Stuart Charles Merillat
Stuart Charles Merillat, of Elk Rapids, passed away peacefully on Tuesday night, October 18, 2016. Visitation will be held at Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids on Tuesday, October 25 from 5-7 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Covell Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 26 at 11 a.m. A full obituary will be published next week.
Marcia Hayes passed away peacefully at home on October 3, 2016 in Ann Arbor after a long illness. She lived in Elk Rapids area for 15 years before moving to Ann Arbor 2 years ago. She also attended Elk Rapids Baptist Church, now known as Elk Rapids Bible Church, and was a former member of the Elk Rapids Garden Club. She is survived by her husband Lawrence and children Eric and Sarah. Services will be private.
Patricia Louise Hendry
Patricia Louise Hendry, 85, of Rapid City, died Monday, October 3, 2016, at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City.
Patty was born on March 31, 1931, to the late Lawrence and Martha E. “Betty” (McFate) Turner in Detroit. She graduated from Mackenzie High School in 1949 and continued her education at the Detroit Business Institute, earning her degree in the executive business secretarial program.
On April 18, 1953, she married Lloyd William Hendry at Redford United Methodist Church. The happy couple built the original cottage on Torch River early in their marriage.
Patty had been employed by the Wonderland Mall in Livonia as a secretary and office manager, retiring from there after many years of service. Following their retirements, Pat and Lloyd moved to this area in 1990, where she was an active member of the Alden United Methodist Church. She sang in the choir, was a member of the United Methodist Women, served on the Missions Committee, the Administrative Council and the Prayer Shawl Knitting Group. She was proud that she had been a Methodist her entire life. In addition to singing, Patty enjoyed quilting, sewing, knitting and baking, and was especially known for her homemade jams.
Patty is survived by her children, William Lloyd (Kim) Hendry of Rapid City, Elizabeth Ann (Alfredo) Montalvo of Farmington; her grandchildren, Katie (Steve) Hoadley of Lake Ann, Adam (Alison) Hendry of Troy and their son, Patty’s great-grandchild Nolan Lloyd Hendry. Also surviving Patty is her brother Stewart (Marilyn) Turner of Sanford Lake and many nieces and nephews. Patty was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Lloyd.
A service celebrating Patty’s life was held on Saturday, October 8 at the Alden United Methodist Church. Pastor Dan Biteman officiated.
The family has suggested that memorial contributions be directed to the Alden United Methodist Church, 9015 Helena, Alden, Michigan 49612 The Lupus Foundation of America, 2121 K Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20037 or www.lupus.org or to The Salvation Army, P. O. Box 5228, Traverse City, MI 49696 or www.satraversecity.org.
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The family is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Georgina E. (Betty) Irelan Holdorf
Georgina E. (Betty) Irelan Holdorf, age 96, of Elk Rapids, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, October 9, 2016. She was born December 3, 1919 in Sandusky, Michigan to George and Erna (Weber) Jones. She graduated from East Jordan High School in 1937 and went on to attend CMU, MSU, and U of M, ultimately receiving her Masters Degree in Education from Michigan State University.
Betty married Louis J. Irelan in early 1940, and together, they had a son, Dennis. After Louis was killed during the invasion of Normandy in 1944, she raised her son on her own with the help of her parents, while she attended Central Michigan University. Betty then married Harold J. Holdorf in April of 1965 in Grand Blanc, Michigan.
Betty taught home economics in Grand Blanc for 30 years, and then retired to Florida where she returned to her love of education. After ten more years in the classroom, she retired again and became active in her Lakeland, Florida community caring for friends and neighbors. In 2006, she moved to Elk Rapids to be close to her family.
Betty was an avid golfer, loved to play bridge, and in her younger years was a regular deer hunter spending time with her father, George, and her son, Dennis, in the Northern Michigan woods. In the summers, trout fishing on the Ausable River was one of her favorite pastimes. Later in life, Betty traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, Mexico, Canada and the USA, including Hawaii and Alaska. She enjoyed many cruises and had a great curiosity and interest of the world.
Betty is survived by her sons, Dennis (Gail) Irelan of Elk Rapids and Gerald (Lynne) Holdorf of Swartz Creek; four grandchildren: Shannon (Daniel) Stewart, Dana (Dennis) Thayer, Dora (Dennis) Topolinski, and Darci (William) Springborn; 12 great grandchildren: Amelia, Michael, Megan, Max, Anna, Jack, Cody, Adam, Katherine, Alex, Laci, and Sam; as well as a brother-in-law, Charles Grewe, and many nieces and nephews.
Betty was preceded in death by her first husband, Louis, on July 10, 1944, her second husband, Harold, in 1990, her daughter-in-law, Deanna Irelan in 1992, two siblings: Helen Grewe and Jack Jones, and grandson, Ronald Holdorf.
A funeral will be held Friday, October 14, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Covell Funeral Homes in Elk Rapids with visitation one hour prior. Burial will take place at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, in Kewadin, Michigan, following the funeral.
Memorial contributions in Georgina’s name may be directed to Munson Hospice.
Please share a memory of Betty at www.covellfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Homes of Elk Rapids.
Anne McCabe Starr
Anne McCabe Starr, of Elk Rapids, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. She was born April 21, 1920 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Thomas J. and Victoria (Budzen) McCabe.
While a young adult, Anne was the church organist for St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ambler, Pennsylvania. She later was a volunteer for the Ladies Auxiliary of the church and collected for the Bishops Annual Appeal. On May 17, 1947, Anne married the late Charles A. Starr. Together they raised five children.
In 1967, Anne and her husband moved with their family to Defiance, Ohio and in 1969 relocated again in Livonia, Michigan. She and Charles were devout members of St. Collette’s Catholic Church in Livonia. In 2004, Charlie and Anne moved to Elk Rapids Michigan. Anne continued to enjoy playing music at home and sharing her cooking and loving care with her children, grandchildren and virtually anyone who visited her in her home.
Anne is survived by her daughter and best friend Anne V. (Kristin Hall) Starr of Williamsburg, Michigan; sons Charlie (Julie) of Surprise, Arizona; John (Debbie) of Bolivia, North Carolina; Tom (Judy) of Novi, Michigan and Bob (Marti) of Naples, Florida. Grandchildren, Jessie, Chas, Kristen, Michael, Alex, Katie, Evan, Christian, Lauren, Matthew, Brianne and Caitlin; great-grandchildren Lyra, Charlotte, Jude, Colin and Sophia. Siblings Frank, Mary Shields and Phil (Barb) and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, in 2012; brother Tom “Buddy”, sister Rita Keator and grandson Nicholas.
Visitation will be held Friday, October 14, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Elk Rapids, with a Vigil for the Deceased at 7 p.m. Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2016 with Rev. Robert J. Zuchowski presiding.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Anne’s name may be directed to Hospice of Michigan or Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church.
Please share a memory of Anne at www.covellfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Homes of Elk Rapids.