Prepared by her daughter, Georgene Sue Tredup-St.Pierre
Tuesday, June 12th at at the Bay Shore Tabernacle was the Commencement Exercises for the Sebewaing High School Class of 1928. There were twenty-one graduates and Ida Wave Pitcher was one of them, along with classmates, Fred Bach, Ella Clabuesch, Carol Deegan, Richard Denner, Carl Hess,
Gerald Martini and Olin Yackle to name just a few. The Senior Class colors were maize and blue and the
Class flower was a yellow rose. Their Class Motto was: "Tonight We Sail, Our Port - Success."
child in 1908 and again in 1912). There were thirteen siblings, six boys with Grover Cleveland being the
oldest (Charles LeRoy, their first born died at age three in 1894) and Terry Earl the youngest and six
girls with Amy Agnas the
oldest and Charlotte Faye the youngest.
They made their home on
Sebewaing. Their yard was a beautiful apple and pear orchard. Their father, George, was a commercial
fisherman and was in partnership with his brother, John. They owned the Pitcher Brothers Fish Company.
In the wintertime, George was a "guide" for individuals who wanted to hunt small game and deer.
Wave (preferred to be called
by her middle name) attended
senior class Last Will and Testimony it says, "Margaret Heckman and Wave Pitcher give their duty as
waitresses to Eldine Kothe and Mayme Brechtel, the latter to handle the toe dancing profession left by
Miss Pitcher." Wave and Chris Bolger won a dance contest in the early thirties and years later, she
taught her daughter, Georgene,
several dances including the "
Wave lost her beloved mother, Susan nee Tarry Pitcher in 1923, when Wave was only thirteen years old. Her grandmother, Sarah nee Quick Pitcher, who was living with them at the time, died two years later in 1925.
Carl "Charlie" Tredup, Wave's future husband, worked with her brothers, Grover and Ed Pitcher in the
commercial fishing business. On
Church, by Rev.H.W.Link. Latholah nee Pitcher and Gerald Martini served as their witnesses. They
built a home next to Wave's homestead, in the middle of the
apple and pear orchard, on
property previously owned by Wave's parents. Later Wave's brothers, Grover and Jack Pitcher would also
build homes on
Even though Wave's sisters
Amy, Violette, Sadie, Merle,
Sebewaing, they kept in constant communication with each other. Her brother's Grover, Ed, Owen (Doe),
Jack and Terry remained in the Sebewaing area, as she did, to work and raise a family. Wave's husband,
Charlie, became the village Marshal.
Wave liked to keep busy which was evident by her involvement in her community. She was a member of the Junior Women's Club and she loved to play cards, Bridge and Canasta being her favorite. She also was
an active member of the Order of Eastern Star. She held several offices on the local, county and
tri-county level, among them being President on all three levels. She participated in several of her
daughter's activities as well, such as Girl Scouts. One time in particular comes to mind, when in July of
'51 she, known as "Rusty" for camp purposes, Erma Rummel "Chips", Belle Sharpsteen "Boots", Mrs. Ritsema "Doc" and Mrs. Schobert "Needles", to name a few, volunteered to assist at the Girl Scout Camp, which was held at Sleeper State Park. We had many good times toether, but I'll always remember that week. Wave was also on the Sebewaing Community Council and President of the newly formed Band Boosters Club.
In 1952 Wave entered the work force at the Michigan Sugar Company as a co-worker in the office with
Wilbert Binder, Clarence Gremel and Field Manager and fellow classmate, Carl Hess. The "Pioneer News"
states that "the bulk of clerical work falls on the shoulders of Wave Tredup who dispatches work with
reckless abandon, which might offer a clue to the fact that she is married to the Sebewaing Village Marshall. Her hobbies are Bridge and dancing". Wave retired in 1972 with approximately twenty years of service.
"Mom" enjoyed her retirement years playing Bingo and bowling, traveling with her husband and sharing time with her daughter, Georgene, husband and five grandchildren, Randle Troy, Jeffrey Alan, Jody Lynn,
Carl and Terry Edward.
Unfortunately, this time was cut short by her unexpected death on
Written by Georgene Sue Tredup-St.Pierre in loving
memory of her mother.