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Twila Mae Tower

February 1, 1934 March 25, 2010
Twila Mae Tower
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Obituary for Twila Mae Tower

Twila Mae Tower (nee Wischnat), formerly of Taylor, MI, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 25, 2010. She was 76 years old.

Born February 1, 1934 in Detroit to parents August and Emma (nee Schiller) Wischnat, Twila grew up in southwest Detroit in the Woodmere Cemetery area. At the age of five, Twila was stricken with polio and quarantined at home to eventually recover with only minor disability. In order to regain and rebuild muscle strength in her legs, her doctors recommended swimming. To make this possible, her parents rented and eventually purchased a cottage on Long Lake that would become the family summer home, the beloved �Cottage�, and later the year-round home for her daughter Vickie.

As a young woman, Twila was confirmed and grew in the fellowship of her Christian faith as a member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Detroit where she met her lifelong friends who would later stand up in her wedding. When she was twelve years old she met Chuck Tower for the first time when she was fishing off the walking bridge on the canal. Twila's hook caught Chuck's thumb, setting the first scene for their relationship. Immediately following her graduation from Lutheran High in Detroit in 1951 she began bookkeeping for Ed's Locksmith Shop, her first career position which lasted 17 years. Twila and Chuck were engaged before he left to serve in the US Navy and were married May 29, 1954 while he was home on leave. When Twila was 22 years old, she gave birth to their daughter, Victoria. Vickie remembers well the weekly schedule of her girlhood while Twila was working full time... including the Thursday evening trips to the grocery store, housekeeping on Fridays, Saturdays when friends gathered at the home while Sunday's were always reserved for church and the family 'Sunday Drive' that followed. In 1962 the Towers joined Mt. Hope Lutheran Church beginning many decades of service to the congregation. Twila offered her talents to the craft guild, cradle roll, Campbell's soup label drive and helping out as assistant secretary while Chuck served as a church elder, President of the Congregation and the newsletter editor. She gave birth to their son, Burt in 1968 and continued in her devotions to being a wonderful mother. In 1984 Twila began her second career as a legal secretary which she enjoyed for the next 18 years until she retired. Twila thrived on being busy and even continued to do bankruptcy and legal documents for several years from her home computer following her retirement.

Throughout her life Twila loved shopping, especially for earrings, holiday decorations, clothing and sought the best deals at outlet malls, hundreds of garage sales per summer and the furthest clearance racks from the door! She enjoyed knitting and going to the show and could always be counted on for extravagant holiday decorations during every holiday. Both Twila and Chuck enjoyed hosting friends and family, be it around the lake or at sing along parties in Taylor. A woman of great outreach and thoughtfulness, Twila never missed an opportunity to send a card for every occasion to each of her family members. She was pleasantly sociable, lively and vivacious; always quick to chuckle with her unforgettable smile. Never hindered by her physical handicap, Twila filled her life with the experiences and accomplishments of those she loved. In her later years, Twila shined as a glamorous advocate for others, often taking individuals under her wing and applying her problem-solving skills to improve their own lives.

Twila was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charles B. "Chuck" Tower in 2003. She is survived by her loving daughter, Vickie Fowler of Commerce, MI and son, Burt (Scott Lundberg) Tower of Madison, WI. She was treasured by her granddaughter, Rachael (Tom) Tracy and grandson, Jake Fowler; brother-in-law, Tom & Sharon Tower and many loving extended family members. She is also survived by numerous dear friends who join her family in mourning the loss of such a special woman and celebrate her memory with laugh and smile.

Funeral Service from Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, Sunday, March 28 at 6PM with Pastor William D. Merrell officiating. Memorials may be made in Twila's name to the Michigan Humane Society or American Diabetes Association. Friends may visit Sunday 1PM until time of service and are invited to share their memories of Twila during the service. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.

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