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Melissa Marie Ash

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Melissa Marie Ash
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Melissa Marie Ash

January 23, 2018

Service Details

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Hohner Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Hohner Funeral Home with Pastor Derl Keefer officiating.

Interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers.

 

                                   

Obituary Notice

Melissa Marie Ash, age 50, of Three Rivers went to be with her family, and son Jake on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at home with her best friend and soul mate, husband John by her side.

Melissa was an animal lover and she had seven furry kids at home. She always took care of the neighborhood cats outside. She used to say” the word was passed around about free food.”

She attended Three Rivers Schools and graduated in 1985. She worked for Three Rivers Public Schools and Three Rivers Fire Dept. from 1995-98.

 She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. She was an advocate for Borgess ( Cancer Services), interviewed for Susan G Komen in 2017, and participated in Relay For Life. Melissa was just an all around advocate for Breast Cancer Awareness.

John and Melissa were united in marriage on January 26th, 1984. Together they loved to take road trips, going to craft shows, and antiquing, her findings made many people envious. Camping was her all time favorite thing to do and enjoying the beaches and looking for beach glass.  

Melissa was preceded in death by mother, Helen Roderick, father, Jesse Roderick , mother-in-law,  Alice Ash, father in -law, Robert D. Ash, brother, Herman” Skip” Langelan, and son, Jake Michael.

Melissa is survived by husband, John Ash; sisters, Linda (Ted) Smith and Nancy (Richard) Hart; niece, Rishia Langelan, and many other nieces, nephews, and other extended family.

                                                                                   

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Memorial donations may be directed to Relay for Life, Susan G. Komen Foundation, or St. Joseph County Animal Rescue Fund.  Envelopes available at the funeral home. 


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.


Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Roberts, age 82, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Munger, MI. on July 6th, 1935 the daughter of the late Nicholas and Ethel (Orosz) Pless.

Betty has been a long time resident of Three Rivers. She enjoyed quilting and cross stitching and loved to read books and occasionally shop in Shipshewana. Betty’s true love and joy was taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren which she adored.

Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack Roberts, and one grandson Nathanial Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, three children, Jon (Cherie) Roberts, Kippy (Timothy) Waltz, both of Three Rivers, and Kristine Roberts, of Odessa, FL.; one brother, John Pless, of Three Rivers; seven beloved grandchildren, Mitchell Roberts, Daniel Waltz, Jordan and Peyton Roberts, Dacoda Jacobs, Kelly Magee and Meagan Fisher.

Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Roberts, age 82, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Munger, MI. on July 6th, 1935 the daughter of the late Nicholas and Ethel (Orosz) Pless.

Betty has been a long time resident of Three Rivers. She enjoyed quilting and cross stitching and loved to read books and occasionally shop in Shipshewana. Betty’s true love and joy was taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren which she adored.

Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack Roberts, and one grandson Nathanial Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, three children, Jon (Cherie) Roberts, Kippy (Timothy) Waltz, both of Three Rivers, and Kristine Roberts, of Odessa, FL.; one brother, John Pless, of Three Rivers; seven beloved grandchildren, Mitchell Roberts, Daniel Waltz, Jordan and Peyton Roberts, Dacoda Jacobs, Kelly Magee and Meagan Fisher.

Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Roberts, age 82, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Munger, MI. on July 6th, 1935 the daughter of the late Nicholas and Ethel (Orosz) Pless.

Betty has been a long time resident of Three Rivers. She enjoyed quilting and cross stitching and loved to read books and occasionally shop in Shipshewana. Betty’s true love and joy was taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren which she adored.

Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack Roberts, and one grandson Nathanial Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, three children, Jon (Cherie) Roberts, Kippy (Timothy) Waltz, both of Three Rivers, and Kristine Roberts, of Odessa, FL.; one brother, John Pless, of Three Rivers; seven beloved grandchildren, Mitchell Roberts, Daniel Waltz, Jordan and Peyton Roberts, Dacoda Jacobs, Kelly Magee and Meagan Fisher.

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9 comments on article "Melissa Marie Ash"

Angie Baker

I'm so sorry for your families loss. Melissa always had a beautiful smile. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers


Jenny Taffee

Melissa was such a light. We had anatomy in high school and shared many laughs. We got reacquainted on Facebook a few years ago. John was her soulmate, for sure. My heart aches for him and all left behind. I am comforted knowing she is with those who left this place before her. Prayers for her loved ones. Peace .


Michelle Hassle

So many memories we shared.. I’m going to miss my City Mouse! I will never forget you! Love Country Mouse.. ❤️


Matie James

Words can't express how sorry I am! Melissa is an AMAZING lady. She will be greatly missed! Thank you Melissa for being a support and sharing your story of loss. My heart aches but it is also just a little at ease to know you're reunited again with your baby boy!


claudia spence

John, i am so sorry, i will miss my bitch!!!!! I loved her laugh an smile!!!! Thinking of you with love! Claudia home depot!


Waneta Truckey

Melissa was one of those special people who cared about kids and the Three Rivers Community. She and John were often seen helping out with the cemetery project and wherever they were needed at the park. Prayers for her family and especially John who will be lost without her.🙏.


Stacey (Wolfgang) Cooper

John Iam so sorry for your loss, I missed you guys over all these years especially how Melissa never failed to come through with comforting thoughts and hugs and helping me with my kids when they were babies... I have a picture of her holding my youngest 28 years ago with you (John) smiling right behind her!!! Then time went on and we moved away and life went on. I thought of you guys often...Melissa you will always be a Smile in my heart! Now you will be forever at peace no more pain! Again John Iam sorry for your loss you two were an inspiration of true love!! May your heart be at peace also! Take care old friend!

Love Stacey (Wolfgang) Cooper


Deb (Oakley) Culverhouse

Melissa was always a lighthearted girl ready to laugh.

I remember her being very kind and funny in high school. She and John had a special relationship.

She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with John and her family. Rest in peace Melissa.


Inge Bonfoey

We are grief stricken and saddened beyond. Melissa and I shared feelings not being able to have children, especially at Christmas time. We so understood each other. ...but also shared how blessed we both were having such care taking soul mates. John, you are in our prayers 🙏

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