Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 12, 2012

Mary Jean (Bishop) Lane


SALINE — Mary Jean (Bishop) Lane passed away peacefully in Saline on Oct. 2, 2012, with her family at her side. She was attended by the loving and devoted staff of Arbor Hospice and The Brecon Village Assisted Living and Memory Care Center.

Mary Jean was born on March 14, 1918, in Almont, to Emma Borland Bishop and Leon Thomas Bishop.

She graduated Almont High School and proudly attended her 75th class reunion in the recent past. After graduating from Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science (later Michigan State University) in 1940, she taught school in Hartland.

On Sept. 4, 1943, she married Charles Wesley Lane, also of Almont.

After Wes' discharge as an officer in the U.S. Navy, the couple moved to Ann Arbor, where they lived for over 60 years. Together they raised two sons, built a house and an architectural firm, Lane, Riebe and Wieland.

Mary Jean's strong yet quiet manner, her organizational skills and attention to detail proved valuable assets both to husband, Wes, and to the organizations to which she volunteered for over 50 years, The American Association of University Women (AAUW), The House by The Side of The Road, University Health Service Well Baby Clinics, Planned Parenthood and The League of Women Voters. She was a lifelong member The First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor.

Her family will long remember her generous and caring nature. The grandchildren especially will recall the special boxes they received as children. Birthdays, holidays, special calendar days and achievements never went unrecognized by card, package or both.

Mary Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Wes; and four brothers, Truman, Ronald, Paul and John.

She is survived by her sister, Jane Ellen Bishop, of Ann Arbor; sisters-in-law, Jerrie Bishop and Olwen Bishop; brother-in-law, Eugene Lane (Eve); sons, Roger (Jill Cohen), of Ann Arbor, and John (Tina), of Traverse City; and grandchildren, Nathan (Katie) Lane, of Denver, Benjamin (Hilary) Lane, of Grand Rapids, Heather (David) Issel, of Chelsea, and James (Erin), of Ann Arbor. She leaves four great-grandchildren of whom she was very proud, Katie, Luke and Jacob Issel, and Charlie Lane; as well as many nieces and nephews, many friends and dear neighbors of over 60 years.

Her strong presence and wise counsel will be greatly missed.

Cremation has taken place with interment in the Hough Road Cemetery, Almont.

Memorials may be directed to The House by The Side of The Road, 824 Phoenix Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

Arrangements are by Muehlig Chapel, Ann Arbor.