Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 17, 2012

Adelle Lazarus Lucas


WHITEHALL — Adelle Lazarus Lucas, 81, formerly of Whitehall, died in Grand Rapids on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.

Born in Traverse City on July 7, 1931, to Maynard and Anna Aaron Lazarus, Adelle was the second of three children. The Lazarus family had a long history in Traverse City, beginning with Adelle's grandfather, Abraham, who arrived in the 1890s and was one of the early members of Congregation Beth El.

Adelle attended Traverse City schools, and then the University of Michigan, where she earned her bachelor's degree and a teaching certificate. She married Boyce Lucas in 1952. Four years later, they moved to Whitehall, where they made their home for more than 50 years.

Survivors include her children, Jeffrey (Belle) Lucas of Windsor, Colo., Karen Steidler of Davis, Calif., Susan Lucas of Sydney, Australia, and Pamela Lucas (Phil Ondersma) of Grand Rapids; her grandchildren, Aaron Lucas, Elysia Lucas, Olivia Steidler, Miranda Steidler, Meghan Steidler, Taylor Cornell, Travis Cornell, Lucas Cornell, Trevor (Kelly) Bullock, Michael Bullock, and Scott (Kyoko Kawase) Bullock; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyce Lucas, and her two siblings, Helene Tinn and David Lazarus.

Adelle has been laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery near other members of her family.

Please sign Adelle's online guestbook at The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.