Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 1, 2013

Lela B. Casselman Died Oct. 30, 2013

KINGSLEY — Lela B. Casselman, age 92, of Kingsley, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Tendercare of Traverse City. She was born Sept. 25, 1921, in Copemish, to Clyde A. and Geneva L. (Watson) Lyke.

Lela graduated from Mesick High School in 1939.

On March 22, 1945, she married the late Donald E. Casselman in Ypsilanti. Together they raised three children.

When Lela wasn’t home taking care of her family she was working at Setwells Manufacturing and later at the Traverse City State Hospital, from where she retired in 1983.

Lela was a longtime member of the Mayfield Church, treasurer of the Rebekah Lodge in Kingsley, member of the TOPS Club in the late ‘50s, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Kingsley.

She enjoyed being an Avon representative for over 20 years. She also enjoyed sewing, reading and gardening.

Lela was a loving mother and grandmother. She was a strong supporter of her beloved Kingsley community.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Leann (John) Ufer, of Sault Ste. Marie, and Nancy (Harry) Muse, of Williamsburg; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a cousin, Viola (George Eckert) Anderson.

Besides her parents, Lela was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; son, David Casselman; great-granddaughter, Lily Hanna; sister, Inez Lyke; and brother, Wardell Lyke.

A visitation will be held Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley. A funeral will be held Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at 1 p.m., also at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Cleon Twp. Cemetery in Copemish.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.

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