Grand Traverse
County Michigan



Sharpe, Lorraine A.

Lorraine A. Sharpe

died March 10, 2009

Traverse City-Lorraine A. Sharpe, 90, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at Grand Traverse Pavilions

Lorraine was born June 15, 1918, in Detroit, to Joseph Hartley and Agnes (Blakely) Johnston. After graduating from Cooley High School, she went to work for Campbell/Ewald Advertising Agency.

On July 3, 1937, Lorraine married Richard Sharpe in Detroit. In 1979, they relocated to northern Michigan and love there many years in the Traverse City area. She was a beloved mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

Lorraine had a keen regard for all living things. She was a Brownie leader, a den mother, a member of a church circle, a member a loving fan of animals (especially dogs and birds) and someone who revered the beauty of our natural world.

Lorraine was still a conscientious member of her community. She was a court watcher in Oakland County, an original/founding member of the Traverse City mothers against drunk driving in in 1992 was voted “volunteer of the year” for her work with the Grand Traverse probate court.

Lorraine left her home in Cherrywood Commons, where her neighbors were dear friends and where she could see the East and West arms of Grand Traverse Bay on her morning walks.

She enjoyed camping, traveling throughout the United States and painting. Her home was a second home for her grandchildren and Traverse City. Lorraine and her husband spent summer vacations exploring northern Michigan with her grandchildren from California; and regularly drove across the country to celebrate special events with them.

Lorraine is survived by her children, Richard (Carol) Sharpe of Delmar, California, and Kathleen (David) Skibowski of Traverse City; her grandchildren, David (Christine) Skibowski Junior, Jennifer (Edward) Barrett, Valerie (Matt Goodin) Sharpe and Derek Sharpe; and her great-grandchildren, Abigail and Austin Skibowski; Kayla and Herbert Goodin, Sarah and Adam Barrett, and Callie Youngman.

Besides her parents, Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; and her beloved dog, Summa.

Private family services will be held in the spring

Memorial donations can be directed to Grand Traverse pavilions, Cherryland Humane Society or hospice of Michigan.

Kindly share your thoughts and memories with the family on Lorraine’s online guestbook at

the family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff funeral home;

Traverse City Record-Eagle

Sunday, March 15, 2009

page 3B

Sheffer, Harry R.

Harry R. Sheffer, 66, of Grand Rapids died Monday morning at St. Mary's Hospital, Grand Rapids, after a lengthy illness.  The sone of Henry and Grace (Pulcipher) Sheffer, he was born at Uuba in 1908 and lived in Grand Traverse and Elk Rapids area until he moved to Grand Rapids in 1953.  As a youth he attended the Methodist Church in Yuba.  Mr. Sheffer was an outdoor enthrusiast and enjoyed hunting.  He is preceded in death by his parents, he is survived by his two brothers, Richard of Crescent City, Calf., and G. Edwin of Elk Rapids; two nices, Mrs. Kenneth (Reva) Thayer of Elk Rapids and Mrs. Gerald (Diane) Krajnik of Traverse City; and many cousins.  A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday at Dockery-Wilhelm-Smith Funeral Home in Elk Rapids.  The Rev. Robert Doer will officiate.

Traverse City Record-Eagle

Tuesday, November 26, 1974

Page 29


90, of Traverse City, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Bortz Health Care in Traverse City. Ralph was born on Monday, Sept. 10, 1923 to the late Harvey and Ralphina (Reay) Sleight in Griggsville, Ill. He attended Griggsville schools, McKendree College in Lebanon, Ill. and Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill before serving three years in the Marine Corps in the United States, Guam and China during World War II. He was discharged at the rank of second lieutenant. After graduation from Western Michigan College in Kalamazoo, he then moved to Redding, Calif. where he taught for one year and then attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, attaining his master‚€™s degree. He began teaching then in San Jose, Calif. During his second year there, was called back to the Marine Corps for service in the Korean War, as a first lieutenant. Back in San Jose, he was the principal of Peter Burnett Junior High School, Pioneer Senior High, and founding principal of Gunderson High School in the San Jose Unified School District. He continued his doctoral work at Stanford University. Overall, he taught in San Jose from 1949 until his retirement from there in 1982. Following his retirement, Ralph became the associate executive director of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. After moving to the Grand Traverse area, Ralph served at the interim superintendent and principal for Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools in 1988 and 1989. Ralph was married to Ruth Metz of Chambersburg, Ill. in Dec. of 1941. She passed away in Sept. of 1986. On Jan. 16, 1988, Ralph married Marcella ‚€œMarcy‚€Ě (Whiteford) Reay Sleight of Traverse City at St. Francis Catholic Church. Ralph enjoyed a number of hobbies, including motorcycling, fishing and fly fishing, golf, playing euchre, traveling the U. S. by motor home and skiing. He loved living on Grand Traverse Bay, and especially loved his family and friends and entertaining. Ralph was an active member of St. Francis Catholic Parish in Traverse City where he participated as a greeter and as a lector.
Contributed by Bill Browning - Pike Press Pittsfield IL

SMITH, Volley Austin

611 South Union street, a highly regarded resident of this city and long prominent in Masonic activities, passed away suddenly late Thursday afternoon at Munson hospital following a very brief illness. He was 63 years old. Born in Decatur, Ind., April 21, 1890, his early youth was spent in Alden, Mich., where he attended the public school. He came to Traverse City in 1910 in the capacity of an operator with the Pere Marquette Railway, now the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Co., and served in that capacity for the past 43 years. Mr. Smith was an active member of the Masonic lodges, including the Traverse City Commandery No. 41, Knights Templar, and Saladin Shrine club, and had a wide circle of friends throughout the state. He was a communicant of the First Congregational church. Left to mourn their loss are his widow; his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Smith and two granddaughters, Susan and Allison Smith, of Carrollton, Ky.; and one sister, Mrs. Mae Wheeler of Alden. Mr. and Mrs. Smith and family and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Anderson of LeRoy, had arrived here earlier Thursday for the Christmas season. Funeral services under the auspices of Traverse City Commandery No. 41, Knights Templar, will be held Monday, December 28, at 2:30 p.m. at the Hibbard chapel. Dr. Howard R. Towne, pastor of the First Congregational Church, officiating. Interment will be made in Oakwood cemetery.
Contributed by Karen K.
Sunquist, Mary L. (Mrs. Emil)

Mrs. Emil to Sunquist

funeral services for Mrs. Neil Sunquist were held from the Anderson Chapel Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Sunquist passed away Thursday, July 12, in Rochester, Minnesota. She was the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lardie, born 1889 and was married to a meal Sunquist in 1912. She had been a resident of the Peninsula all her life and was loved by all who knew her. Besides other relatives, she leaves her husband, father and mother, three sisters and one brother. Her six cousins acted as pallbearers, with burial in Oakwood.

The Traverse City press

Traverse City Michigan

July 12, 1917

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Submitted by Alanna Fitzgerald


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