Loretta Bale, 78

Loretta Bale, of White Pigeon, Mich., passed away Friday afternoon, Oct. 29, 2010, at Borgess Medical Center after a courageous two and half year battle with lung cancer.

She was born in Grand Junction, Mich., on Oct. 19, 1932, to Elmer and Alice Thompson of Fennville, Mich.

Loretta graduated from Fennville High School in 1951. She married Ned Bale of Fennville on Dec. 29, 1956, in South Haven, Mich.

She was preceeded in death by brothers, Edward and Robert Thompson; sisters, Kathy Steamburg and Barb Albers. Survived by youngest brother, Ray Thompson and his wife Bev of Fennville; and many nieces and nephews.

Survived by husband, Ned Bale of White Pigeon, Mich., daughter, Carol Bale of Portage, Mich.; daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Ron Logan of Sturgis; grandson, Ben Logan and Adria West of Sturgis and one great-grandson, Dominic Logan of Sturgis.

Loretta was employed by and retired from the White Pigeon Community Schools after 25 years of service as cook and cafeteria manager. Loretta has also worked at Roy’s Store and Bill’s IGA Grocery store also in White Pigeon.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the White Pigeon Township Library, The Salvation Army or St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Farrand Funeral Home, White Pigeon. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. at Farrand Funeral Home conducted by Rev. James Blanchard. Burial will be at White Pigeon Cemetery with a lunch following at the Methodist Church.

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