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Marcelyn LaBelle

Marcelyn M. LaBelle

Saturday, May 24th, 1924 - Monday, February 3rd, 2020
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Marcelyn “Marcie” LaBelle, a loving wife and mother, and a tremendously active Coldwater resident for nearly 60 years, died on Monday, February 3, 2020. Marcie, born on May 24, 1924, to Albert Reek and Elizabeth (Loftis) Reek and spent her childhood and high school years in Ludington and Muskegon, Michigan. She graduated from Muskegon Heights High School. On July 31, 1943, Marcie married Gerald “Jerry” LaBelle at Sacred Heart Church in Muskegon Heights. While living in the Muskegon area, Marcie and Jerry had three children: Gary, Lorna Sue, and Darwin. Shortly after their third child was born in 1950, a job transfer with General Telephone Company brought the LaBelles to Coldwater. In 1952, on Marcie and Jerry’s 9th wedding anniversary, another son, Ron, was born. The LaBelle family was complete in 1955 when a second daughter, Deborah, was born. Marcie was a “stay-at-home Mother” until all five children were in school; thus, delaying her own professional life. With the children in school, Marcie pursued her career. Her entry into the Coldwater work force was as the office manager for William’s Grain Company. After five years there, she became the purchasing agent for Essex Corporation, where she remained for an additional five years. In 1972, Marcie left the private sector and entered the public arena as Finance Director and City Clerk for the City of Coldwater. During this period, she received certification as a Municipal Clerk from Michigan State University. In addition to these two positions, Marcie, also, ran for Mayor in 1999, served as the recording secretary for Coldwater’s City Council, Industrial Development Authority, Planning Commission, Economic Development Corporation, and the Building Authority. In 1985, Marcie retired from the city of Coldwater. Though “retired,” Marcie continued to be extremely active in the community. On December 5, 1972, a raging fire destroyed Branch County’s historic Courthouse (built in 1877.) Since many residents of Branch County missed the historic “Clock Tower” of the old Courthouse, Marcie, along with some other dedicated Coldwater residents, spearheaded the “Clock Tower Project.” They sought funding and other donations from residents of Branch County. After many years of work, a new “Clock Tower” was constructed from the old Courthouse. Until her death, Marcie was, indeed, proud of the Tower and the community effort to restore the bell and clock. In 1988, Marcie received two prestigious awards recognizing her dedication and commitment to her family and the community. She was honored as “Woman of the Year, 1988” and was awarded the “Book of Golden Deeds.” Marcie LaBelle vigorously supported various other Coldwater activities during her life here. Some of those included: Southern Michigan Commission on Aging, Altrusa, Tibbets Opera House, Red Cross Blood Bank, Coldwater Historical Society, Branch County Community Health Center Auxiliary, Maple Lawn Auxiliary, Friends of the Library, branch County AARP, and St. Charles Catholic Church. While raising the LaBelle children with Jerry, she was active in the children’s lives. Marcie was a Campfire Girls Leader, Den Mother, Cub Scout Leader, and participated in numerous Franklin School PTA activities. On December 26, 2001, Marcie married John Knight at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Coldwater. In recent years, Marcie had been extremely involved with the H. & C. Burnside Senior Center where she served as president for 10 years. She was also appointed to the Branch County Commission on Aging in 2010. Marcie was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband Gerald “Jerry” LaBelle in 1995 after 53 years of marriage and her second husband, John Knight on September 11, 2002. She is survived by her five children: Gary LaBelle of Rhinebeck, NY, Lorna LaBelle-Steffey of Marshall, Darwin (Marie) LaBelle of Missouri City, TX, Ron (Vicki) LaBelle of Coldwater, and Deborah Hannon of Coldwater. Nine grandchildren: Jennifer, Adrienne, Nicole, Brandon, Jessica, Sarah, Amy, Michael and Tatiana. And eleven great-grandchildren: Oona, Twyla, Sayer, Evan, Gia, Sebastian, Alexandria, Claire, Theo, Lucy, and Harrison, her step-children, Patricia (Bruce) Pott, Janet (David) Tibbe, Steve Knight, David (Marcia) Knight, Lisa (Scott) Kenyon and Peter Knight, many step-grand and great-grandchildren. A public viewing for Marcie LaBelle will be Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 4 - 7:00 PM at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater with the rosary beginning at 6:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, February 7, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Charles Catholic Church in Coldwater. A private family interment will take place in Oak Grove Cemetery in Coldwater. Memorials may be directed to H. & C. Burnside Center. www.dutcherfh.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 6th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, February 6th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Dutcher Funeral Home
    Address
    440 W. Chicago St.
    COLDWATER, MI 49036
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  • Service

    Friday, February 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, February 7th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St. Charles Borromeo Church
    Address
    150 Taylor Street
    COLDWATER, MI 49036
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  • Interment

    Location
    Oak Grove Cemetery
    Address
    809 W. Chicago St.
    COLDWATER, MI 49036
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RC

Rick Coon

Posted at 08:04pm
Ron and Vicky, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May your Mom rest in peace.

Rick & Deanna Coon
CS

Cathy (Tate) Sousa

Posted at 08:15am
On behalf of the entire Tate family, we are so sorry to hear of her passing. I remember my Nana having a picture of Mr. and Mrs. Labelle on the bookcase when I was a little girl. They were always so nice and I loved seeing them in church. Prayers for all of you.
JF

Jerry & Mary Ann Ford

Posted at 10:18am
Jerry & I were so sorry to hear of Marcie's passing. We go back a long way back to when I attended St. Charles Catholic School, Gary & I were classmates. I believe it was our senior year she and Jerry allowed us to build our home coming float in their driveway. Later Jerry served with her when he was a councilman and then years later as mayor. What a gracious lady she was. She cared for our community in so many ways. Gary, Sue, Darwin, Ron and Deb. your mom was a great lady.

Sheila Walrack

Posted at 09:54am
Marcie was a phenomenal woman and supervisor. I was blessed to work under her supervision for 6 years. She was a dear friend and I will never forget her.
T

Trishpott@gmail.com

Posted at 05:44pm
Marcy spent a wonderful day with my Father, John Knight and Kristin Lindblom, my late husband Bruce and myself, Patricia Pott on our boat in August of 2001. Both my father and Marcie had a joy filled day on Lake Michigan. Little did we know that was the last day I would spend with my father, as he died in a car accident just a couple weeks later.Trish Pott
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