Adele Shook, 91

Adele C. Shook, age 91, of Fulton, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. She was born in Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia on Oct. 10, 1922 the daughter of James and Gertrude (Rowe) Hoy. After graduation from high school she worked briefly for the Sydney Herald. It was in Sydney that she met her future husband while he was on leave from the U.S. Army. Adele and Robert N. “Bob” Shook were married on March 11, 1947 in St. Edward Catholic Church in Mendon, and they made their home in Fulton. Adele was an active member of St. Edward where she was the church organist for over 50 years. She was a CCD and RCIA teacher and a member of the Altar Society. She volunteered with the Jail Ministry Program for the Diocese of Kalamazoo and was a Social Services volunteer in St. Joseph County. Adele was the organist for the Mendon Kiwanis Showboat for 30 years. She was a piano teacher and accompanist for many local musicians.

Adele is survived by ten children, Lynette (Mike) Wilson of Leonidas, Christopher (Katherine) Shook of Kalamazoo, Stephen (JoEllen) Shook of Springfield, VA, Marieanne (Joe) Kuiper of Mattawan, Timothy Shook of Miami, FL, Maureen (David) Simms of Milford, Robert G. Shook of Allegan, Lawrence (Darla Cook) Shook of Battle Creek, Pauline (Mark) Giacobone of Schoolcraft, and Kathleen (Steve) Waldron of Schoolcraft; 26 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Peter Hoy of Australia; sister in law, Daphne Hoy of Australia; several nieces and nephews including Kay (Trevor) Jones of Northport. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband , Bob in 2010; 3 infant children; 4 brothers, Paul, Richard, Terry, and James Hoy; and cousin Jacqueline (Don) Cripps.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon and where the Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Sunday. The funeral mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 in St. Edward Catholic Church in Mendon. Burial will be 2:30 p.m. Monday at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Donations may be directed to either the Robert N. Shook Fund in care of Catholic Family Services, 1819 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49048, or to the St. Edward Catholic Church Preservation Fund, P.O. Box 368, Mendon, MI 49072. Online condolences may be expressed at

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