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Ila Jane Babel, 80, passed peacefully from this life the morning of June 2, 2016. She was visited and loved by several family members during her last days of life.
Ila Jane was born Jan. 12, 1936, in Arc City, Kansas, and was a resident of Zionsville, Indiana, and Northville, Michigan. She was a graduate of Zionsville High School, where she played clarinet in the band and was president of the Sunshine Club. Ila Jane also graduated from Detroit Business School. She was an executive secretary for Bendix Corporation.
She enjoyed listening to Elvis, knitting afghans, solving puzzles, collecting Beanie Babies and Cabbage Patch Kids, and cooking. She enjoyed her summer vacations at her cabins in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where she visited with family and friends.
Ila Jane is survived by her children, Jeff (Michele Gietzen-Kaufer) Weber, Ken (Barb) Weber, Mike Weber, and Amy (Gary) Wuerfel; 14 grandchildren, Jennifer (Scott), Samantha, Neil, Kayla, Ian, Trevor (Megan), Jack, Calvin, Paige, Kendall, Mitchell, Fiona, Noah, and Adia; and one sister.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Loy Hawes; her husband, Bernard Babel; and her son, Mark Weber.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at Casterline Funeral Home, 122 W. Dunlap St., Northville, MI 48167.
The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, at First United Methodist Church, 777 W. Eight Mile Road, Northville, MI 48167, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Burial will be at 1 p.m. at Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Road, Holly, MI 48442.
Published on June 3, 2016
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