2006-04-15 / Obituaries

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy of Cadillac was a former employee of Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, where he worked as convention manager from 1962 to 1968.

Mr. Murphy died at the age of 71 Sunday morning, March 26, at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac.

He was born August 3, 1934, in Cadillac, to Dr. Michael R. and Loretta A. (Bowen) Murphy.

He was graduated from Cadillac High School in 1952. He was subsequently graduated in 1956 from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and from Cornell University in New York in 1961.

After working on Mackinac Island, he went on to work at McGuire's Resort and at Caberfae Ski Area, both in Cadillac.

He also served with the United States Army ski patrol in Germany for two years.

In Cadillac, Mr. Murphy was a member of Ste. Ann Catholic Church, the Cadillac Elks Lodge 680, AMVETS Post 110, Columbus Lodge 224, and a former member of the Cadillac Lions Club.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time in the outdoors. He enjoyed people, cooking, and sharing family recipes, particularly spending time in the kitchen with his grandchildren.

Mr. Murphy is survived by his wife, Barbara L. Murphy of Cadillac; four daughters and their families, Catherine and Philip Walters of Zeeland, Mary Anne and Todd Heller of Mount Pleasant, Michelle and Jeffrey Brunner of Traverse City, and

Margaret Murphy of Seattle, Washington; nine grandchildren, Audrey and Matthew Walters, Elizabeth, Michael, and Katelyn Heller, and Andrew, Amy, Sarah, and Julia Brunner; two sisters and their families, Mary Ellen and Donald Snow of Cadillac, and Martha Anne and David Guoin of Skanee; two nieces; two nephews, and many friends.

Services were at noon Thursday, March 30, at Ste. Ann Catholic Church in Cadillac with the Reverend Francis J. Murphy officiating.

Burial was in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Cadillac.

Memorial donations can be made to Ste. Ann Catholic Church in Cadillac, Cadillac Lions Club, or Elks Lodge Special Projects.

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