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Sharon Lee Campbell

Sharon Lee Campbell
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Sharon Lee Campbell

December 24, 2017

Service Details


In accordance with family wishes cremation will be conducted.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until time of memorial services beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Hohner Funeral Home with Fr. Antony Rajesh as celebrant.


Obituary Notice

Sharon Lee Campbell, age 73, of Three Rivers, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 24th, 2017 at the Borgess Medical Center following a long and courageous battle. Sharon was born on Oct. 27th, 1944 in Three Rivers, MI.; the daughter of the late Harry Draime and Mary Boggio. Following a sudden death by Mr. Draime, Sharon was raised by her mother and her husband Mr. James Crossgrove.

Sharon has been a life time resident of Three Rivers. She attended Three Rivers Schools and graduated with the class of 1963. On Dec. 5, 1965 she was united in marriage to the love of her life Mr. Bruce Campbell and out of this union were born three adored children. Sharon’s true love and passion were taking care of family and home, especially grandchildren. She loved to work in her garden, crochet, and occasionally hit the slot machines. Sharon also was instrumental in the running of the family business, Campbell Electric. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Sharon was preceded in death by her three parents; brother, Richard Draime and two brother-in-laws, Pete Lagoni and Bob Vanderhoof.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory; her husband of fifty-two years, Bruce Campbell, of Three Rivers; one daughter, Ashten (Jim) Gioiosa, of Three Rivers; two sons, Todd (Linda), of Portage, and James Campbell, of Three Rivers; six beloved grandchildren, Skyler, Gigi, and Giovanni Gioiosa and Taylor, Ethan, and Riley Campbell. Two sisters, Patsy Lagoni of Vicksburg and Joey Vanderhoof of Marcellus. Many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.


Donations in Sharon’s memory may be directed to West Michigan Cancer Center.  Envelopes available and also may be sent to Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.


James “Jim” Lemuel Bippus of Three Rivers, 85, passed away in his home surrounded by family on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Jim had recently been admitted to Borgess Hospital due to complications related to kidney dialysis. When treatments became unsuccessful he determined he would leave this world on his own terms and in his own way. He was an ordinary man that lived an extraordinary life.

Jim was born in Bucyrus, Ohio on September 14, 1932, the youngest child of the late James and Blanch Bippus. When he was seven, his father died and Jim and his five sisters were then raised alone by Blanch, a resilient and strong woman who devoted her life to serving in the Salvation Army.

Jim enlisted into the United States Army. During his service, he earned The National Service Defense Medal. He was honorably discharged from the Army in September of 1955.

Jim attended Ohio State University taking advantage of the G.I. Bill and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. During a six month internship at Essex Wire in Fort Wayne, Jim met and fell in love with Vera H. Mohre; they married in 1958. Jim became employed full time at Essex and took a transfer to Three Rivers, with Vera, and his now six children in tow.

The Essex position didn’t work out the way Jim had imagined, so he quit. After a few months of soul searching he saw the for rent sign in the closed Standard Service Station on Michigan Avenue. So Jim took the test to become a certified mechanic and passed it easily with no formal training. He and Vera opened the station and people started coming.

In 1987 he purchased what would become the Bippus Shell Station on the corner of 131 and Michigan Avenue. Many in the community came to know him for his trustworthy service in auto repair. But more than that, people admired the Bippus family: Vera at the cash register and their children pumping gas, helping to fix cars, or doing inventory on New Year’s Day. In 1997 the station was renovated and instead of offering car repair, now had a restaurant called Vera’s, another sign of Jim’s great love for his wife. Over the years Jim’s business became a cornerstone of the community: a place people met for coffee or lunch and were greeted with warmth and hospitality.

In 2012 Jim and Vera were voted Three River’s Citizens of the Year by the Lion’s Club for their many contributions to the town. Jim made doughnuts on Sunday mornings for the Immaculate Conception Church, read to children at Andrews School, mentored a young student, participated in the County Infrastructure Committee, collected turtles for the Lion’s Club Turtle Derby, and taught auto shop to adults. With his snow plow he kept the Immaculate Conception Church and the Lion’s Club parking lot plowed for free, and also routinely plowed out driveways for others.

Jim was a great lover of classical music. He enjoyed reading books by Thomas Clancy, John Grisham, and James Patterson. He also was a great fan of The Wall Street Journal. Jim loved to play cards and was part of a monthly poker group that met for over 30 years. He and Vera also played in a weekly bridge group for about the same number of years. Equally remarkable, Jim and Vera hosted weekly Sunday dinners for family members and anyone else that wanted to stop by. New people in town were warmly welcomed to the table.

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10 comments on article "Sharon Lee Campbell"

Cindy Kent

Loved her dearly and love all of you! ❤️

Kim Adams


I’m very sorry for the loss of my our mom. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you at this difficult time.

Kim Adams.

Gail Bolton

I was so saddened to hear of Sharon's passing. WIll always remember all the fun times we had as good friends in high school. We had so many laughs and always enjoyed spending time at her families house such a wonderful family. My thoughts are with all of you Bruce and family, Pat and Joey.

Sincerely Gail (Lintemoot) Bolton

Lisa Bradley

Aunt Sharon, thank you for always giving your unconditional love and support. You have taught me so many important things and I will miss you everyday. I will rely on all the times filled with laughter that we shared to help me through this most difficult time. I love you so so much♡

Penny Milliman

We were so saddened to hear about Sharon. She was such a good friend during our years in Three Rivers. I (Penny) was able to visit with her often during her Silver Dollar Jewelry days where we'd talk for hours. She was funny, smart and as sweet as they come. She and Bruce were quite a pair and we feel for his tremendous loss. Our condolences to the entire family. Penny and Dirk Milliman

Waneta Truckey

Dear Bruce and family, Sharon was a true blessing to all of us who were fortunate enough to have known her. Ironically after many years our children connected and she became a very intricate part of both of my children’s formative years. Mike and Doug spent countless hours on the front ELporch across from the car wash. She was always taking on those boys who were always doing something. Sharon will be remembered fondly and appreciated for all of her caring ways. Thank you for sharing her and her children.

Joan Skinner

I am so sorry.

Patsy Lagoni

My sister a part of me is gone with you as you passed into heaven to be with the ones who have passed.You will be in my heart till I see you again,I love you more sissy.

Phyllis E Lehman-Ward

My thoughts of Sharon still make me smile. Our times at the Crossgrove home, Maple Park dances, and driving around town in Patsy's car were a big part of our growing up. I've missed her these past yrs of adulthood but the closeness of our HS days never left me. Rest in peace dear friend.

Bonnie Simon

Bruce and family. So sorry for your loss! I pray for God to gather you all together and bring you comfort.

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