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Louise Margaret Kistler Obituary
Louise Margaret Kistler of Lyons, Mich., passed away peacefully on Nov. 8, 2013, at the age of 95. She was born in Pewamo, Mich., and graduated from Pewamo High School in 1936.
She attended one year at County Normal Teacher's College, and obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degrees from Western Michigan University. She began her teaching career in a one-room school, and subsequently taught in Hubbardston, Muir and several of the Ionia Elementary Schools. She completed a remarkable career in public education as the Principal of Jefferson Elementary School in 1984.
Mrs. Kistler was devoted to her family and her career, and enjoyed cooking, playing bridge, and participating in the Lyons-Muir Historical Society. She was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ionia.
Mrs. Kistler was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Florence Vance of Pewamo; grandson, Erik Birzgalis; sister, Janet Rathburn; nephew, Bruce Rathburn.
She is survived by her children, Sharon J. Grobbel of Lyons, Susan K. Birzgalis of Hartland, Sara L. Kistler of Clearwater, Fla., and Michael J. Kistler of Savannah, Ga. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Jacqueline Muller of Savannah, Ga., Peter Grobbel of Lyons, Jody Chick (Greg) of Yellow Springs, Ohio, Adam Birzgalis of Chicago, Ill., Katherine Chancy (Cal) of Savannah, Ga., Joseph Kistler (Jen) of New York, N.Y., Patrick Kistler of Savannah, Ga.; great grandchildren, Erika Chick, Ian Chick and Olivia Chick of Yellow Springs, Ohio, Jack Muller and Lillie Kate Chancy, both of Savannah, Ga.; and nephew, Robert "Butch" Rathburn (Carol) of Hubbardston.
The Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Lehman Funeral Homes, 220 Rich St., Ionia, with Rev. Thomas Boufford of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church presiding. Interment will follow at Lyons Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Ionia Area Hospice, or to the Lyons-Muir Historical Society, in memory of Louise. Online condolences may be made at http://www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com/.
Published in Ionia Sentinel-Standard on Nov. 11, 2013
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