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Thomas Jay Blonshine Sr., 71, of Grawn, died Thursday, May 11, 2017. He was born in Traverse City on Jan. 6, 1946, the son of Frances Harrigan.
Tom was an amazing dad and husband who loved his family above all else. A carpenter by trade, he had the only green thumb in the family and enjoyed growing and sharing his plants with family and friends. Fishing and mushrooming gave him great pleasure.
Tom is survived by his wife, Carissa (Kerby) Blonshine; his children, Thomas Jay (Mary) Blonshine Jr., Greg, Annette, Debbie (Jim) Stagg, Gary, Amanda and Travis; brothers, Dick (Diane) Blonshine, of Zephyrhills, Florida, and Bob (Charlotte) Blonshine, of Maple City, Mike (Debbie) Blonshine and Denny (Renee) Blonshine, of Traverse City; mother-in-law, Laura Kerby; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Sharon Blonshine, of Traverse City, John (Janet) Kerby, of Connecticut, Connie Ferguson, Pat Kerby, Wade Kerby, of Lake Ann, Bonny (John) Stinebaugh, Tim (Kathy) Kerby, of Interlochen, Mike (Melissa) Kerby, of Buckley, and Laurie Kerby, of Beulah; son-in-law, James Wolfiss; and many special grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother; brothers, Howard, Dale, Harold, Frederick and James Blonshine; sisters, Shirley and Mary Lou; infant daughter, Marie; and daughters, Kellie and Shari.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Grawn United Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions can be made to the ALS Foundation.
Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the guestbook and share your thoughts and memories with the family.
Published on May 14, 2017
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