2010-09-23 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Jeannette Doud

Fall is in the air and the temperatures in the evening have dipped to the low 40s. It has been cool and crisp, but the days have been bright and sunny, with the trees starting to show their autumn colors. The squirrels and chipmunks are busy storing chestnuts for their winter food. Sunday, September 12, after an early evening shower, a double rainbow formed off the end of the Arnold dock. Folks were amazed at the beauty shining down on the Straits of Mackinac. Many visitors are doing their Christmas shopping and taking advantage of many sales in a lot of shops. It’s a great time to visit Mackinac.

Mackinac was saddened Friday, September 17, to hear about the death of John McGreevy in Cleveland, Ohio. John, the son of the late James and Mary McGreevy, was born and grew up on Mackinac, where he attended Thomas W. Ferry School. He married Caroline Dankowski, who survives him. Also surviving are five children, 10 grandchildren, his sister, Catherine McGreevy of Mackinac, and several nieces and nephews. John was a U.S. Navy veteran and will be buried Wednesday, September 22, at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Deepest sympathy to the family from Island friends. An obituary is published in this issue of The St. Ignace News.

Lindsay George, beloved wife of Fritz George, died peacefully Thursday, September 9, at their cottage at Wawashkamo Golf Course. Lindsay loved Mackinac and was so happy when she was on the Island. She had a host of friends who she shared many laughs with over the years. Saturday, September 11, Reverend Vince Carroll of Little Stone Church conducted a moving memorial service in honor of Lindsay at the Island House Hotel. Family and friends gathered to pay their last respects to a lady who was so full of life with a wonderful smile. May she rest in peace.

It’s great to see Ann Hart of New York visiting her family on Mackinac. She is enjoying the fall weather and visiting her many friends.

We send get well wishes to John Mankoff, brother of Lin Sheppard, who is a patient at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. He would love to hear from his many friends on the Island at the following address: Room 585W, Sparrow Hospital, 1215 East Michigan Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48912. Happy belated birthday to John September 19.

Sharon Hudson, Jr., father of Karen Lennard, and his friend, Lillian Harvey of Toledo, Ohio, enjoyed visiting Mackinac for two days. Lillian is from Ireland and commented that Mackinac reminds her of the Emerald Isle. They had a wonderful time and look forward to their next visit.

We extend deepest sympathy to the family of Judge Ned Fenlon, who died Sunday, September 19, at the age of 106, at the home of his son, Dr. Michael Fenlon, in California. His obituary is published in this issue of The St. Ignace News.

John and Lois Findley of West Lafayette, Indiana, closed Small Point for the season. We wish them a very healthy, restful winter.

Happy sixth birthday to Sean Burt September 20. Have a great day.

More than 2,000 runners participated in the St. Ignace Kiwanis Club Road Race Saturday, September 11. It was a festive time and the weather was perfect for a great race.

We extend deepest sympathy to the family of Gloria Davenport of St. Ignace, who died Monday, September 20, at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord.

Family and friends gathered Friday, September 10, as Kelly Marie Bean and Mark Ronald Bielinski were united in marriage at 4 p.m. in a lovely ceremony at Ste. Anne’s Church with Father Jim Williams officiating. It was a beautiful fall Mackinac day as the happy couple greeted their guests on the porch of Ste. Anne’s. Kelly and Mark “Beau” hosted a barbecue Sunday, September 12, at Great Turtle Park. Best wishes for many years of happiness.

We say goodbye to Michigan State Police Trooper Jeff Hunger and his family from Bay City and to Michigan State Police Trooper Mike Peterson and his family from Monroe. We thank Trooper Hunger for his two years of service to Mackinac. Trooper Peterson will return next year.

Happy anniversary to Merlin and Shannon Doran September 21. Have a wonderful day.

We send best wishes to Janis Early, who had hip replacement surgery Tuesday, September 21, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Her daughter, Heidi, and two granddaughters have been visiting from Texas.

Happy birthday to Patti Ann Moskwa, Colton Fisher, and Erik Ammerman September 23. Have a great day.

Congratulations to Jack Landress and Lisa Williford, who became engaged Friday, September 10, in front of Grand Hotel. Best wishes from Island friends.

Chris Straus of Chicago visited family members over the weekend on Mackinac. J.C. Gabel and Nathan Kirkman of Public Broadcasting of Chicago joined Chris on the Island for several days. They thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of Mackinac.

Happy anniversary to Dale and Jody Gough September 24. Enjoy your day.

Loretta Spata entertained Island ladies at a delicious soup, salad, and wonderful desserts dinner Tuesday, September 14. It was a great evening with lots of laughs and outstanding food. Many of the men were golfing at the Mustang Open in Gaylord.

Our good friends, Mike and Linda Wilkins of St. Ignace, will celebrate their anniversary September 21. Have a great day.

Dennis and Peggy O’Keefe of LaSalle, Illinois, enjoyed a two-day visit to the Windermere Hotel.

A very happy belated 60th anniversary to Tim and Ann Timmons August 15. They enjoyed a wonderful family gathering for this special occasion. A very happy birthday to Tim September 30.

Marsha and Fred Haines of Port Huron came to Mackinac Saturday, September 18, to visit Alice Myron. They all departed the Island Monday, September 20, for the season. Have a great winter and stay healthy.

Karen Platzke, 68, of Taylor, died Sunday, September 19. Karen is the mother of Katrina Platzke and grandmother of Dakota Horn of Mackinac, and the sister of Kent Weber, also of Mackinac. Deepest sympathy from Island friends. An obituary will be published in next week’s issue of The St. Ignace News.

Sherry Rayha of Cheboygan will celebrate her birthday September 24. Have a great day.

We extend deepest sympathy to Joe St. Onge of California on the recent death of his beloved wife. His father, Bob St. Onge, and sister, Mandy Wandrie, flew to California for the funeral.

A very happy birthday to Mary K. McIntire September 20. Enjoy your day.

We say goodbye to Larry and Kay Berke of DeKalb, Illinois, who left Mackinac Thursday, September 16. They will leave soon for a tour of China.

It was wonderful to see Marilyn and Gary Hanson of Rochester Hills, frequent guests of the Windermere Hotel. They spent three days on Mackinac and thoroughly enjoyed their time on the Island.

We extend deepest sympathy to the family of Francis Murdick of Charlevoix, who died Thursday, September 9. Francis was born in Detroit to F. Jerold Murdick and Helen (nee Lozen) Murdick and moved to Mackinac Island, where he enjoyed his boyhood days, sailing with friends, swimming in Grand Hotel’s pool, and sledding with his classmates in the winter. Francis married Marcella Hanselman in 1952. In 1964 he joined his father in the family fudge business in Charlevoix. In 1980 he opened Fran Murdick’s Fudge Shop in Mackinaw City and enjoyed making candy, especially the wonderful hand-dipped vanilla cremes, until the fall of 2009. The shop is now operated by his children and grandchildren. Francis was laid to rest Tuesday, September 14, in Charlevoix. He was a great friend and I always enjoyed visiting him at the shop in Mackinaw City. He was a wonderful candymaker. He will be sadly missed by his many friends.

Emma Chambers and Roxanne Pettit visited Lake Sweet in Colorado over the weekend. From all reports, the girls had a wonderful time.

A very happy birthday to Patsy LaPine September 27. Have a wonderful day.

Congratulations to Heather May on her new position as music teacher at the Mackinac Island Public School.

Dr. Richard Hodgman of Kalkaska was the doctor in residence at the Mackinac Island Medical Center over the weekend. Dr. Karen Miljour enjoyed a weekend in Chicago.

A very happy birthday to Vic Callewaert September 28. Have a great day.

Jane Seymour of the movie “Somewhere In Time” visited Mackinac with her family Sunday, September 19. She signed autographs in the parlor at Grand Hotel.

In the Sunday, September 5, Kenosha, Wisconsin, News and the Green Bay Gazette, there was an article entitled “Where Time Stops: Mackinac Island, a Green Getaway” by Mary Bergin. It was informative, depicting the history, the beauty, quaintness, the green initiatives, the new Manoogian Art Museum, Grand Hotel, and great photographs of the Island. It was a nice article about Mackinac.

Happy belated birthday to Sam Barnwell September 19. Hope you had a great day.

Saturday, September 11, on the steps of the Mackinac Island Police Department, a moving patriot’s service was held. The master of ceremonies was Armand “Smi” Horn, who introduced Mary McGuire Slevin, who sang the “Star Spangled Banner.” Meadow Greenlee led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Post Commander Paul Wandrie of the Chapman, St. Onge, Dankowski American Legion Post 299 read the president’s proclamation about Patriot’s Day, followed by remarks by Mayor Margaret Doud. Lt. Jason St. Onge of the Mackinac Island Fire Department was the guest speaker, who spoke about his brother firemen from New York, who were there September 11, 2001. Fire Chief Dennis Bradley remembered the fallen firemen and Lt. St. Onge rang the fire bell in their memory. Ed Pfeiffelman gave the final blessing, and Post Commander Paul Wandrie sounded “Taps.” A crowd of more than 40 people attended this service.

The annual Antique Show was held Friday, September 10, at Grand Hotel. New York decorator Carleton Varney greeted the guests as they entered the Woodfill Center to look at the booths displaying beautiful antique items. It was a great evening with a wonderful crowd of shoppers. All proceeds went to the dedicated Mackinac Island Public Library Fund at the Mackinac Island Community Foundation.

Karl and Isle Schmitt of Detroit were guests of Brian and Barbara Hellis for the Antique Show weekend.

Larry Parel has returned to his home on Mackinac and is recuperating after surgery at the Veterans Hospital in Ann Arbor.

Martha Johnson, sister of Jody Chambers, is the school lunch cook at the Mackinac Island Public School for a month.

Enjoy the fall days on Mackinac!

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