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Patricia "Patty" Ann Lakey-Frye

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Patricia "Patty" Ann Lakey-Frye
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Patricia "Patty" Ann Lakey-Frye

May 5, 2018

Service Details              

 

The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Hohner Funeral Home, Three Rivers.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Riverside Church, 207 E. Michigan Ave, Three Rivers, MI 49093 with Pastor Robert Anderson officiating. Below is a link leading to the site hosting the live stream from Riverside Church of the service
https://youtu.be/GIoy3GjH4f4

                              

Obituary Notice

Mrs. Patricia Ann “Patty” Lakey-Frye, age 66, of Three Rivers, passed away tragically on Saturday, May 5, 2018.  She was born on March 13, 1952 in Three Rivers, MI. the beautiful daughter of Richard and Margaret (Luck) Lakey.

Patty had been a lifelong resident of Three Rivers.  She retired from Three Rivers Hospital after 20 years of service where Patty gained many friendships and helped countless families.  Patty was a volunteer for many organizations, most recently St. Joseph County Victims Services and the Fabius Park Fire Department.  Patty was an organ donor and to this day she continues to help those in need.  She truly loved her family, was a devoted grandmother, and the most loyal of friends. 

Patty also enjoyed her early morning walks with her handsome boy Blu, and times spent with her many friends. She was an avid and excellent gardener, not only with flowers but also with her vegetable garden. Patty loved her grandchildren immensely and would frequently travel to Wisconsin to see Annason and Natalie and babysit for her youngest granddaughter Remi.  Most of all, she loved spending her time with her husband Mike, going to concerts, traveling, and riding their motorcycles.

Patricia was preceded in death by her grandparents, and her father, Richard Lakey.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, her mother, Margaret Lakey, of Three Rivers; her beloved husband, Michael Frye, whom she married on March 5, 2014; three children, Becky (Larry) Wissell, Dallas (Mary) Jones, and Kyle (Emily) Jones, two step-children Caitlyn Calkins and Brandon Frye, one sister, Barb (Jerry) Castner; and one brother, David Lakey; five adored grandchildren, Annason, Natalie, Remi, Addison, and Aurora.  Countless nieces and nephews and many cherished friends and colleagues.

 

Additional Information

Memorials may be donated to the family of Patricia Ann Lakey-Frye c/o Becky Wissell.  Envelopes will be available at the Hohner Funeral Home or church. Below is a link leading to the site hosting the live stream from Riverside Church of the service
https://youtu.be/GIoy3GjH4f4

           


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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23 comments on article "Patricia "Patty" Ann Lakey-Frye"

Renee Heller

Send my prayers. my heart hurts for all who love her. She was one of the best, full of joy and laughter I alway had a good time when she was with us, Im going to miss her so so much. you will be in my fond memories for ever Love you Patty


Judy Gilchrist-Mohney

My cousin, Bill Shively, called me in regards to Patty. What a shock and my prayers are with Patty's husband and family. I remember Patty at the hospital when my mother was there way back in 2002. Patty was a very special, caring woman and will be greatly missed by everyone. My prayers are with Patty's husband fighting for his life. Judy Gilchrist-Mohney, Stayton, Oregon.


Nancy Sult

To Patty’s family.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Patty was a great person. I worked with her for many years at the hospital and my son went to school with her boys. My heart is sick.


Kim and Maria Losik

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Patty's family. She was such a great and caring individual. She left her mark on so many people with her smile and unselfish character. My God Bless your entire family.


Elaine Giacobone

Wishing comfort to family and friends.


Waneta Truckey

God has added another angel to his host of angels in heaven. Patty certainly left a memory for all those who knew her, May her family find comfort in the words of Dr .Seuss, "Death end a life: Not a relationship."


Alden and Bonnie Zimlich

Patty graduated with my husband and we have known her and have been friends for years. She was such a sweet person and always had a smile and a hug. It is so hard the grasp she is gone. She will be missed by many.

Prayers and condolences for her family.


Lori Hibbs

I send my thoughts and deepest prayers up to heaven so that God will hold you all up at this tragic time!! My heart breaks for you all !! She and I worked together for about 15 years at the hospital!! She was so scared when she first started there.. but as the years went by, she got her confidence and became so priceless at work!! But then , she was from day one!!

RIP sweet sweet Patty!! See you again in Heaven!!


Romona McClain Czuk

Patty will always be remembered by her beautiful smiles and loving personality . God has taken from us but now has a beautiful angel. Prayers and comforting thoughts to the families and close friends of Patty.


David McNeill

Patty was a special person who I remember fondly from my days teaching at TRHS. Prayers and thoughts to family and friends in this very difficult time.


Kathy Griffin

Sending thoughts and prayers to the family. Patty was a beautiful person inside and out. God has a beautiful angel with him now


Kathy Braymer

Dallas and Kyle, My prayers are with you and your families during this difficult time. May you find peace in knowing that your Mom is in Jesus's loving arms. My love to you.


Theresa Sussdorf

My beautiful sister-in-law. Her smile and presence lit up a room. Her love and kindness will be sadly miss. You could truly see the love that Mike and her shared. My heart breaks for you and for him. Please know our family is here for you.


Rehab Department at Three Rivers Health

Our entire nursing and therapy staff at Three Rivers Health send our thoughts and prayers to Patty's family and friends. She had been working daily with our staff on rehab when she went to Heaven. We enjoyed her dedication to her work, her radiant smile and her stories that made you laugh! Although a short time, we are thankful she was able to share herself with us and bring a smile to our day. Rest in Peace sweet Patty.


Stephanie Fowler

You have gone home to the Father, rest in peace. Prayers to the family as you grieve the loss of your mother, grandmother, wife, friend. I pray God gives you peace and understanding and comfort in knowing he has made her new again.


Bruna Pavan

Thoughts and prayers to Patty's family and friends. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Love to you all.


Dawn Losinski

To Patty’s family and friends, my condolences and prayers for peace and comfort go out to you all. I had the pleasure of working with Patty for several years on Acute Care at TRH. She was an amazing lady. She kept us all in line, with the patients as Top Priority! She will be so missed by all who knew her. My heart breaks for you all. Best wishes for Mike also. Praying 🙏🏻


Julie

She was a sweet lady ! My thoughts and prayers are with her family. She came to a close family friends house and was so helpful and caring when a family member passed away at the house. Heart of GOLD is what she had!


Anthony Staffen

My memories of Patty are are abundant and all fond. She was always genuine and caring. She was one of the family. My words can not express how much she will be missed.


Renata Ribeiro

Patty will always be my American mom and for that I’ll be always thankful for her time and love. I’m sending all my love and prayers for all the family. I know she’ll be watching over them wherever she is.


John

Love and prayers from my family to yours. Mike and Patty have and will continue to be, "pillars" in our community and our hearts. God bless you all. Stay strong and continue their legacy.


Centreville Fire

Our thoughts and prayers to all of the family and friends.

Rest in peace sweet Patty........


Bobbie Johnson

TRH Family is going to miss this fun loving, compassionate, hard working, beautiful lady. I'm going to miss you my friend. The last words I said to you were, "I love ya girl," with a lasting embrace (until we meet again). Continued prayers for the Mike, family, friends, and coworkers, so sorry for your loss.

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