James McLaughlin, 81

James Thomas McLaughlin, age 81, of Three Rivers, passed away on Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at Borgess Medical Center.

He was born on Oct. 2, 1927, the son of Charles R. and Mary M. (Bauer) McLaughlin.

Mr. McLaughlin was born and raised in Chicago, where he attended Morgan Park High School graduating in 1945 and later received a degree from the University of Notre Dame University in 1949.

He married Mary Suzanne “Sue” Peshcel in 1951 and worked as a broker for Hess-Stephenson Co. for over 30 years. Upon retirement, Jim and Sue moved to Three Rivers, Mich., where Jim was later branded “Mayor of Pleasant Lake”. He conducted “business” daily from his deck, sharing food, stories, and comaradery with family and friends.

Mr. McLaughlin was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving children, Mary Beth (Steve) Young, of Quakertown, Pa., Linda Sue Whippo, of Santa Fe, N.M., James T. (Annie) McLaughlin, of Homewood, Ill., Daniel J. (Ruth) McLaughlin, of Greenville, Maine, Donna L. (Randy) Velie, of Sturgis, Mich., Thomas J. (Catherine) McLaughlin, of Clovis, Calif., Jeanne M. Himmelien, of Kalamazoo, Mich.;22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; one sister, Pat (Earl) Nicholson, of St. Petersburg, Fla.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hohner Funeral Home.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Mark Vyverman officiating.

Interment will be held in Cedar Grove Cemetery, South Bend, Ind., at a later date.

Memorials may be donated to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Envelopes available at the funeral home and church.

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