Judith Bishop

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Judith Schirmer Bishop

Judith Schirmer Bishop passed away on Sunday, March 30 at the Holt Senior Care and Rehab Center in Holt, MI.

She was born Judith Arnold Schirmer in Saginaw, MI on Feb. 26, 1930.  She was the daughter of Arnold T. Schirmer of Saginaw, MI and Dorothy Babcock of Bay City, MI.  She attended grade and middle schools in Saginaw and 3 years of high school at Kingswood School Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, MI.   She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1954.  She was married to John Sherman Bishop of Almont, MI in 1954 and lived in Almont on the sesquicentennial Bishop farm.   She gave birth to three sons Bruce, Paul and John II.   The marriage ended and she pursued teaching in Detroit.  She attended Drew University and Union Theological Seminary and received her Masters of Divinity and was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1981 in the Broadway UCC, NYC. 

Living in Monmouth Jct., NJ as an ordained minister, she performed weddings, baptisms and ecumenical services and ceremonies as well as pastoral counseling most of her professional career.  She moved to Holt, MI in 2006 to be near her oldest son Bruce and family.  She lived at Great Lakes Christian Homes and lately in Holt Senior Care and Rehab facility where she remained active in a religious capacity and continued to practice her talent as an accomplished portrait artist. 

Judy's great quest was finding ways to express joy in a world rife with human suffering.  She did that primarily in her daily interactions with people.  Her gift for them was the joy she exhibited in crafting and performing ceremonies to celebrate people's joys and sorrows.  She stayed on task and true to her nature till the end.  The void she leaves will not be filled.  But the energy and spirit she imbued others with, will continue on.

She was preceded in death by her older sister Suzanne Schirmer Geupel.  Survivors include her sister Marilyn Berling of Indianapolis. IN, 3 sons:  Bruce (Lynn) Bishop of Holt MI,  Paul of Marshfield VT,  John (Cristi ) Bishop of Portland, OR.  She had 6 grandchildren:  Emily, Mark, Paul, Taylor, Alan, and Emma.  She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express much gratitude to the staff of Holt Senior Care and Rehab Center as well as Hospice Advantage for all of their attention and care for Judy.  Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home of Bruce Twp. MI provided crematory services.

A memorial service will be held in later June in northern MI near Higgins Lake, a place that was most dear to Judy.

Contributions can be made in Judy's name to the Higgins Lake Foundation, P.O. Box 753,  Roscommon, MI 48653.



Published in Lansing State Journal on Apr. 6, 2014
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