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Obituary for Louise Jean Middleton

Louise Jean Middleton, age 94 of Middleville, set both God and the Queen straight as she walked into Heaven on September 8, 2022. Louise was born on November 26, 1927 in Grand Rapids to Garold and Laura (Schleh) Sherk. She was a longtime resident of Middleville along with her late husband, Forest, who founded Middleville Tool and Die. They enjoyed fishing together, after which Louise would clean their catch and have it for dinner at Barlow Lake where they lived for 65 years, loving every minute of it. Together she and Forest had five children whom they loved dearly. Louise was the kind of mother that always had her children’s backs and stuck up for them no matter the situation (even to her husband). She drove a school bus for Thornapple Kellogg for many years. Her goal was to drive every one of her grandkids to kindergarten – a goal she happily accomplished. She loved driving bus and had a special place in her heart for the children who rode with her. Each year she chose one family to have Christmas for, anonymously buying them presents to be hand delivered by Santa himself. This tradition continued into her later years as she wanted to help others around the holidays. She also had a soft spot in her heart for dogs. She had as many as 26 throughout her life, including litters of puppies. The Middleton’s got their first family dog when four of their children (all under the age of five) were terrified of dogs and Louise decided to buy the ugliest one she could find, set it loose in the house, and scared the kids until they overcame their fear. She enjoyed collecting dolls, playing cards and was skilled with ceramics, quilting, and sewing. She made all of her daughters and daughters-in-law maternity clothes, diapers for her grandchildren, and knit slippers and mittens for all of her kids well into their adult lives. She even sewed special clothing protectors for the residents of Carveth Village.

Louise is survived by her loving children, Kay (Larry) Stolsonburg, Diane Hanson, Gary (Alison) Middleton, Bob (Bev) Middleton, David (Diane) Middleton; 17 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; sister, Ruth Beck; special dog, Rosie. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Forest Middleton; son-in-law, Glenn Hanson; sisters: Lois (Kenneth) Middleton, Phyllis (Jack) Boger; sister-in-law, Dorothy (Art) Babcock.

Relatives and friends may meet with Louise’s family on Sunday, September 11, 2022 from 9 to 11 A.M. at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home. A private interment will take place at Coman Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Carveth Village or Kindred Hospice. Please visit to share a memory or leave a condolence message for Louise’s family.