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Bette Anne Gave

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Bette Anne Gave
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Bette Anne Gave

September 15, 2018

Service Details

In accordance with Bette’s wishes cremation will be conducted and there will be no public services held at this time. 

                              


Obituary Notice

Bette Anne (McJury) Gave went to be with her Lord and loved ones on September 15, 2018. This little red-headed girl came into the world on March 15, 1940 in Three Rivers, MI the daughter of Leon R. and Dorothy L. (Wagner) McJury. She was preceded in death by her father in 1942 and, by a later marriage, her parents Dorothy L. Kaiser and Claire E. Kaiser, her seven beloved Boxer dogs, Prince, Blitz, Jack, Jill, Chocolate Chip, Dyna, and Nitro, her special grandmother Grace Wagner, and several aunts and uncles that all held a special place in her heart. Bette is survived by her husband Jan W. Gave, whom she married in 1963, a beloved son Kevin L. Gave, a cherished sister Kaye Williams of Pueblo, Co., a beautiful rescued kitty, Miss Pumpkin, her forever friend Annette Lundberg, whom she always knew she could lean on for prayer, love, and enduring friendship. Special friends Barbara Redford and Marilyn Pontius, and a plethora of wonderful lifelong acquaintances.

Her smiles warmed your heart, her caring ways showed in everything she did, and her uplifting spirit softened many a difficult day.

Bette graduated from Three Rivers High School, attended WMU, and graduated from Parsons Business School.

Important to Bette was giving back and being there for her extended family and anyone who needed her. She truly loved helping people and was happiest and most fulfilled when doing so. Bette spent her life as a wife, mother, homemaker, and volunteer. She worked tirelessly at Andrews Elementary in the 60’s and 70’s, co-chaired American Cancer Drives, chaired and worked elections, volunteered with the Three Rivers Health Auxiliary, and spent many years on the “Lights of Love” committee. For the last 17 years she enjoyed working for Probate Court doing guardianship reviews. Traveling, going on Christian cruises, and attending Southern Gospel Concerts with her dear friends were the highlights later in her life. In her free time Bette could be found reading inspirational books, working in her yard, or spending the day wandering through the shops in Shipshewana.

Bette’s deep compassion and love for animals led her to serve on the Park Board for several terms where she helped plan and establish the Scidmore Park Petting Zoo. Helping little children to value and respect animals… hold them in their little hands… feel their hearts beat… learning that they feel tenderness, pain, and fear, just as we do, was very important to her.

                                                                                                                                                          


Additional Information

Memorials in her honor may be made to Best Friends Animal Society (Bestfriends.org), The St. Joseph County Animal Rescue Fund, The Goshen Center for Cancer Care, or to the charity close to your heart.  Envelopes available and also 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.


He is predeceased by his grandparents, parents Jerry and Irene Neidlinger, and brother Jim Neidlinger

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, parents Jerry and Irene Neidlinger, and brother Jim Neidlinger

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, parents Jerry and Irene Neidlinger, and brother Jim Neidlinger

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm.

Memorial donations made in Bob’s memory can be directed to The Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm.

Memorial donations made in Bob’s memory can be directed to The Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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14 comments on article "Bette Anne Gave"

Teresa Cytlak

My heartfelt sympathy to the family of Bette. She was a lovely lady.


Kelly Thomas Casey

Very sorry for your loss Jan and family. Sounds like Bette was a very special person. I pray for comfort and peace as you mourn your loss......


Tracy Clupper

Sweet, kind, loving and patient Bette....You had the the kindest eyes and most beautiful smile and laugh. I have spent a lot of time thinking about out road trip to the mackinac bridge to pick up Jan...you were so easy to talk to and I loved to make you giggle. Thank you for all of the recipes, the peanut butter cookies are the boys favorite. I am grateful you are no longer in pain and you are surrounded by love and light.


Joseph Bippus

Betty had a servants heart for people and a love for animals. She served her community as a volunteer for many years and it was very much appreciated. My thoughts and prayers for her family.


Susan Martin

Deepest sympathy, Jan on your loss. Thoughts are with you.


Judith Kay Mohney

John and I send our prayers to you Jan and Kevin. Bette was always a happy go lucky woman with a great smile who truly cared about the animals and the park. Bette had a beautiful laugh. She will be greatly missed by everyone. Judy (Gilchrist) and John Mohney of Stayton, Oregon.


Bob Mak

Jan sorry to hear of your loss, prayers to you and your family, she will be greatly missed by all.


Evan Dembskey

Sincere condolences, Kevin.


Anita Lopez-Schlabach

Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. May you all find comfort and peace, as you all gather to celebrate your mother’s life and say goodbye. We recently lost our mother and the fond memories help us heal daily. My sincere condolences.


Kelly Judsen

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, Jan. Prayers for peace and comfort for you and your son.


Pam Zimmerman

I am so sorry for your loss, Jan. Please find peace in knowing she is with her Lord and that she touched the hearts of many friends.


Sandy Lancaster

So sorry to hear, Jan.

Praying the memories of her will bring you comfort.


Brenda Weaver

Jan, I am sorry to hear about the passing of Bette. My condolences to you and the family.


Phyllis Hilbert Lehman-Ward

Dear Jan and Kevin,

My condolences on the loss of your wife and mother.

Betty and I enjoyed many fun laughs back when when we volunteered and worked together at Andrews Elementary. She was never without her smile.

She was such a fine lady.

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