We love you!


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