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Muriel Briody Nykun

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Muriel Briody Nykun
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Muriel Briody Nykun

May 5, 2018

Service Details              

 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 10th, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Hohner Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will take place on Thursday, May 10th, 2018 starting at 2:30 p.m. at The Immaculate Conception Church of Three Rivers, MI with Father Antony Rajesh officiating. Interment will be held at Peek Cemetery following the Funeral Mass.

                              

Obituary Notice

Muriel Briody Nykun, age 96, of Three Rivers, MI passed away May 5th, 2018 at Bronson Methodist Hospital. She was born September 12th, 1921 in Paterson, NJ at St. Joseph Hospital to Dr. Henry Edward and Edna Muriel Mason Briody.

Muriel married John T. Nykun on June 18th, 1953 at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Clifton, NJ. Together they had five daughters: Pamela (Phil) Hoffine, Elise Lindberg of Three Rivers, the late Suzanne (Kim) Hubbard, Lorraine Nykun of Rockford, MI, and Carla (Randall) Payne of Ooltewah, TN.

Muriel was preceded in death by John T. Nykun and daughter, Suzanne.

She is survived by her daughters and eight grandchildren: Nicole (Lindberg) Diffendal, Erik Lindberg, Jonathan (Kayley) Hubbard, Jared Hubbard, Joseph Hubbard, Rachael Payne, Erika Payne, and Andrew Payne; and six great-grandchildren.

Muriel graduated from Benedictine Academy in Paterson, NJ and College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ. Muriel also attended Montclair State College in Montclair, NJ and was just short of earning her Master’s degree.

Prior to marriage, Muriel taught high school in Paterson, NJ at both Central and Eastside High School.

Muriel belonged to Garden Club, the Women’s Club, and a few Bridge Clubs. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

 

Additional Information

Memorial donations can be made to The Three Rivers Community Foundation c/o The John T. Nykun Scholarship or the Volunteer Firefighters of The Fabius-Lockport Park Fire Department. Envelopes are available at Hohner 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.

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12 comments on article "Muriel Briody Nykun"

MARY ANN DECHNIK

Pam, Bunny, Lori & Carla -

So sorry to hear of your moms passing. She was a wonderful lady. I spent many a weekend at your home back in my high school days & both your parents were such nice people. Always made me feel welcome .

Cherish those memories of her & keep them close to your heart and she will always be with you.

Hugs & prayers for you all

Mary Ann James Dechnik


Paul E Stutesman

Carla and the Nykun family,

I am sorry for your loss. I can not attend the services but my thoughts will be with you.


Michelle (Rohrer) Boyle

Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. I continue to have memories from growing up as your neighbor, and our friendships. Thoughts and Prayers as you go through this difficult, sent with Love - Michelle


Hal Froot

Sorry to hear about your mothers passing.


Joyce Ploeg

Hugs to you and your family.

NSPS <3 - Joyce


Maria Alfonso

I'm so sorry to hear your mother passed. My heart goes out to you and your family.


Barb ( Stuck ) Allen

Pam, Bunny, Lori and Carla,

I’m so very sorry for the loss of your mother! Cherish your memories of the great times spent with her. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.


Becky Steiner

Lorraine,

I’m sorry to hear about your mom. Thinking of you 💞


Linda Wetherbee

Carla, Bunny, Pam and Laurie. Prayers to you and your families. Memories that you have will last a life time, All of us "horeshoe" kids had great parents and will always have fond memories of growing up in a great neighborhood. Your mom was fortunate enough to stay there until the end. Hugs to all of you.


Larry & Judy Grubbs

Dear Pam, Bunny and the Nykun family. My deepest condolences on the loss of your Mother, She was a fine Lady!

Prayers for all,

Larry Grubbs


Matt Roberts

Bunny, Lori, Pam, and Karla. So sorry to hear about your Mother passing. She was a special lady who I always enjoyed talking with. I spoke with her last at Suzie's funeral. Seems like just last week. My heart is heavy for your loss and I know you Mother is already at peace in heaven. Prayers for you all. Matt


Tom Jansen

Lorraine-So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I think the loss of your mom is the worst. They are always there for you and making sure yor are presentable to the world. I have spoken to many of your Thursday shiftmates and as none can make the services we will have a special hug for you when we next meet.

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