Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 16, 2014

Margaret J. (Burns) Conklin

TRAVERSE CITY — Margaret Jeanne (Burns) Conklin, age 90, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on March 13, 2014, at Orchard Creek Supportive Care Facility in Traverse City. Margaret was born on Oct. 31, 1923, in Howell, to Raymond and Margaurite (McCluskey) Burns.

“Peggy” graduated from Pinckney High School in 1942 and married Dominic E. Conklin on Jan. 13, 1945, at Langley Field, Va.

Margaret is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Dominic. She is also survived by her five children, Kay (James) Conklin Beattie, Don (Meg Ashcroft) Conklin, Tom Conklin, Bill (Diane) Conklin and Connie (Steve) Vorenkamp; 15 grandchildren, Kathleen, Jim, Don, Jeff and Craig Conklin, Corinne, Kevin, Kelly and Chris Vorenkamp, Nadja Conklin, Ryan, Caleb, Casey, Briana and William Conklin; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Margaret was the second of eight children. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Helen Young, Bernie Fry, Janice Hoffius, Jim Burns and Donald Burns.

She loved her family and spending time with each of them.

Her faith and commitment to God brought her comfort and strength throughout her life. She will be remembered by her family and friends for her kindness, love, chocolate chip cookies and card playing.

Margaret was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s more than 17 years ago. The love and care from her husband, Dom, was so significant that Margaret was able to live at home with him for most of that time. Ann Gardner’s loving assistance in their home and the tender care that Margaret received from the staff at Orchard Creek Supportive Care Facility are deeply appreciated.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2014, at the Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City. A Scripture service will be held at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at St. Francis Catholic Church. The family will greet friends at church one hour prior.

Memorials can be sent to the fund established for The Friends and Family of Dominic and Margaret Conklin at the University of Southern Florida Healthy Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, Attention: Holly Lisle, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC70, Tampa, FL 33612; or to an organization of your choice.

Please visit Margaret’s webpage at to sign the guestbook and share a message or memory with her family.

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