2005-05-13 / People

OBITUARIES Victor Beaune Sr.

By Jeannette Doud

Ralph Corrigan
Ralph Corrigan Home and family are the rich inheritance of fathers. This is true of our good friend and neighbor, Victor Beaune Sr., who passed away Friday, April 29, at the University of Michigan Hospital following a short illness.

A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, these were the treasures that brought Vic endless joy and happiness.

He was born May 10, 1945, in Sault Ste. Marie, to Edward and Lottie (nee McPhee) Beaune.

He first came to Mackinac at age 17, where he began his future career with Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. He continued his dedication to the company when he died at age 59. Oftentimes, he and his wife, Terry, would work at the company’s shop during the wintertime, where they would paint the summer carriages that would transport thousands of visitors around the beautiful Island. When spring came, the buggies were as bright and colorful as the flowers of the season.

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Erica Goekel Vic and Terry were our neighbors on the French Lane, near the Windermere. Following their day of work, they always took time out of their busy schedule to play with their grandchildren, whom they loved with all of their hearts.

A kind, soft-spoken gentleman, Vic will be sadly missed by everyone he knew. His dear, close friends were Jim and Dr. Bill Chambers and the other crew members where he worked over those wonderful years.

Vic and Terry’s lives were not without sorrow, as they lost their beloved son, Wesley John, September 26, 2002, in an automobile accident. Never ever has anyone taken their grief as did Vic.

Services were held at Dodson Funeral Home in St. Ignace with Father Jim Williams of Ste. Anne’s officiating. A luncheon followed at the Mackinac Grille, where everyone spoke so highly of Vic and how much he was loved.

He is survived by his wife, Terry; son, Victor Jr. of Mackinac Island; daughters, Tina Beaune of Sault Ste. Marie and Nicole Beaune of Mackinac Island; and eight grandchildren, Christopher, Aaron, Jessica, Samuel, Jonathon, Alysia, Elizabeth, and James. He is also survived by five brothers and their families, Eugene and Mary Jane of Mason, Edward and Jean of Grand Ledge, William and Gloria of Kinross, Joseph of Holt, and Thomas and Linda of Sunfield; and a sister, Ann Schnepp of New York.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Margaret and Theresa; a brother, Phillip; and a son, Wesley John Beaune.

Vic will be buried at Ste. Anne’s Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the family of Victor Beaune Sr.

Through rough and stormy days, there will come a time when the family will be altogether once again in heaven. May he rest in peace on Mackinac, where the ground will be covered with blooming wildflowers. He was loved and never will be forgotten.

William St. Louis William L. St. Louis, 72, of Sturgis, died Sunday afternoon, April 17, 2005, at Sturgis Hospital Emergency Room.

He was born November 29, 1932, on Mackinac Island to Frances Lloyd and Nellie (nee Davenport) St. Louis.

Mr. St. Louis moved to Sturgis from Detroit in 1960, just after he married Marie Grawey of Highland Park December 5, 1959.

Mr. St. Louis retired from the State of Michigan Liquor Control Commission in 1995, after 35 years of service. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Korean Conflict, earning the rank of sergeant.

He was a member of the Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sturgis, Captain John J. Kelley Post 1335 VFW, and Newman-Wenzel Post 73 American Legion. Mr. St. Louis had many interests and hobbies that included boating, fishing, playing golf, traveling, and word search puzzles. He was also a sports fan and always enjoyed following Detroit sports teams. He was proud of his Native American heritage and enjoyed researching his heritage.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marie; two daughters and their families, Arlene St. Louis and Wanda and Alan Barker, both of Sturgis; two sons and their families, Stephen St. Louis and his fiancee, Rhonda O’Toole, of White Pigeon, and Michael and Kathryn St. Louis of Sturgis; 10 grandchildren, Michelle, Glenn, William, Mathew, Elizabeth, Jacob, Nicole, Jason, Courtney, and Austin; 13 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Robert St. Louis of Virginia.

His parents and his brother, John St. Louis, preceded him in death.

A memorial mass was celebrated Thursday, April 21, at the Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sturgis with Father Richard Fritz officiating.

Burial of ashes was at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.

Memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Vernon T.L. Eriksson Vernon T.L. Eriksson, 91, of Fort Myers Beach, Florida, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2005, following a brief illness.

He was born May 5, 1913, in Hughendon, Alberta, Canada.

He enlisted in the Canadian Army, Fort Garry Horse Regiment, landing on Normandy on D-Day and leading the first Canadian troops onto German soil. He ended his military career with a rank of major. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government.

Following his military career, Mr. Eriksson spent 20 years volunteering with the worldwide force of Moral Re-Armament. He then joined James Newton and Associates and later succeeded Mr. Newton as the owner and operator.

Mr. Eriksson was active in the Uncommon Friends Foundation and was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Mr. Eriksson is survived by his wife of 56 years, Meryl Eriksson; a daughter and her family, Carol Ann and Fred Entwistle of Afton, Minnesota; a son and his family, David John and Sally Eriksson of Birchwood, Minnesota; four grandchildren and their families, Mary and Chris Martin, Katy Eriksson, Carl and Natalie Eriksson, and Ann Entwistle; three brothers, the Reverend Herbert Eriksson, the Reverend Harold Eriksson, and the Reverend Paul Eriksson, and his wife, Gay; two sisters and their families, Helen Eriksson and Ruth and Lloyd Johnson; and several nieces and nephews, all of Alberta, Canada.

A memorial service was held Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Fort Myers Beach.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Uncommon Friends Foundation, P.O. Box 811, Fort Myers, Florida 33902.

Ralph Corrigan Ralph John Corrigan, 95, formerly of Mackinac Island, died Sunday, April 17, 2005, after many years in a California nursing home.

Mr. Corrigan was born September 5, 1909, on Mackinac Island.

With no high school on the Island at the time, Mr. Corrigan left Mackinac and went to New York, where he worked designing jewelry. He contracted tuberculosis, as many did in those days, but was able to recover. He later took up residence in San Francisco, California, but in the summer he often returned to the Island to his home on Mahoney Avenue. Mr. Corrigan never learned to drive and usually traveled by bus, occasionally visiting his brother and family, John Corrigan, in Garden City.

He was preceded in death by his younger sister, Margaret, in 1942 and his older brother, John, in 1982.

He is survived by his nephews, John, Michael, Anthony, and Robert Corrigan and their families.

His ashes will be returned to Mackinac Island for burial in the family plot in Ste. Anne’s Cemetery.

Erica Goeckel Erica Christine Goeckel, 19, died Monday evening April 18, 2005, at her home with her family at her side.

The daughter of Donald C. Goeckel, D.D.S., and Dianne C. Weidner, D.D.S., she was born February 17, 1986, in Hammond, Indiana, and lived in Bay City all of her life.

Ms. Goeckel was a student of the Bangor School System and enjoyed roller blading, swimming, traveling, boating, and especially spending time with her family, friends, and her cats on Mackinac Island. She was a positive inspiration to all and will be remembered for her cheerful personality and beautiful smile, friends said.

She is survived by her parents, Donald and Dianne; her grandmother and her husband, Mildred and William Defoe of Bay City; several aunts and uncles, Robert and Gaye Goeckel of Rochester, New York, David Goeckel, D.D.S., of St. Johns, Paul Dennis and Nickie Weidner of Plymouth, Indiana, Glenn Weidner of Plymouth, Indiana, and Barbara and Robert Myers of Marblehead, Massachusetts; her cousins, Andrew Goeckel of Rochester, Laura and Ed Marquardt, Craig and Amy Weidner, Lisa and Cody Rhoades, all of Plymouth, Indiana, and Lance and Gretchen Weidner of Bloomington, Indiana; one great uncle, Harry Barnes of Henderson; her special friends; Karen Tallman and Alisha Nadane, both of Midland, and her cats, Striker and Angel.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Howard and Margaret (nee Barnes) Goeckel, Paul Weidner, and one cousin, Kurt Weidner.

A celebration of Ms. Goeckel’s life took place Saturday, April 23, at 11 a.m. at the Gephart Funeral Home of Bay City. The Reverend Kevin Guigou and Pastor Kenneth P. Straight officiated.

Friends called at the funeral home Thursday, April 21, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, April 22, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Friends may offer condolences on line by signing the guest book at www.gepharfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be directed to The Pediatric Oncology Department, William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

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