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Margaret Ann Lakey

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Margaret Ann Lakey
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Margaret Ann Lakey

August 8, 2018

Service Details
Per Margaret’s request cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at The Trinity Episcopal Church of Three Rivers, Michigan with Pastor Karleen Kinker officiating. Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery of Three Rivers following the service.

                              

Obituary Notice
Margaret Ann Lakey, age 91, of Three Rivers, MI passed away on August 6, 2018 in Kalamazoo, MI. She was born on October 31, 1926 the daughter of Lawrence and Birdie (Norris) Luck.

She graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1944 and went on to attend college at Western Michigan University. In 1947 she was united in marriage to Richard Lakey. She was a regular at the Three Rivers Trinity Episcopal Church. She retired from the First National Bank of Three Rivers. Margaret loved to read, bowl, craft, play bridge, bird watching, and spending time with family.

She is preceded in passing by her parents, sister: Anna Mae Marvin, and daughter: Patricia A. Lakey-Frye.

Margaret leaves to cherish her loving memory her children: David L. Lakey and Barbara S. (Jerry) Castner; grandchildren: Scott (Jessica) Lakey, David (Francis) Lakey, Jennifer Lakey, Becky (Larry) Wissell, Dallas (Mary) Jones, Kyle (Emily) Jones, Erin Walker, Jeremy (Bree) Castner, and Charlie Castner; thirteen great-grandchildren; and her sister: Mary Ellen Kilroy.

                                                                                   

Additional Information
Memorial donations may be directed to The Trinity Episcopal Church of Three Rivers Domestic Assault Shelter. Envelopes available at 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.


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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8 comments on article "Margaret Ann Lakey"

Kathy Vogel

Barb, my heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. I will miss the presence of your mom--a truly caring and kind person. My heart is heavy with compassion for you, especially so near to the loss of Patty.


DeeDee

David and family, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I pray God gives you comfort and peace. Love and prayers to you and your family.


Linda (Nash) Guthrie

Barb, David and family. My deepest condolences to you and your family. I hope God will give you the peace and comfort in your time of need. I will keep you in my prayers.


Bruna Pavan

Mom, my deepest condolences to you and your family. Grandma Lakey was an amazing woman. Beautiful inside and out. She will be really missed and I will love her forever.


Bonnie Boggio

another one of my classmates have gone. I used to go to her birthday parties around Halloween...She was a wonderful person....Will miss you Margaret Ann.....


Jim Fort

David and family,

God be with you all and bring you peace, comfort and healing in your loss. Praying for you all.


Wayne Kiser

Partner, having been in this position myself I know there will be a hole in your heart. Mother's are more special to us than we realize until they leave this world. We pray for you and your family.

Remember, anything, anytime, anywhere.


Carlene Brunner

Margaret Ann was a lovely person. She was our babysitter when I was young. Always one of my favorites. Had lots of fun with she and Dick overs the years. Prayers and sympathy for family at this sad time

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