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Doris M. Wortinger

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Doris M. Wortinger
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Doris M. Wortinger

March 23, 2018

Service Details

At her request, cremation has taken place.  Graveside interment of cremains will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2018 Mt. Everest Memorial Park South, 3941 S. Westnedge Ave,  Kalamazoo MI 49008.  

 


                                   

Obituary Notice

Mrs. Doris M. Wortinger passed away peacefully March 23rd at Three Rivers Health at the age of 99.   She was born in Cass County on her father’s farm at Cranberry Lake the daughter of Paul and Mildred (Bowers) Janing.  When Doris was 10 years old, the family moved to Marcellus where she graduated from Marcellus High School, class of 1937.  At the age of 22, she met Kenneth Wortinger and they were married January of 1942 shortly before Kenneth left to serve his country in World War II.  

When the war was over, Doris and her husband bought a home where they were to live happily together for the next 60 years.  Kenneth died in 2002 and Doris continued to live in her home until August 2017 before moving to Bowman Place Assisted Living in Three Rivers.

  

Doris was a homemaker her entire life.  She enjoyed life ...especially time with her family and traveling with her husband which included camping and snowmobiling in northern Michigan. Doris and Ken had a large vegetable and flower garden.  She took pride in her flowers and sharing and preserving the produce they grew.  Her favorite pastimes were watching her backyard birds and Detroit Tiger baseball.  She also enjoyed music, sewing, and all kinds of crafts.

 

In addition to her husband Ken and parents, Doris was preceded in death by brothers Delmore Buckhold and Paul Janing, and one sister Euna Abrams.  She leaves behind to cherish her memory a daughter and son-in-law Teresa and Bill Rentfrow, grandsons Dr. Benjamin Rentfrow and wife Jessica, Casey Rentfrow and wife Julie, four great grandchildren, one sister-in-law Kathleen Wortinger, several nieces and nephews, and many wonderful friends including her special new-found friends at the Bowman Place. 

 

 

                                                                                                            

Additional Information

  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions made to TRH Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship Fund or charity of one’s choice.  Envelopes available or 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.


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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7 comments on article "Doris M. Wortinger"

Kathryn Morningstar

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family. I have so many memories of the times spent with your family. Love you so much. I am here if you need me for anything


Ed and Lynda Rentfrow

You are in our thoughts and prayers Teri.


DORIS RIPPLINGER

So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. Mark, Doris & family


Kitty gearhart

Terry and family, so sad to hear of Doris passing but she truly had a great run in this life ! All who knew her has wonderful memories of her happy and witty personal. She and Ken will

Always be remembered ! Kitty


Gordon & Laura Fries

Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time ❤️


Anne & Jerry Rentfrow

Teri - your mom's sweet happy spirit will always be remembered. Praying for you. Hugs


Benjamin Rentfrow

I can honestly say that I have no bad memories of her. She is probably the only person I will ever describe that way. Perhaps we can add that to the definition of a Grandma.

Say Hi to Grandpa for me. I miss you both.

BEN

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