Shirley M. Blackmer

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Shirley M. Blackmer

June 01, 1925 - November 03, 2018

Shirley M. Blackmer Shirley Mae Blackmer, age 93, of Traverse City, passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at Munson Medical Center. Shirley was born on June 1, 1925 in Detroit, to William and Eva (Wilson) Kase. She attended and graduated from St. Leo's in Detroit in 1943. On Oct. 9, 1948 in Detroit, she married Robert F. Blackmer, who preceded her in death in 1981.
Shirley was employed for a number of years with Detwiler Pharmacy, and also worked for E&J Supply. She enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, and loved the Red Wings, and Detroit Tigers. She was always the "life of the party."
She is survived by her children, Lynne (Neil) Simpson, Cheryl Zech, Robert (Lori) Blackmer, Francine (Randy) Kamps, Diane (Brian) Donaldson, Frank (Janie) Blackmer, Gregg (Judi) Blackmer, and Mary Lathers (Robert Underhill). She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, June Oetzel; parents, Eva and William Kase; son-in-law, Timothy Zech; and grandson, Benjamin Zech.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City and at Immaculate Conception Church on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral Mass at 11 a.m., Father Anthony Citro officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Gaylord.
Memorial contributions appreciated to the Firefighters Charitable Foundation, One West St., Farmingdale, NY 11735 or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023.
Published on November 6, 2018
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