Lynelle E. Cook
Lynelle Eloise “Lynn” Cook, age 85 of Tecumseh, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2012 at Herrick Medical Center with her loving family by her side. She was born June 15, 1927, in Gary, Indiana, the daughter of Roy Franklin and Ruth (Robirds) Bales. On August 13, 1950, she married Carlton L. Cook and they celebrated 62 years together earlier this year.
Lynn worked as a home economics teacher, raised her family at home, and then became a real estate broker for various agencies in Lenawee County including Glover Real Estate and Lenawee Properties, where she was a part owner – most recently Edward Surovell. Lynn was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Tecumseh, where she served as an elder and was Sunday School Superintendant. She belonged to the Little Garden Club, Herrick Medical Center Auxiliary, and was a 4H Leader. Lynn believed strongly in preserving the past, and she was instrumental in forming the Tecumseh Area Historical Society, was on the board of Tecumseh Planning Commision and the Tecumseh Carnegie Preservation League. She and her husband were the first to receive the Tecumseh Area Chamber of Commerce Musgrove Evans Award, and she also received the Realtor Golden Rule Award in 1993. Lynn enjoyed traveling, gardening, homemaking, and flying; she was proud to obtain her pilot’s license. Most of all she enjoyed the time she spent with her family and swimming with “the girls.”
In addition to her husband, Lynn is survived by her six children, Patricia (Harvey) Schmidt of Tecumseh, Catherine (Bill) Klasner of Tecumseh, April (Dan) Gunder of Tecumseh, Jennifer (Dale) Aldrich of Chapin, SC, William (Patricia) Cook of Peachtree City, Ga., and Margaret (Lloyd) Miller of Tecumseh; two sisters, Phyllis (Earl) Baugh of Zephyr Hills, Fla., and Betty Prang of Jonesville; fifteen grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren with another one on the way. Lynn was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister Florence Bean.
At Lynn’s request cremation has taken place. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, November 24, at 12 noon at the First Presbyterian Church in Tecumseh with Rev. James Browne officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services at noon. Inturnment of her cremated remains will take place at Brookside Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com