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Kathleen M. Merrick

September 7, 1934 July 1, 2019
Kathleen M. Merrick
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Kathleen Marie Merrick, age 84, of Black Lake, died on Monday July 1, 2019 at The Brook of Cheboygan. Born on September 7, 1934, Kathy was the daughter of William J. and Bernice (Eberts) Malay. She married John “Carl” Merrick at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Wyandotte on October 9, 1954. They made Wyandotte their home until 1971 when they moved to Black Lake where Kathy ran their business, Merrick’s Grocery. With her outgoing personality, Kathy was always very friendly and helpful to her customers. It was a job that suited her well. In 1986 they sold the little store on Black Lake and Kathy took a job running the deli at the Cheboygan Kmart store where she worked for ten years before retiring.

A wonderful wife and loving mother, Kathy also was an excellent homemaker, cook, and baker. She enjoyed knitting and was always making a sweater, a blanket, or a hat for someone in the family. She loved big family gatherings at the lake, playing cards with her family (especially Tonk), and going on the pontoon boat. Black Lake had a special place in Kathy’s heart. She and Carl enjoyed fishing and working together to have one of the most beautiful yards on the lake. A fan of the Detroit Lions, and an even bigger fan of the Red Wings, Kathy loved watching football and hockey. Devoted to her faith, Kathy was a longtime member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Onaway.

Proud of her children, their accomplishments, and the families they raised, it was quite easy to see how much Kathy loved her family. The ultimate “hockey mom”, until just a few years ago, she was still attending her adult sons’ hockey games and cheering every time they scored a goal. Sometimes she was the only person in the stands to watch a men’s league game late on a Sunday night. She treated everyone with love and respect and seemed to connect with everyone she met. Truly unforgettable, Kathleen Marie Merrick loved well and was well-loved.

Surviving Kathy are three sons, Mike (Jill) Merrick of Rogers City, David (Kim) Merrick of Texas, and Bob (Lori) Merrick of Cheboygan; son-in-law, Jim Ziegler of Cheboygan; as well as nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Kathy also leaves her brother, Jim (Sue) Malay of St. Louis, Missouri; sister-in-law, Ann Marie “Cookie” Malay of Black Lake; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kathy was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 55 years, Carl, on March 27, 2009; daughter, Sue Ziegler, in December of 2015; brother, John Malay; and sister, Sally Masserant.

Visitation will be Sunday July 7, 2019 from 4 pm – 8 pm at the Chagnon Funeral Home in Onaway with a rosary service beginning at 7:00 pm. The funeral mass will be from St. Paul Catholic Church Monday July 8, 2019 beginning at 12 Noon. Father Patrick Maher will officiate. Kathy’s final resting place will be at St. Paul Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy please consider a donation in memory of Kathy to McLaren Home Care and Hospice, c/o McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation, 360 Connable Ave., Suite 3, Petoskey, MI 49770.


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Visitation

Sunday

7

Jul

4:00 PM 7/7/2019 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/7/2019 8:00:00 PM
Chagnon Funeral Home

20742 State Street
Onaway, MI 49765

Chagnon Funeral Home
20742 State Street Onaway 49765 MI
United States

Rosary Service

Sunday

7

Jul

7:00 PM 7/7/2019 7:00:00 PM
Chagnon Funeral Home

20742 State Street
Onaway, MI 49765

Chagnon Funeral Home
20742 State Street Onaway 49765 MI
United States

Funeral Service

Monday

8

Jul

12:00 PM 7/8/2019 12:00:00 PM
St. Paul Catholic Church

20811 Washington Ave.
Onaway, MI 49765

St. Paul Catholic Church
20811 Washington Ave. Onaway 49765 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Paul Cemetery Final Resting Place

21475 M-68 Highway
Onaway, MI 49765

21475 M-68 Highway Onaway 49765 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

McLaren Home Care & Hospice

McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation
360 Connable Ave., Suite 3
Petoskey, MI 49770
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