HARVEY, Mich. - Lelia M. Calvert, age 72, of 350 W. Main Street, Harvey, entered eternal life Saturday evening, August 4, 2012, at her home, in the loving, comforting care of her family and the caregivers of Lake Superior Hospice.
Born November 30, 1939, in Skandia, a daughter of August and Grace (Shaw) LeRoy, Lelia was raised in Skandia and graduated from the Graveraet High School, Class of 1957. She was employed at a variety of jobs and, following the raising of her children, began a long employment with Jack's IGA as a clerk. She retired in December of 2000, due to ill health, having devoted years of service to Jack's customers, staff, and owners. Lelia was a person who seemed to always be helping someone and she was always there when needed for family and friends. Her family was her greatest treasure and she especially loved any opportunity to spend time with her children and grandchildren. Camping, four-wheeling, hunting, bowling, and going to the casino were just some of her many interests and pleasures. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Women of the Moose.
Lelia is survived by her special friend and companion of over 35 years, Jerry Longtine; her children, Debra (Fred) Reider of Marquette, James (Laura) LaBreche of Pleasant Prairie, WI, and Duane (Peggy) LaBreche of Marquette; Jerry's children, Pat (Elmer) Hollins-head and Lisa (Tim) Miller of Marquette, Lora (Don) Houghton of Harvey, Bill (Rhonda) Longtine of North Fond du Lac, WI, and Kim (Carol) Longtine of Marquette; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Additional survivors include her sisters, Darlene Lintula of Eben and Linda (Pete) Villas of Menominee; brother, Myles LeRoy of Skandia; brother-in-law, Ted Libick of Little Lake; numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Lelia was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Calvert; an infant son; a sister, Helen Libick; brother-in-law, Arne Lintula; and granddaughter, Brooklynn Houghton.
Lelia M. Calvert
Friends may call at the Abundant Life Outreach Center (1 block north of the Crossroads on County Road 553, Sands) on Wednesday, August 8, beginning at 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. Lelia's grandchildren will serve as escorts. Pastor Bryan Langston will officiate and a reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. Burial will be made in the West Branch Township Cemetery.
The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at www.swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com