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Hannelore Elfriede Bishop

November 1, 1940 October 30, 2021
Hannelore Elfriede Bishop
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Obituary for Hannelore Elfriede Bishop

Hannelore Elfriede Bishop, 80, of Milford, Michigan passed away on Saturday, October 30, 2021. She was the beloved wife of Joseph for 53 years, loving mother of Anja Mackey (Neil) and Hans Bishop (Jennifer). Proud grandmother of Zoey Mackey, Bryce Mackey, Sabine Bishop, Torsten Bishop, Ellen Combs, and Rachel Knight. Step-mother of Joseph Bishop, Jr., Terry Bishop (Carol), and Laura Cepuran (Larry). Step-grandmother of Christine, Jimmy, and Anna Bishop, Kate and Elly Bishop, and Colin and Claire Cepuran.  Hanne was also survived by family back in Germany.  

Hannelore died peacefully in her home, surrounded with love by her husband, son, daughter in law, two grandchildren and two dogs. Born November 1, 1940, daughter to Walter & Elfriede (Reuss) Tessnow in Brandenburg, Germany. Sister to Henning & Hans-Joachim Tessnow. She grew up a refugee in war torn Germany during World War II, with her family. After escaping from East Germany to the West towards the end of the war, her family settled in Hörde, a city district of Dortmund, Germany. She earned a nurse practitioner degree from Frauenachshule in Dortmund, then worked for a local pediatrician.    
With Germany still recovering from the war, she realized there were limited opportunities, so in 1963 Hannelore made the difficult decision to travel to the United States for a year, with the help of her father’s business friends who lived in St. Claire Shores, Michigan. Hannelore worked at Meteor Photo in Detroit and then at American Motors. During that time she joined the International Supper Club in Detroit, where her circle of lifelong friends continued to grow. One of her fondest memories was going back to Germany for six months with her closest friend. They visited her parents and traveled throughout Europe, creating experiences that became lifelong memories that brought her so much joy! 
In the fall of 1967, while working at American Motors as a translator,  she met Joseph Gerald Bishop. They married at First Baptist Church in Southfield on September 13th, 1968. While living in Ferndale and West Bloomfield they had two children together. The next 13 years were spent living in Texas, California, Missouri, back to California, as she supported her husband's career, finally settling down in Milford, Michigan in the summer of 1987.     
Hannelore spent the majority of her career working as an office manager at Hospice in Garden City, where she continued to grow and cultivate lifelong friendships. She also became very active in the community, especially at Milford Presbyterian Church, where she was an integral part of several teams, including the Women's group, Stephens Ministry, Deacon and Elder support. Hannelore was instrumental in the creation of the Darryl Izzard Memorial Garden at the church in 1996, maintaining it until 2021. In her spare time Hannelore was a talented crafter, admired for the beautiful pieces she created and gifted to family and friends.  
Most of all, Hannelore was strong, smart and one-of-a-kind. She was also an expert story-teller and had plenty of interesting experiences to share! Jumping in whenever needed, Hannelore was proud to be a loving mother, friend, grandmother, sister, and caregiver to anyone in need. Her heart was always ready to spread love. She had a great sense of humor and those who knew her well came to appreciate her many pearls of wisdom, conveyed in a unique style - shnizzy whizzy, tuffy schmuffy, hooey schmooey and sometimes zip-it! This amazing woman touched so many and will be deeply missed.  

Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in memory of Hannelore.


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