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Lillian J. (Kelsey) Rodriguez

May 4, 1939 ~ September 29, 2018 (age 79)

Lillian Joann Rodriguez, age 79, of Branch, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2018 in Grand Rapids.  She was born May 4, 1939 at home in Hart and was delivered by Dr. Munger.  She  attended St. Gregorys Catholic School. She was nicknamed, "Skoojiis" by her parents.  She helped look after her younger siblings while growing up in the countryside between Hart and Pentwater.  She picked fruit and asparagus and later worked assembling watch pieces at Star Watch Case in Ludington.  Lillian married Luis Rodriguez on May 27, 1988.

Although she did not have any children of her own, she loved to spend time with her nieces and nephews.  Many would spend countless days and overnights with her throughout the years.

She also loved listening to Elvis music, taking walks, nature and animals, sipping tea and visiting.  Lillian was never fussy, but always humble.  She enjoyed reading romance novels and going for drives with her husband.  She loved to cook. She enjoyed visiting her brothers, Joe, Greg and Norbert.  One of her favorite past-times was going to hockey games in Muskegon.

Lillian is survived by her husband and companion of sixty years, Luis; her brother, Norbert (Donita) Kelsey; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her siblings, Benedict, Franklin, Joe, John Jr., and Gregory Kelsey, Alice Rivera, Elaine Rivera, Evelyn Kelsey and Mary Moore.

Visitation is Wednesday, October 3rd, 5-7 pm.  The funeral service will be held Thursday, October 4th, 1 pm at Harris Funeral Home in Shelby with Father Thomas Bolster officiating.  Interment will be in the Native American Cemetery at Elbridge.  

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