TECUMSEH - Cleo Jeanette (Vershum) Upell, age 91, passed away on Oct. 16, 2016, at the Hospice of Lenawee home in Adrian. She was born on May 11, 1925, in Summerfield Township, Monroe County, Mich., the daughter of the late James and Adeline (Breitner) Vershum. On Oct. 19, 1946, she married Richard M. Upell at the Mary Martha Chapel in Macon, Mich., and he preceded her in death in 1999. Cleo attended country schools through the eighth grade and graduated as Valedictorian from Deerfield High School in 1943. After high school she worked at the Britton Elevator and the Tecumseh Products as a bookkeeper. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, sewing and crocheting for her family. She loved to can, especially, tomatoes, peaches and pears. Cleo will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Cleo is survived by her six loving children, Kay Smith of Tecumseh, James (Molly) Upell, Sue (Dean) Bailey, both from Manitou Beach; Joan Upell of Eagle Butte, S.D.; Jana (Eddie) Joseph of Columbus, Ohio; and Margaret Upell, MD, of Eagle Butte, S.D.; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; her two brothers, James (Charlotte) Vershum and Richard (Joyce) Vershum; two sisters, Margie Liedel and Collen (Al) Hoag; her sister-in-law, Louise Vershum; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Richard; brothers, Harvey, Lewis and Russell Vershum; and her sisters, Doris Dipmore, Ruth Abner and Eileen Schwede. Visitations for Cleo will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes. Funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at the funeral home, with visitation from noon until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Lenawee Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Lenawee Home. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com.
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