Marilyn F. McCormick

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Marilyn F. McCormick

October 06, 2018

Marilyn Frances McCormick passed over to the peace and joy of eternal life, with our loving God and the angels and all good people, on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 after a month under the caring staff at Munson Medical Center and the Grand Traverse Pavilions in Traverse City. She was 76 years old.
Marilyn was born on Nov. 9, 1941, to Oscar and Virginia Torina in Detroit, she went on to graduate from Michigan State University and later earned her master's degree in the humanities from Central Michigan University.
Marilyn and her loving husband, Jim moved "Up North to God's Country" in 1969, a year after their marriage in Detroit. She taught the humanities, mainly English literature and religious studies, at St. Francis High School in Traverse City ("Go Glads") for a generation. She was a dynamic force and made a difference in the lives of hundreds of young women and men. Long after her retirement, she continued to hear from many students who loved her and considered her one of the greatest influences on their lives. This was a great source of satisfaction to her.
Marilyn and Jim raised three beloved children, Daniel, Ginny, and David, who will suffer her loss but live with wonderful memories of her forever, as will Ginny's husband, Darric Newman, David's wife, Jieun Lee McCormick; and her treasured grandsons, Cameron and Benny Newman. Two special people, Gabriel Gutierrez from Brazil and Fred Otieno from Kenya, have become like sons to Marilyn and Jim.
In past years, she served on the board of the local substance abuse treatment center and on the board of the first homeless shelter in Traverse City, as well as being a hospice volunteer. Jim gives her the credit for his 1976 election to the district court. Most of the 200 volunteers were recruited from Marilyn's friends and colleagues.
She remained an avid reader, especially of novels, and participated actively in three book clubs up until her final illness. Marilyn and Jim enjoyed travelling all over the world during their retirement together.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, as well as her brother, Fr. Ron Torina, S.J.; and her sister, Kathleen Murphy.
She is survived by her husband, Jim with whom she recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. She is also survived by their three children, Daniel, Ginny (Darric), and David (Jieun); grandsons, Cameron and Benny; her brothers, Mike (Karen) and Rick (Dawn); and her sister, Gina (Tom) and their families.
Visitation for Marilyn will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 at Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, 2753 N. West Bay Shore Drive in Suttons Bay, with a Scripture service beginning at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Church, 620 Second St. in Traverse City, with a visitation beginning at 10 a.m. A luncheon will be held at Immaculate Conception Church immediately following the Mass.
Family asks that memorial donations in Marilyn's honor be directed to Catholic Relief Services for Recovery Operations in Haiti, 228 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201 or Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, 2753 N. West Bay Shore Dr., Suttons Bay, MI 49682.
Please share a memory with Marilyn's family by visiting her tribute page found at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family.
Published on October 9, 2018
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Cyndy Carroll-Wolf
Oct 11, 2018
I was fortunate enough to have had Mrs. McCormick for English in my senior year at Traverse City St. Francis. She was an outstanding educator and role model. Her expectation that we would perform to the best of our capabilities, helped me believe had the potential to do well if I worked hard! She was a huge part of why I became a teacher, myself. My sincere sympathy to everyone who knew and loved her. May all of your sweetest memories be of comfort.
Karen Watson
Oct 09, 2018
Rest In Peace sweet friend. Will always cherish your friendship and loving kindness to Mike and me. My thoughts and prayers to Jim and your beautiful children.