Helen Withers, 92Published 12:47pm Friday, December 21, 2012
Helen R. Withers, 92
Born: Aug. 29, 1920
Died: Dec. 18, 2012
CASSOPOLIS — Helen R. (Nibbelink) Withers, 92, of Cassopolis, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012.
She was born Aug. 29, 1920, in Blendon Township, Mich., the daughter of John and Grace (Lobdell) Nibbelink.
Helen married Roy Arthur Withers on Oct. 2, 1940, in Schoolcraft.
Her husband preceded her in death.
She was also preceded by one granddaughter in law, Cheryl Withers; one great-grandson, Tyler Dean Withers; four sisters, Oda Dykstra, Hazel Gillette, Ruth Bosgraaf and Laura Nibbelink; and one brother, Earl Nibbelink.
Helen and her husband owned and operated Rhoades Parts and Service in Cassopolis until their retirement. Helen also drove for the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District for many years.
She enjoyed camping, gardening, homemaking and especially quilting. She was a Christian woman who loved the Lord and enjoyed her church.
Helen will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Jean Withers of Three Rivers, Arden and Carolyn Withers of Dowagiac and Allen and Janet Withers of Coldwater; seven grandchildren, Bruce (Tracy) Withers of Three Rivers, Jeff (Lisa) Withers of Edwardsburg, John Withers of Grand Rapids, Jennifer (Leon) Gilliam of Edwardsburg, Matthew (Leslie) Withers of Jackson and Christopher Withers of Paw Paw; one step-granddaughter, April (Kelly) Kruger of Dowagiac; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The family extends a special thank you for the loving care provided for Helen by The Timbers of Cass County in Dowagiac and Great Lakes Caring Hospice, and especially by Sherry Roden of Oaklawn Manor.
Family and friends will gather from 2 p.m. until time of service at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 202 N. Broadway St., Cassopolis, with Ken Krause officiating.
The family prefers memorial contributions to Great Lakes Caring Hospice, 900 Cooper St., Jackson, MI 49202, Cass Fellowship Bible Church, 64016 M-62, Cassopolis, MI 49031 or Cass County Council on Aging, P.O. Box 5, Cassopolis.