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Marie Therese Richards, 91, of Traverse City and formerly of Suttons Bay, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Munson Medical Center.
Marie was born on Dec. 14, 1926 in Detroit the daughter of Alphonsus and Anna (Ruetz) Baumann. On Aug. 21, 1948 in Detroit, she married her loving husband of 67 years, Donald Lloyd Richards, who preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 2015.
Marie attended St. Mary's High School of Redford. She then attended and graduated from Marygrove College and continued on to achieve her master's degree in education.
Marie briefly taught at Immaculate Conception School in Detroit. After moving to Suttons Bay in 1966 Marie then taught at St. Michael's School. She then taught at Suttons Bay Public Schools until she retired in 1991.
Marie and Don enjoyed traveling, boating around Suttons Bay and winter trips to Florida.
Marie is survived by her four children, Joanne M. Brown, Janet L. Pugh, Thomas E. Richards and Donald Paul Richards; nine grandchildren, Brian, Maria, Mike, Randy, Jonathan, Erica, Meghann, Allison and Katelin; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles J. Baumann; and sister, Pauline A. Wright.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 16, from 4 to the 7 p.m., with the rosary prayed at Martinson Funeral Home, Suttons Bay. The memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 17, at 11 a.m., at St. Michael the Archangel, Suttons Bay. Burial in St. Michael's Cemetery will be at a later date. Fr. Leonard Paul will serve as celebrant.
Memorials may be directed to St. Michael's Church, PO Box 9, Suttons Bay, MI, 49682.
Condolences and memories may be shared with Marie's family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on March 14, 2018
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