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Norma D. Adamson

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Norma D. Adamson
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Norma D. Adamson

April 5, 2018

Service Details

 The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until time of memorial services beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Bethany Chapel, 15130 Millard Rd, Three Rivers, MI 49093.          
           
                              

Obituary Notice

 Norma Adamson entered heavens gates April 5, 2018 with her daughter Rita holding her hand.  Norma was born Dec 31, 1930 to Clarence and Adalene Thomason in Marion, Ind.  She married Lewis Adamson Dec 24, 1948.  They moved their family to Three Rivers, in 1963.  She worked at Reish’s Shoe Store until they closed in 1989.   The Reish family became her second family!  Norma had many hobbies, quilting, knitting, crocheting, painting, which she passed on to her children and grandchildren.  She loved working with the public and she had a smile for everyone she met.  Norma and Lew spent winters in Naples, Fla in 1994 until Lew’s death in 2016, where they became very involved in their park and met many special friends. Norma attended Bethany Chapel in Three Rivers, Mi and Isle of Capri Community Church in Florida  where she had many friends. She was a prayer warrior and held up her family and friends in prayer.  Norma is survived by three children Debra (Len) Max, Three Rivers, Mi. Lewis (Ginger) Adamson of South Haven, Michigan, and Rita (Chris) Szweda of Vandalia, Mi.  Six grandchildren Lori McColley (John Swendender), Derek (Katie) Max, Jennifer Napieralski, Brad (Casey) Adamson, Ashley (Eric) Stoffl and Melissa (Paul) Hovarth. 14 great grandchildren, which were her pride and joy. One brother Arthur (Nona) Thomason and three sisters, Glenna Biven, Gail Lawson and Kay (Bob) Mauller.  Sister-in law Ann Squires.  Special friends Buck and Rosemarie Starks, Gary and Jennifer Reish.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lewis, grandson, Michael Adamson, two brothers Marvin and Wayne Thomason, sister-in law Barb Thomason, and brother-in law Albert Lawson.   Norma is not gone, she has moved to her heavenly home and will one day be reunited with all of those that have accepted her savior.                                                                                                                                                

Additional Information
 Memorials will be directed to Bethany Chapel in Three Rivers, MI in care of Pastor Tim Moore.  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.

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2 comments on article "Norma D. Adamson"

Richard and Janet Babcock

We send our condolences to Deb and the rest of the family , I worked with Lou at Essex and enjoyed visiting Lou and Norma over the years .


Waneta Truckey

Dear Deb and family, oh what a wonderful day in heaven. She brings that smile and positive feelings with her. I loved her and so enjoyed all of the time we spent together. She was always so happy to be a part of all of the lives she touched. I will remember her for all the special things she did and the visits we had. Thank you Deb for sharing your precious Mom with me for all of those years, “Death ends a life; Not a relationship.” Dr. Seuss. Hugs

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