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American Diabetes Association
1550 E Beltline Ave SE STE 250
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
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Life Story / Obituary
Laura E. Staple was a loving wife, a dedicated mother, and a cherished friend. She leaves behind memories of her selfless joy found in taking care of family and friends she loved. Her caring and warm loving ways will surely be missed.
The conclusion of a decade, 1949 proved to be an amazing year. It is impossible to think that there was ever a holiday season celebrated without “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer,” but truly it was not released until this notable year. And though the world seemed like it had surpassed times of international conflict, the Soviet Union was testing its first atomic bomb.
Closer to home, the citizens looked to President Harry S. Truman for leadership and reassurance. The Great Depression and WWII were behind us, and Americans were beginning to return to a life of freedom and prosperity. Factories were now producing their original intended goods which meant that cars and televisions were in mass production. RCA figured out how to broadcast programming with color, and families all over the country tuned in to watch “The Goldbergs.” These moments were documented on the first Polaroid Camera.
In the spring, Frank Carl and Carrie Ethel (Ackerman) Wimmer were looking forward to new beginnings as well with the birth of their daughter, Laura Ethel. She was welcomed to the world on May 28 in the city of Muskegon, Michigan. Laura was one of six children that made their happy family complete. The household was filled with much love and happy chaos, most of the time, amongst the squabbles that naturally share space with that many siblings. Laura’s father supported the family as a janitor for Mona Shores High School, while her mother stayed at home to keep the family organized and functional. Young Laura spent hours playing with her brothers, and they all enjoyed family time together. She attended Mona Shores Public Schools and graduated from Mona Shore High School.
Soon after graduating from high school, Laura found love in a young man named Joe Staple. They met on a blind date, but their love was evident from the first moment of meeting. The two dated and finally married on September 2, 1972.
The newlyweds stayed near the place they knew best, and began to plant their own roots in Muskegon. The couple faced hard times together when they endured the loss of their first child, Tracy Lee, who blessed their lives as parents for one week before passing away. This was a time of sadness, but Joe and Laura’s relationship grew deeper with strength and love as they looked to the future together with fuller hearts. Several years later, they were given the gift of another baby! They named their precious son Thomas Joseph, and he was the light of their lives.
Laura was a natural when it came to taking care of her family. She loved her children and her husband making motherhood and marriage appear easy, as she was so wonderful at both. Laura was selfless, and she would always make sure to take care of her family before anything else. One way she showed her love to her family was through her cooking. Everyone looked forward to her meatloaf and delicious chili on those cold Michigan days, and her apple pies made mouths water just by the smells wafting from the warm oven. Michigan winters gave way to several days spent crocheting, so many of Laura’s blankets have been left behind to continue to warm the ones she loved.
Her labor of love was creating a home in which she and her family and friends could gather and enjoy the company of one another. Merely spending time at home was a favorite activity because it was a place of such good comfort. Though this did not mean the family never traveled - there were many great memories created during their trips to the Upper Peninsula, Traverse City, Mesick and the Mackinac Bridge. There were also family reunions which Laura particularly enjoyed. In Laura’s times of solitude, she might be found watching old television shows or movies. She was also a fan of Bingo and played it with great enthusiasm.
Laura and Joe spent 44 happy years together. She provided her family an abundance of love, as they were truly the most important part of her life. She leaves behind many wonderful memories spent with friends and family - genuinely enjoying the moments for their true simplicity. Her love and her kindness will stay with us forever, and her life will never be forgotten. Laura E. Staple will be greatly missed.
Husband, Joe; son, Thomas Joseph Staple; brothers, Joseph (Melody) Barry, Therman (Lola) Barry, Chuck (Caroline) Wimmer, Dan (Jean) Wimmer; mother-in-law, Rouberta Staple; in-laws, David Staple, Mark (Chris) Staple, Christy Staple, Jeff (Trish) Staple, Mike Staple; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews & cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Tracy Lee & brother, Carl Barry.
Friday, March 10, 2017, 11:00 am at the Clock Chapel - Muskegon with Rev. Carlos Ramos officiating. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Thursday, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Clock Funeral Home - Muskegon. MEMORIAL: American Diabetes Association.
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