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.