Ethel Treder, 88, passed away Friday, September 29

Ethel Treder, 88, of Benton Harbor, MI passed away Friday, September 29, 2017 at her home.

 A Private Service will be held at a later date at Grace Lutheran Church in St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church in St. Joseph, Michigan Lutheran High School or Caring Circle in St. Joseph. Those wishing to share a memory of Ethel online may do so at

 Ethel was born December 7, 1928 in Benton Harbor, MI to Carl & Amanda (Patzkowsky) Diekman. She graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1946. On May 31, 1947 she married Robert Treder in Benton Harbor at Grace Lutheran Church. Ethel worked as a secretary for Master Planters in Benton Harbor as well as Industrial Rubber. She was a life time member of Grace Lutheran Church in St. Joseph. In her spare time she enjoyed traveling to Amish Country in Indiana, as well as gardening. Most of all she dearly loved her children and grandchildren.

 Ethel is survived by her son Alan (Christine) Treder of Stevensville; daughters Elizabeth Treder of Benton Harbor and Janet Nekvasil of Three Oakes; six grand children Mandy, Nate, Jon, Tim, Chris, and Ben Treder; and many nieces and nephews. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother John E. Diekman, and son-in-law Frank Nekvasil. 

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