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KATHERINE ELIZABETH SHELLEY

July 11, 1951 December 31, 2017
KATHERINE ELIZABETH SHELLEY
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Katherine E. Shelley, 66, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at her home in Gwinn, MI.

Katherine was born on July 11, 1951 in Detroit, MI the first born of John and Mildred (Niemi) Lakosky. They moved to Manistique in 1954 where she grew up and graduated from Manistique High School in 1969. She attended Ferris State College.

Katherine met Roger Shelley in the summer of 1974. They married on November 9, 1974 in Ann Arbor, MI. They recently celebrated their 43rd anniversary.

Katherine, known as “Kathy” or “Beth,” was a devoted wife and mother. Elizabeth, their miracle baby, was the joy of her life. She was happy to home school Elizabeth during her elementary years. Katherine was so proud to see her graduate as a nurse and most recently was so blessed to see her daughter marry.

Beth and Roger lived many years in the Ypsilanti area where they had many years of adventures managing the old “Stop and Go” stores. They also lived extended periods in Escanaba, Lansing and most recently Gwinn.

Kathy was truly a fun-loving unique individual. She was always game for any spontaneous adventure. She was fearless, loving, stubborn, creative and resourceful. She had a way of making any chore into a game. There was always laughter, humor and fun in whatever she was involved in.

She enjoyed collecting things, such as rocks, pinecones, leaves, medicine cups… anything she thought she may be able to use in a craft project. She loved to read her bible, poetry and mysteries. She had a fondness for lighthouses, seagulls, teapots and tins. Kathy was a longtime member of the Red Hat Society in Lansing. Before her health started failing, she loved teaching Sunday school and was an active part of her church. She loved God, trusted him completely even in the midst of difficult situations she never feared. She was full of life and loved being with family and friends.

Katherine is survived by her husband of 43 years, Roger Shelley, of Gwinn; daughter, Elizabeth (Christopher) Martell of Marquette; mother, Millie Lakosky of Marquette; siblings, Diane (David) Toms and Joanne (Jim) McDonald, all of Gwinn, John (Kellie) Lakosky of Manistique and Barbara (Chuck) Markiewicz of Marquette; brother-in-law, Jim Mason of Wasilla, AK; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, John Lakosky; sister, Teresa Mason; and baby son, Gregory.

Katherine’s family will greet relatives and friends on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home in Marquette. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home at 3:00 p.m. with Pastors Joel and Lowell Dunning officiating. Burial will take place in the Fairview Cemetery in Manistique.

The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories of Katherine may be shared at canalefuneral.com


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5

Jan

1:00 PM 1/5/2018 1:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 1/5/2018 3:00:00 PM
Canale-Tonella Location

526 North Third Street
Marquette, Michigan 49855

Canale-Tonella Location
526 North Third Street Marquette 49855 Michigan
United States

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Friday

5

Jan

3:00 PM 1/5/2018 3:00:00 PM
Canale-Tonella Location

526 North Third Street
Marquette, Michigan 49855

Canale-Tonella Location
526 North Third Street Marquette 49855 Michigan
United States
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