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Katherine E. Clark
December 5, 1935 – March 14, 2022

Longtime Curtis resident, Katherine Elizabeth Clark, 86, died Monday morning March 14, 2022 at U.P. Health Systems-Marquette.

Born December 5, 1935 in Alanson, Michigan, daughter of the late Albert and Emma (Bachee) Kabelman, Katherine was a 1954 graduate of Hulbert High School.

On July 16, 1955, Katherine married Mervin G. Clark Sr. in Newberry, Michigan.  Katherine was a devoted homemaker raising her family and provided daycare for some teacher’s children.  She was a member of the Manistique Lake Lions Women’s Club and enjoyed playing bingo, casino gaming, flower gardening, cooking, baking and spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Katherine is preceded in death by her husband, Mervin, on September 12, 1995; son Glen Clark; grandson Nate Clark; 17 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her loving children Kim (Jan) Clark of Rogers, Arkansas and Renee Morrison of Ishpeming, Michigan; grandchildren Justin Morrison, Brian (Alexa) Morrison, Nicole (Brandon) Bedard, Matthew Clark and Caitlin (Mike) Clark; great-grandchildren Darian Morrison, Logan Morrison, Hazel Morrison, Beckett Bedard and Maddox Bedard; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; close friend Charles Parrish of Lansing, Michigan.

A gathering of family and friends will take place Saturday July 16, 2022 from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon.  A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Katherine will follow at 12:00 noon at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Curtis with Fr. Phil Witkowski officiating.  Rite of Committal will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Curtis.

Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research, 262 Danny Thomas Place; Memphis, Tennessee 38105 or at www.stjude.org in her loving memory.

Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com.

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

 

Shirlee M. Bailey-Fedorko
November 8, 1938 – March 21, 2022

Shirlee Mae Bailey-Fedorko, age 84, of McMillan, passed away Monday, March 21, 2022 at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital in Newberry. She was born November 8, 1938 in Newberry, Michigan, one of nine children born to Allen and Marie (Sharp) Bailey.

Shirlee was a musical and artistic child prodigy. She began playing piano as a toddler, and could expertly play multiple instruments; never having formal training. She was also a naturally talented artist in many mediums, and designed the 1950’s version of the Newberry High School Indian logo. She was an extraordinarily gifted musician, artist and entertainer.

Shirlee graduated from Newberry High School in 1958, and clearly this is where her love of entertainment began. There were numerous newspaper articles written during this era noting her solo accordion and piano performances. Throughout her life, she sustained a prolific career playing piano and singing in clubs located in Michigan and other States. Many locals will remember Shirlee playing at the Rustic Inn, Chamberlains, and many other U.P. venues. Shirlee decided in mid-life, to obtain her license in Practical Nursing. She sailed through these classes, and graduated at the top of her class. She loved nursing and was successful in this field as well.

In addition to her parents, Shirlee is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Fedorko, on March 2, 2021; siblings Norma Jane Bailey, Eunice McDonald, Beverly Johnson, Brady Bailey and Richard “Rickey” Bailey.

She is survived by her former husband Bob Berry, and their sons, Jeff and Greg, and her loving granddaughter, Chelsea. Also surviving are her siblings Marvel Magnuson, Thomas (Marilyn) Bailey and Kathy (Robert Augustyniak) Mahar; sister-in-law Francine Bailey; many beloved nieces and nephews.

Shirlee brought a vibrant energy into every place. And when this woman sat down at the keyboard, flashed that beautiful smile, and struck those first chords, her patrons, friends and family knew they were in for a fabulous time!

We will miss this extraordinarily creative woman, who was full of life, love and laughter. We will keep her music, humor, style and artistry, which she created for us in our memories forever. This is her legacy.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating the life of Shirlee will take place this summer with interment at Forest Home Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.