IRONS — Lillian Ester (Kabur) MacEachern, age 79, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014, at her home in Irons, surrounded by her family, following a long battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 21, 1934, in Irons to Peter and Nellie Kabur, and graduated from Kaleva Norman Dickson High School in 1952. Lillian worked as a telephone switchboard operator and dispatcher, as a welder at Straights Steel in Ludington, as a waitress at the Wellston Inn, and worked at Chittenden tree nursery.
On June 6, 1953, she married Robert Allen MacEachern of Wellston at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Irons, and they have celebrated 60 years together. They first resided in Wellston, then Mesick, and returned to Irons in 1995.
Lillian graduated in 1969 from Northwestern Michigan College with an Associate of Science Degree, and practiced as a Registered Nurse from 1969 to 1996. Upon graduation from NMC, she began working at the Osteopathic Hospital in Traverse City as head nurse in the newborn nursery. She then went to Mercy Hospital in Cadillac, where she worked in the recovery room and ICU. She also worked as an EMT for the Mesick Rescue Squad, as a Red Cross first aid instructor and volunteer, and as a Women’s Resource Center volunteer. She worked as the Assistant Director of Nursing at Lakeview Lutheran Manor, for the Health Department District # 10, and retired from 10 years of service at Community Mental Health in Cadillac, where she served as the OBRA coordinator and AFC group home director.
Lillian also served her Catholic church as choir director and organist at St. Edwards in Harrietta, St. Raphael’s in Copemish, St. Bernard’s in Irons, as well as a member at St. Anne’s in Cadillac. She was also a catechism instructor at St. Edwards Church. In addition, Lillian enjoyed gardening, music, reading and especially her family.
Lillian will be greatly missed by her husband, Robert Allen MacEachern of Irons; her children, Deb L. Hoseit of Belleville, Robert H. MacEachern of Mesick, Michael J. (Penny) MacEachern of Harrietta, Bruce D. MacEachern of Mesick, Mark P. (Deb) MacEachern of Wellston, David A. (Amber) MacEachern, Barbara M. (Kevin) Braley all of Mesick, and Mary M. MacEachern of Cadillac; her sister, Mary Jane (John) Blazek of Irons; and Lil’s favorite dog, Peanut. She will also be remembered by her 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.