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Marilyn Jane McKindles

June 7, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

L'ANSE - Marilyn Jane McKindles, (ne Francois) passed away peacefully of complications related to a myocardial infarction on June 5, 2012, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital in L'Anse.

She was born June 18, 1932, in Marquette, the daughter of the late Joseph Samuel and Gladys Elizabeth (VandeZande) Francois.

Marilyn spent her childhood living in Pequaming during the Henry Ford years while her father worked in management for Mr. Ford. She often reminisced fondly of her time growing up there.

Following the closing of the Pequaming Ford facility, Marilyn lived her teen years in L'Anse, next door to her future husband, Norman Donald McKindles, Jr.

During those years, she was named queen of the area's Strawberry Festival. She was a member of the L'Anse High School cheerleading squad and graduated with the Class of 1950.

Her family then moved to Iron Mountain during which time Marilyn worked in Chicago as a Nanny at The Cradle, a child adoption organization.

Following Norman's return from WWII, the couple married on May 14, 1954, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in L'Anse. Marilyn and Norman lived in L'Anse the majority of, and throughout the remainder of their married years. They maintained a loving home on Broad Street and were married nearly 51 years until Norman's death on Feb. 6, 2005.

Marilyn's full-time job was that of raising their five children. She busied herself with meticulous housekeeping and daily baking. She enjoyed square dancing, reading, exercising, bird watching, writing poetry, snowmobiling and, in later years, picking up sticks and leaves from her yard.

She spent many summers coordinating and preparing for the annual family reunion/vacation for her extended family at the McKindles' camp in Skanee.

One of Marilyn's hallmarks that will be missed most was her loving, rascally sense of humor.

Marilyn now leaves her sons, Norman III (Doreen Buckovetz), Joseph (Maureen DeKeyser) Timothy (Ruth Murnane, Robert (Joann Pellizzer); her grandchildren, Nathan and Matthew, Alicia and Bruce Coron (step-grandchildren); Ryan, Adam, Derek and Jessica, Glenn and Chuck Margewich (step-grandsons), Morgan and Alex; her siblings, Kenneth, Phyllis (Santini), Richard, JoAnn (Michadud), Linda (Bastian) and many nieces and nephews.

She now joins her husband; her daughter, Heidi Sue (Sept. 12, 1996); and her parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2012, from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in L'Anse with Father Anthony Lukka, celebrant. Interment will take place in the L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, June 8, 2012, from 5 until 8 p.m. in the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel in L'Anse. A parish prayer service wil be held Friday evening at 7:30 p.m.

Mom's boys would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Ingram and group, and to all BCMH staff for their treatment and care over the years. They will be forever thankful to Carol Seavoy, Marilyn's brother, Richard and family and the other friends and community members who provided care, companionship, assistance and kindness to Mom during her later years at home. They will be forever grateful to Pauline and the staff of Shulstad's Assisted Living in Baraga for their support, solicitude and solace for Mom during her final months.

Mrs. McKindles' obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family at

The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel in L'Anse with arrangements.



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