Obit: Mabel Tallquist, 96, Custer

April 4, 2014
Mabel Tallquist

Mabel Tallquist

Mabel M. Tallquist, aged 96 of Custer, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Mabel was born on August 29, 1917 in Branch to Frank L. and Frances (Tyndall) Miller, and graduated from Scottville High School with the class of 1936.  On September 30, 1937 she married Francis Tallquist and they celebrated 47 years together before Francis preceded her in death in 1984.

Mabel worked many years on the canning line for Stokely’s both in Scottville and Hart, and had been a member of the Fern Community Club.  She loved to spend time gardening and caring for her pets, especially her cats, but her greatest joy came in the presence of her family.

Along with her husband Francis, Mabel was preceded in death by her parents, her son-in-law Charles Switkovitz, her little sister Carol Miller, her sister Vera Peterson and husband Frank, her brother Robert Miller and wife Lucille, and her sister-in-law Joan Miller.

Mabel will be lovingly remembered by her children Carol Switkovitz of Custer, David Tallquist and wife Janice of Rothbury, Ellen Shoup and husband David, and Ronald Tallquist all of Custer, her grandchildren Linda Soblewski and her companion Tim Stargaard of Scottville, Charles and Lisa Switkovitz of Muskegon, Michelle and Peter Seidel of Honolulu, HI, Patrick and Jennifer Tallquist of Whitehall, Brant and Stephanie Tallquist of Rothbury, Debra and Pat Obetts of Zeeland, Wendy Kenney and fiancé Will Leonard of Jenison, Dawn Kenney also of Jenison, Ronald and Teresa Tallquist II of Fountain, and Jessica and Kevin Burmeister of Shelby, 20 great-grandchildren, 6 great, great-grandchildren, her brothers Kenneth Miller of Pentwater, and Jim Miller of Scottville, her sister Joyce Belke and husband Jim of Jenison, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held for Mabel at 11:00 am on Monday, April 7 at the Stephens Funeral Home in Scottville with Rev. Jack Conklin of Scottville United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial will take place at Lakeside Cemetery in Eden Township in the spring.  Friends may meet with her family for a time of visitation on Sunday afternoon from 2-4 pm, and on Mondaymorning from 10 -11 am at the funeral home.  Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Oakview Medical Care Facility, the Salvation Army, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Please visit Mabel’s personal memory page at to sign her guestbook, or to leave a memory of Mabel for her family.

The Tallquist family would like to especially thank the nurses and staff at Oakview Medical Care Facility for the wonderful care they gave to Mabel during her stay.

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