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Lois Springer

February 5, 1928 - November 26, 2017
Schoolcraft, MI

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Visitations


Wednesday, November 29, 2017
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST
1st Presbyterian Church of Schoolcraft
224 East Cass
Schoolcraft, MI 49087
Web Site

Thursday, November 30, 2017
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
1st Presbyterian Church of Schoolcraft
224 East Cass
Schoolcraft, MI 49087
Web Site

Services


Thursday, November 30, 2017
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
1st Presbyterian Church of Schoolcraft
224 East Cass
Schoolcraft, MI 49087
Web Site

Contributions


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

1st Presbyterian Church of Schoolcraft
224 East Cass
Schoolcraft, MI 49087
Web Site

Flowers


Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Heirloom Rose
407 S. Grand St.
Schoolcraft, MI 49087
(269) 679-3010
Driving Directions
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Ambati
1830 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 349-4961
Driving Directions
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Life Story / Obituary


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Kind beyond measure, Lois Lorraine Springer modeled a life of being the most loving and devoted sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. Lois had many special talents including cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, as well as playing cards and word games. She remained active her entire life and kept her mind sharp by completing daily crossword puzzles well into her later years. Quick-witted and fun loving, she had many close friends over the years, yet treasured time with her family. Her warm spirit and soft-hearted ways will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by her special family and all those who loved her.

The 1920s saw the large-scale boom of automobiles, telephones, and motion pictures, as well as unprecedented industrial growth and significant changes in our nation’s culture. At a time when Lou Gehrig and Amelia Earhart were household names, Harold and Gladys (Hickey) Miller welcomed home the fourth of their five children, their baby girl, Lois, on February 5, 1928, in Munising, MI. She brought great hope and promise to an exciting time in our nation’s history.

Growing up with a set of hardworking parents, her father was a lumberman and her mother was a homemaker, Lois knew the value of a hard day’s work at an early age. By the time she was nearly twelve, the family relocated to the Lansing area where her father took a job as a high steelworker. Lois and her siblings, Kenneth, Jean, Patricia, and Sally lived a typical childhood of the times. Each of them pitched in to help the family and worked hard in school. Lois completed high school from Lansing Sexton graduating with the Class of 1946. It was there in the halls of Lansing Sexton that Lois met her husband of more than sixty-eight years, Clyde Springer. The two of them hung around the same crowd and one night he worked up enough courage to ask her out on a date to see the well known blind pianist, Alec Templeton and the rest was history! Dating for a short period, they were soon engaged and planning a wedding. They married on June 4, 1949. Clyde’s buddies from the service decided to pull a prank on the newlyweds by crafting together a makeshift jail, handcuffing them together, and parking them outside a local grocery store where they were challenged to sell enough toilet paper to purchase the beer for the Wedding party! Clyde, who was sharp as a tack, paid a patron twenty bucks to buy all the toilet paper.

Eager to start a family of their own, together they were blessed with three children. Sadly, their first born, Steven Gail lived only the first month of his life with his proud parents. She and Clyde were devastated and their unimaginable pain drew them closer. By the time Jeff and Laurel arrived, Lois was still working as a secretary for the Army National Guard but left in order to be home with the children. Later, she returned to work as a medical transcriptionist after the kids were old enough. Although she savored her years of being a mother, her heart was filled with joy when she became Oma to Steven, Alex, Lindsey, and McKenna “June.” She enjoyed attending many of their special events over the years and handcrafted Halloween costumes including Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz! She also generously gifted each of her grandchildren with beautiful quilts made from her tireless efforts and pure love. Nothing brought her greater joy than tending to their every need including cooking her best meatloaf or making sure they left with a plate full of her homemade cookies!

Lois held many special interests over the years. She loved to sing in the First Presbyterian Church choir! As a matter of fact, she dreamed of being equally talented as her idol, Nat King Cole! She enjoyed years of writing poetry and was a fine proofreader. Lois and Clyde joined their family often on large family trips to celebrate anniversaries and had the privilege of traveling extensively throughout Europe, yet she favored her annual trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to walk the pristine Lake Superior shoreline. There is no doubt that Lois will be remembered as a woman of independence and integrity. She gave so much of herself to the ones she loved and her nurturing ways will remain in their hearts forevermore.

Lois L. Springer, of Schoolcraft, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at the age of 89. Lois is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Clyde; two children: Jeff (Kathy) Springer, of MD; Laurel (Art) Andonian, of Kalamazoo; four grandchildren: Steven, Alex, Lindsey, and McKenna “June” and one sister, Sally Bergau, of Lansing. She is preceded in death by her son, Steven; three siblings: Kenneth, Jean, and Patricia; and her parents. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5 pm to 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Schoolcraft, 224 East Cass, Schoolcraft, and on Thursday from 10 am until the time of the service. A funeral service will be held at the church on Thursday at 12 noon. Burial will be at the Schoolcraft Cemetery. Please visit Lois’ webpage at www.lifestorynet.com where you can sign the guestbook and share a memory. Those who wish may make contributions to the First Presbyterian Church of Schoolcraft. The family is being assisted by the Life Story Funeral Home, 409 S. Main, Vicksburg.

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