Ruth Ann (Kingren) Wendrow
September 11, 1932 – July 11, 2020
Ruth Ann (Kingren) Wendrow, daughter of the late Edward & Agnes (Olsen) Kingren, was born in Newberry, MI on September 11, 1932 and died on July 11, 2020 in Lansing. Ruth Ann was a 1950 graduate of McMillan Township High School, Newberry. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in 1965 and Master of Arts in Elementary Education in 1969 from Eastern Michigan University. Ruth Ann taught middle school science and math in the Waverly School District for 23 years and served as chair or co-chair of the Science Department most of that time. Ruth Ann’s brother, Robert Kingren predeceased her in 2007. Her special friend of 45 years, Gerald Blackburn predeceased her in 2018. She is survived by her brother Edward “Billy” Kingren of Newberry; Robert’s children, Brenson (Sharon), Charmond, Renee (Charles) Abram, and Russ (Tina), and by her first husband’s niece, Judy Salminen, who was honored to be her primary caregiver for the last 2 ½ years. Ruth Ann was an amazing lady. She was smart, spunky, and adventuresome. She didn’t much like to cook, but she enjoyed every meal. She traveled to Alaska, New Zealand, Japan, her ancestral home Norway, and many other places. She loved travel and hiking and was a member of the International Walkers Association completing several 75 and 100-mile hikes. She enjoyed downhill skiing and was on a bowling league for many years. She loved to talk about her trips and the many special friends she acquired through her travels. Per her request, cremation services were provided. A small graveside service celebrating Ruth Ann’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on September 19 at Forest Home Cemetery in Newberry. Those who wish may make contributions to the Capitol Area Humane Society in Lansing or the National Park Foundation in memory of Ruth Ann Wendrow. Condolences may be expressed at www.Palmerbush.com
Charles (Chuck) Quinlan
Charles Quinlan (Chuck), age 92 of Middleville, MI, passed away peacefully at home with his wife by his side on Sunday, July 26, 2020. Chuck was born on June 3, 1928, in Newberry, MI, the son of David and Emily (Younquist) Quinlan, and was a graduate of Newberry High School. Chuck was most proud of his service in the US Army (1946-1948). He enthusiastically volunteered as soon as he was old enough and served in Japan post WWII during which time his unit was assigned to be Honor Guard for General Douglas MacArthur and his family in Karuizawa, Nagano Japan. He also played the bass drum in the Army band. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Chuck attended Northern Michigan University and later the University of Michigan where he was a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and earned his bachelors in Business Administration. Chuck worked for the State of Michigan Department of Treasury for over 30 years, retiring in 1988. He was active in Rotary International serving as club President. Chuck greatly enjoyed family time at Starvation Lake and loved to play host to relatives and friends who might drop by (or stay a week). He enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling and traveling. He was an enthusiastic supporter of University of Michigan sports and faithfully never missed a Wolverine football game, often wearing a radio headset while sitting in a deer blind. Chuck is survived by his loving wife Mary Ann (Borsum) Quinlan; children: Debra J. (Quinlan) Watson (James), William C. Quinlan (Barbara), Lynda M. (Quinlan) Morrissey (Mike); former spouse, Patricia A. (Wilkins) Jetter; grandchildren: Matthew J. Watson, Andrew T. Watson, Lauren Quinlan, Ryan Quinlan, Kevin Quinlan, Kate Morrissey, and Bryan Morrissey. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Kelsey Watson; siblings: David B. Quinlan, Edward J. Quinlan, William F. Quinlan, Florence L. (Quinlan) Bonello, and Loraine C. (Quinlan) Arneth. Chuck’s family will receive friends on Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home in Middleville, where services will begin at 1:00 PM. Private burial will take place in Forest Home Cemetery, Newberry MI. For a lasting memorial, please consider a contribution to the Rotary Club of Kalkaska or the University of Michigan Marching Band in Chuck’s honor. Please visit www.beelergoresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Chuck’s family.
Jesse Daniel Beaudoin
Jesse Daniel Beaudoin, 35, of Trout Lake, Michigan passed away unexpectedly on June 29, 2020 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Jesse was born in Petoskey, Michigan on September 8, 1984 to Joseph and Gayle (Cadreau) Beaudoin. After high school Jesse worked as a carpenter and moved to Wyoming and California. After some time, he followed his dream of becoming a truck driver and enrolled in truck driving school. Jesse drove for Swift Transportation and eventually bought his own truck and leased on to a few trucking companies. He made many trips across the country doing what he loved. Jesse moved back to Trout Lake, Michigan in September 2018 to be closer to his family and friends and drove truck for Tulgetske Transport of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan until his death. Jesse had many hobbies, including hunting, fishing, smoking and barbecuing a variety of meats and cheeses, hanging out with friends and family, and especially riding his Harley. He would also help out anyone who needed a helping hand. Jesse was a member of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Jesse is survived by his daughter Martina of Joplin, Missouri; a brother Joseph (Michelle) Beaudoin of Sarasota, Florida; his uncle Joseph (Bridget) Cadreau and aunt Diann (Elwood) Fox, both of Trout Lake, Michigan; numerous aunts, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Jesse is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Gayle Beaudoin, grandparents Joseph and Elaine Cadreau and Bill and Rudy Beaudoin. Graveside services were held at Lakeview Cemetery in Trout Lake on July 18th, 2020.
Monica Jowell Selby Blissenbach
Monica Jowell Selby Blissenbach, affectionately known as “Joey”, passed away July 13, 2020 in the state of Washington. Joey was born March 17, 1985 in Nuremburg, Germany, daughter of Merlin Selby and Boone Betsch. Monica moved to Lake Odessa with her father, Merlin, and brother, Cody in 1991 and was a 2003 graduate of Lakewood High School in Lake Odessa. Joey continued her education at Northern Michigan University in Marquette graduating in 2008 with a degree in criminal science. Joey had numerous close friends and will be forever loved and missed by many. She had a sassy, smart and beautiful spirit exhibited by being a social butterfly. Always wanting to come home, she loved and missed the Upper Peninsula and the Marquette area. Joey is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents George and Diane Selby. Survivors include her husband Peter Blissenbach of Washington; father Merlin Selby of Engadine; mother Boone (Jim) Betsch of Washington; brother Cody (Ciara Norris) Selby of Engadine; niece Parker Jane Selby of Engadine; maternal grandparents Laiad (Rocky) Hincks of Washington; numerous cousins she grew up with and considered as siblings; several aunts and uncles. Per her request, cremation services were accorded. A gathering of family and friends celebrating the life of Joey will take place Saturday August 15, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at her Aunt Sis’s residence, Diane (Jacob) Moses, W15492 Sandtown Road, Engadine, Michigan 49827 where a luncheon will be served. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.