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Obituary: Lillian E. “Effie” Messer

Lillian E. “Effie” Messer, age 73, of Baraga, MI passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at UP Health System, Portage in Hancock, MI.

She was born in Baraga, MI on January 8, 1946, the daughter of the late Howard and Rosella “Babe” (Picard) Boodry. Effie graduated from Baraga High School in 1965. She married John Messer on October 17, 1966 in Baraga. Effie had been employed at the Ojibwa Casino as a bartender until her retirement 11 years ago. She had also worked at the Press Box, Jones Joint and Baraga Lakeside Inn.. Effie was a member of Most Holy Name of Jesus Church, Assinins, MI and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. She had enjoyed playing horseshoes, softball, Brook Trout fishing, reading, gardening and bowling. Effie had been involved with the Community Schools bowling program while the Grandville Bowling Alley was open.

Effie is survived by her loving husband, John Messer, Sr, of Baraga, children Ann (Pat) Degenaer of Baraga, John Messer, Jr. of Baraga, Mary Messer of Baraga and Michael Messer, Sr (Stacy Tikkanen) of Baraga, grandchildren Brett, Jeffrey, John III, Lilianna, Jessica, Jenna, Jacob (Amber), great grandchildren Trenton, Zachary, Jackson, Blake and Aubrey, brothers Stanley (Helen) Boodry of Youngstown, Ohio and Chester (Ethel) Boodry of Eureka, Missouri, sisters Beverly Cardinal of Baraga and Charlene Boodry of Tapiola, sisters-in-law Sandy Boodry of Des Moines, Iowa and Lorraine Trisch of Indian River, MI, brother-in-law James Cook of L’Anse and John III and Lilianna’s mother Tina Murray. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Scott Boodry, sister Ella Bjornell and grandson Michael Messer, Jr.

Funeral services for Effie will be held at 12 p.m., Friday, June 7, 2019 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, MI with Father Corey Litzner officiating. The family will greet friends at the funeral home on Friday from 10 am until the time of the funeral service. Immediately following the funeral service, interment will take place in the Assinins Cemetery. A luncheon will then be held at the Ojibwa Senior Citizens, Baraga, MI.

Effie’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.reidfuneralservicechapel.com

The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, MI has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

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