Lucille Evelyn (Derouin) Cholger, born August 25, 1923 in Escanaba, passed peacefully at Bishop Noa Home on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 9:55 a.m.
Born in 1923, Lucille Cholger was the daughter of Arthur and Alice (LaChapelle) Derouin. She attended Escanaba Area Public Schools, graduating in 1941. During World War II, Lucille was employed in Chicago at Green’s Jewelry Store. After the War, she worked as a seamstress at the Venus Garment Factory in Escanaba, Michigan. Later in her life, Lucille was a hostess at the Dells Supper Club and assisted many families in Escanaba by managing their households. Lucille, known as “Nana”, enjoyed spending time with her family, especially with her grandchildren. Lucille loved dancing, country living, meeting new friends, and attending conventions. She will always be remembered for her culinary abilities including the many events she catered throughout the community. Her family and friends will greatly miss her signature dishes and baked goods including lemon meringue pie and Christmas ham loaf.
Lucille was a devote member of St. Anne’s Church her entire life. She loved attending adoration at OSF Hospital every Monday. She happily volunteered and helped coordinate funerals for the Escanaba community. For over fifty years, Lucille was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary 2998 and served as District President in 1964 and 1965. She was also a member of the American Legion and Eagles Club. Lucille’s volunteerism was recognized by Delta County – Michigan when they honored her with the “Senior of the Year” Award.
Lucille married George Cholger at St. Anne’s Church in 1942. She enjoyed fifty years of a lovable marriage, having daughter, Sheryl (Richard) Houle; 3 grandchildren, Pamela (Houle) Wiley, Darin (Christina) Houle, Brad (Jennifer) Houle; and 7 great grandchildren, Jessica Houle, Karlena Houle, Connor Houle, Jaden Houle, Max Houle, Layla Houle, and Hailey Houle. She was preceded in death by her first daughter Judy Lee Cholger in 1943. Lucille and George owned a Black Angus Cattle Ranch until George passed away in 1992. In addition to a large herd of cattle, they raised horses, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and cultivated multiple crops.
Lucille is survived and will be greatly missed by brothers, Arthur (Johnnie) DeRouin, John (Jeannie) DeRouin, nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, husband and daughter, Lucille was preceded in death by siblings, Lorraine (Wilford) Fleetwood and Marilyn (Norbert) Beauchamp.
The family will receive friends on Monday, September 12 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM at St. Anne’s Church in Escanaba. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 AM with Father Fran De Groot officiating. A meal will follow in the church hall.
Burial will be in Gardens of Rest Cemetery.
A message of condolence may be directed to the family at www.crawfordfuneralhomes.net.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the family.