She was born in Gladstone, Michigan on February 18, 1933, to Henry Jr. and Edna (Swift) Hemken. Nora married Gerald Drake in Nunica, Michigan on May 9, 1959. She was a longtime member of St. Luke Lutheran Church of Nunica and served as its organist for over 30 years. She was an avid seamstress and enjoyed crocheting, knitting and puzzles, but foremost was always her family.
SURVIVORS include her children, Eric (Kathy) Drake, Judy Irish, Gerald (Elizabeth) Drake Jr., Jill (Doug) Recker and Lorna (Matthew) Coulier; 10 grandchildren, Mary, Staci (Noah), Emily, Adam, Kyra, Maggie, Kyle, Kurt, Edward and Ashley; one great granddaughter, Bailey; sister, Janette (Bill) Wiard; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Nora was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; daughter, Marlene; and four grandchildren, Phillip, Grant, Austin and Kay.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Nunica, MI. VISITATION will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday at The Lee Chapel, 6291 S. Harvey St. (231)798-1100. Memorial contributions may be directed to Harbor Hospice or to St. Luke Lutheran Church of Nunica. Please visit the family’s online guest book at www.sytsemafh.com