DOLLAR BAY - Ann O'Connor Tieder, age 71, and Richard Edward Tieder, age 70, of Dollar Bay, husband and wife of 47 years, died on December 21 and 24 of 2011. The couple was involved in an automobile accident in Carlsbad, N.M., while traveling to their winter home in Tucson, Ariz.
Ann was born on June 28, 1940, in Hancock. She was the eldest child of Edwin and Helen (Scanlon) O'Connor. Richard was born on May 28, 1941, in Albany, N.Y. He was the eldest child of Robert and Margaret (Coleman) Tieder.
Ann and Richard met in the fall of 1962. Ann was a recent graduate of St. Joseph School of Nursing in Hancock and Richard was a Metallurgical Engineering student at Michigan Technological University in Houghton. They were married on July 11, 1964 at St. Joseph-St. Patrick Church in Hancock.
The couple resided in Toledo, Ohio, and St. Paul, Minn., before moving back to Michigan's Upper Peninsula in the fall of 1973 with their children, Julie (Michael) Laubach-Casper of Ann Arbor and Gregory (Gretchen) Tieder of St. Paul, Minn.
Ann was the former Director of Nursing at Portage View Hospital in Hancock and later, Associate Director of Copper Country Community Mental Health Services. Richard was the founding Director of Michigan Tech's Bureau of Industrial Development and served the university community in a broad range of technology and business development roles.
The couple's deep ties to the Keweenaw grew out of a love for the outdoors and a quality of life that they felt was exceptional.
Ann was a voracious reader, lover of wildflowers and had recently discovered a passion for photography. Richard was an avid gardener, boating and fishing enthusiast and an aspiring woodworker. Together, they shared a love of travel which included a special passion for visiting National Parks, especially Isle Royale. Ann and Richard made their first visit to the island wilderness in 1968 and would return year after year until their final visit in the summer of 2009 with their son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
Ann and Richard felt a strong commitment to community service. Ann was a past member of the Copper Country Community Mental Health Services Board and the Houghton-Portage Township School Board. Richard was a long-time member of the local Kiwanis Club, a past member of the Portage Township Board of Trustees and was the recent Board Chair of the Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union.
In addition to their children, the couple is survived by five grandchildren: Matthew, Christopher, Helen, Henry and Isabella. Ann's siblings include the late Judy Hall of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., John O'Connor of Knoxville, Tenn., Kay (Craig) O'Connor Morris of Houghton and Eileen (John) Benaglio of Surprise, Ariz. Richard's siblings include Gale (Sunny) Tieder of Sebring, Fla., John (Doris) Tieder of Aberdeen, Wash. and Susan (John) DeWitt of Kingsland, Geo.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at the Church of the Resurrection in Hancock with visitation one hour prior to Mass at the church. A private burial is planned.
Local arrangements are being made through O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock.
The family suggests donations be made to the Richard and Ann Tieder Memorial Fund with the Keweenaw Community Foundation, 236 Quincy Street, Hancock, MI 49930.
Online condolences may be made at oneilldennisfh.com.