2008-07-26 / Obituaries

Miriam Welcher

Miriam Welcher Miriam Welcher Miriam A. Welcher, 76, of Rudyard, was a cook who worked on Mackinac Island and for Rudyard schools. Mrs. Wel - cher died Wednesday, July 16, 2008, at Mackinac Straits Hos pi - tal in St. Ignace.

She was born August 28, 1931, in Rudyard to John and Ai - ni Lydia (nee Liatala) Up o nen.

She grew up in Rudyard and was graduated from Rudyard High School. Following graduation, she lived in Saginaw for a short time, where she worked at Sunshine Biscuit Company and Saginaw General Hospital.

One summer, she went to Mac kinac Island, where she became friends with John "Jack" MacMillan Welcher, while wor - king for his aunt. The following summer, they became a couple and were married October 6, 1951, in Moran, by Justice of the Peace J.D. Erskine.

After living for three years in Rudyard, they returned to Mac - kinac Island for the next 13 years. For a few of those years, Mrs. Welcher worked as a baker and prep cook at Little Bob's Restaurant. Little Bob's advertised "Grandma Welcher's Cin - na mon Rolls and Sugar Coo - kies" throughout the state. In 1967, the Welchers moved back to Rudyard, where she cooked for Rudyard school children for 18 years, retiring as head cook.

She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Rudyard, the Michigan Asso ci - a tion of Retired School Per son - nel, and Moose Lodge 999 in St. Ignace.

Mrs. Welcher enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, and gardening, but the place she was most comfortable, friends said, was her kitchen.

She is survived by her husband, Jack; three daughters and their families, Marie and Bill Garrettson of Port Huron, Gayle and Farley Smith of Prosper, Texas, and Katherine and Mark Whitney of Ann Arbor; three sons and their families, William "Bill" and Pat Welcher of Yp sil - anti, Keith and Rhonda Welcher of Ada, and John and Meta Welcher Jr. of Rudyard; 12 grandchildren and their families, Lindsey and Kai Sorensen, Tra - vis Garrettson, Joshua Gar - rettson, Christie Murray, Lee Dunnam, William "Billy" Wel - cher Jr., Lee and Stephanie Whitney, Patrice Whitney, Elyse Welcher, Christopher Welcher, Caitlin and Aaron Carey, and Kelli and John Sparrow; and 11 great-grandchildren, Deon, Des - i ree, Angelo, Malaysia, Dakota, Isabella, Gianna, Jalen, Luke, Morgan, and Parker. She is also survived by one brother and his family, Reino and June Uponen of Rudyard; one sister, Ruth Barens of Rudyard; a sister-inlaw, Annelie Uponen of Rud - yard, and and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Welcher was preceded in death by four brothers, Sulo Uponen, Martin Uponen, Oiva "Jack" Uponen, and Edwin Up - onen, and four sisters, Alma Schminkey, Esther Cowman, Gertrude Augustson, and Dag - mar Nayback.

Visitation was Sunday, July 20, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Reamer Galer Funeral Home in Pickford, and Monday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at St. James Lutheran Church in Rud - yard. A funeral was held Mon - day at noon at St. James Lutheran Church. Inurnment will be in North Rudyard Cem - etery at a later date.

Contributions may be made to the St. James Lutheran Church in Rudyard, or the Mac - kinac Straits Hospital Long Term Care Building Fund in St. Ignace.

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