2017-09-07 / Obituaries



Blanche Helen Laeder, age 98, of Harbor Beach, passed away at Marlette Extended Care in Marlette, on August 29, 2017. She was born November 24, 1918 in Harbor Beach, to Joseph and Susie (Ramsey) Neal. Blanche graduated from Harbor Beach High School in 1936 and went to work at LP Healy’s store in Harbor Beach until her marriage to Leonard Laeder on May 2, 1940. Blanche and Leonard farmed most of their married life in Sand Beach Township. They were active in the Farm Bureau. Blanche was a former Sigel Township Extension Homemaker member. Blanche and Leonard moved from the farm on Finkel Road to the city of Harbor Beach in 1983 and spent their winter months in Lakeland, Florida. Blanche was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, played the piano for the Bible Studies Group at Long Term Care in Harbor Beach, played cards with friends, enjoyed crafts, knitting, crocheting, cross stitch and plastic crafts. Blanche was a former member of Port Hope Retirees and Harbor Beach Senior Citizens groups.

Blanche is survived by Susan K. Laeder of Clearwater, Florida, Diane (Thomas) Glaza of Marlette, Neal (Nancy) Laeder of Harbor Beach and daughter-in-law, Flavia Maya Laeder; her daughter, Jeanine of Chesterton, Indiana; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; two sisters, Della (Howard) Finkel of Harbor Beach and Bernice Asher of Haslett. Preceding her in death, Leonard Laeder 1990; a stillborn son, Laverne 1948; son, Wayne Laeder in 2016; daughterin law, Geraldine (Thompson) Laeder; sister, Gertrude Arndt and brothers-in-law, Edward Arndt and Earl Asher.

Funeral services for Blanche were held at Zion Lutheran Church of Harbor Beach, with Rev. Ron Schultz officiating. Burial took place in Rock Falls Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Zion Lutheran Church in Harbor Beach, Our Savior Lutheran in Marlette or United Hospice Service in Marlette. Arrangements handled by the Ramsey Funeral Home of Harbor Beach. Memories can be shared at: www.RamseyFH.com

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