Obituary

Mary Jean Timler

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died April 5th, 2015

Mary Jean Timler of Lake Bluff Retirement Village passed away on Easter Sunday, April 5th after gracefully accepting and living independently with the challenges of Parkinson’s disease for over a decade. She was 82 years old, born on June 30, 1932, in Escanaba, the youngest daughter of Michael & Aurelia (LaBelle) Bink.

She was raised in Escanaba and graduated from St Joseph’s High School and Cloverland business College. Mary worked as a bookkeeper at the Delta County Credit Union for almost twenty years retiring in 1995.

Mary Jean was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart Ronald R. Timler on October 24, 1953. They enjoyed almost twenty five years together before Ron passed away.
After living a short time in Green Bay they returned to Escanaba and purchased their family home on First Avenue So. in Escanaba, where they raised their six children and Mary resided for fifty years. She loved living by Ludington Park and having a view of the lake from her front and back door. She loved living in a neighborhood where neighbors were close friends and shared life’s milestones together. She moved to Lake Bluff several years ago and enjoyed living in her cozy home.

Mary Jean made her children’s childhood years very special. She organized parties in the park and made castle cakes. She orchestrated visits from Santa on Christmas Eve, swimming at the Ford River Switch, trips to the Milwaukee Zoo, cookouts in the back yard and Easter egg hunts. She was gentle with her children and lived by the mantra, “Wait till your dad gets home!”

She hosted St. Joseph High School reunion luncheons each summer at her home and was a member of the same bridge club for over fifty years with good friends Mary Carter, Marilyn Creten and Shirley Larson. No one could ask for better friends!

Mary enjoyed entertaining, watching movies, buttered popcorn, current events and debating politics. She never missed an opportunity to vote.

She followed all of her beloved grandchildren’s activities and missed very few until this past year. If she was unable to attend a game, she was an avid radio fan and received many radio shout outs from her grandchildren throughout the UP. Her refrigerator was a collection of newspaper clippings of their accomplishments.
She will be remembered for her grand sense of humor, kind, loving heart, motherly guidance, and for always trying to do the right thing….no matter what. She will be missed by her loving and devoted children more than words can say.
Survivors include her six children. Son Donald Timler, Escanaba, daughter Mary (Michael) Lewis of Crown Point, Indiana, son Thomas (Susan) Timler, Escanaba, daughter Ann (Tony) Troutman, Gladstone, daughter Susan (Michael) Sedenquist of Gladstone and daughter Jane (Christopher) Lamb of Escanaba. Mary took the opportunity to tell every one of her children they were her favorite. Just not at the same time!

She is also survived by 21 grandchildren, Jeff (Rachel) Timler, Tim Timler, and Jacobe (Alisha) Timler, Tyler (Ashley) Timler, Robert (Ashley) Lewis, Vincent (Devin) Lewis, Rachel (Matt) Koehler, Sandy , Erin, Shannon & Ryan Timler, Nick, Zack and Ben Troutman, Michael, Matt & Christopher Sedenquist and Bailey, Logan, Riley, and Katey Lamb. She is also survived by 14 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law Bev and Joe Corbiel, Loretta Utley and Gene Timler and lifelong friends Merceda Druding and Doreen Lessard.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald, on June 12, 1978, her parents, Michael and Aurelia Bink, grandsons Ronnie and Scott Thomas Timler, daughter-in-law Sallie Timler, sisters Idabelle (Carl) Johnson and Aileen (Joseph) Kroll, and mother and father-in-law Helen & Leo Timler.

Mary Jean’s family will receive friends on Friday, April 10, 2015, from 3:00- 5:30 pm at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial services will follow at 6:00 pm at St. Joseph & St. Patrick’s Church in Escanaba with Father Rick Courier officiating. Luncheon will follow in the parish hall.

8 Tributes to “Mary Jean Timler”

  1. On behalf of our Mom, Betty Anne Christensen, and her children, I would like to extend our sincere sympathy to the family. Our mother’s worked together and were friends. I only remember Mary Jean smiling, whether at the credit union, credit union parties or our home. We have given the news of her passing to our mother.
    We hope you all find peace in the memories you have of your Mom.

  2. We were very sorry to hear of Mary Jean’s death, she was a good neighbor, we’ll miss her very much.

  3. Ann,
    Sorry about the loss of your mother. Although it’s been many years since we’ve been in touch, I know how difficult it is to deal with losing your mom. Wanted you to know my prayers are with you. May God Bless you and your family!

  4. I have many fond memories of Jane’s Mom. She was always welcoming, friendly and fun to hang around. Even when we woke her up in the middle of the night after being out she always had a smile or kind word for us “crazy kids”. I can picture her visiting with us in the kitchen in the house on First Avenue like it was yesterday or sitting in her chair in the big living room. My heart breaks for her family as they grieve the loss of someone so special. I am sending lots of love and hugs to you all. Kristin

  5. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister-in-law, and friend.
    Oh how do I start. I met Mary while taking care of her through the company I work for. I quickly realized I was in the presence of someone very special and learned of her “teasing” very quickly on my first day. She was quick-witted, full of piss and vinegar, and very funny! She quickly became one of my favorites. She was also very tender and full of advice and knowledge which she gave when she was asked and knew what she was talking about. Although we had our differences (she loved the Packers and I love the Lions) we still had a mutual liking for each other, how could I not, she talked to me like my own mother, who has been gone for a very long time. I will miss her so very much when I go back to work. I want the family to know how much she touched my heart and my funny bone. She made a difference in my life and I am sure she did in many others lives too.

  6. I have many fond memories of Jane’s Mom. She was always welcoming, friendly and fun to hang around. Even when we woke her up in the middle of the night after being out she always had a smile or kind word for us “crazy kids”. I can picture her visiting with us in the kitchen in the house on First Avenue like it was yesterday or sitting in her chair in the big living room. My heart breaks for her family as they grieve the loss of someone so special. I am sending lots of love and hugs to you all. Kristin

  7. We are sorry for your loss! You will always have your wonderful memories. The family is in our thoughts and prayers!

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