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Marian Rosemond Pollack Conaway, 92, formerly of Traverse City, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at TenderCare of Leelanau with her loving family at her side.
Marian was born Nov. 9, 1924 in Kasson Township to parents, Francis John Pollack and Geneva Loucks Pollack at the family home on Pollack Corner in Leelanau County.
In 1948, she married John Edward Conaway. They lived in Traverse City, where together they owned and operated Conaway's Bowling Alley.
After the bowling alley closed Marian completed licensed practical nurse training at Northwestern Michigan College, pursuing a nursing career. She held positions at Munson Medical Center, Traverse City Osteopathic Hospital and Grand Traverse Regional Hospital.
Volunteering was an important part of her life. Marian volunteered with the National Cherry Festival, Doula Teen Parent Program, VASA, Grand Traverse Lighthouse and the Women's Resource Center. When not out and about serving one of these programs she was often found crocheting and knitting hats and blankets for those in need.
In addition to her career and volunteering, Marian Conaway was an avid traveler. The Trans-Siberian Railway and Orient Express took her on adventures including a stay in a Siberian yurt and walks on the Great Wall of China. She toured Spain and bused through the Bavarian countries. Marian's last trip was to England, where she spent the Christmas holiday with family.
Marian is survived by her son, Jeremy (Marlene Bevan) Conaway; her daughter, Penny (Glenn Garthe) Conaway; granddaughters, Lisa (Tracy) Brookfield and Katharen (Duane Flaska) Ball; grandsons, Jared (Edith) Conaway, Zachary O'Connor and Geoffrey (Chad Gifford) Garthe; great-grandsons, Charles and Sidney Brookfield; sisters, Kathryn Kik and Ernestine Manker; and many loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Conaway; and her granddaughter, Michelle Conaway.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be directed to a charity of one's choice or volunteering your time.
Condolences may be shared with Marian's family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on April 26, 2017
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