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Jeffrey James Ropoleski, age 35, of Six Lakes, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013 at home. The son of Jack James & Constance Ann (Ward) Ropoleski, he was born on July 23, 1977 in Grand Rapids. Jeff owned and operated his own tree service.

On August 8, 1998, in Grand Rapids, he married Jamie Lynn Cogswell. She survives along with their four children, Jeremiah James, Jordan Lea Ann, Jason Jerome, and Josie Lynn Ropoleski. Also surviving are his parents, Jack & Connie Ropoleski of Grand Rapids; a brother, Thomas Allen Ropoleski of Grand Rapids; his mother-in-law, Joanie Rexford of White Cloud; grandmother-in-law, Joan Case of Six Lakes; three aunts, Vicki Rekeny of Grand Rapids, Barbara Ward-Sommers of Grand Rapids, and Jane & Phillip Wolf of Six Lakes; an uncle, John Ward of Florida; four cousins, Brian Kahn, Roger Kahn, Kelley Sommers, and Jake Sommers; and many other dear family and friends.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013 at the Entrican Bible Church, 3899 N. Grow Road, Stanton, with Pastor Eugene Kooi officiating. Instead of flowers, relatives and friends are asked to consider the needs of his children. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the church.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Jeff’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Anonymous on June 9, 2013 at 12:00 am


    I’ll never forget the time I first met Jeff. It was the day he fell in love with my best girl. Some of my most favorite and cherished memories include these two of my very best life long friends.Memories that will be cherished that much more… I love and adore you Jamie Lynn. Jethro- no goodbyes but rather until we meet again,love.



    Andrea Sheldon

    Dear Jeff,

    You were the big brother I never had. I can’t count the many times you kept me out of trouble or from getting hurt when we where all young and doing something stupied. I wish I could have returned the favior. I have a life time or memories with you, Jamie, and the kids all of them good. I will always love and miss you!!



    rachel dyksterhouse

    a family freind from the 60’s on broadway, gary’s little sister. i’m sorry for your loss.



    Dot Chambers

    Joanie and Jamie
    You, and your family, will forever hold a special place in my heart – you are very dear to me. Challis and I are sending our love and prayers to you and the kids. I will see you tomorrow.



    Marilyn Muma

    So sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. He was a really neat little kid when I had him as a student in kindergarten. He’s gone much to soon.



    Barbara Sommers

    Jeff, you were the light in many peoples’ life. Your light will continue to glow through your beautiful children. God Bless you dear…I love you.
    Aunt Barb



    heather Hallack

    Thinking of you, Joanie. Call me if there is anything I can do.



    John Ward

    Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.
    John 14:1



    Ruth Cogswell Moffett

    Jamie I am saddened to hear this terrible news……. I wish you peace in this terrible time in your life and the kids life…There are no words that I can make you feel better only that I love you and I hope that someday this will all make cents I love ya kiddo




    If a candle was lit by everyone who loved you. The brillance of the light would run a close second to the sun.
    I love you, and will miss you.



    mike rekeny

    I,did not know jeff as a child, but met him when I met my wife, vicki about 1995. he was such a fun guy to party with,and I have some fond memories of him down in his dads basement, playing those old records and singing along.I was happy that jamie and jeff, let me drive them around in my old 88 towncar after their wedding,making a bunch of stops at bars and such,playing limo driver.I hoped someday that your dad and I could have helped put that old 68 ford back together of yours. you will be missed by all of us . much love mike rekeny



    Aunt Vicki

    Jeff; you have always had a very large part of my heart. You and Brian were born only two days apart and had spent allot of time together until you both got older.
    Jack,Connie,Tom,Jamie and children; I am so sorry!

    Love you,
    Aunt Vicki



    Pat and Patty Wagner

    Oh my dear Jeff. I can remember how sweet you always were. Sitting on the wall in army gear. Your face painted with Adam. Swimming in the pool and especially hunting for family Christmas trees. Our families had so much fun. You will be greatly missed. Love you. Now your sitting on the Holy wall with Adam.Give him a hug from mom. Look down and protect your family.



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