Jeannette Marie Donlin
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Jeannette Marie Donlin
She is survived by sisters, Theresa Hohl and Rita Hickey; brother, Ed (Mary Ann) Beaulac; brother-in-law, Dick (Cathy) Baily; children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Her husband, Jack; parents; sister, Gabrielle Mandeville; and sister-in-law, Gini, predeceased her.
Jeannette grew up in Detroit and attended St. Brigid's Catholic School and Immaculata High School.
She married John (Jack) Donlin on Aug. 30, 1952. They had eight children, Judy (Jerry Stormer) Donlin, Patrick Donlin, Nancy (Thom) Harris, Diane (Scott) Firman, Ed Donlin, Jim (Thuy) Donlin, Mary (Paul) Zaremba and Suzanne Donlin.
She doted on her grandchildren, Rosa (Doug) Lauber, Chelsea Rogers, Leslie (Andrew) Hughes, Mariposa (Olly Phillis) Stormer, Kristal Firman, Ted (Shelby) Donlin, Courtney (Shane) Garber, Sally (Mike) Murphy, Jackson Stormer, Keena Gilbert, Baily Donlin, Wren Gilbert, Eddie Donlin, Trey Gilbert, Seth and Renee Harris, Audrey Zaremba, Claire Zaremba and Kennedy Moore. She was blessed with four great-grandchildren and another one expected.
Jeannette found her talent with art, first with collectible antiques. She built a business of restoring, showing and selling turn of the century furniture and unique items. It was a common sight to see her come home with a car full of objects which she painstakingly refurbished back into their original state.
Jeannette also took painting lessons and created many beautiful pictures, which she framed herself. She loved redecorating and could always visualize the finished design. Her family and friends were the beneficiaries of her many talents.
Jeannette remained active all her life. She loved her bike groups, her kayak group, PEO and Garden Club because of the many friends she made. She was a world traveler, having taken many trips all over the globe.
Her most recent years were spent devouring books, music and movies and gathering Donlin, Beaulac and Vaugeois genealogy. She shared her enthusiasm with everyone - whether it was a newspaper article, a concert at Interlochen or a grandchild's accomplishment.
Her most recent years were spent devouring books, music and movies, and gathering Donlin, Beaulac and Vaugeois genealogy. She shared her enthusiasm with everyone - whether it was a newspaper article, a concert at Interlochen, or a grandchild's accomplishment.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m., at St. Andrews Church, 8190 Lincoln Road, Beulah, with a light lunch to follow. The Reverands Bob McQuilkin and Jack Harnish will be preside.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Benzonia Public Library.
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