TRAVERSE CITY — Christopher C. Limbocker, 65, of Traverse City, passed away on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family, after a short but courageous battle with brain cancer.
Chris was born on April 25, 1947, in Pontiac, to the late Harry and Frances (Guinan) Limbocker, the second of five children. At age seven, Chris and his family moved to Birmingham, Mich., where he spent his childhood and teen years cultivating many lifelong friendships and fond memories.
After graduating from Seaholm High School, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Michigan State University and his Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from the University of San Francisco.
Influenced by the social climate of the ‘60s, Chris developed a lifelong passion for political activism. He became involved with the Mission Coalition Organization and the Mission Hiring Hall in San Francisco. His work with the Mission Childcare Consortium inspired his devotion to children. He always stayed current with political issues and encouraged and inspired others to be active in their own beliefs and to vote. Chris dearly loved the music of those times and the messages of peace, justice and equality that they promoted.
On Sept. 10, 1977, Chris married Marcia Drury in Kalamazoo. Together they shared 35 years of marriage, enhanced by the lives of their daughters, Gretchen and Gina.
While in Kalamazoo, Chris worked as the administrative director of the WMU Preschool, eventually transitioning into educational sales as the Midwest regional sales manager for Childcraft Education Corp. In 1990 they moved to Marcia’s home town of Traverse City. Chris continued his career in sales management over the next 22 years with the educational supply/furniture companies of Beckley Cardy, Highsmith, Wisconsin Bench and Iron-Furnace.
Being on the road much of the time with his work, Chris welcomed coming home to the laid-back Northern Michigan way of life. It was reminiscent of the years he spent at the Limbocker’s summer cottage on Lake Huron with family and friends.