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Holly M. Caspary

December 14, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - Helen "Holly" M. Caspary, 89, a resident of Hancock, passed away Sunday evening Dec. 9, 2012, at the Franklin House of Portage Pointe where she had been a resident patient since October.

She was born on June 25, 1923, in Houghton, a daughter of the late William and Mary (Haischer) Little. Helen was raised in Atlantic Mine and was a graduate of the Houghton High School.

On June 5, 1943, she was united in marriage to Gerald Joseph Caspary.

The couple resided in Alexandria, Va. while Gerald was commissioned in the United States Army Corp of Engineers. The couple then resided in Hancock, and Badger, Wis., for a short time and then back to Hancock while Gerald was employed as a faculty member with Michigan Technological University. In retirement, they resided in Aiken, S.C., to be close to their family.

On August 9, 1993, Gerald preceded Holly in death. In 1996, Holly returned to make her home in the Houghton and Hancock area.

Holly was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church of Houghton.

Also she was very active with the St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary Guild & the Michigan Tech Faculty Wives Association. For a number of years Holly was a local Girl Scout leader and enjoyed the yearly day camp trips to Twin Lakes.

She also enjoyed driving her daughter and other girls on the Hancock High School Girls Ski Team. She and Gerry were long time members of the Miscowaubik Club. Holly also was an avid gardener and bird watcher. She truly enjoyed opening the summer cottage on Half Moon Beach each year & wintering with her husband Gerry to Hilton Head, S.C. where they would walk the beach and search for sea shells. Following Gerry's death, Holly enjoyed a yearly cruise with her daughter and granddaughter.

Preceding her in death were her husband; her parents; and her sisters, Gladys Mowrer and Edith Edwardsen.

Surviving are her daughter, Dona (Tom) Gould of Hancock; her granddaughter, Cecily (Frank) Burgess of Loganville, GA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service for Holly will be held 11 am Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at Trinity Episcopal Church of Houghton with Michael Scott to officiate.

Friends may call on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church.

Interment will be in the Trinity Episcopal Church Columbarium on June 25, 2013, Holly's 90th birthday.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests that memorials be given to the Gerald Caspary Endowed Scholarship Fund at Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, Mich. 49931.

To View Holly's obituary or to send condolences to the family please visit

The Plowe Funeral Home of Houghton has been assisting the family with the arrangements.



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