Laurel E. Garlinger, 91, of Lake Odessa, passed away unexpectedly on March 8, 2018 at her home.
She was born on October 2, 1926 to Ermal and Edith (Lindquist) Garlinger in Hastings, MI. Laurel was the valedictorian of Lake Odessa Highschool class of 1945. During her working Laurel had been the office manager for her family’s business The Lake Odessa Produce Co. and for Dr. Steven Garlinger as well as being a receptionist for Lakeview Financial Group and Mattson Financial Services of Lake Odessa. She volunteered at the Lake Odessa Fair for 83 years and was honored with the Michigan Assoc. of Fairs Heritage Award as well as being a past Grand Marshall. was a member of the Order of The Eastern Star Chapter 161, Lake Odessa Historical Society, Ionia County First Families and a member at the First Congregational Church of Lake Odessa.
Laurel is survived by her; sister Marcia Raffler, niece Nancy (Gary) Mattson, nephew Frederick (Deborah) Raffler, Nephew Dr. Steven (Melanie) Garlinger, Niece Jill (Michael) Booher, great nieces Laurel (Taylor) Steward and Tracy (Corey) Dahms, Alison (Zack) Byrd, Erin (Michael) Lahr, great nephews Eric (Angela) Garlinger, Kyle (Leslie) Booher, Mark (Marlene) Raffler and Kurt (Kim) Raffler, great great nieces and nephews; Addison Dahms, Anna Dahms, Camden Raffler, Corbin Raffler, Quentin Raffler, Bryson Raffler, Lincoln Raffler, Rowan Raffler and Emerson Raffler, Payton Byrd, Avery Byrd, Cecilia Garlinger, Gavin Booher, Jack Lahr, Alexis Booher and Gemma Lahr.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ermal and Edith Garlinger, siblings Fred (Marilyn) Garlinger and Ivar, brother in law Arthur Raffler.
Visitation will be held at Koops Funeral Chapel, Inc., Lake Odessa, MI. From 2pm until 4pm and 6pm until 8pm on Thursday, March 15, 2018
Funeral services will be held on March 16, 2018 11am at the First Congregational Church of Lake Odessa, 767 4th Ave, Lake Odessa, MI.
Burial will take place in the Lakeside Cemetery-Lake Odessa.
Memorials are suggested to the First Congregational Church of Lake Odessa. Online condolences can be given at www.koopsfc.com.