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Elizabeth "Betty" Lambertson

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Elizabeth "Betty" Lambertson
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Elizabeth "Betty" Lambertson

February 19, 2018

Service Details

The family will receive friends for visitation from 9:30 a.m. until time of memorial services beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church, 320 N. Main St, Three Rivers, MI 49093 with Rev. Brenda Deily officiating.

Private interment of cremains will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers.


 

                                   

Obituary Notice

Elizabeth Helen(Betty) Lambertson passed away at the age of 100 on February 19, 2018 at her home in Three Rivers.  She was born in Three Rivers to Adam and Margaret Armstrong. Betty attended schools in Three Rivers, The Southern Seminary in Virginia, and she graduated from the University of Michigan where she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority.

 

On May 9, 1942, she married Howard G. Lambertson.  When WWII was over and Howard came home they bought a resort on Houghton Lake, Michigan.  They ran the resort in the summers until 1952 when they moved back to Three Rivers permanently.

 

 Betty was the proud mother of two daughters, Susan (Bill) of Wheaton, Il. and Sally (Dr. Dan) of Woodinville, Wa.  She was the proud grandparent of Lisa Robertson Chron and Beth Robertson Arend.  Proud great grandparent of six, Courtney, Alexandra, Lindsay, Katherine and Tyler Chron and Jessica Arend.

 

Betty was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Elks Club and Sauganash Country Club.  She also volunteered for many years at the Three Rivers Area Hospital in the snack shop.

 

Betty and Howard gave many philanthropic gifts to Three Rivers charities.

 

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Lawrence, a sister Margaret, and her husband.

 

Betty loved her family, her church, her many friends, her cottage in the Upper Peninsula, and Three Rivers. She was loyal to her teams, the Lions, Tigers, and Wolverines.   The family also wants to thank the many caregivers from Absolute Home Health Care that lovingly took care of Betty for the past 14 years. 


 

              

                                                         

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Memorial donations may be directed to the St. Joseph County United Way or Three Rivers Area Hospital.  Envelopes available and 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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6 comments on article "Elizabeth "Betty" Lambertson"

Kathy friend Higelmire

I'm so sorry about Betty she was like a grandma to me I enjoyed being her aide she will be truly missed


Sally and Chick Boeschenstein

Suki and Sall, What a great lady! We both remember her sense of humor and big smile. We enjoyed seeing her at the Carnegie and would run into her and Sheila at Health Trac...they surely enjoyed coffe and conversation after their walks. You were lucky to have her for so many wonderful years..I'm sure she was ready to join Howard, and I hope they're fishing together!


Bernadette Phillip Mihills

My sympathy goes out to Sally and Susan, and their families. Your mother was truly a wonderful, giving woman. Especially when we invaded her house at Christmas time with caroling.

Peace to all.


John Wright

Suki and Sally,

Mom and dads many evenings on the front steps of your house on East Street, Leave it to Beaver days huh.

The last time I saw your mom was a surprise visit to three rivers in 1990. I was traveling and stopped to see your mom. She answered the door, handed her my business, she said she only knew one John Wright, I said that was me, she looked up at me and said, well...Johnny. We sat and reimaniced for about an hour. She will be greatly missed by many people which includes me.

Love to you both

Johnnya


Barb (Seal) Welty

Sal, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of you mom. I have many warm memories...especially the love she had for her beautiful dogs. She was such a strong woman and a wonderful role model for us all.


OLLIE WOMACK

I offer my condolences. There are no words to express the pains of losing a love one to death. At Revelation 21:4 Jehovah God promises under his Kingdom rule to rid the earth of tears, pain and even death. Also God promises to bring back to life those in the memorial tombs. Lovingly he gives us the hope of being united again with our love ones to live life without end. (John 5:28 & 29). May you find comfort in his promises during this difficult time.

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