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Diane Marie Gottschalk

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Diane Marie Gottschalk
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Diane Marie Gottschalk

July 21, 2018

Service Details

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at the Hohner Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 406 South Lakeview, Sturgis, MI. 49091 with Pastor Cal Kolzow officiating.

Interment will be held in Peek Cemetery.  

                              

Obituary Notice

Diane Marie Gottschalk, age 73, of Three Rivers, passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family.  Diane was born on March 9, 1945 in Sturgis, MI., the daughter of the late Floyd John and Edith (Houck) Hack.

Diane graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1963.  On June 3, 1966 she was united in marriage to Mr. Allen Leroy Gottschalk.  Diane has been a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Sturgis, where she was baptized and also a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Three Rivers for thirty two years.  Diane was employed by Freeman Mfg., Johnson Corporation, Three Rivers Schools, and later at Ruby’s Women’s Apparel. Diane’s greatest joy was her family. She devoted herself to her husband, children, and especially her beloved grandchildren.

Mrs. Gottschalk was preceded in death by her parents and one infant sister.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, husband, Allen Leroy Gottschalk, of Three Rivers, one daughter, Heather (Ray) Swinsick, of Sturgis, MI.; one son, Joel (Jennifer) Gottschalk, of Schoolcraft, MI.’ five beloved grandchildren, Mercedes and Jackson VanAlmen, Payton Gottschalk, Michaela and Cassidy Swinsick; one sister, Connie (Dale) Carpenter as well as several nieces and nephews.                                                                                             

Additional Information
 Memorial donations may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. 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.


He is predeceased by his grandparents, parents Jerry and Irene Neidlinger, and brother Jim Neidlinger

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, parents Jerry and Irene Neidlinger, and brother Jim Neidlinger

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, parents Jerry and Irene Neidlinger, and brother Jim Neidlinger

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm.

Memorial donations made in Bob’s memory can be directed to The Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm.

Memorial donations made in Bob’s memory can be directed to The Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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11 comments on article "Diane Marie Gottschalk"

Nancy Sult

Gosh Allen. What can I say. July hasn’t been a great month for either one of us. So sorry about Diane. My prayers are with you Heather and Joel and all your family.


Tom & Glenna Parker

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Gloria Mosley

Dear Gottschalk family,

I'm very sorry for your loss and hope you'll accept my condolence and deep regrets for this enemy death took my entire family and I'd like to share where I found help at that time. I found comfort and hope in what I read in Jehovah Gods word the Bible at John5:28,29 there it tells us we'll see our love ones again in the resurrection when Jesus brings them back here on earth and Isaiah25:8 states that this enemy death will be swallowed up forever, These scriptures along with others help me cope with my loss and get through each day because now I know I'll see my love ones again and so can you. I wanted to share this with you now when comfort and hope is needed hoping that this will help you also in some way for this is my purpose in sharing this with you at this time and please know that I do share your grief and hope you'll feel free let me know if I accomplished my purpose. Hoping to hear from you. Sincerely, GM


Emilee Lawrence

My condolences for your loss. Aunt Diane will be missed, but I’m glad she’s rejoicing in heaven with Jesus.


Larry and LouAnn Powell

So sorry. God Bless You Allen, Heather, Joel, and all your family!


Phyllis Lehman

My thoughts today are with you Allen, Heather, & Joel. Sending prayers of peace.


Virginia (Hull) Weaver

Allen & family, Please accept our condolences on the passing of Diane. One never really knows what to say in this situation, but know that you & your family are in our thoughts & prayers. Diane was a classmate of my husband Larry with the Sturgis class of '63. Larry sends his regards.


Mel Muffley & LeRoy

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Allen, Heather & Joel. Diane was an amazing person. No more suffering, just laughing & smiles.


Lynda Kolzow

Dear Gottschalk family members, I will always remember Diane for her extra special way of celebrating with confetti in cards and warm loving spirit. My deepest condolences on her too soon passing. Hugs and tears to you all.


Judith Kay Gilchrist Mohney

I worked with Diane many years ago at The Johnson Corporation and had so many laughs together. Diane was a very happy and loving woman. Our prayers are with the entire family during their loss of a precious loved one.

Judy (Gilchrist) Mohney, Stayton, Oregon.


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Momma G

Rejoice in being with our Lord!! Say hi to Dad from the Northern CA Barkow’s.

To all the family, she will be greatly missed. I mourn your loss as you all were a major part of me growing up!!! Love you all!!!

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