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Constance Rae Thatcher, 83, of Northport, passed away Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at home surrounded by dear friends and her loving family.
Connie was born April 21, 1934 in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of William Nace Damsel and Gertrude (Carpenter) Damsel. On Dec. 4, 1954 in Columbus she married James Arthur Thatcher.
As a young lady, Connie sang professionally in a women's barbershop group called The Barberettes and was the opening act for noted comedian, Jonathan Winters. Connie had a lifelong love of singing: she sang in church choirs, was a member of Northport's Village Voices, and was always involved with singing no matter where she resided.
Connie was a fantastic cook whether it be wild game, breads, pies, prime rib, Thanksgiving, or Sunday dinners. Her culinary skills were featured on Mort Neff's Michigan Outdoors television show in which she won the 1965 trophy with her "Beaver par Excellence" dish.
She was an avid fan of Ohio State University sports. Connie wintered for the last 30 years in the American Southwest and fell in love with Native American art and culture and used those influences in her crafts.
Connie is survived by her four sons, William A. Thatcher, Jon W. Thatcher, James T. (Deb) Thatcher, Joseph D. (Laura Kalchik) Thatcher; two sisters, Sharon Hall, Lillian (Charles) Bethel; and five grandchildren, Samantha, Hannah, Lucas, Jacob and Meredith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband of 58 years, James.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 at the Trinity Church of the United Church of Christ in Northport.
Memorials may be directed to Trinity United Church of Christ, PO Box 156, Northport, MI 49670 and The Leelanau County Cancer Foundation, PO Box 235, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653.
Please share memories and condolences with Connie's family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on November 22, 2017
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