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Lois Springsteen

Lois Joan Springsteen (Kidder)

Tuesday, January 1st, 1929 - Monday, April 1st, 2019
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Obituary

Lois Springsteen passed from this life on Monday, April 1, 2019 at the age of ninety years. She departed peacefully at Sheridan Community Hospital in the presence of her family. She was given attentive care in her last days by hospital workers and by Spectrum Hospice.

Lois was born to Coyne and Marie (Fisher) Kidder in Sheridan on January 1, 1929. She married Edwin Frank Springsteen at The Peoples Church in East Lansing on May 10, 1947. After their three sons started school Lois began her career in public education at Sheridan High School as a secretary and librarian. She resumed her work in education at Montcalm Community College after their daughter reached school age. Lois retired from the college in December 1986 as administrative assistant to the president, director of personnel and public information, and secretary of the board. During her tenure at the college, Lois earned an associate’s degree, then completed a bachelor’s degree at Central Michigan University. She also taught classes in the college’s education program at the Michigan State Prisons in Ionia.

Lois was a decades-long member of the Congregational Church in Sheridan, where she served as pianist and organist for many years. She gave piano lessons to area children in the years between work in education.

In later years, Lois found a new passion in creating quilts. She attended quilting workshops in Las Vegas for many years, where she extended her wide circle of friends.

Lois was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, student, teacher, mentor and friend. Her deep faith has been fulfilled, but she is missed by many she has left to carry on.

Surviving Lois is her daughter, Joanne Springsteen of Lansing; sons, Ron (Dee) Springsteen of Sheridan; Kevin (Mary) Springsteen of Sheridan; daughter-in-law, Wendy Springsteen of Sheridan; grandchildren, Joe Springsteen; Jennifer (Tim) Hicks; Melissa (Scott) Holm; Jesse Springsteen; Emily Springsteen; Morgan (Max) Beerens; Alexa Springsteen; sister, Nancy (David) Cotton of Big Rapids; brother, Don (Suzanne) Sovereign of Sheridan and sister-in-law, Dorothy Springsteen of Sheridan.

Lois is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ed; son, Edwin Jr. and her step-father, Harold Sovereign.

Memorial services for Lois will begin at 11 AM on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the Sheridan First Congregational Church (113 S. Main Street) with Pastor Phil Van Dop officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior, from 10 to 11 AM.

For those wishing to make a memorial donation in Lois’s memory the family suggest you direct them to either the Sheridan First Congregational Church or to the Montcalm Community College Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the church.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 18th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, April 18th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Sheridan Congregational Church
    Address
    113 S. Main Street
    Sheridan, Michigan 48884
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  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, April 18th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, April 18th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Sheridan Congregational Church
    Address
    113 S. Main Street
    Sheridan, Michigan 48884
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    Officiant
    Pastor Phil VanDop
  • Interment

    Location
    Sheridan Cemetery
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Sheridan, Michigan 48884
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Deborah Baldwin

Posted at 02:40pm
My childhood piano teacher with patience aplenty!! Always had a smile and a kind word. I will treasure the crocheted button earrings and necklace she made me. The Village of Sheridan just isn’t the same without her. Comforting hugs and healing prayers for for all her family and friends.
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Teresa Sweet

Posted at 12:32pm
Dear Springsteen families, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Springsteen. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers as you celebrate her life and memories. Many hugs to all!
Teresa Sweet
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Judy Williams

Posted at 09:24pm
I came to know Lois through our quilt retreats in Las Vegas. She was always such a sweet woman to be around. My last time there, I was lucky to have shared a table with her. I have many happy memories of her.
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Kathie Lofts

Posted at 10:03am
Lois, I remember when you and Ken Downing interviewed me for my first job at MCC. Ken expressed a concern about women working in the prison (MCC's College Opportunity Prison Extension program). You said, "Oh, for Pete's sake Ken, she's been in the Army." You helped start me on my career at MCC. You inspired me to continue my education as you continued yours. You were a leader and mentor. I’m so glad we had the opportunity to get together again at MCC breakfasts before you left us. Rest In Peace Lois.
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Elle

Posted at 10:53pm
Dear Jo, Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers! Sending you so much love!
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