NIEKAMP, MARY LOU CLASS WHITFIELD; Mary Lou was born in Royal Oak, MI, in 1929; and died at sea while on a cruise on March 13, 2013. She is survived by her two daughters, Bonnie Whitfield and Heidi (Bruce) Sowatsky; and five grandchildren. In 1949 she married her high school sweetheart, Emerson Charles (Chuck) Whitfield and followed him in his General Motors
career to live in Paris for 3 years and Caracas for 6 years. Chuck died in 1973 and Mary Lou and their two daughters returned to Michigan where the girls finished high school and college, married, and moved away. In 1985, Mary Lou met and married Lawrence A. Niekamp and moved to Marco Island, FL. Larry died in 1996 and in 2004 she moved to Aston Gardens in Naples, FL. While living on Marco Island, she served as president of both the Newcomers and the Alumnae Clubs of Marco. She was fond of music and sang in church choirs and served as organist at several churches. She also loved animals, travel, and bridge. A Celebration of Her Life will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Royal Oak, 1314 Northwood Blvd., Royal Oak, MI. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the Music Fund of the First Congregational Church of Royal Oak.