Lucille E. Cholger

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died September 8th, 2016

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 โ€œNanaโ€, 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

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the family.

6 Tributes to “Lucille E. Cholger”

  1. Sheryl and family,
    It saddened me so…Even though I had only the pleasure of meeting and seeing you both at church for the last 8 months, you’ve touched my heart!
    Not just by your loving dedication to your Mom- that was very evident,but to witness the Most Endearing way you looked at each other was so touching and heartwarming, I won’t forget it!
    You and all of your family are in my thoughts and prayer’s, ❤Tammy

  2. Sheryl,

    Your Mother was such a joy to our family when we moved to Escanaba 26 years ago. We will never forget the generosity she showed us. She always remembered us when we would see her after we moved to another home. She will be greatly missed.

  3. So sorry to see that your mother passed away. I know she will be deeply missed. Prayers to you and your family. Take care

  4. Dick and Cheryl,
    Sorry to hear about your mom. She was a great neighbor. I was just thinking about her the other day.

    I can remember when my mom would take us for haircuts at your mom’s. We definitely kept her busy.

    Whenever I was walking in the ditches looking for asparagus, she would come along and ask me if I needed help. She always said she worried about me walking in the ditches.

    God’s blessings to all of your family.

  5. would like to extend my sympathy to your
    family on the death of your dear mother & grandmother.
    she was a very kind a thoughtful person.
    i’ll never forget her coming to visit my mom
    in the nursing home!!!!
    thoughts & prayers are with you during this
    difficult time. ๐Ÿ™

  6. To the Cholger family, my deepest sympathies to you. I am very sorry for your loss. God’s original purpose for humankind was to live forever in Paradise on a beautiful earth. Death was not part of that original purpose. Unfortunately, in this world we live in, it is all too common to lose our loved ones in death, and it hurts. However, we won’t hurt for long. John 5:28,29 says, “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice, and come out.” What this can mean for you is a real hope of being reunited with your dead loved ones. No doubt, that’s a promise that you would like to see fulfilled.

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