Jean L. Bolinger, 94, of Marshall went home to her Lord and Savior on Sunday night, January 17, 2021 at her home in the loving care of her family.
Jean was born on October 31, 1926 in Detroit to David J. and Hazel Loueen (Gleason). She grew up in the rural Lee Center/Olivet area and graduated from Olivet High School in 1944. She enrolled in Albion College and graduated from there in 1949 with a bachelor's degree.
After graduation, she worked at Schuler's Restaurant for many years. Later, she worked at the former Michigan National Bank in downtown Marshall until her marriage.
She met Walter E. Bolinger and they fell in love and were married on April 24, 1960 in Albion. The couple enjoyed a loving, fruitful, and active marriage together until Walter preceded her in death on October 8, 1978.
Jean was very active in the Marshall community all of her life. She was a member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Stanley E. Lamb Post #79 American Legion as well as serving as District President for 2 years. Jean was a lifelong active member of the Marshall United Methodist Church. Jean served her church in many different roles. She served as the United Methodist Women President and District President. She cooked for many years for church functions, was on many committees, and taught Sunday School for many years.
She was very active in Order of The Eastern Star and was a 70 -year member of the Order. She served as the State President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Military Order of The Purple Heart for 2 years. Jean was also very involved in her community including involvement as a Campfire Girls leader and the United Way fundraising committee for many years.
Jean enjoyed gardening., which was apparent by the many seasonal flowers that surrounded her home. She enjoyed hosting family and friends and providing them with her home cooked meals! Playing cards with her family and friends was a regular pastime. She was part of a Canasta Club that played together for many years.
She looked forward to and enjoyed vacations with her family and lifelong friend Ester and her family. Jean liked camping trips with family and friends around Michigan. She also took pride and enjoyment in attending her grandchildren's sporting and school activities.
She is survived by her daughter Lisa Bolinger of Marshall, her son-in-law Tim Hicks of Marshall and three grandchildren Benjamin (Hanna) Hicks of Marshall, Danielle Hicks of Marshall, and Shannon Hicks of Marshall. She was preceded in death also by her parents, her daughter Traci D. Hicks on February 29, 2016, five brothers, and two sisters.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at Marshall United Methodist Church, 721 US Hwy 27 N, Marshall, MI 49068, where friends may gather with the family from 1 p.m. until time of the service. Arrangements were entrusted to Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, 723 US Hwy 27 N, Marshall, MI 49068. Please visit https://www.kempffuneralhome.com to view the online obituary, sign the guest book or leave messages for the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Fountain Clinic, 111 N. Jefferson St., Suite 1, Marshall, MI 49068, https://www.fountainclinic.org/ or the Marshall United Methodist Church, 721 Old US 27 N, Marshall, MI 49068, http://umcmarshall.org/ . For assistance with memorials, please visit the funeral home.