2011-06-04 / Columnists

Mackinac Island

By Jeannette Doud

The Memorial Day weekend had a mixture of weather. Saturday, May 28, it was a rainy, cool day, but Sunday, May 29, the sun came out and crowds of people came to visit Mackinac in all its spring splendor. The tulips in front of Grand Hotel, the Mackinac Island Police Department, and by the McGreevy house on Market Street are just beautiful in an array of colors. The woods are filled with trilliums, and the lady’s-slippers will be appearing soon. The folks who visited over the weekend enjoyed biking, walking through the woods, horseback riding, or riding in a surrey with the fringe on top. It truly was the start to the summer season.

Friday, May 27, family and friends gathered for the 2011 graduation at Mackinac Island Public School. Dan Seeley played music, as Maggie Chambers, Marie Bunker, Morgan Brodeur- Bunker, Andrew Chambers, Ashley Gough, and Tyler Joseph proceeded to the front of the gymnasium. Valedictorian Marie Bunker gave an excellent address to her classmates and everyone attending the ceremony. The commencement address, delivered by Jack Dehring, former superintendent of Mackinac Island Public School, who taught most of the graduates, stressed the importance of community, the benefits of living in a small town, and how the world has changed through technology. Adrienne Rilenge provided a musical selection. Diplomas were distributed by Superintendent Dave Waaso and school board member Leanne Brodeur. A reception followed for the graduates. Congratulations to the Class of 2011.

Saturday, May 28, at the 5:30 p.m. Mass at Ste. Anne’s Church, Bishop Alexander Sample of the Marquette Diocese officiated, assisted by Father Jim Williams, Father Rey Garcia S.J., Father Pawel Mecwel, Brother Jim Boynton, S.J., and Deacon Tom McClelland, at a special service for the First Communion class, which was prepared by Jackie Bolander. Kelly Rayment and her assistants provided beautiful music for the ceremony. A large crowd filled the church as Ella Cowell, Clara Chambers, Dominic Morse, Wyatt Morse, John Andress, and T.J. Massaway entered the church with Bishop Sample. It was a beautiful Mass for the children. Congratulations to Ella, Clara, Dominic, Wyatt, John, and T.J.

As the sun was breaking through the clouds Monday, May 30, patriotic music was being played by members of the staff from Mackinac State Historic Parks at the Veterans Memorial in the city park. Armand “Smi” Horn was master of ceremonies for the Memorial Day service. Mary Slevin sang the national anthem and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Meadow Greenlee lead the gathering in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Reverend Vincent Carroll of Little Stone Church, captain in the United States Navy Retired, opened the service with a prayer. Mayor Margaret Doud emphasized in her remarks that freedom is not free. Post Commander Paul Wandrie, of the Chapman-St. Onge-Dankowski American Legion Post 299, spoke about the research that he has done on men from Mackinac Island who served in the Civil War. There will be a new plaque erected at the Veterans Memorial in honor of the Civil War veterans. Lula St. Onge, mother of Caroline LaPine, was honored as a mother of two sons who served in the military. Caroline placed a wreath at the memorial. Father Jim Williams, associate pastor at Ste. Anne’s Church, Lt. Commander United States Navy Retired, offered the closing prayer. “Taps” was played by the bugler from Mackinac State Historic Parks, the flag was raised to full staff by American Legion member Ben Horn, and Armand Horn concluded the service. It was a very moving ceremony to honor fallen soldiers and recognize living members of the military. It was well attended and a fitting way to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Our dear friend, Frank Wood of De Pere, Wisconsin, passed away Friday, May 27. Frank was born July 16, 1928, in St. Ignace. He was employed for many summers at Arnold Transit Company for the late Otto Lang. It was on Mackinac Island that he met the love of his life, Agnes McHale, who was working at Alford’s Ice Cream Parlor. They were married in 1951, and enjoyed 60 years of married life. They were the parents of eight children. When he left Mackinac in the early 1950s for his new life in Wisconsin, he had $700 in his pocket. In 1953 he purchased the Denmark Press, and the Brown County Publishing Company was begun. Frank was in the publishing business for 51 years, and sold his company to Gannett Corporation in 2004. I would like to remember him for his wonderful Irish wit. Every time he came to Mackinac, we always had a great dinner together, reminiscing about St. Ignace and the early days on Mackinac. Every June, he would bring his entire family to Grand Hotel for several days and visit friends on the Island. Many of the Wood children worked at Alford’s Drug Store over the years. Frank always had a soft spot for the Straits area, and in later years became a stockholder at Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Company. He was a friend of Tom Pfeiffelmann for 65 years, and Tom traveled to De Pere for the funeral Tuesday, May 31, at Old St. Joseph Church on the campus of St. Norbert College. Tom was a pallbearer. Frank will be brought home to St. Ignace, where there will be a graveside service Sunday, June 19, at 1:30 p.m. at the Wood lot in the St. Ignatius Loyola Cemetery. An obituary is published in this issue of the Town Crier. Island friends send deepest sympathy to the family.

Betty BeDour’s beloved mother, Pat Smith, passed away Saturday, May 28, in Harrison. A full obituary will appear in upcoming issues of The St. Ignace News and Mackinac Island Town Crier. Island friends send deepest sympathy to Betty and her family.

The play, “Dear Edwina,” under the direction of Karen Allen, was wonderful. All of the students in kindergarten through 7th grade did a fabulous job with their lines, singing, and dancing. The costumes and sets were great. It’s a real treat to see the children put on such an excellent production. Everyone on Mackinac is very proud of them. Karen Allen and her crew put in much hard work. It truly was a memorable evening.

We give a warm welcome to Tim and Ann Timmons, who arrived on Mackinac Friday, May 20, from their winter home in Palm City, Florida. It’s great to have another light on in the neighborhood.

Happy birthday to Sarah Wessel and Cory Kaminen June 6. Hope you both have a great day.

It’s nice to see Larry and Kay Berke back on Mackinac.

Peyton and Betty Hutchison of Chicago spent the weekend at their lovely condominium in Leslie Court. It’s nice to see you back on Mackinac.

We wish a very happy 75th birthday to George Wellington June 11. George is the son of the late Charles and Helen Doud Wellington. He is retired from Mackinac State Historic Parks, but he continues to work for Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. George drives taxi all winter and is so accommodating to everyone. He lives in his comfortable home in Harrisonville with his daughter, Carrie. George has two granddaughters, Jennifer Putnam Shellhorne and Sarah Wessel, and one great-grandson, Owen Richard Shellhorne. Island friends send best wishes for many more years of good health and happiness.

Dr. Fran and Lorna Straus left Mackinac Tuesday, May 31, for Chicago and Germany, where they will attend the Puttkammer reunion. They will return to the Island Monday, June 20. Happy anniversary to Dr. Fran and Lorna June 11.

Donnie and Gracie Francis have arrived from their winter home in Punta Gorda, Florida, and are comfortably settled into their Mackinac home. They are very happy to be back on Mackinac, and Donnie looks good after his illness this winter. Happy birthday to Donnie June 11.

Happy birthday to Betty BeDour and Rosie Charnes June 7. Have a wonderful day.

Pat and Vivian McTique are enjoying their beautiful condominium at the Mission.

It’s great to see Tom and Annie Lockwood enjoying their lovely cottage in Woodbluff.

Lee and Dori Smith of Saint Johns are visiting their daughter and son-in-law, Nicole and Andrew Doud.

The Brian Thomas family of Texas, new owners of the Sharer cottage, spent the weekend on Mackinac.

Richard and Jane Manoogian have a new addition to their family, a five-month-old golden retriever puppy named Amber. They are enjoying their lovely home on the West Bluff.

Our good friend, Paul Michalke, will celebrate his birthday June 10. Paul lived on Mackinac for many years and taught school at the Mackinac Island Public School. He and his wife, Joan, live in Sterling. Enjoy your day.

Brian and Barbara Hellis spent several days on Mackinac over the holiday weekend.

Albert “Buck” and Alice Sharrow entertained their granddaughter, Mikayla, over the weekend.

Doug and Carol Rearick are comfortably settled in their lovely home on Lakeshore Drive.

Pat Chambers of Muskegon visited his brother and sister-inlaw, Ed and Nona Chambers, May 27.

It’s great to see Nancy Marstiller back on Mackinac.

Peggy Bynoe joined her family on Mackinac for the holiday weekend. They celebrated her brother, Jamie’s, 41st birthday Sunday evening, May 29.

We’ve been enjoying the new book, “Images of Mackinac Island,” by Tom North. It is very nice and well put together. There are great photographs of early Mackinac. Congratulations to Tom!

Richard Chambers joined his family for the graduation of his sister, Maggie, Friday, May 27, and the First Communion of his little sister, Clara, Saturday, May 28. He had a great time visiting all his friends.

Happy belated third birthday to Ottila Jean Styburski May 23. Hope you had lots of fun.

The Chapman-St. Onge- Dankowski American Legion Post 299 cleaned 69 headstones in the Protestant cemetery. This is a great project, and any donations toward this project would be greatly appreciated. The American Legion Post 299 will host an event Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, at the Stuart House Museum, where a display of military weapons and other items will be featured from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Don and Karen Weersing spent the holiday weekend on Mackinac visiting their son, Sam, who is employed at Goodfellows.

Happy belated birthday to Quentin Goudreau of St. Ignace May 29. Hope your day was special.

It’s nice to see so many cottagers returning to Mackinac, including Randy and Michelle Stuck, the David Levys, the John Daveys, Alice and Sue Myron, the Jim Lenfestys, and the Tom Lewand family.

Wallace and Diane Mugg of Holland, Michigan, were guests at the Windermere Hotel Memorial Day weekend as they’ve been doing for the past 30 years. Joining them this year was their 18- month-old granddaughter, Naomi Kate Bosma, making her first visit to the Island.

The Mike Corrigan family spent the weekend at their lovely cottage on Mahoney Avenue.

Dr. Richard Hodgman of Kalkaska was the doctor in residence at the Mackinac Island Medical Center over the Memorial Day weekend. Dr. Jennifer Shockley and her family enjoyed a long weekend off the Island.

Jack and Kate Koboski of Petoskey spent the holiday weekend visiting family and friends on Mackinac.

It was great to see Karen Gould entertaining her family over the weekend on Mackinac.

I’m thrilled to see a bright red cardinal eating at my bird feeder. We don’t get cardinals in our area, so I’m so happy to see him each day enjoying some nourishment.

Mike Hegarty and his family are settled in their comfortable cottage on the East Bluff. It’s nice to see you back on Mackinac.

I received a very special present over the weekend. Glenn and Deana St. Onge, who visited their son, Jason, over the holiday weekend, brought me a bouquet of lilacs from their Mackinac lilac tree in Remus. They were so fragrant and beautiful. Thank you so much for remembering me.

It was nice to see Bill, Erica, Shannon, and Charlotte Chambers at graduation Friday evening, May 27. They live in Virginia, and Bill works at the State Department in Washington, D.C.

Fr. Rey Garcia S.J., former pastor at Ste. Anne’s Church, has been visiting Mackinac for several days. It’s nice to see him back on the Island.

Lilac festivities will begin Friday, June 10. The Lilac Queen will be crowned at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Windermere Point.

Enjoy the lilac festivities!!

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