2006-10-07 / Obituaries

Francis 'Bud' Bourisaw

By Jeannette Doud

'Bud' Bourisaw 'Bud' Bourisaw Francis "Bud" Bourisaw loved life and all that it had to offer, sharing his happiness with family and friends. Sadly, Bud died on September 8, 2006, at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey with family members and a dear friend of 13 years, Sherry Rayha, at his bedside. He was 65 years old.

He was born on October 4, 1940, in Chicago, the son of Catherine (nee Shultz) and Morton Bourisaw.

Bud's dad was the manager of the select Bon Fig Food Store on the Gold Coast in Chicago. Following his retirement in 1956, the family moved to Mackinac Island and settled in their comfortable home on Bourisaw Lane. The Bourisaw family, according to the records at Ste. Anne's Church, dates back to 1743 on Mackinac Island.

Bud was graduated from St. Francis Xavier High School in Petoskey and spent the greater share of his life on the Island. He was first employed by Frank Dufina at Wawashkamo Golf Course, worked for Ella Chambers at the Arch Rock Curio Shop, at Doud Mercantile Store, and at the United States Post Office on Mackinac Island and in Cheboygan. He returned each summer to Mackinac, where he was the night manager at the Windermere Hotel until he retired in 2004 and wintered in Cheboygan, where he had a host of friends who mourn his passing. Bud served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion Post 299. He was a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

Bud's health had not been the best in late years. His greatest ally has been his courage and patience. His greatest joy was peace and his greatest fortune was his family and his friend, Sherry Rayha, and Smokey, his black Labrador and constant companion, who rode to town each morning with Bud to collect the morning papers and do some shopping.

The Douds at the Windermere have been neighbors to the Bourisaws for many years. We shall miss our daily visits on Mackinac and the winter phone calls from Cheboygan.

Services were held Monday, September 11, at Ste. Anne's Church with Father Rey Garcia, S.J. officiating. Burial followed in the Bourisaw lot in Ste. Anne's cemetery. The American Legion Post 299 performed a graveside service with Post Commander Paul Wandrie presenting Bud's sister, Kitty Schadel, with the American flag. Pallbearers were James Bynoe of Mackinac Island, Kevin Leveille of St. Ignace, three nephews, Raymond and Robert Schadel, and Brandon Davey, and a friend, Leonard Batuiak, from Buffalo, New York.

A luncheon followed the service in Ste. Anne's Hall.

Bud is survived by his family, one sister and her family, Kitty and George Schadel of Arcade, New York, Ms. Rayha of Mackinac Island and Cheboygan, nieces and nephews Raymond Schadel of Buffalo, New York, Cathy and Robert Schadel-Shotwell of Earlville, Illinois, Richard and Dawn Ganele Schadel of Buffalo, Mary Beth Schadel of Buffalo, great-nieces and nephews Tim, Laura, Brandon, Robert, Jennifer, Angela, Mikey, Vinie, and Carie Ann.

Memorials may be made to the Moses Dialysis Unit at Mackinac Straits Hospital in St. Ignace.

Our dear friend Bud rests in peace at the Island cemetery, where the autumn season is at hand and the indescribable changing of the colors of the leaves will be radiant.

A dear friend, Adrienne Coyne of St. Ignace, and cousins Jim and Robert Glascott of Chicago, Ms. Rayha's sister, Debbie Kline and family from Traverse City, attended the service as well as friends from Cheboygan, St. Ignace, Petoskey, and Wisconsin.

Francis "Bud" Bourisaw of Mackinac Island and Cheboygan worked at the Mackinac Island Post Office for 27 years and the Cheboygan Post Office for five years.

Mr. Bourisaw died Friday, September 8, 2006, at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.

He was born October 4, 1940, in Chicago, and lived on Mackinac Island much of his life.

He was graduated from St. Francis Catholic High School in Petoskey, and spent nearly two years in the United States Army. After he retired from the United States Postal Service, he worked as the night watchman for the Windermere Hotel on Mackinac Island for 12 years.

Mr. Bourisaw was a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Ste. Anne's Catholic Church. He also was a member of the Mackinac Island American Legion. Friends said Mr. Bourisaw was a quiet man, loved by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Morton and Catherine (nee Schultz) Bourisaw.

Visitation was held Sunday, September 10, at Dodson Funeral Home in St. Ignace from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, September 11, at 11 a.m. at Ste. Anne's Catholic Church on Mackinc Island. Father Rey Garcia officiated.

Burial was in Ste. Anne's Cemetery on Mackinac Island.

Dodson Funeral Home of St. Ignace assisted the family with arrangements.

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