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Veronica Marie Hornblower

Veronica Marie Hornblower
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Veronica Marie Hornblower

January 7, 2018

Service Details

A visitation service will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm. at Hohner Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 12:00 noon at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 321 N. Main St, Three Rivers, MI 49093 with Pastor Karleen Kinker and Deacon Beth Drew officiating.


Obituary Notice

Veronica Marie Hornblower, age 86, passed away Sunday, January 7th, 2018 at her home in Three Rivers, MI. She was born November 10, 1931 the daughter of Thomas and Margaret Watts in London, England.

In 1953 Veronica was united in marriage to her beloved husband William Hornblower. Together they raised six children living in multiple locations, eventually settling down in Three Rivers, Michigan in 1971. She worked many years in food service for Three Rivers Public Schools.

Veronica is preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband William Hornblower.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory six children: Christopher (Sylvia) Hornblower, Peter Hornblower, Thomas (Irian) Hornblower, Daniel (Terri) Hornblower, Margot (Brian Bleeker) Hornblower, and Katherine Pennington; two sisters: Mary Muzzone and Monica Wolsey; six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.



Memorial Donations made in Veronica's Memory to the St. Joseph County Animal Rescue Fund. 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.

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4 comments on article "Veronica Marie Hornblower"

Tom Molter

I will miss Nikki very much. I have so enjoyed her many stories. She spoke of what it was like living in London during WWII. She also wshared lots of Three Rivers history too. Her Christmas baskets, every year, were full of her love and homemade goodies were wonderful. Most of all, I will miss her contagious smile. We all can learn from her many examples. One example was: She always could find nice things to say about everyone she knew. It was a privlidge for me to have known her, now for about 25 years. May she have ever,acting peace. 🌹❤️

Sue, Herb, & Cody Morris

Our hearts ♥️ and prayers go out to you Margo and families at this time of your loss. With love ❤️ always. Sue,Herb,&Cody Morris

Dakota Babyak

We just met Christmas weekend. We stopped by her house to give her a Christmas gift. It was a sweater. She was, and always will be, my step great grandmother. We only talked for a couple of hours that day. We were watching NCIS. Really wished I could’ve gotten to know her more. She was sweet to my sister and me. Even for just meeting us for the first time. I will always love her. I’ll see you in Heaven when it’s my time to go. Love you.

J. Etienne

So sorry for the loss of Ms. Hornblower. May the family have peace of mind and a good measure of comfort as you mourn your loss. The comforting words of Isaiah 25:8 will uplift your hearts during disquieting moments.

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