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Clara Lucille "Teed" Morrissey, 96, of Traverse City and formerly of Findlay, Ohio, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Clara was born in Findlay, Ohio, on Friday, Oct. 22, 1920, the daughter of Frank and Clara (Horner) Showman.
She graduated from Van Buren High School and was a past member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Findlay, Ohio.
On Saturday, Nov. 22, 1941, she married Walter Francis Morrissey at Notre Dame Cathedral in South Bend, Indiana.
Clara enjoyed playing cards and board games but especially enjoyed time spent with family and friends. She also enjoyed watching sports on TV, especially Notre Dame games.
She is survived by her children, Theresa (Leonard) Brandt, of Traverse City, James (Meg) Morrissey, of Pine Island, Florida, and Deborah (Jon) New, of Collinsville, Oklahoma; and son-in-law, Tom Sciortino, of Findlay, Ohio. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Michael (Diane) Brandt, Beverly (Roger) Leask, Pamela Miller, Mark (Kim) Brandt, Amy (Jeff Alexander) Brandt, Sean (Michelle) Morrissey, Meghan (Nick) Janiga, Lori and Jennifer Sciortino; as well as 11 great-grandchildren.
Clara was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Mary Yvonne Sciortino; and siblings, Pauline Showman, Maxine Milroy, Edward, Frank, William, Annis and James Showman.
Family services will take place at a later date. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery in North Baltimore, Ohio.
The family has asked that memorial contributions in Clara's name be directed to a charity of one's own choosing.
Please share your thoughts and memories with Clara's family by visiting her online tribute page at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on October 22, 2017
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