Hortense Pauline (Babion) Fuoss of Chesaning, formerly of Oakley, passed away late Friday evening, August 14, 2020, at Union Court Assisted Living of Chesaning. She was 97 years of age.
Hortense was born in Chesaning on December 18, 1922 at the family home at 153 South Front Street, Chesaning. She was the third child of three born to Albert R. and Mabell A. (Waldron) Babion. Hortense grew up and attended all the schools that were around at the time.
Hortense was probably the only kid growing up at that time who always had someone at home taking care of three kids and the household duties. Her father was the Chesaning Postmaster and an “about the town” man. Her mother, Mabell, was running the shoe store, and involved in every committee in town.
We believed Hortense had a wonderful childhood. She would tell stories of catching rides on the back of horse-drawn sleighs going through town in the middle of winter, of ice skating by moonlight on the frozen Shiawassee River behind the family home, riding her bike all over town and playing games at the shoe store. She lived through WWII just like everyone else in town, Victory gardens, smashing cans, rationing gas, meat & nylons .Chesaning was a tight circle of friends & family in those days, everyone took care of each other.
Hortense met her future husband when he came into her parents’ store, Babion Shoe Store, looking for a pair of shoes. Hortense was working there as the bookkeeper. Well, the rest was history. Times were different back then, a quick whirlwind courtship and a baby came quickly after getting married. Art and Hortense were married on September 19, 1945. Life settled down as city girl became farm wife.
Life became very difficult when Art passed away suddenly. Hortense was facing a 60 acre farm, five kids with one on the way, and livestock in the barns. Art's brother, Don stepped in and provided for the family by working the farm and again, the rest is history. Marriage followed in March, 1955, the family was preserved and increased.
Hortense was involved in anything that had to do with her kids through the school years. She was a lifetime member of the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brady Twp. Her wisdom, guidance and guts have been passed on to all of us. The best gift our Mother has bestowed in us is our strong faith in the Lord and the strong family values that we are living each day . She was a small pebble thrown into the water, the ripples from the stone are infinite! Carpe Diem, Mom!
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Henry A. (Joan) Fuoss of Westminster, Colorado, Paula A. (Fred) Bishop of New Lothrop, Thomas (Mary) Fuoss of Chesaning, Gerald W. (Charlene) Fuoss of Chesaning, Walter J. Fuoss of Brady Twp., Susan F. Brown of Holt, and D. Edward (Ruth) Fuoss of Brady Twp.; too many grandchildren and great-grandchildren to count; numerous great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Hortense was preceded in death by both of her husbands, Arthur Carl Fuoss on October 15, 1953, and Donald H. Fuoss on January 16, 2002; an infant daughter in 1955; Waldron Babion, her brother and a sister, B. Ruth Morse, son-in-law, Shawn R. Brown, granddaughter, Heather L. Sconiers;
Rev. David Mielke will officiate at her funeral service held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 16070 W. Brady Road (M-57), Oakley. Visitation will be at the church Tuesday from 9 a.m. until time of the service. Burial will follow at Wildwood Cemetery, Chesaning. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church. Following Covid 19 guidelines, masks must be worn, and social distancing practiced at the funeral home and at the church. You may light a memorial candle or share a memory at misiukfuneralhome.com.
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