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Gladys L. Rose

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Gladys L. Rose
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Gladys L. Rose

July 26, 2018

Service Details

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of funeral services beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the Hohner Funeral Home with Pastor Bud Granger officiating.  Interment will be held at Leonidas Cemetery.

 

                              

Obituary Notice


Gladys L. Rose, age 97, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2018 with her step-daughter by her side.  Gladys was born on May 4, 1921 in Brighton, England (Sussex County), the daughter of the late Albert and May (Thomas) Copestake.  Gladys was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in her early teens in the Church of England.

During World War II, Gladys was employed in a government military canteen for two years, and later in an aircraft defense plant for four years.  During this time Gladys met her future husband, Boyd B. Smith, a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army. After the war, Gladys came to the U.S. and married Boyd at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Centreville.

Gladys assisted Boyd at Park Community School and was later employed as a library clerk in the Three River High School Library.  Boyd and Gladys joined the National Grange at Parkville and worked at the annual Centreville Fair. Gladys also served on the Park Township Election and School Election Boards.

In 1973 Gladys began working for the Three Rivers Public Library, retiring in 1978.  Gladys then married C. Eugene Rose on May 11, 1983. Together they spent many happy years traveling, including overseas trips and enjoying life.

Gladys resided happily in her Buckhorn Rd. home and made many friends throughout the years through her involvement in the community.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, Boyd Smith and Eugene Rose;  one step-son, James Rose; one step-daughter, Judith Rambadt; one special brother, Alan Copestake.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, one step-daughter, Betsy (Bill) Rhoda, of Three Rivers; one step-son, Michael Rose, of Kalamazoo; seven step grandchildren; eight step great grandchildren; one step great great granddaughter; one niece and three nephews residing in England.


                          

 

 

Additional Information
 Memorials may be donated to the Bowman Place or Heartland Hospice of Three Rivers.  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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4 comments on article "Gladys L. Rose"

Deb Stockwell

Betsy,

It was such a pleasure taking care of Gladys as her Heartland nurse. I enjoyed all the stories and history she was able to share with me. My prayers go out to you and your family during this time of sorrow.


Dianne Loates

Auntie Gladys loved to travel and over the years spent time visiting her brother and nephews and niece in the UK. The nephews and niece came to see her and she delighted in showing them the County. At the great age of 93 she travelled on her own for her Great Neice's wedding in the Tower of London. She and her English relatives spoke on the phone all the time. Betsy would inform of some things as well. Gladys was a typical lady of her time and will be sadly missed.


Doug and Marie Kline

Sorry for your loss.


Clive Copestake

Remembering Aunty Gladys, for her wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts and minds, here in England her mother country, where she was loved. Rest in Peace Aunty from your Nephew Clive and Ruth and family.

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