106 West Main Street
P.O. Box 146
Phone: 906-475-4631
Fax: 906-475-5561


Wednesday, June 19th, 2019
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Gloria Elaine Babcock, 79, of Chocolay Township and former Negaunee resident, passed away peacefully in the care of her loving family and caregivers from UP Home Health and Hospice early Wednesday morning, June 19, 2019 at the Eastwood Nursing Center following a long and courageous battle with Lewy Bodies Dementia.

Gloria was born February 17, 1940 in Ishpeming to Carl and Violet (Hautala) Saari, graduated from Negaunee High School, Class of 1958, and was a lifelong area resident. Following graduation, she married Charles ‘Chuck’ Babcock on August 30, 1958 and together they raised four children.

Gloria was employed for many years as a nurse’s and physical therapist aide. She began her career at Acocks Medical Facility and then worked at Bell Memorial and Marquette General Hospitals before retiring from Marquette County Medical Care Facility.

Following retirement, Gloria and Chuck enjoyed wintering for 23 years in Apache Junction, Arizona. She also enjoyed gardening, crocheting, dancing on ‘Finland Calling,’ and was an outstanding cook and baker. More than anything, Gloria loved spending time with her family.

Surviving are her loving husband, Chuck; two sons, Dennis Babcock of Ishpeming and Greg (Teri) Babcock of Suomi Location; daughter, Peggy Seaver of Harvey; sister, Jean (Donald) Luokkala of Negaunee; ten grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son Gary Babcock in 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 am on Monday, June 24th at Koskey Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Larsen, Pastor of Marquette Church of Christ, officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends at the funeral home for one hour prior to services at 11:30 am, and also at a luncheon reception at the Negaunee Township Hall. Burial will take place at Northland Chapel Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed in Mrs. Babcock’s memory to UP Home Health and Hospice.

Gloria’s memorial page may be viewed at koskeyfuneralhome.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 24th, 2019 | 10:30am - 11:30am
    Monday, June 24th, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
    Koskey Funeral Home
    106 W. Main St.
    Negaunee, MI 49866
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  • Service

    Monday, June 24th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Monday, June 24th, 2019 11:30am
    Koskey Funeral Home
    Address Not Available
    Rev. Jim Larsen
  • Interment

    Northland Chapel Gardens
    Address Not Available
    Negaunee Township, MI 49866
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  • Reception

    Negaunee Township Hall
    State Hwy M-35
    NEGAUNEE, MI 49866
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lyn Sosa

Posted at 05:16pm
We were saddened to read about your loss of Gloria. We pray that you find comfort in our Creator’s promises to reunite us with our beloved ones again, in a youthful world, where the causes of pain and sorrow will be a thing of the past. How exciting it will be to see her again doing all the things she loved. Forever find comfort reading Isaiah 25:8, which promises that our tears of mourning will end when death is done away with. Our sincerest condolences to the Family.

Carol Croschere Brugman

Posted at 06:53pm
Peggy so sorry for the loss of your Mom

Frances Nickerson

Posted at 03:12pm
Sorry for your loss, your mom was always friendly and greeted you with a smile. Her memories will be treasured and never forgotten Fran hugs and love to your family

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