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Geraldine M. Brunet, 92, of Empire passed away peacefully on March 3, 2018 at the Grand Traverse Pavilions surrounded by her family. Gerry was born on Oct. 28, 1925 in Empire, to the late Philip and Effa (Baatz) Payment. She married the love of her life Henry "Hank" Brunet on Aug. 24, 1946 in Sault Ste. Marie. He preceded her in death on Dec. 8, 2012. She graduated from Empire High and later attended Central Michigan University. She taught school on South Manitou Island. She met Henry on South Manitou. Gerry was a member of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, she volunteered for the Red Cross, at libraries and with Empire Heritage Museum. Gerry was a supportive military wife for over 30 years, living in many locations while Henry actively served in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Gerry is survived by her children, Michael (Mary Lee) Brunet, of Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Melanie "Mimi" Brunet, of Michigan City, Indiana; and a daughter-in-law, Susan Brunet, of Empire. Also surviving are five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Bolton, of Empire; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; a son, Patrick Brunet; and a brother, Max Payment.
Gerry's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to nurses and staffs of Hospice of Michigan and the Grand Traverse Pavilions for their loving care of Gerry.
Friends are welcome to visit with Gerry's family starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2018, with a Rosary recited following at 7 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 11411 S. Lacore Rd, Empire, MI 49630.
A Mass of Christian Burial, honoring Gerry, will take place at 11a.m. with visitation starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Tony Cureton will officiate.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial donation to the Empire Library, Empire Heritage Museum or Glen Lake Fire and Rescue.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Gerry's family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on March 6, 2018
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